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Bloom of Hope for Paper Players #196

Hi Everyone.  Happy Saturday.  It's the fabulous Ann's turn to host our Paper Players challenge and she has a clean and simple - with a twist - challenge for us.

Well, considering I have created two clean and simple flower cards this past week, I was a little stumped and really did wonder why I hadn't checked the upcoming challenge a little earlier :-)  However, I've never been one to NOT enjoy a CAS challenge and decided it was time to bring out the new Bloom with Hope set - again.

As I've been trying to attend the onlinecardclass watercolor class, I decided I would use that as a base for my card tonight. Pp196 thank you-2
I inked up one of my SU acrylic blocks with three different distress inks in the blue range and spritzed the block with water, but before I put the inked block to paper, I cleaned out the middle of the block with a baby wipe, leaving just enough space for my flower. Once the ink was on the paper, I blotted up any pooled areas and proceeded to dry the paper with my heat gun.  I then used a powder tool all over it to make sure that my embossing powder would not stick.  Even though it was white, I wanted to make sure there were no stray pieces!Once the image was ready, I used a fine paint brush and my Inktense pencils to color my flower.  I spritzed a little water onto my craft sheet and wet my brush just enough so that I could take color directly from the pencil.  I used three different greens and four different colors in the orange/yellow range to get the effect that I needed.All that was left to do was to trim the image and stamp my sentiment - from the retiring Express Yourself hostess set.  I was really tempted to put a basic rhinestone in the middle, but restrained myself and decided to leave it alone.... in the end, I was pleased I did.The design team have some fabulous cards for you again this week.  Don't forget to check out their cards and then come back to the Paper Players and join us this week.

On a personal note:

Well, this week went by very quickly and I didn't get much chance to get to my PC to post to my blog!  I had intended to post on Thursday, but Lou and I had to drive 1.5 hours west to go look at some trees and we got back much later in the evening than we had expected.  Why did we drive 3 hours to look at trees, I can hear you ask?  Well, good question!!!  We are putting in some more spade-in trees and needed to go pick them out. 

We were very pleased with them.... River Birch and Autumn Blaze maple.  They will be coming to our home in a couple of weeks, they just need a couple more weeks of warmth and sunshine to get their leaves, and then they will be safe to transplant.  Depending on how they look when they are in, we might go for a couple more. 

In addition to the trees, we will be putting in some shrubs; Nannyberry, Cranberry, Red Elderberry, Potentillia, Chokeberry, Winterberry and Juneberry.  Most of them will provide great cover for the shy, shrub loving birds and they will also provide berries in winter for them.  Oh... and they will provide flowers for us, too.  They are supposed to be mostly deer-proof, too.... but... I don't trust those guys! :-)

Talking about shy birds.... how about this wonderful little thing!

Yellow warbler

Seriously, isn't that the cutest face????  I saw a flash of yellow when I was sitting outside last weekend and assumed it was a goldfinch.  It was only when I uploaded the photos that I realized this was NOT a goldfinch.  You can check him out here.  We knew that the birds would love the white cedars we put in last year and they certainly do.

We even managed to entice this guy.  Now.... cardinals were very visible at our last house, but we rarely see them here.  So, I was thrilled to get this shot.


I loved the way he was looking at the bird in the bird bath!  Loving the bird bath, I might add!  

Lou is prepping for the arrival of the contractor as we begin screening in underneath the deck.  It's really exciting and will certainly extend our usage of the outside area during summer.   One thing we know for sure... the Mossies are going to be very numerous this year, especially as we still have standing water.  We are really looking forward to sitting out there in the heat of summer knowing that we will be able to enjoy our views without being bitten!

I'll be back with another card tomorrow.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe - all ingredients Stampin' Up! unless noted

  • Card stock:  Lost Lagoon.   Water color paper - Strathmore.  Card base  - unknown
  • Stamps:  Sentiment:  Express Yourself.  Flower:  Bloom with Hope
  • Inks:  StazOn black for sentiment.  Inktense pencils for flower


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You know what? I think the flower is simpler without the rhinestone. As much as I love bling, sometimes it IS good to resist the temptation. I love what you've created here!

Oh that golden bird! How delightful! My goldfinches are golden once more, but not so vibrant as that little guy. Our hummers have begun to appear once more but that's pretty much the only addition to our birds. It's hard to attract wildlife when you live in a development and have a fenced in backyard. We try, though! We try!


Sandy M

What a beautiful card, Jaydee! I love your watercolor technique for the background, and the flower looks so pretty embossed in white and then colored in. You are luring me towards this stamp set!

Loll Thompson

I LOVE this stamp set Jaydee and can't wait to have it to play with! Wonderful inspiration! Your acrylic block background is perfect and I love the combination of the blue with the yellow and orange flowers - so fun! Loll xx


I'm loving that bird bath too. I've never seen one like it. You will have such wonderful things to see this summer from that screened in area. Have to admit, I'm just a bit on the green side thinking about it. You and Lou work so hard to provide the habitat for all those creatures, you truly deserve the experiences you have. (Oh, and I kinda like the card, too!)


Your card is absolutely stunning! I look so forward to seeing your cards & it's an added treasure when you have photos of your wildlife & yard posted. Thanks for sharing with us all.


Susan, thank you! You are so right... it's free and it's right in front of us if only we open our eyes to see nature in all her glorious diversity.


Cheryl, thank you! So glad you enjoy the photos. I am always happy to share a glimpse of these wonderful creatures who grace us with their presence. Hugs, Jaydee

 Susan Mac

BEAUTIFUL pictures; isn't nature stunning & it's free; TFS!


LeAnne, you might not have seen a warbler, but you certainly photographed a beautiful Scarlet Tanager this week! Oh, and a perfect shot of the tree swallows and your blue robin eggs. Right on this post


Terri, I wish I had my camera with me more often. Several times this week I have caught a fleeting glance of something flying to the feeder and by the time I got back with my camera, I either got a picture of nothing other than the feeder, or something so blurred it could have been mistaken for a UFO :-) It makes me wonder what I miss when I'm on conference calls or working at my computer. :-)

Cheryl McAskill

I have to say....I love coming to your site! I come to look at your cards, but I also love your wildlife refuge called home! Thank you so much for sharing. I Thank you for the neat creatures you share with all of us! Blessings to all of you and yours!


Awesome technique! But of course, you know the birds are my favorite! How lucky to get that little warbler...I have never seen ANY type of warbler, maybe someday I will though!


Love your nature pictures, and especially your little yellow bird ... It must be good to have your camera ready all the time!

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