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Sneak Peek - Maritime Traveler for Sketch Saturday

Sneak Peek - Bloom with Hope for Paper Players #194 and Casethissketch

Hi Everyone.  Happy Saturday.

Before I get to my card tonight, I just wanted to let you all know that I appear to have fixed the issue with non-receipt of notifications for my blog updates.   However, some of you will have gotten two updates yesterday.  As I have now deleted the old feed, you should be back to getting only one feed tonight and, those of you who were not receiving the feeds, should now be getting them! 

On to tonight's card.   It's my turn to host the challenge at the Paper Players this week and I chose a theme for you all:

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Of course I needed a sketch, so choose this one from Casethissketch.  It's so unusual and I love the movement at the top of the page.

Screen shot 2014-05-03 at 3.47.43 PMAs my mother died 30 years ago, I couldn't bring myself to make a Mother's Day card, so decided on a card that would celebrate a mom any day!

I had fun playing around with THREE new goodies from the pre-order.   Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities, Bloom with Hope stamp set (hostess set) and one of the new In Colors - Hello Honey!  Oh.... make that SIX new goodies.  I colored part of the leaves with the new In Color - Mossy Meadow,  the new Itty Bitty Accents flower punch and the flowers were punched from the new Moonlight DSP pack.  So.... SIX new things for you to take a peak at tonight.

Here's my take on the challenges:

Bloom with Hope
I began with a piece of white card stock and used Versamark and white embossing powder to stamp the leaf image twice.  I used a little piece of Frog tape to mask off part of the stem of the leaf on the second stamped image.  I heat set the image and then took some Pear Pizzazz ink and a blending tool and colored around the embossed leaf  images.  This allowed the image to pop and I could then take my Pear Pizzazz and Mossy Meadow markers and color in the leaves.

To make the flowers, I then took a piece of the new Moonlight DSP and punched out three flowers.  I used my Hello Honey marker to color the edges for a little definition.  I adhered the flowers using glue dots and finished them off by using my Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities to color three basic rhinestones and then placed them in the middle of the flower.

All that was left was the sentiment.  Ooops.... I don't have any "Mom" type stamps, so went to my trusty word processing software and printed out a sentiment and adhered it using double sided tape.

The design team have created some amazing cards for you - check out their blogs - you'll find some other sneak peeks there, too!

On a personal note:

The sun is shining and it hit 60 degrees today!  Oh... all is right with the world!  Sadly, our wetland is starting to drain and we have fewer wetland birds.  However, I do have a couple of shots to share with you... One of them for a NEW bird in our midst.   In fact, I have NEVER seen this particular bird before.  He didn't stay around long, but I was so pleased that I had stepped away from my computer whilst I was on a conference call and decided to look out of the back window.  I was floored when I saw him and rushed to get my camera and take a couple of shots.

I wasn't able to get a good shot... I was in a rush to capture him - and it was raining and overcast! But here he is and he sure is a beauty


Isn't he awesome?  He's a green heron and you can read all about him by clicking on the link.  He stayed a couple of hours, caught some food and then left.  I was really so pleased that I had stopped to look out of the window, otherwise I would have missed him.

I took a photo from the bedroom window for you.  You can see our gazebo - and you can see how close the water is.


I took a photo from the deck last night.  We finally got a little sun yesterday afternoon and I thought it looked wonderful

Receding waters

In this photo you can see how the waters have receded by the location of the wetland buffer zone sign - right behind the feeder tray.  You can see the water is a fair way from the sign now, but if you look at the photo of the heron, the sign was completely in the water when I took that photo.

Today, the water is too low for the ducks and geese to swim in.  I must admit, it was amazingly serene to stand at the window and watch them sail past!  I'll miss having them around.

As always, thank you so much for your visit - and your comments.  Warm hugs and prayers to those of you who need a little lift tonight.