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Sneak Peek - Bloom with Hope Work of Art for Paper Players # 195

Hi Everyone.  Happy Sunday and Happy Mother's Day!

It's the fabulous Sandy's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a great color combo for us.

Calypso Coral is not my favorite color, so I decided to focus on So Saffron as my major color - it's such a pretty, soft yellow and I thought this combo was perfect for a card on Mother's Day.

I'm currently participating in the onlinecardclasses watercolor for card maker's class and decided it was time I practiced a little of what they are trying to teach us about water coloring.

I started with a white card stock base and inked up my SU acrylic block with So Saffron ink and squirted it with water to diffuse it a little.  I placed the block on my card base and let it sit for a minute or so on the card base.  I then dried it with my heat gun. 

Next, I inked up one of the flower stamps from Bloom of Hope with Stazon ink and stamped it onto the base.  I then colored the flower with my watercolor brush and some Calypso Coral ink.  I added layers of shading and a little bling to the flowers.

All that was left was to take two of the sentiments from Work of Art (love the typefont on this set) and tie a little bow around my flowers.  I backed the whole frontpiece with double sided tape to ensure it didn't warp and, voila! 

Bloom with hope pp195

It is a fairly dull day, so I wasn't able to get a really good shot outside, but I do love the softness of the So Saffron water color background and the pop of the flowers.  I had to tie a bow around the flowers, because they just seem to hang there if you don't.  I have this thing that flowers should be grounded or connected in some way..... so, tying them together seemed the ideal thing to do.  The touch of gold in the Baker's Twine helps to carry the yellow theme throughout the card and echoes the little bit of glimmer from my gel marker on the flowers.

The design team have some fabulous inspiration cards for you - and some more sneak peeks.  Don't forget to check out their cards and then come and join us at the Paper Players.

On a personal note:

Oh... it's going to get to 70 degrees today.... yes... wonderful!  Lou and I spent some quality time in the garden yesterday planting trees in the woodland.  Well, Lou dug all the holes, I supervised:-)  It was wonderful standing out in the woodland watching all of the birds.  We planted 4 sugar maples

to start adding a little diversity into the woodland, which is mostly Green Ash.  We will also be adding some river birch, a couple of more mature maples, some hackberry and a couple of birch.  Then, we will be planting our shrubs to replace the buckthorn which we have removed.  As we are planting native shrubs that flower and fruit, and have a fairly dense spread, we think this should help to bring even more native birds to the garden.

Talking about birds in the garden..... it's two years TODAY since Lou and I moved into our new home.  It was over 90 degrees the day we moved and I remember it was incredibly hot and humid.  That night, when we went to bed, the cacophony of sound from the frogs was over-whelmingly loud.  I'd only once heard that many frogs making that much noise before in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, many, many years ago.   The night we moved in reminded me of that.  Both of us stood at the window and marveled at the sound.

Well, a couple of morning's ago, I went out on to the deck at around 10am and the noise was AMAZING.   Thousands of frogs, a flock of red-winged blackbirds, and other birds were all competing to be heard.   I had to take a video.  You can see the wetland, but ALL of the noise that you hear on this short video comes from Mother Nature.  I've come to call this noise - Sounds of Spring.  I know they sound like a whole invasion of cicadas, but it really was the frogs.

I know I thought that was loud, but with a little bit of heat over the last couple of days, the sounds last night were MUCH louder.  It was wonderful to be lulled... if you can call it that... :-) to sleep by the mating call of thousands of frogs :-)

Thank you for your visit - and your comments.  They really do mean a great deal to me.  Warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.  Extra hugs and prayers for you, Sandy.



Card recipe - all ingredients Stampin' Up!

  • Card stock:  Whisper White.  So Saffron
  • Stamps:  Sentiment:  Work of Art.  Flowers:  Bloom with Hope (both available in the new catalog starting June 1 2014)
  • Inks:  Calypso Coral, So Saffron and Pear Pizzazz.  StazOn black
  • Accessories:  Gold and vanilla baker's twine
  • Tools:  Water color brush, gel roller, double sided tape, acrylic block, mini mister


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Oh wow! The cacophony on your back deck--INCREDIBLE! How can you even stand the beauty and wonder of it all??? :o) It's incredible!

Your card is delightful. I love the little touches you always add, such as that tiny piece of baker's twine made into a little bow. Your coloring is wonderful and I really do love the color combo. Hm...maybe I can find time to play around with it sometime this week...you know, because we're not busy around here or anything like that. ;o)


P.S. Hi Lou! :o)

Nance Leedy

Oh my gosh, Jaydee your backyard in the morning sounds just like mine at night (minus the birds!). I'll have to share all the spring peepers with you! Love your sensational saffron card and the twine bow is THE perfect touch! ((Hugs))

Angel Johns

That was a beautiful video to go along with your beautiful card!! Watercolor is so popular these days. I guess I'll have to take the plunge soon!

ColleenB. - Texas

Hope Everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day. Spent my day planting roses and fixing and repairing and cleaning up things around here from the wind damage that we had received the other day when the storms went through but also received 3 inches of much needed rain.
Beautiful card Jaydee. Love the softness of it along with your little touches that you add. Simple, but yet it's elegant.
Enjoyed listening to the video. Have listened to yet a few times already.
Y'all enjoy your day and have a wonderful evening


Oh my gosh, loved your video. Living in the city, we don't get that. How marvelous to hear that. Lovely card too!

Loll Thompson

Love this color combo Jaydee. Gorgeous card from the watercoloring class techniques! Loll xx


Major bummer! That's what the sign says as it tells me that your video can't be played with my current setup. Major bummer indeed. I did so want to hear all those wonderful Mother Nature sounds. You and Lou and doing such a fabulous job of bringing that area back to its original (and perhaps even better) state. What a work of love. And your payoff, of course, will be even more native birds and other animals to delight your senses.

I can't believe it's already two years since you moved in. Wow! Almost daily, I'm reminded of how fast time goes by.

I love your card background. Those watercolour classes are really inspiring you. I saw a very interesting background on one of Ann Schach's cards, (http://www.stampinchic.com/2014/05/the-stamp-review-crew-by-tide-edition.html) but couldn't figure out how she did it. When I asked she told me that she used the background of the rose flower in the Stippled Blossoms set, stamped off once or twice before stamping it on the card. You pros make those backgrounds such an integral part of the card; it makes a huge difference.

Thanks for your daily dose of card and nature beauty...not sure which I love more.


I'm always inspired by your card creations, but I just have to let you know how much I love the pictures of the woodlands and the creatures - the video is great! Oh, and I can't forget to mention the kitties - love to see them too!


I too love So Saffron and today's card. The frogs video is charming! It did remind me to check out your other videos (bow making reminder needed) and somehow I had missed your ribbon rose video. So wonderfully helpful and I made a yellow rose - my favorite. Thanks ever so much.

Gavin here today and tomorrow after shortened school days still. He is doing great!

Sandy M

There's so much to love about this card, Jaydee! With all the water you used, I would have thought you'd used watercolor paper, and I was surprised to see you used whisper white. Also, the shadow looks so realistic I had to read to see if you cut it out. Then there is the little twine bow... All so beautiful! Great, subtle use of the colors. Love it.

Anne Marie Hile

Your card is gorgeous, Jaydee! I love how the flowers jump off the soft background and the little pop of gold in the baker's twine is a wonderful touch. Your video...what can I say? You are so lucky to have so much nature right outside your door. I'm so jealous. We have frogs in the greenbelt behind out house but they are occasionally interrupted by a raccoon "disagreement". Nothing like the soothing sounds of nature being interrupted by high-pitched screeching. Ack!

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