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Sneak Peek: Hello Love for Paper Players #197


Hi Everyone.  Happy Saturday.

I hope you are all having a great start to your Memorial Day weekend.

It's the fabulous LeAnne's turn to host our challenge this week and she has a great sketch for us:

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As soon as I saw the horizontal element, I knew immediately which stamp set I would use.  It's the Ronald McDonald set from the new 2014/2014 SU catalog called "Hello Love".  It's full of great sentiments and, as I needed a wedding card, I decided that I would use this sketch - and the Hello Love set for my card.

I really wanted the little bird to pop and had great fun coloring him in.  However, I couldn't stop there!  I used Enamel Accents on his eye and on his wing.  The touch of shine adds extra dimension to him and I love it!  I used a gold wink of stella pen for the end of his tail and his little beak.

I needed the sentiment layer to be nice and sturdy, so brought out one of my favorite - and probably never noticed - things from the catalog - Vanilla Coaster Board.  It workes beautifully in my Big Shot and creates a sturdier base for my sentiment.  I also used the Lil Inker Stitched Rectangles die to create the base for my sentiment.  I love the stitching and think that it helps to frame the focal image.

The DSP is also a Sneak Peek.  It's from the  Moonlight DSP pack, designed to work with the new In Colors for 2014-2016.  I needed an element on the lower right-hand edge of my sentiment layer, so stamped the heart from the new Work of Art set in Cherry Cobbler ink (2nd generation stamped) and fussy cut it with my paper snips.

Here's the outside of my card:


Isn't that little birdie so darned cute?  He looks so bright and cheerful.  I love the touch of the Enamel Accent for his wing and his little eye.   I also love the way the arrow points to the inside of the card.  Of course, I had to finish off the card on the inside. :-)

Here's the inside of my card:


I stamped the bird on the arrow onto cardstock and colored it again.  I then fussy cut around it so that I could place it under the bubble.  Of course, I had to add another heart!  

The design team have some fabulous inspiration for you.  Don't forget to check out their blogs and then come back and play along with Paper Players #197.

On a personal note:

Whilst I got to spend a little time in my craft room this afternoon, Lou spent quality time with a paint brush!  However, this time, he wasn't painting inside.... he was actually staining the deck.  He's done a pretty good job, too, I might add!  It certainly looks much better than it did at the end of winter.  Once he has finished staining the deck and stairs tomorrow, we will be painting the railings and then everything will be ready for the builder to finish under the deck.  Well.... seeing as they haven't started yet, I suppose it's technically more accurate to say.... begin under the deck!

With the amount of standing water we have, we know the mosquitoes are going to be the size of elephants this year!  So, screening in the deck isn't just a nicety - it's a necessity if we actually want to get out and enjoy our view!

I was out on the deck talking to Lou when I heard quack.  quack.  quack.  quack... and noticed that three Mallards were all together, chattering away to each other.  I wish I could have understand the conversation, but they were very genial with each other!


Their coloring really is absolutely amazing at this time of the year!  

Our Canadian Geese are still hanging around and really don't mind me taking their photograph!

Fred and ethal

I'll leave you with one last photograph.   It's amazing how the green leaves have flourished in the last week or so.  The temps have been in the high 60s to low 80s.  It means the water is starting to dry up, but the leaves and plants are flourishing.  The wetland is starting to look normal again!  As we are expecting the temps to be in the 80s for the next week, the wetland should look very different by the end of next week, and we are hoping that we will be able to get our spade-in trees and shrubs in.


As always, thank you for your visit - and for your comments.  They are always much appreciated.  I'll be back on Monday with another card for you.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe - all ingredients Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:

  • Stamps:  Hello Love.  Heart from Work of Art
  • DSP:  Moonlight
  • Inks:  Memento Black.  Cherry Cobbler.  Copic Markers
  • Cardstock:  Sahara Sand.  
  • Tools:  Vanilla Coaster Board.  Double sided tape (3M).  Enamel Accents (Ranger).  Big Shot.  Stitched Rectangle Die (Lil Inker)