Wedding Wheels for Paper Players #198
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Bloom with Hope and Four You for Clean and Simple Colors and Sketches

Hi Everyone. Happy Monday.

I found a new challenge site.  Well!  New to me that is :-)  It's a double challenge to use specific colors and the sketch.  As I generally wonder around looking for color combos to stretch my creative muscle, it was great to find a challenge site that had both:-)

I thought this was a really cool color scheme as I would never have paired Real Red with Coastal Cabana and Baked Brown Sugar, but those two colors really make the red pop. 

I inked up one of the flower stamps from Bloom with Hope (LOVING this set) and stamped it onto white card stock.  I then used my blender pen and Real Red ink to color the flowers.  Using the blender pen and then finishing up with the marker, really helps to get lighter and darker shades on the flower.   I inked up the stems and leaf with Coastal Cabana.  The only exception I had to make to the challenge was the placement of the sentiment.  As I had used my large dot embossing folder for the white layer, I couldn't stamp the sentiment below the horizontal line, so had to stamp it next to the flower. 

I fussy cut around the flower and mounted it onto the horizontal layer using dimensionals and stamped the "hello" from Four You using StazOn.  I needed to introduce the Baked Brown Sugar and did so in the middle of the two main flowers and on the background DSP on the horizontal layer.  The DSP is from the Lullaby DSP and I love the fact that it uses different shades of Baked Brown Sugar and Coastal Cabana - very similar to the effect you would get with "generation stamping".   Once my card was complete, I decided to add some sparkle to the middle of the flowers.

Here's my finished card:


I really love how the red pops off the white!  Great color combo and one I would never have thought of!  That's the great thing about doing challenges, they really do force me out of my comfort zone!  Don't forget to pop along to CAS Colors and Sketches and check out the great design team and submission cards.

Just a reminder.  The new 2014/2015 SU catalog went live today and there are some amazing new things in this catalog, not least of which is this wonderful Hostess Set.  I think Bloom with Hope is one of the best stamp sets in the catalog and I haven't been disappointed with any of the cards that I have made with it.  This set has quickly become my go to floral set.  You can check out the new catalog by clicking on the photo below!

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On a personal note:

Another gorgeous day here today.  Well.  It was, after our morning round of rain showers.  As we got 2 and a half inches over the weekend, and some more rain today, the wetland is once again looking very wet!  The weather is in the high 70s, with incredibly deep blue skies.  It's a little windy, but I'll take a breeze to help keep the humidity down a little.  The humidity is one thing I really don't like about living in Minnesota.  I love everything else about it, but that!

I thought you might like to listen to the sounds of our early morning alarm; one that begins, just about on cue, at 4.30 a.m. every morning.   Now.... I am not an early morning person and I hate the sound of alarms in the morning and, even though this one first goes off at around 4.30 and then pretty much none stop until we get up at 6.30.... I'll take this alarm over the sound of city traffic any day!

MOV00011 from jaydee on Vimeo.

Sorry about the quality... but it was very windy - and I was on a conference call - when I rushed out to take the video.  I guess you have realized by now that Niles is back.  He did come sans Daphne and was alone for a couple of weeks.  So, we think something must have happened to last year's Daphne and we decided she must have been Merris instead!  Those of you who loved Frasier as much as I, will know what I mean.

Anyway, we are delighted to say that he has finally found himself a lovely lady and everything seems right in our wetland world again.  They hang around for much of the day, so we are hoping that they will produce some off-spring.  Twice today we have had to go downstairs to the basement and shoo him away from the windows and doors.  He can see his reflection in them so decided that an intruder was NOT what he wanted to have around.  Who can blame him?  Nice looking lady and a great place to hang out.  I don't think I'd want to share it either :-)  So, we have now closed the curtains downstairs and he can no longer see his reflection in the glass.


Aren't they a handsome pair?  Lou and I still cannot get over the fact that we have a pair of Sandhill Cranes in our back yard.  I know I've said it before, and I know it won't be the last time I say this but, I've lived on 4 continents and have never lived any where and had so much incredible wildlife in my garden!  It's astonishing and the US is so lucky to have parts of the country where wildlife is so abundant and becomes a part of the backdrop.   There isn't a day goes by when we don't look out of our window and count our blessings!

So, let's take a look at who else we have in the garden!   We put up a blue bird house last year.  Needless to say the Blue Birds didn't take any notice of it.   However, we caught this guy checking out the digs.

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Isn't he a cutie?  He and his mate have been flying backwards and forwards for two days filling out the nest.   Needless to say... the Blue Birds completely ignored the nesting box UNTIL they saw the Tree Swallows setting up home.  Then, it was an all blue bird fight as the blue of the tree swallow mingled with the blue of the Blue Bird!   The swallow might be tiny - but he sure is mighty - 'cos he won out.  I can't wait to see lots of little Swallow babies!  As usual, I linked to allaboutbirds for you so that you can read about these guys.   With so many bugs around, these are great little guys to encourage in your garden!

I'll be back with another card for you tomorrow - as well as some photos from the garden.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.  Sandy, big hugs and prayers for you, too.  I hope Bill is home.



Card recipe - all ingredients Stampin' Up!

  • Stamps:  Bloom with Hope.  Four You
  • Card stock:  Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
  • Inks:  Stazon Black.  Real Red
  • DSP:  Lullaby


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Welcome to CC&S, glad you found us! Fab card, love the flower against the white embossing and the DP matches perfectly. Thank you for doing The Double at CC&S

Louise xx


Oh how I adore polka dots! This card is right up my alley! :o)

Hooray for the return of Niles. Last year it MUST have been Merris, if she couldn't be bothered to return with Niles this year. Hmpf. :oP Boy howdy those are some noisy birds! I guess a bird that big would HAVE to have a big sound. :o)

Your little swallow is absolutely stunning! What a beautiful bird!

B teases me daily about my "old woman" tendencies with regards to my bird watching tendencies. :oP


karen h

Cool card! Thank you for playing along with us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

ColleenB. - Texas

Beautiful card Jaydee and what a wonderful color combination and sketch.

I so enjoyed the video; thank U, and what a great way to wake up. I'm normally up long before 4:30 so I would be up before they started their racket. Nothing gets much better than listening to the sounds of nature.

Best of luck to you in attracting bluebirds
Like other birdhouses,face the front of the nest boxes away from the prevailing wind and in an easterly direction to avoid the hot afternoon sun from shining into the access hole. More important than this, face the box in a direction in which the young fledgling birds can reach a perch within about 100 feet. Also, to attract bluebirds year after year, consider planting some of the fruit-bearing trees and other plants that they like. Fruits are an important part of their diet, though they eat insects, snails, and spiders as well and they love mealworms.

Have an enjoyable day

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