Flower Patch for Paper Players #202
Watt's up? For casethissketch

Blooper night

Hi Everyone.  Happy Monday.

I have a quick post for you tonight.  A blooper card - and some photos :-)

You know, sometimes, you spent hours trying to create a card and then......... well... something goes wrong and you cannot fix it!

Let's take tonight's card.   I wanted to watercolor a background and stamp the plovers from the Wetlands set.  I decided to do the background first and then stamp the birds.   WRONG IDEA!!!!

I spent ages trying to get the background right, and it came out pretty well.   I stamped the image from Wetlands over the background.  I then went about my business and stamped the sentiment and.... just... ever so slightly rocked it by mistake.   Mmmmmm.... darn it..... a "gost image".

I decided to photograph it anyway and it was then.... darn it.... that I noticed that the left hand side of the image was ghosted, too.  GRRRRRRR... Note to self:  ensure paper is dry before stamping image.  Note to self # 2:  Don't rock the boat I mean stamp!  Note to self #3.  Stamp the image before watercoloring!!!!

Here's the card that I attempted to make.   I do love the colors.  I do love the zigzag embossing folder.  I do like the stamped ribbon.  I don't like the sentiment or the birds :-)


I also have some photos of the screened in porch to share with you tonight!  P&J and R&R arrived last night and we ate dinner out there.  It was a warm and humid night, but we were totally bug free and it was fabulous.  I had such fun decorating the space - and the table - ready for their arrival.  We cut it down to the wire, too.  I only got it finished the afternoon of their arrival.

Here's the screened in porch just after the workmen had finished the screening.

Screened in porch facing empty

Look how different it is with the floor painted, the roof installed and furniture placed!  It's a reasonably large space... 30 feet by 12.  So, plenty of room to have a table and chairs, large comfy chairs and a coffee table, as well as a console table and plenty of room to walk around everything.

Here's a photo taken facing the same direction as the empty shot.

Screened in porch facing west-2

I love the roofing!  It made such a difference, not only because it keeps us from being rained on, but it also brightened up the space as it really reflects back the light.  I also love that the coffee table reflects the trees from outside.

Now, let's take a look facing the opposite direction - from the outside.

Screened in porch facing east

And then... from the inside.

Screened in porch 3

It's really so hard to get a scale of where the furniture begins and ends, but there is a good distance between the dining area and the seating area and about 5 feet from the end of the sitting area chairs to the outside edge of the deck.

This is the view from the chairs looking to the north.  The trees are really providing tremendous shade in the woodland and you can see how the fernery is really coming into its own because of all of that shade:-)

Screened in porch facing north

Of course, I can't finish my blog post without a nature shot.   This guy doesn't visit often, but he sure is welcome when he does!

Grey heron

On that note, I am going to go and cook dinner and prepare for yet another fabulous night of friends and food in the screened in porch.  :-)   As always, thank you so much for your visit - and your comments.   You know they really do mean a great deal to me.

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





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I'm sure it's just the photo, but I'm truly not seeing any ghosted images. I think the card is beautiful. :o) Ghosted images are SOOOOO frustrating! Gr!

Your screen porch is heavenly! How delightful to have such a wonderful space for entertaining, as well as for just sitting and enjoying. What a view. :happy sigh:

Your heron is stunning. I love it when I spy them in the wetlands!


P.S. Hiya Lou!


Congratulations to you and Lou!!! . . . Enjoy your friends' visit . . . I am sure all of you will.

Happy 4th of July!!

Marina . . . from far Africa.

ColleenB. - Texas

Your porch is Gorgeous Jaydee and Lou. It's been very humid here as well. You might want to consider putting up an outdoor ceiling fan......Do make sure it's a ceiling fan made for outdoors if you do decide.
Jaydee, your card is still lovely even with a couple boo boo's. It happens to us all at one time or another. The wetlands stamp sets make for wonderful cards.
Enjoy your house guests, have a great day and an enjoyable evening.


Your screened-in room is stunning! Have a wonderful time with your friends.
Personally, I can't see much wrong with your card, but understand completely the desire to make things turn out just right!

Linda Rodgers

Jaydee, you are WAY too self-critical. I even enlarged the card and looked very carefully and I couldn't see the ghosting at all. So if you don't want to give that card to someone special, you just send it on my way! ;-)

Your screened in room is spectacular. SO roomy and bright, and I love the colours. You will make wonderful use of it and enjoy many hours of wonderland viewing in it. I'm so happy for you and Lou...and the guests who get to enjoy it with you.

Renee Ondrajka

I think the card looks great! I am so envious of your beautiful room. It looks amazing and I'm sure you'll get a lot of use out of it. I think of you often and hold a special place in my heart for the generosity that was shown to us. You are one awesome lady!

Linda Mccullough

Love, love, love your porch! I would be spending many hours out there! Enjoy!


Absolutely beautiful!!


Thanks for sharing the pictures of your screened porch - it's just beautiful!


Oh wow, what a lovely spot! How wonderful it must be to sit out there! If I were you I would be taking all of my conference calls out there. Fantastic!

Ruth Ann Vincent

I like your card and just like Linda, I wouldn't mind receiving it. I have a wish list and the Wetlands is on the list.
Thank you for inviting us to your screened porch. It is really pretty and such a relaxing color combination. To be able to sit out there and watch the Wetlands and all your furry and feathered friends, would be better then a dinner theater.
Enjoy your company and have a safe and happy 4th!

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