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Maritime for Paper Players #201

Hi Everyone.  Happy Sunday.

It's the fabulously talented Nance's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a great sketch for us.

I knew that I wanted to showcase some of the new SU DSP, but it took me a little while to decide on one of the sheets from the Maritime set.  It's of the constellations and when I originally opened the pack of DSP, I loved it, but wasn't sure what I would do with it.  I had a lightbulb moment when I went looking for a sentiment and found a Hero Arts set that was designed for OWH.  It had the perfect sentiment that I could use on the inside and one that I could pop inside of a Word Bubble for the outside.

Here's my card:


I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of Real Red card stock that had been diecut with one of the dies from Word Bubbles.  The stamp set also comes with a heart with stars, so I stamped that onto a piece of Night of Navy card stock using white pigment ink and placed it behind my sentiment. 

I needed two fishtail pieces for the top left hand corner, so cut two pieces of DSP from the same back and added some star shaped sequins on top.   I also added a dot of glitter sparkles onto each of the stars but, as they were still wet when I photographed this card, it looks like glue.... I promise you it isn't :-)

So, I can hear you asking why I have this star theme going on?  Well, that's because of the sentiment on the inside of the card :-)

Pp201 inside

I used three of the stars from the OWH set and stamped them on the inside of the card and mixed it with a single heart from the same set. 

The players have created some amazing cards for your inspiration.  Pop along to their blogs and check them out for yourself :-)

We hope that you will play along with us this week.  We'd love to see what you do with this sketch.

On a personal note:

Today the weather is glorious.  High 70s, reasonable humidity with incredibly clear, deep blue skies.  The birds are singing and we are all enjoying being dry for a change.  Oh... yeah... the rain is coming back tomorrow, but it's days like this that make you realize how wonderful summer can be.

I thought I'd share a couple of photos with you tonight.

Today we got home to more than 20 Great Egrets in the wetland.  It all started with one and now we have a whole flock.  They are amazing birds and I don't think I had ever been aware of their call before today.  I was really surprised to hear how raspy and loud it actually is.


I'm so pleased that the Orioles are more conspicuous again.  they have been very quite whilst they have been nesting, but I was thrilled to get this shot today.


I also wanted to share a photo of our screened-in porch.  It's still a work in progress.  The screening is complete, but the roofing hasn't been done.  The roofers need a dry day before they can adhere the roof to the underdeck.  This will make the space even more useful as it will keep us dry from runoff from the deck above.  We also need to paint the floor, but don't want to do that until the roofing is in.  Hopefully, that will be on Tuesday.

The space is wonderful though.  It's a little more than 30 by 12 and is a cool respite from the heat.  It's fabulous being able to sit there and not be carried off by the mosquitoes!   Whilst we are waiting for the roofing, all of our furniture is out in the garden waiting to be brought back in and loved!

Screenedin porch

Whilst you are looking..... take a look beyond the door and check out the River Birches.... they are doing SO well and have really helped to fill in the area and give us some privacy.  We've planted some bushes in between them, and have killed the Canary Reed Grass, but that needs to be removed this week.  Once we have done that, we will fill in with some smaller flowers and it should start to look really pretty.

Once the roof is done and the floor painted, we can bring all the furniture back in and start to decorate the area like another room of the house.  We really think we are going to get a lot of use out of it this summer, especially as the mosquitoes are really bad :-)

I hope to get some time in my stamping room tomorrow so that I will have some cards to share with you this week.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.

Enjoy this first day of Summer!



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

  • Card stock:  Night of Navy
  • DSP:  Maritime
  • Stamps:  Everyday Sayings - Hero Arts for Operation Write Home
  • Accessories:  Sequins
  • Tools:  Word Bubbles Dies


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Nance Leedy

This is fabulous Jaydee! Such a great way to feature this paper and I love how you've coordinated such different stamps, paper and embellishments around the constellation theme. Wonderful card. Thanks for rockin' my sketch this week! ((hugs))


such a nice card. love the colors. and on your personal photos. ( which i love love to see ) the screen room looks awesome and i hope you get lots of use out of it. you have such a yard any bird lover would enjoy. now we can enjoy it thru your eyes. thank you for that.
have a great sunday .

Sandy M

What a great card, Jaydee! Love both the inside and outside sentiments. Thanks for sharing your wildlife photos too, always love those!


Hi Jaydee!

It's amazing how you develop the sketches . . . stamps are still my headache -- ha!ha!ha!

Your deck looks wonderful and I am sure you will enjoy . . . I could see your BBQ . . . what a perspective for Summer, in particular, the 4th of july!

Today I feel extremely happy . . . Algeria won the match against South Korea . . . there was so much joy around us.


Marina . . . from far Africa.


Lovely view of the wildlife/birdlife! You are right, your trees have come in quite beautifully, a great mix of privacy and nature. Again, your community is lucky to have you and your commitment to keeping the land as natural as possible. Your sitting room will be lovely - it looks so spacious and the screen will sooooo increase your enjoyment and extend your ability to enjoy the outdoors! I like your card, wasn't so struck on the paper until I saw it on your card, and the sentiment is absolutely perfect. Whoever is the lucky recipient will enjoy it!

ColleenB. - Texas

what a lovely and wonderful card and such a great sentiment as well.
your wildlife photos and your screened porch....Awesome! You will get a lot of use out of it for sure and don't have to worry about the mosquitoes and flies bothering you while eating or just relaxing and enjoying the view.
We received 3 inches of rain yesterday and another 1/2 inch this morning and more along the way for most of the week but we needed the rain here badly so not complaining.
Not all that many years ago we had no rain and only mowed our yard no more than 5 times that year and had very deep cracks; some of 3 feet deep and over 12 inches wide.
Our yard looked like the Grand Canyon and had to be very very careful when walking out in the yard so you wouldn't take the chance of twisting an ankle.
Enjoy your evening and hopefully you will get your porch finished soon

Anne Marie Hile

Jaydee, this is such a fun card! I love the bright colors and the blinged-out stars. I always enjoy your photos, too. Your screened in porch will get a lot of use, I'm sure. I remember when we lived in North Dakota, the mosquitoes up there are HUGE. Hope you had a great week! :)

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