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Wetlands - just because

Hi Everyone.  Happy Tuesday

I have a card for you tonight inspired by the views from our own deck.  When I purchased the Wetlands set last year, our wetland was pretty much a wetland in name only.  We had rarely seen even a touch of water in it.  Well, this year is very different.  In fact, the wetland is looking particularly beautiful right now because our prairie plantings are coming in.  I walked around the garden this morning and took some photographs.

Here's how our wetland looks today.


It is so pretty.  The prairie grasses are growing in in the foreground and we have NO idea what is coming up in the wetland itself.  When we seeded there last year, we weren't really expecting to have standing water!  So it is going to be really interesting to see what comes up.....

Well, as we have had so many water birds in our wetland this year, I've really been inspired to ink up my wetland set.  A couple of weeks ago we had 3 or 4 Solitary Sandpipers visit with us.  they were the inspiration for tonight's card.  I was also struck with how the sky is reflecting on the water and how it takes on a darker hue.

Here's my card:


I had great fun sponging my background onto some Very Vanilla Coaster Board.  I LOVE this stuff.  I know that most of you will not have probably taken much notice of it in the SU catty, but it is the perfect weight for creating tags and elements for cards.  It has enough weight that it stands up to a lot of things, but not that much bulk that it adds extra for the post.  I love the fact that I can be a little rough with it, and it still doesnt buckle or crease.  If you haven't checked it out in the catalog, I certainly would :-)   It works beautifully with the dies and the framelits.

I bet you are wondering what I used to create the tag?  Good question! :-)  It's the new banner die in the 2014/2015 catalog.  It has two different shapes of large banner and two shapes of a much smaller banner.  A great die for creating, well.... banners :-), but I also loved them for different shaped tags.

The embossed layer is the new ZigZag embossing folder and I love the pattern of it.  One of the other things I love about the Coaster board is that it really takes sponging very well.  Considering this was a Very Vanilla color originally, I really think it does a beautiful job of absorbing and blending the colors.

So.... on to some other photos.  This one is for Terri and Linda.  They keep asking to see some interior shots, so I thought I would share a photo of the corner of our sun room.  This room has one of the best views in the house and is VERY bright and sunny.  Lou painted it a gorgeous shade of blue and the only thing we had to change out were the standing lamps and the two accent chairs.  I LOVE these chairs.  They have a slightly formal feel, but the paisley pattern gives them an air of lightness and the color matches the walls and the couch beautifully.


Of course, I love the giraffe in the corner :-)  I promise I will take more photographs and share them when our friends have been.  I wanted to save the surprise of how things have changed for their arrival and then I will be happy to share some decor and interior shots with you.  Years ago, I did qualify in Interior Design and was lucky enough to be able to practice as a part time hobby.  I love creating.  I love playing with colors and textures and seeing how entire spaces can transform by moving a wall or a window, or even a piece of furniture.  As my first husband was an architect, I got the chance on multiple occasions to design spaces and interiors for his corporate and private customers.  Now, I just do it for me. :-)

Now, for those of you wanting to see something of the mammal variety.... how about this?  I was SO excited when I caught this shot.  I might add that it is the ONLY sighting I have had of these two.  She's keeping this little baby very well hidden.

Mommy and baby

Isn't that adorable?  What a cutie!

Well, the screened in porch is just about complete.  The screening is in.  The roofing is in.  All of the columns and supports are painted.  Lou is outside right now painting the floor.  Once that is dry, we will be able to move in furniture and decorate the space.  I CANNOT wait.  We have been waiting for this moment for well over a year and I can't believe that it is almost finished :-)

I'll be back on Thursday with another card and some more photographs.  In the meantime, I hope the changes to the commenting are making it much easier for you.  Linda, thank you for letting me know it was easier for you :-)   You all know how much I appreciate and enjoy your comments :-)    Warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe - all ingredients Stampin' Up!

  • Card stock:    Island Indigo.  Vanilla Coaster Board
  • Stamps:  Wetland
  • Inks:  Pear Pizzazz.  Sahara Sand.  Marina Mist.  Soft Sky.  StazOn Black
  • Tools:  ZigZag embossing folder




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Mary Frances A.

I adore the shot of the doe and her baby...what a precious photo! Your home is so beautiful, thank you for sharing all of the bird and animal shots. I've shared a few of our own wildlife shots with you over the years, so you know how much I enjoy seeing all of your nature shots!


Hey,my hanks! Now you've shared a little bit about your background, it all makes sense! I love your sunroom, the colour, the chairs, and your giraffe. If you would like to come to Canada, you could "do" my house! Just lovely. And what a precious photo of mommy and baby - simply sweet. Finally, having now seen the poster board in action, I may have to add it to my next order.

Thanks again for the photos - can't wait for the tour! Hope you enjoy your visit from your friends - they shall be very comfortable and pampered!

Linda Rodgers

Well, ask and ye shall receive! Love that shade of blue, but the giraffe was the first thing to catch my eye. He looks very happy there in the corner. I understand now that you want to keep the element of surprise, but I'm looking forward to the grand reveal when the friends have left.

That mom and baby are adorable. I forgot to comment a few days ago on your egrets. Can't believe you had SO many, and were they ever gorgeous!

Your friends are going to be gobsmacked at all the changes and the beauty you've encouraged along.

ColleenB. - Texas

What an inspiring photo for you to use in making of your card. It's Gorgeous...........both your card and photo. Sometimes we great inspiration just by looking out our window.
Such an adorable picture of mama and baby deer. Great photo
Enjoy your day and have a wonderful evening

Kelly W.

Hi Jaydee! Love, love, love your pretty card! You've used my very favorite image in my favorite stamp set! ; ) The tag has a very unique shape that I adore. The wheels are turning in my head on how to make one. Thanks for the tip on the chipboard. I'd say you are the first to give a review and I appreciate that. The sponging is so light and airy, very nice!

Ah, your sunroom is delightful. I can see all the natural light and it looks like a great spot to spend some time. Your views sure would keep me still watching. The baby fawn is so precious! I can't believe you got that photo! So pretty with the wetland and sky. I really appreciate all that you share with us and look forward to more of the tour and the great wildlife photos!

Doris D.

I just love the Wetlands set and these little birds are my favorite. So easy to create a card with them. The tag is such a neat idea. And your sponging is right on. I still can't get the hang of sponging to make it look so natural.
Thanks for sharing your photos as always. The mama and her baby are precious in their natural surroundings. Such a beautiful view every morning.
Your sunroom is so inviting with all the natural light and that giraffe is precious.
Thanks again for always inspiring me.


Just want to say Hi and let you know how much i too appreciate the nature photos. And your beautiful room is to die for! As you know I share your love of the Wetlands set. I have to get that one out again. Hugs,


You know, I really do need to get the "Wetlands" stamp. You have created the most beautiful cards with it. :o)

Speaking of wetlands, your wetlands are so stunning this year! I love love love the prairie flowers are coming up and all your fauna friends.:) Yesterday whilst on my run with the girls, we saw no fewer than five does. In fact, as I was slogging my way toward one, she just moseyed on along across the path. She sensed no danger and just went about doing her thing, and oh, maybe I had better get out of her way...;o)

Your room--that blue!--is wonderful! I love the giraffe! :o)

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