Moon Lake for Paper Players #233
Sheltering Tree for Paper Players #234

Finding the right words - for Addicted to CAS

 Hi Everyone.  Happy Saturday.

I was traveling all of last week and I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to be home.  The days were long and tiring and even though the bed was comfortable, it wasn't MY bed and I was missing my furry things, too!  I also missed crafting and have the next three days off work to catch up on housework - and crafting!

Now.  On to our Addicted to CAS challenge for this week.   It's the turn of the fabulously talented and always awesome Kylie to host our challenge this week and she has a great codeword for us.

Originally, I had thought about making a clean and simple card using the distressing technique, but once I looked through my stamps and saw this fabulous set from SU, I decided it would be ideal for a card that took a more literal approach to the challenge.
The "An Open Heart" set has the perfect sentiment to help show support for someone who is going through a difficult time.  The images really lend themselves to either CAS or non-CAS cards and, because of the bird, really appeal to me.
As part of my 2015 resolutions is to use colors, stamps and crafting items that I don't use very often, I decided to use colors that I rarely give inky-love to for this card.
Before I show you my card, a reminder that our challenges are sponsored and the winner this week gets a fabulous prize from  The prize is £15 E-Gift Certificate to use on the website.   We are thrilled to have our guest designer along with us again this week.  So, don't forget to pop along to Ellen's blog and check out her wonderful CAS designs.  You can find her at this link Ellen

Now, on to my card.   I began with a base of Baked Brown Sugar (a color I rarely use!) and paired it with Pistachio Pudding and So Saffron.     I inked up the bird with Baked Brown Sugar ink and stamped it onto Very Vanilla card stock.  I then fussy cut around the bird and placed it over the stamped branch.  I used my Copic markers to add a little coloring to the bird, leaves and berries.  I stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso ink.
Here's my card:

Atcasdistress (1 of 1)

I used my favorite new "Better than email" stamp set to stamp on the back of the card - and on the front of the envelope.

Atcasdistress back and envelope (1 of 1)

I also used some DSP to create an envelope liner to match the color of the card base:

Atcasdistress envelope liner (1 of 1)

 I hope you will play along with us this week.  We would love to see your interpretation of our challenge.  If you need more inspiration - pop along to each of our design team blogs where you will find wonderful CAS inspiration.

On a personal note:

I am planning some good relaxation time in my craft room this weekend and am really looking forward to turning on my radio and listening to some good classical music whilst I craft.  It always relaxes me and I can physically feel - and see - the transformation.  Last time I crafted, I noticed that my heart rate dropped to 62 beats per minute whilst I was listening to my music and giving some love to my crafting goodies.   Now... that's much lower than my general heart rate - and it was then that I realized just how relaxing this hobby is!

Now, I have to go unpack and do some washing and feed the pussycats.  I'll be back tomorrow with my Paper Players card.

In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little love.  Stay warm everyone!



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

  • Card stock:  Baked Brown Sugar.  Very Vanilla
  • Stamps:  An Open Heart.  Better than email (envelope and card back)
  • Inks:  Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding, So Saffron.   Copic Markers
  • Tools:  Lil Inkers Stitched rectangles die.  Dimensionals



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Welcome back Jaydee.
That is such a beautiful card.
Working in my craft room is great relaxation for me as well. It some how just releases the stress factor.
Enjoy your weekend.

"A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but no preserved, except in memory. LLAP" - LEONARD NIMOY. May he rest in peace.


I love your little wren, Jaydee! I just got this set and hope to be able to ink it up soon. Love these soft colors!

vicki dutcher

Beautiful card - love that sentiment -- the 2 go together perfectly

Barb Ghig

Gorgeous card, Jaydee! I love how you stamped the soft pastel branch and leaves behind your bird, and your envelope liner is so pretty!

Harriet Skelly

Jaydee this is so soft and beautiful - well done!


Hi Jaydee!

My best friend's mother just passed away . . . it is true . . . "So hard to find the words" . . . beautiful card!!

Marina . . . from far Africa

Kelly W.

Beautiful Jaydee! The soft colors are perfect for this sentiment and this card has a relaxed feel to it. Maybe because bird watching is truly relaxing to me as well as stamping, especially with a snowfall! I have a pair of Northern Flickers that are enjoying my suet feeders. I only get to see them in the winter and I just enjoy them so much. We also noticed a Red Breasted Woodpecker has a nest in our maple tree. Maybe just getting ready for Spring, I'm not sure. Enjoy your craft time and welcome home!


Beautiful, soft and delicate card Jaydee. Perfect for showing some love to a friend in need. Great take on the code word. I knew that crafting always made me feel better, but who knew it would be good for my heart too! :) Loll xx


So glad to see you again. I missed your posts and wonderful cards. Personally, I love Baked Brown Sugar - well in cookies. LOL


A very beautiful card, Jaydee and a way to think outside the box. I'm sure you will inspire many to do the same :) xx

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