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Sheltering Tree for Paper Players #234

Hi Everyone.

Happy Sunday.  It's the fabulously talented Laurie's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a great theme for us:


Considering the weather that most of us are experiencing, I think we are all beginning to think spring! It is still a couple of months away for us here in Minnesota, but I'm happy that the chickadees have chosen their nesting box - and that's always a sign that spring is not too far away :-)

For tonight's card, I decided to use the tree in the garden of our old house as inspiration.  This tree was superb in late spring.   You can check out a photograph of it on this post

I thought the Sheltering Tree set would be perfect and I inked up the pieces with Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Melon Mambo and Pink Pirouette.  I used Wild Wasabi for the little hillock under the tree.

Here's my card:

Sheltering Tree


I added a few heart and normal sequins for a little added interest and bling.  The colors don't show up that well in the photograph, but they work really well with the ink colors in real life.  I backed the card front onto a Pistachio Pudding card base and mounted the card front on fun foam to give it a little lift from the card base.

I used the stamps from Better than email for the back of the card and the front of the envelope:

Thinkspring back and envie (1 of 1)

I love this little set and use it on all the cards that I make.  If you haven't checked it out - you can find it at this link.

The design team have some amazing cards as inspiration for you.  I hope you will check out their blogs and then play along with us this week.

Ann Schach
Anne Marie Hile
Claire Broadwater 
Joanne James
Laurie Schmidt
LeAnne Pugliese
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis 
Debbie Mageed
Karren Johnson
Shannon Jaramillo

On a personal note:

I didn't get any time in my craft room today, except to set up my new laster printer.  I can think Jennifer Mcguire for enabling me on that little purchase.  wondering why I bought a laser printer?  Well, hopefully, I will have time to play tomorrow and will be able to show you :-)

Thanks to Colleen for her message and reminding us of the loss of Leonard Nimoy.  One of the things that struck me about my father... you know... we all have these perceived eccentricities in our parents.... well, Dad was a trekkie.  Not one of those guys that would go to trekkie conventions, but, back in 1966 he would make sure he watched Star Trek.  I was stunned at the time, because he never struck me as the type of guy who would be interested in Science Fiction.  When I saw that Leonard Nimoy had died yesterday, I remembered Dad watching Star Trek and me being amazed.  It was another reminder that I had never thought to ask him at the time what it was about this particular show that he liked so much.  

I'll be back tomorrow with details of the blog candy - and, hopefully, another card.  In the meantime warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.




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

  • card stock:  Naturals White.  Pistachio Pudding
  • Stamps:  Sheltering Tree
  • Inks:  Pear Pizzazz. Old Olive. Melon Mambo.  Pink Pirouette.  Wild Wasabi.  Soft Suede
  • Tools:  Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles.  Fun Foam.
  • Accessories:  Sequins


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Ann Schach

Beautiful, Jaydee! Using sequins to decorate the tree was pure design genius! LOVE it!

Claire Broadwater

Jaydee, this is my favorite new stamp set! I love the bling on your tree! The stitched rectangle are perfect! Your card makes me long for green leaves! XX, My Friend!


Looking at this tree makes me hope that spring might really come this year!!! More snow in the forecast, so I'll just keep looking at your pretty springy card!


Beautiful Spring look'n card. I'm normally not much for green but I do like that Pistachio Pudding CS.
Boy, can't wait till Spring has sprung.
Friday our yard looked like one large ice skating rink and then had a covering of snow on top but with the temperatures above freezing yesterday it has all melted. :} Must say; we needed the moisture but that ice storm we had can do without.
Hubby was going to mow our yard but that was before the rain, sleet and snow moved in. Will be doing that once the yard dries out some. At the moment it's pretty wet and muddy.

I have loved watching all the Star Trek movies. I only wish I had recorded them at the time cause I would watch them over and over again.
Jaydee, enjoy your day and have a wonderful evening

Linda Rodgers

My dad and I used to watch Star Trek together. Unfortunately, we had to leave about 15 minutes before it ended every week to make it to choir practice on time. No VCR/PVR in those days. Thanks for the memory, Jaydee.


I love this tree and the colors you've put into the leaves all work so well. The sequins are a fun touch!

Anne Marie HIle

Gotta love that bling! Such a fun way to dress up the stamped tree. I was very sad to hear of Leonard Nemoy, as well. I wasn't a "Trekkie" but my father-in-law actually got me into the show.He loved that show, as well. Hope it warms up in your neck of the woods really soon. Big hugs!


Your tree is so pretty..I can hardly wait for some green instead of white! I love the sequins!


I love your blingie tree! So pretty!! And you have inspired a project for me to do, so thanks!! I know that spring here in Michigan is also a couple of months away (usually around the end of April) so crafting signs of spring is definitely a good therapy for the winter blues. Great card!

Joanne James

Such a pretty Spring tree - it won't be long before the buds are starting to form. This is one of my favourite stamp sets in the seasonal catalogue. Like you, we have a blue tit who is already overnighting in our nesting box - we are having fun watching her comings and goings and looking forward to her nesting.

Sandy M

Your crabapple tree is gorgeous, and what wonderful inspiration for this challenge, Jaydee. I love all the little sequins in your tree, it feels like a real springtime celebration!

Nance Leedy

Such a sweet reminder of what spring truly looks like! I love the colors of your tree and the tree that inspired it is a stunner. Love those stitched rectangle dies, too!

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