Sheltering Tree for Paper Players #234
Wishing you a day bright with sunshine for As you See It

Hello You for Casethissketch and Seize the Birthday and blog candy

Hi Everyone.  Happy Monday.

I have so enjoyed my couple of days at home relaxing after a very intense 6 months at work.  I relaxed, went to the gym, crafted, read, slept, caught up on my TV series, cleaned house and just had fun :-)  It was great and I so enjoyed it.  In fact, I would like to spend a few more days just doing that, however, I am back to work again tomorrow.  

I went looking for challenges and was thrilled to find that this card had been chosen by Seize the Birthday as their co-winner and  at Casethissketch as one of their top choices the last time I got to play along.  When I go looking for challenges to play along with, I never expect that my card will be honored, I do it because I really need the inspiration of color, sketch or theme challenges to help me make cards.  So, my huge thanks to the the fabulous teams at seizethebirthday and casethissketch challenge team for honoring my card.

For this card I found the sketch at casethissketch and a fabulous theme at Seizethebirthday.

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I had this idea in my head of using my crafter's workshop number stencil and to ombre blues and greens.  It was great, but, it was much more intense than I had wanted, so I ended up layering two layers of sticky-backed vellum over the top to make the colors less intense.  I know it's pretty difficult to see it in the photo, but in real life you can see the blue and green colors under the vellum :-)

I then die cut the "hello" from the "Hellp You" die cuts into the stenciled base as well as in Basic Black card stock.  Once I had die cut it in black, I used Black Enamel over the top of the die cut to add shine and depth.  I then inset the enameled black into the card base and added a tag with a black enamel dot to finish it off.

Here's my card for the two challenges:

hello you

 If you are looking for some inspiration, check out the design team and submission cards for both seizethebirthday and Casethissketch!

On a personal note:

I've been promising some blog candy, and today I managed to photograph the first of the upcoming blog candy grab bags!  This one is a Stampin' Up! grab bag and it's really easy to put yourself in contention for winning!!!!

What do you have to do?  Very easy!  Leave a comment on this post letting us know what your favorite book is - and why!  I'm hoping that we might can some inspiration on discovering new  - or rediscovering old - books.

What do you stand to gain for leaving a comment?  How about DSP.  A punch.  Some ribbon.  A photo stand.  A framelit.  Some pens and, if that isn't enough - how about some Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details?  How about all of this together in a single blog candy!!!

  Blogcandy (1 of 1)

 As a book hog... yes, I admit to that!  It's really hard to decide on a single book.  I have an eclectic taste in books - just as I do in music... oh... and stamping goodies :-)  So.... what is one of my favorite books?  Mmmm... that really is a hard question!  The Prophet - Kahlil Gibran?  Gone With the Wind?  Prince of Tides?  Lord of the Rings?  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone?  Midsummer Night's Dream? Tess of the D'Urberville's?  Age of Innocence?  The DaVinci Code?  The Kite Runner? Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance?  Silent Spring?  The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side?  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil?  A Brief History of Time?   Man.... this is a hard question for me... but I am hoping that you can suggest your best book.  tell us why it's your favorite (or one of your favorite books).  It can be any type of book.  I'll be leaving this blog candy prize open for the next week.  So, leave us a message with your favorite - or one of your favorite books on any post for the next week.  Oh... and you can leave as many messages as you like.  

If you have 5 books and you can't make up your mind which is your favorite.. that's fine.  Leave 5 messages!!!  Each one will count towards the blog candy prize.  I can't wait to hear what YOU choose.

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



Card recipe:

  • Die Cuts:  Hello You (Stampin' Up!?
  • Card stock  Island Indigo. Whisper White.  Sticky Backed Vellum
  • Inks:  Rangers
  • Tools:  Ranger Enamel Accents.


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Gorgeous! I love how you toned down the bright panel with vellum. Thanks so much for playing along at Seize The Birthday :)


Colleen b. - 3000 cookbooks? Holy cow! I have about 25 and even then, still fall back on the same old recipes. You must get so inspired!

Jaydee, have you read anything by P.D. James? Really great reads. And Alan Bradley- he is a Saskatchewan author but writes about an 11 year old girl who gets into all sorts of interesting situations. A different read. But I have to go back to Pat Conroy - love his writing!


I would be remiss not to mention The Holy Bible. I lke it because it is divine truth and it's all about LOVE!


I love The Duchess by Jude Deveraux. It's a perfect romance-so sweet!


I also like Pilgrim's Inn by Elizabeth Goudge, about a large family who moves into a former inn and discovers a hidden treasure there which draws them all closer. Thanks for asking, Jaydee!

Sharyn Polesel

Very pretty happy birthday card! Thanks for joining us at Seize the Birthday!


Every few years I try to reread Heart of the Family by Elizabeth Goudge. It makes me feel grounded.Thanx for asking! My hub sez I'd have more room for stamps if I got rid of some books, but I JUST CAN'T!


Great looking card Jaydee and I really like how you do the 'happy'. Really makes it stand out.
Gosh, don't remember when I picked up a book to read. The ones that I have read are all mostly autobiographies. Other than that I do real through many cookbooks of which I have and the favorites are the 3 Pioneer Woman's cookbooks that I have along with several of the Mr. Food Cookbooks. I have right around 3 thousand cookbooks so it's hard to pick a favorite. Have many church cookbooks which I think are really the best kind.
Have more nasty weather moving in come tomorrow and Friday with more freezing sleet and icy roads. Hopefully this will be last of it for us Texans. I'm getting cabin fever.

Enjoy your evening and have a wonderful weekend and do stay warm


"Stranger in a Strange Land" by Robert A. Heinlein. I read it for the first time in junior high - to me, it portrayed characters, culture that were open to new ideas and ways of seeing things.

Other favorites, any Arthurian legends and the Brother Cadfael mystery series by Ellis Peters...simply for the entertainment value and imagining a different time and place.

I like to collect books and crafting supplies equally!

Janice J.

I'm reading "Voyager" by Diana Gabaldon right now. I also enjoy anything by James Patterson.
The sketch is lovely and like your card.

Janice J.

Right now I'm reading Voyager by Diana Gabaldon. I read all her books. I also enjoy James Patterson's books.
Love this sketch and your card.

Leigh Penner

Oh, this is wonderful! Great take on the sketch!

Jeanne H

My book club read, and I loved, "The Language of Flowers: a novel" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Wonderful way to learn about flowers, while being absorbed in family heartache, love and redemption. Thanks, Jaydee. BTW, I've read nearly all of the ones you listed! Hugs & :-)

Jeanne H

My book club read, and I loved, "The Language of Flowers: a novel" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Wonderful way to learn about flowers, while being absorbed in family heartache, love and redemption. Thanks, Jaydee. BTW, I've read nearly all of the ones you listed! Hugs & :-)


Heaven is for real supports my faith. "out of the mouths of babes comes the truth"

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