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Painted Petals for Paper Players #235

Hi Everyone.  Happy Sunday.

It's the fabulously talented and all round amazing lady - Anne Marie's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a color challenge for us.  The minute I saw the colors I knew that I would be inking up Painted Petals!  The colors just shouted spring :-)

I really wanted to go very clean and simple for this challenge to allow these delicate colors to shine and used one of my go to layout; a tag on a card with a simple string tie.

Before we get to my card, let's take a look at Anne Marie's colors:


See what I mean about spring?  The only color I was worried about was Crumb Cake.  It isn't a color I reach for often, but it is a great neutral and I decided to incorporate that into the sentiment - and on the tie of the tag.
Here's my take on the challenge:
Painted Petals
I love the soft colors with all of that white space.  The simple hemp string, cutrled with my scissors, echoes the softness but does not over power the flowers.   I raised the tag on fun foam so that it would be above the card base, but go through the post in one piece.
Of course, I had to add a little shimmer with my Wink of Stella pen and, even though you can't see it in the photograph, if adds just the right amount of bling on the flowers :-) 
The design team have some amazing inspiration cards for you.  I hope you will pop along to their blogs and check out their cards and... that you will come back and play along with us.  We would love to see what you create.
On a personal note:
Today, the temperature reached a wonderful 40 degrees!  That means it was 70 degrees warmer than it has been.  We put out our chairs on the front porch and I sat in the suntrap for about 15 minutes.  It was wonderful to feel the warm sun on my face.  It did seem incredibly odd sitting there with the snow all around though :-)  However, based on the forecast for the coming 10 days..... that snow should be gone by next weekend!  We have had snow on the ground for almost 5 months and I am so ready to see the plants start to shoot up their new offerings of the season! 
I've always loved the Minnesota winters, but think I am at the point where I would like to be able to enjoy my garden for more than 3 or 4 months of the year.  I walk past our screened in porch, with all the furniture wrapped up for winter, and long for those summer and autumn nights when we sat outside watching the wildlife and enjoying the warm breezes.  Yep.... it's official.  I'm suffering from cabin fever :-)
I haven't gotten into my craft room at all this week, but am hoping to spend some quality time in there tomorrow.  If I do, then I will have some cards to share with you this week.  I think I am ready for some relaxation - classical music and inks and paper!
In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight and I hope your days are getting warmer!
Card recipe - all ingredients Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
  • Card stock:  Neenah Solar White 110#
  • Inks:  So Saffron.  Crisp Cantaloupe.  Wild Wasabi.  Crumb Cake
  • Stamps:  Painted Petals
  • Tools:  Simon Says Stamp Medium Tag die.  Hemp twine.