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Thanks for Paper Players # 238

Hi Everyone. Happy Sunday.

It's the fabulously talented Claire's turn to host our Paper Player challenge this week and she has such a fun tic-tac-toe challenge for us:

Well, there were so many places to go with this challenge but, as I am desperate to see some spring colors and the bright yellow and white daffodils - I decided to go top to bottom on the left column:  yellow, die-cuts and flowers.
I started by stamping and die-cutting the flowers in various shades of yellow DSP.  I then added a couple of shades of Copic markers to add a little depth to the yellow.  
Now... what to place them on?  Mmmmm.... Soft Sky just didn't cut it.  Marina Mist was too dark..... and then I realized that the ONLY thing I could do, was to create masks for the flowers and color a piece of white card stock with two shades of Distress Ink.  So, I took my Ranger distress inks and the mini blending tools and set to work.  So, that blue background you see is actually blended inks!  I know it's hard to see it in the photo, but the background has more variation than a straight piece of cardstock could have delivered and it really is pretty when you have the card in hand.
Here's my card:
Thanks pp238
Now... the centers needed a little sumthin' sumthin'..... so I took my black Enamel Accents and added little dots to the centers to add a little shine and a tiny little bit of dimension.  Of course, I had to use my Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangle die to the focal panel to frame it.   After I stamped the sentiment onto the focal panel, I mounted it onto the card base with fun foam.   I am in love with this as a way to add a little dimension to the card and knowing that it will survive going through the post and not give me peaks and valleys that I get with normal dimensional tape or dots. :-)
The design team have created some fabulous cards for your inspiration.  I hope you will pop along to their blogs and check out their cards and then come back and join us and play along 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:

It might not have been very warm today..... around 40.... but the sun was shining and it was a glorious...and I mean... GLORIOUS... spring day!  We even managed to roll down the moon roof for a little while and have the sun beam down into the car - and onto our heads!  it was.... did I say this before?  GLORIOUS.   Now... all we need is some COLOR. :-)

The great thing about this time of the year is Spring Cleaning!  Now... I tend to do several "spring cleans" during the year, but none feel as good as the real Spring Clean done at this time of the year.  This week I noticed that I wasn't the only one doing some spring cleaning........

Georgina was out and about and madly cleaning out her burrow.  She spent hours going backwards and forwards cleaning out the old nesting material and bringing in brand new bedding.  She was so neat and tidy and industrious and I felt a strange connection with her knowing that we were both so happy that winter was finally on his way out of town..... and the sun would soon be warm and the cycle of life continued for another year.  It was amazing watching her.  

Once she had done some spring cleaning, she did exactly what I wanted to do..... found a nice sunny spot and just enjoyed it!

Georgina (1 of 1)

Soon, the ground will no longer look brown and she will have lots of yummy grasses and seeds to eat. All we need is a little rain :-)

The days have been filled with the sound of these guys as they begin the hunt for their nesting place getting ready for their females:

Redshouldered (1 of 1)

However.... the next morning.... Mr Winter decided it was time to show us that he wasn't quite done for the year and we woke up to this!!!!

Winterwonderlandinspring (1 of 1)

Now... if this had been November, I would have been happy!  But... seriously.... the end of March... NOOOOOOO.....  Luckily, it was almost all gone by the end of the day :-)

I must admit, it is wonderful to be back in the world of the connected :-)  My Mac seems to be behaving itself and I haven't had an unwanted reboot since she came back from MacHospital!  So, I am hoping that I can get into my craft room tomorrow and will have some cards to post :-)   In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe: 

  •     Card stock:  Neenah Solar White #110
  •     Stamp:  Artful Flowers - Simon Says Stamp
  •     Inks:  Ranger Distress Inks:  Peacock Feathers, Broken China - used for the background.      StazOn black used for the flower outline and sentiment.  Copic Markers used to color flowers
  •     DSP:  from old stash
  •     Tools:  Designer Flower dies - Simon Says Stamp.  Lil Inker Stitched Rectangle
  •   Fun Foam as dimensional element under the focal layer.  I love this stuff!!!



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That's amazing....your background looks perfectly blended! Love the yellow with the blue, too, so sharp!

Sandy M

Such a pretty, happy card, Jaydee! I enjoyed reading how you created it, too. I'm experimenting with distress inks for the first time. My mini blending tools are in the mail and I can't wait to play with them. I thank you for the beautiful inspiration!


Wow, your background is so perfectly and evenly blended it looks like colored cardstock! Beautiful job and a beautiful card!


Beautiful Spring / Summer looking card. So very cheerful.
Looks like your bird feeder didn't wear too well during the winter but the birds sure are enjoying their feast.
The wetlands is still pretty even with the little dusting of snow.
Nice to see Georgina out and about enjoying the sun.
Thanks for sharing more nature pic.
It's 3AM and temperature is already in the 60's and will be in the upper 70's for today. Worked outside for 6 1/2 hrs. Friday and again on Sat. and received my first sun burn not counting being stiff and sore all over.
Have a wonderful day


Love the background you made. I still haven't bought any distress inks but after seeing your bright cheerful card I might have to re-think that. It sure makes a difference. Cute photo of Georgina. I am soooo ready for spring.


So nice to see you back posting and know all is well in your world! Missed you. Love the blue and yellows on your card. I too am ready for some color and spring warmth.

Claire Broadwater

Jaydee, thank you for the kind words! You are so kind! :) I adore this card! Your beautiful distressed background is perfect for those yellow beauties! The variation you added with the Copics is perfect! The black enamel accents add great detail! I am with you on fun foam! It is a great product!
Love all the gorgeous photos! Always so nice to see a part of your world, My Friend! XX


Wow, I am really impressed with your gorgeous flowers and that fabulous background! The whole creation is a breath of spring air! You can keep your snow, although PA is supposed to get some FLURRIES tomorrow....I am sure they will not last (at least I am keeping my fingers crossed!)!!!!

Joanne James

Your background is gorgeous Jaydee and sets off those beautifully coloured yellow blooms to perfection. Hope you are free from snow flurries soon - spring really should be on its way now!

Shannon Jaramillo

Jaydee, I could tell right away that your gorgeous background was made with distress inks! So beautiful!! I recently purchased a bunch of them when the were half off, now I need to USE them!! Your background color sets your flowers off beautifully! I love those stamps!! Such a pretty card! I hope the snow goes away soon, for good!!

Kelly W.

Jaydee, what a delightful Spring card! The beautiful blooms and gorgeous sky background sure evoke the feeling of that glorious day you've described!! I adore the nature pictures and stories you show and tell. Thanks so much!

Nance Leedy

Oh my, I am so glad you show this card with a close-up. The detail of the colored flowers with their glossy centers and the inked background is just gorgeous. Such a happy card,, Jaydee--I love it!

Anne Marie HIle

Nothing worse than a sick computer! I love, love, LOVE your card, Jaydee! The dressed-up flowers really pop off your inked background. So pretty and perfect for Spring! Bug hugs! :)

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