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Wetlands for Addicted to CAS #66

 Hi Everyone.  Happy Friday.

It's Rebecca's turn to host our Addicted to CAS challenge this week and she has chosen a code word that is perfect for this time of year.


Now.. there are so many ways you can go with this code word and, I must admit, the beach, sandals, beach balls and sandcastles were the first thing that came to mind.  However, I really don't have any stamps that reinforce that theme :-)  So, I went with a more serene take on the challenge and thought of those wonderful sunset evenings spent walking along the beach and watching the plovers and seagulls at the edge of the water.   Once I went that direction, I knew I had the perfect stamp set.    Wetlands!

Here's my card:



I die-cut a tag and stamped the birds using StazOn.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks to create the water and sky - with a bright pop of yellow for the sun.

I found a piece of DSP in my stash and it matched perfectly with my Marina Mist card stock.

I hope you will join us this week.   The winner will win 7 digi's from our fabulous sponsor

I hope you will check out the cards for our design team - and check out the fabulous card from our very talented guest designer Flo 

On a personal note:

I am so glad it is the weekend and am really looking forward to some down time spent watching the birds, crafting at my desk, listening to some great music, eating some great food and spending time with Lou and the cats :-)   It seems the older I get, the more I appreciate the simple things in life :-)

 I caught this shot of a cowbird riding a deer.  Now.. it's a very symbiotic relationship as the cowbird rids the deer of ticks and other parasites and hitches a ride at the same time :-)  I'm sorry it isn't a great shot, but you can see how long the grass is in the wetland!

Cowbird deer (1 of 1)

We have some flowers starting to make an appearance in the prairie.... I think these are Queen Anne's lace!  I need to take a piece and have a really good look at it against some photos just to make sure.  The only thing that makes me question that maybe it isn't Queen Anne's Lace is that it normally grows in dry conditions, and this particular part of the prairie is pretty wet :-)  Whatever it is.  It's pretty:

Queen anne's lace (1 of 1)

I did get into the garden to take some more shots of plants that are starting to flower.  I'll load those tomorrow and share them with you over the next couple of days.

I'll be back tomorrow with both my Paper Players and Sunday Stamps cards.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe:

  • Card stock:  Very Vanilla.  Marina Mist.  both Stampin' Up!
  • DSP:  Simon Says Stamp card kit - stash
  • Stamp:  Wetlands:  Stampin' Up!
  • Inks:  Memento Black.  Distress Inks (Ranger)


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Lovely Card Jaydee. Like the simplicity
Thank goodness for them cowbirds; right?

Queen Anne's Lace sometimes called 'Wild Carrot'.
Very common plant that grows in dry fields, ditches, and open areas and can grow up to 4 feet tall. Best known for the flowers, which are tiny and white, blooming in lacy, flat-topped clusters. Each little flower has a dark, purplish center which blooms from May - October.
The fruits of Queen Anne's Lace are spiky, and will curl inward to build a "birds' nest" shape.
The Queen Anne's Lace will not bloom the first year but will bloom the second year of planting.

Keep enjoying the simple things in life..........
I find myself the happiest with the simple things.
Appreciating the blessings God gave me.

Just sitting and listening to the sound of rain has a sound all it's own.
People need to sit back and just listen, and enjoy the simple things that are around you.

Have a wonderful day along with an enjoyable weekend


Beautiful card Jaydee. Love our serene seaside with the bright sun shining. Perfect patterned paper for the background as you said. xx

vicki dutcher

Love the tagged beach scene~


This beautiful tag makes me think of waves splashing on the shore! A wonderful sound! Love the nature pictures. I've never seen a bird riding on a deer but it makes great sense. We've had a pair of cowbirds at our feeders this spring.


You do make the loveliest cards with that Wetlands stamp set.

Funny, I was just thinking last week about the cowbirds I used to see riding the cows when I was growing up on the farm. Hadn't thought of them for decades.

Barb Ghig

This is so pretty, Jaydee! Your tag is so charming, and I love your background! Thanks so much for sharing your photos with us :)

Beth Wilhelm

Love you card as usual~so pretty!
It doesn't look like our Queen Anne's Lace. The leaves make me think it is from the Yarrow family, but I don't know some plants too well. Pretty though! Hugs, Beth

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