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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)