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You make me smile - Paper Players #254

Hi Everyone.  Happy Sunday.

It's the very talented Laurie's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a great theme challenge for us:

Now CAS and frames.... there were so many places I could take this but, as I am making cards for hospitalized kids - I wanted to do something a little more fun. 
When Lou was in Australia recently, he bought me some new stamps from a local company and I love that they feature native animals.
I got to thinking about this fun emu and remembered that I had a pair of wooden glasses from an old Simon Says Stamp card kit.   I had the idea of putting the glasses on the fun emu.... but..... the image was way too small for the glasses.  So, I stamped the image, scanned it and increased it in size to 120% of the original and printed it onto card stock.
It was almost perfect... but the neck wasn't long enough.  Well, that was nothing that my copic fineliner couldn't solve :-)   Once I had elongated the neck of the emu, I set about coloring it and I really wanted to make it fun as opposed to realistic colors.
Here's my card:
You make me smile
Oh... I cannot tell you how much fun I had creating this card.  Once I had colored the image, I used my Copic markers on the wooden glasses and then covered them with Wink of Stella to add a little sparkle and shine.  I hope this card brought a smile to your face and I hope it brings a smile to the face of the final recipient :-)
The design team have created some fabulous cards for your inspiration.  I hope you will check them out and then come back and play with us.  We'd love to see what you create.
On a personal note:
Well, the weather has certainly been interesting.  We have had some incredible storms over the last week or so and I have never - ever - seen sky to sky lightening storms like I have seen this week.  Last night over 250,000 people lost power during the storm and a possible tornado touched down about 20 minutes from us.  We were so surprised to wake up this morning and find that we had not lost any trees.   Some of the prairie flowers got really battered, but everything else was just fine.  Lou went to our local supermarket only to find that they were without power and the generators were doing nothing except running the checkouts.  Hopefully we will have a quiet night tonight!
I wanted to share a couple of photos with you.   We went out onto the deck a couple of days ago and saw this gorgeous guy
Superstud (1 of 1)
He's a very handsome specimen and I obviously wasn't the only one that thought so.  Here's his little harem:
Superstudharem (1 of 1)
I couldn't get them all in shot, but counted 6 of them!
I cannot tell you how happy it makes us that we have multiple families feeding at our orange and jelly feeder.   I managed to catch this shot of both Mom and Dad feeding baby:
Oriolefeedtime (1 of 1)
This feeder has attracted the Grosbeaks, Finches, Orioles, 3 different types of woodpecker and, this afternoon, I even found a butterfly sucking on the orange!   Amazing.
Just in case you missed it - I have kicked off my annual Cards for a Cause card drive and we have another two very deserving charities this year and both of these are very close to my heart - hospitalized children and people suffering from cancer.   If you haven't seen it, please check out the post as this link.  We would love it if you joined us and donated cards for these great causes.
I'll be back tomorrow.  In the meantime warm hugs and prayers for those of you that need a little lift tonight.
Card recipe:
  • Emu Stamp - Stamp It.  Sentiment - Simon Says Stamp You
  • Inks:  Memento Black.  Copic Markers
  • Card stock:  Xpress it white.  Soft Suede (Stampin' Up!


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This is such a fun card! Your emu is so cute with the glasses, it sure makes ME smile! Have a great day!

Becca Cruger

Hahaha - Oh my gosh, I saw this at the Paper Players challenge and had to pop over to tell you how much I loved this crazy emu and his glasses. Were you just giggling the whole time you were making this? Because i would be! :) It's so fun!


OH my gosh, how FUN is this fella!! This card gave me a big smile and so did your photos of the wildlife that visited you!!

Doris D.

I love this card! I can just see the person who receives this laughing out loud. Precious. While my friend battles deer in her waterfront yard you feed them and don't mind them in your habitat. And I can't believe a butterfly sucking on the orange. Nature in all it's glory!

Gerri K

LOVE this card! This would make any child (or adult for that matter) smile.
Your blog brings me so much joy. The photos of the wildlife are fabulous.

Sandy M

What a fun card, Jaydee! How clever of you to scan the image and adjust the size to fit the glasses. Great take on the challenge! And you know I always enjoy seeing photos of your wildlife. The Orioles are beautiful.

Ruth Ann Vincent

Thank you for your cute Emu.
He made me smile and I'm sure your card will bring lots of laughs, to the one receiving him.
That was so sweet of Lou to bring you home some cute stamps!
Also, I enjoy your photos of the visitors in the Wetlands.

Nance Leedy

Oh my, who knew an emu could be so cute?! You certainly did! Love the creative way you tackled the sizing problem and I adore the sparkly spectacles! We might call this one Elton Emu, lol! ((hugs))


This card CRACKS ME UP! How clever of you to resize it just to fit those frames!

Claire Broadwater

Jaydee, this is just hilarious! I love how you resized the emu to fit his glasses. Some little child is going to cherish this card!!!!!
Your outdoor visitors are beautiful! WOW! That deer harem is gorgeous! XX

Joanne James

Oh my goodness Jaydee - I don't know about smile, this card makes me want to laugh out loud! That emu is so funny! Great tweaking of stamps to achieve the desired effect too.

Ann Schach

Oh my gosh! This has to be the cutest card ever, Jaydee! It will bring a smile to anyone's face!

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