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Hi Everyone.  Happy Sunday.

It's the fabulous Nance's turn to host our Paper Players card this week and she has a code word that really appeals to Lou:

Lou doesn't get to cycle as much as he likes these days because he is on the road so much.  However, when he is home getting out on his bike is one thing he really likes to do.  It is his meditation time.  A time when he can get some exercise, clear his head and get some fresh air.
Lou only rides Bianchi bikes, so it was important to try to emulate the Celeste green that Bianchi is famous for and, because this card is for Lou - I really wanted to keep it clean and simple and free of embellishments. :-)
Here's my take on the challenge:
Ppbike (1 of 1)
I wanted to get a feel of movement on the card - and to emulate a road surface - although it looks more cobblestone than tarmac in feel :-)   So, I pulled out my Ranger stencil and some Sahara Sand ink and created the vertical stripes.
I used the same stencil for the inside of the card - and the envelope.  Heres's a photo of the inside and envie:
Ppbikeinsideandenvie (1 of 1)
I hope you will join us for our challenge this week.  If you are looking for some inspiration - you don't have to go far.  Our amazing design team have created some fabulous cards for you:

On a personal note:

It's still cold here.... but... the weatherman has promised us that it is definitely getting warmer this week and I can tell you that I am very happy about some warmer weather!

When we were walking around Haddon Hall we came across this Spinet and it dates from the first decade of the 17th century.  How amazing is that?  I was amazed that I was standing in front of a musical instrument that has been played for over 300 years.

Spinnet (1 of 1)

Isn't that paneling gorgeous, too?  The spinet is at the end of the grand gallery.  Which is such a beautiful room

Grand gallery (1 of 1)-2

The grand gallery was designed to allow the women of the time to get some exercise without being affected by the sun or rain.  Keeping their complexion white and not sun-kissed was very important for the women of the 15th century.  I love the paneling on the walls and the beautiful ceiling.   The windows were fascinating, too.  this is original 15th century leaded glass - you can even see how the glass is buckling.

Grand gallery window (1 of 1)

Here's an outside view of the Hall.

Haddon hall (1 of 1)

I'll be back tomorrow with another card.  In the meantime warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.




Card recipe:

  • stamps:  Pedal Pusher (Papertrey Ink)
  • Inks:  Black Licorice (Fun Stampers Journey) Sahara Sand (Stampin' Up!)
  • Cardstock:  Vanilla (Recolletions 110#)


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Jaydee, I really liked the pictures and information about Haddon Hall. I went to the website to view all the various tours of the rooms. They were beautiful! How lucky for you to see the Hall in person. All your cards are beautiful.

Thanks so very much for sharing with us.

Always, Marsha from Apple Valley, CA.

Claire Broadwater

Jaydee, this is just perfect for your hubby! I love the stenciling inside and on the envelope, too!
Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures! I certainly enjoyed the tour! XXX


Hi Jaydee! I love that stenciled fun and creative! He will love this card. Your pics are awesome too!

Hilda Burton

Great card with the lovely stenciled road and colorful bike. Thanks for the wonderful pics. Love the grand gallery. With the cool weather lingering it would be great to have a room like that for exercise!

linda callahan

Love the stenciling you did inside and out! That is such a great bicycle! And I also love those photos.....amazing!


Your card is that bicycle! And thanks for sharing your wonderful pix!


Very fitting card for the cyclist. Lou will love it.
Thanks for sharing such wonderful photos Jaydee. Absolutely love them furniture pieces.

I don't have a picture, but we have had a roadrunner hanging around our yard. What an amazing bird to watch.
Have a wonderful and joyous day

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