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Watercolor Dragonflies for Paper Players # 304 and Case this Sketch

Handwritten Floral Greetings for Paper Players #303

Hi Everyone.  Happy Sunday.

It's the fabulous Nance's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a color challenge for us:

Such a pretty color combo.  Unfortunately I don't have Sweet Sugarplum, so I had to substitute with a Zig Watercolor marker instead.

I also needed a sketch, so popped along to casethissketch

I decided to go really clean and simple on my card and use the new stamp set in the July Simon Says Stamp card kit.  Here's my card:
Pp303 (1 of 1)-2
The colors remind me of what is happening in our prairie.  The wild bergamot (aka Bee Balm) is starting to burst - and there is a lot of it this year.  It's almost the color of the Sweet Sugarplum.  We can't wait for it to fully come into flower.
If you are looking for some great inspiration - you have to look no further than the cards from the design teams.  You can check out the Paper Player design team creations on their blogs.

On a personal note:

I'm sitting on a really comfortable Pottery Barn outdoor chair looking out over the prairie and woodland.  As my regular readers will guess.... we don't use pesticides or insecticides  - or any kind of "cides" in our garden.  Consequently, it is teeming with little bugs and insects.  We had someone ring our doorbell a couple of nights ago asking us if we wanted the garden sprayed for insects.  The guy was lucky that it was Lou that answered the door and not me.  Why on earth do you want to spray for insects?  They are pollinators and food and are - mostly - very good for the garden - and the birds.  I don't understand why people do it.  Anyway, the beauty of NOT spraying for insects is that you get them and, along with them, you get the birds that feed off them.  I just saw a Blue Bird fly into the flowers right in front of me and sweep up a caterpillar, which he rushed off to his nest.    Way too fast for me to get a photo.

I wanted to share a photo of Charlie with you.  It's hard to believe that it is almost 6 years since Lou found him out in the corn fields where he had been abandoned as a little kitten.   Fast forward 6 years - and His Lordship now "owns" a 9 foot couch where he has made the back of one of the cushions into his own "hammock".

Charliecat (1 of 1)

Think he's comfortable?  He really is absolutely and completely adorable.  Mind you, I did name in Toothless.  If any of you have seen the movie How to Tame Your Dragon - you will know that toothless is a dragon that is all warm and soft until his teeth come out - huge, sharp teeth.  Charlie is just the same - and they share the same shape of head. :-)

I took a photo of one of the flowers that have sprung up in the prairie - some kind of sunflower - just not sure which one!

Sunflower (1 of 1)

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



Card recipe:

  • Stamps:  Handwritten Floral Greetings - sentiment.  Leaves:  Spring Flowers - both Simon Says Stamp
  • Colors:  Mint Macaroon, Island Indigo - both Stampin' Up!  Pink:  Zig Marker
  • Cardstock:  Vanilla - Recollections #110
  • Accessories:  White floral sequins - Simon Says Stamp.  Butterfly Punch - Stampin' Up!