Flip Flops for Paper Players # 306
Musical Mistletoe for Addicted to CAS

Beautiful Day for Casology and Freshlymade

Hi Everyone.

Happy Thursday.  I don't know about you all... but I am so looking forward to the weekend!

One thing I also know... I seem to be obsessed with Altenew's stamps these days!  I avoided them for so long because I thought they were too complicated... all those different layers.  However, I have seen the error of my ways and a MISTI helps tremendously!   The other thing I realized is that you don't have to stamp all of the layers - you can just use them as outline stamps - as I did for my card tonight.

Before I created my card, I went looking for a little inspiration and found it in terms of a theme at casology and a sketch at freshlymade.


I began with a spare piece of water color paper and inked it up with versamark and then heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  I decided to go for a soft, feminine feel to the card.  Once I watercolored the flower, I left it to dry and set about working on the leaves.  I inked them up with my Zig markers, sprayed them and then did a little detail work with my pencils. All that was left was to color a section of the card base behind where I wanted to place the focal images.  I finished off the base layer with a few splatters using the same pink ink that I had used to color the rest of the card - except I made it more intense.

I then took another spare strip of watercolor paper, colored it with the same ink and then heat set the sentiment with the silver embossing powder.  All that was left to do...... assemble the card :-)

Here's my card:

Justanote (1 of 1)

I know it's a little hard to see the sentiment is actually a separate strip... but it really is:-)   I decided it wasn't quite finished, so added some water droplets using my Pico clear embellisher.  I love the soft, subtle color scheme and the texture created by the watercolor paper.

How about a closeup of the flower with the waterdroplets?

Justanote closeup (1 of 1)

On a personal note:

I have a couple of photographs to share with you tonight.  I noticed that the little chickadee loves to drink out of the buddha fountain.  I managed to get a photograph of it sitting on top of buddha's head - can you see him?

Chickadee buddha (1 of 1)

maybe a closeup will help?

Chickadee buddha (1 of 1)-2

Isn't he the cutest little thing?

In honor of Lou's upcoming birthday - I purchased 24 butterflies for him to release into our garden.  These are butterflies that are native (meaning that they are natively here for at least part of the year) to Minnesota and 12 of the ones that arrived were Monarchs.  We let them out this morning and I managed to catch a few fleeting photographs before they woke up, fed a little and then wandered off to pastures green.

Isn't this a beautiful sight?

Monarch (1 of 1)-3

absolutely glorious!   More about letting the butterflies out tomorrow :-)

OK... one more :-)  The Orioles are still hanging around.  This female was attracted to the seed and I managed to capture a shot of her perched on the feeder:

Female oriole (1 of 1)

I'll be back with my Addicted to CAS card and some more photographs for you tomorrow night.  In the meantime warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight - especially for my dearest Pammie.
Card recipe:
  • Cardstock:  Canson Watercolor paper
  • Stamps:  Beautiful Day - Altenew
  • Inks:  Distress inks, zig watercolor markers


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Linda Callahan

Wowza! I have been afraid of those flowers too......maybe I need to rethink! This is gorgeous!

Colleen Begley

Beautiful, Jaydee! Love it all and those water droplets are super fun! I need some, LOL.



Your flower card is just beautiful. Other than any animal, bird or creatures, flowers are my favorite! The colors are so dainty and delicate, plus the raindrops and drizzles of color are just perfect. Can't wait to see the rest of the butterflies. The Monarch is gorgeous.

Always, Marsha

Doris D.

You outdid yourself on this card. Simply magnificent! That flower...oh my! And the raindrops just top it off. The photos are beautiful. Always enjoy a butterfly. Can't wait to hear about the release.


What a beautiful card in the soft colors. I love the silver embossing and the dewdrops. So pretty, Jaydee. Love the pics too. What a great idea. Can't wait to hear more about the butterflies tomorrow. Enjoy your weekend.


Gorgeous, Jaydee! I love how these florals look embossed in silver and watercolored, and the water droplets are the perfect finishing touch.

Linda Rodgers

So elegant! The combination of the watercolour, the silver embossing, and those delicate water droplets is perfect.

I'm really glad you're getting butterflies. Monarchs seem to be in very short supply this year in Manitoba. I've only seen one. A few years ago, I raised (as if I actually had anything to do with it!) a monarch from caterpillar through to butterfly and my older grandson was able to watch the process. I wanted to do it again this year with the younger grandson. I've lost track of how many times I've climbed out of the car along the roadside to search through the milkweed stands for an egg or caterpillar, but with no success. I'm relieved to hear you're having the beautiful visitors.


Beautiful card. Love the softness as well as the little droplets. Nice touch.
What a special gift for Lou. How exiting that must had been in releasing them butterflies.
Have a wonderful and enjoyable weekend.
Happy Birthday Lou


So beautifully soft and elegant - love the silver embossing with the pretty pink So glad you joined us at CASology this week!

Sherrie M.

Wow, stunning Jaydee! Love the focal point corner with the flower and how the pink fades from the corner. And the splatters are a nice touch! Thanks for playing along at CASology this week.


This is so beautiful, Jaydee! That flower just shines! Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

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