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Artsy Leaves for Addicted to CAS Challenge # 94

Rise & Shine for Paper Players #308 and Freshly Made

Hi Everyone.  Happy Sunday.  I hope you are all having a great weekend.

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

These colors are perfect for back to school - but I wanted to go a different route and make an encouragement card instead and I dedicate this cute duo to my bestie - Pammie.

Of course, I needed a sketch to go with the colors - and found it across at Freshly Made.


I used some new goodies to make this card - one of them is a modern leaf background that I created using a new die-cut.  I die-cut a piece of cardstock and used it as a mask.  I then used my Clarity brushes to add some Daffodil Delight over white cardstock.  Once that was done, I cut a piece of Neenah white card stock and stamped my two little birdies on top.  I then colored them and added a black line to make them look as though they were sitting on a wire :-)   I stamped the sentiment and mounted the bird panel and the sentiment with dimensionals..... oh..... and.... of course!  add some shimmer and shine.

Here's my card:

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I hope you will play along with us this week - we can't wait to see what you create.  Looking for some inspiration - look no further than our design team:

On a personal note:

Long hours again this week and the couple of hours that I have had spare have been watching and supporting the Olympians.  What an amazing group of young women the US gymnasts are.  Talented, dedicated, athletic, supportive and all round - awesome.  I also loved that they were talking and giggling like a group of young girls should.  It's also wonderful to see countries suddenly blossom and deliver a medal where none has ever gone before.... Take Fiji..... A small, tiny island at the bottom end of the world (well... I suppose it depends on which end of the world you are in :-) ) But for us... it's way, way away!  How awesome was it that they beat the Brits at Rugby and won a gold medal.  Heck... England was the country that invented Rugby!   Go... Fiji!

Today, whilst I was making my card for the challenge this week, I watched a young Puerto Rican woman - Monica Puig - beat Angelique Kerber - the #2 ranked women's player in the world.  She played with grace, composure, strength and single-mindedness.  She held her head - and her game and became the first Puerto Rican woman ever to win an Olympic medal - and the first Puerto Rican to win a gold medal.  Apparently Puerto Rico had come to a virtual standstill as people gathered anywhere they could to watch this woman try to make history.

It's these amazing feats - that keep me coming back to watch the Olympics - and I apologize for not updating my blog this week.... but the Olympics were calling and took over the few spare hours I had - and I bet there are lots of you out there that were doing the same:-)

I have a couple of photographs for you....

Everyone ready to say awwwwwww - again :-)

Mommy has done an amazing job of bringing up her little babies.

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I was thrilled to see the return of a couple of the Monarchs that we released for Lou's birthday.  Isn't he gorgeous:

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I will be back with another card tomorrow - I promise.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight - including my dearest Pammie.



Card recipe:

  • Inks:  Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Pacific Point (well... matching Copic colors for everything except the Daffodil Delight)
  • Stamps:  Rise & Shine - Fun Stampers Journey
  • Die:  Layered Leaves - Fun Stampers Journey



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Linda Callahan

Oh these bright birdies are wonderful! Such a delightful card! And your pix are fabulous! Love the deer!

Colleen Begley

Love the birdies, Jaydee and great minds think alike, LOL. When I first saw your card I was trying to figure out if the background was patterned paper or stamped. For stenciling, it's pretty perfect and I love how you did it. Something I'm going to try! Love that little yellow bird with hearts for wings. Super cute card. On a side note, I was sitting out on my deck eating lunch yesterday and a Monarch came by to visit. Unfortunately I didn't have my phone with me. It would have made a great picture. Love yours.


This is a really cute, fun card. Love the color challenge and the design. Your pictures are wonderful. We are having more butterflies this year, but the woodpeckers left earlier in the summer. I agree about the Olympics being great entertainment. We have been staying up much later than usual to watch. But they are great fun! Have a great day.


Love that stenciled background..how clever and so perfect for those cute birds! Gotta love the shimmer and shine you added too.

It was fun reading your post and thoughts on the Olympics...we have been having a good time watching them,too.

PS...Your visitors are adorable!!!!

Jen Brum

What a great card! Those little birdies are so sweet! Love their bright colours! That mama deer and her little babies are so cute!!! Everyone loves a monarch! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!


What a cute pair you little birds are, and I love the background too. I "had to have" those stencil brushes and bought them two months ago but I haven't taken them out of the box yet :0 Thanks for the inspiration!

Joanne James

Love your stencilled background Jaydee - perfect for your colourful birds on a wire! The deers too are just so sweet - you are so lucky to have such wonderful wildlife in your garden.

Claire Broadwater

Jaydee, such a happy card! I love the background you created and your little birdies made me smile! So happy you created such a beautiful card with my color palette! Thanks for stepping out of the box! You made my colors shine!

Loved watching the amazing athletes in the Olympics! Your outdoor guest always make me happy! XXX


Gorgeous card Jaydee!
Love those birdies!

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