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Hi Everyone.  Happy Sunday.

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend.    It's the fabulous Nance's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a clean and simple theme challenge for us:

This challenge was right up my alley and Nance's awesome badge immediately brought an image to my mind as to what I was going to do on my card. 
I began by die-cutting a stencil from spare card stock and sponging a couple of different branches of leaves onto my card base.  I then used the positive image from my die-cut and used my distress inks to watercolor the leaf.  Once it was dry, I spattered the leaf with the distress paints and some of my all time favorite  gold watercolor paint.  I can't get enough of this stuff!
When we were up in the woods, I noticed how mottled the leaves became when they were changing - and tried to emulate that (in some small way) with the spatters.  Once the leaf was dry, I mounted it to my focal layer and added the sentiment.   Voila!  Clean and Simple Leaf :-)
Ppleaves (1 of 1)
I love how vibrant the colors are - especially against the white focal layer and the Cajun Craze base.  The gold spatters really help to elevate the oranges and reds.  I was really happy with it!
I hope you will play along with our Clean and Simple Challenge this week.  As usual, if you are looking for some inspiration, you have to look no further than the creations from our fabulous design team:

On a personal note:

Well, I hope you all enjoy my newly re-designed blog.   This new design is really clean and simple and optimized for any device - including mobile, so it should - hopefully - make your viewing easier.   I really love the design and the slight shading behind the posts.   I also made it so that you could see a couple of posts at a time and decide whether you wanted to read more, as opposed to showing you a full page at a time.

Today was warm - but really, really dull and grey.  It's unusual for us to get those dull, grey, murky days in Minnesota.  In fact, it was so dull and grey it reminded me of growing up in England!  

It seems that all of our summer birds have gone, except for the last couple of stragglers - the red-winged blackbirds, but otherwise they all seem to have gone.  We haven't see our Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers for a week, so am presuming that they have also made the journey south.  They are welcome back next year on their migration north - but I do hope they find a different tree!

Seeing as you seemed to enjoy my "who is the mystery bird" game - how about another round.   Of course, blog candy is on offer.  HJ and Pat - your blog candy was posted off today and you should be receiving them around mid-week.

So.... my very smart blog readers - who is this little guy that graced us with his presence for a few weeks:

Mysterybird (1 of 1)

So.... got your guessing glasses on?   As usual, I will take all entries that guess correctly and put them into a hat for some blog candy!  Just leave me a comment and let me know what you think our little fellow is - or send me an email.  You can find a link to email me either towards the bottom of my blog - or on the side - depending on the device you are using to read my posts.

@Sandy - asked me what stencil I had used for my Paper Players card last week - the brick stencil.  I wanted to answer Sandy's question here as I thought others might want to know as well.  It's a Crafters Workshop 6x6 brick stencil.    You can find it at this link on Amazon.

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 - including young Eva and my Tinkerbell.



Card recipe

  • Cardstock:  Cajun Craze - Stampin' Up!  Neenah Solar White
  • Inks:  Distress Inks.  Kuretake Shimmer Gold Watercolor
  • Die:  Teardrop - Fun Stampers Journey
  • Sentiment:  Every Day Words - Hero Arts


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Jaydee, sent you email on my guess of your bird photo. :}

Beautiful card by the way. Love what you had done with your card leaf. Looks so realistic. The 'shadow' behind the leaf really sets it off. Very lovely
Enjoy your day


Wow, so vibrant Jaydee! Love the splatters too!

Sherri Thacker

What a cute card!! I really like the leaf shadow behind :).

Hilda Burton

Beautiful "Leaf" card. I love the bright colors with the gold splatters and the shape of the diecut white background paper. Great card. Thanks for sending the blog candy. Can't wait to get something new for my stash. Have a great day.


I love your big honkin' leaf! SO pretty! And my first guess at your bird was a female goldfinch but I don't think the wings are correct. So, I don't know!

linda callahan

Love how you used the diecut! Beautiful card!


Noticed your Fall cleaning. :}Wanted to mention that your clean blog site looks wonderful.

Joanne James

Love that die cut leaf Jaydee - the blended colours and splatters are just perfect for autumn. A fabulous statement leaf! As for the bird - I love quizzes, bit I have absolutely no idea what it is so will await a future post when you reveal all!


Love the effect you achieved with the pretty!That die is awesome. I have NO idea bout the bird..but wow what a great photo!!!

Nance Leedy

Ooooh, love this Jaydee! The die is gorgeous on it's own but the way you've colored the leaf and splattered it is stunning! Really love the shadow stamping too, it adds so much interest. Awesome card, my friend...thanks for rockin' my challenge!


Jaydee your big, beautiful leaf is magnificent, especially with the splatters of gold. I love the interest shape and stamping on your background panel, too. New blog looks great!

Kelly W.

Hi Jaydee! I just love your pretty card today! The shadow leaf on the die is such a lovely touch to highlight the beautifully colored leaf. Perfect for Autumn!

I'm guessing that maybe your mystery bird might be a white-throated sparrow. If not, please look them up and listen to their almost haunting song. We had a few this Spring and with our windows open, we would awaken to their soothing song. It was such a highlight to our day and we looked forward to hearing them.

I love the clean lines of your blog. It's very different but a great new style to compliment your wonderful CAS designs!

Colleen Begley

Beautiful paper coloring, Jaydee! It surly made a beautiful Fall card. I love gold splatters but rarely remember to use them. Your new blog layout look great too.

Claire Broadwater

Jaydee, this is gorgeous! I love the beautiful die cut leaf and the array of colors! The gold splatters are so perfect!
Your new blog is fabulous! Did you redo it yourself? I don't know much about blog layouts! I am impressed! Have a wonderful weekend, My Friend! XX


Just curious on who the winner is of this mystery bird.

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