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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