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Hanging Out - Addicted to CAS #100

Hi Everyone.  Happy Saturday. 

It's the very talented Susan's turn to host our Addicted to CAS challenge this week and she has a wonderful code word for us:

We hope you will play along with our monstrous challenge this week!  If you do - and you are the lucky winner - we have a great prize for you from our wonderful sponsor:

If you are looking for some inspiration - you have to look no further than our amazing design team creations - including our guest designer for this challenge - the very talented Mandy Ashley

 I decided to have a little fun with a digistamp.  As it is almost Halloween - I decided to go with a vampire bat - it was the closest to a monster I could get!

I began with a piece of Neenah Solar White card stock and my distress inks.  I blended my favorite night-time colors onto my cardstock and completely saturated it.   Once the inks were blended, I used my Simon Says Stamp star stencil and added some silver watercolor stars to the night sky.  I then printed my little vampire bat, colored him up, cut him out and attached him to his sign :-)  This card is going to one of my besties!

Here's my little vampire bat hanging around!

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 I really did have fun creating this card and I find blending so incredibly relaxing.   I hope that you will play along with us this week.

On a personal note:

Today was absolutely glorious - well weather wise at least.  It got to 70 degrees here.  I stood outside and there was even a warm-ish breeze against my face.  The sun was shining.  The birds were singing.  It was an amazing sunset - just a glorious late fall day.  Sad that I had to work all day - but at least I did get to appreciate the weather for a little time!

I wanted to share a photo of one of my favorite birds with you tonight - I cannot tell you - although I know I have at least a hundred times - I am obsessed and in awe of these amazing birds.   Last weekend we noticed the Cooper's Hawk was chasing one of the pileateds.  I was really surprised and decided that it was obviously very intentional.  I looked online and saw that, even though the pileated is considerably larger than the Cooper's Hawk, they will try to tire out the Pileated and take one down.  Both the male and female were trying to fend off the Cooper's but were not really managing to.  Generally I do not interfere with Mother Nature - but this time I had to.  I've seen the Cooper's take down doves and nuthatches and sparrows - but I was not letting him anywhere near "my" Pileated's.  So, I went outside and scared him off.  Problem solved.  After about 10 minutes, the Pileated's went back to their normal business and I was happy.

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Isn't he amazing?  Well... it might be the female - I have never been able to tell them apart :-)

I'll be back tomorrow with my Paper Players card.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight - including my dearest Tinkerbell.



Card recipe:

  • Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White
  • Inks:  Ranger Distress Inks





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cute card Jaydee.
The picture of pleated woodpecker is a male.
The male's have the red coloring / stripe extending from the base of the bill to the neck. The female's do not have that.
Enjoy your weekend and have a great Halloween


Beautiful blending on your background, and I love your monster, Jaydee! Such a cute card!
Thanks once again for sharing your Mother Nature photos with us! You always seem to capture wildlife at the perfect moment...so cool!

Linda Rodgers

I love the night sky on your card--so perfectly blended.

I'm glad you interfered. It would have been awful to lose that beautiful bird. Your photo is really wonderful. Thanks for sharing.


Such a cute little card...love that sentiment. Also, you pictures are amazing!


A perfect card for a best friend. Love the colors you blended for the background. I've never used distress inks but they sure add a nice touch to the cards. Might have to think about getting some. I like the color combination you used for the night sky. Pileateds are one of my favorite birds - have been fortunate to see them up close twice but have always been fascinated with them. I agree with you, don't like to interfere with nature but this is one time I would have done the exact same thing you did. Nobody messes with our pileateds!

Doni High

Awesome night background...yeah, I kinda think Bats and Monsters are the same degree of scary!!

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