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Hi Everyone.  Happy Sunday.

It's the fabulous Joanne's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and it's a color challenge.   Now.... I have to admit this challenge did exactly that... challenge me.... mostly because I don't have Emerald Envy as a color in my portfolio :-)  So, I had to look deep into my colors and find a color that resembled Emerald.  However, I did have Real Red and Mint Macaroon :-)

I decided to create a Christmas card and use the Mint Macaroon as the base for the label area.  I tapped my Mint Macaron  ink pad onto my stamping block, stamped it off once on a piece of scrap paper and then stamped it into the middle of my card base - creating a distressed frame.  I then inked up my holly stamp using a zig watercolor marker that was the closest resemblance to Emerald Envy that I had.  I stamped it, die-cut it and adhered the middle part of it to my card base.

For the sentiment, I used the Halftone Seasons and inked and die-cut the Seasons, and stamped the remainder of the sentiment.  All that was left, was to add some red colored pearls and I was ready to go.

Here's my card:

Ppcolors (1 of 1)

If you are looking for some inspiration, you have to look no further than the creations from our amazing design team.

On a personal note:

I thought I would share a couple of photos with you today.  Here's a sweet shot showcasing a Charm of Goldfinches at our tray feeder.  The males have lost their brilliant yellow from the breeding season - but they are still a gorgeous bird - and I love to hear them sing.

Goldfinch (1 of 1)

I know the leaves have all gone - well except the ones on the oak; the oaks always seem reluctant to let go of their bronze leaves at the end of fall.... but I couldn't resist sharing this photo of the maples that we planted mixed with the oaks.  It was a dull grey day (reminded me of England!) - and you can see that from the clouds behind the trees.  However, the lack of sunlight didn't stop the colors from looking fabulous:

Trees (1 of 1)

Well, I am off to spend a little time in my craft room today.  I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday.  I'll be back tomorrow with another card.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe:

  • Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White
  • Inks:  Mint Macaron, Real Red - Stampin' Up!.  Green - Zig watercolor brush markers
  • Stamps:  Sentiment:  Halftone Seasons - Altenew.  Holly - Papertrey Ink



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Joanne James

I love the subtle stamp d background in your card Jaydee and those holly leaves make a real statement - the perfect choice of green, and the die cut and berries make your sprig look so realistic I can almost feel the prickles! Gorgeous, just like the trees in your garden. The colours here are wonderful at the moment too, although this week's winds mean there are know more leaves on the ground than anywhere else!

Colleen Begley

Pretty, pretty! Love the watercolored holly leaves and did the die add a "stitched" line in the middle of the leaves? I love the look. Also the red pearls add lovely dimension. Pretty trees and birdies too.


This is gorgeous, Jaydee. I love that sprig of holly and the red pearl berries. I always enjoy your nature pictures, too. The goldfinches are so pretty and I would love to hear their song.


Such a very lovely card Jaydee.
Love your holly by golly as well as the cute little berries.
Have a great week and thanks for sharing more of your wonderful photos. The trees are such a lovely color and the goldfinches are, all 5 of them; so tweet

Claire Broadwater

Jaydee, I love the distressed frame you created to showcase your holly! This sentiment is just perfect for your card! Great way to use the colors! Didn't like like a challenge to me!
Love those gorgeous Fall trees! I would just sit and look at them and enjoy a cup of coffee!
Have a great week, My Friend! XX


Such pretty holly! I love the colored pearls.Gorgeous Jaydee!


LOVE your amazing design Jaydee!


This is a beautiful card, Jaydee! I love how you made the background and the gorgeous holly twig is the crowning touch for your card.Love the pics of nature.


This is a real stunner, Jaydee! Great way to incorporate those "challenging" colors! Love your goldfinches toO!

Nance Leedy

I love the soft and subtle mint background on this, Jaydee. A lovely canvas for that beautiful holly sprig--great improvisation with the colors!

Linda Callahan

So pretty! The holly is fabulous!

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