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Watercolor Wonder Thanks for Paper Players

Hi Everyone.   Happy Saturday.  I am pleased to say that my Mac is back, all reconfigured and re-built and back in action - just in time for my Paper Players post!

It's the fabulous Laurie's turn to host our Paper Players challenge tonight and she has a word challenge for us:


I was tempted to go with a fall color scheme, but decided to buck the trend - and go with more summer colors.  Is that because I am trying to hold on to summer? :-)

I stamped some of the Watercolor Wonders flowers onto a piece of Neenah Solar White card stock.  Once I was happy with the cluster of flowers, I die-cut the "thanks" from the middle of the cluster.  I decided to die-cut another "thanks" on unstamped Neenah Solar White and backed that with a couple of extra die-cuts, just to lift it from the base a little.  I secured the "thanks" into the negative space and all that was left, was to add the remainder of the sentiment   - and a little bit of shimmer from my noir glimmer pen.  I also added a couple of clear "raindrops" and sequins as a little extra something-something!

Here's my card:

Ppthanks (1 of 1)

If you are looking for some inspiration - you have to look no further than our amazing design team:

On a personal note:

It's good to have a working Mac.  It's taken me quite a while to get everything back to where it should be as I found that my last backup was incomplete and had over-written my last full backup!   So, many-many-many hours of trying to rebuild and get everything reloaded.

It's been a busy week in the garden - lots of activity.  Our summer birds have all gone and our winter ones arrived.  Mind you - the weather the last couple of days has been ridiculously warm.  It's the 5th of November - and it is 71 degrees here today.  It was in the high 60s yesterday and 70 on Wednesday.   In my all my years of being in Minnesota, I have never seen this extended heat wave at this time of the year.  In fact, I was on the porch yesterday and saw a mosquito!  they are supposed to have been long gone by now!

We have also seen a lot of raptor activity in the garden the last couple of weeks - and saw this guy observing the world - and checking for food - from our deck rail!

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He's an immature Cooper's Hawk and has been hanging around for the last couple of weeks.  We have also had an adult Redtail and our Eagle Owl has returned.  We've heard the owl several times in the last week and managed to see him in a tree right opposite our bedroom window last week.

I haven't managed to get into my craft room for the last two weeks, but am hoping to spend some quality time in there tomorrow.  I will be back with another card tomorrow - and some more nature photos.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



card recipe:

  • Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White
  • Stamps:  Watercolor Wonders - Altewnew
  • Die:  Halftone Thanks - Altenew
  • Inks: Altenew