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Hello Peony for Paper Players # 328

Hi Everyone.  Happy Sunday.

It's my turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and I have a clean and simple challenge - with a little twist :-)

Isn't Nance's badge fabulous?  She has also done an amazing job of modernizing and updating our blog header and badges.  Amazingly talented lady :-)

Tonight's card too me much longer than it should have.  Why?  Well... apart from the fact that I had absolutely no idea where I was going with the card.  None.  Zip.  Nada. Zilch.  I sat there at my crafting desk...... just looking out of the window.  Why?  Well... that's a long story - and not one that I am going to go into tonight.... :-)

So, after sitting there for at least 30 minutes just staring out into the wetland.. I decided I really needed to get up and get going on this card.   I decided to start with some stenciled leaves.  I thought that if I at least got those on paper, I would find my way to making a card.

I took my old stalwart - a stencil from Simon Says Stamp - and used three different colors of Altenew inks to add some light and shade.  But... it wasn't quite enough, so I got out my Polychromos pencils and added a little more texture onto the leaves.  OK.  So.  we were now on our way!

I then couldn't decide which flower to use.... but finally decided on the Peony and decided to hand color that with my Polychromos as well.  Then added a little marker - and then a little more pencil - and a little more marker.  I fiddled and faddled with this flower and suddenly found that I had been fiddling and faddling with it for over an hour!

I die cut the stenciled panel with my Studio Katia rectangle and popped it up on some fun foam.  I added a sentiment from Altenew's Label Love and used my Irresistibles to create three enamel dots.  What I really like about the Irresistibles is that they dry nice and hard - just like an enamel dot.  I popped up the flower - and the card was ready.

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I hope you will join us this week and play along with my challenge.  We would really love to see what you do with it - and that includes you Jeanne H :-)

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

On a personal note:

Still grey and foggy and much warmer than usual.  I really am hoping that there is some more snow in our future!

Lou and I are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our new master en-suite countertops and lights next week.  We have wanted to change out the countertops since we moved in almost 5 years ago.. and finally found the right material - and the right people to install them.   We have also wanted to change out the light fittings, but have never found anything that we liked - until last week!  We visited a local lighting shop in Minneapolis and found the lights we absolutely loved and got an amazing deal.  They sold us the lights at contractor rates - less another 10% discount on top of that.  Wonderful people and wonderful service.   I promise I will share some photos with you when the bathroom has all been finished - and Lou has finished repainting the bathroom :-)

We have had a big male deer visiting our feeder for the last couple of weeks.  He's a beautiful boy.  The girls and younger deer always defer to him at the feeder.  He's not aggressive, but they know who is boss.

He's very skittish, so I had to photograph him through the glass door - so the quality of the image isn't that great.  In addition, the sun had set and it was starting to get dark.... but he's still a handsome looking buck :-)

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I'll be back later in the week with another card.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.  Including Tinkerbell.



Card recipe:

  • Stamp:  Peony Bouquet - Altenew
  • Sentiment:  Label Love - Altenew
  • Inks:  Polychromos Pencils, Altenew green inks, Tombow Markers
  • Die:  Studio Katia - Rectangle
  • Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White


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Claire Broadwater

Jaydee, this card is spectacular! I just LOVE it! Your coloring is amazing! Peonies are one of my favorite flowers. This one looks real!!! The panel is just perfect! Such a fabulous challenge! Can't wait to see all the entries.
Your visitor is grand! SO majestic! I hope you get some more snow. We are still in the 70's in ATL. Very strange winter.
Can't wait to see pictures of your remodel! So happy for you! Have a fantastic week, My Friend! XX

Joanne James

Well Jaydee, you produce some amazing floral cards at the best of times but this one is absolutely stunning! The detail on the colouring and softness of the stencilling and blending is truly reminiscent of the blousy pale pink peonies in my Mum's garden. Well worth the hour or so it took you to produce! A great card for a fun challenge this week!


Well, you time spent on this card was well worth it. It is simple gorgeous. Had to stop by to see how you created it. And no wonder you were staring out your window...


I agree, I love the badges Nance makes! Your card is REALLY pretty....those soft hues are gorgeous, and I love the pop of black sentiment. It's been foggy up here too, and the snow is melting fast. Makes it easier to go for a walk outside anyway! Have a great week!

Nance Leedy

OK, I don't know what to comment on first....your STUNNING card or your MAJESTIC buck. WOW, he is just as stunning as this card. Seriously I love this card, Jaydee. Your shading and coloring of the leaves and flower is masterful. Gorgeous CAS card, my friend. ANd, thank you for your kind words about the PP blog--so glad you like it! ((Hugs))


Jaydee I couldn't wait to comment on this card and learn the details, it is just stunning! Your stenciling is superb and the added detail of the colored pencils makes such a difference. What a majestic buck, and awesome photograph you have of him. It seems you live in a magical place :)


Although it's been said, many times, your card is simply stunning. It is so beautiful it took my breath away. Lucky person, whoever is lucky enough to receive it! You are quite simply, an artist. Lovely photo of the buck - it must fill up your soul to watch the wildlife. Just beautiful.

Doris D.

You have outdone yourself on this one. The card is magnificent. The shading and coloring on the flower is gorgeous. And I love the shape of the paper. Thanks for another amazing card. The buck is regal. I know you enjoy his visits.


This card is simply stunning, Jaydee! The soft colors are amazing and I love how you use that Studio Katia frame. Delicate and beautiful card! Like your visitor, handsome :)

Ann Ricks

Stunning card! I love it. And your photos always inspire me to get out in nature more!

Linda Rodgers

Oh, I can smell that peony, it's so gorgeous.
And wow, what a magnificent animal. I loved your photo yesterday of the ten deer at your feeders and was tickled by the story of them watching for Lou to take out the food. Showing a friend the photo, I had, once again, an opportunity to tell the story that I love of our family raising a very young fawn when I was just 6. It successfully returned to the wild, but we did see it a couple of times after that. It was a highlight of my childhood. Thanks for the memories!


Stunning card and well worth the time and effort you spent on it. Just a lovely sweetness and softness about your card. Love peonies but not able to grow them here in Texas. :{
What a handsome looking buck he is indeed. Thanks 4 sharing.
Have a wonderful day along with enjoyable evening

sharon wheet

Oh my goodness, what an incredibly gorgeous card! I just love the shading you did on both the leaves and blossom. I really love the fading effect on leaves. Very classy, very chic! And from the looks at your weather, this card must have brought a smile to your face, and a warmth in your heart! Because it did for me!
thank you so much for letting us in on your creative process. Stay warm, and keep creating!

Bev Gerard / TexasGrammy

This is absolutely fabulous, Jaydee!
Love the design, love the image, and the colors are perfect!


Wow this card is breathtaking! I'm so in love with it. It might have taken you real long to get this done but the result is absolutely worth every effort.

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