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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