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Extra Special for the Paper Players #344

Pink Tutus for Addicted to CAS

 Hi Everyone.  Happy Saturday.

For tonight's Addicted to CAS challenge I decided to make a card for my bestie.   So... because of that - and because she hasn't received it yet - I will not be showing you the inside - and the sentiment :-)

When Pammie was a little girl, I was always jealous of her pink tutu and ballet shoes.  She also did tap and can still do a mean Charleston :-)  Me.... nah... I was the athletic type, never the elegant ballet  type.   

When I saw the Hero Arts April card kit, I knew that I absolutely had to buy it.   Not just because I could make a card for Pammie - but also for the Cards for Hospitalized Kids charity.  I thought I would be able to make some fabulous cards from this amazing set.

Back to my card tonight.  I stamped the tutu three times vertically and colored them with three colors of pink Copic markers.  I framed them with the cross-stitch frame and, although you can't see it, I did add a little shimmer and shine to the bodice :-)

So.. have you guessed what our code word is for tonight?    Yep, PINK!


Before I get to my card - I wanted to let you know that, if you play along with us this week - and are chosen as the winner - the fabulous Kylie has donated a great prize for us:

Prize: $15 gift certificate
If you are looking for some inspiration, you have to look no further than our fabulous design team - including our amazing Guest Designer this week:
Now... on to my card:

Pinktutu (1 of 1)

It's hard to tell in this photo - but the little bows of the tutu are actually hearts and I colored them red with a gel pen.  I hope that Pammie will like her card when she gets it in the post.

On a personal note:

Oh..... YES.... not only have the Orioles arrived - but the Redbreasted Grosbeak has too!   Spring is here in the Minneapolis suburbs :-)   That makes me SOOOOOO happy.

Tonight, Lou and I were sitting on the porch talking about how we needed to put out the Hummingbird feeder - because they are generally very close behind.   Not 3 or 4 minutes later Lou exclaimed - there's the hummer!   Sadly, we didn't have the feeder out for him - but I quickly ran into the kitchen and made up my proven humming bird mixture.    NO pre-packaged red-colored hummingbird mixes allowed in our house.   The recipe is REALLY easy.

One part normal sugar to 4 parts boiled water.   We used filtered water.   I boil the water - mix it up - very well - with the sugar - and leave it to cool.  It's ready to put into my favorite humming bird feeder - and is easily replaced every couple of days.    

Why this feeder?   It's incredibly easy to clean - really easy to clean - and doesn't attract mold like so many of the hummer feeders I have seen - and used in the past.   Mold is a major killer of humming birds - along with detergents that are not rinsed.    All they need is a good sugar water mixture and a clean food bowl.   Easy - and cheap and it keeps them fed for the whole time they are here.

In keeping with the PINK theme tonight - here's a photo of my favorite Grosbeak - isn't he incredibly handsome?

Grosbeak (1 of 1)

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.




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Barb Ghigliotty

This is such a sweet card, Jaydee! I love how you lined up those darling Tu-tu's and your cross stitched frame works perfectly! Beautiful Copic coloring, too!

Your Grosbeak really is a handsome fellow ~ I think the red on his chest is so striking! Thanks so much for the feeding lesson for hummingbirds...easy, but important! Enjoy your lovely spring weather :)


Love this card...and love how the straps are hearts! So sweet!


What a darling card and so cute the way you framed them.

Good to hear your hummer's have arrived. At the moment I have 2 feeders out, plus I have 2 feeders for backup, so when it's time to change I just switch out the feeders; every other day. I'm with you Jaydee; I don't use that prepackaged stuff either.
When I buy sugar, I buy in the 25 lb. bags; just the right size to fill my 25 gallon bucket.
Have a great day and an enjoyable evening.
Happy Mother's Day to all you Mother's out there. Enjoy your day.

Cyndie S

Happy Mother's Day to you. I have got to let you know I look forward to your blogs, not only for the cards you make but also the education I get about the birds and wildlife. I thank you so much and look forward to the blogs yet to come.


What a sweet card - I'm sure the recipient will be thrilled to receive it! Your photos are so lovely and you have a great eye. If you are finished your work, I hope you are taking time to enjoy your days!

Kelly W.

Hi Jaydee! Oh I love your pink tutu card! So happy and fun! The frame really highlights the pretty pink tutu's.

Boy your grosbeak is so handsome! I only get to see those a couple of times a year, not many in the area (or they don't like my seed). I love their markings, so striking.

My hubby surprised me for Mother's Day and I finally got a pileated woodpecker suet feeder! I've been wanting one since I saw yours on your blog a few years back. They've been feeding from my regular suet feeder every morning around 6 am, so I'm anxious to see how they like the new one with the base to rest their tail. ; )

I've only seen our hummers twice now and I put my feeder out at the end of April. A little earlier than normal but our weather was so mild that I thought I'd better be prepared. I use the same recipe for their food and have the same feeder. I can't say enough good things about this feeder and you can't beat the price. I have 2 in my yard but I'd love to add another.

Wishing you all the best! Thanks for the inspiration today. Makes me want to look at my daughter's 4 year old ballet recital pictures!

Ellenor Emilsson

Oh, I just love your cute card! It´s adorable :)

Carolyn Bennie

Simple. Sweet. Fun! Love this card!! x Carolyn


My daughter is a ballerina and she would have loved this card. Sadly she danced her last performance on Saturday. She is graduating from high school and no longer eligible for the ballet company. On a happier note, I too have my Grosbeaks back. I usually have two pair every spring and summer. You have taken such a wonderful photo of yours.

bhavana kesarkar

Such sweet darling card

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