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New Day for Addicted to CAS # 114

Hi Everyone.  Happy Saturday.

It's the fabulous Carolyn's turn to host our Addicted to CAS challenge and she has a great code word for us this week:

Our challenge creator, Kylie, is offering up our sponsor prize this week for the winner.  She's offering up a $15 gift certificate and the winner can choose from an array of fabulous items.

Our guest designer for this challenge  is  Lynn Mangan and I hope you will visit her blog and leave her some love for her beautiful, leafy card.
For my card, I decided to go with a natural white and pulled out some of my very old Stampin' Up! Naturals yardstick.  I've certainly had this card stock for well over 5 years.  I remember packing it when we moved into our new home 5 years ago!
I wasn't sure what to do with it and then noticed that I had the Altenew New Day Card Kit sitting on my desk and it had some cut-outs.  They were white - and they worked with the naturals white card stock.  Perfect!  I glued the flower cut-outs onto the naturals white panel and then mounted them onto a normal white base.  I embossed the sentiment with fine silver embossing powder and added just a touch of silver mirror card stock to help ground the sentiment.
Here's my card:
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I also stamped a sentiment on the inside of the card.  I didn't have the stamps that match the cut-outs, so went in a different direction and stamped a butterfly!
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I then used the same butterfly stamp for the envelope.  The envelope is a metallic silver and works well with the silver sentiment on the card.
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If you are looking for some inspiration, you have to check out the fabulous - and varied - cards from our very talented design team.  
On a personal note:
Thankfully the weather has been less dramatic than last weekend.  The insurance storm assessor is due to visit on Monday to check out the damage and let us know what we are - and are not - covered for.  I can only guess at how busy these people are right now!
I did manage to sit outside for about 30 minutes this afternoon on the deck.  I like to try and sit quite still on one of the chairs and see if I can capture anything at the jelly feeder.   Some of the birds are not brave enough to come anywhere near the feeder when I am on the deck - others don't give a hoot.
Here are a couple of photos for you.
These guys never, ever bore me!   I love the sound of their calls - even when they demand jelly and fruit at 5.30 in the morning!  Lou and I have been trying to work out why we have managed to keep them around the last couple of years.  We were not as lucky for the first couple of years in the new house - and were less lucky in the old house!   We think it's because we offer up not just the jelly, but also cut up fruit  that we would normally be throwing out, suet, water for drinking and bathing - and some nice trees in which to make their nests.  I counted 8 on the deck waiting for a space at the feeder earlier this week.
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Isn't he beautiful?  Here's another one of our beautiful visitors.  He generally arrives the same day - or a day later - than the Orioles.   He makes the most amazingly sweet call.  You can hear them here.
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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.