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Moon Lake for Paper Players #356

Hi Everyone.  Happy Sunday.

It's the fabulous Nance's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a theme challenge:

Isn't that another great badge from Nance?  She really does a fabulous job with them.  I just want to sit down by that fire and roast vegetarian marshmallows! :-)

The great thing about this theme is that there are so many different directions you can take your creation.  I remembered that I had kept a couple of my very favorite Stampin' Up! sets and decided it was time to ink up Moon Lake.  I wanted to keep it very clean and simple so that I could let the image shine.

I used my stitched oval dies to die cut a... well... oval :-) and stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo black ink.  I then colored them image with Copic markers.  Once the coloring was done, I stamped the sentiment on the card base and used some fun foam to lift the focal element a little from the card base.

Here's my card:

Moon Lake (1 of 1)

I really like the images in this set and I decided to use the image of the bird on the branch on another card that I will share with you later this week.

I hope you will play along with us this week and, as usual, if you are looking for some inspiration, you have to look no further than the creations from our amazingly talented design team:

On a personal note:

I have no idea what is happening with the weather, but it is more like late September than early August here.  It's been getting down into the low 50s overnight.  Thursday night was the first night in ages that we were able to open the windows and sleep without the airconditioning.  The humidity was low and the temps were cool!  I'm hoping it's going to warm up soon!

Our garden at the front is an explosion of color and the bees are loving it!  As are the small number of buterflies we have seen this year.  A couple of years ago we planted to small butterflyweed plants.  Those two little plants have cast seed all around the garden and there are bunches of it sprouting up everywhere and we are thrilled.  It's a favorite of the pollinators - especially the Monarchs.  We have the Common Milkweed at the back and the butterflyweed at the front in the hope that it helps them out.  It's also a beautiful looking plant - you can see where it has seeded itself against the step.  The bright pop of orange is gorgeous.

Wildflowers (1 of 1)

Near it are the asters, bee balm, goldstrum and the echinacea.   The grasses are little bluestem.

Here's another part of the garden - you can see where it has seeded itself!

Wildflowers2 (1 of 1)

The echinacea are marvelous this year and they continue to be wonderful even after they have seeded and died off for the year.  The goldfinch love to feed off the seed heads in winter, so we don't trim them back until Spring.

We introduced a new plant this year - Hyssop and the bees LOVE it.  It has the most amazing smell - it really smells like licorice and it certainly smells good to the bees :-)

Hyssop (1 of 1)

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



Card recipe:

  • Stamp:  Moon Lake - Stampin' Up!
  • Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic Markers
  • Card stock:  Neenah Solar White #110


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Pam Sparks

Beautiful card and beautiful flower garden too Jaydee!

Deanne @ Three Trees

A beautiful calming card - lovely! Our weather is really wonky here too, it has been getting really cold at night - brrrr.


Such a peaceful scene you've created...perfect for Nance's challenge!

Joanne James

I love your tranquil scene Jaydee, beautifully framed with your stitched die (I can't ever get enough of those!) Love hearing about your butterflies too - as one of our summer holiday activities, the children are currently feeding some larvae that in 3-5 weeks should become painted lady butterflies. I must remember to share with you a picture on hatching!


Such a relaxing outdoor your coloring too. And your photos are amazing pretty!

Have a great day:)

Annie Abrahamson

Jaydee, what a beautiful and peaceful CAS card and fun pics of your garden. Always enjoy stopping by your blog :)

Claire Broadwater

Jaydee, this is so lovely! I wish I could jump in that little boat and float down the river. So serene and perfect for a hot summer day! Love the way the stitching makes your oval pop off the white background! Your flower garden is so lovely! I always enjoy your pictures of your home! Hope you are having a great week! XX


Thanks, Sandy :-) You know, I cannot remember which catalog this was in - I bought it for the bird image in the set, but think I have used the canoe one more. I think it was an easy set to overlook, but it is beautifully illustrated. As for the knees.... totally understand that - it's another reason we used native plants... they are much easier to care for and the rocks help with the weeds :-)


Jaydee I am in love with this serene little scene! I must have missed this stamp set in the SU catalog, or maybe your CAS use of it made it shine in a new way. What a perfect card for male or female. Oh, and ps your garden looks amazing. Mine is a little neglected this year, my knees are not cooperating :(


Thanks, Julia :-) yes... the wildflower garden is really coming into its own this year. We had to supplement with a few plants to fill in some gaps, but absolutely worth our while :-)

Julia Aston

what a lovely tranquil summer scene! and your gardens are beautiful!


Thanks, Kelly :-) So glad you like the garden, too. I need to take a leaf out of your book and put a hummer feeder up at the front. Now I need to go order another feeder :-) I agree with you about sitting on the patio and watching nature go about her business. Have a fabulous week, too


Thanks, Nance. I love the image, too and am still obsessed with the stitched dies, they really do frame things beautifully. hugs, Jaydee

Kelly W.

Just beautiful Jaydee! I love your stamp set too, so serene. Perfect coloring and the canoe in red just steals the show against the blue water.

I love your flower garden! I might need to see if Hyssop will grow in our area, that's new to me. I sure love having flowers that attract our pollinators too!

I just bought another hummingbird feeder in the style you recommended a long time back. I have 3 now and placed the new one by itself in the front yard. It didn't take but a few hours to see several of them trying to gain it as their own! It's always a wonderful time of the year to sit on the patio after work and watch the busy bees, butterflies, and hummers!! Hope you have a lovely week!

Nance Leedy

Fabulous card, Jaydee. Makes me want to climb aboard the pretty canoe and take it for a spin. Beautiful coloring and I love how your image pops against all the white space. The stitched edge is the perfect contrast between the two white layers. Just lovely, my friend! As is, your beautiful wildflower garden!

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