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Enchanted Iris for Addicted to CAS #120

 Hi Everyone.  Happy Saturday.

It's my turn to host the Addicted to CAS Challenge this week and I have a code word for you that reflects my favorite subject :-)

I didn't used to be this enchanted with florals, but Altenew's amazing stamps have really got me hooked and they really encourage me to practice my coloring and I have really developed a love of coloring with pencils.

I hope that you will join us and play along this week.  Our amazing sponsor STAMPlorations has a prize for the person chosen as the winner. - a $10 gift certificate!   We are always so grateful to our sponsors.

I needed a get well card and decided the Enchanted Iris would be good relaxation for me and hopefully turn into a nice floral bouquet for the recipient!   I used my Prismacolors to color the flowers.  The base for the flowers is a stitched oval that I ran through my Big Shot with a brick embossing folder.  For once, I decided to mount the images onto a non-white base!   Wait... Stop... I think the world turned on its axis... me.... using a colored base! :-)

Anyway, here's my card:

Enchanted Iris ATCAS (1 of 1)-2

If you are looking for some inspiration, you have to look no further than our amazing design team - and our wonderful guest designer this week - AsaJ.  Her black and white card, with a pop of lime, is CAS perfection.  I hope you visit her blog and leave her a little love.

I am also adding this card to the Altenew September Inspiration challenge.   I think you can see those gorgeous Irises in the vase and know that's where I got the inspiration for the colors!

On a personal note:

For those of you who read my Paper Players challenge post last week, you might remember that we have been battling with poor Charlie and him not being well.   Well, we thought he was on the mend, but has taken another turn this week.  Charlie isn't one of those cats that becomes loving and needy when he's sick - he's the absolute opposite.  He hides and growls and hisses and you can't get close to him.  All the other cats I have ever had have been the opposite.  So, it's heart breaking that you can't get close to him to comfort him and -for a cat that is always so confident and full of beans - it's really hard to see him completely close off.  Thank goodness we have a vet that understands cats who hate the vet.  We don't know what happened to Charlie before we got him, but something happened at the vet that really turned him off them.  So, the vet came around with his cat wrangling vet tech and gave him another injection and we hope this works its magic.

What with Charlie, the anniversary of 9/11, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma and the bombing on the London tube today - it certainly has been a week of reflection.  My heart goes out to the people and animals that have been displaced by these dreadful storms.  In March, Lou and I visited so many of the amazing islands that have been decimated and were scheduled to visit more of them next year.  It's going to be a very long time before some of them are able to rebuild and get tourists back on the island.  What happened in Texas with the flooding is still unbelievable and now Florida and the Keys.  

On Monday I was leading a call and we chose to take a minute of silence to honor and remember those who lost their lives 16 years ago - all of us agreed that it just felt right to do that.  There is evil in this world, but it is also good to remember the amazing people who do incredible things to help their fellow man in times of crisis and we paid homage to them, too.  It's the people who do unexpected acts of kindness in an uncertain world that restore my belief in man-kind.

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.



Card recipe:

  • Cardstock:  Elegant Eggplant - Stampin' Up.  Bristol Super Smooth.  Neenah Solar White
  • Stamps:  Enchanted Iris - Altenew.   Sentiment: Your Next Stamp
  • Inks:  Altenew black (Sentiment).  Prismacolor Pencils