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Welcome Baby - ATCAS 140

 

Hi Everyone,

It's the fabulous Doni's turn to host our Addicted to CAS challenge this week and this is her code word:

I hope you will play along with us this week.  If you do, and you are chosen as our winner, the fabulous Kylie has a $20 gift voucher for you to spend at her online store:

 

Happy Little Stampers

I know that this code word was really meant for all those parents that have just had new babies, but around our house it is birdie baby feeding time.  I spent the whole afternoon at the dinette table watching the orioles, 3 different types of woodpecker, the catbird, the robin, the rose breasted grosbeak and even one grackle family - all queuing up to get to the feeders to appease their babies.  So choosing birds as the focal point for my card this week was a no brainer! :-)

 I stamped the image onto a piece of Neenah Solar White #80 card stock and then colored them with my Copic markers.  I then mounted the panel onto a 110# card base   Here's a close-up of the colors:

Welcome Baby ATCAS 140 closeup (1 of 1)

As you can see, I had to add a little glimmer - and used my gel pen on the tails of the birds.

 

I needed to ground the birdies, so took my Copic fineliner and added a line underneath the birds ad then stamped the sentiment

Here's my full card:

Welcome Baby ATCAS 140 (1 of 1)

I love this trio - I just wish I could remember who made the stamps so that I could give them credit.  I "decanted" them and this is the one set that I did not create a label for and there is nothing left on the packaging to tell me who the manufacturer is.

If you are looking for some inspiration for baby cards - you need look no further than the creations of our wonderful design team - including our very talented guest designer Jen Mitchell

On a personal note:

I have a couple of photos to share with you tonight.

As we have been in our new home 6 years, we had to replace some of the perennials in our garden last year.  Not all of them made it, probably due to the very long, and I mean VERY long winter we had.... but these Meadow Sage came back and are still looking glorious:

Meadow Sage (1 of 1)

They are such a lovely compact plant.  We only have a couple of them, but they add a bright spot among the much headier colors of the native plantings that we have.  They are also a very long blooming plant.  Oh... and the deer and rabbit don't like them - but the bees and hummingbirds do :-)

Talking about babies once again.... we think our Barn Swallows may have babies.  I haven't wanted to go too close to their nest - but they are busy out and about for about 14 hours every day feeding.   They love it when the grass is cut as it disturbs so many of the bugs and the follow the lawn mower around!   It's also another reason why I wish people wouldn't feel compelled to cover their green grass in insecticide.... the poor birds have so little left to eat and heavens knows how many of them die as a side effect.  As you can guess, we are chemical free in our yard :-)

As they spend so much time out hunting for insects, they need somewhere to rest.  They rest on the gutter just above the porch where their nest is.

Barn swallow (1 of 1)-2

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

Hugs

Jaydee

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Bobby

I envy you and your bird viewing perch, Jaydee. There's nothing I like better than watching the birds at my feeders. Unless it's card making. lol Your little bird family is a tribute to both.

Ellenor Emilsson

I love your sweet card card, the blue birds are so cute :)

Take care.
Ellenor

Barbara Ghigliotty

I adore your darling birds, Jaydee! Your coloring and CAS design are just perfect, too...such a sweet baby card!
Thanks so much for sharing photos of your beautiful flowers and visitors with us...I always learn something when I visit your blog :)

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Hi Jaydee. I loved reading your post - how wonderful that you have all those wonderful birds to watch! I just LOVE your card, and your trio of funky birds. Your coloring is awesome, and I love the way you grounded them. Have a lovely day!

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