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Cozy Cupfuls for Paper Players # 407

Hi Everyone.

It's my pleasure to host the Paper Players challenge this week and I have a sketch for you:

One thing I need to remember... when designing a card with a lot of white, small details disappear.  You might be looking at my card and thinking:  "How the heck does that correspond to the sketch? " Good question!  Even though you can't see it, there are score lines above and below the stamped images and along the bottom.  It looks like in real life, but TOTALLY disappears in photographs!

To create my card, I used a stamp set from Power Poppy called Cozy cupfulls.  I used a couple of different images from the set and stamped them repeatedly across the top of my card.  The, I sat down to color the images with my Copics.  Of course, I had to add a little shimmer and shine!  Here's a closeup

PP407 closeup (1 of 1)

I really wanted to go with a blue and white card, with just a couple of pops of red.  I used red for the heart on the tag and also for the candy cane in the cup.  There's also a slight touch of green on the leaves of the mistletoe... and I cheated and added a touch of red to the berries on that, too :-)

Here's my full card:

PP407 cozy cupfulls (1 of 1)
I hope you will play along with us this week.  If you are looking for some inspiration, our design team have some amazing creations for you.  Each of them has interpreted the separation a little differently - and I love that.  It makes a sketch much more versatile if you can personalize it a little.

Check out the fabulous cards from our design team:

On a personal note:

I might have posted a Christmas card today, but I am NOT ready for fall, never mind Christmas.  As I sit here typing this blog post, I can see that some of the trees have already started turning.  Many of our summer visitors have also left - many of them multiple weeks early.  It's really early for the blackbirds to have left - but there isn't a grackle, starling or red-winged blackbird to be seen.  Those guys generally don't leave until end of September!

Our flowers really have been magnificent this year and the birds, bees and butterflies have been loving them.  I managed to capture this amazing shot of a Monarch on one of the echinacea flowers.

Monarch (1 of 1)

What a lucky shot!  We have seen a few around and the milkweed that we planted seems to have been a very good draw for them - and somewhere for them to lay their larvae.

Here's another shot:

Monarch2 (1 of 1)

Many of our neighbors have said that we are "lucky" to have the wildlife visit us.  There's really no luck about it :-)  We are a completely chemical free garden and ensure that the plants and grasses that we put into the ground have been organically, locally grown and are designed to be in this particular location.   We also provide water, housing, undergrowth, plants that provide not only food, but shelter and nesting material.  When I can capture shots like this, and feel so blessed to have the wildlife visit us, I know it was completely worth the effort :-)

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:

  • Stamps:  Cozy Cupfuls, Power Poppy
  • Cardstock:  110# Neenah Solar White
  • Inks: Copic Markers