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Hi Everyone.  Happy Sunday.

It's the fabulous Joanne's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and it's a theme challenge:

The one thing I realized..... mmmmmm..... there's a problem here!   Not the clean and simple - that's the easy part for me :-)   BUT... I didn't have any Apple related stamping supplies - at all!   Good job I was doing this card a few weeks in advance!   I was able to find the perfect Penny Black stamp at Ellen Hutson.

I decided that I would use the no-line watercoloring technique for this challenge.   I got out my liquid watercolors and my brushes and went to work.  It took ages to get the coloring where I wanted it to be.  I find watercolor especially hard but Copics were not going to work with this stamp set.  Watercoloring takes patience - not something that I have in abundance!  

I used a really good quality watercolor paper.  One that I knew would hold up to me doing lots of putting water on - and taking it off.  I swear this paper was pretty wet by the time I had finished and gotten it to where I wanted it.

When everything was dry, I added some detail to the leaves, the core and stem of the apple and then added some light shading.

Here's a closeup of the watercoloring:

Penny Black Apples closeup (1 of 1)

I loved playing with the liquid watercolors.  They felt so much more vibrant than the normal colors I use.  They are going to take a little getting used to, though!

Once the panel was dry, I stamped a sentiment with Brown Stazon and die-cut it with my stitched rectangle die.   I mounted the panel on fun foam and placed it on a woodgrain base from Altenew.

Here's my card:

Penny Black Apples  (1 of 1)

I hope you will join us and play along this week.  As usual, the design team have some fabulous cards as inspiration for you.

On a personal note:

Well.  It happened.  It snowed AGAIN!  In fact, it was snowing when I woke up this morning - and it was blowing straight-line winds.  I know they are forecasting a "milder" winter for us, but I'm not so sure!  

We've changed our our curtains to the deep red and have put out the lighted glass pumpkins and autumnal pillows.  I love closing the curtains on a cold fall night.  It makes the space feel very warm and cozy, especially with the flickering candlelight.    The cats have a wonderful soft bed in front of the fire and they sit there like something out of the "Princess and the Pea".  Layers of cushions and blankets that are warm and soft.  They love it there!

It's been a crazy couple of weeks here and I am hoping that I get some time in my craft room tomorrow.  I have the flu, so may not feel up to it - but I really do need to get my hands inky!

I'll be back later in the week if I do get to make some cards.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe:

  • Stamp:  Apple - Penny Black.   Sentiment:  Sweetest Friend - Altenew
  • Inks: PH Martins liquid watercolors
  • Watercolor paper:  Winsor & Newton
  • Card base:  Woodgrain - Altenew


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Anne Marie Hile

Jaydee, this is stunning! Even if it only has 2 layers, haha! You know I’m kidding. Your watercoloring is beautiful and I love that little pop of woodgrain texture. I sure hope you are feeling better. Big hugs!

Jen Camara Mitchell

You've done a wonderful job coloring those apples. I'm glad you persevered until you got the look you wanted! I hope you're feeling better. :)

Elizabeth Stewart

Jaycee....can I just say WOW....your watercoloring is out of this world!

Ann Schach

Absolutely gorgeous, Jaydee! Your watercoloring skills are fabulous, and the resulting card is a work of art!


Jaydee, this is absolutely gorgeous! It's too bad that you didn't have any apple stamps (I usually find a digi stamp when that happens), but I think this fabulous image is one you'll be using again. You've watercolored it so beautifully, so worth all the effort. Sorry to hear you are not feeling well, and sending get well wishes and hugs!

Claire Broadwater

SNOW!!!!!!!! Oh my goodness! Your house sounds so cozy and gorgeous!

Now, on to this work of art! Your should FRAME this! It is spectacular! Love, Love, Love your watercoloring and this beautiful sentiment! ENJOY the rest of the week! XX


This is one amazing apple...it is a work of art, you should FRAME it! I want to eat it, it looks so real!


Beautiful card. Makes me want to chomp on an apple. Stay warm.

Jan Clothier

Beautiful. Your no-line water-colouring really looks great. Interesting technique and one I've never managed to perfect. It looks good enough to eat!


I hope you feel better. I’m not ready for Winter!!!! We’ve had snow here too. Yuck!!!

Better get better!!!!

Joanne James

Jaydee your watercoloured apples are exquisite; they look very realistic. A great if unscheduled purchase! I love the textured wood background too. Snow?! I think your winter might be a tough one. So sorry to hear you are feeling poorly - keep warm and get well soon!


Your water coloring is amazing! I think they are so difficult to use...your card is just perfect!

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