A Splash of Mermaids
Sending Smiles for Addicted to CAS #154

Magnolias for Her - for Paper Players #430

Hi Everyone.

Happy Sunday.  I had promised to share the other Mermaid Splash cards with you tonight, but had forgotten that it was the night of our Paper Players challenge!  So the Mermaid cards will have to wait until tomorrow :-)

It's the fabulous Ann's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a sketch for us:

There are lots of layers for those of you who love to add texture and pattern.  I decided to use an old specialty paper pack that really highlights Navy.  As navy pairs so well with pink, I decided to add a floral arrangement with Altenew's Magnolias for Her.

I began by adding the layers of navy and a little silver mirrored card stock.  I then stamped my magnolia with Gina K amalgam ink and colored it with a base of R83 copic markers and then used my Prismacolors to add the depth and detail.

I love the extra depth and dimension that comes from adding the pencil.  I added a little strip of silver glimmer paper underneath the sentiment layer and a layer of silver mirror card stock for the vertical layer.  Here's my card:

BAF Magnolias for Her (1 of 1)

I hope you will join us and play along.  As always, if you are looking for some inspiration, the design team have some fabulous creations for you:

On a personal note:

I made more cards for Sendasmile4kids today.  So I didn't get the chance to play along with any challenges.  I am hoping to do that tomorrow, especially as we are expecting... yes... ANOTHER storm.  We have surpassed snow storm total records that have held for 57 years and we are still not done with February.  Luckily the major part of the storm is expected to go south of us.  But, we will be having 45mph winds, which is more than enough to really start moving the 35" of snow that we have had this month!

I want to share a photo of the snow banked up against our screened in porch.  This was taken almost two weeks ago.  Just after this photo was taken, Lou completely cleared the snow from the screen.  Today - it's about 10 inches higher than it was then.  So, he removed the snow and we have had as much - plus almost another foot since then!

Snow (1 of 1)

You can see that the snow is higher than the table!!!! 

The redbellied woodpecker is taking every advantage that he can.  Here's a photo that I took when I was on a conference call.  He was right outside my office:

Redbellied (1 of 1)

It's difficult trying to get a decent shot of any of the birds through the screens on the window - especially at this time of the year.  But, I hope you will appreciate this little look inside the tough lives these poor guys have.  I don't know how they survive the -57 to plus 100 degree temps... let's face it... that's a 157 degree temperature change.   Heck.. I can't bear a 30 degree temp change.  I'm always inside for the worst of the temp differences!

I'll be back tomorrow with the rest of the Mermaid Splash cards.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers fpr those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe:

  • Card stock:  Neenah Solar White
  • Specialty Paper:  My Minds Eye Blush
  • Stamps:  Altenew Magnolias for Her