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Hi Everyone.

Happy Sunday.  I hope you are all having a great weekend.

It's the fabulous Anne Marie's turn to host our challenge this week and she has this great sketch for us:

I made a couple of different cards using this sketch, but decided to showcase the one featuring that wonderful new set from Stampin' Up! - Good Morning Magnolia.  I fell head over heels with this set and think it's one of the best things SU has done for a number of years.  I can see this becoming one of my "keeper" sets.
I did  some quick and easypencil coloring - here's a closeup for you:
Good Morning Magnolia closeup (1 of 1)
I wanted the magnolia to really be the star of the show on the card, so kept they layers exactly as they are in the sketch, but used neutral papers.  I used a new stitched die from Stampin' Up! and die cut a piece of old (and I mean REALLY old) textured grey SU card stock.  I popped the magnolia up using foam dots and added the sentiment.
Good Morning Magnolia (1 of 1)
I hope you will join us and play along this week.  As usual, the design team have some great inspiration for you.

On a personal note:

I have no idea where this week went.  One minute it was Monday morning and the next it was Saturday morning!  6am conference calls and finishing work at 7-7.30pm every day made for some long days.    Consequently, I didn't get anywhere near my craft room this week - or yesterday.  I'm hoping to get a little time to play today though.

I was hoping to get to spend a little time on the deck trying to get some sneak photos of all the Orioles and their babies.  However, this morning, they have gone POOF!  All of them.  POOF!  There hasn't been a single Oriole or Grosbeak at the feeder this morning, so we think they must have started their migration south.  If that's the case, it feels really early!  We will keep the feeders out though, as the ones that were north of us will be passing through.  And, the catbird, woodpeckers and robins are still around and partake of the food, too.  I'm always happy when the Orioles arrive in spring and really miss their beautiful trilling voices when they are gone.

These little guys have been renamed "Sugarpeckers" instead of woodpeckers.  They get so excited when we put jelly out in summer and are regular feeders.  I just love how he was clinging onto the side of the feeder in this shot:

Sugarpecker (1 of 1)

This is another regular visitor for us.  The catbirds were breeding in the large cypress trees, so we have had a few babies again this year and it's always wonderful watching all of them teach their babies where to go looking for food.
Catbird (1 of 1)-2
If I get into my craft room today, I will be back later in the week with another card.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
Card recipe:
  • Stamp:  Good Morning Magnolia - Stampin' Up!
  • Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White.  Old SU textured card stock
  • Pencils:  Prismacolor


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Wanda Cullen

This magnolia makes such an awesome focal point! My wedding bouquet had magnolias in it and I’ve always loved them! Gorgeous card!

Claire Broadwater

Jaydee, magnolias are a favorite of mine and this one looks so realistic! Your coloring is amazing! WOW! I might have to buy this set after seeing your card. I love the gray textured panel! I love seeing all your visitors. I am sorry the Orioles are gone. I hope that doesn't mean an early winter. Sending you warm hugs, My Friend! XX


This is so beautiful!! I LOVE the colors you used on this card!!!

Ann Schach

Beautiful, Jaydee! The soft coloring looks so realistic. (I see Claire said the same thing...great minds think alike. lol) I love the subtle texturing on the gray panel. It adds so much visualize interest. Great card!!!

Windy Ellard

Your coloring of the bloom is beautiful..esp the leaves. I decided to do a yellow one for classes in August but might have to go back and color the flower a little more like this! But the best is layering it on white and gray! I think it pops more!

Joanne James

Jaydee your magnolia is beautiful! You are a whizz with those pencils, the colouring really brings your bloom to life. I love the textured shape behind too - I think your take on the sketch is really creative. I haven't even inked up this stamp yet; I have it for a class later this month though, so will definitely be taking inspiration from your card today!

Anne Marie Hile

This set is fantastic and your really made it shine with your beautiful coloring, Jaydee! It really steals the show on your clean design with the subtle pops of texture. Just gorgeous, my friend!

Su Mohr

Hi Jaydee,
I love your magnolia! It's beautifully colored, and the layers and silver background are gorgeous with it. I'm able to comment on my old computer with Chrome as a browser. Yay!

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