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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