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Hi Everyone.  Happy Sunday. 

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

I needed a sketch to help me along, so visited my favorite sketch site - FreshlyMadeSketches

I don't really have many water sport stamps, but was looking through my stash and found this wonderful set that came free with a UK crafting magazine.  I used three stamps from the set and decided it would work :-)  I know Puddle Jumping isn't an Olympic sport, but it was one I used to love as a kid and would do it now if I didn't think the neighbors would have me carted off :-)  So, I hope Laurie will forgive me for going with Puddle Jumping for my water sport :-)
I stamped three images; bunny, rain drops and umbrella onto some Neenah Solar White card stock.  I then stamped the umbrella and bunny image onto some old, retired SU paper and then fussy cut the umbrella, the sou'wester and the wellies.  I adhered them over the original stamped images and colored the bunny, ground and puddle with watercolors.  Of course, water needed a little shimmer and shine, as did the wellies. :-)  
I needed to create the horizontal layer behind the focal element.  I decided not to use DSP, but took out my Ellen Hutson Essentials stitched dies and used them to create the horizontal element.
Puddle jumping closeup (1 of 1)
I added the sentiment and mounted the focal panel onto the card base using fun foam.  Here's my full card:
Puddle jumping (1 of 1)
Doesn't he look as though he is having fun?  Honestly, this was such a great set to get for free!
I hope you will join us and play along this week.  We would love to see your water sport cards.  As usual, the design team have come up with some wonderful inspiration:

On a personal note:

It's been beautiful here weather wise this weekend and we have so enjoyed having a few days off.  Lou has been working hard in the garden and we are now waiting for the pollinator garden to come into full bloom.

In the meantime, Lou bought me some Peonies.  I couldn't resist taking  photo of this beauty - she's huge - and, oh, so gorgeous.  What a stunning color.

Pink Peonies (1 of 1)

Here they are clustered together:

Pink Peonies (1 of 1)-2

I can't wait for the others to fully blossom.  They will look gorgeous.

Taking about gorgeous, this pretty thing visits our feeder regularly.  This is one of the fledglings.

Oriole (1 of 1)

I'll be back later in the week with another card and some more photos.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.