Free as a Bird for Paper Players #456
Bubble Chicks for Paper Players

Free as a Bird for Addicted to CAS

Hi Everyone.  Happy Saturday.

It's the fabulous Susan's turn to host our Addicted to CAS Challenge this week and it's a color challenge:


The design team have some fabulous inspiration for you, including our very talented guest designer for this challenge YoonYoung Kim

For my card, I decided to stick very closely to my two least favorite colors .... pink .... and purple!  I paired it with the neutrals of black, white and gray, so that the ahem, pink and purple, could take center stage. :-)

I brought out my new favorite Stampin' Up! Free as a Bird set and used the flock of birds as my focal point.  I used Kuretake Real Brush markers to give a light wash of color to them, as well as the branch on which they sit.

A simple sentiment, die-cut focal layer, and my card was finished.  To continue the purple theme, I added the front panel onto a base of Elegant Eggplant.  A really CAS card.

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I hope you will join us and play along this week. We can't wait to see what you create using these two colors.

On a personal note:

No time in my craft room this week, but I am hoping that I will get to play sometime this weekend.  This weekend, it's time to change out the summer colors and give in to the autumn temps.  So the cushions and curtains will be changed from their soft seafoam colors to the warmer fall colors.  My glass pumpkins, which have been stored for nearly a year, will also make their appearance and the shells and summer accoutrement will be carefully stored for next year.

We have continued to put out jelly and oranges to help the Orioles and other similar birds on their journey south.  We've been lucky enough to have families stop by and fill up before beginning the next part of their journey.  It will be quiet for a day or so, before the next little flock arrives and our garden is, once again, filled with the trill of their songs.

When I had to take my unintended break from crafting, Kelly W had suggested that it was a good time to pursue other hobbies, and I did exactly that.  For well over a decade I have been trying to solve the mysteries of my family tree.  Taking time off from crafting really allowed me to spend that time doing genealogy research instead.    I managed to spend some quality time really trying to break down barriers and prove hypothesies.   Serendipitously, it also co-incided with some contacts through after I had submitted a DNA test.  Those contacts opened up totally unknown worlds, confirmed other hypothesies and helped me discover  paternal Great-Grandfather.  Oh, what stories this research has uncovered.  So, Kelly - thanks for making that suggestion!

I'll be back tomorrow with my Paper Players card.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe:

  • Stamps:  Free as a Bird - Stampin' Up!
  • Inks: Kuretake Real Brush Markers