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Sailing Home for Atlantic Hearts Challenge # 378

Happy Sunday!

It's the fabulous Anne Marie's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week - and it's sketch week!

When I saw Anne Marie's hand drawn version of the layout on our private PP blog, there was a big smiley face next to it.  I laughed out loud, because I swear that smiley face was meant for me.  These days layers and layers are just not in my wheelhouse and REALLY take me out of my comfort zone.  So, I decided that I would pull up my big girl panties and stop whining and embrace the layers.  And, embrace the layers I did.  There are 11... yes ELEVEN layers on my card tonight!  Mind you, it did give me an opportunity to showcase the gorgeous Gilded Autumn speciality DSP that will be available in a few days and I paired it with Forever Fern.  I really do love this DSP and the mixes of colors and shine.

Here's my card:

Forever Fern Gilded Autumn (1 of 1)-2

I paired the colors of the stamped leaves with the colors from the base layer.  I added a Mint Macaron layer to the base to echo the Mint Macaron in the diagonal layer.  So, Anne Marie... I hope you are proud of me :-)

The design team have some fabulous inspiration for you and I hope you will check out their blogs:

On a personal note:

Today will be house cleaning and then back into my craft room.  I want to play along with a couple of challenges and have some cards I need to make for friends.  If you would like to receive a card from me, just send me a message with your address and what type of card you would like; anniversary, hello, thinking of you, just because, birthday... oh, and if there is a date you are celebrating, just add that, too.  I'd be happy to send you a card!

I thought you might want to see a couple of photos of our native planting and how fabulous it looks at this time of year.  The fountain is surrounded by echinacea, butterfly weed, blackeyed susan and native grasses.  We are thrilled that the butterfly weed has self-seeded.  We added a couple of plants when we moved into the house in 2012 and they have seeded all the way around the front garden.  The birds love to bath and drink from the fountain and they pick among the flowers for insects in summer and then the seeds in fall.  The butterflies, bees and hummers love the nectar and we just love looking at it/them.  So it's a win-win all round!

Fountain (1 of 1)

We planted a couple of hydrangea in pots - not native, I know - but they aren't in the ground!  I love the soft, subtle pink champagne color of this beautiful blossom.

Hydrangea (1 of 1)

I captured a shot of the male and female red-winged blackbird at the feeder.  It's amazing how different they are.

Red winged blackbird (1 of 1)

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



Card recipe:

  • DSP:  Gilded Autumn - available August 4 - Stampin' Up!
  • Stamps:  Forever Fern - Stampin' Up!  Sentiment:  Stampin' Up old Paper Pumpkin stamp
  • Card stock:  Neenah Solar White 80# 110#.  Mint Macaron - Stampin' Up!


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Your card is glorious, I am so glad you embraced the layers! I love these papers, can't wait to use them myself!!


I am a CAS, single layer card maker. When I occasionally venture into double and (gasp) triple layer cards I get all itchy. Wow! Eleven layers and your design is so cohesive and beautiful that if even one layer was removed, it would look like something was missing.
Love your fountain and native plantings. They're beautiful.

Marina . . . from far Africa

Wooooowwwwwwwwww so many layers!!!! I would love to receive a card from you . . .where do I send my address? Thanks!!


Joan, I know exactly what you mean. 3 layers seems a lot for me these days :-) When I was building this card, I originally added only one layer of leaves.. but you are right, it just didn't seem right to have so many layers on the back and then only one layer of leaves on top! So, I added more until it felt "right". So glad you enjoyed the photos of our native planting


Marina, if you send me your address via a comment to this post I will get it. I won't publish the comment, but I will get your address :-)


Thanks, LeAnne. the papers really are gorgeous. I can't wait to see what YOU do with them

Claire Broadwater

Jaydee, 11 layers is so out of your comfort zone, but oh, you made the sketch shine! I love all these gorgeous layers! Your card made me smile! I love the papers, the color combo and those gorgeous leaves! This card is GORGEOUS! AND, I am proud of you! Your garden is glorious. Wish I could sit and sip tea with you and look at these beautiful flowers! Have a great week, My Friend!

Joanne James

Well I know layers are so not your thing, but I couldnt wait to comment on this card Jaydee - it is a triumph! Those rich colours and patterns - you totally rocked this week's sketch!

Mary Deatherage

Wonderful card - love the layers (Every. Single. One!) and that embossed sentiment is perfect! :) Well done getting out of your wheelhouse - and smack into mine! :)

Stef Perry

You aced the sketch and met the challenge with aplomb, Jaydee! Those papers are a wonderful mix of colors and I love the die cut branches in the same colors, anchoring the sentiment! Totally gorgeous!

Ann Schach

Your card is fabulous! A few layers now and then does a body good! lol You did a great job with the layers...LOVE it! This is such an awesome color combination, and gorgeous paper!

Anne Marie Hile

Ha! I should have put a "winky face" next to that sketch for you because I had NO doubt you would ace it! I'm so happy you embraced those layers and created such a lovely card this week. The colors are stunning and of course I'm swooning at that layout. Thank you for absolutely rocking my sketch this week, my friend. Hugs!

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