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