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Fresh Air for Paper Players #522

Happy Sunday.

It's the fabulous LeAnne's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a great challenge for us.  It's also the first challenge of the new year and we welcome three new very talented guest designers for 2021.  Welcome Amanda, Debbie and Nancy - I am so happy that you have joined our team and look forward to seeing your wonderful creations in our challenge each week.

For tonight's card I used something new - well... a couple of things :-)  I inked up one of the new sets that I got as part of my anniversary gift from Lou.  I love The Greetery Fresh Air set and it comes with matching dies.  I had such fun with this that I made several cards and those are going off to the seniors!

One of the thing I love about stamps and dies from The Greetery is the level of detail and this set is no exception.  Just take a look at that awesome open window on the left side of the opening!  I double layered the floating curtain with both a white layer and then an opaque vellum layer.  This set so reminds me of the times we have walked around various towns/cities in Italy.  I love looking at the window boxes and who/what is sitting in the window.  There was no way that I could resist this set!

I stamped the shutters but distressed them a little - I wanted to make sure that the ink didn't lay down perfectly.  After all, I can't remember seeing a perfect set of shutters :-)

Fresh Air (1 of 1)-3

I love the fact that all of the elements are separate so that you can create your own window and you can decide to have the bricks - or not... flowers or not... flower pots or not.... :-)

The design team have some fabulous inspiration for you and I hope you will play along with us this week.

On a personal note:

Well... I'm not sure about you... but I can honestly say that I wasn't unhappy to see the back of 2020.  It really seemed that we were living the old Confuscius saying "may you live in interesting times"!  2020 certainly was interesting!  Lou and I spent Christmas at home.  It was the first year in many years that we did so.  We managed to get two weeks off for vacation and have relaxed, read, done a few chores around the house and just enjoyed being home and not having to work.  On New Year's Eve - we had an early dinner and watched some feel good TV.  At the end of the night, we remembered to be grateful for all the good things that had happened this year and that we still had each other and our health.

As we spent our time at home - we decorated more than usual.   As some of you have requested photos - I am sharing some with you tonight and will share a few more during the week.

Because this was Christmas 2020 - I had to have a little fun with an old Teddy Bear.  We bought this guy our first Christmas in the US - 1997.  We pull him out every year.  However, this year he had to wear the de rigeur fashion accessory:

2020 teddy (1 of 1)

Teddy was being responsible and ensuring that he had his own mask in place before putting one on Baby Bear :-)

For the main floor, the theme/color scheme came from cushions that we had purchased at Pier 1 last year.  (on a side note... so miss Pier 1, especially at the holidays!)  The cushions were red and gold.  So, we kept with the theme.  We changed out the summer curtains as usual for our red ones.  However, this year we purchased a carpet for the family room.  We generally don't have a carpet down, but as my feet are always cold, we thought it would be a good idea and I managed to get it on a heavily discounted sale at Wayfair.  Luckily, it matched the one we have in the entry way!

2020 Couch (1 of 1)

I love how cosy it feels with the carpet and the curtains closed - it really does make the whole room feel warmer.  Mind you, it's not a bad view with the curtains open!  You can see that this was taken before our snow on December 24!

2020 view (1 of 1)

It's pretty during the day - but really comes into it's own at night. 

2020 Night (1 of 1)-2


On the left hand side on the wayy - is one of  the things that I did buy this year .... I found him on Etsy and he will be with us for many years!

2020 Gnome (1 of 1)

It is a gnome kind of year..... the one on the wreath joins the one that sits at our table with us!  You can see our outside tree through the window.  With the cats there is NO WAY we can have an indoor tree, but this allows us to enjoy it when we eat our meals in the dining room.

2020 Christmas Gnome (1 of 1)

And, just for Doris - here's a view of the outside!  And, yes... that is a gnome tree topper!

2020 Tree (1 of 1)

I did some "crafty stuff", too.  For fall I had purchased a ribbon garland for the fireplace.  I love it, but decided I wanted to make my own for winter.  So, I bought some ribbons and got to work.  I love how it turned out:

2020 garland (1 of 1)

Lou loved it so much that I ended up making three of them in total.  The other two are on the stair bannisters.    Well, I think that's enough for tonight :-)  Hopefully you have enjoyed these photos and I will share more with you during the week.

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



Card recipe:

  • Card stock:  Neenah Solar White 80# and 110#
  • Stamps and Dies:  Fresh Air - The Greetery





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Anne Marie Hile

Happy New Year, my sweet friend! I just loved seeing your beautiful holiday decor photos. So warm and cozy! Your card is just lovely, too. So much beautiful details and the colors ou used are so fresh and fun. Absolutely gorgeous!


What a treat this post is Jaydee! I love your card with its fresh air vibe and then all the other photos of your home and Christmas decorations. I absolutely love the rug in your family room and the cosy look of the warm colours. I agree with you that no matter how awful everything seems, there's plenty to be grateful for if you think about it. Wishing you a healthy and happy 2021. Vicky x

Claire Broadwater

Jaydee, this card is a breath of fresh air! Just so light and Spring like. I do love warmer weather. The distressed shutters are perfect! Your card is so peaceful!
Your home is gorgeous and so inviting. I love that you have a tree on your porch! I wish you a Very Happy New Year!

Ann Schach

I absolutely love your card, Jaydee! This is such a great image, and your coloring really sets off all of the elements. I also loved viewing the photos of your decorations. Your home is so warm and inviting.

Joanne James

Love this fresh card Jaydee, bringing with it thoughts of Spring - not long now! Fabulous decorations too - I LOVE that nutcracker and your gnome-topped tree is so sweet! Happy new year to you and Lou!

Laurie schmidt

Beautiful scene! Love the curtain blowing thru the window...makes me think of warmer days!

Hilda Burton

I love the beautiful scene on your card, Jaydee. It does remind me of Europe. Thanks for sharing these photos of your lovely home decorated for Christmas. Since we were home alone this year, we didn't decorate so much but enjoyed seeing those of our neighbors. Now on the see what the other players made in this challenge. Enjoy your week.

Amanda Mertz

I could sit and look at that window all day! Such a peaceful, relaxing scene you created and such lovely colors! Looking forward to creating with you this year at The Paper Players! P.S. Could you come decorate my house?? :)

Marina . . . f rom far Africa!!!

Ohhhh Jaydee!!!! Thanks so much for the pictures!! I remember when you purchased your nutcrackers . . . so this year is the year of the gnomes!! They are sooooooo cute!!! Your house looks so cozy. Thanks again for sharing your Christmas with us. That window looks like a window in Amalfi, Italy. Bet you got lots of scrapbooking gifts . . . good for you!!! Happy New Year for you and Lou!!!

Doris D.

Loved your card. It does remind me of the windows in Europe! The curtain seems so real. Your photos of your lovely home were a treat to start the New Year. Your home is so inviting and warm. And of course I loved the outside tree with snow. It is so special that you can enjoy it from the dining room window. Happy New Year to you and Lou.

kathy hook

Loved your card. I also enjoy the pictures of your home. You really enjoy decorating for Christmas. I have a small home and
am limited to how much I can decorate.


Jeanne H

What a wonderful card! Fun idea to have your tree outside because of the cats. My daughter's cats climb hers. Hugs and Happy New Year to you and Lou.


First of all your card for TPP is beautiful, I can almost feel the breeze coming in the window. I agree that the Greetery stamps are high quality for sure. As for the photos of your home...WOW! What a warm and beautiful inviting space. You have many talents besides card making. I so enjoyed your post and thanks for the welcome too! Take care!

Debbie Crowley

Jaydee, I had to take this opportunity to say how beautifully inspiring your card is. It really is refreshing to see the curtain blowing through the window. Reminds me of the first Spring breezes.

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