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Berry Kissed for Paper Players 547

Happy Sunday.

It's the fabulous Joanne's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week.  It's a CAS week and Joanne has a wonderful theme for us:

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The minute I saw this challenge I knew exactly which stamp set I was going to use.  This Penny Black Berry Kissed stamp has been in my stash for years.  I don't ink it up often, but I absolutely love it.  Like last night's stamps, it will be in my stash for a long time.

To create my card, I inked up the various portions of the stamps (berries, leaves, stems) using Catherine Pooler and Altenew inks and a finger blender.  Once all the areas were inked up, I spritzed it really lightly and then stamped it onto watercolor paper.  This created a base for my coloring and all the details, shadows, depth, were created with my Luminance pencils.   I added a little silhouette behind the image with my Copic marker B0000.  It took quite a time to add the details, shading, etc.  but I was very pleased with the final product.

Here's my card:

Berries for PP (1 of 1)

I hope you will join us and play along with our challenge this week.  As always, the design team have some fabulous inspiration for you:

On a personal note:

Like just about every other part of the country its still incredibly hot - and dry.  We finally had rain in the forecast for today... it rained for about 5 minutes - but it was rain!  Our next chance is Thursday.  The birds are loving the bird baths and we find ourselves filling up the bath a couple of times a day to try to keep up with them.  It's wonderful to watch them and you can almost feel their relief as they shake off the water from their wings.

I managed to get out onto the deck when the birds weren't all at the feeder or bird bath and captured this shot of the Oriole in the elm tree:

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They are such beautiful birds and have a fabulous song.  They start early in the morning - as soon as it's light and they don't stop feeding until it's dark.  They aren't quite the last birds to sing - the Cardinal usually is, and we love that we are able to attract them and have them stay with us for summer.

I'm hoping to get into my craft room today to make some cards.  So, hopefully, I will have something to share with you later in the week.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe:

  • Stamps:  Berry Kissed - Penny Black
  • Inks:  Catherine Pooler, Luminance Pencils
  • Paper:  Hot pressed watercolor paper, Neenah Solar White 110#