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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:

Oriole (1 of 1)-5

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#



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Jaydee, this card is stunning..I love the detail on the leaves and the bright colouring of the berries.
I’ve tried to do similar with different stamps but nothing compares to this.
Absolutely beautiful. Well worth the time and effort it must surely have taken
Di from Bristol

Laurie Schmidt

This is a wowzer card! I just love your inking...turned out amazing!

Celeste Goff

Your card is absolutely stunning! Love the pretty watercolored look!

LeAnne Pugliese

This is stunning! SO realistic! And of course, I love the oriole too!

Hilda Burton

Your card is gorgeous, Jaydee. The creative way you colored the stamp, then colored the stamped image is very clever. I so admire your awesome coloring. The beautiful oriole is such a treat. Enjoy your day!

Amanda Mertz

This image is so beautiful and your fantastic coloring took it to the next level! Love the shading and vibrant colors of the berries! Have a great week!

Sally Davis

This is absolutely beautiful. It needs to be framed and hung on the wall. I wish I had your talent and know how. Thanks for sharing.

Mac Mable

What a beautiful card with wonderful water colouring and love the extra shading. It sure was worth all the effort. Fabulous photos of the 'birds' too and enjoyed reading your blog post x.


This card had my mouth gaping open when I saw it! Just gorgeous, Jaydee!

Joanne James

Such fabulous colouring Jaydee - this could be a botanical print, it's so realistic. Just lovely!

Ida P. Krause

Wonderful card. The colors are so vibrant. I can see why you'd keep that image in your stash, it's lovely. - Enjoyed seeing your bird shot as well.

Debbie Crowley

Jaydee, the minute I saw this card I fell in love with it. Those "oldies but goodies" always amaze when given a new inking. The coloring is stunning and this is absolute CAS perfection.

Ann Schach

Absolutely stunning, Jaydee! This looks like a work of art. Your coloring is exquisite. I would gladly turn another year older today, if it meant this card would be in my mailbox!

Anne Marie Hile

That image is a keeper for sure, Jaydee! I love all of the gorgeous detail you added as well. Beautiful shot of your little visitor. Wow!!

Claire Broadwater

Jaydee, this is spectacular! I love it so much! Your coloring and shading are soooo fabulous!!!!!! I would cherish this card if it was in my mailbox! JUST WOW!!!!!!!

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