It's the fabulous Ann's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week - and it's sketch week.
I don't generally create cards without a sentiment, but one of the agencies that I'm sending cards to wanted bright patterned papers with no sentiment. So, I used some of the fabulous SU papers and my stamps from a very old set from Fun Stamper's Journey called Seaside Treasures. At the end of it, I still really, really, really wanted to add a sentiment! But, I made do with the stamped script behind the focal elements!
Here's my card:
I hope you will join us and play along with Ann's challenge this week. As always, the design team have some fabulous inspiration for you:
On a personal note:
Well, my zen-ness from my vacation is still holding on (just!) So, it must have been a good time away :-) Talking about away - our favorite summer visitors have left! They came, they ate, they bred, and they left! I really miss the sound of the Orioles and the Grosbeaks when they leave. Now we wait for the ones that went north of us to come thru on their way back down south. I find it amazing that they travel for thousands of miles to nest in our garden for two months and then leave again. BUT... we love having them. They really do brighten up the woodland.
Our front door wreath has another 3 babies! yes, the Robin's decided to brood for a second time. We love watching the three little heads bob up and down everytime Mom or Daddy Robin come close. We've never had then nest a second time in one summer - and we are so happy to have them.
Talking about threes.... our camera caught a mama racoon and her three babies on the deck the other night. The video was fabulous as she was teaching them how to climb up the deck rail to get to the bird bath to drink. It was fabulous watching them play around in the bird bath splashing water around, running it through their little paws and learning all about this wet stuff! I can't tell you how many times I played that video - it was delightful.
Luckily the Catbird is still around and loves visiting the jelly feeder:
I just love that rust colored belly!!
I managed to escape the heat yesterday and played with inks, paper and stamps in my craft room. I was catching up on my upcoming challenge commitments and am hoping to do the same today. It's the coolest place in the house and with ANOTHER week in the 90s with high humidity, I'm trying to escape to cool places as often as possible. At least we did have a fabulous storm on Friday night that brought some much welcome rain - but added to the humidity!
If you are wondering how hot it has been - ask the poor candles! We are thinking they are perfect for Halloween!
I'm hoping to be back in the week with a couple of cards and hopefully some photographs. In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
- Stamps: Seaside Treasures - Fun Stampers Journey
- DSP: Stampin' Up!
- Dies: My Favorite Things
- Card stock: Neenah Solar White 110#