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Curio Summer Findings for Paper Players #560

Happy Sunday

It's the fabulous Joanne's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and it's sketch week!

This sketch gave me the perfect excuse to ink up some die-cut dragonflies from The Greetery Curio Finds.  I am obsessed with these dragonflies.  They are one of my favorite finds of summer.  If you ever buy these gorgeous dies, a tip is to ensure that you blend the inks on thee die-cuts while they are in position.  They are so delicate it is easy to mess up the card stock when blending.  So I make sure I use 110# card stock and use finger blending sponges.  Betsy has another great tip about using a cut up sheet from the cricut or silhouette machine.  If you haven't seen her showcase this - you can check out her video here.

Once I had inked and blended the colors on my dragonflies, I placed them on a panel and lifted the wings with a little piece of clear foam tape.  Here's my card:

Curio Summer Findings (1 of 1)-2

Some of you may recognize that background stencil!  This time I turned it upside down :-)  I tried to match the colors with the dragonflies and added a little Garden Green Stampin' Up! card stock as my side vertical panel.

I hope you will join us and play along this week.  The design team have some fabulous inspiration for you - again! :-)

On a personal note:

Didn't get into my craft room to make anything today.  It was more about decorating and getting ready for the cooler nights.  The house is starting to feel autumnal, but we still have to change out the carpets, drapes, etc.  Tomorrow it is off to the nursery for hay bales, pumpkins and mums!

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

Hugs

Jaydee

Card recipe:

  • Dies:  The Greetery - Curio: Summer Findings
  • Stencil:  Knit Wits - The Greetery
  • Sentiment: Thinking of you Sentiment Suite - The Greetery
  • Inks:  Stamp Market

 

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Claire Broadwater

Jaydee, this is so beautiful! Those dragonflies steal the show and mounted on those black squares just makes them pop! I love how you use this stencil to create such a gorgeous background, too! Just a fabulous card and a great take on the sketch!

Debbie Crowley

Jaydee, this is a beautiful and colorful representation of the Sketch this week. I love your dragonflies on the black background. Your design is striking!

jaydee

Jean, thanks! So glad you liked it. I hope you are thoroughly enjoying these last few days of gorgeous weather we have had. It has felt amazing to have some cooler days and nights and the moon has been insanely gorgeous the last couple of nights. #loveMinnesotaFall
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jaydee

Thanks, Amanda! When I searched for dragonfly photos on google I was astonished by the sheer number of color combos and how beautiful they were. great inspiration for my little guys!
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Amanda Mertz

I love these bright, bold colors!! They catch your eye just like the real ones!! So perfect against the black squares too! Hope you have a fun week!

Joanne James

Those bright colourful dragonflies are gorgeous Jaydee! I love how you based them on a tiny black square, it definitely helps ground them and makes more of that stencil too - this was a worthwhile investment for sure! Love the tiny sentiment too - an all-round fab take on my sketch this week! Hope your hand is continuing to improve.

jaydee

Thanks, Elizabeth. TBH...I think I spent more time trying to work out where to put the sentiment than creating the rest of the card :-)
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jaydee

Thanks, Laurie. I did think they were perfect with the sketch!
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jaydee

Thanks, Ann. so glad you liked the dragonflies. I should be finished decorating this weekend... the hand has made it a little slower than normal to get the decorating finished! :-)
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jaydee

Thank you, Joan. So glad you liked the card. I must admit that it is only recently that I have started to use stencils so much, but I really do find they add just a little bit of interest and help ground the elements. I particularly love this stencil as there are three different stencils in the set and they create a great pattern regardless of which way you run them up, down or sideways! And... I am always happy to enable a fellow crafter with crafting goodies :-)
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jaydee

Thank you Ruth Ann. So glad you liked it! My hand is doing so much better, thank you for asking.
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jaydee

Thanks, LeAnne. I googled photos of dragonflies and used those as inspiration for the colors on the card. I love how vibrant they are! Mother Nature is amazing :-)
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jaydee

Thank you, Nancy! I am obsessed with these dragonflies! The Greetery really does design some fabulous goodies :-)
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Nancy Leppek

This is really a great card, Jaydee! I am going to have to Pin it as I just love the way you inked up your dragonflies! Love the variety of colors! Awesome job! Enjoy the cooler temps!

LeAnne Pugliese

Those diecuts are amazing! The colors just pop right off the page! Gorgeous!

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