It's the fabulous LeAnne's turn to host our final Paper Players challenge of the year.
Oh... and here is the original with the incorrect green base!
I hope you will join us and play along with our final challenge. We would love to see what you create with these gorgeous colors. As it is the final challenge of the year at the Paper Players, it is also time to say a sad goodbye to our very talented guest designers.
Nancy, Amanda and Debbie I have really enjoyed crafting along with your this year - your talents will be sorely missed. Thank you for everything you did for our challenges - and our players - this year. However, before they sign off for the year, they do have one set of final inspiration for you. I hope you will check out the DT cards and leave a little love on their blogs.
On a personal note:
Well, I promised to give you a little insight into our recent trip and left a hint as to where we might have gone with this photograph which showed some colorful coral, starfish and seaweed. I asked you to take a guess as to where this photograph was taken on our trip for a chance at blog candy.
There were some fabulous tropical suggestions: the Caribbean, Monterey Aquarium, Hawaii, Florida Keys, and Costa Rica. All exceptional guesses, but all waaaaaaaaay too far North :-) The reason I shared this photo first was because I was simply stunned that starfish existed, never mind corals where we have just been. Lou and I were not lucky enough to go one of the submersible trips, so I had to snag this photo from someone who had been lucky enough. When they came back up they were moaning about not seeing a lot of things - and "big deal, we saw a starfish". It was at that point that I blurted out my coffee and said, "A SARFISH!!!! WHAT ON EARTH! THAT'S AMAZING!" (capitals denote how loud my voice was at the time! The absolute LAST THING I had ever expected to see was a starfish. So, I think you can guess by now, we were not somewhere tropical!
SO... where did we go? Well, where you see these guys!
Isn't he/she gorgeous? I can't tell you how surreal it was to be standing a couple of feet away from the Gentoo's as they went about their day. They are as clumsy as anything on land, but oh, so, graceful in the water.
They use their wings to help stablize themselves as they make their way from the water up to their nests, travelling along the Penguin Highway. It's amazing how far they do climb up, too! Also, as Antarctica has been closed to visitors for the last two years, some of these guys have never seen people. In fact, ours was the first ship to leave from Ushuaia in two years. So, we weren't surprised when we saw these little guys were as curious as we were!
Aren't they amazing? I think so! So, now that you know we were in Antarctica, were you as surprised as I was to find coral and starfish in the water?! I've seen them in all sorts of tropical waters in the world, so had never considered that they would be in a place that is covered by ice for more than 6 months of the year.
Before I leave, I will share a photo of some icebergs we were amongst in the zodiacs. I cannot begin to even try to describe what it is like. It is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. I will have plenty more photos to share with you over the next couple of weeks - and will be back tomorrow with the name of the blog candy winner, what they won, and a couple more photographs.
Lou and I feel so incredibly blessed to have been a part of this expedition. Antarctica was the #1 place left on my bucket list and yes, I crossed it off, but it quickly went back on again, as we'd love to go back at a different time of the year. We were there at the very end of Spring in the Southern Hemisphere and many of the areas we tried to land were still too covered with ice for us to get there. Late January/February will have seen a lot of that snow melt and the birds will all have their fledglings. Yeah, I can honestly say, it's back on the bucket list!
So, I'll be back tomorrow. In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight - and especial prayers for those who were affected by the tornadoes overnight. The destruction is so hard to take in - so many people affected and their pets.
- Stamps: Poinsettia Petals - Stampin' Up!
- Dies: Poinsettia Petals - Stampin' Up! and Nordic Frames border die - The Greetery