It's the fabulous Joanne's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and it's color week. As I am desperate for some bright colors at the end of this long winter, it was a great excuse to ink up my Botanicuts Lily and Pine Bough dies from The Greetery in these bright colors.
Now, these colors are not a natural fit for me. Yellow and orange with pale green are not colors that I lean into - especially together. But, once I had started to color my florals, I realized how bright and cheerful they are. I could have toned them down with a black base, but decided to embrace their brightness and put them with white instead.
Here's my card:
I hope you will join us and play along with Joanne's colors. We would love to see what you create! As always, the design team have some fabulous inspiration for you.
On a personal note:
Well, I will not get time in my craft room this week as the time has come for us to leave our wonderful home and make a move. So, the time over the next few weeks will be spent readying the house for sale, sorting stuff for charity and packing up what will be coming with us. Even though it has been almost 10 years since we moved into our "new" home, it feels like yesterday that I was packing up and readying to move into it! So much has happened in these 10 years and we have loved every moment of our beautiful home and our amazing wetland/woodland view. I am so proud of what we accomplished in the garden. Planting trees that provided shelter for the birds, native flowers, shrubs and grasses to provide food and nesting boxes and baths that provided them the breeding spaces and water they need. Our intention was to leave the lot a richer, more appropriate space for the wonderful wildlife that have shared our space for almost a decade, and I think we accomplished that.
It will be a very sad day when we leave and I will miss looking out and seeing the Orioles at the feeder during summer, the robin's nesting in our wreath at the front door, and the plethora of fauna that have graced our garden. However, life has a habit of throwing curve balls at you and you have to be resilient to change. So, as spring rolls out in this part of Minnesota, we will be leaving our wonderful home to be enjoyed by its next inhabitants.
My heart continues to ache for the people of Ukraine. I have no words to adequately describe how sad this situation makes me. Every sentient being deserves to live their lives in their own homes and towns, celebrating their own religions, with their own customs. Live and let live was something both of my parents believed in and something that was very close to home for them as my father spent nearly 6 years away from home fighting for the freedom not only of his family, but for families in Burma.
I'll try to post a card later in the week. In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
- Dies: Botanicuts Lily, Pine Bough - The Greetery
- Inks: Copic Markers, The Stamp Market
- Card stock: Neenah Solar White 110#