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Botanicuts Lily Pine Bough for Paper Players #582

Happy Sunday.

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.



card recipe:

  • Dies:  Botanicuts Lily, Pine Bough - The Greetery
  • Inks:  Copic Markers, The Stamp Market
  • Card stock:  Neenah Solar White 110#


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Cindy Beach

I've been admiring this card so much. Glad to be the first one to tell you how much I love it! The lily die cuts are gorgeous.
Sorry to hear of the upcoming move. Moving always brings a bit of chaos, and leaving a home you have loved so is hard. Sending hugs and prayers your way for the coming days!

Ann Schach

Beautiful, Jaydee! I LOVE the vibrancy of the colors, and I am so glad you placed these flowers on a white card base. It doesn't seem like you have been in this home for ten years. Time flies. Whomever purchases it will be blessed by the flora and fauna you have so carefully cultivated, and the legacy you are leaving. Have a wonderful week!

Doris D.

Your card is so stunning and of course your coloring is perfect. You did lilies proud.
So surprised you will be moving and not have your beautiful habitat to enjoy. I have loved all your posts of your beautiful garden but know this will be a new challenge for you and Lou. Good luck with selling your beautiful home and going to somewhere you can make it your own as you did with this move.

Kris Markham

Jaydee, that card is gorgeous. The yellow it's the spot for spring. Best of luck with your move and the new owners of your home will love it. Thanks for sharing your wildlife with this former Minnesotan.

Jennie Maier

Jaydee, you did a wonderful job with the colors and these flowers! Good luck with the moving! We just did it three years ago and it's a lot! Have a great week!

Sally Davis

I am sad to hear of your move. I have so enjoyed not only your blog and card creations but also the wonderful pictures of your property and the creatures living there that you nurture and care for. I do hope that you will continue both your stamping and nature nurturing in your new home. Looking forward to seeing more of both. Hugs.

Joanne James

I don't have any lilies in my collection Jaydee and yellow ones are my favourite flower, so I love your card already! I don't tend to use much orange outside of Halloween season but I was definitely craving bright colours and spring so I adore your gorgeous card! I don't envy you the moving process, which is always hard but you can rest knowing you have created the most wonderful wildlife habitat during your current tenure - what a wonderful legacy to be leaving!

Laurie Schmidt

A beauty Jaydee! I LOVE those daffodils!

Jeanne H

A really lovely card, Jaydee. I too am ready for Spring and I love yellow. Am so sorry you are moving away; we never did get to meet as once planned! But I know you two have lived and visited many places, so I hope you will continue to craft and blog wherever you land. Hugs.

Christy Stanford

Jaydee, your lilies look beautiful! And also paper lilies are the only kind I'm NOT allergic to ;) You made these bright, cheery colors work so well on your flowers, I like the bright pop of color on the white card base.

Claire Broadwater

Jaydee, these lilies are so beautiful! The way you blended the colors is stunning! They just pop off the white background. I know you are sad to leave your beautiful home. I hope you find the perfect place and it will bring you even more joy, I will miss your visitors, too! My favorite part was always viewing your pictures of your yard and home. I understand the sadness you are feeling. I cry daily for those poor people. May God grant them peace. Stay well, MY Friend!

LeAnne Pugliese

Your card is gorgeous! I am glad you embraced those warm, bright colors! I will thinking about you as you pack up to move! What a surprise!

Anne Marie Hile

Your lilies are gorgeous and I just love how the vibrant color just pops off the clean background. Such a stunning card, my friend!

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