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Happy Sunday.

It's the fabulous Claire's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and it's clean and simple week.  I have to admit I had ZERO optiions in my stash for the challenge this week, so I had to improvise and use a png I purchased on etsy!

Here's a sneak peek:

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Even though this is a clean and simple challenge, I couldn't help myself and had to add some texture!  I used both the Stampin' Up! stripes and the spellbinders dots embossiing folders.

Here's Claire's challenge:

Growing up I was always into sports.  I played both netball and rounders for my high school team.  I was on the athletics team and ran for one of our local city clubs.  I also played squash and rode horses but, unlike my brother (who was scouted by Manchester United as a young teenager), I was never really into true team sports like soccer, rugby, cricket, etc.  So, I guess it's no surprise that I don't really have any sports related goodies in my stash.

Although I don't watch American football or ice hockey, I do love basketball and my love of basketball came from watching Michael Jordan and the Bulls.  In my book, Phil Jackson will always go down as one of the greatest coaches.  He knew how to bring a team together and how to get the most out of them.  Many coaches could not cope with Dennis Rodman, but Phil knew how to deal with him.  Watching Jordan on the boards and seeing him jump (especially in his early days) it honestly looked as though he was slow-motion flying.  So, when I went looking for a sports related image to use on my card, I went with an image of Jordan!

Here's my card:


Seriously, that man could jump and I love the fact that his silhouette is so recognizable! :-)  I had to go with the double dots on the background to help echo the ball theme and the stripes on the tag are meant to be representative of the boards on a basketball court.

We'd love to see YOUR takes on the challenge and, as you can see from the creations of our design team, they went in all sorts of different directions:-)

On a personal note:

Lou and I are busy prepping for our cruise at the end of the month.  We are going back to the north east coast and into Quebec.  Unlike our last trip up that part of the world, we are hoping the fog will have lifted enough for us to appreciate the gorgeous fall colors.  The cruise we are on is an out and back from New York and features members of the Royal Shakespeare Company.  They will be performing on the ship and will also be giving talks and other sessions.  As someone who loves literature and happens to think Shakespeare was a genius - you can imagine how much I am looking forward to this trip:-)

Today I will be finishing decorating the apartment for fall.  Looking out of the windows almost all of the trees are still green, but there are a couple of orange dots in a carpet of green.  The early harbinger of fall and certainly fit the cooler overnight temps we have had.

Before I get to finish decorating, I have to finish prepping homework for a virtual class I am doing next weekend with Pink Fresh Studio.  Their holiday card making class is full of wonderful new products that I know I am going to enjoy using.  As the products are not available to the general public, I can't share anything until after class, but will definitely share the cards we made with you.  PFS is completely new to me and it's always fun to find new goodies :-)  Warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe:

  • Embossing folders:  Spellbinders and Stampin' Up!
  • Image: purchased on Etsy


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LeAnne Pugliese

We didn't have football in high school, only basketball, so it's my favorite high school sport too! This silhouette is perfect for a CAS card---great background too!

Joanne James - The Crafty Owl

This card is fab Jaydee - the movement and energy of that silhouette just jumps off the page and the embossed circle background is a great ball motif too. Great job!

Fran Wing

Hello, Jaydee! I'm impressed that your brother was scouted by ManU - I won't tell Hal about this as he's a resolute Arsenal fan! The last time we were in London he visited the new field and we went up to Norwich for a friendly between Arsenal and Norwich - several years ago. But, I'm absolutely NOT a sports fan, which is odd since I grew up in a household with brothers who played all sports and my son is an accomplished athlete who went to college on a baseball scholarship. Maybe it's just a case of over-exposure! Anyway, your CAS card is great and I love the play on words!
Xoxo, Fran

Ann Schach

Oh my gosh...your card is my fave, Jaydee! I remember those Chicago Bulls glory days. We never missed watching a game. Jordan, Pippen, Rodman were phenomenal, under the guidance of the Zen Master himself, Phil Jackson. Oh, Jaydee...your card has brought back so many memories...and that is the hallmark of an amazing card. Have a wonderful weekend! I can't wait to see pictures of your decorations.

Claire Broadwater

Jaydee, you have so many exciting things going on. Your cruise sounds divine! I am so happy for you! I can't wait to see all the goodies your share in the Pink Fresh class. Their products are fabulous!

I just love your CAS card. The big polka dots are so FUN and your basketball players speaks to this Hoosier Girl's heart. You know all Hoosier's play basketball. Such a great card for my challenge!

Anne Marie Hile

Such a cool card, Jaydee! Love the pops of texture in the background, too.

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