Wild & Sweet for Paper Players #656
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Paper Florist for Paper Players #657

Happy Sunday.

It's my turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and it's color week.  I choose some rich, autumnal colors from Stampin' Up! and they are some of my favorite SU colors.  I decided to use my Paper Florist dies to showcase the colors.  Here's a sneak peek:

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I added some texture to the background of my card with the Exposed Brick 3D embossing folder and added a few jewels from the Loose Frosted Dots embellishments as the rich deep colors worked well with the colors for the challenge this week.

Here's my card:


I hope you will join us this week as we would love to see what you do with these colors.  As always the design team have some fabulous inspiration for you:

On a personal note:

Well, the temps might have been in the mid to high 90s last weekend, but they are 30 lower this weekend.  That means the switching out of the summer to fall decor feels much more appropriate :-)  The thing about our current living space is that the light, bright daylight lends itself to any color scheme, so the bright oranges and fall colors help to warm up the space.  I'll share some photos with my Paper Players post next week.

In the meantime, my prep for retirement continues and to help celebrate this (long overdue) next step, I've booked a round the world cruise.  Lou will still be working, so will be looking after everything here, including the cats.  We leave for our Christmas/New Year  cruise on December 22 and will spend 12 days sailing the Caribbean.  Lou gets off the ship just after New Year and I stay on and don't get back stateside until May 5th!

We will be meeting up in Australia for a couple of weeks in February.  Lou will be flying in and I will be sailing into port :-)  I rejoin the ship 10 days later on the other side of Australia and continue onto Asia, middle east and Europe.  I only just realized that I will be missing the worst of the mid-west weather and returning just as Spring is starting to arrive. :-) 

I won't be carding whilst I'm on the ship as there really isn't a way I could whittle down what to take with me. :-) I will be continuing my design team duties as much as possible by getting cards made before I go.  On the ship I will  still be doing something creative.  I have my travel watercolors, my calligraphy and my sketchbooks, as well as a couple of coloring projects.  I'll also be working on my genealogy.  So, on the sea days, I will have lots to to in addition to all the things that the ship puts on for entertainment. 

On shore I'll be: visiting with Orangutan's in Indonesia; Visiting Bedouins in  the Wadi Rum;   walking around Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years; sailing around James Bond Island in Phuket; going to a performance at the Sydney Opera House; having lunch with Buddhist nuns in Da Nang; visiting the hidden places in bustling Hong Kong; taking a cable car ride in the Canaries; visiting the tallest sand dunes in the world in the Namib desert; star gazing in the Blue Mountains; transiting the Suez Canal and having tapas in Barcelona amongst other things!   Although I have visited some of these ports before, I really don't mind going back and experiencing different things.   One of the great things about crusing these areas versus flying.. no jet lag and unpacking once! :-)

I won't be posting many cards, but will certainly be posting about my adventures - Lou insists that I do that:-)  So lots to prep for in the next couple of months and lots to look forward to, including our upcoming cruise at the end of September where we will be entertained by the Royal Shakespere Company.

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.



Card recipe:

  • Embossing folder: Exposed Brick - Stampin' Up!
  • Dies: Paper Florist - Stampin' Up!



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Well! Congratulations on your upcoming retirement! What a tremendous way to kick it off! Looking forward to your posts during your trip. Shall live vicariously through you…

Tara Carpenter

Stunning card! Perfect for the fall! Love these colors! TFS

Kris Markham

Jaydee, these colors are so beautiful and definately fall colors. Your trip sounds amazing and I can't wait to see the pictures. Congratulations on your retirement!!!

LeAnne Pugliese

Your florals are just lovely! I was skeptical about these colors but they truly work together beautifully! Nice cruise plans too! Wowza!

Joanne James - The Crafty Owl

These colours look so beautiful against the textured white background Jaydee; I thought they would be more challenging to work with than they actually were. The retirement cruise sounds AMAZING - you are so going to need to blog this!!

Fran Wing

Jaydee, I love love love what you did with your color scheme - but I really love what you're doing to celebrate your retirement. You are doing it up right! I was on an around-the-world cruise some years ago, but only for the first 4 days from Los Angeles to Acapulco! Your trip sounds fabulous! I've had the good fortune to visit several of your destinations, and Australia is one of my favorites.

Claire Broadwater

Jaydee, this adventure sounds like a dream come true. I am soooo happy for you and I can't wait to see all the pictures and your wonderful descriptions. I dream of doing this one day! CONGRATULATIONS!

I love your card. The exposed brick embossing folder is so amazing and this color combo is just gorgeous to me. I love that you selected these! Your florals are so Fall like, too!
I am so exctied for you!!!!!!!!!

Suzy Hinton

Jaydee, I love these colors together and your card is gorgeous. The flowers really standout on that background.

Ann Schach

A beautiful card, Jaydee! I love the abundance of this richly textured "white space". The challenge colors absolutely "pop" against it. I LOVED the challenge colors...they were right up my alley! I know you will have an amazing time on your well-earned retirement cruise. Like everyone else, I will be waiting for your amazing pictures!

Jeanne H

I too love this card, the design and colors. Your trip sounds wonderful, I'll miss the blogging of cards, but will love seeing part of your adventures. Be safe and here's a hug too.

Anne Marie Hile

Fab fall florals, Jaydee! This was such a wonderful color challenge this week. Your trip sounds amazing! Enjoy every minute of your adventure!

Marina . . . . . . from far Africa!!!

I am soooooooo glad for you. Is this a once-in-a-life cruise? You will enjoy it . . . . the orangutan (Spanish) adventure sounds wonderful!! You are so lucky and you deserve it -- you do so much for others!!

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