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Happy Sunday.

It's my turn to host the Paper Players challenge this week and it's theme week!  It gives me the perfect opportunity to showcase I made for the Create and Connect event that I attended in November.  This set is from The Stamp Market and it's called Festive Foliage.  Now, this card has far more elements than I would normally add to a card - but I did (somewhat) follow the design made for the class! 

Here's a sneak peek:

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Oh... and here's the challenge:

There was a lot of die-cutting for this one, and stamping, too.  The card is a gatefold style  and it took me ages to get the leaves and flowers in just the right position so that they wouldn't go too far over the sides of the card and not fit in an envelope!  I have this thing about cards I make having to be just the right size to fit into an A2 envelope.  That means nothing hanging too far over the edges, no thick ribbon or elements so high that I have to squish them.  I used to make those types of cards, but these days... not :-)

Anyway, here's the finished card!


Such a pretty set and I added some extra sparkle with some glittery flakes.  They were much easier to handle than pure glitter.  Even though I VERY rarely use glitter, it's amazing how long it stays around when I do :-)

I hope you will join us and play along this week.  We would love to see what you create with this theme.

As always, the design team have some fabulous inspiration for you:

On a personal note:

Well, we are really short on show here.  It's the first week of December and we have had only one light dusting of snow, so am hoping we get some soon.  In the meantime, the apartment is looking warm and cozy in its red, white and black color scheme for this year.  Our "what the heck do I do with that?" spaces are redecorated for winter. 

Our mirror has changed out from the beautiful fall tones to white.  You can see how this area looked in fall on this post.   The pillow on the chair has also been changed out - as have the candles on the coffee table


Another space, that I didn't show you earlier, is on the opposite side of the living area.  It's between the windows and the concrete column ... it was an awkward space. 

Here's what it looked like before:


Here's how it looked until we pulled out a wall sign that we got for the old apartment last year:


BTW.... the poinsettias look black, but they are really a dark hunter green!

Here's what it looked like once we added the wall sign - now it looks finished :-)


We also have the table that sits in the little alcove outside Lou's office (officially the 2nd bedroom!).   This little display catches the light in the morning and the gold on the leaves of the trees shimmer and shine!


Our modern couch..... such a silly choice with animals... ends up being covered with a blanket every season just in case there is an unexpected throwup!  So, we changed out the fall blanket for a buffalo plaid one instead.  Charlie approves.... mmmm and his colors fit perfectly!


Here's a fuller view:


One last area for you.... There are two awkward shelves above the sink.  I found these three gorgeous nutcrackers and put them on the top shelf:


Aren't they fabulous?  I just love them and they are beautifully made.

Well, I think you have had enough of the decorating for now!  I'll be back later in the week.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.




Card recipe:

  • Dies:  Festive Foliate - The Stamp Market


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LeAnne M Pugliese

Love your card...those layers really are gorgeous! AND your apartment is beautiful as well! You should have been an interior designer! Or maybe you were, I don't know! TFS!

Doris D.

Such a beautiful card with the pastel colors. Your apartment is gorgeous with lots of little touches that make it so homey. I know you are enjoying your new space. Thanks for sharing.


Absoluty gorgeous card, congrats 😊💐 have a great week

Ann Schach

Wow, Jaydee! This card is gorgeous! I love the colors you used. The die cut foliage and flowers are beautiful...and the glitter is the perfect touch. As always, your holiday decor is so warm and welcoming.

Fran Wing

Jaydee, I've been admiring this card for a couple of weeks! the colors and bling are great. Your apartment looks very festive. I just barely started on my Christmas decorations today - I do it in pieces, starting with the arrangement on the dining room buffet and expand outward from there. I had plenty of help from all of the indoor cats, who had pretty much decimated the fall arrangement and were looking for new arrangements to destroy!
Xoxo, Fran

Suzy Hinton

Jaydee, Your card is beautiful. All that die cutting and gluing paid off. The pinks look fabulous with the greens and white.

Joanne James - The Crafty Owl

Jaydee this card is stunning - I couldn't wait to comment on it! You can tell the work that's gone into it and it's so worth it. I love the peek at the apartment decor too - I think you could be an interior designer in another life, you have a great eye for detail.

Anne Marie Hile

Stunning card Jaydee! Pink is always perfect for the holidays and your card totally made me smile. Love your decor photos, too. I've really scaled back over the years but your photos make me want to step things up a bit this year!

Marina . . . from far Africa!!!

I love your appartment!! I have not travelled to my country for 4 years due to the Covid. My pink Christmas is waiting for me. I have just ordered the die from the Greetery that you used for Friday Inspo. I think it will make a nice addition to items prepared for the charity bazar. Lots of good things for you and Lou and ho!ho!ho! . . . enjoy a beautiful Christmas.

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