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Celebrate in Style for Paper Players #687

Happy Sunday and greetings from Southampton.

It's another challenge across at The Paper Players this week and Joanne is our host.  She's created a great sketch for us and it was the perfect opportunity for me to ink up a set I bought on sale at Pinkfresh Studio.  It's a set called Celebrate in Style and in a fit of madness, I chose pink as my primary color.  For those of you who have been following my blog for a while, you will probably know that pink is not my go to color!  Considering this card was made in the middle of winter, I must have been craving a summer color rather badly :-). Here's a sneak peek:

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The Celebrate in Style set from Pinkfresh includes the stamps, dies and stencil, which makes building focal images really easy.  I stamped, stenciled and die-cut the elements and then assembled them as my focal point.  I needed the 4 elements for the background and decided to use an old stencil to mimic the 4 areas from the sketch.  I added some texture to the circle layer by running it through my Big Shot with a wood embossing folder.  The finishing touches are the sentiment and a couple of gems. 

Here's my full card:


A profusion in pink!  I hope you will join us and play along with our challenge this week, we would love to see what you create.  As always, the design team have some fabulous inspiration for you:

On a personal note:

Well it's hard to believe it, but I am just 7 days away from landing back stateside.  It's hard to believe that I began this journey nearly 19 weeks ago and what a journey it has been.  Yesterday the weather was coolish - early 50s, but it was sunny enough to sit on the balcony and soak up the sun and watch the dancing stars on the water.  We don't get that effect very often but, when we do, it is absolutely mesmerizing.  I captured a short video of it but there is no way it could capture just how incredibly bright the dancing stars were.  It was a beautiful morning and got colder as we got closer to Southampton. 

Southampton  is our last stop before arriving in New York next Sunday.  The time certainly has gone by very quickly.  During sea days I have managed to do some unwinding and practicing my coloring, watercoloring and sketching.  My coloring is coming on a little better than my watercoloring.  Man, I am still battling with that.  I was so happy to see that we had a watercoloring instructor on board for our outward journey.  Excitedly I arrived at our first lesson and we were advised that even though it was labelled watercoloring classes, our instructor hated watercoloring so wouldn't be giving us any advice. GULP!  Most people didn't seem to mind as they were interested in just being a part of a like-minded community and wanted a place to practice their art.  After a couple of days I dropped out of the class as I really wasn't getting what I wanted out of it. So, I decided to go focus on my pencil coloring instead. Here's a photo of the first piece that I finished using a mixture of my Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils.  One thing I did learn out of this exercise is that I much prefer my Polychromos to my Prismas any day.  This piece took me quite a while to finish, but I found it immensely relaxing sitting listening to streaming classical or soft jazz and having nothing to focus on except the photo reference and my coloring sheet. I taped down the coloring sheet to an old extra large plastic plate from my big shot as I needed a really solid base.  My pencils were stored in a glass from my cabin and my battery operated sharpener got a LOT of activity!!!

Here's the first piece I colored with my pencils:

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One thing I realized whilst coloring this image was how different individual shells are - even when they are the same species.  Getting the right textures and color variations was difficult but oh so rewarding.  I spent MANY hours coloring this and some of the images have 10-12 layers of color.  At the end I was very happy with it and very relaxed :-). The hardest shells to replicate were the blue ones.  I did the first one on the right- the large one and absolutely hated how it turned out.  I'd gone in too hard and too dark and ended up erasing the whole thing and starting again.  Even though I couldn't get rid of all of the color, using the kneaded eraser and then the coarse eraser allowed me to take off a lot of the color and start adding color back, slowly this time!  So, if you are looking for something relaxing to do, I can highly recommend it!

I have my next travel post just about complete, I just need to add a couple of photographs.  So, I will be back with the sights and highlights from our trip to Hong Kong and our quick trip to Sydney.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe:

  • Stamps, dies and stencils:  Celebrate in Style - Pinkfresh Studio



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Jeanne H

Wow, a gorgeous array of shells colored amazingly wonderful. I love hearing about your trip. Hugs to you.

Joanne James - The Crafty Owl

That pink cake is just fab Jaydee and I love the stencilled areas behind too - so effective. That shell artwork is most definitely the star of the show though - the detail is amazing! Safe homeward travels!

Claire A

Loving all that pink Jaydee especially the starry background. I read your Blue Mountains post with interest - would love to know where you stayed! I have to agree with you about Sydney - I've been here 20 years and I did find it a bit sterile when I first came over. It made me appreciate the history of the UK, especially the buildings. So sorry you got ripped off here - what a disappointment!

LeAnne M Pugliese

Your cake is just yummy! I am glad you chose pink...these pinks are deep and vivid enough to be beautiful! As is your colored piece...those shells look real!

Claire Broadwater

Jaydee, this cake is perfect! I love all the pink and the fun stenciled background is perfect! Great take on the sketch! All your adventures sound amazing, My Friend!

Anne Marie Hile

What a fabulous card, Jaydee! Love stenciled background. Safe travels, my friend! -xoxo

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