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Ice Cream in Cones for Paper Players #689

Happy Sunday and greetings from a warm and summery Minnesota!

So, I am back home after my whirlwind trip to Seattle - more about that after my card.  It's the fabulous Ann's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has chosen some wonderful colors for us.  I don't know why, but they reminded me of ice cream!  So, I was able to take out a set of dies that I hadn't used from Alexandra Renke called Ice Cream in Cones.  Here's a sneak peek:

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And here is Ann's challenge:

Such a gorgeous, fresh color scheme. M It incorporates colors that I rarely use, so I was very glad that Ann pushed me out of my comfort zone as I really fell in love with these colors when I was making my card.  My color of choice was the brown as I needed that for the cones! 

I began by die-cutting the individual pieces from watercolor paper and them dipped them into watercolor paints.  I wanted the rustic feel that only watercolor can give you.  An added bonus is the texture from the paper itself.  I used a background stamp to provide an anchor for the ice cream cones and a bold sentiment to add a pop of black.  I added a second pop of black with some twine on my tag.  The card was finished off with some splatters, including some gold watercolor paint

Here's my card:


I hope you will join us and play along with Ann's colors.  We would love to see what you create with this gorgeous colors.  As always, the design team have some fabulous inspiration for you:

On a personal note:

Well, it's wonderful traveling around the world and seeing new sights but sometimes you just have to make a short trip to make you remember how gorgeous some things are at home.  I haven't been to Seattle since the early 90s when we spent 5 weeks driving from California up through Oregon, Washington and British Columbia and across to Lake Louise.  Somehow it was one of those places that I was never sent to on business and Lou and I have never holidayed in this area.  So, I was thrilled when we were coming in to land I caught sight of Mount Hood against a cloudless sky.  Just beautiful

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So, what was I doing in Seattle so soon after getting back from my world trip?  Good question.  I flew out to pick up the newest member of our household.  Our beloved 18 year old Norwegian Forest Cat crossed the rainbow bridge in January and the house has been missing a floof ball.  So, after much searching whilst I was away we found a Maine Coon breeder in Seattle.  There are so many charlatan breeders coming out of the woodwork for these cats - many of them are running kitten farms out of Eastern Europe - and it was wonderful to find a breeder who was ethical and whose cats are a part of the house - and the family.  

So, I flew out on Friday afternoon and spent the night in a hotel and picked up little Chilli at the airport on Saturday.  Considering this little thing had never met me he was astonishingly good.  We got a private screening at security so that I could ensure he would be in a nice quiet room and not picked up out of the bag and trailed through the melee that is security.  He came out of the back, snuggled into my arms and just padded and purred!  I heard the security guard who was scanning his carrier say that he had a gorgeous lynx kitten in the screening room!  Not quite a lynx... but those ear tassels are quite something!  Chilli got lots of attention from the security staff and several members of the public who paid him some attention as we ran to board our plane.  He hardly made a sound during the flight, except when we landed!  He also endured the run through Minneapolis airport to the bus and sat like an angel on the bus for the 80 minute drive home.

We were expecting a long introduction to the feline family - but within 12 hours - he was out and about exploring the apartment and making friends.  It's a testament to the breeders that he is so well socialized with both people and other animals.  He is absolutely adorable!  So, meet Chilli!

All settled in with Lou

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And looking adorable - with a cushion that says it all!

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He is a fluffy ball of soft fur that pads and purrs up a storm.  He talks about as much as Siamese do and loves to be cuddled.  All this in less than 24 hours!  So, I think you will be seeing more of Chilli.

I'll be back tomorrow with my Orangutan post.   In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe:

  • Dies:  Ice Cream in Cones - Alexandra Renka



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Joanne James - The Crafty Owl

Welcome home Jaydee! Your card looks good enough to eat for sure - those ice creams looks so realistic! I'm afraid Chilli steals the show though; what an absolute cute ball of fluff!


What a yummy card. I haven't had an ice cream cone in ages but now I want one. Welcome Chilli, you couldn't find a better home. Hope we see lots of photos of you. My two favorites - Norwegian Forest Cat and Maine Coons. I so miss having my cat purring on my lap. There is nothing like it.

LeAnne Pugliese

Glad you're back home safe & sound! I love your ice cream cones, especially since they don't have any calories! Great use of the colors! And that Chilli, what a cutie-pie! Can't wwait to see more of him!

Cynthia Stevenson

These ice cream cones look delicious! Such a great card Jaydee! That trip sounds like the best!

Ann Schach

Welcome home, Jaydee! What memories you have made! Chilli is absolutely gorgeous. He is going to be a wonderful addition to your family. And speaking of gorgeous and wonderful, I absolutely love your card. Such yummy texture...the cones look good enough to eat. What a perfect image for the challenge colors! You definitely rocked my challenge! Hugs!

Ida Krause

Your card is scrumptious! Those colors worked well for those ice cream cones.
Love the pictures of the mountain but I think you Chilli steals the show today. He's gorgeous!

Claire Broadwater

Welcome HOME!!!!!! I love this fun card! That ice cream looks so delicious! Such a fabulous way to use these pretty colors! Love your kitty, too! Have a great weekend!

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