Hi everyone! Wow, I'll bet you were wondering if I was ever coming back, right? My family and I just returned from 3 weeks touring the beautiful country of South Africa! We had an amazing time--traveling by car from one end to the other--we went on game drives, saw incredible wild animals, hiked the Drakensburg Mountains (snow!), sampled the vineyards of the Western Cape, ate fabulous food and had a wonderful time! If you're interested, I'll share some pics with you over the coming days. In the meantime....I apologize that it will take me awhile to catch up with all my blogging buddies but it sure is good to be stamping again with my pals over at The Paper Players! We have some uber-talented guest designers that I am so excited to work with too--hi gals! This week Jaydee has a fantastic sketch for us:
Lovely sketch, eh? Dress it up or down, anyway you like it. I eased into a return to stamping with some of my favorite papers and colors from the Comfort Cafe DSP: Soft Suede, Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse and Pool Party:
That gorgeous flower takes center stage from the Blooming with Kindness stamp set. I stamped my Soft Suede card base with the Distressed Dots background stamp and added a couple flagged banners of DSP to the bottom of the main panel. Love the new Naturals Designer Buttons to which I added an Itty Bitty Banner sentiment, cut with the coordinating Framelit and secured with Linen Thread.
You might not be able to tell, but I stamped the flower again, fussy-cut the middle and popped it up for extra dimension.
The flower is so pretty that I had to stamp it again a few more times on the inside. This time in Summer Starfruit and Pool Party--such a great color combination!
Finally, coz I just gotta share...here we are on a hike in Royal Natal National Park. That huge mountain behind us is part of the Drakensburg range and this particular part is known as the "amphitheater". Just stunning.
I hope you will play along with us this week at The Paper Players! Jaydee's sketch challenge will run until Friday, July 27th at Noon (PST). Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has created! Thanks so much for stopping by!
The Paper Players Design Team