The new Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge led me to try several different attempts to create the fun gradient background (I tried watercolors, embossing paste and stencils) and in the end used this tag for a CAS card to give to one of my housekeepers who's leaving us at the Outside Inn. I've used the Paper Smooches Squeaky Clean vacuum and sentiment, plus a stencil, water color pencils, May Arts ribbon, PTI tag and vellum. I added the texture on the card base with my scor-pal. And for some visual proof of the amazing place I live in, check out my work blog post on our backyard local river. Thanks ~amy~ for the reminder about the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, "stencils."