Choose Happiness for The Paper Players

IMG_2034It’s Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players! This week we have a sketch challenge for you.  I felt the oval was perfect for showcasing flowers, so I selected the Choose Happiness stamp set, and created a little collage.  I hope you like what I created for you!

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This finished card measures 4-1/4″ wide by 5-1/2″ long when folded.

  • Collage! An embossed oval makes the perfect backdrop for paper-snipped leaves, flowers, and a bird.  Pearls…and a star from the Basic Hodgepodge Clips collection…are the perfect accents.

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  • Banners!  A mix of colors and patterns were used to create the banners.  Chocolate Chip looks yummy with Lost Lagoon, especially against the So Saffron background.

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  • Sentiment!  “When I need a friend, you’re there” is such a heartfelt sentiment, and perfect for the recipient of this card. I simply used the Hexagon Punch to make the “V” at each end, and added a little Crumb Cake ink to the edges to make it stand out against the scored background.

IMG_2034-004Of course, what would a post be without a puppy picture! In this one, little Jack looks like he is saying, “Hey! We’re trying to sleep here!”  I will confess, I do spend a lot time in the whelping box with the kids.  They are starting to play, and have sharp little teeth…and the cutest little growls.  Today they will be getting their first taste of puppy gruel.  How quickly they are growing up.  Little Chunkers weighs over 5 pounds at 3 weeks of age.

Puppy with CaptionChoose Happiness is one of my favorite sets.  I love using it for collages.  I know I got a little carried away with all of the different patterns and textures, but I think it works.  How about you…do you have a “rule” about mixing colors, patterns, and textures? Won’t you let me know in your comment today? Your comments are important to me, and I do read each and every one! And remember, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…

The Paper Players Design Team

Ann Schach
Anne Marie Hile
Claire Broadwater
Jaydee
Joanne James
Laurie Schmidt
LeAnne Pugliese
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis
Debbie Mageed
Karren Johnson
Shannon Jaramillo

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Watercolored Indescribable Gift for Pals Paper Arts

IMG_2027-001It’s time to play at Pals Paper Arts!  The talented Nicole Watt has a sketch for us this week, which I felt would be perfect for showcasing a watercolored spray of flowers. So once again, I pulled out aqua painters, blender pens, and inks, and created this card using the Indescribable Gift stamp set.  Enjoy!

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This finished card measures 5″ x 5″ square.

  • Watercolored blossoms! The flowers were watercolored with Blender Pens, Wisteria Wonder, Plum Perfect and Pink Pirouette inks.  Always Artichoke and Crumb Cake inks were used for the stem and leaves.   A white Signo Gel Pen was used to accent the centers.  For a touch of bling, sequins with pearls were added.   The circle was watercolored using Aqua Painters and Pink Pirouette ink.

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  • A beautiful bow! Sahara Sand Lace was used to create this double bow.  A few strategically placed Glue Dots hold the tails of the bow in position.

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  • Dream! The single word sentiment,  “Dream”,  is from the Think Happy stamp set.  This set, along with the Naturals White cardstock used for this card, is on the retiring list.

IMG_2027-004I love this sentiment, and am sad to see this set is retiring.  We all need our dreams…even little Boxer puppies.

IMG_1282I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  At first, I was going to cut the tails off the bow.  But then I decided to keep them long. It is a card which is one I will probably hand-deliver because of the bow.  What do you think…should I have cut them off? Won’t you let me know in your comment today? Your comments are important to me, and I do read each and every one.  And remember, if you ever have a question about the techniques I use or the cards I create, I am only an email away.  Until next time…
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Tuesday’s Deals, Specials and Retiring List

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April 21 – 27, 2015

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Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Retiring List is Live!

Retiring Products

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It’s one of the major events of the Stampin’ Up! year! Stampin’ Up! is retiring selected stamps and accessories from the 2014-2015 Annual Catalog to make room for new and exciting products. You will have the opportunity to order retiring products at discounted prices of up to 50 percent off retail, while supplies last. Now is the perfect time to get those last few stamp sets you really, really want, as well as stock up on select ribbons, inks, and paper.

Retiring products will only be available until June 2, or while supplies last. Stampin’ Up! is also including the My Digital Studio list, with all products discounted 30 percent off retail. This is always an exciting time! Although I may be sad to see some of my favorites leave…I LOVE the discounts!

*Note: Due to high demand for retiring stamps, Stampin’ Up! will keep producing retiring stamps until May 26, but not accessories.  Accessories are only while supplies last.

Just look at some of the delightful products which will be leaving us:

So get that “Wish List” started! Don’t hesitate…place your order today! I don’t want anyone to be disappointed.
What’s on your list? Naturals Ivory cardstock tops mine! Until next time…

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Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Retired List

Stampin’ Up!’s  2015 Retired List is live!

Retiring Products

CLICK HERE to see the Retiring List!

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CLICK HERE to see the MDS List!

It’s one of the major events of the Stampin’ Up! year!  Stampin’ Up! is retiring selected stamps and accessories from the 2014-2015 Annual Catalog to make room for new and exciting products.  You will have the opportunity to order retiring products at discounted prices of up to 50 percent off retail, while supplies last.  Now is the perfect time to get those last few stamp sets you really, really want, as well as stock up on select ribbons, inks, and paper.

Retiring products will only be available until June 2, or while supplies last.  Stampin’ Up! is  also including the My Digital Studio list, with all products discounted 30 percent off retail. This is always an exciting time! Although I may be sad to see some of my favorites leave…I LOVE the discounts!

*Note: Due to high demand for retiring stamps, Stampin’ Up! will  keep producing retiring stamps until May 26, but not accessories-accessories are only while supplies last.

Just look at some of the delightful products which will be leaving us:

So get that “Wish List” started!  Don’t hesitate…place your order today! I don’t want anyone to be disappointed.

What’s on your list? Naturals Ivory cardstock tops mine!  Until next time…
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The Stamp Review Crew: Zoo Babies Edition

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It’s time for another round of inspiration from The Stamp Review Crew. If this is your very first visit, we are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first and third Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set. The result is you see the versatility of the set and the amazing things you can create with it. This week we are featuring Zoo Babies. I am Stop #1 on the hop. You may have just left Stop #14: the talented Wendy Weixler.  Her work always blows me away. As for me…I designed a baby card, the first of several that I will need for the mini-Muffins.   Each one of the puppies will receive one when he or she leaves me…complete with a gift card to Petco and a gift bag filled with goodies tailored for a baby Boxer’s needs.  Enjoy today’s hop!

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The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This folded card measures 5″ square.

  • Score! This beautiful background is created with the Simply Scored Tool and the Diagonal Plate.   Across the top, score at the inch mark and then the 1/8″ mark next to it.   For example, 1″, 1-1/8″, 2″, 2-1/8″ and so one.  Down the side, score at the 7/8″ mark, 1″, 1-7/8″, 2″ and so on.  Rotate the paper 90 degrees, and repeat.   Pearls at the intersections add elegance. I scored my background first, then cut out the square in the middle using the 2-3/8″ square framelit.

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  • “B” is for Boxer Baby! The Sophisticated Serif alphabet set is the perfect size for the 2″ square which occupies the center of this card.  Wild Wasabi ink was used to stamp the floral flourishes. The smallest flower die from the Flower Fair framelit collection was the perfect size for creating Blushing Bride cardstock blossoms.

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  • Giraffe! The Giraffe image from Zoo Babies was inked in Blushing Bride and stamped onto Whisper White cardstock.  It was then snipped out, and popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals.  A Whisper White Baker’s Twine bow adorns the neck, while a Pearl accents the eye.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  I can’t wait to design one in blue for the baby Boxer boys who will be leaving.  And believe me when I say, I wish I could keep them all!   Your comments are important to me, and I do read each and every one.  Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now hop along to Stop #2 Shana Gaff.  Her work never ceases to amaze me. And if you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hoppers at The Stamp Review Crew.  Until next time…

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A Watercolor Challenge

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Wow!  It’s hard to believe I missed the last two Paper Players challenges due to PUPPIES!!!  It feels good to once again say…it’s Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players! This week the ever-so-talented Nance has a fun Clean and Simple Watercolor challenge for us. I pulled out the aqua painters, watercolor paper, and my favorite set from the Occasions Catalog, Butterfly Basics, and created this quick and easy card.  Enjoy!

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This completed card measures 4-1/4″ wide by 5-1/2″ long when folded.

  • Watercolor! The image was stamped in VersaMark onto watercolor paper and heat embossed with Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder. The blossoms were watercolored with Aqua Painters and Daffodil Delight ink, followed with Tangelo Twist ink.  The leaves were colored with Aqua Painters and Always Artichoke ink.  The blue background is simply a wash of Soft Sky.

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  • Grunge! A few Tuxedo Black speckles were added using the Speckles image from Gorgeous Grunge.

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  • Bow! A triple bow, created from Tangelo Twist Stitched Satin Ribbon adds a splash of color!

IMG_1985-003A person never realizes how much they miss something until it’s gone…and that’s how it was with my stamping.   These past few weeks have been a labor of love, but it felt great to ink up the stamps.  My husband, Kim, took up residence in the “pup-artment” and puppy-sat while I created. Of course, when I looked in on him, he was holding Cash, who was sleeping soundly in his arms. I am sure the pups will be completely pre-spoiled when they head off to their new homes.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  I find it fun to watercolor.  I purposely left off the sentiment, so I can use it for a variety of occasions.  I can just stamp an appropriate sentiment inside when needed. What about you? Do you add the sentiment later? Won’t you let me know in your comment today? You comments are important to me, and I do read each and every one.  I have especially enjoyed your comments about the babies.  As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time…

The Paper Players Design Team

Ann Schach
Anne Marie Hile
Claire Broadwater
Jaydee
Joanne James
Laurie Schmidt
LeAnne Pugliese
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis
Debbie Mageed
Karren Johnson
Shannon Jaramillo

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Meet the Mini-Muffins

The Mini-Muffins will be two weeks old tomorrow, Saturday, April 18th…and with age emerge personalities.  Each one is precious in his or her own way.  Here they are, in birth order, to brighten your day:

Bunny Collage April 16Meet Miss Bunny! Bunny is one sassy lassie…and is quite vocal.  She is the only fawn in the litter, and already thinks she is something special.  Bunny weighed in today at a whopping 2 lbs. 14.3 oz.  Her favorite activities are snuggling with her mother, and hanging out at the Milk Bar, where she prefers to lay on her back.

Flash 1 CollageThis dapper young man is Flash the Cash…Cash…the first of the Flash Brothers to make our acquaintance.  Flash is a talker already, who makes his opinion known readily and often.  He tops out at 3 lbs. 1.2 oz. and throws his weight around at the Milk Bar…along with his flashy brother.

Chunker CollageMy man Chunker gained his name at birth.  He greeted the world 1 lb. 1.6 oz.  Although the other boys have more than caught up, Chunker is 3 lbs. 1.3 oz.  A gentle giant, Mr. Chunk-Man is a lover and snuggler, and likes nothing better than to cuddle in your arms…unless it’s bellying up to the Milk Bar for a midnight snack.

Jack CollageJumpin’ Jack Flash is the other half of the Dynamic Flash Brother Duo.  He’s the biggest brother of the pack at 3 lbs. 5.3 oz.  When he is not exploring the whelping box, Jack loves to hang out with Cash.

Kia CollageMeet Princess Kia! Our dark brindle beauty has suffered no ill effects from being stuck in the birth canal.  She ended up saying hello to the world in the back seat of my husband’s Kia as we pulled into the vet’s office. Although she looks petite in these pictures, Kia is a little piggy, and is the first of the girls to reach the 3 lb. mark…quite a feat for 2 weeks old.  She tops the scales at 3 lbs. 0.8 oz.  and actually walked three steps this morning.  She is quite the fighter, and causes her share of scuffles at the Milk Bar, where she has been known to hold her own against the Flash Brothers.

Mira CollageAnd finally, our Miracle Baby! Twelve hours after Bunny introduced herself, Mira arrived via C-section.   Unable to stay latched on, I stayed up the first night to make certain Mira received special privileges at the Milk Bar.  Following nights, I would set my alarm to wake up and make certain she nursed every two hours.  I also worked to make sure the other mini-muffins accepted her.  I am so happy to say, today Mira weighs 2 lbs. 9.0 oz.

And there you have it…a half-dozen mini-Muffins!

I will be back with The Paper Players on Sunday…and I will also be taking part in the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop Sunday evening.  Until next time…
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Tuesday’s Weekly Deals, Specials and Puppies, Too!

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April 14 – 20, 2015

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Butterfly Thinlits Update

Stampin’ Up! sincerely hoped the Butterflies Thinlits Dies would arrive in time for Sale-A-Bration, but that didn’t happen.  They hoped they would be here in time for our Free Shipping promotion.  But that didn’t happen either.

However, there is GOOD news!  The Butterflies Thinlits will arrive in Stampin’ Up!’s  warehouse beginning the week of April 13…and they estimate you can begin ordering by April 15.

But wait…there’s more good news!  Starting with the day Butterflies Thinlits are again available, through April 30, SU! is bringing you two special offers:

  1. Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount–just $21.20!
  2. Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at the already-discounted price and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)!

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The Retirement List is Coming

L. Silke, Galway Town Crier at St.Patrick's ParadeCheck back on Tuesday, April 21st to check out the 2015 Retiring ListTip of the Day:  Don’t wait to stock up on the retiring 2013 – 2015 Retiring In Colors!  Remember how quickly they sold out last year? Don’t be disappointed!

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Puppy Pictures of the Day!

Who can resist Mr. Chunkers?  I know I can’t!

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IMG_1015Little Mira is a fighter for sure! She has doubled her birth weight, and is only 2 ounces shy of two pounds!  Each day she gets stronger…and we are hopeful she will pull through.  I am still sleeping beside the whelping box, and I make sure she gets her fill during the quiet hours of the night.

IMG_1006Of course, the Flash Brothers always get their tummies full.  Above is Flashy Boy #1…Flash the Cash (for now).  Little Cash is not so little, weighing in today at 2 pounds 6 ounces.

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Not to be outdone, Jumpin’ Jack Flash weighed in at a whopping 2 pounds 10.9 ounces this morning.

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IMG_1022She is catching up on her beauty sleep and dreaming of heading back to the show ring.

Until next time…

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Last Day for Free Shipping…and Puppy Pictures

Last Day...Free ShippingThere is still time to stock up and save!  Stampin’ Up!’s FREE SHIPPING offer ends today, Friday, April 10.  No minimum purchase is required.  The “Fine Print”:  This offer excludes expedited shipping, except 2 -Day Air to Hawaii and Alaska.

Butterfly Thinlits Update

Stampin’ Up! sincerely hoped the Butterflies Thinlits Dies would arrive in time for Sale-A-Bration, but that didn’t happen.  They hoped they would be here in time for our Free Shipping promotion.  But that didn’t happen either.

However, there is GOOD news!  The Butterflies Thinlits will arrive in Stampin’ Up!’s  warehouse beginning the week of April 13…and they estimate you can begin ordering by April 15.

But wait…there’s more good news!  Starting with the day Butterflies Thinlits are again available, through April 30, SU! is bringing you two special offers:

  1. Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount–just $21.20!
  2. Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at the already-discounted price and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)!

Puppy Pictures of the Day

Happy Sibling Day from the Mini-Muffins!

Box of Puppies April 9I would like to thank all of you for the wonderful comments and well-wishes you have left. I wish I had time to thank each one of you personally.  I am still sleeping by the box to make sure little Mira, our miracle girl, is latching on and nursing.  She is the smallest of the litter, at 26.2 ounces, but she has certainly done a fabulous job of gaining…and has almost doubled her birth rate.

IMG_0967The Flash Brothers continue to be inseparable…

IMG_0955while little Bunny charms us all.

IMG_0962Muffy left her box last night to spend a little cuddle time with me.  My husband was able to snap this picture before he left for work this morning.  We are both exhausted, but it is getting better.

IMG_0948Many of you have asked about Brody and Lexi.  They have experienced the sights and the sounds, and are absolutely fine with the fact there are 6 little members of the Schach Pack residing in the corner of the living room.  Of course, they are separated from them.  However, Muffy does leave the “pupartment” a little now…and even went for a walk yesterday.  After this weekend, things will start to improve.

Once again, thank you for your patience with me.  To my customers, I am so sorry to be out of contact for so long.  But I am going to be working on emails and orders this afternoon.  A longtime breeder told a friend of mine she had experienced all of these things:  a puppy stuck in the canal, a C-section, and preeclampsia…but never in the same litter.  I guess Muff wanted to make sure I got full treatment!

Until next time…
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Tuesday’s Deals and Specials…Plus a Puppy Pic

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April 4 – 10, 2015

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Header_FreeShipping_Demo_4.2015_USFree Shipping Starts Today!  Get ready to stock up and save!  Stampin’ Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING on any orders placed Monday, April 6 – Friday, April 10.  No minimum purchase is required.  The “Fine Print”:  This offer excludes expedited shipping, except 2 -Day Air to Hawaii and Alaska.

Puppy Picture of the Day

What a difference a day or two makes!  Little Kia was born in the back seat of my husband’s car as we pulled into the vet’s parking lot.  Here is the first picture we took of her:

IMG_0791And here is Kia this morning:

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We are starting to get into a routine now, and hopefully I will be able to catch up soon! Until then, I will be camped out next to the whelping box, keeping a close eye on Muffy and the mini-Muffins!

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