You’re the Goldfish in a School of Perch

It’s Sunday…and time to play with The Paper Players! This week we have a summer quartet of colors for you:  Calypso Coral, Pool Party, So Saffron, Early Espresso.  I elected to do something a little different from what I usually design. I hope you enjoy today’s “Dare to be Different” card, which I created for my son, Brady.  But how easy would it be to switch out the hybrid sentiment to transform this into a Father’s Day card.  How about “Dad, you stand out in the crowd” or “Dad, you are one in a million”.  Knowing my son like I do, who does indeed dare to be different, he would probably opt for something like “Dad, you’re the goldfish in a school of perch”!

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips: Hybrid Sentiments
This finished card measures 5″ x  5″.

  • Poppin’ perch! The Fish image from By the Tide was inked in Calypso Coral and stamped onto So Saffron cardstock.  It was then snipped out and popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals atop a Pool Party Sea Fan.  The result is a fish of a different color!
  • Special sentiment! Looking for just the right words to convey what you want to say? My Digital Studio can come to the rescue.  I used Plantagenet Cherokee and Mistral fonts for my customized sentiment.

And here is the intended recipient of this card:

 I have to admire his unique sense of being.  In a world of Air Jordans, Brady elected to wear “Velcro” shoes in junior high.  In a school community where athletes are the stars, Brady stepped off the team to prepare for auditions and contests.  He preferred Goodwill over Abercrombie.  And he went on to be a participant in All State Band, All State Jazz Band, All State Speech, Optimist Youth of the Year, a Gallon Grad blood donor, Valedictorian and more.  His peers honored him by voting him Homecoming King and graduation speaker.  Today he continues pushing the boundaries, being different, and being true to himself.  His wardrobe still comes from Goodwill.  He is not afraid to wear Velcro and slip-ons.  He is still daring to be different…

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and this glimpse into my life.  Won’t you let me know what you think of my “Dare to be different card” in your comment?  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

Stamp Set:  By the Tide; Ink: Early Espresso, Pool Party, Calypso Coral; Card Stock:  Calypso Coral, Pool Party, So Saffron, Whisper White; Tools: My Digital Studio; Glitz and Glam: Basic Pearls


  1. WOW Combining MDS with our traditional techniques and designs is stunning. Perfect enhancement. Congratulations!!!!

  2. I LOVE your card and the post is so great! 🙂

  3. Ann—–LOVE your card , THE SENTIMENT!, and the colors. Even more so, since I read the ‘story’ that goes along with it. Just a reminder to me that stamping is so much more than paper and ink!

  4. Ann, your creation is a perfect way to honor a truly creative person. I loved reading your background on Brady. I love his photograph, too! Thank you for providing some alternative sentiments for this all round fabulous card.

  5. I know Iowa was having some terrible storms along with tornadoes so was wondering if anyone has heard anything from Ann?
    Just hope all is well and that everyone stayed safe

  6. I love this card and bravo to your son…being different is a wonderful thing. 🙂

  7. Such a fabulous idea for your card Ann, I loved it before I read your post, and loved it even more afterward. You have raised a wonderful son!

  8. I too have a son who dares to be different. Someday I will share a photo and you can see just a little of what I am talking about. Sometimes I wish I could be as daring. Such a fun card with your school of fish. Dar

  9. WOW…what a stunning design! Love that you relate it to your handsome son…congratulations to you and to your son!

  10. What a perfect card for your son. It’s very creative and original — must run in the family! Love it!

  11. A fabulous card for an equally fabulous person! Dare to be different is my mantra on life, one I am teaching my son to learn, also.

  12. A fabulous card for an equally fabulous person! Dare to be different is my mantra on life, one I am teaching my son to learn, also.

  13. A fabulous card for one fabulous guy! Love hearing your proud mama voice!!

  14. Kudos also to his parents! Loved the card and the story about your son. Blessings to you and your family.

  15. Ann Love your “Dare to be Different” card but I have to say… I LOVE your “Dare to be Different” son.
    How proud you must be…. the world could use a lot more of fine young men like that of your son.

  16. Now that’s a son to be proud of! I love your card also. How’s that for swimming against the current?

  17. Perfect card for a wonderful son!

  18. What a creative card – seems perfect for your son. Thanks for sharing the insight on Brady. How wonderful that he’s not afraid to be himself; that’s rare in today’s world. You have every reason to be a proud mom.

  19. What a ‘fin’tastic blog, Ann! You had my interest from start to finish. Stroke of genius stamping the coral onto the saffron. Although I don’t know Brady, I’m sure that picture captures his personality perfectly. From your description of him, I can tell he’s someone I’d very much like to meet.

  20. You created a wonderful card (love the sentiment)and raised an amazing son!

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  22. Sometimes it’s the inspiration that MAKES the card…I think this is just about my favorite ever card! I say Dare to Different so often I sometimes think I invented the phrase.Absolutely a stunning card!

  23. Not sure which is better, the card or the story about Brady!?!?! Hoping you and the girls are having a great weekend in Wheaten. Have a safe trip back! I agree with Shirley’s comments and we want to hear about the weekend too!

    Chris R. from Iowa

    P.S. I had to giggle about Calypso Coral as one of the colors to go with the fish!

  24. What a fab card with those fishes! Love the sentiment! And, great story regarding Brady! How wonderful that he was strong and brave to be different and have amazing talent! What a blessing to have such an awesome son and to have you as his Mom!

  25. Loved your card and especially your story! I too have a musician son…different and wonderful! Thank you for all your inspiration on your blog!

  26. Aw, what a sweet, fun card for your different son!!! I LOVE being different and he will love this too!!! My favorite quote is high school was the one about marching to a different drummer!!!

  27. Oh Ann, what a beautiful post about that remarkable son of yours! I know you are so proud of him for daring to be different as much as for all of his accomplishments! He is a fabulous role model for other young people! I love how your card speaks to his uniqueness and sense of self, it is absolutely awesome!

  28. The title of your card made me laugh, Ann, I love it! Plus I love the fabulous card, perfect for your amazing son. I can tell you are an incredibly proud Mama!

  29. Beautiful card and your son put a smile on my face. You could have been speaking of my daughter who was also in band and dared to be different. She’s a wonderful mother of four today. Thanks for sharing the card and your personal story. Could you please move to San Diego so we could hang out stamping? 🙂

  30. The dare to be different theme could be used in a lot of ways. I like what you did with your card. The color combinatino wojld be a real challenge for me.

    Good for Brady being true to himself and doing things “his way”. Being true to yourself is something that all of us should practice. Good for him!

  31. Love the card, but I believe I love your ability to let your son be the wonderful being he chooses to be! Congrats to Brady!

  32. Ann, stamping the fish in Calypso Coral on the So Saffron is a real stand out! I just know Brady will like the card. I loved his picture and he sounds like a wonderful human being and talented like his Mom! :0)

    Love your blog Ann! It’s just the right balance of stamping and your life! I know some people only want the stamping stuff but I like the personal touch your blog has.That’s why I never miss a post!

  33. Love the story on Brady. He is truly a wonderful and talented person. May he teach others that it is ok to be different. Believe in yourself.
    Your card is a stand out in color!

  34. I loved this post, Ann. Brady sounds like a truly wonderful guy…and I love that he marches to the beat of his own drummer…in all the best ways! May his tribe increase! I also love your card. The way you employed color is so remarkable here…that marvelous goldfish against the blue really catches the eye. Great design…but I am not surprised!

  35. Oh that card – I love everything about it!! The picture of Brady – that could win photo contests! Brady sounds so wonderful, so refreshing, so unique, quite a treasure. How delightful to have such confidence in oneself. Bet you had something to do with that : )

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