Festival of Trees for The Paper Players

It’s Sunday, and time to play in The Paper Players‘ last challenge of 2014. This is also the last one with our current Guest Designers.   I will be sad to see them leave us.  I think you will agree they are a talented and creative group. This week we are challenging you to create holiday projects that are fancy.  It is what we are calling our Black Tie challenge.  I opted to create a simple holiday card using the Festival of Trees stamp set.  To up the fancy factor, I embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, matted with Gold Foil, and added a pearl.  Enjoy!

This challenge will run for two weeks.  Winners will be announced on December 20th.

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.

  • Trio of trees!  Tree images from Festival of Trees were inked in VersaMark and heat embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Of course, I could not resist decorating this terrific trio with pearls!
  • Embossed elegance!  The Filigree Frame Textured Impressions Embossing Folder adds delicate texture, and is a perfect place to add more pearls.
  • Band of gold! Gold Foil, used to mat both the center oval and the embossed panel, adds a “fancy factor” for sure!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  What do you think? Fancy or not? Won’t you let me know in your comment today?  Your comments are important to me.  And remember, if you ever have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away!  Until next time…

Note from Muffy:  Thank you so much for all of the congratulations! I really appreciate it. We celebrated last night.  I picked out new toys, treats and a big bag of dog food at the pet store!  Mom said I can have babies now, but we didn’t get any babies at the store. I am so confused.  If I don’t get them at the store, where do babies come from? Mom said I have to get bread first, so I guess I will need to go to the bakery.

The Paper Players Design Team
(on leave)


  1. Beautiful, Ann! Gold, vanilla and pearls doesn’t get any fancier than that! Love the combination of this embossing folder with the oval center. Lovely!

  2. Ann, this is amazing card!!! Rich, elegant! Love it.

  3. Ann, this trio of trees with the pearls and swirls certainly are fancy. Another gorgeous card. Congrats on Muffy!!!

  4. Such a beautiful card with the trees and all of those wonderful pearls! GORGEOUS!

    And it sounds like you need to have a talk with Muffy about “The Birds and the Bees”. 🙂

  5. Gorgeous Black Tie card, Ann! Love all of the details, especially the pearls set in the embossed areas. Loved the Muffy story, really gave me a good laugh! I so agree with Terri about not being able to see the Muffins her trip to the Bakery will produce! Pitter, Patter, Pitter, Patter!! Hugs

  6. Just stunning Ann! This card sure is special and the pearls are delightful. I just love it!

    Big, big hug for Muffy and congrats too!! So happy for your family, so exciting! Can’t wait to see her pups. She’ll be a fantastic mom and you’ll be a fantastic grandma! ; )

  7. Oh my goodness, this card is gorgeous. Looks like I am going to have to order up a bunch of pearls and case your card. You just made my day.

  8. I love your card, and especially Muffy’s comments. Little does she know what is coming for her!

  9. I love your fancy card! The pearls and colors sure do look Black tie, just gorgeous!

  10. Ann this is absolutely stunning! Wow… and how did I miss that embossing folder? The pearls just take my breath away on this beauty. Wow! hugs.

  11. Stunning, elegant, gorgeous! I love the simple color combo of vanilla and gold, and the embossing makes this card truly special.

  12. This is such a beautifully elegant card, Ann! Into my CASE file!

  13. Yes, gold is definitely fancy!

  14. Definitely fancy!!! The Very Vanilla and Gold look so elegant and the pearls are the finishing ‘black tie!’

    Loved Muffy’s celebration excitement.

  15. Beautiful, beautiful card (as always)–definitely fancy. And I love that you added “a” pearl.
    So proud of Muffy; can’t wait to see what adorable Muffins her visit to the Bakery will produce!!

  16. Stunning Ann! I will be casing for sure!

  17. Fabulously fancy, as only you can do!!! Love Muffy’s comments….doubt the bakery will be much help!!! Great sense of humor! Have a wonderful Sunday and a great week!

  18. Gorgeous, gorgeous, and more gorgeous!

  19. Ann, this is STUNNING! I absolutely LOVE the pearls! Everything about this card is elegant! I can’t wait to see the puppies after Muffy visits the bakery! She will be a wonderful Mommy! So happy for you! It has been so fabulous to be a part of the PP team! Thank you for this wonderful opportunity! XX

  20. My kind of black tie affair – pure opulence! When I bought the Festival of Trees I thought Ann would have a great time with the pearls on these! That gold on there is just the added touch to the embossing and all. Lovely!

    Oh Muffy you are so funny! Again, congrats to you, your trainer, and your wonderful family!

    Chris R. from Iowa

  21. This is an absolutely spectacular card! Wow! Look at all of those pearls!! And congrats to you and Muffy — I can’t wait to see pictures of puppies. (Really interesting imagery of what she’ll knead (!) to do at the bakery…) Thank you for including me as a guest designer. I loved it!

  22. Wow Ann!!! Very fancy indeed! The Filigree Emboss folder is my FAVE. I absolutely LOVE all those pearls. Such a gorgeous work of art!
    Thanks for sharing with us!

  23. Just beautiful! Can’t wait to see those babies you get at the Bakery!

  24. Definitely black tie and, as always, a WOW. Love Muffy’s comments. Always makes me chuckle. And belated congrats on her wonderful achievement. I look forward to sharing her next adventure – motherhood.

  25. Wow, that is stunning!! Definitely Black Tie worthy! Belated congratulations to Muffy and I can’t wait to see her as a mommy! She is going to be awesome!

  26. Your card is gorgeous…a proper black tie card!

  27. OOOH Ann , you and MUFFY are so cute. ,she’s so welcome , we enjoyed her all the way , now we can’t wait to see throu motherhood, how exciting!!!!!
    Ok now your card, it’s beautiful, love how you put those pearls on your tree , love it’s a wow card like all your others. Lov love love it !!! Tfs,
    Hugs to both of you

  28. Whoa! That is nothing short of magnificent! Outstanding, Ann. And Muff has such a sense of humor : )

  29. Oh, this is a big WOW factor! I think fancy was nailed! Thanks for sharing the card and when Muffy finds out about the bread, ask her to let me know!!!!!

  30. Gilded loveliness, Ann! This is Black Tie for sure. 🙂

  31. Your card is absolutely stunning — and fancy! Love Muffy’s comments. They always put a smile on my face.

  32. Ann what a beautiful card!! Happy belated Congrats! Can’t wait to see the babies she makes she’s a beautiful mom!!!!

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