Sunshine for The Paper Players

IMG_1373-001It’s Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players!  This week we have a Clean and Simple challenge for you, hosted by the incredibly talented LeAnne:  We want to see sentiments as the focus on your cards!  Designer Series Paper and other embellishments are welcome, but remember it IS a clean and simple challenge.  Layers and “doodads” should be kept to a mimum.  Now, that is quite a tall order for me, but I tried my best.  I hope you enjoy my attempt at Clean and Simple!

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

  • Rays of Sunshine! The rays were created in minutes using the template found in the Hooray It’s Your Day Project Kit.  I temporarily adhered the template to Whisper White cardstock, and sponged it with Crushed Curry ink.  How easy is that?  (Tip: Create your own temporary adhesive with the Two Way Glue Pen!  The bond is temporary if you let the glue dry first.)


  • Focus on the sentiment! What better sentiment to go with the sun theme than “Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves”! This sentiment from Feel Goods was inked in Night of Navy and stamped directly onto the rays.


  • Paper bow!  A Night of Navy paper bow, created with the fabulous Bow Builder Punch, adds just the right bit of pizzazz!

IMG_1372-003This card is earmarked for a very special blog follower and fellow Boxer lover, who certainly brought sunshine into my life, and into Muffy’s and Brody’s lives, too.  Like many of you, Gena often emails me to chat about the Boxers.  During the bitterly cold weather we had recently, I mentioned Brody had gained weight, and his winter coat no longer fit.  I also mentioned that Muffy’s coat was now too tight, since she has matured, but it fits Lexi fine.  Gena emailed me back, and innocently asked questions about their sizes.  Well, you can imagine my surprise when I got the mail Thursday.  There was a box from Gena.  And lo and behold, inside were two winter coats she had made…one for Brody and one for Muffy! I haven’t been able to take a picture of them on the kids yet, but I will in the near future.  Here they are:

IMG_0376IMG_0378Aren’t they awesome? Brody loves to wear “clothes” and he LOVES his new coat.  In fact, after I took it off and placed it on the island, he sat at whined until I put it on him again.  And Miss Muffin looks very chic in her pink with brown polka dots!  Thank you so much, Gena! You certainly brought sunshine into our lives!

I had fun with today’s card and today’s challenge.  It was the first time I had ever used a stencil to create a design, and it was so quick and easy.  I am probably one of the last stampers on earth to use a stencil.  Now I can’t wait to try it again using the Artisan Embellishment rose stencil.  How about you? Do you use stencils? Won’t you let me know in your comment today? Your comments are very important to me, and I do read each one.  Of course, if you ever have 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
Joanne James
Laurie Schmidt
LeAnne Pugliese
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis
Debbie Mageed
Karren Johnson
Shannon Jaramillo



  1. ann, i love the mixture of dots with the stripes from the sunshine stencil and the colors are fabulous together. Gorgeous CAS creation

  2. Your first attempt a using a stencil is beautiful, Ann! The color is so saturated, it just jumps off the paper at you! And the bow over the sun is the perfect detail! Thank for the tip about using two-way glue…I will definitely have to use it!!

  3. Love this happy card – yellow is my absolute favourite colour and this card is top in the ‘sunshine and cheer’ stakes! Perfect design for the sentiment and I love the addition of the polka dot bow – adds a real touch of chic! Looking forward to seeing a picture of the dogs in their new coats too – they will be toasty for sure!

  4. Love the bow tie on the sun, Ann! So sweet!

  5. Ann, this is such a happy card! Love your sunrise and that cute bow!

  6. Happy card alert! Love this one, Ann! The polka dot bow is adorable, too. How awesome that your friend sent those coats to the pups. Can’t wait to see them modeling them. Gidget loves her “clothes” too. She is slowly acquiring quite the wardrobe. Mostly pink, of course. 😉

  7. Awesome card! Love the sunshine rays. So creative.

    How sweet and kind of Gena to make those beautiful, stylish coats for the Twins. What a wonderful blog friend.

  8. Your rays of sunshine are PERFECT! Amazing! They are a beautiful backdrop for that awesome sentiment, too! Thanks for making my challenge look awesome this week! And what cool little boxer coats your friend made….I can’t wait to see them being modeled!!

  9. This is so bright and beautiful! I love that sweet bow, too. Great design!

  10. Oh Ann, this big sunshine made me smile! The sponging is fabulous and the little bow is perfect! A great card for a gloomy day! XX

  11. The effect of the rays behind this beautiful sentiment make for a totally gorgeous CAS card.

  12. Great job with the sponging… looks like it could have been dp. It’s such a “Happy” card with the bright yellow and love the touch of navy with that bow!

  13. Such a happy sun-shiney card, Ann! Love the sponged rays and thanks for the tip about the temporary adhesive, I didn’t know that.

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