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!


The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips:
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.


  • 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.


  • 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
Joanne James
Laurie Schmidt
LeAnne Pugliese
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis
Debbie Mageed
Karren Johnson
Shannon Jaramillo


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  1. Forgot to say Happy Birthday!

  2. You really outdid yourself on this one…’s SO stunning!

    I’m just now getting around to everyone’s cards….gotta take a break from unpacking.

    Have a great day!

  3. I love your cards, but honestly, I check in every day to see the puppy pictures. I simply cannot get enough of them!

  4. Ann, this is fabulous. I think your mix of colors, patterns and elements is gorgeous and modern–very much like a fabulous Vera Bradley purse! Your fussy-cutting skills always amaze me and so do those puppies! They keep getting cuter and cuter. Hope your birthday was FANTASTIC! ((hugs))

  5. Ann this card is fabulous! love the mix of colors and textures and it could be used for several occasions… Love it.
    PS:Those puppies are just getting cuter and cuter.

  6. Wonderful! I love collage and can’t figure out why as it goes against my regimented OCD brain : ) I do have a rule – if it feels good (and doesn’t hurt anyone) do it : )

  7. What a lovely mix of colors and patterns you have here, Ann! You are truly the queen of fussy cutting…how you managed all of that with so many puppies to look after, I will never know!! Beautiful card today…I hope you’ve had a wonderful birthday!!

  8. I love everything about this card- the colors, the design, and the images. Superb job!

  9. Ann, your collages are always perfectly layered with just the right amount of embellishments. I will have to try this card out because I love this stamp set! Happy Birthday! Enjoy the sweet little puppies – they grow up so fast!

  10. Love the mix of patterns and colors. The mini muffins sure are growing up fast, Happy Birthday to you! Enjoy your day and time with the puppies.

  11. Happy birthday wishes today Ann – hope you’re having a super day! I love your card Ann – I bought this set as I thought it perfect for collages, but I’ve hardly used it – too far out of my comfort zone I think! I love the fussy cut elements, so will have to give this a go! Those puppies – my they are getting big and just so adorable!

  12. Fabulous card and adorable puppies! I really admire how well you mix patterns – I’m too scared to, which is why my cards generally end up very CAS 🙂 But you nailed both the fabulous sketch and a perfect mix of patterns.

  13. The card is beautiful, I want to case this one, maybe this week. As always, your cards are so pretty.

    Love the pictures of the “little ones” so cute and growing fast. Thanks for letting us share with you.

  14. Chris R. from Iowa

    I had to laugh, I used the same star on your birthday card but had trouble adhering it. Then, I forgot to add the punched out star to the inside. Oh well, I was in a rush to get it in the mail.

    The puppies are adorable and I agree with what it looks like he is saying! Hard to believe my little puppy will be 11 months old this coming week. Talk about growing!

  15. Love the card and Love the puppies!

  16. First, let me say the pups are adorable! I have loved seeing them grow, already they’ve changed so much! And your card is wonderful, I LOVE all the bits & pieces you added….a marvelous sketch!

  17. Such a beautiful card! I love the choices of the colors and patterns. The card has a lot of elements and yet it has a sense of unity overall. I love it!

  18. Ann, what an awesome sketch and I love what you’ve done with it! The colors are great and so is the mix of patterns. And those puppies!!! Too cute!

  19. LOVE the card!! (I always love your cards!) . . and ADORE the babies!! Would love to just jump in with them and cuddle!!

  20. Hi Ann ! Your card is as always simply Beautiful , love all the added enblishments you add , it’s not your card with out them , lol !! Just love it all ,

    And those little muffins , they are the cutest little guys around , my how quick they have grown, oh we’re going to have a hard time letting them gooooo, 🙁
    Ok well you have a wonderful Sunday,

    Hugs to u all !!!

  21. Great card. Can you please tell us your “rule” about patterned paper? Thanks. I go long stretches without using patterned paper.

  22. Lovely card Ann, it will bring happiness to the recipient. And talk about lovely…the puppies are so sweet. They change so much every week. Thanks for the updates, I love watching them grow and change.

  23. HAPPY Birthday, Dear Ann! Wishing you a special day today and every day!!! XX
    This card is absolutely gorgeous! The mix of patterns, the embossing, the flowers and the sentiment are just amazing! XX

  24. Your card is beautiful with lots of texture and patterns going on! Love it! Happy Birthday Ann! I hope your day is a special day!

  25. Very lovely card Ann. The different textures look great together.
    My, how them puppies are growing and so adorable.

    Happy Birthday Ann….
    Your Birthday is a special day..
    One that’s just for you
    A time for doing everything
    You specially like to do..
    And on this day that belongs to you,
    The wish this greeting brings
    Is for the joy you so deserve
    And all life’s nicest things!

    Hope you have a wonderful and enjoyable day.

  26. Oh my gosh Ann!! this little puppy really seems to be yelling exactly what you said, what a wonderful picture of this chubby little guy, and his brothers and sisters around him look just as healthy and gorgeous.
    Your card is so lovely, you have a way of giving your cards that beautiful vintage look, I love all the different textures of embossing and details.
    Thank you for sharing your card and puppy pictures, I have to say that every day I hope you post another one, just to see how big they are getting.
    Maybe, when they are old enough to go outside, you could share a video of them playing in the yard.

  27. Oh! And I forgot! Happy Birthday! AND Congrats on winning your Trip! You go girl! What a nice Birthday Gift!!!!!

  28. Your card is beautiful! Thanks for sharing it and the puppy pic! I think your mix of patterns and texture is great! I have to CASe to see it…I am not great at trying the different things. I have to see it and then replicate it…then if I want to change it up, I make a decision as to how I can make it mine! I lean on a lot on scanning yours and a few others blogs that suit the style I like and then I replicate and change if I feel adventurous! Thanks for your wonderful inspiration!

  29. Happy Birthday Ann! I wish you and your puppies health and happiness.

    Your card is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing – you are a giving person and I am sure I am not the only one who appreciates it.

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