Moon Lake for The Paper Players

IMG_2166It’s Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players! This week, the amazing Sandy has a fun Theme Challenge for us: Transportation!  I suppose a rowboat can be considered transportation, right? I needed a masculine retirement card that evoked feelings of relaxation and lazy days.  I thought this image filled the bill. Enjoy!

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

  • Watercolor! The boat image from Moon Lake was watercolored using Aqua Painters and inks. Pear Pizzazz and Soft Suede were used for the tree, Sahara Sand for the foreground, Smoky Slate for the boat, and Soft Sky for the water.   The image was stamped a second time, and only the tree and boat were colored.   Stampin’ Write Markers were used to add accents.  The images were then snipped out with Paper Snips  and added to the original by popping them up on Stampin’ Dimensionals.


  • Selective inking! The sentiment, from Really Good Greetings, was inked using Early Espresso and Always Artichoke Stampin’ Write MarkersTip: Remember to “huff” to moisten the ink before stamping!  Although Really Good Greetings is on the Retiring List, it is one set which I will be keeping.  I just LOVE this sentiment!


  • Banner!  To add interest to the scored panel on the left, banners were cut from the Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack.  The “V” ends were created with the Hexagon Punch.  Of course, it never hurts to add a few Pearls…even on a masculine card.

IMG_2166-004 I hope you enjoyed today’s card. The husband of a dear friend will be retiring in few months, and I think this card will be quite appropriate, since he plans on catching up on some fishing!  Because I want him to live the retirement life he imagines after retiring, I think this sentiment will work.  What do you think? Won’t you let me know in your comment today? 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.

I leave you today with a picture of little Kia.  She was supposed to watch the Kentucky Derby today…but she tuckered out during the post parade.

11121682_720067254770361_42425107_nUntil 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. So pretty, Ann! Your coloring is beautiful and the colors are so perfect for a masculine card. Just WOW!

  2. Another gorgeous card Ann – this is the perfect scene to wish someone a relaxing retirement, I’m sure your friend will love it. Great sentiment choice too – I think this set is on my ‘keeper’ list too, it’s a favourite! I really like the fussy cut element – takes the scene to a new level and I love the layout with the green striped background and you’re so right, not a pearl out of place!

  3. Your cards always make me catch my breath, Ann! So classic and elegant and you have such a knack for using those pearls!!

  4. Ann, this is such a lovely card for your friend! He will cherish it! Nothing better than a lazy day on the water! My Daddy loved to fish and your card brought a tear to my eye! Your watercoloring is gorgeous and the sentiment is perfect! I love the puppies! So CUTE!!!!!!!!!!! XX

  5. This is the perfect transportation for retirement! Lazy days on the water sound pretty good and you’ve captured that feeling perfectly with your card. Great watercoloring and I am so impressed with your fussy-cutting patience!

  6. Beautiful card!!! Come and join us at “Let´s go on a Quirky Journey Challenge”

  7. You picked the perfect mode of transportation for anyone set on retirement! I love your watercoloring, as always. Wonderful card, Ann!

  8. The popped up elements really take this card to a whole new level! I love the layout, too – an all-round fabulous card!

  9. Fabulous masculine card. Love the color combo. I still have yet to ink up that stamp set.

    Kia looks so precious napping.

  10. What a classic beauty, Ann…I love this image and the watercoloring details are perfect, as is the sentiment!! Great card!

  11. Hi Ann, your card is beautiful as always! Thanks for another picture of the little muffins, Kia is adorable!!

  12. I love that serene and restful, and the sentiment is perfect. What a great card Ann!

  13. Another beautiful card. And you top it off with a puppy picture. Love getting your posts. They make my day. May have to give this card a try.

  14. I love your wonderfully relaxing scene, Ann! Such beautiful watercoloring. What a perfect retirement card. Little Kia is adorable!!!

  15. Ann, this card is beautiful as always, love it. Sending you wishes for a very Happy Birthday, enjoy your day. Kia is such an adorable pup–so cute.

  16. Oh, I agree with Maria. A video of the pups once they are on the prowl would be so much fun! They seem to grow and become cuter with each picture. Thank you for sharing them with us.

    This is a great masculine card, something I struggle with. Great inspiration.

  17. Gorgeous Ann, love your peaceful scenic card! The dimension is outstanding and I caught the touch of scoring on the flag too. Your friend’s hubby will cherish this one!
    Kia is too cute for words, all those wrinkles and sweet little paws. How many puppy kisses do you get daily? Ha ha. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Sunday!

  18. Beautiful card! Perfect for a Retirement.
    Kia is adorable!!

  19. Ann, your card is a beauty. You needed a masculine card and you definitely made a fabulous one, love the serene look of this scene, what could be more relaxing than sitting in the middle of a beautiful lake either fishing or just admiring the lovely surroundings.
    This sounds like a fun challenge, thank you for the inspiration.
    Now, little Kia is the picture of relaxation herself, how incredibly adorable she is, thank you for sharing the pictures of this puppies, every day that I see your post, I’m hoping you share some.
    I know it’s too soon but I hope you videotape this little ones taking their first steps and exploring the world outside the whelping box, I can almost see them running around your house.

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