A Summer Card for The Paper Players

Summer Card

The lovely Claire, from The Paper Players, is hosting a Summer Fun in the Water challenge this week. Claire stated she loves being by the water in the summer, and I don’t blame her.  I would love to live by an ocean, where I could walk barefoot in the sand and collect shells to my heart’s content.  My love of shells is probably why the So Many Shells stamp set called my name.  I hope you enjoy today’s summer card!

Paper Players Badge 353

Colors of the Day

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

Who doesn’t love sparkly shells? The Sea Urchin and the Scallop were kissed with Wink of Stella, while the Large Shell received a sprinkling of Dazzling Diamonds. And although it may not be a traditional color palette for shells and sea urchins, I love how they look stamped in Blushing Bride, Perfect Plum and Sahara Sand.

Closeup of shells on a Summer CardSoft Sky water and Crumb Cake gulls, courtesy of the High Tide stamp set, create a vignette for the fabulous Seas the Day sentiment.  In fact, if the shells are not enough to convince you that you need the So Many Shells set, the amazing sentiments should.

A Summer Card sentimentA little Copper Trim and a few Pearls accent the oval.  Copper Trim is one of my favorite products from the new catalog. It’s so versatile, I find myself using it quite often.

A Summer Card straight on

Who’s This Handsome Dog?
Jackie in Canada
American/Canadian Champion You Don’t Know Jack

As many of you noticed, I was missing from the blog most of the month of June.  Kim, my husband, and I accompanied Jackie the Boxer on his quest to earn his Canadian Champion title.  We were fortunate enough to enlist the aid of one of Canada’s top handlers, Colin Brownlee.  If you think Colin looks familiar, you may have seen him on TV if you watch the Westminster Dog Show.

Jackie and Colin hit it off immediately.  They made a beautiful team.  Not only did Jackie earn his Champion title, he earned multiple working group placements.

Jackie Moving OutUnfortunately, we didn’t get to rest on our laurels for long.  Upon our return home, Jackie was stung by a bee, and suffered an allergic reaction.  We had two emergency trips to the vet, one at 3:00 AM. He was covered in hives, and his eyes and nose were swelling shut.  Here he is the morning after, after many of the hives had went down.  You can imagine what he looked like when I rushed him to the vet. He was one sick puppy.

Jackie with Hives

Jackie has gained back most of the four pounds he lost, but he still is not 100%.  Because the above picture is so sad looking, we’ll leave you with a happy picture.  Here he is strutting his stuff in Canada. He definitely loves to run around the show ring!

Jackie in Canada If you would like to try your hand at creating today’s summer card, the supply list is located below. Clicking on a product takes you right to my store. And remember, during the month of July, every $50 you order scores a $5 Off Bonus Coupon from Stampin’ Up! to be used on August orders…as well as a free gift from me!  As always, 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…

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  1. Your card is beautiful. Congrats to Jackie on his Canadian win. He’s a mighty fine looking boxer. So happy he is on the mend.

  2. Congratulations, Jackie!

    How scary. It is good you were home and able to get Jackie to the ER so quickly. I hope he has ow made a full recovery.

    Your card is beautiful. The embossed background, layered shells, and signature pearls are perfect.

  3. Ann, I am so happy to see you in the gallery this week! Your card is gorgeous! I love the color palette and those beautiful, sparkly shells! So happy you joined my challenge at The Paper Players this week!

    I do hope Jack is feeling much better and CONGRATS on the win! He is a handsome boy! XXX

  4. Ann, so glad to see you are finding more time to post cards, i have missed your lovely creations, of which this is another beautiful one. Thanks for doggie updates too, Congrats to Jack and glad he is doing better after the bee sting, poor baby! Take care.

  5. Annie Abrahamson

    Your card is gorgeous and I love the color combo! I’ve actually seen some purplish shells out here but yours are far more sparkly. Thanks for sharing this stunner in this week’s Paper Players challenge! ~ Annie

  6. Soft and gorgeous color choices. Love the touch of white texture.

  7. Love the movement on this card….using the Seaside Textured embossing folder along with the water stamp from the High Tides stamp set is the perfect background for the shells. Another great card!

  8. Big congratulations to Jackie…he is soooo handsome and obviously wanted and so deserved is Champion title plus other titles! So sorry for the ugly end to your exciting trip! Poor puppy, glad he is getting better, what a scare! Bees can turn humans into a mess as well! Loving your card, I have the Copper rubbing but have yet to use it YET! I thought you had stamped a bad to hold the shells! I really need to play with this gorgeous ribbon…Fabulous creation!

  9. Ann, I love that card…..the various shells and they way they are arranged. Great combination of colors!

    Jackie is such a regal dog (do I dare call him a dog?). So sorry he had to come home from a win and then go through that with a bee sting. Thankfully he is close to be 100% again.

  10. Chris R. from Iowa

    The card is so realistic – I love all your artistic touches. Great textures from the pearls to the copper trim to the EF. Your cards are the best!

    Look at Jackie strutting his stuff! What a gorgeous boy! The first photo of him standing really shows off his pretty brindle markings.

  11. Beautiful card and absolutely life like. Congratulations on the Championship award for Jack. And I’m so sorry about his bee sting, but he will be just fine with all the love and care that you give him.

  12. Beautiful card, Ann! Jack is one handsome dog and so happy for his win. Seems like your babies have had too much trouble with bee/wasp stings. Hope Jack is well soon.

  13. Absolutely love this card. Shells are one of my favorite stamps. Thank you so much for sharing it.

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