It’s A Celebration – Paper Players 400th Challenge

Watercolored Celebration CardCan you believe it?  The Paper Players are celebrating their 400th challenge! As a former Design Team member, I am so proud to have been asked to create a card this week.  What better way to celebrate than with a watercolored platypus! I hope you enjoy today’s card!

watercolored celebration card

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

Doesn’t this adorable little platypus, from the new Postcard Pals stamp set, look like he’s inviting everyone to celebrate? Stampin’ Blend markers were used to color everything except the blue shadow around him. For that, I used Balmy Blue ink and a Blender Pen.

watercolored celebration card

And speaking of celebrating, the sentiment from the Perennial Birthday set seemed perfect for this week’s challenge.

watercolored celebration cardKeeping with the celebration theme, I added a single balloon, punched from Mango Melody Designer Paper and held in place with a Blackberry Bliss Nature’s Twine string.

watercolored celebration cardA watercolored platypus is not the only watercolored card I have made for The Paper Players.  Eight years ago, for the very first Paper Players challenge, I created this card, which was selected as the very first Headliner. Check out the Winners Post here.

watercolored celebration cardYep, the Paper Players will always hold a special place in my heart.  So come on…won’t you celebrate with us? This very special challenge will run for two weeks, so you have plenty of time to get inky. It’s time to play with The Paper Players!!!

Would you like to create your own card?  If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to create your own watercolored card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a little gift from me IF you use the Host Code.  If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.


Are you in search of a specific retired stamp set? I just might have it on my list of  Retired Sets for Sale.

As always, if you have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…

Price: $110.00


  1. Honestly, Ann, how did you learn to color like that? Just amazing work. I would love to learn your amazing technique!

  2. How special!

    Your coloring is superb!

  3. Hi Ann! I am thrilled you joined us at the 400th celebration! Your card is adorable! That platypus made me smile! Such amazing coloring and a fun layout, too! Your first card at the PP is just as wonderful! I miss you being on the team! Hope you are well, My Friend! XX

  4. That little platypus is adorable Ann – and perfectly coloured too! Love the addition of the celebratory balloon and fun to see your card for the first ever challenge – still looks good today! So lovely to have you back to celebrate our birthday with us!

  5. That is the cutest little platypus, Ann! I remember that stamp set for your first Headliner card, too. I think I still have that set. As always, all of your cards have the perfect amount of “Schach-tastic” details. It was great to join up with you again over at The Paper Players for this milestone challenge. Big hugs, my friend! 🙂

  6. Elizabeth Stewart

    Ann… your fun critter is beyond cute! So love your layout! Thank you so much for rejoining us for the 400th!

  7. Ann, I am in love with your wonderful little platypus and you colored him beautifully. Thank you for reminding us about your wonderful first ever PP card… it’s still a great card even after all these years!
    It was wonderful to have you back on the DT gallery this week – we miss you

  8. Adorable card…..perfectly colored! And I love the blast from the past!

  9. Everyone should have a platypus stamp set especially if they can watercolor it as perfectly as you! He is adorable and the layout is so much fun. Delighted that The Paper Players brought us together all those years ago and I cherish our time together on the DT. Thanks for coming back for this challenge and making it even extra special! Big hugs, my friend!

  10. Hi Ann! How wonderful to have you back for this celebration! Your watercolored platypus cracks me up, after all, doesn’t everyone need a platypus stamp? Such a cute card, and as always your layering is just perfect. Thanks so much for joining in the fun for our 400th!

  11. I think that is the first platypus I’ve ever seen on a card and he’s adorable! Your watercoloring is fantastic and it’s so cool to see your first card for The Paper Players! Thanks for helping us celebrate the 400th Challenge!!

  12. Hi Ann! It’s so fun to have you join us for the celebration! I love your water coloring and cute image. It’s fun to see the very first card you made for PP too!

  13. so cute !! adorable card

    thank you for your comment in my blog
    hugs from Chile


    That is the cutest card ever it made me giggle!! Awesome coloring as always. TFS

  15. What a fantastic card, Ann! Love the coloring you did and the shadowing effect you added. What a great flashback to 8 years ago – can’t believe it’s been 8 years for the PP – wow!

    Hope all is well with you and yours, especially Muffy, Brody and your little Lexi. 🙂

  16. Oh my! How cute. Your coloring is absolutely awesome! Loved seeing your card from 8 years ago too. Thanks for being a part of cardmaking and promoting it through The Paper Players.

  17. That is just the cutest card ever Ann!!! I have been drooling over that stamp set, but it is out of my norm and I keep wondering how much I’d use it. I think you just put me over the edge.

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