Clean and Simple Sports for PP410

It’s time to play with The Paper Players! Can you believe it has been three years since I last uttered those words? But I am proud and happy to announce that I am back on the Design Team that I love so much, creating alongside the most amazing women I know.   Their artistic ability and creative spirit inspire me.  It is an honor to be back, and I hope I do not disappoint them!

This week the lovely Claire is hosting a Clean and Simple Challenge – Sports! Can you believe that my first challenge back is a Clean and Simple challenge?  Clean and Simple has always been a stretch for me.  However, I am always up for a challenge.  I hope you enjoy today’s card.

Clean and Simple

Colors of the Day

Being an Iowa gal,  there was no doubt that my Sports card would feature the Iowa Hawkeyes.  However, this card can very easily be made into a card celebrating YOUR favorite team:

  • Use your team’s colors. The card base measures 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5-1/2″.  The Daffodil Delight layer measures 4″ x 5-1/4″; the Basic Black layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″; and the top layer is 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″.
  • Substitute your team’s mascot. Herky the Hawk (a digital image I purchased off Etsy) is perched atop an oval created with Stampin’ Up!’s Layering Ovals framelits. It was matted on a Basic Black scalloped oval, and adhered to the card base using dimensionals.
  • Spell out the name of your favorite team.  I pulled out the retired Little Letters thinlits, but you can use alphabet stamps if you wish.
  • Finish off your card with rhinestones or embellishments of your choice.

Clean and Simple

Wouldn’t this make an adorable invitation to a “watch party”, whether it’s a Bowl Game or the NCAA tournament, or even a BBQ before the big game? What do you think?

Clean and Simple

I hope you will join us over at The Paper Players  and celebrate my first week back on the team. I can’t wait to see what you create!  The challenge is open until Friday,  September 21, 2018 at 12:00 Noon PST.
As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now scurry on over and see what my fellow design team members have created.  Until next time…



  1. Ann, Can you let me know where on Etsy you found the Herky the Hawk stamp? My sister and I are both SU stampers and she lives in Iowa City and she would love to have that stamp. Hope you can help.

  2. Super card! Go IOWA! You had to know I was going to love it!

  3. Ann, a big Welcome Back!!! Your card is CAS perfection, and what a terrific image you found of your favorite team. I agree, this would make a perfect invitation to a bowl game party. So glad to have you back on the team!

  4. Hi Ann! So glad you’re back on the team and your card is a sporty winner! Love that image – I didn’t even think of looking for a digi for my Hawks!

  5. Ann… IOWA is a big school! This card is going to make someone very happy! I couldn’t talk any of the kids into my alma maters…hoping you had more luck!

  6. Welcome back! I LOVE this card…it’s just perfect for the challenge!

  7. Welcome back! How could you ever possibly disappoint?!?!? Super cute card!

  8. Ann this so darn cute! I can see it being used for so many different occasions too. It’s a winner for sure! AND so is your DT for getting you back on the team! Hugs

  9. Great model for a sports card for any team and any sport! I’ve never used a digital stamp before, so that would be a learning curve for me! Lovely to have you on the team again, Ann.

  10. Ann, what a great card. It’s a wonderful image and a great way to say I’MMMM BAAAAACK! 🙂

  11. Woohoo – welcome back Ann, so great that you are back on the team again! What a great card to start out with too – a fun mascot card!

  12. WELCOME Back, Ann! We are so happy you are back with us! I have always been a huge fan of yours! I LOL at your CAS comment! You know that is a struggle for me too! Your card is fabulous! I think your Hawkeye is amazing and I know any fan would love to receive this special card! (Even if I am a Hoosier) Thanks for making my challenge shine! I hope you have a great week, My Friend! XX

  13. Mike happened to walk by and see your card. He asked if that was his birthday card. I have never purchased images on Etsy so maybe I Need to check into this. Love everything about this card.

    I had to smile as I thought Orlando, does she have an insider on bowl games? Oh yes, I forgot SU will invade Orlando in a few months. I didn’t know Dayle had moved to Florida.

  14. I remember when you were on the Paper Players design Team. I’m so happy to read that you are back on the team again! Ann, your card is perfect for this challenge. And yes, it would make an awesome invitation too. Go Patriots! Oops I, mean Hawkeyes. Congratulations Ann. Smile BIG! 🙂

  15. As a Florida transplant, but always an Iowan at heart, this card warms my heart. Love it Ann! So glad you’re back on The Paper Players team. Can’t wait to see everything you come up with!

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