A Card of Encouragement for PP428

It’s Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players!  This week, the lovely Laurie is hosting a color challenge for us.  What a fun trio of colors she has selected:  Smoky Slate, Melon Mambo, Basic Gray.

card of encouragement When a new catalog comes out, such as Stampin’ Up!’s  recent Occasions Catalog, I like to mix some of the newly released items with older items.  For this card, I paired new framelits with a stamp set from the Annual Catalog.  I hope you enjoy today’s card.

card of encouragementThere is a story behind today’s card. I have a very good friend who has experienced more than her share of tragedies over the past four weeks. It began when she injured her leg, requiring time off work.  Then sadly, she had to help her Boxer (my Lexi’s littermate) cross over the Rainbow Bridge.  Two weeks later, her sister passed away.  During the time she was away making arrangements, another of of her Boxers sadly crossed the Bridge, and her aunt was placed into hospice care.

I feel that at this time she needs to know that I am here for her,  by her side, helping her weather the storm of bad, and sad, luck which has besieged her.  She loves the cards I create, and has kept every single one I have given her.  I created this card for her.

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In combining the old and the new, I created the sentiment panel using the Friendly Conversation stamp set from the Annual Catalog.  Words were highlighted with Melon Mambo ink, and a touch of sparkle was added with rhinestones.

card of encouragementWonderful Floral framelits were used to create a Melon Mambo rose.  Although not a challenge color, I added Soft Sea Foam leaves.

card of encouragementMelon Mambo polka dot butterflies were punched with the Butterfly Duet punch.  Of course, I had to add a few more rhinestones.

card of encouragementIf you would like more details about how this card was created, just click on the tutorial button below to receive your own tutorial which you can save, or print off.  Don’t forget to visit the 2019 PDF Tutorial Gallery  for more free tutorials.

pastel ValentineWould you like to create your own card of encouragement?  If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to create your own card of encouragement,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  When placing your online order, be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Orders of $50 (before tax and shipping) will earn FREE Sale-A-Bration rewards. Online orders over $75 (before tax and shipping) will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code, as well as Sale-A-Bration goodies. If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will receive your own stampin’ rewards, your free gift from me and FREE Sale-A-Bration rewards!

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Won’t you leave me a comment to let me know what you think of today’s creation?  And don’t forget to visit The Paper Players Design Team members for more inspiration. 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. Oh, so you think you are going to convince me to buy this stamp set and the Rose Trellis Thinlits? Well, you are probably right after seeing this beauty. Ugh, enabler alert times two right here. Ha! Such a beautiful card, Ann. I know your friend will appreciate it.

  2. Oh Ann, I am so sorry your dear friend has had such a rough time. This card is certain to brighten her day. I don’t even know where to begin. You know I adore every detail. All the layers and the pops of Melon Mambo are amazing! I love this sentiment, too! Just WOW! I thought of you while watching the Westminster Dog Show. Have a great weekend, My Friend! XX

  3. A beautiful card for your friend..she will love it!

  4. Wow, your friend has had a rough patch for sure. Just looking at this card and all the thought that was put into it will surely make her feel uplifted! The sentiment is spot on and all your lovely flowers and bling will definitely make her smile! Love it ALL!

  5. What a beautiful card Ann – I love how you’ve added in the diecuts to really step up this sentiment and packed it full of detail. I love this set but have struggled to see it beyond a clean-and-simple type of card. I’m sure your friend will love it and take comfort from the sentiment and knowing you are thinking of here during these challenging times.

  6. Wow, just wow! This card will be much appreciated by your friend. I cannot even imagine having that much to deal with in such a short time, but having friends like you send such a beautiful and meaningful card will truly be a blessing. I’m sure it will bring a bit of much needed sunshine into her life, even in such sorrowful times.

  7. Ann this is such a beautiful and meaningful card. I just love this color combo and it inspires me to run home and made a card using these colors. The details are fabulous and the sentiment is going to be received by your friend… just like you intended. So many things have come her way with sorrow attached. I have to say, next to birthday cards, I send far too many of this type of card. Although it’s a sad situation most times, I know they appreciate that someone not only takes time to say you are there for them, but to do it such personal and loving way… with a homemade, heartfelt card. Hugs.

  8. LOVE it ann!

  9. Gorgeous card!!.,

  10. Oh my you are a dear friend to her. I just can’t imagine it all. I know your special card and probably more to follow will help the healing. Prayers for all who need them.

  11. This is an exceptional card, Ann! So many layers and details that you are known for.

  12. Ann, what a fabulous card for your friend! Amazing details with a perfect sentiment! I know she’ll love it, and especially the card maker!

  13. Prayers for your friend, she has had her share of sorrow. More then most have in a year she had in such a short time.
    Your card is perfect for your friend, Ann. She will love the card.
    I am glad she has a friend like you to help her during this sad time.

  14. What a touching story. Prayers for your friend! May your card lift her up…

  15. Oh, Ann…Your card will be a bright spot in your friend’s difficult journey! Please let her know others are thinking of her and praying for her also.
    Your card is beautiful!

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