Celebrate the Wonder!

Sometimes we all need to slow down and celebrate the wonder that surrounds us; to celebrate our blessings instead of dwelling on the negatives.   I hope you can feel the peaceful feeling I tried to create with today’s card, and that you can celebrate the wonder in your life.  It’s Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players!

Celebrate the Wonder
This week,  it’s time for a sketch challenge.  The lovely and talented LeAnne has a wonderful sketch for us that is very versatile.  You can use the three panels to show off stamped images or beautiful designer paper.  I opted to showcase the zen-like Peaceful Places designer series paper. I can’t wait to see what YOU create!

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Celebrate the Wonder

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Oh my gosh! Did I ever have a tough time get today’s card finished.   Four cards, in various stages of completion, lay strewn across the battlefield of my desk.  However, by 2:00 AM Saturday morning, I arrived at my final product, the “card” you see posted.  Imagine my dismay when I realized that I had measured the card base incorrectly. The end result was a card that was too large to fit into any size of envelope I have. So, hello mantel/table decoration!  It’s a happy mistake, however, and I will display it during the winter season.

celebrate the wonder

Even though it is oversized, I LOVE what I created. You can almost feel the stillness of the snowy meadow.  It is the peacefulness my mind needed.   I struggled with my previous attempts, because I wanted to honor LeAnne’s lovely sketch by creating a card that would knock it out of the park.  But sometimes, you just have to step back, take a deep breath, and let come what may.   I do apologize for the size.  What was I thinking?  However, you could easily scale this one down to fit in an envelope.

celebrate the wonder

An easy card to make, the focus is on the Peaceful Places designer series paper.  The accent is simply a layering of black glitter stars and a silver foil stitched snowflake.  A single clear rhinestone was added to each panel. This is such a pretty card in person.  The photographs truly do not show the shimmer, shine and sparkle.  To download the free step-by-step tutorial for today’s Celebrate the Wonder Card, which includes all the paper measurements and all of the current products used, please click on the button below. For every card which has been posted on my blog this year, there is a free tutorial.

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Canine Corner

Every year, the neighbors who live two houses down the block decorate their front yard for Halloween. It is certainly a HUGE hit with the Boxers,  as well as human kids. I had to take Nueve back FOUR times, before he finally decided he had seen it all.  Enjoy these pictures!

Even though we have to use a lifter for Muffy to be able to walk, she loves her neighborhood visits!

The handsome Jackie looks like a Boxer gargoyle!

Nueve doesn’t quite know what to think of all the spookiness!

Little Miss Sixx says, “I ain’t afraid of no ghost!”

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  1. Such a beautiful card, Ann! Love the neutral color combo and I think it will make a beautiful piece of home decor for the season. I had to laugh at your comment…I can only imagine what your desk looked like after that creative endeavor.

  2. Such a beautiful card, Ann! Love the neutral color combo and I think it will make a beautiful piece of home decor for the season. I had to laugh at your comment…sometimes it takes a few tries to get the “right” card and this one sure is a beauty!

  3. What a stunning neutral beauty! I love the blacks and grays set against the white ! The layered star/snowflake has just the perfect amount of shine and glitter! I can feel the peaceful snowfall from here! Have a great weekend!

  4. Ann, this is a beautiful and peaceful winter scent. The wood grain DSP makes for the perfect background. This is not only a happy mistake, it’s a beautiful one! It’s truly art on your mantle and I believe that’s where it was supposed to be all along!

  5. Beautiful and serene with those great colors together! I love the layered stars and snowflake too – they combine for a great accent!

  6. Beautiful card Ann as always. Haunting neighborhood looks like fun!

  7. This card exudes peace and tranquility and I think your revised size fits those snowy trees perfectly. Sometimes you just have to roll with the changes Ann and 2am is definitely the time to go with the flow! I haven’t broken into my pack of this paper yet but I love it – your card has inspired me as always this week! Hugs to you for a good week xx

  8. LOVE the card Ann! you could put it in a frame ….

  9. Love your finished product and think it makes a lovely table decor. I think I would have thrown in the towel by 10 PM. I love your passion and persistence. It was worth the lost sleep. I enjoyed the Halloween pics too. Hugs to you today!

  10. Ann, this is so beautiful the color scheme is unexpected and really pops in the gallery. Another elegant creation!

  11. Oh no, I am sure you can make a custom envelope in which to mail this gorgeous card! I LOVE those trees and your starry accent is perfect!

  12. As always, your cards are amazing Ann!

  13. This is a beautiful card for you to enjoy sitting out for your own enjoyment. But if you wanted to share it with someone you can always make your own envelope……I have rarely made my own envelopes but it’s always a possibility. I have that pack of paper but haven’t used any…..yet. I have plans for some of the sheets but just need to get started.

    Love the pictures of your Boxers. So fun that they like going to see the Halloween decorations!

  14. Awwww, BEAUITFUL set up , along with your baby ♥️♥️♥️

    Tfs hugs Frenchie 🎃🎃🎃

  15. Listen…hear the quiet. Thank you for this lovely, peaceful card.

  16. Ann, you make such beautiful cards!!!

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