See the Good

A sparkling snow, majestic mountains, a beautiful deer, and an uplifting sentiment!  On days when it seems as if everything is going wrong, it’s time to see the good.  It’s Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players!

See the good
This week, sweet Claire is the host of our monthly Clean and Simple challenge.  The theme she selected for us is:  Winter Animals .   Don’t you love it?  When I think of winter animals, I often think of deer.  So I selected this sweet doe from the new Grassy Grove stamp set to be my focal point. I can’t wait to see what animal YOU feature on your card.   But before you run off to grab those stamps, papers and inks,  remember that by CLEAN AND SIMPLE, we mean cards that have:

  • minimal layers
  • few to no embellishments
  • lots of clean white space (minimal patterns)

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The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

I love the Grassy Grove bundle from the January – June Mini Catalog, especially the deer.  However, as the name would indicate, the rest of the Grassy Grove stamp set and coordinating dies, aren’t really suited for a winter animal theme.  Luckily,  the Mountain Air set came to the rescue.  This is a reversible set. I first inked the “flat” side of the mountains with Smoky Slate, stamped it off once, and then stamped onto the panel. After cleaning the stamp, I flipped it over to the “detailed” side, inked it with Smoky Slate again, and stamped it below the first image. Next, I added the tree line, inked in Evening Evergreen. Because we are dealing with winter animals, I pulled out a piece of sparkly “snow” I found in my “Box of Misfit Card Parts”, and added it.  I LOVE it when I find something usable among the “castoffs”.  However, I think the new Mother of Pearl paper would make amazing snow!  Because my sweet doe needed a little something,  I added an evergreen die cut.   And what about this wonderful sentiment?  See the good! What a positive outlook to have!

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Nueve’s Canine Corner

It’s me, Nueve! I’m so sad.  My stubby tail isn’t wagging because our sun shiny days are gone.  We got snow again.  Mom said it was between 6 and 7 inches.  I’m not sure what an inch is, but when I had to go outside to potty,  it came up past my knees. Mom made Dad go outside and scoop away snow so Great Uncle Brody wouldn’t have to walk in it.  He gets special ‘rivileges  cause he is old. Now Sixxy and I will have to wait to go on walks until people get the snow taken off the walking places.  Mom doesn’t like to take us out for walks right after it has snowed.  She’s afraid she’ll fall on the slick places.  Plus, we won’t get to watch the neighbor, either.  Sixxy and I like to watch him make wood sticks for his fire window.  Sometimes the neighbor woman rolls their cooker thing out into the driveway and makes meat.  We LOVE to smell the meat!  She never shares, even when we ask nicely. I don’t think she likes furry kids.

See the Good
Mom said that we kids need to see the good in the snowy days, just like her card says.  Even though we couldn’t get out to walk, Mom snuggled with all of us in front of the fire window.  Then she did Obedience School.  We did sits and downs. Great Uncle Brody can’t hear very good, but Mom just moves her hand, and he knows what to do.

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It was really fun because we got treats.  I think that is more like eating the good, than seeing the good. But I guess I got to see the yummy treat before I ate it.  Then I got to play my favorite game,  Search and Rescue.  Dad holds me, while Mom hides.  Once she is in her hidey place,  Dad says, “Where’s Mom?” and I go find her.  I got to play three times.  Mom was seeing the good, which was me,  because each time I found her, she said, “Good boy, Nueve!”  By then, I was really tired, and needed to nap.

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Until next time, see the good…

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  1. Absolutely gorgeous Ann! Such a stunning winter scene you created and you just can’t go wrong with a boxer bum photo. Too cute!

  2. Ann, another gorgeous card. Your scene is serene and peaceful and beautifully CAS.

  3. Love this beautiful scene Ann!

  4. Love your card and love Nueve’s musing.

  5. This is so creative Ann and a beautiful wintery scene – that deer does look so realistic and I love the sparkle of the snow behind. I am loving little Neuve’s musings – you really have competition with that one lol!

  6. BEAUTIFUL card. BEAUTIFUL doggies, as always!! Thanks for sharing both!!

  7. Ann, I so appreciate how your gorgeous style consistently shows up in every card in every challenge. I love the way you combined sets to create a peaceful wintry scene. Love the sentiment! So good to see the dogs.

  8. I LOVE the deer from this set….so realistic and perfect for Claire’s winter animals challenge! You’ve created the perfect background as well….it all works together so nicely!

  9. Love the beautiful card! I’m a doggie/puppy lover, so sharing the antics of the boxers was really cool!

  10. Love reading about the dogs..nice card..stay warm…

  11. Wonderful card. Almost like looking out my window except no deer but lots of snow. We had a bit more snow and then the blowing did not help. Ted, with his short legs, was not to happy with going outside.

  12. Always a treat to read about the doggies. love the background theme on this wintery card. Great as a Christmas card as well. thanks for sharing

  13. Ann, your serene scene is gorgeous! Yes, deer are the perfect animal for a winter animal card! The sentiment is just lovely, too! The beautiful mountains are so pretty! I love it! Stay warm and oh your pictures make me smile! Thank you for making my challenge shine this week!

  14. Very beautiful and stunning card. Love it! Nueve, maybe the neighbor will see the good and give up the some good smelling meats.

  15. The card is amazing, but doesn’t hold a candle to Nueve’s post. Oh how I love them!!! Thanks for the joy.

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