Tropical Thank You

With the cold temps we have been experiencing these past few days here in Southeast Iowa, the Boxers have not wanted to venture out for their daily walks.  I can’t say I blame them, and I am happy for their good sense.  While they lazed in front of the fireplace, I played with my new stamps from the January – June Mini Catalog.  I mentally escaped the bitter temps by creating a tropical thank you card! It’s Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players!

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This week, the amazing Anne Marie has a wonderful color challenge for us:

tropical thank youIsn’t this a yummy trio of colors? I used black as my neutral.  I can’t wait to see what colors you use!

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This was such a fun card to create. The new Artfully Layered bundle is filled with bold images and die cuts, just perfect, as the name would imply, for layering! And if you look closely, you can get a peek at a new embossing folder, Splatters. It forms the backdrop for my collage of foliage.  I can already tell, both the bundle and the embossing folder are going to be favorites of mine.

Tropical Thank You

This is an easy card to make, but it does take time because of the layers, embossing and die cutting.  But, I think you will be pleased with your results.  To download the free step-by-step tutorial for today’s  Tropical Thank You 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 since 2019, there is a free tutorial.

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Nueve’s Canine Corner
Hi, everyone! It’s me, Nueve! It’s been really cold here, and Mom doesn’t let us stay outside very long. She’s afraid our ears and toes will get Frost bitten. I don’t know who Frost is, but he is a bad boy.  Good boys like me don’t bite!
Tropical Thank You card

When we come back inside, we all rush to get a place in front of the fire. Sixx  and Uncle Jack always get the bestest spot in front of the fire window.  They always get to lay wherever they want! Grrr!

tropical thank you

Great Uncle Brody likes the special bed.  It’s up on little legs.  He’s old, and it makes his bones feel better.  I like to lay on it, too.  Sometimes I crawl up on it with him. He doesn’t mind.
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As for me,  I get to curl up on one of the round beds.  But at night, I curl up right beside my Mom in the Big Bed. She says I’m the bestest  snuggler of them all.  That’s because it’s part of my job of being a Good Boy!  I hope you have a grrrrrreat week with lots of treats!

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  1. Ann, this card is so bold and fun! I love the embossing and the black just makes these colors pop! WOW! The beautiful tropical feeling makes me long for warmer day!
    Nueve is so funny! Love all the photos of the babies!

  2. Love the bold dies with the color combo. Such a striking card!

  3. Ann, this card makes me feel so much warmer! What a gorgeous use of the colors.

  4. This is a stunner for sure! I have trouble with big bold images like this, but you’ve nailed it! The black sentiment and sweet little hearts add a touch of whimsy !

  5. Lovely card Ann.
    We sure could use some tropical temperatures, as it has been rather cold here; down to freezing temperatures. It’s been like a staircase; temperatures goes up; like Spring is on it’s way and then the bottom falls out and down to freezing again; goes up and then back down again. Wearing shorts and short sleeve shirt one day and then back to wearing layers of clothes . Christmas Day we where working in the workshop with shorts on and now back to wearing our heavy winter coats.

    Ann; take care; stay safe and stay warm

  6. It’s always fun to hear from the kids! Nueve is a good boy! Getting a little chilly here in Florida…60-something this morning.

  7. When it’s cold the best thing to do is stay inside and craft Ann – I’m with you on that one! I love the tropical vibes on today’s card – it reminds me of happy Caribbean vacations! I love the black borders too – they frame your leaves beautifully.

  8. Again, thanks for the smile! Both the card and Nueve’s update are GRRRReat!

  9. I absolutely love reading Nueve’s comments. He is so funny. I bet his Mom taught him everything he knows.

  10. It’s cold here in the northeast also. Your lovely card does bring a hint of warmer days. Good Boy Nueve and the other fur babies have the best idea – stay inside in front of the cozy fire.

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