You Are Fierce

In keeping with the uplifting, affirmative cards I have been posting recently, here’s one for the guys! You ARE Fierce! It’s Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players!

You Are Fierce

This week, the lovely and talented LeAnne is hosting our monthly sketch challenge. With its three panels and prominent sentiment, today’s sketch is perfect for showing off designer series paper, and is SO versatile! I can’t wait to see what YOU create!

You Are Fierce

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You Are Fierce

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Today’s card was created with a purpose. Our son, Brady, was recently promoted, and I wanted to send him a card to congratulate him for his hard work and dedication.  As a little boy, he loved lions, tigers, dinosaurs and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Well, I didn’t happen to have any lion, dinosaur or TMNT paper, but I did have In the Wild designer series paper on hand.  He will get a kick out of the paper, for sure.  Plus, I know the “You Are Fierce” sentiment, which was heat embossed and die cut out using a tiger die from the Big Cats collection, will bring a smile to his face.  Isn’t it great to be able to tailor the cards you make to the recipient?  It’s one of my favorite things about making hand-made cards.

You Are Fierce

Because I was ready to send this card on its way, I went ahead and decorated the inside of it with a sentiment from the Soaring Swallows stamp set.  Here’s a peak:

You Are Fierce

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Notes from Nueve

Hooray!  Sixxy and I passed the first part of our heart testing.  Our ‘trodes showed zeros, and Mom said that’s a good thing.  Now we have to have something called an echocardiogram done.  Dr. Heidi from Wisconsin is going to do them. She did Uncle Jackie and Uncle Q’s “echos”, so we are excited to meet her.

Because it has been cold and wet and windy, we haven’t been able to go on walks. Mom said it was good weather to start her Spring cleaning.  I didn’t know Mom had any springs to clean, but I guess she does.  I think she was looking for springs to clean in drawers, but she found these “danbanas” instead.

You are fierce

The pink one used to be Aunt Lexi’s.  Aunt Lexi loved it, and always looked so pretty in it.  I think Sixxy looks pretty in it, too.

you are fierce

I got a red one.  Mom said it belonged to Missy the Boxer.  I didn’t know Missy. Missy was here before Great Aunt Muffy and Great Uncle Brody.  But, I feel very special that Mom loves me enough to let me wear it.

you are fierce

It’s hard work looking this handsome, and sometimes I get very tired and have to take a nap.

you are fierce

But, looking good is all part of the job.  I’m a working dog.  I am Good Boy Nueve!

Your Strength is an Inspiration



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  1. Rawr, this is a cat-tastic creation, Ann! Love how you paired the papers up and the sentiment placement is so fun. Of course, every pretty kitty needs some pearls to dress things up. Darling!

  2. What a great card, Ann! I love how you used the big cat die cut and stamped the sentiment in it instead of the corresponding cat stamps, I hadn’t seen anyone else do that but it looks great!

  3. Ann, this is such a fabulous card. I LOVE the handsome tiger and these paper are amazing! I adore his little bow and the background papers add so much detail! Great masculine card! Mr. Nueve does not have to work hard at looking handsome. He is one Dapper Dandy!

  4. Nueve, thanks for the great news about the ‘trodes! Also, you and Sixx look so good in your danbanas. I hope your mom took time from cleaning her springs to play with paper. Her card today convinced me to get that bundle. Great for a birthday!

  5. Not only a fabulous mix of patterns but using the cat shape for your sentiment – genius! I’m sure Brady will love it!

  6. What a perfect card for your son!! I love it.

  7. A great card that is sure to encourage your son. The bold lion stands out well against the patterns in the paper, I love how this looks! Have a wonderful week, Ann!

  8. As a Clemson Tigers fan, I love this stamp set and your card. Congratulations to Brady on his promotion.

  9. Love seeing and “hearing” your pups!

  10. I love the way you showcased that sentiment on the cat silhouette Ann and what a great use of the papers too. Lovely to catch up with the pups 🙂
    Vicky x

  11. This is so cool! I don’t think I’ve seen anyone use this set (or papers) yet, so it’s wonderful to see it used with the sketch! Great creation…thanks for rocking my sketch!

  12. Fabulous use of these awesome papers, Ann. And the bold tiger with the white embossed sentiment is fabulous. What a great occasion to be able to custom make a card for!

  13. Ann, congrats to your son! Love you could use that DSP and personalize the card for him! Cute one! Have a great week!

  14. Yes Nueve, you look very handsome with your “danbana”!! I am glad for yours and Sixxix’s heart results. Mom must be very happy.

  15. Bonnielee McGuire


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