Rainy Days

Do you have a special friend who can turn the stormiest of days into sunshine and smiles? How about sending them a “Rainy days are better with you” card!  It’s Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players!

rainy daysThis week, sweet Claire is hosting our monthly theme challenge.  What a perfect theme for spring! It’s Rainy Days! I loved this image from the In the Moment stamp set of a woman peering out the window.  I always wondered what thoughts she was pondering.  Of course, I colored the skies a shade of rainy gray-blue in order to tie in with the rainy days theme. I can’t wait to see what YOU create!

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Colors Of The Day

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The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

If you like fussy-cutting, paper piecing is a fun technique.  Depending on the image, I either feel like an interior decorator or a fashion designer. With today’s card, it could have been both. However, I decided to style this young lady with a Moody Mauve top and Boho Blue jeans courtesy of Stampin’ Blends.  I saved the paper piecing for the window seat cushion and the pillow, using patterns from the Countryside Inn collection.  I really think this could be my new favorite designer series paper collection. The sentiment, from Playing In the Rain, and the Raindrop embossed background certainly add to the “rainy days” theme.  And what about the new Countryside Corners dies? I can see myself using them a lot!

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Ponderings From the Princess

Hello to all of Mom’s stamping friends! It’s me, Sixx! My mom said I could tell you all about my pretty pictures. She usually lets Nueve do the talking. I don’t think that is fair. He thinks he is special just because he is already a Grand Champion and I am not. But while he was out prancing around the show ring with Michelle, I was busy working on titles behind my name.  Mom always said that titles behind my name shows people how smart I am.  I am even a Canine Good Citizen. Anyway, I won on Sunday down in Springfield, IL.  I got to take take TWO pictures with Michelle. We sparkle together!

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I like how the sun makes everything look dappled, like the pony who lives by my friend’s house.  I think dappled is a cool word.

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Then I got to take a picture with the judge. He said he just loved my head. I love his head, too. He has hair on his face, just like me! So Nueve wouldn’t be sad, Michelle took a picture with him. Mom thinks he looks handsome.

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After we were done showing, Mom and Dad took us sightseeing. We went to see a very special place.  It was called Lincoln’s Tomb. A very famous man lives there, except he is an angel now. His name is Abraham Lincoln. Dogs can’t go inside the tomb, but we can walk all around it.  Mom said we had to be respectful.  That meant we had to be very good and not bark. We also couldn’t potty, because that wouldn’t be respectful.  This is me being respectful.

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Well, it’s time for me to say goodbye.  Maybe Mom will let me talk again some day.  After all, I am a working dog, too.  I am a Princess Sixx!

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  1. Hello, Ann. Speaking of dappled…. Neuve’s chest, all pink and gray and white! Oh yes, your card also is very serene and beautiful. The paper piecing on the cushion and pillow is subtle and sweet.
    Xoxo, Fran

  2. Ann, I love this image and your use of those specific dies really does help focus it beautifully. Another fabulous card, my friend. Ah…. and the respectful Princess – precious!

  3. Joanne James - The Crafty Owl

    I love the way those new dies frame this image and I never realised how perfect this sentiment works with it too (I will have to use that idea!) I am loving the blue hues too and the little paper pieced detailing. Bravo Princess Sixx on your letters and post – you are giving Nueve a run for his money!!

  4. Ann, What a great take on this challenge. Your coloring is beautiful and I love the paper piecing. So pretty. I hope you have a great week!

  5. We love you too Princess Sixx. Your head looks very good, and you were so respectful at the Memorial.

  6. I just Love your “Boxer” comments.
    From one dog lover to another.

  7. Claire Broadwater

    Ann, such a gorgeous image for my rainy days challenge! Yes, you have to wonder what she is thinking. Your coloring is beautiful and I love to paper piece, too. It reminds me of playing with paper dolls. So happy to hear from Princess Sixx today. Such a pretty girl! Thank you for making my challenge shine! Have a great week, My Friend!

  8. Everybody should have a friend like the one on your card! It is such a thoughtful design and I love the colors. How fun to hear from Sixx. Please tell her that I truly admire a furry friend who is respectful.

  9. Ann, your coloring is perfect on your creation. I wonder what she is thinking too! I’m so happy to see what Princess Sixx is thinking! Great story, Sixx. You are truly beautiful and of course, it goes without saying that Nueve is handsome. I look forward to your stories.

  10. Bonnielee McGuire

    Great card – love how you colored it! Very nice news from the Princess. “This is me being respectful” about sent me off my chair. LOL Thanks for sharing.

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