Grateful Heart

“With a grateful heart” is a wonderful sentiment. It conveys more than a simple “thank you” does and is perfect for those special people in your life who have truly went above and beyond for you. It’s Sunday and time to play with The Paper Players!

A grateful heart
This week the lovely Anne Marie has a fabulous sketch for us. It could be perfect for showcasing your favorite designer paper OR it can take on a cleaner vibe like the card I created. 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

The Autumn Leaves bundle is one of my fall favorites.  With its lovely sentiments and beautiful die cuts, it very quickly became my “Go To” bundle for autumn cards.  I love the look of the leaf cluster against this simple background. The texture provided by the Distressed Tile 3D embossing folder provides a rich backdrop, and also looks lovely on the leaves themselves. Wink of Stella adds a beautiful sheen.

a grateful heart close-up

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Nueve’s Notes

Hi, everybody! It’s me, Nueve!  I have been busy being a good boy.  Even though I would rather be outside playing, I have snuggled with Uncle Q by the firebox.  It doesn’t have fire in it yet, but Mom says it won’t be long now that Fall is here.  Uncle Q is just about ready to retire from being a show dog. I think they call it retire  ’cause he’s getting old and is tired. He’s been tired before, so he is re-tiring.  He has to win one more time in ‘bedience and then he will have a ‘bedience title.  He gets to do that next month.

Nueve's Notes

I have also been a good brother to Sixx. I keep her company in the yard so she doesn’t get lonely. It makes her smile.  I also help her practice trick dog things. She’s going to try to get her trick dog title in November. She’s going to spin, fetch, do hand signal things, jump, come and some other tricky stuff.

Nueve and Sixx

We have also been guarding the neighborhood.  Two houses down they have had a ground hog snooping around. Will we let ground hogs invade OUR yard?

Nueve and Sixx

Sixxy and I both say “WHEN GROUND HOGS FLY” to that!

Nueve and SIxx

I have also been doing show dog things. I LOVE dog shows.  I love to run around the ring with Michelle and have people clap for us.

Nueve on the move

Michelle and I also love to look handsome in the ring. Well, I think she likes to look pretty, but I like to look handsome. She always looks at me and smiles. I like it when she smiles at me.

Nueve and Michelle

I like it when the judge smiles at me, too. I was a VERY good boy this day and got a big Group 2 ribbon. Group is when I get to run around the ring with other working dogs like Akitas and Dobermans and Rottweilers and Huskies and more. There were 16 different other working dogs this day.

Nueve Group 2 Corunna

I also like it when my Mom smiles, too!

nueve and mom

Making people smile is one of my most important jobs.  I am a working dog. I am Good Boy Nueve!

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  1. This is a beautiful card!

  2. Joanne James - The Crafty Owl

    I just love the texture of this card Ann – the panelled background and carrying it through to the leaves is perfect for an autumnal feel – I love it! Apologies for my late comment – I’m playing catch-up this week!

  3. Ann, this is clean, classy and absolutely stunning! And speaking of stunning, that Nueve sure is a handsome boy.

  4. Ann, I agree with Fran. The first thing I thought when I saw your card was how much the embossing looked like old ceiling tiles. GORGEOUS!!! The fall leaves are simply amazing! I just adore this card! It would make anyone happy to receive it in the mail!
    As always, I love your babies! Good luck this weekend! Safe travels!

  5. Ann. I can’t decide which I like more, the embossed leaves or the copper die-cut piece. Your card is gorgeous.

  6. Ann, the first thing I thought of when I saw your beautiful fall card was tin ceilings from the 1800s! And I love the idea of using the same embossing pattern on your leaves. Great card, and yes, good dogs!
    Xoxo, Fran

  7. Hi Nueve & Sixxy,
    Loved your story. The “GroundHogs Fly” picture was comical. Loved the last pictue. You make my day when you write your stories.

  8. What a gorgeous fall creation! I love the embossed background, it makes the simple leaves really stand out and gives such an earthy feel!

  9. Absolutely gorgeous Ann. So many beautiful colors and techniques. I’ll have to try this. And the babies, as always, are wonderful!! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Beautiful card!!! Autumn Leaves is my Fall Favorite!! I love Neuve’s notes! I look forward to it every week!! All 3 dogs are so photogenic. I’m so glad Neuve likes to make everyone smile, especially his mom!

  11. Simple and beautiful card! Love the embossing!! Happy 🍁 🍂 And congrats on winning!🙌

  12. What a lovely card and I love, love Nueve writings and the pictures. Congrats on the wins!

  13. Really love this card with the white embossed panels! Beautiful! Reading all of the Nueve notes and seeing the pictures is always fun!

  14. Beautiful card, Ann!! The pops of blue really set off the card!
    I love Nueve’s Notes and the picture of both pups at the window & turning around is AH-MAH-ZING!!! I love it!! Magazine-worthy photos for sure!
    Thanks for sharing!

  15. I enjoy your blog posts and creative ideas but, mostly, I love to read what Nueve writes.

  16. Ann-A-Mazing card!! Just beautiful Ann! I love all the texture, colors and layout!

  17. Ann, your card is Gorgeous. Love all that embossing.
    Making me wish I had ordered that Autumn Leaves bundle. I just may order it sometime in the near future.
    Nueve; keep up the good work. Hugs.

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