Thinking of You This Festive Season

I am “thinking of you this festive season”. What better way to let family and friends know that you are holding them in your thoughts than with this sentiment. It’s Sunday and time to play with The Paper Players. thinking of you this festive seasonThis week sweet Claire is hosting our monthly color challenge. What a fun one it is: Melon Mambo, Tahitian Tide, Real Red, Black & White.  I opted to create a predominately white card with accents in the other colors. I can’t wait to see what YOU create!  Before you run off to collect your stamps, papers and inks, please note that this is our final challenge of 2024. Where has the time gone? But never fear…we will be back on January 7th with more fun challenges!

thinking of you this festive season

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

I will admit that Claire’s lovely colors had me stumped. I wanted to create a holiday card, but I wasn’t quite sure how to get everything to work. Luckily I remembered some excellent design advice which I had been given:  When in doubt, use a neutral as the main color and accent with the others. Once I decided that was going to be my plan of action, it was easy.  The result is stunning in person. Gorgeous Melon Mambo foil was used for the card base, while Tahitian Tide was used to mat the Tuxedo Black sentiment.  Three trios of Real Red rhinestones (one group is hidden by the bow) were used as accents.

thinking of you this festive seasonTo download the free step-by-step tutorial for today’s “Thinking Of You This Festive Season 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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LeAnne Pugliese

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Joanne James

Anne Marie Hile

Ann Schach

Suzy Hinton

Fran Wing

Tara Carpenter

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Nueve’s Notes

Hi, Everybody! It’s me, Nueve! I haven’t been able to talk with you lately. Mom and Dad and I have been very busy playing show dog. Well, I play show dog.  Mom and Dad clap and cheer for me. Guess where I am right now! I am in Floor-da. I am going to go to the National Championships in Ore-land-oh. But first we stopped for three days at a place called New Berry. I like berries. I eat blueberries and strawberries. After I played show dog, I got to go explore New Berry. Dad took pictures of me and Mom. They had a special place where I could mail my Christmas letter to Santa Paws. I told Santa I have been a very good boy.  I snuggle with Mom and make her smile.  I told him I would like more sloth balls. I accidentally bit the nose off my old one. Plus, I would like my own package of Roberta Cookies that I don’t have to share with Sixxy.

Nueve mailing his Santa Paws letter

I also practiced being Santa’s Helper. I got to go in Santa’s special house and look out the window.

Nueve elf

Then Mom pretended to be a gingerbread person. I ate a gingerbread cookie once, and I didn’t like it as much as I like Roberta Cookies.

Nueve and Gingerbread Man

We also went to City Hall. They had a Christmas tree, but it wasn’t real.  I was not allowed to potty on it.  Christmas Trees are not “Potty Trees”.   It was cold in New Berry, so Mom wore her sweatshirt all day.

Nueve and Christmas tree

Mom saw this really pretty arch. She said that back when she was a teacher, her students would have special pictures called Senior pictures taken in places like this. She laughed and said she was a Senior Citizen, so she would pose there. Dad thought that was funny. I wagged my tail. I always wag my tail when they laugh.

Nueve and Christmas tree

Finally, Mom and I had our picture taken on the porch of City Hall.  I’m glad she was done taking pictures, because I needed to go find a “Potty Tree”.

Mom and Nueve on Porch

We still have to show at the BIG National Show. It is next Sunday.  I can’t wait. I LOVE to play show dog with Michelle. It makes Mom, Dad and Michelle happy.  Making my family happy is part of my job.  I am a working dog. I am Good Boy Nueve!

Nueve SIgnature

 

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last chance sale

It’s time for the LAST CHANCE PRODUCTS LIST and SALE with select items discounted up to 60%! 

Stampin’ Up! has released the Last Chance List (retiring products list) from the September – December Mini Catalog with select items discounted up to 60%Be sure to snag your favorites from your wish list and shop early!  Products sell out fast so to avoid disappoint shop early.  Availability is only while supplies last and there are no guarantees.

LAST CHANCE PRODUCTS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

The products below are sold out and no longer available to order:
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BUNDLES • Item 161956  MERRY BOLD & BRIGHT SUITE COLLECTION
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PAPER • Item 161945  MERRY BOLD & BRIGHT 12″ X 12″ (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERI
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BUNDLES • Item 162012  O HOLY NIGHT SUITE COLLECTION
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EMBELLISHMENTS • Item 162010  ADHESIVE-BACKED STAR TRINKETS
PAPER • Item 161986  O HOLY NIGHT 12″ X 12″ (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
PAPER • Item 162378  SHINING BRIGHTLY 12″ X 12″ (30.5 X 30.5 CM) SPECIALTY DESIGN
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BUNDLES • Item 162041  ROCKING HORSE BUNDLE
TOOLS • Item 162040  ROCKING HORSE DIES
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BUNDLES • Item 161983  JOY OF CHRISTMAS SUITE COLLECTION
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EMBELLISHMENTS • Item 161981  LOOSE HOLLY GEMS & SEQUINS
PAPER • Item 161958  JOY OF CHRISTMAS 12″ X 12″ (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES
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BUNDLES • Item 162150  WINTER MEADOW SUITE COLLECTION
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PAPER • Item 162147  SNOWFLAKE MAGIC 12″ X 12″ (30.5 X 30.5 CM) SPECIALTY DESIGNE
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BUNDLES • Item 162193  ALL ABOUT AUTUMN SUITE COLLECTION
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EMBELLISHMENTS • Item 162191  ADHESIVE-BACKED SPECKLED DOTS
PAPER • Item 162178  ALL ABOUT AUTUMN 6″ X 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 CM) SPECIALTY DESIGNER
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BUNDLES • Item 162222  THEM-BONES SUITE COLLECTION
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EMBELLISHMENTS • Item 162220  GLOW-IN-THE-DARK BATS & GHOSTS
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BUNDLES • Item 162201  PICK OF THE PATCH BUNDLE
TOOLS • Item 162200  PICK OF THE PATCH BUILDER PUNCH

Last Chance List

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8 Comments

  1. Ann, if you were stumped by Claire’s color challenge, one would never know! It’s a beautiful snowy card with just enough color and texture to make it really festive.
    I’ll be checking in with you and Neuve through 2024 to keep up with where you guys are travelling. 2023 has been so special with the addition of designing with you at The Paper Players – what a year! Thank you for all of your kind words and the surprise paper package.
    Xoxo, Fran

  2. Ann, I love all that fabulous texture on the white layer. The pink mirror cardstock as the base adds a wonderful touch of shimmer and shine and, of course, the perfectly tied bow is the perfect finishing touch! Loved your photos – and yes… the senior citizen photo came out beautifully. Good luck in Or-land-oh!!!
    hugs
    jaydee

  3. Ann, What a wonderful tip of using a neutral as the main color. You certainly were successful in your design. Your card is beautiful. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

  4. To Sir Nuevo,
    Hi,
    What is a sloth ball?

    I would love to get you a double for Christmas and or course one for your sister!

    Love,
    Fonzy and Mom

  5. Oh, Nueve! You are such a good dog, looking out for everyone in your household! Butterscotch loved your photos. I loved your mom’s card (as usual) and now that I have that bundle, I am going to CASE it soon!

  6. Hi Ann! Looks like you had a great time in Floor-da, other than it being a bit chilly. I love the pictures of you and Nueve! It’s always nice to have pictures with the ‘kids’! I’m glad you share your pictures! Have a happy & blessed Christmas!

  7. Awwwwww, BEAUTIFUL PICTURES , Ann ,
    Tfs hugs and can’t wait to see pictures of the show 👏👏👏👏👏

    Hugs Frenchie 🌹

  8. Beautiful card!! Wonderful pictures. You sure have drunk from the fountain of youth!!

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