Sunday, September 4, 2011

Paper Players #62- Birthday Theme Challenge

Happy Sunday! This week at the Paper Players our fabulous hostess, Lesley has challenged us to create  birthday-themed projects. Let's face it, we ALL know someone who is having a birthday, so we really hope you will join us this week. We are also welcoming our brand spankin' new Fall Design Team members along with our new Guest Designer for the month of September. SO excited to work with these talented gals! :) 
I decided to create a masculine-themed card for the challenge because I never seem to have enough "guy cards" in my card stash. I used the Open Sea stamp set which was featured in the, now retired, Summer Mini Catalog. But, there is GOOD NEWS! It was just announced that this set is available to order until July 2012. Contact me for details! 

The DSP that matches this set IS retired though. No worries, because it is available in My Digital Studio and that's where I got it. The cool thing about MDS is the versatility it offers. I just needed a 3"x5" piece of DSP for my project, so that is exactly what I printed off. So easy! Point, click, print...
I sponged some ink on a few of the layers and then started to rough up the edges with a Sanding Block. Then I changed my mind...because that's generally how I roll. So, there are sporadic sanded edges. ;) All of the materials used to create the card are listed below. 

Finally, here is the inside of the card, using the leftover DSP I printed off. I left it blank until I get ready to send the card off:
Thanks for stopping by! Please visit the rest of the Paper Players Design Team to see their birthday-themed inspiration. We hope you will join us this week! Our challenge is open through Friday, September 9th at midnight (CST). Have a HAPPY day today! :) 

The Paper Players Design Team
Tara Bilbao
Sandra Conner (September GD)

Stampin' Up! Supply List: 
Stamps: Open Sea and Plane and Simple (ret. sentiment)
Paper: Nautical Expedition paper (downloaded in My Digital Studio) Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Night of Navy and Whisper White card stock
Ink: Night of Navy, Crumb Cake (for shading the sails on the boat) and Cherry Cobbler Classic ink
Accessories: 1- 1/4" Circle punch, 1- 3/8" Circle punch, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, Baker's twine, Crumb Cake 3/8" Taffeta ribbon, Gold Brads, Sanding Blocks, Stamping Sponges and Stampin' Dimensionals
Non-SU! Accessories: gold baubles


  1. what a beautiful card is this, a real mens it peet

  2. Wow ... fabulous card Anne Marie ... very masculine and very well put together. I love how you have added the twine to the sentiment and your sponged edges really add a lovely dimention to each of the layers!!!
    Beautiful work ...

  3. Beautiful card! That card and DSP is so versatile, and thanks for the reminder it is available through MDS!

  4. Great guy card Anne Marie! I love the stamped anchor background and the twine for the sentiment. Great way to feature the MDS paper too! Love it!

  5. Just beautiful! I already know I'm going to regret not getting this stamp set. So pretty.

  6. What a great masculine card! I always like the nautical look for the guys. Great news the stamp set will still be available. Really like your whole layout & the little details that make your card so special.

  7. What! They have extended this set until 2012! Woo-hoo! I need to get it now!! Love your card and the little ribbon "flags" on one side. I think it is awesome. Sorry I missed your email last night, I was in a deep slumber...

  8. Fantastic card! I love this set, and I had no plans to part with glad it's still available to our customers!
    I look forward to playing the challenge this week!

  9. What a fabulous card. Everything is arranged so perfectly. And isn't it wonderful that we get to keep using this set - WoooHooo. It's so perfect for the masculine cards.

  10. Very nicely almost have me sold on that MDS! I was glad to see this set still available too!

  11. A perfect masculine card, Anne Marie! What a great way to use MDS!

  12. I love this awesome nautical design, Anne Marie! What a stunning card!!

  13. Fabulous card Anne Marie ~ I too don't have MDS and I'm really struggling with another HUGE learning curve if I do get it....but you make it sound SO easy...what to do, what to do...I am my own best customer! TFS and have a wonderful day :-)

  14. Anne Marie,
    This is a gorgeous masculine card. (does gorgeous go with masculine?) well it IS! I have the set and bought lots of DSP (before it retired to stash away)Love the twine and layout.
    PS:I just love this whole suite and crossing my fingers it comes back in the next IBC.

  15. This is stunning, Anne Marie! I love the layout and the three ribbon tabs - just perfect for a guy card! I'm CASE'ing this one for sure!

    And you have me thinking more about MDS but I need to think about it.

  16. Hi Anne Marie! *picture me smiling real big--right back at ya* You are too sweet. Thanks for stopping by for such a warm welcome. Your card is gorgeous. I love the clean design, rich color and those perfect looped ribbons. It all works so well together.

  17. What a fantastic masculine card, Anne Marie! I love how you added the twine to the sentiment and the little ribbon tabs look perfect.

  18. Wow! That is SO good looking. Love all the details without turning it feminine!

  19. Jackpot with the male theme!!! That boat is awesome!


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Anne Marie