Monday, April 12, 2021

So Very Happy for PP536

Happy Monday!
Time for a new creative challenge over at The Paper Players
This week, LeAnne is hosting our monthly Color Challenge.

Sorry my post is a day late for the challenge, y’all. On Saturday evening we had an emergency when our next door neighbor’s home caught on fire. It was a horribly scary situation as you can imagine. Everything happened so quickly and the fire spread fast. As one point, we were scared it was going to spread to our home. Thankfully nobody was injured and we are incredibly thankful to the first responders and brave firefighters who arrived on the scene. Life can truly change in the blink of an eye, so count every single blessing. 
As soon as I saw these colors, I immediately thought they would look great on a masculine birthday card. I decided to pair these colors up with the So Much Happy stamp set and coordinating Happy Dies. I just love a big, BOLD sentiment and this bundle is so perfect for that! This bundle will be retiring soon, so if you love it as much as I do make sure you get it before May 4th.   

*I’ve listed all of the measurements and details for my card below and there is a full supply list at the very end of this post.
The plaid Designer Series Paper is a sneak peek of a new pattern coming up in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog starting May 4th and I thought the plaid was so perfect for the masculine vibe of this card. Initially I used a trio of stars from the Happy Dies on the front of the card but they just seemed a little….well, chunky. They distracted from the sentiment quite a bit, so I pulled out the Stitched Stars Dies and the assorted smaller sizes were the perfect touch! 

I popped in a little trio of the white Elegant Faceted Gems to balance out the white behind the sentiment and it made me wonder why I don’t use these pretty little gems more. They have a little pop of texture without being too flashy, which as perfect for this “dude card”. 
Card Measurements and Details:
  • Crumb Cake Card Base: 4-1/4” x 11”, scored at 5-1/2” 
  • Merry Merlot Cardstock: 4” x 5-1/4” 
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock: 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”, embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder
  • Misty Moonlight Cardstock: 3-7/8” x 5-1/8” 
  • Misty Moonlight Patterned Paper (will be available in the upcoming Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog starting on May 4th, 2021): 3-3/4” x 1-1/4” and 3-3/4” x 2-1/4” 
  • Merry Merlot Cardstock: 3-7/8” x 1/4” 
  • Basic White Cardstock: 2-1/2” x 1/2”, stamp sentiment in Merry Merlot ink
  • Merry Merlot Cardstock: scrap to die cut stars from he “swirly star” image in the Stitched Stars Dies
  • Elegant Faceted Gems and Linen Thread
  • Basic White Cardstock (inside card): 4” x 5-1/4”, stamp sentiment in Misty Moonlight and Merry Merlot ink
  • Misty Moonlight DSP (inside card): 4” x 3/4” 
  • Merry Merlot Cardstock: scrap to die cut two banners and a star from the Happy dies, emboss star using Subtle 3D Embossing Folder
Finally a peek inside the card! I added in another strip of that pretty patterned paper, a stamped birthday sentiment and the little banners and star from the Happy Dies.The little banners are so cute and keep the party going from the front of the card!  

I hope you will join us this week over at The Paper Players and share your project for our Color Challenge. We’d love to see what you come up with! You can link up your project through Noon PST on Friday April 16th, 2021

Be sure to stop by and say hello to The Paper Players Design Team:  

Anne Marie Hile (that’s me!) 
Thanks for stopping by today! All of the products that I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

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Thanks so much for stopping by. 
Have a HAPPY day today! 

-Anne Marie

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  1. An absolutely perfect masculine birthday card, Anne Marie! The texture is fabulous. Thank goodness no one was harmed in the fire. How scary for you! Hugs!

  2. Anne Marie, I love how you used the colors. The inside of your card is as striking as its cover. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  3. How scary! Glad you and your home are okay! Love this card. Great use of the colors.

  4. Glad everyone is safe!

    Your card is the texture you added!

  5. First, I can't even imagine how scary that was for you and hubby! I am thankful the fire department was so quick and close by. You are right about how quickly life can change. I hope they have insurance and can rebuild. As for your fabulous card...this design is so my style when it comes to masculine cards! Love the stars and the bold happy! Well done, and I hope you have a stress free rest of your week.

  6. Anne Marie, that must have been so scary! So glad that everyone is safe. It's amazing how quickly fire can spread and I give thanks to the men and women who fight them!

    I love the masculine take on the challenge and the pennant banner on the inside of the card really is the perfect finishing touch.

  7. So thankful everyone is safe! That had to be so very scary!!!!

    This masculine card is just amazing! I love the stars and the HAPPY die! This card is just perfect in this color palette!


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Anne Marie