Sunday, July 1, 2018

It's a HUGE Celebration - PP400

Oh my gosh, do we have a HUGE party going on at The Paper Players this week!  It's our FOUR HUNDREDTH challenge--yes, I'm shouting because it's a big deal!  I am so proud to work alongside this amazing group of crafters.  Week in and week out we laugh, sometimes cry, and craft together.  They are kind, caring, and wicked creative and I'm so honored to call them my friends.  This week we're even joined by some of our best design team buddies--Ann Schach and Anne Marie Hile--who are back to play with us this week!  Big hugs ladies--great to have you with us again.  

So any good party has to have prizes, right?  We've got tons of them--40 prizes to be exact and we will draw winners from our participants with  This is such a big deal that we are running the challenge for TWO WEEKS to give folks lots of time to participate.  

Our theme this week is....what else...Celebrations!  Any kind of celebration--birthday, anniversary, retirement, whatever you want.
Our challenge badge features balloons but our cards don't have to....just any celebration.  My in-laws are celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary next month so that seemed a fitting celebration for the theme:
I used the awesome sketch from the gals at Freshly Made Sketches for the layout and played with a new SU set and coordinating thinlits, Serene Garden.  I'm also playing with one of the new SU colors, Soft Seafoam which is really lovely.  Paired with Smoky Slate and Pink Pirouette, it makes a pretty color combination.  
This set has a really cool die that cuts out just part of the stamped image to let a little bit of the under layer peek through.  Here I stamped the corner image in Soft Seafoam and layered a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock underneath that had also been stamped.  The flowers have a coordinating die too--they were stamped in Basic Gray archival ink and colored with [retired] Stampin' Blends in three shades of Pink Pirouette.
There's some really nice sentiments in the returning set, Beautiful Bouquet.  I combined three of them for the inside of this special anniversary card.  My in-laws were high school sweethearts and are true role models of "love is in the staying there"...relationship goals!

Here's the layout from the team at Freshly Made Sketches:
I mentioned the amazing number of prizes we have for PP400 at The Paper Players so check out the full list, in alphabetical order:
  1. Altenew - $30 gift card
  2. Atenew Academy - $20 gift card  - compliments of Jaydee
  3. Avery Elle - $20 store credit
  4. Butterfly Reflections - Breathe Rainbows Stamp Set (US only)
  5. CAS-ual Fridays - $25 store credit
  6. Cheery Lynn - $20 gift card  
  7. Cheery Lynn - $20 gift card - compliments of Laurie
  8. Concord & 9th - $25 gift card
  9. Craftin Desert Diva's - $10 store cedit
  10. Dies R Us - $15 gift card
  11. Ellen Hutson -  20 gift cards - compliments of Annie 
  12. Ellen Hutson $20 gift card - compliments of Eliz
  13. Happy Little Stampers - $20 store credit
  14. Heffy Doodle - Sticky Friends Stamp Sets (exclusive - not available for purchase)
  15. Heffy Doodle - Sticky Friends Stamp Set (exclusive - not available for purchase)
  16. Heffy Doodle - Sticky Friends Stamp Set (exclusive - not available for purchase)
  17. Heffy Doodle - Sticky Friends Stamp Set (exclusive - not available for purchase)
  18. Lawn Fawn - $25 gift card
  19. My Favorite Things - $25 store credit
  20. Neat & Tangled - $15 store credit 
  21. Newton's Nook - $20 store credit
  22. Pink & Main - $20 store credit
  23. Power Poppy - $10 store credit
  24. Stampendous - $20 rewards cards (US only)
  25. Stampendous - $20 reward card (US only)
  26. Stampendous - $20 reward card (US only)
  27. Stamplorations - $20 gift certificate
  28. Stampin' Up - $20 gift certificates compliments of Nance (US only)
  29. Stampin' Up! $20 gift certificate - compliments of LeAnne (US only)
  30. Stampin' Up! $20 gift certificate - compliments of Joanne (UK only)
  31. Stampin' Up! $20 gift certificate - compliments of Claire (US only)
  32. Stampin' Up $20 gift certificate - compliments of Jan (NZ only)
  33. Technique Tuesday - $20 gift card
  34. The Foiled Fox - $25 store credit
  35. Trinity Stamps - Let it Grow and Lady Liberty Stamp Sets
  36. Tutti Designs - $15 gift card
  37. Uniko - any in-stock stamp set of winner's choice
  38. Verve Stamps - stamp & accessory bundle - compliments of Sandy (US only)
  39. Verve Stamps - stamp & accessory bundle - compliments of Sandy (US only)
  40. Waffle Flower - $15 gift card
Huge thanks and appreciation to all our sponsors who gave so generously for all these wonderful prizes.  I knew the crafting community was generous but this really takes the cake!  With a prize list like that, I'm sure you will want to participate...just be sure to link up before our special two week challenge ends on Friday, July 13th at Noon (PST).  Don't forget to visit the rest of The Paper Players design team and our special guests for even more inspiration.  I'll be back again next Sunday with a second card for our challenge...have a great week, friends!

The Paper Players Design Team 


Jen Brum said...

This is a beautiful card Nance! I love that background and those die cut leaves! So pretty! Great colouring too! Congrats to the Papery Players on your 400th challenge!! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Jen Timko said...

I love this stamp set and die set. What a gorgeous card this is!! Congrats to the Paper Players on all the years of inspiration for so many of us!! So glad you joined us this week at FMS!

laurie said...

What a beautiful card and sentiment! The colors are so soft and pretty...just a gorgeous card for the celebration. Happy 400th!

Diane - said...

This is gorgeous and I really like how you made it landscaped. Really give motion to lovely dove. Your peek-a-boo design looks fabulous in these colors, but the sentiments inside say it perfectly! They will truly love this special card for a special milestone anniversary. Hugs.

Amy O said...

This is beautiful, Nance! I love how you've arranged all of the elements. The Paper Players has always been one of my favorite challenge sites, and 400 challenges definitely deserves a big celebration.

Linda Callahan said...

well you do make the prettiest cards~this is gorgeous inside and out! Thank you for all your hard work and fabulous contributions to the Players! It is a fun challenge for sure - I loved my time with you guys! And time is always the problem it seems when it comes to crafting.......never enough!

Jan Clothier said...

This is a gorgeous card, Nance. I really love the way you've added in greys - they really let those other delightful colours shine.

Annie S. said...

Such an elegant anniversary card with a beautiful color combination. Love the inside sentiment - just perfect for 55 years! Congrats to your in-laws and Happy 400th to you! Hugs, Annie

stampwithsandy said...

What a beautiful card, and such an elegant one to celebrate an anniversary, Nance! I love the gentle curves of these images, and your soft subtle colors. Thanks so much for being such an awesome leader of this team. You are so organized, efficient and always keep us all on track! Big hugs, a Happy 4th, and Happy 400th!!!

Jaydee said...

Nance, I am totally in love with this card. I wouldn't have thought of putting grey with the pinks and greens - but it works beautifully. I need to steal that :-) I also love the delicate cut outs and the polka dot paper. I also love the inside - and how true is that sentiment! Wonderful card, my friend.

Thank you for all that you do for our PP family. It's a honor to design by you every week and I am so pleased that you found us all those many years ago:-) And thanks for the reminder of your first card. That was a wonderful trip down memory lane
big hugs, my friend

ElizStewart said...

Nance... love your card! I just bought this set from Claire... seeing your card, I can't wait to use it!