Sunday, January 3, 2016


January 3, 2016


The Paper Players are back after a nice little break to enjoy the holidays with our families!  We hope all of you had a wonderful season  and found time to do the things you love!

Our amazingly talented Joanne is the hostess this week and she has a FUN challenge for us!  It's "All About Numbers" ---use a number on your card!  I had so many ideas for this challenge!  Birthday was the first thing that came to my mind, but get creative and wow us with your fabulous ideas! 

I needed a "Happy New Year" card, so I pulled out my Avery Elle-Numbered Balloons and glimmery gold paper and created these fun balloons !

My base card is white card stock.  I cut a piece of gold foil from Stampin' Up! to cover the front of my card.  I found this black star paper in my stash and thought--wow--this is perfect for my background.  I trimmed it with a My Favorite Things die in the Blueprint 14 set.  The balloons are attached with Stampin' Dimensionals and gold Baker's Twine is added behind each balloon. A big bow is added to hold the balloons together.  The sentiment is from a retired Stampin' Up! set Word Play.  I love this sentiment and still use it often.  "Imagine The Possibilities" is such a great sentiment for the New Year!  I stamped it with Versa Mark ink on a strip of vellum and heat embossed it using gold embossing powder.  Gold star confetti from Pretty Pink Posh was added on the vellum for sparkle.  

So happy you stopped by my blog today!  Please leave a message!  I love to hear from you!  

Don't forget to check out the fabulous inspirations from our design team and I hope that you will play along with our challenge this week.

Welcome to our new Guest Designers!  Linda, Hannelie and Colleen, we are delighted to have you on our team!

Challenge Rules:

 Create a NEW paper, or digital, project.

  1. Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us. 
  2. Please provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge entry.
  3. Please link your card to no more than three challenges, TOTAL.  Entries linked to more than 3 challenges, including ours, will be deleted without notification!
  4. Have fun!

All stamping products are welcome! Thank you for joining the Paper Players this week.  

Have a wonderful week!!


  1. Claire this is so awesome! I'm really in love with this card. I don't know what to say except that I looooove it so much! It's perfect. :)

  2. What a fun and happy card, Claire! Love the black/gold combination and the star background. I, too, love this sentiment set and find it useful for so many occasions. Happy New Year to you, my friend!

  3. Happy New Year Claire! Love your festive New Years FUN! Those are some cute balloon numbers,too. Your choice of sentiment is PERFECT...what a great idea!!!

  4. What a great New Year's card Claire! I love those fun balloon numbers, just adorable! All the best to you in 2016!

  5. Wowza, I am LOVIN' these balloons! That gold starry paper is awesome too! What a great way to start out the Paper Players for 2016!!

  6. Beautiful start to the new year! Love the glitz and gold! Very cool balloons!~

  7. Such a great New Years card, Claire. I've seen those Avery Elle balloon dies and contemplated getting them. You used them perfectly. I love the gold and black colors and the stars in the background are so pretty.

  8. Happy new year wishes to you my friend! Love your card for my challenge this week - those gold balloons are just fabulous and the background paper perfect for a celebratory card. This sentiment is a favourite of mine too and does indeed work for a new year card - never thought to use it this way before! Great job Claire!


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