Sunday, July 16, 2017

Smiles! PP#353

July 16, 2017

It is an exciting day for my family!  My son, John is marrying his beautiful fiancé today!  I am so happy for them.  I am home in Indiana with my family.  It is so wonderful to have special time with all of them.

It's time for a new challenge at The Paper Players!  I am the hostess this week!  I love summer water fun and I thought it would be fun to create cards with this theme.   The challenge is Clean and Simple so remember to limit your layers and embellishments.

I am also entering my card in the Fusion Challenge.  They have a beach inspiration scene this week, too!

My card is created on a white card base.  I used an old favorite stamp set Gorgeous Grunge to create this fun background.  I used a variety of distress inks on watercolored paper with the stamps and created the sky and sand.  I spritzed it with water and this fabulous background came to life.  I loved it!  I trimmed  it with Avery Elle Wonky Border dies.  The little elephant is from one of my favorite new stamp sets Beach Day from Neat and Tangled.  I colored the elephant with Copic Markers.  The sentiment is cut four times using the Winnie and Walter Cutaways dies.  I used Chocolate Chip for the base and 3 layers of Pool Party card stock to create the sentiment.  I added Wink of Stella and  Glossy Accents for shine.  I also added Glossy Accents to the beach ball.  The sun is cut from a piece of watercolored paper that I stamped after using distress inks to create this color for the sun. Clear sparkling sequins were added for shine.  

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.

The Paper Players Design 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 four 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 us at The Paper Players!




  1. Claire, firstly... congratulations - what a handsome couple they are. I know it will be a beautiful day for all of you. Let us know how many tissues you used :-)
    I love your card. The splatters are fabulous and your little elephant with his life preserver is precious. Great challenge this week

  2. Love that background you created Claire! Perfect for your cute elephant. And congrats to the newly weds. How exciting!

    Have a happy Sunday!

  3. I hope the wedding was a fantastic affair. I love your grungy background creation - I'm so sorry this set retired. The elephant is a sweetie. Great theme, Claire. No place better to be than at the beach in the summer.

  4. How adorable, I love the elephant wearing the duck tube, Claire! But more importantly, big congratulations!!! Enjoy your celebratory time with your family!

  5. Aww, this card is so cute--love that little ellie and your fabulous grungy beach. Nothing is sweeter than those newlyweds though---so happy for you and your family!

  6. This is so cute, Claire! That little elephant is adorable and you've created a gorgeous scene. Hope the wedding went well!

  7. Love your summer fun card Claire - your cute elephant looks like he's having plenty of water fun and your background is great! Hope the wedding was fun too - congratulations to you and the happy couple!

  8. Your background really did come to it! The entire card is cute times 10 ☺. Congrats on the wedding! I'm excited for's such a special time!

  9. EEP! A elephant in a floaty! How FUN! Beautiful photo of your son and DIL!


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