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All Bundled Up For Paper Players #600

Happy Sunday.

It's the fabulous Ann's turn to host our Paper Players 600th challenge!  More about that in a minute, including a trip down memory lane!

I thought it appropriate that today's challenge is a CAS week challenge and Ann came up with a theme that is right up my alley.  I've made so many kids cards recently that I was thrilled when the challenge came up.  It was an excuse to make another card.  Actually, the card I originally made for this challenge wasn't CAS and I only noticed this morning that it was a CAS challenge - so I had to rush to make another card.  Luckily, a brand new set arrived in the post yesterday and it was perfect for the theme!  I used Stampin' Up!s new All Bundled Up set. 

This was such an easy card.   I stamped and colored the fun moose.  I used my wonky rectangles dies to out my focal layer.  Stamped the sentiment, cut around it and popped it up.  Voila.  A CAS kids card.  This is one of the cards that will be winging its way to SendaSmile4Kids next week.   Here's my card:


Isn't that just the cutest image!  I must admit I hadn't paid any attention to this set until I saw Melva Peters use it on her card for our current Festive Friday challenge.  She did an awesome job with this set and it completely inspired me to buy it. 

I hope you will play along with us - we would love to see YOUR take on Ann's theme!  As always, the design team have some wonderful inspiration for you:

On a personal note:

I cannot believe that it has been so long!  I am proud to have been a part of this group since the very beginning when Lesley invited me to join way back in 2010.  I'd only been crafting for a very short while - about a year - then and was thrilled to have been invited to start up this new challenge blog!   Being part of the challenge team really forced me to up my game as I played alongside such talented team members.  When I look back I cannot believe how my style has changed.  It took me a little while to find my comfort zone with CAS cards.  I really did try to make multiple layers work with ribbon and things, but, I always loved the challenge of CAS.  It might seem simple, but the slightest error, a little finger print, a drop of paint in the wrong place - so many things can go wrong and totally spoil a piece you have worked on for an hour or so!  But, I love it.

I thought it might be fun to take a step back in time and take a look at my very first card for the Paper Players.  Looking back, it was relatively clean and simple, but has something I would never put on cards today - ribbons and embellishments :-)  It's rare that I use embellishments these days - maybe a couple of enamel dots or the rare sparkly thing:-)   Something else I would never do today - pair Early Espresso and Real Red together :-)  Here's my card from June 7 2010!

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Oh man, I still remember trying to line up all those angles!  What a fun trip down memory lane:-)  I'll be back tomorrow with another card.  But, before I go - I want to thank all of you who have been with me for so long - and you all know who you are.  Without YOUR encouragement, I would never have continued this journey, or honed my craft.  YOU are the ones that encourage me to continue - even today - and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Every comment and every email that you send keeps me going.  Bless all of you!



Card recipe:

  • Stamps:  All Bundled Up - Stampin' Up!
  • Inks: Copic Markers, Versafine black
  • Dies:  Wonky Rectangles
  • Card stock:  Neenah Solar White 80# and 110#




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Anne Marie Hile

So cute, Jaydee! That little moose just makes me smile, especially with his brightly colored accessories. Happy 600th challenge, too! My how time certainly flies when you are having fun creating with friends! :)

LeAnne Pugliese

Ooops, and I forgot to say it has been awesome having you as a PP teamie! ♥

LeAnne Pugliese

What a fun walk down memory lane. I think your first card was fabulous! And I think your fun hat-clad moose is pretty fabulous too!

Christy Stanford

Love that moose, Jaydee! I just got it in my hot little hands yesterday. It reminds me of my brother so I'm going to have to make a card for him with it :) Love your fun color choices and the wonky rectangle around your moose. Adorable!

Joanne James

I love your moose Jaydee - it is indeed such a cute set, and I didn't give it a second look either until I saw Melva's card (she has a lot to answer for lol!) What a great flashback too - amazing to see how your style has evolved.

Laurie Schmidt

LOL that moose is so cute...what a fun card. Your coloring is perfect! Love your first one also!

Jeanne H

I too absolutely love your moose. I rarely do cards for kids as my grands are all in college. But, I have a new great grandbaby as of last fall, so I need to learn. I believe I started following you in 2015. Anyway, love you and your cards and animals. Hugs to you and Lou.

Kris Markham

Jaydee, I started stamping in 1993. I look at those cards and I smile. I have come a long way and so has my craft supplies. Have a great week.

Marina . . . from far Africa!!!

Jaydee, you delight us not only with your beautiful cards but with your texts. Thanks so much for that. The moose is adorable!!!

Jennie Maier

Jaydee, love your moose! Too cute! And love that you shared your first card! Thanks for all the years of wonderful inspiration! Have a great week!

Claire Broadwater

Jaydee, aren't we so blessed to be on this amazing team! I feel blessed each week when we have a new challenge. All of you are very dear to me. I cherish our friendships!
This little moose is soooo handsome. This card will make some little one smile! YOU are definitely the QUEEN of CAS. I got a smile looking at your first PP card. Great memories! Have a great week!

Ann Schach

Absolutely adorable, Jaydee! You have colored this little guy to perfection. I can't wait to get my "Moose in the Mail. Oh, how I remember that first challenge! What a trip down Memory Lane! Thank you so much for making my challenge shine. Have a wonderful week!

Cindy Beach

Oh my dear, Jaydee, I can so relate! I love how you’ve found your style and honed your talent! This adorable moose is the star on your lovely CAS card. I had to re-make my card into a CAS version too. Have a great day!

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