Sunday, July 1, 2018

PP400 Huge Celebration and Giveaway!

Hi friends! It's Sunday, that means time for a new challenge at The Paper Players, and this is a big one! For the next two weeks we will be celebrating our 400th Challenge. Not surprisingly, the theme is CELEBRATION!  You can create any kind of celebratory card, such as a birthday, anniversary, wedding or graduation. And with every good celebration, we are having a party with LOTS of prizes! The wonderful Jaydee is our hostess for this party, WHO I might add, has been on this team since Challenge #1! We also have a couple of surprise past Design Team members returning to add to the inspiration. So how do our simple rules differ for this party?

  1. PP400 will run for two weeks, and you may submit up to two cards for this challenge. 
  2. Prizes awarded to participants will be drawn from
  3. Create a new paper project.
  4. Upload your project to your blog with a link back to The Paper Players.
  5. Provide a direct link to your blog post for your challenge entry.
  6. Please link your card to no more than FOUR challenges (including ours).
  7. TRULY ENJOY OUR CELEBRATION!  We have appreciated your participation over the last 399 challenges.
You must be wondering about the prizes! We've been floored by the generosity of the crafting community. We will be picking 40 lucky winners for one of the following (sponsors listed in alphabetical order)...
  1. Altenew- $30 gift card
  2. Atenew Academy - $20 gift card
  3. Avery Elle- $20 store credit
  4. Butterfly Reflections - Breathe Rainbows Stamp Set (US winner only)
  5. CAS-ual Fridays - $25 store credit
  6. Cheery Lynn - $20 gift card  
  7. Cheery Lynn - $20 gift card
  8. Concord & 9th - $25 gift card
  9. Craftin Desert Divas - $10 store credit
  10. Dies R Us - $15 gift card
  11. Ellen Hutson -  $20 gift card 
  12. Ellen Hutson - $20 gift card
  13. Happy Little Stampers - $20 store credit
  14. Heffy Doodle - Sticky Friends Stamp Set (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 reward cards (US winner only)
  25. Stampendous - $20 reward card (US winner only)
  26. Stampendous - $20 reward card (US winner only)
  27. STAMPlorations - $20 gift certificate
  28. Stampin' Up! - $20 gift certificate
  29. Stampin' Up! - $20 gift certificate
  30. Stampin' Up! - $20 gift certificate
  31. Stampin' Up! - $20 gift certificate
  32. Stampin' Up! - $20 gift certificate
  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 the winner's choice
  38. Verve Stamps - stamp & accessory bundle (US winner only)
  39. Verve Stamps - stamp & accessory bundle (US winner only)
  40. Waffle Flower -  $15 gift card
How awesome is that?! Well, this post is getting crazy long so I guess it's time to move on to my card...

Since it just a few days before US Independence Day, I thought I'd make a celebratory card in patriotic colors. I don't have a particular recipient in mind yet, but I think this card would be suitable for a graduation, birthday, or any summer party. I stamped the balloons and strings on my card front first. Then I stamped more balloons on another piece of card stock and colored them with Copic markers. Finally, I cut the balloons out by hand and adhered them to the base. A very simple card, and I gave the Big Shot a day off! 

Stamp Sets: Birthday Bits (Simon Says Stamp)
Card Stock: Solar White (Neenah)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Cornflower (Hero Arts), Lipstick Red (Simon Says Stamp)
Markers: Copic

Thanks so much for stopping by! Please leave a comment, then head over to visit the rest of the Design Team and our special guests at The Paper PlayersWe hope you'll play along with our special challenge, too! This is going to be fun, fun, fun! 

Inky hugs :)


laurie said...

Your balloons are so festive and fun..perfect for the 4th and for the celebration! Happy 400th!

JoAnn said...

Love your festive balloons in red and blue. Perfect for any occasion and especially for the 4th of July.
Have a great week Sandy and Happy 4th of July.

Nancy Farrell said...

Beautiful card Sandy. I always liked red white and blue. Happy July 4 to you and your family.

Jan Clothier said...

So crisp and clean! Sigh in admiration... I really like the way the strings make space for the sentiment to snuggle into. As always, your card is a delight.

Annie S. said...

Love the red/white/blue and the festive balloons! Happy 4th of July and Happy 400th!

Nance Leedy said...

I echo Jan's sentiments....I swoon over your crisp designs and layouts. Beautiful job Sandy. I love the way the sentiment is nestled into the balloon strings, so cute! And your coloring...happy gorgeous! Thank you for all your hustle and hard work pulling this amazing challenge together. I am so grateful that The Paper Players brought us together; we make a great team, my friend! Looking forward to the next 400 with you, big hugs!

Maura said...

Gorgeous rich color on your card! Love the depth in the balloons, and the sprinkling of stars! Thanks for sharing your beautiful make with us for our RWB challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. hugs, Maura

Jaydee said...

Sandy, I love your patriotic balloons and they are colored beautifully. I also love the little stars as an addition. You are right, this fabulous card could be used for so many different celebrations - perfect for our 400th challenge.
Thank you for everything you did to secure so many wonderful sponsors. So glad you became a part of our PP family

ElizStewart said...

Sandy... so love this card! CAS in every way...just perfect!

Trina P. said...

Fantastic celebration card, Sandy! The use of patriotic colors is perfect. So cool to paper piece the balloons from your own colored balloons! I thought you stamped and coloured directly. Love that it could be used for any celebration. x

Joanne James - The Crafty Owl said...

A patriotic celebration indeed Sandy - the delicate shading on your balloons add so much to the finished effect, love the sprinkle of stars too. CAS perfection for our birthday celebrations!

Claire Broadwater said...

Oh Sandy, this is a fabulous patriotic celebration! I love the shading on your balloons and the stars! Perfect card for our celebration! XX