An Adventure Awaits for the Paper Players

Adventure Awaits, Something to Say, Bordering Blooms, Collage CuriosHello, Stampers! We loved your submissions last week to the Anne Marie’s sketch challenge! I have saved that sketch to use because it really does fit my stampin’ style. This week’s challenge is always one of my favorites – tic-tac-toe! I love these challenges the most because it is just amazing how many variations you can get from it.

This one was a little more daunting for me but only because I was knee-deep in my daughter’s graduation, trying to get ready to leave town and also had to make several projects before I left. I wanted to use a stamp set that I hadn’t played with in awhile and I really was ready to do something masculine after all of the frilly vintage cards I have made lately! This card is going to my son, who just finished his third year at the University of Michigan. He had a phenomenal year and has really found his stride! I am so proud of him and the progress he’s made.

I might have cheated (just a little) because I used the bottom horizontal row. The “patterned paper” is my embossing of the Hexagon Hive Thinlits die. I know it’s a stretch but that’s the way creativity goes sometimes, right? The products used are below with the only exception being the little bee, which is from a retired stamp set, Collage Curios. I just took So Saffron and dabbed the bee’s body with a blender pen. The other detail that you can’t really tell from the photo is that I popped up the Night of Navy hexagons up for some detail.

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I hope you’ll stop by and check out the rest of the Design Team inspiration over at The Paper Players.  We would love for you to join us before the challenge closes on Friday, June 5th at Noon (PDT).


The Paper Players Design Team

Challenge Rules:

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

So, I hope you liked my card today! If you did, please take a minute and leave me a comment! I love hearing from you! And while you are at it, please sign up for email notifications (usually no  more than 2-3 per week) and also “like” my Facebook page (I don’t flood your Newsfeed either). If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at [email protected] any time. Thanks for coming to my blog today! Until next time,


The Paper Players Design Team


  1. Debbie, this is just perfect for your son! Love the MI colors and the sentiment!!! It is such a work of love! Congratualtions to your daughter, too! ENJOY all the festivities.
    Such a special time for your family, My Friend! XXX

  2. Oh Debbie! This card is wonderful! I love the embossed hexagon hive die and the bee! (I always like a good bee, LOL) Such a nice combination of elements to make this card! Your
    son will so love this card!

  3. Hi Debbie! What a great background you created! I love that color combo,too.

  4. What a perfect card for your son! Great use of the sentiment and I love the “patterned” paper you created! Hope things calm down for you soon.

  5. This sentiment is good advice for anyone of any age! But that little bee is what made me say “Awwwwww”……love it!

  6. Such a lovely card, love the sentiment. I am sure that your Son will be most pleased to receive it. I love any kind of hexagon…Cx

  7. What a great card and perfect sentiment for your son, Debbie! I love the colors and the textured background. I’m sure your son will love it too!

  8. Fun card and a fabulous sentiment. Love how you’ve created the background.

  9. I’m sure your son will LOVE your personal card for him!! I’m sure he has worked hard and deserves the time off!!

  10. Apologies for my late comment – I’m playing catch up Debbie! What a great card Debbie – I love the patterned background you created and I love when a sentiment is the focal point of a card. I’m sure your son loved it!

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