Sunday 1 July 2018

The Paper Players: Birthday Celebration

This week at The Paper Players, it's celebration time. We are celebrating our 400th challenge! That's right - 400! Help us celebrate by joining in this special theme challenge.

Create a card for any celebration you see on your horizon such as Fourth of July or a  birthday. You can show us whatever you want to celebrate. 

So what are our rules for this party?
  1. PP400 will run for two weeks.  All winners will be announced on July 18th.
  2. Create a new paper project.
  3. Upload your project to your blog with a link back to The Paper Players.
  4. Provide a direct link to your blog post for your challenge entry.
  5. Please link your card to no more than FOUR challenges (including ours).
  6. You can enter this challenge up to TWO times.
  7. Truly enjoy our celebration and this challenge.  We have appreciated your participation over the last 399 challenges!
As part of the celebration, there will be prizes. Lots of prizes. We have had 40 generous sponsors come to the party. Prizes will be drawn by from all entries. To whet your appetite, here's a list of the sponsors and prizes (in alphabetical order)
  1. Altenew- $30 gift card
  2. Altenew Academy - $20 gift card  - compliments of Jaydee
  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  (US winner only)
  29. Stampin' Up!- $20 gift certificate (US winner only)
  30. Stampin' Up!- $20 gift certificate (US winner only)
  31. Stampin' Up!- $20 gift certificate (UK winner only)
  32. Stampin' Up!- $20 gift certificate (NZ winner only)
  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

Pop over to The Paper Players is to see the inspiration not only from the current design team but also emeritus designers, Anne Marie Hile and Ann Schach.

So, how did I celebrate this challenge? Well, I used with the new Blow Out the Candles bundle from the Stampin' Up 2018 catalogue and combined it with an idea I'd been wanting to try. It was a semi-circle pop-up card made by Julie Davison. Her tutorial is here.

The picture shows the card from the outside and what it looks like when it's open.

The curved star confetti die is a great way to add a party feel really easily. I also like that the cake and balloons also have dies so you can easily build dimension into the design. The way the cake floats in the air adds some wow, I think.

We would love to have you join our party, so visit The Paper Players site to get your inspiration going. Remember you have two weeks to join in this time, so entries close on 13 July.

If you live anywhere in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I'd love to help you with ideas and Stampin' Up products. Please message me through my Facebook page, linked in the sidebar of this blog or leave a comment below. 

And, of course, you can shop with me from anywhere in New Zealand by clicking the SHOP NOW button in the sidebar of this blog or clicking on any of the products listed below.

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  1. Awesome card and I love the inside!!! So creative and fun. Happy 400th!

  2. Love the floating cake when you open the card and that confetti die is so festive! Welcome back, sounds like your trip was just fabulous! Happy 400th!

  3. What a great card, Jan! Love that when you open it up, the party continues with that surprise pop-up element. These colors are beautiful together--so fresh and fun. So glad that The Paper Players brought you to us all the way from NZ. You've been a wonderful addition to our team and a pleasure to work with! Big hugs, my friend!

  4. Jan, I love your wonderful balloons and the pop up element. the colors are so crisp together. So glad you had a wonderful holiday in the Northern Hemisphere and even more glad that you were able to stay on and help us celebrate our 400th anniversary! Big hugs, jaydee

  5. Jan... absolutely love that confetti background card! Great card!

  6. Look at that fabulous confetti background! Such a festive card full of fun! Great card for our celebration! XX

  7. This stamp set just rocketed to the top of my “must have” list after seeing your card! I love the colors and all of the fabulous details you added. So pretty!

  8. This is so very clever Jan - love that invisible pop up element inside your card and the bright colour combo pops against the white. A fabulous celebration card!