Paper Players 295

Not a bad day yesterday! I FaceTimed with Andrea in the morning and then gathered my stuff up that I needed to take over to Scrap-A-Latte and headed out. I had lots to do there and am happy to report that I got all of it done! Renee was also super productive and we did a little organizing! I spoke with Michael and he even FaceTimed with Renee and I! Good to see him and speak to him! Today I’ll be over at Scrap-A-Latte for card class and to finish setting up. Oh, I guess today’s the day that I get to share with you what I have been working on! I’m going to be taking over the stamp side of Scrap-A-Latte! Renee was kind enough to let me come and be in the store with her! My part will be called… Stamp, Ink, Paper!! Kind of tells you exactly what I sell! To start off I will have some Altenew, Concord & 9th and of course Lawn Fawn with Hero to follow shortly! Just in time for release day for Lawn Fawn! I’m loving the new release! Here are the sample cards that they send…

LF May Sample Cards

Aren’t they super cute?! I love the Mermaids and the slider dies are awesome! Can’t wait to play with all of it! So if you are in the area come on by and say hello!! There will be more as time goes on including an online store with special perks for my faithful blog readers! πŸ˜‰

When I did finally settle down last night I made my card for this this week’s Paper Players challenge…

Paper Players #295

At first I thought… I don’t think that I have any wild animals! Then I remembered that I actually have lots of them in my Lawn Fawn Sets! My card base is Neenah Solar White 110lb Card Stock. I used the Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangles to cut out two pieces of Canson 140lb Watercolor Paper. For the piece that I used for my background I inked it with Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink using my Mini Ink Blending Tool. The second piece is cut with the Lawn Fawn Simple Stitched Hillside Borders for the earth and the Meadow Borders for the grass. Next I did some more ink blendingΒ with the grass using Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn, for the earth I used Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy and spritzed it with a little water and blotted it dry. They are all adhered together and to the card with E-Z Runner. TheΒ images are from the Lawn Fawn Critters Down Under Photopolymer Stamp Set and are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored in with Copics. I stamped the greeting from the Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings Photopolymer Stamp Set in Onyx Black and then adhered the trees with Foam Tape on the tops, the bird and extra leaves are adhered with Multi-Matte Medium. I really love that background and all of the bright happy colors! I hope that you like my card for this week’s Paper Players Challenge! Thank you so much for your continued visits! Have an absolutely amazing Thursday! πŸ™‚

Paper Players 295-WM

Products used:

Stamp Sets: Critters Down Under and Scripty Sayings Photopolymer (Lawn Fawn)

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Onyx Black (Versa-Fine), Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy Distress (Tim Holtz-Ranger)

Markers: O, R27, R46, V09, B16, YG07, YG17, E74, E79, C3, C5 and C7 (Copic)

Card Stock: Solar White 110lb and 80lb (Neenah)

Specialty: 140lb Watercolor (Canson)

Dies: Critters Down Under, Large Stitched Rectangles, Simple Stitched Hillside Borders and Meadow Borders Lawn Cuts (Lawn Fawn)

Adhesives: E-Z Runner (Home & Hobby), 3M Foam Tape and Multi-Matte Medium (Ranger)

Tools: Big Shot and Mini Ink Blending Tool (Tim-Holtz-Ranger)

51 Replies to “Paper Players 295”

  1. Well, congratulations on your new venture! I’m so happy for you! This is that saying in action – when one door closes, another opens. It’s wonderful that your door opened to a wonderful opportunity doing what you love. Best wishes!

    1. Thank you so much Carol!! I’m super excited about it! I agree and I’m so lucky that I get to this! Can’t wait to continue to share my little adventures! πŸ™‚

  2. That is awesome, congratulations! Too bad I am impatient and just ordered my new Lawn Fawn! So happy you will be doing something you love! (Great card today, btw!) I will be watching for the online store to open!!

    1. Thank you so much Becca! Maybe next time I will have the online store ups and you can get them from me! Glad that you enjoyed the card! πŸ™‚

  3. That’s great! I know how much you love this craft. Looking forward to your online store.

    1. Thank you Wendy! Yes, I do love anything to do with crafting! Can’t wait to get the online store set up! πŸ™‚

  4. Hello Justin,
    Wow! That’s wonderful! Great news! No worries, with all the talent that you have, you will be fine. You have tons of friends and family that love you, and will definitely stand behind you! (Got your back, so to say), I’m excited for you! I’ve been following your blog, just haven’t posted in a while. Beautiful work, as always. Have a great day! Take care! Hugs, Donna πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Donna!
      Thank you!! I am very lucky to have the people in my life that I have!! Glad that you like the card too! Hope that all is well with you!! XO πŸ™‚

  5. Aww, such a cute card! I love the little koala and the scene you created. Big congratulations on the store! You know I’ll be a frequent flyer! Wishing you the best of luck πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks so much Sandy! So happy to be your new favorite place to shop!! XOXO πŸ™‚

  6. Congratulations! I am so happy for you. I can tell you love Lawn Fawn and today’s card is the bee’s’ knees cute. Love the colors and the critters. Great combo.
    I am happy to report my surgical procedure went very well! I am pain free for the first time in years, but I have to be cautious because it could last days or years. Only time will tell!
    Have a super Thursday! I bet Thirsty Thursday will be fun tonight! Hugs and love, Nancy B

    1. I’m glad your surgery went well. I know what it’s like to have pain all the time. Take care! Have a great day! Hugs, Donna πŸ™‚

    2. Thank you Nancy! I do love Lawn Fawn! It’s so fun and happy!
      I’m so happy to hear that all went well! YAY! I hope that it lasts!! Thirsty Thursday was great! Love and hugs to you my friend! πŸ™‚

    1. I think so. I don’t think I can own a store and be a Demo. I’m going to call and ask. πŸ™‚

  7. What awesome news, Justin! I am very excited for you and know that if anyone can make this a success it will be you! I wish I lived close by to be an in-person customer. However, I will definitely be on the lookout for the online store. As a small business owner myself, I really believe it patronizing them whenever I can….so hurry up!!!!!LOL. Again, a great BIG congrats to you!

    1. Yes Roseanne! I’m beyond excited! I would love it if you lived closer too! How fun it would be to have you in class! I’m working on getting the online store ready! I completely agree with you! What business do you have? πŸ™‚

  8. Hi Justin,
    I’ve been following you all along. I am so happy for you and will definitely stop in. Change is so hard, congratulation for taking the leap. I’m looking forward to your progress. Good luck to you . . . I know you are going to do great. See you soon.

  9. Congrats, Justin, with your new adventure into something you love to do and being your own boss. As many of your online fans, I wish I lived close enough to visit the store, but I’ll have to wait for the online store. Cute, fun card today with the koala and bright colors. Have a great day and best of luck to you.

    1. Thanks so much HJ! I’m so happy that I get to do this!! I wish you all could come and take classes!! Glad that you liked the card and I hope that you are having a good week! πŸ™‚

  10. Interesting that you are having your soft opening on Sam Smith’s birthday!! Congratulations my friend. Glad the news is finally public. Wishing you all the success in the world! Hoping that this venture is very prosperous for you and that you grow your store more and more each year until you have a chain of stores across the USA, Canada, and parts of the United Kingdom. Oh…love the card and background too. LOL

    1. Do you know that I only found out that it was Sam’s birthday 5 minutes before you posted this?! Too bad he couldn’t be here for the opening! Thank you so much and thank you for al of your help and advice!! I can’t wait for the UK stores!! Glad that you like the card! πŸ™‚

  11. Wow Justin!
    Congrats on your new venture! You are so talented! I’m glad you can work in the field that you love. Good Luck!

    1. Thank you Gerri! I’m so happy and lucky to get to do what I love all the time now! πŸ™‚

  12. Congratulations on your new business venture. However it is really not new to you. I wish you much success. You are so talented and outgoing. I feel confident you’ll do great!

    1. Thank you Lillian! No, I have been doing what I love for a while now! The store is just an extension! I really appreciate your confidence in me!! Thanks again! πŸ™‚

  13. CONGRATS!!!!! I’m so excited for you! Now I really wish I lived on the East Coast, LOL. Hopefully soon your online store will be open so I can shop. What a great way to showcase your talents.

    Love this card, really cute. Next to Pandas, Koalas are my favorite animal.

    1. Thank you very much Linda! I wish you did too! I will get the online store going as soon as I can! Glad that you liked my little down under card too! πŸ™‚

  14. You have been busy! What a sweet card – love that sleepy koala – and looking forward to hearing more about your new venture. Thanks for joining us over at The Paper Players this week!

    1. Yes I have Joanne! Love me some Lawn Fawn Fawn and I look forward to sharing my new adventure with you! Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

  15. Aha, finally the big reveal!!! Congratulations Justin!!! I am so very happy for you and so excited to see what (& where!) this new adventure brings you!!! We can easily tell how much you love Lawn Fawn, Hero, C & 9th, and Altanew, so this will just be a natural extension of your creative positivity and brilliance. Plus you expertly mix media AND products, a true artist in every sense of the word!!! Your card today showcases this beautifully… the koala looks like he’s enjoying that dazzling sunset backdrop almost as much as your blog fans, LOL!!! Cheers to you & hope you are enjoying a fabulously awesome Thirsty Thursday celebration with your BFFs!!!

    1. Yes Laurie!! Thank you so much! I can’t wait to see all that i get to do with this amazing opportunity! I do love so many stamp companies and now I can share them all! You are way too kind but I really appreciate that! I think that little Koala is too cute, especially in his tree! Thirsty Thursday was great!! Hope that you have an amazing weekend! πŸ™‚

  16. So excited for you Justin! I live in CA so look forward to the online store! I follow your blog and look forward to hearing about your day! Love your creativity and am amazed at how social you are! Lol I vicariously enjoy! May you prosper, and you will given its your passion. So happy for you!

    1. Thank you Jamie!! The online store will be here before you know it! I’m so happy that I have such a great community of people that I get to share my life with! Card Making is definitely my favorite thing to do! Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

  17. So happy and excited for you! Just love your work and creativity and your new venture sounds like great fun!

  18. Congratulations!! your dream job, I am sure it will be successful as well. Also looking forward to your online store, our dollar needs to get a little higher, and could utilize my sisters US address for shipping,hmmmm

    1. Thank you Lynne! It definitely is my dream job!! I’m so lucky that I finally get to do what I love! I will work out the best way to get anything to you!! πŸ™‚

  19. So, so cute Justin. I love LawnFawn stamps and you’ve certainly made a great little scene. Thanks for joining us this week at the Paper Players. FYI, I did manage to stop by The Ink Pad when I was in NYC a few weeks ago. I picked up a LawnFawn paper pack and a Concord and 9th stamp set.

    1. Thanks Colleen! I am a huge fan of Lawn Fawn! I’m so sad that I missed you at The Ink Pad!! The Lawn Fawn paper is great and I lOVE C&9!! πŸ™‚

  20. Congratulations, Justin, on this new endeavor!! Not many people can say they get to do something they truly love as their job. Getting to work with ink, stamps and paper sounds like a dream come true! I wish you the best and am sure you will have lots of faithful non-local blog readers waiting for your online shop to open up!

    Love the koala bear and the scene you created on your card. Makes me feel relaxed just looking at it. After seeing your card, I was reminded that I still need to order the grass & hillside die as I know I have commented about that before. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the reminder!!

    1. Thanks Christy! Yes, I am so lucky to get to be doing something that I love! I can’t wait to get the on-line shop open! Want to make sure that I have enough product first!
      I like that the background is nice and bright like a sunset instead of the usual blue! The Grass and hills from Lawn Fawn are both great! Have a super day! πŸ™‚

  21. Congratulations, Justin! I’m *so* glad that you’re getting to do what you love. Wishing you much success and all the best in your new adventure!!!

    Cute card, BTW. And thanks so much for introducing me to Concord and 9th.

    1. Thank you very much El! I’m ecstatic!
      Glad that you enjoyed the card! Love Concord & 9th! πŸ™‚

  22. I’m a day late and an hour short but I just got back from my vacation. Of course you know me and the girls wish you only the best and just know you will be successful. The thing I see as the most advantageous is by working with Renee and her scrap-booking side and her working with you and your stamping side it will allow you each to work with and for each other. By that I mean you two should think about an agreement where you each work one weekend and the other work the next weekend while keeping both areas of the store open. That way you aren’t both working a 7 day week each and every week. That would be a recipe for burn out. I know you will be successful because you are not only a phenomenal card artist but also a wonderful teacher. I almost wish my daughter was still at Hofstra because that would give me an excuse to get to Long Island more often. What town is the store in? Hempstead by any chance?

    Oh, also want to tell you I love today’s card. I think Koalas are just the cutest thing after pandas. You have yourself a Terrific Tuesday tomorrow. I’m so excited for you. Love and hugs, XXOO

    1. Thank you very much Grace and the girls too! Yes! We thought that it would be better to work together, we can compliment each other! We are both here 7 days for now, but once things get settled we will be able to cover for each other! I hope that I am very successful! That’s very nice of you to say, it’s easy when you absolutely love what you do! Too bad that you can’t get down here! I would love to have you come and hang out with us!!
      Glad that you like the card! The background is my favorite! Nice and bright! I hope that you have a super day! And thank you again my friend! XOXOXO πŸ™‚

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