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Stamp Review Crew -- Botanical Blooms

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop for the Botanical Blooms stamp set.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Stamp Review Crew is a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from around the world who bring you great ideas for a single stamp set the first and third Mondays of the month.  To see the line up of artists for this week's hop, click here.  If you've already joined the hop and are traveling forward, you've arrived from Heidi Baks' blog--Heidi always has such great ideas!  If you're traveling backwards through the hop, you've just visited with Val Moody and found some great inspiration for your next project.

Due to unforeseen time constraints, I have only one project to share with you this time.  

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Supplies I used for this project -- 

Stamps:  Botanical Blooms, Thankful Thoughts; Inks:  Early Espresso, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum, Versamark; Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Peekaboo Peach, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Playful Palette Stack; Embellishments:  5/8" Burlap ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, Embossing Buddy, Clear Stampin' Emboss powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Botanical Builder Framelits

I'll be sharing the how-to's for this project in a couple of days, so be sure to return to see the liner for the inside sentiment area and the coordinating decorated envelope.  

Be sure to visit all the stops on this week's hop to find more ideas for using the images included in the Botanical Blooms stamp set as the focal point for your projects or as an accent to your focal point image.  Just click on the NEXT or PREVIOUS buttons below to continue.

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Here's the listing of all the artists on the hop:

  1. Jessica Williams 
  2. Bronwyn Eastley 
  3. Bruno Bertucci 
  4. Martha Inchley 
  5. Mike Funke 
  6. Kelly Kent 
  7. Dawn Tidd 
  8. Heidi Baks 
  9. Mickey Roberts 
  10. Val Moody 
  11. Nikki Spencer 
  12. Holly Krautkremer 
  13. Tanya Boser 

Robertssiggy


Banners For You -- Thank You So Much

Hello!

This week I started a new job.  Starting a new job is always tricky because you have so many new things to take in:  new roles and responsibilities, new people to get to know and understand, an adjustment to your daily routine.  I have to say that of the three things I mentioned, the adjustment to a new daily routine has to be the kicker for this job.  Getting up at 3:30 a.m. to be at work at 5 a.m. has been a serious change of routine for me.  (Normally I would get up at 6:15 a.m. when my husband left for work.)  Now that I've completed my first week, I've realized that it's certainly doable--as most things are when you just buckle down and do it.  Of course, every change we make has a ripple effect and I'm finding out what those are, too.  So, as with most everything we experience in life, we find ways to roll with it.  

Last weekend I made a stack of Thank You cards.  I mentioned that my husband and I just returned from a trip for our 25th Wedding Anniversary last weekend.  Before we left, my family gifted us with cash and gift cards for spending money for the trip in a little "aside" event at my Mother's 80th birthday party earlier in the month (which was held on our actual anniversary date).  We were so surprised and touched by their thoughtfulness!

I find that when I need to make to make a stack of cards, using a simple design with eye-catching colors is always best.

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Since I was making a stack of cards, the first thing I pulled out was a stack of Note Cards & Envelopes.  For these cards I decided to go with the Crumb Cake Note Cards & Envelopes.  I think that the Note Cards & Envelopes is the best value in the entire Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog!  You get twenty (20) pre-cut and scored note cards with envelopes in every package for $6.00 (US).  At 3-1/2" x 5", these cards are the perfect size for tucking inside of packages, jotting a quick love note, or to use when making a quick stack of cards.

A strip of Playful Palette Designer Series Paper was matted with a slightly larger piece of Basic Black cardstock and adhered across the center of the card front.  The double banner image from the Banners For You stamp set was inked with Peekaboo Peach ink and stamped on Peekaboo Peach cardstock (be sure to use the Stampin' Pierce Mat with Photopolymer stamps for best results).  The "Thank You" and "So Much" images were stamped on the upper and lower sentiment areas of the banner, respectively, using Basic Black Archival ink.  Note that the stamp images are shown slightly curved to match the curving of the banner.  Because these stamp images are produced in photopolymer, the stamp itself is flexible and can be curved to match the curving of the banner.  Just place the uninked stamp on the banner sentiment area, curving it just how you'd like it, and then press the acrylic block down onto the curved stamp.  Then ink the stamp and stamp it onto the banner!  The banner was die cut with the Big Shot using the corresponding framelit from the Bunch of Banners Framelits and adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

The card was good to go with just the banner, but I wanted to add a bit of something more.  So looked through my stamp sets for a little something and found this scribble flower in the Swirly Bird stamp set.  I stamped it on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock using Sweet Sugarplum ink and die cut it with the Big Shot using the corresponding framelit from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits.  Since I had the stamp set open, I decided to stamp a leaf for the flower using Emerald Envy ink on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock and die cut with the Big Shot using the corresponding leaf framelit from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits.  The leaf and flower were adhered at the left corner of the bottom sentiment banner using Mini Glue Dots.  A tiny rhinestone from the Rhinestone Basic Jewels was placed at the center of the flower.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  A thin strip of paper from the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack was adhered along the left edge of the liner.

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The label banner image from the Banners For You stamp set was stamped at the lower left front corner of the envelope using Peekaboo Peach ink.  The "Thanks" image was stamped inside the label image using Basic Black Archival ink.

I'll be back on Monday with the Stamp Review Crew.  You're going to LOVE, LOVE, LOVE what we're doing this week, so be sure to stop by!

Have a great weekend! 

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this card --

Stamps:  Banners For You, Swirly Bird; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Peekaboo Peach, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Playful Palette Stack; Embellishments:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Bunch of Banners Framelits, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits; Other:  Crumb Cake Note Cards & Envelopes


Marquee Messages -- It's Your Birthday! and You Are Awesome!

Hi There!

One of the stamp sets that I received for attending On Stage Live in Salt Lake City, Utah, in April was Marquee Messages.  I wasn't too sure about it when I first saw it but kept looking at it and pondering about how I would use it.  I really like the retro feel of the marquee and immediately thought of the casino marquee graveyard in Las Vegas.  I've never been there, but I've seen it featured so many times in movies and on TV it's become a place that I want to visit some day.  So here's my take on one of those marquees.  Those pearls remind me of the giant light bulbs that flash in sequence toward the arrow point.

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This card begins with a card base of Dapper Denim.  Included with the marquee image are a few smaller images of enclosed and open stars.  I put all of these on one acrylic block with all pointing in different directions on the block.  Then I used the block to randomly stamp the images all over the card front using Dapper Denim ink.  The marquee was stamped the first time at the center of a panel of Whisper White cardstock using Dapper Denim ink.  Then the stamp was cleaned and stamped on a piece of Cucumer Crush cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink.  The stamp was inked again with Basic Black Archival ink and stamped on a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock.  The "Birthday!" greeting was stamped inside the sentiment banner of the Cucumber Crush cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink.  Finally, the "It's Your" greeting was stamped at the center of the Dapper Denim marquee (on Whisper White cardstock) using Tangerine Tango ink.  [Important notes:  1.  for best stamping results, use the Stampin' Pierce Mat with photopolymer stamps; and 2.  when inking the marquee stamp, lay the stamp face up on the work surface and ink the stamp with the stamp pad rather than pressing the stamp into the ink.]

Using Paper Snips, cut the banner area from the marquee stamped on Cucumber Crush cardstock and adhere over the banner area on the Dapper Denim marquee stamped on Whisper White cardstock.  Then cut the arrow from the marquee stamped on Daffodil Delight cardstock and adhere over the arrow area on the Dapper Denim marquee stamped on Whisper White cardstock.  The Whisper White cardstock was matted with a slightly larger piece of Tangerine Tango cardstock.  Then the smallest size of the Pearl Basic Jewels was placed on each of the circles on the Daffodil Delight arrow using the tip of the Paper Piercing tool to pick up the pearls and place them on the arrow.  

Two pieces of Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper, both using the Basic Black/Whisper White patterns were cut to 2" x 5-1/4" and 1-1/4" x 4-3/4".  One end of the 2" wide strip of paper was punched using the 2" slot of the Banner Triple punch and one end of the 1-1/4" wide strip of paper was punched using the 1-1/2" slot of the Banner Triple punch (center the paper between the 1-1/2" guide rails).  The two banner tails were adhered, centered, with the 1-1/4" wide banner on top of the 2" wide banner and the centers of the banner tails approximately 1/4" apart.  Then the banners were adhered at the center of the card front so that the points of the wider banner are flush with the bottom edge of the card front.

Finally, the marquee focal point was adhered to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals, aligning the top, left, and right edges of the Tangerine Tango mat approximately 1/8" from the top, left, and right edges of the card front.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The acrylic block with the open and closed stars was randomly stamped around the edges of the liner to create an un-stamped oval center on the liner.  The "Party Like A Rock Star!" sentiment was stamped at the top of the open oval area using Tangerine Tango ink.

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The "Birthday!" greeting was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White envelope using Basic Black Archival ink.  The "It's Your" greeting was stamped above the "Birthday!" using Tangerine Tango ink.

Since this stamp set comes with alternate greetings, I wanted to show how this card could be used for a Congratulations or Friendship card.

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In this card, the pearls are replaced with Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  I think the flash and shine on the arrow is pretty cool!

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For the liner, I only stamped the open and closed stars along the left side of the Whisper White cardstock and the sentiment "No, Really, You Are!" near the upper center of the liner.

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And the envelope front is created the same as the birthday card.

I used this card for my June Stamp Club meetings and it was a big hit.  Some folks made the birthday card but others made the congratulations card but planned to use it for a Father's Day card.  I think that pretty much cements how versatile this stamp set can be! 

 

Robertssiggy

 

Supplies I used for these cards -- 

Stamps:  Marquee Messages; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Dapper Denim, Tangerine Tango; Cardstock:  Cucumber Crush, Daffodil Delight, Dapper Denim, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Pop of Pink Specialty; Embellishments:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels (You are Awesome!), Pearl Basic Jewels (It's Your Birthday!); Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Paper Piercing Tool, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Banner Triple punch; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Endless Thanks -- Appreciate You Shaker Card

Hello!

My husband and I arrived home early this morning from our Colorado rail trip.  The laundry is done, the suitcases are stowed, and the mail is sorted.  Now it's time to get back to "normal"...whatever that may be.  We are exhausted, but had such a great time!  I have to say that we chose well for our 25th Wedding Anniversary trip.  We had so many great experiences and learned so much about the history of the State of Colorado and of the history of railroading in Colorado's mountains.  The vistas were absolutely amazing!  Mountains, valleys, desert, gorges, rivers, and all the flora and fauna that accompany all of these diverse ecosystems.

Today's post features the third card presented for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop for the Endless Thanks stamp set.  If you haven't done so, please take the time to travel through the hop to see what other talented Stampin' Up! artists have created with this very versatile stamp set.  I'm sure you'll be inspired!  To see the blog hop lineup, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

I'm sure you've been seeing lots of Shaker Cards on the Pinterest Boards these days.  I love making Shaker Cards and thought that it would be fun to make one for the blog hop.  The new Foam Adhesive Strips make creating Shaker Cards so quick and easy.  Here's how to do it.

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This card begins with a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock die cut at an angle near the upper center of the cardstock using the Big Shot and the 3-1/4" width curved heart die from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits.  The cardstock was then embossed with the Big Shot using the Happy Heart Textured Impressions embossing folder.  Note that I elected to have the hearts look debossed (the embossing sinks into the cardstock rather than being raised up from the cardstock).

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A piece of Basic Black cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using the 3-7/8" width curved heart framelit.  The framelit was removed from the die cut heart and then the 3-1/4" width curved heart framelit was placed on top of the cardstock centered inside the die cut heart.

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The heart was die cut with the Big Shot to create a heart frame.  The heart frame was adhered to the die cut and embossed Melon Mambo cardstock with the inside edge of the Basic Black heart aligned with the inside edge of the heart die cut from the Melon Mambo cardstock.  Teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue (or Fine Tip Glue Pen) was used to adhere the Basic Black heart to the Melon Mambo cardstock.

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The Melon Mambo cardstock was placed face down and a piece of Window Sheets was cut larger than the die cut opening and adhered to the Melon Mambo cardstock using Mini Glue Dots at each corner of the Window Sheet.  Foam Adhesive Strips were placed on top of the Window Sheets approximately 1/8" beyond the edge of the die cut heart, ensuring that where the foam strips meet that there are NO gaps between the strips of adhesive.  Foam Adhesives Strips were cut up to fill in the spaces around the outside edge of the Melon Mambo cardstock.  The Embossing Buddy was patted along the inside edges of the foam strips that form the heart.  This is done to help minimize the shaker elements from sticking to the adhesive on the sides of the foam strips.  Then a USED dryer sheet was swiped over the Window Sheets inside the heart to remove the leftover powder from the Embossing Buddy and to help minimize the static on the Window Sheets that might cause the shaker elements to stick to the plastic.  

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A piece of paper from the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper was adhered to a piece of Whisper White cardstock (slightly larger than the Melon Mambo cardstock).  This paper needs to be larger than the size of the die cut heart and will be visible through the shaker window.  A mound of Metallics Sequin Assortment was placed at the center of the paper.

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The adhesive covers were removed from all of the foam strips and the Melon Mambo cardstock was adhered, centered, over the Whisper White cardstock.  A piece of 5/8" Organza ribbon was wrapped around the Melon Mambo/Whisper White cardstocks and knotted toward the left side and just below the heart on the Melon Mambo cardstock.  The ends of the ribbon were trimmed with Paper Snips.

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A piece of paper from the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper was die cut with the Big Shot using the 2-3/4" width curved heart framelit.  The framelit was removed from the die cut heart and then the 2-1/4" width curved heart framelit was placed on top of the cardstock centered inside the die cut heart.

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The heart was die cut with the Big Shot to create a heart frame.  The heart frame was adhered to the Window Sheet with the polka dot heart frame centered in the open area on the Window Sheet.  Teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue (or Fine Tip Glue Pen) was used to adhere the polka dot heart to the Window Sheet.

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Fast Fuse adhesive was used to adhere the shaker element at the center front of the Basic Black cardstock card base.  Melon Mambo ink was used to stamp the banner image from the Endless Thanks stamp set on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The script "you" image was stamped at the right side of the sentiment area of the banner image using Basic Black Archival ink.  The "appreciate" image was stamped to the left of the "you" image using Basic Black Archival ink.  The banner was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered across the enter of the polka dot heart/Window Sheet using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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Now it's time to take care of the rest of the card!

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The polka dot heart left over when the polka dot heart frame was created was used to make another polka dot heart frame by placing the 1-3/4" curved heart framelit at the center of the polka dot die cut heart and rolling it through the Big Shot.  The resulting polka dot heart frame was adhered at the upper left corner of the liner using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue (or the Fine Tip Glue Pen).  The "thanks" image was stamped near the upper center of the polka dot frame using Basic Black Archival ink.  The "for being you" sentiment was stamped below the "thanks" using Melon Mambo ink.  A strip of Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper (the heart paper visible through the shaker window on the card front) was adhered along the bottom edge of the liner.  A thin strip of polka dot paper was adhered along the top edge of the heart paper. 

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Since Shaker Cards do not mail well in a regular envelope, I put the finished card in the regular envelope but mail it in a larger padded envelope.  This means that I can have some fun with the regular envelope front.  A piece of the heart paper was die cut with the Big Shot using the 3-1/4" curved heart framelit and adhered at an angle at the center front of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  A piece of the polka dot paper was die cut with the 3-1/4" curved heart framelit and a frame made with the 2-3/4" curved heart framelit using the same process described for the heart frames above.  The banner image was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Melon Mambo ink.  The "friend" image was stamped at the right side of the sentiment area of the banner using Basic Black Archival ink.  The "best" image was stamped to the left of the "friend" image using Basic Black Archival ink.  The banner was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered across the center of the heart paper using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Now that you've waded through this tutorial, I hope that you'll feel inspired to give making a Shaker Card a try.  It's a fun way to emphasize a special sentiment or event.

Robertssiggy

 

Supplies I used for this card --

Stamps:  Endless Thanks; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Melon Mambo; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Window Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  Pop of Pink Specialty; Embellishments:  5/8" Organza ribbon, Metallics Sequin Assortment; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Foam Adhesive Strips, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Glue; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Platform, Happy Heart Textured Impressions embossing folder, Magnetic Platform, Sweet & Sassy Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Endless Thanks -- Thank You Medallion

Hello!

Another post from the road as we are getting to the end of our rail adventure through Colorado.  We've had so much fun!  Today's train ride was through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad on rail cars that were built in the 1920s and 30s.  We dined as First Class passengers would back in the day with incredible scenery passing by through the picture windows.  After the rail ride we headed to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.  Who knew that such an incredible ecosystem existed at so many elevations?!

Today's post provides the how-to's for another of the cards featured during Monday's Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Endless Thanks stamp set.  If you haven't taken a trip through the hop, please do so.  You'll find some really great ideas for using the Endless Thanks stamp set.  I hope that these ideas will springboard into the opportunity for you to take the time to thank all those who provide support or service to you.  There's no better way to do this than with a hand made card!  To see the line up of Stampin' Up! Demonstrator artists for this week's hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

I think this is my favorite of the three cards that I made as I found some surprises as this card came together.  When I design cards, I have a "picture" in my mind of how the card will look when it's finished.  This card bears absolutely no resemblance to the card I envisioned; but I actually like it better than what I had planned!

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This card begins with a card base of Delightful Dijon cardstock.  The card front was randomly stamped with the splotches image from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set using Versamark ink.  A piece of Whisper White cardstock was randomly stamped with the leaf branch image from the Endless Thanks stamp set using Emerald Envy ink.  The heart image, also from the Endless Thanks stamp set, was randomly stamped on the Whisper White cardstock using Cajun Craze ink.  The Whisper White cardstock was matted with a slightly larger piece of Dapper Denim cardstock.  

A piece of polka-dot Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate was cut to the same size as the Whisper White cardstock.  The acetate was adhered to the Whisper White cardstock with Mini Glue Dots placed just inside the right and left edges of the Whisper White cardstock approximately 2" above the bottom edge of the Whisper White cardstock.  A piece of Delightful Dijon 5/8" Mini Striped ribbon was wrapped around the Whisper White/Dapper Denim cardstock with the ends of the ribbon extending beyond the left edge of the cardstock.  A piece of Linen Thread was used to tie the Delightful Dijon ribbon snug to the left edge of the cardstock and tied into a bow.  Paper Snips were used to trim the ends of the Linen Thread and the Delightful Dijon ribbon.  The cardstock with ribbon was adhered to the card front with the top, bottom, and right edges of the cardstock approximately 1/2" from the right, top and bottom edges of the card front.

The medallion focal point begins with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Using Emerald Envy ink, the leaf branch image was stamped into a circle with the tip of the branch touching (slightly overlapping) the stem of the next branch to form the circle.  The "thank you" greeting was stamped inside the leaf branch circle using Cajun Craze ink.  The circle was die cut with the Big Shot using the Layering Circles Framelits (the circle framelit used has a 1-5/8" finished dimension).  The die cut circle was adhered at the center of a Delightful Dijon cardstock circle punched with the 1-3/4" circle punch.  These circles were adhered to a Dapper Denim cardstock circle die cut with the Big Shot and the Layering Circles Framelits (the circle framelit used has a 1-7/8" finished dimension).  Using Stampin' Dimensionals, the assembled medallion was adhered to the card front with the base of the medallion approximately 1/4" above the bottom edge of the Delightful Dijon ribbon and the right edge of the medallion approximately 1/8" from the right edge of the card front. 

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The leaf branch image was randomly stamped along the left side of the liner using Emerald Envy ink.  A 3/4" wide piece of polka dot Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate was adhered along the left side of the liner with Mini Glue Dots placed at the top right and bottom right corners of the acetate.  A 1/4" strip of Dapper Denim cardstock was adhered over the right edge of the acetate using Mini Glue Dots.  The "you're a true" sentiment was stamped near the upper left center of the liner using Emerald Envy ink.  The "friend" sentiment was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Cajun Craze ink.

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The "thank you" greeting was stamped at the lower left corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Cajun Craze ink.  The leaf branch image was stamped above and below the "thank you" greeting using Emerald Envy ink.  Note that the top branch has the stem on the left and the bottom branch has the stem on the right.

Tomorrow is the final day of our Anniversary trip with a train ride on the Royal Gorge Route.  We'll finish the day back in Denver to have dinner with our daughter, son-in-law, and grandson and then it's back to Florida on Friday.  We are exhausted and are certainly not ready to get back to the reality of our day-to-day lives.  I guess we'll have the weekend to figure it out...

 

Robertssiggy

 

Supplies I used for this card -- 

Stamps:  Endless Thanks, Gorgeous Grunge; Inks:  Cajun Craze, Emerald Envy, Versamark; Cardstock:  Dapper Denim, Delightful Dijon, Whisper White, Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate; Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Delightful Dijon 5/8" Mini Striped ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, 1-3/4" circle punch, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Layering Circles Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope