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This Little Piggy -- She Believed She Could...

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Today's post provides the how-to's for creating one of the cards designed for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the This Little Piggy stamp set.  To see a line up of all the Stampin' Up! artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

When I saw the flying pig in the This Little Piggy stamp set, I was immediately reminded of a manager I interfaced with frequently when I worked at the Kennedy Space Center.  She had flying pigs hanging from her office ceiling to provide a not so subtle dig at a couple of issues she dealt with pretty much on a daily basis:  the first was having her ideas taken seriously working in a predominantly male field and the second for the effort it took to advance as a woman in the engineering and aerospace world.  In the 23 years that I worked there, this manager advanced a few more times and actively mentored women engineers to guide them through the convoluted paths of the "boys club".  

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This card begins with a card base of Dapper Denim cardstock.  A piece of Dapper Denim color gradation paper from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack was covered with the cloud mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks and Embossing Paste applied to the paper using a palette knife.  [Tip:  Be sure to remove the mask from the paper and IMMEDIATELY rinse the Embossing Paste and palette knife as once the embossing paste on the mask and palette knife dries it cannot be removed.]  Set the paper aside to dry for approximately 30 minutes (it make take longer depending upon the thickness of the embossing paste).  [Tip:  If you decide to speed up the drying process, you can use the Heat Tool on the low setting but be aware that applying the Heat Tool to Embossing Paste will cause it to bubble up a bit.  Of course, with clouds, this is actually a pretty cool effect.]

Once the Embossing Paste is dry, mat the paper with a slightly larger piece of Silver Foil Sheets and adhere at the center of the card front.

Using Basic Black ink, stamp the "She Believed She Could..." sentiment on a strip of Whisper White cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink.  Cut a banner tail to the right of "Could..." and mat the Whisper White cardstock with a slightly larger banner of Silver Foil Sheets.  The banners were adhered at the lower left corner of the paper with the left ends of the banners flush with the left edge of the paper.  The bottom of the Silver Foil Sheets banner is 1/4" above the bottom edge of the paper.  A bow made from Silver 1/8" ribbon was adhered at the left edge of the banner using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.

The flying pig image was stamped on a piece of Powder Pink cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink and cut out with Paper Snips.  The image was reinked and stamped on Shimmery White cardstock.  The wings part of the image were cut out and adhered over the wings of the Powder Pink flying pig.  The flying pig was adhered at the right center of the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The clouds mask was placed over the liner and Smoky Slate ink was sponged over the mask to create clouds on the upper half of the liner.  Soft Sky ink was sponged around and between the clouds.  The "So She Did..." sentiment was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Basic Black Archival ink.

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The clouds mask was placed over the envelope flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  [Tip:  Place a scrap piece of paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to prevent ink from straying to the body of the envelope.]  Smoky Slate ink was sponged over the mask to create clouds.  The mask was removed and Soft Sky ink was sponged around and between the clouds.

When I created the clouds background for this card, it was actually the first time I had used the product.  Since that time I've had a couple more opportunities to use Embossing Paste and my skills have improved with practice.  One of the things that you may have noticed on the background above is that there are lines and gaps in the embossing paste that are not consistent with clouds.  I learned that if I had made a couple more passes with the palette knife to smooth out the embossing paste a little bit more I would have eliminated those lines and gaps.  Of course, leaving those lines and gaps may actually add character to other backgrounds you create using the other masks in the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  Give it a try!

Card Measurements -- 

Dapper Denim:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Powder Pink:  2" x 3"; Whisper White:  1/2" x 2-7/16", 4" x 5-1/4"; Shimmery White:  1-1/2" x 1-1/2"; Silver Foil Sheets:  4" x 5-1/4", 3/4" x 2-5/8"; Color Theory Designer Series Paper Pack:  3-3/4" x 5"; Silver 1/8" ribbon:  6"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  This Little Piggy; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky; Cardstock:  Dapper Denim, Powder Pink, Whisper White, Shimmery White, Silver Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  Color Theory Pack; Embellishments:  Silver 1/8" ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, Embossing Paste, Palette Knives, Pattern Party Decorative Masks; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


This Little Piggy -- Hogs & Kisses

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Today's post provides the how-to's for creating one of the cards designed for the Stamp Review Crew Bonus Hop featuring the This Little Piggy stamp set.  To see a line up of all the Stampin' Up! artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

I was cleaning off my desk and my piggy cards slipped out of the stack of projects to post on my blog.  I'm so sorry that I haven't gotten these posted!  So we'll begin with the piggy covered in kisses.

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This card begins with a card base of Old Olive cardstock.  A panel of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper was matted with a slightly larger piece of Soft Suede cardstock.  A piece of Powder Pink cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using the scalloped oval (2-1/2" x 3-1/2") from the Layering Ovals Framelits.  The scalloped oval was adhered to the Designer Series Paper at the center left (the top of the scalloped oval is 3/4" from the top of the Designer Series Paper and the left edge of the scalloped oval is 3/8" from the left edge of the Designer Series Paper).  A piece of Burlap ribbon was adhered across the center of the scalloped oval and the Designer Series Paper/Soft Suede mat with the ends of the ribbon adhered behind the Soft Suede mat.  The Designer Series Paper/Soft Suede mat were adhered at the center of the card front.  Three of the lightest color 4 mm Old Olive Glitter Enamel Dots were adhered in a row at the lower left front corner of the Designer Series Paper (the bottom of the dots are 3/8" above the bottom edge of the Designer Series Paper).

A piece of Watercolor Paper was stamped with the Hogs & Kisses piggy using Basic Black Archival ink.  The paper was spritzed with water and the piggy colored with inks and the Aquapainter:  Powder Pink for the pig body, Smoky Slate as an outline outside the pig body, Old Olive for the grass, and Soft Suede for the ground.  Note that the Powder Pink was used to cover the entire pig in a light wash and then more color was added to darken some areas of the pig and to create shading.  

The piggy image was stamped on a Post-It Note so that the piggy's feet reside on the area that has repositionable adhesive on the back.  The inside of the piggy was cut out as shown below and placed over the watercolored pig (make sure the watercolor paper is completely dry).

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The kisses stamp was randomly stamped over the pig body using Soft Suede ink.  The watercolor paper was die cut with the Big Shot using the oval shape (2-3/8" x 3-1/4") from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  The watercolored pig was adhered centered over the Powder Pink scalloped oval using Stampin' Dimensionals.  

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  A strip of Soft Suede cardstock was adhered behind the top edge of a strip of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper so that 1/16" of the Soft Suede cardstock is visible.  A strip of Powder Pink cardstock was punched with the Decorative Ribbon Border punch and adhered behind the Soft Suede strip so that the scallop edge extends above the top edge of the Soft Suede strip.  These pieces were adhered along the bottom edge of the liner so that the left, bottom, and right edge of the strips are flush with the left, bottom, and right edges of the liner.

The "You Make Me Happy" sentiment, which is part of the dancing pig image, was inked with the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker and stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The cardstock was matted with a slightly larger piece of Soft Suede cardstock and adhered at the upper center of the liner.

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A piece of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper was adhered to the flap of a Medium Very Vanilla Envelope.  The edges of the paper were trimmed to match the envelope flap using Paper Snips.

I'll be back soon with another of the cards made for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the This Little Piggy stamp set.  I had so much fun working with these piggies!

Card Measurements -- 

Old Olive:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length; Powder Pink:  3" x 3-3/4", 1" x 5-1/2"; Soft Suede:  4" x 5-1/4", 1/2" x 5-1/4", 7/8" x 1-1/4"; Whisper White:  4" x 5-1/4", 3/4" x 1-1/8"; Watercolor Paper:  3" x 3-1/2"; Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8", 1" x 5-1/4", 2-1/4" x 6"; Burlap ribbon:  6-1/2"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  This Little Piggy; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Old Olive, Powder Pink, Smoky Slate, Soft Suede; Stampin' Write Markers:  Basic Black; Cardstock:  Old Olive, Powder Pink, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Watercolor Paper; Designer Series Paper:  Delightful Daisy; Embellishments:  Burlap ribbon, Glitter Enamel Dots; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Aquapainters, Decorative Ribbon Border punch, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Post-It Note


Crafting Forever -- Do Something Creative Every Day

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Today's post provides the how-to's for creating one of the cards designed for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Crafting Forever stamp set.  To see a line up of all the Stampin' Up! artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

I mentioned in my post for the blog hop that I was initially drawn to this stamp set because of this jar of paint brushes.  When I saw the jar I immediately thought of my mother.  She is an artist who taught decorative painting all over the United States.  Virtually all of the painted items in my home were designed and painted by my Mom.  Unfortunately, Mom hasn't painted in years due to her health.

Recently, my Mom sold her home and we had to dismantle her work room.  Needless to say, this process was distressing for my Mom as she spent thousands of hours in this room designing and creating.  We kept her jar of brushes, though.  While going through all the items in her work room, we found a number of painted items that none of us had ever seen.  We asked Mom about them and she said that most were projects she had designed for publications that were never submitted for one reason or another.  Finding these items was a nice surprise and I think the discovery helped remind her that her work was well worth the investment of time and resources, that she met and mentored a large number of wonderful people, and that sharing her talent made a difference.   

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This card begins with a card base of Night of Navy cardstock.  A panel of Berry Burst cardstock was randomly stamped with the scissors and thread spool images using Versamark ink.  The Berry Burst panel was matted with a slightly larger panel of Soft Sky cardstock and the panels were adhered at the center of the card front.

The jar of brushes image was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink.  The image was re-inked and stamped again on a piece of Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper.  The jar part of the image was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered over the jar part of the jar stamped on the Whisper White cardstock.  The paint brushes, pencil, and craft knife in the jar were watercolored with Blender Pens and the following ink colors:  Berry Burst, Crumb Cake, Lemon Lime Twist, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Soft Suede, and Tranquil Tide.  [Tip:  With the Classic Ink Pad closed, squeeze the top and bottom of the ink pad together to push ink from the foam pad to the inside of the ink pad lid.  Pick up the ink with the tip of the Blender Pen and color the images.  However, when working on Whisper White cardstock, it is important to apply the color using light strokes and avoid over-wetting the cardstock as it will cause the cardstock to "pill" (the cardstock begins to disintegrate).]

The Whisper White panel was matted with a slightly larger panel of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and then a slightly larger panel of Night of Navy cardstock.  The panels were adhered at the upper left of the card front with the top and left edges of the Night of Navy mat 1/2" from the top and left edge of the Berry Burst panel.

The "Do Something Creative Every Day" sentiment was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink.  The cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using the Layering Circles Framelits (1-5/8") and matted with a piece of Soft Sky cardstock die cut with the Big Shot using the Stitched Shapes Framelits circle (1-7/8").  The sentiment was adhered at the lower right corner of the focal point using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The "Crafting Forever! Housework Whenever." sentiment was stamped on a piece of Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper using Basic Black Archival ink and die cut with the Big Shot using the Stitched Shapes Framelits circle (1-7/8").  The sentiment was adhered at the upper center of the liner.

The scissors and thread spool image were stamped near the sentiment using Basic Black Archival ink and colored with the Blender Pens and the following ink colors:  Smoky Slate and Lemon Lime Twist for the scissors, and Berry Burst and Crumb Cake for the thread spool.

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A piece of Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper was adhered to the flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope and Paper Snips used to trim the paper to match the edge of the envelope flap.  The "Crafting Forever! Housework Whenever." sentiment was stamped at the center of the envelope flap using Basic Black Archival ink.

As far back as I can remember, I can see my mother creating:  painting, sewing, jewelry, paper crafting, and so much more.  Her style evolved over the years as she worked with different mediums and surfaces; fabrics, threads, and laces; beads, gems, and findings; papers, inks, stamps, and mixed media.  The consistent theme was her love of creating and sharing that love with those around her.  First with friends and family and then in classes and publications.  I think that example is what gave me the courage to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  It's all about sharing what you love.

Card Measurements -- 

Berry Burst:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8"; Lemon Lime Twist:  2-7/16" x 3-5/8"; Night of Navy:  2-9/16" x 3-3/4", 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length; Soft Sky:  4" x 5-1/4", 2-1/4" x 2-1/4"; Whisper White:  2-5/16" x 3-1/2", 2" x 2", 4" x 5-1/4"; Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper:  1-1/2" x 1-1/2", 2-1/4" x 2-1/4", 2-1/4" x 6"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Crafting Forever; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Berry Burst, Crumb Cake, Lemon Lime Twist, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide, Versamark; Cardstock:  Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Naturally Eclectic; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Blender Pens, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Layering Circles Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Crafting Forever -- We Are Cut Out To Be Friends

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We are climbing out from all the yard debris after Hurricane Irma and feeling very blessed to have only that to worry about.  So very many of my family members and fellow Floridians have been significantly impacted by this storm and my heart and prayers go out to all of them.  Now it's a matter of finishing the clean up and then putting the house back together now that we have power and water.  I was very grateful to have the generator and bottled water, but times like these make you understand how you take that air conditioning, hot shower, and flushing toilet for granted.

Today's post provides the how-to's for creating one of the cards designed for the Stamp Review Crew Bonus Hop featuring the Crafting Forever stamp set.  To see a line up of all the Stampin' Up! artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

I really like the 2017-2019 In Color Lemon Lime Twist.  I just love the bright and happy feel that this color gives me.  When I was looking at the images in the Crafting Forever stamp set, I was drawn to the Paper Snips because scissors are so very basic to the art of paper crafting and I love to fussy cut.  So I thought I'd combine the Lemon Lime Twist and the Paper Snips to see what happens.

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This card begins with a card base of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock.  A piece of Lemon Lime Twist patterned paper from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack was cut to 2-1/2" x 3-3/4" and adhered to the lower half of a panel of Basic Gray cardstock cut slightly smaller than the card front.  The left, right, and bottom edges of the paper were adhered 1/8" from the left, right, and bottom edges of the Basic Gray panel.  A piece of Silver Metallic Edge ribbon was adhered across the top edge of the paper with the ends of the ribbon adhered at the back of the cardstock panel.  The panel was adhered at the center of the card front.  The "We Are Cut Out To Be Friends." sentiment, from the Crafting Forever stamp set, was stamped near the lower right corner of the paper using Basic Black Archival ink.

The scissors image was stamped on Silver Foil Sheets using Staz-On Jet Black ink.  [Note:  This item is retired from the Stampin' Up! Catalog, but I find it the best ink to use on metallic surfaces because it dries so quickly.  Using the regular Stampin' Up! inks would require heat setting with the Heat Tool on the low setting to keep from overheating and/or warping the metallic paper.]  Paper Snips were used to cut out the scissors and the scissors adhered to the paper just above and to the left of the sentiment using Mini Glue Dots.  The scissors image was stamped again on Basic Gray cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink, the handles cut out with Paper Snips, and the handles adhered to the scissors using Mini Glue Dots.

A piece of Silver Foil Sheets was used to die cut a label with the Big Shot using the Lots of Labels Framelits (1-3/4" x 2-7/8").  The label was adhered at the center of the open area of the Basic Gray cardstock (above the ribbon).  

A group of Lemon Lime Twist roses was cut from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack using Paper Snips and adhered over the label using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  A narrow strip of Basic Gray cardstock was adhered behind the upper edge of a piece of Lemon Lime Twist roses patterned paper and the combined strip adhered along the bottom edge of the liner.  

Since I cut the group of roses for the card front from a corner of the roses patterned paper, there were parts of the image along the edges of the paper.  I cut these out, too, and adhered them along the top edge of the liner.  It's a bit of overkill, but I like to fussy cut and didn't want to throw the pretty roses away.

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The envelope flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope was covered with a piece of Lemon Lime Twist patterned paper.  Paper Snips were used to trim the paper to match the envelope flap.

Now it's back to putting things back to "normal" and getting ready for my stamp clubs this weekend.  Most everyone has returned to Florida and are looking for a creative escape to take their minds off all the craziness associated with the aftermath of these big storms.

Card Measurements -- 

Basic Gray:  4" x 5-1/4", 1-1/2" x 1-1/2", 3/8" x 4"; Lemon Lime Twist:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length; Whisper White:  4" x 5-1/4"; Silver Foil Sheets:  1-1/2" x 2-1/2", 2" x 3"; Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack:  2-1/2" x 3-3/4", 2-1/2" x 3", 1" x 4", 1-1/4" x 4", 2-1/4" x 6"; Silver Metallic Edge ribbon:  5"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Crafting Forever; Inks:  Basic Black Archival; Cardstock:  Basic Gray, Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White, Silver Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  Fresh Florals Stack; Embellishments:  Silver Metallic Edge ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Lots of Labels Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Staz-On Jet Black


Inking Autumn Inky Friends Blog Hop -- Painted Harvest

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Welcome to the Inking Autumn Inky Friends Blog Hop.  We are a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who have gathered to introduce you to the Fall-themed products from the Holiday Catalog.  To see the line up of Stampin' Up! artists participating in the hop, click here.  If you are traveling forward through the hop, you've arrived from Sara's blog where she featured projects using the Wonderful Life stamp set.  If you are traveling backwards through the hop, you just saw some great projects made by Twila using the Gourd Goodness stamp set.  It really doesn't matter which way you travel through the blog hop, though; all the blogs are linked in a circle and eventually you'll visit all the stops by clicking on the NEXT or PREVIOUS buttons contained in every blog post.  I hope you enjoy your travels!

Fall is a very short season in East Central Florida.  We typically have a few cooler days in mid-November and December and call those Fall because we aren't in the 90's (or more) during the day and the nights are in the 60's.  Trust me when I tell you that we've been looking forward to those days for MONTHS!!  In most areas of the US, folks know that Fall is coming because you need a light sweater and/or the leaves are turning color on their trees.  In my yard the way I know it's Fall is that the leaves have fallen off my plumeria and my azaleas are blooming.  

Having grown up here, I need to depend upon my travels and photos for the colors and feeling of Fall.  Keeping that in mind, I have two projects to share with you.

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Supplies I used to make this project -- 

Stamps:  Painted Harvest, Touches of Texture; Inks:  Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky; Cardstock:  Thick Very Vanilla, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Painted Autumn; Embellishments:  Burlap ribbon, Jute Twine; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Leaf punch

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Supplies I used to make this project -- 

Stamps:  Painted Harvest; Inks:  Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz; Cardstock:  Thick Very Vanilla, Very Vanilla; Embellishments:  Old Olive Mini Chevron ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Stampin' Pierce Mat

I'll be back soon with the details for making these projects, so please return for another visit.  

To visit the next stop on the hop, click the NEXT button to visit with Twila and projects made with the Gourd Goodness stamp set or the PREVIOUS button to visit with Sara for projects made using the Wonderful Life stamp set.

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