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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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Crafting Forever -- Just A Note

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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.

When I saw the Crafting Forever stamp set in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, I was immediately drawn to two of the stamp images:  the set of three pens and the container of paintbrushes.  This is because these images evoke strong memories of my parents and their respective creative talents.  The pens image reminds me of the custom pens my father created using his lathe and the container of paintbrushes reminds me of the wide variety of painting that my mother accomplished throughout her life.  

My father used many different types of substances to craft pens on the lathe.  He also turned bowls, made finials for Christmas ornaments, made salt and pepper grinders, and bottle stoppers.  In addition, he was a skilled furniture craftsman and woodworker.  My parent's home, my home, and the homes of all of my brothers and sisters (there are 6 of us) contain ample evidence of his skill.  On days when I'm missing my father intensely, it's a comfort to see his work around me, remember him at work in his workshop, and hear his voice in my heart. 

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This card begins with a card base of Early Espresso cardstock.  A panel of Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper was stamped with the group of pens image from the Crafting Forever stamp set using Early Espresso ink.  I began at the center of the panel and then stamped above and below the center image.  Then I stamped slightly above and to the right of the center image and then above and below that image.  Finally, I stamped the pens slightly above and to the left of the center image and then above and below that image.  The panel was adhered at the center of a slightly larger piece of Cajun Craze cardstock.

A strip of Early Espresso cardstock, with banner tails cut into the left end of the strip, was adhered near the bottom of the Designer Series Paper panel with the bottom edge of the banner strip 3/4" above the bottom edge of the paper and the right edge of the banner strip aligned flush with the right edge of the Cajun Craze panel.  A piece of Burlap ribbon, with banner tails cut into the left end, was adhered near the end of the Early Espresso banner strip with the banner tail of the Burlap ribbon offset to the right of the Early Espresso banner tail.  A Mini Glue Dot was used to adhere the Burlap ribbon to the Early Espresso strip.

A strip of Very Vanilla cardstock was stamped with the "Just a Note" greeting from the Better Together stamp set using Early Espresso ink.  The greeting was stamped toward the right end of the strip and banner tails were cut into the left end of the strip.  The strip was adhered along the center of the Burlap ribbon with the banner tail of the cardstock offset to the banner tails of the Burlap ribbon by 1/4".  Mini Glue Dots were used to adhere the cardstock to the ribbon.  A small piece of Lemon Lime Twist Ombre ribbon was wrapped around the right end of the Very Vanilla cardstock strip and Burlap ribbon with the ends of the Ombre ribbon adhered behind the Burlap ribbon.  (Note that the left end of the Burlap ribbon is adhered to the Early Espresso strip, so work from the right end of the Burlap ribbon.)  Fold the right end of the Burlap ribbon under the Cajun Craze cardstock and adhere.  Adhere the completed panel at the center of the card base.

Stamp the pens image on Cajun Craze cardstock using Early Espresso ink.  Using Paper Snips, cut the pens from the cardstock.  Adhere the fountain pen (has the pointed tip with the slit at the tip) to the card front so that the tip of the pen points to the "J" in "Just" and the body of the pen adhered to the card front using Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.  The remaining two pens are used for the inside sentiment area of the card.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  A thin strip of Cajun Craze cardstock was adhered behind the bottom edge of a strip of Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper.  This strip was adhered along the top edge of the liner.  The "Hello, let's talk soon" sentiment, from the Better Together stamp set, was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Early Espresso ink.  The remaining two pens cut out from the Cajun Craze cardstock were adhered vertically at the lower right corner of the liner.  (Note that the area between the pocket clip and pen body for each pen was removed using an X-Acto Knife.)

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The pens image was stamped repeatedly on the back flap of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope using Early Espresso ink.  The first image was stamped at the center of the flap just below the fold line and then stamped again immediately above the first image.  The image was stamped above and to the right of the first image and above and to the left of the first image.  Finally, the image was stamped slightly below and to the left of the row of images to the right of the center image and then immediately above the image.  This process was repeated for the images along the right end of the envelope flap.

Here in Florida we are anxiously watching Hurricane Irma, preparing for the worst, and hoping for the best.  Living along the East Coast of Florida means that this is a part of life for us.  It doesn't make it any easier to deal with when the time comes, it just means that we prepare accordingly.  So now it's time to get back to the preparing.  

Card Measurements -- 

Cajun Craze:  4-1/8" x 5-3/8", 2" x 3", 3/8" x 4"; Early Espresso:  7/8" x 3-7/8", 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Very Vanilla:  3/8" x 3-1/4", 4" x 5-1/4"; Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper:  4" x 5-1/4", 1/2" x 4"; Burlap ribbon:  4-1/4"; Lemon Lime Twist Ombre ribbon:  2"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Crafting Forever, Better Together; Inks:  Early Espresso; Cardstock:  Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Painted Autumn; Embellishments:  Burlap ribbon, Lemon Lime Twist Ombre ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Stamp Review Crew -- Crafting Forever

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Crafting Forever stamp set.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Stamp Review Crew is an international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who gather for a blog hop the first and third Mondays of the month to review a single stamp set.  The number of participants varies from hop to hop, but the ideas are plentiful as we take a stamp set through its paces.  By the time you've traveled through the hop, you are sure to find a number of innovative ways to use the featured stamp set.  So sit back, relax, and get ready to start pinning ideas to your Pinterest board!

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 Bronwyn's blog where you were presented with an amazing project to inspire your creativity.  If you're traveling backwards through the hop, you've seen Cindy's project and are ready to CASE! (Copy And Share Everything)

I have three projects to share with you.

Since the greeting for this card mentions "cut out", I thought it would be a good idea to cut out the focal point.  This cut out comes from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack.

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Supplies I used for this project -- 

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; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Staz-On Jet Black ink, X-Acto Knife

I really like the trio of pens images in this stamp set.  They remind me of the pens my father used to make on his lathe.

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Supplies I used for this project -- 

Stamps:  Crafting Forever, Better Together; Inks:  Early Espresso; Cardstock:  Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Painted Autumn; Embellishments:  Burlap ribbon, Lemon Lime Twist Ombre ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips; Non-Stampin' Up!:  X-Acto Knife

The reason I bought this stamp set is the jar of paintbrushes.  Every time I see or use a paintbrush I think of my Mom.  Most of the decorations in my home were painted by my Mom (and most of those items that are made of wood were built by my Dad).

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Supplies I used for this project -- 

Stamps:  Crafting Forever; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Berry Burst, Crumb Cake, Lemon Lime Twist, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, 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

I'll be sharing the how-to's for these projects very soon, so be sure to return to see the liners for the inside sentiment areas for each of these projects and the coordinating decorated envelopes.  

Be sure to visit all the stops on this week's hop to find more ideas for using the images included in the Crafting Forever stamp set for your projects.  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. Yapha Mason 
  2. Sue Plote 
  3. Tanya Boser 
  4. Nikki Spencer 
  5. Martha Inchley 
  6. Rochelle Blok 
  7. Linda Callahan 
  8. Kelly Kent   
  9. Mike Funke
  10. Charlet Mallett 
  11. Bronwyn Eastley
  12. Mickey Roberts
  13. Cindy Elam 
  14. Adriana Benitez 
  15. Heidi Baks
  16. Nancy Smith

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