Christmas

Flurry of Wishes Jumbo Sized

Hi There!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday with family and friends.  I was fortunate to have my youngest son and his family visit for Thanksgiving week.  We were very busy with a young family that includes a 2 year old.  We took him to Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Brevard Zoo, an inflatable playground, and did lots of other stuff around the house that included watercolor painting and colored pencils.  It was so fun!  Here is Landon feeding the Lorikeets at the Brevard Zoo.  Don't you just love that face???!!!

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It was definitely hard to say goodbye.  Unfortunately, after they left I came down with a bad cold that turned into a sinus infection.  So I've spent the last week medicating and putting the house back together.  I also used the time to start some of my Christmas and December birthday shopping and shipping.  So lots of time with packing boxes, tape, and trips to the Post Office and UPS.  It's a process...

I was able to sneak in some time last week to complete a consignment project for a retiree organization that I belong to.  The assignment:  make a Christmas card that a large group of people could sign for a very special person who donates time to the organization (and a whole lot of other organizations, too).  Here's what I came up with.

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Don't worry, you're not seeing a funky photo, this card is oversized.  The card base is a full sheet of 8-1/2" x 11" Pool Party cardstock folded in half.  A panel of Island Indigo cardstock was cut slightly smaller than the card front and adhered to the center of the card front.  Then a panel of Silver Foil Sheets was cut slightly smaller than the Island Indigo panel and adhered at the center of the Island Indigo panel.

Now we'll talk about the stamping.  A piece of Shimmery White cardstock was brushed with the Embossing Buddy and the two largest snowflakes from the Flurry of Wishes stamp set were randomly stamped across the cardstock using Versamark ink.  The images were covered with Clear Stampin' Emboss powder and set with the Heat Tool.  The Watercolor Wash background stamp was inked with Pool Party ink and then lightly misted with water using the Stampin' Spritzer.  The image was stamped at the center of the Shimmery White cardstock.  The Watercolor Wash image was inked and misted again to stamp above the first image and then a third time to stamp below the image.  A paper towel was brushed across the embossed snowflakes to remove the ink from the embossing and the Shimmery White panel was set aside to dry.  (Or you can speed up the process by using the Heat Tool on the low setting.)

Scraps of Shimmery White cardstock were stamped with the two smallest snowflakes using Pool Party ink and punched from the cardstock using the Snow Flurry punch.  The "Sending a Flurry..." sentiment was stamped on a piece of Shimmery White cardstock using Island Indigo ink and die cut with the Big Shot using the Lots of Labels Framelits.  The next size larger framelit was used to die cut a piece of Island Indigo cardstock.  The Shimmery White label was adhered at the center of the Island Indigo label and 3/16" holes were punched at each outside edge of the Shimmery White label using the Crop-A-Dile.  Stampin' Dimensionals were placed at the four corners of the back of the Island Indigo label. 

Once the "washed" Shimmery White panel was dry, it was adhered to the center of a slightly larger piece of Island Indigo cardstock.  A length of Silver Metallic Thread was wrapped into loops and the center of the loops adhered to a couple of Mini Glue Dots placed where the approximate center of the label will reside on the front panel.  The loops were gently pulled apart with the fingertips and then the label was adhered to the front panel.  Two pieces of White 3/8" Glitter Ribbon were threaded through the holes at each side of the label and the ends adhered to the back of the Island Indigo panel.  The panel was adhered at the center of the Silver Foil Sheet panel.

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This photo gives you a better view of the label and if you look closely, you can just barely see the Silver Metallic Thread .  I promise you it looks a whole lot better in real life.  (If you click on the picture it will open in a larger window.)  The Shimmery White punched snowflakes were adhered randomly across the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside sentiment area was lined with a piece of Island Indigo cardstock slightly smaller than the sentiment area.  A piece of Whisper White cardstock was stamped with my favorite greeting from the Versatile Christmas stamp set using Island Indigo ink.  More of the punched Shimmery White snowflakes were adhered at the top right and lower left corners using Fast Fuse.  The Whisper White panel was then adhered at the center of the Island Indigo panel.  A punched Shimmery White snowflake was adhered near the sentiment with a Stampin' Dimensional.

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Rather than make an envelope for a card this size, I reached into my envelope stash for a silver foil-lined white envelope I purchased for cards of this size from my local office supply store.  The second largest and two smallest snowflakes were stamped at the lower left front corner of the envelope using Pool Party ink.  The "Merry Christmas" sentiment was stamped over the snowflakes using Island Indigo ink.

I've had the Watercolor Wash background stamp since this year's Stampin' Up! Catalog went live in June.  I've been seeing so many great ideas using this stamp and realized that a card of this size could easily handle the color wash background I envisioned with the emboss resist technique to show off the beautiful large snowflakes in the Flurry of Wishes stamp set.  Using the wash with the Shimmery White cardstock adds an extra element of lushness to the card because the shimmer from the cardstock comes through any ink you put on the cardstock.

I delivered this beauty late last week and was sad to part with it.  However, I feel better knowing that soon it will be going to an excellent home.

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this card --

Stamps:  Flurry of Wishes, Versatile Christmas, Watercolor Wash; Inks:  Island Indigo, Pool Party, Versamark; Cardstock:  Island Indigo, Pool Party, Shimmery White, Whisper White, Silver Foil Sheets; Embellishments:  White 3/8" Glitter ribbon, Silver Metallic Thread; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Stampin' Spritzer, Snow Flurry punch, Embossing Buddy, Clear Stampin' Emboss powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Lots of Labels Framelits, Crop-A-Dile (retired from Stampin' Up!); Office supply store:  White silver foil-lined envelope for an 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card


Wondrous Wreath Remake

Hi There!

I was going through a box of projects that I've made in the last couple of years but had never posted on my blog.  I was looking for ideas for some simple Christmas cards.  Here's a card that I designed for my 2014 Christmas card classes.

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I really like the simple design of this card because it allows you to focus on the wreath.  Here's the inside of the card.

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I love the simplicity of the greeting, too.  Since some of the items used on this card are no longer available, I decided to remake the card using supplies that are currently available.

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Both cards are essentially the same; just a few subtle differences.  The remade card begins with a card base of Cherry Cobbler.  A piece of Old Olive cardstock was embossed in the Big Shot using the Lucky Stars Textured Impressions embossing folder.  The edges of the embossed cardstock were sponged with Old Olive ink and the inked sponge rubbed lightly over the raised stars to bring them into higher relief.  A strip of Merry Moments Designer Series Paper was adhered horizontally across the center of the embossed panel.  Then a length of Gold 1/8" ribbon was wrapped around the panel and Designer Series Paper strip and knotted at the right side of the panel.  The panel was adhered at the center of the card front.

A piece of Kraft Corrugated Paper was die cut in the Big Shot using the Deco Labels Collection Framelits and adhered at the left side of the card front.  The wreath images from the Wondrous Wreath stamp set were stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock with Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, and Cherry Cobbler inks (it's a three-step stamping technique) and the wreath die cut in the Big Shot with the Wonderful Wreath Framelits.  The wreath hanger was die cut from Cherry Cobbler cardstock and adhered at the top center of the Corrugated Paper (about half of the hanger was snipped off) and the wreath positioned centered over the circular area of the Corrugated Paper and adhered using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The bow image was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock, die cut with the bow die, and adhered at the top center of the wreath using a Mini Glue Dot.  The "Noel" was die cut from Gold Foil Sheets and adhered to the wreath with rolled up Mini Glue Dots placed under the "N" and the "L".  

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The inside sentiment area was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  A piece of Merry Moments Designer Series Paper (the reverse side of the paper used on the card front) was adhered along the left side of the liner.  A piece of Gold 1/8" ribbon was adhered on the right and left edges of the paper with the ends of the ribbon folded over to the back of the liner.  The greeting was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Old Olive ink.

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The envelope flap of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope was embossed in the Big Shot with the Lucky Stars Textured Impressions embossing folder.  

So, which card appeals to you?

Robertssiggy
Supplies I used for these cards --

2014

Stamps:  Wondrous Wreath; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi; Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  Trim the Tree Stack, Under the Tree Specialty; Embellishments:  Gold 1/8" ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Party Pennants Bigz L die, Multi-Purpose Platform, Lucky Stars Textured Impressions embossing folder, Magnetic Plate, Wonderful Wreath Framelits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope

2015

Stamps:  Wondrous Wreath; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Corrugated Paper, Gold Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  Merry Moments; Embellishments:  Gold 1/8" ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Lucky Stars Textured Impressions embossing folder, Magnetic Platform, Deco Labels Collection Framelits, Wonderful Wreath Framelits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope
 


Have a Jolly Christmas -- GDP011

Hi there!

I was cleaning off my work table to begin cutting paper for this weekend's Christmas card class when I came across a leftover gift bag tag (you can see that project here).  Since I had used up all the large pieces of the coordinating Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper for this tag I couldn't make another gift bag, so I dug through the scraps to figure out what to do with this lonely tag.  Fortunately, I found enough pieces of the paper to make a card.  AND since this week's theme for the Global Design Project is Christmas, I realized I had stumbled onto a serendipitous moment -- might as well take advantage of it!  So here's the card.

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This card begins with a card base of Real Red cardstock.  A piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock mats a slightly smaller piece of Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper.  I just love those Santas!  The Mossy Meadow/Designer Series Paper were adhered to the card front.

The tag features the reverse side of the Santas paper from the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper die cut with the Big Shot using the Deco Labels Collection Framelits.  A piece of Real Red cardstock was also die cut with the Big Shot the same size as the Designer Series Paper.  The Real Red and Designer Series Paper were adhered together.  A frame for the die cut pieces was created from Mossy Meadow cardstock using the same size Framelit used to die cut the Real Red/Designer Series Paper with the next smaller size framelit placed centered inside the larger framelit.  Then the cardstock and framelits were rolled through the Big Shot and the frame removed from the framelits.  You can see more detail about making the frame here.  The frame was adhered to the die cut Designer Series Paper using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

Two holes were punched near the top edge of the tag using the Crop-A-Dile 1/8" hole punch (too many layers for the 1/8" handheld circle punch) and a length of Real Red 1/8" Striped ribbon was threaded through the holes and tied in a bow.  The tag was adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

A piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was punched with the 2-1/2" circle punch and covered with the stars image from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set using Crushed Curry ink.  The sentiments "Have a" and "Christmas" (also from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set) were stamped at the top and bottom edges of the circle, respectively, using Early Espresso ink.  The "jolly" sentiment was die cut from Red Foil Sheets with the Big Shot using the Christmas Greetings Thinlits and adhered across the center of the circle using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  A small Mossy Meadow dot from the Home for Christmas Enamel Dots was used to dot the "j".  The circle was adhered at the center of the tag using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  A strip of the Santas paper was adhered along the left side of the liner.  Christmas greetings from the Versatile Christmas stamp set were stamped near the upper center of the liner using Mossy Meadow and Real Red inks.

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The flap of a Medium Very Vanilla envelope was covered with a piece of the Santas paper and trimmed along the edges of the envelop flap using Paper Snips.  And that pretty much used up all the remaining pieces of the Santa paper!

Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this card --

Stamps:  Holly Jolly Greetings, Versatile Christmas; Inks:  Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Real Red; Cardstock:  Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Red Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  Home for Christmas; Embellishments:  Home for Christmas Enamel Dots, Real Red 1/8" Striped ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue Pen; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Crop-A-Dile (Retired Stampin' Up!), 2-1/2" circle punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Deco Labels Collection Framelits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Have a Jolly Christmas Gift Bag

Hello!  Happy Friday!

I'm out of town tonite getting ready to attend a Stampin' Up! training event in Tampa all day tomorrow called On Stage Local.  Now that Stampin' Up! has changed its Convention-type events to a more global venue, it is offering a streamlined version for those in other countries to be able to participate.  This year the main event is in Brussels so there are a number of locations in the South Pacific and the US for those demonstrators who were unable to travel to Europe.  I saw some of the Stampin' Up! staff this afternoon while at a Shoebox Swap and they are excited about what we will be experiencing at tomorrow's event. 

So you may be wondering what a Shoebox Swap is...  Well, it's a number of folks who agree to meet up to make cards.  Each participant designs a card and puts all the supplies for the cards in a shoebox.  When it's time to make the cards, the participants move from shoebox to shoebox to make each project--with the exception of the project that they brought.  Today's swap had 11 participants and I was able to make some really cute cards and learn a few new techniques.  I also had the opportunity to meet demonstrators I had never met before and share experiences with them.  That's always a fun thing to do!  I'll be sharing my shoebox swap project with you next week.

Today's post is the last of the Christmas gift packaging projects that I designed for my November stamp clubs.  This project features the Gift Bag Punch Board.

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This project begins with a piece Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper.  I chose the Medium-sized bag for this project and followed the instructions for the punch board to make a medium bag from a piece of 7-1/2" x 11" paper.  I did not punch the bag handle holes across the top of the bag.  You'll see why in a few minutes.

Once I assembled the bag, I set it aside to make a decorative tag for the front of the bag.  This tag begins with a piece of Mossy Meadow card stock and another piece of the Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper to cut labels with the Big Shot using the Deco Labels Collection Framelits.  Note that the Designer Series Paper is the reverse side of the piece used to make the bag.  The cardstock and paper labels were adhered together. 

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A piece of Real Red cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using the same Deco Label Collection Framelit with the next size smaller label framelit set inside the larger framelit to make a frame (a piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock is used for the illustration).

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In this illustration, you can see that the dies have been run through the Big Shot and the center and outside areas removed.  This leaves the frame in between the two framelits.

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This illustration shows the framelits removed from the frame.  It's just that simple!  You can do this with any set of nesting framelits when you need to frame an item to give it more visibility.  This is usually a good thing to do when you are working with both sides of a piece of Designer Series Paper; since both sides are designed to coordinate, it makes sense that the colors may tend to blend together without some kind of separator. 

The frame was adhered to the adhered pieces of Mossy Meadow/Designer Series Paper cut with Deco Labels Collection Framelits using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  Note that since the framelit used to create the outside edge of the frame is the same framelit used to die cut the adhered Mossy Meadow/Designer Series Paper, the outside edges of all three will match exactly.

A piece of Tear & Tape adhesive was placed across the back of the decorative tag about 3/4" from the top edge of the tag and the tag adhered to the center front of the gift bag with the top edge of the tag slightly above the top edge of the gift bag.

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Here's a look at the back side of the bag so you can see the punched holes a little better.

Pinch the top edges of the gift bag together--with the gusseted sides of the bag folded to the inside of the bag--and punch two 1/8" holes through the label and bag approximately 1" from each side of the bag.  I used the Crop-A-Dile to punch the holes as the 1/8" handheld circle punch is not able to punch through all those layers at once and I wanted all the holes to line up.

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To add a little pizzazz to the decorative tag, a 2-1/2" circle of Whisper White cardstock was punched and the stars image from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set and Crushed Curry ink was used to cover the circle.  The "Have A" and "Christmas" sentiments were stamped at the center top and bottom edges of the circle using Early Espresso ink.  The "jolly" Christmas Greetings Thinlits was die cut from Gold Foil Sheets with the Big Shot and adhered across the center of the circle using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  The circle was adhered at the center of the tag with Stampin' Dimensionals.  A small Real Red Home for Christmas Enamel Dot was used to dot the "j" on "jolly".

A length of Real Red 1/8" Striped Ribbon was pulled through the holes punched at the top of the tag/bag with the ends at the front of the bag.  The ends were tied into a bow to cinch the bag shut.

Making the gift bag from Designer Series Paper limits the weight of the gift you'll put inside the bag.  Also, the heavier the item in the bag, the more hefty the adhesive you'll need to use at the side tab and the bottom flaps of the bag.  For a heavier item, you may want to consider using cardstock that you decorate with a background stamp or other image stamped randomly using the same color ink as the cardstock or Versamark.

I hope you'll consider the Gift Bag Punch Board when you're looking for an attractive way to gift package a small light-weight item and need to use up a bunch of Christmas paper that has been gathering dust.  Of course, the gift bag isn't just for Christmas.  A fun gift bag is a great packaging tool all year round!

Have a great weekend!

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this project --

Stamps:  Holly Jolly Greetings; Inks:  Crushed Curry, Early Espresso; Cardstock:  Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Whisper White, Gold Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  Season of Cheer; Embellishments:  Real Red 1/8" Striped Ribbon, Home for Christmas Enamel Dots; Adhesives:  Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals, Fast Fuse; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Crop-A-Dile (Retired from Stampin' Up!), 2-1/2" circle punch, Gift Bag Punch Board, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Deco Labels Collection Framelits, Precision Cutting Plate, Christmas Greetings Thinlits

 


Wishing You Peace at Christmas

Happy Veterans Day!

Military service is a key element of my family.  We have a long tradition of service going back many generations and I am very proud to have been a part of that with my service in the US Navy.  My husband is retired US Navy, my daughter is a US Navy veteran, and my youngest son is currently active duty US Navy.  I also have many others in my immediate and extended family who have served or are currently serving.  I am so very proud of all of them, their contributions, and the sacrifices they have made.  I also want to remember the families of those who have served and the sacrifices that these important people have made, too.  Having been on both sides of that coin, it is a remarkable family that supports a military service member.  

Today's post is another Christmas gift packaging idea featuring the Square Pillow Box Thinlits die for the Big Shot and the Peaceful Wreath stamp set.

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This project begins with Sahara Sand cardstock die cut in the Big Shot using the Square Pillow Box Thinlits.  The two die cut pieces were randomly stamped with the holly branch image from the Peaceful Wreath stamp set and Versamark ink.  The two pieces were adhered with Tombow Multi Adhesive on the tabs and the adhered areas burnished with a bone folder.  The pillow box was set aside to dry for a few minutes.

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A square of Very Vanilla cardstock was marked at the upper center for alignment purposes (note arrow on photo above).  The cardstock was die cut with the inside wreath framelit from the Wonderful Wreath Framelits with the alignment marker on the framelit pointing toward the alignment mark.  The wreath image was stamped on the Very Vanilla cardstock with Mossy Meadow ink aligning the mark on the stamp with the alignment mark on the cardstock.  The stamped image was "colored" using Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler, and Soft Suede inks and the Blender Pen.  The outside wreath framelit was used to die cut the wreath.

Mini Glue Dots were placed on the inside edge of the wreath back and a 1-3/4" circle of Gold Foil Sheets was placed over the opening of the inside wreath edge.  The "Peace" image was stamped at the center of the Gold Foil Sheets circle using Staz-On Jet Black ink.

The bow image was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Cherry Cobbler ink and die cut with the Big Shot using the corresponding bow framelit.  The bow was adhered at the bottom of the wreath using a Mini Glue Dot.

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A length of Gold Metallic Thread was wrapped lengthwise around a piece of 4" x 2" cardstock and carefully pulled off pinching the middle of the thread and placing the pinched center on a Mini Glue Dot placed at the back center of the wreath.The loops of the Metallic Thread were moved apart and anchored with four Stampin' Dimensionals.

A length of Mossy Meadow 5/8" Striped Cotton Ribbon was wrapped around the pillow box and adhered with Mini Glue Dots at the front center of the pillow box.  The wreath was adhered to the center of the pillow box over the overlapping ends of the ribbon.

The "Wishing You" sentiment was stamped at the upper left corner of the pillow box front using Soft Suede ink.  Soft Suede ink was used again to stamp the "...at Christmas" sentiment at the lower right corner of the pillow box front.

I really like the square pillow box.  I have always found the normal rectangular-style pillow boxes a bit limiting for gift packaging, but this box is a good size for gift cards, bracelets, or a small stack of mini note cards and envelopes.  Of course, other items (like tasty treats) will fit in the box and it certainly has loads of uses year round.

Please remember to thank a Veteran for their service on your behalf.  More importantly, please consider donating to a local or national charity that supports Veterans or volunteer at your local VA clinic or support center.  

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this project --

Stamps:  Peaceful Wreath; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede, Versamark, Staz-On Jet Black; Cardstock:  Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil Sheets; Embellishments:  Gold Metallic Thread, Mossy Meadow 5/8" Striped Cotton Ribbon; Adhesives:  Tombow Multi Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Blender Pen, 1-3/4" circle punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Square Pillow Box Framelits, Wonderful Wreath Framelits