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Inky Friends Inking Up The Season Blog Hop -- Snowflake Sentiments

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Welcome to the Inky Friends Fall Projects Blog Hop.  We are a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who have gathered to introduce you to the Winter-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 Sarah's blog where she featured projects using the Brightly Lit Christmas stamp set.  If you are traveling backwards through the hop, you just saw some great projects made by Yapha using the Seasonal Lanterns 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!

I have two projects to share with you featuring the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set and the coordinating Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits for the Big Shot.  I love the beautiful sentiments included with the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set and the Swirly Snowflake Thinlits are just amazing!

My first project uses the stamp set and Thinlits along with the gorgeous Year of Cheer Specialty DSP.  It was really hard to get a good picture with all the sparkle and shine on this card.

SnowflakeSentiments_MerryChristmas

Supplies I used to make this project -- 

Stamps:  Snowflake Sentiments; Inks:  Basic Black Archival; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Gold Foil Sheets, Thick Whisper White, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Year of Cheer Specialty; Embellishments:  Silver Metallic Edge ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Everyday Label punch, Big Shot w/Multipurpose Platform, Swirly Snowflake Thinlits

The last few weeks have been rather crazy with taking care of some life change things for my Mom and then this week she was in the hospital.  So I was unable to make additional projects for the hop.  However, I made another card recently using this stamp set and Thinlits so I thought I'd add it here.  If you look for a blog post on September 1st, you'll find all the details for making this card.

SnowflakeSentiments_WrappedInTheWarmthOfChristmas

Supplies I used to make this project -- 

Stamps:  Snowflake Sentiments, Labels to Love; Inks:  Old Olive, Real Red; Cardstock:  Old Olive, Real Red, Whisper White, Shimmery White, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper; Embellishments:  Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Foam Adhesive Strips; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Everyday Label punch, 1/8" handheld circle punch, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Multipurpose Platform, Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits, Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

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

To visit the next stop on the hop, click the NEXT button to visit with Yapha and projects made with the Seasonal Lanterns stamp set or the PREVIOUS button to visit with Sarah for projects made using the Brightly Lit Christmas stamp set.

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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.

PaintedHarvest_GatherTogether

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

PaintedHarvest_IAmThankfulForYou

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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Inky Friends Suite Designs Blog Hop -- Naturally Eclectic

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Welcome to the Inky Friends Suite Designs Blog Hop.  We are a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who have gathered to introduce you to the Product Suites from the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual 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 Shelley's blog where she featured projects using the Delightful Daisy Suite.  If you are traveling backwards through the hop, you just saw some great projects made by Cindy using the Color Theory Suite.  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!

The Naturally Eclectic Suite is featured on pages 132-133 of the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  The Oh So Eclectic stamp set and coordinating Eclectic Layers Thinlits for the Big Shot contain floral elements in a graphic style that lends itself to a wide variety of styles.  The Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper contains a beautiful array of watercolored designs in the colors of Berry Burst, Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist, Night of Navy, Peekaboo Peach, Soft Sky, and Whisper White.  Seam Binding ribbon returns to the catalog in a Crinkled version in the colors of Berry Burst, Emerald Envy, Night of Navy, and Peekaboo Peach.  A fun addition to this suite is a set of Card Overlays made from Window Sheets that feature a variety of designs in gold, silver, and white.

I have two projects to share with you using many of the elements of the Naturally Eclectic Suite.

OhSoEclectic_MissingYou

Supplies I used to make this project -- 

Stamps:  Oh So Eclectic; Inks:  Berry Burst, Night of Navy; Stampin' Write Markers:  2017-2018 In Color (Berry Burst), 2016-2017 In Color (Emerald Envy); Cardstock:  Emerald Envy, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White, Gold Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  Naturally Eclectic; Embellishments:  Emerald Envy Crinkle Seam Binding ribbon, Naturally Eclectic Card Overlays; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Fine Tip Glue Pen; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform and Precision Base Plate, Eclectic Layers Thinlits

OhSoEclectic_OhHelloFriend

Supplies I used to make this project -- 

Stamps:  Oh So Eclectic; Inks:  Night of Navy, Soft Sky; Cardstock:  Lemon Lime Twist, Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Naturally Eclectic; Embellishments:  Night of Navy Crinkle Seam Binding ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform and Precision Base Plate, Eclectic Layers Thinlits

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 Cindy and projects made with the Color Theory Suite or the PREVIOUS button to visit with Shelley for projects made using the Delightful Daisy Suite.

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Robertssiggy


Bunch of Blossoms -- You Matter To Me

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Today's post provides the how-to's for making one of the projects created for last weekend's Inky Friends Blog Hop featuring the 2017-2019 In Colors.  To see a line up of the Stampin' Up! Artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.  The color I chose to highlight was Powder Pink.  

This is the first project I made for the blog hop and it was a bit more detailed than I had envisioned but I'm very pleased with how it turned out.  Sometimes you just need to go with the creative flow to see where it leads you.  I will warn you though, get comfy...this is probably the longest post I've ever written as there are a boat load of details to this card. 

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This card begins with a card base of Powder Pink.  The 6-flower stamp from the Background Bits Host stamp set was randomly stamped all over the card front using Versamark ink.

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The background piece for the card front begins with a piece of Watercolor Paper lightly spritzed with water (lightly blot off any water puddles with a paper towel).  The Brushstrokes background stamp was inked with Powder Pink ink, stamped on a scrap piece of paper, and then stamped onto the Watercolor Paper.  

The remainder of the stamping on the Watercolor Paper uses the Background Bits Host stamp set using Sweet Sugarplum ink.  Stamp the row of medallions image across the bottom of the Watercolor Paper with the bottom edge of the image 1/2" above the bottom edge of the Watercolor Paper.  Ink the 6-flower image, stamp off, and then stamp at the right side of the paper immediately above the row of medallions; re-ink, stamp off, and stamp just slightly above center along the left edge of the paper; and re-ink, stamp off, and stamp at the upper right corner of the paper (most of the image is off the paper).  Ink the rows of script image, stamp off, and stamp along the left side of the paper just below center with the bottom of the image 1/2" above the row of medallions and about 1/3 of the image off the paper.  Re-ink the rows of script image, stamp off, and stamp along the right edge of the paper with the top of the image 7/8" below the top edge of the paper and about 1/5 of the image off the paper.  Mat the Watercolor Paper (when it's completely dry) with a slightly larger piece of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock.

Using the Decorative Ribbon Border punch, punch a piece of Silver Foil Sheets just slightly longer than the right edge of the Sweet Sugarplum mat and trim the ends with Paper Snips to round them with the pattern of the punched images.  Adhere the punched border behind the right edge of the Sweet Sugarplum mat.  Adhere the background piece to the card front with the top and right sides of the Sweet Sugarplum mat 1/2" from the top and right edges of the card front.

Now it's time to make the flower.  The Bunch of Blossoms stamp set is a photopolymer set that allows you to add layers of color to a single image.  [Tip:  To achieve the best stamping results, always use the Stampin' Pierce Mat below the cardstock when stamping with photopolymer stamps.]  

Stamp 6 large flower petals on Whisper White cardstock using Powder Pink ink:

  • Ink the large petal solid image, stamp off on a piece of scrap paper, and stamp on the cardstock
  • Ink the large petal partial solid image and stamp directly over the large petal solid image
  • Ink the large petal outline image and stamp directly over the two previous images (lining up with the large solid image)
  • Punch out the petals using the large petal part of the Blossom Builder punch
  • Using a bone folder, curl the outside edges of the petals down and the points of the petals up

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Punch a 1" circle from Whisper White cardstock and adhere three petals in a triangular pattern.

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Adhere three more petals in a triangular pattern to cover the remaining white space on the punched circle.

Stamp 5 small flower petals on Whisper White cardstock using Powder Pink ink:

  • Ink the small petal solid image, stamp off on a piece of scrap paper, and stamp on the cardstock
  • Ink the small petal partial solid image and stamp directly over the large petal solid image
  • Ink the small petal outline image and stamp directly over the two previous images (lining up with the small solid image)
  • Punch out the petals using the small petal part of the Blossom Builder punch
  • Using a bone folder, curl the outside edges of the petals down and the points of the petals up

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Adhere the small petals side-by-side at the center of the flower.  Ink the solid star center shape with Sweet Sugarplum ink, stamp off, and stamp on Whisper White cardstock.  Ink the star center outline shape with Sweet Sugarplum ink and stamp directly over the star center solid shape.  Punch out using the star shape from the Blossom Builder punch and adhere at the center of the flower.  Ink the solid round center shape with Sweet Sugarplum ink, stamp off and stamp on Whisper White cardstock.  Ink the center dots image with Sweet Sugarplum ink and stamp at the center of the solid round center image, re-ink and stamp at the center again.  Punch out using the round center shape from the Blossom Builder punch and adhere at the center of the flower.

Adhere a medium sized silver Metallic Foil Doily at the upper right corner of the Watercolor Paper.  Adhere the flower at the center of the doily.

Using Lemon Lime Twist ink, stamp the leaves (3 large leaves and two small leaves) and the stem on Whisper White cardstock:

  • Ink the large leaf solid image, stamp off, and stamp on cardstock
  • Ink large leaf outline image and stamp directly over the large leaf solid image
  • Cut out large leaves with Paper Snips
  • Use Bone folder to curl one side of the leaves up and the opposite side of the leaves down
  • Adhere the large leaves around the flower by applying adhesive to the bottom tips of the leaves and sliding under the bottom layer of large flower petals; two on the right side of the flower and one on the lower left side of the flower
  • Ink the solid stem image, stamp off, and stamp on cardstock
  • Ink the line stem image and stamp directly over the solid stem image
  • Use Paper Snips to cut out stem
  • Adhere stem below flower using Fine Tip Glue Pen, sliding the tip of the stem under the bottom row of large flower petals
  • Ink the small leaf solid image, stamp off, and stamp on cardstock
  • Ink the small leaf outline image and stamp directly over the small leaf solid image
  • Punch out the leaves using the small leaf shape on the Blossom Builder punch
  • Using Bone Folder, roll the sides of the leaves down and the bottom point of the leaf up
  • Adhere small leaves to stem using Mini Glue Dots

The "you matter" and "to me" greetings, from the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set, were stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Sweet Sugarplum ink.  The greeting was punched out using the 1" circle punch and matted with a piece of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock die cut with the Big Shot using the smallest scallop circle from the Layering Circles Framelits.  A silver heart from the Metallic Enamel Shapes was placed to the right of "me".  The greeting was adhered near the lower right corner of the background piece using Stampin' Dimensionals with the right edge of the matted greeting 1/8" from the right edge of the Watercolor Paper and the bottom edge of the matted greeting level with the bottom edge of the row of stamped medallions.

BunchOfBlossoms_YouMatterToMe_Liner

The inside sentiment area was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The 6-flower image from the Background Bits Host stamp set was inked with Powder Pink, stamped off and stamped twice near the upper center of the liner.  The "Grateful for a friend like you" sentiment, from the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set, was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Sweet Sugarplum ink.

A strip of Whisper White cardstock was stamped to resemble the background piece on the card front:

  • The Brushstrokes background stamp was inked with Powder Pink ink, stamped off, and stamped on the cardstock
  • The row of medallions (Background Bits) was stamped across the bottom of the cardstock using Sweet Sugarplum ink with the bottom of the image 1/8" above the bottom edge of the cardstock
  • The 6-flower image (Background Bits) was inked with Sweet Sugarplum ink, stamped off, and randomly stamped across the cardstock; re-inking and stamping off for each stamping
  • The rows of script image (Background Bits) was inked with Sweet Sugarplum ink, stamped off, and stamped at the left side of the cardstock with 3/4 of the image off the paper
  • The rows of script image was inked again, stamped off, and stamped at the right side of the cardstock with 1/2 of the image off the paper

A piece of Silver Foil Sheets was punched with the Decorative Ribbon Border punch and adhered along the top of the cardstock, trimming the left and right sides of the punched border flush with the cardstock.  A narrow strip of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock was adhered over the top of the punched border, trimming the left and right sides of the punched border flush with the cardstock.  The cardstock strip was adhered to the liner, aligning the bottom, left, and right edges of the cardstock with the bottom, left, and right edges of the liner.

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The row of medallions (Background Bits) was stamped vertically along the left front of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  The 6-flower image was stamped over the row of medallions using Powder Pink ink.

If you've made it this far I congratulate you!  I don't know about you, but I'm tired!  And I was tired when I finished making this card, but at the same time, I felt energized with the beautiful results.  I know that when I gift this card the message conveyed by the card will have a significant impact on the recipient of the card.  And that makes the effort worthwhile.

Card Measurements -- 

Powder Pink:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Sweet Sugarplum:  3-1/4" x 4-1/4", 1-1/2" x 1-1/2", 1/4" x 4"; Whisper White:  1-1/2" x 1-1/2", 1-1/2" x 8-1/2" (lg petals), 1-1/2" x 5-1/2" (sm petals & centers), 1-1/2" x 5-1/2" (leaves), 3/4" x 3" (stem), 4" x 5-1/4", 1-1/4" x 4"; Watercolor Paper:  3" x 4"; Silver Foil Sheets:  2 @ 1" x 5"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Bunch of Blossoms, Brushstrokes, Background Bits (Host); Inks:  Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum, Versamark; Cardstock:  Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White, Silver Foil Sheets, Watercolor Paper; Embellishments:  Metallic Enamel Shapes, Metallic Foil Doilies; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Fine Tip Glue Pen; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, 1" circle punch, Blossom Builder punch, Decorative Ribbon Border punch, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Layering Circles Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


This Little Piggy -- Party Time Gift Bag

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Today's post provides the how-to's for making one of the projects created for last weekend's Inky Friends Blog Hop featuring the 2017-2019 In Colors.  To see a line up of the Stampin' Up! Artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.  The color I chose to highlight was Powder Pink.  

This project is all about the Powder Pink from the focal point piggies to the gift bag base.  I just love how this turned out AND it was so quick and easy to make!  Couldn't you just see these on tables as a party favor?

ThisLittlePiggy_PartyTimeGiftBag

This project begins with a sheet of Powder Pink cardstock cut to 7-1/2" x 11".  The solid circles image from the Playful Backgrounds stamp set was randomly stamped all over the cardstock using Powder Pink ink, re-inking the image before every stamping.  [Tip:  When using photopolymer stamps it's best to use a Stampin' Pierce Mat underneath the cardstock to achieve the best stamping results.]  The the cardstock was scored and punched (including the reverse punch for the ribbon handles) to create a Medium sized gift bag using the Gift Bag Punch board.  Using Tear & Tape, assemble the gift bag.  Thread Whisper White 3/8" Classic Weave ribbon through the holes punched along the top edge of the bag and knot the ends together inside the bag.  Then adjust the ribbon to make the handles hang evenly on the front and back of the bag.

The focal point on the front of the bag begins with a piece of Watercolor Paper.  Spritz a fine mist of water over the front of the Watercolor Paper (lightly blot off any water puddles with a paper towel).  Using the brush tip of the Tranquil Tide Stampin' Write Marker, apply ink to one side of the Window Sheet cut slightly smaller than the Watercolor Paper and press the Window Sheet to the center of the Watercolor Paper.  Use a very slightly wet Aquapainter to move the color around a bit, if required.  If the color is too light for your taste, repeat the process with the Window Sheet.  Set the Watercolor Paper aside to dry completely (or use a Heat Tool to speed up the drying process).

Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, stamp the "Party Time" greeting, from the Happy Birthday, Gorgeous stamp set, at the center of a piece of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock.  Using Paper Snips, cut banner tails to the right and left of the greeting.  Adhere the banner near the bottom of the Watercolor Paper with the bottom of the banner 1/2" above the bottom edge of the Watercolor Paper.

Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, stamp the pig standing on four legs and the pig standing on one leg (both piggies are from the This Little Piggy stamp set) on Powder Pink cardstock.  Using Paper Snips, cut out the pigs.  Adhere the pig standing on four legs directly above the banner to look like he's standing on top of the banner.  Adhere the pig standing on one leg above the pig standing on four legs so that the standing leg of the upper pig rests just behind the facing ear of the lower pig. 

Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, stamp the "Hooray" balloon image, from the Happy Birthday, Gorgeous stamp set, on a piece of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and punch out with the small balloon from the Balloon Bouquet punch.  Apply a Mini Glue Dot behind the bottom of the balloon and press a piece of Whisper White Baker's Twine onto the glue dot with 1/2" of the Baker's Twine extending above the glue dot and the rest hanging below the balloon.  Press a Stampin' Dimensional on top of the Baker's Twine and the cardstock at the back of the balloon.  Adhere the balloon at the upper right corner of the Watercolor Paper.  Apply a rolled up Mini Glue Dot behind the "arm" extending out from the dancing pig and wrap the Baker's Twine around the "arm" with the end of the twine dangling below the "arm".  Use Paper Snips to trim the twine.

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Looking at this project just makes me smile.  Which is the only reason I purchased this stamp set.  I'm not really a pig person, but there's just something about the expressions on the faces of these pigs that makes me happy.

Project measurements -- 

Powder Pink:  7-1/2" x 11", 2 @ 2" x 2-1/2"; Lemon Lime Twist:  7/8" x 3", 2" x 3"; Watercolor Paper:  2-1/4" x 5-1/4"; Window Sheets:  2" x 5"; Whisper White Baker's Twine:  4"; Whisper White 3/8" Classic Weave ribbon:  24"

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Supplies I used to make this project -- 

Stamps:  This Little Piggy, Happy Birthday, Gorgeous, Playful Backgrounds; Inks:  Powder Pink, Memento Tuxedo Black; Stampin' Write Markers:   2017-2019 In Color (Tranquil Tide); Cardstock:  Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Watercolor Paper, Window Sheets; Embellishments:  Whisper White 3/8" Classic Weave ribbon, Whisper White Baker's Twine; Adhesives:  Tear & Tape, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Aquapainter, Balloon Bouquet punch, Gift Bag Punch Board