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October 2012

Moving Forward

Hello!

One of the great things that Stampin' Up! does every year is contribute to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.  This donation is in two parts.  The first is a cash donation which is primarily tied to the sales of a specific stamp set.  This year's stamp set is called Moving Forward.  The second part of the donation is made by Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who volunteer at Ronald McDonald Houses.  Some volunteer time working with the families who stay at the Houses and others donate supplies to the Houses so that the residents can take time away from their cares and concerns for papercrafting; making scrapbooks, cards, and more.  Still other Demonstrators make cards that are distributed to the Houses for the families to use to keep in touch with their loved ones at home.

Here's a note card I made with the Moving Forward stamp set to use as Thank You notes for my awesome customers who made purchases in September.

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This card begins with a card base of Basic Black.  A panel of Whisper White cardstock was embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder and the Big Shot approximately 2/3 of the way across the width of the panel and then the corners of the panel were rounded with the 3/16" Corner Rounder punch.  One length of a strip of Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper was punched with the Scallop Edge Border punch and adhered vertically on the Whisper White panel over the transition between the polka dot embossing and the smooth area of the panel.  The panel was adhered to the card front using SNAIL.

The focal point starts with the bicycle image colored with the brush tips of the Basic Black and Real Red Stampin' Write Markers and stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The dotted swirly line was stamped to come out of the basket using Gumball Green ink.  A piece of Real Red 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain ribbon was placed near the bottom edge of the Whisper White cardstock under the bicycle wheels using Mini Glue Dots with the ends of the ribbon folded to the back and the cardstock matted with a piece of Basic Black cardstock.  The jumping frog was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, cut out with Paper Snips, and adhered above the focal point and the dotted swirly line with a Stampin' Dimensional (cut in half).

Moving_Forward_Frog_Inside
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The inside sentiment area of the card features a liner of Whisper White cardstock; the upper and lower right corners rounded with the 3/16" Corner Rounder punch.  The dotted swirly line was stamped near the upper left corner of the liner using Gumball Green ink.  One length of a thin strip of Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper was punched with the Scallop Edge Border punch and adhered along the left edge of the liner.  The jumping frog was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, cut out with Paper Snips, and adhered at the end of the dotted swirly line with a Mini Glue Dot.

Moving_Forward_Frog_Envelope
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The dotted swirly line was stamped near the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Gumball Green ink.  The jumping frog was stamped at the end of the dotted swirly line; also using Gumball Green ink.

You'll find the Moving Forward stamp set on page 209 of the 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog and on page 31 of the Celebrando Creatividad (Spanish language) Catalog.  The images in this stamp set are just adorable!  And your purchase will help to make a difference in the lives of sick children and their families.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Moving Forward; Inks:  Gumball Green; Stampin' Write Markers:  Basic Black, Real Red; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Summer Smooches; Embellishments:  Real Red 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Scallop Edge Border punch, 3/16" Corner Rounder punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope 


Thanks for the Interview

Hi there!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Mine was busy with some fun thrown in when my husband and I attended the wedding of a very dear friend.  It was so wonderful to share in their joy and excitement as they committed themselves to each other in front of their children, grandchildren, parents, siblings, and boatloads of friends.  The wedding was held at a local park and the weather was extremely cooperative:  picture postcard skies, a lovely breeze off the Indian River, and temperatures in the upper 70s.  You couldn't ask for a better day.  In fact, the weather held for the entire weekend and it was so nice to be able to open up the house to the fresh air.

Before you get a job offer, you have to participate in a few job interviews.  It can be a pretty stressful process.  One of the things you do after an interview is write a thank you note to the Interviewer. In addition to thanking the interviewer for the opportunity to interview, you remind him or her of your continued interest in the position and reiterate some of the qualities you feel would be of benefit to the hiring company.  A tall order for a short note.  The best way, I thought, to make the note and the message contained special and memorable would be to make it myself.

Interview_Thank_You
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This card begins with a card base of Crumb Cake cardstock.  A piece of Early Espresso Core'Dinations cardstock was embossed with the Argyle Textured Impressions embossing folder in the Big Shot, lightly sanded to reveal the Crumb Cake-colored core of the cardstock, and adhered to the card front.  A piece of Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper was die cut with the largest label shape from the Apothecary Accents Framelits and the Big Shot.  A piece of Vellum was stamped with the "Heartfelt" image of the Layered Labels stamp set using Versamark ink and heat embossed using Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder and the Heat Tool.  The heat embossed image was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered, centered, to the die cut Designer Series Paper with a line of SNAIL placed on the back of the embossed vellum over the "Heartfelt" word.  The label was adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

The "Thanks" image from the Perfect Punches stamp set was stamped on a piece of Early Espresso cardstock using Versamark ink and heat embossed using Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder and the Heat Tool.  The embossed cardstock was punched out using the Scallop Oval punch.  The word part of the "Thanks" image was inked with the brush tip of an Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker and stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  This image was punched out with the Large Oval punch and adhered over the "Thanks" word on the heat embossed Early Espresso cardstock using Stampin' Dimensionals.  A piece of Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper was die cut with the second smallest shape from the Apothecary Accents Framelits and the Big Shot.  The gold embossed "Thanks" was adhered to the center of the die cut using SNAIL and the die cut adhered to the center of the gold embossed "Heartfelt" using Stampin' Dimensionals.  To finish the card front, a piece of Crumb Cake 3/8" Taffeta ribbon was wrapped around the top edge of the card front and knotted on front.

Interview_Thank_You_Inside
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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Early Espresso cardstock.  A piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was embossed with the Argyle Textured Impressions embossing folder and the Big Shot so that the embossing occurs only along the top and bottom edges of the cardstock.  To do this, you'll need to do some "plastic surgery" on the bottom edges of the folder since this is one of the new style Textured Impressions embossing folders that is longer than the Multi-Purpose Platform is wide.  I used a rotary cutter to take approximately 1/4" from each bottom edge.  Removing this amount does not remove any of the embossing surface; it just shortens the vertical length of the folder so that it can sit width-wise on the Multi-Purpose Platform.  Now the Very Vanilla cardstock can be placed inside the folder to cover only two rows along one 5 1/4" edge of the cardstock with the remainder of the cardstock extending beyond the edge of the folder on the Multi-Purpose Platform.  The same process applies to the opposite 5 1/4" edge, but this time only one row is embossed.

Interview_Thank_You_Envelope
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The Medium Very Vanilla Envelope flap was placed inside the Argyle Textured Impressions embossing folder so that the fold of the flap is aligned with the edge of the embossing area of the folder.  The remainder of the envelope extends beyond the outside edge of the embossing folder on the Multi-Purpose Platform while it is rolled through the Big Shot.

I've used this card design a couple of times now (click here to see another post featuring this card design).  I like that it's clean and simple but has great visual impact.  A very good thing when you want to make a professional statement.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Layered Labels, Perfect Punches; Inks:  Versamark; Stampin' Write Markers:  Early Espresso; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Early Espresso Core'Dinations, Vellum, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Natural Composition Specialty; Embellishments:  Crumb Cake 3/8" Taffeta ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Embossing Buddy, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Sanding Block, Scallop Oval punch, Large Oval punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Argyle Textured Impressions embossing folder, Apothecary Accents Framelits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Christmas Card CASE

Hello!

Here's another Christmas card.  This one is a CASE from the Stampin' Up! 2012-2013 Catalog (page 12).  My interpretation of this project has a couple of small changes; however, the basic design is the same.  CASE = Copy And Share Everything.  Why re-invent the wheel when Stampin' Up! has designers with such great ideas?

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The focal point image is the big, beautiful tree from the Christmas Lodge stamp set.  The tree was placed on the work surface with the rubber face up.  Lucky Limeade ink was applied to the entire stamp image then a sponge dauber with Soft Suede ink was used to add some brown to the tree trunk and ground area under the tree.  Don't worry about the Lucky Limeade ink already applied to the stamp image.  The Soft Suede ink will cover that.]  "Huff" on the stamp to remoisten the ink and then stamp the image on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Use a second sponge dauber to add Old Olive ink to the tree branches and white space in between the branches to give the tree a bit of dimension.  Use the "Low" setting on the Heat Tool to dry the ink then swipe the Embossing Buddy over the tree image.  Using Versamark ink, stamp the "Happy Holidays" greeting over the tree, cover the greeting with Pewter Stampin' Emboss Powder, and tap the excess embossing powder back into the container.  Use the Heat Tool on the "High" setting to melt the embossing powder.  Mat the Whisper White panel with a Riding Hood Red panel.

Using the Scallop Trim Border punch, punch one long edge of a 3/4" x 11" piece of Lucky Limeade cardstock.  Cut a piece of the punched strip to 4 1/4" and adhere along the left edge of the Riding Hood Red cardstock so that the punched scallops peek out from the left edge.  Apply SNAIL to the remaining length of the punched cardstock strip and adhere behind the 4 1/4" strip so that the second strip extends beyond the first row of scallops and the scallops are offset from the first row.  Place a 29" length of Linen Thread over the Riding Hood Red mat next to the left edge of the Whisper White cardstock and let the ends dangle over the top and bottom edges of the focal point panel adjusting the hanging thread evenly.  Bring the dangling thread from the top down across the back of the Riding Hood Red cardstock to the bottom edge and then fold over to the top of the focal point.  Bring the dangling thread from the bottom up across the back of the Riding Hood Red cardstock to the top edge and then fold over to the top of the focal point.  Apply three Stampin' Dimensionals to the back of the focal point panel to hold the Linen Thread in place.  Tie a bow on the front of the focal point panel.  Place three Stampin' Dimensionals along the back right edge of the focal point panel and adhere the panel to the Lucky Limeade card front.

Christmas_Lodge_Tree_Inside
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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock with strips of Lucky Limeade and Riding Hood Red punched with the Scallop Trim Border punch peeking out from the bottom edge of the liner.  [Note that the two rows of scallops are offset in the same manner as those attached to the right and left edges of the focal point.]  The tree branch with birds image, from the Christmas Lodge stamp set, was inked with the brush tips of Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso, and Riding Hood Red Stampin' Write Markers and stamped near the upper left corner of the liner.  The "a very merry Christmas to you..." greeting, from the More Merry Messages stamp set, was inked with the brush tips of Lucky Limeade and Riding Hood Red Stampin' Write Markers and stamped at the upper center of the liner.

Christmas_Lodge_Tree_Envelope
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The branch with birds image was inked again with the brush tips of Lucky Limeade, Riding Hood Red, and Early Espresso Stampin' Write Markers and stamped near the upper left corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope flap.  The "Merry Christmas" greeting, from the Christmas Lodge stamp set, was stamped to the right of the birds using Riding Hood Red ink.

This card was one of the projects for my September stamp clubs.  I've found that most folks see these projects in the catalog and think that they'd be too difficult to try to make on their own.  With a few exceptions, the projects you see in the Stampin' Up! Catalogs are designed for you to easily copy.  There are so many great ideas on the pages of the catalogs.  Just pick one and start creating!  And if you're not sure about a project element, just check out the Stampin' Supplies for that project.  You can find the supplies for any project you see in the Catalogs by going to the Stampin' Up! website and clicking on the Our Products tab and then on the 2012-2013 Catalogs on the drop down menu.  Under each of the catalog photos you'll see a Stampin' Supplies hot link. Just click on that hot link and scroll through to find the catalog page number of the project that intrigues you.

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Stamps:  Christmas Lodge, More Merry Messages; Inks:  Lucky Limeade, Old Olive, Riding Hood Red, Soft Suede, Versamark; Stampin' Write Markers:  Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade, Riding Hood Red; Cardstock:  Lucky Limeade, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Linen Thread; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge Dauber, Scallop Trim Border punch, Embossing Buddy, Pewter Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Bells & Boughs for a Stampin' Addicts Swap

Hi there!

One of the best things about Convention is swapping cards.  Most of the time, the swaps involve just the card front; however, there are other "organized" swaps where the rules are a little different.  This card was designed for a Stampin' Addicts Christmas Card Swap which required the full card.  The swap occurred at the Stampin' Addicts Meet & Greet and it was so fun to be able to put a face to all the screen names I've seen in the Forums and Galleries of the Stampin' Addicts on-line community.

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This card begins with a card base of Crumb Cake cardstock randomly stamped with the holly bough from the Bells & Boughs stamp set using Gumball Green ink.  The edges of the card front were sponged with Gumball Green ink.  A piece of Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper, the edges sponged with Cherry Cobbler ink, was double matted with Gumball Green and Cherry Cobbler cardstock; the edges of the mats sponged with their corresponding color inks.  Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon was wrapped around the bottom edge of the mats and knotted on front.  [Note:  I placed a Mini Glue Dot behind the ribbon knot to hold it in place.]  The mats were adhered to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

The focal point begins with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with the bells image from the Bells & Boughs stamp set stamped near the upper center of the cardstock using Staz-On Jet Black ink.  A Blender Pen and the following color inks were used to color the image:  Gumball Green for the holly leaves, More Mustard for the bells, and Cherry Cobbler for the ribbon and the accents on the bells.  [With the ink pad closed, press the top and bottom panels of the ink pad together with your fingertips to push the ink onto the inside surface of the flip cover.  Open the ink pad, but don't slide the flip cover under.  You'll see some ink on the inside of the cover.  Pick up the ink with the Blender Pen and apply it to the stamped image.  Don't brush the ink into the cardstock too vigorously, though; the Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstocks will begin to "pill" or break down if they get too much attention from a wet object.]  The "A Merry Christmas" greeting was stamped under the bells using Gumball Green ink.

There's a bit of shimmer and shine on this card that's not very easy to see in the photo.  The shimmer comes from the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint that was sponged onto the bells.

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To do this, stamp the bells image onto a Post-It Note so that the bulk of the image is over the area where the repositionable adhesive is located (on the back side of the Post-It Note).  Using Paper Snips or a Craft Knife, carefully cut away just the bells from the stamped image.  Then place the Post-It Note over the colored image on the Very Vanilla cardstock.  Shake the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint well, then open the bottle and place the cap on the work surface so that you can see inside the cap.  Using a Sponge Dauber, pick up the ink inside the cap and sponge the paint over the bells.  Then remove the Post-It Note.  [Note:  You can use the mask for the bells multiple times (until the repositionable adhesive wears out).]  The shine comes from the Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details that was applied to the bells image for the holly berries.  [I would suggest applying the Dazzling Details after the Shimmer Paint has dried.]

Once the Dazzling Details has dried (approximately 30 minutes), the edges of the Very Vanilla cardstock were sponged with Cherry Cobbler ink and double matted with Cherry Cobbler and Gumball Green cardstock (the edges of the cardstock mats sponged with their corresponding color ink).  The completed focal point was adhered, centered, on the mats with the Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper.

Bells_Boughs_Swap_Inside
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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with the holly bough image stamped along the top and bottom edges of the cardstock using Gumball Green ink and the edges of the cardstock sponged with Gumball Green ink.  The liner was matted with a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock, the edges lined with Cherry Cobbler ink, and adhered, centered, to the inside sentiment area of the card.  A sentiment from the More Merry Messages stamp set was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Cherry Cobbler ink.

Bells_Boughs_Swap_Envelope_Front Bells_Boughs_Swap_Envelope_Back
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The holly bough image was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla envelope using Gumball Green ink.  The "A Merry Christmas" greeting was stamped to the right of the holly bough using Cherry Cobbler ink.  A piece of Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper was adhered to the envelope flap.

Making a stack of these cards for Christmas is actually pretty quick.  Once all the pieces are cut, it's just a matter of stamping, coloring, sponging, adhering, and assembling.  Just take it one step at a time!  When I'm making Christmas cards, I put one of my favorite Christmas movies into the DVD player and just relax into the process.  My husband will stick his head in the door of my workroom from time to time to see how I'm doing and leaves with a pretty corny imitation of Jimmy Stewart saying, "Hello, Bijou!", while heading to his man cave to watch his favorite Chrismas movie, Die Hard.  (I won't repeat his favorite quote from that movie...)

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Bells & Boughs, More Merry Messages; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, More Mustard, Staz-On Jet Black, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint; Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Gumball Green, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Be of Good Cheer; Embellishments:  Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Sponge, Sponge Dauber, Blender Pen; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Post-It Note


Be of Good Cheer

Hello!

When you're thinking of Christmas cards, especially when you are making a bunch of them, you want to create a card that reflects your personal style and your joy of the Season.  When I finished making this card, I was so tickled.  This card is IT!

Be_Of_Good_Cheer_Swap
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This card begins with a card base of Cherry Cobbler.  A panel of Very Vanilla cardstock was punched with the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch near the upper center of the panel.  The panel was embossed with the Big Shot using the Delicate Designs Textured Impressions embossing folder; placing the folder across the panel so that the bottom edge of the embossing is approximately 1" above the bottom edge of the panel.  [I chose this embossing folder because the embossing looked like snowflakes to me and worked with the "snowflake" pattern of the Designer Series Paper that I used.]  A piece of Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Scallop Dots ribbon was wrapped around the panel and knotted on the front just above the embossing.

Stampin' Dimensionals were placed at the very outside point of the corners of a 2 1/2" square of Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper.  The paper square was placed behind the punched scallop circle, centered inside the punched area, and the corners pressed onto the back of the Very Vanilla cardstock.  [Note that the pattern you see behind the punched circle occurs 16 times on a single piece of the Designer Series Paper.  That means that you could make 32 of these cards using just those two sheets from the Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper package.]  More Stampin' Dimensionals were placed on the back of the Very Vanilla panel and then the panel was adhered, centered, to the card front.  A Cherry Cobbler banner was die cut using the Bitty Banners Framelits and the Big Shot.  The "Merry Christmas" sentiment, from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Cherry Cobbler ink, punched out with the Word Window punch, and adhered at the center of the banner.  The banner was adhered across the center of the embossing using SNAIL.  A piece of Cherry Cobbler/Whisper White Baker's Twine was threaded through the buttonholes of a small Vintage Faceted Designer Button and knotted.  The button was adhered at the center of the Designer Series Paper using a Mini Glue Dot.

Be_Of_Good_Cheer_Inside
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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  Strips of Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper were adhered along the top and bottom edges of the liner.  The bottom edge of the top strip was punched with the Scallop Edge Border punch.  A sentiment from the More Merry Messages stamp set was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Cherry Cobbler ink.

Be_Of_Good_Cheer_Envelope_FrontBe_Of_Good_Cheer_Envelope_Back
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The "Merry Christmas" sentiment was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope using Cherry Cobbler ink.  The envelope flap was embossed in the Big Shot with the Delicate Designs Textured Impressions embossing folder.  The flap was inserted into the folder with the top of the folder at the fold of the flap. The flap was folded down onto the back of the envelope (as if the envelope were closed) and placed between the Standard Cutting Plates on the Multi-Purpose Platform.

When I was making this card front for a Convention swap, I miscalculated the amount of Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Scallop Dots ribbon I would need.  Since I already had the five remaining panels punched and embossed, I wanted to take them with me.  I began looking through my stash of ribbons to decide what I could use.  I looked at the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding ribbon but it seemed too dark.  And I thought about dying some Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta ribbon with the Cherry Cobbler reinker but really didn't want to take the time to do that.  So I began cleaning up my work surface while I thought some more and ran across the Cherry Cobbler/Whisper White Baker's Twine that I had used for the button.  Voila!

Be_Of_Good_Cheer_Alternate_Front
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I just LOVE when it all comes together!

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  More Merry Messages, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler; Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Be of Good Cheer; Embellishments:  Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Cherry Cobbler/Whisper White Baker's Twine, Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Scallop Dots ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Snips, Paper Cutter, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch, Scallop Edge Border punch, Word Window punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Delicate Designs Textured Impressions embossing folders, Bitty Banners Framelits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope