Fancy Friday – In My Thoughts

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11880608_886758024693098_8432756943269956257_nI am so excited to be able to share with you a new monthly hop!  If you just came over from the amazing Jeanna, welcome to the next stop.  My friends and I want to be able to share with you our ideas in a monthly format.  We will use different themes each month – sometimes colors, sometimes a sketch, sometimes a stamp set focus.  The one thing you can count on is that it will be fancy!  Over the last year “fancy” became our word to describe the best projects, the best new clothes, even the best pedicure colors.  Now we want to share with you our take on “fancy” each month.  This month we have a color challenge that the whole team will be using as inspiration.  Great colors, don’t you think?

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I know, I was thinking it too.  My card looks an awful lot like the inspiration photo doesn’t it?!  Well, we had the colors before the photo and I had sketched out my idea when Connie sent us this graphic.  Hmmm….  Well, it wasn’t a reason NOT to make the card so I went with it.  I used these pretty images from the hostess set, Best Thoughts.  I colored the imaged using my Aquapainter and Bermuda Bay, Cucumber Crush and Basic Black inks.  I had planned to use the sentiment from the set but then it wasn’t the right fit.  Instead I pulled out this one from the Watercolor Wonder kit and it works perfectly.  They are hard to see in the picture but I added on some clear sequins from the Metallic Sequins pack.  Love how they look in person.  This card is for my mom (shhhh, don’t tell her).  Hopefully she’ll see it in person before in my post.  Love you mom!

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I know my post is a little short tonight.  Just got home last night and had to get this one done quickly.  The good news is that I have another with this color palette to share with you later.

I’m so glad you stopped in to visit today.  I hope you have a great time seeing all the beautiful things on our hop.

The amazing Mercedes Weber is up next!   Wait until you see the fancy project she created!

And you can click our logo above to get to the Fancy Friday Pinterest page!

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Stamps:  Best Thoughts, Watercolor Wishes; Paper:  Watercolor, Black; Ink:  Cucumber Crush, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Stazon Black; Accessories:  Metallic Sequins, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Aquapainter

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Freshly Made Sketches #201

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Wow, what a crazy week!  The sketch #200 celebration over at Freshly Made Sketches was even better than the team had hoped!  We had 340 players along with 56 guest DT members.  Um…wow!  Thanks to all of you who joined in and for the kind words from so many of you.  Our team loves bringing you sketches every week and it thrills us that we can be a source of fun and inspiration for the stamping community!  So now….back to our regularly scheduled programming.

This week our sketch hostess is Narelle.  As you have come to expect from her, we have layers this week.  But they are perfectly balanced and leave so much room for interpretation!  You are going to have such fun with this one!

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True confessions.  This flower was left over on my table in the pile of not quite completed ideas for sketch #200.  But it was so pretty that it couldn’t go to waste so I pulled it out as the circle element in the sketch.  I had colored some Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight onto some Watercolor Paper and cut the flower.  When I started playing with “what next”, I realized how pretty it looks against Kraft paper and went with that idea.  The Espresso and dotted prints are from last year’s Holiday Catty.  I love that these prints are so versatile and hoarded this paper.  Then seasonal stampers disorder (SSD – an affliction that makes me stamp in seasonal colors primarily) set in and I stopped being able to create with fall colors.  But with the promise of cool mornings, my color palette is shifting back and out came the Kraft and matching DSP!  I stayed pretty true to the sketch because my brain was otherwise occupied with commenting and ogling the gallery from last week.  I love when I get to pull out some old things and they feel new again.  You’ll see more of this Kraft palette, I’m sure!

I’ve been flying lots and stamping very little but I hope to get back to a little more tomorrow.  With any luck, I’ll be joining with my Fancy Friday friends this week with some new projects to share.  Until then, thanks for stopping in.  See you soon!

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Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight; Paper:  Kraft, Under the Tree DSP, Watercolor, Early Espresso ; Accessories:  Big Shot, Flower Die from Echo Park Paper Co., Mini Treat Bags Thinlits (sentiment), Large Polka Dots TIEF

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FMS #200 – Sleigh Ride

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So I may have said the other day when I posted my FMS card for our big celebration that I made a couple versions of the sketch before making the snowflake card.  I thought it would be fun to share some of what I created.  Before I get going, I have had a few people ask me how to join in the fun with Freshly Made Sketches this week.  It is so easy that you just have to give it a go!  Make a card using our sketch (I have a picture below).  Then post that card to a blog, at Splitcoaststampers or at your favorite social media location.  Once you have that done, just go to the Freshly Made Sketches blog and link your project in.  Hoping to see lots of you this week!

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My first card uses the new Sleigh Ride Edgelits and the Softly Falling Embossing Folder from the new Holiday Catalog.  I created a watercolor background using Night of Navy.  Then using the embossing folder that had been inked with White Craft Ink, I stamped the stars.  I cut the tree layer from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  Then I stamped the sentiment from Jingle All the Way (it coordinates with the Edgelits), then texture embossed with the Softly Falling folder.  I added a new Iced Rhinestone as a big star and a couple more Basic Rhinestones.

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I was so happy with that one that I wanted to keep going and try another version.  I chose a gold dots pattern from the Winter Wonderland DSP for the background then cut the two layers with the Sleigh Ride Edgelits again.  I used Thick Whisper White and Gold Foil for the layers this time.  The sentiment is from Holly Jolly Greetings which is a mix and match sentiment set.  Love it!  Again with the rhinestone combination and done for a totally different look.

FMS Final 200I hope that you are enjoying the celebration over at FMS so far.  You really must click over to see all the amazing cards have already been added.  I am in awe of the talent on display!

I’ve still been flying tons and not as much stamping time as I’d like.  I did have the chance to get together with friends the other day to make their Watercolor Wishes Card Kits!  I had such fun!  I hope you are having a great week.  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  See you soon!

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Stamps:  Jingle All the Way, Holly Jolly Greetings; Ink:  Night of Navy, White Craft, Versamark; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Gold Foil, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer, Watercolor ; Accessories:  Big Shot, Sleigh Ride Thinlits, Softly Falling TIEF, Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Iced Rhinestons, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #200 – A Celebration!

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The day is finally here!  The 200th sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches!!  I had to stop and take in all that means when it comes to crafty inspiration.  The amazing challenge consistently has over 100 players each week.  That means over the last 4 years our challenge has had over 20,000 cards shared!  Wow.  Just wow!  When Lesley started this challenge, I felt immediately like she had put words to my style.  Clean but not always simple.  Don’t get me wrong, I like Clean AND Simple (CAS) but many times I make cards that have clean lines but also take a long time to make.  Sometimes it is a technique, sometimes it is detail work, sometimes it is working on balance…but many of these clean cards are actually hard.  *smile*  Lesley gave me an a-ha moment and clearly I am not the only one!  The success of this challenge is about the right mix of sketches and the amazing design team (I still pinch myself that I get to be a part of it!).  It is even more about YOU, the greater crafting community.  Our sponsors recognize what you bring and have been so generous in all they are offering as prizes!

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We don’t have a traditional sketch hostess today.  The whole team is your hostess!  We chose a sketch that we felt allows for lots of expression and creativity.  Based on what I have seen from both our FMS DT and our guest DT members, we were right.  I hope that you will enjoy it as much as we already have!

FMS200 - MerryI had so many ideas for this sketch that I could barely clear my head enough to use just one (actually I have more cards to share with you later this week).  This one really reflects some of my favorite items in the new Holiday Catalog from Stampin’ Up so I just had to share.  These catalogs should be arriving soon to customers and you are going to be in love!  I started with the new Softly Falling TIEF and embossed my Thick Whisper White panel.  This embossing folder is awesome.  While it is meant to be “snow”, I just used it as a texture layer with the concentrated dots at the bottom (helped me stick to the sketch).  It is so pretty and more impressive in person than in my picture.  Then there are the snowflakes.  These wooden Snowflake Elements are awesome.  I should have gotten more.  There are 24 in a pack and I’ll be through them in no time!  I took them and smooshed them into my Versamark Ink Pad and them poured Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder on them.  Add a heat tool and they emboss up super fast.  GORGEOUS!  They are attached with the new Fine Tip Glue Pen…so great for tiny things!  I added a Basic Rhinestone to each center with such a pretty effect.  Next, using the new Christmas Greetings Thinlit Dies and my Big Shot, I cut out the sentiment from Silver Glimmer Paper.  Mmmm….glitter!  As if the shine and sparkle weren’t enough already, I added a layer of Silver Foil behind the image layer and popped the whole thing up on Dimensionals.  This card is such a wow in person.  I love it and I hope you do too!

FMS Final 200Now if you have ever needed inspiration, this is the week to get ready to Pin.  I’m in complete awe over the talent that is in our guest gallery.  As if I wasn’t already mouth agape enough from the FMS DT!!!  The support from the stamping community has been humbling for all of us at FMS and I cannot begin to tell you what it has been like for me over the last few weeks.  Every time a card was sent to me, I squealed out loud.  As the companies responded with their sponsorship offers, I could hardly believe what I was reading.  At one point I think I channeled my inner Sally Field.  We can’t deny that you like us…you really like us!  *smile*  And that is a fabulous honor for all of us at Freshly Made Sketches.  This community of artists and friends is unlike any other I have known.  I’m grateful beyond measure to Lesley for having given me, a small time and unknown stamper, the offer of being on this amazing team almost 4 years ago.  It changed the course of my crafting life.  Gave me the confidence to enter and be chosen for Stampin’ Up’s Artisan Design Team.  And most importantly, it has given me the chance to meet some of the kindest and most generous people in the world.  The actual world….because we are all over the place and yet we feel like neighbors.

So, I’ll stop being sappy before I can’t continue my post.  I hope you have fun this week!  Here’s to another 200!

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Ink:  Versamark; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Silver Foil, Silver Glimmer ; Accessories:  Big Shot, Christmas Greetings Thinlits, Softly Falling TIEF, Heat Tool, Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Basic Rhinestones, Fine Tip Glue Pen

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Stamp Review Crew – Awesomely Artistic

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I am so excited to be a part of this amazing group of Stampin’ Up demonstrators!  If you haven’t heard of “The Crew” yet, you are going to be so thrilled with this.  We are here to show you the versatility of one stamp set every time we hop (the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month).  We have a whole team of people and different stampers participate each time.  Like you, we look to find ways to maximize our investments and the single focus on one set allows you to see all the possibilities!  This week, our featured stamp is Awesomely Artistic.  This stamp set was near the top of my wish list in the new catalog and I just love the art style!

I am first on the list this month but if you are making the loop around the hop and came over from my dear friend Wendy Weixler, I’m so glad you are here!  If you want to see everyone who is hopping or if you get lost along the way, just click over to The Stamp Review Crew blog.

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I wanted to focus on this gorgeous flower!  It is strong pretty enough to carry a whole card with very little else needed, so I wanted to show that off a bit.  I cut a card base from Thick Whisper White and stamped the flower in Momento Black Ink.  I colored straight onto the image using my Stampin’ Write Markers in Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz and Daffodil Delight.  Choose light colors if you want to do this so you can still see the pretty images.  I went back over the places I wanted darker to add a little color variation. Super fast and oh so pretty, don’t you think?  I created this oval frame with my Ovals Framelits and popped it up on Dimensionals (actually pieces of Dimensionals).  The sentiment from the set was stamped to give balance and then I added on a few Basic Pearls.  I think card would be pretty if created as a set!!!

I hope you like this one.  Like you, I can’t wait to see all that the others have for inspiration!  Hop on over to Bronwyn Eastley to continue on your way around.  I can promise you’ll be inspired!  So glad you dropped in today.  See you again soon!

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Stamp:  Awesomely Artistic; Paper:  Thick Whisper White; Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, Momento Black; Accessories:  Big Shot, Ovals Framelits, Basic Peals, Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #199

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Happy Wednesday!  It is usually one of my favorite days but next week, it is sure to be YOURS as well.  Our 200th Sketch Celebration at Freshly Made Sketches is  next week at you don’t want to miss it!  Keep an eye on the FMS blog this week to see all the amazing sponsors who will be joining us!

This week our sketch is worth celebrating too!  Karren is our sketch hostess and she has created one that I simply love.

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I pulled out an old favorite for this one and kept it super clean to focus on this pretty flower.  I stamped the image from Simply Sketched in Basic Gray onto Thick Whisper White.  I added Daffodil Delight, So Saffron and Basic Gray to the flower with my Aquapainter.  Super simple to do and such a great result!  I put the panel up on Dimensionals onto a Basic Gray base and then added this Paper Pumpkin sentiment backed up with some retired Washi Tape.  A few Basic Pearls are sprinkled on for a little extra elegance.

I have started seeing the previews of what the FMS team has for you next week (and what our guest DT members have created)…I’m here to tell you that you will be blown away with the talent!  Since you can’t see that quite yet, I’ll just send you over to FMS for this week’s inspiration.  The team never disappoints!
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FMS Final 199-001I hope your week is fantastic.  My summer seems to be flying by with my oldest son starting back to school next week.  How can that even be????  I’m enjoying the last few days with the boys and then some more flying this weekend.  I’ll be back on Monday with a new Stamp Review Crew card.  Until then….have a great week!

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Stamp:  Simply Sketches, Petite Pairs; Ink:  Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Basic Gray ; Accessories:  Aquapainter, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals, Retired Washi Tape

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Dasher in Gold

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So I finally got to play along with my Dirty Dozen friends over at Splitcoaststampers in the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges!  The challenges are still up for all those who are fan club members and you totally need to play along!  Splitcoaststampers is a fabulous resource for stampers of any experience level and I just love all the challenges the Dirty Girls have provided all week.

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I loved Lori’s Play It Again challenge and immediately pulled out my Dasher stamp.  I still love him.  Maybe one of my favorite stamps ever!!  I thought a little gold would bring him up with the times and wow, was I right!!  I stamped him in Gold Encore Ink onto White Vellum and heat embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Then he was cut out with Ovals Framelits.  I wound some Gold Metallic Thread behind him and cinched it on with a Gold Metallic Mini Clothespin.  He is up on Dimensionals that are hidden behind the embossing.  The sentiment is from another retired set, Joyous Celebrations and was also stamped and embossed in Gold.  The base of the card is Thick Whisper White card stock and I attached Gold Fancy Foil to the base.  Doesn’t Dasher look fancy and fresh?  I am so in love with this!  Sometimes old stamps feel like old friends.  They never let you down and provide tons of inspiration for your day!

Jump over and look at the amazing gallery additions at SCS.  While you are there, support this amazing community by becoming a Fan Club member!

My Holiday Catalog pre-order just arrived today so I’m hoping to have some fun cards to show you over the next couple of weeks.  If you are not a demo, don’t be afraid to pull out some old favorites to help you get in the holiday stamping spirit!  Hope your weekend is fantastic.  See you again soon!

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Stamp:  Dasher, Joyous Celebrations; Ink:  Gold Encore; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, White Vellum, Gold Fancy Foil; Accessories:  Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Gold Metallic Thread, Gold Metallic Mini Clothespin, Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #198

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I know you have heard it before but I have to say it again.  We are only two weeks away from our 200th Sketch Celebration at Freshly Made Sketches.  You need to mark your calendars!  You will not believe what we have in store for you!

Now….here it is.  Yes….the first Christmas card of the season.  I made it to August!  I love making holiday cards.  Something about them always makes me happy.  So I figured it was as good a time as any to start.  This sketch from Cindy Lovell is so perfect for focus on images or pretty die cuts.

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I just love, love, love this little reindeer from Color Me Christmas.  It is a retired set but I am waiting (impatiently) for my new Holiday Catalog order to show up so retired stuff it is!  This fellow is so fun to color.  I used a combination of Copics and Blendabilities to match this retired DSP.  The SSS Stitched Rectangles provide a little extra fun.  The sentiment is from Petite Pairs (love those fonts).  I added a Cherry Cobbler button and Early Espresso Baker’s Twine to finish.  Now you are in for it because the Christmas vault is open and let the seasonal stamping begin!

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Did I mention the 200th sketch?!  Yes….we are working tons behind the scenes to make this super fun.  We have sponsors that you are sure to love!  Big names…names you love….names I love!!  That is it for hints today.  But more will come.  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram so you don’t miss anything!

Now, off to see the amazing designs from the team this week.  You are going to love what you see!  I’ll be back on Friday with another card (and it might be another Christmas card).  Hope your week is going well.  See you soon!

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Stamp:  Color Me Christmas, Petite Pairs; Ink:  Momento Black, Blendabilities, Copics; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, ; Accessories:  Big Shot, SSS Stitches Rectangles Dies, Regals Buttons, Early Espresso Baker’s Twine, Dimensionals

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Fancy Friday – Watercolor Backgrounds

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I am so excited to share with you this month’s project with for our Fancy Friday monthly hop!  If you just came over from the amazing Jeanna, welcome to the next stop.  My friends and I want to be able to share with you our ideas in a monthly format.  We will use different themes each month – sometimes colors, sometimes a sketch, sometimes a stamp set focus.  The one thing you can count on is that it will be fancy!  Over our year on the 2013 Artisan Design Team,  “fancy” became our word to describe the best projects, the best new clothes, even the best pedicure colors.  Now we want to share with you our take on “fancy” each month.  This month our theme is “Anything Goes”.  With all the chaos of summer, we decided just to see what happened on the crafting tables!

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I thought it would be fun to play with watercoloring this week.  Backgrounds seem to be all the rage and using stencils is a perfect way to create really cool versions.  I made two versions of this card just to show how you can personalize this concept.  Using watercolor paper, I started by laying down a little bit of clean water.  Then I dipped a paint brush in ink (Cucumber Crush and Blackberry Bliss were my colors here).  I added it randomly creating light and dark spots.  Once I was happy, I laid down the diamond stencil from the new Happy Patterns Decorative Masks.  When you push it down on top of the inking you did, the colors pool a bit in the shapes.  I helped it along by adding additional color into selected diamonds.  I held the edges of the stencil down using clear blocks (very high tech, lol) and hit the paper with the low setting of my heat tool to dry it some.  When it was only damp, I added just a little more ink.  Then I let it dry completely.  While it was drying, I figured out the rest of the card.  I took two leftover butterflies from my Watercolor Wishes Kit (they give you extras!) and inked them with Versamark and embossed them with Gold Embossing Powder.  I cut the sentiment using my Greetings Thinlits Dies and Gold Foil.  I wound up some of the new Gold Metallic Thread and laid it onto the White Vellum.  A little bit of Multipurpose Adhesive on the sentiment holds the thread and the sentiment to the vellum.  Finally I added some sequins from the new Metallics Sequins Assortment.  The panels were attached to card bases matching the ink.  This is a little time consuming but such a fun thing to try when you are feeling artsy!

I’m so glad you stopped in to visit today.  I hope you have a great time seeing all the beautiful things on our hop.

The amazing Mercedes Weber is up next!   Wait until you see the fancy holiday card she created!

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Paper:  Watercolor, Cucumber Crush, Blackberry Bliss, White Vellum, Gold Foil; Ink:  Cucumber Crush, Blackberry Bliss; Accessories:  Metallic Sequins, Glue Dots, Big Shot, Greetings Thinlits, Gold Metallic Thread, Happy Patterns Decorative Masks, Aquapainter, Paint Brush

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Freshly Made Sketches #197

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My trip to DC was so awesome last week.  The Nats game was fantastic and they pulled out a great win.  We wandered around over the two days and went to the Arboretum, the Natural History Museum, saw the memorials and generally had a great time (and a lot of walking!).  Just what the family needed!  I have a picture at the bottom of the post of the boys before the Nats game.  The happy faces say it all!

Today over at Freshly Made Sketches we have this sketch that will become an instant classic.  My friend Jen Brum designed it and it rocks!

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I started with the butterfly from the Bold Butterfly Framelits.  Conveniently, Just Add Ink has a butterfly challenge this week so I am playing along with that!  I had the piece of watercolored paper from last week’s card sitting around still and I cut it out with the butterfly.  Part of it was still uncolored so I splashed on a little Daffodil Delight ink with my Aquapainter.  Remember when I told you last week about winning that flower die?  Well, I also won this Basic Grey DSP and it works perfectly here!  I added a square of Thick Whisper White with the sentiment from Garden in Bloom stamped in Rose Red.  I added on some Basic Rhinestones for a little extra sparkle.

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Now just look at those faces?  Aren’t they cute?!  They might be part of the reason that I’m not stamping as much right now but, let’s face it, they are totally worth it!!

Now, off to see what the rest of the DT created!  You will love the projects!  I’ll be back on Friday for this month’s Fancy Friday hop.  Until then, have a great week!

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Stamp:  Garden in Bloom; Ink:  Watermelon Wonder, Rose Red, Daffodil Delight; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Basic Gray Vivienne; Accessories:  Big Shot, Bold Butterfly Framelit, Aquapainter, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals

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