Mon 02

Torrance Trees and Resting Birds
by Jean Okimoto

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Here's an idea for May's "For the Birds"  Challenge...Resting Birds sitting in the shade of the new Torrance Trees.  These contemporary trees borrow some background color for the leaves.  They could also play well together with the Half a Dozen Eggs die set for a contrasting pop of color - just diecut some green egg-shapes and layer them behind the treetop cutouts for a simple card.  

Just planning ahead...imagine the possibilities for autumn and Halloween cards with the Torrance Trees and fall colors!

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a bit of Monday inspiration to start the new week.  Cut the Torrance Trees treetops from green cardstock.  Attach Scor-Tape to Kraft cardstock and cut the trunks.   

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Attach adhesive label paper (or sticker sheets) to yellow, orange and aqua felt and cut Resting Birds.  

I cut the "thinking of you" -  from the Springtime Bunnies clear stamp set - into two pieces for more stamping options and versatility.  Stamp the greeting with VersaFine Habanero and emboss it with detail clear powder.  

Attach the trees and birds - and some little gold sequins.  That's it - one of the quickest cards I've ever made - and you'll have a bunch of extra birds for a few more cards too.  

 

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Try the same design with purple, lavender and teal birds - and stamp your greeting with VersaFine Imperial Purple.  There are so many ways to use these great dies.  View our entire collection here.

Thanks for stopping by...have a great week!

Jeansignature-3

Sun 01

Memory Box Challenge #12- For the Birds

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Somehow it got to be May already, so that means it is time for another Memory Box Challenge.  We  hope you will play along with the theme through the end of the month.  You will even  have the chance to win prizes!  Thank you so much to everyone who created blossom and bunny projects for last month's challenge.

The winner of our blog badge for last month's "anything but a card " challenge is  from the accessolace Live Journal Blog.  We loved her use of the Trellis Border die to create an elegant bookmark:

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The lucky winner of the draw for the monthly prize is Kathy Krug from the stampwithk blog.  Congratulations!

Please contact me at stampjournal@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Want to play along in this month's challenge?  The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Memory Box stamp or die on your project and link your entry to this blog post.  You can make a card, a scrapbook page, a home decor item, etc..  To encourage participants with various levels of stamping experience, one entry will be selected at random to win a prize. Enter as many times as you want, but your name will only be entered once into the random prize drawing.   In addition, the design team will select their favorite entry to  be highlighted on the Outside the Box blog and that designer will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog. 

You don't have to have a blog in order to participate.   You can upload your project to any online gallery and link it to this post.   In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Memory Box product.  You are also welcome to link your design to other challenges.  Feel free to grab our badge to post on your blog post or side bar.

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Spring is here and birds seem to be everywhere.  Believe me, I hear them all the time now in the morning!  Inspired by all the birds I see right now,  this month's challenge, the task is to create something with a bird (or lots of birds) on it.  You could make a card, scrapbook page, gift, or anything you want.   We can't wait to see what you create.


Here are a few card ideas to help get you started:

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by Jean Okimoto

Anne

By Anne Thompson

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by Laura Fulcher

Ready to create your own bird project?  Link your finished work below.  You have until the end of the day (EST) on Sunday, May 29th to enter.  One project will be chosen at random to win the following prizes:

 

 

Sat 30

Elodee Bird
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Saturday! I hope it is a beautiful day where you are, here I am just waiting for Spring to stick around longer than a few days. For my card today, I used the beautiful Elodee Bird dies and the Honeycomb Background.

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First, I die cut the Honeycomb Background in white and glued it to my card. I just love the texture it adds to the background of the card. I used two of the Studio Oval Layers dies in the center of the card. To give my bird a place to land, I die cut the Delicate Coral dies in brown and glued them together to make a branch for my bird.

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The background of the bird is die cut in a dark blue card stock and the floral outline is done in a lighter blue card stock. I added clear gems to the center of the flowers for some sparkle to finish the card.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Melissasigimage

 

 

Fri 29

Plush Gardenia Gift Box
by Donna

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Hi everyone,

I have a project for you today which features one of the new plush flower dies.  I hope you had a chance to see Laura's tutorial yesterday for creating these flowers.  I used the Plush Gardenia die to create my flower that I used as a gift box topper.  Instead of shaping each petal into a flower shape, I stacked the petals on top of each other to form my flower. I die cut all the petals from the set using cardstock and misted the petals with water before scrunching them.  Once the petals dried, I hot glued them on top of each other, going from the largest to the smallest.  Once they were all glued together, I scrunched each petal towards the center to shape it.  

The flower center is from an artificial flower, and the leaves were die cut from the bottom leaves in the set.  

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Wrap the gift box with patterned paper and tie jute around it.  You can stamp any sentiment depending, on the occasion, but these would be particularly cute for Mother's Day.  

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I hope you enjoyed one more way to use the new plush flower dies.

Have a great day!

Donnasignature

Wed 27

Plush Flower Tutorial

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We have created this post specifically for those of you who are interested in the the Plush Floral dies! Using these dies with felt opens up a whole lot of creative opportunities - though you may be wondering how to get started, so we've put together a basic guide to help you.

After all, dies can be used for so much more than just cardmaking! Many of you have asked about assembling the flowers once they are die cut, so hopefully the following pictures and instructions will help get you started. The April 2016 Look Book is loaded with ideas for using these fun 3D flowers (as well as a few other felt projects). The important thing to keep in mind is there is no right or wrong way for designing your flowers.  You can opt to use 10 petals or 30 to achieve very different looks. 

One general tip for assembling the flowers is to use some hot glue at the bottom of each petal.  As you assemble, try to keep the center of the flower lower than the petals you are adding.  If the center of the flower starts getting higher than the petals, then you will end up with more of a cone shape than a flower shape.

 

Plush Camelia

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Don't you just love the 99427 Plush Camelia? Cut out the center and roll the felt, gluing as you roll, to create the center stamens. Note that you may not need the entire piece, depending on the size of your flower - you can cut off some of the center and save it for another project. Once the center is rolled begin gluing, starting with the smallest petals. Try to position the petals a little randomly when assembling - and the more petals you add, the tighter the flower becomes.

 

Plush Anemone

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Similar to the Camelia in assembling is the Plush Anemone .  Here you can see a close up of the center of the flower.  Remember, you don't have to use the entire center for your flower.  It can be cut to match the size of your flower.

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Look at how different the 99431 Plush Anemone looks if you choose a different color for the center.  The great thing about the flower dies is that you can change the colors to match your favorite colors, your home, school colors, wedding colors, or so much more.  The choices are endless.  To assemble this flower, you will want to space the flowers out more than the Plush Camelia. Start with 5 small petals and 5 large petals, gluing the small petals first around the center. The flower turns out rather flat, but the felt can be shaped to appear more dimensional once the project is completed.

 

Plush Succulent

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Is there anything hotter in papercrafting right now than succulents?  They seem to be showing up everywhere!  To create your own version with the 99425 Plush Succulent, start with the smallest petals and pinch tightly in the center when gluing.  Place petals onto your flower starting with the smallest petals and moving to the larger petals.  Remember to add the petals in random positions rather than symmetrically.   As you move away from the center of the flower, the petals are still slightly pinched in the center to give dimension, but not as tightly as the center.

 

Plush Narrow Succulent

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Want to try a different version of a succulent?  Why not try the new 99429 Push Narrow Succulent?  It is assembled in a similar fashion to the Plush Succulent.  Starting with the smaller petals, pinch them tightly in the center and glue.  As you add more petals, continue to pinch the centers, but not as tightly as the center petals.

 

Plush Classic Rose

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Who doesn't love roses?  They are perfect for pretty much any occasion.  With graduation and the wedding season coming up, the 99421 Plush Classic Rose is very practical to own.

To assemble the roses, cut out the petals - in general, you will be cutting several pieces for each size of die. Depending on the look of you flower, you may use more small petals for a tighter center. Or you may use more large petals to create a fuller bloom. Try out different combinations!

You will see that each die creates a slit in each of the petals.  To create the curved shape of a rose petal, grab the point on either side of the slit, overlap the two pieces and then glue the two sides together.  When you start the flower, overlap the two points tightly to create a petal that is almost cylindrical.  As you move farther and farther away from the center of the rose, overlap the points of each petal  less and less so that they aren't as curved as the center petals.  Once your petals are ready, you can begin assembling by starting with the smallest petals in the center and building outward. To finish the flower, you can bend the outside edges of each petal with your fingers to "open" up the flower more.

 

Plush Ruffled Rose

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Want a different look to your rose?  The 99423 Plush Ruffled Rose is an elegant option.  It immediately makes me think of creating decorations for bridal or baby showers.  To create the ruffled rose, start with the smallest petals and pinch tightly in the center when gluing.  Place petals onto your flower starting with the smallest petals and moving to the larger petals. To finish the flower, you can bend the outside edges of each petal with your fingers to "open" up the flower more.

 

Plush Ranunculus

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One of the nicest things about ranunculus flowers are that they comes in so many gorgeous colors...white, yellows, oranges, soft pinks, and hot pinks.  Such wonderful options!  To make this flower, cut out your petals  and assemble starting with with smallest and moving to the largest.  When you start with the center, pinch the petals tightly in the center and glue into place.  Add a couple more tightly pinched small petals to the center.  Add larger and larger petals to the flower as you move outward from the center, but don't pinch the large petals and allow the bloom to become more "open". Again, this is all up to you - you can create just the look you want by how tightly you space the petals. To finish the flower, you can bend the outside edges of each petal with your fingers to "open" up the flower more.

 

Plush Gardenia

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Ahhh...the gardenia.  What a yummy scented flower.  It brings to mind so many thoughts of prom and weddings!  To make this flower, cut out your petals  and assemble starting with with smallest and moving to the largest.  This is a flower that is very easy to adapt in terms of size.  Use just a few petals for a smaller flower or add many petals for a much bigger finished look.  When you start with the center, pinch the petals tightly in the center and glue into place.  Add a couple more tightly pinched small petals to the center.  Add larger and larger petals to the flower as you move outward from the center.

Creating Stemmed Flowers:

As mentioned in this post, the plush floral dies are great for decorating your home or a special event in your life.  You can build your flowers onto floral wire to create beautiful stemmed flowers that can be placed into a vase or attached to any item you want to decorate.  Some of the sets have "bottom leaves" that can be used to give a realistic look to your flowers.  All you have to do is thread them onto your floral wire and glue them to the base of your flowers.

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Wouldn't it be fun to hand out flowers to the special mothers you know for Mother's Day?  It is a beautiful gift that they can keep forever.

More Ideas

Take a look at the Look Book below to get inspired! Once you get started with using your dies to create handmade felt projects, you may find yourself dreaming of all the things you can do! 

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Wed 27

Sketch Daisy Celebration
by Jean Okimoto

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Classy, simple and elegant...the Sketch Daisy is perfect for any occasion or celebration.  The layers add  dimension and depth - and soft felt petals and leaves contrast the shimmery spritzed background.  Hello there, Jean Okimoto here, with a fresh spring design inspired by (or copied from!) the beautiful Sketch Daisy package.

Spritz watercolor paper with water.  Spritz  Bahama Blue, Pear Tart and Grape Jelly Fireworks! sprays in overlapping layers and let the colors begin to mix and mingle.  Spray it lightly with Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Air-dry it for a few minutes, then press it with a dry iron on the cotton setting.  The great Imagine Crafts spritzes come in wide range of colors and metallic looks for quick, easy highlighting.  Cut the watercolor paper with the 2-⅛" x 3-⅛" Stitched Rectangle Layer.  

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Cut Sketch Daisy from watercolor paper.  Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to light green and yellow-green felt and cut the leaves and petals.  The adhesive paper stabilizes the felt and keeps glues from soaking thru the diecuts.  Assemble the daisy and attach it to the  background.  

Attach a strip of Scor-Tape behind gold mirror cardstock and cut the greeting portion of the Stitched Celebrate Circle Frame.  Attach everything to a Pool Notecard.  Add lime green sequins.

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Looking for more card ideas?  Visit the Memory Box site and click on your favorite dies and discover Design Team projects for our dies, stamps and stencils.

Thanks very much for stopping by this morning - please  join us again this afternoon for Laura's special post.

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

Tue 26

Whirling Butterflies
by Shelby Thomas

Good morning Memory Box fans!  I have an easy peasy card (I promise) for you today.  I love when the dies are meant to be used for the entire front of an A2 card.  It makes designs easy and production even easier

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The Whirling Butterflies fits perfectly on the front of an A2 card.  One die cut and voila, almost a completed card.  I was practicing using less water with my watercolor paints to work on my control and blending of colors and actually liked how this panel turned out.  I die cut the panel and then trimmed to 4 1/8 x 5 3/8" and added a light blue layering cardstock to the back of the panel. The panel was then mounted on the A2 card base with foam tape.

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I opened all the butterflies (the butterflies are meant to stay in the paper) though it looked great when only a portion of the butterflies were open.  If you use watercolor paper, I would recommend using a tool to open the butterflies before adhering the panel.  It just makes manipulating the paper a little easier to get to the wings.  I used small dots of wet adhesive on the backside near the butterflies so the watercolor paper would bend and distort the shape of the card.

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The Butterfly kisses sentiment is from last year's Simple Pleasures exclusive and stamped in blue versafine ink.

Glad you could pop by for a visit today and hope the rest of your week is fantastic.

Shelbysig

 

 
Mon 25

Plush Gardenia and English Rose Bouquet Improv
by Jean Okimoto

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Love the look of layered blossoms?  I do - and decided to improvise and create some for you today!  I used the English Rose Bouquet from my stash of favorite dies - and layered it over the brand-new Plush Perfect Gardenia from the Spring Release.  The just-released English Rose Collage would work perfectly too.

It's a popular look right now - and we can create it with Memory Box Dies - yay!  Jean Okimoto here this evening...let's get started.

Cut English Rose Bouquet from gold mirror cardstock and snip three of the blossoms.  (Yes cutting - with scissors, by hand - like in the old days!)  Attach adhesive label paper (or sticker sheets) behind bright pink, orange and fuchsia felt and diecut three of the Plush Perfect Gardenia petals.  The paper stabilizes the felt and keeps glues from soaking through.  Although they aren't perfect-perfect matches, I like the wonky, natural look and shiny gold layered over warm plush felt.  

Cut the leaves from the Large Billow Flowers Background Set from green cardstock.  Cut the 3-⅞" x 2-⅞" Pinpoint Rectangle Layer from white cardstock.   Attach the botanicals to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock. 

Prep a scrap of dark gray cardstock with the embossing powder tool to eliminate stray flecks of powder.  Stamp Follow Your Bliss with VersaMark and emboss it with detail white powder.

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Thanks a bunch for stopping by again this evening...see you on Wednesday.  Yes, me again two days from now - hope you're not getting tired of me.  Classes, travel - and life - kept me extra-busy in early April, so I'm sharing 6 cards in 5 days!

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Mon 25

Calla Oval Wreath and Stitched Oval Layers
by Jean Okimoto

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A Stitched Oval Layer creates the perfect backdrop for the delicate new Calla Oval Wreath from our Spring 2016 Collection.  Fresh garden colors of shimmery Brilliance inks highlight the intricate design and celebrate spring...or Mother's Day!  Hi there - Jean Okimoto here today with another cut-and-emboss design for you.

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) behind smooth white cardstock to add a bit of dimension to the diecut.  Cut the Calla Oval Wreath - but don't remove the diecut yet.  Dry emboss it using the plates, embossing mat and layering sequence recommended by your machine's manufacturer.  Leave the diecut in the die again.  

Use Imagine Crafts Ink Blushers to daub Brilliance inks onto the embossed areas.  I've used Pearlescent Orchid, Coral and Orange.  Ink Blushers are a set of eight soft, fine-textured wedges that are perfectly shaped (and squishy-soft) for detailed daubing.  Brilliance inks blend beautifully and dry quickly on matte surfaces - they're great for stenciling and daubing and come in a rainbow of pearlescent and matte shades.  

OK...now you get to pop the diecut out of the die!  Color the remaining flowers with the same pretty Brilliance shades - and Sunflower Yellow too.  Mask the flowers with a  Post-It note and color the foliage with Pearlescent Lime.  I  thought I could save some time - and convince you that white foliage would be OK - but I think we need that bright pop of green.  What do you think?

Cut the 4.4" x 3.2" Stitched Oval Layer from smooth white cardstock.  Stamp Seeds of Happiness with Memento Espresso Truffle.  Attach the oval and the wreath to a side-folded 4-¼" x 5-½" card of textured white cardstock.  Add some pearlescent pale green sequins.  

 

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Thanks for stopping by this morning...hope you'll have a chance to return for another design this evening.

  Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

 

Sun 24

Cattails of Happiness
by Penny

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Hey there Memory Box fans. Penny here today with a bit of nature. Needing a card for a man (and you know those are the hardest cards for me to make), this card came together so easily because Memory Box dies are so simple to pair together. With Father's Day just around the corner, it is time to get prepared. Those Tall Cattails are just stinkin' adorable and would perfect for any "manly" card.

 

So...Let's do this:

White card base inked with Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge Distress inks. The script portion of Skywriting was inked and stamped along the edge for a little interest. Seeds of Happiness sentiment was stamped using VersaFine Vintage Sepia ink.

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Tall Cattails were die cut from White card stock then colored with Copic markers and adhered to card front.

Wildflower Landscape was die cut from White card stock and colored with Copics. My colors were way too bright, so I colored over the whole thing again with a pale Green Copic marker giving the Wildflowers a muted, yet colorful look.

 

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Wildflower Landscape was adhered to card front with two pieces of foam adhesive in the center giving it lots of dimension.

 

What have you been making with the new Collection of dies? We would love to see your artwork on our Facebook page here.

 

Happy Crafting,

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Sat 23

Watercolored Hovering Butterfly Frame
by Jean Okimoto

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Hello - here's another watercolored butterfly card for you today - it's the richly-embossed Hovering Butterfly Frame.  It's been a fabulous year for Memory Box butterfly dies - you'll love them!  Jean Okimoto here this afternoon...let's get started.

Cut Hovering Butterfly Frame from watercolor paper.  Paint it with light washes of Peerless Watercolors.  Blend the neighboring colors about halfway between each different color to create a softly framed look.  Dry the watercolors.

Watercoloring will soften the detailed embossing...not a problem.  Just dry-emboss your diecut using the embossing plate, rubber embossing mat, base plate and process recommended by your machine's manufacturer.  The intricate embossing will  be better than ever.  Here's the stacking sequence I used for my teal Grand Calibur.

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Leave the diecut in the die.   Daub Memento Luxe Wedding Dress pigment ink onto the open,  embossed areas of the diecut - the Hovering Butterfly Frame multi-tasks as a stencil.  Remove the diecut and heat-emboss it with Imagine Crafts' Iridescent Powder for sparkly highlights.

Attach it  - at an angle - to an A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card of textured white cardstock.  Print a birthday greeting on a labelmaker.  Attach clear iridescent sequins.

Attach Scor-Tape behind Rose Gold mirror cardstock and diecut the butterfly bodes from the Fairyland Butterflies die set. Attach them to the three largest butterflies.

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Thanks very much for stopping by - hope you're enjoying a beautiful spring weekend! 

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Sat 23

Watercolored Silver Springs Butterfly
by Jean Okimoto

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A bright background of  Peerless Watercolors creates a quick setting for the beautiful Silver Springs Butterfly die.  It's quick, colorful and works for any occasion.    Hi there, Jean Okimoto here today, with an easy design in bright spring pastels.

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to textured white cardstock and cut Silver Springs Butterfly - save the negative.    The attached layer adds a bit of instant dimension to the diecut, without any tedious gluing.  

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Place the negative over a strip of watercolor paper and use it as a guide to quickly paint the paper with Peerless Watercolors.  Go ahead - make a mess, it's OK!  Remove the template and add more water or color to create a loose, blobby background to contrast with the delicate diecut.

Dry and trim the background.  Attach the diecut.

Attach Scor-Tape behind a scrap of Rose Gold mirror cardstock and cut the butterfly bodies from the Fairyland Butterflies set.  Score, cut and fold an A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card of textured white cardstock.  Attach pink, yellow and green sequins.

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That's it!  Why not make make a stash of these  in your favorite colors?  They're perfect for thank-yous, graduations, Mother's Day, birthdays - or any occasion or celebration.

BIG Thanks to storeowners Debbie and Gary and everyone who took my classes at Marietta's Rubber Stamp Fantasy last weekend!  It was great seeing all of you again - and meeting some new friends too. Special thanks to Debbie for her great snacks and lunch - it kept us going throughout the day!  (Not revealing how many of her yummy Hello Dolly bars I ate.)  The weather was beautiful - perfect for  the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Ponce City Market sidetrips too.  

Thanks (lots of thanking here today) for stopping by - hope to see you again this evening!

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