296 posts categorized "Anne"

04/15/2019

Mon 15

More Bunny Cards for Easter
by Anne Thompson

I have two more bunny cards to show you today.

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Let's look at the turquoise one first.

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materials used

  • turquoise notecard    
  • one strip of the smaller-scale turquoise plaid for the background and another piece cut with the GRASS STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME 99924; a circle cut from the larger-scale turquoise plaid
  • JUMPING BUNNY CIRCLE 94236 cut from white cardstock
  • GENTLE BUNNY 94237 cut from white cardstock
  • SPRINGTIME TYPEWRITER SENTIMENTS CL5239 -- "Hoppy Easter" stamped with Hero Arts Tide Pool ink on a large white cardstock circle

to assemble

  • Place a rectangle of plaid paper on the left front of the side-folded A2 notecard.
  • Adhere the large white circle on top of it.
  • Add the plaid circle next with one edge up against the top edge of the white circle.
  • Stamp "Hoppy Easter" in Tide Pool ink.
  • Line up the Jumping Bunny Circle with the Grass Stitched Circle Frame with the bunny poking out of the grass.
  • Glue the tail on the Gentle Bunny and pop dot him in the lower left corner on the plaid paper.
  • I lined the inside of the notecard with plaid paper and a turquoise doily on the left and a soft subtle turquoise flower print on the right, light enough to write over.

the purple one

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I used the same dies but different papers for this card and placed the die cut images on a white paper doily.   This is one of the cards we'll make on Wednesday at the Senior Center.  We'll also use many more of the bunnies on purple tags for Easter goodie bags (tied closed with the carrots).  So cute!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

04/08/2019

Mon 08

Clean and Simple Cards with Blooming Floral Circle Frame
by Anne Thompson

Maybe you'll recognize this first card from the introduction to this month's challenge.

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I chose to feature one die on a series of clean and simple cards for each season: BLOOMING FLORAL CIRCLE FRAME 94218.  

For this spring card, I used an aqua notecard, white cardstock cut with the Blooming Floral Circle Frame, cloud paper cut with one of the Wrapped Circle dies just a tad bigger than the floral circle as an underlay, and a scrap of pool distressed dot paper cut with a small circle die the same diameter as the inner circle of the frame.  I stamped "springtime wishes" from
SPRINGTIME TYPEWRITER SENTIMENTS CL5239 using Hero Arts Tide Pool ink on a scrap of white cardstock.  I layered everything up using a glue pen, tucking the sentiment under one of the branches and adding the small cut-outs on the end of that tag.

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Want an even cleaner and simpler version?

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Here I covered the front of a pink notecard with plaid paper, added the white cardstock Blooming Floral Circle Frame, and glued on a bow and a few small pearls.  Summer card!

Here I've added fall and winter cards with the summer one.

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For the oranges fall card (which I made as a birthday card with a sentiment from Bold Friendly Greetings CL5236), I used a gold cardstock and a darker orange one for the circle frames and layered them just a bit offset before adding the ribbon bow.  The winter dark chocolate card has a white cardstock circle frame over a kraft circle die cut to the same size and finished with a brown ribbon bow. 

I'm now thinking of other color combinations and celebrations appropriate for this design.  So many possibilities!

I also added coordinating papers to the inside panels of each card and also on the back--trying to use up some of the pretty papers from my 6X6 collections and scraps from previous projects.  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

03/18/2019

Mon 18

Seashell Circle Frame with Elegant Shorebirds
by Anne Thompson

Here are two cards that feature the Seashell Circle Frame, cards that would work well as masculine ones because of the colors I chose.

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Both cards use the SEASHELL CIRCLE FRAME 94225 and one or two of the ELEGANT SHOREBIRDS 99730.  The card on the right also uses the waves from the WONDERFUL WHALE FRAME 94228.

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the first card

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materials used

  • black A2 side-fold notecard
  • Die cut Seashell Circle Frame and Elegant Shorebirds from both white and medium gray cardstocks.
  • Layer the images with the gray on the bottom and slightly offset to make a shadow of the images.
  • Cut a circle from the same black notecard stock the same size as the Seashell Circle Frame using a circle die or trace the outline of the Seashell Circle Frame and cut it out.
  • Attach the layered images to the black circle and then that circle to the notecard--or skip the circle and just put everything on the notecard.  Use single pop-dots for the center shells and double them for the shorebird so he sits a little higher than the shells.
  • I lined the inside notecard panels, distressed licorice dots on the left and a black and white stripe on the right.

the second card

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materials used

  • brown A2 side-fold notecard
  • Die cut Seashell Circle Frame, Wonderful Whale Frame, and Elegant Shorebirds from both white and lighter tan cardstocks.
  • Layer the images with the lighter tan on the bottom and offset for a shadow effect.  Use just the waves from the Wonderful Whale Frame.
  • Adhere the waves behind the Seashell Circle Frame using a glue pen and then attach
    to the front of the notecard.
  • Add two of the shells in the bottom right corner and pop-dot one of the standing shorebirds next to them.
  • Use a pop-dot to add the flying heron to the edge of the center circle.
  • I papered the inside of the card with a brown/black stripe on the left and a sandy-looking paper on the right.

Imagine these cards in other color combinations--black images on white notecards, blues on white, darker browns on kraft...I think there are many many ways to change the look by changing the tones of the shadows, too.  I LOVE this Seashell Circle Frame!!!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

03/11/2019

Mon 11

"sending oceans of love" Scene Card
by Anne Thompson

I was inspired by the Wonderful Whale Frame to create an ocean scene card to send to my son and his family.  They have just confirmed a trip to Maine this summer and we'll be staying in a coastal town, with views much like this one.

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materials used

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to assemble this scene

  • Cut the Wonderful Whale Frame twice, once from the blue cardstock and once from the white cardstock.
  • Layers the pieces together using a glue pen, offsetting them a bit for a blue shadow behind the white frame and the waves.
  • Adhere this to the front of the notecard, near the top.
  • Cut the Oceanside Lighthouse and Waves from white cardstock.
  • Cut the lighthouse again from the scrap of yellow cardstock.  Place this piece behind the white one for lights in the windows.
  • Cut the waves again from the same blue cardstock used before.  Glue these behind the white waves, offsetting them a bit.
  • Add the lighthouse and the waves to the scene.
  • Cut the Soaring Swallow from white cardstock.  Secure it to the card using a foam pop-dot.
  • Stamp the sentiment "sending oceans of love" using the Hero Arts Cornflower ink.

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This scene was so much fun to create, combining new dies and stamps with the older lighthouse/waves die.  Hmmm...this gets me thinking about creating more scenes representative of places I've been.  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

02/24/2019

Sun 24

Cottage Flower Circle Frame St. Patrick's Day Cards
by Anne Thompson

I decided this week to make some cards for St. Patrick's Day.  In going through the newest 2019 Spring Collection, I settled on the COTTAGE FLOWER CIRCLE FRAME die 94242 as the focal image for my cards.  Those little flowers made me think of four-leaf clovers, though I ended up treating them as blossoms.

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All three cards are the same design with just a change in notecard colors, papers, and bows.

These are the three dies I used:

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  • select a green notecard; cut the Cottage Flower Circle Frame and "cheers" from medium green cardstock
  • cut a circle from white cardstock that is the same size as the Cottage Flower Circle Frame
  • use a glue pen to attach the flower frame to the white circle; add the completed image to the card front
  • add tiny pearls on the littlest blossoms and ones slightly larger on the other 12 flowers in the frame
  • add more pearls to the tiny separate sprig and use a glue dot to attach it to the bow
  • use a larger glue dot to secure the bow inside the circle
  • use a large glue dot or foam pop dot to adhere the gold shamrock coin inside the circle 
  • use a glue pen to attach the green letters to the white outline "cheers" and attach it to the card

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  • select a lime green notecard, white cardstock, Key Lime Distressed Dot paper, lime green bow
  • assemble in the same manner as the first card

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  • select a blue-green notecard, blue-green striped paper, white cardstock for "cheers", and a blue-green bow
  • assemble as the others omitting the white circle behind the flower frame

I LOVE all of the frame dies in this new collection!!!  So much fun to think of ways to use them!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

02/11/2019

Mon 11

Gift Boxes--Pretty in Pink (and a few red ones, too)
by Anne Thompson

I decided this past week to recycle some holiday gift boxes for packaging Valentine treats.

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I began by using Scor-Tape to mount pretty pink papers on the top and side edges of each of the boxes.  (These papers are from a Papertrey Ink collection.)

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For the top of this box, I added a WRAPPED CIRCLE 30114 cut from white cardstock with a pink cardstock heart cut using one of the dies from the HAVE A HEART set 30118.  I used foam dots to secure some flowers to the heart.  I also used a white grosgrain ribbon around the sides of the box top and added a light pink bow tie at the front.

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I started by papering this box with a shimmer pink cardstock.  I added a smaller piece of pink-white striped paper on the top of the box before placing a large white doily in the center.  I chose a die from the STITCHED SCALLOPED CIRCLES set 30047 ( a set from 2015 no longer in stock--Don't have this die?  Use another Wrapped Circle, a heart, or a punched shape for the center!) and cut it from more of the striped paper, doing my best to line up the stripes when I glued it to the doily.  I used glue dots and foam dots for the white leaves and the pink flowers cluster on one edge of the scalloped circle.  I tucked in a small pink gingham bow and put a small white heart on each corner--these were left from cutting out the BRIGHT HEARTS 94120 from an earlier card project.  (I have a small yogurt cup on my work table holding lots of these little hearts in white, pink, and red.)

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For this little square box, I used a smaller doily and a smaller Stitched Scallop Circle in the center for the top.  What you don't see in this photo are all of the hearts glued on the box top edges, more leftovers from cutting out the Bright Hearts die.

Once I got started I could hardly stop!  Here are some of the red ones...

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Here I used the WOODLAND HEART FRAME 94121 on the top.  All four sides of the box have red cardstock Wrapped Circles under white cardstock Wrapped Circles that have then been cut again with the Bright Hearts 94120 die.

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This box has a white cardstock Wrapped Circle on the front with a red cardstock heart from the Have a Heart set of dies in the center.  Then there's the little HEART GIFT BOX 99954 on top of that with a smaller white heart to cover the window opening.  I glued on some red and white stamens and a small red rose before tucking a folded doily into the heart box.

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For this tall square box I used the PINPOINT HEART CIRCLE FRAME 94106 on the top of the box, adding tiny pearls on the hearts, larger pearls at the ends of the spiral vines, and a cluster of flowers in the center. All four sides of the box have red cardstock Wrapped Circles under white cardstock Wrapped Circles that have then been cut again with the Bright Hearts 94120 die.

Now I'm thinking ahead to Easter gift boxes and looking at the newest Spring 2019 collection for inspiration!  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

02/05/2019

Tue 05

3-D Valentines...Circle Frames, Hearts, and Flowers
by Anne Thompson

3-D Valentines for gift tags/home decor/ornaments...

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These were so much fun to put together!

I started with some papier mache-ish circle and heart ornament forms that I purchased ages ago at a local craft store.  The circles are about 3 3/4" in diameter and a little less than 1/2" thick, and they already have the gold cord attached for hanging them up.  The first thing I did was to color the edges and overlap a bit onto the front and back of each shape using a red Memento marker.  That way none of the kraft paper showed once I added the decorative papers and die cuts.

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Let's look at these two first, inspired by this month's pink and red challenge.

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I used the same dies for each of these:

For the one on the left, I covered both the front and the back of the circle form with white cardstock Wrapped Circles.  It was important to use Scor-Tape to attach the papers to the cardboard form.  On the front I used the Pinpoint Heart Circle Frame cut from a nice red cardstock, attaching it with glue dots under each of the hearts.  I then added tiny pink roses between each of the hearts and popped up the central heart from the die cuts with three more tiny roses on it.  I added a pink bow and another rose at the top, on the edge near the gold cord loop.  

For the one on the right, I used a shimmery pink cardstock for the Wrapped Circles on the front and the back.   I added the red cardstock Pinpoint Heart Circle Frame, popped up the center heart, and added tiny red pearls at the ends of the vine spirals.  I tucked some red stamens and three tiny red roses under the center heart and  popped on two larger roses.  I then finished it with a large pink satin bow next to the gold loop at the top.

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For the one on the left, I cut Wrapped Circles from red/white dot paper.  I added the SCROLLWORK HEART CIRCLE FRAME 94114 cut from white cardstock.  A cluster of flowers in the center, some small white pearls  on the frame, and a white satin bow finish this one.

For the one on the right, I cut Wrapped Circles from red cardstock for the front and back of the form.  I then cut the BRIGHT HEARTS 94120 from white cardstock before cutting it again with the Wrapped Circles die and then placed it on top of the red circle.  I used a few red pearls to emphasize the hearts and a larger one in the center before adding a few red stamens and a red/white polka dot bow at the top. 

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This heart-shaped one was a little different.  I didn't have a heart die that was exactly the right size or shape, so I traced the cardboard heart on the back of the red dot paper.  I cut it out a little bit smaller than what I traced to make it fit, one for the front and one for the back.  What did work really well with this shape was the center section of the NEIGHBORHOOD HEART FRAME 94102.  I cut it from white cardstock and added a cluster of white flowers, some red and white stamens, and a white satin bow on top of the gate.  Because I'd already used a bow, I decided to attach pearls around the outer edge, graduating them from largest to smallest on each side of the gold loop.

No forms to work with?  Die cut (or punch) circles or heart shapes from cardstock and layer them up to make a thick base.  Or use cardboard from cereal boxes or packing boxes or fun foam.  You can always cover the edges with narrow ribbon or cording. 

Valentines Day is coming soon!  Now if I can just stop eating the candy I've already purchased to go with these ... 

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

01/21/2019

Mon 21

Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame Valentines
by Anne Thompson

I recently made several valentines using the SCROLLWORK HEART CIRCLE FRAME die 94114, another of my favorite dies from the Valentine's Collection 2019.

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These cards became quite three-dimensional when I started adding paper flowers.  Guess these will have to go into the gift bags with valentine goodies rather than mailing them!  

Card One:

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  • I began with a white side-folded notecard and covered the front with Memory Box Gingham paper.
  • I cut the Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame from white cardstock.
  • I used a glue pen to attach the heart circle first and then the pinpoint circle around it.
  • I added tiny pearls in the oval bases between the leaf shapes.
  • I then found a pink paper rose, some white stamens, and a pretty pink satin bow to add to the center of the circle.

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  • On the left panel inside the card I covered it with more of the gingham paper.  I used a glue pen to add the extra circle, one of the heart stems, and a single heart which all came from the Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame die cuts.
  • On the righthand panel I added a piece of decorative paper and stamped "Love" from the Birch Press Design SENDING LOVE CL8126 clear stamps set.

Card Two:

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  • I used a pale pink textured paper for the die cutting.
  • For this card I added miniature pink paper roses between each of the hearts in the circle and a cluster of three in the very center. 
  • I then put tiny pearls in each of the hearts.

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  • On the left panel inside the card, you can see that I had some fun adding elements that cut from the die--the solid circle, both heart stems, and the six hearts.

Card Three:

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  • This time I made my card base from a textured pink paper and cut it  4 X 4 1/4.
  • I cut the die using a darker pink cardstock and placed the center heart circle on the front of the card.
  • I added some tiny pearls at the base of the design between each of the hearts, though they are hard to see because of so much foliage in the center.

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  • I added a rose print paper on the left panel and more of the gingham paper on the right.
  • To finish the inside I added the two heart stems in opposite corners.
  • This card could then be either a top-fold card or a side-fold card.

I love that the Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame gives me spaces to add some paper flowers.  I have soooo many in my stash!  And they are the perfect touch, along with the pearls, for really sweet valentines.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

01/14/2019

Mon 14

Pinpoint Heart Circle Frame Valentine
by Anne Thompson

Here's a lovely valentine using the Pinpoint Heart Circle Frame.

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  • I started with a standard A2 white card, side-folded.  I covered the front of the card and both inside panels with Memory Box Gingham paper.
  • I cut the PINPOINT HEART CIRCLE FRAME die 94106 from white cardstock.

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  • I used glue dots under the hearts to secure that inner circle to the card front.
  • I then used a glue pen to add the larger pinpoint circle, touching the bases of the two circles.  I placed a bow at that spot.
  • I put tiny pearls at the ends of the spiral vines.
  • I stamped "Love" from the Birch Press Design SENDING LOVE CL8126 stamp set inside the circle using VersaClair Pine ink.

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Inside the card:

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  • I used a glue pen to add the plain circle from the die cuts to the right panel where I plan to write a message.
  • I put a foam dot on the back of the larger pinpoint heart (which cuts from the center of the circle) and overlapped the circle with it.

Simple, sweet card using one stamp and one die!  And the first card sample is ready for my class at the senior center next week!  With all of the new stamps and dies available in the latest release, making valentines is so much fun!  Have you started yours yet?

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

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01/08/2019

Tue 08

Sending Thanks with the Woodland Heart Frame
by Anne Thompson

Welcome to the second day of our Blog Blitz celebrating all things LOVE with the newest Memory Box Collection to kick off 2019.  

After the holidays in December, I find that I always need more thank you cards than I have prepared.  Luckily for me the 2019 valentines dies and clear stamps arrived just in time to create something new!  Today's cards features these dies and stamps.

  • WOODLAND HEART FRAME  4" square die 94121 (NEW from Memory Box)

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  • tiny "thanks" from BEST LIFE TYPEWRITER SENTIMENTS Clear Stamp Set CL5237 (NEW from Memory Box)

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  • "Sending" and "Love" from SENDING LOVE Clear Stamps Set CL8126 (from Birch Press Design)

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  • THANKS JOTTED SCRIPT dies 94011 (from Memory Box summer 2018)

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  • HEART SPRINKLES die 94112 (NEW from Memory Box)

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This first card is 4" X 4".  I cut down an A2 card to fit the 4" square die cut and the 4" square of Bubblegum Distressed Dot paper under it.
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I snipped the prongs off a pink glittery heart brad and attached it with a foam dot over the heart space in the trees.  I cut the background outline "thanks" from more of the Bubblegum paper and used a glue pen to add the narrower "thanks" from the same brown cardstock I used for the Woodland Heart Frame before gluing the sentiment over the trees circle.  

And then I did something different with the inside of the card using the Heart Sprinkles die.  IMG_1018

I thought it might be a fun twist to use this die to cut the inside of the card where I will write a message on more of the Bubblegum paper. I've often added die cuts to the inside of cards but this is the first time I actually cut a design into the inside of the card itself.

I used red and white dotted paper (single-sided) to back that panel (which then left white space on the back of the card for more room to write) and added a 4" square scrap patterned paper on the left panel.  I then stamped "Love" in VersaClair Pinecone ink.  I saved all of the tiny hearts that cut out and may enclose them as a kind of confetti inside the card when I mail it.

For this second card I used just the inside circle from the Woodland Heart Frame, cut from white cardstock, and mounted on a panel of Cranberry Distressed Dots paper.  Again I added a pink glittery heart brad and the "thanks" sentiment cut from the two papers.

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Inside  I added more of the dot paper on the left and a rose-decorated scrap on the right before cutting that rose panel with the Heart Sprinkles die.  I placed more of the dot paper under the cut-out hearts and also covered the back of the card with it.  (note:  When I used this card to send to a friend, I added a smaller piece of light pink paper on top of the red dots paper on the inside left panel in order to write a longer message.)

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I had a little difficulty with this third card.  As I was poking out the last tiny pieces from the square frame I tore one of the corners.  Rather than sacrificing the whole thing, I cut the frame in half and glued it to the 4" X 5 1/4" Bubblegum dot paper panel.  I added the inner tree circle under it.  I had a white die cut  heart left from the last card which I colored with a hot pink Tombow marker  before gluing it into the heart space.  I added "Sending thanks" as the stamped sentiment using VersaClair Pinecone ink.  On the inside I layered a piece of Bubblegum dot paper onto more of the brown cardstock and stamped "Love" in the lower right corner.

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Once I photographed everything I sat down on New Year's Day to write my thank you notes in order to post them on the 2nd.  My next task is to design some valentine cards for a workshop later this month at my town's senior center.  With so many new stamps and dies in the valentines release, that will be fun!!!

Please leave your comments on this post and you could be the winner of the WOODLAND HEART FRAME DIE!  Comments close at 11:59 PM on Sunday, January 13, 2019 and winners from each day of the Blog Blitz will be announced on Monday the 14th on the Outside the Box blog at 6 PM.  Be sure to check all of the posts this week and leave comments for chances to win prizes!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


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