294 posts categorized "Open Studio"

03/27/2020

Fri 27

Using Old Favorites In New Ways by Vicki Finger

Hello everyone!  Vicki here with you today.  I have a new project using some of my "old" favorites from Memory Box and a stamp set from Poppy Stamps as well.  I love being able to use supplies in my "collection" to pull a completely different style of card together.  

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You might remember this card from last fall that I created using the Grateful Autumn Stamp Set from Memory Box.  I used Metallic Watercolors on Stonehenge Black Watercolor Paper from Legion (who also makes Yupo Paper).  

Just because it has Autumn in the name doesn't mean it can't be used for any of the other seasons that have leaves on the trees.  Lots of folks north of Texas live in states where it is still snowing this week and they don't even have the first little buds of leaves out on their trees.  Here in North Texas, Our Redbuds are just budding out this week and in a week or so, we'll have lots of small green leaves popping out everywhere.  The Bradford Pears have also begun blooming.  In Texas, we have Live Oak Trees, and they stay green year-round.  There are many such trees in Texas and I remember being fascinated by them when we first moved to Texas in the late 1990's.  Being a midwestern girl, the only kind of evergreen trees I had ever seen were the Cedar and Evergreen varieties that remind you of Christmas Trees.  There is a huge, ancient, Live Oak Tree on the grounds of the Alamo.  Its limbs have grown so heavy that many are now supported by giant cables and many are literally laying on the ground, but still growing.  

Today I wanted to use this same stamp set to create a pretty Wet-On-Wet Watercolor Background with a lot of visual interest.   Using the large image from the set, I heat embossed it onto a 5 x 7 panel of Watercolor Paper.  Next, I wet the entire panel using a #10 Escoda Versatil Paint Brush. These brushes are hand made in Barcelona Spain and have a Triple Crimp Ferrule and they don't shed!

Next, I added Diopside Genuine in a pretty concentrated mix of paint and water.  I sort of dabbed at the area of the leaves but didn't stay within the lines.  I let that dry and then repeated the process with Ultramarine Turquoise, making sure to extend the paint and water to the entire panel, letting it move freely as I turned the paper.  When it was not quite dry, I went in with a watery layer of Iridescent Gold Watercolor on the top and turning the paper, again let it move around the entire panel of watercolor paper.  As this dries, the gold settles into the texture of the paper making it very visible.  

I die cut the panel with a Rectangle Basics Die and then used the leftover piece to heat emboss my sentiment onto. The sentiment is from Poppy Stamps Butterfly Greetings Stamp Set and I love this font!  Using a smaller Rectangle Basics Die I die cut the sentiment out and then used the next size up to cut a mat from Gold Foiled Cardstock. I popped the sentiment up on some foam tape.  I also had an already cut piece of cardstock sitting there that I had previously cut for another project and then didn't use, so it was perfect for this.  

I die cut the Drifting Side Butterfly from the center of that panel, which is a very economical way to use your gold cardstock and although I don't often do it that way, I should!  I don't sit and plan out a card from beginning to end with what I'm going to do.  I'm definitely a "fly by the seat of your pants" cardmaker.  I get an idea of what stamp set I want to use and what technique, but that's as far as the planning goes until I actually sit down to put the card together.  So usually, I'm too far into the process when I think about using the gold foiled cardstock that way. 

I love all the shimmer and shine on this card and that perfect final touch was the sequins and gems I added.  These particular sequins are iridescent teal and they matched so well.  I've had them for years and I don't know where they came from.  I will be really sad when I run out as they are so pretty.  Then as I often do, I added a little gem in the center of the sequin which really makes everything sparkle and shine.  

I did play around with adding colored cardstock or shimmer cardstock for the butterfly's body behind the gold frame, but I didn't care for any of the colors I tried over just using the gold outline, which allowed the watercolor to be seen through the wings. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing my project today and that you might be inspired to see what you can do with a stamp set you may already have.  I have an extended post over on my blog today as I go into some detail about my watercolor palettes that I've made recently.  I'll hope you'll pop over there if your interested in that sort of thing. 

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03/14/2020

Sat 14

Snow Bunny, Springtime Bouquet, Twinkling Jewel and Poppystamps Brilliant Rings by Jean Okimoto

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Want to add some sunshine to your life?  I hope the lovable Snow Bunny and pretty Springtime Bouquet prints will brighten your day!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with my favorite bunny and some fresh spring colors. I've used many more colors and pieces than usual - but I think we could use some sunshine and a reason to smile today.  Hope you agree!

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Attach label paper or a sticker sheet to white felt and diecut the Snow Bunny pieces. The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating the fabric.  Cut the eyes (black), nose (pink) and one paw pad (gray) from cardstock.  Cut the tummy and ear sections from the lavender Springtime Bouquet 6x6 prints.  Assemble the bunny.

Snow Bunny was introduced in 2017 and is one of my favorite Memory Box sets.  It's from the Deep Edge dies collection that's also perfect for cutting multiple layers for fabric arts projects. We love him at Impress, and at Stamps and Memories in Hawaii.  Ask your Retailer to order him for you soon...we don't know when he might decide to retire.  He's very versatile and can be used to create puppies, bears, koalas and pandas too. Please scroll thru my Instagram for a few examples.  

Cut the new Poppystamps Brilliant Rings from the yellow Twinkling Jewel 6x6 glitter cardstock.  

Cut the Springtime Bouquet floral print with the 2-¾" x 4" Rectangle Basics die.  Stamp the greeting - from the new Sunflower Wreath Clear Stamps Set - on yellow cardstock.

Score, fold and cut a green A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Attach the diecuts - don't use any adhesive behind his poufy cheeks.  Attach the greeting with foam dots near the right side.

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Have fun creating some extra Snow Bunnies from the pretty prints in the new Cottage Meadow and Springtime Bouquet 6x6 sets.  Add glittery accents from the Twinkling Jewel and Delicate Pastel Glitter Packs too.  They'll be perfect for Easter, baby cards and little birthday celebrations.

Thanks for visiting!

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03/03/2020

Tue 03

Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out, Double Stitch Square Cut Out and Cottage Meadow 6x6 Pack by Jean Okimoto

 

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Hearts aren't just for Valentines and weddings...use them throughout the year for friendship, encouragement and thank you cards too.  Add Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Outs to a flowery Cottage Meadow 6x6 Pack background and tell someone how great she is.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a design that works for anyone, anytime.

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Cut the pale blue Cottage Meadow print with the largest Double Stitch Square Cut Out die.  Trim a bit of the edges.  Pressure-emboss it with the second-largest Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out die.

Cut the pale peach-speckled Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad sheet with the same heart die.  Save the offcut for another special project.  Cut it with the second-smallest heart die.  Cut the allover floral print (from the reverse side of the blue Cottage Meadow print) with the second-smallest heart die.

Cut the peach glittered cardstock with Cherry Blossom Elements and snip off four flowers.  Attach one to the heart and scatter the others on the background.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Birch Press Design You Are Awesome Clear Stamps Set - on white cardstock with Rocket Red Gold Brilliance.  

Attach the diecuts to a white 5-½" square card.  Attach the greeting with foamtape.  Accent the flower centers with Open Studio Buttercup Glow Fairy Sugar Glitter Glue and set the card aside to dry the glitter glue.

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Love adding sparkly highlights with glitter cardstock and glitter glue?  Be sure to enter the March Challenge for a chance to win a great prize from our Spring 2020 Collection.  Good luck!

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Thursday -

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02/20/2020

Thu 20

Splendid Poppy Stems with Embossed Double Stitch Rectangle Cut Outs by Jean Okimoto

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Frame glittered Splendid Poppy Stems with embossed Double Stitch Rectangle Cut Outs for a quick spring card.  The Cottage Meadow 6x6 background creates a fresh garden backdrop for the poppies and scattered Cherry Blossom Elements.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here - welcome to Day 4 of our 2020 Spring Collection blog blitz!

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Cut the Cottage Meadow 6x6 print with the largest Double Stitch Rectangle Cut Out die.  Emboss the rectangle with the next three dies (evenly spread apart and taped together) to form a  frame for the poppies.

Cut Splendid Poppy Stems from green cardstock.  Cut the flower tops from the pink Delicate Pastel Glitter Pack. Attach it to the green diecuts - slightly offset for dimension.  Cut the double-layered flower tops off, then re-attach them slightly lower, creating shorter stems to fit our background.

Cut Cherry Blossom Elements with the light pink 6x6 glitter sheet.  Attach three little blossoms to the border.

Stamp the greeting - from the Cherry Blosssom Wreath Clear Stamps Set - on white cardstock with black ink.

Attach the background and diecuts to a white A-2 card.  Add ¼" dots punched from the lime green Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad.  Attach the greeting with foam tape. Add dots of Lemon Drop Open Studio Fairy Sugar to the flowers.

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Want a chance to win the new Splendid Poppy Stems die?  Leave a comment on this post before 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, February 23rd.  One comment will be chosen at random to win the die.  Winners will be announced on the blog on Monday, February 24th EST.  Good Luck!

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for another BRIGHTER DAYS AHEAD class at Impress on February 23rd. We're making 6 cards using the latest release - and Poppystamps' famous Whittles, Memory Box Scribble Dies and Birch Press Design stacking does.  

Thanks for visiting...add your comments to all of this week's blog posts for a chance to win great new products from our latest collection!
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02/13/2020

Thu 13

The 2020 Spring Release Has Arrived…Here’s the New Gilia Flower Frame by Jean Okimoto

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Meet the new Gilia Flower Frame from our 2020 Spring Collection!  It's just one of many fresh, trending products from our latest release of dies, stamps, 6x6 prints, glitter cardstock, embossing folders, stencils, watercolor paper and glitter glue.  It's everything you'll need to brighten winter days and add color and sparkle to your spring projects.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with the first of many designs our team will be creating to share with and inspire you. Retailers are receiving their orders now - visit your favorite store soon!

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Cut Open Studio Watercolor Paper with the large frame from the Gilia Flower Frame set.  Save the delicate outer frame for another project.  Pressure-emboss the flower frame onto diecut rectangle.  Mask the edges and sponge it with Twisted Citron and Spun Sugar Distress Oxides. Flick it with Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide.  

Cut the large blossom and extra petal set from the pink Delicate Pastel 6x6 Glitter Pad's page. Cut the leaves and stem from green cardstock. Attach the pieces - slightly offset for dimension - to the embossed background.  Attach the extra petals to the stems and to the center of the large blossom.

Cut a ¾" x 5" strip of the new pale green striped Cottage Stripes and Dots 6x6 print.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Birch Press Design You Are Awesome Clear Stamps Set - on the pale pink Cottage Stripes and Dots sheet with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  

Attach everything to a pink A-2 card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add sparkly highlights to the flowers with Open Studio Goldfinch Fairy Sugar glitter glue.  Set the card aside to dry the glue.

We love this large, great release and can't wait to share our ideas with you!  The new items are perfect for cards, layouts, party favors, planners, collages and journals.

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Big thanks to everyone from last week's POPPYSTAMPS + BIRCH PRESS TOO class at Impress.  Special thanks to Jenny for the popcorn and pretty Valentine cupcakes.  Thanks to Ann, Erin and Lynne for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets.  

Be the first to use the 2020 Spring Collection if you're in the Seattle area and have a holiday on Presidents Day.  It's our BRIGHTER DAYS AHEAD class featuring the Whittles, Scribbles and Stacking Dies from Poppystamps, Memory Box and Birch Press Design.  We'll make cards of caring and encouragement and celebrate friendship with the Spring release and our favorite designs from the stash.  View the collection here, bring your wishlist and enjoy a 10% shopping discount too!

Join us throughout the coming weeks and discover the great new products in our 2020 Spring Collection! Jeansignature-3

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01/30/2020

Thu 30

Hugs Loving Heart and the Drifting Heart Stencil by Jean Okimoto

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Splash brightly stenciled Drifting Hearts across a pink background and top them with the Hugs Loving Heart. It's a very basic design - just updated in glitter-embossed shades of pink, coral and orange.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a colorful card to warm a winter day.

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Brush a 6" x 4-½" rectangle of watercolor paper with a loose, watery layer of Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide.  Diecut the two largest hearts from the Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out set from watercolor paper.  Paint them with varying amounts of diluted Picked Raspberry too.  Dry the painted papers.

Stencil the Drifting Hearts with overlapping, random inks  - Rose Bud Memento Luxe and Radiant Neons in Electric Pink, Electric Orange and Electric Coral.  Work quickly so the inks don't dry - then emboss it with Iridescent Mboss from Imagine Crafts.  Trim the rectangle with the 5" x 3-¾" Rectangle Basics die and round the corners.

Cut Hugs Loving Heart from white and dark pink cardstock. Layer the diecuts - slightly offset - for dimension. Attach them to the two watercolored hearts.  

Attach the diecuts to a white A-6 card.  Add dark coral gem stickers.

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For a different look...use mixed shades of red cardstock instead of pink watercolored paper.  Stencil the Drifting Hearts with VersaMark and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Attach everything to a Kraft card and add silver gemstickers.

Thanks for visiting...see you next week!

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12/30/2019

Mon 30

Antique Heart Label and the Pinpoint Leaf Plate by Jean Okimoto

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The beautiful Pinpoint Leaf Plate creates the perfect backdrop for any occasion.  The intricate details surround and highlight the Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out and the Antique Leaf Label on a simple Valentine I've designed for you. Hello, Jean Okimoto here on the second-to-the-last day of another decade!  

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Cut light gray cardstock with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  This versatile die set is temporarily out of stock at Memory Box but may be available at your favorite Retailer.  

Cut it with the new Pinpoint Leaf Plate.  Round the corners of the rectangle - and a top-folded light gray A-2 card.  They'll match the Antique Heart Label.  

Cut the second-largest Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out from red cardstock.  This great die set dual-tasks as 4 stitched outlines and 4 solid hearts - it's a new favorite here at Memory Box!

Cut Antique Heart Label from dark gray carstock.  Cut the top 4 hearts from silver glitter cardstock and the bottom 3 hearts from red glitter cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Big and Little Valentine's - on white cardstock with VersaFine Onyx Black. Dry the ink, then trim it with the Antique Leaf Label.

Assemble the card...then sign, seal and give it to someone special.

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Big thanks to everyone from last week's first VALENTINE WISHES class at Impress!  More thanks to Jenny, Jan and Jacky for the pretzels, Valentine and New Year's treats and German Santas - and to Robin for the blueberry fritters and Jan's birthday lunch!  My dogs and I thank Debbie for her cool Mindful Pet Parent bag.  (I resolve to be more mindful and less mindless in '20.) Thanks too - Ann, Shari, Erin and Lynne for helping everyone fill those baskets with the Memory Box and Poppy Valentine Collections.

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the new LOVENOTES Valentine class at Impress on January 4th.  There are so many great new dies and stamps in the 2020 Valentine's Collection that it's hard to chose which design to use next!

Hope you liked today's card.  I really appreciate all of your thoughtful comments throughout the year...thank you!

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12/12/2019

Thu 12

Watercolored Joy and a Mistletoe Swag by Jean Okimoto

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Layer Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape over the Mistletoe Swag for a new look combining two special holiday designs.  The bold Joy Airy Script - watercolored to match the berries - and clear gem stickers add the final touch.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with my last holiday card of a very quick and busy year.  Mistletoe isn't usually bright green with pink berries...but it is today.

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Stamp the large swag from the Mistletoe Swag Clear Stamps Set on watercolor paper with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.

Paint it with diluted inks from the Fruitcake Kaleidacolor inkpad. Yes, fruitcake!  Dry the inks, then cover it with a layer of Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape.  Cut it with the large Stylish Frame.  Diecutting the tape-covered paper or cardstock leaves a smooth,beveled edge - it's a nice finishing touch on your cards.

Attach the frame to a 5-½" square white card. add the stamped circle - layer it over one of the delicate sections on the right side.

Paint a scrap of watercolor paper with the pink used for the berries.  Dry the ink, the cut it with Joy Airy Script.  Leave the dot over the "j" in the die until you need it.   Attach the greeting to the card.  Tiny dots or slivers of ScorTape or Couture Creations doublestick tape will attach it to the washi tape.

Add clear gem stickers.

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Layering Twas the Night wide washi works with all of the Holiday 2019 clear stamps.  I wish I had used this technique sooner!  It's a great technique for tags too - the tape reinforces the hole punched for the cord or ribbon.  

If you're in Seattle - join us for the Whittle, Scribble and Stack class at Impress on December 14th.  We're making 6 everyday cards  - two each with the Poppystamps Whittles, Memory Box Scribbles and stacking dies from Birch Press Designs.  We'll use several items from the Memory Box and Poppy 2020 Valentine Collection.  You'll love the new designs - and the wide range of heart-styles.  There's a heart for everyone!

Thanks for visiting - see you again next week...

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10/16/2019

Wed 16

Blog Blitz Day 3 - Watercolor Woodland Wide Washi Tape, Dashing Stripes and Dots, Mini Vintage Varsity Peace by Jean Okimoto

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Welcome to our Holiday Blog Blitz - and a chance to win one of the great new items on today's card!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, introducing our new Watercolor Woodland Wide Washi Tape.  It's a beautiful holiday print with a hand-colored look  - and it's 4-½" wide x 11 yards.  That's a lot of tape for your holiday cards, tags, layouts and collages!  

Although the red stripes are hard to see here - the 24-sheet Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6" set complements the Dashing Holiday 6x6" prints.  You can quickly create 16 beautiful 3-sheet combinations of the prints/stripes/dots for your holiday projects.

The Dashing Holiday set is also designed to work well after the holidays.  The reverse sides of the "very holiday" prints are versatile stripes, plaids and diagonals you can use throughout the year.  

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Attach a strip of Watercolor Woodland Wide Washi Tape to white cardstock.  Cut a section with the 2.6" x 3.6" Pinpoint Rectangle Layer die.  

Cut accent strips of the red (¾" x 3-½") and green (1" x 4") stripes.  Cut a ¾" x 5-½" green dotted accent strip from the reverse of the green stripes.

Attach a strip of lined doublestick tape behind red cardstock and diecut "JOY" using the Mini Vintage Peace Varsity set.  Leave the letters in the die - just remove the tape liners and the center of the "0."  Cut a circle using the 1" Circle Basics die.  Press the letters (still in the die) firmly onto the circle and use a pokey tool to transfer them to the circle.

Attach everything to a green A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.  Add ¼" punched red glitter dots.

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Want to win a wide roll of the Watercolor Woodland Washi Tape?   Leave a comment on this post by Sunday, October 20th at 11:59pm EST.  One winner will be selected at random from the comments to win the washi tape.  Visit the blog from Monday, Oct 14th- Sunday, October 20th to see more of the new release and for a chance to win a prize each day.  Winners from the blitz will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, October 21st at 6:00pm EST.  Good luck!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's HOLIDAY GREETINGS - SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress.  Special thanks to Jenny and Ann for your great snacks - we certainly appreciated them after that origami bird!  Thanks to Erin and Lynne for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets too.

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08/03/2019

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Hello Jotted Script With the Rose Bouquet by Jean Okimoto

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Watercolor the Rose Bouquet and diecut it for a bright, flowery summer card.  Add a simple greeting - from the Jotted collection - and finish it with gem stickers.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another design featuring the popular Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps and Die set.  

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Stamp Rose Bouquet on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Memento Luxe Wedding Dress.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  

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Press the inks from the Desert Heat Kaleidacolor inkpad onto a large acrylic stamp block.  Spritz it lightly with a fine mist of water.  Colorwash the embossed image with diluted pink ink so the image is visible for detailed painting.  Paint it with diluted inks from the inkpad.  Dry it, then diecut it with the bouquet die from the coordinating set.  

Trim the diecut with the 4-¼" x 5-½"  Rectangle Basics die.

Diecut Hello Jotted Script from dark brown and coral creme cardstock.  Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 textured natural notecard.  Add orange gem stickers.

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Hope you'll try this design in other colors too - yellow, red, lavender or lilac are just a few suggestions.  Assemble the cards and have them ready for any occasion.  The simple greeting is quick and easy to add later.

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