357 posts categorized "Embellishments"

11/02/2019

Sat 02

Greet the Season with a Dashing Holiday Rosette by Jean Okimoto

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A candycane rosette - folded from a Dashing Holiday 6x6 print - creates a unique Christmas greeting.  Add coordinating prints, bright red glitter accents and a Joy Airy Script diecut for a very special card.  Happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a contemporary design today.

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Cut a 3" x 6" horizontal strip of the Dashing Holiday candycane print.  Cutting it horizontally makes it easy to fold along the grainline.

Here's a tip - scrunch a piece of waxed paper and rub it briskly over both sides of the paper to reduce friction and make it easier to score. MemoryBoxJoyAiryScript, MemoryBoxWrapped StitchRectangles, MemoryBoxCircleBasics, MemoryBoxDashingHoliday6x6Pack, MemoryBoxDashingStripesAndDots6x6Pack, RosetteCards, JeanOkimoto, HandmadeHolidayCards, DiecutHolidayCards, ImpressCardsAndCrafts

Score it in ½" increments on one side of the paper.  Turn the paper over and score it in ½" increments beginning at ¼" - at ¼", ¾", 1-¼", 1-¾" - up to 5-¾". Cut the paper into three 1" x 6" strips.  Pleat the paper along the scored lines.  Trim ¼" from one short end of each strip to adhere (and conceal) the cut edge in the fold.  Use strips of ScoreTape to join the short ends to form a pleated ring.

Cut 1-½" and  ¾" cardboard circles  with the Circle Basics dies.  Spread one side of each circle with a strong craft glue (like Tacky Glue) - leave a ¼" unglued border around the edge so any excess glue won't squish out.

Lay the pleated ring on a flat surface and press it down so it lies flat - with the reverse side of the paper on the top. The inner cut edges should meet in a small circle in the center.   Press the 1-½" glue circle onto the center and hold it until the glue begins to set up.

Turn it over, adjust the pleats, then press the ¾" glue circle onto the center.  Press it until the glue sets up. Cut a ¾" circle of red glittered cardstock and cover the ¾" cardboard circle.  

Cut a 3" circle of red cardstock.  Pressure-emboss it (offset to the left) with the 2-¾", 2-½ and 2-¼" Circle Basics dies.  Cut a 3-½" circle of the gray and white text pattern. Cut the dark gray Dashing Strips and Dots paper with the 4-¾" x 3-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  Cut a 1" x 4 strip of the gray and white dottted paper.

Cut Joy Airy Script from chartreuse cardstock.  Leave the dot over the "j" in the die until you need it.

Attach everything to a white A-6 card.  Add three ¼" circles of red glittered cardstock. MemoryBoxJoyAiryScript, MemoryBoxWrapped StitchRectangles, MemoryBoxCircleBasics, MemoryBoxDashingHoliday6x6Pack, MemoryBoxDashingStripesAndDots6x6Pack, RosetteCards, JeanOkimoto, HandmadeHolidayCards, DiecutHolidayCards, ImpressCardsAndCrafts

Unique cards like this require extra time, postage and post office handling - but I think they'll be enjoyed and appreciated by the special people in your life.

Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend!

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10/31/2019

Thu 31

Snow Bunny Can Be a Polar Bear Too! by Jean Okimoto

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The Snow Bunny Deep Edge Die Set is great for other winter friends too...like this furry felt polar bear cub.  Add a Starry Burst background and "cheers" from the Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamps Set and you've just created another Christmas card!  Hi and Happy Halloween to everyone celebrating - Jean Okimoto here with more reasons to add the Snow Bunny set to your Memory Box collection.

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Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to white wool-blend felt and diecut some Snow Bunny pieces for the bear.  The paper layer stabilizes the felt and keeps liquid adhesives from soaking through.  Cut the eyes and nose from black cardstock.  Cut the ears with the 1" Circle Basics die.

Cut all of the the accent pieces - except the small ear circles - from the Dashing Holiday 6x6 prints.  Cut the small ear circles from the Dashing Stripes and Dots print.  

Assemble the polar bear - use foam dots near the ends of the scarf.  

Cut turquoise cardstock with the 4-¼" Square Basics die.  Cut it with Starry Burst - save the 2 bigger stars.  Attach little pieces of silver glitter paper behind the star cutouts.

Stamp the greeting from the Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamps on white cardstock with Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.

Attach everything to a top-folded 5-½"square white card. Add the 2 saved stars.   Square cards require extra postage - but I hope you'll agree that this one's worth every penny of it!

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The new Dashing Holiday and Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6 prints are the perfect mix of holiday designs, plaids, stripes and dots.  They've even been designed so the very holiday-ish designs have non-holiday prints on the reverse side so you can use them for other occasions.  The versatile reds and charcoals will be perfect for Valentine's Day.  The Deep Edge dies collection is designed for mixing and layering prints - view them here, then imagine all of the ways you can use them

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Saturday!

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10/25/2019

Fri 25

Chandele Star and Chandele Snowflake
by Vicki Finger

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I have a new project for you today featuring some fantastic items from Memory Box's latest Holiday 2019 Release.  I fell in love with this Chandele Star Die and knew I wanted to make it shiny & sparkly!  Those are my two favorite colors after all! 

I also used the coordinating Chandele Snowflake Die to both die-cut and to dry emboss my background panel. Just FYI, this word is pronounced "shan-dell" just in case you are like me and want to make sure you are pronouncing things correctly. 

I have a huge bin of scraps that I try to use as often as possible.  I noticed I had one in a coordinating color that had been die cut and had also been heat embossed - ON THE WRONG SIDE!  This is exactly why I keep those scraps.  So I took the Chandele Snowflake Die and using an embossing sandwich, dry embossed the image into this scrap card panel of Peacock Metallic Cardstock.

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Then I die-cut the Chandele Snowflake from White Glitter Cardstock.   This die does cut each of the tiny dots and other pieces that are shown in the image, but I am just not that patient so I wanted only the white glitter snowflake to put behind the Chandele Star Die.

I chose a light pool colored glitter cardstock and die-cut the Chandele Star Die from that.  Then I used the Memory Box Shining Star Set to die cut a simple Star shape in the largest size to go behind the Chandele star and the next size down to cut one from white to go behind the die-cut Chandele Star. You'll probably have to open the image in a new tab to see the color differences, but I promise you it's there.  I definitely needed that White to make the glitter cardstock die cuts really pop. 

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I wanted to add a few simple embellishments, so I added a jewel in the center of the star and also at the pointed tips of the star.  I also chose to cut the "Peace" word die from the same white glitter cardstock.  I tried a few different colors and the white definitely was the right choice.  Who doesn't wish for a little peace around the holidays? 

Originally, I had planned to line the star up in true North/South orientation, but when I was playing around with orientation before I adhered it, I liked it better in this "tipped" to the left version, which also does a better job of highlighting the Chandele Snowflake.  I used foam tape on the back-side of the snowflake to give it a little bit of dimension. 

Between the Shimmer Cardstock, the Glitter Cardstock and the little gems, this card is absolutely breathtaking in person. Thanks for stopping by today!  I love it when you take the time to leave me a comment!  

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10/24/2019

Thu 24

CELEBRATE with the Antique Greenery Label, Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape and Dashing Stripes and Dots by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate the season with the new Antique Greenery Label and Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet Set - layered over the Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape.  Hello - Jean Okimoto here - thanks for joining last week's Holiday Blog Blitz.  We appreciate your comments  -  and special congrats to my posts' winners Lin Brandyberry and Chandhini - enjoy your prizes! 

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Cut green cardstock with the frame from the Winter Tree Oval Frame set.  Pressure-emboss the inner oval offcut with the Antique Greenery Label using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine.  

Here's an easy way to create the glittered greeting label. Attach a strip of Couture Creations doublestick tape to a scrap of the green cardstock and cut the narrow label section again. Cut the letters for "CELEBRATE" from red cardstock with the Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet.  Press the letters onto the sticky label, then brush iridescent glitter around the letters, covering the rest of the adhesive.

Attach Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape to green cardstock for a frosty, translucent coordinating background.  Cut it with the 4-¼" Square Basics die.  Diecutting seals the edges with a crisp, clean finish.

Cut a 1" x 4-½" accent strip of red cardstock.

Cut ¾" x 5" accent strips of the brown dots and stripes from the new Dashing Dots and Stripes 6x6 Set.  

Attach everything to a side-folded 5-½" square white card - offset the oval frame so the red peeks through on the left side.

Add red gem stickers.

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It's time to prep for the holidays at the Impress holiday event on Saturday October 26th!  There'll be a swag bag for the first 25 people at the 10:00 AM store opening, demos from 10:00-Noon, special displays - and a 10% shopping discount!  Bring your Memory Box, Poppystamps, and Birch Press Designs wishlists and take advantage of the savings and holiday inspiration.

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Saturday!

Jeansignature-3

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10/17/2019

Thu 17

Blog Blitz Day 4 – Starry Burst, Vintage Varsity Alphabet, Dashing Holiday, Dashing Stripes and Dots by Jean Okimoto

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Welcome to Day 4 of our Holiday Blitz!  Meet my new favorite die - the beautiful, versatile Starry Burst that's perfect for celebrations through the year.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a just-in-time Halloween design for you.

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Cut dark orange cardstock with the 3-½" x 4-¾" Rectangle Basics die.  This great set of 16 dies is temporarily out of stock at Memory Box - but it may be available right now at your favorite retailer.  

Diecut the rectangle with the Starry Burst - leave it in the die.  Remove the 5 little stars.  Pressure-emboss it to add extra dimension and shadows  - use the plates and embossing mat required for your machine.  Attach pieces of clear tape behind the little star cutouts and brush black glitter onto the exposed adhesive.

Cut Swirling Ghosts from watercolor paper - we're using just 3 of them here.  Attach scraps of black cardstock behind them for their eyes.  

Attach lime green duct tape to lightweight cardstock and cut "BOO" with the new Vintage Varsity Alphabet dies.  It's a cool stitched set that's perfectly-sized for cards and tags. Cut the "I" and punch a ¼" circle to create an exclamation mark.

Cut (and punch) the pieces again from black cardstock.  Layer them - slightly offset - for dimension.

Cut accent strips of gray dots (¾" x 4") and gray stripes (1" x 5") from the new Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6 set.  

Cut a gray and white plaid strip (¾" x 4-½") from the new Dashing Holiday 6x6 set.  

Attach everything to a side-folded 5-½" square black card. MemoryBoxStarryBurst, MemoryBoxDashingStripesAndDots6x6Prints, MemoryBoxDashingHoliday6x6Prints, MemoryBoxSwirlingGhosts, MemoryBoxVintageVarsityAlphabet, JeanOkimoto, HalloweenDiecuts, HandmadeHalloweenCards, AlphabetDiecuts, ImpressCardsAndCrafts, DiecutDuctTape

Here's a chance for you to win the great Starry Burst die! 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 Starry Burst.  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!

Thanks for visiting...enjoy creating with the great dies, 6x6 prints and wide (4-½" wide!) washi tapes from our latest release.

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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.

Thanks for visiting...don't forget to add your comment to today's post - and all of the design team posts throughout our holiday blitz!

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10/10/2019

Thu 10

Color-Lift Distress Oxides with the Grateful Autumn Clear Stamp by Jean Okimoto

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Create a watercolored background with the large, leafy Grateful Autumn clear stamp and Distress Oxides - then add the dimensional Thankful Jotted Script for a quick card.  Our new fall and winter clear stamp sets are great for color-lifting, watercoloring and layering.

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Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another fall design featuring one of our newest clear stamp sets.  We'll begin with the watercolored background today.

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Brush - or sponge - Distress Oxides onto the smoother side of a 6" square of watercolor paper.  Set it aside to air-dry.  The colors I used here are Carved Pumpkin, Fired Brick, Mowed Lawn and Abandoned Coral.

Have two sheets of facial tissue and an extra acrylic block nearby.

Spritz the large leafy branch stamp with water - it should be very moist, but not drippy.  Press the moist stamp firmly onto the watercolor paper for about a minute.  Carefully remove the stamp and lay the two tissues  over the wet paper.  Press the tissues onto the watercolor paper using the extra acrylic block.  Remove the tissues and heat-set the inks.

Diecut the design with the 3-¾" x 4-¾" Pinpoint Rectangle Layer die.  

Cut the delicate Thankful Jotted Script from metallic bronze cardstock.  Cut the background script from green cardstock. Attach the bronze script to the green background.  

Stamp "for this day" - from the Grateful Autumn stamp set - on green cardstock with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink and trim the strip. Attach everything to a side-folded 5-½" square natural card.  Add orange gem stickers.

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Special thanks to Roxy, Anne and everyone at Stamps and Memories Hawaii for a great HOLIDAY GREETINGS - SIMPLY ASIAN class!  Thanks also to Norine, for the great cookies and to Roxy for the beautiful orchid lei and more cookies!  Hope you liked the cards - and the Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press designs we introduced to Hawaii.

We're having another HOLIDAY GREETINGS - SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress on October 12th.  Join us if you're in the Seattle area - the class techniques include origami, a bit of stamping and a lot of layering. 

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

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10/02/2019

Wed 02

Diecut Winter Greenery for a Cool Cat Halloween Scene by Jean Okimoto

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The Winter Greenery Clear Stamps and Die Set creates a spooky Halloween setting for Cool Cat as we enter October with a Challenge inspiration card.  Add a bright Playful Boo and gem stickers - that's it!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple fall design to delight someone before Christmas greetings fill their mailbox.

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Stamp two separate Winter Greenery leafy branch images on white cardstock with Brilliance Starlite Black.  Dry the ink, then diecut them with the coordinating die.

Cut Cool Cat from black glittered craft foam.  Attach a scrap of bright orange cardstock behind it for creepy glowing eyes.  Attach the diecuts to a side-folded white A-2 card.

Here's a quick way to attach little letters...attach Couture Creations tape behind orange cardstock.  Diecut Playful Boo - leave it in the die.  Remove the centers of the letters with a piercing tool, then remove the liners from the remaining portions.  Firmly press the letters - still in the die - onto the cardstock.  Easy!

Add turquoise gem stickers.  Why turquioise?  I tried bright scary green first, but it looked like a big intersection of synchronized green traffic lights. Not very safe, not attractive.

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Big thanks to everyone from Sunday's PAPERSTYLE 2020 calendar or notecards class at Impress!  So many diecuts, stamps, inks and little bits and pieces -  we're ready to welcome the new year.  Thanks for your fresh garden grapes Robin...a healthy snack to balance our salt and pepper potato chips!  Thanks also to Ann and Lynn for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets and prep for 2020.  No classes for me here this weekend - see you all again at the HOLIDAY GREETINGS - SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress on October 12th.

Thanks for visiting our blog - hope you're enjoying our fall designs!

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09/26/2019

Thu 26

Glittered Gilded Angel in a Stylish Frame by Jean Okimoto

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The delicate new Gilded Angel and Gilded Angel Background create a glittery focal point for the Stylish Frame Trio.  Add a greeting and a background from the Typewriter Holiday Elements Clear Stamps to finish it off.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a Christmas card in frosty winter pastels.

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Attach Couture Creations double-stick tape to the smoother side of Romance cardstock.  Cut it with the Gilded Angel Background.  

Scrunch waxed paper into a loose wad and rub it briskly over the Gilded Angel die to help release the little pieces and delicate outline after cutting.   Cut Gilded Angel from watercolor paper.

Attach the detailed angel to the adhesive-covered background angel.  Brush ultrafine iridescent glitter onto the exposed adhesive.

Cut the small circle frame from the Stylish Frame Trio from silver glittered cardstock.

Stamp the large text background from the Typewriter Holiday Elements on smooth white cardstock with Starlite Black Brilliance.  Dry the ink, then cut the text with the largest Stylish Frame Trio die. Save both the inner circle and the delicate rings.  

Stamp "noel" - from the Typewriter Holiday Elements -  on the smoother side of Romance cardstock.

Cut accent strips from Limeade (¾" x 5"), Patina (¾" x 4 ½") and Romance (¾" x 4").

Attach everything to a top-folded 5-½" square card - use foam dots for the greeting.  

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Square cards require extra handling and postage...but I hope you'll try this design for the special people on your list!

Thanks for visiting...see you at Impress on Sunday, or here on the blog next week.

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09/25/2019

Wed 25

Winter Tree Oval Frame and a Cool Cat by Jean Okimoto

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Diecut - and emboss - the new Winter Tree Oval Frame for fall. The diecut creates a bright backdrop for the Cool Cat and the embossed swirlies add a creepy, mysterious look.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a Halloween design featuring a frame set that's quickly becoming a new favorite.

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Cut the tree oval from dark brown cardstock.  Cut the outer frame from dark kraft cardstock that matches the top-folded A-2 card.

Cut a watercolor paper moon with the ¾" Circle Basics die.  Cut Cool Cat from black glittered craft foam.

Paint watercolor paper with watery, overlapping layers of Kaleidacolor dye ink refills.  Dry the inks.  Diecut it with the outer frame - we're using just the inner oval here.  

Pressure-emboss it with the tree oval.

Cut accent strips of black cardstock (¾" x 5") and crushed bronze paper (¾" x 3-¾").

Assemble the card and add gold gem stickers.

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Enjoy the versatility of the Winter Tree Oval Frame - and think of all the ways you can use the tree oval and outer frame for fall and winter cards.  Scatter a few maple leaves below it  - and have some swirling around in the background too.  When winter arrives - diecut it from frosty white glittered cardstock and replace the leaves with swirling snowflakes.  

Big thanks to everyone from last week's HALLOWEEN STASH CARDS class at Impress!  We enjoyed special snacks too - thanks to Jenny for the pretzel chips and to Jacky for the Bailey's Chocolate Chip Cookies.  We ate, laughed, ate again - and even made 5 cards and a treat wrapper between the snacks and laughter.  Thanks to Ann, Shari and Lynne for helping us fill our shopping baskets...again!

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the PAPERSTYLE 2020 - CALENDAR or CARDS class at Impress.  Make a special calendar - or 12 cards -  featuring seasonal and holiday icons.  Make one for yourself - and some extras for gift exchanges and last-minute gifts.

Thanks for visiting!

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