When Life Throws a Curveball…I Re-Organize!!

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So, a week ago Saturday, I fell getting in the shower. Ugh. I had cards done and ready to blog for a few days and then the posts petered out as I was unable to move! I tried to create but couldn’t move around enough and had zero mojo while on pain pills:) Then, this past Friday, I posted this picture on my Facebook account as I headed out to run an errand, my first outing that week, and Walt thought he was driving! Isn’t he adorable?? He’s seven months old.

A half hour after this picture and post, after I had run my errand to pick up papers for work, I thought Walt deserved a treat since he had been cooped up all week too and had eaten all his toys:) so we headed to Petsmart to grab a few. Just something we would do, right?

As I stepped out of the car after parking, a man approached me and I was carjacked by a man with a gun. Really. He let Walt and I go, so thankful for that, and took off in my car. I’ll spare you all the nuts and bolts, but basically he led police in a pursuit, drove on the freeway the wrong way at over 100mph and eventually crashed the car. Thankfully again, he hurt NO ONE other than himself. Here is what’s left of my car:

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Since this happened on Friday, I have been living in a cocoon of sorts, completely sheltered by my husband and children, never alone. And I am thankful for that as well, as I worked through the trauma of what happened to me. I couldn’t sleep for a few days, and if I fell asleep, I immediately jerked back awake, I kept seeing him in my face screaming at me to give him the “f”ing keys. So I went to the doctor and got some sleeping aids, which I hate to take as they can be addictive, but thankfully they did help. Not the first night really, as I was able to fall asleep but woke up about 15 times, but after that I slept for what feels like 36 hours. When I finally woke up I felt (and feel) much better. Much more able to process and cope. I may even go to the store by myself:)

But…this event has turned my view on everything I do upside down. I’m evaluating everything to decide if it really means anything. Including my crafting. So I have no idea where the next few months will take me but I know that wherever I end up will be a better fit for the “new” me.

And what do I do when I have troubles? I reorganize!! My husband treads very carefully when he walks in to find a perfectly clean house, top to bottom, lol. This time, it is my craft room that is bearing the brunt of my efforts:

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It all started with me moving my computer monitor. After I had done so, I stopped to look at the mess moving just one thing had created and whamo! I realized this is a perfect analogy for my life right now. Just one change in my life has left me feeling this out of sorts. As I sort through the bits and pieces, deciding which ones stay and which ones go, and finding new homes for what stays, I will doing the same in my overall life.

It’s a disaster, which I feel mirrors my state of mind, and will be a wonderful journey of purging, cleaning, and organizing. I probably won’t be crafting much but I will pop in from time to time to share my journey, both in this room and in my life.

So thank you my friends for always being there and following my blog. Please hug your peeps and enjoy each moment given to you, it can all change in the blink of an eye.

With Love,

Shannon

Petals & Paisleys Meets Birthday Blooms – 30 Day Card Challenge, Day 18

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I had this beautiful Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper out on my desk after creating yesterday’s card, it just called to me to use it again!

The Details:

  • Soft Suede card base, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″
  • Night of Navy card stock, cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″ popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Designer Series paper layer cut to 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″
  • Rich Razzleberry card stock cut to 3 1/2″ x 1 3/4″

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  • I ran the Rich Razzleberry card stock through the Big Shot using the Elegant Dots Embossing Folder. The texture is amazing! I also cut a teeny tiny banner using another of the patterns in the Designer Series Paper. The Mint Macaron pattern pops very nicely against the darker color.
  • The sentiment is from the Birthday Blooms Clear Mount Stamp Set. It’s such a pretty combination of fonts! I die cut the circle out and added a scalloped circle backing in Night of Navy using the Layering Circles Framelits Dies and then popped it up using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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  • Do you love these little flowers on the sentiment panel?!? I found them in the Paisleys & Posies Photopolymer Stamp Set. They even have a coordinating die! They have been stamped in Rich Razzleberry, die cut, popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals and then topped off with a single Pearls Basic Jewel. So sweet!
  • The final detail is some yummy Night of Navy Baker’s Twine, tied off in a flirty bow with long dangly tails.

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  • The font on this sentiment found in the Birthday Blossoms Clear Mount Stamp Set seems to fit the overall all feel of this card well. I also stamped an image of leaves from the same stamp set in Mint Macaron, stamped off once.
  • A layer of Night of Navy card stock around the sentiment panel adds a pretty layer of color:)

Today’s card was inspired by the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week, and like yesterday, I am just squeaking in under the deadline!

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Have a wonderful day and thank you so much for stopping by!!

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Price: $110.00

Petals & Paisleys & Posies – 30 Day Card Challenge, Day 17

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I’ve lived almost all of my life in Southern California and we DO NOT have fall. So I never understood all the cards with a fall color palette. Then I went to Missoula, Montana in October, and while the colors were not fully developed, I saw enough to understand how beautiful they are. And because of that, I finally ordered the Petals and Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper. It is AMAZING.

The Details:

  • Card layers:
    • Delightful Dijon case base cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″
    • Very Vanilla layer is cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals
    • Soft Suede layer is cut to 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″
    • Designer Series Paper is cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″
    • Soft Suede is cut to 2 5/8″ x 4 1/8″ and popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals
    • Designer Series Paper is cut to 2 1/2″ x 4″
    • Soft Suede Layer is cut to 3 1/8″ x 3 1/8″
    • Designer Series paper is cut to 3″ x 3″

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  • I know there are a lot of layers (!) But I felt that every layer was necessary to do justice to the colors in the pattern paper. I originally did not have the Very Vanilla layer but when I layered the sentiment layer on top of the card, it was just too bright. The Very Vanilla in the Designer Series Paper is muted. So to compensate, I added the VV layer and now everything is balanced!
  • The sentiment from the Paisleys & Posies Photopolymer Stamp Set is so simple and graphic, it really plays off of the striped DSP nicely. I used my MISTI to stamp. I stamped the top image onto a piece of acetate, then set the acetate over my Very Vanilla piece of card stock. I lined the image up and stamped it in Delightful Dijon, then moved the Very Vanilla card stock up until I had the second image lined up. I removed the acetate, stamped the image in Cajun Craze and then repeated the process, stamping the last image in Soft Suede.

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  • I confess, I bought the Paisleys & Posies Bundle because of this leaf die. Isn’t is stunning in Cajun Craze? Jumps right off the card!! I die cut the leaf twice and then used my fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the two layers together, as well as adhere the leaf to the card. Love, love, love it.
  • I played around with the ribbons, adding and subtracting the Rich Razzleberry ribbon. I hadn’t used it anywhere else on the card so wasn’t quite sure it fit, but in the end, I loved it and it had to stay.
  • I added Rich Razzleberry to the overall design by using the color in the envelope liner. I think the three patterns are fantastic together.

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  • I also added Rich Razzleberry on the inside of the card as well. Soft Suede for the sentiment, Delightful Dijon and Cajun Craze for the leaves, which mimic the die cut leaf on the front.

I am OVER THE MOON for this card. The colors, the patterns, the stamps and dies, and the ribbons. WOW. What a great suite of products. And I almost didn’t buy them. Crazy.

Here is the view from my mom’s balcony in Missoula, Montana that changed the way I look at fall:

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I came across the layout I used here today in the current challenge from the Global Design Project challenge. I’m sneaking in under the wire but thankful to be able to play along!!

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Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have been inspired to get inky!!

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Price: $110.00

Stampin’ Up!’s Spooky fun Halloween Treat – 30 Day Card Challenge, Day 16

 

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Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays; however, I am finding the older I get, the less scary and more fun Halloween needs to be!

I think this card fits that bill perfectly!

The Details:

  • Card Layers:
    • Whisper White Base cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
    • Pumpkin Pie card stock cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″ (popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals)
    • Basic Black card stock cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″
    • Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper cut to 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″

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  • I LOVE these bold stripes!! So fun, cheerful, and absolutely NOT scary! I layered card stock underneath it to mimic the colors and used a quarter inch spacing between the layers to really play up the bold colors.
  • The Halloween Treat stamp set is a single set, PERFECT for treat bags and tags. Since that is the obvious use for it, I wanted to add it to a card instead. I stamped it, fussy cut it out, and popped it up onto Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The peeks of Halloween Night Baker’s Twine behind the sentiment are darling and really set off the double bow, attached to the project with a rolled up mini glue dot.

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  • I mimicked the colors again on the inside of the card and then used the Spooky Fun Stamp Set to add a fun (not scary) sentiment. I must say, I prefer orange spiders to black ones! Not scary at all!!
  • What do you think of the envelope liner?? Such beautiful patterns in this pack of paper!!

There you have it! Have a wonderful rest of your weekend and thank you so much for stopping by! Please let me know what you think, I SO love hearing from you!!

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Oh Happy Day! – 30 Day Card Challenge, Day 15

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It’s a happy day for several reasons…it’s FRIDAY!!! It’s Day 15 of the card challenge, half way there! AND, I get to celebrate the success of a very special person to me!! That’s a lot of happy for one day!!

The Details:

  • Layers:
    • Thick Whisper White Base: 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
    • Melon Mambo, trimmed to 3 5/8″ x 5 1/8″
    • DSP Layer in Crushed Curry is 3 1/2″ x 5″
    • Thick Whisper White Layer 3″ x 4″

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  • I chose some bright patterns from the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper. I love that the theme of the set is really Southwestern but they also have some patterns that are not so obvious and can be used in a different way, more bang for your buck! (and the paper is on SALE this month…buy 3, get 1 free!)
  • I had passed over this sentiment in the Scenic Sayings Stamp Set but took another look at it last night…it really stamps prettily and is darling in Melon Mambo.
  • Of course, I dressed the sentiment up with Wink of Stella…HAD to!

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  • This itty bitty butterfly is a die from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies…isn’t it sweet? I die cut it in Crushed Curry card stock as well as Festive Birthday DSP and layered the two. I then popped the butterfly up on a snipped strip of a Stampin’ Dimensional and dressed it up with a few Basic Rhinestone Jewels.
  • I also sprinkled rhinestones across the card front. That combined with the Wink of Stella on the sentiment makes for a very “glam” design!

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  • Simple and to the point on the inside…I love the way the sentiment is “shout-y” 🙂

Thank you for stopping by and for all of your kinds words about yesterday’s card, I appreciate each and every comment so very much!

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Price: $110.00

Masculine Vintage Leaves – 30 Day Card Challenge, Day 14

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Hello my stamping friends! I’m excited to see the number “14” in the title of my blog post today…I’m almost halfway through my 30 day “post a card a day”challenge!! Today’s card was made with a 20-something young professional in mind. I hope he’s not too old to receive a hand made card from his mom 😉

The Details:

  • The card base is Tip Top Taupe, cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″
  • The next layer is Early Espresso trimmed to 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • The stamped layer is 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″. I trimmed it close so just a peek of Early Espresso would be visible.

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  • I wanted a nice masculine pattern and color palette so Stampin’ Up!’s Moroccan Designer Series Paper is the color inspiration for today’s card.
  • Guy Greetings is the source of this classically styled birthday greeting. I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to stamp it repeatedly over the card face in Early Espresso, Tip Top Taupe, Cajun Craze and Delightful Dijon

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  • Fall leaves seemed like the perfect focal point. These leave are from Vintage Leaves and are stamped in Early Espresso onto Tip Top Taupe and Cajun Craze card stock and then die cut using the coordinating Leaflets Framelits Dies.
  • Linen Thread peeks out from behind the leaves to ground them and a little knot of thread sits on top as an additional accent.

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  • Stampin’ Up!’s Party with Cake provides the sentiment today, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, along with three silly little candles stamped in Cajun Craze and Delightful Dijon to dress it up.

The Paper Players challenge this week is clean and simple: leaf so I’m thrilled to link up and play along with their great group!

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And my card also fits the Seize the Birthday challenge where their theme is “Anything Goes” Birthday with the added topping of: “Lots of Leaves” so I am playing along there as well! Whew!

 

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I’m tickled with today’s project, the colors really balance well and make me happy. And with the wind blowing yesterday and today, there are LOTS of leaves on the ground! It’s almost like fall here in Southern California!! (Almost)

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Price: $110.00

Mixed Border Meets Swirly Bird – 30 Day Card Challenge, Day 13

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Yesterday’s card showed how well Mint Macaron coordinated with Peekaboo Peach, today’s card is pairing it up with Island Indigo, also a stunning combination. It feels very fresh and clean.

The Details:

  • The Mixed Borders photopolymer stamp set has five different border stamps that can be aligned either horizontally or vertically. Each border has a blank space off to the right side that can be filled in with any of the four sentiments included. The sentiments can be used with any of the layering framelit dies; squares, circles or even ovals. It is a very versatile set!
  • I included several layers on this card, dimensions below, from case base to top layer:
    • Card Base is Island Indigo, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″
    • The next layer is Thick Whisper White cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″
    • The Mint Macaron layer is cut to 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″
    • The top layer is also Thick Whisper White and is cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″

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  • The simple flower border stamp has been stamped four times in Mint Macaron. I used the MISTI for stamping. The grid lines make perfect spacing easy, but the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig would work very well also.
  • I stamped the birthday sentiment first in Mint Macaron, masking off the “Amazing” part, and then switched the masking and stamped “Amazing” in Island Indigo. I then ran the sentiment through the Big Shot with the Layering Circles Framelits Dies and layered it on top of a die cut scallop in Island Indigo.

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  • The flowers are found in the Swirly Bird Stamp and Die Bundle. I stamped them in both colors and die cut them using the coordinating dies and then scattered them over the front of the card. They all have a pearl center and sparkle with Wink of Stella 🙂

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  • I pulled the fun sentiment for the inside of the card from the Happy Happenings Photopolymer stamp set and stamped it in Island Indigo. There is a “grunge-y” stamp included in Swirly Birds that I thought would be fun to add to the card in both Mint Macaron and Island Indigo. I did stamp off twice each time to get the muted colors.
  • The beautiful patterns of the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper were used to line the envelope and inspired the color palette for today’s project.

Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies:

Price: $110.00

My Blooming’ Garden – 30 Day Card Challenge, Day 12

**This is my second post today. Please scroll down to see Day 11 of the Card Challenge and please forgive me for posting twice as I am catching up on publishing my posts.**

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Ummm, yum! I can’t STAND how darling this color combination is!! This card may look clean and simple but it actually took about two hours and lots and lots of do overs until I was happy with the outcome, but man oh man am I happy with it! Worth every piece of card stock!!

The Details:

  • Base is Thick Whisper White card stock, cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″and scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Peekaboo Peach Designer Series paper is from the 2016-2018 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack and is cut to 3 5/8″ x 4 5/8″
  • The Mint Macaroon Designer Series Paper is from the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper and is cut to 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
  • The top layer is Thick Whisper White, cut to 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
  • I felt that the Peekaboo Peach layer didn’t have quite enough impact, so I trimmed it to a slightly larger size than the other two layers

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  • This darling flower is from another 3 layer stamp set called Garden in Bloom. I only used 2 layers though, the outline and the filler. I tried adding in the detail stamp but it just didn’t work for me today, so I left it out on both the flower and the leaves
  • This color combination of Peekaboo Peach and mint Macaron just blows me away…I LOVE it!!! I started with Pear Pizzazz but it wasn’t working for me either. Did I mention I stamped this a zillion times before I was happy?
  • The sentiment is from Blooms & Wishes. This is the stamp set I started out with but just couldn’t make the flowers work for me today…so I changed the flowers but kept the sentiment. LOVE the font!!

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  • I tried adding Enamel Shapes. I tried adding Pearls. I tried adding Rhinestones. Nope. In the end I used only Wink of Stella. The card shimmers SO prettily! I wish I could capture it with my camera!

Super clean and simple. Super cheerful. I’m in love with the colors…what do yo think?

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Watercolor Words – 30 Day Card Challenge, Day 11

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Today’s card is an everyday kind of card. The kind you can send to just say “hey”. Who doesn’t love to receive that kind of mail? This card was made for someone who lives a quiet life so I sure hope this brightens his day!

The Details:

  • The card base is Night of Navy cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″
  • The lovely paper is from the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper Pack and is trimmed to 4″ x 5 1/4″

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  • I used the Watercolor Words Photopolymer Stamp set on this project. The sentiment is stamped on scrap Thick Whisper White and die cut using the Layering Circles Framelits Dies. The stars, from the same stamp set, are stamped directly onto the Designer Series Paper. Easy!
  • I used retired Candy Dots in Night of navy to add some bling to my design. I like the matte finish of them for this masculine card.

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  • The Crazy About You Photopolymer Stamp set has tons of words to mix and match to create custom sentiments like the one used here-so fun to create your own!
  • I used the retired Envelope Liners Framelits Dies to create a coordinating envelope liner, also from the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper

A paper named “Floral Boutique” would not have been my go to for a masculine card, just goes to show how well Stampin’ Up! plans their products because there is something for everyone in every pack of Designer Series paper!

Thank you for stopping by today!

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Santa’s Sleigh in Black and Red – 30 Day Card Challenge, Day 10

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Today I paired the Santa’s Sleigh Stamp and Thinlits Dies Bundle with the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack. This card has such a warm and cozy feel to me. It also fits perfectly with the challenge to use plaid over at Merry Monday so I’m playing along!

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The Details:

  • This card has just a few(!) layers. Here are the dimensions of each layer from base to top:
    • Card Base 4 1/2″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
    • Basic Black 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
    • Warmth & Cheer Designer Series paper 4″ x 5 1/4″
    • Basic Black 3 3/4″ x 5″ (this layer is popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals)
    • Cherry Cobbler 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″
    • Thick Whisper White 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″
  • I was able to quickly turn scraps of paper into banners with the Triple Banner Punch. Baker’s Twine makes adding a pretty bow a snap!

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  • Red and Black is an uncommon color combination to me, but wow, does it ‘POP” here! The whole card feels very classic and timeless.
  • The Santa’s Sleigh stamp set and coordinating dies are amazing as stand alone images (see this card here) but also have huge potential when paired together in a scene. I stamped both the reindeer and the wreath images in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, die cut them both (note that there is a die to cut out the inside of the wreath) and paired them up, snipping through the wreath and wrapping it around the reindeer’s neck. The wreath looks so sweet and he looks so proud to be wearing it!
  • I used a Blender Pen and Stampin’ Markers in Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler to color the holly leaves and add in berries. If you don’t have Stampin” Markers, an alternative would be to pool some ink from your ink pad into the lid, and then dip the blender pen into that to pick up ink. The wreath sparkles with Wink of Stella.
  • I couldn’t resist using the eye from the Owl Builder Punch to add Rudolph’s nose. And it sparkles! I do so love Wink of Stella!!

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  • Two sentiments from the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set grace this card. One on the front and the other on the inside. I love to add card stock in coordinating colors on the inside as well. It’s totally not “necessary” but I love the look and heft of the card with all the layers. All told, this card has 9 layers!! Eek!! Extra postage for sure, lol. The little stars are from the Stitched with Cheer stamp set. I love the added detail. And sparkle. Because of course they sparkle 🙂

What do you think? This card is technically clean and simple, but really falls more into the clean and layered category. I love them both!

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Price: $110.00