Thursday, October 22, 2020

Sending Hugs and Get Well Soon

Today I'm playing along with the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge :)

Here's the sketch:


And here's my take:

I love the little critters in Lawn Fawn's Get Well Before 'N Afters set! So cute!!! My neighbor girlfriend, Kim, fractured her patella (yikes!) and is recovering from surgery, so I'll be delivering this to her mailbox very soon. Hoping it makes her smile :) She's an avid hiker and is already going stir crazy just one week out of surgery, so I added a sentiment inside:


My dad also had surgery earlier this week (for carpal tunnel), so I made another card to snail mail to him. The layout is the same, but I changed up the images :)

 

Hope he likes it!

I had so much fun making these cards!!!

Thanks for visiting! And please pray and send positive energy to our state of Colorado. The fires are still burning and growing. It's really scary! They've even closed the National Forests in our county and surrounding counties in an effort to keep people safe and prevent more fires from starting. The forecast is predicting snow for us for this weekend, so everybody do your snow dance!!! We need moisture!!!

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Supplies:

Stamps: Get Well Before 'N After (Lawn Fawn)

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento (Tsukineko), VersaMark (Tsukineko)

Embossing Powder: White (Hero Arts)

Copic Sketch Markers: YG11, YG13, YG17, E00, E30, Y32, Y35, YR04, R24, YR24, YR27, W1

White Gel Pen: Gelly Roll 08 (Sakura)

Cardstock: White, Simply Chartreuse, Canyon Clay (Ink To Paper), SnoCone (MFT)

Patterned Paper: Knock On Wood 6x6 Inch Petite Paper Pack (Lawn Fawn), Into The Woods 6x6 Inch Petite Paper Pack (Lawn Fawn)

Dies: Get Well Before 'N After (Lawn Fawn), Scalloped Circle Stackables (Lawn Fawn), Everyday Sentiment Banners (Lawn Fawn), Grassy Hillside Borders (Lawn Fawn), clouds from Stay Salty (Essentials By Ellen)

Adhesive: Double-Sided Tape (Lawn Fawn), Connect Glue (Gina K), Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal), Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives) 

Monday, October 5, 2020

Pinkfresh Studio WCMD Challenge #2 - Thank You

Hello there! Did you see all of the fun challenges Pinkfresh Studio is hosting in honor of World Card Making Day?!?!!! Today I'm playing along with Challenge 2 - Thank You.

I absolutely ADORE all of the sweet images in the Playful Animals 1 and 2 stamp sets by Pinkfresh Studio!!! Sooo super cute!!! Here I used them to create a couple of mini thank you cards (measuring 3 3/8" by 2 1/8"):

I love having little cards like this on hand and ready to go :)

Hope you're having a fabulous day!

Thanks for visiting!!!

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Supplies:

Stamps: Playful Animal Friends 1 (Pinkfresh Studio), Playful Animal Friends 2 (Pinkfresh Studio), Dream On (Pinkfresh Studio)

Ink: Buttercup, Parsley, Evergreen, Mushroom, Cranberry, Marmalade, Eggplant (Concord and 9th); Tangerine Tango (Stampin' Up); Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko)

Cardstock: White (Ink To Paper), Kraft (Recollections)

Dies: Nesting Card Templates (Lifestyle Crafts)

Adhesive: Double-Sided Tape (Lawn Fawn) 

Sunday, October 4, 2020

You've Been Boo'd

 

Hello there! Today I'm playing along with the current Just Us Girls Challenge: Plaid.

I recently stumbled upon a tutorial by Julie (The Paper Pixie) for making these super fun Halloween Door Hangers! I was so excited to give it a try! Here's how it turned out:

I love these!!! And they're so much fun to make! The compartment measures 3" x 3" x 2" so it can hold a variety of treats :)
 

Like Julie says in her tutorial, these would be great to hang on neighbors' doors as little Halloween surprises!

With that in mind...I made some more...same template, just dressed up differently ;)

I'll call these my "adult version" (see "treat" idea in the photo below). After all, kids aren't the only ones who enjoy Halloween :)

You can find Julie's tutorial by clicking HERE. I'd highly recommend her blog and YouTube channel. She creates loads of clever projects!

Hope you're enjoying your weekend!!!

Thanks for visiting!

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Supplies:

"You've Been Boo'd"

Stamps: Happy Haunting (Essentials By Ellen), The Last Bite (Essentials By Ellen), Flirty Frames (Lawn Fawn)

Ink: Flirty Fuchsia (Catherine Pooler)

Cardstock: White and True Black (Ink To Paper)

Patterned Paper: Day Of The Dead 12x12 (Pebbles)

Dies: Flirty Frames (Lawn Fawn), Happy Haunting (Essentials By Ellen), outer circle from Burst (Avery Elle), inner circle from Small Standard Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders)

Adhesive: Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal), Foam Tape (3M), Connect Glue (Gina K)

Ribbon: Halloween by Celebrate It (purchased at Michaels)

Embellishments: Enamel Stars (Jillibean Soup)

Glitter Pen: Glitter Gloss Aqua Shimmer Pen (Nuvo)

Other: Scoring Board (Martha Stewart), Stylus (Cricut), Hole Punch (We R Memory Keepers), Bone Folder, Clear Nail Polish, Corner Rounder (We R Memory Keepers)


"Pick Your Poison"

Stamps: The Last Bite (Essentials By Ellen), Flirty Frames (Lawn Fawn)

Ink: Marmalade (Concord and 9th)

Cardstock: White, True Black, Limeade Ice (Ink To Paper)

Patterned Paper: Hocus Pocus 12 x 12 (Pebbles)

Dies: Flirty Frames (Lawn Fawn), Halloween Bits (Reverse Confetti), Spider Web Border (There She Goes), outer circle from Burst (Avery Elle), inner circle from Small Standard Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders) 

Adhesive: Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal), Foam Tape (3M), Connect Glue (Gina K)

Ribbon: Halloween by Celebrate It (purchased at Michaels)

Other: Scoring Board (Martha Stewart), Stylus (Cricut), Hole Punch (We R Memory Keepers), Bone Folder, Clear Nail Polish, Corner Rounder (We R Memory Keepers)





 

 

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Smile

Hello there! Today I'm playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. The theme this time around is "Anything Goes"---YAY!

I recently came across Paula Dobson's tutorial for tea bag and coffee holders on YouTube and decided to give it a go :) Here's how it turned out:

Lawn Fawn's Love You A Latte stamps and dies were perfect for dressing up the little holders, which were very simple to put together :) I tied the tops together with some jute twine and a felt leaf (I've literally been hoarding these things for YEARS!!! Time to put them to use---ha!)

I decided to make mine tea and chocolate square holders. The tea bag is in the front pocket and the chocolate is in the back pocket. Here's a look at the back:

 

I also inserted a small blank piece of cardstock in the back as a place to write a message. My color combo came from the contents of the package. Here's a look at all the pieces:

These were so much fun to make that I ended up creating a bunch more!



I REALLY wanted to use the to-go cup in the stamp set, so that sparked the idea of making a few more without the tea and chocolates (to use as gift card holders):

I still put a blank piece of cardstock in the back pocket as a place to write a message (and you could still put a chocolate in there too---why not, right?!?!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!!!

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Supplies:

Stamps: Love You A Latte (Lawn Fawn)

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento (Tsukineko), Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko)

Cardstock: Kraft and White (Ink To Paper)

Patterned Paper: Crosshatch - Oyster 12x12 (Martha Stewart), Winding Leaves - Oyster 12x12 (Martha Stewart), Gotta Have Gingham 6x6 Inch Petite Paper Pack (Lawn Fawn)

Copic Sketch Markers: B93, B95, E31, E33, YR16, YR18, Y32, Y35, W1

Dies: Love You A Latte (Lawn Fawn), Tag Stacklets 2 (Taylored Expressions), reinforcer from Basic Set (Mama Elephant), Large Classic Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders)

Leaf Embellishments: Autumn Leaf Felt Assortment (Creative Impressions)

Twine: Jute (May Arts)

Adhesive: Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal), Connect Glue (Gina K), Foam Tape (3M)

Other: Hole Punch (We R Memory Keepers), Tea Bag And Coffee Holder YouTube tutorial by Paula Dobson
 


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Sending Warm And Cozy Hugs

 

Happy Tuesday! Today I'm playing along with The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge :) The theme is "Anything But A Card," so I created some gift card holders using the Coffee Gift Card Holder Honey Cuts from Honey Bee Stamps. So super fun!

Here's a look:

The dies make these so easy to create! The sleeve slides on and off to access the gift card and also serves to hold the gift card in place.
 

I watched a video by my incredibly talented friend, Nichol Spohr, where she used vellum for the sleeve, and I really loved the way it allowed more of the patterned paper to show on the overall design.

I had such a great time creating these that I decided to make some more in other patterns!

I hope you're having a wonderful week so far!

Thanks for visiting!!!

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Supplies:

Stamps: sentiment from Winter Wear (Concord and 9th)

Ink: Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko)

Cardstock: Kraft, Rustic White, Orange Zest, Pure Poppy, Canyon Clay (Ink To Paper), Sunflower (Lawn Fawn)

Vellum: White (DeNami Design)

Patterned Paper: Perfectly Plaid Fall 12x12 Collection Pack (Lawn Fawn)

Dies: Coffee Gift Card Holder (Honey Bee), A2 Layers (Waffle Flower), Stitched Leaves (Lawn Fawn)

Adhesive: Double-Sided Tape (Lawn Fawn), Mono Multi Liquid Glue (Tombow)
 

Sunday, September 27, 2020

For You

Happy Sunday! Today I'm playing along with the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge :)

Here's the sketch:


And here's my card:

This is an A1 size card which measures 3 1/2" x 4 7/8". I don't make this size card very often but I do love it---especially for sets of cards. I ended up making a set of 4---keeping the same layout but changing up the colors, patterned papers, and sentiments.

I had so much fun dressing these Concord and 9th die-cut pumpkins up in plaid (Lawn Fawn)! They're so festive! I think these would make a great little Autumn giftie for friends or family!

Thanks for visiting!

My husband and Pepper are out bird hunting, so I'm having lots of fun getting crafty in my studio! Hope you're having a great weekend!

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Supplies:

Stamps: Love Notes (Concord and 9th)

Ink: Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko)

Cardstock: White, Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Green Parakeet (Ink To Paper); Sunflower (Lawn Fawn)

Patterned Paper: Perfectly Plaid Fall 6x6 Inch Petite Paper Pack (Lawn Fawn), Wood Textures DSP (Stampin' Up)

Dies: Tall Type Tagalong (Concord and 9th), Stitched Leaves (Lawn Fawn), Everyday Sentiment Banners (Lawn Fawn)

Adhesive: Double-Sided Tape (Lawn Fawn), Connect Glue (Gina K) 
 


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Holy Ship!

Today I'm playing along with the Sunday Stamps Challenge :)

Here's the sketch:


And here's my take:

Our nephew, who's at the Naval Academy, is turning 21 next month, and I knew the Stay Salty stamp set and dies from Essentials By Ellen would be perfect for creating a super fun card for this special occasion! I hope he gets a kick out of it ;)

Thanks for visiting!

Have a fabulous day!!!

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Supplies:

Stamps: Stay Salty (Essentials By Ellen)

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento (Tsukineko), Smokey Gray Versafine (Tsukineko)

Cardstock: White, Kraft, Smokey Shadow, Soft Stone (Ink To Paper)

Copic Sketch Markers: R27, R24, YR27, YR24, W1

Patterned Paper: By The Sea 6x6 Designer Paper Pad (My Mind's Eye)

Dies: Stay Salty (Essentials By Ellen), Porthole Frames (Lawn Fawn)

Enamel Dots: Here Is Happy (My Mind's Eye)

Adhesive: Double-Sided Tape (Lawn Fawn), Connect Glue (Gina K) 

 

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Welcome To The World

Hello there! Today I'm playing along with two challenges: Day of the Month Card Club (a new-to-me challenge) and Freshly Made Sketches.

The theme at the Day of the Month Card Club is "Elephant Appreciation Day"---how super fun!

And here's the current sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches:

My card features the Floral Print Silhouette stamps and dies from Concord and 9th.
 

I used Mint To Be and It's A Girl inks from Catherine Pooler for the background circle and the flowers. Then I heat embossed the leaves in gold. I think this would make a sweet baby card :)

 

I had so much fun stamping that I couldn't resist making another card with a different color combo: Aquatini and Orange Twist (Catherine Pooler). I used the same layout but changed up the silhouette die and the sentiment to create a thank you card.


Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Supplies:

Stamps: Floral Print Silhouette (Concord and 9th)

Ink: Mint To Be and It's a Girl (Catherine Pooler), VersaMark (Tsukineko), Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko), Aquatini and Orange Twist (Catherine Pooler)

Embossing Powder: Queen's Gold (Ranger)

Cardstock: White and Kraft (Ink To Paper)

Patterned Paper: Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack (Stampin' Up)

Dies: Floral Print Silhouette (Concord and 9th), A2 Layers (Waffle Flower)

Other: Fun Foam (purchased at Simon Says Stamp)

Adhesive: Double-Sided Tape (Lawn Fawn), Connect Glue (Gina K) 



Friday, September 18, 2020

MFT 2020 Card Design Superstar Contest - Clean and Simple Genius Entry

Today I'm super excited to share a card I created for MFT's 2020 Card Design Superstar contest :) I'm entering this into the Clean and Simple Genius category.

The images and sentiments in the Merry Moments stamp set by MFT are absolutely MAGICAL!!! I love how this Santa is stopped in his tracks...gazing toward the sky...as if in complete awe of his surroundings. My husband and I have a dream to see the Northern Lights, so that was my inspiration for the background panel. I did a bit of "swinking" (swiping the ink pads directly onto the paper) to try to create a Northern Lights look. I finished off the background with splatters of white acrylic paint...because, of course, there's the lightest snowfall falling :) The snow drifts were cut with the Snow Drifts Die-namics (MFT) and I added some clear glitter to the edges---where there is snow...there is sparkle ;)
 

I had so much fun making this card! Thanks to MFT for hosting this contest and pushing me to stretch myself creatively.

Have a fabulous day!

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Supplies:

Stamps: Merry Moments (MFT)

Cardstock: White (Ink To Paper)

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento (Tsukineko), Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko), Firefly/Lagoon/Volcano Lake/Fresh Lemon/Sapphire (Altenew)

Copic Sketch Markers: R27, R29, E00, W2, N6, B00, E55, E57, YG05, YG07

Dies: Merry Moments (MFT), Snow Drifts (MFT)

Acrylic Paint: White (Dina Wakley)

Gltter Pen: Glitter Gloss Aqua Shimmer (Nuvo)

White Gel Pen: Gelly Roll 08 (Sakura)

Adhesive: Double-Sided Tape, Foam Tape, Liquid Glue 


Sunday, September 13, 2020

You Lift Me Up!

Playing along with the current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, which is always a great source for inspiration!

Here's the sketch:


...and here's my take:

I absolutely ADORE these Gus and Gertie stamps from Taylored Expressions!!! They make me smile every time I see them :)

Hope this card makes YOU smile, and hope you're enjoying your weekend!!!

Thanks for visiting!

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Supplies:

Stamps: Gus and Gertie (Taylored Expressions)

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento (Tsukineko), Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko)

Distress Oxide Ink: Tumbled Glass (Ranger)

Copic Sketch Markers: R22, R24, Y32, Y35, YG05, YG07, YR02, YR04, W1, N4

Cardstock: White and Kraft (Ink To Paper)

Stencils: Cloud (MFT), Layering Stencils - Rectangles (Taylored Expressions)

Dies: Gus and Gertie (Taylored Expressions), Spring Showers (Lawn Fawn), A2 Layers (Waffle Flower)

White Gel Pen: Gelly Roll 08 (Sakura)

Adhesive: Double-Sided Tape (Lawn Fawn), Connect Glue (Gina K)
 


Saturday, September 12, 2020

Sending You Love

Today I'm sharing a card I made for the current CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge.

Here's the sketch:

...and here's my take:

Super simple CAS card featuring the Mail Background stamp from Neat and Tangled and a heat embossed sentiment from DeNami Design (LOVE that sweet font).
 


Hope you're having a fabulous weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Supplies:

Stamps: Mail Background (Neat and Tangled), Sending You Love (DeNami Design)

Ink: Smokey Gray Versafine (Tsukineko), VersaMark (Tsukineko)

Cardstock: White, Pure Poppy, Kraft, Smokey Shadow (Ink To Paper)

Copic Sketch Marker: R24

White Gel Pen: Gelly Roll 08 (Sakura)

Embossing Powder: White (Hero Arts)

Dies: Everyday Sentiment Banners (Lawn Fawn)

Adhesive: Double-Sided Tape (Lawn Fawn), Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives) 

Friday, September 11, 2020

Every Shade Of Happy

 

Had some more fun "swinking" yesterday :) This one also uses the current sketch over at CAS Colours and Sketches Challenge.

I love this sentiment from Be The Rainbow (Gina K), and I thought it would be fun to pair it up with a rainbow that was created by swinking = swiping the ink pads directly onto the cardstock. I have to admit...I was pretty excited about the results :)

 

Thanks for visiting!

Hope you're having a happy Friday!!!

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Supplies:

Stamps: sentiment from Be The Rainbow (Gina K), birds from Layered Landscape (Neat and Tangled)

Ink: Crimson, Fresh Lemon, Just Green, Dusk, Midnight Violet (Altenew); Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko)

Cardstock: White (Ink To Paper)

Dies: Stitched Borders 2 (Pretty Pink Posh)

Glitter Pen: Glitter Gloss Aqua Shimmer Pen (Nuvo)

Adhesive: Double-Sided Tape (Lawn Fawn) 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Thinking Of You

  

Today I'm sharing a card I made for The Flower Challenge. I just can't seem to stop inking up these beautiful blooms from Sketchbook Florals (Taylored Expressions). This time around I went with some softer browns and pinks---a very different combo for me---but fitting (I think) for a "thinking of you" card.

I created the pattern behind the flower with two of the stamps included in the Field Notes Stamp Set (Taylored Expressions). They're stamped in Milk Chocolate ink (Altenew). The sentiment is actually heat embossed in gold---unfortunately that's tough to see in the photo, but it is quite pretty in person.

Six inches of snow yesterday here in the mountains. It's beautiful, but I really hope we haven't completely skipped autumn :)

Have a fabulous day!

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Supplies:

Stamps: Sketchbook Florals (Taylored Expressions), Field Notes (Taylored Expressions)

Ink: Milk Chocolate (Altenew), Tuxedo Black Memento (Tsukineko), VersaMark (Tsukineko)

Embossing Powder: Queen's Gold (Ranger)

Cardstock: White and Fine Linen (Ink To Paper)

Dies: Sketchbook Florals (Taylored Expressions), A2 Layers (Waffle Flower)

Twine: Jute (May Arts)

Adhesive: Foam Mounting Squares (X-Press It), Double-Sided Tape (Lawn Fawn)


Saturday, September 5, 2020

Celebrating You!

Hello there! Today I'm sharing a card I created using the current sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches...and a new (to me) technique called "swinking" ;)

Here's the sketch:

...and here's my card:

I used the "swinking" technique (swiping an ink pad directly onto the paper) to create the two vertical swooshes behind the flowers. This is such a fun technique, and there are lots of ways to swink!!! My friend, Ardyth, has a great video showing lots of examples. You can find a link to the video in her blog post HERE.

Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Supplies:

Stamps: Sketchbook Florals (Taylored Expressions), The Inside Scoop - For Her (Taylored Expressions)

Cardstock: White and Kraft (Ink To Paper)

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento (Tsukineko), Persian Blue (Altenew), VersaMark (Tsukineko)

Copic Sketch Markers: Y35, Y38, YR04, YR09, YG05, YG07

Embossing Powder: Queen's Gold (Ranger)

Other: Gold Gansai Tambi Single Color (purchased at Ellen Hutson)

Dies: Sketchbook Florals (Taylored Expressions), Basic Set (Mama Elephant), Fishtail Flags STAX (MFT)

Adhesive: Double-Sided Tape (Lawn Fawn)
 


 


Thursday, September 3, 2020

Sending Prayers Your Way Today

 

Today I'm sharing a card I made for the current Time Out Challenge. The theme is "season," and since Autumn is my favorite season that's the direction I went with my creation.

I die-cut the leaves from white cardstock and then added color with Distress Oxide Inks. I've seen quite a few patterned paper packs that toss in a hint of teal or aqua with the traditional autumn color palette, and I really love the look of that, so I tried that combo out here.

I hope you like my card for today! I had so much fun making it!

Thanks for visiting! Have a great day!

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Supplies:

Stamps: Pen and Ink (Papertrey Ink)

Ink: Mushroom (Concord and 9th)

Distress Oxide Inks: Carved Pumpkin, Barn Door, Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Scattered Straw (Ranger)

Dies: Leaf Silhouettes (Papertrey Ink), Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inker)

Cardstock: White (Ink To Paper)

Patterned Paper: The Holiday Collection 6x6 Paper Pack (Avery Elle)

Adhesive: Connect Glue (Gina K), Double-Sided Tape (Lawn Fawn) 


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

You're On My Mind

 


The inspiration for the current "CASE the Designer" challenge over at Global Design Project is absolutely fabulous and features a fun (new-to-me) technique of creating a textured background panel with die-cuts. This technique does take a bit of work, but the results (in my opinion) are totally worth it :)

Here's my card:


I really love the look of the white on white that DT member, Emma, used on her card, so I also chose to go that route. I die-cut 10 of the outline leaves and adhered them with liquid glue in a pattern onto my cardstock panel. I added a stitched die-cut frame on top, stamped my sentiment strip, backed it with a kraft strip and added it to the card following Kayla's layout. To finish, I die-cut one more outline and one of the solid leaves from white cardstock and inked them up with Carved Pumpkin and Barn Door Distress Oxide Inks (Ranger). I like the pop of color against the neutrals :)

 

I thought about adding some twine or embellishments, but decided against it. In May I sent my grandma a box of assorted cards for her own personal use. She's 89, and she's always loved sending cards, but because of the pandemic she hasn't been able to get out to shop. Well, I spoke with her last Friday and she's used up all of the cards I sent her in May :) So, I'm in the process of making more for her. That being said, the cards I give her need to be relatively flat so they don't require any extra postage or special mailing. I hope she loves this one!

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a great day!!!

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Supplies:

Stamps: Pen and Ink (Papertrey Ink)

Ink: Smokey Gray Versafine (Tsukineko)

Distress Oxide Inks: Carved Pumpkin and Barn Door (Ranger)

Cardstock: White and Kraft (Ink To Paper)

Dies: Leaf Silhouette (Papertrey Ink), A2 Layers (Waffle Flower), Stitched Frame Stacklets 1 (Taylored Expressions)

Adhesive: Connect Glue (Gina K), Double-Sided Tape (Lawn Fawn)