Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #417

Hello Crafty Friends! It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More!. Our next challenge is


Are you working on your Christmas cards? I need to figure out what I'm doing. It's less than 2 months to Christmas! Here's my card


For my card, I started with Sweet 'n Sassy's Christmas Blocks stamp set. I stamped this Santa with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added color with Copic markers - C2, E02, G07, R29. I fussy cut the block. To put the card together, I started with a kraft A2 card panel. I found a scrap of red plaid patterned paper. I cut a 1" x 4.25" strip. For the sentiment, I used Happy Little Stampers' Merry Kissmas stamps set and Memento Tuxedo Black ink, stamped onto a scrap of white cardstock. I trimmed it down to a 0.75" x 2.25". I popped the Christmas block up with dimensionals to add some dimension to the card.

We'd love to for your to join us at our Christmas challenge.

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Try Stampin' On Tuesday ~ Challenge #530

It's time for a new challenge at Try Stampin' On Tuesday. We have a sketch for you.


Here's my card


I kind of flipped the sketch, so the vertical strip would be on the left and I tilted the tag a bit. I started by making the tag from some light kraft cardstock. I then cut a triangle using some pretty Christmas patterned paper. I'm going to use that as a Christmas tree. I stamped the word "MERRY" using a stamp from Hero Arts Holiday Ornaments Stamp & Cut to mimic the tree trunk. The stamp actually says "MERRY CHRISTMAS". However, when inking with Hero Arts Field Greens ink. I covered "CHRISTMAS" with a post-it note and removed the post-it note before stamping! For the star, I used Simon Says STAMP's Holiday Shapes dies and a scrap of gold cardstock. For the round element of the sketch, I stamped the noel bird using Hero Arts Bird Words stamp set and Hero Arts Strawberry ink. I then fussy cut the bird and adhered it to the top right corner of the tag. I added a bit of gold cord to complete the tag. Onto a natural A2 card panel, I adhered the green strip of tone on tone patterned paper. I then adhered the tag to complete the panel. I adhered everything to a white A2 card base to finish the card.

We'd love to see how you're inspired by our sketch.

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Monday, 25 October 2021

STAMPlorations ~ Playing With Paper Goods

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Have you seen the new paper goods at STAMPlorations? There are colorables, ephemera and quick card fronts. They definitely help to create cards, when time is limited. I'm using the Bloom Burst Ephemera for my cards today.


I made three cards with this package of ephemera.

For this first card, I started by making the background using my Gelli plate, STAMPlorations ARTplorations Crisscrossed stencil and distress oxides - frayed burlap, antique linen and vintage photo. I then used an oval stitched die to die cut an oval using natural card stock. I stamped the sentiment using STAMPlorations Fond Expressions 2 stamp set and Versafine Onyx Black ink. I added some beautiful flowers from the STAMPlorations Bloom Burst ephemera to complete the card.


For card #2, I also used my gelli plate and salty ocean, broken china and wilted violet distress oxide to make an inked panel. I trimmed the panel to 3" x 4.25" and adhered it to a light blue A2 card panel. I used a clear sticker from STAMPlorations CRAFTplorations Inspirational #1 Clear Sticker pack which I adhered to the inked panel. I added a grouping of flowers and foliage from STAMPlorations CRAFTplorations Bloom Burst ephemera on the left side of the inked panel. I popped the large pink flower up with dimensionals to add a different level to the card. 


For card #3, I challenged myself to make a card in under 5 minutes. I started with one ATC panel from STAMPlorations CRAFTplorations Watercolor ATC Journaling Cards. I adhered a clear sticker from STAMPlorations CRAFTplorations Happy Happy Clear Stickers pack and adhered it to a light pink A2 card panel. I added a few floral die cuts from STAMPlorations CRAFTplorations Bloom Burst ephemera and adhered the panel to a white A2 card base to complete the card. And the verdict is .... 4 minutes 51 seconds! So, if you ever find yourself in need of a card and you don't have much time, you'll need a card front or ATC journaling card, a clear sticker and some ephemera. Of course, you'll need adhesive and a card base!


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Saturday, 23 October 2021

Addicted to CAS ~ Challenge #209

Well, Autumn is definitely in the air here in the Pacific Northwest. Yup, that means rain - LOL! However, some trees still have their leaves and they are the beautiful fall colors - reds, oranges, yellows. 

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS. For the next two weeks, our challenge will be

Here's my "purple" card


I dug my old Stampin' Up Upsy Daisy stamp set out and wiped off the dust. It's been awhile since I've played with this stamp set. I stamped the main image with Stampin' Up's Concord Crush. It was part of Stampin' Up's In Color 2010-12 Collection. Guess, I've been making cards for more than 10 years because I recall I started my hobby/addiction with that In Color Collection. I found the Stampin' Up 6x6 paper pack from that Collection as well as matching grosgrain ribbon. I used some of the patterned paper for a strip on the bottom of the car and a bit of ribbon to add some texture and dimension. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Keep It Simple: Thank You stamp set, stamped with the same Concord Crush color. 

We'd love to see your "purple" creations. Please remember to keep it clean and simple!

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Monday, 18 October 2021

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #443

It's Monday so that must mean that it's time for a new challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here's the sketch for the next week


Here's my take on this sketch


I always seem to need birthday cards so I decided to use this sketch to make a birthday card. I went through my 6x6 paper pack stash and pulled out three patterned papers from the same pack. It's so nice to use paper packs because I know that all the colors will work together. I trimmed the pieces to 3" x 2" for the paper with the words, 2" x 2.25" for the confetti paper and also the banner paper. For my pumpkin and flower elements, I chose to go with balloons. I used Paper Smooches' Balloons die set and some scraps of cardstock. I used some silver thread to mimic the balloon strings. For the sentiment, I used Simon Says STAMP's Hello You stamp set and Versafine Onyx Black ink. I plan to send this card out soon!

We'd love to see how you are inspired by this week's sketch.

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Thursday, 14 October 2021

Perfectly CAS ~ October Challenge

Are you ready for a new challenge at Perfectly CAS? I hope so because we have a new one. This month it's 


Sadly, I'm finding that I'm needing this type of card more and more. I guess that goes along with getting older. 

Here's my card


This isn't my usual kind of sympathy card. My usual card is usually just black and white, with maybe some gray. I tried to stretch outside that box and introduce a bit of color. I stamped using Stampin' Up's Growing Green stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added color with Copic markers G82, YG63. I added a simple sentiment using Clearly Besotted's A Little Sentimental stamp set and Memento Tuxedo Black ink again. A simple one layer card that I hope will bring someone some comfort during a difficult time.

We'd love to see your sympathy cards. Please remember to cover no more that one-third of your card.

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Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Time Out Challenge

I was looking around at various card challenges and found the current one at Time Out Challenges


This is a great reminder and I wanted to participate. Here's my card


It's a simple card. I used CASual Fridays' Full On Floral background stamp which I heat embossed with white embossing powder. I then added pink using both spun sugar and picked raspberry distress inks, applied with a blending brush. For the sentiment, I die cut the word using CASual Friday's Hope die from a scrap of white cardstock. I added some Wink of Stella for a bit of sparkle. 

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AAA Cards

It's so nice and relaxing to sit at my craft table and play with paper. It's definitely my "happy place". I found a challenge at AAA Cards and wanted to participate. Their challenge is to celebrate their 200th Challenge. Way to go AAA Cards.


Here's my card


Last weekend, I attended the virtual Crop and Create Delivered Cardmaking event. As part of our supplies, we received Gina K Designs' Mask Maker die set. For one of the cards we made with Gina K, she had us use the oval die with her masking magic. I saved that mask and reused it on this card. I placed the mask on a white A2 card panel and applied distress inks (barn door, carved pumpkin, mustard seed, mowed lawn, peacock feathers) with blending brushes. As an aside, I didn't think I needed blending brushes. I thought that ink blending tools worked fine for me. Well, I was wrong. The blending brushes are so much easier. I'm converted. OK, back to the card. I then stamped the image using Gina K Designs' A Beautiful World stamp set and Versafine Onyx Black ink. I then carefully removed the mask, saving it for another day. For the sentiment, I stamped it from Simon Says STAMP's Floral Bliss stamp set onto a scrap of yellow cardstock, which I trimmed down to a rectangle. I adhered it to my card and adhered the panel to a white A2 card base to complete the card.

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Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #416

It's that time again. Time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! For the next two weeks, our challenge is


Here's my card


For my card, I used Altenew's Beautiful Bergenia 3D embossing folder with some medium blue cardstock. I then rubbed over the embossed areas with Color Box Pigment - Frost White ink. I used the actual ink pad and tried to keep it parallel to the surface of my craft table to ink up the embossed areas. It's it amazing and it's so easy to do! For the sentiment, I used a scrap of white cardstock and Technique Tuesday's Look Out World stamp set and Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I cut the scrap into a sentiment strip and adhered it to the embossed panel.

For our "Make Your Mark" challenges, we're looking for you to add color with pens, pencils, markers, inks, paint - you get the idea, right? We'd love for you to join us.

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Try Stampin' On Tuesday ~ Challenge #528

Hi! I'm here with our new challenge at Try Stampin' On Tuesday. For the next two weeks, the challenge will be


Well, the majority of time, I'm a sketch girl. I love creating with sketches. However, this time, I thought I'd push myself a little outside my comfort zone. Here's my card


I scrolled through Pinterest for interesting ideas for a fun fold. I found this card by Stamping With Tracy and thought I'd give it a try.


Following Tracy's instructions, I punched out 8 - 1 3/8" circles using double sided patterned paper and folded each of the circles following her instructions (which included photos). I assembled the eight folded pieces into a large flower. I cut a piece of patterned paper from the same paper pack to 3.25" x 4.5" for the background. I stamped the sentiment using Ink Blot Shop's Botanical Borders stamp set and Versafine Onyx Black ink. I adhered the background and flower to a natural A2 card base to complete the card. 

We'd love to see your creations. Will you use our sketch or do something with folds or both?

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sue

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Saturday, 9 October 2021

Die Cut Divas ~ October Challenge

We have a new challenge this month at Die Cut Divas. Our sponsor this month is Scrapflower Estudio. The winner will receive four digital stamps of their choice.


Our challenge this month is

ANYTHING GOES

Here's my card


For my card, I started with the Three Wise Men digital stamp which I sized on my computer and printed out on cardstock with my inkjet printer. I added color with Copic markers - B29, BV02, BV13, C2, E37, E47, E50, G07, G82, R46, Y38, W3. I die cut the panel with a My Favorite Things Inside & Outside Stitched Rectangle STAX die. For the sBLeentiment, I used Paper Smooches A Blessed Christmas stamp set and gold embossing powder that I heat set on green cardstock. I used a much smaller die from the same die set to die cut the sentiment rectangle. For the background paper, I looked through my collection of Christmas patterned paper until I found this one. I trimmed it to A2 size and adhered it to a white A2 card base.

We'd love to see your "ANYTHING GOES" creation. Just remember to use a die-cut, because we are, after all, Die Cut Divas!

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Addicted to CAS ~ Challenge #208

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to CAS.


Just in time for Halloween, our code word is SPOOKY! Here's my card


Looking through my collection of stamps, I came across Hero Arts Boo Stamp & Cut set. I die cut three ghosts using white cardstock, one large one and two small ones. I then stamped their facial expressions using Versafine Onyx Black ink. The white ghosts were a bit stark, so I added a bit of Hickory Smoke distress ink, applied with an ink blending tool to create a bit of movement and shadow. I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set on a strip of light gray cardstock. I found some spider web patterned paper for a horizontal strip. I adhered everything to a black A2 card panel which was then adhered to a white card base.

We'd love to see your spooky creations.

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sue

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Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Happy Little Stampers ~ Stencil Challenge

Well, hello October. It's time for a new monthly challenge at Happy Little Stampers ~ Stencil Challenge. Our challenge is always


Here's my card


When I saw the Simon Says STAMP's Slimline Floral Border stencil, I knew that I just HAD to have it. It's just so cute! Well, it arrived and while I didn't make a slimline card, it works just fine for a regular A2 card. On a white A2 card base, I inked up the stencil, using distress inks (picked raspberry, abandoned coral, carved pumpkin, twisted citron and mowed lawn) applied with an ink blending tool. I used a scrap of paper to help mask off areas where I didn't want ink to go. For the simple sentiment, I used The Ink Blot Shop's Greetings to You stamp set and Versafine Onyx Black ink. So, that's my one layer stencil card!

We'd love to see you stenciled creations.

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Monday, 4 October 2021

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge ~ Challenge #441

It's Monday and time for a new challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here is the sketch.


Here's my card


For my card, I started by looking through my "collection" of 6x6 paper pads. I found these, one with multi-colored stars and one with a matching diagonal stripe. The multi-colored star paper was cut to 3 1/4" x 4 1/8". The diagonal stripe paper was cut to 2" x 4 1/8". For the sentiment block, I stamped using Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments stamp set with Hero Arts Red Royal ink onto a 2" x 3" piece of natural cardstock. For the star, I used Lawn Fawn's Puffy Stars die and some dark gray cardstock. I added some Wink of Stella for a bit of shine to complete the card.

We'd love to see how you're inspired by our sketch.

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sue

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Happy Little Stampers ~ October Christmas Challenge

Hi Friends - it's less than three months to Christmas. Have you been working on your Christmas cards? There is a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers ~ Christmas Challenge. Perhaps, you'll be inspired to join our challenge or maybe you'll find inspiration either from one of the design team members or other crafters joining the challenge for your Christmas card.


Here's my card


For my card, I started by die cutting the "joy" word, using Hero Arts Joy Stamp & Cut from gold cardstock. I thought it would be fun to use some holly and berries for the little "dot" above the "j". Did you know that there is a word for the little "dot", it's "tittle". I learned something today! I used the same Stamp & Cut set to heat emboss with gold embossing powder the "to the world" onto some green tone-on-tone patterned paper in the space between the "j" and "y". I found some pretty Christmas colored striped pattern paper that went with the green strip, so I cut it to an A2 size for my background. For the holly and berry, I used Paper Smooches Holly die set and some scraps of paper. I assembled everything and adhered the panel to a white A2 card base to complete my card.

We'd love to see what you create!

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Friday, 1 October 2021

Rainbow Card Challenge ~ October Challenge

October 1st - really? What happened to September? Yup, just checked the calendar again and it's indeed October 1st. That must mean that it's time for a new monthly challenge at Rainbow Card Challenge. This month, our challenge is


Here's my card


When I saw the inspiration panel and the color "glorious goldenrod", I thought of the sun's rays. Something that has been replaced by clouds and raindrops here in the Pacific Northwest! For my card, I inked up a yellow panel using Tim Holtz' Rays Layering Stencil and mustard seed distress ink, applied with an ink blending tool. I trimmed the panel down to 3.25" x 4.5". I planned on popping the panel on a yellow A2 card panel, using fun foam. Before I adhered it, I stamped the sentiment from the SCT Delivered Online Card Class March 2021 stamp set with Hero Arts Soft Granite ink on the bottom right corner. I adhered the panel with the fun foam for dimension and added a few sequins for a bit of shine to complete the card.

We'd love to see your "glorious goldenrod" creation.

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STAMPlorations CAS ~ October Challenge

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And ... we're back from our summer break. It's time for a new challenge at STAMPlorations CAS. This month our challenge is


Here's my card (and I used the optional twist, too!)


For my card, I stamped the lily image using STAMPlorations Blossom Spray #3 using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I then used some post-it tape to mask off the 0.5" areas. I applied distress inks (mowed lawn, shabby shutters, twisted citron) with an ink blending tool, moving the masked off area after each color application. In full disclosure, I was going to stamp a sentiment in the lower right corner. However, I found I had left a bit of an ink smudge (inky fingers) and wanted to cover it up. So, I used a clear sticker from the STAMPlorations Just Thank You clear sticker pack and adhered it to a scrap of green cardstock. I trimmed the sentiment strip and covered up my ink smudge. Phew - saved that card! I adhered the panel to a white A2 card base to complete the card.

We'd love to have you join us this month. We're anxious to see your clean and simple (CAS) creations.


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Thursday, 30 September 2021

Happy Little Stampers ~ October Watercolour Challenge

It's beginning to feel like Fall, here in the Pacific Northwest. The leaves are such pretty colours and yes, it's raining! This is when I'm happy to sit at my craft table and play with paper.

We have a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers ~ Watercolour Challenge


Here's my card


I was inspired by this card by Debby Hughes at Lime Doodle Design


I was so inspired that I HAD to purchase the Simon Says STAMP's Spring Blooms Background stamp. I placed the stamp (once I received it - LOL!) in my MISTI and added distress inks (speckled egg, wild honey, abandoned coral, scattered straw, peeled paint and dried marigold) on the stamp. I used the mini cubes and it was pretty easy to try to keep the flower colours on the flowers and the leaf colours on the leaves. I spritzed the inked stamp generously with water before "stamping" onto 140 lb Strathmore watercolour paper. I left the door closed on the MISTI for a bit to let the water and colour soak into the watercolour paper. There were a few places where I had missed inking up. So, I just added ink and repeated the process until I was happy with the results. I wanted the panel to be the star of my card so I added a simple sentiment strip with the using a stamp from Paper Smooches Salutations stamp set to complete my watercolour card, or faux watercolour card!

We'd love to see what you create with water.

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Wednesday, 29 September 2021

STAMPlorations joins National Coffee Day Hop

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Very happy to be representing STAMPlorations at the National Coffee Hop


Here's my card


For my card, I used STAMPlorations Coffee To Go: Fall and Winter. I stamped the beautiful sunflower cup design stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added color with Copic markers E08, E25, E47, G85, W2, Y17, Y38, YR16. I then stamped the cup outline with lid with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored the lid with a C5 Copic marker. I fussy cut the image. For the sentiment, I used STAMPlorations Coffeecionado stamp set, stamped onto a orangy-brown scrap of cardstock that I trimmed to a 7/8" strip. For the background, I started with a natural A2 card panel. I then used STAMPlorations ARTplorations Dots 'n Beans with Vintage Photo distress ink applied with an ink blending tool, taking care to only ink up a portion of the right side of the panel. To complete the card, I adhered the strip and coffee cup in place.

Prizes, who doesn't love prizes! STAMPlorations will award one prize that consists of four coffee-themed paper goods of the winner's choice worth $28. The winner will be chosen randomly from those who leave a comment on the STAMPlorations blog or one of the other participating STAMPlorations designers, including me!

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Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #415

I'm pretty sure that as I age, time speeds up. I wonder if a minute is no longer 60 seconds long or if a second is really a second. I feel like it should still be the beginning of September, not the end. This must mean that Christmas is just around the corner and I have so much to do before then. It might be time to start a list of things to do before Christmas! 

OK, enough of e rambling on. It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More!


Here's my card


I think that this is my new favorite layered stencil - Lawn Fawn's Tropical Leaves Background Stencils. There are two stencils. I inked them up using distress inks (salty ocean, carved pumpkin, picked raspberry, peacock feathers, seedless preserves) all applied with an ink blending tool. For the sentiment, I die cut the "happy" using Memory Box's paintbrush happy die. I also stamped the word "birthday" from Papertry Ink's Phrase Play #5 stamp set using Hero Arts Bubble Gum ink onto a scrap of light gray cardstock that I trimmed down. 

So, I was able to use both stencils and a die cut on my card. How about you - stencil? die cut? both? We'd love for you to join us.

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Try Stampin' On Tuesday ~ Challenge #526

Hi Crafty Friends! We have a new challenge for you at Try Stampin' On Tuesday.

Optional Theme: Plaids/Checks/Gingham

When I saw this sketch and the optional theme, I pictured a plaid shirt collar. So, I took a few liberties with the sketch. Here's my card


I found some plaid printed paper for the shirt. I cut the collar on an angle. I thought I'd add a pocket, where I'd place the circle part of the sketch. I stamped HB2U using Your Next Stamp's Mini Monkey stamp set onto a scrap of teal cardstock. I used a 1.5" circle punch to punch it out. I felt that the plaids clashed too much, so with a fine black marker, I added stitch lines to the edges of the collar and pocket.

We'd love to see how you're inspired by our current sketch.

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Saturday, 25 September 2021

Addicted to CAS ~ Challenge #207

We have a new challenge at Addicted to CAS. Our challenge for the next two weeks is



It's definitely cooler these days and autumn seems close. Here's my autumn-inspired card


For my one layer card, I used Paper Smooches Gently Seasoned. I stamped the tree with Hero Arts Cup O' Joe. I added color to the leaves using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers - orange, bright yellow, light brown, dark oatmeal. For the sentiment, I used Your Next Stamp's Sweet Little Greetings stamp set and Hero Arts Cup O' Joe again. 

We'd love to have you join our challenge with your "autumn" inspired, clean and simple projects.

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Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Tic Tac Toe Challenge TTTC131

It sure is nice to find some time to spend at my craft table. I found the current challenge at Tic Tac Toe Challenge and was immediately inspired.


I chose the furthest right column - Brown/Beige; Wood; Animal. Here's my card


I started with a brown A2 card panel. I cut a circle out of it with a Sizzix circle die. I then embossed it with Sizzix Stampin' Up's Woodgrain embossing folder. I tried it in the opposite order - emboss then die cut and found that the embossing was "flattened" when the circle die cut was cut. I stamped the little mouse using Unity Stamps' meow.purr.baa. stamp set with Memento Tuxedo black ink on a scrap of white cardstock. I added color with Copic markers C2, E02. I trimmed the white cardstock so that the mouse appeared in the circle cut out and no white cardstock extended beyond the edge of the brown card panel. For the sentiment, I die cut the speech bubble using a Simon Says STAMP's Thought Bubbles die. I found a small scrap of red cardstock that I adhered to the back of the speech bubble. I adhered the speech bubble to the front of the panel and adhered the entire panel to a white card base to complete the card.

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