Monday, 24 July 2017

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I have Christmas cards everywhere at the moment and
it's a good feeling too ... less stress come November.


I measured the stamp and cut some 3" x 4 1/4" panels to stamp them on.
I aligned the stamp with a panel in my MISTI and started stamping.

I stamped the panel with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (Copic friendly) and zapped it with my heat gun to make sure it was completely dry.  Then came the Copic marker colouring to give the ornaments a pop of colour and dimension.  I finished them off with a luscious coating of sparkle with a Wink Of Stella clear glitter brush.

I matted the image panel with black cardstock,
giving it a 1/2" border using my Perfect Layers Ruler.

I die cut the dimensional bow (Winnie & Walter) in white cardstock and shaded with yellow (Y-YR) Copic markers to match the ornaments, adding Wink Of Stella sparkle to them too.  I die cut bundles of pine broughs (Cottage Cutz) in black cardstock, then layered them all together with the image panel on the card base.  I popped the bow in place with a foam dot.

Here are a couple of close-up pics to show the sparkle,
detail and dimension of the image and embellishments.


Lucky last came some little bells.  I threaded each one with metallic black thread, knotted them together then secured them around the bow, moving some of the pine needles to have them dangle neatly.  These "true" bells make a delicate tinkle as they move too.

   

*** INGREDIENTS ***
Stampendous - Pine Ornaments Cling Rubber Stamp
X-Press It - A5 Blending Card
MISTI
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
heat tool
Copic markers - Y000-00-11-15 + YR23-24-27
Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Brush
American Crafts - textured cardstock - black
American Crafts - textured cardstock - white
Perfect Layers Ruler - 1/2" border to the image panel
Sizzix Big Shot
Kaisercraft Release Paper
Winnie & Walter - bow - Take A Bow Cutaways
Cottage Cutz - dies - Spruce Stems
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Liquid Adhesive - to adhere layers
Helmar Acid Free Professional Glue - to adhere bow elements together
Tombow Mono Multi Adhesive - to adhere the pine broughs
foam squares - to adhere the bow
Arbee - True Bells - 10mm
black thread - to secure the bells

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Don't forget to hop on over to my The Stencil Specialist Blog Hop post for your chance to win the awesome prize pack - good luck!

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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Tuesday Throwdown - TT352 - Tic Tac Toe
my line is Christmas - Sparkle - Bells
I have rotated the sketch 180 degrees
There are stars on the ornaments and background

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Rustic Christmas wishes with burlap & woodgrain

Hopefully you have already heard my exciting news,
seen my cards in THIS post and
entered for your chance to win on The Stencil Specialist Blog HOP.

This card features the Stampendous Pine Ornaments Cling Rubber Stamp.


I measured the stamp and cut some 3" x 4 1/4" panels to stamp them on.
I aligned the stamp with a panel in my MISTI and started stamping.

I stamped the panel with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (Copic friendly) and zapped it with my heat gun to make sure it was completely dry.  I stamped some extra panels on scrap cardstock, covered with X-Press It Mask-It and fussy cut out the ornaments to make a mask.

I peeled off the mask and carefully layered over the image panel.  I inked the background using Old Paper Distress Ink, peeled off the mask and heat set to ensure the ink was dry.

Next came the Copic marker colouring to give the ornaments a pop of colour and dimension.  I finished the ornaments off with a touch of clear Wink of Stella glitter brush sparkle.

I cut a length of burlap and frayed the edges to make a rustic mat for the image panel.  The burlap tended to move out of shape, so I matted it with some black cardstock (no, you can't see it) before adhering the image panel in place.

I took a panel of Kaisercraft woodgrain cardstock (Base Coat paper pad) and adhered it to an A5 top folding card base, trimming off the bottom of the card.  Yes, my card is an odd size but I wanted to use as much of the 6 1/2" paper panel as possible.

Here is a close-up pic showing the delicate detail and sparkle of the golden ornaments.


I considered adding some sparkling clear sequins to this card.
What do you think?  Add some?

*** INGREDIENTS ***
Stampendous - Pine Ornaments Cling Rubber Stamp
X-Press It - A5 Blending Card
MISTI
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
heat tool
X-Press It Mask It
Old Paper Distress Ink
Small Round Ink Blending Tool
Copic markers - Y000-00-11-15 YR 23-24-27
Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Brush
Kaisercraft - 6 1/2" Basecoat Paper Pad
burlap
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Liquid Adhesive - to adhere layers

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Don't forget to hop on over to my The Stencil Specialist Blog Hop post for your chance to win the awesome prize pack - good luck!

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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Morgan's ArtWorld - Challenge #14 - Anything Goes
Sparkles Christmas Challenges - Challenge #78 - An Ornament
The Paper Shelter - Challenge #303 - Holiday Time
In the Southern Hemisphere we have a HOT summery Christmas,
so my dream holiday would be a wintery white Christmas

Bold and beautiful Christmas wishes

Hopefully you have already heard my exciting news,
seen my cards in THIS post and
entered for your chance to win on The Stencil Specialist Blog HOP.

This card uses the Stampendous Pine Ornaments Cling Rubber Stamp,
Winnie & Walter bow die and Cottage Cutz spruce stems.


I measured the stamp and cut some 3" x 4 1/4" panels to stamp them on.
I aligned the stamp with a panel in my MISTI and started stamping.

I stamped the panel with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (Copic friendly) and zapped it with my heat gun to make sure it was completely dry.  Then came the Copic marker colouring to give the ornaments a pop of colour and dimension.  I used a gold metallic gel pen to colour the top of the ornaments, the round accent on the largest ornament and the accent star bursts & splatters.

I matted the image panel with black cardstock,
giving it a 1/2" border using my Perfect Layers Ruler.

I die cut the dimensional bow (Winnie & Walter) in white cardstock and shaded with red Copic markers to match the ornaments.  I die cut bundles of pine broughs (Cottage Cutz) in black cardstock, then layered them all together with the image panel on the card base.

*** INGREDIENTS ***
Stampendous - Pine Ornaments Cling Rubber Stamp
X-Press It - A5 Blending Card
MISTI
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
heat tool
Copic markers - R20-21-22-24-27
Kaisercraft metallic gel pen
American Crafts - textured cardstock - black
Perfect Layers Ruler
Sizzix Big Shot
Kaisercraft Release Paper
Winnie & Walter - bow - Take A Bow Cutaways
Cottage Cutz - dies - Spruce Stems
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Liquid Adhesive - to adhere layers
Helmar Acid Free Professional Glue - to adhere bow elements together
Tombow Mono Multi Adhesive - to adhere the pine broughs
foam squares - to adhere the bow

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Don't forget to hop on over to my The Stencil Specialist Blog Hop post for your chance to win the awesome prize pack - good luck!

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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A Perfect Time To Craft - 1st July 2017 - Open Challenge #07
Morgan's ArtWorld - Challenge #14 - Anything Goes
Sparkles Christmas Challenges - Challenge #78 - An Ornament
The Paper Shelter - Challenge #303 - Holiday Time
In the Southern Hemisphere we have a HOT summery Christmas,
so my dream holiday would be a wintery white Christmas

Glamorous rose gold Christmas wishes . . . part 2

This card features the Stampendous Pine Ornaments Cling Rubber Stamp and Rose Gold Embossing Enamel, the sentiment by Ultimate Crafts.  This CAS design was quick and easy to prepare and assemble and I know I will be making more to send out in time Christmas this year.


Here is a close-up pic showing the beautiful detail of the stamp
and the delicate shimmer of the rose gold embossing enamel.



*** INGREDIENTS ***


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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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Glamorous rose gold Christmas wishes

Hopefully you have already heard my exciting news,
seen my cards in THIS post and
entered for your chance to win on The Stencil Specialist Blog HOP.

This pair of cards use the Stampendous Pine Ornaments Cling Rubber Stamp and
Rose Gold Embossing Enamel with sentiments by Kaisercraft and Ultimate Crafts.
These CAS designs were quick and easy to prepare and assemble.


I measured the stamp and cut some 3" x 4 1/4" panels to stamp them on.
I aligned the stamp with a panel in my MISTI and started stamping.

I stamped each panel with Tattered Rose Distress Ink first, to give a solid background for the heat embossing to come.  I heat set each panel, dusted with my powder tool, stamped with Versamark ink, smothering each panel with embossing powder, then held my breath in awe as the magic happened before my eyes with the heat gun - WOW!

I cut some slightly larger panels to mat each image panel, went around the edges with Versamark ink and heat embossed to match the image panel to give me perfectly matching matting panels.
I die cut the pair of Merry Christmas sentiments and heat embossed them too.

The smaller card is 5x7", the larger A5.



Here is a close-up pic showing the beautiful detail of the stamp
and the delicate shimmer of the rose gold embossing enamel.


It's gorgeous, so hard to photograph, pure magic in real life,
a delicate pinkish gold that shimmers & sparkles in the light!

*** INGREDIENTS ***
Stampendous - Pine Ornaments Cling Rubber Stamp
MISTI
Tattered Rose Distress Ink
EK Success Powder Tool
Versamark Ink Pad
Stampendous - Rose Gold Embossing Enamel
heat tool
Sizzix Big Shot
Kaisercraft Release Paper
Kaisercraft Decorative Die Words - Merry Christmas
Ultimate Crafts - Merry Christmas Script Die
(Ultimate Crafts are the parent company of Couture Creations)
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Liquid Adhesive - to adhere layers
Tombow Mono Multi Adhesive - to adhere the sentiments

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Don't forget to hop on over to my The Stencil Specialist Blog Hop post for your chance to win the awesome prize pack - good luck!

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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Sparkling tinsel Christmas wishes . . . part 2


This card features the Stampendous Pine Ornaments Cling Rubber Stamp and Gold Tinsel Glitter Embossing Powder, the sentiment by Ultimate Crafts.  This CAS design was quick and easy to prepare and assemble and I know I will be making more to send out in time Christmas this year.


Here is a close-up pic showing the delicate detail of the stamp
and the stunning sparkle of the tinsel embossing powder.



*** INGREDIENTS ***


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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):

Sparkling tinsel Christmas wishes

Hopefully you have already heard my exciting news,
seen my cards in THIS post and
entered for your chance to win on The Stencil Specialist Blog HOP.

This pair of cards feature the Stampendous Pine Ornaments Cling Rubber Stamp and Gold Tinsel Glitter Embossing Powder, with sentiments by Kaisercraft and Ultimate Crafts.  These CAS designs were quick and easy to prepare and assemble.


I measured the stamp and cut some 3" x 4 1/4" panels to stamp them on.
I aligned the stamp with a panel in my MISTI and started stamping.

I stamped each panel with Fossilized Amber Distress Ink first, to give a solid background for the heat embossing to come.  I heat set each panel, dusted with my powder tool, stamped with Versamark ink, smothering each panel with embossing powder, then held my breath in awe as the magic happened before my eyes with the heat gun - WOW!

I cut some slightly larger panels to mat each image panel, went around the edges with Versamark ink and heat embossed to match the image panel to give me perfectly matching matting panels.
I die cut the pair of Merry Christmas sentiments and heat embossed them too.

The smaller card is 5x7", the larger A5.




Here is a close-up pic showing the delicate detail of the stamp
and the stunning sparkle of the tinsel embossing powder.


It's gorgeous, so hard to photograph, pure magic in real life!

*** INGREDIENTS ***
Stampendous - Pine Ornaments Cling Rubber Stamp
MISTI
Fossilized Amber Distress Ink
EK Success Powder Tool
Versamark Ink Pad
Stampendous - Gold Tinsel Glitter Embossing Powder
heat tool
Sizzix Big Shot
Kaisercraft Release Paper
Kaisercraft Decorative Die Words - Merry Christmas
Ultimate Crafts - Merry Christmas Script Die
(Ultimate Crafts are the parent company of Couture Creations)
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Liquid Adhesive - to adhere layers
Tombow Mono Multi Adhesive - to adhere the sentiments

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Don't forget to hop on over to my The Stencil Specialist Blog Hop post for your chance to win the awesome prize pack - good luck!

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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EXCITING news + The Stencil Specialist Blog Hop

Today I have some exciting news to share!

I have been invited by the talented Julie to join her Design Team at

The Stencil Specialist is the Australian Wholesaler for Stampendous products and much, much more.

My first post is part of a Blog Hop filled with creative inspiration and it's topped off with the chance to win a bundle of seriously awesome crafting goodies.
The prize pack includes:
- Two Stampendous stamps
- Two Dreamweaver Die sets
- Two packs of adhesive rhinestones
- Two specialty embossing powders
- One jar of the new "Twinkle Glitter"
Pretty awesome, right?!?!?

but before you go, I do hope you will check out my projects using the beautiful Stampendous Pine Ornaments Cling rubber stamp and leave a comment for your chance to be a lucky winner.
To enter for your chance to win, all you need to do is leave a comment on one or all of the Designers Blogs, one comment equals one entry, four comments equals four entries.  Only one comment per blog please.  Please include what state you live in, as this competition is open to Australian residents only.  Entries close Friday 29th July AEST.

The Stencil Specialist - Julie
Robyn
Donna
Tracy - that's me and you're here
    
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Now, time for my first projects with The Stencil Specialist.
You can learn more about each card by clicking on the photo.

This pair of cards use the Pine Ornaments Cling Rubber Stamp and Gold Tinsel Glitter Embossing Powder.  These CAS designs were quick and easy to prepare and assemble.



Here is a close-up pic showing the delicate detail of the stamp
and the stunning sparkle of the tinsel embossing powder.


This pair of cards use the Pine Ornaments Cling Rubber Stamp and Rose Gold Embossing Enamel.




Here is a close-up pic showing the beautiful detail of the stamp
and the delicate shimmer of the rose gold embossing enamel.


For this next card, I stamped the Pine Ornaments and coloured them with Copic markers.


And lucky last comes some burlap and woodgrain.
I stamped the Pine Ornaments, masked the ornaments, inked the background with Distress Inks, coloured the ornaments with Copic markers and finished them off with a touch of Wink Of Stella.
I considered adding some sparkling clear sequins to this card.
What do you think?  Add some?


Here is a close-up pic showing the sparkle of the golden ornaments.


That's all my cards for today.
I hope that I have inspired you and that you can see how versatile
the Pine Ornaments stamp can be, from sparkling elegance
to bold & bright, even rustic too.

*** INGREDIENTS ***
Stampendous Pine Ornaments Cling Rubber Stamp
Stampendous - Gold Tinsel Glitter Embossing Powder
Stampendous - Rose Gold Embossing Enamel
FULL details for each card can be found on the individual posts for each card found by clicking on the images or
HERE for the sparkling gold tinsel cards
HERE for the shimmering rose gold cards
HERE for the bright, bold, pine & bow card
HERE for the rustic burlap & woodgrain card

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Sending a big Thank You to Julie for supplying the Stampendous Pine Ornaments cling rubber stamp that I used today and for being a inviting me to join the Design Team at The Stencil Specialist.  I look forward to having exciting inky adventures with the team.

Don't forget to leave a comment with state (Australian residents only) for your chance to win the awesome prize pack and then head on over to The Stencil Specialist blog to complete the Blog Hop.

We have a Blog Hop with prizes every month, so you might want to follow me so that you don't miss out on Stampendous inspiration and more chances to win with The Stencil Specialist.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Blue Christmas

It's time for another challenge with us at the

This week we are letting our creative juices flow with
Challenge #132 - Christmas In July

The sponsors for this challenge are:

Sparkle N Sprinkle
Prize: $15 Gift Certificate

Prize: $15 Gift Certificate

My Besties
   
Prize: The following 3 images
 
Scan0075                 Scan0083


Scan0098

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Today I have used the My Besties Scan0098 digital stamp from My Besties, one of our generous sponsors this week, to make a centre step card.

While you're reading about my card, I hope that you will have Elvis singing "Blue Christmas" in your mind ... I know that I do as I type.



As has become a habit of late, I started by placing the digital image on my Silhouette Studio design mat and started planning the elements of my card.  First came the card base, a centre step card (details & link below).  The cut file comes with the card base and mats to go on each of the front panels.  I sized the image to fit into the oval feature panel, printed it on a laser printer, heat set then cut using my Cameo.  I coloured the image using Copic markers.

I added an 0.050" offset to each of the mat panels to make aditional matting layers.

I cut the card base and original matting layers in white textured cardstock and the extra matting layers in dark blue cardstock ... a nice match to Copic marker B99.

Next came the poinsettia flowers and leaves.  I took some from a cut file in my library (details & link below) and set up a sheet using a variety of sizes, from original size & 75% reduced to 130% & 160% enlarged.  I cut them in white cardstock and coloured them with my Copic markers (broad end) to match the image.  I curled and layered the petals and leaves, adhered them together and filled the middle of each one with sparkling clear rhinestones.  Are you feeling like a Blue Christmas yet?

I adhered all the layers together then positioned the blue poinsettias around the image and side panels.

Here are another couple of pics on my Blue Christmas card.
I love this cute image, fancy folds and the sparkle coming from each poinsettia,
I hope you do too.




*** INGREDIENTS ***
Sherri Baldy My Besties - digital stamp - My Besties Scan0098
X-Press It - A4 blending card
Copic markers - skin - E0000-000-00-11 + R01
Copic markers - lips - R21-22
Copic markers - eyes - G40-43-46
Copic markers - hair - E55-57-59
Copic markers - clothes - B0000-91-93-95-97-99

Copic markers - fur - B0000-000
Copic markes - flowers B91-93-97
Copic markers - leaves - G46
American Crafts - textured cardstock - white
American Crafts - textured cardstock - Earthtones
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Design Store - card base - Square Center Step Card Basic
Design ID #64594 by Lori Whitlock
Silhouette Design Store - poinsettias - Poinsettia Box Card
Design ID #109579 by Snapdragon Snippets
clear rhinestones
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive - to adhere poinsettias
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Liquid Adhesive - to adhere layers

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Sending a big Thank You to Sherri Baldy My Besties for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge #132 with us at the Crafty Gals Corner.
    
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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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Aloha Friday Challenges - Challenge #99 - Color Challenge
A Perfect Time To Craft - 1st July 2017 - Open Challenge #07
Colour Crazy Challenge - WK 27 - Anything Goes
Colour It! Create It! Show It Off! - July Challenge - Diva Birthday option Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Challenge #379 - Anything Goes with optional twist Ice Cream
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - CHNC Challenge #342
Anything Christmas Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - CHNC Extra for July
Anything Christmas Goes
Glitter 'N' Sparkle Challenge Blog - Challenge #248 - Anything Goes
Hiding In My Craft Room - HIMCR #309 - Christmas In July
Ike's World Challenges - Challenge #93 - Anything Goes
with optional twist Bunch of Kindness
Morgan's ArtWorld - Challenge #14 - Anything Goes
My Besties 3D and More - Challenge #7 - Anything Goes with a Bestie
My Besties Art Spain - Challenge #15 - World Cooperation Day / Anything Goes
My Besties Aussies Challenge Blog - July Challenge #7 - Anything Goes/Dry Embossing
My Besties Brazil - Challenge #25 - Handmade Flowers + My Besties
My Besties Dutch Girls - Challenge - Anything Goes option Summer / Vacation
My Besties France - Challenge #65 - Anything My Besties Goes
My Besties Germany - Challenge #43 - Anything Goes with My Besties
My Besties International Challenge Blog - July Challenge - Anything Goes
with option Sparkle, Glam & Glitter
My Besties Spanish Challenge Blog - Challenge #37 - Anything Goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - PIP Challenge 1729 - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Challenge #252 - By The Seaside or Anything Goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge Blog - Challenge #121 - Anything Goes
with option Monochrome
The 12 Months Of Christmas Link Up - Challenge #31 - Anything Christmas Goes
optional theme Oh Deer!
The Paper Shelter - Challenge #303 - Holiday Time
In the Southern Hemisphere we have a HOT summery Christmas, so my dream
holiday would be a White Christmas surrounded by snow and pretty poinsettias

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Dragonfly Hi

... my card says hello but the image is called Dragonfly Hi
It's a cute freebie (on FB group) by Createful Heart Digis & Designs.


This fancy fold is called a Shadow Box card and was made using a cut file with my Silhouette Cameo.  I opened the file in Silhouette Design Studio and placed the digital stamp on the back panel, printed it on pale blue textured cardstock, heat set, cut with my Cameo then started colouring.  I coloured the eye with a combination of white pencil and Copic markers.  The dragonfly and foliage were coloured with Copic markers.

Once the ink was dry, I added a delicate sparkle to the wings with my Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Brush and a generous dollop of Glossy Accents to the eye to give it dimension and shine.
I'm thrilled with how the wings turned out.


I decorated around the image, inside and out, with layered die cut foliage.


 The cool thing about these fancy folds is that the card folds flat for mailing.


*** INGREDIENTS ***
Createful Hearts Digis - Dragonfly Hi
FREE digital stamp - Createful Heart Digis & Design FB Group
Copic markers - body - B0000-000-01-12-14
Copic markers - wings - B0000 V0000 R0000 Y0000
Copic markers - harness - E55 E57 E59
Copic markers - foliage - YG0000 YG01 YG03
Copic markers - eyes - C00 C0 C1
Prismacolor Pencil - eyes - white PC938
Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Brush - sparkling wings
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Design Store - Shadow Box Card cut file - Design ID #26664 
American Crafts - 12x12 weave cardstock - Pastel - pale blue
American Crafts - 12x12 weave cardstock - Winter - darker blue
American Crafts - 12x12 textured cardstock - black
Sizzix Big Shot
Kaisercraft Decoratibe Dies - Foliage
Helmar 450 Quick Dry liquid adhesive - to adhere sides & layers
Tombow Mono Multi liquid adhesive - to adhere sentiment & foliage

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Sending a big Thank You to Createful Heart Digis & Design for the free digital stamp that I used today.  I am hoping that my card will bring a smile when it arrives.

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):

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2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Challenge #4 - Anything with critters Goes
Alphabet Challenge Blog - I for Insects