210 posts categorized "Jeanne Jachna"

09/06/2019

Fri 06

Fall / Halloween Blog Blitz Begins
By Jeanne Jachna

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EEK!  It's another great day here at Poppystamps as we begin our Fall / Halloween Blog Blitz!  If you're loving the cooler temps and beginning to think about card making and home decor projects for fall/Thanksgiving and Halloween you're in the right place!  Our Blog Blitz is a time  for us to share projects made with the latest release - and yes!  give some prizes too!   Today I'm sharing the NEW Surprise Skeleton - and that's today's prize too! 
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I confess that my favorite holiday is HALLOWEEN!  There is something absolutely magical about the bright colors, costumes, and late night festivities that I just can't resist.  
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The Surprise Skeleton cuts the negative portion of the die - so you're left with the skeleton inside an open circle.  He makes a wonderful silhouette perfect for making a shaker.  I cut the Surprise Skeleton from white card stock. Next I cut the die cut with a circle die so he is free from the background.  Make sure you use a circle slightly smaller than the outside diameter of the frame.   Next I adhered a Double Stitched Circle Frame over the skeleton die cut.   
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The card base is topped with a slightly smaller panel of black card stock.  I cut strips of 1 1/8 x 4" green and purple card stock and adhered them together on their reverse side.   I trimmed the assembled panel so that it is slightly smaller than the black panel and adhered it in place.   The orange center strip is 2 1/2 x 5 1/4".  I used the same circle die as above on the skeleton to cut a window at the top and bottom of the orange panel.   I adhered the assembled framed skeletons over the die cut holes and added clear acetate to the back of the orange panel.  Black Ric Rac Stitches are adhered to the reverse of the orange panel for a fun look against the stripes.  I added adhesive foam tape around the openings on the reverse side of the assembled panel, placed sequins on the striped panel (placing them where the windows would be) and adhered the panel over them.  
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A sentiment from the new Halloween Fun stamp set is placed between the two shakers on the front of the card. I added a few sequins to the card front to look like they escaped! 
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So fun right?  Ok now what you've been waiting for!  The prize!  

The Fall / Halloween blog blitz runs from September 6-17. We'll be giving away a prize on every blog blitz post during this time. To enter to win you need to leave a comment on ONLY the posts that you wish to enter. To enter ALL the posts during the blog blitz you need to leave a comment on EACH ONE. One person will be chosen at random from each of the posts during the blog blitz. Only one prize per person per blog blitz. We use a random number generator to select winners from comments. You have until midnight US EST September 23 to leave a comment on each and every post that you want to enter. Winners will be announced on this blog on September 26.

For a SECOND chance to win this die AND ONE FOR A FRIEND...
1.)   Visit our Instagram account and FOLLOW US!
2.)   Like each post you want to enter
3.)   LEAVE A COMMENT and TAG A FRIEND on each post you wish to enter.   Comments open through September 23. 

One comment per post will be selected by random number generator.  The winners will be posted on each Instagram post on September 26.  The COMMENTER and the FRIEND THEY TAGGED on the post will BOTH receive the prize for that post!  Only one Instagram prize per person per Blog Blitz.

Good Luck! And LEAVE A COMMENT!! :)

Jeanne Floral Signature copy

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
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09/01/2019

Sun 01

PSC#60 Anything Goes!

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Welcome to the Poppystamps Challenge!  We're so happy you've stopped by, and we sure hope you'll join us!  On the first of the month, we announce a new Poppystamps Challenge with a central theme.  The design team will provide samples for inspiration, and you can play along through the end of the month for your chance to win.

The winner of our blog badge for last month's challenge ABC - Anything But A Card or Back To School is Greta H.
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The lucky winner of the draw (chosen by random number generator) for the monthly prize is Gail!

Please contact me (Jeanne) at poppychallenge@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Want to play? 

The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Poppystamps image or die, and link it up here.  The design we love best will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog, and one lucky random winner will receive a prize.  You don't have to have a blog to play.  You can link to any online gallery.   In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Poppystamps image.   We ask that you link a maximum of  3 entries to each challenge.   You are welcome to link your design to other challenges.  Grab our badge to post on your blog post or sidebar!

09-19

PSC#60 Anything Goes! - There's no excuses not to play this month because ANYTHING GOES!  We're looking for projects for ANY OCCASSION!   Just be sure to include at least one Poppystamps image (die cut, stencil, or stamp) on your project.

Need a little inspiration?  Here are some samples from our design team.  Want a closer look?   No worries.. we'll be featuring these projects on Wednesdays throughout the month, so you can see how each project was created.

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Now it's your turn!  Need a little more motivation? How about a prize?  The winner (chosen at random) of this challenge will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to spend on their favorites from the store!

You have until 12 am US EST on September 28 to link up your design here!  We'll start a new challenge and announce the winners on  October  1.   

Thanks for joining us!  We can't wait to see what you make! 

 

08/13/2019

Tue 13

Summer Release Blog Blitz Begins!

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It's a great day for a visit!  Our Summer Release Blog Blitz begins TODAY!  That means we're sharing projects made with the new release and offering some prizes on every blog blitz post for the next two weeks.  You can see all the new release dies HERE in the store.  You'll find lots of new WHITTLE style critters that are sure to make you smile! 
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I love to make cards with scenes!    This Whittle Koala has found himself up a tree surrounded by snappers!  But it's a beautiful sunny day so if he waits them out he'll be OK!  There's a message in there.. most of our problems are only temporary! 
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This card starts with a background of clouds made by using the Stitched Cloudline die as a stencil.  Simply hold the die cut in place and ink around the curvy edge.  Move the die cut up every inch or so and ink it again.  You can ink as many  (or as few) clouds as you like. Next I added Old Paper distress ink to the bottom half of the card to create a sandy beach.  I splattered a darker shade of distress ink over the sandy bottom half using a piece of paper to shield the clouds. 
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All that's left to do is to add the different images to create a scene.   I added Whittle Mounds, Gaters, Crabs,  Palm Tree, Clouds and Koala.  Usually I cut from colored card stock. This time I tried something new and inked scrap pieces of white card stock with distress ink.   I cut the dies from these pieces.   You could also ink the images AFTER you cut them, but this kept the images flat and wrinkle free. 
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I think the details really help bring a scene to life.  I added bitty silly eyes to the gators and extra branches to the palm trees.  If you love the Whittle style dies then you'll NEED the Whittle Everyday stamp set.  It's got lots of punny sentiments that work well with the animals.

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2208 Whittle Crabs craft dieAnd now the part you've been waiting for.. the giveaway!  The prize on this post is the WHITTLE CRABS!  I think they're A-DOR-ABLE!!!! 

The blog blitz runs from August 13-23. We'll be giving away a prize on every blog blitz post during this time. To enter to win you need to leave a comment on ONLY the posts that you wish to enter. To enter ALL the posts during the blog blitz you need to leave a comment on EACH ONE. One person will be chosen at random from each of the posts during the blog blitz. Only one prize per person per blog blitz. We use a random number generator to select winners from comments. You have until midnight US EST August 26 to leave a comment on each and every post that you want to enter. Winners will be announced on this blog on August 29.

For a SECOND chance to win this die AND ONE FOR A FRIEND...
1.)   Visit our Instagram account and FOLLOW US!
2.)   Like each post you want to enter
3.)   LEAVE A COMMENT and TAG A FRIEND on each post you wish to enter.   Comments open through August 26, 

One comment per post will be selected by random number generator.  The winners will be posted on each Instagram post on August 29.  The COMMENTER and the FRIEND THEY TAGGED on the post will BOTH receive the prize for that post!  Only one Instagram prize per person per Blog Blitz.

Good Luck! And LEAVE A COMMENT!! :)

Jeanne Floral Signature copy

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"

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08/09/2019

Fri 09

Happiness
By Jeanne Jachna

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I hope you're having a great day!  Have you noticed the Poppystamps Summer Release is in the store?   There's lots of great new products including FOUR new Sidekick style dies like this one called Beautiful Butterflies!
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I started this card with a distress ink background.   It was easy to create using three shades of Distress Ink (Spun Sugar, Iced Lemonade and Dried Marigold).  The new makeup brushes like mine from Amazon are amazing!  No more stencil brushes for me!   

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I splattered the inked panel with water, some watered down in, and some white ink.  I trimmed the panel slightly smaller than my card base so the edges don't peek out. 
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I topped the inked panel with the new Beautiful Butterflies Sidekick Frame.   I stamped a sentiment from Blooming Greetings on the white cut out from the frame that I reserved.  To get the ombre inking on the sentiment I used a stamping tool.  I inked the top part of the die with pink and stamped, then I inked the bottom half of the stamp with orange and stamped. The places that were inked with both (the middle) created a third color.  I like how the sentiment mirrors the ombre inked background. 
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The Beautiful Butterflies Sidekick Frame comes with a second die that cuts several size butterflies.  I cut some from scrap paper that I inked with distress ink and used them as embellishments around the sentiment. 
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We'll be having a blog blitz showing you lots more with the new release beginning on August 13!  You won't want to miss seeing designs made with the new products and YES!  Lots of prizes are in store for YOU! 

Jeanne Floral Signature copy

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"

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07/25/2019

Thu 25

Beautiful Poppystamps Frames
by Jeanne Jachna

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Jeanne here today!  Thanks for stopping by!  We're waiting for a new release to hit any day!  In the meantime I'm playing with some old favorites using a technique that I just can't get enough of.   This is my #1 go to when coloring a large background die. 

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Isn't this look gorgeous?  And it's so easy to achieve!    Do you ever have a die that just doesn't cut unless you have a metal shim under it?  Most of my intricate background dies are like this.  That is ok because for this technique you want the first layer to be complete.. with no cut out pieces removed.  Another way to get a die cut to not cut all the way through is to apply packing tape - you know ...  the rolls you buy to close boxes or packages, to the back of your cardstock panel before you cut it.
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The die cut outline is perfect for showing you where to color.  I use Copic markers (because I color ALOT and they are refillable), but you can use any coloring media you like - pencils, maker, even watercolor. 

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You don't have to worry about staying in the lines just make sure each area is colored completely.
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When you're happy with the coloring, cut the die a second time and adhere it over the panel you colored.  To give the panel a finished look I adhered a Pointed Squares Frame over the assembled panel before adhering it to my card base. 
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I saved both of the die cut center circles from the die cut.  One I adhered inside the open window of the frame.  The second I stamped with a sentiment from the Springtime Greetings Stamp Set.   I adhered the circle with the stamped sentiment with adhesive foam tape so it' is raised from the colored design. 
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I was so happy with how the finished card looked that I decided to do a second card with the Rose Frame die. 
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I hope you will revisit some of your favorite background dies using this technique.  You'll be so happy you did when you see the gorgeous results!
Jeanne Floral Signature copy
Cards Finished Size:  4 1/2" Square

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07/02/2019

Tue 02

Distress Greenhouse Potted Plants
by Jeanne Jachna

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Hi friends!  It's Jeanne here today!  I thought I'd break out the Greenhouse Potted Plants Sidekick Frame and Stencil Set.  I know you've seen some samples from the rest of the team.. now it's my turn!  :P  I'm always amazed how changing the colors up can give such a different look to a design. 

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I love brights and a rainbow of color on everything I make !  
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I started by die cutting the frame and then using the stencil to ink the potted plants with distress ink.  I used a Yoseng make up brush to apply the ink (from Amazon).  Using brushes means you don't have to apply pressure so no hard lines or worry about tearing your die cuts. 
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I layered the die over a panel that I colored with distress ink in pastel shades of orange, yellow and pink.  The soft background makes the colored die cuts pop.  The sentiment is from the Springtime Greetings Clear Stamp Set and is stamped directly on the soft pastel panel. 
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The small and delicate leaves and birds were cut from scraps that I inked with distress ink.   I had lots of fun arranging them, tucking the leaves inside the pots and placing the birds on the branches. 
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Try experimenting with different color schemes.. how about pots in blue and teal?  You'll have fun creating with this amazing set! 
Jeanne Floral Signature copy
Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
  

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06/11/2019

Tue 11

Elegant Koi
By Jeanne Jachna

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Jeanne here today!  I hope you're enjoying sunny skies and wonderful weather today!   I'm sharing a card made with the beautiful Elegant Koi die!  
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I'm drawn to clean lines and contrasting colors of graphic design.  That's probably what attracted me to craft dies.   The drama and wow factor of the finished design can't be beat!
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My Elegant Koi is placed on a background of Concentric Rings cut from different shades of blue card stock.  I wanted to replicate the look of the rings when a drop of water hits the surface of a pond just right.  It's easy to assemble the rings.  I used a piece of tape to secure them on their reverse side.  If you cut them from lots of colors you'll have plenty of rings left to make several colorful backgrounds for your images.  A rainbow of colors would make two beautiful rainbows! 
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I adhered the koi die cut outline to a solid piece of card stock and then fussy cut it.  I inlaid a few yellow die cut pieces to bring the koi to life.  A few smaller rings were added to the background to look like bubbles coming up from the Elegant Koi.  A simple hello sentiment and some sparkling clear sequins completes this card.  I love the contrast of the orange and blue and hope you do too! 
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I hope you find some time to do what you love today!   CRAFTING!!! :P
Jeanne Floral Signature copy
Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
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06/02/2019

Sun 02

Rainbow Distress Peaceful Dove
By Jeanne Jachna

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I'm sharing three cards today that all feature a rainbow distress background that would look great with  just about any dies in your collection.
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I recently purchased some Yoseng make up brushes from Amazon.  They are very reasonably priced (compared to stencil brushes) so I thought I'd give them a try.  They are amazing!  The ink goes on in less than half the time and the results are soft and line free.   The brushes come in many different sizes and I wasn't sure what would be best so I bought a variety pack.   The large are great for distressing large areas (half or entire card front)  but if you want to work with stencils or ink smaller spaces you'll want to use a smaller brush.   The one I used for this panel is the 1 3/8" head.   You will have to experiment to see what size works best for you.  I have one brush for each color family (red, yellow, orange etc.) and haven't had to wash them yet.  When I want to switch to a lighter color I simply brush on a piece of scrap paper until all the ink is off the brush.    When your panel is to your liking you can splatter it with water if you like.
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This card was made with the Peaceful Dove Collage cut from a piece of white card stock and then layered over a rainbow distress ink panel.   I trimmed the edges so the rainbow colors peek out around the edges of the panel too! 
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For my second card I cut the Peaceful Dove die from a distress inked panel to create a shaker.   I adhered acetate to the back of the die cut window, placed adhesive foam tape around the opening, filled it with sequins and then topped it with some card stock before adhering the panel to the card base.   The die cut dove is fixed in place with glue over the acetate.
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After I cut out that beautiful dove I couldn't throw it away!  So I made one more!
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I painted stripes of distress ink on a watercolor panel and then topped it with the Peaceful Dove I cut to create the shaker card above. 
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These came together easy and their packed with rainbow color!  What a great way to surprise someone "just because" and say "hello"!
Jeanne Floral Signature copy

Cards Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"

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05/20/2019

Mon 20

Poppy Hello
by Jeanne Jachna

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Jeanne here today!  I hope your week is off to a good start!  Today I'm sharing a card I made with the Garden Poppy Sidekick Frame.   The design team has shared different ways to color this die using watercolor, distress inks and markers.  I personally don't color dies too often because I worry about keeping the lines clean and crisp and I dont always stay in the lines.
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I thought I'd share how I got this clean look without having to worry about having a steady hand.
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I started by cutting the frames from white card stock.  Next I inked up the flowers with Copic Markers.  I didn't worry about keeping the ink on just the flower, or off the frame.  I used two shades for the orange/red flowers, and three shades for the green stems and leaves.
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Next I cut the dies again from white card stock and snipped off the florals between the lines of the frame.  My first attempt was using a ruler and razor.  It looked very choppy and I was disappointed.  I found using a simple pair of scissors worked even easier and looked cleaner when I was done.
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And finally I made an ombre blue background from three shades of distress ink (Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, and Blueprint Sketch).  I used a Yoseng make up brush (from Amazon) to get a line free blending of ink.
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Now to assemble all the pieces! 

1.  Attached the distress ink background to the card base. 
2. Attach the COLORED Garden Poppy Sidekick Frame to the distress ink panel.
3. Attach the CUT Garden Poppy Sidekick Frame to the COLORED one.
4.  Attach the COLORED Garden Poppy Stitched Frame.
5.  Attach the CUT Garden Poppy Stitched Frame.
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I inserted a Brush Hello die cut inside the open frame.  I cut it a second time and attached it over the first to make the die cut thicker to match the heavy outline frames.  The stamped sentiment is from the Fairy Wishes Stamp Set.  The finishing touch is a few gems for some sparkle and shine.

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I love the bold contrast of the red against the blue and that the coloring was easy.  I hope you give this technique a try.  The layered dies feel thick and expensive, and the coloring is clean and bold.
Jeanne Floral Signature copy
Finished Size:  4.25 x 5.5"

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05/09/2019

Thu 09

Poppystamps Sponsoring Time Out Challenges
By Jeanne Jachna

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I know you love to make, but do you like to play card challenges on line?  I do!  Especially when I'm not feeling so crafty.  They're a great place for inspiration.  I like to see what other folks who like to craft are making, what's trendy, and get ideas for new techniques to try.
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Poppystamps is sponsoring the latest Time Out Challenges Blog that begins today.  That means if you make something and link it up you'll be entered to win a $20 gift certificate to the store.    The inspiration this time is  a quote that got me thinking about looking up at the stars and making a wish. 
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Here's what I made! 
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I started with a Distress Ink background of Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, and Blueprint Sketch.   I applied the inks with a make up brush.  I bought a set by Yoseng on Amazon and I wouldn't trade them for any other brush I've ever tried.  They make soft inky backgrounds FAST!  I splattered the panel with water, and then some watered down Salty Ocean ink. 
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Next I cut the panel with the All Star Collage and layered it over a second panel that I inked with Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn and Peacock Feathers.  I cut the All Star Collage a second time with a piece of gold scrap paper and used the stars as embellishments for a bit of bling. 
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I double cut the Believe Fresh Script word die from white and gold card stock and then adhered them together offset so the gold glitter paper peeks out from the white cardstock.
The sentiment is from the Donut What I'd Do clear stamp set.  I put some tape over the "forget" on the sentiment before I inked it.  Next I removed the tape and stamped the sentiment so only the words I wanted "you are awesome" got inked.
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 Now it's your turn!  I hope you find some time to play along!   You can find the Time Out Challenges Blog here.   For a second chance to win link up your project on the Poppystamps challenge too.  Our theme this month is Wishi Washi!  We're looking for (make a wish) Birthday cards, and / or cards that include some washi tape.
Jeanne Floral Signature copy
Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"

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