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Happy Inkin’ Thursday Christmas

Blog hop headerGood Thursday morning Everyone! I hope it is a good Thursday for you. My goodness, but the time does fly. Tomorrow is the last day of August and Labor Day will soon be in the past. With those thoughts in mind, I thought perhaps it a good idea to get going on Christmas cards. We have a sketch challenge today,

And here is the card I created from that inspiration.

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Of course, some of Stampin’ Up! promotions end with the closing of August, but we get to look forward to September 5, the first day you can order from the new Holiday Catalog! Woo-Hoo!

If you have trouble with color combinations, just get some Designer Series Paper and the colors are there for you. The DSP I chose to use today is from the Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper pack. There are so many lovely patterns in this collection it is hard to decide which to use!

I chose the holly and pines pattern and ran it through my Big Shot with the Subtles Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder. All the products used in today’s card will be available from the Holiday Catalog on September 5.

The lacy design on the edge of this panel is die cut with the design from Petals and More Thinlits (in the annual catalog). I cut two of these and overlapped them to fit my panel, then Liquid Glued this piece to the back of the panel, trimming off any excess from the ends. The assembled panel was then Liquid Glued to my Merry Merlot card base.

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The sentiment panel was from the Still Night Bundle and inked with Merry Merlot on Sahara Sand card stock. This was cut with a die also from the Still Night Bundle. Remember, when you bundle, you save 10%.

To make this sentiment piece long enough, I used my magnetic platform to assure proper placement, then only cut about 3/4 through the die. To do this, simply place your top sandwich layer where you want the Big Shot to stop cutting, then run it through. Turn the die around, match up the cut lines, and do the same from the other end to get the length you need.

Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere this to the card front.

I thought it was a bit too plain for my taste, so I layered on some die cuts from Pretty Pines and the Still Night Bundle, cutting them from Tranquil Tide and Merry Merlot. These were Liquid Glued to, and under, the sentiment panel. A Linen Thread Bow, made by wrapping it around 3 fingers 3 times and tied in the middle, was adhered to the pines with a Glue Dot.

The inside is layered Sahara Sand, Joyous Noel DSP and the sentiment stamped in Merry Merlot on Sahara Sand. This sentiment is from the His Light stamp set.

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The envelope flap was finished off with a piece of the , yep, you guessed it, Joyous Noel DSP. The front has some little pine boughs from the Winter Woods stamp set. I love the way Stampin’ Up! has products that work so well with each other.

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Now, on with the hop! Just click the NEXT button to move on, or, if you prefer, on any name to take you to her blog. Thanks for stopping by, and please, leave any comments below.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston- You are here

You still have today and tomorrow to earn some $$ off on orders in September. For every $50 you spend in August you get a $5 coupon to use in September. This is called Bonus Days. The FAQ sheet gives you the details.

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Also ending tomorrow is your chance to purchase the Color Your Season Bundle. This is a GREAT bundle and sure to become a favorite. Get it now while you still can. There are many lovely stamps, but what I like best are the dies. WOW!

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HOST CODE for August: 6C9SNHPK

Use this code for any order between $50 and $150 from my online store to receive a free gift from me and earn Wild Bird Egg points. See my customer rewards page for more information. For orders over $150 you still earn all my gifts, in addition to rewards from Stampin’ Up. DO NOT USE the host code for orders of $150 or more, or you will lose your Stampin’ Up! rewards.

Card Cuts: Merry Merlot: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored and folded at 4-1/4″; Sahara Sand: decorative strip 1-1/2″ x 6″, front sentiment 1-1/4″ x 4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside sentiment 3″ x 3-1/4″; Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper: front 3-3/8″ x 5″, inside 3-3/4″ x 5″, envelope flap 2-1/4″ x 6″

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Stampin’ Up! Pleasant Pheasants for Combined Thursday Blog Hop

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Once again we are joining some Stampin’ Up! friends from north of the border (Canada, not Minnesota) for a combined Blog Hop. Lots of talent here folks, so come on along.

We usually have a choice (or you can use both) of a a sketch or a color challenge. For today we only have a sketch.

Aug 16 sketch

For my contribution, I chose the new (available September 5 in the Holiday catalog) Pleasant Pheasants stamp set. I used everything in the set EXCEPT for the pheasants! Next card, I promise. They are gorgeous.

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I began with a Cajun Craze card base. Next up, I added a Sahara Sand mat, which I ran through the Big Shot using the brand spankin’ new Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. Gotta love this TIEF! Reminds me of the old tin ceilings, with which I am enamored. To distress it, I used a TINY bit of Soft Suede ink on my Stampin’ Sponge (cut into sixths) and sponged over the highlights.

This embossing folder will be available to you on September 5 in the Holiday catalog. It is part of the Country Lane Suite of products. I am told that if you mist your card stock with water before embossing, that it makes a deeper impression. I did not do that for this card.

I wrapped a length of Copper Metallic Thread around this panel three times, taping it on the back. This panel was then adhered to my card base with some Liquid Glue.

A scrap from Sahara Sand was stamped with the leaf border in Cajun Craze. I then fussy cut with my Paper Snips Scissors along one side, not too precisely, but enough to make a nice edge. Using what ink was left in the sponge, I sponged this edge too, to take off the ‘newness’ of it. This was Liquid Glued to the back side of a Mossy Meadow square.

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A smaller square of Sahara Sand was sponged around the edges, again without re-inking my sponge. The ole wooden bucket of pumpkins was stamped in the corner with Soft Suede. I used my Blender Pen to sort of blend in the brown on the bucket, then used Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Markers to color it.

The Embossing Buddy was wiped over this square before I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink, to keep the Copper Embossing Powder from sticking where I didn’t want it. I heat set it with my heat tool, then Liquid Glued this square to the Mossy Meadow square. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere it to the card base and tin tile mat.

The copper thread is HARD to maneuver into a bow, so I wrapped it around 3 fingers a few times, pinched and twisted it in the middle, then used a glue dot to hold it together. This stuff has a mind of its own and wants to spring away if you don’t control it. The glue dot does a fine job of this. I then could wrap another piece around the bow and tie it to secure it firmly. The glue dot holds it in place on the card.

Card front: Done

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On the inside I again sponged the Sahara Sand panel very lightly with Soft Suede, then stamped the image and sentiment in Soft Suede also. The Blender Pen softens the wooden wheelbarrow and some Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker colored the pumpkins. A bit of Mossy Meadow for the grass and this panel is ready to Liquid Glue to the Mossy Meadow mat and into the card base.

For the envelope, I dry embossed the flap of a Medium Very Vanilla Envelope with the Tin Tile TIEF and stamped the wheelbarrow on the front in Soft Suede.

I hope you like this card. I have several Thanksgiving cards to make, and this Pleasant Pheasant stamp set will get used a lot.

Now, on with the hop! You know the drill. Click the button or each name to continue. And, don’t forget to leave your comments. Thank you for hopping with us.

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Don’t forget Bonus Days. For every $50 (before taxes and shipping) you spend by the end of August, you earn a  $5 coupon to spend in September.

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CARD CUTS: Cajun Craze: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″; Sahara Sand: panel to emboss 4″ x 5-1/4″, front sentiment 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″, inside liner 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″, leaf border 1″ x 4″; Mossy Meadow: front 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, inside mat 3-3/4″ x 5″

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Stampin’ Up! Seasons of Nature Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

A Tremendous Tuesday to you all! Time for another Inkin’ Krew Team Blog Hop, which we do every 2nd Tuesday of the month. This month our theme is “Fall Frenzy” and I have chosen to use the Rooted in Nature Designer Series Paper, Leaves from the limited time Blended Seasons Bundle (available for you on September 5) and a sentiment from All Things Thanks.

Fall is my favorite time of year…the days are getting short, and cooler, and the beauty of God’s Creation that surrounds us is nearly overwhelming. I am blessed to live where we have the changing seasons, and there are things I like about each. The months of October and November bring harvest, changing colors and the beginning of the holiday season. It also brings relief from the HEAT of summer, so, yes, it is my favorite time of year.

My interpretation of the fall season can take many different paths, but for today I am using the colors in the Nature’s Poem DSP as my starting point. Another favorite DSP is Wood Textures, and I think it appropriate for this card as well. If you have followed my blog at all, you know I am partial to dry embossing, so no surprise that I have used it today.

I began with the color scheme of Tranquil Tide, Grapefruit Grove and Cajun Craze, but quickly decided the Grapefruite Grove would be too light for this card. Instead, I used heat embossed copper. Here we go.

First I dry embossed a piece of Tranquil Tide with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic 3D Textured Embossing Folder, then cut it with the largest stitched frame from the Stitched Seasons dies, which are part of the Blended Seasons Bundle allowing you to save 10%. This is only available until the end of August, but it has SO very many uses, you just might want to get this while you can.

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I then stamped the large leaf cluster from the same bundle in Versamark on a piece of the Nature’s Poem DSP and heat embossed it in copper. STOP! Before using the Versamark ink and embossing powders, first rub your Embossing Buddy over the paper to reduce static so you don’t get little bits of embossing where you don’t want it. It just saves a lot of time trying to brush off the excess.

I fussy cut these, then used the openwork leaf die to cut one leaf from Copper Foil Sheets and one from a piece of Whisper White I had watercolored and saved from a previous project.

When I began to arrange these on the large stitched die cut, I realized it was too big, so I embossed a second piece of Tranquil Tide and cut it using the second largest die. This works much better. I will save the other one for future project.

I chose a compatible sheet from the Wood Textures DSP and layered it over a mat of Tranquil Tide, then wrapped a length of Burlap Ribbon around it. This was attached to my Cajun Craze card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the stitched die cut allowed me to swirl a bit of Copper Metallic Thread around before adhering it over the Burlap Ribbon. I dry fit the leaves so I would know how much room I had for my sentiment, which was stamped in Versamark on the reverse side of a scrap from the mat. Again, using Copper Embossing Powder, this sentiment from Tropical Chic was heat embossed using my Heat Tool.

The ends were cut using the Triple Banner Punch. I thought it looked too plain, so I simply stuck the edges in the Versamark Pad and heat set the Copper Embossing Powder. Now it looks good! This was adhered to the Tranquil Tide piece with Liquid Glue.

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I arranged the leaves and used  Liquid Glue to attach them to the Tranquil Tide. Where the large leaves at the top hung over the edge I used small pieces of Stampin’ Dimensionals, cut from the edge. One small leaf was Liquid Glued to the Wood Textures mat and this card front is finished!

On the inside, Versamark, Copper embossing powder and my Heat Tool give a bit of class to the sentiment from All Things Thanks and the single leaf from Color Your Season, on another Wood Textures Panel.  This was adhered with Liquid Glue to a mat of Tranquil Tide and the whole was Liquid Glued into my card base.

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For the Very Vanilla envelope, a bit of the Nature’s Poem DSP covers the flap, but I thought it was too plain. Another stamped and copper embossed leaf really dressed it up! On the front, I stamped the openwork leaf in Cajun Craze, and two smaller leaves in stamped off once Tranquil Tide. Again, I thought it needed some copper, so I stamped part of the openwork leaf over the others in Versamark and copper heat embossed it. Maybe not such a good idea, but it is done and will stay that way as I am not willing to make another envelope.

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I hope you enjoy the hop today, as we have some very good talent waiting to show you their projects. Come back next month! Card cuts and products used for this project are below.

To see what the rest of the team has done, either click on the name of the person or the ‘next’ button to move on. Or, if you prefer, click the ‘previous’ button and go in reverse order. Thank you for joining us.

Shirley Gentry

Julie Johnston – You are Here

Mary Deatherage

Nanette Tracy

Sue Prather

Amy Koenders

Hostess Code for August: 6C9SNHPK

Using the code on any order up to $150 earns you Bird Eggs, which accumulate for a free gift from me. You still get them on larger orders, but don’t use the Hostess code or you will lose your own rewards. Details can be found here. A $50 order also will earn the option of the Time for Tea online class tutorial for August if you want it.

Heads up!! Bonus Days have begun. It is easy…for every $50 ordered in August, you get a coupon via email worth $5, order $100, get 2 coupons and so on. These are then spendable in September. That’s a 10% savings, just for ordering in August.

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Card Cuts: Cajun Craze: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Tranquil Tide: front mat 3-15/16″ x 5-2/16″, inside mat 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, sentiment mat 3″ x 4-1/2″; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper: front 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, inside liner 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″, sentiment scrap cut from the mat whatever width you need. Mine was 1″ x 3″ die cut to fit sentiment; Rooted in Nature Designer Series Paper: envelope flap 2-1/4″ x 6″, embossed leaves 3″ x 4″; Copper Foil Sheets: scrap approx 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″

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Stampin’ Up! Tropical Flamingo for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Thursday to you all! Time again to see what my creative team members have done with today’s color challenge. To me it says summer, tropical, and flamingos! Did you know there are 6 kinds of flamingos? All are large, pink and very easily distinquished from other birds. It is a gorgeous sight to see hundreds of them feeding at the edge of a lake.

Here is our challenge.

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Bright, eh? Well, here is what I created for this challenge. These colors are W-A-Y outside my comfort zone. I rarely use bright colors except perhaps as an accent color. But, WOW! These are bright! OK, enough chit-chat…on with the hop.

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I began by stamping a panel of Calypso Coral in Versamark with the little hibiscus flower in the Tropical Chic stamp set. I used the stamped off once technique.  By the way, everything on this card is either Tropical Chic or Flirty Flamingo, so I won’t repeat myself every time I stamp or die cut. That is, except for the inside sentiment, which is from Rooted in Nature.

This panel became the mat for the art piece. I then decided to do the same thing for a mat on the inside, using the stamped off once technique except for once when I forgot to do that. I decided it added interest so I left it. I really like this look. It adds a little somethin’ somethin’ to the card without making it, well, I was going to say ‘too busy’, but this card is definitely busy!

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The next layer is from the Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper Pack. I am surprised I like this pack so much. It is great! This panel was dry embossed using the new Subtles 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. I should have stamped the Flamingo legs before I embossed, but I didn’t and decided it wasn’t worth discarding it. It would have been difficult to know where to put the legs until after I had added the scalloped square anyway. This was Liquid Glued to the Calypso Coral mat.

I proceeded to die cut several leaves from Shaded Spruce and Soft Sea Foam. I stamped and die cut several hibiscus flowers (stamped off once in Calypso Coral on Whisper White) also. Using another piece of Tropical Escape DSP, I die cut the decorative square and Liquid Glued it to a Shaded Spruce mat cut with a scalloped Layering Squares Framelit.

I stamped the flamingo using the two step stamp, first stamping off once with the solid one, then the details in full strength Melon Mambo. Using my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, I added some black feathers, part of the bill and his eye. I think it is a male. Who knows?

Everything was dry fitted, then the flamingo legs were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. I glued down the decorative matted square and placed the flamingo. It is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The leaves were layered around the flamingo, with the large roundish one Liquid glued first. I die cut one detailed palm in Old Olive just for some interest as I decided there was too much of the same colors of green. This was glued over the fat leaf. The long, layered palm is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The smaller leaf is Liquid glued, with the detail added with a Stampin’ Dimensional. I stamped the detail in Old Olive on Soft Sea Foam.

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The hibiscus flowers were adhered over the leaves, two of them with Stampin’ Dimensionals and one glued directly.

The sentiment is stamped in Shaded Spruce on Whisper White and die cut using a die from the Lilypad Lake Bundle which was longer than I needed. I cut one end, only going halfway through the sentiment. To make it shorter, I then put the end of the die where I wanted it on the other end, making sure it clicked into the already cut sides. To do this you just need to put the top plate of your sandwich where you want it to stop cutting. Voila! a perfectly sized sentiment banner. I used my Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Marker to edge the sentiment piece.

At this point I thought I was finished with the front of the card, but the lower left side looked bare. Some grass stamped twice without re-inking in Shaded Spruce fixed that issue and this tropical paradise is finished.

The inside boasts the second Versamark stamped Calypso Coral mat and another panel from Tropical Escape DSP. This was stamped in stamped off once Shaded Spruce for the leaves and the Rooted in Nature sentiment. Both pieces are adhered with Liquid glue.

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The envelope front (no naked envelopes here) has a stamped off once palm leaf in Shaded Spruce and 3 stamped off twice hibiscus flowers in Calypso Coral. The flap has another piece of the DSP.

I hope you like this card. I am surprised that I like it since I rarely use bright colors. But, I do, I do. It is fun and cheerful.

Now, on with the hop. Just click on the NEXT button to see what Amy has in store for you.

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston – You are here

 

 

 

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Happy Inkin’ Thursday wedding card

Good morning Everyone! What a beautiful week we have had. Though we missed all the rains, we also missed the tornadoes, which is okay by me. The tornadoes we don’t need, the rain we do. Very dry here.

Today’s Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop centers around a sketch challenge, which I have chosen to do as a wedding card. Here is the sketch:

And here is my contriubution:

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I like a tone on tone card, especially for a wedding, so decided on a totally white card, using texture to dress it up. Well, maybe a little silver also. I also like a larger card for a wedding. This one is 5″ x 7″. The only stamping on this card is the sentiment.

My card base is Whisper White. The first layer is dry embossed with the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. The banner was also dry embossed using the new Tufted TIEF. For the banner, I used a strip cut from the card stock when I cut the card base. The ends were cut with my Paper Snips Scissors.  This was Liquid Glued to the Softly Falling mat. I thought I embossed it straight, and cut it straight, but the lines are off. Not sure why, but I am not losing sleep over it.

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For the sentiment, I used the Special Celebrations stamp set, stamping it with Versamark ink and heat embossing it Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder. To get the placement of the sentiment perfect on the already-die-cut piece, I used my Stamparatus. Works great every time. I tend to get things on a slant if I just eyeball it, so the Stamparatus is a great tool for me.

This sentiment piece was cut with one of the dies from the Stitched Seasons Framelits. I love this shape and the little ‘stitches’. All of the die cutting for this card was done with dies from this set. The bow was cut from Silver Foil Sheets and Liquid Glued to the sentiment piece.

(If you like the dies used on this card, you are IN LUCK, because yesterday was the first day customers could order this limited edition Color Your Season stamp set/dies/bundle. You can order them separately of course, but if you order both the stamps and the coordinating dies in the bundle, you will save 10%. In addition, there are 10 new colors of watercolor pencils, which are wonderful. They are NOT part of the bundle. This offer is good ONLY during the month of August. Just sayin’. More info below.)

Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to adhere this sentiment/bow over the banner and onto the mat. The mat was then Liquid Glued to the card base.

On the inside, I rounded the corners using my Envelope Punch Board, then used a small flourish die from Stitched Seasons to cut 3 of the corners. The fourth corner is dry embossed using the Lovely Floral TIEF.

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Finally, I stamped the sentiment, again from Special Celebrations, in Versamark and, using my Heat Tool, heat embossed it in Silver. Liquid Glue adheres this panel into the card base.

For the envelope, since there is no stamped image and no DSP to use, I dry embossed the flap with the Softly Falling TIEF.  The little silver design on the front was stamped with one of the smaller stamps in Accented Blooms. It is perfect for a corner, and the wee small heart makes it a great image for a wedding card. Even if I do have it upside down!

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This was a quick and easy card to do, but looks much more complex. At least I think it does. Sometimes I have to s-t-r-e-t-c-h myself to create a lovely card using no Designer Series Paper and very little ink/stamping.

I really like the layers of embossed pieces and may do more of that in the future. Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to leave a comment.

Now, on with the hop. Just click the ‘next’ button to see what lovely creation Amy has for you, or click on any name to go directly to that site.

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Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston: You are HERE

HOST CODE for August: 6C9SNHPK

By using the above code, you will be eligible for my Loyal Customer Rewards. Just click here for all the details, including how to earn free goodies with my Bird Egg program.

Here are some images of the wonderful Color Your Season. There are images for fall, wedding, Christmas, and sentiments for all that and more. Take a look. Remember, you can only get this in August.

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The BRAND-SPANKIN’ NEW HOLIDAY CATALOG is now available for us demonstrators (sorry, only demonstrators. Contact me to become one) to order until September 4. On September 5 it will go LIVE for all of you to order. Believe me, there is some pretty wonderful product in this catalog. I will be previewing some of the stamps sets and bundles in the coming weeks. There is something for all the end-of-the-year holidays, and I am certain you will love it. Certain sure!

Card Cuts: Whisper White: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, mat 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″, banner 2-1/4″ x 5″, sentiment piece 3″ x 4-1/2″, inside 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″; Silver Foil Sheets:  bow 1-1/2″ x 3″

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