Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Mom Birthday Rose Card {11.21.2017}

Today is my Mom's birthday! Check out the card I made for her.

I used Spellbinders Create a Rose die and made this rose (see further below for the bud I made using the same die). I die cut the petals and leaves using the die, and then I did some distress ink blending along the outer edges of the petals and leaves to give a bit more texture. I followed the directions on the die set, and die cut 12 petals of each size, ink blended the edges, and gave some texture by bending the petals with the barrel of a small paint brush, and then glued on the petals to the flower base. I adhered all the pieces together with Nuvo's Deluxe Adhesive.

I also die cut out the "happy" using Alt E New's Happy Die. I die cut four of them in red, stacked them up, and glued them all together with Nuvo's Deluxe Adhesive. Then, I die cut another one with white cardstock, and adhered it to the top of the stack offset a bit to give a bit of a red shadow. Afterwards, I swiped my Wink of Stella glitter pen across the die to give it some extra sparkle!

Here is the bud I made using the Spellbinder's Create a Rose die. I cut 12 of the smallest petals and ink blended the edges and shaped them. I adhered them with the Nuvo's Deluxe Adhesive and adhered a bud to each edge of the bud.

To give this card a little extra dimension and oomph, I die cut four layers of the Tonic Die Budding Vine Patterned Panels die. I adhered them all together with my Nuvo's Deluxe Adhesive. I also die cut some ovals with the Tonic Die Layering Basics Die Set Mixed Edge Oval die. I cut another layer of the Tonic Die Budding Vine Patterned Panels die and then cut it with the oval die too and layered this up to give the rose area a bit of a framing. I also cut out some flourishes with a flourish die from my stash, using gold paper.

And, to finish it off, I stamped a Happy Birthday sentiment from Taylored Expression's Friendly Phrases stamp set in Versamark Ink and sprinkled on Red Apple embossing powder. I also stamped some flourishes from Sparkle N Sprinkle's Flourishes 1 stamp set in light red ink to give a hint of a flourish border.

I really hope Mom likes this card. She loves flowers, and this was my first time using this Rose die. It came together fairly well, and I like all the dimension and textures. Happy Birthday my wonderful Mommy! May you have many more! I love you!!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Fairy Card for Mom (#46/52) {11.17.2017}

Hi! Here is a quick and easy card I made for Mom. My local paper crafting store received new fairy paper from Graphic 45. The colors for these patterned papers were just beautiful ... so I had to make a card for Mommy. Here is the card.

I also fussy cut out a panel from one of the patterned papers. I foam mounted it as the card image, and my card was done. No stamping ... no die cutting (shocking, right!?!). Just some paper cutting with my Tonic Studio 12" Wide Base Craft Guillotine, and my scissors. Pretty simple, pretty easy, such gorgeous paper!

These photos don't quite do the paper justice ... these papers are gorgeous! I think you should give them a try!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle November 2017 Reveal {11.15.2017}

Welcome to the November
Sparkle N Sprinkle New Reveal Blog Hop! 





We are pleased to reveal the following new stamp sets this month.

The sets are:



Cat's Meow 870
(Digital Version: DIGI870B)





You are definitely going to want both the digi version as well as the rubber version because when you purchase the digital versions, there are lots of extras that aren't available otherwise.  These extras can include additional images, additional sentiments, digi papers (in some cases), and a cut file.

The new sets are 20% off until the 20th of the month.  Head on over to the SNS store once you've finished the Blog Hop and start shopping.

SNS is always adding new products and new product lines to the store.  So stop by often to see what's new!


One GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be announced on the 17th of the month.  One of the Designers is our Mystery Host and the winner will be selected from comments left on her blog.  You must leave a comment on each of the Designers' blogs in order to be selected as the winner, as you never know who the Mystery Host will be.  This is checked for compliance.

The GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be announced on the SNS Facebook page and on the SNS Blog and will receive all the rubber stamp sets revealed this month.

The Blog Hop order is:
(Tip: if you have difficulty with a particular link, try clicking on the Designer's blog title to be directed to their Home page.)

Chris--You are here!
Diane
Shona
Belinda
Anne
Donna
Eret
Jess



We hope you enjoy the New Reveal Blog Hop as much as we enjoy creating new projects for it.  Be sure to visit the SNS Blog for even more inspiration.  Something new is posted most every day.



Did you know that SNS has a You-Tube Channel?  If not, then you are in for a real treat.  Subscribe today to get all the latest tips and techniques!





The Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge group is on Facebook.  
This is a closed group (just trying to keep out spammers), but we want anyone who to participate to join.  Click on the link and join in on the fun today!

The Creative Challenges run from the 1st - 25th of each month.  A SNS image (either rubber or digi) is required.  If you don't have any yet - no worries - there are some freebies located on the Home page of the SNS website.  Just scroll down the page a bit to see them.

The Creative Challenge Winner and Top Three will be posted on the last day of each month.  The winner will receive a $15 Gift Certificate to go shopping at the SNS store.

Please review all the Challenge Rules before submitting your photo 😀.  We can't wait to see what all you create using SNS images.


And, once again here is my card! I used the Botanical Orchid Flowers digi stamp.


I opened up Microsoft Publisher, and then created a new document. I inserted the orchid digital file and then clicked on the image. That created another menu "Picture Tools / Format." Then, I clicked on "Recolor" and chose the a lighter version of the actual pre-colored image. Here is a screen shot of what the menu choices looked like.  

This Botanical Orchid Flowers digi image looked so cool after I re-colored it, so I actually designed the card around the new color scheme of the image. I die cut the image using Tonic's Mixed Edge Oval Layering Basics Die Set. I also cut out the next larger oval from cream cardstock. I layered these two together, and swiped some Sakura Quickie Glue Pen around the outer edge of the inner oval and sprinkled on Evening Glow glitter. I pulled out my Tonic Framed Screens Blocked Parquet die and die cut two side-by-side images of the die and the outer frame. 


I also sparkled up the orchid itself. I rolled on more Sakura Quickie Glue Pen and sprinkled on some Cloud Nine glitter. I didn't completely cover the orchid in glitter - I followed along the flower petal veins. 

I also printed out one of the stamp set's sentiments. I also die cut this with Tonic's Mixed Edge Oval Layering Basics Die Set. I also die cut the next larger oval out of cream cardstock. I whipped out the Sakura Quickie Glue Pen again and I rolled around the edge of the inner oval, and sprinkled on Evening Glow glitter. 

Then, to finish off my card, I layered side-by-side strips of 2-1/2" Tear-ific Tape onto white cardstock. I overlapped these strips just enough to not leave any area without adhesive. Then, I die cut the largest outer frame from the Tonic Framed Screens Blocked Parquet die. Then, I peeled off the release paper, and sprinkled on Evening Glow glitter and burnished in the glitter. I mounted the Blocked Parquet screen onto foam tape, and adhered it over the Evening Glow background panel. To add the final touch, I cut a strip of the Golden Scales Craft Perfect Embossed Paper from Tonic Studios. I adhered this strip across the front of the card, right above the foam mounted oval image. 

This card was really fun to make, and I love how it turned out. It came together and it looks pretty elegant, if I do say so myself!

The next stop on the SNS Blog Hop is Diane. She has an amazing treat in store for you - you definitely want to check it out.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Frame Die Card for Mom (#45/52) {11.10.2017}

Howdy! Today's card for Mom is a card I made using a frame die cut. This die cuts out the filigree outer part which you can see in the pink striped paper, and the inner frame which you can see below in the yellow polka dot paper. I also cut out a square and layered it behind the frame too. Put everything onto a dark chocolate cardstock base.

Here is a close up of the patterned paper goodness on this card.

I really like this die, and it was really easy to pull together a fun card. I hope Mom likes it too!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Cardz 4 Galz Thankful Card {11.09.2017}

Hi! Today's card for the current Cardz 4 Galz Challenge is a Thankful card. And, because I guess I am extra thankful right now, I made four cards! The design is the same, but I changed up the patterned paper for each card. Here they are.

I started out by trimming some brown cardstock using my Tonic Studio 12" Wide Base Craft Guillotine, and then scoring it for my card base. I cut some card panels to cover the front of the card base, and used a woodgrain embossing folder and ran them through my Cuttlebug to dry emboss them. Then, I die cut some leaves using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Leaves dies. I ink blended the leaves in several shades of yellow, orange, red, and brown distress inks. I also curled them a bit to give them some extra dimension. I also die cut some Lawn Fawn patterned paper (retired petite paper pack) using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Ovals die. I layered the wood grain embossed card panel over the card base, then layered the oval on top of that. I adhered the leaves and the sentiment panel. Here is a close up of the distressed leaves.

For the sentiment, I used Lawn Fawn's (sadly, also retired) So Thankful stamp set. I treated my paper with my Anti Static Bag, then placed my paper into my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform (AWESOME tool!), inked up the stamp with Versamark Ink, stamped the sentiment, then sprinkled on White Detail embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle, and heat set it. I trimmed the sentiment using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Ovals die set, and adhered this to the card as well.

I look forward to what you create for this challenge, and I can't wait to see all the fabulous cards! 'Tis the season to be grateful and thankful.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Cherry Blossom & Bird Foil Mom Card (#44/52) {11.03.2017}

Hi! This week's card for Mom is highlighting Cherry Blossoms ... which I think you know are my favorite flowers. But this time, the blossoms are FOILED! Let's check out the card.

I used a stencil that had this image on it (bird and cherry blossoms). I layered it over a glittery blue cardstock panel. I spread on some ThermoWeb Transfer Gel and then removed (and cleaned) my stencil. I let it dry for several hours (or maybe even overnight), then added pink foil over all the branches and blossoms, and cut out a small piece of blue foil and layered it over the bird. I ran this through my laminator which adhered the foil to the dried transfer gel. Then, I framed the panel with black cardstock, and then layered this up on a card base. Card was done!

This was a fun card and I love foiling ... I hope Mom likes it.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle Farm Fresh Cows {11.01.2017}

Howdy from Designer Chris! Today's card, show casing one of Sparkle N Sprinkle's newest October digi stamp set. I used the Farm Fresh - Cows digital stamp. I also created by own background, and layered in one of the background papers from the Lovely Magnolia digital stamp set from the recent September release. Here is the card. Let's check it out!

One of the many exciting things about using a digi stamp is that it is sizeable. I made the image to the size I wanted, on my computer. I also layered some of the images together (I used the pre-colored images, which are an incredible time saver!). I sized the milk tins and boots (one image) to what I wanted, then added in an egg basket and placed it "behind" the tins on the right, and another larger egg basket "behind" the boots on the left. I sized the left side egg basket bigger because it is more in the foreground and it added some depth to the image by making the baskets different sizes. I dropped in the sweet sentiment from Laura Ingalls Wilder (who I grew up reading!). I printed out the image onto white cardstock, and then die cut it with the Tonic Studio Tonic Die Swirling Frame Layering Die Set. I also blinged up the eggs, boots, and tins. I applied the Nuvo Glue Pen Small onto strategic areas, and used the following glitters: Sonic Silver for the tins, Aquamarine for the boot stripes, and Rose Gold and Peruvian Lily for the eggs. I squeezed on some White Blizzard Nuvo Crystal Drops in two spots around the sentiment.

I also framed up my card base. After I layered everything onto the card, I adhered a strip of 1/8" Tear-ific Tape and burnished in Collegiate Garnet glitter. I also squeezed on drops of Ebony Black Crystal Drops to the corners. So fun! This is also a better photo of the background I made. I started with the green paper option in the Lovely Magnolia digi stamp set. I then layered and sized the cows onto the background. I repeated the cows over and over and staggered them to make a patterned paper background. Once everything was how I wanted it, I printed it out onto white cardstock, and then die cut with the Tonic Studio Tonic Die Swirling Frame Layering Die Set.

I needed more ... I used the Nuvo Glue Pen Small again and rolled on some adhesive along the top and bottom edge of the stamp image die. I sprinkled on more Aquamarine glitter to add just a little hint of sparkle. I also laid down a strip of 1/8" Tear-ific Tape across the front of the main image and burnished in some Sterling glitter.

This was a fun card to make, and it was so much fun and easy using those digital images. I highly recommend this!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Lawn Fawn Goodie Bags {10.30.2017}

Hi! I made some little treat goodie bags using Lawn Fawn products, and am sharing them in the current Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 15 - Clever Gift Packaging. Here they are.

I started out by die cutting some Halloween patterned paper using Lawn Fawn's Goodie Bag lawn cut. I also cut out the roof, door, cat, tree, and ghost from black, green, and white cardstock, using the Scalloped Treat Box Haunted House Add-On lawn cut. I was really pleased that these two lawn cuts work so well together. It worked out perfect to use the Scalloped Treat Box Haunted House Add-On with the Goodie Bag ... I love versatility with the Lawn Fawn products, and this really stretched what I can create with different sizes and shapes of gift packaging! I assembled the Goodie Bag and adhered the add-on pieces. Then, I die cut out the star from the Tiny Tags lawn cuts, and stamped the "thanks" from the Tiny Tags Sayings stamp set. I stuffed the goodie bags with some truffles and then tied on the tag with Lawn Fawn Lime Green Lawn Trimmings.

All the folks I gave these gifties too really enjoyed them! They loved how the door opened, and how fun they were. I made a lot more than what are shown here, but you get the idea! Everything is funner if it is packaged in something fun like this!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Sparkley Stylin' Sayings Brush Strokes Card for Mom (#43/52) {10.27.2017}

Today's card is a bit of a change for me ... because I didn't use any die cutting! I LOVE dies but wanted to stretch myself and create a card without patterned paper and without die cuts to make sure I could actually create something without those two items. Plus, I wanted to do something fun with my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. So, this is what I came up with. Let's check it out.

The first thing I did was create my card base. I trimmed some blue cardstock using my Tonic Studio 12" Wide Base Craft Guillotine, scored it, and then folded it and used my bone folder to smooth out the crease. Then, I trimmed a white cardstock panel 1/2" smaller than the card base so I would have a 1/4" edge all around the card panel. Then, I positioned the brush stroke image from Sparkle N Sprinkle's Demo Donna's Stylin' Sayings stamp set. Once I had it positioned in the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, I inked up the brush stroke image with Nuvo Empire Blue hybrid ink and stamped it. I inked up the stamp again, and stamped it again in the same location (great use of the positioner!). Then, I slid the paper the width of the brush stroke stamp, cleaned the stamp, and inked it up with Nuvo Safari Green hybrid ink and stamped it again. I repeated with a second layer of ink, and then slid the paper again, and cleaned the stamp and then inked up with Nuvo Poppy Red hybrid ink, stamped the brush strokes and repeated a second layer. I kept doing this until I covered the entire panel with brush strokes. I then positioned the "confetti splash" stamp from the same stamp set and stamped it with gold and silver inks from my stash. I also stamped out the "Sparkle" sentiment from the stamp set in Versafine Black Onyx ink. Then, I squeezed on some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Woodland Green, Caribbean Ocean, and Strawberry Coulis colors.

I really like using the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform for repeated stamping, and this card was a lot of fun to make.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Cardz for Galz Favorite Flower Challenge Card {10.26.2017}

Hello! This current challenge at Cardz 4 Galz is Favorite Flower and Why ... My favorite flower is the cherry blossom. I like a LOT of flowers, but the Cherry Blossom is elusive, fragile, short-lived, and serene and peaceful. I love everything about them, except that they don't last long. They are also the flower I tend to use when I want to create a card for somebody who needs a boost or to share peaceful thoughts. They are my definite go-to flower! Here is the card I made.

I created the background by watercoloring some blues onto watercolor paper. When it dried, I die cut it with Lawn Fawn's Stitched Journaling Card for my card panel. I cut a card base from black cardstock. Then, I watercolored more watercolor paper with shades of pink distress inks, and spritzed them with some gold and silver shimmer sprays. I also colored the branches with brown distress inks. Once these dried, I die cut them with a Spellbinders Cherry Blossom dies to create the branches and blossoms.

Here is another shot of the branches and blossoms over the background. I just love these cherry blossoms and can't get enough of these flowers!!

I can't wait to see what all of your favorite flowers are, and hear about why you love them.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle Lovely As a Leaf Card {10.25.2017}

Hi! Designer Chris reporting in for duty, with a Lovely as a Leaf stamp set card! I did a lot of layers on this one, and had a lot of fun with sparkly additions of gilding flakes, Nuvo drops, and embossing powders. Let's check it out.

I started by stamping out the Lovely as a Leaf stamp set, using Versafine Onyx Black ink, and then sprinkled on Clear Detail embossing powder and heat set it. Then, I colored the leaf in with watercolor markers. I die cut out the image with Tonic's Scalloped Square Layering Basics Die Set. And, I also second-generation stamped out the leaves from the stamp set with the Versafine Onyx Black ink too (second generation means I ink up the stamp as normal, stamp it onto some scrap paper, then stamp it for a second time without re-inking, onto the spot I want the stamp to appear. This makes the image appear much lighter than normal stamping).

For the edges of the layers, I rubbed the Nuvo Glue Pen Large size all over the leaves stamps and stamped them to the outer edges of white cardstock. I let this dry to tacky, and then rubbed on Gilding Flakes in Sunkissed Copper and Radiant Gold. I burnished them in with my finger tool, then removed all the excess gilding flakes with the Mini Blender Brush Set. After I layered everything together, I squeezed on some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Copper Penny and Honey Gold. I also created some additional layers with the Mixed Edge Oval Layering Basics Die Set.

For the sentiment, I stamped the sentiment, using my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, and inked up the stamp with Versamark Ink. I sprinkled on some Golden Follies embossing powder and heat set it. I die cut the sentiment panel with the Scalloped Square Layering Basics Die Set and matted it with a square of black cardstock using my awesome 12" Wide Base Craft Guillotine trimmer. And then squeezed on some more Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ripened Pumpkin.

I also stamped out another layer for this card by stamping the leaves with Versamark Ink and sprinkled on more Golden Follies embossing powder and heat set it. Here is a photo of this layer. Note, I just stamped the outer edges of this layer since that is all that would show.

I finished off the card with a big bow and created a ribbon by dredging some 1/4" Tear-ific Tape through a pile of Golden Follies embossing powder. I heat set this and then wrapped it around the bow to give a little something extra. This was a fun card to make and it makes me think fall is really really close....

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Mom Shell Card (#42/52) {10.20.2017}

Hi! Today's card for Mommy is pretty simple. I used some patterned paper I have had in my stash for a while. I love the beach and shells, and bought this paper a while ago but have never used it. But, I saw it when I was digging through my stash to create a card for Mom, and I figured I could whip out a card for Momma using this gorgeous paper! So, here it is.

I trimmed this patterned paper using my Tonic Studios 12" Wide Base Craft Guillotine paper, and adhered it to the front of a blue cardstock base. I also cut a square of the patterned paper out, matted it with black cardstock, and mounted it on foam tape and adhered it to the front of the card panel. Then, I squeezed on some Honey Gold Nuvo Crystal Drops and added some dots of white gel pen around the edges.



A nice simple card that is nautical, beachy, and full of shells and blues and greens of the sea. I love it! I know Mom will enjoy it too.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle Farm Fresh Card {10.18.2017}

Hi! I have two of the newest, hot of the presses Sparkle N Sprinkle October release stamp sets to share with you today! Check out how I showcased these two sets from Sparkle N Sprinkle with my Farm Fresh card! Let's check it out.

I stamped out images from both the Farm Fresh - Tractor Set #1, and the Farm Fresh - Cows Set 2 using Versafine Black Onyx ink, and the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. Because I wanted a really solid silhouette image, I restamped several times, and the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform really worked well! I sprinkled on Clear Detail embossing powder over the tractor and cows, and heat set it. I trimmed the stamped cardstock using my Tonic Studio 12" Wide Base Craft Guillotine, dusted it with the Anti Static Bag, and then swiped the edge with Versamark Ink and sprinkled on Copper embossing powder and heat set it. I also die cut two different sizes of cardstock using the Tonic Swirling Frame Layering Die Set. I ink blended one size, and wood-grain dry embossed the larger one. I swiped Versamark Ink and sprinkled on Copper Dreams embossing powder on the edges of the ink blended one, and heat set it. I also layered all this together and put it on a black cardstock base. I squeezed on some Nuvo Copper Penny Crystal Drops in the corners.

I also squeezed on some Nuvo Honey Gold Crystal Drops on the edges of the image panel.

I also sprinkled on some Fleur de Lis embossing enamel powder on the image panel. I heat set it from the bottom since the chunks are pretty big and they fly off easy. So always heat from the bottom with these types of embossing powders. I also stamped out the sentiment using Versamark Ink, die cut it with the Tonic Swirling Frame Layering Die Set die, and edged it with Versamark Ink and sprinkled on more Copper Dreams embossing powder and heat set it. I squeezed on a row of Nuvo Copper Penny Crystal Drops and adhered it to the card front.

I live in some farm country, and these two stamp sets are so much fun. I love the rustic feel of both of these sets and I can't wait to use them again.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Happy Thoughts Mom Card (#41/52) {10.13.2017}

Another card for Mommy! This one was something outside of my comfort zone, but pretty fun! Here is the simple front ... but the magic is on the inside!

I used a die that popped up the inside and created a lot of dimension. You can see it immediately below! I used a lot of the die cuts in the set to die cut different papers for the decorative elements. I also stamped out a sentiment from Lawn Fawn's Happy Happy Happy stamp set using Versamark Ink. Then, I sprinkled on Sparkle N Sprinkle's White Detail embossing powder and heat set it. I adhered all the layers using Nuvo's Deluxe Adhesive. I also die cut the inside card panel's edges with Lawn Fawn's Stitched Scalloped Borders die.

I also used Lawn Fawn's Happy Happy Happy stamp set to stamp out part of the sentiment, and then die cut the "happy" from the coordinating die and stamped it too. I used Versamark Ink and then sprinkled on Simon Says Stamp's Steel Navy embossing powder. Look at that gorgeous color! I did this on the front panel of the card, that I had cut from Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangle dies. Then, I distressed the edges with brown distress ink.

Here is another photo of the dimension of the inside.

And, here is a shot from above, to show the dimension and fun pop-out that this card has. It folds perfectly flat, but when opened, it has this awesome 3-D dimension! I love this die!

Brace yourself ... you might be seeing this die a LOT because I love how it works out and the dimension it gives. I hope Mom likes it.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a magical day!

-Chris

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