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Creativity Abounds Blog Hop...Dandy Garden Suite

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Welcome to the Creativity Abounds Blog Hop.   We are international group of Stampin' Up!® demonstrators who have come together to share our ideas with you.  We blog hop on the the 3rd Wednesday of the month and this month our theme is the Dandy Garden suite.  Thank you for joining us today and please enjoy the hop!

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This is a fun fold called the Impossible card.  When I first saw this fold it did indeed look impossible but it actually s very easy once you understand how it works.

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  • Start with a 4-1/4' x 5-1/2" piece of cardstock
  • Find the midpoint of the 4-1/4" side and score.  This is the red dotted line in the picture above.
  • Starting at the fold find the middle (2-3/4") and cut a slit from the fold to the outer edge.
  • Starting at the fold  measure 1-1/4" from the fold and cut a slit to the outer edge.  Repeat along the other edge

Note: The 1-1/4" measure is what I used so that I could use the dragonflies to connect the 2 panels.  You can change the dimension to fit your project.

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This what your card will look like when all the scoring and cutting is done.

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The easiest way to assemble is to hold the 3'' panel in one hand and with your other hand flip one of the 1-1/4" pieces to the other side.  If this is confusing don't worry I have a short video below that shows this step.

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Check out the video below.  You will be amazed how easy and ingenious it is and that it isn't really impossible.

 

Isn't it amazing how simple it is?

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I connected the panels with stamped and punched dragonflies using the Dragonfly Garden bundle.  You do not have to connect the panels.  I like to do this as it makes the card very stable.  The panels are decorated using the Dandy Garden 6" x 6" DSP.   Behind the center panel I attached a piece of Basic White CS so I can write a little note.

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I hope you will make your own Impossible card, now that you know that it really isn't impossible.

One last big thing!  The Creativity Abounds Blog Hop team haas also put together a tutorial bundle of brand new projects.  There are 13 tutorials and they feature projects using products from the Dandy Garden Suite (pages 24-27 of the 2021 Jan-Jun Mini Catalog).

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You can purchase this tutorial bundle for $15 US or receive it free with a minimum $50 order placed with me through my online store. Contact me if you have any questions or to order the tutorial (sharon@astheinkdries.com).

 

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the Creativity Abounds Dandy Garden Blog Hop!

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Stamping Inkspiration Blog Hop...Love is in the Air

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Welcome to the Stamping Inkspirations Blog Hop!  This month our theme is Love is in the Air.  There are a lot of stops on the hop...37!  Wow, that is a lot of inkspiration.  So let's get started.

 

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You know i love a  striped background and if you didn't, you do now. To create the stripes I started with Basic Black CS and added the 1" white strips on top of it in 1/4" intervals.  All the hearts were cut using the Many Hearts Dies.  I love the layering of the hearts.  The sparkly white floral overlay is my fave and is so pretty.    I used a retired SU! Glimmer Paper to add a little sparkle to the card.   The Poppy Parade centers are the Opal Rounds colored using the Dark Poppy Parade Stampin' Blends.  The white with the narrow black stripes remind of a t-shirt I used to have.  I would love to have a T-shirt with this heart over the pocket.  Wouldn't that be cute?  

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The sentiment is from the Lots of Hearts set.  The sentiments in this set are very versatile and can be used all year.  Inside i added another Poppy Parade strip cut using the  XOXO die from the Many Hearts dies.   I backed it with a strip of black CS.  

Now it is time for you to see what the talented Danielle Kassing has created for you!

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Here is a list of all the stops on the hop!

FEBRUARY 2021

Angie McKenzie  ●  Alejandra Gomez  ●  Vicki Milyard

  Tricia Butts  ●  Rochelle Laird-Smith  ●  Annette Ball

Jo Blackman  ●  Leonie Stuart  ●  Jan Musselman

Terry Hamilton  ●  Lisa Mackey  ●  Deb Macdowell

Sue Allen  ●  Gez Carpenter  ●  Rebecca-Jo Unwin

Linda Moore  ●  Satomi Wellard  ●  Aurélie Fabre

Melissa Faust  ●  JoAnn Pollock  ●  Narelle Fasulo

Mo Rootes  ●  Karen Henderson  ●  Susan Webster

Susan Simpson  ●  Anne Marie Hile  ●  Ann Krucek

Shel Anderson  ●  Kimberley Morris  ●  Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Danielle Kassing  ●  Chris Smith  ●  Mikaela Titheridge

Elaine de Montmorency  ●  Jill Chapman  ●  Teri West  ●  Libby Fens

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the hop!

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New at SU...Berry Blessings

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Welcome to the New at SU! blog hop.   This month we are focusing on Sale-A-Bration products.  Can you guess what I am using?  Now that I have started using the Berry Blessing stamp set and the Berry Delightful DSP, I cannot stop or more accurately I don't want to stop.

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This time I am using the other berry image in the Berry Blessings set.  This one can be used to make lots of different kinds of  berries.  The berries were stamped using Poppy Parade ink full strength for the outline and stamped off once to fill in the berry.  I did the same thing for the leaves using Shaded Spruce ink.  Yes, I fussy cut the leaves, berries, and the  little leaf cap on the berry.  I did not fussy cut the stem of the berries.  I tried it but wasn't loving it so I instead stamped them.  I think it works.  Check out the cutest little ladybug just hanging out on the berry leaves.

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The front of the card slips under the little berry and acts as a latch to keep the front closed.  Kind of a fun little detail.  The sentiment inside is from the Sweet Strawberry set.  Love how these 2 sets and the Berry Delightful DSP coordinate. 

Now it is time for you to check out what Joyce Whitman  has made for you! 

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Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop...You've Got Mail

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Welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday blog hop!  This is an international blog hop with 19 stops.  The theme for this month is You've Got Mail with a focus on It's All About the Inside.  Hmmm, this theme can be interpreted in so many ways.  

The first thing that came to mind is the Snail Mail Suite.  The Snailed It bundle and Snail Mail DSP are full of images perfect for this theme.  

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Isn't the Snail Mail DSP so cute?  Love the designs in this pack of paper.  The snail was cut from the Snail Mail DSP.  The Snail Dies cuts out some of the images from the DSP but this large snail is not one of them.  Luckily this snail is easy to cut out, the hardest part is around the eyes and the addition of some googly eyes helps cover up those imperfections.  I added a Real Red Resin Heart to one of the envelopes .  The Blushing Bride twine from the Snail Mail Twine Combo pack was tied around the belly band.  I am so happy to have twine back!  The hello from the Snailed It set was stamped in Bermuda Bay ink.  On this card I used all the products in the Snail Mail Suite Collection, so happy I decided to buy the whole suite of products.  

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I wonder what is inside?  The belly band helps keep the surprise under wraps.  

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A cute little snail pops up along with a floating heart.  This snail was cut out from the Snail Mail DSP using the Snail Dies.  The little speech bubble was stamped and also cut out using the dies.  The heart was cut using the dies and covered with Shimmery Crystal Effects.  

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This is a simple pop up mechanism.  

  • Bermuda Bay strip 3/4" x 3-1/4"
  • score at 3/4" , 1-1/2",2-1/4", 3"
  • fold along the score lines
  • form into a square and use the 1/4" tab to secure the squaretogether.
  • attach 1 side of the square to the inside front panel and 1 side to the Basic White cs

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Now it is time for you to see what the talented Teri West has made for you.

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Here is a list of all the stops on the Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop

Jan Clothier - NZ

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Danielle Kassing - NL

Satomi Wellard

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

Annette Ball - CA

Angie McKenzie - US

Wendy Lee - US

Shel Anderson - CA

Chris Smith - US

Anne Marie Hile - US

Brenda Nelson - CA

Tricia Butts - US

Elaine de Montmorency - CA

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert - US

Teri West - US

Cheryl Hamilton - US

 

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ICS Blog Hop...Berry Blessings

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Welcome to the Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop!  This month we are sharing our Favorite Sale-A-Bration products.  I am looking forward to seeing what everybody's favorite product is.  There are 18 stops on the hop, so hop along with us for lots of Sale-A-Bration inspiration!

My favorite Sale-A-Bration product changes from week to week.  There are so many great choices and not to be an alarmist but there are less than  3 weeks left for you to get your favorite Sale-A-Bration choices.   This year there will be 2 different Sale-A-Bration periods, Jan-Feb and then July-August.  One extra Sale-A-Bration period but each period is shorter in duration.  So don't delay!  

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This week I am all about the Berry Blessings stamp set and the Berry Delightful DSP.  Up until this week  I was reluctant to use the Berry Delightful DSP since I am unable to get more of this paper but it is too pretty to not use.   Don't you love the color combination of Pacific Point, Granny Apple Green and White?  It really is so clean and crisp.  

I stamped the blueberries on a Basic White Stitched Shapes circle and added the sentiment from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set.  I added some Shimmery Crystal Effects to the berries for a little bit of sparkle and shine.  

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The belly band has another pattern from the Berry Delightful DSP.  The white ribbon is from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo pack.  This is one of my favorite ribbons.  It is easy to tie and holds it shape.  

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Inside there is a gift card holder and a place to add a message.  The fold out panel measures 4-1/4" x  7-1/2" scored at 2", and 4-1/2".  This is a fun way to show off 3 different designs of the DSP.  

Now it is time for you to check out what Deb Naylor's favorite Sale-A-Bration choice is. 

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Creativity Abounds Blog Hop...Kangaroo & Company

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Welcome to the first Creativity Abounds Blog Hop.   We are a group of Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators from all around the world that are coming together to share our ideas with you.  We are happy that you  are joining us and hope you will be inspired!

You may be starting here or have come from someone else's blog - either way there is a list at the end of this post to help you move around all the different blogs. We all have our country listed - so if you are looking for a demonstrator in your country, these demonstrators would love to look after you with your Stampin' Up!® shopping or any of your stamping needs.  

 

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I am excited to be a part of this brand new blog hop team.  Lots of new ideas and ways to share the creative fun are in the works!  

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Since this is a blog hop, it only seems right to use the adorable Kangaroo & Company bundle from the 2021 January-June Mini Catalog.  This bundle of products (stamp set and dies) just makes me smile.  There are lots of fun images from  kangaroos to a party hat, butterfly and lots of sentiments too! The Kangaroo dies cut out all the images so creating fun scenes is easy.

I stamped the kangaroo using Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Gray Granite CS.  The ear, nose and belly were colored using Watercolor Pencils Asst 1 (Real Red and Basic Black).  Super quick and easy way to color the kangaroo.

The beautiful scalloped heart is from the Many Hearts Die.  In addition, the Basic Black frame was made using the Stitched So Sweetly and the Stitched Rectangle dies.

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There is also an interactive component to the Kangaroo & Company bundle.  You can create a little insert for the kangaroo's pouch.  The die for the large kangaroo cuts a slit in the pouch where you can insert one of the other images and a secret message.  So fun!

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Yes, there is a die for this tab.  You probably noticed that the hearts are a little shiny and glittery.  After I stamped the Real Red CS, I filled in the hearts with Shimmery Crystal Effects. The Crystal Effects does take a few minutes to dry so do this as the last step.

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On the inside of the card I used another die from the Many Hearts dies.  I love it, a little variation on the XOXO!  I die cut it on the True Love DSP and then placed Real Red CS  behind it.  

One last thing.

Yup, I added a wobble to the back of the heart so the kangaroo can move.  I found the Wobbles in my craft room but you can find them on Amazon.

One last big thing!  The Creativity Abounds Blog Hop team has also put together a tutorial bundle of brand new projects.  There are 13 tutorials and they feature projects using products from the Love You Always Suite (page 10-17 of the 2021 Jan-Jun Mini Catalog).  

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You can purchase this fun tutorial bundle (all brand new projects) for $15 (US) or receive it free with a minimum $50 order placed with me via my online store..  Contact me to order the tutorial (sharon@astheinkdries.com)

Now it is time for you to hop along!

 


Around the Word on Wednesday Blog Hop...Favorite Inspiration

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Welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop.  We are an international group of Stampin' Up!® demonstrators here to share ideas and inspiration.  This month the theme is Favorite Inspiration.

This theme really made me think.  What does inspire me?  In the past I think I would have said magazines.  I still have a few old stamping and scrapbook magazines that I  look through on occasion but now that I think about it, I haven't looked through one in months.  I was going to say my stamps and paper are inspirational but often it is because I have new stamps and paper that I need to be inspired.  I reflected on my process and I realize it is my box of cards I have collected over the years both handmade and store bought that I look through when I need to be inspired.  I look through this beat up plastic container and always find a color combination, fold or layout that sparks an idea.  There are other ways I am inspired but I think this collection of ideas is the one I turn to the most.  Now that I think of it I should treat these projects more respectfully and find a nicer container for them.

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This is the card I pulled out of my box of ideas. I do not  remember the name of this stamp set or how old it is.  I do know that I had a class using this stamp set and this was one of the cards.  I have always liked this kind of sampler style layout.

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This is what I came up with using the Snailed It bundle.  You can see the similarities between the 2 cards and how one inspired the other.  

The card base is 4-1/4" x 9-1/2" scored at 5-1/2".  The snail and the "hellos" were die cut from the Snail Mail DSP using the Snail dies.  I love that the hello is in different languages.  I thought it perfect for this international hop.  The little envelopes were stamped and then cut out using the die.  The little hearts are the Resin Hearts.  The hearts come in Real Red and Whisper White.  I colored the white heart using a Bermuda Bay (Dark) Stampin' Blend.  Isn't that good to know?  The little mushrooms were also die cut using the Snail dies in Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride and Real Red.  

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Inside is a little heart that was die cute from the Snail Mail DSP.  It was originally going to go on the front of the card but it didn't fit, so I added it to the inside.   I am not adding a sentiment to the inside yet.  I think this card would work for lots of different occasions.  I hope it will brighten someone's day.  

Now it is time to see what inspires the talented Teri West.

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Here is the list of all the stops on the blog hop!

 

Angela Meiritz-Reid - NZ

Tatiana Tobin - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Melissa Gifford - AU

Ximena Morales - DE

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

Tina Zinck - CA

Annette Ball - CA

Angie McKenzie - US

Wendy Lee - US

Shel Anderson - CA

Chris Smith - US

Brenda Nelson - CA

Tricia Butts - US

Elaine de Montmorency - CA

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert - US

Teri West - US

Cheryl Hamilton - US




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ICS Blog Hop...Flower & Field DSP

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Welcome to the first Inspire, Create, Share blog hop of 2021!  This month we are hopping and sharing lot of ideas using Sale-A-Bration products.  In 2021 there will be two Sale-A-Bration periods, January -February and again in July-August.  During Sale-A-Bration you can choose a free gift from the Sale-A-Bration brochure with a qualifying order.  I am using two Sale-A-Bration choices on my project, Flower & Field DSP and the Heal Your Heart stamp set.  Both of these choices are level 1 choices which mean they are free with a $50 purchase (US).

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Love the Flower & Field DSP.  The flowers and colors just pop against the black background.  So many pretty flowers that I had to fussy cut some of them to decorate the sentiment panel.  

What do you think of the Heal Your Heart font?  I think it is beautiful and would love to be able to write like this.  

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I think this fold is called a Double Dutch fold.  

Main card base is 4-1/4" x  9" scored at 5-1/2" 

The arms are 2" x 8-1/2" scored at 2-1/8" on either end.  You attach these arms to the card base and then cover them up with the layers inside of the card.  

The rest is just layering.  Like most fun folds it looks more difficult than it actually is.

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I added a couple more flowers that were fussy cut from the DSP, along with another strip of DSP. 

Now it is time for you to hop on over to see what the talented Anastasia has created for you.

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Thanks for stopping by and below I have provided  a list of all the products used on today's project.

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Stamping Inkspirations Blog Hop...Something New!

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Welcome to the very first Stamping Inkspiration blog hop!  I am excited to be a part of this fabulous group.  The theme for our first hop is Something New, a very appropriate theme for our first hop.  There are 35 stops on this hop (WOW!) so grab your favorite drink and hop along with us!

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My project uses the In Bloom bundle in the 2021 January-June Mini Catalog and the coordinating DSP, Paper Blooms from the 2021 Jan-Feb Sale-A-Bration catalog.   The In Bloom bundle has been on my craft table from the first day I received it.  I love the piercing detail of the dies and the sentiments in the stamp set are ones I will use a lot.

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The Paper Bloom DSP is such a happy pack of paper.  The colors and blooms  are so cheery and it is one of the Sale-A-Bration choices which means it is free with a qualifying order.  In the Sale-A-Bration brochure  it says it coordinates with the Pretty Perennials bundle but it coordinates more closely with the In Bloom bundle.

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The middle panel lifts up to reveal another sentiment and a place for you to write a little note.  

Now it is time to check out what the talented Cheryl Miller  has created for you.

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Here is the list of all the stops on the hop!  Enjoy!

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Angie McKenzie  ●  Jo Blackman  ●  Jan Musselman 

Tricia Butts  ●  Shel Anderson  ●  Libby Fens 

Gez Carpenter  ●  Sue Allen  ●  Karen Henderson

Elaine de Montmorency  ●  Leonie Stuart  ●  Mo Rootes

Linda Moore  ●  Annette Ball  ●  Jill Chapman

Ann Krucek  ●  Susan Webster  ●  JoAnn Pollock

Narelle Fasulo  ●  Terry Hamilton  ●  Rebecca-Jo Unwin

Susan Simpson  ●  Danielle Kassing  ●  Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Cheryll Miller  ●  Rochelle Laird-Smith

Teri West  ● Chris Smith  ●  Melissa Gifford

Vicki Milyard  ●  Anne Marie Hile  ●  Aurélie Fabre 

Mikaela Titheridge  ●  Alejandra Gomez 

 

Thank you for stopping by!  Enjoy the hop and all the Stamping Inkspiration!

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New at SU...Fireside Trimmings

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It is time for the New at SU! Hop Through!  This month the theme is Warm and Cozy.  What comes to mind when you think of being warm and cozy?    The first thing that came to my mind was sitting by the fireplace, so I turned to the Firside Trimmings bundle for my card.  This bundle is being retired (no longer available after January 4, 2021 or while supplies last) on the Year-End Close Out list and the dies are 30% off.  

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I have really enjoyed creating with the Fireside Trimmings stamp set and dies.   The stamp set is adorable but it was the different banners in the Fireside dies that really made me happy.  I have said it before...the bat garland!  For today's card I used both the greenery and the star banners along with the lanterns and the trees to decorate the mantel.  The fireplace was stamped on a sheet from the In Good Taste DSP pack and cut out using the dies.  I used a piece of Plush Poinsettia Specialty paper  (also on the Year-End closeout) for the "wallpaper", just to be fancy.  

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You know I love an easel card.  This one measures 2-1/8" wide, just a smidge narrower than the fireplace.  The Basic Black CS measures 2-1/8" x 6", scored at 2-1/8" and 5-3/8".  

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Now it is time for you to hop on to see what the creative  Mary Ann Kay has created for you!

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Thank you for stopping by!  Hope you are staying warm and cozy this December.  

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