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Gingerbread & Peppermint Week: Stars and Snowflakes

Today's cards show the more elegant side of the Frosted Gingerbread bundle.

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I die cut about 8 Basic White snowflakes using the detailed snowflake die.  The snowflakes were randomly glued on a Basic White layer.  The layer between the snowflakes and the card base is Gold Foil.   The sentiment was heat embossed with Gold embossing powder. The label was cut using a die from the Pierced Blooms dies and attached using Stampin' Dimensionals.  Finally, I added some gold Metallic Pearls

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I love the white and gold palette and how simple and elegant this looks.  

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I liked the look so much I decided to try it using the detailed star die.  Instead of Gold foil I decided to use Real Red cardstock.  The same die from the Pierced Blooms dies was used for the sentiment with White embossing powderRed Rhinestones were added for a little bit of shine.

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Do you like the Real Red and white or the gold and white?  I am leaning towards the gold and white.  I think this bundle is a lot more versatile than I originally thought.  Don't you agree?

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Thanks for stopping by.   Let me know which one you like best.

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Gingerbread & Peppermint Week

Are you wondering what is going on and what the heck is Gingerbread  & Peppermint Week?  No,  I am not transitioning into a baking blog.  BTW I love to bake  because I love to eat baked goods and that is why I don't bake.  I am referring to the Gingerbread & Peppermint Suite, pages 8-10 of the  2021 July-December Mini Catalog.  I am experimenting  to see if focusing on one stamp set, bundle, and/or suite helps me be more efficient and creative.   

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This card is note card  size (3-1/2" x 5") and yes, it is mailable.  

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The sentiment panel pulls up when you open the card.  You can also attach a gift card with a glue dot where  the sentiment is.  

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I just realized that I forgot to list the Delicate Baubles die which were also used.  Where?  The bow at the top of the ornament is from that die set.  The die is a bow with a long "string " and I cut off the string and used just the bow. 

The colors in the  Gingerbread & Peppermint DSP are Real Red, Old Olive, Early Espresso, and Cinnamon Cider, a pretty classic Christmas palette.  Some of the designs on the DSP can be cut out using the Gingerbread dies and/or fussy cut.  There are also lot of classic patterns like plaids, stripes, and dots, which make this DSP pack quit versatile.

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Here you can see the sentiment panel and how it pulls up from the pocket (bottom half of card).  

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to come back for more ideas using the Gingerbread & Peppermint Suite or better yet subscribe to the blog feed (see how in the sidebar of the blog).  When you sign up you will get an email showing the blog post, so you will never miss a posting. 

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Delicate Baubles...Joy

Today I am once again featuring a card using the Delicate Baubles die but in a non-traditional Christmas color combination.

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Not your usual Christmas colors!  I used Crumb Cake for the card base, Early Espresso for the ornament /string and Polished Pink for the snowflakes and berries.  I used the solid die to cut out the ornament shape on the front of the card base.  I cut the Joy ornament and the string out of Early Espresso CS and attached  the string to the front of the card.   The ornament is attached to the Early Espresso bow using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  When the card is opened you can see that the ornament is freestanding.

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I added some Polished Pink snowflakes cut from the So Many Snowflakes dies and also some Polished Pink sparkle using the 2021-23 In Color Gems.  Inside I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White CS.  

So, what do you think, is it too different of a color combination for Christmas or do you like the more non traditional feel?  I would love to know what you think so leave me a note in the comments. 

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October Stamp of the Month Projects… To Go!

The October stamp of the month is Merriest Moments  (pg 43 of the Mini Catalog). The To Go projects use both the Merriest Moments stamp set and the Merriest Moments Hybrid Embossing Folder aka the bundle (156783).  Having the bundle will make it easier to complete the projects but is not necessary for the projects. What comes in your To Go kit?  All the cardstock,  DSP, embellishments and a link to the tutorials to make your projects (3 cards).  You will also need the Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen, Bumblebee, and a Cherry Cobbler ink pads.  These items and adhesives are not included with the To Go projects. 

To register all you need to do is place an order for $40 using the Host Code D7SSYY6Y on my online store- sharonstamps.stampinup.net before the15th of the month.  Your project kit will be mailed  to you on or before the 22nd of the month.  The Host Code is how I will know you want the Stamp of the Month Projects to go. You will need the stamp set to complete the projects.  

 

 


Delicate Baubles Gift Tags

Have you checked out the Delicate Baubles dies?  I ask this because I totally overlooked them until a team member shared some photos with me of cards she made.  Once I saw the cards she made I knew I needed to get them too!

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I have been playing with the dies and realized they would make lovely tags.

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On this tag I cut the intricate die in Black Glitter paper and the solid ornament die in Snowy White Velvet paper.  The ornament is topped with the White Glittered Organdy ribbon.  All  of these products can be found in the 2021 July-December Mini catalog.  Isn't this an elegant tag?  

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To make the actual tag/card portion, I cut a piece of Basic White CS using the dies.   You need a piece of Basic White that is as wide as the ornament and twice as long.  I folded the Basic White CS in half and placed the die so the portion of the die that has a hole is above the fold.  The yellow paper shown below is a post it note to secure the die in place.

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I used glue to adhere the decorative tag to the tag base and also added the ribbon.  

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For this tag I cut the solid base out of Black Glitter Paper and the intricate ornament from the Snowy White Velvet sheets, the opposite of what was done for the first tag.  Which do you like better?

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Here you can see the inside.  The to and from can be found in the Be Jolly stamp set.  

If you are looking for another idea on how to use the Delicate Baubles dies check out this post.  Next week I have another card using the Delicate Baubles die so look for it soon.  

Thanks for stopping by and  be sure to take a look at the Delicate Baubles die on page 69 of the 2021 July-December Mini Catalog.  If you don't have a catalog please let me know and I can send one to you.  

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October Stamp of the Month Projects… To Go!

The October stamp of the month is Merriest Moments  (pg 43 of the Mini Catalog). The To Go projects use both the Merriest Moments stamp set and the Merriest Moments Hybrid Embossing Folder aka the bundle (156783).  Having the bundle will make it easier to complete the projects but is not necessary for the projects. What comes in your To Go kit?  All the cardstock,  DSP, embellishments and a link to the tutorials to make your projects (3 cards).  You will also need the Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen, Bumblebee, and a Cherry Cobbler ink pads.  These items and adhesives are not included with the To Go projects. 

To register all you need to do is place an order for $40 using the Host Code D7SSYY6Y on my online store- sharonstamps.stampinup.net before the15th of the month.  Your project kit will be mailed  to you on or before the 22nd of the month.  The Host Code is how I will know you want the Stamp of the Month Projects to go. You will need the stamp set to complete the projects.  

 

 


Be Jolly

Do you like to color?  I do and usually have a few images colored and waiting to be added to a project.  All three of the images in today's card were sitting in the Be Jolly stamp case patiently waiting for me to use them.  

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All of the images were colored using Stampin' Blends. I used Real Red, Balmy Blue, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede, and Smoky Slate.  The card base is 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4".  The Real Red CS layer is 4" x 5-1/4".  The Basic White layer is 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" and embossed using the Wintry 3D Embossing folder.  The Wintry 3D folder is not as wide as the card front and conveniently leaves a sentiment sized unembossed area.

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The sentiment I used is from the beautiful Heartfelt Wishes stamp set.  This is a sentiment only set and is gorgeous.  I would love to have handwriting this beautiful.   The sentiments in this stamp set are perfect for the upcoming holidays and beyond.  The final addition were a few small sequins from the Subtle Shimmer Sequins.  The best way to adhere sequins is to use a tiny drop of Multipurpose Liquid Glue and pick up and place the sequin using  the Take Your Pick tool.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to check out the Clearance Rack for some great deals.

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October Stamp of the Month Projects… To Go!

The October stamp of the month is Merriest Moments  (pg 43 of the Mini Catalog). The To Go projects use both the Merriest Moments stamp set and the Merriest Moments Hybrid Embossing Folder aka the bundle (156783).  Having the bundle will make it easier to complete the projects but is not necessary for the projects. What comes in your To Go kit?  All the cardstock,  DSP, embellishments and a link to the tutorials to make your projects (3 cards).  You will also need the Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen, Bumblebee, and a Cherry Cobbler ink pads.  These items and adhesives are not included with the To Go projects. 

To register all you need to do is place an order for $40 using the Host Code D7SSYY6Y on my online store- sharonstamps.stampinup.net before the15th of the month.  Your project kit will be mailed  to you on or before the 22nd of the month.  The Host Code is how I will know you want the Stamp of the Month Projects to go. You will need the stamp set to complete the projects.  

 


Merriest Moments Wreath

When I started playing with the Merriest Moments bundle I noticed the spray of leaves had a slight bend to them.  This made me think that they might make a nice wreath and so I started stamping and die cutting to try and create one.  Once the card was completed I realized it would work for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0094.

What is the Festive Friday Challenge?  The Festive Friday Challenge has an Inspo List that is inspired by a festivity.  #FF0094 was inspired by Apple Day.  To play along with the challenge you need to use 3 items from the Inspo List on your project.  You do not have follow the  Apple Day theme  but you can if you would like to.  Here's a link to all the details on how to play along with the challenge.

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I chose red, green, circles (this wreath is a circle, right?) and sequins.

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I stamped 8 Soft Succulent leaves and die cut them using the coordinating dies.  I used the Layering Circles die #6 and #7 (1 being the smallest die) and created a wreath ring.  This helped me to arrange the leaves.  The leaves were attached to the ring using Stampin' Dimensionals.  I stamped some holly leaves in Evening Evergreen ink and some berries and a flower in Cherry Cobbler ink and  die cut them using the coordinating dies.  I added a few small sequins to add a little sparkle to the card.

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The card base is Sahara Sand CS with a Cherry Cobbler CS layer.  The pretty, snowy  patterned paper is from the Tidings of Christmas DSP.  

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Inside I stamped some leaves in Evening Evergreen ink and the lovely sentiment in Cherry Cobbler ink.  I do love a sentiment that pairs 2 fonts together.  

For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the  Festive Friday Challenge Design team.

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert You are here!

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Jaydee

Diane Evans 

Joanne James

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you will join in the challenge.  I would love to see what you create in the Festive Friday gallery.

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October Stamp of the Month Projects… To Go!

The October stamp of the month is Merriest Moments  (pg 43 of the Mini Catalog). The To Go projects use both the Merriest Moments stamp set and the Merriest Moments Hybrid Embossing Folder aka the bundle (156783).  Having the bundle will make it easier to complete the projects but is not necessary for the projects. What comes in your To Go kit?  All the cardstock,  DSP, embellishments and a link to the tutorials to make your projects (3 cards).  You will also need the Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen, Bumblebee, and a Cherry Cobbler ink pads.  These items and adhesives are not included with the To Go projects. 

To register all you need to do is place an order for $40 using the Host Code D7SSYY6Y on my online store- sharonstamps.stampinup.net before the15th of the month.  Your project kit will be mailed  to you on or before the 22nd of the month.  The Host Code is how I will know you want the Stamp of the Month Projects to go. You will need the stamp set to complete the projects.   

 

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Delicate Baubles

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a color challenge. This was a fun one.  

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I had planned to make. a card for each possible color combination for the challenge but sadly I ran out of time.  It is still something that I hope to do soon.  I chose to use Evening Evergreen to go with the Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.

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I used the Delicate Baubles Dies and cut out the ornament on the Basic White CS layer.   I embossed the Basic White layer using the Merry Melody 3D folder and layered it on to the Crumb Cake layer. I cut the ornament in Early Espresso and Evening Evergreen CS and inlaid the Early Espresso ornament on to the Basic White CS.  The rest of the pieces were attached and put together like a puzzle.  Sounds a little tedious but I like puzzles so to me it is very satisfying.  

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The sentiment is from the Sparkle of the Season set stamped in Early Espresso ink on a Crumb Cake Stitched Rectangle.  A few 2021-23 In Color Jewels were attached to the card to add a little sparkle.  The top of the ornament is a bow tied using the Evening Evergreen 3/8" Open Weave Ribbon.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team created for this challenge.  

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Peaceful Prints Christmas

It is Thursday which means it is time to show you what I made for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge and one I thought would be perfect to use the Peaceful Prints DSP.  The Peaceful Prints DSP is a  Sale-A-Bration choice which  means it is free with a qualifying order ( in the US that is a purchase of $50 before shipping & tax).  There are more choices that can be seen here.  The Peaceful Prints DSP is a lovely pack of paper and a great accompaniment  if you have the Peaceful Deer bundle (J-D catalog).  

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Here's what I made using the sketch.

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The diagonal stripe paper is  from the Peaceful Prints DSP.  Sahara Sand is one of the colors I do not use very much and I always wonder why I don't.  It is kind of a chameleon of a color and I need to use it more.  Do you use Sahara Sand and what are your favorite color combinations using it?

I used one of the Wintry 3D embossing folders to emboss the Basie White piece.  There are 2 folders, one a snowflake design and the other a pine branch both are lovely.  

The sentiment is from the Christmas to Remember set.  The sentiment was stamped in Versamark ink and then heat embossed using white embossing powder on Sahara Sand CS.  

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To finish off the front of the card I added Red Rhinestones for a little shine and sparkle. If I use a patterned paper on the front of the card, I like to add a strip to the inside.  I also stamped another sentiment from the Christmas to Remember set. 

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created for this sketch.

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Whimsy & Wonder Easel Card

This past weekend I participated in the Creativity Abounds Whimsy & Wonder stamp camp and oh was it fun!  So many great ideas and projects.  All I can say is the next time the  Creativity Abounds Design Team does a stamp camp you will need to join in the fun!  The Creativity Abounds Design Team has a blog hop on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.  We also create a tutorial bundle monthly.

Today's card was a sample I made using the products in the Whimsy & Wonder Suite.  Love the Whimsy & Wonder Specialty DSP, it features great designs, foiling, and a fun and fresh color combination for Christmas.

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I used Mossy Meadow, Blushing Bride, Basic White and of course the Whimsy & Wonder DSP.  The lovely ornaments were fussy cut from the DSP and I love these ornaments.   The scalloped frame is from the Scalloped Contours Dies. 

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The cute little holly acts as a stopper to hold up the easel.  

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Card Base: Blushing Bride CS 4-1/4" x11" scored at 2-3/4", Scalloped  layer 4-1/2" x 3-1/4"

Mossy Meadow CS: 5-1/4" x 4", 2-5/8" x  3-7/8"

Basic White: 3-3/4" x 2-1/2"

Whimsy & Wonder DSP: 5" x 3-3/4"

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Stampers Dozen Blog Hop...Christmas Creations

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Welcome to the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop!  We are all Stampin' Up!® demonstrators who have joined together to form this fun group.  The hop occurs every month on the 14th at 7 pm (PST).   This month the theme for our hop is Christmas.  Enjoy the hop!

I have been playing with the Merriest Moments bundle and it has been a joy to create with.  This bundle is special.  There is a lovely stamp set, great dies and a Hybrid Embossing folder.  This is a very versatile and beautiful bundle of products.

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For this card I used the Merriest Moment stamp set and dies.  The poinsettias are stamped in Cherry Cobbler with Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen leaves.  I added a sprig of Gold Metallic Specialty Paper cut using one of the Poinsettia dies.  The patterned paper is from the Tidings of Christmas DSP in the Annual Catalog.  The ribbon is the Cherry Cobbler & Gold Metallic Ribbon.  

This card has a little secret.  

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Yup, it is also a gift card holder.  The front of the card is scored at 1-1/2" and is folded to the inside to form the pocket.  Did I fool you or did you know all along?

Here are the basic measurements and scoring for this card:

    *Card base 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 1-1/2" and 5-1/2"

Now it is time for you to hop on over to see what Carol Payne has created for you!

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Stamper's Dozen September 2021 Blog Hop

  1. Bonnie O'Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  2. Kelly Acheson - A Stamp Above
  3. Jodi Petersen – Jodi’s Card Designs
  4. Rose Grunewald – Country Cards by Rose
  5. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s - Stamping in My Flops
  6. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  7. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  8. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  9. Rachel Yurkanin – Rachel’s Stamping Place
  10. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!

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ICS Blog Hop...Sale-A-Bration

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Welcome to the Inspire Create Share blog hop!  The Inspire Create Share blog hop goes live is on the second Tuesday of the month.  This month the theme for the hop is Sale-A-Bration.  This year Stampin' Up! changed from one Sale-A-Bration period  that lasted 3 months to two Sale-A-Brations that lasts 2 months each.  The first Sale-A-Bration period was January-February and the second and current Sale-A-Bration is August-September.

What is so special about Sale-A-Bration?  During Sale-A-Bration when your order (before shipping and tax) reaches a certainly levels ($50 or $100 in the US) you can choose a free gift from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  Hop along with us and see lots of ideas of ways to use the Sale-A-Bration offerings.

Counting Sheep is one of the super fun stamp sets  that is available during Sale-A-Bration.  There are even Sheep Dies that coordinate with this stamp set available as a Sale-A-Bration choice!  

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Hope this card made you smile!  It was fun to make.  Frolicking sheep with balloons and party hats, what's not to like?  The grass was textured using the Stitched Greenery die  and the edge created by using the Basic Borders die.

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This is an easy fold to make and it is a fun one to use to create a scene.  Here are the basic measurements.

Card Base: 5" x 8" scored at 2", 4-1/2", 6-1/4".   The only thing you want to keep in mind is the height of the card cannot exceed  4-1/4" if you want it to fit in an A-2 envelope.  

While I was playing around with this fold I decided to make another card using another Sale-A-Bration choice.

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The Penguin Playmates 12" x 12" DSP is another fun Sale-A-Bration choice.  All the animals were fussy cut from the DSP.  So many cute penguins, foxes, and bears can be found on the DSP.   I used the same cutting and scoring measurements for this card.

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There is only a couple of weeks left of Sale-A-Bration so don't miss out on all the great products!

Now it is time to check out what Debbi Green has created for you!

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Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the Hop!

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Don't miss out on the Stamp of the Month Projects To Go! 

Do you like having all the cardstock and DSP cut and scored for you? Do you like tutorials to help you create the cards?  Do you like a mix of cards and   3-D projects?  If you answered yes, then the Stamp of the Month Projects To Go might be perfect for you.

When you place an online order of $40 or more, using the Host Code 66Z9UMFU I will send you 4 tutorials featuring our Stamp of the Month (Nature's Harvest)  You also receive the cardstock &  DSP cut and scored for you.  You will need the Nature's Harvest stamp set since I cannot include stamped images.  Also not included but used in the Stamp of the Month Projects To Go: adhesives, ink (Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Black Stazon,  Early Espresso pad, Bumblebee pad), Watercolor Pencils asst 1, Blending Brush or sponge, Water Painter or paint brush, and a blender pen).

To qualify for the Stamp of the Month Projects To Go, your online order must be placed by September 15 using the Host Code 66Z9UMFU.  The projects and tutorials will be sent by September 22.