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Creativity Abounds Blog Hop...Fun Folds

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Welcome to the Creativity Abounds Blog Hop!  We are a group of international Stampin' Up!® demonstrators.  We hop together on the third Wednesday of every month.  Our hops focus around a particular bundle, holiday, occasion or product suite.  Every month we create a tutorial bundle. The tutorial bundle is available as a gift with a qualifying purchase or can also be purchased. This month our theme is Fun Folds!

We also offer a stamp camp three times a year.  The next stamp camp will be in February 2023 and will feature a suite from the 2023 January-April Mini Catalog.  The suite we have chosen for the next stamp camp is…By the Bay!  More information about the stamp camp can be found HERE.

Fun folds are just well fun.  It is amazing what a cut here or an extra fold there can create.  My card requires just 2 extra cuts from a 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”(14.9 cm x 21 cm) card so it is simple to make so you can spend more time figuring out how to decorate it. 

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I used the lovely Two-Tone Floral bundle, Fancy Flora DSP, and the Iridescent Pastels Gems.  These are all part of the Fancy Flora Suite Collection. 

The colors I used are Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Evening Evergreen.  The flowers in the Two-Tone set  are 2 Step stamping.  This means there are 2 different stamps used to create the beautiful shading on the image.  For the larger flowers I used Calypso Coral.  I found it easier to stamp the darker lined/definition first and then the lighter solid image on top of that.  I thing everyone has their own preferred way.  The lined/definition stamp was stamped full strength and the solid image was stamped off (stamped first on another piece of paper) and then over the the definition image.  This creates the beautiful flowers.  You could also use 2 different colors to create the flower.  The Evening Evergreen leaves were stamped off  once. I wanted the color to be a little more muted.  The flowers and leaves were adhered on to a Basic White Layering Circle and then on to a Pool Party circle using the Stylish Shapes dies. The sentiment is from the Days to Remember set.  

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Here are the details of the card.

  • Pool Party Card Base- 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” (14.9 cm x 21 cm folded in half) scored at 4-1/4”.  Cut a slit from the fold to the bottom of the front of the card 1-1/4” (3.5 cm) in from the side.  Repeat on the other side. These are the “arms”.
  • Cut a 1” x 4-1/2” (2.5 cm x 13 cm) piece of Window Sheet.  Attach the ends of the window sheet to the “arms” 1/2” (1 cm)up from the edge of the front of the card.
  • Cut four 1” x 4” (3 cm x 10 cm) strips of the Fancy Flora DSP  for the arms and inside of the card.  
  • Adhere a 2-3/4” x 4” (7.5 cm x 10 cm) piece of Fancy Flora DSP to the center panel.
  • Stamp and die cut the flowers and leaves.
  • Die cut a Pool Party Stylish Shapes circle (2-1/2” circle/6.5 cm)
  • Die cut a Basic White Layering Circle (2-3/8”/6.3 cm)
  • Stamp the sentiment and adhere the flowers to the Basic White circle.
  • Attach the circle to the “arm” portion only with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Attach Calypso Coral Iridescent Pastel Gems as shown.
  • Stamp Happy Birthday on Basic White CS and die cut using the Stylish Shapes banner die.
  • Adhere the Happy Birthday banner to the center panel only, positioning it to show through the Window Sheet.
  • Stamp and die cut Pool Party flowers and adhere it to the banner only.
  • Attach the remaining DSP strips to the inside of the card so it mimics the look of the front of the card.
  • Cut a 3” x 4” (7.8cm x 10 cm) Basic White piece and attach it to the inside of the card, between the 2 arms. This piece should be hidden behind the center panel.  Adhere a 3/4” x 3” (2 cm x 7.8cm) piece of DSP to the bottom. 
  • Stamp and die cut a flower and leaves and attach it to the DSP strip.

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Time to keep on hopping!

 

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out below how you can receive the Creativity Abounds Fun Fold tutorial.

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Place a $50 order through my online store and receive this bundle (13 tutorials!!)  as a thank you.  You can also purchase the tutorial bundle for $15.00.  Please contact me (sharon@astheinkdries.com) if you would like to purchase the tutorial.


Creativity Abounds Blog Hop...Birthdays!

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Welcome to the Creativity Abounds Blog Hop!  We are a group of international Stampin' Up!® demonstrators.  We hop together on the third Wednesday of every month.  Our hops focus around a particular bundle, holiday, occasion or product suite.  Every month we create a tutorial bundle. The tutorial bundle is available as a gift with a qualifying purchase or can also be purchased. This month our theme is Birthdays!

We also offer a quarterly stamp camp.  The next stamp camp will be in February 2023 and will feature a suite from the 2023 January-April Mini Catalog.  The suite we have chosen for the next stamp camp is…By the Bay!  I will be sharing more about the camp soon.

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I used the Framed Florets bundle for my birthday card.  This bundle is in the upcoming 2023 January-April Mini Catalog.  It was also part of the Fitting Florets collection that debuted in November.  The bundle is the only products from this Collection that will be in the upcoming Mini.  I wish the Fitting Florets DSP was also in the Mini but it is not and will not be available after January 4th.

This is a simple fun fold.  I like it since it allows me to show 3 patterns of DSP and how well things coordinate.

  • Night of Navy CS card base- 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” scored at 1-1/4” and 4-1/4” (14.9 cm x 21 cm scored at 3 cm and 10.5 cm)
  • Night of Navy Oval frame-3-1/4” x 4” (8 cm x 10.5 cm)
  • Night of Navy Oval frame (use large ornate oval die-the center piece) 3-1/4” x 4” (8 cm x 10.5 cm).  This piece will provide a backing for the Night of Navy/Basic White frame and make it more stable.
  • Basic White card liner- 4” x 5-1/4”, ( 14.2 cm x 9.8 cm)
  • Basic White Oval cut using the smaller oval frame-3-1/4” x 4”, (8 cm x 10.5 cm)
  • Pick 3 patterns of DSP.  Cut two at 2-3/4” x 5-1/4” and one at 1” x 5-1/4” (cut 2 at 6.5 cm x 14.2 cm and one at 2.2 cm x 14.2 cm)
  • Die cut flowers from the DSP and fussy cut 2 leaves.

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Time to check out all the other stops on the hop!

Thanks for stopping by and please see below to see how you can receive the Creativity Abounds Birthdays Tutorial.

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Place a $50 order through my online store and receive this bundle (13 tutorials!!)  as a thank you.  You can also purchase the tutorial bundle for $15.00.  Please contact me (sharon@astheinkdries.com) if you would like to purchase the tutorial.

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Framed Florets and the Fitting Florets DSP Birthday Card

Taking a break from my Christmas cards to share a birthday card using the Framed Florets bundle and the Fitting Florets DSP.  

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I am loving the Framed Florets bundle.  The oval frames were something we have needed and I love how they work together.  

  • Fitting Florets DSP 4-1/4" x 12", scored at 3-1/4" and 8-3/4". (Normally I would cut the DSP 4" x 12" to maximize the DSP.  This does result in a slightly narrower card.  This time I used 4-1/4" x 12" since the DSP had already been cut.) Cut from the score line to the center of the edge (2-1/8") and repeat on the other side.  Repeat at the other end.  The points will overlap.  Secure them to form a sleeve.  
  • Night of Navy CS- 4-1/4" x  5-3/8"
  • Basic White CS- 4" x 5-1/4"
  • Balmy Blue CS-3-1/" x 4"
  • Basic White- 3" x 4" cut out an oval using the larger frame.

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The insert slides into the DSP sleeve.  I used Soft Succulent, Balmy Blue and Night of Navy Stampin' Blends to color the flowers and leaves.  I also added the Solid Faceted Gems in  Night of Navy.

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The Fitting Florets DSP will only be available for a few more days/January 4th 2023 or while supplies last.  It is a very pretty paper and coordinates so beautifully with the Framed Florets bundle.  

Time for me to get back to my Christmas cards! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to get the Fitting Florets DSP before it disappears!

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Quick and Easy Christmas Cards

Are you all done with your Christmas cards and shopping?  My shopping is pretty much done but I am still working on my Christmas cards.  It seems like I have been making cards for months and  I am still maybe 40 cards short!  EEK!   So it is time for me to make quick, easy and cute cards and get them done!

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This is one of my go to card designs.  Here are the details.

  • Garden Green card base- 5-1/2" x 7-1/2" scored at 3-1/4" and 6-1/2".
  • Garden Green Layered Circle die measuring 2-1/4" .
  • Basic White CS- 3" x 5-1/4".
  • Basic White Layering Circle die measuring 2-1/8".
  • Boughs of Holly DSP pattern one- 3" x 5-1/4".
  • Boughs of Holly DSP pattern two- 3/4" x 5-1/4".
  • Garden Green Ribbon from the Real Red & Garden Green 3/8" Ribbon Combo Pack.
  • Gold Adhesive-Backed Swirls (2) or any embellishment of your choice.

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This is how the card opens. You fold back along the score line to allow the card to open.  Now the embellishment decorates the inside of the card.

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This is what the card looks like open.  Kind of fun, right?  It is very easy to make and puts all that pretty DSP to good use.

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This is the same style of card.  The DSP is the Celebrate Everything DSP which is a Stampin' Reward choice.  The sentiment used here is the Framed & Festive stamp set.  This stamp set is only available while supplies last/January 4, 2023.  

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Well it is time to get back to the crafting table and get those cards made!  Thanks for stopping by and let me know what your quick and easy go to layout is.

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This Birthday Piggy & the Tea Boutique Cards

This Birthday Piggy and the coordinating Playful Piggy dies are just too darn cute.  You can get the dies now during the Perfect Partners promotion.  These coordinating dies are only available for a limited time and while supplies last.

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I made this pocket card starting with a Tahitian Tide card base from the Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes.  I cut the card base on the diagonal and applied a thin line of glue along the bottom edge.  For the right side of the pocket I cut a piece of Tahitian Tide DSP from the 2022-24 In Color DSP 4-1/4" x  5-1/2".  Cut the DSP on the diagonal.  Apply thin lines of glue along the outside edges to create the pocket. 

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The Parakeet Party CS is measures 4" x 5-1/4" and the Basic White piece is 3-3/4" x 5".  These measurement can vary depending on how close to the edge you apply the glue to create the pocket.

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This card again uses the Tea Boutique Cards and Envelopes as the base and the Tea Boutique DSP for the other side of the pocket.  The sentiment big hugs is from the Sending Smiles set.  I inked only  part of the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  This was  easy to do since it is a photopolymer stamp set.

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Here is a quick video that shows how I created the card.

 

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Perched In A Tree and the Rings of Love DSP

I am using two Sale-A-Bration choices on my card today.  One is the Rings of Love DSP and the other the Aspen Tree Dies.  I just realized that the bird in the Rings of Love DSP is very similar to the chubby bird in the Perched In A Tree set.  

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I colored the chubby bird using Night of Navy, Balmy Blue, and So Saffron Stampin' Blends.  I was trying to get the same effect as the bird on the DSP.  My attempt  is definitely not perfect but close one eye and squint and it looks pretty good-HA!

The chubby bird and the branch she is perched on were  cut using the Aspen Tree dies.  The circles are a combination of the Layering Circles and Stylish Shapes dies.

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The card can be removed from the pocket and written on.  I have made this style of card many times before and you can find a tutorial HERE.  I love that I can show both sides of the Rings of Love DSP on this pocket.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to Sale-A- Bration ends in just a couple of days so be sure to shop soon!

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Boughs of Holly camp

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It is time for another Creativity Abounds stamp camp!  The Creativity Abounds Design Team is an international group of 13 Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  We do a monthly blog hop and tutorial bundle and every quarter we hold a stamp camp. 

The Boughs of Holly Stamp Camp will be the held October 28th and 29th.  To register all you need to do is purchase the Boughs of Holly Suite and use the Host Code DDK66A4W.  If you already own the suite, simply order $79.50 of products from my online store and use the Host Code DDK66A4W.  It is important to use the Host Code which will let me know you want to participate in the stamp camp.  

You will receive 13 kits which will include all the cardstock pieces necessary to make the projects.  You will  use your own DSP, stamps, dies and embellishments.   Both a written and video tutorial will be provided for you for each project. 

In addition to the 13 projects you will be invited to join a private Facebook group for the camp.  On October 28th and 29th each design team member will present another project using the Boughs of Holly Suite.  These lives will be spread out over the 2 days but they will be recorded so you can watch them when it is convenient for you.  

Please use this link to order.  I have attached the Host Code to the link.  Remember if you order before August 31 you will also be eligible to earn a Level 1 Sale-A-Bration item!  

 

If you have any questions please contact me at sharon@astheinkdries.com.  It is going to be a fun and creative time!


Hippest Hippo Birthday

It is time for another Festive Friday Challenge!  Grandparents Day  is the festivity we are featuring on the Festive Friday Challenge. What is the Festive Friday Challenge?  The Festive Friday Challenge is a bi-weekly challenge that has an Inspo List.  What is an Inspo List?  Every challenge has an Inspo list  aka as an inspiration list, that has 10 items on it and those 10 items were inspired by a particular holiday, celebration or festivity.  You need to use 3 items from the Inspo list on your project.  You do not have to incorporate the festivity into your challenge but if you want to, you can.  Here is a link to more information about how to participate in the challenge.

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I chose to use from the list Fancy Fold, Plaid, and Hearts. 

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I used the 2022-24 In Color DSP  in Sweet Sorbet to fulfill the Plaid.  The hearts were cut using the 2022-24 In Color Glimmer Paper and the Hippo dies.  I did also use a pearl on  top of the umbrella.  You will see the Fancy Fold in the next couple of pictures.

The hippo is stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink  on Smoky Slate CS.  I did  a little coloring using Smoky Slate and Sweet Sorbet Stampin' Blends.  The umbrella was die cut using the Hippo dies. The opening was cut using a Stitched Rectangles die.  I tied a bow using the White Glittered Organdy Ribbon.   The sentiment is from the Very Best Occasions stamp set.

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Now you are starting to see the Fancy Fold.  I guess it really isn't that fancy but it is a fun one.  The DSP is another pattern in the 2022-24 In. Color DSP.

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This is a full sheet of CS scored into quarters.  The upper left quarter has been cut out.  It is a simple card to make.  I like how it unfolds.  The DSP on this panel is again from the 2022-24 In Color DSP and the sentiment is from the Very Best Occasions.  

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

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Beth McCullough

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Helen Jennings

Melva Peters

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Joanne James- off this week

Thanks for stopping by and check out all that Sale-A-Bration has to offer here and here,

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Place a $50 order through my online store and receive this bundle (13 tutorials!!)  as a thank you.  You can also purchase the tutorial bundle for $15.00.  Please contact me (sharon@astheinkdries.com) if you would like to purchase the tutorial.

 

 

 


Creativity Abounds Blog Hop...Symbols of Fortune

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Welcome to the Creativity Abounds Blog Hop!  We are an international group of Stampin' Up demonstrators that come together monthly to do this blog hop and prepare a tutorial bundle.  We also host a quarterly virtual  stamp camp.   This month our theme is the Symbols of Fortune Suite.  The projects we are sharing are bonus projects that will be demonstrated during the stamp camp's Facebook Lives next weekend.  We won't be posting any instructions on how to make these projects since we will be demonstrating them during the stamp camp.  

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The Symbols of Fortune DSP is so elegant.  Each sheet has a side that features gold foil accents.  The Calypso Coral flowers were cut out from the DSP using the Good Fortune Dies.    The other elements were also cut using the Good Fortune Dies.  The Polished Dots were colored using a Dark Calypso Coral Stampin' Blend.

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Inside a few Calypso Coral stamped dragonflies.  The next stamp camp will be in July.  I hope you will join us!

Here's a list of all the stops on the hop!

 

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Prized Peony and the Simply Elegant DSP

I wanted to share one last play with the Prized Peony stamp set, Peony dies, and the Simply Elegant DSP.  These products are all still available (last time I checked) but are on the retiring list and available only while supplies last.

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This card is similar to one I shared here.   On today's sample I used a new die set (coming May 1) called Stylish Shapes to create the gold frame and to cut out the square.  The card base is a piece of Simply Elegant DSP cut at  5-1/4" x 12" and scored at 4", 8".  The card base is on a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of  Basic Black CS.  The peony was colored using Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Real Red, and Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends. The sentiment is from the Color and Contour stamp set.

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Inside I added a piece of Basic White CS to make it easier to write a message.  You can also see the other side of the DSP behind the Basic White CS.

 

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Waves of Inspiration

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Welcome to the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop!  We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators and hop on the 14th of every month.  This month our theme is Anything Goes.  I chose to use the beautiful Waves of Inspiration stamp set (available now and also in the 2022-23 Annual catalog, the Timeless Tropical stamp set with the In the Tropics dies(retiring soon), and the Waves of the Ocean DSP (available while supplies last and/or May 2).  

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The Waves of the Ocean DSP is a beautiful pack of paper and so unique.  This pack is only available until May 2 or while supplies last. I also used  Granny Apple Green and Pacific Point CS to coordinate with the DSP.  I used the Timeless Tropical stamp set to stamp the palm trees and unfortunately this stamp set has sold out and is no longer available.   There is another set, Paradise Palms which also has palm trees available in the 2022 Jan-June Mini Catalog.   The Paradise Palms is also currently available as a bundle with the Palm dies.   The sentiment is from the Waves of Inspiration set and stamped on a Stitched Rectangle.  The rhinestones I used were part of the Rhinestone Waves Basic Jewels and unfortunately has since sold out.  

This card is a fun fold, a matchbook style card.  I have made matchbook cards before but this one is a little different.  I saw this card style
on Flowerbug's Inkspot.  The measurements:

Granny Apple Green CS: 4-1/4" x 6-1/2" scored at 5-1/2"

Pacific Point CS: 4" x 5" and 3/4" x 4"

Basic White CS (inside of the card): 3-3/4" x 4-1/2"

Waves of the Ocean DSP: 3-3/4" x 5-3/4" scored at 4-5/8" and  1/2" x 3-3/4"

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The DSP is the piece that tucks in and also lifts up to reveal the inside of the card.  I like that the sentiment is seen both when the card is closed and also open.  Super fun and easy card to make.  

Be sure to check out all the stops on the hop!

 

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Blessings of Home Fun Fold Card

The Create with Connie & Mary Challenge this week is a beautiful color combination and it made me think about the beautiful florals in the Blessings of Home stamp set.   I knew this would be great choice to show off the colors in the challenge.  What are the colors?

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Let me say I never thought to pair Rich Razzleberry with Fresh Freesia.   Don't they look lovely together?  This is one of the reasons I think challenges are so important, it helps to shake things up and introduce you to new color combinations and layouts.

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The flowers were stamped in Rich Razzleberry ink and colored using Rich Razzleberry, Fresh Freesia and Soft Succulent Stampin' Blends.  Did you know that you can use Stampin' Up! Classic Stampin' pads with Stampin' Blends?   Yup, you can.  I loved using the Rich Razzleberry ink instead of black on this card, it added softness to the image.  

I used 2 different packs of Designer Series Paper (aka DSP) for this card.  The lovely floral paper is from the Heart & Home DSP and the bouquet is on  a pattern from the 2021-23 In Color DSP.    In addition to the Flowers of Home dies I used the Stitched so Sweetly (scalloped Rich Razzleberry frame) and Stitched Rectangles dies (sentiment label).  The sentiment is from the In the Moment stamp set.  

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Were you expecting this?  This is just little different kind of card.  The card base is a quarter sheet of cardstock and the place where you write your message is hidden behind the front Stitched So Sweetly label. 

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Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created using this color combination,

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