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Black & White Sympathy…

This card was inspired by one of Kylie Bertucci’s that was found on Pinterest.  You can check out her blog here.

Sympathy cards are not my speciality, but when you need one it is nice to have them on hand.  I think Kylie’s card was Crumb Cake and she used different stamps in the background, but the white flower in the foreground was what really caught my eye…

and a close up…

 

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this card…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Basic Grey, Smoky Slate, Thick Whisper White and Basic Black
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Birthday Blooms,  Butterfly Basics
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Don’t faint…None!

Digits

  • The Basic Grey base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Basic Black layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Smoky Slate layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment, ferns and other background stamps.  Stamp rose on scrap Thick Whisper White and “fussy cut”.  Carefully breakdown paper with bone folder so flower will curl slightly.  Add to card front with lots of dimensionals.
  • Inside there is a layer of Basic Black 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • On top of that layer add a Thick Whisper White layer 4″ x 5-1/4″ with SNAIL.  The sentiment “For some things there are just no words” is stamped in Basic Black at top leaving plenty of room for a personal message.

Just to set the record straight, I did also make a hot air balloon for the second “little”, but since I had posted a similar one a few weeks ago, didn’t show his.  But here it is …

I think he will like this one…more his colors!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

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Interesting Background…

Ideally, card backgrounds should add interest but not take away from the focal point of the card.

It’s so much fun creating backgrounds.  Today’s post is one of my favorites…

It would be hard to outshine that floral focal point.

Lots of texture going on in this close up…

And a peek inside…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Smoky Slate and Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  VersaMark and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Feather Together (sentiment), Delicate Details (background)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Clear Embossing Powder, Stylish Stems Framelits Dies, Stampamajig or MISTI, Ken Oliver’s Color Burst, Lace Embossing Folder (retired)

Digits

  • The Smoky Slate base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Whisper White layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Smoky Slate layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Using all the Delicate Details stamps with VersaMark Ink stamp one half then the other half of this layer.  Sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder and heat.  You can align these stamps on the largest acrylic block placed on grid paper.  You can use a stampamajig or a MISTI to get your image straight.  Adhere to card front with SNAIL
  • The Whisper White sentiment piece is 1-1/2″ x 4-1/8″.  Stamp sentiment first in Archival Basic Black, then emboss.  The one I used is retired but it matched the lace background so perfectly, I had to use it.  You can certainly substitute with whatever you have in you stash.  Attach to card front with SNAIL
  • The water colored paper in the background of the flower was made by spritzing water color paper with water and spraying with Ken Oliver’s Color burst.  Some days I just make sheets of this type of water colored paper so that I have them on hand when working on a project.  Cut the flower from Smoky Slate, and the background from the solid flower die.  Attach together with Thin Tipped Glue and to card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside the card you can see I did a reverse of the card front flower using a piece of the same water colored paper attached over a piece of Whisper White CS that is 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ attached with SNAIL

This is a good “all occasion” card to have in your card file.  The sentiment could be anything, but you do have to commit to a sentiment while making this card because of the embossing.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post and you have been inspired by something you have seen or read.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Come get inky with me…stay HaPpY!

 

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Celebrate With Color!

If your are going to celebrate, do it with abandon and in color I say.

Last Friday I forgot to tell you that post was my 1,000th post on this blog!  Woohoo for me!!

To celebrate that feat I have a colorful card for you today…

How is that for color?

What HaPpY colors, right?  And again, its non gender or age specific which is always a plus.  Love the deep impressions made with this embossing folder.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Real Red Cardstock plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Real Red, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight plus Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Celebration Duo Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Linen Thread, 5/8″ Organza Ribbon, Sponges or Daubers

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Real Red layer is 4-1/8 x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The water color paper is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Using the celebrate embossing folder run the water color paper through Big Shot.  I used a Dauber (one for each color) and sponged Real Red, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight across the embossing.
  • Run a band of the Organza Ribbon around this layer attaching in back with SNAIL.  Tie the center on the front with Linen Thread.  Make a bow with several loops and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Attach bow to front over band with glue dots.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.

This could serve as a wedding card and then you could sponge the front of the card with the colors the bride has picked for her special day.  Birthday, anniversary, new home, new job…the ideas are endless…celebrate everything!

Today was kit class here at the Studio.  So nice to have friends to stamp with on a cold rainy day!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

and stamping friends…they are nice!

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

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Celebrate Everyday…

Today’s card post would be perfect to send for so many different occasions…it’s a great one to have on hand.

If you haven’t seen the video on how to use dry pigment color and are interested, check my Rambling Rose Studio Facebook page and look under videos.  That was filmed “live” a week or so ago.  And while you are there, click on the “like/follow” button.  I need 44 more “likes” to reach a goal I had set for myself!

Here’s today’s card…

and a close up of the water color paper…

A turn your head view…

and one more…

A day to celebrate could be just about anything don’t you think?  Sometimes I will take an afternoon and devote my time to creating just backgrounds in some of my favorite color combinations.  One of my favorite techniques is using water color paper, Ken Oliver’s Color Burst (Amazon) and a water spritzer.  This is an easy technique (check out the video) and creates beautiful backgrounds that cannot be duplicated…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  So In Love
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  3/8″ Emerald Envy Satin Ribbon, Window Box Thinlits Dies, Adhesive Strip

Digits

  • Cut the Thick Whisper White CS base 4-1/4″ x 11″, score, fold and burnish at 5-1/2″
  • Cut another piece of Thick Whisper White 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Punch Window Box top at top center of this piece.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Cut a piece of Emerald Envy Ribbon 7″ and tie a loose knot in center.  Add SNAIL to each end and attach at back of this layer.
  • Using water color paper and a spritzer moisten the paper well and blow the dry pigment on the paper in any direction and color that you love.  Let dry.  Cut a piece 3-1/2″ square and attach to back of die cut.  Attach this layer to the card front with Adhesive Strips.
  • Inside I place a small 4-1/4″ x 1/2″ piece of the watercolored paper.

So do you agree this would be a good all occasion card to have on hand?

After all those directions yesterday on the Seaside piece, this one is fairly simple but no less dramatic.

Go watch that video…I can’t do it cause I hate listening to myself talk…yak, yak, yak!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

and everyday.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!

 

 

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Golden Anniversary…

Because several of my best friends we also my best friends in school, golden anniversaries are popping up this year.  How amazing is that…and wonderful?

In anticipation of those events and because Stampin’ Up! currently has the perfect Designer Series Paper, Thinlit Dies and stamp sets, making cards for these friends will be a snap.

Here’s today’s design…

and a close up…

and a peek inside…

And even though this card is for a golden anniversary it would also be perfect for an engagement or wedding card.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla Cardstock
  • Ink:  Sahara Sand
  • Stamps:  So In Love
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  So Detailed Thinlits Dies, Basic Pearls, 5/8″ Gold Satin Ribbon, 1-1/4″ Circle Punch and 1/8″ Circle Punch

Digits

  • The Sahara Sand card cover is 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Cut two of the flower dies from Sahara Sand.  Score 1/8″ on straight side of each die cut.  Add small amount of multipurpose glue and attach to back of card cover folding the die cut to the front.  Add Basic Pearls to some of the flower centers.
  • Cut the inside of the Very Vanilla card 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp border at bottom with Sahara Sand using three different stamps from So In Love.  Stamp sentiment at top in Sahara Sand.

That has to be one of the most beautifully simple cards I’ve ever made.  Makes a statement in person!

Is everybody doing their “HaPpY” Friday dance?  Me too!  This is a great day as my son, Jeff (father of “the littles”) is in town for business and we are meeting for lunch.  I’ll try to get a pic of him for tomorrow’s post so you can meet him.

Hope you have fun plans for the weekend…we are having a spring weather weekend.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Be HaPpY…get inky!

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Hearts ‘n Flowers…

Did you catch the “live” video on the Rambling Rose Studio facebook page?  Today’s post uses the technique highlighted on the video.  You can still catch it on my facebook page looking under videos.  And while you are visiting I hope you’ll like my facebook page…I’m sooooo close to reaching my goal there!

Here’s a card I’m calling Hearts ‘N Flowers…

The background behind the heart is the technique shown on the video.

a close up…

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Sealed With Love (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Falling Petals Embossing Folder, Lace Doilies, Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies, Ken Oliver’s Color Burst and Heart Framelits (retired)

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The card front is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Run through Big Shot with Falling Petals EF.
  • Cut a Lace Doily in half and attach at top of card front at an angle with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut heart shape from Thick Whisper White.  Using the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies cut pattern in one half of heart shape.
  • The background behind the heart was created with water color paper and using the dry color pigment from Ken Oliver’s Color Burst and spritzing the paper with water.  See video on Rambling Rose Studio’s facebook page.  Cut half heart shape with same die used to create original heart and attach behind with multipurpose glue.
  • Add heart with background at an angle over the Lace Doily with dimensionals.

This card is beautiful in person…textural and sophisticated.

Our spring weather is back after a day of rain…so looking forward to planting all my flower containers and flower beds.  Hope your weather wherever you are in the world is improving too.  My Australian friends tell me it is too hot and in Canada my friends say it is too cold.  Soon we should all be just right!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Keep those finger inky…be HaPpY!

 

 

 

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Window Box Surprise…

Some of you may have had trouble accessing this site yesterday as I left it open on my computer and didn’t realize the problem until I tried to log on myself.  So sorry…

But for those of you who did log on and for all your sweet comments about my daughter’s HaPpY mail…thanks a bunch.  She had a little foot surgery yesterday and just wasn’t feeling herself.

Today’s post was just the most fun to make…and so easy!

I’m loving this framelit!  This whole project took me maybe 20 minutes.

The flowers are from the Special Reason Buncle…

I punched every other side panel for more light to escape…

Previously I posted a white box with a flower on top (you can scroll down to find it if you missed it) and I have plans for a box for a baby shower.  But wouldn’t these be pretty on a dinner table or at a wedding reception/shower?  Seriously the possibilities are endless.

Here are the ordering numbers if you’d like to pop over and order any of these supplies from pages 42-43 in the Occasions Catalog by clicking on the “shop now” star to the left…Special Reason Bundle (flowers) #144720 and Window Shopping Bundle (box) #142726.  Questions?  Leave me a comment…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Bermuda Bay and Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Pear Pizazz, Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay
  • Stamps:  Special Reason
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Stylish Stems Framelits, Window Box Thinlits 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon and Linen Thread.  The tea light was bought at Hobby Lobby.

Digits:

  • Cut your Bermuda Bay cardstock 6″ x 11″.  Lay the box framelit to the short edge, place one of the side panel and the large top panel inside the box panel and cut.  Cut another box from the same sheet of cardstock.  It just fits!  Cut off two side panel tabs on ONE of the box pieces.  Lay the pieces facing in opposite direction (meaning the large top/bottom faces one direction and opposite for the other piece)  Glue with Multipurpose Glue the side tab to connect the top to the bottom.  Burnish score lines on the bottom (pick either one) and glue the two tabs that will connect the bottom to the side panels on both sides of this piece and repeat for the top.  You will have one tab that just tucks in so that the top of the box will open.  Insert tea light and close tab.
  • Stamp flowers on scrap of Whisper White CS with Pool Party tapping edges with a sponge and Bermuda Bay before stamping.  Use Daffodil Delight and More Mustard for smaller flower.  Stamp leaves in Pear Pizazz.  Use Framelits to cut out all in one pass through Big Shot.  Attach to side of box with dimensionals and Multipurpose Glue.
  • Make box with several loops of ribbon and tie off in center with Linen Thread.  I used hot glue for the attachment of the bow.

You are going to love this set for so many reason and in every color!

It’s Friday!  Hope your weekend is just what you need.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

like the shoe company says, “just do it!”

Be HaPpY … Stay inky!

 

 

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Little Things…

Little things that come in small packages sometimes contain big surprises.  Today I’ll show you a small box that is not only pretty, but has room to spare for a BIG surprise…

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Can’t you just imagine an engagement ring in there?

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or a necklace or bracelet for Valentines?

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this framelit set can cut more than succulents…

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and the Stitched Squares Framelits (next to smallest one) fits the sides just right!

This box took me 30 minutes to make using four different framelit sets and I’m over the moon about giving it away.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Pear Pizazz and Watermelon Wonder Cardstock

Ink:  Craft Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder

Stamps:  Window Shopping

Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Rose Garden Thinlits, Succulent Framelits, Window Box Thinlits, Stitched Square Framelits, White Embossing Powder and Sponge Dauber

Digits

  • Cut two Window Boxes (it will take most all of a single sheet of cardstock).  Cut both side tabs off one.
  • Cut design in top of one.  This will be the top of your box.  Cut two sides with heart design  (be sure the design is right side up).  Still working on just the top of the box, cut just the six sided part of the box top from Watermelon Wonder and trim just inside score lines.  Add underneath box top with multipurpose glue.  Burnish all score lines on this top piece with your bone folder and set aside.
  • Working with what will be the bottom of the box, cut side design in center panel (be sure the design is right side up).  Cut six Watermelon Wonder squares with next to smallest Stitched Framelit Die.  Add one behind each panel that has been cut with design using multipurpose glue.  With the other three squares, stamp design in Craft Whisper White Ink, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.  Add these panels to the outside of your box on the three panels that were not cut with a design.
  • Glue together with multipurpose glue or Tear ‘n Tape starting with the side taps of each box.  Then the tabs that will attach the top and bottom together.
  • Now let’s make that flower for the top.  Cut one of each size succulent in Thick Whisper White.  Using Sponge Dauber, add Watermelon Wonder to the tips of each petal on each piece.  Use a small circle of multipurpose glue in the centers of each layer to put together.  Now cut just the leaves from the Rose Garden Thinlits twice.  Trim if necessary and add to bottom of flower with multipurpose glue and to box top with hot glue.
  • I also cut just the six-sided piece in Watermelon Wonder, trimmed and added to the bottom of the box … makes it even sturdier.
  • Inside the box top would be a wonderful place to add a sentiment or banner with a sentiment.

I can tell you there are many more box ideas in my future…so if you like this set as much as I do…stay tuned!

Today is Friday and that is “date night” at my house.  We plan a dinner out and a movie.  315 channels and nothing to watch on TV!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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be proud.

And stay inky…you’ll be HaPpY!

 

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Special Reason…

Here is another “all occasion” card similar to one posted earlier this week as a sympathy card, but this time in landscape mode rather than opening like a book…

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and opened it looks like this…

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you notice there is no sentiment inside so you could add that as the occasion dictated.

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Did you notice the envelope?  So easy to do…

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The Falling in Love Designer Series Paper just pulls this whole piece together…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride and Very Vanilla Cardstock, plus Falling in Love Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Feather Together (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  5/8″ Seam Binding (retired), Linen Thread, Stylish Stems Framelits

Digits

  • The Sahara Sand base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Blushing Bride layers (cut three) are 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to front and two inside panels with SNAIL
  • The DSP layers (cut three) are 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached over Blushing Bride layers with SNAIL
  • The smaller card is Blushing Bride CS cut at 3-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″.
  • Cut (2) Sahara Sand pieces 3-3/8″ x 4-1/8″.  Attach one inside the card with SNAIL.  Cut large flower with framelit in bottom right corner of second piece.  Stamp greeting over flower in Archival Basic Black.  Attach a band of seam bind around this piece and attach with SNAIL.  Make a bow with several loops and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Attach bow over band with glue dots.
  • Inside the smaller card cut a piece of Very Vanilla CS 3-1/4″ x 4″.  Cut small flower in bottom right corner with framelit.  Add your sentiment to this layer.  Attach over Sahara Sand layer with SNAIL.
  • Attach this smaller card inside larger card with multipurpose glue so the smaller card can fold over the front cover of the larger card when it is closed.
  • For the envelope I used a bone folder to take the envelope apart.  Cut the smaller flower from the envelope in lower left corner.  Add a piece of 1-3/4″ square Blushing Bride CS inside the envelope with multipurpose glue.  Use SNAIL on envelope flaps to put back together.

Just this morning word came that 25 swaps cards would be needed Friday week…eeeekkkk!  That has thrown a wrench in my schedule as I am working on a commission piece to go into the mail the same day…Guess I better get my bum in gear!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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always.

And stay inky…you’ll be HaPpY!

 

 

 

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Our 50th Anniversary…

It’s true…Sweetums and I have been married 50 years next month!  We have had the most incredible, lucky life together…

A card kept sneaking into my mind to make for him, but finding the right time to be able to create it was difficult.  Life kept getting in the way.

But this week there was an afternoon open when he was playing golf and I had nothing pressing and it was the perfect time to devote to this special card for him…

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I knew it should look vintage and of course have gold included.  The new Falling in Love Designer Series Paper had the perfect design…

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It opens like this…

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to reveal the inside.  I hope to include a photo on the left side.  You can see the envelope was treated with the same vintage theme.  Here’s a close up…

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He always appreciates my designs and I just know he will love this card and it will make my heart happy to give it to him!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla Cardstock, Gold Foil plus Falling in Love Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Sahara Sand, VersaMark Clear
  • Stamps:  Awesomely Artistic, Butterfly Basics and Number of Years
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Lace Doilies, 1/8″ Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Gold Embossing Powder, Large Numbers Framelits, Gold Baker’s Twine, Linen Thread

Digits

  • The Sahara Sand base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The smaller Very Vanilla card is 8″ x 3-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4″
  • Let’s work on the larger card first.  Cut two pieces of DSP 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″.  Sponge all edges with Sahara Sand and attach to both sides inside the larger card with SNAIL.  On the front of the larger card cut the DSP 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Sponge all edges with Sahara Sand.  Cut a piece of Gold Foil 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″  Attach to card front with multipurpose glue.  Add sponged DSP on top with SNAIL.
  • Now lets work on the small card.  Attach to larger card inside with multipurpose glue so that it opens from left to right or opposite most cards.
  • On the inside small panel cut a piece of DSP 3-1/4″ x 3-3/4″ and attach with SNAIL.  Cut Very Vanilla CS 3″ x 3-1/2″. Attach over DSP layer with SNAIL.  Cut a piece of Lace Doily to fit bottom right corner and sponge with Sahara Sand.  Attach with sponge and multipurpose glue.
  • On the right panel inside the smaller card cut a piece of DSP 3-1/4″ x 3-3/4″.  Sponge edges with Sahara Sand and stamp a collage using Sahara Sand and stamps from Awesomely Artistic and Butterfly Basics stamp sets.  Attach to panel with SNAIL.
  • Now for the front of the smaller card cut a piece of Gold Foil 3-1/4″ x 3-3/4″.
  • Cut a piece of DSP 3-1/8″ x 3-5/8″.  Sponge edges with Sahara Sand and use the same stamp sets to stamp collage with Sahara Sand.  Glue these two layers together with SNAIL.  Add a band of 1/8″ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon to left side and attach on back with SNAIL.   Add these two layers to front of smaller card with multipurpose glue.
  • Make a bow with several loops of Very Vanilla Ribbon and tie off in center with Linen Thread.  Add to ribbon band with glue dots.  Cut numbers from Gold Foil and add to card front with multipurpose glue.  Stamp “TH” just above and to the right of the number.
  • Cut a banner from Gold Foil.  Stamp “anniversary” in VersaMark on scrap of Very Vanilla, sprinkle with Gold Embossing Powder and heat.  Glue together with multipurpose glue leaving the gold layer showing at top.  Add to card front with strip of adhesive.
  • The envelope was treated like the layers, sponging edges with Sahara Sand and collaging the whole surface.

What a special celebration we will have and I know Sweetums will love his anniversary card.  We plan several trips this year in celebration…

Thanks so much for stopping by today for this post.  Hope you are having an awesome day!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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I’m inky…and HaPpY!

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