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Friday, 23 June 2017

Poppies

A CAS card today for my box of charity cards.  The Less is More Challenge this week is 'Personalise It'.  As the challenge closes in a few hours,  I'm sneaking in a last minute card. I decided to make a 'Mum' card which can be used for any occasion for a Mum.


The stamp is an old wood mounted Stampendous stamp, 'Poppy Stems'.  I stamped it with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured the petals with a Promarker and the stem with an ultra fine Sharpie pen.  The image is die cut with a Creative Expressions 'Double Pierced Rectangle' die and I used Memory Box 'Alphabet Soup' dies for the letters.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Anniversaries

Welcome to my new follower, Kylie of Addicted to Stamps.  I'm sure Kylie is known to many crafty bloggers as Founder of Addicted to Stamps and More! challenge blog, Addicted to CAS challenge blog and Happy Little Stampers blog and Forum.

I've just got back from a couple of VERY hot and sunny days in our caravan in Devon.   We were on our way down when I had a call from my daughter to say she was in her local Minor Injuries Unit after falling over her own feet!  We made a slight detour, called in the MIU and collected her.........and her broken arm!  She came down with us to the caravan for a bit if TLC.  

Two cards today, with the same design but in different colours.  Both cards have been received now, so I can post them on my blog.
The first card was for friends celebrating their ruby anniversary. For the main heart I used Spellbinders Shapeabilities 'Lace Hearts' dies, in rich red pearlised card.  I added a small punched heart in the aperture.  All these were raised up on foam pads. The embossing on the left was done with an Xcut 'Small Polka Hearts' folder.  To cover the join, I made a scalloped panel with a MB 'Stitched Country Border' and used the waste from a MB 'Heart of Hearts' to add hearts down the panel.  I used a left over snippets of the red card with the Heart of Hearts die to add three tiny red hearts at the top.  I die cut the computer generated sentiment with a Sizzix 'Stitched Rectangle' die, matted and layered with red pearlised card and attached with foam pads.

The second card was for my brother and sister-in-law who are celebrating their 45th Anniversary.  As this anniversary is Sapphire, I used blue pearlised card.

I am joining in the following challenges:
Country View June Challenge ~ Hearts  
HLS June Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
Dies R US Challenge #75 - Celebrations

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Get Well Wishes

A 'Get Well' card today.
I started by covering a card blank with pink paper, so I could create a thin pink border.   I used an embossing folder which came as a freebie with a magazine some time ago.  I actually bought it when it first arrived on the shelves, not knowing that it would turn out to be so popular that many crafters were trying to get hold of one long after the magazines had been sold!  It's a square embossing folder, but I just used the bottom half as I wanted to used floral patterned paper for the top half.  Along the curved pattern of the embossing, I added flowers, picking out the colours in the patterned paper, punched with a Fiskars daisy punch.  I attached every other one with foam pads to add some dimension.  A computer generated sentiment finished off my card.

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Joy Fold Card

I haven't made a Joy Fold card for ages, so I thought I'd make one today.
To make the card base, I cut an A4  piece of white linen card along the length, 5" wide and scored at 7".  This gave me a finished card when folded of 5" x  7".  I embossed a purple piece of card with a Creative Expressions 'Art Deco Rose Swirl' embossing folder.  The stamped image is an old wood mounted Francoise Read stamp, 'Glasgow Rose Garden'. I stamped the image with Memento 'Tuxedo Black', before colouring with Promarkers.  I die cut the image with a Memory Box 'Stitched Square' die. A brad keeps the card closed.  To finish off my card, I added a few clear gems to the image where there were dots in the design.

This photo shows the card open, revealing the tiny punched butterfly for added interest and the space to write a message.

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Sweet Wishes

The Less is More challenge this week is a One Layer card with the theme of 'Sweet Things'.   While I was looking through my stamps for the one I had in mind, I came across this image and sentiment, both freebies from a while ago, so decided to go with these instead.  

 I used a Poppystamp 'Stitched Main Street Tag' to emboss the card blank, the first time I've tried this technique, but I'm sure I'll be using it again. I eventually stamped the image and sentiment with Stazon 'Jet Black'.  I tried Memento and Versafine stamp pads first, but the stamping was quite fuzzy, probably to do with the quality of the freebie stamps.  The image is coloured with Promarkers.  

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Monday, 12 June 2017

Triple Mat ~ Embossing

Welcome to my new follower, Mia of Craftartista.  Mia has a wide range of beautiful crafts on her blog and I hope you pop over and visit her to see what she's been creating.

A sympathy card today for my box of ready made cards.

I saw a lovely card on Alicia's blog HERE and she had embossed the corner of her triple mat card.  It got me thinking about what a triple mat card would look like with just embossing rather including stamping.  I had an embossing folder in mind which I thought might work, Couture Creations 'Serenity - Serene'.  As it had butterflies on and I would be including several layers, I used cream card so I could enter a last minute second card into the Butterfly Challenge.  I cut the cream card to size before embossing and positioned in place with repositional Herma as the three layers had to be embossed together.  I discovered that was a big mistake, as the pressure of embossing made it impossible to separate the layers without the card ripping!  So I started again, layering the cream card in the right place and gently closing the embossing folder, before holding my breath and crossing my fingers hoping the card wouldn't move as it was embossed.  It worked perfectly! I used pale green for matting and layering as I wanted to make it into a sympathy card and pastel colours seemed more appropriate.  The layers are raised up on foam tape. 

I am joining in the following challenges:
Butterfly Challenge #79  ~ Butterflies +L is for Layers and/or the colour Cream
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #354 ~ Sympathy with Triple Mat Technique
Simon Says Monday Challenge ~ Touchy Feely
Moving Along with the Times Challenge #47 ~ Embossing, wet/and or dry

Sunday, 11 June 2017

White on White.......with a splash of a rainbow!

Two cards today, the same design but with different colours.

The Poppystamps Challenge this month is 'Rainbow Wishes' and the Memory Box Challenge is Celebrating Birthdays, so I decided to make my two cards with these challenges particularly in mind.

I wanted to make the first one a mainly White on White card, with just a touch of the colours of the rainbow.  Looking through my dies, I found my Memory Box 'Blooming Poppy' die had six flowers and one butterfly in the design, perfect for the seven colours of the rainbow.  I used the die with white card and used snippets card the colours of the rainbow to die cut the flower heads and the butterfly.  More snippets of the coloured card were used to die cut the letters, using Memory Box 'Alphabet Soup' dies, remembering to keep the colours in the right order.  A white Poppystamps 'Picket Fence' die cut was added over the base of the flowers and  a MFT  'Fresh Cut Grass' die cut finished of my card. The whole scene was assembled on a square piece of white card, slightly smaller than the card blank, before attaching it to the front of the card. 

I am joining the following challenges with this card:
Poppystamps Challenge #33 ~ Rainbow wishes
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 285 and 286

My second card was made with more traditional colours.

I am joining in the following challenges with this card:
Memory Box Challenge #25 ~ Celebrating Birthdays
HLS June Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
Allsorts Challenge Week 419 ~ Use at least two dies

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Golden Wedding

Welcome to my new follower, Claire of String Bows.  I'm sure she would love you to pop over to her blog to see all her beautiful creations. 

A Golden Wedding card today, which I can post on my blog now that I know it has been received.  
I used several different dies for this card using gold pearlised card.  It really is a lovely shade of gold with a beautiful sheen.  The main frame is a die cut from the Creative Expressions 'Christmas Shadow Box' set.  The flowers are CE 'String Flowers' with a Nuvo Crystal Drop for the centres and Poppystamp 'Ivy Tendrils' for the leaves.  The heart is from the CE 'Mr & Mrs' set.  

I am joining in the following challenges:
Allsorts Challenge - Week 419 ~ Use at least two dies
HLS  Anything Goes with Dies June Challenge
Country View June Challenge ~ Hearts 
Cuttlebug Mania Challenge ~ Frame it

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Christmas in June

A Christmas card today, another one to add to the box for Christmas 2017. 

The stamp is a Woodware one called 'Frosty',  stamped with Memento ' Tuxedo Black' and coloured with Promarkers.  The patterned papers are by Docrafts, from a pack a bought a couple of years ago in a closing down sale.  It always sad to see a bricks and mortar craft shop close.  I finished off my card with some punched holly leaves.  

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Football header

I've made another football card in our local team colours, this time a slider card.  I've lost count or how many blue and white cards I've made for  family and friends over the years! 
I started by covering a card blank with royal blue pearlised card.  I actually remembered to cut a big rectangle out of the middle of the blue card,  so I can use it for another project.  I think it's called 'gutting' and I usually forget to do it until it's too late!  Royal blue card seems really difficult to find and it's a colour I like to use a lot for football themed cards.  The stamp is an old wood mounted Francoise Read 'Footy Boy' stamp, coloured with Promarkers.  The stamp has a football roughly in the position where my football is, but as I wanted to make a slider card with the football being headed into the air from the footballer's head. I masked off the football on the stamp when I inked it and then just stamped the boy.  I used one of the dies from the MFT 'Surf & Turf' dies for the slider part, with a 'Spin and Slide' disc, a prize I won in The Playground a few months ago.  I put a football peeloff on a stiff piece of white card and fussy cut around the football.  The sentiment is computer generated and I finished off my card with three Card Candi.

I am joining in the following challenges:
Simon Says Monday Challenge ~ Masculine
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~ Make it Masculine
Penny Black and More June Challenge ~ Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon Challenge 397 ~ Move It!
Shopping Our Stash #306 ~ Dude
Dies R Us Challenge #74 ~ Masculine

Monday, 5 June 2017

Under the Sea

A birthday card today with an underwater theme. 
The embossing folder is a new one I bought recently, Creative Expressions 'Ocean Waves'.  I thought it would make a lovely background, particularly for the MB 'Oceana Corner' die cut.  The die cut is embossed to show up the markings on the shells and fish.  A few of the fish and bubbles cut separately and I've added these in the spaces.  I cut one of the loose fish three extra times and attached them swimming away at the top of the card.  

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Sunday, 4 June 2017

Get Well Soon

I spent yesterday at a local 12 hour Charity Crop and Craft day.  What a perfect way to spend a Saturday - crafting for 12 hours with friends and raising money for Cancer Research at the same time.   I decided to spend the 12 hours card making, although with all the chatting and laughter I didn't finish even half the cards I'd planned!  Here is one of the cards I made, with a few challenges in mind.

The image is one of the stamps from the Woodware 'Take it Easy' set.  This stamp comes with a get well sentiment over the top, so I masked it off before stamping with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' as I wanted to add my own die cut sentiment.  The image was coloured with Promarkers.  I added a frame, die cut with a MFT 'Stitched Circle Scallop Frames' die.  The letters are MB 'Alphabet Soup' die cuts, cut from snippets of neapolitan coloured card to match the pills in the bottle.  I added a scalloped strip along the bottom, using a MB 'Stitched Country Border' die. 

I am joining in the following challenges:
Less is More Challenge #331 ~ Colour - Neapolitan
Cuttlebug Mania Challenge ~ Frame it
CASology Challenge - Week 251 ~ Medicine
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #244 ~ Clean and Simple

Penny Black and More June Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Aloha!

A card today which I made as part of this month's Quick Cards Made Easy magazine Readers Design Team.  Although my card didn't make it into the magazine as one of the top three, it will be appearing on their Facebook page at some point soon, so I can blog it now.  This was a real challenge for me as the main focus was to showcase this month's free downloadable patterned papers on a square card, so no stamped or die cut images or sentiments!  No CAS either!
The papers were all tropical, so I chose two patterned papers and one of the printed tags.  I used one of the papers as a background and, with a bit of careful cutting, used the striped paper to form an symmetrical border down the side of the embossed panel.  I had a two flower punches and leaf punch similar to the design on the background paper and I added three of these to the white Cuttlebug 'Swiss Dots' panel.  The tiny punched flower was attached to the top of the tag. 

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http://sunnydaycrafting.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/june-challenge-tic-tac-toe.html


Sunday, 28 May 2017

Christmas Weaving

The Rudolph Days Challenge runs from the 25th until the end of the month, so there are a few days left to enter a Christmas project.

My card today uses up some patterned paper snippets.  I cut two different Christmas patterned papers into 1 1/2 cm strips and wove them together.  I die cut a red frame using Creative Expressions 'Double Pierced Square' dies and attached it over the woven pattern.  This was matted and layered onto a white piece of card and the red card blank.  The sentiment was stamped the Versafine 'Onyx'.  

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Friday, 26 May 2017

New Job

A good luck card for my daughter, who recently started a new job as a physiotherapist.  I wanted to include a cat, as she adores her beautiful cat, Pudding, and also keep the card predominately blue and white.  

The image is by Little Claire, 'Whirlie Cats', which I stamped using Versafine 'Onyx'.  I used some of the dies from the Creative Expressions 'Ornate Pierced Rectangles' set for the top part of the card, cutting the card blank corners to match the die cut.  I added two punched four leaf clovers for luck and a die cut, computer generated sentiment on a panel of the blue pearlised card.  

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Snowdrops

Like so many bloggers around the world have already said, my heart goes out to all those affected by the horrendous terrorist attack in Manchester this week.  My thoughts and prayers are with them all.  
♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  

I wanted to make a masculine 60th birthday card for a friend's husband who loves snowdrops and this is what I came up with.  (The white line across the middle is the reflection on the acetate and isn't really there!)

 I don't have a snowdrop die, so I decided to use some holographic snowdrop peeloffs on an acetate window. (Please tell me that I'm not the only one who still has a box of peeloffs that rarely get used!) I started by marking on the front of the card blank where the rectangle die would cut.  Then I put DST around the area where the aperture would be, so the patterned paper would be attached around the aperture as well as the outer edges of the card.  (I hope that makes sense.) I covered the front of card blank in patterned paper and then die cut the aperture.   Patterned paper was added to the  inside and I attached a piece of acetate to cover the aperture, before adding the snowdrops.  I used a Die-namics 'Fresh Cut Grass' die cut and added a few holographic circles in the bottom corners.


Monday, 22 May 2017

Tag Card

A tag card today, with a few challenges in mind.
I used a Creative Expressions embossing folder 'Small Beaded Fanfare' for the background.  I made the tag with one of the Poppystamps 'Stitched Main Street Tags' dies, punched a hole and tied through some thin green ribbon.  The flower is a Memory Box die, 'Fuchsia Sprig', which I die cut using white card and coloured with Promarkers.  The sentiment is a white peeloff, which I coloured with one of the Promarkers to match the flower.  The tag is attached with foam pads to add some dimension.

I am joining in the following challenges:
Poppystamps Challenge #32 ~ Flower Power
Memory Box Challenge #24 ~ Magic of Markers
Cuttlebug Mania Challenge ~ You are tagged
Allsorts Challenge ~ Happy Birthday
Cardz 4 Galz Challenge # 47 ~ Add Some Texture
Country View Crafts May Challenge  ~ Flower Power
HLS May Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Cream on Cream

A cream card made today with a few current challenges in mind.  (It's cream IRL, although it looks almost white in the photo.) 

I started with a 5" square cream card blank, which I covered with a piece of cream linen card. I used one of the MB 'Distressed Baptisia Collage' dies to die cut the geometric corner design from a piece of the same linen card, cut slightly smaller than the card blank.  This was attached with foam pads.  The butterfly is made from MB 'Pippi' and 'Isabella' die cuts, which I layered and attached with foam pads.  To finish my card, I die cut MB 'Alphabet Soup' letters to spell the sentiment.  The butterfly and sentiment are all from the same piece of cream linen card.  

The Allsorts Challenge is celebrating its 8th Birthday this week, so I hope you can join in the fun and enter a birthday card in the challenge.  The link is on my sidebar.

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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Anniversary Card

We have just had a lovely week in Cornwall with a group of ten friends.  The twelve of us have had a holiday together for the last 27 years, starting with a weekend each year and now spending a week away together, in different parts of the country.  Everything went well until a couple of days before were were due to come home.  We were having a walk in the country, walking along a muddy track, when somehow I lost my footing and slipped off the track about 8 or 9 feet down a muddy bank, covered in trees and brambles.  A tree broke my fall when my leg hit against it.  It could have been worse, it could have been my head hitting the tree!  The friend who witnessed my fall said my somersaulting was most impressive!  However, I landed up in A & E with a damaged knee, quite a few bruises and scratches, but fortunately nothing broken.  I have to rest my leg for a while, so a perfect opportunity to do some more crafting. Every cloud has a silver lining!

So, onto today's card.  While we were away, one of the couples was celebrating their 43rd wedding anniversary and this is the card I made for them.





The shaped card was die cut with one of a set of Sizzix 'Flip-Its' dies.  The set of dies was also used to die cut the pink card which I embossed with an Xcut 'Small Polka Dot' folder.  The sentiment is stamped with Versafine 'Onyx' and I added a Creative Expression heart from the 'Mr & Mrs' set of dies.  The heart on the back of the circle is a MB die, 'Sofia Heart'.  All the pink pieces of card were small snippets of the same shade of pink, so I'll be off to share my card in the Playground. 

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Thinking of You

A 'Thinking if You' card today to go into my box of ready-made cards.  The Less is More Challenge this week is 'Yellow & Grey'. It's not a pair of colours I often think to use together, but I remembered a patterned paper pad I have with yellow, grey and black papers.  I decided on a yellow and grey paper with bird cages.
I covered the card blank front with pale yellow card.  In a piece of white card, slightly smaller than the card blank, I die cut a circle and attached the patterned paper behind the aperture.  I die cut a frame using a MFT 'Stitched Circle Scallop Frames' die and attached it over the top.  The bird is from a Joy! Crafts  'Lin & Lene - Birdcage + 3 birds' set of dies.  The sentiment is an old wood mounted stamp, which was stamped in Versafine 'Smokey Grey'.

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Golden Butterfly

Yesterday I was at a local crafting day and decided to take some things along to have a go at Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge.  The theme this fortnight is Butterflies + D is for Decoupage and/or the colour Gold.  For some reason, this theme took some thinking about, but this is what I came up with. 

I've interpreted Decoupage and layering, so I've made three layers of the butterfly, attaching each layer with foam pads.  The butterfly is an old SB die which comes in two parts.  The front layer cuts out circle apertures.  The back layer is solid and shows through the apertures.  I die cut the solid butterfly three times for layering.  The gold card is pearlised, which shows up the embossing on the butterfly beautifully.  I used a Couture Creations embossing folder 'Bon Jour' which has a plain panel through the middle.  I used it landscape, although it looks great turned round to make a long card.  The sentiment is a Sizzix stamp, stamped in Versafine 'Onyx', and he tiny gold circles are waste from a die cut.


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Friday, 5 May 2017

In the Pink!

Kylie, Founder of Addicted to Stamps and More! challenge blog, Addicted to CAS challenge blog and Happy Little Stampers, has a special challenge on her blog, following her news that she's going to be a Nanna!  The challenge is to make a card in predominently blue or pink.  Quite by chance, I was going to make a post this week with a card I made recently for a friend's daughter who recently gave birth to a baby girl, so I'm posting two pink cards  today.

The first card is a CAS card using one of the dies from the Sue Wilson 'Family Tree!  I die cut the tree from the white card and again from paler pink card.  I then inlaid the white die cut into the aperture left in the pink card.  Next I die cut just the leaves from dark pink card, then inlaid them in the spaces.  I also used Sue Wilson 'Double Pierced Rectangle and Circle' die.

I'm joining in the following challenges with this card:
 Kylie's "I'm going to be a Nanna" Competition!
Die Cut Diva's May Challenge ~ Flowers or trees, bushes and grass will count too! 

This is the card I made recently for my friend's daughter.

I used the Sue Wilson 'Shadow Box Collection - New Arrival' set of dies.  The heart, ducks and feet are raised up on foam pads. 

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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

The Sound of Music

The Cardz 4 Guyz challenge this week is a masculine card with the theme 'Inspired by a Film, a Book or Music'.  I decided to go with the film 'The Sound of Music'.

The die cue is MB 'Party Music' and I used an Embossalicious 'Seasonal Music' embossing folder for the bottom half of the card. The sentiment it attached with foam pads to add dimension and a strip of ribbon finished off my card. 

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Monday, 1 May 2017

Sunset shadows

Thanks to Jeanne H, my latest follower, for leaving a comment so I could find her blog, Reba Li Creates.  Please pop over to Jeanne's blog to see her lovely creations.  

I'm taking a break from tidying my craft room today to post this card.  I find it so hard to declutter my craft stuff, but I'm trying my best and I've already found a couple of things I thought I'd lost.  The theme of the Less is More challenge this week is 'Lucky Dip - Shadow'.  I immediately thought of this  lovely stamp, although now the card is finished, I'm not sure if it's supposed to be a shadow or a reflection!  I'm going with the shadow. 😉
I started by die cutting an oval from a piece of white card stock, slightly smaller than the base card.  I made a frame using two MB 'Stitched Ovals' die.  I made the background with Adirondack ink pads and Ink Dusters.  The stamp is by Little Claire 'Silhouette Elephants', which I stamper with Versafine 'Onyx'.  The image was attached to the base card, lining it up so the oval aperture would be in the right place.  The card with the aperture was punched with an inverted corner rounder and attached to the base card with foam tape.  I added tiny black Nuvo Crystal Drops to the corners.  I decide to leave off a sentiment so it can be used for any occasion.

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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Blooming Poppy

This is my second post today and I hope I have better luck making this post live!  Did anyone else have problems with blogger earlier today?  I made the post live, hitting the 'Publish' button, and nothing happened.  I tried it again and still nothing happened, no sign of a live post..... then some time later suddenly it appeared.  Very strange!  I made this card with several challenges in mind.

For this card I used the lovely MB 'Blooming Poppy' die and a butterfly comes as part of the die.  I first used the die in white and then in pale green.  I snipped the green butterfly off the die cut and attached it over the white butterfly.  The scalloped edge is one of the MB 'Stitched Country Border' dies.  I added a pale yellow Nuvo Crystal Drop in each of the scallops.

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Anniversary

Welcome to my new followers, Bunny Hoyle of Bunny's Cards,  Val Wallis of Aquarius Blog  and Jeanne H.  Jeanne - I can't seem to find the link to your blog.  Can you leave me a comment please, so I can add a link in my next post. 

Today's card is an anniversary card for friends who are celebrating their 43rd wedding anniversary this year. 
I used a SB 'Happy Days' die for the step card shape.  The red card is embossed with a Creative Expressions 'Love Hearts' folder.  The flower is made from the Sue Wilson 'String Flowers' set if dies, using three different dies.  I didn't have any suitable leaf dies, so I used a MB 'Tree of Wonder' die cut and snipped off the two branches.  The hearts are part of the Sue Wilson 'Mr & Mrs' set of dies.  A computer generated sentiment, attached with foam pads, finished off my card.  As all the red and white card, except for the base card, were snippets, I'll be off to play in The Playground when the gates open again in the morning.

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