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Hi Everyone.

I have a card made from the fabulous challenge across at Inkspirational this week.  I mean... how could I NOT make a card for this challenge :-)

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I can't imagine a single one of us that doesn't relate to this photo?  The buttons, the scissors, the creative use of tools to make words... it's a perfect excuse to make a card to celebrate our crafty friends - and this wonderful hobby that we have :-)

I have to tell you, that I completely and utterly salute NBC for broadcasting - in prime time - a show that celebrates crafters of all types.  Making It is such a great show and I really hope they bring it back next season.  Kudos to Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman for being brave enough to celebrate a multi-billion dollar industry that we all hold so dear.

This hobby has allowed me to meet - mostly virtually - some amazing people.  Our differences in religion, politics, color, socio-economic status - and ever other label you can attach to a person - are completely dissolved by this hobby.   I have had an amazing journey over the last 9 years in my own little way.  I have never strived to be a high-performance demonstrator - or seller of product from any crafty company.  I have enjoyed sharing my story - and my crafting journey - and have enjoyed connecting with people who feel the same way.  

WOW... that was a long intro to my card! :-)   Heads up.... lots of photos ahead - excuse the dreadful pun!

Firstly, I began with another old Fun Stamper's Journey set.  I love this set.  I don't often get to use it, but I will never recycle it.  I just wish that it came with dies :-)

I began with the palette and the paint brushes.  I stamped them, colored them with Copic markers and then fussy cut around them.  I then added some glimmery shine to them to make them feel "wet".

Here's a closeup of the brushes and the palette:

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I mounted these using foam tape onto my focal layer.  This layer was a piece of Neenah Solar White card stock that I die-cut with my stitched rectangle die and mounted on fun foam to the base layer.  I wanted the base layer to echo the palette and found a piece of Altenew paper from a card kit.  It was perfect and I love how the circles echoed the feel of the palette.

Here's my card:

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Isn't that sentiment just perfect? :-)

I then decorated the inside.  I wanted the focus to be on the sentiment, but needed a way to tie the outside to the inside.  The paint brush stamp was the perfect way to do that.

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Of course, I had to decorate the front of the envelope:

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But.. I also wanted to go one step further, and find an excuse to use some other stamps - and decorated the back of the envelope, too.

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I had so much fun creating this card.  In fact, I have to be honest here... I had fun creating cards just for the sake of creating cards this past weekend.  I got to play along with some challenges and they were all so inspiring.

I'll be back tomorrow with another challenge card for you!  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe

  • Stamps:  Images - Fun Stampers Journey - retired.  Envelope sentiment:  Altenew
  • Inks:  Copic Markers
  • Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White #110
  • Patterned Paper - Altenew