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Pen Pal for Festive Friday #0162

Happy Friday.

It's another INSPO challenge at Festive Friday this week and we have a great INSPO list for you.  I was inspired to use some brand new goodies from Alexandra Renke that are part of the Pen Pal collection.   I just fell in love with this die set.  It filled me with nostalgia and I just had to have it.  Today's card is going off to my bestie but, with the power of the internet, she will see the card here on my blog before she gets in in hand!

Here's a sneak peek:

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And here is our INSPO list for this week:

It's hard to believe that we are so close to the 4th of July!  Being away for the first 4.5 months of this year has certainly made the year feel really short!

I die-cut the elements and then loosely painted them with watercolor paints.  I use 110# Neenah paper as it holds up to a light watercolor really well and, unlike the watercolor paper, doesn't have texture.  I really didn't want to compete with the texture on the die-cut images, so felt the Neenah was best.  I used a slimline layout for my card as I thought it suited the images really well.

I added some texture paste and a stars stencil - also from Alexandra Renke - for the background and added a few splatters.   I arranged the little girl on an angle as I really wanted to emphasize the idea that she was really working had to reach to slit for the post.    Oh, I so remember those days, when you would slip the letter into the old post box and then stand just long enough to hear it drop.  We would also read the label on the front of the box to see what time it would be picked up!  This image - and this card - really did fill me with some wonderful nostalgia!

Here's my card:


Red, blue, white, slimline card, splatters


I hope you will join us and play along with our INSPO challenge.  We would love to see what you create using this list.  As always, the design team have some fabulous inspiration for you:


I'll be back tomorrow with my Addicted to CAS card.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe:

  • Dies: Pen Pals - Alexandra Renke.  Frame - Pinkfresh Studio Slimline Essentials
  • Sentiment: Just for You - Alexandra Renke
  • Stencil: Stars - Alexandra Renke