Saturday, August 31, 2013

Taylored Expressions Thankful For You Tag

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Hello!  I am soooooo excited!!!  Why?  Because it is almost FALL!!!!  I just love fall.  I know I say it every year, but the colors, the cooler weather, and the pumpkins!  I ADORE pumpkin images, so today I decided to ink up this adorable cart and the pumpkins from the Taylored Expressions set A Bushel & A Peck.  

I stamped the cart with Memento Tuxedo Black, and then stamped it again and cut out the top part to use as a mask.  I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to align the pumpkins and then colored the image with Copics.  I cut it out with Circle Nestabilities, and then sponged around the image with Ranger Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I stamped the sentiment from A Bushel & a Peck onto a Banner Stacklets 1 Die.  The dp is some new Doodlebug Happy Harvest which I LOVE!  For the shape of the tag I used the Tag Stacklets 1 Dies. Here's a close up:


Well I'm off to help my hubby.  We have a ton of projects we want to get done over the 3 day weekend.  I hope we can squeeze it all in:)  Have a wonderful day!

Kerri
Recipe:
Stamp:  Taylored Expressions A Bushel & A Peck
Paper:  Brown, White cs, Doodlebug Happy Harvest dp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Ranger Antique Linen Distress Ink
Accessories:  Taylored Expressions Tag Stacklets 1 Dies, Banner Stacklets 1 Dies, Circle Nestabilities, Ribbon, Foam Squares, Twine

Friday, August 30, 2013

Your Next Stamp Fun Friday Challenge!

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Hello!  I can't believe it's the final Friday in August!  Hopefully you've had a chance to play along with the August Fun Friday Challenge for your chance to win a $10 YNS Gift Certificate:)  If not, hurry up and play!

I used the awesome sketch this month to create my card this week:



I used this fabulously hilarious new set called Cupcake Owl for my card today. You gotta admit that that boa makes you smile:)  I just love the sentiment too.  I stamped the sentiment onto a Fishtail/Banner Die and added the star using one of the Whimsy Star Layered Dies.  I also used one of the new border dies from Must Have Borders Die Set Two.  The dp is My Mind's Eye Six by Six Happier.

Make sure you check out the YNS Challenge Blog for more inspirational projects today, and don't forget to play along!  Have a wonderful 3 day weekend~woot woot!

Kerri
Recipe:
Stamps:  Your Next Stamp Cupcake Owl
Paper:  Kraft, White cs, My Mind's Eye Six by Six Happier
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, PTI Summer Sunrise
Accessories:  YNS Fishtail/Banner Die, YNS Whimsy Star Layered Die, YNS Must Have Borders Die Set Two, Circle Nestabilities, CB Seeing Spots EF, Button, Sewing Machine, Foam Squares, Stardust Stickles






Saturday, August 24, 2013

Your Next Stamp After Party Post!

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Hello!  Aren't the New YNS Stamps and Dies just fabulous?!  I absolutely loved this release (but I pretty much love them all:)  Today the YNS DT is sharing more inspirational projects made with items from this amazing release.

I used this ADORABLE new stamp set called Surprise.  I layered a frame over the image using the Insta Love Polaroid Die Set and added the balloons with the Balloon Trio Dies.  I also added a little border that comes with the new YNS Pocket Die Set , and the arrow is from the Awesome Arrows Die Set. The dp is My Mind's Eye My Girl.

Make sure you check out the Your Next Stamp Blog for a complete list of all the people who have after party posts to share with you today.  Don't forget to take advantage of the awesome birthday specials that Karen has in the store!  Only a few days left!!!


 Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

Kerri
Recipe:
Stamps:  Your Next Stamp Surprise
Paper:  Kraft, White, Pink, Yellow cs, My Mind's Eye My Girl dp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Accessories:  YNS Insta Love Polaroid Die Set, Balloon Trio Dies, YNS Pocket Die Set, Awesome Arrows Die Set, Baker's Twine, Foam Squares, Sewing Machine


Friday, August 23, 2013

Taylored Expressions August Stamp of the Month

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Hello!  I have another project to share that I made using the Taylored Expressions August Stamp of the Month-S'more Fun!  I decided to make a sweet Miss You card using the trail image and the tent image.  I used MOJO307 for the layout, and was able to cut the flags with the TE Banner Stacklets 1 Dies.  The dp is Pebbles Seen & Noted.

You can sign up for the Stamp of the Month Club HERE!  I have LOVED every single set so far.  They are so cute and fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I'm so glad it's Friday!  My hubby and I are going to start painting our very white house this weekend.  I'm so excited to see some color on the walls:)  Have a fabulous weekend!

Kerri
Recipe:
Stamps:  Taylored Expressions August Stamp of the Month S'more Fun
Paper:  Kraft and White cs, Pebbles Seen & Noted dp
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa, Ranger Antique Linen Distress Ink, Pumpkin Pie, Bermuda Bay
Accessories:  Taylored Expressions Banner Stacklets 1 Dies, Circle Nestabilities, Sewing Machine, Foam Squares


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Your Next Stamp August New Release Blog Hop!

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Hello and welcome to the Your Next Stamp August New Release Blog Hop!!!  August is our birthday month and we are having a month long celebration with store specials and a second release-Woohoo! 

If you’d like to hop along with us, the hop starts on Maureen's blog and I'm second on the hop:)  FOUR random winners will receive a $10 YNS gift certificate, but you must comment on all of the DT blogs for your chance to win!


Here's what I came up with for today's hop:


I used one of the adorable new Macy Designs images called Rocky!  So super CUTE!!!  I layered Rocky over a new die from the YNS Pocket Die Set, and stamped the library card image from the new clear set called Overdue.  I cut that out with the coordinating die from Just Clip It and added the heart from the same die set.  Finally, I stamped a sentiment from the clear set Happy Day Sentiments.  I made this for a sweet little girl who just turned one on August 16th.  I love that I was able to stamp the date with the Overdue stamp set:)

Karen is also offering some fabulous Hop Specials at the YNS Store! Any orders over $25.00 will receive a FREE YNS Birthday Stamp!!!  Plus, YNS is having a month long sale so make sure you take advantage of these special offers!


Now it’s time to hop on over to Peggy's amazing blog, but don’t forget to leave a comment before you go!  Thank you so much for stopping by and as always, happy hopping and shopping!

Kerri
Recipe:
Stamps:  Your Next Stamp Rocky, Overdue, and Happy Day Sentiments
Paper:  Kraft and Cream cs, Basic Grey Kneehighs dp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Memento Rich Cocoa, Melon Mambo
Accessories:  YNS Pocket Die Set, Just Clip It Die Set, Circle Nestabilities, Ribbon, Foam Squares, Stardust Stickles

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Taylored Expressions August Studio Challenge

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Hello!  It's time for the Baker's Dozen Studio Challenge. This is a monthly opportunity for the Taylored Expressions team to share what makes our stamping studios hum. Each month we have a fun, crafty question or theme so we can share our favorites, some tips and tricks, stamping advice and more!

The question for August is:

The Sky's the Limit! There are so many ways to create sky backgrounds for our cards and projects. Often times, our blog readers are left staring at a beautiful sky and asking "How'd she do that?"
Show us one of your favorite ways to create a pretty sky background and make sure we know how to re-create it!

I'm not much of an expert when it comes to sky backgrounds so I can't wait to read about all of the different techniques!  My favorite way to create a sky bg is to use the fabulous Taylored Expressions Cloud Border Die, a sponge dauber, and an ink pad.  Today I used SU Baja Breeze:



To start, I stamped these adorable snowmen from the TE set The Cool Crowd with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored them up with Copics.  I then stamped the image once again and quickly cut it out to use as a mask.


I placed the mask over my image and started sponging the border of the Cloud Border Die.


I moved the die down and sponged again


and again


and again, making sure to keep my mask in place.


This is what it looks like when I'm done, and here is the finished card:


I added the snowy hill using a Build a Scene Rolling Hills Die and the border was cut with the Open Scallop Border Die.  I also stamped the sentiment onto a Label Stacklets 3 Die.  The dp is My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland.

I hope you enjoy all of the sky background tutorials today!  Thank you so much for stopping by and have a terrific Tuesday!

Charmaine Ikach
Jen Shults
Joan Ervin
Kerri Michaud
Sankari Wegman
Shannon White
Shelly Mercado
Stephanie Kraft
Tammie Edgerton
Taylor VanBruggen
Wanda Guess


Kerri
Recipe:
Stamps:  Taylored Expressions The Cool Crowd
Paper:  Kraft, White cs, My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland dp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Baja Breeze
Accessories:  Taylored Expressions Cloud Border Die, Open Scallop Border Die, Build a Scene Rolling Hills Die, Label Stacklets 3 Die, Stardust Stickles, Foam Squares, Sponge Dauber



Saturday, August 17, 2013

Have a Great Day!

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Hello!  School starts here on Monday and I have to admit, I'm a little excited about having all 3 of my kiddos in school for the first time:)  I've been dreaming about the peace and quiet LOL!  My kids are a little nervous about starting school, especially my daughter who did online school at home last year.  We've moved to a new house in a new town, so she's had several changes which can be a little scary.  

I want to cheer them up a little bit on Monday, so I made a couple of happy cards using some fabulous stamps and dies from Taylored Expressions!  The darling bus and sentiment are from the new set Classroom Cuties  and I cut the bus out using the coordinating Back to School Dies.  The scene was created using the Build a Scene Sunshine, and Build a Scene Rolling Hills Dies, and the border was cut with the new Blackboard & Accessories Die.  I also used a Banner Stacklets 1 Die for the sentiment.  Here's a close up:

I hope they like them:)  The dp is Echo Park Paper Co. Paradise Beach.  

Well I gotta go get ready for company!  Thank you so much for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!

Kerri
Recipe:
Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Classroom Cuties
Paper:  Kraft, White, Yellow cs, Echo Park Paper Co. Paradise Beach
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Color Box Black Licorice, Ranger Antique Linen Distress Ink, PTI Summer Sunrise
Accessories:  TE Build a Scene Sunshine and Rolling Hills Dies, Back to School Dies, Banner Stacklets 1 Die, Blackboard & Accessories Die, Foam Squares

Friday, August 16, 2013

Your Next Stamp Fun Friday!

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Hello!  Have you guys had a chance to play along with this month's YNS Fun Friday Challenge?  You still have a couple more weeks to make a project using the inspiration picture, sketch, or both!  Today I have a fun little card using Peggy's awesome sketch:)



I used this adorable image and sentiment from the set I Ruff You!  I think I may give this to Carson for his first day of Kindergarten on Monday (I hope I don't bawl like a baby like I did when Avery started Kindergarten LOL!)  I colored the image up with Copics and stamped the sentiment onto a YNS Fishtail/Banner Die.  The dp is Echo Park Paper Co. A Boy's Life. 

Make sure you check out the YNS Challenge Blog to see more projects from the DT and to play along!  Thank you so much for stopping by and have a fabulous Friday!

Kerri
Recipe:
Stamps:  Your Next Stamp I Ruff You
Paper:  Kraft, White, Navy cs, Echo Park Paper Co. A Boy's Life dp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, PTI Aqua Mist for sponging
Accessories:  Circle Nestabilities, YNS Fishtail/Banner Die Set, Button, Twine, Sewing Machine, Foam Squares



Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Taylored Expressions August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

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Hello!  We have a special blog hop for you today at Taylored Expressions, to show inspirational projects using this month's Stamp of the Month and the August Key Ingredients Kit!  I absolutely LOOOOOOVE them both (and I'm not even a camper LOL)


For my project today I decided to make a fun little step card.  I knew I wanted to create a scene, so I also used several Build a Scene dies that were just released:)


I used the adorable camper image and the tree images from S'more Fun and cut them out with the coordinating Around the Campfire Dies.  I cut the mountain using the Build a Scene Mountian Tops and the hill in front was cut with the Build a Scene Rolling Hills.  I also used the Build a Scene Swirly Clouds and the Build a Scene Sunshine.  I just couldn't help myself!  These things are addicting!!!  I also added the sentiment and cut it out to look like a sign in the ground.  This card just makes me happy, and I know that it will make someone else happy too!


All of the paper and ribbon I used came from the August Key Ingredients Kit!  
Make sure you check out the rest of the DT's blogs for more fabulous projects today and thank you so much for stopping by!  I am ALMOST done unpacking boxes inside our new house, unfortunately the garage still looks like an episode of Hoarders LOL.  Oh well, at least we're making progress!  Have a great day!

Amy Crockett
Carole Burrage
Cassie Trask
Charmaine Ikach
Jami Sibley
Jen Shults
Joan Ervin
Kerri Michaud
Monika Davis
Sankari Wegman
Shannon White
Shelly Mercado
Stephanie Kraft
Tammie Edgerton
Taylor VanBruggen
Tracy Clemente

Kerri
Recipe:
Stamps:  Taylored Expressions August SOTM S'more Fun
Paper:  Taylored Expressions August Key Ingredients Kit
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Copics, Ranger Tea Dye Distress Ink, Aqua Mist, Summer Sunrise
Accessories:  Build a Scene Dies~Mountain Tops, Rolling Hills, Swirly Clouds, Sunshine, Around the Campfire Dies, Ribbon from KI Kit, Grass Border Punch, Sewing Machine, Foam Squares, TE Cloud Border Die for sponging cloud bg


Friday, August 9, 2013

Taylored Expressions August Spotlights: Hey, Sweet Tea!

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Hello!  So how much do you guys love this month's release at Taylored Expressions?!  Isn't everything just awesome!  I just had to use this new set called Hey, Sweet Tea for my project today.  I drink soooooo much sweet tea LOL!  It is my #1 drink of choice and we always have a pitcher full in the fridge:)  

I stamped the mug, ice, and straw image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and cut it out with the coordinating Mason Jar Glass & Lid Dies.  I then stamped the lemon, cut it out and layered it on top of the mug.  All of the images were colored with Copics.  The sentiment was stamped onto a Banner Stacklets 1 Die and I added a border with the Open Scallop Border Die.  The dp is Echo Park Paper Co. A Perfect Summer.  


Such an adorable set!!!  The rest of the Baker's Dozen has spotlights for you today as well, so make sure you check them out for more inspiration!  Have a fabulous Friday!

Carole Burrage
Charmaine Ikach
Jami Sibley
Jen Shults
Joan Ervin
Kerri Michaud
Sankari Wegman
Shannon White
Shelly Mercado
Stephanie Kraft
Tammie Edgerton
Taylor VanBruggen
Wanda Guess

Kerri
Recipe:
Stamps:  TE Hey, Sweet Tea
Paper:  Kraft and White cs, Echo Park Paper Co. A Perfect Summer dp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Ranger Antique Linen Distress Ink
Accessories:  TE Mason Jar Glass & Lid Dies, TE Open Scallop Border Die, TE Banner Stacklets 1 Die, Sewing Machine, Foam Squares, Stardust Stickles, Button, Twine, CB Seeing Spots EF, Oval Nestabilities

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Taylored Expressions August Release Day: Love Teaching!

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YAY!  Today is the day that all of the new release products are available at the Taylored Expressions Store!  We still have more fabulous goodies to introduce today and I have a card made with a new single stamp called Love Teaching!

I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I then cut it out with a circle nestability and layered it over some Doodlebug Design Fruit Stand dp.  I added the ribbon and some stitching and called it complete!  A very simple card, but I just love how it came out!


Make sure you check out the rest of the Baker's Dozen blogs for more inspiration today, and happy shopping!  I'll be back tomorrow with one final project:)

Carole Burrage
Charmaine Ikach
Heather Jensen
Jen Shults
Joan Ervin
Kerri Michaud
Sankari Wegman
Shannon White
Shelly Mercado
Stephanie Kraft
Tammie Edgerton
Taylor VanBruggen
Wanda Guess


Kerri
Recipe:
Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Love Teaching
Paper:  Kraft, Red, Black cs, Doodlebug Design Fruit Stand dp
Ink:  VersaMark, White Embossing Powder
Accessories:  Circle and Lacey Circle Nestabilities, Ribbon, Sewing Machine, Foam Squares

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Taylored Expressions August Sneak Peek: A Classy View and Chalkboard Elements!

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Please scroll down for the Your Next Stamp 4th Birthday Blog Hop!


Hello and welcome to day 3 of the Taylored Expressions August sneak peeks! Tomorrow is release day and all of the new stamps and dies will be available~Woohoo!

I have two projects for you today, and first up I am sharing a card I made with the new set A Classy View.  This is an adorable new set that coordinates with the previously released Arched Window Die and the Picture Window Die.  


I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored it with Copics. I used some fun My Mind's Eye Collectable Notable dp and cut one of the layers using a Banner Stacklets 2 Die.  I used another Banner Stacklets 2 Die for the sentiment.  The border was cut with the Notepaper Border Die. Such a fun image for those fabulous teachers out there!



Next up I have a card made with an awesome new set called Chalkboard Elements! Chalkboards are so trendy right now, and this set is full of so many sentiments and shapes that you can mix and match!  Taylor is also releasing a fabulous new die set called Blackboard & Accessories Dies~Love!!!


For my card I stamped both sentiments and the swirly image with VersaMark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I was so proud because it came out so perfect on my first attempt LOL!  I cut it out with the new Blackboard Die and added the banner using the Fly Your Flag 1 with Coordinating Die stamp set. The fishtail flag was cut with a Banner Stacklets 1 Die.  

The rest of the Baker's Dozen has more peeks for you today so check them out!  I'll be back tomorrow for release day!  Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful Wednesday:)

Carole Burrage
Charmaine Ikach
Heather Jensen
Jami Sibley
Jen Shults
Joan Ervin
Kerri Michaud
Nancy McKinney
Sankari Wegman
Shannon White
Shelly Mercado
Stephanie Kraft
Tammie Edgerton
Taylor VanBruggen
Wanda Guess


Kerri

Supplies Card #1
Stamps:  TE A Classy View
Paper:  Kraft, White, Aqua cs, My Mind's Eye Collectable Notable dp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Accessories:  Arched Window Die, Banner Stacklets 2 Dies, Notepaper Border Die, Ribbon, Foam Squares, CB Seeing Spots EF
Supplies Card #2
Stamps: Chalkboard Elements, Fly Your Flag 1 with coordinating die
Paper: Kraft, White cs, Pebbles Seen & Noted dp
Ink: VersaMark with White Embossing Powder, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry
Accessories: Fly Your Flag 1 Die, Blackborad & Accessories Die, Banner Stacklets 1 Die, Twine, Foam Squares, CB Seeing Spots EF

Your Next Stamp 4th Birthday Blog Hop + Introducing Penny Johnson!

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Happy 4th Birthday YNS!!!! 4 years ago we opened the virtual doors to the YNS Store and are so excited to have all of you celebrating with us!  

I am so proud to say that I have been with Your Next Stamp since the VERY beginning!  I was one of Karen's first DT members, and because she is such a wonderful and sweet person, and I find such joy when I use YNS images, I have stayed and will continue to stay for as long as she'll have me:)

We are so pleased to be celebrating this special day with an introduction to a fabulous new stamp line from Omnia designs - 'In Vogue' designed by Penny Johnson! 


Aren't they adorable!?  The hop starts on Susan's Blog and if you've been hopping along, you should have arrived from Wendy's Blog.  

You have until August 10th at 12 midnight (EST) to hop, and FOUR lucky winners will win one of the new release stamps!  You just have to leave comments on all of the blogs along the hop for your chance to win!


I used the adorable new Girl's Night Out for my card today:


I just adore these girls, and they are a blast to color!  I used some My Mind's Eye Collectable Remarkable dp and added the sentiment from the YNS set Awesome Journal Words.  The sentiment was stamped onto a banner cut with the YNS Fishtail/Banner Dies.  

Karen is also offering some AMAZING DEALS at the Your Next Stamp Store so make sure you check them out!


Now it's time to hop on over to Thanh's fabulous blog, but don't forget to leave a comment before you go!  Thank you so much for stopping by and happy hopping and shopping!

Kerri
Recipe:
Stamps:  YNS Girl's Night Out, Awesome Journal Words
Paper:  Kraft, White cs, My Mind's Eye Collectable Remarkable dp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Accessories:  YNS Fishtail/Banner Dies, Button, Ribbon, Rectangle Nestabilities


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Taylored Expressions August Sneak Peek: Office Ephemera!

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Hello and welcome to day 2 of Taylored Expressions August sneak peeks!  All of the new goodies will be available on Thursday~YAY!  Today I have some fun little cards that I made using a fabulous new office set called Office Ephemera.

I made a set of 4x4 cards that I thought would be perfect to plan a surprise party for a co-worker:)  I stamped the darling polka dot pencil image as my background and then used a new die called the Manila Folder Die!  I stamped two of the sentiments from Office Ephemera and then added the check mark image.  I also added the clip from another new die set called From the Desk of-love these dies!!! 

These were so quick and easy to make and I think any co-worker would love them!  Make sure you check out what the rest of the Baker's Dozen came up with today and I'll be back with another peek tomorrow!  Have a terrific Tuesday:)


Kerri
Recipe;
Stamps: TE Office Ephemera
Paper:  Kraft, Vanilla, Black cs
Ink:  SU Sahara Sand, Real Red, Color Box Black Licorice
Accessories:  Manila Folder Die, From the Desk of Dies, Foam Squares

Monday, August 5, 2013

Taylored Expressions August Sneak Peek: Butterfly Parade and Zinnia Bouquet!

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Hello and welcome to Day 1 of sneak peeks from Taylored Expressions!  This month is filled with sooooo many goodies, because we didn't have a release last month!  You are just going to LOVE all the new stamps and dies and they will be available on Thursday, August 8th! 

For my first project today, I used a fun new butterfly set called Butterfly Parade!  I just love all the cool patterns in these images:

I stamped my butterflies with some fun, bright colors and then cut them out with the coordinating Butterfly in the Sky Dies.  There are two beautiful sentiments that come with this set, and I just adore the wavy, swirly font~gorgeous!  I kept this card very CAS, but this set has so much versatility!  Wait until you see what the rest of the DT came up with!


Next up I made a card using this GORGEOUS new Zinnia Bouquet!  Isn't it just perfect with that bucket?~LOVE!!!  The image was cut out with one of the new Label Stacklets 4 Dies which is such a cool shape!  I decided to use some gingham dp from My Mind's Eye Collectable Unforgettable and I also added the pretty border with the Lace Chain Border Die.  Here's a close up:

Make sure you check out more peeks from the rest of the DT and I'll be back tomorrow!  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day:)

Kerri
Recipe Card 1:
Stamps:  Butterfly Parade
Paper:  White, Aqua, Gray cs
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Bermuda Bay
Accessories:  Butterfly in the Sky Dies

Recipe Card 2:
Stamps: Zinnia Bouquet
Paper: Kraft, White cs, My Mind's Eye Collectable Unforgettable dp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Accessories: Label Stacklets 4 Dies, Lace Chain Border Die, Foam Squares, Sewing Machine


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