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Best Wishes by Regan D’Agostino Card is 3 ¾” across Cardstock, patterned paper, ribbon, stamps (polka dots, “Mother”), ink: Papertrey Ink; Flower: Prima; Floss: DMC; Button: SEI; Die cut machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft; Blossom dies: Nestabilities by Spellbinders; Embossing folder: Swiss Dots by Provo Craft Emboss polka dots on a white cardstock card, then die cut the card into a flower shape. Add a ribbon bow to the top of the card. Die cut a smaller flower from floral paper and adhere it to the center of the card using foam adhesive. Stamp polka dots on a paper flower, stitch a button to the center, and adhere it on the left side of the card. Stamp a sentiment on a blue cardstock strip, notch the edges, and create a banner on the right side of the card base.

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Welcome! Flowers continue to bloom in our gardens and on many cards we have featured; floral beauties in chipboard, paper, fabric, button and die-cut adorn our cards (50). Why not take our Style Challenge – classic black, clean white, a flash of pink combined with Damask and you’ll have a sure fire hit? If you adore the art of stamping (44) and the fashion to fill your missing bits with 3D items like flowers and ribbons (22), then you will find a page after page of projects just for you!

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Already bought a Gift Card for somebody special this year? Try one of the beautiful ideas of how to make the present extra special, it’s all in the presentation. Before these new fandangled die-cutting gadgets, we all owned pairs of scissors with fancy edges. Now, grab those decorative scissors from your drawer, blow off the dust and try some new ways to use these fabulous tools (137). 118

Here’s to fresh and fun cardmaking!

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WE LOVE top trends // flowers // Paper

It seems the paper flower trend is in full bloom, this month we look at paper roses! Have a look at some of our blog finds, and be inspired to create, decorate and adorn your projects with your own paper roses.

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1 Stephanie uses bold patterned papers and shimmer paints to really make her roses bloom. Check out her tutorial which shows you how to make similar paper roses. www.homegrownhospitality.typepad.com.

2 Teresa Collins has created a beautiful lampshade adorned with over a 100 paper flowers. A stunning effect if you have the patience! www.teresacollins.typepad.com.

3 At the recent Stamp With Us Weekend Retreat, this rose was used as part of a Make and Take. Gorgeous brayered and inked Stampin’ Up! papers give this rose a majestic look. www.stampwithus.blogspot.com

4 Try your hands at these fuller roses made from newspaper.

Go green and have fun with your children

creating these fabulous painted roses at www.zakkalife.blogspot.com

Have you been making pleated paper flowers or lollies? What did you do with them? Email us your creations letters@redlinepublications.co.uk 10


Get yourself organised! Need to organise your crafting space? ScrapCessories has launched a brand new modular system which consists of boxes and inserts. This unique clear plastic Caddy Case is designed to hold your most popular accessories. See www.scrapcessories.com for more information.

Flower Soft

goes Ultra-fine

Available in eight exciting colours, this series is much finer than the original Flower Soft. The Ultra Fine range gives crafters the ability to work on fine detailed designs, and allows them to be even more creative with this unique effect. See www. flower-soft.co.uk for more information.

Colour Burst of Fanciful Things Papercrafting from home just got more personal with this printable CD from Kirsty Wiseman.  This CD focuses on designer style papers to use for your cardmaking, scrapbooking and papercraft projects. Featured recently on Create and Craft shopping channel, this CD became an overnight success. For more information, go to www.kirstywiseman.com.

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WE LOVE

Luxurious basics Inspire Me Papers have announced a wonderful opportunity to buy the company's Essentials collection – all contained within a stylish box. In addition to the Deluxe Essentials Box Folded, Inspire Me have also launched a Writing paper and envelope Deluxe Stationery Box perfect for sending colourful letters, and ideal as a gift for both crafters and non-crafters alike. See www.inspiremepapers.co.uk for more information.

Just the Tonic Punches are proving they are here to stay at the moment and the new Pick ‘n’ Punch range from Tonic Studios shows that the ideas keep getting better. The range currently consists of five ‘Edger’ punches and seven ‘Accent’ punches, and because

Craftynotions Ltd introduced two new

each of the ‘Edgers’ can be used with any

ranges of embossing enamels and opaque

of the ‘Accents’, a total of 35 borders can be created from just 12 punches! See www.tonic-studios.co.uk for more information.

spray paints at the recent Craft, Hobby

and Stitch International show

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CHALLENGE elements to inspire your next creation

Sweet cream, petal pink, and bold black come together in this month’s Style Challenge. Add classic flourishes (look for them in rub ons, stamps and patterned papers) and you have a dreamy, Parisian-inspired vintage style that is chic and elegant. This dramatic combination lends itself to a wide variety of card designs – from baby to wedding, birthday to girls’ night out. See what our creative readers have come up with and then take the challenge to make your own.

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YOU ARE SO FABULOUS by Dawn McVey Card is 5 ½ x 4 ¼” Cardstock, ribbon, string, button, stamps (flourish, medallions, polka dots, sentiments), embossing powder: Papertrey Ink; Ink: Papertrey Ink, Tsukineko; Corner rounder: Corner Chomper by We R Memory Keepers

Stamp polka dots and a flourish on a pink cardstock block, round the right corners and adhere it to the centre of a white card base using foam adhesive. Heat emboss medallions on a black cardstock strip, knot ribbon in a bow around the strip, then attach the strip to the left side of the pink cardstock block. Add a threaded button to the ribbon knot. Stamp a sentiment on two white cardstock strips, then adhere them on the bottom right corner of the card with foam dots. 18


LIVE YOUR BLISS by Ashley Cannon Newell Card is 4 ¼ x 5 ½” Cardstock, ribbon, stamps (flourish, sentiment): Papertrey Ink; Chipboard frame: Tattered Angels; Jewels: Kaisercraft; Pearls, ink: Stampin’ Up!

Stamp a flourish on a pink card base using black ink; embellish the flourish with jewels. Adhere a black cardstock strip to the left side of the card. Knot ribbon in a bow around the bottom of the card, then add a pearl to the bow. Stamp “Live Your Bliss” on a black cardstock block, add a chipboard frame over the cardstock, and cut off the excess cardstock; adhere the framed sentiment to the black cardstock strip using foam adhesive. Set pearls above and below the frame on the black cardstock strip. 19


CELEBRATE by Sarah Martina Parker Card is 4 ¼ x 5 ½” Cardstock, ribbon, string, button, sentiment stamp: Papertrey Ink; Lace: Craft supply; Jeweled flourish: Prima; Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Zigzag stitch wide pink ribbon to the left side of a cream card base, then place lace vertically on the ribbon. Apply a large jeweled flourish to the front of the card. Stamp “Celebrate” in the centre of the card, amidst the jeweled flourish. Knot pink double-stitched ribbon vertically over the lace and add a threaded button to the bow.

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ALWAYS SMILE by Kandis Smith Card is 3 ¾ x 5 ½” Cardstock: Provo Craft, SEI; Patterned paper: Die Cuts with a View, Making Memories; Flowers, pearls, stamps (flourish, label, sentiment), ink: Hero Arts; Lace: Craft supply; Die cut bird: My Mind’s Eye; Photo corners: 3L; Pinking shears: Fiskars

Ink the edges of a pink card base. Add photo corners to the top corners of a grid paper block, place the grid paper block on the top of the card, and adhere a polka dot paper piece on the bottom. Stamp a flourish on the polka dot paper piece. Cut the top edge of a black cardstock strip using pinking shears, place lace and flowers on the bottom of the strip, and adhere the entire piece to the centre of the card. Stamp a sentiment and a label on kraft cardstock, cut out the label, then add the label to the top of the card and embellish it with a trio of pearls and a die cut bird.

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SWEETIE by Kandis Smith Card is 5 ½” square Cardstock: Provo Craft; Patterned paper: BasicGrey, BoBunny; Ribbon: SEI; Lace, string: Craft supply; Button: Dress It Up; Die cuts: BasicGrey (strawberry), Making Memories (frame), SEI (flourish); Stamps (script, sentiment): Hero Arts; Ink: Memories

Stamp a script background on a cream card base, then zigzag stitch a polka dot paper block to the top. Add a piece of lace to the polka dot paper. Knot ribbon around the top of the card and place a threaded button and die cut strawberry on the bow. Layer a die cut frame and a die cut flourish on the bottom of the card. Stamp “SWEETIE” on a cream paper strip, ink the edges, and adhere the sentiment to the die cut frame using foam adhesive.

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JUST FOR YOU by Alisha Gordon Card is 4 ½” square Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper, pearl brads, ribbon, chipboard butterfly, stamps (frame, sentiment), embossing powder: American Crafts; Ink: VersaMark; Circle punch: Fiskars

Mat a yellow floral paper block on an orange card base leaving a ½” border. Heat emboss a sentiment inside a frame in copper powder on white cardstock, punch into a circle and adhere the circle on the bottom left corner of the card using pop dots. Adhere a green striped ribbon bow, a printed chipboard butterfly, and two pearl brads around the stamped sentiment as shown.

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SPRINKLES & SMILES by Michelle Philippi Card is 5 ½ x 4 ¼” Cardstock, buttons, sentiment stamp, ink: Papertrey Ink; Lace: A Million Memories; Chipboard cupcake: BasicGrey; String: Craft supply

Layer various colours of lace on a pink cardstock block, stamp a sentiment on the top edge, and arrange a row of buttons below the sentiment; adhere the entire piece to a pink card base using foam adhesive. Angle a chipboard cupcake on the left side of the card and add a threaded button to the top of the cupcake.

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FRIEND TO FRIEND by Brenda Weaver Card is 4 ¼ x 5 ½” Cardstock, stamps (flourish, sentiment), ink, border punch: Stampin’ Up!; Ribbon: My Mind’s Eye; Jewels: A.C. Moore; Paper frills: Making Memories

Arrange paper frills and various patterned paper strips on the right side of a pink card base. Add jewels to one of the paper frills. Stamp a sentiment on the bottom edge of the card. Cut a tag from cream cardstock, ink the edges, and stamp a flourish on the tag. Embellish the tag with jewels and a ribbon bow, then adhere the tag to the right side of the card, over the paper strips and paper frills.

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PERFECT PEAR by Laurel Seabrook Card is 4 ¼ x 5 ½” Cardstock: Papertrey Ink; Patterned paper: American Crafts, BoBunny; Stamps (pear, sentiment): Unity Stamp Company; Ink: Close To My Heart

Score three lines ¼” apart on the right side of a kraft cardstock block; stitch two lines on the bottom of the kraft cardstock and adhere the entire piece to a white card base. Stamp a sentiment on the right edge of a piece of pear paper. Zigzag stitch the top edge of a striped paper block above the pear paper. Notch the left edge of a strip of green paper, straight stitch across the top and bottom edges, and adhere it over the seam of the striped and pear papers. Stamp a pear on several blocks of paper, cut out the pieces, and arrange them together on the left side of the card using foam adhesive as shown.

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I’M HERE FOR YOU by Lisa Forsythe Card is 4 ¼ x 5 ¼” Cardstock, patterned paper, sentiment stamp, ink: Papertrey Ink; Decorative brad: Stampin’ Up!; Tissue paper: Craft supply; Border punch: Fiskars; Die cut machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft; Dies: Spellbinders (flowers), Stampin’ Up! (leaves)

Create a card base from white cardstock and punch the bottom edge using a border punch. Die cut leaves from green paper, then adhere them to the bottom of the card. Make a flower by die cutting petals from tissue paper, adding a decorative brad to the centre, and layering the petals on the die cut leaves. Bend up the petals for interest. Stamp a sentiment on the card, around the flower.

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BIRTHDAY WISHES by Daniela Dobson Card is 5� square Cardstock, patterned paper, stamps (medallion, sentiment): Papertrey Ink; Flowers: Cosmo Cricket (chipboard, used as template), Creative CafÊ (felt), Making Memories (paper); Floss: Karen Foster Design; Ink: Ranger; Border punch: Fiskars

Trace a chipboard flower in the centre of a polka dot paper block, cut out the traced flower to create a window, and repeat the process with a yellow cardstock block; layer the pieces together on a white card base. Punch two strips of red polka dot paper using a border punch, adhere them to the top and bottom edges of the blue polka dot paper, and stitch around the edges of the blue polka dot paper. Distress the edges of the blue polka dot paper. Stamp a sentiment on a yellow cardstock strip, then notch the right end. Add a felt and paper flower to the centre of the card, stamp a medallion in the middle of the paper flower, and tuck the sentiment under the right edge of the flowers. 29


HOPE YOUR DAY IS FABULOUS by Dawn McVey Card is 4 ¼ x 5 ½” Cardstock, patterned paper, ribbon, stamps (border, damask, sentiment), ink: Papertrey Ink; Scalloped circle punches: Marvy Uchida, Stampin’ Up!

Stamp a sentiment on the top edge of a kraft card base and a border in white on the bottom. Knot ribbon in a bow above the stamped border. Stamp a damask background several times on pieces of bookprint paper. Punch several small and large scalloped circles from the stamped bookprint paper. Layer all the small scalloped circles together, fasten with a brad, and curl up the edges. Repeat with the large circles. Adhere the now-formed flowers to the card front. Cut two leaves from grid paper, crinkle and distress them, then tuck the leaves under the flowers.

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY by Lisa Johnson Card is 4 ¼ x 5 ½” Cardstock, ribbon, stamps (flower squares, words), ink: Papertrey Ink; Jewels: Zva Creative; Decorative trimmer: Marvy Uchida

Cut the left and right edges of a yellow cardstock block using a decorative trimmer, knot ribbon in a bow around the bottom, and adhere the entire piece to a red card base. Stamp four flower squares with “happy” stamped between them on a white cardstock piece, then embellish the flowers with jewels; layer the stamped cardstock over the yellow cardstock strip. Stamp “anniversary” on a small white cardstock piece and tuck it behind the right edge of the orange cardstock strip.

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cards for girls bff’s // girly // oh, the shoes!

BIRTHDAY GIRL by Kandis Smith Card is 4 ¾” square Cardstock: Core’dinations, Provo Craft; Patterned paper: K & Company, me & my BIG ideas; Ribbon: Martha Stewart Crafts; Buttons: Dress It Up; Pearls: Hero Arts; Dimensional flower sticker: BasicGrey; Stamps (flourish, sentiment): Hero Arts; Ink: Ranger

Cover a white card base with blue paper and stitch a polka dot paper block to the centre of the card. Add a flourish paper strip to the centre, then stamp a flourish on the right side. Knot two pieces of ribbon around the flourish paper strip and add a button to each of the bows. Stamp a sentiment on a kraft cardstock strip and tuck it behind the flourish paper piece. Apply a dimensional flower sticker on the right side of the card, then add pearls to some of the flowers.

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EVERYTHING by Alisha Gordon Card is 4 x 6" Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper, dimensional stickers: BasicGrey

Mat yellow floral paper on white cardstock then adhere the piece to a red polka dot card base at a slight angle. Add a sentiment sticker to the bottom then place three dimensional flower stickers on the top right corner.

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MAKE A WISH! by Mary Jo Johnston Card is 6 ½ x 4 ¼” Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Brads, ribbon: American Crafts; Stickers (candles, sentiment): Creative Imaginations; Digital patterned paper: Miss Mint (Birthday Boogie), peppermintcreative.com

Print digital polka dot paper on cardstock, then cover a white card base with the polka dot paper. Attach a strip of white cardstock to a digital striped paper piece using brads and adhere the entire piece to the card. Place four candle stickers between the brads. Knot ribbon around the card, below the striped paper strip. To finish, adhere a sentiment sticker to the left side of the card using foam adhesive.

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GIRLY, YOU ROCK! by Ashley Cannon Newell Card is 3 ¾ x 5 ½” Cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Stampin' Up!; Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye; Ribbon, stamps (polka dots, sentiment, stripes), ink: Papertrey Ink; Jewels: Kaisercraft; Pen: Uni-Ball Signo; Punches: Creative Memories (circle), Marvy Uchida (flowers)

Create a card base from green cardstock. Stamp polka dots on a cream cardstock block, stamp a sentiment on top, then adhere the cardstock on the card base. Doodle dots around the polka dot paper block using a white pen. Ink the edges of a cream cardstock strip, stamp stripes on the strip, and adhere punched pink cardstock circles to the bottom to make a scalloped edge; adhere the entire piece to the card front. Add a strip of yellow paper to the bottom of the striped cream cardstock strip. Tie ribbon around the middle of the card. Punch a large and a small flower from cream cardstock, distress them, doodle polka dots using a white pen on the larger flower and place jewels on both of the flower centres. Add the flowers to the card base using foam adhesive. 38


FRIEND TO FRIEND by Laurel Seabrook Card is 5� square Cardstock, ink: Close To My Heart; Patterned paper: October Afternoon; Ribbon: Papertrey Ink; Jewels: Hero Arts; Stamps (flourish frame, owl, sentiment): Unity Stamp Company

Stitch a polka dot paper block to the right side of a gray card base and a sheet music paper piece to the left side. Knot ribbon around the papers’ seam. Stamp a flourish frame and a sentiment on pink cardstock, cut out the frame, and place it on the top edge of the card. Stamp an owl on white cardstock and cut it out; apply jewels to the owl and adhere the owl to the right side of the sentiment frame using foam adhesive.

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ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS by Deanna Woodland Card is 4 ¼ x 5 ½” Cardstock, patterned paper, ribbon, sentiment stamp, ink: Papertrey Ink; Jewels: Kaisercraft; Pen: Ranger; Die cut machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft; Dies: QuicKutz (dress), Nestabilities by Spellbinders (label)

Doodle a border around a brown card base using a white pen and embellish the border with jewels. Die cut a label from white cardstock and knot ribbon around the centre. Pleat a polka dot paper strip and tuck it beneath the ribbon. Stamp a sentiment on the bottom of the tag and adhere the entire piece to the card base. Die cut a dress from polka dot paper, add jewels to the dress, then attach it to the label using foam adhesive.

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CALL ME! by Lea Lawson Card is 5” square Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye; Ribbon: Michaels; Jewels: Doodlebug Design, Kaisercraft, Westrim Crafts; Letter stickers: Making Memories; Ink: Clearsnap; Border punch: Stampin’ Up!; Corner rounder: EK Success; Die cut machine: Cricut Expression by Provo Craft (Accent Essentials, From My Kitchen cartridges)

Ink the edges of a cream card base pink. Round the corners of a flourish paper piece, ink the edges pink, then add it to the centre of the card. Die cut a scalloped circle from black cardstock and a circle from polka dot paper. Ink the edge of the polka dot paper pink, and layer the circles together on the card base. Die cut a telephone from black cardstock and pink paper, arrange them together on the polka dot circle, and embellish the telephone with jewels. Knot ribbon around the middle of the card, then add a button and a jewel to the bow. Round the corners of a striped paper piece, ink the edges pink, apply letter stickers on top to create a sentiment, and embellish the paper strip with a punched cardstock strip and jewels; adhere the strip to the left side of the card base.

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BFF by Regan D’Agostino Card is 5 ½ x 4 ¼” Cardstock: BoBunny, Papertrey Ink; Patterned paper: BoBunny, Jenni Bowlin Studio; Ribbon: Stampin’ Up!; Chipboard letters: American Crafts; Pearls: Kaisercraft; Polka dot stamp, ink: Papertrey Ink; Marker: Copic; Die cut machine: Slice by Making Memories (Just Chillin’ design card)

Mat a pink polka dot paper piece on an orange card base. Add an orange polka dot paper block to the card front. Mat a grid paper block on brown cardstock, knot wide orange striped ribbon around the entire piece, and adhere it to the left side of the card base. Colour chipboard letters using a brown marker and place them on the right side of the orange polka dot paper. Stamp polka dots on a kraft cardstock block and die cut a butterfly from the stamped cardstock. Apply pearls to the butterfly’s body, then glue the butterfly on the left side of the card. 42


SHOPPING SPREE by Michelle Philippi Card is 5 ½ x 4 ¼” Cardstock: Papertrey Ink; Patterned paper, die cuts (border, heart, purse, sentiment): My Mind’s Eye; Ribbon: A Million Memories; Floss: Royale; Beads: The Robin’s Nest; Bingo card: Jenni Bowlin Studio; Decorative scissors: Fiskars; Die cut machine: Big Shot by Sizzix (Top Note die made exclusively for Stampin’ Up!)

Add ribbon across the centre of a kraft card base. Die cut a note card from purse paper and adhere it to the card using foam adhesive. Layer a die cut bingo card, a die cut border trimmed with decorative scissors, a die cut sentiment, and a die cut heart topped with a bead on the right side of the note card. Knot floss around a die cut purse, attach beads on the purse above the floss, and place the purse on the left side of the card using foam adhesive.

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SENDING BIRTHDAY WISHES by Kelly Marie Alvarez Card is 4 ¼ x 5 ½” Cardstock: Neenah Paper; Buttons, ink: Papertrey Ink; Jewel: me & my BIG ideas; Stamps: Lawn Fawn Cards (dog), Papertrey Ink (balloon strings, sentiment); Pen: Ranger; Corner rounder: Fiskars

Round opposite corners of a kraft card base. Stamp a dog on the bottom left corner of the card. Embellish the dog collar with a white pen and a jewel. Stamp a sentiment on the bottom right corner. Stamp balloon strings on the top of the card, then attach buttons to the top of the strings.

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U R MY BFF by Jennifer Hansen Card is 4 ½ x 6� Cardstock: Doodlebug Design, craft supply; Patterned paper: Collage Press; Jewels: Glitz Design (single), Kaisercraft (arrows); Photo corner: 3L; Stickers: American Crafts (phone), Making Memories (letters)

Cover a white card base with pink glittered cardstock. Set a photo corner on the bottom right corner of a ledger paper block and attach it to the centre of the card. Apply letter stickers and jewels to a phone sticker, then place the sticker on the right side of the card. Add two jeweled arrows on the left side of the card base.

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GIRLY, YOU ROCK! by Winter Sims Card is 5 ½ x 4 ¼” Cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Georgia Pacific; Jewels: Studio 18; Stamps: Studio G (purse, “chat*im*text” sentiment, shoe), Papertrey Ink (polka dots, “you rock” sentiment); Ink: ColorBox, VersaMark

Stamp polka dots on a blue cardstock strip, shoes and purses on a pink cardstock strip, and “chat*im*text” on a white cardstock strip. Arrange the stamped paper strips on a white card base and embellish with a torn cardstock strip and stitching as shown. Stamp a sentiment on a white cardstock block, apply a trio of jewels to the left side as well as to dot the “i”, and place torn brown cardstock pieces on the top and bottom edges; adhere the entire piece to the right side of the card base.

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HI CUTE GIRL by Rebecca Bose Card is 5 ½ x 4 ¼” Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper, chipboard (bird, border, cloud, flowers, raindrops, speech bubble), sentiment stickers: Crate Paper; Ink: ColorBox

Ink the edges of a red paper block and mat it on a blue card base. Arrange a chipboard border, bird, flowers, cloud, raindrops and speech bubble on the card as shown. Apply sentiment stickers to the chipboard speech bubble.

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roses // daisies // chrysanthemums

THANK YOU by Sarah Martina Parker Card is 4 ¼ x 5 ¼” Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, Papertrey Ink; Patterned paper: Papertrey Ink, The Paper Studio; Button, ink: Papertrey Ink; Jewels: Hero Arts; Stamps: Inkadinkado (flourish), Papertrey Ink (sentiment); Punches: EK Success (flowers), Fiskars (borders)

Punch the bottom edge of a blue card base using a border punch. Stamp a flourish on a kraft cardstock strip, punch the bottom edge using a border punch, and zigzag stitch the top edge to the card base; embellish the stamped flourish with jewels. Punch several flowers from various pieces of cardstock and patterned paper, layer them together on the top left corner of the card, and add a button to the centre. Stamp a sentiment on the bottom edge of the card base.

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BIRTHDAY WISHES by Anabelle O’Malley Card is 4 ¼ x 5 ½” Cardstock: The Paper Company; Patterned paper, flowers, jeweled flourish: Prima; Chipboard frame: Maya Road; Sentiment stamp, ink: Papertrey Ink; Glitter spray: Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels; Paint: Delta

Cover a white card base with damask paper, add a floral paper strip to the bottom half of the card, and stitch around the card border. Paint the edges of the card white. Apply a jeweled flourish to the left side of the card. Spray a chipboard frame with glitter mist, then stitch around the frame. Add a floral paper piece behind the frame, stamp a sentiment in the middle, and adhere the frame to the right side of the card. Arrange flowers on the card as shown.

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SO SWEET OF YOU by Ashley Cannon Newell Card is 4 ½ x 5 ½” Cardstock, ribbon, string, stamps (leaves, polka dots, sentiment): Papertrey Ink; Patterned paper: Vintage; Felt: Heather Bailey; Buttons: GCD Studios; Ink: Papertrey Ink, Stampin' Up!; Flower punch: Marvy Uchida; Pinking shears: Craft supply

Stamp leaves and a polka dot background in green on a cream cardstock block. Punch three flowers from bookprint paper, stitch buttons to the centres, and place them over the stamped leaves using foam adhesive. Cut the bottom edge of a piece of green felt using pinking shears, then place it on the bottom of the cream cardstock piece. Knot red ribbon around the card between the stamped cardstock and felt. Mat the entire stamped/felt piece on the front of a black cardstock base.

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THANKS by Jennifer Hansen Card is 4 x 6 ¾” Patterned paper, die cut label, flower stickers: Making Memories; White flower: My Mind’s Eye; Pearl: Martha Stewart Crafts; Rub on sentiment: American Crafts

Make a card base using polka dot paper. Add a grid paper piece behind a die cut label and apply a rub on sentiment to the centre; adhere the entire piece to the left side of the card. Embellish the die cut paper piece using flower stickers, a paper flower, and a pearl.

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BIRTHDAY WISHES by Dawn McVey Card is 5 ½ x 4� Pre-made card base: Jillibean Soup; Patterned paper, decorative brad: BasicGrey; Ribbon, sentiment stamp, ink: Papertrey Ink; Pearls: Kaisercraft; Punches: Fiskars (border), Marvy Uchida (flower); Corner rounder: Corner Chomper by We R Memory Keepers

Zigzag stitch a blue paper piece to a kraft card base. Punch the left edge of a cream paper strip using a border punch, then place it on the left side of the card base. Round the right corners of a floral paper piece, knot ribbon around the left side, and adhere the entire piece to the top of the card using foam adhesive. Set a decorative brad through a flower punched from white cardstock, and attach the flower to the floral paper piece. Stamp a sentiment on the bottom right edge of the card. Set three pearls to the left of the sentiment.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY by Kandis Smith Card is 5 x 7 ½” Cardstock: Provo Craft; Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket, Making Memories, My Mind’s Eye; Paper flowers: Craft supply; Buttons: Dress It Up; Pearls, stamps (flourish, sentiment): Hero Arts; Die cut flowers: K & Company; Photo corners: 3L; Ink: Memories

Stitch a polka dot paper block to the front of a white card base. Add photo corners to the top corners of a green paper piece, then place it on the top of the card. Ink the edges of a pink paper block, stitch it to the bottom of the card, and stamp a flourish in the centre. Arrange paper and die cut flowers in the middle of the card and embellish the flowers with buttons and pearls as shown. Stamp a sentiment on a kraft cardstock strip, then place the strip on the green paper piece.

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JUST BECAUSE by Debbie Standard Card is 4 ½ x 5” Cardstock: Core’dinations; Patterned paper: Paper Trunk; Brads: Making Memories; Letter stickers: Jenni Bowlin Studio; Corner rounder: Craft supply

Round the corners of a geometric paper piece, then place it on a brown card base. Cut a curvy piece of patterned paper, stitch the left edge using embroidery floss, and adhere the paper to the left side of the card; cut off the excess. Cut flowers from patterned paper and set them on the card using brads. Apply “JUST BECAUSE” letter stickers to the bottom right edge of the card base.

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HELLO FRIEND by Lisa Forsythe Card is 4 x 5 ½” Cardstock, stamps (flourish, sentiment), ink: Papertrey Ink; Patterned paper: Webster’s Pages; Lace: Making Memories; Flower: Prima; Stick pins: Maya Road; Jewels: Kaisercraft; Border punch: Fiskars; Corner rounder: Corner Chomper by We R Memory Keepers; Die cut machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft (Swiss Dots embossing folder)

Punch the left edge of a damask paper piece using a border punch, then adhere it to a cream card base. Zigzag stitch a floral paper strip to the left side of the card. Emboss polka dots on a cream cardstock block, round the bottom right corner and stamp a flourish and a sentiment in the centre. Add lace to the left edge of the embossed cardstock block and attach the entire piece to the card using foam adhesive. Layer two leaf stickpins and a flower on the embossed cardstock, over the stamped flourish. Place three jewels on the card, below the bottom right edge of the embossed cardstock piece.

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HI by Deanna Woodland Card is 4 ¼” square Cardstock, floss, button: Papertrey Ink; Patterned paper, die cuts (“hi”, flower): Crate Paper

Mat a brown cardstock block on a white card base. Cut nine 1 ¼” squares from various patterned papers, then arrange them on the brown cardstock block in a 3 x 3 grid. Place a threaded button in the centre of a die cut flower, adhere a “Hi” die cut to the bottom of the flower, and attach the entire flower piece to the card base using foam adhesive.

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LOVE YOU by Valerie Mangan Card is 5 x 4 ½� Cardstock, floss: Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper: Jenni Bowlin Studio, vintage; Sentiment stickers: Making Memories; Flower punches: Martha Stewart Crafts; Border punch: Stampin' Up!

Stitch a floral paper strip to the bottom of a blue card base. Punch the bottom edge of the front flap using a border punch. Stitch around the border of the front flap of the card. Apply sentiment stickers to the bottom of a striped paper piece, stitch the striped paper piece to the right side of the card base, and add cross stitches to the sentiment using embroidery floss. Punch flowers from white cardstock and bookprint paper, then stitch them all across the card as shown.

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HI HEY by Laura Craigie Card is 4 ½ x 5 ¼” Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper: October Afternoon, Studio Calico; Decorative brad: BasicGrey; Die cut flowers: Sassafras; Rub on flower: Hambly Studios; Stickers: American Crafts (letters), October Afternoon (labels); Kit: Studio Calico

Create a card base from ledger paper. Zigzag stitch two polka dot paper strips to the top and bottom edges of a kraft cardstock block; adhere the entire piece to the card and place label stickers on opposite corners of the kraft cardstock block. Apply a flower rub on to the centre of the kraft cardstock piece, then layer die cut flowers and a decorative brad to the centre of the flower rub on. Add letter stickers to opposite corners of the kraft cardstock block.

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DEAR FRIEND by Roree Rumph Card is 5 ½� square Patterned paper: American Crafts, October Afternoon, Scenic Route Paper Co.; Ribbon: American Crafts; Floss: DMC; Chipboard sentiment: KI Memories; Buttons: BasicGrey; Die cuts (butterflies, flowers): EK Success

Cover a blue card base with polka dot paper and distress the edges. Add a lined paper block with a pre-scalloped edge to the centre of the card. Cut stems and leaves from green paper, adhere them on the right side of the card, and layer flower die on the stems. Zigzag stitch on the middle of the leaves. Stitch a button to the middle of the flowers. Adhere a chipboard sentiment to the card, above the flowers. To finish, attach two butterfly die cuts to the top left corner of the card and bend the wings up.

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FRIENDSHIP IS THE SWEETEST FLOWER by Maile Belles Card is 5� square Cardstock, buttons, stamps (polka dots, sentiment), ink: Papertrey Ink; String: Craft supply; Chipboard flower sticker: BasicGrey; Border punch: Stampin’ Up!; Corner rounder: EK Success

Adhere a polka dot paper strip to the right edge of a blue card base; round the right corners of the card. Punch the right side of a white cardstock strip using a border punch and place the strip on the left edge of the polka dot paper piece. Stamp polka dots on a blue cardstock block, adhere it to the card using foam adhesive, and wrap string around the right side of the stamped cardstock piece. Stitch a button on a chipboard flower sticker, then add the flower to the right side of the card. Stamp a sentiment on a white cardstock strip, tuck it behind the left side of the chipboard flower, and stitch buttons above and below the sentiment. 63


CONGRATS by Nancy Doren Card is 7 x 5” Cardstock: Hobby Lobby; Patterned paper, die cut label, letter stickers, page pebble: GCD Studios

Stitch a floral paper block to a yellow card base. Add “congrats” letter stickers to a die cut label, then attach the label to the right side of the card. Hand cut flowers from various patterned papers, stitch around the border of each flower, curl down the petals, and layer them together on the left side of the card using foam adhesive. Place a page pebble in the centre of the flowers.

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THANKS SO MUCH by Michelle Philippi Card is 5� square Cardstock, ribbon, buttons, ink: Papertrey Ink; Patterned paper: October Afternoon; Floss: Craft supply; Sentiment stamp: Verve Stamps; Border punch: Fiskars; Die cut machine: Big Shot by Sizzix (Shapeabilities by Spellbinders Nested Flower dies)

Punch the top and bottom edges of a striped paper strip using a decorative border punch and attach the strip to a yellow card base. Knot ribbon in a bow around the top of a floral paper block, then adhere the floral paper block to the centre of the card using foam adhesive. Die cut concentric flowers from various patterned papers, layer them together on the card, and add a button to the flower centre. Stamp a sentiment on a bookprint paper strip, ink the edges, and add a threaded button on the left edge of the strip; place the sentiment strip in the middle of the die cut flowers.

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gift cards saying thanks // one size fits all

FOR YOU by Belinda Chang Langner Card is 4� square Cardstock, ribbon, sentiment stamp, ink: Papertrey Ink; Patterned paper, chipboard rabbit: Cosmo Cricket; Pearls: Hero Arts; Punches: EK Success (circle), Marvy Uchida (scalloped circle); Corner rounder: EK Success; Paper piercer: Making Memories

Make a tri-fold card from kraft cardstock and round the bottom corners of the top flap. Pierce rows of holes on the left and right sides of a pink cardstock block, add it to the inside of the card, and adhere the left and right edges of the bottom flap to make a pocket. Attach an orange floral paper block to the front of the pocket. Stamp a sentiment on a cream cardstock strip, mat it on brown cardstock, and adhere the sentiment piece to the top of the pocket. Add a floral paper piece with rounded bottom corners to the top flap of the card. Punch a scalloped circle from kraft cardstock, add pearls to the edges, and attach the circle to the top flap. Knot ribbon around the card base. Punch a circle from pink cardstock, then add a chipboard rabbit to the centre; adhere the entire piece to the 66

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ENJOY by Linda Beeson Card is 6 x 5” Cardstock: Core’dinations; Patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye; String: Craft supply; Tag: Making Memories; Rub on sentiment: Luxe Designs

Mat a floral paper block on a brown card base; distress the edges. Add a photo of a cup of coffee to the centre of the card. Thread string through a sentiment tag and wrap the string around the card several times. On the inside of the card, add a polka dot paper block. Create a pocket on the inside of the card by adhering three sides of a brown cardstock strip to the bottom. Apply a sentiment rub on to the brown cardstock strip and tuck a gift card inside the pocket.

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THIS & THAT by Laurel Seabrook Notepad cover is 2 ¾ x 8 ½” Cardstock: Close To My Heart; Patterned paper, ribbon, stamps (border, caterpillar, flowers, journaling spot, sentiments), notebook: Papertrey Ink; Binder clip: Office supply; Pearl: Hero Arts; Ink: Close To My Heart, Papertrey Ink; Punches: Martha Stewart Crafts (butterfly), Marvy Uchida (circle), Stampin’ Up!

Create a custom notepad: Stamp a design at the bottom of each page of a blank notepad. Create a notepad cover: For the width of your cover, measure the width of your notepad, add the depth, and add 5/8” to that. For the length of the cover, add ½” to the length of the notepad. Cut it from kraft cardstock and score the cover twice down the middle, with the distance between the lines being just a tiny bit bigger than the depth of your notepad. Create the cover piece: Stamp a green box and three flowers on white cardstock and adhere it to the bottom of a block of pink grid paper just smaller than your cover. Stamp a green lined circle and a pink sentiment, punch out, mat on a green cardstock circle and a block of striped green paper and adhere above the flowers. Pleat green ribbon and glue across the seam; add a punched butterfly and a pearl. Place a clip at the top to hold loose lists in place on the inside.

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FOR YOU by Sarah de Guzman Card is 3 ½” square Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper: BasicGrey; Tulle: Craft supply; Letter stickers: October Afternoon; Scalloped circle punch: Marvy Uchida; Notebook punch: Bind-It-All by Zutter

Create a pocket from white cardstock by adhering the right and left edges together. Punch the top of the pocket using a binding tool, then knot tulle on the left side of the punch. Punch a scalloped circle from green cardstock, fold it in half, and add it to the bottom of the pocket. Place “FOR YOU” letter stickers on the scalloped circle. To finish, cut out a cupcake from patterned paper and adhere it to the centre of the pocket using foam adhesive.

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graduation future so bright // gotta wear shades // twenty-ten

CONGRATS TO YOU! by Kim Moreno Card is 3 ½ x 5 ¾” Cardstock: Core’dinations; Patterned paper: Dream Street Papers; Floss: DMC; Sentiment rub ons: Creative Impressions; Number stickers: American Crafts, Arctic Frog, BasicGrey, Collage Press, KI Memories, Pink Paislee; Tab punch: EK Success

Adhere a circles paper block to a black card base. Arrange number stickers on a grid paper piece, adhere the grid paper to the circle paper block, and apply a sentiment rub on to the bottom right corner. Punch a tab from green paper, apply a rub on sentiment to the tab, and place the tab on the left edge of the card base. Hand stitch around the edge of the grid paper, skipping over the sentiments.

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WAY TO GO 2010 by Michelle Philippi Card is 4 ¼ x 5 ½” Cardstock, button, sentiment stamp, ink: Papertrey Ink; Patterned paper: American Crafts; Chipboard: American Crafts (numbers), Heidi Swapp (star); Jewels: Heidi Swapp (lines), Zva Creative (arrow); Star punch: Fiskars; Corner rounder: Corner Chomper by We R Memory Keepers

Add a red geometric paper block to the centre of a kraft card base. Adhere a star paper strip to the left side of the card using foam adhesive. Arrange chipboard numbers on the bottom of the geometric paper block, then add jewel lines to the bottom right corner. Punch stars from patterned papers, stamp a sentiment on one star, and attach them to opposite corners of the card using foam adhesive. Embellish the star on the top right corner with a chipboard star and a button, then place a jeweled arrow next to it.

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CONGRATS GRAD! by Alisha Gordon Card is 4" across Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper: Pebbles; Stickers (books, letters, spiral notebook, star): American Crafts; Punches (border, circle): Fiskars; Circle cutter: Martha Stewart Crafts

Start with a green circle card base. Mat houndstooth paper on the front. Punch the bottom edge of a strip of pink cardstock using a border punch then adhere it across the card; trim the excess. Apply a spiral notebook sticker across the top edge of the pink cardstock. Punch a circle from yellow cardstock and adhere it on the left side. Set a stacked books sticker on the yellow cardstock circle using pop dots. Add three star stickers across the top using pop dots. Make a sentiment using letter stickers across the pink cardstock strip.

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CONGRATS GRAD by Julie Batta Card is 4 ¼ x 5 ½” Cardstock, script stamp: Papertrey Ink; Ribbon: Making Memories; Jewels: Kaisercraft; Sentiment rub on: Scrapworks; Ink: Ranger; Star punch: Fiskars; Corner rounder: EK Success; Die cut machine: Cricut by Provo Craft (Plantin Schoolbook, Stamping cartridges) Die cut machine: Sizzix; Embossing folder: Provo Craft

Emboss lines on a brown cardstock block, round the bottom corners, and adhere it to the bottom of a blue card base. Stamp a script background on a yellow cardstock piece, round the top corners, and adhere it to the top of the card; cover the seam with ribbon. Die cut a star from yellow cardstock, add jewels to the centre, then angle the star onto the right side of the card base. Die cut a sign from cream and brown cardstock, layer them together on the left side of the card, and apply a sentiment rub on in the centre. To finish, die cut “GRAD” from blue cardstock and place the letters on the brown striped cardstock strip.

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CONGRATS GRAD! by Charity Hassel Card is 7 ¼ x 4” Cardstock: Core’dinations; Patterned paper, journaling spot, rub ons, stickers (letters, school scene, stars): October Afternoon; Staples: Office supply

Cover a yellow card base with striped paper and add a polka dot paper block to the left side of the card. Apply a school scene sticker to the right side of the card base. Add letter stickers and star stickers to a journaling spot, then staple the journaling spot to the left side of the card base. Transfer an “A+” rub on to notebook paper, punch out into a circle and adhere above the sentiment.

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CONGRATS YOU DID IT! by Julie Cameron Card is 3 x 5 ½” Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, Papertrey Ink, Prism, office supply; Brads: Making Memories; Stamps (sentiment, stars, stripes): Papertrey Ink; Ink: Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!; Star punch, decorative scissors: Fiskars

Stamp stripes on a kraft cardstock block and mat it on a white card base. Stamp a sentiment on a yellow cardstock block, then set brads to the left of the sentiment. Trim a blue cardstock strip using decorative scissors, attach the strip to the top of the yellow cardstock block, and adhere the entire piece to the bottom of the card base. Stamp stars on white cardstock, punch them out, and add a brad to each star. Adhere the stars to the card base using foam adhesive.

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CONGRATS GRAD by Clouds Shadler Card is 3 ½” across Cardstock: American Crafts, Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket; Chipboard monogram: Making Memories; Stamps (cap, sentiment), ink: Stampin’ Up!; Pen: Pilot; Template: Coluzzle; Font: Rockwell, from dafont.com

Cut a white card base into a circle using a circle template. Cut a slightly smaller circle from pencil paper and adhere it to the centre of the card. Cover a chipboard monogram using bubble sheet paper, doodle around the border with a black pen, and attach it to the card base. Print “RAD” on a green cardstock strip and stamp a sentiment on a lined paper strip; arrange the sentiments on the right side of the card. Stamp a graduation cap on lined paper, cut it out, and add it to the top of the monogram.

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The Ultimate Card Class is teaming up with Cosmo Cricket and their whimsical Nutmeg collection. This line is hands-down adorable with squirrels, birds, bunnies, and other forest-y icons – plus, the patterns flip to reveal different colours of woodgrain on the back. We’re in love! Turn the page to see what our Ultimate Card Class designers have come up with for you. For more on this and Cosmo Cricket’s other lines, visit cosmocricket.com and cosmocricket.typepad.com.

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no. 1 Alisha Gordon Alisha loves shopping, especially at small, local boutiques. She's a paper hoarder, card maker, and life liver.

ARE WE THERE YET? Card is 5 ½ x 4 ¼” Patterned paper, chipboard (clouds, tree, van): Cosmo Cricket; Letter stickers: Making Memories

Trim striped paper to create a card base. Cut mint green woodgrain paper into a small square and adhere it to the left side of the card base. Place a chipboard van, clouds, and tree on the left side. Apply mini letter stickers to the right of the chipboard pieces to make a sentiment.

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LOVE Card is 6 x 4 ½� Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper, letter stickers, chipboard birds: Cosmo Cricket; Pearl brad: American Crafts

Trim brown woodgrain paper to create the card base. Mat white cardstock on the front. Handcut a heart from red woodgrain paper and attach it to the top of card. Place a chipboard bird on either side of the heart. Make a sentiment with letter stickers and add a heart sticker and pearl brad to the left of the sentiment.

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MY BEST FRIEND Card is 5” square Patterned paper, chipboard (bird, sentiment): Cosmo Cricket; Corner rounder: Fiskars

Trim patterned paper to create a 5” square base. Cut pink woodgrain paper to 4 ½” square and adhere it in the centre. Zigzag stitch around the left, top and right edges. Apply a chipboard sentiment along the bottom and add a chipboard bird to the centre with pop dots.

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CUTE Card is 4� square Patterned paper, border sticker, chipboard (buttons, sentiment): Cosmo Cricket; Buttons: BasicGrey

Start with a leaf paper card base. Trim teal woodgrain paper to 3� square and adhere it to the middle of the card. Add a border sticker around the edges of the teal woodgrain paper. Layer four chipboard buttons in the centre of the teal woodgrain paper. Glue buttons to the centre of chipboard buttons. Finish by adding a chipboard sentiment underneath the buttons.

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no. 2 Lindsey Hansen A hardcore fan of Urban Outfitters, Lindsey is a designer by day and a graphic design student by night.

UR SPECIAL Card is 4 x 5 ½� Patterned paper, journaling spot, border sticker, chipboard sentiment: Cosmo Cricket

Start with a teal woodgrain paper card base. Apply striped paper and a bunny border sticker to the bottom half of the card base. Set a journaling block on the left side. To finish, attach a chipboard sentiment with foam dots in the centre.

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MY BLESSINGS Card is 4 ¼ x 5 ½” Patterned paper, sentiment sticker, chipboard leaves: Cosmo Cricket

Trim mint woodgrain paper to create the card base. Cut various patterned papers to different widths and layer them on the base. Apply a sentiment sticker to the centre of card base with pop dots and add chipboard leaves around the sentiment to finish.

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I HEART YOU Card is 5 ½ x 4 ¼” Patterned paper, journaling block, chipboard bunny: Cosmo Cricket

Create a card base using pink woodgrain paper. Layer a block of green bunny paper and a sentiment strip at the bottom. Add a chipboard bunny to the left side of the card using foam squares

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HAPPY Card is 5 ½ x 3 ½” Patterned paper, chipboard (cloud, letters, tree): Cosmo Cricket; Distresser: Heidi Swapp

Trim geometric paper to create a card base. Trim red and brown woodgrain paper into strips, distress the edges, and apply to the bottom half of the card. Add a chipboard tree and cloud to the left side and spell out “happy” on the right side to finish.

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gift tags made with love // just for you

I LOVE YOU SO MUCH by Winter Sims Tag is 2 ½ x 5� Cardstock, button, stamps (polka dots, sentiment): Papertrey Ink; Ribbon: Offray; String: Craft supply; Fabric: Heather Bailey; Tulle: Hobby Lobby; Pearls: Recollections; Ink: ColorBox; Hole punch: Crop-A-Dile by We R Memory Keepers; Die cut machine: Big Shot by Sizzix (Flower Layers #3 die); Embossing folder: Swiss Dots by Provo Craft

Emboss polka dots on a blue cardstock block, cut out a tag, and punch a hole through the top of the tag; thread ribbon through the hole and tie into a bow. Die cut several flowers from fabric and tulle, then layer them together on the bottom left corner. Stitch a button on the flower centre. Stamp polka dots on a green cardstock piece, cut two leaves from the cardstock, and tuck them under the flower. Stamp a sentiment on a pink cardstock strip and set pearls on the right edge of the strip; ink the edges and adhere the strip to the top of the tag using foam adhesive. 92


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ENJOY! by Amber Scurlock Tag is 3 ¼ x 5” Patterned paper, decorative brad, jewels: GCD Studios; Ribbon: Martha Stewart Crafts; Letter stickers: American Crafts

Cut a photo mat in half and add a ribbon bow to the top left corner. Set “enjoy” letter stickers on the centre of the tag. Add “to” and “from” letter stickers below the sentiment and embellish the tag with jewels and a decorative brad as shown.

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TO: FROM: by Clouds Shadler Tag is 3 ¼ x 1 ¾” Cardstock: Stampin’ Up!; Floss: Craft supply; Jewels: Recollections; Stamps: American Crafts (“To:”, “From:”), Stampin’ Up! (flourishes); Ink: ColorBox, Stampin’ Up!; Hole punch: Crop-A-Dile by We R Memory Keepers

Stamp “To:” and “From:” on the left edge of a white cardstock strip. Punch a hole on the top left corner and knot floss in a bow through the hole. Stamp flourishes on the right side of the tag, then place jewels in the centre of the flourishes.

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CELEBRATE by Charlene Austin Tag is 3 ¼ x 5” Cardstock, twill, sentiment stamp, ink: Papertrey Ink; Jewel brads: Making Memories; Felt flowers: Stampin’ Up!; Fabric: Ikea

Cut fabric the same size as a cardstock tag; line the two up and stitch together, 1/8” in from the edge. Punch a hole at the top. Stamp a sentiment at the bottom and tie orange twill in a bow just above that. Layer pairs of small felt flowers and fasten them to the tag front with jewel brads. Thread blue twill through the hole and knot the ends. Set a jewel brad through both layers of twill at the top of the tag to hold it in place.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY by Roree Rumph Tag is 6 x 3 Ÿ� Patterned paper: BasicGrey; Ribbon: Michaels; Paper flowers: Prima; Floss: Bazzill Basics; Chipboard (flower, sentiment): KI Memories; Tag: Creative Imaginations; Fabric letter stickers: American Crafts; Paint, shimmer spray: Shimmerz; Circle cutter: Fiskars

Spray glitter on a white cardstock tag. Knot ribbon in a bow through the tag hole. Cut a circle from geometric paper, distress the edges, and attach it to the left side of the tag; cut off the excess. Spray glitter on two paper flowers, layer them together, and add a chipboard flower to the centre. Cut leaves and a stem from green paper and arrange them on the tag along with the flowers. Create a sentiment on the bottom of the tag using a chipboard sentiment and fabric chipboard letters, then stitch two lines below the sentiment using floss.

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THANK YOU by Monika Davis Tag is 2 ½ x 4 ¾” Cardstock, stamps (flourish, sentiment), butterfly die: Stampin’ Up!; Tag: Office supply; Ribbon, floss: Craft supply; Button: Papertrey Ink; Pearls: Michaels; Ink: Ranger; Die cut machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft; Flourish embossing folder: Provo Craft

Stamp a flourish on the centre of a tag and a sentiment on the bottom. Thread floss through a button, then layer the button and ribbon on the top of the tag. Emboss a flourish background on pink cardstock, die cut a butterfly from the embossed cardstock, and add pearls to the butterfly body; angle the butterfly on the bottom of the tag. To finish, place pearls around the stamped flourish.

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CELEBRATE by Maile Belles Tag is 2 x 3� Cardstock, ribbon, stamps (damask border, label, sentiment), ink: Papertrey Ink; Pearls: Kaisercraft; Tag punch: Creative Memories

Punch a tag from brown cardstock, then thread ribbon through the top of the tag. Stamp a damask border, a sentiment, and a label on cream cardstock, cut the label out, and adhere it to the right side of the tag using foam adhesive. Arrange pearls above and below the sentiment label.

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SENDING LOVE by Sherrie Siemens Tag is 2 ½ x 4 ¾” Tag, beads: Craft supply; Patterned paper: Webster’s Pages; Eyelet: We R Memory Keepers; Staple, memory capsule: Tim Holtz; Ribbon, trim: Prima; Stamps (flower, sentiment): Cornish Heritage Farms; Ink: Ranger; Markers: Copic; Circle dies: Nestabilities by Spellbinders

Cover a tag with cream paper, ink the edges, and add pom pom trim to the bottom. Set an eyelet through the top of the tag, then thread ribbon through the eyelet. Staple pom pom trim to the ribbon. Stamp a sentiment on cream paper, cut it out, and place it on a damask paper block; attach trim to the top of the damask paper block and place the entire piece on the right side of the tag. Die cut a circle from gingham paper and a slightly smaller circle from cream paper; stamp a flower on the cream circle, fill in with markers, and layer it along with the gingham circle on the left side of the tag. Fill a memory capsule with clear beads and place the capsule on the stamped flower.

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MAKE A WISH by Michelle Philippi Tag is 5 ½ x 4” Cardstock, ribbon, sentiment stamp, ink: Papertrey Ink; Patterned paper, chipboard sentiment square, die cut flower: Sassafras; Eyelet: We R Memory Keepers; Trim: A Million Memories, Papertrey Ink; Hole punch: Crop-A-Dile by We R Memory Keepers; Die cut machine: Big Shot by Sizzix (Nestabilities by Spellbinders Labels Eight dies)

Die cut a large bracket tag from polka dot paper and a small bracket tag from monster paper; layer the tags together using foam adhesive. Set an eyelet through the right edge of the polka dot tag and thread ribbon through the eyelet. Attach a piece of trim to the bottom of the monster tag. Stamp “Make a Wish” on a white cardstock strip, then tuck it behind the trim. Add a chipboard sentiment square to the centre of a die cut flower and place the die cut flower on the bottom left corner of the tag.

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LYNN GHAHARY l y nng h a h a r y . bl o gsp o t . c o m

Lynn's expert tips: If a certain design principal or embellishment worked on a scrapbook layout, it’ll work on a card. I often look to layouts I’ve created and love as a starting point for my cards. Take pictures of your finished cards – after you’ve given the card away, you can go back to take a peek and create another, similar card. In that same vein, it’s totally okay to create cards with similar design elements! By simply changing papers or embellishments you can make a card with a unique message and feel while maintaining the same basic setup. I believe the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” most certainly applies to card designing. 4

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Sometimes it’s all about the details. The easiest way to step up your card making is to pay attention to the little things, like tying on some floss, adding brads to buttons, sticking pins through the knot of a ribbon, or attaching gems or jewels to the centres of your flowers.

Hailing from Canada, this month’s featured designer is Lynn Ghahary. She is an avid card maker and a SAHM to two adorable boys. A little more about Lynn, in her own words: “My husband (and high school sweetheart) Salar and I have been married for nine years. We have two wild and crazy boys together, Darian (five) and Brandon (threeand-a-half), that keep me busy most of the day. I am lucky enough to be able to stay home, and if I’m not carting them to and from school, sports activities, birthday parties, or play dates, you can usually find me building Lego towers and fighting the forces of evil, while playing a little Nintendo DSi and Wii on the side. I was first introduced to the wonderful world of scrapbooking way back in 2000. Unfortunately I didn't have much time to scrapbook,

as I worked a very demanding full-time job – I dabbled and bought supplies more than I actually used them. I took a break completely when my first son was born and didn't really come back to scrapbooking until early 2008. Card making may seem like a natural extension, but it didn’t work that way for me. I’m not sure why, but creating cards overwhelmed me more than designing a layout (you’d think it would be exactly the opposite). Perhaps the petite size and the desire to say so much in such a small space is what threw me off, but I persevered and a distinct love for card making was born. Now I create cards just as often as – if not more than – I create scrapbook layouts. It’s a great way to use up all of those scraps and play with all of the pretty flowers and girly papers and embellishments that I hoard despite the fact that I only have boys.”


HELLO Card is 4 ¼ x 5 ½” Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper, stickers (butterfly, trail): Pebbles; Chipboard letters: BasicGrey; Punches: Marvy Uchida (circle), Stampin’ Up! (border)

Cover a kraft card base with zigzag paper. Punch a circle from blue geometric paper, attach it to the top of the card, and arrange “hello” chipboard letters on the left edge of the circle. Zigzag stitch a striped paper strip to the middle of a brown cardstock strip, then punch the left edge using a border punch; adhere the entire piece to the right edge of the card base. Add a butterfly sticker to the blue circle using foam adhesive and apply a butterfly trail sticker below the butterfly.

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MOM Card is 5” square Patterned paper, buttons, stickers (flower, journaling spot, letters): BasicGrey; Ribbon: American Crafts; Floss: Papertrey Ink; Border punch: Martha Stewart Crafts

Mat a floral paper block on a brown card base. Add a grid paper strip to the top of a striped paper piece, then attach the entire piece to the bottom of the card. Punch a border from cream cardstock, back the middle with orange paper, and place the border between the striped and grid paper blocks. Tie ribbon in a bow around the top edge of the grid paper strip, and attach a button to the knot. Apply “Mom” letter stickers to a journaling spot, embellish the journaling spot with a flower sticker topped with a button, and adhere the entire piece to the card.

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Designer: Lynn Ghahary


HEY THERE, CUPCAKE Card is 5� square Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper, die cuts (cupcake, journaling spot): Collage Press; Jewels: Zva Creative; Letter stickers: Collage Press (green), Making Memories (brown); Corner rounder: EK Success; Paper cutter with scalloped blade: Fiskars

Round the corners of a medallion paper block and mat it on a brown card base. Layer a striped paper strip and a polka dot paper piece on a pink paper block with scalloped edges made with a paper cutter, then adhere the entire piece to the middle of the card. Apply letter stickers and a jeweled flourish to a journaling spot die cut. Add the journaling spot to the centre of the card using foam adhesive. Attach jewels to a die cut cupcake and place it on the top of the journaling spot.

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LOVE Card is 4 ¼ x 5 ½” Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper, chipboard (heart, letters), journaling spot: Cosmo Cricket; Ribbon: Offray; Pearls: Zva Creative; Border punch: Stampin’ Up!; Corner rounder: EK Success

Add a woodgrain paper block to the top of a brown card base. Punch the bottom edge of a floral paper strip using a border punch, attach it to the top of a bird paper piece, and adhere the entire piece to the bottom of the card. Knot cream ribbon around the centre of the card. Embellish the right side of the ribbon with two pearls and the knot with a chipboard heart. Place “LOVE” chipboard letters on a journaling spot, attach the journaling spot to the right side of the card base, and apply a pearl flourish to the left side of the card.

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Designer: Lynn Ghahary


{U} ROCK Card is 5 ½ x 4 ¼” Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper, ribbon: Cosmo Cricket; Staples: Tim Holtz; Floss: DMC; Chipboard: Cosmo Cricket (rock star), Sassafras (letters); Circle punch: Marvy Uchida

Add green circle paper to the front of a kraft card base. Attach a grid paper piece to the right side of the card, then stitch crosses on the top corners of the grid paper piece. Staple a striped paper strip and cassette tape printed ribbon to the bottom of the card. Punch a circle from cassette tape paper, adhere it to the centre of the card using foam adhesive, and arrange chipboard letters and a chipboard rock star on the circle.

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doodling take a pen to it // looks sketchy

THANK YOU by Sarah Martina Parker Card is 5 ½ x 4 ¼” Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, Papertrey Ink; Ribbon: Michaels; Dimensional flower stickers: Jolee’s; Jewels: Recollections; Letter stamps: Clear and Simple Stamps; Ink: Papertrey Ink; Pen: Sakura; Corner rounder: Corner Chomper by We R Memory Keepers; Border punch: Fiskars

Round the corners of a brown card base. Draw a stitched border around the card using a white pen. Punch the top edge of a kraft cardstock strip using a border punch, attach it to the top of the card, and knot ribbon in a bow around the punched strip. Arrange dimensional flower stickers on the right side of the card and embellish them with jewels. To finish, stamp “thank you” on the bottom left corner.

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JUST DANDY by Charity Hassel Card is 4 ¾ x 6” Cardstock: Kraft; Patterned paper, brads (epoxy, pearl), chipboard flowers, die cuts (flourish, leaves): My Mind’s Eye; Felt flower: me & my BIG ideas; Pen: Martha Stewart Crafts

Add a polka dot paper block to the bottom of a white card base and a floral paper strip to the top. Cut a pocket front from kraft cardstock, draw dots with a black pen around the border, and adhere the pocket to the front of the card. Layer a die cut flourish and leaves, chipboard flowers, and a felt flower on the right side of the card. Set decorative brads through two of the flowers.

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YOU’RE SEW LOVELY by Kelly Marie Alvarez Card is 4 ¼ x 5 ½” Cardstock: Neenah Paper, Papertrey Ink; Stamps (dress form, sentiment): Lawn Fawn Cards; Ink: Papertrey Ink, VersaMark; Embossing powder: Whisper; Pen: Ranger; Corner rounder: Fiskars; Label template: Jenn Allyson (Elegant Card Project Cuts), twopeasinabucket.com; Die cut machine: Silhouette by QuicKutz

Round the bottom corners of a brown card base. Stamp a dress form on a kraft cardstock block, die cut a label from the cardstock, and adhere it to the card using foam adhesive. Doodle a border around the die cut using a white pen. Heat emboss a sentiment on the bottom of the card.

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HAPPY DAY by Pamela Young Card is 4 ¼ x 5 ½” Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper: Jillibean Soup; Lace: Webster’s Pages; Floss: DMC; Buttons: Rusty Pickle; Stamps (scene, sentiment): Unity Stamp Company; Ink: Stampin’ Up!, Tattered Angels; Embossing powder: Stampin’ Up!; Pen: Creative Memories

Add a striped paper piece to the top of a white card base and a grid paper block to the bottom; doodle around the border of the patterned paper pieces using a black pen. Stitch floss through lace, then layer severeal pieces of lace across the centre of the card. Spray pink ink on a white cardstock block, heat emboss a scene in the centre, and round the top corners with scissors; tuck the embossed cardstock behind the lace and stitch buttons on the bottom of the cardstock piece. Stamp “happy day” on a white cardstock strip, spray pink paint on the strip, and round the bottom corners; tuck the sentiment strip below the lace.

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JUST BECAUSE by Maile Belles Card is 3 ½ x 7� Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Floss: DMC; Button, stamps (flowers, leaves, sentiment): Papertrey Ink; Jewels: Kaisercraft; Ink: Papertrey Ink, VersaMark; Corner rounder: EK Success

Round the top right corner of a gray card base. Stamp leaves on the bottom of the card. Doodle a trail across the card, then stitch across the trail using floss. Stamp a sentiment below the stitched trail. Stamp several flowers on white cardstock in varying shades of pink, cut them out, and layer them together using foam squares over the stamped leaves. Stitch a button to the centre of the flower. Scatter jewels over the stamped leaves.

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decorative scissors a little edgdy // cut & paste // bringing back the 90's

IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY! by Carina Lindholm Card is 4 ¼ x 5 ½” Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, Doodlebug Design; Patterned paper: October Afternoon, Scenic Route Paper Co.; Button, string: Craft supply; Sentiment stamp: American Crafts; Ink: Clearsnap, StazOn; Border punch: Martha Stewart Crafts; Decorative scissors: Fiskars; Die cut machine: QuicKutz (Star cookie cutter dies)

Cover a kraft card base with striped paper and distress the edges. Ink the edges of a polka dot paper strip, stamp a sentiment on the left edge, and add a punched white cardstock strip to the bottom edge; adhere the entire piece to the centre of the card. Die cut stars from various pieces of cardstock. Trim the edges of the white cardstock star using decorative scissors, layer the stars together on the right side of the card, and add a threaded big button to the centre. 114


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HEY THERE by Courtney Baker Card is 4 ¼ x 5 ½” Cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!; Ribbon, buttons, sentiment stamp: Papertrey Ink: Ink: Stampin’ Up!; Decorative scissors: Kraft Edgers

Cut several strips of brown cardstock using a variety of decorative scissors, then cascade the strips down the front of a white card base. Tie ribbon around the bottom of the card and place four buttons on the top edge of the card base. Stamp a sentiment on a pink cardstock piece, then adhere the sentiment to the card using foam adhesive.

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A GOOD FRIEND… by Lisa Johnson Card is 5 ½ x 4 ¼” Cardstock, patterned paper, ribbon, string, buttons, stamps (couch, sentiment), ink, markers: Papertrey Ink; Circle punch: Marvy Uchida; Decorative scissors: Fiskars

Cut the right edge of a floral paper piece using decorative scissors, ink the edges, and attach it to the left half of a kraft card base. Add ribbon to the floral paper block, then stitch buttons down the centre of the ribbon. Stamp a chair on cream cardstock and floral paper; cut out the pillow from the floral paper, layer it on the cream cardstock chair, and fill the chair in with markers. Punch out the chair image into a circle, ink the edge, and adhere it to the right side of the card using foam adhesive. Stamp a sentiment around the stamped circle and stitch a heart button to the bottom right corner of the card.

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OWL LOVE YOU FOREVER. by Daniela Dobson Card is 4 ¼ x 5 ½” Cardstock: Papertrey Ink; Patterned paper: October Afternoon; Ribbon: Fancy Pants Designs; Buttons: Craft supply; Journaling spot: me & my BIG ideas; Stamps (heart, owl, sentiment): Hampton Arts; Ink: Clearsnap, Ranger; Paint: Plaid; Coloured pencils: Prismacolor; Pinking shears: Provo Craft

Cut the edges of a floral paper block using pinking shears, paint the edges cream, then adhere the paper to a white card base. Place a floral paper strip down the centre of the card. Layer a journaling spot and a die cut label on the bottom of the card base. Add buttons to the ends of the die cut label and a ribbon bow on the top of the journaling spot. Stamp a sentiment on the right side of the journaling spot. Stamp an owl and a heart on cream cardstock, fill in the owl with coloured pencils, cut them out, and adhere the owl and the heart on the journaling spot.

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HEY CHICA! by Sarah Martina Parker Card is 5 ½ x 4 ¼” Cardstock, ribbon: Papertrey Ink; Patterned paper: Sassafras; Flower: Martha Stewart Crafts; Chipboard letters: BasicGrey; Pearl: Recollections; Pen: Sakura; Pinking shears: The Paper Studio

Trim the bottom edge of a brown card base using pinking shears, then doodle along the decorative edge using a white pen. Cut the top and bottom edges of a floral paper strip using pinking shears, adhere it to the top of the card, and wrap ribbon in a bow around the floral paper strip; embellish the bow with a paper flower and a pearl. Create a sentiment in the centre of the card using chipboard letters and a white pen.

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SEIZE THE CAKE by Kandis Smith Card is 5 ¼ x 7 ½” Cardstock: Core’dinations; Patterned paper: Close To My Heart, K & Company, Making Memories; Ribbon: Michaels; Chipboard cupcake: BasicGrey; Buttons: Dress It Up, Making Memories; Photo corners: 3L; Stamps (flourish, sentiment), ink, glitter: Hero Arts; Decorative scissors: Fiskars

Add a floral paper block to the left side of a white card base then stamp a flourish in the centre. Cut a brown cardstock strip using decorative scissors, distress the edges, and zigzag stitch it to the left side of a blue patterned paper block. Zigzag stitch a houndstooth paper piece to the right side of the blue patterned paper block and add the entire piece to the right side of the card base. Notch the ends of a piece of ribbon and place it down the centre of the blue patterned paper block. Stitch buttons onto the ribbon as shown. Stamp a sentiment below the ribbon. Add photo corners to the left corners of an orange polka dot paper piece, add a chipboard cupcake to the centre, and embellish the cupcake with glitter; adhere the entire piece to the right side of the card base. 120


IT’S YOUR DAY by Dawn McVey Card is 4 ¼ x 5 ½” Cardstock, ribbon, stamps (border, sentiment, stars), ink: Papertrey Ink; Patterned paper: Papertrey Ink, vintage; Jewels: Kaisercraft; Punches: EK Success (star), Stampin’ Up! (border)

Stamp a medallion border twice in orange ink at the top of a bookprint paper block, then adhere it to a cream card base. Punch the bottom edge of a pink floral paper strip using a border punch, then adhere the strip to the top of the card. Knot ribbon in a bow around the top edge of the floral paper. Stamp stars on pink cardstock, punch them out, and adhere them on the right side of the card using foam adhesive. Embellish one of the stars with a jewel. To finish, stamp a sentiment on the bottom right corner of the card and place a jewel to the right of the sentiment.

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acrylic clean & clear // see-thru

WISH BIG by Ashley Cannon Newell Card is 4 ¼ x 5 ½” Cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Stampin' Up!; Patterned transparency: Hambly Studios; Felt: Heather Bailey; Buttons: Craft supply; Stamps (polka dots, sentiments): Papertrey Ink; Ink: Stampin' Up!; Die cut machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft (Nestabilities by Spellbinders Circle and Scalloped Circle dies)

Stamp a polka dot background on a kraft card base. Stamp a sentiment on a yellow cardstock strip, then adhere it to the card using foam adhesive. Place a pink cardstock piece above the sentiment strip. Die cut a scalloped circle from felt and a circle from a flourish transparency, layer them together, and attach a trio of buttons to the transparency; add the entire piece to the right side of the card. To finish, stamp a sentiment below the first sentiment. 122


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FELT BIRD by Tiffany Johnson Card is 5 ½ x 4 ¼” Cardstock: Jillibean Soup; Patterned paper, felt bird: BasicGrey; Transparency, ribbon, button: Papertrey Ink; Pearls: Kaisercraft; Pen: Ranger; Die cut machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft (Nestabilities by Spellbinders Circle and Scalloped Circle dies)

Create a card base from a transparency and attach a pink paper block to the back of the inside of the card. Die cut a circle out of a block of floral paper to create a window, add the floral paper to front of the card base, and knot ribbon around the top of the card. Place a button and a pearl on the ribbon bow. Adhere a die cut scalloped circle ring around the window of the floral paper and doodle around the border using a white pen. Add pearls on a felt bird sticker and set the sticker on the bottom of the card.

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IT’S SUMMER! by Gretchen McElveen Card is 5 ½ x 4 ¼” Cardstock: Die Cuts with a View; Brads, acrylic border: KI Memories; Stickers: KI Memories (sun), Making Memories (letters)

Mat an orange cardstock block on a yellow card base. Set an acrylic border on the card using brads. Layer a sun sticker on the acrylic border. Apply letter stickers above and below the acrylic border to create a sentiment.

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Celebrating our fabulous Dad’s • Wonderful wedding cards to create Designing with ribbons • Say it in style with Alphabet stickers Beautiful designs for new arrivals • Perfect cards for the teenagers in your life! Designs with punches, take our style challenge, life’s a beach and sensational stamping ideas! 130

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