CASE-ing the Catty - Hostess Sets and Memories & More

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Hi there

It's Sunday, so that means the CASE-ing the Catty Crew are back with more creative inspiration for you. This week we're looking at Hostess Sets and Memories & More Card Packs from both the Annual and Occasions Catalogues. 

You may have come from visiting Megan's blog, but if you are visiting me, you can start your journey here and continue by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post. 

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I've taken my inspiration from this pretty sample on page 56 of the Annual Catalogue using the Petal Garden Memories & More Card Pack and the Petal Garden DSP Stack. I think it is a gift box, but I've created a card using the same layout.

Stampin' Up! Petal Garden Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I've changed up the colours a bit, but kept the square layout, using Old Olive for the basic card. I added some of the Sweet Sugarplum trellis design paper to a piece of Sweet Sugarplum card stock and layered on a banner using a coordinating design from the Petal Garden DSP stack and tucked half a Delicate White Doily underneath. I wrapped the Old Olive ribbon around the panel twice, crossing it over and finishing in a bow on the right.

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I selected the 3" x 4" card with the wreath design from the Petal Garden Memories & More Card Pack and stamped the greeting from the (sadly retiring) 'Butterfly Basics' stamp set. I popped the card into my Stamparatus stamping platform and placed a scrap piece of acetate over the top of the card. It allowed me to stamp the greeting and check the positioning in relation the wreath image. Before adhering the gold foil overlay, I trimmed down the wreath card slightly and rounded the corners so they didn't poke out and then popped it up over the banner.

There are coordinating floral die cuts in the card pack, but I chose to stamp the matching image from the 'Graceful Garden' stamp set. I used Stampin' Write Markers in Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry direct to the rubber to create the outline image in coordinating colours. Using the Stamparatus stamping platform it was easy to add some extra colour to the image where I needed it.  Stampin' Blends alcohol markers were used to colour the flower before fussing cutting and popping it up in the corner. I love the softer look that is achieved by using the markers on the outline image.

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For the inside I have a Sweet Sugarplum mat for my writing panel. I added some washi at the bottom in Old Olive and what I thought was Rich Razzleberry, but is actually Berry Burst. However I think it all blends in without a problem. In the top corner I've heat embossed part of the trellis in gold and then added another of the coloured and fussy cut flowers. 

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The asymmetric layout doesn't come naturally to me, but I quite like the end result. When I asked my husband what thought, the first thing he said was that it was crooked. I hope the lady who is going to receive it doesn't think that! I'm going to be using this as a 'get well' card, I think it would also be perfect for Mother's Day.  

If you love this look, you will need to order the Petal Garden DSP Stack and Memories & More Card Pack now, as both products are retiring.

Project Details
Stamps Graceful Garden, Butterfly Basics 
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Old Olive, Sweet Sugarplum, Petal Garden DSP Stack, Petal Garden Memories & More Card Pack, scrap Gold Glimmer
 Ink Sweet Sugarplum
Accessories Delicate White Doilies, Old Olive 1/8" Sheer Ribbon, Pearls Basic Jewels, Basic Packs 1 & 2 Washi
Tools     Stampin' Blends (Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette, Color Lifter) Dimensionals, Tombow glue

 

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Another Side to Sweet Soirée

Hi there

The Sweet Soirée Suite has to be one of my favourites from the Occasions Catalogue. I think it started when I was fortunate enough to get the stamp set for free from the box of goodies at the last Stampin' Up! OnStage event. It is one of the fun things about the event - all the new products used for the make and takes are divided up amongst the people at the table.

The bold floral papers with the silver accents really stand out in the Sweet Soirée Specialty Designer paper pack, but although not as obvious, is this pretty blue, yellow and olive spotted design. Blue, yellow and white is one of my favourite colour combos because it is fresh and bright and for those in the northern hemisphere, epitomises spring. I think it would also make a lovely Mother's Day card.

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I've layered some of the pretty spotted paper onto a Marina Mist mat and then added a strip of Marina Mist card stock across the centre that has been embossed with the 'Simple Stripes' embossing folder. Some of the beautiful silver metallic edge ribbon was wrapped around the whole panel and finished with a knot at the right end and then added to the Daffodil Delight card base.

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The focus of the embellishment is the silver embossed vellum flower spray, which I have coloured on the reverse with my Stampin' Blends alcohol markers (I thought I would give it a try), but you can use Stampin' Write markers as well. This die cut  and many more come from the Sweet Soirée Embellishment Kit. They are perfect to colour coordinate with other elements on your project. I adhered it to the stitched oval by placing a glue dot underneath the Clear Faceted Gem and in the centre of the yellow flower. The Stitched Oval was adhered to a Marina Mist scalloped oval and then onto a plain Silver Foil oval and popped up on the left side.

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For the inside of the card, I have a Marina Mist mat for my writing panel, which I have decorated on the right hand side for a change. I've used a small strip of the spotted paper and a band of the olive and silver foil paper (unfortunately, it is the opposite side to the spotted design). At the top is a small cluster of stamped and die cut flowers and some coordinating greenery.

My clean and layered card fits well with the The Card Concept Challenge this week - 'Spring has Sprung'. This is the inspiration photo they have provided.

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This scene certainly screams 'spring' with the bright yellow and white features and touches of blue and what looks like green to me in the striped carpet. 

Stampin' Up! Sweet  Soirée Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

  

Project Details
Stamps Cake Soirée
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Lemon Lime Twist, Sweet Soirée Specialty DSP
 Ink Versamark, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight
Accessories White Metallic-Edge ribbon, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Sweet Soirée Embellishment Kit, Clear Faceted Gems
Tools     Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Simple Stripes TIEF, Big Shot, Silver EP, Heat gun, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Stampin' Blends

 

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CASE-ing the Catty - Mother's Day

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Hi there

It's Sunday night and the CTC Crew have lots of inspiring Mother's Day projects for you this week. 

You may have come from looking at the lovely project on Julia's blog, but if you are visiting me, you can start your journey here and continue by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post.


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This week,  I have taken my inspiration from the gift bag shown on the right in the photo above, from page 42 of the Occasions Catalogue.  It uses the 'Special Reason' stamp set and coordinating 'Stylish Stems' Framelits dies and I've translated the layout to a soft and feminine card. I'm sad that these products are retiring at the end of May, but the bundle is still available to purchase, at the moment.

  Stampin' Up! Special Reason for Mother's Day - Judy May, Just Judy Designs for CASE-ing the Catty

I started with a Very Vanilla card base, using some of the new thick Very Vanilla card stock that will be available in the 2017-18 Annual Catalogue. A layer of the bokeh design from the 'Falling in Love' designer series paper forms the backdrop for the layers of embellishments.

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The'Petal Burst' embossing folder used on the banner works well with the floral elements and I have offset it to the right. The stamped and die cut flowers were layered over the banner with the greeting label sitting on top. The large flower was inked in Blushing Bride and a sponge dauber was used to add some extra colour around the centre, before stamping. The open flower was die cut from Blushing Bride Glimmer paper. 

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This closeup shows the detail in the stamped and die cut leaves and the pearl embellishment on the glimmer flower and greeting label. The greeting comes from the 'Circle of Spring' stamp set, which is also retiring. It has a great set of small-ish greetings that work well with circles and small label die cuts. The leaves were stamped in Crumb Cake and the open die cut leaf is in Soft Suede.

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For the inside, I printed (from my computer) a verse on the writing panel in Soft Suede colour first (you can find my chart for printing Stampin' Up! colours here) and then added the strip of Copper washi at the bottom. The small flower and leaves in the bottom corner  finish it off.

Project Detailsou
Stamps Special Reason, Circle of Spring
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla (thick), Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Soft Suede, Falling in Love DSP, Blushing Bride Glimmer paper
 Ink Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette
Accessories Pearls Basic Jewels, Affectionately Yours Washi set, 
Tools     Petal Burst TIEF, Stylish Stems Framelits, Big Shot, Banner Triple punch, Sponge daubers, Dimensionals, Computer & printer

The 'Special Reason' clear mount bundle is still available to purchase and you can find it in my Online Store.

Now it's time to click on the Next button below to hop over to see the lovely project Monique has for you today.  

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You can see the full list of the CTC Crew participating this week over at the CASE-ing the Catty blog.

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Mother's Day Blog Hop - Pretty in Pastels

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Today I bring you another Blog Hop with some of the lovely ladies in the Art With Heart Stampin’ Up! Team. Today our focus is on Mother's Day!

You may have come to my blog from the lovely Genna Gifford, but if not, you can join the hop here and continue to the remaining participants.

Mother's Day is coming soon and today I have a little gift set that would be lovely for Mum. I always use soft colours for Mother's Day and this year I have chosen Sahara Sand and Pink Pirouette with Blushing Bride for the accent and the lovely Something Borrowed designer paper. I have chosen to make a 13.5cm (5 1/4") square card for a change, which suits my layout better. 

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For the inside, I printed a verse on my computer in Early Espresso colour, to soften it a bit and then added the spray of flowers from Painted Petals. Whisper White goes through the printer without a problem and I put a custom sized piece such as this through the manual feeed tray.

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I have made a little set of 3" x 3" note cards in the cute Berry Basket in matching colours. In order to fit the envelopes in the basket with the cards, I increased the base size by scoring a further 1/8" on each side from the original score line. It doesn't affect the top rim of the basket, just marginally reducing the height. I lined the base and one half of the basket with the Something Borrowed DSP and embellished the other half with the doilies from the Artisan Embellishment kit, which are the perfect size.

The handle has been sandwiched between the two layers of top rim for a neat finish. I used Pink Pirouette on the inside rim and Something Borrowed DSP on the outside.  This makes the basket really sturdy. I used Tombow glue for the rim as I didn't want to see staples.

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 Here is a picture of the basket with the envelopes and note cards. You can make 8 of these note cards from a 12 x 12 sheet of card stock and you can purchase the envelopes from the Annual Catalogue - you get 40 in a pack. The basket would easily holds 12 envelopes and cards if you wanted. 

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I have used Sahara Sand for the base of the note cards and then stamped onto a 2 3/4" square of Whisper White.  I was running out of daylight, so I have kept the note cards really simple with images from the 'Painted Petals' stamp set. I added an accent of Soft Suede on the cards, but not really sure I like it.

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Finally, here is the set together.

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If you would like any further information, please contact me.  I would love to hear what you think, so please leave me a comment!

Project Details
Stamps Painted Petals, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card stock & Papers     Sahara Sand, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Something Borrowed DSP, Champagne Glimmer paper, 
 Ink Sahara Sand, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Soft Suede
Accessories Flowers and doilies from Artisan Embellishment kit, Pearls Basic Jewels, White Seaming Binding ribbon, Mini square envelopes
Tools     Berry Basket BigzL Die, Big Shot, Bitty Butterfly punch, Bird Builder punch, Bow Builder punch, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Glue dots, Tombow glue

Click on the heart below to hop over to see what the lovely Kate Morgan has to inspire you.

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If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

1. Ros Davidson
2. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
3. Rachel Woollard
4. Genna Gifford
5. Judy May
6. Kate Morgan
7. Nikki Sadler

 

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Fresh Tulips

Hi there

It has been a very busy week with events and work, so this is the first chance I have had to show you this card made with the new 'Blessed Easter' stamp set from the Occasions Catalogue.

I have chosen to use the lovely outline tulip image without the Easter greeting, opting instead for something a bit more flexible, but it could still be used for Easter as well as many other occasions.  This is a wood mount only stamp, so I have separated the greeting from the tulips which are mounted on the wood block and the sentiment I can use on as a clear mount stamp. I think it makes the stamp more flexible to have them separated.

I have coloured the tulips with Copics using a bright spring yellow and then paired it with Tempting Turquoise and a dash of silver. I think it is a really fresh combination. The greeting is from the 'A Round Array' stamp set from the Annual Catalogue.

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I have also decorated the inside, with the same DSP, some embossing a hint of silver.

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Project Details
Stamps Blessed Easter, A Round Array    
Card stock & Papers     Tempting Turquoise, Whisper WhiteBazzill Textured White, Silver Foil, Brights DSP Patterns, Blending Card
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Basic Gray, 
Accessories Silver Taffeta Ribbon, 
Tools     Needlepoint Border Embossing folder, Big Shot, 7/8" Scallop Circle punch, 1" Circle punch, 1 1//8" Circle punch (not SU), Dimensionals, Copics

Thanks for visiting today!


Another Flip Card

Hi there

As I mentioned in my previous post, I decided to try another 'flip' card, this time using the Labels Framelits to cut the shape.  I used this Youtube video to learn how to do it, and like most things, it is so easy when you know how.  Give this a try, as you definitely don't need to purchase specific dies to create flip cards. 

I've created another Mother's Day card, this time using the 'Twitterpated' DSP and coordinating colours.  The 'Wonderful Mother' stamp brush from MDS was put to use again. This time I increased the size of the sentiments and printed them in Island Indigo and punched them out with the wide oval punch. Here is the card closed.

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Here is the card open, showing the centre label.

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Finally, this one shows the inside of the card.

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Project Details
Stamps Wonderful Mother (Digital), Stippled Blossoms
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Twitterpated DSP
 Ink Pretty in Pink, Riding Hood Red, Island Indigo
Accessories Baja Breeze Taffeta ribbon, Basic Pearls
Tools     Labels Framelits, Ovals Originals Die (retired), Swiss Dots embossing folder,  Designer Frames Embossing folder, Big Shot, Wide Oval punch,  Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Stampamajig, 

Thanks for looking. 


Mother's Day Flip Card

Hi there

Mother's Day is coming soon, but there is still time to make a special card for your Mum.  Today I have a 'Flip' card  for you (also called a 'Flip Flop' card), which adds some extra interest to this special occasion card.  

There are a number of templates around on the Internet and now cutting dies are also available. However, you can easily make this basic shaped card with your standard papercraft tools (trimmer or ruler and craft knife). I wanted a square card and a wider border on the left, so I used the basic principle to create a template for a 14cm x 14cm square card. I always test my measurements on some scrap card first and usually need to adjust it a bit before making the 'real' one.  I used my Stampin' Trimmer to make the cuts as I find it easier and more accurate than a craft knife. 

I have used the blue and yellow floral print from the 'Print Poetry' Designer Series Paper Stack and paired it with the Summer Starfruit pattern from the 'Birds of a Feather' DSP on a base of Marina Mist card stock. This is the card flat.

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This is how the card looks when it stands up and you can see that the centre panel is actually rectangular. 

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This photo shows the reverse side of the centre panel where you write your message. I didn't have the 'Wonderful Mother' stamp set, so I purchased and downloaded the 'Wonderful Mother' stamp brush for MDS in a couple of minutes and then printed it out and cut the panel to size. This is a great example of a hybrid project. You can use the MDS stamp brushes in other software such as Photoshop Elements if you just want do something quick and simple like this. It is also cheaper than buying the stamp set!

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There are some Youtube videos showing how to make the Flip card using framelits to cut a shaped centre panel.  I will give this a try next.

 

Project Details
Stamps Wonderful Mother, Delightful Dozen, Oh, Hello
Card stock & Papers     Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla, Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack, Birds of a Feather DSP, Subtles Pattern Stack
 Ink Midnight Muse, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi
Accessories 5/8" Vanilla Flower Trim, Marina Mist Taffeta ribbon (retired), Basic Pearls
Tools     Labels Framelits, Little Leaves Sizzlit, Big Shot, Itty Bitty Sahpes Punch Pack,  Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Copic B12 (to colour pearls)

Enjoy your weekend!


Dynamic Duos #45

 

Hi there

I couldn't go past the Dynamic Duos #45 combination this week as it features Pretty in Pink and Regal Rose and pink is one of my favourite colours. Having said that, it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be.

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I have made a very CAS card which could be for Mother's Day or as a 'just because' card for Mum. I've added touches of Crumb Cake for contrast and dressed it with pearls.

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Project Details
Stamps Delightful Dozen, Everything Eleanor
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Textured,  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Regal Rose, Subtles (Pretty in Pink) Pattern Stacks
 Ink Regal Rose
Accessories Basic Pearls
Tools     Apothecary Accents, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Tombow Glue

Thanks for looking.


Freshly Made #30

Hi there

In complete contrast to last weekend's wintry weather, we have a gorgeous, sunny weekend in Melbourne.  I have been out sweeping today as the leaves are well and truly coming down. My roses are enjoying their last hurrah for the season and I have a photo of one of my favourites at the end of the post.

Today, the card I have for you is based on this week's Freshly Made Sketch #30, shown below.

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I have been wanting to use this doily stamp called 'Hello, Doily' (not currently available in Australia) and this sketch is a great opportunity.  I have white embossed it on Island Indigo card stock and then matched it will the Pool Party floral from the 'Domestic Goddess' DSP because it is so fresh and sweet. The centre of the doily is a Calypso Coral flower (in the Joanne Leddy style) with a pearl centre, sprayed with some Champage shimmer mist. The gingham panel has been stamped with the PTI 'Background Basics: Gingham' stamp.  I have made this into a Mother's Day card for my lovely mother-in-law Betty.

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Project Details
Stamps Hello, Doily (NAH), Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Background Basics: Gingham (PTI)
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Linen, Island Indigo, Calyspo Coral, Domestic Goddess DSP, Whisper White
 Ink Versamark, Calypso Coral, Island Indigo
Accessories Pearl brad (not SU), Basic Pearls, White Seam Binding ribbon (not SU)
Tools     Beautiful Wings Sizzlit, Big Shot, Modern Label punch,  Word Window punch, Fancy Flower punch, 5-Petal flower punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Dimensionals, Glue dots, Champagne Shimmer paint (to make shimmer mist), White embossing powder, Heat gun

Almost forgot, here is a photo of one of my roses that is lovely at the moment.  Lots of blooms to cut and bring inside. They start off as a pink/apricot and become more yellow as they age. They last really well in a vase.

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Thanks for stopping by.

ETA:

Thank you to the DT at Freshly Made Sketches for this award!

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Soft & Sweet - For Mum

Hi there

It has been a real sunshine and showers Autumn day on this Easter Monday in Melbourne.  There has been a really chilly wind that says winter is on the way.  My lovely white Japonica Camelia is already flowering and I had my first thoughts of warming soup. I whipped up some creamy cauliflower and potato soup with bacon for lunch as I had the items on hand and it was really yummy. I'm sure it will be even better for lunch tomorrow.

Although colour challenges aren't my strong point, I thought the lovely colour combo at Just Add Ink this week was something I could manage.  Here it is:

Untitled-1Mother's Day is on the horizon, so I have taken the opportunity to get an early start on this occasion with a soft and 'girly' card for my Mum. I inked up the lovely 'Bordering on Romance' stamp set from the new Autumn/Winter Mini for the first time and it is lovely to colour. I rarely colour on Very Vanilla card stock, but I like the resulting soft effect with these colours.  I've also used lots of other goodies from the new Mini - there is a lot to love in this one!  I've popped up both layers of labels and the group of 3 flowers in the spray.  This card has lots of layers and texture and definitely doesn't qualify as 'clean and simple', but I'm happy with the end result.

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Project Details
Stamps Bordering on Romance, Well Scripted
Card stock & Papers Crumb Cake (Textured & Smooth), Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette (Textured & Smooth)
Ink Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake
Accessories Vanilla Seam Binding ribbon, Basic Pearls
Tools     Swiss Dots, Finial Press, Designer Frames & Adorning Accents Embossing Folders, Framelits Labels, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Big Shot, Wide Oval punch, Dimensionals, Sponge dauber, SU matched Copic markers (RV11, E43), Fray Stoppa

Enjoy the rest of your week.

ETA:

Many thanks to the DT at Just Add Ink for choosing my card this week!

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