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Colorful Lights Poodle!!

Happy Friday!!!  The weekend is here!!  Woot woot!!
Now if only the weather were nice enough for us to get outside and do something...oh well..snuggles on the couch will have to do :)

I'm popping in today to share a cute card I made for Sami Stamps.  This Lights Poodle image is from an older release, but I never got around to make a card for it back then, so decided I should do that now.
This card was so much fun to put together!  It took me a few tries to get the coloring on my poodle image right, but those attempts were so worth it!  I started with the background of the image, outlining the poodle with a really light grey, then going around that with a darker grey and blending the two together.  Then the final color around the outside was the black, which I blended in with the darker grey to get a really nice halo look around the pup.

I colored in the lights with some fun bright colors, and then used a colorless blender around the outside to again get a halo, which I added just a little bit of the bulbs color to so that the lights looked like they were glowing.  I kept the colors of the poodle very simple with just some really light greys.  Since the theme of the card was coloring my world, I figured the poodle staying white was a good choice (and my previous attempt at coloring it brown was awful!...)

To finish the card, I found some matching cardstock scraps and cut them out into stitched circles with my Silhouette, laying them out across the left side of the card base.  The sentiment is from Lawn Fawns Starry Backdrops set, which I heat embossed onto some purple cardstock.  I also stamped the centers of each circle with the Peppermint Zone stamp from Winnie & Walter.  A few clear sequins with a little dot of black in the middle, and some glitter brush on the lights, and it was all done!!!

Such a fun card, I just love it so much!!
Don't forget we have a sweet Anything Goes challenge running for one more day at Sami Stamps!  Don't miss out on your chance to win some of these adorable images!!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Crafting When We Can #88-Stitching
    Craft Your Passion #250-Anything Goes
    Simon Says Stamp-Anything Goes
    The Paper Shelter #192-Make it Digital

Thanks for stopping by! <3

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Toadstool Buggies!

Happy Thursday Everyone!
Time for a new challenge at Meljen's Designs!  This week we want to see spots!  Nice and easy :)
I always struggle to find the right image to use on my MD cards...mostly because there are so many I could choose from and I love them all! 

But for this card I decided to use the Toadstool Buggies image since the spots on the mushrooms helped pull in the challenge theme :)
I had a lot of fun coloring up this image!  It's so light and whimsical that really any color combo would have worked!  It's just so sweet!  And of course, all the flowers and the little bees are covered in glitter brush :)

The overall design is simple since I wanted the image to remain center stage.  I added a few scallop borders at the bottom and a thin white ribbon to tie it to the image.  Then just cut out a simple oval and stamped my sentiment!  I added a few white enamel dots to finish it all off.

Be sure to stop by Meljen's Designs to see the rest of the DT's amazing creations, and then join in the fun!!

Thanks for visiting! <3

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Sending Smiles

Hey everyone!
We have a new challenge starting today at Tuesday Throwdown and it's an easy one - Anything Goes!  So let your mind take control and join in the fun!

Our awesome sponsor this week is Oak Pond, and they have provided amazing images for our team to use.  I chose to use the Butterfly image.
I have been in a galactic mood lately...there may be reasons for that, or it may just be because I love space and how beautiful it is.  So I decided to try and do some galaxy watercoloring on the butterfly.  It took me a few tries to get a look that I wanted, but I think it turned out so awesome!

I started by printing off my image in a very faint grey on some watercolor paper.  Then covered the whole thing in clean water, making sure to stay within the lines.  Once the whole thing was wet, I just dropped color around.  I tried to stay a little symmetrical since it is a butterfly, but also let the galaxy do its own thing.  Love it!!!

Once everything was dry, I did some white splatters to represent the stars.  I think the white just completes the whole thing.  It's kind of fun because if you look closely, you can still sort of see the details of the butterfly wings, even though they aren't defined in any way.

To finish the card off, I used an awesome sentiment from the Hero Arts Shoot for the Moon stamp set.  I white heat embossed it onto some vellum, flagged the ends and placed it over the center of the butterfly.  I did a little splattering of some black and dark blue on the background panel before adhering the butterfly with some foam tape.  I love the simplicity of it all with the very detailed butterfly, so pretty!!

So be sure to stop by Tuesday Throwdown to check out the rest of the DT's creations, and then join in the fun!!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Addicted to Stamps #132-Make Your Mark
    Less is More #212-Wings
    The Corrosive Challenge #218-Things with Wings
    Word Art Wednesday #171-Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting! <3

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Scariest Card Ever!

Happy Sunday everyone!!
Ok this card isn't really all that scary...not visually.  But making it!  Yikes!  I was scared :)  Let me explain.

One of my all time favorite companies-Newton's Nook Designs has a new challenge running right now to make a one layer card.  One Layer!  Usually for me this means making my card on a separate card panel and then just attaching it to the card base so it resembles one layer...a little bit of a cheat but it helps give me some wiggle room in case I mess up.  Well...one layer is a challenge right?  So I decided to take it for it's true meaning and go for a serious one layer card.  This meant I couldn't mess up or I'd have to start over...I couldn't goof because there was no way to cover it up...scary!!!

But I did it!  And I love it so much!  I went for a bit of a wild card...I was trying to keep the rainbowish colors a little softer, but you know...that didn't happen and they got a little bright :)  Enjoy!
This sweet kitty (from Newton's Antics) is just so darn cute!  I love it so much because we have 3 cats, and ever single one of them loves to play in boxes.  Storm isn't the biggest fan, but he'll mess around a little.  But Ezio and Cloud will fight over every box that comes into the house.  It's hilarious!  So I colored this cutie up like Cloud, using my Spectrum Noir pencils for easy blending that wouldn't bleed through the paper.

To get the colors around Cloud, I masked her off with a post it note.  I had originally just done orange around her, but decided after I got her all colored up that she needed just a touch of some red to add some depth behind her.  So I reapplied the mask to get the red applied.

The arrows...I wasn't sure if the arrows were going to work.  It was more of a trial/play card to see what I thought, and I ended up loving it so much that I finished it all off.  I kept my colors in rainbow order still.  I didn't want a ton of purple on there but just enough to complete the rainbow.  And I love the combo of the large arrows with the little ones :)  That stencil is from Winnie & Walter and I love it!

I stamped a simple sentiment and covered it with some clear sparkly embossing powder.  Then went back over all the large arrows with some shimmer brush so that they sparkle.  You can just see the shimmer on the arrows towards the top of the card...always hard to catch those in photos :)

Such a fun card, and definitely a nail-bitter challenge, but I love how it turned out so much!  I might have to keep pushing myself on this one layer style to see what I can really do with it :)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    AAA Cards #33-Orange You Glad UR CAS

    Inky Paws Challenge #18-Just One Layer
    Lawnscaping Challenge #100-Birthday
Thanks for stopping by today!! <3

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You Are So Amazing! - Sami Stamps Release!!

Happy Friday!
I know it has been incredibly quiet around here...it's been a little hard to pull myself back together from holiday vacations and family loss...but I'm working on that!  Just bare with me as I work to get my mojo flowing again :)

But today we have a fun new release from Sami Stamps!  Remember those adorable poodles from a few weeks ago?  We have more!!!  And they are even cuter!, if that's possible...
I chose to use the Sweet Begging Poodle image for my card.  She was just so sweet, and begging to be used :)  I kept her coloring really simple with some light grey shades.  As I was browsing through my challenge timelines, I saw the photo from Cure for the Monday Blues and absolutely loved the fun bright colors in it...so decided I wanted to try and pull those together on a card.

Sifting through my much to large pile of scraps, I found a pink, yellow, and blue that coordinated pretty well together.  Created a fun swirl file in my Silhouette and cut them all out!  Then came the fun part of piecing them together...for the most part, they all fit.  But there were a few little spots where the lines didn't match.  But overall, the swirls turned out fabulous!

I tried something a little new with the background.  I really wanted some clear sparkly dots on the background, but didn't want to just emboss them on there.  So I took my dot stencil and applied some glossy accents.  While that was still wet, I covered it with sparkly embossing powder and then let it dry.  It didn't turn out quite the way I wanted...even after letting it dry for awhile, when I heat set it the glossy accents bubbled and burned a little.  And it warped the paper so much more than I wanted.  So I think I'll just stick with clear embossing for now, and maybe some day get my hands on some translucent embossing paste :)

To finish the card off, I added a mix of fun sequins from the Winnie & Walter 1st Birthday Bash Pretty Pink Posh mix.  So many delicious colors in there!  And this is my first batch of PPP sequins and let me tell you...they are amazing!!!  Can't wait to get my hands on more of them!!

So, be sure to stop by Sami Stamps and see the rest of these adorable little poodles, and check out the DT's creations!!  And you still have time to join in our Anything Goes Challenge!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Cure for the Monday Blues #43-Photo
    Inky Impressions #197-Cute & Cuddly
    Penny's Paper Crafty #215-Spots and Stripes
    Sassy Studio #269-Circles
    The Paper Shelter #191-Animal Magic

Thanks for visiting!! <3

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Just Perfect

Hey everyone,
Time to start a new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown!  This week it's all about love.
We have the wonderful Sami Stamps as our sponsor this week, and she has provided some adorable images for our team to use.
I chose to use With You.  I had this really cool idea of having a watercolor rainy background and the sweet couple cuddled under the umbrella together...and it just didn't work out.  I tried several times to get the look I wanted before finally settling on this version...I love doing washy watercolor but when it comes to actually getting good detail for an image and making it pop...I can't seem to figure it out.  Guess I just need to keep practicing.

Since I was so frustrated already with the watercoloring, I decided to keep the rest of the card really simple because it was late and I just wanted to be done.  So I stamped a little sentiment tag and added it behind a button and twine.

The card is still really cute, just not what I had originally planned in my mind.

I will be absent for the rest of this week...we are headed back to MI for some sad family matters.  Asking for your thoughts and prayers for my husbands family please.

Thanks for being awesome!! <3

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Sending Love - Sami Stamps Release!!!

Happy Friday!!  Woot woot!
Are you ready for an awesome new release from Sami Stamps?
This one is full of feathery fun - since it's Valentine Feathers!!

I chose to work with the image named just that :)  Valentine Feathers!
This card sort of morphed on its own.  I knew I wanted to follow the Retro Sketch for the card and do some sort of tag...but the rest was just made up on the fly.  I really love this bright and bold valentine striped paper, but it was a little too loud for my card.  So I covered it with a piece of vellum and then sewed them together with some gold thread.  I recently purchased the Enchanted Gold embossing powder from Ranger and absolutely love it!  So of course, I had to use it on this card.

I did sort of a "dipped" tag style that I saw Debbie Hughes do a couple times.  It's really fun and I love that it's just a little bit different from the normal style tag.

I printed off my image, and before I could even really think about how I wanted to color this cutie up, his belly was already colored red...wasn't completely sure I wanted that, but I rolled with it and it worked out so perfect!  The thread piled behind him is what was left over when I cut the extras off the back.  Didn't want that gorgeous gold thread to go to waste!!

Some read twine was wrapped around the card and tied into a bow at the top of the tag.  I also stuck a sweet little heart swirl die cut from the Lawn Fawn Bugs & Kisses set behind that bow.  Finished everything off with some red enamel dots and a cute sentiment!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    2 Cute Ink #122-Valentine/Love
    Chocolate Coffee Cards #84-Love is in the Air
    Crafts 4 Eternity #212-With Love
    Creative Inspirations #299-Love is in the Air
    Fussy and Fancy #132-All About Love
    Retro Sketches #151
    Simon Says Stamp-All Things Bright and Beautiful
    The Crazy Challenge #190-Love
    The Paper Shelter #189-Be My Valentine

Be sure to stop by Sami Stamps to see this cute release and to check out the rest of the DT's awesome creations!!

And don't forget we are starting a new challenge today - Anything Goes!!!

Thanks for visiting!  <3
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Birthday Poodle! - Sami Stamps Release

Happy Friday!!!
It's cold and snowy here...what's it like by you?  I miss the sun so much...being able to go out for walks at 9 at night without freezing my tushy off, or just waking up in the morning and not feeling my feet freeze as soon as they hit the floor...I'm really ready for spring to get here now!

But unfortunately, I can't control the weather.  So I'll just stay nestled into my sweats and play with paper all day :)

With that, we have an awesome release this week from Sami Stamps!!!  It's all about Poodles, and man are they adorable!
I chose to use the Christmas Gift Poodle, and turned it into a birthday card.  I've been trying to focus on birthday cards a bit more lately since I have none in my stash...but it turns out my birthday stamp collection is kind of lacking...need to work on that :)

I went with a fun pink and green theme for my card.  Turns out, pink was the popular color among the design team for this release since we all used it!  Lol :)
I absolutely love how this card turned out!  There is something about the soft splatter wash behind the poodle that keeps drawing my attention.  I think I will need to use that on a few more cards!

The coloring was kept pretty simple on the pup with just a few pink and grey shades used.  I misted the splattered background with some shimmer mist so it has a nice sparkle to it.  So much fun!!
I followed the sketch at The Fusion Card Challenge.  They always have the best photo inspiration and sketch challenges, but I chose to just use the sketch this time.

So be sure to stop by Sami Stamps to see the rest of this release and all of the DT's pink poodles!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Fusion Card Challenge-Heartful/Sketch

    Penny's Paper Crafty #212-Anything Goes
    Send a Smile 4 Kids-Anything Goes
    Simon Says Stamp-Anything Goes
    Word Art Wednesday #168-Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Go Seahawks!!!

Hey everyone!
Happy Thursday!

We are starting a super fun new challenge today at Meljen's Designs - Team Spirit!!  I had so much fun comping up with my card for this challenge!  Of course, it came together with a few suggestions from my sweet husband :)

Since the super bowl is this weekend, figured I should do something for that.  And if you've been around here for awhile, you know that my heart belongs in Seattle.  So of course I made a card to show my support for our Seattle Seahawks!!...sorry to any Patriots fans reading this :)
I am so stinking happy with how this card turned out!  I had thought for sure that Meljen's Designs had a birdie all dressed up in football gear, but when I couldn't find it, I had to rethink my idea.  Shared a few things with Matthew and he suggested turning the Little Puddle Duck into a Seahawks fan with mud on it's boots :)  So I got my artist on and drew out a simple rug for the ducky to walk across on his way to the match.

He even got a little crazy in his support by dying his feathers to match the Seahawks colors (kinda...I know their colors are a bit darker...but this is what I went with).
He needed to have something in his beak, so I cut out some ovals to represent balloons and colored them up to match the image.  Then glued some string behind them and poked holes around his beak to feed the string through.  It looks so cool!!

I inked up a simple panel in some tumbled glass and broken china and then splattered some water on to get that really cool faded water drop look.  Dried it really quick and then spritzed it with some shimmer mist so the whole panel sparkles.

The sentiment is printed on vellum and white heat embossed.  I did a couple layer so it's nice and thick.  The frame of the card is creatively cut with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card die.  I cut the bottom of the blue panel with one of the Borderline Trios from Mama Elephant.  Finished the whole project off with some coordinating sequins!  Love it so much!!  And I do hope that the Seahawks win!  Best of luck to both teams :)

So be sure to stop by Meljen's Designs to see the other DT's creations, and then join in the fun!!!

And one last time - GO HAWKS!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Addicted to Stamps #129-Clean and Simple
    Creative Fingers #64-Anything Goes
    Sentimental Sundays #243-Anything Goes
    Simon Says Stamp-Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting! <3

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Sweet Friend

Hello hello!!
I apologize for being so quiet these last few weeks.  Been working on other projects and attempting to reorganize my supplies.  It's a never ending task, but I always feel like I could have a better set up to be more efficient in my work...not sure that will ever actually happen though but I try :)

So we have a new challenge starting today at Tuesday Throwdown, and it's Facets of Crafting!  We want to see anything that has facets on your creation!  So gems, sequins, glitter...etc.

Our awesome sponsor this week is A Day For Daisies and they have graciously provided the DT with gorgeous images!  I chose to use the super sweet Fairy Kitty image.
Are you surprised I chose a cat image?  Lol...of course you aren't!  Cats are my favorite and I love using them on my cards :)

I wanted to keep this cutie nice and soft.  She just looks so fluffy, I just want to smoosh her in my arms.  So I stuck with only a few light shades of grey for the shading, just enough to give her some depth and dimension without distracting from her cuteness.  Then I took a distress marker in evergreen bough I think...and watercolored in her wings.

I have totally fallen in love with this soft sea foam green.  It's so gorgeous!  Fortunately, I had some glittery ribbon that matched it almost perfectly!!  So I grabbed a square ribbon buckle and layered a couple of ribbons through it for some fun sparkle on the card.  I also added a couple of gems in the upper right corner because it was looking a little too empty up there.

Stamped the sweet sentiment and the card was done!!  Oh right, I added a bunch of stardust stickles to the wings for lots of sparkle :)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Craft Your Passion #246-Anything Goes
    Fussy and Fancy #131-Things with Wings
    Robyn's Fetish #247-Animals
    Sentimental Sundays #243-Anything Goes
    Word Art Wednesday #167-Anything Goes

Be sure to stop by Tuesday Throwdown to see the rest of the design teams creations, and then join in the fun!!!

Thanks for visiting! <3

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Happily Ever After

Happy Friday!
It's time for another fantastic release from Sami Stamps!  This weeks release is Floral Brides!  A great collection full of gorgeous brides!  I just love these images!

I chose to work with the Lily Bride image:
She is just so gorgeous.  Absolutely loved coloring her in.  I started by lightly shading in her dress with a very soft grey color and then blending it almost completely out.  I didn't want a lot of color but just enough to give some definition.  Then I took a clear/silver glitter pen and added little dot details around the bodice and lower hem to represent all the lovely bead and jewel work that is on so many wedding dresses.  It's not a lot of detail, but I think it adds the right amount of sparkle.

I didn't want the flowers to be too overpowering, so I just did some light pink and yellow blending on those and kept them really soft.  Once those were done, I went over the veil and the flowers with a glitter brush.

The background is really simple.  I die cut some heart borders from Joy! Crafts out of vellum and glued them down to a simple heart patterened paper.  I colored in a few of the hearts in the background with the same clear/silver pen I used on the dress.

Finished the card off with a sweet sentiment from the Clearly Besotted-Elegant Butterflies stamp set and a few pearls.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Crafty Catz #262-New Beginnings
    Fab n Funky #242-Something New
    The Paper Shelter #186-Punches or Dies

Be sure to stop by Sami Stamps to see the full release, along with with all of the DT's absolutely gorgeous creations!!  You will be left speechless :)

Thanks for visiting! <3

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Happy Thursday!
Boy do we have quite the challenge for you today at Meljen's Designs...well it was a huge challenge for me anyhow.  Shabby Chic!  Oy...that is one style I have never been able to figure out.  That and vintage...they just don't pop into my mind as styles I would use.  So trying to step out of my comfort zone and put something together for this challenge was the ultimate task.

I still don't know if my card can qualify as shabby chic...I did the best I could with the info I was able to gather...let me know your thoughts :)
Everything I saw when I did a shabby chic search was soft colors and lacy edges.  I don't have much lace on hand and what I do have didn't really work.  This paper was purchased last year but it is one of my ultimate favorites.  I use it sparingly, but it seemed to fit this weeks theme so I pulled it out and did some stitching around the outside edge.

For my focal point, I used the Sweet Lace Heart from Meljen's Designs and printed it on vellum.  I did that so I could heat emboss it in white :)  The image was printed twice, once for the whole image, and once for just the inner heart.

I die cut a bunch of little hearts and stuck them between the two layers before hand stitching the zig zag design to seal the layers together.  It's cute and soft with some fun detail in the middle.  The hearts don't shake around really but that's ok.

I finished it off with a cute little wood cut piece I got from the dollar bin at Michaels.  Colored it with a pink marker so it would match the papers, and then added a few pearls.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Penny's Paper Crafty #210-Anything Goes
    Word Art Wednesday #166-Anything Goes

I hope you've enjoyed this card!  Please be sure to stop by Meljen's Designs and join in the challenge!!

Thanks for visiting! <3

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Be My Love Bug

Hello again!
We have a new challenge starting today at Tuesday Throwdown!  It's an awesome sketch!!
For my card, I decided to revisit my past blog posts and try to remake a card.  Our sponsor this week is The Cutting Cafe so I went way back to a post from my first few months of blogging and settled on remaking my Butterfly Hugs card.

I drew inspiration from the background papers, how they all had some sort of dot on them and used my new Simon Says Zig Zag Dots stencil.  I added sparkly embossing powder and heat set that once it was all dry.  To keep with the blue theme from my past card, I used some blue and teal watercolors over the background and let them moosh together.

While that dried, I cut out my doily type frame along with the scallops and image pieces.  I've used the Animal and Bug Love Stamp Set.  The butterflies are colored in with watercolor pencils and a shimmer water brush, along with glossy accents on the hearts.

I die cut out a banner and stamped/heat embossed my sentiment and then adhered it below my image.  In keeping with the frame of the original card, I cut out a scallop border base with my Silhouette.

While it is completely different from my original card, I totally love it!  The butterflies could be a little bit bolder...I should have added a few more layers of color..but other than that, the card is awesome!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    2 Cute Ink #121-Going Buggy
    Crafts 4 Eternity #208-Blue Tones
    Crafty Cardmakers #130-Something Old, Something New
    Crafty Catz #261-Polka Dots
    Word Art Wednesday #165-Anything Goes

So be sure to stop by Tuesday Throwdown and join in our fun sketch challenge!!
 Thanks for visiting!! <3
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Hello hello!
It's my day to post over at Meljen's Designs!  If I haven't said it before, I just love being a part of this team!  The ladies there are just amazing, and the images Melissa draws up melt my heart every time.  It actually makes it a little difficult to decide what image to use for my challenge and DT day cards.  I usually run through about 4 or 5 card ideas before finally settling on one to work up.

That was totally the case with this card. I had so many ideas in my head that I didn't get this one finished until late last night because it took me so long to decide what to do!  Lol...but it turned out perfect!
The only thing I'm not happy with is the fact that the watercolor paper isn't white...I love the Strathmore watercolor paper...but the slightly off/cream color that it has is a struggle for me because I like having bright whites on my cards.  I usually try to cover it all up with another color if I'm going to have patterned papers on the card, but it didn't really work out for this card.

I started this card by die cutting the striped panel in the background with the Falling Hearts Die from Simon Says Stamp.  I got this for Christmas and absolutely love it!!  I lined that sheet with some black cardstock so the hearts would pop out a bit from the busy colored stripes.

Printed off the XOXO Stitches image and colored it in with some watercolor pencils.  I used my wink of stella glitter brush pen (refilled with water) and spread the watercolor around to give a nice shaded look.  The whole thing is so sparkly!  I love it!  I did use a really soft pink around the whole outside of the image to try and cover up the cream paper, but it was so light that it just kind of got lost back there...

To decorate the card, I added a few scallops cut with my Borderlines Trio die from Mama Elephant.  I cut out a little notch in the top corner and added a little scallop oval and a button, and then finished everything off with some black and white twine.

I had planned on this card being more masculine, but it's not really.. Just a perfect card for Valentine's Day :)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Send a Smile 4 Kids-Valentine's/Love 
    Simon Says Stamp-Something New
    SugarPea Designs Sketch 18
    The Crazy Challenge #188-Buttons

Thanks for stopping by!!  Have a fabulous day! <3

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