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This card is a go-to favorite design of mine so I decided to share it for the Scrap it Girl June Challenge: Things With Wings. 20140601-151046-54646715.jpg I love it so much! It uses some of my favorite tools and supplies. Here is my card: 20140601-151204-54724975.jpg And a few close-ups: 20140601-151234-54754431.jpg 20140601-151231-54751917.jpg 20140601-151230-54750707.jpg 20140601-151233-54753107.jpg See why it’s a favorite? And it’s great for most sentiments- get well, happy birthday, sympathy, etc. Here are some of the products I used: (all from Stampin’ Up! Just click my “contact” button to email for details on ordering!) 20140601-151410-54850097.jpg The butterfly stamp is called Swallowtail. It’s a large stamp that can be used in a variety of techniques.

Another stamp set is Itty Bitty Banners I used my Big Shot (this thing is FABULOUS!) with Bitty Banners Framelits and Pretty Print embossing folder (retired item).

To achieve the shiny gold effect, I used Gold Stampin’ Emboss powder, VersaMark stamp pad and (another favorite) my Heat Tool and the cute little Embossing Buddy (not pictured… he was being shy)

My ribbon – OHHHH. I LOVE THIS RIBBON! is: 1/2″ Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon.

Choose inks and cardstock colors to achieve the look you want!

So that’s my share- want to get in on the challenge? All the deets are here: Scrap it Girl! and yes! There’s a prize! Thanks for stopping by! God bless! Kathy Bo

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The Design Team at Scrap It Girl has a fun challenge: choose our favorite journal, calendar or notebook for the Favorite Things Friday Challenge.
Was this ever easy for me! I love this mixed media travel journal that I actually made a few years ago on a scrapbooking trip.

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It’s my favorite.
I have a lot of great memories creating this too. I met new friends and also learned new techniques.
My absolutely most favorite page is this one, where the kid leather glove (an estate sale find) holds tickets.

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Here are more pages:

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And a closeup of the cover. Super cool, techniques and elements, all thanks to a little scrapbooking trip.

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Want to get in on the fun? Enter your favorite journal, notebook or calendar in the Scrap It Girl Favorite Things Friday!
Thanks for stopping by! God bless.

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I’m giving away this awesome Blossom Petals punch! How to win: go to Facebook and see all the details in today’s post about Club! Please “Like” my page while you’re there, it’s makes me so happy to have new friends. CLICK HERE for my page! Imageampin

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I saw this fun wreath online and had to make one to display at my upcoming Christmas Open House! If you are local, it’s Saturday Oct 19!

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This wreath is made of Stampin’ Up Designer Series Paper and ribbon, a styrofoam wreath and floral pins.

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I LOVE this paper! Not only is it durable enough to cut into strips and curl, it is fun and right on trend for the holidays. Cool thing though, it can really be used all year long for cards or scrapbooking!
Love it too? You can find it HERE

The ribbon is also Stampin’ Up. It’s 1″ stitched edge Cherry Cobbler grosgrain and I use it for cards but I think it’s perfect for hanging the wreath. Besides, the red in the wreath matches perfectly! You’ll find it right here!

The wreath came from Hobby Lobby. The label says it’s a 12″ white “extruded” wreath and cost $4.47. The pins, also Hobby Lobby, $4.99 for a pound. (I put the wreath sticker on the pin bag).

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Ok, here’s how to make one:
Order your paper and ribbon from my site here(thank you very much!).

Cut paper into 1 1/8 X 6 1/2 strips. I used my Stampin’ Trimmer

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Curl the ends of the paper strips. Tighten or loosen the curls as desired.

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Place the paper curl on the wreath and pin it down. It works much better if you just position it, hold it in place, then pin.

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I put the ribbon on like this so it would hang flat, then tied a bow at the top.

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Now all you have to do is cut, curl and pin to your heart’s content! It won’t take long to create this beautiful wreath to share as a sweet gift or to make your home even more special this Christmas! I love it so much I’ll be making a fall one next!
Thanks for visiting my blog! God bless you!

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Crafting typically brightens up the world of not only those who create sweet handmade items, but also those who receive such treasures.

But there comes a time when making something is the only thing you can do to offer support and comfort.

The situation is that I’m close enough to a neighbor family that I (along with many, many others) was devastated by the loss of their precious newborn child. But like many neighbors, not so close that I was “needed” for hands-on during their darkest hours.

It’s one of those times that privacy, rest and quiet are the greatest needs. Primal needs. The last thing they needed was to have a parade of folks in and out of their home asking what they could do. We did all we could; the ones who babysit kept the toddler. The ones who walk dogs walked their dogs. The rest of us joined those helpers by praying.

When I was asked to make a card to share on behalf of the neighborhood, I put my whole heart into it, because finally, FINALLY, I could “do” something “hands-on” for this precious young couple.

Powerless. That’s how we all felt- and still feel. There are no words. And so amidst the days of constant prayer and an unbelievable amount of tears, I went into my studio and sat down.

The young mommy loves bright colors, so I tried – really tried- but nothing came together. Likewise, a stoic sympathy card would not express what we as a community felt because just days before, we would have hoped to send cards of congratulations on the birth of this sweet little one.

No, it needed to be soft. Gentle. Not sympathy. It needed to offer support for this little family who desperately hung on to hope and their unwavering faith in God throughout every moment.

And so I made this.

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Psalm 42:8 is stamped on the front. It offers encouragement and said just what I felt it needed to say. “By day The Lord directs His love. At night His song is with me.”

The colors are soft and quiet. Respectful. Gentle.

I was finishing up the card when I received a text.

Do I have room at my house for family members who are flying in for the service?

Of course I do.

As I was making an envelope to go with the card I thought of the guest room, meals, comforts for weary travelers. Suddenly I have a lot to do.

Hug your kids.

God bless you and yours.

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Here’s another super cute notepad! Supplies came from my stash, and most is Stampin’ Up. Though some is discontinued, you can make it too! Just dig out some of your favorite papers, embellishments and maybe print some imagery from the web!

Here’s a link for the basic tutorial

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Check out my Stampin’ Up! page! $99 and you can join my team!

I enjoy making these and sharing with friends and family. What a neat, creative and useful gift!
Thanks for visiting! God bless!

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A quick share tonight- I’m pretty tired after traveling to the GrandLittle’s birthday!
Today’s technique is CASEd (copy and share everything) from www.stampwithtami.com
It’s a chalkboard effect Valentine’s Day card.

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What did I use? Well, here we go:

Stampin’ Up! (SU) cardstock, SU Cherry Cobbler heat embossing powder, SU Hearts A Flutter bundle, SU Tiny Tags clear mount stamps, SU Elements Cute Clips, SU Whisper White ink, Pen-Touch white paint pen.

That’s it! Easy peasy.
Thanks for stopping by and God bless!
Kathy Bo

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