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Friday, August 18, 2017

Senior Cardmaking

I made a CAS card for the adult day care my mother attends. The clients really enjoyed putting these cards together.

 A simple card using a die set, shimmery Washi and SU DP.


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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

DDD-Catch of the Day

It's the 15th of the month, which means the Dueling Darlings (Splitcoaststampers group) are showing us what they created with the monthly card kit. This month, Carol (Diva's) and I (Dazzlers) are the hostesses, and our theme is, "Catch of the Day". 

 .........and here is the inside of my card:


 I used everything in the kit except the hook eyelet and the yarn fiber. I made this a skaker card, but there are no loose elements included. The sequins and the little fish are all glued down. At the bottom of the shaker, there is a swatch of burlap which I trimmed and colored with Wasabi ink, then glued down. It made a good place for the little yellow fish to swim in : )  
 Inside, I added white cardstock bordered with blue- as I spilled tea on my card - eeeekkks!
The kit contents:
Images - Clear Dollar Stamps (no longer in business- they did have an angel policy)
Lure DP- Paper Studio
Blue Water DP- Recollections
eyelets- Paper Outlet
Burlap and rhinestones- $1.50 bin
Dies- oval die- Spellbinders; fish and underwater swirl-Unbranded
Cardstock- Blue- SU Pacific Point
Fish dies- Cherry Cobbler, Tangerine and yellow is a shimmery paint over white.
Yellow cardstock- unknown

I lost my sidebar links when my computer crashed in December, and I STILL have not put them on my sidebar..... .  Here they all are:
Barb ** Blog: Barb's Inkin' into Retirement
Carol ** Blog: Lost in my craft room
Judy ** Blog: Paper Hugs & Kisses
Heather ** Blog: 
Kelly ** Blog: *Sandcastle Stamper*
LJ ** Blog: Bucky Girl
Suzy ** no blog, Gallery SuzyS1104 - Homemade Cards, Rubber Stamp Art, & Paper Crafts -
Tami ** : : : : BlueInks Design
Terry S ** her gallery:

Darlene ** The World According to Bijou
Debbie ** The Ink Igloo
Jeanette ** Cre8tive Play: It's Cheaper than TherapyCreative Play-It's Cheaper Than Therapy
Paola ** blog That's Amore! (SAMA  Please check her gallery at SCS HERE
Shelly ** My creative rumblings
Terry A ** For now, here's her gallery: Splitcoaststampers Member Galleries - PurplePansy26 - Handmade Cards & Crafts
Terry L ** It's Totally Terry
Tracie ** Crafty Creations
Debby B ** no blog (Gallery:

Shopping Your Stash- Chillaxin and Relaxin
Tuesday Throwdown- AG
Scrapbook Stamp Society- AG using dies or punches
Outlawz Twisted Thursdays- AG with twist- layers and dimension

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Love and marriage

We were fortunate to share in a beautiful wedding ceremony recently.  This is the card I made for the young couple:

 I stamped and embossed the sentiment from Sweet N Sassy, cut it out with a die from Art-C. (I have a clear stamp, I see the set is now available as a digital image). The background paper is from a DP wedding stack from years ago.....  it was on sale.....full of elegant gold and silver cardstocks.  I added flowers from Prima and smaller roses from my stash to accent them. The swirls are from a shimmery cardstock , the die is Cheery Lynn.  A swirl of pearls finishes off the front of the card.

Here is a close up of the sentiment:

The inside:
And, the happy couple:

Stamping Sensations- AG
Word Art Wednesday

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Saturday, August 12, 2017


I was able to make a few cards for DTGD at SCS, but have a few more started that I could not get back to.  I will finish them though as soon as I can get up into my art room!

 I made this background on glossy white cardstock and used a digi for the panda's.

 For this background, I played with acrylic paints. The giraffe's seemed an appropriate fit- this is a stamp from Technique Junkies.

 I got out the Distress Oxides for this one- they blend on the cardstock so smoothly!  I used a Cheery Lynn die as a stencil for the honeycomb shapes in the background. I could not resist adding a touch of Copic marker over the Oxide ink for a touch more depth of color in the flowers.

 And, this card started with the DP, and I found this little set of Hero Arts stamps I have never opened. I added a spider web over the DP .

Ahhh, it was so nice to get in the craft room!  My husband kept inviting me over and over to bike ride or go for a walk...not today honey : )

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Cards for DTGD

I grabbed a few hours of time and made some cards for DTGD challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  I have a number of stamps on my desk I have been waiting to ink up........

 This card uses a Hero Art set that I won from my blogging friend Kelly in an  IG giveaway- her daughter drew my name.  I will be using this set alot- love it!

 I have had this set and the dies for ages and have not inked it up.  I saw a request for B-day cards (100,000 was his goal)  for a young man and this set worked perfectly!

 This card uses a SU flower that is embossed, then diluted reinker added to cardstock and let it run where it may.  Then, the flower is fussy cut out.

I was able to create a few more cards which I will post later in the week.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

COF- Every Good and perfect Gift

It is the 7th of August, which means it's time for the Crafters of Faith (COF). Our theme this month is from Lynn- Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

This month let's celebrate life's simple pleasures which bless our days with joy and beauty and meaning.

I was able to use another stamp that has never been inked up!!!  I combined the challenge with a DTGD (Dare to Get Dirty) challenge at Splitcoast Stampers, last year I was able to complete all of the challenges, this year- too busy...

 We planted Milkweed this year to attract Monarch butterflies. We have had caterpillars on the plants, but do not think any have gone to chrysalis yet- possibly a family of wrens???  Anyway, we dug up a plant that has some baby caterpillars on it, and moved it inside into our sun room in a big pot. We are like 10 year olds with a science project : )

To see the COF cards made in the challenge, click HERE
(You may have to log in at Splitcoaststampers to view these cards : )

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Oriental ATC's

I am part of a Yahoo group called About Oriental Art (AOSA). We make an ATC each month, then send them to the winner of a drawing/lottery. I won for a month, and it is a blast to receive ATC's from many talented artists from all over the world!!!

   July 2017- theme is Geisha's
 Geisha's are Art Neko/About Art Accents. I used a Gelli Plate background done in reds and yellows. I pasted on strips of Washi, and the same Washi is the background for the punched 'Good Luck' image.

June 2017 theme-Things With Wings

 The cranes/birds are Art Neko/About Art Accents.

May theme Anything Goes:

This image is by Sparkle and Sprinkle.  I stamped the floral image in Versamark ink & embossed using clear EP.  Then, I dabbed colors onto the craft mat and ran the paper through it.  I dried between layers, and love the way this ink layers- so pretty IRL!  I added a little Asian Kanji in the background. 

April 2017 theme- Chrysanthemum

Image is Art Neko/About Art Accents

March 2017 ATC theme Samurai:

 I am not sure where this unmounted image is from- lots of Copic coloring and some Washi tape for this one. 

Feb ATC- was a recipe- 1) purple, 2) hearts 3) Washi

 This is a die from Frantic Stamper and is cut out using Washi Papers. 

That catches me up to date I think!  January, I was the winner of the ATC lottery, so I did not make one- the theme was lanterns- it was a blast receiving ATC's all month long!!!

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Challenge Your Stash-Christmas in July

Our Hostess for July is Carol, and she challenged us to make a Christmas card OR Project.  OK, well, as I am sorting out my craft room, I pulled out this stamp and it is in the sell box.... I decided to get it out and USE it!

 This ornament is 2 sided.... I had to stamp the image 10 times....I did not stamp the entire image as I got into the smaller areas.  I fussy cut 8 of the layers.... : )  The image is made by Holly Berry House.

I started with the back layer- covered it with Barn Door Distress Ink. On the edges, I outlined the edge and added Poppy Jasper glitter by And, I am very sparkly : )

 I painted Iridescent Medium on the top of the next layer. Next, I added glue and Oyster Art Institute Glitter. The next layer is the one with the hearts- I added glue to the hearts and Poppy glitter. The top layer has Iridescent Medium, and a decorative brad from Spare Parts/Paper Studio.

I repeated this for the other side- and did I mention, there is a layer of dimensionals between each layer. Once both layers are complete, add dimensionals to the center of one of the backs, and a layer of glue all around the outside edges. Place the ribbon down flat after folding down in half and use Sticky glue dots multiple times- where the ribbon meets the paper, in between ribbon layers and on the other side too. Tie a bow and I put a sticky dot to the back of the bow and attach it to the ornament.

The CYS group can be located here.  List mom Barb had the brilliant idea- lets use our stash items- with a monthly theme, I am sure finding no shortage of items to use in my creative space for this challenge...!!! Even those in the 'get rid of' pile.......

 Just Us Girls- Use something Old
Crafty Catz- Anything but a Card
Outlawz Festive Friday- 4 themes- I am using Christmas
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge-Anything Christmas Goes

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Black and White

  I thought I'd join in another blog hop with the Yahoo Group, "Enjoy Michael Strong Stamps". The challenge for us is to make Black and White cards- no other colors. The Hop is July 29th- and stampers from all over the world are joining in!
   If you are blog hopping, you arrived here from Laura's blog. If not, you may want to hop on over to Hetty's blog for the entire Blog Hop list. And, by the way, don't you love those fun penguins on Laura's blog?


 I decided to try this in reverse:

The images I used (and all other M. S. images) can be found here:

Sadly, the cranes are being discontinued- there are only 2 left in the store. The frame I used is the Cloisonne Nesting Squares set.

Here is another card I made using the nesting squares- I just love this stamp!

  If you leave a comment at Michael Strong's blog you will have a chance to win some 'blog candy stamps'.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

TLC Blog Hop-Life is Better in Summer

 Create with TLC is hostessing a Blog hop with many wonderful vintage images today,  The theme: Life is Better in Summer! Each stop will have a free digital image.  There is also a sentiment that is available at the Create with TLC link on the hop!

 If you did not arrive here from Carol's blog- that means you 'hopped in' at a middle destination- the links are below so you can hop and enjoy some summer inspiration, and grab a few new digital images for your collection. Please do stop at Create with TLC and leave her some love!

  All of the DP and cardstock are from Stampin Up.  The stencil is Sweet Stamps and I used distress ink Barn door and Brushed Corduroy. I cut the sentiment out by fussy cutting and added a layer of  Brushed Corduroy cardstock behind it.
  The starfish dies are unbranded. I used a Sakura Gelly Roll pen to accent and add a little sparkle

  My, Oh My, to be a lady in the old days!!!  Even at the beach!  Here is the sweet image-just click on the image, Rt click and save.

And, the sentiment on my card- check on the TLC blog for it! For a closer view:                                            

The next stop on the hop is Vickie, who has a fab project AND a video!  Her blog is HERE and also below in the hop list.

Lisa D
Lisa Lynn
Shelly   ***You are here***

To jump start my creativity, I used the Sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2  #117.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

DDD- Midsummer Night's Dream

It's the 15th of the month, and that means it is time for the Dueling Darlings : )  Paola (dazzlers) and Heather (Diva's) are the hostesses this month. The theme is ***Midsummer Night's Dream***. The play follows the adventures of four young lovers who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which the play is set.

My fairy could not possibly be a bad influence- she looks too sweet, don't you think???

Since both of our hostesses this month are from Canada, and July 1st marked Canada's 150th Birthday, we are to add a maple leaf somewhere on our card.

Graphic45 ( Nature Sketchbook Collection)
* Flora Fascination # 4501476
* Wildflower Bouquet # 4501478
* The Sprinkling Limited Edition Colors c/s stack
Fairy Sweet by Penny Black ( illustrated by M.Manning) 
Maple Leaf by SU 
Sentiments( sm) by Inkadinkado ( lrg) by Great Impression E655
* red sheer ribbon ; turquoise jewels -from stash

We are told that many catchy quotes and phrases have roots in Shakespearean time- a few examples: *My heart of Hearts* In my minds eye * Knock knock, who's there*  Love is Blind * Too much of a good thing* Lie Low* Break the Ice*, etc, etc

Here is the sketch I used from Sweet Sketch Wednesday:

I lost my sidebar links when my computer crashed in December, and I STILL have not put them on my sidebar..... .  Here they all are:
Barb ** Blog: Barb's Inkin' into Retirement
Carol ** Blog: Lost in my craft room
Judy ** Blog: Paper Hugs & Kisses
Heather ** Blog: 
Kelly ** Blog: *Sandcastle Stamper*
LJ ** Blog: Bucky Girl
Suzy ** no blog, Gallery SuzyS1104 - Homemade Cards, Rubber Stamp Art, & Paper Crafts -
Tami ** : : : : BlueInks Design
Terry S ** her gallery:

Darlene ** The World According to Bijou
Debbie ** The Ink Igloo
Jeanette ** Cre8tive Play: It's Cheaper than TherapyCreative Play-It's Cheaper Than Therapy
Paola ** blog That's Amore! (SAMA  Please check her gallery at SCS HERE
Shelly ** My creative rumblings
Terry A ** For now, here's her gallery: Splitcoaststampers Member Galleries - PurplePansy26 - Handmade Cards & Crafts
Terry L ** It's Totally Terry
Tracie ** Crafty Creations
Debby B ** no blog (Gallery:

Sketch noted above

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sunset Silhouette

Happy Thursday!  I had some time recently to create with some of my dies, so I put together a card.

 I doubled up the die- black over white to get depth- love the way it looks. The background is just inked up with reds and purples, then green. I backed it with black, then purple.
  The sentiment is from an older SU set. I am on a mission to 'use my stuff'!!! It says, " Each one of us is God's special work of art".

Word Art Wednesday- AG
Happy Little Stampers-HLDS_ AG with dies

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Friday, July 7, 2017

COF-Let Your Light Shine

The Crafters of Faith hostess for July is Kelly. Our scripture inspiration for July:

Matthew 5:16: "Let your light shine before others."

 Please create a card using the scripture as a base and use any image with a lighthouse, anything nautical (oceans, anchors, etc) that often accompany lighthouses, or any image(s) that are with stars, light in the sky, etc. Let your light shine!

 I decided to take out my 'old' SU images- I am not sure I have ever used this one.  It was a quick and CAS card to put together.  The die is by Gina Marie.

To see the COF cards made in the challenge, click HERE
(You may have to log in at Splitcoaststampers to view these cards : )

4 Crafty Chicks- stamping
Addicted to Stamps and More- CAS
Cards 4 Guys- Beside the Sea
Through the Craftroom Door- AG

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Blog Candy

I am giving away a $20.00 gift card to my DIL's ETSY shop!
If you would like a chance to win, the post is on Instagram here:


I will draw a name 7/10

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017


 I had a little block of time and made a quick card using Distress Oxide inks.

 I used a variety of colors on the background and was hoping for a soft pastel look.  I tried to add Distress Oxides on a separate piece of cardstock and use it to just color the top of the flower- that was a fail : )  That's OK, next time I have time to play, I will use this stamp again and see what I can come up with.......
 On the inside of the card, there is a row of the hearts up the Lt side.

 We took a quick trip to Virginia and visited my youngest daughter. We had a great time!

Challenges: TBA

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Oh Say, Can You See.........

Happy 4th of July weekend! I had a little fun creating a card or two for this weekend : )

 I used the Stella Says Sketch challenge from Bugaboo for this card.  I love her fun dress!  And, the great sentiment. This card also qualifies for the Cut it Up challenge. Festive Fridays at the Outlawz is also looking for cards using a July 4th theme.

 I used the same image again and created a more CAS card. The DP is the same too. I used some silver wrapping paper I purchased at Christmas and punched out a star. I am entering this in the Less is More challenge.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

CYS-Favorite Beverage

Our 'CYS' aka Craft Your Stash group from SCS has a challenge this month with the theme 'Your Favorite Beverage'.

 Well, I drink alot of black tea....all day, every day!  So, I went with a tea theme : )

 I bought a journal for Bible Journaling a while back, and was able to complete one page in 2/2016.....  I had laid out the idea for the cover and primed it, but put it away and never finished it.  What a perfect time to get it out!
  I painted the cover while in 2016....  so, I tried adding distress inks, but they would not stick.  So, painted the background with acrylic paints in a variety of colors.  I added a stencil by Ranger DYS 34032 and painted using a shimmery gold paint.
  I stamped Sweet and Sassy (SNS His Book) in Black Tuxedo Memento Black ink. (Image on top lt and bottom Rt). They are colored with Copics and/or sponged with ink. I added some shimmer using a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen.
  On the top sentiment panel, I used a hole punch and added multiple fibers and a cross charm. I also added a butterfly charm. I bought the charm when a stamping shop closed about 3-4 years ago and I am in love with this pretty butterfly.

Summer 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop- Coffee/tea/cocoa
Cards and More- Anything but a Card
Simon Says Stamp Monday- Stencil It
Word Art Wednesday- AG

I decided to also make a card, as I found a package of napkins that I thought would make fun backgrounds....

 I used a dollar stamp that is years old for the martini, and the sentiment is Sweet Stamps.

The CYS group can be located here.  List mom Barb had the brilliant idea- lets use our stash items- with a monthly theme, I am sure finding no shortage of items to use in my creative space...!!!

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Monday, June 26, 2017

For the love of Coffee

I have never been a coffee drinker, but I do have many, many coffee obsessed friends and children too... so, in honor of them and knowing many who would love getting a card....

  I found this sweet Panda coffee mug digital image- and could not resist! It is from the Craftin Desert Diva's shop. I had to layer the card on the bamboo EF. The DP is SU. The little sprig of steam is from a Michael Strong stamp. The sentiment came with the digi, and is punched out with a SU punch.

 I was creating for a sketch challenge for June at the Yahoo Group About Oriental Stamp Art. I just changed the sentiment:

The sentiment is from MFP- no longer open.

Coffee Lovers Bloghop- Summer 2017

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day 2017

 I made my husband a fun Father's Day card- he loved it!  He is a nature buff and just loves Squirrels and birds.

 This card was made entirely with dies.  The tree, squirrels, bunny and the flower buds are by Cheery Lynn Dies. The Cardinals are from an Impression Obsession die. The white border is a Gina Marie die. The leaves are from a MS edge punch that I cut into pieces and applied.

 I applied Distress Oxide inks- first Peeled Paint and Broken China.  Next, I added Cracked Pistachio and Faded Jeans. The letters/number were cut with Die-Versions  Elegance Font DV411 die.

 I had to buy a bird feeder that spins off the squirrels because they were taking over the back yard!!! Did I mention he even names them?

Come and Get It- Father's Day
Glitter and Sparkle- Father's Day
Pile it On- Put a Bird on It
2 Crafty Critter Crazies- Furry Friends

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

More Napkin fun

I used the other half of the napkin from THIS post, and made another card.

 For this card, I used the entire background. After removing/separating the backing layers from the napkin, I adhered it to a piece of cardstock that was run thru the Xyron. I fussy cut the butterflies and the flowers on the 2nd panel and popped them up on dimensionals. I added some shimmer with a Shimmery pen. The sentiment is from Art Neko/About Art Accents.
 I finished off the card, as you can see, by rounding the corners on the top two layers and adding sequins.

Inspiration Destination- AG
Mod Squad Challenge- Square card
{Pin}spirational- Inspiration photo

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Congrats Grad(s)

We have had a need for many grad cards this year!  Here are just two styles of the many I put together:

   I have been pulling out all of my stash and using it up a little at a time!  This is the cardstock that you sand and the core is a different color  I found this grad cap EF at Tuesday Morning a while back and it had never been used yet....  The grad scroll and ribbon is by Angel's Attic. The sentiment is SU.  The dies are unbranded, I cut out the numbers using some sparkly wrapping paper left over from Christmas last year.  I adhered 2" sticky tape the the backside of it before I ran it thru the Big Shot so they were like stickers- already having adhesive on the back. I added sequins for an added touch of fun!


I made the gradient background using distress inks.  I came across a stamp set that I have never used- Hats Off to You by Lawn Fawn. I love this fun card! The numbers are cut out of the wrapping paper I  mentioned above.

CAS on Sunday- use a repetition image

Here is the cool graduation cap my niece decorated : )

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

COF-Trust/Have Faith

I joined a group on SCS called Crafters of Faith.  We create with a like theme inspired by a scripture and post on the 7th of each month. 
I am the hostess this month, and this is what I came up with.

*Psalm 46 Be Still and know that I am God*

In the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, it can be hard for us to sit and be still! To calm our minds and hand over every worry or anxiety to God. I love this theme- any time I begin to worry about something, or have an occasion where everything does not fall in line, or a worry about the kids or even family members with medical issues, I hand it over to God!

So, for the COF challenge, post a card using Trust of Faith as the theme, or using the words Trust of Faith.

 I  love to worry- so I work really hard to hand it over to God when I have something on my mind. I was looking for my Psalm 46 stamp and came across this image- from Unity- which I think speaks to my philosophy of handing it over to God- trusting in HIM!!!

 I stamped the image and cut it out with Memory Box stitched rectangle die. The border in pool party is a Cheery Lynn Designs die. The birds were colored with Copics. The DP is Paper Studio, the cardstock is Pool Party and Choc Chip from SU, and Recollections white. The Flowers are Prima (pink) and My Memories (white)

Sketch Saturday- Sketch

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

CYS-Stash- flowers

For the Challenge Your Stash challenge, we are to use our favorite flowers image. I decided to use a napkin instead of a stamped image- I love flowers!!!

 Being a technique person, what brings me comfort is trying a technique!  So.......  I have terrible allergies!  So, while I love all things outdoors, when it gets to the time everything starts to bloom, I am indoors!!!  Sneezing probably!  So, my joy in Spring is creating with flowers and not having to smell them or breathe in the pollen......... Instead of using a favorite flower image, I chose to use a napkin image.

 I just love to create using flowers- nothing better than to recreate what I see!  And, all in God's glory!!!

I took a napkin and took off the scrap white layers, then attached it to a white cardstlock which had been run through the Xyron. I have to confess, I have a huge stash of napkins I have saved to create with!!!!

 I fussy cut out the flowers and the butterfly from the napkin, then layered it on the white tag.  The tag die cut and the Asian Washi are from Aliexpress. The Kanji is from About Art Accents.  

 I was cruising Pintrest, and my search led me to the Tag Your It challenge blog.  I spent a little time there, and that is how I ended up using my flower on a tag.  I love that I used some really old SU ribbon to bring out the tan color.  I tried tying the ribbon using twine as I saw in one of the prior posts at Tag Your It-a challenge blog-- love the way it looks and will use this tying technique again.

Sweet Stampin- Use your Stash : )
Just add Ink- choose 2- Washi and flowers
Tag Your It #71- CASE tag

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