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Hearts and roses

One of the reasons that I like to do challenges is that they make me think and sometimes I am not so sure that I do a very good job at that. They do always make me try new things and that is awesome. I am not very good at coming up with starting ideas out of the blue.

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Have a novel birthday

When I saw that the inspiration for one of the challenges was coffee and a book I had a hard time choosing one idea, so I will be submitting to this challenge more than once. This is just the first thing that worked with the other challenges that I was working on. I think the only thing that could have made this inspiration more of a challenge for me to narrow down what to do is if you added a pet to the equation.

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Dino love

his stamp set was part of my Christmas money splurge at the craft store.  This dino is just so darn cute that he had to come home with me.  I just love the little rawr! I used Rawr from Lawn Fawn for the main design on this...

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Heart of paw prints

This card is a sympathy card, but since I am starting to make Valentines I just keep thinking that it could fit there also. I think that a lot of cards have identity issues when I am looking at them and trying to classify them as one thing in particular or another. Then again that could just be me….

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Invite Fairy

When a friend of mine asked me if I could make her birthday invites I was excited at getting to do just that. She loves stripes so I thought this sketch would be a perfect base, and I wanted a fun fairy with striped socks to make it the perfect card for her (and this one with the cupcake makes it perfect for a birthday invite). The main image is the first one I made, but it needed some tweaks and she wanted 12 cards so the second image is of all of the cards together. Each Fairy has her own coloring and personality, and I love that!

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Get well

There are a couple of categories that I am always looking for stamps in, and get well/feel better is one of them. When I saw this stamp I fell in love! It is the perfect level of corny to appeal to me while being pretty at the same time. I wish I had left the ladybugs face white, I hate that I realized that a bit too late though.

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Hearts and flowers

In order to make sure that everything is going to fit correctly on my cards I generally make a mockup in my design space program that goes with my Cricut. I didn’t do that this time, I don’t know why I just didn’t. You can see what happens when I don’t, I lost part of my design due to overcrowding! Lesson learned!

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More candles

It seems appropriate that the first card of the new year is a birthday card. Especially since I just celebrated my birthday. I was even able to use one of my new birthday presents on this card, the amber oxide ink. I now have at least one of each color family!

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Folk art thanks

I have been having fun with my nephew instead of paying attention to deadlines and whatnot. So, I may have missed getting this card submitted to the sketch challenge that I used with it. I also didn’t realize it was supposed to be teal and I used just a blue instead. Color challenges are not my strong point.

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Dog-gone awesome

This is the card that I made to thank those who gave our dog Christmas presents. I am a big believer in writing thank you cards, and that goes for my pet as well. I haven’t always gotten them out as often as I might have liked to, but I definitely try. There was the year that I bought a box of fun thank you cards to send and accidentally thought they were random car garbage when cleaning after the trip I got them in and threw them away, that year no one got thank you cards 🙁

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No peeking puppy!

While making these I was trying to figure out what to put on the tag with the puppy and I couldn’t think of anything. Then I remembered last year while I was trying to wrap presents my ‘helper’ puppy was busy checking in each bag and almost unwrapped one of his kids presents before I caught him, and all of a sudden the perfect thing came to me. No peeking for the recipient or the pup!

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Holiday wishes

This is my last Christmas card of the season, I believe. Hopefully this next year I will be better at making them all year and not wait and do them all at the last minute. I did better this last year and it was nice, but honestly, Thanksgiving hits and I get in the mood and I really enjoy making lots of Christmas cards (and I need to I lost count somewhere around sending out 80+)

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Birthday filagree

As I may have mentioned before I have a lot of birthdays this month and several of them are guys. Of course when I look through my cards that is always what I seem to be lacking. So, I made a couple of these to help me with the birthdays this month.

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Jolly reindeer

It’s so much fun to go through my paper stash and find a piece that jumps out as being perfect for a card. I feel that is what happened with this card. The background paper having all of the reindeer names on it seemed to fun not to use on my reindeer card!

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Blue Christmas ornament

Every year I try and make a card that is a blue Christmas card that may be a bit more of a personal card. This is the one this year that is that card. It might seem simple, but I see so many little things that feel that they make my heart happy in this simple card that it is my happy card this year.

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Christmas penguin wishes

This is one of those moments that I could keep my mouth shut, but I am just not that person. I got super excited because all of a sudden I realized that I had the dies to cut out the snow drifts for this card. I had totally forgotten what these dies did! Probably shouldn’t admit that, but, eh, that’s just how I am. Now if I only remember when I need to make waves of water…

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Skating penguin

Wow, did this card take a lot of work! I am not sure that I am all that happy with it, but there was definitely a point of no return when I realized how many hours had been spent already. I don’t hate it, I just don’t love it, and I wanted to love it a lot more after spending so much time working on it. Why does it work that way?

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