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The same friend who needed purses for her women’s retreat also needed boxes for the men’s retreat, so guess who made lots of little boxes? You guessed right! I love the matchbook box die, it makes the cutest boxes and they go together in a snap. Nothing fancy – they were for guys, after all, but still cute. Here’s the top:

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And here are all 26 of them!

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Every now and then I do big projects for friends, like wedding reception favors or cards for a conference. Earlier this year, I made a bunch of little purses for a women’s retreat. I love the Petite Purses die! My friends says she’s paper challenged, so I offered to do it for her and as I’ve done many of these, it was a snap. The designer paper isn’t SU (don’t tell anyone) but everything else is. I used different colors of card stock, stamped and punched the sentiment with the round scallop punch and added a little silver glitter heart to the front.

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Here’s what 27 petite purses look like:

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One thing I love about having stamps and a lot of great tools on hand is I can make a card at the last minute, in the comfort of my own craft room (my inking place!), without driving to a store, spending half an hour looking for the right card, paying way more than I want to and then giving a card that doesn’t mean much. Instead of wasting time driving and searching, I spent that hour putting this card together, right before a party, and it’s got a lot of heart in it—my heart.

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I used The Open Sea and long-retired Old World Map background for this one. It’s on a base of Smoky Slate with a splash of Pool Party (get it—splash—I’m so clever). The ovals were made with a retired Sizzix die and fringed with the old multi-purpose tool. The Pool Party twine is from the Sweet Sorbet accessory pack available as a free Sale-a-Bration item with a $50 purchase (only until the end of March). It made the perfect accent for the little ship. The new World Map background stamp is great too, and available in the current catalog, but for some cards, I like the look of the old one.

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