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When I saw this card on splitcoaststampers.com, I knew I had to CASE it. I stamped the flower from Love & Sympathy three times and embossed it with white embossing powder. I made a few other changes – no ribbon, so I split a piece of card stock and stamped it. This is a neat trick that comes in handy when you want something that looks like ribbon but you don’t have the right color. Using the bone folder, break down the fibers until you can peel the layers of the card stock apart. The result is a fuzzy side that looks great on a card. Other stamp sets: Gorgeous Grunge and Happy Watercolor. Accessories: punches and gel pen.

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This card was inspired by Michelerey.

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This stamp set is simple but makes the most beautiful cards. Here’s the second one for this challenge:

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This is what we call CAS – clean and simple. The only layers are the white and Primrose Petals. I used the Happy Watercolor set from the Occasions Catalog (still available; contact me to order) for the background colors and stamped the image by inking the flower separately from the leaves. I didn’t have the right markers so I carefully inked the stamp with the corner of the inkpads. This one was inspired by googoobaby (thanks!).

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This month I’m posting cards for what I thought was last quarter’s challenge. I found out that promotion from my SU upline is over! I somehow managed to win a free stamp set every quarter for the whole challenge period, so no more freebies, but I am going to continue doing this just for the fun of it. It really is a challenge to use one stamp set for five cards, although I must admit CASEing most of them. Here’s the first one, using the Love & Sympathy set:

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I embossed the Whisper White card stock with the Stripes folder, cut out the main piece with the Labels thinlits, sponged it and popped it up. Instead of brads, I made paper brads by punching out little circles and gluing them together. They are flatter for mailing and I’m all about being able to put a card in an envelope so it’s flat enough so I don’t have to pay extra postage! This card is a complete and total CASE (copy and share everything) by Nancy Littrell.

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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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The last card for the challenge is a CAS (clean and simple) one layer card, which is so simple it can be finished in a few minutes. The technique is direct-to-paper, which means you use post-it notes to block off the parts of the card you don’t want to ink, then tap or drag (depending on the look you want) the ink pad directly on the paper. I used three different colors, then stamped the trees right over the inked part. This one is also a CASE of a card by CAKath. I think mine looks a little more like winter, which seems appropriate for everyone not living in Southern California!

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