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Hi Stamping Friends!

Today I'm featuring another fun card from my "Last Thursdays" class coming up on Thursday, May 30.  I'm focusing on several of the Retiring Stamps & Retiring Accessories one last time before they are all gone on June 3, 2013.  I'd love for you to join us!

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RSVP For The "Last Thursdays" Class—Thursday,
May 30, 2013, at 6:30pm in my Too Cool Stamping Studio in SW Fort
Wayne, IN.  We'll create 4 cards with envelopes for just $10, or it's
FREE with a qualifying order placed that night.  RSVP by Wednesday, May 29 at 5pm if you'd like to join us.

I'm also offering a Class-To-Go Option AND, this month only, qualifying orders will receive an entry in the current Mystery Hostess Contest!

See complete details: "Last Thursdays" Class—May 2013.


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The Circle Circus stamp set is so much fun and so versatile for all kinds of occasions!  I love the look of overlapped circle elements on cards.  All the layers and colors remind me of gears and give the appearance of "movement" on the card.  Cool!

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I started with a Soft Suede card base in a traditional size, but decided to trim off 3/4" inch off the card front, so the final measurement was 7-3/4" x 5-1/2", scored at 3-1/2". 

I layered a 3-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of soon-to-retire Baja Breeze on the front to create a foundation for my Circle Circus border.

The Baja Breeze Seam Binding (also retiring), was twisted before wrapping around the entire card front and tying in a double-knot. 

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The circles are stamped in Baja Breeze, also retiring Not Quite Navy, Soft Suede and Old Olive inks and punched out with the corresponding circle or scallop circle punches.  The punches make this card super-easy to design and assemble in a matter of minutes!  Be sure to pop some of the circles up with Dimensionals for a beautifully layered look.

I added a Large Rhinestone Jewel and smaller Rhinestone Jewels to three of the circles.

Depending on which circle images you choose, and the colors you use, it's a fine set for masculine cards! 

I felt like the edge needed a little pattern, so I stamped one of the
images in Soft Suede on the inside edge.  Subtle, but just what it

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Here's what it looks like on the inside.

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I'll be sad to see the Curly Cute sentiment stamps go.  They are in such a terrific font that works with anything from whimsical to elegant, and the long, large shapes fit nicely in skinny spots on cards.  It's a fantastic basic greetings set for any stamp collection!

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The horizontal version is just as fun with just a little more frilly! 

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I added a few more circles in varying sizes.

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And, I fancied this card up a bit by texture embossing over the sentiment with
the Fancy Fan folder.  I thought the design echoed some of the circle
patterns beautifully. What do you think?

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Events—Mark Your Calendars!

  • "Last Thursdays" Monthly Class—May 30
  • Demo Team Meeting—June 10 
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