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Hi Stamping Friends!

Well, that was a fun week…heh. 

After four boxes of Kleenex and nearly 5 days of laying on my couch, slathered up with Vicks VapoRub, and watching endless re-runs of Friends, I'm starting to feel half-way normal again. I've felt so badly about not blogging everyday, but like "Adele Dazeem's" song, I'm choosing to "Let It Go!"  Another little lesson in surrendering, I guess.

I have to give props to all my stamping friends who came over to stamp with me at my Anything Goes Open Stamp Night last night and endured a night with me and my lingering cough and sniffles.  Truthfully, I wasn't sure I was up for stamping with friends, but I ended up having the best time!  It was just what I needed after being quaranteed all week!  So, to Janet S, Pat P, Mary K, Rita B, Kathe M, and Michelle V…thanks so much for sharing your company and creativity with me!  Hopefully, with a little help from my hand-sanitizer, I didn't share any germs with you!

Be sure to mark your calendar for the next Anything Goes Open Stamp Night on April 3!

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Unfortunately, my illness has left be ill-prepared for blogging today.  Not much creating going on here, and during Open Stamp Night I was making some extras of projects you've already seen.  So, today I had to scrounge around to find something that was worthwhile to share!

Then, I remembered that I had never shared the Make & Takes from the Leadership Conference back in January.  So, here ya go! 

Leadership - card 

Color Combo: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Strawberry Slush, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, and Whisper White.

Leadership 2014 Card—The first make & take was this lovely card using the Vivid Vases Stamp set!  I love how they contrasted the bold diagonal stripes from the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper with the much more dainty flower images. Crisp lines versus soft color washes! 

FYI—The Pool Party border is actually a sheet of card stock that I put behind the card before taking the photo, but looking at it now, I rather like that extra pop of color as a border!

Also features: Watercolor Paper, Aqua Painter, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Basic Metal Buttons and White Baker's Twine.

Leadership - bookmarks

Color Combo: Bermuda Bay, Strawberry Slush, Crushed Curry, Basic Gray, Basic Black and Whisper White.

Leadership 2014 Bookmarks—We also created these three cute bookmarks showcasing several fun products from the Spring Catalog.  All three projects featured Kaleidoscope DSP and the ever-awesome Scallop Tag Topper Punch.  Hmmm…why didn't I add some White Baker's Twine through the hanging hole?

Triangle "Rings"—The first bookmark features triangle-shaped elements that we made by punching with the Triangle Punch onto scrap card stock, then hand-cutting around the edges for a cool outline shape.  How fun! 

Geometrical—The sentiments on each bookmark are from the coordinating Geometrical (wood) stamp set.  I punched out two Strawberry Slush circles with the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch to use in place of the "O" letters in Hooray—love it!

Wood Accents—This was the first time I had tried the fun wooden shapes from the Essentials Wooden Elements Pack. You'll find hearts, chevrons, arrows, word bubbles, banners, circles, starbursts and triangles in this assortment. How cute!  There's a shape to coordinate perfectly with many products from the Spring Catalog! 

I do question whether I would want a piece of wood stuck in the middle of my favorite book…but, I digress.

Funky Fringe—I love the bottom of the third bookmark, all funkified with the help of the Fringe Scissors

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It's so good to be back with you today!  I missed you guys!  Thanks so much for visiting!



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