Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Year in Review (Part Two)

Hello again! I'm back to share part two of my Year in Review for 2012. Picking favorites for the second half of the year was a challenge. I had 13 blog posts in July alone! Here are my faves for July through December. Enjoy!

I'm not sure that I can really express how much I LOVE this stamp set. It has to be one of my favorites ever. I also love it paired with this DSP. A fun Fall card!


See? I told you I loved the jar! This is the same DSP that I used in the card above, but these patterns gave this card a different look.


This was the Christmas card that I sent out to my customers. I loved all of the shimmer on this one!


I loved this sketch and I thought it worked really well with this color combination because it allowed me to use the strips of DSP to incorporate a color challenge that I really like, but found quite challenging.


I really liked this color combination for a fall card.


This was my first ever page made with My Digital Studio. I had so much fun designing it and was really please with the end result.

There you have it! Good bye 2012 and Hello 2013! Happy New Year!!!!!!

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012 Year in Review (Part One)

Hello all! I'm sorry that I haven't been blogging lately. December is always a busy month as we prepare for Christmas, but this December also had several sad events for my family and they occupied my mind and my time. Stamping simply hasn't been a priority. I am very hopeful for things to turn around in 2013. I am anxious for a new year and a fresh outlook. I hope you are as well.

I decided to look back through my blog posts for the year as part of my reflection on 2012. I was reminded of the "Year in Review" post from last year and thought it would be fun to do another one. To keep this post from getting long and boring, I will post only one card for each month and break the list up into two parts. Check back tomorrow for part two.

I have to say that I am proud of where my stamping has taken me this year. Early in the year, I participated in a monthly blog hop that really helped to get me out of my comfort zone and take the leap to start designing my own projects (rather than mostly CASEing my creations). In May, I entered many stamping challenges,  and much to my great surprise, I actually won a few of them. It was a real boost to my confidence in my stamping ability. In August, I became a design team member for the Fab Friday challenge. In December, I finally took the plunge and tried my hand at My Digital Studio and loved it. It has been a good stamping year.

Without further ado, here are my favorite creations for 2012...


This card was inspired by a card that I saw on Pinterest. I love the colors and textured hearts. This was a card at my January class and man, did my Big Shot get a workout!

I made these adorable little lollipop holders for Valentine's Day. I loved the bright, non-traditional colors.


I made this little Easter treat for a workshop in March. I just loved this paper and the fact that the M&M's matched it almost perfectly made it even cuter!


I'll admit that this is not one of my all-time favorite cards, but I did design it myself and was proud of that fact so it still made the list. ;-) I do like the bright colors and little flower buttons.

May was a good stamping month, so choosing a favorite was tough. I loved everything about this card- the colors, the sketch (both from challenges), and the textures.


Love the colors and the bling on this one!

OK! That's it for part one. Stop back tomorrow to see my faves for July through December. Thanks for stopping by!


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Friday, December 7, 2012

Fab Snowman

It's time once again for another Fab Friday challenge! I can't believe how quickly the two weeks between challenges seem to go sometimes. Now that we are into December, I'm sure that time will fly by even faster right on through Christmas. Why is it that as a child, December was the slooooowest month and as an adult it is the fastest? Anyway, I hope that you are having a wonderful holiday season so far and that you are able to enjoy all the fun and wonder of Christmas. In that spirit, I have two Christmas-y projects to share using Mindy's color combination for the new challenge.

My first project is a card using one of my favorite sets for Christmas, Snow Much Fun. I just love the two adorable snowmen in this set!

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Snow Much Fun, Tiny Tags
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Gumball Green, Pool Party, 2012-2014 In Color DSP stack
Ink: Black Staz On, Whisper White Craft (for sponging), Basic Gray, Real Red, Gumball Green, Pool Party, Primrose Petals markers
Accessories: Big Shot, Snowburst EF, Perfect Polka Dots EF, Window Frames Collection framelits, Tiny Tag punch, Gumball Green ribbon, Festive Paper Piercing Pack

This card also combines two other challenges for this week. The sketch is from iSpy Sketches and the snowman theme is for the challenge at the Paper Players.

As a bonus, I did a second project, which is an MDS page. Since I started playing around with it last night and this morning, I can't seem to leave it alone. Here is a page I did of my daughter's second Christmas. I think it still needs some tweeking, but here it is in its current state.

Supplies Used: MDS2, Old Saint Nick brush set, tag punch, Real Red grosgrain ribbon knot

Well, thanks for stopping by! Be sure to come and play along with us at Fab Friday! The challenge ends on Thursday, December 20th.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

First Ever MDS Page!

I'm so excited! I have had My Digital Studio for well over a year and while I have tinkered around with it, I have never made anything that I liked. I recently upgraded to MDS2+ and have been playing around with it a bit more.

Last night, I joined a new group on Facebook all about My Digital Studio and they posted an awesome video on how to insert a picture into multiple photo boxes, so I decided to give it a try and managed to finish my very first page!

I used one of my most favorite pictures of my son, Isaac. This picture was taken in February 2010 when we received over FOUR FEET of snow! Isaac wanted to sled ride, but it was impossible with so much snow. My husband, Jason, my sister, Marcy, and I dug out a trail in our front and side yard complete with a turn and a jump at the end! We had so much fun sledding on it and the best part was that I was able to capture the fun with this great picture.

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Digital Downloads: Old Saint Nick brush stamp set, Month by Month brush stamp set, Sweet Details 4 Designer Series Paper
I hope you like my first page! If you are interested in learning more about My Digital Studio, please visit to see all that it can do. If you are interested in joining the Simply My Digital Studio Challenge Page on Facebook (which is open to everyone) click here to request to join. 
Edited to add an updated version of the page. I continued to play around with it and decided to try to crop in the picture a bit more. This is the second version, but I think I prefer the first one. What do you think?
Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to stop back by tomorrow for the new Fab Friday challenge!
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Friday, November 23, 2012

No Peeking for Fab Friday!

Wow! It is time again for another Fab Friday challenge. These two weeks seem to pass so quickly! Mindy has a great, versatile sketch this time. I would like to go back and play with this sketch some more when I have a little bit more time. I have had a very busy week and didn't get to really play with this challenge as much as I hoped I would. I decided to go with a Christmas card using the adorable "No Peeking" set for this sketch. I hadn't inked up the cute little penguin and I thought that he would work well.

Stampin' Up Supplies:
Stamps: No Peeking
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Festival of Prints DSP
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Gumball Green
Accessories: Big Shot, Chevron EF, Cherry Cobbler baker's twine, neutrals buttons

Please be sure to swing by at Fab Friday and play along with us!

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Dress Up Catalog CASE

Hello stampers! It is a busy, busy week so this is a going to be a quick post. I made this card a couple of weeks ago for a birthday party for one of my daughter's friends. We are really working the little girl birthday party circuit lately. I (amazingly) had the foresight to make an extra copy of this card for another party coming up in a few weeks. My girly girl has had her eye on this set (Dress Up) since the annual catalog came out and I finally broke down and got it for her during the recent stamp sale. My inspiration for this card came from the catalog. There is a sample card made with this set and I just changed it up a bit to make it my own. I hope you like it!

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Dress Up, Create a Cupcake
Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Primrose Petals, Whisper White
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Primrose Petals
Accessories: Big Shot, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Paper Piercing Tool, Holiday Collection Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, In Color Dahlias, Basic Rhinestones

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to come back on Friday for the next Fab Friday card!

~Marla Pin It

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fab Thanksgiving

Hi stampers! Well, another two weeks have passed without me posting a single card. :-/ I will try to do better. I have finished all of my stamping events for the year, so I should have more "fun stamping" time over the next few weeks and will hopefully have more cards to post soon.

Believe it or not, it is already time for another fun Fab Friday challenge. Mindy has a color challenge for us this time. I think these colors are really pretty together and just scream fall to me. What do you think?

I made a Thanksgiving card for this challenge. I have to admit that I did have a little bit of trouble with this color combination at first. I wasn't sure how to incorporate the Midnight Muse, so I decided to use it the same way that I would use black or any other dark neutral in a card. Here is my interpretation of the colors using sketch #59 from Freshly Made Sketches. I hope you like it.
Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Day of Gratitude, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Midnight Muse, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Spice Cake DSP (retired)
Ink: Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Paper Piercing Tool, Scallop Square punch, Antique Brad, Basic Pearls, Midnight Muse Stitched Satin ribbon
Thanks for stopping by! Now hop on over to Fab Friday and play along with us!
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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sell-a-stamp Spooktacular

(banner created by Nancy Berg)

Stampin' Up is offering a stamp sale for one day only on Monday, October 29th! Don't miss out! If there is a set (or sets) that you have had your eye on, now is the time to get them at a great price!

Here are the details:
  • Starting at 12:00 AM (MT) and ending at 11:50 PM (MT), almost every stamp we sell will be 15 percent off.
This means all stamps in the current catalogs including: Background stamps, Personalized name stamps, Cookie press stamps, Single-image stamps

This DOES NOT include: Hostess sets, Bundled stamp sets, Digital stamp brush sets

There is no minimum purchase, and no limit to the number of stamps you can order. Any order type qualifies for this promotion-customer, demonstrator, workshop, or online.

Stampin' Up now offers stamps that can be purchased individually. These stamps are also included in the sale. For more information and to see the available single stamps, click here.

If you are a local customer and would like to save on shipping, I am placing an order tomorrow and would be happy to add your order to mine. You can also order directly from my website ( Please get your orders to me via email ( as soon as possible! I will place the order no later than 9:00 PM tomorrow evening.

Thanks and have a wonderful day!

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New Single Stamps Offered!

Stampin' Up has added several stamps to the list of stamps that you can order individually. Some of them are from existing sets and some are brand new, never before seen stamps! The stamps are clear mount and come in a bag, rather than a case. They are available for a limited time only. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Here are the current offerings...

These stamps are all included in the stamp sale happening on Monday, October 29th. All stamps are 15% off during the sale. More details on the Sell-a-Stamp Spooktacular Sale can be found here.

Thanks and have a wonderful day!

~Marla Pin It

Friday, October 26, 2012

Fab 3D Ornament

Hey there, stampers! I can't believe that it has been two weeks since my last post! Thank goodness I am on the design team at Fab Friday, so that I at least have to post every two weeks. I have periods where I stamp a lot and other times where it just doesn't happen. Such is life, I guess...

Anyway, Mindy has a great sketch for us this time! I think this sketch has lots of possibility. I know that you will all do great things with it.

Here is my take on the sketch...
Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Champagne Glimmer
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Big Shot, Lacy Brocade EF, 3" Circle Die, Holiday Ornament framelits, Simply Scored, Paper-Piercing Tool, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding
I just love these ornaments and the champagne glimmer paper. I also really love this color combination for Christmas. I have been seeing lots of these 3D ornaments and decided to give them a try. They are really easy to make. I stamped three ornaments and cut them out using the coordinating framelits and the Big Shot. I then scored all three down the middle vertically using the Simply Scored tool. Then I attached them together using glue dots being careful to line up the edges. For the ribbon border around the circle die cut, I attached glue dots along the edge of the back of the circle (probably a glue dot every 1/2") and then just looped the ribbon over to form ruffles and the glue dots held everything in place. This card could probably still be mailed as long as you flattened the ornament before putting it into the envelope.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my card. Now, head on over to Fab Friday and play along with our sketch challenge! If you need any additional inspiration, please visit the blogs of my fellow design team members. They are all truly FAB!

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Friday, October 12, 2012

TGI... Fab Friday

As if Fridays weren't fab enough... it's time for another challenge at Fab Friday! Mindy has a color challenge for us this week. I have to admit, I struggled with this one. I love these three colors, but I had a hard time coming up with a good way to use them together, but what good is a challenge that doesn't challenge us and make us stretch our creativity a little, right? I encourage you to play along with us this week and see how you can grow creatively.

This was my take on these colors. I was inspired by a sketch that I found on Pinterest that was originally posted on the Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge blog. It is a fun and versatile sketch.

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Perfectly Penned
Ink: Midnight Muse
Paper: Midnight Muse, Island Indigo, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White, 2012-2014 In Color DSP stack, Summer Smooches DSP
Accessories: Big Shot, Chevron EF, Holiday Collection framelits, Island Indigo ruffled ribbon

All in all, this is a very simple project, but I like the way it turned out. I'm not sure what is up with my camera lately, but I really did use Summer Starfruit (even though it looks more like Daffodil Delight in the picture).

Please be sure to pop on over to the Fab Friday blog and link up your own project using these fun colors. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

If you need a little additional inspiration, check out the blogs of my fellow design team members! They are all amazing stampers!

Mindy Backes
Cindy Beach
Jason Casper
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers
Jan Tink
Wendy Weixler

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

November Buffet Choices

I have been hard at work getting everything ready for my upcoming Christmas Project buffets. Below are the projects for November. If you plan to attend on either Saturday, November 3rd (10:00-2:00) or Friday, November 16th (7:00-11:00), please look at the choices below and email me ( with a list of the projects that you would like to make along with the quantity of each. Please use the name posted above each picture in your list to avoid any confusion. Thanks and I hope to see you at one of these fun events.

#1- Rudolph

For more details on this card, click here.
#2 Ornament

For more details, click here.
#3 Wise Men

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Come to Bethlehem
Paper: Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake
Ink: Midnight Muse
Accessories: Big Shot, Labels framelits, Crumb Cake seam binding, basic rhinestones
Inspired by this card
#4 Christmas Cheer

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Scentsational Season, Sweet Essentials
Paper: Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Ink: Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Illuminate
Accessories: Big Shot, Northern Flurry EF, Holiday Collection framelits, 3/4" circle punch, Cherry Cobbler seam binding, rhinestones
Inspired by this card
#5 Banners

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Greeting of the Season
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Very Vanilla, Be of Good Cheer DSP
Ink: Gumball Green
Accessories: Big Shot, Petals-a-Plenty EF, Cherry Cobbler seam binding
#6 Treat Holder
Supplies Used:
Stamps: Embellished Events, Delightful Decorations, Tiny Tags
Paper: Basic Black, Real Red,Whisper White, red glimmer paper
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/4" Circle punch, Ornament punch, Jewelry Tag punch, Simply Scored, Simply Scored Diagonal Plate, small silver brad
Inspired by this project made by Dawn Griffith
The double treat holder has a pocket on each side. It is the perfect size to fit a Ghirardelli square chocolate on one side and a gift card on the other (or two chocolates or two gift cards).
Thanks for taking a minute to look over my projects. I hope to see you at one of my November events! Be sure to stop back by tomorrow to see the new Fab Friday challenge!

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Freshly Made Ornament

Wow! Has it really been almost two weeks since my last post? That isn't good, but is a good indication of what my life has been like lately. The weeks are flying by and I feel like I have been running in a million directions for several weeks in a row. I'm hoping that life will start to slow down a bit, so I can do a little more stamping for fun.

I did take a few minutes to stamp this morning while my daughter, Caroline, was at preschool. It was partly for fun and partly to finish up my samples for my November Christmas buffets (I will have the choices posted tomorrow instead of today because I have one card that I want to make some changes to- sorry for the delay).

I haven't had a chance to play along at Freshly Made Sketches lately, but I really liked this week's sketch, so I decided it was time to jump back in. This is what I came up with...

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes, More Merry Messages
Paper: Crumb Cake, Raspberry Ripple, Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Champagne Glimmer paper
Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Perfect Plum
Accessories: Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper EF, Ornament framelits, Cherry Cobbler baker's twine, Perfect Plum taffeta ribbon, homemade shimmer spray

I just LOVE Christmas cards made using non-traditional colors. This color combination came straight from the color coach. I really like Raspberry Ripple and Perfect Plum and I think they work nicely together. I also love the little bit of added sparkle that the glimmer paper provides. Nothing says Christmas like a little bit of sparkle. :)

Here is the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches so you can play along too...

Thanks for stopping by! Please be sure to stop by tomorrow to see my November buffet choices and again on Friday to see my next card for the Fab Friday challenge.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Rudolph the Fab Reindeer

Wow! The two weeks between challenges at Fab Friday seem to just fly by! I can't believe it is already time for our third challenge! I have LOVED getting to see all of the entries each time. Thank you to everyone who has been playing along with us! Mindy has another fun sketch for us this time.

So many possibilities for this one. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for this sketch. For my card, I kept things sweet and simple with a fun Christmas card using the adorable set called "No Peeking".

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: No Peeking, More Merry Messages
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Festival of Prints DSP
Ink: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Big Shot, 3" circle die, 1" square punch, basic pearls
Technique: paper piecing
I really like the way this card turned out and it is super quick to make. If you need to make a stack of cards quickly, keeping it simple is the key. When I originally made this card, my deer didn't have the red nose. While I still liked the image without it, it really raised the cute factor when my deer became Rudolph. His nose is made with one of our small basic pearls that I colored red with a Sharpie marker. How cool is that? I also paper pieced his scarf, but if I were making lots of cards, I would just quickly color it in with a marker.
Alright, now it is your turn. Come on over to Fab Friday and play along with us!

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Blue & Gold Ornament

Hi stampers! Here is another card from my Christmas buffets coming up in October. When I sat down to work on this one, I didn't have a very clear plan and just played and this is what happened. I like the end result and I think that my customers will like it too. I guess it is my West Virginia heritage that influenced this color combination. (Blue and gold are the state colors of West Virginia.)

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes, More Merry Messages
Paper: Midnight Muse, Whisper White, Brushed Gold
Ink: Midnight Muse
Accessories: Big Shot, Lacy Brocade EF, Holiday Ornaments framelits, basic pearls, white taffeta ribbon, white baker's twine

I still have a couple more projects to show you, so be sure to check back soon!

~Marla Pin It

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Shimmery Evergreen

Wow! I got my Christmas buffet choices posted just under the wire. I think they posted at 9:00 last night! Whew! It has just been one of those weeks. If you would like to see all of the choices, click here.

I am doing a full blog post on all of the choices because I didn't want to make my blog post with all of them too long. Here is today's card...

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Evergreen
Paper: Early Espresso CS, Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations CS, Very Vanilla CS, Champagne Glimmer
Ink: Crumb Cake (stamped off), Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Big Shot, Lacy Brocade EF, Holiday Collection framelits, sanding tool, Very Vanilla seam binding
Inspired by this card made by my friend, Rita

It is very hard to read the print in this picture, but the words that make the tree shape are from Silent Night, which is one of my favorite Christmas hymns.

A little trick for this card- cut out the star for the top of the tree (and maybe a couple of other shapes to save for another project) from the center of the piece of Glimmer paper layered behind the main image panel. This will save you some money and help that beautiful paper last and last.

Thanks for stopping by! I will have another card to share tomorrow!


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

October Christmas Buffet Choices

Hello there! As promised, here are the choices for my Christmas buffets for the month of October. Remember, November will have six entirely different projects, so if you want to make these, be sure to attend one of the October buffets.

If you plan to attend, please email me ( with your choices no later than next Wednesday, September 26th. Be sure to include the names of the projects as well as how many you would like to make of each.

I will do a separate blog post on each project (if I haven't already posted it), so be sure to check back if you would like more details on a specific project. Also, there may be slight variations to the projects in order to conserve supplies. Any changes will be small and will not change the overall feel or design of the project.

#1 Cookie Jar

For more details, click here.

#2 Silver Snowflakes

For more details, click here.
#3 Jolly Christmas Tree
  #4 Shimmery Evergreen
 For more details, click here.
#5 Ornament
For more details, click here.

 #6 Stocking Gift Card Holder
There will be four different combinations for the stockings- Real Red stocking with Garden Green trim (as pictured), Garden Green Stocking with Real Red trim, Cherry Cobbler stocking with Always Artichoke trim, and Always Artichoke stocking with Cherry Cobbler trim. There is a slot cut into the back layer to hold a gift card.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at the choices. I hope you can make it to one of the buffets on October 13th or 26th. Be sure to check back this week for blog posts for the remaining projects.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Christmas Shimmer

Hello again! I had an open stamping event earlier this evening and I made a promise to myself that I would actually stamp and not just sit, talk, and eat (like I normally do). I am happy to report that I made FOUR cards! This has to be a new record!

The first card I made was for this week's challenge at Freshly Made Sketches. They are celebrating their first anniversary and the challenge is to make a card using any of their past sketches. I chose sketch #19 and flipped it on its side (because I can never just do a sketch the way it is designed). I am not one to brag, but I just LOVE this card. It might be my favorite card that I have ever made! So sparkly and pretty! OK, enough talking about it, here it is...

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes, More Merry Messages
Paper: Core'dinations Early Espresso CS, Cherry Cobbler CS, Very Vanilla CS, Champagne Glimmer
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso
Accessories: Big Shot, Ornament Framelits, Tasteful Trim die, Lacy Brocade EF, sanding block, glue dots, dimensionals

Here is a trick for getting a border of glimmer paper around your ornaments- cut the ornament shape out of the glimmer paper with the framelit, then cut your stamped ornament with scissors and layer them. The framelits leave enough border around the stamped image to produce this sparkly edging for the ornament. I discovered this trick after seeing this card made by Jennifer Brum.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by! Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Here is the sketch that I chose. Be sure to stop by Freshly Made Sketches to play along and wish them a happy anniversary!


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