Circle, circle, around we go!

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Hello – Hello!

Time for another Blog Hop with my Global Stamping Friends! I love hopping with these talented demonstrators! This month’s theme is…can you guess from my title? Circles!! Let’s have some fun!

I saw this paper in my new All Is Bright DSP pack that I got last week and thought, “Oooh, elegant!” Plus, I have been drooling over the Beautiful Baubles stamp set and Detailed Baubles Thinlits ever since I saw it in the Holiday Catalog!! It is so gorgeous that I finally just had to order it! It just seemed so right to put the 2 together when they both came in the same box! WooHoo!

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At first I was going to use black and white to keep the feel of elegance, but after making a card using a white base…it just fell flat. I won’t bore you with that card…

My hubster actually encouraged me to use the Basic Black cardstock base and give it another whirl…and Oh My Gosh! I think it came out lovely!! And elegant!! Which is what I wanted in the first place!

Want to see it? Here it is:

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I am pleased with how it turned out! You can even see the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush in the light that is on the “wreath” around the ornaments! That was a lucky picture! I also added the Wink of Stella to the Whisper White sentiment circle, but you can’t see it in this picture. The ribbon already had sparkle in it…probably why they named it Shimmer Ribbon! 😉

What do you think? Did I hit the “elegant” mark on the nose, or what!? It definitely turned out better than the first one or the Turkey I was considering making, but thought I needed ovals for the feathers instead of circles…who knows, maybe I will still make one. It is November after all! LOL If you want instructions on how to make this card, just leave a comment below and I will get them emailed to you. Thanks!

To see the lovely Circle item Angélique Stempelkeuken made, please click on the arrow. Enjoy hopping through the blogs, I know I will!

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Thank you for reading and taking this crafting journey with me! It’s nice to have you along! Enjoy your Stampin’, Scrappin’, and Craftin’ journey and feel free to share with me!

Blessings, June

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Challenges this card was entered in:

HIMCR – Challenge #376 – Any Holiday

Crafting By Design – Get Ready For Christmas – October Edition

TTCRD – New Anything Goes Challenge 30th October

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – Challenge #409

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Snowflakes are falling on my head!

Hello – Hello!

Ok, actually rain is falling on my head…has been for the past week and is forecasted to for the next week! Snow is in the mountains though! WooHoo!

The snowflakes I am referring to are from Stampin’ Up! From today until the last day of November these items will be on sale! They are NOT in the Holiday catalog…they are special! I’ll be showcasing them next week…after I make the stuff that is in my head this weekend!

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Here are the stamp sets: Happiness Surrounds

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and Snow is Glistening

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Here are some other fun items to go with the snowflake theme…Snowfall Thinlits! Gorgeous!!

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And to make them even better…White Velveteen Paper! What?! Yep, it is so soft and…velvety!

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And Snowflake Trinkets! So fun!

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I bought the Happiness Surrounds, Snowfall Thinlits and Velveteen paper and will be playing with them this weekend! Come back on Monday and see what I created!

In the meantime…here are some samples of what Stampin’ Up! has created. Enjoy!

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Blessings, June

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SU! Holiday Card Swap #4

Hello Out There!

I just realized I forgot to show you card #4 form the Holiday card swap I had done. Jeepers, I really need to get myself organized and consistent!

This one was a fun one! I was again using the Still Night stamp set and thinlits. However, I needed to come up with the Big Shot focal piece. Of course, all my other cards already did that and I was almost freaked out thinking that I had used all possibilities up. Alas, I finally remembered that one of the main ideas I had had before they all blanked out on me was to do a snowy owl. So, here is my snowy owl!

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I kept it simple. I used the Whisper White cardstock as a base and distressed it with Pacific Point, which was also my 2nd layer. I also corner rounded it to soften it a bit. The branch is cut from Early Espresso card stock using the thinlits and my Big Shot. I embossed the Pacific Point using the Softly Falling embossing folder (one of my faves!) and had also cut out a few of the snowflakes. I used the clear rhinestones in the center of the larger snowflakes. I also used sheer ribbon across the bottom to keep the branch from just “floating” in the sky. It seemed to ground it.

Of course, after making all these cards using this set…I found ideas on Pinterest that turned the branch sideways. That is something I still will do and see how I like it. For now, I am pleased with my cards and I am pleased with all the other cards I got in return! I am well on my way to having cards stocked up by doing these swaps and making my own cards.

Thank you for reading and taking this crafting journey with me! It’s nice to have you along!

Enjoy your Stampin’, Scrappin’, and Craftin’ journey and feel free to share with me!

Blessings, June

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Challenges this has been entered into:

Hiding in My Craftroom – HIMCR #375 – Freestyle!

Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog – Challenge 402

A Bit More Time To Craft – Challenge #78 – Anything Goes

Through The Craft Room Door – TTCRD anything goes challenge week 16th Oct

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Beccy’s Place Challenges – October Challenge

CAS Christmas Card Challenge BLog – October 2018 Birds

 

 

 

SU! Holiday Card Swap #3

Hello! Happy Sunday!

I trust you are all doing well today and having a relaxing day! It’s a wonderful day to be alive!

Yes, I am on a roll and on a mission to get completely caught up with all my bogging of current and past (not too far back) projects!

This is another card I made for the card swap using the Still Night stamp set and thinlits! Christmas! I had fun making this one! I did some more masking for this card! However, this time I did have the thinlits to go with this set and also discovered that maybe fussy-cutting masks is a must. “What?!?” You say. Yes, I did just type that. You’ll see in a moment why I am thinking that fussy cutting is better than using the thinlits!

I started with my prototype and ended with a different card. Actually, a couple different cards. This card evolved into the cards I made for the swap vs the card I started with. There are rules for the swaps. We need 3 layers. 1 base + 1 full 2nd layer + a 3rd layer of some sort. We also need embellishments.

Here was my prototype…

 

Real Red cardstock for the base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ¼” with an inch cut off the front of the card so that the Under the Mistletoe DSP shows at the bottom.

Here were my 2 alternates that came about because I needed that full 2nd layer to be able to use it for the swap.

(If I didn’t follow the rules, I would not be invited for other swaps and I would get my cards back. I know this sounds harsh and at first, I had the same reaction, however, when everyone follows the rules it just works!)

I chose the one on the left to use for the swap. Which one would you choose??

In the end, I actually prefer the one I chose for the swap best. I didn’t choose the one with the Old Olive card stock inside because I figured that attempting to get that circle in the right spot each time would be tough. It was easiesr to just trim the Real Red base down to 4” x  5 1/4″ and make the Garden Green card stock 4 ¼” x 5 ½” to back it up. That gave me my 2 full layers. Then the circle with the owl counted as my 3rd layer.

I ended up cutting, with my trimmer, the Real Red at 4″ x 9 3/8″ and scoring at 4 1/8″ so that I had a larger piece as a left over to use elsewhere versus having a 1″ small pieces. I also saved all the red circles to use for other cards and the white paper with the circles cut out as well. I always attempt to use as much of the leftovers on other projects as I can.  I do not like to waste paper so I keep all scraps. Many scraps get used and I continue to challenge myself to use more of what I have. The ones I use the most are the white scrap strips…they get used for journaling in my scrapbooking!

The circle was cut using the 3 inch Stitched Framelits. I really like these framelits and how they have that extra framed edge that looks like stitching!

The masking came about so that I could stamp the owl onto the branch. There was some overlapping. As I said in the last blog post, masking allows you to give dimension to your stamping and create an overlapping of objects. In that case, it was the leaves. In this one, it was to have the owl in the forefront on the branch. I stamped the owl first using a Sahara Sand marker for the chest feathers and under the eyes. Then I used Soft Suede marker for the back feathers, feet, and the eyes. After stamping, I laid the mask over the owl and stamped the branch in Early Espresso over it. Now, as you can see, the lines don’t meet up because the mask was created with the thinlits on the Big Shot and are a bit larger than the stamped image. To make up for that I had to use my Early Espresso marker to attach the lines and make it all look blended. Not an easy feat and I had many re-dos! Another rule for the swap is clean stamping! Which I agree with wholeheartedly! That includes making sure that the branch fell where it was supposed to and that my “attaching” was smooth and looked like part of the branch that was missing! Hence, in the future, masks will be fussy-cut close to the stamped image so that there is not so much space! Although I may use the thinlit first and trim closer to the stamped image to help the fussy-cutting go faster. Now you understand!

I used Old Olive and Garden Green for the pine needles and Rhinestones for my embellishment. I also added a Garden Green one inside next to the sentiment.

The Under the Mistletoe DSP was used for the bottom strip of the card. I definitely need to use more of this paper!

That’s it! What do you think? Which version of the card do you like best?? Leave a comment below and let me know. I am truly curious! It was a tough choice…in the end, time was the biggest factor once again.

Thank you for reading and taking this crafting journey with me! It’s nice to have you along!

Enjoy your Stampin’, Scrappin’, and Craftin’ journey and feel free to share with me!

Blessings, June

Challenges this card has been entered into:

Crafting By Designs – Get Ready for Christmas September edition

Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog – Anything Christmas Goes

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – CHNC Challenge 405

SU! 2018 Holiday Card Swap #2

Hello! Happy Saturday!

I trust you are all doing well today! It’s a wonderful day to be alive!

Time to move on and show you the rest of the cards from the Holiday Card Swap I just did! I realized I should have named the other post with Holiday since there are more than just one swap. but, oh well…a learning lesson!

What do you imagine when you think Halloween and owls? Yes, THIS! Right?!

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Halloween was the easiest to create a card for using the Still Night stamp set and thinlits! No surprise there, I am sure! This one came together so perfectly! I did struggle with a sentiment, though. I needed to use only current SU! stuff and I don’t have a current Halloween sentiment. I only have Paper Pumpkin Halloween sentiments. The ones that come with the Still Night, just didn’t sound Halloweenish to me. And, I am not really a creepy sort of Halloween gal, so I wanted to stay on the cuter side of things. That’s when I grabbed the Make a Difference Alphabet and made up my own…’Hoo!’ I thought about doing ‘Who?’ but figured that was too predictable. Something original was what I was going for and that is what an owl says. Right? I used the Gorgeous Grape ink for the sentiment and distressed it with the grape as well.

Hmmm, got sidetracked with the sentiment and I haven’t even told you about the card! That’s ok, all in good time!

I apparently did not remember to take pictures of this next step, so words alone will have to do. If you have questions, feel free to ask them in the comments and I will answer them!

I cut out a 3” circle from the white cardboard that lines the DSP. I needed something firm. I used that as my stencil for my moon. Then I grabbed a page of Very Vanilla and laid the stencil on it. Grabbed the daubers and ink for my Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie and began to use circular motions to bring the color into the circle. I started with the Crushed Curry and then blended in the Pumpkin Pie. This was fun to do and each full moon came out uniquely different, yet stunning. I really like the moons! I then cut them out so that I could put them on the Night of Navy. One of the best colors ever! I typically use it for anything I want to look like nighttime! It’s better than black for that! Besides, I knew I was using the black for the silhouette of the branch and owl. The base is Pumpkin Pie card stock distress with Gorgeous Grape ink.

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As you can see, I changed up the owl from my prototype to the actual card that was made and sent for the swap. It came down to a time factor! I was subbing so much and running dangerously close to my deadline. The prototype had been stamped with Versamark, clear embossing powder poured on it, then shook off, then heat set. Plus, running it through the Big Shot with the thinlit. That is a lot of steps! I needed to cut out some steps! So, I went with the black owl that looks like he wants to take off. It’s not as striking, yet it is easier to see. I think the black owl with the clear embossing powder is harder to see.

I may have taken out 3 steps, but there was still the cutting of the owl. You have a different sandwich of Big Shot plates that you have to use for detailed thinlits. It helps to make them come out better and yet, you still have to run it through a few times! Plus, the bristle brush and mat really help get all those pieces out.

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When you don’t, this happens…which has it’s place, just not on this card…

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When you do, this happens…

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Sometimes a few hang on for dear life and then you just have to take your paper piercer and push it out! Or a fingernail can work at times too, depending on the size. those toes needed the piercer!

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Oh, I almost forgot! On the sentiment…do you see those 3 black pearls?? We don’t sell them, by the way. Do you want to know how I did that? A Sharpie! Yep, I colored them on their mat and then transferred them to the sentiment oval. I have done it with rhinestones to give them color, so why not pearls? It worked and I like how it turned out. At first I left it all plain and then I thought it needed a bit more so I also did the silver thread in loops under the sentiment. I am still working on perfecting that technique! Not sure why I struggle with it. I know it’s all the rage right now, but mine never seems to come out just right…or maybe that is my problem…it isn’t supposed to be just right, it is supposed to be messy. I need to set aside that OCD tendency for this technique, I guess! LOL

I left the inside blank so that the giver of the card can write what they want. Sometimes, I just really like it that way! I did use the stamp with the 3 little dots on it to decorate the corner of the inside with some Tuxedo Black and some Gorgeous Grape. Kept it simple.

That was it for this card. Prototype changed, as is typical for me. Let me know what you think! Which do you like better??

Thank you for reading and taking this crafting journey with me! It’s nice to have you along!

Enjoy your Stampin’, Scrappin’, and Craftin’ journey and feel free to share your creations with me!

Blessings, June

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SU! Card Swap – Card #1

Hello out there in internet world!

Yes, I have been slacking in the blogging department. It is really something I need to focus on! School started here in Montana and I had wished for 2 weeks of ‘Me Time’ before starting to substitute and only got 2 Days!! Can you believe it? I was covering teachers for meetings and for testing. I have subbed everyday since! Yikes!

In the meantime, I had signed up for a Card Swap using products from the new Holiday catalog or the Annual catalog. I found a stamp set in the Holiday Catalog called Still Night bundled with thinlits and I am challenging myself to do all four cards using this set.

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That is really a challenge for me!! One I put upon myself, though, and I am loving it! It started as only with this stamp set, but then I figured I needed to be able to use a couple other stamp sets to cover all my categories. “Sending warm wishes” just was not going to work as a Halloween sentiment! 😉

Of course, before I got my stamp set ordered and delivered I had all kinds of ideas in my head about what I would do for my cards! I had signed up for these 4 categories:

Halloween (this stamp set screams it!)

Christmas (not too big a stretch with the snowflakes, branches, and pine needles, right?)

Grateful/Thankful or Thank you (I’m sure, I can think of something)

Big Shot show case (lots of things to run through a big shot and use as a focal point on a card, right?)

Yeah, so then it took me awhile to order, receive, and sit down with the set and make cards…by that time…they (ideas) had all slipped right out of my head and it was blank! Yep, blank! I never sketched out any of my ideas and I came up empty when I finally made the time to sit down and play!! OH< NO!! I have a deadline here folks! My 44 cards (11 of each category) need to be in the mail by the 14th, at the latest, to reach the other side of the country by the 20th of September! Yes, I am pushing the limits here, especially with having the sub jobs start so soon and only 3 of 4 prototypes done!!

So, what do you do when you go blank? You turn to Pinterest! There was not a thing on there with this set! Can you believe it?? I searched the stamp set name and got all the Bethlehem cards, that stamp set isn’t even called Still Night, it’s called Night in Bethlehem

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Um, that is not the same stamp set! Right?! I even put ‘Still Night with owl’ and ‘owl cards’ came up empty handed! That tells me, I need to make sure these four cards get to Pinterest just in case anyone else wants some ideas for this set!

I began to play around with the stamp set and thinlits and then ideas started to roll around again in my head. I made the Halloween card since that one had not completely left my brain…just partially. I’ll tell you about that one in another post.

Then I figured I would continue in season/theme order…Grateful/Thankful or Thank you card…hmmm…what ever was I going to do with that? There were no leaves in this set, so I pulled out my Colorful Seasons set (wishing now that I had also bought the thinlits as well! Darn it!)

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So, now I have 2 stamps sets…what the heck am I going to do with them and not make the card look the same as the any of the others I had been sketching out (as ideas came to me). This card had no sketches! Total blank!

When Pinterest can’t help me, the next thing I do when I am stumped and drawing a blank is to go to my favorite challenge blogs! They provide inspiration and motivation! And, happily, after deleting a number of them that have closed…I found inspiration in the form of a sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch! CASE stands for Copy And Share Everything in the Stampin’ Up! world..and maybe elsewhere, but I learned of it from SU!. CAS means Clean and Simple which has a couple “rules,” such as, 1 main focal point, lots of open space, minimal layers, and minimal embellishments. There are some other CAS challenge blogs that I like as well. I think (but am not 100% sure) that CAS(E) is a combo of these 2 ideas with a sketch thrown in. Works for me! And my card!

I also loved the fact that Brian King created this sketch and he is an amazing Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!

Here is my take on this sketch!

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I was pleased with how it turned out! What do you think? I can take it! Be honest!

For the Card Swap, I had to have a base + 2 layers and embellishments. It’s kind of hard to see here, but there are some of the Basic Adhesive Backed Sequins on there as well in the diagonal leaf design.

For this card I used Soft Suede cardstock as my base cut 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored in the middle at 4 1/4 inches.

2nd layer is Very Vanilla cardstock cut at 5 1/2″ x 4″. The diagonal was made using painters tape on each side and measures about 1 5/8″ wide. I used the leaves form the Colorful Seasons stamp set and made a mask of the large leaf and the small leaf, hence the wishing I had gotten the thinlits! No fussy cutting would have needed to happen. (Note to self: buy thinlits when there are some with any stamp set I buy!!) The ink colors I used for the leaves are Real Red, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Grapefruit Grove, and Mossy Meadow. I know, now you want more pictures of how I did it and maybe more explanation. I’m thinking in a later post will go more into detail and I will make more pictures as I do the rest of the cards. This is only my prototype! I have 11 of these babies to make! I’ll be a busy girl this weekend, let me tell you! I will make sure to take pictures of all my steps and then post about it again! I am making a note right now! Done!

I distressed, using a dauber and Pumpkin Pie ink pad the edges of this Very Vanilla cardstock to help frame it. Yes, I do like doing that on almost all my cards, thank you for noticing! 😉

The owl is cut using the Big Shot and thinlit from a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and is stamped with Soft Suede ink. The branch is cut from Soft Suede cardstock. No stamping on the branch. The branch stamp and the thinlit branch do not match.

Inside my card I used Very Vanilla cardstock cut at 5 1/4″ x 4″ and also distressed (edged) in Pumpkin Pie. Then I used part of the larger leaf in Pumpkin Pie and then Cajun Craze for the spines of the leaf. Mossy Meadow is the color of the little wispies (not sure what to call them…they made me think of all the white wispy seeds that seem to be floating around on the breeze in the fall here). The sentiment is stamped in Cajun Craze ink and from one of the new stamp sets called Love What You Do. See, I needed a 3rd stamp set for this card. But, that is actually a good thing for me since I am not usually one to mix up stamp sets! This was turning into a mega challenge of using one stamp set on all 4 cards, as well as mixing up stamp sets! WooHoo! I am out of the box on this one!!

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Other than going over in detail how I made that diagonal falling leave strip, I think I have told you all about my card. I am happy to enter it into challenges and am very thankful for the inspiration from Brian King and the folks over at CAS(E) this Sketch!

Until next time!

Happy stampin’, scrappiin’, and craftin’!!

Blessings, June

If you would like any of the supplies that I used to make this card, feel free to click on the blue text above or go to juneolsen.stampinup.net

Challenges this card has been entered into:

CAS(E) this Sketch – CAS(E) this Sketch #287

613 Avenue Create – Challenge 213 Anything Goes / Optional Twist Clean and Simple

A Bit More Time To Craft – Challenge #75 – Anything Goes

 

A Petal Promenade from SU!

Hello, again!

See, I am on a roll! It’s still Saturday night and I am getting blogs caught up! WooHoo!!

One last card that I made with the DSP that was on sale last month…yeah, sorry, it’s not anymore. You can still get it…just not the special. There is a different special running though that would certainly help you out with getting all the lovely DSP (Designer Series Paper) that SU! offers…buy $50 worth of product in August and you get a $5 coupon to redeem in September. Check it out here.

This card was completely from scratch! No sketch, no challenge, nothing but my own little creative brain at work…ok, not little, I have a big brain full of ideas! 🙂

I used one of the sentiment squares from the paper as my focal point. I kept it simple, yet it also came out elegant because of the amazing Petal Promenade DSP!

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The sentiment stamped in Mossy Meadow comes from the Enjoy Life stamp set! A new favorite of mine! Used it for a card swap I did earlier this summer…oops, I guess I need to blog about that too! Darn! I am further behind in sharing what I have been up to this summer than I thought! I did lots of paper crafting this summer! Lots of blog posts coming…get ready!

The cardstock base is 8.5 x 5.5 inches. A standard A2 card. It is scored differently than usual. I needed to break out of my box of humdrum. It is scored at 2 3/4 inches and 7 inches. The two folded ends meet in the middle…not middle of the card, but meet across the card. The square sentiment is overlapping both sides. Adhere it only to the top flap. You can use either flap as the top…it’s up to you. I chose to use the bigger flap as my top. You could also turn this on it’s side and do a side opening card. Whatever you wish. I may do a few more and give the other options a whirl. When I do…I’ll be sure to tell you about it!

Base cardstock is Mossy Meadow, a returning color to the collection. So glad they brought it back!! I also ran the two top flaps through the Big Shot using the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Embossing folder. Then I used Fresh Fig under the sentiment as a frame. Didn’t do a very thick frame as I wanted the flowers from the paper to stand out more than the cardstock frame. I used the Grapefruit Grove Natures Twine for across the top to add a little pop of color.

Again, a simple Thank you card that turned out elegant.

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday night! I’m going to go get some dinner and get back to blogging, card making, or scrapbooking! I’ll let you know which!

Blessings, June