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Sunday….Sunday – a day for rejuvenation! Here is your “stepped up” card for the weekend! There are different elements that make me feel like it is “stepped up” but we all have measuring tools (as to what is more difficult or not) but I will walk you through! I have a bunch of picture for you 🙂  Please feel free to email me if you need help! (sometimes it is just hard to put into words when writing up the post)

Here is your picture for the week…side by  side, you decide! I just love the season of “Fall” and I do not think you could go wrong with either one but I must say….I like today’s card because of the FUN burlap ribbon and the wee bit of pop of color with a Cajun Craze mat.

 

 

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I just love little accents of ribbon, and today ~ this one did it for me!

All I did was to take a piece of the ribbon, make a simple knot and then “pulled it tight” to make a flat knot. I then took the piercing tool or you could easily use the paper snips and cut into the fibers of the ribbon and simply separated it. The ribbon “behaves” itself…as you can manipulate it to “just as you want it” (darn, I wish my hair would behave like this)

 

 

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Below you will see a collage picture of the “how to’s” of the making of the sentiment and also the ribbon but let me try to shed some light for you as I was tickled with the end result.

 

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Post It Tape was my friend today. If you do not have a roll of this, you need it! I find it easy to just purchase it from Amazon as I find myself running around to find it and it is usually out when I go to Staples or Target etc….(that’s why I LOVE being an Amazon Prime) – poof….a hit of the button and the brown truck comes!

After I stamped the sentiment, a simple mask to hide the entire sentiment and poof – it works! Simply peel off the post it and you have a clean area! I used the small stamp of a leaf from the Paisley & Petals ~ this works perfectly to “fill” areas!

p.s. – here is a tip ~ because then width of the stamped piece is 4″ X 5 1/4″ and the tape was 1″ wide….finding the center was super easy – I drew a faint pencil line at 1 3/4″ on the top and the bottom, looked through the stamp (love it as it is a photopolymer) and stamped it in Delightful Dijon ~  then added the 1″ X 3″ piece of post it tape so I could go to town randomly stamping my leaves!

 

 

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I know from the comments yesterday that some were bummed that they did not take advantage of purchasing this great leave combo (the below stamp set and the matching framelits) when they were a bundle last year….but I still think that it is well worth purchasing both of these as they are simple a classic and the details are just unreal!

 

 

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Here is a good angle of the leaves…they are super fun to do! I had many emails yesterday about how I did them….please click here to see the post that I shared the FUN way…..it is actually a great thing that you could do with children as well – let them ball up the paper…smooth it out…..ball it up again and then when it is super soft – STAMP IT with the leave image and run it through the Big Shot to make this beautiful and fun Fall Leaf! (and I hope you smile) 🙂

I used the same tone on tone for the inking but here is another thing that is stunning (hmmmm…..I should do another post with it) – stamp the leaves with clear embossing powder and then heat set it – GORGEOUS!!!!

 

 

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The same envelope treatment as yesterday – I look at it this way….if it works…keep doing it! This is the easiest and best way to make an envelope shine! The strip of paper is just 1/4″ and then the DSP is 2″ and then cut the excess away!

Here is my motto – A beautiful envelope sets the tone for a beautiful card….a beautiful card with your handwriting inside makes someone feel beautiful so why not? Make yourself feel great by being the creator and touch someone as well ~ works for me! 🙂

 

 

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One more look at this beauty of Fall. I normally always POP up the layer with dimension but today, I did not think it needed it! The burlap ribbon makes such a statement – we are good to go! For those of you that like measurements, the Cajun Craze is a wee bit bigger than the stamped piece, 4 1/8″ X 5 3/8″ ~ paper makes SUCH A DIFFERENCE!

 

 

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Here you go with your “marked up” 411 ~ Directory Assistance picture! Pin it away for the future 🙂 I do think that this is one handsome card showcasing the beauty of fall! Once the leaves change in our area, I will take pictures of some of my favorite trees for those of you that live where there are no trees with color change!

 

 

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I also offer a great “loyalty/rewards program” so you can earn FREE STAMPS! (now who does not like to earn free goodies) You can find the info at the top of my blog under Paw Print Rewards, but you can click here and also click here!

Remember, this month~ one lucky person will win the WHOLE CONTAINER OF MARKERS!!!! This in itself is a $110 value so one of you will be doing the HAPPY DANCE – my way of thanking you for such a great Stampin’ Up! year!

Enjoy the day and I hope to see you tomorrow…..it is another (and the LAST CHANCE) for you to take advantage of a Paper Share from the new Holiday Catalog!

 

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