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It’s my turn to host the Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper Challenge (FS508) so a big congrats to Jeanne, aka Penny627! She has such a wonderful gallery & after much browsing, I chose THIS to case. I didn’t have a cute little Halloween girl, but I had a cute little Christmas girl. So I kept the basic layout & circle element, but I used different images, different colors & since there isn’t a die for this cutie, I did a complicated out of the box/into the window for her. 
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Sigh…I’m not gonna lie..it took me quite a while to color this lovely, then it took me longer to figure out how I was going to handle her, since she’s a bit bigger than I thought when I ordered her. To make the circle opening, after a lot of consideration, I traced around the smallest Grand circle die & used a craft knife to cut away the area around her that fell inside the circle. I used the same circle along w/ the largest of the regular circle dies to cut the silver glitter layer & put it behind her. The card started out to be 5.5″ square, but I just felt uneasy w/ it, so I cut it down to fit A2 & added just a touch of snowflake embossing on the lower corners & strips of the silver glitter on either side. It changed the look a bit, but I like the partial circle a lot better. I added a die cut Joy out of the silver glitter above the Happy Holidays that is part of the red designer paper I used to back the image.

Here’s a look at the inside & below it are the many Copics I used.
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Supplies:

Stamps: Penny Black – Fairy Holly (inside- Anita’s (no longer available)
Paper: Staples 110# white, X-Press It white, dp (Studio Calico -Magical, DCWV silver glitter)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black (inside -Versafine crimson)
Accessories:  Copic markers, Misti, Spellbinders lg circles, Grand circle dies, Sizzix Holiday thinlits dies, Crafter’s Companion embossing folder

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These colors may be a little different for a Christmas card, but I was using the Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge (CC606) colors of bermuda, coral & island indigo. I also did a fun Turkish map fold for the inside, per the Technique Challenge (TLC609). If you want the directions for this fold, just click the link for the TLC (above). 
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As a rule, I don’t usually do fancy folds…apparently I am unable to follow directions..well, I CAN follow directions, I just don’t, lol. It always ends up being a reinvention of the wheel when I can’t stop myself from changing things. So, I did follow directions (mostly) for this one. Mine is a little bit (.25 inch) larger than the directions. And the fancy fold didn’t kill me, so that’s a definite plus. I had to resize the dies to fit a square card (instead of a rectangle), but that’s not too hard. Actually, the hardest part was refilling my ATG tape gun. Sheesh! I bought a case of refills & turns out at least half of them are wound wrong so they are useless. That part was not fun. 

Here’s a look at the inside & how it looks folded flat. To me, it looks a little plain but I guess I’m not used to having to fill up that much real estate. Will have to work on that. Since the inside is copy paper, it does fold flat to fit into a regular envelope & it really isn’t bulky or heavy.
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These are the Copics I used.
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Supplies:

Stamps: DRS Designs – Lg Snowman Portrait, Snow Better Greeting, Snow Bg, (inside – Custom Christmas Name Sign, 1 line Merry Christmas, Christmas Village 4in1, Pine Tree Snowdrift, Tiny Snowman, Snow/Sand Lines
Paper: Staples 110# white, X-Press It white, 20# copy paper, coral
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Distress Inks tumbled glass, broken china, marigold, worn lipstick, Colorbox frost white pigment
Accessories:  Copic markers, Misti, MFT diagonal stitched rectangles, fishtail flags, arched window dies

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It’s my turn to host the Splicoaststampers Featured Stamper Challenge (FS507) so I want to give a big Congrats to Bev, better known as guneaxdesigns! I chose THIS card to CASE. I kept the layout & Christmas theme, but I used stamps instead of a napkin, added a window arch & used an embossing folder. 
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I’m using a brand new Pinecone image for my centerpiece. The pinecone was stamped, colored w/ Copics & fussy cut. Then I die cut a large white panel, cut out the arched window & cut another arch (using 2 sizes of the same die set) to make a frame. I stamped the Merry Christmas Arc on the frame (I cut the image apart to make it easier). On the leftover inside arched piece & also on the leftover large frame, I used the Woven Plaid stamp (the cut apart version), & the 3 colors of Distress inks. I went back I embossed the white layer w/ a snowfall folder before I put it all together & I also added a little die cut holly for the hanging part of the pinecone.

Here’s a look at the inside & below it are the Copics I used.
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Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Supplies:

Stamps: DRS Designs Pinecone (new!), Merry Christmas ArcWoven Plaid, (inside- Beautiful HolidayTriple Holly
Paper: Staples 110# white, X-Press It white
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Distress Inks twisted citron, candied apple, mowed lawn
Accessories:  Misti, Copic markers, stitched arch dies, stitched rectangle dies, holly ornament die, snowfall embossing folder, stickles (added to the pinecone), Spellbinders A2 matting basics B

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