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Something Special...

My dear friend, Karen, and I have been friends since high school...and that's a long time.  We don't see one another too often anymore but can always pick-up right where we left off, no matter how long it's been.  That is the joy of having a longtime friendship.  Karen's birthday is February 27 and she loves hearts.  So, each year she gets a handmade card which I fit a heart into.  This year, it's the San Marzano border die from Memory Box...love! 

SanM_die_lg_stampassionI started with one of our Mid-Size (A6) cards and patterned layers from Basic Grey's Paper Pad, True Love.  I enjoy using the 6 or 8" paper collections as they are perfectly coordinated, great for card making and work together without being too matchy-matchy. 

Since I cut off some of the luscious distressing from around the edge of the pretty sagey-green layers, I added more with Distress Ink and my ever-present Ink Blending Tool...you can't tell what was original and what I added.  That's the advantage of having every ink color on the planet!  The green layers are popped off the floral layer with mounting tape because everything looks better when you give it some dimension. True that.

When I was making this, I didn't realize that the label die is one Memory Box retired - sheesh. I'm sure there are lots of substitutes but this one was nice and long -- can't remember its name.  The little bird is a new die and the saying stamp is one of MB's combo images...they all have a small coordinating stamp on the side of the mount - so great getting two stamps in one!  As always, I used my Plus Glue Tape Roller -- at just 1/6" wide, the dotty tape is perfect adhering delicate die cuts.

Happy Birthday to Karen - here's to many more years of friendship for the Goldust Twins!



LuAnn Kessler

This is GORGEOUS Melissa!!!!!! I am sure your friend will love it :-)

Peggy Beck

Your cards are always a class act Melissa. I don't think I've ever seen one I didn't love. I'm sure your friend is going to love this. And always you know hand made is the best.

Melissa Hoopes

Thank you LuAnn! I hope you are having fun with your new stamps and dies. Stay warm!

Melissa Hoopes

That is sweet of you Peggy - thank you! The MB stencils should be back in stock soon, by the way. I'll let you know when they arrive.

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