Before I get into the details regarding my card, I want to share that we personally are safe and sound here in VT. The river got quite high near us, but we’re part-way up a hill and we haven’t been affected by the flooding. However, I know that many of my fellow Vermonters haven’t been as fortunate. I’m saying prayers for all of the people around the state that have lost their homes or their businesses. I’m also praying that the destruction will not get any worse given the forecast for more rain over the next couple of days. Vermonters are resilient and community-oriented folks, but this is all a lot to deal with. I’ll definitely be looking for opportunities to help out. I have found a couple of trustworthy sources of volunteer info in case anyone is interested: Vermont Public and the State of Vermont. I also heard a couple of great suggestions for ways to help financially: Donate to the Red Cross and purchase gift certificates from businesses that have been impacted. I’m sure that there will be many great opportunities to help, and sadly there are a lot of people who will need it.

Now for what you would expect to read here! đŸ˜‰ This stamp and coordinating die set is another one that I had flagged to prioritize for a project since I hadn’t used them yet. I purchased it from the last mini catalog anticipating that I would create Valentine’s Day cards with it, and that still may happen – just not for the holiday this year. There are other events this set will work for, and I decided to go with a non-event. This card is perfect for any occasion, or no occasion at all. I can send this to a friend for their birthday, a celebration or just because. There are some interesting combinations of the dies with stamps with this set. If you missed it, I encourage you to check it out.

This current sketch challenge from the Global Design Project was the inspiration for my card layout. I realized that it’s been quite a while since I participated in one of the challenges from this blog site and this one totally inspired me. I thought that this layout is perfect for the Love for You stamp set, so I just had to join the challenge! I got some inspiration and I was able to ink up one of my still-unused stamp sets. Win-win!

I absolutely love it when I can combine challenges with a single card! I used the first column: Green & Blue, Layers and Die Cut for my project. Layers and Die Cut were easy-peasy since I was already planning on using the Love for You set and dies because of the other challenge. That left Green & Blue, which are my favorite colors, so that was pretty darned easy, too. This gave me the opportunity to open my pack of Countryside Inn patterned paper. This particular pattern that I used reminds me of wallpaper, and it seemed like a wonderful background for the focal area. I’m surprised that I haven’t used the paper before now because the blues are totally my thing. I’m sure that I’ll use a lot more of that gorgeous paper!

Updated 18-July-2023: I’m super excited to share that my card was selected as a Team Pick for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge. Woo hoo – it’s such a great way to start the week!

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