I can’t believe it, today is the last day for Sale-A-Bration. If there are free items that you’ve wanted to receive then today is your last shot. You can check out all of the Sale-A-Bration options here. Earlier this month I got the Softly Sophisticated bundle and I’m bummed that I haven’t had a chance to create with it. It is one of the Level 2 options that we can pick with a minimum $100 order (before tax and shipping). The stamp set has simple floral imagery and greetings and the embossing folder is great to create a subtle background. My favorite Level 1 item is the Softly Stippled patterned paper. Again, I haven’t had a chance to create with it, but I love the soft patterns and I’ll likely use the paper for some church card ministry birthday cards in the future. What I’m trying to say is that there are some great options that you can get for free with a qualifying order. But you can’t delay – today is the last day – after that all of the Sale-a-Bration exclusive items will go away. Please enter host code U2K4XQCT when you check out your online order.

In my recent post I mentioned that I created a card over the weekend. Well, this is it! I actually created a batch of 18 of this card for the March card ministry at our church. I designed a pretty simple card and worked in shifts on each element so I could take a break between each one. It felt great to get some creative time and take a break from the TV. You may be scratching your head about several of the elements because they aren’t familiar. The patterned paper is from a retired pack, the stamp is a new one that will be available March 4th in a new batch of Online Exclusives, and the piercing background die is from another company. For color inspiration I selected the Starry Sky / Daffodil Delight / Pool Party color combination from the Color Coach. This tool is a great source of inspiration for color combinations and I refer to it often.

I knew that I wanted to use the Sweetly Scripted stamp set (the one that will be an Online Exclusive) so I looked for a card sketch that seemed perfect for a stamped strip. I lowered the diagonal strip so I could maximize what I could get out of a single sheet of patterned paper. I cut the paper into 4″ x 4″ pieces and then cut those on the diagonal at 1 1/2″ on the left edge and 2 1/2″ on the right. This gave me 2 pieces for 4″x4″ section which is very thrifty, and very much in keeping with my nature.

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