WCC29 – Flap Fold Flowers

WCC29 Bev’s Special Folds Challenge

Welcome to a new Challenge.

This time around we are folding!

Pretty much any kind of card fold little or big.  Simple or intricate.  You decide.   If you have a different idea than the picture…go for it!

Here’s the picture that was provided to encourage the thinking and the MOJO.

Fun-Folds-All-Cards

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Do you believe in kismet, coincidence or just blind dumb luck?   When I encounter that phenomenon I refer to it as inspiration.  LOL

Of course all of that also helped me to create this:

 

WCC29 - Wild About Flowers Flap Fold Card - Jean Fitch - Wild about Flowers & Trust God stamp sets

So how did I get there?

A week or so ago I had this wonderful tutorial by Julie Davison hit my inbox courtesy of SplitcoastStampers Weekly Inkling Newsletter.   Wonderful inspiration every Wednesday.  If you would like to get yours you can sign up for it on the home page of SCS here.  Of course I had to look at the gallery and came across this card (also by Julie Davison):

Tulip Flap Fold Card - Julie Davison

click the picture to see Julie’s post

All of that, the need for a card for the challenge plus a real hankering to play with my brand new stamp set Wild About Flowers put me on the road to creativity.

Needless to say…I had a very fun time learning a new fold and bending my own ideas into the fold parameters as well.   I always like a challenge.  Well duh…that’s why I work on our Wacky Watercooler Challenges. {grin}

I altered Julie’s basic design just a bit.  I added an Old Olive mat layer that creates a thin color border between the Pretty Petals designer series paper and that rather intense Pacific Point paper.  Hard to see in the photo but noticeable in the real card.   Of course I changed the stamps and the punch border but the rest is pretty much Julie’s design.  Now that I’ve done the basic design I have a few ideas for a stepped up version so check back.

Here are a few other views with the card unfolded.   If you don’t recognize the edging tool I used for the front flap…check out your punches.   I created the border with the Decorative Label punch.

 Click on the images to see a larger view

WCC29 - Flap Fold unfolded - Jean Fitch

WCC29 - Flap Fold top fold view

WCC29 - Flap Fold Side View - Jean Fitch

WCC29 - Flap Fold Front view - Jean Fitch

WCC29 - Flap Fold - inside folds - Jean Fitch

WCC29 - Flap Fold - front unfolded - Jean Fitch

Supplies:

Stamps: Wild about Flowers, Trust God, Lovely Amazing You (for the inside and still available for a short time)

Ink:  Old Olive, Pacific Point

Paper: Pacific Point, Old Olive, Very Vanilla Cardstocks.  Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack.

Punches: 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle, 2-1/2″ Circle, 1-3/4″ Circle, 1″ Circle, Scalloped Oval, Decorative Label

Other:  Stampin’ Trimmer, Dimensionals, SNAIL

I love the way the design from the Pretty Petals paper stack mimics the cornflower images I selected.  I’ve had a scrap of this paper sitting on my desk for a while now so not surprising I opted to use it.  I used the flip side to create the vest take out box you saw here.  Stampin’ Up does such a wonderful job of giving us papers and stamps that work so well together don’t you think.  Not to mention the general coordination of colors across many product types.  Love that!   Loving the new catalog too!

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Please join the rest of the design team over at the Challenge blog website here to see the rest of the teams designs and to add your own with the linky doodad.  When you add your own design and there are more than three entries, one of you will be a challenge winner and have the option to place the winner’s badge on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

That’s it for this challenge.   You can see the winner for the linky added projects for the last challenge here.  It was a hard choice as all the entries were wonderful.  If you haven’t looked already…take a look here.  You’ll be inspired.   I also hope this time you’ll join in the fun and grab a friend or two as well and get creating!  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for this and future challenges.

Hugs and Blessings to all my friends and readers.

Jean Fitch in pink

 

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Using up the leftovers

I don’t know about you…but I love leftovers.  Especially the kind you can eat.  Makes cooking a meal so much easier.   Many are even good cold.  Nice for these hot days of summer.

Same deal when it comes to papercrafting.  When you have scraps and other leftovers sitting around and taking up space….it’s time to use them up!

If you remember this card from the recent Wacky Watercooler July Hop:

Watercolor Wings Catalog Case - Marker Wash Technique - Jean Fitch

You might be wondering what I did with the leftovers.   After all…since the Fluttering embossing folder is 6″ x 6″ there have to be leftovers right?

Here you go:

Marker Watercolor Wash Bookmark - Jean Fitch

A quick and simple bookmark/tag with the 2″ leftover piece.   I trimmed it down just a slight bit and cut out a backing piece of Blackberry Bliss that was just 1/4″ wider.  Ran them both one at a time through the Ornate punch for a decorative top, fixed up the offset holes with my trusty Crop a Dile and then tied a bit of Sahara Sand Lace for a nice topper.   For a bit of embellishment I added an Itty Bitty punched butterfly with a bit of bling.  Easy Peasy right?  Another option for the punched hole I fed the lace through would be to use one of the hole makers from the Chalk Talk Framelits.  Pity I didn’t have another leftover Fluttering piece to show you that.  Ah well…another day.

And from one book lover to another…while we’re on the subject of bookmarks let me add the following tip.  As pretty as bling is down below…it’s really hard on the books and their pages.  So if you love books…keep your bookmarks as flat as you can and make sure any color you use won’t rub off on the pages.  Save your embellishments for the top portion that can sit above the spine or the pages.

There you have it one more project that used up my leftovers from the Marker Watercolor Wash technique.   To find out how the technique works and see the colors in the supply list, check out the link above to the hop post.  It’s very easy and adds color while you emboss your image.

Now if only I had been able to go to the Stampin’ Up 2015 Convention.  This bookmark would have been a fun swap project don’t you think?  Sigh…maybe in November when I’m hoping to go to the more local Onstage Local Event.  See you next time.

Hugs and blessings –

Jean Fitch in pink

July Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop: Follow up with Blog Candy and project reveals

Welcome to the July Blog Hop follow up and reveals…not to mention a bit of blog candy!

If you missed the Blog Hop that started last Thursday you can find the full line up here.     And…you can see my original post here.  Trust me when I say you don’t want to have missed this hop.  Some truly wonderful creations were shared that you will want to CASE for Christmas ideas and creations of your own.

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Here was my original Every Blessing card:

Every Blessing

Christmas in July!  Every Blessing.  The new silhouette set.

And here is the Men in Black version.   I know…they aren’t wearing sunglasses but I couldn’t resist the title.

Every Blessing - Men in Black - Jean Fitch

I really like the all black header piece.  The gold thread wrapped around the piece really pops don’t you think.  Part of why this version is my favorite.

This also shows the trickiness of photographing black doesn’t it?  I find I have to suppress the flash and play with the lighting.  It also reminded me that one should skip using the embossing buddy when working with black as the residue left behind is much more noticible.   And one other reminder I saw here in this other card….

Every Blessing  Men in Black - Jean Fitch See the star?   If you have long hair…make sure it’s up and out of the way when heat embossing or you’ll get drag marks and even halo looking effects if it moves around in the Versamark and in the gold powder.   A non stamper might not notice but it makes me crazy!   Of course it used to make my Dad crazy too so he was forever cutting my long bangs and long hair – yep…he was the barber of the family when I was a kid.

Every Blessing inside - Jean Fitch

And of course the interior…almost forgot to show you this.   I die cut a star from Very Vanilla and stamped the other sentiment from the set.   Of course you can fancy it up a bit more.  And if, like me, you like to add a bit more than just your signature you can add a quarter sheet of vanilla to the usual area and add the star with sentiment to the upper half of the interior.

Supplies:

Stamps: Every Blessing

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark

Paper:  Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Corrugated Paper (Kraft used though package also includes white)

Punches: Itty Bitty Accents Pack (star)

Other: Big Shot, Chalk Talk Framelits, Star Collection Framelits (for the inside sentiment), Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Gold Metallic Thread, Basic Jewel Rhinestones, SNAIL or Tombow multipurpose adhesive glue, glue dots.

Check back Sunday to see more detail shots and for my Men in Black version and then you can vote for which one you prefer.  Who knows…there may even be a bit of candy involved.  :D

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My next celebration of Christmas in July was a Luminaria.  Or it would have been if I had remembered to bring the little electric candle back from my event so I could take a picture.  Here’s the lit version below the original.  Much better don’t you think?   In real life the sentiment pops…it’s just hard to photograph.

Gentle Peace Star Filled Luminaria

Gentle Peace Star Filled Window Luminaria - Jean Fitch

Gentle Peace Luminaria Card lit - Jean Fitch

And a side view:

Gentle Peace Luminaria side view - Jean Fitch

Here’s the imagination gone awry one:

Gentle Peace Luminaria Curved Sentiment - Jean Fitch

I had the idea that the sentiment should follow the bend of the star.   Not a bad idea per se….the gold embossing just doesn’t show up as well in the gold embossing.  Perhaps if I had stamped it in black it would show.   I love the bendability of the photopolymer stamps and can’t resist featuring that ability…it just didn’t work quite as well as I had hoped in this particular instance.

One other thought about this star design.  If you aren’t happy with the “embossed” impression that the die makes you can cut from the back of the card front and you won’t have that impressed star effect.

Here’s the fun tag/ornament that I created with the star piece that is left over from the design of the card front.   Another opportunity to use lots and lots of the beautiful Metallic Thread that Stampin’ Up brought out in the new annual catalog.

From this:

Blank Ornament Star

To this:

Gentle Peace Star Ornament - Jean Fitch

Simple but fun right?

Supplies:

Stamps: Gentle Peace

Ink: Versamark

Paper:  Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Vellum Cardstock, Corrugated Paper (Kraft used though package also includes white)

Punches: Itty Bitty Accents Pack (star)

Other: Big Shot, WoodGrain Embossing Folder,  Star Collection Framelits, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Gold Metallic Thread, Basic Jewel Rhinestones, Very Vanilla Seam Binding (retired), SNAIL or Tombow multipurpose adhesive glue, Glue dots.

Can you see the subtle detail I got by running the hardwood stamped section through the Woodgrain embossing folder.  It’s almost something you notice by touch more than by sight.  Still…I like it.

This card was a CASE of one by Carol Payne.  Click on her name and you’ll see her version and a wonderful video showing how she puts it together.

So…I mentioned blog candy right?

Here’s the candy:

Gentle Peace Blog Candy - candle not included

A set of :  Card, ornament, blank star and a few feet of the metallic thread (not shown) to create your own.  Electric candle not included as it’s a pain to ship. :D

To win the candy just drop me a note or a comment here in the post telling me which of the Every Blessing cards you prefer…the one with a vanilla stamped sentiment or the all black version.   Tell me too which of the new or not so new Christmas sets in the new annual catalog you want to work with (pages 68-72).   I’ll use the random number generator to select a winner and get the package out to you once I’ve named the winner and you’ve provided the address.

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Thanks for checking back.  Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the background views and new ideas.   As a reward for getting this far along in the post here’s the direction sheets you can download for free for the Christmas projects from my hop post.    They may read a little oddly since they were created for my Christmas in July Stamp Camp where samples were available to see and I was right there to answer questions. :D

Every Blessing – Shepherd Christmas Card  – PDF directions for Every Blessing card

Gentle Peace  – PDF directions for Gentle Peace Card

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Hugs and blessings,

Jean Fitch in pink

July Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop: Featuring Christmas and the new Annual Catalog

July 2015 Watercooler Blog Hop Banner

Welcome to the July Blog Hop.

Merry Christmas!

This hop is a little different…but then again…aren’t they all?    This hop we are featuring Christmas in July (a favorite starting time for stampers to get their cards underway), a CASE of the new Annual Catalog and we are also featuring a new punch.   I have to admit…I may be cheating just a wee bit on those last two since I really, really want to do Christmas for all three!  LOL

Hopefully you’ve arrived from  the wonderful and always inventive Buffy Cooper’s blog.  Now that she’s a Grandma she’s probably making plans for an amazing Christmas for the family and one little munchkin in particular.     As usual you can follow this hop in a circle going either direction.  Of course you can also return to the home hop site if you ever get lost along the way.

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I am so excited that Christmas is back in the catalog and really loving the few new sets Stampin’ Up is tempting us with.  I say tempting because like an appetizer that tempts the appetite they kept the number of new Christmas sets small so we’ll be ready to enjoy the feast that is the Holiday Catalog.  Only a month and a half to go until customers can purchase the full Smorgasborg that is always found in the Holiday Catalog.   Pardon me if I do a little Na-na-na-na-na.   Demo’s get to order a month earlier at the beginning of August.   Makes it worth while to join up right?

Here’s my favorite new set showcasing the new corrugated paper as well.  As you’ll see on both Christmas cards…I really wanted to create cards that used all the possible stamps in the set.  Of course in these pictures you won’t see the inside sentiments…but trust me…they’re there.

Every Blessing

Christmas in July!  Every Blessing.  The new silhouette set.

Don’t you love silhouette sets?  I do.  I’ve been mourning the retirement of Welcome to Bethlehem.  And now I’m glad I kept it!   These shepherds will be perfect in joining the wise men from the former set this coming Christmas.  I got just a wee bit carried away with the new gold metallic thread.  Good thing there are 50 yards on the spool.

Supplies:

Stamps: Every Blessing

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark

Paper:  Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Corrugated Paper (Kraft used though package also includes white)

Punches: Itty Bitty Accents Pack (star)

Other: Big Shot, Chalk Talk Framelits, Star Collection Framelits (for the inside sentiment), Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Gold Metallic Thread, Basic Jewel Rhinestones, SNAIL or Tombow multipurpose adhesive glue, glue dots.

Check back Sunday to see more detail shots and for my Men in Black version and then you can vote for which one you prefer.  Who knows…there may even be a bit of candy involved.  :D

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My next celebration of Christmas in July is also a Luminaria.  Or it would be if I had remembered to bring the little electric candle back from my last event so I could take a picture.  Sigh.  By Sunday I should have found my others so you can see it all lit up.   Sunday I’ll also show you the ornament made from the pop out die cut star.  And I’ll also show you imagination gone awry.

Gentle Peace Star Filled Luminaria

Gentle Peace Star Filled Window Luminaria - Jean Fitch

Now really…can’t you almost see the candle flickering through the vellum?   Of course you can…you’re stampers with stamping imaginations right? :D

Supplies:

Stamps: Gentle Peace

Ink: Versamark

Paper:  Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Vellum Cardstock, Corrugated Paper (Kraft used though package also includes white)

Punches: Itty Bitty Accents Pack (star)

Other: Big Shot, WoodGrain Embossing Folder,  Star Collection Framelits, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Gold Metallic Thread, Basic Jewel Rhinestones, Very Vanilla Seam Binding (retired), SNAIL or Tombow multipurpose adhesive glue, Glue dots.

Can you see the subtle detail I got by running the hardwood stamped section through the Woodgrain embossing folder.  It’s almost something you notice by touch more than by sight.  Still…I like it.

This card was a CASE of one by Carol Payne.  Click on her name and you’ll see her version and a wonderful video showing how she puts it together.

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And lastly….my catalog CASE…and my new punch entry.  Yep…I cheated just a smidge by combining the two bits.   Of course…I also created a new technique…well…seems a bit new to me though of course…there’s rarely much new in stamping when it comes to techniques if you’ve been around awhile.

The catalog image is this one:

Stampin' Up 2015-2016 Annual Catalog Page 73 project

2015-2016 Annual Catalog page 73 book mark project.

And here’s mine:

Watercolor Wings Catalog Case - Marker Wash Technique - Jean Fitch

A Watercolor Wings Bookmark/Tag..on a card!   And a color background to reflect all the colorful hanging tags in the original catalog project.  To get that color I threw in my Watercolor Wash Embossing Technique for a background just for fun.  Took me awhile to come up with name and of course…lots and lots of color (but which ones exactly was the question).  Butterflies are all about color after all.  The new punch is the Triple Banner Punch that gave my bookmark a banner cut tail.  And a newish punch that carried over from the Occasions catalog – The Ornate Tag Topper Punch.   I substituted the dots image from the stamp set for the colored paper border on the original and I got a little crazy with the color combo.  Also went for pearls and a flower since I didn’t need the punched hole for a string or ribbon.   Though come to think of it…I could have added a bit of ribbon anyway to make the resemblance to a bookmark/tag a little more noticeable.

The Watercolor Wash Embossing Technique is really pretty simple.  Lots of markers to add a color wash to the embossing folder (fill in each of the little butterflies with a scribble of color).  You may have to go back with more ink if you aren’t quite fast enough.  I recommend leaving the caps off and grabbing as fast as you can to make your squiggles.  Don’t try to get it solidly colored…it really doesn’t work for this basic method and you’ll tear your hair out.  Once you have the ink in place…take a deep breath and blow gently over the folder.   Since the folder is 6″ x 6″ that will be a lot of breath!   Then insert the paper and run through the big shot.   Use the whole piece or cut it down as needed.    One tip…keep track of the inking…it’s easy to miss one.  Ask me how I know…or check out the white butterfly peeking behind the tag.

Stamps: Watercolor Wings

Ink Markers: Red Rose, Tempting Turquoise, Always Artichoke, Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Blackberry Bliss

Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White Thick, Whisper White (thin), Vellum Cardstock

Punches: Itty Bitty Accents Pack (flower), Triple Banner, Ornate Topper

Other: Big Shot, Butterfly Thinlits, Bold Butterfly Thinlits, Stampin’ Trimmer,  SNAIL or Tombow multipurpose adhesive glue, dimensionals, glue dots

**Thanks Stampin’ Up for creating such wonderful catalog samples and even better tools to work with!**

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That’s it for my share of the hop.  Time to move on over to Miss Heidi’s wonderful post sharing her always creative outlook and gorgeous projects that celebrate Christmas, punches and a CASE from the new catalog.

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Happy Birthday Miss Patti!

Happy Birthday Miss Patti!

I hope you are celebrating like mad!

Patti's Birthday - Catalog CASE of Summer Silhouettes (page 221)  by Jean Fitch(click on the picture for a larger image)

Recently my friend Patti and I have had so much fun perusing the new catalog together.  Her from her end of the country and me from mine.  Did you know you can have phone parties where you each have your catalog open and your ear to the phone?   Yep…you can.   We’ve flipped through each page sharing our faves.  So in honor of those fun times and the fact that today is Patti’s birthday I just had to celebrate with a catalog CASE (copy and share everything) of one of my favorite “old” sets that carried over into the latest annual catalog.  Celebrating some of my favorite new In Colors too.

It’s fun to have a friend who sort of shares a birthday don’t you think?  Six months apart but the same day (both on the 13th)…and the month even starts with the same letter (July and January)!   Not saying how many years we are apart or how old we are though!  LOL

So…pull out your catalogs and on page 121 here’s what you’ll see:

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A fun card with Summer Silhouettes and I’m not entirely sure which sentiment stamp, though I think it might be the Alphabet Rotary Stamp on page 132.

Here’s a close up of some of the changes I made:

Patti's Birthday - Catalog CASE closeup

Besides the obvious burlap ribbon cut in half lengthwise.  I also added one of the new Naturals Expressions wood elements (love this wonderful accessory).  And instead of stamping the border image stamp from the set I opted for a fairly similar look using the Striped Scallop Thinlit die.   I also dipped into our fun new In Colors.  Watermelon Wonder for the scallop piece.  Mint Macaron (you are pronouncing that correctly right?) for the leaves and a pairing of the new Delightful Dijon with our old (and underused by yours truly) So Saffron.  I think we both (SU and I) used Tip Top Taupe for the stems.  The only In Color Missing was Cucumber Crush and I just couldn’t figure out how to work that in with my slightly more subtle (read natural) color scheme.  And have I mentioned how much I’m loving the new thick version of Whisper White?  Perfect for Card Bases and still lovely to stamp on!

Here’s the official supply list for my card:

Supplies:

Stamps:  Summer Silhouettes

Ink:  Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Delightful Dijon, So Saffron,

Paper:  Watermelon Wonder, So Saffron, Whisper White (the new thick variety)

Punch: Bitty Butterfly

Other: Big Shot, Striped Scallop Thinlit, Naturals Expression (the wood Celebrate), Basic Jewel Rhinestones, 1-1/4″ Burlap Ribbon, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Glue Dots, SNAIL.

 

That’s it for today.  Hope you’ll send some birthday greetings, thoughts and prayers Patti’s way.  She sure has mine.   Much joy and many blessings to you all!

Patti…you’ll be seeing the original once your box arrives!

Hugs and love to you all….

Jean Fitch in pink

 

WCC28 – Sending Wishes

Watercooler Challenge #28

WCC28 Buffy's color challenge

Buffy’s Color Challenge

Welcome to a new challenge.  This time Buffy has tossed out a unique grouping of  five colors and dared us to do our best!   After just a bit of grumbling…and a few questions about the sanity level she enjoys…hee, hee….we all buckled down to creating.  And I have to admit…I’m now interested in making a few more cards with this color combo!  I think too that I finally figured out their appeal.  They’re all tones found in Vintage creations from decades and possibly centuries past.   All together they reinforce that look and feel.  Yep Miss Buffy…you converted me. :D

After a good bit of head scratching…and truthfully…a bit of looking at other entries on our Design Team site (I swear…at least a few of my sister artisans stole my first ideas!)…here’s my entry:

 

WCC28 - Buffy's Color Challenge - Sending Wishes  by Jean Fitch

What do you think?   Does this reflect a bit of vintage look and feel?   The more I look at it the more I think of my Grandmother’s handkerchief box.  Many of them delicate with embroideries or printed patterns of flowers and butterflies and yes…many with these same colors!   And keep in mind…my grandmother was born in the late 1800’s.   And her handkerchief box reflected the various years…and also included some from her own mother.  Now I’m wondering if I should have gone with a faux silk background to get even closer to those handkerchiefs.   Hm…maybe next time.

Supplies:

Stamps: Butterfly Basics, Floral Wings (hostess set)

Ink:  Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Rose Red, Early Espresso

Paper: Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Rose Red, Whisper White

Punches:  Bitty Butterfly

Other:  Big Shot, Oval Collection Framelits,  Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals, SNAIL

The trickiest part of the card, I found, was deciding which color butterfly should hang out with which colored flowers.  Finally, before my head could explode I decided to simplify it and keep color with color.  Easy peasy.  So why did it take me most of a day to figure that out!

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Join the rest of the design team over at the Challenge blog website here to see the rest of the teams designs and to add your own with the linky doodad.  When you add your own design and there are more than three entries, one of you will be a challenge winner and have the option to place the winner’s badge on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

That’s it for this challenge.   Sadly we didn’t have a winner for the linky added projects last time.  We need three or more submissions to award that prize.  I hope this time you’ll join in the fun and grab a friend or two as well and get creating!  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for this and future challenges.

Hugs and Blessings to all my friends and readers.

Jean Fitch in pink

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