Rosh Hashanah – Stampin’ Up Demo’s Jewish New Year Blog Hop

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Hello and welcome my friends to a very special blog hop.   If you are traveling in the usual direction you’ve arrived from Yapha’s blog.  Yapha is a very special and creative lady and one I’m blessed to call a friend.  Her creations fill many of my Pinterest folders and especially when it comes to special Jewish holidays she’s the one I turn to first for a creative jolt to the mojo.

Four years ago several of us got together to put on the first ever (as far as we knew anyway) Stampin’ Up Hanukkah Blog Hop.  A hop that was spread over several weeks and that tired us out to the extent that it’s taken us four years to attempt another!  {grin}

Being now older and wiser and with busier lives we came together with a number of other friends some Jewish and some not but who love and appreciate those traditions, to create a quick and easy series of Jewish Holiday themed hops.  Today is our first for this year!!

Today we are celebrating Rosh Hashanah – The Jewish New Year holiday.  Wondering what exactly that is?  You can learn more about it here.

With Rosh Hashanah a mere 7 days away (Oct. 2-4) we want to inspire you in your preparations of  heart and home and perhaps to create a card or home decor item of your own.

As is usual with most blog hops you can follow the hop in either direction using the arrows provided or use the list of hoppers at the bottom of the post to check in with any stops you might have missed.   Enjoy!

Sweet Blessings

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Sweet Blessings Interior

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Supplies:

Stamps:  Basket of Wishes (inside sentiment), Bear Hugs (honey pot), Christmas Pines (Blessing sentiment), Shooting Star (hive), Sprinkles of Life (basket)

Inks: Delightful Dijon, Black Stazon, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Black Stampin’ Write Marker

Paper:  Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla Cardstocks

Punches: Tree Builder (apples)

Tools & Adhesives:  Big Shot, Pretty Paisleys Embossing Folder, Blender Pen, Dimensionals, SNAIL, Tombow Liquid Multipurpose Glue.

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Do you ever make a card that just makes you feel good.  Something soft and meaningful with perhaps a touch of country style?   The end result of this project did that for me.   When I started I had a completely different design in mind.  Then I saw the new Pretty Paisleys embossing folder and it took me in a totally different direction.    Being a card for Rosh Hashanah I was pretty sure I wanted to use honey and apples in some form and reflect on blessings for the New Year for those I love as well as myself.

Whether you are Jewish or not…celebrating this holiday or not…I think you’ll find this design works for many occasions and the blessings you would wish for another to whom you would send this card.

May your life be sweeter and filled with a new purpose and a renewed relationship with He who made us in the New Year.

Shana Tovah!

Jean Fitch in pink

That’s the end of the hop ladies and gentlemen.   Please feel free to circle back through for a closer look and to leave some comments.   If you have an questions please feel free to leave them in the comments or send an email to the project blogger.  We’re always happy to share our love of stamping.   May your New Year be sweet and your desk full of inspired stamping.

 

rosh-hashanah-hop-next-buttonNancy Stollnitz Hoetker

 

rosh-hashanah-hop-previous-buttonYapha Mason

 

Blog Hop Stops:

Nancy Stollnitz Hoetker – www.nancysniftynotes.com

Miriam Biegun Permut – MyInkPad.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC86 – Fall Flowers

WWC86 – Gail’s Simply Stamping Fall Theme Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

This Week Gail has given us the perfect start to the first day of Fall.  An ink and paper challenge using Fall colors and themes.   Granted looking out my window I’m not really seeing Fall just yet but in my heart I’ve been there for weeks now what with all the wonderful Fall  themed products in the new 2016 Holiday Catalog.

Mother Nature did contribute to the feel of Fall in the air today as the weather today stayed crisp and clear with temperatures in the 60’s so the mood was perfect.  A perfect day for a long walk in a local park enjoying flowers, trees and other lovely bits of nature.  I hope where ever you are, you are finding the first day of Fall a beautiful one.

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Fall Flower Wreath

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Supplies:

Stamps:  Every Occasion & Basket Wishes

Inks: Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Versamark

Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla Cardstocks

Punches: 2″ Circle

Tools & Adhesives:  Heat Tool, Copper Embossing Powder, Stampin’ Sponges, SNAIL

Very simple card with a bit of ink, a bit of heat embossing and sponging.  Your very basic ink and paper card.   Of course if you want to step it up just a bit you could add ribbon along the left side.  Perhaps punching a circular shape in the center and embossing the greeting directly on the card base so it shows through.

Basic directions:

Cardbase: Soft Suede – 4-1/4″ x 11″  – score at 5-1/2″, fold and crease

Vanilla Focal Layer – 4″ x 5-1/4″

On the Vanilla focal piece place a 2″ circle punch piece in the center and then stamp the flower image from Every Occasion around that circle (the circle piece helps you keep the flowers in alignment) using Delightful Dijon ink.  Stamp the greeting from Basket Wishes in the center of the flower wreath using Versamark and then heat emboss using copper embossing powder.

Finally sponge Crushed Curry, Delightful Dijon and Cajun Craze inks in circular motions around the wreath.   Adhere the stamped Vanilla layer to the Soft Suede cardbase.

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to Gail’s Simply Stamping Fall theme challenge head on over to the Challenge blog website here.   That’s also where you can add your own creation 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 or runner up and have the option to place our badges on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

Check here to see the winner of last weeks challenge.   And here to see all of last weeks other linky and Artist Team entries.  All of the cards linked were deserving of the win so a very hard choice.   Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

I hope you will add your own fall themed creations this week.  I love the inspiration I find in your shared creations.

I hope you’ll join us next Wednesday for yet another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

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WWC85 – A Limited Color and Copper Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday’s – WWC85 – A Limited Color and Copper Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

For me this challenge (courtesy of yours truly) is all about the copper.  The elegance it lends to a crisp Black and White set of colors.    I am so in love with all the copper products that Stampin’ Up has loaded into our catalogs so far this year.  Sadly I couldn’t quite figure out how to include the little copper pine cones from the Holiday Catalog.  Though now that I think of it I could have tied one or two onto the ribbon.  Ah well…no distractions from the beautiful basket this way.

I don’t know about you but when I saw the new “Basket for You” hostess set in the annual catalog I immediately thought…copper embossing…YES!   Saves on time spent in coloring and adds a more elegant touch to a decidedly casual basket.  Another thing I love about this image…no risk of hayfever with a basket like this!    For as long as I’ve had the idea (June), for some reason I keep forgetting to make the basket design.  Might have been a good thing too, since the Copper Foil only came out September 1 with the launch of the Holiday Catalog.  That subtle mat of copper real adds the perfect contrast don’t you think?

 

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Black & White and a Copper Basket

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(as always click the picture to see a larger image)

Supplies:

Stamps:   Basket for You (2016-2017 Annual Catalog Hostess Set),  Rose Wonder (sentiment)

Inks: Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper: Basic Black & Whisper White Thick Cardstocks; Copper Foil Paper

Punches: none

Tools & Adhesives: Heat Tool, Copper Embossing Powder, SNAIL, 1/8″ Taffeta Whisper White Ribbon (retired), Glue Dot.

Technique:   Heat Embossing

Measurements & Tips:

Card Base – Whisper White Thick Cardstock – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″   Score fold at 4-1/4″

Copper Foil Layer – 3-1/2″ x 3-3/4″

Basic Black Focal Layer – 3-1/4″ x 3-1/2″

1) Stamp the basket image on the Basic Black piece (centered) in Versamark and then heat emboss with Copper Embossing Powder.

2) Adhere the Black embossed image piece to the Copper Foil.  Tip:  Before adhering use a die or punches to remove foil from the center of the layer piece so as not to waste that beautiful foil paper.   For this size I used the Decorative Label Punch and punched out two nice sized labels from the center of the foil piece.  A square die from the Layered Squares dies would have worked well too.

3) Adhere the matted focal piece to your White card base.  Copper emboss the flower image from the Basket for You set below the focal layer.

4) Stamp the sentiment next to the copper embossed flower image and add ribbon or other embellishments as desired.   Voila!  Done!   If mailing another copper embossed flower on the envelope would be a nice touch don’t you think?

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That’s it for this challenge.  Trust me when I say…you do NOT want to miss the rest of the teams contributions to this challenge.  What they’ve all done with copper is absolutely wonderful!

To see the rest of the design teams contributions to this color challenge head on over to the Challenge blog website here.   That’s also where you can add your own creation 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 or runner up and have the option to place our badges on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

Check here to see the winner of last weeks challenge.  And here to see all of last weeks other linky and Artist Team entries.  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

I hope you will add your own black, white and copper creations this week.  I love the inspiration I find in your shared creations.

I hope you’ll join us next Wednesday for yet another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Jean Fitch in pink

 

 

 

 

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Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC83 – Double Z’s and a Tic-Tac-Toe

WWC83 – Penny’s Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge

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Welcome to this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

This week Penny has created a fun set of Tic-Tac-Toe elements for us to work with.   The overachiever in me really wanted to go for it all…but once the hair started being torn (mostly figuratively) I scaled back my expectations and decided to keep it fun and simple so I went with the right hand column of dry embossing, shade of green and die cut.  Of course I couldn’t resist throwing in a fun fold too just to show my independence!  LOL

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Double Z’s & Jar of Love

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While this type of card and with these design elements can be a bit fiddly it’s really not hard if you break it down into the various parts.   I’d say it took me about a half hour to get it all together after I worked out the measurements.  The next one will be faster I’m sure.   When I made one with a fairly new stamper it took her about an hour with a bit of help.   So most will probably find their time somewhere in between.  The cost really isn’t too bad since it’s basically paper and ink.  Depending on the bling you choose to add it should still run you about a dollar or slightly more for each card.  Of course…that’s assuming you have the stamps and dies.  Luckily the Jar of Love Bundle saves you 10%!

Supplies:

Stamps:  Jar of Love

Inks: Basic Gray, Mint Macaron, Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Soft Sky, Smoky Slate

Paper: Whisper White (4-1/4” x 5-1/2” piece to stamp and die cut all cut images + 2-3/8″ x 3-5/8″,  1″ x 11″ + 3/4″ wide strip for banner), Mint Macaron (4″ x 11″, 1-1/8″ x 11″ + scraps for die cutting), Rich Razzleberry (2-1/2″ x 3-3/4″,  5-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ + scrap for banner mat),

Punches: none

Tools & Adhesives:  

Big Shot, Everyday Jars Framelit dies, Fluttering Embossing Folder, Simply Scored, Wink of Stella pens (opt.), Two Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds (opt.), Dimensionals, Glue Dots, SNAIL or Fast Fuse.

 

Here’s a PDF with my basic directions and measurements.  Jar of Love Double Z Fold Card – Jean Fitch

Apart from Penny’s fabulous Tic Tac Toe I had a number of influences in the design and measurements.  The concept of a Double Z fold Card I first found via Amanda Bates and Jan B.  You can see Jan’s Video here.  You can also see some of Jan’s cards here.  Amanda has a differently sized card and tutorial here.   Of course of late the basic design is all over the internet and Pinterest.   I fell in love with Sandi MacIver’s card here and used most of her elements though not her colors, measurements or number of layers.  I especially fell in love with Sandi’s tip about using a quarter sheet to create all the elements so I could use multiple dies at one time with our marvelous Magnetic Platform for the Big Shot.  Made things run much faster and smoother that way.   Of course if you have lots of odd sized scraps to use up that works too.   Since I’m using my card for a class I tried to keep everything a tiny tad simpler so no one will walk out!  LOL

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That’s it for this challenge.  To see the rest of the design teams contributions to Penny’s Tic Tac Toe challenge head on over to the Challenge blog website here.   That’s also where you can add your own creation 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 or runner up and have the option to place our badges on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!

Check here to see the winner of last weeks challenge.  And here to see all of last weeks other linky and Artist Team entries.  Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

I really hope you will add your own tree creations this week.  I love the inspiration I find in your shared creations.

I hope you’ll join us next Wednesday for yet another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Jean Fitch in pink

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More Flowers not Branches

Today, once again, I’m stamping flowers and not branches with my current favorite set Thoughtful Branches.   And once again…I love the beautiful sentiments that work for every occasion.  This time around I’ve used the beautiful Thank You sentiment from the set.

It seems that everyone in the SU stamping world has gone hydrangea crazy with this set so I thought I’d jump on board as well using some of my favorite colors in a soft but elegant color combo.

 

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This design also gave me a chance to once again use my favorite Baker’s Twine.  I love the black and white variety of the twine.  Added a bit of pop I thought.  The little black dress of bows if you will.  Always appropriate…always coordinates with other colors.  Of course black also works well with pearls.  Hm…next time I create this design I’ll have to play with bitty pearls on the flower section.

I love how easy this card is to make.  Even with the die cutting it took under 10 minutes to create and doing multiples is extremely easy.  Especially if you have the Big Shot Die Brush and the new Big Shot Platform that makes cutting intricate dies a joy!

Yet another design that’s perfect for Spring, Summer or varied Occasions cards.  From Mother’s Day to Wedding to Sympathy.  You can vary the flower and color layer colors for different effects.   Another card too that would lend itself to a bit of metallic embossing on the top floral die cut and the sentiment.

Supplies:

Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches

Inks: Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder Classic Ink &  Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Mint Macaron, Wisteria Wonder & Whisper White Cardstocks

Punches: none

Tools & Adhesives:  Big Shot, New Big Shot Platform, Big Shot Die Brush,  Bone Folder, Basic Black Baker’s Twine (variegated variety), Dimensionals, SNAIL

Directions:

  1. Mint Macaron cardbase – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score at 4-1/4″.  Fold and crease with bone folder.
  2. Adhere Elegant Eggplant layer (4″ x 5-1/4″) to Mint Macaron cardbase.
  3. On focal Whisper White layer (3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″) stamp chosen sentiment in either Elegant Eggplant or Memento Tuxedo Black on the lower right hand side of paper.  Adhere to layered cardbase.
  4. Die cut the Stem section in Mint Macaron.
  5. Using Wisteria Wonder or Elegant Eggplant ink stamp the flower petal hydrangea image on Wisteria Wonder cardstock and die cut .
  6. Die cut the hydrangea flower image in Elegant Eggplant cardstock.
  7. Crumple the Wisteria Wonder flower top.
  8. Adhere the Mint Macaron stem piece to the focal layer after checking the placement with die cut flower pieces.
  9. Adhere the Elegant Eggplant flower die cut with SNAIL to the focal layer.
  10. Crumple again and using cut up dimensionals (or the new adhesive strip pieces) adhere the stamped Wisteria Wonder flower offset on top of the Elegant Eggplant flower.
  11.  Combine three lengths of Basic Black Baker’s twine and tie a bunny ear bow.  Adhere to card layered front and trim as needed.
  12. Decorate interior of card and envelope as desired.

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That’s it for this sample design.  See previous days for other recent ideas for this fun stamp and die set.

Check back before September 1 for more Thoughtful Branches ideas.

Hugs and happy creating!

Jean Fitch in pink

 

Here’s a closer look of all that’s included in the Thoughtful Branches Bundle.

Don’t forget…last day to purchase this wonderful set is August 31.

Thoughtful Branches Image

 

To see the purchase details and a larger view of the images click the link below.

Thoughtful Branches Flyer – purchase details

Thinking Flowers not Branches

Today I’m thinking about flowers and not branches with my new favorite set Thoughtful Branches.   While I love all the trees I can create with this wonderful set of stamps and dies I also love the simple flowers that can also be created.  And once again…I love the beautiful sentiments that work for every occasion.

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Not being a botanist or florist I’ve no idea if these are lupine or lilacs or just what.  All I know is they are fun to create!  {grin}

The same images that created the snowbanks in my white on white card yesterday also work for stems when turned sideways.  And a dense grouping of the leaf image covers a multitude of sins.   I think I ended up with the odd petal patterns because I double stamped the image that also creates a series of leaves for the trees more than once.  Either way…it’s fun.  This design also gave me a chance to use my favorite Baker’s Twine.  I love the black and white variety of the twine.  Adds to the light and casual feel of the card.

I love how easy this card is to make.  With all the layering pieces cut and prepped it takes about 5 minutes to create and doing multiples is extremely easy.  Perfect for Spring, Summer or varied Occasions cards.  From Mother’s Day to Sympathy.  You can vary the flower and color layer colors for different effects.   You could even emboss in gold, silver or copper on a dark color of cardstock for a very elegant effect as well.

Supplies:

Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches

Inks: Pear Pizzazz, Wisteria Wonder,  Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White Thick cardstocks

Punches: none

Tools & Adhesives:  Bone Folder, Basic Black Baker’s Twine (variegated variety), SNAIL

Directions:

  1. Whisper White cardbase – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score at 4-1/4″.  Fold and crease with bone folder.
  2. Adhere Wisteria Wonder layer (4″ x 5-1/4″) to white cardbase.
  3. On focal Whisper White layer (3-3/4″ x 5″) stamp chosen sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black on the right hand side of paper.
  4. Using Pear Pizzazz ink stamp the wavy line image 3 times on the left hand  side of the paper.
  5. Using Wisteria Wonder ink stamp the flower petal image (cone type dot image) over ends of stems.
  6. Using Pear Pizzazz ink stamp the leaves at the base of stems.
  7.  Combine two lengths of Basic Black Baker’s twine and wrap around the focal image piece and tie a bow.  Adhere to card layered front.
  8. Decorate interior of card and envelope as desired.

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That’s it for this sample design.  See previous days for other recent ideas for this fun stamp and die set.

Check back before September 1 for more Thoughtful Branches ideas.

Hugs and happy creating!

Jean Fitch in pink

Thoughtful Branches – Winter White (with a pop of red :D )

Thoughtful Branches – Winter White

Here’s another entry in my Thoughtful Branches set of samples I mentioned in yesterdays post.

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Supplies:

Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches

Inks: Sahara Sand, Watermelon Wonder Classic Inks and Versamark

Paper: Whisper White both Thick and Thin Cardstocks.

Punches: none

Tools & Adhesives: Big Shot, Beautiful Branches Thinlit dies, Magnetic Platform, Precision Base Plate, Big Shot Die Brush (love, love, love this tool!),  Heat Tool, Whisper White Embossing Powder,  Dimensionals, SNAIL

For my readers that are fellow demonstrators you’ll probably recognize this design as one originating with the Stampin’ Up office artists and the set of class projects they provided.   What you might not recognize is the set of directions I created.  {grin}   Mine are much more specific and not intermingled with the other two projects in the set based on what I found worked for a group setting.   Feel free to download and use from the link below.😀

Thoughtful Branches Winter White Directions – Jean Fitch

For my non demo readers enjoy and let me know if you have questions or need clarifications.   Ideas as well as directions can always be improved right? 😀

As a side note….I tried heat embossing the sentiment in copper.   The class I shared with project with agreed…the Sahara Sand was better by far.  Softer and more in keeping with the overall white feel.  The copper was just way to harsh.  A well…not every experiment works. Sigh.

Oh…and FYI.  Another experiment.  I tried Real Red for the birds but agreed with SU after the experiment that Watermelon Wonder was a much better choice.   Of course it still being summer you might try blue or pastel shades of birds as well.    For some reason I have this card fixed in my head as a winter scene so I loved the red of the watermelon shade.   I rather think that at least a few family and friends will be receiving Christmas versions (i.e. a change in sentiment) of this same design.   Thanks Stampin’ Up for sharing the creativity!

 

Tip to save your Precision Base Plate and still get a good cut:

Alter the layering of your cutting sandwich when using the Precision Base Plate.  You’ll save a great deal of wear and tear on your PBP and still get the same great cutting action.   When paired with the new Basic Platform that comes in two pieces it works especially well since the new platform has a stiffer and more solid center section.  This method works with all three platforms.  For best results I would run the sandwich through and then back at least once and then use the die brush.  Easy Peasy and no tears!

Here’s the details on the sandwich:

Place the tree die between the two stamped birds and cut it out using the Precision Base
Plate on top (in place of the usual clear cutting pad) and a clear cutting pad below on the
new Big Shot Platform.  Sandwich looks like this from the top and moving down:

Precision Base Plate (with the cutting surface facing down)
Thinlit Die (remember…we don’t use the Precision Base Plate with Framelits)
Paper
Clear Acrylic Cutting Plate
Platform (either the older Multipurpose Platform fully closed, the new basic platform with
both pieces together or the Magnetic Platform)
Big Shot Deck

 

That’s it for this sample design.

With the promotion period winding down I’m working like mad to see just how many different designs I can complete before August 31.   Of course….since this is a keeper set for me I daresay you’ll keep seeing it being used in the future as well.  Check back another day for more ideas.

Hugs and happy creating!

Jean Fitch in pink

Here’s a closer look of all that’s included in the Thoughtful Branches Bundle.

Don’t forget…last day to purchase this wonderful set is August 31.

Thoughtful Branches Image

 

To see the purchase details and a larger view of the images click the link below.

Thoughtful Branches Flyer – purchase details

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