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Snowy Town

Hi Angels!

There are days I can be the queen of fast, simple, & elegant.

I am going to be working hard the next couple of weeks to get a better schedule in place. It was nice to have a breather from the faster pace of life but I’ve been moseying along a little too long I think. Plus with my guys working at home, I need a new routine that works for me without disturbing their work days.

Tonight’s card is another red, white & blue Holiday in July Extravaganza Card for the Troops. I have a couple of town or house border dies but I picked up the Little House Border by Paper Rose recently & decided it would make a great quick card.

I think the most work on this card was splattering the blue background with white paint. I die cut the border die, layered it on the card, stamped the sentiment & completed in about 15 minutes. Clean, simple & elegant.

I have always loved clean & simple design. I am just not an over the top person. I can do lots of layers, 3-D & fussy but simple & elegant is my signature style.

Do you have a signature style you prefer?

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Jolly Snowman

Hi Angels!

It’s time for another holiday card in red, white & blue for our Holiday in July Extravaganza for the Troops.

July is a good time to look at your 4th of July paper kits to see if there are any papers that will work for the winter holiday season. Plaids, polka dots, stripes, stars & hearts are all universal patterns that can work well any time of the year for any occasion. One such kit provided the patterned paper I needed to today’s card.

One of our group members sent some Troop holiday cards with this fun snowman die from Creative Expressions. I knew he existed, I just wasn’t quite sold on picking him up for my collection. As you can see after seeing the cards in person made with him, I now have my own die.

Isn’t the plaid paper from the Photoplay Land of the Free collection just perfect behind him? It definitely gives that cozy winter feeling to our red, white & blue theme. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Christmas sELFies stamp set.

Have you tried a patriotic holiday card yet?

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Red, White & Blue Ornaments

Hi Angels!

I have another great example for our July Holiday Extravaganza for the Troops.

This card was a bit fussy, meaning a few extra steps but I love how it came together. If I were making several of these for the Troops I would probably do either a batch of 6 or 12.

I always suggest when doing sets of cards for the Troops to keep the duplicates to a minimum because we are sending to one unit. Working in sets of 6, 12, 18, 24 work best to keep the variety fresh. I have received in the past a box of cards where the sweet person who sent used the same rather large stamped image on about 100 cards. They all started blending together even with different sentiments attached. It really helps a lot to have a mixed selection in the boxes we send to the troops. We want them to feel like a card “store” just arrived in a box with lots of different styles to choose from.

It was really fun digging through my patterned papers to see what fit our patriotic holiday theme. You can never go wrong with classic stripes, polka dots, plaids etc. I set aside a variety to work with for July.

This card features Memory Box Classic Ornament & Spellbinders Classic Triple Scallops dies. The greeting is from My Favorite Things Snow Globe Sentiments.

Have a Fabulous Week Ahead!

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