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So I’m back from vacation, ready to jump back into my business and right out of the gate I had two setbacks that made me a little sad.  First- I had to cancel my Stampin’ Bingo event for June 22nd as no one registered to come.  Bummer! It would have been such a fun evening.  Not sure what I could have done differently but I will keep trying.  Silver Lining – now I am registered for the Unicorn Festival at Hogback Mountain Pony Rides in Leesburg, VA.  Here’s hoping this event is well attended and gives my little business a big boost!  Life handed me lemons so I’m gonna make some delicious lemonade!  I even designed a special Unicorn Birthday card for the Swag Bags! 

Unicorn Happy Birthday Card

Next, my monthly card class was scheduled for June 16, which I realize was Father’s Day but I figured – what the hey – let’s go for it.  Three people were scheduled to come so I prepped card kits for six people (8 cards x 6 people equals 48 cards prepped and ready to go) – you know in case someone brought a friend.  Well guess what?  YUP – all no shows.  One person at least has the decency to text to say she was sick. Thank you – I appreciate that little courtesy.  The other two people just ghosted – no call, no text, no email.  Just a little rude but ok maybe they were raised with different values.  On the upside, I was able to go pick up my dog from the groomer when he was done and got to take a nice drive through the country on a beautiful, sunny day.  I will save the six card kits for July’s class – hopefully I will have people who will actually attend. More lemonade (and maybe even some yummy lemon bars)!

The cards for my June Class were all created using the new Perennial Essence Suite.  You can order the Perennial Essence Suite here. Take a look at the cards I created with this suite and see below for details on how to make these cards.  Remember – no matter how many lemons life hands you can always make something yummy – just stay positive!

New Perennial Essence Suite – #152166 – $68
Four cards created with the Perennial Essence Suite

Supplies:

Perennial Essence Suite:  (stamp set, flower punch, designer series paper, vellum cardstock, ribbon, floral centers)

Cardstock:  Balmy Blue, Blackberry Bliss, Blueberry Bushel, Old Olive, Petal Pink, So Saffron, Whisper White

Ink:  Balmy Blue, Blueberry Bushel, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pineapple Punch, So Saffron

Embellishment:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Pearlized Doilies, Whisper White Flax Ribbon

Punch:  Leaf Punch

Dies:  Layering Circle Die, Stitched Nested Labels, Stitched Rectangles

Adhesive:  Snail tape runner, mini glue dots, Stampin’ dimensionals

Card 1 (top center) – Blackberry Bliss cardstock cut to 8 ½” by 5 ½” “, fold in half, crease fold with paper bone.  On inside add a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 5 ¼” by 4”. To front of card, adhere a strip of DBP cut to 5 ½” by 2”.  Using the three petal flower stamp and petel pink ink, stamp the image six times on Petal Pink cardstock.  Punch out stamped images and using glue dots, layer two images together.  Adhere three flowers to front of card, placing along the right edge of the DSP.  Punch two leave shapes from Green Vellum card stock and adhere to card front with glue dots (place one leaf above left of center flower and one leaf below right of center flower).  Adhere floral centers to flowers.

Card 2 (middle left) – So Saffron cardstock cut to 8 ½” by 5 ½” “, fold in half, crease fold with paper bone.  On inside add a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 5 ¼” by 4”.  Cut Old Olive to 5 ¼” by 4” and using Old Olive ink and 3 leaf stamp, randomly stamp on Old Olive card stock.  Adhere Old Olive cardstock to So Saffron card base.  Cut a piece of DSP to 5 ¼” x 2” and adhere to Old Olive layer.  Stamp sentiment in Old Olive ink on Whisper White and cut with layering circles die  Layer sentiment over doily and adhere to front of card over DSP.  Add basic Rhinestone jewels if desired.

Card 3 (middle right) – Balmy Blue cardstock cut to 8 ½” by 5 ½” “, fold in half, crease fold with paper bone.  On inside add a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 5 ¼” by 4”.  Randomly stamp flower using Balmly Blue ink, stamping off cardstock as necessary to achieve look.  Stamp flower centers in Pineapple Punch.  Using tiered stitched nesting labels, cut layer from Blueberry Bushel cardstock, DSP, and Whispher White cardstock.  Stamp sentiment in Blueberry Bushel ink on Whisper White cardstock.  Layer three label together, adhere 6” piece of flax ribbon to back of nested labels and adhere to card front with stampin’ dimensionals.

Card 4 (bottom center) – Petal Pink cardstock cut to 8 ½” by 5 ½” “, fold in half, crease fold with paper bone.  On inside add a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 5 ¼” by 4”.  On a second piece of 5 ¼” x 4” piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp large flower in bottom right corner in Petal Pink ink.  Stamp smaller flowers along bottom and right side in Petal Pink ink.  Stamp flower centers in So Saffron.  Adhere this layer to card front.  Stamp sentiment on Whisper White cardstock and cut with Stitched Rectangle die.  Cut larger rectangle in So Saffron and layer rectangles together.  Adhere ot card front with Stampin’ dimensionals.  Optional – add ribbon bow using glue dots.

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