You Are Amazing -- Congrats

Hi there, and Happy Friday!

I'm enjoying a beautiful day in East Central Florida with the temperatures in the mid-70s and bright sunshine.  I have the house open, but only because I will be dusting tomorrow as every surface will be covered in pollen by the end of the day.  Guess you have to accept some small inconveniences for such glorious weather.

I put another Stampin' Up! project kit together.  This one is from the January - June Mini Catalog and it's called You Are Amazing.  This kit makes 16 cards (4 each of 4 different designs) and has a great box you can use to gift the cards or to store the cards until you are ready to use them.  The coordinating stamp set, also named You Are Amazing, is used to stamp the greetings on the labels for the card fronts in the kit, so any stamp sets that you own that have greetings that will fit into the labels would work just as well as the You Are Amazing stamp set...but I have to say that the fonts for the greetings in this stamp set are pretty darn cute.  I have photos of each of the kit card designs at the bottom of this post.

Once I completed the kit cards, I wasn't ready to put the stamp set away as one of the greetings and a group of stars accent stamp in the You Are Amazing stamp set wasn't used to make the cards in the project kit.  So I thought I'd give those stamps some love, too. 

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This card begins with a panel of Bermuda Bay cardstock stamped with the "Congrats" down the right side of the panel.  I used the Stamparatus to do this with the hinge stamp method.  I think that's the best feature of the Stamparatus because once the stamp is placed, it never moves.  The plate moves!  Once I had gone down the card front moving the plate down one slot on the hinge, stamping, and then moving to the next slot until I reached the bottom of the card.  Then I moved the cardstock down 1/2" and repeated the process.  This stamped a "Congrats" in between the previously stamped column of "Congrats".  I used Bermuda Bay ink to stamp all the "Congrats" for a tone-on-tone effect.  The Bermuda Bay panel was matted with a slightly larger panel of Pretty Peacock and then adhered at the center of the Bumblebee cardstock card front.

A narrow panel of Basic White cardstock was randomly stamped with the group of stars image using Bumblebee, Pretty Peacock, Magenta Madness, and Bermuda Bay inks.  The Basic White panel was matted with a slightly wider panel of Pretty Peacock cardstock (the top and bottom edges of the Basic White and Pretty Peacock panels are flush).  A piece of Bumblebee In Color ribbon was wrapped around the narrow panels and tied in a knot on the front with the bottom edge of the ribbon 1" above the bottom edge of the panel.  The panel was adhered to the Bermuda Bay panel with the left edge of the Pretty Peacock/Basic White 1/8" from the left edge of the Bermuda Bay panel.

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The "You Are Amazing" sentiment was stamped at the upper right center of a panel of Basic White cardstock using Bermuda Bay ink.  The group of stars image was used to randomly stamp the stars along the left side of the panel using Bumblebee, Magenta Madness, and Pretty Peacock inks.  The panel was adhered at the center of the inside sentiment area of the card base.

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"Congrats" was stamped at the center of the envelope flap of the Medium Basic White Envelope using Bermuda Bay ink.  The group of stars image was randomly stamped over the envelope flap using Bumblebee, Magenta Madness, Pretty Peacock, and Bermuda Bay inks.  Tip:  Place a scrap piece of paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to keep the stamping confined to the envelope flap.

Here are the cards I made using the You Are Amazing stamp set and the You Are Amazing Project Kit.

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YouAreAmazing_Kit_Thanks YouAreAmazing_Kit_YouAreAmazing

Don't you just love all those bright and happy colors!?!?

Have a great weekend!

Robertssiggy

Card Measurements

Basic White:  1-5/8" x 5-1/8", 4" x 5-1/4"; Bermuda Bay:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8"; Bumblebee:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length; Pretty Peacock:  4" x 5-1/4", 1-7/8" x 5-1/8"; Bumblebee In Color ribbon:  8"

Supplies I used to make this card

Stamps:  You Are Amazing; Inks:  Bermuda Bay, Bumblebee, Magenta Madness, Pretty Peacock; Cardstock:  Basic White, Bermuda Bay, Bumblebee, Pretty Peacock; Embellishments:  Bumblebee In Color ribbon; Tools:  Stamparatus; Adhesives:  Stampin' Seal; Other:  Medium Basic White Envelope


Gorgeous Posies -- Celebrating Your Day

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One of the products that I really enjoy are Stampin' Up!'s project kits.  The designs are always beautiful and, in most cases, the projects are quick and easy to complete.  Some kits are all-inclusive; which means that they include everything but the Stampin' Seal and some Paper Snips.  Other kits require additional supplies:  the coordinating stamp set, inks, Stampin' Dimensionals, and Mini Glue Dots.  No matter which type of kit you choose, you are going to love the results!

Last week I wasn't feeling well, so in between naps I decided to put the Gorgeous Posies Project Kit together using the coordinating Gorgeous Posies stamp set and the ink colors of Blackberry Bliss, Blushing Bride, Gorgeous Grape, and Highland Heather.  You only need the stamp set for the greetings, so if you have greetings that will fit inside the labels, you could decide not to purchase the stamp set.  However, I wanted to use the stamp set to decorate the insides of the cards and the envelopes.  Pictures of the completed card fronts are shown at the end of this post.  For this kit, you make four each of four different designs.  The kit also comes with a gorgeous box to store the completed cards.  So if you decide to gift the completed kit, you don't even need to wrap it as the box is too beautiful to cover!

I had so much fun with the project kit, I decided to use the stamp set to make a birthday card.

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The large flower image was used to stamp the Basic White cardstock background using Gorgeous Grape, Blushing Bride, and Highland Heather inks--in that order.  So how do I do that when the images overlap?  I used masks. 

  • I stamped the image on a Post-It Note with a part of the stamped image over the repositionable adhesive on the back of the Post-It Note
  • I cut out the image with Paper Snips
  • I place the mask over the first stamped image and then stamp the second image

If I want to stamp another image adjacent to the first and second images, then I make another mask to cover the second stamped image.  To stamp the background, I had masks for the flowers and the leaves.  You can see that the leaves appear behind the flowers.  This happens when the mask is placed over the flower and the leaves stamped partially over the masked flower.  I used Granny Apple Green for the leaves and leaf centers. 

The really important part of this process is to make sure that when you ink the stamp that you minimize the spread of ink on the outside edges of the stamp.  This is because you need to press very firmly on the stamp when you are stamping over a mask to make sure that the ink gets right up to the edges of the masked image.  Otherwise you end up with a funky space between the two images.  If you look closely at the lower right corner you'll see one of those spaces. 

The next step is to add the flower centers.  I used Blackberry Bliss for the Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather flowers and Flirty Flamingo for the Blushing Bride flowers.  Note that for the flowers that are "behind" other flowers (Highland Heather flowers), I left the mask on the adjacent image so that the flower center stamped only on the flower (see the upper right corner).  I added the three bud image to fill in some annoying white space along the edges and at the center using Gorgeous Grape for the buds and Blackberry Bliss for the flower centers.

Once I had my background complete, I embossed it with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder and then matted the panel with a slightly larger piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock.  The panel was adhered at the center of the Blushing Bride cardstock card front.

A piece of Fine Art ribbon was folded in half and adhered across the card front with the bottom layer of the ribbon 1" above the bottom edge of the Basic White panel; the loop on the right and the tails on the left.  A piece of Blushing Bride cardstock was embossed with the Stitched With Whimsy small rectangle die (1-1/4" x 2-5/8").  The edges of the cardstock were trimmed near the stitching.  The "Celebrating Your Day" greeting was stamped at the center of the greeting panel using Blackberry Bliss ink.  The greeting panel was adhered to the card front, slightly right of center, over the ribbon using Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.  Three Gold Glitter Enamel Dots were adhered to the card front to create a visual triangle.

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The "Wishing You Every Happiness This Special Day Will Bring" sentiment, from the Peaceful Moments stamp set, was stamped near the upper center of the Basic White panel using Blackberry Bliss ink.  The masks were used again to stamp the Gorgeous Grape and Blushing Bride flowers and Granny Apple Green leaves at the top of the panel and the Highland Heather flower with Granny Apple Green leaves at the bottom of the panel.  The panel was adhered at the center of the inside sentiment area of the card base.

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For the envelope flap of the Medium Basic White Envelope, I stamped the Blushing Bride flower first, the Gorgeous Grape flower second, and the Highland Heather flower third.  Then I stamped the Granny Apple Green leaves.  Before stamping, I placed a scrap piece of paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope and the body of the envelope.

I had designed this card as a Birthday Card, but I realized that the greeting and sentiment are generic enough that the card could be used as a Wedding Card, Anniversary Card, or Congratulations Card, too!

I purchase all the kits that Stampin' Up! offers and make them us as samples for my customers so that they can see the great quality of the projects first hand.  My family benefits because when the project kit retires, the card kit becomes a coveted gift at Christmas time.  Here are the card fronts for the Gorgeous Posies Project kit.

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GorgeousPosiesKit_GetWellSoon GorgeousPosiesKit_KindThoughtfulFriend

Robertssiggy

Card Measurements

Basic White:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8", 4" x 5-1/4"; Blackberry Bliss:  4" x 5-1/4", Blushing Bride:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 1-3/4" x 3"; Fine Art ribbon:  9"

Supplies I used to make this card

Stamps:  Gorgeous Posies, Peaceful Moments; Inks:  Blackberry Bliss, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Highland Heather; Cardstock:  Basic White, Blackberry Bliss, Blushing Bride; Embellishments:  Fine Art ribbon, Gold Glitter Enamel Dots; Tools:  Stitched With Whimsy dies, Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Adhesives:  Stampin' Seal, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals; Other:  Medium Basic White Envelopes; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Post-It Notes

 


Stamp Review Crew -- Itty Bitty Greetings

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Stamp Review Crew is an international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who gather for a blog hop the first, third, and (sometimes the fifth) Mondays of the month to review a single stamp set.  The number of participants varies from hop to hop, but the ideas are plentiful as we take a stamp set through its paces.  By the time you've traveled through the hop, you are sure to find a number of innovative ways to use the featured stamp set.  So sit back, relax, and get ready to start pinning ideas to your Pinterest board!

To see the line up of artists for this week's hop, click here.  If you've already joined the hop and are traveling forward, you've arrived from Cindy's blog where you were presented with an amazing project to inspire your creativity.  If you're traveling backwards through the hop, you've seen Charlet's project and are ready to CASE! (Copy And Share Everything)

One thing I always look for in a new Stampin' Up! Catalog is new greeting stamp sets.  Finding the greeting that will fit with the theme or overall sentiment of a card and the right words to say inside the card is just as important as the stamps, ink, and paper used to construct the card.  When it all comes down to it, it's the words that make the difference.  So it's no surprise that I have as many greeting stamp sets as I have image stamp sets.  One of the most versatile stamp sets in the Annual Catalog is the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.  I really like that it has words and phrases that can be used for the greeting or for the sentiment inside the card.  Another nice thing about the words and phrases in this stamp set is that they fit into all the narrow label punches. 

With so many options in this stamp set, it was hard to contain myself to just one sample.  So I made a stack of cards.  All of these cards use the Basic White Note Cards & Envelopes (the absolute best value in the Stampin' Up! Catalog!), Flowers For Every Season 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper, 2020-2022 In Color Cardstock, a few of the 2020-2022 In Color ribbons, Treasured Tags Pick A Punch, and Rhinestone Basic Jewels.   

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Once I completed the cards, I realized that it would be nice to put them in a pretty box.  Did you know that the Note Cards & Envelopes just happen to fit inside the Mini Paper Pumpkin Box?

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And now I have a cute gift for Mother's Day.

I hope you've been inspired by the project I made using the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.  Click here for a downloadable file with instructions, project measurements and supplies list.  Use the NEXT button below to move onto the next stop in the hop to see Charlet's amazing project.  (OR if you are traveling backwards through the hop, then click on the PREVIOUS button to see Cindy's beautiful project.)

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Stamp Review Crew -- Sale-A-Bration Bonus Hop 2

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Sale-A-Bration offerings.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Stamp Review Crew is an international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who gather for a blog hop the first, third, and (sometimes the fifth) Mondays of the month to review a single stamp set.  However, this time we are featuring the great stamp sets and Designer Series Papers available for FREE during Sale-A-Bration.  Be aware that this year Sale-A-Bration ends on February 28th at 11:59 pm Mountain Time so you only have a few more days to make your choice(s).  I know that this blog hop will give you some great ideas, so sit back, relax, and get ready to start pinning ideas to your Pinterest board!

To see the line up of artists for this week's hop, click here.  If you've already joined the hop and are traveling forward, you've arrived from Cindy Elam's blog where you were presented with an amazing project to inspire your creativity.  If you're traveling backwards through the hop, you've seen Bronwyn Eastley's projects and are ready to CASE! (Copy And Share Everything)

The Sale-A-Bration stamp set I've seen the most samples for is the Darling Donkeys stamp set.  With so many ideas out there I had a hard time coming up with something that might inspire you.  So I stamped a bunch of the donkeys, colored them with Stampin' Blends Markers, and picked out the one that "spoke" to me. 

I just love the somewhat sheepish expression on this fellow's face.

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This card begins with a piece Real Red striped background paper from the Playful Pets Designer Series Paper.  The paper was matted with a slightly larger piece of Basic Black cardstock.  A strip of Basic Black cardstock was adhered across the paper/Basic Black cardstock panel with the bottom edge of the strip 7/8" above the bottom edge of the Designer Series Paper.  A piece of Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon was wrapped around the paper/Basic Black cardstock panel and Basic Black cardstock strip and tied into a bow on the front on the left side.  The panel was adhered at the front center of the Real Red card base.

The sitting donkey was stamped on Thick Basic White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The donkey was colored with Light & Dark Crumb Cake Stampin' Blend Markers for the donkey's body and head, Ivory Stampin' Blend Marker for his nose and mouth, and Dark Soft Suede Stampin' Blend Marker for his tail tip, top of the ears, his fluff of mane at the top of his head, and his hoofs.  The balloon image from the Approaching Perfection Sale-A-Bration stamp set was stamped three times using Memento Tuxedo Black ink so that the ends of the balloon strings "attach" near the tip of the donkey's tail.  The outside balloons were colored with Dark Misty Moonlight and Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blend Markers.  The balloon part of the image was stamped on a piece of scrap Basic White cardstock, colored with Dark Real Red Stampin' Blend Marker and the balloon fussy cut with Paper Snips.  The Thick Basic White cardstock was embossed with the rectangular die from the Stitched With Whimsy dies and matted with a slightly larger square of Real Red Cardstock.  The red balloon was attached over the middle balloon using a Mini Stampin' Dimensional.  The focal point was adhered to the card front with the top edge of the Real Red mat 1/4" below the top edge of the Designer Series Paper and the right and left edges of the Real Red mat 7/16" from the right and left edges of the Designer Series Paper.

The greeting comes from the Approaching Perfection stamp set.  A piece of tape was used to cover "The good news is:..." part of the greeting, the stamp inked with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, the tape removed, and the greeting ("The bad news is:  I forgot your birthday.") stamped on Basic White cardstock.  The Basic White cardstock was matted with a slightly larger piece of Real Red cardstock and adhered to the right side of the Basic Black cardstock strip using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The kicking donkey was stamped at the upper right side of a panel of Basic White cardstock.  The donkey was colored with Stampin' Blend Markers using the same colors used for the sitting donkey.  The panel was adhered at the center of the inside sentiment area of the Real Red card base.

The plan for the sentiment was to stamp it on the Basic White panel where you see it now.  Unfortunately, one of my doggies bumped my arm and it landed on the paper crooked.  Rather than start the panel all over again, I stamped the sentiment on Basic White cardstock, matted it with a slightly larger piece of Real Red cardstock, and adhered it over the crooked one.  If I hadn't told you, you'd never know about the goof; but I wanted to mention it because I see this problem pretty often in my classes and folks are always surprised at how easy this problem is to fix -- rather than discard the panel and start all over again.

With respect to stamping the sentiment, I repeated the process I used for the greeting on the front of the card.  This time I put a piece of tape over the "The bad news is:..." part of the sentiment, inked the stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, removed the tape, and stamped the sentiment on the Basic White cardstock.

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A piece of the Playful Pets Designer Series Paper was adhered to the envelope flap of the Medium Basic White Envelope.  Paper Snips were used to trim away the excess paper using the edges of the envelope flap as a guide.  The "Happy Birthday!" greeting (Approaching Perfection) was stamped at the center of the envelope flap using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I hope you've been inspired by the project I made using the Darling Donkeys and Approaching Perfection Sale-A-Bration stamp sets.  Card measurements and supplies are listed below.  To continue with the hop, click here to see what Bronwyn has in store for you at her blog.  OR if you are traveling backwards through the hop, then click here to see Cindy's project.

Robertssiggy

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Card Measurements

Basic Black:  4" x 5-1/4", 13/16" x 4"; Basic White:  5/8" x 2", 9/16" x 1-9/16", 1" x 1", 4" x 5-1/4"; Thick Basic White:  2-7/8" x 2-7/8"; Real Red:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 3" x 3", 3/4" x 2", 5/8" x 1-5/8"; Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon:  15"

Supplies I used to make this card

Stamps:  Darling Donkeys, Approaching Perfection; Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Stampin' Blend Markers:  Light & Dark Crumb Cake, Dark Daffodil Delight, Ivory, Light Misty Moonlight, Dark Real Red, Dark Soft Suede; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Basic White, Real Red; Designer Series Paper:  Playful Pets; Embellishments:  Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon; Tools:  Stitched With Whimsy dies, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Adhesives:  Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals; Other:  Medium Basic White Envelope

 


Sweet Strawberry -- That Was So Sweet Of You

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I've been itching to make another card using the Sweet Strawberry Bundle and the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper (a Sale-A-Bration bundle with the Berry Blessings stamp set).  I just love all the paper designs, but the strawberries are just the cutest!  Every time I hear or think or say the word "strawberry" I think of my nephew Patrick.  He had an issue with his tongue when he was just learning to speak and had a hard time with the letter "r".  I went to visit him and we were looking at a picture book I had given him and naming the pictures.  When he came to the strawberry he could only say "twababy".  I can still hear him say it.  It was just so darn cute; and of course, so was he!

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This card begins with strips of strawberry patterned paper matted with strips of Real Red cardstock with the top and bottom edges of the Designer Series Paper flush with the top and bottom edges of the cardstock.  The strips were adhered, vertically, to the Granny Apple Green card front -- adhering the outside strips first and then the middle strip.  Two pieces of Garden Green cardstock were die cut using the stitched mini banner.  The banners were adhered to the card front with the banner tails facing the right and left sides of the card front and the bottom edges of the banners 1-1/4" from the bottom edge of the paper/cardstock strips.

A piece of Basic White cardstock was die cut with the 2-1/4" x 3-5/16" curved ends label.  The strawberry blossom image was stamped at the right side of the die cut using Granny Apple Green ink.  The leaves were colored with Light and Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blend Markers and the blossoms colored with Light and Dark Petal Pink Stampin' Blend Markers.  The blossoms part of the image was stamped again on a scrap piece of Basic White cardstock, the blossoms colored with the Stampin' Blend Markers, and the two full faced blossoms fussy cut using Paper Snips.  The flower petals were curled up a bit with the bone folder and the blossoms adhered over their corresponding blossoms on the label using Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.  The "That Was So Sweet Of You" greeting was stamped to the right of the blossoms using Real Red ink.

Gold Cord from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack was looped in the area between the banner tails and adhered to the card front with Stampin' Seal placed between the banner tails.  The label was adhered over the banner tails and gold cord using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The strawberry outline image was stamped on Basic White cardstock using Real Red ink.  The strawberry shadow image was inked with Real Red ink, stamped off on a scrap piece of paper and then stamped within the outline image.  The process was repeated for a second strawberry.  The strawberries were punched with the Strawberry Builder punch.  The strawberry top leaf outline image was stamped on Basic White cardstock using Granny Apple Green ink.  The top leaf shadow image was inked with Granny Apple Green ink and stamped within the outline image.  The top leaves were punched with the Strawberry Builder punch.  The top leaves were adhered at the top of each strawberry.  The leaf areas of the strawberry blossom image were stamped on Basic White cardstock using Granny Apple Green ink, colored with Light and Dark Stampin' Blend Markers, and fussy cut with Paper Snips.  The blossom leaves and strawberries were adhered at the top right corner of a Basic White panel.  The "Thank You" sentiment was stamped to the right of the lower strawberry using Granny Apple Green ink.  The Basic White panel was adhered at the center of the inside sentiment area of the card base.

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A piece of strawberry-patterned Designer Series Paper was adhered to the envelope flap of the Medium Basic White Envelope.  Paper Snips were used to trim the excess Designer Series Paper using the edge of the envelope flap as a guide.

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Card Measurements

Basic White:  3" x 3-3/4", 2" x 4-1/4", 4" x 5-1/4"; Garden Green:  1-1/2" x 4-1/4"; Granny Apple Green:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Real Red:  3 @ 1-1/4" x 5-1/8"; Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper:  3 @ 1-1/8" x 5-1/8", 2-1/4" x 6"; Forevery Greenery Trim Combo Pack (Gold Cord):  28"

Supplies I used to make this card

Stamps:  Sweet Strawberry; Inks:  Granny Apple Green, Real Red; Cardstock:  Basic White, Garden Green, Granny Apple Green, Real Red; Designer Series Paper:  Berry Delightful; Embellishments:  Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack (Gold Cord); Tools:  Strawberry Builder punch, Tasteful Labels dies, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Adhesives:  Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals; Other:  Medium Basic White Envelope