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Alisa Bangerter

Alisa Bangerter

As I sit here writing my last blog post as a Paper Crafts Pro, I have very mixed feelings. It’s sad to leave a position that I have enjoyed so much, but I’m looking forward to the many new adventures that lie ahead in my life.

Currently I’m the Party, Holiday and Idea Contributor for Studio 5 KSL TV, which I really love. I’m also hoping to write several books that I’m excited about. I’m mostly looking forward to freeing up some time to spend with my wonderful family. Children grow up way too fast, and I want to spend every minute with my awesome teenagers. 

I’ve been very fortunate to be a part of Paper Crafts magazine from the premiere issue and have been given many wonderful opportunities. I will never forget the day when my cards were first accepted for publication; I was jumping up and down – literally!

Many of the talented ladies at the magazine, as well as my fellow PC Pros, have not only been business associates, but have also become great friends. They personally care about me and my family and I likewise am interested in their lives. It’s been so nice to be associated with such wonderful people who actually understand my love for all things paper!

Heres a cute picture of Kelly and I from last year. Were sitting on Caths porch enjoying good food and lively conversation.

Here's a cute picture of Kelly and I from last year. We're sitting on Cath's porch enjoying good food and lively conversation.

One of my very favorite parts of being a PC Pro was attending the editorial board meetings, where we would plan and brainstorm ideas for future issues. I looked forward to these meetings twice a year, and it was a great opportunity to have the other Pros and board members all fly in so we could work together in person. I will miss this! Another thing I will miss is attending the annual trade shows. I really loved getting to know many of you there, as well as the chance to scope out all the cool trends and fun new products. 

Heres the Paper Crafts team and ed board at last Septembers editorial board meeting.

Here's the whole Paper Crafts team at last year's editorial board meeting.

As I have done work for Paper Crafts magazine, I have found I’m really drawn to unusual techniques. I like to think “outside of the box” with product and supplies. The hardest part of my job was when I was asked to make pop-up or interactive projects. That really stretched me! I recently sat looking through past issues and chose three of my favorite projects to share with you again. It’s been so fun to see projects that I have totally put my creativity into, show up in print and be shared with so many readers. I hope all of my work has inspired many of you to create projects you love.

Heres my March Kite Calendar Topper from the March 2007 issue.

Here's my March Kite Calendar Topper from the March 2007 issue.

And my Old, New, Borrowed, Blue Card from the April/May 2007 issue.

And my Old, New, Borrowed, Blue Card from the April/May 2007 issue.

And heres my Witchs Brew Card from the October, 2007 issue.

And here's my Witch's Brew Card from the October, 2007 issue.

I appreciate all of your support as I have held this position as a Paper Crafts Pro. I will miss being so closely associated with the magazine, but I still have a head full of ideas that I hope to submit periodically, so you’ll still see me. For all the fond memories, I’m sending a BIG thank you to all of you!

Happy paper crafting!
Alisa, Founding Paper Crafts Pro

Just imagine my Thank U Card in each of your mail boxes!

Just imagine my Thank U Card in each of your mail boxes!

P.S. If you love trying new techniques (just like me!), leave me a comment and I’ll pick three random winners to receive a copy of our technique-infused special issue Paper Crafts 101. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Thursday, Sept. 3.

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Wendy Johnson, Founding Paper Crafts Pro

Wendy Johnson

‘Tis the season for ribbons, paper galore and homemade gifts tied up in pretty things! As we celebrate an early Christmas this week on the ol’ Paper Crafts blog, I’m excited to share with you a tag I created for this very fun special issue that is overflowing with amazing holiday creations. 

The little diddy shown below and featured in Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 4 was made with love from the super cute KI Memories collection, “Festive.” I love the bright colors and whimsical design that captures the fun side of the holiday season, and I’d love to give away a set of this collection along with a copy of this extra special holiday issue. Just leave me a comment by Friday, August 28 at midnight MDT and I’ll choose three winners.

Christmas Heart Tag (p. 106)

I can’t believe that we’re already gearing up for this season and all that it brings. It seems that every season sneaks up on us whether we are prepared for it or not! I also know that along with the seasons of fall, winter, summer and spring, there comes other seasons in our lives… all of which serve a purpose and shape who we are. I love this little reminder that is perched on my mantle that helps me remember that there truly is a season and time for every purpose in our lives. 

This lovely quote greets me each and every day.

Six years ago, seeds were planted during a time of my life that has grown and flourished and become one of my most bountiful seasons. Those seeds were planted in the rich soil of Paper Crafts and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have grown and flourished within the pages of this magazine, as they themselves grew from a single issue. I was there in the beginning and have thoroughly enjoyed this little season of my life. My greatest accomplishment has come within the pages of The Joy of Card Making and The Joy of Card Making: A Second Helping special issues.

I’m so grateful for Valerie Pingree and Jennafer Martin for their vision and belief in me as we worked together to bring you little card recipes for you to use in your card making. I will never forget the late night hours with two sleeping little ones tucked in their beds, as I worked on sketches and cards to share with you, our beloved readers. After the success of both issues, I was then asked to become a Paper Crafts Pro and continued to share with you my love and passion for paper crafting each month. I have also traveled across the country to Canada and even on a Caribbean Cruise to teach eager students who are ready to learn and share in this amazing hobby! 

As this season of my life comes to a close, I can’t say goodbye without saying thank you to those that have helped shape my life during this season…

  • Valerie Pingree – who saw something in me the very first day and captured the vision of The Joy of Card Making from the first moment she laid eyes on it. I owe this all to you!
  • Jennafer Martin – oh, how I have missed her! The e-mails and phone calls over the years as we worked together on The Joy of Card Making series and other special issues when she was managing editor of Paper Crafts.  Jennafer, you are one of the most amazing and influential women in the editorial department and I’m so proud to have worked with you. You deserve your new title more than ANYONE, and I’m a better person for having known you!
  • Nichole Heady – we became Paper Crafts Pro buddies from the very beginning. We’ve shared moments of laughter and late night talks as we discussed everything from our children, snakes that roam her Tennessee backyard and the latest and greatest in paper, ribbon and stamps. I’m so proud of you and your risk to make your dreams come true… Papertrey Ink. I love ya, friend!
  • Alisa Bangerter – There isn’t anyone that is more genuine, honest and sincere than this dear friend. Alisa, you are so very talented and I’m so proud of you! I love watching your segments on KSL as you have taken flight in your own new adventures. I will be the first in line to buy your book… so you better get it written!
  • Melissa Phillips – Seriously, can there be anyone sweeter than you?! Oh, sweet Melissa, how I love ya, girlie! You are THE MOST talented gal I know and best little mommy! Thank you for always being there, listening to me and being a part of this season in my life!
  • Sue Neal – If you haven’t taken a class from Sue, then you are truly missing out! She is one of the best teachers I know and is so full of life. I’m so glad we share some Idaho roots and that we have become such good friends! Best of luck with your cute card kits and I’ll see you at the conventions!
  • Stacy Croninger – There was no one better to take the helm of Paper Crafts after Valerie stepped down than you! I have missed your Laffy Taffy jokes and fun sense of humor! I’m so grateful that you are still a part of this huge family and that I get to see you at the Creating Keepsakes Conventions… I’m such a lucky gal!
  • Cath Edvalson – There really aren’t any words to adequately describe this amazing lady! We have spent several years working together and I have learned so much from her! Cath, I will never forget when you told me you had an “emotional reaction” over a picture frame I created years ago… that is my greatest compliment from you. Thank you!
  • Brenda Peterson – The glue that holds the entire Paper Crafts family together. I have worked with Brenda since that very first day and she is still here to keep everyone going! Thank you for your hard work and making sure I get paid!
  •  Jennifer, Brandy, Kelly and Susan – The rest of the gals that round out the amazing editorial staff of Paper Crafts magazine. Although our time spent together was very short, I’m so grateful that I have had the opportunity to have known and worked with you. Brandy, thank you for your wonderful home where we met many times to brainstorm, laugh and enjoy good food! Kelly, you have taken the blogging world by fire and you are amazing with what you do. Susan, you have added a whole other element to this family… thank you for your presence and hard work! Jennifer – everyone is in good hands with you leading the team. Thank you for your help and understanding during very difficult times.
  • Paper Crafts Loyal Readers – all I can say is… thank you. Thank you for your loyal support every month as you read the pages of this amazing magazine. We all love you!

As with every season in our lives, when one comes to a close, another one begins to come to life. And so it is with my own little journey in life. Although my season with Paper Crafts magazine has come to a close, I’m beyond excited and thrilled for my new season that is just beginning to sprout. As the new Education Coordinator for Piggy Tales, I will be designing classes and traveling across the country doing what I love the very most… teaching! I will also be designing projects galore through our monthly kit club, PTA, and many other assignments and adventures that are about to unfold. So, drop by our web site and you will be able to continue to see me in all that Piggy Tales has to offer… you don’t want to miss out!

And last, but not least, I must thank my sweet husband. He was there that very first day when I had the idea to submit my work. He has encouraged me every step of the way, washed dishes, mopped floors and wiped runny noses from two little faces when I have been buried in deadlines! If it weren’t for him, my dreams would have never come true! I love you, babe!

May we each remember that there truly is a “season and a time to every purpose” as we each journey through life… may you live each season that comes your way to the very fullest!

Wendy, Founding Paper Crafts Pro

P.S. If you’re a new reader and interested in learning more about The Joy of Card Making special issues, we’re currently offering a “Buy One, Get One” sale. If you buy the first volume, you’ll get “A Second Helping” for FREE! Click HERE to reserve your copies today!

Susan Neal

Susan Neal

As I travel and teach for Paper Crafts magazine, the most common question I hear is “how can I get your job?” I thought I’d take this last opportunity to answer with the long version, basically a synopsis of my time here at Paper Crafts… let’s go back in time!

In  2001 I started a relationship with Creating Keepsakes magazine. I had entered a few contests, one of which I won, and the other which led me to doing some design work, including this first cover:

The July/August 2001 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine

The July/August 2001 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine

In conversation with the CK editors, they discovered I was a designer/painter. They quickly got me in contact with the managing editor (Jennafer Martin, who is now the editor-in-chief of CK) of their new sister publication Crafts magazine. Literally, within a few days I had design assignments. I spent the next few years designing and painting for Crafts, but my heart was turning to paper. I was done with wood!

Fortunately, Crafts magazine and Valerie Pingree (the founding editor of Paper Crafts) also made such a change and in February of 2004 Paper Crafts magazine was launched and I was along for the ride. And what a ride it’s been!

Heres where it all began: the Febraury 2004 issue of Paper Crafts.

Here's where it all began: the February 2004 issue of Paper Crafts.

At the time I had just sold a paper crafting retail store/web site I had started in 2002. I suddenly had two very important things necessary to contributing to Paper Crafts magazine in a big way: time and plenty of paper crafting supplies. 

In short order I was asked to fill the role of Paper Crafts Pro for the magazine. It was very much a job that evolved over time, and one that was exciting and creative and really, just fun. We (the PC Pros) became contributors not only in design, but at editorial boards meetings; we helped to critique past issues and plan for new ones. We researched trends, brainstormed and got super creative.

Early on, I conceived a special issue idea that turned into Card Fashion; using fashion to inspire card design. I got to concept, write, assign, organize and I loved every moment of it. I have to thank Jennafer M. and Stacy C. for giving me that opportunity.

Card Fashion, 2006

Card Fashion, 2006

It was such a joy to work for Paper Crafts that I don’t think I’ve ever said no to any request in all the years I’ve worked there. I’m sure I’ll hear about it if I did!

We soon got opportunities to teach; which has been one of my most beloved responsibilities and one that I’ve carried through to a new business I started last fall, Q’s Creative Card Classes. I love to travel, meet new people and share in our mutual paper crafting passion. I was just in Valley Forge a few weeks ago and will be in Tulsa again this weekend – hopefully I’ll see some of you there!

CKC-Valley Forge, 2009

CKC-Valley Forge, 2009

We travelled to CHA and other industry conventions, representing the magazine, doing research and creating relationships with manufacturers. Many great memories are associated with these trips and I dearly miss them.

In 2006 I was asked to represent Paper Crafts on a local morning show KSL Studio 5. I clearly remember the butterflies that first day, but oddly enough they quickly disappeared and I left the show that day thinking, “I think I can do this.” I’m sure a large part of this was the ease of interaction with the hostess of the show, Brooke Walker.

Heres one of my appearances on Studio5. Love that Brooke Walker!

Here's one of my appearances on Studio 5. Love that Brooke Walker!

Surprisingly, the most intimidating thing I’ve been asked to do is video tape instructional videos. I know this sounds very similar to live TV, but actually, it’s much, much harder, as you have nothing but a camera (or two) to relate to. No cute hostess to play off of or fill in your blanks – just you and the camera. Fortunately, I was very prepared and despite my nervousness, was able to create some successful teaching segments. The second time I did this was much easier, which just goes to show you that some things just have to be done to be learned.

Practice makes perfect!

Practice makes perfect!

You can see me in this video!

You can see me in this video!

It has been my absolute joy being an ambassador and cheerleader for Paper Crafts Magazine and one I don’t plan on stopping. I continue to devour each issue and share that love with anyone I come in contact with. As a founding PC Pro, I’m hoping you’ll still see me on occasion.

Working for Paper Crafts has given me a whole new set of skills that I want to use. Q’s Creative Card Classes has become a huge part of my life. I’ve also continued my relationship with Studio 5 and am now a regular cooking and paper crafting contributor for them. I still freelance design and consult in large part because of the treasured friendships and valuable relationships I’ve gathered over the years. 

I’m sure it’s easy to see the opportunity part of this equation. I want to thank every one of you who gave me those moments… you know who you are!

I prepared for those opportunities by working. Really, it’s that simple. I love this hobby so much that work for me was a joy, but it was still work. Lots and lots and lots of design, educating myself on techniques and even creating some along the way. And of course, staying on top of trends and reading Paper Crafts magazine! The editors at Paper Crafts are so good at communicating just what they need, so read closely and don’t give up! Keep submitting and persevere. I’ll be looking for your name soon!

Your Founding PC Pro,
Sue Neal

P.S. If you’re intrigued by the concept of Card Fashion, I just happen to have three copies from the secret Paper Crafts vault. Leave me a comment and I’ll pick three random winners to receive their very own copy! All comments must be received by midnight on Thursday, August 20.

Kim Kesti

Kim Kesti

Since you’ll be hearing from all the new Go-to Gals in the coming months, I though it would be fun to share a little bit about my creative process, a bit about “me”. I’ll be asking you about your process later, so keep that in mind.

Almost invariably, I reach for embellishments first when I start my card making process. Sometimes I am inspired by a fancy sticker, sometimes a great piece of chipboard, and other times by a pretty flower. Today, it was a “to die for” pack of felt Woolies from BasicGrey.

I chose several colors cardstock that matched the Woolies and grabbed a few buttons, too.

I don’t always use patterned paper, but in this case I had a great piece of matching paper that also had a small scale print (which is great for cards), so I added that to the pile.

Step three is the easiest. I decided to make four coordinating cards, so I cut all the card bases the same and creased them to size with a bone folder. Done.

Next came the fun part. I was intrigued by the scallops on the Woolies, so I pulled out a few of my newer dies that feature scallops, outlines and journaling blocks. I cut a bunch to experiment with.

Now, I begin to assemble my cards. I’m having a blast at this point, merrily matching up colors and shapes. Then the dreaded happens…I realize that I forgot to plan out my sentiments. Sentiments are my biggest challenge. At this point I can cop out and pretend these are supposed to be blank note cards, or I can dig into my drawers and see what I can find.

I don’t have any decent rubs, but I do have a pretty good supply of rubber stamps. I should rename them “lifesavers”. So, I grab my brown ink pad and a brown journaling pen and finish up my cards.

Here are the four cards, stamped and outlined.

That pretty sums up my creative process. What about yours? Where do you start? What challenges do you face? Leave me a comment answering any of these questions and I’ll put you in a drawing to win these cards! Let’s spread the creativity around, gals.

I’ll choose a winner by midnight (MST) on Thursday, August 13th, so post a comment before then.

Happy Crafting!
Kim, Paper Crafts Pro

Alisa Bangerter

Alisa Bangerter

It’s that time of year again. With school fast approaching, there are registrations to send in, clothes to buy and supplies to find. I’m always amazed at the great deals you can get on school supplies, as stores try to lure you in with the hopes you purchase other items there. I have seen school supplies for a few cents each. What a deal!

What do school supplies being on sale have to do with paper crafting? A lot! Many school supplies are perfect for you paper crafted projects and for embellishments on mass-produced cards for swaps. Some items that I always like to stock up on, and work great in paper crafting are:

  • Lined notebook paper
  • Wood rulers
  • Wood pencils
  • Paperclips (these come in lots of fun colors!)
  • Staples
  • Brads
  • Markers
  • Glitter glues
  • Glue sticks
  • Colored pencils
  • Gel pens
  • Colored tape
  • Lined note cards
  • Composition notebooks
  • Pocket folders
  • Spiral mini notebooks

With the economy now, I’m always looking for a great deal. Look at the card I made with lined notebook paper, brads and a wood pencil. I just added some whimsical chipboard letters, ribbon and silver Glimmer Mist. A quick and easy back to school card was made just like that!

So make sure to keep an eye open for those unique school supplies you can stock up for yourself while you’re shopping for the kids.

Happy paper crafting from A-Z!
Alisa, Paper Crafts Pro

P.S. Kelly told me she has some leftover paper from Imaginisce’s Teacher’s Pet collection. Leave a comment telling me your favorite school supply and I’ll pick five winners to receive an assortment of school-themed paper, as well as some jewel brads from American Crafts. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Thursday, August 6.

Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson

When I was a little girl, my mother taught me how to cross-stitch. I started with plastic cross-stitch material and a piece of yarn with masking tape on one end. I would very carefully thread it through the squares, creating little X’s that then turned into butterflies, flowers and hearts. With a little practice, I then moved on to Aida Cloth and made more intricate designs and pictures with floss and a needle. This became a favorite pastime as I grew up. 

I haven’t done cross-stitch in many, many years. Recently I decided that I wanted to share this little hobby with my own daughter, since I enjoyed it so much at her age. I found a cute pattern on the Internet of a puppy, and she helped pick the colors of floss that she would use to create this little dog.

Heres my daughter Kaylis very first cross-stitch!

My daughter Kayli's very first cross-stitch!

Once I transferred the pattern onto the Aida Cloth, Kayli has been hard at work on her design. It’s been so fun to watch her as she very carefully pulls the floss through the material, and see her eyes light up as she watches the puppy come to life. 

Cross-stitching is a fun and relaxing hobby that many have enjoyed for generations. Did you know that you can cross-stitch on many different materials such as plastic, fabric and paper? This very easy technique can also be used on your paper crafting projects! 

Did you also know that Paper Crafts September/October issue has just hit the newsstands?! I created a Halloween card that I cross-stitched on white cardstock. My cute little pumpkin came to life with orange, green and brown floss, as I carefully put into place each little X.

Stitched Pumpkin Greetings Card (p. 60) from September/October issue.

Stitched Pumpkin Greetings Card (p. 60) from the September/October issue.

If you don’t know how to cross-stitch, there are many different tutorials and patterns on the Internet that you can transfer onto your projects. In fact, you can download the pattern for my pumpkin card right here! I encourage you to give it a try! 

Happy stitching!
Wendy

P.S. Have you been following the Gallery Idol competition? I was so impressed with the Top 5’s humor cards – they really left me “in stitches”! Kelly wanted me to remind everyone that voting ends at noon (MST) tomorrow. Click here to view the Top 5’s entries and to vote for your favorite design!

Susan Neal

Susan Neal

Certainly, the best part of being a PC Pro has been getting to share my paper crafting passion with so many like-minded ladies (and a few men!).  

Today I want to share my passion for the baby bunny buggy baggy. Say that five times fast!

Or just make this sweet little gift bag for your next baby gift. It’s perfect for personalizing a gift card. There’s even room for a wee gift like a binkie, rattle, booties, socks, onesie, etc…

Everything about this gift bag speaks baby – buttons, scallops… even this tranquil aqua color. But the real star is the adorable baby bunny buggy die-cut from the Cricut ZooBalloo cartridge. Don’t forget to add foam squares, dot his eyes and curl his bunny ears to make him come to life!

The bag topper is a simple template (you can download here) that can be easily re-sized to fit any size shopping bag you have. (I was even dreaming about making a topper for a large grocery sack filled with candied popcorn for the holidays. Stay tuned!)

If you like this project, you’re in luck! I’m giving away five of my Bliss card-making kits ($19 value), which includes this baby gift bag. Leave a comment telling me your idea of bliss. All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Thursday, June 23. The winners will be announced on Friday’s blog!

Sue, Paper Crafts Pro

P.S. I loved incorporating buttons into the wheels of my baby bunny buggy. Wanna see some other creative uses of buttons? Check out this week’s round of Gallery Idol! And make sure you vote for your favorite button design here!

Kim Kesti

Kim Kesti

I’m so lucky to be blogging today. I’m sandwiched right between introductions of the new Paper Crafts Go-to Gals. It’s like I’m meeting my new best friends.

Don’t you agree? I can hardly wait to see what the new Gals bring to our future issues of Paper Crafts.

In the meantime, I would really like to sit down with each of them, sip a cup of coffee, nibble a bran muffin and pick their brains. Ah well, I will just have to enjoy the fun interviews along with you and hope to meet them all in person someday.

With these Gals in mind, I created this card:

I also wanted to share this really yummy bran muffin recipe. Want to know the best thing about this recipe? The batter keeps in the refrigerator for up to seven weeks. You can tuck it into the fridge and pull out just enough to bake up a dozen fresh muffins when company arrives.

I’ll be waiting for you, my new best friend! 
Kim, Paper Crafts Go-to Gal

Refrigerator Bran Muffins

2 cups boiling water
2 cups bran flakes
1 cup shortening
3 cups sugar
4 eggs, beaten
1 quart buttermilk
5 cups white flour
5 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
4 cups Kellogg’s All Bran

Soak bran flakes in boiling water and cool. Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs. Add buttermilk and soaked bran flakes. Add dry ingredients and All Bran. Mix until moist. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Batter keeps six to seven weeks in refrigerator.

Alisa Bangerter

Alisa Bangerter

I love trying new techniques – especially unusual ones.

As I was looking through some of my paper crafting supplies, I picked up a bottle of dimensional glaze. If you have not used dimensional glaze before it’s an awesome product that can be used in many ways. I decided to try something new with it. I decided to try a resist technique to make fun centers for some ribbon flowers.

To do this easy technique:

1. Make random dots of dimensional glaze on glossy white cardstock. Let dry thoroughly.

2. Sponge dye ink over the dots, which acts as a resist and color the glossy cardstock. Use a circle punch to punch out circles.

3. Place loops of ribbon under the edge of each circle to create whimsical flowers.

These cute flowers could be used on many types of projects but I decided to place the flowers on a gift bag to give to a friend.

And speaking of friends… as you are aware, I’m one the Pros who will soon be leaving my official position with Paper Crafts to pursue some other interests. I consider all you my friends and will miss the continuous association I have with you and the magazine. I’m looking forward to all the fabulous projects and ideas from the new Go-to Gals!

I would love to hear how you have used dimensional glaze in your projects. Post your ideas and let’s inspire each other to try some dimensional techniques! I’ll pick three random people to receive a copy of Paper Crafts 101. This ultimate resource guide actually boasts 37 fun techniques! All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Thursday, July 9.

Alisa, Paper Crafts Pro

P.S. Make sure you check back with us tomorrow when Brandy spotlights our next mystery Go-to Gal!

Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson

Wild blackberries have fully ripened and been kissed by the sun around here. Every year we go out along the Sacramento River banks and bring home these delicious berries for shakes and cobblers. I just finished making our last batch of our favorite strawberry jam and it’s tucked away in our freezer to be enjoyed during the long winter months.

Another favorite around our little home is fresh berry trifle! I layered cake, whipping cream and scrumptious raspberries, strawberries and blackberries in a beautiful trifle bowl for our family to enjoy after dinner the other night. If you haven’t ever made a trifle, you’ve got to try this yummy dessert! 

And speaking of these cute little plump berries… they are EVERYWHERE in our paper crafting world as well!  

KI Memories Strawberry Fields paper

KI Memories Strawberry Fields paper

Doodlebug Tutti Frutti Brads

Doodlebug Tutti Frutti Brads

Basic Grey Bling It Accents

BasicGrey Bling It Accents

4.	Sizzix Die-cuts

Sizzix Die-cuts

Sassafras Lass Accents

Sassafras Lass Accents

Cosmo Cricket Cherry Pie paper

Cosmo Cricket Cherry Pie paper

One of my favorites in the Green Thumb stamp set from Papertrey Ink. Oh, how I love the crisp image of the strawberry! 

I used this cute berry to create this card to give to friends and neighbors with a jar of jam and a warm loaf of bread. I love bringing warmth to those around with me with a little handmade gift and card! 

So, with all of these berry-inspired products and berries spilling over at the farmer’s markets and fruit stands, I would love to hear what your favorite berry is and why!

Have a “berry” wonderful day!
Wendy

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