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Wow!  I can't believe we are at the half-way mark already.  There have been so many amazing projects shared and my fellow finalists have got my creative juices flowing!

If you are making the rounds on the tour, you should have just arrived from Holly VanDyne's blog.  I just love her work, don't you?

When I started planning my projects for the Artisan Award contest, I knew that I wanted to show several different styles.  Today's card is "simple and elegant." 

To create the flower, I punched several pieces of Rose Red card stock with a scallop circle punch.  I spritzed each circle with water, allowed it to dry, and then distressed it with a bone folder to break down the paper fibers.  This process allowed me to peel the paper circles apart into 2 very thin layers.

The circles were stacked together and a brad placed in the center.  I sprayed the flower lightly with a mixture of shimmer paint and alcohol, then ruffled up the petals.

The scallop borders were created with the Tasteful Trim die.  The edges were sponged and then I placed tiny pearls all along the scallop edge.  Scroll down to the end of this post to see a complete list of supplies.


This blog hop will take you in a complete circle, but if you happen to lose your way, here is a list you can refer to. Be sure to check back every day this week for more great stamping and paper crafting ideas!

  1. Connie Collins
  2. Holly VanDyne
  3. Melissa Stout  (you are here!)
  4. Amy O'Neill
  5. Sandie Conner
  6. Amy Rogers
  7. Mercedes Weber
  8. Tara (Murphy) Bourgoin
  9. Mindy Bingamon


You are now ready to visit Amy O'Neill.  She's got a great project to share with you today!



STAMP SET:  Teeny Tiny Wishes

INK:  Concord Crush

PAPER:  Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Concord Crush, Rose Red, Timeless Portrait DSP

ACCESSORIES:  Big Shot, Tasteful Trim Die, Rose Red Seam Binding Ribbon, 1-3/4” Scallop Circle Punch, Modern Label Punch, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Basic Pearls




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