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A big thank you to Di for sending you my way on our May edition of ‘Di’s Country INKers’ blog hop!  Hope you enjoyed her darling project.

This time of year always gives me very mixed feelings.  It’s certainly exciting to get an early peek at the new Annual Catalog (one of the best parts of being a demonstrator!  Hint-Hint…)  It’s also a bit sad, though, as we prepare to bid farewell to some really great products that will soon be retiring.  This month, we are giving some of our favorites a bit of inky love before we pack them away.

One of my favorite background stamps is Swallowtail.  Here I’ve stamped that big beautiful butterfly with Versamark on vellum cardstock, and heat 5-1-16embossed it in Whisper White.  I used daubers and Classic inks in Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, and Marina Mist to color over and around the outline of the butterfly – really makes it pop off the page!  Fast Fuse adhesive and glue dots were used to adhere the vellum to a Whisper White panel.  One of the tricks in working with vellum is applying the adhesive in areas that will be hidden by the more solid areas of the stamp as well as any embellishments you will be using.  Here the Rhinestones and Whisper White satin ribbon as well as part of the wing on the right side are working to conceal my adhesives.  This card was case’d from one that former demonstrator Deb Valder did several years ago.

You can see the Retired List here, and have until May 31st to order products from the list.  Don’t hesitate, though – these products are available while supplies last, and there are already several things that have sold out!

Let’s head over to Kathya’s blog and take a look at one of her favorites.  Thank you so much for hopping along with us.  If at any time you get off track, a complete list of the stops on this month’s hop are listed below.






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