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It's a Cocoa Party!

Hello friends and happy December!  This is Crystal here today and before I get to my card, I wanted to share with you all that I got to visit the Butterfly Reflections, Ink store last weekend when I was nearby traveling for Thanksgiving!  Not only did I get to check out the awesome store, but I got to meet Vanessa in person, and on her birthday! I was amazed by the amount of inventory in the store and the space is so well organized and clean.  I didn't even get to see nearly everything I wanted and I was there for almost two hours!  I can't wait to go back again (without my husband)!

Now for today's card. . . I used a stamp set that I purchased when I was at the store last week, although it has been on my list since it was released.  This set is called "Cocoa Stand" by Avery Elle.  I did also combine it with the "Snow Buddies" stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps  to create an even larger scene.  For the base of this slimline card, I cut a piece of turquoise cardstock measuring 8 1/2" x 3 1/2" long. I cut a 8 1/4" x 3 1/4" piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock to ink blend the background.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink in Peacock Feathers and covered the cardstock with the ink before adhering this distressed background to the card base.  

I cut a 8 1/4" x 1 1/4" piece of white cardstock and created a snowbank along the bottom edge of the cards to ground all of my images.  Along this border, I added Lawn Fawn Chunky Glitter for added sparkle.  I stamped all of the images from the Cocoa Stand stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock and colored them with Copic markers.  I then used the coordinating Cocoa Stand Elle-ment dies to cut all the images.

I also stamped all of the images from the Honey Bee Stamps Snow Buddies stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Neenah Solar White smooth cardstock and colored these images with Copic markers.  I also die cut these using the Snow Buddies Honey Cuts dies.  Then I began to form a scene just by placing the different images onto the card to where I was happy with the layout.  I adhered most of the images to the card with foam adhesive.  Lastly, I used a white gel pen and added little dots all over the card to resemble snow. 

I hope you have enjoyed today's fun and festive card! Thanks for visiting and happy creating!

XO, Crystal


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