I fell in love with the Bella & Friends Stampin’ Up! stamp set the minute I laid eyes on it. The tilt of the head, the adorable posture, and the sweet face are all so sweet my teeth ache!

20161121_205539A dear friend of mine, who helped me through some of my most difficult times a few years ago, is going through a very tough time now. I am so thankful for her and our friendship, and I just wanted to send her a card with the nose-to-nose playful puppy and turtle to remind her that she had a forever friend in me.

I used the following Copics to color up this scene:
Grass with cast shadow: G40, 24 and 46
Turtle: YG21, YG17, G46, R22, R35 and R39
Puppy: E51, E53 and YR24
Ombre sky: B000 and 00

Then I die cut the scene using the third largest of the My Favorite Things Die-namics Cross-Stitch Rectangle STAX die set. I like how the cross stitching adds a little bit of a homey feeling to the scene. Then I simply matted it with some red shimmerz card stock (picking up the hints of red in the turtle and dog collar). I stamped the sentiment, “You’ve got a friend in me.” with Momento Luxe Tuxedo Black Ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder on vellum. I like using varied papers like shimmerz and vellum because I think they add texture and shine that add interest (especially on CAS cards).

20161121_204733-1The white card front is dry embossed with the wood grain embossing folder from The Paper Studio — one of my go-to favorite embossing folders. I added some thin fun foam from the Dollar Tree behind the panel to raise it just a tad off the white card stock card base but still keep this card totally mail-friendly.

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Addicted to CAS Ombre Challenge
CAS-ual Fridays Be Thankful Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Just Keep On Creating Anything Goes Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes With Optional Use a Sentiment Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
Craft Your Passion Anything Goes Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes Challenge
MFT Sketch Challenge #307

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