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The Learning Curve

There are so many cool card making tools to try (and buy :).  I reviewed the wealth of brainpower on the SplitCoast Stamper Gallery to determine which circle cutting system I simply had to have.
After great deliberation and much scientific research (OK, I asked around like mad in the forum), I recently decided to give myself a special little birthday present, the EK Curvy Cutter Circle and Oval template systems (yes, had to have the oval, too, it was my birthday for heaven’s sake)!

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Stamp Set:  Papertrey Believe
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Old Olive, River Rock, Cerise and Dashing Designer Series Paper Collections
Ink:  Real Red (berries) Old Olive Marker (leaves)
Tools:  Curvy Cutter Circles, Corner Rounder Punch, Heat Tool
Perfect Touches:  Gold Embossing Powder, Sakura Glaze Pen (to dot the berries for some dimension)

So far, curvy cutters are a delight.  It takes a bit of touch at the beginning (a little distressing action came in handy on the edges on my first few tries).  After that it was easy schmeezy, perfect circles and ovals that layer like a dream.  Next, I need to start drumming up a reason to give myself the Janome Sew Mini.  Oh, those stitched cards are so “cutie” (this is a word my mother often uses and I swore never to use, but there you have it–must be genetic).  Maybe I’ll be my own secret Valentine?  Perfect.  Can I make it until February?

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Stamp Set:  Papertrey Believe
Paper:  Old Olive, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Dashing Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Real Red (inkpad and marker)
Tools:  Heat Tool, Photo Corners Punch, Paper Piercing Guide and Piercing Tool, Curvy Cutter Circles, Corner Rounder Punch
Perfect Touches:  Sakura Glaze Pen, HodgePodge Hardware Brads (pewter), Gold Embossing Powder, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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