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Wishing You All the Best Cards

Over on the Here Is a Place to Start blog, they offered up a unique Create Your Own Challenge . I'm familiar with many Tic-Tac-Toe boards, but there is even more flexibility in this challenge. Let's take a look at the challenge and what I ended up using: At work, one of my dear coworkers is abandoning me (author and coffee aficionado of NYC Undergrounds ) So I wanted to make her a Wishing You All the Best card. She's also going to travel the world, so I used some mixed media paper I acquired which has postcards layered. I also cut and embossed a 3D embellishment from Anna Griffin's Anniversary Frame Dies . Here were the two cards I ended up making: Very simple cards, but happy how they came out. If you enjoy what you see, be sure to hit the SUBSCRIBE button at the top to see new posts. Please follow me on Instagram  @DannysCards ; you can now also find me on  Facebook . Thank you so much for reading! Related posts: Slimline Concentric Cards Gothic Window Wedding Cards
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