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Hello fellow stampers and friends~
  I know it is only one day away, but maybe you are having a little family celebration at home, or staying in and just want a festive card to decorate your space, or your internet.  I was inspired this morning to create something new using the Red, White and Blue...see what I did there? 
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Supplies I used:
  Real Red and Night of Navy Ink pads
  Sponge Daubers (2)
  Silver Foil sheet
  Stitched Stars dies
  Stitched Rectangle dies
  So Much Happy Stamp set (n)
  Silver ink pad
  red and blue dsp 6 x 6 double sided design

Tuesday tips and tricks with Tony - Bokeh

Hello fellow stampers and friends~
  This is my first week doing a live presentation of stamping tips and tricks.  Each week I plan to explore something different.  I'm excited and I hope you will enjoy, learn something you may not have known or at least get my take on it.

  So about a month or so ago, while perusing Pinterest I happened upon a blog post by Rachel Tessman.  It was a blog post and tutorial of sorts about Bokeh. Bokeh (pronounced like bouquet)  is " the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image."
It can be magical.
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  In my live demonstration video I show some completed cards, and do three more on camera.  I think it's fun, and no two look alike, at least mine don't.   I made a template using the smaller SU Layering Circles cut out of a window sheet.

One of my favorite projects, Let's make an Affirmation Card/fold with 6 pockets to hold affirming messages and treats!

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Hello Fellow Stampers and Friends~
  I was originally inspired to make this project by a similar design I saw on Pinterest about a year ago.  Personally, I try to send out positive, affirming messages , uplifting and encouraging to everyone in my circle and beyond.  I believe that we never know who may need to see a smile, hear a kind word of a hug, and rather than assume everyone is 'good', I follow my heart and go with whatever feels right to me.  SO, it is in this vein, that I decided it was time to share this project in my live Saturday Night, stamping with Tony, on my Facebook page, River View Creative Studio.

  I created two different folders/cards ahead of time, and a third one during the tutorial.  You may enjoy watching the video which is included in this blog post, and I have also included some photos and directions for how to make one for yourself.  I hope that I have inspired you to share one with someone in your life!
Happy Stamping and God Bless!

one 12" x 12" sheet of Designer Series Paper.  note: you can use regular thickness card stock but folds are a little more challenging.
Coordinating colors of cardstock and inks, ribbon
tag punches, rectangle and triangle dies or whatever you like
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