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Sketch Saturday Challenge #740

Good Day, my crafty friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I'll bet you are all eagerly getting ready for Christmas. The countdown has begun. Yesterday was my birthday, and I was lucky enough to be able to spend some time with friends in Siesta Key. Sunshine and sea....soothes my soul! Have you gotten all your Christmas and Holiday cards made and sent? If you do, you're way ahead of me! If you are still working on them and are stuck for ideas, or are already preparing for upcoming events (birthdays, valentines day, weddings, etc.), sketches are a great way to boost your ideas and creativity. This weeks Saturday Sketch Challenge (#740) is a fun and easy one to knock out. The bonus challenge is to make a second card with a mirror image. These cards would be great for mass card batches if you have beautiful papers or ribbons to add to the front. I decided to do two orientations (kinda sorta mirrored, lol) using a similar color scheme. I had fun using some embossing
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