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Always Stampin' Up! Stamp Set

The laundry basket is overflowing, a pile of unopened mail, toys all over the floor, dinner was late & the kids had to entertain themselves for about 30 min, but I REALLY needed some stamping therapy.  With my husband out of town on business all week and dealing with all the demands a mom of 4 kids (aged 9, 7, 4, 16 mo) faces, I have found that time is in short demand this week.  But today, I just HAD to stamp something just for fun.  Once again I pulled out the Always stamp set I received as a gift at Stampin’  Up!’s Managers Reception at Leadership.  I just love the heart and I especially love the look of stamping two hearts in different colors and offsetting them.  The base of the card is 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" and uses Pretty in Pink cs.  I matted one of the designs from the Berry Bliss DP on the top half of the card, then added the yummy (unfortunately retired) Chocolate Chip satin ribbon and tied it in a knot. I stamped the bottom half of the card with the small flourish from the Priceless stamp set in Pretty in Pink ink.  The hearts were stamped in Chocolate Chip craft ink onto both Close to Cocoa and Pretty in Pink CS and embossed with clear EP.  The greeting was stamped and embossed in the same way.  The mat on which I mounted the hearts is actually 3 layers – the base is Chocolate Chip, The next layer is Pretty in Pink and then I covered the Pretty in Pink with a piece of Vellum CS the exact same size.  When I tried a white mat it looked too glaring.  With a layer of vellum on top of the Pretty in Pink, I found that it looked softer, plus I was able to get the tone-on-tone look.  The brads are Pretty in Pink from the Soft Subtles collection.  All supplies are Stampin’ Up! of course! 

I really need your help – do the colors on this card look washed out?  I did this blog entry from my brand new laptop, and I find that the screen in general has the look of an overexposed picture (know what I mean? – colors a little faded, a little too much white?)  – It doesn’t seem to matter what web page I’m on, but I seem to be getting the same effect.  I don’t know if something is wrong with the computer, or is just that every computer is different. Anyways, your input would be appreciated so I can figure out what the problem is.

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