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This card is for no challenge at all. I recently treated myself to a couple of new Penny Black stamps and chose ones that I thought would be useful for birthday cards, in particular men's cards. When I saw this stamp I had to buy it. For those who read this blog regularly you know I work with about 26 men, that is a challenge in itself, although one I do enjoy. The other challenge is that I make the birthdays cards for everybody, do you see where I'm going?

My desk sits right next to the cordoned off area that is referred to as the kitchen, everyday there is a steady stream of boys into said kitchen to make, you guessed it Toast. Why does it have to be burnt though? When I saw this stamp I had to have it and here is the card I made. I have to say it was a joy to colour it with my Copics. To finish it off I stamped the greeting onto the toast, this made me chuckle.


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