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Spring has sprung! 

Here in Florida it's been 'sprung' for weeks but I'm thrilled that my northern friends are experiencing warmer temps towards their "great thaw". 

You've most likely arrived here from Phyllis Sheppard's blog.  Isn't her project adorable? 

My project today centers around those stinkin' cute chicks in the "For Peep's Sake" stamp set.  To me, they scream spring!

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Before you begin saying "this has too much fussy cutting", look again.

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 The chick in the grass doesn't even need his feet because he's hidden in the egg, just cut around his cute body. It took me less than 10 seconds. HONEST!  The egg was created using the Large Oval Punch. I cut it in half with a zig-zag motion using my Paper Snips. 

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The 'fussy cutting' around the two chick's feet is easy because you don't need to cut too close. See how I left cardstock around them?

Did you notice the faint blue cards on the white cardstock base? I created a template from punches to create them to help mimic the designer paper used behind the chicks. 

Here's how I did it.

Punch out three different size circles.

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Adhere them together in a random pattern so they connect.

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Use a wedge of a sponge and dabbed it in the Soft Sky ink pad.  Line up your circle formation where you'd like to begin.

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Dab the sponge into the ink pad and with a small, circular motion, Use the template as a guide to sponge color on to the white cardstock.  Rotate the circle template as you work around your card to change the formation of your clouds.

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Don't stop here! There's lots more to see. Head over to Sue Lehrer's blog and see the cuteness she's come up with for spring! 

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