Beautiful You -- Happy Birthday, Gorgeous

Hi There!  Happy Monday!

It's a beautiful day following a wonderful Easter weekend.  I hope you had a blessed day with family and friends.  

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More items from the Retiring List sold out over the weekend.  You can see an updated list (as of 9 am MT today) by clicking here.  Remember that stamp sets will be available until May 22nd; then after that date they are limited to stock on hand.  Retiring inks, paper, accessories, and tools are available only while supplies last.  You can place your order from my On-Line Store by clicking on the Order Stampin' Up! Online button at the top right sidebar which will take you to my Stampin' Up! website--then click on the Shop Now hotlink.  

Today's post features the Beautiful You stamp set from the Occasions Catalog.

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When you see this stamp set in the Occasions Catalog and samples made using this stamp set on Pinterest, more often than not you'll see that the three women's images are watercolored.  While I love the soft look of watercoloring, I have a number of customers who just aren't fond of coloring images.  So I decided to use paper piecing to dress the images for my March Stamp Club meetings. 

For this card, the pencil dress image was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink.  The image was also stamped on a piece of Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper (Retiring).  The dress and hat were cut out from the Designer Series Paper with Paper Snips and adhered to the image on the Whisper White cardstock.  The Whisper White cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using the Layering Squares Framelits.  A piece of Night of Navy cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using the slightly larger scalloped edge from the Layering Squares Framelits.  The Whisper White square was adhered at the center of the scalloped edged square.

The "Happy Birthday, Gorgeous" image was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink and die cut with the Big Shot using the Layering Ovals Framelits.  A piece of Night of Navy cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using the slightly larger scalloped edge from the Layering Ovals Framelits.  The Whisper White oval was adhered at the center of the scalloped edged oval.

A strip of Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper was adhered along the left side of a piece of Whisper White cardstock, aligning the top, bottom and left edges of the Whisper White cardstock and the top, bottom, and left edges of the Designer Series Paper.  Run a couple of lines of Fast Fuse adhesive on top of the Whisper White cardstock along the right edge of the Designer Series Paper at the upper center of the cardstock.  The top, bottom, and right edges of a strip of Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate (gold side facing up) was lined up with the top, bottom, and right edges of the Whisper White cardstock and then pressed in place on the cardstock.  A length of Gold 5/8" Satin ribbon (Retiring) was placed vertically on top of the seam between the Designer Series Paper and the Acetate with the ends of the ribbon adhered behind the Whisper White cardstock.  The panel was adhered at the center of the card front of the Night of Navy card base.

The square focal point was adhered at the upper center of the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The greeting was adhered below the focal point image--with the top of the scallop oval 3/8" below the bottom of the scallop square--using Mini Glue Dots.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  A strip of Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper was adhered along the top edge of the liner.  The small watercolor smudge was inked with Night of Navy ink, stamped off on a scrap piece of paper, and then stamped near the upper center of the liner.  The "Celebrate..." and "In Style!" images were stamped over the smudge image using Basic Black Archival ink.

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The pencil dress woman image was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Basic Black Archival ink.  The large smudge image was stamped over the dress using Night of Navy ink.  

Here is the card using the dancing woman image.  The inside sentiment area uses the "Live With Passion Laugh Out Loud Love Deeply" image stamped over the smudge.

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And a third card with the woman walking in the rain image.  The inside sentiment area uses the "I'm Here For You" image, from the Sending Thoughts stamp set, stamped over the smudge.

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The envelopes for these two cards feature a piece of Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper adhered to the envelope flap with the excess paper trimmed along the edges of the envelope flap with Paper Snips.

I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that I have LOTS of Designer Series Paper and LOTS of scraps of Designer Series Paper.  The great thing about paper piecing and this card design is that you have the opportunity to use up a bunch of those scraps.  So think about the stamp images that would lend themselves to this type of paper piecing and/or card design and make some cards!

Card Measurements --

Night of Navy:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length, 3-1/4" x 3-1/4", 1-1/2" x 2-1/2"; Whisper White:  3-1/2" x 3-1/2", 1-1/2" x 2-1/2", 2 @ 4" x 5-1/4"; Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper:  2" x 5-1/8", 2" x 3", 1" x 4"; Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate:  2" x 5-1/8"; Gold 5/8" Satin Ribbon:  6-1/2"

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Supplies I used for these cards -- 

Stamps:  Beautiful You; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Night of Navy; Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Floral Boutique, Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate; Embellishments:  Gold 5/8" Satin ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Layering Squares Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Pun Intended -- Snappy Birthday

Hello!

I hope you're having a great week.  There are lots of kids out and about this week in my neck of the woods as it is Spring Break for the public school children of Brevard County.  Of course, Spring Break activities have been going on since the beginning of March with folks travelling to this area from around the country.  It's also the last few weeks of Snow Bird Season and every day more cars, mini vans, and RVs are travelling North now that the temperatures are starting to climb.  It's transition time in Florida.  It's also transition time at Stampin' Up!

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A reminder that the items on the Retiring List are moving out of the warehouse pretty quickly to make room for all the yummy new items in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog that will debut on June 1st.  You can see the Retiring List here (updated as of 9 a.m. MT).  To order Retiring Items, click on the Shop Online button at the top right sidebar that will take you to my On-Line store, then click on the Shop Now button.

Today's post is the final card I designed using the Pun Intended Host stamp set (Retiring List).

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This card begins with a card base of Daffodil Delight cardstock.  A piece of Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper (Retiring) was matted with a slightly larger piece of Whisper White cardstock and adhered at the center of the card front.

A rectangle of Daffodil Delight cardstock was matted with a slightly larger piece of Silver Foil Sheets.  The "Snappy Birthday" greeting was stamped slightly above the bottom edge of the Daffodil Delight cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink.  Staz-On Jet Black ink (Retiring) was used to stamp the camera image onto a piece of Silver Foil Sheets [Tip:  The slick surface of the Silver Foil Sheets makes stamping a little tricky--be sure to place the image straight down on the foil, press hard, and bring the image straight up to prevent sliding on the foil], the image cut out with Paper Snips, and adhered at the upper center of the Daffodil Delight cardstock.  A piece of Thick Whisper White Baker's Twine (Retiring) was wrapped around the Silver Foil Sheets/Daffodil Delight cardstock between the stamped greeting and the camera with the ends of the Baker's Twine tied off on the back of the Silver Foil Sheets.  The focal point was adhered to the card front--at a jaunty angle--using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  A strip of Daffodil Delight cardstock was placed behind the top edge of a strip of Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper and adhered along the bottom edge of the liner.  The "Picture Perfect" greeting was stamped on a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock and punched with the Classic Label punch.  A piece of Silver Foil Sheets was also punched with the Classic Label punch.  The punched piece was cut in half vertically.  The right end of the silver punched piece was adhered behind the right end of the Daffodil Delight punched piece so that approximately 1/8" of the silver extends beyond the edge of the Daffodil Delight.  The same process was repeated for the left end of the silver punched piece and the left end of the Daffodil Delight punched piece.  The greeting was adhered at the upper center of the liner.

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A piece of Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper was adhered to the flap of a Medium Whisper White Envelope.  Paper Snips were used to trim the paper to the edges of the envelope flap.

This card was part of a set that was created for a Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Host Stamp Sets.  For a listing of the Stampin' Up! Artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

I'll be back soon with another project that features an item (or two or three) from the Retiring List.

Card Measurements --

Daffodil Delight:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length, 2-1/4" x 3-1/4", 1" x 3", 1/4" x 4"; Whisper White:  2 @ 4" x 5-1/4"; Silver Foil Sheets:  2-1/2" x 3-1/2", 2" x 2-1/4", 1" x 3"; Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper:  3-3/4" x 5", 3/4" x 4", 2-1/4" x 6"; Thick Whisper White Baker's Twine:  15"

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Supplies I used to make this card --

Stamps:  Pun Intended Host (Retiring); Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Staz-On Jet Black (Retiring); Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Silver Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  Pop of Pink Specialty (Retiring); Embellishments:  Thick Whisper White Baker's Twine (Retiring); Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Classic Label punch; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Pun Intended -- I Love You A Watt

Hi There!  Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!

There are exciting things happening in the Stampin' Up! world with the arrival of the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog in June.  Projects made with new catalog items are appearing on social media and folks are talking.  To make room for all the new stuff, Stampin' Up! needs to make room in the warehouse.  So this means that the Retiring List is on the table and items on this list are moving fast!  You can see the retiring list here (updated as of 9 a.m. MT).  To order Retiring Items, click on the Shop Online button at the top right sidebar that will take you to my On-Line store, then click on the Shop Now button.

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Today's post is another project made using the Pun Intended Host stamp set--a Retiring item.  One of the great things about this stamp set is that the images lend themselves to clean and simple cards.

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This card begins with a card base of Thick Whisper White cardstock.  The light bulb image was stamped at the center of the card front using Basic Black Archival ink.  A piece of copy paper was positioned over the card front to create a mask.  On the copy paper, draw a line from each side of the light bulb from the base of the light socket to the bottom left and bottom right corner of the card front and a line across the bottom of the light socket to connect the two diagonal lines.  Using Paper Snips, cut along the diagonal lines and then across the line connecting the two diagonals.  Place the mask back onto the card front and using a sponge and Daffodil Delight ink, sponge ink onto the exposed area of the card front.

Using Versamark ink, stamp the "I Love You A Watt" greeting on Basic Black cardstock and cover with White Stampin' Emboss Powder, tapping the excess back into the container.  (Tip:  Swipe the Embossing Buddy across the cardstock to ensure that the embossing powder sticks only to the inked areas.)  Using the Heat Tool, melt the embossing powder.  Die cut the cardstock with the 1" x 2-1/2" banner framelit from the Banners Framelits (Retiring) using the Big Shot.  Wrap a piece of Whisper White Baker's Twine around the top of the banner and tie into a bow.  Adhere the banner to the card front with the top of the banner flush with the top of the card front and the right edge of the banner 1/2" from the right edge of the card front.

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The "you light up my life" sentiment was stamped on a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink.  The sentiment was punched with the Classic Label punch and adhered near the upper center of the inside sentiment area of the card.

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The light bulb image was stamped along the left side of the front of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Basic Black Archival ink.  The mask used for the card front was placed over the image and the open area sponged with Daffodil Delight ink.

This card was part of a set that was created for a Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Host Stamp Sets.  For a listing of the Stampin' Up! Artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

I'll be back soon with one more card from the Pun Intended Host stamp set.  Remember that this stamp set can only be purchased with Stampin' Rewards (earned when your order has reached $150 USD) so be sure to place your order soon or you'll miss out!

Card Measurements -- 

Thick Whisper White:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length; Basic Black:  1-1/2" x 3"; Daffodil Delight:  1" x 3"; Whisper White Baker's Twine:  8"

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Supplies I used for this card -- 

Stamps:  Pun Intended; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Daffodil Delight, Versamark; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Thick Whisper White; Embellishments:  Whisper White Baker's Twine; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, Embossing Buddy, White Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Classic Label Punch, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Banners Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Copy Paper


Pun Intended -- Just Beecause

Hello!

Hope that all is well in your world.  Here in East Central Florida, its sunny and warm but a little smoky.  It's our dry season and we are hoping for rain to put out the wildfires.  Thankfully, none are close to our home, but near enough to make driving in some areas a bit treacherous.  

I was in Savannah, GA, over the weekend for On Stage Local to see the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog and Holy Cow! I'm excited with all the great new products.  Of course, this means that Stampin' Up! will need to clear out space in the warehouse for all the awesome new stuff; so they've released the Retiring List with savings on some items up to 50%.  

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You can see the retiring list here but be advised that items on the list may have already sold out.  For the most up-to-date information, check the Retiring List hotlink at the Stampin' Up! On Line Store.  [You can get to the On Line Store by clicking on the Order Stampin' Up! Online button at the top of the sidebar to the right of this page and selecting the Shop Now hotlink.]

Today's post features a retiring Host stamp set called Pun Intended.  I just love these cute bees!  This card was created for a Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop in September featuring the Host stamp sets.  You can see the line up of Stampin' Up! Artists who participated in the blog hop here.  You can begin the hop here.

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This card begins with a card base of Thick Whisper White cardstock.  The bee image was stamped four times on Vellum cardstock using Staz-On Jet Black ink (Retiring List) and cut out with Paper Snips.  The bee image was stamped four times on Daffodil Delight cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink.  The bee bodies were cut out with Paper Snips and adhered directly over the bee bodies on the Vellum cardstock using Fast Fuse adhesive.  The banner image was stamped on Daffodil Delight cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink.  The "Just beecause" greeting was stamped inside the banner image using Basic Black Archival ink.  The banner image was cut out using Paper Snips.  

The banner was adhered to the card front with the bottom edge of the banner 1/2" above the bottom edge of the card front and the banner tails 1/8" from the left edge of the card front.  One of the bees was adhered at the point of the banner and two more bees were adhered randomly to the card front.  Five clear round sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment were adhered randomly on the card front using small dots of adhesive from the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

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The remaining bee was adhered at the lower right corner of the inside sentiment area of the card.

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The bee image was stamped near the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  The bee body was colored with the brush tip of the Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Marker.  The banner image was stamped at the lower left side of the envelope front and the "Just beecause" greeting was stamped inside the banner.  All of the envelope stamping was accomplished with Basic Black Archival ink.

I'll be back soon with another card made using the Pun Intended Host stamp set.  

Card Measurements -- 

Thick Whisper White:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length; Daffodil Delight:  1-1/4" x 4-1/4"; Vellum Cardstock:  1-1/2" x 8-1/2"

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Supplies I used for this card -- 

Stamps:  Pun Intended (Host); Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Staz-On Jet Black; Stampin' Write Markers:  Brights (Daffodil Delight); Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight, Thick Whisper White, Vellum; Embellishments:  Metallics Sequin Assortment; Adhesives:  Fine Tip Glue Pen, Fast Fuse; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Birthday Blast -- Celebrate You!

Hello!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Now that Sale-A-Bration is over, I'm taking a deep breath and getting things cleaned up to get ready for Stampin' Up!'s On Stage event this weekend in Savannah (the US location closest to me).  I'm excited to see the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Catalog which will be unveiled at this event and beginning my Wish List for all the great new products that will be released when the new catalog goes live on June 1st.

Before all that, however, I want to send a HUGE Thank You! to all my customers for their support of my Stampin' Up! business during Sale-A-Bration.  Because of all of you, I was able to reach--and exceed--my January - March sales goal.  Woohoo!  Thank You, Thank You, THANK YOU!!

Today's post features a card I made in January for a 3-2-1 Stamp Team card swap.  I wish that I had found it in the stack on my desk sooner as it contains a Sale-A-Bration item:  the gold ribbon from the the 3/8" Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack.  This ribbon is so much prettier than the photo showed and I love that it was so soft and flexible.  I wish I had ordered more of the ribbon before it sold out...

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This card begins with a card base of Basic Black.  The card front was swiped with the Embossing Buddy, then the star medallion image, from the Birthday Blast stamp set, was stamped on the card front using Versamark ink.  Note that the top of the image is approximately 1/4" from the top edge of the card base (fold) and centered across the card front.  The stamped image was covered with White Stampin' Emboss powder, the excess tapped back into the container, and the image heat embossed using the Heat Tool.  

The shooting star edgelit from the Star Blast Edgelits was positioned across a piece of Gold Foil Sheets, with the bottom edge of the edgelit approximately 1-1/2" above the bottom edge of the Gold Foil Sheets, and die cut with the Big Shot using the Precision Base Plate.  [Tip:  Use a Post-It Note to keep the edgelit from moving after it is placed on the Gold Foil Sheets on top of the Precision Base Plate.]  Be sure to keep the five die cut stars from the shooting stars.  Set the excess of the Gold Foil Sheets aside for the liner.

Place the die cut over the card front and position it over the embossed image so that the center die cut shooting star frames the center star of the embossed image and the bottom solid area of the Gold Foil Sheets is straight across the card front.  [Tip:  Repositionable adhesive is a good idea for this step.]  Open the card and trim the excess "solid" area flush with the card front using Paper Snips.  Wrap a length of gold 3/8" ribbon from the Sale-A-Bration Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack around the top of the "solid" area and knot on the front immediately to the left of the smallest shooting star on the left.

Place Mini Glue Dots behind the "support" for the center shooting star and Fast Fuse adhesive on the wide solid area below the shooting stars to adhere the Gold Foil Sheets to the card front.  Using Staz-On Jet Black ink, stamp "Celebrate YOU!" centered in the "solid" area of the Gold Foil Sheets under the shooting stars.

Using Mini Glue Dots, adhere a medium gold star to the left of the white embossed image and a small gold star to the upper right of the white embossed image.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The "Big Yay" sentiment, from the Sending Thoughts stamp set, was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Staz-On Jet Black ink.  [Tip:  This image has additional words below the "Big Yay".  To ink the image without inking the additional words, cover the additional words with clear tape, ink the stamp, remove the tape, and then stamp the image.]

Place the swirl thinlit from the Star Blast Edgelits on one part of the excess Gold Foil Sheets used for the card front and die cut using the Big Shot and the Precision Base Plate.  Using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue or the Fine Tip Glue Pen, adhere the swirl centered over the top of the stamped sentiment.  Die cut a second swirl image from the excess Gold Foil Sheets and adhere centered below the stamped sentiment.  Using Mini Glue Dots, adhere the large die cut gold star to the left of sentiment, a medium gold star near the upper right corner of the liner, and a small gold star to the left and slightly below the sentiment.

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The "Celebrate YOU!" greeting was stamped at the center of the flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Staz-On Jet Black ink.  The small star image was stamped to the left of the greeting, once slightly above and then slightly below the greeting; and the medium star image was stamped to the upper right of the greeting.  The stars were stamped using Staz-On Jet Black ink.

By keeping this card "generic" in nature, I can use it for a Birthday card, a Congratulations card, or a Graduation card AND it's not gender-specific because of the color palette used.  A very good thing when you need something at the last minute.

Card Measurements --

Basic Black:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length; Whisper White:  4" x 5-1/4"; Gold Foil Sheets:  4" x 6"; Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (Gold):  15"

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Supplies I used to make this card --

Stamps:  Birthday Blast, Sending Thoughts; Inks:  Staz-On Jet Black, Versamark; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold Foil Sheets; Embellishments:  Sale-A-Bration Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (retired); Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Multipurpose Liquid or Fine Tip Glue Pen; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Embossing Buddy, White Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot w/Precision Base Plate, Star Blast Edgelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope