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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

Graduation Card featuring Accordion Star die

May 19th, 2015

Today I want to share a graduation card.  This card features the Accordion Star die by Elizabeth Craft Designs.

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I just love the Elizabeth Craft accordion dies — the star shape and a heart shape are new ones.  The star is perfect for graduation and also for Fathers’ Day.

The card was easy to assemble.  I cut three of the star pages from my graduation paper.  It is hard to see in the picture, but this paper does have a direction to it, so it is important to cut the pages keeping that in mind.  I also cut three black stars using a fine black glitter paper, and dimensional stars using the original gold paper that the pages were cut from.  Finally, I cut a white background star to hold my sentiment and signature for the card.  I wanted to add a graduation cap to signify that this is a graduation card, so I cut a square using the Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Square dies (the smallest in the set), and a tassel using the Spellbinders Victorian Tassels die set.  I added the sentiments at the bottom of the three pages using a Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamp set, “Saying Stuff”.  The sentiment on the back page is from an Art Gone Wild set called “Graduation and Retirement Words to the Rescue”.

The next step is to decorate each of the pages.  I laid them out, with the extra tab for joining the pages to the right.  I attached the black star and the dimensional star to each page using the Angel Crafts 1/4″ adhesive.  I stamped the sentiment at the bottom of each page using VersaFine Black Onyx ink and heat embossed it using Ranger Super Fine Clear embossing powder.  I attached the white star with the personal sentiment on the back of the third (or last) page.

Once all of the pages were decorated, I assembled the card.   I began with the first two pages.  The pages themselves were attached with a valley fold, and the stars on those pages were attached using a mountain fold.  I reversed this when attaching the third page, so the second and third pages were attached using a mountain fold, and the stars using a valley fold.  It’s all very easy.  To finish, I added the graduation cap at the corner of the first page using a dimensional adhesive.  Please see the short video for more information.

This card would be perfect in school colors.  You may also want to add more information on the back of the card such as the grad’s name, school, degree, etc.  You could also add additional pages for signatures if you’re planning a large party, etc.  Here are a few other pictures of the card —

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The Accordion Star die is a very versatile die, and can be used in any number of ways.  You can use as few as 2 pages, and as many pages as you ultimately want.  I hope that you’ll have fun with the die as I did.

Supplies from Cut @ Home:

Elizabeth Craft Designs Accordion Star die set (SKU 971)

Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Square die set (SKU LF837)

Spellbinders Victorian Tassels die set (SKU S5-226)

Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)

Angel Craft Tape 1/4″ (SKU ACT-1414)

Supplies from my stash:  Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous sentiments “Saying Stuff”; Art Gone Wild “Graduation and Retirement Words to the Rescue”; Ranger Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder; heat gun; VersaFine Onyx Black ink; Doodlebug Graduation star epoxy stickers

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Scrapbook Layout using Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create and Angel Craft Vinyl

May 18th, 2015

Today I am sharing a scrapbook layout that I did using Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create dies and Angel Craft Vinyl. Recently we took our granddaughter to the zoo. She LOVES Elephants so I decided to make a layout sharing her love for them.

I started with a nice background paper, I also used a coordinating heart paper for my layout. I chose the pictures that I wanted to use and started to get an idea of how I wanted to lay things out. Probably the biggest bit of advise that I pass along to anyone new to scrapbooking is “DO NOT” adhere anything until you are sure of the placement of your layout. I just lay things down on my page and play with the arrangement until I am happy with it.

I chose to use the Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create dies for my layout. I LOVE these dies, they make scrapbooking a breeze. You can even use them with the newer “Project Life” style scrapbook pages. I used both sets of the dies. They way they work is you have two sets of dies that work together to make layers or “frames” for your pictures. 1A & 1B go together and 2A & 2B go together.

I cut all of my frames and my pictures and assembled them. The only picture that I did not use the dies for is the biggest picture because it was too big to use the dies. I did use cut frames for the background of the picture. I also cut a 3 inch strip of the heart paper to run down the second page.

I wanted to use Elephant foot prints but I wasn’t sure how I was going to create them. I decided to cut them in Angel Craft Vinyl. This vinyl cuts perfectly with every die cutting system that I have tried, and believe me, I have tried them all!

The video above tells how I used the vinyl to make the foot prints. I was really happy with the final results! Finally, I adhered everything to the pages and for the finishing touch I added some epoxy shapes that I made from the heart paper and a epiphany crafts shape maker.

Here is a look at the first page of the layout:


Here is the second page:


Finally, here is a look at both pages put together in a two page spread:


This was a fun project, but of course any projects with such a cute subject would have to be fun! Here is a list of the products that I used that are available on the Cut@Home website.

HCD749 – Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create Dies, 1A
HCD750 – Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create Dies, 1B
HCD751 – Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create Dies, 2A
HCD752 – Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create Dies, 2B
12X88982-SEP – Angel Crafts Angel Craft Premium Vinyl Sepia Matte 12×8
6X12NEUT-01 – Angel Crafts Angel Craft Premium Vinyl Neutral #1 6X12


I also used the following from my stash:
Patterned card stock and Epiphany Crafts Shapemaker & Epoxy Shapes (Heart). Silhouette Cameo and Cricut Explore, Animal Antics Font for lettering.

I hope that you enjoyed my project this week, until next time Thanks and Happy Scrappin!


Bright Fun Cards with Spellbinders Celebra’tions

May 15th, 2015

Karen N here today sharing some fun, bright cards I made using the Spellbinders Celebra’tions line of inks, papers, dies and stamps.  These super fun products are so easy to use because they all go together.  It’s like having those wonderful wardrobe pieces that go with anything!

Here’s a video that shows you the cards I made up close:

Both of my cards are in the “Celebrate” theme.  I made these just after a fabulous Mom’s day and my older son’s birthday, so I was in a celebratin’ mood.  In this first card, I cut some corrugated paper from my stash using the Sizzix Tickets and Tags Die on my Big Shot and then layered it onto a piece of the Captivating Coral paper from the Spellbinder’s Celebra’tions Solids.  I used my circle dies to cut a wedge out of that piece and a smaller circle out of wide cardstock.  On the smaller circle, I stamped a Spellbinders Celebra’tions Brush Stroke Stamp using Spellbinder’s Celebra’tions Ink in Cool Carribean.  I LoVe these brush strokes.  So FUN.  I then stamped the words from the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Many Words stamps in Captivating Coral.  I then layered that up on a piece of the coordinating Spellbinders Celebra’tions Prints and another piece of the Captivating Coral paper (and a butterfly punched from that same paper.  I splattered the corrugated paper with some Dylusions spray and added some sequins and twine.





The next card I made is perfect for using up some of those little scraps.  The patterns and solids are again from the same collection.  In this, I used the Many Words stamps again, but stamped the word using Pretty Plum.  The brush-stroke is stamped in Golden Glow.   The image here is cut out with the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Pierced Rectangles Die Set.  I stamped and cut the flower using the Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisies Stamp and Dies.  I added a touch of the Capivating Coral ink to the flowers.  The center of the flower are prills.  I added some twine and sequins as a final touch.


Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to check out Cut@Home to see all the FABULOUS Spellbinders Celebra’tions products.  I’ve done a couple posts using these products.  I really just love them SO much!

Supply list from Cut@Home:

Sizzix Tickets and Tags Die – SKU 659996

Big Shot – SKU 657900

Spellbinder’s Celebra’tions Solids – SKU SCP-017

Spellbinders Celebra’tions Brush Stroke Stamp – SKU SCS-013

Spellbinder’s True Color Fusion Inks:

Cool Carribean – SKU SCI-003

Captivating Coral – SKU SCI-012

Pretty Plum – SKU SCI-008

Golden Glow – SKU SCI-006

Spellbinders Celebra’tions Pierced Rectangles Die Set – SKU SCD-012

Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisies Dies – SKU HCD1-760

Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisies Stamps – SKU HCPC-3656

Supply list from my stash:

Sequins, twine, ribbon, prills, small butterfly punch


Craftily yours,



Foil is trending for Craftmaking!

May 14th, 2015

I watch a lot of crafty YouTube videos, I mean I watch a LOT of crafty YouTube videos!  I love watching and seeing what others are doing and how they are doing it.  I also have noticed that things tend to trend, like clothes used to be a fad (wow I’m dating myself, I better watch that!).   Now things are no longer a ‘fad’ but a ‘trend’.  I’ve seen a lot of crafters using foil on their projects and I, like them, love the look and of course that’s where it all starts isn’t it?  When you see something you like you want to do it too!  I searched through my papers but just couldn’t find any foil that reached out and grabbed me.  I was discouraged, then I got to thinking and quickly solved the problem foil, no not decorative paper with foil, kitchen foil, I have that, I’ve used it before for flowers, but would it work to create a card?  No way to know until you try.

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You can judge for yourself do you think household aluminum foil (I used the heavy duty) worked?  I cut the foil with Spellbinders Tudor Rose Card front above.  It’s one of their Card Creator series dies and one I love, it’s also very intricate. I didn’t back the foil, which I suggest you do before you proceed to cutting with your Big Shot and dies.   I colored the foil, prior to die cutting, with three Tim Holtz Alcohol inks and the Alcohol Blending Solution.  There are lots of color choices of Alcohol inks in the store and I’ll leave a link to that category in the supplies below.  Lots of us have Alcohol inks in our crafty drawers and like most older things they tend to get pushed to the side when all the latest and greatest arrives on the shelves.  So if you have some you haven’t used in a while get them out or if you’re brand new to Alcohol inks put them in your shopping cart and see what fun they are combined with foil.

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I must have been nostalgic for my tried and true supplies today, I pulled out Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Flowers to make my foil flower.  This time I backed the foil (which had already been colored) with cardstock. I used a pattern I wasn’t fond of and put the pattern side down leaving a white backing using Angel Craft Semi Gloss Podge to adhere the foil to the cardstock.   If you don’t have this die in your supplies I’d really suggest getting it.  It’s a  heavy duty steel dies which cuts most anything like butter and it makes gorgeous flowers.  It’s one of my favorites.  I added some bling and lace bhind the flower to give it a little more pizzazz.

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This is a great shot to show you how well the foil cuts even with the most fussy of dies and how the Alcohol inks really change up the metallic foil look to this gorgeous shimmery finish.   The sentiment is from the new Spellbinders Celebra’tions stamps set My Friend and I used a burgundy embossing powder that was a perfect match to the foil colors.

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Here’s one last shot of the other pieces of foil I colored and still have sitting on my desk ready for their transformation into other cards, tags or whatever my mind thinks up at the time.  I have several other mediums I used to color the foil, all of which I cut into tags using the Sizzix Framelits tag set.  I’ll share those examples on the video along with other tips and tricks I used.

Thanks for joining me, have a fabulous crafty day!  I’d love for you to stop by and visit me at A Soul’s Heartbeat on Blogger or Facebook.


Supplies from Store:

TIM19800: Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution
TIM20745: Adirondack Alcohol Ink Applicator
TIM20844: Adirondack Alcohol Ink Applicator Replacement Felt
Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks
656640: Tim Holtz BigZ Tattered Florals Die
659650:  Sizzix Framelits Die Set 9PK w/ Stamps Tags
S4-502: Spellbinders Tudor Rose Card Front dies
ES-008:  Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Garden Delight Embossing Folders
SCS-002: Spellbinders Celebra’tions My Friend
HCDP1-252: Peacock Paisley Paper Collection
ACP6SG: Angel Craft Podge Semi-Gloss
TIM43256: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mermaid Lagoon

Supplies from my stash: heavy duty household aluminum foil; Silkes Acrylic Glaze, Lindy’s Stamp Gang Sprays, bling, lace, cardstock

Card using Bird Crazy stamps by Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous!

May 13th, 2015

Hello & thanks for stopping by! Today I had so much fun playing with Tim Holtz & Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy Stamp Set!
I made a cute little card using two of the birds that come in this set.

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It was so much fun sitting down & pulling out my favorite Tim Holtz Distress Markers, and just playing. I colored several birds, but used two of them for the front of my card. I stamped them on Ranger’s Water-color paper, using Staz-On black ink.

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I then started coloring away (colors listed below). I used Tim Holtz Watercolor brush to move around my ink & give it a water-colored look. Once I was happy with how my birds looked, I cut them out. When cutting them, I did not worry about cutting out the feathers on top of their heads or their tails or legs.

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I then used my Sizzix Big Shot Machine and the Spellbinders Labels Seventeen dies. I cut out two pieces from white cardstock. I used the largest die, and the second largest. I inked the edges of the dies with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Spun Sugar. I also cut out two pieces of a light to medium weight chipboard, to go behind my smaller die, raising it off the page slightly.

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I cut my card base from white cardstock to 5 1/2″ x 11″, and scoring it at 5 1/2″ using the Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit Stylus, giving me a 5 1/2″ squared card.
Using a piece of My Mind’s Eye Adventure paper for a mat, I cut it to 5 1/2″ square to cover the front of my card. I adhered it to the card base, using Angel Craft 1/4″ tape.

To the smaller die, I stamped both the birds using the Staz-On ink again.


Then using wet glue, I glued my colored birds to the top of that..this way they have their feathers where they are suppose to, along with their little legs.

After adding my base piece, I then decided to add a little ribbon. Instead of ripping off the card base, I used my craft knife and added a tiny slit at the fold of my card, just enough to fit my ribbon in. I then adhered down the two Spellbinders dies to the card, and tied my ribbon.

For my sentiment, I printed them out using the exact same patterned paper I’ve used for the front of my card, however I used the backside, which coordinates perfectly. After cutting them down, I added the word Smile to the front of my card. To the inside of the card, I used the We belong to each other.

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If you’d like to watch a full video showing this process, please click on the video below.

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Thanks for stopping by…hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project!

Products used:
Tim Holtz Distress Markers: SKU:TDMK39082
Angel Tape 1/4″: SKU:ACT1414
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Seventeen dies: SKU:S5-025
Tim Holtz Stampers Anoymous Bird Crazy: SKU:CMS212
Tim Holtz Waterbrush: SKU:TIP33080
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Spun Sugar: SKU:TIM27164
Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit: SKU:HCST1-401
Sizzix Big Shot Machine: SKU:657900
Sizzix Cutting Pads Standard Mint: SKU: 660522

Products from my stash: white cardstock, water-color paper, My Mind’s Eye Adventure paper, ribbon, Teresa Collins enamel dots, chipboard, staz-on ink.

Silhouette America Designs used:
Smile: Design #8672
We belong to eachother: Design #72723

Card Base: 5 1/2″ x 11″ Scored at 5 1/2″ making a 5 1/2″ square card.

Distress Markers used:
Tall bird:
Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Mustard seed.
Short bird:
Stormy Sky, Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Spiced Marmalade.

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Watercolor Stamping Technique

May 12th, 2015

Watercolor projects are so popular today, and I want to share some techniques with you for creating a watercolor look.  Today’s technique is watercolor stamping.  Here are several examples —

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Watercolor stamping doesn’t take too many new supplies.  The essential items are:  1) watercolor brushes (I used standard brushes, but you may also be able to use an aqua brush — one with the water chamber built-in); 2) a source for clean water (I used an artist’s palette cup, but you could also use a cup or anything else that holds water); 3) watercolor paper (see discussion below); 4) a stamp set; 5) an acrylic block; and 6) watercolor markers (I used Tim Holtz Distress Markers and Spectrum Aqua Markers).  I had most of this in my stash — the only things I needed to purchase were the brushes and the paper.

The brushes that you need for this technique should be of fair quality (your kids’ watercolor brushes probably won’t work, but they don’t have to be artist quality either).  You’ll want a round brush (I used mostly size 2, but also have size 4 on hand for bigger projects) and a flat brush (mine is 1/2″).  If you’re looking at artists’ brushes, make sure that they indicate they are for use with watercolors.

The paper that you’ll want to use is watercolor paper.  It can handle the water much better than the regular cardstock that you use (which may tend to just fall apart when soaked with water).  The most recommended brand (I can’t chime in because I haven’t tried it) is the Ranger/Tim Holtz watercolor paper.  It is a heavyweight paper that is textured on one side, and smooth on the other.  You can choose which surface best meets your needs.  Note that stamping on a textured watercolor paper can be somewhat difficult, so you may want to have at least some of the smooth paper.  I generally purchase a pad of artist’s paper and cut it to size.  This is much more economical, especially when you’re just learning the technique.    Watercolor paper varies a lot, so be sure to check it out before purchasing it (i.e. don’t just purchase the cheapest, etc. — it may not meet your needs).

The first card is made using a new Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamp set, “Flower Garden”.  There are six beautiful flowers (and stems) in this set, and I chose the one that I think is a cone flower to start with.    First I cut a piece of watercolor paper approximately 4.25″ x 5″.  I placed the coneflower on an acrylic stamp block, and used Tim Holtz Distress markers to add color to the petals and to the center.  For this pass, I used a darker purple (Seedless Preserves) for the petals and a gold color (Mustard Seed) for the center.  Before stamping, remember to “huff” to reactivate the marker (this adds just a little moisture to make sure that the color transfers properly to the watercolor paper).  You could lightly spray the stamp or the paper as an alternative to huffing, but it often adds too much water so that your image is fuzzy to start with.  Be sure to “rest” your stamp on the paper for a minute to allow the color to transfer to the paper.

Once the image was stamped, I used my #2 round brush to pick up a little water (not too much, you may want to dab some off on your hand, etc.) and then began to carefully color my image.  The water picks up a little of the color from the stamping and so you begin to see you flower becoming a light purple.  Be sure to keep the water under control, the results are not as good with too much water (see my video for an example).  I did the same thing with the center, just using the plain water to pull the color from the stamping throughout.  When I was satisfied with that look, I began to add some additional color.  For the center, I used Brushed Corduroy as an accent color.  To do this, I removed the stamp from the acrylic block and scribbled some Brushed Corduroy on the acrylic block (using the brush tip side).  Then I carefully wet (but not too wet) my brush and picked up a little ink from the acrylic block and carefully applied it to the flower center.  You have so much control with the paintbrush — I was very surprised with this.  I used Shaded Lilac as the accent color for the petals.  Once the flower was complete, I used a similar process to stamp on the stem and leaves using two different greens.  The beauty of this technique is that you can continue to layer and blend the color until you’re happy with the result.  Remember that the image lightens up significantly when it dries.

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My second card, the botanical rose, was stamped using Heartfelt Creation’s Botanical Rose Bouquet stamp set.  This was a larger image with more colors, so I needed to take a little more time in “coloring” the stamp with my watercolor markers.  I used my Spectrum Aqua markers for this image because it has more bright colors than the Distress set does.   Even though this stamp was larger and had more coloring on it, I was able to reactivate the watercolors using the huffing technique.  So I just stamped it on the watercolor paper and colored it as indicated above.  This stamp needed even more depth and dimension than the first one, so I added 2 additional colors to the flower and the center to achieve the desired look.  I thought the leaves were fine with just two colors.  This one took just a little more layering than the first image did to achieve the look I wanted, but it was the same simple technique.

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I used a little different technique for my last card.  This is called “borderless stamping”, and is a way to transfer an image to watercolor paper for coloring.  Because the stamping is so light, it often looks like the image was done free hand.  So I began with one of the butterfly stamps from the Heartfelt Creations Botanical Wings stamp set.  I attached this to my acrylic block and inked it up with Smokey Gray ink by VersaFine.  (I used VersaFine rather than Distress ink because I didn’t want it to react with the water.  Many use Antique Linen Distress ink for this technique.)  This is a light gray, but is still too dark for what I wanted here, so I began by “stamping off” the butterfly image, and then used the remaining ink on the stamp to create the butterfly image on watercolor paper.  It was a very light gray, but easy to see the image.  The next step was to go over the entire image with my watercolor brush using just some plain, clean water.  This helps to define the area that will be colored, and will allow me to use less water when adding color so that the colors turn out more vibrant.  Once this was done, I began coloring the butterfly from the center out to each side using the various colors of Distress Ink markers (the colors don’t matter so much — you just want to pick colors that you like and that work with the rest of the project.  Once done, you can set this piece aside to dry.

I also made a background for the butterfly image — one that I’ll later stamp with Dream in Beauty by Heartfelt Creations.  The background is also very easy.  First I cut a piece of watercolor paper slightly larger than I wanted to use for the project — here 4.5″ x 5″.  I used my 1/2″ flat brush to cover the entire piece of watercolor paper with clean water.  Then I began adding colors randomly, putting them side by side so that they will blend (the already wet paper allows this to happen).  I used the same colors of Distress markers for this as I did for the butterfly.  Of course you could also use traditional watercolors, or Distress inks or any number of other things to make the background.  Once your background is done, you’ll need to let it dry.  When the background is fully dried (you can speed the process by using your heat gun, just be careful to not singe the paper), stamp the Dream in Beauty image on it in black ink.   I used onyx black VersaFine ink (won’t react with water like the Distress inks will) in case I needed to go back and work with the watercolors, etc.  Be sure to let the ink fully dry before completing the card.  In my 20/20 hindsight, I wish that I had heat embossed this image — I think the result would have been nicer.


I had so much fun creating these watercolor cards.  I think you’ll find that this is also very addicting.    My video this week is on the long side (sorry about that!), but it gives you a closer look at the techniques described above.

I hope that you’ll enjoy using this watercolor stamping technique.  There are many more videos on YouTube that demonstrate this technique (I especially like the ones by Dawn from W Plus 9).  Stay tuned to this blog for some additional watercolor techniques over the next several weeks.

Supplies available from Cut @ Home:

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamp set “Flower Garden” (SKU CMS215)

Heartfelt Creations stamp sets — “Botanical Rose Bouquet” (SKU HCPC-3653); “Botanical Wings” (SKU HCPC-3652); “Dream in Beauty” (SKU HCPC-3655)

Heartfelt Creations die set — “Botanical Wings” die (SKU HCD1-758)

Angel Crafts Adhesive 1/4″ — (SKU ACT-1414)

Sizzix Big Shot –(SKU 657900)

Tim Holtz Distress Markers — (SKU TDMK39082)

Supplies from my stash: assorted cardstock; Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers; ribbon and lace; Sweet ‘n’ Sassy “Lacey Eyelet Borders” die set; Smokey Gray and Onyx Black VersaFine inks; pink Prima wire thread; embellishments


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



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