A Holiday Front Door

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Yes, I’m still making Christmas Cards!  If I don’t get started in September, I don’t have enough for what I like to send out.  Since my friends know I make greeting cards, they expect a handmade card.  Once the season is here there is too much to do to be in the craft room.  So here’s how I made this card.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Die cut all the elements for your little holiday door scene.  Cut one door from a light brown cardstock using: 1128 – CountryScapes Carolina Farmhouse Door

Step 2:  Cut all 5 pcs. from green cardstock with the: 755 – 5 Part Pine

Add glitter dots to all the points of the 5 parts of the tree: Red/gold Glitter Dots

 

The little gold star for the top of the tree was in my stash.

Step 3:  Cut the tiny wreath and tiny leaves from green cardstock and berries from red. : 1088 – Garden Notes – Holiday Holly & Berries

I used some dies from a few more die sets: 1010 – CountryScapes -Backyard 2  I die cut the mailbox from this set:

I cut the Holly Boarder out of white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers for  the top of the card from this set: 925 – Holly Border

I stamped the curtains from a tiny little green plaid cardstock and cut them out with this set: 4749 – Window Deco Die

I cut the little bow for the door wreath from: 1460 – Spring Basket

The little grass pc. below the mail box is from a discontinued die set.

The last die cut is the “Happy Holidays” sentiment from: 1467 – Words 3 – Happy Holidays

Once you’ve cut, colored and assembled all the little elements for the door scene it’s time to assemble the card.  Score a pc. of 8.5 x 11″ red cardstock at 5.5 “, fold over for a book fold and trim to 5.5 ‘ x 7”.

Cut a white rectangle from white cardstock that measures 5.25″ x 6.75″ and adhere to the red base.  Cut a pc. of “brick” designer paper that measures 5″ x 6.5″ and adhere to the white layer.

Now add all your assembled elements as shown.  Here’s another look:

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That’s it!

Thank for taking the time to look at this project.  I love to get comments and read every one!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

A beautiful, easy to make Christmas card!

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This one is the one to try if you’re new to this whole paper crafting  addiction that has taken over many social media sites.  It’s hard for me to imagine that there are many families that don’t expect a handmade card these days!  LOL  Anyway,…..this one is easy, goes together quickly and packs all the “wow” factor for the receiver.  Here’s how I made it:

Step 1:  Using: 1067 – Poinsettia, cut one silhouette pc. from red cardstock and a second from red cardstock that you have adhered to double sided adhesive before cutting the pc. Note:  Tape the die to the adhesive side with blades down.  (Note: You may need to run through your machine twice, so don’t remove from the die until you’ve tested if it was a uniform cut.)  Cut one of the silhouette pc. from green cardstock.  I Cut the “swirly overlay pc. and the smaller petal pc. from red cardstock.  Cut the small “center pc.” from white cardstock and color the outline pattern yellow and the inside little circles green.

Using a flower shaping tool kit, vein the plain red large petal pc. and the green one, you will use for leaves.  Optional: lightly go over the leaves pc. after veining with a darker ink and the veins will be more visible.  Next, remove the protective layer from the “double sided adhesive red layer and sprinkle with: 614 – True Red Silk Microfine Glitter.  Shake off excess glitter and rub with finger to polish the glitter side.  Assemble the poinsettia by adhering the swirly red layer to the glittered petal layer.  Then adhere this to the plain but veined red petal layer offsetting the petals.  Then add the smaller red petal layer and last the pollen yellow/green layer.

Step 2:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 758 – Berry Branch Cut the die twice with white cardstock and color the branch brown and the berries red.  Add a drop of Crystal Lacquer to each of the berries.  Let dry.  It may take an hour or more.

Step 3:  Cut a rectangle from cream cardstock that measures 4.25 x 6″ and run through an embossing folder from Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pinecones  I colored the raised pinecones with a eye shadow applicator and Burnt Umber PanPastel.  I love coloring embossed panels with PanPastels.  If you are not familiar with this medium, they are highly saturated compressed powder colors.  Every color can be blended and, as in this case, if some of the (brown) color I used, fell where I didn’t want it, you can erase it.  Once you’re happy, you spray very lightly once with cheap hair spray and it’s set.  Trim to 4 x 5.5″

Step 4:  Cut two rectangle mats: One light brown that measures 4.25 x 5.75″  the second one in red that measures 4.5 x 6″.  Adhere the light brown one over the red one centered with a 1/8″ border on all sides. Adhere the embossed layer to the red one.

Step 5:  Score a 8.5 x 11″ cream cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a tent fold and trim to 5.5 x 7″.  Adhere the step 4 sandwich to the front of this card base.

Step 6:  Using:  Elizabeth Craft Designs 944 – Merry Christmas  cut from red cardstock that you use the same technique for the red glittered petal layer.  Remember when you use this technique, tape the die, blade side down on the protective double sided adhesive side.  Run through the die cutting machine twice to cut through all the layers.

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Step 7:  Adhere the poinsettia and berry branches, as well as the glittered “Merry Christmas sentiment as shown.  Here’s another look:

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That’s it!  Thanks for taking a closer look.

I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for more inspiration from the :Dies R Us Inspiration blog

 

 

 

C4C – 448 A sketch challenge

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Yep, it’s sketch week!  Always the 3rd Saturday of the month over at: Crazy 4 Challenges

This card is really an easy one to make.  I chose to stamp and color one of my favorite rose stamps from a set by Forever In Time that I bought at the Scrapbook Expo.

2018-08-02-11-23-18.jpgSo that’s the first step:  I stamped the roses and colored with Copic Markers R81, R83,  R85, G2, G5 and G7 on white cardstock.

Step 2:  Cut the image with the 3rd to the largest die in this set from: 1173 – Dotted Scallop Ovals

Step 3: Create a base by scoring a 8.5 x 11″ pc. of white cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a book fold card and trim to 5.5 x 7″.

Step 4:  Cut a pc. of designer paper 6.75 x 5.25″ and adhere to the front of the base card.  I chose a green polka dot paper from: Elizabeth Craft Designs  called “Thinking About Polinesia”.

Step 5:  Cut a strip  6.75 x 5.25″ from pink cardstock.  Adhere this pink strip 1.5″ from the top edge of the designer paper.

Step 6:  The pink butterflies are a Silhouette file called “Butterfly Set”.  I sized and cut them from pink cardstock and added Clear Wink of Stella.  Adhere them as shown.

Step 7:  The sentiment is this set from: Elizabeth Craft Designs called “783 – Happy Birthday.  I cut it with the same pink cardstock as the 1” strip.

That’s it!  Quick and Easy!

Thank you so much for taking a look.  This sketch is pretty darn easy, so I hope you’ll take the challenge.  We love to see what your take on this months sketch is.  I will be going to your blog if you have one to see how you made yours!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

C4C – Be Inspired by Windows

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This week’s challenge was a fun card to make.  This week was also a week that one of my customers at the beauty salon was moving to a memory care facility.  I’ve been doing her hair for probably 8 – 10 yrs.   She’s in her 90’s now and one of the sweetest blessings in my life.  .  I decided to make this card for her when I go visit at her new home.

The Steps:

I love the “Window Die Set” from Gina Marie Designs:

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Cut the pcs. in this die set the is the 4 pane widow, shutters, window topper and window planter from white cardstock.

Step 2:  Using this cute stamp from Art Impressions, stamp and color as you like.  I used Copic Markers:

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Step 3:  Using this set from Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1196 – Garden Edges Rose Hedge

 Cut enough of the roses and leaves to make 3 rose bushes.  I cut the “rose spiral” pcs. from pink cardstock and the leaves from green cardstock.

Step 4:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5 x 11″ pc. of pink cardstock at 5.5″  fold over for a book fold card.  Trim to 4.5 x 5.75″.

Step 5:  Cut a white pc. of cardstock into a rectangle that measures 4.25 x 5.5″.  I then put this rectangle into this embossing fold by Darice:

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Adhere this to the base card centering it with an 1/8″ margin on all sides.

Step 6:  Cut the colored AI stamped and colored to measure 2 3/8 x 3 1/4″.

Step 7:  Assemble the window.  Cut a transparency film that also measure 2 3/8 x 3 1/4″.  Glue the transparency film to the underside of the window.  Add the 3 rose bushes as shown.  Put foam adhesive dots on the underside of the window around the window frame. Now adhere the window to the AI stamped and trimmed pc.

Step 8:  Add the sentiments “Miss You” and “XOXO”  as shown.  (See other products used)  The ivy, bird and tiny lady bug are optional but are also in other products.

That’s it!

Thank you so very much for taking a look.  I hope you will take the challenge and show us your window masterpiece!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Tiny Ivy from 1036 – CountryScapes Mini Botanicals Clematis, Ivy. The tiny bird from 1014 – CountryScapesv – Woods 2. The tiny lady bug from 1011 – Garden Notes – Bugs & Butterflies  XOXO 1269 – Love Sentiments

Die-Versions – Miss You

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

A Sunflower Tag Card

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I love to find either new or different ways to use my die sets.  Let’s face it, they’re an investment. So our intention is that we’ll use it often.  However, we live in the real world that often distracts us of our original intention.  This die set was one of those purchases for me.  I got them on sale or I probably wouldn’t have bought them.  That would have been my loss!  I just didn’t see how much I would actually use it.  I stopped making a big deal out of wrapping presents when the grands were little because they only care what’s inside at that age.  Now, they prefer gift cards or cash.  Who doesn’t?

Here’s a photo of the “Tag” die used last Christmas as tags.  I decorated an envelope and adhered it to the back for the $ or card.

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For this project I wanted to show you how to use this versatile die set to also create a book fold card.

I used Elizabeth Craft Designs: 960 – Tags & More 7 – Vine

The Steps:

Step 1:  Make the base card by scoring a pc. of 8.5″ x 11″ at 4.25″ on the 8.5″.  Fold over for a book fold that is 4.25″ x 11″.  Using the die pc. that cuts the top and an inch down the sides and tape it to the closed base as below. Notice that I’ve positioned the die to hang over the fold so that it doesn’t cut on that side.:

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In the photo below, I flipped this step over so you can see the fold is taped right next to the blade but not over it.

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The next photo is the result of this run through the cutting machine:

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Step 2.  Using the die in the photo below from this set,  position the die on the front of the base card.  Line up the hole in the die with the one in the front of the base.  Run through a die cutting machine.  Using these same two die pieces, cut one of the top edge pc. and two of the leafy pc. with Olive green cardstock  but trim them where the die ends.  Now adhere the leafy one to the inside matching all the leaves (start w/the tag hole) and the plain edger one to the other side.  The second green leafy one I used on the back of the card.

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This set comes with sooo many little dies to decorate and make edge cuts, that can be used with a lot of other projects.  I love those corner dies:

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Step 3:  I used the “loopy or scallop” edger for both the front and inside of the card.  I also used all 3 of the corner dies.  I wanted to use as many of the dies in this set as I could so you could see how many projects you could use these little décor pcs:

Step 4:  I love Sunflowers and Susan Tierney Cockburn for Elizabeth Craft Designs created a die set that is my favorite 3D Sunflower to use on projects.  I’ve used it so many times and it’s called:  999 – Garden Notes – Sunflower

Cut enough pieces to make 2 sunflowers.  I recommend cut at least two of the petal die for a full flower,  Here’s the link to Susan’s assembly video: Sunflower Video

After watching the video, start to assemble the sunflower directly to the card as shown.

Step 5:  I used one of Susan Cannon’s dies for the sentiment: 1161 – Happy Birthday 2

 

Cut it out twice, once in yellow and once in green.  Glue the yellow on top of the green, offsetting it then adhere to the card as shown.  Tie some coordinating ribbon through both tag holes.

Step 6 is optional.  I sometimes like to decorate the backs of the cards I make.  This one needed it because I used a cardstock for the base that is only 65lb.  Didn’t realize I had until I was too far into it.  That weight would not have been a problem on a smaller card.  But this card is 8.5″ long!  So here’s a look at the back:

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That’s it!  I hope this project inspired you to re-think your tag dies.  This die set is a fantastic value!  I have another project tomorrow using a different tag die set.  I hope you come back tomarrow for Chapter 2: Dies R Us Inspiration Blog

Kathleen (1)

Other Products Used:

Inside sentiment: Fiskars “Make a Wish” Stamp set

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

A Sea Themed Tag Pop Up

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Good Morning DiesRUs fans as well as Karen Burniston fans!  My sweet daughter gave me a gift certificate for Mother’s Day and Karen’s: 1023 – Tag Book was one of the new toys I chose with her gift!

This is my first “tag book” using Karen’s die set for this so fun and versatile set!  However, this is not the first time I made a “tag book”.  A couple of yrs. or more ago Karen came up with a way to make this very tag book but you needed several of her die sets and then also need to manually make a couple of other elements and then find other dies from other sets to decorate it!  Whew!  However, I soooo loved the results that all those steps made, so I gave it a try but I never made another one:

Cascading tag card Steampunk 2

When this publishes, I’m going to ask Karen if she remembers this.  I can tell you this set makes it a lot easier to make such a fun card to receive.  You can’t think of an occasion that this die set couldn’t be used for and it comes with 17 dies!   I made today’s project for my grand daughter’s birthday.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Once you decide what theme you want this card to have then I suggest that you watch the assembly video so you can choose which paper to use when you start cutting.  Remember, there are 17 dies!  And also, at the end of the video she will show what the designers made with this set.  Here’s the link:  Karen’s Tag Book Assembly

Step 2:  I cut everything accept the “Shells and other deco pcs.” twice because I wasn’t sure what I wanted in which of the coordinated designer cardstock.  I was working with a paper pack from Graphic 45 called “By the Sea” Collection.

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Step 3:  I also used Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1125 – Ropes 1

                                                                          

I cut 3 of the wavy chain ones and sort of weaved them in and over the little frames on the tags:

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Step 4:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs – 1147 Shells Small

The small shells are not available right now at DiesRUs but the “Large Shells” are and would also fit this die set.  1146 – Shells Large

                                                                The little Pail and Shovel was in my stash from an earlier Karen Burniston Pop Up set.

Step 5:  The front of my card was made by fussy cutting a couple of elements from the same Graphic 45 paper pack:

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Here’s another look at the front:

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Here’s a closer look at the inside:

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That’s it!

Thank you so much for taking a look and I hope you’ll try your own version of this adorable die set and will come back to the: DiesRUs Inspriration Blog every day for more fun inspiration from the team and join the challenge at: DiesRUs Challenge Blog

Kathleen (1)

Other Products Used:

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

A Pretty Spring Bouquet of Tulips

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Good Morning Crafters!  For this project for the DiesRUsBlog I wanted to make a “almost any occasion” card.  I love the realistic look of Susan Tierney Cockburn’s GardenNotes dies.  Over at DiesRUs they carry a huge collection.

For this project I chose  Elizabeth Craft Designs 1269 Garden Notes Tulip 2 for the star of this card.

There is a YouTube video showing how to create these cute tulips: Tulip assembly video

I cut enough of the petal pcs. white cardstock to make six tulips.  Then with Copic Marker I “flick” colored from the bottom up to look like the real tulips that are sort of striped.  Cut the pcs. for the stem and leaves from green cardstock and inked the edges with a darker green.  I didn’t adhere them to the project as in the video but instead made each tulip and stuck them in a bud vase filled with toothpicks until I had all the other elements cut and colored’:

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 I also used: 1297 – Garden Notes Ivy Vine    I cut both of the pcs. in this die set with white cardstock and then with a Copic  Marker I colored green but left white areas to mimic variegated ivy.

To tuck into the bouquet, I used: ECD 1425 – Garden Notes – Maidenhair Fern

The Mats are as follows:  The white was cut out of white cardstock using the largest die from this set: ECD 1173 – Dotted Scallop Circles

The pink mat was cut with pink cardstock with the second largest die from this set:

ECD 1113 – Stitched Ovals

The next element you’ll need is to cut the Tea Cup out of white cardstock from ECD 1375 – Garden Notes – Victorian Tea Cup & Saucer

This die also embosses the cup to show the rim and the curved stripe on the bottom that I colored pink with a Copic Marker.  I stamped the pink flowers on the cup with a stick stamp.

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These stick stamps are fun and are from a company called: Stamps by Judith  Visit the site for all kinds of ideas and tutorials using these fun stamp sticks.

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The “Hugs” sentiment was cut with white cardstock from this set: 1269 – Love Sentiments

To assemble the card:  Create a base card by scoring a 8.5 x 11″ pc. of white cardstock. Fold to make a book fold and trim to 5.5 x 7″.  Cut a rectangle from a designer paper that measures 5.25 x 6.75″ and adhere to the base card centered.

Adhere the pink oval to the white oval, then center this oval sandwich to the card.

Next, make a slightly barrel shape to the cup with your thumbs and put two foam dots down the center of the “tea cup” (top to bottom):

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Apply glue to the very bottom underside edge of the cup and place it 1/2″ above the lower edge of the pink oval as shown. Don’t remove the backing paper from the dots yet.  Next, play with the tulips and fern until you like it.  Then glue the stems in place.  Next, remove the backs off the foam dots and apply glue to the underside of the cup handle and all around the cup edges and the back lip of the cup.  As you lift the cup back into place, gently push the sides in so that it accommodates the lift in the middle.

Next, add the “ivy” pcs. where you like them and the word “Hugs” as shown.  Here’s one more look at the card in a shadow box frame:

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That’s it!

Thanks so much for taking a look and I hope you will check in with the DiesRUs Inspiration Blog  to see what the rest of the team has made for daily inspiration!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft finish Cardstock, Clear Double sided Adhesive

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

A Mother’s Day Card

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I just love the floral dies by Susan Tierney Cockburn For Elizabeth Craft Designs.

I’m not going to mislead you.  They all take some time to make but worth the effort!  Here’s the link to Susan’s assembly video.  I recommend you watch the videos before you attempt to make most of her floral die sets.  It’s not always obvious how to put them together and it will save so much frustration!

The Steps:

Step 1:  Die cut all the pieces out from the 1487 – Garden Notes – Lilac 2 die set and assemble the lilac.

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I cut both petal pc. dies from a dark lavender cardstock about 6 or 7 times because I like a full lilac.  If I don’t use them all I put the leftovers into the die set envelope so I don’t have to cut as many times the next time I make it.  I cut the leaves from green cardstock and distressed the edges and the center vein with a little purple ink.

Step 2:  I used Susan’s 1375 Victorian Tea Cup and Saucer to put the lilac in:

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Cut the teacup and saucer pcs.  I had tried a technique I learned from one of Els Van de Burg’s Technique Friday videos to put several different colors of ink on a craft mat and then spray water on it.  You then take cardstock and start picking up color as you turn the cardstock.  I used pretty intense colors because I wanted to stamp over it with a large background stamp in white.  It didn’t work out for what I wanted to do but it made an interesting paper for this tea cup set.  I wish I had taken a pic of the paper before I cut it out but didn’t.  Here’s a pic of the rest of the paper after I cut it out.  I cut the saucer from another lavender cardstock.

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Step 3:  Using the 1064 – Fitted Frames 4 Curvy Squares, cut once with white cardstock and again with purple cardstock.  You will use the largest white frame and the second to the largest in purple.

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Step 4:  Cut a 4.75″ square from light lavender cardstock.  Cut a 5.75 square from color coordinated cardstock.  I chose a lavender polka dot cardstock from ModaScrap – “Thinking about Polinesia” also available at Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Step 5:  Make a card base by cutting an 12 x 12″ piece of white cardstock in half.  Score one half at 6″ and fold over.

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Step 6:  Assemble the card.  Adhere the lavender ModaScrap square to the base card.  Adhere the 4.75″ lavender sq. centered next.  Then adhere the white curvy square over the lavender one. (it also measures 4.75″)  Next adhere the purple curvy sq. inside the white one matching up the curves.

Step 7:  Adhere the saucer, teacup, lilac and leaves as shown.

Step: 8:  Using this die from Die-Versions cut mom from purple cardstock.

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Cut a little tag from this set from white cardstock and ink the edges with lavender ink:

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Adhere the “Mom” to the little tag.  Cut a little pc. of Bakers Twine and attach the tag to the handle of the tea cup.

That’s It!

Thanks so much for stopping by for a look.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft Finish cardstock, Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Beacons Kid Choice Glue

 

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