Paper Pumpkin Manly Moments Alternative Cards

Hello and welcome to my two day Paper Pumpkin special, featuring May 2018 Manly Moments! Yesterday I shared what was in the kit and the two cards from the instructions, but today I am sharing the FOUR alternatives that I made! You know it’s an awesome Paper Pumpkin when the alternative ideas flow!!

For my first alternative, I changed around the die-cut stickers and the laser-cut element. The rest of the card is made using the Lily Pad Lake stamp set and the Lakeside Framelits Dies, the sailboats are colored in with Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, and Petal Pink Stampin’ Write Markers, and the sun is in So Saffron ink. The inside is stamped in Soft Seafoam and Gray Granite inks:

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My second alternative is using the trifold card from the kit, the end pieces are cut off for the front of the card, the leftover Whisper White cardstock is used for the inside, and the card base is in Crumb Cake cardstock. I used the Rooted in Nature stamp set, Nature’s Roots Framelits Dies, Nature’s Twine in Grapefruit Grove, and Garden Green, Early Espresso, and Crumb Cake inks:

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My third alternative is similar to the above, however I trimmed the end pieces from the trifold card to equal 4” x 5 ¼”, a strip of Silver Foil (1/2” x 4”) and adhered to a 4 ¼” x 11” Blackberry Bliss cardstock base. The white foil die cut is colored in Sahara Sand ink with a Sponge Brayer, the sentiment is stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink, the leaves are from the Rooted in Nature stamp set in Gray Granite ink on Whisper White cardstock, punched out with the Tailored Tag Punch and the elements are from the stamp set and the coordinating framelits, with the bow from Nature’s Twine. The inside is stamped in Blackberry Bliss and Gray Granite inks:

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My four alternative uses the Waterfront stamp set, which will be available in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog if you missed it from the 2018 Occasions Catalog. I cut the Crumb Cake die-cut sticker in half, the top is used for the mountains and the bottom is used for the shoreline. The mountains from the stamp set is stamped in Early Espresso ink, the water is stamped and sponged in Soft Sea Foam ink, the trees and the houses are stamped in Mossy Meadow and Early Espresso inks (fussy cut out), the clouds are heat embossed in White Embossing Powder and the sun is stamped in So Saffron and Versamark inks, heat embossed in Clear Embossing Powder. The inside is stamped in Mossy Meadow and Early Espresso inks:

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Here is all four of them up close, I love how you can use the basics from this kit and incorporate other stamps and products to create something new!!

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I have great news about June’s Paper Pumpkin!! Paper Pumpkin and Stampin’ Up! have teamed up and June’s Paper Pumpkin will coordinate with a product suite!! So, stay tuned on June 1stas more details will be announced!

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I hope today’s card inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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Paper Pumpkin May 2018, Manly Moments

Hello and welcome to my two day Paper Pumpkin special, featuring May 2018 Manly Moments! Now, we kind of knew that this was going to be a Father’s Day theme from the sneak peek Paper Pumpkin gave us in April for April and May’s kits, but I absolutely love this kit! Just to show you how excited I am, not only did I make the two cards from the kit right away, but I made FOUR alternatives using three different stamp sets!! But first, let’s explore what’s in this month’s kit!

Here is everything from inside the kit, which makes 10 cards, and I’m just loving the colors! Speaking of, notice that the Stampin’ Spot is in Mossy Meadow?? This retired In Color has returned as is now part of the Neutrals Collection:

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Here are the stamps and the envelopes, the envelopes are in Sahara Sand and Mint Macaron, and can you believe how many stamps there are?? This is an awesome and versatile set:

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There are 10 card bases, 5 in Soft Sea Foam and 5 trifolds:

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On the right are laser-cut elements and on the left are die-cut stickers:

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You also get three sheets of printed silver foil die cuts, Whisper White and Crumb Cake:

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Don’t forget the instructions, dimensionals, and the Stampin’ Spot:

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Here is the first card, which is the trifold card, it took only a few minutes to make! Check out the inside of the envelope, isn’t that so cool?:

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Here is the start of the second card, this is using the die-cut stickers:

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This is what is looks like after the die-cut stickers and the laser-cut element:

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I chose to stamp this sentiment:

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Here are the finished cards with the coordinating envelopes, so stinking cute!!:

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Of course, you still need to stamp the inside sentiment:

I added some extra elements to the inside using the Nature’s Roots Framelits Dies in Sahara Sand, Mossy Meadow (or even Always Artichoke), and Mint Macaron cardstock:

I have great news about June’s Paper Pumpkin!! Paper Pumpkin and Stampin’ Up! have teamed up and June’s Paper Pumpkin will coordinate with a product suite!! So, stay tuned on June 1stas more details will be announced!

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I hope today’s card inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

Castle Easel Card

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is part 5 of Myths & Magic Suite Week! For this week’s final card, I thought I would create a castle scene with an Easel Card! It’s been a while since I made an Easel Card, but I thought this would be fun to make into a castle scene! If you’ve never made an Easel Card, it’s actually very easy to make and it can be for any occasion.

The card base is Thich Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 2 ¾” and at 5 ½”:

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After you burnish the score lines, the card will look like this:

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The base layer is from the Myths & Magic Specialty DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

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I cut a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock to 3” x 4” and embossed this with the Brick Wall Embossing Folder, adding Smoky Slate ink to the embossing folder first. The top of the castle is DSP cut at 1 ½” x 4”, using the Classic Label Punch, and the “drawbridge” is a piece of Wood Textures DSP Stack, cut out with the 3rdsmallest Layering Squares Framelit:

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On a piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the dragon, flame, knight, and mermaid in Memento ink. These are colored in with Light Lovely Lipstick, Ivory, Light Cherry Cobbler, Light Pumpkin Pie, Dark Crumb Cake, Light & Dark Old Olive, Light & Dark Daffodil Delight, Light & Dark Night of Navy, Light & Dark Smoky Slate, and the Color Lifter from the Stampin’ Blends. These are then cut out with the coordinating framelits, I snipped the mermaid’s tail off because she will be a princess in this scene:

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I adhered the embossed cardstock and the DSP together and placed the princess peeking out from up top:

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The drawbridge is attached and then I added Black Sequin Jewels at the top:

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This piece is then adhered to the DSP base layer with dimensionals:

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The dragon, fire, and knight are adhered with dimensionals:

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I used the leaf framelits on the light green 6” x 6” Glimmer Paper and adhered these pieces with liquid glue:

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I cut this design of DSP to 2 ½” x 4”:
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On a piece of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped the sentiment in Lemon Lime Twist ink and then sponged Old Olive ink around the edge with a Sponge Dauber. This is then cut out with the 5thlarges oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies and the leaves are adhered behind with liquid glue:

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The base layer is adhered to the card base on the lower (or bottom) scored piece:

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What would normally be the inside of the card, this piece of DSP is adhered to the lower bottom:

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Then the sentiment is adhered to this piece with dimensionals:

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You have room to write your sentiment above this or you have the backside, which is 4” x 5 ¼”!

Don’t forget, the Magical Day stamp set, Myths & Magic Specialty DSP, Myth & Magic 6” x 6” Glimmer Paper, and the Brick Wall Embossing Folder are on the Retirement List! If you would like to purchase any of these products, simply click on the product list below and you will find them on my Online Store while supplies last!!

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products and don’t forget to print out your shopping list on the righthand side, under Follow Me!

I hope today’s card inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!


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Let the Designer Series Paper work for you!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is part four of the Myths & Magic Suite! Not only are the stamps and coordinating framelits fun to create with, but the Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper has iridescent glitter designs on one side and all-occasions designs on the other, so I wanted to create a card showing how to make Specialty DSP work for you!

The card base is Island Indigo cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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The base layer is the iridescent unicorn DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

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The sentiment is stamped on Whisper White cardstock, first in Pool Party ink, and then sponged Island Indigo ink with a Sponge Dauber. This is then cut out with the 3rdlargest circle from the Layering Circle Framelits and then I used the 2ndlargest scalloped circle to cut the glimmer paper:

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The unicorn stamp is stamped in Memento ink on Whisper White cardstock, then colored in with a Blender Pen with Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, and Gray Granite inks, the horn is colored in with Light Pineapple Punch Stampin’ Blends, and then cut out with the coordinating thinlit:

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I added Wink of Stella all over for more sparkle:

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To finish creating this card, the base layer is adhered to the card base:

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The Whisper White circle is adhered to the glimmer scalloped circle with liquid glue and the unicorn is adhered with dimensionals:

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This layer is adhered to the base layer with dimensionals:

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I added some Enamel Shapes in Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, and Island Indigo:

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The inside sentiment is on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, from the Special Celebrations stamp set in Island Indigo ink. The unicorn is stamped and colored exactly the same as the front of the card and then I used the smallest star image from the stamp set in Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, and Island Indigo inks:

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Don’t forget, the Magical Day stamp set, Myths & Magic Specialty DSP, Myth & Magic 6” x 6” Glimmer Paper, and the Island Indigo cardstock and ink are on the Retirement List! If you would like to purchase any of these products, simply click on the product list below and you will find them on my Online Store while supplies last!!

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products and don’t forget to print out your shopping list on the righthand side, under Follow Me!

I hope today’s card inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!


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One of a Kind

Hello and welcome to today’s card, featuring the Myths & Magic Suite! If you are looking for a cute, quick, and easy card to make if your limited on time or need to make multiples of, this is for you! It is also a great way to use up that Designer Series Paper and make room for all the new DSP that is coming out in the new Annual Catalog!

The card base is Tranquil Tide cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

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The base layer is from the Myths & Magic Specialty DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and then cut again at 2”. This is then flipped over, which makes it look like you are using two different pieces of DSP. From the Myths & Magic 6” x 6” Glimmer Paper, cut a 1” piece from the light green glimmer paper and then trim it to 4”:

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The front sentiment is from the Magical Day stamp set, stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, first inked in Lemon Lime Twist ink, and then use a Sponge Dauber with Tranquil Tide ink around the edges of the stamp. This is then punched out using the Tailored Tag Punch (FYI: this is going to be carried over into the new catalog):

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To create the card front, first adhere the 4” x 3 ½” piece of DSP to the top, then adhere the 2” x 4” underneath, and the 1” strip of glimmer paper is adhered across the seam between the two pieces of DSP. I used a piece of Tranquil Tide Finely Woven Ribbon behind the sentiment and then adhered with dimensionals:

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The inside sentiment is on Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, the sentiment is first stamped in Lemon Lime Twist ink and then Tranquil Tide ink is sponged around the edges. The smaller stars are stamped in Lemon Lime Twist ink and the larger stars are stamped in Tranquil Tide ink:

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Don’t forget, the Magical Day stamp set, Myths & Magic Specialty DSP, Myth & Magic 6” x 6” Glimmer Paper, and the Tranquil Tide Finely Woven Ribbon are on the Retirement List! If you would like to purchase any of these products, simply click on the product list below and you will find them on my Online Store while supplies last!!

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products and don’t forget to print out your shopping list on the righthand side, under Follow Me!

I hope today’s card inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!


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Lift Your Spirits

Hello and welcome to today’s card, featuring the Myths & Magic Suite! This super cute card is very easy to make, a little ink, some heat embossing, and washi tape is all you need! This will be sure to brighten someone’s day, so let’s get started!

The card base is Dapper Denim cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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The base layer is Thick Whisper White cardstock, cut at 3 ½” x 4 ¼”:

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The wizard from the Magical Day stamp set is stamped in Memento ink and colored in with Light Smoky Slate, Ivory, Bronze, and Light Night of Navy Stampin’ Blends. The stars are heat embossed in Silver Embossing Powder:

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I first used the coordinating wizard thinlit so I could mask him before creating the “blue smoke”, then I used the D Clear Block with some Dapper Denim ink and an Aqua Painter to move the ink around the block, and quickly stamped the ink onto the cardstock. To help fill in the spaces that the ink did not color, I used some of the ink from the lid of the Dapper Denim ink pad and the Aqua Painter:

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The mask for the wizard is then removed and I added a small Clear Faceted Gem to his hand:

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Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 1 1/8” x 4” strip and then use the stripe and the stars washi tape from the Myths & Magic Specialty Washi Tape:

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The ends are cut with the Banner Triple Punch and the sentiment is from the Lift Me Up stamp set, stamped in Dapper Denim ink on a 1” strip of Whisper White cardstock, trimmed, and then adhered to the banner:

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The base layer is adhered to the card base with Snail and the banner is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals:

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For the inside of the card, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock, 4” x 5 ¼”, use all three rolls for a strip of each across the bottom, the stars are heat embossed in Silver Embossing Powder, and the sentiment, also from the Lift Me Up stamp set, is stamped in Dapper Denim ink:

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Now, since I did not stamp my sentiment first, it came out wrong! So I stamped the sentiment again on a 1” strip of Whisper White cardstock, then used the new Trio Punch to round the corners, and adhered with Dimensionals. Problem Solved!:

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Don’t forget, the Magical Day stamp set, Magical Mates Thinlits Dies, and the Myths & Magic Specialty Washi Tape are on the Retirement List! If you would like to purchase any of these products, simply click on the product list below and you will find them on my Online Store, while supplies last!!

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products and don’t forget to print out your shopping list on the righthand side, under Follow Me!

I hope today’s card inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!


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Sea of Mermaids

Hello and welcome to the start of a new week and a new theme, the Myths & Magic Suite! When I first saw this suite in the 2018 Occasions Catalog, this was on my “must” list! I saw so much fun and creativity with everything in this suite, I couldn’t wait to order it! I’ve created a few things so far (One of a Kind, Glitter, Unicorns, and Rainbows, and Triple W Fold Card), so before these products are gone forever (yes, all the products from this suite will be retired May 31st) I wanted to get one last week in!!

The card base is Dapper Denim cardstock cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½” and scored at 4 ¼”:

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The base layer is Whisper White cardstock cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, Soft Sky ink is sponged on the upper half. The clouds are from the Myths & Magic 6” x 6” Glimmer Paper in iridescent, punched out with the Tree Builder Punch:

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I chose to start with this DSP from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack in Dapper Denim:

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Even though the Magical Mates Framelits Dies come with a smaller “wave” die, I wanted them to be bigger and used the one from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies. The die is placed at the top of each color change and then I trimmed the white off the end:

On a piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the mermaid image three times in Memento ink. The mermaid bodies are colored in with Stampin’ Blends, Light and Dark Pool Party, Light and Dark Smoky Slate, and Light and Dark Night of Navy. The face and arms are colored in with Ivory and the hair is colored in with Light and Dark Crumb Cake, Light Pumpkin Pie and Dark Calypso Coral, and Dark Pink Pirouette and Light Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Blends. Wink of Stella is brushed on the body and the eyelids and then cut out with the coordinating die:

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To place the Dapper Denim waves on the base layer, I placed my ruler at the 3” mark across the cardstock and then adhered the first layer. I did this so that it would be straight across and lining up the other pieces would be easy:

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Starting with the second wave layer, adhere with Mini Dimensionals and then adhere one of the mermaids, doing this for the third and fourth layers. The final layer, adhere Dimensionals along the bottom of the base layer and then place the wave layer on top. I used scissors to trim the pieces that overlapped the card base:

I used Glitter Enamel Dots in Dapper Denim to make it look like bubbles coming up from the waves:

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I cut one of the glimmer clouds in half, adhered those to each edge, and then adhered the remaining cloud with Dimensionals. This completed piece is then adhered to the card base:

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The inside sentiment from Magical Day stamp set is stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, the bubbles are stamped in Dapper Denim ink, the seahorses are stamped in Memento ink, and then colored in with Light and Dark Old Olive, Light and Dark Smoky Slate, Light and Dark Pool Party, and Light and Dark Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends:

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Don’t forget, the Magical Day stamp set, Magical Mates, Color Theory DSP Stack, and Glitter Enamel Dots are on the Retirement List! If you would like to purchase any of these products, simply click on the product list below and you will find them on my Online Store, while supplies last!! You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products and don’t forget to print out your shopping list on the righthand side, under Follow Me!

I hope today’s card inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!


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