Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Fab 'n' Funky Christmas Blessings

Ever have one of those moments when you suddenly realise you've forgotten to do something you were meant to do and the last minute panic sets in? I had one of those moments last night! I have been so looking forward to working with this beautiful image from our lovely Fab 'n' Funky sponsor Delicious Doodles, but have been a bit poorly this past week, and between my son's 4th birthday on the 14th, that had celebrations spanning over a week and my hubby's birthday on Monday, a few things have slipped through the gap. But the Delicious Doodles images are so fabulous to work with, and this one being a 'scene' only needed a few snowy touches. So I managed to whip up a card double quick time. I wanted the image to look like a 'postcard' so I used deckle edged scissors to cut around it. I loved this image when I saw it, as it reminded me so much of our lovely red pillar box at our old flat in London. I'll share some of our snowy pics at the end of this post.

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I am having printer issues at the moment. For some reason, randomly, my printer gives me 'sepia' images. Don't know what's going on there, but it's our old printer from the UK and I can't get ink for it here in New Zealand, so I think it might be time to let it go. But when this came out in this sepia tone, I must say I actually quite liked it! The track looks like dirt showing through the snow and the tree has a hint of the bark colour, the bricks would be reddy toned I'm sure and I thought the house looked okay in that tone too. So I decided to embrace the mistake and just add a little ink with my red and green promarkers to the letterbox and the wreath and tree. The rest I left as printed. I liberally added liquid pearls in white opal wherever the snow lay clumped. I was tempted to add a little glitter too, but actually loved the affect of just the liquid pearls. 

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I've added some gorgeous blooms from Wild Orchid Crafts. A white poinsettia and red open roses in differing sizes. I've used a lovely berry spray in the centre of the white poinsettia which is from Live and Love Crafts, one of my favourite stores for all things crafting shabby chic style. Some ribbon from stash with a couple of heart pins, a doily from stash and a really lovely tartan backing paper from the My Mind's Eye paper pad Christmas Wish.

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The final touch for my Fab 'n' Funky DT card this week was to choose a sentiment that fit the scene here. I just love this Molly Blooms Christmas sentiment. I think it is the perfect finish to this card. I stamped it straight onto the Kraft card for a rustic feel.

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Thanks for popping in to visit me today. I hope you'll be inspired to get on with some early Christmas crafting and join in our current 'Christmas Challenge' at Fab 'n' Funky this week. Do pop on over to check out the amazing creations by my fabulous team mates. I look forward to seeing your entries in the challenge and do pop back in again here soon, there'll be more creativity flowing as soon as I've got over this bug and my mojo's back. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
A Little Bit Crafty: Flower Power
Party Time Tuesdays: #174 ~ Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody: #41 ~ Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #58 ~ Anything Goes
52 (Christmas) Card Throwdown: May Stash Challenge
Inky Chicks Challenge: #30 ~ Use A Metal Embellishment (Metal stem heart pins)
Simons Says Stamp Monday Challenge: The Artsy Stamp (Fab Delicious Doodles Scene)
As You Like It Challenge: Favourite Colour Duo & Why (Red & White, I just love the crispness of this combination, it's one of my all time favourites and I find myself using it a lot for Christmas makes.)

For those of you who made it all the way to the end, here are the pics of my lil' crew on one of our snowy days in London ~ Feb 2012.

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Zachy and mama

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My sweet Georgie

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Finally, one of my fav' snowy photos taken a couple of
months before Zac was born in 2010.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Southern Hippie

I have had the best of times and the worst of times with this creation. I can't even begin to tell you how many different layouts, card shapes and papers/card stock I went through to bring this lil' lady to light. (Pause to wipe brow!) But I think what I settled on let's her have her lil' moment in the light very nicely. But for all the hassles I had settling on the right layout for this card, the image itself was a dream to colour (using my Promarkers of course) and I was chuffed with the finish. This cutie is Eleanor Hippie Chick from Lacy Sunshine stamps. They are our lovely sponsors over on the Southern Girls Challenge Blog this time and we were given quite a number of cuties to play with for this challenge. Go take a peep at the rest of the design team's creations, there are some really fabulous ones.

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I couldn't get the lighting right when taking my photos this time, so the above pic was the best to show the 'shimmer' in the layout. The pale and dark green papers are both 'shimmer' papers and her glasses were coloured with a jelly roll shimmer ink pen in pink. I used a gold pen for the two peace signs, her pendant and on her trousers. So I should have had the 'shimmer' nailed. Why is that a biggy? Well because it's our challenge theme! Bring on your shiny, shimmery, glitzy papers, finishes and embellies and come join in the fun.

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I loved the multicolour paper I used in this layout, which had so many perfect emblems and words on it for this card. I really struggled to know how to use it at first. When it was in it's square shape (it's 6x6 size), there was so much going on, it was a bit much really. So it occurred to me to go from the original 6x6 card I'd started making and move to a long card, which my new MFT fishtail banner stax would work really well with.

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I wanted to have a little more of the fishtail showing at the bottom and the top, so brought them inline with the light green mat, so that I could cut them in the centre to extend up and down slightly. I wanted the words 'love you' to show above the mat. The image and three layers of Mats were cut with a lil' Inker's stitched square die. It's a pretty CAS design otherwise. I played around with so many different layouts, but this was the one that worked for me. It's a little quirky and different. What do you think?

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I have to hunt down the brand of this funky designer paper, but will update that tomorrow. I need my bed now, it's after the pumpkin hour!

Thanks for popping into visit today. Love it when you do! Leave me a note and I'll catch up with you soon. Pop on over to the Southern Girls Challenge for our latest adventures and come join us with your shimmery makes. See y'all again soon. Hugs, Wends x

*Update: I've chased the sun around today and finally managed to get a bit of shine to show on the glasses and papers, so here are a couple of extra pics that better show the 'Shimmer'. I also updated the last photo above with a shimmery replacement.

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Challenge Entries:
Inky Chicks: #29 ~ CAS
Divas By Design: Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly: Ohhh So Cute!
Card Mania Challenges: #47 ~ CAS 
A Little Bit Crafty: May ~ Flower Power
I Love Promarkers: #220 ~ Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #57 ~ Anything Goes
The Squirrel & The Fox: #70 ~ Let's Hear It For The Girls
Passion For Promarkers: #248 ~ Anniversary - Use Diecuts
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenge: #71 ~ Two or More Diecuts *
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Botanical (daisies in hair and on jeans)

*Update: I won a Mystery Stamp in the Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenge. Woohoo!

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Dream Valley Fairy

It's time for the next Dream Valley Challenge and this time we want to see things with wings. Which of course, always makes me think of fairies. It'll be interesting to see how many others choose that option too. I've chosen a sweet Lili of the Valley fairy called 'On Tiptoe' which I've coloured up with my trusty Promarkers blending shades of pink and mauve to get this tonal effect. I actually coloured up this fairy quite a while ago, but as with a number of my images, it sat waiting to be given to the right person. So I made the card up a good while after she'd seen ink. I was following a great tutorial on the Lili of the Valley site when I inked her up, which you can find here if you like the 'two tone' effect.

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I've gone for a really simple layout using fabric as the backing. The square of fabric was from a set I picked up in Muswell Hill near where we used to live in London. It was from a sweet wool and craft shop and came already cut with pinking shears, ready to use. I have several more to use yet, but it's a matter of finding the right thing to pair them with. I knew this fairy was perfect for this fabric square and I coloured her to work in with the tones in the fabric. Here's the card shot from a different angle, in a slightly different light, which better shows the glitter on the wings and underskirt. 

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My layout is very CAS adding only pearls, a chipboard sentiment and lettering from my quickutz alphabet set to add the wee poppets name that I made this card for. A light touch of Stickles on the wings and the underskirt and that's really it. The scalloped mat is a Spellbinders Nestabilities die called 'Classic Scalloped Circles Large'. 

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Do pop in to the Dream Valley Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the team have been up to. Their creations are fabulous and everyone has a slightly different take on the challenge. So it's a lot of fun. Kenny K is our sponsor this time so a fabulous prize is up for grabs. Why don't you find your favourite 'things with wings', ink it up and come join us for this challenge. Thanks for popping into my lil' blog, it's always lovely to have you visit. See you again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Papertake Weekly: Pretty Pastels
Inky Chicks Challenge: #29 ~ Clean & Simple
Challenges 4 Everybody: #41 ~ Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #57 ~ Anything Goes
Lili of the Valley Monthly Challenge: May ~ Fairies
Loves Rubberstamps: #103 ~ Girly, Glittery & Glam
Crafting For All Seasons Challenge: #77 ~ Things With Wings
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Die Crazy (2 SB Nestie's used - image & mat)
Whimsy Inspirations Challenges: #71 ~ Two+ diecuts (2 SB Nestie's used - image & mat)

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Fab 'n' Funky Fun with Kenny K

Whirlwind days right now. I'm in the thick of birthday prep as I write this and when this goes live, it will be my sweet boys fourth birthday. I just want to capture this time in a bubble. He's so gorgeous and their baby days pass so quickly! I still catch my breath on occasion and wonder how I have been so blessed. We never thought we'd be able to have one babe, let alone two! So I'm one happy mama with my sweet pigeon pair.

I have a CAS card to share with you today for our current Fab 'n' Funky challenge. Our wonderful sponsor is 'Kenny K' and we were given some fantastic images to play with. I used one I have had for the longest time and always wanted to ink up as I had a vision of how it would work with our gorgeous inspiration picture. This is what we'd like to see you draw your inspiration from when entering our challenge and how lush are these colours?!



It wasn't hard to find inspiration for this challenge, with that gorgeous colour palette and the amazing Kenny K's images. I kept my make very CAS as birthday prep is all consuming right now, but I really feel this image doesn't need much more than I've done. Hope you agree! Just a simple Lili of the Valley Sentiment and some designer paper, job done. Well almost...

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This beauty is called Elf Queen and you can find her here at Kenny K's digital store. I've coloured her with my trusty Promarkers in shades of Eggshell Blue and Purple, with a bit of gold thrown in courtesy of my lovely limited edition 'sleigh bells' promarker and I used a gorgeous copper bronze shimmer card to mat the image and designer paper to bring in the copper/brown colour from the inspiration picture. I used some chocolate coloured pearls from Flourish with a Bling to finish the card, adding a tiny one on the sentiment strip and created a pearl corner in the bottom left of the card. I love the way these pearls come from Flourish with a Bling. The colours are rich and gorgeous and they come in a page with lots of different sizes in the one colour. So there's always the right size at hand! Love that!!

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Isn't this image of Kenny's gorgeous?! She reminds me a little of Galadriel the Elven Queen from The Lord of The Rings. Though I've coloured her nothing like that on this occasion. It's all about the gorgeous colour palette and inspiration picture that our lovely Judith chose for this challenge. So I've gone all out and given her lavender hair and eyes too! Haunting but beautiful I think. I didn't want to go too bling crazy, so refrained from glittering up her dress, but I did add some Stickles to the glow around her globe and I added some Glossy Accents to her eyes and lips for a little shine. I wanted to use it on the globe too, but didn't, as I find it changes deeper colours sometimes, and I really wanted the globe to remain those colours! I'd carefully blended 3 colours to get that effect. So I added the extra bling around the image, some Liquid Pearl drops and a touch of Stickles around the image to create the 'magical aura'. 

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I hope you'll come and join us at Fab 'n' Funky for our Colour/Picture Inspiration Challenge. We're looking forward to seeing all your entries. Do pop on over and check out the amazing creations from the rest of the awesome design team too, those girls are fab! That's it from me today, I've a birthday cake to whip up! Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Inky Chicks: #29 ~ Clean & Simple
Totally Gorjuss: #235 ~ Don't Be Square
Challenges 4 Everybody: #41 ~ Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #56 ~ Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly: Pretty Pastels (Mauve & Aqua)
Crafting Musketeers Challenge: #13 ~ Anything But Square
Deep Ocean Challenge: #77 ~ Distressing (Distressed edges with Tim Holtz Tool)
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Things starting with 'M' (Markers, Mauve, Magic)

Sunday, 4 May 2014

13 Candles

Hi folks, I'm here with a post for the latest Dream Valley Challenge. It's 'Anything Goes' so lots of scope for creativity there then! Come and join us for a fun challenge.

My DT card for this challenge is one I made for my lovely nieces 13th birthday. I remember feeling that was such a 'BIG' birthday when I turned 13 and wanted to make her something 'cool'. I'd found a fantastic Etsy site to buy her a 'spirit hood' from. So I thought that this image from the fabulous Krista Smith of Saturated Canary was a perfect fit to go with that pressie.

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Don't you just love that bear spirit hood? I HAD to have it, when I saw this stamp. Happens far too often, shhhh don't tell the hubby! I've inked her with my fabby Promarkers and added a dot of Glossy Accents to the bear nose. 

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I've kept the layout very simple, as I really wanted the stamp to have centre stage without too many embellishments and with a detailed sentiment didn't want to add too much else into the mix. The gorgeous papers are from the My Mind's Eye, Miss Caroline collection called Fiddlesticks. Ooh I do love these papers! I have far too many MME papers in my collection. But they're well loved and well used, so not feeling too guilty there.

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Here's a close up of the sentiment which I thought was perfect for this card and comes from the same paper stack as the lovely papers. I used some pretty pink pearls to finish the card and a simple pink bow made from ribbon that I've had in my stash for a long while. The lace strip is also from stash. I cut the number 13 with my Quickutz Squeeze handheld die cutting machine using a Quickutz number and alphabet set called Moxie. I do love this doodacky for quick and little embellies.

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Well that's all I've got for you today folks. I know! I've actually managed to finish a post without writing a small novel!! Thanks for indulging me the days I do. Come on back soon as I'll have more fun makes in the next few days. But in the meantime, get on over to the Dream Valley Challenge blog and check out what fabulousness my teamies have for you. They're a super talented lot and you'll love what they've created. Catch you all again soon. Hugs, Wends xxx

Challenge Entries:
I Love Promarkers: Not Quite Straight
Just For Fun Challenge: Ribbon or Lace
A Gem of a Challenge: #118 ~ Cute & Cuddly
Sister Act Card Challenge: #55 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Inky Impressions Challenge: #157 ~ Anything Goes

May the 4th be with you...

Hehe, love it when 'Star Wars' day rolls around. My kiddos love it too! It's a family tradition to watch at least one of the Star Wars movies on May 4th. They have cousins who were born this day, twins! A girl and a boy, how Star Wars is that?!! So I have a fun post to share with you today, of their birthday cards. They're only turning 5 today, so their mama is keeping the Star Wars theme for a party in later years. But it's still fun to celebrate them this way, so I did manage to sneak in a C3PO torch as one of the little man's pressies. Hopefully he'll enjoy that. I had great fun making their cards this year, following a fabulous 'box card' tutorial from one of my lovely blog buddies Janine Quinn. It's well worth a visit to her site for this fab tutorial, you can check it out here.

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Here are the twin's box cards together

I've used two fantastic paper sets to create these box cards from the Funky Hand downloads. The boys box card was made using the fabulous Boys Will Be Boys paper set. It will work best, if I show you one creation at a time, as there's quite a lot to see with these box cards. So I'll start with the boys card. You can find the girls creation in a separate post below.

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I had planned to hand colour an image for both projects, but was running short of time which isn't uncommon with me! So I opted to use some fabulous Kaisercraft diecuts for this card. They were such a great match colour and theme wise, I couldn't quite believe my luck! They've been knocking around my stash since we first got home when I discovered a wonderful Kiwi craft store called Artfull Crafts in the South Island and bought a few paper kits on special, which these wonderful diecuts came with. So it was all rather a happy coincidence. 

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The Kaisercraft 'Technologic' paper set came with some really sweet 'rub-ons', so I embellished the sides of the box flaps with these. There was even a sentiment diecut which said 'boys will be boys' on it, so that went up the front. The number 5 was part of the 'rub-ons', so I applied that to white card and added it to the back of the box. I just love how well all these elements work together! I love the sentiment paper from Funky Hand, so chose to put that front and centre on the card.

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There are so many great papers in this set. It's sadly obscured a bit with all the embellishments in place, but the robot paper at the back is fabulous, as is the multiple arrows paper which is under the front sentiment paper flap. Have a closer look at these here. Seriously good value in this kit! Here's a close up of the front under the flap and one of the sides. The other side is a mirror image of this. I had printed only one page of the blue and green and being a slave to symmetry, I couldn't bring myself to put one colour each side, so I cut them in half and painstakingly matched up the chevrons, stuck them together and mirrored each side. Boy oh boy, do I made work for myself! LOL. I wonder how many of you out there have similar OC impulses.

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I used a really fun High Hopes rubber stamp sentiment on the back, which worked well with my robot theme which you can find here. The barcode is from the Kaisercraft rub-ons again. One of the coolest things about these fabulous box cards, is that they fold flat, to fit in a C5 envelope, which is the size of an A5 page. Provided of course, you don't let your embellishments push too far out to the sides. Otherwise, you'll need a wider envelope, or to wrap them in tissue to give, as I did.

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Thanks for popping into my little corner of blogworld today. I will post the girl's box card next, so you can see the full details of that too. Hope you enjoyed your visit and have gained a little inspiration. Do check out Funky Hand for their amazing paper sets. See you all again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Jelly Park Challenge: One For The Boys
Crafty Sentiments Designs: Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge: Challenge Numbers
Crafty Catz Challenge: #229 ~ Anything But Square
Creative Fingers Challenge Blog: #34 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes (with sequins)
Just B Creative Crazy Challenge: May's 'Just Because' Linky Party
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Patterned Paper May Challenge
Aud Sentiments Challenge: #105 ~ Use Birthday Sentiment (Initiating Party Sequence)
As You Like It Challenge: Favourite Item to Recycle and Why? (I am big time into using up the scraps from my laminating. I've used them several times recently on box cards and they are brilliant as they don't show when lifting embellishments higher, so they're brilliant for this!) *Update: I won Top 3! :)

May the 4th be with you - Sweet Girl

As promised, here is the girl's box card I created for the twins in our family that were born on May 4th. I've been wanting to make this card up for a while, as I coloured the image in anticipation of the event some weeks back. So it's lovely to have it finally made up. I've used some gorgeous papers from Funky Hand for both creations and the girls box card was created with the Summer Wedding paper set. The Summer Wedding set might have been created with a wedding theme in mind, but they're so pretty and girly, they work for a great many more occasions too! 

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This sweet image is from Funky Kits. It's part of their Sugar Nellie range and is called The Story Teller. There's both a rubber and digital version of this stamp. The Sugar Nellie range is full of enchanting characters. I just love their sweet images, they're some of my all time favourites. I coloured this image with my Promarkers and added Diamond Stickles to the fairy's wings and Eucalyptus Stickles to the Cricket's wings. 

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I didn't want to 'swamp' the image with lots of extra embellishments, so I stuck to just a few punched flowers, which I added some lovely 'Flourish with a Bling' Copper pearls in two different sizes to their centres. I also cut some flowers from the gorgeous floral paper in the Funky Hand Summer Wedding set which I then glittered up the centres by adding some Stickles glitter glue. The gorgeous butterfly die is from Joy Crafts. It's a wider border die, but I snipped it carefully to get the butterflies I wanted and placed them front and back for depth and balance.

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The sentiment on the front flap is from Lili of the Valley and I just thought was really sweet with the cute Story Teller stamp. I inked it in Black Memento. The sweet little gingham bow is one of several like this I have in my stash in varying colours. I bought these from MeiFlower.

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A close up of this sweet Sugar Nellie fairy and her storytelling friend.

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Finally the card 'flat' ready for the last two flaps to be pushed up and wrapped for giving.

Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you like what you've seen. If you haven't read my previous post, there's a boy box card for this wee doll's twin brother. You can check that out here. If you missed the link to the fantastic tutorial for these box cards by my lovely blog buddy Janine Quinn, you can check that out here. I'm off to bed now, but for you all in the Northern hemisphere, enjoy the rest of this fun 'Star Wars' day and May the 4th be with you. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Die Cuttin' Diva's: #163 ~ Make It Girly
Inky Chicks Challenge: #28 ~ From The Heart
Crafty Catz Challenge: #229 ~ Anything But Square
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge: #175 ~ Use Pastels
The Sugar Bowl Challenge: April Showers Bring May Flowers
Craft Your Passion Challenges: #211 ~ Up in the Air/Things that can Fly
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: #115 ~ Anything Goes (with Sequins)
613 Avenue Create: #70 ~ Anything Goes with optional twist 'Ba Da Bling'
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Patterned Paper May Challenge
As You Like It Challenge: Favourite Item to Recycle and Why? (It used to be ribbons from my sweaters, but I am big time into using up the scraps from my laminating at the moment. I've used them several times recently on box cards and they are brilliant as they don't show when lifting embellishments higher, so they're brilliant for this!) *Update: I won Top 3!
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