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Sizzix Susan’s Garden Easter Basket

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Today I want to show you an Easter Basket that I made to feature some of the Sizzix Susan’s Garden flower dies.  I just love flowers, and I love how easy it is to make very lifelike flowers (ones that don’t fade or wilt) using my Susan’s Garden dies.  My basket features the Tulip dies and the Narcissus/Paperwhite dies (there is actually a separate Daffodil die, but I don’t have it).

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This was such a fun and easy project!  I started by making 3 pink tulips and 3 yellow daffodils.  I used my Sizzix Big Shot to cut the pieces.  I love how quickly you can cut the pieces by taking advantage of the extended platform, etc.  I don’t have the Susan’s Garden Daffodil die, but I did have the Narcissus/Paperwhite dies and I thought that they would be close enough for this purpose.  I think that both flowers turned out great.  I previously did a post using the narcissus/paperwhite dies.  You can find that post at the following link:

http://ucutathome.com/blog/2014/03/04/paperwhites/

The tulips were super simple to make.  They are a little different in that the calyx actually ends up inside the flower (as opposed to the outside).  This is very easily done.  You need to dry the partially-completed tulip upside down in a Susan’s Garden flower pot to achieve the usual tightly cupped shape.   Also to make the life-like stamens for both flowers, you need to dip them into a “pollen” (orange for the daffodils, yellow for the tulips).  Please see this short video for a few tips on how to complete the tulips.

As always, the Sizzix website contains detailed instructions (including a video) on how to complete and assemble the flowers.  The instructions are great and the steps are easy to follow.  Be sure that you have a good tool kit – I like the Sizzix tool kit — it contains all of the tools and all of the mats that you need to make the flowers.  My only concern with the dies is that the small dies very easily “leak” from the cute envelopes that Sizzix packages them in (both the old and new styles).  For extra security, I place my dies on small magnetic sheets (pre-cut to be business card sized), and I enclose those in a small zipper top bag inside the Sizzix envelope.  I’m not taking any chances!  Note that most of the Susan’s Garden dies are thinlits dies, and so they will work in almost any die cutting machine.

Once the flowers were fully dry, I attached stem wire.  I’m sure there are many methods to do this — mine was very simple.  I cut a short length of 20  gauge stem wire, and a 1/2″ circle of paper (the same green as I used for the leaves and calyx).  I punched a hole in the center of the circle with a 1/8″ hole punch.  This was more than large enough to accommodate the wire.  I wrapped the wire tightly around a pair of needle-nosed pliers to create a little “knot” that wouldn’t be able to pass through that 1/8″ hole, and then I placed a piece of 1/2″ Scor-Tape on top of the circle (on top of the knot too), and attached the stem wire to the flower head.  The 20 gauge wire is firm enough to hold the flower upright, but also easily bent to allow adjustment in the flower.  This is a picture of the flowers attached to the floral wire

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Once the flowers were on stems, I created a little “bundle” with the flower and some leaves and buds that I purchased to go with them.   I knew that I would need some green “filler” for my basket, so I purchased something with similar leaves, etc. to what would be found on a tulip or daffodil.  The stems I purchased were much longer than what I needed, so I had to cut them back accordingly.  This is a picture of one of the bundles that I created –

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I assembled the basket by first placing the eggs and the “critters”, and then adding flowers where it made sense.  Here is an early picture of the basket

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Note that it took only six of the flower bundles to make the basket look full without over-filling it — I wanted each flower to show and to not get “lost”.  I added the small violet groupings (I separated flower picks to make them) to tie everything together.   (I wanted to use the Susan’s Garden violets, but they were just too large.)  I added a bow and a banner to complete the project.

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To make the banner, I cut the small eggs using the smallest size in the set of Docrafts Egg dies and my Sizzix Big Shot.  I also cut a small flag for each egg.  I needed a total of twelve flags — one for each letter needed to spell out “Happy Easter”, plus an additional center flag to separate the words.  I stamped the letters using the “Banner Alphabet” stamp set by My Favorite Things and Espresso Truffle Memento ink.  The butterfly was punched from a Martha Stewart butterfly punch.  I folded the butterfly in the center to make it dimensional, and added a couple of rhinestones for interest.   I attached each egg to a banner using low dimensional adhesive.  I punched two 1/8″ holes at the top of each flag, and strung them together on 1/8″ ribbon.  I thought it looked best to push the flags together and overlap them slightly.  The banner was a better fit for the basket this way.  Pictures of the banner are below –

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The banner was easily attached to the basket with the extra ribbon (I tied it to the handles).  I used a few glue dots to keep the individual flags in place.

Once you are able to complete the simple tasks needed to create any of the Susan’s Garden flowers, they really do go together quickly and easily.  There are unlimited uses for the flowers, and I know that you’ll enjoy finding new and creative ways to use your favorites.

Supply list –

Sizzix Big Shot

Sizzix Susan’s Garen Tulip and Narcissus dies

pink, yellow, black and green heavyweight smooth cardstock

Scotch quick-dry adhesive

Sizzix Susan’s Garden Tool Kit (contains the tools and mats needed to make flowers)

Sizzix Susan’s Garden flower pots

Yellow Pan Pastel

Yellow and Orange Woodland Scenics pollen

Copic Marker – 100 (black)

floral tape

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

20 gauge stem wire

basket

Styrofoam block for center of basket

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easter eggs (mine look like they are wrapped with burlap string)

purchased stems with leaves and buds, violet stems, bunny and chick

ribbon

assorted cardstock for banner

Docrafts (X-Cut) Egg dies

Verve small banner dies

My Favorite Things “Banner Alphabet” stamp set

Memento Espresso Truffle ink

1/8″ hole punch

1/8″ ribbon

thin dimensional adhesive

glue dots

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

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Easter Cards Featuring Graphic 45 And Spellbinders

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Today I want to share some Easter Cards featuring Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments papers and several Spellbinders die sets.  I love the beautiful Graphic 45 papers — there are so many different ways that they can be used.  The same is true of Spellbinders die sets — particularly the “card creator” sets.  Together these products make beautiful cards.

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I also made some Easter wreath cards using the Graphic 45 papers and a Spring wreath die.

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The key to the cards is to first identify an element on the Graphic 45 papers that will serve as a focal point.  I looked to two papers in the Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments collection for my card inspiration — “All My Love” and ”Easter Greetings”.  Each paper has a lot of choices to offer, but you first have to “unlock” it from the paper.   This is portion of the “Easter Greetings” paper.

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You can see the elements here are separated into “boxes”, so it is possible to use your paper trimmer to separate the boxes.  Sometimes you can use the item as is, and other times it will be desirable to cut away the “box” and just use the remaining image.  You’ll decide that when you decide how you want the card to look.  For example, I wanted some small images to use with my Easter wreaths, and so the smaller pictures along the side of the paper were perfect.  I just trimmed the extra borders off and they were ready to go.  Other images I wanted to use with the Spellbinders Card Creator dies, and so it was necessary to fussy cut them, at least a little, to fit into the space available.

This is a picture of a portion of the “All My Love” paper.

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Here the images and elements are intertwined, and you need to first figure out how to separate and isolate the image that you want to use for your card.  I began by hand cutting this paper into about thirds.  I started by cutting just underneath the roses (I’m left-handed so I started cutting from the left side of the paper), and between the butterflies, up above the umbrella, and then dipping back down to miss the egg, etc.  Once the paper was in a more manageable size, then I looked at the strip of paper I had cut and determined which images were intact and which I would feature on a card.   I ”freed” those first from the paper strip to avoid any inadvertent  damage while cutting other images.  Usually when I’m making cards, I only cut the images I really need at the time, and I set aside the remaining parts for another time when I will cut out the other useable images to add to my stash.  Please see the short video for a more detailed description of how I “free” images from patterned paper, and also some tips on fussy cutting.

Assembly of the cards is quite easy.  I cut A2-sized background layers (4.25″ x 5.5″) from various solid cardstock.  I like to use metallic cardstock for this since it adds a bit of shimmer and interest.  Then I cut a variety of layers from ivory paper using several of the Spellbinders card creator sets including Tranquil Memories, Filigree Delight, Diamond Effects and Floral Ribbon Threader.  I love the detail that each of these sets adds to a card.  From there it was a matter of determining which element(s) I would select from the “cut” pile, and what layers were appropriate for them.  I added ribbons and other embellishments, as appropriate to finish the cards.  The four cards I made this way are –

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For the “wreath” cards, I did not use one of the Spellbinders die cut layers because I wanted the emphasis to be on the wreath.  Sometimes I just stick with plain edges, etc. to avoid losing my focal point.  For the two wreath cards I cut a colored background layer that was A2-sized (4.25″ x 5.5″), and an ivory layer that was 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  I attached the ivory layer to the background layer using Scor-Tape.  I cut two wreaths — one from green cardstock and one from vellum.  The vellum wreath was placed over the top of the green wreath (you can secure these with adhesive if you like — I did not feel it was necessary).  I wrapped the wreath with ivory/gold baker’s twine, and then adhered it to the card layers using a low dimensional adhesive.  I added the ribbon at the bottom of the card.  Next I added the cut element from the Graphic 45 papers to the bottom corner using regular dimensional adhesive.   Then I decorated the remainder of the wreath using die cut flowers and sequins, and added the ribbon “tie” at the bottom.  The two wreath cards are below –

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All of these are very easy, simple cards to make.  Of course you can add more to them if you prefer.  Some people cut the image (or parts of the image) two or three times, and pop them on top of one another to create a dimensional image.  You could also separate the images into even smaller parts and change the placement, etc. or pop smaller parts of the design.  Of course glitter always enhances a card and adds to its style.  There are just so many options.  It is all up to individual taste and style.

Supply List

Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments “Easter Greetings” and “All My Love” papers

Spellbinders die sets – Tranquil Memories, Filigree Delight, Diamond Effects and Floral Ribbon Threader

Spring Wreath die by W Plus 9

Assorted plain cardstock

Vellum

Assorted ribbon, bakers twine and embellishments

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal — 1/4″ and 1/8″

Dimensional adhesive; low dimensional adhesive

Scotch Quick-Drying glue

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare@wordpress.com

 

Card Making: Spellbinders Embossed Window Cards

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Today I made a couple of window cards for Easter. both cards are embossed window cards. Below are a list of supplies that I used for the cards.

For the first card I used the following supplies that are available at Cut at Home.
Crafts Too Embossing Folder, Invitation – SKU: CTFD3052
Spellbinders Elegant Ovals – SKU: S4-425
Magnolia Rubber Stamps, Exclusive Easter Egg – SKU: 102005-1
Supplies used from my stash, Hazel and Ruby Scalloped Away Decorative tape, Ribbon, Gems, Bazzill card stock, Smooch paint and TPC Studio Sunny Bunny clear stamps.
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I started with a 5″ x 7″ card base that I made, then I did the cutting and embossing, I am sure there is more than one way to accomplish this, I shared mine in the video below.

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After I got my pieces cut and embossed I assembled my card, I stamped the center and embossed it with clear embossing powder and a heat gun, then I colored in highlights with smooch paint. Then I stamped the sentiment and fussy cut it. I finished with adding the decorative tape, ribbon and gems.
Here is the finished card:
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I was really happy with the finished result. I also decided to make a second card, this card is much simpler and took considerably less time. Here is a list of the Cut at Home products that I used:
Darice Embossing Folder, Easter Bunny – SKU: 1218-43
Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals, Small – SKU: S4-113
Echo Park Mini Theme 12 x 12 paper, Hippity Hoppity – SKU: 1218-43
I also used a few things from my stash, I used the scalloped tape again, I also used Queen & Co Pearls and CoreDinations Box of Chocolates card stock.

For this card I embossed the CoreDinations card stock and sanded it with a sanding block, I also cut an additional piece of that card stock 1/4 inch larger and framed the embossed rabbit. For this card I cut out the scalloped window after I embossed the paper and sanded it, it came out fine. I cut a 5″ x 7″ piece of patterned paper from the Echo Park collection, I also cut out a smaller scallop in the patterned paper, I assembled the card, I use a sticker from the collection for inside the scallop and the Easter banner on the top of the card. I added the scalloped tape, ribbon and pearls.
Here is that finished card:
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This card was a quick and easy card to make, but it looks nice and has a lot of interest.
Now I have a start on my cards for Easter, I hope that you enjoyed my projects!
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Until next time, Thanks and Happy Scrapin!
Polly
pazasproductions.blogspot.com

Card Making: Spellbinders ‘Create-a-Gerber Daisy’ Cards

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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Spellbinders has a whole set of Die D-Lites ‘Create’ flower dies, the Gerber Daisy is just one of them so be sure to check out the rest and see which ones you’d like to add to your flower die collection.  In the video below I show you step-by-step how I created the pink flower on the right above and then a complete walk through as we make the card on the left.   You can see how just a change of color, from Marigold to Pink, can totally change the look of the daisy.  

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The flowers were colored with combinations of Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Spiced Marmalade with Dried Marigold and Picked Raspberry with Spun Sugar. The petals were cut from light cream cardstock.  I love how they turn out!  It’s just a matter of staining a portion of each petal and then gluing to a petal base and stacking from largest to smallest. By curling each petal toward you it only takes a moment to see the flower begin to take shape.  Easy, peasy!

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The 5″ x 7″ card was created with Spellbinders Divine Eloquence dies.  By far one of my very favorites.  This time I cut the dies several times and split some of them to give extra filigree to the sides.  That’s always a great way to get another look, by splitting the cut in half sometimes even quarters.  Alternating between the cream cardstock and the latte color just makes the layers pop.  I also added foam dimensionals to the back of each set of mats giving just a little height and allowing the layers of flourishes and filigrees to show.  The ribbon is white rayon seam binding that was colored with Distress inks.

I hope you’ll join me in the video to see how easy it is to assemble both flowers and cards.  And don’t forget to check out all the other flower dies available in the store, you can have your own florist shop at home with just a few dies and some paper!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Patti

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Supplies:

S2-066: Spellbinders Die D-Lites Create-a-Gerber Daisy

S5-218: Spellbinders A2 Divine Eloquence

TIM21438: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Dried Marigold

TIM27102: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Bundled Sage

TIM95935: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Picked Raspberry

TIM19497: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Antique Linen

TIM75149: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Spiced Marmalade

TIM19510: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Tea Dye

658300: Sizzix Big Shot

Supplies from my stash: Latte, cream, pink, rose cardstock; rayon white seam binding; scotch quick dry adhesive; ATG tape; dimensional foam dots; gemstone

Darice Easter Bunny Embossing Folder

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Today I want to share a card using the Darice Easter Bunny embossing folder.  I also want to give you some tips on using things that you already have in your stash in different ways so you can “stretch” both your supplies and your craft budget.

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A successful card always has a good focal point — here I’ve used the bunny face from the Easter Bunny embossing folder.   (The entire embossing folder is darling too, but it doesn’t leave much room for embellishment.  Click here to see the full embossing folder design.)  To isolate the part of the design that I wanted to use, I first cut an oval using my Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Classic Ovals (the largest die), and then carefully placed the oval in my embossing folder and ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot.  I added light (or subtle) color to the embossed image using various colors of Memento ink, applied with small Darice craft marshmallows.  Very quick and easy!  Note that you could also emboss the entire image and then place the oval die on it and cut the appropriate section.  Here you risk losing some of the raised image because it may flatten somewhat as it goes back through the die cutting machine.  It can also be wasteful if you aren’t using other parts of the full embossed image.  I generally only use that method when I’ve embossed something that turns out not suitable for the card in its entirety (it is crooked or off-center, etc.).

Sometimes the hardest part of putting together a card is choosing the right cardstock for the accents and layers.  I try to pick the patterned paper first, and then find a coordinating solid.  Sometimes I have a solid color that I want to use, and then have to work backwards to find a coordinating patterned paper.  That was the case with the bunny card pictured above.  This season I just love the soft peach color, but it can be sooooo hard to find.  I had this A-2 sized (4.25″ x 5.5″) piece of cardstock left from another project, and so just needed to locate a coordinating patterned paper.  Done.  Yay!  The patterned paper was cut 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.

The scalloped oval behind the embossed bunny is also cut using a Spellbinders Nestabilities die, “Big Scalloped Ovals” (small).  The largest size die fit nicely with the embossed bunny oval.  Rather than reaching for another sheet of my “precious” stash of soft peach paper, I cut the scalloped oval from the bottom card layer.  Yes, it is okay to do this — just stay in the center of the card so that your patterned paper will completely cover the hole.  No one will know that you did this — and it is a great way to “stretch” each sheet of paper for maximum use.  I also conserve colored papers and patterned papers by making card fronts, and then mounting them on plain white cardstock.  White cardstock is almost always sold at a lower price.

Now it is time to embellish.  Soft peach coordinating embellishments are almost impossible to find.  This is one of the many reasons why I am so grateful for my stash of Copic markers.  With so many colors to choose from, there is always something that will work.  Copics (or another alcohol ink marker) can be used to color lots of different kinds of embellishments — ribbon, pearls, rhinestones, ribbon roses, etc.  Try this with any white or clear embellishment.  Note that other alcohol ink markers will also work (Copic is my preference because of the beautiful, vibrant ink colors).  Some other examples are Spectrum Noir markers, Shin Han art markers, and Sharpie markers.  Yes, you read that right — Sharpie markers!  Sharpies will work, although I don’t like the result as well since the ink and the colors can be a little intense.  Please see the short video for information on how I added color to the various embellishments that I used on the card.

I repeated the bunny card in a number of different color combinations to show you just how easy it is to change the look and match the embellishments.  The embellishments all began as white or clear, and were colored with various Copic markers.

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It is very difficult to have a ready supply of all of the “right” colors of ribbons and other embellishments.  I always keep plenty of “colorable” supplies on hand, and then purchase additional colors that I use frequently or are difficult to reproduce, etc.  You can also use your Copics to “tone down” a color of ribbon  that is too bright, etc. or to change the shade to just the right color.  Just experiment on a small-scale first to find the look that you like.  (Toning down the ribbon often involves using one of the gray markers rather than a color coordinating one.)

Assembling the card is also very easy.  Attach the patterned cardstock to the background layer (the one with the hole in the middle) using Scor-Tape.  Attach the embossed bunny oval to the scalloped oval using low dimensional adhesive.  Be sure to use some of the dimensional adhesive in the center too — sometimes an object this large will sag over time if there isn’t a little dimensional adhesive to support it.  Use Scor-Tape to attach the ovals to the patterned paper.  Attach the ribbon, bow and ribbon rose with Scor-Tape.  Add the pearls or rhinestones to the ribbon (if you use the “cheap” ones like me, you may need to glue them in place).  Mount the card front to an A2-sized card, and stamp a sentiment inside.  Done.  Easy peasey.

Supply list:

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Oval dies — I used Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Classic Ovals and Small Big Scalloped Ovals

Darice “Easter Bunny” embossing folder

various cardstock

paper trimmer

white ribbon – I used May Arts 1/4″ sheer ribbon (white)

White ribbon roses

pearls – white or natural

rhinestones – clear (not the ones that are iridescent and shine in various colors — these don’t take the ink very well)

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal — I used both 1/4″ and 1/8″

low dimensional adhesive

Assorted Memento ink — I used Toffee Crunch, Lulu Lavender, New Sprout, Cantaloupe

Darice craft marshmallows – small

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare@wordpress.com

 

Picture Frame with Silhouette Silver Foil and Graphic 45

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Hi everyone today I made a picture frame with Sihouette Silver Foil and Graphic 45 “Good Ol’ Sport” paper. A friend of mine has a son that is active in sports so I decided to make a picture frame for her, he is starting the baseball season so that’s the theme I went with.

Here are the supplies that I used that are available on the Cut at Home website:
Graphic 45Good Ol’ Sport Patterns & Solids 6 x 6 – SKU: 4500864
Silhouette America Printable Foil Silver – SKU: Media-SVR-ADH
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Peeled Paint – SKU: TIM20233
Silhouette America Silhouette Cameo – SKU: SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-3T
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I also used a few items from my stash, FolkArt Enamels – Metallic Silver Acrylic Paint, Darice Press Wood Frame, Xyron lamination/adhesive and Epiphany Crafts Star Shapemaker.
The first step was to paint the frame, this step probably took the longest because of having to let the paint dry between coats. I painted the sides and the back, including the edge where the picture goes. I didn’t paint the front since I was going to cover it.
Next I created the print and cut files on the Silhouette Cameo.

The next step was to cover the front of the frame with paper, I ran all the paper through my Xyron machine so that the paper would have lamination over it an would be easy to dust and keep clean.I used two sheets of the striped paper, I cut around the picture area with an Exacto knife, then I put the silver foil that I cut and print on the frame.
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I still wanted to add a little more pop to the frame so I decided to go back and print the words file again on a light cream colored stock to match the cream color in the stripes on the paper, then I reprinted the large “Play” in the silver foil. I inked the edges of the cream stock with the peeled paint distress ink, I also cut some stars on the silhouette using the paper from the collection, I tried to cut the stars out of the areas of the paper that had baseball images on it. After I cut the stars I inked the edges of them. Then I cut out the baseball player inking those corners as well. I used the shapemaker to make the small stars.
Here is the finished frame:
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I was really happy with the finished product and hope that she will like it as much as I do! Have a great week until next time thanks and happy scrappin.
Polly
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