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Holiday Angel Card Featuring Heartfelt Creations Dies

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

My project today is a beautiful holiday angel featuring several sets of Heartfelt Creations dies.  This project appears to be much more difficult than it is — with the right dies and the right paints, etc. it really comes together quite easily.

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I recently purchased some of the Viva Décor 3D Stamp Paints, and was searching for instructions on how to best use them, etc.  While doing that, I came across the Vintage Angel Card project on the Heartfelt Creations website. I was instantly drawn to the project, but wanted a few changes to make it my own.   Click on the following link to go to the original project on the Heartfelt website: http://www.heartfeltcreations.us/gallery/?project=4492&product=3073.

I began by cutting the main pieces using the appropriate Heartfelt Creations dies.  So I cut a piece of lace from ivory cardstock using the Decorative Lace Boarder die, and the angel wings from green cardstock using the Decorative Lattice Swirl die.  I wanted my angel to be a Christmas angel, so I selected the 3D paint colors that I thought were best to give a holiday feel — carmine red, moss green, gold and walnut brown.  To do this, it is best to work on a non-porous surface (I used a sheet of craft plastic).  I cut an art sponge into four pieces, and dipped each piece into a different paint color and placed that color on the plastic sheet.  From there I sponged the colors randomly on the skirt piece and then on the two angel wings.   For the skirt, I wanted more of the red to show through; for the angel wings, I wanted more of the green to show through.  On each, I added quite a lot of the gold paint to make it appear more festive and cohesive.  The walnut brown was used sparingly — just enough to add some depth or dimension where needed.  There is a video link on the Heartfelt site that gives more information on how to “distress” or paint the lace and then how to shape it.

The 3D stamp paints dry almost instantly.  When the lace piece is dry, it is time to shape it.  To do this, you’ll spray the piece with water — enough to make it pliable to work with, but not so much that it falls to pieces.  I found it easiest to accordion fold the lace, and then pinch the top together forming a skirt.  You’ll need to be careful with the wet paper — it is very easy to  tear it.  It will take a while to dry (2-3 hours), and while you’re waiting for this to happen, check back periodically to make sure that the skirt keeps the desired shape.

I prepared a face for the angel by using the largest oval die in the Spellbinders Media Mixage ovals 1 die set to cut an oval from ivory cardstock.  I added the features using my E35 Copic marker, R20 for the cheeks, and the hair using the Walnut Brown paint.  Once dry, I trimmed the oval to shape a face — don’t worry about whether or not it is perfect.  It is the imperfections that give faces character, and draws people to handmade projects.  I made a halo for the angel by cutting the middle circle in the Media Mixage circles 3 set, ivory paper paint painted with the gold 3D paint.  I attached these two together using Scor-Tape.

For the flower garland, I made some beautiful small roses using the Vintage Floret dies.  Since I needed fairly small flowers, I used only the smallest three rose dies along with the cap.  I chose a bright Christmas red cardstock — a heavyweight smooth cardstock will work best.  To create a full flower, I cut two of each of the flower shapes.  I tipped each of the petal sets with the gold 3D paint, and shaped them as shown in the Heartfelt video (the link above to the Angel Card provides a link to a video giving great instructions on how to shape and assemble the flowers).  I used a hot glue gun to assemble the flowers, and it worked very well — I just needed to spend a little time removing the glue strings that always seem to happen with glue guns.

In addition to the flowers, some sort of foliage is needed to help to cover the joining of the lace “skirt” and the wings.  For my Christmas angel I chose some short pine branches by Impression Obsession.  I cut lots (about 65 pieces total) so that I would have plenty to cover as needed.  I tipped each of the pieces with a little of the gold 3D paint.

With all of the pieces complete, it is time to assemble the project.  I began by attaching the angel wings to a piece of 5″ x 7″ cardstock.  When placing the wings, watch for a heart shape that forms in the space between the two.  This is an element that adds a lot to the finished piece — when the wings are placed correctly, the heart shape will remain as a focal point.  Place the face and halo at the lower part of the heart, and the skirt below the face.  I used Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive to glue down the wings, and Scor-Tape to attach the face.  For the skirt, I used Scor-Tape to attach the top pleats (pushing them as flat as possible), and then a little of the Scotch glue at the base of the skirt to tack it in place.  I used the hot glue gun to add the five flowers, one at a time, beginning with the center flower.  I tucked the pine branches underneath the flowers, in groups of 3 branches, and held them in place with either the hot glue or with the Scotch Quick Dry adhesive — whichever I thought would work best.   I went back and filled in where needed with individual pine branches.  The goal was to cover the areas where the skirt joined the wings (especially the lumpy part).  I added a bow at the bottom of the rose garland to further decorate the piece, and to continue to hide the joined pieces.  To finish, add some small pearls or rhinestones to the heart shape that formed when placing the angel wings.  Please see the short video for tips on assembling the angel.

I love how quickly and easily this project came together.  I used this project for a demonstration at a Christmas in July Open House at my local paper crafting shop.   My original project is on display there, and a copy was given to an attendee.  I also created a third angel — one for those who either don’t like to make the small flowers or who don’t have time to.  For this version I used pre-made ribbon roses that I purchased at a local fabric store.  They are approximately 1″ in diameter, similar to the ones I created with the Vintage Floret dies.  I also needed some foliage to add cover with those, and I selected a set of rose leaves from an Elizabeth Craft Designs rose die set.  These provided the needed cover.  This version of the angel is featured in the video above.

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Although this project turns out a bit large for most card makers (with the addition of the face, it needs at least a 5″x7″ base), it could easily be a project to send in lieu of a card.  I would add a small tag to the back with a sentiment, and place the finished project on a small easel cut from matching cardstock (the Cheery Lynn Angel Wing easel would work for this, or you could use the Tim Holtz Bigz Small Easel die).  Because of the dimension on the piece, it would be best sent in a bubble wrap mailer.

This was a beautiful project and, although some parts took a little time, it was a simple project to make (even the flowers!).  Be sure to check out the Viva Décor 3D paints — you’ll love the shimmer and dimension that they add to your projects.  Of course you can’t go wrong with the Heartfelt Creations dies and stamp sets!

 

Supply List

Heartfelt Creations dies — Decorative Lace Border (HCD 713), Decorative Lattice Swirl (HCD 733), and Vintage Floret (HCD 727)

Oval and round dies to create face and halo — I used Spellbinders Media Mixage Ovals 1 and Circles 3

Foliage dies — I used Impression Obsession pine branches (DIE097-M) for the Christmas angel, and the rose leaves from the Elizabeth Craft Designs Rose die (799) for the purple angel

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Cardstock — ivory, green, red and assorted matching/coordinating cardstock for the layers behind the angel

Adhesives — hot glue gun, Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal and Scotch Quick Dry glue

Viva Décor 3D stamp paints — for the Christmas angel I used carmine red, moss green, gold and walnut brown; for the purple angel I used silver, moss green, violet and walnut brown

Assorted sponges, paint daubers, etc. to add the paint (these will clean up easily with soap and water after you’ve finished — keep them wet to make it easier to clean them later)

Copic markers E35, R20

ribbon

small pearls or rhinestones

optional – purchased ribbon roses (or other pre-made flowers) – approximately 1″ in diameter  (5)

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

Scrapbook pages with Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create Dies

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Hi everyone, I am so excited to share some new dies that make is easy to create fantastic scrapbook pages, so today I will show you how easy it is to make scrapbook pages with Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create Dies! These dies are so versatile and will make it a breeze to create layout and cards. There are two sets of dies but you will want to get all four. There are also stamps and paper for this collection.

Here is a list of the supplies that I used for this project:

Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 1 A – SKU: HCD 749
Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 1 B – SKU: HCD 750
Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 2 A – SKU: HCD 751
Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 2 B – SKU: HCD 752
Silhouette America Silhouette Cameo – SKU: SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-3T
Sizzix Big Shot Machine – SKU: 657900

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I also used the following items from my stash, black and red patterned paper, red card stock and white card stock, Epiphany Crafts Shape Maker – Star.

For my layout I decided to use 5 pictures, I selected my paper and decided what dies that I wanted to use. I cut my mats using the A sets then my pictures using the B sets. You will need to get the corresponding A & B sets to use the dies the way they are intended to be used, but you will definitely want to get all four sets once you have had a chance to play around with them!

Once I had my pictures mounted I laid them out the way I wanted them and adhered them, all that was left to do was to add some finishing touches. I cut two of the arrows from the 1B set and did some journaling on them. I used my Silhouette Cameo for the title and used an tool shaper from Epiphany Crafts for the stars.

These dies make is so easy to get a scrapbook layout completed as you can see in the video above. To create a layout all you have to do is decide what dies you want to use based on how many pictures you want on the page. I am planning on doing a scrapbook layout of my granddaughter featuring a picture from each month for the first 12 months of her life.

Here is a look at my finished layout:
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Here is a close up of the matting:
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I cannot wait to make my next project using these dies. I just love that I can make a quick layout using lots of pictures seamlessly. I also wanted to mention that the stamps and the paper that go along with this collection are beautiful. I hope you like my project this week, stop back next Monday for another layout idea with these very versatile die sets. Till next week, Thanks and Happy Scrappin!

Polly
pazasproductions.blogspot.com

Sizzix Juke Box Card

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Sizzix has released some new Retro dies, along with the dies I also got the Sizzix Instruction Sheet for the Sizzix Juke Box Card officially known as the Let’s Party Card I’m sharing today.  I’ll include the link to the PDF for the Instructions at the bottom of this post.

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I tried to stay as close to the Sizzix instructions as possible with the paper scraps I had on hand.  I used the Sizzix Thinlits Jukebox and Music Die set plus the Sizzix Original Die Retro Sign #2.  I hunted through almost every sheet of paper I had (and believe me that’s quite a chore) for the black checkerboard paper and couldn’t find any so I substituted the black and white polka dot which still has that 50′s retro feel (now watch tomorrow I’ll find the checkered lol).  I used the Sizzix Magnetic Plate with these thin dies, wow it’s so nice not to have your dies move all over when you cut them.  And I used the Spellbinders Tool ‘n One again as well.  I have to admit I was thinking that little paddle tool was pretty wonky when I first looked at it but I’ll tell you it was wonderful when I needed to release the cuts from these dies.  Especially like the music notes and records.  They were so tight I’m sure I would have torn them had it not been for the Tool ‘n One.  (hint hint you really need this, lol, if you cut very many dies, I’m now a true believer in it’s worth!)

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The video will show the complete step by step to make the card.  I sped a lot of it up pretty fast but I still wanted you to see the steps taken to assemble the juke box and card. It’s not at all hard, the PDF instructions will walk you through the whole process and the end result is darling!  I’ve completed the inside for a Happy Anniversary card for a special couple in my family that loves the 50′s Retro style.  I don’t share doing the inside on video, I did that off camera, but I’ll include more still photos to give you ideas.  I also added the ribbon off camera and wanted to share that I started with white and colored it with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Evergreen Bough and Peacock Feathers to match the teal of the card.  It’s so easy to color any ribbon this way by simply wiping the ink pad onto a plastic surface (I used some throw away packaging) adding a few spritzs of water and then dragging your ribbon through it.  Repeat the process until you get the color you like.

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I hope you’ll try out the dies and make a few of these cards yourself.  Don’t forget that jukebox would look adorable on a layout as well or you could combine the pieces as embellishments for a mini.  You can always back them with light weight chipboard, like I did the star, to create a thicker embellishments.

Link to the PDF Instructions are at http://www.ellison.com/images/pdfs/instructions/30361.pdf

Thanks everyone and Happy Scrappin’!

Patti

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Supplies from the Store:

659502: Sizzix Thinlits Dies Set: Juke Box & Music

659511: Sizzix Originals Die: Retro Sign #2

658300 – Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit

656499 – Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies

T-001: Spellbinders Tool ‘n One

90910: Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Evergreen Bough

95910: Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers

Supplies from my stash:  White cardstock, scraps of decorative paper, Aleene’s Paper Glaze, Scotch Quick dry adhesive and ATG, Stickles Xmas Red and Diamond, Versamark, Black Embossing Powder, Black Glitter

Loving Little B Dies!

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

If you have been paper crafting for a while then you are familiar with the bigger name brand dies, but lately I am loving Little B dies! I had never heard of them before we started carrying them on our website, so of course I thought I’d give them a try. Good move! They are a fantastic addition to my collection of dies! I absolutely love that they come with their own magnetic storage binder. HUGE PLUS!

Little B dies are chemically etched cutting dies with a special coating for easy release. No ejection foam is needed. With each die set you received a designer inset to help you coordinate your dies with other dies from Little B and a magnetic storage binder. The name of the die is on the spine of the binder and it sits easily on your bookshelf! We know you are going to LOVE these products! Visit Little B Inspiration for more ideas for projects!

Little B philosophy from owner Carol Snyder is really is about YOU, their customers and friends. They could not bring to you the passion, creativity, and quality that enliven all of their products, without their intimate love of crafting and abiding belief that everyone inherently wants to create something fun and beautiful with their own hands for themselves or a loved one. Little B commits their knowledge and experience, which you can rely on for products with that fresh look and boutique feel that Little B exemplifies. Their finely crafted and coordinated products are made with such attention to detail, trends and design elements that they are confident they will enhance your home, office and personal life.

My first purchase of Little B dies was the set of Cutting Dies Tags- #100386. This set somes with 10 tag dies ranging in size from .75 to 6.5″. I used the largest size and next to smallest size to create the following tag, along with a variety of products to embellish the tag which I plan on using on a gift bag.

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Little B dies are compatible with most manufacturer manual die cutting machines, and I used my Sizzix Big Shot for this particular project. They cut perfectly with one pass. Just use the same sandwich formula as other wafer thin dies.

Next, I stamped my main flower from Hero Arts Hello Sunshine Daisies stamp set using Tim Holtz Distress Markers to color right on the stamp. I fussy cut the flower so I could use foam squares on the back to raise it away from the tag for a dimensional look.  I used another stamp from that set on the large tag using multiple presses from each inking to achieve the various shades for a background. I then tied the small tag around the main flower with elastic cord. I cut two flourishes from Spellbinders Jewel Flowers and Flourishes by Julianna Hudgins, coated them with Clear Wink of Stella and adhered them to the tag before applying the main flower and tag. then finishing it off with a few tiny pearls on the small tag and ribbon to tie to my gift bag when I’m ready.

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Here’s a quick demo using the Little B dies with the Sizzix Big Shot, but if you have another machine, just use the same sandwich as other wafer thin dies.

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

Carrie

Product List:

100386- Little B Cutting Dies Tags

CL776- Hero Arts Hello Sunshine Daisies

S5-143- Spellbinders Jewel Flowers and Flourishes

TDMK34315- Tim Holtz Distress Markers

TIM27126-Tim Holtz Distress Ink Crushed Olive

TIM19541- Tim Holtz Distress Ink Black Soot

TIM20219- Tim Holtz Distress Ink Milled Lavender

Gemstones by the Paper Studio

Wink of Stella

adhesive

ribbon

adhesive foam squares

Accordion Fancy Label Dies by Elizabeth Craft Design

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Today I want to share a fun project featuring the Accordion Fancy Label Dies by Elizabeth Craft Design.    These dies are so fun, and so easy, and so very versatile.  You have many choices — from a two or three panel card to a mini-album with as many pages as you like.  As a sample of this versatility, I made a 14-panel mini-album featuring the Twelve Days of Christmas papers by Graphic 45.

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I had so much fun making this little mini-album.  It was unbelievably easy.  Some of the elements took a little time (primarily all of the fussy cutting), but it went together very quickly.

The first step was to cut apart the die set — Accordion Fancy Label by Elizabeth Craft Design.  The set comes attached together with tabs in between.  This isn’t a set that you can simply break apart — you need to cut it apart with wire cutters, etc.  Once that was done, I selected black paper for my front and back covers, and twelve sheets of paper from the Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas 6×6 patterns and solids pad.  Because of all of the colors involved, I thought it best to keep the paper styles to a minimum, so I used three sheets each of four different color patterns.  I even tried to keep the patterns somewhat consistent.  With the paper selected, it was very simple to cut the individual pages on my Sizzix Big Shot.

It is important to decorate each page before beginning to assemble the book.  To be certain that the book can be assembled properly, be sure to keep the short tabs (on the label) and the long tab on the panel to the right.  For the front and back cover pages, I wanted to add a pop of color.  I selected the beautiful plaid design in the Twelve Days of Christmas set, and cut a center label (the main die set has four sizes of nesting labels).  I also wanted to add some color to the base, and I used a coordinating die set to accomplish this.  The coordinating die set, Fancy Frame Edges, is also by Elizabeth Craft and provides a choice of three different frame styles to go around the outside of the window.  You can see how I decorated my front and back panels below.  Note that I put the border only on the one side of each cover — I’m having second thoughts about that and think I probably should have decorated both sides (when the mini-album is folded, the plain black side shows).

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Each of the pages were easy to decorate — I simply cut a black label layer for each page, and fussy cut the appropriate elements from the Twelve Days of Christmas 8×8 paper pack.  I attached the fussy cut elements to the black label before attaching it to the appropriate page.  I also added the words at the top and bottom — at the top “on the first day of Christmas”, and at the bottom “a partridge in a pear tree”.  I used Scor-Tape to attach each of the elements.  Here are more pictures of the decorated panels –

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Once the pages were decorated, it was time to attach the pages.  I started with pages 1 and 2.   I added Scor-Tape to the two tabs on the label, and to the long tab on the side of the panel.  I removed the liner from the long tab on the side of panel 1 and attached it to panel 2.  Then I folded them together, forming a “valley” fold.  When the two base panels were attached, I folded the center label of each up so that I could attach them (in a “mountain” fold).  The two tabs from the center label of panel 1 attach to the center label of panel 2.  It really is much easier than it sounds!  You just keep up the process, alternating mountain and valley folds, until all fourteen panels are attached together.  Be careful to alternate the folds so that the accordion is formed properly.   On the last panel, simply cut off the two extra tabs on the center label and the long tab on the side of the panel.   Very easy assembly!  Please see the short video for additional information on decorating and assembling the panels.

I really couldn’t get a good photo of the entire assembled project (it is just too large), but hopefully you can see how cute this turned out from the snipped photos below.

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There are so many different uses for this die set.  It also coordinates with the Elizabeth Craft Designs Accordion Circle dies (they can be used together).  The Accordion Oval dies are similar, but the size differs so they can’t be mixed with the other two sets.  Each has a set of coordinating frames or borders.  I think they are great for so many different projects.

 

Supplies used

Elizabeth Craft Designs Accordion Fancy Label dies and Fancy Frame Edges dies

die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

cardstock — I used black cardstock and various sheets from the Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas 8×8 and 6×6 paper packs

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

ribbon and embellishment

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

 

Card Box Featuring Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Today I made a card box featuring new Heartfelt Creations products. This was a fun project. I first started seeing these cards recently. They have quite a few patterns that you can purchase at the Silhouette store, http://www.silhouetteonlinestore.com, so I decided to try one. I purchased a 4th of July card box and once I made it I realized how easy it would be to create your own custom cards with the base template. I created a template that I can use for any box card that I would like to make, just add my choice of embellishments and I have a custom card!

Before I get into the details of making the card here is a list of the products that I used that are available on the Cut at Home website.

Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 12 x 12 Paper Collection – SKU: HCDP1 245
Heartfelt Creations Birds & Blooms Rubber Stamp Set – SKU: HCPC 3617
Heartfelt Creations Summer Song Stamp Set – SKU: HCPC 3615
Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 1 A Die Set – SKU: HCD 749
Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 2 B Die Set – SKU: 752
Spellbinders Celebrations Assorted Solid 12 x 12 – SKU: SCP-017
Sizzix Bigz Heart Pendant Die – SKU: 659244
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Dusty Concord – SKU: TIM21445

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I wanted to mention that I used my Sizzix Big Shot and Silhouette America Silhouette Cameo, both machines can be found on the Cut at Home website.

I used a few items from my stash, Gems, Lace, Pop Dots and Green Card Stock.

I started my project by cutting out the base files that I altered on my Silhouette, but don’t worry, I am including directions for you to use if you do not have a Silhouette too! See the diagram below:

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The diagram shows you the dimensions for the base of the box, the dotted lines are scores and the solid lines are cuts,except the score line above the 1/2 inch score should be a cut, that score line is just to make the tab so that you can adhere the box together. In addition you will need two pieces of card stock cut 3 3/4 inches x 1 inch, score both ends 1/2 inch in, these pieces will create the bracket pieces for inside of the box. For the accent paper you will just cut squares and rectangles a little smaller than the dimensions of the box sides.

Here is the video for the assembly of the box.

After folding and gluing the box I added the accent pieces. Then I created the sentiment to put on the card. I stamped the images and then colored the butterfly image with Spectrum Noir markers. The butterflies are from the Birds and Blooms set, the sentiment is from the Summer Song set.

Next I cut the elements for the card. I cut two of each of the flower die cuts that I used in the green card stock, I glued them together to give the pieces more stability. Then I cut one each of the flowers in the purple card stock, I cut the flowers off of the die cut piece and glued them onto the green pieces, then I added some gems. For the Butterflies I used the Sizzix Bigz die, even though the die is a dimensional banner die you can use the elements individually for many other projects, I cut two butterflies in the purple card stock and two in the patterned paper, I adhered them together in the center and added some gems. Finally I cut the little It’s Your Birthday ticket from the Cut Mat Create paper. Once I had all the pieces assembled I was ready to add them to my card.

The video shows how to add the pieces, I just played around with my pieces until I was happy with how they looked, I used pop dots for dimension. You can add the elements to the inside or outside of the inner brace pieces, this also gives the card dimension.

Here is a look at the finished card folded:

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Here is a look at the card opened:

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And finally here is a look at the elements up close so you can see the dimension.

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These cards are so much fun to make, I hope that you will give it a try! I know I will be making more of them! I hope you enjoyed my project this week, until next time Thanks and Happy Scrappin.

Polly
www.pazasproductions.blogspot.com

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