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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas


Red-White-and-Blue Scrapbook Page featuring Pan Pastels

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Memorial Day and Memorial Day Weekend are fast approaching, and that inspired me to create a red-white-and-blue scrapbook page featuring a couple of relatives and Pan Pastels.  I just love Pan Pastels.  They are so easy to use and so addictive!  It is always fun finding new ways to use them.

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I started this project with a couple of favorite family photos — some vintage pics of our men in uniform.  I wanted to make a patriotic page, but didn’t have quite the right paper for it.  While looking for something else, I came across the star metal stencil and I knew immediately how to make the perfect page.

My first step was to use the metal stencil to emboss my navy cardstock.  This can be done the tedious “dry embossing” way (which would have taken quite a while), or it can be done the super easy way using your Sizzix Big Shot.  I opted for easy.  To build my sandwich for the Big Shot, I looked at the multipurpose platform for inspiration.   When I got to Tab 2 and the description of how to run texture plates, I knew I was in business.  Now the metal stencil is not nearly as thick as a texture plate, so I knew I couldn’t use the sandwich as described and would need modifications.  So I started with the platform, tab 1 folded out.  Then I added 2-3 shims (65 lb cardstock seemed most appropriate) and put a cutting plate over the top of them.  Then it was time to place the stencil and paper.  To keep them both in the proper place I used a low tack tape that wouldn’t stick too much to the surface and wouldn’t interfere with the design.  I like Frog tape for this, but there are many other products that can be used.  So the stencil goes face up on the cutting mat, paper goes face down on the stencil.  I added my silicone rubber and finally the impressions pad.  Then it is simply a matter of running it through the Big Shot.  I always do a test to make sure that the impression is clear, etc. After my first try, I found that I needed to add another two shims to get a more crisp image.  Very easy . . . a nice, crisp embossed image from a metal stencil.

Now that the image was embossed on the paper, it was time to add some color.  I reached for my Titanium White (100.5) Pan Pastel and my oval (#3) Sofft palette knife to do this.  Pan Pastels are very soft chalk — too soft to form into a stick or pencil.  You just need a very light pressure to achieve good results with them.  I carefully applied the chalk to my embossed design, focusing on not allowing the chalk to get too dark or too light — trying to keep everything about the same color, yet some clear differences to show it is handmade and not machine-made.  Here is the completed blue field for my “flag”.

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Then I needed to add the red stripes to the white 12×12 paper.  I am not very good at straight lines, so I used a ruler to help me to get the initial lines straight.  I went back over them with the ruler removed and “messed” them up a little – I really did not want a “perfect, straight line” look.  Again this was so very easy with the Pan Pastels.  This time I selected Permanent Red Pan Pastel (340.5) and a flat bar Sofft sponge.    It was so very simple to create the stripes using the sponge and the Pan Pastel.  Please see the short video for additional information on Pan Pastels generally, how I made the blue star field, and how I made the stripes.  All too much fun!

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As chalk, Pan Pastel will continue to rub off until it is sealed, etc.  Ask at your local crafts store for a spray fixative that will seal the chalk.  Mine takes about 15 minutes to dry.  Once dry, you can continue with the page layout.   I used a glue stick to attach the blue field in the upper left corner, and the two pictures below.  I carefully added glue (from the glue stick) to each letter and placed them appropriately.  (I previously cut the letters using the navy cardstock, my Big Shot and script letter dies by Memory Box).

I am very grateful for those that we celebrate on Memorial Day, the soldiers (and their families) who gave their life in service of our Country.  Our family is so fortunate that neither of the soldiers pictured died in service to our Country.

 

Supply List

Sizzix Big Shot with multipurpose platform, silicone rubber  and impressions pad

Metal Stencil — the one I used is “Stars” by Dreamweaver

Photos

Alphabet dies – I used a script alphabet by Memory Box

Pan Pastels – 100.5 Titanium White; 340.5 Permanent Red

Sofft tools and sponges — I used #3 oval palette knife and cover and a flat sponge bar

Ruler or other straight surface (optional)

White 12×12 cardstock

Navy cardstock

Adhesive (I used a glue stick by EK Success)

Frog tape (or other low tack adhesive)
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

 

A Gilded Life for Mothers’ Day

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Today I have some special projects for Mothers’ Day featuring A Gilded Life products by Spellbinders.  Wow!  How cool are these products?  This Mothers’ Day treat your Mom like the Queen she is.  Make her a crown as a tangible reminder of her “royalty” and top it off with a lovely medallion.  Both projects are super easy, but no one would suspect.  (We won’t tell . . .promise.)

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For the medallion — Spellbinders makes this so easy!  Probably the hardest part is selection of a medallion (or bezel) to work with.  There are so many pretty choices in the A Gilded Life collection.  I chose the large silver heart bezel.  I also purchased the heart-shaped bezel dies so I could cut whatever I needed to go inside the bezel.  Also in the A Gilded Life collection is an “ephemera” kit that has appropriate papers, fabrics and lace to make a medallion.  I used some things that I had on hand instead (you only need scraps) – but the ephemera kit may be a good way to go if you’re just starting out.  There are sufficient supplies in the kit for many projects.  I also used some supplies from the Spellbinders Media Mixage line for my medallion — an embossing plate, red foil and cotton rag paper.

I began by cutting a piece of cotton rag paper to fit inside of my bezel to act as a base.  I also cut a piece of lace, and a piece of red foil the same size.  The Spellbinder dies do a pretty good job of cutting the lace, but be prepared to do a quick trim of a thread or two if needed.  I did a second cut with my red foil heart — this time cutting a small heart from the center of the larger red foil heart.  This leaves a thin heart-shaped outline that you can use to cover the “ragged” edges of the lace.  I also cut a 1/8″ strip of the red foil.  I embossed both the outline heart and the 1/8″ strip using the Grate Works One embossing plate, part of the Media Mixage collection.

To add some color and interest to the bezel, I rubbed on a little red coloring.  The product I used is the russet color from the Shimmer Luster Rub-Ons  by Craf-T Products).  To keep this permanent, it is important to spray the bezel with a matte fixative (make sure that it is a product that is recommended for use on metal).  Be sure to spray the fixative on before completing the bezel.  Allow it to dry thoroughly before continuing.

At this point it is time to assemble.  To assemble the project I chose a little different adhesive — sticky wax.  This is the product that you purchase to keep candles standing straight in candlesticks, etc.  If you read the label, you’ll generally see that it is recommended for scrapbooking, etc. also.  It never dries out, and you can easily adjust objects as needed until you achieve the desired look.  So I used a little sticky wax (a tiny bit is enough) to tack the background heart (cotton rag) to the bezel, and the lace to the background.  I added a little sticky wax to the top edge and bottom edge of the embossed heart outline to hold it in place.  The small letters and heart were ones that I found in the jewelry department of my local Michaels store.  They were a little bright so I toned them down a little by coloring over them with a Copic marker, W6.  I put a little sticky wax on each of these pieces and set them in place.  To finish, you can either fill the bezel cavity with Ice Resin (sold with the Media Mixage line), or you can just glue the shaped plastic cap on top of the bezel opening (this is included with the bezel).  I left mine plain to avoid glare while filming, but I will finish it by gluing on the plastic top. I trimmed the 1/8″ strip of embossed red foil to an appropriate size and glued it to the neck of the bezel.  To finish I added a piece of sheer silver ribbon (1/4″) to the top loop.

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For the crown — The crown is a very simple project featuring two of the A Gilded Life long dies — Petite Monarch and Quatrefoil Band.  For this project you’ll need some of the longer sheets of foil included in the A Gilded Life collection.  I chose the “pewter” color for the top of my crown (although I think this looks more like a distressed gold), and I used a brushed silver metallic cardstock for the base.  I wanted the base to be more sturdy and to give support to the crown, so I thought the cardstock was a better choice than foil.  Note that there are many different products you could use for either the top or base of the crown.  Choose what makes sense for your project — be creative.  Both of the materials I used were one-sided, so I needed to add a backing layer so that it looked “finished” from all angles.  I used gold and silver metallic vellum as a lining material.  The vellum looks the same on both sides, is thin and flexible, and so I thought was a good choice.  To make the crown you need to cut:  1) two of the Petite Monarch from the pewter foil (cut with the pewter side up); 2) two of the Petite Monarch from the gold metallic vellum (here the vellum should be face down so that it will match up properly); 3) two of the  Quatrefoil Band using the brushed silver metallic paper — the right side should be up; and 4) two of the Quatrefoil Band using the silver metallic vellum (the vellum should be right side down so that it will properly match with the cardstock).

I attached the front and lining pieces together using 1/8″ Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal.  Then I attached one of the top pieces to the bottom band also using Scor-Tape.  Here you’ll have to decide whether it looks best to place the top piece beneath the bottom band or on top of it.  For my crown, I tucked the top piece behind the bottom band.  I also used 1/8″ Scor-Tape” to attach the two pieces together on each side to form the crown.  This likely won’t be sufficient (there is a lot of stress on this area), so I cut a 1/2″ x 1″ piece of the silver metallic vellum and used 1/2″ Scor-Tape to attach it on the inside of the bottom band to add some stability.  At first the pieces may be somewhat resistant to the curved shape, but be patient — eventually they will settle in.  Please see the short video for additional tips on both the medallion and the crown.

To decorate the crown, I first wove a piece of sheer silver ribbon through the base, and then added a bow with extended tails to the back.  I chose a dark red rhinestone to adorn my crown, adding the stones in various sizes wherever it seemed appropriate.  I thought they were sticking okay on their own, but later found that I needed to add some glue to keep the rhinestones in place.  That is all there really is to this very simple project.

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I’m sure that you’ll quickly see how fun and versatile these dies are.  I’m looking forward to using them for more projects.

 

Supply List

Spellbinders A Gilded Life large silver heart bezel, heart bezel dies

Spellbinders Media Mixage Grate Works One embossing plate

Spellbinders rag cotton paper

Spellbinders red foil

Spellbinders A Gilded Life Petite Monarch and Quatrefoil Band long dies

Spellbinders foil pack for A Gilded Life

silver and gold metallic vellum

rhinestones

Copic marker – Warm Gray W6

silver sheer ribbon

scrap of lace

Shimmer Lustre Rub-Ons

Sticky wax

Small beads/letters from the jewelry section of your local craft store

die cutting machine – I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur

Scotch Quick-Dry Tacky Adhesive

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal — 1/8″ and 1/2″

 

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

Sizzix Umbrella 3-D Die and Big Shot Machine Product Review

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Today my post is a little different — first I want to show you a fun Sizzix 3-D Umbrella die, and then I want to do a “product review” of the Sizzix Big Shot.  It is finally Spring (although you can’t tell it by the weather), and wedding season will soon be upon us.   The umbrella die is a perfect accessory for bridal showers or weddings, and is also versatile enough to be used for almost any other purpose.

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The umbrellas are just so easy to make using this Sizzix Bigz die.  All it takes is one pass through the Big Shot to cut and score the piece you need for the umbrella top.  Note that the instructions for the die recommend use of a premium crease pad.  I did mine without, and they turned out just fine.  It probably depends on the materials you’re using and other factors, so it is best to do a test cut and see if the crease pad is needed.   You will want to use double-sided paper for the umbrellas.  The inside shows, and you get a much prettier effect with a nice color or cardstock on the inside too.

Assembly of the umbrella is very easy.  I first folded the umbrella die cut along the score lines (you want to do an accordion fold).  There is a tab on one side of the die cut piece.  Add a little quick drying glue to that tab, and press it against the back of the other edge of the umbrella.  Set this piece aside to dry.  For the umbrella pole, you can either use a coffee stir stick (I prefer the round ones) or one of the Doodlebug Pixies (these come in 12 different colors).  I used the Pixies for my project — some of them as they are (where there were good matching colors), and others covered with ribbon for a softer effect (or a better match).  To wrap the Pixie with ribbon, place approximately 1″ of Scor-Tape on a length of ribbon (a 1/4″ or 3/8″ ribbon is easiest to work with).  Remove the Scor-Tape liner.  Fold the ribbon end over the top of the Pixie, and begin wrapping toward the opposite end.  It is usually best to wrap diagonally.  Stop periodically and adjust the ribbon as needed to keep it tight and as wrinkle-free as possible.  When you reach the other end of the Pixie, place another 1″ piece of Scor-Tape on the back of the ribbon.  Carefully wrap the other end of the Pixie so that it is covered, and isn’t too bulky.   You will follow pretty much the same steps to use the Pixies as is, except that you’ll only wrap about 1″ at the top with ribbon rather than the entire length.  The ribbon foundation will help in the assembly.

To finish the umbrella you need two more items:  1) something to act as a foundation piece at the top of the umbrella (provides coverage, a foundation for a pin, etc.); and 2) a floral pin or other decorative pin.  For my umbrellas, I cut a daisy from some daisy trim (usually available for purchase by the yard at most fabric stores) and placed a Maya Road trinket pin in the center of it (there are a lot of fun shapes and sizes including hearts, butterflies, and plain gemstones, etc.).  I placed some quick drying glue on the daisy (the side that will be against the umbrella), and then inserted the pin in the top center of the umbrella.  I held the pin and daisy in place until the glue set, trying to keep the pin centered in the umbrella.  Next I added some of the quick drying glue to the inside center of the umbrella (it is okay to be generous with the glue here, it won’t show and you want to make sure it holds).  Then I inserted the pin into the center of the ribbon-covered Pixie (or coffee stir stick, etc.).  It is important to hold the stick in place for a couple of minutes so that the glue begins to dry.  Once the center pole seemed set in place, I put the umbrella aside to dry, making sure that the proper positioning was maintained, etc. (I found it easiest to lean the center pole of the umbrella against a cup).  After the glue was thoroughly dry, I added a small bow at the bottom of the center pole.

There are many different ways the umbrella can be used.  The die itself is part of the Sizzix wedding collection, but I think the umbrellas would also be appropriate for a baby shower or even just a fun summer party, etc.  I made some umbrellas in bright summer colors to show you how they might look.

 

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Any time you work on a paper crafting project like the umbrellas, everything goes so much better when you have a good die cutting/embossing machine to back you up.  I think the Sizzix Big Shot is a perfect machine for almost any need.  It is so wonderfully versatile –  it works well with just about any die or embossing folder, and will cut many different types of materials.  Of course it pairs well with Sizzix dies of any size or shape (except for the “Pro” dies that only work with the Big Shot Pro) — thick  or thin, large or small.  The Big Shot can also cut using competitor dies — you just need to figure out the correct sandwich.  In most cases the competitor will recommend a sandwich; if not, you can decide on the proper sandwich by picking a Sizzix die that is similar and following the instructions for that.  Sandwich instructions are printed on the multipurpose platform, so they are always close at hand.   I love that in the newest version of the Big Shot, they include an extended multipurpose platform.  This allows use of the longer dies and embossing folders so long as you have the longer cutting plates (in the past you had to purchase the longer platform also).  The Big Shot is just so easy to use!

The kinds of materials that you can cut with the Big Shot (i.e. cardstock, chipboard, mat board, felt, etc.) are pretty much controlled by the type of die that you are using.  Dies like the Bigz dies are designed to cut through the heavier materials  (the package insert usually says what materials are appropriate),  but they can also handle thinner cardstock, etc. with ease — even multiple layers.  Thinner dies won’t do as well with this.   The Big Shot adds so much versatility to your paper crafting.  I love being able to  cut my own chipboard shapes and sturdy boxes, etc.   The Big Shot is also designed for convenient use.  The front and back platforms are long enough that you can use them to set up your sandwiches.  Then it is just a simple crank through the machine and the cutting and/or embossing occurs usually on the first pass.  Although you hear the customary cracks and creaks from time to time (the ones that are a normal part of the die cutting process), you don’t need extra pressure or muscles to crank the materials through.  They slide through easily.   I just love my Big Shot!  Please see the short video for a demonstration of how the Big Shot works.

 

Supplies used

Sizzix Umbrella 3-D die

Sizzix Big Shot machine

assorted cardstock

Doodlebug Pixies in assorted colors

assorted ribbon

Daisy trim

Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive

Maya Road Trinket Pins (assorted)

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin!

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare@wordpress.com

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Card and Gift Bag

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Today I made a Graphic 45 Botanical Tea card and gift bag for a dear friend of mine, she really loves tea and tea pots, so when Graphic 45 released Botanical Tea I just had to get her a set of the stamps, what better way to give her the stamps but to make her a card and gift bag.

Here is a list of the supplies that I used which are available on the Cut at Home website.
Spellbinders Elegant Ovals – SKU: S4-425, these are a new release.
Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals, small – SKU: S4-113
Graphic 45 Botanical Tea 12 x 12 Paper – SKU: 4500889
Graphic 45 Stamps 1 – SKU: IC0296
Graphic 45 Stamps 2 – SKU: IC0297
Sizzix Big Shot – SKU: 657900

I also used the following from my stash:
Memories Dye Ink – Artprint Brown, VersaMark ink, Zing Embossing powder – Chestnut, Martha Stewart border punch, BoBunny Gabrielle Brads, Ribbon, Lace, Flowers and a kraft bag/card stock.
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The technique that I demonstrated today is stamping and embossing on patterned paper. See the video below.

I cut a 7 x 10 piece of kraft card stock and scored it to make a 7 x 5 inch card. I used three different patterns from the Botanical Tea paper pack. I stamped my images, then I used a Martha Stewart border punch and Spellbinders dies to cut out my stamped images. I also inked the edges of my cut out pieces, then I assembled my card.
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I also stamped a sentiment for the inside of my card as well as embossed a teapot to use inside the card.
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Next I made my gift bag. I random stamped the bag with two of the stamps from the set, then I stamped a sentiment on the patterned paper, die cut them and adhered them to the bag. I also bordered the top of the bag to match the border on the card and added a couple of the flowers and brads.
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Here is another look at the card and gift bag, I cannot wait to give it to my friend!
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I hope that you enjoyed my project, till next time Thanks and Happy Scrappin.

Polly
www.pazasproductions.blogspot.com

Echo Park St. Patrick’s Day Cards

Friday, March 7th, 2014

My Echo Park St. Patrick’s Day cards were pretty much completely made from the Echo Park St Patrick’s Day Mini Theme Collection. This mini theme collection kit is just the right amount of St. Patrick’s day items to make a 6 scrapbook pages or numerous cards. With St. Patty’s fast approaching I have made this set of cards using this collection and a foil over technique to color my shamrocks.

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Start with cutting 2 of the journaling cards included in the kit to use as my background image. Next, using one of the 12×12 double sided papers I used the Silhouette Cameo to cut the clovers using file “3D Bunch of clovers” from Jamie Lane Designs.SW3902_St Patricks_Journaling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Setting 1 pair clovers aside for one card we are going to “foil” one of the clovers. You can do this with glitter, but I am using glitter color sprays. Step one is to spray your clover with the bright green, let dry for 15-20 seconds. Next spray with your gold glitter, while the spray is still wet using a tissue paper dab over to show some of the green. Let the clover dry before using to prevent smudging.

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Now to put everything together:

Card #1

1.Emboss journaling card using Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities European Tapestry folder.

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2. Glue non-foil clover to top corner of card

3. Glue foiled clover slightly over the first clover.

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4. Place ribbon across the stem of the foiled clover.

5. Using the “Irish” sticker from stickers in collection

6.  Using the stickers spell “SPD” and place at bottom of card.

 

Card #2

1. Trim shamrock journaling card so the card shows in back.

2. Using larger clover glue on the center of the white shamrock.

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3. Layer the second clover to give the card dimension.

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4. Place green pear on center of clovers.

5. Using stickers spell” GOLD” at the bottom of card.

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These cards are ready to be sent out, and still plenty of St. Patrick’s Day paper goodies left to play with. These cards would be perfect paired with a baggie full of gold coins or rainbow colored candy.  Please enjoy this step-by-step video!

Supplies:

Echo Park Mini Theme St. Patrick’s Day Collection

Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities European Tapestry

Glitter Sprays in green and gold

Silhouette Cameo

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Crystal

http://paperribbonandlipstick.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

 

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