Numbered Thank You

i needed a masculine thank you card for a number cruncher so i kept it clean and simple.

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i die cut the mama elephant thanks from black cardstock using stick it to layer it twice and attach it to the numbered paper.

i’m submitting this card to these challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday – Masculine

Crafty Calendar June – Masculine

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What A Hoot!

the new Impression Obsession Challenge is Feathered Friends!

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i chose a couple of owls from the IO Zenspirations What A Hoot set (CL339) and tested out my new Caran D’ache Luminance Coloured Pencils on kraft; they work great. i sponged the edges with vintage photo distress ink.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

As You Like It Challenge His & Hers (& why): i like making both but i usually create more feminine than masculine cards – it depends on the recipient. today’s card is for my husband.
Addicted to Stamps – #175 For a Boy/Man
Simon Says Wednesday – Anything Goes

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Floral Notecards

wow, we’re into june already! since it’s the first sunday of the month, we have a new theme at the Penny Black and More Challenge: Blooms, Butterflies and Bugs.

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i created a set of flat note cards using Penny Black 30-029 ‘wonderful’ and used Laurentian coloured pencils.

playing along is simple: your creation must have a hand stamped focal point, although it can be any company’s image, remember to be eligible for a prize from the generous sponsors: Penny Black, Swedish House Crafts and Stix 2.

i’m also playing along with the anything goes theme at Simon Says Wednesday.

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Are We There Yet?

i’m playing along with the LAWN FAWNATICS CHALLENGE 53 – SPECTACULAR SKIES.

lawn fawn happy trails copyright linda snailzpace.com

campers at dusk; remember those long road trips?

i used 140 lb. cold press watercolour paper for lawn fawn’s stitched hillside border and sky; i swiped wild honey and worn lipstick distress inks on craft mat, spritzed with water and pressed the paper into it to create my background. lawn fawn’s happy trails images were stamped on 140 lb. hot press w/c paper and painted with my new daniel smith watercolour paints that i treated myself to; for years i’ve painted with twinkling H2Os so i need more play time to get used to these.

the hill was popped on foam tape, as were a couple of the trees and the vehicles. to finish it off, i cut a strip of paper that was sponged with black soot distress ink and i added the lines with a white gel pen.

i’m also playing along with the anything goes theme at Simon Says Wednesday.

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Tis The Season

i’m playing along with the Rudolph Days Challenge just for fun this month, to build up my christmas card stash.

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this was a very quick and easy card so i made a set of four. i cut a 12 x 12 paper to A2 size to cover the card bases and attached the holly jolly music border die (Yvonne Creations) cut from shimmery white gold card stock.

i’m also playing along with the anything goes theme at Simon Says Wednesday.

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Happy 10th Birthday Allsorts!

wow, the Allsorts Challenge is celebrating ten years!

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naturally, the current theme is birthday so i got to use two more cute images from the penny black ‘it’s your day’ stamp set. this is my first project coloured with my new Caran D’ache Luminance Coloured Pencils. i will need to practice because they’re heavily pigmented compared to other coloured pencils i have so they require less effort, which is good.

i’m also playing along with the anything goes theme at Simon Says Wednesday.

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My First Hero Arts Stamp

Hero Arts is 45 years old and is inviting everyone to a SHOW & TELL CELEBRATION – SHARE TO WIN!

my first Hero Arts stamp was this dandelion (G4917) that I purchased in 2009 and it’s still available today.

Hero Arts dandelion stamp-1

i used it to create a thank you card for those who showed kindness when my son passed away from brain cancer in 2009.

today i’ve used the image on a clean and simple card. the sentiment (LL165 Happy Everything Greetings) is from a Hero Arts wooden set of sentiments that i bought shortly afterward but i can’t find a link.

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Some Birdy

i was really challenged by the current Impression Obsession Challenge – Yellow and Blue but i eventually came up with an idea.

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i die cut the birdhouses (IO DIE156-H) from a leftover piece of watercoloured wash, used yellow cardstock and mustard seed distress ink for the birds (IO DIE154-A), and painted the hydrangea (IO DIE044-Y) with blue twinkling H2Os ranging from turquoise to a red blue.

all the die cuts, including the fence (IO DIE206-V), were popped on foam tape and attached to a background sky that i sponged; and of course i sponged yellow and blue to create the green bottom. the inside sentiment (IO A5418 Some ‘Birdy’ Loves You) was stamped and i sponged around the edges with mustard seed distress ink.

i’m also playing along with:

Little Red Wagon – Happy Bird-day challenge
Scrapy Land Challenges – #114 Always Anything Goes with Die Brand SL sells

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May Flower

just a reminder that there is still plenty of time to play along with the Penny Black and More Challenge and the feminine or anything goes theme.

i used this sweet image from a new penny black clear stamp set, 30-553 it’s your day, painted with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed watercolour paper and die cut with one of the dies in the mama elephant bookmark it set.

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to finish it off, i used the lawn fawn stitched rectangle die for the print paper.

you can use any company’s image to be eligible for a prize from the generous sponsors, as long as your focal point is hand stamped.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday – Stitches
Cute Card Thursday – #582 Stitching

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Bunny Boxes

i had so much fun creating these little bunny boxes.

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bonus, i had to get some Lindt chocolates, because they each hold one. i used the lawn fawn bunny add-on die and sponged some pink distress ink onto the cheeks.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

LAWN FAWNATICS CHALLENGE 52 – PET LOVE, which of course is for my grand bunnies.

As You Like It Challenge Favourite Non Card Project (& why): i love making 3D items like this cute lawn fawn tiny gift box; people love the treat inside but also love hanging on to the box to use or to give to someone else. i’m always surprised how something so little can bring such happiness to the recipients.

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Burgundy Bookmark

since it’s the first sunday of a new month, we have a new theme at the Penny Black and More Challenge: Feminine with an anything goes option.

thank you bookmark copyright linda snailzpace.com

i used a penny black wooden stamp called ‘kindness’ and the penny black petite blossoms stencil with  TCW champagne gold modelling paste to create this bookmark. i also used some crinkle burgundy ribbon, linen burgundy cardstock and the paper smooches bookmark die.

remember to be eligible for a prize from the generous sponsors, your creation must have a hand stamped focal point, although it can be any company’s image.

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Bunny Love

a combination of my disabilities and demands on my time have kept me away from creating lately but i had to play along with the Impression Obsession challenge and it’s bunny love theme; bunnies are so sweet.

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after i created the white easel base with my scor-pal, i sponged the sky with blue distress inks; the impression obsession fence (DIE206-V) and impression obsession bunnies (DIE664-T) were cut with kraft paper, also sponged with DI.

i sponged green corrugated paper and attached the bunnies  to the back and the picket fence  to the front with strips of foam tape; i usually paint woodgrain so i love that this die embosses it for me in one pass through the die cut machine.

i stamped the spring (MC657) in versafine deep lagoon onto a strip of white cardstock and added the die cut wishes (DIE364-E), also sponged with DI – thank goodness my tear drop sponges are easy on my hands. to finish it off, the sentiment strip was attached with foam tape.

i’m also playing along with:
Scor-Pal More than One Score Challenge April #58 – Texture
Simon Says Wednesday  – Anything Goes

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Pair of Penguins For Rudolph Days

it’s time for the monthly rudolph days challenge at maureen’s (scrappymo) blog, where we encourage you to create christmas projects.

penguin christmas card in blue

i used two different colour schemes to create two similar cards but made a feminine and masculine version.

i painted the elizabeth craft designs penguins with twinkling H2Os, used the coordinating die, and finished the card with these lawn fawn products: merry die, mini snowflakes die and christmas sentiment stamped in white.

the deadline to enter your christmas project is the end of the month, plus you’d be entered in a draw for a fabulous prize so why not play along?

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It’s Spring!

this is my mid month post and reminder that we’re celebrating spring at the Penny Black and More Challenge, isn’t it about time spring-like weather arrived?

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this is the easter card i made for my daughter. i painted the penny black wooden stamp bunny image, bunny talk! with twinkling H2Os and stamped the sentiment, also a penny black wooden stamp called happy.

remember to be eligible for a prize from the generous sponsors, your creation must have a hand stamped focal point, although it can be any company’s image.

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Spring Is Here!

since it’s the first sunday of a new month, we have a new theme at the Penny Black and More Challenge: Springtime.

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i used a wooden penny black wooden stamp called plimsoll pete, coloured with coloured pencils, stamped the sentiment from the PB garden friends set and attached him to a background created with penny black stencil petite blossoms and distress ink.

remember to be eligible for a prize from the generous sponsors, your creation must have a hand stamped focal point, although it can be any company’s image.

i’m submitting this card to these challenges:

As You Like It Challenge – Favourite Colouring Medium (& why) coloured pencils are my favourite colouring medium for coloured cardstock; they’re quick and easy and great to travel with.
Alphabet Challenge – A IS FOR ANIMALS
Simon Says Wednesday – Animal Antics

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More Circles At Penny Black And More

it’s time for my mid month DT post for the Penny Black and More challenge where we are going in circles.

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i painted these little mice from the penny black ‘make a wish’ set with twinkling H2Os and added glitter to the dandelions. the designer paper is memory box from my stash that i really need to start using up.

remember, to play along, the focal point has to be hand stamped and incorporate circles to be eligible for one of the prizes from our generous sponsors.

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Happy Thoughts

i either haven’t been well or haven’t had much time lately to create so i made a quick and easy note card.

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i’m playing along with the Impression Obsession challenge theme of flowers for friends and i’ve used these impression obsession stamps:  sentiment A8169 and riding pretty CL255, coloured with coloured pencils and some pink glitter.

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Going In Circles At Penny Black And More

since it’s the first sunday of a new month, we have a new theme at the Penny Black and More challenge: Going In Circles.

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i painted these cats from the penny black Furry Affection clear stamp set with twinkling H2Os, attached the panel to a marianne design circle and layered it up.

remember to be eligible for a prize from the generous sponsors, your creation must have a hand stamped focal point, although it can be any company’s image.

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Pop Up Prezzies

it’s time for the february rudolph days challenge, hosted by maureen (scrappymo), where we create holiday cards every month instead of waiting until the last minute mail date.

penny black christmas teddy front copyright linda snailzpace.com

i painted this cute bear from a new penny black set with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed watercolour paper and added glitter to the snow on the top of the letters. i sponged the tree and used permanent markers to colour the clear gems, stamped the dots in white ink on red cardstock, cut it into a circle and attached it to a doily die cut circle. to finish off the card i added pop up prezzies using designer paper, card stock and my scor-pal. (see end of post).

as always it’s an anything goes theme and the challenge ends the last day of the month.

i’d like to submit this card to the Scor-Pal More than One Score Challenge #56 February ANYTHING GOES.

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card stock pop up mechanism:

there are pop up dies to avoid measuring and cutting into paper but the cut layer needs to attach to the inside of a card to somewhat cover the cut areas. i wanted an easier method and these mechanisms that have been around for a while can be used directly on the inside of a card.

1/2″ x 2 1/2″ card stock, scored every half inch with tape on the end section to attach to the first section for a basic square that would extend a pop up 1/2″ away from the card fold.

for pop ups that would extend further out, like 3/4″, adjust measurements: 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ scored at 3/4″, 1 1/4″, 2″, 2 1/2″.

the difference between the 1/2″ and 3/4″ extensions; attached with tape to the back and bottom sections.

for my card sample, i wanted a row of prezzies so instead of creating three mechanisms, i created one: 3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″, scored 4 times at 1/2″.

the one piece pop up mechanism:

any questions, contact me.

supplies:

stamp: penny black bear, hero arts snow dots, clearly besotted sentiment and paw
dies: impression obsession tree, impression obsession stitched presents, taylored expressions bow, marianne design doily

Three Tags For Penny Black And More

just a little reminder that there is still time to play along with us at the Penny Black and More challenge and the february theme of anything goes with the option of a tag.

i made three tags since they were quick and easy. i used coloured pencils and the cupcake and sentiment from the penny black party time clear stamp set, die cut with the lawn fawn say what? critter tag die set and added glitter to the icing.

remember, you can use any hand stamped image as your focal point to be eligible for a prize from our generous sponsors: Penny Black and Crafts U Love; if you do make a tag you’ll be entered twice.

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In The Pink Note Cards

i finally have a bit of time to create, although my project is a quick and easy one.

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the current impression obsession challenge is In The Pink! i made a set of note cards featuring this adorable IO bunny (B20551), painted with twinkling H2Os on hp watercolour paper, and a sentiment from the IO More Basic Greetings (CL549) clear stamp set. to finish them off, i sponged the circle edges with distress ink.

i’m also playing along with:
Simon Says Wednesday – Black, White and one Colour
Stamping Sensations – All Things Bright & BEAUtiful

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More Monster Hugs

i created a second monster hugs card for the current Impression Obsession challenge theme: It’s All About Love!

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i painted a different monster from the Impression Obsession Monster Mash stamp set (CL886) with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper and brayered the embossed background with distress inks; i painted the hugs sentiment too (DIE516-A).

i’m also playing along with:
The Paper Players – #427 Love is in the Air
Simon Says Wednesday – Anything Goes – use Impression Obsession as an option
Challenge Up Your Life – #105 – Love
Allsorts – #505 Love

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Tag It At Penny Black And More

it’s the first sunday of a new month so we have a new theme for you to play along with at the Penny Black and More challenge: Anything goes with the option of Tags.

i’ve painted a cute mouse from the penny black santa’s helpers stamp set with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed watercolour paper; i also painted the purple ombre on the frame and the ribbon.

remember, you can use any hand stamped image as your focal point to be eligible for a prize from our generous sponsors: Penny Black and Crafts U Love.

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Snow Hearts

the current lawn fawnatics challenge theme is LOTS OF LOVE!

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i painted these cute lawn fawn Snow Cool penguins with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper, die cut from coordinating dies, and popped them on foam tape to a distress ink sponged background. i did stamp the snowflakes with white ink and attached hearts from the Say What? Gift Tags die set and snowflakes from the mini snowflake die set. i stamped the sentiment from the Snow Cool set in purple ink and added glitter to her hat.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

Cute Card Thursday – Challenge 567 – Valentines
As You Like It Challenge – Favourite Shape or Fold; my favourite shape is the rectangle because it is easily divided into thirds and i usually use two thirds for an image and one third for a sentiment – that’s my comfort zone.

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Monster Hugs

the current Impression Obsession challenge theme is: It’s All About Love!

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i bought this impression obsession Monster mash stamp set (CL886) after halloween but i really wanted to use him so i paired him with the IO hugs DIE516-A. i painted the monster and sentiment with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper, but i brayered the embossed background with distress inks.

i stamped the inside with a heart from the Handmade (MC146) set, typically used to stamp the back of cards. i forgot to take a pic of that.

i’m also playing along with:
Simon Says Wednesday – Anything Goes and use Impression Obsession as an option
Always Fun Challenges – #95 MONSTERS OR FAIRIES

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Love Is In The Air

this was a quick card to make since i used a pre-made tag from an old kaisercraft pad of paper that i wish was still in production.

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i die cut the memory box Pembroke Heart die with white card stock, used markers to colour everything, added yellow enamel dots to the flower centres, red glitter to the berries, and wink of stella to the stems and leaves. i stamped the love sentiment from the poppystamps love never melts set in purple ink.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

memory box challenge: love is in the air
Cut it Up – Must have Die Cuts – HEARTS
Simon Says Wednesday – Hearts
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge -Love Is In The Air

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New Beginnings At Penny Black and More

we’re continuing into the new year with a ‘New Beginnings’ theme at the Penny Black And More Challenge and there is still time to join us.

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my new beginnings are a change in optometrists and new glasses that i needed but kept putting off since i wasn’t happy with my last pair. i’ve used a new to me mouse image from the penny black ‘especially micey’ clear stamp set that i painted with twinkling H2Os on hot pressed watercolour paper.

remember your focal point must be hand stamped (any company) to be eligible for one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black and Swedish House Crafts.

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Happy 2019

we’re starting off the new year with a ‘New Beginnings’ theme at the Penny Black And More Challenge: (baby, wedding, new job etc)

the new year is about all that’s new for me so far so here’s my creation.

i’ve used a taylored expressions die to create this card and penny black stamps: cute mouse image from the bubbly set, coloured with laurentian coloured pencils, stars from the crystalline set, stamped in versarmark, and the happy new year from the winter magic set. i added red mirri numbers and a few sparkles.

playing along is simple: your focal point must be hand stamped (any company) to be eligible for one of the fabulous prizes from this month’s sponsors: Penny Black and Swedish House Crafts.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:
Alphabet Challenge – U IS FOR USE SOME STITCHING – REAL OR FAUX; obviously mine is faux because i rarely sewed such a straight line
As You Like It Challenge Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts #278 Celebrations
Kleuren Met Potloden December – Anything Goes
Sweet Stampers #27- Anything Goes

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Winter Wonderland

i’m playing along with the LAWN FAWNATICS CHALLENGE 43 – WONDERFUL WINTER and this inspiration image and colour palette:

i painted these adorable snow people from the lawn fawn ready, set, snow set with my new winsor & newton watercolour markers on hot pressed watercolour paper. the trees from the same stamp set were stamped in grey ink, die cut with coordinating dies and some were popped on foam tape.

i painted the snow cones from the lawn fawn snow cool set, glued them together to form a heart and popped them on foam tape too.

i sponged the sky with distress inks and added glitter to the cones, pom pom and trees.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

As You Like It Challenge Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon #478 Hey Newbie! Something New: the coordinating dies for this lawn fawn stamp set and the nuvo glitter
Simon Says Wednesday Something New: the coordinating dies for this lawn fawn stamp set and the nuvo glitter

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Very Quick Christmas Cards

happy 2019! i don’t make new year resolutions; do you? i keep an ongoing list of attainable goals so i can feel a sense of accomplishment, like creating, staying focused, and eating more healthy foods.

since i’m one who enjoys making christmas cards year round, i’m playing along with the new Impression Obsession Challenge theme of Holiday Greetings!

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this is a clean and simple design and very quick to make so i created a set of eight cards. the IO tree image (E7724) and the IO sentiment (winter trees CL98) were stamped on the front with VersaFine Clair Shady Lane, which i love, and i used another sentiment from the winter trees CL98 set on the inside.

i’m also playing along with the Alphabet Challenge where T IS FOR TREES

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Holly Prezzie

i used my scor-pal to create this different style of box for a christmas prezzie.

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i followed this tutorial; this lid tucks in behind the poinsettia that was die cut from red cardstock and i added some glitter glue.

i’m playing along with the Scor-Pal More than One Score Challenge #55 December Anything Goes Christmas.

wishing everyone a peaceful holiday season and the best of everything for 2019!

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Christmas Bunny

i made this card for a friend who has a bunny that is a little diva so i had to give her a pink jacket and a purple sled.christmas bunny copyright linda snailzpace.com-1

i sponged the sky and poppystamps sentiment with distress inks and painted the memory box bunny and sled with twinkling H2Os, die cut with coordinating dies; i added glitter to the sled and the sky.

i’m playing along with these challenges:

as you like it challenge – Favourite Christmas Animal (and why?) it was difficult to choose a favourite christmas animal because i love so many, but bunnies are my favourite, this year anyway. bunnies are so adorable and i love stamps that illustrate how entertaining they can be.

addicted to stamps – #169 Christmas Non Traditional Colours

memory box – #44- Holiday Sparkle and Shine

poppystamps – #51 Merry & Bright

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