30 April, 2019

Scrap the Boys April Challenge - "All in the Name of Research" Layout

Well...you know that thing when you hear or see something and you get an idea and your mind starts running away with it like a derailed train?  I'll be honest, when it happens to me, the outcome is frequently the same, 🙈 but since you can't get off the train, you might as well see it through, right? 🤷

Somehow hearing that the theme for April over at Scrap The boys was "Let's Eat Cake" had this effect, so as busy as April has been for me juggling lots of new adventures, I had to scrapbook a pair of photos waiting patiently for...about four years! 🤦

I bake a lot so it's not as though I have a shortage of baking photos, but these have a story only the quality isn't great so they had to be printed quite small.

Due to the lack of much colour in the photo (besides maybe a touch of blue) meant I was imagining lots of colour in the layout!  Primaries with a touch of green!

I wrote more about the direction of the supplies for this layout HERE when I was compiling my April Kit for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge.  Most of the kit was formed around this cake challenge and these layouts!

I was trying to imagine how I wanted it to look on paper and it reminded me of THIS LAYOUT Shimelle made in 2011 when she was on the American Crafts Design Team.  It's a fairly airy and minimalist layout and I think it has more to do with the feel and subject of the page rather than Shimelle's style at the time (since she has plenty of layouts with lots and lots of "stuff").


 "Concrete Planning" 

by Shimelle Laine for American Crafts

I have actually attempted to scraplift it before and really wasn't a fan of how it turned out.  I figured out what went wrong and when I'm less pleased than usual,  sometimes want to try it again and this was one of those times.

I usually do a "post mortem" of my projects and I cover all that in the blog post.  I'm not beating myself up, I just feel as though it's a useful part of the process.  My only rule is that if I hate the page to the point that it has me cringing when I look at it then it has to go.  Anything less than that is considered a lesson learned and a story told...and THAT is a pretty big success when you're battling chronic illness.

So...tangent aside, how did I fare second time around? 

I have to say it was a lot better.  It still wasn't as open and light as Shimelle's but that's in part due to having darker colours, and in part still having a of of stuff on the page.  Started off well enough, but when I realized I had only been piling up paper elements and hadn't even remembered about the chipboard and stickers and enamel dots and these lovely large felt cupcake embellies and I was just about ready to cry!

Looking back at Shimelle's layout, she actually has very few non-paper elements in this particular example which is uncommon for her and despite still using more stuff, it actually looks a lot more pared back for me too.  More grid-like than I was expecting for some reason!

I lamented last time that I used mist instead of acrylic paint.  While I'm MUCH happier with the paint, it dried a bit darker than I would have liked.  I had to make "frankenpaint" from several Distress Paints to aim for something in the ballpark of the light aqua or that darker steely teal of the Cosmo Cricket "Early Bird" collection.  ⬅⬅⬅

There isn't an awful lot more to say since I indulged myself and used many supplies from dearly departed manufacturers! 😭😭😭.   The cupcakes near the flowers were fussy cut from a Basic Grey paper and the journaling box is a Sassafras sticker!

I normally use them rather sparing and just sacrifice a sheet or two mixed in with plenty of newish papers to prolong it as long as possible.  This time I threw caution to the wind and used so many "special" papers.  The October Afternoon floral has been waiting so long to be fussy cut (although had I not had multiple sheets it would probably still be waiting! 😳).

I simply adore the 1950s housekeeping motifs in this line.!!  When pulling the kit together, I noticed how well "Box of Crayons" played with Cosmo, but I counted paper and/or embellies from maybe four of Shimelle's collections!  The die cut to the right of the photos seems to summarize all the colours used on the layout.

As sad as I was to not add all-the-things onto this page, I realized I still have a couple of stories to tell about baking these particular cupcakes and this page is the second layout in their chronology, so the journaling on this page looks as though it's right in the middle of a story...which is kind of is!  At the very least I think I'll use many of the same collections on the facing page, but remember to maybe include some of the embellies I couldn't add this time.

One of my personal accomplishments was to make three words in the title from one of my notorious packs of "messed up" Thickers.  Slowly but surely I will use them up!  We all know how well the chipboard Thickers stick over time as you can tell from the pack!  Thank goodness for Glue Dots since I make a mess with liquid glue.

I also pulled the really thick foam tape off the back of the flair badge and replaced it with a Glue Dot since the badges are usually thick enough already.

I would also not be doing MY job in "research" if I didn't  warn you about how unfriendly a word like "research" is to Thickers economy!  Look at all those vowels, TWO Rs and several other really popular letters all in one word!

Here it is all finished:

All in the Name Of Research

Well I shall leave you with my usual salutations:

Love and  crazzzzy cake making! 

23 April, 2019

TTCRD 23 April DT Project - Stamp On It

Hi lovelies!  Today is challenge day for Design Team B for the Through The Craft Room Door Challenge.  This is a WEEKLY "anything goes" (any type of project and any theme) challenge with 2 design teams who alternate weeks to make projects showcasing the sponsor who often offers PRIZES!

This week's sponsor is a company called Stamp On It.  Here is a little bit about them:

"Stamp On It had it's humble beginnings in Holland MI 25+ years ago.... started out as a "home" business, soon became a storefront on the north side of Holland, grew to a 2nd store front in Grand Rapids, before closing the Holland store and enlarging the Grand Rapids one!  We began doing small craft shows years ago, slowly adding rubber stamp conventions to our schedule, expanding to almost full time shows on the road before making the decision in the fall of 2009 to either close or sell the store.  Before we were able to close the store, one of our employees voiced her desire to purchase the store!  Long story short, we "sealed" the deal by the end of 2009 and became pretty much full-time rubber stamp convention vendors on the road.

Stamp on it are offering the winner  3 Digital Images from their store!

When I picked my image, I already had some feint rumblings of an idea in my head.  I should have known better than to let it inspire a false sense of confidence! 🙈🙈🙈

So shall I tell you about today's misadventures craft process?  🤣🤣🤣.  I'm telling you it's every,single.time.  You get to the point when you have to laugh or cry and I'd rather not cry over something I enjoy!

Aaaanyway...since I had a vague idea how I wanted the finished card to look, I opened up the file to resize it and print and since it wasn't doing what I wanted, I thought I'd try opening it in Silhouette Studio and that was much better,

Not only that, but it meant I could use the machine to cut it out.  So what does one do when she decides she wants the paint palette in a woodgrain, but the paint blobs in white so I could give them a bold colour? 🤔

To cut a long story short, the "print and cut" feature hated the woodgrain paper and the paint blobs came out OK, but the brushes were too thin at that size.

It was also the time that Australian stores started getting the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill for cutting machines so when I couldn't get the card front to look balanced, adding some faux stitching along the diagonal helped.  The good thing is that both the laser printer and the foiling can tolerate pretty much all types of paint and ink.  The down side is that the black foil and laser printer look basically the same! 😂 I had hoped to see a shinier finish on the foil, but never mind!  You can sort of see it in some of the photos below.

More on the Foil Quill another day!

I placed the palette as a template to get the approximate position of the paint streaks.  Removable Glue Dots performed beautifully once again!  👍👍👍

The paint didn't turn out EXACTLY how I planned either, but still OK.

While all that was drying, I coloured the paint blobs from white cardstock with Copic markers. Colouring over the woodgrain paper still shows some of the wood pattern through the ink.  This is fine for where I wanted the paint to look smeared or spread on the palette, but not the blobs themselves.

They were so tiny that there was no way any shading would happen.  I did, however, colour the brushes straight over the woodgrain being darker colours.  Finally something went right! 😂

I covered the blobs with a thick layer of glossy accents and a thinner layer over the brush handles.   More sitting and watching paint (and glue!) dry!

At this point I felt something was missing.  As I went to assemble the bits on the front, I realised what it was - I had forgotten to foil the sentiment! 😱😱😱

I had even figured out how to fill in a font much more quickly than the "old way" of messing about with offsets and things.  🤦

Out comes the Silhouette. Again.  Out come the quills.  Again.  Cutting foil and heating up quills.  Again. Initially it looked as though the size was going to be OK, buuuut we had a Goldilocks situation on our hands and it was tooooo big. 😫😫😫

I simply couldn't face yet another attempt at foiling, so when technology fails, I did what any sensible girl does and went old school.  I pulled out my grandma's old Olivetti from the 1960s!  I love the imperfect look of old typewriters!

The only foiled bit of the sentiment I kept was the world "colour".

Shimelle's "Box of Crayons" 6x6 pad had some great rainbow and colour/art inspired patterns.  The pencils in this design give a nod to the wooden paint palette!
I found my AB faceted gems from the Ink Road and put them in a safe place about a day or so before I needed them,  Then promptly forgot where that was...and eventually after much angst located them again!  🙌

Permanent Glue Dots were essential to adhere watercolour card fronts to card bases in order to have enough strength to stop the slightly warped paper from pulling away from the card base.  I doubled up the same dots for the smallest hint of dimension to the paint palette.  The sentiment was put up on foam and my Mini Glue Dots for those pesky gems are super strong and take their weight with ease.

You Add Colour To My Life

 Thanks for sticking with me and I hope you find time to enter this challenge!

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

The Crafty Addicts Challenge 59
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge 62
Creatalicious Challenge #158
Artistic Inspirations Challenge #214
Crafty Catz Challenge #458
Make My Monday #94 Diamonds
(hope my blingy AB gems count!)
Simon Says Monday: Going Around in Circles
(hope my pattern paper counts!)


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Love, and use AAAALL the colours!

17 April, 2019

Fashionably Late to the CKC April Party

What can I say?

As much as I LOVED the colours in the inspiration kit chosen for April's Counterfeit Kit Challenge, I was planning to give it a miss.  I had a fair bit happening in April and time was flying by way too fast.

I did, however want to do April's challenge for Scrap the Boys.  The theme is cake 🍰 and I knew just which photos to scrap!  I wanted primaries along with maybe green since the pictures themselves don't have much colour and Shimelle's "Box of Crayons" Collection jumped to mind.

Next I started rifling through some cooking themed papers...just because I have them.  Then it happened...this cut-apart sheet from Cosmo Cricket's "Early Bird' collection (remember these guys? 😭😭😭) jumped out at me and I knew where this layout was going to go! 💡💡💡

Now I know what you're thinking: "That's all well and good, Mama, but what does it have to do with the CKC challenge?"

WELL...firstly let's take a look at the inspiration kit for April.  It's the March 2019 Hip Kit Club kit and it's so pretty!

See where I'm going with this?  No?  OK, well...it occurred to me that my paper for this layout is just a more vintage/retro and slightly warmer toned kit with more red than pink and the green is more of an olivey grass green an the yellow is more buttery...and plenty of aqua and teal...and cream rather than white!

Next, we do our kit dissection as always!

Colours in Inspiration Kit:
Pinks (and a touch of red)
Emerald Green
Royal blue (with a bit of navy)
Mustard yellow

Motifs in Inspiration Kit (including embellies):
Polka dots (very large to tiny)/Circles
Geometrics and stripes
Continuous patterns
Painterly effects
Florals, butterflies, hearts, frames, tags, umbrellas, rainbows, leaves/vines, sunglasses, cameras, bows, holiday motifs

As always:
🎨If I pull a single sided sheet, I get to choose two for every double sided 😉
🎨Cardstock in the kit usually gets subbed with tone-on-tone patterned paper
🎨Some things I pull as needed such as buttons, brads, sequins etc since I have some on hand to use so I don't have to put them away
🎨For these challenges I imagine which of the kits for that month would I purchase (and I had some experience years ago) and base my overall kit with add-ons etc.
🎨I may require a selection of "extras" 😳😳😳
🎨I might cheat.  I mean I probably will, but for me there really is no such thing as cheating since a layout made is a story told and some stash used.  #winning

If you'd rather watch an unboxing of the main kit and all the add-ons, the lovely Jen Schow does a fantastic job here:

So now to my choices.  Since I started out with that great retro paper and added some less vintagey designs to help it work with a variety of photos and stories, I have decided to call my kit:


"Back to the Future" 😎


My Main Kit based on Hip Kits March 2019 Main Kit



Papers chosen to correspond with Inspo Kit:

The actual Cosmo Cricket paper I based this entire kit on isn't in my main kit, but all my choices were made to work with it or become a bridge to papers with less in common.

Hopefully you can identify how any of the papers in my kit correspond with the inspiration piece in some way.  The only exception is the rainbow paper in the centre which is standing in for the specialty paper.

Instead of the blue on blue heart print paper ("Saturday" from the Sunny Days collection by Maggie Holmes in the inspiration kit), I went with a navy paper with a huge heart in the centre ("Outpouring" from the Box of Crayons collections by Shimelle).

The following image simply shows the reverse of my choices and while some might work with the colours and feel of the kit, most wont and look a bit odd put together like that!

Embellishments for Main Kit:

🎨I first added the old "messed up" Studio Calico chipboard arrows and speech bubbles.  They have the retro vibe and there are enough colours that will work!
🎨Instead of the word Thickers, I went for two sheers of Heidi Swapp word chipboard
🎨One set of black Thickers as per the inspiration kit! 🙌
🎨Hand picked die cuts with a lot of Shimelle and October Afternoon.  I discovered Vicki Boutin's Color Kaleidoscope collections is rather reminiscent of Sassafras so in went a few of those pieces and since the exclusive die cuts in the Inspiration kit had some words I added some of those too.  Largish word die cuts and Thickers seem to be so hard for me to use 🤷
🎨Enamel hearts for enamel hearts but it wasn't going to be enough so those little guys from OA need to be used.
🎨Lastly, to sub for the bow clips, I threw in a couple of packs of flair badges and some fabric labels by Basic Grey.
It's actually pretty good considering it's me. 😂

Paper Add-On based on Hip Kits March 2019 Paper Kit

The paper add-on is simple a second set of identical papers so you don't have to agonize over which side to use.  I COULD choose duplicates too, or choose patterns which represent what is most likely the "correct" side chosen by the kit club for my own version of the main kit.  For my paper add-on, I choose a paper which reflects the "other" side of the papers chosen by the kit club.  The complication is each of my papers have their own "other" side! 🤣🙈.

If you watch the video above, it's much clearer!

The October Afternoon newspaper style paper is supposed to represent the photorealistic black and white reverse of the "Blissful" paper from the Sunny Days collection by Maggie Holmes.  I placed the papers for the "main" and "paper add-on" in the same position in both photos to make the comparison clearer.

Some are less obvious interpretation like the "Saturday" from the Sunny Days collection by Maggie Holmes in the inspiration kit.  Both the heart on the front and my choice for the back is more subtle.  Rather than tiny black vertical dashes on white, the reverse had black dashed horizontal lines on green which is "Countdown" and also one of Shimelle's Box of Crayons papers.

The "other side" of my paper add-on shown below

Cardstock Substitutes based on Hip Kits March 2019 Cardstock Kit

The Cardstock in the inspiration kit has 2 each of mint, blue, pink, yellow and 2 different whites for a total of 12 sheets so 12 tone-one-tone sheets go into my "cardstock" kit too!  It's one reason why my kit looks a tad unbalanced with too much multi colour, but when everything is mixed and blended together, it's a perfect balance, I promise!

I didn't even bother taking a photo of the reverse since I almost certainly wont be using that side.

Embellishment Add-On based on Hip Kits March 2019 Embellishment Kit

This is where my kitting started to go a bit awry. 🙈 
🎨One sticker sheet in the inspiration kit turned into...8.  
🎨One chipboard sheer turned into three, one set of Thickers and one roll of washi became two.  
🎨The bows were replaced by that box of leftover random pieces from past kits.  Surely leftovers gain me some bonus points? 
🎨Somehow that sheet of random Glitz dimensional stickers ended up there as well 🤷.

In my defense, a lot of the elements on the sticker sheets especially wont be used.  This makes my kit loo bigger than in really is.  The inspiration kits are designed as whole and several items are usually exclusive.

Pocket Page Add-On based on Hip Kits March 2019 Pocket Life Kit

I'm not currently doing Project Life (although I have plenty to catch up on), but I do use cards on layouts.
🎨I started by including that Cosmo Cricket cut-apart sheet which served as my reference for this whole kit as the basis.
🎨I also included a border cut-apart sheet also from Cosmo Cricket's Early Bird collection and the "Treat Yourself" cut apart sheet from Shimelle's Box of Crayons.  Not all the cards will work, but some will.
🎨I also pulled a bunch of random journaling cards and larger die cut cards/filler cards.
🎨The sticker sheet in the inspiration kit resulted in the same kind of problem as the embellishment kit.  One turned into...a lot!
🎨One sheet of gems became...three...but all three were partial packs!

For some reason, I don't tend to store my die cut and fussy cut flowers separately so I just pulled out the whole container to pick from as needed.  There is another ephemera pack in the inspiration kit, so the flowers are a substitute for that.  There were flowers in the two ephemera pack in the inspiration kits, but none in the die cuts I pulled out.  Flowers are a great general kind of motif.

Extras! 😳😳😳  

I really wish I didn't have to have an extras section, but it's really only due to the cake layout that set off this whole kit.  I felt there was already enough cooking themed stuff in the Cosmo Cricket papers that "wasting" space in the kit with very specific supplies just for one layout wasn't justified.

I don't always used themed embellishments, but certain topics just make me want to...like cake...and coffee!

I also may have included some extra non-themed paper that didn't make the initial cut.  I know I know...🙈🙈🙈

Here is the side of the extra paper I'm most likely to use:

and the reverse (just in case):

Well congratulations on once again reaching the end of one of my blogging marathons.

At this point (having forked for the last 7 days to pick supplies, photograph them and finish this blog post) I think I'm going to declare this kit my April-May Kit!  Now it looks a lot less disturbing (and I have made bigger kits before), so 🙌🙌🙌.

Thanks sooo much for stopping by!  I really appreciate it and please check back for actual projects made with this kit!

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Love and crazy kit collating,

09 April, 2019

TTCRD 9 April DT Project and Masking Tutorial

Hi lovelies!  Today I'm coming at you with my very first design team assignment for the Through The Craft Room Door Challenge.  This is a WEEKLY "anything goes" (any type of project and any theme) challenge with 2 design teams who alternate weeks to make projects showcasing the sponsor who often offers PRIZES!

This week's sponsor is a company called The Project Bin.  Here is a little bit about them:

The Project Bin was started because its founder, Denise Storck (a long-time stamper and paper-crafter), couldn't find a stamp that said "You are awesome sauce", so she decided to make her own! One thing led to another, and now her small business fills a niche in the card making industry for unique word art sentiments in the highest quality photopolymer clear stamps, made in the U.S.A.

Now that's something I can relate to since it's a phrase we use too!  The Project Bin are offering the winner a $15 Gift Certificate to their store!

In addition, I'm going to show you two methods of masking and watercolouring using different mediums.

As soon as I saw this cat stamp set in the shop I absolutely needed to have it!  They're not just any cats either - they're curvaceous and well nourished! 😻😻😻

My inspiration came from one one the sentiments so I knew this was a job that would require a rather lot of stamping and masking if I was going to use just two stamps to get...well at least 8 cats!

The first thing I needed to do was cut down a piece of watercolour paper to 1/4" smaller than my card front to give me a border(s).  I struggle with the size of a standard card size right after finishing with a 12x12" layout because it feels so small! 🤣 I went with 5x7" finished size.

I also wanted some people and the ones of an appropriate size and style were these postage stamps from an older Penny Black stamp set.  More masking to get rid of the frames!

I got a piece of masking film (which is just medium to low take translucent plastic with a backing so you can see perfectly through it)  and stamped one of each images with a waterproof solvent based ink like StazOn.  It takes some time to dry on the plastic so either give it time or blast it with your heat gun.

Next I cut out the cats using scissors rather than the dies since I wasn't sure whether they leave a white border.  The people were a little more complicated.  I used a craft knife to slice on the inside edge of the inner frame.  Through trial and error (mostly error 🤣) I figured it was better to cut away some of the hair than cut away too little and have a line in the way.

This could happen anyway as it did with the girl if you don't position the stamp exactly, but since she has long wavy hair we can disguise it! 👍

Now for all those cats!  The way masking works is that you mask what's in front as you add images behind.  Perfect for a stack of cats!  The first cat didn't need masking.  I used my MISTI since watercolour paper doesn't always stamp cleanly.  I used the back which was very nearly smooth, but if you prefer to paint on the side with more tooth then you can still stamp on paper way bumpier than this with the help of MISTI!

Apply the matching mask over the top of the first cat and stamp the second with some overlap so it looks as though it's a little bit behind.  Wipe down the masks before proceeding or you'll get ink all over your project (ask me how I know! 🙈).

Now move the second mask to cover the second cat (you may need to leave the first one in place too) and stamp cat number 3.  If you find you need more masks because the overlapping stamping will cover more than 2 cats, you can cut more (or I use the backing paper and tape it down because I'm all for expediency!)

Then "rinse and repeat" until you have enough cats to make you happy (are there ever enough cats?)

Once your ink is dry, grab some masking liquid or rubber cement.  Make sure you check the ingredients if you have allergies since some of these products contain latex.  Mine does.  I'm not allergic but it doesn't smell so good!

Paint over every bit you don't want the background wash of watercolour to touch.  You don't need to make it really thick, just make sure you have some coverage over all the cats and people.

It goes yellow as it dries and it doesn't take long.  I wasn't sure what it would do when exposed to the heat gun so I waited!

Using painters tape, tape down all sides of the paper to a flat surface to avoid warping.  Discover you didn't leave a large margin for said tape and regroup to formulate a new plan.  😳  Remember you have Removable Glue Dots and decide to try them.  I applied a generous amount to the back and stuck it to some scrap cardboard.

I'm using my Gansai Tambi watercolour palette simply because it has a great selection of blues and purples.  I used a medium brush with natural bristles and painted the background with water before going in with the colour.  It helps the colour spread and you can experiment with different amounts of water and different shades mixing together.

It will always dry a bit lighter and once it did I decided to go back with more paint.

Once I was satisfied (and believe me my watercolouring doesn't even come close to some other crafty ladies) it was time to peel off the masking liquid (This bit is really fun!).   It may leave a feint yellowish stain, but since watercolour paper (even very light paper like mine) is generally cream rather than white, I didn't think it made any difference.

Next it was time to paint the cats using Distress Ink.  I just smear some on a waterproof surface, add varying quantities of water and paint onto the dry cats.  Make sure the brush isn't too wet or it will bleed onto neighbouring cats.  My choice of Distress Ink was mainly due to the variety of colours especially neutrals that I had and the familiarity I have with them.  Even so, I messed up some of the cats and had to disguise them with white acrylic paint or black or whatever.  Some I'm pleased with and some not at all.  I definitely need to practice different colours of cat coats!

Eventually I got down to the little people!  First I used a very fine permanent black pen to fix any hair issues and decided on Inktense pencils.  I would have gone with Distress Markers if I had them, but the next best thing to get into tiny spaces was the pencils.  Even so, trying to shade the people to make them a little more natural was difficult.

Also, once Inktense dries, it becomes permanent ink so you can't reactivate with water.  You can layer colour or blend while it's wet, but generally you have to work quite fast.

By now my project had been glued down to the scrap cardboard for at least 2 days and been subjected to multiple layers of paint and water and plenty of heat blasting (mainly when painting the cats).  I had no idea how the Removable Glue Dots would fare after these conditions.

Time to find out! 😬

Not only this, but the paper was much flatter than I ever would have gotten from painter's tape!  Any warping while wet simply vanished after it dried.  I'm awfully impressed I have to say! 👍

And the dots peel off without a trace as if they were never there!!

The finishing touches - I chose to stick the card front to a piece of black cardstock just for a very thin border.  After my success with the temporary dots, I used Permanent Glue Dots to attach it.  Even with the super strong tape I find sometimes watercolour card fronts like to pull away.  This didn't - partly due to the removable dots helping it dry flat and partly due to the super strength of Glue Dots.

Next, I use lots of foam tape to make the card front stand out a bit and stick it to the card base.  Lastly stamp the sentiment a bunch of times so you can cut each word out individually with maximum space on either side and above/below.

Foam tape to adhere the words in a wonky way to the card and add a few sequins because let's be real - considering how much I usually pile onto my projects, this one is pretty much naked in comparison!  I hate wet glue since I'm not the most co-ordinated person, so my beloved Mini Glue Dots to the rescue!

Thanks for sticking with me to the very end!  Here is the final project in it's entirety:

I Was Normal 8 Cats Ago Card

I'm also entering this project in the following challenges:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #25
Cute Card Thursday Challenge 576
Incy Wincy Design April 1 - 13 ANIMALS
Simon Says Stamp Weds Challenge Animal Antics 
The Crafty Addicts Anything Goes/Optional - in the pink #59
Alphabet Challenge Blog A is for Animals
Penny's Challenge #424 Anything Goes 


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Love and Creative Cardmaking!