Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today is one of my favorite holidays.  It’s a time to show love to those you care about, a time to be selfless and share your heart with others, and the day I grow another year older. Take a little time today to show someone in your life how much you care for them and remember how blessed you are to have those people in your life.

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This week, I joined the Color Dare Bashful, Kraft, and Gold Challenge as well as the Heart2Heart Make it From Your Heart Sketch Challenge.  If you wish to recreate this card for someone you care about, you can find the list of supplies I used at the very bottom of this post.

For the Heart2Heart Challenge we were required to create a card from one of our How-To Books.  These books are absolutely amazing!  I came across a card sketch on page 27 of the Make It From Your Heart Volume #4 book, and immediately wanted to reproduce the background for my card.  Since the Color My Heart Dare Challenge limited my colors to Bashful, Kraft, and Gold, I choose to use both sides of the Bashful cardstock and Bashful Glitter paper to create the striped background. To add even more texture, I drew stripes onto the darker side of the Bashful cardstock with our Chalk Marker.

This card is so simple to make, yet so elegant and perfect to give to a person you care about on Valentine’s Day.  I encourage you to visit each of these blogs and join in the challenges.

Don’t forget that you can SAVE up to 30% on Pink and Gold Products during the month of February.  Visit the Pretty in Pink Sale or the “Promotions” tab on my website to stock up on inks, papers, stamps, and more.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Valentine Chocolate Box

This week’s Color My Heart Dare is a Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge.  We had to use and identify the three colors in a row from the board of our choice.  I chose to make this adorable little box for Valentine’s Day that holds three Ghirardelli® chocolate squares using Glacier, White Daisy, and Heather.  Along with joining the Color My Heart Dare Challenge this week, I am venturing out and joining the Heartful Stamping and Three Amigos challenges as well.  As always, I have listed the supplies used on this project at the very bottom of this post.
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I needed to create more than one of these boxes so I chose to re-create a pattern I found online in Cricut® Design Space.  I have written quite a few posts and taught classes on how to create a box shape in Design Space using an online score board pattern.  This is what my image looked like once I created it in Design Space.
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As you can see, I inserted a simple rectangle shape, then attached score lines and cut lines where the directions indicated.  You can find a simple tutorial in Split-Coast Stampers to create the box using a score board if you would like.

I can’t always participate in challenges weekly, but enjoy how much they stretch me each time I do.  I hope that you join me in these weekly challenges or take the time to try to re-create one of these boxes.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Color Dare Valentine

It’s time to join the Color My Heart Dare Challenge! This week’s challenge is to use all and only Glacier, Charcoal, Bashful and (optional) Silver. I chose to create this whimsical Valentine’s Day card using some paper from the Chelsea Gardens and Gimme Some Sugar paper collections.  You can find a list of all of the supplies I used at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 4¼” x 5½” Card Base, 4¼” x 5½” Glacier Cardstock, 3¼” x 4½” B&T Paper (Chelsea Gardens)

Cricut Images: Pine Tree – #MD6794B, Heart – #M4289B, Banner – #M39162

Techniques Used on this Card:
• The border on the Glacier base was created using a ruler and our Chalk Marker.
• A PML Card from the Gimme Some Sugar collection was used to create the “Heart Trees”.  The outlines on the “Heart Trees”  were made using the “Write” feature in Cricut® Design Space.
• The sentiment was created on the Glacier cardstock banner using a font called “Elephant”, then a banner cut from Charcoal cardstock was layered behind.

I had so much fun creating this Valentine’s Day card.  Sometimes you just need to step  “out-of-the-box” and make something new. I hope you join me in the Color My Heart Dare weekly challenge.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Favorite Christmas Card

Sometimes you create a Christmas card you put so much love and effort into it, you don’t want to give it away.  That is the way I felt about this card.  I truly enjoy how it came about and love the end result so much that I had to share it with others.  This week, I have posted this card onto both the Color Dare – December Holiday Link Party and the Heart2Heart Christmas Critters Challenge.

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This card was designed using our Beary Christmas papers, Gold Foil Paper, and some Cricut® cuts, then stamped using Thoughtful Bird stamp set. I have used this stamp set before in a few projects.  It takes a little getting used to, but it worth the purchase.  You can use the SEARCH feature to find more projects using this stamp set.  I plan on making more throughout the year. 🙂

Even though this card was one I fell in love with, I did choose to give it away to someone special.  I can’t wait to try to make another project using the Thoughtful Bird stamp set and I would love to see any projects you have made.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Color Dare Card – Falling For You

I adore fall colors! I love their warmth and softness, so, of course, when I saw the Falling For You products, I knew they were a MUST have.  This week’s Color My Heart Dare challenge required to use of the Falling For You paper colors along with Saffron, Goldrush, and Fern plus one additional neutral color.  I chose to make this simple Thank You card along with two others using the Falling for You papers and stamp set.

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On this card, I used the Falling for You patterned paper with Espresso cardstock for the card base. The leaves were stamped with Fern and Goldrush ink, then cut out using the matching Thin Cuts. (LOVE THIS SET!)   I used the lighter side of the Saffron cardstock to stamp the sentiment.  I enjoyed this paper and stamp set so much that I made two other cards, duplicated them, and was able to make nine cards from one sheet of Falling For You paper.  (A few of them were Pinterest inspired.) Now I have a stock of Thank You cards to send to my wonderful customers. 🙂

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Don’t you just love these cards?  I am giving away this three card guide FREE to anyone who places and order on my website during the month of November. This guide will show you how to recreate all of these cards three times from one sheet of Falling For You paper.  That’s NINE CARDS that you can use yourself or give as a gift to a teacher or friend.

As always, I have listed the products used on these cards at that bottom of this post.  I hope you enjoy these Falling For You products as much as I do.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Falling For You Stamps + Thin Cuts

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Falling For You Paper Packet

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12 x 12 Espresso Cardstock

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12 x 12 Saffron Cardstock

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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Goldrush Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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My Acrylix Blocks Starter Set

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ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Golden Yellow Marker

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

Happy Heart Gift Card

I love that Close to My Heart has a line of masculine papers because I have used the Jack paper pack for many of my projects including this multi-layered thank-you card. Sadly, these papers and their accessories are only available until August 30th, so be sure to purchase them before they retire.

I created this card for the weekly Color My Heart Dare challenge which required the use of Ruby, Slate, Sapphire, Willow, White Daisy, Black with optional Silver. I will admit that the Willow color was a bit of a challenge for me on this card, but I was able to find some twine in my stash that had both Ruby and Willow allowing me to “tie” everything together and create a clean looking card.  As always, I have created a list of the products used on this card at the very bottom of this post.

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Assembly Instructions:
1. Adhere a piece of 5½” x 4¼” Sapphire cardstock to the card base.
2. Adhere the 5¼” x 4″ B&T paper to the center of the Sapphire cardstock.
3. Using an Embossing Folder, dry emboss the 2″ x 4¼” Sapphire cardstock, then adhere to the front of the card horizontally approximately 1″ from the bottom. HappyHeartGiftCard
4. With the long side at the top, score the other piece of 5½” x 4¼” Sapphire cardstock at 2¾”. Fold the cardstock in half lengthwise then adhere to the center of the card.
5. Adhere the three ¾” squares to the outside of the folded Sapphire cardstock as shown.
6. Using Black Ink, stamp the sentiment onto the White Daisy circle, then adhere the White Daisy circle to the center of the Sapphire circle.
7. Adhere the circles to the left side of the 4″ x 2½” B&T paper allowing the sides of the circles to hang over the edge slightly. Trim the circles so they are flush with the edge of the paper.
8. Adhere the 4″ x 2½” B&T paper to the center of the outside of the folded Sapphire cardstock. Add the Twine Bow and Silver Gems to the sentiment.
9. Using a 1″ circle punch, create a notch in the top of the 2½” x 2½” Slate cardstock. Using Black Ink, stamp the “Heart” image below the notch.  Wrap Twine twice around the cardstock and secure to the back.
10. Adhere to the inside of the folded Sapphire cardstock to create a gift card holder.
11. If desired, stamp a sentiment inside the card.

Don’t forget! The Jack papers and accessories are available for a
few more weeks while supplies last.  Make sure to visit my website to
order your products before August 30th. 

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Jack Paper Packet

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12″ x 12″ Sapphire Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ Slate Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylix Block

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1″ x 1″ My Acrylix Block

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Thin Cuts – Basic Circles

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Tombow Permanant Adhesive

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Micro Dots Glue Dots

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Bone Folder

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Non-Stick MicroTip Scissors

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

Paper Bird Watercolor Card

It’s time for the weekly Color My Heart Dare project and this week was quite the challenge for me.  I rarely combine cool and warm colors, yet this week we were required to use Poppy, Tangerine, Willow, Glacier, Slate and White Daisy with optional Gold. My solution was to create a “cool” look to the color palette by using our Watercolor paints and keeping the accents simple.  Using the Paper Bird stamp set allowed me to create accents with simple, uncomplicated details.  This stamp set is only available during the month of July for our Buy Two Get One FREE Stampagaza event.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” Slate Cardstock, 5¼” x 4″ B&T Paper (Script Uptown Fundamental), 4½” X 3¼” Watercolor Paper

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The “Paper Bird” image was stamped onto the Uptown Fundamental Vellum using Black Memento Ink then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.
•  The “Paper Heart” was stamped with VersaMark Ink onto State Cardstock, then heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.
•  The striped background was created with Watercolor Paints onto the 4½” X 3¼” Watercolor Paper, then was cut 1″ from the bottom after it dried.
•  The edges of the Watercolor paper and Heart Image were distressed with the Edge Distresser.


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If you are interested in purchasing them, please
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Paper Bird Arcylic Stamp Set

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Uptown Fundamentals 

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Watercolor Paints

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Paintbrush Set

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Ranger Gold Embossing Powder

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Ranger Clear Embossing Powder

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VersaMark Ink Pad

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Black Memento Ink Pad

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Edge Distresser

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4″ x 5″ My Acrylic Block

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Bonding Memories Glue

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2″ x 3½” My Acrylic Block

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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All Purpose Mat

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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Micro-Tip Scissors

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Craft Heater

Washi Wonder Medallion Card

For this week’s Color My Heart Dare challenge, we are required to use Tangerine, Sorbet, Sea Glass, Lemon, White with optional Gold from our Prickly Pear color palette. I was able to use all the colors for this week’s challenge by taking advantage of the washi tape designs on our Washi Wonder acrylic stamp set.

I am so excited that this stamp set was brought back for our July Stampaganza special. I would love to see what you create using some of our stamp sets that were specifically brought back for our Buy 2 Get 1 Free Stampaganza and join the Color My Heart Dare challenge this week.  If you wish to recreate this card, a list of the supplies used can be found at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5¼” x 4″ Sea Glass Cardstock, 5″ x 3¾” White Daisy Cardstock, 2¼” x 3¾”  Sorbet Cardstock, 2″ x 3½” B&T Paper (Floral Prickly Pear), 12″ x 1″ B&T Paper (Lemon Prickly Pear), 12″ x  ¾” B&T Paper (Sorbet Prickly Pear), 3¾” x ¾” White Daisy Cardstock

Assembly Instructions:
1. Adhere the Sea Glass cardstock onto the center of a 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base.
2. Using Sorbet, Sea Glass, Tangerine, and Lemon Ink, stamp the “Washi Tape” images onto the lower right side of the 5″ x 3¾” White Daisy cardstock.
3. Adhere the 5″ x 3¾” White Daisy cardstock to the center of the Sea Glass cardstock.
4. Adhere the 2″ x 3½” B&T Paper onto the 2¼” x 3¾”  Sorbet Cardstock, then adhere horizontally to the top of the White Daisy cardstock ¼” from the top.
5. Using the Say It All acrylic stamp set, stamp a sentiment with Black Ink onto the right side of the 3¾” x ¾” White Daisy cardstock strip. (NOTE: The Say It All acrylic stamp set is only available during our Stampaganza event.)
6. Adhere the 3¾” x ¾” White Daisy cardstock horizontally to the center of the 2″ x 3½” B&T Paper.
7. To create the medallion, first score the 12″ x 1″ B&T paper every ¼” the full length of the paper. Fold an accordion fold the entire length of the paper, then adhere the ends together to create a tube.
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8. Flatten the tube and adhere the center together.  I have found it best to cut a 1″ circle out of cardstock, place a glue dot onto the center of the circle, then place the cardstock circle onto the center of the medallion.
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9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 to create a second medallion with the 12″ x  ¾” B&T paper.
10. Layer the medallions and adhere to the card as shown, then place a small gold gem in the center.

Don’t forget that the Washi Wonder and Say It All acrylic stamp sets are available for a limited time during our Buy 2 Get 1 Free Stampaganza event. 

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Washi Wonder Acrylic Stamp Set

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12″ x 12″ Sorbet Cardstock

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Prickly Pear Paper Packet
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12″ x 12″ Sea Glass Cardstock

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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Thin Cuts – Basic Circles

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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2″ x 3½” My Acrylic Block

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Sea Glass Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Lemon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Sorbet Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Tangerine Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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Bone Folder

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

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Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors

No Worries Retirement Card

Each week, I am challenged to create something new, and often, I try to maximize my efforts.  For this weeks Color My Heart Color Dare, I found the perfect color combination for one of my upcoming Inked Background Workshop cards.   Our Sapphire, Glacier, New England Ivy, White Daisy and Desert Sand Ink colors were a perfect combination to create this Oceanside scene for a retirement card.  Can’t you just picture yourself spending the rest of your days on this beach?

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This card is part of my No Worries Inked Background Card Workshop which you can attend in July.   If you are one of my long-distance followers, you can purchase the Workshop Guide and follow the detailed instructions to recreate these relaxing scenes using our inks and sponging techniques.

This card uses our No Worries papers, which I had found to be one of the best paper packs to create with. You can find a list of the remaining supplies I used to create this card at the bottom of this post. Please feel free to ask questions about the card, my upcoming workshop, and the products used on this card.

Here’s a Quick Tip  when using our inks and sponges.  I have found that it works best to cut our Round Sponge into sixths, then attach one end of the sponge into a Binder Clip.  I have each of mine labeled with the color name on the top of the Binder Clip and they all fit into bin on my desk.  This keeps my hands a little cleaner and prevents my ink pads from getting contaminated with other colors.

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No Worries Card Making Thin Cuts Bundle
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No Worries Paper Pack
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12″ x 12″ Desert Sand Cardstock

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Round Sponge
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No Worries Inked Background

This week’s Color My Heart Dare challenge focuses on our No Worries products and required the use of Cocoa, Lemon, Smoothie, Sea Glass, Cashmere and White Daisy.  That may seem like quite the color palette, but I found it to be perfect for creating a beach sunset scene. As always, I included a list of supplies I used to create this card at the bottom of this post.

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I have had many people ask how these backgrounds are created, so I have decided that my July Workshops will focus on Inked Backgrounds.   I plan to teach how to create this card and two others.  Visit my blog throughout the month to see what projects you can make at my No Worries Creative Club Workshop.  I will also have Workshop Guides available, for those who cannot attend, explaining how to create an inked background.

Email me at misscarriectmh@gmail.com to order your $3.00 guide with detailed instructions for creating this card. As always, you will receive a FREE workshop guide of your choice with any $30 online order on my website (before shipping & tax).

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If you decide to start trying to create some amazing Inked Backgrounds, I would suggest that you get yourself an All Purpose Mat.  This tool is a time-saver when it comes to cleaning up your work surface after inking.  Your hands may be a mess, but your work surface will be clean. 😉

Don’t forget to visit my site throughout the month so that you can see more ideas using the No Worries paper pack and accessories.

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No Worries Scrapbooking Acrylic Stamp Set

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No Worries Paper Pack
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White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack

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Cocoa Exclusive Inks Ink Pad

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Cashmere Exclusive Inks Ink Pad
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Smoothie Exclusive Inks Ink Pad
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Lemon Exclusive Inks Ink Pad

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