March Kit of the Month

Celebrate the coming of spring as you record family memories of Easter, Mother’s Day, and more with my March Kit of the Month.  This kit features our New Gimme Some Sugar papers and is titled “Family Memories”.  Each month, I offer a two-page scrapbook kit that is pre-cut and easy to assemble featuring some of our beautiful designer papers.  Each kit is mailed directly to you, once a month, and includes everything you need to complete the layout.

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My Family Memories kit includes a detailed full-color assembly guide, cardstock, designer Gimme Some Sugar papers, Bashful Glitter paper, Cricut® die-cuts, and Gimme Some Sugar Cork shapes. You will need just a few basic supplies to assemble the kit, then add your photos for a completed layout.  Have more photos to display?  You can use our Pocket Plus Memory Protections Design 2 to add some additional photos in the center or add even more photos with our 4″ x 6″ Flip Flaps or 3″ x 4″ Flip Flaps.  If you have never used these products, write me a comment below and I will show you a few examples of how you can use them.  They are awesome products that help you add even more photos to a layout!

*Price does not include shipping costs.  You can save on shipping costs by picking-up your kits or by receiving your kits quarterly.

**Layout Guide is available by requests for yearly subscribers only.

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Love Letter Tips & Tricks

This month’s Love Letter’s Kit is a wonderfully designed kit that includes a sturdy chipboard letter base, rose gold accents, die-cut floral embellishments, and letter stickers for customizing.  For this week’s Tuesday Tutorial, I wanted to show you a few ideas for displaying your Love Letter, as well as a few tips and tricks for creating.

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I simply adore it the Welcome Sign I designed for my craft room door. I was able to attach the chipboard letter to a frame my husband created and added few of the paper flowers from the kit that would match the decor in my craft room. The “established” wedding gift uses a shadow box, Love Letter Kit, and some vinyl for a simple, yet elegant home decoration.  Since I was unsure of the couples future decor, I choose to use the grey flowers and the succulents from the kit to decorate the sign.

Both of these projects were simple to create and are a great way to display the Love Letter kit. You can choose to hang your Love Letter kit as is or add it to a frame or shadow box.  There is an awesome Facebook page that you can visit full of display ideas.

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I am excited by the fact that this kit comes with more flowers, succulents, and letters than you could possibly need. I used the leftovers to create these cute little pots of flowers.  You can use those leftovers on cards, scrapbook pages and more. Close to My Heart posted some great ideas for those leftovers this past week.

These amazing Love Letter kits can also be used together to spell out a whole name or word, which is why if you buy five letter kits, you can choose a sixth kit FREEWhen your Love Letter Kit(s) arrives, here are a few tips and tricks that will help you as you assemble your artwork:

  • Each kit comes with a simple set of instructions to follow.  You can also view the amazing video Close to My Heart has created showing how to assemble the kit.
  • The paper is best adhered down to the chipboard with a tape runner or a thin layer of glue that covers the entire chipboard letter.  This will prevent any “glue-lines” from showing through the decorative paper.
  • You can choose to add stamped images or additional patterned paper to your letter design.  On my Welcome Sign, I chose to randomly stamp grey dragonflies onto the white portion of the letter to give it a more individualized look.
  • If you want to change the color of the flowers, you can sponge them with ink, paint them with watercolors, or add glitter like I did with our Shimmer Brushes.
  • Use a sponge dauber to ink the edges of each petal and add even more dimension.  You can use a matching ink or use a grey or brown ink for a rustic/vintage feel.
  • To make the flowers even more three dimensional, use a 3D Foam Dot between every other layer of petals/leaves.
  • Our quilling tool is a must have for this project.  This will help to create the bent flower petals, rolled succulent centers, and curled leaf tips.
  • Use some of your left-over embellishments for the flower centers. I used Black and White Dots on the centers of my flowers. (I glued on my embellishments.) The heart on the wedding gift came from some of my left-over Chelsea Gardens Complements.
  • Make sure to use a good adhesive so that your creation does not come apart while on display.  I used both liquid adhesive and hot glue on my projects.
  • This kit comes with three banners and plenty of letters for you to use.  I found it best to begin in the center of the word(s), and using our tweezers (extremely helpful), add the letters to slowly  working my way out from the middle.  I used foam tape under my banners to give them more dimension.

You are only limited by your imagination on this project.  Our Love Letters kits are worth purchasing for yourself or to give as a gift, but they are only available while supplies last until January 31st.  You can also receive your choice of letter kit free by hosting a qualifying party in January or by signing up to be a Consultant!

Make sure to visit the promotions tab on my website to order your Love Letters kits before the are gone.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Bloom & Grow Layout

Throughout the month of January, I have been creating projects that you can make using our Bloom and Grow stamp of the month.  This week, I created a gorgeous layout using our Artistry Cricut® Collection and our Fundamentals papers.  I am truly in LOVE with this layout and so excited to share how I created it in Cricut® Design Space. As always, you can find the list of supplies used on this project at the very bottom of this post.

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I am often asked how I determine the size of the images when I am creating a layout.  Some people like to sit with a ruler, size and re-size, cut and re-cut, and, after much wasted time and paper, they have a layout.  Well, I am a cheapskate and a lazy crafter.  I like to spend the least amount of time and paper when creating.  So, here are a few tips for creating images for your scrapbook layouts in Cricut® Design Space:

  • I had already designed the space where my flowers were going to go on my layout, so I created those images in Design Space by inserting SHAPES sized to the exact size of the paper on my layout.  I will not be cutting these out on my Cricut®, but simply using the images as a reference for the flower images I will be adding. (NOTE: Before cutting out your final images, HIDE or DELETE these shapes so that they do not cut.)
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  • After looking at the floral IMAGES I owned, I decided on these flowers from our Artistry Collection.  I like choosing images from the same collection or designer because they often have the same “feel” to the design.
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  • I placed my flowers around the photo mat, resized and flipped as needed, then decided on color shades.  Since my layout consists of Charcoal and Glacier, I decided to use the darker side of the Charcoal and White Daisy.  I love using the COLOR SYNC feature for this step.  I can simply drag and drop images into the color slots.
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  • This is what my design looked like once I was finished.  Having those background images helped to make sure the size ratio was on point and gave me a good overall view of what my layout would look like.
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Of course, my finished layout looked a little different.  Once I added the stamped image, I decided that I didn’t like the flowers competing.  Remember, the Bloom and Grow stamp set is only available until January 31st!  Visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.  Visit my blog each week for more ideas and tutorials.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Stamps
Bloom & Grow Stamp Set

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12 x 12 Charcoal Cardstock

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Glacier Cardstock

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Artistry Cricut Collection

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White Pearls

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Basics Fundamental Paper Packet

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Cricut® Air 2

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Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet

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Basics Ribbon Pack

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Chalk Marker

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VersaMark Ink Pad

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Ranger White Embossing Powder

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Craft Heater
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4 x 5 My Acrylix Block
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3 x 3 My Acrylix Block
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Micro-Tip Scissors
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SureCut Deluxe Paper Trimmer
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Thin 3D Foam Dots
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Quick & Easy Floral Card

Sometimes you need a last minute card and it can be difficult to find a design that doesn’t take tons of time or try your patience.  The whimsical flowers in the Live, Laugh, Love Stamp of the Month are perfect for this kind of card making project. This week, I joined the Color My Heart Dare Challenge and found the bright colors to be a perfect addition to my quick & simple card.   As always, I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this card at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 2¼” x 4¼” B&T Paper (Raspberry Adventure Fundamentals), 2” x 4¼” B&T Paper (Lagoon Adventure Fundamentals), 1¾” x 4¼” White Daisy Cardstock, 2″ x 2″ White Daisy Cardstock (for stamped images)

Assembly Instructions:
1. Using Blossom Ink, randomly stamp the “Flower” image onto the White Card Base.
2. Using Black Ink, stamp the sentiment onto the right side of the 1¾” x 4¼” White Daisy Cardstock. Wrap the Pink Twine around the bottom of the White Daisy cardstock and secure to the back.
3. Layer the 1¾” x 4¼” White Daisy Cardstock onto the center of the 2” x 4¼” B&T paper, then onto the center of the 2¼” x 4¼” B&T paper.  Place the layered paper onto the card as shown.
4. Using Black Ink, stamp the “Four Petal Flower” image onto the 2″ x 2″ White Daisy cardstock.  Create a mask of the flower, then stamp the “Leaf” images using Black Ink.
5. Using a Blending Pen, shade in the “Four Petal Flower” image with Raspberry ink.
6. Using a Blending Pen, shade in the “Leaf” images with Lagoon ink.
NOTE: A Blending Pen is the perfect tool to use if you want your images to match your papers.  Just add ink to the well of an ink pad, dip the end of the Blending Pen into the ink, then shade the images just like you are using a marker. 
7. Cut out the stamped images and attach to the left of the sentiment using Thin 3D Foam Tape. Adhere a large Black Dot to the center of the “Four Petal Flower”.
8. If desired, add a sentiment to the inside of the card.

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Live, Laugh, Love Acrylic Stamp Set

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Adventure Fundamentals

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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Adventure Ribbon Pack

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Happy to Be Friends Acrylic Stamp Set

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Blending Pen

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Raspberry Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Blossom Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Lagoon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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5½” x 4¼” White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block

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Black & White Dots

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2″ x 3½” My Acrylic Block

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Thin 3D Foam Tape

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Micro-Tip Scissors

SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

3L EZ Dots Adhesive

 

Live Beautifully Mother’s Day Card

Close to My Heart has outdone themselves for National Scrapbooking Month. The Live Beautifully collection has an awe-inspiring paper pack and acrylic stamp set that I used to create some beautiful Mother’s Day cards.  This week, I joined the Live Beautifully Color Dare challenge with this gorgeous basket weave card. During the month of May, Color My Heart Dare has challenged paper crafters to use this breathtaking Live Beautifully collection.  If you wish to create this card, I have  included a list of the products I used to at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 8½” x 5½” Sea Glass Cardstock, 3¼” x 5½” B&T Paper (I used Black Rose), 1¼” x 5¼” B&T Paper (I used Gold Rose), ½” x 5¼” B&T Paper (I used Gold Zip-Strip), 1¼” x 4” B&T Paper (I used Pink Ombre), 3″ x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock

Assembly Instructions:
1. Fold the 8½” x 5½” Sea Glass Cardstock at 4¼” to create the card base.
2. Place a template over the folded edge with slash marks facing down, secure it in place, then cut on all lines.   NOTE: I recreated the template in Cricut® Design Space so that I could use it again in the future.
3. Cut the bottom triangle off and set it aside. DO NOT THROW THIS AWAY.
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4. Open the card and lay it flat with the outside of the card facing up. Working on the outside of the card, fold every other triangle down, and tuck it under the one below.
5. Adhere the triangle cut from the bottom of the card to the top and tuck the end under.
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6. Adhere the 3¼” x 5½” B&T paper to the front of the card.
7. Cut chevrons into the shorter ends of the 1¼” x 5¼” B&T paper and the ½” x 5¼” B&T paper, then adhere to the card as shown.
8. Cut a chevron into the shorter end of the 1¼” x 4” B&T paper. Using Black Ink, stamp the sentiment, then adhere the paper strip to the card.
9.  Using Pixie Ink, stamp the “Rose” image onto the White Daisy cardstock.  To create the shaded look, I used the Bubblegum and Sorbet Watercolor pencils on the stamped image.
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10. Using Sea Glass Ink, stamp the “Leaves” image onto the White Daisy cardstock. I shaded the leaves using the Ocean Watercolor pencil.
11.  Adhere the “Leaves” and “Rose” images to the card using a Glue Pen and Thin 3D Foam Tape.
12.  Add a sentiment to the inside of the card if desired.

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Live Beautifully Paper Pack

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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Sea Glass Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Pixie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

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2″ x 3½ My Acrylic Block

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3″ x 3″ My Acrylic Block

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Micro-Tip Scissors
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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
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Sweet Spring Basket

Do you need a quick, last minute treat for your Easter table? Do you enjoy giving little gifts to your co-workers and friends? This little Spring Basket using our Some Kinda’ Wonderful paper, is the perfect project for you.  I was able to create this project in under 20 minutes, fill it will candy, and send it on its way.  You can personalize this project by adding a cute name tag or gift card.  I will be posting ideas for Easter treats all week so be sure to visit often. At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this project.
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Assembly Instructions:
1. Cut the Cupcake Wrapper and Circle from the B&T paper using the Cricut® shape cuts listed below. NOTE: I was able to cut out three per 12″ x 12″ sheet.
2. Assemble the Cupcake Wrapper, then apply liquid glass (or hot glue) around the bottom edge.  Immediately, place the glue side down onto the Circle shape to create the base of the basket.
3. Cut a ½” x 8″ strip from B&T paper.  Adhere the strip to the  inside of the wrapper as shown to create the handle.  Staple the ends in place. (Our mini stapler is perfect for this!)
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4. Tie two  2″ pieces of ribbon into a decorative knot, then adhere to the sides of the basket to hide the staples.  Trim the ends if needed.
5. Using the measurements below, cut out the Daisy shape from Raspberry cardstock.
6. Assemble the Daisy by layering the flowers largest to smallest. To curl the petals, use a bone folder or a quilling tool on the tips of the petals.  You can also add dimension to the flower by placing small strips of Thin 3D Foam tape between the layers.
7. Add a Black Dot to the center of the flower.
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8. Using the measurements below, cut out the Leaf shape from Willow cardstock. Adhere the Leaf to the back of the Daisy, then attach the flower to the side of the basket.
9. Fill with candy, trail mix, or gifts. Add a personalized name tag, if desired, and give to someone you care about.

Cricut® Shapes: 

Artiste
4” Accent 3 <Cupcake Wrapper #M3FEB3> (cut 1, p. 73)
2″ Card <Insert Circle Shape> (cut 1, p. 48)

Flower Market
3” Daisy <Daisy #MFADCF2> (cut 1, p. 46)
.75″ Shift+Rose <Rose #MFAD8CB> (cut 1, p42)

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Mini Stapler 

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Bone Folder
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Liquid Glass

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SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
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Tea-rriffic Mother’s Day Card

The Tea-rriffic Stamp of the Month is the perfect set to have for creating Mother’s Day cards.  This week, I paired the stamps with our Heart Thin Cuts (currently 25% off) to create this fun card for Mother’s Day.   I’ll be sharing project ideas throughout the month with this stamp set, so be sure to visit often.  At the very bottom of this post, I’ve included a list of the products I have used to create this card.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” B&T Paper (I used Adventure Fundamentals), 5¼” x 4″ White Daisy Cardstock, 3¾” x ½” B&T Paper (I used Adventure Fundamentals), 3½” x ½” B&T Paper (I used Adventure Fundamentals), 4″ x 4″ White Daisy Cardstock, 3″ x 1½” Vellum (I used Uptown Fundamentals)

Assembly Instructions:
1. Adhere the 5½” x 4¼” B&T Paper to the front of the card base.
2. Using Thin 3D Foam tape, adhere the 5¼” x 4″ White Daisy Cardstock to the center of the B&T paper.
3. Cut a chevron into one of the shorter sides on both of the ½” B&T paper strips. Layer the B&T paper strips onto the bottom of the 5¼” x 4″ White Daisy Cardstock.
4.  Using the Black Pigment Ink pad, stamp the “Mother’s Day Teacup” and the “Teabag” images onto the 4″ x 4″ White Daisy Cardstock, then sprinkle on Clear Embossing Powder and shake off extra.  Heat with heat gun until it is embossed. NOTE:  Use a small paint brush to brush off any unwanted embossing powder before heating.
5. Using ShinHan Markers, color the “Mother’s Day Teacup” and “Teabag” images, then cut them out. Note: I did not cut out the handle of the teacup. I am lazy sometimes. 🙂 teacupcoloring

6. Using a Piercing Tool or small hole punch, create a hole in the “Teabag” image. Thread a piece of White Twine through the hole and create a knot at the end.
7. Using the Small Heart Thin Cut, make three small hearts from the vellum. (I am so excited that these are 25% off this month!)
8. Adhere the “Mother’s Day Teacup”  and the “Teabag” onto the card, as shown, using 3D Foam tape. To create the “rising hearts”, fold each heart in half and adhere to the card by placing a strip of Liquid Glass on the fold, then adhering to the card. Liquid Glass can also be used to hold the “Teabag” knot in place on the teacup.

Stamps
Tea-rriffic Acrylic Stamp Set

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5½” x 4¼” White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack

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Adventure Fundamentals

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Uptown Funudamentals

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12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock

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Basics Exclusive Inks Mini Pigment Pads Set

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Ranger Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder

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Craft Heater

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White Twine

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Piercing and Embossing Tool Kit

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ShinHan Touch Twin Peacock Green Marker

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ShinHan Touch Twin Turquoise Blue Marker

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ShinHan Touch Twin Cherry Pink Marker

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ShinHan Touch Twin Colorless Blender Marker

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Marker Roll-up

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2″ x 2″ My Acrylic Block
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Liquid Glass
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Thin 3D Foam Tape
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Thin Cuts – Basic Hearts
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3″ x 3″ My Acrylic Block
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Micro-Tip Scissors
 
SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
 
3L EZ Dots Adhesive