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  • Pink vellum card. Creating shadows with die cutting

    Monday, 25 August, 2014

    Hi everybody!

    Today I want to show you a clean and simple vellum card that can be used as a party invitation.

    I have used pink vellum as my card base and I have adhered some pattern paper in the inside of the card. I love how you can see the inside paper though the vellum.


    I have created a shadow effect die cutting the sentiment twice: One with glitter card and the other with the stamped image. Then I have adhered both together but the glitter one slightly down to the left.


    Happy Monday!

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    Hola a todos!

    Hoy quiero enseñaros una tarjeta clean and simple que puede ser utilizada también como invitación a una fiesta.

    Como base de la tarjeta he utilizado papel vegetal rosa y he puesto un papel decorado en el interior. Me encanta cómo se entrevé el papel decorado a través del vegetal. Para crear el efecto de sombra en la palabra he troquelado ésta dos veces, una con la cartulina de purpurina y otra con la imagen estampada y los he pegado juntos el de abajo ligeramente hacia abajo y a la izquierda.

    Feliz lunes!



  • A feminine and romantic card.

    Sunday, 24 August, 2014








    Hi there Sizzix friends!!
    Today I have a card to share in a romantic and slightly shabby style.


    I have used one of the the frameworks dies here as well as one of the framelits sets with both stamps and dies.


    Almost no combination is as feminine and romantic as pink with light blue. I cut out my leaves from both cardstock and a patterned paper and quite like the effect of the patterned leaves.


    I like to paint on my diecut pieces with gesso. Here I have diecut a piece of chipboard and I find the gesso makes it look a little softer.

    Thank you all for looking today and for any sweet comment you like to leave me. It's so nice with a little feed back here on the blog!!

    The Sizzix products I used are: 

    Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Frameworks Die - Courtyard
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - English Garden

    Other products; Lemoncraft, Prima, Melissa Frances

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    Hej Sizzix vänner!
    Idag vill jag visa er ett kort i romantisk og shabby chic stil.
    Jag har använt en av framework diesen och ett set med tunna dies och stämplar, som heter 'English Garden'.
    Rosa och ljusblått är nog den mest romantiska kombinationen av alla. Jag stansade ut löven både i enfärgad vit cardstock och i mönsterpapper. Jag gillar jättemycket effekten av de mönstrade löven.
    jag gillar att måla på mina stansade bitar med gesso. Här har jag stansat ut från en bit chipboard med en Bigz die och tycker att gesson mjukar upp intrycket lite.
    Tack för att ni tittar in idag och för eventuella kommentarer ni lämnar mig.
    Det är så trevligt med lite feedback här på bloggen!

    Sizzix produkterna jag har använt: 

    Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Sizzix Frameworks Die - Courtyard
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - English Garden

    Andra produkter; Lemoncraft, Prima, Melissa Frances


  • "Chewing kid" layout

    Saturday, 23 August, 2014





    Hello all!

    Here is my layout with amazing Sizzix dies. There is my younger son on they photo - it was his birthday on that day and he was chewing something at the moment when I was making the photo. I like photos of this kind - they always look very "natural".






    The products I used:

    Sizzix Bigz Die - Love Gears


    Have a nuce day!!

    Olga

  • Rectangles and Squares quilt finished

    Saturday, 23 August, 2014



    Hi  everyone! How is August going ? Today I  want to show you my Rectangles and Squares quilt finished at last . It took some time sewing and quilting but I was wishing to have it on my hand finished and in some place at home. 
    The tutorial can be found in this post , just the last day in May , some more than two months ago.
    I´m  in love with this quilt because it ´s better than I hope after deciding the quilting. 










    For the back  I   added some more rectangles and squares , red fabric and  some rest of a soft beige .
    The same red looked like great as binding.








    Supplies


    658324
    Sizzix Bigz XL 25" Die - Squares, 2" Finished (2 1/2" Unfinished)

    657605 ( 659837 new code )

    Sizzix Bigz Die - Rectangle, 2" x 4" Finished (2 1/2" x 4 1/2" Unfinished)656847  Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Bigz XL 25", 1 Pair

    657900Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)



    Note:  this time I don ´t say size exactly as this is a quilt that you can sew as big as you want.

    For the top :

    White fabric 
    Print fabric 

    For the backing:

    White and print fabric
    Red fabric
    Some fabric that matches with the print  on the top.
    Light cream thread quilting

    Batting , mine it is  a mix of cotton and acrilic

    Binding :
    Red fabric






    I usually think about how to quilt a quilt when it is finished.  It´s not an easy thing everytime .  Just  look and try to " see " what it is better  or how I would like . This time I only knew I wanted  to sew  the same thing on the squares, as a " ladder ". This was a big swirl.
    You can see more pics of my quilting process in my Instagram
    Then I decided to fill the rectangles in white with continuos very little swirls, so the big ones look like pop up and I love  this effect. Don´t you ?
    Big and long swirls too for the border 

    The size is 39.5" x 44"





    It´s incredible how just simple geometric shapes can do a beautiful quilt. Thanks to Sizzix for making these useful dies !!



    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!



    Love


    Mercedes

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    Hola a todo el mundo !¿Qué tal va agosto ? Hoy quiero enseñaros mi quilt Rectángulos y  cuadrados por fin acabado. Me llevó algo de tiempo coserlo y acolcharlo . Estaba deseando tenerlo en mis manos y verlo en algún lugar de la casa.

    El tutorial lo puedes encontrar en este artículo, justo el ultimo día de mayo , hace ya algo más de dos meses. Estoy enamorada de este quilt porque ha quedado mejor de lo que esperaba después del acolchado.

    Para la trasera añadí un tira más de cuadrados y rectángulos y algo de tela roja y  un resto que tenía en un suave beige. La misma roja la usé para el biés.

    Materiales :

    658324
    Sizzix Bigz XL 25" Die - Squares, 2" Finished (2 1/2" Unfinished)

    657605 ( 659837 new code )

    Sizzix Bigz Die - Rectangle, 2" x 4" Finished (2 1/2" x 4 1/2" Unfinished)656847  Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Bigz XL 25", 1 Pair

    657900Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)
      

    Nota: Esta vez no digo ninguna medida exactamente porque es una colcha que puedes hacer  como tú quieras.


    Para el top:
    Tela blanca
    Tela estampada

    Para la trasera

    Tela blanca y estampada de nuevo
    Tela roja
    Algo de tela que  venga bien con la estampada del top.
    Guata, la mía es  una mezcla  algodón y acrílica

    Bies:
    Tela roja

    Normalmente pienso cómo acolchar  cuando está acabado. No es fácil siempre. Solo le echo un vistazo e intento “ ver “ lo que es mejor o qué me gustaría. Lo que sí sabía era que quería  hacer lo mismo en todos los cuadrados a modo de “ escalera “ reptitiendo el mismo acolchado.  Al final fue un remolino grande.
    Después decidí rellenar los rectángulos en blanco con más remolinos pequeñitos de modo que los grandes  sobresalieran. Me encanta este efecto y  ¿ a vosotros ? Puedes ver el progreso de acolchado en mi Instagram.
    Es increíble  cómo formas geométricas sencillas se puede hacer un precioso quilt. ¡Gracias a Sizzix por hacer estos útiles troqueles!

    Acolché con remolinos grandes y largos en el borde.


    La medida del quilt es 100 cm x 112cm

    Que tengas un maravilloso fin de semana.

    Cariños
    Mercedes


  • Pillow Box Owl

    Friday, 22 August, 2014

    Hello! It's Anna here to share some ideas using Sizzix products.
    Today I wanted to show you two new paper projects that are really quick and easy to make.
    I've seen a lot of these owls dressing up pillow box on the web, but I wanted to share my version that includes some dies of Sizzix Starter Kit.

    cafe creativo - big shot sizzix - owl pillow box - gufi scatolina (1)

    Can you guess what tools I used to make this fun Owl Treat Holder? To make the Boxes I use the Sizzix Pillow Box die cut and my Big Shot (I love this die)!

    cafe creativo - big shot sizzix - owl pillow box - gufi scatolina (3)

    cafe creativo - big shot sizzix - owl pillow box - gufi scatolina (2)

    To make the other parts of the owl I used the dies of Starter Kit. The hearts can also become wings or feet! Circles can become the eyes, eyelids and wings. I curled over the feet for a realistic perching look.
    In one of the two boxes I added some eyelashes and a flower to make a "she" owl. Any box-owl it was really quick to assemble. I still think these are so cute!

    Hope you like this project.
     
    Items used:
    cardstock
    patterned paper
    glitter paper
    black sequins
    button
    black marker
    foam board tape

    cafe creativo - big shot sizzix - owl pillow box - gufi scatolina (4)
     
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    Per le amiche italiane! :)

    Ciao, sono Anna e sono qui per condividere alcune idee utilizzando i prodotti Sizzix. Oggi volevo mostrarvi due nuovi lavori, che sono veramente veloci e facili da fare.
    Sul web ho visto un sacco di queste scatoline “travestite” da gufi, ma ho voluto condividere qui la mia versione, perchè include l'uso delle fustelle dello Starter Kit, che so che amate molto ;)

    Riuscite a indovinare quale forme di fustelle ho usato per fare questa divertente scatolina - bomboniera?
    Per fare le strutture delle scatole ho usato la fustella Sizzix Pillow Box e la mia Big Shot! Adoro questa fustella! E' molto versatile e può servire, non solo per fare dei bei regalini, ma anche per confezionare facilmente bomboniere fai da te.

    Per le altre parti dei gufetti, come vi anticipavo, ho usato le fustelle (Bigz, Framelits...) in dotazione con lo Starter Kit. Ci sono diverse forme base (cerchi, cuori, fiori, farfalle...) che sono utili per diversi lavori con la carta. Osservando meglio le forme base delle fustelle, i cuori possono anche diventare ali, becchi o piedi, i cerchi possono diventare occhi, palpebre, penne e ancora ali per un altro gufo. Come vedete non vi serve poi molto per comporre il tutto!
    I cuoricini che ho utilizzato per le zampette, li ho arricciati per avere un look più realistico.  In una delle due scatoline, ho aggiunto le ciglia e un fiorellino per creare una "lei". In questo modo ogni scatola-gufo è stata davvero veloce da montare. E penso che alla fine siano molto carine e simpatiche!

    Spero vi piacciano. Ciao a presto!
     
    Materiali:
    cartoncini
    carta fantasia
    carta glitter
    paillettes nere (per le pupille)
    bottone
    pennarello nero
    biadesivo spessorato

  • Birds on a line - table runner

    Thursday, 21 August, 2014

    Hello. the Festival of Quilts already seems a long time ago and Christmas projects now beckon! which feels crazy - but that's the way the deadlines work. - So before I really start thinking about Christmas - and ideas for decorations and quick gifts to make I thought I'd show you some of the table runners I made for the Festival.,
    This week I'm featuring the Birds on a line - it uses a Bigz Die - Bird w/Wing #2 by Rachel Bright - 659824http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/659824/sizzix-bigz-die-bird-w-wing-2 , which are appliqued into place -




    You can either make it using co-ordinating fabrics or use up some of those scraps you've been stockpiling.
    For the background, and backing, I used a cream on cream print - 48" x 44". Cut into 4 pieces 12" x 44". Join 2 pieces together to make a long strip, and repeat with the other 2 pieces for the backing.
    Choose your fabrics for the birds - you will need fabric 6" x 5" for each bird, and I made 14 birds.

    Before cutting the birds and wings iron a fusible web to the wrong side of the fabrics, then cut using die 659824 - I cut the birds with fabric RS and WS up so that they would face in both directions.
    Remove the backing from the fabrics and arrange along the length of the table runner, and then fuse in place. (At this point I reduced the length of the table runner to 82")
    Mix and match the wings on the birds, and fuse in place.
    I stitched the birds in place using a narrow zig-zag stitch in matching colours.



    Now as you can see I've added a binding but haven't quilted it yet - I know this is the wrong way to do things but it was the only way this table runner was going to be useable at the show!!
    I selected one of my fabrics for the binding and I cut 1 1/2" strips to give a total of 190" - I joined the pieces together to make a long strip.
    Layer up the backing, a piece of wadding 12" x 84" and then lay the top RS up and pin/tack the layers together.
    I then stitched the binding RS to the top of the runner, pressed to the wrong side, turned under a 1/4" seam allowance and slip stitched it to the back of the runner.

    So now I have to decide how to finish this - I can't make up my mind whether to create a 'washing line' for the birds to sit on - or to create 'twigs' with machine stitching.
    I'll let you know which I chose next time.
    The birds would also look good on a cushion, or pillows, and you could also make someplace mats to match the table runner.
    Or thinking about Christmas how about making some in silver fabric to hang on a tree - my ideas are now running away with me so I it's time for me to go!!!
    Have fun stitching.
    Angela

  • Holidays memories by Karine

    Thursday, 21 August, 2014

    Hello!

    Here is a pretty unusual combo for me but I must say that I loved it! I took the opportunity to scrapbook a pretty picture from our holidays.

    Supply list:

    Papers: Kési'art, 4heures37
    Cardstock: American Crafts
    Alphabet: Glitz Design, Basic Grey
    Sticker: 4heures37
    Masking Tape
    Stamps: Hero Arts, Glitz Design, Florilèges Design
    Inks: Chalk Prima,Versafine
    Others: Stabilo Pen68, charcoal

    Dies:

    658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    658518 : Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder 2PK-Pom-poms & roses set

    I wanted to scrapbook a minimalist but free style page! I started by reworking my white cardstock with my Stabilo68 felt-tipped pens and stamps!

    I partially worked on my background by printing a nice heart stamp three times with turquoise blue ink. Stamp the three patterns without withdrawing any more ink to create a gradation.
    Then I added a touch of watercolour with my Stabilo Pen68 pens! Make some doodles on a Teflon mat then add a bit of water. Withdraw some of this mix with a paintbrush and splash your background!
    Colorize directly your background with a paintbrush.
    Let it dry for a while.

    Create patterns on a soft green patterned paper with the “roses” embossing folder. Make the embossed patterns stand out by scribbling on them with a charcoal.

    Add a matching sticker, masking tape, your title and a bit of charcoal strokes!




    Have a nice day,

    Karine

    Bonjour !

    Un combo inhabituel pour moi mais qui m'a beaucoup plu je dois avouer ! J'ai scrappé pour l'occasion une jolie photo souvenir de vacances.

    Matériel :

    Papiers : Kési'art, 4heures37
    Cardstock : American Crafts
    Alphabets : Glitz Design, Basic Grey
    Etiquette : 4heures37
    Masking Tape
    Tampons : Hero Arts, Glitz Design, Florilèges Design
    Encre : Chalk Prima,Versafine
    Divers : Stabilo Pen68, fusain

    Dies utilisés :

    658300 : Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
    658518 : Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder 2PK-Pom-poms & roses set

    Envie de scrapper une page minimaliste mais patouille ! J'ai commencé par retravailler mon cardstock blanc avec mes feutres Stabilo Pen68 et des tampons !

    J'ai retravaillé partiellement mon fond en imprimant trois fois un joli tampon coeur en bleu turquoise. Ne rechargez pas votre encre et jouez sur le dégradé.
    Ensuite j'ai ajouté une touche d'aquarelle avec mes stylos Stabilo Pen68 ! Crayonnez sur un tapis téflon, ajoutez un peu d'eau et éclaboussez votre fond !
    Colorisez directement votre fond avec un pinceau.
    Laissez sécher tranquillement.

    Embossez un imprimé vert aux motifs soft avec la plaque “roses”. A l'aide d'un fusain faites ressortir les motifs embossés en crayonnant tout simplement.

    Complétez avec une étiquette assortie, du masking tape votre titre et quelques coups de fusain !

    Bonne journée

    Karine

  • Fantastic Mr. Fox

    Wednesday, 20 August, 2014

    The title of this blog refers to one of Roald Dahl's fabulous collection of children's books illustrated by the genius that is Quentin Blake. I am particularly partial to children's book illustration as is my good buddy and fellow designer Debi Potter.

    Debi and I trained as illustrators at the same time, in the same college where I specialised in cartoons and she specialised in children's book illustration which brings us neatly to my point.

    Debi has designed a range of woodland themed dies which are just adorable so if you like Die-cutting, foxes and owls you need look no further. Luckily for us Europeans it is exclusive to our region too.

    For today's post I chose the Sizzix Bigz Die - Fox Face (659910) which I have used quite a bit recently for both paper and textile based projects. I began by die-cutting the face from ivory corrugated card and some Orange patterned paper from the My Mind's Eye Collectable range. I inked the edges of the die-cut shapes and attached the corrugated card shapes in position.


    Next, I employed one of my favourite paper craft cheats by using a pattern makers wheel and marker pen to create a faux stitched effect around the perimeter of the die-cut shapes. Sometimes, life's to short to pull out your sewing machine and change the bobbin! I die-cut the nose from brown card and attached it with a 3D foam pad. I used adhesive black pearls for eyes although you can die-cut them if you prefer.
    I folded an 8 x 11 cm base card before trimming to my desired shape. Next, I applied Distress Ink to the edges to add definition and added my faux stitching.

    I wanted to make a tail, so I die-cut the fox's cheek from orange patterned card and ivory corrugated card. I trimmed off the top of the ivory card and attached it to the orange die-cut before adding the stitching.

    The next bit is all scissor work, I decided to smarten up Mr. fox by adding a collar and tie. The collar is cut from stiff ivory card and the tie from patterned paper from the Collectable range. I inked the edges and crumpled the tie before attaching both to the base card along with the assembled tail.


    And here is the finished card, Quite dapper I think?















  • Black & White Arrows

    Wednesday, 20 August, 2014

     
     
     
    I really like the look you can achieve when using embossing folders and the arrows you can emboss using one of the folders from Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Arrows & Typewriter Keys is very cool. I wanted to create a card that show cased the arrows and this is what I came up with:
     
     
     
    The design is very simple: I simply cut a piece of paper a little smaller than a standard A2 card and ran it through the Big Shot using the Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Arrows.
     


    Once I had done that I curled up each of the corners slightly because I wanted my card to have even more dimension than what you get when using embossing folders.
     


    I wanted to add some stitching and I needed it to be very precise. That need led me to using the smaller rectangle die from Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Basics as a stencil: I placed the die in the middle of the card and lightly traced around it with a pencil prior to machine stitching with a black thread. Once I was done sewing, I carefully erased the pencil lines.



    To fit in a sentiment I die cut a label using one of the dies from Thinlits Die Set 12PK - Ornate Labels, stamped my sentiment in the middle of the label, added some enamel dots as decoration and finally mounted the label on the card using foam adhesive.

    Supply list:
    Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Arrows & Typewriter Keys
    Thinlits Die Set 12PK - Ornate Labels
    Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Basics
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Cardstock
    Stamp (Lawn Fawn)
    Enamel Dots (My Mind's Eye)
    Thread
    Ink (VersaFine)

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    Jeg kan rigtig godt lide det look, man kan opnå, når man bruger embossingfoldere, og de pile der kan laves med en af folderne fra Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Arrows & Typewriter Keys er rigtig cool. Jeg besluttede derfor at lave et kort, hvor pilene var hovedmotivet.

    Jeg har anvendt et ret enkelt design, hvor jeg skar et stykke hvidt papir ud, som var lidt mindre end et A2 kort, hvorefter jeg løb det igennem Big Shot'ten med Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Arrows.

    Da jeg havde embosset papiret, valgte jeg at krølle hvert af de fire hjørner lidt, fordi jeg gerne ville have endnu mere dimension på kortet.

    For mig er syning en af de fineste detaljer, man kan bruge på papirprojekter, og jeg ville naturligvis også have en syet detalje på dette kort. Det var vigtigt for mig, at syningen blev meget præcis, hvilket ledte mig til at bruge den lille rektangulære die fra Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Basics som skabelon. Jeg placerede dien midt på kortet, tegnede forsigtigt rundt om den med blyant, syede oveni blyantstregerne, og til sidst viskede jeg blyantsstregerne væk.

    For at få plads til en hilsen på kortet, udstansede jeg en label fra Thinlits Die Set 12PK - Ornate Labels, stemplede teksten midt på og dekorerede med nogle enamel dots. Slutteligt monterede jeg labellen på kortet med 3d-puder.

    Ingredienser:
    Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2PK - Arrows & Typewriter Keys
    Thinlits Die Set 12PK - Ornate Labels
    Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Basics
    Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
    Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (Powder Blue & Teal)
    Karton
    Stenmpler (Lawn Fawn)
    Enamel Dots (My Mind's Eye)
    Sytråd
    Sværte (VersaFine)
    

  • Hello my friend

    Wednesday, 20 August, 2014

    Hello to everyone:)  Today I want to show you this card I made using my new dies.


    Sizzix products:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900
    Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Overall Patterns 659758
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK - Enchanted 659702
     
    Other products:
    Pion Design papers; Vintage Garden, Sweet Baby
    white cardboard
    Archival Ink - Jet Black
    3d pillow
    glue
    fastener
    cement board seam tape

    How to do: 
    1. Cut the cardboard size 10 cm × 14,5 cm. Take the piece of cement board seam tape and attach it on to the cardboard.
    2. Stamp the flower and leaves and cut them using set Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - English Garden 659526.
    3. Cut the wire using die Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Overall Patterns 659758,  tear the piece off and fasten on to the card using fastener.
    5. Stamp and cut the sentiment using  Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK w/Stamps - Hello 659464
    6. Make the card ready combinig all the embellishments like picture above.  Glue the leaves and use 3d pillows for flowers.
     
    Happy crafting,Minna
     
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    Moi, tällainen kortti tänään:)
     
    Sizzix tarvikkeet:
    Sizzix Big Shot Machine 657900Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Overall Patterns 659758
    Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK - Enchanted 659702
     
    Muut tarvikkeet:
    Pion Design paperit: Vintage Garden, Sweet Baby
    valkoinen kartonki
    Archival Ink muste - Jet Black
    3d tyynyjä
    liimaa 
    nitoja
    saumausteippiä

    Kuinka teet tämän kortin:
    1. Leikkaa kartonki kokoon 10 cm × 14,5 cm. Ota pala saumausteippiä ja kiinnitä kartonkiin.
    2. Leimaa ja leikkaa kukat ja lehdet käyttäen Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK w/Stamps - English Garden 659526.
    3. Leikkaa verkko käyttäen stanssia Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Overall Patterns 659758 ja ota siitä palanen ja kiinnitä korttipohjaan.
    4.Leikkaa kehys käyttäen stanssia Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK - Enchanted 659702.
    5. Leimaa ja leikkaa teksti käyttäen Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK w/Stamps - Hello 659464.
    6. Tee kortti valmiiksi kooten kaikki koristeet. Liimaa lehdet ja kiinnitä kukat 3d tyynyillä.

    Terveisin,Minna


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