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The right time is now!

2017-06-19 22:21 | 0 kommentarer

Hello!

I started making cards back in 2005. I can´t remember what got me started in the first place, but I went to an arts & crafts store, where I purchased dark brown and white cardstock, red and white ribbon. I also bought two card making magazines for inspiration. Out of this stash I made my very first Christmas cards, post card style. I cut out shapes of gingerbread men from the brown cardstock. I glued everything together (little did I know that there were something called double sided tape at that time!) and my cards arrived at their recipients all warped... 

Almost all stamps available back then were wood mounted, and I remember thinking there were no idea for me to ever purchase a stamp as I didn´t know how to color.

I fell in love with the adorable Penny Black Hedgehog stamps though, every single one was cuter than the next. Luckily for me stickers were sold with these hedgehogs, cats and dogs and I was able to make cute cards using the stickers.

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The first coloring medium I purchased was water color pencils, and I eventually started buying my first stamps, small, simple images that got away with a minimum amount of coloring!

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The next coloring medium I came in contact with was the Polychromosos pencils. After a quick demo I decided I´d give them a try and they turned out to be perfect for me, easy to use and I liked the smooth result when blending them with gamsol. Slowly I learnt to color, by lots and lots of practice.

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Of course I read and heard about the amazing Copic markers, but quickly forgot the thought of them as a) I didn´t know how to use them and b) I knew it was going to  be costly if I did learn how to use them!

A few years ago I purchased my first Copic Markers. I did know that to get a great result you need at least a light, a medium and a dark marker of the the same color group/family, but that must have totally slipped my mind as in the store I went for one pink, one red, one blue and one purple marker...  But you learn from your mistakes, right?! I had to go back and purchase several more markers to get my "groups" of color.  Before I learnt how to color skin, I used only E11 for skin and was content with that for quite a while! Now I most often color skin tones in darkers shades. My favorite skin combo is E13-E35-V17 and R83 for the cheeks!

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Four years ago I took my first Copic Class, taught by the Copic Certified Åsa aka "scraphorse", a basic class, but I learnt so much and realized I wanted to know and learn more. The venue where this class was held was located a two hour car ride from my house (one way) and I thought it was too far away, especially when driving on winter roads. I started to look online for classes instead as it seemed convinient to take a class in the comfort of your own home, any time, day or night, and I found the Online Card Classes, coloring class "Copic Markers For Card Makers! I can´t recommend this class enough, and Sandy Allnock is a coloring Super Star!

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For quite some time now I have had my eyes on the Kit and Clowder online coloring classes after taking the free online class Alcohol Markers 101, and I said to myself I am going to sign up for a class when "the time is right", but after reading Alyce´s blog post today about Taking a Class Even When You Don't Have Time, I have decided that the time is right, now, even though I just started a new job, I feel like I don´t have enough time, I have a thousand other things I ought to do instead. But card making and coloring is one of my favorite things to do, it satisfies me, it challenges me and it makes me happy!

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Every time Kathy Raccosin announces that it is time for a new 30 day Coloring Challenge I do a little happy dance, as it encourages me to take time for me and my coloring, if only for a short amount of time every day. I don´t partcipate every day of the Challenge, as life gets in the way now and then, but every day I do participate I am so happy I did! And by signing up for one of Alyce´s classes I am taking time for me and what makes me happy! And I can´t wait to learn from her, learn new tips and tricks, challenge myself and after lots and lots of practice, hopefully I will see some improvement! I am so ready to take on the Clothing Technique Class!

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I love this Uptown Girl stamp "Ava loves to celebrate" from Stampingbella, but I really struggled when coloring her dress. I am not satisfied with how it turned out and I almost decided to add polka dots to it, to take away the focus from the coloring. This is why I start by taking the Clothing Technique Class before the Hair and Skin Technique Class And I am so much looking forward to progress when coloring this dress again, later on. One of my goals is to be able to color her dress looking all fluffy with beautiful creases and pleats!

 

Thank you for stopping by today!

  Tina

 


Hello, hooray, whoo hoo!

2017-06-14 22:44 | 0 kommentarer

Hi!

Today I share another set of mini cards!
Perfect size (8,75 x 8,75 cm) with the cutest of mini cats and dogs!

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These stamp sets from Mama Elephant are sooo much fun. The tiny cats "The little cat agenda" set and the dogs "The little dog agenda" set are incredibly cute and all of them, 20 in each set, are doing their own thing!

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As they are really small, the process of coloring is quick!

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They are all so, so cute but I think my favortite of the dogs is the little guitar player! And my favorite of the cats is probably the one carrying the cake, or the one wearing her crown and tutu! It is so hard to chose as they all put a smile on my face!

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The grass and the sky are colored with Distress Inks and the cats and dogs are colored with Copic markers! The sentiment stamps are from the "Many Everyday Messages" stamp set from Hero Arts.

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Thank you for stopping by today!

  Tina

 


Mini cards, Hi!

2017-06-11 20:22 | 0 kommentarer

 

Hello!

Sharing a super short post tonight!
I just had to make some mini cards using some of the cats from the "BB Cool Cat" set from My Favorite Things! Wanted to kind of shrink the big card I made a few weeks ago (May 16) down! 

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The cards measure 8,75 x 8.75 cm, to fit envelopes (not shown in the picture though), measuring 9 x 9 cm, made with the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board. I prefer colored envelopes but crisp white ones are perfect too! 

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The cats are colored with Copic markers. The "Hi" stamp comes together with the "Penelope has a pencil" stamp from Stampingbella. Love that tiny stamp with the powerful little word!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

  Tina

 


Tiny kitties, Birthday Card!

2017-06-07 19:01 | 0 kommentarer

Hello!

From the moment I first saw these little cuties, the tiny kitties, "Little Cat Agenda" stamp set from Mama Elephant I knew wanted to add them to my collection of stamps. Heart melting with sooo much cuteness! 

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They are really tiny, not much to color on each of them! I find them totally adorable, just look at the one wearing her little tutu! Cards made with these and sent are going to be true Happy Mail!

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As the kitties are so small I didn´t want to make their fur too busy, I decided to make a few of them the same colors.  

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Kitties are colored with Copic markers, the circle is colored with Distress Ink.

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Thank you for stopping by today!

  Tina


Flower girl, thank-you card!

2017-05-28 20:05 | 0 kommentarer

Hello!

This is actually a thank-you card. I wanted a clean and simple layout, but a card with many details! But not too busy! Crazy, huh?! Soooo.... this is what I came up with!

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Stamp used is Uptown Girl "Pippa loves to plant", from Stampingbella. Colored with Copic markers, and a white gel pen for the polka dots.

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I added strips of polka dot paper on both sides of the image, a white frame was cut out and to that I added a lot of glitter!

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I used flower punches to make the flowers, and I added shiny, fuchsia colored brads to the centers of the petals.

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I like at least two layers of petals, for dimension and for color. I carefully curl the upper petal so that you can see the the one beneath. I also like the petals to be of different colors and patterns.

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Thank you for stopping by today!

 ♥ Tina

 


Mini cards!

2017-05-25 11:52 | 0 kommentarer

Hi!

I have been making some mini cards! The size is 9x9 cm, I think that is a really good size of a smaller card, as it isn´t too small. Perfect to have some on hand, so I usually keep a small stash! 

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I like them colorful! I have chosen not to stamp any sentiments on these, as I like them to be neutral, for any occasion that may occur.

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Hedgehog stamps are from My Favorite Things, the "BB Happy Hedgehogs set".

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The tree stamp and the flower is from Reprint and the cat is from Tiddly Inks.

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I have struggled a bit when coloring these hedgehogs, but finally I am pretty happy with the colors I used this time! Copics used are E43-44-50-59 and RV 10 for the cheeks.

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The kitten is from the stamp set "BB Cool Cat", also from My Favorite Things. The cake is from the Stampingbella stamp " Bianca has a big cake", as I just needed the cake I cropped the large cake and used a smaller piece of it!

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The images are colored with Copic markers and the backgrounds are colored with Distress Inks.
I have added glitter along the edges, on the icing on the cake and cupcakes, the flowers and the sun!

 

Thank you for stopping by today!

  Tina

 


Scan N Cut!

2017-05-17 18:58 | 1 kommentarer

Hello!

My husband surprised me with the best birthday gift ever, a Scan N Cut from Brothers. I am soooo happy! I mentioned the Scan N Cut to him and discussed the different models available on the market weeks in advance to my birthday, but my intention was to purchase one myself!

What made me interested in the Scan N Cut to begin with, when reading about it online, and reading reviews is that it seems so easy to use. I am a somewhat technical person, but I want the scan and cut process to be quick and easy. This machine does not need to be hooked up to a computer, you just plug it in and go!

What I also like about it is that you can chose to cut directly along the stamped outline or have it cut 1 mm outside the outlines, leaving a white edge around the image. I guess that it can cut out small intricate parts anywhere in the stamped image too, but for now I am grateful for it to cut the outlines only!

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There are different models on the market, depending on where you live. Mine is a Swedish, European model CM900, if you live in Sweden you can find it here.

Below follows a super quick guide, roughly going through the steps I take when cutting out a stamped image!

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Make sure the space behind the machine is clear as when the machine scans, the mat goes all the way through the machine, so make sure there is nothing in its way!

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Place your stamped piece of cardstock on the mat, and load the mat.

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Scan the image.

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Chose if you want your image to be cut along the outlines or 1 mm outside the outlines.

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Cut the image.

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Unload the mat and carefully remove the images with the spatula.

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The Scan N Cut cuts images out in seconds! Yay!!!

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There are saving data options, for now I don´t save, but I do think that it is a great option.

I have just started using this cool machine and I am sure it has so many advanced cleaver features. But I am, for now, only interested in the scan and cut function. No more fussy cutting, I am in love with it already!

 

Thank you for stopping by today!

  Tina

 


CASometry Challenge 3, final stage!

2017-05-16 21:52 | 2 kommentarer

Hello!

As the last stage of the CASometry Challenge 3, randomizer came closer I was wondering what the last and secret final stage of the challenge would be! In last year´s challenge we used the same stamp set for all the five stages and for this challenge I thought we were using yet another stamp set...but to my surprise this was not the rule this time...

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  1. For this stage you have to use the same supplies you used for making one of your cards for CASometry. So just look at your cards you made for four previous stages and pick one of them and use the same supplies you used there.
  2. We are talking only about: stamp sets, dies (both coordinating and stand alone), stencils and embossing folders. They have too be the same and you need to use ALL of them. Thus, you can not remove anything from the supplies you used, and add nothing.
  3. BUT! You can use any additional embellishments and techniques you want and any coloring mediums! This is up to you!

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I finally decided to go with the cat card I made for stage 2. For this week´s card I used three of the cats from the " BB Cool Cat" stamp set from My Favorite Things, instead of one.

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I have to confess I did try it out and stamped the kittens on a scrap piece of paper before I started to work on the actual card!

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I did a lot of masking on this card and when taking a closer look I may think some of the cats should have been placed in front of another. But I was so happy when I was finished coloring all of the cats and pretty happy with how it turned out! The cats are colored with Copic markers.

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Stage 1, one random stamp set + any geometry shape!

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Stage 2, one random stamp set + using one stamp minimum 3 times!

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Stage 3, one random stamp set + embossing!

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Stage 4, one random stamp set + friendship!

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Stage 5, use the same supplies used for making one of the previous cards!

The CASometry Challenge is over for this time. As always, Anna really is making me think outside the box and sometimes I have to take small steps outside of my comfort zone as she twist every new stage with different themes or/and rules for her challenges. 

 

Thank you for stopping by today!

  Tina


CASometry Challenge 3, stage 4!

2017-05-09 19:15 | 1 kommentarer

Hello!

It´s already stage four of the CASometry Challenge 3, randomizer, hosted by lovely Anna!
This is my entry for stage 4!

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The challenge for this week is to pick 1 random stamp set + friendship.

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My pick for stage 4 is the "Doctor´s Helpers" stamp set from Create a Smile Stamps, and I chose to let these little foxes represent the "friendship", along with the sentiment "Let me know if you need something"!

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The background is created with Distress Inks which I drippled some drops of water onto! I fussy cut the foxes holding the band aid and adhered them with foam dots for some dimension. The foxes and the band aid are colored with Copic markers.

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Thank you for stopping by today!

  Tina

 


Cat tags, with lots of hearts and big hugs!

2017-05-04 22:32 | 0 kommentarer

Hello!

I have been busy making tags, tags with a lot of love, a lot of hearts and "big hugs"!
Cats, cats, cats and a few mice as well!

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The stamps I have used making these tags are from Paperie Ink as well as My Favorite Things.
I have used my two favorite kittens from both stamp sets!

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I have colored them using about five different color combinations, (with Copic markers), so they wouldn´t look too much alike! At the back of the tags I have glued card stock in a variety of different colors, to get a bright, cheerful mix, with plenty of room to write a personal message!

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Below is my favorite color combo for fur, for this little guy! I tried it on the sleppy one too but I couldn´t make it work.

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I have added a small heart, to his chest for some more cuteness and a little more love!

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I use these stamps all the time, for different projects, I never get tired of them!
The tag die is from Bo Bunny and the "Terrific tag" set.

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Thank you for stopping by today and big hugs!

 ♥ Tina

 


CASometry Challenge 3, stage 3!

2017-04-30 18:32 | 2 kommentarer

Hello!

For the third stage of the CASometry Challenge 3, randomizer, hosted by lovely Anna, I made this card...

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The challenge for this week is to pick 1 random stamp set + embossing.

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I picked the stamp set "Woodland Wonders" from Avery Elle, and decided to work with the trees and the owl for this challenge.

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I stamped the owl and the trees and heat embossed them, using gold embossing powder. My idea for this card was to get a soft,golden tone as I colored the images using different soft brown Copic markers.

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At first glance, looking at this card it can be hard to see it the actual embossing, but when tilting it a bit, the golden outlines shows perfectly.  

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I finished the card by adding a banner (from the same stamp set) with a sending hugs sentiment, also gold embossed, colored with Copic markers!

 

Thank you for stopping by, have a great day!

  Tina


CASometry Challenge 3, stage 2!

2017-04-23 12:00 | 3 kommentarer

Hello!

This is my entry for stage 2 of the CASometry Challenge 3, Randomizer, hosted by lovely Anna!
The challenge for this week is to pick 1 random stamp set + using one stamp minimum of 3 times!

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I picked the stamp set "Cool Cat" by Birdie Brown and My Favorite Things, for this week´s challenge. I choose my favorite kitten and stamped (and masked!) him five times, to get a small gang of kittens! I colored them with Copic markers.

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This is actually pretty funny, as Anna´s previous CAsometry Challenge last year was all about clean and simple, I have to admit I often struggle with keeping my cards clean, simple, one layered and so on, as I feel something is missing and they don´t seem finished to me if I don´t add layers, a flower here and there, sequins etc. I guess I am not the only one, as for this challenge she pointed out "no strong style rules this time - for many of us it´s hard to make clear CAS cards. Just make what you like". And now I have managed to make the most clean & simple cards I have ever made for both stage one and two! 

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Thank you for stopping by, have a lovely Sunday!

Tina

 


CASometry Challenge 3, stage 1!

2017-04-17 19:29 | 2 kommentarer

Hello!

This is my entry for the CASometry challenge 3, randomizer, stage 1. I have been waiting for this particular challenge, hosted by the lovely Anna!

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Some of the simple rules of CASometry Challenge 3. Randomizer:

  1. Pick a new random stamp set for every new task!
  2. This stamp should be the main focus of your card. But you can add any other supplies of your choice. They of course can be different from one stage to another.
  3. There will be five stages — four regular and one Secret Super-Final. Every stage will last one week. New stage will start every Thursday 7 am (Moscow time!) and inLinkz will be closed 5 minutes before the next stage starts.
  4. Every time will be another small additional task for every stage.
  5. No any other rules! No strong style rules this time — for many of us it’s hard to make clear CAS cards. Just make what you like.

This week´s theme is 1 random stamp set + any geometry shape

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For stage/week 1 of this challenge I picked the "Tickle my Fancy" stamp set from Clearly Besotted. I love these gorgeous feathers. I inked them up with Distress Inks, Evergreen Bough, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot. For the geometry shape I chose a square shape. I just lightly inked the edges of my square with a mini ink blending tool, to get a soft and smooth edge. 

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The sentiment stamp is also from the same stamp set. 

 

Thanks for visiting, have a great day!

  Tina


Easter-ish Pillow Box!

2017-04-11 22:54 | 1 kommentarer

Hello!

This is my first try using my new pillow box die from Lawn Fawn! This pillow box is the perfect size to fit a gift card! And so easy to use, run it through a die cutting machine and just fold and glue together.

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I have used the Penny Black stamp "From the Folks" and just cut out the chickens.

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I made the signage after watching Sandy Allnocks´ video about creating different kinds of signage, I can´t wait to try her other signage ideas!
This was super easy to make and so much fun!

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The sky and the grass was made using Distress inks, Mowed Lawn and Tumbled Glass.

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The images was colored with Copic Markers.

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Thanks for visiting, have a great day!

  Tina

 


Green & white wedding card!

2017-04-09 22:59 | 0 kommentarer

Hello!

This is a custom order wedding card, and as always with special orders it makes me think outside the box.

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There were a few requests, the front of the card in colors greeen & white, this particular stamp (purchased long ago and sorry but I don´t remenber the brand). Green, red and white hearts.
To make the inside of the card with yellow and black details.

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As I was not going to use any patterned paper on this card, I instead used the "Geometric Grid" stencil from My Favorite Things to create some interesting details using distress ink in color Moved lawn.

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The punched white flowers with green brads in their centers also added interest to this otherwise clean and simple one layer card. I always assemble the punched flowers with two sets of petals for some dimension. Some Glossy Accents were added to the small hearts!

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The image was colored with Copic markers.

 

Thanks for visiting, have a great day!

  Tina



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