Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Butterflies Are Free

One of my favorite images to use for cards are butterflies.  I purchased a new stamp set this weekend from Stacy Stamps Butterflies Are Free and had  to use for this card. I used the sketch from Flutter By Wednesday for my layout  but flipped the design to fit the stamp design.  I used Memento Potter's Clay ink and stamped on a yellow card stock and trimmed the image to fit on a card base of a lighter yellow. The single butterfly was stamped on a circle with the same ink and layered on a darker circle. Colored the wings with Memento markers.  Used a sentiment from Flourishes and added some Dewdrops to complete.
I am making this a quick post because the sun is shining and I am anxious to get outside.

Enjoy your day.
I enjoy all your comments. Thank you. Theresa

Monday, April 29, 2013

Masculine Birthday Seizes Approval

 Today I am playing in a new challenge to me - Seize The Birthday -which is a sketch challenge shown lower left.  This week we are to make masculine cards.  I used a sailing image from Flourishes Beach Life set. I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white CS, colored with Copics and Memento Summer Sky for the sky. and cut with Nesties Oval Die. I attached strips of a stripe pattern paper from GKD Poolside pad to the card base of GKD Navy CS. Stamped the sentiment from Flourishes with Versamark and embossed with White EP. I added a strip of Twill Ribbon from stash and attached the image with foam tape to pop up a bit. Finished with white star brads.  Also did some embossing on the navy base with Cuttlebug Wicker Weave Border EF for some texture.
This card received my DH's stamp of approval for a masculine card.
Seize the Birthday: Masculine card with their sketch
Cupcake Craft Challenge: Theme is All at Sea
Simon Says: Anything Goes
Crafty Ribbons Challenge: Anything Goes With Ribbon-used twill ribbon for a masculine touch

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Spring Blossoms

Welcome to my studio!  Yesterday I went to Adventures in Stamping at Akron and enjoyed seeing new products, creative ideas, and friends.  And of course I had to buy some new toys. At Repeat Impressions I said hello to Wendy who is behind those great challenges at The House That Stamps Built.  I bought their stamp Spring Blossoms which I used for the card posted here.  Love this stamp because it has 3 of my fave flowers. I used her sketch to create this card for What If? Wednesday Sketch Challenge #A1713.  I stamped the flowers on a white CS with Memento Espresso Truffle and colored with Copics and then trimmed to a triangle shape leaving the petals to spill beyond the edges. I used a GKD Green Grass Card stock for the card base embossing the front with a  Darice embossing folder Flower Frenzy (bought yesterday). I added a panel of SU Brilliant Blue CS and the image of Spring Flowers.  To finish I added a sentiment stamped with Versamark and embossed with Green EP.  This was cut with a Spellbinders Fancy Tag die.  Added a bit of bling from stash.
Copics: B21,24,26, BV0000,04,08, G0000, 21,82, Y000,06,11, YR02
Wishing you all a great day!
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

A Baby's Smile

This is  a second entry for this week Sugar Creek Hollow challenge to make a vintage card with the theme Baby Face.  I found this image in my search for baby images at Creative Joy-Scrapglede  and just had to make a card with it using items from my stash of old scrap booking supplies that I had laying on the desk from my earlier card.  I added distressing with distress inks and distress tool and added ribbons, button, and lace to finish. The stamped sentiment is from GKD and stamped in Memento  Espresso Truffle ink.  All supplies from stash.

Other Challenge:
Crafty Ribbons: Anything Goes with Ribbon
Fussy and Fancy Friday: Vintage

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Celebrate Every Day

I was thinking of the color emerald when I made this card using the sketch shown from Annabelle Stamps challenge. It turned out to be some what monotone but I thought the elements tied together well.
Annabelle Stamps Challenge: Sketch ac161
Alphabet Challenge: E is for Emerald---this was my color inspiration
Whoopsi Daisy: Use circles

Stamps: Annabelle Whimsy Flowers, Squared Posies (Sentiment)
Papers: All from stash
Decorative Doily Circle....from a friend...do not know maker of die
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Versamark
EP: Black
Copic: G05
Cuttlebug EF Swiss Dots: Sanded dots to reveal white
Nesties Circle Dies
Green Rhinestone in center of image-from stash

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Lacy Dress for a Good Time

I have been trying to think what to make for Joan's Garden Challenge which is: make a Girly card  
 using pastel colors, lace, one bow, flowers, and at least one product from Joan's Gardens. I finally created this card today making a girly dress from a doily.  I learned how to make the dress at my stamping club when Brenda shared it with us. Instead of making it with a purchased doily I cut my own doily with Cheery Lynn Die called French Pastry...it cuts a 4" design which is perfect for this. (Cheery Lynn dies can be purchased at Joan's).  The skirt was made with Pink CS and the bodice was part of another pink doily lined with white CS and colored with Sukura Clear Star pen for some glitter.  I added a band of ribbon at the waist and added a bow.  To assemble the card, I used a card base of Pink CS layered with a mat of Yellow CS and then added a layer of Floral Pattern Paper from MME pad, then a strip of Dot Paper from same pad. Added a lace from stash that I colored with Pink Copic.  A strip of embossed silver Metallic (CB EF Victoria) and a Scallop Oval in the same Metallic were attached to the card.  I centered the doily dress on the oval and finished with a Prima Rose and sentiment embellishment from stash.  All solid cardstock was purchased at Joan's Garden.  I used the sketch from Sweet Sunday Challenge for my layout.  This was the second card that I made with this sketch which I really liked.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Guess Who This Baby Is?

Morning! I have a fun card to share today.  This week the challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow is BABY FACE and they want us to make vintage or shabby chic baby cards .  I searched the web for vintage baby pictures to use and found several great ones.  But when I told my DH what I was searching for, he said why not used the baby picture on our dresser?  Duh! Why did I not think of that picture.....it is surely vintage enough. (Sorry, DH).  The baby boy is my DH and he remembers having the picture made and the little dog that he is holding.  He was not a happy little guy about posing and was fussing and crying. The photographer gave him the dog to hold and that calmed him down enough to sit still and smile for this adorable photograph. This was a little moment in his life but a treasured memory.

Back to my card.....after scanning the picture and printing on card stock, I trimmed the picture with an oval die and aged the image a bit more with Distress Ink Antique Linen.  I assembled the card with a sand color card base and pattern papers background  that I distressed with ink and distress tool.  I placed the image on a scallop oval mat and added  punched bears, buttons, ribbons, duck embellishment and stickers. The baby theme papers, stickers, and embellishments were found in some  leftover stash from scrap booking days.  Everything used in this card was from my collection of supplies.

Sugar Creek Hollow: Theme is Baby Face
Clear It Out Challenge: Theme: anything goes.   Stash: 2 or more buttons

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Cheery Pansy in Purple

Today I played making Pansies with Cheery Lynn's Build a Flower Dies.  I was inspired to do so after seeing Selma's great tutorial on making pansies seen on her blog Selma's Stamping Corner  here.
Thanks to Selma for her tutorials. After making this pansy, I decided to create a card for Cheery Lynn Design Challenges Pretty in Purple.  I used a glossy white base card, added a mat of purple, topped that with a ribbon, and then added a doily of white, and finished with the purple pansy and butterfly.  I used a sentiment from Flourishes. 

Cheery Lynn Design Challenge: Pretty in Purple
Flutter By Wednesday: have a sentiment on the front of your creation and don't forget to add your butterfly or fairy.

Dies: Cheery Lynn Build A Flower #1 and #2,  Small Butterfly, Kiwi Doily
Papers: White Glossy CS, Plain White CS, Bazzil Texture Purple, Light Purple bought from Joan's Gardens, Scraps of Yellow and Green
Purple Ribbon from Collection
Stamp: Flourishes "Spring Has Sprung"
Inks: Memento Grape Jelly
EK Success Corner punch

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Vintage Hat with Ombre Ribbon

Welcome!  I am posting a quick card for Sugar Creek Hollow and other challenges.  The challenge at SCH is to make vintage and shabby chic cards with rubber stamping - no digi stamps.  My card is made with stamps from All Night Media from Anna Griffin using the vintage hat and sentiment stamps.  I used the layout from Sweet Sunday sketch to create.  I  added  an ombre ribbon that I had in my stash and distressed with Wild Honey distress ink to give a vintage look.

Sugar Creek Hollow: Use a Stamp
Our Creative Corner: Fashion and Style
Sweet Sunday: Use sketch #182-shown below
Oldie but  a Goodie: Make it girly- Used old stamps from a garage sale several years ago
Fussy and Fancy: Vintage

Stamps:All Night Media Anna Griffin
Papers: Ivory CS, Pattern Papers Graphics 45from A Ladies Day Collection Paper Pad
Inks: Memento Peanut Brittle and Toffee Cream,  Distress Ink Wild Honey
Copics: Assorted
Ribbon: Ombre with gold wire from stash
Dies: Nesties Circle and Beaded Circle
Bling: Annabelle Sprinkles

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Monday, April 15, 2013

On the Beach

Second Post Today:
This is the last of my Items from around the House series.  I was surprised how many items there are to use from just the kitchen...I coud have done more....what about coffee filters, cooking twine, foil, wax paper, endless possibilities.  I created this CAS card using a cupcake liner and toothpicks creating an umbrella for a simple beach scene. Tore a strip of tan Card stock and place on Ombre Blue Card stock that I printed  to create the background. Stamped the chair from Flourishes Beach Life with versamark ink on white and embossed with white EP and cut out. I attached the chair over the same image that I stamped on the card with Memento Toffee Crunch ink and stamped the sentiment with the  same. This was attached to the card base of glossy White CS and I attached the umbrella made of a cupcake liner and 2 toothpicks.  I decided to leave the umbrella the neutral color as this is what I had but there are many colorful liners to be had.

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More Teabags

Hello!  I made this card for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday #215- Around the House- use items found around the house on your creation.   This card was made with a Flourishes stamp set Humming Along using Lipton teabags. I stamped the Hummingbird and sentiment with Memento Espresso Truffle ink on a card stock that I printed with ombre coloring in blues. Check out Sweetly Scrapped post for more ombre colors.  I then stamped the branch with Memento Bamboo Leaves ink.  I made flowers with empty teabags...experimented until I had the shapes that I wanted. Attached the flowers with glue dots and adhered all to a card base of Marco's Lustrous Card stock in Oyster Pearl.  Stay tuned for another card with ombre colors and items from around the house.
I do not know why the photo is so grainy.
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Sunday, April 14, 2013

T for Technique Challenge and Tea


The challenge 184 at Just Us Girls  this week is to use an ombre technique which is using graduating colors. The definition of ombre is the French word for color that is shaded or graduated in tone.  I remember having some beautiful clothing items in ombre many years ago...in the early 70's ...that I loved.  I found a blog Sweetly Scrapped that has a great post about the Ombre Trend and also has free downloads that I used to make some Ombre card stock in various colors.
 I made the above card with some of that card stock that I printed on white card stock to the size I needed for a mat. I stamped a GKD sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black  and embossed the mat with CB embossing folder Divine Swirls.  Since I was experimenting  with using items around the house for embellishments, I added a teabag to complete my get well card. Even the tag blends with the ombre colors.  Completed the card with a coral base and a white mat.  This is a more simple card than I usually make but wanted the graduated colors to stand out.
JUGS:Use Ombre
All Sorts: Use letter of your name...Used Tazo Teabag for T in Theresa
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Friday, April 12, 2013

Card with a Soft Flourish

I did not plan to do another post today but I got tired of ironing...so boring...that I decided to do a card for Sugar Creek Hollow challenge. This week we are to  use FABULOUS FLOURISHES on  vintage or shabby chic cards.  I quickly found this lovely vintage digital image of a flower that I had filed from Magic Moonlight Free Images and used it as my focus. I added some distress edging with distress inks to the image and stripe mat of MME pattern paper. Added some organza ribbon and bow with a pearl heart and a row of paper lace.  I attached modest pearl flourishes and more pearls to the card after adhering to the card base.
This was a quick card but I think it fills the challenge.
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Happy Day Bookmark

Hello... I am back for a second post and a second bookmark for Speedy Fox and Friends challenge....Make a Bookmark. I usually only do one entry for a challenge but I had so much fun that I made another bookmark.  Usually when I take time to read a book, it is a happy day so I used sentiments and butterflies that make me smile on this marker.  I stamped using Memento Espresso Truffle ink on a Parchment Card Stock,  rounded the corners with EK Success punch, and backed with some fun CS from stash. Attached a loop of cream Grosgrain ribbon before adhering together. Used stamps from MFP's Cracked Hello, Daffodil Greetings, and one more that I forgot the name. Other inks used Memento Lady Bug and Tangelo.

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Bookmark for the Kitchen

Welcome! Cloudy day here in Ohio. Today I am posting some bookmarks that I made for Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge : Make a Bookmark.  I would like to win the Butterfly Stamp Set that is the prize this week.  I decided that I'd make a bookmark to use in my cook books.  I used stamps from Mark's Finest Papers set Recipe Card Starters that I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Antique Parchment Finish card stock and colored with Memento Lady Bug Marker, Copic E21, Distress Marker Picket Fence, and Jelli-Ink pen Mettallic Silver.  I rounded the bottom corners with EK Success punch.  I attached this to a red and white checked card stock (pattern on both sides).  I usually punch a hole at the top and use narrow satin ribbon to my book marks but decided to add a loop of grosgrain ribbon to the top for the finish.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Celebrate a Birthday

I am back again today with a third post....it has been raining and I have been carding.  It is too wet to be outside so I am staying in after 3 days of yard work.
This card is for Meljen's Design Challenge who is celebrating her 3rd Anniversary this month.  I used her Digis Topsy Turvy Birthday Cake and Happy Birthday sentiment. The card is pretty CAS letting the glittery stripe paper and the digis do all the work.  I colored the digis with Copics and Memento Markers and added more shine and glitter with Sakura Clear Glaze Pen and Clearstar Glitter  Pen. Did some distressing on the edge with Distress Inks.  I hope you can see all the shine.  The paper is some I have had for a while ...just waiting for the right use.
Meljens Designs: Theme is  Happy Birthday
Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge: Not Your Normal Paper-used striped glitter paper

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Summer Fun Ahead

 I am ready for summer and thinking of all the things that I love about the season and thought I'd join in the fun at Flourishes Summer Lovin' challenge.  To join in all you need to do is be inspired by this beautiful color palette on the left or create with summer in mind which is what I did.  I decided to make a card of something  fun to do on a hot summer day...take a drive in the country and visit a winery.  And maybe even have a drink like the one in the inspiration photo.  Whoever wins this challenge receives the Flourishes’ entire April release!

My card below is made with Flourishes Dreaming of Florence. After stamping the scene on White Card Stock with Momento Espresso Truffle ink, I colored entirely with a multitude of Copics.  I framed the image with a mat of Tan Card stock from stash that I cut an opening in with Nesties Label One Die.  I stamped a sentiment and some images on the mat with the same ink and adhered to a Tan Leather card base.

Edited: I do not know if this is legit but I am going to entered this card in the April Craft a Scene challenge-Down On the Farm.   I do not think this is back linking as I originally posted this on my blog 4-10-13 but did not linked to their challenge then.

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Happy Birthday

 Morning! Today I bring you a Birthday card created in black and white with a stamp set from Annabelle Stamps called Dotted Flowers.  I simply stamped the design and sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black on white card stock. I added a Black ribbon with White stitches and placed on a Black card base.  

Annabelle Stamps: Color challenge Licorice and white
Simon Says: Happy Birthday
One Stop: Birthdays
City Crafters Challenge:  Birthday...Happy 3rd Birthday!

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Down On the Farm on Sunday Afternoon

Welcome! When I saw the challenge at Craft a Scene  this month was Down On the Farm, I knew immediately the digi image that I wanted to use for an entry.  It is Country Path and was from Digi Doodle Shop that is no longer in business.  I have many of their digis and  just love this scene.  Using Photoshop Elements, I also added a digi from Paper Cupcakes called Sunday Afternoon of a girl walking with her duck.  This was a fun project and I like how it turned out.  I resized the scene, printed on white card stock, colored with copics and markers, silver metallic jelli-ink pen,and sponged the sky with Memento Summer Sky ink.  I drew the birds in by hand. I adhered the image to a tan colored mat to which I did some embossing and stamped the verse from Flourishes with Memento Rich Cocoa. I think the navy base card was the right finish.  I like to keep cards with scenes free of embellishments focusing on the scene and often do not use sentiments but liked how this verse fit with my card.  

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Pictures of the digi used

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Thinking of Spring

Spring may not actually have sprung but we sure are wishing it would.  At Joan's Garden her challenge this week has us thinking about Spring. Her requirements are: Use Yellow, Black and White, use a frame, use something to do with Spring, and use something sold at Joan's Gardens. I think of birds and flowers in the garden as spring approaches so I created this scene using die cut bird house, bird, fence and flowers. I die cut the frame in yellow card stock and backed with black. I used a scrap of paper inside the frame and arranged my elements using pop dots and glue dots. Finished with the sentiment and bit of black and white ribbon.
Joan's Gardens: Details listed above.This week's code is joansgardens, JG0404
CRAFTS AND ME:  Spring Flowers
All Sorts Challenge: Spring Has Sprung
Supplies: Items sold at Joan's Highlighted
Papers: Yellow Paper from Pastel Pack from Joan's, Black CS from Stash, Pattern K&Co.
Stamp: Flourishes Spring Has Sprung Set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Dies: Cheery Lynn Cathedral Lace Frame( Trimmed center out), Cheery Lynn Build a Flower #1,  Marianne Bird House, Bird, and Fence Die Set
Punch: Stampin Up 5 Petal Flower
Black Ribbon with White Stitches from Stash
Black Brads from Stash
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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Tilda in the Spring Garden

Welcome! Today I am playing with a Tilda stamp, one of 3 minis that I won sometime ago but never inked up.  I thought it would be difficult to color because of the size but it was not at all.  It was fun to color it with Copics and I found a lovely sketch to partner with the image. I made this with a spring theme and added roses to match the ones that she is holding.  I stayed with pastel colors in the papers and ribbons.
The Ribbon Girl Blog: Challenge here is a Magnolia Only challenge - add flowers.
Tuesday Morning Sketches: Sketch 192  shown above
Kaboodle Doodles Challenge: Use 2 different Pattern Papers
City Crafter Challenge Blog: Anything Goes, Sort of...we must use one of the items that a designer on the DT has picked as a required item for us to use.  I used embossing on the polka dot mat under the image on my card that Linda required.
Clear  It Out Challenge: Theme : Spring is coming  Stash: Flowers   Used old Prima Flowers
Crafty Ribbons Challenge: Anything goes with ribbon.
Stamp: Magnolia "Tilda in the Garden"; Flourishes stamp from "Spring Has Sprung"
Papers: White and Pink Card Stock, Patterns from My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing
Copics: B0000,B000 B01,C00, E0000,E00,E11,E30,E3,E35,G40,G82, Y11,Y82
Sakura Clear Glaze
Nesties Oval Dies
Embossing: Cuttlebug EF Victoria
Satin Ribbons from Collection
Prima Flowers
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Friday, April 5, 2013

Postcard with Fairies, Butterfly, and Flowers

The challenge at Anything Goes Challenge Blog this week is the theme ..."MAIL IT" (So anything to do with mailing ...postcards, letters, envelopes, pictures of stamps.)  I was working on another card and had this pattern paper which I love on my counter from Graphics 45 "Once Upon a Springtime"  and thought this would work great for a "Mail It" Card. Using the sketch from Sweet Sunday, I starting building the card with a coral card stock that I aged with Distress Ink, layered with a floral paper edged with green marker, added a strip of paper with fairies sitting on postmarks, added the postcard cut from one of the pattern papers.  I punched a butterfly with Martha Stewart punch and built a flower using Stampin Up punches and added some yellow Glitter domes to these.  I will add sentiment to outside or the inside when I use the card.

Sweet Sunday: Sketch 181 Shown above
Anything Goes Challenge Blog: Mail It theme... used postcard, stamp, postmarks..
Flutter By Wednesday Flowers! Just remember to have your butterfly or fairy on your creation. I have it all covered.

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A for Amarrylis with CAS

Today's card was made with a couple of challenges in mind....Speedy Fox and Friends theme  is The Letter A. Your image must begin with A or you must have an A in your Sentiment .  Less is More challenge is to use scallops.  I made this CAS card using an Amaryllis Stamp from MFP's colored with Copics and cut with a Nesties Scallop die. I placed this on an Ivory Base Card which I punched a Double Scallop edge with a Martha Stewart  border punch. Finished with a row of Washi Tape and Birthday Sentiment from MFP's in Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink.
Challenge Links:
Speedy Fox and Friends: Used Amaryllis image for the letter A
Less is More: Scallops and CAS

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Hope My Humpty Dumpty Does Not Fall

Lately, I have missed doing a lot of the challenges that I love to do. One of those is at Sugar Creek Hollow. This week,  they asked us  to make vintage or shabby chic cards or other paper-crafted projects that depict FAIRY TALES and NURSERY RHYMES.  The hardest part was finding an image that I wanted to use but I came across this Humpty Dumpty one at Free Vintage Digital Stamps, a great source of vintage images.  I printed the image in color and trimmed to 3" square and placed on a mat of Graphics 45 Patter paper cut with a scallop square Nesties die.  I attached this to base card of Coral CS. I aged all these layers by distressing with Distress ink.  I added a Flourish cut in Green Card stock with a Cheery Lynn Die, some stamps cut from the Pattern Paper and Organza bow to pick up colors from the image. I thought the image and pattern paper brought through a vintage feeling to my card. 

Sugar Creek Hollow: Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes.   I would love to win A Day for Daisies GC.
All Sorts Challenge: Theme is Vintage...have missed doing this challenge too and think this fits.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Quick Washi Tag

At City Crafter Challenge blog, we are asked to use our washi tape on a tag and call it Washi "Tag".  I have this red and white tape that I have never used so I combined it with my homemade "Washi"  made with scor-tape and a black and white paper tissue paper that I trimmed and added to a white tag. Finished with some red rhinestones and a sentiment from Flourishes. Added the red ribbon.  Quick ad easy.
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