Thursday, May 30, 2013

Right Now Scrapbook Layout

Scrapbook layout at Orlando Premium Outlets
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This is a layout of Susy and I at the outlet mall in Orlando.  We go there a few times a year and always have a lot of fun.  We also often take a photo at this same location because it's a great spot to get a shot of the mall.  You might even recognize this the photo location from a layout we did on January 1, 2013.

The layout is titled right now and Susy made it.

Background paper: Prima Craftman collection "tools of the trade"

Pick hot air balloon: Prima vintage trinkets with swarovski crystals
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Flower: Graphic 45 and Tim Holtz game piece #2

Tag: 7 Gypsies tag, bakers twine, and Tim Holtz button

Hanger Paper Clip: Tim Holtz

Bottle Cap: Prima

Tickets: cut from Prima craftman collection paper

Memories Sticker: Echo park times & seasons elements stickers

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Susy's Birthday

Regular readers of this blog know Susy's Birthday was yesterday.  She got home late and didn't want to go out to eat.  Instead we stayed home and made calzones.  Earlier that day I had made her a birthday cake from scratch.  I do this every year.

Here is a picture of this years cake:  Yummm!!!!!!!!!!

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layered chocolate cake
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I had never made this cake before and it came out really good.  I used a highly rated dark chocolate cake recipe from  I modified this by adding coffee instead of water and added meringue and egg yolks instead of eggs.  For cocao I used our last of the Amish dark cocoa and Hershey's Dark Cocoa.  I made 3 layers and cut each in half for a total of 6 layers. The icing I kind of made up, but it's cream cheese based.

Susy liked her card, the cake, and all her presents.

In other news we are very likely going to give the cat we found to Susy's brother.  That means a 6 hour drive each way to drop it off, but he really wants the cat and I think he will make a great daddy for her.

Later on today I'm going to post more things to our pinterest page.  It's been far to long since I added pictures there.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

How I Made a Steampunk Card (part 2)

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In yesterdays post, I left off explaining how I made the steampunk heart.  On the other side of the card is a flower and a title.

For the title I used metallic gold ink to write A Timeless Love.  I struggled to come up with that title.  What about birthdays or love that also has to do with a clock can you write.  Without bringing up age that is :).

For the flower I got creative.  I took two normal flowers and attached them with a brad.  Next, I took silver metallic acrylic paint and painted the flowers.  While the paint as wet I put silver metallic embossing powder on top of it and then used our heat gun.  The heat made the paint on the flowers bubble.  When I was done not only did the flower look metal, but it also looked like old weathered metal because of bubbled and, cracked and pitted surface.

how to make a steampunk flower
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Now it's time to talk about the inside of the card.  I found a shinny patterned paper that to me felt steampunkish in my stash.  When ever I try gluing one paper behind another to make a card the glue always separates on me at the point of the fold.  On this card to avoid that I took my 12x12 paper and cut two very pretty mirror images out of it(one for each side of the card.  I put washi tape over the joint.
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On the top half I put a present.  The stripe on it is left over from my April 16 Sprint Robot Layout. The gears that I used for a bow on top of the present are just little printed gears I got free online. 

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The other half has my message to her on it.  I was inspired by a card at hallmark but ended up changing the words a lot.  I printed the message on vellum.  I then rounded the corners of the vellum with a crop a dile corner chomper.  For the shinny paper behind it I used a border punch on two sides and then once again rounded the corners with our corner chomper.  I used the gear, heart, and words to hide the tape that is under the vellum.
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The gear was left over from when I made the front of the card.  I cut the heart out free hand from the same paper behind the vellum.  I used glue and Tim Holtz vintage photo distress ink to give it an old look.  Last but not least I wrote the year very small inside the gear.

And that is the long process of how I made this card.  I hope someone out there found it interesting.  Plus to today is Susy's birthday so more then anything I hope she loves it.   :D

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

How I Made a Steampunk Card (part 1)

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Yesterday I showed you a steampunk card I made for my wife's birthday.

Today I'm going to do my best to explain how I made the card.  If you want to make one like it or just duplicate a single thing you saw in that card this is the post for you.

The first thing I made was the background paper for the clock.  To make it I printed out 4 pictures from Freubels Freebies.  Three of those images were what I would call steampunk and 1 wasn't but I needed 4 images for my idea.  I copied all 4 of these pictures to ms paint so that I could print them all on one sheet of scrapbook paper.
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Next I took out my water color paint and hand painted the pictures with a few limited color choices.  I wanted them to feel old, but have color.
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watercolor steampunk pictures
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I'm sure you know the next step.  :)  I cut them out.

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I now had 4 very cool pieces of steampunk paper, but I needed 1 larger piece.  I layered the 4 pieces so that the most important part of each showed and glued them together.
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I don't have a picture of the next step, but all I did was use our cutting machine to cut a straight line across one of the edges.  I then used that straight line so that I could make 90 degree corners and with the help of the machine cut the other 3 sides.

Next I knew I wanted a clock with gears on top of my newly created piece of paper.  I looked up free gears in Google and printed them out.  I glued my favorite gears from the print out to the back of shiny metallic gold paper.

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I originally got out  our tonic studios Tim Holtz scissors and craft knife to cut the gears out.  I was to quickly learn that the craft knife was having a lot of trouble cutting through 2 layers of paper.  Not detoured I took out a box cutter that we got at the auto store.  I found it worked perfectly and was much easier to use then the craft knife.  Note it's also more dangerous so please be careful if you start using box cutters on your paper crafts.

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After cutting out all the gears I added a message to them.  If you read the gears in order it reads, " Happy Birthday I love you"  I put a screw brad in the center of each gear and after deciding on placement attached each one to the paper with a pop dot.  The center of the clock however is a different story.  I hand drew the clock hands then cut them out with a box cutter.  I punched a hole in the center of the clock hands that was just big enough to let the paper side over the screw portion of a post bound scrapbook binder screw but small enough that it wouldn't fit over the post.  Next I punched a hole in the paper I made and slid the binder post through it.  I loosely screwed the post back together at the top so that the clock hands would spin.  Later I was to find the large hand was bending so I glued a small bit of plastic behind it. After this was done, I glued a black paper behind the other paper so my clock would be matted.  To attach the rope I made a slip knot large enough to fit over the clock hands. I tightened it to the post by using tweezers.  I then wrapped the rope around the base of each gear and hung a small metal heart off the end.
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At that moment I considered the clock done.  I glued my clock to a larger piece of paper that I had folded into the shape of a card and added a few more items.  Let's start with the new and improved heart.
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The more I looked at my plain metal heart the more I didn't like it!  I untied the heart the rope and tried making a new heart out of gold wire.  To do this I took gold floral wire and shaped it into a heart shape.  Next I wrapped the wire around my heart shaped wire to make the frame stronger.  With a strong frame I started bringing the wire across the heart in a purposely crazy pattern.  When I was done with my little art project I wasn't sure I liked it.  Then I got the idea of putting the original heart inside it.  I took my finger and pushed out the wire in the center of the heart making it 3D.  I retied my original heart to the rope and then used the wire to attach the back of that heart to the metal wire one.  Finially I used pop dots to attach it to the card.

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This post is already getting very long and I know you should keep blog post short.  :P  I will continue this post tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Handmade Steampunk Birthday Card

handmade steampunk birthday card
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handmade steampunk clock card
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 I have to hurry on this post today.   My wife is on her way back from work.  When she gets back we are going to take kitten we found yesterday on the side of the road to the vet for a check up.  I'll tell you more about her very soon.  But I'll have to save it for a different day.  However there is a picture of him at the end of this post. 

In the mean time I'll talk about this steampunk birthday card I made for my wife.  She is really into steampunk scrapbooking currently so I went with a steampunk theme for her birthday.  Almost every single part of this card was made by hand and although the pictures are nice they in no way do it justice.  I'm going to go into details about it all and tell you how I made it in tomorrows post.

Both the outside paper and the inside paper are glossy.
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The words took me forever to come up with and I hesitated if I should blurr them or not because it's personal.  However, I really like how it ended up so I decided to share them.  Maybe I will give someone who is trying to come up with what to write in their card an idea.  The words were inspired by a card I found at hallmark, but  I changed the original text a lot.  I'll include a link to the original text tomorrow.
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 I'm in love the heart seen to the right of this text and found on the cover of the card.  I made this heart by hand.  I'll explain how in the book I'm going to write tomorrow.

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 If you zoom in on the gears that "run" the clock you will note that each gear has a word on it.  If you read the gears counter clockwise from 11 o'clock It reads "Happy Birthday I heart(love) you.

I made this metallic looking flower with one blue and white and one red and white paper flower.  I can see you scratching your head.  I also used silver metallic acrylic paint and silver embossing powder.  I'll tell you how I made it in tomorrows post.  Hmm maybe I'll have to split it into a few post just so it's readable.  It really just depends on how long it gets.

The steampunk present has an embossed tinfoil strip on it and gears for a bow.

I cut this heart out of the same shinny paper in the background behind the vellum.  To grunge it up I used combo of stick glue and Tim Holtz distress ink.

Finally here is the kitten.  Isn't she a cutie!  We found her by the side of the road and it took 10 people to rescue her.  Readers of the blog know we already have a cat.  We don't need a 2nd one but we couldn't just leave a kitten there all alone.  Susy might give her to someone at her work or we might keep her we don't know yet.  I'll make sure to tell you much more about her in a different post.

Ok that was a lot of writting I'm supprised I got done before Susy got home.  I have to go get ready to take the cat to the vet now for shots and a check up.

I hope you liked the card :D

Until tomorrow have a great day and happy scrapbooking.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Free Digital Images

For those of you in a hurry to see all those great free digital images here is a link  Freubels Freebies scroll down that page and you will see a nice size list of free image categories on the left hand side.

For anyone wants to read a bit of story here is what lead me to that site.....

A few days ago I was blog surfing the scrapbook world.  It wasn't  a mindless surf though.  Susy's birthday is coming up on the 23 so in addition to looking for inspiration for the blog I was hoping to find an idea for her birthday card.

I did find an idea in a steampunk card someone had made where they had stretched a chain from one gear to the next.  I couldn't think of way to use the idea at the time and didn't make note of the blog name (sorry). 

Later on the same day I came across a blog with a small ad on it that got my attention.  Lucky for me I clicked on that ad  and went to Freubels Freebies they have a lot of free images that you can use.

That steampunk card I saw earlier had really inspried me to go steampunk all the way this year for Susy's Birthday, but I don't have any steampunk paper in my personal stash and I wasn't going to "steal" Susy's paper to make her a card.  After searching the site I found 4 images that I thought would work for a steampunk birthday card.

Then I started thinking.  What about steampunk says I love your or Happy Birthday.  I couldn't think of a thing and Susy was going to be home soon so I closed all the sites related to her birthday and cleaned up the house.

That night I went to bed with that steampunk card on my mind.  I guess my brain never gave up because I woke up at 4 am with the answer......

OK sorry for the teaser, but I'm going to make you wait until tomorrow to see this card.  I want to keep this post mainly about that great freebie site.  Besides the card is deserving of it's own post.  It's my best work ever by far in my opinion so please come back tomorrow to see all the pictures of it and leave comments.

I'm also going to make a post the day after that detailing how I made this card.  I took pictures along the way and that particular post is going to be a book because this card took me over 4 hours to make.  Can you tell I'm proud of it :) 

See you tomorrow until then happy scrapbooking.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Tim Holtz Line of Fabrics

Several days ago we got a email from ranger letting us know that Tim Holtz is coming out with his own line of fabrics. I wanted to let you know because these super cool fabrics would look great in craft rooms. Their patterns are well cool and have to be seen to be appreciated. They will be at a store near your this August. In the mean time I can't share the pictures without permission. However, I found them at the ranger blog so just click on this link for an early sneak peak

Ranger Brog Tim Holtz Post

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking

Saturday, May 18, 2013

How to Make Your Own Gift Box

 A few days ago I showed you a present Susy wrapped for her Mom with scrapbook paper.  When I was ready to wrap this birthday present for Susy I decided to take her idea one step further and make gift box out of scrapbook paper.

Making this box was actually very easy.  I did not use a pattern.  All I did was take out a ruler, 1 sheet of 12x12 scrapbook paper, a pencil, and a stick glue.

Sorry that I didn't take pictures when I did this.  If one single person ask I will make a new box and take lots of pictures of all the steps.

1)I knew a 3.5x4.5 object had to fit in my box.  Instead of doing fancy math I turned my paper upside down and set the object in the middle.  Then I took my pencil and made marks around the edges of the item that was going in the box.

2) I folded each side over at the marks.  Then I unfolded my paper.

3)  I now had a paper divided into 9 different rectangles.  I wanted my box to be 3.5 inches tall so I measured out all the fold lines 3.5 inches and then cut the paper with a paper trimmer.  If you don't have a paper trimmer you could use scissors and a ruler.

4) OK this step is a little confusing.  You want to cut every other fold that goes to the outside of your paper all the way down to the center square.  On the other lines that go to the center square you also want to cut all the way down to center square but this time over around 1/2 inch from the fold instead of on the fold.  This will make 4 tabs.  When you are done with this you will have 4 scraps of paper and your orginal paper should look like a plus sign with tabs.

5) Put glue on the tabs, fold the arms of the plus sign up and glue each tab to the wall next to it.  You should now have a box.

6.  Now time for the lid.  Glue your 4 scraps of paper together to make a new small piece of paper.

7) Turn your box over and repeat the steps.  A lid is really just a box that fits on top of your box.

I also made little containers for all the different kinds of watch parts I'm giving my wife for her birthday. 

For the large one I simply folded a scrap piece of paper in half.  Then I punched a hole in it with a 3 inch circle punch.  I cut a piece of vellum and glued it to the paper behind the whole so I could make a window.  Finial I put the watch parts in the center of the paper, glued around the edged and closed the package.
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The round containers were made in much the same way except that they were made by punching two 3 inch circles.  I then punched a 1 inch circle in one of those two circles and put vellum behind the punch.  The last step was putting the watch parts inside, gluing around the edges and and sealing each circle container.

I know thats a lot to do to wrap one present, but my wife appreciates presentation as I'm sure most scrapbookers do.

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PS: The paper  on the circle is an unfortunate scrap that made its way into the photo.  It is not part of the packaging.  Also I know these instructions are hard to follow without step by step pictures.  If you want a step by step photo post showing you how to make any of these project please let me know and I will gladly make one and add it to the blog.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Getting Geared Up for Steampunk Scrapbooking

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It's Susy's Birthday on the 23 so I've been busy preparing.  Step 1 is gifts and for months now I've been wanting to her her some watch parts I saw on eBay. (I'm also getting her some other scrapbook supplies) I found the parts in this post for only $10 with shipping.  The secret is shopping around and then placing a snipe bid with a few secs on the clock.  I'm glad I won.  The parts are amazing and I'm sure Susy will love them.

Maybe someday when our store is bigger I will have the shelf space to buy items like this and list them in a scrapbook candy section for a few cents each.  Sadly that day will have to wait until our sales pick up and we can afford to expand past 500 items.

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I hope you enjoy the pictures.  If you do decide to go to eBay and buy your own gears please beware not every auction is equal.  I shopped around a lot for these and some auctions with this amount cost twice is much.  Also avoid auctions with words like "gear glitter".  One of the reasons I bid on this auction was the larger size of the items.  Some actions have mainly screws and other very small parts that actually almost qualify is glitter.  All I can do is wish you good luck in your search.

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One last note: if you look at the pictures some of the gears and other parts have long parts behind them that would make it hard to scrapbook with them.  After taking these pictures I used a pair of wire cutters to make these parts lay flat in a scrapbook.

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Tomorrow I'm going to show you how I wrapped this all up.  Until then have a great day and happy scrapbooking.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Wrapping a Gift with Scrapbook Paper?

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We got Susy's mom perfume for Mother's Day.  However, procrastination got the best of us and we actually got the gift on Mother's Day.  After we got home and realized we had no girly wrapping paper we had to come up with different solution.

Next time you have a small gift to wrap and don't have the wrapping paper you need at home, think outside the box and check out your paper stash.  You might just love the result and save a few dollars in the process.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Handmade Mother's Day Card

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Susy made this Mother's Day card for her mom.  It took her a few minutes on the morning of Mother's day but turned out beautifully.  The other side of the tag has a letter to her mom and has more decorations. 

Her moms a sweatheart and cried when Susy gave her this card.

That's it for today.  Tomorrow I'm going make a post about the wrapping the present we gave her mom for Mother's Day.

I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day.  Until tomorrow have a great day and happy scrapbooking.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Stamp Storage

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Do you have the storage blues.  Being a scrapbooker and storage needs go hand in hand.  There is always an amazing scrapbook deal that is impossible to resist or that really cool must have item.

There are many scrapbooking items that are hard to store, but near the top of the list has to be clear stamps.  They are sticky and it's hard to see the image on them.

Making it all the more confusing it seems sometimes like there are million people telling you a million different ways to store them.  I think we've officially tried all the ways now from cd cases to specially made books for clear stamp storage.

However this is our favorite method yet.

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Inque boutique stamp keepers.

Your clear stamps will easily cling snugly between the two panels.  Plus stamp keepers will easily fit in a large binder.  We actually keep ours standing upright in 13x13 box allowing us to quickly flip through them like files.

Susy takes a scrapbook paper and stamps a image of every stamp in each container on it.  Then she puts that paper inside the container.  This serves two important purposes.  First it makes it much easier to see what the stamps actually look like.  The other one is that it keeps the stamps from sticking to both sides of the container.

I hope this helps someone out who is looking for a good stamp storage solution.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Handmade Mother's Day Card

Handmade Mother's Day Card
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I made this card to give to my mom for Mother's Day.  I can't tell you what papers I used, because all the papers were from my scraps pile.

I stamped Happy Mothers Day with two different sets of alphabets.  One set was all lowercase and one set was all uppercase.  However, the eclectic nature of the lower case set makes it look like they go together. Each letter was stamped individually so that I could squeeze them close together.

The cat stamp doesn't really have a lot to do with Mother's Day.  I just thought it was really cute and that my mom would like it.  I colored it using ek success colored pencils.  One of these days I'll stop being cheap and buy Copics.

I attached the shinny blue circles to the card using glossy accents.  I also put glossy accents and white glitter on the bubbles in the fish tank.  Last but not least I embossed several flowers onto the area of the card that says Happy Mother's Day.

I hope you like the card and have a great Mother's Day this year.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

New Heights Scrapbook Layout

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Susy made this layout of me climbing the rock wall at her office picnic.  Many years ago when I was young I climbed real cliffs so I thought it would be easy.  I was wrong.  I made it 5 or so feet off the ground and my hands hurt for 2 days afterwords.

Some of the details on this layout are hard to see, but the pictures are all on a large distressed banner.

Supplies Used:
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Background Paper: My Minds Eye fiddlesticks story farm house.

Flag Photo Mat: My Minds Eye fiddlesticks "you & me" bloom paper

Borders:  Martha Stuart Punch, My Minds Eye Fiddlesticks "Lucky" textile Paper

Vellum tag and envelope

Wood camera and "adventure" arrow: Little Yellow Bicycle

Never Forget Label: My Minds Eye Fiddlesticks "story" labels



Brads: My Minds Eye Miss Caroline fiddlesticks "Lucky" decorative brads

Friday, May 10, 2013

Picnic Time Scrapbook Layout

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Susy made this layout of a office picnic.  I really like the way the two types of canvas flowers look on it.

On a side note Susy has also made her first ever YouTube layout video.  Now I just have to get her to do some voice overs and it will be ready to share with all of you.  :)

Supplies Used:

Background: My Minds Eye Miss Caroline fiddlesticks "Lucky" Tapestry Paper

Photo Mat: My Minds Eye Miss Caroline Dolled Up "favorite" Madras Paper

Paper dillies: My Minds Eye Dolled up "Day" Paper

Picnic Time Title
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Yellow Tab: My Minds Eye Miss Caroline fiddlesticks "you & me" bloom paper

White Canvas Flowers: Little Yellow Bicycle naturals Daisy

Pink Flower: Prima

Brad: My Caroline Fiddlesticks "Lucky" My Minds Eye

Doily Sticker: My Minds Eye Miss Caroline fiddlesticks "love"
butterfly and flowers
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Label Sticker: My Minds Eye Miss Caroline fiddlesticks "story" sticker

Glittered Butterflies: Colorbok chipboard accents

Thickers for title

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