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Concord and 9th Everyday Tintables

Hello! I hope your week is flying by! If you are reading this, I survived my speech on Tuesday.

I wanted to take some time to introduce you to a new product from Concord and 9th. I know, I feel like a C&9th sales person. I promise they aren’t paying me, I just Love their products.

In all honesty, the only reason I have these tintables is because they were included in the February release bundle. Otherwise, I would not have purchased them on their own. That being said, I was presently surprised. I was smooshing some Distress Oxide inks last weekend and decided to pull some of these out to test.

Let me explain what the tintables are. They are cards with patterns and images added to the cards and work as ink resist. There are three patterns and one sentiment. Here are the patterns, with Distress Oxide ink smooshing.

I didn’t smoosh any ink on the sentiment card until today, when I went to make them into cards. My daughter picked out the colors.

We used Lucky Clover, Cracked Pistachio and Fossilized Amber. I kept this card simple, adding it to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card base with fun foam. There are Lucy’s Cards Lime Mix jewels to finish the card.

On this card I used Broken China and Mermaid Lagoon. I immediately thought of the ocean and decided to use some Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Stamps, from the May 2017 kit. These stamps were recently re-issued with the new catalog. I colored the images with Copic markers and die cut the seaweed from Simon Says Stamp’s Aqua glitter cardstock.

I used a vellum circle to anchor the images and to stamp the sentiment. I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx ink and embossed with Wow Hologram powder.

The mermaid and fish were added with foam tape, and I added Clear Iridescent Jewels to finish the card. I used the images to hide the double sided tape used to attach the vellum circle.

More Mermaid Lagoon and Salty Ocean for this card. I used the Everyday Circles to cut out the Circle from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock and another Circle from Gina K Designs Blue Raspberry. I added the circle with foam tape, along with some Clear Iridescent jewels.

Last but not least, we have my favorite card! This one has Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet and Faded Lilac ink. I used more vellum, this time an oval, to anchor the sentiment. “Hello,” was stamped with Versafine Onyx ink and embossed with Clear powder. The Hello comes from Everyday Greetings, and says “Hello, Friend.” I masked off the parts I didn’t want before stamping.

I used the same trick with the vellum and the adhesive, hiding the double sided tape behind the sentiments.

The rest of the sentiment is from Fabulous Phrases, and was die cut from MFT’s Silver Sparkle cardstock (along with the tiny hearts). I also die cut the sentiment a couple of times from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock, so I could layer them for dimension. I used the tiny hearts to embellish the card.

I had a lot of fun with these! They may not have been my first choice, but they won me over! I see the possibilities now. I think you’ll be seeing more of these in the future.

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Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge 18!

Hello! I have a quick post to share, for the Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge 18, watercolor! Here is the challenge post.

This card may look familiar to you. I shared this card in Monday’s post, and decided to enter it in the challenge as well.

With this card I stamped the large image from Wonderful Florals on Bristol watercolor paper with Versamark ink and embossed it with Hero Arts white embossing powder. Then I used my Faber Castell watercolor pencils and a water brush to color the image.

Next I used the die to cut the word “Wonderful,” from Simon Says Stamp’s Orchid glitter cardstock. I really like how the glitter on this cardstock is iridescent instead of just purple. It’s beautiful when it catches the light!

I added the watercolor panel to a Gina K Design’s Lovely Lavendar card base and added Pale Periwinkle Nuvo Jewel Drops to the berries.

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It’s a Wonderful Post!

Happy Monday! I almost said that with a straight face! Honestly I’m not really excited for today. I’m heading back to work after being sick all weekend AND I have to participate in a huge presentation tomorrow. Can we stop time for a little bit?

Well, let’s try to brighten things up a bit with some gorgeous floral cards!

I am absolutely obsessed with Wonder Florals stamp and die set from Concord and 9th. The first thing I did when it arrived was stamp it and heat emboss it in a bunch of color combos (pretty much what I do with most large images I get).

Over the last week I’ve slowly been turning these into cards. I shared one earlier on Instagram, but I have a whole stack left.

Let’s get started!

For this card I stamped her image in Hero Arts Intense Black ink and colored it with Copic markers. Then I cut the image out using the coordinated die.

I also stamped the extra flower images separately with the same ink and colored them. I fussy cut the smaller images and added them over the matching images with foam tape.

Check out the dimension you get by adding those images.

I added the large die cut image to a panel of MFT’s Cool as a Cucumber cardstock with fun foam, and added that to Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock card base.

The matching sentiment was stamped in Versamark ink on Lawn Fawn’s Black Licorice cardstock and embossed with Hero Arts’ White embossing powder. I trimmed this down and added the sentiment strip with foam tape.

I finished off the card by adding Wink of Stella to the blue flowers and Purple Rain Nuvo Glitter Drops.

Next up we have some silver and glitter.

With this card I stamped the image with Versamark ink and heat embossed it twice, using Hero Arts Silver embossing powder. Then I die cut the Wonderful and put MFT Silver Sparkle cardstock behind the die cut. I filled in the berries with Blue Lagoon glitter Nuvo Drops. The card base is MFT’s Snow Cone. This one is one of my favorites!

I heat embossed the image in Silver a second time, with the same supplies.

In order to switch things up a bit, stamped the single flower and leaf images and heat embossed them with the same embossing powder. Then I colored them with Copic markers and die cut them. I added them the card panel with foam tape.

I stamped the sentiment “You’re So,” with Altenew’s Turquoise ink and trimmed it down to a small strip, which I added with foam tape. The word “Wonderful,” was colored with Wink of Stella and the panel was added to a Gina K Design’s Blue Raspberry card base.

Next up I stuck with the silver embossing powder, but this time on vellum!

I love how the embossing powder melted so smoothly on the vellum!

I went for a stained glass effect on this card, by coloring the back of the vellum with Copics. Then I adhered the vellum piece to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock panel for stability. I added the panel to a Cool as a Cucumber card base.

I stamped the matching sentiment with the same silver embossing powder and added the strips with foam tape. I finished off the card with more Purple Rain Nuvo Glitter Drops.

Next up, I tackled watercolors!

With this card I stamped the image on Bristol watercolor paper and embossed it in white. Then I used my Faber Castell watercolor pencils and a water brush to color the image.

Next I used the die to cut the word “Wonderful,” from Simon Says Stamp’s Orchid glitter cardstock. I really like how the glitter on this cardstock is iridescent instead of just Purple. It’s beautiful when it catches the light!

I added the watercolor panel to a Gina K Design’s Lovely Lavendar card base and added Pale Periwinkle Nuvo Jewel Drops to the berries. This card is another favorite!

Of course, I had to stamp the image on Navy cardstock with Gold embossing powder… I wasn’t going to skip this!

I used Gina K Design’s In the Navy cardstock and Ranger’s gold embossing powder. I kept this card very simple, cutting out the image with the coordinating die and adding it to a matching card panel with foam tape. I added Wink of Stella to the larger flowers and some Liquid Pearls in gold to the berries.

Whew! That was a lot with one stamp set! I had a tons of fun making these cards, and thinking of different ways to use this beautiful stamp. I know I will be breaking it out again soon (if I can slow down my compulsion to buy everything). I hope you like the examples I shared! Which one is your favorite?

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Let’s Get Organized!

Welcome back! First off, I have to apologize. This is a really long post, with lots of pictures. And, I have put off writing it BECAUSE it’s so large and full of pictures. But, it has to be done…

The organization techniques I’m sharing are inspired by Jennifer McQuire. She was one of the first crafters I watched on YouTube, even before I started down this card making road. Because of her blog, I knew I was going to want to stay organized. I’ve used many of these techniques since day one, but not fully. For example, I labeled everything, but not with a label maker (I hand wrote on the inserts or used a Sharpie on the job ticket folders). I wasn’t sure how “invested,” I was going to become in card making, and I didn’t want to buy some tools and not use them. I really recommend checking out her Favorite Crafty Things of 2017 Organization video.

This post, and my organization overhaul, is inspired by all the organization post on Instagram! I decided to get my butt in gear and fully commit to being organized.

Here are some of the pictures of my craft space before my re-org.

I did pull my desk around, so that I wasn’t staring at the wall anymore. It still works because I am right handed, and all the tools are on the right. I kept the Raskog cart with my Spellbinder Platinum 6 on the right as well, behind the desk. This is the most recent picture, and as you can see, I did switch the contents of the cubbies around a bit, and got a second ink rack form Organize More (I now have a third one on order).

I decide to get another Kallak unit, this time a 4 x 4. Here are the new pictures.


I felt like the desk looked uncentered with the expanded unit, so I moved my desk over and put the cart with my Gemini on the right. This also gives me more room to move around, as the cart was previously under the Nuvo Drops, blocking the access to the shelves.


As you can see, almost everything is in the same spot. I liked the set up I had before, I just needed more room. Oh, and now everything is properly labeled, swatched and divided. I’ll show you close ups of all that.


I am keeping a cubby nice and warm for my new ink wrack.


I keep precut cardstock, my mini ink cubes and coloring items in this Raskog. The top basket also has my t-ruler, most used adhesives, sanding block and erasers. I also keep a bag to catch cardstock scraps. These are throw away pieces for me to recycle. I’m not sure why the coffee filters are here, as you can see below, all the heat embossing stuff is in the other Raskog. I guess I ran out of room?!?!


On this Raskog I turned the top basket over. Originally I kept my Platinum 6 here, but as you can see it’s now the place of honor for my Gemini. Below the Gemini are my heat embossing powders, heat gun (normally on my desk), small water spritzers and spoons. Under that is my cutting board, perfect for heat embossing, and cleaning supplies (Swiffers, microfiber clothes and alcohol wipes). I have little magnet containters that hold my powder tool and my spare blending pads. You can also see in the background that my Christmas decoration boxes are STILL in my living room. Hopefully they will be put away this weekend.

Let’s take a closer look at the labels, swatches and other fun stuff!

First up, cardstock!


I use plastic job ticket holders to store my cardstock. They are very handy because you can keep small scraps of cardstock in the pocket, as well as full sheets. You can’t see it here, but the job ticket holders are stored in magazine holders.


I left the top part of the holder on at first (this was where I wrote the manufacturer and color in marker). When I finally broke down and bought a label maker, I trimmed it off. It is easier to get the cardstock out. As you can see, I have a problem hoarding scraps…


I also made a swatch ring, using a tag die that was included with the Gemini. I have a sample of every color cardstock.


And, of course they are labeled on the back.


I do have some 12×12 pads, and they just sit on a shelf. I don’t use them very often. My 6×6 cardstock pads are currently stored in the same wooden crate as my large stamp sets (below).

Next, my favorite, ink pads!!


You saw the ink racks in previous photos. These are close ups of the pads. I have one rack with Distress Ink & Oxides as well as my most reached for inks. I labeled one side of the ink pads (most people label all four, but that’s a lot of label tape, and, well, I’m cheap). I also stamped the ink on label paper, and punched out a circle with a good old fashioned hole punch.


My other ink rack hold most of my Altenew ink. The third rack will hold the rest of my Altenew ink, miscellaneous other inks, and my pigment inks.


This lovely image is of my ink swatch book. This is 100% from Jennifer McQuire, even the template. I’ve always had swatches of my inks, but I hadn’t gotten to the point of cutting them down to insert into these coin collector pages. I finally did that this week. You can see the new green inks from Altenew in this picture. For the Altenew inks, if I didn’t have a “full set,” (they sell their inks individually and in sets of four) I still added the little swatch insert, so I could see what I was missing. I had already printed it and cut it out, no point in wasting it. Please check out Jennifer’s blog! She has the template for ink swatches for pretty much every ink out their.

I keep my ink cubes in the Distress Ink tins, and keep them in one of my Raskog carts. I did include them in the swatch book, but I didn’t label them, or put ink dots on them. That would take another weekend to finish!

Hang on, we only have 2 sections left!



When I first started stamping, I kept my stamps and dies in those mini binders above. I quickly had to switch to the stamp pockets you see below. Until recently I kept the stamp pockets in the wooden crate above, but I also outgrew that. Now I keep my large stamp sets in the wooden crate ( I use another one to hold spare adhesives). As I mentioned above, my  6×6 cardstock is also in this crate. I’m still trying to figure out the best storage method for this cardstock. I have some ideas I mention below.

The binders here hold my dies, and we’ll take a closer look later.


Here I switched to the InterDesign container (this one is the side by side one). This holds my smaller and medium size stamp sets. Every stamp set is labeled with the company name and set name, as you can see on the right. You can also see how I used to hand write the info.

For the dividers I used cheap cardstock, added a label and then laminated the cardstock. I store my stamps by theme, then file them by manufacture in the theme section. The stamps sets in the front right section are new sets, or sets that I mean to use in the near future. I’m trying to figure out a way to use the stamps I already have as well as the new things I haven’t had a chance to play with yet.


If there are matching dies, I add a magnetic sheet to the cardstock insert, and I write the number of dies included in the set. If there are small sets, I will store two in a pocket. I plan to erase all the penciled labels as I use the sets. Sitting down and erasing everything at once would take a long time.


The large pockets are Avery Elle, and I used my Fuse Tool to make them a bit thinner. The medium and small pockets are from My Favorite Things. I like the quality of the MFT pockets better, and am hoping to get the 6×6 size when it’s back in stock.

I also have an order for Altenew’s storage pouches that should arrive this week. I grabbed the  6 x 8 size in order to store 6 x 6 cardstock (so I can keep the scraps with the rest of the pad). These pouches have zipper tops. I’ll share a blog post if this works out like I hope.

As you can see, I am currently storing my extra die cut images in the pockets with the stamps. I used to keep them in one of the mini binders, along with extra background etc. but the binder was overflowing. I’m trying this out to see how it works. So far no issues.

You had a peek of how I store my dies, let’s take a closer look.


I have separate binders for different types of dies. The are divided into Standard Shapes, Other Shapes, Sentiments and Shaker and Cover dies.


I use page protectors with cardstock inserts covered on magnetic pages. I will add more then one set on a insert, to save room. The one above is only two sets, and is labeled on the front.


This page has a bunch of dies from MFT, so I labeled the back (or rather left the old label).


The “1P,” and “3P,” indicate how many pieces are in each set. I also store any extra die cuts with the die set. Sometimes I use tiny ziplock bags, which you can see peeking out on the left.

Here are a couple of miscellaneous other organization items:


As I mentioned, here is the other wooden crate, which holds adhesives. My Xyron sticker maker, my foam tapes & stripes, tape runner refills etc. Next to it are mini binders with background I have previously made, Masking Paper, and other specialty papers, pre-cut.


This is my tool cubby. It holds spare cutting boards, my cutting tools, and my stamp platforms (yes, there is a Misti in there, more on that later this week). Here you can see the magazine holders I use (from IKEA). I keep the stamp platforms and my We R Memory Keeps Scoring and cutting board. I also keep my sequins organizer in here. The sequins are all labeled by manufacture and name, and are in rainbow order, by type.


I use these wire baskets to hold all my finished cards. I made the dividers the same way as the stamp dividers, and store them by theme. I need more friends!


Last but not least, we have my envelopes. Same laminated dividers. These are stored by manufacturer. The basket next to it holds bigger embellishments, like ribbons, the shaker pouches from MFT and gems.


I”m not sure if I previously shared this with you, but I keep my most used embossing powders in these Sistema containers. In the past I had written the manufacturer and name with Sharpie (it wipes off with rubbing alcohol). I went ahead and labeled these as well.

Believe it or not, I think that is it! The marker storage is pretty self explanatory, it’s from  Crafter’s Companion. I currently keep my Alcohol Inks in a metal container (on the shelf with my makers) but I will be buying the new Alcohol ink tin.

The fabric drawers along the bottom of the Kallak units hold spare items and bulky items. My fun foam, Fuse Tool, label maker, laminator and supplies, mailing supplies, etc. As I mentioned I ordered the drawer inserts to help with the smaller items that don’t really fit well in the fabric bins. they just get lost, and I don’t like digging around for them.

It was easy to make the switch to, I guess I’ll call it, neater organization. I was always organized, but in a handwritten, rustic way :). Even though it was easy, it still took some time. It was worth it, though. I’m very happy with how everything looks now. I think I will be switching to an InterDesign bin for my finished cards, as I’m running out of space there. And, I can’t wait for the ink rack and drawer inserts to arrive. I’ll have to post an update when they get here.

I don’t have affiliated links but I did add many of the items used to my Amazon Wish List. No, not for you to purchase for me, but so you could see exactly what I used. Hopefully this link will take you there.

Thanks for stopping by and sticking this post out! If you have any questions, or see something I didn’t explain please let me know.


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Keepsake Cards With Concord and 9th’s Birthday Stack

Happy Wednesday! Let’s celebrate making it halfway through the week with a super cute stamp and die set from Concord and 9th, Birthday Stacks!

This set is a super fun and innovative take on Birthday classics, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them! This set features large images and dies that cut out the borders of the images. They also cut out a frame or surround for the images. It’s the perfect set for making keepsake cards.

Here, let me show you a keepsake card.

These are hard to photograph due to the dimension. The pictures I took in direct sunlight have shadows all over. These cards are dimensional, with three layers. They fold flat to mail, and pop up when removed from the envelope. This card is standing on its own!

On my first card I used the balloon stamp and the present stamp. I also used the celebrate die for the middle layer.

You have the option of coloring in the images, or using the solid stamps in the set to all color. For my first card, I used the solid stamp (Altenew’s Shades of Purple, and a couple of Hero Arts cubes). It’s super easy to line up the solid image with the outlines.

I did color in the dots on the balloon with a Violet Wink of Stella pen. Oh, and I stamped the outline images with Altenew’s Jet Black ink first.

I’m not going to get into the details of assembling the card, mainly because I forgot to take pictures as I was putting it together, but also because Concord and 9th has an awesome video on their website that takes you through the process. It’s super easy if you follow the video here! So easy, I made 2 cards!

For this card, I stamped the images with Hero Arts Intense Black ink, so that I could color with Copic markers. I colored most of the candles, but I did fill in a few with the solid stamp. I also colored all the flames, even though there is a solid stamp. I used the solid stamp for all of the balloons too (all Altenew inks).

I did get some shots of the different layers, so you can see the dimension.

If you follow the instructions from the Concord and 9th video, the cards will fit in a A2 envelope with no issues. Here is my assistant, Savy, to demonstrate.

I would like to stress following the video’s instructions carefully as I did not, and my first card was 1/2 inch too tall (I wrote the dimensions down wrong…). Thankfully I was able to make an envelope to fit it!

Please don’t think that you are stuck with keepsake cards if you buy this set! You can very easily make flat cards, by trimming off the tabs on the sides of the die cuts. Then you can layer the images or make a one layer card. I have so many ideas and I promise to share another post with them all.

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Altenew’s Layered Rose Die & Distress Oxide Inks

Hello and welcome back! I have a quick post to share my first card made using Altenew’s new Layered Rose Die set. I knew when I ordered the set that I wanted to try a watercolor look with them. Totally unrelated but I also wanted to try a new technique I had heard about from Creativation. My failed attempt at that technique led to today’s card, lol.

First, let’s talk about the new technique. We can only talk about it, as I have nothing to show you. This technique involves smooshing Distress Oxide ink on glossy cardstock, and then covering the cardstock with Micro Glaze when you are done. It’s supposed to enhance the layers of Oxide ink and make it look like alcohol ink. (Video here). I just got my new Distress Oxide inks, and I have a ridiculous amount of photo paper so I thought I would try it. Well, photo paper and glossy cardstock are NOT the same thing. The photo paper is not designed to hold that much water…

Since I did have my Oxide inks out, I decided to get out some watercolor paper to smoosh some backgrounds anyway. I really wanted to try out the new colors. I also decided to smoosh some panels to use with die cutting the roses. I used Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick and Tattered Rose for the roses, and Cracked Pistachio, Lucy Clover and Bundled Sage for the leaves.

Of course, I didn’t decide to make a blog post out of this card until AFTER I finished it… I do have a few helpful picture though.

I decided to leave the final layer off of the roses. Both my son and I (must have a second opinion lol) liked it better off. The background is Tattered Rose smooshed on watercolor paper. I used MFT’s Brushed Silver cardstock to cut out the frame from Altenew. The sentiment is also Altenew, from Signature Word dies. I die cut it from a pink cardstock, Layered it with 2 white die cuts, covered it with Versamark ink, then heat embossed with Hero Arts’ Pink Prisma powder. I finished the card off with some Raspberry jewels from Lucy’s Cards.

You can see on the leaves that I changed up which color I used for each layer. I wasn’t a big fan of the Bundled Sage outline layers, but I liked it for the middle layer. It probably would have been best as the bottom layer, but I didn’t have any panels left to die cut.

I did take a picture of the card with the outline layer laid over one of the roses, so you could see what it looked like.

You can see more of the variety of color from the Distress Oxide inks on the bottom layers if you leave it off. And, I don’t think if really matches the other layers.

I also saved all of the negative pieces to use on another card.

You can see I already pieces one flower together. I used the outline to help me put it together, but I may pull it out when I use the negative pieces.

These tiny ziplock bags I found at Michael’s are perfect for holding tiny die cut pieces together.

Here are some of the other smooshing panels I made with the new Distress Oxide colors.

Tattered Rose and Hickory Smoke.

Picked Raspberry (old color), Hickory Smoke and a little Tattered Rose. I love how you can layer the same color over itself, drying the layers in between, and get such a variety of colors!

Wilted Violet (old) and Faded Lilac.

I purposely left a lot of white space on these panels, as I already have panels fully covered with ink. I want to use these smooshed areas as focus points.

I did pick up some other colors, but didn’t smoosh them all. I also smooshed some into some Concord and 9th products I will share in another post, once I make them into cards.

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Concord and 9th February Release

Happy Friday! I thought I would celebrate the weekend by sharing Concord and 9th’s February release with you. Yes, I did purchase the February release bundle this month! It was way too tempting!

I love those pool colored envelopes!



Here is the whole bundle. The only thing not included in the bundle, but “released,” in February was the Love and Hugs stamp set, which was January’s Free with 60$ purchase set. I happened to get it in January, and made a card that I will share below.

Let’s take a closer look at each bundle.


This is the Birthday Stacks bundle. It’s so hard to describe what this set can do, but I will try. Do you see the lines that stick out on the ends of the dies? Those lines have notches that you use to fold tabs in to create keepsake boxes. I highly recommend checking out the video on Concord and 9th’s website. I plan on using this set for cards this weekend, and will be sure to write a post.


I was super excited about this set when I first saw it. Wonderful Florals is a large floral image with the word Wonderful. It has supporting images you can add to the image, or stamp separately, cut out with the matching die and use it to add dimension. I also like that the word Wonderful has a separate die.


The Mosaic Turnabout is 2 turnabout stamps in one. You can take the center out and stamp it by itself, or stamp it with the outer piece. I like the different options.


This cute set is the Everyday Bundle. I’ve been looking for some bigger sentiments, and I like the ones included in this set. They are traditional, but a couple of cute ones as well. I also like the versatility of the dies.


With all the cover plate dies I’ve found in my possession recently, plus the turnabout stamps, I needed some good sentiment dies. This set has some friendly sentiments and I like the tiny heart dies as well.


The Everyday Tintables cards are a new product from C&9th. The yellow part is resistant to inks and watercolors, so you can blend ink or paint over them, and the resist part will stand out. They have the “Just a little note,” card as well as patterns.


And bonus, the Hooray die is the free gift with purchase of $60 or more for February! Yeah for needing more sentiment dies.

As I mentioned, I don’t have any cards to share with these items, but do have a card I made with the Love and Hugs set.


I used the Hero Arts Nesting dies to cut out a heart from MFT’s Wild Cherry cardstock, and also to dry emboss a heart on the white panel. Fun foam popping up the red heart. The large Love & Hugs was stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed in white. I stamped the little hearts from the set in Altenew’s Ruby Red, brushed them with Wink of Stella, and covered them with Glossy Accents. The card base is also Wild Cherry.

Thanks for stopping by, and sticking around through my shopping spree! I plan to use some of these products this weekend (I’m even taking off Friday to have some extra time). I’ll be sure to share the results with you.