Layered Hydrangea

I’ve been keeping myself busy lately with all sorts of last minute projects.  I decided on a whim that I needed to do this Ellen Hutson Pin Sights challenge.  First off…let me start off by saying that Ellen Hutson is one of my FAVORITE places to buy crafting supplies from. Shipping is always quick and I make a loyal order once a month because they reward loyal customers with 10% off!  Anyway, I still don’t know much about the challenge (how often it goes and when), but I wanted to give this one a try.  This months challenge is inspired by this photo:

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I’m pretty literal with these types of things….so I chose colors close to this swatch to make my card using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

EH PS Challenge - Hydrangea 1

There are only so many ways to stamp this image (at least that’s how my brain works with this set) – so this is the third card I’ve made with this layout.  This time, I stamped a few extra petals so I can layer them on top for some interest.

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I embossed the image in black and then water colored everything using the colors in the swatch with a pentel waterbrush.

EH PS Challenge - Hydrangea

The other water color pieces were placed on top to give the flower a 3D look.  I added some silver glitter stickles to the centers and die cut the sentiment to finish off the card. Just a quick and fun card I wanted to share…(fussy cutting watercolor isn’t so fun).

XOXO,

caly-sig

SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

Zig Colors:  027 Dark Pink, 022 Carmine Red, 202 Peach Pink, 048 Emerald Green, 064 Oatmeal, 901 Gray Tint


EH Mondo Hydrangea
EH Mondo Hydrangea

EH Many Thanks Dies
EH Many Thanks Dies
MSP Mini MISTI
MSP Mini MISTI EH | SSS | MSP

Melon Mambo Cardstock
Melon Mambo Cardstock
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad EH | SSS | JOANN
Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black EH | SSS
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine SSS | AMZN

SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
Zig Clean Color Real Brush
Zig Clean Color Real Brush EH | SSS | AMZN

Pental Aquash Water Brush Set
Pental Aquash Water Brush Set
Ranger Stickles - Silver Glitter Glue
Ranger Stickles – Silver Glitter Glue EH | SSS
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue EH | SSS

Absorber
Absorber

SSS Friends Die
EK Success Cutter Bee Scissors
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Fish Family

Hello Everyone!

My coworker asked me to make a card for her parents’ wedding anniversary and asked me to personalize it for her using fish to recreate members.  The choice was between fish and elephants and since I didn’t think I could fit 8 elephants on a 4.25″ x 5.5″ card, I chose fish.  It was more fun to create an ocean scene anyway :).

Anniversary Fish

I created a watercolor background using purples and blues from my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I didn’t write down what colors I used – but they were dark.  The water really lightens/brightens up the color when spritzed on.  Then I stamped all the pieces and colored using Copics. I also had to use the mirror-image technique to flip two of the fish for it to go the other way – I’ve never done that before!

Anniversary Fish 2

I added some white accents using my white Gelly Roll pen.  

Anniversary Fish 3

I built my scene and glued it all down using some multi-medium matte glue and added bubbles using my white Gelly Roll pen.

Anniversary Fish 4

I hand-drew the bows on the female fish and also wrote her family member’s names on the card before shipping it to her.

Anniversary Fish 5

Hope you enjoyed that!  The summer heat is hitting Kansas City hard now.  Stay cool!

XOXO,

caly-sig

SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

LF Fintastic Friends
LF Fintastic Friends EH | SSS | LF
LF Happy Everything
LF Happy Everything EH | SSS | LF
MFT Stitched Rectangle Scallop FramesMFT Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames

EH | SSS | MFT


SSS Stitched Slopes and Hills
SSS Stitched Slopes and Hills

White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot

2.5
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

MFT Gold Sparkle Card Stock
MFT Gold Sparkle Card Stock
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad EH | SSS | JOANN
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb EH | SSS

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST
Ranger Tim Holtz Distres Sprayer
Ranger Tim Holtz Distres Sprayer EH | SSS
Zig Clean Color Real Brush
Zig Clean Color Real Brush EH | SSS | AMZN

Sakura Gelly Roll
Sakura Gelly Roll
MFT Mirror Image
MFT Mirror Image EH | SSS | MFT
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue EH | SSS

Stacked Hearts

Hi Everyone!

I typically don’t make Valentine’s Day cards (except one for my husband and minor thing for my kids to pass out at school), but this year, I’ve been commissioned! My neighbor, Stephanie asked me to make 11 cards for her Bunco friends and my realtor friend asked me to make some for her – which I will share later this week – hopefully BEFORE Valentine’s Day (no promises) :D.

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She said different designs – so I made two sets.  This first set is a watercolor set – and we all know no two cards are the same with watercolor. I used a variety of colors using Distress markers and Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers – brushing them on like slop and then misting them with some water until the ink reacted and moved.  While I love the Zig – I think the Distress Markers move a little less and is easier to control. I really need to use my markers more often than I do.

stacked-hearts

I get excited when I finally use products I’ve had a while.  I knew I wanted to use this Stacked Hearts die by Simon Says Stamp and I thought cutting it out in white to overlay a watercolor panel would be really pretty.  I got really lazy and used my Xyron creative station to add adhesive to them as well as the die-cut word love.  It might be just as annoying as apply glue to all those little spaces since the creative station sticker maker adhesive can get everywhere and you end up using an adhesive remover to clean everything up.  I need to remember that I have a bottle of adhesive spray that I should use! I then used the Because stamp set by MFT and stamped/embossed the sentiments in white on black cardstock to finish off the card. These cards were super pretty!

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This next set is using Simon Says Stamp’s Candy Hearts.  I’ve been wanting a stamp set like this for a while and while I know Valentine’s Day only comes once a year – the price point on this smaller stamp set is terrific!  I used my clarity brushes to add the soft falling hearts in the background using a stencil, then simply stamped all the hearts and words in the hearts. To finish off this simple “one-layer” card – I decided to add some stitching and a washi tape accent border.   That border really makes a huge difference!

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I was also commissioned last week to do something a little different.  My realtor friend is a part of a sales team and asked me to design covers for their notebooks.  Her team members reside in different regions all across North America so I got some information on what they liked and created these journals:

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I got to put my handlettering to use and that was really fun but I was definitely in over my head with this project! There’s NO perfection when you’re free-handing things like this! It was a great experience and I definitely learned a lot!  Sorry this picture isn’t great.  I took individual photos but don’t want to blow up this post with them.  I’ll share Missy’s:

missys-notebook

Anyway – catch you all later this week to share Missy’s gliterry Valentine’s Day cards that she asked me to make!

After a week and a half of sickies and germs festering through my household – this girl needs to go to bed early! My body is aching!  Take care, everyone!

XOXO,

caly-sig

SUPPLIES for the cards:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

STACKED HEARTS:

MFT Because You
MFT Because You EH | SSS | MFT

SSS Stacked Hearts
SSS Stacked Hearts

LYB Love, Laugh & Smile
LYB Love, Laugh & Smile

White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
EK Success Powder Tool
EK Success Powder Tool EH | SSS | AMZN
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
HA White Embossing Powder

HA White Embossing Powder

SSS | EH


Pool Party Cardstock
Pool Party Cardstock

Wisteria Wonder Cardstock
Wisteria Wonder Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb EH | SSS
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad EH | SSS | JOANN

Basic Black Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock
Zig Clean Color Real Brush
Zig Clean Color Real Brush EH | SSS | AMZN
Ranger Mini Mister
Ranger Mini Mister EH | SSS

Xyron Creative Station
Xyron Creative Station
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched
Mini MISTI – Laser Etched
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS

Flirty Flamingo Cardstock
Flirty Flamingo Cardstock

CANDY HEARTS:

Not shown below: black-striped washi tape, SU Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock (retired)


SSS Candy Hearts
SSS Candy Hearts

SSS Falling Hearts
SSS Falling Hearts
MFT Homespun Stitch Lines
MFT Homespun Stitch Lines

EH | SSS | MFT


White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot

Crisp Canteloupe Ink
Crisp Canteloupe Ink (Retired)

Pool Party Ink
Pool Party Ink

Rose Red Ink
Rose Red Ink

Mint Macaron Ink
Mint Macaron Ink

Wisteria Wonder Ink
Wisteria Wonder Ink

Flirty Flamingo Cardstock
Flirty Flamingo Cardstock

Mint Macaron Cardstock
Mint Macaron Cardstock

Whisper White Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock
ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN


Mini MISTI - Laser Etched

Mini MISTI – Laser Etched

Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS

Wink of Stella Clear
Wink of Stella Clear

EH | SSS | AMZN


Clarity Stencil Brushes
Clarity Stencil Brushes

Your Day to Sparkle

Even though many don’t like the thought of getting older, there’s still something to be celebrated about a birthday. You celebrate your previous year’s accomplishments and look forward to the next year’s challenges. And truly for me…there’s something to be said about taking the time to make birthday cards.  The gesture either fosters growth and strength in current relationships, or it will rekindle ones that we have not been able to care for. I’m definitely reminded of that this week with 3 birthdays for 3 very different women in my life.

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I made lots of birthday cards on my week off last week when the boys took their winter break.  This one took the most time, but I also enjoyed watercoloring it so much. I embossed the cake image and sentiment using Versafine Onyx black ink and clear powder. Then the stars using WOW Silver Pearl powder.

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I used Distress Ink to watercolor this image and I love how vibrant the flowers are.

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I matted this watercolor panel on top of some Stampin’ Up Perfect Plum and that’s it! Hope you all enjoyed!

Until next time,

caly-sig

SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

Distress Inks:  Festive Berries, Wilted Violet, Cracked Pistachio, Antique Linen, Mermaid Lagoon

C&9 Happy Day
C&9 Happy Day

EH | SSS | C&9


SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
Embossing Powder Bag
Embossing Powder Bag

EH | SSS | SU

Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black

EH | SSS

WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine

SSS | AMZN

WOW Silver Pearl
WOW Silver Pearl

SSS | EH

Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN

Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks

EH | SSS


Perfect Plum Cardstock
Perfect Plum Cardstock
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad

EH | SSS | JOANN


Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb

Simply Simmons Round Brush
Simply Simmons Round Brush
ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN


2.5

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched

Mini MISTI – Laser Etched

Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS

Wink of Stella Clear
Wink of Stella Clear

EH | SSS | AMZN

Hog Heaven

Friday was my husband, Stephen’s birthday.  Happy Birthday, Honey!  So I made this spinner card using My Favorite Thing’s Hog Heaven stamp set.  I haven’t used this stamp set yet and had purchased a few things recently during the black Friday sales.

First, I want to share the quick cards my kids made for him:

from-boys-to-daddy

I stamped the above cards that my older boys colored in Versafine Onyx black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder so they could watercolor the rest of the panel using two colors that they choose using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I let them spritz the panel with water to give them total control of what their cards would look like.  It was quick and easy and not too painful for me ;).

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I stamped some balloon animalss for my soon to be 4 year-old and let him color the above card.  He was pretty excited about it!

So back to my card:

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I love that the angel piggie flies around on this card.  I colored the images below with copic markers and fussy cut the images.  I softly sponged the background with blue and green distress ink and them cut out the frame using a border die and cut the spinner channel using a die by My Favorite Things.

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I want to say also for those of you who actually read what I write here and to my loyal followers-we’ve had a tough several months.  Because our privacy has been violated over and over again, I will no longer be posting personal photos of myself or my children.  I can’t block certain people from visiting my blog so I have to take precautionary steps to protect my family where I can.  Thank you for all your support, and I hope you’ll understand.

Have a wonderful day!

caly-sig

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

COPICS:  RV10, RV23, R00, B000, B00, R24, R29, G05, YG07, E43, E57

Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass, Mowed Lawn

MFT Hog Heaven
MFT Hog Heaven

EH | SSS | MFT

MFT Circle Spinner Channels
MFT Circle Spinner Channels

EH | SSS | MFT


White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN

Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb

EH | SSS


Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers

EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST

Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks

EH | SSS

Ranger Mini Round Foam Blending Refills
Ranger Mini Round Foam Blending Refills

EH | SSS | AMZN

Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools

Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools

EH | SSS | AMZN

3M Scotch Foam Tape
3M Scotch Foam Tape

EH | SSS | AMZN

Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue

EH | SSS

Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board

EH | SSS

Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS

MFT Spin & Slide Discs
MFT Spin & Slide Discs

EH | SSS | MFT


SU Paper Snips Scissors
SU Paper Snips Scissors

Absorber
Absorber

1/2 Inch Circle Punch
1/2 Inch Circle Punch

Rainbow Dash Birthday

Hi Everyone!

My niece, Avery, is turning 4 soon. She’s currently obsessed with My Little Pony. Rainbow Dash to be exact! My sister is planning her a big birthday and I don’t think there are any secrets – she seems to know everything! I’m planning on baking her rainbow cupcakes and I got toy My Little Pony cupcake toppers for her. She’s getting My Little Pony wall-decals from us and I’m sure there will be plenty more. I’m certain she’ll be spoiled that day!

My sister told me she wanted a Rainbow Dash birthday card – so I found a black and white image online and printed it on Neenah white cardstock. I colored it with copic markers and cut it out to adhere on the card.

Rainbow Dash Birthday

The background is a simple ZIG clean color watercolor wash (I used a purple and blue and I forgot to jot down the colors – sorry!). I used the MFT rainbow die and cut it out of each color, adhered them on the watercolor panel, added some shimmer then topped it with a layer of glossy accents.

Rainbow Dash Birthday 3

I used LF’s Puffy Clouds Border dies and cut out several layers in white cardstock and velum to adhere them on the bottom corners of the card. Voila! Took me a few days to put it together because I made this card in spurts but I’m really happy with how it turned out! I hope you love it! I know Avery will 🙂

Rainbow Dash Birthday 1

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO,

Caly sig

SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

Copic Colors G14, B21, B24, B28, R46, V06, Y06, YR16


Petite Pairs
Petite Pairs
LF Puffy Clouds Border

LF Puffy Clouds Border

EH | SSS | LF


White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform

EH | SSS | AMZN

Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads

EH | SSS | AMZN

MFT Rainbow
MFT Rainbow

EH | SSS | MFT

Stazon Jet Black Ink
Stazon Jet Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


Real Red Cardstock
Real Red Cardstock

Pumpkin Pie Cardstock
Pumpkin Pie Cardstock

Daffodil Delight Cardstock
Daffodil Delight Cardstock

Wild Wasabi Cardstock
Wild Wasabi Cardstock

Pacific Point Cardstock
Pacific Point Cardstock

Perfect Plum Cardstock
Perfect Plum Cardstock

Soft Sky Cardstock
Soft Sky Cardstock

Vellum Cardstock
Vellum Cardstock
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers

EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN

Glossy Accents
Glossy Accents

EH | SSS | AMZN

Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue
Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue

EH | SSS | AMZN


Xyron Creative Station
Xyron Creative Station
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board

EH | SSS


Mini MISTI - Laser Etched

Mini MISTI – Laser Etched

Wink of Stella Clear
Wink of Stella Clear

EH | SSS | AMZN

Truly, Madly, Deeply

Hi everyone!

Here’s my last card for SCS for the month of March  for the theme: Songs of the Heart.

For my last card, I used a sentiment from Hero Arts set that reminds me of a song growing up – I’m sure many of you know it! “Truly, Madly, Deeply” by Savage Garden was a very popular song and I thought it would be perfect to make a wedding card using it!

I embossed Mama Elephant’s tandem bike in gold and did a pink watercolor wash.

Tandem Ride - Truly, Madly, Deeply

That veil you see – is a piece of used dryer sheet! LOL. I wish I had some lace or tulle but I didn’t have any so I got creative!

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I addeded a decorative border in Blusing Bride cardstock and finished off this card with a few hearts and sequins. I hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Caly sig

SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

Distress Ink Color: Worn Lipstick

Not Pictured below: Glass Seed Beads, White Thread, Sewing Needle

ME Tandem Ride
ME Tandem Ride

EH | SSS |ME

HA You Are My Happy
HA You Are My Happy

EH | SSS | HA

Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black

EH | SSS

Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad

EH | SSS | JOANN


Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Ranger Mini Mister
Ranger Mini Mister

EH | SSS


Simply Simmons Round Brush
Simply Simmons Round Brush
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks

EH | SSS

Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


Heat Tool
Heat Tool
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine

SSS | AMZN

WOW Metallic Gold Rich Regular Embossing Powder
WOW Metallic Gold Rich Regular Embossing Powder

SSS | JOANN

ME Pizazz Pieces
ME Pizazz Pieces

EH | SSS | ME


Big Shot
Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform

EH | SSS | AMZN

Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads

EH | SSS | AMZN

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN

Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue

EH | SSS


MISTI - Laser Etched

MISTI – Laser Etched

Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS


Blushing Bride Cardstock
Blushing Bride Cardstock
ZOTs Adhesive Dots
ZOTs Adhesive Dots

EH | SSS | AMZN


Darice Crystal Iridescent 5mm
Darice Crystal Iridescent 5mm
Silhouette Pick Me Up Tool
Silhouette Pick Me Up Tool

SSS | AMZN