Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Turkey Tag

One of the challenges over at the Gecko Galz Papercrafting Challenge Group is to create something with a turkey on it. So I whipped up this tag with an awesome turkey image on it. I love a turkey in their full feathered glory! Too bad they are so mean!

Images are from Gecko Galz.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

November is Here!

Time has been flying for us as we get ready to leave Hawaii for good. And even though it doesn't feel like Autumn here, I am in full Autumn crafting mode. So here is a little something I made last month for Gecko Galz, a Thanksgiving card with one of my favorite images.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

3rd Annual Gecko Galz Tricks and Treats Blog Hop

Welcome Everyone to the 3rd Annual Gecko Galz Tricks and Treats Blog Hop
I am the next stop on your “hop,” welcome to my blog! If you started here you might want to go back and start at the beginning at the Gecko Galz blog so you won’t miss anything!  
We have 15 AMAZING blogs for you to visit this weekend, each with some gorgeous projects created using the Gecko Galz collage images, that we are giving you for FREE! Each blog you visit will have another free Gecko Galz Collage sheet for you to download, The one here is "Altered Artifacts".
Also make sure you collect all the secret words on each blog so at the end of the hop you can enter to win our wonderful treat.  So sit back, relax, take your time and enjoy the hop!
We have FOUR amazing prizes up for grabs:
·        First is the ephemera collections for each month for an entire year. That is 48 different sets! This is a $144 value!
·        Second prize is the monthly paper pack for an entire year! Each month you will receive our paper pack absolutely FREE! This is a $72 value.
·        Third prize is all 3 individual collage sheets each month for a year! This is a $54 value!
·        And our Grand Prize ONE FULL YEAR of Gecko Galz  COLLECTIONS!!! That will be 1 paper pack, 1 digital stamp set, and 4 collage sets each month for the entire year! This is a prize worth $288!
Read on to learn how you can win!
First of all, you will need to visit all 15 blogs and leave a comment on each blog :) **This is important so we know you have been to all the blogs **. Collect all fifteen words (one on each blog site) and at the end of the blog on the Fripperies and Butterflies site there will be a link to email the phrase to Gecko Galz. This enters you in the contest. On October 28th we will randomly draw the 4 winners and email each of you, then we will post the winning names on our website and on the Gecko Galz blog site.
For an extra chance to win make a purchase from the Gecko Galz site and your name goes in again for a better chance of winning (each purchase you make that weekend gives you another chance to win) 

Finally, we are having one more give away! If you post our Gecko Galz badge (found on the Gecko Galz Blog) on your blog, Facebook page, or website you will be entered to win a Gecko Store Shopping Spree worth $25 - super easy right?  Just post a link to your blog on the Gecko Galz Blog so we can come visit :).
Your Secret Word is;
Please enjoy this free Gecko Galz Collage sheet “Altered Artifacts as well as the samples I have made using the images!
(Just click on the picture for link to full size sheet)

Witches in the Air Tin
 Using a licorice tin purchased at a thrift store (5 for $1.99!!) I covered the top and bottom with the BINGO card from the Altered Artifacts sheet.  I also used the Witch inside from the Witching Hour sheet set.
Fallen Angel ATC

 I covered a 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" piece of chipboard with the Chicago Public Library Card from the Altered Artifacts, as well as the Angel Wings. Poe came from the Bump In The Night Collage Sheet Set.

Christmas BINGO Hanging

 I used the BINGO card from the Altered Artifacts sheet, as well as the image of the girl from the Old Fashioned Christmas Collage Sheet Set.

Vintage Card Basket

 Using the image of the girl from the Altered Artifacts sheet, I made this small version of the vintage crocheted card baskets.  So cute!

Now  you are ready to go to the next blog site and see what wonderful treats await you there. Just click the name  to be whisked away to their blog!

Here is the Blog Hop Rotation 
Leanne Seed

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Back to School ATCs

This month I am swapping some Back to School ATCs for the Blissfull ATC Swap blog. I made 3 cards to swap with my partner. Here they are:

I focused on more adult education themes. My favorite has to be the Future Librarian one, since that is my passion in life. 

Images came mostly from Gecko Galz, with the exception of Sorority Girl, who is from AlphaStamps.

Cannot wait to see what I get in the mail!

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Gecko Galz August Spotlight

Every month Gecko Galz offers free digital art images and a member of the design team create a few projects with them as a spotlight. This month was my turn and here are my projects using the freebies.

Be sure to head over to Gecko Galz for these freebies!

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Catching Up on DT work

I have been behind since July. I blame it on getting sick over the 4th of July. Ever since I have been blah. Anyway, here are some of my Gecko Galz samples that I missed. I wanted to share them even if they are late.

July Sample - Da Vinci Due Date Card

August Sample - Caged Birds Altered Tags

Hopefully I have my mojo back and can be back into the swing of things!

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sea Sirens ATCs

I recently participated in the Sea Sirens ATC swap at AlphaStamps. Here are mine.

The images were all from AlphaStamps. I used netting, which I love, and added fish, shells, and fibers. I attached shell sequins onto wires at the bottom. Love how they turned out!

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Create for a Cause

Sorry for my absence last month! I was really sick over the 4th weekend, and it took a bit to recover. But I am back, creating and blogging.

This month Gecko Galz is featuring art from to Design Team. Any proceeds from the items featured in the art piece will be donated to a charity of the artist's choosing. Mine is the Friends of the Hastings Public Library, which is where my mom volunteers. She has been a big inspiration to me, why I became a librarian. It was only fitting that I choose her charity. She works so hard putting together "baby bags," which are given to every new baby in the county. 

My project, featured on Gecko Galz, is a Mermaid Tunnel Box, inspired by THIS blog. For details on supplies and how I put it together, visit the Gecko Galz page and click on the project.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

School Supply Cake for Ms. Sandy

My daughter's teacher celebrated her birthday at school the other day. I wanted to make something for her so a friend and I thought of doing a school supply cake. What teacher doesn't need more supplies??

I tried to use materials they currently use, so no glue sticks. I did want playdough but it was a last minute thought so I did it without.

Here is a quick how-to to make this. Sorry, no pictures during the process.

1) Take a circle of cardboard for the base and cover it with scrapbook paper. 

2) Use an individually wrapped roll of paper towels for the inside. Cover with folders, securing with rubber bands. I used 4, alternating between teal and red. 2 barely covered it and made it more of an oval shape. 

3) use several rubber bands around the towels so that you can add your first layer of crayon boxes. They should wrap all the way around.

4) stack the glue on the crayons boxes and secure with a rubber and. 
Using another rubber and near the top of the towels, add pencils and rulers. Keep them lined up together. 

5) next, get a clean tin can and secure markers to it using another rubber band. Add your disinfectant wipes inside the can and tuck your scissors into the can. 

6) now to decorate with ribbon. I used double sided tape to hold the ribbon on, but hot glue works as well. I also used the tape on the Snoopy Rosettes, make by my friend Van. The top one was secured onto a stick then tucked into the can.

Voila! Now you have a wonderful gift!

Thanks again Van for the wonderful rosettes and card! And for the ribbons and scrapbook paper! Saved me some time since my stuff is so disorganized! Lol!

Diaper Cakes by Gwynberry Designs

I recently got an order to make 3 diaper cakes, any theme, for a woman to sell at the vendor shows in the area. It was fun coming up with the looks. I concentrated more on the style than baby products. Apparently they were so nice, she had wanted me to be her diaper cake lady, but since,we are moving in 5 months, she went with someone else.

That is okay. I try to make a bit of money with my cakes, finding clearance items and using coupons, but this is just a fun hobby for me. 

Here are the cakes that I made. My favorite is the big pink one. The zebra one sold right away and she has ordered another. Need to get that done soon.

Thanks for looking!


Saturday, June 15, 2013

GG Sample #2 and Altoid's Tin Swap

Using another awesome image from the new June products over at Gecko Galz, I created an altered Altoid's Tin for a swap over at the Circle of Friends yahoo group.  The sewing theme is an awesome one, I just love the images from Gecko Galz, as well as the paper pad from Colorbok which had the awesome ruler paper in it. Perfect for trimming this tin. I also used some sewing pattern paper that my friend Kim (artJOYstuff) provided as wrapping on a swap last month. I modged podged it into the tin. Love the look of it!

As part of the swap, we had to alter 1 tin and provide 4 cards inside.  The cards would be traded and a different tin will be returned.  Cannot wait to see what I get! Here are the cards that I used. Gecko Galz had a great image of Button Bingo. So I printed out 4 of them, and altered/aged them and added buttons.

Altered Sewing Altoid's Tin


Tin - Altoid's
Pattern Tissue Paper - stash
Modge Podge glue
Scor-Tape Glue
Twine - stash (auction from TopHatter)
Ivory Paint
Wooden spools
Distress Stain - Victorian Velvet
E-6000 glue
Pop dots
Image on cover of tin - Gecko Galz Stitch in Time Collection
Frame - stash (from a friend)
Distress Ink - Brushed Corduroy
Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold
Pink Flowers -
Sheer Ribbon - stash
Blue flowers - stash
Green leaves - Ben Franklin's
Buttons - my grandma's button collection
Trim - stash
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Sewing Pins - stash

Button Bingo Cards - Gecko Galz Stitch in Time Collection
Buttons - Grandma's Button Collection
Flowers and leaves - Ben Franklin's
Trim - stash
Ink - Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy
Aleene's Tacky Glue

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Swap Return from artJOYstuff

I received the most beautiful altered matchbox from the Vintage Dragonfly swap, made by Kim over at artJOYstuff!  I love it when she is my swap partner! She has the most beautiful creations, they definitely inspire! Check out what she made for me! Even her wrapping job is beautiful and useful! This is definitely hanging in my workroom, front and center.

And she included a beautiful mini album kit! I can't wait to play with it! Thanks so much Kim!

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

June Gecko Galz Sample and Vintage Dragonfly Swap

The June Gecko Galz products are out and spectacular as usual! There is a cute sewing themed set that spoke to my shabby chic heart! I knew I had to use it in my large altered matchbox swap for Vintage Dragonfly! The theme for the swap was flowers, so I thought the sewing images would go well.

Sew Sweet Altered Matchbox


Images of Lady and Mannequin - Gecko Galz Stitch in Time Collection
Chipboard for box
Paper - Colorbok
Washi Tape - stash
Distress Stain - Victorian Velvet
Wooden Spool
Wooden Candlestick
Ivory Paint
White Flowers - Ben Franklin's Crafts
Rosebuds - AlphaStamps
E-6000 Glue
Metal Frame - Making Memories
Sheer Ribbon - stash
Coral colored Lace - Pink Paislee
Ivory Trim - stash
Distress Ink - Brushed Corduroy
Peach Flower - Making Memories
Black Letters - Tim Holtz
Blue Flower - Stash
Pearls - Stash (originally from thrift store)
Leaves - Ben Franklins's Crafts
Twine - auction on Tophatter
Rhinestone Flourish - Zva Creative
Flower Buds on top - stash
Bird - stash
Glossy Accents

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Circus Layout for Gecko Galz

My layout for the month-long National Scrapbook Day Festivities over at Gecko Galz is gracing the front page of their website today! Yea! Of course I had to go with a circus theme! Head over to Gecko Galz to find out more about how I put it together and the supplies used!

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Gecko Galz May Samples

Here are my samples for the new collage sets from Gecko Galz. I love the sets, lots of variety.

The first is a simple card, with a not so simple image. When I was browsing the card section at the store, several tulle covered cards caught my eye. The images under the tulle were simple, accented with glitter glue. I loved the look and had to recreate it with the bird image in the Spring Time Collection.

Thinking of You Card


Paper - Crate Paper
Ink - Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy
Zig Pen
Ribbon - Really Reasonable Ribbon
Tulle - stash
Thread - DMC
Glitter Glues - Studio G and Stickles
Image - Gecko Galz Spring Time Collection

Another item I created using new collage sets from Gecko Galz was for a swap transforming TP rolls. I decided to make mine into a mussy tussy.  I personalized each for the recipient. I just love how they turned out! 

Pixie Mussy Tussy


Images - Gecko Galz Pixie Children Collection, Time Flies Collection, Game Time Collection, and Butterfly Wings Collection

TP roll
Paper - Glitz Designs
Trims/Lace/Twine - stash and Really Reasonable Ribbon
Doily - Jo Anne Fabrics
Flowers - Ben Franklin's Crafts
Thread - stash (thrift store find)
Pearls - stash (thrift store find)
Moss - stash (salvaged from damaged wreath)
Leaves - Ben Franklin Crafts
Toadstool - AlphaStamps
Curly Sprigs - left over stems curled around pen
Tulle - Scrapbook Clubhouse Hawaii
Glitter Glue
Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy
Glossy Accents
Scor Tape
Pins - Tim Holtz
Scrabble Tiles - stash (thrift store find)
Burlap - Really Reasonable Ribbon
Sewing pins - stash
Sentiment stamp - Stampin' Up
Aleene's Glue

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Blissfull ATC Swap Returns for April

I had a wonderful surprise today! I got my swap returns from my Blissfull ATC swap partner! We had to make 3 egg themed ATCs and send them, then we received 3 in return.  It took a while to get mine, since they were coming from Down Under! The funny thing was that she mailed hers first, then I mailed mine. She received mine before I received hers!  Crazy postal system!

Click here if you want to see what I sent to her for this swap.

Thanks so much Kamali!

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Friday, May 3, 2013

ATC Swap with Gecko Galz and artJOYstuff

A blog friend of mine, artJOYstuff, is challenging herself to make an ATC every week and to trade it to the first person who wants it in exchange for an ATC of their own.  I finally was the first comment! (It pays to be in a different time zone and up all night when East Coast people are just getting their day started!)

Check out the post from her blog HERE. I love the layers and the stitching! Gecko Galz has a ton of domino images that would be perfect for an ATC like this! Thanks for the inspiration Kim!

I was making some ATC swaps for a swap at Gecko Galz, so I decided that if I loved how they turned out, I would make another for this trade.  Well, I love how it turned out! We had to make an ATC in our style, and being the librarian nut, I had to use books!  I even printed up a small due date card for the background!


Library Due Date Card - Tortagialla
Arch shape - Tim Holtz die
Vine - Martha Stewart
Images of butterflies, books, child, and sentiment - Gecko Galz
Doily - stash
Distress Ink - Brushed Corduroy
Distress Stain - Faded Jeans
Glitter Glue - Studio G
Vintage Library Catalog Cards - Retro Cafe Art
Perfect Pearls
Seam Binding from Alphastamps and Really Reasonable Ribbon
Glossy Accents
Pop dots

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Vintage Dragonfly Fairy Children Tag Swap

I received my tags from the Vintage Dragonfly Tag Swap! I was so excited to see the beautiful creations these talented ladies made. Here are my tags that went out into the world.

Thank you so much to the talented ladies! I love looking at them everyday!

1) Karla at Scetchbooks ATC's Mail Art
2) Kelli at Dreaming of Vintage
3) Lorraine at Over the Rainebeau
4) Joanne at Vintage Dragonfly
5) Michele at Something Special
6) Mercedes at All Things Pretty

There is a new swap sponsored by Vintage Dragonfly. Here are the details:

April Showers Bring May Flowers Matchbox Swap
Click here for the Flickr Group Page
Due: May 31. 2013
This will be a 1:1 partner swap.
Alter one large (250 count) matchbox in a flower/garden theme.
Fill the inside with theme related items. PLEASE make these quality items!!!!
Some ideas....
Vintage millinery
Paper flowers
Cloth flowers
Floral trims
Flower cabochons
Vintage floral jewelry pieces
And remember, gardens can include more than flowers...there are butterflies and ladybugs and gnomes and toadstools. Why some gardens even have fairies!
When you sign up for this swap please include your likes. This can be style of box, favorite colors, favorite flowers, soft or bright.
Wow your partner with a box created especially for her!
Sign up below through May 7th. Partners posted May 8th.

I am definitely participating in this one!

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Amy Tangerine Mini Album Workshop

I got my scrap on this past weekend at the Amy Tangerine Workshop at Ben Franklin Crafts. It was awesome to play with such bright and happy supplies, and people! I haven't had a chance to use bright and cheery since I focus mostly on vintage/shabby chic.

The mini-album was adorable, using new products from her new Yes, Please collection at American Crafts. The cover was a special corrugated paper, which I bought in the other colors as well. She showed us some embroidery techniques as well as some watercolor techniques. I was bummed that the store sold out of the stitching templates. I will have to do them freehand until I find them.

It was great meeting Amy Tan a second time. She is a really down-to-Earth person, and has such a cute baby bump! Congrats to her again!

This class has renewed my spirit of scrapbooking, encouraging me to work with my photos again. Now if I had more hours in the day, I could do everything, everyday!

I did finish my album, after a couple of late nights. I left a couple of blank pages in the back for new pictures of Hawaii.  I know we will have plenty to add!

Here is the cover of my album.  It is a lot like Amy's, but I added a palm tree and the True Story tag. I keep staring at it, in love with every piece!

Here are the pages that I created in my album. I love the paint splatter one, with the embroidery (which is hard to see in this photo). I keep flipping through it, admiring the products, and of course, my photos! I had to include some fave pics of the kids around Hawaii. Even my hubby is show on the last page, saluting at the USS Arizona Memorial.

So, it was a great Saturday.  Thanks to everyone for making it that way! Especially my scrap buddies, Van (from Like the Car) and Nicole! Thanks for this picture Van!

Hope everyone has a happy scrappy day!


Saturday, April 6, 2013

Egg Shaped ATCs

Here are some egg shaped ATCs that I made for an Easter Egg themed ATC swap at Blissfull Art Swap Group.  Yes, I went literal, using the eggs from Alphastamps.  They are so cute! I had fun creating Spring/Easter looks on each!

This egg, Girl with Bunny, is so cute!  I love how the bow behind the top makes me think of a big old-fashioned hair bow!

Girl with Bunny Supplies:

Girl/Bunny Image - Gecko Galz Chicks & Bunnies Collage Sheet Set
Rick Rack - SEI
Seam Binding - Really Reasonable Ribbon
Ink - Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy
Lace - Pink Paislee
Leaves - Ben Franklin Arts & Crafts
Button - Vintage from my Grandma's button collection
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Glossy Accents

This next ATC was fun.  It has a bit of dimension to it, because of the moss and popping the bunny up to be in front of the moss.

Bunny with Flowers ATC:

Bunny Image - Gecko Galz Peeps & Hops Collage Sheet Set
Background Paper - Gecko Galz Bygone Days Mini Paper Pack
Moss - Stash
Flowers and Wire - Alphastamps
Ink - Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy
Pop Dots
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Scor Tape
Lace - Stash
Glossy Accents

This last one, a sample for this month's Gecko Galz products, is so sweet with the coral lace behind and a bit of moss.  

Mother and Daughter ATC

Mother and Daughter Image - Gecko Galz A Mother's Love Collage Sheet Set
Flowers - Gecko Galz Wild Roses Paper Pack and Gecko Galz Chicks & Bunnies Collage Sheet Set
Moss - Stash
Butterfly - Gecko Galz Butterfly Jewels
Glitter Glue - Stickles and Studio G
White Pen - Uni Ball
Ink - Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy
Background Paper - Gecko Galz Wild Roses Paper Pack
Lack - Pink Paislee
Scor Tape
Glossy Accents
Aleene's Tacky Glue

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Fairy Tags

This month I decided to participate in a Fairy Tag Swap hosted by Vintage Dragonfly.  I used the latest images from Gecko Galz, especially the digital papers, to create 6 tags featuring child fairies.

A Mother's Love Tag

Tag Paper - Gecko Galz Butterfly Meadow Paper Pack
Mother & Daughter Image and Sentiment - Gecko Galz A Mother's Love Collage Sheet Set
Flower Images - Gecko Galz Wild About Flowers Collage Sheet Set
Wing Images - Gecko Galz Pretty Little Butterflies Collage Sheet Set
Label Image - Gecko Galz Vintage Labels Collage Sheet Set
Blue Crochet Lace - Pink Paislee
White Lace Trim - Wal-Mart
Rhinestones - Recollections
Ink - Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy
Script Stamp - Stampin' Up
Seaming Binding Ribbon - AlphaStamps
Pop Dots
Glossy Accents

Celebrate Unique Tag

Tag Paper - Gecko Galz Butterfly Meadow Paper Pack
Mother & Daughter Image - Gecko Galz A Mother's Love Collage Sheet Set
Wing Image - Gecko Galz Butterfly Jewels
Floral Heart Image - Gecko Galz Hearts Galore Collage Sheet Set
Bingo Card Image - Gecko Galz Alter Me Collage Sheet Set
Pen - Stampin' Up
Lace Trim - Wal-Mart
Flowers and Leaves - Darice
Rhinestones - Zva Creative
Ribbon - Pink Paislee
Ink - Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy
Glossy Accents
Aleene's Tacky Glue

Summer Feast Tag

Tag Paper - Gecko Galz Butterfly Meadow Paper Pack
Girl Image - Gecko Galz The Children's Hour Collage Sheet Set
Wings Image - Gecko Galz Ephemera Days Collage Sheet Set
Stamped Frame - Hero Arts
Ink - Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy
Rhinestones - Zva Creative
Letter Stamps - Studio G
Ribbon - Pink Paislee
Glitter Glue - Stickles and Studio G
Pop Dots
Glossy Accents


Mother with Roses Tag

Tag Paper - Gecko Galz Butterfly Meadow Paper Pack
Mother & Daughter Image - Gecko Galz A Mother's Love Collage Sheet Set
Deluxe Editions Chalk for roses and wings
Rose Label - Gecko Galz Viva Le France Collage Sheet Set
Rose - Gecko Galz Bits and Pieces Collage Sheet Set
Vine Ribbon - Martha Stewart
Lace - Wal-Mart
Ink - Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy
Pink Ribbon - Really Reasonable Ribbon
Wing - Gecko Galz Bits and Pieces Collage Sheet Set
Glossy Accents

Fairy Reading Tag

Tag Paper And Banner - Gecko Galz Butterfly Meadow Paper Pack
Girl Image and Sentiment - Gecko Galz The Children's Hour Collage Sheet Set
Flowers - Gecko Galz Wild About Flowers Collage Sheet Set
Twine - Really Reasonable Ribbon
Wings - Gecko Galz Pretty Little Butterflies Collage Sheet Set
Pink Ribbon - Really Reasonable Ribbon
Vintage Library Card - Retro Art Cafe
Lace - Wal-Mart
Ink - Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy
Glossy Accents

Little Fairy Dreamer Tag

Tag Paper - Gecko Galz Butterfly Meadow Paper Pack
Girl Image - Gecko Galz The Children's Hour Collage Sheet Set
Circle Label -  Gecko Galz Bits and Pieces Collage Sheet Set
Fairy Label - Gecko Galz Vintage Labels Collage Sheet Set
Butterfly Wing -  Gecko Galz Pretty Little Butterflies Collage Sheet Set
Doily - Stash
Velvet Ribbon - Martha Stewart
Rhinestones - Zva Creative
Pink Ribbon - Really Reasonable Ribbon
Butterfly -  Gecko Galz Butterfly Jewels
Ink - Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy
Glossy Accents

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