Thursday, January 23, 2020

Winter Cards - A Tutorial with Tim Holtz Ice Flake


Hello! I can't seem to shake the snowflakes! Perhaps it's the balmy 80 degree January we've been having here in the south. (Editor's note: It's now officially winter here with highs in the 30's!) I welcome you to join me at A Vintage Journey where I am sharing a tutorial on this pair of simple any occasion cards. I hope to see you there! Hugs! Sara Emily

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Repeat Performance at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/01/repeat-performance-at-funkie-junkie.html Candy Box Tim Holtz Sizzix Bouquet Curio Box 1

Hello and welcome. It's the start of a new challenge theme over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. It's my turn to host, and I've named my challenge 'Repeat Performance'.

 A popular New Year's resolution is to save money. I challenge you to save money (and the environment) by using at least one thing you would normally throw out on your vintage or shabby chic project. Please be sure to let us know what that one (or more) item is.

As always, the winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team. Please see the blog for details.

Honestly, this was an easy challenge for me, as I'm always saving everyday trash to use on my projects, from computer parts to bread crumb containers, and pretty much everything in between. But I challenged myself to use something directly from our trash cans for this project.

For my DT project, I chose to make a candy box using Tim Holtz newly released Curio Box Bigz/Thinlits  die set and his gorgeous Bouquet Thinlits die--just in time for Valentine's Day gift giving.  If I were giving it to me, here's what it would look like filled with my favorite candy.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/01/repeat-performance-at-funkie-junkie.html Candy Box Tim Holtz Sizzix Bouquet Curio Box 2

Pictured below are my 'trash' items: one is the plastic wrap from the extended cutting plates my daughter just gave me for my birthday, and the other are some fairly inflexible plastic ties from who knows what. I spotted them in our kitchen trash this morning and gave them a good washing before I decided what to do with them. I used one of the Thinlits dies that comes with the Curio Box to cut a 'window' from the plastic wrapping for my box. The ties were both twisted up like the one on the right. I used my heat tool to warm them just until they started moving, and then held them taut until they cooled to make them straight (like the one pictured on the left).




 I was able to incorporate both the plastic wrap and plastic ties to create and decorate a 'window' in the box top.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/01/repeat-performance-at-funkie-junkie.html Candy Box Tim Holtz Sizzix Bouquet Curio Box 3

 I'll be sharing a tutorial on how this all came together this coming Saturday on The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. For now, please enjoy some close ups of my candy box.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/01/repeat-performance-at-funkie-junkie.html Candy Box Tim Holtz Sizzix Bouquet Curio Box 4

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/01/repeat-performance-at-funkie-junkie.html Candy Box Tim Holtz Sizzix Bouquet Curio Box 5

In the following photos, I'm lifting the lid up a little to show the box bottom. The lid actually covers the entire bottom box portion.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/01/repeat-performance-at-funkie-junkie.html Candy Box Tim Holtz Sizzix Bouquet Curio Box 6

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/01/repeat-performance-at-funkie-junkie.html Candy Box Tim Holtz Sizzix Bouquet Curio Box 7

And here is a shot of the box bottom by itself, turned upside down.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/01/repeat-performance-at-funkie-junkie.html Candy Box Bottom Tim Holtz Sizzix Bouquet Curio Box 8

If you want to know more about how all of this came together - how I constructed the box top and painted the bottom to look like copper, as well as how I made the simple embellishments, please join me over on The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog this coming Saturday, January 25, 2019, to see my step by step Saturday Showcase tutorial. I'll also be sharing a few more ideas on how to use the versatile Bouquet Thinlits die in that post.

For now that's my take on my theme 'Repeat Performance' for the current The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog challenge. My talented team mates have created the most amazing projects for this challenge so take some time to hop on over and see them out HERE. Remember to link up your own shabby chic or vintage projects using your throw-aways to be in for a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes. Happy Crafting! Sara Emily

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These products were used on my box and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:
Sizzix Chapter 1 Tim Holtz Thinlits Dies - Bouquet
Sizzix Chapter 1 Bigz XL Die w/Thinlits Die by Tim Holtz - Curio Box
Tim Holtz Metallic 2 Kraft Stock
Distress Paint - Black Soot
Alcohol Pearls - Celestial
Alcohol Ink - Mushroom
Dina Wakley Black Gesso
Prima Opal Magic Wax-Vintage Silk
Tim Holtz Mirrored Hearts
Tim Holtz Typed Tokens
Chrome Precision Base Plate for Thinlits
Sizzix Mini Tool Kit

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Mixed Media Layered Card


Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/01/mixed-media-layered-card.html #timholtz #mixedmedia #wreath&snowflake #lumberjack 1

Hello and welcome back after a nice long break! I hope you all are doing well, and having a crafty start to 2020! Today starts a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog hosted by Cec. She calls her theme 'Let's Play Tic Tac Toe!', and here is how she describes it:

Let's play a game of Tic Tac Toe for this first challenge of the year. Choose any vertical, horizontal or diagonal line from the graphic below and create a vintage or shabby chic project using all three items on your chosen line. In addition to using all three items you must include a copy of the graphic in your post and tell us which line you chose.



As always, the winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team. Please see the blog for details.

I'm sharing one of my thank you cards I've made and sent as a special message of gratitude for wonderful Christmas gifts I've received. I used the top horizontal line: Layers, Winter, Heat Embossing. Here are a few close up's of my card and a brief tutorial follows.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/01/mixed-media-layered-card.html #timholtz #mixedmedia #wreath&snowflake #lumberjack 2

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/01/mixed-media-layered-card.html #timholtz #mixedmedia #wreath&snowflake #lumberjack 3

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/01/mixed-media-layered-card.html #timholtz #mixedmedia #wreath&snowflake #lumberjack 4

Here's how it came together. Please forgive me for leaving off a few photos, but I think you get the idea.

Click on any image to zoom in.
Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/01/mixed-media-layered-card.html  Mixed Media Tutorial #timholtz 1

1. I found this winter themed designer paper in my stash, and blended the edges with Chipped Sapphire Distress ink to make it work with my other layers

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/01/mixed-media-layered-card.html  Mixed Media Tutorial #timholtz 2

2.  I heat embossed a water color paper panel with my new Wrought Iron Boho Blends powder by Gwen Lafleur using Tim Holtz Lumberjack plaid stamp. I ended up dipping this into watery puddles of blue inks/oxides left over from the next step and allowing it to dry on it's own. After this panel was completely dry, I splattered it and the previous snowflake patterned paper with Picket Fence Distress paint using my Splatter Brush.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/01/mixed-media-layered-card.html  Mixed Media Tutorial #timholtz 3

3. I die cut some snowflakes using Tim Holtz Wreath and Snowflake Thinlits set. I colored a couple with Distress oxides (Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire), and one I heat embossed with the Wrought Iron powder. I layered up a few to give them dimension and rigidity. I ended up blending the embossed one with Chipped Sapphire ink, because it had some remaining white areas.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/01/mixed-media-layered-card.html  Mixed Media Tutorial #timholtz 4

4. I cut one of the colored ones in half and layered it as above. Distress Collage Medium Matte is the best adhesive for making these finely cut layers, because you have a little bit of open time to get everything lined up, and it STICKS! I heat embossed the top layer with Versamark and Fractured Ice by Emerald Creek. I love how adds an icy look and allows the colors to show through.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/01/mixed-media-layered-card.html  Mixed Media Tutorial #timholtz 5

5. (Not pictured.) I matted some of the layers with white card and dipped another panel in the blue inks to serve as a background to my central snowflake. I saved one of the snowflake centers and blended it lightly with Chipped Sapphire ink and then blended more of the ink through the snowflake stencil from Tim Holtz Mini Stencil set 45. I heat embossed a 'thank you' die cut as my sentiment.

Lastly I layered everything up using fun foam sheets to add dimension to my layers without adding too much bulk or weight. I'm really trying to focus on cards that can be sent inexpensively through the mail, since that is where most of my cards go.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2020/01/mixed-media-layered-card.html #timholtz #mixedmedia #wreath&snowflake #lumberjack 5

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you will visit The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog to see how my teammates found their way around the Tic Tac Toe board -- there's plenty of inspiration. And then I hope you'll play along with this fun challenge for a chance to be our special Guest Designer or to win a generous shopping spree to The Funkie Junkie Boutique. I can't wait to see what you will create! Happy crafting! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Something New I used my new Wrought Iron Boho Blends powder. 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Something New I used my new Wrought Iron Boho Blends powder.
Scrapy Land Challenge #129 Anything Goes I used a Sizzix and a Poppystamps die.
Bleeding Art December Challenge - Anything Goes
Dies R Us Challenge #136 - Anything Goes using any brand of metal die that DRU sells I used Sizzix and Poppystamps.
Die Cut Divas New Things I used new Wrought Iron Embossing powder.

These products were used and can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Tim Holtz Cling Stamps - Lumberjack
Sizzix Chapter 3 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Wreath & Snowflake
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Mini Layering Stencils - Set 45
Emerald Creek Gwen Lafleur Boho Blends Embossing Powder - Wrought Iron
Emerald Creek Allure Powders - Fractured Ice
Tim Holtz Distress Splatter Brush
VersaMark Watermark Ink Stamp Pad
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Matte
Distress Ink Pads -- Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire
Distress Oxide Pads -- Faded Jeans Chipped Sapphire
Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Paint - Picket Fence

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Happy, Happy New Year!

 Wishing you all a safe and Happy New Year! 2020 just seems so exciting, I had to put it on a card. I wish you could see this in person--it's so sparkly, but my camera just wouldn't cooperate.
  I used the snow die from Tim Holtz Winter Wonderland Thinlits set for the background, and gold DecoFoil peeks through. I die cut 2020 from a foil envelope liner and also black card using Classic Lower Alphanumeric Thinlits. I adhered them together, offsetting the gold from the black numbers just a bit. I layered this panel over the foil liner heat embossed with Roman Gold Ancient Gold super sparkly embossing powder by Ranger. I found this in my stash. It must be very old, but I see you can still get it online. I used the same powder to emboss the New Years sentiment, a stamp gifted to me by my friend, Autumn of Sew Paper Paint. She happens to be guest designing at Simon Says Stamp this month. so I'll be playing along in their current Party Time challenge. (Yes, that's Roger's fur under my watermark.)
The Radiant stars reminded me of fireworks, so I cut them from Metallic Kraft Stock to finish off my simple, but sparkly New Year's card. I hope where ever you will be on New Year's Eve there will be a party in your heart. Wishing you many blessings in 2020! Sara Emily

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

It's Christmas Time in the City!


Hello friends! Can you believe we are just a few days away from Christmas Day?! I wanted to play along in the current Cityscape challenge at Simon Says Stamp and completed my first Christmas card for 2020!


This really was quite a challenge for me, because I'm a country girl, but I was up for the dare. I pulled out a rarely used Tim Holtz Thinlits set by the name of Metropolis Cityscape (perfect!) and embossed some of the buildings with Prima Old Silver and Brushed Iron Metallique Wax and some new to me chunky Pam Bray powders for some city grunge. Some of the buildings were cut from scraps of old Tim Holtz Paper Stashes and some from scraps of Metallic Kraft Stock.


I layered my buildings over a snowy/starry sky (Tim's Snowy Stars Thinlits and Crackle 3D Texture Fade). Those Deco Sheets sure do make for a dazzling sky, don't they? You might see a little of that shimmer in the sky from more of the Metallique Wax, this time in White Gold. I just gently tapped my finger loaded with the wax on the ridges.


I die cut the wreath/bow with  the Village Christmastime set and colored with various Distress Oxides. The sparkly gold and red garland is from Festive Things. Stickles adds lots of city glam to the windows, spires and trimmings. I wish you could see this in real life!




I used a Christmas Clippings Sticker and Alphanumeric die cuts to spell out my greeting. and that's pretty much that! I seriously doubt I'll be posting anything else before Christmas, so I would like to wish everyone a very JOY-Full and Merry Christmas!

Challenge shares:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Party Time Although there's no words on here that say party; if you're in the city, you're bound to be having a party!
Here's what a rainy Halloween night in the city looks like:

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Peace & Joy Christmas Cards With Tim Holtz Snowy Stars


  Hello friends! Can you believe I've not finished sending my Christmas cards yet? With the challenge focusing on Stars over at Simon Says Stamp, I pulled out an older Tim Holtz Thinlits die - Snowy Stars to make a pair of simple cards.


Backing the die cut on the first card is the silver Decosheet I've hoarded for quite some time.


I cut the Star of Bethlehem from Metallic Kraft Stock and topped it with a tinier one (Impression Obsession) cut from a scrap of the Decosheet.


I have to say this Impression Obsession die set is my favorite non-Tim Holtz set and helps me focus on the real reason for the season -- our Savior is born! The Sentiment is one from the Festive Overlay set, inked in Black Soot Distress Archival ink, then heat embossed with clear powder. I shortened the sentiment by taping off "In the New year", so everything would fit.


This one is slightly different not only in color but I off set the manger from the Star, and left off the little stars. These cards are so easy to make, and I've got to get back in the Closet and make some more.



I'm wishing you Peace and Joy this Christmas and into the New Year. Hugs and Blessings, Sara Emily
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Saturday, December 14, 2019

A Retro Christmas Etcetera Tag and Gift Card Holder for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog


Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/12/a-retro-christmas-etcetera-tag-and-gift.html Retro Christmas Etcetera Tag 1

Hello and welcome! Today, we are changing things up a bit at The Funkie Junkie Boutique for our regular Saturday Showcase feature. Each Design Team member is presenting a holiday tag featuring some of their favorite  products from The Funkie Junkie Boutique, so you will have plenty of ideas to complete your holiday crafting. I hope you'll pop over to see their holiday themed tags and visit their blogs for details on how they came together.

For my tag, I've used Idea-ology Christmas Worn Wallpaper, Sizzix Radiant 3D Impresslit, and Fanciful Snowflakes Thinlits die set, all by Tim Holtz. Not only are these products perfect for Christmas crafting, I can use them for projects throughout the winter season.

 I'll share some close ups with you and then we'll get to the tutorial.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/12/a-retro-christmas-etcetera-tag-and-gift.html Retro Christmas Etcetera Tag 2

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/12/a-retro-christmas-etcetera-tag-and-gift.html Retro Christmas Etcetera Tag 3

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/12/a-retro-christmas-etcetera-tag-and-gift.html Retro Christmas Etcetera Tag 4

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/12/a-retro-christmas-etcetera-tag-and-gift.html Retro Christmas Etcetera Tag 5

Here's how it came together; I did manage to snap a few photos before assembling.

1. Apply gesso to small Etcetera tag edges, front and back.
2. Trim white card stock to fit tag and emboss top and bottom with old Tim Holtz Snow Flurries Texture Fade.
3. Swipe gesso randomly over embossed surface with credit card. Dry.
4. Blend embossed card with Shaded Lilac and Stormy Sky Distress ink. Apply Stormy Sky direct to paper, by dragging pad downward over panel. Dry.
5. Apply Distress Opaque Texture Paste through the snowflake stencil from the Mini Layering Stenciling set #45. Do this on random 'empty' areas around the edges of the panel. When dry, blend over the stenciled snowflakes with Stormy Sky. Spritz with water and dry again.
Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/12/a-retro-christmas-etcetera-tag-and-gift.html Retro Christmas Etcetera Tag 6
6. Using the Stamp Platform, ink snowflake portion of Holiday Greetings image with Faded Jeans archival. Dry ink and clean stamp, but leave in place on platform. Ink sentiment portion in Versamark and heat emboss with Liquid Platinum embossing powder.
7. Stamp flurries from Into the Woods with Picket Fence ink and heat emboss with Flurries Speckles powder. Heat tag in this area with heat tool and immediately sprinkle very lightly with a mixture of Flurries and Frantage Shabby White powders. The heated surface will allow the powders to stick. Heat just enough to melt.
Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/12/a-retro-christmas-etcetera-tag-and-gift.html Retro Christmas Etcetera Tag 7
8. Adhere panel to tag with Distress Collage Medium Matte. (I used this adhesive throughout project.) When fully dry, trim and sand edges. Blend edges with Faded Jeans Distress Archival ink.
Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/12/a-retro-christmas-etcetera-tag-and-gift.html Retro Christmas Etcetera Tag 8
9. Adhere Christmas Worn Wallpaper to Collage Frame. When dry, cut oval out with kraft knife and sand all edges. Blend edges with Pumice Stone and Frayed Burlap inks and some random areas on the paper to age. Adhere collage frame to tag.
10. Ink deer from Great Outdoors stamp set with Versamark and heat emboss with Liquid Platinum powder.
11. Using stamp platform ink tree from Into the Woods set with Shaded Lilac making impression on a scrap of card. Clean the stamp, leaving it in place on the platform. Re-ink randomly with Stormy Sky and make a second impression. Clean the stamp again, and randomly ink with Faded Jeans Archival, again making an impression. Clean the stamp thoroughly and using Versamarker Pen, apply ink to just the tips of some branches. Heat emboss with Frantage/Flurries powder mixture.
12. Fussy cut tree and deer and blend with Pumice Stone ink.
13. Using the Radiant 3D Impresslit, cut/emboss the large and smaller 'stars' from white card. Color with Frayed Burlap, Hickory Smoke and Pumice Stone inks. Apply HS pad directly to raised areas. I applied Prima White Gold Metallique Wax just to the ridges with my finger.
14. Die cut smaller of the two Fanciful Snowflakes Thinlits from water color paper. Spritz with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Spray, spritz with water and dry with heat tool, shaping while drying. I love that these snowflakes are dimensional (a surprise to me!); they fold up quite easily using the score lines included on the die. Blend with Shaded Lilac ink and blend edges with Pumice Stone ink.
15. Adhere snowflake to larger star with a foam pop dot to maintain dimension.
16. Color 1/2 pearls with Smolder Alcohol Pearls and let dry. Adhere to star, snowflake and tree.
17. Assemble tag.

Here's the reverse side of the tag. I made a smaller, removable tag that hides a gift card and slides into a pocket. The tag was made from two cards from last year. I glued them together, facing inward and rounded the corners. I dipped each side of this tag into leftover sprays in my spray box (I line my box with waxy palette sheets that I can use over and over again).



 Using Tim's Sparkles & Christmas stamp set, I heat embossed one side of the tag with the sparkle image and white embossing powder. The other side is embossed with the greeting image and Winter's Mistake powder (very elusive from the camera). Using the Radiant Impresslit, I cut and embossed two of the large stars from gold and  silver Metallic Kraft Stock. I glued these together  and to the top of the tag to make a pull for the tag. I used Liquid Pearls to make the center on the silver one and to dot some of the embossed sparkles.




Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/12/a-retro-christmas-etcetera-tag-and-gift.html Retro Christmas Etcetera Tag 9

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/12/a-retro-christmas-etcetera-tag-and-gift.html Retro Christmas Etcetera Tag 10

You can see in the photos above I've used Tim Holtz Christmas Mini Paper Stash to back the tag and to create the pocket.  Using scraps to make a V folded hinge on either side of the pocket allows a bit more room in the pocket. Just adhere one side of the hinge to the pocket edge and the other side to the tag.  Glue along the bottom and you've got a nice roomy pocket. Thanks to my good friend Kathy Clement for this easy, handy tip.  Be sure to check out her blog - Kathy By Design; not only does Kathy make the most wonderful cards, folios and journals, but she always gives freely of her useful tips and ideas. I finished off the bottom of the pocket with an old Tim Holtz Industrious sticker updated with Smolder Alcohol Pearl.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/12/a-retro-christmas-etcetera-tag-and-gift.html Retro Christmas Etcetera Tag 12

I hope this has given you some ideas for using your Christmas papers, die cut sets and embossing folders or maybe tempted you to add one of these products to your Christmas shopping list. Remember, there's still time to play along with our It's the Holidays challenge which is open until December 17th, 2019. Happy crafting! Sara Emily

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These supplies were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:
Sizzix Tim Holtz 3-D Impresslits Embossing Folder - Radiant
Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Fanciful Snowflakes
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Worn Wallpaper -  Christmas
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Collage Frames
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Rubber Stamps - Into the Woods
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Rubber Stamps - Holiday Greetings
Tim Holtz Etcetera - Small Tag
Tim Holtz Mini Layering Stencils - Set #45
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Frayed Burlap, Hickory Smoke, Picket Fence, Pumice Stone, Shaded Lilac,Stormy Sky
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Spray - Faded Jeans,  Wilted Violet
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Mini Ink Pad - Kit #2
Ranger Texture Paste Opaque Matte
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Matte
Ranger Embossing Speckle Powders - Flurries
Ranger Embossing Powder - Liquid Platinum
Ranger Embossing Powder - White Super Fine Detail
Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Pearls - Smolder
Tim Holtz Ideaology Mini Christmas Paper Stash
Tim Holtz Ideaology Metallic Kraft Stock
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
VersaMark Watermark Ink Stamp Pad
VersaMarker Watermark Pen
Prima Art Alchemy by Finnabair-Metallique Wax - White Gold
Emerald Creek Embossing Powders - Winter's Mistake