Thursday, April 19, 2018

Alstroemeria



Alstroemeria Flowers are so pretty!  These flowers come in many different colors but I chose to create a color Susan used in one of her Garden Club videos.

Create the background by using the Dotted Scallop Rectangle and Dashing Rectangle die set.  

The flowers were created using Susan's Garden Notes Alstroemeria die set.  The pieces were die cut using 100 lb white card stock and colored using Copic Markers.  The petals and leaves were shaped using the Flower Tool Kit.  Pollen was used on the tips of the stamens.

Use the Garden Notes Ostrich Fern die set and die cut four ferns for foliage behind the arrangement.

Use the Garden Notes Hydrangea die set to die cut the small white flowers.  Add yellow Prills to the center of each flower.

Use the Dancing Butterfly die set to die cut the Dusky Blue butterfly.  Use a black marker to color the body and antennas.  Use a white opaque pen to draw white lines coming from the body out on the wings.

Attach the Ferns, Alstroemeria, and small white flowers as shown, on the lower left corner of the card.  Attach the butterfly with a small piece of dimensional tape.

You can shop for the products using by clicking on the product pictures below.






Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Hello


Today I have a pretty card just to say hello.  

This is a 6-inch card.  A piece of ModaScrap Fly and Scrap Design Paper was used to cover the front of the card.

A white frame was die cut using Els van de Burgt's Fitted Rectangles and Postage Stamp die sets.  The two frames were attached together using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive then attached to the left side of the card front.

The flower was created using Susan's Garden Notes Gerbera Daisy die set.  The flower was shaped using Susan's Flower Tool Kit.  The dark pink petals were cut in half using the Elizabeth Craft Design Fine Pointed Scissors.  PanPastels were used to shade on the darker pink to the center petals

The Lavender was created using the Garden Notes Lavender die set.  To attach the small purple flowers to the Lavender, use the Elizabeth Craft Designs Fine Pointed Tweezers.  

For foliage behind the flower, two leafy branches were die cut using the Trio of Leaves die set.  Shape with the Flower Tool Kit.

Attach the Lavender, leafy branches and Gerbera Daisy inside the frame, as shown.

Use the Words 2 die set to die cut the white sentiment an attach it to the right top side of the frame.

Use  an Acrylic Clear Box for mailing this card.  

Who do you know that would be happy to receive this pretty "hello" card.

You can purchase the products used for this card by clicking on the product pictures below.





Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Design Team April Challenge


Today the Elizabeth Craft Design team has a fun challenge to use the Scissor Spring Mechanism.  I have used the Scissor Spring to pop up the Bee on my card.  Be sure to go over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog at this LINK to see all the fun ideas you can use this die set for.


This is a picture of the Scissor Spring Mechanism die set.  

Before I describe my card, I want to tell you about your chance to win a Gift Card from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

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For today's challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs is giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on their website to 3 winners

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Facebook Giveaway Blog Post, or the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post, and tell us What Elizabeth Craft Designs dies or stamp sets would you use with the Scissor Spring Mechanism die set to create a card, scrapbook layout of home decor item?

Three lucky winners will be selected in a random drawing. 

The winners will be announced on Friday, April 20th on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog and Facebook page.

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To create my card start with a 6-inch square card.

Step 1.  Cut a 5 3/4 inch square piece of white card stock, that will be used for the background.

Step 2.  Use Susan's Earth & Sky Stencil to sponge blue ink over the cloud stencil onto the top half of the white card stock. 

Step 3.  Use the Adventure Edges die set and die cut a green 'hilly' edge that will cover the lower half of the card. Attach the edge to the lower portion of the card.

Step 4.  Use Joset's Bee die set to die cut one Bee.  Use Vellum to die cut the wings.  Assemble.

Step 5.  Use Joset's Bee Hive die set to die cut the bee hive.  Glue the pieces together.

Step 6.  Use the CountryScapes Hollyhock die set to die cut pieces for the hollyhock.  Shape with Susan's Flower Tool Kit and assemble.   Use yellow Prills in the center of each flower. 

Step 7.  Use the CountryScapes Clematis die set to die cut the white flowers.  Shape the flowers using Susan's Flower Tool Kit.  Add Prills to the centers of the flowers.  

Step 8.  For the flower stems for the white flowers, use the Garden Notes Lavender die set.  Use only the lower portion of this die cut and attach the white flowers.  Using the lower section of the Lavender die cut will create a wide bushy flower 'bush'.  

Step 9.  Use the CountryScapes Garden Edges - Hyacinth die set and create the purple hyacinth edge.  Cut two hyacinth off to separate the flowers for the bottom edge of the card.  

Step 10.  Use the Adventure Edges die set and die cut two strips of grass.  

Step 11.  Use the Pair of Leaves l  die set and die cut one set of leaves.  These leaves will resemble a bush beside the bee hive.

Step 12.  Use the Leafy Branch die set to die cut one branch.  A small portion of these leaves will be used behind the white flower bush.  

Step 13.  Use the Rainbow Sky die set to die cut two clouds and one sun.  Lightly sponge blue ink around the edges of the clouds and yellow ink on the edges of the sun.  Attach these pieces to the top of the card, over the sponged cloud sky.  

Step 14.  Use the Bee Sentiments stamp set and stamp the sentiment, using VersaFine black ink and clear emboss.  Die cut using the Stitched Fishtail Banner die set.  Sponge yellow ink around the edges.  Use another larger Stitched Fishtail Banner die and die cut one black banner slightly larger.  Glue the pieces together.  Cut the left edge at an angle and attach over the lower edge of the die cut sun.

Step 15.  Assemble all the die cut pieces, as shown, to complete the scene.


Step 16.  Use the Scissor Spring Mechanism die set and die cut the smallest mechanism, using clear acetate.  Use Clear Double Sided Adhesive on both the top and bottom of the mechanism to attach the bee to the card.

This card is just a little dimensional.  The bee presses down flat, but some of the flowers are dimensional.  I would recommend mailing this card in one of the clear acrylic boxes from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Be sure to go over the the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog to view all the creative ways the design team has used the Scissor Spring Mechanism, and be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win one of the $20 Gift Cards.

You can purchase the products used for this card by clicking on the product pictures below.





Monday, April 16, 2018

Just For You


Today I have a bright cheery card for you.  

This is a 6-inch card.  

To create a bright background for these flowers, I used a piece of 100 lb White Soft Finish Cardstock cut slightly smaller than the card.  Brusho orange and red powders were used to create the colorful background.  Susan has instructions on how to do this on her Susan's Garden Club Facebook page.

The Kaleidoscope Background die set was used to die cut one piece out of white card stock.  It was attached to the top portion of the card front.

Use the Fashionable Phrases Clear Stamp Set for the Sentiment.  Stamp it on the lower left corner using VersaFine Black Ink and clear emboss.

To create the flowers, use Susan's Garden Notes Day Lily die set.  When you use 100 lb weight card stock, it helps the petals hold their shape. Use Susan's Flower Tool Kit to shape the flowers and leaves.   The stamens in the flowers were cut in half using the Elizabeth Craft Designs Fine Pointed Scissors and Pollen added to the tips.

For the ivy, the Garden Notes Ivy die set was used.  It was cut in pieces to place behind the flower arrangement. 

Use the Garden Notes Maidenhair Fern die set to die cut several ferns.

Arrange the Day Lilies, ferns and ivy over the Kaleidoscope Background as shown.

Use a clear acrylic box for mailing this card.


You can shop for the products used by clicking on the product pictures below.

Thank you for your visit today. 





Sunday, April 15, 2018

Best Friends



The rose created on this card was made using Susan's Garden Rose 1 die set.  You can go to Susan Tierney-Cockburn's Susan's Garden Club Facebook Page for instructions to create any of the flowers using her die sets and Flower Tool Kit.



To color the rose, I used a variety of colors of PanPastels, sponging and blending the colors.  To set the color, the petals were spritzed lightly with water, then shaped with Susan's Flower Tools. The rose was assembled using Kids Glue.   

Use a piece of white card stock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on top and die cut one Dandelion Fluff.  Peel off the protective covering and sprinkle on Antique Gold Silk Microfine Glitter.  Shine the glitter using your fingers.  Most of the long stem can  be cut off.

Use the Garden Notes Maidenhair Fern die set and die cut both sizes of fern  Shape with the Flower Tool Kit.

Use Joset's stamps from the Sentiments 1 and Sentiments 2 stamp sets for the sentiment.  Die cut the sentiments using the matching dies.  

For the background in the frame, I used an old wood grain stamp to stamp, using VersaMark Ink, and clear embossed it.   Different shades of brown inks were used to color the background.  

To create a frame, use the Dashing Rectangle die set and the Fitted Rectangle die set to die cut a frame.  Tape the Fitted Rectangle inside the Dashing Rectangle to die cut the frame.  Save the center rectangle to use on another project.  Use the Dotted Scallop die set to die cut a rectangle slightly larger than the frame.  Center the background in the center of the Dotted Scallop Rectangle.  Attach the die cut frame over the background.

Attach the sentiments in the upper right corner, inside the frame.

Attach the Maidenhair Fern, Dandelion Fluff, and the Rose in the lower left corner.

This is a 6-inch card.  For the background, attach a piece of the ModaScrape Gran Canyon design paper to the front.  Attach the decorated frame to the left side of the card.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  You can shop for the products used by clicking on the pictures below.




Friday, April 13, 2018

Stargazer Lilies


Stargazer lilies are so pretty.  Today I made a feminine card using Susan's Garden Notes Lily 2 die set.

Use a 6-inch card.

Cut a piece of watercolor paper 5 3/4 inch square.  Press Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink on a non-stick work sheet.  Spritz with water and dip the watercolor paper down on the ink to create a light pink speckled background.  Use a Score Board and score around the edges.  Attach to the front of the card.

Use the Love Struck die set and die cut the heart.  Use sponge daubers and apply Distress Ink Worn Lipstick on the bottom of the heart and Picked Raspberery Ink on the top, blending well.  Attach with dimensional tape to center of the card.

Use Susan's Garden Notes Lily 2 die set and create three Stargazer Lilies.  Shape the petals and leaves, using the Flower Tool Kit.  Add pollen to the tips of the stamens.  

Use the Garden Notes Leafy Berry Branch and die cut one branch.  Add Nuvo Drop to create the berries.  

Use the Garden Notes Ostrich Fern die set and die cut two ferns.

Arrange the Ferns, Leafy Berry Branch and Lilies to the left side of the heart.  Add a organza pink bow under the flower arrangement. 

Use the Dancing Butterfly die set and die cut one Butterfly, using pink card stock.  Add pink pearls to the body of the butterfly.  Add to the right of the flower arrangement.

Use Suzanne Cannon's, A Way With Words Baby-Love die set and die cut one pink 'love'.  Attach to a piece of white card stock.  Use scissors and cut around the sentiment, as shown.  Attach to the lower right side of the card.

 You can have a lot of fun creating many different colors of Lilies with this die set.  If you go to Susan's Facebook Susan's Garden Club, you can watch her videos for detail instructions on creating any of her flowers.

You can purchase the die sets used by clicking on the product links below.

Thank you for visiting today.





Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Pink Gerbera Daisies

 

All daisies are pretty, but my favorite are the Gerbera Daisies.  We can create beautiful flowers with Susan's Garden Notes Gerbera Daisy die set.  



This is a picture of a pink Gerbera Daisy I found and tried to duplicate it.  It was easy to do using Susan's Gerbera Daisy die set.  If you need help in learning how to assemble this flower, you can view Susan's Garden Club Video on Facebook at this LINK.   The pieces for three daisies were die cut.  They were shaped using Susan's Flower Tool Kit.



This is a 6-inch square card.  For the background use a piece of white Soft finish cardstock cut 5 3/4 inches square.  Use Cracked Pistachio, Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose, and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Inks to create a watercolored background.

Use the Garden Scene and Fitted Square die sets to die cut a narrow frame.  Use the largest Fitted Square die inside the Garden Scene die.  Tape the two dies on the card stock and run through the die cutting machine.  Attach the frame over the watercolor background, using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Use the Garden Notes Ostrich Fern die set and die cut 3 ferns.  Use the Garden Notes Berry Branch and die cut one branch.  Color the stems brown and add Pearl White Nuvo dots for the berries.  

Use the Dancing Butterfly die set to die cut the Butterfly.  Use a piece of white card stock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive attach to the top.  Peel of the adhesive covering and sprinkle with Silverado Silk Microfine Glitter.  Shine by rubbing well with your fingers.

Arrange the Ferns, Berry Branch (which has been cut into small branches), and the flowers and leaves to the lower left corner of the card.  

Use the Words 4 die set and die cut one light green sentiment (friends).  Attach at the top of the card.

Attach the Butterfly as shown.

This is such a beautiful flower and does not take long to assemble.  Since it is a dimensional card, you can mail this it inside one of the clear acrylic boxes, linked below.

You can shop for the products used by clicking on the products shown below.

I appreciate you visiting my blog.  I love to read your comments.




Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Peonies


One of my favorite flowers is the Peony.  Using Susan's Peony 2 die set you can create beautiful, realistic flowers for your cards that will be enjoyed by everyone.

Here is how this card was created.


Step 1.  Use a 6-inch card .

Step 2.  Cover the front of the card with a piece of design paper from the ModaScrap Fly & Scrap design paper.

Step 3  Use the Dotted Scallop Rectangles to die cut two white rectangles and one pink rectangle.  The pink rectangle will fit between the two white rectangles, as shown.

Step 4.  Use the Fitted Rectangle die set to die cut an opening to create a frame, in the smallest white rectangles.

Step 5.  Use distress Inks to create a marbled background to fit behind the white open frame.  Use  Squeezed Lemonade and Fired Brick Distress Inks.  Cut a small piece of the marbled background to fit behind the open frame.

Step 6.  Attach the largest white rectangle to the front of the card, using 6mm Clear Double sided Adhesive.

Step 7.  Cut a piece of white Fun Foam to fit behind the pink rectangle and attach with Clear Double Sided Adhesive.  Attach this rectangle on top of the white rectangle.

Step 8.  Attach the white frame with the marbled background on top of the pink rectangle, using clear double sided adhesive.

Step 9.  Use Susan's Garden Notes Peony 2 die set to create one large, one small peony, and one peony bud.  Die cut the pieces using white cardstock.  Color the petals using the light and bright pink PanPastels.  To create the small peony, use four of the second largest petal pieces and shape so the flower is not all the way open.  Create a bud by cupping 2 of the second largest petal pieces so the flower is mostly closed.  Use the two-petal leaf die cut to shape around the small flower and the bud.  Shape the petals and leaves using Susan's Flower Tool Kit.


Step 10.  Use the Garden Notes Berry Branch and die cut one branch.  Color the branch brown using markers.  Use Nuvo Crystal Dots to create purple berries.

Step 11.  Use the Garden Notes Maidenhair Fern die set to die cut one fern.

Step 12.  Use the Leafy Branch die set and die cut one branch.

Step 13.  Arrange the Leafy Branch, the Berry Branch, and Maidenhair Fern on the lower left corner of the card.  Attach the Peonies, as shown.

When you create this flower, you can use as many petals as you want to make it as full as you like.  They are so easy to create.  If you need help in learning how to assemble the peony, you can watch Susan's YouTube Garden Notes Peony Video at this LINK.

You can shop for the products used by clicking on the products below.




Monday, April 2, 2018

You Can Never Have Enough of Nature


Becky Seddon's Garden Scene die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs is beautiful.  You can use this die set to create a beautiful quick and easy card or add embellishments.  


Here is a picture of another  card I made using the Garden Scene die set.  The Garden Scene was die cut and glued to a light blue backing.

Today I wanted to see if I could create a card with a laser cut effect on the front of the card, that would have open space to the inside.  I was able to create that look.

This is a 6-inch square card.

Use the Garden Scene die set and die cut the garden scene, centered on the front panel of the card.  

To make the die cut scene sturdy, use 100 lb Soft Finish card stock and die cut the Garden Scene, with the scallop frame around it, two times.  Glue these die cut scenes over the die cut on the front of the card, aliening  all the elements.  It is best to use glue, rather an clear double sided adhesive, because the glue will slide around making it easy to match up each element.

Use only the scallop frame from the Garden Scene die set plus the largest die in the Fitted Square die set and cut a narrow frame to go around the die cut scene.  This will give the piece a more completed appearance.  You can attach this frame with 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Use Krista's Summer Sentiments clear stamp set for the sentiment.  Stamp using black VersaFine ink and clear emboss.  Die cut using the Stitched Fishtail Banner die set to cut out the sentiment.  Cut the left side of the banner so it will fit at an angle.  Attach to the upper left corner.

Use the CountryScapes Mini Botanicals Hollyhock die set and create one hollyhock stem.  Use the Flower Tool Kit to shape the flowers and leaves.  Add a couple of yellow Prills to the center of each hollyhock.  Attach to the lower left corner, beside the picket fence.

Use the Garden Notes Dogwood die set and create one flower.  Shape with the Flower Tool Kit.  Add pollen to the end of the stamens.  Attach to the upper left corner over the sentiment.

Use the cardstock in the ModaScrap Butterfly Dreams pack for the butterflies.  Cut five small butterflies out, using scissors, and attach to the front of the card as shown.

  

This picture shows the card open with the inside laying down.  To make the back panel stronger,  a 5 3/4 inch piece of white card was attached.  This will help the card stand up.



This is a picture showing the inside of the card.  There is nothing behind the die cut front.  A piece of Teal Soft Finish Cardstock was attached on the inside back panel.  Using a darker color card stock helps show off the die cut front when it is closed.  



This card is very pretty when standing open.  

Since the front of the card is open, the message will need to be written on the very back of the card.  

This card has only a little dimension and will probably fit in a regular envelope, or you can send it in one of the acrylic boxes.

You can shop for the products used by clicking on the products shown below.

Thank you for visiting today.  





Saturday, March 31, 2018

Unforgettable




Today I saw the above picture of a dahlia, I thought was very pretty, and decided to try and duplicate it by using Susan's Garden Notes Dahlia die set.   I think I came pretty close to the real flower - what do you think?

Use a 6-inch white card.  Cut a piece of white card stock 5 3/4 inches square; use a Score Board and score around edges, for a finished edge.  Attach to the front of the card.

Create a watercolor background piece using Distress Oxide Inks.  Frame with a Stitched Rectangle frame and a Dotted Scallop Rectangle, as shown. 

To create the flower start off with a bright yellow card stock.  Use only the three largest Garden Notes Dahlia petal dies.  Die cut 4 of the largest, 3 of the second largest and 3 of the third largest petals. The two smallest die cuts are not used for this particular flower.   Use a bright orange ink to sponge color on 3/4 of the lower portion of  the tip of each. Use a fine tip orange marker and draw lines from the base of each petal to almost the tip.   Use the Flower Tool Kit and shape the petals.  Using one of the smallest petal die cuts, use the scissors and cut twice down each petal.  This piece will be used to go around the stamen.   Die cut two stamens, using dark brown card stock.  Cut down the center of each leg on both stamen pieces.  Glue the two stamen pieces together, alternating the legs so it appears without gaps.  As soon as the stamen glue has dried, roll up, as usual with the tweezers.  Spread out the narrow stamen legs, dip the tips in glue, then dip in black pollen.  As soon as the glue has dried, place the stamen in the smallest flower petal piece that has the petals cut; add glue to the center and part way up the base of the petals.  Press the flower petals around the sides of the stamen, and glue into the center of the dahlia. 

Use the Dancing Butterfly die set and die cut one black butterfly.

Die cut one Berry Branch.  Color the stems brown and add orange berries with either Nuvo Crystal Drops or pearls.  Cut into several pieces to attach behind the Dahlia.

Use the Ladder Fern Die set and die cut one Fern.  

Use the A Way With Words Unforgettable die set and die cut one white and one black sentiment.  Glue the black sentiment on top of the white.  This will give it some dimension.  Attach the sentiment on the lower portion of the card.

 Attach the Dahlia, Fern and Berry Branch on the lower right side of the Rectangle Frame.  Attach the Butterfly with a small piece of dimensional tape.

It is fun to find a picture of a beautiful flower and try to recreate it using Susan's flower die sets.   

You can shop for the products used from Elizabeth Craft Designs, by clicking on the products shown below.





Thursday, March 29, 2018

Lupine Mountain Scene


It is fun to create different types of cards.  As you know, I love creating floral cards, but today I wanted to work with Susan's Stencils to create a mountain scene.  I still wanted to create a pretty flower for dimension, so I added one Lupine flower, which is commonly found up in the mountains.

The piece stenciled is a rectangle die cut using the largest rectangle from the Dashing  Rectangles die set.  

Using a variety of Distress Inks, Susan's stencils were used for the scene.  First the Earth & Sky stencil was used to create a cloudy sky which comes down about half way.

The Mountain & Split Rail stencil was used to sponge on blue mountains just below the clouds.

The Snowstorm and Mounds stencil was used to create different levels of grass mounds below the mountains.

The Shade Tree Stencil was used to create the shade tree.

The Evergreen Grove Stencil was used to sponge on four evergreens on the right side and one evergreen on the left of the Shade Tree

The Behind the Scenes Stencil was used to sponge on three deer.  The stencil was turned over to create a deer facing the two deer on the right.  A green marker was used to add a few grass blades around the feet of the deer and the base of the Shade Tree.

The lower portion of the piece was sponged with green ink then the grass was sponged on using the Earth &  Sky Stencil.  

The flying Geese were added using the Earth & Sky Stencil.

The Dashing Rectangle used previously, was used again to die cut an opening in a piece of white card stock that is approximately 3/4 inch larger than the die.  This created an open frame to fit around the completed scene that was created on the Dashing Rectangle.  Use a Score Board to score around the edges of the frame, for a finished appearance.  

Susan's Garden Notes Bluebell-Lupine die set was used to create the pink flower.  It was shaded using pale lime green, light and dark pink markers.  The flower and leaves were shaped using Susan's Flower Tool Kit.  

Two Ladder Ferns were die cut using green card stock and placed behind the flower.  

Joset's Spring Basket die set was used to die cut two grass die cuts  These were placed in front of the flower.

Have you tried using the stencils to create a scene.  It is very easy to do and a lot of fun to use your imagination.  I hope you will give it a try.

The products used a linked below.   




Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Southern Magnolia Covered Cigar Box



One of my favorite restaurants in Downtown Spokane is located in a renovated old flour mill that overlooks the Spokane Falls.  This mall also has some fun shops, including a Kitchen Store and fun Gift Stores.   On the way to the restaurant, you need to walk past a Cigar Store.  By the door they have a counter with empty cigar boxes for sale.  The proceeds from these boxes are all donated to a children's organization.  I can never pass this store up without checking out cigar boxes that I can decorate.  Today I have a black wooden box decorated with Susan's Garden Notes Southern Magnolias.

The top of the box was covered with a piece of black card stock that was embossed.  Gold Line Peel Off Stickers were used to make a line about one inch from the bottom edge.  Gold Peel Off Corner Stickers were added to the upper corners.

Susan's Garden Notes Southern Magnolia die set was used to create the flowers.  The base of the petals were shaded with yellow PanPastels.  The flowers were shaped using Susan's Flower Tool Kit and assembled.  Yellow Pollen was added to the center.  The leaves were colored using Green PanPastels, shaped, then pressed into a VersaMark Pad and clear embossed, to give them a waxy finished.

The large gold leaves were die cut using the ModaScrap Ready to Bloom die set.  Gold Shimmer Sheetz were used.  Two sets of leaves were die cut and cut apart to be arranged behind the flowers.

Suzanne's A Way With Words Flourished Frame was die cut using White Soft Finish Cardstock.  The A Way With Words Sweet Smiles die set was used for the gold sentiment.  Suzanne's A Way With Words Butterfly Flourish Die Set was used for the Gold Butterfly.

A decorated box could be used as a gift, or you could include a small gift inside or add some of your beautiful cards.  

I hope I inspired you to decorate a box with your favorite flowers.

You can shop for the products used to decorate this box by clicking on the products shown below.




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