38 posts categorized "Encouragement"

03/27/2020

Fri 27

Using Old Favorites In New Ways by Vicki Finger

Hello everyone!  Vicki here with you today.  I have a new project using some of my "old" favorites from Memory Box and a stamp set from Poppy Stamps as well.  I love being able to use supplies in my "collection" to pull a completely different style of card together.  

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You might remember this card from last fall that I created using the Grateful Autumn Stamp Set from Memory Box.  I used Metallic Watercolors on Stonehenge Black Watercolor Paper from Legion (who also makes Yupo Paper).  

Just because it has Autumn in the name doesn't mean it can't be used for any of the other seasons that have leaves on the trees.  Lots of folks north of Texas live in states where it is still snowing this week and they don't even have the first little buds of leaves out on their trees.  Here in North Texas, Our Redbuds are just budding out this week and in a week or so, we'll have lots of small green leaves popping out everywhere.  The Bradford Pears have also begun blooming.  In Texas, we have Live Oak Trees, and they stay green year-round.  There are many such trees in Texas and I remember being fascinated by them when we first moved to Texas in the late 1990's.  Being a midwestern girl, the only kind of evergreen trees I had ever seen were the Cedar and Evergreen varieties that remind you of Christmas Trees.  There is a huge, ancient, Live Oak Tree on the grounds of the Alamo.  Its limbs have grown so heavy that many are now supported by giant cables and many are literally laying on the ground, but still growing.  

Today I wanted to use this same stamp set to create a pretty Wet-On-Wet Watercolor Background with a lot of visual interest.   Using the large image from the set, I heat embossed it onto a 5 x 7 panel of Watercolor Paper.  Next, I wet the entire panel using a #10 Escoda Versatil Paint Brush. These brushes are hand made in Barcelona Spain and have a Triple Crimp Ferrule and they don't shed!

Next, I added Diopside Genuine in a pretty concentrated mix of paint and water.  I sort of dabbed at the area of the leaves but didn't stay within the lines.  I let that dry and then repeated the process with Ultramarine Turquoise, making sure to extend the paint and water to the entire panel, letting it move freely as I turned the paper.  When it was not quite dry, I went in with a watery layer of Iridescent Gold Watercolor on the top and turning the paper, again let it move around the entire panel of watercolor paper.  As this dries, the gold settles into the texture of the paper making it very visible.  

I die cut the panel with a Rectangle Basics Die and then used the leftover piece to heat emboss my sentiment onto. The sentiment is from Poppy Stamps Butterfly Greetings Stamp Set and I love this font!  Using a smaller Rectangle Basics Die I die cut the sentiment out and then used the next size up to cut a mat from Gold Foiled Cardstock. I popped the sentiment up on some foam tape.  I also had an already cut piece of cardstock sitting there that I had previously cut for another project and then didn't use, so it was perfect for this.  

I die cut the Drifting Side Butterfly from the center of that panel, which is a very economical way to use your gold cardstock and although I don't often do it that way, I should!  I don't sit and plan out a card from beginning to end with what I'm going to do.  I'm definitely a "fly by the seat of your pants" cardmaker.  I get an idea of what stamp set I want to use and what technique, but that's as far as the planning goes until I actually sit down to put the card together.  So usually, I'm too far into the process when I think about using the gold foiled cardstock that way. 

I love all the shimmer and shine on this card and that perfect final touch was the sequins and gems I added.  These particular sequins are iridescent teal and they matched so well.  I've had them for years and I don't know where they came from.  I will be really sad when I run out as they are so pretty.  Then as I often do, I added a little gem in the center of the sequin which really makes everything sparkle and shine.  

I did play around with adding colored cardstock or shimmer cardstock for the butterfly's body behind the gold frame, but I didn't care for any of the colors I tried over just using the gold outline, which allowed the watercolor to be seen through the wings. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing my project today and that you might be inspired to see what you can do with a stamp set you may already have.  I have an extended post over on my blog today as I go into some detail about my watercolor palettes that I've made recently.  I'll hope you'll pop over there if your interested in that sort of thing. 

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03/19/2020

Thu 19

Gloriosa Butterflies, Double Stitch Square Cut Out and Cottage Meadow 6x6 Prints by Jean Okimoto

 

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A glittered Gloriosa Butterfly, Cottage Meadow 6x6 print and Double Stitch Square Cut Outs are a great combination for spring cards.  We're loving Cottage Meadow's "corner prints" as much as we love the overall florals of this great new set.  This is a beautiful, versatile set!

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a very pink design today - hope it inspires you to add some prettiness to the world.  We certainly need it right now!

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Cut the Cottage Meadow dark floral corner print with the largest Double Stitch Square Cut Out die.  We're using just the inside square.  Cut the square with the second-largest die - leave the frame and square in the die.  Attach double-stick tape to the diecuts - place the tape so it forms a "bridge" between the frame and the square.

Score, cut and fold a pink 5-½" square card.  Square cards require extra handling and postage but I hope this card helps someone get thru a rough time. Attach the frame and square to the card.

Cut the big Gloriosa Butterfly Background from the dusty pink dotted Cottage Stripes and Dots print.  Cut the big detailed Gloriosa Butterfly Outline from the pink Delicate Pastel Glitter cardstock.  Cut the butterfly center from matte gold cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Poppystamps Greeting Basics Clear Stamps - on white cardstock with Rocket Red Gold Brilliance.

Attach the butterfly and greeting to the card - use foam dots for the greetings.  Color the white/orange-speckled Delicate Pastel glitter cardstock with a peachy Copic or Sharpie marker.  Punch ¼" dots and add them to the card.  Love  to create glittery custom-colored accents with the Memory Box glitter cardstock MemoryBoxGloriosaButterflyDuoOutlines, MemoryBoxGloriosaButterflyDuoBackground, MemoryBoxDoubleStitchSquareCutOut, MemoryBoxDelicatePastelGlitterPad, MemoryBoxCottageMeadow6x6Pack, MemoryBoxCottageStripesAndDots6x6Pack, PoppystampsGreetingBasicsClearStamps, JeanOkimoto, ButterflyCards, 6x6Prints, GlitteredDiecuts, ImpressCardsAndCrafts

Thanks for visiting...hope you'll be inspired to continue creating your beautiful cards for everyone we can't spend time with right now.  

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03/06/2020

Fri 06

Wild Rose Stem Stamps & Dies
by Vicki Finger

Welcome to the blog!  Vicki here with you today!  I am featuring the newly released Wild Rose Stem Stamps and Dies.  I love wild roses although, in reality, they are a pale pink or rose color.  The great thing about what we do is we can make them any color we want.  The beauty of Art - every kind of art.  

This color wasn't my intent when I started but it kind of snowballed into this.  My primary objective was just some pale pink.  I recently signed up for a watercolor class.  I haven't started my homework or classwork yet, but I've been "collecting" tubes of Daniel Smith Watercolors a couple at a time over the last year or so, and I have about 26 colors right now.  They have over 300 colors, so I am just getting some basics and some neutrals and will mix colors.  I have two or three of each color family plus a neutral, a neutral buff, and a couple of greys.  I'm also learning how to mix colors as part of a Facebook Group I'm in.  So this kind of started as one project and turned into class practice only a couple of layers of color into it. I switched from Watercolor Pencils to Daniel Smith Watercolors after that. 

I used a little Sap Green on the leaves but my focus today was on the petals and getting a much better look than I have previously.  I'm very happy with this first attempt although I can see many things I will do differently next time.  This is a great image for practice as the petals are large and you can create your custom color and add depth to bring the image to life with depth.  Each time is a little bit of a learning experience and things to do differently next time, like adding deeper shadow layers on my next try.  There's also a lot to be said for walking away to let that layer fully dry because it does look so different after it dries.  I used Quinacridone Purple and Quinacridone Pink for the petals.  Today's focus for me was learning to scrub out a little color and add depth a little bit at a time with a complimentary or neutral color.  I could have increased the depth!

I love the look of watercolor and I really want to get better at it doing it so, I've been "collecting" information, thoughts, and experiences of friends who are successful in this endeavor.  This is my first try at this particular method and I am so excited to do more.  For the little stamen on the wild roses, I used Plum Shimmer Fairy Sugar (a new product) to make the deep purple dots.

After I watercolored the blooms, I die cut it with the coordinating die and grabbed the new Springtime Bouquet Patterned Paper Pad to decide which paper I wanted to use to put my card together.  I'm a sucker for stripes, especially this more narrow version, and the lovely pastel colors make me think of Spring which is hopefully right around the corner here in North Texas.  I used a piece of Winter Wisteria Cardstock to die cut one of the Matinee Rectangles to use as a label.  I also really love the font and style of this Poppy Stamps Sentiment Stamps Set called "Springtime Fun".  Poppy Stamps is also a Memory Box Company.  I love elegant and this font suits me to a "T"!

As usual, I heat embossed my image and my sentiment with Versamark and Antique Gold Embossing Powder from Simon Says Stamp.  Using a blending brush, I went all around the outside edges with the matching ink to darken the edges.  I just love how this card turned out and how much my watercolor improved. 

I still enjoy learning and trying new techniques to share with you all as much as possible. If you are interested in the class, there's a link over at my blog.  

 

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02/26/2020

Wed 26

Pretty Blossom Stem and the Geodesic Oval Trio by Jean Okimoto

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A softly-inked offcut from the Geodesic Oval Trio creates a great background for the Pretty Blossom Stem.  Just add bright pops of color with Lemon Drop Fairy Sugar Glitter Glue and some Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad hexagons. Hello, Jean Okimoto here with more designs from our Spring release.  

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Sponge the textured side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress Oxides.  If it looks a little splotchy - spritz it lightly and blend the colors using the same inky sponges or daubers.

Pressure-emboss the center section with Pretty Blossom Stem using the embossing mat and plates recommended for your machine.  Embossing takes just a minute - and adds shadowy dimension to your backgrounds.

Cut Pretty Blossom Stem from white cardstock.  Attach it to the embossed backgroumd. Attach the oval and outline to a white A2 card.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Birch Press Design You Are Awesome Clear Stamps Set - on white cardstock with VersaMark.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder. Sponge the cooled greeting strip with Mowed Lawn Distress Oxides. Remove any residual ink from the embossed letters with a tissue.  Attach the greeting with foam dots.

Cut the green glitter sheet - from the new Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad - with the Honeycomb Square.  Add three of the little hexagons to the card.

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Experiment with different  colors and create some great watercolored backgrounds for your Memory Box dies and stamps.  Thanks for visiting - see you next time!

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02/13/2020

Thu 13

The 2020 Spring Release Has Arrived…Here’s the New Gilia Flower Frame by Jean Okimoto

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Meet the new Gilia Flower Frame from our 2020 Spring Collection!  It's just one of many fresh, trending products from our latest release of dies, stamps, 6x6 prints, glitter cardstock, embossing folders, stencils, watercolor paper and glitter glue.  It's everything you'll need to brighten winter days and add color and sparkle to your spring projects.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with the first of many designs our team will be creating to share with and inspire you. Retailers are receiving their orders now - visit your favorite store soon!

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Cut Open Studio Watercolor Paper with the large frame from the Gilia Flower Frame set.  Save the delicate outer frame for another project.  Pressure-emboss the flower frame onto diecut rectangle.  Mask the edges and sponge it with Twisted Citron and Spun Sugar Distress Oxides. Flick it with Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide.  

Cut the large blossom and extra petal set from the pink Delicate Pastel 6x6 Glitter Pad's page. Cut the leaves and stem from green cardstock. Attach the pieces - slightly offset for dimension - to the embossed background.  Attach the extra petals to the stems and to the center of the large blossom.

Cut a ¾" x 5" strip of the new pale green striped Cottage Stripes and Dots 6x6 print.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Birch Press Design You Are Awesome Clear Stamps Set - on the pale pink Cottage Stripes and Dots sheet with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  

Attach everything to a pink A-2 card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add sparkly highlights to the flowers with Open Studio Goldfinch Fairy Sugar glitter glue.  Set the card aside to dry the glue.

We love this large, great release and can't wait to share our ideas with you!  The new items are perfect for cards, layouts, party favors, planners, collages and journals.

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Big thanks to everyone from last week's POPPYSTAMPS + BIRCH PRESS TOO class at Impress.  Special thanks to Jenny for the popcorn and pretty Valentine cupcakes.  Thanks to Ann, Erin and Lynne for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets.  

Be the first to use the 2020 Spring Collection if you're in the Seattle area and have a holiday on Presidents Day.  It's our BRIGHTER DAYS AHEAD class featuring the Whittles, Scribbles and Stacking Dies from Poppystamps, Memory Box and Birch Press Design.  We'll make cards of caring and encouragement and celebrate friendship with the Spring release and our favorite designs from the stash.  View the collection here, bring your wishlist and enjoy a 10% shopping discount too!

Join us throughout the coming weeks and discover the great new products in our 2020 Spring Collection! Jeansignature-3

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02/06/2020

Thu 06

Double-Emboss the Scribble Rose Trio by Jean Okimoto

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Add dimension to the background of the Scribble Rose Trio by pressure-embossing and heat-embossing it to a glossy finish.  Add a Verdant Leaf for contrast, a Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out layer and a quick greeting from the Big and Little Valentines set.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with two techniques to extend the use of a favorite die from our 2020 Valentine's Collection.  I've used the Scribble Rose Trio for several cards here on the blog - and for classes at Impress.  Here's another technique to take advantage of this popular die set.

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Cut the solid Scribble Rose Trio background from Petunia cardstock.  Pressure-emboss it with the detailed die.  Use a soft rubber brayer to ink the raised areas of the embossed pattern with VersaMark.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.

Cut Verdant Leaf from Flintstone cardstock.

Cut the largest Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out from Romance cardstock.    Pressure-emboss it with the set's second-largest die.  

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded white A-2 card.  Trim it with a corner rounding punch.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Valentines Clear Stamps Set - on a strip of Romance cardstock with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair.  Attach the greeting with foam tape.  Add silver gem stickers.

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Looking forward to seeing everyone again at the February 8th POPPYSTAMPS + BIRCH PRESS TOO! class at Impress.  We're using great designs from both companies - and Memory Box classics - on cards for any occasion.  

Thanks for visiting...be sure to enter our February Hearts Challengs!

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12/26/2019

Thu 26

Scribble Rose Trio and the Tall Sketch Heart by Jean Okimoto

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The new Tall Sketch Heart creates a great background for the Scribble Rose Trio on a simple card for any occasion.  Add an upbeat greeting from the Big and Little Valentine's Clear Stamps Set and gem stickers to complete the design.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick and easy card today.

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Cut Tall Sketch Heart from light gray cardstock.  Cut the solid Scribble Rose Trio background from Coral Creme cardstock.  Cut the rose trio outline from Smoky cardstock.

Stamp the greeting on Coral Creme cardstock with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.

Attach Birch Press Design's Shimmer Lines Wide Washi Tape to Arroyo cardstock.  Cut a 1-¼" x 5" strip of it to add a soft shimmer and a delicate gold pattern to the card.

Cut accent strips - ¾" x 4-½" of the gray stripes from the Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6 Set - ad 2" x 3-½" of Coral Creme cardstock.

Attach everything to a white A-6 card.  Add gold gem stickers.

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Join us for the Valentine Wishes class at Impress on December 28th.  It's a new, added class to introduce the Valentine's 2020 Collection.  We're making cards featuring the new collection - and adding glitter, artpapers and a favorite origami heart.

Impress is also having their annual after-Christmas sales thru December 31st.  Enjoy 40% discounts on all in-store Christmas products.  It's a great time to make a list of the Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs Christmas items you've been wishing for and take  advantage of this great sale.

Thanks for visiting...keep warm!  Jeansignature-3

09/11/2019

Wed 11

Add a Speckled Background to a Holiday Greenery Card by Jean Okimoto

 

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Give a classic Christmas design a unique autumn look with the new Holiday Greenery Clear Stamps.  Invert the poinsettia and berries then watercolor them in warm colors on a caring card for someone special.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a fall card - and an easy way to add controlled splatters to any design.  

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Color the smoother side of watercolor paper with a watery wash of Bundled Sage Distress Oxide.  Dry it with a heat-tool - alternately heating the back and front of the paper to minimize curling.

Stamp it with Pinecone VersaFine Clair and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Press the inks from Tomato Vine Kaleidacolor onto a large acrylic block.  Use it as a palette to paint the design.

Stamp the greetings on scraps of the tinted watercolor paper with VersaMark.  Emboss them with detail clear powder.  When they're cooled, brush them with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Remove any residual ink on the embossing with a tissue.

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Cut  Speckled Background from stencil plastic - the 12" square sheets from The Crafters Workshop are great for this.  Remove the diecut, rotate it 180 degrees and cut it again.  This adds a second set of holes in different areas. The diecut stencil in the background was cut once.  The stencil taped to the paper was cut, rotated and cut again.  

Brush or sponge Spanish Moss VersaFine through the stencil onto the stamped paper.  Move the stencil around to fill in any areas that need more spots.

Ink-splattering is cool - but my splats don't always land where I want them to.  Stenciling lets you control the location and intensity of those little dots.  You can even multi-color the dots with different sections of the stencil.

Trim the paper with the 3-¼" Square Basics die.  Cut a 1-½" x 3-¾" strip of dark green cardstock.  Cut a ¾" x 3-¾" strip of the new crushed copper paper from Shizen Design, sold at Impress.

Attach everything to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of Candy Corn cardstock - use foam tape for the greetings. Punch and attach ¼" circles of the crushed copper paper.

Big thanks to everyone from last week's SIMPLY ASIAN and AWESOME BLOSSOM(s) classes at Impress!  I appreciate your driving - and flying - to join us.  Thanks Jenny - for those flowery bowls of great chocolates - all 6 varieties of them!  And thanks to Erin and Lynne for answering all of our questions and finding everything we needed.

No classes this weekend -  I'll see everyone again at the HALLOWEEN STASH CARDS class at the Impress Halloween Event on September 21st.  We're using great dies, inks and stamps - and mystery items from my stash.  Everyone gets some stash extras to make more cards at home.  We'll make 5 cards and a treat wrapper.

Thanks for visiting...

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09/05/2019

Thu 05

Add Sketch Blooms to the New Jovial Wreath by Jean Okimoto

 

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The new Jovial Wreath is perfect for fall cards - it doesn't need to wait till Christmas.  Diecut it from watercolored paper and add a trio of Sketch Blooms  for a quick Thanksgiving card, birthday or thank-you card in fall colors.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a versatile design you can use throughout the year.  A quick color change would transform this into a holiday card with layered poinsettias and sparkly snowflake or star gem stickers.  

 

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Paint watercolor paper with diluted Kaleidacolor dye ink refills.  Heat-set the inks.  Cut it with Jovial Wreath and Sketch Blooms.

 Cut dark green cardstock with Jovial Wreath and layer it behind the watercolored wreath for dimension.

Attach pieces of green glittered cardstock behind the flower centers.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Fern and Berries Clear Stamps Set - on a scrap of white cardstock with Sunshine VersaFine Clair.  

Attach everything to a side-folded white A-2 card/  Add orange gem stickers.

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Thanks for visiting...hope you're enjoying the designs from our 2019 Holiday Collection as much as we enjoy sharing our ideas with you.  

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for two classes at Impress this Saturday.  It's Simply Asian at 10:30 and Awesome Blossoms at 1:30.  We're using the best of Memory Box, Birch Press Design and Poppystamps - and some beautiful new artpapers from Shizen Design.  See you!

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07/21/2019

Sun 21

Send Happy Thoughts with the Rose Bouquet and Scribble Posies by Jean Okimoto

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It's a good day to send happy thoughts with the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps and Die Set and felt Scribble Posies.  The diecut bouquet creates a bold - but delicate - backdrop for the posies and a sweet greeting from the stamp set will brighten someone's day.  Hello, hope it's a great weekend for you - Jean Okimoto here with a versatile design that works with just about any greeting from this uplifting stamp set.

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Stamp the bouquet on smooth white cardstock with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Diecut it with the coordinating die from the set.  Trim the left and bottom edges with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Rectangle Basics die.

Stamp two of the leaves and diecut them.

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to peach and orange felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  Cut the big Scribble Posies Backgroud and  Scribble Posies Outline from peach felt.  Cut the center from orange felt.

Cut the Scribble Posies Outline again from peach cardstock - we're using just the delicate outline and center here.  Assemble the flower.

Stamp the greeting on smooth white cardstock with Shady Lane.  Diecut it with the ¾" x 2" Rectangle Basics die.

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  Add green gem stickers.

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Felt comes in so many pretty colors - and adds texture and dimension to papercrafts.  Memory Box dies are perfect for cutting colorful felt accents and design elements.  High-quality wool-blend felt minimizes the fuzzies and frayed edges.

Thanks for stopping by - see you again next week!

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