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Let's Party!!

Hello!!!
I hope you are ready for another fun challenge at Tuesday Throwdown!  This week we want to see your birthday themed cards!!  And we have an awesome sponsor for you - Winnie & Walter!!!  They have provided us with some uber amazing products for this challenge so be sure to stop by the Tuesday Throwdown blog to see lots of inspiration!
For my card, I have used the Scenery: Stripes stamp set and the In A Word: Hello Cutaway die.  I have been dying to get my hands on a stripe stamp set for some time now, but they were always sold out or I opted to go with something else...so when the opportunity came to get this set from Winnie & Walter, I didn't hesitate :)

I figure you can never go wrong with having a good stripe set in your collection.  There are a million things you can use it for!! 

So I used one of the solid stripes in the set to stamp some blue and yellow stripes for my background.  Originally I was just going to do an opening with the word die hung across it...but then decided it would look better as a shaker card!  So I filled it with some fun Pretty Pink Posh sequins that coordinated well with the background.  Then added a solid black frame around the oval and adhered my Hello word across the front.

The final detail I added was a few scattered sequins around the outside and some little black dots.  Honestly, the card could have gone without these...I'm not super fond of them.  But it's too late to remove them now, so oh well :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!! <3
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Get Back Up - New Sami Stamps Release!!

Happy Friday!
It's time for a new Sami Stamps release!  This one is super fun!  Totally different from anything Sami has done before and I love it!  The release is called Getting Stronger and you are going to love it!
It's all about macho men!  I love it so much!  For my card, I used the Stronger Already image and colored it in with my colored pencils.  I wanted to keep my card pretty simple since it is a masculine theme so I opted to just to a simple striped panel and leave the rest plain.

There is a tiny little silver strip across the middle that has been recessed back behind the other panels that have been adhered with some fun foam.

I paired this fun image with a sentiment that felt appropriate and is a great one to live by.  It's never about how you fall, but how many times you get back up and I totally agree with that.  When we fall, sometimes it may seem easier to just stay down.  I know I feel that way sometimes...but we have to fight.  We have to keep pushing forward.  Never give up and always do your best to believe in you!  Because while it is nice to have others believe in you and be the ones to build you up...you can't rely on that, someone will let you down.....you have to be there for yourself!  Stay strong :)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Addicted to CAS #92-Stripes
    Fab n Funky #313-Add a Sentiment
    Freshly Made Sketches #245

Have a fabulous weekend!! <3
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One Layer Watercolor

Happy Tuesday!
We're starting a fun new challenge for you today at Tuesday Throwdown.  This week we're asking for you to make One Layer cards!  I know this can be a challenge or seem really scary...but it doesn't have to be!  Just some simple masking can make a gorgeous one layer card!  Give it a shot!

Our fabulous sponsor this week is Kim Sherrod with her A Muse Studio business!  Kim is the wonderful leader of our Tuesday Throwdown team and I just adore her!  Be sure to check out what's available in her shop!

For my card today, I used some gorgeous Simon Says Stamp products!
Since it's a one layer challenge, I had to do some planning before cutting and embossing.  I started by lining up my "prayers" die where I wanted it to be on the card, and cut that out.  Then I used the Stitched Journaling Card die from Lawn Fawn and embossed that into my Ranger Watercolor Paper.  To do this, you need to have a rubber embossing mat.  This keeps the blade of the die from cutting your paper and instead absorbs that pressure and indents the paper, leaving an embossed design.  It's really fun to play with!

To add some dimension to my card front, since it's one layer, I took my watercolor paints and added a shadow around that journaling frame so that it popped up off the card front.  Then I stamped my images from the Roses For You stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.  I received this stamp set from them as a welcome gift, and I absolutely love it!  The scribbly roses are just gorgeous, and so much fun to emboss and drop color into!

I wanted the Prayers sentiment to stand out but had been trying to avoid straight black.  But in the end, that seemed to be what would work best, so I did sort of an ombre wash on it making the bottom darker and then fading it slightly up to the top.  Once it was dry, I added a heavy coat of Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle to it, and then finished off the sentiment with phrases from the Prayers stamp set.

Be sure to stop by Tuesday Throwdown to see the rest of the DT's creations!  Then join in this fun challenge!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Artistic Inspirations #160-Anything Goes
    Casology #206-Art
    Craft Your Passion #320-Anything Goes
    Work It Wednesday-Wafer Thin Dies or Stencils

Thanks so much for stopping by! <3
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Happy Balloon Day!

Happy Friday everyone!
I have a super fun project for you today featuring one of the new images from our most recent release at Sami Stamps!  I wasn't able to get a project put together last week when the release came out, but I wanted to be sure to put something together this week since these images are just so darn cute!
This card features the Floating Kitty 4 image and I just adore it!  To start my card, I did some splashy watercoloring for the background, mixing some blues and teals together.  Then took my Landscape Trio die from Mama Elephant and cut the panel apart into layers of clouds.  Once that was all cut, I took some soft grey ShinHan markers and added shading to the bottoms of each cloud layer so that there was a bit of dimension at each layer.

Doing this helped to give the feeling that each layer was behind the one in front of it.  It's a subtle effect, but gorgeous!  Once I had everything colored, I gave the whole panel a nice spritz of shimmer mist, so now the whole thing sparkles!

Then I set to work on my image.  I printed it off on watercolor paper and did some simple painting on it.  The cat was the hardest since I was painting it like my little Storm and I always struggle with shading out black.  It's always either all dark or all washed out...but I think this time I got it pretty right :)

I used the same teals from the background to paint in the balloon and then coated it with a thick layer of glossy accents.  Everything was fussy cut out once it was dry.

Now the fun part!  There is a string drawn into the image, but I wanted to do something a little different with this card so I cut the cat away from the balloon and added my own string wrapped around his paws.  The balloon was attached using some foam tape, but I left the kitty completely free...so it swings!
I couldn't stop playing with this card last night!  Just having that kitty swing back and forth across the card made me so happy!

Since I wanted the focus to be on the swinging cat, I left the rest of the card free of embellishments.  They just would have gotten in the way anyhow :)

So be sure to swing by Sami Stamps to see this full Floating Kitties release, and then join in our Anything Goes challenge that just started!!!

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Blog Hop Winner!!

Hello!
I want to thank everyone that participated in the blog hop celebrating our 300th challenge at Tuesday Throwdown!

It's time to announce the winner for my prize!


You've won the $12 gift certificate to Sami Stamps!! 
Please shoot me an email at scrappysweetcreations@gmail.com so I can get you this wonderful prize!

Thanks so much everyone!
<3 Emily
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Tuesday Throwdown 300th Challenge Celebration and Giveaway!!!

Happy Tuesday!!!
Today's challenge starting at Tuesday Throwdown is kind of a special one...its our 300th!  How awesome is that!

I've been with the Tuesday Throwdown design team for 4 years now and have loved it so much!  It's so exciting to hit such a milestone with this fabulous team!  I have loved the ladies that join our team, both past and present, I've adored being the sponsorship coordinate for almost all of those 4 years I've been on the team.  And I greatly appreciate their patience with me every single day.

But the thing that keeps this challenge blog going is you, our followers.  Our participants!  The ones that come back every week and join in our silly challenges and leave wonderful comments on our blogs!  So, to celebrate you, we are doing a blog hop that is filled with fun giveaways!  If you're doing the hop, you should have arrived at my blog from Debi's!  Of course, you can always find the full blog list at Tuesday Throwdown if you get lost :)

While we are doing a blog hop for this 300th celebration, we do also have a new challenge starting with our fabulous sponsor - The Paper Shelter!
Our challenge this week is Fairies and Fantasy!
I've chosen to use The Fairy of the Cookies image and did some super soft light water coloring.  I've been deep into the preparation stage of getting ready for my first ever craft fair on July 4, so my free time has been super scarce.  I wanted to keep my card simple and quick but still highlight this adorable image and watercolor was the perfect medium to use.

I added a little sparkly embossing paste through a stencil across the background for some fun fairy twinkle and then added my sentiment across the top.

Now the fun part about this blog hop, as I mentioned before, is the prizes!  Leaving a comment on our blogs will get you entered into the giveaway.  Each of us has something different as a prize, so be sure to stop by everyone's blog!

My prize is provided by the always amazing Sami Stamps!!
Sami has offered up a $12 gift certificate for the winner drawn from the comments on my blog!  How awesome! 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/SamiStamps?ref=search_shop_redirect
So, to enter, leave me a comment below!  If you become, or are a follower (either though the Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin option) , leave a separate comment!  That gives you 2 chances to win!

This giveaway/blog hop will be open for one week!  So you have until 11:59 pm on Monday July 4 to enter!  The winner from my blog will be announced the next day on Tuesday July 5.

The next person for you to visit along this hop is:

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a wonderful week! <3

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Birthday Blog Hop!

Hey Everyone!
Today I'm participating in a fun SURPRISE blog hop for a very special person!  Asha has been on my Tuesday Throwdown team for quite some time, and I just absolutely adore her soft and sweet style!  She is a wonderful person and I'm so happy to celebrate her birthday along with her and lots of her friends with this blog hop!

You should have arrived here from Debi Brile's blog, but if you get lost, you can find the whole hop list at the MHK Designs blog.

This also coincides with a new challenge starting today at Tuesday Throwdown to use distressing on your card!
Mynn from MHK Designs is the one that coordinated this whole fabulous hop and she provided some super fun images for everyone to use!  I've chosen a few butterflies from the Butterfly Wisdom set and a sentiment from the Eat Your Cake set.

The theme is supposed to be beachy, but I had already put my card together before I saw that...oops :)

For the background, I used a Salty Ocean and Spiced Marmalade distress stain spray over a script stencil.  It's sort of hard to tell that there is script in all the mist...but that sort of makes it look even cooler!  I cut out a scallop frame with my Silhouette and then framed my fun little sentiment, which I did a little ink blending around to help it coordinate with the background.

Printed off a few butterflies and added just a touch of Antique Linen to them for some color.  Then I scattered a bunch of Sparkling Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh throughout the butterflies, and that was it!

Thank you so much for joining in our hop to say Happy Birthday to a dear friend! Your next stop on
the hop is Jacqueline's blog!

Have a fabulous day! <3
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Dad = Hero

Happy Friday!
So I was really bad and behind schedule and totally forgot to get Father's Day cards put together and sent out to all of our dads...I feel horrible...cards are my thing!  And I can't seem to pull stuff together to send out to one of my biggest heros!  Ugh...well...hopefully they understand :)

But I did get something pulled together for our Father's Day showcase this week at Sami Stamps!  Too late to get in the mail, but still a fun card :)
I've used two really awesome images for this card:  Dad's Side Kick, and Daddy's Super Girl
I'm not sure if Dad's Side Kick was supposed to be a son or a dad...but I used him as the dad in my card so he and his daughter could play dress up together in their super fun capes!

I did a bunch of ink blending on the background to get a really awesome night sky with the halo of the city in the background.  Of course, I used my Seattle Skyline die from Impress Cards.  It just seemed to fit so perfectly in the background.  The moons were masked with a couple of cut out circles and then I blended the ink all around them.  I forgot to leave a little bit of a halo around them for the glow, but I think ultimately they worked out fine.  The colors I used were:  Scattered Straw, Victorian Velvet, Dusty Concord, Mermaid Lagoon, Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot.

That whole color combo worked so well.  I'm in love with the gradual shift from the city glow up to the deep dark universe.  Just love it!

To give detail to the moons, I took my ShinHan markers and just squiggled a bunch of marks around the masked off space, adding dark shadows and depth where needed.  I did take the ink blending foams to the little moons just to give them a little tiny bit of color.

Then colored in my images with my Spectrum Noir pencils and trimmed them out so they could be standing on the hillside together over looking the city.

I hope you enjoy this card!  It was a blast to put together!  I always forget how awesome and fun ink blending is!  I miss getting to sit at my desk and just play...but hopefully soon my schedule will slow down and I'll be able to relax a bit more. 

Thanks for visiting! <3
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We Must Choose Love

Hi everyone, welcome to a new challenge this week at Tuesday Throwdown where we want to see you use watercolors on your project.

I almost didn't get the chance to create something for this challenge, but after the events of this weekend, I couldn't resist and pulled something together.  But the whole process of putting this card together and reflecting on what is going on in this country just drove my crazy.

The tragedy that happened in Florida this past weekend is heartbreaking...

Whether you or I agree with any of the lifestyles of the LGBT community has no place in this right now.  What does matter is that there is so much hate in this country.  And I keep asking myself WHY?  Why can't we agree to disagree?  Why can't we support everyone in what they choose to do with their lives?  Why do we need to turn to violence when we disagree?  Why?  Just Why??....

I am terrified of the direction that the hearts of so many in this country are going.  I don't believe it's a gun issue..or a terror issue...those are all just scapegoats for the real problem.  It's a LOVE issue...
I'm not talking that sappy romantic type of love...this is a different kind.  One that has not limits or rules.  It's open to everyone and we should all feel it for the people in our lives and the people of this beautiful country.

It made my heart swell to see so much support pop up so quickly for the victims of this tragedy.  To know that, while the news may show us so much of the bad that happens, there are always good people around too.

Hold onto that good...hold onto the love.  Feel it in your soul and live it in your lives.

And just choose love!

"All Life is Precious" - TWD

If you want to help the people of Florida in some way, here are a few links I've found:

This is a straight up GoFundMe page for the victims:  Pulse Victims Fund

Here is a great article that highlights so many options to help out:  How To Help

As I said before, whether you agree with the lifestyles of these victims or not, this isn't the time to judge.  Our country has been under attack by haters for so long now, and this is just the most recent one....sadly they will keep happening until we can fill the country with love and outshine the blackness in so many hearts...

I leave you with my card, dedicated to everyone in Florida dealing with this horrible situation..
Materials:  Watercolor paint for the background.   WPlus9 Sending Hoping Wishing stamp setFreckled Fawn Long Classic Arrow

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    AAA Cards #66-Watercolor
    A Gem of a Challenge #171-Love and Romance  (this more highlights on the love side.)
    Artistic Inspirations #158-Anything Goes
    Simon Says Stamp-Guy Card
    Word Art Wednesday #234-Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting <3
 
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I'll Be Here

Happy Friday!
It feels like it's been forever since I had the chance to stand at my desk and just let my mind wander into the creative realm to come up with a card design.  My time has been so dedicated to one specific task these last few weeks, and that will be the case all through June.  But it will be worth it, I hope.  Once my confirmation comes in, I will be able to share the good news with you...but for now, thanks for sticking with me through the long gaps :)

I did manage to get a card put together quickly yesterday for Sami Stamps using an image from our most recent release.
Keeping with the theme of our current challenge to Use Stripes, I played around with my ShinHan markers a little bit.  I made a pile of all my blues and a few of my blue-greens and put them in ombre order.  Then made thick stripes across the piece of diagonal cut card stock.  I did use a colorless blender in between each color transition to try and give it a different faded look, but it wasn't as noticeable as I wanted, so I added some stitching between each color as well.

Then set to work on my Three Loyal Friends puppy image.  Dogs can be tough to color...since I usually stick to cats...but I wanted to feature several colors of Labs on this card so did a google search and had a perfect image pulled up on my computer screen while I worked.  My first go around with this image was going great until I got to the middle pup...and my markers bled so far out of the lines that I had to start over...so I printed this image again on some thicker card stock and started over.

But that little bit of bleeding ended up working in my favor in the end because I needed a mask in order to add the ink blended sunset behind these pups.  So I just trimmed out my previous colored image and added a little re-positionable glue to the back.  Once the glue was dry (you want to let it dry so that it becomes tacky), I placed it over my colored image and added my sunset!  Worked perfectly.

I kept the background plain white outside of the striped piece at the bottom.  I did add a little ripped up piece of vellum along the side and some twine to pull everything together.  The sentiment was stamped right onto the image panel in some black ink.

Remember we have our Use Stripes challenge running for this month, so stop by Sami Stamps and join in for your chance to win!  Just be sure to use a Sami Stamps image!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Addicted to Stamps #197-Make Your Mark
    Crafty Catz #328-Animal Magic
    Retro Sketches #217
    Simon Says Stamp-For a Guy
    Word Art Wednesday #234-Anything Goes

Thanks so much for visiting! <3
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Doggone Cute! - New Sami Stamps Release!

Happy Friday!
Any fun plans for this weekend?  The sun will be shining here so it will be nice and warm!  Hoping to get a little yard work done with Matthew...but I foresee a lot of just relaxing :)

So today is another super cute release from Sami Stamps!  This one is called Man's Best Friend and is full of super sweet little puppy images!  I'm always a sucker for Sami's kitty images, but her pups are just as adorable!

For my card, I chose to use Moving:
We're also starting a new challenge for this month.  We want to see some stripes on your projects!

Now I'm sure most of you have seen the fabulous video by Jennifer McQuire on how she makes multiple colored stripes on a card base.  I adored that technique!  It's one I've done in the past several times, but it does take a lot of work moving masks around and trying not to mess up your design.  I thought it would go perfect with this image and challenge, so I gave it another shot today.

And wouldn't you know, I totally screwed up my first attempt.  Had the whole panel nearly done when I tore right down the middle of it removing some masking tape....fortunately I had planned on that happening and had another card front ready to go to start right in on.  The second time worked better, but I did tear it a little.  Fortunately it was in a place I knew would be covered by the image so I didn't mind :)

I think the key with making this background is to remove some of the stickiness from your tape.  This makes sure that it doesn't adhere too strongly to your paper.

The second key thing to keep in mind is that wet paper will tear easier.  So if you want to completely prevent that, dry your paper between each color.  I didn't dry it until I had the whole first layer down, but removing some of the stickiness helped keep everything from ripping too much for me.

Once the stripes were done, I went back over top of the design with a really thin striped stencil and added embossing paste.  This helped give it great texture and sort of muted a lot of the colors.  So even though I only used 4 colors on the background, it looks like there are a lot of different shades.  Love it!

While the embossing paste dried, I worked on getting my image colored up.  I started by adding a solid coat of marker to each part of the image.  Then went back over top with my pencils to add all the shading and details.  I absolutely love this technique!  I have so much more control with pencils but having the base of color from the marker means the image will be a solid color even if my pencil lines are a bit streaky.

I wrapped everything up with a little vellum panel and a sentiment from Create with TLC!  Oh and a few fun black glittery stars :)

Hope you will stop by Sami Stamps to see this fun release, and then join in our challenge!
And give yourself a gold star if you made it to the end!  That is one giant wall of text here...but I wanted to explain everything I did so that you can give this fun technique a try!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Crafting When We Can #120-Add Stars
    Incy Wincy Designs-Touchy Feely
    Paper Play Sketches #9
    Simon Says Stamp Wednesday-Mask It (I masked off each stripe for the background)
    The Crazy Challenge #223-Your Fav Color (blue!)

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Yay!

Hello!
I hope everyone had an awesome holiday weekend!  We hung out with friends and did lots of yard work!  I love having Matthew home and when the weather is nice, it's like a double bonus!

We're starting a new challenge today at Tuesday Throwdown - Proud of You!  Our awesome sponsor is Sami Stamps!  She has provided everyone with adorable images to use.  I've chosen the Umbrella Pals image for my card:
 I started by coloring in my image with some Inktense pencils and covering the umbrellas with a little shimmer brush.  Then worked on my background by using the Zig Zag Dots Stencil from Simon Says Stamp and some white pigment ink.  I inked the stencil up over some Midnight Green cardstock.  Then grabbed a Lawn Fawn paper that worked perfectly from the Sweater Weather pack for my background.

I trimmed out my image, leaving a little white border around the edge.  This helps to separate your image from dark or busy backgrounds. 

To get my images lined up on my card panel where I wanted them, I put everything into a cd case (my make-shift "misti") and positioned it all on my card.  Then closed the lid so the stamps would transfer to that, and inked it up.  I first inked them with VersaMark, then with Hero Arts Black ink.  This allowed there to be a sticky top layer over the stamps so that I could apply clear embossing powder and heat set it.

Once that was embossed, I added my image with some foam tape and that was it!

I hope you will join us for this fun challenge!
Thanks for visiting! <3
 
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Purr-fect Day

Happy Friday!
Stopping in to share a fun little card with you using another image from our latest release at Sami Stamps!
This card features the Line of Whiskers image:
The first thing I worked on for this card was the fence that they are all perched on.  I took a piece of the Essentials by Ellen woodgrain paper and added 2 colors of distress ink - the first layer was Frayed Burlap.  I used a lot of pressure with my blending pad to get the ink down into the grain pattern.  Then I want over top of that with the Ground Espresso color.  This time I used a really light hand so that it just covered the top detail.

I really wanted the light grain pattern to show through, and using two tone ink blending gave me the perfect result for that!

Then I printed out my kitty image and colored it up with my pencils.  I just adore Sami's cat images!  They always make me smile, and of course I can't resist coloring them up like my sweet kitties :)

I trimmed them out and added foam tape to the back.  But before adding them to my card base, I used a diagonal brick stencil and added some yellows to the background, then splattered it with some water to get a bit more detail and texture.  After that dried, I adhered the kitties and the fence down.

The clouds were die cut from a Mama Elephant Landscape Trio die and then I simply stamped a fun Newton's Nook sentiment across the top.

Finished the whole thing off with a little twine!!

Be sure to stop by Sami Stamps to check out this adorable release!  And you have a few days left to enter our Anything Goes challenge!!

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
    Simon Says Stamp-Anything Goes
    Word Art Wednesday #232-Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting! <3
 

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Wishing...

Happy Friday!
I'm so glad the week is over!  I just need to make it through today and tomorrow and then I finally get to see Matthew again!  It's been a painfully tough week without him here.  I always tell myself I'm okay and strong enough to be alone...but that's so not true!  I totally depend on him!

But I've been able to keep myself pretty busy!  Actually, so busy that I almost didn't get a card done in time for our new release at Sami Stamps!  Which is a shame because it's all about cats...how could I miss a cat release!  I decided that just wasn't happening and stayed up super late to get a card put together.  Once I thought up the idea, the whole thing came together pretty quick, which is usually the case with Sami Stamps images.  They just radiate inspiration!
Since there's a ton of sweet kitties in here...and my current mood is wishing Matthew were home, I decided to make a card dedicated to him.  To start, I did a fun washy watercolor background, mixing a few blues and a tealish color together.  Then flicking it with some white paint and set it aside to dry. 

The kitties, which is the Sneaky Kitties 2 image (love it!!), was printed on Ranger Watercolor paper.  I used some Inktense pencils and a water brush to get a really quick color down on the kitties.  I always struggle with water brushes.  The water flows too quickly out of them, and since I'm a control freak, it's too hard for me to get the style and details I like with that much water.  But for these soft kitties it was perfect! 

Once the kitties were colored, I trimmed out the middle of the panel to create a frame.  I white heat embossed a couple of sentiments from the Sending Hoping Wishing stamp set from WPlus9.  The Wishing is on vellum, which I then trimmed out and mounted with some foam tape.  The rest is embossed onto some black cardstock and mounted below the vellum. 

I finished the card off with a nice scattering of Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and that was it!

Be sure to stop by Sami Stamps to see this uber cute release!!!

Thanks for visiting!
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