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Stampin’ Up! Retiring Items & Botanical Blooms

Today I thought that I would share a few cards that I made last year with my Stamp Club members using the Stampin’ Up! Botanical Blooms stamp set and matching dies.  It is hard to believe it isBotanical Blooms Birthday card late April and things are selling off the Stampin’ Up! Retired List very quickly!!  I was perusing the retiring list last night and saw that the Botanical Blooms stamp set and dies are significantly discounted! Remember the Botanical stamp set and dies from last year?

The dies for this stamp set cut very intricate three dimensional flowers and leaves that are beautiful and perfect for layering!

The Botanical Blooms stamp set and dies are also perfect for decorating 3D items.

Well they are currently discounted on the Stampin’ Up! Retiring list! for a significant discount!
















Are you ready to order?  If you place an order for this stamp set and dies, I will send you the PDF for my Botanical Blooms class which you can see here.

Ready to place an order?  If your order is under $150 then use the hostess code 49YAFEGU and receive a package of Pearl Jewels from me!  Of course if your order is over $150 then collect the hostess benefits for yourself!

You can check out the complete list of retiring products  HERE.  And don’t forget to check out the Clearance Rack.  I am hearing that lots of new items have been added to the clearance rack too.

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Sneak Peak – Stampin’ Up! In Colors

Friday I had a little fun in Marilyn’s Creative Playground with the new Stampin’ Up! In-colors!  A few of my team members came over and we played with some of the new stamp sets and papers on Friday!

  Here I am sharing a sneak peak of the new Stampin’ Up! In-colors that will be available with the new Stampin’ Up! catalog in June!  I am so excited!  I love these new colors and they look so nice with the existing in-colors!

So the new In-colors are from left to right:

Berry Burst, Lemon Lime twist, Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig and layering down is a card made with Powder Pink.

I highlighted these colors using the new Designer Series paper made with these in-colors.  This designer paper was made using each of the 5 colors.  The new In-color Designer paper stack has 4 design patterns for each color.  If this pattern looks familiar it is because it was in this year’s catalog in a Night of Navy color which I affectionately called the Delft Paper since it had the look of Delft pottery!

The messages on the cards are stamped with the corresponding color and the Layering Love stamp set.  The messages are cutout with the Layering Square, ovals and circles framelits.  If you are an avid paper crafter like me, you need these framelits in your tool kit!  They are perfect for cutting squares, circles and ovals out of cardstock or for pictures in your scrapbooks!

 What I like best about these colors is they are very bold and vibrant but pair nicely with the other in-colors!  Of course that is one of the advantages of using Stampin’ Up! products.  All the colors coordinate!

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Happy Easter

Happy EasterHappy Easter!  Today I am sharing a card that I made with the Stampin’ Up! Easter Message Stamp set and the Carousel and Cupcakes Designer Series paper.

The card base is a 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of So Saffron cardstock scored at 4 1/4″.  The next layer is a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and embossed with the Falling snow embossing folder. 

The top layer is a piece of the Yellow Sunbeam DSP from the Cupcakes & Carousel Designer Series paper stack.  I love this paper!  I cut the paper to 3 7/8″ x 3″.

The Messages are stamped using Stampin’ Up! Black archival ink on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  These new framelits are great for cutting out a design that has the faux stitching around the edge.  This set of framelits has 4 ovals, 4 circles and 4 squares that fit with the Layering Oval, Circle and Square framelits.  For this card, I layered the message on a Scalloped oval cut from a piece of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock.  

The Cross is stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  I used the new Watercolor pencils with a blender pen to color in the cross and the cloth on the cross.  I then cut out the cross with a pair of Stampin’ Up! Snips (my most used and favorite tool!).  The cross is mounted onto the card using the new Foam Adhesive Strips to add dimension.

Here are the supplies that I used to make this card.

Product List


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Enjoy your Easter!

Don't forget to check out the retiring list!  Some supply items are already gone!

The Retiring List is out!

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The time for the new Stampin’ Up! catalog is quickly approaching – so that means that some Stamp Sets and supplies need to retire to make room for new stamp sets and supplies!  This list is from both the Annual 2016-2017 Catalog and the Occasions Catalog.  Check out the list of items that we are bidding a fond farewell to  HERE.

Here are a few specifics about ordering retiring products:

  • All retiring items will be discontinued after May 31.
  • All retiring accessories and tools are available while supplies last.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, we’ll keep producing retiring stamp sets until May 22. After May 22, all retiring stamp sets will be available while supplies last.
  • Select discounts may vary by market depending on inventory levels.
  • Depending on inventory levels, we may add additional discounts to select products in May.
  • These discounts will not be preannounced.
  • If you or a customer buys a product at retail price and then it is later discounted, Stampin’ Up! will not refund the difference.
  • If there is a product you or your customer wants, we recommend buying it right away and not waiting to see if it’s discounted later or you/your customer risk it being sold out.
  • Discounts will be applied to select retiring items only.

And speaking of new catalogs.  If you are an existing customer of mine – you will be receiving your new catalog in the mail.  If you are new to me – send me an email at marilyn.sanclemente@comcast.net and I will make sure that you receive a new catalog!

Ready to place an order?  If your order is under $150 then use the hostess code 49YAFEGU and receive a package of Pearl Jewels from me!  Of course if your order is over $150 then collect the hostess benefits for yourself!

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Carousel Birthday All Occasion card

Today I am sharing a card that I made with the Carousel Birthday stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog.  I love the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series paper stack.  The paper has a very shabby chic look with a combination of great colors!  There is a Calypso Coral hue and a blue – Bermuda Bay hue.

This is my “stepped up” card with lots of detail.  I was looking for some cards to make for swaps at Stampin’ Up! OnStage event in Richmond.  I also wanted to make a card with more detail to keep for me and use for a future class.

Here are the two color combinations.











Here are the details of this card:

The card base is So Saffron cardstock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.  Next is a layer of Pool Party cardstock that I have embossed with the Boho Chic embossing folder.  The center piece is a 4″ x 3″ piece of the Cupcakes & Carousels designer paper with a layer of Bermuda Bay cardstock that is 4 1/8″ x 3 1/8″. 

The Carousel horse is stamped with Chocolate Chip ink and colored with the Watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  These are stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock.  The Circle and Scalloped circle are cut out using the layering Circles Framelits.  The Baker’s Twine is part of the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishments kit.   For the detailed card, I stamped the horse a second time and layered it on the first horse to make the layer pop.  I added a touch of wink of Stella to the Bermuda Bay areas of the horse’s saddle which you can see in the close up.
The second card is made with the coordinating Calypso Coral color hue.  The card base is Very Vanilla cardstock.  The first layer is a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Peekaboo Peach cardstock embossed with the Boho Chic Embossing Folder.  I used the small Pearl Jewels to accent the details of the saddle.

So which color combination do you like better?

Can’t wait to see what i get back for swap cards tomorrow!

Happy Stamping!


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Delicate Details and Sale-a-bration

Today I am sharing a card that I madDelicate Details and Avant Gardene with my Stamp Club in February with the Stampin’ Up! Delicate Details Stamp set.  This stamp set is from the Sale-a-bration catalog which ends tomorrow on Friday!  So if you want this set – time is winding down!

The Delicate Details stamp set is perfect for making very feminine, lacey cards.  Perfect for a wedding or shower card!

With this card, I also chose to use a couple of the in-colors.  I like the combination of these colors and the soft look.

The background colors are Dapper Denim and Mint Macaron which are stamped alternately with 3 of the stamps from the Delicate Details stamp set.  The Flower is from the Avant Garden stamp set.  I used the Dapper Denim and Cucumber Crush markers to color the image on the floral stamp.  This is stamped on an oval of whisper white cardstock and layered on a scalloped oval of dapper denim.  These ovals are cut using the Layering Ovals Thinlits.  

Finally a piece of Dapper Denim ribbon is used to finish off this project.

So don’t miss out!  Tomorrow is the last day to order from the Sale-a-bration catalog!  i love to share the hostess benefits with my customers.  If your order is under $150 then use the hostess code US9TNKY4 and I will send you a 6×6 sampler of the Falling in Love Designer Paper.  Of course if your order is over $150 then take the hostess benefits for yourself!

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How to CASE a card

Beautiful You with Pop of PinkToday I am going to share with you my strategy on how to CASE a card.   So a couple of weeks ago, one of my downlines and I challenged each other to make a card with the Stampin’ Up! Beautiful You stamp set and the Pop of Pink Designer Series paper.  This is the card that Jeanne made.

The dimensions on this card are:

1.  Card base:  Basic Black card stock cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″

2.  Next Layer:  Melon Mambo card stock cut to 4 7/8″ x 3 5/8″ layered with a piece of 4 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ piece of Whisper White card stock.

3.  Top Layer:  Melon Mambo card stock but to 3 5/8″ x 2 5/8″ layered with a piece of Whisper White cut to 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″.

The Lady is stamped with Basic Black Archival ink on the Whisper White and again on the Pop of Pink DSP with the polka dot design.  You cut out just inside the lines of the dress on the Designer paper and attach that to your card.  The hat is stamped  on a scrap of Melon Mambo card stock, cut out and layered onto the card.  Then “Celebrate…” is stamped on the bottom.  This layer is attached with dimensionals on an angle to the card.
Beautiful You with Pop of pink
Here is my version of the card.

I used Basic Gray card stock for my card base.  Then I layered a piece of the Herringbone striped paper from the Pop of Pink Designer paper pack.  This layer is cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″. 

Next is a piece of Melon Mambo card stock and a layer of the white and triangle design Pop of Pink DSP. 

Last I stamped the lady on the small polka dot pattern of the DSP and the hat on a scrap of Melon Mambo cardstock.

NOTE:  Stampin’ Up!’s paper snips are a must for making this card with all the fine detailed cutting.

This technique is called Paper piecing since you are cutting the images out and piecing them together.

And here is a 3rd card that one of my customers made after seeing these two cards:

Beautiful You with Pop of Pink




She also used the Basic Gray cardstock and the Herringbone pattern for her card base. 

She changed the second layer to a piece of Whisper White since she chose a very strong Melon Mambo patterned diagonal Stripped paper for her 2nd layer. 

The third layer is a piece of Basic Black cardstock which I think makes the herringbone pattern stand out a little more.  She stamped her message on a separate piece of Whisper White cardstock.  She cut the message out with the small oval framelit and then cut a layer out of Melon Mambo with the Scalloped oval framelit.  She used a dimensional so the message pops!


Here are the supplies for these cards:

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New items added to Sale-a-bration

Wow – several new items have been added to the Sale-a-bration Selection for these last 10 days!! 
























Ready to place an order?  If your order is under $150 then use the hostess code US9TNKY4 and I will send you a gift of some Designer paper from the Occasions catalog.   Of course if your order is over $150 collect the hostess benefits for yourself.

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Paper Pumpkin





Good morning!  I received the March Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin yesterday and I have to say it is soooooo stinking cute!!  I absolutely LOVE it!  I can’t wait to put it together!

…and for next month in April – Stampin’ Up! has planned an even bigger surprise!  Sara Douglas the CEO of Stampin’ Up! has designed the April Paper pumpkin kit and there is a rumor that it has one of the new colors coming this summer…  Can you guess which color it is from the banner below?








A new shade of Green!

So what is Paper Pumpkin?  Paper Pumpkin is a monthly creative escape.  You can sign up for a month by month or for a specific number of months.  Each month, you will receive a Paper Pumpkin kit in the mail (usually around the 18-20th in New England) that includes everything that you need to make a cute project.  The projects can be cards, a home decor item or some cute idea for the time of the year! 

The best part is the kit includes a stamp set, ink and all of the supplies pre-cut!  All you need is an adhesive!  It is a great way to build up supplies too, since you receive an ink each month.  They are the little ink spots but those can also be re-inked and a couple of months gives you an assortment of Stampin’ Up!’s colors!

So check it out here!

….and the best part?  Try it out for 3 months, get a discount and get a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration catalog!  (Sale-a-bration ends on March 31st!)

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!  Today I am sharing on oldie but goodie that I made a few years ago with the TotallyTess stamp set from Stampin’ Up!.  The message “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.

Since  I live in Boston i will pass on a little Boston history!  When I first moved to Boston in 1991 (yes, 26 years ago) I was in awe of the history and all of the historical sites that I was seeing every day!  I was working in Charlestown in the Navy Yard and saw the ship the Constitution every day.  I was driving by Bunker Hill every day.  I learned that I love to learn about the history of our country and the areas of Boston. 

My biggest shock was when I found that St. Patrick’s Day is a State Holiday!  Not because it is St. Patrick’s Day but because it is evacuation Day.  Do you know what Evacuation day is?  If you live in Massachusetts, you know..

It is the day that the British evacuated Boston following the end of the Revolutionary War!

Have a great day today and enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day with a little green beer!

And Happy Stamping!




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More Z Fold Cards

Dragonfly Z Fold CardToday I am posting a video that I made showing how to make a Z Fold Card.  These cards have been really popular lately and can be made with virtually any stamp set.  Here are 3 examples!

This top example is a card that is made using the Dragaonfly Dreams stamp set (designed by one of my customers).  It uses the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper combined with a piece of the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper, both from the current Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog.

Both the Dragonfly Dreams and Oh So Succulent Stamp sets are used to create the stamped images for this card.

Life me Up Z fold card
This second card is made using the Lift Me Up stamp set with the Carried Away Designer paper from the Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs from this spring.

One of the things that I love about this card is using the design of the Carried Away Designer Series Paper in the design.  I cut out the mountains out of the Designer paper and used those on the 3D center portion of the card along with the map.

My son is moving to Canada next week for a new project with his job.  What a great card for him – moving onto new adventures!


A few weeks ago I posted this card for Valentine’s Day using the Sending love Designer Series Paper with the Sealed with Love Bundle.   This was actually the first Z Fold Card that I made.



Enjoy the Video!! 

Don’t forget to download the FREE PDF with full instructions at the end of the video!





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Beautiful You and Watercoloring

Today I have been working with the Stampin’ Up! Beautiful You Stamp set with Watercolor paper and the new Watercolor pencils.  I love the backgrounds that you can make with the Watercolor pencils.  I have put together a Watercolor class using the pencils and the Beautiful You stamp set!
Beautiful You Watercolor
This is a card that was inspired by one of my downlines on the Stamping New England Design Team, Margaret Galvez.  I love this card!

So the details on this card:

This 3D Frame is made by scoring a 4 1/4″ x 11″ piece of Night of Navy Cardstock at 5″, 5 1/2″ & 10 1/2″.  Then cut out a window on the front panel by cutting 1/2″ in on each side of the card leaving a 1/2″ window.  Cut a 4 1/4″ x 1″ piece of Night of Navy cardstock.  Score down the middle at 1/2″  Fold in half and attach to inside of frame with Tear & Tape to hold the frame together.

The actual image in the frame is a 4 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ piece of Watercolor paper.  I used the Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo pencils and scribbled on the Watercolor paper from the top to 2/3 of the way down the paper. Next I used an aqua painter filled with water to spread and blend the color from the pencils.  I used a fair  amount of water to make a lighter image.  You can use less water if you want a deeper image. Then I colored the bottom of the paper with the tempting turquoise pencil and again used the aqua painter to blend the pencil.  Set this aside to dry.

In the meantime – stamp the dancing lady from the Beautiful You stamp set on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock with Black Archival ink.  Use the pencils to color in this image and cut the lady out.  Ink up the top half of the lady and stamp on a scrap of dazzling diamonds glimmer paper to make just the top of the dress.  Cut this out.  Attach to the dancing lady image that you cut out.

After the watercolor paper has dried, stamp the dancing lady image again lining up the bottom of the foot with the line between the pink and blue of the background.  Use dimensionals on the back of your dancing lady that you have cut out.  Attach over the stamped image on the watercolor background.  Attach the background to the inside of the frame.

Stamp the phrase “Life Looks Beautiful on You”  with the black archival ink on a scrap of Whisper White.  Cut out with the layering oval framelits.  Cut an oval scallop one size larger from a scrap of Soft Sky cardstock.

To add a little dimension to the frame, I used a Wink of Stella pen to outline the inside edge of the frame.  It adds just enough pizazz to pull your eye to the card.

I hope you have enjoyed my card today!

Happy Stamping!



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Love the new Coloring Books?

Do you love the new Craze for Coloring Books?  Coloring is so relaxing and not just for kids anymore..  Well Stampin’ Up! is getting in the game with a new Designer paper.  Have you seen the new Designer paper – Inside the Lines?   I love this paper!

But it is only available for a limited time.  This paper is part of this year’s Sale-a-bration bundle.  I have designed a class around this new Designer paper and the new Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils.

I am teaching a Watercolor class this Friday to show you watercoloring techniques with the new Watercolor Pencils!  I am so glad that Stampin’ UP! has brought back Watercolor Pencils!  I have put together a special class just for the pencils with the Inside the Lines Designer paper.  You will make 5 cards.

There are two ways to get this class:

1.  Attend my Friday March 3rd class 
This class includes:
  •  8 Sheets of the new Designer paper (2 sheets of 4 designs)
  • A set of the new Watercolor Pencils
  • An aqua painter
That is approximately $35 in product.  And you will learn a couple of techniques for using the new Watercolor pencils, as well as make 5 cards – all for $45!

2.  Not Local to me?  You can Order my Tutorial with full color instructions for making these cards for $9.95.

Attend Watercolor Class

or

Order Class Tutorial



Here are the details on Friday Class:

Friday Daytime:  10am to 3pm – the class does not take 5 hours.  But you can come within this timeframe and make one of the kits.
Friday Evening:  7pm

I hope to see you on Friday!


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Red Hat meets Beautiful You Stamp set

Today I am sharing a card designed with the new Stampin’ Up! Beautiful You Stamp set to make a Red Hat card. This card was designed by one of my Downlines, Margaret.

This is a quick and simple card made with Elegant Eggplant cardstock cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″ to form the card base.  The card base is embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing folder to add a little dimension.

And of course since Red Hat Colors are Red and Purple there is a layer of Real Red cardstock cut to 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″.  Next is a layer of Basic Black cut to 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ and a layer of Whisper white cut 3 1/8″ x 4 3/8″.

The image is stamped with Black Archival ink on the Whisper White cardstock.   The lady is stamped a second time on a scrap of Elegant Eggplant cardstock and cut out to piece the dress on the lady.  The hat is stamped a second time on Real Red cardstock and cut and pieced to the hat.

When designing cards there are several common measurements to use for layering.  A common layer is 1/4″ between pieces of cardstock.  On this card, a narrow 1/8″ layer is used to mat the focal piece of Whisper white cardstock.  Then a wider layer of 1/4″ is used between the Basic black and Real Red cardstock.   I like the framed look that the difference in layers gives the folcal point of the card.



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Valentine’s Z Fold Card

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Today I am sharing a Double Z Fold Card that I made for a Valentine’s Day class that I was teaching.  This card uses the Sending Love Suite of Products from Stampin’ up!

The stamp set is Sealed with Love from Stampin’ Up! which is part of the Sealed with Love Bundle (144705).  Don’t forget that you save 10% by purchasing the stamp set and coordinating famelits together!

The Designer paper is the Sending Love Designer paper (142733) which coordinates with Real Red and Whisper White cardstock.

So the details on this Z fold card…  Warning that this card is not a quick card.  There are a lot of moving parts and it does take some time to assemble.  But they are beautiful when they are done!

The card base is a piece of Real Red cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ scored at 3″ and 5 1/2″.  The first panel has a 2 3/4″ x 4″ piece of Sending Love Designer paper layered on a 2 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ piece of whisper white cardstock.  The middle panel is a different piece of the designer paper cut to 2 3/8″ x 4 1/8″.  The 3rd panel is cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″ layered on a piece of whisper white cardstock cut to 4 1/8″x 5 3/8″.

The piece that makes this card fun is the front piece that makes the Z Fold.  This is a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 1″ x 11″ scored at 3″ and 5 1/2″.  The key to this piece is you fold it in the same Z pattern but attach it in the opposite direction.  The end of the 5 1/2″ piece is attached to the front 3″ panel and the 3″ piece is attached to the 5 1/2″ panel.  Warning:  Make sure to fold your card before you go any further to make sure the fold works correctly.

The front panel is decorated with a couple of 7/8″ pieces of the Sending Love Designer paper.  Now the fun part!  Stamping all the embellishments and you can go crazy with this!  I used Real Red ink with Whisper White cardstock to stamp the Happy Valentine’s Day message on the 3rd panel.  This is cut out with a circle from the Layering Circles framelits and is layered on a larger scallop circle cut from Real Red cardstock.  These Love Notes framelits are so much fun.  There are a lot of pieces to this set!  I cut the cupid’s arrows from scraps of Real Red cardstock and used these to enhance the Happy Valentine’s day message.  

Other embellishments are rows of hearts that I stamped with real red ink on whisper white cardstock and cut out to line the Z panel.  The 3D Heart Flowers were stamped with real red ink on whisper white and with white craft ink on Real red cardstock and embossed with white embossing powder.  The Heart flowers are cut out with the die that makes them 3D and attached to a 1/8″ strip of cardstock to make a “stem”.  These are attached to a 1/2″ x 4″  piece of cardstock that is run from the card base to the front strip so the hearts can pop when the card opens.  Also included with this framelit set is two small envelopes that you can add Love Notes to.  

The envelope is a scrap of whisper white cardstock cut using the envelope die.  The little love note is a piece of whisper white that I stamped the string of hearts on and cut out with the love note die.   The heart on the outside of the envelope is a scrap of blushing bride cardstock with a single heart stamped and cut out with the dies.  I added a second envelope in Real Red cardstock with a another love note to the middle panel.  This die set is a great way to use up lots of scraps!  I made other embellishments from scraps of Red Glimmer paper.  This is my favorite Valentine stamp set that Stampin’ Up! has made in several years!  Such a great versatile set!  I think that I will make a couple of Wedding and Anniversary cards with this set.

Stay tuned for my video which is being edited that shows the details of this card.

Here is a list of supplies for this card:

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