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Incredible White Masking Winter Woods

Masking winter woods

Masking winter woods in blues and purples

I found this idea shared by Tina Wardell using a fluid masking product to mask the aspen trees found in Winter Woods, allowing you to add color behind the trunks without getting color on the trunks.

I thought it was such a cool idea that I immediately started searching for where I could purchase the product.

I found an Incredible White Masking kit at our local arts and crafts store in the watercolor painting supply aisle.

The kit comes with the instructions, fluid, brush and eraser.

I actually used a small paint brush I had in my stash, and I did not erase the masking fluid when everything was dry.

I found that the eraser also took some of the paper off with it.  By not erasing it, your project is left with a cool texture on the trunks.

I CASED Tina's design on the first card using Mango Melody with a touch of Daffodil Delight Pigment Sprinkles. 

For the second card, I used Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape, and Granny Apple Green Pigment Sprinkles.

Here's how:

  1. Stamp tree trunks from Winter Woods onto watercolor paper using Stazon ink. Use the Stamparatus so you get a good stamped image. Place a post-it-note to mask the bottom of the stamped image, and move the Stamparatus up one notch.  Stamp to get taller trees.
  2. With a small paint brush, apply the Incredible White Mask over the stamped trunks. Set aside to dry for a few minutes.
  3. Sprinkle Mango Melody and Daffodil Delight Pigment Sprinkles over the watercolor paper. Spritz with water to activate the sprinkles.  Let them pool and run, soaking into the paper for a few seconds.  Dab with paper towel, and set aside to dry completely. The Incredible White Mask will mask the Sprinkles from coloring the stamped trees.
  4. Stamp the landscape from Winter Woods at the bottom of the trunks using Early Espresso ink. Stamp the tops of the tree image using Old Olive and Early Espresso inks.
  5. Attach to Basic Black mat.
  6. Stamp greeting from Itty Bitty Greetings onto Very Vanilla card base using Memento Black and the Stamparatus. Attach card front to base to complete.

Pigment Sprinkles

Pigment sprinkles

Winter Woods

Winter Woods



Card 1 Supplies:

Stamp Sets: Winter Woods, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Stazon, Memento Black, Early Espresso, Old Olive

Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, watercolor

Accessories: Incredible White Mask , post-it-note, Mango Melody and Daffodil Delight Pigment Sprinkles, spritzer bottle with water, paint brush, Stamparatus

Card 2 Supplies

Stamp Sets: Winter Woods, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Stazon, Memento Black,  Early Espresso, Old Olive

Paper: Very Vanilla, Night of Navy, watercolor

Accessories: Incredible White Mask , post-it-note, Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green Pigment Sprinkles, spritzer bottle with water, paint brush, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Clear Block Pocketful of Sunshine Watercolor Background

Pocketful of Sunshine acrylic block background

I recently needed a quick birthday card.

  It was a bright and beautiful day here in the mountains of southern Colorado. 

This was the inspiration needed to create this quick and simple clear block watercolor background paired with the sun image found in the stamp set Pocketful of Sunshine!

Here's how:

  1. To create the watercolor background, tap ink onto a clear-mount block, spritz the ink with water, and stamp onto a piece of watercolor paper.  Let it sit for a few seconds, then lift.  Set the paper aside to dry completely.  For this card, I tapped on Crushed Curry ink in the middle of the block, Calypso Coral on the bottom right of the block, and Dapper Denim on the bottom left and upper part of the block.
  2.  Once the paper is dry, swipe an Embossing Buddy over the card front.  Stamp the sun and ray images from Pocketful of Sunshine using Versamark ink.  Heat emboss using a heat tool and copper embossing powder.
  3. Stamp greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes using Versamark and heat emboss using a heat tool and copper embossing powder.
  4. Attach card front to a copper foil mat, then attach to a Crushed Curry card base.


I like how the mixing of the Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, and Dapper Denim inks created a slight lavender and green tint to the watercolor paper.

Pocketful of Sunshine


Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Pocketful of Sunshine, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Dapper Denim, Versamark

Paper: Crushed Curry, copper foil, watercolor paper

Accessories:  Clear Block "E", spritzer bottle with water, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, copper embossing powder


Happy Stampin'!

Embossing Paste Daisy Delight

Embossing Paste Daisy Delight

Fall has arrived here in the mountains of southern Colorado!

Purple Asters, some of my favorite flowers, are blooming in abundance.

My project for this posting was inspired by these pretty flowers growing on our property.

I love their bright yellow centers.  They make me smile!


I combined the stamp set Daisy Delight, stamped in purples, with Embossing Paste colored in green, along with one of the Pattern Party Decorative Masks from Stampin' Up!

I love the easy texture that the Embossing Paste gives to projects.

Here's how:

Coloring and Mixing Embossing Paste

With a palette knife, scoop out and place embossing paste onto your work surface.

For this, I use a plastic lid.  As you can tell, I've used this lid many times over for various projects. 

The embossing paste from other projects has dried on the lid.  It would take a good scrubbing to remove it.

So, be sure to wash off the embossing paste with warm water from your stencil, palette knife, and work surface as soon as you are finished with it.  It dries quick.

Also, be sure to put the lid back on the jar of embossing paste and seal tightly, so it doesn't dry out in the jar.  I have also added a piece of cling wrap to the top of the jar, sealing it with the lid.

Place a drop or two of ink refill onto the embossing paste and mix in using the palette knife.  For this project, I used 1 drop of Wild Wasabi.

You could also use the embossing paste without color.  It has an off-white, shimmery tint to it.


Spreading the embossing paste

Place your card front onto a covered work surface and then place the stencil on top of the card stock, securing it with a piece of washi or painter's tape at the top.

Begin spreading the embossing paste onto the stencil using a palette knife.  It's kind of like spreading frosting. 

The thicker you apply, the longer it will take to dry.  But even so, it doesn't take long.

You can cover the whole stencil like I did or only parts.

Embossing Paste done

Remove the stencil and set the piece aside to dry as you work on the other parts of the card.

Stamp two daisies on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla card stock, one using Elegant Eggplant, the other using Wisteria Wonder inks.

Stamp solid circle in the center of one of the daisies using Crushed Curry ink.

Punch out using the coordinating Daisy Punch.  Offset layer the daisies, one on top of the other using SNAIL Adhesive.  Slight bend the petals up using your fingers.

Wrap ribbon around the front of the embossed card front, securing it in the back with SNAIL Adhesive.  I used some retired chevron ribbon from my stash.

Attach to Elegant Eggplant card base.

Attach flower to front of card using a Dimensional to pop it up.

Stamp leaves from Daisy Delight using Emerald Envy ink on a scrap piece of Old Olive card stock. 

Fussy cut using a pair of scissors.  Slip underneath flower as desired using SNAIL Adhesive.

Embossing Paste close up

I also stamped the inside of the card using the daisy and greeting in Daisy Delight.

Embossing Paste inside

Adding texture to your project is fast and easy using Embossing Paste and accessories from Stampin' Up!

The possibilities are endless!

Shop Embossing Paste HERE

Embossing paste

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Daisy Delight

Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Emerald Envy, Crushed Curry, and Wild Wasabi ink refill.

Paper: Very Vanilla, Old Olive

Accessories: Embossing Paste, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Palette Knives, Daisy Punch, retired ribbon, Mini Dimensional, washi tape





Happy Stampin'!

Watercolor Pencils and In Lines Designer Series Paper

I recently needed some quick and simple thank you cards.

To accomplish this task, I got out my Watercolor Pencils found in the Occasions Catalog and the Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper, In the Lines!

Watercolor Pencils and In the Lines
Watercolor Pencils and In the Lines
Watercolor Pencils and In the Lines

To create these cards, I simply cut down one of the 12 x 12 sheets of the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper to 3" x 4" individual pieces. 

Then, I colored in parts of the images using the new Watercolor Pencils, using a Blender Pen to shade the colors.

Black, white with a pop of color! 

Watercolor Pencils and In the Lines

Super easy!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Archival Black

Paper: Rose Red, Basic Black, In the Lines Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Watercolor Pencils (Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive), Blender Pen, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Happy New Year

Here's to a happy, healthy and crafty


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This card was created for this week's Nacho Average Color Challenge-Basic Black, Strawberry Slush and Old Olive.  A Linky Tool has been provided.  If you get a chance to take a break from the holiday festivities and create a card, we'd love to have you join us!

Stamps Sets: Festive Flurry, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Strawberry Slush, Basic Black

Paper: Basic Black, Strawberry Slush, Old Olive, Whisper White

Accessories: Big Shot, Festive Flurry Framelits, Modern Label and Word Window punches, Dimensionals, rhinestone


Happy Stampin'!

Straw Christmas Tree

Oh my, a Christmas tree made out of straws!

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I saw this idea on Pinterest, and have had it in the back of my mind ever since.  I actually spent a day cleaning out my craft room, and came across the packet of straws I knew I had, but didn't quite know where they were.  Once I found them, I immediately stopped the cleaning process and made this card. I simply cut 2 green striped straws into different lengths and secured them to my Whisper White card front with Crystal Effects.  I cut a small length of a red striped straw, pierced a hole in the center and inserted a glimmer rhinestone.  It also was secured using Cyrstal Effects.  Very easy and fun! 

Stamp Set: Warmth and Wonder

Ink: Real Red

Paper: Real Red, Whispher White

Accessories: straws, Crystal Effects, rhinestone, paper piercing tool and mat


Happy Stampin'!

Warmth and Wonder-Country Tree

Sometimes it just works out.  Sometimes I can submit 1 card for 2 challenges! 

Here is my contribution to this week's Less is More challenge "Trees" and

the CASology challenge "Country."


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Since I live in tree country, I figured this card would work with both challenges! 

To create the sky background, I simply sponged Pool Party ink on a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I then stamped the tree from the Warmth and Wonder stamp set using Black Stazon.  I ran it through my Big Shot using Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  It is hard to see, but I added a little sparkle by dotting small drops of Dazzling Details on the tree. 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Warmth and Wonder

Ink: Pool Party, Black Stazon

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing Folder, Dazzling Details, sponge

Happy Stampin'!

Fine Feathers Vase-Nacho Average Color Challenge #40

This week's challenge over at the Nacho Average site is a color challenge:

Perfect Plum, Lucky Limeade and Pool Party!

NAC 40

Here's my contribution:

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I instantly thought "feathers" when I saw this color combination.  So, out came Fine Feathers, one of my favorite stamp sets. 

I used the masking technique to stamp the feathers.  Since I use this stamp set often, I have created masks for each of the feather images in the set by simply stamping them on a Post-it-Note and cutting them out.  I keep the masks in the case with the stamp set to reuse as needed.

First, I masked the center tall feather and stamped the smaller feathers to each side of the mask using Pool Party ink.  I then removed the center masking and stamped the tall feather using Perfect Plum. 

For the vase, I punched a piece of Lucky Limeade card stock using the Ornament Punch.  I embossed it using the Big Shot and Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, then trimmed it straight off at the bottom of the ornament.

Very easy!

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 






Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up!)

Stamp Sets: Fine Feathers, Elements of Style

Ink: Perfect Plum, Pool Party

Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Perfect Plum

Accessories: Ornament and Itty Bitty Shapes punches, Big Shot, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, rhinestone, Mini Glue Dot

Happy Stampin'!

Canvas Swallowtail-Less is More Up in the Air Challenge

Still not feeling well today, but wanted submit  a card to the Less is More "Up in the Air" challenge.  It's not a rocket ship or balloon, but maybe it will work :)

Here's my contribution:

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For this card I used the new Canvas Paper from Stampin' Up, one of my new favorite products.  I love the texture it gives to any project.

I  heat embossed the swallowtail image using black embossing powder, then colored in using markers. I then added a little Frost White shimmer paint for a touch of shimmer.

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Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up!)

Stamp Sets: Swallowtail, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Versamark, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist markers

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Canvas Paper

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, black embossing powder, heat tool, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Sponge Dauber, Word Window, Modern Label punches, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Quartz Technique-Less is More Kraft and Kream Challenge

Less is More is celebrating their 2nd anniversary with a Kraft and Kream color challenge!

Here's my contribution (using Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla from Stampin' Up!)

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For this card, I used the Quartz Technique I learned from Donna over at Butternut Sage Designs.

Be sure to view my Quartz Technique Tutorial HERE.

I love the soft wirls of this technique!

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Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Set: Elements of Style

Ink: Very Vanilla craft and Crumb Cake reinkers, Crumb Cake

Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake

Accessories: window sheet, Crystal Effects, 5/8" Crochet Trim, Linen Thread, Crumb Cake button, Mini Glue Dot


Happy Stampin'!

Summer Solstice "Friend" Challenge

This week's challenge over at Less is More is "Friends."

I wanted to use the stamp set Summer Solstice because of the greeting found in the set, "We meet no ordinary people in our lives."  I thought this sentiment was very appropriate, especially after I attended a funeral for a neighbor this week. The small community of Wetmore is mourning the loss of a very special lady and friend, Carolyn Shellenberger. 

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The flower color combination is Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight and Baja Breeze, which came directly from my Color Coach.   This one makes me smile.

Technique: Masking

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Set: Summer Solstice

Ink: Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery

Paper: Baja Breeze, glossy white

Accessories: Post-it-Note, Dimensionals



Happy Stampin'!

Black, White and a Touch of Color Rain or Shine-Less is More Challenge #101

This week's challenge over at Less is More is to use black and white with a touch of color.

Here's my contribution:

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In my opinion, you can't go wrong with the color combination of black, white and red!

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Set: Rain or Shine

Ink: Basic Black, Real Red, Basic Black marker

Paper: Whisper White-one layer!

Accessories: None!


Happy Stampin'!

Happy Hour-My Digital Studio Hybrid Card

This is my contribution to 2 challenges this week!

One Layer Wednesday "Cheers" and,

Less is More "Drinks"

This is a one layer hybrid card created using My Digital Studio!

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I created the card in My Digital Studio using the champagne glass image from the fun download "Happy Hour" and the background paper download called "Wonderful Whimsies."  I printed it out on Very Vanilla card stock and then colored in the bubbles in the glasses using my Calypso Coral marker.  I colored some small rhinestones using a blue Sharpie pen, and added them to the card for a little bling.  The "toast" part of the greeting is included in the Happy Hour download.  I added the "to 2013!" by adding a text box.  A quick and easy hybrid card perfect for both challenges!

I am learning and trying to use My Digital Studio more in my crafting.  The most important thing I have learned about digital crafting can be summed up in two words "drop shadow." The drop shadow function helps add dimension to a flat project!

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Set: Happy Hour My Digital Studio download

Ink: Calypso Coral marker

Paper: Very Vanilla

Accessories: My Digital Studio, blue Sharpie pen (non Stampin' Up!), rhinestones

Happy Stampin'!

Bird Builder Love Birds-Less is More Anniversary Challenge

The challenge this week over at Less is More is "Anniversary."

Here's my contribution:

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At first I thought I would pass on this challenge because, for whatever reason, we don't send out anniversary cards.  Then it hit me!  Our anniversary is coming up the first part of January (it will be 18 years!), and I thought why not make a card for my husband now!  Sshh, don't tell him.

I first created a stencil using my Big Shot and Hearts Collection Framelits.  Then, I laid it on my card base and sponged on some Tangerine Tango and Rich Razzleberry ink.  I laid my Occasion paper piercing stencil (sneak preview of the Spring Catalog from Stampin' Up!) and pierced holes around the stenciled heart.  The birds and leaves were punched out of Baja Breeze, Lucky Limeade and Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper (a Sale-A-Bration sneak peek) and popped up on the heart using Dimensionals.  I believe some layers are ok for this Less is More Challenge, but there is still plenty enough "white space." :)

Supplies Used (all are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry

Paper: Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Lucky Limeade, Sycarmore Street Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Hearts Collection framelits, Bird Builder, Heart to Heart, Word Window and Modern Label punches, paper piercing tool and mat, Occasions Paper Piercing Pack, rhinestone, blue sharpie pen (non SU!), Dimensionals, sponge


Happy Stampin'!

Snowflakes in a Row-Mixed Medley

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I would like to submit this card for 2 challenges this week!

One Layer Wednesday "Snowflakes" challenge #118

and Less is More one layer "In a Row" challenge #97.

I lightly inked up the edges of a clear-mount block using Marina Mist ink and then stamped on my white card base.  Then came the snowflakes from Mixed Medley stamped in Elegant Eggplant and Marina Mist.  Love this color combination for snowflakes!

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Sets: Mixed Medley, Chock-full of Cheer

Ink: Marina Mist, Elegant Eggplant

Paper: glossy white

Accessories: clear-mount block "H"


Happy Stampin'!

Polished Stone Kindness Matters-Less Is More Wings

This week's challenge over at Less is More is entitled "Wings"

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For this card I used my favorite trio of butterflies from the Kindness Matters stamp set from Stampin' Up!

As always, this challenge calls for a one layer card.  So, I masked the center of my card base with a Post-It-Note, and did the Polished Stone Technique around it.  I used Gold Smooch Spritz, Pretty in Pink and Melon Mambo inks.

The greeting is a little crooked.  Ugh!  But, after 3 tries at making this card, I thought it would do. The hardest part of this card was keeping the ink/alcohol mixture from seeping under the Post-Note-Note.  I finally added some Dotto (temporary adhesive) to the edges of the mask, which helped keep it in place.  But then, I needed to clean off the Dotto residue from inside the mask before I could stamp.  No fear, I got out my handy dandy adhesive remover.  These one layer cards are not as easy as they appear!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Kindness Matters, Thank you Kindly

Ink: Basic Black, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Gold Smooch Spritz

Paper: Glossy White

Accessories: alcohol, cotton balls, Post-It-Note, Dotto, adhesive remover

Happy Stampin'!

Daydream-Less is More Silver Challenge

World Card Making Day

Happy World Card Making Day!  I wish you a creative day!





"Silver" is this week's challenge over at Less is More.

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When I saw this challenge, I knew immediately that I wanted to use Daydream, my new jumbo wheel from Stampin' Up!  I inked up the wheel in Versamark, rolled it onto a piece of Whisper White and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  I added some sparkly sheer Stampin' Up!  ribbon that I had in my stash, along with rhinestones for a little extra bling.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations,  Daydream Jumbo Wheel

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Brushed Silver, Whisper White

Accessories: Jumbo Wheel handle, heat tool, Embossing Buddy, silver embossing powder, white ribbon, rhinestones

Happy Stampin'!

Shimmery Lacy Brocade-Less is More Love and Marriage Challenge

This week's challenge over at Less is More is "Love and Marriage."

Here is my contribution:

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For this challenge, I knew I wanted to use my new embossing folder, Lacy Brocade.  I ran my Very Vanilla card base through the Big Shot using this beautiful embossing folder.  I dabbed some Versamark over the embossed image, then heat embossed it using Dazzling Diamonds.  This one really sparkles in person! (Sorry, the photo doesn't do it justice, and I can't seem to figure out how to photograph sparkles)

It is elegant for a wedding or anniversary, yet very simple to create.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations

Ink: Always Artichoke, Versamark

Paper: Very Vanilla

Accessories: Big Shot, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, Dazzling Diamonds, heat tool, Always Artichoke seam binding

 Thank you to my fellow SU! Demonstrator, Carla Breslin for the inspiration for this card!

Happy Stampin'!

Serene Silhouettes-Less is More Oval Theme

Ovals are this week's theme over at Less is More.

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I chose to use the bird image from Serene Silhouettes for this challenge because it looks like the view from my living room window every morning.  We have a flock of Stellar Jays that visit our bird feeder.  One or two will watch for me to come out and put bird seed down for them every morning.  They sit in a huge lilac bush by the bird feeder patiently waiting.  Once they see me, they start squawking, calling the others to come for breakfast.  By the time I throw the food down, turn and walk away, five or six Jays have already hit the food!

This was a fairly simple card to create, although it took me a couple of practice tries!  I cut an oval mask using my Big Shot and Ovals die.  I placed the mask on my glossy white card base and sponged on Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist and Baja Breeze ink.  While the mask was still in place, I stamped the bird image using Midnight Muse. I really like how this card turned out.  

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Serene Silhouettes, Apple Blossoms

Ink: Pretty ini Pink, Bashful blue, Marina Mist, Baja Breeze, Midnight Muse

Paper: glossy white

Accessories: Big Shot, Ovals die, sponges

Happy Stampin'!