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Inchies, Twinchies, and ATCs! A surface to color

 

I’m a coloring nerd. You guys know that! And I’m always trying out stuff to see what else I can color on! Let’s take these Inchie Arts products on a test drive!

Inchies, Twinchies, and ATCs

I was blessed to be sent some products from Lisa over at Inchie Arts to use for a class at my LSS. The class never actually happened (insert big sad face!) – but does that stop me? Heck no! I had fun trying out different mediums on these twinchies (3×3) and ATCs (ATCs). You can easily pop these onto cards – or make other items out of them like I did. Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Why try out these products instead of cutting them out yourself? As you saw in the video, the surface is different from your regular papers. It’ll handle your mediums a bit differently. Copics sink into the soft surface and blend pretty nicely!

Sandy Allnock Purple Onion Twinchies

I tried my hand at some rough zentangling – I think I need to take a class! LOL! But I colored this one with pencils, and that worked great to blend with baby oil and a blending stump. The stamp is from Rubber Moon – Sunny Carvalho is the designer, I just love Sunny’s quirky style, it’s so unique! The class I almost taught was with this line of stamps…but alas, that didn’t happen. But big thanks to Rubber Moon for sending me some stamps to play with!

Sandy Allnock Twinchie Circle

And last but not least- I finally got to use my Waffle Flower Lotus stamp set! This one has been in my stash since they sent it to me a while back for the release (I used the shark that day – you gotta see that penny slider card if you missed that when it went live!). And the color scheme was in my head since I saw the set…and I’ve decided it’ll be the jumping off point to redecorate my bedroom and bathroom! This piece created with ATCs (turned sideways) and Clean Color Pens will be in my bathroom to inspire me to get busy on the renovation this fall – and I need to treat it with some of this product to make it waterproof first! I used this stamp set for the scripture.

Sandy Allnock ATC Waffle Flower Clean Color Pen

I hope you enjoyed this fun little test of these Inchies….I’d been looking for an open slot here on the blog to share them, as well as lots of the stamps shown. Note that these were all stamps sent to me by the manufacturers – I’m so grateful when companies share things for me to try out!

Bonus project

Woohoo, I found time to get it done! I have had these butterflies staring at me for so long – and when I saw the impressions made by the die I showed in the video – I got this one out! I diecut it several times, and then watercolored it…

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After watercoloring with my Holbein paints, I tapped a Versamark pad on it and dipped it in clear embossing powder and heat set it….then dipped it again while hot, reheated…and repeated the process til the whole piece had a nice thick and even coating!
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WINNER!

The winner of the Technique Tuesday Agapanthus stamp from THIS blog post: Patti Willey! Email me your info from my contact page and I’ll get your prize out to you! And patrons – your giveaway winner is posted on the patron wall.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

 

 

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How to paint rain

 

Sometimes painting rain is a bit more necessary than painting sun – and with this darling stamp set from Mama Elephant, a rainy sky was a must! My little friend Penny (you may remember when she taught me to paint HERE) came to help me out with her new watercolor technique. She’s the CUTEST!

Painting Rain

Just this weekend we had a *wee* bit of rain. I live in Washington, how crazy is it that we haven’t had any in months?!I did learn a new word that you might want to know: petrichor. It’s that lovely after-rain smell…..I want MORE PETRICHOR!

But maybe just shooting this video inspired Mother Nature to send a couple drops our way. It didn’t last long, but I’m hopeful! Maybe if we click the “like” button enough on this video, she’ll return!? Watch it below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

Even though my attempt at Penny’s technique was a fail, I still love the splotchy dots it gave me! And I was really glad I got the stamps all covered up with masking before then, or I might have had quite the mess on my hands!

Sandy Allnock - Painting Rain in Watercolor

My patrons get to see this Copic version of this card (below) – you could become a patron to get those bonuses each month, or take my Backgrounds Class that shows how to do the rain technique on a different card!  (Be sure to purchase the class on a browser OTHER than Internet Explorer; you’ll get a link and password emailed to you right away, or you can click on your account here to get the link faster.)

Just shot a little bonus video for my patrons 🙂 @heymamaelephant #copicmarker #lovemypatrons

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Attention Southern California!

I think the classes are almost all filled up – there were only one or two seats left when I talked with Stamp Fever in Orange last week, but if you want to check, feel free to call the store to see! (714) 974-3552 Excited to see you guys on the weekend!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Soft Watercoloring: Prima Pencils + Hero Arts

I’ve always admired the soft, pretty coloring that my friend Debby does – if you don’t follow her, you ought to! I was just talking with her a few days ago and she told me she’s planning on doing more videos (weekly maybe, woohoo!) for her channel, and I’m ecstatic! Lots of her videos end up in Online Card Classes, but now we get to see them in addition to classes. Hooray!

Soft Watercolor

I recently purchased some Prima Watercolor pencils – these come in sets of 12: Basics, Earthtones, Soft Neutrals, Scenic Route, and Spring & Fall. I wasn’t expecting to like them so much – but I do! The colors seem to really turn into flowing watercolor fast – even better than the Inktense pencils that I’ve used before. So far I haven’t found any that don’t blend easily! Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

The scalloped stitched cloud border is one I was happy to find when looking through my Pretty Pink Posh dies – I might finally retire my scalloped border punch that I’ve used for cards like this and this! I seem to regularly get emails from folks asking where that punch is – and I’m guessing it’s long discontinued at this point.

Sandy Allnock Soft Watercolor with Pencils

The “You are not here” wood mounted sentiment is one by Stampers Anonymous; it seems to not be available any more. So sad! It’s perfect for using in this exact way – all the little critters in a row with a gap for the missing beloved friend!

I also want to let you know I’m starting something a little new – vlogging on a new channel! I’ve been wanting to do more short-form chats as well as perhaps some livestreams, and interactive things….and this is my first little video in that vein! Feel free to go subscribe if you like chatty videos like this; I know lots of folks don’t have time for this, and that’s totally fine 🙂 I may or may not be blogging about posting videos there, so you’ll want to subscribe. 🙂 Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch it on YT where you can find that little “subscribe” button!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Watercolor Flower Series #11: Paint a white poinsettia

eh_holiday2015_hop_bannerHello, and welcome to the Essentials by Ellen Holiday 2015 Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today….check out all of them in the release!! (Click HERE if you’re in love already and need them ALL. I did!)

Now that you got a look at all the yummies, let’s jam with my two projects….both with very different coloring techniques!

Watercolor a white poinsettia

I have a video today for this first card – I used distress inks with the Mondo Poinsettia stamp set and matching die set! In the video you’ll see a few tricks to help make your watercoloring a little easier…I discovered that leaving my diecut in place in the paper it’s cut from helped to keep it still as well as serving as a palette! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I’m excited to start playing around with foil in coming months as the holiday season is rolling around…I kinda skipped it when everyone else got their laminators, even though I have one. I figured I’d save myself a new technique to play with for Christmas!

Supplies for Poinsettia:

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

Are you ready for another card after all that sweet watercoloring? Let’s jump over to another season: halloween!

Sandy Allnock - Color a pumpkin patch

Color a pumpkin patch with Copics

My second card uses this sweet little halloween stamp set called Got Candy – I love non-scary cards for  halloween! Even the ghosties here are just adorable. On Thursday I’ll have the video posted to show you how to color this one – including all the perfect Copic colors to use for pumpkins. If you “need” (ha) this stamp set, drop it in your cart today while you get the poinsettias so you’re ready to roll when the video lands in your inbox. That moon, which opens to reveal a surprise sentiment, is from THIS die set from last year. #justcallmeyourenabler LOL! #sorrynotsorry

Supplies for pumpkin patch:

Waitaminute, my videos aren’t landing in your inbox? We’ll have to fix that:

  1. Subscribe to my blog by clicking HERE (and read a little about the free gift I give to my new subbies!)….
  2. And/or subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Prizes

MONDO-POINSETTIA-STAnd, yay!!! I also get to give this new stamp set, Mondo Poinsettia to a lucky someone!  Please leave a comment to enter my giveaway!

There is also a Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, and at every stop along the hop by August 11th, 2015; winners will be announced by the weekend!

Happy hoppin’! Your next stop is the oh-so-talented Laurel!

The bloghop list:

  1. The CLASSroom  <–grand giveaway!
  2. Lisa Adametz 
  3. Sandy Allnock <—you are here!
  4. Laurel Beard 
  5. Heather Campbell 
  6. Darlene DeVries 
  7. Julie Ebersole 
  8. Sharon Harnist 
  9. Angel Johns 
  10. Stephanie Klauck 
  11. Amy Kolling 
  12. Emily Leiphart 
  13. Nichol Magouirk 
  14. Jennifer McGuire 
  15. Maureen Merritt 
  16. Kay Miller 
  17. Carolyn Peeler 
  18. Julia Stainton 
  19. Laura Sterckx 
  20. Amy Tsuruta 
  21. Kimberly Wiener 
  22. Carissa Wiley 
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Clean Color Real Brush Pens: Splashy Background

In case you missed it – the Pharrell Dance Party post
has a big giveaway, check it out HERE!

 

I’ve been inundating you guys with my experiments with these new markers….are you getting tired of them yet?

Splashy Background with Clean Color Real Brush Pens

I decided that since these Zig markers love to swim so much, I’d let them. As soon as you give them a sideward glance with water in your hand, you can almost see them get giddy! It was a little challenging when I saw them get so light with water and dabbing – but I think I found a good solution to add nice rich color back in! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

I love the star stacker dies – and I think I’m going to keep them nested together. The outline stars are so much more interesting than regular full stars, too! They really set off the sentiment from Winnie and Walter nicely too.

This card was made for Operation Write Home‘s final sketch…it’s hard to even fathom the “lasts” that are happening right now, as it’s been such a big part of my life for so many years. This is the last sketch; I scheduled the last Facebook post; I ordered the last flat rate boxes; and so many other final things. One moment I’m sad about it all, and the next I look at a giant pile of mail and all I want to do is rush to August 1st because I’m so tired! I keep telling myself, I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength…I can do this for one. more. week.

Sandy Allnock Splashy Background Clean Color Pens

I’ll still be doing a lot as the cards have to be mailed out to heroes for a long time, as we’ve gotten far in excess of what was needed – wow! All the other parts of closing the organization will commence next too. And through all of this, I am just so grateful to everyone who has participated – none of the 3million+ cards would have been sent without so many generous crafters and donors!

You can go see the Sketch post HERE – and join in one last sketch challenge with OWH!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Zig Clean Color Marker Background

 

Clean Color Marker vs Distress Ink Background

I went through Jenn’s Pinterest (easier than looking through a blog and scrolling page after page) – and I saw her fishy card HERE. I had been looking for the perfect opportunity to use my new Lawn Fawn fishies – and this was it! I decided to see what happened when working larger than an image, coloring an entire background on this paper. And I compared it to Distress Markers too, so I hope that helps those who haven’t liked the “texture” they get with the Zig pens – this shows a good side-by-side. Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Same thing, Distress markers & inks

The Distress Marker version was an interesting test – when I started it in the video, I had NO idea what was coming. Had I left it with just the marker, I might have gotten it to work if I kept scrubbing at it with the brush. But once I swiped on a little ink from a pad – bam! I loved it.Sandy Allnock Distress background card

And the side by side – I think I like parts of both. The Zig color is really fun and intense, and I like some of that drybrush look. The transparency on the Texture Paste is fab! But after adding the fish, I think I have to love the Distress version better, since the colors are more muted….it’s a little less of a bombardment of the eye that the Zig version finished out to be.

Clean Color Vs Distress Comparison

But I think both work GREAT in different ways – now it’s a matter of figuring out when to use which one! I promised you the colors for the fishies…here you go!

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And don’t forget to go see Jenn and enter to win, just look at all the sponsors! And if you want to see more of this month’s party, just check out #creativechickblogiversary

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Winner!

My apologies for not getting the winner listed in the post yesterday – eeep! Travel really did a number on me, I can’t even remember what day it is anymore! But at least I know I’m home, so I can remember what state I’m in now. LOL. Anyway – the winner of the Inktense Pencils is Mendi….email me your address and I’ll get them packed up to send out!

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Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

 

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Starry Night by VanGogh – in Inktense Pencils

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Inktense Pencil Starry Night

I wanted to see if I could replicate the look of Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting – it’s always intrigued me with its textures and swirling colors, and it seemed perfect for these little bears to look out over that kind of scene! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Wasn’t that crazy fun? I love how the pencil gets all soft when it’s on water….so cool.  The Inktense Pencil colors I used: Felt Green 1530, Sienna Gold 0240, Tangerine 0300, Tan 1720, Sea Blue 1200,  Sun Yellow 0200, Charcoal Grey 2100, and Ink Black 2200.

Sandy Allnock - Starry Night Inktense Pencils

Inktense Pencil Color Lists

See the chart below for swatches of all the colors. There’s no easy answer to tell you which set to buy “first” except the 72…there’s a very common list in EACH set, so if you start with a small one, you’ll end up with duplicates. I’ve uploaded an Excel doc with the color lists HERE.

Set of 12: Sun Yellow, Tangerine, Poppy Red, Fuchsia, Deep Indigo, Sea Blue, Teal Green, Apple Green, Leaf Green, Baked Earth, Bark, and Ink Black.

Set of 24: Sherbet Lemon, Sun Yellow, Tangerine, Poppy Red, Chili Red, Shiraz, Fuchsia, Violet, Iris Blue, Bright Blue, Deep Indigo, Sea Blue, Teal Green, Apple Green, Field Green, Leaf Green, Mustard, Baked Earth, Willow, Bark, Charcoal Grey, Black, Antique White and a non-soluble Inktense Outliner.

Set of 36: Sherbet Lemon, Sun Yellow, Sienna Gold, Tangerine, Poppy Red, Cherry, Chili Red, Shiraz, Fuchsia, Red Violet, Mauve, Violet, Iris Blue, Bright Blue, Deep Indigo, Peacock Blue, Iron Blue, Sea Blue, Teal Green, Apple Green, Field Green, Leaf Green, Iron Green, Ionian Green, Felt Green, Tan, Saddle Brown, Indian ink, Mustard, Baked Earth, Willow, Bark, Charcoal Gray, Black, Antique White and a non-soluble Inktense Outliner.

Set of 72: Sherbet Lemon, Sun Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Sicilian Yellow, Golden Yellow, Sienna Gold, Tangerine, Cadmium Orange, Burnt Orange, Poppy Red, Chili Red, Cherry, Shiraz, Red Violet, Fuchsia, Mid Vermilion, Scarlet Pink, Hot Red, Carmine Pink, Crimson, Deep Rose, Mauve, Thistle, Violet, Dusky Purple, Dark Purple, Deep Violet, Lagoon, Navy Blue, Deep Blue, Peacock Blue, Iron Blue, Iris Blue, Bright Blue, Deep Indigo, Sea Blue, Teal Green, Dark Aquamarine, Green Aquamarine, Mallard Green, Vivid Green, Beech Green, Hooker’s Green, Light Olive, Spring Green, Fern, Iron Green, Ionian Green, Apple Green, Field Green, Felt Green, Leaf Green, Amber, Oak, Red Oxide, Madder Brown, Dark Oak, Mustard, Tan, Saddle Brown, Baked Earth, Willow, Bark, Indian Ink, Sepia Ink, Chinese Ink, Payne’s Gray, Neutral Gray, Charcoal Gray, Ink Black, Antique White, and a non-soluble Inktense Outliner.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Nacho in Clean Color Marker

 

Isn’t Nacho THE cutest dog stamp evah! He’s new from Stamping Bella…and I just adore his puzzled expression! I think I look like that a lot of times. Say whaaaa?

Coloring Nacho

I wanted to test out some things with the Zig Clean Color Pens….lots of you have been asking for more info on them and why certain things aren’t working so well for you. So today I have two more tips:

  • Try some coloring with large images, and see if that makes a difference. Coloring this large dog was much easier than some of the small images I’ve worked on.
  • See the video for some ideas of what happens to a few of the colors with water…that might help if you’ve had a couple surprises!

Check the video out below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

Here’s a nice closeup of the texture when you don’t use water – and just how hard it is for me to stay in the lines, apparently!

Sandy Allnock Nacho Clean Color Markers2

And the version with water and a brush – yeeep! More practice, ma! Nacho went ghost-like on this one. LOL!

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So as you can see – you aren’t alone if you’ve got a few challenges. I’ve been doing much more practice since shooting this video a few weeks ago (yes, I’m ahead! woohoo!), and I can definitely say practice helps. Keep on working at it, you can do this!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Magnetized Clean Color Pen Bookmarks

 

If your kids are anything like me when I was a kid – bookmarks make reading more FUN! And with a magnetized bookmark, the fun is amped up even more!

Magnetized Bookmark – with Clean Color Pens

The idea behind these bookmarks isn’t mine – I made these in a ministry eons ago, and thought of them when looking at that long strip of scrap left over when I trimmed down my 9×12 watercolor papers! I use lots of those scraps for color swatches, technique testing, etc – but I folded one in half and it reminded me of the bookmarks! Since it’s summer and kids need encouragement to read, maybe this is a little project you’ll want to do, too. The kids can even paint their own! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Sketches & Colors

Since we now have a bunch of small images on strips, what to do with them…..? I figured I’d share some CAS Sketches! The color panels on some of these were made by using other scraps of watercolor paper, and using the same Clean Color Pens on them so they’d be all matchy matchy! Below the sketches are pics of the pieces I colored – and in the captions the colors are listed.

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Sandy Allnock TGF Bear Tags
Clean Colors used: Bears 061, 060, 067 …Pink sweater 027, 024….Purple sweater 080,081….Honey 052
Sandy Allnock - Wood Friends Tags
Clean Colors: Nuts – 065 064, 060, 061……Squirrel – 066, 064, 091…Deer – 062, 061….Grass – 045
Sandy Allnock - Cuddly Thanks Tags
Clean Colors – Bird 032, 031 …. Tree trunk 096…..Fox 024, 070, 091

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

Hope you enjoyed my little Scrap-Wrangler-inspired project…have a great summer of reading!

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Watercolor an Arbor – Art Impressions

 

Art Impressions has had a beautiful set of watercolor stamps for a long, long time – some of you have known and loved them, others have been watching me share them on Instagram or teaching them in classes. And others of you – well, you are dying to get started. And I have a plan to hopefully help you get started without getting sidetracked!

Sidetracked? What does that mean? Well after all the AI watercolor classes I’ve taught, I’ve heard a lot of people say they bought a lot of the stamps, but just don’t use them. What?? Stamps not getting love?? That’s so sad! And what I’ve discovered from interviewing students is that they either:

  1. bought stamps that challenged their level of skill, and then they got intimidated, OR
  2. bought too many stamps and couldn’t figure out where to start, OR
  3. bought not enough stamps that don’t make a complete card.

My suggestion: watch my video below, first! And if you’re new to these stamps, I’d suggest starting with one of the small sets AI launched this year. Students in my classes are feeling very successful with them – because the number of stamps is limited (so you’re not overwhelmed) but are cute enough they make really great cards! Some of my favorites – Spring BasketFlowering Mailbox, and Open Window. If you want to add some options for flowers and grasses try the Flower Set or the Foliage Set, but you can do a great job with just the stamp sets alone.

Watercolor an arbor

Today’s project is an intermediate level painting – a watercolored arbor….it’s a beautiful stamp and  lends itself to lots of layouts and using all kinds of flowers and scenery around it! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube:

These are some of the large paintings (about 11 inches wide) created at demos….these make lovely gifts, so if you get into creating these watercolors, you can check off your Christmas list! (I did make the mistake of not making them a nice 8×10 size, so you might take ‘standard sizes’ into account to make framing inexpensive!)

Sandy Allnock - Watercolor scene

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I haven’t linked to every one of the flowers and containers – though many are in the supply list below in this post.

A word about the watercolor paper used here – it’s Fluid 100, which is really nice paper, but it’s what’s called an “Easy Block.” That means it’s a block – it has adhesive to hold it flat on the pad so you don’t have to tape it down to anything to keep it from curling – but an Easy Block is only adhered on 2 sides. Lots easier to remove from the block than a pad that’s attached on 4 sides!

SUPPLIES

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links are used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.