Thursday, October 7, 2010

WMS October Release Blog Waltz

Hi! Welcome to the October release blog waltz for Waltzingmouse Stamps!

Five new stamp sets are being released today, now available for purchase in the WMS store.

You should have arrived here from Julia's blog and Belinda will be your next stop. Claire is the start of the waltz, so you might want to head there first if you just happened to visit me today! :)

Do you ever have an idea, and just can't get over it until you get it out? When I first saw the artwork for Big Blooms - Poinsettia, I wanted to stamp the images onto felt. With the gift-giving season quickly approaching, I wanted to make something that I could reasonably give as a gift. I came up with this.


I started by stamping the largest and medium-sized poinsettia blooms onto red felt. I set these aside to dry and then trimmed them out, trying to leave approximately 1/4-inch around the image. I then cut two pieces of cream colored no-pill polar fleece (8-1/2 by 12) for the front and back of my pillow. The first step in decorating the front was to stitch the swirls, just a random pattern to fill up some space. Then I carefully stitched the flowers to the fleece, trying to stay within that extra 1/4-inch I left around the image. After stitching the front and back of the pillow together and filling it, I added some half pearls to the flowers.

I always sort of wing sewing things, but this looks good enough to jazz up an armchair for the holidays, no?


I also have a card to share, I couldn't resist creating (my favorite) a cream-colored poinsettia. 


It is impossible to see from this shot, but the background was stamped using Versamark and one of the stamps from Text It.  Then I brushed on some Perfect Gold Perfect Pearls for a perfectly warm, shimmery background.  Here's a shot I took before I assembled the rest of the card.


Please try this! You won't be disappointed!  It adds a gorgeous, subtle shimmer.

The poinsettia is the largest of the set, stamped twice and embossed in gold.  I cut some of the central petals from the second flower and adhered them over my original flower with dimensional tape.  The sentiment is from Compliments of the Season, also embossed in gold. The finished card size is 5-1/4 inches square.   I love this card.  It is so warm and just makes me happy :)


As usual, Blog Waltz prizes are up for grabs for two lucky commenters! One winner will be randomly chosen from the comments left on one of the Design Team blogs, the other will be chosen from the comments left on the Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog. So let us know what you think of the new release! The contest ends at 11:59 pm EST Saturday, October 9th. Winners will be announced on the WMS Blog.

The details for October's Friends of WMS Blog Waltz have also been announced. More information is here on the blog, where you can also pick up the Blog Waltz graphic.

So glad that you could stop by today, have fun waltzing! Your next stop is Belinda!

Anya

Recipe:
Red Poinsettia Pillow
Stamps: Big Blooms - Poinsettia - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Ink: Jet Black Archival Ink - Ranger Industries
Other: Pure Poppy Felt - Papertrey Ink; Half-pearls - Stampin' Up!; Cream colored Fleece - JoAnn Fabrics; Sewing machine
White Poinsettia Card
Stamps: Big Blooms - Poinsettia, Text It, Compliments of the Season - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Cardstock: Vintage Cream - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Versamark - Tsukineko; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
Other: Filigree Gold Embossing Powder - Stewart Superior; Perfect Gold Perfect Pearls - Ranger Industries; Smoky Quartz Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Diamond Lace Border Punch - EK Success; Chipboard (Infuse) - Basic Grey; Lace; Adhesive pearls; sewing machine

103 comments:

  1. Oh my, that pillow is ADORABLE!!!

    And that card - ah, just takes my breath away; love the cream colored poinsettia!!! What beautiful creations!

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  2. Oh Anya, this is just divine hun, I love everything about this card, so warm and festive, it just oozes class, stunning sample, TFS.X

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  3. Ohhhh - I LOVE that soft looking pillow with the bright poinsettias Anya - a wonderful project - and look how similar our cards are today! Your gold text embossing looks wonderful as well as you layers of lacey ribbon!

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  4. Your pillow is so creative .. and your card is just stunning.. love all the embossing with the lace and pearls adding a ton of elegance!!

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  5. Wow, lovely pillow and fab card! love the gold look!

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  6. So very very pretty !

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  7. Wow, gorgeous Anya! I love the gold card with the embossing, breathtaking!

    Your pillow is so cool, I love the extra stitching, a great touch!

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  8. I LOVE the gold Text It stamping! That card is super stunning. And the pillow looks super fun too!

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  9. The cream and gold of the card is just stunning - great job!

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  10. WOW, WOW & WOW, not only would that pillow look great on my couch, but that card is making me swoon....it is so regally elegant. Totally knocked me off my feet. Wonderful job Anya!

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  11. That pillow is delightful! I wish I could sew. Also, thanks for the tip on the Perfect Gold Perfect Pearls, it's on my shopping list.
    Candy

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  12. Anya - love the pillow. And the card is just so elegant. You guys are so talented.

    Deborah x

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  13. You combined two things I love-stamping and sewing! Your pillow is gorgeous and can grace my sofa anytime! Love the subtle elegance of the card. Great job!

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  14. Clever project - I don't even own a sewing machine! I love what you've done with the poinsettia and the cream ones are my faves, too! The gold embossing is very elegant!!

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  15. Oh...my!!! Adorable card!!
    The new stamps is gorgeous!
    Hugs Anne

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  16. Anya that pillow is so PRETTY! and your card is STUNNING!!!

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  17. Oh, that card is gorgeous! Love all the embossing and the test background and the beautiful stamp! Really love this.

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  18. Oh, I LOVE the pillow, you creative genius you! And indeed it would look good adorning any chair at Christmas! And your card is simply STUNNING, Anya! I will definitely try that technique. I'm sure I have Perfect Pearls around here somewhere...

    Hugs,
    Lisa

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  19. I just placed my first ever WMS order, but I did not get the pointsetta. You and your pillow are making wish I had gotten it!

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  20. Oooh, the pillow is just gorgeous! It looks so soft and the poinsettias are such a strong and bold focal point! Love your beautiful card too, splendid work!

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  21. So beautiful! Love the gold lettering! What a classy and elegant card! So many fabulous details! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  22. What a fantastic Blog Hop - your card and are gift idea is inspirational and gorgeous !!! Thanks x I'm off for the next dance x

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  23. Your card is fantastic. I love the combination of cream and gold with pearls and glitter. It is so soft and rich. The gold perfect pearls with the texting stamp has added 2 new things to my shopping list. Well done Anya.

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  24. I love how you did the background -I am going to have to try that with my perfect pearls this weekend!

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  25. Oooohhh I love love love your cream card. The background in Perfect pearls is beautiful.

    Your pillow is also gorgeous. I love finding new ways to use my stamps. Thank you.

    Chris

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  26. Fantastic pillow and I just adore your card. Love your use of Perfect Pearls too, thank's for the inspiration.

    Hugs,

    Jo xx

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  27. Stunning creations..cant wait to see more..
    Hugs
    Jan..xx

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  28. Love the gold on your card - and what a novel way to use a stamp!

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  29. I think that has to be the comfiest looking pillow I have ever seen. And that gold and cream poinsettia is so classy. Thanks for sharing them both!

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  30. I love your monochromatic card, and that shimmery text is gorgeous. You knocked me over with that pillow, though. Beautiful!

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  31. Your card is just breathtaking! Just a stunning work of art, love it!!!

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  32. Oh Anya, Now I can use up some of my fabric stash thanks to your very clever interpretaion. So simple, yet such a lovely gift idea. And your CARD???? I really like your style; it has everything I like in a holiday card for that very special someone. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  33. I love, love, love the background of the card. It is really beautiful. tfs.

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  34. I have no words to say how beautiful those pillows! and the wonderful ticket! Ciao Lory

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  35. Oh I'm just lovin all of your projects - so fab!

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  36. Love the xmas pillow, and the gold embossing on the card. Love all the layering on the card, and the text bg is gorgeous.

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  37. WOWZA that golden poinsettia card is a-maaaa-ZING! It's so elegant! Love the sweet felt pillow, too!

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  38. This is such an elegant card. I love it.

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  39. I just love the two different effects you have acheived with that one stamp. and how you have embossed the text is so delicate looking.
    x Tricia

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  40. The pillow is adorable but that card is stunning. The Gold Perfect Pearls - I will definitely have to give that technique a try after seeing how beautiful it looks here!

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  41. Hi Anya,

    What a wonderful idea, to stamp those wonderful big flowers on the pillow, love it!
    And that card is sooo pretty! The gold text stamp is amazing and love the way you kept the colors 'low' and that makes the card really stylish, it's perfect and gorgeous!

    Hugs, Wendy

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  42. I love the little pillow, what a cool idea. Your card is gorgeous - I love the color scheme and the awesome background.

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  43. Love the stamped pillow idea! Absolutely LOVE your card. The subtle, metallic text background is amazing! Nice tip! Thank you!

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  44. I loooove both the pillow and the card!!! The colors you used are so warm and elegant!!

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  45. The pillow is so cool, and I just love your card. I love how you did your "shimmery background!"

    Chris L.

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  46. Love the pillow idea, very clever! And that card is absolutely regal! The poinsettia in gold is so elegant!
    Love it!
    DeniseB

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  47. Cute pillow and Love your card!! Very elegant!! Thanks for sharing!

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  48. There can't be anything more to add about the pillow!! the red against the white is stunning and who wouldn't want one for their armchair?
    the card with the gold perfect pearls is gorgeous...simply gorgeous!!
    You are so talented and creative.

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  49. What a wonderful idea and you did a marvelous job! We always think of the traditional red poinsettias but this white version is so classy! THanks for sharing :)

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  50. How ingenious - love the pillow. The Perfect Pearls look just amazing! I'll be trying that for sure!

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  51. Beautiful cushion Anya! I love using my stamps on fabric too. Got to tell you your Cream card is just gorgeous!!!! Love the pretty shimmery gold text and the beautiful gold embossed petals...........so have to try this. Just hope I can find Perfect Pearls!!!! Thanks so much you never disappoint on the Blog Waltz.

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  52. Love the poinsettias, great job on the embossing. The gold is great.

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  53. The cream and gold on the pointsettia card is amazing!

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  54. What a creative use of stamps . . . . . a pillow!

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  55. Okay, the pillow is REALLY cool, but that card is STUNNING!!! Probably going to case that one! ;)

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  56. OMG!!! That card is sooooo beautiful!!!!!!!!!! I have to get the flower now!!!!

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  57. WoW Anya! Love the felt pillow & that card is amazing! Pure elegance! Love the shimmery gold & cream color combo!

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  58. I'd comment but I fell over when I saw this stuff.

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  59. So clever with the felt.
    The card is just so stunning. I really love how you've used the new sets.

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  60. OMGoodness!!! that pillow idea is fabulous, Anya! super fun and your card is so elegant. love the gold embossing.

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  61. amazing projects and the card is stunning with the colors and shimmer

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  62. I can understand why your card makes you happy, Anya. It is beyond beautiful! I love the gold on cream. And the way you used the scalloped border AND the lace is perfect. And I love your pillow - it would add such a festive touch to the sofa!

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  63. It's beautiful! Love the cream colored card! So elegant!

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  64. Your card is so beautiful. I love white pointsettias. I wish I had seen your blog B4 I placed my order. I'll have to place a second order now. You are a great inspiration.

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  65. The pillow looks so fun and the card....stunning!

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  66. How clever to turn the stamp into a cozy, cute pillow! Your card is gorgeous in gold - so elegant!
    April C.

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  67. You bet your hippy I'll be trying thay technique!!!! Absolutely gorgeous!! Thank you so much for sharing...oh, one question....what ink did you use to stamp on the felt?

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  68. your poinsettia card is gor-juss!! a wonderful christmas card

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  69. Your felt poinsettia pillow is so fun! And your golden poinsettia card is pure elegance.
    Thank you for sharing

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  70. Love the poinsettia creations of yours. Lisa Dickinson

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  71. wow, Anya, that shimmer is amazing. What a beautiful card and the pillow is so sweet!

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  72. Beautiful!!!!! I love the ivory card, just stunning! And that pillow? Love it!!!!!

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  73. love your creations and use of the stamps. Great work

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  74. I love the pillow idea, and the cream card is so elegant!

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  75. I love when artists showcase stamp sets in a unique and creative way and you have certainly done that. Thank you for inspiring me.

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  76. I never cease to be amazed when I come to your blog... stamping on felt.. genius!

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  77. Hello Anya,

    you always amaze me with your creativity. This time, I can´t take my eyes off this gold script background. It´s so fine, elegant and gives the perfect touch. Wonderfull!!!

    Hugs, Tina

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  78. Wow! The pillow is such a great and creative gift! That card is beyond gorgeous! You knocked it out of the park today!

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  79. WOW! Fantastic work! That pillow is perfect in every way! I love all the gold...so divine!

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  80. stunning! what a great idea with felt!
    the card is so gorgeous!

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  81. Awesome pillow and gorgeous shimmery card!

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  82. What a great project and card! Fabulous.

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  83. Amazingly gorgeous card and pillow! Who would think to stamp on felt?! Thanks for the inspiration~

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  84. Lovely card! All the gold embossing makes it very elegant.

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  85. Love your card- so elegant!

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  86. Such a pretty pillow! Awesome gift! And that card is stunning! A cream poinsettia! Gorgeous!

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  87. The pillow is fantastic, great idea to stamp the poinsettia onto felt, it works so well. That card is extremely stylish, love the cream and gold together. The text looks amazing with the gold perfect pearls. I have those powders and rarely use them, now you have inspired me have another go, thanks.

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  88. Stamping felt - great idea for added dimension!

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  89. The pillow is so fun and is very pretty! What a great gift idea! The card is gorgeous!

    Regan

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  90. Your projects are great! Very creative.
    hugs,
    Gini

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  91. Your work just blows me away. The pillow will looks charming in an armchair. Because you kept it simple, the pillow would shine in many different types of decor. And the card is elegance personified. The Perfect Pearls background is glorious. Thanks for the shot of it, otherwise I know I would have missed its shimmer.

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  92. The pillow is a great idea - and the card is just wonderful!
    Sandra

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  93. Two great new (at least to me) idea: stamping on something other than paper and making a pillow, and the versamark/pearl background on your card. I love that! It was subtle, but beautiful!

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  94. oh my - now i know why you are last on my blog hop. save the best for last. a charming pillow. it looks so warm and lovely. something i'd treasure and pull out every xmas.
    thanks for your tips about perfect pearls and versamarking. no extra pleading needed here :) the card is truly stunning with the lace - the color scheme is amazing. may i copy when my big blooms arrive? :D

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  95. What a great idea for Christmas gifts. I am growing very fond of the Big Blooms Poinsettia. I love the cream card. Very versatile stamp.

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  96. Your card is so elegant, and I love that you stamped the poinsettias on felt: I love seeing stamping on fabric: my two favorite loves! thanks for the great ideas!

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  97. You are so creative, great pillow.

    Carrie

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  98. The pillow would make a fabulous present & I love the cream poinsettia & all the gold on the card.

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  99. What a great idea on the pillow!!
    Your card is breath taking.WOW!

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  100. I love, love, love this monochromatic card. It is just so elegant and lovely.

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  101. Wow, your card is just stunning! I love all the gold, and paired with the cream, just beautiful. I know I have Perfect Pearls and can't wait to give this a try. Thanks so much for the great idea.

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  102. The pillow is cute but the card is FABULOUS!!! I will be trying out that background shimmer technique - used to use Perfect Pearls all the time, thanks for the reminder!

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