Thinking of Tulips With Whimsy Stamps

Hello friends!  I’m here!  In case you were seeing nothing on my blog or something weird going on within the last day, I appologize!  I was messing with something and pretty much should have left things alone!  I think we are all back now and everything is good!  Whew!  (Don’t worry, I won’t be doing that again!)  I guess I thought I was savvy with tech things, but it turns out, I’m not!  Ha!

So now that I’ve got things back to normal, I can share my card with you this evening!

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This is one of the adorable March digital releases from Whimsy Stamps called Tulip by CC Designs.  She was so fun to color and I was thinking about tulips the entire time I was coloring her up!  Tulips are my favorite flower and I have a brick foundation with little buds of daffodils and tulips coming up!  Of course this makes me excited about Spring and the warm weather we are starting to get!!  (Hopefully I will be able to share photos of how they come up soon!)

Whimsy Stamps has also released some really cool digital papers that I’ve used for the background of my card here called Rustic Wood and Brick Collection.  (Reminds me of my brick foundation where the flowers are coming up!)  I have also used a retired Whimsy Stamps die set called “Garden Flowers” that happened to have a tulip in it, so I cut several in white cardstock to go along the bottom of the card.  I also took one and inked it up in the colored I’ve used on my image and tied an additional thread bow at the top of it.

The sentiment on the bottom of the image panel comes from the Whimsy Stamps Everyday Mini Sentiments clear stamp set.  I white heat embossed it and then cut out with the Whimsy Stamps Quick Strips die set.  I used a MFT stitched scallop die to cut out the image from and layered her with some red cardstock.  Before I added the blue ribbon, I attached the piece of black cardstock where my layered image panel would go and wrapped it around the brick background.  I then added a white button with a linen thread bow in the center of that.  (This is what I used on the colored tulip.)  All of these layers were then mounted onto an A2 sized top folding white card base.

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Here’s a closer look at her all colored up with Copic markers!  You can purchase them at Whimsy Stamps.  CLICK HERE  These are the colors I’ve used on my image today:

  • bow, jacket, skirt, tulips – B97, B95, B93, R39, R37, R35, YG25
  • shirt, socks, shoes – BG000, E87, E84, E81
  • hair, skin – E27, E25, E23, E21, E11, E00, E000, R20
  • butterflies – C5, C3, YR04, YR02, Y13
  • C1 around image and white gel pen for flowers and jacket along with red and black gel pens for dots on butterflies
  • covered the red portion of die cut tulip with Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card this evening!  Are you as ready for those Spring flowers as much as I am?  What are your favorite flowers?

Thanks so much for stopping in today!!  See you again soon!

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products used on my card below:


Challenges I’d like to enter my card for:

  1.   Words 2 Craft By (W2CB63) – “Happiness held is the seed, Happiness shared is the flower.”
  2. As You Like It – Dies or Stencils & why? (I love using dies because I feel there are so many fun things you can do with them/versatile, even it you don’t stamp!)
  3. A Bit More Time to Craft – #88 Anything Goes
  4. Challenge Up Your Life – Bye-Bye Winter

Another Pot O’ Gold!

Hi there friends!  I guess I am really feeling the luck of the Irish this week!  I have another fun St. Patrick’s Day themed card to share today:

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My card here may seem a bit simple, but it has a few really fun added extras to really make it shinny and glittery!  I have used one of the March releases from Sparkle N Sprinkle called Lil Leprechaun (Digital only stamp set).   I took the pre-colored versions of the set and arranged them in a blank Word.doc for how I wanted it to appear on my card front.  I used the clover images and resized them to fit around the bottom of the pot of gold area and then placed the sentiment where I wanted it off to the side.

I then printed it out and then cut it out with the Nuvo Basics Rectangle dies.

I used a couple of Copic green markers to make the “blades of grass” next to the pot of gold and clovers.  I also used some colored chalk to sponge in some colors for the rainbow behind the pot of gold.

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Here you can also see on the panel where I’ve taken some Super Thick Gold EP and sprinkled some in the corners of my image panel and then heat set it from underneath.

I also took a Nuvo Precision Glue Pen to add some “dots” in the center of the clovers and then of course used the SNS Shamrock Glitter to go over them!  I also covered the coins in the pot with the glue and sprinkled some Champagne Glitter over them for some sparkle!

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With the same SNS Champagne Glitter that I used on the coins in the pot, I also took some SNS Sticker Paper and covered an entire panel with it and burnished it in!  The shimmer and glitz on this is stunning in person and really sets off the card!  I’ve also used the Glitter Brush to take away the excess glitter particles and it’s a must have for clean up too!  (Instead of clinging to the brush, it repels it away!)  These sheets are somewhat thin, so I made sure that I’ve added some layers of cardstock in between this glitter panel for stability to the card.  (Keep this in mind if you are using the sticker paper for this idea.)

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I tried to capture some of the sparkle in the photo, but it really looks brilliant when you are holding it in person! 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and I really appreciate you stopping in!!

If you happen to use any of the links in this post, please be sure to use my special discount code below at checkout for 10% off your order:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Crafting With an Attitude – Anything Goes
  2. Creative Moments – Anything Goes
  3. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #338
  4. Creative Fingers – Anything Goes
  5. Pammies Inky Pinkes – Anything Goes PIP1910
  6. Not Just Cards – Anything Goes

 

Anything Goes for Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!  It’s time for an easy peasy “ANYTHING GOES” challenge over at Cute Card Thursday this week!!  Our monthly sponsor Whimsy Stamps will be joining us this week and I’m thrilled to share some of those products on my card today:

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I have used this really sweet digital stamp on my card called “Penguin Loves Bunny“!  He is holding him ever so tightly and not wanting to let go!! 🙂

As I’m trying to get back into the swing of things here, I wanted to be sure to join some challenges and so I’ve picked out a nice sketch to start my card with here.  (See the details below the post for all challenges.)  I’ve been wanting to get out these yummy plaid papers that I’ve had for a couple of years.  This seemed like the perfect image for that too!

So I took the panel of plaid papers and layered it with some kraft cardstock.  I took some white organdy ribbon and wrapped a piece around the left side of it and tied on a bow at the top before attaching it to the upper right of my A2 sized top folding white card base.  I’ve cut out the image with an oval die and then layered another oval piece that was cut out with the kraft cardstock.  This oval panel was layered over the plaid.

I took a sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Everyday Mini Sentiment clear stamp set and stamped the “miss you” underneath the image.  I also used the Whimsy Stamps Friend Word & Shadow die set to cut a piece of vellum with the shadow and then cut the word out with some pink cardstock and then attached them right underneath the stamped “miss you” sentiment.  Lastly, I’ve added some of the pink enamel dots from the Whimsy Stamps It’s a Party enamel dots set.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring of this image.  I’ve colored it in with Copic markers in the following colors:

  • Penguin:  C8, C5, C3, C1, Y38, Y35, Y32, R00
  • Bunny:  E47, E44, E42, E41, W5, W3, W1, R20, R11, R00

I also used a blender 0 and a white gel pen for cheeks and bunny tail

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I thought this image would be so fun for Easter too!!  I can see it used in so many different ways!  It’s a new digital release for the month of March at Whimsy Stamps, so it would be a great one to pick up!!

Also, don’t foget to play along with us over at Cute Card Thursday for your chance to possibly win something from our sponsor this week which is Whimsy Stamps!  Stop by and check out the inspiration from the rest of the design team!!  Can’t wait to see what you’re making!!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!!  Thanks so much for dropping in!!  See you soon!

Here’s the Whimsy Stamps products with affiliate links used today:

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Challenges I’d like to enter my card for:

  1.  Tuesday Morning Sketches – #493TMS 493
  2. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes + related to animals
  3. Creative with Stamps – FriendsCWS#36_Friends
  4. {Cupcake Inspirations} – Plaid CIC465465
  5. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #337

 

 

Fistful of Flowers From Whimsy Stamps

Hello friends!  Hope that you are having a great week so far!  There is plenty of ice and snow over my way for the next several days, so I thought I would bring a little ‘happy’ today with a “Fistful of Flowers” from Whimsy Stamps!

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Isn’t she the cutest?!  This was originally released as a rubber stamp from Crissy Armstrong, but this month it has been released in digital format now as well!  Weather you like to stamp your images or print them out, you may be able to have both options!  So if you have ever wished that some of the stamps you like would come out in digital form….please be sure to check the website to see if it has been re-released as a digital!

I have to be honest and say that after I had colored in the image, I was struggling with the colors of cardstock I wanted to use and it seemed that anything I picked out wasn’t quite working.  (You ever have this problem?)  My hubby came in to visit me and I told him I was struggling, so he took me over to my paper and picked out these colors and I liked it, so I went with it!  Did he do good?  🙂

I have cut a piece of yellow cardstock out and then took the WS Mom’s Layered Flowers clear stamp set (one of my old faves!) and white heat embossed the background with one of the daisy images.  I wrapped a piece of white ribbon around the yellow embossed piece that was also mounted onto a white 4.25 x 5.5 card front piece.  After wrapping the ribbon around both pieces, I added a bow and this panel was then mounted onto a white top folding A2 sized card base.

The colored image panel was layered with a blue cardstock which I’ve also cut a piece for a fishtail banner and added some daisy accent flowers to it.

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                                       This cutie has been colored up with the following Copics:                                         (Click on affiliate links below to purchase from Whimsy Stamps)

I took a glue pen and added some clear glitter over the edge of the flower petals for a bit of sparkle.  You can see that the daisy accents also have some light touches of glitter on the edges as well.

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So I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and check out all of the fun things going on and coming up with Whimsy Stamps!

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Right now there is a fun challenge over in the Whimsy Stamps & Inspiration Facebook Group:  The challenge is to create a love/Valentine’s card using any Whimsy Stamps image that you would NOT typically associate with love or Valentines.  You can enter up to 3 times and it closes on February 28th….click on the link or badge above to go check it out!

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You may have seen this on the sidebar of my blog as I’m happy to help promote this wonderful cause from Whimsy Stamps and wanted to be sure to share with you! (Click on the badge for more information about this fundraiser!)

And don’t forget to check out the Whimsy Stamps & Inspiration Facebook Group to join us in a special event starting February 14th – February 17th

There will be games, giveaways and lots of inspiration to share!  So be sure to click the link above to add your name and share with your friends so they can join us too!  If we reach 250 people “going” to the event, there will be a FREE DIGI to be given away too!!  Hope you can join!!

Here are the Whimsy Stamp Products (affiliate links) used on my card today:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Crafting With an Attitude – Anything Goes
  2. Creative Fingers – Anything Goes
  3. QKR Stampede – #334 Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
  5. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP1906 Anything Goes
  6. Shopping Our Stash – Make Your Mark (colored with markers)

 

 

2 Crafty Critter Crazies February Challenge is Here!

Hello friends!  **This is my first of 2 posts today, but be sure to stop by right after this post for the final post this morning with a special blog hop and prizes available to win!**

Today starts our brand new February challenge over at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!  Remember that this is an always ANYTHING GOES challenge, but you must include a critter somewhere on your project to enter!

We are being sponsored this month by Sparkle N Sprinkle!  The DT has created some wonderful creations using their products, so go check it out and play along with us this month!  Here’s what I’ve created for the challenge:

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I have used this gorgeous January digital stamp release from SnS called Ribbons of Love [DIGI933DE] which was created by my wonderful blog friend Donna Ellis!  If you stay tuned in later, you will see another creation I’ve made for the blog hop using this same set!  It’s a very beautiful and versatile set to have!

For this card, I’ve used the uncolored images and placed the images together how I wanted them to appear in a Word doc and then printed it out.  I printed out an extra butterfly so that I could cut it out and pop it up over the design for dimension.  All of the butterflies were colored with Copics.

For the background of my card, I took some Demo Donna’s Lace and placed it over top of a piece of cardstock that I’ve covered with a Super Adhesive Sheet.  I then sprinkled some Caspia Sea glitter and burished it over the lace layer.  (Sometimes I use the backing from the adhesive sheet to help burnish it in.)  After I felt it was burnished in, I removed the lace layer and sprinkled on some Lemonade glitter over the rest which gave me the unique glittery lace background!  As you can see, I’ve also taken a small strip of it to add to my design.  I have layered that piece with a strip of black fishtail banner and tied a white ribbon bow to attach over it.  The butterfly image panel was cut, layered with black cardstock and attached over the middle of the glittery background which as also layered with black cardstock and attached to an A2 sized white top folding card base.

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Looking more closely at the card, you can better see the glittery background along with the coloring on the butterflies.  The two butterflies at the top was brushed with some Sparkle N Sprinkle Brushable Glue and then I sprinkled some Diamond Dust glitter over top of their wings for a bit more sparkle.  I glued the center of the yellow butterfly down and popped up the wings with my finger for a bit of dimension.

Please be sure to check out the 2Crafty Critter Crazies blog for more inspiration from the rest of the design team and I hope to see your critter creation in the gallery this month!

Thanks for stopping in…stay tuned in for my next special post!!

Sympathy & Banish the Blues

Hello friends!  Hope you have enjoyed a nice weekend.  Unfortunately, I needed to make up a sympathy card and didn’t realize that I had run out of them, so I will need to make some up in the future so I can have them on hand and not have to worry about it when the time comes again.  I had a friend who recently passed and needed a card for her family, so I pulled out a set that I hadn’t used before until now:

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This is an older set from last year’s Sale-a-Bration at Stampin’ Up! called “Heartfelt Blooms”.  I think it’s so pretty and since the lady who passed was a happy crafter, I felt good about making this tribute for her.  I will miss seeing you at lunches Penny, rest in peace my friend.

I stamped the floral image several times with a Copic friendly navy color ink over some cream colored cardstock and then colored in the images with my Copic markers.  I also went around the images with some markers and blended it all out around the design.

I then took some distress ink and the foam ink blending tool to soften the edges a bit and make it look a bit more Vintage.  I also stamped the sentiment with navy ink and die cut it along with some navy cardstock with a banner die.  I sponged around the edges of this as well.  I wrapped some linen thread several times around this panel and tied it off with a bow next to the banner.  I then attached it over an A2 sized top folding navy card base.

I created a matching envelope by stamping the image in navy ink over it as well.  Lastly finished off the design with some clear sequins.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring on the floral image I did as well as the sponged around the front panel and banner.  I thought all of the blue colors turned out really pretty and made a nice Vintage feel.

Challenges I’d like to enter for the above card:

  1.  A Bit More Time to Craft – #84 Anything Goes
  2. The Creative Crafters – Anything Goes
  3. Crafty Catz – Anything Goes with optional:  Blue, Green plus one other color (cream)

So on another {positive} note, I’d also like to remind you that there are still a couple of days left to play along with us over at the Cute Card Thursday Challenge this week!  The theme for this challenge is “Banish the Blues” which I felt like doing in my craft room and so I decided to make this “Fun-Loving” card:

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Now how happy do these cute honey bees look?!  They almost look like they’re dancing in the air!!  I don’t get to play very often with the Brutus Monroe collection that I have started to accumulate, but I’ve used items from this month’s “Love Bug” Inspiration Box for this card.

I’ve heat embossed the bees and colored them in with some of the Brutus Monroe Aqua Pigments which I’ve collected quite a few of as well! LOL!  I’ve used the paper from the kit and stamped the background and the edges of the bee panel with some SU! ink that happened to match up with it.  I then white heat embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set above the bee panel.  I sponged around the edges of this red panel with white ink and attached it to a side folding A2 sized card base.

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Here’s a closer look at the bees and how I’ve colored them.  Some of the BM Aqua Pigments are shimmery and I’ve used a couple of those colors too!  I’ve added some white dots on their cheeks as well as a few around the hearts.  I topped off their eye-balls with some glossy accents.  I’ve also stamped some more “xoxo”s on each end of this image border and layered it over a piece of black cardstock.  I took two strips of glitter washi tape from the kit and added it above and below the image panel area and then attached the bees over top but between the strips.  Lastly I’ve added a heart shaped sequins to the center of the white embossed heart “O” in the sentiment and the rest of the sequins from the kit randomly placed on the card.  I topped off the circle sequins with some Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops.

Hope this helped to end my post on a happier note with a smile and I hope you will stop by the Cute Card Thursday Challenge Blog and check out the inspiration over there and play along with us!!

Thanks so much for checking in with me today!  I’ll see you again tomorrow for more crafty inspiration!!

Here’s some challenges I’d like to enter the above “Bee card” for:

  1.  Shopping Our Stash – #SOS386 Hearts On Fire
  2. Moving Along With the Times – #89 Have a Heart
  3. QKR Stampede – #331 Anything Goes
  4. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #PIP1903 Anything Goes
  5. Paper Girls – #168 Sparkle and Shine
  6. Double Trouble:  #20 Thing 1 Trouble Maker – “Love is in the Air” (honey bees!), Thing 2 Double Dare – Entered the Paper Girls Challenge #168, Thing 3 Twisted Sister – “Sparkling and Shining” (I used metallic watercolor, sequins, glitter drops and glitter washi tape)

Grateful We Are Friends – Sparkle N Sprinkle November Release

Hello friends!  Stopping in today to share my  Guest Design card from the Sparkle N Sprinkle November release using the Koi Pond Friends rubber stamp set [00-919P5] along with several other really fun products from Sparkle N Sprinkle!  Please be sure to check out the entire November release in the store!  I really had so much fun creating with these new sets and awesome products!

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I started out with a piece of watercolor paper and sprinkled three different colors of Nuvo Shimmer Powders on it:  Atlantis Burst [1213N], Green Parade [1214N] and Blue Blitz [1208N].  I sprinkled all the colors at once before applying any water to it.  I sprinkled VERY little and just added a bit more here and there as I spritzed it with water.  I saturated the paper and moved it around until it was covered how I wanted it to look.  I dabbed it up with a paper towel and used a heat gun to dry it up a bit.  I just love the beautiful shimmer on this background!

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Also for the background, I took the bubbles image from the same stamp set and stamped them in VersaMark ink [VM001] around the right corner and bottom over the watercolor piece.  I heat embossed the bubbles with some Sparkle N Sprinkle Frosted Juniper [EP406] and Sparkle (Semi-transparent) [EP107] embossing powders.  I then mounted this watercolor background panel onto the top edge of a black A2 Sized top folding card base.

With the close-up view of the fish, I heat embossed them with the SnS Copper Embossing Powder [EP236] over some Bristol paper.  For the flower image, I just stamped it with black waterproof ink in the same Bristol paper.  Below I will share how I went about coloring both the fish and the flower:

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After heat embossing the fish and stamping the flower, I took the Nuvo Glitter Markers in the following colors:  Mighnight Shadows [172N], Ember Glow [170N] and Urban Graphite [188N] and pressed the pens down onto my Tim Holtz Glas s Media Mat [1914E] to get a “pool” of it and then used my Waterbrush to blend and color the images. It leaves a beautiful shimmer and blends the colors together so nicely!

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Here’s a closer view of the colored flower with the shimmer.  I fussy cut all the colored images and glued them on the card base with some SnS dimensional glue.  For the flower image, I decided to off-set it and trim off the edges with scissors.

For the greeting, using the same rubber stamp set, I stamped it with a black pigment ink and then sprinkled it with some SnS Sparkle (semi-transparent) [EP107] and heat embossed it to give it a nice sparkly look!

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For the bottom portion of my card, I cut out a strip of cardstock the width that I wanted to go across the bottom and underneath the watercolor panel.  I covered the entire strip with some  SnS Dimensional Glue and then covered that up with these stunning Bronze Mica Flakes [MF05] and let it dry.  After it was dried, I pressed and burnished them into the strip with my finger and bone folder.  The extra pieces will come off the sides as you rub it around or you could also trim it off if you prefer, but I found it to not be necessary.  You can see how big the flakes are in the photo as I scattered a few of them around my card in the photos.  This was by far my favorite thing to play with on my card! 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today and I thank you so much for stopping in!  Please be sure to visit the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog and don’t forget to play along in the monthly challenges at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge Blog as well as the Sparkle N Sprinkle Facebook Creative Challenge Group too!  Looking forward to seeing your creations there!

Also don’t forget to use my discount code when you go shopping at Sparkle N Sprinkle!  Click on the badge below to start shopping for your sparkly goodies!

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Here’s the Full Sparkle N Sprinkle product list for my card today:

  1.  Koi Pond Friends rubber stamp set [00-919P5]  *New November Release – Also offered as a digital set [DIGI919BC] plus check out the super digital bundle where you get more! – or you can check out the rubber stamp bundle too and save more money!
  2. Bronze Mica Flakes [MF05]
  3. Copper Embossing Powder [EP236]
  4. Sparkle Embossing Powder [EP107]
  5. Frosted Juniper Embossing Powder [EP406]
  6. Dimensional Glue
  7. Sparkle N Sprinkle Static Free Bag [99512]
  8. Glitter Brush [SG1400]
  9. Nuvo Glitter Marker set Midnight Shadows [172N]
  10. Nuvo Glitter Marker set Ember Glow [170N]
  11. Nuvo Glitter Marker Urban Graphite [188N]
  12. Waterbrush – LG
  13. Nuvo Shimmer Powder Atlantis Burst [1213N]
  14. Nuvo Shimmer Powder Green Parade [1214N]
  15. Nuvo Shimmer Powder Blue Blitz [1208N]
  16. Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat [1914E]