Throwback Thursday: Holiday Candy Boxes

The Template Studio is perfect for creating larger scale gift or treat packaging. All you need is a large sheet of poster board, which you can find HERE or at an office supply or school supply store. Check out the holiday candy boxes I made with my Template Studio below, and then scroll down for a yummy caramel corn recipe to fill your candy boxes with!

Hello friends, Aly here with you again today. I’m sharing a set of Holiday Candy Boxes I created with the Candy Box Guide and some of the Holiday Designer Poster Board. I love the unique custom gift wrap that I can create with the Template Studio. These DIY candy boxes will really make my treats stand out this holiday season.

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It was easy to follow the instruction guide included with the templates and make several different sizes of candy boxes with my poster board scraps.

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I dressed up my boxes with some rosettes and tags I made using tools and papers from the new DIY Party collection. I love how quick and easy scoring and cutting paper is when using the new Fringe and Scoring Board. It sure saves time to score or cut 5 lines simultaneously! And I love the decorative edge that the Rosette Punch adds–so pretty.

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The Tag Punch is a must-have tool for any crafter! It’s versatile, making 3 different size tags, and it’s easy to use. It took me all of two minutes to make custom coordinating tags for my gift boxes. Love that!

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With the Template Studio it’s so easy to create large scale custom gift wrapping and party decor. You’ll never need to buy gift boxes or bags from the store again. Stay tuned this week to see more Template Studio project inspiration!

Supplies:

Template Studio Starter Kit
Candy Box Guide
Designer Poster Board
Holiday Designer Poster Board
DIY Party 12×12 Patterned Paper Pack
DIY Party 12×12 Cardstock Pack
Fringe and Score Board
Rosette Punch
Tag Punch
Baker’s Twine

 

Cinnamon Caramel Corn with Pecans and White Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 12 C popped popcorn (about 1/2 C kernels)
  • 1 C roughly chopped pecans
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 3/4 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 C karo syrup (or honey makes a good substitution)
  • 1 stick real butter (1/2 C)
  • 4 oz almond bark (about 3 squares)

Method:

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Place popcorn and chopped pecans in a large bowl and set aside.

Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a 4 C capacity microwave safe bowl. Mix well. Chop butter into chunks and place on top of sugar mixture. Pour corn syrup over the top of everything. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and then stir to combine. Return to microwave and heat for 2 minutes. Remove and stir and then microwave for 2 minutes more.

Remove from microwave and add in vanilla and baking soda. Stir to combine. Mixture will foam and rise. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and pecans and stir very well so everything is well coated.

Spread popcorn mixture onto a foil-lined jelly roll pan. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and spread out on a large piece of parchment, waxed paper, or foil.

Melt almond bark according to package instructions. Drizzle over popcorn mixture. When almond bark is hardened and popcorn is cool, break into chunks and enjoy!

Halloween Craft Roundup

Happy Friday friends! We hope you’ve enjoyed all of the Halloween treat wrapping ideas this week. We thought we’d finish off the week with a roundup of some fun and spooky Halloween crafts featuring some of your favorite tools. Check it out!

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Halloween Candy Boxes

Combine the Candy Box Punch Board with the Evolution Advanced and some Halloween themed dies to create these unique boxes for trick-or-treaters. CLICK HERE for full instructions on the blog.

Caramel Popcorn Treat Bags

Our Holiday Glassine Papers are perfect for holding some homemade caramel popcorn to hand out to Halloween party guests! Find more photos, details, and the delicious recipe on the blog HERE.

Halloween Gift Boxes

Make custom gift boxes with the Template Studio and our Designer Poster Board, and fill them with baked goods or seasonal gifts for teachers, friends, and neighbors. CLICK HERE for the how-to.

DIY Witch Hat Halloween Decor

These life size witch hats are easy to make with the Template Studio, the Circle Template Guide and some black poster board. CLICK HERE for full instructions on the blog.

Spider and Bat Goodie Bags

Use the DIY Party Pom Pom Makers to create cute spiders and bats to decorate your Halloween projects. Learn how on the blog HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to come back next week for more Halloween project inspiration from our design team. Happy crafting, and enjoy your weekend!

Halloween Pillow Boxes

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here, and today I’m sharing a the Halloween pillow boxes I made for my kids using the Template Studio:

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First, I chose which designer poster boards I would use – black glitter and black and white stripes. I also gathered American Crafts Bootiful Night embellishments and a piece of yellow mylar paper by Bazzill.

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Next, I followed the easy instructions for creating four of the smallest pillow boxes.

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I added a special touch by using the new circle Clear-Cut Punch to create a “moon” on the front of the black glitter pillow boxes. It was so easy to line up the punch exactly where I wanted it.

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I cut a square of the mylar paper and hot glued it to the back of the punched out circle. Then I assembled and glued the rest of the pillow box.

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To embellish this All Hallows Eve box, I hot glued Bootiful Night die-cuts around my punched moon and secured flair to the front with a little bit of whispy, silver thread. Star stickers finish off the spooky scene.

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This Happy Halloween box is embellished with a Bootiful Night cobweb, more flair and thread, and die-cuts.

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Here I created a scene by adhering a haunted house beneath the mylar moon. Some stickers and flair finished it up.

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Trick or Treat says the skull, embellished by stickers and more flair.

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I had a lot of fun making these pillow boxes and my kids can’t wait until I fill them up with Halloween treats. Are you gifting treats this Halloween? Pull out your template studio and make some easy-fun boxes! Happy crafting!

Template Studio Halloween Pillow Boxes Tessa Buys for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies Used:

Template Studio

Large Pillow Box Template

Circle Clear-Cut Punch

Giant Flower Party Backdrop

Hello there We R friends! It’s Aly here with you again to finish off Flower Week with a larger-than-life party backdrop idea. Create a giant flower backdrop with the Template Studio Starter Kit, Flower Template Guide, and some Designer Poster Board!

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This giant flower backdrop is perfect for a luau, summer pool party, a bridal shower, a wedding, a baby girl shower, a tea party, and more.

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All you need to do is select poster board colors and/or patterns that fit with your event or theme.

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To make your own giant flower backdrop, start by trimming your poster board to the size shown in the instruction manual based on the flower size you’ve selected. Then follow the directions to cut out and score your flower petals using the flower template guide.

Fold the score lines as explained in the instructions, and secure the petals with a strong adhesive. I recommend hot glue for this project, and the American Crafts Sticky Thumb Cordless Glue Gun is my favorite. No limiting cord to worry about!

This is what your flower will look like once you’ve finished. (For a video tutorial on making flowers with the Template Studio, visit our YouTube channel HERE.)

Layer multiple flowers for more dimension and color.

Then add a loop of twine to the back for hanging.

To create the flower center, cut a 12 inch long strip of paper that’s 3-4 inches wide, and cut some fringe into it.

Roll up the paper and secure it with hot glue or another strong adhesive.

Then curl back the fringe to add some dimension and texture, and then hot glue it to the center of the flower.

Make several flowers in different sizes and styles for a show-stopping backdrop for your next event!

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Giant Flower Party Backdrop by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Template Studio Starter Kit
Flower Template Guide
Designer Poster Board

 

 

DIY Ephemera File Folders

Hello We R friends! It’s Aly Dosdall with you again today. Often when we think of memory keeping as crafters, we think of photos and albums. But memories aren’t just preserved through photos. Memorabilia helps preserve our memories as well. Including ticket stubs, pamphlets, receipts, notes, etc tells our stories just as well as including photos does. I love to keep bits and pieces from travels, school, etc and I keep them in a large archival safe box. But they’re really not well organized and I often struggle with remembering to include them in my album. Enter the Template Studio File Folder Guide!

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I sorted through my ephemera and determined what size folders I needed. The largest size paper in my ephemera box is 8 1/2 x 11 inches, so I made my folders that size. I divided my ephemera into three basic groups–School, Church, and Travels. You can adjust your categories according to the type of ephemera you have.

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To make the file folders I used three different colors of Bazzill Dotted Swiss Poster Board, the Template Studio Starter Kit, and the Template Studio File Folder Guide. I started by trimming the poster board down to the size specified in the instruction booklet.

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Then, as described in the included instructions, I used the File Folder Guide to cut the tabs and indents into my folders. The File Folder Guide allows you to make traditional and round tabs either on the side or the middle. You can visit our YouTube channel to watch an instructional video HERE.

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Then, instead of following the directions for scoring, I double scored the middle line to allow room for all the bulk from LOTS of ephemera.

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That way I don’t have to worry about an over-bulky folder since I have so much ephemera to include in this one.

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I made the other two folders following the scoring instructions since I didn’t have as much ephemera to include in those. I staggered the tabs on all three folders for easier viewing.

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To finish off I added the category to each folder using my Typecast typewriter and the labels included in the paper collection.

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The Typecast labels were the perfect size for these folders, plus the black and grey colors fit perfectly with my color scheme.

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I love that the collection includes multiple colors of typewriter ribbon! I changed the ribbon to the Teal/Black color and then moved the switch on the typewriter to “CLR” so that the teal color showed instead of the black. (For an instructional video on how to do this CLICK HERE to go to our YouTube channel.)

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I’m so excited that I’ve finally got all my ephemera sorted and organized so it’s easier to find when I want to include it in my scrapbook album. And I love that I can create custom file folders in whatever color and size I want using the Template Studio.

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Supplies:

Template Studio Starter Kit
File Folder Guide
Typecast Typewriter
Typecast Labels
Bazzill Dotted Swiss Poster Board

Template Studio Wedding Gift Bag

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today to share a beautiful wedding gift bag, that is handmade, using the Template Studio. Yes, that bag is handmade! I am so excited about how this project turned out! And I cannot wait to create more custom gift bags because it was so simple to do!

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After laying out the cutting mat on my table, I followed the direction cards included in the Template Studio Starter Kit. The directions and measurements for several different projects are kept on a loose-leaf ring for easy use while working.

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The template guides have pegs on the end, that fit into the cutting mat surface, keeping the guides perfectly in place while cutting and scoring. I love how the cutting and scoring blades have small peg that fit into the rail of the guides. After following the directions and measurements for cutting and scoring, my bag was complete!

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To add a special touch, I added handles to my wedding gift bag.

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I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch two holes on each side of the bag. About 15” of ribbon was cut and fed through one hole. A knot was tied to the end and the excess ribbon was trimmed away. I repeated the same process by feeding the other end of the ribbon through the second hole and knotting it. To feed the ribbon more easily through the opening, I cut it at an angle.

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These last two additions to my gift bag really made it special. The flower embellishment is from the Wildflower Collection and it has a touch of gold foiling on it. The chipboard gold word “love,” also from the Wildflower Collection, was placed over the top. It looks like a gift bag I bought at a boutique, but I made it!

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It was a ton of fun to create my own custom wedding gift bag with the Template Studio! What special event do you have coming up that needs a special gift bag?

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Supplies:

Template Studio
Crop-A-Dile
Designer Poster Board – Gold Stripe
Wildflower Collection-Embellishment Pack, Chipboard Stickers

 

Pillow Box Gift Wrap

Hey, We R fans, Laura here with a fun gift wrap idea for you this week. Today, I am going to show you how to use the Template Studio with the Pillow Box guide to create adorable pillow boxes you can use to wrap up the perfect gift for your best friend. Pillow boxes are great because they can accommodate gifts that are oddly shaped and would be hard to wrap with traditional wrapping paper.

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To start, you need to trim your paper to the measurements shown on the Pillow Box Guide instructions. I chose to make the smallest size box, so I needed to trim my paper to 13” x 10”. You use the A and B or B and C guides to cut or score straight lines with your template.

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Once you have cut your paper to the correct size, follow the instructions that came with the Pillow Box guide. You will need both the cutting blade and scoring blade to create your box.

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Assemble your box using adhesive along the folded edge. Then, decorate it however you like. I found it easier to decorate the box before folding the flaps down on each side.

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To decorate the first box, I cut a thin strip from the Flower Girl Collection papers and used adhesive to apply it around the middle of the box.

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Next, I created a flag piece using the Banner Punch board. I cut out two separate strips of patterned paper, with one being a little wider than the other. I used the punch board to cut the flag shape out of the bottom of each strip. I folded the strips in half and used adhesive to attach them to the top of the box.

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I finished off the box by adding a wooden veneer banner shape from the Flower Girl collection.

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I wanted the second pillow box to look like a purse. I started by creating a slightly larger pillow box than the first one. Once the box was assembled, I cut a decorative floral shape using the Evolution Advanced and leftover pink paper from the first box.

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Fold the shape in half and adhere it to the top of the pillow box. Then, I cut a ¾” strip of the pink paper to create a “strap” for the purse. I cut slits in the top of the box and slid the straps into the box.

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To make it look like the purse flap has a snap, I used the Crop-O-Dile and a wide eyelet on the front part of the pink flap.

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The pillow box gift wrap is the perfect way to add a little something special to a gift for your best girlfriend.

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Supplies:

Template Studio
Pillow Box Guide
Designer Poster Board
Banner Punch Board
Evolution Advanced
Flower Girl Collection
Crop-O-Dile
Wide Eyelets

Throwback Thursday: Father’s Day Mini Books

Today we’re throwing it back to last year, and sharing a couple of past mini book gift ideas for Father’s Day. Nothing says “I love you” like a handmade gift for Dad or Grandpa, and we’ve got some cute ones to show you!

Template Studio Folded Album

This album was made with our Designer Poster Board and Template Studio. It includes a photo of each child, plus their answers to the question, “What do you love most about Dad?” For full instructions, visit the We R blog HERE.

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Accordion Pocket Coupon Book

Use our fun Accordion Pocket Die to create this interactive coupon book. The pockets are filled with journaling cards that have acts of service and love for Dad or Grandpa that can be redeemed at their request.

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If you’d like to learn how to make one of these darling coupon books for the man in your life, you can find full instructions on the We R blog HERE.

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We hope you enjoyed our special Father’s Day Throwback Thursday today. Stay tuned for tomorrow when Wendy shares a beautiful Father’s Day layout. Creative cheers!

 

Supplies:

Template Studio
Designer Poster Board
Hello Darling Collection
Accordion Pocket Die
Journaling Cards
Cardstock

Disney Dream Album

Hello everyone, Wendy here today with a fun file folder mini I put together for my little boy to hold his memories of Disney.  I knew this album would be experiencing a lot of wear and tear, so I used the sturdy Designer Poster Board to make the base of the album in the perfect “Mouse” colors. It was easy to put this album together using the Template Studio Starter Kit and File Folder Template.

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I began by making 3 file folders, since I decided I wanted them to cascade I chose to cut off an additional ¼ and ½ inch before making the edges to allow each edge to be seen.  My thought was each little folder could hold different park pictures.  To create the outer folder, I actually created the same size, but when I scored the folding line I chose to make two score lines to form a larger seam for my book.

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I chose some of the Clearly Posh embellishments to dress up my cover and I punched a G for my son’s name using the Alphabet punch board.

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I used some of the 4×6 and 3×4 cards from the Crush collection to decorate each section of the folders and to add a place my son can write down his thoughts (or mommy can).

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I wanted to add in places to put some pictures which I was able to do using my Fuse and the 4×6 waterfall sleeves.  I chose to fuse 2 or 3 sleeves in each folder depending on the size of the folder.  I punched holes in my photo sleeves using my Cinch.

Tip:  Make sure you use a template that you have created for the hole placement when punching holes in different size pieces.  My 4×6 sleeves were smaller than my folder, but I was able to line up my sleeves with my template and punch holes in the exact locations needed.

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Different pieces of ephemera either stapled, glued, or clipped down added the perfect touches to decorate this album.

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And finally I added in a Goodie Bag to allow all those extra pictures my son picked to be stored for his enjoyment.

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My son is thrilled with his little album, which only took a few short hours to assemble.  The designer poster board and template studio made a wonderful fun album which is sturdy enough for little hands!

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Supply List:

Crush Paper
Crush Ephemera
Cinch
Fuse
4×6 waterfall sleeves
Alphabet Punch Board
Template Studio Starter Kit
File Folder Guide
Designer Poster Board (black, red, yellow)
Clearly Posh Foil Bows
Clearly Posh Ephemera

Teacher Appreciation Gift Box

The end-of-the-school-year is almost upon us!  Hi there WeR friends, Shellye McDaniel here with a fun sort of “explosion” gift box that you can fill with loads of goodies for a teacher!  I’m using the Template Studio Starter Kit along with the Mint Designer Poster Board and the Gift Box template that comes with the Starter Kit.

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To begin, I cut the poster board down to the correct measurement for the 7X7X7 gift box.  The poster was then placed onto the tri-fold mat and the cutting/scoring guides were snapped into place as noted on the instruction card.  After completely following the step-by-step instructions for the box, it was assembled and secured with high tack adhesive.

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I decided to leave the top flaps open so that the box resembles more of an “explosion box” style.  I traced around the flaps onto the Bouquet Patterned Paper from the “Flower Girl” Collection. The paper was then trimmed out and attached to each of the four flaps.  I added some mini red pom-pom trim around the edges of the flaps to give the box extra detail.

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Using the “Blossom DIY Party Honeycomb Pad” I cut a small section from the red honeycomb pad.  Next, I cut the section into a semi-circle, adding a small indentation at the top.  When the honeycomb paper was opened up, I had a 3”W X 2.5”H apple shape. I secured it to the front flap with glue and then added a paper straw for the stem.

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I took a left-over piece of the poster board and cut a strip to measure 11”W X 5”H. Two flaps were made by scoring the strip 2” from both ends.  The flaps were then adhered to the inside/center of the box.  You will need to make adjustments depending on the width of your box.

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Now to dress up the inside of the box!  I used the Alphabet Punch Board and three sheets each of the powder blue and Kelly green from the “Basic Cardstock 3X5 Pad”.  The letters Y, O and U were punched from both of the paper colors and then layered together with foam adhesive to give a ‘shadow’ effect.  The letters were then adhered to a standard paper straw and then glued to the inner strip that we created in the step above.

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I used various pieces from the “Flower Girl Collection” to embellish the alphabet letters and sticker letters to personalize it!

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Fill the box with tissue paper or shredded paper and then add your treats.  This particular size is great for holding larger items; again, just make adjustments depending on what sized box you’d like to end up with J

SUPPLIES:

Template Studio Starter Kit
Mint Dot Designer Poster Board
Flower Girl Collection- 662873 Bouquet Paper; 662878 Wood Veneers; 662881 Sticker Sheet; 662879 Ephemera Pieces
DIY Party Honeycomb Pad-Blossom
Alphabet Punch Board
660897 Basic 3X5Cardstock Pad