Friday, June 29, 2012

Crafty Organization: Bazzill Cardstock Swatches

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Hi Crafty Friends -

I thought it would be handy to have a little booklet with samples of the new Bazzill Card Shoppe cardstock and listings of the markers/inks that match.  Of course that meant I needed to spend a little time designing some swatch tags and then assembling them.  Here is a picture of the completed swatch book: 

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I do still need to work on matching ink pads, but since I usually stamp in black and then color having matching inks wasn’t a high priority.  I did add a few Distress Inks, like below:

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How I created the swatches:

  • I started by designing the tags and then printing them on white cardstock.  You can download a PDF of the tags (six per page) I created HERE.  After printing use a trimmer to cut out the tags.
  • Then I printed the cardstock colors on clear address labels.  I’ve uploaded a PDF of that document HERE.  If you would like to use smaller return labels you can use the PDF HERE instead. Note: I added “Bazzill Card Shoppe” below each color as I plan on creating swatches for other brands of cardstock that I have in my collection. 
  • Next I cut 2 1/2” wide by 2” high pieces from each color of cardstock.  I added the clear labels to each piece and trimmed off the excess (the labels a touch wider (2 5/8”) than the cardstock sample)
  • Attach cardstock samples to the tag base.
  • Color and label the boxes with your matching inks and markers.  The top 3 boxes were designed to be stamped with ink and the labeled boxes to be colored in with markers.
  • Punch a small hole at the top of the tag and add the tags to a binding ring (you can find these in office supply stores).

And to make things easier, here are the markers that I thought coordinated best with the cardstock:

Peppermint:
  Distress marker: Barn Door
  Copic markers: R32, R43, R46
Wax Lips:
  Distress marker: Fired Brick
  Copic markers: R22, R24, R29
Lollipop:
  Distress marker: Worn Lipstick
  Copic markers: R81, R85, R89
Candy Hearts:
  Distress markers: Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick
  Copic markers: R21, R43
Cotton Candy:
  Distress marker: Spun Sugar
  Copic markers: RV21, RV13, RV14
Candy Corn:
  Distress marker: Spiced Marmalade
  Copic markers: YR16, YR18
Circus Peanuts:
  Distress marker: Spiced Marmalade
  Copic markers: YR00, YR16, YR18
Gold Coins:
  Distress marker: Wild Honey
  Copic markers: YR21, YR23, YR27
Banana Split:
  Distress marker: Wild Honey
  Copic markers: Y32, Y35, Y38
Sour Lemon:
  Distress marker: Mustard Seed
  Copic markers: Y21, Y26
Gumdrop:
  Distress marker: Forest Moss
  Copic markers: YG61, YG63, YG67
Easter Grass:
  Distress marker: Peeled Paint
  Copic markers: YG00, YG13, YG17
Juicy Pear:
  Distress marker: Shabby Shutter*
  Copic markers: YG21, YG23, YG25
* I’ll admit that this is not the best match…
Jawbreaker:
  Distress marker: Pine Needles
  Copic markers: BG32, BG49
Candy Necklace:
  Distress marker: Tumbled Glass
  Copic markers: BG10, BG32, BG49
Robin’s Egg:
  Distress marker: Tumbled Glass
  Copic markers: BG11, BG15, BG18
Whirlypop:
  Distress marker: Chipped Sapphire
  Copic markers: B32, B34, B39
Gumball:
  Distress marker: Chipped Sapphire
  Copic markers: B93, B97, B99
Icy Mint:
  Distress marker: Stormy Sky
  Copic markers: B52, B34
Jelly Bean:
  Distress marker: Dusty Concord
  Copic markers: BV01, BV04, BV08
Gummy Bear:
  Distress marker: Dusty Concord
  Copic markers: V12, V17
Rock Candy:
  Distress marker: Pumice Stone
  Copic markers: W3, W6, W8
Taffy:
  Distress marker: Pumice Stone
  Copic markers: W2, W4, W8
Candy Bar:
  Distress marker: – no match
  Copic markers: E44, E47, E49
Peanut Cluster:
  Distress marker: Old Paper
  Copic markers: E40, E42, E44
 

Notes: I have quite a few of the Copic markers but not every single color so there could be better matches. I had more difficulty matching the Distress markers since there are a limited number of colors, especially with the greens. Distress markers have a selection of greens that are… I guess *Earthy* would be the best term, whereas the Bazzill Card Shoppe greens are very bright and eye-popping. So those are definitely not the closest matches out there. ;) Also, with the coordinating Copic marker lists I bolded and italicized the marker that was closet match to the cardstock.

I hope you found this info useful!  Leave a comment letting me know if you did. I may just share more of my organization tips if you are interested.

P.S. You can find all of the Bazzill cardstock in the Ribbon Carousel shop HERE.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ribbon Carousel and Your Next Stamp Blog Hop

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Hello Crafty Friends!  The Ribbon Carousel Crewmates are teaming up with the designers from Your Next Stamp to bring you a blog hop that is sure to impress and inspire you!

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Be sure to head over to the Ribbon Carousel Blog for full details on the hop and the wonderful prizes that are going to be given away.  Karen, the owner of YNS, is also offering a special discount code for participants of the hope.  Just use code YNSRC15 for 15% off (good through June 30th).

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For my card I used the Apple Cutie stamp for the focal point and for the layout I used the Sweet Sunday Sketch #161.  The little flags at the bottom were made using 3/4” Pink Grosgrain and 5/8” Champagne Cotton Twill.  I also used a bit of Natural Jute to tie a bow behind the big loopy felt flower.

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I have to admit, that I feel like I got my stamping mojo back while making this card.  I haven’t been completely happy with the cards I have been producing lately… but this one gave me the warm fuzzies when I held the finished result. Maybe it was all the funky corner chomping, or perhaps the loopy flower… or maybe just the colors.  Or maybe it was the awesome sketch (less thinking for me!). Or it could be all of the fussy cutting I did on the main image.  There are a couple of portions (head and basket) that I stamped a second time for a popped up effect.

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And here is one final shot so you can see all of the dimension.  That may be what I love the most. :)

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Recipe:
Stamps: Apple Cutie (Your Next Stamp).
Paper: Taffy (Bazzill Card Shoppe), Kraft (MFT), Choice Snow White (TE), Fabulous designer (Simple Stories).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers.
Accessories: 3/4” Pink Grosgrain, 5/8” Champagne Cotton Twill, Natural Jute (May Arts), rhinestones, pink wool-blend felt, Corner Chompers (We R Memory Keepers), heavy duty white thread and sewing machine, foam dimensional tape, Frost SmoochGlitz (ClearSnap).

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Congrats Grad!

I had a graduation party to attend over the weekend and I needed a card so I used the recently released conGRADulations stamp set from There She Goes to whip up this card:

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It needed to be a bit masculine so I really restrained myself and did not use any sparkly rhinestones or frilly ribbon.  That was so tough! ;)  Final result is a bit plain but that is a-okay!  Although a little stitching with my sewing machine wouldn’t have hurt… See?!  I really do have to keep myself in check!!!  Heh heh.

Recipe:
Stamps: conGRADulations (There She Goes Clear Stamps).
Paper: Peanut Cluster (Bazzill Card Shoppe), Naturals Ivory (SU!), Hawaiian Shores (PTI), Choice Snow White (TE), Year-o-graphy designer (Simple Stories).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers.
Accessories: brads (Recollections), Ivory Twill Ribbon (May Arts), foam dimensional tape, Tiny Attacher.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Color Concoction 2: Say Cheese!

Hey Crafty Friends -

I’ve been playing with the Bazzill card stock again and I have another color concoction to share with you.  The green in this one gave me fits at first but I really like how my sample card turned out.

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Notes: If you do play along and use the combo I would love to see your creation. Just leave a link in the comments and I will be super duper happy to check it out. :) If you like the combo and would like to play along but don’t have these exact colors feel free to substitute similar card stock. It is just for fun and inspiration! :)

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I’ve been wanting to user the newer Oh Snap! stamp set from There She Goes ever since I bought it… but this is the first time.  Just love the images in this set!  I used the larger camera image as the focal point and then used several of the smaller images to create a background by stamping them in VersaMark ink on a piece of Candy Necklace card stock.  The main image was stamped in VersaMark and then heat embossed with black embossing powder.  I then used Distress Markers and a paintbrush to add some color to the image.  This camera is stylin’… :D

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That is it for me tonight.  I have some other pictures to edit… wink wink!

Recipe:
Stamps: Oh Snap (There She Goes Clear Stamps).
Paper: Candy Necklace, Jawbreaker, Juicy Pear and Taffy (Bazzill Card Shoppe), watercolor paper, Indie Chic designer (My Mind’s Eye).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark, Ranger Distress Markers.
Accessories: rhinestones (Kaiser Craft), Hawaiian Shores stitched ribbon (PTI), foam dimensional tape, Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Glossy Accents (Ranger), Scallop Border Punch (Stampin Up!).

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

RCC58: Needing my Heavy Metal Fix!

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This week our fabulous Crewmate Savannah is challenging us to use some metal on your project! For all the details on the challenge head over to the Ribbon Carousel Blog.

For my project I used a couple of little brass hinges and a bunch of brads to accent Fix-it Fred.  Because every handy man is going to have some of those in his collection. :)

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I also wouldn’t be surprised to find some twine and maybe burlap in a workshop… so I used some of those on my card too.

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Now that you have checked out my card head over to the Ribbon Carousel Blog for more eye candy!

Recipe:
Stamps: Fix-it Fred (MFT Stamps).
Paper: Peanut cluster and Candy Bar (Bazzill Card Shoppe), Choice Snow White (TE), Camp-a-lot designer (Bo Bunny).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, Weathered Wood Distress marker (Ranger), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger).
Accessories: brass hinges, brads (SU!), natural jute and ivory burlap (May Arts), foam dimensional tape, Tiny Tabs Quartet (MFT Stamps), corner chomper (We R Memory Keepers).

SCRSC82: Just Beachy!

Hello Crafty Friends!

I’m here with a fun beach challenge from Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps.  Just make a beach card and you are good to go!

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For all of the details on the challenge head over to the Sparkle Creations Blog. You can find Sparkle Creations stamps online at the store HERE.

I decided to make a fun circular card featuring Beach Chloe:

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I started with Summer Fresh designer paper from Simple Stories and matched all of the cardstock and embellishments to it.  I ended up with an eclectic color combo of red, yell, olive and aqua.  Not my normal cup of tea but I like it! :D

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Now that you have taken a gander at my card, check out these talented design team members:

Recipe:
Stamps: Beach Chloe (Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps).
Paper: Wax Lips and Banana Split (Bazzill Card Shoppe), Choice Snow White (TE), Summer Fresh designer (Simple Stories)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers.
Accessories: Olive burlap ribbon (May Arts), heavy duty white thread and sewing machine, foam dimensional tape, Twinkle Goosebumps (Queen & Co), Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Large Circle, Large Petite Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, Scalloped Circle Grand Nestabilities (Spellbinders).

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Color Concoction: Make a Wish Daisy

Hello everyone!

I have a fun card to share today, but first I wanted to share a little color inspiration.  I’ve been loving the new Card Shoppe cardstock from Bazzill and thought it would be nice to create some favorite color combinations.  And then I thought it would be even nicer if I shared them with you because I like to share.  So here is the first one:

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If you do play along and use the combo I would love to see your creation.  Just leave a link in the comments and I will be super duper happy to check it out. :) If you like the combo and would like to play along but don’t have these colors feel free to substitute similar card stock.  It is just for fun and inspiration!

By the way – if you are wondering about the name.  Isa is one of my fat cats and she is quite the princess so I named it after her.  And when she is good I call her Isa-bean, but when she is bad… well, there are a lot of words I use instead of the “bean”. ;)  Hee hee.

Oh, and I only have two cats.  Just two.  However, between the two of them they have enough “fluffiness” for several cats. 

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Onto the card I made with the color concoction.  About a month ago I saw this card by Jen.  After which I broke down and ordered the whole set of Distress Markers by Ranger and then I had to order the Oops A Daisy stamp set from Taylored Expressions.  Ouch ouch – my poor wallet! ;)

I finally had a chance to use the markers and this card is my first attempt. Well, there was that one trial daisy but I’m not counting it.  My verdict?  I LOVE them!  No, I won’t be giving up my Copics but I have the feeling these will be my go to medium when coloring non-people images.

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That is it for me!  Have a great weekend and check back soon for more crafty goodness.

Recipe:
Stamps: Oops A Daisy (Taylored Expressions).
Paper: Icy Mint, Cotton Candy and Candy Hearts (Bazzill Card Shoppe), watercolor paper, Fab-u-lous designer (Simple Stories).
Ink: Palette Hybrid Noir, Ranger Distress Markers in Worn Lipstick, Weathered Wood, Pumice Stone and Vintage Photo.
Accessories: Pink Twinkle Goosebumps (Queen & Co), Scarab Vintage Seam Binding (Ribbon Carousel), foam dimensional tape, Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), heavy duty white thread and sewing machine, Oval and Petite Scalloped Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Frost Smooch Glitz.

Monday, June 11, 2012

For the Love of Yellow

Hello everyone – I have a very yellow Thanks card to share with you today.  I made this card for my tutorial on dyeing silk ribbon using Copic ink refills over at the Ribbon Carousel Blog.  Check it out and let me know what you think. :)

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The main image is the Thanks A la Carte stamp from Taylored Expressions and it fit perfectly with the layout I had in mind.  I usually plan my layouts around the stamps I want to use but this time I really wanted to showcase the pretty dyed ribbon. ;)

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Some glitter, stick pins and bumpy embellishments and the card was finished.  And definitely very yellow. ;)

Recipe:
Stamps: Thanks A la Carte (Taylored Expressions).
Paper: Sour Lemon and Gold Coins (Bazzill Card Shoppe), Choice Snow White (TE), Indie Chic designer (My Mind’s Eye).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, YG95 Copic Various Ink refill.
Accessories: White silk ribbon (May Arts – available at the Ribbon Carousel Store), Crystal fine glitter (Martha Stewart), stick pins (My Mind’s Eye), Goosebumps (Queen & Co.), foam dimensional tape, heavy duty white thread and sewing machine, Labels Fourteen Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders), Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers).

Saturday, June 9, 2012

SCRS Release Day: Watermelon Rin

Hello everyone!

Today is the final day of previews for Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps and the new stamps are now available for purchase! But before you head to the store to shop check out the card I made with the new Watermelon Rin stamp.

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As usual, I stamped Rin in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Choice Snow White cardstock and colored with Copic markers and Spica pens.  After cutting out I added a bit of Glossy Accents to the watermelon (tasty good looking) and the flower in her hair.

For the background I spritzed a piece of Icy Mint cardstock with a couple of different colors of blue Glimmer Mist.  After heat setting to dry I matted on a darker blue cardstock and added some grass along the bottom.  To create the grass I cut a piece of green designer paper to size and then using scissors I cut the blades, a few of which I trim shorter.  Use your fingers to rough up the blades of grass.  Easy peasy and it adds a ton of texture. 

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I kept the rest of the layout simple so that the main image would really pop… just added a few rhinestones and a bit of stitching.

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Be sure to visit all rest of the SCRS designers for more peeks of Watermelon Rin. Sparkle will be giving away Watermelon Rin to one lucky person! For a chance to win, you need to comment on all of the designer's blogs (listed below). Then head on over to the SCRS blog and comment on the Rin post. You have until midnight EST each day to comment. The lucky winner will be announced the following day!

Recipe:
Stamps: Watermelon Rin (Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps).
Paper: Icy Mint, Gumball (Bazzill Card Shoppe), Naturals Ivory (SU!), Choice Snow White (TE), designer (Echo Park)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, Copic Spica pens
Accessories: heavy duty white thread and sewing machine, foam dimensional tape, pearls (Queen & Co), Patina and Midnight Blue Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), Glossy Accents (Ranger).

Friday, June 8, 2012

DS55: Believe in Magic

Hey Crafty Friends -

I just wanted to pop in and share a card I made for this week’s Deconstructed Sketch challenge using the new Karber Magic stamp set from Sparkle Creations.  I wasn’t slated to preview this set but it was just so cute that I had to make a card using it. ;)  The set will be available for purchase tomorrow.

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Here is the sketch – make sure to head over to the Deconstructed Sketch blog for all the details on the challenge.

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For my card I stamped Harry and the brown from Karber Magic in black ink and colored with Copic markers.  I then cut them out and attached to the card base using foam dimensionals.  For extra fun I adhered some little pieces of natural jute to the broom.  I used Best Glue Ever to adhere them in place and then for extra permanent stick I used a big of Glossy Accents.  I also coated his glasses with Glossy Accents.

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For the sentiment I spelled out “Magic” using some glittery gold letters.  There is a cute sentiment that comes with the set but it didn’t quite fit the layout – so sticker letters to the rescue! :)

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And to finish, a side shot so you can see some of the dimension.  Definitely a favorite!  And I think I need to use letter stickers more often. :D

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That is it for me.  However I will be back in a few hours with another sample for the June release at Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps.

Recipe:
Stamps: Karber Magic (Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps).
Paper: Taffy and Jawbreaker Card Shoppe (Bazzill), Choice Snow White (TE), Indie Chic – Citron designer (My Mind’s Eye).
Ink: black, Copic markers.
Accessories: Gold letters (Recollections), Natural Jute (May Arts), Tiny Twinkle rhinestones (TE), foam dimensional tape, heavy duty white thread and sewing machine, button (Melissa Frances), Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), Glossy Accents (Ranger).

Thursday, June 7, 2012

SCRS Preview: Beach Chloe

Hello everyone!

Today is the first day of previews for Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps and we have some delightful sets to share! First up is the new Beach Chloe stamp (she will be available for purchase on Saturday).  Such a cute image that I had a ton of fun using to make this card:

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I stamped Chloe in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Choice Snow White cardstock and colored with Copic markers.  Added a touch of Spica Glitter pen here and there and then cut the image out with scissors.  For the background I adhered various strips of designer paper in a random manner to a base and then trimmed the ends. After that I matted on Peanut Cluster card stock, rounded a couple of corners and added stitching.  I matted another strip of designer paper to a separate smaller piece of card stock and stitched the edges again before attaching Chloe using some foam dimensionals. 

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For a finishing touch I stamped a sentiment on a tiny piece of cardstock and tied to the card using natural jute.  I then finished with a flower that I affixed on/next to the bow.  Easy peasy. :)

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Be sure to visit all rest of the SCRS designers for more peeks of Beach Chloe. Sparkle will be giving away Beach Chloe to one lucky person! For a chance to win, you need to comment on all of the designer's blogs (listed below). Then head on over to the SCRS blog and comment on the Chloe post. You have until midnight EST each day to comment. The lucky winner will be announced the following day!

Recipe:
Stamps: Beach Chloe (Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps).
Paper: Taffy, Peanut Cluster (Bazzill Card Shoppe), Choice Snow White (TE), designer (Echo Park)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, Copic Spica pens
Accessories: flower (prima), Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), Natural Jute (May Arts), heavy duty white thread and sewing machine, foam dimensional tape.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

SCRS81A: Awesome!

Hello Crafty Friends!

It is time for a new Sparkle Creations Rubber stamps challenge! And this week we have a fun sketch by Kim Yu for inspiration! :)

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For all of the details on the challenge head over to the Sparkle Creations Blog. You can find Sparkle Creations stamps online at the store HERE.

Here is my oh-so-masculine awesome card featuring Street Corner Josh:

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This was such a fun image to color… I even gave him some faded denim shorts (BG72 and BG75 Copic markers are great denim blue colors).

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Now that you have taken a gander at my card, check out these talented design team members:

Recipe:
Stamps: Street Corner Josh (Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps).
Paper: Peanut Butter and Chocolate Bar (Bazzill), Choice Snow White (TE), Awesome designer (Simple Stories)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, Silver Copic Spica pen.
Accessories: Ivory cotton twill and natural jute (May Arts), heavy duty white thread and sewing machine, foam dimensional tape, wood button, Reverse Wonky Rectange dies (Spellbinders).