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You know when you get a gift that’s packaged so prettily you don’t want to open it? That’s exactly what Jocelyn Olson has created to share with us today. Not only did she create gift wrap, but also a coordinating tag, card, and embellishment options – so sweet. Keep reading to see what she has to say about her projects.

Card and gift wrap collection from Jocelyn Olson featuring Lisa Johnson Designs You're the Sweetest stamp set and Die-namics.

I sat down with the new You’re the Sweetest stamps and Die-namics with a mission to make a couple of types of gift wrap. Suffice it to say, I went a little crazy and ended up making four items! These stamps and dies are adorable and very versatile. I thought I would share a few different ways to use them for your next birthday/summer/everyday present.

First up, I stamped wrapping paper:

Cupcake wrapping paper from Jocelyn Olson featuring Lisa Johnson Designs You're the Sweetest stamp set.

I think the tops might really be ice cream, but they looked like frosting to me (yummy!). I cut a piece of white wrapping paper and then stamped the cupcakes from the You’re the Sweetest set on the paper. The process was fast – about 10 minutes for the stamping. As a tip, I stamped all of the cupcake bottoms first and then filled in the frosted tops. Wouldn’t these cupcakes look cute as a card background, too?

Next, I made a tag for a bag or gift box:

Cupcake tag from Jocelyn Olson featuring Lisa Johnson Designs You're the Sweetest stamp set and Die-namics.

I used the awesome Tag Builder Blueprints 2 Die-namics to make a tag base. For the top, I was inspired by Kimberly Crawford’s card with the striped awning. I used the All Lined Up Stencil and blended ink over it. For the cupcake, I did a little rock ‘n roll with the ink on the You’re the Sweetest cupcake base and then die cut two layers of the top with the Sweet Treat Die-namics.

Next, I stitched a banner wrap:

Popsicle gift decoration from Jocelyn Olson featuring Lisa Johnson Designs You're the Sweetest stamp set and Die-namics.

I die cut the Sweet Treat popsicles and stamped them with the You’re the Sweetest stamps. Once I was done, I fed each popsicle through my sewing machine, leaving about a 1/2″ gap between each. This wrap probably took the longest, but the bonus is the recipient can use the wrap as a fun banner to hang.

The last project is a card:

Sweet Friend handmade card from Jocelyn Olson featuring Lisa Johnson Designs You're the Sweetest stamp set and Die-namics.a

This time, I used the You’re the Sweetest Die-namics with the matching stamps. I layered a few elements around the popsicles, including the new Rolled Scalloped Rose Die-namics. Did you see the little stars on the left side? Those are the new Pretty Pink Posh Silver Star Confetti.

Thanks for stopping by!

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We’re pleased to welcome Joy Taylor to the blog today. You’ll be so impressed by her alteration of an adorable stamp image from Birdie Brown – some washi tape and creative placement of your die-cutting plate is all that’s required!

Handmade card from Joy Taylor featuring Birdie Brown You Gnome Me stamp set and Die-namics.

You have to follow along to see how Joy completely reinvented the boot stamp and die from You Gnome Me – such a brilliant idea and execution!

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I decided that even though the boot with flowers stamp is just totally too cute, I wanted to stretch my stamp and have it turn into a flower pot, by using a little washi tape to mask off the boot.

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Ink up stamp, making sure to remove the washi tape before stamping onto card stock.

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As you can see the result of masking, don’t worry if you happen to stamp out a little extra that was not masked as it will be die cut away and you will never know.

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Now to stretch the stamp image and dies, don’t mind my extra stamped image here, this ended up being used as scrap card stock, to line up my dies I normally die cut them onto a piece of scrap card stock like you see here and use the die cut to line up over the stamped image, taping down with washi tape so it stays, then add the die into the slot..to make sure the whole die cutting process happens, I have the part of the die that I don’t wish to cut hang off the edge of the die cutting plate, as it runs through the die cutting machine it will only cut what I wish for it to cut.

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Here is the end result to die cutting, it only die cut where I wanted it to.

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To form the pot base, I took a ruler and multiliner that can be used with Copics, drew a line at the base and matched up the sides of the pot to form the full reveal.

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Taking a ruler and knife, cut the final image out making sure to leave a white outline so for it to look like the rest of the die cut image, colour and place onto card.

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Shakers Gonna Shake (shake, shake, shake, shake) – Creating a Peek-a-Boo Shaker Card

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PrintAnd Friday is here! Time to celebrate the onset of another glorious weekend. Hope you’ve got some plans to shake up some fun!

Speaking of shaking… we’ve got one more amazing shaker tutorial video, one more adorable shaker card (seriously, just wait ’til you see!), and one more awesome shaker-tastic prize!

Today our Shakers Gonna Shake (shake, shake, shake, shake) series will focus on creating a peek-a-boo shaker card. If you ask me, this technique will take your shaker card obsession to new heights!

Creating a Peek-a-Boo Shaker Card

My Favorite Things Design Team member Kimberly Crawford is back again today with tips and tricks of the trade for making your very own peek-a-boo shaker card. Click HERE or simply watch below!

Wasn’t that tip for “deadening” the adhesive awesome? Baby powder — it’s not just for babies anymore!

You're Fin-tastic Shaker Card from Kimberly Crawford featuring the DC You're Fin-tastic stamp set and Fishbowl Die-namicsI love how Kimberly chose various sizes of sequins and beads that look like water and bubbles to further her fishbowl theme. Little details like that can make your card even more cohesive and special.

You're Fin-tastic Shaker Card from Kimberly Crawford featuring the DC You're Fin-tastic stamp set and Fishbowl Die-namics

Don’t forget to make the inside cute, too! Kimberly’s video has great ideas about how to make it work with your peek-a-boo shaker.

You're Fin-tastic Shaker Card from Kimberly Crawford featuring the DC You're Fin-tastic stamp set and Fishbowl Die-namics

What do you say? Hasn’t this week been a blast? A HUGE round of applause for Kimberly, Stephanie, and the members of the My Favorite Things Design Team and the MFT Challenge & Inspiration Team for their creative ideas. We are indebted to them!

Before you head off into an awesome weekend, take a look at this amazing prize we’ve gathered. We’ll get you started with some of the essentials you’ll need to create a shaker card.  One winner will take away foam tape from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, a package of heat resistant acetate, Die-namics Blueprints 23, and three packages of sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. All winners will be announced next week, so stay tuned for the announcement!

Here’s how to enter for your chance to win:
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  2. Subscribe to our blog.
  3. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here.

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Our MFT designers love to make shaker cards! Be sure to check out additional tips and tricks by visiting their blogs.

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Shakers Gonna Shake (shake, shake, shake, shake) – Creating a Shaker Card with a Word Die

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PrintDay four of our shaker card tutorial week is here! Just wait until you see what is in store for today…

You’d think that we would run out of ideas after three days of shaker cards and instructional videos, but the fact of the matter is, we’re in this for the long haul. We’ve got more great inspiration coming to you today and tomorrow including more great prizes. And you just can’t beat that!

Today our Shakers Gonna Shake (shake, shake, shake, shake) series will focus on creating a shaker card with a word dies. If you’re anything like me, you have a collection of word dies that you go to again and again. With this tutorial, you’ll be able to use those dies in a brand new way.

Creating a Shaker Card with a Word Die

My Favorite Things Design Team member Stephanie Klauck took some time to create this super informative video giving lots of great tips and ideas for creating a shaker card with word dies. Click HERE or simply watch below!

If you’re wondering how Stephanie was able to space the three thank words that appear on the card, you can see that she used a T-square to get just the right placement. Oh, math. You can be so helpful!

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As Stephanie said in the video, it’s important to be generous with your sequins and seed beads. When the card stands up, gravity will shake those beads and sequins down. {hey, science!}

Triple Thanks Shaker Card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the DC Thankful Thoughts stamp set and Thank You and Blueprints 15 Die-namics

Many thanks to Stephanie for taking the time to make two such great videos for us this week! You can see the one she did on Tuesday about creating a flat shaker card HERE.

Triple Thanks Shaker Card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the DC Thankful Thoughts stamp set and Thank You and Blueprints 15 Die-namics

Which word die will you use? This technique would make a super fun birthday card!

All week we’ve been giving away prizes, and today is no different! Take a look at this beautiful prize we’ve gathered. We’ll get you started with some of the essentials you’ll need to create a shaker card.  One winner will take away foam tape from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, a package of heat resistant acetate, Die-namics Happy Hellos, and three packages of sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. All winners will be announced next week, so stay tuned for the announcement!

Here’s how to enter for your chance to win:
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  3. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here.

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Want more ideas of how to use word dies to create shaker cards? Be sure to check out additional tips and tricks  by visiting the blogs of the MFT designers below!

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Shakers Gonna Shake (shake, shake, shake, shake) – Creating a Shaker Card with a Frame Die

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It’s time for another fantastic day of shaker card inspiration. We hope you’ve been enjoying these tips and tricks for fantastic interactive cards. We love sharing insider secrets to make your creative time more fun!

One of the things I’ve learned in life is that to do anything right, you have to have the right tools. While some things might work fine, it’s finding the perfect tool that makes things work smoothly AND take up less time. And THAT is always a good thing.

In today’s lesson, My Favorite Things Design Team member Kimberly Crawford will give you the low-down on some of the most important things to have on hand to make shaker card construction quick and relatively effortless.

How to Create a Shaker Card with a Frame

Today our Shakers Gonna Shake (shake, shake, shake, shake) series will focus on creating shaker cards with a frame. While this seems basic, Kimberly will explain some fun ways to ramp up the frame shaker fun in her video. Click HERE or simply watch below!

OK. So mind officially blown about die-cutting the foam adhesive! Just goes to show that having the right tools is important to getting the job done!

Pretty Birthday Shaker Card from Kimberly Crawford featuring the Pierced Oval and Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX and Beautiful Bows Die-namics.

You could always back the shaker with a color or stamp a subtle pattern instead of just plain white. The possibilities are mind boggling!

Pretty Birthday Shaker Card from Kimberly Crawford featuring the Pierced Oval and Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX and Beautiful Bows Die-namics.

So basically those STAX Die-namics are about to rock your shaker card making world!

I bet you’re interested in winning a prize, huh? Take a look at this glorious array of goodies we’ve gathered. We’ll get you started with some of the essentials you’ll need to create a shaker card.  One winner will take away foam tape from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, a package of heat resistant acetate, Die-namics Blueprints 16, and three packages of sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. All winners will be announced next week, so stay tuned for the announcement!

Here’s how to enter for your chance to win:
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  3. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here.

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Our shaker card extravaganza isn’t the only excitement we have going on this week. Today and tomorrow, SAVE 50% on five fun products – a fantastic opportunity to add some new goodies to your stash at an incredible price!

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Craving more ideas for making shaker cards? Our MFT designers have additional tips and tricks on their blogs. Click on through for more!

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Shakers Gonna Shake (shake, shake, shake, shake) – Creating a Flat Shaker Card

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PrintHappy Tuesday, Creative Friends! What’s shakin’? Looks like our shaker card week is going to be a popular one!

Even though you’ve likely completed your years of education, the desire to learn more probably hasn’t dwindled for you. Perhaps this is why instructional videos on YouTube and online classes are so popular, especially among crafters.

Enter this Shakers Gonna Shake promotional week from My Favorite Things. It’s one thing to show cute shaker cards for you to ooooh and aaaahhhh over, but showing you HOW is of even greater value, don’t you think?

The videos you’ll see this week are just the tiniest portion of inspiration and education that you can find on our YouTube channel here. Established in early 2010, we’ve amassed a wealth of videos filled with tips and tricks and terrific tutorials and tantalizing uses of our products. Make to sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel and start digging through the hundreds of videos already posted. And by subscribing, you’ll never miss a new upload!

Today our Shakers Gonna Shake (shake, shake, shake, shake) series will focus on creating a flat shaker card. If you want to send a flat and mailable card, you don’t have to forego shaker card fun. Let’s see what it’s all about!

How-to Create a Flat Shaker Card

My Favorite Things Design Team member Stephanie Klauck sat down and created a fantastic tutorial for creating a flat shaker card. Take a few minutes to see how she did it by watching the video below.

See? It’s not so hard! It’s all in what you choose to put inside when it comes to flat shaker cards.

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Once you have the shaker constructed, you can finish the card design in any way you’d like!

Quick Recovery Card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the Tweet On You stamp set from Miss Tiina and Sun, Moon, & Stars and Jumbo Cloud STAX Die-namics.

As Stephanie said, vellum softens the elements on the inside of the shaker card. By using acetate, you’ll be able to see them more clearly.

Quick Recovery Card from Stephanie Klauck featuring the Tweet On You stamp set and Sun, Moon, & Stars and Jumbo Cloud STAX Die-namics

Fun, right? I wouldn’t blame you for skipping out of work early or insisting on a longer naptime today. *wink*

Before you go, take a look at this beautiful prize we’ve gathered. We’ll get you started with some of the essentials you’ll need to create a shaker card.  One winner will take away foam tape from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, a package of heat resistant acetate, Die-namics Stitched Circle Frames, and three packages of sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. All winners will be announced next week, so stay tuned for the announcement!

Here’s how to enter for your chance to win:
  1. Leave a comment on this blog post.
  2. Subscribe to our blog.
  3. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here.

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Be sure to check out additional tips and tricks for creating flat shaker cards by visiting the blogs of our talented My Favorite Things Designers!

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Shakers Gonna Shake (shake, shake, shake, shake) – The Basics of Shaker Card Construction

Shakers Gonna Shake

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Chances are that if you’ve perused Pinterest or browsed through crafty blogs as of late, you’ve seen your fair share of adorable shaker cards. From sequins and beads to stamped images and glitter to confetti and smaller die cuts — we’re adding elements of fun to our cards for a more interactive experience for the recipient. And let’s face it. We love making them, too!

If you’ve been meaning to give shaker cards a try but you didn’t know where to start, have we got an exciting week ahead for you! For the next five days we’ll be focusing on the art of shaker cards.

We’ve teamed up with the experts (our My Favorite Things Design Team and the MFT Challenge & Inspiration Team,) and by the end of the week, we hope that you’ll have gained the confidence that you need to make your very own shaker cards.

Our Shakers Gonna Shake (shake, shake, shake, shake) series will focus on the following lessons: shaker card basics, creating flat shaker cards, creating shaker cards with a frame, creating a shaker card with a word dies, and creating a peek-a-boo shaker card. And to sweeten the deal, there will be some fabulous prizes to be won each day to help you make your own fabulous shaker cards! So buckle up and settle in for awesome ideas you can implement today.

The Basics of Shaker Card Construction

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Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and take a few minutes with My Favorite Things Design Team member Kimberly Crawford as she walks you through some of the fundamentals of shaker card creation!

Whoa! Wasn’t that informative? Kimberly’s extra little tips and tricks should allow you to have a blast creating your first shaker card or help you in creating your next one.

Here’s her final card:

Happy 5th Birthday card from Kimberly Crawford using Polaroid Cover Up, High Rise  Numbers and Accent It: Celebrate Die-namics

You can see that she added microbeads, two sizes of sequins, and die cut numbers to her shaker.

Happy 5th Birthday card from Kimberly Crawford using Polaroid Cover Up, High Rise  Numbers and Accent It: Celebrate Die-namics

The dimension and sparkle make this card perfect for a sweet little five-year-old girl.

Happy 5th Birthday card from Kimberly Crawford using Polaroid Cover Up, High Rise  Numbers and Accent It: Celebrate Die-namics

Inspired? Already heading to the craft room to create a fun and interactive shaker card?

Hold on a minute! Before you go, take a look at this beautiful prize we’ve gathered. We’ll get you started with some of the essentials you’ll need to create a shaker card.  One winner will take away foam tape from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, a package of heat resistant acetate, Die-namics Stitched Square Frames, and three packages of sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. All winners will be announced next week, so stay tuned for the announcement!

Here’s how to enter for your chance to win:
  1. Leave a comment on this blog post.
  2. Subscribe to our blog.
  3. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here.
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Our MFT designers love to make shaker cards! Be sure to check out additional tips and tricks  by visiting their blogs.

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A Fond Farewell to Friends

As time passes, team members come and go but the friendships forged through daily chitchat and mutual respect for creativity, ingenuity, and support remain strong.

Today, we bid adieu to five lovely members of our design team. Please join us in wishing Amy, Cindy, Melody, Michele, and Sharon the best of luck in their future endeavors.

It’s never easy to say goodbye so let’s just say “see you around.”  Thank you so much for being a part of the team.

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Our entire 2015 Design Team will be announced later this month. We look forward to sharing so many more products and ideas with you in the coming months and our team plays such a crucial role in that effort. As always, thanks for stopping by – it means a lot to all of us!

Putting Your Talents to Good Use

Carole is back with some stellar designs. She’s also dropping a bit of wisdom on us (go Carole!) If you’re not smiling when you begin this post, you most definitely will be by the time you reach the end.

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Hi, friends! It’s Carole Burrage, and I’m so happy to be here as your MFT Guest Blogger. I hope you’re happy today, too, but let’s face it: there are days, weeks, months, and, sometimes, even YEARS that are true stinkers. Maybe I’m wrong; perhaps you’ve been spared hard times and permanently reside in a thorn-free bed of roses. I figure though, you’re probably human and thus have a real life with ups and downs like the rest of us.

I’m going to make a generalization: we card-makers are, as a whole, a very empathetic, compassionate group. After all, our preferred craft involves making tiny works of art intended to brighten another’s day. It makes sense, then, that the cards and notes most appreciated are those we send when a friend or family member is experiencing one of those dreaded “dark nights of the soul.” Typically, such cards fall under the categories of sympathy cards (which – another generalization – most of us really don’t enjoy creating) or cards of encouragement. It’s the latter that I’d like to focus on today.

Unlike sympathy cards, which we tend to keep elegant and spare to match the somber mood of the occasion, encouragement cards can be bright and bold and still send the desired message. Take a look at this one, decked out in Daffodil and Blueberry, using the Packed with Positivity stamp set:

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This card is long-note sized at 3.5” by 6.25”, and the image panels were die-cut using the Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX. I like the way the message reads from left-to-right, via a little up-and-down: ‘Hey Sunshine, You’re a Star, Keep it Up” Who wouldn’t love to receive such words of encouragement on an emotionally cloudy day?

You may not think at first glimpse that this is an encouragement card, because it doesn’t have any mention of hard times or better days to come. I would argue that any card that says (in essence) “You Rock” can be an encouragement card because that’s what the recipient really needs to hear. You can get into the details of the situation (if you want), in the note you write. Or, you can leave out the specifics and say something general like:

Dear Sally,

I’m so sorry you’re going through such a crummy time right now. I wish that there was something I could say or do to make everything better and speed you through this difficult period. I hope you know that I’m here for you if you need to talk, vent, or need help slashing a certain craphead’s tires. (Okay – I probably can’t slash tires with you, for legal reasons, but know that I’m happy to help you plot such crimes so long as we never actually follow through on them.)

I love you and you’re awesome. That’s a fact. Lean on me, anytime, sister.

XO – Carole

Feel free to use these words verbatim if the need arises and you’re not in the mood to reinvent the wheel.

Next up is a little number created with the oh-so-popular Television Die-namics and coordinating Stay Tuned stamp set.

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The background was created by staggering layers of Blu Raspberry and Black Licorice card stock that had been die-cut with Blueprints 22. The slender Smooth White sentiment panels are also from Blueprints 22.

I love the “This is only a test…” sentiment so much so, that I researched what a television test pattern looks like, and the color-order of card stock strips inside this TV set gives you the gist of it. Now that there is 24-hour programming, most young’uns born since Y2K will never see such screens, but we 20th century babies will remember them not-so-fondly.

The test screen theme is followed through on the card interior, as well.

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Those fun-n-funky diamond accents just make me smile.

I hope I’ve given you a little food for thought as to how you can utilize your crafty time to help cheer up someone in need of support. Thanks to all of my friends at MFT for giving me a platform to play and ponder, and thanks to you for spending a few moments of your day with me. Happy stamping!

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Welcome Torico

Our Design Team is a consistent point of pride for us. Their talent is obvious from month-to-month and challenge-to-challenge but these people are genuine, kind, encouraging, and supportive.

You’re probably going to recognize (and cheer!) our latest addition. As the designer of our wildly popular Birdie Brown line, Torico often participates in some of our monthly countdown posts. Starting with the April Release however, she’ll be a full-time member of our design team and we couldn’t be happier about it.

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By way of introduction, Torico has created this lovely little card today. You’re going to quickly fall in love with her coloring abilities and design sensibilities. Her ability to mix patterns and unexpected colors to create darling designs like this one make her an outstanding addition to the team.

Torico You Make My Tail Wag card

If you’re looking forward to seeing Torico’s work on a regular basis, you don’t have long to wait. The April Release Countdown starts on Friday so stick with us!

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