DIY Confetti – Easy and Fun!

Hi everyone!

I have a fun and SUPER easy craft for you today!

I’ve been wanting something to add a little pizazz to my Instagram photos recently, so I decided to invest in some confetti.  I knew I wouldn’t be able to buy exactly what I wanted, so I decided to make my own!  Making my own definitely didn’t save me money, but that’s okay!  I got exactly what I wanted!

IMG_4007Supplies:

  • Paper punches
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors

IMG_4016Simply use the punches to cut out lots and lots and lots of your desired confetti shapes!

I found it the easiest to start with a whole sheet of cardstock, punch out a complete row, and then cut that strip away.  In the end, you’ll end up with a bunch of punched out strips like the ones above!  You could also cut the strips and then punch.  Whatever floats your boat!

IMG_4051I went to town and punched out lots of different shapes!

I bought my punches during JoAnn’s most recent scrap booking sale, so they we’re out of a few punches that I wanted. 🙁

I still managed to get my hands on a few fun ones!  As you can see, I got a medium heart, a dove, and a small circle.  I also got a small heart.  I just haven’t made any confetti with it yet.

IMG_4036Look how cute! Doesn’t it just jazz up the picture?! 🙂

Happy Crafting!

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DIY – How To Paint an Ikat Canvas

Hi everyone!

I have a quick and easy painting tutorial to share with you today! IMG_2913Supplies:

  • Canvas
  • Flat paint brush
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Pearl Acrylic Paint
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Metallic Acrylic Paint

IMG_3119Martha Stewart Crafts Pearl Acrylic Paint

  • Hummingbird
  • Twilight Blue
  • Mother of Pearl

Martha Stewart Crafts Metallic Acrylic Paint

  • Sterling

IMG_2916Start with the blue, pearl paint and evenly place little dots of paint across your canvas.  Be sure to stagger your dots!

I squirted my paint dots right out of the bottle to ensure that the dots were relatively even in size.  I didn’t want one dot to have significantly more or less paint than any of the others. IMG_2918Using your paint brush, make a rough diamond shape where each paint dot is located. IMG_2923Continue making the rough diamonds. IMG_2926 Once all the blue diamonds are completed, go over each of them with a little bit of the white pearl paint.

We’re just trying to add a little extra sheen. IMG_2932On the right side of each blue diamond, add a smaller, silver one. IMG_2934 Make the assumption that the pattern continues off the canvas and paint silver diamonds to the right of where the assumed blue diamonds are.  Does that make sense? IMG_2940Continue painting the silver diamonds off the edge of the canvas. IMG_2944Add small green diamonds (the same size as the silver ones) to the left of the large, blue diamonds. IMG_2946Add small, green diamonds on top of the large, blue ones.

The pearl and metallic paint aren’t as opaque as I’d like them to be, so I added a couple extra coats of green and silver paint.

Once, you’re satisfied with the opacity of the paint, the project is complete! IMG_3021I really love how this project turned out!

So pretty!

Happy Crafting! Bow signature pink

How To – DIY Upcycled Glass Candle Jars

Hi everyone!

I have a fun, little upcycling project to share with you today! IMG_2817Supplies:

  • Cleaned out candle jars (or any clean glass jars)
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Coordinating decorative trim
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paint

  • Frost Translucent – Wedding Cake
  • Gloss Transparent – Pink Hyacinth

IMG_2826 We’re going to start by cleaning our jars with rubbing alcohol.

I didn’t have any rubbing alcohol, so I dug through my first aid kit and found this alcohol wipe to clean my jars with.

The rubbing alcohol is supposed to make the paint adhere better to the glass. IMG_2830I have two different size candle jars.

I’m going to paint the smaller one pink and the larger one white. IMG_2837Now, we’re going to start painting.

Like I said above, I’m going to paint this jar pink. IMG_2850 After two or three coats of paint, I still wasn’t satisfied with the color, so I added a bunch more! IMG_2857I believe this is after seven or eight coats of paint.

I’d never used glass paint before, so I wasn’t sure what the final product was supposed to look like.

I wasn’t exactly satisfied with my painting at this point, but I decided to stop and let the paint dry. IMG_2866While the pink paint was drying, I started on my white, beach glass jar.

I only gave the white jar two coats of paint.

The gloss and frost paints are quite different, so I didn’t feel like I needed to add as many coats to the white jar. IMG_2894I set my jars aside to dry and noticed the pink jar becoming more transparent and quite a bit prettier! YAY!

At this point, I decided to add some fun decorative trim to each jar.  I dug through all my craft supplies and came up with some great options! IMG_2974This hot pink, crochet trim will be added to the pink jar.

I got this pack of scraps from Hobby Lobby several years ago, and as you can tell, most of the pretty colors have been used up! IMG_2970I bought these adorable, little trim packs from the dollar section at Michael’s several years ago, and now I’m finally getting some use out of them!

All of these colors are great and would be perfect for my white jar.

I decided to go with the aqua/mint set because I thought it would complement my pink jar quite nicely! IMG_2981For the pink jar, we’re just going to hot glue a small piece of trim around the top edge.

I tried to be as precise as possible when lining up the ends of the trim. The picture makes the ends look all jumbled, but I promise they look pretty good in person! IMG_2977The white jar is a little more involved.

We’re going to start by adding a piece of the aqua, velvet ribbon around the top edge of the jar. IMG_2984Next, we’re going to make a bow.

Cut a short piece of velvet ribbon to make the bow.  I think my piece is 4 inches or so.

Cut an even smaller piece for the center of the bow.  I think mine is 1.5 inches long. IMG_2986Fold the longer of the two pieces in thirds and glue in the center. This will form the body of the bow. IMG_2989Now, we’re going to glue the center ribbon around the bow. IMG_2992Flip the bow over (the seam should be facing you) and glue one side of the smaller ribbon to the center of the bow. IMG_2993Now, wrap the ribbon completely around the bow and glue on the back right next to where you glued it in the previous step. IMG_2995Here’s the finished bow! So little and cute! IMG_2999Put a small dot of hot glue over the ribbon seam on the jar.

The bow should be glued right where to two edges of the ribbon meet, covering the seam completely. IMG_3005Once the bow is glued on, our upcycled jars are complete! IMG_3013I LOVE LOVE LOVE how these turned out!

My lip products look adorable in them!

The colors pop fantastically!

Happy Crafting!! Bow signature pink

How To – Carve a Rubber Stamp

Hi everyone!

My cousin gave me a stamp carving kit for Christmas, and I’m finally getting around to using it! IMG_2343IMG_2347Box Contents:

  • Design templates
  • Transfer sheet
  • Pencil
  • Block with carvable rubber sides
  • Wooden handle with five gouges
  • Ink pad

IMG_2349There are lots of fun designs to choose from!

As you might’ve guessed, I love bows, so I chose one of the bows for my first stamp! IMG_2352Lay the transfer paper over your design and trace with a pencil. IMG_2356Flip the transfer sheet (lead side down) onto the rubber block.

Rub your thumb along the transfer sheet.  The pressure from your thumb should transfer the lead onto the rubber block. IMG_2359Transfer complete! IMG_2367Load the smallest gouge into the handle.  It should just press right in. IMG_2369Use the smallest gouge to (slowly) carve around the design.

If you get going too fast, you might accidentally carve too far into your design. IMG_2373IMG_2375IMG_2378Once you’re a comfortable distance away from your design, start using the large gouges to clear away the excess rubber. IMG_2388IMG_2390IMG_2394Once you’ve trimmed the edges and cleaned it up a bit, your stamp is complete!! IMG_2395Isn’t it adorable?!

I’m in love with my new stamp!

Happy Crafting!! Bow signature pink

DIY Shabby Chic Hanging Chalkboard Tutorial

Hi everyone!

I’m sure some of you are getting tired of my embroidery tutorials, so I have something else to share with you today!

IMG_0478Supplies:

  • Wooden plaque (I got mine at Jo-Ann Fabrics)
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Paintbrush
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Staple gun
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scotch tape

IMG_0483Start by painting your plaque.

While the paint is drying, we’re going to move on to making the bow.

IMG_0484Without cutting your ribbon, make a loop.

Be sure to leave a long tail.  The tail will be used to connect the bow to the chalkboard.

IMG_0488Here’s a closeup of the first loop.

IMG_0492Now, add a second loop.

IMG_0496Add a third loop.

IMG_0500Add a fourth loop.

All of the loops should intersect, and the finished product should look like this.

IMG_0502With your needle and thread, stitch all the loops together.

I like to use two stitches and make a little x/+.

You can cut the ribbon now.  Just make sure you leave long tails.

IMG_0505Now take your thread and loop in between the top two loops.

IMG_0512Pull the thread taut to bunch up the ribbon and bring the top loops closer to the center of the bow.

IMG_0515Do the same for the bottom half of the bow.

IMG_0517Pull taut.

IMG_0521Wrap the thread around the bow and stitch through the center a couple of times before tying and cutting off the thread.

IMG_0524Set the bow portion aside.

Cut a 3 or 4 inch piece of ribbon from your spool.

IMG_0527Fold the ribbon in thirds and hot glue together.

I like to only glue a tiny bit of the end portions so that the ribbon doesn’t become stiff in the middle.

IMG_0529Turn your bow upside down (the back should be facing you) and glue one end of the little ribbon in the center.

Have the top side of the little ribbon facing you and glue the bottom side (the side with the seam) down.

IMG_0533Wrap the ribbon around the center of the bow.

IMG_0534Pull taut then glue down.

Once the glue has dried, you can cut the excess ribbon off.

IMG_0539Turn your bow over, and this is what it should look like!

So cute!

My ribbon was wired, so I was able to “fluff” the loops and arrange them how I wanted.

IMG_0541Back to the wooden plaque.

I’m a weirdo about chalkboard paint, so I gave my plaque at least seven coats of paint!

The bottle says you only need two, but I like to cover all my bases!

IMG_0551Once your plaque has dried, turn it over and place your bow upside down on top of the plaque.

IMG_0552Adjust your tails until you have them even and right where you want them.

Once they are in the correct place, use a little scotch tape to tack them down.

IMG_0557Use the staple gun to attach the ribbon to the plaque.

IMG_0559Once the staples are in place, you can cut the excess ribbon.

IMG_0563Turn your plaque over and it’s all ready to use!

IMG_0565I put mine on the back of my front door for reminders and little notes!

I didn’t want the chalkboard banging around when the door opened and closed, so I actually hung it with command strips and used little tiny hook to hold up the bow.

IMG_0567I couldn’t be happier with the way this turned out!

It perfectly matches my shabby chic apartment decor!

IMG_0572Happy Crafting!

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Easy Lilac Painting!

Hi everyone!!

I have another painting tutorial to share with you!!

Today, we will be painting lilacs!

DSCN2343It’s a pretty simple painting, so let’s get started!

DSCN2589Supplies:

  • Canvas
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint brushes (filbert, detail brush, and scruffy brush)
  • Pencil

DSCN2594Marta Stewart Crafts Acrylic Paint

  • Hydrangea Purple
  • Heliotrope
  • Pesto
  • Scottish Highlands

Folk Art Acrylic Paint

  • Purple

The first step is to paint your canvas.  My canvas was prepainted, so I didn’t bother painting the background.

DSCN2214These canvases came from Michaels.  If you can work with the colors then these are great!! They save quite a bit of time!

DSCN2217Take your pencil and draw the general shape of your lilacs and stems.  It’s okay if the shapes are wonky!! You’ll be painting over them in the next step!

DSCN2227 Paint the stems and leaves with the detail brush.

I used both green paints to add a bit of definition to the leaves.

DSCN2237Using the scruffy brush, dab the darkest purple paint onto the flowers.

DSCN2233Don’t glop on the paint, but a little texture is good!

DSCN2243Once you’ve finished the base coat, it’s time to paint the actual flowers.

We will be using the five-petal flower from my hydrangea and pink bouquet tutorials.

DSCN2420Using a filbert brush, paint five little petals in a circle.

If it helps, you can think of the flower as a little man.  He has a head, two arms, and two legs.

DSCN2600Using both the light and medium purple paint, add little flowers all over the dark purple base.

Overlap the flowers and let the colors mix to add dimension!

DSCN2597To dot or not to dot?! It’s up to you!

Once all the flowers have been added, you decide if you’d like to paint their centers.

I skipped dotting the centers, because I like how my flowers look with out the dots!

DSCN2343I chose to add a third leaf to the right side of my bouquet.

I have a real problem with symmetry and couldn’t handle three leaves on one side and only two on the other!!

Once your bouquet is symmetrical (or not!!), the painting is complete!!

I really wanted to add a bow around the stems but mine were too far apart!!  I will try and add one next time though!!

Happy crafting!!Bow signature pink

 

Easy Hydrangea Painting!

Happy first day of summer!!!

I stumbled upon a hydrangea painting tutorial the other day and decided to give it a try!!

ImageHere’s my finished product!! I’m very happy about how it turned out, especially since this is the first time I’ve ever painted something like this!

Would you like to make one too?!

ImageSupplies:

  • Burlap Canvas (available at Michaels)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Pencil

ImageThese are the Martha Stewart Crafts paint colors that I chose to use.

  • Greek Tile
  • Blue Calico
  • Wedding Cake
  • Pesto
  • Green Curry

No matter what colors you decide to use, I recommend two coordinating shades of green and then two coordinating shades of another color or colors.

ImageThese are the paint brushes I used.  I recommend a large and small flat, square brush, a small rounded, flat brush, and a tiny, pointed brush for making dots.

The actual brush sizes will vary depending on how large you want your hydrangeas to be.

Let’s get started!!

The first thing you want to do is lay out your canvas and draw large circles where you want your hydrangeas to be.

ImageNext, use the lighter shade of green and paint leaves around the circles.

I used the small, flat square brush to paint the leave’s base coat.

This part doesn’t have to be perfect.  We will be going over the leaves with more paint in the next step.

ImageNow, we’re going to double load our paintbrush to add depth to our leaves.

Dip one side of you paintbrush in the lighter green and one side in the dark.

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After double loading the paintbrush, start on one side of the leaf and drag your paintbrush to a point.  The burlap creates some resistance, so this can be a little difficult!  Once you’ve painted one half of the leaf, do the same thing on the other half.

Here’s a video that explains how to make the leaves!  It looks a lot easier to do in the video! Just be patient and you’ll be able to make it work!

ImageAs you can see, not all my leaves are perfect! Oh well!!

Next, we’re going to start our flowers!!

ImageTake both your light and dark blue and paint a base layer.

ImageI painted the tops light blue, the bottoms dark blue, and the middle is a mixture of the two.

Now comes the fun part!!

ImageYou’re going to take your rounded, flat brush and paint little five petal flowers all over the place.

Think of the flower as a little man.  Paint a head, two arms, and two legs.  The first few might look rough but after you paint a few you’ll become a master!!

Alternate painting with the light and dark blue.  Don’t clean off your brush in between the colors, this allows them to mix and create a different shade of blue.

ImageWhen you’re almost done, but still have a few empty spots, start painting three of four petal flowers to fill gaps.  You can also randomly add single petals to fill up any additional spaces.

ImageAll of our flowers have been painted! Now, it’s time to paint the flower centers!

ImageTake your small, pointy brush and use white (or any other color you’d like) and paint little dots in the center of each flower.

This step was tricky for me, because I couldn’t tell where the center of some of the flowers were!  If you’re struggling like I was, just randomly place the dots!  No one has to know that you guessed!

Once your centers are painted, you’re done!!

ImageVoilà!! You now have a bright and fun hydrangea painting!!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

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DIY Texas Monogram!

Hi everyone!!

My little sister (in Kappa) turned 19 a few weeks ago! I had no idea what to make her for her birthday, but after creeping on her Pinterest, I found the perfect present!

She’s a Texas native and LOVES everything Texas, so I decided to make her a Texas monogram!

ImageIf you’d like to make your own Texas (or any state) monogram, follow my instructions for a perfect and personal gift!

Before we begin, we must gather our supplies!

ImageSupplies include:

  • Wooden Texas cutout (I got mine here)
  • Acrylic paint (I used three colors)
  • Monogram printout (you can get one here)
  • Pencil
  • Super fine point Sharpie (as fine as possible)
  • Thin tissue paper
  • Tape (Painter’s or Scotch)
  • Paint brushes
  • Fabric
  • Mod Podge
  • Wooden circle cutout
  • Greek wooden letters (optional)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon
  • Clear nail polish (top coat)
  • Thin quilt binding or ribbon (Make sure this is the width of your Texas cutout.  We will be using it to cover the raw edges.)

Now that we’ve gathered our supplies, let’s begin crafting!!

ImageFirst, we are going to paint our Texas white.  This step is completely optional.

The fabric I chose to use was a little see through. I painted the Texas white so that the brown wood color wouldn’t show through my fabric.

While the white paint is drying, paint your wooden circle and your Greek letters.

Be sure to give each item a couple coats of paint!

Next, we will prepare our monogram!

ImagePrint your monogram from here or create your own!

You want the monogram printout to fit on your wooden circle as evenly as possible (does that make sense?)  You might have to print the monogram out a couple of times before you get the sizing right.

Once you’ve printed your monogram, place a sheet of tissue paper on top and trace in pencil.

After tracing, center the tissue paper on your wooden circle.  Make sure it is even on all sides (or as even as you can get it!)

Once centered, tape into place.  Because the circle was so small, I had to tape it on the back.

ImageTake your Super Fine Sharpie and trace over your pencil lines.  Try to use a Sharpie color that is close to the color of your paint! It’s a lot easier to cover the Sharpie line if the colors are similar!

ImageAfter tracing, lift up one side of the paper to see if the ink has transferred.

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You want the lines to be as light as possible, but you still want to be able to see them.

ImageNow we are going to take a darker (or lighter) color and paint inside the lines.

I like to keep a few Q-tips on hand in case I have a spaz attack and paint outside the lines!  Simply lick (or use water if you don’t want to use your spit!) the Q-tip and wipe up the paint!  If you do this quick enough, you can get up all the paint without leaving any stray marks.

ImageAfter this dries, give it a second coat and straighten up your lines.

Next, we’re going to modge podge (Yes, I know it’s called Mod Podge, but I don’t say it that way!) the fabric onto our Texas.

I ironed my fabric before modge podging, because my fabric was FULL of creases!

Cover the Texas cutout completely with modge podge before placing the fabric on top.  Once you’ve placed the fabric, pull it taught so there aren’t any bubbles.

Once it’s pulled taught, place under a book or another heavy (flat) object while it dries.

ImageOnce dry, cut the excess fabric away leaving at least an inch around the edge.

Now, go around and cut strips all along the edge.

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Be sure to cut more strips around the dips and curvy parts.  The more strips you cut, the tighter the fabric will fit and the nicer your project will look!

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Once you’ve cut all your strips, it’s time to modge podge them to the sides of the Texas.

DSCN1806Paint a little bit of modge podge on the edge, place your strips over the modge podge, and pull taught.  Fold the strips onto the back and tape into place.  Make sure they are pulled as tightly as possible when you tape them down.

DSCN1807Go all around the edges modge podging and taping into place.

Once the edges are done, let dry.

DSCN1810When you turn your Texas over it should look like this!

Once the sides are dry, remove the tape and modge podge the remaining pieces of fabric onto the back of the cut out.

After all of the modge podge has dried, we are going to glue ribbon (or quilt binding) around the edge of our Texas.

My cutout was about 3/8 inch wide, so I used a 3/8 inch grosgrain ribbon.

DSCN1814Use your hot glue gun to glue the ribbon around the edges.  Try not to use too much glue or you will create weird lumps or glue will come oozing out the sides and ruin our perfect project!

If the hot glue does ooze, take your fingernail and stick it between the ribbon and the Texas to remove the excess glue. (This might hurt you if you haven’t burned yourself with hot glue as many times as I have and built up an immunity!)

After gluing ribbon on the edges, it’s time to add a bow around the top square part of the Texas.

DSCN1823We’re not actually tying our bow onto the Texas.  We’re tying our bow separately and then gluing it on.  Doing it this way gives us more control over the bow’s appearance and allows us to attach it more securely.

Take a piece of your ribbon (I used a 5/8 sheer) and glue one strip around the top of the Texas.  Make sure you only glue the ribbon on the back, especially if you’re using sheer ribbon like I did.

Once glued, take some thread or string and tie a little knot around the ribbon to cinch it.

Take your ribbon and tie a bow (like you’re tying your shoe!)

Once you’re satisfied with your bow, take some clear nail polish (I used top coat) and paint the backside of the center knot of your bow.  This will help keep the bow from coming undone.

While waiting for the top coat to dry, go ahead and glue your monogram and Greek letters onto your Texas cutout.

DSCN1825After the top coat is dry, hot glue the bow onto the cinched part of the ribbon.

Once your bow is glued, you are finished!!!

DSCN1837Jessica, my little, absolutely LOVED her Texas!!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

If you have any questions or need any help, feel free to leave a comment!

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Easter Bunny Crafts!

Hi everyone!

Easter is coming, so I’ve decided to make a fun, little Easter craft!

ImageI found a picture of pom pom bunnies, like the ones above, on Pinterest and decided to make some of my own!

Before we begin crafting, we need to gather some supplies.

ImageSupplies needed:

  • Yarn (I used both super fine, 1, and light weight, 3, yarn)
  • Pom Pom Makers (I used the small ones, but the big ones can be used too!)
  • Small pink pom poms
  • Medium white pom poms
  • White embroidery floss
  • Small black beads
  • White felt
  • Scissors
  • Glue (I used hot glue)

Now that we’ve gathered our supplies, let’s get started!

The first step is to make one of each size pom pom from either the small or large pack.  This video really helped me understand how to use my pom pom makers.

ImageOnce you get the hang of it, making pom poms is really easy and very fun!

ImageOnce your pom poms are made, it’s time to assemble your bunny!

Take your sheet of felt and cut two small ears out of it.  I recommend free handing the ears.  I traced out my first set of ears with pencil and they ended up looking dirty with pencil streaks all over them.  It’s harder to free hand, but it will look better in the long run.

Next, tie two pieces of embroidery floss together to create whiskers.  In the picture below, I show thick whiskers, but when it came time to attach the whiskers to the bunny’s face I decided to make them thinner.

To make thinner whiskers, take one thread out of the three or four that are wrapped together in the single embroidery floss thread and tie that single thread like you did before to create the thick whiskers.

ImageNow it’s time to glue it all together!  I used hot glue because I find it easier to work with.  Hot glue eliminates the majority of drying time and allows you to craft much faster than tacky or Elmer’s glue would.

I started by gluing the small pom pom on top of the larger pom pom.  Glue the small one a little off to the side to create definition between the bunny’s head and body.  If you glue the pom poms directly on top of each other you’ll achieve a snowman look. (Which is not what we’re going for but may be useful information for a fun winter craft!)

Before I glued the pink nose onto the bunny’s face, I glued the whiskers to the back of the nose.

I recommend gluing the ears on before the eyes and nose. You may have to move the strands of the pom pom aside to create a little hole to stick the ears down in.

I think having the ears in place first makes it easier to create a more symmetrical bunny face.

Glue the nose on after the ears.  Try to line up the nose directly between the ears about halfway down the bunny’s face.  I would aim for wherever the pom pom is at its widest.  Does that make sense?

Once the nose is in place, go ahead and glue on the eyes.  You may have to dig a hole for the eyes, much like we did for the ears.

Once you have your face glued on, turn the bunny around and glue on the tail!

ImageWhen the bunny is sitting on a flat surface, the majority of the tail should be visible!

Once the tail is glued on, your new bunny friend is ready to frolic in the grass! Repeat the steps above to create as many bunny friends as you would like!

Happy Easter and happy crafting!!

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