Have a ‘horse-some’ Birthday!

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At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is Shaped Cards or Anything But Square.We have the fabulous Doodle Pantry as our sponsor too.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job.

Well..I have to admit I own a Grand Calibur,some Grand Nesties and some Go Kreate Half XXL Frames…so why do I grab a square card every time?! Convenience…laziness…perhaps because they’re buried in the cupboard under stacks of other crafty stuff?Hmmm…not really sure :S So I decided to have fun creating a card with the super adorable Charlie Daisy by Doodle Pantry.Not only do you get Charlie himself (in both B/W outline and colour) you get a whole host of goodies including backing papers,sentiments and lots of other elements to print in outline or colour form to use as embellishments or even as the focal point of your card 😀 Firstly I coloured Charlie using Copic Ciao Markers to coordinate with the papers.Next I pulled out my Grand Calibur and Go Kreate dies to cut the base card and a couple of layers.A panel featuring the other patterned paper has been set askew.As I wanted some texture I pulled out a piece of this wavy corrugated card and stapled a length of raffia lace to it.To embellish I cut out a few pre-coloured daisies and butterflies,adding dots of 3D Crystal Lacquer to them and also to the butterfly that has landed,rather cheekily,on Charlie’s nose.I printed out the sentiment and to create the ‘lozenge’ shape I took the smaller version of the dies I cut the base from and gave them a quarter turn,then trimmed.I adhered it to the orange die cut piece then cut it down to make sure I got it right!Time for some more staples 🙂 I tend to add these on the wonk so there’s no pressure and disappointment when they’re not where they should be!!

Supplies :

Images : Charlie Daisy by Doodle Pantry
Sentiment : From Charlie Daisy by Doodle Pantry
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,3D Crystal Lacquer 
Papers & Card : Papers from Charlie Daisy by Doodle Pantry,American Crafts 12 x 12 Textured Cardstock,White 8 x 8 Card Blank from stash
Tools : Grand Calibur,Go Kreate Half XXL Frames Frilly Square #5,Go Kreate Concentrics Frilly Squares #5,X-Cut Guillotine,Siesta Lip Pattern Corner Punch,Decoupage Scissors,Mini Stapler 
To Embellish : Natural Raffia Lace & Coloured Mini Staples from stash

 

Some challenges this is for :

Lacy Sunshine : Add Flowers
One Stitch At A Time : Anything Goes
Pile It On  : Floral Fantasy
Allsorts : Use Those Dies
Di’s Digis Designs : Welcome Spring
Open-Minded Challenges :  Animal Antics
A Creative Romance : Spring Flowers
Alphabet Challenge : D for Diecuts
Bloggers : Animals
Crafty Catz : Anything Goes
Polkadoodles : Spring Is In The Air
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks : Spring
4 Krafty Girlz : Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T.  : Weather/What season is where you are? (Spring)
Creative Knockouts : Texturize It
Cute Card Thursday :Floral Delights
Delightful Challenges : Out like a Lamb
MilkCoffee Challenge : Spring
Paper Crafting Journey : Anything Goes
Hobbybook Designer Challenge : Spring
Paper Shelter Challenge : Spring
Sisterhood of Crafters  : Animal
Creative Card Crew : Animals
Digi Choosday Challenge : Animals
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations : Spring
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes
 Top Tip Tuesday : Metal Or Faux Metal (Staples)

 

Thanks  for looking

Lisa x

 
 
 

 

‘Fairy’ Good Luck to You

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It’s the final week of the month long St.Patrick’s Day/Good Luck challenge at Just Some Lines.Well,that’s another month over!To play along you need to use a Just Some Lines image to enter and you could win a digi if you’re picked as part of the Top 3 🙂

I’ve taken the adorable Fairy – Bring Home Luck by Just Some Lines  and tried a new technique – well new to me…LOL  After colouring the fairy’s skin and hair I decided I wanted a softer look for her clothing to suit the background papers more.I’ve seen Nikky Hall of Polkadoodles fame use a Mix’It Palette and a Graph’It Blender,with Brush Nib attached,to pick up colour to give a watercolour effect on Create and Craft TV.Now,I don’t have the pallette so had to improvise on that part but I do have the pen equipped with the nib 😛 I’m quite pleased for a first attempt and onto my usual smooth marker colouring card too!For her hair behind her wings I had already use a pale colour and blended it out and for a see through look I ‘painted’ over the top in the chosen wing colour.Personally I think the layering has worked well.After colouring the clover it just looked too dark and overpowering so I just grabbed the Blender again and used it this time to ‘bleach’ out the colour.So she wasn’t floating in a sky of nothingness I drew a very pale blue/grey line around her and the clover then took the Blender and utilised it to soften the edges.Such a versatile and useful tool!To make her fairydust trail nice and sparkly I dotted it with a Graph’It Shake Glitter Gold Marker.I just had to use my recently acquired large corner rounder,especially as it took an age to find one,along with this pretty Tonic Studios border.The sentiment is a freebie from Netty’s Cards (thanks Annette) and the Good Luck has been colour tinted by a Graph’It Marker.Some baker’s twine has been tied to the border.I made some buttons from a sheet of this delightful paper and and an epoxy button sticker,trimmed with scissors.A little wooden butterfly button has been added alongside these and for an extra touch his spots have been dabbed with the Graph’It Shake Glitter Gold Marker 🙂

 

Supplies :

Image :Fairy – Bring Home Luck by Just Some Lines
Sentiment : Freebie from Netty’s Cards
Mediums : Graph’It Markers,Graph’It Shake Glitter Gold Marker
Papers & Card : DP Craft Creations 6 x 6 XOXO Creative Paper Pack,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Woodware Large Corner Lever Punch,Tonic Studios Daisy Border Simplicity Geared Punch,Woodware 1½” Circle Punch
To Embellish : Creative Expressions Pastel Colours Baker’s Twine,Epiphany Crafts Self-Adhesive Buttons Round 20,Wooden Butterfly Button from stash

 

Some challenges this is for :

Hiding in my Craft Room :  Freestyle
The Doodle Garden :  Anything Goes
Crafty Catz : Anything Goes
Digi Haven : Things with Wing
Graph’It Colour Challenge : Springtime Pastels
Pattie’s Creations : Anything Goes
Polkadoodles : Spring Is In The Air
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
Stampin’ For The Weekend : Spring Colors
That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog : Inky Antics (must use some kind of ink)
4 Crafty Chicks : Spring (inspired by colours)
Little Miss Muffet Challenges : Anything Goes
MilkCoffee Challenge: Spring (inspired by colours)
Paper Crafting Journey : Anything Goes
Sassy Studio Designs : Pretty Pastels
Creative Moments : Anything Goes/Things with Wings
Divas by Design : Buttons and Bows
House That Stamps Built : Things with Wings
Simon Says Stamp : Buttons
Fan-Tastic Tuesday : Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes
Digi Sketch Challenge : Fantasy

 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 
 

Bee Lucky!

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It’s the fourth week of the St.Patrick’s Day/Good Luck challenge at  Just Some Lines.To play along you need to use a Just Some Lines image to enter and you could win a digi if you’re picked as part of the Top 3.As usual there is a freebie on the challenge site if you wish to use it :)

This little beauty is Fairy Huntress by Just Some Lines  and she’s been coloured with Copic Ciao Markers.The details on her wings and the bees wings have been picked out with Stickles.For the background I die cut a load of flowers and adhered them in a random fashion,them trimmed around the edges of the card.The sentiment I created on the computer and made into a tab to tuck behind the image.As the flower wasn’t quite the right shade of green that was also coloured with Copics for a more coordinated look.A few gems have been added for some extra sparkle.

Supplies :

Image : Fairy Huntress by Just Some Lines  
Sentiment : Created by me!
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Diamond Stickles
Papers & Card : DP Papermania Chelsea Green 12 x 12 Capsule Paper Pack,Green card from Core’dinations Roy G.Biv 12 x 12 Cardstock Pad,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,X-Cut Large Corner Rounder Punch,X-Cut Dielicious Nesting Dies Flowers,Big Shot
To Embellish : Crafts Too Acrylic Stones Wheel Cool Series,Prima Flowers The Bitty Bag

Some challenges this is for :

Brown Sugar : Anything Goes
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge : Anything Goes
Crafty Catz : Bling It Up
Cut it Up : Anything Goes
Digi Haven : Things with Wings
Pattie’s Creations : Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
Stampin’ For The Weekend : Anything Goes
That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog : Inky Antics
4 Krafty Girlz : Anything Goes
DRS Designs : Blooming Spring
Shelly’s Images : Luck/Lucky
Crafter’s Cafe : Square Card
Crafting By Designs : Anything Goes
Divas by Design : Flowers
Lexi’s Creations : Punches & Dies
The Crazy Challenge : Flower Frenzy

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Green Panda

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At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is Go Green.We have the fabulous Inky Impressions as our sponsor too.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job.

I’ve coloured the most delightful Lizzie’s Bundle of Joy by Inky Impressions with Copic Ciao Markers.I’ve also added this fabby Birthday Wishes Banner – a great addition 🙂 Apart from the obvious colour choice I dug out a tired looking white fabric flower that I’d saved rather than thrown out…you know ‘just in case’.Well this was the ‘in case’ 🙂 First off as I knew I wasn’t going to use all of it due to the size I cut it in half then got busy with the Copics on this too.I adhered it to the card base and added the die cut card and patterned paper.I shaved this down a little as I didn’t want to cover up too much of the flower.Once all stuck in place I trimmed off all the overhanging pieces around the edges.The flower border covers where the die cuts were cut off and adds some extra detail.This wasn’t quite the right shade of green so out came the Copics once more.Once the banner was in place I slipped in these lovely sparkly flowers 🙂

Supplies :

Image : Lizzie’s Bundle of Joy by Inky Impressions 
Sentiment : Birthday Wishes Banner by Inky Impressions 
Medium : Copic Ciao Markers
Paper & Card : DP  Papermania Chelsea Green 12 x 12 Capsule Paper Pack,Green card from Papermania Capsule Collection Textured A4 Colossal Pack,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,X-Cut Dielicious Nesting Dies Rectangle Parenthesis 2,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors
To Embellish : Papermania Capsule Collection Chelsea Green Blitters (flowers),Papermania Chelsea Green Daisy Chains,White fabric flower from my junk collection!

Some challenges this is for :

 AuroraWings Challenge : Anything Goes
Created With Love Challenges : Girly
Fitztown Challenge : Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodles : Green
My Craft Creations : Always Anything Goes
Shabby Tea Room : Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge : Flower Frenzy
Glitter n Sparkle: Include some green/St Patrick’s Day
Lacy Sunshine : Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time: Use A Digi 
Sentimental Sundays : Cute and Cuddly
That Craft Place : Flowers and/or Mother’s Day
The Corrosive Challenges : Go Green
A Gem of a Challenge : Mothers day/ Female Birthday/ Special Lady
Crafty Calendar :  Animal Antics
Hiding in my Craft Room :  Color It
A Creative Romance : Seeing Double
Cut it Up : Green for St,Patrick’s Day or Spring
Delicious Doodles : Mainly Green for St. Patrick’s Day
Digi Haven : Use at Least 3 Different Shades of Green
Get Inky! : Green/ St.Patty’s Day
Graph’It Colour Challenge : Male Colours (Altho’ the card is girly I consider the colours masculine.If  this doesn’t fit the challenge I won’t be offended if you delete it)
Pattie’s Creations : Green for St.Patrick’s Day
MilkCoffee Challenge : At Least 2 Flowers

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Pot of Gold!

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The  St.Patrick’s Day/Good Luck challenge at  Just Some Lines is still ongoing.To play along you need to use a Just Some Lines image to enter and you could win a digi if you’re picked as part of the Top 3.As usual there is a freebie on the challenge site if you wish to use it :)

I’ve coloured up Pat – the dog by Just Some Lines with Copic Ciao Markers and added touches of Gold Graph’It Glitter Shake Pen.I found this neat tutorial here to make this box.This was so simple…but oh boy!I’ve had a stinking cold all week and could I get my head around this – oh,no 😦 It really isn’t that difficult…that’s just me!I added a ‘shamrock’ I made using a heart shaped punch and a brad added to the centre then attached it to the handle for decoration.And having as muzzy head I clean forgot to pick up some choccy gold coins I spotted in a local discount shop that I thought would be perfect for this project…Yep they were from Christmas…BUT chocolate does have long shelf life…well,until it passes through my door …lol 😛 Rather conveniently we happened to have these aptly named biscuit bars knocking around in the cupboard.Mostly because nobody had discovered them! 

Here’s a closer view of Pat :

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Supplies :

Image : Pat – the dog by Just Some Lines
Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Gold Graph’It Glitter Shake Pen
Card : Black from stash,Green from Core’dinations Roy G.Biv 12 x 12 Cardstock Pad
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Nestabilities Standard Circles Large,Big Shot,Martha Stewart Scoring Board,Westcott Long Reach Heart Punch,Decoupage Scissors
To Embellish : Making Memories Mini Circle Primary Brad

Some challenges this is for :

Come and Get It Challenges : St Patrick’s Day
Glitter n Sparkle : Include some green/St Patrick’s Day
Lacy Sunshine : Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time : Use A Digi 
The Corrosive Challenges : Go Green
Crafts and Me Challenge & Inspiration Blog : Anything Goes
Oddball Art Stamps : Use a Digi
Crafty Calendar :  Animal Antics
Craft for the Craic : Something Green
Craftitude : Anything Goes or Add a Little Green
QKR Stampede : Anything Goes
Simply Create Too : Animals
Delightful Challenges : Wearing of the Green
Moving Along with the Times : Make a Box and Decorate it
Sassy Studio Designs : Happy St Patty’s Day
Inky Impressions : Green
Penny’s Paper-Crafty : Anything Goes
Scrappers’ Delights : Luck of the Irish

 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Sew Young!

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**Please Scroll down if you’re looking for my other card**

At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is Birthday Bonanza!We have the fabulous Heather Ellis as our sponsor too.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job.

I’ve decided to try and take a different approach with my card making recently.Rather than the usual patterned paper matted and layered onto coordinating card for the background etc…Soooo what’s the first thing I do here?Mat a piece of patterned paper onto the card blank :s Still at least I took the time to hand stitch with some baker’s twine.And then I did  do something unusual,well for me at least 😉 This lil’ cutie is Pure Innocence 013 by Heather Ellis and you can find her by scrolling down the page a little.Heather also has a bit of a sale going on and some of her delightful images are as little as 50p!Anyways she’s been coloured with Graph’It Markers and is wearing a paper pieced dress.This has also been given some depth with a Graph’It Marker.Now for the diverse part…I’ve created this frame piece by die cutting an oval to fit the image,embossing  some textured card with some loverly spots.Because my folder wasn’t long enough to cover it entirely I chose to lay it across the other way and centre it.Now what to do about those plain ends?Punch ’em!Now what to do about those pesky lines where the folder ended?Pierce ’em!Opted not to stitch them as well…gives a cleaner look.Then I positioned it over the top and adhered it using thin (1mm) foam tape.The little banners poking out the side were cut from another sheet of paper from the same pack.To finish I took an Epiphany Craft Epoxy Self-Adhesive Button and lay it over a yet another piece of paper from the same  collection.No prizes for guessing it had buttons printed all over it!As I’m too tight wise and frugal to part with 20 quid (!) for a matching punch I just made sure it stuck down well and trimmed round with some decoupage scissors,followed by a pokey tool to make the holes 🙂

Supplies :

Image : Pure Innocence 013 by Heather Ellis 
Medium : Graph’It Markers
Paper & Card : DP Craft Creations 6 x 6 XOXO Creative Paper Pack,White card from Core’dinations Roy G.Biv 12 x 12 Cardstock Pad,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Cuttlebug Polka Dots 5 x 7 Embossing Folder,Nestabilities Classic Ovals Large,Big Shot,Fiskars Scallop Sentiment Border Punch.Piercing Tool,Decoupage Scissors
To Embellish : Creative Expressions Pastel Colours Baker’s Twine,Epiphany Crafts Self-Adhesive Buttons Round 20

Some challenges this is for :

Card Mania : Something New (Designer Papers)
Digi Makeover Challenge : Buttons
Digi Sketch Challenge : Sketch and/or Theme: Cute (just theme)
Fitztown Challenge : Spring Colors
Love to Create  : Anything Goes
Glitter n Sparkle : Anything Goes
Lacy Sunshine : Use Spring Colors
The Squirrel & the Fox : Autumn or Spring (Spring)
My Time to Craft : Frame it
Crafty Catz : Paper Piecing
Creative Corner : Button Up
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog : Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T.  : Mother’s Day/Female
MilkCoffee Challenge : Emboss wet or dry
Crafting By Designs : Anything Goes
Crafting for all Seasons : Spring
Hobbybook Designer Challenge : Make It Girly
Little Red Wagon : Punches

Of course I couldn’t resist making a second card with another of Heather’s darling images…

 
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He’s  The Boy & The Dog 003.The colouring is with Graph’It Markers and altho’ it doesn’t show up the puddle has a coating of  3D Crystal Lacquer.I’ve also sponged a little ink around to take the witness off the background.This time I cut the card blank down them made the topper fit the length of the original size of the card. I kind of used the same principle  with the embossing folder and aperture ‘cept this folder covered the whole area.I added two handcut banners to the base.Once I’d inked the edges for  extra definition they were attached and I ran down the side with an EK Success Piercing Bug in a wobbly fashion then cross stitched to compliment the pattern in the paper.I die cut a couple of clouds and inked their bottoms….careful!…lol… 😄 A sentiment was cut from another piece of paper (as in the above card).Some of the edges were distressed and I added piercing to the scalloped edge 🙂

Supplies :

Image :  The Boy & The Dog 003  by Heather Ellis
Medium : Graph’It Markers,3D Crystal Lacquer,Summer Sky Memento Dew Drop Ink 
Paper & Card : DP Craft Creations 6 x 6 XOXO Creative Paper Pack,White card from Core’dinations Roy G.Biv 12 x 12 Cardstock Pad,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Craft Concepts Hexagon Illusion Universal Embossing Folder,X-Cut Tilly Daydream Hexagon Dielicious Nesting Dies, Spellbinders Edgeabilities Classic Scallop,Joy! Crafts Clouds Dies,Big Shot,Piercing Tool,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser
To Embellish : We R Memory Keepers Floss

Some challenges this is for :

Card Mania : Something New (Designer Papers) – counts as 2nd entry
Digi Sketch Challenge : Sketch and/or Theme: Cute (just theme) – counts as 2nd entry
Love to Create  : Anything Goes – counts as 2nd entry
Glitter n Sparkle : Anything Goes – counts as 3rd entry
My Time to Craft : Frame it – counts as 2nd entry
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog : Anything Goes – counts as 2nd entry
MilkCoffee Challenge : Emboss wet or dry – counts as 3rd entry
Crafting By Designs : Anything Goes – counts as 2nd entry
Kaboodle Doodles : Anything but a Square
Perfectly Rustics : Hexagons
One Stitch At A Time : For a Boy
Sentimental Sundays : Cards for Boy/Man
That Craft Place : Anything Goes
Graph’It Colour Challenge : Male Colors
Stempelsonnen Challenge : Young Men Birthday
The Male Room : Blue, Green, Brown
Nutcrafters : Masculine

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

 

I’m looking over a 4 leaf clover

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It’s the 2nd week of the St.Patrick’s Day/Good Luck challenge at  Just Some Lines.To play along you need to use a Just Some Lines image to enter and you could win a digi if you’re picked as part of the Top 3.As usual there is a freebie on the challenge site if you wish to use it :)

This darling image is Fairy – 4 leaf clover by Just Some Lines.She’s been coloured with Graph’It Markers and her clothing has been paper pieced.A little sparkle has been added to her pixie boots and  wings with a Gold Graph’It Glitter Shake Pen.I didn’t want to lose the softness of the shading on her wings,so just picked out  the detail already there .Here’s a closer look :

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The only way I can think to describe the card I made to go with her is it’s like a variation on a tent card style.But instead of the crease at the top it’s on the left hand side as normal but there are two concertinaed pieces of card top and bottom to keep from the card opening right up.It looks kind of like a slightly open book.I’m probably not doing a great job describing this,so maybe this pic may explain what I mean a little better :

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You can also see how I suspended the flowers on some invisible nylon thread.I can’t take credit for the design. I saw a sample card like this at a demo I went to.This is just my take on it.It was quite easy to put together but most of all it fun!

Supplies :

Image : Fairy – 4 leaf clover by Just Some Lines
Sentiment :  From Pink Cat Studio Fairy Friends Stamp Plate
Mediums : Graph’It Markers,Gold Graph’It Glitter Shake Pen,Cottage Ivy Memento Dew Drop Ink
Papers & Card : Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank,Colour Vision A4 Kraft Board (to stamp sentiment on & make concertinaed pieces),DP  Papermania Chelsea Green 12 x 12 Capsule Paper Pack
Tools : Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Circles Large,X-Cut Dielicious Extra Large Square Parenthesis Nesting Dies,X-Cut Guillotine (to cut down the die cut the sentiment is on),Decoupage scissors
To Embellish : Papermania Capsule Collection Chelsea Green Blitters (flowers),Papermania Chelsea Green Daisy Chains (cut in half),Crafts Too Acrylic Stones Wheel Cool Series

Some challenges this is for :

Glitter n Sparkle : Anything Goes
That Craft Place : Anything Goes
Card and Scrap : Use Dies
Cards Galore Encore : Use a stamp or digi stamp
Connie Can Crop : Green with Envy
Catch The Bug : Feelin Lucky
Di’s Digis Designs : Make it Green
Open-Minded Challenges : Use Something Green
The Doodle Garden :  Anything Goes
Brown Sugar : Make It Sparkle
Craft for the Craic : Something Green
Craftitude : Anything Goes or Add a Little Green
Cut it Up : Green for St,Patrick’s Day or Spring
Get Inky! : Green/ St.Patty’s Day
Jellypark Friends Friday Challenge : Things with Wings
 
Thanks for looking 
Lisa x
 
 

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