Die-Namites September Sketch and Dare using the Love Heart die & the Wild and Free collection by Glitz Designs.

Welcome to this months Sketch Challenge and Die~Namites Dare!
Every month a new sketch will be introduced….
the sketch can be interpreted as a card, layout or altered piece!
You need to use at least one
Die~Namites Die in your creation.
 You have until the last day of the month to post your creation on your blog,
with mention of the
Die~Namites Die used and a link back to the Die~Namites Dies blog.
Link your blog post, using Inlinkz, to the Die~Namites Die blog.
A random winner will be chosen from eligible participant
for a $25 Gift Certificate to 
Here is this month’s sketch…..

   Today I’m showing my take on this month’s sketch challenge and dare! Mine is just a little bit different from the sketch but I am sure you will see how it worked for me. I thought out of the box with this one and decided to incorporate the sketch into a project life title card.
  The die I decided to use was an obvious choice given the sketch. I went with the Love Heart die.

For this particular project I didn’t want the word to show in the project so I overlapped it with the week title by tucking the strip of Glitz patterned paper in the loop of the L. I replaced the flower embellishment with a Glitz designs rhinestone and some enamel dots by My Minds Eye. For the ribbon dare portion I took some black ribbon and silver embroidery floss. I stitched a little arrow onto the ribbon and stapled it to my card using the Tim Holtz Mini Attacher. All of the printed paper used is from the Glitz Designs Wild and Free 6×6 paper pad. 

And here it is incorporated into my project life layout.

Here is the right side.

The bottom right card in the photo above was from the digital glitz collection. I used a Ali Edwards 4×6 outline brush on top and the journaling. It’s hard to see from the photo but the upper right card says Movie Date on top of the Glitz designs heart washi tape.

I think everything came together quite nicely. I was a little stuck with this particular week for a while so using the sketch really helped inspire me to get this layout completed!

I am LOVING the new Glitz Designs Wild and Free collection! It’s so bright and colorful with some fun basic patterns that go with everything. Right now you can get this collection and all sorts of fun papercrafting candy at Whimsical Twist for 25% off through September 30th! Use Code AUTUMN25.

Happy Crafting (and Shopping)!


Die-Namites Premier Blog Hop!

Welcome to the “Premiere” Die~Namites Dies Blog Hop.

Die-namites Blog Hop

We are so happy that you have chosen to join us!!!

Our blog hop will be from August 9th ~ August 11th.

Along the way, you will see creations by our Die~Namite Design Team using the LATEST release of Die~Namites Dies.

The Die~Namites Design Team Members will be sharing with you

how they made their pieces through video and picture tutorials.

Each of the Die~Namites Design Team Members

will have a secret word…..on their blogs.

Collect all the words, make sure to leave a little love,

to find the secret phrase this will give you one entry into our prize drawing. You will receive additional entries for Liking us on Facebook Signing up for Email Notifications.

 We will be awarding one Grand Prize of a $50 Gift Certificate to Die~Namites Dies and 5 ~ $10 Gift Certificates to Die~Namites Dies.

So enough about the logistics…. LET THE HOP BEGIN….

If you have arrived here from Lisa Tottle’s blog you are in the right place. If you have just arrived in the midst of our Blog Hop please head to the Die~Namites Blog.

Hope you enjoy the “Premiere” Die~Namites Dies Blog Hop!!!

Today I am sharing a quick Project Life weekly title card tutorial using the Flowering Branch Die as well as showing a few of the NEW Die-namites dies! Be sure you collect my secret word at the bottom of my post and leave a comment, I would also love if you would follow TheCraftyPickle as well so I can share even more Die-namite inspiration with you!

My secret word is:  IN

Thank you so much for stopping by TheCraftyPickle!


Now head on over to Dunja Dücker’s blog to continue the “Premiere” Die~Namites Blog Hop!!

Whimsical Twist Blog Hop! Water Park FUN!

Welcome to the Whimsical Twist Blog Hop!Welcome to Whimsical Twist’s first challenge! We thought it would be a lot of fun to also have a Blog Hop to celebrate our first challenge! How does that sound?

During the Hop you will be visiting blogs from several of our fabulous design team members. You will find so much inspiration on the way, that your head might explode!

The hop will start at the Whimsical Twist blog and end at Lisa Wilkinson’s blog. If you are just joining in, be sure to go to the Whimsical Twist blog to start. If you get lost along the way, just look at the list below to get you hopping in the right direction.

And you can’t have a Blog Hop without giveaways and this one is no different! In order to be entered into the giveaways, you will need to be sure you leave a comment on each blog on the hop. Whimsical Twist will also be giving away a $15 gift certificate to the shop to one random hopper! We will be announcing the winners of our giveaways on August 12th, so be sure to watch for the announcements.

Without further ado, let’s get this celebration started!

Our first challenge is inspired by summer! The photo below is our inspiration / mood board

Our inspiration board WhimsicalTwist.com

I knew the perfect photos I wanted to work with for this challenge. These are some water park photos I came across a few days ago with my boys, 4 years ago. It’s hard to believe these boys are going to be in 8th grade and a freshman in high school in just a couple of weeks!

Water Park Layout @thecraftypickle.com

I used papers from Elle’s Studio and Simple Stories for this layout. I added in some different washi tapes for the border on the side of the photos to tuck into.

Water Park Layout @TheCraftyPickle.com

Water Park Layout @TheCraftyPickle.com

All of the sticker letters and accent stickers are from Simple Stories as well. I added some Liquid Glass from CTMH for the letters spelling WATER to give it that wet look.

Water Park Layout @TheCraftyPickle.com

Water Park Layout @TheCraftyPickle.com

I misted the top left corner with Mister Huey’s in the color Desert over a mask and then I accented with some of the beautiful sequins you can find in the Whimsical Twist Shop. I also used a mask and some ink to create a bubble confetti background on the bottom using CTMH Lagoon ink and then layered with some of the same beautiful sequins from the shop. The two colors I used are Pineapple and Caribbean. I adore these beautiful sequins so much, I think I may even use them more than my enamel dots! To adhere the Sequins I used the same Liquid Glass that I used on the title letters.

Now for something a little fun! As I said before, you will see giveaways along your hop today. I am giving away a set of project life cards that I made especially for our giveaway! Below is a little peek at some of the cards included. I am also including a little bag of sequins, a sample of all the colors offered in the Whimsical Twist shop! All contained in this little 4×6 case perfect to use as a project life on the go or journaling kit for your purse! Make sure you comment on each of the blogs today in order for a chance to win!

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Thank you so much for visiting my blog! You should have arrived from Ashley Hamm‘s blog and now you are heading to Charissa Miller‘s blog, but if you get lost along the way, here is the hopping order.

Lisa Lahiff 

Alexandra Polyzou  

Sandi Pressley 

Amanda Johnson

Ashley Hamm 

Taniesa Vlasak  (you are here)

Charissa Miller  

Kimmie Rishebarger 

Sharm Nidyanandan 

Laurie Danielle 

Lisa Wilkinson 

Happy Hopping!


Watercolor your Wednesday!

Last weekend I had the privilege to attend a workshop taught by Studio Calico design team member, Shanna Noelle. Not only is she as sweet as she seems online, she’s a kind, funny, and very talented girl in person as well.

She shared her tips and tricks on using watercolors in your scrapbooking. Watercoloring is so on trend right now and I loved playing, mixing different colors, and seeing the effects that it can create on paper. It is really hard to pre-plan how this was going to go so I just started adding water, then paint, then more water and more paint. It really started coming together once the paint dried. For this layout I used  watercolor paint tubes and I mixed the white and green to get the aqua color I wanted.

Watercolor Wednesday @thecraftypickle.com

Once I had the color down and I was ready to embellish, I discovered a happy mistake. I went to color the wood veneer stars with watercolor but when I put it down on the paper it landed on the wrong side. When i lifted it up i saw it made a pretty watercolor stamped image of the star that I loved. So I began “stamping” with these watercolor painted wood veneer stars to make the background look more dreamy. I also took a clear outline star stamp and added that in a few places as well.  I added a bit of Mister Huey’s calico shine for some shimmer and accented with a glitter pen here and there. I also added the painted wood veneer stars I used to stamp with.

Watercolor Wednesday @thecraftypickle.com

The stamp phrase (from Lawn Fawn)  was the added little touch. After I stamped the phrase I took a light wash of the watercolor and painted around and in the letters of the phrase to make it melt into the layout more. I added a bit of star washi at the top of the photo and a shooting star at the bottom of the stamped phrase and left it alone after that. I love this photo of my little girl and really wanted it to take center stage.

Watercolor Wednesday @thecraftypickle.com

After having so much fun creating this layout in class I decided to play a bit more at home. I was thinking of ways that I might incorporate this into my project life and remembered that I had some 4×6 watercolor postcards! I got mine on Amazon but they are in most art supply stores. I played with some warm colors (red, oranges, yellows) to create a sunset look. This time I used the Peerless watercolor films which I LOVE! the color is so rich. I sprayed a fine mist of water on the paper before I started painting. I recommend picking up a water brush with these watercolor films to make painting even easier. After the watercolor dried, I lightly sprayed on some Mister Huey’s gold ink spray to give it more shimmer. The glitter sticker letters are from Pink Paisley and I cut out the sunrise word from my silhouette. This will make a perfect title card for my daughters Senior sunrise breakfast she had at the beginning of her senior year.

watercolor wednesday@thecraftypickle.comIf you have been afraid to try watercolors and painting in your scrapbooking in the past, give yourself permission to play. You will be happily surprised at the results!

If you haven’t heard, Shanna, along with a fabulous team of talented ladies are teaching a class called “Toolbox” over at Studio Calico in the month of August. There is also a great bunch of contributors to the class as well! I am determined to learn some digital scrapbooking techniques and this class has that and MUCH more. Check the class out HERE! You have until July 31st to sign up. I hope you’ll join me!

Thank you Shanna, for expanding my scrapbooking to include more watercoloring technique. I have a feeling I will be doing many more watercolor backgrounds in the future!

Happy Painting!

Working with a monthly scrapbooking Kit: featuring ScrapbookCircle.com

Hi Friends!

This month I was fortunate enough to win a NSD contest for one of Scrapbook Circle’s May kits. I won on instagram with my friend, Toni, who is also sharing her ideas and inspiration using this amazing kit on her blog today. Please visit her at Lifescrapbookrepeat.blogspot.com. You have to see what wonderful things she has created!

Here is a photo of the beautiful kit that we won.


This kit had wonderful papers from Elle Studio, Maggie Holmes, Amy Tan, Fancy Pants, Lily Bee, and Basic Gray. It included some pretty adorable embellishments as well. Those bows designed by Maggie Holmes were one of my favorites and I love the Lily Bee labels for project life! Want one for yourself? There are still some available at Scrapbook Circle. Just click HERE. Hurry as supplies are limited! The company owner, Lisa, can also hook you up with a subscription if you wish. Check out even more inspiration and ideas on the Scrapbook Circle facebook page HERE.

When I sat down to work with this kit I tried to limit myself from using other things that I had on hand. the things that I did add were: 1 sheet of white sticker letters from Basic gray, some various washi tape, Gold Mister Huey’s spray, various pens, ink and markers, various clear stamps, some sequins, cardstock in a few different colors, and my silhouette cameo. This really helped me stay focused on the projects I wanted to complete and saved so much time. Normally it takes me more time “shopping” my stash for the supplies I think I will use than actually doing the project. My goal with this kit? To complete one layout, one project life spread, and one card. And so, I started out on my mission on a peaceful mothers day weekend!

My first project was some snapshots I had of my daughters first ballet class. I knew when I saw the TuTu trim in the kit that these photos would work perfectly. The layout came together surprisingly quick! The background paper was not pink at all, it had a slight mint distressing around the edge. I took some distress ink in a rose shade to make it fit just a little better. I used glue strips to adhere and pleat the tutu trim and I altered the gray sticker letters slightly by outlining them and then using a glitter pen to give some sparkle. The journaling is inside the cute little bag.

Taegan's First Ballet Class-1

For my second project I tackled my week 17 photos for my project life album. The colors in the photos matched pretty well with the colors in the kit. For my title card I used the 12×12 sheet of paper included from Elle Studio. The top left corner had the layering look that I thought was ideal for a title card. I took a pencil and my old school lettering templates and lightly traced the letters for week. I then erased the lines so that I could barely see them and took my black journal pens in three different sizes and started dotting everything outside the letter. I spread the dots more and more as I moved away from the letter. The “seventeen” was white sticker letters from basic gray that I colored with a copic marker.

TItle card week 17 thecraftypickle.com

All of the larger letter stickers are the gray ones that were included in the kit, and the small letter stickers were the white that I added in. I altered the color as I needed to with my copics or another alcohol based marker. The tab stickers were perfect for little bits of journaling here and there. Proof that one can complete a project life layout with normal sized scrapbooking supplies.

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Now remember when I said I wanted to complete one card as well as the layout and project life spread? I thought that I would be making a card with the last little bits of the kit but it turned out that I had so much more to work with still. I created 4 cards! I am not much of a card maker so this was big for me. All cards that I made I put on white cardstock card bases.

Card assortment TheCraftyPickle.com

My first card is simple and sweet. A nice little thank you using three pieces of the paper included in the kit. I colored in my stamped image with a copic and then cut it out of the white cardstock. I attached it using pop dots to give it a bit of dimension.

Thank you card-TheCraftyPickle.com

My second card is father’s day inspired!I loved the green & blue print of the background and thought it fit a more masculine card. I used my silhouette for the title, the world, and the dad image outline. Notice his clothing? Yep, all little scrap pieces of paper that were in the kit and nothing else. was like coloring with paper and the end result is a fun whimsical card for Dad.

Best Dad Card-TheCraftyPickle.com

My third card was inspired by the floral paper, the pattern almost made me think of wallpaper. I popped some woodgrain washi on the bottom to mimic a table and cut out a vase and some flowers (all out of white cardstock) with my silhouette. I then went in with copic markers in complimentary colors as the background and colored in the different elements then I built my paper floral arrangement to the back of the vase die cut. The bow embellishment was the perfect touch and I added pop dots to the back of the flowers and vase. This card would be great for a birthday, thank you, mothers day, get well, or a “just because” card.

Floral side view-TheCraftyPickle.comFloral arangement card-TheCraftyPickle.com

By my 4th card I was starting to have less to play with so keeping things simple I made this card with a scrap of the star print paper and one of the little paper bags I had still. I stamped “You Rock” on white cardstock and colored in with a purple copic. I shaded using a gray copic and then bordered the white with some of the black zig zag patterned paper I still had. Added a few of those adorable little metal stars to tie in the star theme and popped in a iTunes gift card. This would make a good birthday, graduation, or other gift type of card.

you rock gift card-TheCraftyPickle.com

You know what else? I STILL had more supplies left. I cut all remaining paper down to 3×4 and or 4×6 to use in future project life layouts. I also integrated the few embellishments I had left over in their proper spot in my scrapbook room. Mission complete!

This is the first kit that I have used start to finish and I have to say that it was simple, fun and has changed how I will continue to scrapbook. Kits are a fabulous way to go if you get overwhelmed by all sorts of supplies like me. Joining a monthly kit club like Scrapbook Circle is a great way to keep up on the latest trends, However if that is not in your budget right now, consider putting together some kits of your own from supplies you already have on hand. How do you begin to put together your own kit? Check out this video by Glitter Girl on 2peas in a bucket. This has to be one of my most favorite videos she has done. She even has a PDF to assist you further. I have already began to assemble some of my older supplies into my own kits.You can also look at past kits that appeal to you of various kit clubs and try to copy them as close as you can. If you are a paper crafter on the go, this is perfect for when you are packing up for crop night!

I hope you enjoyed my start to finish with this kit. Don’t forget to stop by Toni’s blog HERE to see more ways you can use this kit. Here is a little sneak peek of what you will see 😉

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Toni's layout 1

Feedback from friends!


Today I would love to hear from YOU! A blog is not much of a blog without its readers, and I want to provide content you want to see and read. With that being said, I created a little poll that I would love if you would participate in. Additionally if you have an idea that is not apart of this poll and you would like to see featured on TheCraftyPickle.com then please leave a comment below.

Thank you so much for your imput and as always…

Happy Crafting!

*** Poll is closed, thanks for those that participated, Looks like this Pickle will be workin on some techy tutorials! stay tuned!***

Project life week 15&16

Hi Project lifers!

I just finished my week 15 and 16 a couple of days ago. I didn’t have a lot of photos for these two weeks because my daughter was sick. I decided to just do a two page spread for both weeks and call it complete!

week 15 16 Project life. TheCraftyPickle.com

A little bit of random things thrown in here and there for this spread. Here is a close up of the left side:

week 15/16 left side TheCraftypickle.com

And here is the right side:

week 15 16 right side TheCraftyPickle.com

I think the title card was most fun for me. I took watercolor paper and ran it though my silhouette cameo with the black sketch pen for the title. Then I took some water colors and just brushed around the edge in layers until I was happy with the overall look. I really wanted my title to pop and have dimension but I didn’t want to overdo it either. I took a set of close to my heart alcohol markers (similar to copics but not refillable) in the color Jasper (includes one light and one dark shade) I colored in the title, the lighter shade on top and darker on the bottom to give it a bit of an ombre look. I liked how it came out but it didn’t feel finished to me, so I took a cool gray copic sketch marker and marked the shadow of where the letters would be. I was surprised how doing so little popped the title so much. I am really glad I got over my fear of using these awesome markers! Another little thing I learned while working on this title card, was that my white water based sharpie marker works GREAT at covering little mistakes! I accidently stamped the wrong date (by the #16) so I marked over it once, let it dry, and did it again, let it dry and it was great to stamp again.

PL Title card for combo week spread. Watercolor and copics.

Later this week I will be posting some non-project life layouts that I was able to work on over the weekend and maybe a card project or two!

Till then…. Happy Crafting!

Project Life Week 13 and 14: Feeling a little bit colorful.

Happy National Papercrafting month!

This Saturday was National Scrapbook Day and I was fortunate enough to get a couple of weeks done in my project life album thanks to my sweet husband who kept all our kids busy.

WEEK 13:

I had in my head that I wanted to create a rainbow layout for my week thirteen. I had been thinking about it for a couple of weeks. When I went to print my photos I realized that I was going to need to put in an insert of some sort as I didn’t have quite enough room. I am pretty happy with how the monochromatic rainbow look came out.

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for the first page and half of the insert I did redish pink though lime green. For the Title card I used letter stickers by Amy Tangerine and I stamped and embossed the number 13. I felt it needed a bit more pop after embossing so I hand stitched around the numbers.



The second half was aqua though purple. I found that I was seriously lacking purple paper so I took some purple cardstock and stamped a cute arrow background with white ink. (every piece of patterned paper used in this week was all different, 19 different patterns!)



I was excited that I got to use my latest fab find, a cursive typewriter! I used it to make the “Father & Daughter” Tag.


WEEK 14:

For week 14 I didn’t have a ton of photos. My husband and I went out to dinner one night and I took a “to-go” menu when we left. I incorporated a lot of that into my layout, which made it more fun.



For the title card, I used a piece of cork paper. I pierced a hole and stuck part of a Doodlebug pushpin though a post-it-note type paper. The post-it was a sketch from the Silhouette online store as well as the letters. I LOVE using the sketch pens on the silhouette. I then took a piece of yellow lined scrapbook paper I had in my stash, used a notebook style border punch along the side and then crumpled the piece into a ball. I flattened it out and stamped the dates. I used a large silver brad to mimic the look of a thumb tack.



I used some basic gray and studio calico stamps for the title part of the card above and *gasp* my own writing. I am still having a hard time with journaling in my own writing and not using the computer all the time. However, I know my children will more than likely want to see moms writing over computer font’s in the future.

For the card below I edited a photo that didn’t come out so great but still wanted to use. I used a bokeh filter which made it look a little more dreamy. It worked out beings it was breakfast for the girls and light was spilling in from the window behind them (with both on their ipads no less LOL)DSC02141_edited-2

This next card was so FUN! I incorporated a QR code into the page so that it can be scanned and go to a video on YouTube of my niece chewing gum for the first time. Pretty funny stuff. No journaling could do that one justice. I see myself using these QR codes more often!


Whew! That’s all the photos I have for you today. I feel really good that I got a bit more caught up. I was also able to do a couple of cards and some pages in my December Daily album. It was a very busy yet productive weekend! I hope you all enjoyed your National Scrapbooking Day as well, no matter how you spent the day.

Happy Crafting!

Project Life Week 11 (St. Patricks Day week)

I am chugging right along, well slightly “behind” but not too much that I feel overwhelmed. Currently I am working on week 13 and a mini project as well that I am hoping to share this week but for today, week 11, St. Pattys week!

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It was a fairly normal, not much going on week so I picked a few things to spotlight that could really of fit in any week.

For my title card I did a few cuts on the Silhouette and kept it fairly simple. I stamped the dates in gold. I did add some glitter pen accents. My favorite glitter pens of all time are the Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pens. I usually have several of the clear star pens on hand as I use that one the most. It is perfect for adding a little (or a lot) of sparkle in just the right spot. If you haven’t checked out jetpens.com take some time out to peek at the wonderful pens they have. They offer pretty good pricing and fast shipping. I have always had awesome luck with them

week 11 title


Did I mention I love washi tape? 🙂 I included a little on this weeks layout and my favorite had to be the movie night card. The flim strip worked out perfectly.

I have been doing more and more cluster embellishing as well. I love the dimension it adds but not a ton of bulk. all of the stuff I layered was flat except the enamel dots…. Oh how I love those adorable enamel dots!

week 11 cluster


For an afternoon date my husband and I got pedicures. Was a nice treat beings that sandal weather is upon us again. I stamped “his” and “hers” in gold but I embossed the word pedicures in gold directly on my photo. I think it came out just right. If you do this you want to make sure that you are moving your heat gun around quickly as to not burn your photo.

For our little St. Pattys Day tradition the kids leave their shoes out the night before the 17th and the leprechaun comes and leaves treats in their shoes. This year Taegan got different kinds of gold wrapped candy and some gold $1 coins. She was a very happy girl!

week 11 leprecaun loot


Because I didn’t have a ton of photos I did add in a few things to fill in the spots. A homework photo of my daughter doing her normal homework routine. A photo of a popular show that my middle son and I watch together faithfully, and a week in review which I don’t do often. I think that is always great to have some photos or ideas of things that you can fill in the gaps for those weeks when you are just a few photos shy of a two page layout.

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend!

Happy Crafting!

Project Life: Week 8

For this week’s PL spread I tried to stick to just the Studio Calico Feb. Project Life kit however a few pieces of the Doodlebug papers from their “Take Note” collection sneaked their way into my album. I couldn’t help myself, I love those bright colors and they were prefect for my middle son’s birthday! I can’t believe he’s 13 already *Sad Face*

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See what I mean, Bright and cheery and FUN! I got the 6×6 paper pad from TwoPeasInABucket

week 8 2This card came from the Studio Calico PL Feb kit, I was going to use it for week 7 but it was a bit too dark for the layout I had. I like the contrast of the dark woodgrain to the bright color around the title card. I stamped the “happy birthday” phrase as well as the dates in CTMH “White Daisy” ink. This was my first time using this particular white ink pad and I was really pleased, Going to have to try it on some chalkboard paper next I think!

week 8 1

I had a few little photos that I wanted to include but did not want them to take center stage of my layout. I used my “PicFrame” app on my iPhone to create this little collage of photos then numbered them using the Sn@p sticker letters in aqua. I stamped the numbers and wrote in the description of each photo. Short and sweet. I am not fond of my handwriting but I do like that it is fast and easy and I had too many weeks to catch up on to spend time fiddling with the computer.

week 8 side 2To write on my photos I use a slick writer. I LOVE these pens and recommend any project lifer have this in her toolbox. I used the black pen here but the Amy Tangerine color slick writers are so pretty as well.

week 8 3

Does he look sick to you? Me neither! I don’t get many photos of my teenagers so this one was definitely going in the book! Again, I used the slick writer fine point on this photo as well.

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I am in love with cluster embellishing lately. Its so much fun to dig around in my little bowl of snippets and whatnots to put together an adorable card.

week 8 6

You can probably tell how much I love little sticker alphas throughout this layout. All the sticker letters used are exclusive from studio calico kits over the last three months. The little derby car is a download from the silhouette store.

So there is week 8 all wrapped up! I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. Week 9 and 10 coming soon!

Happy Crafting!