Tuesday, 27 December 2016

A2Z Scraplets - December challenge

Hello again, 
It's been awhile since I've participated in the 
A2Z Scraplets challenge
...so I thought I should give it a go this month

This is the Inspiration board

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Snakes, Ladders, Red, Blue, Green, Yellow..
and this is what I did - -

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I had purchased a set of Nesting Stars awhile ago, thinking I would use them in something 'Christmas'...
but no, I came across a photo of my brother and his wife when we went to the EKKA a couple of years ago - I think it was Scott's 'blue shirt', Susanne's 'red shirt' and the dagwood dog is kind of 'yellow' and I figured the 'snakes and ladders' element from the mood board reminds me of 'Games and fun etc' which is what the EKKA is all about!!

I started by adhering the largest star in the centre and randomly covered it with crackle paint, and repeated this with the 2nd star in yellow crackle paint. The next star was simply inked in red. The photo trimmed down to 10x10cm and framed with a black star.
Embellished with a Heidi Swapp banner, sprayed with Kaisermist in Yellow, A Charms Creations red heart, a little spiky red flower from The Resin Rainbow(reminded me of the fireworks), a little blue peg, spotty bow and not much else - title is some stash Thickers!

Thanks for visiting,
Alison x

Monday, 26 December 2016

More than Words - mini Challenge

Did you see the 
More than Words
Mini Challenge?

It's easy..
just use the word 
on a card, ATC or tag

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I have a friend, Joy who has a birthday coming up...
A Birthday card 
Best Wishes Joy

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I've mixed a few different chipboard brands - I know! a bit naughty? lol - 
The Tag and 'Best Wishes' are Scrpamatts
The 2 leafy corners are The Dusty Attic
The beautiful Hot pink bloom is from The Vintage Chicks Club
The circle diecut a gift from my friend Lynn - Thank you!!
A couple of mini purple buds from Bella Paperie
A few leftover Prima bubbly sprigs
and a couple of Kelly-ann's Butterflies!!

Thanks for making it to the end,
Alison xx

Sketchy Boards challenge - December

Hello again,
Wasn't sure I was going to make the deadline for the 
Sketchy Boards challenge
for December...
but I squeezed in a 
Masculine card
for a birthday coming up!

The Mood Board looks like this - 

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and the Sketch like this - 

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And my CARD like this - 

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...have a Four year old in mind... did you see the IV on the side with the resin pieces from The Resin Rainbow? How cute is that car!!
The tag, Kite & Happy Birthday are from Scrapmatt's.
A little squirt of Kaisermist on the background - a little ink on the tag and kite too - the sentiment inked in gold...along with a bit of a swipe around the edges of everything.
Finished embellishing with some of Finnabairs metal elements, some random buttons and a few old brads too!

It's good to get started on the Birthday card stash,
Alison xx

Kaisercraft December challenge

I LOVE Kaisercraft!!
Always have...
Always will...

The December challenge is full of the most glorious traditional reds and greens - this means Christmas to me!!


Love your Merry Christmas Face

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I thought instead of creating with traditional colours and patterned papers, I would grab a 'used all the letters' in a large 12x12" chipboard Alpha sheet - sprayed it  with KaiserMists in 'Lime' and ' Red' - adhered this over a sheet of black cardstock (to indicate waking up in the morning? lol) I had added strips of Kaisercraft 'washi' Printed Tape in a green pattern, along with some random misting in 'White', Kaisercraft of course! Olive and Lipstick swiped randomly around the edges.
Stapled a few pieces of White Lace (EM926) - a random paper doiley - swiped the Sleigh (FL362) in the leftover mist from the chipboard sheet - Inked the LOVE (from FL461 Love, Peace, Joy) in Lipstick ink - added a F664 Paper Blooms in 'Fire Red', F650 Mini Paper Blooms in 'Honey' and F669 Mini Paper Blooms in ' Fire Red' and my last Em945 Crochet Doiley!!
Photo in a frame and Merry Christmas from the clear sticker range - such a versatile range. 'Your' and 'face' from the Alpha stickers.

ALL Kaisercraft products... but probably not in a way you were thinking?

Little Emily waking up on Christmas morning, always something to document and remember!!
Alison xx

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Kraft Plus - December challenge

a little hectic with the shopping,
day to day living
so it is important to stop..
and take a little time to remember
why we scrapbook
who will look through the albums
will someone be interested to know that we lived in
Boyne Island for 3 years - we bought a brand new home -  
We would swim at the beach after school most days
we grew vegetables
we have lovely memories!!

The inspiration board for the Kraft Plus challenge this month is -

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I found a couple of our 'work in progress' shots of the garden,
and my favourite chair too

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I was pleased to fit 2 larger of my favourite chair and the waterfall we created with a pond for the frogs - and 2 smaller photos to highlight our vege garden.
Flowers were part of the Southside Stampers camp last August - some lovely ladies hand made about a dozen pieces for each lady... how good!!
Simply inked 'black' the 3 Scrapmatts arrows and did a little stencilling with the black ink to.
When we drive up the coast we always call into see how the garden has grown - we planted everything... down to the grass!!
Alison xx

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Get Crafty - December challenge

My lovely friends Jody, Tracey and Vicki have a new Facebook Group called
Get Crafty
there will be crop days, challenges and more in 2017 
super exciting!!

The December challenge is
an Inspiration picture
and Colours too!!
Berry, Tangerine, Chocolate and Teal - unusual combination?

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I picked up some lovely feather chipboards from Scrapmatts when they were in town for Craft Alive in November and Triple Treat in December, not sure I had an exact plan at the time... just like feathers? lol
But, when I saw the dreamcatcher image in the photo with those on trend colours, I had an idea...

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When I was looking through my stash of Scrapmatts it occured to me the top of this COULD be a dreamcatcher.... well, it could -

So I snipped off the semi circle and used the strips to add more to the dreamcatcher part, using twine to attach or a little authenticity!!
A little washi tape behind in co-ordinating colours,

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The feathers were -
Misted, added Crackle paint, Alcohol inks, reinkers, Izinks,
just about anything that was in these colours?

Then sprinkled some Flower soft and Prills and let it all dry!!

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Then just adhered all of those feathers - largest to smallest - so they looked like they were flowing down...
and added some more sprinkles with the mist...and,


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Photo is our son Tim, a few years ago... he is still at Uni - layout created to remind him to keep his DREAM big and keep working towards it - we will always be proud of him!!
Alison xx

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Dusty Attic - December challenge

Wow DECEMBER is here and already half to Christmas!!
I haven't crafted for a few weeks...
I have cleaned my room so am ready to go -
I saw a beautiful layout on the Dusty Attic FB page, 
and the Mood Board this month has the most glorious dark tones,
so I gathered some chipboard and created a layout


I took inspiration from.... just about everything in the photo!!


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I had some leftover scraps from a class I did with Natalie May at Seriously Scrapbooking - Bo Bunny 'Beautiful Dreamer' collection - the papers have the most divine shade of 'purple' so I fussy cut a couple of pieces to add to the layering.

Dusty Attic chipboard pieces
 - layered swirl Frame 2
- Hinges                      
- Mini Words #3          
- Brick Wall panel      

Added some 'Concrete paint' to the Brick Wall Panel, and proceeded to remove most of the bricks so I could continue the pattern - the paint is very realistic and they actually 'feel' like concrete, how cool is that (Paint available at Tj's Scrapping with Style)
The Frame and Hinge have Distress Paint and Kaisercraft mist in 'Blackberry' to colour - and the gold is from a Posca pen!!
A couple of the flowers were part of the Goody Bag at the Southside Stampers Retreat last August (Thank you for saving me time to make my own!!) I did alter them a little with some mist?
A couple of resin leaves from The Resin Rainbow..

Photo is my Mum as a child, I'm going to frame it for Christmas!!
Alison xx

Kelly-Ann's Saturday Sketch #1

I totally ran out of days in November to participate so I'm making sure I get a layout done for December...
I chose Sketch #1

In November Aunty Sandra, Phillipa and I had an amazing experience at 'The Faeries Tea Party' in Lollipop Land

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I picked some cardstock and ONE sheet of Prima patterned paper, a couple of flowers from the collection, some Thickers and of course, some 'Christmas' Butterflies!! Kelly-ann said they are perfect for any page, and I found these colours matched the papers perfectly!!

Yes, that is a giant Polar Bear we are posing with... do you BEElieve?
Alison xx

White with One - Green Flash

For those playing along quite regularly, 
you will know one of my favourite colours is


and especially this fresh tone

Green Flash

It is also the Pantone colour for 2017 - hooray!!
I received my resins from The Resin Rainbow - Thank you Janet!!
...and then gathered some bits and pieces

A new passport for Christmas?

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Starting with a sheet of white, I misted the centre and tipped towards the outside for a little drippage - Kaisercraft 'Lime' - then started stamping with an old Darkroom Door Christmas set (the swirly words are so cute) - The fabulous resins from The Resin Rainbow with some Imaginarium Designs Stars (sprayed with white gesso)  - added a green flower for the girls, a couple of doily frames and of course - a couple of Sharon Pick's green crystal stems to finish!!

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Can you see the clear Christmas tree? It has green micro beads inside the resin... how cool is that!! Love the way Janet is always thinking of new 'resin' ideas!!

Our children all had to update their passports for a January trip - Tim received great marks and is going into his final year at Uni - Emily has some plans for 2017 - Katelyn going into Senior High school - we love to spend time together as a family!!

Extra passport photo supplied under duress!! lol
Alison xx

Scrapping Outback - December challenge

November disappeared in a flurry of 
Adelaide Adventures
Glisten at Bella Paperie
Triple Treat - Scrapmatts
so it was lucky I did my November entry early in the month..

Even though it is a crazy festive season,
I wasn't going to miss the last 
Scrapping Outback challenge of 2016
especially as it's all about GOLD

and my family is GOLD!!

Create a layout inspired by ALL the colours in this photo and you MUST USE AT LEAST ONE PIECE OF CHIPBOARD (as Scrapping Outback is known for ALL its Chippie)

Photo is just a few years ago...


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I started with a sheet of white cardstock (as per the rules) -
I had an old jar of Distress crackle which is a bit sad, I know, so I smeared it through the centre section in vertical stripes.
Chose some lovely pieces of Imaginarium Designs chipboards - Denise's Fern Flourish, Mini Cogs etc and inked them GOLD - 
I misted the vertical strip with Tattered Angels 'Mustard Seed' which is almost gold, through the Jamie Dougherty 'Spotty Diamond' stencil.
Stamped a few 'Indigo Blu' "Industrial Lamps" for some dangly bits and stamped a few extras of the chain!!
A little torn strip of Cocoa Vanilla Gold spot vellum at the top and bottom.
A Prima tag holds the two family photos and some flowers to cluster and then a sprinkle of Cocoa Vanilla Studios epoxy dots in gold to finish.

Good luck to all who enter the Scrapping Outback December challenge!!
Alison xx

Monday, 12 December 2016

D-lish Scraps - Triple Treat exclusive kit

How fabulous is Amanda of
yes, I know... I think she is too!!
She has taught a fantastic class at
Workshop Wonders
and at the Triple Treat - Scrapmatts event
Sunday 4th 2016
She had a table laden with all the cute stuff
AND, she made an exclusive kit especially for the ladies who attended
So, of course, I purchased one for $10 - Bargain!!
Gifted one to my friend Novita too - to see what she would do with those matching embellishments?
this is what I created - 

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Had some left over 'Cocoa Vanilla Studio' scraps from Belinda Spencer's class (An Awesome Adventure in Adelaide with Alison) so put them to good use... and they were a lovely match for the pinks, yellows and green from the D-Lish Scraps pack - perfect!!

Did a little stamping with a Darkroom Door stamp and Fucshia Stazon - splattered some Kaisercraft mists (Candy, Yellow and Lime) - added a couple of Kelly-ann's butterflies in the lovely lime colour - even added the twine which tied the pack together!!

Photo is our Emily, many years ago... she had the longest ringlets when she was small and such a sweet face!!
Alison xx

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Sketchy Boards challenge - November

Did you see what the 

SKETCHY BOARDS Challenge is for November?

These fresh and funky colours

and this sketch

and this is my entry...

Last Photo of my Grandma xx

A charms Creation Hessian Pink heart seemed to add a softness,
A little stencilling work in the background with a NEW stencil from The Stencil Hut
and a flair too

I created the 'banners' from Imaginarium Designs Chipboard pieces - Corners, Nat's Hearts, Mini Cogs, and a fancy round piece I snipped off sections (still have half for some other time? lol)
Coloured with Tim Holtz Distress Crayons
A sprinkling of Prima flowers too!!

Title is Imaginarium Designs chipboard
The black flourish piece from The Resin Rainbow
The epoxy dots from Cocoa Vanilla
and a cute butterfly from Kelly-ann... perfect!!

Photo is the last one taken of Dad's Mum, Granny at Katelyn's 2nd birthday party, she fell over and bumped her head a couple of days after - a tragic accident - she had a Breast removed, a Pacemaker installed, a terrible case of shingles and lost Pop all in the previous 5 years... we just never know when it is our time!!
Alison xx

Friday, 4 November 2016

Scrapping Outback - November challenge

It's November... hooray!!
With a new month comes new challenges... hooray!!

I ran out of spare time in October to get my entry in at
Scrapping Outback 
so, I'm in early for November!!

The Inspiration picture is this

and the rules are to have WHITE cardstock (I used an A4 of glossy) and CHIPBOARD (Heaps of Scrapmatts chipboard)

I prepped the Hot Air Balloons with the Anna Griffin 'Acrylic Gesso' so when they were sprayed with the Prima Colour Bloom, Kaisercraft and Distress mists the colours are variegated - its a great finish!!

A Charms Creation Cloud, Scrapmatts title and heaps of resin from The Resin Rainbow!!

and a cute little butterfly from Kelly-Ann!!

Photo of our 3 children at Boyne Island Primary school - Katelyn started Grade One before we moved to Darwin for 12months and NT said she had to do Transition as her birthday is in August - Emily went on to Grade 3... she is a May baby - and our son Tim completed Grade 7 in Darwin before we returned to Brisbane for him to start High School. 

Still plenty of time to get your entry in too!!
Alison xx

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Happy Memories Layout - Couture Creations DT

Hello everyone!!
I'm back to share another project with you, this time with browns, creams and black...
Yes, the Ooh Lala collection
Are you loving the tones and images from the 
Ooh Lala collection? 

Trim your patterned paper ULT157634 Florals in Chocolate to 30x30cm and then layer ULT157621 Chocolate Swirls by trimming an inch off the top - ULT157622 Patterned in Gold is trimmed to 10 inches by 30cm.
The Ooh Lala collection has a Ribbon and Lace pack ULT1576396 - a strip has been tucked under the paper, after some distressing - top and bottom.
If you have a fancy circle cutter, cut a circle from ULT157618 Gold, Silver, Bronze - alternatively trace a paper plate and trim around. I gathered some brown tissue or pattern tissue around the edge of the circle, trimming one side and mounted the piece on some 'scrap' left from the Foam Dots (nothing is wasted) the part of the circle which was trrimmed was then adhered to the right hand side.
I love to fussy cut, the ULT157617 Butterflies and Lace and the little leaves from ULT157614 Florals in Chocolate - clustering pieces in with some of the flowers

Colouring the flowers with the Anna Griffin Pigment Powders (see previous blog post if you'd like to make them into 'water colours')
Such delicate leaves!!
The 3mm Duo Pearls ULT157655 have both a chocolate brown and a creamy colour included which makes it easy to add a couple here and there.

Did you see that super cute heart shaped doiley? 
ULT157630 Paper Doily Set - Hearts
I think every project NEEDS one of these... don't you?
ps, you get 25 in a packet - bargain!!

Products -

Did you see that beautiful Imaginarium Designs Chipboard title - Happy Memories
 - I won that in a challenge!! 
Thank you so much for visiting,
Alison x

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Sketchy Boards challenge - October

It's been awhile since I participated in the
Sketchy Boards challenge....

The October inspiration picture has soft golds, cream and greens - so pretty!

and the Sketch 

so, I put and little of this and a little of that
and this...

Started with a sheet of Prima 'Rossibelle' order from Craft Giraffe - the Ultimate Crafts cream cardstock was tilted as per the sketch - photo mounted onto paper saved from the middle and extra tags made too - die  cut tassel handmade by Shaneen -  Prima flowers from 'Rossibelle' and also a 'Sweet Peppermint' - Chipboard title and feather from Imaginarium Designs 'You are amazing' inked roughly in black and then roughly coverd with Glossy Accents... looks nifty! A flair won in a prize from Funky Flair Studio and some die cuts too!!

Photo is ALMOST 25 years old - 1st February - and is me with one of my Bridesmaids Rachel!!
Alison xx

Friday, 14 October 2016

White with One challenge - Cayenne

Hello October
ooh a bright, happy and hot colour!!

Of course, I started with Janet's resins from
The Resin Rainbow

Started with a sheet of Ultimate Crafts 'Snow White' and adhere a little music print tissue in a vertical design - splattered some 'Cayenne' shades of inks - found the middle and adhered the resin strips vertically - added all the SHAPCHAT photos in a grid like pattern and finished embellishing with some more Resins, die cuts, and Blue Fern Studios 'heart' and 'keys' inked with a combination of orange and red - easy!!

Our teen girls are always laughing about the Snapchat filters and will randomly say 'Mum' and snap a photo of me too... they laugh a lot more at my filters!!
Alison xx

Monday, 10 October 2016

Season's Greeting, Be Merry and Bright with some Anna Griffin too!!

Hello everyone!!

Thank you for coming to see what I've been up too ;)
I have been having a bit of fun with the new collections for 

Couture Creations 
and Ultimate Crafts

So many papers, and decorative dies ..

I started with some projects with the recently released

Seasons Greetings  collection

Recycled project, Battery tealight 'Luminary'

I go through Quick Release paper by the box so I figured I would put the BOX to good use too!
I die cut the 'Fireplace' , adhered Acetate behind the die and coloured with 'Liquid Drops 3d Pearls'
Just remember to leave a hole to turn the candle off and on!

- ULT157660 12x12" Paper pad 
- ULT157699 Fireplace Impression Die
- CO724603 Acetate sheets
- CO724945 Merry Layered Stars Set (Be Merry collection)
- CO724633 'Snow White' 3mm Pearls (??)
- ULT157649 'Pharaoh' Liquid Drops 3d Pearls
- ULT157645 'Cottonball' Liquid Drops 3d Pearls
- ULT157650 'Buttercup' Liquid Drops 3d Pearls
- ULT157157659 'Rouge' Liquid Drops 3d Pearls
- ULT157149T - Quick Release Die Paper (Empty box)
- CO724916 Specialty Paper - Cream swirl

Special Moments layout

I little fussy cutting for the border strips - fun!!
Some easy clustering of the flowers in the collection - 
The title is Silver glitter, but you can colour it what suits?
A couple of cute Imaginarium Designs chipboard Reindeer!!

Special Moments Layout
-  ULT157660 12x12" Paper Pad
- ULT157666 Mixed Primrose flowers 12pcs
- ULT157664 Poinsettia Duo 2pcs
- ULT157663 Large mixed Poinsettia 4pcs
- ULT157665 Small mixed Poinsettia 7pcs
- ULT157662 Cardmakers Companion 26pcs
- CO724924 Chipboard words 11pcs
- CO724641 'Grass Green' 3mm Pearls
- CO724642 'Emerald Green' 3mm Pearls

Merry Christmas layout

Just a simple design with the Metallic Daisies
and a little fussy cutting on the strips!!

Merry Christmas layout
- ULT157660 12x12" Paper Pad
- ULT157683 'Merry Christmas Swirls' Impression Die
- ULT157667 Mixed ferns 5pcs
- ULT157668 Mixed metallic daisies 8pcs
- CO724928 Christmas Threads 
- CO724883 'Quatrefoil' Stencil - Anna Griffin
- CO724644 'Glamorous Gold 3mm Pearls
- CO724870 Embossing Paste white FInish - Anna Griffin

Family Love layout

Ok, if you don't LOVE fussy cutting you might need to think of a different border, 
lucky I really enjoy it!!
The 'Wild Branches and Pinecones' die set is really lovely!!

Family Love Layout
- ULT157660 12x12" Paper Pad
- ULT157693 'Wild Branches and Pinecones' Impression Die
- CO724924 Chipboards Words 11pcs
- CO724930 'Merry Stars Assortment' Anna Griffin
- CO724870 Embossing Paste white finish - Anna Griffin
- CO724641 'Grass Green' 3mm Pearls
- CO724642 'Emerald Green' 3mm Pearls

Grandpa layout

ALL the RED flowers are QUILLED - yes, so easy when the kit contains strips and a tool too!!

Grandpa layout
- ULT157660 112x12" Paper Pad
- ULT157666 Mixed Primrose Flowers 12pcs
- ULT157664 Poinsettia Duo 2pcs
- ULT157663 Large mixed Poinsettia 4pcs
- ULT157665 Small mixed Poinsettia 7pcs
- ULT157671 Christmas Floral Rolling Trims 16pcs inc tool
- ULT20001 'Snow White' cardstock

'Be Merry and Bright'  Advent Calendar

I've used all white matchboxes but you could used printed ones and cover them all with patterned paper - you could even die cut some cute boxes, envelopes or containers to add some small gifts or sweets too! Remember when you adhere them to a back board you need to be able to open them to put the gifts in and to get them out too!! 

Be Merry collection
Advent calendar (with candy?)
- CO724920 12x12" Paper Pad "Be Merry and Bright"
- CO724922 Diecut Ephemera set
- CO724945 Merry Layered Stars set - Impression die
- CO724927 3mm Duo Gems


Mixed a little Pigments powder with the Embossing Paste - you can add a couple of colours to get the tone you need - the Paste dries super quick!!
The 3d stars are easy - just fold in half at each point, then mountain/valley - 
I picked out all the pretty purpley pinks from the collection!!

Sparkle layout
- Co724920 12x12" Paper Pad "Be Merry and Bright"
- CO724924 Chipboard words
- CO724883 'Quatrefoil' stencil - Anna Griffin
- CO724870 Embossing Paste white finish - Anna Griffin
- CO724866 Mix & Match Pigments - Anna Griffin 
- CO724927 3mm Duo Gems

Enjoy canvas

The Anna Griffin Mixed Media collection has so many lovely colours and mediums included in the range, there really is something for everyone!!

Canvas 'Enjoy'
- CO724924 Chipboard Words
- ULT157631 'Starry Mosaic' Background Textures 2 Stamp
- CO724883 'Quatrefoil' Anna Griffin Stencil
- CO724888 'Secret Garden' Anna Griffin Stencil
- CO724870 Embossing Paste whiter finish
- CO724866 Mix & Match Pigments
- CO724299 Beaded satin bloom
- CO724298 Camden beaded cottage flower
- CO724294 Tie dyed & Jewelled florettes 4cm

If you have any questions just leave a comment and I can reply - 
Alison xx