Altenew Educator “For the Love of Flowers” Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway

Featuring Altenew’s Rose Flurries 3D Dies

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Hello, and welcome to Treasures In Letters. My name is Patty and if you are following along with the blog hop, then you would have arrived from Rosie Neustaedter’s page. I hope you have been enjoying the blog hop so far.

I was part of the very first set of students in Altenew’s Educator Certificate Program and I really enjoyed the challenge to increase my card making skills as well as to think “out of the box” using my stamps and dies. My entry into today’s hop is an example of that. I decided to make some home decor wall hangings for my entry, using Altenew’s Rose Flurries 3D Dies and Calligraphy Alpha Dies. I’ve got them hanging in our sunroom beckoning for springtime.

All the lettering is from Altenew’s Calligraphy Alpha Dies, cut 5 times and layered for depth.

Before I share about my blog hop entry, I just want to share that the AECP has been instrumental in building a strong foundation of resources that I can come back to over and over again for inspiration, direction, and instruction, as well as a wonderful support system and Facebook community to share ideas and ask questions. I really appreciate how Altenew is continually finding new ways to help the Educators use their skills and talents to reach out to their communities and to feel that they are a part of the Altenew family.

Altenew’s Wavy Grid Stencil and Limestone ink was used in the background of this wall plaque.

In preparing for this blog hop, I made close to 100 3D flowers in different colors and sizes and over 70 leaf sprays, so that I would have lots to choose from once I started making my projects. Rather than using colored card stock, each flower layer was first stamped out using a foam stamp that I made by die cutting the different shapes using the 3D dies. Each flower layer was then die cut and highlighted with a bit of white pigment ink and/or a deeper Altenew color than its original color, to add depth to the flowers. As you can imagine, it was a lot of work but I have lots of leftovers that I can use to make cards with now. ๐Ÿ™‚

Altenew’s Leaves and Berries Stencil and Limestone ink was used to make a background for this wall plaque.
Each plaque has 3 layers to add depth and texture. The first layer is the leaves, the second layer consists of some of the flowers with foam tape on the back of them and the third layer is made up of some of the flowers with double layers of foam tape.
Hanging in my sunroom making me look forward to springtime.

What’s a blog hop without a card? I had fun making this one! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Altenew’s Rustic Linen Stamp and Limestone Ink were used for the background on this card and their new Mod Vases Stamp & Dies.

I hope you enjoyed my projects. Below are the supplies I used and prize information.

SUPPLIES: Altenew Rose Flurries 3D Die Set, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Green Fields, Sweet Dreams, Tea Party, Rose Petal, Pocketful of Sunshine, Warm and Cozy, Enchanted Garden, Green Valley, Cherry Blossom, Tropical Forest, Golden Sunset, Caribbean Sky, Persian Blue, Limestone, Obsidian Pigment Ink, Embossing Ink, Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, Calligraphy Alpha Dies, Wavy Grid Stencil, Leaves & Berries Stencil, Parlor Palm Die Set, Mod Vases Stamp and Die Set, Peony Spray Stamp Set, Rustic Linen Stamp Set, Craft Foam, Blending Brushes.

PRIZE INFO.: Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners! Please leave a comment here on the Altenew Card Blog by 3/11/2020 for a chance to win. Weโ€™ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designerโ€™s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on 3/14/2020.

Thereโ€™s MORE! We will pick 2 of our favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party and they will each receive a $15 gift certificate to our store!

SPECIAL OFFER: Save 15% off on ALL Stamp & Die Bundles from 3/5/2020 at 12:01 AM EST until 3/6/2020 at 11:59 PM EST. No code needed to enjoy this sale! Not valid on previous purchases. Excludes February 2020 release products.

SHOP HERE: https://altenew.com/collections/stamp-die-bundles

Your next stop is: Helen Kalb

Blog Hop Order:

Altenew Card Blog

Michelle Ochoa Murray

Nandini Karmarkar

Terri Marie Koszler 

Irina Fonina

Amy Hill

Vicki Finger

Laurel Beard

Teri Stokes

Neha Aggarwal

Nenette S. Madero

Nancy McClelland

Eva Bussom 

Amber Rain Davis

Rosie Neustaedter

Patty Mello

Helen Kalb

Teri Wilson

Christine Pennington

Maryam Sharara 

Nicole Watt 

Virginia Lu

Congratulations: You Are The Best

Altenew Wonderful Wreath Stencil

Hello everyone and welcome back to Treasures In Letters. It has been a long while since I’ve blogged because I enjoy making the cards so much that I just don’t stop to post them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Last Fall, Altenew released some new stencils and this Wonderful Wreath Stencil is one of them. I hope you like it. Have a wonderful day!! Happy Leap Day!

Supplies: Altenew Wonderful Wreath Stencil, Altenew Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink, Altenew Evergreen dye ink, Altenew Morning Frost dye ink, Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder, Altenew Embossing Ink, Simon Says Stamp You Matter background stamp, Altenew Wild Ferns Stamp Set (sentiment), Altenew Leaf Canopy Stamp Set (sentiment).

How to make it: Begin by stamping the Simon Says Stamp, You Matter background onto a piece of Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #80 card stock. I started with a 5.5 x 5.5″ piece and then cut it down. Using a pencil draw a light line down the center of the card on both sides so that you can see the center of your card stock easily. (You do not have to do this step). Place your stencil on the stamped background so that the outside edge of the wreath is going through the center of your card stock piece (pencil lines come in handy here). Using the Altenew Evergreen Ink and a blender brush, stencil the wreath over the stamped background. While the ink sets and dries, rinse off your stencil and dry it well. Turning the stencil in the opposite direction (so that the leaves are going opposite the way you just stenciled them) overlap the green leaves, and stencil with Altenew Enchanted Gold using a blender brush. Pigment ink takes a little longer to dry so set it aside while you work on the sentiments. On a scrap piece of white Neenah card stock, smear evergreen ink to make matching card stock to stamp with your sentiment. Once it is dry, stamp the evergreen card stock with your sentiment using Altenew embossing ink. Sprinkle Altenew Pure White embossing powder over the sentiments. Heat set and trim. To make the matching borders use 2 pieces of white Neenah #80 card stock and smear the outer edges of each card stock; one with evergreen ink and one with enchanted gold ink. Mount the sentiments with foam tape.

Below you will find links to the supplies used to create this project. Click the icon for the store underneath the thumbnails to start shopping. Where available I use compensated affiliate links at no extra cost to you. Your support helps me to keep bringing you new projects. Thank you so much.

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Altenew Wonderful Wreath Stencil
Altenew Wonderful Wreath Stencil
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Altenew Crisp Dye Ink: Morning Frost
Altenew Crisp Dye Ink: Morning Frost
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Altenew Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink
Altenew Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink
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Altenew Evergreen Ink
Altenew Evergreen Ink
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Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder
Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder
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Foam Tape
Foam Tape
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Altenew Wild Ferns Stamp Set
Altenew Wild Ferns Stamp Set
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Altenew Leaf Canopy Stamp Set
Altenew Leaf Canopy Stamp Set
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“Caring Thoughts” Cards

Altenew Inks and Leaf Clusters Stamp Set

Hello All! Today I have a collection of ten cards that I made for my church. Every card starts out the same way, with a background stamped using the Altenew Leaf Clusters Stamp Set and Altenew Inks, but then the fun begins…because every card is finished in a different way. Some are simple and some have more details but each one is beautiful and will be a welcome sight to someone who needs an encouraging word.

Base Supplies in all the cards: Altenew Leaf Clusters Stamp Set, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Morning Frost, Firefly, Shadow Creek, Grass Field, and Jet Black.

All other supplies: Altenew Thinking of You Stamp Set, Altenew Fine Frames Cover Die, Altenew Pinstripe Stamp, Altenew Halftone Squares Die, Altenew Wishing You Stamp, Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder, Altenew Layered Medallion Cover Die A, Rubbernecker Stamps With Deepest Sympathy, Simon Says Stamp Wonky Rectangle Die, Craft Foam, Foam Tape, Black Card Stock, Versamark Ink, Lawn Fawn Stitched Windy Backdrop Die, Sizzix Stitched Rectangle Die, clear flat sequins, and clear sequins.

Below is a list of the products I used in my card today. I am still new at all of this so bare with me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Click on the links to go directly to the product. Where available, I use compensated affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase, receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support!

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Altenew Crisp Dye Ink: Morning Frost
Altenew Crisp Dye Ink: Morning Frost
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Altenew Leaf Clusters Stamp & Die
Altenew Leaf Clusters Stamp & Die
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Altenew Green Valley Mini Cube Set
Altenew Green Valley Mini Cube Set
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Altenew Thinking Of You Stamp

Altenew Thinking Of You Stamp
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Altenew Wishing You Stamp

Altenew Wishing You Stamp
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Altenew Jet Black Ink

Altenew Jet Black Ink
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Altenew Half Tone Squares Die

Altenew Half Tone Squares Die
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Lawn Fawn Stitched Windy Backdrop

Lawn Fawn Stitched Windy Backdrop
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Sizzix Stitched Rectangle Die

Sizzix Stitched Rectangle Die
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Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder

Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder
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Altenew Fine Frames Cover Die

Altenew Fine Frames Cover Die
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Versamark Ink

Versamark Ink
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Altenew Layered Medallions Cover Die A

Altenew Layered Medallions Cover Die A
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Altenew Pinstripe Stamp

Altenew Pinstripe Stamp
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Altenew Educator “Love & Friendship” Blog Hop + Giveaway

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Welcome to Treasures In Letters! My name is Patty and I am so glad you stopped by for the Altenew Educator “Love & Friendship” Blog Hop + Giveaway. I hope you are having a great summer filled with fun, family and friends. If you have been following along, you have just arrived from Francine Dodwell. (If you find a broken link, you’ll find a master list of the hop links at the Altenew Card Blog …see link above).

The theme for this blog hop is Love & Friendship and I am excited to share that it has been the Altenew Educator Certificate Program that has created a new friendship between Amy Hill and myself. Amy reached out to me after completing the AECP program in March 2019. It turns out that we live only 2 miles away from each other. She has become a true crafting friend. We have traveled to a craft show, spent a few Saturday mornings stamping and encouraging each other, and she’s even come over to my house to help me take photos of my cards for this blog. We look forward to teaching some classes this fall and traveling to the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in September. ๐Ÿ™‚

Amy is on the left and I am on the right. We took this picture in her craft room after a full morning of card making.

Before I show you my cards I want to encourage those of you who are thinking about applying for the Altenew Educator Certificate Program to give it a try. It is an opportunity to focus on your card making skills, learn new techniques and practice them at your own pace and in your own home. There is no pressure at all to finish each level in a certain amount of time. You get out of it what you put into it. What I liked about it was that it made me accountable to myself. Let’s face it, the more you work at something, the better you get at it. Before I entered the AECP I did not make as many cards as I do now, so improvement was slow. The classes you take are yours forever so you can go back to them for inspiration and skill building whenever you want. I encourage any of you who are thinking about applying for the program, but maybe don’t see yourself teaching afterward, to do it because you want to grow in your skills … and make some new friends. I guarantee you will do both. And who knows, you just may find yourself teaching someone else how to make cards. ๐Ÿ™‚

And here’s a perfect opportunity for you to give it a try: to celebrate the AECP blog hop and encourage people to join in the AECP program, Altenew will discount the following bundles by 20% from 7/19/2019 to 7/21/2019.

As many of you know, Altenew’s name was created by juxta-positioning the German word for old, which is Alt, and the English word new, to make up the name, Altenew. I kept this in mind while working on my cards and chose to use a few of my older supplies to make 4 new cards. I had a lot of fun playing around with different techniques and found that the more cards I made, the more ideas I had. And I loved the fact that I was taking supplies that I already owned and trying out new ways of using them. For any of you who follow my blog, you know that this has been my personal theme for this year….use your stash!!

So here is a group shot of the cards I have for you today. I hope you like them and that they inspire you to use some of the stamps and supplies you already own; and maybe inspire you to send a special friend a handmade card.

All of my cards feature the Ditsy Print Stamp Set, the Plaid Cover Die A, and Geo Frames Stamp & Die Set.

All the cards will have the Ditsy Print Stamp Set, the Layered Plaid Cover Die-A, the Geo Frames Stamp & Die Set, Altenew Permanent Black Ink, and Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing powder. I have active links to each of these supplies below.

How I made them: Every card started out by stamping a Geo Frame rectangle onto Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #80 card stock (or craft colored card stock) then stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Altenew Crystal Clear embossing powder. I then used the matching die to cut them out. The next step was to use a paint brush to paint on a liquid mask over the stamped frame images. Once the mask was dry I stamped the Ditsy Print image onto the rectangle allowing it to go outside the edges, when necessary, then turning the image top to bottom and stamping the image again (so that the whole rectangle had flowers on it)… but not allowing the images to overlap. Then I layered the stamped images with the ink combinations that I liked. Once all the ink had dried, I rubbed off the mask using my finger or an adhesive eraser. In all the cards I used a Sakura Gelly Roll pen to add dots to the Geo frame stamped images.

This card was one that Amy Hill and I took pictures of in my back yard.

Please note: All of my Altenew links are not affiliate links, however, they will take you directly to the products at the Altenew website.

Other supplies used in this card: Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Pink Diamond, Pinkalicious, Rubellite; Altenew Antique Gold Pigment Ink, Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink, Matte Gold Card Stock, Altenew Spring Shower Cover Die, Altenew Artist Markers: Forest Glades, Evergreen, Frayed Leaf, Altenew Leaf Canopy Stamp Set, Brutus Monroe Raven Embossing Powder, Fuschia Card Stock, Clear Sequins, Sakura Gold Gelly Roll pen. How I Made It: To heat emboss the Plaid Cover die, I stamped Altenew Antique Gold pigment ink over the plaid cover die then sprinkled with crystal clear embossing powder and heat set. For a second coat I used Versamark ink to stamp the die cut and then added more clear embossing powder. The leaf pieces from the Spring Shower Cover Die were colored using Altenew Artist Markers. The sentiment was stamped with Versamark and heat set with Brutus Monroe Raven embossing powder. The fuschia card stock rectangle frame was made using nesting rectangle dies (vendor of choice) and stacking 3-4 together.

This card was inspired by Jennifer McGuire‘s YouTube post on Interlocking Gatefold cards (June 13, 2019)

For instructions on how to make the gatefold card, please see Jennifer McGuire’s June 13, 2019 YouTube post. I have an active link to her post under the picture above.

Other supplies used in this card: Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Iceberg, Eastern Sky, Ultramarine; Altenew Dearest Friend Stamp Set, foam tape, Blue Card Stock, small Clear Sequins, Black Sakura Gelly Roll pen. How I Made It: In this card I die cut the Layered Plaid Cover Die A out of craft foam, inked it up (the craft foam) and stamped it onto the front of my gate-fold card. I then used the black copic multi-liner to follow the plaid pattern. To keep me from drawing lines that went past the plaid stripes, I used masking paper all around the edges of card front so that my multi-liner lines would not have blobs at the beginning and ends. (I hope that makes sense.) The blue card stock rectangle frame was made using nesting rectangle dies (vendor of choice) and stacking 3-4 together.

This card features a clear acetate panel under the plaid cover die. It has a window effect as seen in the photo below. This card could have also been made into a shaker card.
The clear acetate behind the plaid panel creates a window effect and adds depth to the card.

Other supplies used in this card: Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Chamomile, Snapdragon, Marigold; Altenew Leaf Canopy Stamp Set, Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder, Clear Acetate, Orange Card Stock, foam tape, Clear, Flat sequins, Sakura Black Gelly Roll pen.

This card is actually the first one I made in the set. I enjoyed making it so much that I couldn’t wait to try more ideas using the stamp set and the plaid die.

Other supplies used in this card: Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Chamomile, Snapdragon, Marigold; Craft Card Stock, Foam Tape, Altenew Leaf Canopy Stamp Set, Black Card Stock, White Sakura Gelly Roll pen. How I made it: This card features a dry embossed Layered Plaid Cover Die (follow the directions on your die cutting machine to dry emboss.) After the card face had been dry embossed and multi-lined, I then splattered the card with the inks I used to layer the Ditsy Print. (Do this BEFORE adding the Geo stamped frame to the card.)

Supplies I used in ALL of the cards: Altenew Ditsy Print Stamp Set, Altenew Geo Frames Stamp & Die Set, Altenew Layered Plaid Cover Die A, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Evergreen, Permanent Black (except on the gold card); Winsor & Newton Art Masking Fluid, Copic Multi-liner .3 (not used in the gold card), Neenah Solar White Classic Crest card stock #80, #110, Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder (not used in the gold card), Black card stock (not used in the gold card), Clear Sequins, Sakura Gelly Roll Pens: black, white, or gold, Craft Foam (not used on gate-fold card)

I ended up taking a real lot of photos of these cards before choosing the ones that I put in the blog, with that in mind, here are a few more photos, just because….

This card was taken by Amy holding the charger plate in front of the flowers while I took the picture. It would not have worked otherwise because a table would have been too short to catch the flowers in the background.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. Please leave me a message to let me know what you thought of the cards. Which one was your favorite?

Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners! Please leave a comment here on the Altenew Blog by 7/26/19 for a chance to win.

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 7/30/19.

Continue following the blog hop by clicking on Nenette Madero‘s link below.

Hop Order: 

Altenew Card Blog

Terri Marie Koszler

Michelle Ochoa Murray

Maryam Sharara

Amber Rain Davis

Irina Fonina

Teri Wilson

Francine Dodwell

Patty Mello

Nenette S. Madero

Vicki Finger

Nandini Karmarkar

Amy Hill

Christine Pennington

Erum Tasneem

Birch Press Kindness Tile

Altenew’s Beautiful Pigment Inks

In person, this card has delicate sparkle and a Middle Eastern color pallette.

Supplies: Birch Press Kindness Tile, Birch Press Big Friends Sugar Script Die, Concord & 9th Enjoy It All, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Tide Blue, Volcano Lake, UltraViolet, Altenew Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink, Brutus Monroe Icicles Embossing Powder, Concord & 9th Snow Flurry Stamp Set, Nuvo Glitter Drops Sherbert Shimmer, Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, Sakura Gelly Roll Pen -Metallic Gold, Purple card stock, Gold glitter card stock.

How to make it: Stamp the “Kindness tile” with Altenew Enchanted Gold Pigment ink. Heat emboss with Brutus Monroe Icicles embossing powder. Stamp in pattern using the various colors listed above. Before adding Nuvo drops and gelly roll pen, RE-STAMP the Kindness Tile with gold pigment ink, heat emboss with Altenew Crystal Clear embossing powder. Add gold gelly roll pen accents and Nuvo drops. Cut the word “friend” from purple card stock and its shadow from gold glitter card stock. Stamp sentiment on white card stock and mount onto purple card stock strip.

You’re the Friend Everyone Wishes They Had

Altenew Dearest Friend Stamp and Spring Shower Cover Die

Wouldn’t you agree, that we can never have too many good friends. They become an extension of our family and are there for us in the good times and bad. Today’s card honors special friendships. I had a very dear friend in mind as I created this card.

This card features Altenew’s Spring Shower Cover Die and their Leaf Burst Stencil.

Supplies: Altenew Spring Shower Cover Die, Altenew Leaf Burst Stencil, Altenew Artist Markers: Firebrick, Autumn Blaze, Orange Cream, Sunkissed, Ruby Red, Grapevine, Coral Berry, Frosty Pink, Midnight Violet, Deep Iris, Lavender Fields, Soft Lilac, Bamboo, Parrot, Olive, Moss; Altenew Dearest Friend Stamp, Vellum, Craft Foam, Purple card stock, Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, Versafine Clair Fantasia Pigment ink, Art Deco Double-sided Adhesive Paper, Clear Bubble embellishments, Vellum, Craft Foam.

Handwritten Thanks: The Stamp Market

2019 Using My Stash

I want to thank you for stopping by my blog here at Treasures In Letters. I appreciate that your time is precious and that you would spend some of it here, is a real blessing to me. I hope you like today’s card.

I made the background of this card quite awhile ago when I first received my Gina K Wreath Builder Stencil. I think I’ve got all the ink colors that I used to make the flowers in the supplies section below. Isn’t the scripty “thank you” perfect for the card?!

Supplies: The Stamp Market: Handwritten Thanks Stamp, Versafine Clair Fantasia Ink, Versamark ink, Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder (3 layers), Gina K Wreath Builder Stencil, Altenew Vintage Rose Stamp, Altenew Inks: Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris, Sea Breeze, Turquoise, Tide Blue, Citrus Burst, Fresh Lemon, Maple Yellow, Pink Diamond, Pinkalicious, Razzleberry; Nuvo Crystal Drops: Dandelion Yellow, Caribbean Ocean; Nuvo Glitter Drops Sherbert Shimmer, Studio G Glitter Glue (VG0021), Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #80, #110.