2.10.12

Aperture Card Tutorial -Bigshot Tips

Aperture card
window card
Aperture Card

I have a fascination with aperture cards and have had fun hand cutting  them in the past. Though making aperture cards is a piece of cake for most card makers with machines...it was not so easy for me as I am new to the world of die cutting machines...and made some silly mistakes.So to help novice Bigshot users like me,sharing this aperture card tutorial !

Aperture card tutorial
Aperture Card Tutorial
Score an 8.5 x 6 inch card at 4.25 inches. Chose this size as its an ideal size to emboss half using the ItsyBitsy embossing folders I have. 
Place your nestie/frame die on the center of one half of the card with the ridged surface touching the good side of the card[If the card /paper has a good side eg with shimmer or glitter ,placing the good side against the cutting ridge side of the die makes it cut better ].
Lightly stick the die to the card using tape which is not too sticky so that when you remove it ,it doesnt tear or mark your card.
Aperture Card Tutorial

Sandwich for the bigshot will vary depending on your die.For my Sizzix framelit :Multiplatform-Clear Plate,Die with ridge facing up,Paper with good side facing down,Clear plate.Roll over and you have cut your aperture card .

Aperture Card Tutorial
If you are planning to emboss the most important tip is remember to cut first and then emboss as otherwise you will spoil all the lovely embossing![I made this mistake earlier]Place your aperture cut card inside your embossing folder .If your card has a good /shiny side make sure the rough raised edges of your embossing folder are on the non shiny side so that the final embossed pattern gives raised pattern on the good side of your aperture card.
Aperture Card Tutorial
Sandwich for the Embossing folder : Mutiplatform with tab 1 and tab 2 flipped over to other side,Clear plate,Embossing folder with the card inside,Clear plate. Roll over and you have embossed the front half of your aperture card which you can now fold over at the scored line
Aperture Card Tutorial
Added a 6 petal flower punchcraft rose and some Marianne die cut leaves on one corner of my aperture card.
Punchcraft Flower
On the other corner of the aperture card is a shiny Cheery Lynn die cut butterfly 
Die Cut Butterfly
I altered a box to make a matching notepaper holder and decorated it with punchcraft flowers
Punchcraft flowers
The tiny golden knobs on the fence are "bindis".All the tiny butterflies have been cut from thick silver card using Cheery Lynn dies .
paper flowers
Punchcraft Flowers
The background paper is a gift from my friend Nupur and has tiny embossed birds to give company to my glittery birdie! 
Paper Flowers
The red gemstones on the bird house are also"bindis"[used by us Indian women as decorative adornments on our foreheads!].Used glossy accents to make tiny dew drops on the leaf and petal of the punchcraft flower.
Paper Flowers
The fence goes all around my altered box.
Punchcraft flowers
Its the first time I am playing with so many fancy stuff  such as dies and embossing in a project..All the dies are new crafting toys bought from Priya and in my excitement to use the new goodies..feeling I have gone overboard...opinions and reassurance needed!!
Supplies:Bigshot,Glitter strips,Shiny card stock,Embossing folder,Punchcraft paper,Flower Stamens - all from Itsy Bitsy
Sizzix oval scallop frame-lit,Cheery Lynn Butterfly ,Cheery Lynn fanciful flourish,Marianne Anja Leaves,Marianne Bird,bird house and fence dies - from Priya
Linking to Trimmies craft Challenge,
PS: I am facing a lot of difficulty with the new blogger format with my dashboard and blog reading list not showing posts from fellow crafters...so having lot of difficult seeing my friends new projects.Is anyone else having this problem?
Edited :This project came top 3 at Trimmies craft make your own embellishment

119 comments:

  1. Your explanation is so clear for making the embossed cut out card. A simple proceedure but one that can go so easily wrong. Your tips are invalueable. Love your decorations on the box especially the fence that goes all round. Hugs Mrs A.
    Have been using the new interface since they first moved over to it and whilst the general layout has become familiar loading posts has been/still is a total nightmare. I have people I'm followiung missing and people following me who are not showing on my tally but on their profile show that they are. I think there are still a lot of problems that need to be ironed out with this new blogger.

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    1. Thank You Mrs A one of the mistakes I made was I used to emboss and then cut-- which messed up the embossing totally!!

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  2. Like aperture cards or what I call window cards. Like the box embellishing. Blogger's new format causes quite a lot of problems as far as download time & I seem to have problems with a few sites where I can not access or when I do get to the site I can not see anything other than header and does not allow me to scroll. As fr as download time if it seems to be taking longer than usual I found that if you go thru your blog and keep hitting 'older posts' a couple times it loads and then you can see other people's blog posts in your follow list.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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    1. Thank You Melissa... I am having such a tough time visiting the blogs I follow..even after refreshing the dashboard several times sometimes the blog list just doesnt show..I hope they resolve the issue soon!

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  3. Sonia
    What lovely projects. Your tutorial, as usual, is so easy to follow.
    Sorry blogger is giving you trouble. Change is not always better, is it?
    Myrna

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    1. I am definitely struggling with the new format Myrna!Feel like an old lady who hates change!!

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  4. Oh Sonia!!!! Wow!! what a way to use all the dies in single project!!! fantastic, love the fence and butterfly dies!! and oh the anja leaves!.superb!!!seems u r having fun them!!

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    1. Yes Priya I had fun and all the dies used were bought from you!!I used to pride myself as a basic crafter and almost feel guilty for going hi-fi!!

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  5. So so pretty Sonia! It took me awhile to figure this aperture card when I first did couple months ago.. But after playing around with junky paper it's quite fun to do.... I love that box, love those die cuts really beautiful piece of art to it...

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    1. Thank You for the support Shirl..I hate to waste paper so thought I would share the mini tutorial to help novice big shot users!

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  6. wow finally you got yourself a die cutting machine! I think you've combined all elements beautifully. Thanks for the tips.

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    1. Yes Indira..and now playing with it too!

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  7. Sonia! The box is sooo cute. That dew drop detail is just masterful! Would never have thought of it myself. Now I know where that fence and bird house die went. When I was scanning through Priya's dies for sale, I really wanted to grab that one but it was already sold and YOU are the early bird who grabbed it. Haha! Its so fitting to have your creation as our first submission in our 3d challenge. I totally dig it! Thanks so much for playing along!
    ItsyBitsy - The Blog Place

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    1. He He He Sunehra...since Priya is a crfter herself she sells some awesome dies!

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  8. thus is so so beautiful, Sonia! Never thought you can hand made such cards! however I am afraid I won't be able to make it as I don't have a special stamper..*sigh* thanks for sharing your lovely creations! Anna

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    1. Anna here are other aperture cards-- all handcut except 2 of my recent ones:
      Aperture cards

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  9. Lovely elegant aperture card dear.

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  10. Beautiful card and Box Sonia, love the sparkle and shine in the photos on the butterflies..and such a fabulous tutorial, you do those so well, plain and simple...and yes blogger can be a real pain most of the time, I dont have trouble with posting etc, but finding my followers and trying to get on blogs is sometimes impossible...puts me so far behind with DT commenting too....I only have a cuttlebug, and the bigger cards just cannot go through, but a bigshot is on my wish list, which grows everyday...lol..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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    1. Chrissy even with the bigshot the big cards dont go through--for that you need a Grand Calibur!

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  11. Oh Wow! I love both of these beautiful projects. So much texture and those roses are stunning. Love all the shiny butterflies too.

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  12. very nice tutorial for aperture card and your altered box is awesome.
    megha
    http://meghanuj01.blogspot.in/

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  13. Ooh la la! What a pretty card! I don't possess a Big Shot but I like seeing what all people do with it :)

    PS: Something's on its way to you! ;)

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    1. Pritesh you work magic with your hands...you dont need a machine!!

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  14. So wonderful and what a great tutorial for the apeture card. Love how you added the dew drops to the leaves.

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  15. Gorgeous projects Doctor.

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  16. Doc.. you wont believe the difficulties I was facing with my big shot and kinda ruined my multi platform. Thank you so very much for your tute on this.. I really owe you a lot. And thanks to Tejal for letting me know that you have put up an explanation for using Big shot :) Thank u doc :)

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    1. I was reluctant to post this tutorial as I felt most crafters maybe knowing it but since I had difficulties I guessed there must be others like me! So glad it was of help to you Apeksha..makes taking all the photos and writing the post all seem so worthwhile!

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  17. lovely aperture card !!love the punch craft roses and the overall look of the card! the box looks gorgeous! i love the way you have used the 'bindis'! Awesome...:)

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  18. Fantastic card and Box Sonia..Loz

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  19. very pretty creation..

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  20. Oh wow you have become a a pro at using these dies and embossing folders..and i absolutely loved your box and card ....the fence , flowers and your dies look just gorgeous!!Keep up the good work :)

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    1. Thank You Hussena I am enjoying them like crazy!

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  21. Great tutorial Sonia - I can remember when I first got my bigshot and now wouldn't be without it. Your card and box are beautiful and really showcase the dies you have purchased. - I am sure you will have lots of fun with your new products.

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    1. Thank You Bea...I am having fun!

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  22. First let me bask in the awesomeness that this card and cover are...so so pretty...you can be sure, I'm ogling those butterflies!! yummmy!!! that fence....the birds..totally awesome!! Such a pretty one!!
    I always read blogs on reader...but since Google reader has been so messy for the last 3 months..i haven't really gotten around to any blogs...now tranportin gone blog at a time to a new reader format....its a night mare!!

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    1. Woo Hoo...lemme do a happy dance that you commented!! I must make more butterfly projects!!

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  23. awesome card Sonia. The dew drops looks so real! :-)

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    1. Thank You Mira--its a touch and go and if I apply excess the effect is ruined!

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  24. Beautiful aperture card and very clear tut for it too.
    Your box is stunning Sonia,love all the decoration.
    This new interface takes a while to get used to.I had trouble when I wanted to add things to my side bar.It wasn't where i last used it.....?
    As I said,It takes time.

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    1. Sue Thank You ..I just hope things get better with blogger..I do love to drop by the blogs I follow and blogger is making it so hard right now!

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  25. Oh Sonia! You did not go overboard at all with your new cuts..your project is nothing short of amazing...I love the colors! Your directions are very clear and I will have to try it this way for sure... I don't even use Blogger reader on my dashboard anymore because it is just too slow... I now just go to my comments and then do my best to remember others.. I have missed a few I am sure.. too bad everyone didn't have subscribe by email, that is another way I do it...once blogger reader is fixed I will rather that..all in one place.

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    1. Naomi...I am going crazy with the dashboard now and it takes so much longer to go about it from the comments section but that is the only way I have to drop by blogs now...so frustrating!!

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  26. Your aperture card and altered box are beautiful, Sonia! I love all your die cut work! You're tutorials are always so easy to follow...thank you! x

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    1. Thank You Sasha ...I try to make it simple but sometimes I feel too many pics makes the process seem complicated!!

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  27. well done, Sonia. if and when i decide to do teh die way, i'm sure to refer to this post. its beautiful work. and i can imagine how excited you must have been to try out everything.

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    1. He He He I am like a child with a new toy!

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  28. beautiful box as always!

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  29. Hi Sonia
    Oh WOW, Stunning Project using all the die cuts. And do not worry, you did not go overboard with using too many. At least in my eyes anyway! Great tutorial for Big Shot novices! I got my BS only 2 weeks ago and so far trying to get into grips with it. I was just amazed when I managed to die cut 2 snowflakes and did not damage the machine!
    You also asked me if I have a tutorial about my decoration. I don't have one at the moment. Perhaps in the future if I feel up to it and feel confident about making one. As a amateur crafter I usually leave these things to professionals.
    Michaela xx

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    1. My God Michaela you make such awesome projects how could you call yourself an amateur!!

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  30. Gorgeous and pretty Sonia .
    iv'e used big shot in our craft section .haven't bought one yet..
    thanks for the tutorial

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    1. Angelin its a wonder machine and I love it!

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  31. I love the embossing !! Thank you for introducing me to a new technique :) :)
    Nice use of the bindis.

    Intellection

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  32. Beautiful work, Sonia. I think you are really enjoying the Big Shot and you've used some wonderful dies.
    I'm not having trouble with Blogger...fingers crossed it stays that way.

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  33. Lovely tutorial... I don't use big shot though! :)And the shiny butterflies are so good... I love everything about what you made...the flowers, the colours, butterflies, the little birdie, the superb fence...everything! :)

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  34. Awesome project , Doc...In a way...u tempt me to own a Bigshot soooooooon!!!

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  35. Sonia, these projects are delightful. Your creations always make me smile. Thanks for the tutorial.
    Blessing hugs,
    Teresa

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  36. Love the use of dies on the alterd box..thanks a lot for sharing tips about bigshot..i am also learning from mistakes while diecutting..will keep your tips in mind !!

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  37. This is beautiful Sonia.
    Thanks for joining us at CRAFT this week. Hope we see you again soon, hugs Sheryl xx

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  38. i have seen those machines in hobby craft and wondered what they were for thanks to your post now i know :)

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  39. Wow I loved them both..The card is classy..and the box..very nice..with the fence,bindis...the dew drop effect..amazing !

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    1. Pooja I had a blast using the tiny bindis

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  40. Wow what a beautiful altered box, love your tutorial on it too. :) :)
    Thanks for sharing with us at our Floral challenge at The Crafty Pad. :)

    Debbie The crafty pad designs

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  41. Great project, thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge this week and good luck! Don't forget to check back with us again on Thursday for our new challenge and to check if you have won or made our Top3.
    Don't miss out on the regular freebies at Trimgym's Digistamps and Images and the current challenge there. Hope to see you there as well!

    Jo and Tigerlover.

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  42. It's gorgeous as are all your projects. You put so much detail into all your work. A wonderful tutorial as well

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    1. Thank You Ann...this was a fun project indeed

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  43. Love the use of dies and I loved the window card for sure. I like the way you experimented using various tools for creating the box, but I would agree that you might have gone overboard with the decorations :)

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  44. Your card and box are beautiful! Love the flowers and butterfly. Thank you for showing how you made that card. :)

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  45. Beautiful and cheerful as always! Every your work is remarkable imaginative!

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  46. That's just awesome Sonia. Looks like you are having a lot of fun with your new dies.

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  47. Awesome as always, Sonia. Looks like you are having a lot of fun with your new goodies. Enjoy!

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  48. Hi Sonia,
    This is a fabulous tutorial and you are kind to share it. There are so many things to learn when starting out so many crafters are always looking for inspiration. Your card and box are beautifully made and the nice thing about these dies is that they work well together.
    Thank you for your visit to my blog, I really appreciate your comments.
    Have a great day. Regards Linda x

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    1. Thank You for giving me confidence with dies Linda...I am very much new to their use!

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  49. OMG, what a beautiful site, full of energy.Have just come across your site and am loving it.I'm not a craft's person , but your site is encouraging me to try out my hand at it.You are very creative Sonia.
    Dr.Preeti

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  50. Thank you for your wonderful Tutorials they are so well explained.
    Your work is fantastic, thank you for sharing it all.
    Thank you for visiting my Blog and leaving your lovely comments
    Have a Great Dayy

    Patricia

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  51. Hi Dr Sonia. What a fab project this is & a very clear tutorial...a big shot is definitely on my wish list! Great idea to use bindis on your project. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous creation at The Crafty Pad this week in our "Floral" challenge. Helen x (DT)

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  52. Beautiful!!

    Be blessed, Beckie

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  53. Ah.. someone has been busy shopping ;)
    Lovely stuff doc.. feel free to send me some die cut butterfly RAKs ;)
    As usual.. u have done a fab job.. :) I am sure many newbies would be majorly soothed by the way you approach crafting - experimental, with much joy and ur generous sharing heart
    God bless

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    1. He He He Jaya you shameless girl!! I still have to send you the congrats card which I meant to make when your 2nd baby was born!!

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  54. The box is my favourite but the card is also adorable! Great works!

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  55. The box is my favourite but the card is also adorable! Great works!

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  56. Awesome Projects Sonia....Love both creations...*love*

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  57. Great card & great box! Super tutorial too!Thanks for playing in the Floral Challenge at The Crafty Pad this week!
    Good Luck
    Hugs
    Dawn xx

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  58. Love this pretty card- and your great pictures: ) I also love the box and the great flowers + fence. I always enjoy your creativity.

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  59. Pretty gorgeous. Love this.

    Sudha
    sudha-kalra.blogspot.in
    crazycrafter-craftsuppliesshop.blogspot.in

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  60. Wonderful project. I really love the colours and all the detailing is wonderful.Thank for joining us at Card Mania Challenges.

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  61. What an in depth tutorial you have produced for your card and the lovely box. Thank you for joining in at ABAC Challenge this week.

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  62. So much work in this post! Your box is beautifully made and I love the colours and touch of sparkle.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at ABAC and I do hope you'll join us again.

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  63. What a lovely box!!
    It's an amazing creation..keep posting such b'fl treats for our eyes !!!

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  64. Now a days gifts are like picking uo from shop something expensive but getting such a handmake gift would feel the person so spl..Ur really genious n patient that u do such a lovely cards

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    1. Kala Thank You so much...I try to gift my crafts to really special people only as many wont appreciate or take proper care of papercrafts!

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  65. Your box is gorgeous. Love your flowers.
    Thanks for joining The Crazy Challenge.
    Hugs Berit

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  66. From Sonia to Sonia
    Wow! Stunning creations, great job!
    -Sony
    sonia-studio60.blogspot.com

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  67. Oh Sonia, everything you do is amazing! Never could something from your hands (and creative heart!) be too much or too little.. be assured that your projects are always wonderful. I'm so excited for all of your new goodies and love that you had such fun using them. And of course this tutorial is fantastic. :o) Stunning projects! :o)

    Hugs and blessings!

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    1. Oh you are making me smile Karen

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  68. Dadgum girl, you never stop rocking out perfection and creativity! I had to laugh that you were going to pin my castle card because once every 100 of your projects, I actually create something 3D. I'm honored that you like it and honestly, a compliment coming from you means the world to me, so thank you very much! :D
    Hope you're having a great weekend,
    hugs,
    Lisa xx

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    1. Lisa I loved loved the castle

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  69. Love aperture card.. you have inspired me to try one.. I didn't know you had a big shot.. I just bought mine and it's a lovely machine...

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    1. Priya I got one from Itsy Bitsy only recently!

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  70. Hi Dr Sonia,
    Beautiful all work...! More readers must enjoy your cute creations...
    Hearty Congrats !

    Rajesh@varnathoolika

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  71. Wow, your projects are stunning and absolutely gorgeous!! The altered box is amazing!! I love the design and the flowers are beautiful!! Thanks for the tutorial on the aperture card, too!! I just love visiting you...I always leave inspired :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  72. That was beautiful :)
    Jeba-my3rdmind.blogspot.com

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  73. Beautiful card and box!!!That bigshot surely does a lot of things!! Thanks for the tutorial!! After my paper cutter this will be on my wish list!!!

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  74. This is fabulous and it's so amazing to see you move from simple cutting to tools to fancy dies.. Your work was always fab and it shall only become better... woo hoo!!

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  75. Love your dies you added to your card especially the fence. Cute card!
    Hugs Trish xx

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  76. Stunning, my mouth is still open! WOW, just beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial - VERY helpful!
    Have a GREAT night!
    Shelly

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  77. Wow! Beautiful textures with all the embossing folders! Glad you are enjoying your big shot!

    P/s: I used Google reader to read blogs I follow.

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  78. Just awesome! everything just turned out so wonderful and thank you for the tutorial.
    Hugs, Patricia

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  79. Hi Dr. Sonia!!
    I know I already commented on this post but I just had to drop in to say I miss you and all your lovely projects! I hope all is well.

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    1. Naomi I am fighting the flu so not online much! Thank You so much for thinking of me!

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  80. WOW stunning card and thanks for the tips.

    Hugs Nana

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  81. Wow... Beautiful card & box.... I don't know how I missed your post.... Saw it today on itsy-bitsy page..... The new blogger really needs some de-bugging....
    I love the butterflies...I want it now...& the leaves.... & the fence too... You have used all those so creatively....

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  82. Great frame, love the flowers and hat gorgeous silver butterfly.

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  83. Your cards are stunning and I appreciate your tutorial so much! It takes a lot of time to create tut's and you've posted terrific pictures with it. Thank You!!!

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  84. Gorgeous card and that box is just STUNNING! Thanks for joining us at Anything but a Card! :) :)

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  85. Simply amazing. I love all the layers. Thanks for joining us over at ABAC.

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  86. Hi dear...

    I am commenting after ages I know... but I just love what I see... you can understand my situation these days... just so caught up....

    you have made great use of the dies... looks super...

    hoping we can catch up again..
    regards
    Jovi

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  87. Absolutely beautiful!!!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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