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Hello Card | New A2 Coverplate Dies

Hello friends! Today I'm sharing about some new dies that make cardmaking easy and fun! Scrapbook.com just released a range of A2 Coverplate Dies that include both the sentiment and border all in one die. A2 Coverplate dies are 4.25 x 5.5 inches (the size of a standard card) so the only thing you have to do is choose the background and some embellishments so for the card I'm sharing today that's exactly what I did!

Hello Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Scrapbook.com Hello A2 Coverplate Die and Pops Of Color

Here's a peek at the 4 NEW A2 Coverplate designs. One for each of the most common card making themes...Christmas, Birthday, Hello and Thanks!


To create my card, I used the Hello A2 Coverplate to die cut a piece of Light Grey Woodgrain Cardstock. Using the same die, I cut it 2 more times from plain white cardstock and glued all of the layers together to create some dimension. I then inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


For the background, I used the Buttercup and Vines Stencil and applied Soft Lilac Pearl Pops Of Color through the stencil onto a piece of Distress Watercolor Paper. To thicken the Pops of Color and to prevent it from bleeding under the stencil, I mixed in a little bit of Therm O Web Duo Transfer Gel. You can learn more about various ways to use Pops of Color with Stencils here.


Once the stencil work was dry, I ink smooshed the paper into some Old Paper Distress Ink for a slightly vintage feel and dried it with my heat tool.

For a bit more color, I die cut some leaves from the Scrapbook.com Boho Paper Pad using the Layered Roses and Delicate Leaves Die Sets and tucked them in behind the sentiment section on the A2 Coverplate. I then finished it off with a sentiment from the Wordfetti Sunny Days Stamp Set which I inked up using Pumice Stone Distress Oxide Ink.


Thanks for stopping by to day! So which new A2 Coverplate is on your must have list? Or do you need all 4 of them?!

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Below you can find the products I used to create this project along with compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com. These links are at absolutely no cost to you. When you shop through the links below, I receive a small commission from Scrapbook.com. These links are at absolutely no cost to you and the commission I receive helps me cover the costs of my blog and other expenses, which allows me to continue to provide you with FREE inspiration and tutorials. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here. Thank you so much for your love and support!

Happy Holidays Gift Tags | Compartmental Making

Happy Holidays friends! After a bit of a posting break, I'm back to share a little holiday cheer with a set of gift tags I created using some new dies from Scrapbook.com that I've mixed in with a few great staples from Tim Holtz. I'm also going to share how to put these together in 5 easy steps using compartmental making. Tim has recently shared a lot about compartmental making and if you aren't familiar with it, it's simply a way to break down the process of making into small sections so that it's more manageable and easier to fit some creative time into your busy schedule. Something that is super helpful this time of year!

Holiday Gift Tags by Juliana Michaels using Scrapbook.com Bold Numbers and Tim Holtz Framed Tags and Compartmental Making

HOLIDAY GIFT TAGS | COMPARTMENTAL MAKING

STEP 1. TAG BASE

The first step is to create the tag base. For these tags, I used the Tim Holtz Framed Tags Dies, Light Grey Woodgrain Cardstock and Distress Archival Ink in Fired Brick and Rustic Wilderness. The framed tags have a "frame" area on them that can emboss the paper for some added interest. When these dies first came out, Tim shared how to add ink to this area and achieve a letterpress effect and that is what I did on these tags.

To do this, you first want to clean the dies with a bit of rubbing alcohol to remove any residue from the manufacturing process. Then use a brayer to apply Archival Ink. I found his larger sized brayer to achieve the best results because it is wide enough to hit both side of the raised frame which minimizes getting ink on the inside of the die. After you apply the ink, place the die on top of you paper and run it through your die cutting machine. If you are making multiples of this, continue making as many as you need.

If you want to speed up this step, only use one color of ink instead of two. If you want to do more than one color, do all of the same color all at the same time. Make sure to clean off the die with rubbing alcohol before switching to the next color.


STEP 2. NUMBERS & REINFORCER HOLE

For this step, you are going to die cut the number 25 and the reinforcer hole using colored cardstock. I created my own colored cardstock using  Lumberjack Plaid Distress Spray Stain and Rustic Wilderness Distress Spray Stain. To do this, I spritzed a piece of Distress Watercolor Paper with the spray stain, sprayed it with some water to get the ink flowing and then dried it with my heat tool. Once the paper was dry, I die cut the 25 using the Scrapbook.com Bold Numbers Die Set and the reinforcer hole from the Framed Tags Dies and cut them from both of the colors of paper. 

If you want to speed up this step, skip creating your own cardstock with the spray inks and use colored cardstock.


STEP 3. WORD DIE

Using the same custom inked or colored cardstock as you did for the numbers and reinforcer hole, die cut the "Happy" from the Scrapbook.com Birthday Celebration Sentiments II Die Set.  Next, die cut the shadow layer for the word from white cardstock and inked the edges with a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Adhere these layers together.


STEP 3. SENTIMENTS

Using the same white cardstock that you used for the shadow layer, stamp "happy holidays" from the Scrapbook.com Wordfetti December Stamp Set in Black Soot Archival Ink. Trim this down using a paper trimmer or scissors and ink the edges.


STEP 4. HOLIDAY GREENS

Continuing with the die cutting, use the Tim Holtz Mini Holiday Greens to die cut 2 shades of green cardstock from the Tim Holtz Cool Kraft Stock Pack. You could use greenery die and any color of cardstock here or even create your own with spray inks like I did for the other die cutting.


STEP 5. ASSEMBLE

At this stage, it's time to assemble all of the layers. Using your preferred adhesive, adhere the various die cuts and sentiment to each tag. To finish them off, add some seam binding or ribbon of your choice.


And there you have it... set of Happy Holiday Tags ready for your holiday gift giving! I hope you enjoyed learning how these came together and how easy it is to do compartmental making!


SUPPLIES

Below you can find the products I used to create these projects along with compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com. These links are at absolutely no cost to you. When you shop through the links below, I receive a small commission from Scrapbook.com. These links are at absolutely no cost to you and the commission I receive helps me cover the costs of my blog and other expenses, which allows me to continue to provide you with FREE inspiration and tutorials. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here. Thank you so much for your love and support!

How To Monoprint With Stencils

Hello friends! In this blog post, I'm going to share how to monoprint with stencils and then walk you through the rest of the details on how I created this card. The technique and design was this card was greatly inspired by a card created by Stacy Hutchison. I had never monoprinted before and her card motivated me to finally give it a try. I absolutely love the effect and now I'm looking at my stencils in a whole new light!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARD

Happy Birthday Card by Juliana Michaels Blog post and Video on How To Monoprint With Stencils

You can continue reading to learn how I created this card using the monoprinting technique or if you would prefer a video you can check that out below. If you are unable to view it below you can also head over to YouTube.




The supplies you'll need to do a monoprint include a stencil of course, spray inks, a spray bottle filled with water, watercolor paper and paper towels. When working with spray inks, I prefer to work in a Tim Holtz Splat Box. I've found to be really helpful in keeping the mess of working with spray inks under control. If you don't have one, you could also work inside a cardboard box.

To get started I began by placing the Scrapbook.com Floral Sprigs stencil in the Splat box on top of some paper towels to help absorb the excess ink. Next, I spray the stencil with Distress Mica Stain in Balsam Fir. You can use any type or color of spray ink you have. I then spritz the stencil with some water using a Distress Sprayer.

Off to the side of the Splat Box, I have a paper towel with a piece of Distress Watercolor paper on it. I placed the stencil, ink side down onto the watercolor paper and then use another paper towel to dab off any excess ink the seeps under the stencil. I also like to gently push around on the solid parts of the stencil to help move the ink around and get better coverage. If you decide to work with a stencil that has text or numbers, remember that you will need to flip it over before you add the ink so the letters and numbers aren't backwards.

To reveal the monoprint, gently remove the stencil and allow the ink to dry. You can also use a heat gun to speed up the drying process. And with that, the monoprint is technically complete and is gorgeous with it's shimmery finish.


To add a little more color to my monoprint, I placed the clean stencil back over my monoprint. To help hold my paper in place, I used the Scrapbook.com double sided silicone craft mat. This mat is sticky on both sides, so it grips to my work surface and to the paper. To help hold the stencil in place I used some Mint Tap.

For the coloring, I used some small blending brushes and Distress Inks in the following colors: Kitsch Flamingo, Picked Raspberry, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss and Iced Spruce. These brushes are about 1/4 inch in size and are really helpful for applying the different colors of ink to the small sections of this stencil. I only used 3 brushes, one for the pinks, one for the greens and one for the blue and just cleaned them off in between colors onto a paper towel.  The coloring does take a bit of time, but the end result is worth it in my opinion. I recommend using the coloring time as a way to relax and destress!

Once the coloring was completed it was time to start adding the rest of the details. I took the Scrapbook.com Nested Tag Dies and die cut a larger one from the textured side of Distress Watercolor Paper, a smaller one from the smooth side of the watercolor paper and another one from a piece of vellum.

Next I added some Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edge of my background papers and the tags using an ink blending tool. I also ink blended Peeled Paint Distress Ink onto the smaller watercolor paper tag to give some contrast and color to the layers.


To add some more interest to the tags, I added some heat embossing. To do this, I took the watercolor paper tag (the one I ink blended with Peeled Paint Distress Ink) and dried it with my heat tool. I then applied Scrapbook.com Dotted Adhesive to the back side of the tag and placed it into my stamping platform. This adhesive is repositionable which makes if perfect for temporarily holding the tag in place while you stamp. This is also especially helpful when your stamp is larger than the piece of paper you are stamping on and you can't get one of your magnets on the paper.

I then stamped the script image from the Tim Holtz Entomology stamp set onto the tag using Versamark embossing ink to the stamp. This inks dries slowly which is great for heat embossing. After I stamped the image, I placed a folded piece of typing paper under the tag and poured Liquid Platinum embossing powder over the design. I tapped off the excess and poured it back into the jar. I then heat embossed the stamped image using a heat gun. I always love to watch the transformation as the powder melts and becomes shiny!

Next, I added the vellum tag and I tore a bit of it away to reveal the embossed design.

To continue with the layers, I stamped the floral image from the Scrapbook.com Wildflower Branches using Black Soot Archival Ink onto a piece of watercolor paper and then die cut it using the coordinating dies. For the coloring I used Distress Watercolor pencils and a waterbrush. I prefer to lift the ink from the pencil with the waterbrush and then color in the image. I find this to be a really easy way to color in small detailed images such as this one.


To finish off the card, I added machine stitching around the edges of the monoprint background and the tags. I added eyelets to the tags and then a bit of jute. The final touch was a heat embossed sentiment which is from the Scrapbook.com Celebrate Expressions Stamp Set.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARD

Here is the original card I made using the monoprint with stencils technique. After I had finished it, I decided to create a video so I made another card...which is the one you see in the video. The only differences between them are that I embossed the vellum on this one and I used a different image from the Wildflower Branches Stamp Set.

Happy Birthday Card by Juliana Michaels Blog post and Video on How To Monoprint With Stencils


Here is an angle shot so you can better see the shimmer you get from the Distress Mica Stain!


Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed learning how to monoprint with stencils and the rest of the details on how this card came together.

SUPPLIES

Below you can find the products I used to create these projects along with compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com. These links are at absolutely no cost to you. When you shop through the links below, I receive a small commission from Scrapbook.com. These links are at absolutely no cost to you and the commission I receive helps me cover the costs of my blog and other expenses, which allows me to continue to provide you with FREE inspiration and tutorials. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here. Thank you so much for your love and support!

2022 Top Gifts for Cardmakers

Hello friends! Welcome to my 2022 Top Gifts for Cardmakers guide. Today I'm sharing the top 13 gifts that every cardmaker needs on their wishlist this holiday season. All of these products are favorites of mine and get loads of love in my own craft room. Whether you're the crafter yourself or you're looking for a friend or family member, you're sure to find the perfect gift idea! If you want to share this guide with a loved one so they know just what to get you, all you need to do is share this link to my 2022 Top Gifts for Cardmakers product list. Now let's see what's on my list!

2022 Top Gifts for Cardmakers Holiday Gift Guide Juliana Michaels 17turtles

2022 Top Gifts for Cardmakers

2022 Top Gifts for Cardmakers Juliana Michaels 17turtles.com

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These products hit on many of the trendy techniques that cardmakers are enjoying this year, along with some great basics that can take your card making skills to the next level. Affiliate links to Scrapbook.com are used throughout this post at no extra cost to you and a linked supply list is available at the bottom of this post.

1. Scrapbook.com Ink Blending Tool


Scrapbook.com Ink Blending Tool

If you love ink blending or working with stencils then the Scrapbook.com Ink Blending Tool with Domed Foam Applicators may just become your new favorite tool. It’s everything you love about ink blending, but with the rounded foam of a craft dauber. The rounded shape that will have you saying goodbye to harsh lines or dark inky areas that won’t blend out.

2. Scrapbook.com Medium Envelope Organizer and Medium Envelopes

Scrapbook.com Medium Envelope Organizer and Medium Envelopes


If you have tons of storage envelopes but no place to put them, the Scrapbook.com Medium Envelope Organizer is your answer! This 9.25" x 12.5" storage unit is perfect for storing all of your little envelopes of dies stamps and so much more! And if you have been looking for a way to store your Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Stamps, this is the storage solution for you! You can fit over 40 stamps sets in each organizer!

3. Scrapbook.com Mint Tape

Scrapbook.com Mint Tape

Keeping dies and stencils in place on your paper is easy with Scrapbook.com's Mint Tape. This low-tack, removable tape lets you focus on getting projects perfect every time. It's also great for masking off areas during ink blending or stamping.

4. Scrapbook.com Pops Of Color

Scrapbook.com Pops Of Color

Make adding the finishing touch to your project easier than it's ever been with Scrapbook.com's exclusive Pops Of Color Collection. This bundle of little bottles each contains a vibrant liquid embellishment in a rainbow of pearlescent colors that will leave breathtaking accents on your cards, layouts, handmade gifts, and more.

I love the multiple ways you can use this product, but one of my favorites is using it with stencils. To learn more check out the following blog posts and videos.







5. Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Pencils


The Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Pencils will fast become a favorite new product for your projects. These woodless watercolor pencils can be used on a variety of porous surfaces. They are water-reactive and are perfect not just for watercoloring but also for shading, sketching, and other crafting techniques. These pencils can be used for cards, scrapbook pages, tags, journal and planner pages, and a variety of other paper crafting, mixed media, and home decor projects. One of my favorite things about these is that the colors coordinate with the entire Distress palette of colors.

For ideas and inspiration on how to use these Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Pencils check out either of these videos I created:




6. Scrapbook.com Magic Mat

Scrapbook.com Magic Mat


The Scrapbook.com Magic Mat is the innovative, game-changing product your die cutting has been missing. Swap out one of your plastic cutting pads for this sturdy self-healing pad and you'll be amazed by the cleanest cuts you've ever achieved. Say goodbye to the typical cracking and etching you're used to in standard plastic cutting pads. With the Magic Mat, you won't have to worry about deep plastic cutting pad impressions getting transferred to your new project. Double sided and made of self-healing cutting material it's great for use with intricate thin metal dies. It works great for dry embossing with your dies and it can also be used as a work surface for cutting, slicing, and trimming.




7. Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Noteworthy Stamp Set

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Noteworthy Stamp Set


The Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Noteworthy Stamp Set is a cling mounted rubber stamp set that includes 29 sentiments that are perfect for all those noteworthy events or days in your life.



8. Scrapbook.com Project Grip Silicone Craft Mat

Scrapbook.com Project Grip Silicone Craft Mat

Keep all of your projects, inks, stencils and so much more from slipping around on your work station with 
the Scrapbook.com Project Grip Silicone Craft Mat! This versatile mat has double sided grip to help keep projects in place as you blend, stencil, stamp and so much more while crafting. I love the grip part of it for holding paper and stencils in place and how easy it is to clean. It's also heat resistant so you can even heat emboss on it!

You can see it in action as I use it to create this Christmas card using the gorgeous new Tim Holtz Distress Color Lumberjack Plaid.


9. Scrapbook.com Decorative Die Set Sprigs and/or Delicate Leaves

Scrapbook.com Decorative Die Set Sprigs and/or Delicate Leaves


Add the perfect botanical accent to all of your cards, scrapbook pages and traveler's notebook pages with the Scrapbook.com decorative Sprigs or Delicate Leaves dies set. This amazing set of 6 dies will quickly become your go-to for adding a little extra something to any of your paper crafting projects. Combine several of them to create bouquets or place them end to end for a quick & easy border! They are seriously perfect for all your year round crafting!





10. Scrapbook.com Double Sided Adhesive Foam

Scrapbook.com Double Sided Adhesive Foam

Add depth, dimension, and detail to your projects with Scrapbook.com's exclusive Scrapbook.com Double Sided Adhesive Foam shapes! These sticky, dimensional adhesives in TWO sizes of squares lets you get the perfect pop with photos, ephemera, die cuts, and more! The crafting fun will never stop when you add some pop! These are a must have for adding depth and dimension to your projects!

11. Scrapbook.com Decorative Card Maker Essentials Bundle

Scrapbook.com Decorative Card Maker Essentials Bundle

Want to get into card making but don't know where to start? If you said yes, then this Scrapbook.com Decorative Card Maker Essentials Bundle was made for you! It has all of the card making basics you need to get started including a stamp set with everyday sentiments, a paper pad and a Pops of Color for embellishments!

12. Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Botanic Collage Stamp Set

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Botanic Collage Stamp Set

This four piece cling mounted rubber stamp set features flowers and butterflies with newspaper print behind them. Definitely one of my favorite stamps sets this year! You can see how I used it to create this card. 


Tim Holtz Botanic Collage & Oxidized Stamping Technique Video


13. Sizzix Big Shot Switch Plus Machine Cherry Blossom or Tim Holtz Black

Sizzix Big Shot Switch Plus Machine Starter Kit Cherry Blossom or Tim Holtz Black

If you are new to die cutting, looking to up your die cutting game or looking to switch from a manual to an electric machine then the Sizzix Big Shot Switch Plus Machine Starter Kit Cherry Blossom or Tim Holtz Black then look no further! The Cherry Blossom (pink color) is an Exclusive Collaboration with Scrapbook.com and you can't find this color anywhere else! You will love this Big Shot Switch Plus Machine, the sleek design, and all its other features. If pink isn't your thing, the machine also comes in a Tim Holtz edition that is black with chrome accents or white with chrome accents.

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If you're looking for even more holiday gift ideas, make sure to check out Scrapbook.com's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide too. It's packed with even more amazing products for all your paper crafting needs!


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Thanks so much for stopping by today to check out my 2022 Top Gifts for Cardmakers Guide. Make sure to pin the image below and share it with everyone you know! Want to share this with a loved one so they know just what to get you? All you need to do is share this link to my 2022 Top Gifts for Cardmakers product list.

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2022 Top Gifts for Cardmakers Juliana Michaels 17turtles.com

2022 Top Gifts for Cardmakers Guide

You can find the all the products that are in my 2022 Top Gifts for Cardmakers Guide below with compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com. These links are at absolutely no cost to you. When you shop through the links below, I receive a small commission from Scrapbook.com. These links are at absolutely no cost to you and the commission I receive helps me cover the costs of my blog and other expenses, which allows me to continue to provide you with FREE inspiration and tutorials. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure state

Christmas Cards with Layered Plaid Thinlits | Tim Holtz Sizzix Christmas 2022

We all have those dies that we reach for over and over again. Those basic shapes that are just perfect for all the things. Well, in my book, the Layered Plaid Die is one those. While I've only had the opportunity to use it for Christmas cards, I know it will be the perfect backdrop for just about any card you can imagine and regardless of your style. I also love that even though it has 3 dies that are meant to be layered to create a multi color plaid, it works just as well when you only use one of the layers.

In this blog post, I want to share with you two Christmas cards I created using the Layered Plaid die and show you how I only used one layer of the die on each of the cards. If you are looking for more inspiration on how to use this die or any of the others from the Tim Holtz Sizzix Christmas 2022 release, make sure to check out Tim's blog post.

MERRY CHRISTMAS CARD

To create this Merry Christmas card, I used the more detailed of the layers. It adds a nice touch of interest to the background when paired with the contrasting red poinsettia but not so much that it is overpowering.

Merry Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Holiday Brushstroke 3 and Layered Plaid Thinlits

I die cut the more detailed plaid layer from a piece of gold Metallic Kraftstock and layered it onto a piece of Distress Watercolor Paper that I had sprayed with Frayed Burlap Distress Stain and spritzed with a bit of water before I dried it.


For the focal point, I used the Holiday Brushstrokes 3. I sprayed separate pieces of Distress Watercolor Paper, one for each of the following Distress Spray Stains: Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Walnut Stain and Bundled Sage. While I was spraying the color, I added a bit of water and dried them with my heat tool. I then die cut the various layers from the different colors and put them together to create the poinsettia and greenery. I also cut the bottom layer twice and rotated it slightly to get the shading. For the poinsettia I also inked the edges with Aged Mahogany to add more shading as well.


To finish off the card, I added some splatters of Gilded Foundry Wax and a sentiment from the Christmas Idea-ology Sticker Book. You could also use a stamp if you wanted to mass produce this design.


JOY CHRISTMAS CARD

Now onto my second card using the Layered Plaid Dies. On this one I used the other layer to create a slightly more bold design for the background. This bolder background is a nice contrast to the more detailed wreath I added as the focal point.

Joy Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Yuletide and Layered Plaid Thinlits

The plaid was die cut from a piece of Distress Watercolor Paper that I had sprayed with Walnut Stain Distress Spray Stain and then layered onto a piece of gold Metallic Kraftstock.


The wreath on this card was created using the Yuletide Thinlits. I added color in a similar manner as the poinsettia in that I die cut the various layers from pieces of Distress Watercolor paper that I had inked with the following Distress Spray Stains: Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage and Shabby Shutters. These are listed in order of dark to light and bottom to top layer. The bow was cut from Aged Mahogany and Fired Brick.


For the Berries, I only used 2 layers from the dies and cut them from Aged Mahogany and Fired Brick. After adhering the berry layers, I applied Glossy Accents to give them a little shine. A touch of Rock Candy Distress Glitter would have been a nice touch as well!

The sentiment is from the Bold Text Christmas Thinlits and die cut from gold Metallic Kraftstock and white cardstock. I cut the white card 2 times and adhered the gold on top to give the letters a little more dimension before I adhered it to the wreath.


Thanks so much for the visit and I hope you enjoyed this bit of Christmas Card inspiration using the Layered Plaid Thinlits.

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Below you can find the products I used to create these projects along with compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com. These links are at absolutely no cost to you. When you shop through the links below, I receive a small commission from Scrapbook.com. These links are at absolutely no cost to you and the commission I receive helps me cover the costs of my blog and other expenses, which allows me to continue to provide you with FREE inspiration and tutorials. If you want to learn more about what an affiliate link is, you can see my full affiliate and product disclosure statement here. Thank you so much for your love and support!