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This is a “Who I Am” post. Don't let the title fool ya...I'm originally from the Jersey Shore and now retired on the shores of South Carolina, so y'all is more fun to type than for me to say it...LOL. I am a homebody and a crafter which seems to be a perfect fit for me, but I do love my sandy beach's and ocean.

I needed a little church for a scene I was doing inside a large decorative fish bowl for Christmas.....and there it began. While searching for some patterns I have traveled the roads of Big Indoor Trains, Little Glitter House’s, Papa Ted’s and of course to here, Cardboard Christmas Forum...oh and also found Lucy's blog and on Facebook. I have made several of the little houses from here (thanks Howard...the pack o fun's), one or two from Lucy's blog site, I have a Tim Holtz die and made two of his and I think I have one or two from the Silhouette Store...which I have the smaller Silhouette cutting machine called the Portrait. I have been turning the patterns into cutting files for my machine. When I look into the how-to reduce of pixels to 800 for pictures I will gladly post some them.

I do have my first question, I was able to download and get some windows printed on acetate at Office Depot, but I would love to know where I can buy just plain red to make my own. Tim Holtz dies and some of the other patterns I have are larger windows and doors and it would just be easier for me to make them. So my question is: What are you using? Acetate? Vellum? Mylar? I have no idea what to look up or where to buy it from. I know Lucy uses some form of acetate? and inks them red...I got the red and yellow ink but not the material. I tried overhead projection material, made for inkjets... but it just would not dry. (Which truly baffled me..why say "for inkjet" if you can't inkjet them???) LOL

Enough for now,
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Jeanne...
Hello and welcome!...about the red "acetate" (or may be called "mylar") for windows...go here... https://www.dickblick.com/items/10902-3009/ ...this is what i use...the illustration shows multiple colos...but if you order the number above...you will get red...note...you may be able to find some transparent red document covers at your local office supply store...they will work...
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Hello Howard. Thank you for the welcome and thank you for the information. I will look into it but ...if it's what your using??? I need look no further and will place an order soon..your work is do inspirational and oh my goodness...the flatties!!

It's so hard to judge what material/thickness you use for the flatties. Is it like a poster board or heavier. Can I buy it at Michaels or Hobby Lobby? I have to try and make some, just to darn cute not to try.

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Jeanne


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Jeanne...

I use premium quality, heavy duty poster board...I can usually find it at Walmart...it is probably twice as thick as what we normally think of as poster board that can be bought at the dollar store...

Note...I also laminate two layers of the premium poster board together with white glue...

My very best regards...

Howard...


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Thank you again Howard I truly appreciate the help. I'm learning as I'm building.

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