Freshly Made Sketches #150

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Well, it looks like I missed an amazing week last week at Freshly Made Sketches but I am back with this wonderful sketch from the awesome Linda Callahan.  I love Linda’s sense of style and she always has a little twist of humor that brings a smile!

FMS150 - Bright Joy

So I have to confess that I can’t stop creating with this stamp set.  I had all the items for this card already out on my table from making the projects for my new Stamps on the Fly and put them to use again.  I used the Silver Foil at the bottom of my Whisper White base.  Then I inked up the middle and small stars from Bright & Beautiful with Versamark then embossed with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Pretty, huh??  I did the same with the “Joy” sentiment on the base.  I added on some of the Frosted Sequins (from the Holiday Catalog too).  It still needed a little something, so I colored some Basic Rhinestones with the darkest Coastal Cabana Blendabilities marker and added those on too.

I know you are going to enjoy all the variations the team has for you this week.  I hope you’ll be able to join us too!

I have been getting one of my boys back to school this week.  The oldest started middle school on Monday.  Sigh….. How did that happen?!  But he loves all his teachers and has a smile coming home every day.  Happy mom!  My youngest starts back next Monday and then, hopefully, I will really have some stamping time.  Until then, you can see these two sweet boys in my trailer below.

If you missed it (apparently it may have been difficult to see for my email subscribers), I have a movie trailer created with my boys to show you a bit of a peek into month one of my new Stamps on the Fly program.

Click here:  YouTube Bright & Beautiful Movie Trailer

I hope your week is going well.  I look forward to getting back to a “normal” pattern of posting soon.  If you missed it, I also have 7 new projects over at Splitcoaststampers for the Dirty Dozen.

Ok…back on Saturday with a project I’ll be teaching at my class this weekend.  Until then, have a great week!

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Stamp:  Bright & Beautiful; Paper:  Whisper White, Silver Fancy Foil; Ink:  Versamark, Coastal Cabana Blendabilities; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stars Framelits Dies, Heat Tool, Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Frosted Sequins, Basic Rhinestones

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Stamps on the Fly – Bright & Beautiful Edition

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I have been working on this for awhile and am so excited to finally share the details with you.  I am thrilled to introduce my version of a stamps in the mail program.  What does this mean?  Simply put, you can stamp “with me” from anywhere in the US!  I have a page (see top menu) with all the specifics any time you want to find them but today I want to share some highlights. To start, I have a new “creative consultant” who is working with me on this.  He is my 11 year old son.  *smile*  So what happens when you combine a stamping mom with a new idea and a tween-age son with tech savvy?  A movie trailer, naturally.  And you get to see a sneak peek of some things we’ll be using in the first month.

The Bright & Beautiful Stamp Set is my focus for the first edition of Stamps on the Fly.  During this 3-month program, you will get 12 projects plus access to a “subscriber only” page of my blog that will include bonus projects.  With your projects you get video/PDF tutorials as well. Please see my Stamps on the Fly page for pricing and all the details!

*** Stamps on the Fly EXCLUSIVE  early registration offer ***

In conjunction with the amazing Big Shot special being run by Stampin’ Up, I have a fabulous offer for you!  I have opened up registration early to allow you to take advantage of both the deal from Stampin’ Up and to provide a special bonus for you.

If you order a Big Shot from me in August and choose the Bright & Beautiful Bundle as your FREE choice, I will offer you my first month (September’s Class) for the amazing price of $20.  You will still get your Frosted Sequins and Silver Foil Sheets when I order for you in September but you will have your stamp set, Stars Framelits Dies and Big Shot all ready for the class!

But what if you already have a Big Shot!  Yay!  I have a deal for you too!  Buy the Bright & Beautiful Bundle from me in August (remember, there is a 15% savings on the bundle!) and you will also get your September class for $20!

So you get this amazing deal from Stampin’ Up and I will show you lots of ideas on how to use them!  I hope you are as excited about this as I am!

These projects are all designed by me so you know they will be stepped-up ideas with clean lines and beautiful details!  Stampin’ on the Fly style!

If you have any questions, I’m happy to help!  Just email me and I’ll get back to you just as soon as I can.  (** United disclaimer:  Because of my flying, sometimes it will take me about 24 hours to get back to you.  But I will answer as promptly as possible.)

So what is stopping you?  Order your Big Shot/Bright & Beautiful Bundle or your 15% off Bright & Beautiful Bundle now and let me know you are ready to sign up for the class!

See….now you know what I have been up to over the last few weeks! The last few days of announcements have been in the works for a while! As my Artisan 2013 year came to a close, I was definitely looking for the next way to be able to share my love of stamping! The Dirty Dozen at Splitcoaststampers combined with this Stamps on the Fly program got me really excited about new ideas for sharing. I look forward to designing for you and sharing all the fun ideas I have with this great set! And now I have a few days to stamp….so I hope to be up soon with new cards to share! Until then….have a great day!

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SC501 – Thank You and a Reveal!

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Finally!  I can share with you the great news!!  I am officially on the Dirty Dozen Design Team at Splitcoaststampers!!!  As of today!  For the next six months I will be creating projects for the monthly theme….wow it is fun!  Here is the deal.  In order to see what I have created, you have to be a member of the Splitcoast Fan Club.  But seeing my cards is definitely the tip of the iceberg!  You get access to the whole Fan Club/Dirty Dozen Gallery plus all the other perks outlined in the club link.  Yeah…it is awesome!

When Lydia asked me a few weeks ago, I almost passed out!  I remember when I first started stamping and Splitcoaststampers was my go-to location for card ideas.  I was simply in awe of the amazing talent and what people could make with ink and paper.  Well, that hasn’t changed much.  I’m still in awe!!  To be on the Dirty Dozen Team is an honor I could have never expected. Let’s face it….many stamping greats (you know them by first names!) have gotten the call from Lydia.  That my name would be included was not on my radar.  So after I caught my breath, I wanted to ask Lydia if she was kidding.  But I didn’t want her to say she was so I gave her a big YES as quickly as possible!  So….I have 7 projects ready to show you in the gallery and it is live now!  Please let me know what you think….the theme is such fun!  Am I Babbling?  Yep….think of all the great ideas you will find from the entire Dirty Dozen!

SC501 - Thank youI couldn’t leave you totally without a card so I chose this week’s Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge (SC5501) for this one.  The beautiful new hostess set, I Like You, and Blendabilities.  The perfect match!  I hope you like this sweet little card and will come visit me in the galleries too.

Thanks so much for you patience as I have been busy creating!  I love when I finally get to share!  I’ll be back on Sunday with one more big announcement.  Yes, these are the ones I promised earlier in the month!  Until then, have a great weekend!

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Stamp:  I Like You (hostess); Paper:  Very Vanilla, Basic Gray; Ink:  Blendabilities – Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie; Accessories:  Paper Piercing Pack Essentials, Stampin’ Pierce Mat

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Display Stamper Scrapbook Pages

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More Convention Display Board projects for today!  (Remember to click on the button above to link to all the other display stampers on our Pinterest board)

This is not my normal Wednesday post.  I’m taking a week off from Freshly Made Sketches but please stop over and see all that the team has created.  The sketch from Rita is fabulous too!

I hope you excuse my absence over the last few days.  I finally took a little down time for the summer.  The family and I went on a small vacation last week and then I rolled right back into a trip for work.  I thought it best to take week off from the challenge and stamp for all kinds of upcoming things.  More on that in the next few days.  Until then, I have some of my projects from the Display Boards to continue sharing.

Amazing Birthday - Ridiculously Amazing

I have two scrapbook pages for you today.  And I love them both!!  The first one is done in the style of my Artisan 2013 friend Cathy Caines.  I love her use of patterns and colors on white so I tried to see what I could do with that.  You know what?  I found it really freeing to just start layering patterns until things seemed right!  I started with the stencils from the Build a Banner SImply Created Kit (the new Dots & Stripes would work great too).  I sponged on Bermuda Bay into the circles.  Then using the Dotty Angles triangles stamp, I stamped on Real Red.  I purposely didn’t fully ink them to match the look of the stenciling.  Then some bits and pieces just started to get put on.  A piece of card stock.  A banner from Amazing Birthday.  Sequins (LOVE these).  The date using the Alphabet Rotary Stamp.  And finally the sentiment using the big one from Amazing Birthday.  The banner part is hand cut and the arrow is from the On Film Framelits.  I added a little pop of gold DSP (Gold Soiree) behind the picture and then added this picture of my oldest.  Needless to say the color palette came from the colors in the picture!  It is from Sea World a few years ago and I love this one!

Kinda Eclectic - Butterflies

Again on this one I started with the picture (that is truthfully the only way I can create scrapbook pages).  This one was taken in the Butterfly Pavilion at the Museum of Natural History.  This butterfly came and landed on my youngest’s head and just stayed there.  So the Kinda Eclectic set seemed like the perfect accent.  I used prints from the Moonlight Paper Stack and again just started layering.  I stamped the butterflies onto White Filter Paper and also some of the the circles from the set.  The butterflies were punched out using the Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly Punches (put a piece of card stock behind to make the punching easier).  The I tore the edges of the circle piece for extra texture.  The sentiment uses the Alphabet Rotary Stamp again (I know I have said it but it bears repeating….this rotary stamp is awesome!).

I hope you like these sweet pages as much as I do.  Both different but put together in much the same way.  I will be back later this week.  Until then, hope your day is great!

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Freshly Made Sketches #148

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Wow, what a gallery we had in last week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  Thanks to all who played along with my sketch!  This week we have a fabulous sketch courtesy of the incredible Jen Mitchell.  Her style and attention to detail always wow me!

FMS148 - Greetings of the Season


My card this week should come with a disclaimer *Does Not Follow Simple Instructions Well*.  I flipped the sketch, kind of.  Only the center panel though.  Hmmmm…. Hopefully Jen won’t mind too much.  I was just obsessed with using this bird from the new set Beauty of the Season.  He is so fantastic.  And I had to color him.  I had to!  I framed him with a cut out from the On Film Framelits (cut from Early Espresso ) and added a sentiment from a set that is not even in the Holiday Catalog is it so new.  It will be a set you can get for hostessing in an upcoming promotion and it is called Good Greetings.  You will need it too.  It is awesome.  The Vintage Faceted Button was colored using the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities (just like the bird).  A little Burlap Ribbon and that awesome Kraft Card Stock for the finished card.

You know that the team at FMS has amazing inspiration for you this week.  Because they always do!  And we have a guest stamper for the whole month of August.  Kim Singdahlsen has joined the Clean Team (and the ensuing craziness)!  Please go give her a warm welcome!  Back soon with some more of my Display Stamper projects.  Until then, have a great week!

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Stamps:  Beauty of the Season, Good Greetings; Paper:  Kraft, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Momento Black, Blendabilities – Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Skin Tone;  Accessories:  Big Shot, 1-1/4″ Burlap Ribbon, On Film Framelits, Vintage Faceted Button, Linen Thread

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Kinda Eclectic – An Eclectic Display

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More Convention Display Board projects for today!  (Remember to click on the button above to link to all the other display stampers on our Pinterest board)

Today I am showing you some projects using the new stamp set Kinda Eclectic.  This was the set I was most excited to get with display stamping and it did not disappoint!  So many beautiful things to create with it!

Kinda Eclectic - Glimmer Banners

My first card was all about that lovely new Kraft Card Stock.  Wow it is pretty!  I hand cute the little banners out of  Canvas Creations and stamped the leaves on with Mossy Meadow after having stamped them off a bit.  The focal layer of the card was first stamped with the Dictionary background in Soft Suede (also stamped off) and then the dots from Kinda Eclectic.  I added the sentiment in Mossy Meadow.  The Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly Punches (which also coordinate with the set) were used to punch Champagne Glimmer Paper.  I added Linen Thread to create the banner feel and the added the butterflies.  It didn’t seem complete so I put on some Basic Rhinestones that I had colored with the Skin Tone Assortment of Blendabilities.

Kinda Eclectic - Soft Leaves

My next card stayed with the neutrals feel but with a pop of color.  The card base is Crumb Cake.  I stamped the leaves in Versamark and embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder onto Soft Sky Card Stock.  Then, using the Skin Tone and Coastal Cabana Blendabilities, I added the color details in the leaves.  Patience and a light touch were all that were required to get this added dimension to the stamping.  The sentiment  was stamped in Crumb Cake.  I frayed one edge of the 1-1/4″ Burlap Ribbon and added it to the side of the panel.  A Very Vintage Button tied on with Linen Thread finishes the card.  I love the look of this one!

Kinda Eclectic - In color Eclectic

Finally a card that I do not think make the boards at Convention.  And I know why!  After seeing the Make & Take using this set, I realized that mine was really similar.  I would have sworn mine was a CASE if I didn’t know I made it before seeing the cards, lol!  In any case, you can see that I used three of the new In Colors for this and love the result.  Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow….gorgeous together.  There is Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine looped behind and the pearls are colored with the darkest of the Daffodil Delight Blendabilities.

I hope you enjoy seeing these projects as much as I enjoy sharing them.  Back tomorrow with a new card for Freshly Made Sketches.  Until then, have a great day and thanks so much for stopping in!

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Kinda Eclectic – Banner Frame

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Today I have one of my 3-d items to show you from my Convention Display Board projects!  (Remember to click on the button above to link to all the other display stampers on our Pinterest board)

The featured stamp set today is Kinda Eclectic with a side focus on the Big Shot.  Why the Big Shot?  Because it makes this little frame EASY to make!!  See more about a new Big Shot special below!

Kinda Eclectic - Framed Banners

I had this little frame from Ikea sitting around for a long time just waiting for the right project (please tell me I’m not the only one who does this?!).  Finally the right idea hit!  I cut the banners with my Big Shot using the Banners Framelits out of the Moonlight DSP Pack.  I stamped on images from Kinda Eclectic using Mossy Meadow Ink (this new In Color is one of my faves….along with the Blackberry Bliss).  Then I started adding little details.  A Tea Lace Doily, the “xoxo” from the Circle Card Framelit, the new 2014-16 In Color Clothespins….all perfect add-ons!  For the background I lightly stamped the Dictionary stamp in Smoky Slate onto Smoky Slate Card Stock.  The butterfly was stamped in Mossy Meadow again and punched out with the Bitty Butterfly Punch.  I attached all the banners to Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine and secured the twine behind my piece of card stock.  Some strategically placed dabs of hot glue hold things in place.  I added these black and white photos (recolored in MDS) of my two cuties all dressed up and LOVED the result.  Thinking I’m going to do this one as a class.  Because I need another one!

It’s a BIG deal!!

You know how much I love my Big Shot.  Pretty much can’t create without it!!  Now is the time.  If you do not have one, you NEED to have one.  And Stampin’ Up is making it oh so easy to do.

  1. Buy a Big Shot and get a FREE bundle (listed below)…..that is a FREE stamp AND framelit set with purchase of a Big Shot.  OH WOW!!
  2. Ok…you already have a Big Shot.  What now?  You are covered too!  Purchase any of these bundles below at a 15% discount.

Special runs from Aug 1st – Aug 31st (yes that is now!).

While I love all the bundles, I REALLY love the new Bright & Beautiful stamp and matching star framelits!  I have some things in the works for this one and if you purchase option 1 or 2 from me using the Bright & Beautiful option, you will get a special deal in the future!!  *** Hint – Click on the Bright & Beautiful Bundle and page through the pictures to see what the new stamp looks like! ***

Thanks so much for dropping in today.  Hope to get some stamping in today so I’ll look to post again in the next couple of days!!  Until then, have a great day!

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Stamp:  Kinda Eclectic; Paper:  Moonlight DSP Pack, Smoky Slate; Ink: Mossy Meadow; Accessories:  Big Shot, Banners Framelits, Circle Card Framelits, Tea Lace Doilies, 2014-16 In Color Clothespins, Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine, Itty Bitty Butterfly Punch

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Frequent Flyer Program and more news…

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You know I had to do it.  It was too obvious, don’t you think?!  As I was ending my Artisan year and looking to the future, the first thing I wanted to add in was a loyalty program.  To say thank you to my customers for all their support of my business!  Was there really any other name I could choose??!!  I think not!  I am also adding some new product based class offerings.  Today I tell you about one for my local customers but no fear.  I have something in the works for those of you who don’t live near me.  I’ll be revealing the details on that one later this month because it involves the upcoming Holiday Catalog.  I am working busily behind the scenes to get it ready for you and can’t wait to share….  But enough on that.  Today the things I CAN tell you!

Frequent Flyer Points Program

This program is courtesy of me as a thank you for your loyalty.  Points are only redeemable from Jen Timko.

Download your point tracker here: Frequent Flyer Points Card


  • Place an Online Order or email me your order at
  • You earn one (1) Frequent Flyer Point for every $25 spent on product (before shipping and tax). This is done in full increments of $25. For Instance, an order of $24.95 does not qualify you to earn a point and an order of $50.25 would get you Two (2) points. Points do not carry from order to order.
  • For every ten (10) points, you will receive $15 in Free merchandise of your choice (I pay the shipping and tax).
  • You are responsible for tracking your points and orders but I will keep a card for you too for verification. When your card is full, simply send me your completed sheet along with your product choices.
  • One customer per sheet only and must be redeemed within 60 days of qualification. Twenty (20) points maximum per redemption.
  • Points retire two years after purchase.
  • Hostess products and product shares do not count towards points.

Product Based Class Offerings

I have so many ideas I want to share that it was hard to know where to start.  I think many of you are like me and you don’t like “one trick ponies”.  You know…products that look great at first but have limited usefulness.  I have to say that Stampin’ Up does a great job with the flexibility of their products but I want to show you how to get the most out of some of the latest offerings.  So I’m starting with Blendabilities!  Because I love them!

*****Blendabilities “on the Fly” *****

We will created 3 projects demonstrating different techniques with the Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers.  You will receive a FREE Cherry Cobbler Assortment of the markers and a Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad with the class.  If you already own this color, substitution is allowed but you will need Cherry Cobbler for the class.  I will provide all the pre-cut materials, accessories and additional colors of Blendabilities to complete your projects.  Class fee is $25. Prepayment required no later than August 14, 2014.

Class in Jen’s Stamp Room on Saturday, August 23rd at 2p.  Prepayment is your RSVP.

I can’t wait to get going with my new class and project ideas this month.  Looking forward to sharing what I love with both my local customers and those of you who live a bit further away.

And since I can’t leave without showing you a card, how about this one?

Seasonally Scattered - ThanksThis is another of my Display Stamper projects for Convention using the Seasonally Scattered stamp set.  The beautiful Moonlight DSP Stack does most of the work with the lovely prints and I just stamped on the image with Blackberry Bliss ink.  The Basic Metal Button was tied with Baker’s Twine colored with a marker.

Back soon with more projects from the Display Boards.  Until then…I hope your weekend is great!  Thanks so much for stopping in!

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Stamp:  Seasonally Scattered; Paper:  Blackberry Bliss, Moonlight DSP Pack; Ink:  Blackberry Bliss; Accessories:  Basic Metal Button, White Baker’s Twine

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Amazing Birthday – A Display Variety

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As promised, another post about my Convention Display Board projects!  (Remember to click on the button above to link to all the other display stampers on our Pinterest board)

Today I am showing you some projects using the new stamp set Amazing Birthday.  And amazing is right.  This set is so flexible!!  I think the projects today show the versatility!

Amazing Birthday - Moonlight Banner

First up, on of my favorite cards that I created.  Can I just say for the record (pretty sure I have already but just in case) this new Kraft Card Stock is the BEST!  I love it!  I combined it with the new Moonlight Paper Stack to create this pretty card.  The banner was stamped with Soft Suede and the cut out.  I cut the end a little long so I could roll it around the end of a toothpick.  I tucked the banner behind a bow made out of the new Blackberry Bliss Stitched Satin Ribbon.  The little flowers are the new Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (set of three!). I punched two and layered them, adding on a Basic Pearl colored with the Razzleberry Blendabilities.  A doily behind it all…because they are so pretty!

Amazing Birthday - Celebration Bag

This bag came together so fast and I love it!  I turned to the Celebration Basics Kit and the Calypso Coral Celebration Add-On Kit for this one. I was happy to see those return!  The banner of circles, the bag and the round tag all come from that set.  I stamped the sentiment in Gold Encore Ink and embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I added in some of the Gold Sequin Trim and a Mini Metallic Clothespin for more gold goodness.  The top is sewed closed since it was going to the display boards but some twine or just the clothespin would do the job in “real life”.

Amazing Birthday - Sweet Taffy Amazing

Finally, a card with a completely different color palette!  Brights!  Using the Sweet Taffy DSP.  Pretty self explanatory with that awesome sentiment set! Super fun and the DSP does all the work.  I added some Candy Dots and a button to match along with Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine for finishing details.

I hope you enjoy these!  I’ll be back tomorrow with a great new announcement.  Looking forward to sharing the details with you!  Until then….have a great day and happy stamping!

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FMS 147 – Merry

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Freshly Made Sketches day!!! Yay!!!  After yesterday’s emotional day and post, I am working on looking toward the future and my next adventures in stamping.  A little more on that below.  For today, I am the sketch hostess and I hope you will enjoy playing along this week.

FMS147 - Merry

As I was working on my card, I also had the newest Paper Pumpkin out on the table and I saw the stars.  I knew I wanted to use them and the card started coming together.  I used the Fancy Foil in Silver for the panels and put it on a base of Shimmery White Card Stock.  Instead of silver foil for the sentiment, I pulled out my Silver Glimmer Paper instead.  Love that stuff.  I used the retired Expressions Thinlits because I don’t have the new words that are coming in the Holiday Catalog….yet.  But I will.  I added on some Silver Metallic Baker’s Twine and placed the stars.  A glittery panel behind to finish.  This card has so much shimmer and shine in person!!

I hope you will enjoy playing along with my sketch this week and I KNOW you will love what the DT has created.  Don’t miss out….hop on over and take a look!

Now for some updates (if you missed them last night).  I have some big new things coming.  Some I can share in a couple of days, some I have to wait a bit.  They are all things I think you will like!!!  The first announcement comes on Friday so you don’t have to wait long…..  And to tide you over, come back tomorrow for more projects that I created for the Display Boards at Convention.  Until then, have a great day!

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Paper:  Shimmery White, Silver Glimmer,Silver Fancy Foil, Smoky Slate; Accessories:  Big Shot, Expressions Thinlits (ret), July Paper Pumpkin, Silver Metallic Baker’s Twine

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