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Fancy Friday – Masculine Yet Fancy

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Jen Timko - FF Mar - Simply AmazingI am so excited to share with you this month’s project with for our Fancy Friday monthly hop!  If you just came over from the amazing Jeanna, welcome to the next stop.  My friends and I want to be able to share with you our ideas in a monthly format.  We will use different themes each month – sometimes colors, sometimes a sketch, sometimes a stamp set focus.  The one thing you can count on is that it will be fancy!  Over our year on the 2013 Artisan Design Team,  “fancy” became our word to describe the best projects, the best new clothes, even the best pedicure colors.  Now we want to share with you our take on “fancy” each month.  This month our theme is “Masculine Yet Fancy”!  We are making masculine cards with special elements.  Because the men in our lives deserve fancy cards too!


What is it about spring that makes you move to new colors?!  Those of you who have been with me for a while has seen me call it “seasonal stamper’s disorder”, lol.  I simply HAVE to stamp in colors that fit the temps outside.  Watercoloring is another technique that seems to mean spring to me.  Soft lines, imprecise splatters, no rules!  This card uses the fun Little Letters Thinlits to create a word.  Any word you want!!  But how did I do it?!  Thanks to the Stretch Your Dies class I’ve been taking, I learned this technique of masking using freezer paper (who knew?!).  Kristina Werner demonstrated the how-to in the class and it works perfectly!  Cut the letters out of the freezer paper, iron them on carefully, and watercolor.  Then remove the masks.  I used Lost Lagoon, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive classic ink to color on Watercolor paper.  Once dry, I cut the panel down and peeled up the masks.  FANCY!!  I dialed the word “simply” into my Alphabet Rotary Stamp and stamped in Versamark ink onto Basic Black card stock and then embossed in White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I find myself hoarding all kinds of sequins now (thanks to all the cool ones in Paper Pumpkin) and these are the Frosted Sequins from the Holiday Catalog.  And guess what, you can get them right now on the Clearance Rack while supplies last!  So what do you think about this one?!  I’d love to hear if you think the technique is as cool as I do!!  The best part is that my oldest son asked me if he could get this card or a card like it for his birthday….I’ll take that as a yes on hitting the mark with a man (or junior man) friendly card!

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I told you on Wednesday that I had an announcement to make and I thought today would be a great time to share.  I have an new and updated version of my Stamps on the Fly program that will launch on April 1st.  Click here to see all the details!!  Hint:  I’m bringing my love of sketches to YOU!

We have a super special treat this week and I have the privilege of introducing our Fancy Guest Stamper.  And yes, she is extremely fancy!!  Hop right over and see the fabulous Kimberly Van Diepen!  You are going to love what she created!

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Paper:  Watercolor, Basic Black, White; Ink: Lost Lagoon, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Versamark; Accessories:  Big Shot, Little Letters Thinlits, Alphabet Rotary Stamp, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Paint Brush, Freezer Paper, Frosted Sequins

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Freshly Made Sketches #178

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Do you ever take online classes?  Well, I though I needed a perk up from the winter blahs so I signed up for one that focuses on die cutting called Stretch Your Dies from Online Card Classes.  I’m even trying to do some of the homework.  Ok, yeah, yeah….what does that have to do with Wednesday at Freshly Made Sketches?!  I combined the ideas from day 1 of class with the sketch this week and I can’t wait to see what you think!

FMS178 - Enjoy

So the first day of class focus on word dies and I immediately thought of this fun scripty word from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits.  After cutting it a bunch of times from Whisper White card stock, I attached them to another panel of Whisper White using Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive (light hand).  Then I cut the word again from Bermuda Bay so that I could add it over the circle.  The triangle print on the sides comes from washi tape that comes with the Everyday Adventure Project Life Accessory Kit.  I cut the circle and the panel from Painted Blooms DSP and then popped the extra sentiment on.  I just love the effect from the tone on tone words down the panel, don’t you?!  Can’t wait to hear what you think about it.  Takes a little patience but worth it.

FMS Final 178-001The team has created their usual fabulous inspiration and you’ll have such fun with this sketch.  Our resident layer goddess Narelle has given us one that has just the right combination of layers and clean lines so that everyone should be happy!  I’m going to try to continue with my class work and hopefully have some interesting stuff to share.  Until then, I hope your week is great!  Thanks so much for stopping by.

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Paper:  Whisper White, Painted Blooms DSP, Bermuda Bay; Accessories:  Big Shot, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch, Everyday Adventure Washi Tape, Dimensionals, Tomboy Multipurpose Adhesive

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Stamp Review Crew – Point & Click

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I am so excited to be a part of this amazing group of Stampin’ Up demonstrators!  If you haven’t heard of “The Crew” yet, you are going to be so thrilled with this.  We are here to show you the versatility of one stamp set every time we hop (the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month).  We have a whole team of people and different stampers participate each time.  Like you, we look to find ways to maximize our investments and the single focus on one set allows you to see all the possibilities!  This week, our featured stamp is Project Life: Point & Click.  While it is certainly great for creating Project Life memory keeping, it is also fabulous for cards!

If you just came over from the lovely Yapha Mason, I’m so glad you are here!  If you want to see everyone who is hopping or if you get lost along the way, just click over to The Stamp Review Crew blog.

SRC - Point & Click

I just love the little designs in this stamp set.  So many fun arrows, stars and elements!  I thought I’d just use one and repeat it to create this sweet little card.  I stamped the arrows using Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Real Red.  Then I added the sentiments from So You, a stamp set from the Occasions Catalog that goes along with the So You Project Kit (an adorable scrapbook kit).  LOVE this sentiment (and all the others in the set)!    I put a narrow background frame around the stamped panel with Real Red card stock and then attached this striped pattern from the Stacked with Love DSP Pack to a white card base.  While some of the patterns have a subtle heart theme this stack is really great for so many projects!  It seemed to be missing something so I finished with a tiny Cherry Cobbler Button (Regals) tied up with Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine.  The stamped panel is up on Dimensionals for a little extra wow!

I hope you like today’s card.  Like you, I can’t wait to see all that the others have for inspiration!  Hop on over to Holly Krautkremer to continue on your way around.  So glad you dropped in today.  See you again soon!

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Stamps:  Project Life Point & Click, So You; Paper:  Stacked with Love DSP Pack, Real Red, Whisper White; Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Real Red, Daffodil Delight; Accessories:  Stamp-a-ma-jig, Regals Button, Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine, Dimensionals







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Freshly Made Sketches #177

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Another week is flying by!!  Finally, it has warmed up a little here and my boys are actually in school (and may be there for an entire week!!)!  I have been catching up on stuff around the house but was so excited to sit down with this week’s awesome sketch by Karren.  Now you probably know Karren as the fabulously talented stamper from New Zealand (and she is!!) but did you also know that she is a world class enabler?!  Yep.  Under that sweet exterior is a woman who “helps” the entire team find just the right stamping products.  If you follow her blog, I’m sure she has helped you right along too!  *smile*  Not shocking that her sketch will make you need to play along this week, then, is it?!

FMS177 - Painted Butterfly

Can you tell that I’m ready for spring?!  This card practically screams it!  I pulled out the beautiful Painted Blooms DSP and started looking at prints.  I finally decided to keep it simple and use a white base with this Wild Wasabi striped print.  I love these stripes!!  Then I pulled out my Butterflies Thinlits and cut the background butterfly out of White Vellum card stock and then used the solid butterfly thinlit on a flower print to cut the top one.  I love how the look of the print changes when it is cut out with a die!  This little butterfly makes me happy!  I topped it with a Vintage Faceted Button and the coordinating Painted Blooms Twine in Wild Wasabi.  The sentiment is from Gifts of Kindness.  Now for the weather to get warm enough to see butterflies for real!!

Ok…so I’m sure you have seen it.  Yesterday, Stampin’ Up issued an announcement that the Blendabilities line of alcohol markers has been discontinued.  While I’m personally sad for this because I love them, I am proud of Stampin’ Up for being the kind of company that will ensure that products pass the quality control test.  These were simply too inconsistent from the manufacturer and no resolution was in sight.  I know this was a difficult choice for the company but ethically the only one they could make.  What does this mean for you?  If you have them, keep using them!  I will and you will still see them here at the blog until they are unusable.  If you have product that is defective, please contact your demonstrator because there are policies in place to make it right.  If you bought them from me, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  I’ll be happy to help in any way possible!

FMS Final 177-001The variation on this sketch from the design team this week is really fantastic.  I think you are going to have fun using this one.  Oh…and the long card sketch last week….what a great gallery we had!  Thanks to all who joined in on that!

Well, I hope that your week is going well and that you are having a stretch of nice weather too!  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  See you soon!

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Stamps:  Gift of Kindness; Paper:  Neenah White, Painted Blooms DSP, White Vellum; Ink:  Wild Wasabi; Accessories:  Painted Blooms Twine, Vintage Faceted Button, Big Shot, Butterflies Thinlits, Crystal Effects, Banner Punch, Dimensionals

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Snow Day Stampin’ Fun!

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So apparently my children will be going to school through June.  Or maybe not but wow, they have been home a lot for snow days!!  A LOT!  After the hours and hours of Minecraft, I finally decided it was time for something else.  Fortunately I had not one but two things at the ready for them.  And you know what?!  These guys are seriously great (ok, the products are seriously great and they are perfect for any level of crafter…but I’m a mom so I have to give credit to the kids!)!!!  Wanna see??  Of course you do!!

First of all, I decided that we were going to start a Project Life by Stampin’ Up album created by the boys with some of their favorite events.  Sometimes weekly, sometimes more, depending on what we are up to.  I pulled out the kits I have and they got to work.  Because they aren’t me, they have the courage to mix and match and just create what makes sense to them.  I have a lot to learn from them!!  Using the Everyday Adventure, Playground and Sale-a-bration This Day kits and accessories here are their first pages.  I can’t even wait until they create more!  Ok…truthfully they will be creating more pretty much the second I finish typing this post.  *smile*

PL by Jacob - Stampin' on the Fly

First, my oldest created these fun pages.  I love the one he made using a funny picture of him and his older cousin taken while we visited Orlando a couple of weeks ago.  The other picture he chose is “The Supervisor” doing what she does best.  He chose to put in the ikat style DSP (Sweet Dreams) pattern to match!  He used the PL Cards and Labels Framelits to make it match perfectly.

PL by Nathan - Stampin' on the Fly

Not to be outdone, my youngest chose a picture of himself from when he was the Star Student (a way to let the other kids know more about each child).  He took some of the things he had written about himself on the poster and put them on the card.  Isn’t this PL card perfect?!

Feb PP - Thanks

So we finished the Project Life work for the day and they still felt like crafting (insert mom cheer here!).  I went right to the Paper Pumpkin kit for February!!  They made this card above (and others like it) which is pretty much the design straight from the kit.  But then I showed them a fun post from Concept Artist Melody Hyde (go leave her some love because she is brilliant) and they just had to create their versions of the star card.  I cut apart an accordion for them and they got to work.

Feb PP - Cards

I helped show them how to wrap the twine like Melody did and they chose different colors from my stash.  I may go and create another group just like them and put them in one of the cute envelopes from the kit to have ready as a little treat for someone.  You know….I might be doing that while the boys are working on PL!!

Ok.  Enough typing.  I have crafting (YAY!) and snow shoveling (BOO!!) to do today.  I hope you have a fabulous and crafty day!  See you soon!

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Stamps:  February Paper Pumpkin; Paper:  Sweet Dreams DSP, PLxSU, Paper Pumpkin; Ink:  Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Pumpkin Pie; Accessories: PLxSU Everyday Adventure, Playground, SAB This Day, Buttons, Baker’s Twine (from Paper Pumpkin plus Crushed Curry, Pool Party, What’s Up Punch, Big Shot, PL Card and Labels Framelits, Stars Framelits

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Coffee and Friends

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So I have a Saturday card!  Yay!!!  I had some time to stamp yesterday and just could not resist joining in this fabulous blog hop.  Amy and Chaitali have created this spring version of the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  Such fun!  I mean let’s face it.  What is stamping without coffee??!!  I know that my stamping is fueled by coffee.

Jen Timko - Coffee and Friends

The other thing that goes perfectly with coffee is friends!  I love when I get to enjoy a nice cup with mine…such a special treat.  I combined the Perfect Blend stamp set with Sweet Dreams DSP to create this fun little card.  I stamped the cup three times – on the rectangle print, on the circles print and on Whisper White. I cut them out and then pieced them together to create my cute cup.  I wrapped a little bit of Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine around the cup and then added an Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Sticker with a little piece of coordinating DSP cut with the heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  I took some washi tape and added it to a little clothespin and clipped on the sentiment from the stamp set.  More DSP for the banner and Lost Lagoon card stock embossed with Decorative Dots TIEF.

FabFri58I used this sketch from my friends over at Fab Friday for this card.  Now you need to go check out this fun hop.  So many people already linked in and guess what?!  There are loads of amazing sponsors and all you have to do is join in for a chance to win.

Hope you enjoy this card.  I have my stamp club coming over this weekend and I can’t wait to stamp with them!  I hope your weekend is full of stamping too!  So glad you stopped by today.  See you again soon!

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Stamps:  Perfect Blend; Paper:  Sweet Dreams DSP, Whisper White; Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Mini Clothespin, Washi Tape, Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine, Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers and Punch, Big Shot, Decorative Dots TIEF

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Fancy Friday – Fancy Technique

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FF Feb - Watercolor Blooms

I am so excited to share with you this month’s project with for our Fancy Friday monthly hop!  If you just came over from the amazing Jeanna, welcome to the next stop.  My friends and I want to be able to share with you our ideas in a monthly format.  We will use different themes each month – sometimes colors, sometimes a sketch, sometimes a stamp set focus.  The one thing you can count on is that it will be fancy!  Over our year on the 2013 Artisan Design Team,  “fancy” became our word to describe the best projects, the best new clothes, even the best pedicure colors.  Now we want to share with you our take on “fancy” each month.  This month our theme is “Fancy Technique”!  We are using techniques that we love and can’t wait to share them with you!


I am just obsessed with the watercolor look right now.  Can’t seem to get enough of it.  You know one of the great things about this technique?  It doesn’t have to be time consuming!  My card for today took very little time and I think it has a really pretty effect.  So how did I make it?  Watercolor paper does all the work, really.  You can swirl on color any old way and it is fabulous.  So, so forgiving too.  Don’t love what you put down?  Add a little more water and then dab it up with a paper towel.  I swirled on some Mossy Meadow and Lost Lagoon to create the background for this beautiful image from the hostess stamp set Bloom with Hope.  Then a little strategic placement on Rich Razzleberry ink behind where the flowers go.  Really, that is it.  To match the soft image, I added a layer of vellum over the front of my Pool Party base to give it that fuzzy quality.  To show you how easy it is, I created a video.

See, I told you!  Makes you look at those line images you have with a new eye.  This would be wonderful with the new Sale-a-bration set called Nature’s Perfection, I think.  What, you don’t know about the NEW and ADDED Sale-a-bration sets???!!!  Click here:  Sale-a-bration Additions.  You really don’t have to color them with precision all the time (although I love doing that too).  I hope you enjoy this card.  Let me know what you think…I love hearing your feedback!

Okay, off to go visit the awesome Mercedes Weber!  You will be wow’d, as always!

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Stamps:   Bloom with Hope; Paper:  Watercolor, Pool Party, Vellum; Ink:  Mossy Meadoe, Lost Lagoon, Rich Razzleberry, Momento Black; Accessories:  Aquapainter, Paint Brush, Heat Tool, Stamp-a-ma-jig

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Ombre Thank You

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You know sometimes you just need a quick thank you note.  Or a whole stack of quick thank you notes.  But quick doesn’t necessarily mean that they can’t be special now, does it?!  As I was working on my card for last Wednesday’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge, my youngest son was working on some thank you notes for his birthday presents.  With all the the winter weather days (I’d call them snow days but sometimes they come without snow…like today….again….), I have had no choice but to create with the kids “helping”.  In this case, he decided that he liked the colors I was using and oh, by the way, he needed some extra note cards.  So I made a few of these lickety-split.

Ombre Thank You

I took the already inky sponge daubers and created the ombre look on this fabulous sentiment.  Then I stamped right onto the ever-so-handy Note Cards.  If you don’t have a pack of these in your craft room, you just need to fix that.  Like now!  I cannot tell you how many time they have saved me.  Many times I hand them to the kids and they stamp happily and create amazing cards.  Or in this case, it provided a quick way to make sure we didn’t lose the momentum of writing thank you cards.  When you capture a 9 year old boy and get him writing, you just don’t let him stop until he is done!!

Ok, so I’m still typing but you could have like 10 of these done by now.  I think that I may make a pack of them in different colors to have on hand.  And another pack to have on hand as a gift.  Crazy how much I am liking something that is really so simple.  I hope you love this idea as much as I do.  Let me know what you think and then let me know what colors YOU think would be awesome together on this.

I have a really fabulous card all ready to share for you on Monday and I can hardly wait for you to see it.  So glad you stopped in today.  Hope you have a great weekend!

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Stamps:  Watercolor Thank You; Paper:  Whisper White Note Cards; Ink:  Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Midnight Muse (ret); Accessories: Sponge Daubers

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Freshly Made Sketches #174

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This week over at Freshly Made Sketches, the incredible Cindy Lovell is our sketch hostess.  Cindy has the most fabulous eye for design and detail.  I love her cards!  Of course it is no surprise that her design is perfect for lots of interpretations.  It is fantastic!

FMS174 - Triangles For You


I knew I wanted to use this graphic and fun stamp Dotty Angles when I saw the sketch.  But what to do with it?  And which shape, triangles or circles? After playing with it a bit, I thought I do a take on ombre stamping.  I sponged Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Midnight Muse (retired In Color) inks onto the triangle stamp.  Makes for a pretty cool effect, don’t you think?  I chose the sentiment die from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and cut out a few from white card stock.  I used the inky sponge dauber already loaded with Bermuda Bay (from inking the stamp) to sponge color on the top layer.  You could used colored card stock but this effect is a little softer.  The sequins are from the Holiday Catalog (silver) and from Paper Pumpkin.  The darkest one is colored with a Night of Navy Blendabilities marker to make it match.

FMS Final 174-001

I think you are going to have fun with this sketch.  So many great ways to create with the angled panel and circle element.  The team does its usual magic and you will love their work!  I’ll be back Friday with a quick and easy card you are sure to like.  So glad you stopped in today.  Hope your day is great!

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Stamps:  Dotty Angles; Paper:  Neenah White; Ink:  Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Midnight Muse (ret); Accessories:  Big Shot, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Sponge Daubers, Sequins, SSS Stitched Rectangles Die

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You’re the Best

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I had the privilege of going to a wonderful gathering of Stampin’ Up demonstrators last Saturday and wow was it fun!  My friend Rose-Ellen Eastman puts on an event that mimics the style of Stampin’ Up corporate events and it is always a treat to go!  She puts in a lot of work to make it happen.  This time I offered to help by creating a Make-n-Take.  Everyone seemed to like it and I hope you will too.  I also got to make other designers’ projects as make-n-takes and thought it would be fun to share!

You're the Best - Make and Take

My card shows how easy it is to incorporate stencils into a cute design.  I just love these little hearts from the Hearts and Stars Mask set.  I sponged on Soft Sky ink with a sponge dauber.  Then I punched a piece of the heart print from the Fancy Foil vellum and a piece of Soft Sky card stock using the Note Tag Punch.  I tied the Painted Blooms Twine onto a Mini Metallic Clothespin and cinched the two tags together.  The sentiment comes from the FREE Sale-a-bration set Simply Wonderful.  How do you get that set??  Easy.  Order the stuff used to make this card and you’ll have gifts that keep on giving in your craft stash.  AND you’ll get to choose the free stamp.

  • Note Tag Punch
  • Painted Blooms Twine
  • Fancy Foil Vellum (Silver)
  • Hearts & Stars Mask
  • Mini Metallic Clothespins
  • Sponge Daubers
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals

All this together comes to $50.65 and then you just choose the stamp set for free.  And all of these products can be used to make loads of other things!!  AWESOME!

One of the best things about demonstrator events is that we, of course, just have to make things while we are together.  This adorable little valentine treat bag was designed by the very talented Kim Fields for all of us to make.  I was privileged enough to see her original design.  Do to time constraints the twine was left off the project for the event (we made tons of stuff) but I could not resist adding it.  So I brought my bag home and finished it here so that I could copy Kim’s version completely.  Is this not totally fantastic??!!

Kim's Bag - Closed  Kim's Bag - Open

Our hostess Rose-Ellen really outdid herself with other projects and I just had to show you another favorite.  This adorable little lollipop holder was designed by her for us to make based on a project she saw at Leadership.  What was that??  Yes, you DO still have time to make a few of these before the 14th!!

Rose-Ellen's Treat

I hope these were worth the wait!  If you have any questions about any of the projects, just drop me a note and I’ll be happy to get you the info.  Want to participate in events like this one??  I’d love for you to join my team!  Send me an email or simply click on the tab at the top for more info.  Sale-A-Bration is such a great time to join and I’d love to have you take advantage of all the perks being a demonstrator can give!!

I’m so glad you stopped in today to visit.  I’m working on a project for a blog hop next week and I can’t wait to show you.  Until then, have a great day!

Click HERE to purchase these wonderful Stampin’ Up products!

Stamps:   Simply Wonderful (SAB), Hello Life, Hey Valentine; Paper:  Whisper White, Fancy Foil Silver Vellum, Stacked with Love DSP Pack, Basic Black, Real Red; Ink:  Soft Sky, Momento Black, Blendabilities – Coastal Cabana, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie; Accessories:  Note Tag Punch, Mini Metallic Clothespins, Painted Petals Twine, Hearts and Stars Mask, Sponge Daubers, Big Shot, Mini Gift Bag Thinlit, 2″ Circle Punch, Scalloped Circle Punch, Heart Punch, Black Baker’s Twine, Stacked with Love Washi Tape, Scalloped Tag Punch, Happy Heart Embossing Folder, 1/8″ Real Red Taffeta Ribbon

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