September Techniques Class

Septembers Techniques class will feature our new embossing paste!  I’m so excited to share this fabulous product with you!

Techniques class will only be held on Tuesday, September 12th, two sessions, 9-12 or 3-8pm.  (Peter and I will be married 41 years on September 11th).

This is one class that you will regret not coming to, so, sign up as soon as possible!

Here is card one:

This card uses one of the decorative masks with clouds.  This reminds me of the old fashioned Route 66 signs.  Totally fun in person when you see the 3d clouds!

More cards tomorrow!

Happy Stamping!

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Back to school Bingo is coming up!

This will be our second annual back to school BINGO!  Space is limited, so if you want to come, please let me know as soon as possible!

BINGO is scheduled for Friday,  September 8th at 6pm.  We make 3 cards, play 3 games of BINGO, have snacks and win fabulous prizes all for only $25!!

Here are the cards we will be making:

Of course we needed a back to school card encouraging creativity with pens!

Card number two:

A woodsy birthday card, suitable for a “man” card!

Last but not least, this card was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest.  With selfies being all the rage here is a card for the selfy picture lover in your life:

Yes, even sweet little pink pigs love the fall leaves!

Time is running out, so, if you are looking to join the fun let me know!

Happy Stamping!

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September Hostess Club cards…

With all of the new products it was pretty tough to pair down to three cards for club!

When we were in Thailand we were lucky enough to see the new Holiday catalog and products.  When I saw the Christmas set with a lamp post, my mind immediately paired it up with rats from one of the Halloween sets.  This is what I came up with:

The rats are just the right size for crawling up and down the lamp post and around the cauldron of potion!

This card is my version of Charley Brown’s pumpkin patch!  I know the background DSP is floral, but with the pumpkins it makes my brain think vines!  What do you think?

For the third card, I kept with the fall theme.  That designer paper is so beautiful!  Wait until you see the whole grouping at my Open House!

If you are interested in joining one of my Hostess clubs or would like to get together with friends and create your own special night of stamping each month, give me a holler!

Happy Stamping!

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Holiday Catalog Open House!

I am over the top with our latest Holiday Catalog.  You will be also when you see it in person!  I have a catalog here waiting for you, come to my Open House on Saturday, September 2nd between 9-5 and pick it up!

I will have some sweet projects for you to stamp and lots of new product for you to check out.  Some snacks and of course a special gift for anyone placing an order before you leave!

Here’s what I have for you to stamp:

You will be able to stamp two Christmas tags, a sweet little drummer boy note card and a book mark to save the page of your favorite item in the new catalog!  (In reality, you will need a pack of post it notes to mark everything you will need for your personal stash!

Let me know if you are planning on joining us for some stampin’ good fun!

Happy Stamping!

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Catch up post!

Just like everyone else, life has been crazy busy and up side down!  As some of you know, Peter was scheduled for back surgery last week Wednesday.  On Tuesday he received a call saying they were sorry, but, he apparently was not put on or bumped from the surgery schedule.  Yikes!!  That was terribly upsetting to Peter who has been counting down the days to be relieved of his severe back pain.  (For those of you who don’t know, Peter is my husband.)

Well, long story short they rescheduled him for tomorrow!   So, my work schedule is all mixed up!  But, thanks to my wonderful downline, I have fabulous demonstators coming to cover my Product class this Wednesday and help me out on Saturday.  While I do expect Peter will be home on Saturday for my Holiday Catalog Open House, I’m not sure how much help he will need.  So, Open house is on and will be manned by me and again some of my over the top fabulous downline!!

I have been working and designing like mad to get ahead of the game during surgery and recovery time/PT and OT.  Now I would like to share some of the cards we will be making!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this Pocketfull of Sunshine stamp set.  Here is a little touch of fall.

This is the stamp set for this months Product class.  My stampers will receive the stamp set, matching dies, the Color Theory paper stack and make the 5 cards that I’ll share with you today for only $65!

This card is a touch of summer sunshine!  I adore our new Berry Burst in color!

This set is also perfect for a “guy” card.  There is fake money in the pocket, but, when giving the card, the top of the pocket is open to place some real “pocket money” for the lucky birthday guy!

This is for the “cool” girl with the black jeans and sparkles on her shades!  It was so much fun to pair up with set with the Color Theory designer paper!

This is just a fun card, bright colors with a black background and a butterfly to top it off!

Well, hope you enjoyed the cards!

Happy Stamping!


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Paper Pumpkin sale!!

Whoo hoo!!  I’m not very good at getting these items into my blog, but, at least I think you can read this one!  A great deal for new Paper Pumpkin subscribers!

In addition to this great deal you would quality to come to my Paper Pumkin Party which is the first Wednesday night each month!  It starts at 6pm and I serve snacks and you can build your projects with stamping friends.

If you have any questions please contact me!

Happy Stamping!

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Here are the rest of the Kismet cards for this month:

This is one of my favorite stamp sets paired up with great  designer paper from the Coffee Break collection.  Also, I had 25 pretied bows that I ended up not using on my Thailand swap!  This was a fine way to share them with my stampers!

Alright, nights are getting cooler, which makes me think of fall, (my favorite time of the year!).  The Basket of Wishes stamp set covers both summer and fall with baskets of strawberries to these beautiful sunflowers!

Kismet class is scheduled for Monday, August 21st, 9-12 or 3-8p.m.  Only one day this month due to a previous commentment.  Catch it while you can!!  I won’t have another class until the August Product class on the 30th.  Peter’s surgery is on the 23rd, so, I’ll be occupied with his care.

Happy Stamping!

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Ok, a day late, but hoping you’ll agree it’s worth the wait!

I promised you some of the August Kismet cards yesterday.  My personal goal/plan is to stay with the family on Sunday.  If no one is here or Peter is resting, I may sneak down and play, but, otherwise, Sunday is strictly family day!

Some of you know that I have a Sunday get together with my siblings that are in this area every Sunday.  I’m blessed to have sisters and a brother who are great cooks!  I usually supply soda and fruit!  They wisely keep me away from most of the cooking!  Especially after the death of our youngest sister to lung cancer last year,  this has been a very important day each week that we set aside to enjoy each others company.  I highly recommend this type of family renewal to you all!

Yada yada yada…here’s the cards:

I received a card through an all demonstrator swap that inspired this card.  I love the vellum cover over the whipped topping on the coffee!

This card was also inspired by a demonstrator, Debra Bergin, that I met on my trip to Thailand!  I added another lay and switch around the embossing folders for my version of Debra’s beautiful card.

Here’s a card that just makes you smile! I love the sweet little parriot that loves his puppy friend!

Well, many of you know that I LOVE my Kismet class.  I pick my 5 favorite cards to share with you and these are all fun!  Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Happy Stamping!

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Good Morning! I have the rest of the Technique cards for you today!

I have some additional samples of cards for the techniques class this month.  Looking at yesterday’s post, I did note that I am using a lot of alcohol with these cards!  I’m using it to blend the colors over the glossy cardstock.

Then later in the evening, I may have a little sip of my Limoncello from last years visit to Sorrento!  I have about 1/4 of the bottle left, but, everytime I take a sip and close my eyes, it takes me back to that unbelievable vacation!  (Thank you Stampin’ Up! for offering up such opportunities to reach goals I never even dreamed of!) None of it could be attained without my stamping family supporting me and my business. Life is good!!

I’m done bending your ear, here’s what you have been waiting for:

The plus to this cool technique is that you get two background layers from one step.  You spritz your glossy cardstock with rubbing alcohol, then place drops of reinker, in this case I used dapper demin, and then move the color around with more spritzing.  After you have it like you want it you place another piece of glossy cardstock on top of the first one, rub it around a bit and pull off.  Let both air dry.  (You may have to hold up and let some of the extra alcohol drip off.)  Here is the second background from this sample:

Zippity do da!  Another beautiful work of art.  This one looked like the water I saw in Thailand, so, I had to add shells and pearls!

Don’t forget to get signed up for class to make your own beautiful designs!

I have my cards all designed for this months Kismet class!  More ahead of the game than usual I know!  I will start sharing whose with you tomorrow!

Happy Stamping!

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August Techniques class featuring our glossy cardstock!

A number of years ago we had glossy cardstock and then it retired much to my dismay!  So, hooray, with the new catalog they brought it back to us!!

I have designed 5 cards featuring the glossy paper for this months Techniques class which is on Monday and Tuesday,  August 14th and 15th.  Both days will run with 2 sessions, 9-12 or 3-8. The cost of the class is $18.

Some of the techniques you may have used before, but, I know I love to brush up on techniques of the past as well as new ones!


This is called the brushstroke technique.  I thought the quote from Van Gogh was appropriate for this technique!

This card uses the sponge daubers to apply color and then another clean dauber to go over the entire front with rubbing  alcohol to blend the colors.  Afterwards I embossed the hot air balloon in the center.

This glossy cardstock was embossed with the floral and background stamp with clear embossing powder.  After that I used the brayer to apply the background color, going over the top portion of the cardstock more to give it an ombre look.  The surface was then wiped down with rubbing alcohol.

I had to put a fall card into this lineup!  I created the background by running my trusty aqua painter, (which was filled with rubbing alcohol), over the cardstock, leaving the surface pretty wet.  Then using two different reinkers, I dropped ink onto the surface and shooshed it around with the aqua painter.  You have to make sure that you don’t mix it up too much, which would make it look muddy.

Well, more technique cards to follow tomorrow.  If you would like to sign up for class, please let me know right away!

One last picture I wanted to share with you!  My sister, Jewell, had a little incident at her home and needed to yell out for some assistance!  We are happy to say that she was not physically injured, but, her pride took a little bruising!  Long story short, a neighbor that lived quite a ways away, heard her calling out and drove down to help her.  She was so thankful that she wanted to make him a special card and bake him a little something.  I’m no help with the baking, but with Tatiana’s skills and with a little input from me, we designed Jewell’s card:

The gentleman that helped her raises sheep, hence, the “sheep card”!  We are so happy that there are people around that will “get involved” and help out a fellow neighbor!

Happy Stamping!

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Hooray! I received my letter from Stampin’ UP! confirming my Alaska trip!

This is the first time that I have earned a trip prior to going on the current years trip!  I know that a number of demonstrators routinely do this, however, I am not one of them.  I am pround and very grateful to all my stamping family both demonstrators and stampers for helping me achieve this goal.

Peter will be going on the Alaska trip next year.  We are paraying that after surgery this will give him a goal to look forward to.  He actually has relatives in Alaska on his fathers side.  Many years ago some of his uncles moved to Alaska for the opportunities offered there.  So, it will be a dream come true event for him!

I did get my demonstrator order in for lots and lots of new products from our Holiday catalog!  I will be doing some intense designing the next few days!  My goal is o have samples made up well ahead of time to share with you on upcoming classes.

Here are a few more cards that we have done at some of last months classes:

This is from the  sweet suite Birthday Delivery.  I LOVE the fact that you can use the framelits to cut out images from the designer paper.  So, you have the option of stamping and coloring in the images or cutting them right from the paper to speed up your card making progress!

This bicycle is from the Bike Ride bundle paired up with the Just Add Color Specialty designer paper.  The houses are cut directly from the specialty paper and highlighted with some markers.  The background here is made with our watercolor paper.  We used our sponge brayers to add emerald envy to the bottom and dapper demin to the top.  After brayering we quickly brushed over the entire area with an aqua painter to blend the colors.The stencils that we have for our embossing paste can also be used with our brayers!  We used post it notes to hold the stencil in place and cover up the other portions on the front of the card.  We then brayered with our wonderful new in color lemon lime twist!

Well, happy stamping, I need to get to work!

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Last day of July 2017! Where did the month go?

Yes, July has come to an end.  Such a busy month, between classes and travel and family get togethers I have been like many of you running in place!  I certainly feel like I keep busy, but, don’t always get to my “to do” list!  Well, today I got to the top of my list…..entering my class schedules!  Hopefully I have everything covered!

I have a couple of different things going the next 3 months.  With Peter’s surgery my schedule may be somewhat jumbled!  He’s scheduled for August 23rd although we are praying for an earlier date.  If our prayers are answered, I may have to adjust my schedule.  Thank you in advance for being so forgiving and accepting of this situation.  He is in so much pain everyday and is pretty much stranded here in the house with me!  (Poor Peter!)

With all that said, please check out my class schedules and contact me if you have any questions.  I have a Bingo night scheduled in September and two product classes in October.  There was just so much to choose from with the new catalog, I had to put another class in!

When looking at the product classes you will not know what some of the items are because you don’t have the new Holiday catalog yet.  My soloution to that issue is to invite you to my Open House on Setember 2nd, from 9-5.  I do know that it’s Labor Day weekend, however, I wanted to get this book in your hands as soon as possible!  I would like you to RSVP to let me know if you are planning on attending to pick up your new catalog!

Ok, enough chatter!  I’m hoping that you have not dozed off while reading…’s some pictures of cards for your viewing pleasure!

These are three of the cards we made at the July Sassy Saturday class.

Happy Stamping!


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Whew! Back from our fabulous trip to Thailand!

We had a wonderful week in the most exotic place I have ever been!  Such a culture and time difference!  I still have cankles and am not in a normal sleep pattern yet!  But, I an so happy to have had this time away with Christine and Elliana and my stamping family!

Stampin’ UP! does everything top notch!  From the moment we got there we were spoiled and pampered!  Here are a few pics:

This was the view from our room.  We over looked the ocean, totally beautiful.  It was great to open up the door and listen to the waves come crashing in!  Did I also mention it was a long way from the lobby?!  The nice thing was it was not far from the breakfast buffet!

I need to go through my pictures and I will put more in when I get them organized by event.  There was so much going on everyday!  I probably scheduled in too much, but, I felt like we needed to do as much as possible, since I don’t know when we would ever get back!  I would like to return and just take it easy and relax and go back to the elephant sanctuary.

On with the stamping conversation!  There is a great special this month for those of you who would lilke to join my stamping family!:

Ho, ho, ho! Our Christmas in July promotion makes it easier than ever to sign up to be a demonstrator! Your new recruits will receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks (one for them and one for a stamping friend!), and a Bone Folder. That’s an added value of $52 US/$68 CAN! And to give your recruits a taste of the perks of being a demonstrator, we will also include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE ($20 US/$26 CAN)! With so many basic items provided for them, they’ll be able to get their brand, new business off to a fast start—and spend their Starter Kit dollars on things like their favorite stamp sets and accessories!

Essentials Gift Pack

118485 D Block (X2)
130148 Grid Paper
103579 Paper Snips
104332 SNAIL Adhesive
102300 Bone Folder
144804 Carols of Christmas Stamp Set


  • This offer is good for any recruit who joins during the month of July, including former demonstrators.
  • All Starter Kit orders must be submitted by 11:59 PM (MT) on July 31 to be eligible for this promotion.
  • Recruits may not exchange their Essential Gift Pack items for other products, including stamp sets.
  • Please note: The Essentials Gift Pack will automatically be added to the Starter Kit.

Great deal, right?  I would love to have you join my stamping family and take advantage of this fabulous deal!!

Happy Stamping!

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Whirl wind here…..trying to get ready for Thailand!

This will be the shortest note I have ever written!  I still have to finish packing and shower to be ready to be picked up at 2;30!     I will be heading out to Thailand thanks to my wonderful stamping family, both demonstrators and my stampers!!

Everyone who ordered product at my Open House:  It’s here and ready for pick up!  Peter will be home here holding down the fort.

He was to go camping with Carl, our oldest son and his children, but, God had other plans!  He is home nursing a very painful back problem.  He will be having surgey to correct it on August 23rd.  Which seems like a lifetime away when you are in so much pain!  Please pray for him!


Well, I’m off to another Stampin Up Grand Vacation adventure.  I will share via facebook while I am there!

Happy Stamping!!

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Saying good by to some colorful friends……Oh My Succulent Garden!

I am having my May product class highlighting the Oh My Succulent Garden suite of products.  My stampers will receive the designer paper, stamp set and thinlit dies.  In addition we will be making the following cards:

The wonderful color combinations are one of the things I will miss about this suite!  Who would put together sweetsugar plum, calypso coral and sahara sand?  Stampin’ Up! that’s who!

Those floral thinlits are fabulous!  You can make georgous cards or plants!  Yup, I’ve seen some outstanding mini gardens filled with our succulents!

I have been dreaming about this color combination, marina mist, wisteria wonder and the outgoing mint maccron.  So, here it is.  Now I plan on using it on a new tulip stamp set from the new Annual Catalog with a different green of course, perhaps wild wasabi.

Lots of little die cuts for this garden on a card!  I wanted to really feature this beautiful designer paper.

Last card for this wonderful suite of products.  Sad to see it ride off into the sunset, however, I’m so happy to send my stampers off with some fun examples of how versatile these products are!

Good bye My Succulent Garden suite!  I have found great pleasure and creativity working with you!

Happy Stamping!

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Stamping in my workshop with some retiring favorites!

During these last few weeks before the new Annual Catalog is launched I enjoy pulling out some of my favorite designer paper and trying to use up as much as I can!  I have one more card to design for Saturday, but, this is what we will be stamping so far:

I had a request for a baby boy card.  I had purchased the stamp set Moon Baby rather late from the Occasions Catalog and had not used it yet.  I decided to match it up with some designer paper from the Petals & Paisley collection.  I paired up the little bit of mint maccron and garden green for this sweet little card.  The image is stamped on our shimmer paper and colored in with a blender pen.

This designer paper is from Petals & Paisley also.  Here’s a fun fact:  this stamp set, Baby Bear is the top seller in the current Annual Catalog after the bundles!  He is a 3 step process and looks so soft.  The stamp was designed from a photograph.

I just can’t get enough of this beautiful designer paper!  Again a selection from the Petals & Paisleys collection.  Highlighted with copper in the design and edged with our copper foil paper.  A beautiful pair up with night of navy.

You really need to see this card in person!  Again, I used shimmer paper and embossed the images with copper embossing powder.  I then used my favortie tool, my handy aqua painter, and painted in some marina mist followed up with wisteria wonder.  The leaves are painted in with wild wasabi.  The shadowing is in smoky slate.  A very thin boarder of basic black and marina mist on the card base of wisteria wonder.  This is from the Rose Wonder stamp set which did not retire!  Hooray!  This stamp set is so beautiful!  The images and the verses which cover sympathy, birthday, thank you and a lovely friend message are just over the top!

Back to the workshop!

Happy Stamping!

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Good Morning!

Although the sun is not shining here and we may end up with some more rain, (yuck!!), I’m having a lovely time here in my workroom!  I have been playing with my new stamp sets and getting ready for Bingo, which is this Friday, May 26th at 6pm.

One more very important item:  due to the response of my special open house/thank you party for my customers, I have decided to extend my Open House hours.  Open House is on Friday, June 9th from 9 – 7pm and Saturday, June 10th from 9-12.  Please RSVP if you are planning on attending.  You can read about my special offering on the drop down menu for June in the heading above this post. You know that I am always a tad behind, so I need every minute prior to the start time to prepare for you, so, please no early birds!

Let me share with you!:

I did a little brayering and masking for this very simple card.  I am so totally in LOVE with this verse:  just breathe!!  Isn’t that what we all need to do.  When things get crazy, just stamp and breathe and pretty soon things look better.  There is so little we are really in control of, taking control of our inks and paper is a great start to getting life in order!  (Sound a little crazy, don’t I?)  I just LOVE what I do, it will be 10 years in August and I still enjoy this “job”.  Back to the card, the chair and the little drink are from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits in the new Annual Catalog.  The verse is from the companion stamp set, Colorful Seasons.  (You are going to fall in LOVE with this set!!)

The designer paper in the background is one that is retiring, called Irresistibly Floral Speciality Designer Series Paper, (wow, that is a mouthful of words!).  Any how, we brayered on it with calypso coral and so saffron.  Where it’s embossed it does not take with ink, so after brayering you wipe the excess ink off with a paper towel.  The cut out is from the Flourish Thinlits which are also in our new Annual Catalog!  Hooray, they are so beautiful and delicate and they are staying!!

Closing to play!! Happy Stamping!

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Saying good bye to old favorites and hello to new favorites!

Getting ready for my Kismet class this month. I wanted to concentrate on using some of the beautiful deisgner paper that will be taken out of my tool box due to retirement.  I’m always sad to see some things go, (like tip top taupe and the “fruit paper”!), but on the other hand it makes room for new stamps and paper!  Can you imagine how boring it would be not to have any change in our stamping room?  I love the idea of working with new things and stretching my imagination.

So, speaking of tip top taupe here is a card using that wonderful color combined with soft suede:

The stamp sets used are Tuscan Vineyard and the new Eastern Beauty.  I’m happy to say that Tuscan Vineyard will also be in the new Annual Catalog!  Hooray!!  It’s one of my favorites because it reminds me of our trip last year to France, Italy and Spain with my daughter in law.  (Thanks to Stampin’ Up!)  It’s hard to see the words, but under the picture it says:  Life is Beautiful!  (Which is from the Eastern Beauty set.  The designer paper I used is from the Party Animal collection.

Here’s another on using the lovely retiring designer paper, Floral Boutique which is in our current Annual Catalog.  The good new is that if you are in love with these beautiful prints you will see them again in our new Annual Catalog!!  They will be available in a paper stack with our new incolors!!

At one of the stampin’ Up! demonstrator events they had a presentation with the artist that designed this paper.  She actually painted with designs and then used the computer to reproduce the image on the whole 12 x 12 sheet.  She also showed us her inpspiration board that helped her to come up with all the different patterns!  So, like that artist, we can take inspiration from any where!!  I often will see different patterns or color combinations and say “that is totally a card!”.

One more before card for your consideration:This card is made using some of the new incolors, lemon lime twist, fresh fig and tranquil tide and the new stamp set Eastern Beauty.  This set is available in a presale offering!

Happy Stamping!

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Happy Mothers Day!

Wishing you all a beautiful, peaceful Mother’s Day filled with blessings!  Whether you have a child or not, I know many women in my life have spent their lives taking care of those around them.  It’s that natural maternal feeling that makes others feel loved and appreciated that is so special!  Thank you all!!

Here is a beautiful card that I received from Ruth H. for Mother’s Day:

Isn’t this a beautiful card?  It uses some of the products I am sad to say good bye to from the Fruit Stand suite.  It’s not too late to purchase items from this suite.  It is found on page 148 and 149 in our current Annual Catalog.

Here is another card using one of my favorite new stamp sets, Daisy Delight:

Butterfies and flowers, what could be better?  Maybe that pop of color behind the flower!  That’s a peek at the lemon lime twist ribbon, a nice bit of color to pull out the colors in that designer paper in the background!

Happy Mother’s Day and happy stamping!


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Another day featuring the Daisy Delight products!

Yup, here’s what I promised you yesterday!  More gorgeous cards with this fabulous new set of products.  (There just are not enough adjectives to describe this bundle!!  Can you tell I’m pretty thrilled about this offering?)

Pictures just don’t do this card justice!  The designer paper is so beautiful and the new ribbon is over the top lovely!  See that new embellishment in the center of the flower?  That is one of our new gold faceted gems!

This card features a daisy double stamped with each of our new incolors.  A little bit of our new designer series paper from the Color Theory 6 x 6 collection.

I can’t wait to get the new Annual Catalog in your hands so you can see all the new products!!

Happy Stamping!

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