Sale-A-Bration items- Update!!!

Happy Thursday all! So sorry for the blog being quiet this week. My husband was off of work over the weekend, when he is I tend not to do much in my craft room, choosing to spend the time with him instead.

He typically works 2:30pm to 10:30pm, so on the days he is on duty, we don’t see each other. I value the time we do get to see each other, so I try to give him my full attention on those days ❤

Monday was our 2nd anniversary! We had a wonderful evening (we both worked but he was able to be home that evening). He made me a beautiful anniversary card! Last year he did as well with the help of a stamping friend of ours. This year though? We went down to the basement, I told him where my acrylic blocks were, which inks to use for what, showed him my paper stash, and went back upstairs. He did it all on his own with no help and did an amazing job!!! Me=Lucky!!!!

His birthday is also this weekend, it will be fun. His parents and a friend are coming over for dinner, then I am taking him out for the evening. He has no idea what for, it is a surprise! It will be a good time, and I know that he will love whatever it is that we are doing that I have planned for us! 😉

Now, onto business!! You might have noticed in the Sale-A-Bration catalog that there are a few items that won’t be available after Feb. 15th! Pages 16-19 will be discontinued, with the release of 3 *new* Sale-A-Bration items. I have seen them, and trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

But!! That means that if you want The Sky Is the Limit stamp set, the Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper, or the Hello stamp set, you will need to place your qualifying $50 order no later than Feb. 15th, in order to get one of the above items for FREE. Remember, with each $50 order (from the Occasions or our Annual Catalogs) you get one item free from the Sale-A-Bration catalog!

I might not be around until Monday, I hope that you will forgive me! But I promise to have some fun things to share then!

I’ll leave you with this… I saw this recently on recently and thought that it fit perfectly, well, for me at least lol


Have a great day!!



Pinterest & Weekly Deals! Jan. 26th- Feb 1st!

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Good morning!

It is that time again! Stampin’ Up releases their weekly deals every Tuesday morning. And yet again, they included a little something from the new Occasions catalog.

Love Stampin’ Up’s ribbon and fibers! Unfortunately I already have both. Those clothespins are SO much fun to add to projects. You can paint them, stamp directly on them, or use them as they are. They are the perfect little something to complete your card or project.

Have you seen our new Bear Hugs stamp set?

Bear Hugs

HOW CUTE?!?!?!?!?!

Now, I don’t have this set, and I probably won’t. Only because I have to draw the line somewhere! If I had more outdoorsy types in my family you could bet I would though!

The dies in this weeks Weekly Deals coordinate perfectly with that stamp set.

Many time, customers will tell me that they don’t have any ideas for certain sets. They love a stamp set, they want it, but they don’t know what to do with it. Or they get it home and forget what they wanted to do with it.

Did you know that you can go to Pinterest, and in the search bar, type in “Stampin Up (name of the stamp set)”? Then it will pull up hundreds of ideas for you!

I ran the search “Stampin Up Bear Hugs” and HERE are the results. So many fantastic ideas! Click on the photo of something you like to make bigger, then you can click on the larger photo to be taken to the blog/website to get more details on the card.

Pinterest is such a fantastic resource. I can’t tell you how many times I have gone there when I am stumped, need ideas, or am just bored 😉

The search functions don’t stop at stamp sets either! You can type in “Stampin Up Mint Macaron” to view all cards created with this color (view the results of that search HERE).

Interested in finding fancy folds for card making? Type in “Fancy folds for cards” (results HERE)

Just type in “Stampin Up” to view everything SU related. (results HERE)

I can’t recommend Pinterest enough as an additional stamping resource. If you are interested in following me on Pinterest, click HERE. That will show you all of my boards. You can follow all (link at the top of my Pinterest page) or you can click any of my boards that you are interested in and follow just that board.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Have a great day!

My Wish List

Good morning!

I have heard from a few customers who aren’t quite sure what to order, they want it allllll. Trust me, I feel their pain.

I thought that I would share my current Stampin’ Up wish list with you all, to let you know that I truly DO feel your pain, and so you can see the list that I am slowly hammering away at.

I have a list that I keep on my phone. Whenever the budget allows, I go to that list first to pick one or two things off of it.


Number of Years

Number of Years bundle. Honestly, I wasn’t interested at first. I couldn’t see any reason to have it. I have since been blown away by the samples that I have seen with it. I need it now!
Flurry of Wishes
Flurry of Wishes bundle. I must have hit my head! I can’t believe that I didn’t order this for Christmas cards. I love snowflakes! These are so pretty and delicate. They look amazing embossed with silver or gold embossing powder, or sprinkled with a touch of glitter…

These 4 background stamps- Dots for Days, Corner Garden, Brushstrokes, and Hardwood. I adore background stamps! They can take an ordinary card to something amazing!

_photopolymer layout

Chalk Lines stamp set. Just something pretty 🙂


Kinda Eclectic stamp set… think that it fits me perfectly!

Flowering Flourishes

Flowering Flourishes. How pretty are these?

Pretty Thankful

Pretty Thankful stamp set. I have been working hard at sending out Thank You cards within a week. I think this set is so sweet and would make the cards a breeze to put together. The perfect little, simple sentiments.


Project Life Memories in the Making

Project Life Memories in the Making stamp set. For about a year now I have wanted to start Project Life. I really need to get going on that!

Word Window & Washi Tape punches. Because who doesn’t need more punches??

1 1/4″ Scalloped Circle punch and Bird Builder punch. See my above statement 😉

That is quite the wish list lol By the time I get it all, the new catalog will be coming out and BOOM! I will have a new list!

What is on your wish list? Tell me in the comments below!

Have a great day!

Just For You!

Good morning!

Monday night I got busy in my craft room, and spent a few hours making a card for a friend of mine. I saw this fold on Pinterest a while back and have been wanting to make my own version for a while.


It was SO simple to do!!!


  • Trim card base (Soft Suede) to 5″x10″
  • Score at 2 1/2″ and 5″
  • Mountain fold /\ at 2 1/2″ score line, valley fold \/ at 5″ score line
  • Trim a piece of Soft Suede to 4 1/2″x 4 1/2″
  • Trim a piece of DSP to 4 3/8 x 4 3/8 for the front panel
  • Trim a piece of DSP to 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ for the inside panel
  • Trim a piece of DSP to 4 3/4″ x 2 1/4″ for the flap on the front of the card
  • Trim a piece of Whisper White to 4″ x 4″ for the front panel
  • Trim a piece of Whisper White to 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ for the inside panel
  • Die cut various flower pieces from Vellum, Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight, and Mint Macaron *

You might find it easier to keep things sorted if you cut all of your outside pieces first, then cut your inside pieces. Keep all outside pieces together and the inside pieces together, separate from each other, so they don’t get mixed up and you don’t accidentally stamp on the wrong pieces (guess how I know….).

Stamp (Botanicals for You stamp set- FREE with $50 purchase!)

  • Stamp Just For You sentiment onto the piece of 4″x 4″ Whisper White, to the right third of the panel using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • Stamp “…Because You’re Awesome” on the piece of 4 1/4″x 4 1/4″ in the upper third of the panel using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.


  • Adhere the small piece of DSP to the front flap of the card, centering it on the panel.
  • Adhere the 4″x4″ Whisper White to the 4 3/8″ x 4 3/8″ piece of DSP. Adhere that stack to the 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ panel of Soft Suede
  • Putting adhesive on the small 2.5″ panel of the card, adhere the above stack with the Just for You sentiment on top.
  • For the inside panel, adhere the 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ piece of DSP to the center of the inside panel.
  • Adhere the white 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ panel to the center of your DSP.
  • Arrange your flowers how you would like them on your card. Adhere them together (completing one flower at a time) before you adhere them to your card. That makes it much easier to arrange. Adhere the flowers down.
  • Adhere Rhinestone jewels to the center of each flower.

You are done! The finished card measures 5″ x 5″. If you don’t have an envelope to fit, it is so easy to make one using the Envelope Punch Board!

*Quick note, I didn’t have an idea of what kind of flowers I was going to make. I just die cut numerous pieces from the three colors of cardstock and the vellum I knew I wanted to use. When I had a little pile of flower pieces, I went to work arranging them and stacking them until I was happy. I did have a few pieces left over, which is how the little one ended up inside.

A few more views…


Have a great Day!!!

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Weekly Deals Jan. 19th- Jan 25th!

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Good morning!

I am always excited for Tuesdays! Not only did I make it through another Monday, but Stampin’ Up releases their weekly deals.

As usual, they have some great items as part of their weekly deals. The BEST part?? See that punch set? That coordinates with the Party Wishes set from the new Occasions catalog! Love that they are adding the *newest* items to their weekly deals.

One little known fact about those nifty punches? Not only are they just as cute as can be, but if you use them with the Party Wishes stamp set, they will cut out the image with no border around it. It is the perfect punch! I don’t know about you, but I do a lot of fussy cutting with some images. I don’t always want that border around my image.

These deals are only good through the 25th, so if you are interested, now is the time!

You can place an order online through my store (just click any of the images below to be brought there), or email me at

Have a great day!

Craft Table Details!

Last weekend I shared my wonderful craft room that my husband built for me here. I’m amazed at how many people took the time to look at it!

There were many questions emailed to me, and I hope that I answered them all. If not, please leave a comment or email me at

The majority of the questions were about the beautiful craft table that my husband built this year. So I thought that I would take some time and share some details and “in progress” pictures of the table.

He got the original plans from Infarrantly Creative. It was a “simple modification” from her plans. He made the middle shelves longer, since I had a lot of available floor space. He did shorten the open spaces from 36″ to 29″. 29″ is plenty of room for each person. The original plans called for 36″ since the woman wanted space for two stools so her children could sit together.

There aren’t a ton of pictures, but enough to give you an idea.



The two pictures above are the end pieces.

One detail that he added that I don’t believe were in the original, he rounded all of the edges. It makes the table look SO professional! I love that little detail.


This is one of the inner pieces. The shelves are adjustable (YAY!). You can also see where he cut out a circle in the top shelf and added a garbage can. Each one of the inner pieces has two garbage cans. They have come in handy big time.

I have mentioned before that our dog is always with me when I am down there. He is nosy, and likes to go through the garbage. He is constantly picking out little pieces of paper to chew, or will show up with a piece of Dimensional stuck to his face lol I wanted to come up with a solution to keep him out of the small garbage can I usually kept next to me while working.

We toyed with the idea of having the garbage cans set into the top of the table. But there were two issues.

One- I worried about things accidentally ending up in the garbage. I don’t know about you, but I get kinda (ok, a lot) messy when I am in the middle of a project. Paper, ink pads, embellishments, tools, all over the place. I could totally see a die being pushed in the garbage.

Two- It would be a nightmare for him. I don’t doubt in the least that he could do it. And I am sure it would be beautiful. But he would have to cut through a LOT of layers, and make sure that the circle that the garbage can set it was perfect. In addition, he would have to cut through the laminate top. At over $120 a piece, it wasn’t a risk either of us wanted to take.

What he came up with is perfect! Opie lets are too stubby to allow him to get into the garbage, nothing falls into it, and it is an easy reach to dump things into the garbage. Even better, it is simple to get the cans out to empty. The garbage cans don’t take up any space that I really needed. It would be hard to store anything I needed on a regular basis down there, at least hard to get it out often! Bonus? One of our cats climb up there and lays on the shelves while I am working 🙂


The painting! Few things to mention here.

See the thing blue line on the floor? That is painters tape. When my husband and I first started talking about him building the table, I was curious about the size of it. So he grabbed some painters tape and laid it out. I am visual, and need to actually SEE something to get an idea of it. I was impressed by the size, I thought it was perfect! Well… the size of the finished table was bigger in both length and width. NOW it is perfect!

The paint was Benjamin Moore, our favorite. After painting so much of the house, and having to do two coats with other brands, we tried Benjamin Moore for a dark accent wall in our dining room. It took one coat, went on like a dream, and is just beautiful. So that is what we are now using for everything!

The paint was matched from a bottle of spray paint, that was used for the other teal things in the room.

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Anything you see that is teal in the room was done with Rust-Oleum Painters Touch Ultra Cover spray paint, or matched exactly to it. Love how cohesive everything is!

This is the table base laid out, before the top was put on.


You can see my old table to the right. It was a kitchen table that we purchased at a garage sale last year (along with a hutch). It worked great, but wasn’t near big enough for more than 2 people to spread out. Even then it was iffy. I am sure that it worked great as a 4 person kitchen table, but for crafting? Not so much…

You can see that there is some writing on each of the tables. My sweet sweet husband put a message on each of the sections for me 🙂 You can’t see it with the top on, but I love knowing that it is there.


The top being put on! Two layers of board, and then the laminate. I don’t have any photos of the laminate being put on. If you remember, I wasn’t allow down there to see a thing. These are all my hubby’s pictures that he took while building it.

I took a few extras last night to share, to give more detail.

I believe that I mentioned that he ran power to the table. There are 4 power strips, 2 on each side.

photo 1

(Remember we are waiting on the edging lol It will look 100% finished when we get it!)

photo 2

Looking down one side. You can see that the power strips are accessible to each station, as well as 4 shelving units (with 3 shelves on each).


photo 3

I mentioned earlier that there are 4 garbage cans built into the table. This is a closer look at how they are used. You can’t see it in this photo, but there is a small lip on the other side of the garbage cans, that prevents it from sliding out that way. I know from experience last night that our dog can NOT get his nose in there! I love not having the garbage cans on the floor any longer. Not only does it keep Opie out, but it looks so much better! I do still have a large kitchen garbage can against another wall, that is what I use to empty these smaller ones into.

photo 4

A look at the end of the table, from the inside. I haven’t decided yet what I want to keep on these. For now, it holds 6×6 paper packs, paper scraps, etc. I bought these baskets from Michael’s sometime last year and I love them! I am going to be going back for some more the next time they are on sale. We are planning on taking the plastic liners out, spray painting them a soft butter yellow, then putting the liners back in. This will bring a bit more yellow to the room without over powering it.

Final look at the table…




I need to say again, I LOVE IT. I couldn’t have asked for more 🙂

If there are any other questions that I didn’t cover here, please let me know by leaving a comment, or emailing me at



Ready for Valentines Day?

Good morning! I have been busy working on Valentine’s Day cards. I always seem to be running late when it comes to holidays, so I figured I would get a jump on Valentine’s Day!

The perfect set for Valentines Day? Stampin’ Up’s Bloomin’ Love stamp set, with coordinating Bloomin’ Heart thinlits.



I realize I have shared this bundle already, but it is one of my favorites from the new Occasions Catalog and the first one I reached for when starting my cards.

Now, I am not typically a “girlie-girl”. It is difficult for me to come up with an idea using pink, hearts, etc. I actually made one before this one, and I finished it, all proud of myself, came back to it the next day and put it away. Not happy with it at all. But I love this one! Simple, easy, and fun to make.

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I die cut the floral heart out of a sheet of Love Blossoms DSP, using my magnetic and precision plates. A few rolls with the Big Shot Die Brush popped out all of those little inside pieces quickly for me.

I also die cut the flowers from Pink Pirouette and Whisper White cardstock, adhering them onto the heart die, and adhered some of the Pearl Basic Jewels. I have been using those pearl embellishments a ton! Need to restock soon.

The gold heart under the die cut heart is from the Love Blossoms embellishment kit. It is a heart doily, with pretty scallops around the edges. Using it as it was over powered the card a bit, so I carefully cut the scallops off of the heart, leaving just a pretty gold solid piece.

I stamped the banner on a piece of Whisper White and fussy cut it, then stamped the XOXO from the Bloomin’ Love stamp set on top.

I adhered the gold heart, then the die cut heart onto a piece of Whisper White I cut to 2 inches wide. I trimmed the end using the Triple Banner Punch.

The Gold Metallic Thread was looped around the bottom quarter of the panel of Pink Pirouette that was trimmer to 4 inches by 5.25 inches, four times and adhered in back.

I mounted the banner with the hearts onto the Pink Piroutte panel, then using dimensionals, I adhered the banner over the heart.

The completed panel was mounted onto a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock, that was trimmed to 4.25 inches x 11 inches then scored at 5.5 inches to make a top folding A2 size card.

You can see what is left of the doily in the below picture

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If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know!

Have a great day!



Weekly Deals Jan 12th- Jan 18th!

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It’s that time again! Stampin’ Up has discounted 5 items, just for this week only!

They are all FUN items this week! I can’t choose a favorite, I have all of these, and use all on a regular basis. That washi tape is wonderful! 100% honest- I keep all 5 of these rolls at my table (the rest are on my counter top). They are great for adding a bit of something fun to your card. And I *always* peel off an inch or so and use it over the flap of my envelopes when mailing a card. It is a quick and easy way to decorate the envelope that takes seconds and lets the recipient know that there is something good inside. 🙂

Well, I guess I could pick a favorite after all. The Something to Say stamp set is one of my favorites. I use it so often! It contains the perfect little sayings for  the card front and the inside of a card when you don’t need a big sentiment. So many stamp sets have a great sentiment for the card front, but leave you looking for something good for the inside. Not with this set! It has coordinating saying, allowing you to complete your card quickly.

*Remember- with every $50 purchase you make, you get to choose a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog! That is with EVERYTHING, the Annual & Occasions catalogs, the clearance items, the weekly deals…. Don’t think that you can only order from the Occasions catalog to get your free items.

This months hostess code is JENCJXRP

If you are placing an order under $150, make sure to use that code. At the end of January, if the total orders placed for January that use that code are over $150, all names will be entered into a drawing to win the Stampin’ Rewards for this month!

Have a great day!

Love Blossoms Suite!


How pretty is this set? When I first saw the thinlit at OnStage, I actually gasped. So beautiful!!!!!

Beautifully intricate, can totally be the focal point of your card with minimal embellishment. The die set comes with 2 smaller flower dies that fit perfectly over the large heart die if desired.

I have been trying to think of ways to use this die without it being used in the most obvious ways. I just finished up a swap with some other demonstrators, and I used this die.


I started out by die cutting a the floral heart thinlit with real red cardstock. I then cut a circle out of Saraha Sand cardstock using one of the Circle Collection Framelits. Finished by cutting 3×3 squares out of our beautiful Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. No glitter all over the place! SCORE!!!


I adhered the die cut behind the circle opening, using a bit of Multipurpose liquid glue. Don’t worry about adhering each tiny piece. I just ran a circle of glue around the opening. It held perfectly.


Now, I tried a few different adhesives for adhering the Glimmer paper, but found that the Tear & Tape worked the best. Put a piece on the top and bottom of the FRONT side of the Glimmer paper, and adhere behind the die cut, making sure to line it up so that you can’t see any gaps behind the layers.


I love how this looks! Simple, elegant… and you would never know that there was a heart behind that circle!

Now… because I wasn’t actually planning on sharing these pictures here (took them for my own reference for later), I don’t have pictures of these next few steps.

I used the 2 flower thinlits that came with the set, and cut out a crud load of tiny flowers, out of Blushing Bride cardstock, and more Glimmer Paper.

I then started adhering the flowers over the flowers on the Real Red die cut, slightly offsetting them for dimension.

Stamped the “My Valentine” image from the coordinating stamp set, centered under the die cuts, with Chocolate Chip ink.


The above image is after I added Candy Dots to the center of the glimmer paper flowers, and pearls to the center of the Blushing Bride. I had cut an A2 card (5.5×4.25in) out of Sahara Sand and was seeing how the panel looked on it.

I ended up cutting thing strips from a sheet of patterned paper from the Love Blossoms DSP pack, to place on either side of the center panel. I made sure to choose paper that would bring all of the colors together. In this case, Blushing Bride and Real Red. I was able to save a ton of paper by doing this, instead of using full panels behind the center panel. If I had done that, I would have used 12 pieces of DSP. Doing it this way, I just used 1 sheet (and have a bit left over!). It gives the look of a matted center panel 🙂

Below are all of the cards with their strips of DSP on them.


Adhered the center panel to the card fronts, using dimensionals….


And the card was done! 🙂

I will admit, I don’t love it. I like it, yes, but it is most certainty more “girly” than my typical card. But for a Valentine’s Day  card I guess that is to be expected!

I am looking forward to trying a different style, with the same center panel (without the flowers and stamped sentiment). It will be fun to challenge myself.

How fun would this be as a shaker card? Omit the Glimmer Paper, add some acetate behind the die cut, add some sequins, and boom! Cute shaker card! Hmmm… I am going to have to play this weekend!

Going back to the Love Blossoms suite, it is beautiful, the whole thing! This suite has everything you need to create not only wonderful Valentine’s Day projects, but anything you need for someone you love (partner, child, friend, etc!).


How pretty and delicate is this stamp set? Those flowers up there?  They are sized to fit perfectly into the flower thinlits, or the flowers on the large heart thinlit.


LOVE this die. I really think that Stampin’ Up stepped up their game with the new die offerings. So intricate and beautiful. Hint: The Big Shot Die Brush was invaluable when cutting these out, especially so many! It made it a breeze to get out all of the little pieces left over.


New Glimmer Paper in Blushing Bride! I have used this, and I love it. I have 1 sheet left, and I might be hoarding it a bit. Think I need to order some more ASAP!


Love Blossoms DSP and coordinating cardstock (in Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, & Rose Red).


Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit. Comes packed with fun items to complete your projects. The kit contains: Paper clips with little bows in Rose Red, wood hearts, pearl trim, enamel glitter dots in Blushing Bride, foil heart doilies- gold on one side, white on the other, satin ribbon in Blushing Bride, and an assortment of sequins. The wood hearts can be stamped, stained, painted, embossed on to create your own look to match your project. The same with the foil hearts. Don’t need gold or white? Flip the doilie to the white side, and using your sponge, ink it up with whatever color you like!

This whole suite is one that I will be using for a long while!

If you have any questions, leave a comment or email me at

Have a great day!

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Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration!


It is that time people!!!! The Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs went live today! What does that mean? You can order from the Occasions catalog, and choose items FREE from the Sale-A-Bration catalog! For every $50 you purchase (from the annual catalog OR the Occasions catalog) you can pick a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration one! How sweet is that?

One thing to keep in mind, most of the items in the Sale-A-Bration catalog are made to coordinate with items in the Occasions catalog. So you get a nice little bonus there.

I thought that I would show you a few of my favorites this coming week.

My very very favorite? The Botanical Blooms bundle. It is *amazing*. The stamp set is fantastic on its own, but add in the dies… it is to die for (see what I did there?). I haven’t seen dies like these anywhere before! This was the first item that I ordered during the demonstrators pre-order, and the one that I was most excited by at the OnStage event I went to in November.

Here is a great video directly from Stampin’ Up about the bundle…

Now, included in the bundle is a photopolymer or wood stamp set (17 Stamps), the dies (13 of them! Combination of Framelits, Thinlits, and a fantastic Edgelit!). In addition, you also get a pack of Botanical Blooms DSP.

The Stamped Images


The dies


The Designer Series Paper


The whole bundle is $51.75. That is a deal people!!!! Especially considering the DSP is included in the bundle!

And… if you purchase just the bundle, you get to choose something free from the Sale-A-Bration catalog 🙂 Might I suggest the coordinating vellum?

Or the Botanicals For You stamp set…


How can you go wrong? Everything you need to create wonderful projects!

Here are a few cards that I made with the bundle…


I should be more specific, I actually made these using just the dies, and two of the leave stamps (the sentiments were from a different stamp set). Simple! They came together so quickly and are a lot of fun. They certainly look like they took a lot longer than they actually did.

I have the entire product suite listed below for you all. If you are interested in anything, just click the link and it will take you to Stampin’ Up’s website where you can get more information or place your order directly.

Contact me if you have any questions or are in need of catalogs and I will send them out to you ASAP!

Have a great day!

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