OnStage Swaps

Good morning!!

So, what did you all think of the new catalog items I shared with you last week. Fun stuff right?

I just wanted to pop in real quick and share the two swaps that I made to bring with me to OnStage. I made 40 of each. Thankfully when I got each of the ideas down, it took no time to put them together.

The first one is a fun key chain or scissor keeper.

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I used our Dragonfly Dreams stamp set to stamp the large dragonfly onto Shrinky-Dink’s, using Staz-On. Each was colored in using our watercolor pencils, then die cut using the coordinating die. I punched a hole into one of the wings of the dragonfly.

They went into the oven for 3 minutes and when they came out, they were these adorable little dragonfly charms! The color shines through on both sides, so pretty!

I did go over each with a bit of clear Wink of Stella for some sparkle and shine, then my wonderful hubby sprayed them down with a touch of matte sealant. I wanted to be sure that the watercolor pencils wouldn’t run in case they got wet.

I gave each a jump ring piercing, then threaded it onto these NEAT keychains I found on Amazon. I was dreading having to thread each onto a standard keyring, goodbye nails! But the keyrings I found were perfect, each end screws together, making life a lot easier.

I stapled each to one of my business cards, then tucked them away into a cello envelope. They were so much fun to make, and everyone seemed to love them!

The other swap that I created was a standard card, but still fun (to me at least).

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Using Thick Whisper White, I created a standard A2 card, but then cut an inch and a half off of the front of it.

I die cut the flower from the Sunshine Sayings bundle using Basic Black cardstock. “Hope” was also die cut from a die in the same bundle, using Melon Mambo cardstock.

I stamped “Sending” (once again, Sunshine Sayings!) in Versamark, then heat embossed using our White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I finally got a new heat gun, what a difference it makes! Love the Stampin’ Up one so very much! It heated up so quickly, and made short work of heat embossing 40 of these!

Anyway, the background was stamped with a splotch stamp from Gorgeous Grunge (retiring… sad face!) and Melon Mambo ink that I stamped off once for a more subtle color.

Inside the card is a 2 inch strip of Melon Mambo patterned DSP (from the Brights collection), mounted to a 2.5″ strip of Basic Black.

Adhere it all together, add a few rhinestones, and done!

I love both of these so much, and luckily I saved a few of each. If anyone wants to swap, I would be thrilled! Just shoot me an email at InkItAll@yahoo.com.

Just a reminder! The retired list is available for shopping!!!!!!

Check it out HERE! (Click link to be brought directly to the retired section of the Stampin’ Up website!)

Remember, the retired items are available only while supplies last! So if you see something you want, grab it! This is also a great time to get reinkers, cardstock, etc of the retiring InColors!!

Have a great rest of your day!

 

 

2017/18 Catalog Sneak Peek

Good morning everyone!

Well, I finally did it. I went through the amazing box of goodies I received from the new 2017/2018 Annual Catalog. I am in love with so much!

You will get your catalogs next month, and can order starting June 1st. But in the meantime, want to check out a few sneak peeks??

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My basket of happiness! I typically keep new product in these great metal baskets (from a big box craft store) until I use the items, then they get put away. This is all stuff from the new catalog! I will be busy for a while!

Lets start with the Delightful Daisy Suite

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I LOVE this bundle! The samples shown at OnStage were amazing. I can’t wait to start playing.

The cardstock pack (in Calypso Coral, Old Olive, & Pool Party) as well as the beautiful new DSP. This suite ranges from soft and delicate, to bold and in your face, something for everyone!

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How fun is this? 1/4″ double stitched ribbon in Daffodil Delight.

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LOVE! Faceted Gems in gold and silver. Trust me, in person these are beautiful!

Wood Textures Suite

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The stamp set is fun and totally on trend. But what really gets me?? See that funny looking long die on the right hand side? That makes an adorable little box!!! Teamed up with the DSP, you can create some amazing little crates!! They are perfectly sized to hold 3×3 note cards.

Check out the DSP! Photorealistic, all sorts of amazing wood patterns! This is one of the items that got the most squeals at OnStage!

Lets talk about the trim for a minute. It is beautiful! 1/4″ copper trim that is so soft and smooth. But to change up the look, just stretch out the fibers a bit as I did in the photo on the right. Gives a more rustic feel doesn’t it? One of the girls I sat with at OnStage compared it to a fishing net. What a fun idea!

Color Theory Suite

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Wow… all I have to say. This stamp set is wonderful, with SO many stamps that can be used throughout the year. Spring, Summer, Fall, & Winter are all represented her. And the coordinating thinlits? Jaw dropping. Check out that Adirondack chair!! The snowflakes are so incredibly detailed. And cherry blossoms? Yes please!!!!!!

The DSP is so much fun. So many different designs are included… paint chip style, ombre, peeling paint, and more! The coordinating cardstock pack includes Berry Burst, Dapper Denim, and Old Olive. I always make sure to purchase the cardstock packs when I purchase the DSP. It is the perfect way to make sure that I have exactly what I need when creating a project.

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Mini Chevron Ribbon in Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, and Crushed Curry. I love that we have so many new ribbon and trim options in the new catalog, these included!!

Glitter Enamel Dots. I had to take a closeup for you all to see just how beautiful these are. Go ahead, click on the photo on the right to enlarge. I will wait! They are SO pretty! I love love love the ombre! These are going to be so much fun to use! Like the faceted gems, photos don’t do these justice.

Eastern Palace Suite

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I needed to include two photos, so you can see all of the thinlits that come in this bundle! 14 beautiful, intricate, detailed thinlits. Coordinating with the stamp set, these are stunners!

The beautiful DSP was inspired by peacocks. How lovely! The coordinating cardstock pack includes Dapper Denim, Fresh Fig, and Tranquil Tide.

Eastern Palace Mini Tassel Assortment

Fun new mini tassels! These are so pretty, and the perfect little something something to add to a project to finish it off. I know not everyone is a fan, but Lord knows that I am!

People!!! We now have Thick Very Vanilla Cardstock and coordinating envelopes! The powers that be at Stampin’ Up heard our requests! The best part??? You can get these FREE in May!! Check out the flyer below…

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2017/2019 InColors

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Here is a little sneak peek at Stampin’ Up’s new 2017/2019 InColors!

  • Berry Burst
  • Fresh Fig
  • Lemon Lime Twist
  • Powder Pink
  • Tranquil Tide

What do you think? I love them! Well, Lemon Lime Twist is going to have to grow on me a bit. But I am loving the bright color! It has been too long since we had a good one.

So… that is the majority of what I have to share with you today. I have a few more stamp sets that I won at OnStage (See! Good to be a demonstrator!) that I will share with you next week. I will also share my swap items, as well as a few other things from OnStage.

In the meantime, have an amazing weekend and Easter!!!

Retiring List! InColors! Eastern Palace!

Good morning my friends!

Wow… I am truly sorry. I didn’t realize that it has been so long since I posted. I didn’t mean to neglect you all! So much happening around these parts lately that time got away from me.

There is so much happening that I want to share with you all, but head to the bottom if you don’t want the chatter and just want to see what is retiring!

You might have heard, Stampin’ Up’s demonstrator only event- OnStage- was held this past weekend. I was fortunate to be able to attend in Minneapolis, MN! So exciting for me! Why? Well, not only did I spend all day Saturday with other SU friends, getting the *NEW* annual catalog in my hot little hands, playing with some fun fun fun new items, swapping, laughing, and so much more… but I stayed with one of my very dearest friends while I was there. It was fate that this event was held about 20 minutes from her house! It was so good catching up with her!

I drove in on Thursday, went to Mall of America on Friday (my poor feet!), OnStage on Saturday, then headed back home on Sunday. I had a wonderful weekend from start to finish!

Now, I can’t share the catalog with you all quite yet. BUT, I have an order from the new catalog being delivered to me tomorrow. 2 day shipping thank you very much! So I will spend some time taking photos of the new goodies and will share them with you on Thursday.

I have a laundry list of things to share with you all. Even though the blog has been quiet, I certainty haven’t been slacking in my craft room! Look for those cards over the next couple of weeks.

Today marks the first day of the 3rd trimester for me! So unreal to me! This little boy I am carting around with me has made his presence known in so many ways. We can’t wait to meet him in mid to late June!!!!

Now because of that, things are going to be slowing down for me in every way starting in May. I will still be posting now and then, but it won’t be on any specific schedule. It just depends on how things are going. After our baby boy is born the blog is going to go on a very temporary hiatus. I am sure that you can all understand! But I promise! I WILL be back!!! Stamping, the blog, and Stampin’ Up are too important to me to neglect for too long!

I will be hosting just one more class, on May 7th. If you are interested in attending, please let me know! One of the sets we will be using is the new Eastern Palace Suite. Trust me when I say that you will want to play with this suite! It is set for early release from May 1st- May 31st with special bundle pricing (including freebies!!!!)! Starting June 1st it is going back to regular pricing. Yet another great thing about ordering this bundle in May? You get a sneak peek at 3 of the new InColors! Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, and Fresh Fig! 

To give you a sneak peek, check out the flyer below…

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Now, onto business!

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I have the retiring list! And oh boy, there is a LOT that we will be saying goodbye to! But trust me when I tell you it is worth it. There are some amazing new products coming out in the new annual catalog that Stampin’ Up needs to make room for!

To check out the retiring products list, click on the link below.

Stampin’ Up 2017 Retiring Products List

Please keep in mind, these are while supplies last! So if you see something you want, grab it before it is gone! Many items are discounted up to 50%, so there are some great deals to be had here!

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Also! The 2015-2017 InColors will be retiring as well, making way for the 2017-2019 InColors. I have seen them, and they are amazing! Though I will really miss Mint Macaron. Think that is the color that I have used most over the past 2 years!

If you want to take a peek at all of the retiring InColor items, check out this link below.

Stampin’ Up 2015/17 InColor Products

Again, they are while supplies last. So if you need reinkers, paper, etc, grab it asap!!

If you have questions about anything that I have shared with you today, please leave a comment or email me at InkItAll@yahoo.com.

Have a wonderful day!!!!

 

Lift Me Up!

Good morning!

I hope that everyone has had a great week!

Let me start by saying…. Pregnancy Brain? It is real people!

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At least once a day I have a “moment”. Thankfully, I haven’t put the cereal in the fridge, or anything toooo odd. But I have come close!

Now, onto the reason you are here!

A few days ago I was playing with the Lift Me Up bundle. This is one of my very favorite bundles in our Occasions catalog and I will be *so* sad when it retires!

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It is so much fun… from the hot air balloons to the adorable clouds. I love that there are 3 different dies to create the balloons, as well as the one on the lower left to make a great pattern behind the largest one.

I kept it relatively simple with this card, at least with the dies…

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Just a couple of clouds and one of the balloon dies, the other is stamped directly onto the Whisper White cardstock.

The fun part about this card though is that it is a fun Swing card. What you see above is the front.

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As you open it, the front panel swings around, to reveal the back of the panel, shown below.

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How fun is this?

I love these colors together, Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder and Night of Navy. Mint Macaron will be retiring this year along with the rest of the InColor 2015-2017 Collection.

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We will be getting 5 new colors this summer with the new Annual Catalog! Exciting! But Mint Macaron… oh I will miss that one! It is my favorite of the ’15-’17 collection.

Have a wonderful weekend all! See you next week!

All Things Thanks

Happy March 1st!!!!

WOW! SO hard to believe that it is March already! Where has winter gone? We have been blessed with a much more mild than normal winter in the Chicago area, which I am not complaining about in the least! Heck, two weeks ago we had weather in the 60s for almost a week straight! I was able to shut off the heat, we slept with a window open a bit, it was wonderful. I can’t remember the last time we had any significant snowfall, maybe twice this winter? Of course, we can get hit anytime through April, so I need to shut my mouth lol

Have you seen the All Things Thanks stamp set yet? If you haven’t, allow me to introduce you to a favorite…

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I just love a good Thank You set. Too many people don’t send Thank You cards anymore. I really really try to stay on top of this in our home!

My stash of Thank You cards was running low though, so I decided to play a bit and came up with this.

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This card took a bit of finessing, but it came together in the end.

I trimmed a piece of cardstock to 2.75″ x 5.5″ then stamped the “You’re the best” sentiment repeatedly using Smokey Slate ink, being careful to keep the sentiments somewhat lined up lol In the last line, I used Dapper Denim to stamp, highlighting that sentiment.

I ran a simple piece of the ruched Dapper Denim ribbon around the panel. That panel was then adhered to a panel of diagonal striped DSP from the 2016-2018 In Color DSP paper stack. If you don’t have this stack, grab it when you can. I LOVE the patterns! Since it coordinates perfectly with our inks, cardstock, etc, it is a breeze to use.

I used our amazing Stitched Shape Framelit dies to die cut the large circle from a piece of Dapper Denim, then the next smallest size to die cut from a piece of Whisper White. The sentiment was stamped using Dapper Denim ink onto the Whisper White cardstock. The two were then adhered together.

The panel was adhered to a side folding A2 card, and the circle panel was adhered using Dimensionals.

I think the enamel shapes (from the 2016/18 InColor Enamel Shapes pack) are the perfect touch here! Without them, somehow the card still looked too plain.

If you have any questions, as usual, please feel free to email me at InkItAll@yahoo.com or leave a comment 🙂

Have a great day!

 

 

Make a Medallion!

Good morning!

I hope that everyone had a fantastic weekend!

I am not sure if you have heard, but Stampin’ Up has released three new Sale-A-Bration items! They are SO good!!!!!

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In addition to the other awesome offerings, you can now get any of these three for FREE with any $50 purchase! Don’t think you can only purchase from the Occasions catalog to take advantage, you can order from the Annual catalog, the Clearance rack on the website too! ANYTHING you order counts!

Now, last week I had the Make a Medallion in my hands and I wanted to play. Didn’t have much time, so just play I did!

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Even for me, these are really simple. But I just wanted to get a bit inky before bed and didn’t have anything specific in mind.

What I ended up doing was stamping both of the medallion images with Versamark onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, then heat embossing with Crystal Clear ep.

I then inked up my Sponge Brayer with Sweet Sugarplum ink, and went over the Whisper White cardstock until it was covered.

*Tip- When doing this, don’t go over the same spot over and over. Vary the rolling, otherwise you will end up with lines. 

I used a piece of paper towel, and buffed off the image, removing the ink from the embossed image. I love this “embossed resist” technique!

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I have mentioned turning a dye based ink into one that can be heat embossed. Typically dye based inks (such as Stampin’ Ups, with the exception of the craft ink) dry too quickly to be heat embossed. But an easy trick solves this issue!

Just tap your stamp into Versamark BEFORE you tap it into your dye ink. It won’t ruin your dye ink, I promise!

Stamp it as usual, then sprinkle on your embossing powder, heat, and Viola! Your dye ink is now heat embossed!

That is exactly what I did for the Thanks, tapped it into Versamark, then Sweet Sugarplum ink. I used Clear ep to heat emboss it.

Fun idea right?

I applied the medallion to a card made with Sweet Sugarplum cardstock, and a 2.75″ x 5.5″ strip of Whisper White cardstock. I applied a piece of Stampin’ Up’s beautiful ruched Sweet Sugarplum ribbon under it. The medallion was adhered using Dimensionals.

Like I said, simple card, but it has a couple of fun techniques!

Have a great day!

One card- Two ways!

Good morning!

Hope everyone is having a great week and has fantastic plans for the weekend!

Recently I was checking out another bloggers website- Jennifer McGuire. Anyone know her? She does amazing things!!!! I always find inspiration from her.

Well, she posted a great card with a fun fold that I hadn’t tried before, so I decided to give it a go.

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It doesn’t look like much (especially on the white background. Oops! Sorry about that!!). But trust me, it is interesting!

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How fun!

It is really easy to do as well 🙂

  • Trim 1 piece of cardstock to 4.25″ x 11″, scoring at 5.5″ to make a top folding card.
  • Trim another piece of cardstock to 4.25″ x 7.5″, scoring at 2″.
  • Choose your stamps, I used the Special Reason set.
  • Stamp your first image about an inch up from the bottom of your 4.25″ x 5.5″ card.
  • Create a mask for the image (easy way to do this is by stamping the image onto a Post-It or a piece of Post-It tape, then trimming out).
  • Apply the mask you just created over your image on your card front.
  • Choose your next stamp and stamp right over the mask, again leaving about an inch blank at the base of the card.
  • Keep adding masks to your image, and layering your stamped images.
  • (In my example, I first stamped the large flower, masked it, then stamped the smaller flowers. I kept the mask on the large flower & created 2 more masks of the smaller flowers and put them on the card front, then I stamped the leaves.)
  • After I peeled off the masks, I was left with a pretty little flower grouping!
  • Using my paper snips, I fussy cut along the bottom border, removing that inch that I mentioned leaving blank.
  • Set the card front aside and pick up your other piece that is trimmed to 4.25″ x 7.5″.
  • Choose a sentiment stamp, and stamp it at the top of the 2 inch fold, as show in the photo above.
  • Apply adhesive to the back of the card that has the flowers stamped on it, and carefully adhere it to the *inside* of the piece that has the sentiment in it. They should line up easily.
  • *TIP! Use liquid glue here, you are able to slide the card around a bit to make sure that your placement is perfect before it adheres. I know some don’t like liquid glue because it can leave “lines” that are visible through your card. You can avoid this by using only a small amount of adhesive. You don’t need much at all. If you use a Tape Runner, Fast Fuze, etc, and you put the card down incorrectly, you will need to peel up the card, possibly causing creasing/damage to your card.
  • Your card is done! Easy right??

Now, after I put this card together, I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to put down random dots of adhesive, here and there around the flowers. I tried, but you can’t really see them in the images above. But this adhesive is a perfect little accent. It is easily buildable & dries crystal clear.

The next day I was looking at the card again. While I liked it, I wanted to do something more with it.

So I came up with this!

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The card base was done the exact same way as the one above. Except this time I didn’t do any stamping or masking!

I die cut the outline of the flowers using Gold Foil cardstock, then die cut the solid flowers using coordinating colors (Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and Garden Green). I then adhered the gold outlines to the solid images. Now, while the leaves have the outline dies, they don’t have the solid coordinating images. So I just adhered the outlines to a piece of Garden Green cardstock, then fussy cut around the outline. Easy!

I adhered the flowers and leaves down, then as I did above, I fussy cut along the edges of the flowers.

I also added a few drops of adhesive from the Fine Tip Glue pen on this one. If you look at the first picture, you might see a few shadowy circles. Those are the drops of adhesive 😉

At the last minute, I added a sweet little bow to the card. I love the way that it finished it off. Added bonus is that the bow helps to hold the card closed!

This is such a fun style of card, unexpected and interesting 🙂

What do you think? If you have any questions, please let me know!

Have a great day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Good morning and Happy Valentine’s Day!!

As promised yesterday, I want to share a fun card idea with you all. This is so easy, and so much fun!

Outside of the card…

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Inside…

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The back…

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Simple!!!!

Die cut 4 circles from DSP, in any size of your choosing. I used the largest scalloped one that I had.

Fold each circle in 1/2. You don’t even need to use your scoring tool, just fold it in half, making sure the edges meet up.

Open each circle up and adhere the 4 pieces together, using a bit of strong adhesive on just the 1/4 edge where it overlaps. The easiest way to do this is place one circle flat on your table with the fold line straight up and down. Take your next piece and place it so that the fold line is left to right, forming a 90 degree angle between the

Fold down each flap, and there ya go!

It doesn’t necessarily need the piece on the back, but I thought that it looked more finished this way 🙂

This is my card for my husband, hope he likes it!!

On a side note, I thought that I would share a funny picture. My mom’s dog, Bella, and my dog are best buddies. They always get excited when you tell them they get to see each other.

Last week my mom was over for some stamp time. Opie has a dog bed down there, and I also keep a blanket for the dogs. Typically one is in the bed and the other is on the blanket.

I looked over, and apparently Bella felt that Opie needed to share the bed this time!

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Poor Opie! He got up and let Bella have the bed a minute or two after this lol

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I don’t think Bella cares that she doesn’t quite fit! lol

I hope you all have a wonderful day and a very happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!

 

 

Thank You!

Good morning!!!!

Hope everyone had a great weekend! We sure did. I am finally feeling 100%, which is cause enough to celebrate. Saturday evening we had a bunch of friends over for cards. So much fun!!! I love entertaining, especially when it is low key like it was on Saturday 🙂

Gotta say though, I can’t hang like I used to!! I don’t know if it is my age, the fact that I am pregnant, or both. But whoa! Went to bed about 12:30 Sat night/Sunday morning, didn’t wake up until 10:30, and still needed a nap by 2!

Anyway! Recently I was playing So Very Much, one of the Sale-A-Bration sets, and had so much fun with it! Incredibly simple technique that was shared with the demonstrators from the Stampin’ Up home office, but I love it!

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See the drop shadow under the sentiment?

It is a breeze to create!! I inked up my stamp with Mint Macaron, stamped it off once onto a scrap piece of paper, then stamped it onto my card panel. I then inked my stamp again with Island Indigo, and stamped it onto my card panel, slightly up and to the left of my original sentiment. This is best done using our Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, or another stamp positioning tool.

This card came together so easily and is perfect to have on hand for when it is needed!

I will be back tomorrow to share a FUN Valentine’s Day card I created! So simple, but so impressive. You will love it!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Down for the count…

Good afternoon!

This is a quickie for you all today. I went to the doctor this morning, thinking I had a sinus infection. Nope! I’m glad to say that I don’t!  What I do have though is strep throat. Lovely!!

Hopefully you can give the lack of  real post today, in light of the fact that I’m laying in bed in my jammies, typing this one handed to keep Opie quiet. I’m not normally home during the day. I’m thinking he feels that since I’m home it must be play time lol

I will be back in a day or two with some fun new things I’ve been working on. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this!

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