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24 Hour Sale On ALL Stamp Sets in the Annual Catalog

Happening Tomorrow, September 15th!

Host Code:  X4C4NGU4 

So… do I need to go through the catalog and mark which stamps are on sale?

The advertisement says that it is ‘select’ stamps because the Host stamps are not included.  So shop away and grab your favorites from all the stamp sets at a 15% discount.  The host stamp sets are earned by placing an order of $150 or more.  10% of your order can be used to buy the host stamp sets.  We call that 10% ‘hostess rewards’.    Here is an alphabetical list of the stamps if you want a quick look and already know the names of the stamp sets you’ve been wanting to purchase:

Click to access MKTL_PRODUCT_FLYER_US_0922_24_HOUR_STAMP_SALE.pdf


We have two other specials going on with weekly deals:

Great news!  The third offering of weekly specials starts this week on— you guessed it—September 15!!  The fourth offering of discounted products starts September 22.


And that’s not all!  Through the end of September six die sets which match stamp sets in the Annual Catalog are available at the 10% discount for both stamp and die set when purchased as a bundle.  This is even better than purchasing the stamp set on sale and then buying the dies separately.

 

. So if I want one of those six stamp sets, I shouldn’t use the 15% stamp set sale?

Not if you want the dies that match because a 10% discount on both is a better deal!  There is a separate item number for a bundle (stamp set and die set) so you would need to use the bundle item number instead of one item number for the stamp set and one item number for the die set.

September is a really special month!   Stampin’ Up! must be feeling sorry for us that Sale A Bration is over.

Maybe so, Sal!


While you are shopping you might want to consider purchasing a Paper Pumpkin subscription.  Holiday card making has started and Paper Pumpkin is a great way to have all the supplies needed for Christmas cards.

 

“‘Tis the season to make your own Christmas cards with the Ho Ho Ho Paper Pumpkin Kit! This kit contains whimsical designs of Santa and his reindeer in a classic Christmas color palette which is sure to match various styles of holiday décor and look great on mantles everywhere.
Each kit contains enough supplies to create 9 festive cards—3 each of 3 designs—and 9 coordinating envelopes. These cards are sure to bring the warm holiday spirit.
And word from the North Pole is that this kit coordinates with next month’s Paper Pumpkin tag kit and the special add-on product! With so much coordination between products, you’ll have a breeze at creating a cohesive look for all your holiday gifting needs. Make this season the most wonderful time of the year for your loved ones—and for yourself!”

Click HERE to go to the Paper Pumpkin subscription site if you don’t want to add a subscription to your order.

. Why the two options?

Well, Sal, if you only want Paper Pumpkin you should subscribe through the Paper Pumpkin site.  However, you may want to add a little to your order with all the specials so that you hit the magic $150 and earn hostess rewards;  adding a Paper Pumpkin prepaid subscription might be just what you need.  Type in KITS in the online order search bar.  You can order 1, 3,6 or 12 months and you can suspend your subscription for months you won’t be home to craft and the subscription will start up again the next month.

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While you are there and thinking of Christmas, take a look at these other kits currently available:

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. The card kit with cinnamon sticks and orange slices and all that greenery is my favorite!

Mine, too, Sal, but if you need teacher gifts the snowman is a perfect little box, and who doesn’t smile looking at elves decorating a Christmas tree or delivering packages on a sleigh!  There are several kits to make tags as well in the online store and you have seen me turn tags into cards here.


That was a nice discussion of kits but don’t forget:

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Use the host code if your order is under $150 so all the little orders combine to earn Stampin’ Rewards!

Host Code:  X4C4NGU4 

Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to visit my blog.  I appreciate your support of my business and consider it an honor when you choose me as your demonstrator out of over 10,000 demonstrators in the United States!

. Don’t you have cards to show us?

Not today, Sal, the specials needed to be announced but soon I will post the Case The Creator card from last month and a couple other cards from last month.  Come back soon dear subscribers!

SAL,  Sharing A Lot of specials today

Karen. (Click on little Sal in the computer to go to the online store)

 

 

 

 

 

June Shoebox Event & May Paper Pumpkin

Hello Stamping Friends,  (click on the header if you are on a mobile device to view full blog)

The second Tuesday of every month I have an event or the club has a shoebox swap.  In June I took a turn at hosting the shoebox swap and we had so much fun using the Stampin’ Up! Butterflies & Flowers Layering Decorative Masks.  They retired at the end of June so the product is not highlighted but hopefully you purchased a set while they were on sale for $7!!  Stampin’ Up! calls them ‘masks’ while most of us use the word ‘stencil’.  These were exceptional with layering flowers and a layering butterfly and three additional sten…masks for backgrounds.

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I saved so many ideas from Pinterest but I really liked what Jen Morgan of cardmum.com did with one full layered set of flowers and then a partial flower at the bottom right.  I did a bit more greenery, used different colors of ink and added the Brass Butterflies – my new favorite bling!  They carried over to the new catalog so I did a happy dance!

. Did you hurt yourself?

Be nice, Sal!

Recipe For Layered Flowers

Note:  Don’t attach your green layer to the base until the top art work is done and attached to the green layer so you can wrap the ribbon on the artwork and the green layer.

  • Base:  Thick Basic White, 11 X 4 1/4 scored at 5 1/2 (opens like a book)
  • Layer 1 (X2):  Evening Evergreen, 4 3/16 X 5 7/16 (I know, I know, but I wanted just a tiny bit of white base- just think – one tick less than 1/4 and one tick less than 1/2)
  • Top Layer (X2):  Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Three Brass Butterflies and 12″ of Evening Evergreen Open Weave Ribbon
  • Greeting:  Shaded Summer Stamp Set stamped with Evening Evergreen Ink
  • Inks:  Evening Evergreen, Flirty Flamingo, Calypso Coral, Soft Succulent for greenery

Tips For Stamping with the layered masks:

  1. Mark the shiny side of your masks and sponge with the shiny side up
  2. Each step, completely cover any and all white that is showing with sticky notes, outside the mask and on the mask where the flowers/greenery are cut that you are not sponging
  3. Use the thin looking flower mask first sponging with Flirty Flamingo
  4. Use the thick looking flower mask second sponging with Calypso Coral
  5. There is a set of leaves that exactly matches the large flower -sponge this with Soft Succulent
  6. Using the vine mask, sponge two Soft Succulent vines at bottom left
  7. Wrap the corner with ribbon, then add a bow with a glue dot
  8. If you have any ink smudges you can add greenery to cover them up

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Recipe For Layered Butterfly

Note:  Don’t attach your pink layer to the base until the top art work is done and attached to the pink so you can wrap the ribbon on the artwork and the pink layer.

  • Base:  Smoky Slate, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1 (X2):  Polished Pink, 4 3/16 X 5 7/16 (I know, I know, but I wanted just a tiny bit of white base- just think – one tick less than 1/4 and one tick less than 1/2)
  • Top Layer (X2):  Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Three Rhinestone Basic Jewels and of Polished Pink Open Weave Ribbon 6″ to wrap and 8″ for bow
  • Greeting:  Hello from Forever Fern and ‘Love You Much’ from Pansy Patch and Amazing Silhouettes for the inside
  • Inks: Smoky Slate and Polished Pink 

Tips For Stamping with the layered masks:

  1. Mark the shiny side of your masks and sponge with the shiny side up
  2. Each step, completely cover any and all white that is showing with sticky notes, outside the mask and on the mask where the flower is cut that you are not sponging
  3. Sponge the full background butterfly mask with polished pink
  4. Sponge the butterfly detail mask with smoky slate
  5. Using our new Masking Paper, stamp a butterfly mask and cover your butterfly
  6. Using the background mask, sponge heavy on the corner and very lightly around the butterfly
  7. Stamp the outside greeting in Smoky Slate and the inside greeting in Polished Pink
  8. Use a Smoky Slate Marker to add a bit of artwork to make the butterfly look like he is fluttering
  9. Stamp your silhouettes, wrap the ribbon around the pink and white layers and add a bow and rhinestones

May 2022 Paper Pumpkin – Celebrating In Colors

This short video shows what they were supposed to look like:

The following pictures are my alternatives since I needed thank you notes:

I used the Amazing Thanks Dies and a thank you set from years ago.

Orchid Oasis and Sweet Sorbet:

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Tranquil Tide and Parakeet Party:

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Starry Sky:

 


I like all those little dots!  Where is that stamp from?

That stamp was in the May kit!  Such fun!   The August kit looks phenomenal as well:

Click HERE to subscribe by August 10!  The kit will have 9 standard cards – 3 each of 3 designs.  Better yet, go to the online store and subscribe to three months and get a Sale A Bration product for free!  You can start your subscription in August and then suspend until you see another month that you love.  September is usually something for Halloween treats and then October and November are usually Christmas!


Thank you for giving me a bit of your precious time!  I hope you found some inspiration today.

Hostess code through August is 3BACA4QZ, use this code if your order is under $150 and all the little orders will combine so that the hostess might receive rewards.  You receive the rewards yourself if your order is $150 or over.

SAL for now but be back soon as I catch up all the posts as I Share A Love,

Karen.  Click on little Sal in the computer to go to my online store.

 

 

 

 

Last Chance List for the JJ Mini, Paradise Palms for May Swaps, Sweet Songbirds Catalog Launch

Hello Stamping Friends,

Let’s take a moment to remember those who gave their lives for their country!

Jo Brooks sent a swap card that is so perfect for the day:

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The little red star is attached to the left and fits inside the blue star creating an awesome hinge.  Opening up the stars, Jo has inserted ‘A Soldier’s Poem’:

 

May we honor their sacrifice by protecting our freedoms as best we can!

Jo’s card uses many Stampin’ Up! Dies– Celebrate You, Basic Borders, Cross of Hope, Scalloped Contours, and Stitched Stars.  What a great card for Memorial Day!  Thank you, Jo!


I have so much to share I hardly know where to start.  Grab a cuppa and settle in for some wonderful inspiration from my group of swappers, the projects at the catalog launch, new offerings from Stampin’ Up! and the Last Chance product list for the Jan-June Mini catalog.  There are sales on select products but they won’t last long as excited stampers snatch them up!

Last Chance List for JJ Mini

The best way to view the products is to go to the online store so you see images of the products to refresh your memory.  http://stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx?dbwsdemoid=2048560

If you prefer printing a pdf list Deb Snyder has once again reformatted the Stampin’ Up! version to make it more user friendly.  The first pdf is by category and the second by percent discount.

PDF Category_January-June-2022-Mini-Catalog-Last-Chance-Products

PDF Discount__January-June-2022-Mini-Catalog-Last-Chance-Products

And for my Excel loving friends Deb has a file with three tabs sorted by category, page # and then by discount:

EXCEL 3 Sorts January-June-2022-Mini-Catalog-Last-Chance-Products 

Deb even showed the bundles in blue that will be available but won’t have the 10% discount.  Did you see there are 20 items at 50% off?  Are they on your list?

Well, Sal, the slimline dies are 50% off and I wanted those, and the sweet little boxes and the DSP (designer series paper) that I have almost used up, and…….. oh dear.

You had better hurry!  They are only available while supplies last!


Catalog Launch Fun

Our new annual catalog made its debut May 3rd and it was so hard to decide what to showcase.  I love birds and wasn’t sure about the Sweet Songbirds stamp set until I saw a card made by Sue Vine of Miss Pinks Craft Spot with the bird in the air so I went with that idea and voila:

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There are two different sets of eyes- open or closed-  and two different feet -standing or walking- and a punch to punch out our little songbird!  Laura Mellinger of laurasworksofgheart.blogspot.com designed the little nest which was perfect for a party favor!

Let’s check it out (bundled with the punch for 10% off) on page 31 of the annual catalog:

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I used the Tea Boutique Cards and Envelopes (pg. 137) with strips of the new Tahitian Tide, Parakeet Party and Sweet Sorbet card stock adhered to the white side which I made the front.   The clouds are from the Give It A Whirl Dies!  They carried over to the new annual catalog – page 171!  The clouds have stitched edges for a fun look and there are hearts and circles and rectangles, a must for your collection, even if you never make a whirly card like I did here.

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All the attendees got to see the new In Colors up close and personal as they made their color chart:

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Sweet Songbird In Flight Recipe

Sweet Songbirds stamp set, Songbird Builder Punch

-Base, Tea Boutique Cards and Envelopes

-Basic White, 2 3/4″ X 4″;  stamp the songbird and then punch out.  Stamp and punch an extra belly to make the larger wing. Helpful Hint:  Punch the songbird out of scrap to make a template for positioning the stamps on the Stamparatus.  Save your template with the stamp set.

-Side Strips X2, 5 1/2″ X 3/8″ in one color for the songbird and one color to match your choice of card

-Basic White scraps, various sizes to die cut clouds with the Whirly Dies

-Baker’s Twine, 12″ and  3 Opal Round embellishments (There is Baker’s Twine to match the In Colors)

-Inks, Memento Black, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Tahitian Tide, Crushed Curry, Sweet Sorbet (Poppy Parade)

Sweet Songbird Favors

-Nest box, Soft Suede, 3X3, score at 1″ and 2″ on both sides, cut from one score line to the other on opposite sides

-Nest, Soft Suede, 2 1/2 X 3, stamp two nests and fussy cut

-Bird, Tahitian Tide 2 X 2 1/4, punch – no stamping, Basic White scrap for belly, Daffodil Delight scrap for beak

-Sign, Basic White, 2 X 2, stamp the post full strength and then the rectangle after stamping off (2nd generation) so the greeting stamps nicely over top, stamp the notes in memento black and fussy cut


May Swaps

I chose the Paradise Palms stamp set and Palm Dies on a background of New Horizons Designer Series Paper (retiring June 30) with a Pale Papaya Base and Basic Black accents.  The greeting and birds are from the retired Beautiful Moments stamp set.  The coconuts are from the Pebbles Enamel Shapes (Retiring June 30). I added the setting sun and sponged a bit of extra colors in the sky.

I made a vertical book fold with the same palm tree design and a different piece from the same DSP for the inside of the card that looks like a beach with sea foam just coming in!

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Horizontal Paradise Palms Recipe

  • Base, Pale Papaya, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, score at 4 1/4
  • Layer,  Basic Black, 5 3/8 X 3 3/8; 1/16 reveal top and sides
  • Top Layer, New Horizons DSP, 5 1/4 X 3 1/4
  • Designer Strip, Basic Black, 3/4 X 5 1/2, die cut with Palms Die and center 1/8″ up from bottom and 1/8″ from black layer
  • Palm Tree, Basic Black, 2 5/8 X 3 3/8, die cut with Palms Dies
  • Greeting and birds, Memento Black Ink; stamp set –  Collect Beautiful Moments
  • Sun, use a sponge dauber to make a circle in Crushed Curry with a little extra sponged in the sky
  • Embellish with Pebbles Enamel Shapes for coconuts and 3 In Color gems on DSP
  • Inside Layer, Basic Black, 2 5/8 X 5 3/8
  • Inside Top, New Horizons DSP, 2 1/2 X 5 1/4
  • Inside Greeting, Memento Black, Paradise Palms Stamp set

Vertical Book Fold Paradise Palms Recipe

  • Base, Pale Papaya, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, score at 4 1/4; Turn 180 degrees and score at 3 3/8″ and 3 3/8 + 1/16, (7/16) for a decorative extra score line
  • Layer (X2), Basic Black, 3 1/8 X 5 1/2, this will be flush with top and bottom with 1/16 reveal right and left
  • DSP Top Layer (X2), New Horizons, 3 X 5 1/2; Hint: with 3″ in width you can make two from a 6 X 6 which is the goal if you are making multiples.  Obviously, a different DSP used for inside.
  • Designer Strip, Basic Black, 3/4 X 5 1/2, die cut with Palms Die and center 3/16″ from side and 3/16″ from black layer
  • Palm Tree, Basic Black, 2 5/8 X 3 3/8, die cut with Palms Dies
  • Grass, Basic Black, 3 1/2 X 1
  • Greeting and birds, Memento Black Ink, Stamp set –  Collect Beautiful Moments
  • Sun, use a sponge dauber to make a circle in Crushed Curry with a little extra sponged in the sky
  • Embellish with Pebbles Enamel Shapes for coconuts
  • Inside Greeting, Memento Black, Paradise Palms Stamp set

Do you crafters really measure to the 1/16 of an inch?

Well, Sal, we often just eyeball the placement but that doesn’t make for very good instructions.

Let’s look at the swaps from the rest of the group.  We saw Jo Brooks’ swap up top so now let’s look at Sharon’s swap using a tea cup very similar to our new tea cup in the Tea Boutique Suite.  She uses three layers for the butterfly- a Fresh Freesia base, a Blushing Bride die cut and then tops her butterfly with a vellum die cut and a unique oval gem.

Heather used the Flowering Fields DSP (retiring June 30) and a greeting from the Flowering Tulips stamp set in beautifully layered circles on a gold foil circle.  The base is Poppy Parade and she used a corner rounder punch on opposing sides of the DSP for a unique look.

 

Ann’s swap used embossed strips of the new In Colors on a Crumb Cake base and the greeting from Biggest Wish stamped in Parakeet Party with the ‘happy’ stamped over in Starry Sky. The ribbon is the 1/8″ Metallic Woven ribbon in Orchid Oasis

Lucille Kearin used the DSP with butterflies (retired) and a fun ‘hi’ Die.  She embellished with white ribbon and Paper Studio Flowers.

Joy’s card uses the new Nature’s Prints stamp set and Natural Prints Dies.  She used the Gray Granite side of the Sun Prints DSP, the Layering Circles Dies, a doily and beautiful gems.  You would love the sparkly Wink of Stella she used on the branch but the camera didn’t capture the sparkle.  Her gems really sparkled!

 

You must see the other card she made using the Nature’s Prints Dies!  I love the shape of the greeting and had to go look up the dies since I hadn’t even noticed that die.  She used the new Fern 3D embossing folder on a base of Starry Sky and then sponged the top lightly with white craft stampin’ ink.

Lori Moore made a slimline card on a white base with Design A Daydream DSP for her first layer and then a layer of embossed Basic White, a layer of Blackberry Bliss with the top layer of Basic White stamped with the Art Gallery stamp set flower in Berry Burst and Rich Razzleberry.  The leaves and ribbon are Soft Succulent. The greeting is from the Floral Gallery Dies.

Wow, you will have lots of samples to show at your next party!

So true!  Thank you everyone for participating in our monthly swaps!


If I can have your attention for just a few more minutes, the home office has some wonderful new offerings starting today, June 1.  You can buy one kit from our kit collection and get the second one 50% off.  It is a great time to call your friends and schedule a kit party!

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Stampin’ Up! has added two new kit offerings at the same time they are offering the BOGO 50% off:

 

 

Check out all the kits at my store under ‘shop products’ and then ‘kits’, click on this image to shop:

Our kits are varied with some that require no stamping, those that include stamping, some for home decor and now a scrapbooking kit!

And of course there is the ever growing popular Paper Pumpkin kits.  We are given a teaser about these monthly kits but you won’t be disappointed.  The internet is loaded with alternative ideas for each kit so if you want to try something different you have lots of inspiration.  Here is the June teaser video:

Hopefully, I will have some cards from the May Paper Pumpkin to show you soon.

Don’t hold your breath, she still has the last CTC (case the creator) card to show you and the cards from her party and ….

Now, now, Sal, be kind!  Though you make a good point and I think I even missed the April swaps.

The hostess code with Sharon as our hostess is:  DHVSAPC3

Thank you for spending some time with me!  Text me if you did not receive the new catalog or if you have any questions – 303-815-0838.  I appreciate your business!

SAL,  Sharing A Lot of inspiration

Karen (click on little Sal in the computer to go to the online store)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Catalog Goes Live Today!

Hello Stamping Friends,

We have been waiting anxiously for this day with its new annual catalog!  It is another masterpiece of beauty offering phenomenal products to delight every crafters’/artists’ heart!  Click on the image to open a pdf and click through the pages.  Even the back cover is gorgeous!

 

Click to access 2022-annual-catalog-sample-recipe-list.pdf

If you see a project and wonder what was used to create it, just click on the link above and scroll to the page the project is on.  The catalog and this link are in the ‘Catalogs’ tab so you don’t have to find this post each time you have a question.

And to add icing to the cake, the main office decided to offer ‘Branded Merchandise’ for sale to everyone- not just demonstrators as has been in the past!

A hoodie with Abigail Roses, grid sheets with In Colors, a tumbler in your choice of the In Colors , a poster with Abigail Roses and file folders!  Click on the image to check these out in the store!


To celebrate and show off the new In Colors I am hosting a catalog launch at my home here in Castle Rock!

Mini Catalog Launch

  • Tuesday, May 10, 9:30 – 11:30
  • RSVP by Friday May 6 please, Text 303-815-0838.  Bring your completed crossword puzzle.
  • My home in Castle Rock, 4143 Eagle Ridge Way
  • Agenda
    • Show and Tell with projects from the new catalog
    • Review the answers to the crossword puzzle
    • 10:30 Draw for door prize
    • Create In Color swatch sheet
    • Simple Make and Take
    • 11:30 Draw for the raffle basket
    • Lunch in town

I will have a raffle basket filled with special gifts!  You can get an entry ticket by:

  • attending
  • completing the crossword puzzle scavenger hunt
  • bringing a card/project for display using something from the new catalog (returned to you after the event)
  • ordering from me – one ticket for each $25 order
  • purchasing a ticket for $2

2022-2023-stampin-up-annual-catalog crossword scavenger hunt pdf


 

Thank you to Crosswordlabs for Online Link  


We love having new In Colors each year; though we hate losing the In Colors from two years ago.  Sigh…..

  We?? Do you have a mouse in your pocket??

No, Sal, all Stampin’ Up!’s family gets excited about new colors with inks and papers and ribbons to match!

Check it out!

Wow!  That should give everyone a color to love!

And for those who would like it all, I suggest joining my team and getting it all free!!

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For $99 you will receive $125 of products and from now through May 31 all the above In Color products!

Join here


The other option to see the new In Colors is to use them on projects like the May Paper Pumpkin!

 

Sign up for Paper Pumpkin by May 10  by purchasing a subscription through my store or go directly to the Paper Pumpkin site HERE.


What will you create with the new In Colors?


At the catalog launch we will make a color swatch to add to your collection of swatches:


Order Color Sampler Sheets

I will make you color sampler sheets for $1.25 per sheet.  There are 12 total sheets so $15 for all!  Many of you already have the first 7 so you only need the new comparison sheets.  They will be like the picture but with all current colors!

  1. Basics Collection
  2. Brights Collection
  3. Neutrals Collection
  4. Regals Collection
  5. Subtles Collection
  6. In Color Collection 2021-2023
  7. In Color Collection 2022-2024
  8. Orange & Yellow comparison sheet
  9. Purple & Brown comparison sheet
  10. Red & Pink comparison sheet
  11. Green comparison sheet
  12. Blues & gray comparison sheet

Text your order to 303-815-0838 or email stampalosopher@gmail.com. You can pay through Paypal.

See you soon!  With all the excitement for the new Annual, don’t forget the mini is current through June 30!

The hostess code is 94TSAZ3P!  Click on little Sal in the computer to go to the online store.

Thank you for supporting my business!  If you did not receive a catalog in the mail text me and I will mail you one. 303-815-0838

SAL,  Sharing A Lot, Sharing A Love,

Karen

 

 

 

Sights & Sounds of the Season

Hello Stamping Friends,

If you are viewing this post in your mobile device, click to open the email and then click again on the header to go to the website so the videos and links work.

Joy is our hostess this month and the hostess code is:  9YGY2BAX

We made a spur of the moment trip to Estes Park last weekend and it was so worth it, even though I am now far behind on my to do list.

The fall colors were exceptional and there had been a river site cancellation at Manor RV park just minutes before we called!  Saturday was picture perfect!

    Did you put a pumpkin outside Jasper to decorate?

That would have been fun, Sal, but the neighboring RV had plenty of decorations to enjoy.  (By the way, Sal is referring to Jasper, our motorhome, it’s a Jamboree, so of course, being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, we needed to have alliteration in the name just like all our Stampin’ Up! colors).  Here’s Paul and Jasper on the river site.

So let’s get down to business!

If we must…. sigh…

Yes, we must!  Select Designer Series Papers are on sale- click on the image to view:

And we have a sneak peak of the November Paper Pumpkin- I see a gingerbread house stamp, I hope, and what looks like a house we can decorate and candies…. oh my!

Click on the Jolly Gingerbread image to join or visit page 71 of the Holiday catalog to get a prepaid subscription with the benefit of adding other supplies from your wish list!  Use hostess code:  9YGY2BAX and our current hostess, Joy, will be on her way to earning free products.

 

Last year the Paper Pumpkin had tags and I made cards out of all the tags, click to view that post, and I have heard the sales of gift cards are expected to go up this year!  I am certainly running out of ideas and may send a few myself.

FYI:  There is a “Joy to the World” Facebook page for those of you who purchased October’s kit.

Event notice: If my kit arrives I will have a ‘Take A Break Tuesday’ Facebook Live next Tuesday, October 20, 9:30AM to look at the October Joy To The World kit and create cards.

Should I change my pumpkin to a snowman?

Oh no, Sal, not yet!  But we do want to get a head start on Christmas Cards, so today’s post includes two cards representing Sights and Sounds of the Season.  We love looking at poinsettias and hearing the silver bells!

Click here to view the Facebook Live:

Cherish The Season

This layout started with the picture in The Mini Catalog, page 33.

Recipe:

  • ‘Cherish The Season’ stamp set
  • ‘Sounds of the Season’ dies
  • ‘Garden Gateway’ Dies for arch
  • ‘Peony’ Dies Border
  • ‘Toile Christmas’ stamp set for the greeting
  • ‘Christmas Cardinal Dies’ to cut the banner
  • Real Red Sheer Ribbon 10″
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels, 3 small, one large
  • Inks:  Garden Green, Versa Mark, Cherry Cobbler
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Base:  Real Red, 4 1/4 X 11 scored at 5 1/2
  • Front Sides:  Designer Series Paper:  Tis The Season,  1 X 5 1/2 (make 2)
  • Middle Layer Background:  Red Foil, 2 1/2 X 5 1/2
  • Swag Base:  Whisper White, 2 1/8 X 5 1/2; Die cut the top with the arch from Garden Gateway Dies, and die cut the bottom with the Peony edge die
  • Pine Boughs:  Garden Green, 1 1/2 X 6; Make 4 little and 4 large boughs
  • Bells:  Silver Foil, 2 1/4 X 4 1/2  Make one set of four bells and and an extra little bell for the inside; cut the 4 strips (all on one die) for the front four. Use Scotch Tape on the back of the two bells you will color before die cutting and then another piece after cutting.  Color the holly leaves with Dk Shaded Spruce Stampin’ Blends and the berries with Lt Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends – color twice for depth of color.

  • Front Greeting:  Whisper White, 4 1/4 X 1 1/4;  stamp Christmas Wishes from Toile Christmas, first in Versa Mark and then in Cherry Cobbler.  Sprinkle with clear embossing powder, then heat and cut it out with the Cardinal Die Set.  Tip:  with clear embossing powder, you have the ability to emboss in any ink color you have.
  • Inside Layer:  Whisper White, 3 3/4 X 5
  • Strip on Inside:  Tis the Season DSP, 1/2 X 5
  • Stamp set for inside:  For Unto Us  stamped in Garden Green

In the video, I use Shaded Spruce for the back of the swag instead of the red foil, and I had another card made with Garden Green.  Which color do you like the best?

   I vote for the Red Foil but I like the greens as well and that would be cheaper!

Poinsettia Petals

Layout cased from Vincenza Montereale on Demonstrator Planning Place.

Recipe:

  • ‘Poinsettia’ Dies
  • ‘Poinsettia Petals’ stamp set
  • ‘Ornate Layers’ Dies
  • ‘Stitched Rectangles’ Dies
  • Beaded Pearls
  • Shimmer Paint
  • Stampin’ Spritzer
  • Ink:  Balmy Blue, Versa Mark and White Embossing Powder
  • Base:  Thick Whisper White, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Large Ornate Layer:  Balmy Blue, 4 1/4 X 5 1/2
  • Flocked Vellum Specialty Paper Layer:  5 X 3 5/8, cut with the 2nd largest stitched rectangle die
  • Small Ornate Layer:  Balmy Blue, 5 X 3 1/2 , cut both the ornate layer and the center cut out at the same time using the 3rd smallest rectangle die
  • Blue Sprigs X2:  Use Balmy Blue rectangle cut out from the previous step
  • Poinsettia and white sprigs:  Whisper White, 5 1/2 X 6 1/4; make two each of the medium poinsettia and two each of the medium large poinsettia and cut three sprigs in white
  • Small poinsettia and the Leaf:  Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper, 2 1/4 X 2 1/4, Die cut one small leaf and two small flowers.
  • Inside Layer:  Balmy Blue, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Strip:  Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper, 3/4 X 4

Thank you for spending some time with me here on the blog and thank you to those who created their club cards with a Facebook Live instead of meeting here at home.  The positive side is that there is no waiting as we share the tools, so we accomplished in two hours what normally takes four hours at the house.

Would you like to be part of club?  You can pay $5 for the club cards and be our guest!  We swap with each other, those who can, and we meet by Zoom on the last Tuesday of the month to share our swap cards, visit with each other and do a Mystery Card challenge.

I would be honored to be your demonstrator and support you however I can as I bring “a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!”

   That’s the part where I came in!

So true and let us all be SALs in this crazy world bringing Salt And Light to everyone we meet!

Virtual Hugs,

Karen

Click on Sal in the computer to go to the online shop and be sure and use the hostess code 9YGY2BAX if your order is under $150 (at $150 you earn the hostess dollars yourself).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March ’20 Paper Pumpkin and April Card Swap

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Do I have a treat for you!!!  To stay sane (sorta), I had a card swap with my club members and seven people participated.

I can attest to the ‘sorta sane’.  

For me or for you, Sal?  I am going a bit stir crazy and not because I am bored.  I listed all the projects I have started and all the cleaning and organizing I would like to get done and I could be quarantined for a long long time and not get them all done;  but I am just not motivated.  Sigh…….

I know, let’s run around the block and get your blood pumping.  

There is lightening and rain out there, Sal.  How about let’s show our friends the cards we’ve made and received.

March’s Paper Pumpkin was one of the best ever!  It made three card styles x four each.  I thought the boot one was kind of odd until I realized that it would perfectly represent the coffee club I have with my neighborhood ladies. I put the initials of each of the neighbors on the top of the boots and left one blank for our dear friend who moved away.  I cut away the boot around the leggings and used a greeting from Fable Friends.  The kit even had little raindrop embellishments (on the umbrella).

I changed the greeting on the second Paper Pumpkin card and once again used the ‘Fable Friends’ stamp set for the “Happy Spring”. The flower bling is from Frosted Flower Embellishments (#148782) and I covered the heart with Glittery Crystal Effects from the Holiday catalog- you do have some left don’t you?  It dries to a beautiful glossy finish.

The third card I pretty much made per instructions:

Gasp!

Okay,  not quite, I added rain drops which the instructions didn’t call for.  Satisfied, Sal?  The flowers have the little rain drop embellishments but they didn’t show up in the picture.

The lined envelopes are like icing on a cake!

Using the stamps in the Paper Pumpkin kit I created my swap card:

  Paper Pumpkin had Meerkats????

No, Sal, those are from the Sale A Bration set ‘The Gangs All Meer’.  The “Miss You” greeting is from the ‘Enjoy Life’ stamp set in the annual catalog.  The tape measure is narrow silver ribbon from my stash.  The boots were stamped on gingham paper and fussy cut.  I loved the basket of flowers in the Paper Pumpkin stamp set.  It was a two time stamping set so I stamped the entire basket in Soft Suede and then stamped Crushed Curry to color the flowers.  What fun!!  I colored the leaves with Call Me Clover Stampin’ Blends and the background with Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends. If I made it again I would stamp the basket directly on the blue and then mask it to stamp the clouds and ground around it.  That would have saved some coloring and fussy cutting.

Recipe

Base:  Balmy Blue, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 scored at 4 1/4

Border Layer:  Soft Suede,  5 3/8 X 4 1/8 (make 2- one for the inside)

Top:  Balmy Blue, 5 1/4 X 4  stamped with clouds, a ground stamp and raindrops

Inside: Whisper White 5 1/4 X 4, sponged just a tad with the sponge roller, then stamped greeting and meerkat in soft suede

Greeting:  Whisper White 2  X 1 1/2 cut with the rectangle stitiched framelit to 1 1/4 X 1 5/8, sponged with Balmy Blue and decorated with raindrops from leftover pieces of the Paper Pumpkin. Pop this up with dimensionals.

Boots:  2 X 2 1/2 gingham paper in desired colors (note:  the Designer Series Paper shown at the top of Page 168 has gingham in all the different color families.)

Meerkats and flower basket:  Whisper White 2 X 4, stamped in soft suede and colored with Stampin’ Blends.

Ribbon: 3 3/4″, marked every 1 1/2 cm with a black journaler so it looked like a ruler.  I attached each end under the meerkat arms with a glue dot.

I still smile every time I look at those little meerkats!!

I received another card from Jo that keeps me smiling:

   

The stamp is from the retired ‘Postcard Pals’ stamp set, isn’t it just the cutest?!

  You’re not thinking of replacing me with an otter, are you?

Of course not!  Let’s look at swaps.

Some swappers made differing cards so there will be two cards with the same name on some.  Thank you, Heather, for putting the names on the card pictures and sending them to the group.  We had fun talking about them during a Zoom meeting.

We could all use this one in a frame on our walls:

   

   

   

   

   

Aren’t all those beautiful cards wonderfully inspiring?!  Such talented, creative crafters.  Thank you, friends.

We are having another card swap in May if you would like to join.  Cards are due in the mail by May 7th and we will Zoom on May 12th and the 16th.  Names and addresses are due to me by this Friday, April 24, and then I will send the list to all the participants Saturday morning bright and early.

SWAP GUIDELINES –  deadline to participate is Friday, April 24

  • Swap is full cards 5 ½ X  4 ¼
  • Include your name and email on a sticky note but don’t stamp your name on the back
  • On the same or another note list the main products you used – does NOT have to be Stampin’ Up! (SU)
  • Cards should have three layers or two layers and an embellishment
  • If your card base is Whisper White or Very Vanilla be sure and use thick Whisper White or Thick Very Vanilla or add an extra layer on the inside for stability
  • Mail cards directly to the swappers by Thursday, May 7
  • We will have a Zoom meeting Tuesday, May 12, at 9:30

Tomorrow, April 22, the retiring products list will be posted on the website at 1:00

Have your wish lists close at hand because the products won’t last long – especially the retiring In Color products.

I will post the original list but it is a moving target as products sell out.

The hostess code through the 25th is:  RH4REUGF

Text me if you have questions:  303-814-0838

SAL,  Safe And isoLated

Karen

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New Mini Catalog and Sale A Bration Brochure

Hello Stamping Friends,

The Mini Catalog is now active and it is Sale A Bration time!  Don’t you love this time of year when you can restock your supplies and get a free product for each $50 or $100 purchase from the Sale A Bration brochure?

Sale A Bration runs through March 31 and March 3rd will bring even more exclusive FREE Sale A Bration items.

The Mini Catalog runs through June 2nd, check it out by clicking on this image:

    

    

These pdf files will be in the “Catalog” tab that you see at the top of my blog.  If reading this email on a mobile device be sure and click to open the email and then click again on the title to open the full blog so you can access everything on the blog; otherwise you will just see the current post.

Do you like to watch videos of the products while you walk off all those holiday calories on the treadmill?  There are many:

Calories or videos?

Choke!  I will start with the From My Heart suite, click to view:

Isn’t the Designer Series Paper (DSP) just “love”ly?

My turn to choke!

I wasn’t being original.  Paper Pumpkin has a special kit this month and they used that pun to describe it:

    

This month’s kit makes 20 treat bags and 10 mini cards.  Order two and you will have enough for everyone in your student’s classroom plus all the neighbors or your coworkers!  The stamp in the set coordinates with the heart punches so you could get even more use of the Paper Pumpkin supplies by purchasing the heart punches from the Mini Catalog, page 10.

Don’t forget to sign up for Paper Pumpkin by January 10th, just click on the above image.

Stay tuned for more videos in future posts.

SAL,

 

 

November 2019 Paper Pumpkin Alternatives & Tailored Tag Quilted Card

Hello Stamping Friends,

This post is for those of you who still have a November Paper Pumpkin kit that you never got a chance to use.

   Kind of like you never got around to posting the cards you made with the kit.

Yes, Sal, it has been a whirlwind of a month and now I need to post the new mini catalog and the Sale A Bration catalog but first let me show you how I used the 24 Christmas tags to make cards.

I purchased the Night Before Christmas Memories and More Cards and Envelopes Kit so it really was like a typical Paper Pumpkin with cards and cool matching envelopes. (Page 25 of the Holiday Catalog)

Snowflake Card

    

And when I ran out of the cards, I used the snowflake stamp from the PP and heat embossed white snowflakes around the edge of a Merry Merlot layer of card stock:

I have all my Paper Pumpkin stamp sets together and the ‘Wonderful time of year’ greeting was from a prior Paper Pumpkin (PP).

The snowflakes were in the November PP kit, the top greeting is in the retired “Beautiful Blizzard” stamp set and the Merry Christmas is from Octobers PP kit.

Deer and Tree Card

You know how I like to coordinate the greeting on the front with the inside and the “Itty Bitty Christmas” set had Christmas Cheer to match the “Perfectly Plaid” stamp set greeting that is so appropriate for Christmas time when we get so busy.

Sled Card

   

The outside greeting is from the PP stamp set and the inside is the “Perfectly Plaid” stamp set used again.

Birds Christmas Card

   

Joy to the world is from “Itty Bitty Christmas” and the inside greeting is from the “Still Scenes” snow globe stamp set.

Quilted Christmas Card

One more Christmas card I would love to show you is one my Mother-in-law made using the Tailored Tag punch and the plaid designer series paper with a greeting from the “Rustic Retreat” stamp set.  Mom makes gorgeous quilts but has never tried her hand at cards so it was fun to show her that the two talents of quilting and cardmaking could be one.

We started by cutting a piece of copy paper to the size of the front and then folding it in half and then half again to find the exact center so we could punch a template for placement of the middle greeting.

From there it was like building a quilt:

 

   

The following card is one I had started with using all the plaids but Mom’s eye for colors made the coordination much better than my collage of colors with a white border.  Just think what we could do with all our left over DSP!

   

Thanks Mom!

SAL,  Share A Lot – Only 356 days until next Christmas!!

Karen

Stamp A Stack meets Clearance Rack

Hello Stamping Friends,

It is Friday!  Hopefully you had a great week and are looking forward to a restful or fun filled weekend.

There are only two days left to sign up for the November Paper Pumpkin which matches the October Paper Pumpkin and makes 24 Christmas tags but could also be used for the front of a card.  This is the October kit.  It made 10 full sized cards and the envelope had the wood tone on the inside of the envelope and silver edging on the outside.   A beautiful card and envelope!

I did change the greeting.  It comes from the very versatile Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set in the Holiday catalog. Click on the image below to go to the Paper Pumpkin site:

Thank you to all those who purchased products from the Clearance Rack after our first Stamp A Stack.  I apologize for not posting the recipes sooner.

NOEL Double Time Stamping:

Casing Mary Detharage at stampsnlingers.com:

 

Recipe:

  • Stamp Sets:  ‘Joy & Noel’,  ‘Timeless Tidings’
  • Ink:  Memento Black
  • Tools:  Oval Stitched Shape Framelit and Oval die (retired) 3rd smallest in set or oval 1/8″ smaller than Stitched Shape Oval
  • Stampin’ Blends:  Real Red, Shaded Spruce
  • Base:  Real Red, 5 1/2  X 8 1/2  Scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer:  Basic Black, 4 X 5 1/8  -make 2
  • Top:  Whisper White, 3 7/8 X 5 – make 2
  • Embellishment:  3 gold metallic pearls

Using the largest Stitched Shape Oval, cut out a piece from the middle of the black layer.  Set aside.

Center the small oval framelit on the white top layer and cut the oval then return the oval to the layer and stamp the Noel.  I used the Stamparatus so I could stamp until I got a really dark black image on the letters.

Color.  I used the light Shaded Spruce for the stems and small leaves around the berries, both dark and light Shaded Spruce on the large leaves and Real Red dark and light for the berries.

Adhere the colored oval to the black stitched shape oval with snail and then pop up the ovals on the white layer.

Add gold metallic pearls.

The inside greeting, Merry Christmas and holly branch are from Timeless Tidings.

This card is a case of the catalog using the other stamp in the set:

Beautiful Baubles:

This card is a case of www.sandjunecrafts.com who cased June Keingstaer:

Recipe:

  • Ink: Pacific Point and Versa Mark with silver embossing powder
  • Stamps:  Beautiful Baubles, Timeless Tidings
  • Tools:  Detailed Bands Dies, Aqua Painter, Gray Marker, Wink of Stella
  • Base:  Silver Foil Edged Cards & Envelopes  (#147900)
  • Layer:  Pacific Point 5 1/4 X 4
  • Top:  Shimmery Whisper White 5 X 3 3/4
  • Inside:  Silver Foil Strip 4 1/4 X 1/4 and Pacific Point Strip 4 1/4 X 1/4
  • Greeting:  Shimmery White 2 X 3 and 2 ovals cut from Silver Foil using the Detailed Bands Dies.  Deck the Halls is in Beautiful Baubles, the inside greetings are in Timeless Tidings

Start by creating two masks of the bauble on sticky notes.  Stamp the left bauble in Versa Mark, mask it and then stamp the bow and string. Remove the mask and emboss with silver embossing powder.  Mask that bauble and stamp the middle baubles and the right side bauble, bows and string.  Emboss with silver.  Use the Aqua Painter and dip in the Pacific Point and water color the baubles.  Color the inside of the top little holder thingy gray and apply wink of stella.  Add rhinestones.

Stamp the greeting, cut with the Detailed Bands Oval Die and attach to two silver ovals cut with the same die. Sponge the edge with Pacific Point. Use glue dots to attach to the foil and then dimensionals to attach to the top of the card.

Apply strips to the inside left and stamp the greeting.  The card stock in the set is thick so you don’t really need another layer. The catalog also has gold foil cards and envelopes.  Check out page168 of the Annual Catalog 2019-2020.

Note:  I will add the catalog year in the future posts since I have gone back to reference posts from years ago and the page number is not the same.  In the catalog section of my blog I have kept all the pdfs of catalogs since I started blogging so you can go to that section and find the catalog I reference.  You can look at the date of the post to figure out which catalog but I will be more helpful in the future.  Do you have other suggestions that would make my blog more user friendly?

Christmas Tree Special Fold:

Cased from Rachel Tessman at StampYourArtOut.com:

 

This is a Step Panel Card and folds to fit in a standard envelope.

Recipe:

  • Ink:  Shaded Spruce, Versa Mark and white embossing powder
  • Stamp Set:  Snow Is Glistening
  • Tools:  Snowfall Thinlits, 1 3/8″ circle punch and 1 1/4″ circle punch
  • Base:  Shaded Spruce 4 1/4 X 8 1/2;  Score at 1/2, 1 1/2, 3, 4
  • Step:  Shaded Spruce 2 1/2 X 4 1/4;  Score at 1/2 and 1 1/2
  • Tree:  Shaded Spruce 4 X 2 1/2
  • Greeting and the snowflake background at the top of tree: Whisper White 1 3/4 X 4
  • Back of the greeting and snowflake on top of the tree:  Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper:  1 3/4 X 2 3/4
  • Designer Series Paper:  4 X 2 7/8
  • Embellishments: Three rhinestones for the snowflakes and 14″ Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon

Fold each score line and use your bone folder to make nice folds on the base and the step. It is critical at this point to get a feel for where the base and the step are attached so you identify the bottom of each. Don’t attach until after you have stamped but you need to know the bottom.

Adhere the Designer Series Paper.

Stamp the tree and the bottom of the step and the base and white emboss.  Use the trimmer to cut the tree leaving a tiny edge of green.  This will be mounted last and the ribbon will be tied through the step and over the bottom of the tree which hides the seam.

Apply Tear and Tape to the 1/2″ fold on the base, it seems to be the front since stamping but it will be folded back to attach. Critical – don’t guess where it is attached- remove the top of the tear and tape, fold the 1/2″ flap over and then fold the card base flat to correctly attach the 1/2″.  Do the same with the step- don’t guess where it is attached.  Adhere it to the bottom of the base and then remove the back of the Tear and Tape on the 1/2″ fold and fold the step and base flat to get perfect placement of the step.

Stamp your greeting.  Joy is in the Snow Is Glistening stamp set.  Punch with the 1 1/4 punch. (Attach to the Dazzling Diamonds with glue dots), then pop up on the base with dimensionals.  Die cut two snowflakes from the Snowfall Thinlits (one for the front of the tree and one for the back).

Punch a circle of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper with the 1 3/8 punch and die cut a dazzling diamond snowflake for the top of the tree.  Add a rhinestone!

The back Whisper White piece is a rectangle with the 4 1/4 going vertical and the 4 on the horizontal.  It seems square so you have to look carefully for a nice border placement.  Die cut a large snowflake and a smaller snowflake in the corners, poke out all the little pieces and set aside for a minute.   After cutting your snowflakes it is easy to see where the greeting will fit.  Stamp the greeting, adhere the layer to the base and then place the snowflakes back in their cutout.  Add rhinestones to the snowflake.

Tie the ribbon through the base right at the top so it covers where your tree is attached.

You just made a step card!

December 4th and 7th at 9:30 are the next Stamp A Stacks and the cards will be fun! RSVP by going to the calendar below – or just give me a shout out-text, phone, email, stop by………

SAL,  Stamp A Lot of Christmas cards

Karen

       

 

 

 

 

 

Clearance Rack has been stocked with new items!

Hello Stamping Friends,

The clearance rack has been stocked with new items – up to 60% off on some!  Click on the red to visit!


    Hey, Karen, I thought Paper Pumpkin was always a surprise?! 

That is generally true, Sal, but the home office wanted our customers to know about the coordinating kits so they are letting the cat out of the bag- or puppies out of the box in this case!  Click on the Paper Pumpkin image to go to the site and sign up!

Stampin’ Up! is also offering special grid paper for Paper Pumpkin coordinating with their new slogan that Paper Pumpkin is “better than a box full of puppies” !   Click to see the video .

And while supplies last we have a smaller grid sheet with a holiday tone:

Click on either image to learn more.

Don’t forget the paper special through the end of this month:

Last but not least in our plethora of announcements – we have an upgraded website!  If you have bookmarked my website – not the blog – you will get an error message when you try to access it and it will say it is not secure.  That is not true – it is actually more secure than before.  The new link eliminates the “www” on the front but the rest remains the same, so click here and take a look at the new website:  karendecker.stampinup.net 

    But then they won’t see me. 🙁

That is true.  That link goes directly to my Stampin’ Up site but our stamping friends may have bookmarked the old one with the “www” before you were introduced!  So friends, if you are following my blog and access the website through it, you shouldn’t have a problem.

SAL,  Sending Announcements Lovingly

Karen

 

 

 

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