PCCCS172 – Paper Craft Crew Challenge

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Welcome back, my friend, to another sketch challenge with the Paper Craft Crew!

It has been so much fun to see so many fabulous cards submitted each week; I love seeing all the wonderful cards; thank you so much for taking part in our challenges.

This week will be no different, I’m sure – we have another great sketch for you to work from; have a look:


Here is my card:

PCCCS172 wonderland It’s funny – I resisted buying the Wonderland set, and now that I have it, I can’t stop using it!

I decided to work with purples this time; it’s such a rich colour.  I started with a panel of Whisper White cardstock, and with Sponge Daubers inked on Perfect Plum towards the center, and Blackberry Bliss around the edges.  I left it very light in the middle, to achieve a ‘backlit’ look for the trees.  I stamped the trees in Memento Black ink full strength in the middle of the panel, the on each side after stamping off, so that they weren’t full-strength ink.  I placed a strip of the Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum paper (on sale in this week’s Weekly Deals!) across the bottom of the panel. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink onto Blackberry Bliss cardstock, then heat embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder.  I used the Tags & Labels Framelits to create the ends in both the Blackberry Bliss and the Gold Foil Paper.  I layered both of these together, and added them to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I made some loops of the Gold Cording Trim, then glued them to the back of the Snowflake Element, and attached it below the sentiment using Glue Dots.

The stamped panel was attached to a layer of Perfect Plum cardstock, which was then attached to the card base of Blackberry Bliss cardstock.

I think it’s a classy looking card, that came together quite quickly.  I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing it – if you have time, I always love to read your comments if you care to leave one.

Now I hope you’ll check out the Paper Craft Crew page to see the amazing designs of the rest of the design team, and then join us in this new challenge!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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New Weekly Deals

In case you felt you didn’t have enough sale items to choose from with the Online Extravaganza happening, here are the new Weekly Deals!

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Wow – talk about just what you need for your Christmas and holiday cards!  The Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack add such a WOW factor to all your cards and projects – which you can make using the on sale Berry Merry or Embellished Ornaments stamp sets!

Remember that you can add your orders from the Annual and Holiday catalogue together with the Online Extravaganza deals, the Weekly Deals, plus anything from the Clearance Rack – one order, and you’re done!

If you’d like me to place your order for you, please contact me either by phone or email (debsmart@shaw.ca 604.298.0472).  If you’d like to order online, just click my signature below, and you’ll be taken directly to my online store – a secure site.  (did you know that you can tell if a site meets online security protocol by looking at it’s URL – if it starts with ‘https’ – the ‘s’ means secure! I always look for that, if I’m ordering online).

Okay – I’ll be back later this evening with another card for the Paper Craft Crew – I hope you’ll join me then!  In the meantime, if you’re on Facebook, I’m participating in an online shopping event with about 8 other vendors – we’re all local in the lower mainland of B.C., but you can shop online at any of our sites, and have your order direct shipped anywhere within Canada.  If you’d like to have a look, click HERE  ; there’s a new prize awarded daily, and lots of variety!

Happy shopping!

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Are you ready to save?!  Then let’s get shopping!

Here are the items in TODAY’S 24 HOUR FLASH SALE:

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I’ve added pictures below, to make it easier for quick decisions!  For full pictures, you can refer to the catalogue pages listed.  Where you see ‘online’, it means that this product is online only, not in any of the catalogues.

The DSP is buy 3, get 1 FREE.  Selection for the 3 plus 1 free must be from the papers listed.

See the full list of all sale items: ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA LIST

**NOTE: there have been a couple of changes to the list since it was first published on Friday, due to low or no items in stock.  The only item that was removed was the Tiny Treat Boxes (#135829) as they are already on backorder, and 2 of the ribbons have been moved to the 30% off list, due to low inventory.

All products in the Online Extravaganza can be added to any order containing items not on sale – i.e. any items in the current catalogues – as well as items currently on the Clearance Rack and Weekly Deals.
If you have any questions, or would like me to place your order for you, please contact me at either debsmart@shaw.ca, or call me at 604.298.0472
Online orders can be placed HERE; please use Hostess Code F2F66X24.
Happy shopping!
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Christmas Market Projects

Hello again, stamping friend!  Thanks for coming back for another visit :)

I thought I’d share with you some more of the handmade items I had for sale at last weekend’s Christmas Market.  I’m always on the look-out for new ideas of gifts and decor to make for Christmas time; hopefully these will give you some inspiration!

These little boxes made using the Curvy Keepsake box were easy to make, and they were very popular with the fair customers!  Each box had 2 yummy Lindt chocolate truffles inside :)

curvy keepsake santa & snowmen

The buckle on the Santa box is made using the retired Curly Label punch and small Curly Label – but you could substitute them with the Square punch and/or Square Framelits, or anything else you have on hand.  The Silver Glimmer paper adds a great ‘pop’ with the Black and Real Red cardstock.

The snowman hat again uses the retired Curly Label punch for the top part of the hat, but you could use the Decorative Label punch, and just cut it in half.  The brim of the hat is made using another retired punch, but the Word Window punch would work just as well.  I cut a strip of Real Red cardstock for the hat band, and the added the holly from the Snow Place stamp set, die cut using the Snow Friends Framelits Dies.

This next card is super cute, and again – easy to make!  The punch art is what takes the longest time to put together.

reindeer punch art card

How adorable are these little guys?!  I’ve seen them quite a bit on Pinterest and other demo blogs, but I’m not sure exactly who came up with the idea.  Thank you to whomever it was! :)

This reindeer just shows you one more way to use the fabulous Owl Builder Punch.  The reindeer head is the body of the owl, with the feet removed; the eyes and red nose are also punched from the Owl Builder punch.  The antlers are from the Tree Builder Punch; the body is a Large Oval, the white muzzle is the 1/2″ Circle Punch; the feet are the 1″ Circle Punch with the bottom cut off; the white chest patch is from the retired Blossom Builder Punch (you could substitute a petal from either the Flower Medallion or Fun Flower punch), and the tail is one of the ears from the body of the Owl Builder punch.  I almost forgot – for the little patch of hair on his head, I used another retired punch, but you could create it using pieces of 7/8″ Scallop punch.  The cardstock I used are Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Red Glimmer Paper.

For my last project sharing today, these are some ornaments that I made.  I had made some last year as well; for this year, I simply used some of the new stamp sets and dies from this year’s catalogue.

sleigh ride edgelits ornament

This one (above) used the Sleigh Ride Edgelits, Whisper White and Smoky Slate cardstock, and Silver Glimmer Paper.  The snow is left over from the To You and Yours Shaker Cards Project Kit.  The ornament is 1/2 of a full globe ornament from a big box store; I attached my die cuts to a circle backing, then attached it to a large scalloped circle in Silver Glimmer paper, and glued it to my ornament.  Our Silver Cording Trim is the perfect accent to tie it off!


The top ornament was made using the White Christmas stamp set (found in the Annual catalogue), and the middle one was made using a set retired a couple of years ago – I think it was called First Christmas; I would check, but I lent it to one of my customers!  The bottom ornament is made to look like a Santa belly; I filled the inside of a glass ornament with red glitter, and added a belt of black ribbon and buckle silver glimmer paper.

That’s it for today!  I hope you enjoyed seeing some more projects, and got some inspiration for yourself.  I’d love to read any comments if you’d like to leave one for me.

Until next time – happy stamping!

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It starts Monday, Nov. 23rd through Monday Nov. 30th

 SAVE UP TO 50% on some of your favourite products!!

There are some amazing deals for you; everything from Designer Series Paper, stamp sets, embellishments, tools and more!  You can even purchase select past Paper Pumpkin Kits and refill Kits – even if you’re not a subscriber!


Monday kicks off with a 24 Hour Flash Sale along with the other deals.  The extravaganza will end with another 24 Hour Flash Sale next Monday as well – make sure you don’t miss out!

There are EXCLUSIVE BUNDLES just for this online sale – make sure that you use the Special Product Code for these exclusive bundles, in order to get the special pricing.

You can of course ORDER ONLINE through my store – please use Hostess Code F2F66X24, or CONTACT ME at 604.298.0472 or debsmart@shaw.ca and I can place your order for you.


  • Dates: November 23-30, 2015
  • Two 24-hour flash sales for specific products will happen during this promotion: one on November 23 and one on November 30.
  • Past Paper Pumpkin kits and kit refills in Online Extravaganza are available for purchase by subscribers and non-subscribers.
  •  You must use bundle item codes provided for Online Extravaganza. Discounts will not be applied if individual component item numbers are entered separately. Bundles featured in Online Extravaganza will exist only during Online Extravaganza.
  • There is no minimum purchase necessary for Online Extravaganza. Discounts will range from 20 to 50 percent.
  • Additional products from current catalogues, retiring list, weekly deals & clearance rack can be purchased on the same order.
  • Deadlines:
    •  orders must be placed by Monday, November 30, 2015 at 11:50 PM (MT) which is 10:50 Pacific Time

VIEW ONLINE DEALS LIST HERE, and make sure you’ve got your shopping list ready to go for Monday!  This is the perfect time to use the Santa Wishlist that I provided earlier this week – fill one out for yourself, and have your stamping friends fill out one for themselves, and you can doing your holiday shopping online, at  discounts up to 50%! :)

I’m off to make my list – and check it twice!  Until next time – happy shopping & stamping!

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Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop

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Hello my stamping friend!  Welcome to our fun-tabulous November blog hop with the Wacky Watercooler gang! :)

If this is your first hop with us, welcome!  I know you’re going to enjoy yourself, because we have a great line up of participants, all of whom have ninja skills at stamping!  Are  you wondering what the ‘Wacky Watercooler’ part is all about?  Well, we’re a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, many of whom only know each other online through our demonstrator-only website.  The ‘watercooler’  thread was started as a way for us to get together and talk about life in general; you know – how things are going, kids, families, funny stories, favourite movies or shows; just like the back in the day when offices had water coolers for staff to  hang around and socialize (before email and instant messaging).  So that’s us!  Virtually hanging about, talking about life and what we love, which of course includes what we do – stamping and creating!

So  here we are, gathered monthly to share our creative expression with you, stamping friend, and hopefully inspiring you with ideas and samples.

Our blogs are linked together in a circle, so that as long as you head in 1 direction – either forward or backwards – you will see all the posts and projects.  If  you prefer to hop about randomly at your leisure, you can click on the ‘home’ button, where you’ll find the full list of participants, and links to each blog.

This month our focus is all about Christmas, since we won’t be having a hop next month – leaving you with more time to spend with friends and family.

Enough natter from me – let’s get on with the show!  Here is my first project – a cute little Post-it Note® holder that makes the perfect gift for a teacher, co-worker or just about anyone!

post it note holders It was so  fun to decorate these – I couldn’t stick with just 1 cover!    Below, you can see how they look opened up; I love how the cover stands up, so you can still see the cute cover while you have access to  your notes!

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I used the Snow Place stamp set and matching Snow Friends Framelits Dies to create the penguin with his Santa hat and scarf, then I used the retired Word Bubbles Framelits to let him say ‘time to chill’ – also from the Snow Place stamp set.  The base is made from Lost Lagoon cardstock, and I used some of last year’s DSP to cover the front and inside.

For the middle one, I stamped with a Paper Pumpkin stamp for the cup, sentiment and steam, used the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch then layered it on top of a Silver Metallic Doily.  The base is made from Mossy Meadow cardstock, and again I used some retired DSP.  I added a bow made from the Silver Cording Trim in the upper right corner to finish it off.

On the right, I masked off the bottom of the Whisper White cardstock and sponged the sky using Sponge Daubers and Tempting Turquoise and Island Indigo inks.  I stamped the scene using the White Christmas stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and die cut it using the retired Labels Framelits.  The base is Sahara Sand cardstock, layered with (again) retired DSP (okay – I know I’m using retired things, but you  have lots of retired products too, right?  and you’d like to know how to use them up, right?  you’re welcome! 😉 )  I added a Snowflake Element with some loops of Gold Cording Trim tucked behind, attached to the front using Glue Dots.

My next project is a card using the very versatile Wonderland stamp set:

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I just love using my Brayer to create the backgrounds for this stamp set!  Here I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock, and used the brayer to apply Island Indigo Ink to the bottom 1/2 of the cardstock.  I then applied Tempting Turquoise to the top 1/2.  Very quick and easy to do.

I then inked up the trees in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and stamped them with the ink full-strength in the front centre of the panel.  Without re-inking the stamp, I then stamped again to one side, then re-inked, stamped off once, and stamped again on the opposite side.  This creates depth, so that the front trees appear closer than the lighter stamped ones.  I then stamped just the tops of the trees again in the very front bottom of the panel.  I then used my  Big Shot and the retired Labels Framelits (again with the retired, I know!  I don’t  have the new Lots of Labels Framelits yet, which would work just the same on this card).

My card base is made using Tempting Turquoise cardstock, and I layered a panel of the gorgeous Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack over top, then a panel of the (retired) Brushed Gold cardstock, then finally the stamped image panel.  I wrapped some Gold Cording Trim around the front twice, then added some loops underneath the sentiment, which was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.

For my final project, I just had to try out a new fancy fold I saw that was shared by another demo Kelly Gettelfinger, on our demo only site.  It’s called a ‘corner card’, and it is such fun, and there’s so many  ways to use it!  Here’s what I came up with:

corner card front

No – I’m not fooling with you!  This is the front of the card; very innocuous looking, isn’t it?  I stamped the Wondrous Wreath in Old Olive and Mossy Meadow inks, with the berries in Real Red, and die cut using the coordinating Wonderful Wreath Framelits.  I used the same Framelits to die cut the ‘Joy’ from Red Glimmer Paper, and attached them onto a panel of Home for Christmas DSP.  Under that is a panel of Very Vanilla cardstock, on a card base of Old Olive cardstock.  Two Home for Christmas Enamel Dots in Real Red and Very Vanilla are in the corner.

Now here’s the WOW part of this card – the inside!

corner fold inside

How’s that for a woohoo!  Because of the added portion in the front, this card can stand up to display both sides of the inside, and allow for some 3D pop-ups!  In this card, I just have the cat as the pop up part; he is actually attached only to the bottom front portion of the card, not the side.

I really wanted to emphasize the 3D of this card, so everything is stamped, coloured and then either hand or die-cut, then layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

i just love all of the pieces in the Festive Fireplace stamp set – it’s the perfect scene, all in one set!  The fireplace is stamped in Soft Suede ink, coloured in using the same ink and a Sponge Dauber.  The fireplace is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then coloured in using Blender Pens and Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Yellow, Pumpkin Pie and Real Red inks.  The garland was stamped in Cucumber Crush ink, and the pine cones coloured  using the Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Marker.  The stockings were stamped in Memento black, the coloured using the Real Red and Cucumber Crush markers.  The bows were stamped in Real Red ink, as well as the sentiments.  The cat was stamped in Soft Suede ink, and coloured the same way as the fireplace; using the Sponge Dauber and Soft Suede ink pad.

Thank goodness for the coordinating Festive Fireside Framelits Dies – the only thing I had to cut by hand was the fireplace itself!

Once I had finished stamping, colouring and cutting, I assembled my scene, and attached it to the panel of Timeless Elegance DSP that I had glued to my card base, to look like wallpaper.   The sentiment above the fireplace is from the To You & Yours Too stamp set in Real Red ink onto Very Vanilla, and the ends punched using the Banner Triple Punch.  On the left side of the card, I stamped my sentiment in Real Red onto Very Vanilla, and added a die cut bow on either side.

Well, that’s it for my projects; I hope you enjoyed seeing them as much as I enjoyed making them!  If you have time, I would love to read any comment you would like to make :)

Now you can continue on your creative journey, and head over to Priscilla’s blog, by clicking on the ‘Next’ button below.  If you’d like to go back and see Heidi’s blog, just click on the ‘Previous’ button.

Thanks for spending some of your valued time with me today – enjoy the rest of the hop!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Make Gift-Giving (or Receiving) Easy!

Do you often get asked ‘what would you like for Christmas?’, and are stumped for an answer?  Or you can think of a lot of things you want, but you’re not sure how to tell them without seeming too ‘pushy’?

I’ve got the solution for  you!



I’ve created a WISH LIST that you can print out, fill out with all your favourite things from Stampin’ Up!, and hand it out to anyone who wants to give you a wonderful present this Christmas!  It takes all the guesswork out of  ‘will she like it?’, ‘ will it fit?’  and ‘does she have it already?’ – because you’ve given them all the information they need – item number, product name – even  how to order it!

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To print off your own Wish List, simply click the above  – fill it out, and be ready to enjoy opening your presents!  Your loved ones can either contact me and order from your list, or they can order directly online – my contact and store information is on the form.  If they contact me directly, I’ll even gift wrap it for them!

What’s that?  You’re not sure what you want?  Or maybe you want to wait, and order from the Occasions Catalogue in January?

NO PROBLEM!  I also sell Gift Certificates!  The giver chooses the dollar amount, and I will prepare the certificate and either email it to them, or print it & package it all pretty and ready for giving!

These options are perfect for yourself, or for a stamping-loving friend!

So be sure to use these great resources, and have a merry, stress-free Christmas!

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Christmas Market Fun

Finally – I’m here to share with you some pictures from the Christmas Market last weekend, where I had a table.

It was lots of fun; I got to meet some lovely people, and made a new friend :)  It was fairly busy, which was good; because you really notice the slow times!

Here’s a picture of my table set-up; it was a smaller table than I’m used to (6 ft. vs. 8 ft.) so it looks a bit crowded!

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The venue was fully booked, and there wasn’t even room for me to have my free-standing card rack – so up on the table rack they went!  Guess what – my cards were my best seller of the day!  I think having them on the table worked! :)

As you can see, I have my hand crafted items on the one side, then the packaged kits, stamp sets, ink pads, embellishments, etc. on the other.  I thought it was very odd that my hand crafted items sold better than the packaged items – but I’ll just take that as a compliment! LOL

Here’s some close up pictures of some of my items;


I followed the tutorial from a fabulous U.K. demonstrator Linda Parker  (she is an absolute genius with boxes & packaging!) for these luminaries – aren’t they gorgeous?  I stamped the Wonderland trees in Versamark onto the Vellum cardstock, and embossed them with Silver Embossing Powder.  The tops & bottoms of the luminaries are made from the beautiful Silver Foil Paper, and each has a battery operated tea light inside.  I just had to take a picture with the lights off – the glow is fabulous! :)


These next items were a great seller – the Santa and Snowman Curvy Keepsake Boxes, filled with Lindt truffles!

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Too cute, right?!  Everyone who bought them had special plans; to hang them on their Christmas tree, to tuck them into stockings, and to put on their mantle with other holiday decorations.  How great is that!  I got more ideas from them :)

Rather than overload you with a ton of pictures all in one post, I’ll be back tomorrow with more pictures, okay?  I hope you’ll be back, too!

Until then – happy stamping!

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Welcome back, stamping friend, to another challenge with the Paper Craft Crew!

It’s so good to see you here; I  hope that you’ve been enjoying the challenges, and taking the leap and entering into some of them yourself.  Is there a type of challenge you prefer the most – sketch, colour, theme?  Leave me a comment below – I’d love to hear which you like best.

This week we have another theme challenge for you – all about Giving Thanks:


We’re past our Thanksgiving here in Canada, so I wanted to find something a little different for this card.  I was at a vendor fair last weekend, and my best friend Susan made a special trip to come & see me (she even brought me my favourite coffee – a caramel macchiato!) even though she had to be somewhere else, in the total opposite direction – she inspired this card :)


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This set is called In This Together – you can find it in the Annual Catalogue on page 114.  Susan & I have been friends for 37 years now, so I think we really have been through it all, together!

I started with a card base of Crumb Cake, cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″, and scored at 5 1/2″.  For the next layer I used Not Quite Navy cardstock, and I wanted to create the illusion of rain – the ladies are sharing an umbrella, after all!  First I tried splashing some bleach on the cardstock, but that didn’t turn out like anything useable, so then I mixed a bit of Tombow Multipurpose Glue with the tiniest bit of water to thin it out, picked it up with a paintbrush, and by tapping the edge of the brush against my hand, got the dots of watery glue.  I let them dry (okay, I used my Heat Tool – patience is not my best virtue!), and they dried clear, but with dimension.  Here’s a closer picture so you can see them:


I stamped the ladies in Archival Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock, and used a combination of Stampin’ Write Markers and ink pads with Blender Pens to colour.  The colours I used are Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Tip Top Taupe, Crumb Cake and Smoky Slate.  Oh – and a little Blushing Bride, for the rosy cheeks!

The ‘thanks’ is die cut from Daffodil Yellow cardstock using the Big Shot and Hello You Thinlits.  The ‘friend’ and frame are from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set; stamped in Smoky Slate onto Whisper White and Daffodil Delight cardstock.

Everything was attached to the ‘splashed’ Night of Navy panel using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

That’s it for my card – thanks to my friend Susan for the inspiration, and the Paper Craft Crew for the theme!  I hope you’ll head over and check out the other fabulous cards made by the rest of the design team – and then submit your own!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Weekly Deals

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There are some great deals this week to help you finish up (or start, if you haven’t already) your Christmas cards!  These deals are all from the Holiday catalogue; have a look:

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Wow – 25% off the Snow Friends Framelits Dies!  Awesome! :)  I’m having such fun with this stamp set and Framelits; using the Framelits make it so much easier to assemble your snow friends and their accessories – this is a must have!  Even better news – this set is not retiring when the Holiday catalogue ends!

Did you know the Season to Season Wreath comes with accessories so that you can change up the wreath for each new season?  Now the name makes sense, right?!  Of course you can always use and add your own embellishments, too.  You’ll definitely get your money’s worth – at only $24.94 – from this wreath!

Well, the cardstock and the Jolly Christmas set kind of speak for themselves; you can use the cardstock all year ’round and hey – reindeer and snowflakes aren’t just for Christmas!

These amazing deals are only on for 1 week, starting today, Nov. 17th until next Monday, Nov. 23rd.  So make sure you order them now – or drop a hint to your family that now is a good time for them to start buying your gifts 😉

To place an online order, simply click on my signature below to go directly to my store; please use Hostess Code F2F66X24.  Or give me a call or email, and I’ll be happy to place your order for you!  debsmart@shaw.ca  604.298.o472

I’ll be posting again later with the newest Paper Craft Crew challenge – I hope I’ll see you then.

Until then – happy stamping!

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