Help Make a Difference

Stamping friends, I know that I’m here in Canada on the British Columbia West Coast, and safe from the devastating wildfires in our interior.  I’m also safe from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.  However, I’m not without empathy, and sympathy, for those enduring these awful times.  It’s now that we can help make a difference – and Stampin’ Up! is dedicated to help as well.

TOGETHER WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Help Make a Difference

Stampin’ Up! has made an incredibly generous pledge – to match donations to the American Red Cross up to the amount of $50,000!  This is the statement that they released on their blog today:

Along with many of you, we are watching with concern as stories unfold about the devastation left behind in Texas and Louisiana by Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey. Though no one knows how many lives have been affected, Harvey is said to be one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history, and the damage caused by massive flooding will be felt for years to come.

With you, we’re also trying to stay informed on the progress of Hurricane Irma; as we write this, Irma has not yet made landfall but is currently classified as a catastrophic Category 5 storm. It will almost certainly leave as much destruction in its wake as Hurricane Harvey and will affect the lives of tens of thousands of people.

As a Stampin’ Up! family, we invite you to help us give to those who are now (or will soon be) trying to rebuild their lives. From now until the end of October, Stampin’ Up! will match donations made to the American Red Cross, dollar-for-dollar, for up to $50,000. Please click here to donate.

The Stampin’ Up! community is already making a difference through ongoing hurricane relief efforts. Here are some ways people are raising money.

  • Demonstrators are donating a portion of their commissions.
  • Demonstrators are holding dedicated events, including retired product sales, where all proceeds are being donated to hurricane relief.
  • Customers are being invited to donate at events. 
  • Demonstrators are selling unused cards or are mounting past swaps on card bases and selling them (in accordance with the Angel Policy) to raise hurricane relief funds.

If you’re a Stampin’ Up! customer and would like to help, reach out to your demonstrator and see if they are holding any fundraising events you can be a part of, or click here to donate to the American Red Cross.

Together, we can do incredible things! We hope you’ll join us . . . because we truly can make a difference. 

EVERY BIT HELPS!

Of course, every bit helps! No matter the size of your donation, or whether you choose to donate to a different charity – all will be helpful! Some prefer to donate to organizations such as Samaritan’s Purse, Habitat for Humanity, and of course we can’t forget all of the animals also affected – the ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society, to name a couple, would all welcome donations.

We also can’t forget our U.S. friends here on the West Coast, in Washington, California, Oregon, Montana and in Utah.

Remember – the matching of donations applies to donations made to the American Red Cross.  So Canadian friends, and friends around the world – please use the link provided above to ensure your donation goes to the right place, and that Stampin’ Up! will be aware of it and match it.

My thoughts are with all of my stamping friends, families and demonstrators in the affected areas.  I hope you are all staying safe! ♥

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Eastern Palace Suite for PCC258

Hello stamping friend, and welcome to a new sketch challenge with the Paper Craft Crew!  This week I’m using the Eastern Palace Suite for PCC258; I just love the colours and versatility of this bundle.

PCC258 SKETCH

Eastern Palace Suite for PCC258

You can see that there is lots  of creative room in this sketch! I can’t wait to see your project!

EASTERN PALACE SUITE

Eastern Palace Suite for PCC258

I love bright colours, but the ‘jewel tones’ have long been a favourite of mine.  This makes the Eastern Palace Suite of products a must-have for me!

DETAILS

On a 4″ x 5 1/4″ Very Vanilla cardstock panel, the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper and Tranquil Tide cardstock are layered, with a length of 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon in Fresh Fig across the join, and wrapped around the cardstock edges.  Another design from the Eastern Palace Specialty DSP, this time with the gold striping, is also cut, with a banner tail snipped at one end.

The sentiment and the circle image around it are both stamped in Versamark ink, covered with Gold Embossing Powder, and set with the Heat Tool. I used the Layering Circles Framelits with the Big Shot for die cutting.  The Big Shot is also used along with the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits and Eastern Medallions Thinlits for die cutting the shapes in Gold Foil Sheets.

PUTTING IT TOGETHER

Once all my pieces are cut, I’m ready to put it all together! I used my Paper Snips to cut pieces from the wavy portion of the Swirly Scribbles die cut, and attached them to the back of the sentiment circle.  The banner of DSP is also glued to the back.  Next, that was attached to the panel, with the medallion die cut popped on top, using Mini Glue Dots.  I decided I wanted a bit more bling, so I then added one of the Glitter Enamel Dots in the middle of the medallion.  I just realized that I forgot to add the 3 embellishments to the right side of the panel!! Okay – just imagine that you see 3 more Glitter Enamel Dots there, please! 😉  Finally, when my panel was complete, it was attached to a Thick Very Vanilla cardstock base.

Eastern Palace Suite for PCCS58

YOUR TURN TO CREATE!

If you’re still looking for inspiration, head over to the Paper Craft Crew challenge page to see what the rest of the Design Team have created.  You’ll love what you see! Next, grab the link, create your card, and link up for the challenge.  I’m looking forward to seeing your project 🙂

ORDER YOUR SUPPLIES

To replicate my card (or create your own!) using the same supplies, click on the images below.  You can shop at my online store 24/7!  Plus, for August only, anyone placing a $25 or more order (before tax/shipping) using HOST CODE NPSAM4B2 will receive a special gift from me, from the Holiday Catalogue! This is my way of saying ‘thank you’ for staying with me, while I’m away in Scotland!

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Be Merry Kit

BE MERRY KIT

Everything you need to make 12 stunning rosette ornaments, all in 1 kit!  You can’t beat the value of this amazing Be Merry Kit.

Be Merry Kit

Aren’t these rosette ornaments gorgeous?    The finished size is 4″ in diameter, so you can use them as ornaments for your tree, or really fancy tags for those extra special gifts!

KIT CONTENTS

Be Merry Kit

And they’re so easy to make – all of the hard work is done for you!  The rosettes are pre-scored and folded for quick assembly. The only item not included that you probably want to use is your hot glue gun; that way these beautiful ornaments will be guaranteed to last a long, long time (plus withstand all the handling they’ll get, because you know everyone will want to take a closer look!). Also have your Paper Snips handy, and some Stampin’ Dimensionals – and you’re good to go!

HOW TO VIDEO

Here’s a quick how-to video from Stampin’ Up!, showing you how easily these rosette ornaments go together.

 

ORDER YOUR KIT TODAY!

Stampin’ Up!’s ready-to-assemble kits are the perfect answer for the craft who is in a hurry, or may not have all the supplies to create their own projects.  Order your kit now, and get a head start on your holiday preparations.  Simply click on the image below, and you can order directly from my online store, 24 hours a day!  If you’d rather have me place your order for  you, send me an email at debsmart@shaw.ca, and I’m happy to do that 🙂

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Get Ready for the Holidays!

If you live in the Lower Mainland of B.C., Canada – then this post is for you!  I’m here to help you get ready for the Holidays!

Get Ready for the Holidays!

It’s My Party – and I Want You Here!

Let’s Kick Off the Holiday Prep Season with a celebration of the new Holiday Catalogue:

Sunday, September 10th

My House in Burnaby

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Come see samples made with the new products, do Make & Takes, and enjoy refreshments!  Of course, you’ll also get your own copy of the Holiday Catalogue to take home!

ALL ORDERS PLACED THAT DAY WILL RECEIVE FREE SHIPPING!!

PLEASE RSVP to debsmart@shaw.ca or 604.298.0472 by Wednesday Sept. 6th, 2017, to ensure you will receive a catalogue and make & takes

We always have fun exploring the new catalogue, playing a game or 2 (with prizes, of course!), and playing with the new products!  I’d love to see you here – just send me your RSVP to ensure that you’ll receive your catalogue, and do the Make & Takes.

I’m looking forward to seeing you!  Now I’m off to make some more samples! Oh yeah – bring your camera to capture some great project ideas! 🙂

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If you’re not able to attend, but would like to receive a catalogue, email me and I’ll see that you get one! 🙂 

New Videos from Stampin’ Up!

Grab your favourite beverage, and settle in to watch some new videos from Stampin’ Up!

The new Holiday catalogue is here, and you’re probably trying to decide which of the new products to buy first! If you’re like me, your wish list is long and you need to prioritize. These great new videos from Stampin’ Up!, can help you not only decide what to order first, but also see the versatility of the different products.

READY FOR CHRISTMAS BUNDLE

This is a great example of when you should purchase a Bundle, which is the stamp set and coordinating  thinlits.  While the Ready for Christmas stamp set definitely has Christmas themed images and sentiments, it also has images that can be used at any time during the year.  Pair them with the Christmas Staircase Thinlits Dies, and you’re ready to create projects to WOW your friends and family!

New Videos from Stampin' Up!

Here’s Bonnie to show off the Bundle:

Isn’t that amazing?!  No wonder it was on the top of my ‘must have’ list!

QUILTED CHRISTMAS

Have any quilters in your life? They’re going to LOVE receiving a card made with the fabulous Christmas Quilt stamp set and Quilt Builders Framelits Dies!  Of course you can purchase the Bundle, and Save 10%!  There is an entire Quilted Christmas Suite of products that you’re going to love; Ribbon, Stitched Felt Embellishments, Designer Series Paper, Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and Quilted Christmas Cardstock Pack.  Want to switch  it up from a Christmas theme? Simply change your ink and cardstock colours, and use a different DSP pattern!

New Videos from Stampin' Up!

Carrie will show us how it’s done:

MAKE YOUR LIST, AND ORDER NOW!

 

I hope that these videos have helped you – or maybe given you new ideas on product you hadn’t considered!  Once you’ve got your list ready, just click on the images below to order from my online store, open 24 hours a day.  If you prefer to have me order for you, contact me directly at debsmart@shaw.ca.

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Let Me Introduce the New Holiday Catalogue!

Ladies and gentlemen – please let me introduce – the New Holiday Catalogue!

I know, you’re not finished with the glorious Annual Catalogue -but that’s okay! Now you can combine items from the Annual and Holiday catalogues together in one order!

HOLIDAY CATALOGUE

new holiday catalogue

CLICK HERE TO VIEW ONLINE, OR DOWNLOAD YOUR OWN COPY!!

A GREAT TIME TO HOST!

With all the incredible new products that you and your friends are going to want to order, now is the perfect time to Host your own party!!  Whether it’s an in-person house party, a catalogue party, or an online party – you can score big with Host benefits once your party total reaches $200 or more (before tax/shipping).

FREE EXCLUSIVE STAMP SET FOR QUALIFYING ORDERS/PARTY!

Let Me Introduce the New Holiday Catalogue

Need another reason to Host a party?  How about a FREE EXCLUSIVE STAMP SET for you, the Host, once your party total (or personal order) reaches $375.  This set is exclusive for Hosts only, and is only available from Sept. 1st – October 31st.  You can’t buy this set – as I said, it’s exclusive for Hosts only!

Here’s a video from our Stampin’ Up! home office, showing the details of this fun and versatile set:

Here’s a recap of the details:

  • Promotion period: September 1–October 31
  • The Merry Patterns Stamp Set is exclusive to the host promotion and will not be available after October 31
  • In order to qualify, the event merchandise total must reach $375 CAD (before shipping and handling)
  • There is no limit to the number of times the Merry Patterns Stamp Set may be earned, but only one set can be redeemed per qualifying order
  • Customer, Workshop, and online orders qualify
  • Orders must be closed by 11:50 PM (MT) on October 31
  • The Merry Patterns Stamp Set is in addition to Stampin’ Rewards
  • The Merry Patterns Stamp Set may not be exchanged for another stamp set

Did you notice – you get the Free stamp set PLUS your regular Host Benefits!!  So if your pre-tax/shipping order is $375, you get your Free Merry Patterns Stamp Set, PLUS your 12% Stampin’ Rewards, which equals $45 in FREE Product of your choice, from either of the catalogues, or the Clearance Rack!

VIDEOS TO TEMPT YOU!

In case you need tempting, or think ‘there’s no way I can order/host a $375 party – here’s a quick glimpse into some finished products in the catalogue – just to ‘whet your appetite’! 🙂

Quick Glimpse

Ready for Christmas Bundle

This is one Bundle that I knew immediately that I HAD TO HAVE!  And of course, since you can Bundle the stamp set and the coordinating Thinlits, you SAVE 10%!!

Graveyard Gate Bundle

Now, I know that this has a ‘scary’ Hallowe’en kind of name, but this Bundle can be used for more than just that 1 occasion! Think of invitations, weddings, new beginnings, and of course sympathy.  Have a look!  Once again – do the smart thing, buy the Bundle, and SAVE 10%!

BOOK YOUR PARTY NOW!

So you can see – there are literally hundreds of reasons why you CAN host a successful party, and reap fabulous rewards as well as earn the Free Merry Patterns stamp set!  In fact – there’s 55 pages worth!  These are just a few of the videos created and shared by Stampin’ Up!  I’ll be sharing some more in the coming days, or you can always head to Youtube

I know that my calendar is going to fill up quickly, so CONTACT ME NOW to book your first choice of dates for YOUR Party!  Email me directly at debsmart@shaw.ca, and we’ll get your party scheduled, and on your way to having fun with your friends!  They’ll be glad you invited them 🙂

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HOLIDAY CATALOGUE PREORDER

HOLIDAY CATALOGUE PRE ORDER!

It’s here – my Holiday Catalogue pre-order has arrived!! I know I’ve said it before, but seriously – one of the best perks of being a demonstrator is getting to order from the new catalogues a whole MONTH before they ‘go live’!

Of course, this is so that we have a chance to get to know the new products, make samples, and show you how to get the best performance from them.  Not to mention, we demonstrators share tons of ideas, tips & tricks with each other, too!

My big plan was to do an ‘unboxing’ live on Facebook – but our neighbours on the other side of the path behind us just HAD to keep up construction on their house! I couldn’t hear myself think, let alone have FB pick up my voice 🙁  So, I decided to take pictures of the goodies I ordered, and share them with you a few at a time.

THE BIG BOX FULL

Holiday Catalogue Preorder

I think I was a little excited when I took this picture – it looks a little shaky! Sorry about that 😉  I will say that this pre-order is a bit smaller than usual.  I decided that since I’m away for the last half of August (yes, you’re reading a pre-scheduled post!) that I wouldn’t have time to play – er, create I mean – so I’d order more later!

THE HOLIDAY CATALOGUE

Holiday Catalogue Preorder

You’re probably wondering why I’m showing you the cover of the catalogue – you’ve probably seen it dozens of times on other demonstrator blogs or Pinterest, etc.  Well, fair enough! But have you really LOOKED at the cover?  Do you spot all the fabulous new thinlits/framelits, perhaps a punch, a kit, a new type of box?  As well as the new stamp sets and embellishments, of course 🙂

Holiday Catalogue Preorder

I have more than a few catalogues, so if you are in within Canada and don’t already have a demonstrator, leave me a message on this post, and I’ll arrange for  you to get one!

NEW EMBELLISHMENTS AND TRIM

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OMGEE!!! Just look at these new embellishments and trim!  So cute, so classy, so versatile!

From the bottom left, you can see the new BLACK Rhinestone Jewels! No more colouring them in with your Sharpie pens – these are a perfect black! Just right for your Hallowe’en projects, as well as fall and any other project on which you need a neutral colour accent.

Notice the gorgeous Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack? You get 2 rolls, one in Real Red, one in Silver, each with 5 yds per roll.  Perfect for card trim or gift packaging.

Vintage Crochet Trim in Basic Black from the Spooky Night Suite is perfect for your boo-tiful projects! Of course it will also work for loads of other occasions as well. It’s a slim 1/4″ wide, and you get 5 yards in a roll.

Did you go ga-ga for the Itty Bitty Bows in the Annual catalogue? Well, be prepared to squeal with delight over these adorable Season of Glitz Mini Gift Bows! At an 1 1/4″ size, they’re perfect for adding onto your card front, gift bags or small gift boxes.

SPEAKING OF GIFT BOXES

How about premade, prescored Mini Pizza Boxes??!!

Holiday Catalogue Preorder

These Mini Pizza Boxes are ready for you to assemble, decorate and fill!  As an added bonus, they’re food safe! You can tell in the picture above; to the left is the food safe coated inside, and to the right is the smooth white outside.  Measuring 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, they’re perfect for your 3″ x 3″ notecards, or a cookie. They’re also perfect for holding gift cards – I tried it out!

Holiday Catalogue Preorder

MORE COMING LATER

Okay, this post was pretty heavy on the pictures.  And I don’t want to spoil ALL  the fun in one post! So please be sure to check back to see more sneak peeks of my Holiday Catalogue pre-order unboxing.

ORDERING SUPPLIES

While you can’t order from the Holiday catalogue until September 1st, you can still order from the Annual Catalogue and the Clearance Rack.  Just click on the SHOP button below, and you can order 24/7 from my online store.  Anyone who places a minimum $25 order (before tax/shipping) online using HOST CODE NPSAM4B2 before August 31st, will receive a ‘thank you’ gift from me in September – from the Holiday Catalogue!  This is my way of saying ‘thank you’ for continuing to support my business while I’m away in Scotland! 🙂

And if you just CAN’T WAIT for September 1st, and want to order from the Holiday Catalogue NOW – Join My Team! I would love to have you join my fun & talented team of demonstrators 🙂  We are a combination of business and ‘hobby’ demonstrators, and we all share our ideas equally with every member!  To join, just click the JOIN NOW button below – I can’t wait to welcome you to the team!

Join the INKcredibly Creative Crew Today

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So Much to See in Edinburgh

Wow – there is so much to see in Edinburgh; time is flying!

I hope that you’ve been enjoying the posts that I had prepared to post while I’m here in Scotland. But I have some quiet time right now, so I thought I’d share some photos!

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL

Every August, Edinburgh welcomes visitors and talent from around the world to perform at the Fringe festival. Comedians, actors, singers, dancers – there is definitely something for everyone!  As you can I imagine, these meets the high street, which is Princes Street, gets VERY busy!

So Much to see in Edinburgh

Now I know how Salmon feel, when they’re swimming upstream!  Its a constant ‘dodge and weave’ to make your way through all the people.

SCOTT MONUMENT

This amazing monument stands near the top of Princes Street, which runs pretty much parallel to the Royal Mile, where Edinburgh Castle is located.  So you can see the Castle in the background.

So Much to see in Edinburgh

If you have strong legs – and heart and lungs – you can climb the over 200 stairs to the top of the monument for a stunning view!

THE HEART OF OLD TOWN

In the heart of ‘old town’ Edinburgh, which is the original part, sits St. Giles Cathedral.

So Much to see in Edinburgh

A stunning place in itself, it’s very special because when the paving stones were laid, the ‘heart’ of the Old Town was marked in a special way.

So Much to see in Edinburgh

Isn’t this lovely?  I think it’s a very special way to remember the origin of the city.

SEE MORE PICTURES!

I’d love to have you enjoy my visit of Scotland!  You can follow me on my business Facebook page, and my Instagram page, where I’ve been sharing a lot of photos.  Just click on the social media buttons at the bottom of this post to join me!

Remeber that you can still SHOP WITH ME while I’m in Scotland! My online store is always open  plus, every $25 minimum order (before tax/shipping) that uses HOST CODE NPSAM4B2 will receive a gift from me in September – from the new Holiday Catalogue!!

Thanks for spending some time with me today – toodle-oo for the noo!

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Card Front Builder Thinlits

CARD FRONT BUILDER THINLITS – the new ‘must have’! 

Have you met your new best friend yet?  I’m talking about the Card Front Builder Thinlits – a fabulous, easy way to add WOW to your card fronts, of course!

Card Front Builder Thinlits

Best news – you don’t have to wait until the Holiday Catalogue on September 1st – you can preorder them NOW!  Even better news – BUNDLE them with the Carols of Christmas stamp set, and save 10% off the combined price!

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USING THE CARD FRONT BUILDER THINLITS

The awesome thing about these thinlits is that some of them coordinate with the Carols of Christmas images, and others can be used on their own.  And you don’t just have to build card fronts with them, either! Create your own panels, embellishments and focal images for your your cards and memory keeping. All you need is your Big Shot, and imagination!

DECK THE HALLS

For this card, I used the 2 corner pieces that (I think) look like flowers to create my front panel.

Card Front Builder Thinlits

DETAILS

There are a lot of layers to this card – I *may* have gotten a bit carried away! Using the Big Shot with a Whisper White cardstock panel, I ran the 2 corner pieces through twice; first for the top corners, next for the bottom corners. Then I stamped the sentiment from the Carols of Christmas stamp set in Cherry Cobbler ink in the middle.

Next, the die cut panel is attached to a panel of Be Merry Designer Series Paper with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Then, it was attached to another panel of Whisper White cardstock.  I wrapped a length of 1/4″ Double Stitched Ribbon in Cherry Cobbler around the bottom, and added a tied knot in the middle.

Card Front Builder Thinlits

Finishing off the card are the smallest of the Pearl Basic Jewels in the middle of each of the flowers.

ORDER YOURS NOW!

Get a head start on your Christmas and holiday cards by ordering your Carols of Christmas stamp set and Card Front Builder Thinlits now! Simply click on the images below to order from my online store, anytime, day or night.  And as a ‘thank you’ for order while I’m on holidays in Scotland, every order or $25 or more (before tax/shipping) using the HOST CODE NPSAM4B2 will receive a gift from me in September – from the Holiday Catalogue! But you have to order before August 31st to get  your gift, and use the Host Code! 

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Sightseeing in Edinburgh, Scotland!

SIGHTSEEING IN EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND!

Sightseeing in Edinburgh, Scotland!

I’m here – I’m finally back in Edinburgh, after a lapse of about – well, never mind, I don’t want to give away my age! LOL! We’ve moved over from our week in Glasgow, and have settled into our Aparthotel in Edinburgh, just off the Royal Mile. Now we’re ready for some serious sightseeing in Edinburgh, Scotland – the capital city!

In case you’ve never been here (poor soul – do something about that as soon as you can, will you!) THIS SITE proclaims itself to be ‘THE OFFICIAL’ Guide to Edinburgh – be sure to have a look!

In case you can’t tell, I’m a little excited to be here 🙂  I was a pre-teen last time we were here, and now I get to visit with my youngest son (a not-too young 19 yr old), who will soon be settling into to his studies at Edinburgh College.

EVERYTHING IN AUGUST

If you like to have a relaxing time, personal space, and down time, then DON’T come to Edinburgh in August! Everything – I mean EVERYTHING – is happening this month!

There’s the:

Edinburgh Art Festival – Aug. 1st – 27th

Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Aug. 4th – 27th

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – Aug. 4th – 26th

Edinburgh International Festival – Aug. 4th -28th

Edinburgh International Book Festival – Aug. 12th – 28th.

Plus, we have family (whom we visited with last year when we stayed in Scotland, London and Liverpool) who will be coming into Edinburgh to visit with us, and take a trip to Falkirk to see the Kelpies.  More on the Kelpies later – I can’t WAIT to see them!!

SHARING MY TRAVELS 

As  well as I can, I’ll be sharing what we’re doing, the sights we see and some ‘top places’ that we see/things we do.  Hopefully I can share pictures as well, given that I will only have my phone and iPad to work from (and I’m a bit technically challenged!).

TRAVEL & SHOP WITH ME

I hope you’ll visit back to check out my adventures! I’ve also pre-scheduled a number of posts with projects for you. Also, as a ‘THANK YOU’ for shopping with me while I’m away, everyone who places an order of min. $25 (before tax/shipping) during August using HOST CODE NPSAM4B2, will receive a special gift from me in September – from the Holiday Catalogue!

Click on the SHOPPING CART image below to go directly to my online store.  You can shop there all day, any day; even in your jammies or from your work desk! ssshhhh-I won’t tell!

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