Monthly Archives: December 2014

Project Life Card

SUO113The challenge over at the SUO challenge site is an interesting one – use Project Life supplies for a project!

I didn’t want to make a scrapbook page but decided to use the stuff for a card.  Back when the new catalog came out I bought the Everyday Adventure Project Life kit along with the accessories.  I bought it so I could show it to people.  Well…that’s about all I did with the kit so using it for a project was so cool and easy!

Here’s the details –

  • Bermuda Bay – 4 1/4 x 11 folded, run top through the Chevron Embossing Folder
  • Project Life multicolor print – trim to be 3 x 4 and add to card front.
  • Tie some Tangelo Twist Stitched Satin Ribbon around the multicolor HAPPY panel and add to card front using dimensionals.
  • Cut a 2 x 5/8 banner from the yellow/orange dotted print and stamp BIRTHDAY from the Hooray It’s Your Day set using Basic Black.
  • Layer onto multi color dotted day from the accessory pack then onto the card front to finish this off.

Isn’t this just FUN?

Don’t forget to check out what the rest of the design team to see which one they picked!

Set(s): Hooray It’s Your Day
Paper: Bermuda Bay
Ink: Memento Black
Other: Everyday Adventure Project Life Kit and Accessory Pack, Tangelo Twist Stitched Satin Ribbon, Chevron Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

WinterSiggy

Creative Blog Hop

Is it really almost the end of the year?  Is it really MONDAY?  Well I have something exciting and different for you today!  I am so excited to be a part of the Creative Blog Hop.  A big THANK YOU to Nicole Turgul (check out her post – CUTE PROJECT!!!)  for asking me to participate!!  Nicole is a wonderful, creative member of our Create with Connie and Mary Design Team!  And Speaking of Create with Connie and Mary…my friend and partner Connie Babbert is also doing the Creative Blog Hop today AND also one of our very talented design Team Members Debbie Henderson are both participating!

Oh…what to do…what to do???  I’m currently on break from school (I teach full time plus at our local community college) so have been trying to get some things done ahead of time,  We (Create with Connie and Mary) are just wrapping up our Valentine Mini Collection (still time to join and get 4 FABULOUS Valentine ideas – two card sets and two 3D projects) and getting ready to start our Spring Collection so I have been busy with both of those.  But for today…I’m doing something…that I love to do best…CAS!!!

CreativeBH1I LOVE the look of LOTS of white in my cards so all of my cards will feature that.  I also couldn’t WAIT to start playing with some of my new framelits!  That butterfly framelit and the words have been calling my name since they arrived in my house.  It’s a little difficult to see on the picture but the top white layer is split and I layered it (using dimensionals) onto Night of Navy then the bottom white layer for just a little extra.  One way of giving ‘white’ cards a little sometime extra is to round corners.  For this card I did all 4 on both the bottom layer and the top white layer.

CreativeBH2Okay…so here is a second card using the mostly white theme but this one is definitely a little ‘fancier’.  I LOVE square (4 1/4 x 4 1/4) card and that is what I did here.  My top ‘white’ layer is run through the new Spring Flowers embossing folder.  The butterfly (because I wanted it a little thicker) is cut out from Shimmer White cardstock…perfect for that.  The dsp is from the Best Year (SAB) dsp paper.  And thinking of you is from the new Sheltering Tree set.  Notice that on this one, I rounded just the bottom right corner (both layers) of the card!

CreativeBH3Here’s a super simple and quick card featuring white!  I used the same basic color scheme of the other two (White, Calypso Coral, Night of Navy) with my butterfly being Calypso Coral this time.  That Night of Navy Banner strip is from the Regals dsp paper pack.  Greeting is same as the other one from the Sheltering Tree set.  Under the greeting I added some Night of Navy Candy dots.  And on this one I rounded the bottom two corners for just that little ‘extra’.  See…white isn’t so scary after all!  LOL!!!  And here’s a group shot of my projects…

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What are you working on?  We are just wrapping up Create with Connie and Mary Valentine Mini Collection 2015 so I had been doing Valentine projects.  With the new Occasions Mini and SAB right around the corner we’ve (Connie and I) are prepping for and I’ve started working on my projects for the Create with Connie and Mary Spring Collection 2015 featuring products from BOTH the Occasions Mini and SAB brochure.  It is so much fun to sit down and work with NEW STUFF!!!  The projects take time since they are 3D pieces with full tutorials so as you are creating, you are shooting pictures for the tutorial.  It’s a fun process!

How does your work differ from others in your genre?  I think I have a style that is definitely my own that people tend to recognize.  I LOVE CAS (clean and simple) although mine tend to be a little more clean than simple since the other thing that tends to be on most of my projects is cutting things out!  There is nothing better than cutting out images and even if there are matching framelits, sometimes it is faster for me to just sit and cut it out!  One of my mottos is ’embrace the white’ which is what I decided to do for my projects this time.  Many people shy away from cards that are mostly white…I LOVE them!

Why do you create what you do?  I must honestly say I create what I do because of doing projects for an upcoming Create with Connie and Mary Collection, a challenge obligation or an upcoming workshop or class.  I don’t know the last time I sat down just to play.  Part of this could be that I have a full time (PLUS) regular job teaching on the college level.  That keeps me very busy so when I have time to stamp I have to be focused on what I need to get done for an upcoming deadline.  I do, for the most part (both in school and in my stamping) like to be ‘ahead of the game’ so I tend to work ahead.

How does your creative process work?  Hmmmm…can’t say there is a particular way it works…it more depends on what I’m working on, what my process is.  Doing challenges is easy…part of the work is done for you – a sketch, a color combo, an inspiration piece and then you work from there.  For my workshops and classes, I only have one word for that…PINTEREST (what did we do before this!)!  I pin things that I know my folks would like and then I usually put my own spin on it.  With my Create with Connie and Mary projects I do often (although not always) start with a general idea from Pinterest.  But by general it is really just a very broad idea or category.  From there I pick set I am going to use.  Then I kind of put those two things in the back of my mind and let them start working themselves out.  Sometimes it comes out EXACTLY as I envision it and well other times what I end up with is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT from what I thought it would be.  But that is what the create PROCESS is all about!

To keep the hop going, I have nominated Robin Messenheimer and Mary Jo Price-Williams as the next two artists.  Both of these wonderful ladies are the owners/coordinators for challenges where I participate as a design team member.  Robin coordinates the SUO challenge that is every other Tuesday and Mary Jo does the Technostamper Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge.  So they both are inspiration for me and others who join the challenges!

Thank you for taking the time to visit and learn a little more about how I ‘create’…both generally and for Create with Connie and Mary!  Remember to check out Connie Babbert and Debbie Henderson who are both posting today and then come back and check out Robin Messenheimer and Mary Jo Price-Williams next Monday!

Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

WinterSiggy

Hey, Valentine

TSSC347Wow…can you believe it?  It’s the LAST Monday of 2014!  All I can say is thank goodness the year is almost over!  LOL!!

Mary Jo has such a GREAT sketch for us and I just could wait to use my Hey, Valentine set with it.  I also thought the really cool dsp in the Birthday Bash Specialty dsp was a nice change from the Stacked with Love dsp Paper Pack!

Today is also the last day of the Create with Connie and Mary Valentine Mini Collection so if you are looking for some GREAT ideas for this set and You + Me.  Head over there and check it out!  Only $5.95 for 4 exclusive tutorials – 2 card set and 2 3D items!

Here’s the details for this card…

  • Tangerine Tango – 4 1/4 x 11 folded
  • Splash print (Birthday Bash dsp) – 2 3/4 x 3 1/2 – round right corners and add to card front.
  • Bermuda Bay diagonal stripe print (Birthday Bash dsp) – 2 x 3 3/4 – round left corners and add to card front.
  • Stamp fish on Whisper White using Memento Black.  Color in with Blendabilities:  Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Calypso Coral.  Cut out with Circle Framelit and add to card front using dimensionals.
  • Stamp hey, valentine using black on Crushed Curry 0 3 1/4 x 1/2.  Cut into banner and add to card front using dimensionals.
  • Add some Basic Rhinestones to finish it off.

TSSC347Wasn’t this great sketch for this set?  I hope you can join the fun!  Don’t forget to check out the other members of the team and remember go to the Technostamper blog to play along!

Mary Jo Price-Williams – Technostamper
Sue Root – Stampin’ with Sue
Nicole Tegrul – Be Creative with Nicole
Robbie Rubula – Inked X2
Eileen LeFevre – Eileen’s “Stampin’ Fever” Blog
Tanya Bell – Stamping T!
Carolyn Bennett – Carolyn’s Paper Fantasies
Jonia Smith – Stampin For Me

Set(s): Hey, Valentine
Paper: Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Birthday Bash dsp Specialty dsp
Ink: Memento Black, Blendabilities:  Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Cameo Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler
Other: Project Life Corner Rounder, Circle Framelit, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals

Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

WinterSiggy

You Plus Me

Valentine3Oh soooooo simple!  I mean both the card AND signing up for the Create with Connie and Mary Valentine Mini Collection!!!  No…seriously…it really is THAT simple and you don’t want to miss it!

And speaking of simple, here a fun (and quick) little notecard for someone special in your life.

Here’s the details…

  • Whisper White Notecard – folded
  • Whisper White – 3 1/8 x 4 5/8
  • Stamp the Ampersand in Calypso Coral, Your Sweet in Memento Black.
  • Add panel to card front using dimensionals
  • Real Red – punch out small heart using Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack heart, add using a dimensional
  • Add some Gold Sequins to finish off.

See how simple!

ValentineEditionBadgeOh my…it’s day 3 of the Create with Connie and Mary Valentine Special MINI Collection 2015! The collection runs Dec 26th through the 29th so that our demo subscribers have plenty of time to set up their classes, but you don’t need to be a demo to join us!  Sign up TODAY at Create with Connie and Mary so you don’t miss out!

This MINI collection will be slightly different…only FOUR projects…and only $5.95 US!!!

  • A mini session featuring the You Plus Me and Hey, Valentine suite of stamps and accessories!
  • FOUR step-by-step pictorial project tutorials…two card set tutorials and two 3D projects!
  • NEW!  Kits of supplies for each project will be available for subscribers to purchase!
  • Featuring the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack on all our projects!
  • ONE tutorial revealed EACH day on Dec 26, 27, 28 and 29.
  • Exclusive to subscribers, these projects will not be shown ANYWHERE else!
  • Demos & Customers welcome!

Join today over on Create with Connie and Mary!

Set(s): You Plus Me
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red
Ink: Basic Black, Calypso Coral
Other: Whisper White Notecards, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Gold Sequin Trim, Dimensionals

Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

WinterSiggy

Hey, Valentine

Valentine1Hey, Valentine….have you subscribed yet to the Create with Connie and Mary Valentine Special Mini Collection?  If not…what are you waiting for?  Today is Day 2 of our 4 day mini collection and the projects are OH SO SWEET!!!

I just LOVE this little fox.  He is SOOO DANG CUTE that I just HAD to use him on a little notecard.  So much Valentine sweetness one a little notecard for someone sweet!

Here’s the details…

  • Whisper White Notecard folded
  • Whisper White – 2 7/8 x 4 5/8
  • Stacked with Love dsp – 3 1/4 x 2 1/2.  Add to card on an angle and then trim off
  • Add strip of Stack with Love Washi tape
  • Crushed Curry – 3 x 4 1/2, layer panel onto this and add to card front using dimensionals
  • Stamp fox image twice on Whisper White using Memento Black.  Color with Blendabilities (I used Skin Tone, Daffodil Delight and Cherry Cobbler).  Cut out fox.  Punch out other image using Note Tag Punch, Layer on fox using dimensionals
  • Add piece of Real Red 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon using handheld stapler.
  • Add tag to card front using dimensionals.

ValentineEditionBadgeIt’s Day 2 (of 4) of the Create with Connie and Mary Valentine Special MINI Collection 2015! The collection runs Dec 26th through the 29th so that our demo subscribers have plenty of time to set up their classes, but you don’t need to be a demo to join us!  Sign up TODAY at Create with Connie and Mary so you don’t miss out!

This MINI collection will be slightly different…only FOUR projects…and only $5.95 US!!!

  • A mini session featuring the You Plus Me and Hey, Valentine suite of stamps and accessories!
  • FOUR step-by-step pictorial project tutorials…two card set tutorials and two 3D projects!
  • NEW!  Kits of supplies for each project will be available for subscribers to purchase!
  • Featuring the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack on all our projects!
  • ONE tutorial revealed EACH day on Dec 26, 27, 28 and 29.
  • Exclusive to subscribers, these projects will not be shown ANYWHERE else!
  • Demos & Customers welcome!

Join today over on Create with Connie and Mary!

Set(s): Hey, Valentine
Paper: Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Stacked with Love dsp Paper Stack
Ink: Memento Black, Blendabilities: Skin Tone, Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler
Other: Whisper White Notecard, Note Tag Punch, Real Red 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon, Handheld Stapler, Dimensionals

Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

WinterSiggy

You Plus Me

Valentine2Twitterpated – what a funny word!  I honestly had never heard the word until SU had some ‘Twitterpated’ dsp a few years back.  Okay…I’ll admit it…I have NEVER watched Bambi!

Okay…so back to me card…today is the FIRST DAY of Create with Connie and Mary’s Valentine Mini Collection – 4 tutorials (two card sets, two 3D items) using the You Plus Me set and the Hey, Valentine set.  The projects in the collection are for our subscribers only and will not be shown anywhere else.

You know me….I LOVE CAS cards and this is just SOOOO simple!  Here’s the details…

  • Whisper White – 4 1/4 x 11 folded, corner round bottom corners
  • Whisper White – 4 x 5 1/4, corner round bottom corners
  • Use Basic Black and Real Red markers to ink ‘twitterpated’ and stamp on card
  • Whisper White – 1 3/4 x 4, run through the new Happy Hearts embossing folder
  • Tie Real Red 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon around panel and add to card front using dimensionals.

Yep that really is all there is to this card.  Would also be PERFECT as a simple wedding or anniversary card!

ValentineEditionBadgeCreate with Connie and Mary has just started our Valentine Special MINI Collection 2015! The collection runs Dec 26th through the 29th so that our demo subscribers have plenty of time to set up their classes, but you don’t need to be a demo to join us!  Sign up TODAY at Create with Connie and Mary so you don’t miss out!

This MINI collection will be slightly different…only FOUR projects…and only $5.95 US!!!

  • A mini session featuring the You Plus Me and Hey, Valentine suite of stamps and accessories!
  • FOUR step-by-step pictorial project tutorials…two card set tutorials and two 3D projects!
  • NEW!  Kits of supplies for each project will be available for subscribers to purchase!
  • Featuring the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack on all our projects!
  • ONE tutorial revealed EACH day on Dec 26, 27, 28 and 29.
  • Exclusive to subscribers, these projects will not be shown ANYWHERE else!
  • Demos & Customers welcome!

Join today over on Create with Connie and Mary!

Set(s): You Plus Me
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Real Red
Other: Project Life Corner Rounder, Happy Heart Embossing Folder, Real Red 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon, Dimensionals

Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

WinterSiggy

And Many More

CCMC335MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone!  I hope all of you have a wonderful day filled with family and friends.

Can you believe it?  It’s the LAST Thursday Challenge for Create with Connie and Mary for 2014!  And this week we have a very fun sketch challenge for you!  I decided to go with a ‘winter’ theme that can be both Christmas and New Years!

Here’s the details –

  • Lost Lagoon – 4 1/4 x 8 1/2 folded
  • White/Silver All is Calm print – 2 1/2 x 1 5/8 (top right) and 1 1/4 x 2 1/8 (bottom left)
  • Blue snowy All is Calm print  – 1 1/4 x 1 5/8 (top left) and 2 1/2 x 2 1/8 (bottom right)
  • All all piece to card front
  • Cut out two of the large snowflakes from the Snowflake Card Thinlit – one in Silver Foil and On in Silver Glimmer.  Layer and add to card front.
  • Whisper White – 1/2 x 3, cut into flag, stamp greeting using Lost Lagoon.  Add to card front using dimensionals and glue dots
  • Lost Lagoon – punch 7/8″ Scallop Circle, add Soft Sky button using Whisper White Baker’s Twine and add to card front to finish it off.

And don’t forget to head over to Create with Connie and Mary to check out what the design team did with this delightful challenge!

Set(s): And Many More
Paper: Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Silver Glimmer, Silver Foil, All Is Calm dsp
Ink: Lost Lagoon
Other: Snowflake Card Thinklits, 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, Subtles Buttons, Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Dimensionals

Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

WinterSiggy

Holiday Home

TSSC346It’s time for another Technostamper Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge!  I haven’t used this Holiday Home stamp set much but when I saw the sketch for this week…well…I thought it would be perfect!

Here’s the details…

  • Lost Lagoon – 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 folded
  • All is Calm – dotted print – 2 1/4 x 5 1/2
  • All is Calm – striped print – 3/4 x 5 1/2.  Add to bottom of dotted piece and wrap piece of Silver 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon around it.
  • Stamp flying Santa using StazOn Jet Black on dotted and greeting on striped.
  • Silver Glimmer – 3/4 x 5 1/2, punch with Scallop Edge punch, add behind to of panel.  Add panel to card front using dimensionals
  • Stamp house using StazOn jet Black on Whisper White.  Color using Smoky Slate, Pear Pizzazz and Lost Lagoon Markers.  Cut out and add to card front using dimensionals.

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Love this sketch…hope you can join the fun!  Don’t forget to check out the other members of the team and remember go to the Technostamper blog to play along!

Mary Jo Price-Williams – Technostamper
Sue Root – Stampin’ with Sue
Nicole Tegrul – Be Creative with Nicole
Robbie Rubula – Inked X2
Eileen LeFevre – Eileen’s “Stampin’ Fever” Blog
Tanya Bell – Stamping T!
Carolyn Bennett – Carolyn’s Paper Fantasies
Jonia Smith – Stampin For Me

Set(s): Holiday Home
Paper: Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, All s Calm dsp, Silver Glimmer
Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Smoky Slate, Pear Pizzazz, Lost Lagoon
Other: Scallop Edge Punch, Silver 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals

Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

WinterSiggy

Dec Control Freak Blog Hop

freakwelcome2013Welcome everyone to the December Control Freak Blog Hop!  But…even though Christmas is ‘right around the corner’ the Freaks are all busy creating with NEW STUFF!!!  If any group LOVES NEW STUFF…it’s this one let me tell you!  If you are going forward through the hop you have arrived here from Deb Currier’s Artfelt Impressions Blog.  I absolutely LOVE her style…so clean!

As for so much new stuff…what’s a gal to do? Well I decided to focus in on really two main things… the “Love is Kindness” single stamp (oh…and I did cut the words from the stamp and made myself 2 stamps from this) and the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies.  Oh…I also used the new Pink Pirouette and Wild Wasabi Blendabilities!

So…one to my projects…

BlogHopCardFirst let’s do a card.  Now this is not a ‘normal’ size but as you’ll see in a minute…there’s a reason for that!  The Pink Pirouette card base is 3 1/2 x 8 1/2 folded (finished size 3 1/2 x 4 1/4).  Ran the top through the Large Dotted Embossing Folder.  I added a the Wild Wasbi banner (cut with thinlit in Mini Treat Bag Thinlits), added to front, add 1/4 x 3 1/2 strip of Typeset dap.  The tulips are stamped in Memento Black on 1 7/8 x 3 1/2 piece of Very Vanilla, colored with Blendabilities and added to card front.  The enjoy was cut from piece in Mini Treat Bag Thinlits from BOTH Basic Black and Strawberry Slush, layered and added.  Finally little bow (some thinlits) from Pink Pirouette with Large Basic Rhinestone in center.

BlogHopCard&EnvelopeSo…why the odd sized card you ask?  That is so easy…it fits PERFECTLY into the Mini Treat Bag!  I made the bag out of the Typeset dsp.  I scored the bag at 4 3/8 and added the card.  Stamped the tulips on Very Vanilla, punched out with Note Tag punch, layer on another Wild Wasabi banner, tied a piece of Strawberry Slush Twine around clothespin and add to bag.  For You is in Strawberry Slush from the Treat Bag thinlits.

BlogHopJournalI always like to do a little ‘3D’ for the hop and this time I used one of the little Kraft Grid Journals (from the main catalog) that I bought when that catalog came out.  I used the large polka dotted embossing folder.  I did the banner in Pink Pirouette, then added a 1/4″ Basic Black strip.  I stamped the tulip image again in Memento Black on Very Vanilla, colored with Blendabilities, cut out and added to the front of the journal.  I cut the ‘for you’ from both Basic Black and Strawberry Slush, layered and added to journal front.  It needed just a ‘little something’ so I add some small Basic Rhinestones.

Now this little journal is cut but it needed to be in some special packaging.  Back to the Mini Treat Bag Framelit…

BlogHopJournal&PouchI made the Treat Bag as per directions from the Typeset dsp.  I Tied some Strawberry Slush twine around it (HINT:  MUCH easier to do with the journal IN the bag) and then added a tag just like I did for the card ‘envelope’.  I just wanted quick and easy for this and was so surprised that it was the perfect size!  So…here’s my two projects together…

BlogHopGroupOkay…I’m done!  Now it is time to head on over to Dawn Olchefske’s Do Stamping blog.  She always has THE MOST WONDERFUL ideas!

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Set(s): Love is Kindness
Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Pink Pirouette, Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi, Typeset dsp
Ink: Memento Black, Blendabilities: Pink Pirouette, Wild Wasabi
Other: Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies, Large Polka Dotted Embossing Folder, Note Tag Punch, Strawberry Slush Twine, Clothespin, Basic Rhinestones

Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

WinterSiggy

Merry Everything

CCMC334I just couldn’t resist making a Christmas card with the YUMMY color challenge on Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge this week.

With the fun snowflakes from Snowflake Card Thinlet set and a greeting…well, you really can’t go wrong on making quick and easy cards.  And really by now…that is really all the time you have let for cards…quick and easy.  I hope you are all done with yours and wrapping up your holiday preparation!

Here’s the details…

  • Cherry Cobbler – 4 1/4 x 11 folded.  Round the bottom 2 corners using the Project Life Corner Rounder
  • Silver Glimmer – two strips 1/4 x 4 3/4.  Add to card base on a diagonal and trim to fit.
  • Whisper White – 3 3/4 x 5.  Round the bottom two corners.  Stamp greeting using Versamark and embossing using Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder.
  • Add panel to card fron using dimensionals.
  • Use large snowflake thinlit in Cherry Cobbler and 3 small ones in Silver Glimmer. Add to card front.
  • Color some large Basic Rhinestones using darkest Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities and add to center of snowflakes.  Add some additional medium Basic Rhinestones to finish off.

And don’t forget to head over to Create with Connie and Mary to check out what the design team did with this delightful challenge!

Set(s): Merry Everything
Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Silver Foil
Ink: Versamark, Blendabilities: Cherry Cobbler
Other: cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder, Project Life Corner Rounder, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals

Until next time…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

WinterSiggy