Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Week #3 of the Warm and Fuzzies at Clear it Out.

Darned if I didn't schedule this wrong and it didn't post at midnight, well it would have if it was January 7th. I did a post for Shopping Our Stash and if you are looking for it, scroll down or click HERE.

Can you believe it’s New Year’s Eve day, do you have plans to ring in the New Year tonight? We don’t have any plans for tonight but things might change.  It is the final week of the challenge, weekly challenges will start in the New Year, January 7, 2014. Now to remember to date everything with the new year.
If you haven’t checked out all the rules of the challenge please stop by Clear it Out Tuesday Challenge blog  and while you are there check out the great project the design team has done for your inspiration. This week for my project II used a Stitchy Bear digi outlet, along with snowmen I love penguins and I saw this cute image with three penguins mailing cards which reminded me   of mailing  cards to my friends.
Well no snowflake embossing folder this time, the texture I used is buttons and the white opal liquid pearl on the hats. The sentiment was from the $1 bin at Michaels (they are now $1/50) so you know how long I’ve had it. I love the Merry Christmas script. Patterned paper from a Christmas pad, cardstock is real red and gp white. Stitchy Bear digi outlet is one sponsor for this last challenge of 2013 the other two are Digi Darla Designs and QKR Stampede.
When I was ready to mail all my cards to friends I took this card with me to give to the workers at the Post Office as I only do my mailing from there. I think they were pleased that I thought of them.
Thanks for stopping by today and have a happy and prosperous 2014

SOS challenge #132 Use the Last of Something!!!

Although I’m not officially starting until January 7th 2014, I really wanted to get my feet wet, actually I wanted practice loading my card up and if it didn’t work then I wouldn’t feel bad as if it was my first official post. I think I’m rambling……………Shopping Our Stash has a NEW challenge to use up the last of SOMETHING, might be the last piece of patterned paper, the last piece of a particular colour cardstock, the last embellishment what every you come up with. I had a cute little plastic ladybug that once was a decoration on a plant someone gave me, I had 3 or 4 or maybe even 5 but this was the last one so I used it on my card.
Isn’t it adorable, the red bow was also sitting on my desk, wonder why I don’t have room to work?
Stamps Lady bug Fluffles from Stampendous, Spring from Hero arts (set of 4) Nellie Snellen scalloped circle die Spellbinders small plain circle die. Crystal effects. Smooch pearlized accent ink and ;Craft concepts embossing folder Florette.
I used Crystal effects on all the ladybugs and fluffles eyes.
Thanks for having a look today and I hope you will join us at SOS for use the Last of Something challenge.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Anything Goes at the Cheerful Stamp Pad…week 2

I know what you will be thinking…..not another Christmas card!! it’s the second to last one I will be posting….I promise to go on to thank-you, birthday and heading into February Valentines Day.  The challenge at The Cheerful Stamp Pad is Anything goes so it’s crafter’s choice. The sponsor for the challenge is Bugaboo Digis check them out they are having a sale right now and wow the prices are great.  Now on to my card…….
The stamp I used the snowman stamp from Holiday Line-up, a retired stampin’up set. The sentiment is from the $1 bin (now that was a long time ago) at Michaels, I loved the script. I used Real Red cardstock, GP white and the patterned paper is also retired from SU,
I love this sentiment for the snowmen cards, it is from High Hopes Rubber Stamps which has new owner since I got this stamp. The company is in London, Ontario, Canada, and I didn’t even know it myself. The have great stamps, My Merry Christmas, EH! is also from the company.
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to see you get your crafty on and join us at the Cheerful Stamp Pad for the Anything goes challenge.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Stop the Presses I’m Bringing you a NEWSFLASH!!!

Guess who is one of the  new design team members of SHOPPING OUR STASH!!!
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You guessed it right……..it’s ME, joining me are Donna and Chris. Wow I’m so excited. we don’t have to go on duty until January 7th but Donna has already made a card for Dec. 31st  I have some plans but they might not happen. You will have to stay tuned to find out if I made it or not. The names of the team members are on the sidebar of my blog. I should explain Shopping Our Stash, you get to shop in your own store using things that you already have…..wow how great for me, I think I have more paper, ribbon, buttons and a whole lot more than any store around. My motto was, if you really like something buy two because they might not have it when you go back. I’m sure most of you crafty people can relate.
Here is the link to the blog and the announcement
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Thanks for joining me today to hear my news.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas to my Friends, Family and Followers.

The Cheerful Stamp Pad’s Challenge was delayed by a couple of days, but my post was done on Monday, you will find it HERE.
I would like to take today to wish all my friends, family and blog followers a Merry Christmas and all the best in 2014. The card I have for you today is one that I made multiples of for my friends. The ideas and supplies for this card came from the Butterfly Moon in Lyndoch ON, you will find the Facebook page HERE.
The cardstock is Basic Grey, GP white & real red. Inks Versafine Black and Brilliance Moonlight white, the stamp I used is Impression Obsession Inc Cardinals by window. the sentiment is from Hampton stamps. (one I picked up at a craft yard sale) and a bit of ribbon for the bow is from Wal-Mart. (can you believe out of all the spools I had there was not a sheer one) I coloured with cardinals with my Tim Holtz distress markers.
Here is my friends and family card for all of you to enjoy.
My 16 year old cat, Spook would also like to wish you a Merry Christmas  She is really enjoying taking the decorations off the tree and playing with them. I will have to collect them and put them back where they belong.
She wasn’t as excited about it as I was, but sat still for the picture.
Merry Christmas and a Fabulous New Year!
keep crafting

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Last Minute Christmas Card…..

If you are looking for the Clear it Out Challenge just click HERE. 

I have made a lot of Christmas cards and still finishing up a few to put gift cards in. They are not the regular size of a gift card they are larger, still I need to put them inside something so they don’t get lost in the shuffle. This card I made to put with a friend’s gift I was delivering on Monday, she has a “few” cats so when I found the image already coloured in my stash went looking for a sketch, Seems a little Sketchy was in my mail box. When I looked at the sketch I thought the background looked sparkly so I used some glitter cardstock I had left over from other projects. I used the narrow black border on the card to make the gold pop. The challenge is on until January 12, 2014. I am sure I will use this sketch again I think it is great!!
Everything I used was from my stash, starting with the card base to using scraps to punch the snowflakes……I’m getting good at this “shopping my stash” I am so looking forward to making my thank you cards with this sketch.
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It’s time for me to get going today and get loose ends tied up, I hope you have all your shopping done.
I am entering this in the sketch challenge at Seems a little Sketchy
Thanks for stopping by today and have a Fabulous Christmas day with family!!!

Second Week of the Warm and Fuzzies……………

Wow can you believe it is Christmas eve day? Time moves so fast at this time of the year, I hope you have everything you need I sure wouldn’t want to have to fight the crowds today, that’s why I’m here in the warm visiting with you.
In case you didn’t join us last week, head over to Clear it Out Tuesday’s challenge blog for all the information on the challenge. The sponsors for this challenge are QKR Stampede, Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet and Digi Darla Designs. For this weeks card I picked another snowman, wonder why I like snowmen so much? He is adorable holding a tree, I did the traditional colour of red for this one.
Again I use my snowflake embossing folder for texture, I added black dew drops to the snowman, and then did some red snowflakes with my EK punch. The sentiment is one I bought last year and finally saw ink, it is from Impression Obsession Inc.
I'm entering this in the Any Thing Goes challenge at Digi Darla's challenges
Thanks for stopping by today and don’t forget there is one more week after this to have fun with the Warm and Fuzzies challenge.
Have a Wonderful Holiday.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Welcome to the Last Challenge of 2013 at The Cheerful Stamp Pad

Only two more days of shopping, I hope you are ready!! I have one item I couldn’t find so will be out today finding it or a replacement and some groceries too. I always make “nuts and bolts” at Christmas and I love putting the Oriental mix in it, nice crunch and a little sip too along with the garlic sesame sticks…yum.
This is the first week of the Any Thing Goes challenge at The Cheerful Stamp Pad I hope you will find some time to enter the challenge. The sponsor for the challenge is Bugaboo Digis it’s a Canadian company and they have free digis every Friday. Now for my card I used a Freebie Friday image I got a couple of weeks ago, I had printed it and it was in my “scrap box” waiting to be coloured. The sketch I used is from Catch the Bug Challenge Blog it’s the last sketch of 2013, Stella says Sketch #148, there is lots of time to check it out.
I followed the sketch pretty close, I fussy cut (my crafting buddies know how I am not fond of cutting) and I used the left over white cardstock to make the snow hills. I added crystal effects to the mask and white opal liquid pearls on the hat. I added the strip of bling to it just because it was sitting in front of me.
Challenges I am entering this in are:
Catch the bug challenge Blog Stella says sketch #148 1/4/14
Glitter n Sparkle Challenge # 64 Non traditional Christmas colours Dec. 27, 2013
Thanks for visiting at this busy time of year, I hope you find time to join us in the ATG challenge at The Cheerful Stamp Pad there are two weeks to the challenge. Hope to see you there.
Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Challenge # 155 at The Drunken Stampers, it’s a Thing

Christmas is sneaking up on us, I hope you are completely ready and can join us for the challenge at The Drunken Stampers for challenge #155 Thing the thing is embossing dry or wet the choice is yours.
For my card I used a Penny Black image of penguins, it came with two sentiments, Joy to the world and Let it Snow. I used Ballet blue and gp white cardstock. I used the dry embossing technique with my snowflake folder. Head over to the Drunken Stampers blog check out the rules for the party and while you are there check out what the Yellow Canaries have made for you today. I hope you will join us in the lounge for the fun. Hope to see you there.
Have a safe, healthy and happy Holiday season, and as we say here in Canada……Merry Christmas EH!!!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Last Challenge of 2013 at Clear it Out Tuesday!!!

It’s hard to believe another challenge year is coming to a close, now there are three weeks to the challenge at Clear it Out Tuesday and there are three sponsors. Digi Darla Designs, QKR Stampede, and Stitchy Bear digi OutletIn January we will be progressing forward to a WEEKLY challenge, each with one of the fabulous sponsors we already have. I guess I should let you in on the Theme of the challenge, it’s Warm and Fuzzy of course my idea of “warm” is not heat/cold it’s what makes me feel warm which could be a picture of a kitten, a yummy recipe or anything that says “cute”. Now to the stash item anything textured on your card. For the first week of the challenge I chose a cute snowman with Santa’s bag from QKR Stampede.
I used the very first winter embossing folder I bought, that is one of the textures on my card, the other is the white opal liquid pearls on the hat and the tree, I also used red liquid pearls on the berries.  The oval is cut with a Nellie Snellen die layered it on top of the image added a bashful blue ribbon and it is finished. I think the simplicity of the card makes the snowman the focal point.
Thanks for looking today and hope to see you at Clear it Out Tuesday for the Warm and Fuzzies challenge.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Second Week of the Signs of Christmas at The Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge #75

There is still another week to join us at The Cheerful Stamp Pad for the Signs of Christmas, are you still making Christmas cards? Now is the chance to get a couple more made and enter them for the challenge. The sponsor is Vintage Image Craft, this is the Facebook page and here is the store.  For this week’s card I chose another free image from the Facebook page. There was a lot of navy in the picture so I layered it on Night of Navy cardstock. 
I added the Dazzles thin line border stickers by Hot off the Press, they are a couple years old, I have used the gold but this was the first I used of the silver I think it adds a nice frame. I printed the image full size as I wanted the image to “speak” for itself. If you need some inspiration pop over to The Cheerful Stamp Pad to check out what the rest of the team has made and if you need a quick and easy card like this one check out the Facebook page of Vintage Image Craft you will find it HERE.
Thanks for checking out my crafty stuff today. Are you ready for the BIG day?

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way…….

Hi everyone, another blog post, wow this month has been filledl with lots of cards and lots of challenges, some I’m ahead of the due date some I’m skidding in at the last minute. Yesterday’s post was just that as well as one of the challenges. I now have a few extra cards to use if I need them. I get e-mails from a lot of the challenge blogs, well got this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches Dec. 11 planning on using it well today I get a reminder there is still time to play, I had an image already coloured to use, Most of the card was made with scraps left over from other card making sessions. The image I used was a Fluffles one, I have a few of them since I am very fond of cats, simple to colour as I just left them white, pinked the noses and ears.
I used my snowflake embossing folder on the green banners Put crystal glitter paper paint (psx) on the bells added a glitter brad to my felt poinsettia and punched snowflakes to the opposite corner.
Challenges I am entering this in are:
Freshly Made Sketches ends Monday
Glitter n Sparkle Challenge Blog  use traditional colours Red and Green.
Catch the Bug Challenge Blog Your favourite Christmas Song I guess mine is obvious….Jingle Bells.
Shopping Our Stash Tic Tac Toe    The line I used is Brads, flowers, and die cuts or punches.
Thanks for looking today, and come back again soon, I seem to be on a roll with the winter/Christmas cards, I think I am about done.
Have a crafty day!!!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Sleigh Bells Ring, Snow is Glistening………..

For The Drunken Stamper’s challenge click HERE or scroll down..
I guess the words are true here, snow is falling and  in the morning it ..will be glistening. I saw a challenge on Jessi’s blog and I knew I had a perfect image, it was a sketch but with a twist you had to use a snowman or sleigh bells. My image is a tad large for the sketch but I made it work with a few liberties. The sketch was from Tuesday Morning Sketches and there is only one day left, it ends at noon on Monday. I find it hard to keep track with all the different time zones.
The image is from House Mouse Designs `and the sentiment is from Hero Arts. The patterned paper was from the scrap box.
IMG_1854Here is a close up of the sentiment it just went so well with the challenge.
A close up of the bells, I put some stickles on the lines to show their movement, and of course the cute little face of my little mousie.
Challenges I’m entering this in….
Tuesday morning Sketches……Sketch with a twist Snowman or Jingle bells.
House Mouse and Friends Monday challenge ….Anything Christmas HMFMC159
Catch the Bug Challege Blog Favourite Christmas Song Winter Wonderland

Thanks for coming by to visit today and have a wonderful day!!!

The Tropical Hooters Challenge is a Place….Paris

Okay I know it’s not my week for the challenge (I’m a Yellow Canary) but I so wanted to play, I had an image from The Stamping chef and I just HAD to use it. The challenge theme is Place and the place is PARIS, now there all so many things you can do, romance, April in Paris or just the Eiffel tower the ideas are endless. I have a 12 X 12 patterned paper pad that is just travel, there was one sheet that has the Eiffel tower and I used it for the background paper, I coloured the image with my prisma pencils and oms and fussy cut it out, flat attached it to the paper. I had some stickers in my stash I can’t even remember when I bought them, so I added PARIS to the left and some bling to the right. Head over to the Drunken Stampers Challenge blog for all the important information and check out what the Tropical Hooters have made to inspire you.
The image I used is from The Stamping Chef (TSC) called bon voyage. I used turquoise and crumb cake cardstock.  Thanks for joining me today and I hope you find some time to get crafty and join the fun at The Drunken Stampers Challenge Blog.
I am entering this in the Anything Goes challenge at The Stamping chef challenge Blog.
Have a fabulous weekend!!!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Anything for Christmas at HM&F Monday challenge

My favourite thing to make is Christmas cards, and my favourite stamp to use is House Mouse and sometimes a Gruffie or a Happy Hopper. I think i have more Christmas stamps than all the rest put together and the House Mouse are the cutest.
I have made a fairly simple card as I wanted the image to be the “star” . The cardstock I used is Garden green and GP white, the patterned paper from a DCWV Christmas pad. Some narrow ribbon and a bow to finish it off.
I am entering this in the Anything  Christmas challenge at House Mouse and Friends Monday challenge blog.
Thanks for looking today and come back again Saturday join me for the Drunken Stamper’s post.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

It’s beginning to look a lot like winter………

Hello friends and family, today we had our furnace replaced and they will be putting the A/C in tomorrow, not like we need it right now. We were blessed with a bit of snow today and driving was a little greasy but fine if you didn’t act like it was the Indy 500. I finally finished my swap cards and they are on their way to homes in Canada and the U.S. On one of my fav. blogs I saw this sketch and decided I needed to use it, hop on over to Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge and have a look. Here is my take on the sketch.
I believe the set is Holiday Line-up, retired from Stampin’'up. I used background paper I bought 5 years ago at Wal-mart. The cardstock is Ballet Blue also retired from SU. I sparkled up their pompoms and anything else I could. The embossing folder is a cuttlebug one, the first one I ever bought. Talk about using up stash. The snowflakes were punched with a small EK punch, one that I manage to pinch my finger in at least once. the sentiment is also one of the first stamps I bought when I started stamping eons ago.
I am entering this in a couple of challenges:
Glitter and Sparkle Challenge Blog Show some BLUE
Thanks for looking today and come back again soon.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Anything Goes at Clear it Out Tuesday continues………..

We know you are really busy with the Christmas crunch to finish everything before December 24th so this is one easy peasy challenge. We want you to dig into your stash and use up lots of it to make room for the new presents that are to come. It’s anything goes and the stash item is anything goes. Head over to Clear it Out for all the rules and while you are there check out what the other members of the design team have made for your inspiration. Three sponsors again for this challenge, Bugaboo Stamps, Lacy Sunshine and Stamp Art by Katheryne.
This week I made two cards, the first is an image from Stamp Art by Katheryne, the image I chose is Alannah and I’ve made another non-traditional coloured card. I hope you like it.
I used a corner embossing folder and dotted the snowflakes with pink stickles. The presents are from a trio stamp from The Artful Stamper which is in London, ON, Canada. The presents were covered with PSX paper rock scissors 3D paper paint crystal glitter, which I had no control with and it got really thick. I have had this paint for years, PSX no longer is in business. I cut the presents out and flat attached one and popped the other up. Here is a close up of them.
                        Clear it Out presents Stamp Art
Now for my second card…..I chose a cute penguin in a present for my image, it is from Bugaboo Stamps. I used a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, unfortunately the challenge is over but it matched what I wanted to do with my card, You can check them out as a new challenge is up now or will be soon.
I paper pieced the box and lid with some patterned paper added stickles to the other two sections, liquid pearls white opal for the fur on his had and red liquid pearls on the berries. The cardstock I used is Ridinghood Red and GP white.
Thanks for visiting today and hope you made it to the end of the post without napping. I hope you can find time to join the fun challenge at Clear it Out Tuesday.

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Cheerful Stamp Pad has a Christmas Challenge

The sponsor for this challenge is Vintage Image Craft, this is the link to the Facebook page where I found the fabulous vintage images.  Head over to the Cheerful Stamp Pad and  check out what the rest of the design team has done for challenge #75 Signs of Christmas.
This is the fabulous vintage Santa I found on the Facebook page of Vintage Image Craft, already in colour I printed it off full size, it is bordered with Old Olive cardstock layered on very vanilla. A scrap of co-coordinating patterned paper and a thin ribbon to finish it off. A quick and easy card and looks great.
Thanks for joining me today and I hope you will get your craft on and enter our challenge.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Challenge Time at The Drunken Stampers

Team Yellow Canary is back to bring you another challenge, this term it is Person Place or Thing and since it is near Christmas it is Person and the person is Ho Ho Ho …..Santa Claus or anything relating to December Holidays,  Check out all the other Yellow Canaries projects and get the rules by visiting The Drunken Stampers Challenge Blog..
This week I decided Santa Claus was what I wanted to do for the Person theme. I bought the Santa Collage from Rubber Stampede a long time ago when it was on clearance after the holidays, and every Christmas it gets a work-out. The sketch I used is from one of my favourite sketch blogs, Tuesday Morning Sketches. I stamped the image with versafine Sepia, did a bit of distressing, then I did the Burnished Velvet techique using warm glitter ritz. It’s really sparkly IRL.
Here is a close up of the sparkle on the image.I’m not sure you can even see how glittery it is.
Supplies I used:
Image Santa Collage from Rubber Stampede
Card stock..Old olive, Very Vanilla, not sure who the patterned paper is from as the envelope is gone,
Spellbinders oval and opulent ovals Embossing folder from Stampin’up  Some rickrack that I’ve had for at least 6 years. Warm glitter ritz and double sided tape.
Challenge I am entering this in is.
Sketch #227 at Tuesday Morning Sketches
thanks for dropping by today and I hope you will find some time to join us at the Drunken Stampers challenge blog for the Person challenge.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Christmas Time at Clear it Out Tuesday…New Challenge

Make room for your new Christmas gifts…….So it’s up to you whatever you want to do, the object is to use your stash or you can put a present on your project. My idea was of course a Christmas card and I put a couple of presents on it for embellishments. I used a red glitter die cut that has been in my stash since last year. Now you have an idea what I’m doing I hope you will head over to Clear it Out to check out the rules and what my team mates have done for inspiration they will WOW you.
Sponsors for this challenge are Bugaboo digi stamps, Lacy Sunshine and Stamp Art by Katheryne. Please check out the great digi stamps that they all have to offer.
For the first week I chose an image from Lacy Sunshine, It is called Eleanor and Pickles North Pole, and here they are………
I chose semi traditional colours for my card, since I have been making a lot of Christmas/Winter cards I have different pieces of patterned paper hanging around my desk and one of my favourite combinations is Kraft and Red, so when I found this paper I knew it was a good match to my red glitter. I stamped the presents (there are three on the stamp from the Artful Stamper London Ontario) I covered them with clear paper glaze and cut them out, flat attached one and popped the second one up.                IMG_1814.
I would like to enter this in two challenges:
Simon Says Anything goes
Shopping our Stash,. challenge #129 Winter or Holiday

Happy to see you have found my newest card, I hope you will find some time to join in the fun at Clear it Out Tuesday use up your stash on the new challenge.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Let the Decorating Continue at The Cheerful Stamp Pad

It’s the second week of challenge #74 Let’s Decorate at The Cheerful Stamp Pad, It’s December 2nd and time to get the decorating done,.The sponsor for the challenge is Floppy Latte take some time to check out the fabulous images they have to offer. While you are in the “clicking” mood don’t forget to check out what all the other members of the design team have done for inspiration this week. Just click HERE to go to the blog,
I had this image from Sassy Studio Designs from last year and thought it was perfect for the challenge The first thing I do when the season rolls around is hang a wreath on my front door, I have a cute one with Santa and a snowman on it, but after the new year I change it to a beautiful white wreath with red berries that light up when I remember to turn it on.
Supplies I used:
Image from Sassy Studio Designs
Cardstock GP white, Patterned paper was in my paper stash
Merry Christmas from a Stampin'up set
Spellbinders Floral oval  and Nellie Snellen corner die (used part of it)
Smooch pearlized ink (ribbon & berries)
Thanks for stopping by today and please join us for the Let’s Decorate challenge at The Cheerful Stamp Pad.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Sketch for a cute Snowman…….

I’m deep into Christmas cards and found a  sketch from Freshly Made Sketches that I just had to try and I knew I had a leftover snowman from last year’s card making and it was on my table. The snowman is one of four images from Sunshine Designs, which was owned by The Stamp Barn and was sold.to The Frogs Whiskers, still an Ontario business. Now you tell me if this isn’t the cutest snowman you ever saw, you can never have too many snowman stamps.
The pink I used was a leftover 4 1/4 X 11 piece, I die cut the scallop and used the remainder for the layer and the borders on the patterned paper that is probably 3 years old. the snowflake is out of my stash I’m sure it is 4 or more years old. So I’m really “shopping my stash”.
Challenges I am entering this in:
Freshly Made Sketches ends Monday at noon.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge ….anything goes
Shopping our Stash  Challenge # 129 Holiday or Winter end Monday Dec. 9TH.
So exciting to have three challenges to enter, even thought the sketch challenge ends there will be another up real quick, but I will be using this sketch again. It is so easy to enter Shopping Our Stash as it’s a great way to use up leftovers like I did with the Snowman,
Thanks for stopping by today and come back again real soon. The Cheerful Stamp Pad and Clear it Out Tuesday are coming up Monday and Tuesday. Hope to see you enter one of the challenge.