What’s New, and What’s Ending Soon

There are quite a few things to update you on so I thought I’d put everything together in one spot to make it easy on you.  You’re welcome!

Sale-A-Bration:  It all ends March 31st, which is right around the corner really.  A few new items were added March 1st, and today, more items were added!  With Sale-A-Bration, you earn 1 free item with every $50 purchase.  While most of the items in the Sale-A-Bration flyer are exclusive to Sale-A-Bration, the  Blendabilities markers were available as a free item as well.  Since Stampin’ UP! announced that the line of Blendabilities is being discontinued, they have added other items in their place.


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Click on above images to open flyers.

During Sale-A-Bration, it’s also a great time to Join Stampin’ Up!  Whether you want to start a business to try to earn  a few dollars, or just want to become a Wholesale Customer to purchase your own supplies at a discount, joining is a great way to be part of the Stampin’ Up! family.

Join now and select $125 worth of products for only $99 AND choose one of the following:  JoinLP_SAB_demo2_US JoinLP_SAB_demo3_US

Click here to JOIN now.


Paper Pumpkin is one of the hottest new products from Stampin’ Up!  –  It is a complete craft project delivered to your door and each month features a new, different surprise and you don’t know what it will be until you open it!

Save when you purchase a prepaid 3-month subscription. (AND EARN A FREE Sale-A-Bration too!)

Here’s a sneak peek of the March 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit.  I was sure that this month’s kit would be Easter themed, but boy, was I wrong!  Look at how cool this is:


Each month, Stampin’ Up! has been introducing a new photopolymer stamp set and I just love this one called “Just Kidding”!  I love the humor.  And a 15 piece stamp set for $15.95, I love the price too.  No question this will be on my next order.

Well, there you go.  Please make sure to place your order by March 31st to get your Sale-A-Bration items before they’re gone.

Please feel free to contact me if I can answer any questions for you.  To shop online, just click here.

Happy Stampin’



A new ‘twist’ on an old favorite!

My Stampin’ Up! order just arrived and I couldn’t wait to dive in and play with my new goodies!  First was the Thick Bakers Twine & Buttons In Color Accessory Pack (which I earned for FREE and you can too!) AND the stack of Designer Series Paper in the 2014-2016 In Colors.  So I knew I would be using these things together!  Don’t you just love the color coordination from Stampin’ Up!  So do I.  It makes it so easy.  I decided to just make a monochromatic card, quick & easy, as I needed 2 cards to mail out.  I ‘recycled’ a card layout I used a few weeks ago for one of my classes and added a new twist by using DSP!


I started with a piece of Tangelo Twist cardstock, cut to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored & folded in half to create a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card base.  Next I trimmed a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 4″ x 5-1/4″ (just a 1/4″ smaller than my card base).  I used the new Butterflies thinlits die to cut out the butterfly, but I made sure to position the die on white layer exactly centered in the upper two-thirds of the paper as I would be using both the die cut image AND the negative space of the paper it was cut from.

Next I used a piece of coordinating Tangelo Twist DSP to position behind the negative butterfly image on my whisper white layer.  I stamped my sentiment on the lower third in Tangelo Twist ink, tied a piece of Tangelo Twist thick bakers twine around this layer and then I used stampin’ dimensionals to pop this layer onto my card base.  TIP:  I like to do this to add some dimension but it also helps so the thick twine doesn’t leave a lump if I glued it flat to the card base.

Lastly I adhered the butterfly back into the negative space; but I only applied glue to the butterfly body, leaving the wings free to flutter in the wind!  My finishing touch was a Tangelo Twist button on the butterfly!  All this took about 10 minutes flat!

Yeah, I loved this so much, I quick made another card in another In Color, Hello Honey.  You can see these two cards here.  IMG_4767[1]

It really looks great in any color.  Matching cardstock, ink, DSP and embellishments made this card come together so quick & easy!

How great is it that the folks over at Colour Me…! Challenge Blog chose Tangelo Twist and a neutral for this weeks color challenge?  Were they watching me create this card?  Did they like this card so much too that they decided to use this color combo too or it is just a coincidence?  You decide.  I’m not sure, but I do know that I’m entering my card in their challenge.  You can head over to the Colour Me…! blog to check out other projects in this color combo.

Don’t forget you can order these products, and any other Stampin’ Up! products directly from me safely & securely online here.  For every $50 in product purchases, you will earn 1 FREE Sale-A-Bration item.  Will you choose the InColors Accessory Pack like I did or something else?  Leave me a comment with your favorite SAB item.

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Thanks for stopping by Stampers.  See you in My Stampin’ Space soon!


Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better

I love being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!   There are so many reasons, but it’s always exciting to work with a company that is constantly striving to bring top quality products, exclusive products, and on-trend products to the market.   It makes it exciting!

Couple that with great promotions to bring those products to you at great savings and it all adds up to one great job!   Just when you thought  Sale-A-Bration couldn’t get any better, it did!  Stampin’ Up! has just announced that they are adding 4 new exclusive products to the Sale-A-Bration promotion just for the month of March!  How cool is that?  Really cool, right?  I knew you’d agree.  But I bet your just dying to SEE those new products, right?  Well I won’t make you wait any longer; here they are:


And here is the flier you can download, and print out, so you can oogle over these newbies all day long, whereever you go.  I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind having all 4 of these new products.

As with all the Sale-A-Bration items, they are FREE with a $50 product order (before shipping & tax).  So with a $200 order, you can get all 4 items.  Maybe now is the time to start filling your wish list.

What is your favorite new product?  Mine is the 2014-2016 In Color Baker’s Twine & Button set, hands down.  Can you say Blackberry Bliss and Hello, Honey?  I will not pass up those colors.

On another note, but keeping with the commitment that Stampin’ Up! has made to bring only the highest quality products to the market, all of the Blendabilities markers, in every color, are unavailable to order at this time.  I  can hear the collective sighs and boos.   I know how much you are loving the Blendabilities line, I am too.   Quality problems have been detected, and rather than ship possibly defective markers, Stampin’ Up! has chosen to ‘turn off ordering’ of these items until the problem can be resolved.  I know this is a bummer, but I’d rather wait for something that is of high quality, than risk receiving a less than perfect product.  I think you would also.

So, please go ahead and order the other products and take advantage of the exclusive offers during Sale-A-Bration.  You can shop online here.

Make sure to check out the Weekly Deals (these change every Tuesday), the New Arrivals and the Clearance Rack too!

Don’t forget, now is also a great time to host a workshop or join Stampin’ Up Email me if you want more information on either of these options.

Please feel free to share this post with your facebook friends, pin, or forward it.  Thanks for being sociable!

Happy Stampin,





The February Paper Pumpkin Revealed

I got mine in the mail on Wednesday.  Did you get yours yet?  While I did open the box and take a sneak peak, I didn’t open my set to see what was truly inside.  Until tonight.  Hmm, you didn’t open yours yet?   Spoiler Alert – the video shows all.

How fun is that!  An accordion card.  Who wouldn’t feel extra ‘thanked’ upon receiving that?  Someone do something nice for you lately?  For your Mom who always watches the kids for you.  For your co-worker who helped you on that last project.  For the teller at the bank who always has a smile ready for you?  (Ok, I threw that last one in there because I am a bank teller by day). But seriously, you can probably think of at least half a dozen people who you need to thank for something.  And that’s great, because this kit makes 6 cards!

If you aren’t already receiving your monthly dose of creativity, you can order your Paper Pumpkin here.  And I would suggest the 3-month prepaid subscription as it is on sale and you can save $5 thru March 31st.  It also qualifies you for a free Sale-a-Bration item too!.


Get your Paper Pumpkin your way;  You can choose from a month-to-month auto delivery, or a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month prepaid subscription.   You’ll get a new project kit each month containing everything you need to create a finished project including an exclusive stamp set each month.  You can even ‘gift’ the prepaid subscriptions to someone else.  Click here for all the options.

As a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can order past kits and refill kits;  see what’s available here.

And every month, you’ll have access to a video like the one above, showing how to assemble your project.  If you are in the Scranton area, you can join me each month for a Paper Pumpkin Party to assemble our projects together while enjoying a evening out making new friends too!

So what are you waiting for?  Order your Paper Pumpkin kit today!  You’ll be glad you did.  (The Sale price of the 3-month Subscription shown below will show up in the shopping cart!)

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Happy Stampin,


A challenging Color Challenge

I have this funny thing about combining different shades of reds, or even red & orange.  So when I saw the color challenge for the Paper Players was Calypso Coral, Real Red, & Black, my first thought was, ooh, I don’t think I am going to like this.  But that thought only lasted a fraction of second, quickly followed by the thought that the Stacked with Love Specialty Designer Paper was Real Red, Crisp Canteloupe and Calypso Coral along with Black & White.  Fear and doubt were quickly replaced with thoughts of easy peasy!

I love when Stampin’ Up! makes things so easy.   I knew exactly what I wanted to make too, and it wasn’t a card.  

photo 1(3)I made a banner using Real Red, Calypso Coral, Black and White.  Here is a close-up shot of the banner.

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photo 2(2)The solid color cardstock forms the backdrop for the pennants.  I cut Real Red and Calypso Coral into 2″ x 3″ triangles.  And cut the little letters from Basic Black cardstock using the Little Letters Thinlits dies.

The Stacked with Love DSP gave me the fun part!  I used the 1-1/4″ Scalloped Circle Punch to create little backdrops for my letters and little banners for the spacer pennants.

photo(9)I just love how the patterned paper pulls all those colors together so beautifully and makes easy work for me to play along with the Paper Players Color Challenge this week!

Be Mine BannerIf you’d like to see what the Paper Players did with this color challenge, head on over.   Challenge yourself and play along.  I’d love to see what you create with this color combination!.

If you’d like to order any of the supplies I used to make this banner, you can click here to shop on line.  Don’t forget, with Sale-A-Bration in full swing, you can earn a free item for every $50 you purchase.


It took a vocabulary lesson for me to like this stamp set

When I opened the Occasions catalog for the first time, I was hoping for a really nice Valentine’s Day stamp set.  I have to be truthful, I really didn’t like the You Plus Me stamp set because I didn’t know what the word ‘twitterpated’ meant.  I really didn’t want this stamp set because of that.  I loved the font but not the word.  As a matter of fact, I bought the paper during the pre-order but not the stamp set.

And then, I got the bright idea to look up the definition of that word, and when I did, I fell in love the word!  So if you are like me and don’t know the meaning of the word twitterpated, here is a vocabulary lesson for you too.

adjective, Informal.
1. excited or overcome by romantic feelings; smitten.
Origin:1942; first used in the movie Bambi; twitter + -pated

1942, apparently first attested in the Walt Disney movie “Bambi” (there also was a song by that name but it was not in the studio release of the film), a past participle adjective formed from twitter + pate (n.2) “head” (cf. flutterpated, 1894).

Thumper: Why are they acting that way?
Friend Owl: Why, don’t you know? They’re twitterpated.
Flower, Bambi, Thumper: Twitterpated?
Friend Owl: Yes. Nearly everybody gets twitterpated in the springtime. For example: You’re walking along, minding your own business. You’re looking neither to the left, nor to the right, when all of a sudden you run smack into a pretty face. Woo-woo! You begin to get weak in the knees. Your head’s in a whirl. And then you feel light as a feather, and before you know it, you’re walking on air. And then you know what? You’re knocked for a loop, and you completely lose your head!
Thumper: Gosh, that’s awful.

Isn’t that adorable? Well, know that I now what Twitterpated means, I really like the word.  And yes, I caved I bought the stamp set! (If I bought the stamp set and Stacked with Love Paper stack together, I could have saved 15%).   And it was the perfect stamp to use to create this card just for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  Here is the sketch:

And here is my answer to the challenge:

IMG_4600[1]I have to say that I just love this stamp set, I love the twitterpated sentiment with the little heart, and I love the paper.  This simple sketch really lets the elements shine because it’s not too busy.  The wonderful Stacked With Love paper stack did all the work for when it came to choosing the fabulous color combination of Real Red & Crisp Canteloupe.  The patterns are fun and the heart was a cinch to crop out using the Heart framelits dies.  I used Versamark ink and White embossing powder to heat emboss the sentiment onto the Real Red card stock.  A little flower punched from the same paper adds a finishing touch.  Here’s a close-up of the sentiment.


Stop over at the Freshly Made Sketches blog to see what others have done with this sketch.  And challenge yourself;  use this sketch to create a card yourself!  It’s a simple sketch that has so many possibilities, you’ll probably find yourself going back to this sketch layout time and time again.

So now that you now what Twitterpated means, do you love it as much as I do?  If you’d like to purchase the You Plus Me stamp set, make sure you bundle it with the Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack and save 15%.  You can order this bundle, and any other items thru my secure on-line store here.

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You Plus Me Equals…..

I love the new Valentine set in the 2015 Occasions catalog! When I saw the Mojo Monday sketch challenge I knew this was the set I would be reaching for. And when I saw the challenge for the Paper Players, I knew my card would fit the bill for that challenge too! That’s killing two birds with one stone so to speak! Here is the Mojo Monday sketch:

…and here is the Paper Players

And here is my card:  IMG_4571[1] I used the new “You Plus Me” stamp set for the sentiment and the “Stacked with Love” DSP paper stack for the background paper and the middle circle layer.  Real Red, Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock round out out the ingredients used in this card.

I kept it simple with a Whisper White card base.  The B&W XO pattern was just right for the main panel.  A small strip of Basic Black cardstock embossed with the new Happy Heart TIEF gave me a good foundation for the main star of the show; the sentiment!  It was stamped in Real Red ink on Whisper White cardstock.  My circle thinlits dies did all the heavy cropping of the circle, and the patterned Real Red 2nd circle. These were backed up by a Real Red cardstock Starburst circle.

Simple and clean convey the message loud & clear!  I love how the paper and stamp set do all the work for me.  You can get the stamp set & paper as a bundle and Save 15%.   Bonus!

If you’d like to order any of these products, or any other products, shop securely at my online store and have your order delivered right to your home.  Just click on the item below.  And for every $50 in product you order, you can choose 1 Free sale-a-bration item.

I have some other cards up my sleeve using this fun set so be sure to check back later in the week.  If you are in one of my stamp clubs,  you can look forward to using this set at our next meeting!

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!



First Pals Blog Hop of 2015

Welcome to the first Pals Blog Hop of 2015!  We hope your new year is off to a great creative start. To celebrate the start of a new Stampin’ Up! year, we are showcasing products from our newest catalog this month – the Occasions catalog. You may also see new Sale-a-bration products too. If you don’t know how to earn free Sale-a-bration products – contact your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator to learn more.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky. Use the full lineup below to move along from blog to blog so you see all of the new projects.

When I first saw the 2015 Occasions catalog, and Sale-A-Bration catalog, several items went straight to the top of my Must-Have List!  One product suite that really caught my eye was the Chalkboard Paper and Colored Chalk Ink pads on page 25.  The chalkboard technique and fonts are really hot & trendy right now and this just fit that trend.  (If you don’t believe me, just spend 3 minutes n Pinterest!)  The FREE stamp set, Big Day, was the perfect font style & images for the chalkboard technique so it’s kind of like a marriage made in heaven!

I must say that the color isn’t as deep as I hoped it would be, but using a trusty stamp-a-ma-jig, it is possible to double ink to achieve a darker color.  It also doesn’t photograph too well!  It does look much better in person.

Big Day and Chalkboard paperHere’s a closer up view of just the chalkboard portion:

IMG_4539 See what I mean about the images/font being just perfect for the Chalkboard technique?

139109G Big DayAnother item that I knew I just had to have was the Bow Builder Punch.  This is like a mini version of the  Gift Bow Bigz Die.

IMG_4540How adorable is this bow?  It adds just the right finishing touch.  I’ve been making lots of bows lately – you’ll be seeing them on several of the Valentines’ Day cards I have in the works as well as birthday cards.

IMG_4538If you need any of the items I used to create this card, just click on the item name to see it in my online store.  Remember, for every $50 of products that you order, you can choose one Sale-A-Bration item for FREE!  Maybe you’ll choose the Big Day stamp set.

The next stop is Jane Knudsen at www.seejanestamp.com on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I’ll see you next month.



  1. Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings
  2. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  3. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  4. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  5. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  6. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  7. Rae Harper at WildWestPaperArts.com
  8. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  9. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  10. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  11. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space — YOU ARE HERE—
  12. Jane Knudsen at www.seejanestamp.com
  13. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  14. Michelle Quinno at Shell’s Life
  15. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  16. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Blog
  17. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  18. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  19. Laurie Chilton at Stampin’ Ink
  20. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  21. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards.com
  22. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  23. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  24. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  25. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  26. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  27. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  28. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  29. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  30. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  31. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits From Dawn
  32. Angie Valle-Peters at Paperluxuries
  33. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  34. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery
  35. Shannon K Jaramillo at Shannon Kay Paperie
  36. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  37. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  38. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  39. Pamela Sadller at Stampin Pink Rose
  40. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  41. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon

Lotus Bloom Meets Irresistibly Yours

A Match made in Heaven!   Yesterday I shared with you my favorite paper from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog; a specialty paper called Irresistibly Yours.  You can see that blog post here.

Today, I am sharing with you my favorite stamp set from Sale-A-Bration:  Lotus Bloom.  When Lotus Bloom and Irresistibly Yours went out on a blind date, it was love at first sight and they have been inseparable ever since!

Lotus Bloom is a 3-step stamp.  Yes, 3-step.  That’s not a typo, it is a 3-step; not a 2-step stamp set.   The Lotus flower image is irresistible (probably why it is in love with the paper of the same name!)  on its own, but the font in the sentiments is to die for.  lotus bloomNow let me show you the magic that happens when you stamp all three flower images, one of top of the other.

IMG_4531See the gorgeous depth & detail?   This is actually created from just one color ink; Lost Lagoon.  But by layering the 3 stamps, and stamping off between layers, you can create various shades of the same color.

Now, for the font:  IMG_4528I love when a print and a script are combined.   Excuse me if this is a little blurry; it got distorted trying to zoom in & crop such a small area.

Now when Lotus Bloom and Irresistibly Yours are going steady; this is the result:

IMG_4528Don’t you just love these two together?  They make such a cute couple.  I think I hear wedding bells….   The Irresistibly Yours paper and sponge daubers allow you to create light & dark areas on the paper; it mimics the light and dark areas on the flower.

I bet you didn’t even mind waiting until last to see the final project.  I usually show you the final project first, then zoom in on the details but today I flipped it around.

Want to see more on how to use this 3-step stamp?  Watch the video:

Remember with Sale-A-Bration, every item in that catalog is FREE with a qualifying purchase.   $50 (before tax & shipping) earns you one FREE Sale-A-Bration item, $100 earns you two and so on.  Don’t forget, when you reach $150 in one order; you’ll start to earn host reward dollars too.  So $150 product order gets you 3 FREE Sale-A-Bration AND $25 host reward dollars.  SAB Host RewardsWhether you host a party, or place an order for yourself, or gather orders from yourself & some friends, the Host Reward Dollars are the same.  See the chart for all the details.  You can see how your FREE merchandise really adds up.  No wonder Sale-A-Bration is the most popular promotion of the year.

Click here to shop online now.  Email me if you’d like to host a workshop; whether in person if you are in the Scranton, PA area, or online.

Share this post and video with your friends.  Then leave me your comments on Lotus Blossom.  Do you plan to add this to your stamp collection?




Irresistibly Yours

One of my favorite items in the Sale-A-Bration promotion is a specialty paper called Irresistibly Yours.   At first glance it looks like plain white paper, but when you look at it close; you see a tone-on-tone pattern.  But the real beauty comes when you add color.  The pattern is designed to resist ink, so when you add ink, either by spritzing, daubing or sponging, the color reveals the pattern!  It was love at first sight for me.


Irresistibly Yours

Imagine being able to create a patterned paper in any color to match any project!  That is exactly what I did to create this card below.

IMG_4518[1]The color challenge for this weeks Colour Me Color Challenge is Perfect Plum and a neutral.  I needed to make a sympathy card for a special girl and thought Perfect Plum would be cheerful.  I didn’t have any patterned paper in Perfect Plum but with my Irresistibly Yours specialty paper; that didn’t matter.  I had an ink pad and a re-inker in Perfect Plum so I was set.

I simply filled a Stampin’ Spritzer bottle with rubbing alcohol and 12 drops of ink and sprayed the paper.  Using a tissue I rubbed the ink off to reveal the pattern.  Easy peasy!  You get 12 sheets (2 each of 6 patterns) in the package of paper, and the paper is FREE with a qualifying order during Sale-A-Bration!

I also stamped an image on the inside of the card; both the flower, and the inside & outside sentiments are from Bloom With Hope stamp set.

Bloom With Hope Clear Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!   IMG_4517[1]






The sentiment on the front was heat embossed with White embossing powder on Perfect Plum cardstock.  The embellishment is actually an old retired Builder Brad that I pulled from my stash.  There is an Artisan Embellishment kit in the New Occasions catalog that is reminiscent of an old Artisan Embelllishment kit that I pulled this from.

IMG_4516[1]Tip:  When using a dark colored cardstock for my card base, I like to glue a piece of Whisper White paper on the inside for writing.  It gives the inside of the card a polished look too!.  Of course, envelopes need some jazzing up too!  A simple bloom from the same stamp set adorns the outside.

Want to know more about the Irresistibly Yours paper?  Watch this video:

Remember:  During Sale-A-Bration, you get FREE items for every $50 in product you order.  So place your orders in $50 increments for maximum savings.

IE:  I have a customer who orders $35 every month on-line.  A $35 order won’t yield you any free items.  If during each month of Sale-A-Bration (January, February & March) she placed a $35 order; she would spend $105.  If she spent that same money in two orders of $52.50 each she would get 2 FREE Sale-A-Bration items.  So spend smart!

Want to order any of the products I used to create this card? Just click on the item below in this chart to go right to that item in my online store.

Click Here to view the Sale-A-Bration flyer to see all the products you can get for FREE with a qualifying order of $50 (Before tax & shipping)
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I hope you see the beauty of this awesome paper.  I have already ordered 2 packages of this paper so I’ll have some to hoard keep and some to share!
Please leave me a comment and let me know your favorite item in the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  Did Irresistibly Yours top your list?  Come back tomorrow and I’ll share the other item that tied for my #1 Fav from the Sale-A-Bration catalog!
In the meantime, Happy Stampin’,