Happy World Cardmaking Day!

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Cards. What a wonderful thing they are.

They are even better when they are handmade, I believe… afterall it’s why I do what I do. But any card given shows and communicates thought and care and that’s why I love them so.

We give and receive them from many different occasions and reasons, we keep them on display for some time and then tuck them away into our memory boxes. Well… I do!

I took a little history lesson on cardmaking – thanks Google! – and it’s reported that an early origins of cards can be traced back to the Victorian Era, where people would leave a “calling” card – hand made card with their name and some type of decorative element on it – with house servants if the family of the house was unavailable for visiting. My, how times have changed. Nower day, we send text messages before heading over asking “are you going to be home?”.

There have been many types of cards through the ages to serve many different purposes, from Dance cards, to modern day services like Business cards and RSVP cards. But my favourite is the Greeting Card. You give them for so many different reason – to celebrate a birthday or another holiday event, to say thank you, to let someone know you are thinking of them or appreciate them.

Of all occasions, my favourite of course is Christmas time – I love making Christmas cards, it a great lead in to decorating for the occasion and celebrating with family and friends.

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Today is World Cardmaking Day, celebrated globally on the first Saturday of October. It first began in 2006 and was created by Paper Craft magazine as a way to encourage crafters to get a head start on holiday card-making.

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A great way to celebrate World Cardmaking Day is to learn the craft of cardmaking. Join in on one of my classes, where I can take you through “where to start” and “and how to do that”! There is nothing more satisfying than creating a personalised greeting card to give. Plus making connections with like-minded people is always a great thing.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Festive Farmhouse meets Christmas Traditions

Today, I’m playing along with Freshly Made Sketches [ #FMS355 ]. It’s been too long since playing along with a challenge group, and FMS’s were one of my favs. Here is the sketch:

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I’m so in love with Festive Farmhouse Designer Paper pack, all those lovely Tartan style patterns remind me of my husbands’ Scottish heritage.

Today, I’ve teamed this one up with the Christmas Traditions punch box, featured on page 2 in the Holiday catalogue. This gorgeous little stamp set and punch bundle can be teamed up with many other sets to create amazing combinations or it can hold it’s own when used as the main feature. Just like I’ve done here.

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I started with one of the silver foil edge card base and envelope and layered it with some Cherry Cobbler cardstock and the yummy Designer paper. I wrapped the left edge with some of the metallic edge ribbon in silver to coordinate.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Christmas Traditions punch box, Pretty Pines thinlits, Festive Farmhouse DSP

To create a simple embellishment to finish the card, I punched 2 ferns from the Pretty Pines thinlit set, a circle of Silver Glimmer paper and finished off with colouring the stamp with Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green Markers to alternate the colours.

A nice simple card and I really like how it turned out.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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CTC196 – Santa’s Workshop

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Oh my… have you actually really really looked at the suite of products on offer in this section of the catalogue? It. Is. De.Vine…. sigh….  (insert dreamy eye emoji!)

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This is the section of the holiday catalogue the Caseing The Catty Crew are focussing on for this week’s hop. Welcome if you are joining me here or if you have hopped over from the lovely Julia Quinn.

The thing about the products in this suite is, you have to feel them. The Designer Paper is flocked, meaning it has raised texture and the Memories and More cards have glitter adhered on, so they too have raised texture and sparkly to match! The other thing is the dies fit the little characters printed on the Designer paper, and some of the circle punches will punch out all the little extras – candy canes, snowflakes and lollies – so there is little wastage. Notice how they are printed in lines too – you can cut strips and not decapitate poor ol’ Santa… he does have a tough job as it is huh!

There is so much to love with all of these products, but this week, I went in a different direction. You know I love all the idea in the catalogue too, so this weeks card came from inspiration from the “Have yourself a Merry Christmas” card design on the right on page 23.

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This is what I came up with.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up! All is Bright DSP, Making Christmas Bright, Swirly Snowflake thinlit, Pretty Pines thinlits

Very Vanilla and Gold are the main colours and I have teamed them up with a splash of Real Red. The card is square and I have included a strip of Gold Glimmer paper layered with some of that yummy bauble design paper from the All is Bright suite. I heat embossed the sentiment from the Merry Christmas To All stamp set and die cut with an oval from the Stitched Shapes framelits.

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The back of the sentiment is adorned with die cut elements in Gold Glimmer paper and Foil from the Swirly Snowflakes and Pretty Pines thinlits sets. I love mixing up my existing collection of toys with my new ones!

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I was wishing I had purchased the Red Rhinestones from the Annual Catalogue, but I keep forgetting to order them, so to substitute, I used the Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends and coloured some medium and small Pearls. This added the splash of colour I was looking for. To make the job of applying them soooo much easier, I used the new Take Your Pick tool – it has many options to help you along while crafting. Today, i used the palette knife to loosen the pearls off the backing of the packaging the come on, and the putty end to lift them and move them into place on my project. All those pearls, in place on my project in no time!

Next up in the hop is Fi Cobbin.

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After you’ve enjoyed the awesome hop with the team, I’m looking forward to seeing your CASE over in our challenge group. Be sure to load up your creation by 6pm next Sunday night, September 23rd.

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Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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CTC195 – Festive Farmhouse

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It’s another hop with the Caseing The Catty crew and this week it’s all about the Festive Farmhouse suite, pages 12–17. Welcome if you are joining me here or if you have hopped over from Peta.

This weeks inspiration has come from the Noel card on the bottom of the main suite page.

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Here is where the inspiration took me.

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I used different layer combination on my card, but I think the result is nice and clean. Using the Festive Farmhouse Design paper (OMG… so in love with this pack!) I layered this over a Chery Cobbler card base.

The two green punched elements are Call Me Clover and are from Petal & more thinlit dies. I used one of those gorgeous pearlized doilies and some Champagne foil to layer.

The stamp set I used is the Making Christmas Bright, the circle I stamped on some vellum so that you can still see some of the detail beneath it, and the sentiment I stamped on Whisper White and both these elements were punched using Circle framelits.

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I didn’t over embellish this one as I thought the layers do all the work here. Keeping the stamping clean and simple helped to balance these layers too.

Next up on the hop is Sandra Collett.

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After you’ve enjoyed the awesome hop with the team, I’m looking forward to seeing your CASE over in our challenge group. Be sure to load up your creation by 6pm next Sunday night, September 16th.

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ESAD holiday Catalogue hop

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Welcome to the Holiday Blog Hop with the ESAD demonstrator group. There is more information about what ESAD is, if you are wondering about who we are, located at the bottom of this blog post. But right now, I’m really excited to show you what I’ve been up to with my new Holiday catalogue toys!

Welcome, if you are joining me here or if you have hopped over from Lauren Meiklejohn.

I have a cute a little card that doubles as a gift card holder to show you. I can’t take credit for the design, this came from another paper craft mob. I had a customer show me their project they completed recently at a craft fair and I took one look, flipped it over, turned it upside down and new how to create it. I just don’t know who the crafters were to credit them.

But I set about creating my own version and here it is.

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Here I have used a number of new products from the Holiday catalogue as well as the Dashing Along Designer Series paper, which is a special promotion for hosts or customers with qualifying  workshop sales.

This first card uses the gorgeous Merry Christmas to All bundle, I’m just so in love with those thinlits, the flexibility they offer is great. I added some Champagne foil over the Designer paper, layered the Christmas die cut and stamped the Wishes to coordinate.

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This is what the inside looks like. You could even use this pouch to hold some gift tags you may give as a gift.

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Here I have added a simple mix of old and new products to create a little Christmas bouquet. It’s important to me, to make sure my new products play nicely with my existing ones, so I look the coordination between them. Here I have used the new Sprig punch and the carry over Pretty Pines thinlit dies.

I have stamped one of the sentiments from the Merry Christmas to All stamp set. There is room to write a message behind the gift card, which sits neatly in the pouch.

As I was creating this first card, I wondered what this design would look like when teamed up with some edgelits, so here is another one I created using the Delicate Lace Edgelits.

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Again using another design in the Dashing Along paper pack and some more Champagne foil, I layered more of the Pretty Pines ferns in a tonal colour range – Garden Green and Soft Seafoam (is there another colour Soft Seafoam does not coordinate with?!)

The stamp is from the Flourish Filigree stamp set. I just love this set, it’s simple and can be used for many occasions. The inside featured more of that lovely paper and shapes from Stitched Labels Framelits and the Pretty Label punch, Circle framelits. The sentiment is new – it’s from the Dashing Deer stamp set.

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I hope you enjoyed this inspiration and encourage to hop along with the rest of the team for more creativity. Next up is Monique Felder .

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Until next time…. Stamp Creatively,
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Dashing along to Christmas

It’s always a great day when there is a new catalogue and today we are celebrating the 2018 Holiday catalogue. It’s packed full of amazing, useful and versatile products that will help you create amazing projects this Christmas season.

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Download the Catalogue here. Look for the link is beneath the image.

You can order products from this catalogue starting today through to Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019.

 

A clear favourite straight up is the All Is Bright Suite. I’m just so in love with the Merry Christmas to All bundle. It’s so versatile, you can use many of the elements to create sentiments for many occasions throughout the year. Like I did here.

Here is a card I made for my dad last weekend for Fathers Day.

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Using the “happy” from the Merry Christmas thinlit die set, I overlayed a background created using Brilliant Blue Brusho’s powder on some Shimmery White cardstock. The “fathers day” is from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set and is punched with the Classic label punch for a simple but effective card.

 

Dashing Along Host promotion.

During September, earn the Dashing Along Designer Paper pack for FREE with qualifying party sales! So gather your friends and we’ll create a gorgeous card in a fun-filled crafty session!

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This pack of paper will coordinate beautifully with new Christmas products in the Holiday catalogue. It’s 12×12 in size and features 3 double-sided designs (so 6 different ones) and you get four sheets of each, total of 12 sheets.The designs are great for layering too.

Here, I have combined this gorgeous paper with All is Bright suite from the Holiday catalogue.

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This card uses both bundles in the All is Bright suite – Merry Christmas to All and the Making Christmas Bright featuring the Making Christmas Bright stamp set and Bulb Builder punch.

This is a must have in your Christmas crafting collection for this season, so book your party today. I have a few dates left, so check them out here. Email me to secure your preferred date.

 

Bonus Days Redemption Period is on now.

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If you earn bonus coupon/s last month, during the earning period, now is the time to use them. September is redemption time. So make sure you use all codes you earned to get a discount on your purchases by September 30.

I’m happy to help you out if you have any queries, using your codes. Drop me a line.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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CTC194 – All is Bright

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Caseing the Catty this week, we are starting to look at the new Holiday catalogue which starts at in just a couple of days, September 5.

I’m so excited, there is a lot to like about that this Holiday catalogue and I know you will too when you are able to see it!

We are starting at the beginning of the catalogue, with the All is Bright suite, which contain some of my favourite products! I drew inspiration from a card design featured on page 10 of the catalogue.

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Here is my card.

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New products used here include the Merry Christmas to All stamp set, Merry Christmas thinlit and the gorgeous All is Bright Designer Paper. I’m just so in love with the new thinlit dies, I can see a range of uses past Christmas with the Happy thinlit. Plus when you couple those with the sentiments from the Stamp set, the options are endless.

I really like the Designer paper too, it has a great mix of photography and Christmas patterns. Here I have used the design which has those gorgeous golden baubles, which goes lovely with the Crumb Cake cardstock. I have stamped the corners with a flourish from the stamp set and topped off with a few pearls.

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I have used Cherry Cobbler for that splash of colour to accent. The Merry is from the thinlit set and here I have added two more embellishments – the All is Bright paper clips which has the star and the tree design and I also added some sparkle with the Champagne Shimmer paint. I made a solution of paint and rubbing alcohol in a spritz bottle and spritzed my card to add a lovely sparkle across my card.

You are going to love this catalogue, stay tuned on September 5 for the catalogue available online.

Next up in the hop, is the lovely Rachel Palmieri

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After you’ve enjoyed the awesome hop with the team, I’m looking forward to seeing your CASE over in our challenge group. Be sure to load up your creation by 6pm next Sunday night, September 9th.

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Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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The story of the catch up

So last night was my first blog post back (Yay!!) after my amazing incentive trip last month. My blogging break was a little longer than expected as I had a bad case of Vertigo upon arrival back in Australia. It kind of knock me out for a couple of days, then a slow road back to the land of no-spinning and steady feet! Thankfully, I’m almost all good now and my mojo is coming back too!

So I thought I’d do a quick wrap up of projects from the last little while to catch up.

First up – I thought I’d share a sneak peak. But this is a sneak peak of a different kind. You’ve seen these products before, so nothing new there. But this project will feature in another post I am currently writing about my Incentive trip experience. That post is coming soon, but I thought I’d share the swap I made for the trip, which went to 25 demonstrators around the world.

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Next, upon returning home, my pre-order for this months exclusive bundle, Blended Seasons, was waiting for me. While it had to wait longer than expected before I could use it, this is one of the cards I have made.  This is an exclusive limited time bundle (only available during August 2018) as well as those gorgeous set of new shades in Watercolour pencils. View the products here. Here I have coloured the background of my Whisper White cardstock in Balmy Blue pencil, so that my flowers stayed white.

This card does feature a sneak peak – it’s the new Corrugated embossing folder coming in the Holiday Catalogue next month!!

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Shortly after arriving home, I enjoyed one of the perks of being a demonstrator – Pre order of new catalogue products!! I just love that we get to see, order and play with new products first!

In the Holiday catalogue starting next month, is a new favourite. At least, I know these are going to be a favourite, as they are just an awesome product. It’s the new Foiled Edge cards and envelopes! Hellooo…. instant bling!! They come in packs of 20 in both gold and silver. Here, I have teamed up the gold ones with some of the gorgeous Broadway Bound suite of products.

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With a trip like we have just enjoyed, I have a list as tall as me of all the Memories & More album making and Scrapping to do!! Here is one page I made recently of my gorgeous princess on her “Princess for a Day” experience that she enjoyed at Disneyland. I just love how you can make embellishments from Stampin’ Up!’s stamps and dies, to adorn pages, without adding to much bulk and fuss.

There is more to this Disney story too and a page 2, so stay tuned!

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So this brings us to last week. I’m busy preparing for a papercraft expo for this weekend. One of the displays I have made showcases how you can use Stampin’ Up! papercraft products to make just about anything your mind imagines. I found this cute frame in a store, I liked the shape but frame on the inside was quite plain. Perfect!!

So I covered the photo matte and the sides with some new woodgrain design pattern paper coming in the Holiday catalogue – Festive Farmhouse. Oh my lordy, I’ll be buying more of this gorgeous pack. Because it is sized at 12×12, it was easy to cover the backing matte in one piece too.

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I added a different pattern for the floor from our regular Woodgrain Textures 6×6 pack and some Whisper White for the ceiling. I finished off the frame with a few simple embellishments: the bell is from this months Blended Seasons bundle and is coloured with the new Real Red Stampin’ Blends. I also used Blends to colour some of the larger Rhinestones, and grouped them together so they look like berries in the Boxwood wreath, which I have unravelled and arranged like a garland.

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The star at the top is a new paper clip embellishment coming in the Holiday catalogue too, along with that gorgeous die cut “Christmas”. You’ll be seeing a lot more of that set, I can tell you now.

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Last but not least a simple box of treats. Here I have dressed up a clear mini treat box with some Designer paper and a few various trims. A simple idea like this and few minutes of your time, turns a pack of lollies into a little gift with some care and thought. When you want to say a simple “thank you”, this is a great way to express your appreciation. It says just as much about you as it does the person you are thanking.

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So this brings us up to today, where I have a few more thank yous to create and many more Christmas ideas flowing into my imagination. So stay tuned for more on some of these projects here and all the new ones I’ll be bringing you soon.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Christmas Décor

I love decorating for Christmas and when I find little hidden gems like this one hiding on the bottom shelves of stores, I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot.

This heart shape decorator piece is made from thick raffia wrapped around a heart shaped wire frame. It’s filled with tiny gorgeous warm white fairy light too, which give a lovely soft glow.

As I stood there in the store holding the box looking at it, I had the beginning of idea forming in my mind. Hearts and Christmas, hearts and Christmas…. Hmmm….

When I got home, I pulled out all my heart shaped items and a quick flick through my Stamps set helped this idea take shape.

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I punched out the Bloomin’ Heart intricate thinlit die from some Gold Foil sheet and framed this with the largest of the plain heart from the Sweet and Sassy framelit set. I topped the foil heart with Copper foil flowers also punched from the Bloomin’ Hearts die set. This formed the base of my heart element.

I fiddled around with some ribbon and decided on this combination, it’s 2.5cm chocolate satin ribbon (it’s not SU, but it matched beautifully, so had to swallow my SU hat just this once). I layered this with some of the lovely metallic edge ribbon in Vanilla and Gold.

I adhered the ribbon on with mini Glue dots, okay… lots of mini glue dots!

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Back to my heart element, I finished this with two sentiments, both from Hearts Come Home set. Joy to the World, I stamped in Chocolate Chip ink on some Vellum. Some strategically placed glue dots held that in place. The second sentiment, I think, ties the theme all together – All hearts come home for Christmas. I stamped this in Chocolate chip ink and cut flag ends to one edge and tucked the other in behind the heart.

Lastly, I stretched out some of that lovely Copper Trim. It added a lovely fine texture to the all around the edge of the heart shape. I adhered this element on with more strategically placed glue dots.

Hanging it in my meals area, it matches my Christmas bauble table centrepiece of bronze, gold and a touch of white, makes for a nice glow during meal times.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Dreaming of a White Christmas?

I had this idea in my mind for a little while and I was sure someone would beat me to it. But to date, I haven’t seen another created. So it was nice to nut out this idea without help.

Here I have had some punch art fun with the Trim your Stocking framelit and created an ice-skate for a more wintery feel to this card.

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I found some reference material to help guide me along and started with punching a simple stocking from Whisper White cardstock.

Next, I created the sole of the shoe by punching out the foot section of the stocking from Basic Black cardstock. Then I overlapped the framelit on the punched piece and punched it again to give me just the strip I needed. I adhered this on with Fine Tip Glue pen.

Next, I free cut some shapes to create the heal and adhered that from behind. I created the blade of the skate much the same way as the sole. Punching the foot from some Silver Foil, then punching again, cutting off as much as I needed. I did practise this part with some scrap paper first as I needed to know how much of the foot I needed initially. Then I fussy cut out the shapes to leave the two connectors – one to the heal and one to the ball of the skate. I cut teeth into the front curve of the skate for the stopper and adhered it in place. Now my skate was starting to take shape.

Skates are only ankle high, or just over, so I trimmed the stocking down to where I thought an ankle would sit within this shape. I rounded the corner freehand.

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Now to finalise the detail…. I punched eyelets with the handheld punch, I threaded some bakers twine through for the laces. For the hooks at the top, I just popped on some circled from the Metallic Shapes pack. I added some stitching detail by paper piercing.

Once I completed my skate element, I prepared a base card in Whisper White Thick cardstock and layers some of the yummy ombre paper from the Color Theory Paper stack.

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I adhered on my skate with some Multipurpose liquid glue and finished it off with some Silver edged ribbon, thread and a simple sentiment.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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