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a “sick” teen christmas card November 20, 2009

I wanted to make my daughter a Christmas card that would bring a smile to her face….and sorta make me feel cool!  I invisioned a bright, wild, and busy card for Morgan.  Using Beate’s wsc107, I got to work and created this card for her:

If you have a teen around, you probably know the language and can relate to the sentiment.   Makes no sense to me.  I just get a silly look from Morgan when I try to speak her language.  Honestly, I feel a bit silly too….I’ll just stick to putting the sentiments on greetings  for her.

To create my sentiment, I used Calendar Alphabet & Numbers and Grateful Greetings stamp sets on Whisper White cardstock. 

The sketch has a flower at this location.  I made this a circular focal point with some fun elements that I know Morgan will enjoy looking at.

Want to see more samples for wsc107?  Head on over to see what these talented ladies have created:  Beate for sketch and details, Cambria, Charmaine, Jenn Lori, and Sharon.

Have a wonderful weekend!!!


STAMPS:  Calendar Alphabet & Numbers and Grateful Greetings stamp sets.

PAPERS:  Kaleidoscope, Storybook Specialty, and Autumn Meadows Designer Series Paper; Whisper White, Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise, Pixie Pink, Pink Passion, and Green Galore cardstock.

INKS:  Tempting Turquoise, Summer Sun, Pink Passion, Green Galore, Only Orange, and Pixie Pink Classic Stampin’ Pads; Pink Passion Stampin’ Write Marker; Uni-ball Signo White gel pen.

ACCESSORIES:  Fire and Ice Circle Rhinestone brads; Chunky Essentials Stampin’ Glitter; Summer Sun Corduroy Buttons; On Board Loads of Letters and Lots of Letters; My Way Punch; Jumbo Snowflake Punch; Heart to Heart Punch; Stamp-a-ma-jig Tool; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Big Shot Die-Cut Machine; SU! Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plate; Mat Pack; Paper-piercing tool.


Merry Christmas & Give Thanks! November 6, 2009

Happy Friday.  Today I have two cards to share.  I KNOW!!!!  I got to do some stamping Thursday morning.  I liked the sketch so much that I decided to make a Thanksgiving and Christmas greeting.

These cards are made for Beate’s wsc105.  Hope you can play along this weekend.

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I love the elegance of this card.  I already know the perfect recipient for it.  I used Stampin’ Up!’s Serene Snowflakes stamp set on Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper.  I used Holiday Best Hostess Level I stamp set for the main sentiment/image.  These combinations work so well together.

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For the focal point, I used a chipboard circle covered in dsp and sanded edges using my sanding block.  I applied Sahara Sand ink to the image and used a Chocolate Chip marker to color in the bird.  I stamped this on Very Vanilla cardstock and punched out using my 1-3/4″ Circle Punch.  I inked up the image again in Sahara Sand ink and stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock.  Restamped over the image with the Champagne Shimmer Paint.  Stamped a final time using Not Quite Navy ink and cut out just the “Merry Christmas” sentiment box.  Cut out my banner sentiment tag and adhered with Mini Glue Dots and a Mini Library Clip

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The above picture is an upclose to show you just how elegant the Shimmer Paints are (and a must have in my opinion).  This is the first opportunity I have had to play with the paints.  I had so much fun…and added a touch of shimmers to my hands, face, and clothes:)  Don’t worry!  It’s subtle and cleans up so nicely.

The next card is for Thanksgiving.  I can honestly say that I don’t send out handmade greetings for this holiday…I would if I hosted our family dinner at our home.    So, my thoughts are that it’s always good to have a “Give Thanks” card on hand.

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The colors of this card are just so warming and beautiful together.  I changed it up a bit by adding a squared frame to my circle main focal point.  Using the same stamp set I used in my Merry Christmas card,  Holiday Best Hostess Level I stamp set, I got a totally different style…but just as nice.

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I used a Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, and Taken With Teal marker to create my sentiment on Very Vanilla cardstock.  I sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip ink.  I adhered this punched out circle to a piece of patterned paper from Autumn Meadows Designer Series Paper.  I simply could have layered this piece onto a larger piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock, but I wanted a frame.  So, using a 1/2″ larger in size piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock, I paper-pierced and used an exacto knife to cut out…making my frame (just adds the right amount of dimension to my focal point). 

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Above is un upclose picture of the bottom of my “Give Thanks” card.  I continued the theme from the main sentiment focal point to the bottom of the card for balance. 

Want to see more samples for wsc105?  Head on over to see what these talented ladies have created:  Beate for details and sketch, Cambria, Charmaine, Jenn,  Lori, and Sharon.


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STAMP:  Holiday Best Level I Hostess set and Serene Snowflakes

PAPERS:  Kraft, Very Vanilla, and Chocolate Chip cardstock; Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper

INKS:  Sahara Sand and Chocolate Chip.

ACCESSORIES:  Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint; Mini Library Clips; Vintage Brads Assortment; Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon; On Board Lots of Letters (circle); 1-3/4″ Circle Punch; Sanding Block.

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STAMP:  Holiday Best Level I Hostess set

PAPERS:  Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, and Very Vanilla cardstock; Autumn Meadows Designer Series Paper

INKS:  Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, and Taken with Teal Markers

ACCESSORIES:  Button Latte Designer Buttons; Fresh Favorites I Colored Buttons; Linen Thread; 1-3/4″ Circle Punch; 3/16″ Corner Rounder Punch; Mat Pack; Paper-Piercing Tool.


Can’t go wrong with Chocolate October 30, 2009

Happy Friday.  Boy, it’s been a while since I logged on to my blog.  Glad to report that I finished my dayshift training and I’m back to my normal nightshift routine.  One of the Nurses who precepted me was soooo kind and supportive…..I had to make something for her:)  She mentioned to me that she drinks a glass of chocolate milk every single morning.  I took that statement and got to stamping yesterday.

It felt so nice to walk into my stamping studio.  Isn’t it fun to stamp with no deadlines, and just for the simple reason of creating something handmade for someone?  It was just what I needed after three weeks of no stamping.

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This is  Beate’s wsc104  flipped from vertical to horizontal layout.  It just worked better for me so I could have a little chocolate surprise inside of the card.  The card base is Real Red with a layer of Chocolate Chip, and a little scalloped strip created from a Treat Box and my scallop edge punch.  Added some Real Red Polka-dot Grosgrain ribbon.  Difficult to see, but there is Crystal Effects to the stamped chocolate image and to the outer Creamy Caramel circle. 

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side view of my chocolate card

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                                                     inside of my chocolate card

Here is what I came up with for a daily chocolate milk drinker.  Using two Treat Boxes, I adhered them together, created a center handle, and embellished to coordinate with my card.

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I think this turned out super cute.  Who wouldn’t love some chocolate syrup packaged ever so nicely?  It’s almost too cute to use in my opinion:)

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sideview of chocolate syrup holder.  I created a base box out of Textured Real Red cardstock for extra stability.  This box is so sturdy with no bowing of the bottom (these two syrup bottles are heavy together). 

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I added a simple chipboard tag.  I punched a 1-3/4″ circle out of the same box to continue the pattern to the tag.  I applied Real Red Craft ink to the “4u” chipboard pieces and attached to tag base using Crystal Effects as my adhesive. 

I hope you enjoy looking at my chocolate creations:)  Just another fabulous use of the Treat Boxes.  Have a wonderfully sweet weekend.

You can see more samples for wsc104 at the blogs of:  Beate, Cambria, Charmaine, Jenn, Laurie, Lori, and Sharon.



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STAMPS:  Things I Love (115229) and Short & Sweet (115060).


PAPERS:  Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, and Whisper White cardstock.


INKS:  Chocolate Chip classic stampin’ pad.  Real Red craft pad.


ACCESSORIES:  Treat Boxes (115690, 5 per pkg); Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets; Real Red 3/4″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon; On Board Batch of Blooms; On Board Timeless Type; On Board Loads of Letters; 1-3/4″ Circle Punch; 1-3/8″ Circle Punch; 1-1/4″ Circle Punch; Large Oval Punch; Scallop Edge Punch; Crop-A-Dile Tool; 1/2″ Circle Punch; Sanding Blocks; Circle Scissor Plus; Glass Mat; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Crystal Effects; Sticky Strip.


Flight of the Butterfly October 9, 2009

Happy Friday stampers.  Lately, I only post on Fridays for Beate’s wsc…and today is sketch 101.   Head on over to Beate’s site and give it a try this weekend.

Like everyone else, I’ve been busy with life.  I made a major decision a couple weeks ago to leave my current nursing specialty of Cardio-Thoracic post-op.  My last day on the unit is tomorrow.  I’m not sad to leave.   Believe me, it is a high stress environment…..and I’m making a change for the better.  Monday I start a different nursing specialty that will definitely be less stressful.  Due to three weeks of fulltime dayshift training, I will not be stamping.  I have to find my “new life schedule” and how stamping is going to fit into it. 

So, with all of that going on, I decided to make a special card for my Nurse Manager of my unit that I’m leaving.  The sentiment says it all:)

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I really like how this card turned out.  Maybe I should give it to my new Nurse Manager if you know what I mean lol.  Nothing wrong with pampering the boss with handmade greetings right? 

The butterflies and flowers are from the stamp set For All You Do.  The sentiment is from the stamp set Flight of the Butterfly.  I stamped the butterflies a couple times in different colors.  I cut out the main butterfly shapes and then adhered the bodies in alternate coordinating colors.

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Want to see more samples for wsc101?  Head on over to see what these talented ladies have created:  Beate to see sketch and details, Cambria, Charmaine, Jenn, Laurie, Lori, and Sharon.



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STAMPS:  For All You Do (115360) and Flight of the Butterfly (111564).


PAPERS:  Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper (115671); Old Olive (100702); Rich Razzleberry (115316); Orchid Opulence (100969); Whisper White (100730).


INKS:  Old Olive (102277); Rich Razzleberry (115658); Orchid Opulence (101859).


ACCESSORIES:  Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads (109111); Scallop Circle Punch (109043); Scallop Edge Punch (112091); 1-1/4″ Circle Punch (104403); 1-3/8″ Circle Punch (104401); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Mat Pack (105826); Paper-Piercing Tool (116631).

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Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your weekend!


Give Thanks October 2, 2009

Happy Friday and Fall to all!  I can’t believe that today we are celebrating Beate’s wsc100!   100 fabulous sketches!  Make sure you head on over to Beate’s blog to check out todays sketch. 

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Isn’t that turkey cute?  So many great things about this card.  The first is that it only took me about 30 minutes to make:)   Second, the stamp with sentiment only costs $6.95….yippee!  This image/sentiment stamp is called Gobble, Gobble (116535) and is in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  Third, the papers, Autumn Meadows Designer Series Paper, are so beautiful with a nice assortment of designs and beautiful fall colors.

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I stamped the turkey image multiple times in different colors of ink.  I cut out and layered the different stamped pieces to give more dimension to the turkey.   I could have made this card in about 10 minutes if I would have skipped this step (glad I layered…he looks great with all of the multiple colors and layers).

Want to see more samples for wsc100?  These girls always blow me away with their creativity.  I’m sure you will love what they have made to share with you today:  Cambria, Charmaine, Jenn, Laurie, Lori, and Sharon.





STAMP:  Gobble, Gobble (116535 for $6.95 in holiday mini catty)

PAPERS:  Autumn Meadows Designer Series Paper (116769 in holiday mini catty); Chocolate Chip cardstock (102128); Very Vanilla cardstock (101650); Taken with Teal cardstock (101584).

INKS:  Chocolate Chip (100908); Really Rust (102549); More Mustard (103162); Taken with Teal (103257).

ACCESSORIES:  Linen Thread (104199); Stamping Sponges (101610); Playground Designer Buttons (116313); 1-3/4″ Circle Punch (112004); Circle Scissor Plus (112530); Glass Mat (112531); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430).

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Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend.


Scary Skeleton September 18, 2009

Happy Friday stampers.  It’s time for another one of Beate’s weekend sketch challenges.  You can see Beate’s sketch HERE if you want to play along this weekend.

stampin up demonstrator harrisburg pa-1-4For this card, I used Stampin’ Up!’s Scary Skeleton stamp set.  I stamped the image in versamark on Basic Black cardstock.  Applied White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Heat to set with Heat Tool.  Colored in with White uniball signo gelpen. 

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I repeated the above process twice so I could cut out only the head and adhere with a Stampin’ Dimensional. 

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I didn’t want the Basic Black cardstock main image piece to be as large as the skeleton image.  It was just too much for the cardfront.  I left the feet of the skeleton by cutting out around them to match up with my rectangular size.  I added paper piercing around the basic black main image rectangle.  To add some Pumpkin Pie color to all of the black and white, I used my Color Spritzer Tool just to add a subtle splash of color.

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If you look closely, you can see that I colored in some of the white circles to the Night & Day Designer Series Paper.  I also used my Sanding Block to distress the paper.  The sentiment tag has a couple layers:  base created with Night & Day DSP and Matchbox bigz xl die; second layer created with a window sheet from Night & Day DSP and Matchbox bigz xl die; top layer has the stamped sentiment on Whisper White cardstock and punched out with my Small Oval Punch.  Added two black brads and attached to card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I also added Pumpkin Pie ink to Whisper White Organza Ribbon.


You can see more samples for todays sketch at these blogs:  Charmaine, Jenn, Laurie, Lori, and Sharon.   



STAMP:  Scary Skeleton stamp set (113244 $13.95 set of 4)

PAPERS:  Basic Black cardstock (102851), Whisper White cardstock (100730), Night & Day Designer Series Paper (116768), Cast-A-Spell Designer Series Paper (115677).

INKS:  Basic Black ink (101179), Versamark Pad (102283), uni-ball Signo White Gel Pen (105021), Pumpkin Pie stampin’ write marker (105115).

ACCESSORIES:  Big Shot die-cut machine (113439), Matchbox bigz xl die (114890), Small Oval Punch (107304), Spritzer Tool, Mat Pack (105826), Paper-Piercing Tool (116631), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Vintage Brads Assortment-black brads (109109), Sanding Blocks (103301), White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109132), Heat Tool (100005), Whisper White Organza Ribbon (114319).

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Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend!


Weekend Sketch Challenge #97 September 11, 2009

Another Friday is here already!  Today I bring you something totally different.  I NEVER post scrapbook pages.  All of the pages I make end up at Stampin’ Up! and I am left with nothing to share.  Things are going to change!  Can I just say that I’M IN LOVE WITH “MY DIGITAL STUDIO” by Stampin’ Up!…. available for purchase on OCTOBER 1ST.  I wasn’t so sure at first, but after going to Convention and seeing Brent’s Presentation….well, I was sold almost instantly lol! 

For Beate’s wsc#97, I thought I’d play around with the software.  Let me tell you, I sat in my living room with my family, created this page in 1hr (I think that is good timing for the first time), much fun, and I had NO MESS to clean up when I was finished.  WHOO HOO! 


Last weekend we headed off to Ocean City, Maryland to enjoy some beach time over the long holiday weekend.  The kids had a blast as you can see.  Just put two teens at the beach and their faces light up and they instantly “get along” (that isn’t always the case day to day).   Mike & Morgan both watched me create this page….and they both let out a “WHAT?”  when they read the main sentiment.  They proceeded with, “YEAH RIGHT!  THAT’S SO NOT TRUE!”.  I told them that the picture reveals that they do actually have fun together:)

You can see more inspiration & creations from the wsc crew:  Beate, Cambria, Charmaine, Jenn, Laurie, Lori, and Sharon



Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #96 September 4, 2009

Happy Friday Stampers!!!  It is time for another one of Beate’s wsc.  You can see the sketch here and participate this weekend. 

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I’ve had this oh so cute Chic Boutique stamp set for about 2 months now and haven’t used it.  I thought I’d give it a try this weekend.  I really like the images in the set.   Very oh la la-ish!

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The images were stamped on Watercolor paper and Kaleidoscope DSP in Jet Black Stazon Ink.  Used Circle Scissor Plus tool to cut out my circle.  Using Mat Pack, I added some piercings throughout the theme of the card.  I had to add buttons…it seems only appropriate to coordinate with the stamped images.   And that sentiment!  Gotta love those words. 

Want more wsc inspiration?  The wsc girls will surely inspire you with their creations:  Beate, Cambria, Charmaine, Jenn, Laurie, Lori, and Sharon.




Chic Boutique stamp set (113744); Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper (115680); Watercolor Paper (105019); Pink Passion cardstock (102762), Pixie Pink cardstock (105121), and Green Galore cardstock (101768);  Stazon Jet Black ink (); Tempting Turquoise ink (100814), Green Galore ink (102122), Pink Passion ink (101212), Pixie Pink ink (105212), Only Orange ink (102696), and Summer Sun ink (100537); Sherbet Designer Buttons (116312); Playground Designer Buttons (116313); Linen Thread (104199); Scallop Edge Punch (112091); Circle Scissor Plus (112530); Mat Pack (105826); Paper-Piercing Tool (116631); Crystal Effects (101055)

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Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a nice long holiday weekend.


Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #95 August 29, 2009

Oh my! I’m so late with this post. With my daughter getting braces on Friday morning and back to school shopping, I had to postpone blogging for a couple days. I’m sure many of you can relate to a teen trying to prepare herself for returning to highschool.

I really like Beate’s sketch for this weekend. You can see it here.   I made this card for my daughter.  I’ll slip it into her purse so she finds it unexpectedly:)

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This card is made utilizing Stampin’ Up!’s Sunny Day Simply Scrappin’ Kit and Hello Again stamp set.  I have tons to share at a later date featuring this awesome kit. 

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Check out what the rest of the wsc girls have created:  Cambria, Charmaine, Jenn, Laurie, Lori, and Sharon.



Hello Again stamp set (113780); Sunny Day Simply Scrappin’ Kit (115700); Whisper White cardstock (100730); Pink Passion ink (101212), Tempting Turquoise ink (100814), Pumpkin Pie ink (105216), and Old Olive ink (102277); Playground Designer Buttons (116313); Sherbet Designer Buttons (116312); Scallop Edge Punch (112091); 1-3/4″ Circle Punch (112004); 3/4″ Circle Punch (107217); Big Shot die cut machine (113439); Buttons #5 sizzlit die (113440); Pennant bigz die (113484).

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Thanks for stopping by!


Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #94 August 21, 2009

Happy Friday Stampers!  Friday brings us another one of Beate’s great weekend sketches.  Head on over to Fresh & Fun to see her sketch.

I’m playing around with the stamp set Welcome Home because I chose to use it for a christmas card swap I’m in.  I don’t know about you, but when I look at the house & trees image, I see a christmas scene.  Again, I’m still playing around.  I will probably not make the house Real Red as I think it looks like a school house…are you now seeing other possibilities for this set?  I will make the house Chocolate Chip when I create my swaps.   

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I used three different stamp sets to create this card:  Welcome Home, Holiday Blitz, and Sweet Season.  I love the colors and patterns of Merry Moments Designer Series Paper.  And, you can’t go wrong with some Real Red 3/4″ Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon on your holiday handcrafted cards:)

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To create the scene above, you have to stamp the house & tree image a couple times:  once in Real Red ink, twice in Chocolate Chip ink, once in Old Olive ink, once in Garden Green ink, and finally…once in Versamark ink with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder heated to set.  I KNOW!!!  This seems like an aweful lot of work.  Honestly, you can opt to use markers but the ink coverage isn’t as nice. 

You have to cut out the image and layout/adhere the pieces together (you have to decide which colors you want certain parts of the image to be before cutting out). 

For the Oval Sentiment from Sweet Season stamp set, I omitted the house image from the center (by using masking tape) and added the gift image from the Holiday Blitz stamp set.  You have to cut the gift image at the bottom to make it smaller (so it fits within the oval space).  I did use markers on the gift package, cut out, and adhered. 

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check out what the rest of the wsc girls have created:  Beate, Cambria, Charmaine, Laurie, Lori, and Sharon.




Welcome Home stamp set (113433), Holiday Blitz stamp set (114982), and Sweet Season stamp (116471); Very Vanilla cardstock (106530); Merry Moments Designer Series Paper (115672); Classic Stampin’ Pads: Real Red (103133), Chocolate Chip (100908), Old Olive (102277), and Garden Green 102272Stampin’ Write Markers: Real Red (100052), Old Olive (100079), and Garden Green (100080); Real Red 3/4″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115608); Versamark ink (102283); White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109132). 

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