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Birthday Elephants

Happy New Year!

I have had this adorable Cuddly Buddlyfree digi image for quite a while and have not had the chance to use it. Since a friend's daughter is turning 8 later this week, I decided it was the time to break it out (or print it out?).

This card also fits several challenges:
Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #54 (MTSC54)
Charisma Cards Challenge - Celebrations (Be sure to check out their birthday blog hop.)
Three Clovers Designs Challenge - Celebrations



Supplies:
Image from Cuddly Buddly
All paper and ink from Stampin' Up (DP is from the Sweet package)
Ribbon from Minnesota Fabrics (from my Mom's stash. It is probably 20 years old.)
Sentiment from Clear Design Cupcakes (Hero Arts)
Spellbinders Nestabilities
Stampin' Up Border punch

Sláinte! Happy Birthday!

My husband's birthday is this week so today I was busily trying to come up with a card. (It would be a travesty to actually BUY A CARD!) He loves Guiness Stout so I thought this image from Digi Sparkle would work perfectly. Since I was mojo challenged, I surfed around to find a good sketch challenge that motivated me. I found it with The Pink Elephant Sketch Challenge #47.
I colored the glass with my prismacolor pencils with OMS and highlighted the details on the glass with a gold glitter pen. After numerous tries, this one was the best but I am still not completely happy with the color. I used liquid applique on the foam and then covered the glass with crystal effects. You can't really see it here, but IRL the glass is shiny.
The inside has an Irish toast that I found on the internet:
I have known many and liked not a few. But loved only one and this toast is to you.

Slainte!

Challenges this card is entered in:
The Pink Elephant Sketch Challenge 47
Charisma Cardz Challenge - anything…

Monday with Lindsay

I made this card before Thanksgiving and just realized I never posted it. I used Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Christmas Cupcake Wrappers Digital Stamp Set. I love the versatility of this set. It is great for quick easy packaging, tags or cards or you can make more elegant cards too.

I tried a new technique on this card and like the way it turned out.



This card also entered in the Dare You To Digistamp Challenge #28- Christmas cards and the Stamp Something - Holiday Somethings Challenge.

Don't forget you have until Wednesday (December 23) to take advantage of the buy 2, get 1 free sale at Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. Enter the name of your free set in comments during check out and it will be sent to you separately.



Please take a moment to see what the other DT members have created:
Cassandra
Jennifer
Joy
Karin
Kristen
Lindsay (Owner)
Nettie

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Wishing you the Happiest of Holidays!
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Supplies:
Christmas Cupcake Wrappers by Lindsay Stamp Stuff
My Mind's Eye Signature Christmas designer paper
Georgia Pac…

Customized video message from Santa

If you haven't seen it yet, you can send a free, personalized video message from Santa HERE. I just did this for my daughter and she was so excited to hear Santa say he knows she has been trying extra hard at school. I didn't check it out, but I saw there were options to customize the message for adults too. I just wanted to share in case you were interested.

I hope you will check back tomorrow (Monday) for my Lindsay's Stamp Stuff DT posting.

Cheryl

Santa treat holder

I was looking through my photos on my computer and realized that I never posted this project I made using Christmas Cupcake Wrappers digital stamp set from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. The round box was cut using the Plantin SchoolBook cartridge from Cricut. The swirls were stamped in versa mark and then sprinkled with a combination of clear embossing powder and red glitter then heat set. (I did not have any heat and stick powder or a glue pad on hand.) The blue stripe paper was out of my scrap bin. The image was printed 4 times. One entire circle is on each side of the box and then Santa was colored, cut out, and mounted using pop dots. . Thank you for looking! I hope you have a very Happy Holiday season! . Supplies: Christmas Cupcake Wrappers by Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Plantin SchoolBook Cricut cartridge Blue card stock & misc. scrap paper Image printed on Georgia Pacific white card stock Stampin' Up Seasons of Joy (for the Swirls) Spellbinders Nestabilities Clear embossing powder Marth…

Exta posts this week!

I usually try to post twice a week, but this week I have a extra posts. My brother's birthday is coming up next week before Christmas and I need a birthday card. The Mojo Monday sketch (mojo117) inspired me to get moving and get a card made.


Here is the Mojo Monday sketch -


And here is my interpretation-


And the inside -
I generated the sentiment on the computer. (We really did get him a present but he will get this card in the mail before I see him on Christmas Eve.)
The "happy birthday" is stamped on the twill tape using Stampin' Up's Birthday Whimsy and chocolate chip ink. I did not want to add a "girly" bow so I put the nail heads (is that what they are called?) in it's place.

I really struggled with this card. I could not cut straight or get anything mounted straight. This poor card was put together and pulled a part several times. I ran out of orange paper so both panels (one outside and one inside) have stuff cut out of the middle. Does any one el…

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge on Wednesday

I recently won a $25 gift certificate to The Stamping Boutique during Paper Craft Planet's 12 Days of Christmas promo. One of the digis I picked out was Jennifer Latte Christmas. I loved this digi at first sight because, I have to admit it, I am a Starbucks junkie. (Although my habit is mochas, not lattes. A girl has got to have her chocolate.) It is a baaaaddd habit that I am trying to break because of the calories and the money involved. .

I used the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge (SSSC48) for the inspiration for this card. I rotated the layout. This was my first opportunity to play with my new Flower Soft so I used it on her fur trim.

Thank you for looking! Happy Holidays!

Supplies: Jennifer Latte Christmas from The Stamping Boutique Stampin' Up markers Polar White Flower Soft Diamond & Gold Stickles Sakura Gelly Roll glitter pen - clear and gold Holiday Scroll designer paper by Flair Designs Pomegranate Splash by Bazzil Basics Image printed on Georgia Pacific card stock Stampin'…

Christmas packaging with Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

This week Lindsay challenged us to design some Holiday packaging. I decided to make two projects with the adorable snowman from her Warm Winter digital stamp set. They coordinate with the last two projects I posted. You can see the greeting card HERE and the gift card holder HERE.



For the first project, I used a tin to package some yummy Bliss chocolates (possibly for my daughter's teacher). I'm sorry I can't remember where I got the tin but I have a whole box of them in the basement. :) I used some kraft colored shredded paper to hold the chocolates in place. I then made band for the tin using designer paper from My Mind's Eye. I mounted the snowman on some ovals and scallops cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities. I wanted to jazz it up a bit so I dug out a container of snowflake ornaments that I bought from Hobby Lobby. (24 snowflakes for $7.99 and then I got 50% off!) I am pleased with the results. I debated clipping the string off the ornament because I don't lik…

Christmas card picture

Although I am done Christmas shopping (woohoo!) I am definitely running behind in other areas in preparing for Christmas. We just took the picture for our annual Christmas card today. (Yes, only 11 days before the big day.) Thank goodness I was able to plug in the picture of my daughter with a couple family photos from the year into Walgreens.com and have printed Christmas cards waiting for me in less than 2 hours. Any guesses to what I will be doing later tonight?

MyGraficO Customer Blog Hop - gift card holder

I decided to make a gift card holder using the snowlady image from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Warm Winter digital stamp set. I love the snow couple from this set. Take a look at my previous post HERE to see how cute they look together.

The inside includes a pocket to hold the gift card and a white section on which I plan to add a personal note to the recipient.




If you just jumped into the blog hop, a complete list of participants can be found HERE on MyGrafico.

If you would like to see some additional Holiday packaging ideas using this cute set, please check back on Monday. Lindsay (of Lindsay's Stamp Stuff) challenged her DT to create some Holiday packaging and I have two additional projects in mind.
. The Lindsay's Stamp Stuff store on MyGraficO has a sale through 12-23. Buy 2 digital stamp sets and you can pick one for free. Please enter the name of the free set in the comments section during check out. (This is only for the Lindsay's Stamp Stuff store on MyGraficO. Other st…

Snowmen Fall From Heaven Unassembled....

"In the meadow we can build a snowman...." kept playing over and over in my head so I decided I had to use this image from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Warm Winter digital stamp set. Aren't they just the cutest couple? But after printing and coloring the image on Friday, my mojo left me and I really struggled with the layout of this card. When I woke up Sunday morning, I knew what I wanted to do. It's not exactly as I envisioned but I am happy with the results.

I wanted to work on another card but just ran out of time. It was kind of a crazy weekend. I was able to meet up with some girl friends for coffee and breakfast on Saturday, decorate the Christmas tree, and take a family trip to the Grand Geneva to see their Christmas decorations and vote on my favorite Gingerbread house. On the sadder side of things, my husband's grandmother fell and broke her pelvis last week and possibly suffered a stroke on Saturday night. We are waiting for more information and praying f…

Lindsays Stamp Stuff & My First Tutorial

I love the cup of hot cocoa from the Lindsay's Stamp stuff Warm Winter digital stamp set . You can purchase from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Shop at ShopHomemade where the everyday special is spend $5 in digital stamps and get a free stamp. I just had to use my chocolate scented embossing powder on the cocoa. Along with the liquid applique, it almost looks real!

While you are out surfing the web, check out Lindsay's blog. She has great ideas, tutorials and freebies. (Don't you just love freebies??!!) She also has links to the rest of her DT blogs so you can check out their projects.

I also used the Mojo Monday sketch (MOJO114) from last week. I did not get the card done in time to post for the sketch challenge but I still wanted to share it with you.

Following is a quick tutorial on how to match the color of your computer generated sentiment to your Stampin' Up or Close To My Heart Paper. It only takes a few steps in Word and it is well worth the effort. If the pictures bel…

Over the Top

Karin sent the "Your Blogging is Over the Top" award to me. I am new to blogging (both following and posting) so I was happily surprised to get this. I have seen it on other blogs and like reading other peoples' responses to the questions. I am going to send this on to some new blogging friends in order to learn more about them.

Here are the rules for accepting this award: Answer the following questions using single word answers. (uh oh, not sure if I can do this but I will try.) Then, pass the award to 5 other people. ************************************************ Your cell phone? Purse Your hair? Blond (mostly) Your mother? Missed Your father? Loved Favorite food? Pasta Your dream last night? Don't remember Your favorite drink? Mocha Your dream/goal? early retirement
What room are you in? office
Your hobby? fun
Your fear? Loss
Where do you want to be in 6 years? Here (with all my family)
Where were you last night? Home
Something you aren't? Thin (don'…

Monday with Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

This card was quick and easy to make using a snowflake from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Warm Winter digital stamp set. Embossing using digital images is one of the hot topics on the crafting blogs lately so I just had to try it out for myself. I am happy to report that it was super easy. I printed the snowflake at 27% of size on glossy white paper. As soon as it comes out of the printer, sprinkle on your embossing powder (white in this case) and then heat using your heat tool. Easy peasy! The glossy paper gives you time to emboss before the ink dries. On regular card stock the ink dries too quickly to emboss using this method. Once the embossing was cool, I sponged ink on the white glossy paper to color it. You could print a whole sheet of the snowflake images then emboss and color them all at one time. What a great way to make several cards at once!



If you haven't tried using digital stamps yet, Lindsay has several freebies, including Christmas digital stamps, in the Lindsay's S…

Crafting with DD - Christmas box

Here is a box made by my 8-year old daughter. She used my Cricut (with help) to cut the box, colored the image from Polly Craft, cut and glued it all together. She even asked to use the fluffy stuff (Liquid Applique) on the cuffs and wanted to sponge the edges of the image. Didn't she do a great job? Please give her some love.

Ho Ho Ho Hot Cocoa holder

After seeing Joy Stagg's tutorial on how to make a pocket card last week, I decided I had to try it. I made a pocket card/ hot cocoa pack holder and a matching card.
This image is a free coloring page from Elizabeth O. Dulemba. I love using her images for digital stamping. Digital stamps are so easy to resize. I reduced this stamp from a full page to the size you see here using Microsoft Word. Easy peasy.... (If you are not familiar with how to resize digi stamps in Word, send me an email at shestampsblog@yahoo.com and I will tell you how.)
Now if you notice that the embossing is only on the bottom of the card, that is a mistake. I was using my CuttleBug with some nesties (the way I have a zillion times before) and the handle was a little hard to push. I pushed on it a little and suddenly there was a big "bang" (I nearly jumped out of my skin) and the side of the CB fell off. I was stunned. I put it all back together, but it does not work properly now. There is only a litt…

Monday with Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

I LOVE this wreath from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Christmas Potpourri digital stamp set. Love it!
I had so much fun creating cards using this set over the weekend. Not only did I make this card, I also made the card you can see here along with a couple others I still need to get pictures of.

Remember, you can download Lindsay's Stamp Stuff digital stamps immediately at her shop on MyGraphicO or you can also find them at the Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Shop Handmade store where when you spend $5 you get a free digital stamp. While at MyGraphicO, you might want to join the Lindsay's Stamp Stuff group where you can see all types of projects people are making using Lindsay's stamps.

Please take a few minutes to see what the rest of the DT was up to.

Anette "Nettie" Robins
Cassandra Cushman
Jennifer Bliss
Joy Stagg
Karin Martin
Kristin Hamlin
Lindsay Weirich (Owner)



Have a great week!


Supplies:
Christmas Potpourri digital stamp set by Linday's Stamp Stuff
My Mind's Eye Signat…

Fa La La La

Updated: This card was featured on SNR Universe and published in the January 2010 edition of Scrapbook News & Reviews

Happy Saturday! I spent the day with my daughter and we had a great time. (Except she wanted to listen to Christmas songs all day.) We actually got to see some of Santa's reindeer. Check out Vixen. Isn't she cute? We got to pet her a little bit. I could not believe how soft she was.
All the Christmas songs must have sunk in because "Deck the Halls" has been running through my head endlessly this evening. Although I started this card yesterday, I now knew how I wanted to finish it up. I used Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #107 (WSC107) and the Dare U 2 Digistamp Challenge #26 to use glitter. I also used a faux stitching digital stamp (details below) as a guide for my paper piercer and then used my Chocolate Chip SU marker for the stitching. This is the for Little C's Stamp N' Scrap Hawaii challenge to use stitching (faux stitching is ok…

Cards by Jesse

My friend, Jesse, came over today so that we could work on Christmas cards. While we only finished 2 cards each, we did have fun and catch up on a lot of chit-chat. I really like the cards she made using Stampin' Up's Merry & Bright so I snapped a couple of pictures before she left to post. Aren't these just too cute?
You'll see the cards I made on Monday for the Lindsay's Stamp Stuff DT posting. While you are blog hopping, check out the blog candy being offered by Veronica. You have until December 1st to enter.
Have a great week end!

You're So Sweet!

I always need birthday cards for my stash so I decided to play with this cute ice cream float image from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. It made me think of the warm days of summer. *Big sigh*
I also used WordArt to make the sentiment around the float. I will put up a tutorial in the next week or so to show you how to do it. It is pretty easy and gives you so many options with your digital (and even stamped) images.
Have a great day!

Supplies: Ice Cream Float Digital Stamp from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Word Art (for Sentiment) Stampin' Up Cutie Pie designer paper & coordinating card stock Stampin' Up markers Liquid Applique Martha Stewart glitter Ribbon Brads Sakura clear glitter pen

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....

I really like the way this card turned out. The central image is from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Christmas Cupcake Wrappers digital stamp set. I wanted to do something with this set ever since I first saw it, but I don't make cup cakes, so.... here is my card. The set is very versatile. Not only can you use it to decorate your cupcakes, you can use it on cards, boxes, gift bags, etc. (Hint, hint - I have a special project in mind using this set for later in the month. Make sure you check back.)

Take moment to see what the rest of the Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Junior Design Team has dreamed up.

Anette "Nettie" Robins
Cassandra Cushman
Jennifer Bliss
Joy Stagg
Karin Martin

Kristen Hamlin

LindayWeirich (Owner)

You can purchase the image used in this card and many more at Lindsay's Shop on MyGraphicOwhere the images are available for immediate download or at Lindsay's Shophandmade shop where when you spend $5 you get one digital image free.
Thank you for looking! Have a great w…

Birthday Gift for a friend

I made this birthday gift for a friend. I haven't given it to her yet but I thought it would be safe to post since she hardly ever jumps on the computer and doesn't follow my blog.
I bought the La Creme Stack by DCWV last week at Hobby Lobby with my 40% off coupon. I love the flocking on the paper. I paired it up with some white and black card stock that I already had in my stash. I made a card box with 8 blank cards. (I show 2 examples in the pictures but they are all different.) I am including an altered notebook, beaded pen, book mark, 4 magnets and a paperweight. I also have a box of delicious Choxie chocolates to throw in. I added some paper to the plain white gift bag to jazz it up a bit and will tie it with black ribbon.
What do you think?

Supplies: La Creme Stack Misc white and black card stock Card sentiments are from Close to my Heart For Every Occasion and Spring set RSVP pen 2 sided tacky tape micro beads glass beads for magnets and paper weight magnets black ribbon Just Rite S…

Exciting News!

I have had the hardest time keeping this secret but I can finally let the cat out of the bag. I am honored to be part of the Design Team for Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. Woohoo! She has some of the cutest digis around. You can buy her stamps two ways - Lindsay's Stamp Stuff store on MyGraphicO or at Lindsay's Stamp Stuff at Shop Homemade where the every day sale is spend $5 and get a free digital stamp . Watch for Lindsay's blog post introducing the rest of the team.
I used Lindsay's Sketchy Leaves set to make this card. Thank goodness I don't need a sympathy card right now but I wanted to make one to have ready when needed. These beautiful stamps can be used for so many different things.
The layout is from Mercy's Sketch Challenge MTSC46 . I also used the cracked glass technique because I love the look of cracked glass with the autumn leaves. If you haven't tried it, you can find a tutorial on SplitcoastStampers.
I hope you have a wonderful Sunday.
Supplies: Sk…

Happy Halloween & Strong friends card

I hope you had a terrific Halloween. My daughter dressed up as a fortune teller complete with a crystal ball. Although she was disappointed that no one wanted her to tell their fortune, she still had a great time trick or treating. We then had friends over for pizza and a bonfire. We all had a good time.
This is my first post with my brand new Dell Inspiron lap top. I love it! I am getting use to a few differences from my ol' dinosaur of a computer but should have it all down pat soon. The biggest difference is the size of the keys on the keyboard. They are huge for a laptop (which is a good thing) but I keep hitting the wrong keys when I am typing. So, if you see any crazy words in this posting, just ignore them because I probably just hit the wrong keys....
Today I took some time to play with some of Lindsay's digital images (although I am only posting one card now). This cute cup was a freebie on her blog The Frugal Crafter. If you haven't checked out her blog, you should…

Cowboy Up! - 2 Challenges

Happy Sunday! It is a beautiful day here in Wisconsin. I should be outside enjoying the weather but everyone else is outside so I snuck back inside for some peace & quiet and to make another card.
I made this card for sketch challenge SSS27 sponsored by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and challenge #16 - distressing at Bee Crafty blog.

Supplies:
Image & Sentiment from The Digi Shack Wild Asparagus Orange Stripes designer paper
Misc. brown, orange, blue card stock from my scrap bin White card stock - Georgia Pacific
Prismacolor pencils & OMS Ranger Distressed ink in Tea Dye
Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip ink Sponge
Close to my Heart edge distressing tool Stampin' Up 3/4" cirlce punch
Stampin' Up star punch Close to my Heart hemp
Cuttlebug embossing folder Clear button
AC Cardstock card base
Thank you for visiting!


DCT29 Things with Wings

Earlier this week, my daughter asked me if I was going to make her a special card for her birthday. I was planning on it, but now there are "expectations". The pressure is on....

When I was looking around for inspiration, I found the DCT29 challenge - Things with Wings. From there, I decided use Itty Bitty Betty butterfly from Pink Cat Studios. Since butterflies are always around flowers, I used my Cricut Wild Card cartridge to cut the card base into a flower shape. To make it a little more fun, I made it into a spinner card. What do you think? Is this suitably "special" for an eighth birthday?

Supplies:
Pink Cat Studios Itty Bitty Betty butterfly Stampin' Up Slumber Party designer paper Stampin' Up Pretty in Pink card stock Stampin' Up Pale Plum card stock White cardstock (Georgia Pacific) Cricut Plantin School Book cartridge (for the "8") Wild card cartridge for the card base Cuttlebug Spellbinders nestabilities Stampin' Up Markers & Soft Subtle…

Perk Up!

I had a little bit of free time today and decided to spend it making another card. Using 3 different patterns is a little bit out of my comfort zone, but I think it turned out. Thank you for looking!


Supplies:
Image and sentiment from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff
Stampin' Up Raspberry Tart designer paper
Stampin' Up Rose Red card stock
misc. white and black card stock
Stampin' Up Basic Black ribbon
Spellbinders Nestabilities
Stampin' Up Scalloped Edge punch
Black Sharpie Marker Silver prismapencil

2 Challenges!

When I saw the Mojo Monday sketch (MOJO109) yesterday, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I had the Doodle Aster stamp from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff that I purchased during the summer and haven't used yet. Then I saw the dry embossing challenge at There She Goes Clear Stamps (TSG25). I couldn't wait to finish up with my day so I could get started. Since I had the complete idea in my head, it shouldn't take long, right??? Well, I finished work, picked up my daughter from school, helped with homework, worked out, folded laundry, made dinner, put laundry away, got my daughter to bed and then I finally had time to put my idea to paper. Easy peasy - HA! First I printed the stamp a few times, colored one, but it was too big to use for the sketch. No problem, printed it again in some smaller sizes and colored. I love that you can resize digital stamps. Anyhow, I somehow grabbed the wrong color red marker and had to do it again. Then because I was trying to hurry, the third atte…

Crazy 4 Challenges and Bigsby Mouse

Here is the 2nd card I was able to make today. It is for the Crazy 4 Challenges C4C7 challenge. I decided to pull out Bigsby Mouse once again. (Remember you can purchase him by emailing Karen at karenjohnson01@gmail.com . Cost: $5.00)
Supplies: Stampin' Up Dashing designer Paper Stampin' Up River Rock card stock Stampin' Up Markers and River Rock ink Blender pen Bigsby Mouse digital image by Karen Johnson Spellbinders Nestabilities DMC floss Heart buttons
Thank you for looking!

Artful Inkables challenge

Today I had time to make 2 cards. This is the first that I make for Artful Inkables challenge AIC05. Used the Cherry Kisses with Snowball digital image from Polly Craft. Not only is it adorable but is was a freebie a few weeks back. I also had to use my new Close to My Heart (CTMH) Jingle paper pack.
Supplies: Polly Craft Cherry Kisses with Snowball digi CTMH Jingle designer paper (that included the juniper ribbon used) CTMH Juniper card stock CTMH tulip ink EK Success snowflake punch Stampin' Up Perfect Ending "Joy" stamp Sakura Gelly Roll glitter pen Xyron machine Prisma glitter on image and snow flakes Fun Flock Prismacolor pencils Spellbinders Nestabilities

Thank you for looking!



Exciting News! Introducing Bigsby Mouse

I have been so excited all week. Last weekend I was asked to make up a sample for a friend of a friend to use when she starts selling digital stamps. Right now she has just one, but boy is it a cute one. Meet Bigsby Mouse. You can have one of your very own to use by emailing Karen at karenjohnson01@gmail.com. Bigsby is $5.00
I liked Bigsby so much I made two samples. The supplies lists are below. 1st card - red background Stampin' Up Dashing Designer Paper Stampin' Up Real Red & River Rock card stock Stampin' Up Markers Stampin' Up River Rock & Real Red ink pads blender pen Misc. buttons DMC floss Papertray Holiday Treats stamp for sentiment Fun Flock Stampin' Up oval punches (small & large) 2nd card - cranberry background: Stampin' Up Holiday Thyme Designer Paper Stampin' Up Cardstock Stampin' Up Markers SakuraGelly Roll Clear Glitter pen Papertray Holiday Wishes stamp Silver swirl clip Ribbon 3 brads Spellbinders Nestabilities
I hope I start seeing Bigsby on so…