The greatest gift

Hi everyone! A very Happy Friday to you! I’m stoked to be back on the CutCardStock blog today with an awesome DT inspiration project featuringCurious Metallic and Glitter cardstock that was included in our Designer’s Pack! Affiliate links are used in this post at no cost to you. I really appreciate your support! I created a Christmas card in gold tones with a pop of traditional red and green. It’s never too early to work on those Christmas cards!

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I created the poinsettia embellishment first from CCS Gold Glitter cardstock, using Pop-Tone Wild Cherry cardstock for the center and Basis Green cardstock for the leaves, and set it aside. I cut a standard A2 size top-fold card base from Classic Crest Baronial Ivory cardstock and layered a panel of Curious Metallic Gold Leaf cardstock onto the card base. I adhered a strip of the gold glitter cardstock horizontally across the front panel and then layered a narrow strip of the gold leaf metallic cardstock onto the glitter strip. I adhered the poinsettia embellishment on the left side and then stamped the sentiment in red ink on the bottom right. I embellished the center of the poinsettia with Crystal Drops and then added a few more dots to the background for a little interest.

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I embellished the inside panel with strips of the gold glitter and gold leaf metallic cardstock, stamped the sentiment in red ink, and layered the panel on the gold leaf metallic cardstock.

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One more peek… I’m so smitten with this design! Absolutely loving the elegant look of the gold glitter cardstock on the gold leaf metallic cardstock!

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CutCardStock products used:
Classic Crest Baronial Ivory 80# cardstock
Curious Metallic Gold Leaf 92# cardstock
CCS Gold Glitter 74# cardstock
Pop-Tone Wild Cherry 65# cardstock
Basis Green 80# cardstock

Other products used:
Stamps: The Project Bin Merriest Christmas stamp set
Ink: Stampin’ Up Real Red ink
Dies/Punches: Hero Arts Paper Layering Poinsettia die set
Accessories:  Tombo Mono permanent adhesive, Bearly Art precision craft glue, Gemini Junior, MISTI stamp tool, Nuvo Red Berry Crystal Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and you’re inspired to get crafty! Be sure to check out all the awesome cardstock and other goodies at CutCardStock (adhesives, labels, stickers, pens, watercolors and ribbon to name a few). And head on over to the CutCardStock Facebook Page for more inspiration! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Across The Miles

Hi friends! Happy Hump Day – I hope you have a wonderful day! So hard to believe we’re headed into July already! I’ve popped in this morning to share another sample I created for Prickley Pear Stamps! I’m so in love with these stamps and dies – I could play endlessly in my studio, lol! I created a pretty ‘missing you’ shaped card featuring the gorgeous Blue Without You Bluebonnets clear stamp set.

I stamped the bluebonnets in Versamark and heat embossed the image in gold. I pressed blue distress ink onto my glass mat, spritzed a little water on it, and watercolored the bluebonnets. I used the heat tool sporadically to dry the panel before adding more color in spots. I colored the tops of the bluebonnets and the leaves (and the little tiny bee in the upper left!) with Nuvo alcohol markers once the panel was dry.

Keeping the inside very simple, I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set in blue archival ink.

And one more look… loving how the watercoloring looks with the gold embossing!

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock, Canson cold press watercolor paper, GKD Powder Blue cardstock
Stamps: Prickley Pear Stamps Blue Without You Bluebonnets clear stamp set
Ink: Versamark, Ranger stormy sky distress ink, Ranger faded jeans archival ink; Nuvo alcohol markers- 410, 416, 403
Dies/Punches: Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Louise Create-A-Card die set
Accessories:  Tombow Mono permanent adhesive, MISTI stamp tool, Gemini Junior, Ranger super fine detail gold embossing powder, ScraPerfect Perfect Crafting Pouch, Ranger Mini Mister, Niji waterbrush

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project! Be sure to check out all the awesome stamps and dies at Prickley Pear Stamps! If you’d like to save 10% on anything on the site when you shop at Prickley Pear Stamps, use the coupon code LESLIE10 at checkout! Like and follow Prickley Pear Stamps Facebook page to keep up with news and sales, and join Prickley Pear Pals (the fan group) for lots of fun crafty ideas and to share your creativity! Hope to see you there! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Crafters canvas

Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a good day! Our new challenge is live this morning over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog and I’m excited to share my DT inspiration project for MIUCB #39 – Anything Goes + Open Technique! Remember, all of our challenges are ‘anything goes’ and we offer an optional technique twist each month to get your mojo going! This month the twist is an open technique so you can use whatever technique you want for your project but just tell us what it is in your blog post. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten really inky so I created a mixed media canvas for my studio!

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I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun this was! I absolutely love mixed media and don’t do nearly enough of it. This is an 8×8 stretched canvas that I covered with two coats of Gesso. I applied embossing paste over a ruler stencil, and once dry, I added pink, orange, purple and green shimmer sprays which were really vibrant so I spritzed them with water to tone them down a bit. When those inks were dry, I splattered the entire front of the canvas with slightly-watered-down Copic white opaque ink on a fan brush and then stamped with a vertical words stamp set pressed into the Copic white opaque ink, leaving all the stamps on the plastic sheet, which yielded some cool white blotchy (illegible) letters.

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I stamped, colored and fussy cut a pen, bottle of ink, bottle of glue, painter’s palette and brush, and tube of paint. I stamped sentiments in pink and green ink and die cut them – and discovered that those two inks aren’t waterproof… I somehow got a droplet of water on the sentiment stamped in green and was about to re-stamp it when I thought ‘nope, that just adds to the mess’ so I left it alone. I added a twine hanger constructed of three lengths of twine that I knotted every couple inches and attached with a screw on each side of the canvas.

I dug into my crafty stash and found several other items to compliment the stamped images and sentiments. Then the fun began… arranging everything on the canvas! I’m so loving how this turned out and can’t wait to hang it in my studio! Here are a couple more angled shots.

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD White heavy base weight cardstock
Stamps: The Hedgehog Hollow Craft Together, Crafters Embellish and Vertical Words stamp sets
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Bic Mark-It markers- Key Lime, Tiki Hut Tan, Fandango Pink, Sunset Orange, Yellow Blaze, Rambunctious Red, Blue Skies Blue, Cloud Nine Grey, Polynesian Purple, Hot Aqua; Stampin’ Up Old Olive and Melon Mamba; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists- Party Pink, It’s Yellow, It’s Blue, Moss, It’s Orange; Copic white opaque ink, Posca white paint pen
Dies/Punches: Spellbinders A2 Curved Matting Basics B die set, Cottage Cutz Double-Stitched Rectangles die
Accessories:  MISTI stamp tool, Canvas Corp 8×8 stretched canvas, Liquitex Gesso, The Hedgehog Hollow Ruler stencil, Dreamweaver translucent embossing paste, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, Canvas Corp Burlap Flower, buttons and tiny heart charm from stash; 7 Gypsies Architextures Tall Base Chicken Wire, Stash Paque Create Ephemera, Old Scissors and Old Paint Brush Findings; Queen & Co. Baby Beads Toppings, Jute twine

I hope you’ve enjoyed this mixed media canvas and will link up a project with us this month! Use any technique you want but just be sure to tell us what you did in your blog post! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Wishing You A Merry Christmas

Hi everyone! Happy Hump Day – the first half of 2020 is officially over and it’ll be Christmas again before we know it, lol! Our new challenge is live this morning over at Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog and I’m excited to share my DT inspiration for MLCCB #24 – July Anything Christmas Goes! I created a simple vintage Christmas card in pink/red and brown tones and I love how it turned out.

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I have to go through my 6×6 paper pads every so often because I forget what I have. I admit that I’m a paper hoarder so I don’t think that’s uncommon, lol! I found this gorgeous Crafter’s Companion pad and used two coordinating papers along with a glittered die cut to create the focal point. I stamped above and below the strip, and added some Crystal Drops. I layered the panel on kraft paper and then popped it up on a foam layer for some nice dimension.

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I embellished the inside panel with leftover strips of the pink paper used on the front, stamped the rest of the sentiment and added a handmade punched embellishment. I layered the inside panel on the kraft paper as well, which I thought contributed nicely to the vintage look.

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And one more look… a simple card that could easily be mass produced! Love, love, love!

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Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up thick and regular Very Vanilla cardstock, Marco’s Brown Bag cover paper, Core’dinations Glitter Silk, Crafter’s Companion Vintage Christmas Collection
Stamps: Hero Arts Merry Stamp & Cuts
Ink: Stampin’ Up Chocolate Chip ink
Dies/Punches: Hero Arts Merry Stamp & Cuts, Stampin’ Up 1″ and 1-1/4″ circle punches
Accessories:  ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever, MISTI stamp tool, Gemini Junior die cutting machine, Darice burgundy foam, Nuvo Dark Walnut Crystal Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up a Christmas card or project with us this month! The year is half over already so don’t wait to get started! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

“ewe” rock!

Hi everyone! Happy July 1st to you! A new challenge is live this morning at Love To Scrap Challenge Blog and I’m thrilled to share my DT inspiration project for LTSCB #135 – Anything Goes! I created a super cute birthday card using the “ewe rock” Bugaboo Digi Stamps image and sentiment. I absolutely LOVE this image!

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I colored the image with my Studio 71 alcohol markers and cut it with a stitched mini scallop die. I chose blue faux texture paper for the background which I layered on dark gray cardstock to keep with the blue and gray colors in the image. I cut the sentiment in a thin strip and layered it on several more strips of cardstock for dimension, and then adhered it in a diagonal fashion.

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I embellished the inside panel with leftover strips of paper and cardstock used on the front, and stamped the birthday sentiment in black ink.

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One more look… I’m so smitten with this guy! I actually made a second one with a brown sheep and sent him to my musician son for his birthday last week! ;)

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Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Cardstock Warehouse pure white cardstock, GKD white cardstock, The Paper Studio Entirely Textures 2 12×12 paper pad
Stamps: Bugaboo “ewe” rock! digital image and sentiment, Stamp Camp Simple Sentiments 1 stamp set
Ink: Studio 71- C5, C7, C9, Y9, B9, B17; Pentel Slicci Gold and Metallic Blue pens
Dies/Punches: My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle STAX die
Accessories:  ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever, Gemini Junior die cutting machine, MISTI stamp tool, Darice white Foamies foam

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and will link up an ‘anything goes’ project with us this month! We can’t wait to see what you create! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Feel Better Soon

Hi, friends! What does the camel say?! Lol, you know that one! A new challenge is live over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog and I’m thrilled to share my DT inspiration project for LTCCB #48 – July Anything Goes! Those who know me know that I REALLY love fun folds – so I created a pop-up flower pot get well card to showcase this month! I’m proud to say that this design is my own! I did attempt another pop-up flower pot card I found a tutorial on a few months back and let’s just say it didn’t go as planned, lol, so I designed a more sturdy and more simple construction.

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After creating the flower pot which is a ‘box’ design that folds flat, I used two flower punches along with a leaf punch and a variety of bright-colored cardstock to create 13 flowers and leaves. There are 12 flowers for the pot and one for the belly band. I added a green Dot Sparkler to the center of each flower and arranged a panel of six flowers for each side, gluing them down as I went.

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I created two gingham bases with magnets. The flower pot and sentiment are affixed to the main base which folds flat for mailing. The second base is constructed of 110# kraft cardstock and attaches to the main base to hold it open for display.

And here’s one more look with the card folded flat (held with a belly band) ready for mailing. Love how this turned out and will definitely add my template with instructions to the ‘freebies’ section on my blog!

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Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up thick Whisper White cardstock; Stampin’ Up Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Berry Burst, Wild Wasabi, Blueberry Bushel, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, Lovely Lipstick and Watermelon Wonder cardstock; Paper Accents 110# kraft cardstock, Simple Stories Wood & Gingham Basics paper pad
Stamps: The Cat’s Pajamas Simply Stacked Sentiments stamp set
Ink: Stampin’ Up Cajun Craze ink
Dies/Punches: Stampin’ Up Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch and Leaf Punch; Kadomaru Pro corner rounder, My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle STAX die
Accessories:  Best Glue Ever, Stampendous green Dot Sparklers, MISTI stamp tool, Gemini Junior die cutting machine, tiny magnets

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up with us this month! We’d love to see what you’re working on! All challenges are ‘anything goes’ and we welcome all kinds of handmade crafts! Thanks so much for stopping by today and we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

’tis the season

Hi everyone! Hope your week is off to a great start and it’s not too awfully hot where you are! I’m thrilled to be back on the blog today over at The Project Bin with another crafty tutorial! If you’re interested, take a peek at that HERE. I was provided the amazing North Pole stamp set and created a super fun tone-on-tone Christmas card in a non-traditional color – another contribution to “Christmas in June” on the blog. It’s never too early to get started on those Christmas cards or projects!

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This was such an easy design and I had a great time creating the card. Using the circular cluster of snowflakes in the stamp set, I masked off the sentiment in the center of the cluster and stamped snowflakes over the entire front panel, masking other areas of the stamp as needed to fill in blank areas. Lots of masking, lots of stamping and lots of sticky notes used, lol, but definitely worth it! I popped up the panel on foam and then adhered it to the card base. I stamped the front sentiment on a handmade tag and embellished it with a pretty seam binding bow. The finishing touch on the front panel was the addition of gloss white Crystal Drops in the center of each of the large snowflakes, and a few on the tag.

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I stamped the inside sentiment, adhered a narrow strip of cardstock down the left side of the inside panel and layered the panel on the teal cardstock.

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And another peek… super happy with how this turned out! Lots of work but definitely worth it! ;)

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Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Pool Party cardstock, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock
Stamps: The Project Bin North Pole stamp set
Ink: Stampin’ Up Pool Party ink
Dies/Punches: Stampin’ Up Scalloped Tag Topper punch, Kadomaru Pro corner rounder
Accessories:  Bearly Art precision craft glue, 3×3 sticky notes for masking, MISTI stamp tool, Darice Foamies white foam, Really Reasonable Ribbon Bay Leaf seam binding, Nuvo Gloss White Crystal Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and have popped over to see my tutorial on the blog! Be sure to check out all the awesome stamps and dies at The Project Bin, and while you’re at it, head on over to The Project Bin Facebook Page for more inspiration! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Star light, star bright.

Hi friends! A very Happy Monday to you! I’m thrilled to be on the blog today over at The Project Bin with another crafty tutorial! If you’re interested, take a peek at that HERE. We are doing “Christmas in June” on the blog and I created a super fun Christmas card using the Merriest Christmas stamps and dies along with the Summer Fun stamp set from my stash. Christmas stamps and dies paired with a Summer stamp set, you say?! Yep, I used the sun from the Summer Fun stamp set as the bright star! ;)

I created a top fold card base from charcoal gray cardstock to simulate a nighttime scene. I tore three snow banks from linen cardstock and arranged my die cut snowman and trees on the front. I heat embossed the sentiment and the ‘star’ above the die cut elements in white.

I stamped the inside sentiment in black ink and embellished the panel with a strip of red cardstock, and layered the panel on the red cardstock.

And another peek… really loving this little snowman! The sentiments in this set are so awesome!

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD Charcoal Brown and White cardstock, Marco’s White Antique Linen cardstock, Stampin’ Up Cherry Cobbler cardstock
Stamps: The Project Bin Merriest Christmas and Summer Fun stamp sets
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Bic Mark-It markers- Rambunctious Red, Sunset Orange, Oceanview Blue, Woodsy Brown, Forest Green, Key Lime; Versarmark, Posca white paint pen
Dies/Punches: The Project Bin Merriest Christmas dies (included in stamp set)
Accessories:  ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever, Perfect Crafting Pouch and Perfect Cleaning Cloth; MISTI stamp tool, Gemini Junior die cutting machine, Hero Arts White embossing powder

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and have popped over to see my tutorial on the blog! Be sure to check out all the awesome stamps and dies at The Project Bin, and while you’re at it, head on over to The Project Bin Facebook Page for more inspiration! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Beach Critter ATCs

Hi friends! I hope you have a fantastic day and continue staying safe! I’ve stopped in this morning to share another sample I created for Prickley Pear Stamps! These stamps and dies are so awesome to work with and I’m having a blast! I’m a confirmed ATC addict and love creating both cards and coins for my collection! I typically don’t trade them because I don’t want to let go of them, lol! I know… that’s totally wrong, isn’t it?! Bahahaha! Using the Happy Beach Critters clear stamp set along with the coordinating die set, I created a set of five artist trading cards and coins.

I cut the rectangular and circular bases and created the sky on each with a hand-cut cloud template, an ink blending brush and some distress ink. Then I dug into my scrap box and found some kraft cardstock scraps to use for the sand and some blue crinkle paper scraps to use for the water. It’s always a good feeling to use scraps and not have to cut into large pieces of cardstock and paper for small projects. I stamped, colored and die cut all five of the critters in the set, and adhered them to the ATC bases along with sentiments.

One more peek at the set… sure do love how these turned out and I already have them in my collector’s notebook! None of these are going anywhere, lol!

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock, kraft cardstock scraps, blue crinkle paper scraps
Stamps: Prickley Pear Stamps Happy Beach Critters clear stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Ranger tumbled glass distress ink; Nuvo alcohol markers- 373, 374, 375, 427, 413, 415, 417, 479, 404, 466, 489, 389, 391, 393, 379, 441, 430; Posca white paint marker
Dies/Punches: Prickley Pear Stamps Happy Beach Critters die set, Fiskars 2-1/2″ circle punch
Accessories:  Bearly Art precision craft glue, MISTI stamp tool, Gemini Junior, ink blending brush, hand-cut cloud template

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project! Be sure to check out all the awesome I hope you’ve enjoyed this project! Be sure to check out all the awesome stamps and dies at Prickley Pear Stamps! If you’d like to save 10% on anything on the site when you shop at Prickley Pear Stamps, use the coupon code LESLIE10 at checkout! Like and follow Prickley Pear Stamps Facebook page to keep up with news and sales, and join Prickley Pear Pals (the fan group) for lots of fun crafty ideas and to share your creativity! Hope to see you there! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Stopping by to say…

…Hope you have an Amazing Day!
Hi everyone! I really do hope you have an amazing day! I’m back this morning to share another sample I created for Prickley Pear Stamps! I’m having the best time playing with these amazing stamps and dies! I created a fun slimline birthday card using the Happy Beach Critters clear stamp set along with the coordinating die set! Can you say ADORABLE?! 

I don’t build scenes very often but I had plenty of room on this card base for a swimming turtle, a sand-diggin’ crab and a very serious-looking bird. I love the whimsical nature of these critters! I created sand banks with shallow pools of water on the shoreline, a large rippling body of water, and an ink-blended sky. I hand-cut the sun and outlined the rays with a black marker, and drew some birds flying in the distance. 

I continued with the shoreline, body of water and another swimming turtle on the inside, and used a die cut sentiment. 

And one more look… I’m totally loving how this turned out! 

Sharing in the following challenges:
1. Allsorts Challenge Blog: #578 – So Cute
2. Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: #254 – Summer + A Sentiment
3. Di’s Digi Challenge: Summer Fun Challenge
4. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies Challenges: #2025 – Anything Goes
5. Paperbabe Stamps: #122 – Anything Goes
6. Scrapping4fun Challenges: #169 – Anything Goes
7. Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes
8. Sweet Stampers Challenge Blog: Something Beginning with B (beach)
9. The Creative Crafters: #29 – Anything Goes
10. Try It On Tuesday: Create A Scene

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock, CutCardStock Twine and Sandcastle cardstock, The Paper Cut blue crinkle paper, Colorbok yellow cardstock
Stamps: Prickley Pear Stamps Happy Beach Critters clear stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink (pad and marker); Nuvo alcohol markers- 401, 403, 405, 427, 359, 361, 366, 404, 373, 374, 375; Posca white paint marker; Ranger tumbled glass distress ink
Dies/Punches: Prickley Pear Stamps Happy Beach Critters die set, Sizzix Celebration Words: Script die
Accessories:  Tombow Mono permanent adhesive, Bearly Art precision craft glue, MISTI stamp tool, Gemini Junior, ink blending brush, hand-cut cloud template

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project! Be sure to check out all the awesome stamps and dies at Prickley Pear Stamps! If you’d like to save 10% on anything on the site when you shop at Prickley Pear Stamps, use the coupon code LESLIE10 at checkout! Like and follow Prickley Pear Stamps Facebook page to keep up with news and sales, and join Prickley Pear Pals (the fan group) for lots of fun crafty ideas and to share your creativity! Hope to see you there! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig