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On Wednesday it was 40 degrees outside when we woke up.  Now, for a girl who grew up in the mountains of Virginia and routinely spent hours upon hours outside sledding on snow days, 40 degrees is not all that cold.  To me, 40 degrees at 7 AM means i should probably wear jeans and a sweater and it ought to warm up to a nice 60 degrees or so by the middle of the day.  If you listen to my friends and neighbors here in Alabama, you would think the next Ice Age is upon us.  Lots of facebook comments in my news feed about how miserable this weather is and when is springtime coming back.

My son, who like me is relatively unaffected by cold weather, insisted on dressing himself in shorts and a t shirt.  We had a long argument about whether pants and long sleeves might be more appropriate… and I lost.  I tried sending him outside in his shorts well before time to leave for school hoping that he would get cold and change his mind.  Instead he was like “I feel great, Mommy!  Can I ride my bike until it’s time to go?”   You should have seen the looks I got when I dropped him off in the school carline.  I am not going to win the mother of the year award if the preschool staff have anything to say about it.  Hey, at least I convinced him to put a jacket on!

Since everyone else thinks it is so wintry and cold around here, let’s play with snowflake stamps!  Here is a project that my stamp club members got to make this fall:

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  • Don’t you love those realistic-looking snowdrifts?  This takes about 30 seconds to do, seriously.  I just cut two rectangles of Whisper White cardstock to the correct width to fit on the front of the card, and then I tore the top edge of each in a curved shape.  No tools required, I just freehanded it.  Make two different curves so that when you place the pieces on top of one another, you can see one snowdrift in the foreground and another in the background.  Then before adhering these pieces to the front of your card, just get some Soft Sky ink on your sponge dauber and sponge it right onto the torn edge of the cardstock – this goes a long way to provide a little depth to your scene.
  • Using the same color ink as your cardstock for the snowflakes makes for a great subtle background.  I did a very similar version of this card last year with Bashful Blue which retired earlier this year, but I am happy to have replaced it with Soft Sky ink and cardstock for a fresh new look!  I also used the Snowflake Soiree stamp set which is still available for purchase.  It does not have spiffy coordinating framelits that cut them out perfectly, but it IS one of our 25 stamp sets that is on sale for 25% off this week!  If you are looking for a bargain on snowflakes this is a great chance:


If you really really love the Festive Flurry snowflakes that I used on the card shown above, you can save 15% by purchasing the stamp set and coordinating framelits as a bundle!

If you have been contemplating a stamp purchase, TODAY is the best day to do that.  For one day only, everything in the universe has aligned so that you have SO MANY discounts all applicable at the same time:

  1. 25% off 25 stamp sets
  2. Weekly Deals while supplies last – this week the discounted items include the Dress Up Framelits, Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps, a rotary stamp, and Halloween digital downloads.
  3. Thank You Thursday deals – discounts on selected items for one day only (today it happens to be a lot of great Big Shot accessories)
  4. Mystery Hostess drawing – for each $25 you spend on purchases from me now through Monday morning, you will receive one entry into my drawing for FREE HOSTESS BENEFITS.  Who wouldn’t love a little free shopping spree?  If you are shopping online, just use the hostess code YPBWBUFH at checkout to enter the drawing.  You will see a box for the code in the lower left hand corner of your screen after you have placed an item in your shopping cart.  If you’re a local customer just e-mail me your order at stephanie.kokan@gmail.com and you’ll save a little on shipping!  The drawing for hostess benefits will be held at noon central time on October 28th so get your orders in before then!!

Happy stamping!  I’m going out and about with my little boy who decided to dress himself from head to toe in fleece today.  Ha!


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Another beautiful idea to share from my clean and simple card swap last week.  Anita used the Creative Elements stamp set on this one along with some beautiful sponged embossing:


It’s just a single flower, but that one element has so much depth and dimension with the sponging.  Anita stamped the flower image in Rich Razzleberry and then sponged it with the same color ink, leaving the center white but adding more and more ink the closer you get to the outside edge.  Finally, she cut it out using paper snips and adhered it to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals, giving it even more depth.  I had skipped right by this set in the catalog for the past year, but now that I am looking at it more closely, it has a variety of really beautiful images that I really like.

The one image might have looked lost in the middle of a plain white card front, but that framed tulips embossing with ink sponged over it makes a perfect border.  I love it, Anita!


Don’t forget the retired list with all the products that will go away forever on June 3rd (or sooner if they sell out!).  There are hundreds of products on the list, everything from stamps to ribbons to punches to dies for the Big Shot, some discounted 25%, 40%, or even 60% off!  You can shop online anytime HERE.

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