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Friday, July 31, 2009

Time To Go Hunting!

Hunting for Digi Stamps! FREE Digi Stamps!

Creating from the Heart is hosting a Digi Stamp Hunt.Just visit a few blogs and see if you can find it!

Click HERE to get started!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

VIDEOS!!

Just a little insight as to our day to day antics around here. ENJOY!




While you're there, feel free to check out the other videos of Nathan!

Monday, July 27, 2009

We Have a HAPPY WINNER!!!!!

Yup! We have a winner!

First, let me apologize for the lateness of this announcement. Time just got away from me, but there is good news! We have a winner and that is always good news.

So without further delay, the winner of my Happy Blog Hop Prize is MMG!!! Please be sure to E-Mail me ASAP with your mailing information and I will be sure to get your scrappy prize out to you. My email link is off to the right.

Thank you to all of you who participated in this blog hop. I hope you enjoyed your visit to my site and all the others. Feel free to come back any time as there is always something new.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Scrappy Happy People!

You can find more Scrappy Happiness going on at Have Your Way With Paper!! There is an Online Weekend Crop going on RIGHT NOW which includes scrappy and non-scrappy challenges. Drop by for some inspiration, fun, challenges, RAK's and friendship!! It's FREE to register and FREE to have fun!! So, Head on over and check out where all the happiness is coming from!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

FOREVER!

A wedding video you won't soon forget! Remind me to do this at my wedding!

Another Day Gone By

Another, nothing day!

I worked up in Carmel today.
I surfed the web.
I picked Nathan up from school.
I bought him 4 books at his book fair.
We came home to eat McDonald's.
He played the Wii for a while.
I played online for a while.
I put him to bed.
I played online a bit more.
Going to bed.

That about sums is up.

The Happy Blog Hop

I'd like to thank you for hopping over to my blog. By joining in this blog hop, sponsored by Have Your Way With Paper, you will have the opportunity to win several different scrappy prizes! All you have to do is post your answer to a simple question on each blog and you will be entered into a drawing. Entries will be taken until Sunday, 12:00 midnight. Be sure to check beck Monday morning to see who the lucky person is who won! Could be YOU!

Here's what you coudl win!
(Grey velvet Thickers, Heidi Swapp foam stamps, Making Memories black and white 5x7 mat stack, Miss Elizabeth's chipboard letter)

Here's my question for you:
Name 3 things about Summer that make you happy.

Post your answer here and hop on over to Krissy's blog for a chance to win another cool scrappy prize! If you didn't start at the beginning, visit Trisha's Blog.

Don't forget to poke around all these great blogs for some wonderful information, great links, upcoming events, sneak peeks and so much more. Each gal has something different to offer. So, don't forget to check it all out. You never know what you will find!

Want more chances to win this prize?
Follow Me - 1 more chance
Add My Link To Your Blog - 1 more chance


Be sure to post here that you are following me and and if you have linked me to your site (be sure to include your link).
That's THREE chances to win this scrappy prize!!!

Better get to hopping!

Prizes Coming Your Way!

Stay tuned for a very happy blog post - full of chances for lots of scrappy prizes!

And, I will also be offering additional chances to win a great prize!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

FREE THICKERS!!!

Yes, I said FREE!!!!

Check out Erin's Blog, Welcome To My World, and follow her for a chance to win some cool thickers!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Bella Blvd Is Showing Off New Products

Well well well... Monday morning happiness is being brought to you by Bella Blvd! They'd like to formally introduce their 4 new collections being released next week at CHA! They have Super Stud, Flirty, Camped Out and Plastino.

As if that wasn't enough, Bella Blvd is also hosting a great giveaway! Check out the new releases and enter to win some great goodies!

Thanks, Jenny, for posting this!!!

Amber Road Is Hitting The Ground Running!

Pink Paislee has given us a great peek into their new line Amber Road. This line has some great stuff like Autumn Blossom, Apple Cider, Harvest Hayride, Bonfire, Fall Festival. Check them out!

Thanks, Krissy, for posting this on Have Your Way With Paper!

Fancy Pants Has Some Peeks

Fancy Pants has some great new lines. Take a peek at Trick Or Treat, Christmas Magic, New Baby, Dancing Girl, Rough & Tough.

Thanks, Krissy, for posting this on Have Your Way With Paper!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

BoBunny Has Kitchen Spice & Flutter Butter

Oh my goodness! I think I'm in love! These are the coolest and most versatile lines I've seen so far! Check them out!!!!


I HAVE to have these!!!

New Cricut Cartridges Are Arriving SOON!!!

New Cricut cartridges have been announced!!

Check out these amazing new cartridges:
Picturesque


From My Kitchen


Winter Woodlands


Sweethearts


Check out Imagine That for detailed screen prints and more!!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Teach Him To Teach Her

Background: I taught my other dog to sit, stay, lay, etc. by using words and hand motions. that way if I didn't want to tell him to lay, I would just snap my fingers and do the hand motion. It worked great! also, if I asked him to do something and he did something eles, I would take my hand away and say no. This is what we're trying to do with Kanela.

Nathan is telling kanela to LAY and SIT, showing her the treat she will get and then hurling the treat at her head instead of giving it to her. I hope you can follow.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Error Found on A Link

I was recently informed that a link I had for the Cricut Cartridge Rentals was not functional. Thank you, Angie, for the heads up! I corrected the link and you should get to the site just fine.

HERE is the original post with the corrected link.

Shimmerz Are Coming Your Way!

Shimmerz Paints are releasing some new yummy colors just in time for Summer! Just look at their names! Caribbean Sunset Spritz, Tickle Me Turquoise Shimmerz, Jilted Jade Shimmerz and Island Salsa Blingz! Look at these beautiful colors!!

Provided by: Creating From The Heart

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Another Thursday!

I’d say this is just another dull day at work! Nothing special. Although, I was able to get a lot accomplished! It’s amazing what you can do when you get on the internet and surf around for a bit. Too bad, it’s not for work! No, seriously, I DID get a lot accomplished at work, FOR work.

I usually have a 25 minute drive to our Indy location (which is my “home”), but when I have to go up to our Carmel location (every Thursday and the 1st and 3rd Monday), I have a 45 minute drive and it really, really stinx! The traffic isn’t too bad. There’s a lot of it, but it flows pretty well. It’s just a long drive for me. Luckily, it’s all highway. My gas guzzling Endeavor doesn’t like it much, either!

Let’s hope tomorrow is a better day. After all, it’s payday!

FREE Ice Cream Digi Stamp!

Today is Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Day! Keepsakes by Melissa has a FREE Digi Stamp this week! You can have an adorable Ice Cream Cone stamp for free, just click HERE to see a great example of this stamp in use AND to download it for FREE!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Christmas In July?

WeScrap is hosting a Cristmas in July Crop! Click HERE for the initial post at Scrapper Queen.

A Day In "The Tropics"

Capture the essence of playful happiness while living a little on the adventurous side with Prima's newest paper line, "The Tropics." A very fun and colorful line! The Tropics paper designs are PERFECT for cutting out and using as stunning accents! The framed paper design is perfect for displaying a ton of photos...or flair buttons!

To see this great line in action, click HERE!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Another Tuesday Gone By

Well, Tuesday was here and gone!

It started off like any other Tuesday. Nothing special. The day goes on as it always would (although it took a long time to get to 5pm). The highlight of my day finally approaches!

Kindercare (where Nathan goes to "school") was having their 40th Birthday Celebration from 5-7pm tonight! They had a bouncy house, police officer and car, firetrucks (2 of them) and firemen (yay me!!), ball toss (to win fish), door prizes, grand prize, hot dogs, macaroni, chips, lemonade, ice cones, popcorn and lots of heat! We didn't win any of the door prizes, which was fine by me.

Nathan had a blast in the bouncy house and I had a blast watching him. I wish they would have a parents bouncy house hour or something. Now THAT would be fun!

Anyway, we went to look at the firetrucks. I thought it was really cool and interesting, but all Nathan wanted to do was sit in the driver's seat and make the firetruck "fart" by pressing the brake. Of course, the fireman said he was the only kid who did that. Go figure! He kept going in one door and out, then around the truck to get in the other door. Silly child, he is!

We went back to the games and he won two gold fish! Yippee! Yeah, the kind the probably die in a week! Anyway, we headed off to WalMart and got a little fish tank, some rocks, fish food and "toys" for the fishies. He is thrilled. I hope they grow and not die! He named the brown one "Bumblebee" and the orange one "Optimus Prime." Gee can you tell what he's into right now????

We headed home, watched some TV and headed to bed. Let's see if tomorrow will be a good day too.

COPICS Giveaway!

Stampin' Up My Way is celebrating the launch of their 1st Northern Papercraft Retreat by offering this set of 36 Copic markers.

For more information about the retreat click HERE.
For more infomration on how to win this great set of Copics, click HERE.

"Me Likey"

Introducing, the NEW Sassafras Lass Me Likey collection...and let me tell you, "Me Likey!" lol! This is such an adorable line and the online pictures simply do not do it justice. Check it out!

You can also purchase this line straight from Scrap Attack Scrapbooking at a pretty reasonable price!

Take Me Down To "Paradise City"

Prima's Paradise City paper line is filled with rich colors and gorgeous designs. Beautiful bold colors and lovely layers of texture are brought together in this AMAZING design. Paradise City can also evoke a soft, elegant look. How about using the Paradise line for a really fresh, bold look?

To take a peek, click HERE!

Prima Has More Peeks! Indeed!

Indeed is a NEW paper collection filled with soft and delicate butterflies. Layering the papers lends for a gorgeous design, Indeed! Indeed papers are a vision of romance and love. Add a soft brush of paint over the Indeed papers for an custom look!

Click HERE for a peek!!

Cosmo Cricket's "Earth Love" Line

They created a line that honors the planet we all call home. Earth Love™ is just that with adorable mushrooms, whimsical animals and blue skies. So, love your planet by using FSC certified products because without Earth, where would we and our memories be?

Cick HERE for a peek!

American Crafts Has Halloween Products?

They have one last great CHA sneak peek to share with you! It's their first ever Halloween line featuring patterned paper, Flair, Minimarks books, Remarks books, ribbon, vinyl and chipboard House, and glitter Thickers.

Click HERE to see what they've got!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

SUNDAY Happenings

Today was quite busy for us, for once.

We started the day off by going to the fountain at the main entrance to Arbuckle Arces (the nearby park). I took some cute pictures there of Nathan. He decided he wanted to put his feet in the water, so I let him. I thought there was no harm in that. Well, about 5 minutes later, I realized what the harm was! He got off the edge and stood IN the fountain! Yeah, it was kinda deep and his shorts got very very wet! It was so funny!

After that, we headed over to the park. We played for a while. He jumped on the merry go round and had me push him really fast. he tried to jump off when I stopped it, but he fell over upon landing! Well, duh! He was so dizzy! It was hilarious! We then went over to the big slide thing they have. It has all kinds of things that go up and down, sideways, front ways, every ways. He convinced me to go down the tornado slide, which was wet! My shorts were wet in the seat of my pants the whole rest of the time we were there. He made sure he played on everything for a few minutes at least.

Then, we wandered over to the trails. I have never walked the trails before because I never knew they were there. So we walked and walked and walked. I explained what poison ivy was and to stay away. He threw rocks and sticks in the the little creek. We walked for quite a bit. Finally, I realized where we were and cut through so we could finish our walk early. I think I cut about 5 whole minutes off. he he he

We went on over to WalMart from there to get Nathan his blue ice cream (an Icee). He was thrilled. He even got a bag of chips. He drank it all and ate the whole bag. Now, it's lunchtime, so we went to Taco Bell and too it home. Shortly after lunch, i sent Nathan upstairs to take a nap. He did. In my bed. While he was napping, I took advantage of it and finished up some quick pages for my Texas Gals 6x6 album. Yipee!!! It's all done.

So, a bit after Nathan gets up from his nap, we put the hose in his pool to let it fill up. We take a walk around the block with our dog, Kanela. We get back and the pool is overflowing. I leave both him and Kanela outside to enjoy the day and the pool. They both cooled off and had so much fun.

While they were outside playing, I made dinner. Turns out, it was just for me because all Nathan wanted was a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich. Well, he comes in from outside. He takes off his swim trunks and goes upstairs to change. Dinner is over and now we are watching XMen.

WHEW! What a full day!

Friday, July 10, 2009

FRIDAY! FRIDAY! FRIDAY!

Yup, another wonderful Friday has arrived! Anything special today? Nope, not really. I woke up this morning with my little guy next to me and our puppy in between us. I slept thtough 10 minutes of my alarm going off. Fought with Nathan to get dressed. Then I we fought for him to go down stairs. I get attitude from him. So we had to get through that. We get to school and he doesn't want me to leave and throws the biggest hissy fit. I go to work............

My parents are leaving for South Carolina tonight. Mom and Dad have finally decided that if/when they move, it will be to South Carolina. They're going for a week to look around and kind of get a feel for the area. Maybe find a nice town near the wodded areas and go from there. If all goes well, maybe even find a house up for sale and put in a bid. Now, for some odd reason, Mom thinks something may happen to the house. Now, since the women in our family tend to have a sixth sense of sorts (premonition - for real), she asked the neighbor across the street to keep and eye out and to call 9-1-1 if there was anything odd going on. I'm sure nothing will happen to the house, but always better to be safe than sorry. I hope they have a good and productive trip!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Tuesday, Tuesday...

Another Tuesday gone by. Another normal regular day of nothing gone by. I do have to say, though, I was able to update one of my blogs! That makes me happy. I have 4 blogs including this one and I tend to let the three go while I concentrate on The Scrapbook Speedway. I told myself I was going to try and update the other's at least once per week. So, I did!

Later tonight, I'm going to try to get one more Texas layout completed. I'm also going to try to jump around some blogs and see if there's anything interesting going on. You know, something I want to participate in to get a RAK or maybe a new sketch or a new product. Just anything interesting.

I'll pop on and letcha know what I find. 'Till then, have a great one!

Monday, July 6, 2009

More Prima Peeks!!

Prima is wrapping up their first reveal of new products. Stay tuned as they WILL have more to share later.

To see the new Gallery Roses, Prima Laces, Camelot Roses, Mulberry Rose Leaves, Say It In Stud Centers, Prima's Pearl and Crystal Swirls and Say It In Pearls Corners click HERE and you will be redirected to Prima's blog.

Cuttlebug Giveaway

Wowzers! What a great giveaway! Creating From the Heart is giving away a great prize.
A brand new Cuttlebug Machine to 1 lucky winner! I will also throw in some Embossing folders and some Die Cutting folders too! And if we reach 250 comments, I may just throw in lots more goodies! So stay tuned for that! Here's all you have to do!!

Click HERE to find out what little you have to do to be entered into their drawing!

Pink Paislee has New Stuff!

If you don’t already know Pink Paislee releases new products twice a year in conjunction with the Craft & Hobby Show schedule. This means we develop over 100 products for the craft and hobby market in a 12 month period. The funny thing is we always have more product ideas than we can physically develop so it is never a boring job!! The next CHA show is July 28th and that means we will reveal four new collections to retail store owners in just a few weeks.

The new lines include Amber Road, Twilight, Mistletoe & Co., and Cupid. If you want a glimpse into these new lines, click HERE and you will be routed to Pink Paislee's blog.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Kit Kat & M&M's Cake

Yes! You heard me right!! A Kit Kat and M&M cake!!


Wanna know the secret? Follow the link to Paige's Pantry to get the full recipe. I know this is a cake I wanna try (to eat)!!!

FREE Hugs!

Sometimes, a hug is all what we need.

Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, A man whos sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives.

In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal.

As this symbol of human hope spread accross the city, police and officials ordered the Free Hugs campaign BANNED. What we then witness is the true spirit of humanity come together in what can only be described as awe inspiring.

In the Spirit of the free hugs campaign, PASS THIS TO A FRIEND and HUG A STRANGER! After all, If you can reach just one person, isn't it worth it?


How it all started:


I'd been living in London when my world turned upside down and I'd had to come home. By the time my plane landed back in Sydney, all I had left was a carry on bag full of clothes and a world of troubles. No one to welcome me back, no place to call home. I was a tourist in my hometown.

Standing there in the arrivals terminal, watching other passengers meeting their waiting friends and family, with open arms and smiling faces, hugging and laughing together, I wanted someone out there to be waiting for me. To be happy to see me. To smile at me. To hug me.

So I got some cardboard and a marker and made a sign. I found the busiest pedestrian intersection in the city and held that sign aloft, with the words "Free Hugs" on both sides.

And for 15 minutes, people just stared right through me. The first person who stopped, tapped me on the shoulder and told me how her dog had just died that morning. How that morning had been the one year anniversary of her only daughter dying in a car accident. How what she needed now, when she felt most alone in the world, was a hug. I got down on one knee, we put our arms around each other and when we parted, she was smiling.

Everyone has problems and for sure mine haven't compared. But to see someone who was once frowning, smile even for a moment, is worth it every time.


Why Did it get banned?

Public liability fear and red tape. But its all okay now! Make sure tocheck your local laws before embarking on your Hugathon!

Submitted by: Josie at Have Your Way With Paper

Crafts, Crafts & More Crafts!

In seraching through Blogger, I found this great site, Crafty This And That which has lots of different kinds of crafts. From cookies, to scrap pages, to recycling items and so much more!

Take a peek and check out the Pop Tab Bracelet, CD Album, Altered Records, Altered Keys, Altered Tobacco Tins, Bookmarks, Angel Pins and so much more!!!

More Prima Sneak Peeks

Check out all these new items! Click HERE for more details and pix!

Indeed Paper Collection
Soft and delicate gardens of butterflies capture the essence of that fairytale ending that we always yearn for...

Essential 7 Flowers
Gorgeous mulberry flowers made to perfectly match our fresh paper collections...

Say It In Pearls Butterfly Swirls
Soft and delicate pearl swirls featuring a fluttering butterfly...available in six beautiful color combinations.

Say It In Pearls Borders
Sweet pearls in swirl, floral, butterfly and border shapes for a custom touch on all your projects...available in six delightful shape/color combinations.

Homespun Elegance Flowers
Stunning flowers with tons of textural interest...from the burlap-like petals...to the matching laces....to the dimensional centers and wire rhinestone beads...available in four exquisite colors.

Homespun Bittles Flowers
Burlap-inspired flowers complete with fabulous centers...available in six handsome collections.

Jewel Box Flowers
Gorgeous lace-filled flowers complete with faux pearl and jeweled centers ...available in three delicate color collections.

Tiffany Petals
Glitzy fabric mesh flowers with a sparkling silver metallic finish...three shimmery color combinations available.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

July Sketches

Here is my July sketch!

Feel free to turn, twist and flip this sketch around. Use it to your preferences. After all, a sketch is JUST a starting point.

Use the sketch and email me your creations. I will be thrilled to post your work on my blog. Don't forget to include the product names and your blog/website as well.

Just as a little incentive, I've also decided to include a little RAK. I will place your name into a drawing for every LO created from this sketch. So get your thinking caps on and get to scrappin' ladies!

I look forward to seeing some great works of art!

HYWWP July '09 Newsletter

Hello, July!!

Where did June go?! This summer is already flying right past us! Whether you are diving into the pool, away on vacation, or simply staying inside under the AC...hopefully you are finding plenty of scrappy time!

This weekend, we celebrate Independence Day here in the U.S. How blessed we are to have such a free country! What are your plans for this weekend? Don't forget your camera!

You will see a proud display of our American pride over at Have Your Way With Paper right now. Everyone is uploading a patriotic avatar, and there is red, white, and blue all over the place! Come join us and proudly display your love and pride in your country by uploading your own patriotic avatar today! :)

And don't forget to check out the "Patriotic Gallery Inspiration" section of this newsletter to gain some inspiration for those 4th of July pages!


Sponsor of the Month

Since 1994, Stampington & Company of Laguna Hills, California, has been a leading source of information and inspiration for arts and crafts lovers around the world.

Launched with a small line of rubber stamps by President and Publisher Kellene Giloff, the company has since expanded to include more than 1,500 stamp images and best-selling publications, including The Stampers’ Sampler, Somerset Studio, Belle Armoire, Somerset Memories (formerly Legacy), Art Doll Quarterly, and Take Ten.

Known for stunning full-color photography and step-by-step instructions, Stampington & Company’s publications provide a forum for both professional artists and hobbyists to share their beautiful handmade creations with one another.

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Check out the message board and gallery to see what our Design Team creates with these wonderful products!


The Queen is Turning 60!
And she requests your presence on the message board to help her celebrate!

Our Queen of HYWWP, Rosemary, is turning 60 this month, and to kick this month off with a bang, she is issuing fun challenges for us all. But that's not all...every challenge you complete provides you with the opportunity of winning a RAK (random act of kindness) from Ms. Roe! She decided to celebrate her birthday by giving back to the members of our online family...how cool is that?!

We love you, Roe, and love that we get to celebrate this milestone birthday with you. You are so special to us, and you truly are our "Queen." Happy Birthday, sweet lady!

It's Par-tay Time!!!!!!!!!!!


July Spotlight Member of the Month: Robin Bullock
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Robin is a genuine and well loved member of our wonderful online community! Her sweet sincerity is something you will notice right away, and boy can she make some pretty 2-pagers! We are blessed to showcase her as our Spotlight Member of the Month! To learn more about Robin, you'll have to register on Have Your Way With Paper and visit the message board Spotlight Member Forum.



NEW feature at HYWWP! Guest Design Team Member!

Guest Designer for July, August, & September is.....RITA!
That's right! We have a fun new feature at HYWWP! For 3-month terms, we will be searching for Guest Design Team Members starting THIS month! Our guest DT members will receive products each month during their term and will be required to make a least 2 creations a month with those products. Guest DT members will be required to be active in our forums and in our gallery. There was no call this first time, but be on the look out in future months because we will be holding a contest or a call for our next Guest DT member! We would love to see what you have to offer, so get those layouts and projects ready! Our first call will be held in September!

For July through September, our own Ms. Rita will be our first Guest DT member! Rita is sure to inspire you all with her adorable layouts and projects.

If you are interested in being a future Guest DT Member, please join the message board today and start posting. Participation is a key factor in our decision in choosing a Guest DT!


Ongoing Challenges for July!
WOW, do we have a ton going on this month! Come on over to the message board and check out the ongoing list of challenges: Click Here


Patriotic Gallery Inspiration

"It's a Grand Ole Flag" by Erin


"Fun on the Fourth" by Jenny


"4th of July" by Wendi


"Royal Fireworks" by Robin


"July 4th" by Trisha


Sketch of the Month

This month's sketch is brought to you by one of our very talented Design Team members, Trisha! Trisha has shared some awesome sketches with us that she has created, and here is one she wanted to share for this month.

We'd love to see your creations based on this sketch...please upload to our gallery or on the message board to show us what you've done. Enjoy!


Don't forget to check out our Online Gallery for lots of inspiration and great projects!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Monthly Kits

I will have a list of links on the right for MONTHLY KITS. I will only have a few to start, but the list will continue to grow.

Please, feel free to email me any suggestions. If you have used one of these companies for yourself in the past or are currently using them, leave our comment on this post and let everyone know what you think. This will help others decide which kit club they would like to be a part of.

Also, If you make a LO using one of these kit club shipments, send me your LO, the kit club company name and the kit name used. I will be happy to post your work here. Also, be sure to include your name and link to your blog/webiste.

Thanks and enjoy the links!

Prima Lets Us Take a Peek

Evelyn Centers, Raja Centers, Holiday Lights Glitter Spray, Vintage Sprites, Bright Sprites, The Tropics Paper Collection and The Animal Bash Paper Collection can all be found HERE.

Blue Skies

We've got a HUGE release for the upcoming CHA trade show and it's finally time to start sharing! Keep checking back through the end of next week to see what we've got in store for you.

First up is a new line called Blue Skies. It's a simple, nature-inspired line featuring patterned paper, Flair, Minimarks sheets, Remarks sheets, ribbon, stamps, assorted Elements, fleece and glitter House, and foam and fabric Thickers.

Here's a peek at products from Blue Skies...