Retired Accessories List is Here!

Be sure to check out the newly released Retired Accessories List for some great deals! But don’t delay because they won’t last long. There are some awesome markdowns so grab your credit card and get them before they are gone!  If you would like me to send you a PDF file of the list, please comment with your e-mail and I would be happy to do so.

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Published in: on April 25, 2012 at 10:44 am  Leave a Comment  
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Mocha Morning Continues!

Here are some more projects using the Mocha Morning Speciality DSP. What’s so special about a specialty DSP you say? Well, usually there are one or two sheets that have something special about them like flocking, raised images, glitter, etc. Mocha Morning has two different sheets that have beatiful black flocking on them so I thought I would show you two cards that have this feature. Here’s a close up pic of the flocking and the little embossed butterfly. Another Mocha Morning card with that specialty flocking on it is this one with a favorite saying from the “Style Beautiful” stamp set. That wording says it all. These two cards are also easy and quick to make but pack a punch in the style arena.

Supplies: Card 1 – Stamp Set: Word Play; Cardstock: Crumb Cake Plain and Textured, Whisper White, and Basic Black; DSP: Mocha Morning Specialty; Ink: Basic Black; Accessories:  5/8″ Basic Black Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Labels Collection Framelits Dies, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, and Basic Pearls. Card 2 – Stamp Set:  Style Beautiful; Cardstock:  Basic Black and Whisper White; Ink:  Basic Black; Accessories:  Whisper White 5/8″ Organza Ribbon.

Thanks from Toby

Its been a few weeks since we laid our Toby to rest. He was such a beautiful dog that I wanted him to be the focal point on the card so all I added was just a simple linen thread bow and some brads to embellish. I gave this card to our vets, Dr. Harris and Dr. Kerns at Midshore Veterinary Service, to thank them for their friendship, care and support over the last seven years.  Toby was so protective of me each time we went to the vet’s and would sometimes growl at the staff that I often had to leave the exam room so they could work with him. But they always came out with a smile saying what a great and loyal dog he was to me. One of the things my husband will miss as Spring rolls around is his golf ball chaser. Toby loved to go over to the field with him while he practiced his swing and would bring back his balls for him. We keep looking to see him everywhere in the house as he was constantly under foot and following us from room to room. I can’t tell you how many times my husband and I tripped over him, especially getting out of the bed in the middle of the night. We never knew which side he was going to sleep on as it seemed he rotated sides torn between having to make the decision between the two of us. He was a extremely faithful and we love and miss him dearly.

Published in: on March 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm  Comments (10)  
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Twitterpated Dare to Dream!

Remember in the Bambi movie, when all the animals in the forest became twitterpated, well that’s the way I feel about Stampin’ Up’s new Twitterpated Designer Series Paper from the new Mini Occasions Catalog! So much in love with it that I had to create something fun and creative for one of my upcoming classes entitled “Dare to Dream”.  I love all sides of the double-sided paper and had a hard time trying to decide which ones to use because I wanted to feature them all, but I had to draw the line somewhere. Some of the other items from the new Occasions Catalog are the Elegant Bird and Designer Rosette Bigz Dies, along with the wording from Loving Thoughts, the flowers from Bordering on Romance and the banner from Take it to Heart.  All that beautiful DSP was applied to Stampin’ Up!’s Decor Blocks. The application was very easy – just used a glue stick. I was able to hammer a screwdriver in the tops of the blocks easily to insert my Lollipop Sticks which were wrapped in Sticky Strip in a candy stripe pattern and then applied Dazzling Diamonds glitter to them to dress them up a bit. It might be hard to see in the picture, but they do dazzle in person. The Lollipop Sticks are kept in place with just a mini glue dot on the tip before insertion in the block.  If you would like to make one of these creative displays, I will be offering two classes in my home studio on March 8, 2012 – one at 10:00 am and the other at 6:00 pm.  The cost is $20.00 and you must RSVP and prepay by March 1.  See you in class!

Take it to Heart

I’m back! I never did find my old camera so I finally had to buy a new one and now I have lots of projects to share!  This project was a gift for my hair dresser, Ashleigh, at West Wing Salon. She’s such a sweetie! I am meeting with her and her mom Friday evening to plan her wedding invitations. I can’t wait. She has a tight wedding budget, so I told her how she could save money on her invites. She’s planning on having a workshop with all the ladies in her family and her bridal party to earn all the products she needs to make her invitations with. Then I will show her how to make them and she will save herself oodles of money and will have the great memory of making the invites herself.

So this is the cute jar of goodies I gave her this morning – just in time for Valentine’s Day! I used the “Take It to Heart” stamp set featured in the new Mini Occasions Catalog as well as the Hearts Collection Framelits. Love the framelits – they are thin, wafer-like dies that perfectly cut out my stamped image of the boy and girl on the bicycle. There are 6 different sizes of hearts. The jar I used is a Collection Elite mini Ball jar that I purchased at the Big “W” and filled with yummy gummy heart candy I got from my local Amish Market. Wow, if you ever want to see a collection of candy you’ve got to go there!

Since the Ball jar lids are in two pieces. I put a couple of mini glue dots between the twist frame and the lid to hold it together. I then ran a length of Sticky Strip around the top edge of the lid and then ruffled my satin ribbon around the top as shown in the next picture, pinch pleating as I rounded the jar. I added some doubled up Dimensionals to the center of the lid.  The Dimensionals will keep the top cover that I will apply in the center level with the ribbon around the edge.

 I then used the #2 Circle Scallops Die and Real Red CS to cut a top for my jar. It fit perfectly!  I then stamped my main image in Real Red Ink and used the Framelit Die to cut out my image. The small assorted hearts are cut from the new Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die.

Do you like my perfect bow? Well, I learned a trick at Leadership Conference I will share with you later this week. I’ll never freehand another bow again!

Here’s an even better close up of the top of the jar.

 

Supplies: Stamp Set: Take it To Heart; Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White and Pretty in Pink; Ink: Real Red; Accessories: Big Shot, Hearts Collection Framelits Dies, Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die; #2 Circle Scallop Die, Dimensionals, 5/8″ Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon, Sticky Strip; Non-Stampin’ Up! Supplies: Elite Collection Ball Jars and Candy.

Come to Bethlehem

I’m working into the wee hours at my Stamp/Scrap Retreat on next week’s Holiday Stamp A Stack cards and here is one of the cards which will be featured in that class. The “Come to Bethlehem”stamp set features the Three Wise Men as they are guided by a star to the New Born King. Perfect Plum along with our Brushed Gold Cardstock makes for sheer elegance and is definitely fit for a king! I love our Brushed Gold Cardstock because the color is throughout the paper even when cut – no white edges showing on this paper. The main image and the saying is stamped with Versamark Ink and embossed with Stampin’ Up!’s new Pewter Embossing Powder featured in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  I thought the right side of the card was looking alittle bare so I added the gold on gold strip which has been punched with the Scallop Trim Border punch and then finished off that corner with some Basic Pearls.  My last two Holiday Card Stamp A Stacks will be held on November 17 and 22 from 6-10 p.m.  See you there!

Supplies:  Stamp Set: Come to Bethlehem; Cardstock:  Perfect Plum, Brushed Gold, and Whisper White; Ink:  Perfect Plum and Versamark; Accessories:  Decorative Label Punch, Modern Label Punch, Basic Pearls, Mini Glue Dots, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Perfect Plum 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, 5/8″ Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Pewter Embossing Powder, and Heat Embossing Gun.

Published in: on November 12, 2011 at 2:03 am  Leave a Comment  
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Asheville, NC Stamp/Scrap Retreat

I finally arrived at my Stamp/Scrap Retreat yesterday afternoon. I flew into the Greenville/ Spartansburg Airport in South Carolina and then rented a car to carry me and all my STUFF to the Ridgecrest Retreat Center in Asheville, NC. The drive to the retreat center was beautiful with all the changing foliage along the way. I managed to squeeze my clothing and all my supplies into two large suitcases and one small carry-on.  All arrived safely without incidence, except for a brief inspection of one of my suitcases by the TSA as indicated by this tag. They were probably wondering what all those scissors and blades were doing in there. LOL!  I have been having alot of fun meeting new friends, sharing ideas and attending classes.

I’ve included some of the projects I’ve been working on so far – holiday gift tags using the Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper and a gift card that will be offered  in my Holiday Gift Card Stamp a Stack on December 8 and 15 from 6-10 p.m. Take one class or both. Cost is $20.00 for each class. This gift card holder is perfect for the men in your life. Very manly with the woodgrain paper from the Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper pack along with the stately deer from the Winter Post stamp set. When open, the gift card sits in a pocket on the left and your word saying is on a small card to the right.

Will try to post again later tonight with more projects from my retreat. Thanks for checking in with me!

Tag Supplies:  Stamp Sets:  Bright Hopes, Winter Post, Tags Til Christmas and Short & Sweet; Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Marina Mist, and More Mustard; Ink:  Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler; DSP:  Letters to Santa; Accessories: Big Shot, Two Tags Die, Punches: Extra Large Oval, Boho Blossom, Decorative Label, 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle, 1/8″, 1-1/4″ & 1-3/8″ Circles and Postage Stamp, Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso Quilted Satin Ribbon, Chantilly Crochet Trim, Basic Pearls, Linen Thread, Rhinestones, Sponge Daubers, Distressing Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Manly Gift Card:  Stamp Set:  Winter Post and Christmas Greetings; Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler and Winter White; Ink:  Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso; DSP:  Frostwood Lodge; Accessories:  Extra Large Oval Punch, Early Espresso 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Early Espresso Quilted Satin Ribbon, Big Shot, Petals A Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stampin’ Dimensionals and Sponge Dauber.

Dinoraur ABC’s

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My grandson, Andrew, is learning his ABC’s now, so I thought I would combine some of his favorite things, dinosaurs, with some ABC cards to encourage him to learn them. I absolutely love the way it turned out and I hope he likes it as well.  I’ll be babysitting him while his parents attend the Marine Corps Ball this evening, so we’ll be practicing while they are gone.

The letters on the cover of the Dino Packet were made using my Big Shot and the Timeless Type Medium Sizzlits Die. And, when I made each alphabet page, I used the Big Shot again with the Serif Essentials Alphabet Bigz Die. I created the camouflage effect by cutting random pieces of River Rock cardstock and adhering it on to Always Artichoke cardstock and then running each square through my Big Shot in the Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to embed them into each other.  I then stamped each dinosaur from Stampin’ Up!’s Dinoraur stamp set using Stazon Black Ink and watercolored them with my Aqua Painter using River Rock and Always Artichoke Ink.  I added two of the dinosaur cards to the front of the pack and two to the backside sandwiching the ABC’s in between. Let me know what you think!

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Dinoraur; Cardstock:  Always Artichoke, River Rock & Whisper White; Ink:  Black Stazon, River Rock and Always Artichoke; Markers: Always Artichoke; Accessories:  Big Shot, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Serif Essentials Alphabet Bigz Die, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlits Die, Small Heart Punch, 3/16″ Corner Rounder Punch; 3/8″ Artichoke Denim Jean Ribbon; Aqua Painter, Stampin’ Sponges, Non-Stampin’ Up! Items: Gold Ring and Mini Clear Bookmark Covers.

Bon Voyage!

My friend, Lynne, had a surprise Bon Voyage party for her daughter, Heather, who is going away to school in England for a semester.  I volunteered to make the banner for her party – such an exciting event for Heather who is pictured here with the Banner. You can see by her smile how excited she must be!  Some of the items I used on the banner were pulled from my stash of retired Stampin’ Up! product, but can easily be switched out for new items.  Lynne described the colors her daughter would like beforehand and they were a great match:  Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery and Regal Rose.  It matched so perfectly with the home decor!  Here is another straight on pic of the Banner.  And another pic of Heather with her mom at the airport.  Safe travels Heather, study hard and have fun in England!

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Best Friends Forever; Cardstock:  Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery (textured), and Regal Rose; Ink:  Certainly Celery; Accessories:  Big Shot, Bigz Die – Serif Essentials Alphabet, Bigz Die Oval Scallop Frame, Bigz XL Pennant Die (retired), Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets (retired), Sweet Stitches Brads (retired); Crop-A-Dile, and Old Olive Organdy Ribbon (retired).

Published in: on September 13, 2011 at 8:00 am  Comments (3)  
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I Prefer Treats over Tricks!

I love Halloween! In fact, my daughter, Lindsey, was born on Halloween and was definitely my treat that year.  Since then we have had many halloween birthday parties but one in particular I remember making a paper mache bat pinata.  It had so much glue in it no one could break the pinata. LOL! One of the dads ended up having to break it open so the kids could get to the candy. A little disappointing to the kids, but my daughter and I sure had fun making our first pinata together. Lesson learned – less glue!

I made this cute little treat box for a shoebox swap I attended yesterday with some other ladies from my upline and sideline.  However, you can make it too if you attend my Fall Stamp Camp on Saturday, October 8 from 2-6 p.m.  I’ll have three other fun fall projects as well for $15.00.  Check out the details of my Fall Stamp Camp on my demonstrator website events calendar at www.sherahlweadon.stampinup.net soon!

I used Stampin’ Up!’s new Kraft Gift boxes for the base of my project. These are a deal at 4 boxes for only $2.95. I used the Pick Your Poison Designer Series Paper pack to decorate all sides and inside the top lid.  I then stamped my pumpkins using the Jack of All Trades stamp set. Love that witch hat and rhinestone bling for his eyes!

Supplies:  Stamp Sets:  Jack of All Trades, Piece of Poison, and Got Treats; Cardstock: Very Vanilla and Basic Black; Designer Series Paper:  Pick Your Poison; Ink:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, and Old Olive; Accessories:  Large and Small Tag Punches, Kraft Gift Boxes, 1/8″ Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, 1/2″ Basic Black Scallop Dots Ribbon, Sticky Strip, Basic Rhinestones, Medium Flat Cellow Bags, Linen Thread, Paper Piercing Tool or 1/16″ Circle Punch, Halloween Candy and Lollipop Sticks.

Holiday Goodies are in the House!

My Holiday Open House will be held on September 17 and 18 – two whole days for you to check out new products from the Holiday Mini Catalog!   Its from 10 am to 6 pm both days.  I’ll have a display of projects using new products such as this one shown here.  It’s from the stamp set “Snow Much Fun” and features that luscious Very Vanilla velvet ribbon and Spice Cake designer series paper and buttons. And click on the photo to enlarge the photo and check out how those Basic Pearls look like they are tiny glass balls suspended on the Christmas tree!   It’s not your typical Christmas card but I love the pearls, paper and buttons. If you are into the more traditional Christmas cards there are also other new designer series papers for that as well such as Frostwood Lodge and Holly Berry Bouquet.

You’ll also be able to sign up for product shares and my holiday classes I will be offering this fall.  There will be giveaways all weekend so you won’t want to miss out. Earn Sherindipity Dollars for any new catalog purchases you make at my Open House and use later towards all your holiday wish list items. Attend my Open House and find out all the details. I will also pick a mystery hostess from all purchases made during my Open House and that person will be able to choose free product from either new catalog. Light refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP by September 15!

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Snow Much Fun; Cardstock:  Soft Suede, Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, and More Mustard; Ink:  Soft Suede; Marker:  Pool Party and More Mustard; DSP:  Spice Cake; Accessories:  Linen Thread, 3/8″ Velvet Stitched Ribbon, Basic Pearls, More Mustard Flower Brad, Spice Cake Designer Button, 1-1/4″ Circle Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Snow Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Big Shot, and Paper Snips.

All Buttoned Up!

This Button Jar Pin Cushion is a project that I did with my downline back in the Spring to showcase Stampin’ Up!’s lovely Designer Fabrics.  They are all very high quality fabrics and share our beautiful cardstock colors in them.  This particular fabric is from the Springtime Vintage collection.  The fabric is 100% cotton and each box includes three coordinated designs in an extra-wide fat quarter size – each piece is approximately 27″ x 18″ and sells for $9.95.  If you are a quilter or sew, you can use these fabrics along with our Big Shot and selected dies to cut your fabric with ease. Check the fabrics out on page 196 of the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog and you will be able to choose from new holiday fabrics in the Holiday Mini Catalog as well which goes live on September 1.  These would make great gifts for your quilting and sewing friends!

Supplies:  Stamp Set:  Tiny Tags; Cardstock: Old Olive, Whisper White and Rose Red; Ink:  Rose Red and Old Olive; Designer Fabric:  Springtime Vintage; Accessories:  Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Sponge, Dimensionals, Linen Thread, Small Heart Punch, Large and Extra Large Tag Punches, Ball Jars (available in your local big box store) and Crushed Walnut Shells for the pin cushion (available at your local pet store – they are used to line the bottom of bird cages, but also keep your pins sharp when you insert them into the pin cushion).  The following items are retired but can be easily switched out for products currently available in the catalog: 1/8″ Pink Pirouette Taffeta Ribbon; 5/8″ Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Night of Navy Designer Button.

Ronald McDonald House Charity – Turtle and Co. – Stamp A Stack Class

Here are the cards for my Ronald McDonald House Stamp-A-Stack class this Thursday.  If you are interested, there are still spaces available.  RSVP no later than Wednesday morning, 8/24 at 10:00 a.m.

Come on out and Stamp a Stack of 16 cards, 4 cards of 4 different designs using Stampin’ Up!’s new “Turtle & Co.” featured on page 16 of the new 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog. Each year, Stampin’ Up! designs an exclusive stamp set to help raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). They also donate $3.00 from every purchase of this set to RMHC.  Over $1,000,000 has been raised to date!

Order the stamp set during class – $19.95 (w) / $14.95 (c) and receive a $5.00 coupon good towards selected Christmas Club classes available this Fall.  Bring a new friend to this class and you will receive an additional $5.00 coupon and your friend will receive one as well.

Customer Fee:  $15.00 (includes cards and envelopes)
Demo Fee:  $7.50 (cards only)

Supplies:

Card 1 – Stamp Set:  Turtle & Co.; Cardstock:  Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight, Indigo Island, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red; Ink: Basic Black and Riding Hood Red; Markers:  Lucky Limeade and Pool Party; Accessories: Big Shot, Extended Cutting Pads, Textured Impressions Stripe Embossing Folder, Bigz XL Tasteful Trim Die, 3/8″ Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, Wiggly Eyes.

Card 2 – Stamp Set:  Turtle & Co. and Perfectly Penned; Cardstock: Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White and Riding Hood Red; Ink:  Lucky Limeade; Accessories:  Big Shot, Textured Impressions Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, 1/8″ Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon, 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch, 1-1/4″ and 1-3/8″ Circle Punches.

Card 3 – Stamp Set:  Turtle & Co., Cardstock:  Whisper White, Island Indigo, Riding Hood Red, Lucky Limeade and Daffodil Delight; Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Basic Black and Riding Hood Red; Markers: Riding Hood Red, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party and Daffodil Delight; Accessories:  Big Shot, Textured Impressions Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Small Heart Punch and Dimensionals.

Card 4 – Stamp Set:  Turtle & Co. and Pennant Parade; Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade and Daffodil Delight; Ink:  Lucky Limeade and Riding Hood Red; Accessories:  Big Shot, Textured Impressions Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Boho Blossom Punch, 1-1/4″ and 1-3/8″ Circle Punches, Petite Pennants Builder Punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, and Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (Circle).

REMINDER:  If you have not already done so, please leave a comment on my Blog Candy Posting from August 18, 2011. We’re almost to the 10,000th hit on my blog, so please share my blog with your friends and fellow papercrafters. Can’t wait to give away this yummy blog candy!

Angry Bird!

During a recent visit to my house, my 7 year old great niece, Wynnie, was constantly playing Angry Birds on her Grandmother’s cell phone.  Of course, my brain got to whirring and I decided to try and create a “Red Bird” that she could hold.  She anxiously waited as I worked my magic on paper giving me little directions here and there on how it should look.   Well she loved it when I was finished.  She now wants me to make all of the birds for her.  I don’t have a whole lot of free time to play Angry Birds so I’m not quite sure what the rest of the birds look like. I understand there are pigs as well?!  Will have to do some Googling… but in the meantime here is “Red Bird”.

I used the triangle box tutorial on the Splitcoaststampers’ website to make the triangle box.  The only thing I changed is the size of the cardstock base. I started with a 4-1/4″ x 11″ piece of cardstock.  I freehanded the eyes by punching them from Whisper White CS using the Extra Large Oval punch – then cut the oval in half. I then adhered them side by side at an angle on Basic Black CS.  I then trimmed around the eyes and went up and cut the eyebrows. The black is all one piece and the centers of the eyes are punched using the 1/2″ Circle Punch.  Here is the link to the tutorial:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/trianglebox/

Supplies:  Cardstock:  Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, and Basic Black; Accessories:  Extra Large Oval Punch, 1/2″ Circle Punch, Sticky Strip, Paper Snips.

Published in: on August 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm  Comments (4)  
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Candy by the Inch!

8 Inches of yummy candy that is! Stampin’ Up!’s new 1″x8″ Cellophane Bags are great for showcasing small candy or even pencils for any holiday. I’ve filled my Halloween goody bags with m&m’s and Juju candy corn.  Can you image the expressions on the kid’s faces when they come trick or treating at your house this year?  You’ll be able to find the cellophane bags in the new Holiday Mini.  There are 50 in a package for $2.50!  The stamped images are from the new stamp set called Spooky Bingo Bits and you can find it in the new 2011-2012 IB&C. I’ve added a bit of ribbon to finish off each of the toppers.

Supplies:  Stamp Set: Spooky Bingo Bits; Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight; Ink:  Basic Black; Markers:  Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight; Accessories:  1″x8″ Cellophane Bags, Circle Punches:  1-1/4″ and 1-3/8″ and Scallop Circle Punch, 1/8″ Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, 1/4″ Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon and assorted Candies of course!

Published in: on August 19, 2011 at 8:00 am  Comments (2)  
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