October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

I have always wanted to try the Cracked Glass technique and I was so happy that I had all of the supplies I needed at home. I am very new to heat embossing. I just got my heat gun a few months ago and just last month I got the Glassy Glaze Embossing Powder. I can only say Wow! What a neat effect. If you don't know the technique, here is a link to the tutorial. As I'm planning my next 6 months of classes this is definitely going to be one of my technique classes. I had so much fun learning this technique and the possibilities are endless.

I started with a Really Rust base and layered it with a piece of Apple Cider Designer Series Paper. All of my matted images are matted on Really Rust as well. The smaller piece of designer series paper is from the Baroque Backgrounds. I thought I had grabbed another piece of Apple Cider paper, but decided to mix and match. Why not try something new along with the new technique I learned.

For the cracked glass layer I stamped images from Autumn Fest on Whisper White cardstock. I used Really Rust, Creamy Caramel and Old Olive. For the stems I used my Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write marker. I then followed the cracked glass tutorial. I didn't want to over do my layout to take away from this technique, so I simply added a piece of 5/8" Old Olive grosgrain ribbon and then cut out two acorns that I stamped in Creamy Carmel and then colored the tops in with my Chocolate Chip marker. The acorns are popped up on dimensionals.

I hope you all have a fun filled Halloween!


October 30, 2007

Birthday Invitations

These last few days have been hectic and crazy and today completely escaped me. I don't even know where it went to. I remember getting up before the sun, taking Colin to school, going to playgroup and cleaning most of the 1st floor. Then it was lunch and playing outside. What wonderful weather we are having. It's in the mid 60's and should stay that way through tomorrow. Halloween is always up in the air weather wise. It can be nice and mild, cold and rainy or we can even have snow on the ground. I much prefer the nice and mild now that I have to accompany the troops door to door as they gather their candy.

Speaking of candy, did you hear the average amount of calories collected in an average bag while Trick or Treating? I was amazed at the number. An average bag of Halloween candy contains around 4, 000 calories. Think about that the next time you did into your kids stash.

These are the invitations I am working on for Evan's 2nd birthday. I used the z-fold card like in my last post. I think it's a bit different than the average invitation so I am happy with that. I used Outlaw Designer Series Paper, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel and Really Rust. I am using only 1 ink color - Close to Cocoa for these. I added some Hemp Twine, decorated some corners with my ticket corner punch and the part that holds the card closed is punched out with the Scallop Punch, 1" circle punch and has a Vintage brad in the center. The sets are Bronc Buster and Wanted. Now I have about 10 more to go.

October 29, 2007

Friends and Flowers Simply Scrappin' Kits For Sale

I have 5 of these left over from a Park District class. All are brand new in the original packaging. It was the Level I hostess kit that retired on June 30th. If anyone is interested please let me know. I am asking $10 plus shipping. I can ship 1 in an oversized padded envelope via Parcel Post for $4.05. Two or more can fit in a Flat Rate Priority box for $8.95.

If you are interested please send me an e-mail at startstampin@comcast.net


A Little Note

As promised I made some cards with my new Elzybells stamps. I needed to do something that didn't involve physical labor yesterday. As I said previously I got these stamps at The Cottage Stamper in St. Charles, IL. It is such a cute little store that is just crammed full of stamps, paper and embellishments.

Both of these cards are made for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge 25. They are Z fold cards and you can find the tutorial for this fold on her blog as well. I used the same paper and layout for both cards. The base is Night of Navy. I also used Dashing Designer Series Paper, Old Olive, Basic Gray, Real Red and Very Vanilla. The images were stamped in Jetblack Stazon and then watercolored in with classic Stampin' Up! inks with a watercolor brush.

I think these images are just darling and they were so much fun to color in. The ribbon on the first card is tied around the front of the z fold. On this second card I used my horizontal slot punch to punch a hole through the top layer and threaded my ribbon through those before tying it.

Well it's time to run out the door to take Colin to school. I must get Evan's birthday invitations done and out the door today. So you know what you will probably be seeing tomorrow.


Stamps: Elzybells A girl with sleigh and A little Note, Stampin' Up Adia Cloth
Paper: Night of Navy, Real Red, Old Olive, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Dashing dsp
Ink: Jetblack Stazon, Sahara Sand, Old Olive, Real Red, Summer Sun, Close to Cocoa, Blush Blossom, NIght of Navy
Accessories: large and small oval punch, dimensionals, 5/8" real red grosgrain, watercolor brush, horizontal slot punch, crafter's tool kit, vintage brads

October 28, 2007

Lovely Silhouette

What a fast weekend this has been. I started out wanting to get Evan's birthday invitations finished and I ended up not stamping for two days. Our crawl space has been a complete mess, and if you know me I don't like clutter and unorganized spaces. For Roger's birthday I got him a workbench for all of his tools. Our biggest problems was that we had no place to store our power tools and odds and ends, so they have ended up clogging up the front of the crawl space for the last three years. Now that the workbench is in order we bought two utility shelves to start sorting stuff out. That is what my day has been today. I am dusty, sore and tired.

I hope I get at least one card or something done today. I need it for my sanity. I did end up buying a few new stamps yesterday at the Cottage Stamper. I was browsing through the millions of stamps and came across Elzybells. I was so excited.

This card was also made for the Ways to Use It challenge. I had masked off a rectangle before stamping my silhouette in Really Rust. I simply sponged my masked area with River Rock ink.

Stamps: Garden Silhouettes, Tres Chic
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Apple Cider dsp, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: River Rock, Really Rust, Wild Wasbi, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: 5/8" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon, vintage brads, ticket corner punch, sponge, HPH

October 27, 2007

Crunch Time

I am participating in a Craft Fair next weekend, and have one the weekend after that as well. I have been busy getting things in order and I think I asphyxiated myself yesterday. I spent the afternoon playing with Mod Podge and today I woke up with a terrible headache at the base of my skull. I didn't even realize how much that stuff smells until I left the room and came back about an hour later.

Today we are going to my parents to celebrate Roger's birthday (last Monday) and my Mom's (tomorrow). As part of the trip I'm going to a new stamping store - new to me at least and I'm excited about that. My mom and I are headed out to the Cottage Stamper in St. Charles, IL. I heard it is cram packed with stamps and ribbons galore. I can't wait to see it for the first time.

This card was made for the Ways to Use It challenge this week, that was to use a mask. I masked the pumpkins and leaves on Watercolor paper and colored it in with my Earth Elements Watercolor Wonder Crayons and an old fashioned watercolor brush.

Well it's time to head out. Have a great Saturday.


Stamps: Autumn Harvest, Thoroughly Thankful, All in a Row
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Apple cider dsp, Really Rust, Watercolor paper
Ink: Timber Brown Stazon, EE WWC,
Accessories: tag corner punch, jumbo eyelet, crop-a-dile, hemp twine

October 26, 2007

Flowery Thanks

First off I want to answer a question about the Handy Home Organizer. Denise asked if I roughed up the vinyl first before applying the Mod Podge. I didn't. It went on smoothly and is sticking just fine. I did learn while completing the process and I actually took out the back pocket. It's a little bumpy where the front pocket is on the binder, not very noticeable, but it bugs me. If there is a plastic area to put inserts on the front of your binder I'd remove those too. The inside pocket came out very easily with scissors.

I made this card for the Sketch Challenge this week. So Much was a set we received at Regionals and besides that I haven't done much stamping with it. I used the same colors as the color challenge again - Soft Sky, Basic Gray and Purely Pomegranate. The card is fairly simple to make so I'll just leave you with the ingredients for it.

There was a comment on one of my pictures that I took with brads and my paper piercer in the background. The person was surprised that I used my paper piercer to add brads. When I am adding a row of brads I like to use my paper piercer and my mat pack. I can line up the holes for evenly spaced brads all of the time. It also doesn't limit you to adding a brad to only spaces where your 1/16" hole punch can reach. On this particular card I poked the hole where I wanted the center brad first. Each of the other brads are 5 holes away from each other when using the tiny paper piercing holes on my mat pack. Now there's a good reason to use your mat pack more often. Mine doesn't leave my stamping table very often, although I do keep my crafter's tool kit put away unless I'm using it. Otherwise I fear what my kids might do with all of those tools. *gasp*

Have a great Friday!


Stamps: So Much
Paper: Soft Sky, Soft Sky dsp, Basic Gray, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White
Ink: Soft Sky, Basic Gray, Purely Pomegranate
Accessories: crafter's tool kit, vintage brads, basic gray taffeta ribbon, jumbo pewter eyelets, aquapainter, sponge, ticket corner punch, dimensionals

October 25, 2007

Handy Home Organizer

Once again I was inspired by an advertisement that was delivered to my e-mail. I made this for a fraction of the cost too, which is even better. I bought a plain black binder from Target today for $0.97. I took a piece of Baroque Backgrounds designer series paper that I bought back when I could pre-order it and cut it to fit the front of my binder. I noticed that the back and front covers both had different measurements, but I used a piece of 12 X 12 paper that I cut down to 11 1/2" X 10 1/2". I used the extra to wrap around to the inside so the edges are covered as well. To adhere the paper I covered the front liberally with Mod Podge and a paint brush. I thought I had some foam brushes left and I was too impatient and didn't have the energy to drag two kids to the store to buy some new ones. There are some brush marks, but up close they are very faint. When the paper was on I also coated the front with Mod Podge to protect it. This is going to be handled a lot and I didn't want it to get full of finger prints. After it was dry I added the 5/8" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon and the tag. I used my Define Your Life set for this since it's going to be an organizational tool for my household.

I found a 2008 calendar online by doing a Google search. I printed it out on Very Vanilla cardstock and then stamped the flourish from Baroque Motifs in River Rock and the flowers in Groovy Guava. I stamped off the Groovy Guava once for a more muted look before I stamped on my calendar.

For the "To Do" page, I stamped the letters from the Jumbo outline Alphabet and colored them in with my Versamarker. I stamped the flourish once, added a piece of designer series paper and my tab. This will be great for keeping track of all of the schedules the kids come home with. I can just punch holes and stick them in the binder. I won't have to go frantically searching for music schedules and the calendar for Colin's snack day.

The other thing we have trouble organizing are the many local restaurant menus we have lying around the house. We have been keeping them in a file folder and it gets stuffed and things are hard to find. This way I can have a section for them. I have already punched holes in them and added them to the binder. To make this page I stamped "favorite" from Define Your Life, cut it out and added it to a piece of HodgePodge Hardware before putting it on the page. I made my title the exact same way as my To Do page, except I used Old Olive cardstock instead of River Rock. The rest of the definition is then stamped on Very Vanilla and matted on Chocolate Chip. I again added a tab with the Round Tab punch and some more Baroque Backgrounds designer series paper.

I stopped after making these pages, but now I have ideas for more dividers running through my head. I want to add a section for the many restaurant coupons we get and can never find when we need them. I am sure as time goes on I will continually add to the binder as I need to.

Have fun making one for your home and if you do, post in the comments section so I can see it too.


October 24, 2007

Basic Baroque

Yesterday's color challenge was to use Basic Gray, Purely Pomegranate and Soft Sky. Along with that challenge I took it one step further and used supplies that came in one of the Regional card kits. You can see that challenge on Sharon's blog. I used all of the paper but the piece of Soft Sky cardstock that is 2 1/4" X 4". I did add some paper piercing, a few brads, dimensionals and used my ticket corner punch.

These colors are so rich together. I used Baroque Motifs and I limited myself to using only one stamp set, since at Regionals we only had a few to work with as well. I stamped the flourish on Basic Gray in the same color. On my Purely Pomegranate layer I used the smallest flower in the set. I stamped kind repeatedly on Soft Sky in Versamark and then again on Whisper White in Basic Gray.

The center flower has to be my favorite part of this card. I took the largest medallion in the set and stamped it twice on Whisper White in Purely Pomegranate. I cut it out so that I omitted the 4 sections on the sides that have the extra "leaf" on the edge. I then layered the two pieces together and I made my own prima like flower. To add more dimension I ran the petals along my bone folder which curled them under a bit. I added a brad in the center, placed it on a dimensional and the card was complete.

I will try to see if I can find the original card I made with these supplies at the Louisville Regional and post that later today so that you can see how different one card can be if you just change the stamp set and layout.


Stamps: Baroque Motifs
Paper: Basic Gray, Purely Pomegranate, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Gray, Purely Pomegranate, Versamark
Accessories: ticket corner punch, crafters tool kit, vintage brads, dimensionals, Sherbet Ribbon Originals, dimensionals

October 23, 2007

Peek-a-Boo Box

I just had to make one of these boxes when I saw yesterday's Try a New Technique Challenge. These boxes are so tiny and so cute. As soon as I saw the challenge I knew I wanted to make some boxes for Halloween. Wouldn't these be cute to hand out to Colin's classmates for their party? I think they are just adorable. Today if I have some time I am going to make some for Thanksgiving and Christmas. they would make perfect place holders and take home treats. I think these would also be adorable for Wedding favors too, obviously with different images of course. If you'd like to try these out for yourself you can find the directions by Qbee here.

To make my boxes I just printed them onto Kraft cardstock. Two fit on a 8 1/2 X 11 sheet. I cut them out, scored them and then stamped my sentiment in Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black. The stamp set is the Halloween Set from C. C. Designs and you can find it at All That Scraps. I then stamped my ghost, cut him out and made him into a dangling tag. The ribbon is from May Arts and is their satin orange ribbon also found at All that Scraps.

Evan and I are headed out to playgroup. I hope you all have a great morning of stamping.

Stamps: C.C. Designs Halloween Set
Paper: Kraft, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: 1 3/8" square Punch, May Arts Satin Orange ribbon, Natural Hemp Twine, 1/16" hole punch

October 22, 2007

Just Wanted . . .

To Say Thank You.

I am working on birthday party invitations for Evan's 2nd Birthday Party as well as Thank You notes. I used Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #24 for this thank you card. This card is nice and simple and easy to reproduce over and over again. I have a Chocolate Chip base with two pieces of Apple Cider paper. I stamped the cowboy from Bronc Buster in Close to Cocoa, sponged the edges and layered him on a piece of River Rock and then Chocolate Chip. I stamped Wanted at the bottom in Chocolate Chip classic ink and then added "Just" from Everyday Flexible Phrases. Inside I am going to print out on my computer "to say thank you!". I love these fall colors and it's perfect since Evan has a fall birthday. Now to get started on my Invitations.

Stamps: Wanted, Bronc Buster, Everyday Flexible Phrases
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Apple Cider dsp, River Rock, Whisper White
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: ticket corner punch, 1/16" hole punch, ticket corner punch, vintage brads, crafter's tool kit, cutter's tool kit

Inspiration Challenge

I didn't get much of a chance to sit down and stamp anything new this weekend, and when I did try to update my blog everything just came through in html coding and didn't look pretty. I guess Blogger must have been updating or having some issues because most of my Google Reader entries from Blogger sites did that over the weekend too. I did have a chance to work on the Inspiration Challenge which gave this painted gourd as a starting place.

I borrowed Wanted from my upline Terry so that I can use it along with Bronc Buster on Evan's party invites, but I thought it would make a good medallion for the gourd as well. I looked at the picture and was inspired by the medallion, real red, basic black and creamy caramel colors. That is how this card was created. I didn't want to take too much away from the medallion so the background was simply sponged with real red, creamy caramel and close to cocoa. In real life it has a suede looking texture that does not come across in the photo at all.

Can you tell how much more lighting I have to work with? My pictures are 10 times brighter than they were before. I am so happy with my lighting situation where before I felt like I was in a cave on dark dreary days.

Stamps: Wanted
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Creamy Caramel, Basic Gray
Ink: Creamy Carmel, Real Red, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Mustard grosgrain, coluzzle, round tab punch, scallop punch, 1 3/8 circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, dimensionals, vintage brad, 1/16" hole punch, crafters tool kit, cutter's tool kit, sponge

October 20, 2007

I am no longer in the Dark Ages!

Today we spent the day wiring more lights in our basement, which is also my stamping space. We have been working with 3 meager light bulbs, but today we increased the amount of light down there four times what we have had. As with any project it involved numerous trips to the hardware store, some frustrating issues and finally a finished project. I can't believe how much more light there is now that we have 7 light fixtures down there now. Once the power was back on we were "blinded by the light". LOL!

Since power was off all day down there and our wireless modem and router are too I had no time to update. Now that I am trying to share a project with you blogger won't allow me to upload a picture. Oh, well. I hope you have had a great Saturday, and now that I have a nice bright space to work in I'm sure I'll have a lot more to share with you from now on. No more eye-strain for me, that's for sure.

I just wanted to give you all an update.


October 19, 2007

Glittery Snowflakes

I was walking through my bedroom and as I passed the box of Stampin' Up! stuff that is waiting to be passed out in the next few days I caught a glimpse of this paper from Dashing designer series paper. I knew I still had this piece left in my stash, so I pulled it out to use today. This is the Sketch Challenge for this week. I added to the main panel by adding a row of scallops onto my main panel, but otherwise I stuck to the original layout.

I wanted to have some nicely falling snow in the background, so I stamped the image in Versamark, poured on Heat and Stick powder. After it was melted I poured on Dazzling Diamonds, heat set it again and I had some nice glittery snowflakes playing on my card. I can't tell you how hard it is to photograph glitter. I am still struggling with that.

From there my card is fairly simple. The main image from Seasonal Whimsy is stamped in Blue Bayou and matted on Real Red and Basic Gray. I love how this paper takes on a warm blue tone when mixed with these colors. It's almost like a chameleon color and goes with anything. It really is one of my favorite neutrals now.

Stamps: Seasonal Whimsy
Paper: Real Red, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Dashing dsp, Basic Gray
Ink: Versamark, Blue Bayou
Accessories: slit punch, 1/16" hole punch, vintage brads, 5/8" real red grosgrain, heat and stick powder, dazzling diamonds, heat gun, dimensionals

October 18, 2007

Stunningly Simple

I often get inspiration from many different places, be it other stampers, magazines and even advertisements. A few days ago Archiver's sent me an e-mail flier. In it was a stunning card that had two simple ornaments hanging on a card front. I loved the idea and using some scraps of designer series paper I made my own version with Stampin' Up! supplies. The only thing non Stampin' Up! is the thick gold elastic cord that I just happened to have on hand from some projects my mom and I were working on.

This is so super simple that you can make your own version in under 15 minutes! Just take some scraps, grab your coluzzle and the hardest part is done. I used track 3, counting from the inside to make my ornaments. I stamped my sentiment, popped the ornaments up on dimensionals and I was basically done. Very little stamping but I think it has a big impact.

Stamps: So Many Sayings
Paper: River Rock, Real Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Sherbet Ribbon Originals, coluzzle, mini glue dots, dimensionals, gold elastic cording, ticket corner punch

Always and Forever

Yesterday another Stampin' Up! order arrived at my house. I usually help my mom and sister out by mounting thier stamps for them. In return I have to check them out just to make sure they stamp right. I can honestly say, that All in a Family works just fine. *wink*

I made this card for this week's color challenge, which was a Pink Repeat. You could use any combination of Pink's in your card. I still had some Petals and Paisley designer series paper from the Spring Mini left over. I probably ordered 10 packages of this paper and only have a few sheets left. With the huge influx of great designer papers with the new catalog this paper got pushed to the side. It was the first paper I thought of when I started to complete this challenge. I do have some Tempting Turquoise thrown in along with Regal Rose and Whisper White. The sketch is from Jen del Muro and you can find it here. I did turn the main panel to the left a bit, but I wanted it to have a Polaroid feel to it. It just wasn't doing what I wanted when I had it straight on the card.

Stamps: All in the Family, Priceless, All in a Row, So Many Sayings
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Petals and Paisley dsp, Whisper White, Regal Rose
Ink: Jet Black stazon, basic gray, blue bayou, wild wasabi, regal rose, tempting turquoise, blush blossom, pretty in pink, really rust, close to cocoa
Accessories: word window punch, pretty in pink grosgrain, ticket corner punch

October 17, 2007

Enjoying Tammy's Style

StamperTammy was the Featured Stamper on Sunday and as soon as I saw this card, I knew it was one I was going to CASE. Those circles in the background screamed Enjoy Every Moment to me. We all know I have been using that set a lot lately.

I was searching through my stash of Designer Series Paper and came across some leftovers from my Winter Bright Simply Scrappin' Kit that I used to make my Flip Album a few weeks ago. Along with that came some Pretty in Pink textured cardstock and I love Stampin' Up!'s new textured cardstock. It is so much fun to work with. I stamped my circles from Enjoy Every Moment in Pretty in Pink along the right side of this card overlapping them as I went.

It was quite simple from there. I added a strip of Soft Sky, rectangles of Wild Wasabi and then my Designer Series paper. I then stamped my flower in Real Red on Whisper White, cut it out, added a Jumbo Pewter Eyelet and then went onto the more complicated part.

The largest stamp in this set is a journaling block surrounded by a bunch of small flowers. This to me screams Scallop Punch, but I do not have one in that size. I only have Stampin' Up!'s scallop punch that was released on July 1st. So I stamped my imaged on Wild Wasabi, used my coluzzle to cut it out and then used my 3/16" corner rounder to make my own scallop circle. It isn't perfect, but I like the effect. To finish it off I added a piece of HodgePodge Hardware and some Soft Sky double stitched ribbon. I set this layer up on dimensionals and that was it. A simple card with a slightly complicated twist.

Stamps: Enjoy Every Moment
Paper: Pink textured cardstock, Winter Bright SS kit dsp, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Soft Sky
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: coluzzle, 3/16" corner rounder, crop-a-dile, jumbo pewter eyelet, Ice rhinestone brad, dimensionals, 1/16" hole punch, HPH, Soft Sky Double Stitched Ribbon

October 16, 2007

Enabler Alert

Emily Giovanni posted a tutorial for altering Target Notebooks yesterday and it caused me to go on a shopping spree. You can find her wonderful tutorial here, along with a picture of what the notebook looked like before it was altered. I have to say I never paid attention to these notebooks because I never realized there were 2 in a pack. All of them are taken apart in my Target, and there was no way I was paying $2.49 for just one notebook. I followed Emily's tutorial, but since I have a Mod Podge phobia, I changed mine up to use Sticky Strip instead.

I covered this first notebook with Apple Cider designer series paper, tied on a 5/8" chocolate grosgrain bow, added the flower from True Friend, a small button with some Linen thread and I was done in about 15 minutes. These are so much fun to alter and so quick and easy.

This is the second notebook I did. I actually made 4 of these in about 45 minutes. While my Target did not have many of the above notebooks they had a million of these. I measured the front to be 3" X 4 1/4 inches and followed Emily's idea for covering the front, but there are no snaps to deal with on the front of these. On the back there are 2 metal pieces that hold the elastic strap on. They are larger than the snap, so I followed Emily's advice. I held my paper up to it, traced the outline of the metal and then used my 3/4" hole punch to punch out the area it would affect. To deal with the elastic strap I made a small slit from the edge into the circle where the strap laid and you can not see the slit at all because the strap covers it completely. I added a 5/8" real red grosgrain bow, colored in the penguin from Punch Pals with classic inks and my blender pen and punched the paper out with my smallest tag punch. I layered it on a larger Real Red tag by using my large tag punch. I then tied it on with a piece of natural hemp twine and I was done.

Okay, you can now run to your car and drive like a mad woman to your local Target. Hurry, because they may be sold out by the time you are done reading this. *wink*


Basic Stemps

For some reason I had a mental block when it came to last week's Color Challenge, which included Basic Black, Basic Gray and River Rock. I love these colors but I had a hard time visualizing a layout and how I was going to use all of these colors together.

I was sitting at my stamping table looking at Stem Silhouettes and thought it would look so neat embossed in white on Basic Black cardstock. That is how this card was born. It was fairly simple to put together and I was done in about 10 minutes. Yet, to me it has a very elegant feel.

I used my embossing buddy on the Basic Black cardstock because I didn't want any stray pieces of embossing powder on this. Stamped my image in Versamark and then heat embossed with White Embossing Powder. Then all I did was ink up a sponge with Basic Gray ink and sponged the edged of my River Rock and Apple Cider Designer Series Paper before I distressed it with my Cutter's Tool kit. I added 3 black Vintage Brads, stamped my sentiment in Basic Gray and put it all together. I have to say I really love this set embossed with white on the dark cardstock.

Stamps: Stem Silhouettes
Paper: Basic Gray, River Rock, Apple Cider dsp, Basic Black
Ink: Basic Gray, Versamark
Accessories: sponge, cutter's tool kit, 1/16" hole punch, vintage brads, white ep, heat gun
Techniques: heat embossing

October 15, 2007

Portfolio Cards

Late last week I showed you how to make a Card Portfolio out of a 12 X 12 sheet of Designer Series Paper, but I did not have a chance to show you the cards I had made to go inside of it. Both of these cards feature stamps from C.C. Designs Halloween Set. You can find C.C. Designs stamps at All That Scraps.

Both of these cards feature the same layout, designer paper and color scheme. I used a Basic Black base, Old Olive for the top of the card and SEI Smarty Designer Series paper. For this first card I stamped the spider from the set in Versamark on the Old Olive layer and added a wide Orange Ribbon from Making Memories. But check out these brads. They are covered in ribbon and coordinate with the ribbon. This package came with both ribbons on these cards, the green with white polka dots and the solid orange. The brads came in 4 coordinating colors, solid orange, green with white polka dots, blue and white striped and white and orange plaid. They are a great size too to make a big impact on your project. These are also available from All That Scraps.

I stamped my image in JetBlack Stazon on Bazzill Coconut Smoothie paper and colored it in with classic inks and my AquaPainter.

This second card is made the same as the first, but I chose to use a different Halloween image. Isn't she a cute kitty? This is Kitty Daphne. I chose to use the green polka dotted ribbon with the coordinating solid orange brad on this card.

Stamps: C.C. Designs Halloween Set
Paper: SEI Smarty, Basic Black, Old Olive, Bazzill Coconut Smoothie
Ink: Palette Noir,Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Blush Blossom, Pretty in Pink, Basic Gray, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Versamark
Accessories: Making Memories Ribbon and Ribbon Brads,

Think Pink

The Limited Supplies Challenges are always difficult for me, and I don't often get to them. They are just what the name implies, challenges that limit what you can use on your card. This week you weren't allowed to use Designer paper, Hardware or Ribbon. The theme was also to create a card for someone who is dealing with a form or cancer, or since it is the month of October and is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, someone who is dealing with breast cancer.

This stamp set from My Favorite Things can be purchased at All That Scraps and 50% of retail sale are being donated to Breast Cancer Research. This set is fittingly named Think Pink. You can also purchase this stamp set directly from My Favorite Things.

I made my own faux brads for this card with my 1/4" circle punch and double hole punch. After adhering the small dots to the card I used Crystal Effects on top of them to give them a little dimension and shine.

Stamps: My Favorite Things
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Whisper White
Ink: Pallete Noir, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Almost Amythest, Bashful Blue, So Saffron
Accessories: AquaPainter, 1/4" circle punch, double circle punch, 3/16" corner rounder, large and small oval punch, crystal effects

October 14, 2007

Not Again!

I told you that I was using this set a lot. It really is a great set, although my picture does this card no justice. I used Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #23 for my layout. It is a great layout. If you want to try it out, you can find it here. I started with a piece of Blue Bayou cardstock and folded it to make a 4 1/4" square card. I then layered Soft Sky Designer Prints paper onto it. I figured out the center of my card and what size circle I'd need to have to put the flower on the inside of the card and still show through. I then took my Coluzzle, cut through both the designer paper and card base.

The Wild Wasabi paper was centered and also cut out with the Coluzzle so that all 3 holes are the same size and are centered in the paper. I then stamped my pattern onto the layer with Wild Wasabi ink. The flower was stamped in Purely Pomegranate and cut out before I layered it on the piece of Wild Wasabi cardstock that was left over from cutting out the center of the square. I also used my Crop-a-Dile to add a Jumbo Pewter Eyelet and put a Ice Rhinestone brad through the center. The flower is up on dimensionals and is flush with the cardfront when closed. It is really hard to photograph it because the flower doesn't show up as well when the card is open and standing, so I had to use a Post It Note to help hold the card closed to photograph it.

Lastly I added my sentiment, stamped in Blue Bayou and punched out with the Word Window punch. I also added some ribbon from the Sherbet Ribbon originals and attached it with staples.

Stamps: Enjoy Every Moment
Paper: Blue Bayou, Soft Sky dsp, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate, Blue Bayou
Accessories: Pewter Jumbo Eyelet, Ice Rhinestone Brad, Sherbet Ribbon Originals, staples, Dimensionals, Coluzzle

October 13, 2007

Card Portfolio Tutorial

12 X 12 Sheet of Designer Series paper
Cardstock for outside Decoration

This makes a two pocket portfolio that can hold regular sized 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 cards. I made something similar to this at CHA this summer, but it could not hold full size cards.

Score 12 X 12 Designer Paper at 6"

Fold in half on score line.

With the opening facing up, bring the right hand corner down toward the middle, forming a triangle. Adhere down.

Repeat for the other side.

Fold in half to make the folder.

Open your folder back up. Fold down the point of your triangle to the center bottom. Adhere down.

Decorate the outside as desired.

Decorate your cards and insert into the pockets.

Stamps: C.C. Designs Halloween Set
Paper: SEI Smarty, Basic Black, Old Olive, Bazzill Coconut Smoothie
Ink: Palette Noir,Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Blush Blossom, Pretty in Pink, Basic Gray, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Versamark
Accessories: Making Memories Ribbon and Ribbon Brads, Orange May Arts Satin Ribbon, Prima Orange Esprite, Bazzill White Brad

I've got Bling!

I have had a hard time putting down my newest set, Enjoy Every Moment. I hope you don't get tired of seeing it. Either that or you run out and order it on January 1st when the Spring-Summer Collection takes effect. The challenge for this card was to use "Bling". I have some eyelets and Rhinestone brads, but I don't have much else with Bling potential. I'll have to go on a shopping spree.

This card is fairly simple. I stamped the sentiment, Thank You several times in Versamark. I think I should have pulled out my Stamp-a-ma-jig because the uneven rows and spacing is getting to me, but I have to learn to not be a perfectionist in everything I make. I then stamped the polka dot from the same stamp set in Blue Bayou onto the same color cardstock. I then tied on a piece of Wild Wasabi double stitched ribbon. This ribbon is wonderful! The flower was stamped in Rose Red and has a 3/4" So Saffron center with the Jumbo Eyelet and the Rhinestone brad inserted through it. I really like these colors together.

I hope you are all having a nice relaxing weekend. After the craziness with all of my classes last weekend I am looking forward to a weekend to relax.

Stamps: Enjoy Every Moment
Paper: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, So Saffron
Ink: Versamark, Blue Bayou, Rose Red
Accessories: 3/4" circle punch, Crop-a-dile, pewter jumbo eyelet, ice rhinestone brad, dimensionals, wild wasabi double stitched ribbon

October 12, 2007

Boo Box and Pencil Charms

I have been working on this project for a few days for All That Scraps. I wanted to make a cute little box to hold non-candy Halloween treats. Colin's school is big into healthy snack and no candy holiday parties in the efforts to cut down on childhood obesity. So this is what I came up with. I figured the teacher can keep the box and the kids can each have a nicely decorated Halloween pencil. With over 25 kids in the class these are fun and easy to make too.

To make the box, I took 4 square medium weight coasters, ran a glue stick over them and added SEI designer paper from the Smarty line. I alternated sides of the paper so that both patterns showed. After it was all glued on I trimmed the paper, sanded the sides and then punched holes in each coaster with my Bind-It-All. I laced the corners with May Arts satin ribbon in Red and Orange to tie the box together. The bottom is made with a piece of basic black cardstock that is cut slightly bigger than the bottom. I then scored the sides, folded them up and inserted it into the bottom. A little crystal effects holds it perfectly in place.

I then stamped Donald Frankenstein from C.C. Designs onto Coconut Smoothie paper from Bazzill in Jetblack stazon. The sentiment is stamped in the same ink and is from C.C. Designs as well. I colored him in with my AquaPainter and classic inks. The colors can be found in the recipe below. I then layered the image on Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black cardstock.

The pencil charms are simply stamped onto Coconut Smoothie paper, punched out and layered on a scallop in either basic black or pumpkin pie and tied on with natural hemp twine.

Stamps: Halloween Set from C.C. Designs
Paper: SEI Smarty, Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie from Stampin' Up!, Coconut Smoothies from Bazzill
Ink: Jetblack Stazon, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Basic Gray, Blue Bayou
Accessories: Red and Orange Satin Ribbon from May Arts, Bind It All, Coasters, Anywhere Glue Stick, 1 3/8" circle punch, scallop punch, 1/16" circle punch, natural hemp twine

October 11, 2007

Passing along the savings

Colin is selling magazines for his school fundraiser this week. I was looking through the Papercrafting and Scrapbooking magazines and found some good prices. I thought I'd pass it along if anyone was interested. It can be either a new subscription or a renewal.

Craft & Home Projects $30 for 6 issues
Creating Keepsakes $22 for 12 issues
Digital Scrapbooking $20 for 6 issues
Memory Makers $20 for 9 issues
Papercrafts $18 for 8 issues
Scrapbooks Etc. $25 for 8 issues
Simple Scrapbooks $20 for 6 issues

You can look at these magazines, pricing and others by clicking here.

Any questions can be e-mailed to me at startstampin@comcast.net

Don't Look!

If you don't want a sneak peek of one of the new Stampin' Up! stamp sets that will be part of the Spring-Summer Collection 2008. As part of attending Regionals we were able to earn this stamp set called, Enjoy Every Moment. Mine was just unloaded off of the UPS truck a little over an hour ago. I had to cut right into it and of course ink it up. It is gorgeous and is going to be so much fun to use to make backgrounds and is going to be perfect for scrapbook pages.

I made this card for Sketch Challenge 145 on Splitcoaststampers. I chose to use Blue Bayou, Groovy Guava, Soft Sky and Chocolate Chip. These colors are wonderful together. I love, love, love the new InColors. They are so fabulous and rich. As you can see an inch of my card front is cut off and the main image panel hangs over the edge. That was part of the Sketch Challenge and it is fun to have a Peek-a-Boo part to your card.

Here is a funny Colin story. The other day I was stamping and Colin comes up to me and announces. "Mommy, I want you to take the training wheels off of my bike because I'm tenacious." Colin has problems riding his big wheel without falling off, so there is no way they are coming off of his Spiderman bike for a few years at least. He just doesn't pay attention to where he is going and falls off a lot. He heard Pinky Dinky Do use this word in a show. He loves that show and it is one that he is allowed to watch in the afternoon.

Stamps: Enjoy Every Moment
Paper: Blue Bayou, Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Soft Sky dsp
Ink: Groovy Guava, Blue Bayou, Purely Pomegranate
Accessories: ticket corner punch, crop-a-dile, crafter's tool kit, vintage brad

A Clear Cause for Celebration

I think these reindeer stamps from C.C. Designs are too cute! I don't see many reindeer stamps around these days and Reindeer Games is by far my favorite reindeer stamp set. The images and saying are oh so cute. This is another clear card for the Try a New Technique challenge. I seem to be stuck on the clear bases this week. They are fun to play around with. The snowflakes are stamped in White Stazon and really pop against the Groovy Guava and Purely Pomegranate cardstock. The designer paper in the background is Basic Grey Fruitcake and it is so festive.

I colored my image in with my AquaPainters and classic ink pads in Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel and Purely Pomegranate. I use my AquaPainters so often I think it is almost time to replace the ones I have. They are certainly showing thier wear and tear. I used a Sakura Gelly Roll pen on the drink and it is super sparkly in real life. It is hard to tell in the picture. It goes on super smoothly too. You can get the Reindeer Games stamp set and the Sakura Gelly Roll pen at All that Scraps.

Stamps: CC Designs - Reindeer Games
Paper: Basic Grey Fruitcake, Groovy Guava, Purely Pomegranate, Bazzill Coconut Smoothies
Ink: White Stazon, Timber Brown Stazon, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Purely Pomegranate
Accessories: Sakura Gelly Roll Pen (sparkly champagne, AquaPainter, Mini Glue Dots, Ticket Corner Punch, Target $1 Spot ribbon

October 10, 2007

With a Little Help From My Friends

My little 4 year old friend that is. We were playing downstairs, Colin and Evan seemed to have occupied themselves so I decided to sneak in a few moments for stamping. In the meantime Evan fell asleep on the couch and looked too comfortable to be moved, so I told Colin I was going to go upstairs and grab the camera. In the 30 seconds it took me to run upstairs and grab the camera Colin so nicely helped to move the colors around a bit on my card. He put a nice dollop of water onto the colored panel and then used his fingers to help me paint. "But I like to do Stampin' Up! too Mommy!". LOL!

Besides my redone coloring job I am happy with this card. Of course now I have to hold onto it and most likely incorporate it into a scrapbook page for him. I used watercolor paper, Timber Brown stazon and Earth Elements Watercolor Wonder Crayons for this card. It went together very easily and was fun to color in.

I don't know about you, but I find it very difficult to photograph cards with a transparency base. I tend to get glare from any natural and artificial light. I will figure out the secret to this in time. I hope.

Stamps: Thoroughly Thankful, All in a Row
Paper: Watercolor paper, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Apple Cider dsp, Whisper White
Ink: White Stazon, Timber Brown Stazon, Earth Elements WWC,
Accessories: Transparancy, AquaPainter, 5/8" chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, vintage brad, mini glue dots

October 9, 2007

A Little Behind

I am a little behind on challenges this week. The long weekend coupled with a few classes has thrown me off schedule. I can't believe tomorrow is already going to be Wednesday. I thought I'd post the card I made for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge 22. If you are interested in the challenge, visit her blog here. This sketch was perfect since I had just bought a Coluzzle a few weeks ago and haven't had much of a chance to play around with it. I have to say it is so much better than the Cutter Bee Curvy Cutter. Anyone want one of those? I'm going to be selling mine. I am not good with that contraption at all. I don't know if I'm not steady enough or what, but my paper always moves on me and my circle never matches up.

I picked my colors from the Wintergreen Designer Series Paper by going with Soft Sky and Always Artichoke. I wanted a bit of pop to my card so at the last minute I threw in a little Rose Red and I am so happy I did.

Stamps: Oh So Lovely, So Many Sayings
Paper: Soft Sky, Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Wintergreen dsp, Rose Red
Ink: Soft Sky, Always Artichoke, Rose Red, Jet Black Stazon
Accessories: coluzzle, crop-a-dile, silver eyelets, corner rounder, ticket corner punch, AquaPainter

Keeping It Simple

I'm often asked if I have any ideas for Christmas cards that are quick, easy and fast to reproduce because of course we all want to send handmade Holiday cards out to our family and friends. That is how I came up with this simple card. It is quick, easy and has limited supplies so if you are a new stamper without a lot of accessories it is easy to stock up without breaking the bank.

I made this card at all of my events this past weekend for World Cardmaking Day. The base is River Rock and has a piece of Dashing Designer series paper and 5/8" Real Red grosgrain ribbon. The tree from Season of Joy is stamped in Old Olive on Very Vanilla and is mounted on Real Red cardstock. It is super easy and simple. Later this week or next, I will show you how to step this card up to the next level if you want a little more elaborate card to send out.

Yesterday I was asked where I get Shrinky Dink. I bought mine at Michael's. They have it in the aisle with stamps and ink. Mine only carries White plastic, but I have heard that sometimes you can find other colors as well. You will need to use Stazon to stamp with and if you plan to color your images in it says it is only tested to be used with Alcohol inks. I think Sharpies are on their approved list too.

October 8, 2007

Two Words

Shrinky Dink! That was my first thought when I saw this ghost from C.C. Designs. I thought he'd be adorable as a little charm hanging from the front of a treat bag or dangling from a piece of ribbon on a card front. Plus playing with Shrinky Dink is just fun. To make the dangle I just stamped him on Shrinky Dink in JetBlack Stazon, cut it out, punched a hole to string some thread through and baked him according to the package directions.

I then made the bag by following the instructions for the 2 - 5 - 7 - 10 box on Splitcoaststampers, but I cut the top of the box off instead of leaving the flap on. I then took my Round Tab punch, used it to make a circle and added a glitter window. The sentiment is from C.C. Designs Halloween sayings and says Pumpkin Wishes and Candy Dreams. I think I added a bit too much glitter, but kids will have a blast shaking it around to see the sentiment.

To keep the glitter in the window I used a transparency sheet and some 3M foam tape. The sentiment is taped to the back and holds everything in place.

The designer series paper is from SEI and is from the Smarty line. It can also be found at All That Scraps. I added a strip along the bottom of my box before adding the C.C. Designs pumpkins called Fred Jack O Lantern and Bob Jack O Lantern. I colored them in with my AquaPainter and classic inks in Pumpkin Pie, Close to Cocoa and Summer Sun. I then cut them out and adhered them to the front of the box.

Lastly I added some May Arts ribbon and it is just gorgeous. I thought it went so well with the SEI Smarty Paper. It just carries the whole theme of Dots to the next level.

October 7, 2007

Christmas File Folder

I think these file folders are too cute, so of course I had to make another one. This time I switched to Christmas and we actually made this card in my World Cardmaking Day Class today and we will be making them again tomorrow. I wanted to show my customers how easily they can get started on their holiday cards.

My color scheme on this one comes directly from the Dashing designer series paper. I used Real Red, River Rock, Night of Navy and Very Vanilla.

I used Markers to ink up my image in Real Red and Old Olive. I also used the Round Tab Punch and 5/8" Real Red grosgrain ribbon.
Tonight I am working on dying my Simon Upper chipboard because I also have a Home Decor class planned for tomorrow. It's going to be another busy day. Monday is going to be my day for relaxation stamping.
I hope you have all had a great day of stamping and continue it on through your long weekend.

October 6, 2007

Celebrate World Card Making Day!

This is going to be a busy but fun weekend. I have several World Card Making Day events planned and this is one of the cards we will be making. I love little cards and this is a 3 X 3 Love Note that is from the Punch Box promotion a few months ago. Although this color is no longer available from Stampin' Up! it doesn't mean you can't make your own. It is a piece of 3 X 6 textured Wild Wasabi cardstock. I stamped the swirl from Season of Joy twice in Wild Wasabi, added a few flowers and then stamped Holiday Happiness from So Many Sayings in Basic Gray ink. The large flower is stamped in Purely Pomegrante on Very Vanilla and is popped up on a dimensional.

I hope you all have a wonderfully filled day of stamping. I will be back tomorrow with another post, but right now I have to get my projects set up in my stamping space.


October 5, 2007

Tres Chocolate and Blog Candy for a Cause

I absolutely love these colors together. Blue Bayou, River Rock and Chocolate Chip work so well together. I think I am going to use this combination of colors a lot. Of course my favorite color has always been blue. Colin is confused by this because his favorite color changes on a daily basis. Tuesday it was blue, yesterday orange, today it is black. He always asks me what my favorite color is and when I say blue, he says "But you said that yesterday." I guess I am set in my ways. Tomorrow maybe I'll tell him Blue Bayou and see if makes him think a bit.

This is a very simple sketch and I actually took a basic sketch from the Stampin' Up! Fall-Winter Collection 2007, on page 109, and changed it up to fit my needs. The original card has a base, two layers of cardstock, a smaller tag, HodgePodge Hardware, paper piercing and no ribbon. Of course I had to beef up my layers, add some background stamping and ribbon to round it out. I think it is a very nice and neat sketch and after all of the distressing and sponging I am doing lately it is a nice change, in my opinion at least.

I am sending this card out to the Dunn Family. They were blessed with identical twin girls only to find out that they both are diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a form of cancer, that is in stage 4S. Andrea, is collecting cards for this family and is giving away Blog Candy for this cause. You can find all of the information by clicking HERE. Cards need to be mailed by October 15th.


Stamps: Tres Chic, Stem Silhouettes, So Many Sayings
Paper: Blue Bayou, River Rock, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Versamark, River Rock
Accessories: Blue Bayou double stitched ribbon, white ep, heat gun, HPH, Natural Hemp Twine, Word Window punch, crafter's tool kit

October 4, 2007

Everyone's Doing It

Going Pink for the month of October that is. It just took me a few days longer as I put the finishing touches on my banner. I made my banner in a program called Paint Shop Pro, and all in all, it takes me about an hour. It is easy once you know the basics. If anyone has questions you can post them in the comment section and I will try to get to them over the next few days.

I'm a little behind on challenges. I started the Try a New Technique Challenge last night, couldn't figure out what direction to go with my second card and I walked away from it. A few minutes later it started storming and we lost power. I guess that was my sign that I needed a break.

I ordered Bronc Buster last week because we finally decided on a theme for Evan's 2nd birthday party which is just over a month away. It of course is a Cowboy theme and I have been wanting this set since it came out. I used Jen del Muro's sketch, that is found on Sisterhood of Scrap. They also have up a new sketch to try everyday in celebration of World Card Making Day.

This second card is made using the exact same sketch, but the challenge was to keep everything the same except for the stamp set. Instead of Bronc Busters I used Autumn Leaf Prints, a retired Stampin' Up! set. I wanted the one leaf to stand out more so I sponged it with Really Rust ink and popped it up on a dimensional.

Card #1:

Stamps- Bronc Buster, So Many Sayings

Card #2:

Stamps- True Friend, Autumn Leaf Prints

Same on both cards:

Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Sage Shadow, Outlaw dsp, Really Rust, Very Vanilla

Ink: Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip (Really Rust on Card #2 only)

Accessories: sponge, ticket corner punch, scallop circle punch, 1", 1 1/4", 1 3/8" circle punches (dimensionals - Card #2 only)

October 3, 2007


My husband that is. He has a rather old car, as in almost 18 years old, and it has been running a little odd lately. So last night he went to Walmart to buy new spark plugs and wires and spent the evening replacing those and changing his oil in his car. It was all fine for me because I got to sit downstairs and stamp while the boys were sleeping and had a nice quiet evening to myself.

So we fast forward to this morning while I am on the way home from taking Colin to school. I always keep my cell phone in the cup holder while I am driving, but somehow I missed tossing it in there when I got in the car. I reach over to pick it up and stuck to it is a wrapper from a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Everyone knows I am not fond of chocolate, but I love my peanut butter cups. So I call him at work and say "I'm sad." I get a "Well, why?" and I go on to say that I am very sad that last night he was eating peanut butter cups and didn't share any with me. All I get is a "huh?" response, so I go on to say that I found a wrapper on the passenger seat. "In the Outlander?" is the response. Well duh, it's the only car I drive, so where else would it be. So the response I got was "Well, I was hungry". That still doesn't explain why he couldn't share with me. So I went on my own little shopping spree that involved new stamps and ink. Busted is all I have to say on that.

Here is a card I designed for C.C. Designs. I used some heidi grace designs paper and matched it up with Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, Basic Black and Very Vanilla. This paper is just gorgeous! It sparkles and shines and has a great Fall feeling to it. It is actually called Harvest Row.

So here's to being busted and new stamps for me!


Stamps: Halloween Set by C.C. Designs
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Really Rust, Very Vanilla, Harvest Row by heidi grace designs
Ink: Jetblack Stazon, Elegant Eggplant, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Basic Gray, Going Gray, Blush Blossom, Pretty in Pink, Sahara Sand, Soft SKy
Accessories: AquaPainter, Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie 1/4" grosgrain, word window punch,