Tuesday, August 30, 2011

August Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop: Put Me in the Movies

It’s the last Wednesday of the month (I wanna know who stole my Summer!), so that means it’s time for Bombshell Stamps’ Hump Day Hop! We have 13 fabulous ladies joining in this month. I am really looking forward to seeing what everyone has created.

Here’s the theme I came up with for this month. "Put Me in the Movies." Take a movie, and/or movie poster, and use it to inspire your Bombshell Stamps project! Any of your stamp sets will work. And, you can make anything you want.

One of my latest Bombshell sets is Retro Cowgirl. And I haven’t gotten to use it nearly as much as I’d have like to yet, so I knew I wanted to go with a Western flick. Now, I don’t watch Westerns, but of course I know some of the titles. And while looking at the Retro Cowgirls, I thought of “Annie Get Your Gun.” Purrrfect! So I searched for the right movie poster, hoping I could find something I could work with.

 

This poster was exactly what I wanted! Here’s what I came up with.

How great is this Bombshell??? I found the movie’s title and poster just by doing a quick Google search. I printed out the title that I liked (love that font!) and cut it out. Then I started to work on my Bombshell.

I colored her using my markers, in colors that were close to the poster I chose. I cut out the target with my Coluzzle. I have a fabulous wood grain stamp that I inked with Versa Mark, and then I chalked over the image from brown to blue, to again, mimic the poster. I hope you can see the wood grain. You can click on any of my pictures to see them bigger.

Since my cowgirl isn’t holding her guns up, and let’s face it…I couldn’t really do this poster without any guns, I added the guns that are also in the Retro Cowgirl set. And that was that. What do you think???

Here is the complete list of hoppers. Be sure to leave us all some love! We really enjoy the feedback!

Bombshell Blog: http://bombshellstamps.blogspot.com/
Alison: http://alisonsrandomthoughts.blogspot.com (me!)
Laura:
http://craftylittlewoman.blogspot.com/
Alaine: http://missalaineousmosaics.blogspot.com/
Meredith: http://www.papercanteen.com
Kelli: http://www.cajunstampingqueen.blogspot.com
Mary G.: http://www.mystampinhide-away.blogspot.com
Alex: http://www.paperandstring.blogspot.com/
Sparkly Engineer: http://sparkly-train.blogspot.com/
Celina Anthony: http://poniesandcrafts.blogspot.com
Glittery Katie: http://ferrishyn-frontier.blogspot.com
Kapree: http://kc-consultant.blogspot.com/
Cheryl: http://inktrap.blogspot.com
Dianne: http://dkspinner.blogspot.com

Tomorrow I will be sharing my tutorial on coloring with watercolor markers. It will be here and at the Simply Betty Stamps Blog. I do hope you will join me! It’s also a new Desert Islands Crafters Challenge, so my coloring project will wind up on a card using the latest Itinerary. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Back 2 Skool Release!

I have 2 more cards to share with you today featuring some more of Simply Betty Stamps’ newest release… Back 2 Skool. All of the images (there are 6!) are available for purchase starting today! Of course, you can get all of the details on the SBS Blog.

First up, is School Girl Betty. She’s a sweetie!

Once again, my kidlings needed to put in their creative 2 cents, and they chose the colors I would use for Betty. I was all for the purple school girl outfit (which Phoenix chose)…but the bag…I was going to use just green. But Rhiannon insisted I use yellow too. Who am I to argue with a 2 year old???

I dulled the color down with one of the 4 (yes 4!) Copics that I own..E40. It’s called Brick White. And it is a wonderful color that I am so pleased that I purchased. I’m thinking Copics may just be on my Holiday List this year! Any Copic Fairies out there? Feel free to send me some! ;) Her skin was also done with Copics. The rest of Betty was colored using my watercolor markers.

The frame around Betty is from a leftover scrap from a stamp I have of a Phoenix and a Dragon. I needed just the circular image, so I kept the border…and I thin that lime green looks great here! Then I added some chipboard embellishments and called it a day.

Now on to Mad Scientist Christian…who I adore!!!

I mean seriously…isn’t he awesome?!?! I can’t even wait any longer…ya gotta see him close up!

Look at the skull and crossbones in the green smoke! So cool!!! More with the markers… I also used a few Martha Stewart Punches on this card…and I broke out my Smeared Ink stamps again for my sentiment.

I gotta say, I love this one. It came together just right. Doesn’t it feel great when that happens? Well, I know that the other SBS gals have some rad projects too! So please be sure to give them a visit and leave them some love. You have a shot at winning a stamp from this release!!! And, if you are a member of Paper Craft Planet, please join the Simply Betty Stamps group! Once we hit 500 followers, you’ll be able to snag a free digi! Sweet! Tomorrow is the Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop, so I hope to see ya here then. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Back to Skool with Simply Betty Stamps!

It’s not quite back to school time her in New York, but I have some awesome new school images from Simply Betty Stamps to share with you today! I am previewing 2 of the 3 images we SBS gals are sharing (you’ll see the 3rd one from me on Friday!)…Lola and London. Let’s start with Sporty Lola!

How cool is she? Love her hair, her outfit, and her b-ball skills!

She has been colored with my markers, and I am lovin’ how much fun she was to work with! By the way…I will have a tutorial on coloring this week here and at the Simply Betty Stamps blog. Please be sure to visit on Thursday. Actually, this will be a pretty busy week for me here, so please check back every day! My little skull stamp is from Bombshell Stamps, by the way.

This card is way girly-er than I usually do, but I like it. Now on to Artist London!

This is one of the coolest images from Simply Betty ever! Why? Because her canvas is BLANK! Yup! YOU get to decide what London is painting!!! How exciting is that?! I chose to give her a beautiful moon, stars, and bats painting…image from Inkadinkado. The splatter background stamp and the Artist at Play sentiment are both from Smeared Ink.

I used more markers for this card. I really love this image. I can’t wait to use it again and again and again! So are you stoked to see more? Then please visit the Simply Betty Stamps Blog to check out what some of the other gals created for your viewing pleasure. Be sure to leave comments, as you could win a stamp!!!  Thanks for stopping by. Tomorrow I will have more images from this release. And remember! Today is the last day to sign up for this month’s Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop! Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bombshell Stamps’ Pinup Challenge: Shabby Chic

Hello! It’s time for me to share my latest Bombshell Stamps project with you. This month’s Pinup is the amazingly talented Milo. I highly recommend you visit her blog. She and her wife she (shares the blog with Milo) are such incredible artists. This month, she challenged us to make Shabby Chic cards. Using mostly white, pearls and lace. This was a bit of a challenge for me, as you all probably know how much I enjoy using color. But I broke out my Retro Cowgirl stamp set and went to town. Here’s what I came up with.

It’s much simpler than what Milo would make…but as I said, using all white is a bit of a struggle for me. And, I don’t really have a lot of white “stuff.” Though I did enjoy the challenge! I may need to try my hand at this one again! :)

I used a little light blue and 2 shades of grey to add some dimension to my Bombshell’s white ensemble. I also used the “sight” image from Smeared Ink’s Chick Dig Guns set. I added some sparkle to it with a glitter pen from Sakura.

I chalked my doily with blue, and added a boat load of  pearls using Platinum Liquid Pearls by Ranger. The gun and Bang! are also from the Retro Cowgirl set.

Wanna play along with this great challenge? You can! Just add your Bombshell Shabby Chic creation to the Bombshell Blog. You have the chance to win stamps from Bombshell! And remember, next Wednesday is the next Bombshell Hump Day Hop. Have you signed up yet? Do it in THIS thread by Monday to hop along with  us. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Teen Scene Halloween Release Day! Plus a New Burtonesque Dolls Challenge

I am SOOOOO excited about this release! You have NEVER seen images like these before, and I know you are going to want them for yourself! We Simply Betty gals have been waiting for weeks to show them to you! Plus, there’s a new Burtonesque Dolls Challenge too! But I can’t wait any longer for you to see the new images…so let’s start there!

I have always loved the Addams family. My Mom got me started on them when I was really young. I was Morticia for Halloween when I was in 8th grade (that was the first time I wore black lipstick!). My Mom has always quoted them. And now, she has my kidlings call her “Grandmama!”

So where am I going with this? I give you Simply Betty Stamps’ Addams Family!!! Let’s start with Lola as Wednesday…

I love Wednesday. Always have. When Rhiannon gets a little older, I want her to be Wednesday for Halloween…because she will be purrfect as her!!! And how amazing is this image???

I colored her using my watercolor markers, and I love how she turned out. Especially her hair. Check out her raggedy doll!

Me sentiment is from Smeared Ink, and the huge eyeball (which I stamped on a transparency) is from Inkadinkado. My spider web punch is Martha Stewart. Paper from K & Co.

Now on to Betty as Morticia!!! I worked my tail off with her…and again, I am really happy with the end result!

 

Isn’t she stunning??? Ok…you’ve gotta see her close up. You can click on any of my images to see them bigger.

Again, I used my watercolor markers (though the skin on both of these gals was done with Copics). This took me a loooong time! But I think her dress came out so pretty…and almost shimmery. I added some blue chalk behind her to make her stand out and to fill in the white.

My sentiment is from Cosmo Cricket. Ribbon from American Crafts, paper from DCWV, and the bat I had just laying around.

Don’t you NEED to have these ladies for yourself??? Of course, there is a Gomez image…Christian is playing that role…but you’ll need to visit the other gals on the Design Team to see him. :) You will want to have him as well, I promise you!

On to the latest Burtonesque Dolls challenge! We are challenging you to recreate a scene from a Tim Burton movie! Well, that was a wee bit easier said than done for me. But after much deliberation… I decided to go with an Alice in Wonderland card.

I started off by using Tiddly Ink’s Gossemere. She is (was) so pretty. But I decided to creep her out just a bit, so I started drawing on her face. Gave her a heart shaped mouth, and scary eyes. well, I think I took it a little too far. She looks a bit demented now. I hope Christy from Tiddly Inks doesn't get mad at me! (blushing…)

Again with the markers… I sprayed some cheesy heart paper with Haunted Shadow Glimmer Mist. I added some cool stripey paper (I didn’t have checkerboard paper that worked) for a floor, and hand wrote my sentiment.

What’s your favorite Tim Burton movie? Have a favorite scene? Then you need to play along with The Burtonesque Dolls!!! Visit the blog for all of the details and to see what the rest of the DT cooked up for your viewing pleasure.

And I don’t think I need to remind you or persuade you to go to the Simply Betty Stamps shop to purchase the Teen Scene Halloween release. You can’t go wrong with any of these amazing images!!! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Teen Scene Halloween Preview!

Greetings! I took a few days off from bloggy land because my family and I went on a wonderful vacation to Pennsylvania. We did not want to come home. But, life was calling…and so was this fabulous new release from Simply Betty Stamps! You are going to LOVE this collection. Today we are previewing 3 images, and on Tuesday, we will be showing the rest and they will be available for sale starting then as well!

First, I bring you Mummy London. She’s awesome. From her beautiful hair, to her sneaky little kitty…

Isn’t she great? Don’t you just wish your hair was that fabulous? I used a new punch I just scored from EK Success on the top and bottom of the yellow cardstock. And I used some twill ribbon that I painted some Walnut Gold Glimmer Mist on.

I colored London’s Skin with Copics, her hair and accessories with watercolor markers, and everything else is done with Distress Inks. I used Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Pumice Stone (for her cat). I am very happy with how it all turned out. :)

Ok…here’s a little secret…I don’t know how you print out your digis, but I try to squeeze as many on a sheet that I can. Which is great usually, but sometimes I want a nice big rectangle around my image. Well, another image was a wee bit too close to this one, so it messed up the bottom. I couldn’t get a straight line without cutting off the bottom of the image. And we just can’t have that! So. I decided to use the twill. But having it straight across wasn’t interesting enough for me, so I bumped it using Glue Dots. Ugly edge is gone and is now replaced with something cool!

Now…I’d like you to say “Hello!” to Igor Miller. Don’t be scared! He’s really very sweet.

Isn’t he a cutie? I colored him in with my watercolor markers and…get this…Crayola markers too! All of the browns are Crayolas…from the Multicultural set. I have that set in pencil as well…and I knew I had to get the markers when I visited the Crayola Factory a couple of weeks ago. Here’s a close up.

I like his skin…it’s layers of green and I think E000 from Copic. All of the other bitty stamped images you see, including the sentiment, is from Inkadinkado.

Today the Simply Betty gals are also previewing Evil Queen Rio. So you must be sure to check her out on the rest of the DT’s blogs. I hope you have enjoyed my little preview. Please be sure to come back tomorrow. You are going to go NUTS when you see the next few images!!! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

DICC #14 Plus, a Card for Ryan

It’s time for another installment of the Desert Islands Crafters Challenge! This time around, our Itinerary was created by Suzie McFloozy. If you haven’t played along before, all you need to do is make a project using at least 3 things from the given itinerary. You then have the chance at winning an opportunity to create your own itinerary for us!

In addition to DICC, I wanted to make mention of a very special request, given by my friend Meredith. A dear friend (named Ryan)of her brother was involved in a serious accident, and she is asking we card makers to send Ryan cards to brighten his day. I had intentions of sending the card I am sharing with you today…but I think it may be a bit too girly. So instead, I will be sending a different Bombshell Stamps card…the one I made for the August Sketch. You can see it HERE. Please read all of the details about Ryan and Meredith’s very thoughtful request HERE.

Back to the itinerary! Here it is…

Suzie McFloozy's Itinerary

1 - Dry embossing

2 - Paper piecing (not to be confused with piercing!)

3 - Pearls

4 - Office stationary (paper clips etc)

5 - Kraft card

6 - Ruffles

7 - Stickers

8 - Stitching

9 - Vintage/Old fashioned (could be an image or just style)

10 – Fabric

I used #1, 3, 5, and 9 for my card.

I have a nasty cold, and luckily, I had this version of Bombshell Stamps’ Butterfly Queen already colored up. You can see the dry embossed dots on the purple cardstock. I rubbed some silver paint on top to add to the dimension.

I colored the Butterfly Queen with markers and colored pencils. I used a punch that I have wanted for like, ever and finally got last week. Those sweet stars! I love stars. But that’s a whole ‘nuther story!

But she’s a bit to girly for Ryan, no? I think the other card will be better. Please be sure to check out the rest of what the DICC gals have cooked up for you. Their bloggy’s are listed on my sidebar. Thanks for stopping by. Please drop by Meredith’s blog to consider making a little something for Ryan. Have an inspiring day!

PS: Don’t forget about my Crazy A** Stamp Sale! Click HERE for all of the deets!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Macabre Monday 101: Kreepy Kids

There was no way I wasn’t going to play along with this week’s challenge over at Haunted Design House! It’s all about Kreepy Kids! And I’ve always said that Rhiannon is a demon. But…in this case, she’s more of a zombie. You may remember back in October THIS POST. Oh. That was a great one! And I am so obsessed with the photo I used in it, that I just needed to use it again. And I am quite sure you will see it pop up for more! Here’s the original picture.

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Just on it’s own…it’s creepy…don’tcha think? Well…I took it to the next level via Picnik. Here’s what I did. Yeah…I did it! Me! All by myself! The photoshop-phobe did this! ;)

Zombi Rhi

Creep-tastic! If I do say so myself. There are a lot of folks that are totally creeped out by this picture. I happen to love it. The original and this zombie version. I even have the original sitting on my craft room desk.

Now obviously, since I already used this photo, I needed to make a new project for the HDH challenge. So I decided to put my little zombie girl into a frame that I altered.

Rhiannon is looking a little washed out here. But in real “life” (or death…as it were) she is as green as in the photo above. Yummy! So I used a plethora of stamps for this fame, and globs of glorious paint. All of my stamps are from Inkadinkado (those little dollar ones you find in bins at the craft store), except for the red splatter stamps. That’s from Smeared Ink. I embossed them with a deep red to make ‘em shiny and goopy looking.

I had started off by painting my cheapo $1 frame with gray paint. Then I smeared on some Peeled Paint Distress Ink. A few spritzes of Candy Apple Red Glimmer Mist, and then I went to town with my stamps. I get so caught up in making cards, that I forget sometimes how much I absolutely adore altering things like frames and boxes. I really need to try to make more, because I have such a blast.

Seriously, how great are all of those stamps?! I am so glad I nabbed ‘em when I did!

And let me not forget to mention the bit of altering I did to the photo itself after I printed it. For some dumb reason, I didn’t print it as a full 4x6 photo. And I didn’t want to give it a traditional mat. So I decided to go in with my alcohol inks and blob away at the fugly white edge. Then, I stamped a fantastic stitched border to 2 sides. Voila! Stoopid white is gone. Scary-ass Rhi takes center stage.

I hope you liked my little project! And my little girl zombie! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

StampInsanity Blog Hop!

Hello! Who’s in the mood for a blog hop? The Groovy Gurlz sure are! We decided to get together and have a blog hop, just for you! And guess what? There are free digis to be had! Be sure to visit StampInsanity for all of the details. We decided to make this a sketch challenge with a twist…using flowers. Here’s the sketch:

use sketch & have to use flowers

Ok, ok…I changed it up a bit. I’m sorry. I had to! But it’s still purdy!

See? I told you! I used one of the many Maddies you can find over at SI. I love her. She’s super sweet looking, but you know she’s gotta be a little devious with those clothes that she’s rockin’!

I colored her with my markers. Don’tcha want her hair? Ok…most of you probably don’t. But I do! Love that bright pink against the shiny black!

I used some Prima flowers, and drew in some swirls with Platinum Liquid Pearls. Then I dusted them with pink glitter. It’s pretty cool, because I didn’t go heavy on the glitter, so you still get the luster from the Liquid Pearls.

Be sure to hop along with the rest of the participating Groovy Gurlz! Here is the full hop list.

Tina http://kiehn10.blogspot.com
Samantha http://sammibugscrapshack.blogspot.com
Audrey http://hippieaud.blogspot.com
Beth http://Inamatterofstampin.blogspot.com
Kelli http://cajunstampingqueen.blogspot.com
Alison http://alisonsrandomthoughts.blogspot.com (me!)
Jane http://jcocraft.blogspot.com
Kapree http://kc-consultant.blogspot.com
Sugar http://sugarcardsnmore.blogspot.com
Susan http://susanscraftychaos.blogspot.com

On a side note, yesterday I put up THIS POST because I am having a stamp sale. All unused, many retired, stamps. Please take a look see as everything is 50% off retail. All the deets are in the original post. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Crazy A** Stamp Sale!

Greetings! As you may or may not know, I owned a scrapbooking and stamp store. I ran it for 1 month shy of 3 years, and sadly was forced to close it down because of the economy. Well, I still have a ton of stock left over from the store! All brand new, and in perfect condition. I thought that my blog would be a great way to sell some of it, especially some of the stamps. So, grab a cuppa somethin’ and get in your comfy chair! I have a lot to show you…and it’s all at 50% off!!!!!
Again, everything that I am showing you is brand new. Never been used. It has all been boxed up, waiting for purchase. Many of these stamps are no longer available, so please hurry to snatch up what you want. I only have 1 of most of these stamps. If you are interested in anything, and/or have questions, please feel free to leave me a comment, or to send me an email at skyprincessdesigns(dot)gmail(dot)com. If you are going to make a purchase, please email me…don’t bother with a comment. This is all on a first come, first serve basis, so please be quick! I will be sure to cross off whatever has been sold out, so as to avoid confusion. These stamps are all from various companies, and again, if you have any questions, please ask. Let the 50% off sale begin!!!
IMG_2229 Let it Snow Set (of 4): Was $14.99 Now $7.50

IMG_2228 Saint Nick: Was $13.99 Now $6.99

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Large Wreath, Merry Christmas, Castle on Hill
Was $12.89-12.99  Now $6.49

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Lg. Dove, Burlap Square, Monkey Border, Sketched Christmas Tree, 3 Wise Men, October Tree (a personal fave of mine!)
Was $11.99 Now $5.99

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House Mouse Flying with Leaves: Was $ 11.59 Now $5.79

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Harvest Wreath: Was $10.99 Now $5.49

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Stitched Box, Split Jester, Fallen Column, 3 Jesters
Was $10.69 Now $5.35

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Pear, Monkey Corner, Don’t Open Tag, Snowflakes, House Mouse Light: Was $9.99 Now $4.99

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Snakeskin, Indian Border, Endless Journey, Stapled Stitch (LOVE!)
Was $9.29 Now $4.65

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Lava Lamp, Apron Flowers: Was $ 9349 Now $4.75

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Pine Needles: Was $9.19 Now $4.60


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Wavy Design, Flying Leaves: Was $8.49-8.69 Now $4.29

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Haunted House, Burlap Happy Halloween, Burlap Jack, Polar Bears, Cardinals, Star Ornament, Noel Ornament, Bold Star
Was $8.09-8.19 Now $4.09

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Trick or Treat, Ornate Ornament, Santa, Thankful for You
Was$9.99 Now $3.99

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Reindeer, Cinderella, Snow Globe, 3 Tags, Spider Flower Vine
Was $7.49-7.59 Now $3.79

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Pumpkin Topiary, Witch, Bird Ornament, Cat & Jack, No Peeking, Sketched Present, Happy Halloween w/Pumpkin, Seasons Greetings, Sketched Ornament: Was $ 6.99 Now $3.49

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Time, Love, 2 Pumpkins: Was $6.49 Now $3.25


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Spider w/Web, Boo, Got Mistletoe?, Leaf, Cat, Candle
Was $4.99 Now $2.49

On to some Clear Stamps!
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Bam Pop! Sentiments: Was $19.99 Now $9.99

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Rhonna Farrer Botanicals: Was $14.99 Now $7.50

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Wayfarer Numbers & Punctuation: Was $14.99 Now $7.50

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Just Picked, Petal Pushers: Was $16.99 Now $8.49

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Loves Me, Loves Me Not Lg., Reminisce Lower Lg.
Was $19.99 Now $9.99

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Calamity Jane Lower Lg, Brooklyn Bridge Lower Lg.
Was $24.99 Now $12.50

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Calamity Jane Upper Lg., Brooklyn Bridge Upper Lg.
Was $29.99 Now $15.00

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French Quarter Caps. Lg.: Was $29.99 Now $15.00

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Harbor Side Caps. XL: Was $39.99 Now $20.00
Whew! I told you there was a lot! And I have a ton more! Shipping prices will of course vary depending on your purchase, but I will be sure to get you the lowest shipping costs I can. Thank you so much for looking. I hope you find something you like!
Please be sure to stop by tomorrow for a very special StampInsanity Blog Hop!