Quilted Christmas for a homespun holiday

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I’m almost certain that in a past life I was an 87-year-old woman who loved nothing more than cozying up in a hand-stitched quilt by a roaring wood fire in my little log cabin.

So, it’s no wonder that the first time I saw the Stampin’ Up! Christmas Quilt photopolymer bundle, the Quilted Christmas Ribbon, the Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper and coordinating Stitched Felt Embellishments, I fell in love with it all.

I haven’t had time to really dive into using everything in this suite, but I did break it out for some sweet and simple Christmas cards for my work friends. This little taste of homespun cheer was enough to let me know this is a set I’ll keep for a very long time.

I also love that it can be adapted for other occasions or no occasion at all.

This suite is on the Retiring List, so if you’re thinking about getting it, don’t hesitate. All products are only available while supplies last.

 

 

Quick-knit hat for gift-giving

I’m all about quick-knit projects, and The Man Hat by Haven Ashley is one of my favorite hats. It’s easy enough for beginners and you can have a finished beanie just a few hours after casting on.

I was struggling to come up with a gift for the director of my department who is very outdoorsy, so I decided he really needed this hat in a soft and squishy skein of Malabrigo Chunky Stone Blue that I purchased from Stix

If you’re starting to the reach panic-mode stage and have some chunky/bulky yarn on hand, I recommend this great pattern for men and women!


 

 

Thankful Thoughts Blog Hop for Inking Royalty

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s October Blog Hop!

There are so many ways to say “Thank you,” and today’s blog hop is filled with projects that do just that. The products in Stampin’ Up!’s annual and holiday catalogs make it easy to beautifully express gratitude and we are excited to share some of our creations with you.

After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person listed below.

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I’m a longtime admirer of coffee, that delicious elixir of life. I love it so much that if you asked me to choose between coffee and wine — well, I’d never speak to you again because that’s just mean.

But, I did choose the Coffee Cafe Photopolymer Bundle for my blog hop project to thank the caregiver who watches over and teaches my grandson while my daughter works to earn her degree.

After all, what person who works with a handful toddlers can pass up caffeine?

To make this card, I used Early Espresso card stock for the base, because of the name. And because it coordinates with the gorgeous Coffee Break Designer Series Paper. I layered several patterns of the paper and then stamped and cut out the coffee cup, top, cardboard sleeve (my favorite die in the set) and the “Thanks a Latte” sentiment.

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I wanted to use some of the adorable images I cut from a colorful page of the DSP, so I cut  strips from a window sheet and attached the cutouts to the strips, then adhered the strips to the back of the large cup so the cutouts look like they’re floating.

A matching gift card adhered with a couple of mini glue dots inside the card was all I needed to finish it off!

This whole suite speaks to my coffee-bean-crusted heart, so I bought everything in it, something I don’t always do. I love that this set can be used for so many occasions. Also, there is a coordinating holiday set called Merry Cafe in the holiday catalog that is perfect for fall and winter occasions and gift-giving.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group and you don’t want to miss it!

~ Denise ~

Thank you for hopping along with us.  If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  3. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  4. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  5. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  6. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  7. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  9. Karen Browning at KarenZBrowning.com
  10. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  11. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  12. Racheal Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’

Families First for the Pals Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Families First Pals Blog Hop for April 2017! We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes.

This month we are featuring projects that are all about our families. This is a great time of year to think about what to make for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or upcoming graduations. And, family vacations are just around the corner… how would you want to remember those special family moments? We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full line-up will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

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Denise Hoepfner | The Mountain Magpie

When I found out the theme to this blog hop was “Families First,” I immediately thought about the most precious and newest members of our families — babies!

Babies are sweet, cuddly and they smell nice. In other words, TOTALLY the opposite of most of our fully grown family members.

And what better way to welcome these bouncing bundles of sunshine and joy than with a 4″ x 4″ card made with the adorable Moon Baby stamp set paired with paper I just can’t quit from the Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack?

To make this card I stamped the image in Basic Gray ink and colored it with Watercolor Pencils in Calypso Coral, Basic Gray and Daffodil Delight. I cut the little moon baby out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, which make everything just *that* much cuter, especially when cut out of Thick Whisper White card stock.

I used a silver star from the Neutrals Sequin Embellishments to add some sparkle to the card.

Simple. Easy. Sweet.

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  3. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  4. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  5. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  6. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  7. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  8. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  9. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  10. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  11. Karen Zaring Browning at Stamp With Me KZB
  12. Susan Itell at simplestampin.com
  13. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  14. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  15. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  16. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  17. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  18. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  19. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme by Becky Retzer
  20. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  21. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  22. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  23. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  24. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  25. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps.com
  26. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  27. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  28. Sara Hicks Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  29. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  30. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards

Spring Celebrations for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

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Welcome to InKing Royalty’s March Blog Hop!  Today’s fun Blog Hop is filled with projects inspired by a Spring Celebrations theme.

Stampin’ Up! catalogs are filled with so many great ideas for spring-themed projects — Easter, birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, weddings, just to name a few.

We are excited to share our creations with you today. After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

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To me, spring is all about gardening — flowers, herbs, vegetables, fruit. There’s something so satisfying about seeing the hard work of planting and weeding pay off in a bounty of homegrown goodness.

Living in a cold-weather climate like Montana has its challenges, so when something grows well here, we remember to keep it in our rotation from year to year. That’s why gardeners here love to save, and then share, the seeds of the plants that flourish in our gardens.

I like to jazz up my seed packets to make them just as fun as what’s inside them. These were so easy to make that I went a little overboard, but here are my favorite five:

(Not a gardener or seed-sharer? These are just the right size to hold gift cards!)

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To make the seed packet envelopes, I used the Envelope Punch Board. I cut my paper to 5″ x 5″. Then, I measured at 2″ and punched and scored, then rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise and measured at 3″ and punched and scored. I repeated this sequence, rotating 90 degrees counterclockwise and punching and scoring at 2″and then rotating 90 degrees counterclockwise and punching and scoring at 3″. Next, I rounded the corners.

I decided to glue the envelopes two different ways — vertically and horizontally.

Then came the super-fun part: decorating!

I wanted to use some of miscellaneous stuff I had in THAT DRAWER. You know the drawer. It looks like this:

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So, I pulled out that stamped cactus, the half a lace doily, the gold glitter ribbon and got to work. Here’s what I used:

Cactus packet — Perfect for jalapeno, cilantro or habanero seeds: Fiesta Time Framelits Dies, Birthday Fiesta stamp set, Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper, Emerald Envy Taffeta Ribbon, Emerald Envy ink.

Floral “love” packet — Great for wedding or bridal shower favors: Sunshine Wishes Thinlit Dies, Falling in Love Designer Series Paper, Sweet Sugarplum card stock, Gold Metallic Thread, Vanilla Metallic Ribbon from the Sale-A-Bration Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack.

Watering can packet — Just right for flower or vegetable seeds: Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper, Emerald Envy Taffeta Ribbon, Gift from the Garden stamp set, That’s the Tag stamp set, Melon Mambo and Emerald Envy inks.

Barn wood and doily packet — Great for heirloom or any type of seeds: Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack, Lace Doilies, Pearl Basic Jewels.

Sunshine packet — Perfect for sunflower seeds, of course! (Or any other seeds sure to brighten someone’s day.): Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack (the “sunshine” is also cut out of the yellowest part of the same paper), Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies, Linen Thread.

I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue to make the packets and a variety of methods to close them, including Mini Glue Dots, ribbon/thread, and for the cactus packet, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

If you’re looking for a fun way to use up your retired or soon-to-retire paper and all the stuff in THAT DRAWER, this is the project for you!

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Brian King at Stamp with Brian. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group and you don’t want to miss it!

Denise

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this lineup as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs
  3. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  4. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB
  5. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Amy Koenders at Stamp with Amy K
  8. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  9. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  10. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  11. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  12. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie

A little sunshine for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

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Welcome to InKing Royalty’s February Blog Hop!

Today’s blog hop is filled with projects inspired by a Birthday Bliss theme.  What fun! Stampin’ Up! catalogs are filled with fun, festive and beautiful ways to make birthdays special and we are excited to share our creations with you today. We are also excited to welcome guest designer Michelle Last to our team’s blog hop this month.

After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

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Denise Hoepfner | The Mountain Magpie

My daughter turns 28 tomorrow, which is really weird because I’m like — 35ish.

ANYHOO, she is working hard to get her computer science degree while raising her son and because we are 1,700 miles apart, I can’t be there for her as much as I would like. Lately, she hasn’t been feeling well, so I wanted to make her a cheery birthday card to raise her spirits.

To make this card, I used the Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack, which is filled with gorgeous and whimsical designs, like the sunburst print I chose for the top layer.

Next, I used the “Happy Birthday” sentiment from the Big on Birthdays stamp set and stamped it in Pumpkin Pie ink on a Very Vanilla card stock circle.

I then hand cut a banner in Very Vanilla card stock and layered it on a larger one I cut from So Saffron card stock, which is what I used for the card base, as well.

Finally, I cut a So Saffron “sunshine” die cut from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies. I think the font is so fun, especially next to the more staid “Happy Birthday.”

I hope this card brings a smile to my daughter’s face as much as the gift card I put inside it will.

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Candy Ford at Stamp CandyThere’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group and you don’t want to miss it!

Denise

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  3. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB
  6. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  7. Imogene Thomas at MomoMakes.com
  8. Michelle Last at MichelleLast.co.uk
  9. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  10. Lory Robinson at The Robins Nest Designs
  11. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  12. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  13. Lisa Pretto at Ink Big Academy Stamps

Always an Adventure for PP329

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Denise Hoepfner | The Mountain Magpie

I live in Montana, so it’s no surprise that I love the mountains and nature. No matter the time of year here, people do their best to get out and enjoy our wildlands. Hiking, kayaking, skiing, sledding, camping – it’s all right out our front door. Of course, the flip side of recreation is conservation and working to keep our public lands accessible to all.

So, when I saw the Always an Adventure bundle from Stampin’ Up!, I knew it was a must-have for me. And when I saw Joanne’s Paper Players challenge, PP329, the diamond shapes reminded of – mountain ranges!

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You’ll notice there isn’t a whole bunch of stamping on this card, just the tent (stamped in Cherry Cobbler and Dapper Denim) and the sentiment, which is from the Places You’ll Go stamp set (stamped in Early Espresso).

For the rest of the card, I used the following card stock:

It’s hard to capture the beauty of mountains — the alpenglow, the bluish-grayish whites of winter, their sheer majesty.

It’s a good thing this adorable stamp set and coordinating Framelits dies don’t even try. Instead, they give you a fun, almost cartoonish card that is sure to make anyone smile.

Thanks for stopping by!

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‘Love is in the air’ InKing Royal Blog Hop

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Welcome to InKing Royalty’s January Blog Hop – our first hop of 2017!

Today’s hop is filled with inspiring projects that feature each artist’s take on “Love is in the Air.” This is the best time of year to start planning your Valentine’s Day projects. There are amazing, new products in Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions Catalog and NOW is the best time to get them. We are excited to share our projects with you and hope they inspire you!

After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

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You know that Sinead O’Connor song that goes, “It’s been seven hours and fifteen days…?”

Well, that’s about how long it took me to make this card, what with all the microscopic pieces that kept getting lost or mangled. That being said, I don’t recommend CASEing this project for just anyone. Here are a few people who might deserve it:

  • The person who gave you a kidney.
  • Anyone who surprises you by paying off your mortgage.
  • The friend who for years has kept THAT SECRET about you and you want to keep it that way.
  • Your mother/ your upline/Oprah.

To make this card, I cut out the larger Detailed Floral Thinlits Die in Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight and Wild Wasabi card stock. I then pieced everything into the Whisper White frame.

For the sentiment, I used the Suite Sentiments stamp set that can be found in the Occasions catalog.

This card isn’t perfect– there are a lot of rough spots if you look up close — but it was truly a labor of love for a dear friend who will think it’s fabulous.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group and you don’t want to miss it!

Happy stamping,

Denise

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

Brian King at Stamp with Brian
Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie  <~~~ You are here!
Karen Browning at Stamp with Me KZB
Natalie Lapakko at Stamp Witch Blog
Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs
Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps

From the heart for the Pals blog hop

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Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for January 2017!

We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes. This month, our projects showcase themes that are “from the heart.” This includes any of the following themes: Valentine’s Day, Thinking of You, Get Well or Sympathy. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and we hope you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the lineup on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below. The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.


 

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Denise Hoepfner, themountainmagpie.com

I was struggling to come up with an intricate super-fancy card to showcase after my long absence from my blog. I tried several things before realizing that what was important wasn’t coming up with something overly complicated, but rather that I was returning to something I love. And love should be simple.

So, for this sweet and simple expression of LOVE, I used items from the annual catalog (Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies), the Occasions catalog (Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder) and the Sale-A-Bration brochure (Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack).

To make the card, I cut two flowers out using Thick Whisper White card stock and then stacked one on top of the other to give it some weight so I could lift it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I used my Aqua Pen to watercolor both the flower (Pink Pirouette) and the stem (Pear Pizzazz).

I cut the “love” sentiment out in both Whisper White and Pink Pirouette card stock and layered it as well, reversing the colors.

I love mixing and matching between catalogs or between new and retired products to stretch my creativity and get the greatest value from my Stampin’ Up! collection. By thinking outside the bundle/suite/stamping case, the possibilities are limitless!

I’m happy with this card, and I’m happy to be back blogging! I hope to share more creations with you over the coming months.

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below.

We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

 Blog Hop Line-up:

  1. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  2. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  3. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  4. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  5. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  6. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs
  7. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Spaces
  8. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  9. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  10. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  11. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  12. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  13. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  14. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  15. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  16. Sara Hicks Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  17. Lisa Ann Bernard  at Queen B Creations
  18. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping

Putting Families First for the Pals Blog Hop

 

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Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for April 2016! We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes. This month, we are featuring projects that are all about our families.

This is a great time of year to think about what to make for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or upcoming graduations. And, family vacations are just around the corner — how would you want to remember those special family moments?

We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the lineup on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below. The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

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Do you have an amazing mother in your life? Whether that be your birth mom, stepmom, mother-in-law or someone who has been like a mother to you, Mother’s Day is a great time to remind them how important they are to you. Actually, every day is a great time to remind them how important they are to you!

For this card, which can be used for birthdays, a thank you note, a note of encouragement, as well as Mother’s Day, I used the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies from the Occasions catalog. This die set makes it easy to make pretty cards.

For the flowers, I used Rose Red (Crushed Curry center) and Wisteria Wonder (So Saffron center) card stock. The leaves are made using Garden Green card stock. I embellished each flower with a Rhinestone Basic Jewel. A Rose Red Candy Dot is at each of the the floral swag.

The base of the card is made with Very Vanilla card stock to coordinate with the black and vanilla paper from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack. Often billed as perfect for “masculine” cards, this paper is actually more versatile than that.

The sentiment is stamped in Rose Red ink and is from the Greatest Greetings stamp set, which is in the Occasions catalog.

Thanks for visiting! To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop lineup below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  3. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  4. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  5. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  6. Peggy Noe at Prettypapercards
  7. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  8. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  9. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin
  10. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  11. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  12. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  13. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  14. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  15. Pam Dotts at Clearly Southern Stampin’
  16. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  17. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  18. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  19. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  20. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  21. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie <~~ You are here!
  22. Natalie Bradley at NatalieBradley.com
  23. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  24. Karen Zaring Browning at Karen Zaring Browning
  25. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  26. Debbie Crowley at Expressivley Deb