Handmade First Frost Cards

I am so excited about our Creative Crafters’ Escape this Saturday – I am featuring 4 handmade First Frost cards that I made with the Frosted Floral Specialty DSP and the Stampin’ Up!  First Frost Stamp Set.  My team and I have been planning a full day stamping event every 4 months and our next one is this Saturday September 15th.  A Full day of Crafting fun with lots of great ideas featuring the new products in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog!

These are 4 quick cards that I made with the First Frost stamp set for the make-n-takes for the day.  So all participants will go home with these four gorgeous cards!

This new Designer paper – Frosted Floral Specialty Designer paper is absolutely beautiful!  The designs are printed on a White Shimmer paper so have a gorgeous sheen with lots of sparkle!

This DSP is perfect for shimmery winter cards and scrapbook pages.

Our full day events which we call Creative Crafters’ Escape is for any papercrafter fanatics!  Even if you are not in the Boston area, we will be offering our classes online next week!  So stay tuned!  















I can’t wait to share more projects with you next week!  I love these events and am always inspired by all the beautiful projects that my team and customers design with these products!

You can check out these products at my online store.

Need a day of Crafting Fun?

I am so excited to announce our 5th FULL Day event!!  and each one is getting better!

We have some fantastic classes planned with the Joyous Noel Designer paper from the upcoming Holiday catalog and a few of the new stamp sets!  Check this image to see some of the things that are part of the registration gift!

We have so many fun things planned!

You can Click HERE to register for this event!  Don’t miss out on the fun

Right Click on the flyer below to print it off to share with your friends!  It is always much more fun to craft with your friends!!  And you will make new friends!!











































I can’t wait to see you on the 15th!

Marilyn and Jeannie

Blended Season Card Class

Blended Seasons Card Class 

I love the Stampin’ Up! Blended Seasons stamp set.  This set has stamps for each season of the year so it is a great all occasion stamp set.

I have pulled together a couple of my favorite cards from this set that represent the seasons into an online class, just for you!

But – there is always a but isn’t there?
This stamp set is only available until the August 31st!.  See the details HERE on the special.






Another great thing about this stamp set is the Stitched Seasons Framelits that come as part of the bundle.  These framelits 3 nested windows that have stitching on the inside and outside of the frame.  This allows you to make a frame with stitching on both the inside and the outside by layering two window framelits together.

You can find more information on my class HERE.    


As soon as I saw the falling leaves that were part of this set, I knew that I needed to use copper for the Falling Leaves stamp.  The leaves are stamped with versamark ink and colored with the Stampin’ Blends Markers.  I added a frame cut from copper foil  to highlight the leaves on the card.

I would love to be your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  You can place an order on my website HERE.    If your order is under $150 then use the Host Code      and I will send you a sampler of the new Joyous Noel Christmas DSP.  Of course if your order is over $150 then keep the host benefits for yourself.  I love to share benefits with my customers!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tropical Chic Card Class


Today I am sharing a Tropical Chic Card class that I recently put together for my July class.   I have to say that the Tropical Escape Designer series paper is my favorite in the new catalog.  

I have seen so many beautiful projects made with the Tropical Chic bundle and Tropical Escape designer series paper.

For these projects I used Stampin’ Up!’s Tropical Chic stamp set and Fabulous Flamingo stamp set.    

The other supplies that I used for these projects include:

Cardstocks:
Whisper White, Granny Apple Green
Tranquil Tide, Blushing Bride and Flirty Flamingo and the Tropical Escape Designer Series paper stack.

Inks:  Granny Apple Green, Shaded Spruce, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo and Petal Pink.

This class includes full color instructions for 5 cards and one treat box made with these Tropical projects.

You can see more details and purchase my Tropical Chic Class HERE. for $14.95

Thanks for stopping by today!






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Animal Outing Handmade Card

Animal Outing Handmade cardToday I am sharing a card that one of my friends made using the Stampin’ Up! Animal Outing stamp set.  This Animal Outing handmade card would be perfect for a kid’s birthday!

The card base is Tranquil Tide CS cut to 8  1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at
4 1/4″.  The background is a layer of the the Tropical Escape Designer series paper.  This Tropical designed paper is a perfect paper pattern to use for an animal set.

The giraffes are stamped with Early Espresso ink on Crushed Curry CS and cutout with the coordinating Animal Friends thinlits. The flower is stamped with the orchid from the Tropical Chic stamp set.

The circle and scalloped circle in the center of the card are cut out of the Layering Circles framelits.  Whisper White and Tranquil Tide cardstocks were used for the circles.

Lastly the “Happy Birthday” message is stamped on a tag cut from the Stitched Labels Framelits.  This is a perfect Framelit set that everyone should have in their collection.  

 The Stitched Labels framelit collection cuts several different shapes for labels with a pretty stitching pattern around the edge.   There is also a stitched background which would be perfect for making a textured background for a card.  And a long Stitched framelit to cut a stitched edge to a card.  No more using a template and stylus to make a stitched edge on a card!

I hope you have enjoyed this card.  Thank you to my friend JoJo for sharing it with me!!

Happy Stamping!

TAX FREE + Bonus Days!!!

What happens when you combine Massachusetts Tax FREE weekend with Bonus Days??  Stampin’ Up! on Sale!


Today and tomorrow – August 11th and 12th are Tax FREE weekend in Massachusetts!  That is %6.25 off!  Combine that with Stampin’ Up!’s  Bonus Days for the month of August and you get Great Savings!

For every $50 USD you  spend before August 31 (before shipping and tax) earns a $5 USDBonus Days coupon code that can be used September 1–30.   Translated that means a $5 coupon for each $50 that you spend in August to be used in September!!  and the new Holiday catalog will be out in September. 

So buy this weekend for tax FREE and get coupons to use in September with the New Holiday Catalog!!

Have a great time shopping!

Varied Vases handmade card and FREE tutorial

Today I am sharing a beautiful card that I made with the Varied Vases stamp set and coordinating punch.  This is a handmade varied vases cardgreat bundle to make some cute quick cards.  I used the Garden Impressions Designer paper with this set.  

One of my favorite color combinations is navy and yellow so I was naturally drawn to this piece of designer paper.

So the details on this card.

Card Base:  cut a piece of So Saffron cardstock to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and score at 4 1/4.  
First layer:  So saffron piece of Garden Impressions DSP cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″
Second layer:  Blue and saffron floral background cut to 3″ x 4″.

The Focal point of this card is the floral images stamped on a piece of 2 1/4″ x 3″ piece of whisper white cardstock.  Then I stamped each of the 3 vases with Jet Black staz-on ink.  I added a flower to each vase and colored in the flowers with So Saffron ink.

The vases are punched out of scraps of the Garden Impressions DSP.  I really liked the way this highlighted the vases.  I attached the DSP vases over the stamped vase. Stamping the vase even though I know I am going to cover it up with DSP – helps to position the flowers.    I added the middle vase last and used a dimensional so it looks like it is in front of the other two vases.  This piece is layered onto a 2 3/8″ x 3 1/8″ piece of Night of Navy cardstock.  This piece is centered to the center left of the Decorative DSP layer.  I didn’t want to hide that beautiful navy and saffron DSP.

Last I stamped the message “Birthday Wishes”  on a scrap of whisper white cardstock and punched it out with the Classic label punch.  I used a dimensional to add this piece to the card.

Interested in a FREE  Tutorial with 3 other cards made with the Varied Vases stamp set and Garden Impressions Designer paper?  This tutorial outlines my design process and how I use sketches with a specific stamp set and Designer paper to design cards and scrapbook pages.  

CLICK HERE to signup for my newsletter to receive this Tutorial for FREE.  I send out 3-4 newsletters a month filled with lot of great papercrafting tips and ideas!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Blended Seasons Stamp Set

Blended Seasons Falling LeavesToday I am sharing a card that I made with the new Blended Seasons stamp set that you will be able to order for the month of August only from Stampin’ Up!.










This set comes with a coordinating set of thinlits; the Stitched Seasons thinlits.  I love the window framelits that are part of this set.  Each of the windows is stitched on the inside and outside so you can cut an outline with the stitched edges.











Here are the details of this card.  The card base is a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 11″ x 4 1/4″ and scored at 5 1/2″.   Next is a second layer of whisper white cardstock cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″.   I stamped the leaves with versamark ink randomly and embossed them with Copper Embossing powder.  I used the Stampin’ Blends Markers to color in the leaf images.

Next I cut a Window from a piece of Copper Foil using the large and medium Window Framelits that are part of the Stitched Seasons framelits.  I can tell that these framelits with the stitched detail along the edge of the framelit will become a staple in my stamping room!  I used dimensionals to pop up the frame over the leaves.  I then tied a piece of the copper ribbon around the upper right hand corner of the frame.  You can fray this ribbon to get a cool “metal” effect.

Last but not least I stamped the sentiment “thank you” that is part of the Blended Seasons stamp set with versamark ink on a 1″ x 3 1/2″ piece of vellum cardstock and embossed it with the Copper embossing powder.  I snipped the end of the vellum to make a tail on the label and added it to the front of the card.  The great thing about vellum is the transparency of it so you are not hiding any of the images on your project.

Check out the details of this special HERE.  

Ready to place an order?  If you are in the US and don’t have a demonstrator,  I would love to help you out.  If your order is under $150, use the Hostess code PNUBFTX3 and I will send you a sampler of the new Under the Mistletoe Designer paper.  Of course if your order is over $150, then collect the hostess benefits for yourself.  I love to share benefits with my customers.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Blast from the Past handmade Graduation Card

Today I am sharing a Handmade Graduation Card that I designed for my niece Hillary’handmade Graduation Cards graduation from Merrimack College!  What a huge milestone!  This is one of my favorite card designs – a Z Fold Card.  I love cards that move and Z Fold Cards are one of my favorite types of cards to design!

The colors for this card are inspired by Hillary’s love of Lily Pulitzer clothes and colors.  Pink and Green colors happen to be one my favorite colors combinations too!   So this card is designed around the new Granny Apple Green cardstock and of course my favorite pink – Flirty Flamingo cardstock wiht a little Coastal Cabana thrown in for a blue shade.  Aren’t you glad that Flirty Flamingo became a permanent color and that Coastal Cabana is back!

I used the Brights Designer paper stacks for the back ground paper.  Bringing back the Designer paper stacks in the color families was a great decision by Stmapin’ Up!  I love having a designer paper that coordinates with every color!
Brights Designer Series Paper Stack
Here are the details on this card:
The card base is a 5 1/2″ x 11″ piece of Flirty Flamingo Cardstock scored at 5 1/2″ and 2 3/4″.  This is folded into a Z shape.  The first 2 layers are  two 2 5/8″ x 5 3/8″ pieces of Granny Apple Green DSP.   The back panel is a 5 3/8″ square of Coastal Cabana DSP. 

The arm of the Z Fold card is a 1 1/4″ x 11″ piece of Granny Apple Green cardstock scored at 5 1/2″ and 2 3/8″.  Each panel of the arm is layered with a piece of Flirty Flamingo DSP.   The numbers 2018 are cut using the Large Number framelits dies (which have now retired unfrotunately) from the Granny Apple Green and Flirty Flamingo cardstock.   The key to the Z Fold card is to attach the arm folded in the opposite direction from the card.

The banner and stars are cut using the Birthday Bash framelits (also retired).  I do love these framelits and the star explosion that the die creates!. 

The inspiration for the card design was a graduation card that I designed last year for my daughter Emily.  I have to admit that her card was a little more elaborate with a lot more bling.  This card was designed around Sacred Heart University colors which is where my daughter graduated from.  This card used Crushed Curry Cardstock and Cherry Cobbler Cardstock.

handmade Graduation Card





This is a great example of how you can take a favorite card that you designed before and change it to use for another occasion!

Want to learn how to make a Z Fold card?  Here is a link to a video that I recorded last year on Z Fold cards.  I also included a link to FREE PDF with full instructions on making Z Fold cards!



Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy July! new Stampin’ Specials

Happy July! 
Stampin’ Up! has some fantastic specials for the month of July!



Have you ever thought about doing what you love?

What a perfect time to Join MY Team!

For the month of July, new recruits will receive a FREE assortment of Classic Stampin’ Pads of their choosing with their Starter Kit!  Check out the details HERE.

Ready to join now?  Click HERE to Join Now!
or
Give me a call! 

I have a fantastic team!  We all work together, share ideas and help each other out!











Special #2 For July



It is time to stock up on some of those gorgeous Designer Series Papers in the new Catalog!  Buy 3 Designs and Get 1 FREE!

Check out the details HERE.


I love the new beautiful Designer papers in the new catalog! July is a great time to get started on your Holiday cards! – so If your order is under $150, use the Host Code V2NYMHQ4   and I will give you a sampler of the new Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper.  I love this new bright and cheery DSP for the Holiday!  If your order is over $150, keep the hostess benefits for yourself!  I love to share rewards with my customers!



Happy Shopping!


Handmade Shower Invitation

handmade Shower invitaitonToday I am sharing a handmade Shower Invitation that my friend and I designed for her daughter’s shower.

I used the new Serene Garden Stamp set from the new Stampin’ Up! catalog.  I love the look of this set.  It is definitely very serene.  This set would be perfect for thank you cards, thinking of you and sympathy cards.  So pretty.



This set comes in a bundle with matching framelit dies.  But it also has a die that embosses the main floral image. 

The invitations are 5 x 7.  The base is a piece of the new Blueberry Bushel cardstock cut to 5 x 7″.  I was playing around with the width of the mat for this card and also the portrait versus landscape layouts.  The card on the right with the portrait layout has a piece of Whisper White cardstock is cut to 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″.   The image is stamped on the lower left corner with Basic Gray ink.  For the landscape invitation I cut the Whisper White cardstock to 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ for a wider mat on the base.

I used the Old Olive Blends marker to color the leaves on these cards.  I really like the shading effects that you can get with the Stampin’ Blends markers.  For the flowers I used the Blueberry Bushel ink with an aqua painter since this color isn’t available in the Stampin’ Blends markers yet.

So of course I had to try out the new embossing die.  So I made a card using some of the new purple colors;  Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape.  NOTE:  you do need an embossing mat for your Big Shot.  Check out the Embossing mats in the new catalog on page 221. 

For the this card, the base is Gorgeous Grape cardstock cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4.  The next layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Highland Heather cardstock. 

The next layer is a 2″ x 3 1/2″ piece of Whisper White cardstock with a mat of Gorgeous Grape cut to 2 1/8″ x 3 5/8″.

For this card, I used an aqua painter and did a wash across the white cardstock for the sky.  I stamped the corner leaf image in the two bottom corners.  Next I stamped the leaf with single flower image and the larger flower above.  I then stamped the two flowers again with the butterfly on scrap cardstock and cut them out with the framelit dies.  I colored these image with Highland Heather ink and an aqua painter.   The leaves are colored with the Old Olive Blends Markers.

Then I attached the flower over the image with mini dimensionals.  You can’t tell by the pictures, but I also used a Wink of Stella pen on the larger flower so that it stands out and shimmers which it does!

I can tell that the Serene Garden stamp set is going to become one of my go to stamp sets with this catalog!

Here are the supplies that I used for these items today:
Product List

So which invitation do you like better?  The landscape or portrait?

If you are ready to place an order, I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator!  If your order is under $150, use the Host code of  TSAB4JTZ  and I will send you a special gift.  I love to share the Host benefits with my customers.  Of course if your order is over $150, then keep the Host benefits for yourself!

Happy Stamping!




Don’t Miss out – 4 great crafting Classes

How can it be only 2 1/2 weeks from our next Creative Crafters’ Escape on Saturday June 16th??  Time just flies too fast!  So I wanted to share a couple of points with you for the day.

Creative Crafters' Escape
(Click on the flyer above to print it off and share with your friends – Bring a friend that is new to us and receive a special gift from us!)

My team and I have been very busy planning for another fantastic and Fun day!!  We do need to close registration 5 days before the event so we have time to order all the supplies.  So registration is closing on Sunday the 10th.  Registration is $80 but only until May 31st  which is tomorrow!  After this, registration goes up to $85!

So CLICK HERE to Register for our Event now before Registration goes up to $85!

We have created 4 fantastic new classes for the day.  You are sure to learn something new!

Techniques and Textures Class using the new In-Colors – with Jeanne
Creative Crafters' Escape petal palette class

This class uses the new In-Colors Designer series paper with the in-colors with the Petal Palette Stamp Set.  In this class you will:
  • Make 5 cards using the new In-Colors
  • Learn 5 different Stamping Techniques – a separate technique for each card!
  • Receive a half package of the new In-Color Designer paper with the class
You are sure to learn something new and will have some of the new paper to play with after the class!  Class Cost is $30.



                                                   


Share What you Love Cards
with Lisa
Share what you love card class for Creative Crafters' Escape
In this class you will:

  • Complete 4 beautiful cards – perfect for any occasion!
  • Learn the Triple Layer technique
  • Receive a Full Step-by-step Tutorial for 6 cards with this gorgeous Designer paper!

Did I mention that this is the Designer paper that you receive as part of your registration gift?  Class Cost – $25



                                                                           Sea of Textures 3D Box
– with Debbie
Creative Crafters' Escape Sea of Textures 3D Box
All I can say about this box is WOW!!  Wait until you see it!  This box is absolutely gorgeous!

  • You will  make this fantastic 4 x 4″ box decorated with the Sea Critters from the 
Sea of Textures Stamp set.
  • You’ll receive a Step-by-Step tutorial for this box so you can re-create it in the future
  • Your friends will be awed by this project!
Class Cost – $20


Creative Crafter’s Sampler
– with Marilyn

  • You’ll make this beautiful Creative Sampler using the Crafting Forever and Apron of Love Stamp sets
  • You’ll receive a Step-by-Step tutorial for this sampler – you will have all the measurements to re-create this sampler for a friend
  • A Perfect gift for a Crafty Friend or Family member!
Class cost $25


So are you ready to register for the classes?? 

Click  HERE.


We are so looking forward to the day!!

See you there!

Goodbye to Garden in Bloom

Today I am sharing another stamp set that I really like that is retiring the Garden in Bloom Stamp set.

But the good news is – this card is made with the Stampin’ Up! color Flirty Flamingo which is staying!

So I have found a few scraps of the Fruit Stand Designer paper left from the 2016 catalog.  So am going to make a few of these cards with a group of ladies that I am stamping with today.

I cut the DSP on a diagonal and used the other side of the DSP inside the card.  Here is the inside.  I love the colors and fun spring feel of this card!














It is hard to see, but I used the Wink of Stella on the flower petals to give them that extra little zing.  Everything needs a little bling!

Both cards have a card base of Flirty Flamingo cardstock. 

The card on the left is randomly stamped with the flowers from the Garden in Bloom stamp set.  This is a great way to make your own Designer paper.   For this card I used Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach inks to stamp the flowers.  The outline of the flower is stamped with the primary color and the inside of the flower is stamped with the same color and then stamped a second time on a second flower to get the lighter shade.  The leaves are stamped with Wild Wasabi.  Just a side note that Peekaboo Peach and Wild Wasabi inks are also retiring.

For the card on the right, I used a Black Archival ink pad to stamp the outline of the flowers and then filled them in with the Flirty Flamingo ink.  The flowers were cut out and applied to the card with dimensionals.  The butterfly is colored with Daffodil Delight in the center.  The edge of the Butterfly wings is a brush stroke of the Peekaboo Peach ink.

I will miss this beautiful Cheery stamp set!

Don’t miss out! 

Ready to place an order?  If your order is under $150, then use the Host Code RY33UA2V  and I will give you a sampler of the new Share What you Love Designer paper.  Of course if your order is over $150, keep the Host rewards for yourself.  I love to share the Host rewards with my customers!

Have a great day!

How to CASE a Card

I am going to show you how to case a card today.  Have you ever seen a card that you like and wonder how to make it?  CASE is the crafting word for Copy and Share Everything.  The most important point is to give credit to the person that designed the card originally!

This week I have been playing around with the Share What you Love Bundle of products since those are featured this month.  I like the card that is in one of the examples that Stampin’ Up! published to the Demonstrators.  So I am going to show you how I CASEd the card and then made a version that is just a little stepped up (more bling added).

The Card on the left is the card that Stampin’ Up! published on the demonstrator site.

This card has a Rich Razzleberry Card base that has been cut to 4 1/4″ x 11 and scored at 5 1/2″ to stand the long way.  A piece of Whisper white cardstock has been cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″.  I can tell the dimension by the wider layer that is on this card.  Most card layers are 1/4″ smaller – this has a wider layer (more of the background card is showing) so the layer is 1/2″ smaller than the card base.

To make the banner end on this layer, I made a little mark on the bottom of the layer in the center.  Then went up 3/4″ and made another mark.  I used my Paper snips to cut on the diagonal from each edge to the dot int the center.

The Center of the card is stamped with the Love What you Do Stamp set.  The background and small flowers on the top are stamped with the new In-color Grapefruit Grove.  I have to say this is favorite new In-Color for this year.  The leaves on the side are stamped with Old Olive ink.  The rose is stamped with Rich Razzleberry ink.  The cute detailed tag comes from the Share What you Love Embellishment Kit.  “Thank you” is stamped with Rich Razzleberry ink.
Here are the items from the Stampin’ Up! Bundle.  Interested in getting a head start with this new Suite of Products?  Check out the bundles HERE.  As you can see to the left, the bundle includes the Grapefruit Grove Ink pad!!

The card on the right is a stepped up card with an additional layer and a little more bling.

The Card Base is the new Grapefruit Grove Cardstock.  The whisper white layer is the same size (3 3/4″ x 5″) with a layer of old olive underneath.  The old Olive is cut to 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ to make a very narrow layer.

The background is stamped with the Grapefruit Grove ink.  Leaves are stamped with Old Olive Ink and the roses are stamped with Rich Razzleberry ink.  I added the tag from the Share What you Love Embellishment Kit and tied a piece of the white twine in the kit thru the side of the tag.  I then added two small piece of the Rich Razzleberry Velvet ribbon as a tail coming off the side of the tag.

That’s it! That is how to CASE a Card.  You make the card as shown or you can modify the card and add your own touches and embellishments to it.  As we all know, the embellishments are the fun part!


Ready to place an order?
If you do not have a demonstrator in the USA – I would love to be your demonstrator.  If you order is under $150 then use the Host code RY33UA2V and I will send you a special gift for placing your order with me.  I love to share the Host benefits with my customers!

Happy Stamping!




Review of You Move Me Stamp set

Today I am sharing a card that I received last fall for my Birthday from one of my great Stampin’ Friends, Kathie Durgan on the You move me butterflywest coast.  I would like to share some of my favorites from sets that are retiring over the next couple of weeks. 

This post is a couple of samples made with the You Move Me Stamp set.

Here are the details for this Beautiful Birthday card:

the Card base is Basic Black cardstock cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  The second layer is a piece of Gold Foil cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″.  The third layer is a piece of Whisper white cardstock cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″.   The pattern on the bottom of the white cardstock is made using the Black Washi Tape.  I love the way you can use a little tape to look like Designer paper!

The butterfly is cut from a piece of Gold Foil with an overlay cut from Basic Black cardstock.


I love the images in the You Move Me stamp set.  The bird, butterfly and flower are 3 part stamps that allow you stamp a detailed and colorful image using multiple colors of ink for the image.   The corresponding dies allow you to create an interactive image that appears to flutter using the “grill” piece on the front of a card.  A great card that moves.

Here is an example of the You Move Me stamp set and dies used to create an interactive c
ard.  This card was designed by one of my downlines, Debby Donovan for a class that she was teaching at one of our Creative Crafters’ Escape Stamping Retreats.


Like these ideas?  Don’t miss out!   This set is retiring and will be gone after May 31st!

Ready to place an order?  If you are in the United States and don’t have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your demonstrator.  If your order is under $150 use the Host Code  RY33UA2V and I will share a sampler of the new upcoming Share What you Love DSP with you.  Of course if your order is over $150, then claim the Host benefits for yourself!  I love to share Host benefits with my customers!

Happy Stamping!