June 30, 2010

Seeing Doubles?

This week's Stampin' Royalty Challenge is "Seeing Doubles" ... it is up to you to interpret that however you want.  This whole page started off with the idea of reflecting the word "Remember" to create my double image.  From there I started to play.  For my Grade Seven's Year End video, I put in a baby picture of each of them followed by a current picture.  The audience has fun trying to guess who the baby is before there current photo takes over the screen.  Of course, I used My Digital Studio and scrapbooked each one of their baby photos before I saved it as a JPEG to put into the video.  We try and mess the kids up a little and include a couple of teacher photos in there.  This was my childhood photo that we put in followed by a picture from the Stampin' Cruise.   This was just another play on the Seeing Doubles theme to put myself in twice:) Make sure to head over to Sarah's blog and check out her fabulous sample!

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MDS:  Vintage Overlays, Night and Day Stamp, Epoxy Brads

June 29, 2010

I've Been Meaning to Post This...

In the craziness of school ending, Sean's Cancer Ride, my little incident last week, and my brother's race... my blog has been sadly neglected!  I'm really looking forward to my summer crafting time to get all caught up and to play with all of the fabulous new products that are about to be released in 51 hours!  Yes, you read it right... 51 hours until the launch of the new catty!

Here's a last little sneak peek before I truly get to start sharing!  Isn't that Textured Impressions background amazing????  Definitely my favorite so far!  Believe me when I say that I will be placing my first order the minute that our Ordering System is up and running on the 1st!  If you don't have your catty yet, make sure to attend my Open House on July 3rd and get your copy!

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Stamp Set(s): Watercolor Trio
Paper: Marina Mist, Early Espresso
Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Embellishments: Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Log Cabin Smooch Spritz, Vanilla Shipper Smooch Spritz
Sizzix: Scallop Rectangular Clearlit, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Folder
Tools: Paper Snips
Adhesives: Snail,  Dimensionals
Punches: Scallop Trim Border

June 27, 2010

He's Finished!

Little Bro had a rough night, but he just finished at about 7:25am!  He was 163rd overall  and his girlfriend was 56th overall finishing at 2:40am!  My sis ran over 20 miles in the night along side of him and another friend did another 15 miles... sick and twisted family that I have!  My mom and dad were up all night driving to checkpoints to cheer him on!  I watched him finish live via a live feed:)  CRYING tears of joy!

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June 26, 2010

New Digital Downloads Available!

 Item         Description                                           Price
122147    Striped Grosgrain Ribbon                       $5.95
122148    Narrow Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon     $5.95
122149    Wide Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon         $1.25

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Totally Not Stampin' Related..

My little brother is competing in the Western States 100 (A ONE HUNDRED MILE) trail race that started in Squaw Valley California this morning.  He will be finished sometime tomorrow morning... yes, they run straight through the night!  There are over 450 people competing in the race (all insane:).  If you want to check it out... here's the link:


 My brother's name is Peter Watson and he is bib #441 (currently in 122nd place overall).  His girlfriend Nicola Gildersleeve is also running in it, she is bib #209  (currently 12th place female and 9oth overall).

My mom, dad and sister are down there crewing for my brother...I couldn't go because my school didn't end until yesterday.  I'm a proud sis right now with tears running down my face everytime I check in on him online.


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AMAZING News From Stampin' UP!

During the month of July, any former Stampin' Up! demonstrator* can rejoin Stampin' Up! for only $45.00 and I want you on my West Coast Creators Team!!!

So... if you have been thinking about rejoining Stampin' Up! now is the time! As long as you are a former demonstrator all you need to do is purchase the 'Rejoin Starter Kit' (Valued at $87.01) and sign/complete a new Independent Demonstrator Application and Agreement. And I will look after the rest including mailing your order form to Stampin' Up! via express post.

The 'Rejoin Starter Kit' Contains:
•2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog (8) - $36.95 Value
•2010 Summer Mini Catalog (8) - $4.50 Value
•Guest invitation postcards (100) - $4.50 Value
•Customer order forms (50) - $8.25 Value
•2010-2011 Definitely Decorative catalog (1) - $0.91 Value
•Two months free Demonstrator Business Web Services - $31.90 Value

Former demonstrators may add either or both of the optional add-ons to their starter kit. (See starter kit form for add-on contents.)
*Only demonstrators who resigned on or before March 31, 2010, are eligible for this offer.

If you would like some more information on this offer or would like to take advantage of this offer and join my West Coast Creators team contact me today by phone or e-mail and we will have everything ready to go for July 1st when this offer takes place! Not a former demo but still want to join my team? Make sure to contact me before June 31st so you can take advantage of the $119.00 Starter Kit!

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June 23, 2010

Stampin' Royalty Colour Challenge #24

Welcome to Stampin' Royalty's Challenge #24.  This was definitely a difficult colour challenge from me.  I'm definitely more of an Earth Elements person than a Bold Brights, but I will admit with the new catty, that could all change! Make sure to head over and check out all of the Stampin' Royalty goddesses' samples!  Sarah's blog has such an adorable sample!

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Stamp Set(s): Perfect Punches
Paper: Whisper White, Lavendar Lace, Pink Passion, Taken with Teal, Basic Black
Ink: Lavendar Lace, Pink Passion, Taken with Teal, Basic Black
Tools: Paper Snips, Signo Gel Pen
Adhesives: Snail,  Dimensionals
Punches: Bitty Punch Pack

June 22, 2010

Free Class and Stamp Set!

I've loved the Hello Again stamp set since the day that it came out.  It is so sweet and simple.  I've decided to share this love with others:)  The first eight people to make a purchase of $50+ before taxes and s/h will be able to attend my free class on June 30th from  8-10pm.  You will make this adorable little fancy favours box as well as 6 cards and coordinating envelopes.  In addition, you will take home the stamp set FREE!!!!! I will update this post as spots disappear:)  If you'd like to do this as an at home class, place your order of $50+ and I will send you the stamp set as well as  the paper materials that we used to make this project.  This would be a great time to grab those items that you've wanted from the Last Chance List!
Only 8 7 6 Spots Left

June 20, 2010

Wedding Cards...

I don't know if you remember a few months back when I was working on some wedding invitations for family friends of ours, but there weekend was this past weekend.  Seeing as I made a few invitations for them, I felt comfortable playing with the colours.  I was really pleased with how it all turned out.  I made this card for my mom to take to their wedding:)

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Stamp Set(s):  Baroque Border Wheel
Paper:  Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant
Ink:  Elegant Eggplant
Embellishments: Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Mini Vintage Tags
Tools:  Paper Snips, Elegant Trio Stencil Set, Color Spritzer, Sponges
Adhesives: Snail,  Dimensionals

June 19, 2010


Sorry everyone for not posting.  I had a BIG seizure this morning and life had been CRAZY leading up to it.  I promise to get posting again tomorrow:)

June 16, 2010

Stampin' Royalty #24 Masculine Challenge

I had so much fun making this card... I love the images in the  Sentimental Journey stamp set and the fact that I could combine it with my In a Word stamp set.  I don't know if you've noticed, but if you look carefully at the word journey on the card... the "our" is in bold so that it reads Our Journey if you're into word puzzles:)  Isn't that ribbon fabulous too?  I was a little sad to hear that the upcoming catalogue doesn't have any Ribbon Originals packages of mixed ribbon, but I've also heard that the new ribbons more than make up for this!  I thought that this would make a fabulous anniversary card for my amazing husband.  We've definitely had a journey over the past nine years, this August... I can't wait to see where the road takes us next! 

Both the Bella Bleu DSP and the Elementary Ribbon Originals are gone in just 17 days so don't miss out!

Go check out the fabulous card created by Sarah for this week's Stampin' Royalty challenge!

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Stamp Set(s): Sentimental Journey, In A Word
Paper: Confetti Cream, Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, Bella Bleu DSP
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Embellishments: Elementary Ribbon Originals, Earth Elements Brads

Tools: Mat Pack, Paper Piercer, Paper Snips
Adhesives: Snail,  Dimensionals
Punches: Modern Label

June 15, 2010

A Page for My Parents...

Well.... not my parents, but the parents of my students.   I was trying to design a page so that I could easily print off a photo and just adhere it to a pre-made scrapbook page.   This quick page was just done using my school's colours ( Brilliant Blue and Crushed Curry) as well as the new Go Graduate Plus download for My Digital Studio.  This is actually an 8x8" scrapbook page. 

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Go Graduates Plus
Satin Ribbon
Textured Cardstock

June 13, 2010

Crop Night Case

This is a quick and fun little card that the ladies attending my crop night will be making this month.  It is VERY similar to one of the samples in the upcoming catty... I'm just making do with what I have until July 1st.... you should see my list! I was so relieved to see that the Pendant Notes were carried over into the new catty!

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Stamp Set(s): Watercolor Trio, Elements of Style
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Pendant Notes
Ink: Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip
Embellishments: Log Cabin Smooch Spritz, Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Playground Buttons, Linen Thread
Tools: Mat Pack, Paper Piercer, Paper Snips
Adhesives: Snail,  Mini Glue Dots

June 12, 2010

Goodbye Chocolate Chip, Hello Early Espresso!

WOW is all that I can say.  Chocolate Chip has been my favourite colour since I found Stampin' Up two and a half years ago, but it has competition now!  Early Espresso is absolutely UNREAL!  I was soooooooo OVERWHELMED looking at how amazing the new catty is that I looked at the clock and realized that I left very little time for crafting.  I cased a couple of cards from the new catty just so I could break into some new product! 

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Stamp Set(s): Watercolor Trio
Paper: Early Espresso, Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Embellishments: Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Log Cabin Smooch Spritz, Linen Thread
Tools: Mat Pack, Paper Piercer, Paper Snips
Adhesives: Snail,  Dimensionals
Punches: 1 3/8" Circle

June 11, 2010

Check It Out

Make sure to check out the Stampin' Up Clearance Rack... there are a whole bunch of new items posted! (Once you click on my link, you need to click on  Shop Now on the top right and then Clearance Rack on the left hand side bar) Unfortunately I am unable to order these items for you, but you can order them online through my website.  Stampin' Up just wants to ensure that these items are available to customers and when you order online, item numbers are updated immediately when they run out of stock!  Remember that a $75+ purchase gets you a free Stamp-A-Stack on June 19th!

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A Little Old and a Little New

 How adorable is this????  I know that I'm not allowed to show you my new catty yet... but no one ever said that I couldn't recreate some of the adorable samples in it:)  I changed this one up a little as I don't have the new ribbon that they used, but I do love the 1/2" striped grosgrain and I'm sad to see it leaving, so I decided to give it some love:)  Do you see how rich the new colours look????  Can you spot them????  In this card I used two new colours,  Marina Mist and Cherry Cobbler.  It's funny how seeing a stamp set used in a new way and with new colours can make it one of your favourites all over again!  Don't miss out on the retiring items (listed in red). 

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Stamp Set(s): Greetings Earthling
Paper: Old Olive, Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie
Embellishments: Bitty Buttons, Earth Elements Brads, 1/2" Striped Old Olive Grosgrain
Tools: Mat Pack, Paper Piercer, Paper Snips
Adhesives: Snail,  Dimensionals,
Punches:  Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Spiral

June 10, 2010

Afternoon Sneak Peek #4

*Please note that some items shown are not available for order until July 1st!

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 Friends Never Fade
 Crumb Cake card stock
 Whisper White card stock
 Peach Parfait textured card stock
 Greenhouse Garden Designer Series
 Baja Breeze Classic Stampin’ Pad*
 Peach Parfait Classic Stampin’ Pad*
 Linen thread
 Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware
 Stampin’ Dimensionals
 Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
 Big Shot™
 Square Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder

June 09, 2010

Stampin' Royalty Challenge #23 Picture Perfect Inspiration

This week's Stampin' Royalty Challenge is a Picture Perfect Inspiration Challenge!  I love these... mainly because I get a kick out of seeing what everyone creates and how same inspiration can result in such a huge variety of interpretations.  Go check out the different takes of all of the Stampin' Royalty Goddesses.  Sarah and I had such different takes... I love it!

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My Digital Studio:
-Sweet Pea DSP 
-My Sweet Pea Embellishments

June 08, 2010

Fifth Avenue Favourite

I bookmarked a gorgeous sample awhile ago that had this colour combo and print created using the Fifth Avenue Floral Stamp set.  Do you think for the life of me that I can find it now?????  I found it!  Here it is!  The card was a one layer card, Whisper White card,  with just the background featured in the bottom half of my card.  If you created that card or know who did, please let me know so that I can give you credit!  Regardless, I loved the fresh colour combination.  I just need more layers... so here was white I cam up with.  I guess this is one of those moments where I'm sad that I'm losing some old favourites... Cameo Coral and Apricot Appeal.    I know that sadness will be short lived when my preorder arrives this week!  Don't forget to stamp your coordinating envelope... it is the perfect finishing touch for your cards!

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Stamp Set(s): Fifth Avenue Floral

Paper: Apricot Appeal, Cameo Coral, Whisper White

Ink: Apricot Appeal, Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery

Embellishments: Certainly Celery Ribbon (retired), Pink Beads Duo

Sizzix: Square Lattice Embossing Folder

Tools: Paper Snips
Adhesives: Snail,  Dimensionals,  Crystal Effects

June 07, 2010

Cleaning My Desk...

Something that I have always enjoyed is attending Stampin' Up events such as Regionals, Convention, Leadership and Founder's Circle.  I will admit, however, that I always find the Make n' Take sessions at these events a little stressful:)  If you saw the ferocity with which some of these women stamp you would be in awe.  I am definitely an in my pajamas dancing to my music kind of stamper.  For this reason, I often find myself sitting and socializing during the Make n' Take sessions and taking my packages home with me to complete.  This particular project was no exception.  I found this the other day while cleaning my stamp room.  It is an adorable project from Convention Last Summer.   The sentiment on the inside of these little note cards finishes them all off... it says , "but most of all, You!"

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Stamp Set(s): Things I Love
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Chocolate Chip
Embellishments: Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay Polka Dot Grosgrain, Linen Thread
Tools: Mat Pack, Paper Piercer, Paper Snips
Adhesives: Snail,  Dimensionals
Punches: 1 3/8" Circle, Mini Heart Punch

June 06, 2010

Afternoon Sneak Peek #3

Here's another fabulous sample created by the folks at Stampin' Up.  My blender pens are just itching to get hold of this stamp set!  * Please note that some items shown in this sample will not be available until July 1st.

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 Studio Sketches
 Daffodil Delight card stock
 Old Olive card stock
 Whisper White card stock
 Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin’
 Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad
 Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad
 Jet Black StāzOn® ink pad
 Basic Black 1/8” taffeta ribbon
 Blender pens

Happy Birthday Boodle!

Today is my niece's 6th birthday... my sis and I had her and Joe exactly a week apart!  I had so much fun making this card for Becky (aka Boodle) as she looks like a complete girlie girlie, but is the biggest tomboy ever!  She has gorgeous, long, blond ringlets and huge, blue eyes, but in Joe's hockey league, she is one of the 2 girls of the 40 players on the ice.  She is by far the BEST player on the ice.  (and so cute in her pink Canucks jersey:)  She loves skulls and crossbones so I thought that this stamp set would be perfect for her birthday card, especially with the Pink Passion eyes and bow!

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Stamp Set(s): Just Jawing
Paper: retired DSP, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black, Pink Passion
Ink: Pink Passion, Basic Black
Embellishments: Basic Black Satin Ribbon, Vintage Brads
Tools: Mat Pack, Paper Piercer, Paper Snips , White Signo Gel Pen
Adhesives: Snail,  Dimensionals

June 05, 2010

Afternoon Sneak Peek #2

Here is another fabulous sample made by Stampin' Up to show off the new products being released in July.  How seriously stinkin' cute is this card!  I love it!  It doesn't take much to get me excited... especially when I see a card made in Baja Breeze again!

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Please remember that some items listed are not available for order until July 1st! 
Stamps  Perfect Punches
 Baja Breeze card stock
 Marina Mist card stock
 Pear Pizzazz card stock
 Very Vanilla card stock
 Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin’
Subtles Collection brads
 Stampin’ Dimensionals
 Wide Oval punch
 2-3/8” Scallop Circle punch
 Mat Pack
 Paper-piercing tool
 Big Shot™
 Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions embossing folder

Happy Birthday Sophie!

This was a super fun accordian card that I made for my super adorable niece for her birthday!  Happy 2nd Birthday Sophie!  If you love that ribbon as much as I do, make sure to check it out on the Last Chance Accessories List...I guarantee that this one won't be available for long!

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June 04, 2010

Afternoon Sneak Peek

Well, my Demonstrator Pre-order from the upcoming BIG catty is on its way!  The suspense is KILLING me!  I've decided to share some fabulous samples made at Stampin' Up with you for the next few afternoons.  This way, you can get as excited as I am for the new stuff to arrive.  I'll try and keep up with my morning posts of my creations too for these days so you may have to check back twice!   Some of these fabulous creations will be shown at my workshops scheduled in July/ August.  Make sure to contact me early to book your workshop!

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~Note that some products used on this card are unavailable for purchase until July 1st~

Stamp Set:  Artistic Etchings
Paper :
Basic Black card stock
    More Mustard textured card stock
    Newsprint Designer Series paper
Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Pad®
    More Mustard Classic Stampin’ Pad
    Basic Black Stampin’ Write® marker
Silver brads
    Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter®
    Stampin’ Dimensionals®
    Paper-piercing tool
    Color Spritzer Tool
    Mat Pack
    Scallop Trim Border punch
    Stamping sponges

Looking Forward to Another Holiday

I realized yesterday how close we are getting to July 1st.  Unless you live in Canada, you're probably wondering why I'd care about that... well it's Canada Day... and a holiday!  Yipeeee!!!  This new stamp set from the Summer Mini is absolutely adorable.  I love the little firework stamps... you can see them on the envelope as well as on the red portion of the card if you look closely.  

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Stamp Set(s): Canada Day
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Basic Black
Embellishments: Ribbons Original Mistletoe (retired)
Sizzix: Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Tools: Paper Snips
Adhesives: Snail,  Dimensionals
Punches: Scallop Square, 1 1/4" Square

June 03, 2010

Ride To Conquer Cancer

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My amazing husband is hoping to participate in the Ride to Conquer Cancer on the weekend of June 19th.   For any of you who know Sean you would understand his passion for this cause.  Sean lost both of his parents to cancer at the extremely young ages of 57 and 61.   In order to participate in this ride he needs to have fundraised $2500 to go towards Cancer research.  He is working hard and would greatly appreciate help from anyone out there who is able to donate.  I am including the link to his home page!  You are able to print off your tax receipt when making a donation.  Thank you... any little bit helps!


Congratulations CASE:)

 This super quick and easy cards were a  CASE from the fabulous Jill Hilliard.  I needed something easy to make as I needed congratulations cards for the grade sevens who win academic, athletic and citizenship awards at the year end assembly.  The Pumpkin Pie combo is for the boys and the Cameo Coral Combo is for the girls.  I love how quick and easy these were to put together!  This stamp set is a MUST HAVE!

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Stamp Set(s): Circle Circus, Well Scripted
Paper: Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Summer Sun, Chocolate Chip, Cameo Coral, Pumpkin Pie
Adhesives: Snail,  Dimensionals

June 02, 2010

Stampin' Royalty Challenge #22 "Jazz It Up"

 I love the challenge for this week at Stampin' Royalty.  The challenge is to "Jazz It Up".  The idea is to take an old project and make the changes that came to you after finishing.  You all know what I'm talking about.  How many times have you finally finished adhering everything only to think, "oh... I should have paper pierced there or added a scallop border there or popped that up".  With the first card, I just didn't have the luxury of adding, I had to complete 30 cards for my class for my year end goodbyes.  When I looked back at it, all I could see was things to add to make it more beautiful.  I love the DSP and I felt like I hadn't done it justice.  So, I started again with the same layout and colours and this time I added in all the details that I thought I missed the first time around!  What do you think? I can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with!

Make sure to check out the fabulous samples by the other design team members.  Sarah's is sooo cute!

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Stamp Set(s): Flower Lines
Paper: Lovely Flowers DSP
Ink: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry
Embellishments: Old Olive Satin Ribbon
Tools: Mat Pack, Paper Piercer, Paper Snips
Adhesives: Snail,  Dimensionals
Punches: Scallop Trim Border, Scallop Oval, Large Oval

June 01, 2010

Order or Join Now... Free Stamp-A-Stack Later!

Just to let everyone know that I have a special on from today until June 12th.  Place an order of $75 and get a free Stamp-a-Stack*!  Orders of $150 qualify for two places and so on.  Join my West Coast Creators Team during this time period and come to the class for free as well!  We will be making 12 cards and coordinating envelopes.  There will be three designs and we will be making four of each card. 

Stamp-a-Stacks will be held on Saturday June 19th at the following times:
1pm-3pm or 7:30-9:30pm
*I will add an additional 10am-12pm if necessary!
 *Club Orders are excluded from this offer.

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