Sunday, December 15, 2013

24 Days of Christmas Event - Day 15

To thank you all for your continued support of Whimsy Stamps, the Whimsy design team are holding a fun Christmas event here on the blog in the run up to Christmas!

Everyday from the 1st to 24th of December, a member of the design team will be sharing a brand new Whimsy holiday creation here on the Whimsy blog. Included in these daily posts will be a LETTER. Visit us everyday, make a note of each letter and keep them safe. Once you have collected all 24 letters, you should be able to unscramble them and make a 4 word phrase. Email your phrase to whimsystampscontests@gmail.com by 31st of December 2013, and if you've guess correctly, you will be entered into the draw to win a fantastic GRAND PRIZE! But that's not all! We will also be running some fun SPOT PRIZES throughout the entire event. The prizes could be hidden here on the Whimsy blog or on our design team member's blogs, so be sure to leave a comment here and on our DT's blog posts each day to be in with a chance to Win!!
 Well it's bittersweet day for me, as it's my last post for Whimsy Stamps, I have decided to take a break from DT's. So here is as my creation for the 24 Days of Christmas which is sponsored by Denise Lynn, the owner at Whimsy Stamps. What a great way to thank all of the supportive Whimsy fans who follow the Whimsy Blog throughout the year. There are prizes galore--a grand prize and random prizes throughout. I started off using Early Espresso for my base which is a 5"x 7" finished card size. I then used 'TimberGrove' by Fancy Pants Designs for the rest. I added 3 layers which I offset the last 2. I cut out various snowflakes using Memory Box dies using light blue, white and dark brown metallic paper. I printed out the Penguins using shimmery white paper using the "Penguins are Present" by Crissy's Digi's. I coloured the image using my Prismacolor pencils and added some black flocking to the Penguin. I also added some white glitter to the pompom and to the face of the little penguins. I added a sentiment as well from Whimsy Stamps


I have entered this card in the following challenges:
1) Loves Rubberstamps Challenge
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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Shelly's Images - TTT Challenge Theme - Welcome Winter

Wow it's been a really long time since I made a card for Shelly's Images but life has been hectic!! This month's challenge is a Winter Theme- Make Winter themed projects and include a snowflake. Oh Boy is it cold here in Alberta, right now it is -17C with a windchill of -29C. So I'm staying warm and working on my Christmas Cards. So here is my card, I started off using a dark blue metallic paper for my base which is a 5"x 7" finished card size. I then used Bo Bunny's collection called 'Woodland Winter' for the rest. I added 3 layers and then added 2 acrylic snowflakes that I found at the Dollar Store. I then I add Tim Holtz alcohol ink to colour the snowflakes using Silver, Stream and Denim. One of the snowflakes I added some white glue and sprinkled on Tim Holtz Distress Glitter Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans. I then printed out the "Snow Sign" by Shelly's Images twice onto shimmery white paper and then I inserted the sentiment 'Happy Holidays'  into the sign. I then colored the sign using my Prismacolor pencils. I popped up the sign onto the second sign using pop up dots. I then added some DecoArt's Snow-Tex onto the sign using a palette knife and while it was still wet sprinkled on Tim Holtz Distress Glitter Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans. I added some silver ribbon along with a bow and added a white snowflake brad to the bow.Pin It Now!
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Whimsy Stamps Challenge #66- Party Theme


















Well I'm back with another inspirational card for Whimsy Stamps and this Month's challenge is Party Theme. So here is my card and we are having a "Tea Party" using Cupcake Queen by Marika Collins. She is baking cupcakes for her friends coming over. I started off using Early Espresso for my base which is a 5"x 7" finished card size. I then used the DCWV collection called 'The Garden Tea Party' for the rest. I added 3 layers before cutting out the words 'Tea Party' using Spellbinders die called 'Label 7'. I sponged some Inka Gold 'Apricot' along the edges. I added a teapot brad in the right hand corner by Bo Bunny collection called 'Little Miss' as well as a teacup from same collection. I added a Recollections rhinestone flourish for the steam coming off the tea. I printed the Cupcake Queen onto shimmery white paper and colored her using my Prismacolor pencils. I added pink/brown polka dot ribbon. 

Our Prizes this month are:

First Winner



Second Winner




Third Winner

Third Winner

A mystery Whimsy Stamps rubber stamp

We are also Proudly Being Sponsored this month by the lovely Colleen from
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Fourth Winner



Don't forget ...as well as random winners being chosen each challenge, one lucky player who has used a Whimsy Stamps image (rubber or digital) will have the opportunity to be a guest designer for a future challenge. If you have used a Whimsy Image and would like to be a future guest, please add GDT to your name when entering. The guest designer will be able to choose a digi stamp of their choice from the store to create their guest card too!



Anyone can enter our challenge and we don't mind you combining with other challenges either! Please remember no more than 3 entries per challenge and all we ask is that you add a link in your blog post to tell your friends you entered the Whimsy Inspirations Challenge

Don't Worry if you don't have a blog but would still like to enter just email debbie at eastmandeborah@rocketmail.com with a picture of your card and It will be add it for you. 


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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Something new for me - Mix Media Journal Cover

In 1998 when my son was quite young, I wanted to doing something with my time while he was sleeping. I discovered Decorative Painting which was quite popular at the time and then one of my teachers  introduce me to oils which I fell in love with because I could dabble and dabble and the paint wouldn't dry like Acrylic does. Then fate intervene while I was looking for school books for my son, I discovered this store that half of the store was for Education Activities and the other was into rubber stamping (sadly the store closed in 2009). Rubber stamping became my life and I had to have every product that came out. I was torn between 2 different aspects of art, painting and stamping. After my husband passed away in 2008, I decided to concentrate solely on stamping, trying out for various Design Teams thinking this is what I wanted to do.  Then fate once again intervene and I was given an opportunity to create/design a poster for a gala event in February 2014. Knowing I'm no graphic artist,  I decided to do a mix media poster for the event (first time) ever doing a mix media project (sadly they didn't pick my design - out of 3 finalists). This woke up my inner artist; because it gave me the perfect fit of being able to paint and use my stamping products which help feed my addiction (can you say bad habit).. One of my supplies that I used to use in my stamping was Twinkling H20's by Luminarte which I had before and I didn't like them so I sold them all. This past August, I discovered Dion Dior's blog on the Luminarte website and I was drawn to her art. When I found out she used Twinkling H20's on her works of art, I knew I had to sign up when she offered classes. So this October, I signed up and found out how to use those H20's & find out why they didn't work for me.  Dion is a fabulous artist by the way and if you ever get the chance you must take some of her classes.
So for my project, I used this sketch book is from Stillman & Birn 'Zeta' series and based my idea on  Gabrielle Pollacco  video how to creating mix media journal cover. Another fabulous artist by the way. So I started off using 7 Dot Studio paper collection called '9th Wave' for the base. I then applied a chicken wire and swiss dot stencils by The Crafter's Workshop using some Tim Holtz distress inks in the following colours  Chipped Sapphire and Peacock Feathers. After it was dry, I applied light moulding paste to the stencils again adding some more dimension. After I heat set, I applied the paper to the journal using gel medium. I added some drywall tape along with some cheesecloth to add more dimension.  I started applying various embellishments such as chipboard letters, chipboard bird with branch, metal butterflies by Fabscrap, buttons, bottle cap, Tim Holtz Muse Tokens, TH Word Bands and some Martha Stewart lace using a strong glue to adhere them. Then I took out my white gesso and started applying gesso to all the embellishments so they would except the colorants that I was using. Then I took out my Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst spray and sprayed the journal using Afternoon Delight Denim, Bells of Ireland Green and Tainted Love Teal. Then I added some water my Egyptian Gold H20's so it would be ready for me to apply. I then took out my Silks by Luminarte applied the following colours; Azurite, Key Lime and Teal Zircon which are really transparent to my journal to add more colour.  I then took my Egyptian Gold H20 to add some highlights here and there. I added my flowers last and again took out my Silks to add some colour to my flowers so they toned in with my journal. I added some Tear Drops by The Robin's Nest in the following colour 'Baby' to various embellishments.
I then took out my Inka Gold by Viva Decor using Cobalt Blue and Turquoise applied them sparely on the chipboard letters and metal embellishments.
Here is a close up the bird's nest using some Tear Drops by The Robin's Nest.
Close up of the Chipboard letters using Inka Gold colours.
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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Frosty the Snowmen with his girlfriend

I'm back with another inspirational post for Whimsy Stamps and this time I'm showing you a very cool looking snowmen with his girlfriend as they gaze out towards the stars! This adorable image is designed by LiaStampz which you can find here. I colored the snowmen using Prismacolor pencils and added some glitter for the hats. I also used some Sparkle N Sprinkle Twinkling Cloud Glitter Flocking for the snowmen. I then added some Shaved Ice by Stampendous for actual snow around the feet. I started off using blue metallic paper for my base which is a 5" x 7" finished card size and cut 2 strips 3"x 6 3/4"  of silver and light blue paper for the first layer. Then cut a piece of navy dot paper and made a banner which was laid in the middle of the other 2 papers. I then used the latest Bo Bunny collection called 'Woodland Winter' for the other 2 banners. I used a tag from the collection as well as the sign which I cut off from another tag. I added a bow using some dark ribbon along with some silver, white and blue stars.


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Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Inspirational Post for Whimsy Stamps

Well it's been awhile, but here I'm with another inspirational post for Whimsy Stamps. This week I'm showcasing Crissy's Digi's cute little dragon called 'Dragon Party' which you can find here in the store. I printed the Cute Dragon onto shimmery white paper and coloured her using Prismacolor pencils. I added some white flocking to the hat and to the puff of smoke along with glitter on her hat, balloons and her present.  I started off using Pistachio Pudding for my base which is a 5"x 7" finished card size. I then used Basic Grey collection called 'Kioshi' for the rest. I started off using 2 layers and then cut out  a flourish by Anna Griffin called 'Cut and Emboss die A2 Flourish Scroll using a purple paper. I then added some Inka Gold 'Rose Quartz' and 'Hydrangea' to the flourish to highlight the embossed areas. I also cut out a circle using Spellbinders die called 'Nested Circles large' using some paper from the same collection. I then cut out another flourish using a Memory box die called 'Gwyneth Flourish' using light green glitter paper. I added a light green glitter ribbon which I found at Michael's.


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Friday, November 1, 2013

Whimsy Digital New Release Hop for November


Welcome to the November digital release blog hop!!!!

We have lots of new images to share with you today created by


 So here is my card for this month's hop, I started off using gold metallic paper as my base which is a 5"x 7" finished card size. For my first layer I used a white striped metallic paper then used a paper from the new Bo Bunny collection called "Silver and Gold" for my second layer. I cut out a piece of white glitter paper using a die from Anna Griffin called "Cut and Emboss Die A7 Flourish Emblem". Over top of that I cut out a frame out using cardstock vellum using a Cuttlebug Plus Embossing Folders called "Brocade Window". I then added some Silver Inka Gold by Viva Decor to add highlights. I then printed out the 'Christmas Flower' by LiaStampz onto shimmery white paper and colored the Poinsettia using my Prismacolor pencils. I then added some small basic pearls which added some Glossy Accents to make sure they stayed in place, then splashed on some Ranger Stardust Glitter to add some bling. I added a 'Christmas Sentiment' by Kathyrne Stamp Art Designs which was punched out using McGill label punch. I then sponged on some Yellow Ochre and Red Barn Fluid Chalk along the edges. I added some Joy white ribbon by Michael's on top of card.
All Whimsy Stamps digital images are 300dpi for high print quality.You can re-size, flip, or rotate to fit your own project
  To find all of today's new releases please visit the Whimsy Stamps Store
Don't forget to leave comments along the way as there will be 2 mystery DT Members who will each be choosing a winner from the comments left on their hop posts!

These winners will each win a Whimsy digital image of their choice.

The Grand Prize winner of the hop will be chosen from the very last stop, which is  Blog

 This winner will receive 5 digital stamps of their choice from the

The hop will run for 1 week and end on Friday 8th November at 12 Noon EST, when the lucky winners will be announced right here.

Below is a complete list of the hop in case you get lost along the way

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Challenge #65- Whimsy Stamps - Anything Goes

 It's time for Whimsy monthly Digital Challenge, unfortunately I needed  an inspirational post last Friday so  didn't have time to do another card so I'm showcasing "Isla" by Marika Collins Collection again which you can find it here.

I started off using Chocolate Chip for my base which is a 5"x 7" finished card size. I then used Basic Grey collection called 'Stella Ruby' for the rest. I added 2 layers before cutting out a frame using Spellbinders die called 'Majestic Labels 25'. I then cut out another frame using light green glitter paper using another Spellbinders die called 'Ornate Artisan Tags & Accents. I printed the girl out using shimmery white paper and colored her using Prismcolor pencils. I printed out a sentiment using Whimsy Sentiments 2 and sponged on red, light green and brown Fluid Chalk along the edges. I used a tag from the same collection which I added the sentiment on top using pop up dots. I added some sheer ribbon along with a brown button with some green hemp twine. I added 2 Little Whimsies flower resin by Webster's Pages. 
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Our topic this week is

Anything Goes

Remember, you don't have to use a Whimsy image on your challenge creation,

although it would be great if you did!

Also, your entry doesn't have to be a card - we welcome all paper projects!

Our Prizes this month are:

First Winner




Second Winner




Third Winner

A mystery Whimsy Stamps rubber stamp



Don't forget ...as well as random winners being chosen each challenge, one lucky player who has used a Whimsy Stamps image (rubber or digital) will have the opportunity to be a guest designer for a future challenge. If you have used a Whimsy Image and would like to be a future guest, please add GDT to your name when entering. The guest designer will be able to choose a digi stamp of their choice from the store to create their guest card too!



Anyone can enter our challenge and we don't mind you combining with other challenges either! Please remember no more than 3 entries per challenge and all we ask is that you add a link in your blog post to tell your friends you entered the Whimsy Inspirations Challenge

Don't Worry if you don't have a blog but would still like to enter just email debbie at eastmandeborah@rocketmail.com with a picture of your card and It will be add it for you. 
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Extra! Extra! I have been Published



Last February while I was still  designing for Sparkle N Sprinkle Design Team, we were given the opportunity to design some cards for CardMaker Magazine which featured different ways to use color. I had made 3 cards and only this one made publication. Here is the card in the gallery at Sparkle N Sprinkle.

This technique was based on a technique that Els from Elizabeth Craft Designs did, using her Peel- Offs, glitter and Copic markers. So I decided to see if it would work using stamps, glitter and Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks.  So I started off using Early Espresso paper for my base which is a 5"x 7" finished card size.

Supplies Needed:

Cardstock:  Shimmery White (#101910), Early Espresso (#119686), 
                        Window Sheets (#114323) all by Stampin'Up

Printed Papers   (Bo Bunny C'est La Vie Collection Pack #13816605)
Stamps: Like A Butterfly 3545- 437 A; 
                  Swirl Butterfly LG 3544- 437 H,            
                  Small Swirl Butterfly 3550 - 437A}  
                  Fancy Butterflies 437 by Sparkle N Sprinkle
           
Ink: Black Pigment ink, Chestnut Roan, Blue Lagoon, 
          Blue Iris Fluid Chalk by Clearsnap, 
           Black Stazon #99704- Sparkle N Sprinkle
Ribbon: 1 /2"Seam Binding Ribbon - Baja Breeze #122331
                  by Stampin'Up
Pearls: Kaisercraft Pearls - Bliss # SB718
Dies: Memory Box Die 'Tiffany Frame' #98401
Adhesives: Super Adhesive Sheets # SAS02,
                      1/2" Double sided Tear-ific Tape #SAT04
                      all by   Sparkle N Sprinkle
Other: Tim Holtz Alcohol inks- Stream #Tim22206, Pool #TAB25504,
              Tim Holtz Alcohol Applicator #TIM20745,
              Tim Holtz Blending Solution    #TIM19800
             Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter # GM2000, Fiery Brown EP 369S, 
              all by Sparkle N Sprinkle,
              Darcie Embossing Folder - Butterflies in Corner #1216-64,
              Spellbinders Gold Label Four SKU: S5-159

  
Instructions: 5"x 7" finished size
1. Cut Early Espresso paper to a finish size of 5"x 7". Cut Stripe paper and  brown paper incrementally. Wrap ribbon around panel and adhere to card base as shown along with bow.
2. Take music paper and run thru butterfly in corner embossing folder, adhere to card base. Sponge blue and brown inks over the embossed area.
3.Die cut blue paper using Memory box die called 'Tiffany Frame'.  Stamp sentiment using black pigment ink and emboss using Fiery Brown Embossing Powder.  Adhere to card with double sided tape.
4. Stamp Swirl Butterfly onto acetate using black stazon. Adhere Super Adhesive Sheets to backside of image. Cut out image, apply Cloud Nine Velvet glitter to adhesive sheet. Burnish well.
5. Take Alcohol inks and apply directly to glitter. Take alcohol applicator to dilute the inks (if too dark) use blending solution to lighten.
6. Attach pearls as shown.


Designer’s Tip:  (You can change colors to suit your color palette)



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Friday, October 25, 2013

Inspirational Post for Whimsy Stamps!

Well it's another warm day for Oct 25th, which I will take any day. Here is another inspirational card for Whimsy Digital Stamps using "Isla" by Marika Collins Collection which you can find it here

I started off using Chocolate Chip for my base which is a 5"x 7" finished card size. I then used Basic Grey collection called 'Stella Ruby' for the rest. I added 2 layers before cutting out a frame using Spellbinders die called 'Majestic Labels 25'. I then cut out another frame using light green glitter paper using another Spellbinders die called 'Ornate Artisan Tags & Accents. I printed the girl out using shimmery white paper and colored her using Prismcolor pencils. I printed out a sentiment using Whimsy Sentiments 2 and sponged on red, light green and brown Fluid Chalk along the edges. I used a tag from the same collection which I added the sentiment on top using pop up dots. I added some sheer ribbon along with a brown button with some green hemp twine. I added 2 Little Whimsies flower resin by Webster's Pages.Pin It Now!
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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Inspirational Post for Whimsy Stamps

Well I'm back with another inspirational post for Whimsy Stamps using this adorable image by Crissy Digi's called "The Infant King" which you can find here in the store. The idea of my card was to mimicked a stable with the Star of Bethlehem showing the way to the new King.
I started off using Early Espresso for my base which is a 5"x 7" finished card size. I then used My Mind's Eye "All is Bright" for the rest. I added 3 layers before cutting out the 4 layer using Tim Holtz die called 'Vintage Cabinet Card'. I then ran it thru Tim Holtz Texture Fade called 'Wood Planks'. I then highlighted the texture using Chestnut Roan Fluid Chalk. I also cut out the roof using another Tim Holtz die called 'Pediments' and again ran it thru the same texture fade. I then printed The Infant King onto shimmery white paper and coloured it using Prismacolor pencils. I add some white glitter flocking to the lamb and the Angel's wings. Then added some gold glitter to her halo. I then cut out a fence using Cottage Cutz die using white metallic paper. I added some Baja Breeze seam binding along with a sticker from the All Bright Collection. I then cut out a star using Spellbinders die called 'Holiday Tags' using gold metallic stripe paper.

Star of Bethlehem 

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday #240 ~ Paper Piecing & A Special Contest!

We have something extra special for this Timeless Tuesday Challenge.  If you play along, not only will you get a chance to win our weekly prize drawing, you might get a chance to be one of  our Flourishes’ Guest Designers for December!  HOORAY!
FTTC240 Paper Piecing


So here is my card for this week's challenge, I used the Poinsettia & Pine stamp by Flourishes. I stamped the Poinsettia 4 times and colored parts of the Poinsettia where I wanted to add dimension. Here is a picture of the Poinsettia showing the dimension. 
















The Poinsettia was popped up 3 times and so were the Holly berries which were popped up once. I also added some Glossy Accents onto the berries. I also cut out the frame using Spellbinders 'Label 25' die.



Now if you really liked my card, please go and vote for me here !!!  
I want to be a Guest Designer for  Timeless Tuesday Challenge for the month of December.



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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Challenge #64- Whimsy Stamps - Shabby Chic / Vintage

Well I'm back with another card for this month's challenge at Whimsy Stamps.
This month's theme is Shabby Chic / Vintage.
I started off using Cherry Cobbler for my base which is a 5"x 7" finish card size. I then used Daisy D Vintage Christmas line for the rest. I added 3 layers and then a cut out a tag using a Tim Holtz die called 'Tag & Tie' using green paper. I then cut out the holiday tag using Christmas Tag paper by Daisy D. I printed out 'Christmas Bunny' by Lia Stampz onto shimmery white paper and colored her using my Prismacolor pencils. I also added some glitter to the bow, her hat and her cheeks to give her some color. I added some red vintage lace which I then layered on some cream ruffle ribbon and added on top some gold glitter tape. I found some old red tinsel ribbon by My Mind's Eye  and added to the tag. Also used a Vintage  sticker from My Mind's Eye too.





















Our topic this week is

Shabby Chic/ Vintage



Remember, you don't have to use a Whimsy image on your challenge creation,

although it would be great if you did!

Also, your entry doesn't have to be a card - we welcome all paper projects!

Our Prizes this month are:

First Winner




Second Winner




Third Winner

A mystery Whimsy Stamps rubber stamp



Don't forget ...as well as random winners being chosen each challenge, one lucky player who has used a Whimsy Stamps image (rubber or digital) will have the opportunity to be a guest designer for a future challenge. If you have used a Whimsy Image and would like to be a future guest, please add GDT to your name when entering. The guest designer will be able to choose a digi stamp of their choice from the store to create their guest card too!


Anyone can enter our challenge and we don't mind you combining with other challenges either! Please remember no more than 3 entries per challenge and all we ask is that you add a link in your blog post to tell your friends you entered the Whimsy Inspirations Challenge

Don't Worry if you don't have a blog but would still like to enter just email debbie at eastmandeborah@rocketmail.com with a picture of your card and It will be add it for you. 


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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Whimsy Stamps October New Digital Release























 Welcome to the October digital release blog hop!!

We have lots of new images to share with you today created by


So here is my card for this month's hop and I used Miss Rach Digis called 'Halloween Party Spider and you can in the store. I started off using metallic purple paper which is a 5"x 7" finished card size. I then used Graphic 45 collection called 'Happy Haunting'. I added 3 layers and then cut out spider web using Tim Holtz die called 'Cobwebs' using orange metallic paper. I cut them in half and used them on each corner and one for the spider to rest on. I then added some black and silver glitter onto the cobwebs. I then printed out spider onto shimmery white paper and colored him using Prismacolor pencils. I then decided to add some black flocking and  added some black and silver glitter for highlights. I also added some flocking to the pompom and on the trim of the hat. I added some chipboard piece which I took out the centre and added a sentiment from the paper collection.

All Whimsy Stamps digital images are 300dpi for high print quality.You can re-size, flip, or rotate to fit your own project
  To find all of today's new releases please visit the Whimsy Stamps Store
Don't forget to leave comments along the way as there will be 2 mystery DT Members who will each be choosing a winner from the comments left on their hop posts!

These winners will each win a Whimsy digital image of their choice.

The Grand Prize winner of the hop will be chosen from the very last stop, which is Michelle Oatman's
Blog

 This winner will receive 5 digital stamps of their choice from the

The hop will run for 1 week and end on Sunday 8th September at 12 Noon EST, when the lucky winners will be announced right here.


Below is a complete list of the hop in case you get lost along the way




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