Friday, May 31, 2013

Stampendous Resin Blog Hop

We hope you've enjoyed the inspiration this week as our team has been playing with the Resin Crafts Blog featuring EnviroTex Jewelry Resin from ETI and their brand new Jewelry Clay! We've had fun bringing you these terrific projects.

Here's my project: 



To create this piece I started by stamping Overlooking Oz with Stazon into the Resin Clay. (Before adding paint or other products you need to let it dry.)


I added some acrylic paints that mimic the look of copper patina and a coat of Epoxy Resin on top.  




Be sure to comment on all the blogs for the best chance to win these terrific products. Our prize package includes BOTH the clay and resin, plus a nice assortment of bezels from Nunn Designs, and, of course, some stamps and Essentials from Stampendous! One of the things we love best are the terrific videos that show you just what to expect from these products.You have until Sunday night to comment on the blogs below to be in the running for our prize packages! Here's who made some new inspiration for you today:

For more chances to win fun stuff, join us next week for another Blog Hop! (I don't know how we got three in a row either, but hey...more prizes!!) This time we're playing with Core'dinations, and May Arts Ribbon. You know paper and ribbon get us going every time, so don't miss a minute! (you really should just subscribe if you don't already... it's at the very top of the post) PLUS - remember this is the final week of May's Fabulous Floral's Challenge! Be sure to add your project to the linky tool in the right sidebar or on the May Challenge Page.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Deconstructed Sketch #103

Are you ready for another great sketch from Deconstructed Sketches?


Anything with a banner steals my heart! This sketch is originally intended for a horizontal oval-shaped focal point, but you know what?? I really wanted to use this image tonight! 
I used some new goodies on this card (Crate Paper) and had fun colouring my girl from Smarty Pants in a cool, hipster colour scheme. 


Sketch Guidelines:

Are you ready for Deconstructed Sketch 103? I hope you like it! Here’s the scoop on what you need to do:
1. Use the sketch up top to make a project, any kind you like using any image you like. Use the sketch to inspire your own creativity. Feel free to substitute shapes for what you have available and mount tags and circles to a card base if you’d prefer.
2. Post it somewhere on the internet (your blog, SCS, Flickr, etc). Use keyword DS103 if you post to an online gallery like Splitcoaststampers.
3. Link back here to Inlinkz at the bottom of the post so I can stop by and see it.
4. Check back here next week to see if you are one of this week’s favorites and grab a badge for your blog.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Stampendous Plays With Resin!

We just love ETI’s Jewelry Resin, and we had a terrific Blog collaboration with them last year which became one of the all time favorites! This year they’ve added their two part epoxy Resin Clay to our mix, and we’re just so excited! We can’t wait to show you the amazing things we’ve created!



The ring on the right was made by stamping into the Resin Clay (see step-by-step here on the Resin Blog) but instead of using pigments to colour my piece, I used acrylic paint. 

Here's what it looked like before I added the Resin (the shiny stuff):


I stamped into the Resin Clay with one of the Cling Royal Insignias (inked with Stazon) and let it dry overnight. I then added paints with my finger and let it dry. Then I added the Resin on top and let that dry 24 hours. 


It doesn't look like anything specific, but I love how it looks next to my amber! 

Here are some other Design Team Members that are hopping today! Visit them, leave some comments and maybe win some goodies!

Resin Crafts Blog

Cyndi Bundy

Krissy Fossmeyer


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Love You Rose

Hooray! It's the 25th, which means our newest Greenhouse Society stamp set is ready to begin shipping to Greenhouse Society members.

 

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To highlight today’s set I went with a really CAS design with a colour combo created by my scrap paper bin! They were all laying on top of one another and I was like, GREAT! A no-brainer for today!

 

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Not a member of the Greenhouse Society yet? That's alright. We still have some Rose - Greenhouse Society - May 2013 stamp sets available.

They are on sale for a limited time through our Web site and some retailers. Check with your favorite store to see if it has it in stock or to ask the retailer to get it in.

If you like botanical stamps, you may want to consider joining our Greenhouse Society. Members get a new Greenhouse set shipped directly to them every month for the reduced rate of $9.99 (plus shipping and handling) and enjoy other benefits. Check out the Membership Agreement and FAQ page on our Web site for more details on joining the Greenhouse Society.

Visit the Technique Tuesday Blog to see some more beautiful creations!

Friday, May 24, 2013

There She Goes New Release: Day Four

It has been awhile since we released a flower set from Torico, so this month, we have a GORGEOUS one from her! I can only imagine the elegant cards you all will make with this gorgeous set.
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There are a couple of beautiful images in this set and I went with this dainty and perfect rose. Without a sentiment I can think of a number of different occasions for which this card would be perfect… Who doesn’t love roses??


You Are Loved is a 4x4 set that includes a total of 5 stamps and will sell for $12.00.

Would you like to win the new You Are Loved stamp set? Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post.

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, May 25th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Stampendous and STAEDTLER Final Blog Hop

It’s now the final week of a colorful blog collaboration with the folks at STAEDTLER, the place where fine German craftsmanship meets gorgeous artistry. You’re familiar already with tons of STAEDTLER products, their Mars Eraser is legendary, and Fimo Clay is classic. We have been huge fans of their products for years, and their Karat Aquarelle pencils are Fran’s absolute favorite colored pencil.
For today’s STAEDTLER card I used some green Soft Pastel Chalks on watercolour paper:

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I don’t know what made me try it but I thought the pastels would blend with water and thankfully it worked out!!

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Once all of the colours blended together I let it dry and then treated it like patterned paper.
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I used two great new stamp sets called Air Scapes and Hot Air Trio.
I had the crazy idea to colour the balloons in sepia tones to keep the card monochromatic. It’s fun shading with just one colour family – it give you the freedom to think about the light and shadow. (I used a combo of Copics and pastel chalk pencils)

Check out the full blog hop list! There are some great prizes up for grabs.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

There She Goes New Release: Day 3

*** This also my post for today's Deconstructed Sketch!! ***
Wendy Leach’s newest addition to her Sock Goblin line, Gloria…well, she is sure to find her way into your heart, and make you love her just like you love Phyllis and Larry!
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I used this week’s Deconstructed Sketch #102 for the layout (I kinda took some liberties with it…) and decided to make a long/tall card. It’s 3.5x6 and it’s a refreshing change from my usual 5x5 or A2.


Gloria is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 3 stamps and will sell for $9.00. This set will be available for purchase on Saturday, May 25th at 11pmEST.

Would you like to win the new Gloria stamp set? Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post.

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, May 25th  with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

There She Goes New Releases: Day Two

This month we have two new sets from Megan Suarez: Amalia Ballerina and Poppy. I just LOVE Megan’s style, and we hope you do too! Amalia is the sweetest dancer, and Poppy is the newest of our Spice Girls.
I decided to colour up Poppy. I love the cheeky/edgy style of the “Spice Girls,”
and I like to think they’re a little like me Winking smile

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Isn’t this image too fun? I love her hair and the outfit… It’s all so hipster (a style I definitely do NOT embody) and I think she looks super cute paired with these Crate Paper patterns..
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I did a little bit of fancy shading with my chalk pencil to make her look a little 3D. Gosh, I love doing that! LOL..




Poppy is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 5 stamps and will sell for $9.00.
Amalia Ballerina is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 3 stamps, and will sell for $9.00.
Both sets will be available on Saturday, May 25th at 11pmEST.

Poppy Blog Hop Challenge
Would you like to win both the new sets from Megan Suarez? Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post.

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, May 25th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

May New Release from There She Goes–Aquaholic

Melyssa is back from a short break with a new set for us, and we were so excited about it, we had to show it off day one of our peeks!! She is getting us ready for summer with her signature style, and I’m just not sure if it can get ANY cuter than this!! With three adorable character images, and lots of accessories and sentiments, she will have you using this set for everything from party decorations to greeting cards!

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As always, Melyssa’s images are so fun to colour! I love the open spaces that are good for either paper piecing (like I did on the shirt) or colouring with Copics.

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As a fun little addition, I added some bubbles out of the top of the snorkel with some glossy accents.



Aquaholic is a 6x8 set that includes a total of 26 stamps and will sell for $24.00. This set will be available for purchase at 11pmEST on Saturday, May 25th.

Would you like to win the new Aquaholic stamp set? Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post.

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, May 25th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Stampendous Partners with STAEDTLER!

Hi there! I have an exciting week of posts and to start off with a bang the Stampendous! team has been treated to a partnership with STAEDTLER products! There will be opportunities for you to win some huge prizes (and I hope you do!) and for you to see some cool new stamps just released by Stampendous!
 
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I decided to pull out two gorgeous new sets called Air Scapes and Soaring Sentiments and I coloured in the balloons with STAEDTLER ergosoft aquarell watercolor pencils. (I got the 12 pack) If you are new to colouring and not sure about the whole “Copic thing” then getting your feet wet with watercolor pencils (did you catch the pun??!!) is a non-scary way to start! You just colour the area you want coloured then wet it with a water pen.
 
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I left the colours really pale because I wanted them to match the patterned papers but you can get quite intense with them as well. I love the look of watercolour mediums though. It’s a soft and pretty effect! (You may also notice a little glitter here and there – I used Crystal Sparkly Embossing Powder.)
 
Here are the ladies that are sharing projects today...make sure you leave some love...some lucky commenters will win some amazing prizes!!!


Tobi Crawford (You are here)


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Say Cheese!

 

All this week we’ve been looking at classic TSG sets and I can’t believe that Oh Snap! is old enough to be considered “vintage”! I forgot how much I love this set!

Here’s my card. I kinda lub it.

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I just taught a class tonight using these papers (Crate Paper) and they are totally awesome. I love it when something as simple as a patterned paper can inspire you!

Anyway, I coloured up this vintage camera with Copics to match the tones in the paper. I also found some wood veneer elements to add a little pizzazz!!

Thanks for stopping by and head over to the TSG Blog, why dontcha!?

Deconstructed Sketch #101

Hey there! It’s time for another wonderful Deconstructed Sketch!
Thank you for playing along/commenting on my posts for the 100th sketch. Good luck – I hope you win a prize!!

Here’s my card for this week’s sketch:

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I used a new TSG stamp called Penelope and Birdcage. I stamped her in a light tan ink to give the card a softer look. I love how it turned out!
Here’s the sketch:
Sketch Guidelines:
Are you ready for Deconstructed Sketch 101? I hope you like it! Here’s the scoop on what you need to do:
1. Use the sketch up top to make a project, any kind you like using any image you like. Use the sketch to inspire your own creativity. Feel free to substitute shapes for what you have available and mount tags and circles to a card base if you’d prefer.
2. Post it somewhere on the internet (your blog, SCS, Flickr, etc). Use keyword DS101 if you post to an online gallery like Splitcoaststampers.
4. Check back here next week to see if you are one of this week’s favorites and grab a badge for your blog.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

May Greenhouse Society Reveal

It was once said that everything's coming up roses.

In fact, you might think that when you take a look at our newest Greenhouse Society stamp set.

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Say hello to the newest stamp set from the Greenhouse Society collection. This clear stamp set consists of five clear stamps on a 3" x 4" storage sheet. It starts shipping on May 25th to Greenhouse Society members.

Not a Greenhouse Society member yet? You are in luck! This set will go on sale for a limited time to non-members for $12.99 (plus shipping and handling). Watch for it to arrive today on the Technique Tuesday Web site.

If you like botanical-themed stamps, you may want to consider joining the Greenhouse Society. We release a new stamp set every month as part of this collection. Members get the Greenhouse sets for $9.99 each (plus shipping and handling) and enjoy other benefits. Check out the Membership Agreement and FAQ page on our Web site for more details on joining the Greenhouse Society.

This is a 4x6 canvas. I had a fun time creating the background (acrylic paints, gesso, and some doodling with a white Sharpie) and then I stamped on top with Archival Ink. I then coloured in the rose with various acrylic inks!

Head over to the Technique Tuesday blog for more peeks!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Chalkboard Technique With Stampenous Stamps


Hi there! I'm here with a quick tutorial at the Stampendous! Blog on the ever-so-popular 


Chalkboard Technique!”

It’s inspired by the beautiful chalkboard art we now see all over the media, print, and of course Pinterest. (You have also seen me do this A LOT in the past few months!) What you may not know is that you don’t need stamps that are specifically made for the chalkboard look, and you may not know that it’s super easy!!

Here’s what you’ll need:
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Supplies: black cardstock, VersaMark pad, Detail White Embossing Powder, white pigment or hybrid ink, and a stamp. Today I’m using Cling King Teapot and Cling Kettle On. (Not shown: white Sharpie)

1. Step one – stamp teapot with VersaMark and cover with embossing powder. Heat until shiny. Once the embossing powder has cooled doodle a white frame around the teapot with a white Sharpie.
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2. Using your finger, smudge some white ink around the image to give the black cardstock that “chalky” look.
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3. Cut out the chalkboard you’ve created.
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4. Find some fabulous coordinating papers and create a card!

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That was easy, right? I just LOVE this chalkboard trend and every time I play around with a new image I wonder if it would look good done with this technique – and this teapot (and sentiment) look fab!

Friday, May 10, 2013

May Studio AE Blog Hop

I had great fun playing along with this month's Technique Tuesday Studio AE stamp set called Heartfelt by Ali Edwards – so much fun I made two cards!!

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I thought a bright and fun background would be the perfect accompaniment to this sweet sentiment!


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The hearts were cut out with my Silhouette and I doodled around them with a white gel pen then popped the whole layer up on the kraft. Then I doodled inside the hearts with black pen. That was fun!!


For my second card, more silhouette cuts and more pink!
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I thought this sentiment would look great in brown (not as stark as the black elements in the last card anyway…) and I really like how it plays off the kraft cardstock. I also added some brown shading with a pastel chalk pencil around the heart.

Wanna see more with this awesome set? Want to win a prize??
Hop on down this list and check out some gorgeous projects!

A $25 gift certificate to someone who comments during the hop. The winner will be announced on the 15th on the Technique Tuesday blog.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Deconstructed Sketch #100–Week 2

We are givinng DS100 the royal treatment with another week’s worth of cards and inspiration! I hope you can join us!!

For today’s card I HAD to make a Mother’s Day card. I kinda…. FORGOT Mother’s Day was this weekend and the flower shop at which I supply my cards has NONE.. So I got to work!

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I went funky and graphic with this Mom card, right? It’s for the cool Mom in your life! I will share the rest of my Mother’s Day cards in a couple days, but I definitely had help from my Silhouette this year. I cut out a bunch of heart shapes and “mom” sentiments and got creating. The heart in the box is a Silhouette shape and the papers are My Mind’s Eye. The final touch was the “mom” sentiment (from SRM’s Express Yourself Mother’s Day) mounted on black cardstock.

It's the Deconstructed Sketch's 2 year anniversary AND 100th sketch! To celebrate we have some special guests joining us as well as two amazing sponsors and we want YOU to join us too! Now here's what you want to know - how can I play too?!?

Commenting:
  • There is a prize hidden somewhere out in the 100th sketch blog hop!! One very lucky randomly selected commenter will win a $25.00 gift certificate to Tiddly Inks Stamps!
  • So what do you need need to do? Visit all the blogs on the link list below and leave a comment on their Deconstructed Sketch 100th sketch post and cross your fingers!
  • The commenting prize deadline is May 15, 2013 at 8 pm CST. We've got TWO things to celebrate so we are celebrating for two weeks!
Make a project:
  • There is also a prize saved for one of our sketch participants! One very lucky randomly selected sketch participant will win a $25.00 gift certificate to Taylored Expressions!!
  • So what do you need to do for this one? Use sketch 100 to create a project - your project can be a card, layout, Project Life creation - anything, just make sure the sketch is visible. Photograph your creation and upload it to an online gallery or blog and come back here and add a direct link to your project in InLinkz on the Deconstructed Sketch 100 post on Jen's Blog.
  • The project deadline is May 15, 2013 at 8 pm CST. Enter as many times as you want with different projects!

Stampendous Elements

Our newest Fran•táge images for Spring 2013 are our wonderful new Elements images and you can check out the buzz on the Stampendous blog.  These are terrific collages of various images on one theme. I like using them on my mixed media projects so today I’m sharing a recent art journal page where I used a few of the stamps in the background:

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This journal page is in my Dyan Reaveley art journal. I’ve adhere some patterned papers down and painted on top using various acrylic paints and a stencil.

Then…. I stamped.


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For a lot of mixed media artists getting the whole impression of a stamp isn’t the point – it’s all about texture. I stamped the Cling Phone Elements on the seam… Who cares?! It looks awesome!



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I also used Cling Sewing Elements and only managed to get a bit of the image on there… Again, oh well! I think all of these bits and pieces come together to make a coherent piece in the end… 


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Other stamps used: Cling Jumbo Calla Lily and Life is Art. I also mixed some Royal Blue Glass Glitter with a little heavy gel medium and scraped it along the top right corner. It adds a nice glittery touch!

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Hello From Happyville

Today the Technique Tuesday Stamp Techs are featuring Teri’s line of stamps called Happyville! They are cute sets that can mix and match because they feature the same happy font and trendy illustration style.

 

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I made this card using stamps from Happyville – Home. The background paper (Amy Tangerine YES, PLEASE) made this scene come together really easily!! I stamped a few houses in a light grey ink, then the focal house in dark grey. Then I stamped the main house again on some white cardstock and cut it out.

Do you ever feel silly giving your 10+ layer cards that weigh a hundred pounds to a stranger that probably doesn’t even know cardmaking exists? This card is the perfect solution. No muss, no fuss.. Clean lines and a simple message!

Hop over to the Technique Tuesday blog to see some other “Happy” creations!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Deconstructed Sketch #100



It's the Deconstructed Sketch's 2 year anniversary AND 100th sketch!
This week’s sketch is a super CAS, graphic layout and really easy to put together!
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I used my new stamp set (Chalkboard Memories from TSG) and some new MME papers. Funky colours, right? I love this card!!
Here’s the sketch:
 
To celebrate we have some special guests joining us as well as two amazing sponsors and we want YOU to join us too! Now here's what you want to know - how can I play too?!?
Commenting:
  • There is a prize hidden somewhere out in the 100th sketch blog hop!! One very lucky randomly selected commenter will win a $25.00 gift certificate to Tiddly Inks Stamps!
  • So what do you need need to do? Visit all the blogs on the link list below and leave a comment on their Deconstructed Sketch 100th sketch post and cross your fingers!
  • The commenting prize deadline is May 15, 2013 at 8 pm CST. We've got TWO things to celebrate so we are celebrating for two weeks!
Make a project:
  • There is also a prize saved for one of our sketch participants! One very lucky randomly selected sketch participant will win a $25.00 gift certificate to Taylored Expressions!!
  • So what do you need to do for this one? Use sketch 100 to create a project - your project can be a card, layout, Project Life creation - anything, just make sure the sketch is visible. Photograph your creation and upload it to an online gallery or blog and come back here and add a direct link to your project in InLinkz on the Deconstructed Sketch 100 post on Jen's Blog.
  • The project deadline is May 15, 2013 at 8 pm CST. Enter as many times as you want with different projects!
Now it's time to hop!!

1. Amber Hight  10. Sandra MacLean  
2. Arielle Gordon  11. Sheri Gilson  
3. Cresta Woodruff  12. Tobi Crawford  
4. Dawn Easton  13. Tracey Pickersgill  
5. Donna Wardle  14. Jodi Amidei - Special Guest  
6. Jen Shults  15. Jodi Collins - Special Guest  
7. Joni Wilson  16. Katie Perry - Special Guest  
8. Kadie Ensley  17. Laurie Willison - Special Guest  
9. Lori Boyd  18. Judy Rozema