Fast and Fun Projects

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Hi All!

I have been a very busy lady.
I have been making a bunch of really EASY projects using Digital images from The Stamping Boutique,  miscellaneous laces, ribbons and seam binding from  goneartsy.zibbet.com  and some Heartfelt Creations papers from Country Craft Creations.

Some of my favorites are the “count down” boards. The first one I made I just printed Snowman Father Time (found here and on sale 40% off

http://www.thestampingboutique.com/item_571/Snowman-Father-Time-Digital-Stamp.htm )

as large as possible onto kraft paper and made a shelf using chipboard and dice to count down the 12 days til Christmas.

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Then  I used Snowman Father Time again and printed him as large as I could to trace him onto the dry erase board and chalk board. I used sharpies on the dry erase and puffy paint on the chalk board to color him in. Both the boards are magnetic so the snowflakes are magnets! I left the “days til Christmas” off the chalkboard so he counts down EVERYTHING! days til our anniversary, days til light show, days til New Years, days til Hubbys Birthday, Days til Spring, you get the idea right? I also made him smaller versions for students lockers ( days til winter dance, days til big test, days til spring break ). How about using him as a “how much snow have we gotten?”.

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I did a similar technique and painted Snowman Sign onto the glass from a frame to showcase a photo of my newest niece. tracey snowman frame

I am so addicted to Father Time I used him again for some New Years Survival Kits for my sons and niece who were talking about going out for New Years for the first time. I made 4 from 1 sheet of 8 1/2×11 and just printed him and the saying then scored 1/2″ and 3″ from each end. cut into 4 and make into pillow boxes. They are just large enough to hold 1 chap stick and 1 mini tic tac. I added Cab free ride code and phone numbers inside in case they loose their phone or battery charge.

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I whipped up a bunch of place settings using Snowman Sign and made 4 from 1 sheet of 8 1/2×11. Everyone thought they were great. I used a bunch of Snowman images to make my version of the snowman on candy I saw on pinterest.  These took no time or special tools to make.
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I went easel card CRAZY ! Tamra at Country Crafts Creations got me started during our online crop before Christmas. I made some to display the earrings that were gifts to my sister and niece. I used candy canes to make the stop and a video tutorial is available here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j8G7NWaOsw

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These were made with the Heartfelt Creations Antiquity papers that Tamra sent me. You can find them here http://countrycraftcreations.com/t/heartfelt-creations
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This card is made using Prima Butterfly Garden papers from https://miriamscraftingblog.com/shop/
The charm is from there too. Mirriam has a lot of great specials on metals, charms and some papers.
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Today I decided to make some hot chocolate holder cards. These are SUPER Fast and Easy, 2 from 1 sheet of 8 1/2×11. Score at 1/2 then 4 1/2 on short side. Then cut at 5 1/2 ACROSS the score to make 2 pieces 5 1/2x 8 1/2 with scores at 1/2 and 4 1/2. Taper edges of 1/2 part and fold then glue bottom and side. Punch a hole at top for ribbon and you are set. Make sure ribbon is long enough to go to bottom of card when packet is inside. This one uses Snowman Bring it on.

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This one is a little fancier. I used HC Antiquity and made a tag for outside and a larger tag (using the cut a parts) for inside.
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Since so many make a resolution to be more organized I made a note pad to help them out. I used Snowman Father Time to emphasize time management 😀 I added some Gone Artsy snowflakes and bling.
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I used a new release called Angel Face to make this ribbon doll. I used 1 butterfly appliques from Gone Artsy found here http://goneartsy.zibbet.com/shop?shop_section=119169 I used a whole bunch of random Gone Artsy laces including http://goneartsy.zibbet.com/elegant-long-dangle-lace-trim-ga322
Elegant Long Dangle lace.
The image traced onto some velum bags makes great Angel Kisses.
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The last project for today is a card using Boots and Spurs from TSB, I printed on kraft and colored lightly, then a few layers and it was done.
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Well that’s it for today. If you have any questions message me anytime.
Now go have some fun!
Miki

 

Christmas! ( at least the prep for it )

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HO! HO! HO!
I know I have again gone missing but I have really been cranking out the projects and trying to meet deadlines. I was invited to join The Stamping Boutique’s thestampingboutique.com DT for this term. They are the site to go to for the scarecrow that I use over and over. They also have some really great winter/Christmas images and just released new Valentine ones. So a bunch of the projects you will see today are using images from there. I asked Melissa if we could have a code for a discount for todays online crop over at Scrapbookers of Country Crafts Creations in Hooper https://www.facebook.com/groups/1585111948390881/1695096410725767/?comment_id=1695100840725324&notif_t=like   so she put the whole collection of winter/Christmas images on sale for us, 40% off!  So stop by there and say Thank You.

Ok so on to why you are here. The challenge for the online crop is to make one ( your choice ) of the following fast and easy projects. You will get one entry for each set ( most of these make 3 or more per page so that makes a set ).
In addition to Tamra’s challenge I am holding my own here. Comment below with a link where I can see your project and I will enter you into MY challenge for a 10$ GC to Gone Artsy goneartsy.zibbet.com/   You get one entry for each set you make, and an additional entry if you use a Stamping Boutique image. That is for my challenge. You can use the same set for both challenges as long as you put the photos/comments in the right places.

First project is the chapstick holders. For a bunch I used TSB image snowman sign and made a cut file ( these are selling like crazy at the store downstairs ). For the ones I am giving as gifts and the ones I made to order for other Avon reps and some Mary Kay reps I just printed, cut and colored/glammed them up. I preprinted mine so that they had a greeting and youravon.com/michelleridgway on them then colored, scored and cut.

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STEP BY STEP
1 score at 4″ and 4 3/8″ on the 8 1/2 side ( one side will be 1/8 longer but no one will care once its done )
2 cut into 3 pieces 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
3 fold one side under ( if I was making the color ones I folded the back under – when I did the cut file I folded the front down as paper piece would cover the cuts )
4 (optional) I scored at 3/4, 1 3/8, 2 1/8, 2 3/4 these are marks for the cut lines. There is a tip for quick scoring and remembering where on my youtube video for this. ( dang youtube wont load! so the tip is – I put a piece of standard scotch tape on the top of my score board and mark where the scores would be so I don’t have to look for measurements and count etc everytime I am doing quick projects, the tape comes off easy and no permanent marks on my board )
5 Cut from fold to score line. There will be four cuts. Once these are done you can fold the two 5/8″ tabs to create a fold line on no scored side.
6 Now open and push those tabs in to create ‘holder’ for chapstick.
7 Decorate.

These can be made by the dozens in no time flat and would work for most any holiday with any image ( I see Valentines as a big one for these as well ).

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Second project Gwen’s Tea cards
First let me say I learned these and the saying from Gwen Casteel her Ustream is http://www.ustream.tv/channel/crafty-lady
I wish I could find the original show where she showed these but I hate the new ustream format and can’t locate anything anymore. She gave us the Christmas poem for these so ALL Credit for this version is hers. Please if you make some stop by and show her some love.
I altered the poem some for non Christmas use ( the bad grammar etc all mine ).
These are the cards that are selling out even before I can get a price on them at the store downstairs, and that others have asked about.

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Christmas poem ( Gwen’s )
On Christmas Eve at half past three
Sit down with this cup of tea
I’ll think of you, you think of me
Sitting ’round the Christmas tree

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For these I used Heartfelt Creations papers from the grab box special that Tamra had at Country Crafts Creations https://www.facebook.com/tammyscountrycraftcreations/?fref=ts
And they are a great way to showcase the belt lace from Gone Artsy goneartsy.zibbet.com/
If you hurry you can still use my DTCode DTMiki until the end of the year for 15% off your purchase. Please stop by https://www.facebook.com/goneartsy/?fref=ts and let Deb know I sent you.

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Non Christmas poem ( mine )
At some point during your busy day
Stop and think of friends both near and far away
I will think of you, you think of me
As we enjoy this cup of tea

Directions on how to make this card ( you can make three from 1 sheet of 12×12 )
I prefer to use a double sided cardstock just make sure the images/patterns are smaller and fit into a 4×4 area

Score at 4″ and 8″
then cut across those score lines at 4″ making 3 pieces of 4×12 with scores at 4″ and 8″
make a diagonal cut on the square to the far right ( this doesn’t have to be exact and if you want pocket on left side cut diagonal on left side square.
Apply glue to bottom and short side ( if you left some ) of right hand square and fold over to attach to center square.
Decorate and add tea bag to pocket

If you prefer video I have made a quickie for this but I want to remind you this is Gwen’s card. The only thing I changed was the second poem so I can make these for non holidays.

Third project is Snowman Poop/Grinch Pills
These are all the rage on pinterest etc, you can see several different versions and get printables and graphics with a quick search. All I am giving you are a few fast ways to cut, fold etc.

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Fully covered version
makes 3 from 1 sheet 8 1/2×11
Score and fold in half along 8 1/2″ side at 4 1/4″ ( I prefer folding but you can score if you choose )
Leaving it folded score again at 1 7/8″
Now open it and score at 2 1/2″ and 4 7/8″
Cut into 3 pieces of 2 7/8″ x 8 1/2″ ( you can cut at 3″ if that’s easier it just leaves some hangover )
This is where I decorate so I can punch holes into the inside front before I glue since punch wont fit after its glued.
You will want to try this without glue first to see where and how you want to decorate etc.
Fold in half again and you will eventually glue the two squares with exposed edge together to make flap and the rest will make a box to hold the tic tacs. REMEBER!  IF YOU WANT TO PUNCH A HOLE DO IT BEFORE YOU GLUE. Insert tic tacs into top of decorated box, they will be snug but should fit perfectly.

Flip Top version with exposed sides
makes 5 from 1 sheet of 8 1/2×11
Along 8 1/2″ side score at 2 7/8, 3 1/2, 6 7/8 and 7 1/8
Cut along 11″ side at 2″ making 5 pieces of 2×8 1/2 pieces with scores across them
Fold on scores and attach. I lined it up then used hot glue to attach front bottom, then back and left top and front top open like a flip top.
Decorate ( you could decorate before they are attached but its easier here because of which way is up where ).

The Snowman Poop is perfect to use with TSB Snowman Bring it on image.

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I used a digital image from TSB and opened Word. Using the insert function I inserted the photo and sized it down so I could make between 9 and 12 tags per sheet of 8 1/2×11. Print and color ( or let the kids color ), add some sparkle ( I used Kristina Deyette’s Sparkle dust https://www.facebook.com/groups/kristysbloominjourney/?fref=nf but the kids used dollar store glitter glue ) and you have handmade gift tags that grandparents will love as much as the gift.

That makes 4 different styles of projects and tons of variants for them. You still have time to whip up batches of these before Christmas and they make great last minute gifts, grab bag items, teacher gifts, client gifts or stocking stuffers. Phew. I am worn out. Time for some Holiday bingo and then grab some wine before the crop starts.

Halloween Treats

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WOW! I have to say THANK YOU!

I got some of my first comments on the last few posts and it really made my daze 🙂

Today’s post is a share project.
I helped a friend two weekends hold a HUGE garage/moving sale. She had TONS of crafty things ( most of which are now in those same boxes but reside in my place ). Some of what I acquired were white wooden baskets. I took a whole box full ( less than 50 cents each! ). They are about 4 inches deep have a handle and are about 9 inches long 6 inches wide. PERFECT for floral center pieces. I found some shimmer paper I had from last year and used my pazzles to cut some ghosts, tombstones and pumpkins. Putting those on toothpicks and then making some sucker covers was easy. Add some ribbon bows and voila! Candy, ribbons and washi tape came from the dollar store. Total spent on boxes about 30$ ( 7$ on candy for variety, foam to fill baskets was 10$, 6$ for ribbons for variety, 1$ for washi tape, 1$ for black spray paint, 2$ for creepy clothe and .50$ each for 6 basket ) made 6 baskets with candies and tape left over for a few cards to match.

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These took about an afternoon ( I did premake the cuts for the ghosts, etc. the night before while I was cutting some Christmas card ideas ). They made for great Dr. gifts and would work for teachers or anyone really.

I was making some more of Tracey’s Scarecrow from The Stamping Boutique. They are having a Halloween/Fall sale and a challenge here  http://thestampingboutiquechallengeblog.blogspot.com and came up with this fun card. I used some left over Rare Oddities from Tamra at Country Crafts Creations https://www.facebook.com/tammyscountrycraftcreations?fref=ts
and cut him out. I gave him a green face because I think it’s a scarecrow dressed up as Frankenstein. When I showed the card to my son he said Franky is dressed as a scarecrow. I will you decide which way it is 😛

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The bat, pumpkins, web and little guy are all cut out with pazzles, BUT you could print the image then cut it apart, trace and cut him out with scissors. One of the things I love most about this image is how easy it is to use, both to color and cut. The paper is recollections Halloween from Michael’s.

No matter what you are making have fun.

Thanks for stopping in and spending some time here.

Miki

DT DAZE 4 :)

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It is going to be a great day today. It is nice and chilly, everyone has gone out so I can enjoy my coffee in peace. It is cold enough the pups ( now 3 years old lol ) are cuddled up next to me under the blanket.

Today’s project theme is Christmas. First up is a card that my kids said looks like a cross. I used some of Gone Artsy’s new ribbon and some bling for this. Cut two pieces just larger than card base and tape to backside, then I used string to gather them up and added bling. SUPER fast and easy. You could use these for any occasion. Move the across one down a bit and it would look like a present not a cross.10517686_10200653152606854_6778233319311813657_n
Next one is probably one of my favorites and the one I will be sending out this year. I made it for the #Cards4Love event. It uses Victorian Fan Lace from Gone Artsy that I cut and glued into a tree form ( similar to the dress ). Embossed back ground and Voila perfect card.

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I saved the best for last. This is a fire starter basket. I used 3 colors of seam binding, Long Dangle lace, Ribbon Lace (a favorite of mine ) a doily and some odds and ends. This is filled with pinecones that will be dipped in wax and sprinkled with a variety of additives to give off special effects. You can google fire effects and get sites with lists of dozens of things ( most very easy to get like – salt substitute, borax, Epsom salts, coffee creamer etc ). PLEASE  READ THE SITE AND ALL INSTRUCTIONS. Remember if you are giving this as a gift safety is first. I am also using mini cones for the color additives, and making some wax disks with scents and other effects. The basket has a holder for the lighter as well.

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I used Gone Artsy’s Small Star’s and cut them out, used my heat gun to melt away the webbing and glued 2 back to back on an acetate disk for the center focal point. Then some beads and seam binding finish off the handle.IMG_20150810_154213

After adding the tube to hold the lighter I added some glittered mini pine cones and a matching bird ( I love this paper so I let it dictate the colors and theme ).

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 To finish it off I added a doily w/ a cut out of the bird from the paper and some lace ( the left overs from the Fan lace I used for scarecrows ) to decorate the top of the tube.IMG_20151001_072237 Now I am just waiting to collect some more pine cones ( they just started falling ) and I will dip them and this gift is done.

Well that wraps up my DT DAZE. I want to say a HUGE thank you to Deb. I learned so much and had so much fun with this you will never know. I hope anyone reading these will at least go check out her store. Remember my code is DTMiki and it’s good until January ( unless people start using it 🙂 ).
OK I’m going to snuggle with grandpups for a bit then go head out looking for pine cones and other goodies.
Best Wishes to everyone.
Miki

DT DAZE 3 – DAZE is RIGHT!

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PHEW! What a day! Not in a bad way at all, just a long one. I would have done this earlier but Kiddo #2 beat me out of bed and took off before I could nab his phone and take pictures. Then I helped a friend run her garage sale ( 2 whole rooms of crafty goodies – I was in over load ). Got home made tacos and rice for dinner and now I am sitting here talking to you.

Today’s theme is Winter. Right about now I start working out and finalizing my Christmas cards. I make a few and we decide which one I make for us to mail out. My family has quite a few friends who celebrate Christmas and other Holidays, so I generally make some cards non Christmas. This time of the year I feel that no matter who celebrates what we should ALL celebrate each other. SO I have this years batch of Holiday cards for you today. They are fairly simple and feature Snowflake appliques from Gone Artsy. You get 4 in a set and with my 15% for DTMiki code you can’t go wrong. I made some in light shades of blue and inked the embossed snowflakes, added the appliques and some paper snowflakes. There is a shaker card, 2 spinner styles and a few random ones. The last set is in chalkboard colors and I made a card and notepad set. I think those are my favorites of this batch. Let me know what you think.

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Well I am worn out tonight so I will see you here again tomorrow for the last day of my DT DAZE.
Miki

DT DAZE 2

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Wow how time flies! It seems like I was just here yesterday. Oh yeah it was yesterday 😀
So today is day 2 of my 4 days of DT shares. I am hoping that somehow, someone, somewhere is actually reading these besides me. Not because I need followers, but because I truly want to do well for Deb. She has a really nice store and is a great person. Once she is back from her trip you really should take a look at all the things she has for sale. In the meantime you can watch some of the Ustream classes. Today’s share is all FALL. Did you know that in addition to laces, bling and kits Deb carries appliques? She has a bunch of different ones, from crowns, baby carriages, snowflakes, flowers and leaves. When I saw those I decided I wanted to use them to make something. First up is a scarecrow, I used Tracey’s scarecrow from The Stamping Boutique to make a cute file and then I used Fan dangle lace to make the ‘straw’. I think he turned out SUPER CUTE. In fact I made a few of them. Because I used a cut file I was able to make them different sizes. Notice here that they have different hair cuts 😀

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I took these and used them for 2 different projects. The first one I used on a card, I also used some of Deb’s leaf appliques on it. The sentiment inside reads “May your Blessings be as many as the falling leaves”. This version of the scarecrow is just over 3 inches so his he fit perfectly on here.
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I used some of the seam binding from Gone Artsy to simulate the leaves swirling around him. A few cut out pumpkins on tooth picks, and the scarecrow himself are poked into a foam base that I covered with 2 different doilies ( also from Gone Artsy ). The pot was painted and crackled, leave appliques were cut apart and colored, then toned down with a weak tea bath. The flower center is from the Victorian Fan lace left overs from cutting out fans for the dress. This project was really fun and easy. I can see adding candy corn to the pot once it gets closer to the end of Oct.
Well that’s it for todays share. If you want info on the cut file or a detailed list of Gone Artsy items used just message me. Please leave comments ( good or bad ), you never know if or when I may hold a random give away for a GC from Gone Artsy.
See you tomorrow.
Miki

DT DAZE!!

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Well can you guess what day it is? 🙂

As I write this it is actually Wednesday Sept 30th, just about 7am. The boys have just left to drop off hubby and go to college for the morning. So, the granpups and I are sitting under blankets and sipping coffee. But if you are here it is probably because you are wanting to see the real reason for this post. My 1st ever DT SHARE!! I have probably mucked it up and should have been sharing all along. My second share is only four days from now on October 3rd. So to make up for not sharing properly all along I am going to share something every day from now until the 3rd.

When Deb told me to go ahead and try out I really thought she was merely being kind to a follower. When she said I made it as a guest DT I KNEW she was being overly kind to me. If you have read or seen any of my other posts you would know my style is clean and simple ( Fast and Easy to be exact ). I am not the one to make a lace handbag, do shabby chic or alter something. No matter how hard Itza tried I am just not that type. So why did Deb chose me? That’s a great question. The answer is . . . I do not know. She said she wanted to show different things one can use her supplies on, so I will go with that. I am going to show you projects ( some new and a few older ones ) that show different uses for her goodies than just wedding and altering.
Today I am focusing on Mini albums. My Daddy’s Little Princess album is the first project I made using my DT stash, and I used quite a few different items. So you can get the complete rundown on them either by going to the post about that mini or going to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUB45KnYNXk. OK I know A LOT of people use laces on the cover, but what I wanted to show you today is the use inside the mini. I love Debs dangle laces and I really liked how it shows off the pockets I inserted it into.11222112_10200571418483552_2826421056323735606_n I think the flowers and dangles are so perfect here and for this paper. This is the cover.
DLP cover open These are some of the laces I used in this mini. I also used seam binding and it was a PERFECT match for the G45 papers. If you want to run over to her store it is temporarily closed while she is out of town, but my DT code – DTMIKI – will be good for 15% off until the end of the year ( and if enough of you use it maybe longer 😛 ).DLP laces from Gone Artsy

Now for something you haven’t seen before, the dress I made as a card for her Christening. It uses the Victorian Fan lace that I love, organza roses and pearls, seam binding and some bling. The card was cut using a file from Cards By Bird and can located at this link ( you may have to look for it under princess cards ) http://www.birdscards.com/free-digital-cut-files/shaped-cards/  I think this is one of my favorite cards to have made yet.11798233_1050784871599698_1046954455_n
Some other ways to use Deb’s goodies in minis are lace coverlace 2
or how about  , , IMG_20150529_180350  using a doily to keep the round vintage images going. Or you can of course use another of my favorites, the ribbon lace. Adding some seam binding makes it a perfect match for just about every album I have used it on. IMG_20150802_181924
Don’t forget you can color these laces. It is pretty easy actually, Deb has some classes on it here http://www.ustream.tv/channel/gone-artsy-live-classes
She has live classes Tuesdays at 7pm CST. They are a lot of fun to hang out and learn.
I colored some laces and used them for this tag. If I can color laces so can you. So don’t worry about wanting color, these laces are high quality and will color wonderfully using one of Deb’s techniques.
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OK I am going to wrap up todays post by saying this. . . If there is one thing I have learned from Deb and her gift of putting me on her DT it is that it’s OK to cut, color and USE the good laces ( and with Deb’s deals and my DT code – DTMiki – you can do that AND hoard some too ).
See you tomorrow,
Miki