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In this issue:  A recap of Recently Released stamps and dies  Winter Wonderland: Are you in the mood for snow? These creations are sure to inspire you to use those winter Whimsy stamps!  Love, Love Me Do: Whimsy Stamps projects to get you in gear for Valentine‟s Day  FOUR step-by-step tutorials and a quick tip!  Inspiration on how to use your ShapeEZ by TLC templates and cut files!  Whimsy Stamps and Cheery Lynn Designs team up to show you all the possibilities of using our products together!

Mariska shows you how to 3D paper piece! See her tutorial starting on page 16!

Beautiful creations using products from Whimsy Stamps and Cheery Lynn Designs! Want to see what the designers from both companies came up with? Turn to page 39! Kathryne reveals a little about herself! See page 70 for her exclusive interview

Contents The Tidbits

Do It Yourself!

3 A Note from the Editors

16 3D Paper Piecing by Iris Wiechmann

6 Buzzworthy: Goodbye and Hellos

27 Book Card by Iris Wiechmann 36 Stamped Charms by Tammy Louise Cunliffe

72 Sketch Challenge Winner!

46 Pill Box by Lori Pachkowsky

In the Spotlight 70 Artist Spotlight on StampArt Designs by Kathryne

Product Focus

Project Focus: Beyond Cards 33 Shape EZ Projects

4 December Release 59 Creative Projects 50 Sentimental Stamping: Stamping Simply

Special Feature: Whimsy & Cheery Lynn designs 39 Company Team Up: Cheery Lynn and Whimsy Designers

The Usual 73 Digi Highlights 77 Customer Creations

Whimsy Rewind 9

Recently Released

66 Oldies but Goodies

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The Nitty Gritty 80

Whimsy Family

Quick Tip

81 Whimsy Connection

58 Resin Embellishments

82 Credits

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A note from Denise… Dear Friends, As the year comes to a close, we are moved and grateful for the support and kindness of the crafting community. This magazine has been a labor of love, but it‟s a true joy to bring you each and every issue. We are very pleased that so many are finding it inspiring and educational. We thank you for your kind words of encouragement and we hope to continue to spark your creativity and inspire new and fun ways of using our products. A very special thank you goes out to the talented artists and designers of our Whimsy Stamps family. It is a pleasure to know and work with each of you and we are all thankful for the wonderful products you create. And a huge thank you to my editorial partner, Ann Vento. It is a pleasure to collaborate with you in so many fun and creative ways! We here at Whimsy Stamps would like to wish you all a wonderful and safe holiday season filled with love and friendships. We have lots of new and exciting things planned for 2012 and hope you will be there to enjoy the new year with us. Happy Holidays!

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...and a note from Ann Dear fellow crafters, Wow, the year has flown by! I‟m sure a lot of you feel the same way. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our readers for the support that you have given this magazine. It has been such a pleasure to bring you these issues and I am always surprised to hear how much you enjoy it and are inspired by the wonderful creations that the staff designers and design team bring you. Your comment and compliments truly make it all worthwhile. I also echo everything that Denise said above: we are ever so grateful for your support! I would also like to return the love and give thanks to my partner in crime, AKA my editorial partner, Denise! I would never have ventured into compiling together this magazine if I thought that I couldn‟t count on you to have my back every step of the way. You‟re awesome! As we spring forward to 2012, we hope to not only bring you the same wonderful projects, but will continue to push forward and improve the magazine. Just as you may have personal goals for the new year, we also have ours for this magazine. For now, please enjoy our last issue for 2011. I wish you and your loved ones a most wonderful holiday season filled with good cheer! See you next year! Ann

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Product Focus

December Release by Marley vander Heijden

Lend me Your Ear

Whimsy Stamps had another wonderful release this month! All the new products are available at the Whimsy Stamps shop now.

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Lend Me Your Ear, Everyday Circle Postmarks; Dies: Quickutz alphabet; Chocolate from the CMIT store; Ink: Memento; Coloring Medium; Copic Sketch Markers; Papers: Echo Park; Embellishments: Butterflyâ€&#x;s made with the Martha Stewart punch, Liquid Pearls, Martha Stewart ribbon loop corner from the CMIT store; Tools: Glue, Papercutter, Chalk and white gelpen. How to: I placed my design papers how I want them. Glued the papers & cut out my image. On the right side of the image I used the Martha Stewart corner punch and punched it two times.. they look like some cute tabs now!I stamped the Everyday Circle postmarks stamp and cut it out and placed it on the left corner of the image. I cut out the Quickutz alphabet and made the sentiment; So Sweet. The letters are distressed with Distress Ink and some liquid pearls on them. Then I punched out the butterflies and placed them on the card. Some torn of design papers for in the edges of the card. Stickles and liquid pearls to finish. ŠWhimsy Stamps, LLC.

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So Lovely

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BuzzWorthy

We must bid farewell to one of our Magazine Staff Designers: Minna Paajanen. Life has become a bit busy for her, but we are grateful to her for sharing her talent with Whimsy Stamps and its fans. Below are a few of our favorite magazine creations by Minna!

Using the following Whimsy Stamps images, sentiments, and dies: Cozy Little Snowman, Football Bart, The Fun Life Ticket Sentiments, Steampunk Travels, Autumn Letter Seals, Spy Chick, Celebration Pennants, Christmas Sentiments (digi) ŠWhimsy Stamps, LLC.

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Buzzworthy Digital Magazine Staff Designers

Marilyn

My name is Marilyn and I live on a farm in Saskatchewan, Canada and work full time as a municipal administrator. I am to my very supportive husband who seems to understand my crazy obsessions and we have two grown wonderful children who have given us three of the most precious grandchildren ever! I‟ve been making cards for about 3 years now and began a blog in September of 2009. The bug hit me when I went to a Stampin Up card making party where we stamped with coloured ink onto cardstock but before long before I started surfing the net where I found coloured pencils (which I promptly purchased) and from there it progressed to Copic markers (which I promptly purchased) and from there I started my obsession, purchasing rubber and digi stamps, paper, cardstock, flowers, ribbon, charms, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, punches, brads... you know the rest, I need it all! I am so pleased and honoured to be part of the fantastic Whimsy team and have enjoyed every moment of it.

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Winter Fairy, Winter Letter Seals; Papers: Bo Bunny Snowfall; Ink/Coloring Medium: Copics; Embellishments: Snowflakes cut with Martha Stewart Punches; Other: Glamour Dust on wings, Soft Flock on ear muffs and fur, Polar White Flower Soft for snow

Toni

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Hippo, Birthday Letter Seals; Papers: Whimsy retired; Ink/Coloring Medium: Versafine, Copics pens; Embellishments: flowers and pearls ©Whimsy Stamps, LLC.

I‟m a mum of four, grandma to two and Im married to a fabulous man that puts up with having glitter glue, ribbon and piles of paper around the house taking up space. I live in the uk and work part time with children getting messy all day. I love my life. My family have always encouraged me to follow my dreams and my passion for crafting, I think from an early age Ive been making something out of nothing and finding a use for all those old post cards and bits of scrap paper,I can only blame my mom and her passion for making things,and that passion has continued throughout my life and with Whimsy.

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Product Focus

Recently Released

by Ellie Stover

Served with Love

Whimsy Stamps holds new releases each and every month. Each of our talented artists adds something fun and fresh to their collections. The stamps and dies you see used in these creations were released in the last couple of months. All are available to purchase in the Whimsy shop.

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Served with Love, Winter Notables 1 Sentiments; Papers: Bo Bunny Snowfall Collection, Stampinâ€&#x; Up!, Arches Watercolor Paper; Ink/Coloring Medium: Black Stazon, Stampin Up, Ranger Distress Inks for coloring; Embellishments: kraft seam binding, stickles glitter, snowflake diecuts; Tools: Layered Snowflake die (Whimsy Stamps), large oval punch (SU), sewing machine ŠWhimsy Stamps, LLC.

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Brrr!

Product Focus: Recently Released

by Patricia Garcia Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Bundled Little Snow Boy, Cozy Hands Sentiments; Coloring Medium: Copic Markers; Papers: Design Papers-Basic Grey, Card Stock- American Crafts; Embellishments: RibbonMichaels, Gems- Michaels, Glitter- Stickles, Tinsel, Glitter- Martha Stewart, transperency-My stash; Tools: Whimsy Stamps Mittens Die Set, Nestabilities, Sewing Machine

Warm wishes

by Patricia Garcia

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Let It Snow, Winter Letter Seals; Papers: Design Papers-Maja Design, Cardstock- American Crafts; Coloring Medium: Copic Markers, Prisma Colored Pencils; Embellishments: Whimsy Stamps charm, Flowers-My Stash, Twine- PTI, Twinklets, Snow Tex, Ribbon-Hug Snug, Glitter -Stickles, Cheese ClothMichaels; Tools: Whimsy Stamps Layered Snowflakes Die set ŠWhimsy Stamps, LLC.

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Product Focus: Recently Released

For You

by Marley van der Heijden Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Served with Love; Ink: Memento; Coloring Medium: Copic Sketch Markers; Papers: Design papers are from a Dutch Store called Action; Embellishments: Liquid Pearls & ribbon from Sew Sweet; Tools: Glue, Papercutter, Chalk and white gelpen. How To: This is a real quick card, perfect for Christmas cards (I made lot of them) I placed my design papers how I want them. Glued the papers & cut out my image that is colored with the Copic markers. I make a bow with the ribbon and place it on the right corner. Some liquid pearls and Stickles to finish my card.

Wee Florist by Patricia Garcia

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Wee Florist; Coloring Medium: Copic Markers; Papers: Design papers- Basic Grey, Card Stock- American Crafts; Embellishments: Flowers- Michaels, Twinklets, Ribbon- My stash, GlitterStickles, BradBasic Grey; Tools: Whimsy Stamps Vines Die Set, Sewing Machine

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Christmas bunny

Product Focus: Recently Released

by Beate Johns

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Christmas Bunny, Winter Notables 1; Papers: Echo Park Holly Jolly Christmas Patterned paper, Neenah Solar white and Canyon Brown cardstock, Core'dinations yellow cardstock; Ink/Coloring Medium: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, Copic Markers (Bunny: E30, E31, E33, R30, R20, R22 Gifts: Y15, Y17, E97 R05, R08, R29, R39, red Spica Pen YG21, YG23, YG17 Glove: BG10, BG11, BG13 Sled: E23, E25, E27 Snow and Tag: B0000, B000 Airbrushed Sky: B02 Cloud bottom: W1, W00); Embellishments: May Arts White Organdy Ribbon, Want2Scrap Baby Bling and Finesse Rhinestone swirl, Stardust Stickles; Accessories: Grand Scallop Square Nestabilities, Classic Circle Nestabilities, sewing machine, dimensionals

Wee Suzi

by Lori Pachkowsky Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Wee Suzi; Papers: Basic Grey Sweet Threads, bazzil basics cardstock; Ink: Memento black, Tim Holtz Vintage photo for sponged edges; Colouring Medium: Copic Markers and Prismacolour pencils; Embellishments: Ribbon, lace, Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, pearls; Other: Whimsy Stamps Vines Die set, stitched edges ŠWhimsy Stamps, LLC.

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Product Focus: Recently Released

Wish list

by Erin Bailey

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps A Letter For Me, Holiday Wish List; Ink: MementoTuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Creamy Caramel-Stampin‟ Up!; Paper: Stampin‟ Up! Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler, Basic Grey; Tools: Cheery Lynn Snowflake Die; Embellishments: Stampin‟ Up! Cherry Cobbler seam binding, striped ribbon, bakers twine, distressing tool, Prima flowers, pearls and leaf, Stickles, jingle bell

Blue Snowman by Erin Bailey

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Bundled Little Snowboy, Holiday Mini Postage Stamps, Seasonal Ornaments; Paper: Stampin‟ Up! Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, My Mind's Eye Christmas; Ink/ Coloring Medium: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Memento Rich Cocoa; Embellishments: Stampin‟ Up! bakers twine, Espresso Quilted Ribbon, Prima pearls, Stickles, unknown jingle bell ©Whimsy Stamps, LLC.

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Product Focus: Recently Released

Snowy Owl by Marley van der Heijden

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Cozy Winter Owl, Cozy Hands Sentiments; Dies: Quickutz nesting frame 7 and the ornaments with the quickutz cookie cutter ornament both CMIT store; Ink: Memento; Coloring Medium: Copic Sketch Markers; Papers: Design papers are from a Dutch Store called Action; Embellishments: Liquid Pearls; Tools: Glue, Papercutter, Chalk and white gelpen. How To: I placed my design papers how I want them. Glued the papers & cut out my image with the quickutz nesting die 7. Before I glue the image on my card I distress the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Inks. I stamped the Cozy Hands sentiment “Let is snow” on cardstock and cut it out. Placed it on my card. I‟ve cut out the ornaments with the Quickutz cookie cutter ornament and placed it in the right corner. ©Whimsy Stamps, LLC.

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Product Focus: Recently Released

Sweet Florist by Marley van der Heijden

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Wee Florist; Ink: Memento; Coloring Medium: Copic Sketch Markers; Papers: Design papers are from a Dutch Store called Action; Embellishments: Liquid Pearls, butterflies with the Martha Stewart punch, roses and leaves, ribbon from sew sweet; Tools: Glue, Papercutter, Chalk and white gelpen. How To: I placed my design papers how I want them. Glued the papers & cut out my image. In the middle I have used some beautiful lace. I put the roses and leaves in the corners of my image. Punched out the butterflyâ€&#x;s and place them around the image. Some torn of design papers for the edges. Stickles and pearls to finish the card.

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Do It Yourself: 3d Paper piecing

3d Paper Piecing Tutorial by Mariska van der Veer

Mariska teaches you how to give some dimension to your stamped and colored images! Follow along with her as she walks through her techniques for 3D paper piecing. * Stamp Suzi With Bunny by Wee Stamps for Whimsy Stamps (sentiment from Holiday Mini Postage Stamps) * Paper to stamp on (I use Paper Temptress Iridescent Cryogen White) * Ink to stamp with (I use Memento Tuxedo Black) * Acryl Block * Copic Markers (or another medium to color with) * Nestability die and Big Shot (or other way to trim image) * Precision scissors and/or craft knife * Memento Dual Tip Marker Tuxedo Black * Pergamano embossing tools and mat * White gelpen (mine is from a Dutch store named the Hema) * Olba Glue kit with syringes (this is a Dutch brand and isn’t for sale in the USA at the moment but Whimsy Stamps is considering selling this in the online store) * Pair of tweezers

Step 1: I stamp the image several times. I stamp one image with enough space around it to trim it into the shape I want, the other stamped images can be placed very close to each other. In this picture I have stamped the image five times but I ended up using seven stamped images.

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Do It Yourself: 3d Paper piecing Step 2: I cut the image I‟m going to use as a base (the image with more space around it) apart from the other images and put this to the side. Now I start coloring the other images, I personally always start with the skin tones.

Step 3: Instead of coloring everything in one image I color each part of the image that I want in a different layer separately. I take care that I don‟t color two parts that “touch” each other on the same image. For example, the face will be placed on top of the neck so I color the face in image 1 and the neck in image 2. I do this with every little piece and stamp more images when, while coloring, I found out I need more.

Step 4: Here all the parts are colored and, as you can see, I‟ve trimmed my “base” image and also colored some small parts that are going to be way in the back on this “base” image.

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Do It Yourself: 3d Paper piecing Step 5: I am now going to decide from every little piece I‟ve colored what adjoining piece is going to be the base for another piece. For instance, in the matter of the face, the hair adjoining the face is going to be a higher layer then the face, so the hair next to the face that I‟ve colored is going to serve as a base for that. I am now coloring part of all these adjoining base pieces with my W5 Copic Marker. I do this because when the image is finished you are not only going to be looking at it from straight above. When you don‟t color the base pieces in a dark color you will see a lot of white when you don‟t look at the paper pieced image from straight above and I personally don‟t like that. I did make some mistakes in coloring the W5 areas though but I hope you get the basic idea.

Step 6: Next I‟m going to take my trimmed base image and color all the parts that I haven‟t colored yet with my W5 Copic Marker. Also I now add shadows and I do this with my W5, W3, W1 and W00 Copic Markers. Any trimming, distressing of the edges or sewing around the edges needs to be done at this stage. As you may be able to see I distressed the edges of the trimmed base image with distress ink.

Step 7: Now the cutting starts. I cut out all the pieces I‟ve colored with the W5 colored “base”pieces attached to them. As you probably can see you don‟t need the full “base”pieces but you do need a rim to glue the next layer on.

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Do It Yourself: 3d Paper piecing Step 8: In this picture you see all the cut out pieces. I didn‟t cut out the flowers yet because it‟s easier doing this at the last stage.

Step 9: Now I take every piece I‟ve cut and I color the edges of the pieces with the side of the larger tip of the Dual Tip Memento Marker. Again, the reason why I do this is because I don‟t want to see white edges when I look at the finished paper pieced image from the side. It is a bit time consuming but it really does make a lot of difference in the end result.

Step 10: Now I take the embossing tools and the embossing mat. I put every single piece that I‟ve cut on the mat with the colored side down, take an embossing tool that I think has the right size, gently press down on the image and start making circular motions while pressing softly.

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Do It Yourself: 3d Paper piecing Step 11: Now the fun part starts. I lay all the pieces I‟ve cut on a white sheet of paper more or less in the order that I‟m going to stack them on the image (as you can see in step 8). I fill a syringe with the glue. I start with the piece that‟s going to be on the bottom. Looking at the piece I‟m going to place I put glue on the base image. I now take my pair of tweezers and carefully place the piece on top of the glue. I do this piece by piece, every time carefully deciding which piece comes next. I don‟t press down because that will flatten the image and that isn‟t what I want. The glue is very thick and will allow me to move the piece I‟m placing in exactly the right place. When you notice you need to place a little more glue or something on one spot it‟s very easy to remove the piece again with your tweezers, add the glue and replace the piece. Once the glue is dried out it‟s VERY strong. It‟s the best glue I‟ve found for this technique but also to attach flowers and other embellishments to your project.

Step 12: Here you can see that most of the body is glued on.

Step 13: And here the only thing that‟s left is to cut the little flowers and leaves, color their edges, emboss them and glue them on. I do this one at at time, this way I won‟t have to puzzle as much which flower goes where.

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Do It Yourself: 3d Paper piecing

Step 14: And here the complete image is 3D paper pieced. In this particular image I‟ve added two flowers in the basket that weren‟t there on the stamped image. I simply colored two flowers that weren‟t used yet, did the same I did to every other piece and glued them on between the other flowers.

Step 15: Now the image is finished. I‟ve added some white accents with my white gelpen. You may also see that I‟ve used some tiny white liquid pearls dots. Now I can use my image the same as you would use a flat image.

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Do It Yourself: 3d Paper piecing Here is Mariska’s finished project! Step 5: Once you cut all around it's really easy to pull out the pages. Apply Glue (I used Tape glue it's a lot stronger and you don't have to wait till it dries) to all your sections.

Step 6: Press Firmly and your Book is ready to decorate!

I do hope I’ve inspired you to give this project a try. The precious Suzi With Bunny by Wee Stamps may look a bit overwhelming with all the little details but you can always start with a “simpler” stamp. The stamps by Meljen’s Designs and Crissy Armstrong for Whimsy Stamps are perfect to try this technique for a first time. The technique is very time consuming but the end result is, I think, so worth it. - Mariska ©Whimsy Stamps, LLC.

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Project Focus

Love, Love Me Do

by Lori Pachkowsky

Loveable Friend

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and these creations are sure to get your creative juices flowing and make some sparks fly! Show your special someone how much you care by creating a special card or gift that says I Love You!

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Lend Me Your Ear; Papers: DCWV The Pet Stack, Kraft Card stock; Ink: Memento black, Tim Holtz Walnut Stain for sponged edges; Colouring Medium: Copic Markers and prismacolour pencils; Embellishments: Ribbon, Pet Stack sentiments, buttons, twine

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Just for...

Project Focus

...You! By Lori Pachkowsky Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Lovey Pup, Friendship Ticket Sentiments; Template: Shape EZ by TLC Take Out Box; Papers: American Crafts Romance; Ink: Memento black, Tim Holtz Walnut Stain for sponged edges; Coloring Medium: Copic Markers; Embellishments: Ribbon, Button and twine; Other: Brown spica pen for faux stitching, Martha Stewart Heart Punch

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Project Focus

You Complete Me

By Crissy Armstrong Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Jumbo Love; Paper: Copic Xpress It; Ink/Coloring Medium: Copics, coloured pencil, Distress Ink Barn Door, Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Whisper White; Embellishments: Diamond Dust glitter, flat backed pearls, rhinestone adhesives, black and white ribbon; Tools: Cuttlebug, scissors, sponge daubers, Magic Tape; Other: Spellbinders Labels 14, Labels 17, Nested Hearts ŠWhimsy Stamps, LLC.

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Book Card Tutorial by Iris Wiechmann

Want to create a unique card that is sure to catch the eye? Follow Iris as she walks you through how to create a book card! Supplies 

Whimsy Stamps: Wee Florist, Love Letter Seals, and Everyday Circle Postmarks

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Whimsy Stamps Shapeology: Country Heart Die and Elegant Butterflies die set Thick cardstock Copic markers, embellishments, patterned papers, punches

STEP 1: Use extra heavy card stock to give stability to your book card. Start by cutting 2 pieces CS 10 x 6 inches, 2 pieces 10 x 5 inches and 1 piece for the cover 11 ¾ x 6.5.

STEP 2: Score the 10 x 6 and the 10 x 5 pieces of paper at every 1 inch.

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Do It Yourself: Book Card by Iris Step 3: Now fold all 4 pieces of paper accordion style and be careful that the folds are straight!

Step 4: If desired you can now distress the edges to get a more vintage look.

Step 5: Now take a longer and a shorter piece and put them together like you can see in the picture. The folds need to intertwine.

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Do It Yourself: Book Card by Iris Step 6: Make sure the longer side is on top and covers the shorter piece Now your two pieces should look like this.

Step 7: Glue your pieces together. First glue on the shorter piece….

Step 8: … and then the longer piece on top. Now turn it over and glue together the same pieces on the back!

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Do It Yourself: Book Card by Iris

Step 9: Proceed with the rest of the folded cardstock in the exact same manner. You should have a frame now that looks similar like the one you can see in the picture.

Step 10: Now onto the cover. Score the cardstock at 5 ½ and at 6 1/4

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Do It Yourself: Book Card by Iris Step 11: Fold at the score lines. Now you have your cover

You can decorate your frame with ribbon, lace etc. I punched out a paper border and glued it to the frame. I decorated the inside with designer paper. Decorate the rest of the book card as desired.

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Do It Yourself: Book Card by Iris

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Spring Bringer, Love Letter Seals and Everyday Circle Postmarks; Paper: BasicGrey; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black on X-Press It CS; Coloring Medium: Copics; Tools: Whimsy Shapeology: Country Heart and Elegant Butterflies die set, Magnolia swirl die, Punch Bunch leaf punch; Embellishments: Paper flowers, ribbon, Stickles

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BEYOND Cards: Shape EZ

Shape EZ

By TLC

TLC has once again released some wonderful new templates and cut files to inspire you to create beyond cards! From Take Out Boxes to Tags to Bows, you are sure to find something new to try. Check out the six new designs that were just recently released this month which are available at the Whimsy Stamps store now!

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Flip Tree

by Tammy Louise Cunliffe

Beyond Cards: Shape EZ projects

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Winter Notables 1 Sentiments, Winter Letter Seals; Paper: Bazzill Stock, DP is Basic Grey "Nordic Holiday”, Dragon Design DP; Ink/Coloring Medium: Ranger Distress Ink, Gelly Roll "Clear Star; Embellishments: "Kaisercraft Basics crystal sticker, Pearl/heart dangle ribbon from stash, Twinklets Diamond Dust, Sno-Tex by Deco snow; Tools: Whimsy Stamps Elegant Notables 1 Die, Cheery Lynn Pine Branches Die, Creatables Die flower, Martha Stewart and McGill leaf punch; Other: Shape EZ Flip Tree, Material is from Creative Papers Online, Star of David from Shape EZ Flip Tree cut file, Shape EZ Holiday Bow Pin cut file ©Whimsy Stamps, LLC.

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Note of Thanks

Take Out Box by Tammy Louise Cunliffe

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Winter Letter Seals, Lavish Flourishes, Holiday Postage Stamps; Papers: Creative papers online; Ink/Coloring Medium: Ranger Distress Ink, Stazon "Sadle Brown"; Embellishments: Ribbon is Trim a Home Golden Elegance, Celebrate It Holiday Ribbon twist; Other: Shape EZ Take out Box, Shape EZ Magnolia flower, Shape EZ Pedestal Tag

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Stamped Charms by Tammy Louise Cunliffe

Tammy Louise shows you how to create unique charms to add to your paper crafting and altered projects! Supplies   

Handmade by TLC box Misc DP Whimsy stamps Winter Notables 1 Sentiments Whimsy Stamps Elegant Notables 1 die

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Stamping Up Wire Memento Ink Black Ranger Distress Ink Royal Coat Dimensional Magic liquid by Plaid Findings clasps Jump rings Beads and Silk Ribbon

Step 1: Stamp your favorite small rubber images on DP of your choice

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Step 2: I used the Mittens Die Set to cut the mittens and the Elegant Notables 1 Die for the label

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Step 3: Use wire to combine the clasp to the charm

Step 4: Apply eyelets to charm, add the clasp to the wire and gently twist and round off the hand made clasp.

Step 6: Charm will look like this

Step 5: Cut and bend the twist toward the back of the image

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Step 8: Allow to dry for 24 hours

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Step 9: Clasp the charms to the loops of the label. Apply the label to the box and insert your warming gift The Apple Cider isn't the only gift from this package!

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Company team-up

For this issue we were honored to work with Cheery Lynn Designs! Here’s a little information about Cheery Lynn Designs: Cheery Lynn Designs is the rising star in die cutting with wonderful premium quality, American-made dies for most table top machines like the Big Shot and Cuttlebug. Dies Direct, the custom division, was responsible for creating custom dies for rubber stamps. Dies Direct manufactures dies for over 40 companies internationally, including Whimsy Stamps. Dies Direct and Cheery Lynn Designs are the culmination of 30 years of metal etching experience. Our Whimsy designers joined some of the designers from Cheery Lynn and have created the beautiful samples you see in this feature article. These dies cut beautifully and compliment the Whimsy Stamps products perfectly!

Snow Fairy by Kianel

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Winter Fairy, Circle Postmark Sentiments; Dies : CHEERY LYNN DESIGNS stacker flowers #1 leaf, classic window stackers, XL coved rectangle stackers, Large silver stackers coved rectangle, Large silver stackers circle classic, English tea party doily, Snow flakes, Fanciful flourish, pine branches, flower chain border, Cuties 1, Papers: Bazzill white, Canson 240gr; Inks: distress refills, Versafine black, distress pads + Creative Inspirations paints (shimmer paints); Embellishments: puffy velvet pen, lace, half pearls, flowers, pearl bucket

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Elf Bell mouse by Erin Bailey

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Elf Bell Mouse, Seasonal Ornaments; Coloring Medium: MementoTuxedo black, copic marker \s; Paper: Stampin‟ Up! Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, Basic Grey Jovial; Tools: Cheery Lynn Snowflake die, Whimsy Stamps Vines dies and Ornament dies; Embellishments: Stampin‟ Up! eyelet ribbon, cherry seam binding, green and white Smooch spray, Prima flowers and rhinestones, flocking and Stickles

Sexy Elf by Denise Lynn

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Sexy Elf, sentiment is a Whimsy Stamps Freebie; Ink/Coloring Medium: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics; Papers: Memory Box Yuletide, Stampin' Up! card stock, Express It; Embellishments: Ribbon, Sticky Gems, Snowflake Charm (Whimsy), Hemp Twine, Brads; Tools: Big Shot and Cheery Lynn Snowflakes Dies

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Warm wishes bunny by Iris Wiechmann

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Christmas Bunny, Winter Notables 1 Sentiments; Paper: Basic Grey – Jovial, brown cardstock; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black on x-press it CS; Coloring Medium: Copics ; Tools: Whimsy Shapeology: „Layered Snowflake‟ Dies & Notables 1 die, Cheery Lynn Cuties1 die (flower) and Fanciful Flourish, EK Success leaf punch; Embellishments: Whimsy Embellishemtns „Rose Ribbon‟ and Holiday Stocking Charm, lace, button, white pearls, Stickles, flower soft diamond range – ruby

Silver Fairy

by Simonne Clay Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Silver Fairy; Whimsy Stamps Lavish Flourishes; Whimsy Stamps Winter Notables 1 Sentiments; Dies: Cheery Lynn Designs - DL166 Snowflake 2; DL170 Snowflake 6; DL171 Snowflake 7; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Versamagic Dew Drop Wheat; Coloring medium: Copic Markers; Card: Kraft; White; Coredinations Colorcore; Papers: Cosmo Cricket 'Mitten Weather' Mini Deck; Embellishments: 4mm White Flatback Pearls; Cotton Lace; Lilac Ribbon; Tools: PVA Glue; Paper Trimmer; Scissors; Die-cutting Machine; Other: Foam Pads ©Whimsy Stamps, LLC.

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Cozy friends by Jeannie DeGruccio

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Warm Winter Wishes, Paper: Kraft Paper Base - Canvas Corp; Decorative Patterned Papers Ooh La La for her - My Mind's Eye; Embellishments: Poppy Ribbon - Whimsy Stamps, Silver Cord Stampin' Up!, Shrink Film, Glass Beads & Wire - Hobby Lobby, Chipboard Ribbon Slide - Maya Road, Flower Dies - Cheery Lynn Designs, Jewel Brads - Stampin' Up!

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Happy bunny by Marley van der Heijden Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Christmas Bunny; Dies: Cheery Lynn Snowflake 7 die; Ink: Memento; Coloring Medium: Copic Sketch Markers; Papers: Design papers are from a Dutch Store called Action; Embellishments: Liquid Pearls, ribbon from Sew Sweet.; Tools: Glue, Papercutter, Chalk and white gelpen.

Snow Day

by Sandy Hulsart Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Let it Snow; Dies: Cheery Lynn Designs French Flair XL Stackers, Silver French Flair Stackers, Anastasia Border, Snowflakes and Laced Pine Snowflake; Paper: Harmonie; Ink/Coloring Medium: Copics and Viva Decor Pearl pens and Sparkly Fluff

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Penguin skier

by Lori Pachkowsky Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Penguin Skier; Papers: My Minds Eye Be Merry; Ink: Memento black; Colouring Medium: Copic Markers; Embellishments: Cheery Lynn Designs Snowflake, buttons and twine

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Pill Box Tutorial by Lori Pachkowsky

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Step 1: Start by using a heavy piece of designer paper or cardstock 7 inches x 6.5 inches. Score at 3.25 inches, then at 6.5 inches and this should leave a 1/2 inch scored off section.

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Lori shows you how to create to pill box - perfect for dressing up gift cards!

Step 2: Next fold along the scored lines and add double stick tape or glue to the 1/2 inch strip and press closed.

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Do It Yourself: Pill Box Tutorial Step 3: You will end up with something that looks like the picture on the left.

Step 4: Next take your ruler and mark with pencil at the 1/2 inch mark on both sides. Do this at both ends. Then flip to card over and do the same to the other side.

Step 5: Take a circle shape (you can use anything round even a glass as long as it fits when lined up with the two marks). Line the circle up to the 1/2 inch marks on both sides. You can trace the top half with a pencil or use a scoring tool and run it across the top of the circle. ŠWhimsy Stamps, LLC.

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Step 6: Turn your circle towards the inside and once again line up to the 1/2 marks and this time score along the edge. Do this at the opposite end as well. and turn the card over and repeat on the opposite side.

Step 7: Trim along the scored line on either end.

Step 8: Next using a small circle punch (I found mine at Michael's for $1.50) punch a half circle on the top flap. Do this at the opposite end as well. ŠWhimsy Stamps, LLC.

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Step 9: Now fold along down along the scored edges. Make sure the punched edge goes in first. This will help to open the box easier.

Step 10: Your box is complete now it's time to decorate. I added the snowflake 2 die cut from Cheery Lynn Designs and sponged all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

The box is finished off with a simple piece of twine and tag I made using Whimsy Stamps Holiday Postage Stamp stamped in Tim Holtz Walnut Stain. I also added a paper rose and white liquid pearls to the edges. ŠWhimsy Stamps, LLC.

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Product Focus

Sentimental Say it with stamps - simply! This month we have focused our Sentimental Stamping on clean and simple creations. These cards and projects are beautiful yet simple and easy to create and only take a few minutes to make. Sometimes the most beautiful cards are the ones which say it simply.

Let It Snow

by Ellie Stover

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Winter Notables 1; Papers: DCWV designer paper, gina k white, SU night of navy; Ink: Night of Navy (SU); Embellishments: silver cord, sticky pearl, diamond dust glitter; Tools: Whimsy Stamps Notables 1 die, Layered Snowflakes die set, scallop edge punch, paper piercing tool kit

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Sentimental stamping: CAS

With Love by Iris Wiechmann

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Sentiment from „Film Strip Sentiments‟; Paper: vanilla and kraft cardstock, DP was from my scrap box; Ink: Distress Ink Walnut Stain for distressing, Memento Chocolate; Embellishments: Whimsy Embellishments: „Vanilla Ribbon‟ & „Square Ribbon Slides‟, pearl brads, pearl swirls and half-pearls; Dies: Whimsy Shapeology: „Elegant Butterflies Die Set‟

Warm Wishes

by Iris Wiechmann

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Winter Notables 1; Paper: Glitter White, White, Dark Blue; Ink/ Coloring Medium: Distressed Ink; Embellishments: Denim Ribbon from Whimsy, Light Blue Rhinestones; Dies: Whimsy Stamps Layered Snowflake Die Set

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Winter Wonderland

by Lori Pachkowsky

Sealed with a Kiss

A chill is in the air and the snow is falling, but these cards are sure to warm your heart. These creations display the wondrous beauty of winter and the shimmer of snow.

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Sealed with a Kiss; Papers: Whimsy Stamps Holiday Folly; Ink: Memento black, Tim Holtz Vintage Photo for sponged edges; Colouring Medium: Copic Markers and prisma colour pencil for shading; Embellishments: Felt ribbon, Merry Christmas and snowflake rub ons. Snowflake ornament, button, twine; Other: Clear Crackle paint, white liquid pearls. Sixxiz heart dies

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Winter Friends by Beate Johns

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Let it Snow, Winter Notables 1 Sentiments; Papers: Echo Park Holly Jolly Christmas, Neenah Solar White and Canyon Brown cardstock, Aqua Core'dinations cardstock; Ink/ Coloring Medium: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, Copic Markers (Bunny, E30, E31, E33, E34, R30, R20, R22 Mouse: N0, N1, N3, N4 Sled: E23, E25, E27 Hair: Y23, E31, E33 Skin: E50, E51, E53 Pants: BG75, BG78 Jacket/Hat: RV21, RV23, RV25, BG11, BG13, BG15, C00, C1, C2); Embellishments: Rhinestone Swirls, Want2Scrap Finesse Swirl and Baby Bling, Recollection Brad; Accessories: Grand Label 23, Label 22 Nestabilities dies, dimensionals, sewing machine, sanding block

Skiing Fun

by Patricia Garcia

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Penguin Skier; Coloring Medium: Copic Markers; Papers: Design Papers: Basic Grey, Card Stock- American Crafts; Embellishments: Flowers- My stash, Glitter- Stickles, Ribbon- By The Spool, Gems- Making Memories, twinklets; Tools: Whimsy Stamps Winterâ€&#x;s Jewel 1 Die, Nestabilities, Leaf Punch- Martha Stewart,

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Toast to You

project Focus: Winter Wonderland

by Patricia Garcia

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Served With Love, Winter Letter Seals; Coloring Medium: Copic Markers; Papers: Design Papers -Basic Grey, Card Stock- American Crafts; Embellishments: Flower-My stash, RibbonMichaels, Bakers Twine- The Twinery, Twinklets, Tinsel- Melissa Frances, Gems- My Stash; Tools: Whimsy Stamps Layered Snowflakes die set, Sewing Machine

Bundled Snowboy

by Iris Wiechmann Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Bundled little Snowboy, Winter Notables 1 sentiments; Paper: Whimsy Stamps – Holiday Folly, glitter cardstock white, pink cardstock, white cardstock, green cardstock; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black on x-press it CS; Coloring Medium: Copics; Tools: Whimsy Shapeology: „Layered Snowflake‟ Dies & Notables 1 die, Spellbinders circle die and lacy circle die & MS star border punch; Embellishments: Chiffon ribbon white, pearls brads, rhinestone, small jungle bells silver, metal snowflake, Stickles, decorative snow paint ©Whimsy Stamps, LLC.

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Most wonderful time by Lori Pachkowsky

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Christmas Bunny, Winter Notables 1 Sentiments; Papers: Close to My Heart; Ink: Memento black, Tim Holtz Walnut Stain for sponged edges. Sentiment stamped in Walnut Stain; Colouring Medium: Copic Markers and prisma colour pencil for blue shading; Embellishments: Pearl brads, ribbon, lace and flowers; Other: Stickles, white liquid pearls, Cheery Lynn Design Snowflake 6 behind Elegant Notables 1 die

Winter Wishes by Lori Pachkowsky

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Silver Fairy; Papers: Bo Bunny Midnight Frost Collection; Ink: Memento black, Tim Holtz vintage Walnut Stain for sponged edges; Colouring Medium: Distress Ink Reinkers; Embellishments: Snowflake ornament, small foam snowflakes, blue flowers, ribbon, cheesecloth.; Other: Sentiment is a rub on

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Cozy Chickadees by Iris Wiechmann

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Cozy little Chickadees, Winter Notables 1 Sentiments; Paper: Basic Grey Nordic Holiday, white, vanilla and red; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black on x-press it CS; Coloring Medium: Copics; Tools: Whimsy Shapeology: Vines Die Set & Notables 1 die, Bosskut Poinsettia die set; Embellishments: Ribbon green, rhinestone brad, lace, buttons, flowers, Stickles

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Cool Pony

by Marley van der Heijden Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Cool Pony; Ink: Memento; Coloring Medium: Copic Sketch Markers; Papers: Design papers are from a Dutch Store called Action; Embellishments: Martha Stewart Punch; French Scroll from the CMIT store, ribbon from Sew Sweet & the felt rose also, some roses & leaves; Tools: Glue, Papercutter, Chalk and white gelpen.

Snowy Holiday By Erin Bailey

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Let it Snow, Holiday Pennants Sentiments; Ink: Memento-Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Stampin‟ Up! Melon Mambo; Paper: Stampin‟ Up! Lucky Limeade and Pink Piouette, My Mind's Eye Be Merry; Embellishments: Stampin‟ Up! jingle bells, Limeade ribbon, Martha Stewart bakers twine, Wild Orchid flowers, Want to Scrap rhinestones, flocking; Tools: Whimsy Stamps Banner Pennants Dies, Layered Snowflakes Dies.

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Resin Embellishments

Quick Tip by Patricia Garcia

I love to make my images a bit more realistic and I am going to use this Liquid Applique with my Hot gun for a puffy effect.

Supplies: Chip Board piece, inexpensive paint brush, Snow Tex

Step 1: Apply a generous amount of Snow Tex to Chip Board, allow to dry for a few hours or until completely dry.

Step 2: Once dry you can spray with any glitter mist, add glitter or even paint!

You can see Patricia’s project using this technique on page 62! ŠWhimsy Stamps, LLC.

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Altered tin

Our designers have created some gorgeous one of a kind altered items and gifts for this issue. There are simple projects and more involved ones, but all are sure to please and be welcome gifts to receive.

by Patricia Garcia Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Mrs. Claus, Winter Notables 1 Sentiments; Coloring: Distress Re Inkers; Papers: My Minds Eye; Embellishments: Charm- Whimsy Stamps, Ribbon- Michaels, Glitter- Stickles, Snow Flakes- Michaels; Tools: Whimsy Stamps Elegant Notables 1 Die, Metal Storage Containerr

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Beyond Cards

Winter’s Joy Ornament

by Tammy Louise Cunliffe Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Winter's Joy, Holiday Mini Postage Stamps; Papers: Creative Papers Online; Ink/Coloring Medium: Copic Sketch, Pentel Sunburst med gel "White"; Embellishment: Offray Ribbon, Martha Stewart leaf punch, Prima flowers, Jolees snowflake repeat stickers, Magnolia Vintage White Cherry Blossom, Rhinestones Kaiser scrap altered w/Copic, Diamond Stickles, A Tree for me ornament string, Tulle and feather stash, Snowflake ribbon ŠWhimsy Stamps, LLC.

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Beyond Cards

Toy Soldier by Tammy Louise Cunliffe

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Toy Soldier, Lavish Flourishes, Winter Letter Seals, Background stamp from CE called “Crackled”; Paper: Basic Grey "Little Black Dress; Coloring Meduim: Pentel Med White gel pen, Gelly Roll "Clear Star", Ranger crackel paint Antique Linen and Vintage Photo, Copics E000,E00,E11,E13,R20, R30,E44,E42,E25,E57,E50, American Crafts Gold pen; Embellishments: Tim Holtz corners, Hemp Cord, Spare Parts button brads, from The Paper Studios, Prima Ameruse Duchess mix flower, WOC flowers, Tim Holtz Adirondack ink Egg plant and cranberry Alcohol solution, Tim Holtz Ideaology Fragments, Griffen traditional brads, Yellow Stickles; Other: Shadow Box from Hobby Lobby

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Beyond Cards

by Patricia Garcia

You Warm my Heart

by Marley van der Heijden

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Winter Notables 1, Seasonal Ornaments; Papers: Maja Design; Embellishments: Flowers- Petaloo, Doily- Michaels, Key Hole- Tim Holtz, Twine- PTI, Butterfly- My stash, Cheese Cloth- Michaels, Charm & Flower Centers- My Charm, Glitter- Stickles, Chipboard- My stash, Snow Tex, Hat Pin-My Stash, Crackle Paint- Tim Holtz; Tools: Elegant Notables 1 Die, Elegant Flourishes Die Set, Ornaments Die Set, Border Punch- Ek Success, Sewing Machine ŠWhimsy Stamps, LLC.

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Musical candle by Denise Lynn

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Music Notes BG; Papers: Tissue Paper; Wax Paper; Ink: Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip; Embellishments: Satin ribbon; organdy ribbon; a felt snowflake; button and twine; Tools: Heat Tool; adhesive Candle Wrapping Stamps: Holiday Postage Stamps; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Embellishments: Ribbon; Flower; Tulle; Tools: Postage Stamp Die; Big Shot; adhesive ŠWhimsy Stamps, LLC.

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Beyond Cards

Winter Packages

by Patricia Garcia Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Winter Letter Seals; Papers: Design papers- Maja Design, Card Stock American Crafts; Embellishments: Doily- Michaels, Ribbon- My Stash, Snow Flakes- Michaels, Cherry Blossoms- Whimsy Stamps, Flowers- My Stash, Glitter- Martha Stewart, Clothespin- Dollar Store; Tools: Assorted Punches- Martha Stewart & Ek Success, Leaf Punch- Martha Stewart

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Beyond Cards

Snowflake Ornament

by Tammy Louise Cunliffe

Dies: Cheery Lynn Design Pine Branches border die, Cheery Lynn Snowflake 6 and 7; Other: Acrylic bulb from "Celebrate It" by Michaels; Embellishments: Kaiser Scrapbook Rhinestones, Ribbon by Offray, The Robin's Nest dew drops, Prima Marketing Symphony Blend, Andants White, Prima flowers Pearl Penache White Wedding, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Snow Tex by Deco Art,Glitter Stone Ribbon from Deco ART

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Whimsy Rewind

Oldies, but Goodies Even though Whimsy releases many new products each month, we can‟t forget about all the oldies but goodies who hold a special place in our hearts. There are stamps and dies for all occasions and all types of crafting projects. Check out how our team members have used these sweet old timers!

Whimsy Owl

by Iris Wiechmann Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Owl; Paper: Basic Grey – Mellow, CS: dark brown, green and kraft; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black on x-press it CS; Coloring Medium: Copics; Tools: Whimsy Shapeology: Elegant Flourishes Die Set & Vines Die Set, Paper Bunch leaf punch, MS Trellis punch; Embellishments: Cherry Blossoms, different flowers, butterfly charm, rhinestones, pearls, twill ribbon, mini pearl heart, silver spacers ©Whimsy Stamps, LLC.

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Show Stopper! by Janna Sicard

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Showgirl, Fiskars Quotes- Make a Wish; Papers: From a hand-me-down stash; Ink/ Coloring Medium: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Gelly Roll White, Silver glitter gel pen; Embellishments: Jewels from $1 bin at CKC and Big Lots, Ribbon

Rock Girl

by Linda Jessup Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Vikki Lee Vicious; Papers: Bo Bunny; Coloring Medium: Copic Markers; Embellishments: Flowers –W/O, Charms, Pearls – Hobby House, Ribbon, Lace, Pins from Stash

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Party Dude!

by Janna Sicard Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Let's Party, Balloon Sentiment paired with blank circle from Magical Mini Letter Seals set; Paper: Basic Grey Oxford; Ink/Coloring Medium: Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black, Glitter gel pens, White Gelly roll pen; Embellishments: Joann Craft Essentials rectangle paper clips and vintage brad, Martha Stewart fabric photo corners; Tools: Circle punch

Special Delivery by Patricia Garcia

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Jelly Bean, Bundle of Joy Digital Sentiments; Papers: Design Papers- DCWV, Card stock- American Crafts; Coloring Medium: Copic Markers, Prisma Colored Pencils; Embellishments: Ribbon- By the Spool, Flowers- My stash, TwinePTI, Glitter- Stickles Charm- Michaels; Tools: Nestabilities, leaf Punch- Martha Stewart, Sewing Machine

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Santa’s Puppy Helper by Patricia Garcia

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Santa's Puppy Helper, Holiday Postage Stamps, Music Notes; Coloring Medium: Copic Markers; Papers: Design Papers- SEI, Card Stock- American Crafts; Embellishments: Flowers, Ribbon- By The Spool, Bakers Twine- The Twinery, Glitter- Stickles; Tools: Whimsy Stamps Postage Stamp Die, Nestabilities, Sewing Machine, Leaf Punch- Martha Stewart ©Whimsy Stamps, LLC.

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Artist Spotlight

StampArt Design By Kathryne

spent countless hours enjoying this little character. We‟ve been making Christmas cards and playing with him as though he were an actual teddy bear! The digi‟s have been great to enable us to print Little Bear in different sizes ranging from a mini-size to a full-page size. We‟ve been colouring him and his clothes and having so much fun dressing him and changing his outfits. I realized he was a favourite to draw because I just wanted to hug him and squeeze him all the while I was drawing him! Imagine having so much fun with him afterwards too! (Aaliyah and Ariana correct me each time that Little Bear is a girl but you can choose for yourself!) Next month‟s release will be fun too with a sweater on Little Bear that you can personalize with your own name added to it!

Tell us a little about yourself - anything you'd like to share about you personally. I live in the beautiful Northeastern region of Ontario, Canada surrounded by many lakes, a lot of bush, and fresh northern air. It‟s been a part of my life since I was born. With winter upon us, the air is crisp – we can get temperatures below minus 30C with a fair share of snow, but it is truly a Winter Wonderland and I feel blessed to be living here. I have an enthusiasm for life, with a strong faith in the Lord. I enjoy daily trail walks, many starting out from my front door. Most of my time revolves around my family and the computer. One of my favourite places is the cottage. I have an affection for the outdoors, enjoying swimming, canoeing, camping. The lakes and bush surrounding me have naturally become a part of who I am. How did you start your art career? Did you always want to be an artist? I‟ve been expressing myself through art all my life. Drawing was very natural for me as a young child and I always had the desire to pursue an artists‟ career. When my children were young I started to market my artwork through cards, T-shirts, logo-creating, activity books for Sunday School programs and missionaries. I knew from this point on that drawing was something God put inside me for a bigger purpose. How did you become a digi stamp artist? What do you love most about illustrating digi stamps? My best friend of over 16 years, (who most people think is my sister,) and Whimsy‟s very own lovely, beautiful and talented, Crissy introduced me to the stamping world when she first started. I was in recovery from a severe motor vehicle accident at the time but immediately took a keen interest in the craft. I‟ve been following it these past years in recovery, always interested in new illustrations and admiring the cards made with them. It continues to fascinate me. I thoroughly enjoy seeing all the talent and creativity. How exciting to be a part of it all myself now! It‟s a great sense of accomplishment when I complete a drawing and submit it for you to enjoy. The one thing I love most about illustrating digi stamps is seeing your cards created with them. I get excited to see how you transform black-and-white images seemingly to “life” with captivating colours and embellishments, each a beautifully unique work of art. I appreciate so much the thought and talent that goes into making a card. They‟re gorgeous and it brings a smile to me and warms my heart every time I see a design being used. What is your absolute favorite of the Whimsy Stamps that you've illustrated? Each design takes me on a personal adventure and I enjoy all of them, from the whimsical and animated illustrations, to the cute and adorable raggedies, to the sweet and loveable teddy bears. There are also the wildlife portrayals, which touch a place in my soul that brings me close to nature. The one design that I‟ve had the most fun with has been from December‟s release, Little Bear Winter Dress-Up Fun. My granddaughters and I have

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What inspires you? I am easily inspired. Nature inspires me. I get so many ideas from my walks in the bush, taking in all the surrounding beauty. Children inspire me. My grandchildren challenge me with drawings, as did my children when they were young. I am also inspired watching them creating art with uninhibited joy. Their fresh and innovative ideas are just waiting to be drawn, and I can always test the Cute Factor with them! In teaching Sunday School I also find there‟s never a lack of inspiration to give to and receive from the children. Teddy bears, bunnies and ragdolls inspire me. I can find a lot of inspiration designing and sewing these favorite stuffies. Even at a young age I enjoyed drawing Holly Hobbie posters, sewing the dolls and selling them. It‟s very likely that one of these cuddlies or their outfits that I‟ve designed to knit or sew will come to be a digi stamp conception. I‟m taking computer courses and they always inspire me to apply the new techniques to my love of art, but my biggest inspiration comes from the Lord. I seek Him for my new designs. There are so many ideas that are bubbling inside of me waiting to get out and be developed. It also inspires me to inspire you. I draw to bring pleasure to you, hoping to spread love and inspiration with each illustration. If you weren't an artist, what do you think you would like to do for a career? I have a previous dental career and I enjoy the medical field but there‟s a special spot in my heart for working with children and sharing the love of Jesus with them. I‟ve been involved with children my whole life. I enjoy them and they enjoy being with me. Doing activities for and with children is a big part of my life and who I am. The connection we share brings a lot of love to each of us. What is the one tool/supply that is essential to my work? What I use most is pencil, paper, eraser but the absolute “tool” that I need to do digital work is my computer! It sounds so basic and obvious, but after recently having my computer serviced, I am so much more appreciative when I turn it on and it works; when I open my saved files and they‟re there; when the vector and graphic programs do what they‟re supposed to! You probably wouldn‟t even be reading this now if it weren‟t for having a computer that works! Digital arts and designing is relevant to the present and future, which makes it mandatory to have the proper technology and software. I‟m learning to never take for granted the service and enjoyment they provide for us. How would I get digi stamps to you without the computer? Would digi stamps even exist? ......................................................................................................................... Before I go, I‟d like to encourage you to fulfill desires placed in your heart. It‟s so satisfying to know you‟re doing what you‟ve been called to do. There‟s a peace and happiness that comes with enjoying what you do. Encourage yourself, children, grandchildren, friends to develop what‟s been placed inside of each of you. If it‟s drawing, then draw, draw, draw! You‟ll be amazed where it could lead you! I‟m living my dream and I‟m looking forward to sharing so much more with you. Thanks for reading a little about me!

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Artist Spotlight ...and here are some of Kathryne’s favorite Whimsy DT creations using her images!

Card creations by: Charlene Brown, Crissy Armstrong, Kindra Snelling, Marilyn Scheller, Pops Morfitt, Toni Poyser, Jackie Randolph

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Sketch Challenge Winner

Thank you to everyone who participated in Marley’s Sketch Challenge from Issue 4! Congratulations to Mervi Piispanen, a loyal Whimsy Stamps customer from Finland. Please contact us at whimsymagazine@gmail.com to claim your prize.

By Mervi Piispanen Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Baby of Mine; Ink/ Coloring Medium: Prismacolor Premier and white spirit; Papers: Pion Design; Embellishments: Swirls are from Make it crafty, Flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts

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Product Focus

Digi Highlights by Tammy Louise Cunliffe

Christmas Teddy

For those of you who love the art of digital stamping and scrapping, Whimsy has a wide variety of images, sentiments, and even digital papers! Just take a look at how our designers have used these products!

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps HollyBelle by StampArt Design by Kathryne; Papers: Basic Grey Nordic DP; Coloring Medium: Ranger Distress Ink; Embellishments: Optic Dot Punch by Martha Stewart, Deco Art Snow Tex Embellishment, Shape EZ Poinsettia by TLC with Whimsy, Recollection Holiday leaf, button from stash ŠWhimsy Stamps, LLC.

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Beary Special

Product Focus: Digital Products

By Charlene Brown

Stamp: Whimsy Stamps Beary Special Gift by StampArt Design by Kathryne; Paper: Bazzill Cardstock and Little Yellow Bicycle Wonder Wishes patterned paper; Ink/ Coloring Medium: Memento Ink and Copic Marker - Bear colored with E 50,E53, E31, E33, E35, E25, E 23, E21- Bow on Bear G00, G03, G07, G 17 - Bow on gift R24, R27, R29, R39 - Gift B21, B23, B24; Embellishments: Zva red Rhinestones, Flower Soft Display Globes and Polar White Flower soft inside globe & miscellaneous Ribbon; Tools: Holly Motifs Spellbinder

Merry Beary

by Charlene Brown

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Merry Berry by StampArt Design by Kathryne; Papers: Bazzil Cardstock & Making Memories Twinkle patterned paper; Ink/Coloring Medium: Memento ink & Copic Markers; Bear colored with E50, E53,E 31, E35, E34, E23, E21 - Hat and stripes on candy cane R24, R27, R29, R39; Embellishments: Zva pearls & Liquid Applique from Marvy uchida on bears hat Star Dust Stickles; Tools: Ek Candy Cane Stripe edge punch & Iron Eagle corner punch, Labels Twenty- Two Spellbinder ŠWhimsy Stamps, LLC.

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Product Focus: Digital Products

Christmas Kisses by Shannah Bartle

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps 'Christmas Smoochie Bears' by StampArt Design by Kathryne, Sentiment - from 'Ilinca Candy Cane' by LiaStampz; Papers: SU Cardstock, 'Merry Little Christmas' digital papers by Zoe Pearn; Ink/Coloring Medium: Copics; Embellishments: Kaisercraft Red Pearls, Moss Seam Binding from Wild Orchid Crafts; Tools: Nestabilities Lattice Rectangles, Classic Rectangles, Ribbon Tags Trio, Shapeabilities Fleur De Lis Accents, Ek Success Rock Fern Punch; Other: Mounting Foam

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Product Focus: Digital Products

Angel Bear by Toni Poyser

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps HollyBelle by StampArt Design by Kathryne; Papers: Whimsy retired; Ink/Coloring Medium: Copics; Embellishments: pearls ,iridescent ribbon

Holiday Tree By Shannah Bartle

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps 'Winter Trees' set by LiaStampz; Papers: CM Cardstock – Clay; Embellishments: Kaisercraft Red Pearls, Stardust Stickles, Silver Glitter pen; Tools: Nestabilities Fleur De Lis Rectangles

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Customer Creations As always we are very pleased to showcase creations made by the talented Whimsy customers and fans. Here are some holiday and winter beauties for you to see. And remember, if you would like to be featured in a future issue, just send us your Whimsy Stamps creations and maybe your talent will be here next time!

Holly Beary by Vanessa Bachellor

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Holly Beary Fairy, Winter Letter Seals, Holiday Wish List; Ink/Coloring Medium: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Stampinâ€&#x; Up! Pomegranate; Paper: Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses, Stampin Up! Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirouette; Embellishments: Stampin Up! felt snowflakes, Wild Orchid flowers, Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder, Stickles, unknown ribbon ŠWhimsy Stamps, LLC.

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Customer Creations

Merry & Bright

by Vanessa Bachellor Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Holiday Mini Postage, Winter Fairy; Ink/ Coloring Medium: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Stampin‟ Up! Pomegranate; Paper: Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses, Stampin Up! Lucky Liameade, Pink Pirouette; Embellishments: Wild Orchid flowers, Smooch Spray, Stickles, Prima Rhinestones, Tinsel Ribbon from Stampin‟ Up!, Martha Stewart White Flocking; Tools: Vines Die Set, Layered Snowflakes Die Set, Distressing Tool

snowflakes

by Vanessa Bachellor Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Let it Snow, Winter Notables 1; Ink/ Coloring Medium: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers; Paper: Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses, Stampin Up! Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirouette; Embellishments: Felt Snowflakes from Stampin‟ Up!, Martha Stewart White Flocking, Stickles, Ribbon

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Customer Creations

Musical Christmas by Rea Custer

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Music Notes, Holiday Circle Postmarks; Paper: Brown card; Ink/Coloring Medium: Archival Coffee Ink, Green Ink; Embellishments: red and white twine, and mini red bells.

Banner Tree by Rea Custer

Dies: Whimsy Stamps Banner Pennants Die Set used to make Christmas Tree; Paper: from scraps, Gold paper, doily; Embellishments: brown thread, red and cream strip is from my scrap pile, snowflake ribbon is from Michaels, brown ribbon is from my stash, gold rhinestone on top of tree is from my stash.

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Please visit the blogs of the Whimsy Stamps Team Members for more inspiration every week! They are constantly creating new Whimsy creations for you to feast your eyes on. Make sure to follow them so that you don‟t miss a thing! Owner Denise Lynn

Whimsy Stamps Design Team Simonne Clay Senior Designer & Whimsy DT Coordinator

Artists Crissy Armstrong KennyK Meljen‟s Designs Raindrop Echo Designs Sylvia Zet LiaStampz Moon Cookie Gallery StampArt Design by Kathryne LivvyBo Designs

Magazine Staff Designers Iris Wiechmann Lori Pachkowsky Marley van der Heijden Patricia Garcia Marilyn Scheller Toni Poyser

Graphic Designer Raindrop Echo Designs ©Whimsy Stamps, LLC.

Crystal Irwin Challenge Sponsorship Coordinator

Debbie Eastman Senior Designer & Digi Team DT Coordinator

Ann Vento Senior Designer Annika Ryan Senior Designer Chris Olsen Senior Designer Erin Bailey Senior Designer Ellie Stover Designer Slyvia Blum Designer StephanneMaraver Designer Tammy Louise Cunliffe Designer Heidy Blom Designer Niki Estes Designer

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Whimsy Stamps Digital Design Team Alissa Wells Digital Designer Charlene Brown Digital Designer Dominique Steigner Digital Designer Jackie Randolph Digital Designer Linda Jessup Digital Designer Sarah McLaughlin Digital Designer Shannah Bartle Digital Designer

Whimsy Stamps Special Guest Designers Alberto Gava Dena Concienne Elaine Hughes Janna Sicard Jacque Beddingfield Mariska van der Veer Zoe McGrath Pops Morfitt Bev Rochester

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The Whimsy Connection

A place to find ideas on how to use your Whimsy Stamps products! Posts are updated several times per week so make sure to become a follower so that you don’t miss a thing!

Whimsy on SCS keyword: whimsystamps

Whimsy Gallery Come find even more Whimsy Stamps inspiration! We would also love to see your creations here!

...and of course, there’s always our DT members’ blogs! Turn to page 53 to get the links!

The Fine Print Copyright Information:

All content contained within this magazine is the sole property of Whimsy Stamps, LLC and is subject to protections under all applicable copyright laws. This includes but is not limited to intellectual property, graphic designs, and images. Card creations are meant to be used for inspiration only and are not to be sold or directly copied in any way. For questions regarding our angel policy and/or copyright information please contact us at whimsystamps@gmail.com.

Whimsy Stamps Angel Policy

Whimsy Stamps, LLC is an “Angel” Company. We welcome our customers to use our stamps on any HAND MADE artworks. Items which are hand made are those which have been HAND STAMPED, created by hand, and have not been mechanically reproduced. You may sell all hand made creations, which contain Whimsy Stamps images. All hand made creations must be full projects or cards, not just stamped images. Please do not mechanically, graphically, or electronically reproduce any of Whimsy Stamps designs and/or images, this also includes photocopying. The sale of Whimsy Stamps images is strictly prohibited. This includes hand stamping the image and then selling it as a "topper" or black and white or pre-colored image to another person or business entity. All Whimsy Stamps rubber and digital images are intended for your personal use and enjoyment. You may not redistribute any of our designs, this includes rubber designs, digital designs, and custom products. Distribution includes but is not limited to: sharing via email, trading, swapping, lending, duplicating, posting to the internet, or reselling. Please respect the rights of our artists. All Whimsy Stamps designs and images are copyright protected and may not be copied without permission. Whimsy Stamps images and designs may not be used to create logos or trademarks. Appropriate credit should be given to Whimsy Stamps, its artists, and our design team members whenever possible.

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Credits This magazine is a team effort and would not have been possible without the help of the following people: Whimsy Stamps Designers

Whimsy Stamps Artists

(for the amazing and over-the-top wonderful creations that they have created for this publication)

(for letting us use their art in the creations in this publication as well as to use for graphics throughout the magazine)

Beate Johns Charlene Brown Crissy Armstrong Denise Lynn Ellie Stover Erin Bailey Iris Wiechmann Janna Sicard Jeannie DeGruccio Kianel Linda Jessup Lori Pachkowsky Marilyn Scheller Marley van der Heijden Mariska van der Veer Minna Paajanen Patricia Garcia Sandy Hulsart Shannah Bartle Simonne Clay Tammy Louise Cunliffe Toni Poyser

Crissy Armstrong KennyK Meljen’s Designs Raindrop Echo Designs Slyvia Zet Lia Visirin Moon Cookie Gallery StampArt Design by Kathryne

Whimsy Stamps Customers (for submitting their fantastic creations)

Rea Custer Vanessa Bachellor Mervi Piispanen

Whimsy Stamps Editors Denise Lynn

Whimsy Stamps Retailers (for submitting ads and supporting this publication)

Heather’s Hobbie Haven Herrazz Boutique Scrapbooking One Crazy Stamper Quixotic Paperie Stamp and Create

(for doing the following: organizing customer samples and DT samples, gathering information about the samples in this magazine, organizing retailer advertising, editing the content, generating ideas for the magazine content, writing introductions to various sections, and various other duties that made this magazine possible - without Denise, this issue would not have been possible!)

Ann Vento (for doing the following: creating the magazine page layouts, creating the graphics for the magazine, formatting tutorials, creating the Whimsy Stamps-related ads, maintaining the magazine on the magazine hosting site, writing introductions to various sections, and various other duties that made this magazine possible)

Contact us Whimsy Stamps product inquiries: whimsystamps@gmail.com Whimsy Stamps magazine inquiries: whimsymagazine@gmail.com All other inquiries: whimsystamps@gmail.com

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