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Time marches on!

Hope it's a GREAT Sunday for YOU....Jean Here to say HI. 

OK, barely got the Christmas stuff put away and BAM, it's Valentines Day, Chinese New Year, and so on.   I am beginning to understand why people keep their tree up all year!

On a brighter note.....I'm very happy to announce that we will partner with Faerie Song Stamps this month on the Blog.    This company has a wide selection of fairies, mermaids, dragons, mice and other sweet stamps.



I have to say it is a departure for some of our Design Team and that's what we like to do, exercise those creative muscles.   Maybe that sweet Fairy will have a dark twist.   Watch for the Design Team to dazzle you! 

Speaking of DAZZLE -  We have a new Design Team member!   Judy Wood is an amazing artist and poet.  Watch for her posts and wonderful art.   

Sadly, we have a team member departing....Betsy Skagen ends her participation with AlteredPages.   She is taking a step back for a while to regroup and refresh.  Betsy has been a great team addition with a quirky sense of humor & fab art projects.

Keep in mind, place a 10.00 or more postal order and get a FREE rubber stamp plate until Monday at midnight.  The stamp celebrates Mardi Gras and it's festivities.



Then, starting Tuesday a $10.00 or more postal order gets you a FREE Asian Ambiance, deeply etched red rubber stamp to celebrate Chinese New Year




Stay warm and let us Alter your Creativity.  

Last chance for 
MailboxMuse Kit orders!! 

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