Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Stamparatus is Here!!


Reservations begin Thursday Nov 16th at 2pm MT.....Read how to reserve yours!!

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Well I am so excited to tell you that Stampin' Up! has their own placement tool coming and it is so cool!
I was part of a team (L2L) that helped develop the Stamparatus and I can not wait to get my hands on it!  

INTRODUCING THE STAMPARATUS: A NEW WAY TO STAMP!





The Stamparatus was many years in the making and was conceptualized, designed and produced in collaboration with our amazing, 2000-member L2L (Leader to Leader) team. It is, quite simply, the best tool of its kind on the market today and it will change the way you stamp. In fact, before long you’ll wonder how you crafted without it.
Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!
  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement
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  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp - 
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price–$49.00

OKAY. I’VE GOTTA HAVE ONE. HOW DO I GET IN LINE?

With the launch of this tool, Stampin' Up! is trying something different: testing a new reservation system. It acts like a true preorder: you reserve your spot and they guarantee shipment as soon as the product arrives in the warehouse. Demonstrators and customers will place reservations and receive their product at the same time. This system will allow us to get the product to market as soon as possible while avoiding backorders and efficiently managing inventory.
The global launch will feature three reservation windows. For each window, please note the following:
  • Reservation quantities are while supplies last.
  • Limit is 3 tools per demonstrator and 1 tool per customer per reservation window. (Note: The Stamparatus is not a Cash-and-Carry item.)
  • You may participate in multiple reservation windows.
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from our facility. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.
  • IMPORTANT: For the November 16-30, 2017 reservation window with delivery on or around February 1, 2018. The reservation window opens at 2:00 PM (MT) on November 16. While supplies last.
RESERVATION WINDOWSAVAILABLE TO SHIP
November 16–30, 2017Approx. February 1, 2018
December 5–30, 2017Approx. March 19, 2018
January 15–30, 2018Approx. April 15, 2018
Have more questions? We have answers. Keep reading...you could get a coffee perhaps...
 Stamparatus customer sheet help
Customer Stamparatus Launch Q & A

Q: How do I reserve my Stamparatus?
A: Normally you order Stampin’ Up! products through the online store; in this case, you will click the
RESERVE link on the Stamparatus page which will take you to the reservation page. For step-by-step
instructions, please see the How to Reserve Your Stamparatus Tutorial for Customers.

Q: What if I do not have a Stampin’ Up! customer account?
A: To reserve a Stamparatus, you must have a customer account. To create one, click Create Account on The ONLINE STOREPersonally I would go and get an account set up now (if you don't have one already) then you are all set to go.

Q: Why does it take so long for the Stamparatus to ship?
A: We will place an order with the manufacturer based on how many reservations are made during any
given reservation window. Shipping dates depend on how long it takes the order to arrive in our
warehouse after the tools have been manufactured.

Q: Will the available-to-ship dates be the same for all markets?
A: Yes.

Q: Am I billed at the time I reserve my Stamparatus?
A: No. However, a credit card is required to reserve the product.

Q: When will I be charged for the Stamparatus?
A: When inventory arrives in the warehouse, we will add your reservation to a shopping cart. We will
then send you an email notifying you that your Stamparatus order is ready. Once you finalize payment
and close your order, the system will charge your credit card.

Q: Will I be able to add other products to my Stamparatus reservation?
A: No. However, once your reservation is transferred to your shopping cart, you will then be able to add
other items to your order. Important note: Please do not delete the Stamparatus from your order. We
will not be able to add it back and you will lose your reservation.

Q: Will I be able to update my address and credit card information when I open my shopping bag to
complete my order?
A: Yes.

Q: What if I change my mind and want to cancel my reservation?
A: You can cancel your reservation at any time. To cancel, please see the How to Reserve Your
Stamparatus Tutorial for Customers PDF.

Q: Will the tool be available in the 2018–2019 annual catalog?
A: Yes. Once the annual catalog ordering period begins, you will be able to order the Stamparatus as you
would any other product. Reservations will no longer be required, and there will be no limit on the
number of tools you can order.

Q: Once the Stamparatus has been added to my shopping cart, how long will it stay there?
A: Indefinitely. As with all products, it will be subject to temporary interruptions in availability
depending on demand.

Q: When I close my order, can I take advantage of current Stampin’ Up! promotions?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I participate in all three reservation periods?
A: Yes.

Q: How many stamp placement tools can I reserve per reservation window?
A: For customers, there is a limit of 1 per reservation window.

Q: How did we come up with the name Stamparatus?
A: We landed on an innovative name by combining two words that speak to the end use of the tool as
well as Stampin’ Up! branding.

Stamp: To impress a pattern or mark (especially an official one) on a surface, object, or document using an engraved or inked
block or die or other instrument
Apparatus: The technical equipment or machinery needed for a particular activity or purpose
Stamp + Apparatus = Stamparatus
Way cool right?
Let me know if you have any questions.
until next time......


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Year of Cheer Beauty!

This past Tuesday, I held my monthly Water City Stampers Team Meeting!   We made 5 make and takes and one of them came from an inspiration from Pinterest, a lovely sponged card from Elizabeth Gross.    I always tell my Team….you don’t need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to card creation….find a card , make it your own and just make sure you give credit to your inspiration!

Using the Year of Cheer Designer Paper from the Holiday Catalog…here is a super easy and quick Christmas card.  Perfect when you need to make a bunch!  Just pull out your favorite Classic Ink Pad and sponge away!!

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                                                                                                                             Here I used Night of Navy.

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                                                                                                                              Another in Emerald Envy.

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                                                                                    And finally…Berry Burst!

I finished the cards of with a greeting from Watercolor Christmas , a strip of Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape,  Leaf Punch from Champagne Foil Sheets and of course the Clear Gems colored with the new Stampin’ Blends!

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Add a layer of coordinating cardstock , with the base cardstock being Smokey Slate.   Sparkle and shine like no other!!  Which is your favorite???   I can’t decide!!!


As always I truly appreciate all your online orders!!  If you would like to place an order  CLICK HERE TO SHOP NOW! or use the carousel below to be directed to a specific product .


PLACE A PRODUCT ORDER OF $50 or more (before shipping and tax) in my ONLINE STORE this month of November and you can earn the GREEN SPRIGS for FREE plus you will receive Water City Reward Points!! This offer cannot be combined with other offers except Water City Rewards….good for online orders only…hostess code must be used….thank you!


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until next time…..




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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Quilted Christmas…not just for Christmas!!

How about a little break from Christmas…..even though I am using the Quilted Christmas Bundle!

This Bundle is truly a year round gem!  Here are a few examples…all the same card…just different Designer papers.  


First…Using the Painted Harvest DSP….lovely for all Autumnal cards!

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Next is a Quilted Card from the Daisy Delight DSP…..

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I absolutely love the soft watercolor look from this DSP!

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And finally……my last sample comes from the Bundle of Love DSP.  This paper is gorgeous!!  ….not just for baby!!!

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So pretty!!!


As always I truly appreciate all your online orders!!  If you would like to place an order  CLICK HERE TO SHOP NOW!! or use the carousel below to be directed to a specific product . 


PLACE A PRODUCT ORDER OF $50 or more (before shipping and tax) in my ON-LINE STORE this month of November and you can earn the GREEN SPRIGS for FREE plus you will receive Water City Reward Points!!  This offer cannot be combined with other offers except Water City Rewards….good for online orders only…hostess code must be used….thank you!


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until next time…..

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Mad for Plaid!!

For those of you that know me….I am all about the plaid!!!  I have loved plaid since my red plaid lunch box back in the 60’s! (I just dated myself!!)
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So needless to say…I love all the Plaid Designer Papers that come about throughout the year!!  Right now…some of my favorites come from the Quilted Christmas DSP and the Christmas Around the World!  I cannot get enough of it!!
But a truly fun plaid comes from the Merry Little Designer Paper pack.  In the pack are AWESOME combinations of Old Olive and Basic Black on one side and black and white on the other side.

Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper
I love all the patterns…but I especially love the black and white Buffalo plaid.  And did you know you can use a sponge and our Classic Ink and make it a colored Buffalo Plaid!!  Woohoo! 
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The technique is super easy…..just sponge Cherry Cobbler Ink onto the black and white check….
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                                                       Keep sponging and sponging……
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And you will end up with this beautiful red buffalo plaid!!  Perfect to decorate one of our cute little Pizza Boxes found in the Holiday Catalog.
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And did you notice the  Green Sprig ( found in the Holiday Catalog) I made it frosty…..another super easy technique!
Using a Palette Knife , add some of our Embossing Paste onto the Green Sprig and sprinkle with some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  Dries quick and easy!!
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Now you have a lovely embellishment along with a Mini Ornament (Holiday Catalog)and a lovely Silver Trimmed Ribbon.  So cute and festive!!
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And check out the inside….mmmm yummmy!!
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Do you just love those Green Sprigs…well during the month  of November you can get them for FREE from me!!
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Here are the details……
PLACE A PRODUCT ORDER OF $50 or more (before shipping and tax) in my ON-LINE STORE this month of NOVEMBER and you can earn the GREEN SPRIGS for FREE!
HOW TO EARN MY FREE BONUS GIFT THIS MONTH:
  • $50 – $149.99 ORDER:  ADD HOST CODE, 9S3CHNHX for orders over $50 and under $150 (before tax and shipping). To claim your bonus gift from me, you MUST include this host code when checking out!!
  • $150+ ORDER:  PLEASE DO NOT ADD THE HOST CODE. You will automatically qualify for the free bonus gift, The GREEN SPRIGS , as well as earn Water City Stamping Rewards
Don’t forget to check the Stampin’ Up! CLEARANCE RACK!! and 10% OFF BUNDLES for extra savings.
DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 29th.
IMPORTANT NOTE: My FREE bonus gift giveaways are mailed separately from any order. Look for some Happy Mail!!
Watch for new and different offer each month!!!
CLICK HERE TO SHOP NOW!! or use the carousel below to be directed to a specific product .  This offer cannot be combined with other offers except Water City Rewards….good for online orders only…hostess code must be used….thank you!)

until next time……
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Global Design Project 110 Christmas In The Making

This week I am participating in the Global Design Project.   And here is the sketch…..


And here is my creation…….I loved this set the first time I opened the Holiday Catalog!!  It takes me back to my childhood with my Mother and Grandmother preparing for Christmas!!  They made the Holidays truly special and full of tradition in our family.
So here is my version of Christmas In The Making….
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Isn't she pretty!!  She will make a lovely Christmas card or Holiday thank you!  And coloring and shading her was a breeze!!  Much to my delight our alcohol based markers are back!!   Remember the Blendabilities….well they are New and Improved and are called Stampin’ Blends!  And they are AWESOME!!!    We as demonstrators were able to purchase them early…but they will be available to everyone on November 1st!!  Just in time for Christmas!!
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If you check closely I also colored in the Clear Faceted Gem with the Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends Marker to make a pretty red gem!  They are permanent ink so it won’t rub off….LOVE IT!!

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And don’t forget …our AWESOME Buy 3 Get on FREE Designer Paper Sale is still available until October 31st!


CLICK HERE TO SHOP NOW or use the carousel below to be directed to a specific product. PLACE A PRODUCT ORDER OF $50 or more (before shipping and tax) AND use the Hostess Code J39PVASU in my ON-LINE STORE this month of October and you can earn the WINTER TEXTURED EMBOSSING FOLDER for FREE!!  All orders of $50 also will qualify for a Water City Rewards Point!!  Thank you SO much!
I truly appreciate your businessRed heart!!!





until next time……
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Alaska Achievers Blog Hop

Image may contain: mountain, sky, outdoor, nature and waterWelcome to the first Alaska Achievers Monthly Blog Hop!!  Woohoo!!  The month our theme is “Anything Goes”   So you will be viewing a variety of different projects and ideas  from some of the top Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators!  You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog (Renee Kohnke / Water City Stamping) or may have come from the person previous to me in the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the projects. 

I will be featuring two different projects because I just couldn’t decide…..both are AWESOME gift giving ideas for the upcoming Holiday season.
So the first project I would like to share with you comes from our Christmas Quilt Bundle.  I LOVE quilts!  I wish I could sew them….but the next best thing is make them from pretty paper!! So I made a Framed Christmas Quilt Sampler.  Perfect for home décor and can be kept up year round.
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Here is a close up of the square.  
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 Details / measurements
The frame is 12'” x 12”  with an opening of 4 3/4” x 4 3/4 “
MEASUREMENTS:
Garden Green Cardstock 5 1/2" x 5 1/2"

Christmas Quilt DSP layer 4 1/4" x4 1/4"
Gold Foil Paper 3 1/4 "x 3 1/4"
Christmas Quilt DSP 4" x 4"
Cut Quilt Star using Christmas Quilt Framelits from Cheery Cobbler Cardstock
Add Felt Star Embellishment.
Finish with Gold Gem 

And here is another quick and easy gift…… my Snowman Tower of Cocoa!

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Isn’t he just adorable??  He would be perfect for a quick teachers or coworkers gift along with a darling mug.   Or tuck him in a box of Christmas goodies….that would be a wonderful homemade touch!!
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He was created from 3 of our Tiny Treat Clear Plastic Boxes, attached with 4 Glue Dots on each corner!  I added a glove with the fingers cut off to make a cap , tied with our Silver Tinsel Ribbon.  And our striped ribbon makes a perfect scarf.  Too Cute!!
Thank you for joining us today - we are so happy that you are taking part in our blog hop. Make sure that you don't miss out on one blog as there are some incredible designs you are going to see today to inspire you.
You are currently at my blog – Renee Kohnke  / Water City Stamping ……So check the list below to see who is after me and follow all the blogs around.




 CLICK HERE TO SHOP NOW or use the carousel below to be directed to a specific product. PLACE A PRODUCT ORDER OF $50 or more (before shipping and tax) AND use the Hostess Code J39PVASU in my ON-LINE STORE this month of October and you can earn the WINTER TEXTURED EMBOSSING FOLDER for FREE!!  All orders of $50 also will qualify for a Water City Rewards Point!!  Thank you SO much! 
I truly appreciate your businessRed heart


until next time……
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Stampin’ Up! October Specials & My Hostess Code Giveaway Starts Today!!

Hello Stampers!!!

There is so much going on in October!!  Read all the way to the end to catch all the wonderful things going on at Stampin Up!!
But first….. I am very excited to announce a new program I am starting….My Monthly Hostess Code Giveaway!

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PLACE A PRODUCT ORDER OF $50 or more (before shipping and tax) in my ON-LINE STORE this month of October and you can earn the WINTER TEXTURED EMBOSSING FOLDER!
HOW TO EARN MY FREE BONUS GIFT THIS MONTH:
  • $50 – $149.99 ORDER:  ADD HOST CODE, J39PVASU for orders over $50 and under $150 (before tax and shipping). To claim your bonus gift from me, you MUST include this host code when checking out!!
  • $150+ ORDER:  PLEASE DO NOT ADD THE HOST CODE. You will automatically qualify for the free bonus gift, Winter Embossing Folder, as well as earn Water City Stamping Rewards 
Don’t forget to check the Stampin’ Up! CLEARANCE RACK!! and 10% OFF BUNDLES!! for extra savings.
DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 29th.
IMPORTANT NOTE: My FREE bonus gift giveaways are mailed separately from any order and will arrive mid-month (November) following when it was earned.
Watch for new and different offer each month!!!
(Sorry this offer cannot be combined with other offers except Water City Rewards….good for online orders only…hostess code must be used….thank you!)

Next fabulous offer!!!

October 1 – 31, 2017:  Purchase 3 packages of select Designer Series Paper and get one FREE during October! This sale includes Designer Series Paper from both the annual and holiday catalogs.  And it even includes select Specialty and Designer Series Paper Stacks!  See which designer series papers are on sale HERE!!!  Purchase all the same or mix and match!

And then there is ……

Celebrate World Card Making Day
October 1 – 31, 2017:  Save 15% off select stamp sets (many coordinate with the designer series paper sale above) and note card/envelope sets.  Also, when you buy Fast Fuse Adhesive, you’ll get two refills for FREE!  See everything  on sale HERE!

And then there is our …..

Merry Patterns Host Promotion
September 1 – October 31, 2017:  Earn an EXCLUSIVE, limited-edition MERRY PATTERNS STAMP SET  when you place an order of $300 or more (excludes shipping and tax). This promotion includes on-line orders!


And finally….. our Stampin Blends are back…YAHOOO!!!…but just for demonstrators now….. but you can get them too…just purchase our Stampin Up! Starter kit!!  Read below for more info!!!

COMING SOON!  Stampin’ Blends Markers
Customer launch date to be announced – but coming soon!  They are simply wonderful to color with and blend. 
Here are the details!!
Stampin’ Blends Features:
  • Add just the right amount of color where you need it with the brush tip or fine-point.
  • Each color (except Ivory and Bronze) has a light and dark shade marker, available individually or in a combo pack.*
  • Stampin’ Up! has done in-house testing for evaporation and life testing and is really happy with the results.
  • Press fit seal prevents air from entering the barrel and causing evaporation.
  • The nestable lids are easy to keep track of and have a tight fit for long-lasting color.
I WANT THEM NOW!  Would you like to be able to purchase the brand new Stampin’ Blends markers before they are released to customers?  PURCHASE THE $99 STARTER KIT AND JOIN STAMPIN' UP! WITH THAT $99 STARTER KIT! You can add the Stampin’ Blends markers to the kit during the demonstrator pre-order period starting today (Pre-order ONLY:  October 1 – 15)! 
HERE’S HOW! PURCHASE THE $99 STARTER KIT!! and you can ADD the Stampin’ Blends markers to the kit. Choose a total of up to $125 in your choice of products (either with Stampin’ Blends selections or mix with other current products–it’s your choice). That’s $26 in free  product.  The kit ships FREE for another 10% savings! 
Here are the product numbers FOR THOSE WHO ADD THEM TO A $99 STARTER KIT! OCT. 1 – 15 ONLY.  The availability date for customers has not been released:
DESCRIPTION
ITEM
PRICE
LIMIT

Bermuda Bay Combo Pack*
144600
$9.00 USD/$12.00 CAD
1

Calypso Coral Combo Pack*
144045
$9.00 USD/$12.00 CAD
1

Cherry Cobbler Combo Pack*
144598
$9.00 USD/$12.00 CAD
1

Crumb Cake Combo Pack*
144601
$9.00 USD/$12.00 CAD
1

Daffodil Delight Combo Pack*
144603
$9.00 USD/$12.00 CAD
1

Night Of Navy Combo Pack*
144040
$9.00 USD/$12.00 CAD
1

Old Olive Combo Pack*
144597
$9.00 USD/$12.00 CAD
1

Pink Pirouette Combo Pack*
144604
$9.00 USD/$12.00 CAD
1

Pool Party Combo Pack*
144605
$9.00 USD/$12.00 CAD
1

Pumpkin Pie Combo Pack*
144599
$9.00 USD/$12.00 CAD
1

Rich Razzleberry Combo Pack*
144602
$9.00 USD/$12.00 CAD
1

Smoky Slate Combo Pack*
145058
$9.00 USD/$12.00 CAD
1

Ivory Marker
144606
$4.50 USD/$6.00 CAD
1

Bronze Marker
144607
$4.50 USD/$6.00 CAD
1

Color Lifter
144608
$4.50 USD/$6.00 CAD
1

Stampin’ Blends Marker Collection
(Includes All 26 Markers And The Color Lifter)
147475
$121.50 USD/$162.00 CAD
1

Color Me Happy Project Kit
144609
$25.00 USD/$33.00 CAD
No Limits

Color Me Happy Stamp Set (Wood-Mount)
144062
$27.00 USD/$35.00 CAD
No Limits

Color Me Happy Stamp Set (Clear-Mount)**
144069
$19.00 USD/$25.00 CAD
No Limits

Color Me Happy Bundle (Wood-Mount)
– Project Kit + Stamp Set At A 10% Discount!
148033
$46.75 USD/$61.00 CAD
No Limits

Color Me Happy Bundle (Clear-Mount)**
– Project Kit + Stamp Set At A 10% Discount!
148034
$39.50 USD/$52.00 CAD
No Limits

*Combo Packs include 2 markers: 1 light, 1 dark
**Also available in French

No single markers (besides Ivory and Bronze and the Color Lifter) are available for purchase during this Demonstrator Exclusive Early Release.
Have a question?  Email me at oneredk@milwpc.com
.  See even more reasons why to purchase the $99 Starter Kit HERE!!

So WHEW!!!!  That was a lot of good stuff going on!!  It is going to be a great month!!
until next time…
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