Prized Peony

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. I am SO excited to share this beautiful new suite with you called Prized Peony. If you watch my daily Facebook live videos you will have seen the last two creations. Now you get to see them on my blog.


Prized Peony Perfection


One of the best things about Stampin’Up! is their coordination. This suite is no exception and it makes it so easy and so fun to create beautiful things. There is the stamp set with the coordinating dies, the matching paper, ribbon and gems. Wow! Such beautiful subtle colours that can be left muted or can be combined with other things for a dramatic pop of colour. You choose!


Prized Peony Perfection


My Cards


This first card was made using a sketch challenge for a Canadian Direct Demonstrators meeting. I don’t often use sketches, but they are fun to do and it is always interesting to see what other people do with the same sketch.

Prized Peony card


Here is the sketch that I used so that you can see the measurements.


card sketch for prized peony card


More Cards


During the video we had to choose which side of the patterned paper to use and the votes came in for petal pink. Of course I needed to now create a card with the other side too, just so that it wouldn’t feel badly! Here it is:


Prized Peony in Petal Pink and Grey Granite


Just in case you are wondering where the framelit from the sentiment came from, it is in the Tasteful Touches bundle. The last card I am going to show you is my very favourite. I love jewel tones so I am glad that I still have my Lovely Lipstick blends. If you missed out, I happen to have two extra sets! I did create the card with Rococo Rose as well and it is pretty too.


Prized Peony in Lovely Lipstick


I took a close up picture so you can see the sheen of the ribbon as well as the “cut” of the gems. They really are stunning and put your card up to the next level of awesomeness. Sympathy cards don’t have to be drab. The burst of colour represents the vibrancy and the love of the person who will be missed.


Priaed Peony Close up


Rococo Rose Prized Peony


It would be unwise of me to only show you a card with a product that you can no longer get, so shove over Lovely Lipstick and make room for Rococo Rose. It turned out brighter than I expected and I am also curious if you could blend it with a little bit of real red for greater intensity.



Just in case you think you are seeing double, you are! For this picture I just laid my Rococo Rose peony on top of the Lovely Lipstick one. I didn’t feel like making another complete card.


My Video


Here is a video showing you how I made the first card. Just take a look at the first few minutes if you only want to see the paper and the coordinating items and not the actual making of the card. If you like it, please share so that others will follow my YouTube channel as well. Somehow this squirrel wants to get more views on YouTube. It remains a mystery to me that I have so many followers but so few views, so please help me!



Free Bundle Promotion


Yes, you can get this gorgeous Prized Peony bundle for free as a bonus when you get the starter kit. Here is the link to make it easy for you. It remains a mystery to me that not every single customer of mine would take me up on this offer. I would get another starter kit myself if I could! The savings are tremendous and it will feel like Christmas in June for you. Questions? Concerns? Don’t hesitate to message me and I will be happy to address them. In the meantime, thanks for stopping by and have a super day.


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Peony Garden Suite Collection (English)


Prized Peony Bundle (English)


Peony Garden Designer Series Paper


Elegant Faceted Gems


Petal Pink 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Gray Granite 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Petal Pink Stampin' Blends Combo Pack


Old Olive Stampin' Blends Combo Pack


Rococo Rose Stampin' Blends Combo Pack


Fine-Tip Glue Pen


Under My Umbrella

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. I am a hopeless romantic. Under My Umbrella appeals to my romantic side…so much. It is totally unrealistic, but the image of a man in a suit and a woman in a fifties style dress together under an umbrella with a classic city scape in the background just makes me swoon. The reality is probably quite different. Bumping each other, trying to stay dry under the umbrella. The wind catching the umbrella and turning it inside out, no one really staying dry.


Under My Umbrella

I am going to cling to my romantic notions of the umbrella, and while I create with this set my heart will be very happy indeed. Of course any time there is a coordinating punch with a stamp set, that also makes my heart happy. It means that I don’t have to get up to go and use a die with the Big Shot, I can stay right where I am and punch out my image very quickly. Do you love that too? I have a pair of bright red rubber boots and a black and red umbrella that make me feel very light hearted in the rain. Everyone should have them I think. Don’t let the rain keep you inside!


Under My Umbrella


Adorable Rubber Boots


What makes Under My Umbrella so charming is the cute rubber boots that also come in this set. The Pleased as Punch make the stamp and set and coordinating punch even more appealing. Here is the card that I made with it. I would love to make more, right now in fact, but then I will never get this blog post finished. What I will do instead for you is give you the link for my Google search which will show you ALL the creative things that Stampin’Up! demonstrators have done with this bundle all around the world. Just click here.


Under My Umbrella


Do you see that pretty pink gingham background? That is also paper from the Pleased as Punch pack. I am going to be making this card tomorrow at coffee and a card class and again during my Facebook live video Tuesday night at 7pm EST. Here are all three cards so you can see what to expect. It is raining today, so these cards are a perfect harbinger for spring.


Under My Umbrella, Timeless Tulips and Thoughtful Blooms


Tomorrow I will blog about the Healing Hugs card and maybe one more if I find the time. I am thinking I need someone to do all the other things in life so that I can just stamp and share all day long. Hmmmm, nice dream right?


Free Tutorial


Every month I offer a different free tutorial as part of the Demo Design Dream Team. You can get it for free by ordering from me ($50 minimum) by joining my team or my training group. Here is a sneak peek of this sixteen project beauty.


free tutorial


A Personal Story


I promised you on Friday that I would share a story with you about why I love winter so much. The biggest reason I think for this is that I grew up on a dairy farm in southern Ontario near Elora. Winters are cozy on the farm with all the animals in the barn, a haymow full of straw and hay and adorable kittens and coffee, tea and hot chocolate in the kitchen. Our farm was also situated on a fantastic tobogganing hill which was a magnet for local kids. Every year right before Christmas the entire elementary school would walk down the road to go sledding on our hill. My mom would make huge pans of hot cocoa in our farmhouse basement for all the kids and I am sure there were cookies to go with it too. After everyone left there was a great tobogganing track for us to use for the rest of the Christmas vacation.


A Farm Kid


You see, there were lots of great winter memories for me as a kid. Winter meant fun and gezelligheid (a great Dutch word for coziness, comfort, ambiance and community) Summer on the other hand meant hard work. It meant picking stones, baling hay and straw, milking cows in a hot barn with lots of pesky flies. Summer meant weeding the garden, mowing the lawn, cleaning the house, picking strawberries and raspberries and beans. It did NOT mean beaches and camping. I didn’t learn to swim until I was 12!! Summer also meant a hot upstairs bedroom with no air conditioning. You can see why this season was not my favourite.


Contrast Inspired by Muskoka


I was reminded of this contrast when reading a coffee table book about Muskoka which contrasted the experience of the farm kids and the cottage kids. It’s all a matter of perspective! When summer means swimming, campfires and hanging out with friends it is idyllic. When it means hard work, sweat and staying home, it’s a different situation entirely.  The first time I got to go camping for a week with a friend totally changed my perspective on what summer could be like. Oh the joy!!


We used to go swimming at Elora Gorge Conservation Area once in a while with my mom. When we were done swimming mom would drive through the campground so that we could see the tents and the campers and smell the smoke from the campfires. It was so nice to dream of doing that one day. After I was married we camped all the time and my parents were even able to join us a few times, so Mom’s dream of camping finally came true!


I am thankful for growing up on a farm though. It meant sharing every meal around the kitchen table. We didn’t always have a lot of money, but we always had lots of fresh food and I learned the value of hard work. My parents taught me that you can have big dreams that can come true if you put in the effort. They taught me to start the day with God and end the day with Him. Another lesson was to never have a naked cup of coffee and to always make soup with bones for a good broth. Both were shared with whoever had business on the farm. Mom was known for her amazing soup and her unbeatable coffee and I hope to carry on this tradition.




Thanks for joining me on this walk through memory lane. I am so happy to be a Canadian where we can enjoy all four seasons. Find the joy in each one. I am learning to embrace summer. Air conditioning helps a lot with that, so does my brother’s humble cottage in Point Clark. Stamping and paper crafting is also a great way to make it through the seasons we don’t like as much.


Happy Mail in Canada Contest


Please don’t forget about the happy mail in Canada contest where we want to shower Gerard with some love when he comes to Canada. If you send a masculine card for him by March 29 I will enter your name into a contest for a masculine stamp set of your choice from the mini catalog and I will blog about your card. I will also video Gerard opening all his cards so we can all enjoy his surprise and delight. Here is the address:  Gerard van der Sar, c/o Jackie Bultje, 81 Delaware Avenue, Chatham, Ontario N7L 2W3 Canada




Tomorrow there will be some new offerings for saleabration including Well Dressed a fantastic retro-feel masculine stamp set; So Very Vellum specialty designer series paper, Flowering Foils specialty designer series paper, Rise & Shine a reversible stamp set that coordinates with the Cup of Cheer dies and Tags in Bloom a 19 piece photopolymer set that coordinates with the Label Me Lovely punch. You can see them on the website tomorrow here.


Starter Kit


Don’t forget about the amazing deal on the starter kit. It really is the best deal in the catalog and you can put whatever you want into it. Read more about that in this blog post here. I don’t want to repeat myself and this way if you don’t want to hear about it you don’t have to! If you would like to order any of the supplies used today, just click on the images below in the supply list. It is also super helpful if you use the current host code on the sidebar of the blog.


Honour and Remember


Tomorrow I will be blogging about this amazing community project to honour and remember our World War 2 veterans. I am planning a huge event on Saturday April 25 from 10am till noon with a possible second time slot if we need it. More details and photos tomorrow. Have a super day and thanks for joining me.


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Z-Fold Card with Peaceful Poppies

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday. Today I have a simple Z-Fold card for you using the Peaceful Poppies paper and Peaceful Moments bundle. I find that a z-fold card is a great way to showcase two coordinating or contrasting patterned papers. The one I chose today is actually included in the free paper pack that you get when you get the starter kit with Stampin’Up! This is one sheet of paper, it has stripes on one side and a watercolour poppy design on the other side.


Z-Fold Card


Z-Fold card using Peaceful Poppies


I love the fresh colours of this paper and you can never go wrong with stripes and a floral together! The poppy on the sentiment is from the Peaceful Poppies elements. It is a watercolour paper die cut with embossing already on it, all you have to do is give it a watercolour wash with your aqua painter and some ink.


z-fold card open


The label for the sentiment is used twice, once on the Z-fold panel and once again inside the card. I left the inside one blank so I could write something personal there. This saying is meant to be paired with the “With Deepest Sympathy” saying but I felt that it could be used on its own for a simple thinking of you card. There is a family in my hometown right now whose daughter was involved in an industrial accident. She will most likely be paralyzed from the chest down unless a miracle happens. It is already a miracle that she survived. How horrific for this twenty year old and her parents! This card will be for them.


top view of this z-fold card


Here you can see the top view of the z-fold card. It measures 4 1/4″ by 11″ and it is scored at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″. It is a super simple fold but so effective for showing off your beautiful paper. If you would like to see another example of a Z-Fold card, check out this blog post.


When You Want the Best Deal Ever


Imagine for a moment that you really love this Peaceful Poppy suite. How could you get it for the least amount of money? Put it in a starter kit. If you get both bundles, that is two stamp sets and two sets of framelits, add to that the Peaceful Poppies elements and the Poppy Parade ink pad. You will then have $4 left over. If you go the clearance rack there are about ten choices for that price point, but I would suggest the real red solid ribbon here. In your kit you will get the assorted patterned paper collection which includes the peaceful poppies paper used on this card. You will only pay $135 for all of this. If you would put it on a normal order in Ontario your total would be $204.85.

It gets better. You also get a free mini paper trimmer which is absolutely adorable and perfect for using up your little bits of paper and cardstock for banners and sayings. Lastly, you get to choose one extra stamp set of your choice from either the mini or the annual catalog. Why not pick a great expensive one? May I suggest  Well Said, a set with 51 cling stamps with lots and lots of different sayings? It is worth $61. Another great choice is Rooted In Nature which is $57.

After getting this amazing deal where you save all the shipping and tax AND get free stuff, you now will also get your very own discount of 20% on every order you place. You will keep this discount until the end of June no matter what. Did I mention that you also get a free Paper Pumpkin in your starter kit? I just had to tell the story about this amazing deal.


Well Said:  A Possible Free Stamp Set


Well Said


Rooted In Nature:  Another Great Choice for your Freebie

Rooted In Nature




In just one week I will be heading home after a wonderful stay in Holland. I am so very thankful to all of you who have journeyed with me and also sent me happy mail. I am curious to see if the mailbox will have any surprises today. If you would like to shop with me, just click on the products below and you will be on your way! If you would like to see the live video I did yesterday showing you how to make the fun flap fold card from yesterday’s blog post, you can see it here. There is moment where it freezes because I got a Facebook call, but it doesn’t last long! Have a super day.


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Getting Ready for Saleabration

Hello stampers and happy Thursday! I am getting ready for saleabration a little bit earlier than usual this year. Do you know why? It is super important to me for everyone to realize the opportunities that are there to get more free stuff and to save more money AND have more fun. That’s quite the winning combination don’t you think?


What I want you to know


The reason that I am so passionate about the starter kit, especially during saleabration is that I think a lot of people are missing out because of misconceptions. Heck, I missed out for a lot of years. I had no idea that I could take advantage of the great deal on the starter kit and NOT be a demonstrator. There were five little kids needing my attention and I had no time or inclination to teach anything to anyone but I did love to scrapbook and stamp. A continual discount would have been great!

You need to know that you can get the starter kit with no strings attached, just for your own discount! There will be no pressure from Stampin’Up! or from me to achieve anything or to reach certain sales goals. Regardless of how much you buy or sell, you have six months to take advantage of your own discount which will be 20%. You also get early access to new catalogs. For example as demonstrators we can already order from the new mini AND earn free saleabration sets already.


The Details


Many people ask me, what is in the starter kit? Whatever you want! Yes, that’s right. You get to decide what you want in there. It’s like placing an order but with a limit. You only get to choose $165 worth of products, you can go less but you can’t go more. That is the hard part but it doesn’t have to be. Whatever doesn’t “fit” into the starter kit can go on your next order where you will get 20% off AND you will earn free saleabration items with every $60 you spend. Once your order gets to $200 you also get host benefits even if the order is just for you. If your order gets to $375 then you also get Little Ladybug for free. Did I mention there is no tax and no shipping? Also, you only pay $135.



The saleabration bonus


This is the best part. Not only do you get an extra $30 worth of product in the kit, you also get to choose a free stamp set. ANY stamp set in either the annual catalog or the mini catalog that you want, regardless of price!! You will also get a FREE paper sampler with 48 sheets of paper from different paper packs in the mini catalog. Lastly you will get an adorable mini paper trimmer that has a guillotine cutter!  Let’s summarize the extra freebies:

  1. bonus free stamp set, any value from annual or mini catalog
  2. free paper sampler with 48 sheets
  3. free mini paper trimmer
  4. Diva Day March 27 from 5pm to 9pm


Diva Day and Beyond Pampered Team


These are the fun extra perks of getting the starter kit. I have an annual Diva Day for everyone who joins my team. The format varies from year to year but what remains the same is that I gather with all my new recruits to enjoy food, to stamp and to get spoiled with an amazing goodie bag to help you on your stamping journey. If you live far away then I will do a Facebook Live event with you and you will get a lovely surprise in the mail.

My Beyond Pampered team has a monthly gathering as well, the fourth Thursday of the month. We have a LOT of fun together, eating, drinking, stamping and laughing. We share our creativity and stories of what we have done in the last month. We talk a little shop but mostly this is just a fun time where we deepen our friendships. When Stampin’Up! has events we travel together as a team and stay in amazing places. I am loving the memories and the friendships that we have made as Beyond Pampered team.



This was the view from our Airbnb where we stayed for #OnStage2019 in Toronto. Without my team traveling together we could never stay in places like this!


When can you get the kit?


Of course you could get the kit right now but then you wouldn’t get the saleabration bonuses. Join on January 3 and you will have the most to gain! You will be able to enjoy three months of saleabration and even if you don’t intend to sell a thing, you should give out the free catalogs that you will get and share the great deals. It is so much fun to have some stamping buddies!! I will do a short video showing you the basics of how to sign up but of course it will not be completely accurate as there are no bonuses to include. That part should be quite straightforward as you will be prompted to make those extra choices. You can see the video here. A little later on you will also be able to see in on YouTube. If you have not yet subscribed to my YouTube channel, you can do that here as well.


A few little things


I thought I would share with you the cute little projects that we made during my saleabration Bingo last week. The purpose of this is to introduce my people to all the fantastic new products coming up in a fun way (everyone wins a prize!) as well as stamping with new products. We keep it simple so that we have time to play bingo and socialize too.



Thanks….and a contest!


Thanks for dropping by and if you haven’t already done so then do leave a comment and share my post or my projects on Pinterest or Facebook. Then you will have a chance to win the stamp set Holiday Haul. I will do the draw on Tuesday at noon. Some people were asking how to pin to Pinterest. If you hover with your mouse over one of my images a red Pinterest icon will appear. Just click on that and it will prompt you to “pin” it to one of your boards. If we need a video on how to do Pinterest, let me know!!


If you missed my Facebook live on Tuesday, you might want to check it out as I talk about the starter kit there too. You can see it here. Thanks again for stopping by, I appreciate it ever so much!!









Stitched Nested Labels

Hello stampers! Do you ever have a product that you keep reaching for? Stitched Nested Labels might just become one of those.I know it has been for me. These lovely dies are perfect for adding a distinctive focal point to your card. They are big enough to stamp an image on as well as a sentiment. Stitched Nested Labels are also part of the Free as Bird bundle, so it is a win win situation don’t you think?


Stitched Nested Labels and Free as A Bird cards


Two of the cards use the Stitched Nested Labels, but they all use Free as a Bird which is one of my favourite stamp sets and suites in the catalog. Have you seen the gorgeous paper that coordinates with this set? Oh my!! So many possibilities. These dies are really wonderful to use, much easier than our earlier stitched dies. I don’t know if it is just me, but the other stitched dies are really hard to get out and some of my people are afraid of tearing their cardstock when doing so. The Stitched Nested Labels pop out really easily and cut perfectly as well, so I consider them a good investment.


Pretty Peacock designer series paper and Free As a bird with Stitched Nested Label dies


This is a close up of the first card so that you can see the great coordination of the in colour designer series paper. You can also see the lovely stitching in the Stitched Nested Dies here. No fussy, time-consuming poking here, you just run the die through a die cutting machine and it comes out like this! I used the largest die here and I used a scrap of white. Here is a picture so you can see how it is done.


Stitched nested label dies with one straight edge



This pool party card uses tone on tone stamping in the background and it also uses the second largest die from the Stitched Nested Labels. The bottom piece of patterned paper measures 4 1/4″ by 2 3/4″. Do you notice that the flowers on the stamped image perfectly match the patterned paper? I love using the designer series paper as inspiration for colouring.


So Thankful For My Team


Actually I didn’t make these cards at all, my team member Alison Reid did. What a blessing to me! Alison brought a box full of cards that she had made in the last month to our team party on Wednesday night. Her timing was perfect as I had just found out that my Pap was in the hospital and was planning to go visit him first thing Thursday morning.  That meant I had no time to design cards for my coffee and a card class. Thankfully I had taken pictures of Alison’s cards and decided to use the three she had made using the Stitched Nested Labels. I sent the pictures to my other team member Yvonne Macfadyen who then made the cards and prepped them for my class. I am so blessed to have such a great team. These two have been on my team for ten years now and we were actually celebrating that on Wednesday night. One of the things that many team members shared that night and then later on our team page was how thankful they all were for the meaningful friendships formed through Stampin’Up!


Stitched Nested Framelits and Free as a Bird



This last card doesn’t use the Stitched Nested Label dies, but it does use the Swirly Frames stamp set and the layering circles dies. When you look at the crumb cake circle it makes you think that a stitched die was used, but that is actually the stamp. I got this stamp set at a Prize Patrol at an OnStage event. OnStage is a local Stampin’Up! event that used to happen twice a year and Prize Patrol is when a select group of people win a prize. We are given wristbands or stickers with different colours and when a certain colour is announced, then those people win a prize. It’s a lot of fun. I may have overlooked this stamp set in the catalog, but it is one of those great foundational stamps that can really make a big difference in your card making. The rectangle in the background is also from this set.


Free as a Bird and Swirly Frames


This card actually has a lot going on in it. Alison cased this card straight from the catalog. You can see it on page 117. I actually like Alison’s card better. She used the Subtle embossing folder on the so saffron background rather than the stamped image in the catalog. The flowers and the leaves are fussy cut. You can join me at my weekly Facebook live video on Tuesday night at 7pm EST when I will be making these cards and sharing any tips and tricks we learn at class.


Starter Kit Opportunity


Thanks for joining me. I appreciate you ever so much. If you live in Canada and want more excitement in your life, you may wish to consider joining my team. Whether you only want your own discount or you want to build a stamping empire, the starter kit is the golden ticket. Click here or message me if you need help. And yes, you can add pre-order items from the holiday catalog to your starter kit!! Until the end of August the starter kit can be totally customized with up to $205 worth of products in it as well as a Paper Pumpkin kit, 8 annual catalogs, 8 holiday catalogs and 50 order forms. You pay only $135. Wow! What are you waiting for?


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Happy New Year with the Starter Kit

Hello stampers. I thought I better write a blog post or you will think I have up and died!!! It has been way too long since I have posted but what can you expect when you are moving into a new house, ending a marriage, trying to celebrate Christmas and get your business set up in the new place? I have to admit that it is finally catching up to me. I suppose it is a little bit like a funeral. Thankfully I have not yet had anyone in my immediate family die, but I have heard that you get through all that needs to be done and when it is all over that is when you crash. That is how I feel now. I got through the move just fine, settled in quickly, set up for my clearance sale, had a fantastic coffee and a card class, got all the Christmas baking done and the presents bought and then I hit a wall. Physically exhausted and emotionally drained.


I do want to thank each and everyone of you who have sent me private messages, cards and letters and comments on my blog or on my Facebook page. You have been a source of great encouragement, strength and joy. My stamping family means so much to me!


I just want to let you know that I am taking a much needed break and am going to the Netherlands for 17 days to visit family and friends. I am not sure if I will be blogging from there since I will most likely only have my phone with me. My motto is work hard play hard, so when I do take a break I really do shut down the work part. It is often easier said than done because when you stop posting, blogging and teaching classes you feel like you are letting people down, sabotaging your business and not being very smart. The other way of looking at it is that it is very important self-care. I need to practice what I preach so if I tell you here that I am going to take a break, you can hold me accountable.


I am going to offer an incentive to all of my customers that if you want to jump on the bandwagon of the awesome sale-a-bration sale when it starts on January 3, I will give you a $25 gift certificate in the form of an e-transfer to you when you place a $100 online order (before shipping and tax) using the current host code. To give you a visual I will share the coupon I handed out to attendees at my clearance sale. Those that qualified for a coupon that day will get another bonus for me since I am now making this available to everyone.



Sale-a-bration is also the best time of year to join my team. You get an extra $60 in product to add to your starter kit. You can customize your kit with whatever products you want, even things from the clearance rack. If you love our new Craft and Go tote you can pick that option as well. In that case you will get the tote for only $40 instead of $68. I am planning to have a DIVA day in March where all my new team members can come and craft for a day as well as get some simple training as to what you can do with your starter kit. Use new products, meet new team members and get all your questions answered. Of course we will also share a wonderful lunch together. I did this for the first time last year and it was a huge success. We also have monthly team gatherings where we also have a lot of fun crafting together and talking shop over food and drinks.



Here is a little glimpse at my new house, the kitchen and the stamp room. I hope you can come and see me when I get back from my trip.


This is where the treats are made for The Pampered Stamper



Finally here is my bathroom, the perfect place to totally relax. I am blessed indeed!


Finally, here is a peek at the beautiful craft and go tote that you can get in your starter kit. To make it even easier for you, here is the link so you can spoil yourself on January 3. It is a year of new beginnings for me, so why not have a new beginning yourself?


Craft and Carry exclusive tote

I look forward to resuming classes again on Wednesday January 16 with Blends Club. There will be coffee and a card classes while I am away taught by my talented team member Yvonne Macfadyen. Cost for this class is going up in the new year to $15 for three cards and refreshments. Team members get a discount and will pay $12. If you bring someone new you get a free class voucher. Special needs customers pay $20. (those that need one on one help or come with a case worker).


I wish you all a very happy New Year. I am excited for what this year holds for each and every one of us. Blessing to you. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.


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