Sketch #14 and a Sneak “Peep” at New stamps

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  This month we are featuring guest designer Jami Bova aka “Sgt. Stamper”.She has come up with 5 Fantastic sketches for the month of March!  Be sure to come back each week and check them out.  Also you will be seeing a sneak “peep” at two new stamp sets that will be for sale mid month…… and one “test marketing set”

Here is our weekly sketch challenge  SSD014 courtesy of Jami Bova:

Jami’s darling take on the sketch using the new set “Chick-chat”


We are also THRILLED to announce that we have two AMAZING Guest Designers on our team for the month of March.

1st We have Sankari Wedgeman.  You can see more of her fabulous creations on her blog called: Sankari’s Sunshine Corner  I go their all the time to see her refreshing a distinctive style.

On her fantastic Card Sankari used stamps and sentiment from the new “Gray Hare” set:

Our second Guest designer joining out team this month is  Jackie Pedro.  Her blog “the Scalloped Edge” is another blog I frequent for inspiration, and Oh so cute ideas!

Jackie also used stamps and sentiment from the Gray Hare set on her delightful card:


Now here are the fabulously stylish stamp tramps and their take on this weeks sketch!

Michelle Giraud did two amazing cards this week!

First she used “Sassy Snow” our test marketing set to do the great card below.  You have to see the rest of the stamps on this set to understand the title.

She used “Gray Hares” for her second fabulous creation!


Mary Giezma also used Gray Hares for her festive card, love the inside on this too!

Here’s a darling card from Peggy Russel using “Chick-Chat”

Here’s another cute card from Chelsea Van Wyk.  Thanks to Chelsea the sentiment she used below is part of the stamp set ;0)


Here is a cheerful card from Kandi.  She also used a stamp and sentiment from “Sassy Snow”

I LOVE the Color combo she chose, the patterned paper is perfect too!

My appologies to Angela Thomas for not getting her chick chat and hare stamps to her earlier.  Angela is one of my favorite Canadians!  Even though her hockey team beat my hockey team(U.S.A.) we’re still friends:0)
She used Healing Wings in the beautiful card below.

COME back next week for a Peek at the entire sets that will go on sale March16 th after a DT hop….

Happy Stampin’


P.S. We will have a special Blog announcement(in the next couple days) of how much money you helped us raise in the “hop(e) for Haiti”

More hop(e) for Haitti and a NEW sketch challange

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 The fundraising for Haiti is going to continue until Sunday at Midnight!!!

The response was so overwhelmingly positive~ We decided to continue the fundraising for another 6 days! 

For everystamp set sold, Skipping Stones Design will donate $2 to the Red Cross and their efforts in the Haitian relief effort. This donation per set will continue till Sunday at midnight!

~So if you missed out last week you have another chance.  You can tell your husband that your shopping is making the world a better place, or at least helping those in need;0)
~By Next Tuesday we will announce the grand totall raised for the ARC/Haiti~

Now here is the last sketch from the amazingly talented Belinda Chang.  We are going to miss her creative and fun sketches around here!


 Kandi Phillips put “Dandelion Dreams” to work in this cheerful creation:

 Mary Giemza used “Rustic Tiles” to create this lovely Irish blessing card:

Chelsea Van Wyk used and unreleased stamp set “Poppin’ By” to create this colorful card:

Peggy Russell used “Healing Wings” to create this beauty:

Check back next week for:

1. A new sketch challenge from our March “Sketch Artist” Jami Bova aka”Srgt. Stamper”

2. The announcement of the grand totall of money raised for Haiti

3. To find out who our two Design team guest are for the month of March

4. More sneak peeks at our new March stamp sets….. 

Working Links to Card Stamp Auctions hop(e)4Haiti

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Click here for the ENTIRE PAGE of auctions  

Links to 4 fun new (pre-release) stamps

Chick Chat

Gray hare birthday


Sassy Snow

Nice big pictures for super sized sneak peek.

*Here are the Auctions for incredible cards 

by your favorite designers:

Amy Sheffler Card Ending Suday Night

Jennie Harper Card Ending Suday Night

Auctions Ending Monday evening/night:

Jackie Pedro Card

Chels Van Wyk Card

Deb Felts Card

Jeanne Tomshack Card

Angela Thomas Card

Bev Rousch Card

Erin Grotegut Card

Dawn Easton Card

Peggy Russell Card

Sarah Masteller Card

Debbie Fisher Card

Kim Teasdale Card

Mary Giezma (Gift & Card)

Latisha Yoast Card

Sharon Perry Card

Karen Giron Card

Kathi Carlson Card

Jamie Bova Card

Jen Del Muro Card

Kandi Phillips Card

Michelle Giraud Card

Sankari Wegman Card

Wendy Price Card

Laurie Schmidlin Card

Courtney Baker Card

Belinda Chang Langer Card

Heather Timmins Card

Remember all the money goes to the Red Cross.

Hop(e) for Haiti-

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Hop(e) For Haiti:

A few weeks ago I was seriously suffering from P.M.S. Poor Me Syndrome. I was sitting on my couch trying to pass my third kidney stone in about a month. Then on the TV came a special coverage story about Haiti. I was speechless as I witnessed tragedy, survivors, heartbreak, and devastation.

I realized that my physical pain would pass but for the people of Haiti life would never bee the same.  Those who survived still faced amazing struggles, and heartbreak beyond imagination.

But what can I do?  I’m just one person- I could only make a small donation- see I started to get back into P.M.S. again.  Then I remembered a saying coined by those who raise money for breast cancer “together we can make a difference”.

Which lead me to think of you.  The warm, and supportive, group of paper crafters who make up our on-line community.  I knew that if I was able to bring us together for this cause that we could do something amazing!

I believe with all my heart that today and the rest of the week together we can make a difference.


Here is how you can help:

Talk about it:

1. Please, help spread the word about this hop to all your paper crafting friends!!! The more people that know the more money we can raise!!!

 Bid on the cards & pre-release stamps:

2. EVERY beautiful card and project you see along the hop will be auctioned off  on Ebay. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross.

3.   Four Pre release stamp sets are up for auction as well.  Just take a look at them to preview what is coming in the next few weeks. Or place a bid at a chance of being the first person to get these stamps.

* The link for the  auctions will be up and active by Tuesday evening and the auctions will end Sunday night. All auctions will be held on E bay and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross.


$2 of EVERY stamps set purchased now through Monday at Midnight will be directly donated to the Red Cross.


Enjoy the hop and help give  some hope to those in Haiti.

Now for our weekly challenge:  


Every Tuesday we have a sketch challenge designed by a guest sketch artist.  This month our designer is the talented and lovely Belinda Chang.  Here is her sketch:


This week you have to hop to see what the lovely ladies of the SSD design team are up to.

Sorry to say you are “stuck”  with me.  Now I must make the disclaimer, that I am not sure I am talented enough to make my own design team. You will see what I mean as you go through the hop.  The Stamp Tramps(our DT ) and all of our guest are one amazing group of ladies!

My “goofy” Card not only follows our weekly sketch, but you also are getting a first look at a new stamp set! If you enjoy this card, you will be in heaven for the rest of the hop!!!

Here is a little close up of the chick:

They say an artist always look a bit like their drawings.

Yep- come to think of it:

two eyes? – check

two legs? -check

bottom much bigger than breast? double check!


Now off you got to “hop”

Just remember any of these cards can be yours!

Tuesday Evening the link to the ebay auctions will be found here.*Once you get to the first card group click on “see other items fron this seller” in the top right hand box.*Then you will see all we have up for auction.

 Happy Hopping!!!



If there is a break somewhere along the way,  there will be a master list at:

Skipping Stones Design or at Sparkle and Bling

Order of participants:

You are Here!!!~Skipping Stones Design

Angela Thomas

Kim Teasdale

Dawn Easton

Karen Giron

Erin Grotegut

Christi Milliken


Sarah Masteller

Sharon Perry

Mary Giemza

Jen del Muro

Kandi Phillips

Sankari Wegman

Laurie Schmidllin

Amy Sheffer

Jackie Pedro

Chels Van Wyk

Deb Felts

Jennie Harper

Jeanne Tomshack

Bev Rousch

Peggy Russell

Debbie Fisher

Latisha Yoast

Kathi Carlson

Jami Bova

Michelle Giraud

Wendy Price

Courtenay Baker

Belinda Chang Langer

A Great Big Thak You  for hopping with us today…..

&  A HUGE Thank You to all the amazing designers who joined us in htis fund raising effort

A Final Thank You to Angela Thomas for organizing this hop.  Angela you are my organizational hero, I’d be lost without you!

Bog Candy Alert  ~Whoot! ~Whoot!

How about a prize? In addition to the fabulous eye candy, we have decided to hide a prize somewhere along the hop! There will be a few pre-release sets up for grabs hidden along the blog hop.  The fun part is…we’re not telling you who it is! So as you hop, make sure you leave comments on every post so you have a chance to win!!

-That’s right all you have do do is share some love as you hop for a chance to win BIG!!!


Hop(e) for Haiti: Please help us spread the Word

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Here it is!  The Darling Poster made by Erin Grotegut to help us spread the word.  The hop(e) for Haiti will be here Feb. 16th. Here are the details:

Starting Feb 16th for every stamp set sold SSD will donate $2 to the American Red Cross.

Also Starting Feb 16th every card that you see  on the hop will be up for auction.  A link will be found at SSD to those card auctions.  Some amazing original artwork will be up for grabs.  Yes,You guessed it…100% of the proceeds go to help Haitians through the Red Cross.

Please Help us by spreading the word. 

Copy and paste this poster on your blog.  Send it to your friends, so they can put it on their blogs.  If you have a newsletter please send out the poster and let all your peeps know.  The more people know about the hop(e), the more money we can raise!!! 

 I know what a warm and caring group of online stampers are out there. 

Thanks in advance for your help getting the word out.

Sketch#11, Free Donuts and upcoming Hop(e) for Haiti

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Due to very Popular demand- yes I am giving into peer-pressure- Free donuts are back till Sunday at midnight.  That’s right not only do you get to see this hilarious set, but it can be yours for FREE with purchase of 3 stamp sets…..This offer is good while the donuts  last, or until Sunday February 14th at midnight.

As you all know Belinda Chang is our amazing sketch artist this month.  Here is Belinda’s fabulous sketch #11:

It is 6:00 a.m. and my computer, and I have had a rough night. I wish I could send it to a time out and make it behave!!! So today, I will be a woman of few words due to exhaustion ;0) Here are the amazingly talented Stamp tramps and guest:

Michelle Giraud  with “Well Behaved” and “Margarita Birthday” below.

Heather Timmins- that’s me. I Used “Dandelion Dreams” and a Faux Watercolor technique that I learned Kim Teasdale’s Class at MCC.

Mary Giemza with the special free donut stamps ;0)

This is from Peggy Russell using “Well Behaved”

Belinda Chang with Rustic Tiles and Cupcake Cutie

Erin Grotegut with “Dandelion Dreams” and a sentiment from “Cupcake Cutie”

Angela Thomas with “Chick Martini”.

Chels. VanWyk with “Well Behaved”

Kandi Phillips with “Cupcake Cutie” I must add a congratulations to Kandi on her multiple cards that were chose for publication ;0)  Way To Go Kandi!!! We are very proud of you !

Next Tuesday you do not want to miss out on our Hop(e) For Haiti:

~All the cards that you see on the hop next Tuesday are up for auction. We will have the link to the auctions on the website by Tuesday night.  The auctions end Sunday night and here is the best part. 100% of the money from the auctions will be donated to the Red Cross to help with their amazing efforts in Haiti.

~Two dollars of every stamp set sold during the week of the hop will be donated to the Red Cross As well!

~The number of famous and amazingly talented bloggers will blow your mind!!!! Were are looking at over thirty.  Check out Jen Del Muro from I heart to stamps, Karen Giron from Sunday Sketches, Jami Bova(Stamp Happy),Kim Teasdale, Amy Scheffer, Bev Rousch, Latisha Yost.  So many more amazing ladies are joning us in our efforts to raise money for a Great Cause!!!!!

Sketch Challenge 10, blog candy, and a hop(e) for Haiti

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Introducing: Belinda Chang Langer

It is my great pleasure to introduce you to our new Sketch artist for the month of February.  Belinda Chang Langer has a incredible paper-crafting blog called Bell Blue Paperie. Click here for her site

I fell in LOVE when I saw her style and versatility.  I was so excited when she agreed to be a guest this month!!!! I know you will all find inspiration her projects and sketches. Here is her first sketch and the DT’s take on the sketch. 

 Please feel free to comment, give Belinda a warm welcome.  There is the mention of blog candy on a post from yesterday.  I will be accepting comments on that post as well as this post and will be randomly selecting a winner by Saturday. Sunday I will announce the winner of Gray Hares! 

Here is Belinda’s sketch SSD0010 I think we all had quite a bit of fun with it on the D.T..  We know you’ll have fun if you use it to make a card, Layout, or project. I personally want to use this for a one photo layout, if I get the time to scrapbook in the near future that is.

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Here is Belinda’s take on the sketch.  I apologize that it had taken me so long to get it posted.  This has been a wonky week.  I love this card! She softened the corner on one of the edges, and it gave a whole new twist on the sketch!

Ok technical difficulties…it will be up shortly

This one is From Angela Thomas.  Gotta love the embossing, and the colors she chose! She colors the image in such a way that it pops out, and is the first thing you see about the card!
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OK so I mentioned a new set called “Gray Hares”.  This is a card I made with that set, and Belinda’s sketch.  This is also the blog candy that I hinted about above and in yesterday’s post-Wink Wink!!
This Card is an amazing cration by Mary G. She added color and flowering lines to the shiloete stamps from Dandelion dreams!  I though that was a very cool idea.
Here is a closeup!!!
Here is Erin’s card made withthe same stamp set released just last week. She did a beautiful job with the background colors- brayered them I thinkSSD10Web
Shown Below is the complete set used to make both of the above cards.
This week only Dandelion Dreams  will be on sale for $11.99 eachWhile supplies last, or untill next Tueday.
It has been amazing to watch Chelsea’s growth as a card maker.  This is my favorite card of hers so far!!! The colors, the bedazzled star the glassy looking Martini- it all ties together So nicely!
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If I didn’t know better I’d think Kandi and Chelsea coordinated stamp sets and colors:0) I Love the colors, and how Kandi made the inside of the olives stand out.  The Ribbon adds the perfect touch!  Plus she used one of my favorite background/design elelment stamp sets that I believe is almost sold out in the store. 
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Michelle was rockin out with the “garden kiss stamp set” I love how she used the textures and the backgrounds seperpately.Very Nice!!
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Here is Peggy’s Elegant card. I didn’t know that one could make a cupcake look so proper and yummy at the same time! I am amazed at the beautiful sticking on the sides.. I need to find someone to teach me how to do that .  I couldn’t stitch in a straight line if my life depended on it. Lovely job Peggy!
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Tuesday February 16th we will launch our “Hop(e) for Haiti.

Where we can all work together to help raise money.  The money will be donated to the Red Cross to help those still struggling to get basic needs met after surviving the Earthquake of Haiti. 
During the following week you will have a chance at winning fabulous prizes-prerealsed stamp sets, as well as bidding on some fo your favorite artist work.  100% of the proceeds of the auction will go to the Red Cross . Please check back often for updates.
Thanks so muc for stoppin’ by,

A sneak peek,an introduction,a class, and Blog candy???

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Possible “Skipping Stones Sketch” Delay

& a hidden Give away;0) wink wink

If the blog is not posted on Tuesday morning please forgive me.  I am having surgery on Monday to remove a Kidney Stone or-as my 6yr old refers to it- “that Dumb bunny rock that hurts mama”.  Anyway I might be goofy all day Monday so here is a sneak peak as compensation for the possibly tardy sketch challenge.

This card gives you 2 sneak peeks:

1. I used the sketch challenge to make it.  However it is not the sketch exactly because I changed a little of this and that.  I don’t color or design “inside the lines”

2. I used my new stamp set called Gray Hares on the card.  There is no set release date on this…but here is a sample:

3. I’d love to know what you think of the image and sentiment.  Leave a comment and who knows?????I might pick a random comment and give away one of these set.


It is my great pleasure to introduce you to our new Sketch artist for the month of February:

Belinda Chang Langer from Bell Blue Paperie. Click here for her site

I fell in LOVE when I saw her style and versatility.  I was so excited when she agreed to be a guest this month!!!! I know you will all find inspiration her projects and sketches.

A GREAT Class:

Also One of our fabulous former Guest is teaching a class. The amazing Kim Teasdale is teaching a Water-coloring with markers at “My Creative Classroom”.  Need more convincing to join me in the class?  Here are some of the amazing cards Mrs. Teasdale created while she was our guest. Beneath these samples you will find a link to sign up for her class. 

Theses stamps from bras volume #1
-(And to answer many of you who are asking about another bra set: Bras #2 and Bras#3  are in the works;0)
This stamp is from “Funny about Men”


Stamps From “Gettin’ Old”

Stamp here are from “Coffee vol.#1”

Stamps from “Margarita Birthday”

I can’t wait to learn how Kim does these amazing images.  They are even more stunning in person.  Then are each little works of art.  I’ve been waiting for this class to come around again, and now I can’t wait for it to start!

Here is the link to My Creative Classroom and Kims specific class.

Thanks for checkin’ in ;0)


Blog Candy???

P.S. As mentioned above I’d love to hear from you.  Hint Hint  Let me know what you think of Kim’s cards or Belinda as our guest this month.  Leave some feedback about the Gray Hare, or sentiment. I am definately feeling like giving away a gray hare set. Wink! Wink! 

Sketch challenge SSD009 & TWO new stamp sets!!!

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Here is an ALL new Stamp set: “Dandelion Dreams”

The silhouette stamps are the perfect accent for any layout. They also make amazing focal points, and breathtaking backgrounds for use on cards, and more.

*At the very end of this blog entry I will go through the steps I tool when creating this background.

Here is the New set “Well Behaved”. 

 However my spell check was not well behaved, and it didn’t pick two words out as misspelled.  SO This is a “Special Edition” of this set. It is being sold for the Special Price of $9.99

– While supplies last of course.  This was a very small run as we do with the newer sets.  Less than 35 of these exist.  So here is the image of the stamps, exactly as they will stamp- mistakes and all:0)

The art work is 90% from Rae Kaiser & the sentiments are some of my favorites of all time!

So did you find the three mistakes????

I have about 30 people proof read my sets before I send them to plant.  None of us saw them either… Here they are:

1.The long swirly line is missing a little bit near the top 

2.contRol Tops

3. sepArates us


Now on to the sketch Challenge! 

We have LOVED having Amy from “Pickle Paper Designs” as a guest this month.  She has provided fantastic sketch’s.  Sadly this is her last sketch as our guest. But she is “going out in style” with this inspiring sketch!

Here is Amy’s Take on it: there are SO many things to Love about this card! 

From the “man Symbol” behind the man stamp, to the great texture created with the sticking, buttons and layering of papers….. Then there is the coordinating inside of the card! WOWZA!

We are going to miss ya Amy! We hope you’ll come back and hop with us soemtime;0) 

Now for the very talented and lovely *Stamp Tramps”: 

*Stamp Tramp: N :1a: a saucy girl who will do just about anything for stamps. 1b: one, who was born to stamp, but forced to work. See also Stamp Slut

 Mary Giemza used “Well Behaved” to create this rich,elegant and beautifully detailed card.

The black with gold embossing really makes the images pop.  The ribbon on the hat add the perfect finishing touch.

Here is Chelseas Van Wyk card. She used the yummy “Buns and Crunches” set. My favorite quote from that set is “Who wants buns of steel? When you can have buns of Cinnamon??  She used my second favorite sentiment…”the sweetest thing about this card… the person holding it.  The raised icing looks good enough to eat! I’m also lovin’ the punches she used!

Michelle Giraud used the “stamp kiss” set and, the textured backgrounds, to create this Birthday card. I love the bright cheerfull colors!

Bright Cheerful colors seem to be “in” lately.  Angela Thomas’s card also paired that cheerful Razzle berry color with Greens.   She used stamps from our”Healing Wings” set.

Amanda Sewell used the Healing Wings set as did Angela. She also used also used vibrant raspberry(pink)  and green combination. I am starting to wonder if these ladies are coordinating on purpose;o)

I Love what Erin wrote on her blog about sketch challenges….She said” The point of a sketch challenge is to stretch the imagination & challenge ourselves to grow.”  She made the fresh & fabulous flower and paired it with one of my favorite quotes from “Well Behaved”.

Kandi used “Well Behaved” to create this fun layered card!!!  I just had to share some cards that Kandi had on her blog that I thought you might enjoy.  They are both using the kissing stamp set “Garden Kiss”~technical dfficulties~ We’ll get them up soon;0)

Now ,as Promised, I will go through the steps I used to create  this watercolor card with “Dandelion Dreams”.

 1. I spritzed the watercolor paper with a mist of fine water. 

2.I stamped the flower and butterfly images with water soluble ink(Tim Holtz distress ink- Walnut) 

3.Next, I went back with a damp sponge to soften some of the images and spread a little more color on the background.

4.  A few of the imges were too distorted for what I wanted. So,  I inked up the stamps (after the paper had dried) and stamped directly over a few of the blurrier images. 

5. Finally I inked the edges with Spiced Marmalade, Marigold and Walnut- all Tim Holtz distress inks- but any water soluble ink will work with this process.

Basically I just experimented and had fun with the process.  I did have two watercolor sheets that I was creating.  For me having two  took off some of the worry factor.  That way I didn’t stress about  ruining the background and not having a card in the end. 

The paper is basic Grey Ambrosia /Citrus. The brown is “Dark Chocolate” from Papertrey.

Thanks so much for visiting!


A new sketch challenge and some “Buns & Crunches”

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First things first, Here is Today’s New Stamp Set Release.  It is called Buns-n-Crunches.

The images and sentiments are great for making a lot of funny cards.  With this set there is something to make you laugh, giggle,and even go “awwww!”  Included in this blog entry are some great cards made using this set, among others.   

Now on to our Weekly sketch Challenge!  Here is another amazing sketch from our talented guest Amy!

Followed by her breathtaking card….I love the layers,texture, and overall elegant effect of this card!WOW!

Now to introduce the newest member of our Design Team: Mary Giemza!  I was so excited when she accepted my invitation to join us.  You can see why with one look at her cards!! She actually did two cards for this challenge So I will show you both of them.

This card is made with the stamp set (Buns-N-Crunches)that we are relasing today!!!

Doesn’t that cinnamon roll look good enough to eat????

Here is her card using Margarita Birthday… I LOVE the dimensional salt!!! Her Blog is called My Cardz~My passion…my therapy.  I bet I am not the only one who can Identify with that!!!

Bravisimo for Angela Thomas’s Sassy Creation!

I am LOVING this new easle card from Chelsea!!!! She picked one of my favorite sentiments from the New stamp set.

Also using  Buns -N- Crunches Michelle created this Sweet Birthday card!  I love the repetition of circles throughout this card!

Peggy did a great job on this sketch, and also is giving everyone a sneak peek at a set that will be released soon;)

I love the way Erin used this “Sew Much” set.  She flipped the stamp over and used it to stamp a matching shadow behind the flower image.  Then she actually did some stitching on the card using the stamp as her template.  I have heard that a lot of people use this set in that fashion, whether it is for cards or actually on fabric. Nicely done Erin!