Happy Valentine’s Day!

Aloha, all!

     Finally it's Valentine's Day, and I get to share my last Valentine's Card for this year with you. Actually, this "Love" card would be good for lots of occasions. But I have one special sweetheart to whom I'd like to give a flower today, and this kind of flower is the perfect kind for him. It also falls right into today's beginning of the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge (suochallenges.com)! That's because our challenge this time is to feature products from Stampin' Up!'s Sale-a-bration catalog. Actually, before this challenge is over, I think I can say, "catalogs" as, starting a week from today, there will be an additional flyer with three new Sale-a-bration products available with any Stampin' Up! $50 purchase!

     This card features two Sale-a-bration products! The ribbon is one of the two spools in the 3/8" Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack in the original 2017 Sale-a-bration Catalog. And the Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper will be in the 6" x 6" Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack, available next Tuesday. I've already shared some paper from this pack with you in the last week, but this is your introduction to the Bermuda Bay color. Is this not just the prettiest Glimmer Paper?! And, of course, you know by now (if you've been reading my posts) that the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Set is unavailable for ordering until two weeks from today. But it will be back in stock on the 27th, so mark your calendar if you're thinking about ordering this Thinlit set!

     I hope you have an absolutely wonderful Valentine's Day today, and that you've enjoyed making cards and gifts using Stampin' Up! products this Valentine's season as much as I have. But now it's on to catch up with my Birthday Card stash before I start in on Easter fun! The fun just doesn't stop in my Craft Room!

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Posted on : Feb 13 2017
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Sealed With a Kiss!

Aloha, all!

     Earlier this week, I told you about my project that I used for the biweekly challenge blog, Stampin' Up! Only Challenges. I had CASEd (Copy And Share with Everyone) a project from the latest issue of CardMaker Magazine. For today's project, I have a project that I CASEd from one of the other SUO Challenge Design Team members – fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Pam Staples.

     I didn't quite copy Pam's design entirely, but the layout of the stamped and embellished layer is pretty close to hers. The main differences were that I used Soft Sky as the color for the splashed background, I used Gold Foil for the arrow and little hearts, I used one of the square Stitched Shapes Framelits for the sentiment element, and I didn't emboss the lips. Emboss the lips?  You bet – with the fun Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder that carried over from the 2016 Holiday Catalog. The Sealed With Love Bundle, that includes the stamp set and framelits is from the 2017 Occasions Catalog. The splashed background is from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set that's in the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. And those two little hearts? They're from the Owl Builder Punch. I hardly ever use that owl figure much any more. But the heart and the circles in that punch are oh so useful! So lots going on here with a variety of Stampin' Up! Catalogs and products!

     And of course now I have made a Valentine's Day card with a color other than Red! But I still want to try out some other different color combos before I finish with this year's Valentines. I have another few days before I have to quit and get mine sent out. I'll be sure to share them here.

     For now, here are the products that I used for this card. There are a lot more than I usually use in a card. But I was on a roll when I started pulling products off the shelf in my Craft Room!

 


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Posted on : Feb 03 2017
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Another Valentine’s Card!

Aloha, all!

     It's time for another edition of the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge, and I think this is always my favorite of the whole year. It's time to get all those Valentine's Day Cards done, and that's the challenge!

     I have been working like crazy to get lots of Valentine's Cards done this year because I think that the Sealed with Love Stamp Set and the Sending Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack in the 2017 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog is one of the best combinations I've seen in a long time!

     Add to that paper and stamp set combo the wonderful shapes from the Love Notes Framelits Dies, and you have just about everything you need for great Valentine's Cards (well, except for the Real Red Ink and Whisper White Cardstock, which you probably already have in your stash)!

     For today's card, I also added a gorgeous stamp (IMHO) from the FREE Sale-a-bration Delicate Details Stamp Set.  That's the lace stamp across the card, under the hearts. I used the small heart Framelit from the Framelits Set to cut hearts from scraps of paper from the Sending Love DSP Stack.

     Oh, and I love how the teeny white hearts are spaced on the sheet of the DSP that I used for the mat for the stamped layer of this card. They are spaced perfectly to be cut to sizes that typically appear as layers on a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card base (this fits into an A2 or "medium" size envelope).

     My final touch on this card was a sprinkling of Pearl Basic Jewels.

     If you are a reader of CardMaker Magazine, you just might recognize this layout. Yes, it's a CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) from a card in their article about simple Valentine's Day Cards using small hearts. I've created a couple of other cards using these layouts, and am sharing them with you this month also. It's just a great magazine for ideas even though they use Stampin' Up! products a bit too infrequently for my taste. Nonetheless, I can usually find Stampin' Up! products to make with their design ideas!

     Speaking of products, here are the products that I featured in today's project. Click on any of the pictures to go to my Stampin' Up! Store to order any of them. Or just give me a call, and I can help you place the order if you'd prefer!

     Happy Stamping!

DID YOU NOTICE!? Buy the Sealed With Love Bundle and the Sending Love Designer Series Paper – and get the Delicate Details Stamp Set FOR FREE!

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Posted on : Jan 30 2017
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Embossing and More Embossing!

Aloha, all!

     Once again it's time for the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge, the biweekly challenge for all lovers and users of Stampin' Up! paper crafting products. The new challenge is "Embossing of All Kinds." There are so many ways of embossing that we're really looking forward to seeing what people come up with for their challenge entries.

     But for today, I'm going to share with you my own Design Team entry for the challenge.

     For this project, I'm featuring two kinds of embossing. The first is on the heart in the middle of the project, cut with one of the hearts from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits set, using Watermelon Wonder Cardstock. I heat embossed the sentiment from the Sealed with Love Stamp Set (from the new Occasions Catalog) using Versamark Ink and White Stampin' Emboss Powder. I added a larger heart behind the stamped and embossed heart for a nice bit of matting.

     The other kind of embossing is that which you can make using Stampin' Up!'s Textured Impression Embossing Folders. For this project, I used the Happy Hearts Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on both a piece of Blushing Bride Cardstock and a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock.  I twisted the Very Vanilla layer a bit so it showed up more under the Blushing Bride Layer. Wouldn't you know when I went to upload all the projects by the Stampin' Up! Only Design Team, the one right next to mine has this same kind of offsetting layers. Hmmm. Is that "great minds"?

     I tied my project all together with a piece of the brand new Very Vanilla 1/4" Satin Ribbon, and then one of the larger pieces from the Rhinestone Basic Jewel set.

     Now for a few side notes on "issues" I had with the heat embossing. First of all, I've always thought that the "white" embossing powder (not just Stampin' Up!'s, but others, too) looks more like a cream color than the white that's in the Whisper White Cardstock. So that's why I used Very Vanilla cardstock and ribbon as accents in this card. On the other hand, my container of White Stampin' Emboss Powder may be just a tad too old to be as nice as I'd want it. So it goes on my next Stampin' Up! order.

     The next issue was that I really wanted the accents to be gold. But no matter what I did, I found that the gold embossing didn't shine like I wanted it to. So my first thought was that the gold embossing powder was too old. But then I realized that my Versamark Pad might not be juicy enough. First subproblem: my Versamark Reinker is a bit too much on the thick side. Can you say, "old"? But, while the gold embossing was definitely better with more Versamark ink, it still wasn't up to what I consider par. So out came the White Stampin' Emboss Powder, which I covered in the previous paragraph.

     Let's see, that's 1, 2, 3, 4 products to add to my next Stampin' Up! order. Oh, and I may just have to add that Real Red and Emerald Envy embossing powder that I never ordered from the 2016 Holiday catalog. Oh it will be a fun week next week when that box hits my doorstep!

     Here are the products I used in this project. Don't forget that, until the end of March, for every $50 you spend you get to pick a FREE PRODUCT from the Sale-a-bration Catalog!  Oooh, that means I'll be getting some of that fun stuff, too!

 


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Posted on : Jan 16 2017
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More New Stuff!

Aloha, all!

     Welcome to the very first project of the year made for one of the Stampin' Up! Only Challenges! Of course the theme revolves around the "new stuff" that Stampin' Up! has coming out in its newest catalogs tomorrow – January 4, 2017! That's when the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog and the Stampin' Up! 2017 Sale-a-bration Catalog go live! My project for this challenge – and for you today – includes my current most favorite product in the new Occasions Catalog, the Window Box Thinlit Die set.

     This Thinlits set is SOOOO much fun to use, and I've already made several of the boxes using different cardstock, papers and embellishments. For today's post, I chose one made with Whisper White Thick Cardstock and with a variety of Mint Macaron-colored products. Those that you can see from this photo are the Mint Macaron 3/8" Sheer Linen Ribbon, a Mint Macaron colored print paper from the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper set adhered under the decorative die on the top;, and another Mint colored sheet from the new Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper set, matted with some Mint Macaron Cardstock.

     On this side, you can see one of the square Thinlits from the Window Box set that can be used on the side of the box. I mounted this on a layer of Mint Macaron print, then created a square frame for it using Stampin' Up!'s Layering Squares Framelits Dies and Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. I like the way that there's a bit of a textured feature between the cutting lines on this frame.

     In this straight-on view of the box top, you can better see how pretty the decorative die is with the paper behind it. And there's a bit more Mint Macaron as I used Mint Macaron Classic Ink to stamp the sentiment with a stamp from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set that's punched with the Classic Label Die.

     I found this box really easy to make. It does take a bit more time than making a greeting card, but the end product is so worth it! The best part of this project is that the top opens and closes, and LOTS of candy can fit inside! Or jewelry? Hmmm, that's what I'd like to see in it! But what made this box so easy to make was that I took the time to view the video that Stampin' Up! has made with hints about how to put the box together and how to use the various parts of this set. Here's the video – well worth your time if you're planning on purchasing this set!

 

 

     Tomorrow – the day that the Occasions and Sale-a-bration Catalogs go live – I'll have a list of all the products that I've used in my blog post projects the last few days. Meanwhile, if you have any questions or comments, be sure to post them in the comment section below!

     Happy Stamping!

 


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Posted on : Jan 02 2017
Posted under 3D Projects, Challenges, Gifts, Sizzix, Stampin' Up! Tools, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

The Other “Elegant” Card!

Aloha, all!

     Earlier this week, I posted about a card that I'd made for the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge. I mentioned that I'd made two cards, and played Eeenie-Meenie-Miny-Moe to pick which one to post with the Design Team photos for this challenge. Today I'm sharing the other card!

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     This card uses the same Wondrous Wreath Thinlits set, the same Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and the same colors – Real Red and Very Vanilla. It's just that I used different shapes for this card. Oh, and I used one of the circle shapes from the Stitched Shapes Framelits set.

     Besides adding a bow to the top of the ornament – this time made from the Real Red 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon – I also added some Rhinestone Basic Jewels around the center of the round ornament. They sparkle in real life a bit more than they sparkle under the lens of a camera!

     So I have 2 more Christmas cards to add to my stash. I now have 70 hand made cards to send out – and a bunch more than I'll be making as part of classes or challenges this week. Oooh, I may need to buy more stamps!!! At least I haven't made too many that require extra postage – but I have some of those Butterfly Stamps ready and waiting for those cards to have notes written in them! Next week is some R&R time for my husband and me at a local Hawaiian vacation spot. The cards will go along and I'll have them ready to drop off at the post office on the way home!

     Here are the products I featured in today's project. Don't forget to order yours from my very own Stampin' Up! store!

 


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Posted on : Dec 08 2016
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Holiday Elegance!

Aloha, all!

     Here we are with the second Stampin' Up! Only Challenge for this Winter Holiday Season. Last time the challenge theme was Holiday Cuteness. This time we're going in another direction, towards Holiday Elegance. So I couldn't dig out the Cookie Cutter cuties or the various snow people, foxes and bears, oh my! No, I had to get something a bit fancier out onto my work table.

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     I bought the Delicate Ornaments Thinlits set a few weeks back, and immediately put it away with some other Christmas dies that I wasn't quite ready to use this year (too much else to do to take the time?). But with this challenge, it seemed the perfect set to break out and finally make a card with it. Actually, I made TWO cards with the set, and had to choose between the two cards once I got them both done. It came down to "eeny-meeny-miny-moe." This one won. But the other one has its merits, too, so I'll share it with you in a couple of days.

     I really wanted a Real Red and Very Vanilla card, and I also wanted some texture to the card. That's why I broke out another set I've not yet used this season, the Wondrous Wreath Thinlits dies. With the two words – Noel and Joy – that are more on the elegant side, I thought they'd go perfectly with the theme. And the texturizing with the Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder I think made the perfect background for this whole set.

     I recently read a tip for applying adhesives to these delicate dies that has made all the difference in how I approach them. To begin, I really like the Tombow Liquid Glue that Stampin' Up! sells. I find it really sets up as a good adhesive, especially in the humid tropical rain forest environment in which I live. But it can be messy and frequently squishes out from the edge of the die cuts. Anyway, what I read is to use the teensy brushes that some people use to apply false eyelashes. So I bought some, and they're perfect for doing this kind of glue application. I just put a couple of dots of liquid glue on various parts of the die cut cardstock and then use the teensy brush to spread it around. No mess on my fingers and no extra glue squishing out to mess up the background.

     With everything glued on just like I wanted it, I tied the project together with some of the yummy Very Vanilla 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon. Love that stuff!

 


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Posted on : Dec 05 2016
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Happy Birthdays – Mass Production!

Aloha, all!

     I may have mentioned before that I am the person responsible for making sure that all members of one of my service clubs gets a birthday card in the mail. Of course, any birthday card that I send is handmade! In order to make this less of a chore and more of a creative challenge, I choose to make two or three months' worth of cards all at once. That means that the cards have to be fairly easy to mass produce. Today I thought I'd share with you my latest card in this program. Besides that, the current SUO Challenge is "All Kinds of Celebrations," and making these cards to celebrate birthdays certainly fills that bill!

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     This is one of two slightly different designs that I chose for birthdays from the beginning of November through the first week of January. For this set of birthdays, there are 7 women and 7 men to whom I need to send cards. The slight difference is that, for the women's cards I feature a bow at the top of the card and for the men's cards, I simply tie a knot to embellish the ribbon.

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          Now here's how I make this as quick and easy as possible:

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     To begin, I put all the card fronts together first, leaving the cutting and folding of the card bases and adhering the card fronts to them, until the last step. Then I got all of the pieces of the card fronts cut and lined up. My work area did not look like the work area in this photo as, at any one time, I had just one of the elements that make up the card front out in front of me. If you're interested in this process at a more detailed level, I plan to do the last of my Christmas Cards using this pattern, but with different papers, inks and embellishments. I need about a dozen more cards, and it's getting close to time to start addressing envelopes and writing notes!  AND I'll take photos of each step as I go along.

     Does this sound like a tutorial? Well, it is! And it will be FREE to those who are on my newsletter mailing list, which includes those who signed up for the 12 Weeks of Christmas Mailing List. I hope to be mailing out my newsletter by the end of this week – a bit late as, once again, my health hasn't been the best which has slowed things down in my craft room. BUT I'm much better now and ready to take on the week!

     Even though I have the products listed in the photos, above, I'd still like to share product links that will take you to my Stampin' Up! store in case you'd like to buy any of them. Once you've clicked any of the links, you can add any of the other products directly onto your order form. One of you mentioned that you'd like to have the product number in this presentation to help with the ordering. So, beginning this week, I'm including that in the product description below. Do let me know if you have any requests that would make your ordering easier!

     Happy stamping!

 


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Posted on : Nov 07 2016
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Tea Bag Fun With Holiday Papers!

Aloha, all!

     When I first felt the This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, I knew it would be perfect for Tea Bag folding for Christmas cards! The reason is that it's not nearly as heavy as standard Designer Series Papers. Another benefit, is that there's more of it! There are 24 sheets in the package, with FOUR sheets of each of the 6 designs (most Designer Series Papers have only 2 sheets of each of 6 designs).

     So, with the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge this time a challenge to use Holiday Papers, I felt that this was a good time to try out my Tea Bag folding with the This Christmas papers.

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     The Tea Bag Fold that I used here is called a "Rosette." I briefly thought about making a tutorial to show how to make it. But in this case, there are so many good tutorials available on the Internet, that I decided my time would be better spent making these lovelies than writing about how to make them. Set your browser to search for "Tea Bag Rosette," and you'll have lots of hits.

     Back to the Designer Series Papers! There are three designs from the This Christmas set in this card: The Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler floral print; the Cherry Cobbler striped print; and the Garden Green print with Holly Berries (for the Rosette and also the mat behind the Cherry Cobbler print).

     For the sentiment, I used the Banners for Christmas Stamp Set that's in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog. If you look at the images in the catalog, you'll see that the words, "Peaceful" and "Christmas," are straight line stamps. But with this kind of a Photopolymer stamp, it's possible to arrange it into a bit of a curve without damaging the stamp at all. And that's what I did with these two words. It takes a bit of trial and error, but that's easily done with scrap paper. I stamped the banner itself using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, which is also a color in the Designer Series Paper. I cut the banner using the Bunch of Banners Framelits, also in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.

     To develop the layout for this card, I arranged everything on the front of the card before adhering any papers or stamped images to anything else. Even so, now that I look at the photograph, I think I could have scooched the vertical layers over to the left just a little bit more. Nonetheless, I do like the layout in general, and will likely use it again.

     I hope you'll take the time over the next two weeks to make a card of your own using some of Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Papers and enter them into the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge. This is really a fun challenge and we'd love to see how you use your holiday papers (oh, and "Holiday" doesn't refer just to Christmas – that Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper is gorgeous with all that silver in it!)

     And here are the products I featured in today's project. I hope you'll like some of them enough to click on an image and go to my website to buy them!

 


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Posted on : Oct 10 2016
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Challenge Card: Thanks and Thanksgiving

Aloha, all!

     It's been a busy week! I spent most of last week getting ready for my card-making class on Friday plus being involved in activities of two clubs to which I belong. Finally today I can take a breather – and yikes, October will be over before the week is! And then it's November and the holidays really begin in earnest.

     The Stampin' Up! Only Blog Challenge focuses on just this realization that the holiday season is almost upon us. We usually wait until late October/early November before focusing on Thanksgiving projects. But many of our readers live in Canada, where Thanksgiving is celebrated much earlier than in the United States. And then there are those who are in Europe where Thanksgiving is not a holiday, or in the Southern Hemisphere, where Spring is in full swing, and the harvest we celebrate is a good half year away. So the challenge this time included just "Thanks" as well as Thanksgiving. My card could be a bit of both.

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     I loved this set from the first time I saw it in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog. Also ever since I saw the two images that make up the basket of vegetables, I wondered if I'd be able to do the masking needed to fit the veggies into the basket. The veggie stamp is really made to fit another basket in the stamp set, and that would have been an easy group to stamp. This, however, was a bit more complicated.  Usually, when you want one image to appear on paper in front of another image, you stamp the front image first, mask it with another copy of the image stamped on sticky note paper and then cut out. And finally, you stamp the image that's to appeard behind the first over the masked image. Simple!

     But that wouldn't work well with this basket. If I did it that way, the whole basket would be either in front of or behind the veggies. But I wanted one of the basket handles to be in front and one behind the veggies. There are the steps I took:

  • I inked up the basket with Early Espresso Ink. Then I wiped the ink off the part of the handle that would be on the left of the stamped image.
  • I created a mask for the basket, and cut out the part of the handle that I didn't stamp in the first step.
  • I stamped the veggies on top of the masked basket image. The part of the veggie image on the right appears stamped behind the right side of the basket handle.
  • I created a mask for the veggies and placed both the veggies mask and the partial basket mask over the stamped images.
  • Finally, I stamped the basket again over the masked images, just inking up the left side of the handle. This allowed parts of the basket handle on the left to show through where there were no veggie images.

     Now that I've got the masks all ready to go, I may just have to stamp this image again!

     As you might think by looking at the image, I used a LOT of Stampin' Write Markers to color in the veggies: Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, Perfect Plum, Garden Green, and Always Artichoke. Then I used two more markers, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede to color in the basket. I think I got a cramp in my arm from pulling all those markers out of their storage spots and then putting them back! Who needs adult coloring books when you've got Stampin' Up! stamps like these!

     I cut the image out with one of the Layering Ovals Framelits, matted it with a slightly larger scalloped oval made of Soft Suede, and then a much larger scallop oval in Pear Pizzazz.

     For the sentiment, stamped in Soft Suede, I clipped the ends using the Banner Triple Punch, matted it with Soft Suede Cardstock, and then arranged a piece of 5/8" Burlap Ribbon and a small strip of Pear Pizzazz Cardstock to place undernearth the sentiment layers, which I adhered using small pieces of Stampin' Dimensionals. Oh, and this sentiment just cried out for hearts from the Regals Collection Enamel Dots (Always Artichoke color).

     There are quite a few Textured Impressions Embossing Folders that would have worked with this layout. I chose the Brick Wall Embossing Folder, mostly because it was already out on my work table (no, I hadn't cleaned up from my class yet when I made this).

     I hope you enjoyed my perhaps-not-very-clear instructions for doing the double masking. I certainly enjoyed doing it! And here are the featured products from Stampin' Up! that I used for today's card. Click on any of the images to learn more about them and buy them from my store, especially if today's project has inspired you to do that!


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Posted on : Sep 26 2016
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