Dec 17 2013

Another great mini vacation….

Published by under Life,tim holtz

Well, I’m back to “reality” after a great mini vacation.  I took a week off of work to spend it with some of my favorite people…. doing some of my favorite things…. (unfortunately Jordan and the rest of the New Kids were busy, so they were not able to join in the fun.  LOL!)

My vacation started Friday, December 6 after I got off of work.  My mom surprised me with concert tickets to see one of my favorite acapella groups… Committed.  I was a HUGE fan of them when they were on the Sing Off during the second season.  Our family was so happy they won.  These guys are so talented, so humble, and so much fun to watch.  it was also fun to spend the evening with my mom…. just me and her… no sister, no father… just good mom and daughter time. #blessed

The weekend itself wasn’t much of a “vacation”….   It was the usual… running around with my nephews and niece.  Ballet practice, baby sitting, sleepovers… but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I cherish my family time and my siblings know I would do anything for them and their kids. :)

Then Monday…. the fun begins again.  I was able to get ticket so see a Live taping of  The Voice.   So, my mom took the day off and joined my cousin and I as we headed out to LA to watch the taping.  My mom was so cute… so excited…. she had never been to any tapings before.  We met with Dindi for Brunch at a cute little cafe with amazing food.

At first, my mom was nervous… no cell phones allowed… so she asked what we would do from 1-7?  I told her that we have to actually “socialize” with each other… no interruptions. :)  She couldn’t believe how fast the time flew by.  We were entertained waiting to get trammed into the studio by the guys that work for 1iota.  Then, when we got escorted to our seats, we were happy that we were SITTING vs standing in the pit.  And not only that, but we were sitting on Adam’s side…. aka #sexiestmanalive :)   At first, we got super excited because we were by the sky box… but then we realized that they only use it on the Tuesday Results show.  Much to our surprise, they used it once… and when they did use it, it was to promote the singoff, so we got to see Nick Lachey and Shawn Stockman…  When we saw them filming, we were like “oh, I guess you won’t see us… the camera angle was pretty tight”.  Well, to our surprise, as we were watching the voice that (k)night, mama started jumping up and down cause we saw ourselves on TV.  LOL…. oh the little things that make us happy.


I had to get to bed early… since I still had to pack and be out the door by 3:30 am to hit the road with my dear friend Chelle….  We were heading out to our winter wonderland…. Road trips with her are so much fun… good snacks, good music, good conversation.

As soon as we got there, we were taken out for some lunch and a little bit of shopping for booth props and inspiration.  I loooooved being in the nice winter wonderland with the snow…. I had my boots on and long coat… but apparently, I didn’t get the memo of the tennis shoes.  lol

For the next few days, Chelle and I helped Tim and MJ get ready for CHA.  Whether it was getting kits done or working on samples, we had fun just being there.  Does it really count as “work” when you are doing something you love with people you have a blast with? :)

I even got some web work done while I was there.  I totally enjoyed doing my geek thing with company rather than all by my lonesome. :)  (Thanks MJ, Chelle and tim for these pix)

But, one of my FAVORITE things about going to Prescott is MJ’s amazing cooking… and we ate GOOOOOOOOD this trip.  Chelle made this collage of the wonderful things we got to eat…. I don’t know which ones of these is my favorite.  Everything was so yummmmmy… even his coffee… I think he puts crack in it.  LOL!

As much as I loved staying in Arizona, I had to get back home… before my sister’s birthday… so Chelle and I hit the road once more….

My baby sister turned 35 on Friday the 13th…. so I threw her a Maroon 35 themed party! :)  My sister is already a rockstar, so this was like 2nd nature to her.  lol.  We made VIP badges for everyone (2nd pic) and handed out lanyards and swag bags as they walked in.  My cousin Pop, our “tour manger”, checked in the VIP guests.  Look at her all cute doing her job in pic #3.  Then, on our VIP lanyards, we got a photogroup letter… just like at a real concert.  I loved that everyone played to the rock n roll theme…. I even added some streaks to my hair.  (well, I clipped them on anyway…lol)

After eating yummy food from the taco man, we got in our photogroups to take our photos…  Pop escorted my sister into the photo area where we had set up a backdrop that looked like a concert stage.  When she walked in, we all cheered and screamed like as if she really was a rockstar in the band.

Pop got us all lined up in order of our photogroup letters.  Below are a few pix of our photo session.  We had such a blast with the rockstar props from their swag bags.  and I loved watching my sister enjoy her evening. :)   I wish I could have captured a few moments like my grandmother doing duck lips with the rock n roll hand gesture.  I wanted to put her temporary tattoo on her neck.  that would have been classic.  lol

I ended my vacation organizing my craft room a bit… I loved looking at my new dies and getting them in their proper containers. :)  And I also got inky getting some samples done for CHA. :)

It was a perfect mini vacation…. I need more of those. :)



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Nov 26 2013

Joyful Pop

Published by under Stampers Anonymous

I’ve been cleaning up around my craft room…. trying to get organized and as my friend Heather put it, hitting F5 (refresh).  I recently came back from Italy (I started a blog post on it… but never completed it… so wordy… but I hope to finish it up this weekend)…. and it was such an inspirational trip… I enjoyed my chats with my friends Chelle and Heather… talking about how we all miss creating and that we have to each make time to do it. :)


Well, it has been AWESOME getting inky almost every (k)night the last couple of weeks.  In my monthly stamp club (aka JoyClub or StampKnight), the technique I chose was emboss resist.  We made 3 cards using that technique (+1 using the technique from the month before).  I love bringing the “oldies” back when it comes to techniques.  We sometimes forget how fun they are.


Tim Holtz’s stamps were perfect for this technique.  We first started by inking the gorgeous background stamp from his “Paris Memoirs” set with embossing ink.  Then, we sprinkled clear embossing ink over it and melted it with our heat tools.  When you apply the different inks over the image with the ink blending tool, the embossed areas resist the ink.  The darker the ink, the more the image pops out. :)  The Eiffel tower image was a bit larger for project, so we used the smaller one that is in his “Paris to London” set.  I love that he came up with the set of smaller images. :)


That card totally inspired me to make tags for our Inspiration Emporium customers.  So, one (k)night, I began to catch up on “The Voice” and made these tags. :)  (Crafting + Adam Levine = Heaven!  LOL)

Until next time…. :)



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Oct 07 2013

Apthocary Rusted Enamel


When I learned how to do the Rusted Enamel technique from Tim Holtz’s Creative Chemistry 101, I was HOOKED!  I love this technique and I was using it on everything! :)  When I saw his cute Apothocary dies come out, I knew I had to try that technique on them.

Speaking of Creative Chemistry…. CC102 just started this morning and I am already blown away by the inspiration.  I can’t wait to try the Eroded Metallics Technique!  If you haven’t taken 101 or haven’t signed up for 102, I highly suggest it.  I am constantly learning from that man! :)

Anyway, back to rusted enamel…. I love love love this technique.  and i love that you can use whatever colored inks you like.  For this card, I used fired brick on one bottle and iced spruce on the other.  After inking direct to paper, I applied the embossing powder.  I love how distress ink stays wet enough to let embossing powder “adhere” to the project.  I flicked off some of the embossing powder, even rubbed some areas and then heated the embossing powder.  Then I took my ink blending tool and ran it over the image with walnut stain.  So cool to see the Wanlut Stain take over the image wherever the embossing powder was removed.  Such a cool effect.

For the red bottle, I used a small snipit of the Laboratorie Paper Stash.  That poison label was the perfect size.  For the other bottle, I used the crossbones from idea-ology.  I seriously love that finding.

And I just love using that Tissue Tape as a cool border around some cardstock.

This card was so much fun to make…. :)

Until next time….


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Oct 04 2013


Published by under idea-ology,tim holtz

How oh how is it October already?  Where has this year gone?  Seriously… I feel like I just blinked and 3/4 of the year is over…..

I love October… it usually means cooler weather… (but lately its still been warm here in SoCal) and I love the spooky decorations for the Halloween season.  I will be missing halloween at home this year… but I am NOT complaining.  I am lucky enough to take a trip of a lifetime to Italy with my amazing friends.  can’t wait for that.  Until then, I am going to try to create as much Halloween decor/cards as possible.

Here is a card using a bunch of the new Tim Holtz Idea-ology products…. what?  no stamping?  lol

For the main image, if instead of using a stamped images, I used one of tim’s new Remnant Rubs – Apothecary.  I love how smothly the rubs transfer onto the paper.  So smooth.

I used the Tissue Tape to create a little border next to the image.  I sure love that new tissue tape… and chevron, too?  I’m in heaven.

And I looooove patterened paper.  When I saw tim’s Laboratorie paper stash, I fell in LOVE. Each piece so beautiful that I had a hard time cutting into it.  LOL  I love love love the smaller prints.  So perfect for card making.

His new Trimmings are awesome too.  So versatile.  You can even in them up for a different effect…. but I loved the black and natural just as it was for this project.

And the perfect findings to finish off the project…. just when I think tim can’t come up with any more cool items, he does.  The word bands are so fun!  I love the larger font in this observations pack. I just added a littler white paint to help the word POP.  And that skull… oh how I love it!  I see some Goonies cards or Pirates of the Caribbean coming! LOL

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy October!




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Jul 29 2013

Back from CHA….

Published by under Life

Well, I’m back to reality…. got to spend the last week in Vegas for Summer CHA….. I was totally inspired by the new products that were showcased, but I think I was equally, if not MORE inspired by the people that were there.  There is something about the crafting world… the people involved are some of the kindest people I have ever met!

I can’t wait to share some of the adorable products and samples from the show… but that will be later this week.  Today, i would like to focus on the people and the adventure… my true inspirations for my love of crafting…..

Saturday afternoon/evening, my dear friend Chelle came over to pick me up for another amazing Road Trip.  I love my road trips with chelle.  We get to catch up and chat about our lives… we sing our hearts out to whatever is on my iPod… whether it be Wicked… or more recently, New Kids on the Block.  I love her for putting up with my craziness and addictions. LOL

We got into Vegas pretty late at (k)night… but we were happy to run into MJ and MJ3 in the lobby, so we were able to spend a little bit of time with the boyz before the CHA craziness happened.

It was fun to be able to help with classes and booth set up… I say help loosely… since I am not much help when it comes time for decorating the booth.  I don’t seem to have that “vision”. But, I am there for moral support and comedy relief.  LOL! (in reality, I’m just a dork that seems to get in the way.)

It was fun to be able to hang out with Mr. BluePrints, MJ3.  I loved seeing how MJ3 and his lovely wife Sara experienced their first CHA. They were able to see how much their hard prep work is appreciated. :) (and of course, I always love my time with his pops Mario, aka MJ)


Day 1 of the show was exciting! Ranger was releasing a “mystery product”. I loved seeing the excitement as everyone hustled to get to the Ranger Booth to see what this mystery product was.  Loved that everyone was excited about Tim Holtz’s new distress glitter.

I also got to see some good friends that I hadn’t seen in a while.  I love that we can all get together at CHA and pick up right where we left off! I loved seeing Shelly Hickox, Kelly Booth, Linda Ledbetter, and Cambria Turnbow…. not to mention all of the other people that I wasn’t able to get a pic with….


On Day 2, chelle and I were able to walk around the show in a more “organized” fashion… making sure that we went aisle by aisle and did not stray or start wandering the wrong direction. :)  It was a smaller show, but always interested to see what is available at this show.

MJ3 had to leave… but Joe was able to come on Day 2 and he got a taste of what CHA was about.

And I got to hang out more with the girls… oh how this bunch makes me laugh!  Good good times!  Thank you Paula, Tammy, Sarah, Richele, Chelle, and Deb for all of the giggles.


I couldn’t believe Day 3 came so quickly…. It was already time to start saying goodbye to people…. whaaaat?  Didn’t we all just get here? And I kept the tradition of closing the show with my friend Jared Sanford of Fancy Pants… Always fun talking sports and family with that guy!

I also got to actually see that one guy… tim holtz!  LOL! he’s such a busy guy at these shows… but I got to sneak in a few selfies when I could.  heehee.  I absolutely adore this guy. He is such an inspiration to me… not only creatively, but in my every day life.  And he makes me laugh… so random this guy… and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Chelle and I decided to stay one more (k)night in Vegas. So after dinner, we headed out to see the new hotels on the strip….oh my… I felt so bad…. I wanted to see the Venetian again and I didn’t realize how far it was from these newer hotels.  So, I had them walk… and walk… and walk… in that Vegas Heat.  Sorry gang! But, they were such good sports putting up with the strip craziness, heat, and smoke.  All that… for some gelato.  LOL! :)

6 am came pretty quickly the next morning… we had a little amazing race going on since Chelle and I drove out… and we had to pick up the boyz from the airport in Orange County later that morning.  We prayed we didn’t hit any traffic or else the boyz would win… and they would be stuck at the airport.

Another great road trip with Chelle!  I couldn’t believe how fast the time went.  We just chatted about the happenings of CHA… products, samples, events, things that made us laugh! Time always flies with her. of course NKOTB and Maroon 5 were playing in the background almost the whole time. LOL!

Once we got the boyz, we headed to Disney to celebrate my bestie’s birthday! :)  I am grateful every day for my friendship with MJ!  He is so kind hearted and so generous!  I’m a lucky girl to have him in my life!

We met up with sis and my nephews.  Boy, did those kids get spoiled.  Tim and MJ were so amazing with them.  Always so cute to see how much the boys love the boyz!  I truly love it!!!!

The next day, before the boyz had to head back to Arizona, we were able to share some of our daily lives with them.  We got to visit Chelle’s starbucks (my first time there, too), see her booth at a junking place, and spend time with my family.  It means so much to me when my Prescott Family and my Cali Family are able to hang out, laugh and just be one big happy family!

And just like that…. the CHA week was over….

I say it over and over again…. I am lucky girl…. amazing friends & amazing family… what more can a girl ask for?

Sorry so long winded… until next time! :)


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Apr 23 2013

Crayon Resist

Do you remember the first “wow” technique you learned as a stampers/crafter?  Mine was Crayon Resist…. It was my favorite technique…. I almost “forgot” about it until I was asking my Monday Club girls what technique we could do.  Someone asked me what one of my “old school faves” was… and of course, this is the technique that popped into my head! :)  So simple… but still WOWs me until now!

This is one of the cards we created for my Monday Stamp Club.  We started with stamping this gorgeous butterfly from the Easter Blueprints stamp set using Ranger’s Archival Ink in Jet Black.

I took a white crayon (thanks Anne) to highlight parts of the image where I want the crayon to resist.  Its a bit tough to see the white on white, but you gotta just trust your judgement. :)

We used Ink Blending Tool to apply the Walnut Stain Distress Ink Pad to the body of the butterfly.  Can you kind of see where the crayon is resisting the ink?

Then we used the Worn Lipstick Distress Ink Pad for the upper wings.  Now the crayon is really starting to pop.


Lovin’ that Shabby Shutters Distress Ink on the bottom of the butterfly.  And lovin’ the POP of the crayon resist.

Then we added my favorite color… Broken China to go around the rest of the image.

We just rubbed a little Walnut Stain Distress Ink around the edge of the image and then put the rest of the card together.  The sentiment is from the Simple Sayings stamp set… LOVE LOVE LOVE that set! :)  It has a permanent spot on my craft table.

Crayon Resist… its an oldie… but definitely a goodie!

Thanks for stopping by! :)


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Jan 28 2013


and by love…. I do have to say that I am in love with all of the tim holtz/MJ3 blueprint stamps.  :)  And the Valentine Blueprints are no exception.

Tonight, our card class will be focusing on Perfect Pearl Mist.  And with Valentine’s Day coming up, this is one of the cards that we will be making.  Perfect Pearl Mist adds that perfect touch of bling/sparkle without it being too overbearing.

It’s so hard to capture how gorgeous the Perfect Pearl Mist is on that heart.  I tried taking a photo… but all you see is the glare.

I paired up the stamp with the Alterations Texture Fade.  Goes so perfectly together….

I used a plain piece of Neenah cardstock and made it pink by running Worn Lipstick Distress stain over the entire piece. (I love how you can create 48 different colored cardstock so quickly just by using the Distress Stains over the cardstock)  After the cardstock dried, I ran it through the Valentine background texture fade.  I used the ink blending tool to run Frayed Burlap Distress Ink over the high points of the texture fade.

For the conversation heart, I stamped the image twice.  After coloring the one heart red, and spraying Perfect Pearl Mist, I cut it out and popped it up over the stamped image.

I will also be doing another “Race for the Cure” in Los Angeles on March 23, 2013.  For one of the fund raisers, I am selling some of my homemade cards.  The category is in the works, but for now, we have this card up for sale. :)  Proceeds go to help fight Breast Cancer.

Thanks so much for stopping by! :)


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Sep 24 2012

Amazing Weekend!!!!

Published by under Life

I don’t even think I had unpacked my little suitcase from last weekends trip from ScrapFest when it was time to pack it for a jam packed weekend.  It all started at 4:30 friday morning when I had to pack my bags for a quick and mini road trip with my friend Chelle.  I had to pack early since I had to be at work at 7:00 am but as soon as I got home at 4:30 pm, we were suppose to hit the road ASAP.

As soon as Chelle arrived, we jumped in her card and our adventures began. :)  Chelle and I have both been a little busy lately, so we haven’t gotten together as often as we use to.  But, with a friend like this, it is always nice to be able to pick up right where we left off.  She is such a kind and thoughful friend.  We had quite a few laughs throughout the ride…. we thought we even saw a werewolf, a Pterodactyl, and other things on the road.

I even busted Miss Starbucks drinking some Coffee Bean Tea. And of course, a girls road trip would not be complete without some singing… we sang our hearts out to wicked and even did some throwback songs from the 80’s and 90’s.  Good thing for singing… kept us awake until we reached Arizona at almost 1 in the morning.

We woke up to a beautiful day got ready to spend the morning/early afternoon with tim, mj, alain and justin before the wedding.  MJ made the most amazing lunch… so scrumptious and delicious.  And we got to relax a bit and chit chat.  I even spent time in the hammock… something that I was afraid of falling out of. Thanks tim for helping me “get over” my fear! :)  It really was an awesome afternoon with amazing friends.

Then, it was time to get ready for the wedding.  Chelle and I had quite the adventures getting ready.  But, I wouldn’t have changed it for anything. :)  The memories were priceless.

It was nice to see everyone looking so handsome. (click on any of the photos for a larger view)

MJ3 and Sara were gorgeous and they had such an adorable wedding! :) MJ’s sons really made us feel so special… like family.  So sweet!

Chelle and I were so happy to be able to attend the wedding.  It was tough to leave our friends after such a short visit….

By 10:30 pm, I had to sadly nudge her to go since I had to be home early in the morning for another event.  We got back in the car and headed home…. another 6 hour drive.  Chelle was such a trooper and drove the whole way.  She let me sleep during the drive, since she knew that I had the Race for the Cure in the morning.

She dropped me off around 4:30 and then I hopped in my car, drove to my sister’s to pick up our shirt that we needed to iron on a logo for.  My other cousins arrived promptly at 5:30 am and we got to work. :)

This was my first ever Race for the Cure…. and I was so touched… so humbled by the people there and their stories.  I see grandmothers wearing their survivor shirts with their grandsons helping them get through their race.  Tears in  my eyes throughout the day.

It was such a beatufiul day in Newport Beach and I enjoyed the time I got to spend with my sister, her boyfriend, 2 cousins, and 2 friends.

Here is 1/2 of our Team:

After that, us girls treated ourselves to some Pinkberry! :)

I got a little nap in last night, but I didn’t want to throw off my sleep too much….

On this Monday, I am tired from the “race” and lack of sleep…. but once again, I feel BLESSED.  I spent another weekend with FAMILY… Prescott Family and SoCal family.  I am surrounded with amazing people in my life that do amazing things…. again, I’m a lucky girl!




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Sep 19 2012

Scrapfest 2012

Published by under Life,tim holtz

When I say that I’m a lucky girl, I truly believe it!!!!  Last weekend was a prime example of how good life really is! :)  Archivers hosts Scrapfest at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN.  This was their 10th one and I was so excited to be able to go.

My trip started with meeting my besties in PHX.  We had a nice lunch at the airport and it was nice to be able to catch up with my boyz. When I am with them, it is constant giggles and laughter.  MJ is getting better and better with his self-portrait skills. :)

We flew into MN a day before Scrapfest to go to the Junk Bonanza.  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect….  I didn’t know if there was going to be piles of “junk” like a garage sale or how big this thing was going to be.  No matter, I was happy to go.

WOW!  I was pleasantly surprised how well everything was displayed!  Every booth looked AMAZING.  If any of you have been to CHA, it was like a hundred idea-ology booths.  So much to look at… so many fun displays.  I have to say, the thing I loved most was seeing how happy tim was.  He was like a kid in a candy store with all of those yummy treats.  MJ and I made several trips to the car to drop off some of tim’s purchases.  I can’t wait to see what he does with stuff he bought.

The next morning was the start of scrapfest.  The crew was ready to go. :)  We took a picture at the world’s largest scrapbook page before class started. Such a fun crew: tim, Patti and Terry from Ranger, Michelle Cutts, MJ.

Patti and her team did such an amazing job prepping for these classes.  And I also know all of the hard work that MJ and tim put into these classes, too!  What a team….

tim taught in the rotunda in the middle of the mall. Love this shot that MJ took when class started.

We sure did had fun being class helpers.  Here we are “helping” during class! :)

After the 2 back to back classes are done, we grab a quick bite to eat for lunch and then tim demos in front of archivers for a couple of hours.  The first day, he demoed the vagaond and the alterations line.  The second day, he demoed distress.

(just have to add that I love his shirt… its pretty bad @$$)

One of my favorite parts of Scrapfest is running into friends.  Heather Nichols (aka Pinefeather) and HB (aka Carol) have been friends of mine since I started my crafting journey.  We met on Splitcoast and we use to go to crafting retreats in Wisconsin during the summer.  No matter how busy our lives get, when I see these two, we can pick up where we left off.  I adore them and I am so grateful to have them in my life.

Another friend that I love running into is Natalie. :)  I met Natalie when I attended my first scrapfest when I was still with Our Craft Lounge.  She was so much fun from the beginning.  We were constantly running into her… so as a joke, Cambria had started calling her our stalker.  She is definitely someone that I look forward to seeing during Scrapfest. :)

And we had so much fun being able to hang out, go shopping, have dinner, ride a few rides, and fill the night with laughter.

And what trip wouldn’t be complete without MJ sporting a hat?  Love him in this stylish cheesehead.

Oh… and congrats to MJ for hitting 10,000 tweets. :)

I loved spending time with this guy… whether it was taking trips back and forth to the car or packing boxes…. he really is very special to me.

Fun, fun, and more fun.  I adore these boyz… oh how they can make me laugh.  One night I laughed so hard, I was crying… I also didn’t think MJ would be able to breathe.

And before I knew it, we were off on a plane heading back home……

Amazing weekend with amazing friends…. I’m a lucky girl!

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Jul 21 2012

Lovin’ the new Blueprints Stamps

I fell in love with the tim holtz’s new blueprint stamps as soon as I first laid eyes on them! :)  When I first saw the first two completed sets, I was in awe… but the coolest part…. was watching MJ3 (Mario Rossi III) draw the next set and then see tim do his magic to make it absolutely perfect.  It’s not every day that you get to see amazing teamwork like that.

And when tim asked me to make samples for him for CHA, I was giddy…. excited… and a bit nervous.  My work isn’t like the other girls that he had asked… its much more “simple”.  But, I have to remind myself that he asked me for a reason, right? :)  So, I just created what I normally would create and hope for the best.  lol.

It was also good to be able to create… these last couple of months have been very very busy at work, work, and my other work.  It was nice to take time to play with such fun new stuff.  Loved the new texture fade, the alpha tiles and the new inkable paper string.  It was also fun to be able to whip out the distress markers and play with them to color the leaf.

can’t wait to be able to play a little more with these fun stamps.

thanks for stopping by! :)

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