Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wishing EWE a Happy New Year!

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Wow … can you believe it …. today is the last day of the year! 2010 and will be upon us before we know it! I hope 2010 is all you want it to be and more.

To celebrate the new year I decided to create this card using Whimsie Doodles “Lush Out For New Year’s”, this is another fun digital set!

I decided to use this week’s Mercy’s Tuesday Sketch challenge (MTSC54) for the layout of my card.

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Recipe:

Stamps: Lush Out for New Year’s Digital Set – Whimsie Doodles

Paper: White; Red; Blue; DP – October Afternoon

Other:  Oval Nestabilities; Sizzix Embossing Folder; MS Star Border Punch; Oval Punches; Grosgrain Ribbon; Foam Tape; Copics

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Pretties Wednesday Challenge!

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Hi everyone,

Of course it is Wednesday which means it is time for another Pretties Wednesday Challenge & Blog Hop. If you didn't hop onto my blog via Christi Thorsen's blog then you might want to hop back over to the very start of the blog hop which is at Christie Ortman's blog.

This week it is Julie Masse’s turn to host the challenge and she challenged us to create or alter a notebook.

I decided to alter a purchased notebook for this challenge. I used Paper Pretties “Always In My Heart” stamp set for this notebook.

Want to play along with us
How to Enter: Create a card using the challenge above and any Paper Pretties stamp set(s) you have. Upload your project to the Paper Pretties gallery. Please include it in the Weekly Challenges category and use keyword PWC84.
Deadline: 6pm EST Tuesday, January 5th.
Prize: $15.00 coupon to the Paper Pretties Boutique.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Paper Pretties Design team to see what they came up with for this challenge.

Now to continue on the hop you need to head on over to Heather Lee-Reppen’s blog to see what she has created for this week’s challenge

Recipe:
Stamps: Always In My Heart  - Paper Pretties
Paper: White; Blue; DP                                                                Other: Black Ink; Grosgrain Ribbon; Foam Tape; Copics

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Owl and the Pussycat!

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Good morning everyone!

My card today uses one of the new digital images I recently purchased from Digital Delights by Louby Loo. This is one of a series of fun nursery rhyme digital sets that she was selling, and of course I had to have this one …. being the owl lover that I am!

Recipe:

Stamps: The Owl & the Pussy Cat Digital Set – Digital Delights

Paper: White; Orange; Blue; DP – Kaisercraft

Other: Circle Nestabilities; Grosgrain Ribbon; Foam Tape; Copics

 

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Sometimes You’re The Dog!

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Hi everyone,

It is challenge time over on The Pink Elephant blog, this is the last challenge for 2009 … but have no fear we will be back next week for the start of 2010. Wow it is going to take a little bit of getting used to, to remember that we are getting into a new year!

Our challenge this week is another sketch challenge ….. so hope you will be able to find some time this week to play along with us. 

This week our sponsor is Totally Stampalicious, so The Pink Elephant Design Team are all using stamps from Totally Stampalicious.

For my card I used the “Hawt Dawg” set … I just love this set! I only used part of the dog as that was all that would fit inside the circle I had to use for the sketch.

For the band across the front of the card I used Martha Stewarts Crown Punch around the Page set, using just the border punch, I thought it might look a little like a dogs collar. I then embossed this with a cuttlebug embossing folder and then added bling to the collar/band.

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TPE Sketch #12 Here is the sketch if you want to play along with us this week.

Recipe:

Stamps: Hawt Dawg – Totally Stampalicious

Paper: White; Red; Black; DP

Other: Black Ink; MS Crown Border Punch; Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Swarovski Crystals; Modern Label Tag Punch & Die; Circle Nestabilities; Foam Tape; Copics

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Strawberry Cake!

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Hi everyone,

I have another card to share with you all today. This one uses one of the Digital Chibi images from The Greeting Farm … they are such sweet images!

My card using a recently Mojo sketch challenge MOJO117.

Recipe:

Stamps: Chibi Digital Image – The Greeting Farm

Paper: White; Red; Pink; DP -  Basic Grey

Other: Circle Nestabilities; Sizzix Embossing Folder; MS Border Punch; Grosgrain Ribbon; Foam Tape; Copics

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Got Cupcakes!

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Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Day and that Santa brought you everything you were hoping for and more! We just had a small family get together this year which we all thoroughly enjoyed.

Of course today is Saturday which means it is time for another challenge over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Joanne Grzelak who is our challenge hostess for December has created a fun sketch for us to play with this week … hope you can find some time this week to play along too.

For my card I used “Chibi Cupcake” which is a digital image available from The Greeting Farm …. those Chibi’s are all so cute!!!!! They are a little like cupcakes, you can’t stop at just one hehe!

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Don't forget to check out the rest of the “Crazies” cards over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and also their individual blogs for more details.

Recipe

Stamps: Chibi Cupcake – The Greeting Farm

Paper: White; Blue; Olive; DP – October Afternoon

Other: Black Ink; MS Border Punches; Grosgrain Ribbon; Circle Nestabilities; Modern Label Tag Punch and Die; Foam Tape; Brads; Copics

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Friday, December 25, 2009

When You Stop Believing In Santa ……

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You get underwear for Christmas …. ohhhhhhhhhhhh no!!!!!!!!!!

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!!!!!!!

I hope you all manage to get more then just underwear this year hehe! Well Santa has already been here (remember we are about 14 – 16 hours ahead of all of you living in the USA), and I must have been a good girl this year cause I did very well *smile*

I just couldn’t resist purchasing this fun digital set last week from Whimsie Doodles. I had seen it around blogland for a few weeks or so now and kept saying I don’t need anymore Christmas images … but it is such fun that I couldn’t help myself hehe! I guess at least I have one card made for next year already ;)

I know there are many of you who visit my blog regularly, so I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all so much for your support throughout the year. Hope you all have a wonderful and safe Christmas!

Recipe:

Stamps: Christmas Undies Digi Set – Whimsie Doodles

Paper: White; Red; Green; DP – Kaisercraft

Other: Circle & Label Nestabilities; Grosgrain Ribbon; Advent Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Foam Tape; Copics

 

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Hi, Its me….

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Hi all,

Well not too long now until Christmas Day … it is already Christmas Eve for those of us who live in the Southern Hemisphere …. fortunately all the shopping is done :) …. now to organise the food!

My card today is for the Delightful Sketches sketch challenge from a couple of weeks ago. MFT Stamps was the sponsor of the sketch challenge that week so I decided to play along but only just had time to do it and post. Of course I decided to use a MFT Stamps image …. this one is from the Pure Innocence range and is called Heart Stripes. I just adore these stamps!!!!!!!!

I decided to alternate my striped panels so that some were horizontal and others vertical.

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Here is the sketch, you can find more info on the Delightful Sketches blog.

Merry Christmas everyone!!!!!!!!!!

Recipe:

Stamps: Heart Stripes Pure Innocence – MFT Stamps

Paper: White; Red; Blue; DP – October Afternoon

Other: Black Ink; Oval Nestabilities; Oval Punches; Red Grosgrain Ribbon; Foam Tape; Copics

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Pucker Up!

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Hi everyone,

Welcome to another Pretties Wednesday Challenge & Blog Hop. If you didn't hop onto my blog via Christi Thorsen's blog then you might want to hop back over to the very start of the blog hop which is at Christie Ortman's blog.

This week it is Jana Weaver’s turn to issue the challenge which is to create a Valentines card without using ANY Red or Pink!!! That means Sophia can’t be wearing red or pink either!!!! (we could only use pink on her cheeks if we liked!) ….. wow cruel Jana …. hehe!

Actually it wasn’t to hard to create my card without using red and pink, it could have been worse she could have said no hearts too! I actually turned my card into an Anniversary card, but it could be either …. the front would be the same for either occasion, but as it was my 37th Wedding Anniversary last week … I made this for my DH!

I used Paper Pretties “Mistletoe Kisses” to create my card. Now this is actually a Christmas themed stamp, but I thought it would work for a Valentine/Anniversary card too! All I did to make it work was stamp it onto white card and cut out around the image. I cut off the mans left arm where he is holding the mistletoe … it didn’t hurt him really and now it just looks like his arm is around his wife! I also didn’t want holly on the apron so I cut out a strip of designer paper to put over that area.

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The layout of my card uses this week’s Mercy’s Tuesday Sketch challenge (MTSC53), I did tweak it just a little as I wanted to also use my new Martha Stewart Heart Deep Edge Border Punch!

Want to play along with us
How to Enter: Create a card using the challenge above and any Paper Pretties stamp set(s) you have. Upload your project to the Paper Pretties gallery. Please include it in the Weekly Challenges category and use keyword PWC83.
Deadline: 6pm EST Tuesday, December 29th.
Prize: $15.00 coupon to the Paper Pretties Boutique.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Paper Pretties Design team to see what they came up with for this challenge.

Now to continue on the hop you need to head on over to Heather Lee-Reppen’s blog to see what she has created for this week’s challenge

Recipe:
Stamps: Mistletoe Kisses - Paper Pretties
Paper: White; Blue; Olive; DP                                                       Other: Black Ink; Circle Nestabilities; Oval Punch; MS Heart Deep Edge Border Punch; Foam Tape; Copics

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hi Buglet!

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Hi everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. My card today is a “Side Step Card” these are so much fun to create and pretty easy too. Today I am using one of my favorite Alota bug stamps … this one is called “Cutie in Mirror” and what a cutie it is too!

I have had this image stamped and colored sitting in the box of scraps on my desk for the past couple of months, so I thought it was about time I did something with it.

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Recipe:

Stamps: Cutie In Mirror; Sentiment – Alota Rubber Stamps

Paper: White; Black; Red; DP

Other: Black Ink; Black Brads; Black Grosgrain Ribbon; Copics

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Ava Combing Hair!

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Hi all!

The Pink Elephant has another fun challenge for you this week and it is a sketch challenge! Who doesn’t love sketch challenges right! This week our sponsor is In Style Stamps and each of the design team are using digital images from In Style.

The image I used on my card today is called “Ava Combing Hair”, isn’t she a cutie!

Now I tried something different this week to color my image, normally my preferred method would be copics. However I recently saw a tutorial on how to color digital images using Photo Shop Elements and as I have this program I decided to give it a go. The tutorial was very easy to follow, although I think I do still prefer copics … but every now and then maybe! Here is the link to the tutorial if you want to give it a go.

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Don’t forget to check out The Pink Elephant blog to see what the rest of the design team have created this week.

Recipe:

Stamps: Ava Combing Hair – In Style Stamps

Paper: White; Pink; Brown; DP

Other: MS Shell Border Punch; Grosgrain Ribbon; Sizzix Embossing Folder; Foam Tape

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Going Crackers!

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Happy Sunday everyone!

Well I am starting to cross off those jobs that have to be done before Christmas arrives. One of those jobs that I do every year is make and decorate my Christmas Crackers.

This year I cheated just a little as I purchased plan gold crackers and then decorated them how I wanted. I used Waltzing Mouse Stamps “Seasons of Love” stamp set … I love how these match the Spellbinders Nestabilities!

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Recipe:

Stamps: Seasons of Love – Waltzing Mouse Stamps

Paper: White

Other: Black Ink; Red Ink; Circle & Star Nestabilities;

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Going Banana’s for Crazy 4 Challenges!

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Wow Saturdays come around quick don’t they!!!!! Of course for me Saturdays mean challenge time with my “Crazy” friends over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Of course that is crazy in the nicest way hehe!

This week our hostess with the mostest Joanne Grzelak has challenged us to another fun challenge …. which is to create a treat container. I decided to keep away from the Christmas theme this week and decided to use my monkey stamp instead to create my treat box.

c4c-monkey-treat-2-wmI created the box using a template and stamp that I purchased from Darcie Rubber Stamps a number of years ago … the template is called Lock Box Template and can be found here.

My daughter found these cute banana lollies a few months back when she was shopping and thought I might like them for one of my stamping projects … they work perfectly for this treat box!

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Don't forget to check out the rest of the “Crazies” cards over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and also their individual blogs for more details.

Recipe:

Stamps: Monkey Banana Frame -  Darcie Stamps; Jungle Leaves – Rubber Stampede

Paper: White

Other: Black Ink; Green Ink; Acetate; Darcie Locked Box Template; Copics

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Building A Snowman!

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Hi everyone ….

It is time for another challenge over on the Alota Rubber Stamps Paper Craft Planet Group. This week the challenge is hosted by Marie Carlsson. Marie’s challenge is “Snow” …. there seems to be lots of snow around this blog this week LOL …. but it is only on my blog, it is now summer where I live so any snowman I tried to make here would really turn into mush very quickly!

You have two weeks from today to participate in this challenge and you also have a chance of winning some wonderful stamps if you card/project is selected randomly from all the entries received.

I decided to use one of my older Alota Bug stamps …. and the one I selected is called “Bugs Building Frosty”  I do love the bug images that Alota Rubber Stamps have, that was what drew me to Alota Rubber Stamps in the first place years ago!

Recipe:

Stamps: Bugs Building Frosty – Alota Rubber Stamps

Paper: White; Greens; DP - Kaisercraft

Other: Black Ink; Snowflake Punch; MS Scallop Border Punch; Burgundy Grosgrain Ribbon; Candy Dots; Glitter Glue; Foam Tape; Copics

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

A Winter Wonderland

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Hi everyone.

They say all good things must come to an end, and today marks my last card I create for Elzybells as a Design Team Member as my term has come to an end. Elizabeth will soon be announcing the names of who will be in her team for 2010. It has been a wonderful experience …. thanks Elizabeth for making me part of your team for the last 14 months. Of course I am sure I will be playing with my Elzybells stamps from time to time as they are such fun stamps!

Ok onto my card which is for this week’s Elzybells challenge over on the Elzybells Art Stamps blog. This week the challenge is “Winter Wonderland”  - using the colors blue, silver and white.

I am in a snowman mode right now ….  I had to make snow or snowman cards for other challenges so I just kept going LOL … the image I used here is called “Teddy & Snowman”, isn’t he cute!

I recently got some of the new Martha Stewart Punch around the page punches so of course I had to play with one of them which is what I used to create the frame that the image is on. These are soooo easy to use! I added texture to both my white pieces of card using two different snow cuttlebug embossing folders. Of course I also had to use silver to cover the challenge so I added silver brads to the top right hand corner of my card.

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Don't forget to check out what the rest of the design team created for this challenge.

Recipe:

Stamps: Teddy & Snowman -Elzybells Art Stamps

Paper: White; Navy

Other: Black Ink; Cuttlebug Embossing Folders; Silver Brads; MS Eyelet Lace Punch around the Page set; Icicle Border Punch; Grosgrain Ribbon; Glitter Glue; Foam Tape; Copics

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Lucky Dawg!

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Hi everyone, hope you are all having a great day!

My card today combines two challenges from this week. First of all it is this week’s sketch challenge over on SCS, I thought it was about time I played along as it has been a couple of week’s since I did this. I did turn the sketch on it’s side to make allowances for the image that I wanted to use and it was already sitting here cut out and colored just had to turn it into a card … easy peasy!

The second challenge this covers is this week’s Totally Stampalicious challenge which was “Button Up” to use buttons on our cards. I used there “Hawt Dawg” set to create my card today.

Recipe:

Stamps: Hawt Dawg – Totally Stampalicious

Paper: White; Brown; Blue; DP – DCWV

Other: Black Ink; MS Double Loop Border Punch; Buttons; Foam Tape; Copics

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Little Princess!

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Hi everyone!
It is time for another Pretties Wednesday Challenge & Blog Hop. If you didn't hop onto my blog via Christi Thorsen's blog then you might want to hop back over to the very start of the blog hop which is at Christie Ortman's blog.

This week the challenge is hosted by Christi Thorsen and she challenged us to use eyelets in our creations …. not too difficult this week *smile*. Although I must admit my poor eyelets have become very neglected since the introduction of brads, so it is good to have challenges like this.

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I used Paper Pretties “Lady Sophia” to create my card. I decided to create a Side Stair Step card …. a princess needs a castle right! I seem to be having a run of making these type of cards this week …. especially after I created the Double Sided Stair Step card that I posted on my blog yesterday. I decided to create this one so it looked a little like a castle, so I also cut down at the top fold and then folded those pieces in to resemble the top of the castle.

I still need to work out how I was going to use my eyelets on my card, and I found these cross eyelets that I got from a Papercrafts show earlier in the year so decided to use those.

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Want to play along with us
How to Enter: Create a card using the challenge above and any Paper Pretties stamp set(s) you have. Upload your project to the Paper Pretties gallery. Please include it in the Weekly Challenges category and use keyword PWC82.
Deadline: 6pm EST Tuesday, December 22nd.
Prize: $15.00 coupon to the Paper Pretties Boutique.

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Paper Pretties is launching it brand new web site today .... so to celebrate the launch and Christmas it is time for a Sale! 35% everything in the store. Just use the coupon code newsite when you check out ... no space and it is case sensitive.

The sale will run from Tuesday at Midnight until Saturday night at 11:59pm.

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Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Paper Pretties Design team to see what they came up with for this challenge.

Now to continue on the hop you need to head on over to Heather Lee-Reppen’s blog to see what she has created for this week’s challenge.

Recipe:
Stamps: Lady Sophia – Paper Pretties
Paper: White
Other: Black Ink; Fancy Tags Die; Cross Brads; Grosgrain Ribbon; Foam Tape; Copics

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Grab Some Popcorn and Hoppin' With Who's That Girl!

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Hi everyone and welcome to my blog. It time to join the MFT Stamps Design Team for a MFT "Who's That Girl Hop!" to celebrate the release of the MFT VIP Kit.

The hop started at Kim's (MFT Lady) blog so if you didn’t start from there you may want to head over there now so that you can start at the beginning of the hop. You don't want to miss anything and believe me there is lots to see!

Today only VIP customers have the opportunity of purchasing the WTG set 3 WEEKS EARLY!!!!!!!!!! There will only be 50 VIP collections available and then the set will be unavailable until the full release on January 6th at 10:00 PM EST.

Here is what is in this months VIP Kit:

Chick Flick Set $17.95
Chick Flick Ribbon Nest $9.95
Chick Flick Baby Braddies $4.95
Popcorn Boxes (5) $1.65
PLUS receive a FREE Clearly Sentimental About Chocolate stamp set that will be released on 1/6/10 (retail value $9)
VIP cost: $34.50

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Do you see those round embellishments I have added to my popcorn holder, those are the Chocolate Kiss Glitter Garnishes which MFT released last month!

I paper pieced the couch using designer paper from Basic Grey.

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Here is a pic of the slider pocket without the popcorn, so even after the recipient has eaten all the popcorn the card is still useful.

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Well now it is time to leave my blog and head on over to the amazing Jessie Rone’s blog. I am sure she will have something awesome to share with you!

Enjoy the rest of the hop and thanks for dropping by!

Recipe:

Stamps: Click Flick – MFT Stamps

Paper: White; Red; Brown; Yellow; Nook&Pantry DP – Basic Grey

Other: Black Ink; MS Deep Edger Flower Bed Punch; Grosgrain Ribbon; Hole Punch; Glittered Garnishes – Chocolate Kiss; Foam Tape; Copics

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