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How To Make Your Own 3D Dots!

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Well {HELLO THERE} you amazing reader!  Thanks for stopping by, hopefully we have a pretty amazing trick to show you today.  A few weeks ago I was making some super cute mermaid themed party invitations that needed a special touch.  After cutting the various pieces and looking at the design, I realized that including a 3D element would really add that extra pop… but of course I didn’t have any in my supplies!  Or did I?… How To Make Your Own 3D Dots

So just like all of my fellow crafters, I love adding special touches to my crafts.  {BUT} sometimes the price factor makes you stop and think “Am I going overboard with my embellishments?”  That’s the whole reason I purchased my Silhouette Cameo to begin with, so I can cut my own shapes and make my own embellishments for my crafts.  Now 3D dots (or foam squares) aren’t going to break the bank… but from the words of a very wise man “A penny saved is a penny earned!”

So back to my beautiful mermaid themed invitations and the dilemma of the missing 3D dots.  What was I going to do?  As I am drumming my fingers on my kitchen countertop, I start to pick at some hot glue that had dripped from my glue gun (it’s not like I should use a mat or anything!) and it hit me… I could squeeze a little hot glue onto my seahorses and let it dry!  And an idea was born!

So I assembled the layers of my seahorses and flopped them over to expose their backside.  Two drops of glue later and {TADA}…

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I know, it sounds too easy, right?  Well, for once, it is!  Just let them dry and you are good to go!  I used high temp hot glue and created these even little bubbles that offered a little depth.  I image you can also use low temp hot glue, it just might be a little more difficult to create even bubbles since the glue wouldn’t be as viscous.  Once the hot glue was cool, I then applied another small dab of hot glue and adhered my seahorses to my invitations.  How did they turn out?  Take a look for yourself…

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I was thrilled with how these turned out!  Another great reason that I love my Silhouette!  I was able to create the entire invitation using the Print & Cut feature!  Interested in a tutorial with a free cut file?  Leave a comment below and I’ll add it to the project list!  We love your feedback, so keep it coming!

Mermaid seahorse invitations from My Paper Craze

Matchbox Cover with a {FREE CUT FILE}

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Good Morning and {WELCOME BACK} to another beautiful crafting day!  Today we bring you another simple and fun project… a Matchbox Cover with a {FREE CUT FILE}!  This is my first experiment with creating a cut file, so I’m very excited to share it with you!

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If you were to walk into my home, 99% of the time there would be a candle burning.  My husband and I both love candles.  We love the warm glow.  We love the fresh scent.  We love everything about them. So when I spotted some matchbox covers on Pinterest, they immediately caught my attention.  As I browse through the pictures I’m thinking… what if there was an opening on the side to expose the area where you strike the match?… what if it had a loop to tie it around a candle to give as a sweet little gift?… what if I created my own cut file?…  Wait a minute!  Create my own cut file?  Me?  By myself?  ………………And so I did.  My very first ever Silhouette Studio cut file!

I know it’s not rocket science, many crafters create better cut files than I.  There is nothing too complicated about it.  There were no special skills or talent involved.  But hey, that’s okay.  I DID IT and I’m going to have a mini-celebration to enjoy my conquest!  So… back to my project!

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I gave the red one to my husband for Valentine’s Day.  As I stood there beaming, I’m certain he had no idea how special this little gift was {LOL}!

So here it is… THE LINK… my awesome free cut file… HERE: {Matchbox Cover Cut File} EEK!

I included the design I put on my box, just in case you want to do a {PRINT & CUT}, but feel free to decorate yours any way you want.  Once you cut out the matchbox cover, fold on the perforated lines and wrap around the match box.  You can use glue or double sided tape to secure it.  Just pop out the hanger and fold it upward to attach your twine or ribbon.

If you think I’m excited about my project, just wait until you see all the awesomeness brought to you by our monthly Silhouette Challenge Group Post!

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Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

The Great Lamp Rescue Barnyard Animal Paper Garland & Party Details Sweet and Simple Easter Bunny Card Owl Theme Baby Shower Ombre Paint Chip Earrings & Free Cut File Spring is Blooming Drop It (Like It's Hot) Hexagon Tray Spruce Up Your RECIPE BOOK Gift Card Giving Free Cut Files Custom outlines for stamps Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Juice Boxes Wine Themed Bridal Shower Learn How To Make A Sewn Paper Garland! Moroccan Thank You Card 3D Flower Spring Wreath For the Love of Paper: Cutting Embellishments Create Your Own St. Patrick's Day Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers Swimming Word Art St. Patrick's Day Lime White Chocolate Chips Cupcakes + Freebie You're invited to a dog party! I'm so Lucky! Spring Wreath with SIlhouette Cut Flowers Tiny Princesses Paper Dolls Colorful Quote with your Silhouette Get Well Bouquet with Persimmon Roses Greeting Card Holder Baby Shower Invitations How-To Create a Custom Pillowbox on Your Silhouette Machine + Free Cut File! Quality Time Jar Matchbox Cover with {FREE CUT FILE} DIY Baby Girl Shower Invitation Candy Alphabet Travel Game Paper Garland Pretty Paper Roses DIY Geometric Heart Journal Hand Made Decorations for a Pirate Party Wedding Shower Gift Heart Map Decoupaged Letters (A scanner + A Silhouette = Spectacular results!) Easter Pop-up Box Card with Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper from Stampin' Up! Better World Greeting Cards Star Wars Silhouette Canvas Monogrammed Gifts Make Printable Gift Wrap with your Silhouette Software Free Printable: Blank Banner with free Silhouette Cut File

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Thanks for stopping by today to check out these awesome projects!  Keep any eye out for some St. Patrick’s Day fun right around the corner!

Valentine’s Take-Out Box

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Good Morning and welcome back to our crafty little blog!  Today we bring you another simple little Valentine’s Day craft… decorating a Chinese-style take-out box {YAY}!  I absolutely adore these boxes and all their different sizes, they are just so darn cute!

This project is pretty self-explanatory, but I’ll give you the short and sweet of it all… think of this as a 3D card, if you will:

  • 1 Chinese-style take-out box (or any box you wish to decorate)
  • Themed patterned paper (I used hearts for Valentine’s Day)
  • Coordinating cardstock (to match your paper)
  • 3D pop-up adhesive squares, if desired
  • Adhesive glue, such as for scrapbooking or card making
  • Embellishments, such as matching ribbon, baker’s twine and rhinestones

{measure your box}

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First thing is first, measure your box.  This will give you the size of the area you have to work with.  As you can see below, the top is slightly larger than the bottom, so your sides will be at an angle.  You have two choices: cut manually OR set this image up in your Silhouette Studio software (my choice!).

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So whether you choose to freehand the shape with your paper-cutter or set it up in the Silhouette Studio software, this is what you are looking for:

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You’ll notice that this is the exact size of the front of your box.  The reason for doing this is that you can now use it as a template for designing the rest of your “pieces”.  I highly suggest cutting this {FIRST} and aligning it with your box to ensure your cuts are angles are correct.  If not, you might be disappointed when the project is finished and does not sit well on your take-out box.

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From here on out, you’ll decorate this as you would a handmade card.  You can use your Silhouette Studio (as I did) and do print-and-cut pieces for your sayings, OR you can use your stamp collection if you have one.  Not sure how to use your stamps to make your own die cuts?  Check out our long-ago post on Fussy Cutting Making You Fussy?

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Don’t forget your layered pieces of cardstock, they really add a nice border to your patterned paper.  I cut my first layer (white) 0.25″ smaller than my box to have a nice red layer showing on my box.  From then, I only cut the red 0.125″ smaller than the white, and the paper 0.125″ smaller than the red.  I think it turned out nice.

Once you have all your little pieces, go ahead and arrange them as you wish on your patterned paper to make sure it all fits and looks the way you intended.

Here is the order you want to apply your designs:

  • Layer your cardstock and patterned paper (I prefer tape scrapbook adhesive for no drying time)
  • Tie coordinating ribbon, if needed
  • Attach the sentiments with 3D adhesive squares for that little “pop”
  • Apply any finishing embellishments, such as the rhinestones or baker’s twine
  • Glue your “finished” piece onto your take-out box with a strong adhesive (I also like hot glue, but watch your fingers!)  Make sure you open the top of the box and use your hand on the inside for extra pressure to get a good “stick”

Now, for the fun part…

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I think this is a super idea for kids, but really who doesn’t love treat boxes?  With the wide variety of boxes available, you can get different colored boxes and decorate them all year long!  What goodies would you put (OR want to receive) inside a cute little box?  Valentine’s cookies or chocolates, maybe?  You can go crazy with them and give them out to your co-workers!  Valentine’s Day is on a Friday this year!

Thanks for joining us again today, we hope you liked our fun little tutorial.  See you again soon for {MORE} Valentine’s fun right around the corner!  ❤

Easy-Peasy Gift Tag using Print & Cut on the Silhouette

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Good morning and Happy Hump Day!  I’m here today to share a quick post on my first Christmas project of the season.  I was lucky enough to get in on a tag swap with a very fun and talented group of crafters.  The instructions were to make any type of tag but I decided to get a jump start on the holiday and go with a Christmas gift tag.  I needed to make 21 tags so to keep it simple, I went with the print & cut feature on my Silhouette instead of cutting each piece separately.   That’s what I call easy-peasy.

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I started with a simple tag cut out of kraft cardstock and then added my red ribbon at the top tied with jute string and a faux bow on the side.  Just to add some interest, I layered my sentiment on top of a piece of burlap.  The sentiment and the tree came from the Silhouette Online Store.  I filled them with color and patterns and then used the offset feature to create a white border.  I cut my star out of white glittered cardstock  and used foam squares under the tree to add some dimension.  Finally, I added some glossy accents to the holly berries.  It just doesn’t get any easier than this.  I hope this inspires you to get started on your holiday projects and be sure to come back and see the other projects we have planned.

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Must Have Tools for Scrapbookers

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Good… Evening? Wow, ever have one of those days where time just gets away from you? No, not you, lol. Well, I have those days all the time. I officially started a week long vacation (yay!) and now all my days are lost in the crafting abyss! But tonight’s post will be a good read for any soon-to-be crafters or newbies. It’s a list of must have tools for Scrapbooking! Don’t let the name fool you, many of these tools come in handy for other crafts, too. Also, I thought this would be a good time to start on that Christmas list to mail off to Santa… LOL.

If you do not have Amazon Prime, stop what you are doing and go sign up for your FREE trial membership.  I promise it is one of the best investments you will make!  Especially with all this crafting, I don’t have time to always run back and forth to the store to pick up all the tools and supplies that I need.  With Amazon Prime, I get FREE 2-Day shipping on all eligible items!  It’s a sweet deal in my opinion.  Here, I’ll make it easy for you.  You’re welcome.

All signed up for your trial?  Good!  That’ll make it even easier… I’ve linked all my recommendations to Amazon so you can just bounce on over—just click on the photo!  AND all of these items are Amazon Prime eligible.  I know, how generous of me!  You’re welcome (again).

First and foremost, go by a good pair of scissors. Quite frankly, I don’t care if you go to the dollar store, but buy one pair of scissors dedicate strictly to papercrafting. Have kids or a husband, then also buy a chain and lock to keep them safe or you might find them confinscated for opening a freezie pop. Yep, sticky mess all over them, just have to donate them to the cause and buy another pair. If you are not going to the dollar store, I recommend Fiskars Scissors 8″ Bent Performance Zebra.  Are they the best scissors out there?  Maybe, maybe not.  But they get the job done and they are pretty.  Enough said.

Second, every crafter needs a paper trimmer.  “What, I just bought a new pair of scissors, why do I need a paper trimmer, too?”  Because… this nifty tool cuts in a straight line better than you can.  PLUS, you will find five million things that it is good for above and beyond paper.  Fabric?  Check.  Ribbon?  Check.  I suggest a rotary cutter.  They are slightly more expensive to begin with, but I have found that the blades last longer (still on my first one!), they come with optional blades (like perforated edge or wavy line), and they don’t tear delicate paper because the blade slices through like a pizza cutter instead of forcing a blade to slide through.  I use Fiskars 154470-1001 Folding LED SureCut Rotary Paper Trimmer, 12-Inch.

I spent the first half of my crafting life with tears and seared fingertips thanks to my wonderful hot glue gun.  Did you know they made low temperature glue guns that make them more bearable?  Well, I didn’t, lol.  I finally picked one up and haven’t put it down since.  Again, I’m not convinced at this point that brand matters.  I know others will tell you differently, but I love the fact that if mine goes out tomorrow, I won’t be crushed at the huge investment I just lost.  I use Ad-Tech – Temp Mini Glue Gun and it works just fine for me AND it comes in pink.

This next tool is for scrapbookers.  If you are not a scrapbooker, please skip ahead, lol.  BUT, if you are a scrapbooker (or cardmaker) this little tool is just what you need… a tape glider!  I’ll jump to the chase.  This little adhesive dispensing gun is a piece of cake to use once you give it a shot and the refillable tape is great on a budget compared to smaller adhesive dispensers.  But my favorite part is that if you put it in the right place, just slap your paper or cardstock on top and wham, it’s done.  No waiting for glue to dry or any of that nonsense.  BUT say you rolled some tape on there and realized you wanted it on the other side (I know you’ve done it a time or two!), you just rub the adhesive right off with your fingers.  Can you say OMG?  Removable adhesive?  Absolutely.  So roll your little heart out.  This beauty is the Scotch CAT 085 Advanced Tape Glider with 2 Rolls of 1/4-Inch by 36-Yard Acid Free Tape, Cure Pink.

Need something to glue down smaller detail items?  I’ve got that covered, too.  I’ll warn you, though, this one is not removable.  You can usually erase it off with a standard pink school eraser, though.  But you’ll be surprised how many times you find yourself reaching for this little guy, it’s amazing!  EK Tools Zig Memory System 2-Way Squeeze and Roll Glue Pen.

Now this next little tool is another cutting utensil.  It may be small but it packs a big punch!  In the world of crafting, there is always a need for trimming and piecing and slicing and this does the trick!  I absolutely could not go one day without my craft knife.  I haven’t tried any others, but my Fiskars 12-67007097 Softgrip Craft Knife has worked fine.

Got your shopping list all made out?  It’s just not complete without throwing in one more item… a cutting machine!  Now, I know this one is not a “must-have”, but I want to put it out there before anyone makes the mistake I did and buys a Cricut.  Also, let me say this… I loved my Cricut while I had it.  I’m sure that many people out there are loyal Cricut users and there is nothing wrong with that.  BUT, before you buy a cutting machine, look up comparisons of the Cricut and the Silhouette.  In my humble opinion, Silhouette leaves the Cricut in the dust.  I won’t go into details, but I will say that the Silhouette is available in two sizes, depending on your need and your budget, so don’t mark it off your list as “too expensive” until you consider what you would spend in embellishments at the craft store that you could cut with your own machine!

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We have both in our little crafting family and they haven’t let us down yet!

So now that your list is complete, go ahead and seal it in an envelope and mail it to the North Pole so the elves have plenty of time to put in an order at Silhouette America, LOL.  Did I mention FREE 2-day shipping on all of these items?  I know Amazon Prime has a ton of features, but that is really my favorite one.  Hop on over to Amazon and check out for more information.

Well I hope everyone found at least one new tool to add to their crafting shopping list!  With the holidays upon us, what better time to break out the old crafting supplies and get started on some handmade Christmas crafts or presents!  Be sure to stay tuned for more great projects to come!

Scrapbooking: Digital vs. Traditional

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Good Morning and Happy Sunday! I hope everyone had a wonderful and crafty weekend! So many holidays coming up, it’s hard to find time to craft for them all and keep up with your daily crafts! Oh, is that just me that overloads my schedule? No, I didn’t think so. So I was posed with the question recently… what’s easier, digital or traditional scrapbooking? And I thought… what a wonderful way to (belatedly) kick of Scrapbooking Sundays!  So that will be today’s post topic for all that are interested. I have attempted to offer a few comparisons on the major differences between digital scrapbooking.

I’m sure everyone knows by now what scrapbooking is. Just in case, scrapbooking is building a collection of memories and dressing the up for all to see (or just you, whatever). I choose my most important memories and sometimes a few random photos and build a page that will help me and my children remember all the fun and excitement of their childhood. One day, if I can ever make myself part with all my hard work, I might even bestow it upon them to show and share with their children. As of now, it’s not looking good, but I try to remember that they will grow up one day…

Scrapbooks pages can be bound in a scrapbook album or stored digitally on your computer, depending on which you choose. The pages vary in size: commonly 8×8 and 12×12. You can have two page layouts or just one page snapshots. They can technically go in any order, but I prefer chronological. The biggest draw back is how expensive scrapbooking can be… or seem. So let’s jump into our comparison.

Now, I do feel it is only fair for me to disclose that I am a paper crafter, not a digital scrapbooker, but I will try to be unbiased in my review.  Please be gentle when judging my review of digital scrapbooking.

The first major comparison is price. Which one costs more? When I strolled down the scrapbooking isle at my local craft store for the first time, I could have passed out seeing all the prices on all the cool embellishments I needed… and that didn’t even include the paper packs and the actual scrapbook album. OMG, I was so overwhelmed that I just had to leave. At this time, I didn’t even know they had digital scrapbooking, so my journey came to an end. Then I started on other paper crafts… handmade cards… goodie bag tags… and I slowly started to accumulate all the fantastic tools available… for a price. Next thing I knew I had hundreds of dollars in tools. Good news is that now I could make my own embellishments for scrapbooks. Bad news is… it still ended up costing a lot of money. However, the truth is that scrapbooking is how expensive or INexpensive as you make it. We all want the nice shiny decorations in our scrapbooks (or paper crafts) but you can technically grab a piece of paper and go to town. The important part is that you are preserving a memory that is important to you. There are tons of layout ideas online for you to follow. If you are especially crafty, grab some markers and glitter and create to your heart’s content.

So let’s look at the price of digital scrapbooking. It’s on the computer and you don’t have to have all those tools, so it must be a lot cheaper, right? Not necessarily. From the websites I have looked at, you still get what you pay for. For example, I looked at Shutterfly, pages starting under $10. From what I saw, these pages are basic photo pages with a background, no embellishments. Then I looked at a website that advertised free digital scrapbooks, and discovered that most digital scrapbooking requires some type of photo editing software to assemble your pages, the most popular selling for $99 retail. It is also my understanding that once these pages are compiled, you then have to print them (cost of ink and paper) or send them to a professional printer. If you want 12×12 pages, you would have to have a wide-format printer or pay the price of a professional… plus still pay for the scrapbook album, page covers, etc.

Next, let’s look at a time comparison. The truth behind the time that it takes to scrapbook is all about you (and research). If you grab a sheet of paper and throw a photo on there, you may get a little lost at what direction to go.  The same would go for (most) digital scrapbooking.  The key behind both is to go online and look for ideas on how you want your layout to look.  Then, grab a sheet of paper and jot down some notes or even draw a diagram.  I have personally found that this helps tremendously, bringing an idea to the table instead of bumbling around with a few photos and a dream.  I will also let you in on a little secret… I subscribe to A LOT of blogs.  I like to go through them and save the ones that inspire projects in me, including scrapbooking.

You can also go to Google Images (my secret weapon) and search for “Birthday Scrapbook Layout” and it will show you tons of layouts that others have done, hopefully giving you some inspiration for your own.  Here is one I found that I just love… courtesy of Sketches in Thyme.  When you find an image or layout that you like, you can click on it and visit the page that it originated from.  Chances are, if you like that layout, they will have tons of others that you will like, too!  Most scrapbooks (or crafters) have a style that carries throughout their other projects.

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So let’s wrap this up with a quick summary… which is easier, least time consuming and cost less money?  Neither.  Scrapbooking is what you make it.  Truth be told you can buy all the tools and software you want, but when it comes down to putting photo to paper, it’s up to you to turn a photo into a work of art.  Obviously, I choose traditional scrapbooking, but that’s not a show of favoritism, it’s just a personal preference.  If you truly don’t have the time or creativity to create scrapbook layouts, you can purchase pre-made layouts on many marketplace sites, such as Etsy.  You’ll pay for them, but technically, it probably wouldn’t be any more than what you would pay in time and money to create your own.  I also prefer to support local crafters in my network, and it saves on shipping costs when you buy local – a win win.  If you are a crafting snob (that’s right, you know who you are!) then you probably shouldn’t buy pre-made pages since it won’t be how you would have done it, LOL.

So, I’m not sure if that actually helps anyone, but hopefully it’ll be of some benefit if anyone has been debating scrapbooking lately.  I hope to being some of the less expensive techniques to your computer with the coming weeks so that you can see it really is anyone’s craft.  If you’re already a scrapbooker, be sure to jot down your best technique and money saving tips to share with the group!  We love you have your comments and feedback!  In the meantime, we’ll have some projects coming up soon that you are sure to enjoy!

Scary Cute Treat Bags!

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Good Morning and welcome to Treat Bag Tuesday (lol — just kidding).  We’re going to keep it short and sweet today, building up for our big post on FRIDAY (as promised)!  Be sure to check it out (or subscribe…), you won’t be disappointed!

With Halloween right around the corner, we just love all these cute little projects we get to do!  A friend asked me to make some treat bags for her to hand out to her co-workers, then drops the bomb that three of them are MEN.  Ugh.  I don’t know about you, but I seriously struggle making masculine anything.  My natural instincts are pink and sparkly, not dirty and stinky, lol.

Warning: this treat bag is rated PG13

The inspiration for this bag came from a project I saw from Jeanne’s Paper Crafts as an entry to a Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons design team post.  (Be sure to check out her blog and the other great project ideas she has!).  Not only did we fall in love with this card, but we thought it would make a scary cute treat bag!  Check it out:

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Scary cute, right?  Interested in making your own?  Here’s the details: The spooky little guy is from the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons  Movie Monsters 2 collection (amazing!).  The bag and blood border are from Silhouette Online Store.  The background paper is DCWV Spooking Time paper pad and the sentiment is a simple print & cut.  Don’t forget to check out the original card from Jeanne’s Paper Crafts, it’s truly genius!

See, short and scary!  Thanks for stopping by to join in our fun!  Don’t forget… Friday is the big day!  See you then!

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