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Hello my Sweets! I do hope you all had a very wonderful Easter holiday. Ours was very quiet, but still very nice. Mr. Pete is enjoying himself so much at college these days that he didn’t even come home this weekend…and that’s okay. Kiddos grow up, that’s all there is to it. And even though we’ve outgrown the old Easter traditions of egg dying, egg hunts, and Easter baskets, I do still firmly believe that Easter does require at least a little bit of chocolate. I mean everyone loves chocolate, right?

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So of course I got my little Missy Nik some last minute chocolates, and of course I needed some last minute quick and easy gift wrapping idea to package them up. Fortunately, it is super easy to create your own brown paper gift bags using kraft paper on a roll. Love that you can make them any size you need to perfectly suit your gift, without having to keep a huge assortment of store-bought bags on hand. And love how easy they are to dress up for any occasion or holiday, thanks to the help of a few Sizzix dies.

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For this little project, I used my favorite Sizzix Tim Holtz Easter Alterations die in a slightly unusual way, by creating a stencil and filling in the negative shape with paint. It’s a totally different look for your die cuts, and is really fun and easy to do. And although Easter is now over, this technique can be used with pretty much any die, for any theme or event at hand.

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Here’s a few quick tips on using your dies as a stencil.

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First die cut a piece of scrap cardstock using the die of your choice. Remove the die cut and set aside for another project. Take the negative leftover from the die cut and place onto your surface, in this case, my handmade kraft bag. Then using an up and down pouncing method, apply paint over the entire surface. I used a paint dabber, but a foam brush will work equally well.

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Immediately remove the stencil and allow paint to fully dry. Once the paint is dry, you can add an outline around the image with a marker, and embellish the image however you choose.

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I like dimension, so wanted to add some 3D details to my otherwise flat bunny. I created a quick bow tie using the new Alterations Bow Tied Decorative Strip die by Tim Holtz. Love that this die comes with three different sizes of bows for lots of options. I used the smallest bow die cut here.

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To give my bag even more dimension, I added curly strips of grass die cut with Tim Holtz’s Tapered Fringe Decorative Strip die. I just rolled the die cuts gently around a pencil to create a bit of natural curve, then adhered two layers of grass to the bottom of my bag.

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Glittered buttons tucked into the grass make sweet little Easter eggs. Then I just added a quick stamped sentiment and a Tim Holtz memo pin to finish things off.

Sweet and simple!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

Supplies:

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Sizzix Bigz Die – Easter Elements

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Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die – Bow-Tied

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Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die – Tapered Fringe

Patterned Paper: BasicGrey Herbs & Honey Collection
Paint: Ranger
Buttons: American Crafts
Ink: Clearsnap
Stamp: Stampin’Up

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Hi Sweeties! I’m sneaking back in today with a surprise extra post. I don’t want to let Easter week slip by without sharing my new Easter projects with you. You all know I can’t just let a holiday pass by! So I hope you don’t mind if we have a busy week here on the blog. I’ve got lots of fun little bunny rabbits to show, starting with these softie felt pocket pouches I made for Easter Treats Week on the Therm O Web blog.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb EasterBunnyTreats2These cute little felt pockets are the perfect size for holding some special holiday candy treats or small gifts. Or how cute would these be as a table setting on your Easter table with a napkin and silverware tucked up inside? I’m thinking the soft felt would make this a great jewelry pouch, too. And being made from fabric, these little pockets are completely re-usable. So many ideas.

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Of course my two sweeties are awfully partial to sweets, so candy tied up in a cello bag with a big bow for me.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb EasterBunnyTreats4I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more! Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun Easter bunny project using Sizzix dies. Hope to see you all then!

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BasicGrey’s Capture pocket scrapbooking system is the perfect format for scrapping the tons of photos and memorabilia I collected from our family trip to Washington DC last summer. I’ve been wanting to put together an album for Pete as part of his graduation present, but I’ve been hesitating taking on such a big project. For an instant-gratification girl such as myself, a whole album seems like a lot of work! ;) But I’m happy to say that I finally took the plunge, and created my very first ever pocket style scrapbook pages using the adorable Highline Collection for the BasicGrey blog this week.

AudreyPettit BG Highline Capture HelloPocketPagesDid you know that all of the new BasicGrey collections also come with coordinating products for the Capture album system? Here I used two different styles of 6×8 pocket pages along with lots of fun Highline Capture embellishments and papers to create a double page layout of our first stop of the trip, the National Air & Space Museum.

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I had quite a few photos from our day in the museum, and wanted to include as many as I could. With the pocket pages, I was able to include six photos, and still had plenty of room left over for embellishment. That is one of my favorite things about the Capture album system…there’s plenty of room for everything.

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The Capture Snippets journaling cards work perfectly with the pockets, and are super fun and easy to cut apart and layer to create custom embellishments. I layered two pieces of Snippets, along with a die cut arrow and alpha stickers from the Waterfall Theme Pack for the title block pocket here. I like to add machine stitching, too, for a bit of extra texture and detail.

AudreyPettit BG Highline Capture HelloPocketPages4Another 3×4 Snippets card layered with Highline cardstock stickers and tape strips makes a creative space for adding journaling. Used a woodgrain Polaroid frame from the Highline Photo Frames around one of the photos, too.

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For a bit of extra interest, I added a few embellishments to the top of the pocket protectors, like chipboard, brads, and candy buttons. A bit of Capture vellum date tape, too.

AudreyPettit BG Highline Capture HelloPocketPages6Capture Attach Me stickers. I know those are going to get a lot of ton of use in my DC album to hold all the maps, pamphlets, and brochures we collected along the way. They are so perfect for adding in those little extras that don’t fit into the pockets.

I’m so glad I finally finished my first DC pages! Hopefully…someday….I’ll get around to page two! :)

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Supplies:

Capture Journaling Binder – ImaginationCapture Printed TapeCapture Attach Me Stickers – Emerald/SeafoamHighline 6×6 Paper PadHighline Waterfall Pack, Highline SnippetsHighline Frames with Acetate Overlays, Highline Sticker Shapes, Highline Title Stickers, Highline Printed Chipboard Shapes, Highline Vellum Tape, Highline Mixed BradsBasics 4334 Candy Buttons

 

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The sun is actually peeking through the clouds this morning.  The weatherman has even gone so far as to predict honest to goodness spring-like weather for the rest of the week. I am almost pinching myself to see if it’s real. To think that when the little Missy and I plop onto the beach tomorrow, that we won’t have to wear our winter coats, is almost too good to be true. I have no desire to sun bathe……..but to not be donning a hat and scarf on the sand will be a joy.

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Just sharing a quick little project with you today. A happy tag made with goodies from some of my most favorite companies. The tag is from Sizzix. Tim Holtz’ Movers & Shapers Tag & Tie Die.

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The pretty papers are from Authentique’s Natural collection. I added a gorgeous gold Glitter Dust Deco Frame from Therm O Web. Seriously adore the elegance of the gold mixed with all that pretty teal. I added a bit of trim and some matching buttons. Die cut some branches from patterned paper using the Sizzix Sizzlits Flowers, Branches, and Leaves Die Set to tuck around the frame.

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I hope to have many good stories to tell of our beach adventures soon! Keep your fingers crossed for us for sunshine. Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends. Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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Supplies:

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Sizzix Sizzlits Die Set 3PK – Flowers, Branches & Leaves Set

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Sizzix Movers & Shapers Die – Tag & Tie

Authentique Natural Collection: Patterned Paper, Enhancements Cut Apart Paper
Therm O Web: Glitter Dust Deco Frame
Trim: Melissa Frances,   May Arts
Buttons: Foofala
Ink: Clearsnap
Border Punch: Stampin’Up

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So far, Spring Break has come in like a lion. It’s been downright freezy, topped with rain and plenty of gloom. Saturday night I found myself driving through a fog bank, in a torrential downpour, with tornado warnings going off on the radio the whole way home. But it was all worth it, ’cause my little scrappy group found a fabulous new place to gather and crop this weekend, and I am awfully grateful for that. Ever since Archiver’s closed, our poor little gang has been homeless. But not anymore.

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Today I have a couple of cards to share with you featuring BasicGrey’s beautiful Spice Market collection, including some of the coordinating Spice Market Hero Arts stamps.

AudreyPettit BG SpiceMarket ThinkingofYouCard7I’ve been wanting to make a few cards lately that are postage friendly and easy to mail. So my main goal here was to keep my cards flat enough to mail in a regular envelope. It really is a bit of a challenge for me to stay away from all the bulky embellishments, but I manged here. And I really do love the way they turned out.

AudreyPettit BG SpiceMarket ThinkingofYouCardMy first card uses papers from the 6×6 Paper Pad, mixed with the floral die cut and a 3×4 Snippet card from the Waterfall embellishment pack. I added a simple stamped sentiment and a bit of machine stitching and twine for extra detail.

AudreyPettit BG SpiceMarket ThinkingofYouCard2I had a bit of leftover watercolor paper sitting on my desk, so I added that in, too. Really loving the soft, frayed edge and the added texture it brings.

AudreyPettit BG SpiceMarket ThinkingofYouCard3After I finished the first card, I looked at the pile of scraps I had left, and had a little ah-ha moment. If I reverse the papers a bit, I could create a second card using pretty much the same exact design. Bingo!

AudreyPettit BG SpiceMarket ThinkingofYouCard4Of course this time, I had to use a different 3×4 Snippet card, but that’s ok. And I had used up the pretty floral die cut on the first card, too. But happily, I could use the floral stamp image from the Spice Market Lovely clear stamp set, instead.

AudreyPettit BG SpiceMarket ThinkingofYouCard5I really tried to mimic the look of the original die cut. So stamped the image, fussy cut, and added a bit of simple water-coloring. It’s a wee bit smaller than the original die cut, but other than that, a pretty good match, I would say.

AudreyPettit BG SpiceMarket ThinkingofYouCard6I really did have fun challenging myself to keep things flat AND use up some paper scraps, all at the same time. And best thing is, I actually did put these two in the mail. I really ought to do that more often!

Thanks for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you all a very wonderful day!

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Supplies:
BasicGrey Spice Market Collection:
6×6 Paper Pad
Waterfall Theme Pack
Lovely Clear Stamp Set
Sentiment Stamp, Ink, Border Punch: Stampin’Up
Trim: The Twinery
Watercolor Paper

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The Little Missy and I are counting the days. After today, there are just two more days of school until Spring Break begins. Glorious, wonderful Spring Break.

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Of course it would be nice if it was actually spring-like for Spring Break……..but at this point, we really don’t even care. No Siree, Bob, we don’t care one little bit.

AudreyPettit-Flourish-EveryMomentMini2‘Cause the small Miss and I have big plans for Spring Break. We’re heading to the beach for a big celebration. You see Spring Break is going to be a huge event in our house this year. Over Spring Break, my wee little peanut….my baby girl…..is turning 16.

AudreyPettit-Flourish-EveryMomentMini3I’m sure it won’t be very warm at the beach right now, but we are so looking forward to just being there, listening to the sounds of the waves crashing against the shore, smelling that salty sea air. We are going to stay up till all hours, sleep in late, and dig for seashells on the seashore. Eat at all the fancy restaurants, and lounge by the pool. Missy Nik wants to hit up the aquarium, too. Yup…big plans.

AudreyPettit-Flourish-EveryMomentMini4I have a feeling I’ll end up with tons of photos of the big event. So in thinking ahead, I decided to make her a special mini album to hold all her precious birthday mementos and photos. This is Authentique’s gorgeous new collection called Flourish.

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Since the big event hasn’t happened yet, it can be tricky trying to gauge exactly how many pages you might need ahead of time. That’s why I like to make my own albums from scratch, with a simple system like these binder rings. That way, you can add pages as you go, and can even go back later and add more pages if needed.

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For the inner pages, I used a combination of simple 4×6 paper panels, mixed with some 4×6 pocket pages. I figured the pockets will come in handy for storing mementos, journaling tags, or even extra photos.

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I inserted journaling pages, too, for writing down the stories, the events, and perhaps a random thought, or two.

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I’ve been loving the look of sequins and confetti that is so popular these days, so I made some of my own using a regular office hole punch, and created pockets for the front of my pockets.

AudreyPettit-Flourish-EveryMomentMini10I love how it turned out, and best thing is, I can continue to add more pages easily later on down the road.  If you’d like to learn more, I’ve got the complete step-by-step directions up on the Authentique blog.

AudreyPettit-Flourish-EveryMomentMini11Come on, Spring Break! We are ready for ya!

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BasicGrey | Mon Ami

Happy Monday, Sweeties! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Today I have a card to share with you that I made for the BasicGrey blog, along with a fun technique for creating an interesting paper pieced pattern using only a simple square paper punch.

AudreyPettit BG MonAmi HelloCardThe fun thing about paper piecing is that you can combine your pieces many different ways, using many different shapes and patterns, and create many unique looks. Play around and see how many patterns you can come up with, or go for a completely random mix, whichever you prefer. On my card today, I used a variety of papers from the Mon Ami 6 x 6″ paper pad  to create a fun chevron-stripe paper pieced background that is both eye-catching and super simple to do.

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Paired it with one of my shabby handmade flowers and some die cut branches layered onto a Mon Ami scalloped circle sticker. Added some pretty candy buttons and a stamped sentiment from The Details Capture clear stamp set. I stamped the image in red, then filled it in with a golden yellow to match.

AudreyPettit BG MonAmi HelloCard2I’ve got the complete step by step tutorial for creating my paper pieced background up on the BasicGrey blog, if you’d like to learn more.

So this weekend, since it is officially spring now and all, I decided to go ahead and pack up all my snowmen and winter decor. I’m ready for sunshine, and bunnies, and flowers, and baby chicks, and sweet spring things….

But now our forecast is predicting more possible snow for us tomorrow… I guess Old Man Winter is laughing. Perhaps that’s what I get for telling him to go away. Sigh

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Supplies:
Mon Ami 6×6 Paper Pad
Mon Ami Title Stickers
The Details Capture clear stamp set
Candy Buttons- Red and Cream

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Recently I dug through an old box of scrappy supplies. I guess that familiar adage, out of sight, out of mind, holds as true for scrappy stash as it does for anything else….because I’ve sure been neglecting this poor little box of goods.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix EverydayLifeCardSeems if I can’t see my loot, it doesn’t get used……
So out of the box came a big pile of stuff that’s now plopped onto the middle of my desk. Although I’m pretty disorganized to begin with, this new mess is already driving me crazy, getting in my way, and making me dig for every little thing.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix EverydayLifeCard2But…that little trick seems to be working. I’m using my stuff, if for no other reason than to just get it out of my way.  A bunch of old goods ended up in Jon’s mini album that way. And here today, on my little card.  Now, mixed with some of my new Sizzix dies and embossing folder, old supplies seems almost new again. And I find the line between caring about what’s new and what’s old, dulls a little bit.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix EverydayLifeCard3Of course new is always fun, too, and I do love the new Sizzix goodies. I used Eileen Hull’s new Polka Dots & Starflowers Textured Impression folders and gesso to create the de-bossed background, and her new Pleated Ruffle #2 decorative strip die on the text-print border across the middle. That’s Tim Holtz’ Movers & Shapers Mini Butterfly again, die cut in felt this time. And the new Framelits Leaves stamped and die cut from water color paper. I’ve got the complete step-by-step directions up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Today the girls and I are going to start painting our paper mache bunnies. Hopefully a coat or two of paint will transform my bunny from a blob of newspaper into a boutique beauty.

But I’m not holding my breath!

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Recently, my good buddy, Jon, celebrated his big 50th birthday. Of course a special occasion like that calls for a very special gift, and I’ve been pondering for quite some time just what I should do. But when I heard that Maya Road was teaming up with Therm O Web this week, I had my answer. Why not use one of Maya Road’s fabulous chipboard albums to create a mini album for Jon with all the photos I took when he came out here to visit? Bingo!

AudreyPettit Thermoweb MayaRoadAlbum2Now Jon came out to North Carolina to visit me oh, about a year and a half ago, so you can see I don’t move too quickly on things. I’m sure that boy had given up on the notion that I would ever send him a photo, let alone an entire album. So I think he was truly surprised by his gift.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb MayaRoadAlbumI really love how it turned out, too. I used Maya Road’s awesome 5-ring album, which was the perfect size. And with 9 chipboard pages, I was really able to add a lot of photos. Just what I needed.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb MayaRoadAlbum3Besides using a lot of photos, I also used a lot of old stash goodies I’ve been hoarding forever. For the first time ever, I actually used up every single sticker from a sheet, including even cutting up some of the negative shapes to use. And I believe that alone deserves a small congratulatory pat on the back. ;)

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For the inside pages, I stuck with my usual plan of attack for mini albums….coming up with a basic design and repeating it throughout the album. I think the whole album really flows well that way, and it does cut down on overall design time. A definite plus when you’ve got a lot of pages to cover.

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Papers, alpha stickers, and word strip stickers are from an older boy line from Authentique called Strong. Maya Road Kraft Library Cards and Envelopes keep my journaling hidden and hold extra photos, too.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb MayaRoadAlbum6I went a little crazy with some grungy stamping, and oh, my word, did I ever use some old stuff. Maybe you recognize some of it?

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Lots of pockets for hidden journaling, behind the photos as well as from the envelopes and pouches. I’ve got all the details and how-to’s up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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AudreyPettit Thermoweb MayaRoadAlbum12I’m so tickled with how it all came out, but best part? Jon said it was the best gift he’s ever received! Now how awesome is that?

Thanks for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you all a fabulous day!

Supplies:
Therm O Web SuperStik Glue Stick
Therm O Web SuperTape™ 1/4″ and 1/8″
Therm O Web 3D Zots™ Clear Adhesive Dots
Therm O Web Mini Tape Runner

Maya Road:
5 Ring Mini Album
Canvas Tags
Kraft Library Cards w/ Envelopes

Patterned Paper, Alpha Stickers, Word Stickers: Authentique
Cardstock Stickers: Teresa Collins
Stamps: BasicGrey, Studio Calico
Journaling Cards: Little Yellow Bicycle, Studio Calico, Crate Paper, October Afternoon
Stitched Pockets: Studio Calico
Ink: Stampin’Up, Clearsnap, Ranger

 

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These last two days have been pure spring here. Yesterday even reached a high of 78. What bliss! I tried to pack as much outside activity as I could into this little window of time, with long walks around the lake and lounging in my old camp chair in the sunshine on the back deck. Of course today we’re back to cold, gray, and rainy, but it sure was heaven while it lasted. I hope you all have had a spot of spring touch your neck of the woods, too.

AudreyPettit-Suave-DapperGiftCardEnvelopesToday, the girls and I are getting together for our weekly crafty play date. This time, we’re trying our hand at kind of a new medium for us…paper mache. I’ve got the tearing of paper and soaking in paste down pat. It’s just the building of the form underneath that is the great unknown. We are trying to make folk art bunnies, but I must admit…so far, mine looks like a bottle of salad dressing. :)

AudreyPettit-Suave-DapperGiftCardEnvelopes4Hopefully, my other paper crafting skills are a wee bit more recognizable. Like these fun gift card envelopes I made this week for the Authentique blog featuring their adorable new guy collection, Suave.

AudreyPettit-Suave-DapperGiftCardEnvelopes3I love giving gift cards for birthdays, holidays, and pretty much any special occasion.  But what I don’t particularly care for are the little envelopes that most gift cards come with.  They’re too plain, and quite frankly…downright boring. And who wants boring? Especially when it is so easy to create your own custom gift wrap, in very little time, with only a few basic supplies.

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 Love that you can quickly change the look and theme to these by switching up the colors and papers you use. It’s so easy, and fun, too. I’ve got the complete step-by-step directions up on the Authentique blog, if you’d like to learn more.
Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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