You make my heart melt

** 3/8/17 Top 3 at Christmas at Sweet Stampin’! **

Hi everyone! You’ll remember about a week ago I shared that I’m guesting for Jingle Belles this fortnight. My theme is Let the Flakes Fall Where They May and my challenge to you is to create a project that includes snow – snowflakes, snowmen, snowy landscape, etc. Well, I’m  back with a CAS mid-challenge project and it really doesn’t get any easier than this!

This adorable card was created with a scrap – the bottom portion of a 12 x 12 sheet that was leftover from a Christmas project. I cut it down, stamped the greeting and layered it on red cardstock.

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I used a Marvy Uchida Snow marker on the snowflakes. First time I’ve used it and OMG – I love this stuff! You ‘write’ with it and then hit it with your heat tool, and watch it poof up! What fun! :D

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I decorated the inside with the last remaining strip of that snowmen scrap (yep, I used it ALL), stamped the greeting with a snowflake and layered the panel on the red cardstock. I really am loving how this turned out! It always amazes me how something so simple can pack such a big punch! ;)

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I’m thinking outside the box and will enter this into a few ‘love’ challenges! ;)

Proud enter this fun card into the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks: #337 – Love
Alphabet Challenge Blog: X for X Marks the Spot (or Dots)
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: #173 – Valentine or Love Sentiment
CCC Digi Creations: #66 Add A Heart
Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ Challenge Blog: February Anything Goes
Christmas Cards All Year Round: February Challenge – Add Red and/or Pink and a Heart
Crafty Gals Corner: #109 – Shades of Red
Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra: February Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge: February Anything Goes
Creative Craft Cottage: #81 – Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog: #268 – Anything Goes
Daisy Chain Challenges: #5 – Have A Heart
Fab ‘n’ Funky: #337 – Wild About You
Incy Wincy Designs: Love
International Art & Soul: #1 Love Is In The Air
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #51 – Anything Goes
PDE Linky Party: #159 – Cards
Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog: #315 – Anything Goes
Pile It On: #126 – Hearts On Fire
Scrapping4fun Challenges: #83 – Friends, Love, Wedding, Valentine
Sunny Day Crafting: #35 – Box Cards or Regular Cards
Sweet Stampers Challenge Blog: #4 – Add A Sentiment
That’s Crafty Challenges: I Heart You
The Paper Girls: #121 – With Heart
Time Out Challenges: #76 – Inspired By Words
Use Your Stuff: #250 – Love Is In The Air
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #268/269 – Anything Goes

Recipe:
Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir ultra smooth premium white cardstock, Stampin’ Up! Real Red cardstock, Stampin’ Up! Santa & Co. DSP
Stamps: Paper Smooches Warm Hearts stamp set
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Real Red ink
Accessories: Marvy Uchida Snow marker

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and have found a little inspiration to play in our snowy challenge! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Dream Big Stationery Box

Hi everybody! I can’t even begin to tell you how stoked I am to be a new member of the Dare 2B Artzy design team! A dream come true! Awesome stamps, dies, ink and paper – I’m in my element! Today is my post day on the Dare 2B Artzy blog and I’m happy to share my first DT inspiration project using the Dream Big stamp set, Paradise and Margarita Lime inks, Botanical Breeze paper and Feather die.

I created a fun stationery box that holds a set of eight note cards. You know me… I love my fancy folds and 3-D projects, and this was an absolute blast to make! My inspiration once again came from Splitcoast Stampers (my favorite go-to place for inspiration) and you can find the tutorial HERE.

The box top features an embossed panel with a watercolored feather and some Crystal Drops. Yep, you can watercolor with these awesome inks!

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The top comes off and the front folds down to reveal a little ‘desk’ with a pen and pockets for goodies.

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I stamped on the desk and then clear embossed over the stamping using a stamp positioner.

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The note cards are in the large pocket and I’ve tucked gum and some neon yellow post-it notes in the smaller pockets. Love, love, love!

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My hubby had the idea of using tiny magnets on the slim panels on the back. Works great! I have him around for good reason, lol! ;)

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Here are shots of the note cards. Four have the stamped sentiment angled upward and four have the sentiment angled downward. They all have a watercolored feather die cut matching the one on the box lid as well as several Crystal Drops.

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I’d love to enter this fun project into the following challenges:
arbymiran Challenge: #77 – Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge: February Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog: #121 – Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts Challenge Blog: #33 – Anything Goes with option Add a Sentiment
Vilda Stamps Challenge Blog: February Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #268/269 – Anything Goes
Your Scrapbook Place: February Anything Goes

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project! Be sure to check out all of the Dare 2B Artzy products – I know you’re going to fall in love! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Dare 2B Artzy products used:

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Paper Accents 120# cardstock, Stampin’ Up! thick Whisper White and Mint Macaron cardstock, The Paper Cut Black cardstock
Accessories: Hero Arts white embossing powder, Ranger clear embossing powder, MISTI, Niji water brush, Apple Green Crystal Drops

Clutch Purse Gift Card Holder

Hi everyone! I’m back with another post, this time with a fun clutch purse gift card holder created for the new challenge over at Craft for the Craic! As you know, I’m a guestie for the next little while and it’s the 2nd Birthday/Anniversary of this sweet Irish challenge blog. The theme for February is “Something with Two on it” which could be the number two, two mediums, two colors, etc.

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What better way to say Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary than with a gift card… a gift card in a cute little clutch purse! I’m using double-sided paper featuring orange and green which covers the ‘two’ needed for the challenge theme. I fashioned the envelope out of matching paper and cardstock.

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When I found this clutch purse cut file in the Silhouette store, I knew I had to have it! I see lots of these in my future – great for any occasion! They are super easy and really pack a powerful punch! :)

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Happy to enter this gift card holder into the following challenges:
Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog: #121 – Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts Challenge Blog: #33 – Anything Goes with option Add a Sentiment
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #268/269 – Anything Goes
Your Scrapbook Place: February Anything Goes

Recipe:
Cardstock/Paper: K & Co. double-sided paper, GKD Tomato Soup cardstock
Accessories: Silhouette cut file

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and will consider linking up with us during February for the 2nd Birthday/Anniversary challenge! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

‘Tis the Season

Hi everybody! I’m super stoked to share that I’m guesting for Jingle Belles this fortnight! How awesome is that?! Really looking forward to crafting with Lauren and Stef, and knocking a couple Christmas cards out of the way! The theme I’ve chosen is Let the Flakes Fall Where they May – we’d like to see your projects include snow – in the form of snowflakes, snowmen, snowy landscape, etc. You get the picture! ;)

First up is a twisted gate fold. Anybody who knows me knows that I’m a fancy fold addict. This is one of the coolest folds I think I’ve ever seen – another thanks to Splitcoast Stampers for including the tutorial in a newsletter a few weeks back. And pardon the clear rod on the left side of the first photo… the card wasn’t cooperating and would not lie flat while I was taking the photographs. ;)

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I chose the snowy theme because I’m yearning for some ‘real’ winter weather. We’ve been intermittently running our air conditioning here in north Florida. I loved using the snowflake paper and layering it on the cool blue colors of cardstock. At least I can have some imaginary winter, lol!

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I adhered snowflake sequins to the layered sentiment circle on the front and also on the inside just beneath the sentiment.

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Here’s one final shot. So much fun! I really love this fold! ;)

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Proud to enter this fun fold into the following challenges:
Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra: February Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge: February Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog: #121 – Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts Challenge Blog: #33 – Anything Goes with option Add a Sentiment
Word Art Wednesday: Weeks #268/269 – Anything Goes
Your Scrapbook Place: February Anything Goes

Recipe:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White and Night of Navy cardstock, GKD Powder Blue cardstock, GKD Seasons Greetings and Pool Party 6×6 patterned paper
Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Peaceful Pines stamp set
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy ink
Dies/Punches: EK Success 2″ and 1-1/2″ scalloped punches, Stampin’ Up! 1-1/4″ and 1-3/4″ circle punches
Accessories: Winter Whites Rhinestones, Stampin’ Up! Frosted Sequins

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up a snowy project with us! Stay tuned for another snowy project from me next week! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Happy Anniversary

Hi everyone! I’m back with my final post today and a super fun project to share with you! The February House of Cards challenge is live this morning and I’m excited to share my DT inspiration project for Love Theme and/or Colors! What a gorgeous color palette!

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I created a paper bag card and envelope! Yep, I used two of those little kraft lunch bags, lol! So much fun! I chose several coordinating Stampin’ Up! papers and inked all the pieces with Antique Linen distress ink.

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All the hearts on this paper piece were colored with clear sparkle marker and then with Glossy Accents. I tied a bow on a white heart-shaped button with gold metallic thread and adhered it to the front.

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I created a tag to tuck into the slot on the front, and repetitively stamped the ‘now and forever’ sentiment along with some small hearts in three inks matching the papers.

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The inside features an inlaid die cut with a little stamping.

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Here’s one final shot of the closed card and back side of the envelope which features a stamped and punched heart. Really loving how this turned out!

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I’d love to enter this paper bag card and envelope into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #37 – Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft: #2 – Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge Blog: Week 400 – Let’s Celebrate
artbymiran Challenge: #76 – Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: #235 – Anything Goes
CCC Digi Creations: #66 – Add A Heart
Classic Design Team Open Challenge Blog: #11 – Anything Goes
Crafting by Designs: February Anything Goes
Crafts Encore Galore Challenge Blog: February Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge Blog: #18 – Anything Goes

Recipe:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up! Real Red and Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock, Stampin’ Up! Stacked With Love DSP
Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Groovy Love stamp set; Paper Smooches Delightful Greetings, Word Salad, Simply Said and Feline Friends stamp sets
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Real Red, Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe ink; Ranger Antique Linen distress ink; Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle
Dies/Punches: Paper Smooches Love Word 2 die
Accessories: Kraft lunch bags, Stampin’ Up! Sweetheart punch, MISTI, Glossy Accents

I hope you’ve found a little inspiration to create a project for our challenge this month – can’t wait to see whether you create a love-themed project or use the colors, or both! Thanks so much for stopping by – we’ll see you soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Happy Birthday Wishes

** 2/15/17 Special Mention at World Wide Open Design Team Monthly Challenge! **

Hi everyone! Happy Hump Day! It’s unbelievable how quickly January passed by us. It’s time for another fun challenge over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog and I’m stoked to share my DT inspiration project for February Anything Goes! I hope you will join us this month. Remember, we welcome all kinds of handmade projects – from cards, tags, ATCs and scrapbook layouts to 3-D projects, mixed media canvases and altered projects – and even knitting, crocheting and jewelry! We want to see whatever you’re working on!

Today I’m showcasing a 4″ square shutter card that I made using Stampin’ Up! products. I made my first one in shades of blue a while back and really loved it… so much so that I made another one, this time in warm tones of yellow and brown. Instead of my signature big bow on the front, I stamped and die cut a large layered flower with leaves. The closure is a tiny magnet under the sentiment tag. If you’re interested in the first one I made, you can see it HERE.

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Here are a few progressive shots of the card opening up – check out the shutter opening to reveal the inside sentiment. So fun! :D

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And finally, here’s a shot of the entire inside. Love the construction of this! I see another one of these in my near future – and it will be a different size! I do not recall exactly where I found the tutorial for this fold originally but I’ve searched and came up with one on YouTube that looks pretty similar HERE. Enjoy!

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I’m happy to enter this shutter card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #37 – Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft: #2 – Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge Blog: Week 400 – Let’s Celebrate
artbymiran Challenge: #76 – Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: #235 – Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge Blog: #11 – Anything Goes
Come and Get It Challenges: 3 or More Layers
Crafting by Designs: February Anything Goes
Crafting When We Can: #136 – Spots and/or Stripes
Crafts Encore Galore Challenge Blog: February Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: Anything Goes
Crafty Friends: #50 – Girly
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge Blog: #18 – Anything Goes

Recipe:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up! Soft Suede, Hello Honey and Old Olive cardstock; Stampin’ Up! English Garden DSP
Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Petite Pairs and Birthday Blossoms stamps
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Sahara Sand, Delightful Dijon and Mossy Meadow ink
Dies/Punches: Stampin’ Up! 2-1/2″ and 2″ Circle punches, Stampin’ Up! Pansy Punch, Spellbinders A2 Curved Matting Basics B die
Accessories: Yellow gemstones, Candi Mini, small round magnet

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will consider linking up with us this month! We’d love to see what you’re working on! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Today’s Forecast:

Hello, my crafty friends! We’re a month into the new year… happy February 1st! Today would have been my parents’ 69th wedding anniversary and I’m sure they are celebrating in heaven! It’s time for a new challenge over at Love To Scrap Challenge Blog and I’m thrilled to share my DT inspiration project for LTSCB #94 – Who Loves You Baby! Our sponsors this month are Graciellie Design, Sparkle N Sprinkle and Lawn Fawn – so come on over and play with us!

I chose the absolutely adorable LSS ‘Emily Showers of Love’from Sparkle N Sprinkle for my love card. I had such a good time putting this card together! I chose a couple coordinating dainty pink papers and layered them on black cardstock.

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You can’t see it in the photos but I colored the raining hearts with clear sparkle marker for some pretty shimmer. I added my big bow with several loops of black metallic thread behind it, and played with some Crystal Drops!

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The inside sentiment was part of the image set and is just perfect! I layered the panel on black and pink cardstock.

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Proud to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #37 – Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft: #2 – Anything Goes
artbymiran Challenge: #76 – Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: #235 – Anything Goes
CCC Digi Creations: #66 – Add A Heart
Classic Design Team Open Challenge Blog: #11 – Anything Goes
Color It Create It Show It Off: February Challenge – Anything Goes
Come and Get It Challenges: 3 or More Layers
Craft-Dee BowZ: February Challenge – Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow
Crafting by Designs: February Anything Goes
Crafting When We Can: #136 – Spots and/or Stripes
Crafts Encore Galore Challenge Blog: February Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: Anything Goes
Crafty Friends: #50 – Girly

Recipe:
Cardstock/Paper: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock; Stampin’ Up! Blushing Bride and Basic Black cardstock; Stampin’ Up! Subtles DSP Stack
Stamps: LSS Emily Showers of Love digital image from Sparkle N Sprinkle
Ink: Spectrum Noir- PP1, PP2, PP4, PP5, FS3, FS6, GB3, GB4, TB3, LG5, TN5; SN Crystal Clear Sparkle Overlay marker
Dies/Punches: Cottage Cutz Double-Stitched Rectangles die
Accessories: Carnation Pink Crystal Drops, RRR Delicate Stitched Satin pink ribbon, Stampin’ Up! black metallic thread

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will consider creating a ‘love’ project to enter in our challenge this month! And be sure to visit Graciellie Design, Sparkle N Sprinkle and Lawn Fawn – I know you’ll find something you just can’t live without! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Seasons Greetings Christmas Challenge DT

Update: This challenge blog abruptly closed down in mid-April, after only a couple challenges. :(

Hi everyone! I have another tidbit of great news to share… I’ve been invited to join the brand new Seasons Greetings Christmas Challenge DT! Woo-hoo! I’m really looking forward to creating with these talented ladies!

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Our challenges will go live on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, with Team Kangaroo showcasing their Christmas creations on the second Tuesday and Team Koala (my team) showcasing theirs on the fourth Tuesday of each month. All challenges are Anything Goes and there will always be an optional twist that you can follow if you want – they are there to inspire to you and are not mandatory to participate in the challenge. With two challenges per month, what an absolutely wonderful way to get all your Christmas cards knocked out of the way before Christmas!

The older I get the more I love Christmas and what it means. I typically love creating cards with lots of layers and my big signature bows. My goal this year is to make Christmas cards with less dimension that are easier to mail and not require additional postage. I’m really looking forward to having all my cards made ahead of time which will definitely minimize holiday stress. I’m also looking forward to using rubber/clear stamps in my stash for my creations.

Our first challenge will launch on February 14th. My first project will showcase on February 28th, so stay tuned! I hope you’re as excited as I am! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Dare 2B Artzy Design Team

Woo-hoo! I’m super stoked to announce that I’ve been invited to join the Dare 2B Artzy DT! I’m so excited I can barely contain myself… busting at the seams! We finally get to blab, lol!

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Have you seen their products?! Oh, my! So excited to be working with the amazing stamps, dies, paper and inks! Be sure to check them all out HERE! And stay tuned for my first D2BA project post in slightly less than a week! You’re gonna love it! ;)

Cindy just got back from CHA where quite a few new stamp sets and dies were released, so stay tuned for a blog hop in a few weeks on the Dare 2B Artzy Blog! You’ll think you’ve gone to heaven!

Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon!  #doingthehappydance

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Friend

** 1/25/17 Top 5 at Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog! **
** 1/31/17 Winner at Color It Create It Show It Off! **
** 2/7/17 Winner at Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog! **

Hi everyone! Hope you’re having a great week! This is my very first crafty post on my new blog and I couldn’t be more stoked! I realize it’ll be a while before all my blogger friends find me here but I’m still excited and hope it won’t take too long. It was definitely time to make a switch and I wanted something cheerful and fun, so I created this blog (named after my beloved Love To Scrap!) in some pretty bright colors! Our newest challenge at Let’s Craft and Create began on the 5th and I’m happy to share my mid-month DT inspiration project for Challenge #121 – Things With Wings! I created a monochrome friendship card in shades of teal with a pop of black.

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I used coordinating Stampin’ Up! stamps, ink, papers and cardstock, and colored the flowers with matching Spectrum Noir markers. Can you believe there’s no big bow?! LOL

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My first spinner card! I stamped the dragonfly on the spinner and colored the wings with clear Wink of Stella for a little shimmer.

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Dragonflies are so majestic and beautiful – right up there with butterflies in my opinion. I really enjoyed creating this card and love how it turned out.

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I’m happy to enter this fun spinner card into the following challenges:


Recipe:

Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, Island Indigo and Basic Black cardstock, Stampin’ Up! Regals DSP Stack
Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Awesomely Artistic stamp set
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Island Indigo ink, Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Dies/Punches: Stampin’ Up! 2″ and 1-1/4″ Circle Punches, Spellbinders Classic Circle die
Accessories: Clear Wink of Stella, MISTI, White threadI hope you’ve enjoyed this project and will consider playing in our ‘things with wings’ challenge this time!Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

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