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Friends & Hearts…

There are so many different parts of my “job” I love and one of them is being able to make just a little something for a friend “just because”.  We don’t always need a reason for a thoughtful gift…

So I made this for a neighbor/friend I met only a year or so ago.  We just “clicked” and have so much in common…

Being as Valentine’s is next week, this seemed the perfect gift to share with her…

And a close up…

There aren’t many instructions for this one.  The frame is from Hobby Lobby and should fit in nicely with her home décor.  Hopefully she will use this each year at Valentine time.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Real Red Cardstock
  • Ink:  Basic Gray and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Sheltering Tree and Hello Life (retired, sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Confetti Hearts Border Punch, Craft White Ink, small round brush

Digits

  • The open in this mat is 5″ x 5″ so I cut the Thick Whisper White 5-1/2″ square.
  • Stamp the tree image slightly left of center in Basic Gray.  With small round brush and Craft White Ink Refill, highlight left side of tree trunk and top side of limbs.  Let dry or heat.
  • Punch hearts with Confetti Hearts Border Punch with Real Red Cardstock.  Using Multipurpose Glue add hearts.  I kept the larger ones to the center and smaller hearts out.  Place a few hearts falling to the ground.
  • Add sentiment in Archival Basic Black.
  • Run a bead of multipurpose glue around edges and place behind mat.

Classes today and Monday here at Rambling Rose Studio.  We are making some really pretty projects I hope everyone will be excited about.

Spring weather is back here in Tennessee…I’ll take it!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

My two furbabies always dance with me rain or shine…

Stay inky…Be Happy!

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Hugs & Kisses…

All paper artist are working fast and furious to be ready for Valentines…almost like we were for Christmas.  Valentines is not my favorite holiday, but it comes in a close second and heaven knows there are projects on every surface in my studio in various stages of completion.

One of my “peeps” makes 30+ table favors each month for a ladies luncheon and she is always looking for new ideas.  Recently I offered a Valentine matchbox idea to her and promised I’d post the box with directions.  Well I’d better get my bum in gear or she won’t need them!

The size of the box was determined by cutting one of SU!’s Whisper White notecards in half to use as the Valentine card on top of the box…

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Here’s a different view…

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plenty of room inside to write a love note…  And a close up…

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a little kiss inside.

This may be a heavy photo post, but may make it easier for those of you who haven’t made a matchbox before.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Real Red Cardstock, Gold Foil and Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black and Blushing Bride
  • Stamps:  Sealed With Love
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Gold Baker’s Twine, Sealed With Love Thinlits
  • Digits
  • Let’s build the inside box first.  Cut a piece of Thick Whisper White 3-1/2″ x 5″.  Score on all sides 3/4″.  Your piece should look like this…

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  • Cut the tabs on each end and slightly trim the one side…

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  • Burnish all fold lines with bone folder and put Tear “n Tape on each tab.  Fold tabs inside to create box.
  • To make the cover that slides over the box, cut a piece of Thick Whisper White 3-1/2″ x 6-3/4″.  Score on the long side at 3/4″, 3-1/4″, 4″, 6-1/2″

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  • Place Tear ‘n Tape on 1/4″ score tab. Burnish all score lines and tuck 1/4″ tab behind the first 3/4″ score.
  • Cut (2) DSP 2-3/8″ x 3-3/8″ and attach to this piece.  Cut (2) DSP 3/4″ x 3-3/8″ and attach to this piece.
  • Cut (2) DSP 3/4″ x 2-3/8″ for ends of box.  Slide box inside cover.
  • Cut a 3-1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White notecard in half to make two 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ cards for box top.
  • Decorate your Valentine with a piece of DSP 2-3/8″ x 3-3/8″.  Cut heart border from Thick Whisper White and trim to fit box cover.  Attach with SNAIL to right side.  Cut one envelope, one small note from Whisper White.  Cut hearts from Real Red.  Cut envelope flap liner from DSP, cut arrow from Gold Foil
  • Fill your sweet note box with candy.

Hope you give this matchbox a try.  You can make it any size your need.

Another historical day…how many presidents have I seen sworn into office…lots.  God bless America!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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And stay inky…you are sure to be HaPpY!

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Love in a Box…

Yesterday a roomful of stamping peeps were treated with these Valentine “love” boxes filled with sweet treats and given with lots of love…

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Just a little something to let them know how much I appreciate their friendship and the opportunity to share with them this paper art, stamping obsession I have.

These 4″ x 4″ boxes with the clear slip on cover are the perfect size to fill with sweet treats packed in a cellophane bag, both items are offered in the annual Stampin’ Up! catalog.

The Designer Series Paper is the Sending Love Paper Stack on pg 15 of the new Occasions Catalog cut 2″ x 6″ (it takes two pieces to wrap the box).  The sweet treats were packages inside cello bags offered in the Annual Catalog.  Slip on the clear box cover and tie your bow on top.

Here I’ve used several different SU! Ribbons from my stash and added the tag made with the Scalloped and Stitched Circle Framelits Dies.

The Sentiment was stamped with the Sealed with Love Stamp Set on page 15 of the Occasions Catalog including the “kiss”. I used Real Red and Blushing Bride ink and tied it on with Linen Thread.

Today I am in Florida with “the Littles”.  Woke them up this morning (they were asleep when I arrived last night) to take them to school.  We made a deal for after school this afternoon.  They made promises of things they would do and I promised to take them for ice cream.  Mom moms are allowed to do that!

The weather here is amazing.  In fact I told the kids I was going swimmming today.

Hope you are having an awesome day…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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You’re welcome.

Inky fingers = HaPpY!

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Golden Anniversary…

It’s somewhat unusual these days…a couple staying together 50 years.  So when that happens in my life, it’s the perfect opportunity to make them a special card to celebrate the occasion.

This new stamp set (releasing in January 2017) called “So in Love” along with the coordinating So Detailed Thinlits Dies was my choice for today’s post…

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This whole suite of coordinating products on pages 50 – 52 is awesome.  (If you need a catalog, leave me a message)  I mean, SU! thought of everything!  Now I’m using this card for an anniversary, but it would so make the perfect wedding card or Valentine’s.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Very Vanilla Cardstock, Gold Foil and Falling in Love Designer Series Paper
  • Ink;  VersaMark
  • Stamps:  So in Love
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Very Vanilla 1/4″ Satin Ribbon, Falling in Love Embellishments, Linen Thread, So Detailed Thinlits and Gold Embossing Powder

Digits

  • The Very Vanilla base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The DSP layer is 5-1/4″ x 4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • Cut two Gold Foil panels.  You can fold the solid side around the fold and one side of the card front or leave them showing and overlap the panels in the center.  Attach with small dots of multipurpose glue.
  • The “belly band” is 1-1/2″ x 11″.  Stamp sentiment and flower in VersaMark Ink, sprinkle with Gold Embossing Powder and heat.  Fold around card center and attach together at back with SNAIL.  Add Very Vanilla embellishments with multipurpose glue.
  • Make several loops with 1/4″ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Attach to lower center of “belly band” with glue dots.
  • Inside (I should have taken a pic) there is a Gold Foil layer 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ with a Very Vanilla layer over it 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  There is one flower in the lower right corner created with VersaMark Ink and Gold Embossing Powder.

Very elegant card if you have a Golden Anniversary coming up or a wedding…

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek today…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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And keep those fingers inky…you’ll be HaPpY!

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A Love Note…

Do you remember in elementary school making a Valentine mailbox?  All the kids in your class would drop a card inside and some of the messages ended with “check yes or no”?

Pretty soon Valentine love notes will be all digital…

But today we can enjoy making those love notes and sending them to all the special people in our lives.  Here’s one that will work for almost anyone on your list…

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Isn’t that heart border pretty? …and so easy to do.  Inside the small envelope is a small love note that says, “I love you”.  How sweet is that?  If you were making these with your kids or g’kids, you could just make the 3″ square with the envelope and love note inside.  Simple!

Either way, here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Real Red Cardstock, plus Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Real Red, Blushing Bride and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Sealed with Love
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1/2″ Seam Binding (retired), Linen Thread, Stitched Squares Framelits, Scalloped Square Framelits, Love Notes Framelits

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • Cut front edge with hearts border framelit.  I trimmed away the edge on the right side of the hearts because they weren’t trimmed evenly.
  • Add a piece of DSP on the card front 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″ with SNAIL.
  • Cut a Real Red Scalloped square and a Thick Whisper White stitched square to fit over the Real Red square.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black on Whisper White layer.  Attach squares together with SNAIL and to card front with SNAIL.
  • Cut envelope from scrap Whisper White attaching corners with glue dots.  Cut envelope flap liner from DSP and attach to envelope flap with SNAIL.  Add to card front squares bottom center with multipurpose glue.
  • Stamp small hearts in Blushing Bride and Real Red (use markers to color) on scrap Whisper White and cut with framelit.  Stamp “I Love You” sentiment on this small note and slide into envelope.
  • Inside there is a 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ Real Red layer with a 4-1/8″ x 3-1/8″ Whisper White layer.  Stamp some hearts in Real Red and Blushing Bride in lower right corner and on envelope to coordinate.

Valentine’s, weddings and anniversary celebrations will be a snap with this bundle in your inventory.  This set you will use over and over all year long.

My stamping “peeps” will be coming over Monday for our annual Christmas party.  We are doing a “shoebox swap”, swapping and taking gifts under $10 and oh yes! eating our favorite holiday snacks brought by all.  Hot apple cider and lots of good cheer.  It will be a fun day here at the studio!  Wish you all could be here…how much fun would that be?

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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sounds reasonable.

Good time to stay inky and be HaPpPy!

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So In Love (again)…

My Christmas cards are made and half the envelopes have been addressed…but no two are alike.  Nope, no mass producing here because I’ve been making Christmas cards since August!

So you will understand when I tell you the post today is not a Christmas card?

Today the stamp set “So In Love” was used for a Valentine, wedding or anniversary card.  Or a card for anytime you just want to let someone know you love them.

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and the inside looks like this…

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An “anytime” I love you card…right?

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock plus Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Real Red and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  So In Love
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1/2″ White Seam Binding, Circles and Squares Stitched Framelits, Linen Thread

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The first DSP layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ .
  • Cut a piece of a different patterned DSP 1-3/4″ x 6″ and attach to first DSP diagonally with SNAIL.  Turn to back and trim corners.  Add this layer to card front with SNAIL.
  • Using Real Red Ink and stem with leaves stamp, create a wreath on a scrap of Thick Whisper White.  Add sentiment in center with Archival Basic Black Ink.  Cut out with Circles Stitched Framelit that fits your wreath best.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Make a multi-looped bow with ribbon and tie center with Linen Thread.  Attach to card front under wreath with Glue Dots.
  • Using Real Red Cardstock and a  Scalloped Square Framelit and a Stitched Square Framelit from Whisper White that will fit just inside the Scalloped square attached with SNAIL.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black and attach to card inside with SNAIL.
  • The heart was cut from DSP and attached with SNAIL.

Real Red Ink and Whisper White Cardstock are a color combination that is always crisp, clean and pleasing to the eye.

Do you forgive me for not posting Christmas cards?  How many of you have already come up with the design, bought the supplies and at least have started producing your cards?  That’s what I thought.  If not, let me know.  I will send you ideas with your favorite current stamp set.

Today begins the Year End Sales at Stampin’ Up!  There are some REALLY good deals out there.  If you’d like to shop, click here.

Did you know Sale-A-Bration starts January 1st?  It is the best time of the year to become a SU! Demo with no obligations and all kinds of perks.  I’d be so happy to welcome you to our group, the Rambling Rose BUDS.  Have questions?  Leave me a message…

Here is your “B-ism” for today…

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Stay inky…be HaPpY!

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So In Love…

It’s my guess most of you have either finished your own Christmas cards or at least have decided on the design and they are a work in progress.  So today I’d like to give you a peek at some more new products coming up January 1st…

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and inside…

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This just may be my anniversary card for Sweetums this February…I love everything about this card.  The watercoloring, stitched framelits and the sentiment.  This card combines two new sets and also new Designer Series Paper “Falling In Love”.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Blushing Bride, Basic Grey, and Thick Whisper White Cardstock plus Water Color Paper and Falling In Love Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black and Strawberry Slush
  • Stamps:  Mediterranean Moments and So In Love (sentiments)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Oval Stitched Framelits, Silver Doily, 5/8″ Basic Grey Ribbon (retired), SU! Water Color Pencils and a small round water color brush

Digits

  • The Blushing Bride base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Designer Series Paper layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Silver Doily was attached to card front at right middle with Multipurpose Glue
  • The Basic Grey layer is 3-1/8″ x 4-5/8″.
  • The Water Color Paper layer is 3″ x 4-1/2″.  Stamped with Archival Basic Black, colored with SU! Water Color Pencils and painted with a small round brush and water.  Add to Basic Grey layer with Multipurpose Glue.
  • Add ribbon to right side and tie in knot.  Add layers to card front with Multipurpose Glue.
  • Stamp sentiment in Basic Black and Strawberry Slush on Thick Whisper White CS.  Cut out with Stitched Oval Framelit and attach top left with dimensionals.
  • Inside the Basic Grey layer is 3-1/8″ x 4-5/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The Whisper White layer is 3″ x 4-1/2″.  Stamp sentiment in Basic Black and Strawberry Slush at top center.  Run SNAIL across back of 4″ of ribbon then lay down with pleats at bottom right.  Attach to Basic Grey layer with SNAIL.

We were up half the night as our weather alert alarms were very active with severe thunderstorms and tornado alerts.  You’ve probably seen the fire devastation in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on the national news.  Those fires were fueled by strong wind sheers and of course the extreme drought suffered in this area since last spring…the perfect storm.  Gatlinburg is about a 90 minute drive from where we live and a popular tourist destination in the Great Smoky Mountains.

The first market experience is notched on my belt!  Two ten-hour days of “first” experiences.  I came home with very little product, which is good!  I met lots of new people including several who asked me to email my class schedule and gave away some catalogs.  My respect for festival and market vendors is at a new high…it is so much work before the event, during and after.  Would I do it again?  Ask me in a week or so…

Hope you liked this card today.  It would make a valentine, anniversary or even a wedding card I think.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Be sure to come back tomorrow and in the meantime….

Stay inky…Be HaPpY!

 

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Valentine Sweets…

Valentines is almost here…lots of cards filled with love have been sent and now sweet treats are being wrapped up and made ready to give.

These treat “bags” were made from January’s Paper Pumpkin Kit…just another option from the banner design included in the kit…

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These will go to Yoga class tomorrow for my favorite yogis…chocolate is relaxing right?

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Paper Pumpkin (January) hearts
  • Ink:  Watermelon Wonder
  • Stamps:  January Paper Pumpkin
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments: 1 1/4″ Watermelon Wonder Ribbon, 5/8″ Real Red Satin Ribbon, Doilies, Gold Foil hearts from Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit

Digits

  • Put two coordinating hearts together and attach a band of ribbon with enough adhesive to hold it in place while you stitch the hearts together leaving the top open.
  • Decorate and stamp to your hearts content.  Flowers would be pretty too!
  • Give to your favorite Valentine!

I’ll be traveling this week to Ft. Myers to attend my sister’s Celebration of Life service on Friday…but, I will have a post ready for you each day this week so stay tuned…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Hope you are inky…and HaPpY!

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Dimensional Heart…

Thank you Paper Pumpkin January for the great Valentine gift…the actual project is always great, but there are always so many other options for these monthly kits…

Here’s one option I used at the Valentine celebration class this month.  This hanging ornament was placed in the center of a cake plate and surrounded by yummy Ghiradelli Chocoate Brownies…

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This hanging ornament is only one of the projects finished from the January Paper Pumpkin.  There were four sweet treat Valentine bags filled with goodies, a heart banner and four cards.  I loved this kit…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper: Four of the PPkit hearts, Watermelon Wonder, Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizazz, Basic Black and Whisper White.
  • Ink:  none
  • Stamps:  none
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Rose Garden Thinlets, Botanical Blooms Framelits, Love Blossoms Embellishments Kit and 1/4″ Calypso Coral ribbon

Digits

  • Sew the four hearts with looped ribbon placed in the center together down the middle and separate heart sections.  There should be a loop of ribbon at the top and four or more lengths of ribbon hanging at the bottom.
  • Decorate each section with flower blooms, Roses cut from DSP with framelit, some of the Gold Foil hearts from the embellishment kit, etc.  Just decorate each section to your heart’s content.
  • Tie a bow at the top and bottom and hang.

Today is class day at Rambling Rose Studio and it was so much fun.  Some of these girls have been coming so long, they take my design and kit and go with their own thing.  It can be amazing what they come up with.  We enjoyed a little Valentine refreshment too.

Next month we’ll be getting ready for Easter and Spring!  I’m so looking forward to that.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Yep I did and do…my grandmother too!

Hope you are inky and HaPpY!

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Frame My Heart…

Lots of Valentine stamping has been going on at Rambling Rose Studios…my mind has been spinning at almost an uncontrollable pace with ideas that can’t be made fast enough. Today’s post is a home décor piece that would definitely fit for Valentines or maybe a wedding shower or anniversary…

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and here’s a close up of the deminsion created with the flower thinlets… framedheart1

Before you ask…the frame was $16.99 less 40% at Hobby Lobby and the entire frame looks like this… framedheart2

The back side is a chalk board which would be handy on a shower table for messages.  Then the whole frame could be a gift. The frame size is 8 x 10 but the matted opening is 5 x 7.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you

Stuff 

  • Paper: Pool Party, Mossy Meadow, Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black, Thick Whisper White Cardstock plus two hearts from this month’s Paper Pumpkin and the background is Neutrals Designer Series Pack
  • Ink:  Watermelon Wonder and Pool Party
  • Stamps:  none
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Botanical Blooms Thinlets Dies, 1 1/4″ Watermelon Wonder Ribbon, Linen Thread

Digits

  • The background DSP was cut 8 x 10.  The Watermelon Wonder heart and grey strip heart were attached with adhesive slightly skewed so you would see both colors and then to the background with adhesive.
  • Punch out a bunch of flowers in all three colors and sponge with ink in same color with a dauber.  I put Watermelon Wonder lightly on the Whisper White.  Cut lots of leaves of your choice in Mossy Meadow and a lighter green too if you’d like the contrast.
  • Start at the top of the right side of the heart with the larger blooms following the curve of the heart.  Stack different colors and sizes of blooms and centers with glue dots and dimensionals until you are happy with how your bigger blooms look.
  • Now use Tombow glue and get all your leaves where you like them.
  • Fill in all around your larger blooms with smaller ones.  Quit when you like it!
  • Make two small and two larger loops with the ribbon and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Add to top left of background with glue dots.

I’m definitely keeping this one, unless I find this frame in white, and bringing it out each February for Valentines and our wedding anniversary which is also in February. Thanks for stopping by this weekend.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Ink really…

Come get inky with me and Be HaPpY!

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