Watermelon Peony

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Ok, my post name might be a little deceiving since I usually use part of the stamp set name but the flower in the new You’ve Got This looks like a peony to me.  And I love peonies.  And they are blooming so beautifully in Virginia right now….but not in my yard.  I finally found the perfect spot for one and planted it but I don’t think it is going to bloom this year.  But I’m patient.  Because I see the amazing flowers in my friend’s yard a couple of doors down.  Instead I just created one in my stamp room!

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I got to meet with my hostess club last Saturday and this is one of the cards we made.  I had just gotten my preorder box from Stampin’ Up on Friday and I flew down to the stamp room to make something so my friends could see this awesome new stamp.  I pulled out the Tip Top Taupe (you know you just want to say that over and over) and inked up the cross-hatch stamp.  I stamped it off a couple of times before stamping onto Whisper White.  Then I stamped this peony and the sentiment in full strength Taupe.  One more time I stamped the flower top on another piece of Whisper White and pulled out my Blender Pen to use with Watermelon Wonder and Delightful Dijon.  I quickly cut the flower after coloring and attached with Glue Dots.  I had curled the petals just a little before attaching.  I popped the image panel up on Dimensionals and put it on a Tip Top Taupe base.  Some Basic Pearls add a special touch.

For those of you in the United States, I hope you have a happy and safe Memorial Day.  If you get the opportunity, take the time to stop and remember those who have sacrificed so much for all of us.  Enjoy a day of soccer, a moment with friends, and a hug from family knowing that these are possible because of those who chose to serve.  Back next week with another showcase of the new colors.  Until then, thanks so much for stopping in!
May Sneak Peek

I’m so excited to share my new edition of Stamps on the Fly!  You all know how much I love working with sketches and I thought it would be fun to share that with you.  I have a page up telling you all the details including the links on how to get these PDF tutorials for FREE!

Available for international customers and demonstrators too!  Just click below for all the details!

Stamps on the Fly – May Sketch Edition

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Stamp:  You’ve Got This; Paper:  Whisper White, Tip Top Taupe; Ink:  Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder; Accessories:  Blender Pen, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #187

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So I do still exist.  Sorry about the extended break from posting but I just had to take care of family and work things with stamping falling to the back burner.  I don’t often write about my work schedule, mostly from a family safety point of view.  But I have been on a leave of absence from United Airlines for the past 3.5 months because of my husband’s military responsibilities.  United was amazing enough to allow for the leave but there are things I have to accomplish when that time is over to be in good standing.  Needless to say, I don’t want to abuse the privilege afforded when they help my family out so much.  So last week I had to head out to Denver for requalification on my airplane and that took a bit of logistics planning and preparation, as you can imagine.  I am blessed with friends and a community that provided so much help and I am grateful beyond measure.

I can safely say that I missed a great week over at Freshly Made Sketches but we have another all ready for you.  Our hostess, the incredible Cindy Lovell has such a creative and fun sketch for us this week.  I needed something that I could use while still distracted with tons of work stuff and this was just the thing!FMS187 - You've Got This

Just in time for me to get back from Denver, my pre-order from the new Stampin’ Up catalog arrived.  Yippee!!!  I ordered a new stamp set called You’ve Got This and the new In Colors.  So here is my ode to Mint Macaron.  This color is really pretty, don’t you think?  I admit that I didn’t depart too much from the sketch but hopefully you’ll over look that as you see the pretty new things.  I took my Butterfly Thinlits and used them to cut this new In Color Envelope Paper.  There are stripes and a wood grain print backed with the plain color all on paper that is a bit thinner and great for lining envelopes…..or cutting with thinlits!  I added a piece of the new 1″ Dotted Lace Trim in the Mint and a tag cut from the Chalk Talk Framelits out of White Vellum.  This sentiment is one that is great for so many cards and I’m so happy with this stamp set (more with that one later this week).  I added a little bit of thread behind the butterfly to finish.

FMS Final 187-001The ladies over at Freshly Made Sketches have created beautiful inspiration for you.  Week in and week out, this team brings the most lovely work to share.  And never mind the laughs over on our design team FB thread.  I’m so fortunate to be a part of this group!!  Make sure you go over and say hi to them and thank Cindy for this great sketch.

And to you, my followers.  Thank you for understanding the craziness of my schedule.  I’ll see what I can do to get ahead so there won’t be any large breaks again soon.  I’m back to flying for the June schedule so if you are traveling over the summer, keep an eye out for me!!

Thanks so much for dropping in today.  See you again soon!
May Sneak Peek

I’m so excited to share my new edition of Stamps on the Fly!  You all know how much I love working with sketches and I thought it would be fun to share that with you.  I have a page up telling you all the details including the links on how to get these PDF tutorials for FREE!

Available for international customers and demonstrators too!  Just click below for all the details!

Stamps on the Fly – May Sketch Edition

Click HERE to purchase wonderful Stampin’ Up products!

Stamp:  You’ve Got This; Paper:  Whisper White, White Vellum; Ink:  Mint Macaron; Accessories:  Big Shot, Chalk Talk Framelits, Butterflies Thinlits, Heat Tool, Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder, 1″Dotted Lace Trim, Vintage Faceted Button, Thread

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Stampin’ Addicts Retiring Stamps Hop – Regarding Dahlias

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Wow am I happy to be hopping with my friends over at Stampin’ Addicts this week.  They are some of my favorite stampers and I always love the inspiration I find in their hops.  It is time to bid a fond farewell to our retiring stamp sets and it will certainly be hard to say good-bye to some of them.

If you just came over from the wonderful Carmen of Stamping Addiction, I’m so glad you are here!  Don’t you love her projects with Quinceanera?  If you want to see everyone who is hopping or if you get lost along the way, just click over to the Stampin’ Addicts site for the entire list.

So I chose one of my favorite ever stamp sets for the hop.  Regarding Dahlias has that fabulous flower.  Seriously, it cannot make a bad card this flower.  But then there are the great sentiments too!  I find myself pulling them all the time!

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My first card today is all about gold!  I took the flower and stamped it in Gold Encore ink then heat embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I cut the panel so that I could allow a strip of the Gold Foil to show through.  A super easy way to add some wow!  The Gold Basic Button is tied with the metallic threads from the Gold Metallic Baker’s Twine and I added a sentiment from Flower Patch.  I love the clean elegance of this card!

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Next up is a card using my favorite color combination for this flower.  Cherry Cobbler with black and white/vanilla.  Typeset DSP provides the the background and stripes details.  The flower and sentiment are stamped on Very Vanilla card stock.  I popped some layers up on Dimensionals and added some Basic Pearls that were colored with a black Sharpie marker.

I hope you like today’s projects.  Like you, I can’t wait to see all that the others have for inspiration!  Hop on over to my friend Heidi at Running w/Scissors Stamper to continue on your way around.  She has some wonderful things to show you with Starburst Sayings.  So glad you dropped in today.  See you again soon!

Click HERE to purchase these wonderful Stampin’ Up products!

Stamps:  Regarding Dahlias, Flower Patch; Paper:  Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Typeset DSP, Basic Black; Ink:  Gold Encore, Momento Tuxedo Black, Cherry Cobbler; Accessories:  Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Basic Gold Button, Gold Metallic Baker’s Twine, Basic Pearls

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May Sneak Peek

I’m so excited to share my new edition of Stamps on the Fly!  You all know how much I love working with sketches and I thought it would be fun to share that with you.  I have a page up telling you all the details including the links on how to get these PDF tutorials for FREE!

Available for international customers and demonstrators too!  Just click below for all the details!

Stamps on the Fly – May Sketch Edition

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Freshly Made Sketches #185

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Another week is flying by!  I hope that your week has been wonderful so far.  I know it is shocking to hear but mine has been full of more…..soccer.  Yes, I knew you’d be surprised.  *smile*  My oldest son is on his school soccer team as well as his travel team.  Between both boys, someone has been in a game for the last 4 days.  It is so fun to watch the dedication of these kids, coaches and parents.

Over at Freshly Made Sketches, we have a fun new challenge from our hostess Cindy Hall.  Cindy is one of the kindest people and her beautiful cards are a sure way to make you smile!  She has come up with a fun sketch that can be super clean or a bit fancy.  You’ll have fun with it for sure!

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I needed a boost of some fresh art last week so I ordered this new stamp from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps – Mon Ami.  I love this simple, modern flower and that great font on the sentiment.  And it is perfect for simple coloring with Copics.  I played pretty quickly with them for this one and I am pretty happy with the result.  The strips in the background come from the retired Fresh Prints DSP stack which is topped with some Real Red card stock.  A quick card for a busy week.  With any luck, I’ll be able to share some pictures of what else I’ve been working on soon.  Painting….but not on cards!

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I do have something fun coming up that is card related.  I’ll be participating in a retiring stamp hop starting on Friday.  Can’t wait to have you come join us!  My team mates over at Freshly Made Sketches have created some real beauties for our challenge today.  Make sure you head on over to see what they have to share!

Thanks so much for dropping in today.  See you again soon!
May Sneak Peek

I’m so excited to share my new edition of Stamps on the Fly!  You all know how much I love working with sketches and I thought it would be fun to share that with you.  I have a page up telling you all the details including the links on how to get these PDF tutorials for FREE!

Available for international customers and demonstrators too!  Just click below for all the details!

Stamps on the Fly – May Sketch Edition

Click HERE to purchase wonderful Stampin’ Up products!

Stamp:  Mon Ami (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps); Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red, Fresh Prints DSP; Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Copics (shown above); Accessories:  Big Shot, Mon Ami Fleur Fri-dies, Dimensionals

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Stamps on the Fly – May Sketch Edition

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I’m so excited to share my latest edition of Stamps on the Fly!  You all know how much I love working with sketches and I thought it would be fun to share that with you.  I have a page up telling you all the details including the links on how to get these PDF tutorials for FREE!

This month’s sketch takes a current trend and uses it in a variety of ways…so much fun!  The card styles vary so they are perfect for any stamper’s repertoire.  This month’s cards focus on different uses for DSP and fun punch/die cut ideas.  How do you get it??  Just click below for all the details!

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Stamp Review Crew – Butterfly Basics

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I am so excited to be a part of this amazing group of Stampin’ Up demonstrators!  If you haven’t heard of “The Crew” yet, you are going to be so thrilled with this.  We are here to show you the versatility of one stamp set every time we hop (the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month).  We have a whole team of people and different stampers participate each time.  Like you, we look to find ways to maximize our investments and the single focus on one set allows you to see all the possibilities!  This week, our featured stamp is Butterfly Basics.  This set is a favorite from the Occasions Catalog and I’m so thrilled it has made it to the new 2015-16 Stampin’ Up Catalog too!

If you just came over from the wonderful Tanya Boser, I’m so glad you are here!  If you want to see everyone who is hopping or if you get lost along the way, just click over to The Stamp Review Crew blog.

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I thought I’d combine this beautiful stamp set with some retiring favorites!  This Natural Filter paper is so  pretty especially when texture is added to it.  I used the Honeycomb TIEF to add the background design and then sewed it onto a Crumb Cake card base.  I stamped the retiring Dictionary stamp in Crumb Cake ink onto this tag from Chalk Talk that was cut from Naturals Ivory card stock, added the little watermark and then the leaves from Butterfly Basics in Mossy Meadow.  The butterfly from the set is stamped in Blackberry Bliss and cut by hand.  I added some Basic Pearls, the Venetian Crochet Trim and a mini clothespin to finish.

I hope you like today’s card.  Like you, I can’t wait to see all that the others have for inspiration!  Hop on over to Betty Traciak to continue on your way around.  So glad you dropped in today.  See you again soon!

Click HERE to purchase these wonderful Stampin’ Up products!

Stamps:  Butterfly Basics, Dictionary; Paper:  Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory; Ink:  Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss; Accessories:  Big Shot, Honeycomb TIEF, Venetian Crochet Trim, Basic Pearls, Mini Clothespin, Sewing Machine, Dimensionals

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May Sneak Peek

I’m so excited to share my new edition of Stamps on the Fly!  You all know how much I love working with sketches and I thought it would be fun to share that with you.  I have a page up telling you all the details including the links on how to get these PDF tutorials for FREE!

Available for international customers and demonstrators too!  Just click below for all the details!

Stamps on the Fly – May Sketch Edition

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Freshly Made Sketches #184

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Such a great day here in Northern Virginia!!  We are finally having real live beautiful spring weather (complete with the requisite pollen, of course).  I was out planting flowers and some herbs yesterday!  So wonderful!  All my outside time, and the continuing soccer-palooza, has cut into my crafting time.  Thank goodness for Freshly Made Sketches to keep me on track!  My friend Kim is sending us “over the edge” this week with her sketch.  Perfect for how I’m feeling with our family schedule this week!!  *smile*

FMS184 - Be You(tiful)Kim’s sketch is so smart and fun.  She has an element hanging over the edge of the card.  Just narrow your base to accommodate how much the element goes over.  That keeps it able to be mailed easily.  I made my card base 5-1/2″ x 4″ (once folded).  Now….I need a moment of silence for the retiring Naturals Ivory Card Stock.  This has been a favorite of mine for, well, forever.  I love the little speckles and I especially love it in the fall.  I love how it takes ink just a little differently than the smooth card stocks which adds to a vintage look with no actual work.  I stamped the border from Butterfly Basics twice in Crumb Cake.  Then I stamped the big flower from Flower Patch in Crumb Cake and the smaller one in Pool Party and fussy cut them out.  There are framelits but I didn’t want the borders on this.  The sentiment is from Flower Patch too and I love this one!!!  A Basic Gold Button tied with Linen Thread to finish.

I hope you are having a lovely week too.  Don’t forget that the Retirement List (and sale) is still on and you can see what is still available at my Online Store.  I’m excited to be learning more about the new catalog as the Convention in Australia gets underway tomorrow (stalk the demos from down under to see the exciting developments…I will be….).  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  See you soon!

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SOTF - April Sneak Peek

I’m so excited to share my new edition of Stamps on the Fly!  You all know how much I love working with sketches and I thought it would be fun to share that with you.  I have a brand new page up telling you all the details including the links on how to get these PDF tutorials for FREE!

Available for international customers and demonstrators too!  Just click below for all the details!

Stamps on the Fly – April Sketch Edition

Click HERE to purchase wonderful Stampin’ Up products!

Stamp:  Butterfly Basics, Flower Patch; Paper:  Naturals Ivory; Ink:  Crumb Cake, Pool Party; Accessories:  Basic Gold Button, Linen Thread, Dimensionals

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Fancy Friday – Good bye friends

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I am so excited to share with you this month’s project with for our Fancy Friday monthly hop!  If you just came over from the amazing Jeanna, welcome to the next stop.  My friends and I want to be able to share with you our ideas in a monthly format.  We will use different themes each month – sometimes colors, sometimes a sketch, sometimes a stamp set focus.  The one thing you can count on is that it will be fancy!  Over our year on the 2013 Artisan Design Team,  “fancy” became our word to describe the best projects, the best new clothes, even the best pedicure colors.  Now we want to share with you our take on “fancy” each month.  This month our theme is “We will miss you”!  We are making projects with items on the newly released Retirement List.

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I think this sentiment from Hi There is so fabulous!  The perfect cursive!  And a great size to combine with other stamps.  I created the ‘friend’ with my Alphabet Rotary Stamp (not retiring, thank goodness) using Lost Lagoon and they work together perfectly.  The ‘hello’ is stamped and embossed with Crushed Curry Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I used my Piercing Tool down one side of the Whisper White panel and attached a button tied with Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine.  I added the background polka dot pattern from the Flowerpot dsp for some color and a Night of Navy panel underneath the image for a little pop.  This is such a fun card to make and you can change your sentiment to fit whomever you want to say hello to!

My oh so talented friend Mercedes Weber is up next!   As always, you are going to love what she created!

And you can click our logo above to get to the Fancy Friday Pinterest page!

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Click HERE to purchase these wonderful Stampin’ Up products!

SOTF - April Sneak Peek

I’m so excited to share my new edition of Stamps on the Fly!  You all know how much I love working with sketches and I thought it would be fun to share that with you.  I have a brand new page up telling you all the details including the links on how to get these PDF tutorials for FREE!

Available for international customers and demonstrators too!  Just click below for all the details!

Stamps on the Fly – April Sketch Edition

Click HERE to purchase wonderful Stampin’ Up products!

* items = Retiring

Stamp:  Hi There*, Alphabet Rotary Stamp; Paper:  Whisper White, Flowerpot*, Night of Navy; Ink:  Crushed Curry, Lost Lagoon; Accessories:  Heat Tool, Crushed Curry Stampin’ Emboss Powder*, Essentials Piercing Mat*, Piercing Tool, Button (colored with Blendabilities*), Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine

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Freshly Made Sketches #183

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Wow, oh wow….we really did break the internet yesterday with the release of Stampin’ Up’s Retirement List.  The site was overwhelmed with orders and was even down for a while.  I suspect things have calmed down a bit today so if you weren’t quite ready to jump into the fray, it should be safe today.  *smile*

Our sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches this week comes from my friend Linda Callahan.  She always seems to come up with just what I need to prod my mojo along!  Since I had seen a preview of the retiring items on Monday when the Australian retirement list came out, I pulled out one of my favorite sets from the list to show you.

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First of all, I’m channeling a little bit of my friend Amy O’Neill here, don’t you think?!  These seem like her kind of colors!!  I can safely say that I’m using her kind of stamp set because she is the one who “made” me buy it.  Regarding Dahlias is a set that is never, ever the wrong choice.  I resisted it at first but after seeing all the amazing cards Amy was making with it after it was released, I just had to have it.  One of my best purchases!!  My FMS friends are all well known enablers but I have to really thank Amy on this one!!  Almost everything on this card will be retiring.  The Epic Day Washi Tape along the bottom is on the list (and isn’t Washi perfect for the sketch?!).  The stamp set, of course, and the Basic Gray Baker’s Twine along with the Coastal Cabana (an In Color) base and the Basic Gray Ink Pad (which I used for the sentiment).  Now they are reformulating the Basic Gray and the Basic Black so never to fear.  They aren’t REALLY gone.  I used Calypso Coral ink for the flower and a button in the same color.  Those are staying.  Whew!

FMS Final 183-001You are going to have a blast with the sketch this week.  I predict a gigantic gallery!!  The team has done their usual brilliant work.  Watch out for them…..you are sure to be enabled!!

I’ll be back on Friday with this month’s edition of the Fancy Friday Blog Hop.  My fancy friends and I have a real treat planned for you!  I hope you are having a wonderful week and I can’t wait to see you Friday.  Until then, thanks for stopping in!
SOTF - April Sneak Peek

I’m so excited to share my new edition of Stamps on the Fly!  You all know how much I love working with sketches and I thought it would be fun to share that with you.  I have a brand new page up telling you all the details including the links on how to get these PDF tutorials for FREE!

Available for international customers and demonstrators too!  Just click below for all the details!

Stamps on the Fly – April Sketch Edition

Click HERE to purchase wonderful Stampin’ Up products!

Stamp:  Regarding Dahlias; Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Basic Gray; Ink:  Calypso Coral, Basic Gray; Accessories:  Epic Day Washi Tape, Subtles Button, Basic Gray Baker’s Twine

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Butterflies and Retirements!

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One of the rituals of the Stampin’ Up year is saying goodbye to an annual catalog.  The farewells start with the release of the Retirement List.  Today is the day and it has been released.  And great news, the items are discounted!!  Oh yes they are!  You can see all the items in list form by clicking here:  2015 Retiring Products.  But the easier way is to go over to my Demonstrator site and just start adding things to your shopping bag.  Because these are as supplies last on accessories!!  Click here to get right to the shopping page (and don’t forget to use hostess code XKWBHEMQ and get your Stamps on the Fly – April Sketch Edition tutorials FREE with a $35 order):  Jennifer’ Stampin’ Up Store.

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I thought I should share this card that uses Dictionary in the background.  This stamp set is on the retiring list and is one of my favorites!  You will want to have this one!!  Also, Stampin’ Up has created this cute video showing some more of the items.

On to other news….

THE BUTTERFLIES ARE BACK!!

After a (very) long migration, the Butterflies Thinlits Dies have landed in our warehouse and are now available for purchase!

Remember, you and your customers can take advantage of two special offers through April 30:

  1. Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount–just $21.20!
  2. Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at a 15 percent discount and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)!

SOTF - April Sneak Peek

I’m so excited to share my new edition of Stamps on the Fly!  You all know how much I love working with sketches and I thought it would be fun to share that with you.  I have a brand new page up telling you all the details including the links on how to get these PDF tutorials for FREE!

Available for international customers and demonstrators too!  Just click below for all the details!

Stamps on the Fly – April Sketch Edition

Click HERE to purchase wonderful Stampin’ Up products!

Stamps:  Dictionary, Another Thank You; Paper:  Watercolor, Basic Black; Ink:  Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Momento Black; Accessories:  Button, Thread, Heat Tool, Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder

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