Christmas 2014 Stockings from Painter’s Drop Cloth

Hey Crafters!! I hope you’re all getting your Christmastime Crafting done. Me? Well, a little bit. My stocking project turned out pretty cute.

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I bought a painter’s tarp product at my local Lowe’s. The sales associate that greeted me in the painting isle, tore the corner open so I could look at the fabric. I’d asked her if she thought it was paintable? We decided it was.

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Now that my project is done and not wearing very well, and I tore Millie’s stuffing it with goodies. I wish I had invested in a real canvas painter’s tarp/drop cloth. My concept was great, this particular product I purchased not so great… I spent around $8.00 for this paper drop cloth backed with plastic wrap. I was trying to pinch pennies.

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I had a couple of stocking patterns, one was a cardboard that came in a store bought stocking and the other was hand drawn? They’ve been in my pattern stash for years! I reworked them by trimming or adding to them until I thought I had one that looked feminine and one that was bigger and bulkier and masculine.

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There was tons of this painter’s paper in the package. I ended up cutting 4 pieces of each pattern per stocking, so they were double thickness for the fronts and the backs. I stitched 2 pieces right sides together and turned them (some of them tore where my stitching ended as I was turning them right side out), stitched 2 more pieces right sides together and turned them. Laid one on top of another and top stitched them together, forming the stocking. I had to be very strategic and turn the torn edges to the inside of the stockings. ;(

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I really wanted a swirly pattern across the cuffs, but I just didn’t have a stamp that was big enough to do the job. I ended up using the jumbo Love wheel from Stampin’UP! I got great results by smoothing the acrylic paint out on my palette with my finger (a paint brush or foam paint brush would have worked well here too). A few drops of paint go a long way. ;)

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For the Guy stockings, I used a Plaid foam fabric stamp, in the shape of a mitten. I had previously cut the cuff off of the stamp to make it easier to use. I do this often with these thick foam stamps and cut them with a sharp paring knife from the kitchen. That way, I can stamp each section the color I want and not have to worry about lining the stamp up each time for each section of stamping.

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My original plan was to stamp the Girl cuffs in Blue and the Guy cuffs in Red, then the Mittens in Blue for the Guys. The Snowflakes really needed to be Blue and somehow I got lost in creating and stamped all of the Cuffs in Red. It all worked out and I was pleased with the end results of my acrylic paint stamping.

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For the Girls stockings, I also used a Plaid foam fabric stamp set, Snowflake that is 2 layers. I really thought I would only use the large image, but after doing the Mittens in both Red and Blue, I felt the Snowflakes need to be Red and Blue too. When the red stamped over the blue it created purple, cool!

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These foam Alphabet stamps are a bit juvenille, but perfect for my hand made stockings

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Be sure to wash your foam stamps in cold water with a little bit of dish liquid soap. I use Dawn, it is amazing for many things, including washing out fresh paint. It’s okay to use an old tooth brush or finger nail brush, but gently. Towel dry them with paper towels and then let them air dry, face up.

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December 2014 Name Tags & Beautiful Snowman Chair

Hey Crafters!! Can you believe Christmas is just days away?! Me neither. This month’s tag is a Saltbox Studio stamp from a set called, Candle Glow SBS102 and it’s companion sentiment set SBS202 the sentiment, A Season Of Light, stamped in Tsukineko’s Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored in with Copics.

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A close up. ;)

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The Video Tutorial.

The Beautiful Snowman Chair from Kenda’s Paint shop in Republic, MO. I ran into the Print shop and when I came out to get in my car, I saw Kenda’s shop. Ran in to see what was going on in there and purchased this fun chair. Doesn’t she do a great job!? I love Snowmen!! I just can not resist them…so, why try? Merry Christmas!

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Nov 2014 Name Tags

Hey Crafters!! Can you believe it’s time for Name Tags?! Me either.

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The products used for these tags are: Canson 140 lb. cold press water color paper. I get mine at Wal-mart, they are also carrying some Strathmore, but I didn’t like the way it looked. LOL It was thinner than the Canson. :0

I stamped on the rough side of the paper with StazOn Black ink and used my Stampin’UP! water based Dye re-inkers as water colors and applied them by wetting the water color paper first with water and dropping the inks in those wet areas. It’s a no stress way to water color. Anyone can do it.

This Inkadinkado stamp set is called, Harvest Inchie Bundle 60-30179. You will need an aqua painter or a paint brush and some water, plus your choice of water color paints or markers. Easy Peasy!

Don’t throw away your boo-boo’s make them work for you! I did this by sponging the stray inks on my paper towel (where I cleaned my aqua brush) right over the smeared ink or boo-boo.

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Happy Halloween 2014

Hey Crafters!! Happy Halloween! We are not handing out candy, but I thought I would share my decorations.

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Owl Salt & Pepper shakers! Totally Fall…

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Some of of My favorite Halloween decorations, my sweet ghost (w/night light inside, but I never use the light because it has a really short cord, my sweet neighbor Shirley Pingle made this. I believe she did it all from start to finish in her home. She poured the molds, glazed them and cured them in her own kiln. Mom and I would go to her house and purchase fun things, for the holidays. The gourds are from last Fall, if you can believe that. The lumpy pumpkin under the witch hat has been on the frig ALL year and it’s still orange! Crazy, I know! I picked up that pumpkin plate at a second hand shop years ago, those little teapot S & Ps too. Halloween is from Gordman’s.

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This door wreath is SO OLD…Mike’s aunt Deborah made it for me eons ago, something like 25 years ago, it’s actually a peachy orange color and came with a large metal horse (this horse is in a closet somewhere, I stumble upon it now and again) on it that her boyfriend, Larry cut out by hand with metal shears. I’ve wrapped a faux grapes w/green leaves swag around it, plus a faux fall leaves swag and a lovely fall pick with pumpkins and tiny gourds, and a beautiful sheer burnt orange bow on a pick that came with some fresh flowers (I just can’t bring myself to throw pretty things away!) About 5 years ago I wrapped all of the odds and ends around this old wreath and gave it new life and I love it, so this is how it stays. I stick in in a closet until the next Fall.

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One of my Favorite spoon rests, from Gordman’s. I love these little ceramic plates so much!

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A wall hanging that we made at Katie’s Girls Night, she requested a fan fold wall hanging based on one I had made for her and Amber 4th of July 2013. This 2 sided paper came from American Crafts ? it’s some I picked up at Tuesday morning out of season. I cut the 12 x 12″ card stock into 4 inch wide strips (3 in. strips would have made better use of my card stock, but I had plenty for 7 to 8 kits and rolled on). The 4 strips were scored @ every 1/2″ and adhered together end to end to form a circle, foam core circles were cut at 2 and 1/2″ and glued to the center on each side of the fan folded rounds to keep them in place. Large circles of card stock were cut to glue over the foam core and became the base to glue the Sizzix Owl #2 die cut to. A witches hat from another Sizzix die, ?, the broom was also from this die and cut in water color paper (we doodled on the broom with alcohol markers and a fine point marker).

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The Spider Web and Spider are from My Favorite Things die set, they were cut from water color paper that I water colored with black and blue WC paints before die cutting. We added glitter to the spiders with some glossy accents. The ALPHA dies for both sides are from Sizzix Serif Essentials die set. A length of cotton yarn makes a loop for hanging, glued behind the large base circle on one side of the wall hanging. They were fun to make, but took way too long to construct in a group setting. There was a Mary Kay lady who came to do pedicures (which was actually wrapping our feet in hot rags). Our plan was to split the ladies into 2 groups, one would craft and one would get their pedicures, so things could get done in a timely manner, but the MK lady didn’t agree. I will have to come up with a craft that is less complicated next time. I originally used hot glue on my sample, but since we had several toddlers at our party, I just didn’t feel it would be safe and we used glossy accents and guick grab glue, which slowed down our time too.

October 2014 Name Tags

Hey Crafters!! October’s name tags are stamped with Inkadinkado’s, Creepy Lane (cat and pumpkin in the window), in Memento Tuxedo black ink on heavy weight card stock from The Paper Studio and colored with Copics and a Bic Mark it Alcohol markers. The October abbreviation is stamped in Ranger archival jet black ink, with Months of the Year by The Paper Studio.

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I love this window image. I’m having so much fun with my copics! I love the magic blending that happens with alcohol markers. Enjoy!!

Party Crowd Birthday Card Oct 2014

Hey Crafters!! Our daughter’s husband Cody, turned 25 this October. They were out of town on his birthday, enjoying Universal Studios and the Harry Potter theme park. And while I do have a Harry Potter stamp, from when Amuse had their stamp store, I have been collecting “music” and “band” theme products for some time now. The most recent goodies were purchased at JoAnn’s online this past Summer and I will be sharing those in a video soon!

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This is a very odd sized card base cut in heavy weight white card stock by The Paper Studio. The card size was dictated by the size of the “Party Crowd” die, from Die-Versions, it measures 6 in. x 1 7/8 in. I knew I had to HAVE this die as soon as I laid eyes on it. It could be used for so many occasions, that I hope to share as time goes by. I love products that make my mind race with ideas. I think that is part of the charm of paper crafting products, for Me. I’m sure it has nothing to do with my die addiction…LOL

I hand cut a sad stencil for uplighting, that was all wrong, but you don’t know until you’re done! Does anyone remember Christopher Lowell, interior decorator, with all of his uplighting under plants? My stencil only had 2 uplights and it should have had 3 or 5, that I moved back and forth across the front of the card, sponging in Stampin’UP! dye inks in bright and light colors, overlapping them. I was left with these odd diamond shapes that I masked with post-it tape and filled in.

The flags are a single stamp, from the $1.00 bin at Michael’s, Hampton Art, 2010 Katie & co. Isn’t it fun? I stamped it in Memento black ink across the card, hand drawing the little bow strings holding them together, and stamped them again on white card stock, then colored the flags with Copic markers, fussy cut them and popped them up on foam adhesive.

The speakers were hand cut according to the size of the crowd and the card in black CS. The centers of the speakers were punched with a 1 in. and 1/2 in. circle punch, the half in circles punched first in the dark blue CS, then the 1 inch punch hovered over the 1/2 in. opening and punched. The 1 in. circles were elevated on foam adhesive. I doodled on the 1/2 in. circles with some alcohol markers. Birthday sentiment from Close to my Heart Birthday C1257 (retired). The 25 came from The Paper Studio’s stamp set, Months of the Year and I hand wrote th after 25. I can’t believe these kids are 25!! Already! Music Notes, from SSS set called Music 2 My Ears, by Kristina Werner.

Our baby, Cody’s baby, loves Spongebob and we see his metallic balloons at Wal-mart every time we shop, so I thought it would be funny to make a Spongebob and Patrick balloon for the inside of the card. I stamped the images in Memento Black ink and colored them with Copics, used a circle punch to punch them out and hand cut the bottoms of the balloons. This fun SU stamp set called, Stem Sayings (Retired), was used for the strings of the balloons, stamped in Ranger Archival Jet Black ink.

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Copic Haul Aug 2014

Hey Crafters!! I purchased 35 Copic markers for my Birthday!! Yay!! My first Copics. LOL Scroll all the way to the bottom for some crafter’s links that I found helpful and interesting.

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I’ve been investigating and making notes all year about these miraculous markers. I purchased some MFT A La Mode and Pure Innocence girls earlier this year and have had a ball coloring them with my Bic Mark Its and it’s pushed me over the edge to a point where I knew I had to have Copics!
I love shopping at Scrap-Mart, they have free shipping on a lot of items, including Copics!! Yay!!

I chose the colors that I wanted, unfortunately Scrap-Mart didn’t have all of the markers I ordered by the time they filled my order but they did have a 20% off sale going. And I made a 2nd order with JoAnn’s Online, they had a special $2.99 shipping. So I got my 35 markers from both places for $160.19, a mere $28.54 less than a 36 piece kit. If I had it to do again, I would probably just order a kit. There are nice options in both 24 piece and 36 piece, but they just didn’t seem to have all of the colors I wanted.
Click here for my Haul Video

Yes, I am shameless, a tongue tied plug about my unexpected encounter with Laurence Fishburne @ Greenblatt’s Deli, during my copic haul video. Any mention of West HOLLYWOOD, CA will take me there in an instant for the rest of my life. I will get around to posting about it and a few more cellebrity sitings and some pictures.

Here are the colors I chose:
Two, 0 Blender markers
No. 0 Neutral Gray (pale gray)
E00 Skin White (caucasian)
Two by accident, Y32 Cashmere (pale yellow)
E95 Flesh Pink (peachy skin tone is almost the same thing as R12 below)
E70 Ash Rose (tan skin tone)
Y26 Mustard (a wheat color)
E35 Chamois (a deep tan)
E27 Africano (dark brown)
Y13 Lemon Yellow (bright yellow)
Y18 Lightning Yellow (almost neon yellow)
YG06 Yellowish Green (a deep pastel green)
YG25 Celadon Green (yellow version of
G07 Nile Green (good strong grass green)
G99 Olive (dark olive green)
B0000 Pale Celestine (pale light blue)
B12 Ice Blue (a fresh med. pastel blue)
B14 Light Blue (intense medium blue)
B18 Lapis Lazuli (dark indigo blue)
V09 Violet (deep purple)
V22 Ash Lavender (pale gray purple)
BV11 Soft Violet (lilac purple)
BV13 Hydrangea Blue (deep almost denim blue purple)
RV52 Cotton Candy (pale pastel pink)
RV55 Hollyhock (deep strong pink)
R56 Currant (paler mauve)
R59 Cardinal (fresh deep red cherries)
RV69 Peony (deeper than R59, just darker)
R12 Light Tea Rose (light peach, a tad lighter than E95 above)
YR68 Orange (good medium orange)
R14 Light Rouge (deep medium orange)
R17 Lipstick Orange (red orange, a couple of steps deeper than R14)
R29 Lipstick Red (a clear medium red, true cool red)

I need some more skin tones and the refill for E00. These are on my wish list:
Baked Clay E99 (wet cat pot color)
Pale Fruit Pink E000 (just a tinge darker than Skin White E00)
Barely Beige E11 (very neutral looking beige on SD’s skin tone list)
Lt Suntain E13 (nice beige)
Special Black 110 (looks like a very dark gray-on line)
Atoll YR65 (a bright light orange, looks like the Bic Summer Melon I use a lot)
Yellow Y06 (pale yellow I don’t need, looks darker online than the Y13 I have)
Tahitian Blue B04 (med. blue that I want for my Bic-Hot Aqua a deep teal)
or Process Blue B05 (med. blue deeper than B04)
or Petroleum Blue BG07 (med. blue green toward teal)
Pale Purple RV000 (barely there pink ? is how it looks online)
Raspberry RV66 (mauve purple)
Prawn R24 (orange/rosey blush, I’m drawn to it!, it’s very similar to R43)
or Coral R35 (pinky blush…I will need to see how similar it is to R43)
or Bougainvillaea R43 (peachy pink) Just pick one! LOL
Cool Gray C1 (pale gray darker than No. O Gray-the palest one)
Cool Gray C4 (a nice gray between C1 and my Bic Mark it Cloud Nine gray)
Pistachio G43 (almost a florescent green-how it looks online)

Jennifer McGuire’s Copics

Suzanne Dean’s Copics List (you will have to click through, start list, blending list, etc. to see her lists and jot them down or download the lists)

Sandy Allnock’s Skin Tones Video

September 2014 Name Tags

Hey Crafters!! Happy Fall! Time is hurtling past me as what ever I have hurt above my lumbar fusion is taking it’s toll on me, and I’m late with this tag…

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This month’s tag is made using a home made stamp that my Katie made in 2001, when she was 12. LOL I made table clothes, for my mother and myself, stamping the leaf in acrylic paint probably the year Katie made this stamp. And it’s always a nice surprise, when Fall rolls around, each year, and I reach for that gorgeous table cloth. I forget about these fun things I have made years ago!

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I needed something quick and easy, so the rock’n roll technique fits that bill nicely! My cards are cut to 3 1/4 in. x 2 1/2 in. to fit the name badges from Wal-mart, heavy weight white card stock by The Paper Studio, picked up at my local Hobby Lobby. Leaf stamped with Stampin’UP! inks in Pumpkin Pie and the edges rolled in Cherry Cobbler for the first generation leaf stamped on the R side of the card. Then, second generation stamping on the left side of the card, without re-inking the leaf stamp, breathing on it to reactive the ink. I almost like that 2nd generation leaf better! LOL Then, clipping the corners with a corner rounder and sponging around the edges of the tags with Rich Razzleberry. The month, Sep. was stamped in Ranger’s Archival Jet Black ink, with The Months of the Year calendar set by, The Paper Studio. Copics R17 Lipstick Red and RV69 Peony to color in the veins of the leaves.

Enjoy!!

View my Video Here

Wedding Card, David & Jennette Oct 2014

Hey Crafters!! Fall is upon us! And lots of rain here in S.W. Missiouri. I’m so far behind on posting my crafty stuff.

I got to know Jennette on our trip to W. Hollywood, California in August. She and I went along with our guys, while they attended some work training. What a fun trip! I have yet to do a full post about it. We shared a hotel room with them, since the guys were already roomed together and the rooms were $375.00 per night.

I have never met anyone that I have so much in common with, besides my bestie from my childhood.
Jennette is so much fun, she is the age of my daughter and we just chatted the time away. While on our trip, we also shopped and perused some lovely cream colored wedding gowns and her finger nails were painted a lovely light blue. I used both for inspiration while creating her wedding card.

My base card ended up being this odd card stock, picked up at Wal-mart, it’s a weird Kraft by Colorbok, with a very smooth surface. But it’s the best I had in a neutral color, 8 1/2 in. x 11 in., scored @ 5 1/2″ and folded in half.

The Bride and Groom die is from Quickutz, it’s a cookie cutter die set. The Bride and Groom were cut in Black CS. A white scrap of CS was added behind the Groom to mimic his shirt and left sleeve cuff. The die packaging shows the flower in the bride’s hair, but I chose to use it as boutineer in blue to match the bouquet. The scroll stamp is from, Print Works-Elegant Patterns Q027, stamped in an Arch around the couple, in Stampin’UP! Crumb Cake ink. Copics E35 and Y26 were doodled underneath the Bride and Grooms feet to mimic the floor.

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Her Dress was created by cutting the Bride a second time in Cream colored CS. I cut the head off with small scissors. The fed the neck through the back of a Martha Stewart heart punch, so that the top of the heart would make a Sweet Heart neck line/breast line. The sash was cut in blue CS and doodled on with Copic marker B12.

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I used a ProvoCraft embossing folder (?) all over the dress, if you know the name of it , please share it with me. LOL Copic NO. Neutral Gray was drawn over the raised areas of the embossing as well as doodled around the edges of the dress and to mimic drape lines and extra lace in the front of the leg area and even over the feet. I was so tempted to darken the feet to a dark gray or black, but I resisted. I’m still not sure if it was the right choice! LOL Home made envelope to fit the card.

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There is a veil die with this set, but I didn’t take Jennette as a veil kind of girl and decided to use the single flower in her hair, it was cut in Cream CS too and doodled on with Copic marker NO. Neutral Gray and G99 Olive (green)for the leaves. The bouquet was cut in Blue CS and I used the G99 Olive in random directions for leaves of roses, by just laying the brush tip sideways and stamping with it. (I wondered if I could do that and it was Very Cool indeed, that it worked). I cut 6 flowers in Blue and doodled on them with Copics B12 or B14 ? for the rose part and G99 for the leaves. The bouquet was raised up on 2 foam squares, the 5 outer flowers were glued down with dots of Glossy Accents (but I layed them on very gently, so they wouldn’t lie completely flat) and then popped up the center flower on 2 layers of foam squares cut really tiny. (the edges of the foam double sided mounting tape, were disguised by coloring the edges with the G99 Copic marker).

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I LOVE it! I was so pleased with myself and this card. LOL However, her wedding dress was knee lenght. She had a wreath of orange and cream colored flowers in her hair and I felt as if I’d failed. A few days later David told me how she loved the card. When I shared with him my thoughts of failure he reassured me that blue was her favorite color. LOL So, I didn’t do too bad after all.

Acrylic Painting Class Aug. 2014

Hey Crafters!! In August, Katie surprised me with an Acrylic painting class for my birthday, at a local shop in Downtown Springfield, MO. What a fun surprise! She’d made me pick a date from 3 days near my birthday and told me not to wear good clothes. LOL The day I chose, was called Fiery Trees. We hit a local coffee shop right before class, also a fun treat.

My Sweet Katie, she always comes up with a fun thing to do, or makes me some fun personalized, stitched or pottery goodies.

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The instructors were so sweet and kind. The class was 2 hours long. I have painted in Acrylics more than any other medium and I love the Donna Dewberry technique. With Donna’s technique, you double load your paint brush with a dark and a light paint that gives you highlights and shading all in one fell swoop. Yes, it’s perfect for those of us who don’t know how to highlight or shade. But, this class was a bit intimidating, especially due to the time limit of 2 hours.

Katie and I with our paintings. LOL Why wasn’t I smiling? I always think I am. I’m so tired these days, whatever I’ve hurt above my rods and screws is really sapping my energy.

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I was nervous, not knowing what we were going to be doing. Some of the paint brushes were so worn out, which made them hard to use. I did ask for a better brush for Katie, when she got frustrated half way through our paintings. I liked Katie’s painting better than mine. LOL

If you look at this last picture, mine is on the left. We started at the white space (where there is NO paint) and worked our way out from there. I followed the directions for a 4 inch radius and then completely lost the concept of blending the colors from one to another and just did my own thing. I don’t know if it was the ragged brushes or just me! It was still a fun experience, all things considered, I would do it again. They also have a class where you send in a picture of your pet and they sketch it out for you on the canvas, and all you have to do is fill it in. Wouldn’t that be fun?

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