Spoiling the Doctors & Nurses!!!

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Happy Friday everyone!!! Today, I just wanted to share a little on how we have enjoyed spoiling the Doctors & Nurses at our Baby Ziggy appointments. It’s something that is so small and simple to me but yet I think it makes a great impact on them. We LOVE everyone in the office and really appreciate their kindness and thoughtfulness through this entire pregnancy. We actually enjoy going to each appointment because we get to see our friends! I will miss them once Ziggy arrives for sure! 🙂

Spoiling the Doctors & Nurses, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

Here are 2 of the goodies that we took. I fell in love with Jelly Beans over Easter and thought I would share some! I simply took a cellophane bag and added some Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper to the back with a little stamped greeting. The greeting says You Make Me So Happy but I crossed out me and wrote in Us! The top was tied off with some Lemon Lime Twist Striped Ribbon! This was easy and simple!

The April Paper Pumpkin Kit (check it out here) had those fabulous greetings with You Are a Lifesaver. I took some Lifesaver Mints and added them to a Clear Envelope. Then I just used some leftover twine from the kit to tie around it and add the card. This was a great way to use up those little cards since they were too small to mail and they fit the occasion perfectly!

Apparently I didn’t take pictures of most of the treats we took in. I used the January Paper Pumpkin Kit for our Valentine’s/February appointment. Paper Pumpkin really helped me out with lots of these! I just love how it sets you up for upcoming holidays with time to spare. Rather than thinking what will I do for the occasion that is tomorrow…….the kit comes a month early for that occasion! Click here to try out Paper Pumpkin and see how fabulous it is!

Cinnamon Rolls, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Most of our appointments were in the afternoon but then we got an 8:45 a.m. appointment on Ziggy’s Due Date! Early appointments means breakfast!!!! We took in cinnamon rolls. No, I didn’t make them at home but these cinnamon rolls do hold a special place in my heart. Side story: Every Sunday growing up we would go to church as a family and then go to my Grandparents house afterwards for “breakfast.” This consisted of milk and a sweet (cake, cinnamon roll, etc) for the kids and coffee and a sweet for the adults. We got to play with our cousins and have a good time! My Grandma would make the sweet item about 98% of the time but every once in a while she would buy these cinnamon rolls. I saw them in the store the other day and just had to get some. They were amazing and brought back so many memories. I love and miss you, Grandma!

I hope that this post helped give you some ideas on simple ways you can use your stamping/crafty side to share the love with those around you. We all know the power of a card and how much it can lift someone’s spirits. Little gifts like this can do the same but reach a larger audience – co-workers, nurses, doctors, firemen, teachers, police, postal workers, and so many others. Don’t just stash away your cards and projects, share them with those around you!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday! Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Memorial Day & Summer!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means….I have a fabulous technique to share. Awhile back I showed off my Welcome Frame (check that out here) and today I’m sharing some Memorial Day & Summer decor.

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I love this flag decoration because it’s perfect for Memorial Day and 4th of July! Woot Woot! Let’s get started on how I created those amazing stars and stripes.

I started by die cutting Silver Foil with the Layering Circles Framelits. The bling and added texture of the scallop really made the flag pop, I thought! Next, I took the Swirly Scribbles Framelits and die cut out some Real Red for the stripes. I added this to a piece of scrap Whisper White that was big enough for the final circle to be die cut. The Fine Tip Glue Pen works wonders for small delicate images like this.

Then, for the stars, I tried two different ways. First, I stamped the stars from the Wood Words Stamp Sets in Night of Navy Ink all along the top of the white. Then I die cut out the circle. I thought it looked a little simple and wanted to step up my game with some silver bling! I took a piece of Night of Navy cardstock and stamped the stars in VersaMark Ink. Next, I heat embossed the stars in Silver Embossing Powder. Then to get that curve in the navy to match with my stripes, I used the outside edge of the Swirly Scribbles Framelit. Simply place it on the edge and run it through the Big Shot. It won’t come out perfectly the same but it gives a little swoop rather than being straight across. Check out the video below for more details on that as it’s a bit hard to explain! 🙂

American Flag, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Once I had the stars ready, I adhered them to the Whisper White and then die cut all of it with the Layering Circles Framelit. I did the circle at the end so that everything was cut out perfectly (the stars, stripes, and white base). Also, it was much easier than cutting the circle and trimming each piece that I layered on top!

Welcome to Summer, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I’m so excited that Summer is right around the corner. Eeeee I just love summer! This decor was super simple and just required lots of circles die cut to get each layer. First, I started with a Daffodil Delight circle die cut with the Laying Circles Framelits. Then I die cut out a Bermuda Bay one and snipped off the top to allow my sun to show through. I showed in the video how I used a scrap piece of Bermuda Bay which die cut out more like a strip with rounded edges. That works too as long as you have enough “ocean water” showing. Layering the ocean onto the sunset with the same curve of the circle.

Summer on the Beach, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Finally, for the sand,  I spritzed some Crumb Cake cardstock with Chocolate Chip ink refill mixed with rubbing alcohol. This gives a nice speckled, textured look for my sand. Then I die cut out a circle and ripped it along the top to look like a rough edge of the beach. This gives some texture to the scene! Then I added the die cut Adirondack chair from the Seasonal Layers Framelits with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. I only added glue to the bottom rectangle and the arms of the chair. This allows the top (back) of the chair to not be glued down for a more 3D look. I love it!

Welcome Frame & Decor, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here are all of the amazing decor pieces I have created so far. Click here to see more details on the frame, Spring decor, and Birthday decor. Click here to check out the adorable box to store all the pieces in. Stay tuned for more decor pieces to come as we move throughout the seasons and holidays of the year!

If you would like to see all of this in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Pizza Box Perfection!!!

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Yesterday I showed off a fabulous home decor Welcome sign with interchangeable images for seasons and occasions. You can check that out here. In order to store the little decorations when not in use, I decorated a pizza box. This adorable thing is just pizza box perfection and great to use on gifts and so much more!

Pizza Box Perfection, www.LaurasStampPad.com

It’s just so fabulous and super super easy to make!!!! Just some ribbon and designer paper!!! It looks amazing too and perfect for gift giving! Gift cards, money, tags, mini cards, jewelry, food, and more fits in there. The box is food safe so putting in a cookie or something would be fabulous!

First I folded on all of the score lines for the Pizza Box. The plastic side goes inside the box (food safe liner). Once the box was assembled, I actually went ahead and added some Tear And Tape to the back inside flaps to keep the box from laying open. This is because the ribbon holds the frame of the box and I wanted it to be extra secure and not pulling on that ribbon. Then I cut 3 pieces of the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack measuring 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″. That means I can get 9 squares (3 boxes) from one sheet of Designer Paper. Woot Woot! I added one to the top, one to the bottom and one to the inside lid!

Decorated Box, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the ribbon, I added a strip of Tear And Tape all around the box. Then I pressed the Berry Burst Finely Woven Ribbon into the tape starting and ending in the front where the bow is. I picked this spot to start and end so that my bow would cover up the meet up point. Next, I made a little bow and added it to the front of the box with Mini Glue Dots! I just love it!!! Super cute and simple!

Do you like to make fun gift packaging? Let me know your favorite in the comments below! Also, stay tuned for more details on that cute summer decor in the box! It’s one for my Welcome Frame!

To purchase any of the items used today, click the images below! The Designer Paper is retiring and while supplies last!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Welcome Home Decor Frame!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today and it’s this Welcome home decor frame! It is super fun and the interchangeable decoration keep it fresh every season/occasion!

Welcome Home Decor Frame, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a frame measuring 12.5″ x 7.25″ which I got off of Amazon. It was actually a sports frame for an individual photo on the left and a team photo on the right. It was the perfect long shape for what I needed though! 🙂 I cut a piece of 12″ x 12″ Whisper White cardstock down to fit. Using the Large Letters Framelits, I die cut out the letter in Basic Black and glued them on with Fine Tip Glue Pen. When I did this in class some did it straight across, some diagonal left to right, and some up and down like mine. TIPS: Make sure you allow enough space for the decoration since it’s bigger than a letter. Also, be sure to stay away from edge enough for the frame to fit in since there is a bit of a lip.

Butterflies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For Spring, I did these beautiful butterflies using the Watercolor Wings Stamp Set. I started with a Pool Party scallop circle die cut from the Layering Circles Framelits. Then I stamped the butterfly in Calypso Coral (full strength, stamped off once, stamped off twice)! Using the Bold Butterfly Framelits and Butterfly Thinlits (both retiring), I die cut out the butterflies. I added them to the scallop with Stampin’ Dimensionals and put a magnet on the back!

Strawberry Cupcake, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I made Birthday decorations to display the month, week, or day of someone’s birthday. Here is the strawberry cupcake which I stamped in Flirty Flamingo Ink (full strength, stamped off once, stamped off twice). I used the Sweet Cupcake Stamp Set and coordinating Cupcake Cutouts Framelits (both retiring). For the liner, I used Soft Suede Ink, Crumb Cake Ink (full strength) and Crumb Cake Ink (stamped off once).

Sweet Cupcake, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I added the cupcake with Stampin’ Dimensionals to a scallop circle die cut from the Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper. YUM! Can’t wait to display this in August for my birthday!!! Also, don’t forget to add the magnet to the back!

Chocolate Cupcake for Birthdays, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is a chocolate cupcake too! I’m more of a white cake girl over chocolate any day but thought I would do one of each. I used more Myth’s & Magic Glimmer Paper for the base. The cupcake was stamped with Chocolate Chip Ink (full strength, stamped off once, stamped off twice) and the same liner as the Strawberry one! Don’t forget to add the magnet to the back!

Chocolate Cupcake, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This one will go up in December at our house because Brad loves chocolate and his birthday is then! 🙂

Stayed tuned for tomorrow where I will show the adorable little box to store all of these in and I’ll be making more decorations as the year goes on. Feel free to give suggestions in the comments below of some good ones for holidays or seasons. I would love to hear what you think.

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Boxes & Boughs!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! With Christmas less than a week away, it’s all about gift packaging and last minute gifts! These boxes and boughs are sure to make things merry and bright!

Boxes & Boughs, www.LaurasStampPad.com

These acetate boxes are super fun to decorate and I have put lots of different items in there as gifts – cards, Stampin’ Dimensionals, and gift certificates!

I started by popping up the Acetate Box. It’s already scored and all so just fold on the score lines and pop it up! Next, I took some Real Red cardstock and created a belly band. I have found that scoring the cardstock doesn’t work very well because the lines sometimes aren’t exact so it fits weird. What I do is just wrap it around, slide it off and press on the fold lines. This just seems to work best for me. Then I layered on a piece of Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper (retiring). The paper is black and white but I sponged on some green very lightly for a little more color! I used Tear And Tape to secure the ends of the belly band together.

Gift Packaging, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the decoration, I used a hot glue gun! First, I added the little Green Sprig and pressed it into the glue. Next, I created 2 loops with the Striped Ribbon and tied the center tight using the Black Baker’s Twine. This is much easier that tying it into a knot and it allows for the stripes to show. If you do a knot, it will make the one side backwards. This ribbon does have wire in it so you can mold it as needed! The Mini Ornament is secured to the bow with the Black Baker’s Twine as well. I hot glued this to the front as well. Be sure it is all on the belly band so it can still slide off. The tag was created with the Merry Little Labels Stamp Set (retiring) and coordinating Everyday Label Punch! Cute and simple gift packaging!

What would you put in this box to give to a friend or family member? Let me know in the comments below!

Today, I’m sharing a sneak peak to the 2018 Occasions Mini Catalog. Check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!! Let me know if you have any tip and tricks to share in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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He or She?? What Will Ziggy Be??

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Happy Friday everyone! I thought I would do a little update and show off this cute little jar I made for everyone to guess the gender of our little one (Ziggy). Isn’t it adorable?!?!?! He or She? What will Ziggy be?

He or She? What will Ziggy Be?, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t this jar just the cutest?? I took a regular mason jar and decorated it all up. First, I added some Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper (retiring) around the jar. My piece didn’t go all the way around but like just about perfectly lined up with itself. So I took Tear & Tape and added it to both ends of the paper. Then I stuck it on the jar. This worked perfectly! The little gold stickers are from the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers Set.

Now for the focal point!! I added a Gold Foil Snowflake (retiring) to the center, right over the spot where the designer paper meets together. I used Tear & Tape for all of these to make sure it had a nice strong hold! Then I printed the wording onto Whisper White cardstock and die cut it out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I layered the greeting onto Soft Sky and Powder Pink scallop circles. These were cut out with the Layering Circles Framelits. Some of the layers have Stampin’ Dimensionals while the others are flat with Tear & Tape!

Ziggy Gender Guess, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the ribbons, I took a piece of the Whisper White Metallic Edge Ribbon long enough to go around the jar and tie. Then using Powder Pink Shimmer Ribbon and Soft Sky Classic Weave Ribbon, I tied knots around it. I actually did this part before I did the greeting and at that time I was thinking I would use gold, silver, and different shades of pink and blue. Then I changed my mind and decided to stick to these colors. Well then I needed to cover up the silver on the edge of the ribbon on the jar so I added enough knots around to do so! There was no way I was re-stringing those knots! 🙂 I added it to the lip of the jar!

Using the Pretty Label Punch, I punched out Soft Sky, Powder Pink and So Saffron. I will have everyone guess what they think Ziggy will be and write there name on the coordinating color. If someone just can’t decide but wants to wish us well, they can do a yellow one! 🙂 I’m thinking these will go in the baby album and be super cute! If you would like to make a guess or send well wishes, leave it in the comments below and I will write out the coordinating label for you to put in the jar!!!

Weeks 14-17, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here are my weekly belly shots for Week 14-17!!! I’m 17.5 today!!! Can’t wait to see little Ziggy, hear little Ziggy, and find out whether Ziggy is a boy or girl!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! See you back here on Monday!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Decorated Tiny Treat Boxes!!!

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Happy Friday!!! Today I’m sharing a cute gift packaging with the Tiny Treat Boxes!!! You can add some chocolates or other candy in there and so much more! Cute little gift for a hostess or at each spot at a party!

Tiny Treat Boxes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Isn’t it adorable??? It’s super simple to create as well. Mix up the designer paper for any occasion too!

I started by popping up the Clear Tiny Treat Boxes. Next, I took a piece of the Be Merry Designer Series Paper (1-3/4″ x 10″) and wrapped it around the box. I started with the end in the middle of the bottom of the box. This makes the overlap on the bottom to seal it together. After wrapping it around, I slide it off and used my Bone Folder to create a strong crease on each edge. I prefer doing this over scoring it because I find it fits around the box better. When I score, sometimes it’s a little too big or a little too small. Be sure not to adhere the paper to the box or you won’t be able to open the box. If you adhere it around like a belly band, it just slides right off!

Be Merry Treat Box, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the decoration, I used the 1-1/2″ Circle Punch to punch out Whisper White and stamp the To/From. I layered this one onto a Silver Foil Circle punched out with the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch! Using the Handheld Punch, I added a hole and tied on the box with some Silver Tinsel Ribbon. I finished it off with a little Season of Glitz Mini Gift Bow! These bows come in green, red, and white so there are lots of options to mix and match with other papers!

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Don’t forget that the Basket of Wishes Stamp Set is the November Free Stamp Set from me for orders of $75 or more this month! Of course, all orders over $40, earn Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers!

Yesterday, Stampin’ Up opened up the reservations for the New Stamparatus and they were sold out in less than 20 minutes! I knew this item was HOT but I didn’t know it was going to go that fast. The next reservation date is December 5th!!! If you would like one, stay tuned and be ready on December 5th!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. See you back here on Monday! Happy Monday!

~Laura


Halloween Goodies for Everyone!!!

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Happy Friday!!! I can’t believe it’s almost Halloween….after all wasn’t it my birthday at the end of August just yesterday? After all, it’s coming whether we are ready or not. Here are the Halloween goodies I made!

Halloween Goodies for Everyone, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

I went really simple this year. In a weak moment, I decided to buy my favorite candy – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. What was I thinking? Anyway, I had to quickly package them up before I ate them all! I slipped one into a Gusseted Cellophane Bag with a piece of Spooky Night Designer Series Paper in the back. The Designer Paper measures 3″ x 2-3/4″. Using some Black Baker’s Twine, I tied it closed and into a bow! For the decoration on the front, I used the 2″ Circle Punch and the Cat Punch. The cat was punched out from some of the Spooky Night Designer Paper. I added the cat to the circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals and added the circle to the bag with Snail Adhesive. These were really simple, cute, and quick to whip up!

Anna & Ruth, www.LaurasStampPad.com

These cuties are my nieces who came to stamp class this past weekend so they got their treats in person!!!

Now, I know I mentioned Halloween Goodies for everyone so here you go!!! I am offering DOUBLE Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers to all of you!! All orders placed this weekend (Friday – Sunday) will earn Double Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers! Don’t forget about the Buy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Special and of course all orders of $75 or more will earn my Free Stamp Set of the Month! It is your choice between Graceful Garden or Daisy Delight!!! Click here to start shopping!

Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday! Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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No Peeking….You Have To Wait!!!

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Happy Friday!!! I thought I would share a little tag inspiration for the upcoming holidays! This is simple and easy to add a handmade touch to your holiday gifts! You can check out more gift packaging ideas here and here!

No Peeking, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This tag was created using the Merry Little Labels Stamp Set and coordinating Everyday Label Punch!!! This punch had me at HELLO since it is very similar to the retired Decorative Label Punch. I simply stamped the greeting in Real Red Ink and punched it out. Then using the 1/8″ Handheld Punch, I added a hole in the top. I used the New Jute Twine from the Holiday Mini Catalog. I love it!!!

Gift Tags, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here I added in some Designer Series Paper as decoration. For the one on the left, I used some of the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper. I just added Whisper White to the back side with the stamped image and glued the two together before threading them on the twine. The tag on the right was punched into banner tips with the Banner Triple Punch. There are lots of great ways to decorate tags for any occasion. These tags are perfect for gifts, gift bags,  or even to add with some ribbon on a bottle of lotion or bottle of wine! Simple and fabulous!

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I hope you all have an amazing weekend. I am super excited because I’m spending it with family!!! My niece and nephew’s birthday party is tomorrow and the family reunion is on Sunday. There is nothing better than 100+ people gathering for a day of good food and great fun! I’ll see you all back here on Monday.

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

Pick A Pumpkin, www.LaurasStampPad.comDon’t forget that this stamp set – Pick A Pumpkin is the one you can earn for FREE with a $75 order! This offer is all month long. Check out all the details here!


Be Merry Project Kit!!!

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The Be Merry Project Kit is all inclusive and easy to assemble! These little rosettes make perfect ornaments or gift tag toppers! The best part is no stamping and quick assembly! The rosettes are already scored and ready to go!!! Woot Woot!

Be Merry Project Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The awesome thing about these is that the rosettes are already scored and ready to go with the Baker’s Twine attached. Simply peel off the adhesive and attach one side to the other. If you want to make sure it gets a strong hold, just place a clothespin or binder clip on them. I didn’t have a problem with mine though but it’s a good idea. There are gold trim ornament and gold polka dot ones too!

Homemade Christmas Ornament, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next step is adding in the tulle. These come in a big stack of pre-cut circles. Be sure to only use one thin little circle for each section. I folded it in half 3 times.

Tulle in Rosettes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Simply add a glob of Hot Glue in the valley of the rosette and then press the pointed end of the folded tulle into it. One tip that I have for this is to not go in super deep to the center of the rosette. If you go in too deep, there is only a small edge showing after the center decoration is added. Notice how the green only peaks out a little in the sample above. I recommend doing a full ornament first to work the kinks out before doing the rest in an assembly line.

Rosette Gift Tag, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The fun thing about these is that you can do all green, all red, or mix the 2 colors! Super fun!!! The top decorations can all be mix and matched as well with green or red glitter peaking through and green or red Merry greeting. Make sure to adhere the greeting on that it is right side up to the string at the top. 🙂 There are also circles to place on the back of the rosette for a To/From greeting if you wish to use this as a gift tag.

Trees & Candy Canes, www.LaurasStampPad.com

If you would like to see the kit reveal, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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