Shakin’ Owl Over!


Here’s my second Guest Designer card for Imagine That!Digis by Kris! at their Creative Playground Challenge for this month.The theme is Time for a Sketch and it runs from May 7th – June 3rd.Stop on by the blog to check out all the wonderful inspiration there!

This time I’ve followed the sketch as it is.As Birthday Bash KD Kit by Imagine That!Digis by Kris is so much fun I thought I’d carry on that flavour by adding a shaker element- not just any old shaker element,a bingo card one at that!Once I’d prepared it I filled it with lovely,shiny sequins 🙂 I printed the cute pre-coloured owl also from the set,fussy cut and added 3D Crystal Lacquer to eyes to make them even more googly!I layered the sentiment digitally onto the brad using Word and coated that with 3D Crystal Lacquer also (even if the camera has failed to pick it up).The chevron paper was selected from the kit to match my little owl friend.I hand cut three banner strips and added brads to them just for a little extra touch.The band across the top was embossed to create interest.It was a real joy working with this set 🙂

Supplies :

Image,Patterned Paper,Bingo Card,Brad and Sentiment :  

Medium : 3D Crystal Lacquer

Card : Orange and Teal from Core’dinations Roy G. Biv 12 x 12 Cardstock,Papermania Clear Acetate 12 X 12 pack

Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Nestabilities Classic Rectangles Large & Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large,Cuttlebug Polka Dots 5 x 7 Embossing Folder,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors

To Embellish : Dovecraft Brights Brads,Sequins to fill shaker from stash


Some challenges I would like to enter :


Crafty Girls Creations : Always Anything Goes

Cre8tive Hands Friends : Anything Goes

Moving Along with the Times : Man Or Boy

Star Stampz Challenge : Birthday

Crafting for all Seasons : Add Some Embossing

Brown Sugar : Anything Goes

Crafting-With-Friends : Anything Goes

Crafty Catz : Anything Goes

Creative Fingers : Anything Goes

Digitally Sweet : Digital Birthday Cards

Fussy and Fancy : Dies and/or Punches

PDE Linky Party : Anything Goes

Polkadoodles : Birthday Celebrations

Simply Papercraft : Anything Goes

Cupcake Inspirations : 

Glitter n Sparkle : Anything Goes

Great Impressions : Blinged Birthday (Sequins in shaker)

Crafty Calendar : Things with Wings

Di’s Digis Designs : For The Boys

Send a Smile for Kids : Bright Colors for Kids

Bunny Zoe’s Crafts : Layers

Crafting from the Heart : Always Anything Goes

Critters and Creatures : Always Anything Goes with a Critter/Creature

Incy Wincy Designs : Texture


Thanks for looking

Lisa x



A frogtastic new home!

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** Please click on the pic for a clearer view 🙂 **

At Craft Your Passion the challenges are Always Anything Goes!We have the fabulous Sami Stamps as our sponsor too.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job.

I just had to play with the most amusing Funny Frog by Sami Stamps 😀 He’s been coloured up with Copic Ciao Markers,including the Blender to create some texture to his frog skin,and to add to the fun he had to have a coating of 3D Crystal Lacquer on his glasses along with a furry moustache,to make it more tactile.I did have to wrack my brains on how to bring the idea to reality.In my stash I had some Polar White Flower Soft but that wasn’t the colour I wanted his ‘tache to be…So I pulled out some Terracotta Posh Impressions Rainbow Ink that I’ve had for ages and added a couple of drops,stirred with a cocktail stick in a medicine measuring cup!Once it was dry it was stuck into place with some dries clear PVA.Cut a shaped easel for the base and added these papers that I bought quite a few Summer’s ago in a sale.I fussy cut him and plonked him on top of an embossed and die cut piece.The sentiment has been computer generated and cut into a banner shape with some paper twine wrapped around one end.I added some Shimmer Dots that were originally silver to decorate but out came a coordinating Copic Ciao to transform them!This is for my DD1 who has recently move into a new home with a couple of her friends whilst she’s at uni.

Supplies :

Image : Funny Frog by Sami Stamps

Sentiment : Made by me!

Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,3D Crystal Lacquer,Ranger Posh Impressions Rainbow Ink

Papers & Card : DP  Paper Adventures Mod Green Damask and Mod Green Paisley,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank,

Tools : Grand Nestabilities Grand Scalloped Circles,Grand Nestabilities Grand Circles,Nestabilities Standard Circles Large,Nestabilities Scalloped Circles Large,Cuttlebug Seeing Spots Embossing Folder,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors

To Embellish : Papermania Shimmer Dots Silver (changed with Copic Marker),Paper Twine from stash

Some challenges I would like to enter :

Crafts Galore Encore : Anything Goes

Creatalicious Challenges : More than one fold

Creative Craft Cottages Challenges : Anything Goes

Digistamps 4 Joy : Anything Goes

Oddball Art Stamps : Die Cuts

Paper Creator’s Crafts : Dies or Punches

Petal Lu : Anything Goes

Colour Your World with Lucy Sunshine : Anything Goes

Glitter n Sparkle : Anything Goes

Great Impressions : Add a sentiment

A Gem of a Challenge : Animals or birds 

Brown Sugar : Animals

Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge :  Anything Goes

Crafting-With-Friends : Anything Goes

Morgan’s Art World : Use 3 of Something (Shimmer Dots)

Polkadoodles : More than 1 Fold

Simply Create Too : Anything Goes

Simply Papercraft :  Anything Goes

Sister Act Card Challenge : Always Anything Goes (Cards only)

4 Crafty Chicks :  Anything Goes

Crafting with an Attitude : Anything Goes

Crafting By Designs : August Anything Goes

Crafty Gals Corner : Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp : Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

A place in the sun(flowers)

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** Please click on the pic for a clearer view 🙂 **

The challenge at Crafty Sentiments this week is Anything But a Card.Drop on by to join in the fun and be in with the chance of winning a super prize.Don’t forget to take a look at some fabulous inspiration by the talented DT while you’re there.

I wanted to try something a bit different with the adorable Molly – Sunflowers by Crafty Sentiments Designs.After mulling over a few gardening related ideas I thought about making a flower pot and adding in some handmade sunflowers.I found a great video here to create a wood effect planter type.She does omit the measurements for the main body of the pot but I figured out it needed to be 11cm high and the length of an A4 piece of card.She also uses a wood panel stamp but not having one I embossed with a folder instead and rubbed ink over it.I would have preferred to use my woodgrain embossing folder but as it’s still AWOL I made do with this one :S I added in some greenery as a filler cut from an icicle die and made up my sunflowers from yellow card after inking them and folding the petals for more dimension.The stems are some re-purposed round lolly sticks coloured to match the grass and leaves.The sunflower centres are buttons threaded with jute button thread and I tied a thicker piece of the same type of twine around the outside for a rustic feel.Molly was coloured with Copic Ciao Markers then fussy cut before being popped up on foam tape for dimension.There all done and it was quite easy to construct too – a huge bonus in my book 😀

Closer view of Molly -Sunflowers :

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** N.B. The store is suspended for maintenance ATM.Once it’s back up and running I will update my post Yay!The store is back up and fully operational 🙂 **

Supplies :

Image : Molly – Sunflowers by Crafty Sentiments Designs

Mediums : Copic Ciao Markers,Jet Black Archival Ink,Desert Sand,Cantaloupe,Tangelo and Pear Tart Memento Dew Drop Inks

Cardstock : Kraft from stash,Yellow & Green American Crafts 12 x 12 Textured Cardstock

Tools : Fiskars 30 cm Euro Personal Paper Trimmer,Ball embossing tool,Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes Embossing Folder,Marianne Design Icicle Border,Crafters Companion Die’sire Essentials Flowers for all Occasions,Leaves from the Big Shot Plus Starter Kit,Big Shot,Stick It!Hot Melt Glue Gun,Decoupage Scissors

To Embellish : Woodware Coffee and Cream Buttons,Jute Button Thread and Jute Twine from my stash,Recycled Lolly Sticks


Some challenges I would like to enter :

All Crafts Challenge : Anything But a Card

Artistic Inspirations : Anything Goes with a Twist of Die Cuts

Bunny Zoe’s Crafts : Buttons & Bows

Craft-Dee BowZ : Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow

Crafting from the Heart : Always Anything Goes

Craft It Up & Link It Up Linky Party by Craftin Desert Divas : Summer

Not Just Cards : Always Anything Goes

Stamp and Create : May Flowers

Use Your Stuff : Flowers

Dragonfly Dreams : How Does Your Garden Grow

The Corrosive Challenges : Anything Goes

A Gem of a Challenge: Flowers 

Creative Corner :Anything Goes

Dragons Lair Designs : A Bouquet of Flowers

Pattie’s Creations : Use a Digital or Stamped Flower Image

Polkadoodles : Girly, but no Pink

Simply Papercraft : Anything Goes

DRS Designs : Inspired By Colour 


2 Creative Chicks: Anything Goes

Crafts Galore Encore : Anything Goes

Dream Factory : The Secret Garden

Lia Stampz Challenge : Embossing

Sparkles Forum Challenges  : It’s Spring (minimum of 5 flowers)

The Sisters of Craft : Anything Goes

Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes

Top Tip Tuesday : It’s all about the Hair colour!

Little Red Wagon : To Die For

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

A sign you’re getting old?!


At Craft Your Passion the challenges are Always Anything Goes!We have the fabulous Stitchy Bear’s Digi Outlet  as our sponsor too.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job.

I just couldn’t resist the cheeky Cartoon Brontosaurus Dinosaur Holding a Sign by Ken Benner Designs.He’s been printed out onto Desert Storm Kraft Card and coloured with Spectrum Noir Pencils along with some white gel pen.All edges have been Distress inked and roughed up with a Paper Distresser.The snake skin strip is actually a piece of an old belt,trimmed to fit the card.This will be a Birthday card for my Hubby.Not that I’m saying he’s getting old LOL 😛

Supplies :

Image : Cartoon Brontosaurus Dinosaur Holding a Sign by Ken Benner Designs (the sign is blank so you can add any message you like)

Sentiment : From Personal Impressions Cute Characters Set 2

Mediums : Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Noir Pencils,Jet Black Archival Ink,Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen,Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink

Paper & Card : DP First Edition Up Up & Away 8 x 8 Paper Pad,Crafter’s Companion Neenah Desert Storm A4 Kraft Card

Tools : X-cut Guillotine,Grand Nestabilities Grand Circles,Nestabilities Classic Rectangles Large & Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large,Spellbinders Edgeabilities Classic Postage Stamp, Cuttlebug A2 Embossing Folder Mesh Texture,Big Shot,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser

To Embellish : Brads from stash,Piece of an old belt


Some challenges I would like to enter :

Crafting from the Heart : Always Anything Goes

Incy Wincy Designs : Punch or Die Cut

My Craft Creations : Always Anything Goes

Not Just Cards : Always Anything Goes

A Gem of a Challenge : Lots of Layers

Catch The Bug : Anything Goes

Crafty Calendar : Anything Goes

Brown Sugar : Anything Goes

Craft for the Craic : Birthday or Anniversary

Crafty Catz : Birthdays

Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes

4 Crafty Chicks : Hand Coloured Image

Sassy Studio Designs : Anything Goes

Crafter’s Cafe : Birthday Card

Creative Moments : Anything Goes/ Love

Scrappers’ Delights : Anything Goes


Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Gift of the Gab :)


It’s the beginning of a another new challenge at Just Some Lines.This month we’re looking forward to seeing your Think Spring creations.To play along you need to use a Just Some Lines image to enter and you could win a digi if you’re picked as part of the Top 3 🙂 

Here’s the beautiful Gab – Just Gab by Just Some Lines .Doesn’t she look like she’s enjoying Spring?!  I thought I’d brush up (pun intended!) on my watercolouring skills – or lack of them 😉 The purpose of the exercise was supposed to be practising with Distress Inks but as I pulled the boxes out the cupboard I found my AquaMarkers.To think I’d actually forgotten I had them!So out they came to play.The beauty of these is when it came to the fine detail I just used the pens to fill it in.No worrying about going over the lines or bleeding into what’s already painted.I did actually blend out a little on her headband and ribbons with out having to change to a smaller brush 🙂 Not really sure how it turned out but Gab’s that pretty I’m sure it doesn’t matter 😉 For the card I just layered up these gorgeous papers that I try not use too much,cutting and embossing a frame  for her,and adding some piercing details to the papers.The sentiment on the stamped and die cut button seemed pretty apt 🙂 Some baker’s twine and buttons have been used to decorate.

Supplies :

Image :  Gab – Just Gab by Just Some Lines 
Mediums : Letraset Aquamarkers,Memento Grape Jelly Dew Drop Ink (I did add some Diamond Stickles but it seem virtually invisible in the pic)
Sentiment : Whimsy Everyday Button Sentiments Stamp Set cut out with Whimsy Button Die
Papers : DP  My Mind’s Eye A Beautiful Life 6 x 6 Pad,Bockingford Watercolour Pad 
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Go Kreate Rectangular Frames Window Nesting Dies,Cuttlebug Seeing Spots Embossing Folder,Big Shot,Piercing Tool,Steel Ruler
To Embellish :  Bag-O-Buttons Savannah,Creative Expressions Pastel Colours Baker’s Twine


Some challenges this is for :

Catch The Bug : Anything Goes
Di’s Digis Designs : Welcome Spring
Paper Creator’s Crafts : Spots and Dots
Sunflower Fields Designs :  Easter or Spring
Craft for the Craic : Something For Easter Or Spring
Crafty Catz : Springtime
Delicious Doodles : All Seasons In One Day (Spring)
Get Inky! : Spring / Easter
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
 Bearly Mine : Spring
Crafts and Me Challenge & Inspiration Blog: Anything Goes
Flat Friends Challenge:  Include a Sentiment
Ladybug Crafts :  Here Comes Spring
Oddball Art Stamps : Use a Digi
The East Wind Challenge: Use a Sentiment
4 Crafty Chicks : Color a Stamped Image (Rubber or Digi)
4 Krafty Girlz : Anything Goes
MilkCoffee Challenge : Spring
Crafting By Designs :  Anything Goes


Thanks for looking

Lisa x


Sew Young!

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**Please Scroll down if you’re looking for my other card**

At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is Birthday Bonanza!We have the fabulous Heather Ellis as our sponsor too.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job.

I’ve decided to try and take a different approach with my card making recently.Rather than the usual patterned paper matted and layered onto coordinating card for the background etc…Soooo what’s the first thing I do here?Mat a piece of patterned paper onto the card blank :s Still at least I took the time to hand stitch with some baker’s twine.And then I did  do something unusual,well for me at least 😉 This lil’ cutie is Pure Innocence 013 by Heather Ellis and you can find her by scrolling down the page a little.Heather also has a bit of a sale going on and some of her delightful images are as little as 50p!Anyways she’s been coloured with Graph’It Markers and is wearing a paper pieced dress.This has also been given some depth with a Graph’It Marker.Now for the diverse part…I’ve created this frame piece by die cutting an oval to fit the image,embossing  some textured card with some loverly spots.Because my folder wasn’t long enough to cover it entirely I chose to lay it across the other way and centre it.Now what to do about those plain ends?Punch ’em!Now what to do about those pesky lines where the folder ended?Pierce ’em!Opted not to stitch them as well…gives a cleaner look.Then I positioned it over the top and adhered it using thin (1mm) foam tape.The little banners poking out the side were cut from another sheet of paper from the same pack.To finish I took an Epiphany Craft Epoxy Self-Adhesive Button and lay it over a yet another piece of paper from the same  collection.No prizes for guessing it had buttons printed all over it!As I’m too tight wise and frugal to part with 20 quid (!) for a matching punch I just made sure it stuck down well and trimmed round with some decoupage scissors,followed by a pokey tool to make the holes 🙂

Supplies :

Image : Pure Innocence 013 by Heather Ellis 
Medium : Graph’It Markers
Paper & Card : DP Craft Creations 6 x 6 XOXO Creative Paper Pack,White card from Core’dinations Roy G.Biv 12 x 12 Cardstock Pad,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Cuttlebug Polka Dots 5 x 7 Embossing Folder,Nestabilities Classic Ovals Large,Big Shot,Fiskars Scallop Sentiment Border Punch.Piercing Tool,Decoupage Scissors
To Embellish : Creative Expressions Pastel Colours Baker’s Twine,Epiphany Crafts Self-Adhesive Buttons Round 20

Some challenges this is for :

Card Mania : Something New (Designer Papers)
Digi Makeover Challenge : Buttons
Digi Sketch Challenge : Sketch and/or Theme: Cute (just theme)
Fitztown Challenge : Spring Colors
Love to Create  : Anything Goes
Glitter n Sparkle : Anything Goes
Lacy Sunshine : Use Spring Colors
The Squirrel & the Fox : Autumn or Spring (Spring)
My Time to Craft : Frame it
Crafty Catz : Paper Piecing
Creative Corner : Button Up
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog : Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T.  : Mother’s Day/Female
MilkCoffee Challenge : Emboss wet or dry
Crafting By Designs : Anything Goes
Crafting for all Seasons : Spring
Hobbybook Designer Challenge : Make It Girly
Little Red Wagon : Punches

Of course I couldn’t resist making a second card with another of Heather’s darling images…

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He’s  The Boy & The Dog 003.The colouring is with Graph’It Markers and altho’ it doesn’t show up the puddle has a coating of  3D Crystal Lacquer.I’ve also sponged a little ink around to take the witness off the background.This time I cut the card blank down them made the topper fit the length of the original size of the card. I kind of used the same principle  with the embossing folder and aperture ‘cept this folder covered the whole area.I added two handcut banners to the base.Once I’d inked the edges for  extra definition they were attached and I ran down the side with an EK Success Piercing Bug in a wobbly fashion then cross stitched to compliment the pattern in the paper.I die cut a couple of clouds and inked their bottoms….careful!…lol… XD A sentiment was cut from another piece of paper (as in the above card).Some of the edges were distressed and I added piercing to the scalloped edge 🙂

Supplies :

Image :  The Boy & The Dog 003  by Heather Ellis
Medium : Graph’It Markers,3D Crystal Lacquer,Summer Sky Memento Dew Drop Ink 
Paper & Card : DP Craft Creations 6 x 6 XOXO Creative Paper Pack,White card from Core’dinations Roy G.Biv 12 x 12 Cardstock Pad,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank
Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Craft Concepts Hexagon Illusion Universal Embossing Folder,X-Cut Tilly Daydream Hexagon Dielicious Nesting Dies, Spellbinders Edgeabilities Classic Scallop,Joy! Crafts Clouds Dies,Big Shot,Piercing Tool,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser
To Embellish : We R Memory Keepers Floss

Some challenges this is for :

Card Mania : Something New (Designer Papers) – counts as 2nd entry
Digi Sketch Challenge : Sketch and/or Theme: Cute (just theme) – counts as 2nd entry
Love to Create  : Anything Goes – counts as 2nd entry
Glitter n Sparkle : Anything Goes – counts as 3rd entry
My Time to Craft : Frame it – counts as 2nd entry
Sister Act Card Challenge : Anything Goes
That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog : Anything Goes – counts as 2nd entry
MilkCoffee Challenge : Emboss wet or dry – counts as 3rd entry
Crafting By Designs : Anything Goes – counts as 2nd entry
Kaboodle Doodles : Anything but a Square
Perfectly Rustics : Hexagons
One Stitch At A Time : For a Boy
Sentimental Sundays : Cards for Boy/Man
That Craft Place : Anything Goes
Graph’It Colour Challenge : Male Colors
Stempelsonnen Challenge : Young Men Birthday
The Male Room : Blue, Green, Brown
Nutcrafters : Masculine

Thanks for looking

Lisa x


It Bee all yellow!

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At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is Spots & Stripes.We have the fabulous Bugaboo Stamps  as our sponsor too.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job.

I’ve taken the most adorable Bugaboo Brats Bugs – Girl Bee by Bugaboo Stamps and coloured her up with Graph’It Markers.The flower and bobbly bits on the end of her antennae (yeah,technical I know!) have had added sparkle from a Gold Glitter Shake Marker.After shading her wings,pulling the colour out for a softer look with the Graph’It Blender Pen,I coated them in Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.

Here’s a closer look :

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The rest of the card has been kept fairly simple with hexagonal die cuts of spotty & stripey papers.I placed a greeting on top of one.This actually comes from Bees – Birthday from Bugaboo Stamps but I thought it would work well here too 🙂 I’ve added some tiny black gems to her eyes,also to the ‘i’ and exclamation mark.I can’t take credit for the idea tho’.This is just the type of detail that the inspirational and super talented Bonnie,with whom I have the pleasure of working alongside at Craft Your Passion,adds – and I usually forget!LOL XD….To complete the card I’ve stretched a length of ribbon across the bottom threaded on a chipboard button.Have to admit yellow isn’t a colour I usually go for but it suits this gal perfectly 🙂

Supplies :

Image :  Bugaboo Brats Bugs – Girl Bee by Bugaboo Stamps
Sentiment :  Bees – Birthday from Bugaboo Stamps
Mediums : Graph’It Markers,Gold Glitter Shake Marker,Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint
Papers : Papermania Capsule Collection Spots & Stripes Brights 8 x 8 Paper Pack
Tools : X-Cut Tilly Daydream Hexagon Dies,Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes Embossing Folder,Decoupage Scissors
To Embellish : Papermania Capsule Collection Spots & Stripes Brights Chipboard Buttons and Ribbons,Black Gems from stash

Some challenges this is for :

Crafty Sentiment Designs :  Recipe:- 1 image, 2 papers, 3 different embellishments
Creative Card Crew : Recipe:- 1 ribbon, 2 papers, 3 gems/pearls 
Party Time Tuesdays : Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes
My Craft Spot : Polka Dots
Challenges 4 Everybody : Anything Goes
Quirky Crafts : The 3 B’s: Birds, Bugs & Butterflies
The Ribbon Girls : Anything Goes
The Squirrel & the Fox : Use embellishments
Crafty Calendar :  Lets Celebrate
Di’s Digis Designs : Spots & Dots
Delicious Doodles : Must Use a Ribbon
Frosted Designs Friday Challenge : Polka Dots
Graph’It Colour Challenge : Anything Goes 
Pattie’s Creations : For The Little Girls
Stampin’ For The Weekend : Happy Birthday
A Little Bit Crafty : Celebrate
A & T Emerald Faeries : Things with Wings
Cards Galore Encore : Anything Goes
Lothian Crafts Online : Birthday for a Female
Little Miss Muffet Challenges : What a fuss…fussy cutting
Digistamps 4 Joy : Ribbon
Inky Impressions : Ribbon

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

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