Monday, December 17, 2012

Making Christmas Trees

Are you keeping busy?

I am!  I've been making lots and lots of Christmas trees for a friend - she is having me make 50 of 'em for her, so my fingers have been really inky with all the sponging required to make these little cuties.
I talk about them in this post and show how to make them in this post.
I've been making them in Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, and using the Festival of Prints paper pack.

Hope you're keeping busy, too!  

Remember to take time to pamper yourself during this very busy season.  When you're taken care of, you can take care of others better!!  

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Sensational Stuff

Hey, hey!  It's finally a Friday here.  I cannot wait until this weekend to relax and hang out with the fam.  
Do you have your tree up or your decorations for your holiday (whatever that one is) up around your house yet?  
 Here's a fun Christmas tree on a card for you!
What I used:
Stamp set - Scentsational Season (#121026 wood, #121190 clear), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439), Holiday Collection Framelits Dies (#127814); Perfect Polka Dots Folder (#117335); Card Stock - Cherry Cobbler (#119685), Whisper White (#100730), Old Olive (#100702), Old Olive Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper (#126902); Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246), silver 1/8" Mini Brads (#122941); Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack (#126187); Paper-Piercing Tool (#126189), SNAIL Adhesive (#104332 - complete adhesive/#104331 - Refill); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430).

All great stuff and very, very handy to have around.  Several people have said that they really like this card as one of their favorites.  It's cute, that's fer sure.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Watercoloring My Winter

Here's a really cute and funny video from Stampin' Up!  
Isn't that cute?  And the card they were making?  Love it.  Gotta CASE that baby.  

I also love this card that we made at a Christmas Card get-together at my house.
 Isn't it pretty?  The simplicity is great.  I CASEd this cutie from Robin Messenheimer.  She has great layouts.  Thanks, Robin, for sharing.
The Stamp Set is a 2-Step Stamping one where I stamped the outline first and then did the fill of the card by stamping the image on the ink pad, stamped it on scrap paper, and then stamped it on my outlined image.  That's the technique that made it lighter.  I also colored in the center with a marker, as you can see.

What I used:
Stamp sets - Watercolor Winter (#129724 wood, #129727 clear) and Greetings of the Season (#128030 wood, #128033 Clear); Card stock - Very Vanilla (#101650)Lucky Limeade(#122926), and Real Red (#102482); Stampin' Write Marker in Daffodil Delight (#119677); Ink - Real Red - (#126949); Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon (retired now), SNAIL (#104332 and #104331 Refill); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430).

It's good stuff.  And, you know, layering makes cards look fancy, even when they aren't.  It's a fun trick to use over and over again.

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I'm going to cozy up with a hot chocolate and get in my jammies a little early tonight.  I'm not feeling too swift, so the extra pampering may help me feel a little better.  
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Composition Thank You


What an extra crazy and busy day!!  I spent most of my time hunting down foreign patents and linking them with English summaries and then printing them off (double-sided, of course) and also saving them on the computer for one of the attorneys I work for to have and review.  It was very painstaking work and took almost the entire day.  I was handed sheets of single-spaced pages of patents to find - many of them were U.S., so that wasn't a problem -- but the foreign -- yeesh!!  

The good news -- I found every single one of them.  And I was doing a pretty good happy dance when the entire job was done!  Finally able to move on to doing other things!  Yay!  Well . . . it's a job and a good one, so I'll take the tedious work along with the more fun stuff, right?

I spent a lot of the day getting ready for friends to come over for Stamper's Club, too.  That's always so much fun, and we had a blast.  Here's one of the cards that we made:

What we used:
Stamp Set - Just Believe; card stock - Natural Compositions Specialty Designer Series Paper; Naturals Ivory, Midnight Muse, Early Espresso, Inks - Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, Elegant Eggplant (is that it's name?), Punches - 1-1/4" Circle and Word Window, Linen Thread; Stampin' Sponges.

Tips - try creating sets of cards with different color combinations, themes, and stamp sets for many personal styles.

Try these ideas or some of your own:
  • ·         Color the Natural Compositions Specialty Designer Series Paper with Stampin’ Write Markers for a bold, colorful look.
  • ·         Use bleach in the Aqua Painter and paint the images in the Compositions Specialty Designer Series Paper. Once the bleach dries, the painted areas turn a softer vanilla color that creates a beautiful monochromatic look.
  • ·         Re-create this card using your favorite Designer Series Paper and coordinating card stock. Or make a gift by customizing the colors to match your friends’ favorite colors or styles.
  • ·         Tie a ribbon around these great cards and give them as gifts to friends, neighbors, teachers, and co-workers.
  • ·         Re-create this in any theme and color by heat embossing your favorite stamp images with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder.
  • ·         Step up the card and add more detail with ribbon, brads, or buttons.

 There are lots of possibilities!  Enjoy!
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I can tell that I've got to hit the sack - I can't spell worth a darn anymore and I keep messing up my typing.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Just Try to Resist This . . .

You can be ready for a birthday anytime with this great card.  It's simple, masculine and uses a great resist technique.

It's like magic using the Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper and my brayer for this resist technique.  
Re-creating this card with a different stamp or a different piece of the Natural Composition Specialty DSP would be so easy and suit dozens of occasions.
     You can get a FREE tutorial about Resist Techniques right here.

What I used:  
Stamps - Delightful Dozen (Wood #122650 - Clear 122652); Ink - Lucky Limeade (#126984), Cherry Cobbler (#126966), Daffodil Delight (#126944), Tangerine Tango (#126946), Early Espresso (#126974); Stampin' Write Marker - Early Espresso (#119680); Card Stock - Naturals Ivory (#126917), Early Espresso (#119686), Lucky Limeade (#122926), Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper (#126917); 3/8" Crumb Cake Taffeta Ribbon (#122966), SNAIL adhesive (#104331 - refill), Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430), Glue Dots (#103683), a tissue.

  •      I began with brayering the Early Espresso onto the striped Natural Composition Specialty DSP and wiped off the excess ink with a tissue.  I used the brayer to ink on the Daffodil Delight on the music notes Natural Composition Specialty DSP and then the Tangerine Tango, and finished off with the Cherry Cobbler.  I swiped off the excess ink with another tissue.
  •      The sentiment was inked up the Lucky Limeade and then the middle Happy Birthday was colored in using the Early Espresso marker.
  •      Everything was layered together and finished off with a 7" length of the Crumb Cake Taffeta Ribbon.

Ta Da!!

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Cards, Gifts, and Wrappings - It's a Triple Threat!


You know, you don’t have to be shaking in your boots when it comes to the holidays because Stampin’ Up! is a Holiday Triple Threat. 

What’s a Holiday Triple Threat you ask? 

Well, I'll tell you -- it’s Cards, Gifts, and Wrappings. 

With your rubber stamps in hand, you can easily embrace all that the upcoming holidays have to offer with ease and creativity. And best of all, you’ll touch all the people in your life and on your lists with a little piece of you.
 You have so many options when it comes to your holiday cards. You can create cards using rubber stamps, like the adorable set Jolly Bingo Bits (#120857 wood/#121187 clear). You can choose a simple design or a more complex design or you may even choose to do a couple of different designs for variety. 
You can also create your cards using My Digital Studio (#118108). With My Digital Studio, you can create your card design and then either have them professionally printed using Stampin’ Up!’s printing service or you can print them out on your own printer. 

This is very handy because all you have to do is click “Print” if you need a few extra cards. Either way, I can help you with a design and whatever you need to have your holiday cards well in hand.

Worried about the parking nightmare at the mall? Or wrestling with the holiday shopping crowds? 

Consider giving handcrafted gifts to those on your list. There are so many options; you can find something for everyone. Create a decorative wreath using our stamps and coordinating Framelit Dies.  
Make monogrammed stationery with the Lovely Letters set (#115030) for Cousin Sarah, and an altered journal for a friend. The options are endless with a stamp in your hand. 

You can create special gifts that are sure to warm everyone’s hearts, that are fun to create, and they can even be easy on the wallet.

So you’ve got your cards sent and your gifts all made ... what now? Well, how about wrapping it all up? You’ll never run out of gift tags with the Tags til Christmas set (#120847 wood/#121169 clear) - 
and if you have the Decorative Label punch (#120907), tagging those presents just got easier.

 You can embellish a plain gift bag and wheel coordinating tissue paper for inside. And don’t stop there - you can make adorable treat containers with the Candy Wrapper Big Shot Die (#120890) and treat boxes with the adorable Kraft Boxes - at only $2.95 for four - they're a great value and really fun to give and get (#1241060).
 Whatever your holidays stresses may be, chances are that I can help. So contact me today, and I can help you design your holiday cards, help you check off your gift list, and show you how to wrap it all up. 

Ease your stress this holiday season with creative and thoughtful gifts straight from your heart.

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Joy at Christmas

I love the way this card is so different!!  Who needs all that tradition stuff?  Okay . . . I do.  But I like stuff that's non-traditional, too!
We made this at the Christmas card stamping event on Saturday.  So cute.  I CASEd this sweetie from Robin Merriman.
We started out with a Bashful Blue base cut 4-1/4 x 5-1/2.  We took Gumball Green card stock and embossed it using the Big Shot and the Chevron Embossing Folder.  The 2-1/2" Circle Punch was used around the center top of the Gumball Grleen, and then the Red Red scallop border was created using the Scallop Ribbon Punch and then adhered to barely show at the sides of the Gumball Green.  A slice of Whisper White was put inside the card.  The Joy At Christmas image stamp from the Perfect Punches stamp set was stamped twice in Gumball Green ink using a scrap of Whisper White.  We used the Scallop Punch on one of the images and then adhered it in the circle that had been created in our Gumball Green card stock.  The 1-1/4" Circle Punch was used with some Real Red card stock and put into the middle of our scallop.  Finally, we punched out the second image that we had stamped on the Whisper White scrap.  That was centered in the middle of it all.

The Real Red Polka Dot Pack was used for the fun "banners"/"ribbon"/whatever you want to call it that's shown in the pic above, using the 1" square punch to create the nifty ends.  The stitched Whisper White Grosgrain ribbon was tied around the middle of the Gumball Green card stock using the Ribbon Slide and the Real Red Polka Dotted accents were adhered using Mini Glue Dots.

All and all a much easier and fun card to make than a lot of them out there.  We decided a bit of shine would be a good thing, so the Dazzling Details was used.

Using non-traditional Christmas colors is a good thing.  It helps shake it up a bit - know what I mean? 

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Come, They Told Me . . . To Bethlehem

This is a great card that I CASEd from Robin Merriman.  I was searching for a different blog, ended up on hers and went nuts because there were so many great and fun ideas just waiting to be CASEd . . .
It all began with a base of the Gold card stock folded for a card size, some Early Espresso was then run with VersaMark and the Musical Notes Wheel, which was then embossed with the Gold Embossing Powder.  The musical notes layer was then adhered to the gold card base.  A strip of Crumb Cake Taffeta ribbon was tied around the base and offset to the side, making room for our main card image.

The Come To Bethlehem stamp set was stamped once in Crumb Cake on Very Vanilla and then stamped again, offset, with the Early Espresso.  A layer of Champagne Glimmer Paper was cut freehand to mimic the shape of the sand underfeet of the Wise Men and Camels and then adhered.  The main image was then framed with a layer of Early Espresso and finally with a layer of the Gold Card Stock.  Then the image layer was adhered to the base with Stampin' Dimensionals.  We adhered Very Vanilla on the inside for easy writing of our Christmas message to friends and family.

This was one of the favorite cards of all those who came to this last Saturday's Christmas Card Class.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Fancy Friends

Oh, yeah!!  It's Wednesday . . . I've got a video for you!
Do you like it when things are easy to do?

I know I do!!

Stampin' Up! has created a kit with everything already punched out, the stamp ready to go, along with inks that match!  There is card stock, envelopes -- everything!  Yay!

Here's how quick and easy it is . . .
This kit makes a fabulous Christmas/Hanukkah or Chanukkah present.  So stinkin' cute!!

Get everything you need to make six cards for only $15.95 (item 132319)! If six isn't enough, add Note Cards to your order (item 107311)- extra rhinestones are already included in the Fancy Friends kit.

To assemble the cards:
  1. Stamp the doily image in Daffodil Delight or Old Olive ink three times on the card and once on the envelope, re-inking between uses.
  2. Stamp "Friends" in Daffodil Delight or Old Olive ink on the front of the card.
  3. Adhere the flowers to the card. Adhere Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the center of the flowers.
I would love to get it.  Anybody?  Anybody?

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Amazingly Fun


Q:  When is a card more than a just a card? 
A:  When you send it and it brings a smile to a special someone! 

This card has a whimsical design, bright colors, fun folds, and 3-D designs that creates a winning combination.
Your friends will say you’re amazing when you treat them to some fun in an envelope!
You know, certain images bring nostalgic memories to mind. 
The You’re Amazing stamp set is full of images that bring to mind happy, youthful memories of circus acts, carnival games, and elephants doing amazing tricks under the big top. 
Combine these fun and whimsical images with the World Spectacular Designer Series Paper (#126897) and you are ready to create your own greatest “card” on earth!”  
Tip:
Use the coordinating Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies as background layers and to die cut images!

What I used:
Stamp Set - You're Amazing
Paper - Whisper White Card Stock (#100730); Island Indigo Card Stock (#122923); Cherry Cobbler Card Stock (#119685); World Spectacular Designer Series Paper (#126897)
Ink - Black StazOn (#101406); Island Indigo (#126986); Stampin’ Write Marker – Calypso Coral  (#123002); Stampin’ Write Marker – Island Indigo (#123002); 
Stampin’ Write Marker – Daffodil Delight (#119677); Stampin’ Write Marker – Cherry Cobbler (#119681); Stampin’ Write Marker – Sahara Sand (#119703)
Accessories - 3/16” Metallic Brads (#119741); Adhesives: SNAIL Refill (#104331), Mini Glue Dots (#103683), Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430), Sticky Strip (#104294)
Tools - Big Shot (#113439); Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies (#127003); Simply Scored Scoring Tool (#122334); Paper Trimmer (#126889); Bone Folder (#102300)
Punches - 1-3/4” Circle Punch (#119850), 2-1/2” Circle Punch (#120906), 1/16” Circle Handheld Punch (#101227)

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Capture the Memories This Holiday Season


So many pictures get taken during the holidays - Thanksgiving dinner, holiday parties, exchanging gifts, visits with relatives, and so many more. If you’re looking to take your best shots, here are some simple tips to help you make your holiday pictures even more memorable.

- Use the “rule of thirds”. Instead of centering the subject in the photo, think about dividing the frame into thirds (like in the picture below) and having the subject about a third of the way off to one side or the other.
 - Take photos of kids at their level. Get down so you are looking up or even with them instead of aiming down.

- Morning and evening lights are more flattering and create less harsh shadows. If taking portraits at mid-day, use shade to reduce shadows or use the fill flash.
 - Use the fill flash to light faces when taking a photograph against a bright background, like into a sunset or in front of a window.

- Take LOTS of pictures - and keep shooting even after you think the moment has passed. You never know what magic lies in the moments that follow.

- Use the red-eye reduction feature on your camera. (A good example of red-eye reduction is below) 
 - Take pictures from different angles. Use these different angles to tell a story.

- Step back and zoom in. Don’t stand too close.

- And most importantly, always have an extra CHARGED battery and an extra memory card so that you don’t ever have to worry about missing that perfect shot.
 Once you have all of your holiday photos taken, don’t let them gather virtual dust on your computer. Download the free 30-day trial of My Digital Studio to start creating your photo books and sharing your memories. Head tmy online store to download the trial today!

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Friday, November 30, 2012

A Word For You

Are you having a good day?  

Mine has barely begun.  I usually post at night, but last night was too crazy, so when I got up at 5:30 this morning, I nabbed my camera, went down to my stamping area, snagged the card I made last night, and began to take pictures of it to share with you this morning!  
I saw a similar card on Robin Merriman's blog and liked it a lot, so I CASEd it (the highest form of card flattery).  I wanted to tweak this little baby into a Christmas card somehow.  I couldn't quite figure it out with these colors and then - of all things - I dreamed about this card and (lo and behold!) came up with a way to create a Christmas card out of this design  - at least in my sleep. 
I don't know for certain sure that it will work -- it was, after all, a dream; however, I'll give it a whirl when I get home from work today.

The base of the card is Crumb Cake with a layer of the Comfort Cafe DSP ripped and sponged with Crumb Cake Ink.  Then it's topped with a layer of Early Espresso Core'dinations card stock that I embossed with the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder and my Big Shot.  The bottom was also torn and sponged with the Crumb Cake ink.  The sentiment is from A Word For You stamp set.

I used the Flower punch with the First Edition DSP, topped with four layers of the Crumb Cake Tulle that was cut out with the Flower Framelits, next to smallest size.  I punched the 1-1/4" Scallop Punch and inserted an Antique Brad in the middle.  I tied a bit of Summer Starfruit Stitched Satin Ribbon around the middle and called it good.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Favorite Things

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad

Are you familiar with this song?  It's from the Sound of Music and is sung by Maria in the musical.

Here is a picture of one of my favorite things:
Yep!  The order from Stamper's Club has arrived . . . full of goodies for us to enjoy, use and share.  'Cuz one of the best things about papercrafting and making cards is that we give them away to be enjoyed by others!!
 Here's another favorite thing!  I love this card I CASEd from Carol Hartley.  I remember her name so well because Hartley is my sister's name now.  It's a great name - you might say it's one of my favorite things.
It goes very well with the theme of butterflies that I had going on yesterday, too.  You can see that post right here.

Butterflies are one of my mom's favorite things.  

What I used:
Stamp set - Kindness Matters; Big Shot; Stripes Embossing Folder; Card Stock - Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Midnight Muse, and Very Vanilla; Ink - Midnight Muse; Stampin' Sponge; Victoria Crochet Trim; SNAIL adhesive.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Video Tutorial - Illuminating My World

Oh, yeah!!  It's Wednesday . . . I've got a video for you!
I really love the Illuminate Glimmer Watermark ink.  It makes for some beautiful effects.  You can sponge with it, stamp with it, emboss with it . . . so versatile.  
 I used the Illuminate ink on all the projects and on Early Espresso, Riding Hood Red and the Very Vanilla.  
 I wanted to see how it would look on all the colors - boy!  I was just thrilled with it!  This is a really great ink.
The cards are so pretty with the butterflies and pearls. 
 I closed this "card purse" with some velcro that I got at the Office Supply store.  It holds six cards with envelopes.  It's going to be a Christmas present.
 I think the bow at the top with the faceted button detail adds a perfect finishing touch, don't you?
This is going to be a present that anyone would love to get -- well, maybe not a guy, but any gal would!

What I used:
Stamp Set - Elements of Style; Ink - Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Ink and Early Espresso; Card stock - Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Early Espresso, Champagne Glimmer Paper; Basic Pearl Jewels; Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon; Vintage Faceted Designer Button; 1/2" Circle Punch, Elegant Butterfly Punch; Glue Dots; SNAIL adhesive; Simply Scored Scoring Tool; Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine; Adorning Accents Edgelits Dies; Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder; Stampin' Trimmer; Paper Snips;  Non-Stampin' Up! - Piece of Velcro and Post-It Notes.

Whatcha think?  I think I can hardly wait to gift it so I can see how much it's liked.  I KNOW it's gonna be a hit present.  

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Over the weekend, we went as a family to a museum and had such a great time together.  Here's a pic:
My in-laws and our younger son.  We had a great time together.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Really Rich Ribbon Stuff

Ever have people do something in front of you and you go . . . "Ooooooh.  That's so cool.  I'll take a bunch of pictures so I remember that."  You take the picture and then it stays on the camera forever, and you forget all about it until one day . . . you look through the pictures on your camera and are amazed at this super cool thing on there that you had totally forgotten?

Yeah?

I've had that happen, too.  In fact, here are a few pictures of just that --
 I went to Stampin' Up!'s convention this summer and they shared a technique where you punch out an image or use the die cuts . . . 
 and then you lay ribbon down in the area that has been cut/punched out.  
 It makes for some wonderful texture and adds such beautiful color and "wow" to a card.  You can use any color or ribbon . . . 
 You can see that a variety of ribbons were used on this card.
And then in the airport on the way home, I met a fellow stamper who still had "swaps" left.  Guess what she had done on her swaps and had had no idea at all that they would be showcasing this very thing at convention?  You guessed it!!

How cool is that?  

I am going to be making this on Saturday with the people who have signed up to make Christmas cards.  I can't wait -- we're going to have so much fun.  Whoo Hoo!!

Yeah . . . I enjoy making cards with my friends that much!!!
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Monday, November 26, 2012

Giving Gifts for the Holidays

     Want to make the holidays really special? Then plan to make your gifts this year. 
     Making gifts allows you to give unique and personal gifts with a handmade touch. “It’s the thought that counts” or so the saying goes. And it’s never more true than when the gift is homemade. Why? Because you can make it special and just for the recipient. 
     And while you are making it, guess what you’re doing? Thinking about the person that you are making it for! Need some ideas of what you could make? Try some of these:

 * a box of handstamped cards - like this cute one:
* a scrapbook ready for pictures
a finished scrapbook (great for grandparents!)
*  journals & notebooks
personalized stationery
*  customized office supplies (folders, paper clips, notepads, etc.)
a calendar
*  a stamped scarf
* decorated photo frame (with or without a handstamped insert)
* an ornament
a wreath
... and so much more!
So grab a cup of cocoa, put on some seasonal music, and create your own handcrafted holidays!

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