Tag! You’re it!

 

Today I am tagging you to play along with us for the latest Retro Rubber Blog Challenge. The current challenge is none other than “Tag, You’re it!” All you have to do is make a project or card using a tag; it’s that easy ūüôā¬† All we ask is that you use a stamp set that is older than 1 year.

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I used 3 older but current stamps on today’s card.

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Tips, Tricks, and Insights:

  • Faux Patina Technique ‚Äď A year ago I posted a card that uses the technique found on the background of my card. It’s truly easy to do. I¬†found this technique through Splitcoast Stampers. You can find a¬†tutorial on the faux patina technique here. If you’d like to see my original card, you can click here.
  • Two-step Stamping –¬†Two of the stamp sets used to make my tag are “two-step stamp sets”. What this means is that you can use two [or more] images from that set to create your image. Two step stamp sets make it so easy to create beautiful images and are great when you are short on time and don’t have time for coloring. I wanted to make the flower image from Stippled Blossoms and the butterfly image from Papillon Potpourri to be slightly lighter than the sentiment. Therefore, I applied ink to the solid flower,¬†leaf, and butterfly images but stamped off 2 times before stamping onto my card stock. Then, the outline images were stamped off once before layering those images on top of their bases.
  • A little bling for the wings –¬†I accessorized the butterfly with a little bling using the Silver Sparkling Dazzle Details liquid glue. The same bling was added to the center of the flower.

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You still have a few more days to play along with us at the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog. I hope that you’ll grab one of your tag punches and upload your project to our challenge blog. You may just be our next winner!

Retro Rubber Challenge Guidelines:

  • Use older stamps. We suggest stamps older than 1 year.
  • Post your creation to your blog or online gallery. If you use an online gallery, please use the Keyword RRBC09.¬† Please turn off Word Verification.
  • Link up your creations for our Tag,You’re it! challenge using the InLinkz by¬†March 13th!
  • Enter as many times as you like.

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Supplies:¬†If you don’t already have your own demonstrator, you can order any of the supplies used to make this card through my¬†online store, or clicking on any of the images below to add them to your shopping cart. You can also print a supply list by clicking on the supply list link beneath the images shown below.

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Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Blessings, Kelly

 

White and Gold or Black and Blue?

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Have you seen the dress? You know, the one that everyone is talking about on social media and the news? Well the buzz about the dress inspired me to make this card.

Butterfly Thank you Card

What do you see? White and Gold or Black and Blue? I’m sure all of you are seeing White and Gold because those are the two colors that I used to make today’s card.

On Friday night, my husband and children got me good! They had a surprise party for me for my 50th birthday. Everyone at the party was talking about “the dress”. So, I made this card in White and Gold and wrote this on the inside:

“White and Gold or Black and Blue? Regardless of the colors you see, it was great seeing you! Thank you for helping me celebrate my 50th birthday!”

Tips, Tricks, and Insights:

  • Easy as 1-2-3:¬†Some of Stampin’ Up!’s Thinlits dies are intricate which make it a little challenging to poke out the pieces from small holes. The new Butterflies Thinlits Dies is one of those dies. Well, have no fear, dryer sheets are here! I found a video by Deb Valder on Pinterest, you can find it here. In this video Deb provides 3 easy steps to have no fuss die cutting on intricate dies. I tried it with this die, and it worked like a charm! Here are the three steps; watch her video for better understanding:
    1. Take 4 unused dryer sheets folded in half. Place your die on top of them and run the die through the big shot. This gives the Die a waxy coating.
    2. Die cut a piece of card stock as you normally would using the Big Shot. Do NOT remove the die from the card stock once you run it through.
    3. Place the Thinlit die [with cut-out image stuck to it] on the 4 folded dryer sheets and run the Die back through the Big Shot. Once you lift the die from the dryer you’ll see your image… just lift it off the dryer sheet. The little holes stick to the dryer sheet and are removed from your die-cut image!You can use the dryer sheet dozens of times! We made 36 butterflies using the same dryer sheets. Here’s the finished dryer sheet… notice we never removed the little pieces; it works without removing them!
      You have to try this!
      Butterfly Dryer Sheet
  • Mass Production:¬†I needed 3 dozen thank you cards. Therefore, I needed to keep this simple. I stamped the greeting¬†and Gorgeous Grunge background 36 times. Then I added the Washi Tape to all 36 cards. Meanwhile, my sister, Kathy, and mom, Liz, were making 36 butterflies using the above technique. Sticking to one task at a time made this efficient… having two other people to help me mass produce these made it even easier! I’m happy to say that all of my Thank You cards are finished and in the mail!¬† Below are the two “Big Shots” that helped me ūüôā Thanks guys!
    Butterfly Cutting Station
  • Pearl Dressing:¬†Not only is the media and internet buzzing about the White & Gold or Black & Blue dress; it’s also buzzing about Lupita Nyongo’s beautiful pearl Oscar dress. This butterfly card could just be the next internet sensation! Just kidding! But like Lupita’s dress; this butterfly is also adorned with Pearl Basic Jewels. The great news is that these jewels are only a fraction of the cost of pearls on Lupita’s dress!
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Here’s a look at all 36 of my cards. Doesn’t this just look so cool?!
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Next time you use one of Stampin’ Up!’s intricate dies, reach for the dryer sheets. They will save you a lot of time!

Supplies:¬†If you don’t already have your own demonstrator, you can order any of the supplies used to make this card through my¬†online store, or clicking on any of the images below to add them to your shopping cart. You can also print a supply list by clicking on the supply list link beneath the images shown below.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Blessings, Kelly

 

Really Retro for Retro Rubber Challenge #8

I’m getting “really retro” with today’s card. I used several retro stamps and tools to make it. Our latest Retro Rubber Blog Challenge, RRBC08, encourages you to use eyelets on your project. Do you still have them? Are you old enough to even know what they are? Over the last several years, eyelets seemed to have been replaced with brads and self-sticking embellishments, like pearls, rhinestones and candy dots.

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And here is my card featuring MANY retro / retired products.

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Tips, Tricks, and Insights:

  • Retired Stamps –¬†I have a basement full of retired stamp sets. They include “Pocket Fun” and “Just Jeans” used on this card. Just Jeans is a background stamp that provides the denim look on this Marina Mist card stock. Pocket Fun includes the pocket, flowers, girls, sentiment and several other images, including a frog to hang out of the pocket. It’s just darling.
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  • Retired Tools & Accessories –¬†In “the olden days” Stampin’ Up! used to sell a “hardware kit” that included tools to literally hammer eyelets in place. That was replaced a few years later with a tool called the “Crop-a-dile”. It’s used for punching holes for small and large eyelets and squeezing the handles to pinch the eyelets in place… no more hammering. I’m glad I hung onto that tool, I still use it to poke holes in things.
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  • Coloring –¬†I colored the two girls to resemble my friend Leslie and I. She has short brown hair and I have mid-length blondish hair. I used Stampin’ Up!s Blendabilities to color in the girls and the flowers. The colors I used include:
    • Nude (skin tones)
    • Crumb Cake (lightest shade)
    • Wisteria Wonder
    • Melon Mambo
    • Daffodil Delight (medium & darkest shades only)
  • Layout – I chose a vertical layout. However, I originally envisioned a horizontal layout. Before adhering any images or stamping the greeting, I placed everything on the card front to see how I would like to lay this out. My card turned out completely different than I originally envisioned. I intended to decorate the pocket with a single flower, but then had enough room on my scrap paper to make 3 flowers. One thing led to another and I decided to use all three as a border on my card. I ended up turning the card vertical so that the greeting could be stamped directly onto the card front, rather than on a tag or banner. All that to say, the lesson to be¬†learned here is to place things down before adhering your images; you’ll be happy you did ūüôā
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If you have some old eyelets stashed away, consider breathing life back into them and play along with us at the Retro Rubber Blog Challenge. Or just hop over there to see the work of some of the design team members. I’ve had a sneak peek at some of their cards; you are in for a real treat! ūüôā

Supplies:¬†If you don’t already have your own demonstrator, you can order any of the supplies used to make this card through my¬†online store, ¬†or clicking on any of the images below to add them to your shopping cart. You can also print a supply list by clicking on the supply list link beneath the images shown below.

  • Stamps: ¬†Retired: Pocket Fun and Just Jeans
  • Inks:¬†Marina Mist, Memento Ink
  • Paper:¬†Whisper White & Marina Mist
  • Accessories:¬†Blendabilities Markers, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Crop-a-dile (retired), Eyelits (retired)

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Blessings, Kelly

 

Three Things I Like: Robin Myren

Today I have a card from another one of my friends, Robin Myren. Robin is a talented Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and member of my CROSS-Country Crafters team. Robin surprised me with this card a couple of weeks ago when she knew that I had been working so hard in my full-time¬†job.

Robin

Tips, Tricks, and Insights:

  • Vellum Flowers¬†– Robin stamped the flowers on Velum and colored them from behind with Stampin’ Up!’s Blendabilities markers to give them a soft appearance. She adhered the flower image with Glue Dots on top of the same stamped image on the Whisper White Oval.
  • Complimenting Scallops¬†– Robin added an embossed scalloped double-border at the top of the card and the scallops on that border complement the scallops on the Tea Lace Doily.
  • Panels of DSP¬†– Rather than adding a single strip of DSP to the bottom of the card, Robin cut the DSP into 4 equal sized panels. This simple technique added a neat effect to her card.

It’s a blessing to receive cards and I am so grateful to Robin and Bonnie (I showed her card last week) for thinking of me and letting me know that they did by making and sending me hand-stamped cards.

Sneak Peek: Tomorrow I’ll showcase a card for the next Retro Rubber Challenge Blog. Here’s a sneak peek:

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Supplies:¬†If you don’t already have your own demonstrator, you can order any of the supplies used to make this card through my¬†online store, or clicking on any of the images below to add them to your shopping cart. You can also print a supply list by clicking on the supply list link beneath the images shown below.¬†Or, if you’d like to support Robin Myren feel free to search for her in the Stampin’ Up! store.

Price: $4.95

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Weekly Deals! Today is the last day to take advantage of some discounts on a few products as this list will be updated tomorrow. If interested in any of the items below at a discounted price, you can click on them to add them to your shopping cart. You must finalize this order before the end of the day today.

 

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Blessings, Kelly

 

Yay! for Birthdays

I have a splashy birthday card for you today. I made it using Stampin’ Up!’s new Ballon Bash stamp set and Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper.

Banner Card

Tips, Tricks, and Insights:

  • Keep it Simple¬†– You may notice that this is a simple, quick and easy card. Really, the banner does all the work so you don’t have to! To keep it simple, I added patterned paper from the Birthday Bash Specialty DSP, layered it with a banner, and added the Balloon Bash Sentiment on top of that. Quick and easy layout!
  • 3¬†Banners¬†– “It’s Your Birthday Celebrate Real Nice” is all one stamp. I trimmed the “Celebrate” banner stamped in Calypso Coral ink and layered it on the same banner stamped with Night of Navy Ink. I hand snipped both banners and adhered them to a banner trimmed with the Banners Framelits die.
  • Balloon Bash¬†– The Balloon Bash stamp set includes 4 sentiments and 3 balloons. I stamped one of the balloons with Crushed Curry ink on Whisper White card stock, hand snipped it and adhered it with Stampin’ Dimensionals. And what’s a balloon without a string to hold it with? The Whisper White Bakers Twine is the perfect addition to this balloon.

Supplies:¬†If you don’t already have your own demonstrator, you can order any of the supplies used to make this card through my¬†online store¬†or by clicking on any of the items below to add them to your shopping cart. You can also print the complete supply list by clicking on the supply list link beneath the images shown below.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Blessings, Kelly

 

Three Things I Like: Bonnie Bake

I’d like to introduce you to Bonnie Bake, a talented Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and the newest member of my CROSS-Country Crafters team. Here is a card that Bonnie recently made for me.

BonnieThree Things I like:

  • Butterfly Basics Bundle¬†– Bonnie used a most sought after stamp set from the new Occasions catalog. It includes the stamped fern, sentiment and die-cut butterfly. Bonnie added beautiful dimension by creating a double-layered butterfly cutting it out in both Chocolate Chip and So Saffron card stock. While its hard to see in the still¬†picture above, it adds such a nice effect when you see this card in person.
  • Hardwood¬†– The Hardwood background stamp is the perfect compliment to the Butterfly Basics stamp set and Thinlits dies. Bonnie gives this card the illusion¬†of a fence with fern planted in front of it. This card brightened my day on a cold and snowy day last week.
  • Apothecary Accents¬†– Bonnie used one of my favorite Framelits, Apothecary Accents. The sentiment from the Butterfly Basics stamp set fits perfectly into this die cut frame. It stands out even more with her use of Stampin’ Dimensionals.

If you like Bonnie’s card as much as I do, please leave her a comment; I’ll be sure that she sees¬†them all.

Have you been considering joining Stampin’ Up! as a hobbyist or business builder? Now’s the perfect time to join! You get $125 in product for only $99, PLUS you get to choose additional products through one of the options below:

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If you’d like to talk about joining my CROSS-Country Stampers team, leave me a message and your contact information so that we can set up some time to talk. Or, click here to join now through my Demonstrator Business Web Service.

Supplies:¬†If you don’t already have your own demonstrator, you can order any of the supplies used to make this card through my¬†online store, or clicking on any of the images below to add them to your shopping cart. You can also print a supply list by clicking on the supply list link beneath the images shown below. Or, feel free to support Bonnie by shopping through her online store by searching for her name: Bonnie Bake.

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Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Blessings, Kelly

 

Share the Love with Paper Pumpkin Valentines

What a delight to receive this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit in the mail. It included all of the supplies to make 24 Valentines treat bags! (candy excluded).

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Since my children are beyond elementary school (sniff, sniff‚Ķ they grow up¬†so fast!), I decided to bring these into work and surprise some of my new coworkers. One woman said, “This is exactly what I need right now!” Who knew that a few chocolate candies and a handmade treat bag could brighten her day. In fact, many of my coworkers were pleasantly surprised and are still talking about them. My colleagues at¬†other sites in different states/countries are all jealous that they didn’t get one ūüėČ

Not a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber yet? Now is the time to give Paper Pumpkin a try.¬†Save $5.00 on a¬†3-Month Paper Pumpkin subscription during Stampin’ Up!’s¬†Sale-A-Bration event and also instantly qualify for a FREE product!

But the fun doesn‚Äôt stop there because each month Stampin’ Up!¬†will send you a box filled with all the stamps, ink, and paper you need to create beautiful projects on your own. If you like it, you can continue on a month-to-month, 3 month, 6 month or 12 month subscription. Go ahead, give it a try. I guarantee you’ll get your money’s worth!

Click on this link for¬†my¬†online store,¬†to order your 3-month subscription. And don’t forget to choose a free Sale-a-bration product with¬†your purchase.

After you order, you’ll receive a code via e-mail which you can use to redeem your subscription at PaperPumpkin.com.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Blessings, Kelly

 

CASE Yourself for the Retro Rubber Blog Challenge

Our latest Retro Rubber Blog Challenge will have you digging through your old valentines. So, as soon as you are finished reading my blog post today, run straight to your box of handmade cards and find an older Valentine you made and recreate it.  You can change up the papers, the color scheme and/or stamps.  Go ahead, CASE yourself!

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Tips, Tricks, and Insights:

  • My Go-to Layout¬†– Do you have a go-to layout? When I am lacking inspiration, this is the layout that I turn to. It typically includes a pattern on the upper half, lower half and is separated by a strip of ribbon, card stock or patterned paper. Then, the focal point is framed on the left side. Here is the original valentine that I cased followed by two additional cards I found in my card box that use this layout.
    RRBC07_ValentinesRRBC07_Christmas RRBC07_SnappyBirthdayI love how one layout can help me design so many cards.
  • Something Old, Something New¬†– I haven’t had a lot of time to stamp lately and was itching to use some of my new stamps‚Ķ so, I cheated a bit on the Retro Rubber Blog challenge by using both old stamps and new stamps. The new Something Lacy¬†stamp is from the Occasions Catalog. The “Love” sentiment is a retired stamp from the stamp “You are Loved” set.
  • 4-Layered Label¬†– I love layers and I love to play around with multiple shapes created from punches and big shot dies. I used the¬†Large Oval Punch¬†to punch out the sentiment. The stamped image behind the sentiment is part of the same stamp. The background coordinates perfectly with the¬†Decorative Label Punch. Because these punched images were a bit small, I wanted them to rest on a larger frame. I achieved that by combining two more punched out images using the¬†Circles Collection¬† and¬†Deco Labels Framelits.
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  • Subtle Background¬†– I love the new¬†Something Lacy background stamp. I wanted to give my card a more subtle background. Therefore I inked the stamp up with the same color as the card stock (Pink Pirouette and Sahara Sand) and tapped randomly on the card stock as it laid on top of the inked stamp. This created a variable background image on both layers.
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You have until Friday at 8:00 am to upload your Flashback Valentine to the Retro Rubber Blog. So find an older valentine and CASE yourself. Then, click here to join us for the RRBC07 Challenge. Remember to use stamps that are older than 1 year.

Supplies:¬†If you don’t already have your own demonstrator, you can order any of the supplies used to make this card through my¬†online store, or clicking on any of the images below to add them to your shopping cart. You can also print a supply list by clicking on the supply list link beneath the images shown below.

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Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Blessings, Kelly

 

Something Old + Something New for a Sympathy Card

I am a firm believer that you can never have too many sympathy cards on hand. Unexpected life events are a perfect opportunity to bless someone with a hand-stamped card. Today’s card goes to a friend of mine who recently lost her father.

Sympathy Card and Envelope

Tips, Tricks, and Insights:

  • Stamp Sets¬†
    • Something Old: I used the Petite Pairs stamp set to share my sentiments on the front of the card.
    • Something New: I combined the sympathy sentiment with the new Indescribable Gift stamp set found in the Occasions catalog. This is intended to be an Easter stamp set as it includes 3 spiritual greetings that are appropriate for Easter. Yet, it also can be used for any occasion by changing up the greeting.
  • Blendabilities
    • Something Old: Not that Blendabilities are old, but I used both original shades¬†and new shades¬†to color in the beautiful flowers. The original color¬†includes all three shades of Crumb Cake shown on the stems of each flower.
    • Something New:¬†The Occasions catalog includes 4 new Blendabilities colors including Pink Pirouette and Wild Wasabi. These were perfect to color in the petals and leaves.
  • Added Touches¬†
    • Something Old:¬†Because I made a 5×5 card, I needed an envelope in which¬†I could mail this card. I used the Envelope Punch Board to quickly and easily make a 5-1/8″ x 5-1/8″ envelope. I also cropped a piece of Pink Pirouette patterned paper to dress up the inside flap.
    • Something New:¬†The new Painted Blooms Cotton Twine, available in the Occasion Catalog, comes with 3 spools, 10 yards each in Soft Sky, Whisper White, and Wild Wasabi. I wrapped the Wild Wasabi Twine¬†around the card 3 times and tied a bow¬†in the upper left corner, providing balance with the sentiment in the opposite corner.

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Next time you make a card,¬†consider pairing up some old friends with some new ūüôā

Supplies:¬†If you don’t already have your own demonstrator, you can order any of the supplies used to make this card through my¬†online store, or clicking on any of the images below to add them to your shopping cart. You can also print a supply list by clicking on the supply list link beneath the images shown below.

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Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Blessings, Kelly

 

Be Mine for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to the February InKing Royalty Blog Hop.¬† We’re excited to share projects that share inspiration for Valentine’s Day and our love of Stampin’ Up! products.¬† This hop is all about love.

You may have started the Blog Hop here or may have hopped over from Angie Coleman at Coastal Stamping. After you read my post, I¬† hope you’ll hop over to the next.¬† If you get off track at any point during the blog hop, there’s a complete list of participants at the end of this post.

I thought that I was all ready for today’s blog hop. When I sat down last night to fill in the details for my blog post, I realized that this was a Valentine’s Day blog hop… ruh roh! The card I made was a sympathy card. Picture my surprise at 7:30 last night when I realized that I needed a Valentine’s Day project… do I cancel? No, that would be wrong. I know!¬†I can see what the latest Mojo Monday sketch challenge is and maybe I can draw some quick inspiration from it. And that’s exactly how I solved my problem; I used the Mojo383 sketch to make this card. What do you think?

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Tips, Tricks, and Insights:

  • The Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack provided me with the perfect layers for this sketch.
  • I originally pictured a heart-shaped greeting but didn’t have a current heart stamp. So, I thumbed through my greeting stamps and found two stamp sets that worked perfectly together and with this layout: A round Array which consists of many circle images and greetings as well as Label Love which consists of many Artisan-styled labels and greetings.
  • Both stamped images were punched out using the 7/8″ Circle Scallop Punch and the Artisan Label Punch.
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  • The Banner Punch provided the perfect way for me to make the pointed ends on each banner.
  • Stampin’ Sponges and a little Basic Black ink provided a nice distressed look on the patterned paper.
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Thank you for stopping by today.¬† I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper.¬† You certainly won’t want to miss any of these projects.

Blessings,

Kelly

  1. September Gray at SeptemberGray.com
  2. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  3. Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings
  4. Candy Ford at StampCandy
  5. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  6. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  7. Becky Volpp at Ink Blossom with Becky
  8. Angie Coleman at Coastal Stamping
  9. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  10. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper

Supplies: If you’d like to purchase any of the supplies used on this card, please click on the images below to add them to your shopping cart through my online store. If you are already one of Brian King’s customers, he won’t mind; he loves me… ūüôā

Just kidding ūüôā¬† Only add these to your cart if you don’t already have your own demonstrator.

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