Thursday, September 30, 2010

9/30 Embossed in Gold for Christmas


I've been rediscovering my love for embossing. There's just nothing like teaching someone how to emboss and seeing their face absolutely light up with joy at the results. It's one of the things that really "hooked" me when I was first learning how to stamp way back when!! With Christmas on the way, it's time to keep those embossing powders handy as they add such elegance to your cards and projects.

Today's card has an unexpected pairing of colors. I took my inspiration from a party dress I saw at a local store. It was turquoise with a lacey gold overlay. The look was so unexpected that I took notice and as soon as I got home, I tried to recreate that look on a card. It's probably not to everyone's liking, but I like the unexpected when it comes to Christmas cards. You'll also notice that it's flat. When you are embossing, there is so much flash and shine with the gold that you really don't need to add a lot of embellishments!

Supplies:

Stamps: A Cardinal Christmas
Paper: Very Vanilla, Brushed Gold, Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Versa Mark
Tools: Heat Tool, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 2 1/2" Circle Punch
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder
Adhesives: Multi Purpose Liquid Glue

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

9/29 A Sweet Color Challenge!



Isn't this just the prettiest card? Super "clean and simple." I was inspired by the Utah Diva's International Color Challenge #3. I saw those gorgeous apples and the beautiful colors and I couldn't resist . . . I was off and running to create something pretty and sweet. The apples reminded me of a Level Two Stamp Set that I have called Apple Blossoms.

I'm not sure if you can see it very well in the photo . . . but the Chocolate Chip panel is from the Texturz Plates Kit 4. The checkerboard design called to me! Those lovely scallops are from the Tasteful Trim die . . . not only is it perfect for scrapbooking . . . but I'm liking it more and more for card making, too. The Basic Pearl accents provided the finishing touch. Oh, and check out how you can utilize all the pieces of the die . . . even the scraps as I did on the inside panel of my card.

Have a great day. . . and don't forget to go to the box on the left side bar called "Sign Up for Kay's Stamping to Share Newsletter." Starting on the 30th, I will send everyone who receives my newsletter a Christmas idea once a week for the next twelve weeks! Won't that be fun?

Supplies:

Stamps: Apple Blossoms (level 2 hostess set)
Paper: Concord Crush, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Tools: Big Shot Machine, Texturz Plates Kit #4, Standard Texturz Impressions Pad, Standard Texturz Silicone Rubber, Mister Bottle of Rubbing Alcohol to gently mist the paper so that the impressions appear more crisply, Tasteful Trim Die page 17 of the Holiday Mini, Extended Cutting Pad, Stamp-a-ma-jig
Accessories: Basic Pearls
Adhesives: Multi Purpose Liquid Glue

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

9/28 The 12 Weeks of Christmas!


The 12 Weeks of Christmas ...
the Countdown Begins!

Beginning on Thursday, September 30, all of my customers who receive my monthly newsletters will also receive once a week for the next 12 weeks an e-mail from me with a Christmas idea. These ideas will feature everything Christmas from cards and tags, to gifts and packaging. If you would like to be a part of it, be sure to subscribe to my Newsletter by clicking on the "Sign Up for Kay's Stamping to Share Newsletter." It's a box that you can find over on the left side bar of my blog.


In the meantime . . . how about a cute way to keep a list? (Maybe a list of all your Stampin'Up Christmas Wishes?) This list holder has a magnetic back to stick to your refrigerator or filing cabinet. I actually made it a while back for some workshops I did this summer, but forgot to post it here on my blog. Thinking about Christmas triggered my memory!

I purchased some note pads and had one of those copy service places cut off the red line margin. That left me with a little over 4" left which I then had cut in half to make two pads for making lists. Then, I just wrapped some Poppy Parade card stock around it, secured it with that super strong Sticky Strip tape and all that was left to do was the decorating.


To decorate it, I stamped the pretty image from Messages for Mom onto a piece of Whisper White and punched it out with the 2 x 1 3/8" Oval Punch. I used markers to color it in, added a little Dazzling Diamonds, adhered it to the top of the list with some Stampin' Dimensionals and then it was done! ta da! Nice and quick. How's that for your first Christmas idea?

Here are the supplies:

Stamps: Messages for Mom
Paper: Poppy Parade, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Tools: 2 x 1 3/8" Oval Punch
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Markers in Poppy Parade, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive
Adhesives: Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals, Two Way Glue Pen to adhere the glitter
Misc: Note pads cut into lists by a Print and Copy Service Company

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9/28 The Gift of a Card


I send out a fair amount of cards . . . don't most stampers? But I don't often receive cards . . . and sometimes I forget just what a card out of the blue can do for your spirit.

This card is one of those cards that I will treasure, not because it is beautiful . . . which it is . . . but because it lifted my spirits in a way that only the unexpected gift of a home made card can.

Thank you, Shanna.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

9/27 Using the Northern Trim Letterpress Plate

OK, I can see that this post will be a long one with lots of pictures and I hope you will bear with me and if you have the Northern Trim Letterpress Plate . . . maybe you learn a little bit from me based on my experiences.

The first time I inked up the plate (following the directions) I had results like those above. I used Real Red Craft ink and I used my brayer. I groaned a bit when I saw how the edges got full of ink . . . but believe it or not . . . the impressions came out perfectly as you can see below.

But, the problem I was having is that my fingers kept getting into the ink as I handled the letterpress plate and then I was getting ink pretty much all over everything. Craft ink doesn't really dry in a timely manner and on a plate of plastic . . . it could probably stay inky indefinitely. It was bugging me to say the least. Then, I had a brainstorm and put post-it notes onto the plate. 





This is what it looked like when I used the post-it notes. Much less messy!! Before I ran it through the Big Shot machine, I removed the post-its and the results were perfect, and my fingers stayed ink free!





Above you can see close-ups of what the Craft ink looks like on Watercolor Paper and on Naturals White paper. You do get a deeper impression on the Watercolor paper . . . but  not enough to make that much of a difference. I decided to create my projects using the Naturals White paper as it is just easier to stamp on.


The card above was my first attempt. I tried to use the Craft ink to stamp my main image from the Northern Hearts stamp set . . . but again, it's kind of messy and I was getting frustrated so I grabbed my Real Red dye ink and just got it over with. Then, I have to say, I wasn't very happy with myself. I wondered how I would be able to promote this to my customers as most of them do not have craft ink and once they get it . . . well, let's just say there is a "learning curve!" I also didn't like that fact that my wreath image was a darker red than the craft ink on the letterpress strip. It's probably not all that noticeable to you . . . but it jumps out at me because I am super, super picky. Just ask my customers . . . most of whom start rolling their eyes at me when I come running with the Stamp-a-ma-jig.

I decided to see what would happen if I used dye ink on the Letterpress plate. It is NOT recommended because it isn't supposed to adhere real well to the letterpress plates. But, mine adhered PERFECTLY. (mind you, it had been used with craft ink initially . . . and then thoroughly washed with Dawn soap and dried well with paper towels.) Take a look at the strip below.


 It's perfect, isn't it!! And, YES . . . it's dye ink! So, the moral of this story is that you have to follow the directions and then, experiment!! I like it with dye ink better and it's MUCH less messy!!


Above is the card I made using the dye ink. Notice how the main image matches the trim images perfectly? I like that!!


This is the inside panel of the card. I used a sentiment from Many Merry Messages.


 And, just a hint. If you decide to recreate this card and you have the clear mount option . . . the snowflakes can be very quickly stamped onto your background by putting all of them onto the Clear Mount Block E. I'm addicted now to assembling several stamps at a time now onto one block for creating quick and easy backgrounds.

Congratulations . . . you made it through this super long post!! I hope my experiments can help you!!

Stamps: Northern Hearts (level one stamp set), Many Merry Messages (for the inside panel of the card)
Paper: Real Red, Garden Green, Naturals White
Ink: Real Red
Tools: Big Shot Machine, Northern Trim Letterpress Plate, Ticket Corner Punch
Adhesives: Multi Purpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals
Misc: Post It Notes


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Sunday, September 26, 2010

9/26 Dasher is Back in Action!


Dasher is BACK IN ACTION!! lol! He is one of my all time favorite Christmas images and I was soooo pleased to see that he was NOT retired!! When I saw the sketch challenge over at Stamping 411, I decided it was time to get Dasher back on the table for another exciting Christmas season.

Look at all those sparkles! That is a new item debuting in our Holiday Mini catalog and I have to say, I was just a bit intimidated by it!! Just the name . . . Glass Glitter . . . is enough to kick start my sense of caution! Yeah, I've never been the first on the block to do anything first! ha ha! (Minnesota sensibilities.) So, I waited to see what everyone else was doing with it and it looks like most people are using it as an amazing border around their main image. Getting it to stick isn't a problem at all when you use our Crystal Effects Glue.

Well, I'm off to make some popcorn and hang out with the kids for a bit. I've been busy making my swap cards for the Minnesota Stamp Share for Leaders event coming up next weekend. I also made a scrapbook double page spread this weekend - can't wait to post that one as it's too die for!! But, club doesn't meet until October 14 . . . so you'll all have to wait!

Have a great day and happy stamping!!

Stamps: Dasher, Sincere Salutations for the inside panel
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Jolly Holiday DSP
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Tools: Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Paper Piercer to make a hole through the ribbon for the brad
Accessories: 1/4" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Basic Glimmer Brad (page 36 in the Holiday Mini), Silver Glass Glitter (page 21 in the Holiday Mini, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz
Adhesives: Multi Purpose Liquid Glue, Crystal Effects to hold onto the Glass Glitter, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

9/25 Fall Butterflies


When is the last time you used the stamp set Flight of the Butterfly? Not usually your Fall "go to" set, right? But . . . with the right paper . . . you can have a lovely set of cards featuring Fall Butterflies!


These cards were so quick and easy to make! I made a half a dozen or so in short order. I plan to give some of them out to my down line for September Sales Achievements.

Here are the supplies:

Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly, Fundamental Phrases
Paper: Early Espresso, Autumn Spice Specialty Designer Series Paper
Ink: StazOn Jet Black Ink
Tools: Butterfly Punch, Paper Snips to distress the edges of the top layer of paper, Word Window Punch
Accessories: Linen Thread
Adhesives: Multi Purpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Friday, September 24, 2010

9/24 Nature's Christmas


 I found a great sketch this week over at Mary Jo Price-William's blog . . . the lunchtime sketch challenge! I am working on designing cards for my Christmas Dozen Classes and I found this sketch most inspiring toward that end.

This card is flat. No dimensionals or brads or anything of that bumpy, textured nature. Yup, still going for flat. It's just the easiest way to mail something.

 The top note die piece in Early Espresso is actually discarded (well, not really, but set aside as I did not use it in this card.) I took the outside piece of the die cut and glued it to my Crumb Cake card base.  The ribbon is adhered with SNAIL and the only punch of color on this card is the tag surrounding the sentiment.

Supplies:

Stamps: Nature Silhouettes, Perfect Punches
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Riding Hood Red
Ink: Early Espresso
Tools: Big Shot Machine, Top Note Die, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch
Accessories: 5/8" Early Espresso Satin Ribbon
Adhesives: Multi Purpose Liquid Glue, SNAIL

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

19/21 UDI Color Challenge



I happened to have a bit of time to browse the web today and came across a Utah Diva's International Color Challenge. They must have just started Color Challenges as I see it is only #2! Well, it's hard for me to resist a Color Inspiration Challenge and this one . . . featuring a shoe in the colors that each of my daughters would LOVE . . . I knew I would have to play along.

Of course, the first stamp set to come to my mind was the Things I Love set. And, since I hadn't used it in a while, I decided to go with it.  This card is 3" square. I was in the mood for something mini. It was a super quick card with the punched and die cut layered flower on the front and then a few punched images for the inside.


Here are the supplies:

Stamps: Things I Love
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Real Red, Whisper White, Nursery Suite Specialty Designer Paper
Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose
Tools: Big Shot Machine, Punch Window Magnetic Movers and Shapers for the Heart Shape (but you could just use the Full Heart Punch, too), Baskets & Blooms Die for the pink flower on the front of the card, Extended Cutting pads, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Fancy Flower Punch
Accessories: Antique Brads
Adhesives: Multi Purpose Liquid Glue

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Monday, September 20, 2010

9/20 Ribbon Wreath


I had a customer request that I make the ribbon wreath that you see on page 190 of the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog. Gulp! "That's a lot of ribbon," I said. But, being the "gamer" that I am, I decided to give it a try . . . on a much smaller scale and I have to say that I'm tickled with the results! Isn't it cute? I purchased one of those smaller grapevine wreaths and just tied it up with ribbon . . . seven yards of it on this sweet little 6" wreath! I cut the ribbon into 9" lengths. That was enough to give me some room for tying it around and for making a cute angled trim cut with my scissors. I also used one of those BBQ lighters to singe the edges of the grosgrain ribbon to keep it from unraveling. My daughter assisted . . . just in case things got out of hand! lol! The tag comes from the stamp set called Grateful Greetings and provides a nice finishing touch.

Supplies:

Stamps: Grateful Greetings
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red
Ink: Real Red
Tools: My nice, shiny and sharp Craft & Paper Scissors (though I would NEVER use it on paper!) Stampin' Up! Part Number: 108360, Large Tag Punch, Extra Large Tag Punch, Crop-a-Dial to make a hole in the tag
Accessories: 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain, 5/8" Real Red Satin Ribbon, 1 1/4" Old Olive Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, 1 1/4" Real Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, 1/2" Chantilly Lace, Clear Tinsel Trim from the Holiday Mini, Natural Hemp Twine

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

9/19 Halloween 12x12 Pages


This is the two page Halloween layout that my scrapping club got to do this month. My favorite things . . . a Daffodil moon. LOVE the Daffodil Delight paper and it looks fantastic on this black page. Each of the 4x6" Basic Gray Photo Mats are accented with a bit of Old Olive. The square mat can be used for journaling, or for another picture and it is on top of an Old Olive piece that was created with the Big Shot Machine and the Clear Scallop Square die. I cut the Old Olive at 5" square before running it through the Big Shot with the Scallop Square Die and the excess parts are used to accent three of the photo mats. The photo mat below the square one uses the Photo Corner Punch for its Old Olive accent.


I think the spooky bat is a great touch. This punch is NEW to the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog. If you don't have your new catalog yet, be sure to e-mail me and I'm sure we can work something out.


Did you notice the wavy border on the bottom? Yes, the new Tasteful Trim die from the Holiday Mini catalog makes this a very quick process! The paper is from our Wicked Fun Specialty paper in the big catalog. The spooky medallion in the upper right corner turned out great! Bet you didn't know the lattice die could be used on a "spooky" page! The circle layer behind is cut with the Circle Scissors Plus from white card stock vellum. The word spooky is from the stamp set called "Wicked Cool" and it is stamped with StazOn ink onto Basic Gray paper and then punched out with the 2 x 1 3/8" Oval Punch. That great way black frame behind the spooky is from our Lots of Tags Sizzlits Die set. It coordinates perfectly with that Oval Punch. (I love Stampin' Up! Coordination!!)


This picture gives you a close up of the spider. I made the web from a 4x4" square piece of Old Olive that was run through the Big Shot Machine using our brand new Textured Impressions Spider Web folder featured in the Holiday  Mini catalog. (If you need a Holiday Mini catalog . . . let me know!) The top and bottom of the web is accented with torn White Card Stock Vellum.

The spider (a little too real looking for me!) is from the stamp set called Dark & Dreary . . .page 7 of the Holiday Mini. I stamped him with Jet Black StazOn ink onto White Card Stock Vellum and then punched him out with the 1" Circle Punch. It's a little hard to see on the picture but his belly and head and popped up a tiny bit by flipping the image over and then running a stylus over those parts resting the vellum onto the foam portion of our Mat Pack. This whitens up the belly and head and gives me a perfect spot to put a drop of Multi Purpose Liquid Glue.

Have a wonderful day, thanks so much for dropping by my blog and Happy Stamping!

Supplies:

Stamps: Dark & Dreary, Wicked Cool
Paper: 12x12 Basic Black, Old Olive, Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, White Card Stock Vellum, Wicked Fun Specialty Paper
Ink: Jet Black StazOn Ink
Tools: Big Shot Machine, Clear Scallop Square Die, Lattice Die, Tasteful Trim Die, Extended Cutting Pads, Spider Web Textured Impressions Folder, Lots of Tags Sizzlits Die, 1" Circle Punch, Bat Punch, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Photo Corner Punch, 2 x 1 3/8" Oval Punch, Circle Scissors Plus
Adhesives: Multi Purpose Liquid Glue, SNAIL, Dotto so the mats can be removed and trimmed if necessary for photo placement

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Friday, September 17, 2010

9/17 Birthday 12x12 Pages


I had my Scrapbook Club this week and we did a birthday layout. Have you noticed those awesome borders? It's from the brand new die called Tasteful Trim. It's on page 17 in the Holiday Mini. I absolutely LOVE the 12" trim pieces that it creates. I used to buy packets of paper trimmed  up like this, but then I would invariably run out of the style or color I needed. No worries about that when you have this Bigz XL Die!

The pennant is made by cutting three inch Whisper White squares to a center peak at one end. It's nice that 'birthday' has eight letters as it fits perfectly across the top of the pages. 


Another thing that I love about this page is the balloons! I used the Oval Frame Die twice, once with Real Red cardstock and second with Whisper White cardstock. The inside part of the Real Red frame became a balloon as you can see in the photo above. The blue balloon is made with the 2 1/2" Circle Punch (page 19 of the Holiday Mini catalog). A couple of quick strokes with the White Gel Pen gives the balloons a touch of life.


This picture shows the Real Red frame part of the die cut surrounding the inside part of the Whisper White die cut. A word balloon! The "strings" on the balloons are natural hemp twine attached with mini glue dots. The yellow balloon is the second to the largest circle on the Circles #2 Die. We used Varsity Alphabet and Real Red ink to stamp the words.

Stay tuned . . . tomorrow I will post the Halloween pages we made!

Did you know that every person who places an order with me in September will receive a free Project Information Sheet all about Decor Elements? It's fun to gift my customers with product tips and project ideas. Did you need a Holiday Mini catalog? I can get one in the mail to you PRONTO! Just e-mail me. Do you need a 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog? Just let me know! It's yours FREE when you place a $50 Stampin' Up product order with me. Or, you can purchase one for just $5 (plus 1/2 the S&H if I need to mail it out to you.)

Here are the supplies I used on the Birthday Pages:

Stamps: Varsity Alphabet
Paper: 12x12 Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red
Tools: Big Shot Machine, Tasteful Trim Die, Extended Cutting Plates, Circles #2 Die, Scallop Oval Frame Die
Accessories: Natural Hemp Twine
Adhesives: Mini Glue Dots, SNAIL Adhesive, Dotto to reposition the photo mats if necessary down the road

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

9/16 Demo Meeting Swap Cards

One of our favorite activities at our monthly demonstrator meeting is to exchange cards with each other. Each month we have a theme and our theme this month was All for Fall. Below you can see some of the great cards we swapped with each other.










Aren't these cards great? I feel very blessed to have these stamping friends as a part of my life. Becoming a demonstrator enriched my life in so many ways but the greatest dimension is the friendships I've made both with fellow demonstrators and with customers. My heart is humbled when I consider the joy that enriches my life on daily basis all because I am a part of Stampin' Up!; it's truly a company with heart and I am soooooo proud to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.

 The last card that I am sharing is the card I made for our All for Fall swap. I love it's simplicity . . . I like to create cards that brand new stampers can create quickly and successfully. Of course, the Big Shot is involved . . . the Textured Impressions Embossing Folders add sooo much interest and dimension to your quick and simple cards. This new folder called "Spider Web" debuted in the Holiday Mini catalog. If you don't have Stampin' Ups! latest Holiday Mini Catalog, e-mail me and I will send one out right away. It's just PACKED with amazing stamp sets, tools and ideas to bring your Holidays to life!

Here are the Supplies I used:

Stamps: Dark & Dreary
Paper: Concord Crush, Naturals White, Basic Black
Ink: Basic Black
Tools: Big Shot Machine, Spider Web Impressions Folder, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch
Accessories: 1 1/4" Basic Black Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Concord Crush Marker, Daffodil Delight Marker
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals, Scotch Tape to adhere the ribbon to the back of the card panel

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

9/14 My Spooky House!


Stampin' Up! challenged us to create and post our projects that use the new Design a House that you can find in the Holiday Mini Catalog on page 37. I figured I'd better get the ball rolling on this . . . especially since I have a "Build a Spooky House Class" coming up next week!! This is what I came up with!!

Do you like it?? I have a feeling that all those M&Ms will attract a lot of attention! lol! (I was pleasantly surprised to find M&Ms in fall colors!! Too bad there weren't a few olive colored M&Ms, too, then I would have been REALLY coordinated! )

I painted the house with a flat black spray paint. The windows are vellum with spiders stamped in them from the stamp set called Dark & Dreary. I don't have those nifty battery operated candles that I often see, but if I had one, you bet I would put it inside this house for a lovely yellow/orange glow behind the windows. The roof is Versa Marked, covered in Heat and Stick powder and then sprinkled with Fine Galaxy glitter in black.


The Halloween sentiment is also from Dark & Dreary, stamped on Whisper White and then sponged with Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight. A little bit of layered ribbon, a couple of bats glue-dotted on and my Spooky House was complete!!

Thanks for stopping by - have a fantastic, happy stamping kinda day!

Supplies:

Stamps: Dark & Dreary
Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Wicked Fun Specialty DSP, Cardstock Vellum
Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Versa Mark
Tools: Heat Tool, Bat Punch, Stamping Sponges
Accessories: Design-a-House, Heat & Stick Powder, Fine Galaxy glitter in Black, 5/8' Old Olive Grosgrain, 1 1/4" Pumpkin Pie Striped Grosgrain
Adhesives: Sticky Strip, SNAIL Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots
Misc: Black Spray Paint

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