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Well, Cheyenne and I got together on Wednesday and made the most adorable card EVER! She had purchased Tim Holtz’s Dog stamp set with coordinating dies. She came over to my house whipped those stamps and dies out of her little black bag, and we got off to a ruff start (ha, ha – do you like the pun). Anyway, she wanted to create a dog with textured hair. She had a picture to go by from a Pinterest pin, and I tried to pick out Spectrum Noir colors that were a close match. We got half of our dog’s faces done and she didn’t like them. They weren’t the correct color. So, upon her insistence, we started with a fresh dog stamped in SU! Smokey Slate. The first one was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black, but we wanted the hair to over-balance the stamped image’s outline. That’s when I said, let’s make our card using the Paper Craft Crew Challenge #217 (why not kill two birds with one stone). So, she pulled the sketch up on her phone and we began again.

 

We took our stamped image and gave it a base color of Spectrum Noir EB1 and LV1. Then, we took my Fun Stamper Journey Color Burst pencils and began to create shading (darkest brown) along with several other colors to create lighter shading and depth to the dog. Once all of this was accomplished, we kept our pencils sharpened and began making flicks of color onto the dog image. This took a LONG time. It takes a very light touch, and when you flick the pencil lead, you need to lift at the same time so your hair image looks light and hairy. We used several different colors with the black pencil giving more depth and a white gel pen was used to add light effects on the hair. Cheyenne said my dog looked mad and her dog looked scared.

Once we were happy with our hair and color of our dog, we cut out a nose and popped it out and added Journey glaze to give it a nice shine. A bone and ball were added to my card. Cheyenne added a leash to her card, but I couldn’t add one to mine because my matted dog was in a different place on my card than her card. I took the Fun Stampers Journey ATS stamp and stamped the sentiment onto FSJ Oatmeal Cookie cardstock. I made faux washi tape out of cardstock and placed a Journey twine bow up at the top of the card (I did have my twine on the smaller mat as in the sketch, but it pulled your eye away from the focal point – the dog). Last but not least, the dog, the mat the dog is on, the bone, tennis ball, sentiment, and the smaller piece of washi tape are popped out. I used fun foam for everything but the washi tape. All of the printed paper is from The Pets Stack paper stack which was purchased from Hobby Lobby a long, long time ago. The base of the card is FSJ Oatmeal Cookie cardstock. The mat for the dog was cut out using a rounded corner stitched rectangle die from Pink and Main. Here he is. He thinks you are “Looking Good.”

 

Hope you enjoy!

This past September three friends and I went to the Stamp Scrap Art Tour held in Duluth, GA. Pink and Main was one of the vendors at this show. The owner and illustrator for Pink and Main, Michelle Currie, was at the Friday night make-n-take, and we were able to complete an awesome card, purchase a discounted die set (only available during the make-n-take), and have a great time enjoying her company. We also had the opportunity to see her the next day while shopping for all sorts of goodies. My friend and co-crafter, Cheyenne, purchased their scarecrow stamp set and coordinating dies.

We spent a whole afternoon stamping the scarecrows and coloring them with our Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. We had a great time. Cheyenne ended up putting her card together that evening, but when I am tired I know better than to try to pull together something important. It usually spells disaster. I finally put mine together this weekend. AND, it is gorgeous.

When I saw the Paper Craft Crew #215 challenge today, I knew my Pink and Main Scarecrow card was the perfect match for this challenge. Here is the card challenge:

For our scarecrow card, we stamped the images on Spectrum Noir paper with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. The images were colored with our Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. See the end of this post for the color combos. Several of the images are raised using black foam. I believe we used Lawn Fawn’s 6×6 plaid paper pack for the printed mat. The blue mat is SU! Bashful Blue (a very retired cardstock), the plaid mat is on FSJ Hazelnut cardstock and the base is a SU! paper (Cheyenne’s paper wasn’t listed but I think FSJ Orange Rave or Tangerine Fusion would work really well). The mini-clothes pin and twine are from Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ). Here is the card:

Spectrum Noir Color Combos (the ones I wrote down):

Jeans – TB5, TB2, TB4, GG1
Corn – CT1, GB9, GB6
Straw – CT4, GB6
Hat – Fl Yellow, TN3, FS1 and Color Burst pencils for crosshatch texture
Pumpkins – CT1, OR2, OR3
Corn stalks – can’t remember the lighter green but I did palette blending with the lighter one and DG3

Supplies:

Pink and Main – Scarecrows and dies, stitched rectangular (rounded corner) dies
Lawn Fawn – plaid paper stack
FSJ – Tangerine Fusion, Hazelnut cardstocks, Color Burst Pencils, twine, clothes pin
Inks and Markers – Memento Black, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
Misc – Black Fun Foam sheets, fence die (bought a long time ago from My Favorite Things)

If you have been keeping up with my posts, you will know I have been offering classes on how to color with alcohol markers; specifically, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. We have learned the basics, moved on to skin coloring, and most recently, worked with hair coloring. This, so far, would be the most challenging technique to learn. After coloring about ten samples, I finally came up with a way that creates some gorgeous highlight effects on hair. If you go back and look at the Spectrum Noir – Skin Coloring post and look at the completed skin coloring class sample showing the range of skin tones we learned, you will see each girl’s hair is colored. The images looked so stark when we finished, I hurriedly added some color to their hair to even out the stamped images without taking the time to account for in-depth lighting and shading. Now, take the time to compare these previous images to the actual class images and you will see a huge difference in technique. The Spectrum Noir – Hair Coloring technique took two to three times the amount of time to create stunning highlight effects versus slapping on some color.

Before I show you the first sample, I want to detail the technique I used on all the stamped images. First, I consulted my Spectrum Noir hex chart and determined which colors I wanted to use for each sample used in the hair coloring class (light blonde, platinum, golden blonde, brunette, bright red, and black). Next, I lay out my color choices with the darkest color first, the lightest color next, the second lightest color beside the lightest color; then, a medium color (note: some choices only included three colors and sometimes certain hair tones might require more, but I think you get the jist). Contrary to how we started coloring in the basic and skin tone class, I start with the darkest shade first, adding the lightest highlight areas next making sure to leave white space (do not color all white space); then, moving from color choice to color choice as mentioned previously in how I set up the order of my markers. This order also helps to keep me from grabbing the wrong color and messing up my whole project by accident. I am working on making video tutorials for hair coloring.

Note: For both the skin and hair coloring classes, the student’s purchased Fun Stampers Journey – Media Artist stamp set. This is a larger stamp and great for learning how to manipulate the Spectrum Noir alcohol markers using shading and highlighting effects.

Sample #1:

Light Blonde –  Blonde hair is the easiest hair coloring effect. This is due to the makers having a high content of blending solution in them. The effects are more subtle and not so easy to create a hot mess):

Light Blond Hair

 

Sample #2:

Platinum Blonde – One of my friend’s has platinum blonde hair. This is a very hard color to recreate, because the shading can be minimal; but yet, you need shading to create depth and interest to your image. This hair color will be a project in the works requiring more experimentation until I get the color combination down to my liking.

 

Sample #3:

Golden Blonde – A very easy color combination with easy blending. But, yes there is a “but”, beginning with this darker shade and with all the darker shades, you do not want to pull or blend the darkest color(s) using your lightest color(s). You will want to make sure to blend out the darker colors with your medium tones into the lighter areas; then, use your lightest color(s). If you don’t, the high amount of blending solution in your light colors will act like a blender pen and pull color out of your dark shades. This will make your shading look mottled and blotched (not good).

 

 

Sample #4:

Brunette – Another easy hair color to create.

 

Bright Red – Yes, this is a very bright color, but I LOVE it (hmmm, I wonder why).

 

Sample #6:

Black Hair – By far the hardest hair color to create. It is important to create appropriate highlights when coloring black hair. This sample image has a lot of light hitting her hair. You will still need appropriate highlights even with minimal light; otherwise, the hair will look like a huge ink blob of black with no definition. Yuk! Several colors can be chosen for black highlights, grays, purples, and blue hues. If you will start to notice highlights on black hair in the real world, there are varying shades of light colors creating these highlight effects. Also, begin to notice where the light falls on on the hair with different hair styles. It took me three tries to come up with a black hair color, I liked. I did like the one before this one, but it had a lot of medium-light purple shading, which made her a great looking goth girl; but, for the class, I wanted to go lighter with the higlights. Also, this hair color takes three to four times as long to create. You HAVE to take your time, begin in small flicking strokes, blending and highlighting, moving on little by little to cover the entire hair area. If you go too fast, your darker areas will begin to look like black blotches. A special note here: I used the True Black almost at the very end of coloring the image. It is too easy to put too much black down and create a mess. It is used sparingly.

 

I will add more hair colors at a later time along with my coloring bloopers, and I will add some skin tones to my girls as well.

Supplies:

Fun Stampers Journey – Media Girl Stamp Set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Color: Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers

 

I recently purchased the Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ) Artsy Leaves out of their mini-Trend Catalog (it has since retired as of September 30th). Even though I knew it would not be a stamp set I could demo at parties, I still wanted it. I LOVE the whole collection and it came with a die set that I purchased as well. When I saw the Pals Paper Arts Card Sketch Challenge #320, I thought this set would make a perfect background stamped card with a Thank You sentiment.

ppa-320-sep29I stamped the leaves using FSJ Black Licorice ink. This ink is very versatile. It is a “true” black ink, it doesn’t smear (it’s dry in about 30 seconds), you can use watercolor mediums with it, and it can be used on plastic, glass, etc (some surfaces require the ink to be set with a heat using a heat gun.
I colored the leaves using FSJ Color Burst Pencils. These pencils do not require Gamsol to blend them together; they are infused with oil to make blending without a liquid medium easy. You can purchase blending stubs from FSJ and dry blend them, but I didn’t use the stubs on this project. I outlined each leave with a light blue pencil to make them pop. I used FSJ – Whipped Cream as the base and matted the leaves on FSJ – Black Licorice and FSJ – Deep Lilace cardstocks. The stips of paper accents are in FSJ – Deep Lilac and FSJ – Black Licorice as well. I highlighted the sentiment with FSJ – Twine and stamped the sentiment from one of the Bloom Benefit ATS – Thanks Much. I stamped the “Thank You” in FSJ – Candy Apple Fusion Ink and fussy cut only the “Thank You” out of the full image. The “Thank You” is popped up on dimensionals.

PPA320Supplies:
FSJ – Whipped Cream, Black Licorice, and Deep Lilace cardstocks, Black Licorice and Candy Apple Fusion Inks, Color Burst pencils, twine, dimensionals, liquid glue, white liner tape, and glue dots.

All my close friends know I have transitioned over to Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ) this past September. One of the amazing benefits of purchasing through FSJ are their Bloom Benefits. For every $50 spent, you will receive a Bloom Benefit FREE! This includes ATS (Artist Trading Stamps) as well as dies and embellishments. I have attached a flyer showcasing some of the Bloom Benefits (there are Bloom Benefits in the main catalog as well as the mini-Trends catalogs):

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I have all the ATS Bloom Benefits from the 2016-2017 catalog. When I saw Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch #213, I knew the Flock Together ATS from the Bloom Benefits would make a perfect card for this sketch.

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I used what I had from my FSJ starter Kit and my first order, which is very limited. For the base of my card and the mat I stamped on, I used FSJ – Oatmeal cardstock and matted the stamped portion onto FSJ – Dark Roast cardstock. I used the FSJ – Dark Roast cardstock for the banner and base of the embossed feathers. I stamped the feathers and sentiment in Versa-Mark and embossed with SU! copper embossing powder. I stamped the feathers in FSJ – Pumpkin Bread fusion ink onto the Oatmeal cardstock.  I fussy cut the embossed feathers. I adhered everything together using FSJ – white liner tape and a glue dot. I then added FSJ – twine and sprinkled the Bronze silk onto the card to give it that extra pop. The matted portion of the card is raised with SU! dimensional.

Flock Together

FSJ – Flock Together

Supplies:

Fun Stampers Journey – Oatmeal cardstock, Dark Roast cardstock, Twine, Pumpkin Bread Fusion Ink, Bronze Silk
Stampin’ Up! – Copper Embossing Powder, dimensionals

This past weekend my friends Cheyenne, Mary, Karen, and I attending the Stamp Scrap Art Tour Show’s Make-n-Take at the Gwinnett Infinite Energy Center. It’s like Scrapbook Expo, but different, and we had a great time. Every one of us won a door prize during the make-n-take. I can’t remember what Mary and Karen won, but Cheyenne won a stamp set from Darcie and I won something from the Fun Stampers Journey make-n-take table! I was thrilled. I chose a retired ATS (Artist Trading Stamp) called Feed Me. Here it is:

catalina

It reminded me of my friend, Kevin’s, cat named Catalina. Catalina can be quite the diva.

Saturday and Sunday were shopping days at the show. They had quite a few door prizes. Cheyenne was one of the first to win a door prize and she got $100.00 to spend in “show bucks.” Of course, her dear friend, that would be me, was right there with her helping to spend every last dollar of her prize. LOL  Here we are right after she got her show bucks:

show-bucks

I, also, helped her select various items from the Heartfelt Creations booth. I will be posting our creations we make sometime in the future from those purchases. The best part is she let me pick out a die that went with one of the free stamp sets I received this past July at the Scrapbook Expo. Yay, me! The Darcie booth had the most incredible stamps and shrinky dink supplies. That’s where the show bucks went. You will be seeing those creations soon.

Once we got home, I said let’s make something really quick and use my new Fun Stampers Journey Color Burst pencils. We decided on the cat, and we pulled together a card in about 40 minutes (that’s pretty quick for us). It turned out to be so cute! I can just see Catalina thinking/saying this to Kevin.

You do not need any gamsol or other medium to create a blended image with FSJ Color Burst Pencils. You only need blending stumps. I added a few rhinestones I purchased from Cre8tiveArtz at the Scrapbook Expo. I used a die we purchased from Pink and Main for the stamped image and the DSP mat.  Because we attended the make-n-take, we could purchase the die set (stitched rectangles with rounded corners) for $10; regular price during the show was $20. The die was a GREAT deal! Cheyenne purchased a scarecrow stamp set with coordinating die the next day. It is soooo cute. I will post our creation when we have time to make it.

Supplies:
Stamp – FSJ retired ATS Feed Me
Cardstock – FSJ base (I don’t know all the names yet), FSJ Whipped Cream, SU! DSP paper
Dies – Pink and Main rectangle stitched (rounded corners), SU! Word Play
Inks – FSJ Black Licorice
Color – FSJ Color Burst Pencils
Accessories – FSJ blending stumps, Journey Platinum Die Machine, rhinestones, FSJ white liner tape adhesive

 

At the end of last month, my cousin, Barbara Helms, celebrated her 40th birthday (her birthday is actually in September). I couldn’t make it to the celebration, but I sent her this card, which was a total CASE from K Werner Designs on YouTube. My friend and cohort, Cheyenne Luken, purchased Lawn Fawn’s So Smooth stamp set, and we went about making a shaker card. We both had to start over from scratch (note here: do not use alcohol markers to blacken the edge of cut cardstock – it bleeds).

Anyway, we completed the card and I thought it was the perfect card to send to my cousin. As many of you know, I don’t send cards, I hoard them. I am trying to get better about this. Here is the card we made and I sent to Barbara:

Supplies: Lawn Fawn So Smooth stamp set
Ink: Memento Ink
Markers: Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: SU! Whisper White, the mat is from a designer paper stack Cheyenne bought (don’t know the name), Acetate
Die: Lawn Fawn crosstitched rectangle die
Sequins: Pink sequins from Cre8tiveartz
Adhesive: Insulation Foam Tape

Fun Stampers Journey provides a monthly card kit called the Bloom Box. Since I am new to the Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ) products, I decided to sign up for their Bloom Box card kit. I knew it was a six-month commitment, but after looking at the past Bloom Boxes, I knew this would be a commitment I wouldn’t regret (click here to see past Bloom Boxes). I had one other friend sign-up for this kit. We received our Bloom Boxes on the same day, and we scheduled a day to get together to complete our cards. You might be asking what is the cost and what is included in the Bloom Box. It includes a full stamp set valued at $16-18, pre-cut cardstock and accessories to complete four cards. You use your own ink, scissors, and adhesives. If you live close to Buford, GA, my Bloom Box crafters get together to complete our kits and I provide the ink and other tools you might need. You bring scissors and adhesives.

If any of you know me well, I can’t just follow directions, I have to make my cards unique to my style. That being said. I will post the Bloom Box card example and I will post what we created beside it. I did not have all the FSJ inks, silks, or color splashes, but we were able to use what we had to make some amazingly cute cards. By the way, I will have some silks and splashes by the time we get together for the next Bloom Box.

Here is card number one:

FSJ Sept Bloom Box Card 1

FSJ Sept Bloom Box Card 1

On our card, we kept the sentiment on one line, and we added Journey Glaze to the deer and hedgehog/porcupine. We watercolored the deer and hedgehog using re-inkers.

Bloom Box Card 1 - Marty

Bloom Box Card 1 – Marty

Card Two:

FSJ Sept Bloom Box Card 2

FSJ Sept Bloom Box Card 2

We both wondered why the owl was just hanging in mid-air. It wasn’t like his wings were out indicating flight; so, we took away the owl, added the round-top tree, and changed the sentiment by wording and placing it on a banner tag and clipping to the top left hand corner to balance out the card. We colored the deer using SU! Stampin’ Write markers.

Bloom Box Sept - Marty

Bloom Box Sept – Marty

Card 3:

FSJ Sept Bloom Box Card 3

FSJ Sept Bloom Box Card 3

This card we only added two owls sitting together on more green branches. I guess I’m a little OCD about random things and I just kept wondering why the owls would be flipping through the air (o.k. I can be whimsical, but sometimes I just can’t). We colored these with SU! Stampin’ Write markers. Here is our version. My friend thought this would make a great anniversary card.

FSJ Sept Bloom Box - Marty

FSJ Sept Bloom Box – Marty

Card 4:

FSJ Sept Bloom Box

FSJ Sept Bloom Box

This one we didn’t change anything because I had an appointment to be somewhere; therefore, no extra time to change-up the card.

FSJ Sept Bloom Box - Marty

FSJ Sept Bloom Box – Marty

Extra Card: Before I received my Bloom Box, I came up with this design, and we made this card first when we got together. We used our Spectrum Noir markers to color the animals. It turned out great. I will be ordering a word stamp with coordinating die to make this a Christmas card. I will post an updated picture when this comes in and I have added it to the card.

FSJ Bloom Box Additional Card

FSJ Bloom Box Additional Card

We both LOVE the Bloom Box, and we can’t wait for our October Bloom Box to get to us. If anyone is interested in the Bloom Box, please click here to go to my website and sign up to receive a Bloom Box kit for the next six months. If you are local, we will get together to make the cards. For an additional $3, I will provide two additional designs with prepared cardstock for you to create two more amazing cards. If you are out-of-town, you will love putting this kit together. The kit includes step-by-step instructions with colored pictures. I can mail you the additional pre-cut cards and email you pictures and directions to put it together for $6.00 this includes additional instructions and postage.

When I purchased my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, I sent out an email letting my group of stampers know I would be providing classes on how to use these wonderful markers. The only requirement was they needed to purchase their own markers to use in class. I had four ladies sign up, and they went ahead and purchased all 168 markers through Consumer Crafts (they have the BEST price on these markers AND they offer 25% site wide regularly – just saying). We have had two classes so far, and I wanted to give a quick update about the progress of our Spectrum Noir alcohol marker colorist group has made as of this past week.

Note: These are NOT Copic markers and quite frankly, some of the YouTube reviews and compairsons do not do the Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers justice. These markers fit into their own category; they are versatile; produce a great colored image; they are VERY affordable; and if you will watch the Spectrum Noir – Crafter’s Companion tutorials, you will have great success and produce outstanding papercraft projects. That being said, you can find Accreditation Coloring Download at www.spectrumnoir.com .  You can print this off on an inkjet printer and follow along with their YouTube tutorials to learn, to practice, and to turn in to them to receive accreditation as a colorist.

My first class was learning some of the basics. We covered Smooth Coloring, Basic Blending, Palette Blending, Dimension, Layers, and Florals. The class had a GREAT time and came away with a lot of hands-on practice (we colored two images).  Here are the two sheets we have completed so far (note: the second class was skin coloring; therefore, the skin on the girl is colored in on the second sheet):

I found it very hard to get a good picture. The heart on the first sheet is a deep purple color and in “real” life, you can see this clearly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second class focused on skin tones. I researched Spectrum Noir recipes for skin color on Pinterest and I took those color combinations and either used them, tweaked them, or came up with my own. The cost for classes two and three (skin and hair coloring) included a Fun Stampers Journey stamp called Media Artist (see below).

This image of the girl is a fantastic stamp to practice color combinations for skin and hair. I stamped six images of the girl onto Fun Stamper Journey Whipped Cream cardstock. Note: The quality of paper is important when using any alcohol markers. A lower quality product will increase bleeding of your ink color into areas you don’t want to be colored. Stampin’ Up! Whisper White is a great cardstock to use as well. You can also purchase specialty paper through Consumer Crafts for alcohol marker coloring.

We completed our skin tones, and we all made a few mistakes (that includes me). On my #6 girl, I used the wrong base color (I switched my colors) and she was so dark that her nose couldn’t be seen. I was able to correct this with the blender pen chisel tip and going over and over the image until I pushed some color through the cardstock to lighten up the image. You can tell because the coloring is a little mottled. I found that some of the lighter colors in the combo I chose could pull color out (acting like the blender) instead of creating a smooth blend. You will be able to see this in the next picture. But, that’s o.k. because we are all new to this type of coloring and there is always a learning curve when you learn something new.  I will be gong back and stamping more images and honing my skin coloring techniques to share with my group of colorists. Our next class will feature hair coloring. The image below has the hair colored because I decided to play around after class to see what I could come up with. These are not perfect hair colors, but I just felt the girl’s looked a little naked without hair color. Here is the sheet from class:

Once these classes are finished, our group should be able to scan and upload our accreditation pages to Spectrum Noir and receive their stamp of approval. I will, then, develop YouTube tutorials on how to color with the Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I hope you decide to look into Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and begin to create outstanding colored papercraft projects.

If you have been reading my blog posts recently, it is very apparent I’m hooked on the Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I just LOVE them and the awesome results I get from using them on my card projects. This week’s Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch #207 inspired me to make a card out of C.C. Designs – Chameleon (You Color My World!) rubber stamp. I purchased this stamp through Impressive Ideas stamp store in Norcross, GA. Here is this week’s sketch:

He is trying to camouflage himself amongst the bright yellow, orange, pink background of the card mat. He’s just too darn cute. The base of the card is SU! Tangelo Twist card stock. The bottom mat was created from a piece of SU! Whisper White cardstock using SU! Daffodil Delight and SU! Tangelo Twist a sponge dauber and SU! Happy Patterns Decorative Masks. The top mat was created using SU! Whisper White cardstock and distressing the cardstock with Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade inks. I squirted the paper with some water and blotted it dry and then allowed the mat to sit and dry completely before adhering all the elements. The square scalloped frame in the left hand, bottom corner is from SU! Layering Squares Framelits using Glitter Cardstock Matstack purchased from Hobby Lobby. I gave the card a little sparkle and glitz by gluing some Craft Medley sequins to the card. The gold twine, wooden heart, and washi tape are all from Stampin’ Up!. Note: The wooden heart was colored using the Spectrum Noir marker BP4 and then covered with Crystal Effects.

The chameleon was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Ink and colored using Spectrum Noir Markers. Here is the list of markers I used: LV1, CT4, OR1, OR3, CR10, CG3, GB7, TN7, CR6, CR7, CR11. I added SU! dimensionals under him to add depth and dimension to the card. I just love him. He’s sending everyone hugs and kisses!

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I hope you enjoy this chameleon as much as I do.

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