My Paper Pumpkin (MPP)

Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog Hop: A Little Smile

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Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog hop.  We are hopping to share with you alternate ideas on ways you can use the June Paper Pumpkin kit, A Little Smile.

This month's kit is all about sharing a little kindness and appreciation.  I decided I wanted to make a little gift card holder for my hairdresser who is going on a little trip.  She is going somewhere tropical so this kit was just perfect and I had the perfect gift card too.

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You know what really made me happy?  The Paper Pumpkin kit had everything I needed.  I didn't use anything other than what was in the kit and it is a quick project!  Follow along and we can make it together.

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I took 2 envelopes and attached one flap of one to the other.  You now have two pockets to use.  

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I cut one of the little card in half and used the die cuts and stamps to decorate the cards.  There are a lot of different die cuts to use and I love the variety from vellum to glimmer!  This kit has a generous amount of die cuts.

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A gift card fits perfectly in the envelope!  Remember you have 2 pockets so 1 can be used for a gift card and the other for a little note or even another gift card.

Now it is time to hop on over to see what the talented Janey Backer has created for you!

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I hope you enjoyed my alternate idea on how to use the A Little Smile Paper Pumpkin kit.  If you are not currently working with a  Stampin' Up! demonstrator and have some questions and/or are interested in Paper Pumpkin, I would be happy to help you.

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Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog Hop...Sentimental Rose

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Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog Hop! 

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly crafting kit.  The beauty of Paper Pumpkin is you can follow the directions provided in the kit to make the projects as they were designed, or use the supplies as a starting point and let your creativity take over. On this blog hop we will be sharing lots of ideas with you on how to use April's Paper Pumpkin kit: Sentimental Rose.  This kit includes an awesome stamp set, 9 note cards and envelopes, acetate card box, lots of labels/die cuts, and embellishments.  

I have 2 different projects to share with you .  This first alternate project uses just the products that come in the Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin kit except for an additional scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.

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This flower trio is so pretty!  The flowers are printed on the panel and so are the splatters.  I stamped the leaves with the Gray Granite ink spot that is provided in the kit and applied the 3 enamel dots. 

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Yes, it is an easel card!  I scored the front of the card base in half at 1-3/4".   The only other alteration I made was to cut the white corrugated piece so it measured 3-1/2" x 3-1/2".  I stamped the sentiment on the label die cut from the kit and stamped the leaf on the scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  The label and the leaf are popped up using the provided dimensionals.

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One of the things that makes this kit so special is the stamp set.  The stamp set contains 7 sentiments and 3 image stamps.  The flower image in this stamp set is  so pretty,   which is what inspired me to make my second set of projects.  These are a little more time consuming and do require extra supplies.  I wanted to play with the flower images and really show it off.

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The colors I used are Fresh Fig and Powder Pink.  They are both retiring In Colors and I am going to miss them.  

First let's talk about the box.  I used the Window Box Thinlits which are on the Retiring List.  You have the option of cutting out the design on the top of the box or not.  I chose to cut it and line the top with vellum.  I stamped the flower image 3 times in Fresh Fig ink on Powder Pink card stock.  I fussy cut the flowers to create 3 sizes of flowers.  I built the flower using dimensionals between each layer to create height and dimension.  In the center I placed the largest Clear Faceted Gem.  The leaves were stamped and cut out using the Rooted in Nature bundle.  This stamp set and dies will be in the upcoming catalog but no longer available as a bundle.  If you have been wanting this bundle you can save 10% if you buy it before the 2018-19 catalog ends.

The card is note card size (3-1/2" x 5" and mailable).  The base is Fresh Fig and the layer is Powder Pink.  The flower stamp was inked in Fresh Fig ink and stamped off once before stamping on the Powder Pink layer.   I stamped the flower again on a piece of Powder Pink card stock in Fresh Fig ink.  I cut out the flower and lightly sponged the edges with Fresh Fig ink to soften the cut edges and attached it using dimensionals.  The leaves again were stamped and cut in Old Olive ink on Old Olive card stock using the Rooted in Nature bundle. 

Hope you enjoyed the 2 different ideas of ways to use the Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin kit.  Now it is time to hop on over to see what Janey has created for you!

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Next month there is a very special Paper Pumpkin kit, the Hugs from Shelli kit.   Shelli Gardner (co-founder of Stampin' Up!) worked closely with designers and concept artists to create a Paper Pumpkin kit that is uniquely hers. It includes an exclusive photopolymer stamp set, paper and crafting materials to create 12 cards (3 cards of 4 unique designs), 12 exclusive, coordinating envelopes, and a Classic Stampin’ Spot.  To receive this very special kit you must sign up for Paper Pumpkin by May 10th.  You won't want to miss this kit!

If you are interested in subscribing to Paper Pumpkin and do not have a demonstrator you are working with, I would love to be your demonstrator.  You can use this link to sign up for Paper Pumpkin or contact me and I would be happy to help you.  

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Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Poppin' Birthday

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Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog Hop!  Did you notice the cute new name?  Why the name change?  This blog hop is no longer a pop up hop and is now a monthly hop!  On the 4th Tuesday of every month at 6 pm, please  join us as we showcase alternate project ideas using the  Paper Pumpkin kit by Stampin' Up! 

This month Paper Pumpkin celebrated its 6th birthday!  In addition to the Poppin' Birthday stamp set subscribers were also treated to a free stamp set, Counting the Years!   The cards in this month's kits are so cute!  They are birthday present pop ups!  The cards (8 of them!) are simply adorable.  Instead of making a card i decided to make a little gift to go along with the cards in the kit.

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What do you think?  Aren't these Sweet Cups fun?  They are a great way to package a little treat.  I had to sacrifice one of the envelopes to wrap the base of the cup, yes even the envelopes in this kit are super cute.  The lid edge was covered using the labels in the kit.  The circle on top of the Sweet Cup was cut from a card base.  I cut a slit in the middle of the circle and slipped the Circle Tab punch through the slit. I sandwiched 2 of the bows around the Circle Tab punch. 

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Remember these tea lights decorated to look like a cake?  They were very popular and I thought it would be a cute little gift to put in the Sweet Cup.  

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All the pieces I used to decorate the tea light cake are from the Paper Pumpkin kit except for the ribbon, which is from the All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack.

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Here is what the whole gift will look like.  The card was made following the kit directions except for a minor tweak or 2.  I look forward to gifting this little ensemble soon!

Are you currently a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? If not, now is a great time to join in the fun. Contact your demonstrator to get started or  CLICK HERE to subscribe. 

Thank you for stopping by, now it it time to hop on over to see what the talented Debi Green has created for you.

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Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop...Grown With Kindness

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Are you a Paper Pumpkin subscriber?  If you are, then you are in for a treat and if you aren't a subscriber maybe it is time to think about subscribing.  Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Pop-Up Blog Hop!  You will be able to blog hop and see lots of different ideas on ways to us the Grown with Kindness Paper Pumpkin kit for February.

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I started with a 4-1/4" x 11" piece of Fresh Fig card stock scored at 2-3/4" and 8-1/4".  I attached one of the photo panels to one side of the card base.  I stamped and colored the fun tea cup and succulent image using a mix of Stampin' Write markers (Fresh Fig) and Stampin' Blends (Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Smoky Slate).  I fussy cut the image but this is not necessary and attached it to Whisper White circle and a Fresh Fig scalloped circle.  Both of the circles were cut using the Layering Circle framelits.  

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I used a small strip of Tear and Tape Adhesive to attach the circle to the edge of the card front.  The succulent panel tucks into the circle to keep the card closed.  

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Here is another gorgeous picture of succulents that is included in the Paper Pumpkin kit.  I attached the panel to a 5-1/4" x 8" piece of  Mint Macaron card stock scored at 2", 4".   I only applied adhesive to the first 2" x  5-1/4" panel.  The next picture will show you the reason i did this.

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It is an easel card.  The panel rests on a label (included in the kit) that is attached using dimensionals, also provided in the kit. I stamped the sentiment, can do incredible things on the label with Fresh Fig ink which is also included in the kit.  Don't you love the sentiment?  I know this stamp will get used a lot.

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Hope you liked this alternate idea on how to use the products in the Grown with Kindness Paper Pumpkin kit.  If you are curious about Paper Pumpkin and are not currently working with another Stampin' Up! demonstrator feel free to contact me or check out this link. During Sale-A-Bration the rewards are even greater so this is a perfect time to subscribe  Paper Pumpkin is turning 6 in March and they are giving their subscribers a gift of an extra stamp set so don't miss out.  You need to be a subscriber by March 10 to receive the March Paper Pumpkin kit.  

Now it is time to hop on over to see what Joni Metras has created for you!
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Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop-Picnic Paradise

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Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop! We are all fans of this monthly crafting kit and want to share with you our enthusiasm for this box of fun and creativity. The beauty of the Paper Pumpkin kit is that you can follow the directions provided in the kit to make the projects as they were designed, or use the supplies as a starting point and let your creativity run wild. On this hop we will be sharing lots of ideas with you on how to use the July Picnic Paradise kit.

When I saw this adorable kit and those lovely apples all I could think of was caramel apples.  So, I set about working on making some caramel apples.

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How to make caramel:

    * Trace the shape of the apple on a piece of Crumb Cake card stock

    *  Cut a uneven edge to mimic the way caramel looks. 

    * Ink up the "caramel" with Versamark ink and heat emboss it using clear embossing powder. 

    *Repeat the above step one more time for  a smooth and shiny caramel.

Next I had to make a stick.  If you have some popsicle sticks that would be the easiest solution.  If you don't have any on hand here's what I did.

    *Cut So Saffron card stock 1/2" wide by 3-1/4" long, round one end

    *Ink it up with So Saffron ink

    *Insert into the apple and apply the leaves

I trimmed a piece of a plastic bag to fit my apple and used one of the gingham vellum pieces to set my apple on and tied it with the white twine from the kit.  The next thing I did was make one of the baskets in the kit.  I didn't attach the handle so it would accommodate my real caramel apple.  Off to the store I went to get a caramel apple.  Well, I found out that August is not the month for caramel apples so I scoured the shelves and came up with another idea.

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Did you know that the cute little cards in the Picnic Paradise kit makes the perfect cover for caramel apple lollipops?!  I followed the directions in the kit for the cards, the only extra step was I punched two little holes.  I inserted the lollipops and tied them up using the twine from the kit.

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A caramel apple lollipop bouquet!!  Wouldn't this be a fun little thank you gift?  I hoped you enjoyed this alternate idea of how to use the Picnic Paradise Paper Pumpkin kit!  Now it is time for you to hop on and see what Shirley has created for you!  I know it will be amazing!

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If you are not Paper Pumpkin subscriber now is the perfect time to try it out!  Contact your demonstrator or if you do not have a demonstrator I would love to help you.  You have until August 10th to sign up for Paper Pumpkin and get 50% off your first box.  What do you have to lose?

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Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop...Broadway Star

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Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop! We are all fans of this monthly crafting kit and want to share with you our enthusiasm for this box of fun and creativity. The beauty of the Paper Pumpkin kit is that you can follow the directions provided in the kit to make the projects as they were designed, or use the supplies as a starting point and let your creativity run wild. On this hop we will be sharing lots of ideas with you on how to use  this month's Paper Pumpkin kit: Broadway Star.

This month's Paper Pumpkin kit is the first time the kit also coordinates with  a product suite in the Stampin' Up! Annual catalog.  Can you guess what suite it is?  It is called the Broadway Bound Suite and can be found on page 69 of the catalog.

When I opened the Paper Pumpkin box I was so happy to see a black and white striped card bases.  You know I have a thing for black and white and stripes.  

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The first thing that came to mind was to make a box.  This box and lid were made from 2 card bases.  In fact everything I used on this project was in the Paper Pumpkin box except for the Black Satin ribbon which is part of the Broadway Bound suite, the purple star candle, and the surprise inside of the box.

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Now you can see a little bit of what is inside.  I decorated the package with some of the many elements in this month's kit.  

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Have you figured out what the package is?  It is a packet that makes an individual brownie cake in the microwave.  The person who gets this will be able to make themselves a little cake and use the purple star to make a wish.  Honestly I have no idea what the cake tastes like.  I just think it is such a fun little gift. 

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Are you currently a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? If not, now is a great time to join in the fun.  Contact your demonstrator to get started or CLICK HERE* to subscribe.

Thank you for joining us as we share with you the possibilities of Paper Pumpkin, now hop over to blog to see what the talented Cheryl Hamilton has created.

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April 2018 Paper Pumpkin You Are My Anchor

Just a quick post to share 3 more cards I made using the April 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit.  All the cards are made and I still have some extra bits that I will use on other projects.  I know I will definitely be using the stamp set again.  

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In addition to the products that came in the April Paper Pumpkin kit I used the Layering Squares framelits and one of the sentiments from the So Many Shells stamp set.  If you want to see the other cards I made you can go here and here.

Are you currently a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? If not, now is a great time to join in the fun. New subscribers receive 50% off their first 2 months with the Creativity Starts with Paper Pumpkin promotion which ends May 10th. CLICK HERE to subscribe. New subscribers use promo code: SAVEFIFTY0418.
 
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Paper Pumpkin Pop-Up Blog Hop...You Are My Anchor

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Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop! We are all fans of this monthly crafting kit and want to share with you our enthusiasm for this box of fun and creativity. The beauty of the Paper Pumpkin kit is that you can follow the directions provided in the kit to make the projects as they were designed, or use the supplies as a starting point and let your creativity run wild. On this hop we will be sharing lots of ideas with you on how to use April's Paper Pumpkin kit: You Are My Anchor.

This may be one of my favorite Paper Pumpkin kits so far.  I didn't want to stop creating with it and I kept on thinking of ways to use the supplies provided.   I shared an idea on how to use this kit in my post yesterday.   Today I have 2 more project ideas for you.  

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I know you are thinking what is so special about putting life savers in the box?  Wait for it...

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Surprise!!  You can see that I attached the life saver ring to a strip of window sheet and attached to the inside front of the box.  I used Tear & Tape to secure the window sheet strip down and then covered it up with a strip of Pool Party card stock.  I wanted the inside of the box to look as good as the outside.  Because the window sheet is flexible it "pops" up when you open the tray.  Fun surprise for the person opening the box.  

The only extra supplies you will need to make this pop up is a strip of window sheet and a strip of card stock to place inside of the box.  Oh yeah, you will also need life savers.  

The next project I made is my favorite, at least so far.  I still have a lot of supplies left from my kit, so who knows what else I will make.

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You will need the following in addition to the Paper Pumpkin kit:

    *3-1/2" x 10" Pool Party card stock scored at 2-1/2", 5"

    *3" x 9-1/2" Island Indigo card stock scored at 4-1/2", 7"

    *2-1/2" x  3-1/8" Island Indigo card stock

The rest is from the kit.  I cut apart one of the box sleeves and cut a piece measuring 2-3/4" x 4-1/4" and 2-3/4" x 2-1/4"and a strip 1/2" x 2-3/4".  I cut one of the cards to use on the first panel 2-3/8" x 3" and used the remainder to cut a piece 2-3/4" x 2-1/4" for the last panel.  This card was so much fun to make and will fit into a note card envelope and is mailable.

Are you currently a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? If not, now is a great time to join in the fun. New subscribers receive 50% off their first 2 months with the Creativity Starts with Paper Pumpkin promotion which ends May 10th. Contact your demonstrator to get started or CLICK HERE* to subscribe. New subscribers use promo code: SAVEFIFTY0418.

Thank you for joining us as we share with you the possibilities of Paper Pumpkin, now hop over to Janey Backer's blog to see her fun creation.

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Paper Pumpkin...You Are My Anchor

Are you wondering what I am talking about?  Paper Pumpkin, what?  Paper Pumpkin is a monthly  paper crafting kit.  All the supplies arrive pre-cut, pre-scored, and ready to assemble.   Each kit includes a stamp set and ink that you can use even after you’ve created everything within the kit.  I have been a subscriber since the very beginning and the kit has certainly grown and evolved.  I look forward to seeing that orange Paper Pumpkin box in my mailbox and discovering what fun and fabulous project I get to make.  The projects vary each month from cards, gift items,  packaging ideas, mini books and well whatever else the Paper Pumpkin designers dream up.  

Every month there is a video showing the Paper Pumpkin kit.  Here is the video for the April kit, You Are My Anchor.

When I get my kit I usually use the supplies to make at least one sample exactly (or at least pretty close) as the instructions direct. 

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These are 3" x 3" cards and they come with coordinating envelopes.  I use this size of notes a lot.  I tuck them in to packages, use them as gift tags, and even as a little pillow note.

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The 5 little notes and envelopes fit into this cute little box.  In the April kit there are enough supplies to make 4 boxes filled with 5 little notes and envelopes.  These make great gifts.

There's a LOT of product in this kit.  I decided to play a little and see what else I could make.  

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Did you know that the 3" x 6" notecard makes a great easel?   

To make this card you will need:

    *4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Calypso Coral card stock

    * 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock

    * Calypso Coral circle (cut using the second to largest Layering Circles framelits)

The rest of the products are all in the You Are My Anchor kit.  

All you need to do is score the notecard at 3/4".   This 3/4" tab will be secured between the Calypso Coral and Whisper White card stock and is the easel.

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Use the little label provided in the kit to make the stopper for the easel  even the dimensionals are included in the Paper Pumpkin kit.

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This is a quick and easy way to make an easel card and isn't this a great masculine card?  Might be perfect for Father's Day!

If you are still unsure if you want to give Paper Pumpkin a try, how about a 50% off code for 2 months?  

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The code is SAVEFIFTY0418.   Go to my Paper Pumpkin link ( https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=19235) and enter the code, SAVEFIFTY0418.  Here's the catch, you have to do this by May 10th!  So, don't delay and give Paper Pumpkin a try!

If you are looking for even more ideas on ways to use the April 2018 You Are My Anchor Paper Pumpkin kit, check back tomorrow.  What's happening tomorrow?  I am in a Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop and we will all be sharing lots of ideas on how to use the kit.  See ya tomorrow!

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!  

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I modified the January Paper Pumpkin project.  I cut off 1-1/2" from the original card.

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Now it holds a tea bag perfectly.  

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I used the framelits from the Lots to Love Box framelits to hold the tea bag in place.  I enjoy receiving the Paper Pumpkin kit every month.  The stamp sets are on trend and perfect for the upcoming season.  I also like having everything cut and ready for me to create with.  If this sounds like something you might enjoy Sale-A-Bration is a perfect time to purchase a Paper Pumpkin subscription.   Consider it a Valentine's gift to yourself.

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