234 posts categorized "Spring"

05/24/2019

Fri 24

Saying “Hello” with Birds and Blossoms by Jean Okimoto

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The Birds and Blossoms set is quickly becoming a new favorite - it's perfect for anyone, young or aged to perfection.  Diecut it, ink it and add a quick greeting from the Big and Little Words Clear Stamps Set.  The sweet little felt bird diecuts contrast the glossy embossed flowers and leaves.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another design from our Garden Bouquet Collection.  It's easy to see why everyone loves this die set.  It's great for spring and summer cards - and would brighten anyone's day.

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Cut Birds and Blossoms from Twig cardstock - keep the diecut and the offcut togeter - it's easier to ink it that way.  Use a cotton swab to ink the leaves with Lime VersaColor.  Ink the flowers with Electric Coral Radiant Neons.  Heat-emboss the inked areas.  

Stamp the greeting from the Big and Little Words Clear Stamps Set on white cardstock with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.  Stamp the frame too.  Heat-set the inks.   Trim the frame  and round the corners - I used the 4mm corner rounder section from a WeRMemoryKeepers punch.

Attach adhesive label paper - or a sticker sheet - to turquoise felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps liquid adhesives from saturating the felt.  Cut three birds.  

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card - use foam dots for the right side of the greeting.  Add turquoise gem stickers.

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These little felt birds are cute and sweet right now...but they'll be perfectly spooky in black felt with fall colors for Halloween.

If you're looking for something creative this weekend - join us for the SEATTLE STYLE class at Impress on Monday, May 27th.  Our cards will feature our favorite made-in-the-USA stamps and dies from our favorite Seattle companies.  We're making a sweet (and simple!) little origami sailboat too.

Thanks for visiting...see you again next week!

Jeansignature-3

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05/17/2019

Fri 17

Add a Scribble Rose Accent to the Rose Bouquet by Jean Okimoto

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Congratulations to all of the Garden Bouquet Blog Blitz prizewinners - and thank you for your comments!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another design featuring the Scribble Rose Outline and Background - and the new Rose Bouquet Clear Stamp Set too.  Loving the cool,  contemporary Scribble designs!

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Stamp the bouquet on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Nocturne VersaFine Clair and quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Brush loose, outside-the-lines layers of diluted Kaleidacolor Dye Ink Refills onto the image.  Skip the large rose in the center - it'll be covered  by Scribble Rose diecuts.  Dry the inks.

Trim it with the 2" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  

Stamp the greeting - also from the Rose Bouquet set - onto the smoother side of Snapdragon cardstock with Nocturne. 

Cut the large Scribble Rose Background from periwinkle cardstock.  Cut the large Scribble Rose Outline from black cardstock.

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Several of the new flower dies from the Garden Bouquet Collection have tiny arrows (which remain on the offcut after cutting) to help align the coordinating dies.  

Cut a 4-¾" x ¾" strip of Sour Apple cardstock.

Assemble the card and add pale aqua gemstickers.

Christmas will arrive sooner than you think...why not get the Scribble Roses Background set now and be ready to diecut a wonky snowman in a few months!  Use the background dies with the Scribble Roses Outline for floral and garden cards this summer - then build a snowman for the holidays.

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's ASIA NOW class at Impress!  We keep discovering that so many products from Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs are perfect for Asian-themed cards.  Thanks too - Shari and LaVonne - for helping everyone shop and fill those baskets!  And thank you for the beautiful spring  flowers Elaine!

No classes for me this weekend - I'm prepping for the SEATTLE STYLE class on Monday, May 27th.  Join us if you have a holiday that day!

Thanks for visiting...

Jeansignature-3

 

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05/11/2019

Sat 11

Create a Dark Floral Card with Scribble Posies and Scribble Fronds by Jean Okimoto

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Combine Scribble Posies Outline,  Scribble Frond Background and Scribble Frond Outline on a spring card delivering a simple upbeat message.  There were happy thoughts - literally - when I saw this great new collection!  

Hello, happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with another blog blitz design and a chance for you to win a die from the Garden Bouquet Collection.  Bright florals on a dark background are a great spring theme - but it can be challenging to create that look with stamps.  Memory Box dies and cardstock create that look quickly and easily.

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Cut Scribble Frond Outline from Easter Grass cardstock.  Cut Scribble Frond Background from Juicy Pear cardstock.

Cut Scribble Posies Outline from flamingo, white and Coral Creme cardstock.  Save the delicate center and outer outlines too.   (Outer outlines??)  

Cut scraps of yellow glittered cardstock and attach them behind the blossoms.  

Stamp the label outline - from the new Big and Little Words Clear  Stamp Set - with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  Stamp the greeting.  Dry the ink, the trim the cardstock and trim the corners with a corner punch.  I used the 4mm corner section  from the WeRMemoryKeepers corner rounder.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-⅜" square card of textured dark gray cardstock.  Add pale peach gemstickers.

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Would you like a chance to win Scribble Posies Outline Die Set?  Just add a comment to this post by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, May 12th.  One winner will be selected at random to win the new die.  All winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, May 13th at 6pm EST.  Good luck, and I hope you will visit us often this week!

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for another ASIA NOW class at Impress on Mother's Day, May 12th.   We're making 6 contemporary cards featuring our favorite almost-Asian dies, beautiful artpapers and lots of techniques.

Impress is celebrating Mom and Ladies Day at Tukwila too - Moms and ladies receive a 30% discount on one item of their choice on Sunday, May 12th.   Take advantage of this great discount and buy one of the Memory Box dies you've been eyeing!

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

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05/08/2019

Wed 08

Blog Blitz…Introducing the New Antique Leaf Label and Scribble Roses Outline and Background
by Jean Okimoto

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Welcome to our Garden Bouquet Collection Blog Blitz!  Here's a trio of  beautiful new botanical dies perfect for garden greetings - Antique Leaf Label, Scribble Roses Background and Scribble Roses Outline.  The greeting is from our new Open Studio Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps Set.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple watercolored design ready for any occasion.  I love artsy, round flowers - and the "dark floral" look that seems to reappear each spring.  Overlapping layers of Peerless Watercolors fall into place between the delicate details of the Scribble Roses Outline dies.

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Cut Scribble Roses Background from watercolor paper - leave the diecuts in the offcut and tape them lightly on the reverse side  so they're easier to handle.  Paint them with loose, overlapping layers of pink, peach and yellow watercolors.  Heat-set them, then define the different shades with a wet paintbrush.    Paint a scrap of watercolor paper for a greetings background. Dry the watercolors

Cut the Scribble Roses Outline and Antique Leaf Label from white cardstock.  Save the leaves - we'lll need 5 for the card.

Stamp the greeting - from the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamp Set - with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then diecut the label.

Assemble the roses, then attach the diecuts to a top-folded card of Rock Candy cardstock.  Add clear gem stickers and a few of the diecut leaves. 

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Here's a great new feature Dave's added to several of the new dies - little arrows on the offcuts indicating the tops of some of the floral dies.  Just draw a pencilmark on the back of the diecut at the arrow and the guessing is over!

It was hard to pick a die for our blitz giveaway because there are so many great designs to chose from!  I decided to pick the Antique Leaf Label because it's so versatile and easy to use - and I'll be using it often here on the blog. Would you like a chance to win your own Antique Leaf Label die? Add a comment to this post by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, May 12th.  One winner will be selected at random to win the new die.  All winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, May 13th at 6pm EST.  Good luck, and I hope you will visit us often this week!

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's STASH CARDS - BIRTHDAYS HAPPEN class at Impress!  Hope you like the cards and techniques!  Enjoy making more class cards at home with the packet of extras from my stash.  Thanks Erin and Lynne for helping us fill those shopping baskets!

Looking for something to do on Mother's Day?  Join us for another ASIA NOW class at Impress - we're making 6 contemporary Asian cards - and using a lot of Memory Box and Poppystamps designs.  

Impress is celebrating Mom and Ladies Day at Tukwila too - Moms and ladies receive a 30% discount on one item of their choice on Sunday, May 12th.   Take advantage of that great deal and buy one of the Memory Box dies you've been eyeing.

Thanks very much for stopping by - be sure to comment on all of the Design Team's blog blitz posts for a chance to win great prizes from our latest collection!

Jeansignature-3

 

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04/27/2019

Sat 27

New Starflower Flower Frame with Big and Little Words by Jean Okimoto

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Create spring-into-summer cards with the just-released Starflower Flower Frame and a thoughtful greeting from Big and Little Words. These great new designs from our April 2019 Collection began shipping yesterday - they'll be at  your favorite Retailer soon!  Hello, happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a watercolored card featuring one of many beautiful flower dies from this wonderful new collection.

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Press the Melon Melody Kaleidacolor inkpad onto a large acrylic block.  Use it as a palette to paint watercolor paper  in soft overlapping shades of green, yellow and orange.  Heat-set the inks.  Splash it with a few dots of the green ink and set it aside to dry.

Pressure-emboss Starflower Flower Frame on a Lemongrass Notecard using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  The embossing creates a nice base for attaching the diecuts - simply add a few drops of adhesive and place them in the debossed areas surrounding the embossed design.

Diecut Starflower Flower Frame from pale green cardstock - save the oval flower centers.  Attach the diecut and flower centers to the notecard.

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Cut the watercolored paper with the Starflower Flower Frame - we'll just use the center portion here.  Attach it to the notecard.

Stamp the greetings - from the new Big and Little Words Clear Stamp Set - on pale green cardstock with Pearlescent Thyme Brilliance.  Dry the ink and diecut the greeting with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.

Attach the greeting and yellow gem stickers to the card.  Here's a closeup showing the great embossed details on the blossoms.

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This special release is filled with beautiful flower designs - traditional, classic, contemporary and scribbly.  I love the solid background and delicate detailed combinations - you'll see them often here on Outside the Box and in my classes.

Big Thanks to everyone from last weekend's Charming Prints class at Impress!  It's always great to see my friends and loyal students - and to meet newcomers too.  Special thanks to Jenny for her special Easter candies - so yummy in those sweet little spring pails!  Thanks too - Erin and Lynne - for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets!

If you're in the Seattle area this weekend be sure to take advantage of Impress' annual Spring Sale and their 20% shopping discount.  Check out the Memory Box Collection at Impress  - don't forget your your Memory Box/Poppystamps/Birch Press shopping list!  Enjoy inspiring samples, beautiful displays and great customer service.

Join us for a new ASIA NOW class at Impress today too - and take advantage of the 20% shopping discount for class supplies, and everything you've ever wanted.  We'll be using some of the great new dies and stamps from the April Collection - along with beautiful papers, lots of techniques and a very cool origami fish.

Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend!

Jeansignature-3

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04/20/2019

Sat 20

Spring into Easter
by Trina Pham

Hello everyone.  No butterflies today.  I have a clean and simple (CAS) Spring card to share.  Since I love stretching my supplies and it is Easter weekend, I couldn’t help but bring back the Snow Much Fun stamp set to create this bunny in a field of tulips card. 

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One great trick for preserving white space and keeping cards CAS is to work within a frame.  Here I took a square die from the Square Basics set and die cut an opening from a Bristol panel.  Used that same die with one that is two size up and die cut a frame to frame the opening.  Stamped the bunny from Snow Much Fun with Copic friendly black ink, added some light shading with Copics, then die cut out with the matching die.  Used scissors to cut around the arm so he could interact with one of the tulips.

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The tulips from Springtime Tulips were die cut from white cardstock and colored with Copics.  Before assembling the scene, Shaded Lilac distress ink was blended directly onto the card base for the sky.  Adhered the back tulips directly on the card base then popped up the bunny, front tulip and the window panel with foam mounting tape to give it some dimension.  Stamped the sentiment from Springtime Typewriter in black on a strip of Bristol paper to finish.  

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This could easily be turned into an Easter card by using one of the Easter greetings in the Springtime Typewriter set.  That does it for me.  Happy Easter to those who celebrate.  Have a wonderful weekend!

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04/19/2019

Fri 19

Memory Box Bunnies, Half a Dozen Eggs and Springtime Typewriter Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

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Create sweet treats for Easter baskets or brunch with Memory Box bunnies, Simple Chicks and Half a Dozen Eggs.  Glossy embossed greetings from the Springtime Typewriter Sentiments set add the perfect finishing touch.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with my last Easter project - and a great excuse to buy a few more packages of Easter candy.  

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Cut 8" x 3" strips of Bubblegum, Key Lime, Pool and Squash Dots and Gingham.  Score them at 3-⅞", 4" and 4-⅛".  Fold it on the 4" scoreline.  Place the largest die from the Half a Dozen Eggs set about ⅛" beyond the fold and cut through both layers to create treat wrappers.

Unfold it and refold it on the 3-⅞" and 4-⅛" scorelines.  Punch holes at the top.  

Cut Bunny Face, Sweet Bunny and Gentle Bunny from watercolor paper.  Cut Simple Chicks from bright yellow cardstock.  Attach scraps of pink, orange and black cardstock for the facial features and a colorful tail for the Gentle Bunny.  

Stamp the greetings from the Springtime Typewriter Greetings set on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Turquoise Gem VersaColor, Verdant VersaFine Clair, Summertime VersaFine Clair and Charming Pink VersaFine Clair.  Emboss the words with detail clear powder.

Attach the candy with doublestick tape and tie the wrappers with twine.  I've used a Ghiradelli Square - two Ghiradelli Minis would also be great.

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Join us for the Charming Prints class at Impress if you're in the Seattle area on Saturday April 20th.  We're using an assortment of printed, silkscreened and embossed papers to create artsy, layered cards.  We'll fold a simple origami peacock and a very dimensional flower too!

Thanks for stopping by - have a Happy Easter if you're celebrating this weekend!  

Jeansignature-3

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04/13/2019

Sat 13

Wildflower Circle, Gentle Bunny and Forget Me Not Blooms by Jean Okimoto

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A Wildflower Circle window card sets the scene for the Gentle Bunny on a sparkly Easter card today.  Glittery pink, violet and purple blossoms from the Forget Me Not Blooms create a bright background.   The sweet bunny is cut from textured gold paper to resemble a foil-wrapped chocolate treat...I hope!

Happy weekend everyone - Jean Okimoto here with a just-in-time Easter card.  It's amazing how fast the year is flying by.  Thank goodness we  have so many great Memory Box dies and stamps to keep up with the holidays.

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Cut a circle on a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock with the 3" Circle Basics die.  Cut Wildflower Circle  from pale green cardstock.  

Cut pink, violet and purple glittered cardstock with the blossoms from the Forget Me Not Blooms set.  Punch ¼" circles  of yellow cardstock for the flower centers.

Trim the tips of the wildflowers that will be covered with the glittered flowers.  Attach just the circle portion of the Wildflower Circle inside the card.  The adhesive from the glittered flowers will secure the ends of the wildflowers.  Adhere the yellow dots to the background where you'll place the flowers - including the three little flowers.  Add the glittered flowers.

Attach gold textured paper or foil to an adhesive label (or sticker sheet) and diecut Gentle Bunny.  I've used some gold Shizen Design paper from Impress.  Cut two more bunnies from cardboard and layer them for dimension.  

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Wondering where the bunny's glittered green bow came from?  It's cut with the fourth wildflower from the left (where the purple flower appears on the finished card).  Trim the stem, then attach it to the bunny...and he's ready for Easter!

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Stamp the greeting - from the Springtime Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - on smooth white cardstock with Lilac Posies Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.

Attach the greeting and bunny to the card.  Add pale green gem stickers.

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The wildflowers probably weren't designed to multi-task as bunny bows - but if it works, use it!  Look at your Memory Box designs and think of new ways to use them.  You'll be surprised at how versatile they are!

Thanks for visiting - see you next week...

Jeansignature-3

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04/11/2019

Thu 11

Side Butterfly Circle, Feathered Friends and Birthday Blowout by Jean Okimoto

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A sweet bird from the Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies and the Side Butterfly Circle create a spring birthday card here today.  Pick a greeting from the Poppystamps Birthday Blowout Clear Stamp Set and you're ready to celebrate!   Hello, Jean Okimoto here with combination of a favorite set from my stash - and a design from our Spring Collection.

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The Deep Edge dies are designed to cut through layers of fabric - so they're perfect for felt and special artpapers too.  Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet behind pale peach felt and cut the main section of the bird.  

Cut the overlay and wing from a pretty pastel print.  Cut an extra wing from a scrap of the paper and layer it for dimension.

I've borrowed the eye die from the owl - it's a little larger and stands out against the print.  Cut the beak from orange cardstock.

Assemble the bird - attach the wing with a tiny silver brad to add movement.

Prep the Side Butterfly Circle by rubbing it briskly with a piece of scrunched waxed paper to make it easier to remove the diecut.  Cut the circle from pale green cardstock.

Stamp the greeting -  from the Poppystamps Birthday Blowout  set - on Snapdragon cardstock with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink and trim the greeting with the 1-½" Circle Basics die.

Attach the diecuts to a 5-¼" square white card - use foam dots for the bird.  Add pale orange gem stickers.

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Mix felt with bits and pieces of printed papers from your stash and make a few extra birds - and an owl or two.  You'll discover some great combinations of colors and patterns - and handmade embellishments always add a personal touch to your projects.

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Saturday!

Jeansignature-3

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04/10/2019

Wed 10

Cottage Flower Circle Frame and Bold Friendly Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate a special birthday with the Cottage Flower Circle Frame and the Bold Friendly Greetings. It's easy to color the delicate blossoms with bright pigment inks and emboss them for a glossy finish.  Hi everyone - Jean Okimoto here with a colorful spring design today.

Prep the circle frame by rubbing it briskly with a piece of scrunched waxed paper to make it easy to remove the delicate diecut.

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This looks messy,  but it's the easiest way to color the delicate Cottage Flower Circle Frame.  Diecut it from the smoother side of watercolor paper - don't remove the offcuts. 

Use cotton swabs to color it with Imagine Crafts pigment inks - Radiant Neon Electric Pink, Radiant Neon Electric Coral, VersaColor Lime and VersaFine Clair Sunshine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder, then carefully remove the offcuts.

Stamp the greeting - from the Bold Friendly Greetings set - with Electric Pink.  

Stamp a portion of the dotted strip - also from the greetings set - with Sunshine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Tear it so it resembles a short strip of washi tape.  I like to use the serrated cutting edge of a tape dispenser to cut real washi tape - it's great for stamped strips like this too.

Attach everything to a white A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.

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Diecut and color some extras - they'll be prepped and ready the next time you need a quick card for any occasion.

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's FRIENDS+FLOWERS and BEYOND THE BOX classes at Impress!  Special thanks to Linda too - we loved your ChocoMochi snacks - the perfect combination of salty, crunchy rice crackers and rich chocolate!  And thanks Ann, Erin and Lynne for helping everyone find the dies, stamps and papers for our spring projects.

No classes this weekend - here's my spring schedule.  Please call Impress (206 901.9101) if you can join us!

       -    Charming Prints - April 20

       -    Asia Now - April 27 and May 12

       -    Stash Cards - Birthdays Happen! - May 4

       -    Seattle Style - May 27 and June 22

       -    Summer Splash - June 8

       -    Outside the Box - June 22

       -    Butterfly Wishes - July 4 and July 13

Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow!

Jeansignature-3

    

 

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