Thursday, January 28, 2016

DL.ART Thankful Thursday #173 and Random Acts of Kindness :)

Happy Thursday!! I hope you are having a wonderful week!! It's time for another Thankful Thursday Challenge at DL.ART!! The theme this week is a fun one: Valentine :)


I had two inspirations for these cards...first, the gorgeous Valentine Bundle from DL.ART. Aren't the ribbons beautiful? And the second is the fabulous Penny Black Happy Berries stamp sent to me from my sweet friend Alexandra of Art Scrap & More!! Thanks again for everything, Alexandra!! I absolutely love everything you sent :)


I started off by stamping the Happy Berries in Versamark and then heat embossing them with White Detail Embossing Powder by Sparkle N Sprinkle. I then inked the background with several different Tim Holtz Distress inks. For this card, I used Barn Door, Fired Brick, Festive Berries and Candy Apple. The edges were inked with Gathered Twigs. I then used a baby wipe to remove the color from the berries and to give a little texture to the Distress Ink. The ribbon is Red Hot Love from The Valentine Bundle. The button is a Poppystamps Stitched Button die and the red twine is from the DL.ART shop.


For this one, I used Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet, along with Gathered Twigs along the edges. The corner dies are Anja's Vintage Corners from Marianne Designs. This is my favorite ribbon - Sweet Pink from The Valentine Bundle. The pink twine is also from DL.ART.


The heart is from My Creative Time. I made it into a shaker with Stampendous Shaved Ice. Love is a Die-Versions Compliments Everyday die. Among the leaves, I tucked Sue Wilson Catkin Stems, which I thought mimicked the Happy Berries stamp set, Memory Box Botanical Stems and Marianne Leaves dies, along with baby's breath. "With all my heart" is a Tim Holtz Remnant Rub.


I am entering these in the following challenges:

1. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Love is in the Air + Red
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
3. Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday - Something New (PB Stamp and DL.AR Ribbon)
4. 2 Creative Chicks - Anything Goes
5. Pause, Dream Enjoy Linky - Anything Goes
6. Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Random Acts of Kindness!!

My sweet blog friend Sherry of Createology has the most beautiful, generous soul. We crossed paths a few years ago and I am so fortunate and thankful to have met her in blogland. Among her many, many charitable deeds, she sews beautiful dresses for children around the world and she constantly sends random acts of kindness to her friends. I have been so fortunate to be the recipient of her generosity many times. I have a seaside image she sent to me that sits on my desk and brings me peace and joy each time I look at it.


I want to sit in that chair and look at that view every single day!! Joy!! Yesterday, I received an unexpected package from her and was shocked to open it to find this inside...


Look at this beautiful mermaid!! Sherry purchased this hand-sewn and painted mermaid several years ago from the artist's studio. She thought she would now want to live with me since I love everything mermaid. I was beyond touched...she's the most beautiful mermaid I've ever seen!! Then I looked at the tag from the artist where she named the origin (the Pacific Ocean) and the mermaid's name and not only did chills rack my body, but tears sprang to my eyes -- her name is Lana -- my Mom's name!! How perfect!! To say she will hold a special place in my home and heart is an understatement. I can only hope that when my mom sees her, she doesn't try to steal her from me :)

Thank you so much, Sherry and Alexandra for your kind, generous hearts!! I hope you all will visit both Sherry and Alexandra's blogs and tell them I sent you...not only will you find amazing inspiration, but even more amazing women!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!! Big hugs :)

69 comments:

  1. These are really beautiful Lisa !! I love what you do with the ribbon what an awesome post and I love the mermaid your friend made for you so super cute
    Thank you for your inspiration. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

    DL.ART
    DL.ART DESIGN TEAM MEMBER
    http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com
    http://dianamlarson.ctmh.com

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  2. I meant the mermaid your friend Sherry sent to you.

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  3. Gorgeous cards Lisa! Love all the fancy blossoms, hearts and bows! Obviously made with lots of love! Great gifts :) TFS

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  4. Stunning cards and I just love the gorgeous added beauties and papers chosen..xx {aNNie}

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  5. wonderful cards!
    your friend is very kind.
    enjoy your new goodies.
    hugs
    Bad Kitty's Craftroom
    >^.^<

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  6. Gorgeous card and your bows are stunning, beautiful and awesome RAK's, hugs, Lori m

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  7. WOW these cards are so stunning!!!! But that red card is WOW.... HOT !!! :)
    and what a very generous friend you have there... I think doing simple acts of kindness with people you know and randomly with people you don't, just goes to show how beautiful of a heart and a soul a person has without them even having to speak a word.... love the raks and love your cards! Have a wonderful day today!
    Hugs,
    Jo
    xox

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  8. Wow your cards are absolutely beautiful - beautiful bow and love the corner and heart dies and beautiful background and flowers - great job as always!!!

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  9. Fabulous creations Lisa my friend! What thoughtful gifts from your friend! Lovely that the name of that beautiful mermaid is your mother's name! Certainly a wonderful gift! Thank you for sharing1 Have a lovely day! Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

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  10. Holy moses Lisa, these are by far the most beautiful shaker cards ever!! I just love that you did one in red and one in pink, they both work so well and even thought the cards are similar, they bring up different emotions. The pink one is so soft and feminine, I would totally give this one to a friend, and the red one speaks to a deep love, rich and decadent, perfect for hubby!! Brilliant designs and you have included so many wonderful details.

    What lovely bits of happy mail you received, isn't it wonderful to have bloggy friends!! Love the beach scene, so serene.

    Hugs my friend :)

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  11. Gorgeous cards in stunning color combos and breathtaking design! Did not expect any less from you my dear!
    Hugs

    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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  12. Beautiful cards Lisa A such a wonderful gift from your friend.

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  13. Your cards are so beautiful! I love the heart die with the love sentiment in it. This world has allowed us to cross paths with amazing and generous people! Beautiful and thoughtful of Sherry! A true treasure!

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  14. How fun to receive such a personalized gift, Miss Mermaid! Her rainbow hair is absolutely descriptive of your magical garden scenes in your artwork! Speaking of which, these two heart beauties are GORGEOUS of course! Hope your day is a good one, Lisa! hugs, de

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  15. Love your V-Day shaker cards, and you are one lucky person to have such a cute gift sent to you... How cute having a replica of Miss Mermaid, now she can be on your desk watching over you while you are crafting....

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  16. Lisa, you've used this Penny Black stamp so beautifully! What a joy to see!!! These cards are exquisite and your sweet friendships make me smile big. What an inspiration this morning! Thanks so much for sharing all the inky details. <3 Hugs, Autumn

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  17. Beautiful cards!!!Love the ribbon,stamp,it is awesome!!!You are Bless with such a great friend!!!Have a great weekend!!!

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  18. Beautiful cards Lisa, at first I thought the background was just designer paper until I read your description and realized you had stamped and inked it. LOVE IT!!! How sweet and touching about your little Lana mermaid doll.

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  19. WOW! Not only are you sharing your beautiful work (love the backgrounds you created), you're sharing others too. What wonderful friends you have! That doll is too perfect, I love her hair. So sweet. I will definitely stop by and say my hellos to them and see their creations. Hugs, Robin

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  20. What gorgeous shaker cards Lisa!!
    The colors, the design and of course all your AMAZING added details are AWESOME!!!!
    What a beautiful mermaid! I know you will treasure it always!

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  21. Beautiful shaker cards. So many awesome details. Crossing valentine cards off my to do list. That mermaid doll is so special. What awesome friends. They have entered your life for a reason. Hope you are enjoying a wonderful week!

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  22. The cards are lovely as always. And the mermaid is beautiful. What a thoughtful gift. And the fact that she has your mother's name makes her even more special. Have a great day. April

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  23. Your Valentine cards are gorgeous! The shaker hearts are so fun and beautiful as a focal point! I LOVE the pretty background~the stamped image looks awesome and I love the gorgeous flowers and pretty ribbon! Stunning cards my friend!
    Wow, how sweet of your friend to send you such a special gift and so perfect for you! We really do connect with so many special people through blog land, ha?!
    We have been getting a little snow here and there the past few days. We are suppose to be in the 30's over the wknd! Wow, I can't believe you may get to 60~that's crazy this time of yr? I would love to have more snow just up until we head out on our little snowmobile trip~makes for some nice riding!
    Have a great day!
    Sherrie K

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  24. What a lovely post today. I love both of your Valentine cards. The shakers are just beautiful and the heart die is so pretty. Isn't it a wonderful day when you get a surprise from a fellow blogger in the mail. I love Alexandra's blog and she does fantastic work. I will go to Sherry's blog and visit her. The mermaid is just stunning. I love her hair the most. The Happy Berries on your card are just a perfect addition.

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  25. Thank you Lisa Dear for your kind link. I am so thrilled Lana The Pacific Ocean Mermaid is loved by you and will have a proper Mermaid home now. These Heart cards are beautiful. You are such an inspiration my blog land friend. Creative Bliss Dear...

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  26. Love the stamping and sponging on this card and the fabulous shaker heart. I have a stamp similar to this and you have inspired me to bring it out.

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  27. Your cards are beautiful, I especially love the red one. That mermaid is fabulous!!

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  28. I love your gorgeous shaker cards! The heart die is exquisite! The background you created for your cards is simply stunning! Love your sweet mermaid, what a touching gift and story! Thanks so much for sharing it with your crafty friends!

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  29. What a beautiful cards, Lisa!! I love them both!!! And that mermaid is awesome!! What a great gift from your friend Sherrie!! Have a great day.
    Gerda

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  30. Gorgeous shaker cards. Love them both.

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  31. How many inspirations here today, Lisa!!! I don't know where begin!! Your two shaker cards are just amazing!!! So different and both fabulous and feminine!!! Love the pink one, so sweet and delicate! And love soooo much the red hot one, how many passion inside it! The happy berries look great in both the cards, they are really very lovely and with your embossing pop out so well from the background!!Love the heart die, it's perfect for the shakers!! And such beautiful laces!!Always love your style, it has an emotional feel!!!
    You have two wonderful friends! The stamp sending you by Sherry is delicate and paceful, very beautiful! And the mermaid with the name of your mom is just stunning! I have never seen something as it! Fabulous gift and her hairs are just amazing!!
    Hugs!!

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  32. Wow Lisa, both oof your cards are just stunning! I can't decide which I one I adore more, the red or the pink. It's like asking which child is your favorite. lol I love both colors so much. I also love that your friend sent you that mermaid, she is indeed beautiful and even more awesome is that she has your mother's name! So fabulous and touching to say the least! You are pretty amazing too though Lisa. And I want to thank you (because I don't think I ever did) for the mermaid book mark you sent to me along with your beautiful card. It touched my heart as I went through the most difficult time in my life. Well, still going through it, but people like you help so much! Big hugs, Brenda

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  33. Both of your cards are absolutely gorgeous Valentine's! My favorite is the pink though, since pink is my favorite color! I love the corner dies!! Your mermaid is so sweet! How great is it that she has the same name as your mom! What a nice a surprise that must have been!!

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  34. Lisa these are magnificent ! I am absolutely in love with these !!!
    Hugs ,
    Mayra

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  35. Beautiful valentine cards and such a special mermaid! What a perfect surprise!

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  36. Your cards are so romantic looking and beautiful! Love the way you do the ribbon on them too.
    Very pretty seaside image and a cute, cute mermaid to do with it!
    Lynn

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  37. Your Cards are Stunningly Gorgeous Lisa!!! They stand out with that beautiful ribbon from DL Art - And what a Special friend Sherry is - beautiful seaside set - I agree - I would want to sit there forever myself! And that beautiful Mermaid doll - that is just awesome and to have your Mom's name too - even more precious - We are all so blessed in so many ways - Have a wonderful Weekend!

    Theresa
    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

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  38. Your cards are so beautiful!! LOVE the flowers and ribbon! Your friend is so thoughtful!!! YAY for all the sweet friends we've met in blogland!! Hugs!

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  39. My sweetest friend, your cards are sweet ruffles of love that forever blossom in the heart... I truly cannot express how much I love these. When I first saw them this morning, my heart leapt at the soft beauty. The shaker element is gorgeous! I *love* that die and don't recall ever seeing it before? It's stunning. The ribbon is always so pretty and I adore your background. I love that you embossed the gorgeous happy berries (how sweet its hat name?!), as the white is so soft and serene. Impeccably beautiful, my dearest Lisa. And I love the blessings you've received, so perfectly tailored to what makes your heart happiest. You are a treasure and I love nothing more than when you're happy... and I know how happy these gifts make you. :o) I will be visiting your friends very soon. Have a lovely night. :o)

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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  40. Beutiful as always, Lisa. Thanks so much for sharing with us. I am always delighted to have you play along with us.
    God bless you,
    Karen
    Word Art Wednesday

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  41. Your cards sure are gorgeous, though I am a wee bit partial to the pink one! Love the emboss resist, beautiful ribbon, and lovely heart shaker.

    Lana certainly is a special mermaid and I know you will cherish her.

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  42. Beautiful card my friend! I hope you are well:)
    Hugs,
    Norma

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  43. Lisa, your cards are just gorgeous, I love those yummy ribbons, the colors used on your cards are perfect, and those little corner embellishments really give the cards an extra WOW!!!! Loving the rak stories, how kind and thoughtful-your a lucky gal!!

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  44. Beautiful, beautiful cards. And what a sweet friend you have! She's amazing talented to create you a mermaid. How thoughtful and sweet. Hugs!

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  45. Your Valentine shaker cards are so beautiful, Lisa! Shakers are my favourite! They are so fun to make! Love, love, love all the flowers, ribbon, die-cuts, inking, and stamping! Congratulations on your RAKs! You have made some wonderful friends! The mermaid is perfect for you - and named perfectly too!

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  46. Stunning cards and love that shaker element! Beautiful RAK. TFS

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  47. Stunning cards Lisa, that shaker is a beautiful touch, love all your embellishing as always! Those RAK's are fabulous, that seaside picture is beautiful and peaceful and the mermaid is perfect for you! Our craft rooms need items of beauty like that!

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  48. Hi Lisa your cards are so beautiful I love the colours, ribbons and backgrounds, stunning creations. How wonderful to have such a dear friend I can see why you will treasure both the beach scene and the mermaid, it is awesome
    hugs
    lorraine x

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  49. Lisa, your cards are w*o*n*d*e*r*f*u*l... the colors, the embellishments and design are a beautiful composition.
    Amazing mermaid... a great gift!

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  50. hello Lisa! oh wow, these are soooo gorgeous...luv the details and the seam binding ribbon bows...very pretty! I am thrilled you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

    http://paperieblooms.blogspot.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/2klines/

    sparkle & shine, kindness *~*

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  51. Hi Lisa,
    Yesterday I tried 3x to comment on this post and blogger would not let me :(
    Of all bloggy friends..me.. lol
    Both of your cards are truly Stunning! I adore the shaker hearts..Beautiful!
    The flowers are ribbon are both Gorgeous!I love the pretty pink and Hot red colors!!Love the hot red!!
    Stunning creations my friend!!
    Sherry and Alexandra are both Awesome friends!You are Awesome too!
    Have a blessed day my friend,
    M'
    Crafting With Creative M

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  52. Gorgeous, cards as always, I may not always comment, but I see your post, gr8t job and thanks for joining PDE Linky Party!

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  53. What a wonderful friend! It is an amazing piece of art! Love your beautiful cards too! Carri~Abusybee
    Skittles!

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  54. Your cards are absolutely gorgeous!! And what a lovely gift, a beautiful mermaid for a beautiful person! You! Have a wonderful day!

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  55. Such lovely valentines! I love the white stamped happy berries and your ombre backgrounds. So lovely :) Good luck with the challenges (though you won't need any luck with these beauties.)

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  56. Lisa the cards are soooo beautiful! I love the heart shaped shakers and the heat embossed backgrounds are so pretty! They are so lacy and romantic,awesome!! Your mermaid gift is tooo cool, very special gift ;)

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  57. Sorry I'm a little late in the game but thank YOU for your kind words
    I love the card and mermaid!!
    Hugs~

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  58. Lisa, what gorgeous cards, these would be extra special valentine cards for the lucky recipients! Your layers of goodness create a romantic card. So glad you joined us in the Love+Red challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

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  59. Both of your cards are gorgeous. I love those shaking hearts. What a wonderful idea! And the flowers add a nice finishing touch for your cards, while the seam binding gives them some shabby chic gorgeousness. Fabulous!
    Ooooh, I love sending and receiving RAK - but then again, who doesn't?! How sweet of your friends to surprise you like that. So very nice of them. Love that mermaid. I think it really makes a special gift and it's perfect for you.
    Hugs! xx

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    1. A lovely post to enjoy this afternoon, as well as 2 most gorgeously colored, layered, embellished cards. (I love both, but that red..oh my - did it ever grab my eye!) So lush & the layers work together awesomely. You have a skill with this layering technique that is always just right, never overdone. And it's true, Blogland has so many generous participants. I'm glad you are friends with someone who is so charitable, kind & thoughtful. You have some very inspirational objects to contemplate as you sit & create, and think of your sweet friend at the same time. TFS & Happy week ahead. Hugs

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  60. Oh Lisa, what a perfect blog post, from your kind and poigmant words from your friend to beautiful Lana! And your card is so serene and beeautiful, I'm so blessed to live next to that and see it often (though I'd much rather be in a cabin filled with falling snow out!) So blessed you are and your beautiful LOVE cards are another shining example of your amazing talent! Blessings!

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  61. both of your cards are just beautiful!! I hope you had a nice weekend, and here is to a fun crafty week!!
    Cathyplus5

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  62. As always, your cards are awesome! What a special gift you received! I'm sure it's something you will always treasure. How thoughtful of her to send a gift that so fits you...

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  63. Lisa, there are so many things I love about your Valentine's cards. first I love that you made that beautiful background and shared your process with us. I often forget to heat emboss my backgrounds, and you have provided wonderful inspiration! Secondly, I agree with you, that pink ribbon is just so sweet and gorgeous, and you have used it so lovingly on your stunning cards!

    You are blessed with such thoughtful friends, and you are a great friend to share your gifts with us here! Amazing this Mermaid's name is your mom's! Big hugs!

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  64. You are a beautiful soul my friend. And I'm glad your blogland friends appreciate you! Those are beautiful and thoughtful gifts.:)

    Your cards are gorgeous! :)

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  65. every one of you cards is awesome! and what beautiful, generous, thoughtful gifts from Sherry. sweet! :)

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