One Awesome Stamp, Four Incredible Looks!

When you find a stamp you love, you tend to use it over and over (and over) again—we get it! 😉 Today we’re sharing some fun ideas to showcase one stamp in four different ways so it’s not the exact same every time. To show you what we mean, we’re going to use the darling “HELLO” stamp from our Dreamin’ Big—Scrapbooking stamp set.

The following stamping techniques range in skill levels—try them all to find your favorite!

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When going for a saturated and vibrant look, especially in small details, ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers are an excellent choice. They are bright, smudge-proof, and, because they are alcohol-based, they are easy to blend. The fine tip on each marker is ideal for coloring intricate images, like those flowers and leaves in our stamp. To ensure a crisp outline of your stamped image, use our permanent Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad. Unlike other inks, Archival Black won’t smear or smudge when you apply color.

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For a softer  look, use watercolors! Once again, stamp your image using Archival Black ink. Because this ink is waterproof, it won’t run when you apply your paint. In this example, we used a fine tip brush to color the small details.

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Ready to add some texture? Try embossing! For those of you who are new to this technique, embossing powder is a special powder that, when heated, melts to form a raised surface. To start, stamp your image using the VersaMark™ ink pad (embossing ink), which will create a clear, wet-looking print of your stamp. While the ink is still wet, cover it with embossing powder and carefully shake off any excess. In our example, we used white embossing powder to make our image pop on the colored cardstock. Use a craft heater to dry and seal your design. Craft heaters blow extremely hot air with a low air current, which keeps the powder from blowing right off—hair dryers are not a good substitute!

After your powder is set, add some shimmer using our gold and clear shimmer brushes. When you use these, prep your brush before you do! You want to squeeze your brush over scrap paper until the shimmery liquid comes out. Keep brushing it on the paper until you get the consistency you want on your brush before coloring in those details.

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Okay, here’s technique we’re really excited to share! Did you know that you can pair our Exclusive Inks™ mini pigment pads with clear embossing powder to emboss in any color you want? Yes, really! Stamp an image with your choice of pigment ink, cover it with clear embossing powder, and then set it with your craft heater! It’s that simple! You can match all of our exclusive colors perfectly using this last technique!

Of course there are many more ways to customize a stamp. That’s the best thing about finding a great stamp—you can use it again and again without it being identical each time. Give these techniques a try and have fun dolling up your current fave. 🙂

Recipes

Hello—Markers
D1714  My Acrylix® Dreamin’ Big—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2453 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Lavender Marker, Z2454 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Leaf Green Marker, Z2455 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Light Orange Marker, Z2459 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Pastel Green Marker, Z2462 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peony Purple Marker, Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker

Hello—Watercolors
D1714 My Acrylix® Dreamin’ Big—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

Hello—Embossed
D1714 My Acrylix® Dreamin’ Big—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2068 Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3293 Shimmer Brush—Clear, Z3316 Shimmer Brush—Gold

Hello—Embossed Pigment
D1714 My Acrylix® Dreamin’ Big—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2507 Sea Glass Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pad, Z2088 Ranger™ Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater

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Announcing a Brand New Product Line!

Have you always wanted to scrapbook with your fur babies? Well, now you can with our new stamp pads! #ctmh #closetomyheart #aprilfools

We’re excited to bring you a surprise announcement of a brand new product line! We know how much your pets mean to you, so we want to give you products to help make scrapbooking with your pets fun and safe!

Watch this video to find out more:

Isn’t it exciting? And we know it’s just what every crafter has been looking for. We are so happy to be able to provide these new stamp pads as a way of making the stamping and scrapbooking process more inclusive. Now all your furry friends can get in on the fun!Have you always wanted to scrapbook with your fur babies? Well, now you can with our new stamp pads! #ctmh #closetomyheart #aprilfools

We’re certain these new stamp pads will make scrapbooking even more enjoyable than ever! 😉 Give those fur babies a hug!Have you always wanted to scrapbook with your fur babies? Well, now you can with our new stamp pads! #ctmh #closetomyheart #aprilfools

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I Am a Stamp Addict

In the spirit of Stampaganza, we’ve asked Executive Director Denise Anderson-Turley to share why she’s so passionate about stamping. Here is her beautiful story.

It started with an invitation. It was a “party” called D.O.T.S.

Read Denise Anderson-Turley's story about becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant! #ctmh #closetomyheart #craft #stamp #stamping #scrapbooking #cards

My husband, children, and I had recently moved to Southern California. We were new to the state and new to the neighborhood. I wanted to make new friends. I was hoping to meet the movers and shakers at Luiseno Elementary School. I reluctantly attended the D.O.T.S. party because I knew the PTA president was the hostess, and I desperately wanted to be friends with her. I was a little late because I didn’t know anyone and I didn’t want to be labeled as one of those “party going” or “party giving” types! I was a happy stay-at-home mom to three great kids.

Once I arrived, I stood in the back with my arms folded over my chest, feeling a mix of social anxiety and suspicion of the “home party” culture. I was not interested in selling anything to anyone. Ever. I watched and listed as Cindy Baker shared the story of Jeanette, and then the magic happened. She showed us how to stamp two images without having the inked lines show through! I’ll never forget that adorable card. She stamped a cloud behind it. She added glitter and sponged the sky blue. When she held up the card, I gasped. I had never seen anything like it! I was hooked. That card changed the course of my adult life.

At the end of her presentation, she asked if anyone wanted to learn more about becoming a D.O.T.S Demonstrator, and I blurted out “I’ll sign up!”—I was her easiest recruit, ever. 🙂

I rushed home and told my husband about my decision. I told him I needed $250, which was not a small amount of money in 1992. I was going to sell stamps! I’m pretty sure he thought I was kidding. He had no idea what I was talking about! I ordered my “kit” and waited with great anticipation. The kit came in about 3 weeks in a small cardboard box. When I opened the box, I saw ink pads, a box of markers, stamps, glossy paper, and glitter! My heart knew those products were something special.

I begged a few friends to have a D.O.T.S. “party.” They did not go well. I had so much to learn. My confidence and skill level needed help. I felt like a failure. I was sure that I had made a $250 mistake. But I did not give up. In December that year, I made flyers and put them all over my new neighborhood and held an Open House. I think five people came. And all five booked a party for January. I was over the moon!

Then it got real. It got real fun. I had become a stamp addict! I earned $50 on my first commission override check! I couldn’t believe it! I got paid to make pretty things and have fun! I invested that check plus a little more right back into the business.

I was lucky to live near my Upline, Cindy Baker, and she started teaching me the “art” of stamping. She was my mentor, my friend, and my teacher. She still is. One of my fondest memories is when I would take my two-year-old daughter, Jenna, with me to stamp at Cindy’s house. Cindy would give my sweet little Jenna a Ziploc bag filled with mini marshmallows while we sat at her table and stamped our way through many afternoons!

What a kick it was! What a rush! I spent my days creating the cutest gift bags, nametags, and bookmarks!Read Denise Anderson-Turley's story about becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant! #ctmh #closetomyheart #craft #stamp #stamping #scrapbooking #cards

D.O.T.S. grew, my Team grew, and the company’s name changed to Close To My Heart. Through all these changes, the creative life I loved never wavered. I had parties almost every night of the week. I continued to share my addiction with other women. I invited them into my stamping world. I loved the joy it brought into people’s lives. Stamps, markers, paper, and glitter were my world. My happy-stampy-crafty world!

Read Denise Anderson-Turley's story about becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant! #ctmh #closetomyheart #craft #stamp #stamping #scrapbooking #cards

My husband, Jeff, and I on my first incentive trip cruise

Because I am a stamp addict, I was able to teach my children about loyalty, perseverance, discipline, and finances, about following your dream and knowing your heart. I was clueless when I signed up. I had no idea about the benefits of a direct sales business. I knew I could sell eye shadow or bowls or necklaces, but none of those products were as magical or addicting. Close To My Heart is so much more than a direct sales company. It’s not something I sell. It’s who I am.Read Denise Anderson-Turley's story about becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant! #ctmh #closetomyheart #craft #stamp #stamping #scrapbooking #cardsBeing a stamp addict has provided me with income and travel, lifelong friends and amazing moments that I would never have experienced in any other job. I am lucky that this addiction has so many great side effects!

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Today I am a happily-ever-after stamp addict. I am thrilled when I get my hands on the new idea book at Convention. I love the excitement of the Seasonal Expressions. I share my art and my passion with anyone who’ll listen. I still want to stamp every single day. Cindy Baker is still my Upline, and Jenna is still sweet!Read Denise Anderson-Turley's story about becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant! #ctmh #closetomyheart #craft #stamp #stamping #scrapbooking #cards

My stamp addiction became my strength. My stamp addiction changed me into a leader, a mentor, and the woman I am today.

I am a stamp addict.

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In a “State” of Love

Places are part of our identities: Where you are born, where you travel to, and where you call home all contribute to making the wonderful, unique YOU! With our collection of My Acrylix® states and provinces stamps, you can acknowledge the special places in your life in all sorts of ways.

Taking a road trip? Make a page like this one when you get back:Cute mini states & provinces stamps from Close To My Heart. #ctmh #closetomyheart #craft #stamping #makeitfromyourheart #scrapbook

What a simple and fun way to commemorate your trip! If you’ve got the travel bug, right now you are probably picturing an entire album filled with these types of pages, each with its own stamp image—it’s alright, we are too, and we’ve got stamps that can take you throughout the US, Canada, and even to Australia and New Zealand!

Here’s another idea—Use these stamps to send a unique card to a faraway friend or loved one. It’s an easy way to remind them that distance can’t dilute your love. Amazing what some paper and the right stamp can say, right? 🙂ute mini states & provinces stamps from Close To My Heart. #ctmh #closetomyheart #craft #stamping #makeitfromyourheart #cardmaking

We really think this next idea is super cute: Use these stamp sets to tell your love story!
ute mini states & provinces stamps from Close To My Heart. #ctmh #closetomyheart #craft #stamping #makeitfromyourheart #cardmaking

Besides being mini and adorable, these stamp sets are really fun because they’re so versatile.

Have more ideas for how to use these cute stamp sets? Tell us in the comments below! We want to hear your great ideas!

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Hello California Page
M1065 My Acrylix® California, C1636 My Acrylix® Live Laugh Love, X7206B Regatta Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5778 Saffron Cardstock, Z2648 Sapphire Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen Journaling Pen, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Thread

5 ½” x 4 ½” Sending Hugs Card
M1114 My Acrylix® Utah, B1504 My Acrylix® Sending Love, X7201B La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2116 Cranberry Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2009 Red Enamel Hearts, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen Journaling Pen

12″ x 12″ Love Has No Boundaries Page
M1113 My Acrylix® Texas, M1119 My Acrylix® Wisconsin, E1027 My Acrylix® Framework Alphabet, B1416 My Acrylix® Keyboard Uppercase, B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand, X7205B Charlotte Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, X5778 Saffron Cardstock, X5780 Pomegranate Cardstock, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2171 Saddle Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2653 Pomegranate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z3099 Fundamental Assortment Pomegranate, Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim, Z3203 Treasured Puffies, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen Journaling Pen

 All these products are available through one of our Independent Consultants. To find a Consultant near you, visit closetomyheart.com and click on “Find a Consultant” in the top right corner of the page.

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Around the World with Close To My Heart

Around the World

Have you always longed to be a world traveler? Do you find international architecture, culture, clothing, and history fascinating?

Well, today is your lucky day because adventure is knocking! Close To My Heart is about to bring a bit of the world to you—right in your own home! Throughout the month of August, we’ll be sharing amazing artwork inspired by artistic traditions from four different countries across the world.

In each post we’ll give you some cultural background about the art form, and then we’ll go sightseeing to marvel at some truly exceptional papercrafting artwork. Each of these posts will be distinguished with the title “Around the World” followed by the name of the country the artistic tradition comes from.

But the adventure doesn’t stop there. With each “Around the World” post, we’re going to give away four travel-themed My Acrylix® stamp sets for a total of 16 stamp sets in one month! These blog posts will not only be your passport to the world, but also your passport to win some pretty awesome stamps. 🙂

How do you enter to win one of these stamp sets? Simply comment on an “Around the World” blog post. The more comments you make, the more you will increase your odds of winning! At the end of the month, we’ll randomly select 16 winners and announce them on the blog.

What do you say? Are you ready to soak in artistic inspiration from all around the world and win a stamp set while you’re at it? If the answer is yes, then be sure to check in frequently and prepare yourself for the journey of a lifetime! It’s time to get inspired.

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Quench Your Thirst for Stamping

Anyone craving a sip of a refreshing stamping technique? Slide your glass over and we’ll pour you a drink. Today we’re bringing you a behind-the-scenes look at the technique our artist used to create this cool drink of summer.
(Look familiar? That’s because this comes straight from page 28 of Seasonal Expressions 2!)

Here’s what you’ll need to mix up this cooler:

• B1478 My Acrylix® Ice-Cold Summer
• Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Pad
• Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad
• Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Pad
• Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Pad
• Z726 Sponge Daubers
• Z1091 Finishing Files

Ready? Let’s get stamping!

Step 1: Using Pixie ink, stamp bottle image on pad so the top ¾” of the image is not inked. Once inked, achieve a second generation stamp by stamping the bottle first onto your desk pad (or other scratch piece of paper) and then onto your tag.

Step 2: Next, use a sponge dauber to lightly ink the edges of the bottle stamp with Whisper ink. Use another sponge dauber to ink the top of the bottle stamp with Glacier ink. Now stamp this image over the original Pixie bottle image on the tag.

Step 3: Using Whisper ink and a sponge dauber, lightly apply a small amount of ink to the bottom of the bottle stamp in an oval shape. Stamp bottle image again over previous image.

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Step 4: Using Thistle ink, stamp straw image onto the bottle, allowing it to rest at the bottom left of the Whisper oval and exit through the top of the bottle.

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Step 5: Use a sanding file to softly rub away a line to the right of the straw. This will give the bottle a highlight, creating a more glasslike appearance.

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Voila! You have now stamped one delicious beverage. Enjoy! We hope your artistic thirst has been quenched. 🙂

*For the materials needed to create the rest of this tag (including those mouthwatering lemons), please consult our handy recipe guide.

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Jump on It July: Oh, What a Wonderful Life!

The hissing of the grill, the splashing of the pool, the laughter of the kids playing tag—it’s officially barbeque season, folks! And that means it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy some of the most wonderful moments of life.

And, lucky for you, the July Stamp of the Month was designed to celebrate these exact moments! You know, the kind of moments where you realize just how wonderful your life truly is. This stamp set, which is aptly named Life Is Wonderful, captures the optimism we all aspire to have toward life, the kind of optimism where you reflect on yesterday, appreciate today, and look forward to tomorrow.

For this month only, to help you celebrate life even more, you can get this stamp set for FREE with a qualifying purchase in current, retail priced stamps. How’s that for a silver lining?

July Stamp of the Month

Our favorite part of this stamp set is probably the shabby chic style of the lettering that evokes feelings of home and the “good ol’ days.” We absolutely love the chalkboard-like effect the stamps in this set create when they are used on black paper. How adorable do they look on this sweet couple’s scrapbook page?

Wonderful life

As an added bonus, this set is ultra compatible with all of your other stamp sets, making it ideal for creating just the right proverb to capture your family’s precious moments.

It’s difficult to decide what we love most about this stamp set, but we know you won’t regret jumping on this great July deal. Now grab that glass of lemonade, join your family in the backyard, and start making memories to last a lifetime! Oh, and one more thing: Always remember something wonderful is about to happen. 🙂

12″ x 12″ Always Remember
Reflections: Main Frame—Charmed™ (with alterations)
S1507 My Acrylix® Life is Wonderful, X7191B Wanderful Paper Packet, X7188B Snowhaven Paper Packet, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5927 Ruby Cardstock, Z2500 Whimsy Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pads Set, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z1988 Black Striped Twill Ribbon, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z1686 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Art Philosophy
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A Little Bit of Love

This month’s Summer Crush campaign has everyone feeling a little enamored and we can see why! When you purchase any of the My Crush® books offered in the Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 idea book and their accompanying assortments, you will receive the coordinating stamp set FREE!

Summer Crush campaign

There are so many ways to fall madly in love with these crush-worthy books, but we wanted to share just a peek at another way to love them—a peek inside the books, that is. When you open any one of the wonderful books offered, you will soon see that the papers contained inside the covers are so beautifully designed, they may just jump right out of the covers and onto your scrapbook pages.

The page below features an entire page ripped from the My Crush® Modville book that was then sewn directly onto the page base for a trendy edge. Try it out for yourself! Add some stamping from the free My Acrylix® Reel Life stamp set, some journaling squares, additional stitching, and some Aqua Dots and you’ve got the ingredients for success!

Summer Crush campaign artwork

For a more streamlined look, try trimming blocks of paper from the pages you adore from your My Crush® Bluebird book and attaching them to your page base. Then pull a title and other shapes—like the banners and flower—from the assortment. Add some Oceanside sequins and stamping from the My Acrylix® Love This stamp set, like the pretty little butterfly, and you’re set with some swoon-worthy springtime art!

Summer Crush campaign artwork

The list of possibilities contained within the covers of each My Crush book is practically endless, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to become infatuated with these spectacular product pairings. This offer is only good through the end of June, and once these My Crush books are gone they are gone for good. So fall in love today by choosing your favorite My Crush pairing, adding your FREE stamp set, and getting your order in as fast as possible! Because who doesn’t need a little extra love in their life?

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Hello Life Page
Reflections: Quartet—Border Cutout™
B1431 My Acrylix® Reel Life, Z1855 My Crush® Modville Book, Z1886 My Crush® Besties Assortment, X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2153 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z1853 Aqua Dots, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® Le Pen™ Journaling Pen, Thread

12″ x 12″ Currently Page
Reflections: Front and Center—Main Idea™
B1432 My Acrylix® Love This, Z1856 My Crush® Bluebird Book, Z1889 My Crush® Favorites Assortment, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z3041 Oceanside Sequins, Z2462 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peony Purple Marker, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® Le Pen™ Journaling Pen, Thread

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Sticky Boy Speaks: Why Convention?

Sticky Boy here. I’ve come out of hiding today to personally invite you to the party you’ve been waiting for all year. You know, that beloved event when the world revolves around me: Convention!

I try to stay out of the spotlight because I don’t like making such a big deal of myself, but the way people fawn over me you’d think I was the only reason they came to Convention. So, I know I’m a pretty big deal, and I don’t blame them for wanting to hang out with me, but there are some other perks to attending Convention.

Let me name a few reasons why I love it so much.

I’ll start with one that’s very obvious: seeing my creator and friend Jeanette Lynton on stage is always inspiring for me. Her gifted hands crafted my perfect, round self, and I always enjoy seeing her smile beaming from the stage.

Next to seeing my favorite CEO, seeing the newest idea book, and seeing it FIRST, is definitely one of the highlights of my Convention experience every year. I obviously flip straight to the new stamp sets first and foremost, but maybe that’s just me.

To really nail down what I love most about Convention, you’ll have to experience firsthand the excitement that runs through the veins of every Consultant in attendance. The energy they feel for this company is contagious, even for little ol’ polymer me, and I’m pretty sure I don’t even have veins.

But excitement isn’t the only feeling you’ll experience at Convention. I may or may not have gotten a bit misty-eyed last year when I saw the lovely Dana Swadling receiving her surprise Spirit of Close To My Heart award—but who didn’t shed a few tears when they saw that? I love seeing hard-working people getting the recognition they deserve!

Okay, enough with the emotion. It’s time to talk business.

I’d be a liar if I said that my favorite part of Convention isn’t the thrill of the hunt—because it is! Oh, how I love the suspense and anticipation of watching so many of you walk right on by as I practically beg you to see me. Ba ha ha! My clever hiding places are just too good.

Sticky Boy hides

I admit that, after putting up some resistance, I do actually like to be found. If you never found me, how would you know how clever my hiding places are?

After you’ve found me (and bragged about me using #stickyboyctmh), your hospitality is always astounding. I love tagging along with you everywhere you go. On top of that, joining you at home broadens my worldview and gives me what my friends would call “culture” (which I’m happy to experience, as long as that “culture” doesn’t include being clamped between your dog’s teeth).

Folks, life doesn’t get much better than Close To My Heart Convention. If you haven’t signed up yet, you’d better hurry yourself on over to the Registration page to get started. You could be one of the lucky few to take me home this year, and that alone makes the trip worth it, right? I mean, come on. Just look at me!

Okay, that’s enough for now. I’ll see you there (even if you don’t see me, heh heh)!

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