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Monday, June 6, 2016

June My Monthly Hero - blog hop + giveaway!


Hello and welcome to another My Monthly Hero blog hop!! This month's kit is all about travel, and it is so much fun! There's a cool die for making a luggage tag, other little dies with a million uses, a great stamp set, awesome paper leather from Sizzix (I am mad about this stuff!!), a little journal to decorate, fun washi tape and geotag clips, and more! Such a bunch of fun for $29.99!


There have been a bunch of fabulous travel-themed ideas for using this kit, but I wanted to play with it in a different way! Once I started creating I couldn't stop, so I have three ideas to share today!

For this first card, I painted a bit of the paper leather with some acrylic paint. It's amazing how the texture still stays nice and pliable, even after painting with acrylics! Once it was dry, I die cut the painted paper with the little heart from the kit.


The dimension is so much fun! And it stays a bit more stiff and durable than regular paper. I just attached them with a tiny dab of adhesive, then stitched down each row with my sewing machine. The message is made with the stamps included in the kit.


Next, I wanted to play with the paper leather using the Hero Arts Delicate Petals stencil! The paper leather will take the texture from the stencil wonderfully when you run it through your machine with the correct stack. In the Big Shot, you open the platform to Tab 1, put done a base plate, then the stencil, paper leather, Silicone Rubber and then Impressions Pad. I love that I can use all of the Hero Arts stencils this way!!


I cut the stenciled leather paper with the fun luggage tag die included in the kit, and then added lots of Distress Ink (Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Vintage Photo). I paired it with an mage I had watercolored from Stamp Your Own Cactus, and a message from the kit. I love the ginormous Heidi Swapp sequins!!


Finally, I had to use the adorable little martini stamp that's included in the stamp set! I made a dreamy watercolor background using Daniel Smith paints, Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers) and one of my favorite things - Hero Arts gold shimmer spray!


The message is one of my favorites, from my Kelly's No Comment set from Hero Arts. Because you know, sometimes mama just does! :)


I'm the last stop on an awesome blog hop today - be sure to visit everyone on the list, and comment along the way to enter the drawing for a free June kit! Woohoo!

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Kelly Purkey
Amy Tan
Yana Smakula
Kathy Racoosin
Mariana Grigsby
Heather Ruwe
Amy Tsuruta
Ilina Crouse
Libby Hickson (you are here!)

Thanks for stopping by!

148 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing these wonderful projects with us. Very nicely done.

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  2. WOW... they all are FABULOUS! Love the different design and style you share today. THANK YOU, Libby :)

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  3. I loved how you use the little heart die cuts to add dimension and interest to the card. So very cute! Thanks for sharing these awesome projects!

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  4. stitching on cards is so fun!

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  5. Adore your heart card, Libby, and the other projects are wonderful too!! Can't wait to get my kit!

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  6. Great cards. Really like the one with the tag and cactus.

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  7. Great cards! I especially like your stitched heart card! Thanks for sharing your creative ideas!

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  8. Delightful projects Libby! The last made me smile, love the effects!

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  9. LOVE the hearts sewn down like that. Thanks!
    Penny
    redheadworking at earthlink dot net

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  10. What a great idea using the stencils to emboss! Thanks!

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  11. I love how you used the little hearts and the stitching .

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  12. they're all fantastic.
    Love the rows of hearts.
    The coloring on the others is
    wild and wonderful.
    thanks for sharing.

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  13. super heart card !! love the colors on all the projects !! wonderful, happy art!!

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  14. Love the leather. Beautiful projects. I really, really love the tag die. It is awesome.

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  15. This kit is cute. Most intriguing id the leather paper!

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  16. WOW ! Your projects are beautiful ! I especially love the hearts one. In fact I love them all. I didn't know the technique with the stencil and the machine, very interesting. And your last card is perfect for a friday evening !! ;-)) Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win. Izzy Scrap

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  17. Great ideas! Thank you for sharing your inspiring cards.

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  18. Love the stitched hearts card

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  19. Wonderful cards and I really liked the embossed tag on the card. Thanks for sharing some great projects with us.

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  20. Such fun cards! Thanks for sharing them!

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  21. Oh Libby, you made me laugh!!! "Mama needs a cocktail" so great!

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  22. This kit can be used for anything! Love the flexibility of all the images!

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  23. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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  24. Great examples of the versatility of the paper leather! Love how well it takes to being embossed. Fabulous cards.

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  25. Unique ideas. Thanks for showing another way to use the leather paper.

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  26. At first I thought the hearts were from felt. The leather paper makes for a unique card. This mama could use a cocktail too!

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  27. Oh I love all your projects Libby! Especially all the little hearts. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. What a variety of talents you have! Love the aqua hearts on the CAS card, and your watercoloring is so cool on the tag card and Mama needs card.

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  29. love your heart card and nice to know the leather paper can be painted!

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  30. Love your cards looks like the leather paper is fun to work with.

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  31. I especially love the painted heart card!

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  32. I especially love the painted heart card!

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  33. I am a big fan of watercolor! Love the cactus!!

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  34. All three cards are wonderful but I especially love the "mama needs a cocktail."

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  35. All your cards are super and each one shines! What versatility and what a great ending to this blog hop!

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  36. I enjoyed your card so much and your blog. Thank you.

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  37. I love your use of color--absolutely wonderful!

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  38. Like how your projects are completely different than the other blogs!!

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  39. Wow! Nice use of everything in the kit for projects that aren't travel related! Great job!

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  40. I love all your projects! Love color and the hearts with Hello card is SO pretty. Thanks for sharing!

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  41. Enjoyed your projects and your colors😊

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  42. Very creative. I really like all of them and can't choose a favorite. TFS.

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  43. Awesome creations. I like the hearts.

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  44. All the cards are great but that last one is hilarious!

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  45. Absolutely love the dimension on your projects!

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  46. All your projects are so cute. Love the tag die in this kit. Thanks for sharing.

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  47. Love! Love! The wonderful cards and bright colors!
    Thank you for sharing !

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  48. Wowsa! Those are some stunning projects!!! Mama needs this kit ;)

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  49. FABULOUS cards Libby!!!
    LOVE your stitched leather hearts and inky panels!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION :)

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  50. What a great blog hop! So many interesting, colorful and fun designs at each stop, and the FABULOUS kit from Hero Arts just looks amazing! Thanks!

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  51. Thanks for showing us the many ways these stamps & dies can be used, besides for travel items! Beautiful, bright & colorful - I love it.

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  52. Very creative--love the paper leather hearts.

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  53. Love the way you used this travel kit in a totally different way!

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  54. Thank you so much for sharing....hugs

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  55. I hadn't even noticed there was a martini glass in the stamp set. I love that you thought of something for that stamp. Great cards.

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  56. Great projects. Love the colored especially the bright pink. So pretty.

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  57. Wow did you get creative with this kit! I love the way you went past the travel theme and made so many different fun cards and tags!

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  58. Very creative projects! Love them all (especially the cocktail pink!)

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  59. LOVE them all Libby! All those delish colors! FABulous projects!

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  60. May I first start out with ROFLMAO!! over the "just hangin out sniffin stayzon" BWAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHHAHA!!! and:
    *whispers* this in the best post in the hop...shhhh...don't tell anyone I said that...
    THANKS FOR SHARING !! <3

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  61. The "fluttering" hearts card is so cute! I'll have to try sewing on my cards. And what a cool medium-leather paper! Thanks so much for sharing with us and for being a part of this fun hop and giveaway. I'm falling in love with this kit!

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  62. Your cards are amazing. I love the stitched hearts, so cleaver.

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  63. Love you card just beautiful... and the heart card is great

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  64. Love, lov, love these cards. Great job Libby! Very creative. Tfs and the chance to win the giveaway.

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  65. So cute! Love the stitching.

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  66. WOW ! your projects are so versatile ! I am inspired by the way your used the stencil. I will definitely try it ! and watercolor is amazing !

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  67. Loved all of the cards and like the stitched hearts. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  68. Beautiful cards and tag! Thanks for the inspiration! What an awesome travel kit! This will be perfect for my current projects! I am making two albums for my niece that will be travelling to Germany, France, Switzerland, and Northern Italy! One album is for pictures and memorabilia. The other album is for journaling! Thanks for the opportunity to win this kit!

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  69. Great card and I like the stitched hearts. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  70. Love the blue and white card!

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  71. Cute projects! So many ideas!!

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  72. Love all of your projects. So creative. Thanks for your inspiration.

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  73. I am loving that you were so clever with the kit as to make totally fun, and creative cards! Loved everyone's journal ideas but here's where we really will be going with this fabulous Hero Arts kit! Totally awesome cards!!

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  74. very cool cards and so different! I really like the use of sequence with the Mamma's gotta card ;)

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  75. Great set, I really love the tag die.....

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  76. Love the new set! But I really like how you did the hearts. That is a cool idea. Now I need to find a way to get this set... You all are great enablers ;-) Prefect jobs on showing what can be done with a little inspiration.
    TFS xx
    XO Nana

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  77. Last but not least in the blog hop! Love your creativity and what you made with the June Kit! Thanks for the opportunity to win this kit!

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  78. Absolutely love the hearts garland!

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  79. Love your projects! Great job showing the versatility of this kit.

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  80. I am loving the leather paper and this kit. Everyone's projects are so different!

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  81. Stunning cards! Love the last one ;P

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  82. Great projects. Love the June card kit!

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  83. Libby,
    All your projects were fantastic. Oh the many things looks you can achieve with the kit! Hope I win one :)
    That paper leather is an awesome thing! 😮 I It seemed so appropriate with the tag. I so love the luggage tag die.
    TFS!

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  84. Love all the layers and texture!

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  85. Awesome cards! Love the dimension with the stitched hearts! The kit looks fabulous! So many possibilities!

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  86. Nice variety of cards. The leather paper is cool.

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  87. Cool projects. My favorite is the stitched hearts card!

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  88. Leslie R

    I love the hearts!! So cute

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  89. Great ideas, thanks for sharing.

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  90. Very pretty projects! Love the stitched hearts!

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  91. Wow! I like the 3d heart, but i really love the watercolors on your cards. So good.

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  92. I am into watercoloring now so I love the cocktails card.

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  93. Hi Libby ~ What you've done with the leather paper is plain old fun, fun, fun!! I love Distress Inks and including that ink on your cards adds such a great element. The watercoloring with those adorable martini glasses is totally fun and I LOVE this card! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  94. Oh that a diffent way to use the set. Love the bright colours

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  95. I like the heart card. It´s so cute.

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  96. What a versatile kit! I love your tags & cards! Clever!! And I love that momma needs a drink.

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  97. WOW Libby, you have been busy too! Fantastic work and I love the versatility you've shown here for this kit!

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  98. Love all of these - especially the pink one ;) You've done a great job showcasing the product.

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  99. Unbelievable projects! I love that you can paint that leather paper!

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  100. the last blog in this hop and I must say all ideas are amazing... You made a CAS card, love this very much... the other two cards made with a great color choice, that it rocks... I am stunning and now I cna't wait to play with this amazing kit, too :) Hugs Ute

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  101. Wonderful cards..love the splatter and creativity on the cards.

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  102. The heart card looks awesome! (Jessica Liu)

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  103. Your projects are wonderful and so is this kit!

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  104. LOL This momma needs a cocktail and this kit, love your work!!

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  105. Great projects, love the cards and color combos. Thanks for sharing.

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  106. I love how you created three completely different looking projects all from the same kit. Totally demonstrates the versatility of this awesome kit.

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  107. Love the bold watercolors. It is so neat to see people use this kit in totally different ways. Great job, thanks for sharing!

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  108. Wow!!! I love this new kit and your amazing cards!!!

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  109. So playful in design & in color :)

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  110. The painted leather paper hearts are divine, inspires me to try some marbled paper leather butterflies! Thank you for the beautiful work and inspiration!

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  111. From the stitching to the splatters, love your attention to detail.

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  112. Love the first and ADORE the third card!

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  113. Love all your projects with this great new set, but the first heart card is my favorite... love the bold colors, the stitching and all that dimension. TFS!!

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  114. Thanks for sharing your very different takes on the new release.

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  115. Wow, am I tired but happy after doing all that hopping! My legs are tired too! LOL Everyone made such beautiful tags and cards and yours were no exception. Everybody on the hop is so talented! I love the heart card with it's colors and stitching. I never knew you could stitch on paper! I do embroidery which is why I say that. I don't drink but I can totally relate. Nice job on everything and what a versatile stamp set this is! I can't wait to win it!

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  116. A wonderful and varied set of cards from the kit.

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  117. Thanks for sharing such creative cards.

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  118. So very different from everyone else. I enjoyed it.

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  119. so much color!!! I love the travel tags! & yes this mama needs a cocktail too!!!

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  120. Love your cards, especially your use of the leather paper - very inspirational! Unfortunately, the kit is sold out and I'm bummed - but maybe I'll win it!

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  121. Such wonderful inspiration!!

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  122. Wow I like that you did something different! I like that martini glass card. Those hearts that are very dimensional is a great look. I like that tag that you used with the stencil also.

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