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Elephants Never Forget – Marsha Valk

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Creative Squad, Nat Elephant Design

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It’s Tuesday again so here is my Creative Squad with another fun project for you with this month’s theme: “Elephants Never Forget”. Throughout the month of May, the team will use my new Elephant Foam Stamp, Rubber Stamp and Stencil Set to interpret the theme. I asked them to draw from a childhood memory, and to use the elephant as a symbol of something that fascinated them as a child, inspired awe, or just got their little brain all wrapped up with wonder. And if you want to hear a little bit about my childhood, you can read about my personal connection to elephants here (just scroll down to “WHY an elephant…”)

Today we have a mixed media piece by Marsha Valk.  After persisting through a brief creative block (it happens to everyone!) she created this gorgeously layered piece using a fantastic combination of purple and orange.
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It’s hard to choose just one childhood story or memory, so I concentrated on the elephants and tried to come up with as many elephants as I could remember from my childhood. The big one is that my little brother collected elephants when he was young. He had many, many elephant figurines. At least two of those came from my grandmother’s house and I remember that at one point they were in the guest bedroom. The room had a typical 70’s decor. It wasn’t psychedelic in any way, the walls where neutral, the furniture was white, but there was an orange washbasin and purple bed spreads with a fringe.  I loved those bed spreads! When we were very little, my sister and I used to play with them when we woke up early.
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Anyway: the colour scheme for this project was set! It had to contain purple and orange. I struggled with what to do though. I tried some things first with no great success, until I decided to just have fun! I chose the back of a shallow round tray (28 cm) as a substrate. I love working on wood panels, so when I saw this at my local craft store, I knew I wanted to use it as a ‘canvas’!
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The problem with ‘having fun’ is that I can’t exactly tell you what I did. I started to prepare the wood tray with two coats of gesso that I sanded smooth. Then I randomly applied soft body acrylic paint to the surface. Once that was dry I started painting, stenciling and stamping layers using soft body acrylic paint, paint markers and permanent stamping inks.
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I tried to get the whole surface covered. Then I decided on my composition, stamped and embossed the Elephant cling rubber stamp image and painted the top layer. I also scratched into the surface and I added acrylic inks and black and white charcoal pencil.
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I love Marsha’s circular design and I’m so glad that she decided to have fun with it! I think the results, and those super nice, 70’s inspired colors 🙂 speak for themselves. In addition to the supplies (some links are affliate links)  listed below, Marsha also used a wooden tray, black and white charcoal, and the stencils from the Urban Scribble, Bird, Mish Mesh, and Fashion Dame stamp sets.

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Some links on this blog are affiliate links for which I receive a small percentage of any sales generated by the link.

And maybe you will even play along -we would love to see how you interpret the theme. Email me how you used my stencils and stamps with the theme and email me an image – I would love to share what you did at the end of the month!

See you next Tuesday for the another project from the Creative Squad, with the theme Elephants Never Forget.

Nat

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Nathalie Kalbach & Friends Blog Hop – Win all three Stamp Sets!

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal, Creative Squad, designed by n*Studio

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Woot Woot- so stoked that the Stampendous Design Team and my wonderful Creative Squad is doing a blog hop together this week. It always is my favorite thing to see how others use my stamp and stencil designs – makes me so happy. Loads of yummie projects – check it out!!!

Here are the links for today:

Louise Healy 

Janelle Stollfus

Marsha Valk

Gwen Lafleur

Michelle Rydell

Cheiron Brandon

Lea Fritts

Pam Hornschu

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I thought I would play along with my awesome team’s theme this month “My City Speaks To Me” and I used the Urban Scribble Stamp Set as well

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My city – Jersey City – is such a city of juxtapositions. Grungy – Spotless, Old – Modern, Artsy – Financial, Jersey – NYC, Loud – Calm ….and so much more. I love it – it is such an inspiring place to live.

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I stamped with the solid side of the Urban Scribble Foam Stamp and yellow acrylic paint into my art journal and then used the Rubber Stamp with black ink to stamp over it. The Solid Foam Stamp and the Rubber Stamp pattern fit perfectly together. I painted the background and for the grungy side on the left I used the rubber stamp on purpose rudimentary and in a non perfect manner to enhance the juxtaposition of the two sides.

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Watch this video if you want to know how to apply acrylic paint to the foam stamps:

Rule of Three – #1 “Three Ways to “Ink” up Foam Stamps from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

Check out all the wonderful posts, comment on any of those posts and win a price and join us 🙂

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Stampendous is offering three prize packages that consist of ALL THREE of the foam/cling/stencil sets. THEY’ll ship them to anyone who wins (yes, internationally, too) just comment on this post here or any of the posts the teams or Stampendous or here to be eligible to win. Good luck!!!!
Thank you so much for visiting- I hope you like my new Bird, Elephant and Urban Scribbles Foam, Cling Rubber and Stencil Sets ! Have a beautiful and creative weekend!

Nat

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  • Carol I Moore

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    Thank you for the video. Your city speaks of many interesting stories. Enjoy your amazing creativity!

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  • Karen D

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    Blog hops are such fun! It’s great to see how people use the same stamps in totally different ways.

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  • Bec

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    I loved seeing your stamps used this way. I love the ease of it and the ‘off centre’ sketchy look of it. Thanks fo sharing!

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  • barb macaskill

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    LOVE the yellow against the blue background!!! I have fallen in love with Urban Scribbles which surprised me because it isn;t my usual style! Now I am dying to get my hands on it to get creating! This week’s hop planted an idea in my head using it and I am excited to get started! TFS!

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  • Becca Yahrling

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    Love your journal page. This could be any big city, anywhere … looks like Miami to me (I love very close!). Awesome hop full of inspiration this week.

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  • Dee Ann O'Brien

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    Fabulous electric city!

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  • Pam B

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    Great layout!

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  • Liz

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    Love your journal page- I think the cityscape is my favourite out of the 3 stamps. Great to see all the different creative ways your team has used the sets.

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  • Nicole N

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    Great layout. Thanks for the opportunity to view everyone’s “work-of-arts”.
    Great way to showcase creativity.
    Sent from Connecticut

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  • Karen Petitt

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    My brain has been stimulated and enthused by all of the wonderful inspirations here and on the rest of your DTs blog. I have so many ideas spinning around in my head that it is popping with colours and ideas – huge thank you for that. Thanks for the blog hop, the art, the inspiration and education I have learnt so much. I hope you have a great weekend Karen x

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  • Laura Weed

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    Wow, love this page, Nathalie! It’s such a good depiction of the wonderful weirdness that is any big city! Great job!!

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  • Carla Hundley

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    Wonderful products you
    have created and have
    enjoyed the week on
    all the blogs!
    Carla from Utah

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  • Ina Good

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    Great video love the new line and stamps especially the interesting I love Birds one in particular!!! Thank you and stampendous and the designers for the great hop!!!!

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  • Amanda Rhodes

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    I love how you overlapped stamps and the different textures! What a great hop!

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  • Dee Spillane

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    Nat, I love your sets, everything inspires creativity. I plan to get them at the scrap/stamp convention in June. Hope to see you there.

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  • Miriam Prantner

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    Wonderful pages! I love the images on the right and how the left is kind of an abstract impression of them!

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  • Jackie P Neal

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    Very cool spread Nat! Love love love your stamp/stencils sets!! xo

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  • Kate B

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    Fantastic stamps & project!!

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  • Alison

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    I love this journal page!!! I think I love it because of the cool stamp that was used! Thanks for sharing this page and thanks for the chance to win!!

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  • Florence Turnour

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    That city scape is my favorite of you new stamps. Maybe you’ll work a Sydney Opera House into it someday? 🙂

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  • Carmen Lucero

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    Natalie, I saw the CHA demonstration video and fell in love with your awesome stamps. Wonderful blog hop!

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  • Carol K

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    Thanks for the tutorial! Love how you use colors. . . .

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  • Jacqueline

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    Hello form the Netherlands! Thank you so much for your inspiring pages, I love your stamps and love the blog hop :-). And of course I would love to win them!

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  • Karla Yungwirth

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    These stamps and stencils are awesome!! Love the cityscape and your beautiful project!

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  • Gayle Kush

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    Love your tutrials and all the things you so graciously share with all of us on your blog. Including your friends in the form of this blog hop! Thank you for the tips on inking your stamps. I work in fabric but almost everything you do I can use in my fiber arts adventures. I love your stamps and use them all the time in my work. Thanks again!

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  • Sandra L.

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    Love your project and love the stamp set. I live in New Jersey and you summed up your area perfectly. Thanks for sharing.

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    I love these new stamps Nathalie and I thoroughly enjoyed using them at your recent Mixed Media Circus Workshop at Darkroom Door. I know I need these for my art journaling 🙂

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  • Tracy Moloney

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    EXCITING pages, your city is ALIVE – LOVE IT!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your video too, these sound like such an ADVENTURE to CREATE with 🙂
    Tracy from Australia

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  • Agata

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    Such a beautiful layout you have created! Love your products!

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  • Keitha

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    Love all three sets Nathalie; it will be hard to decide which one to get first. Great blog hop!

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Mixed Media Circus Workshop at Darkroom Door in Berkeley Vale, Australia

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Of Living as an Artist, Mixed Media Workshop

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After the workshop in Melbourne, Julie and I taught in Berkeley Vale at Darkroom Door, about 1 1/2 hours North of Sydney. My wonderful friend and awesome manufacturer Rachel Greig hosted us in her warehouse and classroom and it a great group rocking out the paint, art supplies and art journals!

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Everyone was working for three day, creating covers, painting, stamping, stenciling, book binding – getting messy fingers and tables:) It was so much fun! I loved the class room with high tables and high top chairs, making it possible for everyone to choose to work standing up or sitting. Since I work standing up- this was a dream 🙂

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Look at all the beautiful colorful pages …with Birds, and Elephants, and other stamp sets 🙂

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Birds mixed with Julies Stamps and Stencils.

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and more elephants 🙂

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the Urban Scribble – love the staggered city look!

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And lot’s of stencil patterns for background papers

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I loved how everyone embraced having two different teachers and stencils and stamps from two different persons as well.

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Love the look of the Fashion Dame Stencil used in different colors for pattern

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And the Lilly Wallpaper stenciled with black gesso

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and the Arabesque Stencils used with white over black gesso

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Batik

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one of Julie`s Face Stencils used with my Ornament Stencil for hair

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Another hybrid page with Julie’s stencil on the left and my Art Deco Wallpaper Stencil on the right

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And this is so true – 🙂 If all fails, join the circus 🙂

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I think this one did? Love the girl taking a ride on the Elephant Stencil!

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So much creative energy and colors in the classroom

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And here is Julie explaining something – it was really fun teaching together again 🙂

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And here are some photos of me teaching …which usually- you know…there aren’t any 🙂

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Thank you so much Rachel for having us- you are the best!!!!

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And here we are 🙂 Bound and colorful finished art journals!!!

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And thank you Amanda and Amanda, Belinda, Rachel, Robyn and Robyn, Paula, Kristy Lee (mmmmhhh did I butcher your name again???? please forgive me with your super cute smile, ok?), Lorraine, Genevieve, Vesna and Vesna! We will always have “I pet a kangaroo”, the dog on the tucker box, create you own at mäccas, don’t hesitate to mess up the table, fire alarms, Lemingtons, Anzac Biscuits and lot’s of laughter together. It was wonderful to spend those three days with you!!!

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I will post some photos from Melbourne and Sydney, street art and kangaroos in the next weeks – it was such a fun trip 🙂

 

 

Nat

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  • Sabrina Radican

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    Oh boy… I wish I lived there so I could come and visit you and have lots of inky fun!! All of their pages look absolutely, gorgeous, beautiful. wonderful and looks like they all had a blast!!

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  • Mary Holshouser

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    I would love to take some of your classes. I enjoyed seeing all of the finished projects – especially the elephant designs. I collect elephants and I’m always looking for new stamps/stencils and ways to use them.
    the girl riding the elephant was a clever idea.
    thanks for sharing so many wonderful finished projects.
    Illinois.

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  • Greta H

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    Oh what fun–beautiful art work!

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  • Sue Clarkes

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    Nat, you even managed to post different pics than Julie did.
    I really like the quote “when all else fails, join the circus”.
    It goes well with “not my monkeys, not my circus” in some way.

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  • Carla Hundley

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    Looks like a wonderful
    time had by everyone!
    Carla from Utah

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  • barb macaskill

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    I would absolutely LOVE to meet the Darkroom Door crew one day!! It would be the culmination o a dream come true. I have always wanted to go to Australia and being able to do crafty things while I was there would make it an even better journey!!
    LOVE what the ladies have created using your awesome Foam stamps and stencil sets!!! MUST HAVE THEM ASAP!!! TFS!

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  • Nicole N.

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    Looks like a lot of fun! And it’s great that it can be shared around the world.
    From: Connecticut

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  • Karen Petitt

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    Lucky ladies! Looks like everyone had lots of fun and enjoyed it too. So wish I could do classes but being disabled is a real issue for me and getting to and back from one I just can’t right now. Lucky, lucky ladies Karen x

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  • Teresa Godines

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    Wonderful projects. Looks like everyone had a great time.

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  • Becca Yahrling

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    Oh what fun and creativity at it’s best.

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  • Jackie P Neal

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    Looks like everyone had a blast and the creativity was flowing!!

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  • Tracy Moloney

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    F U N times 🙂
    I thoroughly enjoy watching Rachel in action on ScrapIt tv as well!!!

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