Maker’s Color Dare Card

Convention is over, I am “almost” unpacked, my craft-room is still not finished, and, yet, I am still able to create. I have been amazed by how little I need to make a card and how many things I have found as I have unpacked my collection like the Originals Idea Book from Close to My Heart.  I had this stashed on a shelf in another area of the house and completely forgot that I had it.  Before placing this book on the shelf in my new craft area,  I thumbed through and found a few cards that I wanted to make including one for the weekly Color My Heart Dare and Heart2Heart Challenges.

I used the design on page 35, exchanged the cardstock used for some of our Fresh Air papers, added a stamped image, and “Bob’s your uncle” – I had a completed card.

Paper Needed:  5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5½” x 1¾” B&T Paper (Fresh Air), 5½” x 2¾” B&T Paper (Fresh Air), 4¼” x 3″ Nutmeg Cardstock, 4″ x 2¾” B&T Paper (Fresh Air)

Assembly Instructions:
1. Using Washi, Scotch, or Post-It Tape on the back of the papers, temporary attach the 5½” x 1¾” Fresh Air paper onto the 5½” x 2¾” Fresh Air paper. (They will overlap, so make sure that the width is 4¼”.)
2. Using the Stitch Guide and Piercing & Embossing Tool, punch holes along where the two papers meet. I used the Zig-Zag stitch, but you can use any on the guide. 
3. After adding stitching with a Glacier colored thread, adhere the paper onto the card base.
4. Using Nutmeg Ink, stamp the sentiment from the We Are Makers stamp set onto the 4″ x 2¾” Fresh Air paper. (FYI: This stamp is only available until August 31st.)
5. Adhere the stamped sentiment onto the center of the 4¼” x 3″ Nutmeg Cardstock using Thin 3D Foam Tape.
6. Using Charcoal Ink, stamp the “We Are Born” image onto a scrap of White Daisy cardstock. Cut out the image and adhere to the sentiment using 3D Foam Dots.
7. Cut two 1½” pieces of Glacier & Gold Ribbon, fold in half, and staple onto the Nutmeg cardstock, as shown, using a Mini Stapler.
8. Adhere the Nutmeg cardstock with the sentiment onto the card using 3D Foam Tape.
9. Add two Gold Glitter Gems, and stamp a sentiment inside the card.

I know that the card I made looks nothing like the one in the Originals Idea Book , but the books are designed to inspire and give you a launching pad to begin the creating process.  I hope that you join this week’s challenges. I always love seeing what other people create for these challenges.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Using A Big Thank You Thin Cuts

This week,  I am taking a break from the Cricut®. This is partially due to the fact that I cannot get to my machine because of the pile of Convention creations blocking my path, but mostly, it is because I have realized that many of you do not use Design Space™ and I hate the idea of you feeling left out each week.  So, for this week’s Tuesday Tutorial, we are going to play with metal dies, specifically the New A Big Thank You Thin Cut.

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This Thin Cut is a 3¾” x 5″ metal die that creates a wonderfully designed image perfect for making quick cards and gifts. Our Thin Cuts are well designed, sturdy, and cut through cardstock, glitter paper, and watercolor paper with very little effort.  Are the hamster wheels in your brain beginning to turn?  Let’s dust off those cobwebs, and let me show you a few other ways to create with this Thin Cut.

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This Thin Cut can hold it’s own, but can really pop with some inking techniques.  You can do this by using our Exclusive Inks on the background of the card, or like I did, add ink to the image itself.  Feeling a little intimidated? I will be teaching a online class soon showing you how to create this background. (Watch my Facebook page for details.)

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Whether you cut the image from paper or use paper for a background, this image does well when you add a little bit of pattern to it.  I chose to use our Central Park Paper as the background for one of the cards. How cute would this image be cut from the Pink Polka-Dotted paper in this pack? (off to make another card…)

SPARKLE AND SHINE
Even though this Thin Cut is one complete image, you can still add a little “Bling” and make it really stand out using our Shimmer Brushes, Embossing Powder, Glitter Paper, or Foil Paper.  As you can see, I created two inset hearts for my cards. One was cut from Poppy Cardstock that was shaded with a Clear Shimmer Brush.  The other heart was inked with VersaMark Ink, and sprinkled with Silver Embossing Powder that was set with a Craft Heater. (This look could be replicated by using Silver Foil Paper instead.)

INSET THE IMAGE
After cutting out one of the images from Black Cardstock, I saved the negative pieces and used them to inset the cutout into the cardstock on my second card.  This took a little patience, some Tweezers, and tape, but it turned out wonderfully.  You could choose to inset the whole image, a portion of the image, or just the frame. (Oh! I can hear those rusty wheels starting to spin.)

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I know this Tuesday Tutorial was a little different than ones I have written in the past, but I was really feeling sorry for those non-Cricuters.  If you are loving how simply you can create a card with our A Big Thank You Thin Cut, you should also consider purchasing the It’s Your Day Thin Cut which is perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and more.  This Thin Cut would also make a wonderful title for a scrapbook page. (WOW! I think I smell smoke coming from those hamster wheels.) I can’t wait to see what you create!

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July Crafternoon Fun

Do you need an afternoon to spend some time crafting with friends? Come enjoy a place to create, enjoy some light refreshments, and crafty conversation at my July Crafternoon.  All you need to bring are your unfinished projects, a few friends, and a crafty attitude.  Don’t have anything to create?  I will have card kits, scrapbook kits, and a few home decor projects for purchase that you can create while you are there.

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At each Crafternoon, you will have plenty of room to work, access to FREE WiFi, plenty of outlets for your electronics, and receive a FREE Seasonal Expressions catalog.  You are welcome to bring your own snacks and covered drinks to this event.

July Crafternoon Fun
July 28th from 11:00a – 4:00pm

Learn more on my event page

Cost for this event is $10.00 per person or FREE with a $40 purchase made on or prior to the day of the event*.  Please feel free to share this event with your family and friends so that they can come enjoy an afternoon of crafting fun. I hope to see you there and I can’t wait to see what you create!!

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*Orders must be placed on my website or through me during the month the event takes place to qualify to come to the event for Free. Orders must total $40 or more before tax and shipping and be placed in the month prior to the Crafternoon event you are attending takes place. (ie: to attend the August event you must place an order between August 1st and August 25th).  

 

June is STAMP-endous

Stampaganza is back! During July, buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets at the full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value free! Choose from stamp sets in the current Annual Inspirations or Seasonal Expressions 2, plus the popular Solos number and letter stamp sets that we’ve brought back just for July!

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I am so excited that Close to My Heart has brought back their popular Solos stamp sets which can also be purchased in two different bundles, one for letters and one for numbers.  I will be creating a few projects with these sets during the month of July,  but while you wait, you can find a plethora of inspiration on Pinterest using these adorable stamps.

 

There are so many amazingly talented crafters out there who have used these stamp sets to create layouts, cards, gifts boxes and more.  If you are a lover of our Idea Books, you will also find quite a few ideas using these stamps in our “older” idea books or past catalogs.

To learn more about the Stampaganza Special and Bundles and how you can get THREE FREE solo stamp sets, visit my FAQ page or come talk with me at one of my July events. There are no limits to how many special items can be ordered, and there are no limits to the numbers of stamp sets you can purchase. All items in the monthly special are only available through July 31st, 2018. Because stamp sets are made in-house, this special is not considered “while supplies last.”

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Convention Bound

I am  excited, nervous, and all aflutter to be headed to the North American Close to My Heart Convention.  As an Extravaganza Creative Presenter, I have already had a chance to view some of the stunning products that will be arriving in the fall, and I can’t wait to see what else Close to My Heart has to offer you.

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I am always fascinated how their Design Team is in sync with the current trends and fashions.  Each season is full of incredible paper crafting products that reflect the current styles.  I can’t wait to be able to show you what the future holds for Close to My Heart!

If you are as excited as I am about these products, you should consider joining my team as a Close to My Heart Consultant. The HeARTfully Blessed Creations Team is supportive, creative, and small.  I have enjoyed getting to know each of the women on my team and would love for you to join us.

Continue to watch my blog, Facebook page, and Instagram for updates on the upcoming products.  I will be posting little teasers over the next few months, and some of the artwork I created for the Convention.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Final Week to Stock Up & Save

Summer is flying by and many of you have become so busy that you forgot all about our amazing June specials.  If you haven’t had a chance to take advantage of our Create the Rainbow or Dad is Rad specials, make sure you visit my website before June 30th to check out the savings. Stock up on your favorite cardstock, embellishments, stamps, and kits while you can, because, once the summer ends, you will be wishing you had stocked up and saved while you had a chance.

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I would hate for you to miss out on saving 25% off custom cardstock bundles, individual spools of ribbon, and select accessories! This is a great time to purchase cardstock bundles, ribbons, and embellishments so that you are all stocked up and ready for crafting once the business of summer subsides.  Along with our discounted products, we are also offering an exclusive Be A Rainbow stamp set  with adorable sentiments, quotes, and images that will coordinate perfectly with all your beautiful artwork!

product imageDon’t forget that if you sign up as a new Consultant in June you will receive your choice of Create the Rainbow cardstock bundle for FREE! I would love for you to join our HeARTfully Blessed Creations Team.  We are small, but we full of inspiration and excitement for the Close to My Heart company.

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This is also the final week to purchase the Dad is Rad Workshop Kit.  You will be able to create some of the delightful artwork shown here using the exclusive My Acrylix® Rad Dad stamp set and the Dad is Rad project bundle.   This kit is also perfect for creating Heritage pages, layout featuring the men in your life, and masculine cards.

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While you are viewing these products, make sure to take the time to download the FREE Workshop Guide.  These Dad is Rad items and Create the Rainbow discounts are only available until the end of June, so get them now before they are gone for good!  Have a wonderfully blessed summer, my friends!

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You Are Awesome Card

Do you know someone who is just amazingly awesome? I believe that it is good to recognize those who have blessed you with their friendship, willingness to listen, and ability to tolerate you.  This week, I created a card that you can give those awesome people using the a sentiment and little girl image from our A Bushel & a Peck stamp set.  Isn’t this just adorable?!  I love the combination of Glacier and Bashful together. If you would like to recreate this card you can find the list of supplies I used at the bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: 5½” x 4¼” White Card Base, 5¼” x 4″ B&T (Blue Leaf Fresh Air), 4¾” x 3¼” Glacier Cardstock, 4¼” x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock, 4″ x 2¾” B&T (Pink Beautiful Freindship), White Daisy Cardstock for stamped image

Techniques & Tips Just for You:
• The Glacier cardstock was embossed using a small dots embossing folder.
• I curved the sentiment and placed it onto a block before stamping it onto the B&T paper with Black Ink.
• Here is a list of the ShinHan™ markers used:  Mahogany, Bronze, Clay, Light Orange, Pastel Peach, Tender Pink, Cerulean Blue Light, Turquoise Blue, Colorless Blender

I hope you take some time to create a few of these cards to give to those who are willing to put up with your nonsense. 😉  Remember, this exclusive  A Bushel & a Peck stamp set is only available through June 30th for $17.95 on my website or for only $5.00 with a qualifying purchase.  I can’t wait to see what you create with our Stamp of the Month.

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A Bushel & a Peck Stamp Set

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Fresh Air Paper Packet

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet

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ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers

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Black Memento Ink

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My Acrylix® Block Starter Kit

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Glacier & Gold Ribbon

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Glue Dots

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3D Foam Dots

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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SureCut™ Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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MicroTip Scissors

 
     

Scrapbook Your Summer Memories

If you are like me, your summer gets super busy and you have very little time to scrapbook.  You try to cram as much as you can into your summer vacation, take lots of amazing photos, and never take the time to scrapbook the memories.  My summers are blessed, but I don’t always have the time to get all my photos onto a page. This is why, I adore our Workshop Your Way Kits and I am especially enjoying the Fresh Air Scrapbooking Kit for my summer photos.  If you have never taken the time to test out these kits, here are a few reasons to give them a try.

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SAVE TIME SHOPPING FOR SUPPLIES 
I enjoy shopping as much as any paper hoarder, but when life gets busy I don’t have as much time to search for papers, matching cardstock, stickers, or ribbon.  Close to My Heart has done all the work for you.  Each kit has beautifully designed color-coordinating, paper, cardstock, die cuts, stickers, and embellishments created with you in mind.

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STUNNINGLY DESIGNED EYE-CATCHING LAYOUTS
We all have an artist in us that can create wonderfully designed layouts, but some days I just don’t have the time or energy – especially in the summer.  With each of these kits, you get three stunning layouts, multiple card designs, and you don’t have to do any planning, designing, or use many brain cells. Close to My Heart even includes an easy-to-follow cutting and assembly guide.

 


OPTION TO ADD EVEN MORE PHOTOS
How many photos did you take of this year’s camping trip? Honestly, I don’t know that I have the time to create that many pages, so I love that these kits have the option to add Pocket Plus pages to each layout. These Memory Protectors fit perfectly between your pages and allow you to add additional photos and journalling without compromising the design of your layout.

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LEFTOVER SUPPLIES!!! 
Yes, you read that correctly.  Even if you choose to create the card designs shown in the assembly guide, you will still have paper, cardstock, die cuts, stickers, and enough embellishments leftover to create more projects.

 

 

This summer, I encourage you to spend more time enjoying the sunshine and that lounging area in your backyard, and less time scrapbooking all of the memories you are making by purchasing a few of our Workshop Your Way Kits. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Not a scrapbooker?  We have some adorable kits for card-makers, as well. Check them out on my website!

Thanks a Bushel Step-Card

Life is about trying new things, having experiments blow up in your face, and finding the blessing in everything. This week, I wanted to try my hand at a Front Panel Step-Card, and, since card making is one of my weaknesses, it just didn’t seem to go as planned.  Even though the end-result turned out beautifully, the path to discovery was not so glamorous.

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As you do in each experiment, I researched the subject. After browsing Pinterest for hours, saving snippets of summer meals, scrapbook sketches, farmhouse decor, …oh, and a thousand ways to make a step-card, I finally settled on a pattern by Colleen Vaux. I thought “I can do this!” (I am sure Tesla and Einstein said the same thing when they formed their hypothesis.) Now the experimenting begins.

Observations:
1. If you choose to change a horizontal step-card to a vertical step-card, take the time to research a new pattern. You aren’t Einstein and math hurts the ever-aging brain cells.
2. When altering one’s pattern, make sure it will fit into the envelope you intend to send it in. Measure twice, cut forty times. (Procedure not working – time to go back to original horizontal pattern.)
3. Do not cut off the side panels. You need those. (Gathering more materials.)
4. When all else fails, turn to your Cricut®. (Make sure you have a decent cutting mat to avoid another piece of cardstock being ruined.)
5. If you are going to go to all this trouble to create a card, you should take some time to enter the Three Amigos and  heARTful stamping challenge.

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My experimenting led to a mess of excess, cut-up, cardstock that will go into my scrap pile. I did finally turn to my Cricut® to create this cut file that I can use in the future and avoid additional failed experiments. I proceeded to use products from our New Seasonal Expressions 2 , including the Fresh Air Paper Packet and A Bushel & a Peck stamp set, to decorated the card. All of the supplies I used can be found on my website.

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I hope you take the time to try to create a step-card this week using the Free Cricut Design Space™ File I created for you. Now, time to continue on riding the bicycle of life, because in order to keep my balance I must keep moving. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Father’s Day Card & Gift Box

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and, since I enjoy giving you crafty ideas for holidays, I decided to create this Pinterest inspired “Apple of My Eye” card and gift box using the A Bushel & a Peck stamp set.  This fun four-inch card not only has a sweet saying on the outside, but it includes the “I love you a bushel & a peck” sentiment inside.  How great would this be to give to a dad in your life?  You can fill the box with their favorite treat or add some baseball tickets or a few gift cards.

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This “Apple of My Eye” card and gift box was not only designed with you in mind, but I also created it to enter this week’s Color My Heart Dare and heARTful Stamping challenges.  It’s been awhile since I have joined one of these challenges.  My craft-room has been in such a disarray that I haven’t been able to make much of anything, so being able to join these challenges makes my crafty heart happy.  If you would like to recreate this project you can find the list of supplies I used at the bottom of this post, along with the instructions for completing the project.

Paper Needed for Card: 8″ x 4″ White Daisy Cardstock, (2) 4″ x 4″ Nutmeg Cardstock, 2¾” x 2¾” White Daisy Cardstock, 1″ x 2¾” White Daisy Cardstock, White Daisy Cardstock Scraps

Card Assembly Instrucions:
1. To create the card base, fold the 8″ x 4″ White Daisy cardstock in half lengthwise and burnish the fold with a Bone Folder.
2. Adhere one of the 4″ x 4″ pieces of Nutmeg cardstock onto the front of the card base.
3. Using your paper trimmer, cut out a 3″ square from the center of the other 4″ x 4″ piece of Nutmeg cardstock. If desired, shade the edges of the “Frame” using a Sponge Dauber and Nutmeg Ink. Using Foam Tape, adhere the “Frame” onto the card.
4. Using Glacier Ink, stamp the “Buffalo Check” from the Documented Scrapbooking stamp set onto the 1″ x 2¾” White Daisy cardstock. Adhere this across the base of the 2¾” x 2¾” White Daisy cardstock. (You can choose to use B&T paper instead.)
5. Using Nutmeg Ink, stamp the “You’re the Apple of My Eye” sentiment onto the upper left corner of the 2¾” x 2¾” White Daisy cardstock. Using New England Ivy Ink, stamp the “Small Hearts” below the sentiment. (If you don’t own the Documented stamp set, the Leaf would look cute as an alternative to the hearts.)
6. Adhere the 2¾” x 2¾” White Daisy cardstock onto the center of the card.
7. Using Black Memento Ink, stamp the “Apple Basket” and “Apple” onto scraps of White Daisy cardstock.
8. Shade the “Apple Basket” and “Apples” using ShinHan™ Markers.  Cut out the images and add them to the card using Foam Tape.
9. Stamp a sentiment inside the card, if you desire.

The Apple of My Eye Treat Box was create using a box image that I uploaded into Cricut Design Space™ and it decorated in much the same way that I did the card. You can find instructions for uploading the box image in this Tuesday Tutorial. Don’t forget that the A Bushel & a Peck stamp set is only available through June 30th for $5.00 with a qualifying purchase.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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A Bushel & a Peck Stamp Set

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Fresh Air Paper Packet

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Nutmeg Cardstock

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Documented Scrapbooking Stamp Set

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Black Memento Ink

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Nutmeg Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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New England Ivy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers

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New England Ivy Twine

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Foam Tape

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Fresh Air Shapes

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My Acrylix® Block Starter Kit

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Glacier & Gold Ribbon

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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SureCut™ Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer

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MicroTip Scissors