Tuesday, 7 August 2012

The Perfect Snowman

I am well on with Christmas cards (although they are all samples so if I do send any this year they are going to be bought ones!).  The Perfect Snowman is another of the new stamps that were released by Lili of the Valley in July and I thought I would go with more masculine colours instead of the pastels (although I still have a few of those to show).

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I have sneaked in some more of the new sentiments that are being released by LOTV next week.  They are totally amazeballs lol.  I stamped them on to the textured kraft card that I had used for the matting, quite like the effect.  Love the Woolly Mittens sentiment, bet the little lad needed them after building his snowman lol.

I got a bit carried away with the Twinklets on the die cut snowflakes, the texture and shine is fab.

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And a close up of the image, coloured with copics and pencils

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The paper is Prima North Country and the Crochet/Velvet Centre Ribbon and both are from Dies to Die For.

Before I close off I just what to thank you for your lovely comments and emails after the post on duplicate entries.  To be honest I was thinking of just stopping the candy altogether.  I give it away not only because I love giving stuff away but also because my lovely sponsors are so generous with their gifts.  But!!  It costs me – in time and money (postage charges are outrageous, paying for the linky subscription, setting up the linky, doing the posts, drawing winners, parcelling up the prizes, etc.) and then to get pulled up because of an error really makes me want to reconsider.  I am not sure if I will carry on with the weekly candy or if I will try some other way of giving back to you lovely people that come back day after day or if I will just wrap it in and chalk it up to experience!  The jury is out lol.

hugs

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92 comments:

  1. fantastic card Bev - had a chuckle on buying your chrismas cards though :-)

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  2. Gorgeous and beautiful card Bev love the image and fabulous colour's
    Hugs Dianne xx :)

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  3. What a beautiful card
    hugs Linda

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  4. Just stunning Bev! Love all of the bling and that image is gorgeous :)

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  5. Oh, that's such a sweet card but masculine at the same time, Bev, well done, shame they are all samples and don't go to loved ones as your cards are so beautiful. XOX Lucy

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  6. Stunning card Bev, love the masculine twist.

    I thought I had bought the best of the new LOTV Christmas release but dismissed this image . . . you have brought it to life and now I've got to go back and buy this one . . . I need it, lol !

    Thank you for always inspiring us followers, I pick up so many tips from you and your teaching tutorials.

    Warmest wishes, Julie Ann x

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  8. Hello Bev,

    this card is just stunning! Such a sweet image and so beautiful coloured. Love all the details.

    Hugs

    Claudia

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  9. This is just beautiful Bev, think your masculine cards are so amazing.
    Keep smiling
    Hugs
    Decsnan x

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  10. Hi Bev. As always your cards are just stunning and this one is amazing although you say just a sample. You know, I visit your website everyday and at the moment I am on holiday. So I dont miss a day I brought my laptop with me.Hugs Sheila.x

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  11. Love the colour combo and such a sweet image.

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  12. Hi Bev dont give up on the good guys please......you are an inspiration to us all and all the hard work you put into your cards, blog and going to the shows ....candy is not esential! take care and hugs Margaret MP

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  13. hi bev another beautiful card as alway hugs shirley xxx

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  14. lovely creation, you're such an inspiration

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  15. A beautiful card Bev, love the image.

    Jo x

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  16. Gorgeous!Can't wait to get my hands on those sentiment stamps.
    Hugs
    Fiona xx

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  17. great card again, bev! nice glittering! ove it.

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  18. Hi hun..Fabulous card..lovely colours and what a super image....
    Stunning as always, we don't need give aways as you give us so much already with your lovely tutorials, ideas and inspiration!!
    take care hun..you don't need the stress!!
    love and hugs,
    Marjorie
    xx

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  19. and please, bev, let those people talk and ignore them. the most of us know that you do anything to try to keep it fair and honost. i've never won, but i don't care. i just appreciate that you are willing to do those give aways. but it has to stay nice and good for you too. so let people talk and know that there are a lot of people who appreciate all you are doing for us. and if you stop.....i will stay coming to look at your beautiful cards everyday as i do now. i don't comment very often, but i'm here enjoying every day!!!!
    hugs, miranda

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  20. Hi what a beautiful card inspirational colours fab as always
    I do appreciate the time,effort and dedication you have to your site
    Hugs
    Rosalind

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  21. The colours on this are super and you go to prove that even boy cards can be sparkly - that snowflake is amazing.

    I have been a lucky winner of a few of your candies and have loved the thrill of receiving the goodies concerned. It always amazes me how you cope with the huge numbers who enter your draws and fully appreciate the time that this takes. Your kindness is very much appreciated.

    Big hugs
    Toni xx

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  22. Oh this is lovely Bev great image and layout and I too love that sentiment.
    Myrax

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  23. stunning work as ever Bev! Fabulous xx

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  24. Gorgeous X-mas card Bev, love the dark colours just as much as the pastel. Everything out of your hands is just yummie!! Would be a pitty if you stop spoiling us but I do understand how you feel.......fingers X-ed you won't stop!!!!

    Hugs, Irene

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  25. This is so lovely Bev. Just love the teal colour and as ever your colouring is fab. Looking forward to these new stamps!

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  26. Beautyful card Bev!
    Hugs Pouwla.

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  27. Hi Bev,

    L#ove the card. Those colours work so well.

    An inspiration as always

    Ally
    xx

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  28. Loving the 'manly' colours Bev - a real inspiration for those men that we have to make Christmas cards for.

    Judi

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  29. another great card- you are such an inspiration

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  30. Another stunning card here Bev, I absolutely love it, and the coloring is as always just perfect hun.
    What a shame all your gorgeous creations is all used as samples and not going to your friends and family after all the beautiful work, you´ve put into them. So gorgeous hun.

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  31. love the colours on this card

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  32. Absolutely gorgeous, your colouring is amazing and I love all the subtle sparkle. Lol at you buying your christmas cards ;-) I am so sorry you have been 'got at' over one of your fab giveaways, some people *rolls eyes*. Hope you can forget about them xxx

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  33. Stunning card Bev, oh dear! another gorgeous image to add to my wish list. I love the colours and the layout you have used.

    Hugs Sue

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  34. Wat is dit weer een schitterende kaart Bev,

    Liefs Riet.xx

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  35. Oh dear, would be a shame for u to stop the giveaways but truly understandable after all craftings expensive enough as it is. Love this stamp and actually have the papers ( but not the stamp), have the twinklets ( everything had them on last year - acetate snowflakes, clear glue and twinklets hung in the window = stunning) so maybe go and play later.
    Keep up the good work :0)

    Liz hardman

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  36. Stunning card, so beautifully coloured xx

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  37. This fab.I love the colours that you have used,think I will have to invest in some of these stamps they are great.Love the snowflakes,you can never have enough sparkle.:Jacqueline.S

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  38. Fabulous, love blue and brown and make a nice change for Christmas cards I think. Loving these sentiments, guess where I shall be headed for at Ally Pally. Such a shame that somebody had a duplicate entry and also that somebody pulled you up on the winner. You are so generous and I hope you don't stop the wonderful candies. xx

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  39. Oh waaaaw this one is gorgeous Bev. I love love loveeeeeeeee the colors and the sentiment is so sweet. Abaut the candy ... you give us so much inspiration that you really don't need to put candy on your blog ... for me your cards are the most appreciated candy. Hugs! Mojca

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  40. Hi Bev, gorgeous card as always. I love your beautiful creations and if you didn't offer the candy it wouldn't matter as I visit your blog because you are such an inspiration!

    Big hugs
    Judex

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  41. Beautiful card and a lovely sentiment too! xx

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  42. Such amazing colouring Bev, just beautiful and love the image, fabulous male Christmas card..gorgeous.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  43. love the card, but then I always do. Thanks for sharing all your lovely creations with us. I can't believe you'll be buying your fam and friends Christmas cards. It will not be the same for them, no pressure. LOL!!!

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  44. Love the colours and the design forget the candy im sure that not why most people visit your blog it will give you more time to show your beautiful cards.
    AnnD

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  45. So cute image, love Christmas cards ! So beautiful details and i love the touch of bling !
    xxx

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  46. Loving these images, loving the twinkle too, it can obviously be used at any time of year but u can get away with a bit more for Xmas which I just love, I for one visit your blog for the inspiration you give me and I love to see what you show everyday( even when away on holiday ! ) the candy is you sharing your generosity and is a bonus for all us followers but seeing your cards and everything else u share with us is worth much more, keep smiling u can't please everyone and there will always be one unfortunately !! Hugs for u xx

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  47. I love this card The stamp the colours the embellishments... it's altogether delish!
    Bev I think we all appreciate everything you do for us Giving your time and the effort you put into your blog but most of all your tutorials.You inspire us. You must do as you think best. A great big Thank You for everything you do xXx

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  48. What a Beautiful card i would love to know what colours you have used in this love the colour combo . Did you use Copic markers ? .Thank you Belinda

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  49. I love looking at your blog Bev. I've never tried to win the candy (don't really know how to go about it because I'm useless at these sort of things) but it doesn't matter to me because just looking at your beautiful cards and the inspiration it gives me is enough. Ignore the knockers and remember all your fans.

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  50. Bev, I just love your site and it is the first thing I check in the morning to see what creation you have come up with. I live in Canada and it is always there waiting for me to start my day. So very sorry about the candy giveaway. Sometimes mistakes happen and it is too bad that one of your followers made such a big deal out of it. Thank you so much for brightening my life each and every day. Cathie

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  51. Gorgeous card sweet creative friend:)
    Hugs,
    Sonia

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  52. This is gorgeous Bev. I love the image and perfect papers and colours.
    I can't believe that you 'buy' your Christmas cards - I did giggle when I read that!!
    Lorraine x

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  53. Such a beautiful card! Love the colour combination and the snowflakes!

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  54. Awesome card Bev. Always an inspiration to come to your blog. Love this beautiful snowflake today. And whether there is candy or not your followers will always be here. I know I don't come for a candy entry at all. And we don't stop and even realize the aggravation and cost in mailing out to people. I do appreciate your kindness. sending big hugs!
    Peggy

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  55. This is fantastic Bev. Just love these little images. What super colouring again

    jacqui x

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  56. A fantastic card Bev. Love the colours you've chosen and I've been trying to work out if that is a real button or one which you have die cut and coated with UTEE -it looks great anyhow!
    Bernice

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  57. BEAUTIFUL CARD,LOVE THE IMAGE AND THE COLOURS ARE FABULOUS.SUZYD X

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  58. Fab card - think it's gorgeous. Can I ask what copics you used to colour the image in with as they are gorgeous for Christmas cards?? x

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  59. Hi Bev, what a gorgeous card, I like the unusual colours, as you say great for a male card. This is one of the 15 new LOTV I ordered - two I left out were delivering the presents and the umbrella one although seeing cards you and Dena have done with them makes me wish I had got them now. Next time I will add them!

    I have also just seen the comments about the candy (apologies for not commenting sooner - I had to rush Stripey to the vet and didn't see what happened). Its a shame you have been upset & would like to echo what everyone said - as a winner recently of your generous candy offer I was thrilled to win, but I see it as a generous extra bonus as I also visited your blog every day anyway before I started blogging & entering for the candies as I simply love looking at your cards. I think the lady who commented was thinking that the duplicate entry put the winner at an advantage, but hope maybe that her phrasing didn't come across quite how she intended it. We all appreciate how much you offer & that you use up valuable time to offer the candy in the first place so whilst it is lovely of you to offer it, we would visit anyway without. It beats me how you fit so much in, working & doing all the craft stuff you do on top. Stop waffling now, Chris!

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  60. gorgeous card, love the images
    angxxxx
    I love your blog your cards are always amazing, you are very generous with your time and your sharing of skills

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  61. Have just found your blog after buying 4 of the Christmas stamps including the snowman. Love the colours you have used and look forward to more inspiration.

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  62. Hi sweetie this is absolutely gorgeous, big hugs love Pops x x x

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  63. Hi Bev how are you a lovely xmas card so much inspiration in your craft work have scrolled down comments it is lovely to read so many of followers love you and have lovely comments and how you help us all to create good work,
    so take care Doris

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  64. Ohw, what a gorgeous card!

    Marie-Anne

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  65. Hi Bev, another stunning Christmas card, I love it, beautiful colouring, layout and embellies. I for one will visit each day whether or not you do the candy, I was lucky to win once and am grateful for that but it's not the reason I visit you - it is for your wonderful inspiration and your amazing talent. Crafty hugs, Anne x

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  66. I can't believe that you would BUY a card, Bev!!! Gosh, that thought just puts me in shock! I down right feel guilty if I buy one for someone--unless it's for someone that doesn't know that I make them--hehe. Your card is very sweet--the paper is perfect for the image. I can imagine it would get spendy sending out blog candy--maybe see if your sponsors would give you gift certificates to give out--it would be great advertising for them, too. I wouldn't get too hung up on the duplicate comment--it's only one fish in an ocean of your fans... Hugs... :)

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  67. This is just so gorgeous! Love the dsp and colors you used. Stunning!

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  68. Just wanted to also say that it's too bad when 1 or 2 people mess things up for all the rest who play by the rules. I was linking up a card to some challenges today and one of them clearly said "1 card per person" and as I was scrolling through the entries I saw at least 3 names with multiple cards. Do people just not read what the rules are????

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  69. Absolutely lovely card again and I adore the masculine look. I get so much inspiration out of your emails and webpages, we don't really need the giveaways, but it was nice to be given the chance. Like all things, its the minority that spoil it for the majority. You just carry on doing what feels good for you, we are all behind you! Love Chrissie x

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  70. Another Gorgeous card x

    hugs sally x
    sallysbitz.blogspot.co.uk

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  71. Another stunning card!

    What, you buy cards?1? No way Hosea!

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  72. Gorgeous card, Bev! I love the blue & brown color combo. And love that sparkly snowflake.
    Whatever you decide on your candy draws is fine with me. I will come here no matter what. You are one of my favorite places to visit. :) (I didn't realize that it cost you for a linky account. Wow!)
    Sending big hugs across the pond!
    Huggies ~
    Sharron♥

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  73. A gorgeous card Bev. The colours really pop and just love the combo. The image is too cute and think this will definitely be one of my christmas purchases.
    Mags
    x

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  74. I like your card very much.Colours are beautiful :)

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  75. I love your cards Bev would come here to see them regardless of any free candy you inspire me so much hugssssssss

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  76. I think it's funny that you inspire us so much with your Christmas cards but that they are all samples. It would cost a fortune (before considering postage) if you made cards like these for all of your family and friends though! Today's snowman card is great. The masculine colours really suit it.

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  77. Oh Bev - this is beyond stunning.. one of the reasons I visit the NEC is to see your scrummy cards. I don't usually comment but I come to your blog everyday - however I wanted to say that whoever sent you the email is very petty. what you do is from the heart - never forget that as we true fans never will xxxx

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  78. Another whopper of a card, Bev- and I do like the bolder colours you've used. Your colouring is as amazing as always1

    AliceH

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  79. Super fantastic. I am a snowman lover, who isn't one look at those little one and I am hooked. Your card is fabulous as always. Love, love the bling and snow and the image. Simply fab. Blessing, Linda

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  80. Ahh this is so sweet! Great image and I love the way you set it off with that background paper. Wonderful card.

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  81. Hi Bev, just love this new image, sooo cute and the colours are fabby. Can't wait to see the new sentiment stamps.
    Hugs Sue W.

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  82. Seu cartão é encantador! Amo o Natal!
    abraços do Brasil

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  83. Beautiful card, love the colours, the buying Christmas cards made me smile, I try to build up a supply for Christmas to sell for Charity and to give and every year apart from family I seem to have not cards to send to friends but it is a good feeling. so making all you lovely cards gives real pleasure to lots of people Hugs Bee

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  84. What a fabulous card. I adore the colours, they make such a fabulous change from the normal blues & whites for snowy scenes.
    Take heart dear lady.
    Hugs Linda x

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  85. A fab card, love the non traditional colors for this card and the image is awesome!

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  86. Who needs blog candy? I haven't entered any of your drawings simply because I know the cost of mailing something to the US would be crazy. I come here to see your gorgeous cards and your awesome coloring. The eye candy that I see on your blog is more than enough for this stamper. :-) Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful artwork with us!

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  87. Hi Bev,
    Your card is gorgeous. I just love everything about it, makes me feel all 'Christmasy'. I love to see your cards and they give so much inspiration to me.
    I feel so bad, but admit I was one of the duplicates on Monday, it took much longer than usual to come through,so if I was the cause of your stress I do so apologise.
    Kind Wishes, Marjorie. x x

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Bev x

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