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Sunday, 1 May 2011

Sparkly Princess Tilda - ATS DT Card & Mini Tutorial For Sparkle Showing Tips!

Hello peeps,
Thanks to all of you who entered my candy, apologies for not making it round to all of you as I'm sure you can see there was a huge amount of entry's which I'm still checking for double entry's etc and will announce the winner in the next day or two.

These next few days are going to be extremely busy for me as I need to get an extra 2 DT cards made early and posted in the DT blog, so the post can be scheduled early due to holidays as well as my other DT cards that are due this week, oh heck lol. I don't know about you but I take hours to make one little card, am I really slow or is that normal?

Today I have a mini tutorial/tips, and  my
to share, and this fortnight we have a recipe for you

MINI TUTORIAL / TIPS FOR MAKING SPARKLE SHOW UP IN PHOTOGRAPHS

Today I have posted lots of piccy's as I get loads of emails asking how I get my cards to look so sparkly and as there is lots of sparkle on my ADDICTED TO STAMPS DT card I thought this would be a perfect example to show you.
I am no expert with a camera and chop many a head off lol, I don't have a light tent or a special daylight lamp, but because I love a bit of sparkle I played around with how best to make it show up in photographs.

When I photograph my cards indoors I position a reading lamp with a daylight bulb in so the light is directly shining on the card. I use a daylight bulb because you don't get that yellowish glow that you do from an ordinary household bulb, and I also use this to colour my images when natural daylight isn't good.

On this card I have added the sparkle by colouring over sweet Tilda's dress and tiara with a quickie glue pen which I allow to dry a little so the glue is no longer blue and then I've sprinkled on my beloved crystal glamour dust by DecoArt .

I've 3 examples to show you and the first one below is taken with the lamp positioned so the light is shining directly onto my card which shows up loads of lovely sparkle

The next picture below is taken with the card turned slightly away from the light so it still shows up the sparkle but not so intense

 The third example below is taken outside which doesn't really show up the sparkle, it just looks bitty and rubbish to me although everything else about my card looks clearer and crisper. It looks bitty because I have used the glamour dust over a large area and on a very dark colour, if you look at the purple rose it doesn't look bitty like the dress but the sparkle just isn't showing up well in the natural daylight, although to look at the card directly in natural daylight and not in a photograph taken in natural daylight it is lovely & sparkly so for some reason the camera just doesn't pick it up.

 Below is a close up of a very intensely sparkly Tilda with the light shining directly on her, she's so pretty lol

 Again this one below is taken with the card turned slightly away from the lamp light

 and this one below is taken outside.


I hope that makes sense and has helped the lovely ladies who wanted the info and apologies for it taking me so long to getting around to sharing these tips with you.

Moving on here's my cards ingredients -

Image - Magnolia
Medium - distressed inks
Papers - Prima & Magnolia
Roses - Hobbycraft & Prima
Pearls - Blue Moon
Sentiment - Paper Make Up
Fancy Corner - E-crafts
Anything else from stash

I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Totally Papercrafts - glitter, Magnolia Down Under - ribbon & lace, Timbroscrapmania - metal & lace, Stamp Magic - butterflies, Stamp Something - something with wings, Daring Cardmakers - by Royal appointment, If The Shoe Fits - things with wings, The Creative Belli - Royal (neglected - butterfly & ribbon buckle)  Magnolia Stamp Lovers - flowers, A Spoon Full Of Sugar - royal, Oldie But A Goodie - fit for a princess


I'm beginning to think I should stop telling Daisy Mae how beautiful she is as she's even taken to posing to look cuter for her picture to be taken lol. Just behind her on the left you can just see a tiny bit of the corner of my card which I was trying to photograph! I think she must have fantastic hearing as I shot downstairs to take some piccys when I saw her playing with Diddly in the field at the back of our garden so thought it was safe to click away, how wrong I was lol
Thanks for stopping by, and for those of us having yet another long bank holiday weekend, enjoy!




87 comments:

  1. Hi Mandy, another stunning creation hun, love the amazing sparkles and gorgeous butterfly. Thanks for the tut, so helpful, will give it a try. I just adore your Daisie Mae, she's a right little diva. Love her new pose. :o)

    Donna x

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  2. A gorgeous card. I love all the sparkles. Daisy Mae is adorable.

    Nikki x

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  3. Hi Mandy,

    Beautiful card! Oh and your cute Daisie Mae, this is so sweet to look at her in her new pose!!

    Hugs
    Thea

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  4. Hey

    This card is amazing! So glitery an so purple. I love purple. It is realy beautiful!

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  5. great tutorial, it really makes a difference using the daylight bulb x

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  6. Hi Mandy,
    Wow hun what a gorgeous card. Thanks so much for the fabby tutorial on piccy taking for glitter effect - will be off to buy me a daylight bulb tomorrow!!! I just adore your card, what a poser!! Gorgeous.
    Hugs
    Dawn xx

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  7. Wow its so pretty dear n colors r gorgeous.

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  8. Hi baby girl..thank you so much for ALL your detailed pics..& explnations..of your awesome glittery creation..Daisy Mae is gorgeous..just been to DD & her Simba is THE most gorgeous grey colours where your Daisy is ginger..& yes he too is a poser..LOL

    smiles blogging mummy xxxxxxxx

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  9. Very beautiful card! And thanks for the tutorial!

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  10. Thanks your tip Mandy, it really makes a huge difference! Tilda is so beautiful, she's my fave too, I do keep trying other images but always go back to my Maggies! I love the colour, so intense! lol at Daisy Mae, she's such a cutie :) *hugs* Sal x

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  11. Oooh what a lovely card! Love the purple colour and the sparkles. Its sooo lovely.

    Hugs Mariska

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  12. Ahhhh how cute is Daisy mae, Thanks for the tut, I cant make up my mind which one I prefer, the one outside you can see all the detail better but tilda has no sparkle, so going back for another look, beautiful card my fav colours and love the intense one of Tilda.
    Chris x

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  13. A gorgeous card Mandy! I love the sparkle and colours and great details!! Thanks for sharing how to get all the sparkle on a photos. First thing tomorrow I'm off for a daylight bulb :)
    Succes with your other DT work (it takes me hours or days for a card lol)
    hugs, Marlies

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  14. Oh my goodness gracious this your card is absolutely heavenly! I LOVE the colors and all that lovely sparkle.
    Hugs Bonnie

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  15. Hi Mandy, however you photograph this card .... it's another stunner !!!

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

    Hugs, sandra xx

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  16. Gorgeous and beautiful card love the sparkles and colour's Mandy
    Hugs Dianne xx :)

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  17. Beautiful card, thanks for the tips

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  18. Love that you sparkled her shoes, too! Adorable card!

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  19. What a beautyfull sparkling card!!!

    Hugs
    Nicole

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  20. This is so great!!!
    Thanks for showing us :)

    Hugs, Tanja

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  21. Another beautiful Tilda card Mandy, love the gorgeous colours! A fab tutorial too, I always wondered how you captured all the fantastic sparkle, will have a go meself. Oh and Daisy Mae is just beautiful, I love her cute pose :D
    Kelly.x

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  22. Hi Mandy, This is a gorgeous card and thanks for the tut on the sparkle, you really do make them shine!
    Love your cat too.
    Teresa xx

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  23. Hi hi,

    your card is awesome!!! And I love the sparkless!!

    gr. arjette.

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  24. Oh seriously, girl!! You absolutely amaze me! Just gorgeous! Beyond gorgeous! Love all the glitter! Great!

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  25. awwww Mandy she is so pretty and sparkly , gorgeous honey ............K x

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  26. What a pretty princess and what a pretty and sparkly card too - thanks for the tips on the photography and thanks for joining in with Daring Cardmakers this week.

    Love Lynda xxx

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  27. Hi Beautiful card love the lace with the slider. Thankyou for the wonderful tips they are so helpful . Thankyou Kitty :)

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  28. Thanks for the tips Mandy,could you just not pop around and take my photos for me? I will your tips a try and see if it helps but any tips on taking a photo that's straight??
    Beautiful sparkly card and fab colours too.

    What a beautiful Daisy Mae! My cat sits like that with one paw up, no idea why though?

    Love Elaine xx

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  29. wow i just love all that sparkle.. definitely fit for a princess
    Thanks for joining us at Oldie but a goodie this week
    Lisa x

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  30. wauw mandy your card is gorgeous i love her dress whit the glitter realy gorgeous!!!! what a sweet cat!!!!nice foto off her!
    xx petra

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  31. Great tips..thankyou..now I have to buy a lamp,and a daylight bulb..lol..but it will be so worth it to get photos as gorgeous and sparkly as this.
    Now I understand the gritty look.
    Diva Daisy is gorgeous...reminds me of my cat..long ago.
    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  32. Oh Yes!!! Love this, I love glitter, and this is spectacular!

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  33. Wow hunny!!! this is stunningly beautiful, looooove the glitter and thanks for the tips, will try my lamp straight on to my card as I've tried it side on which isn't as good, have a lovely BH Monday, hugs Liz xx

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  34. Thank you for letting us in on your "sparkly" tips. I know I've asked you a few times just how do you catch the sparkle! The card is beautiful and the sparkle is perfect!

    Amanda

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  35. very beautiful card! i love all the glitter. :)

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  36. Wow this is gorgeous, thank you for the tutorial I can never get the shine to show on my cards. Hugs xxx

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  37. Love this tutorial! It is really helpful for me. Thanks so much.

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  38. Thanks for the fab photo tips Mandy this card is gorgeous and all that sparkle just stunning, love Tilda in purple! Hugs Rebekah xx

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  39. Oh wow! Love her sparkly dress!! Looks gorgeous, I find the only way to get a good photo full of sprakle is to experiment each and every time! the different natual lights make for such different colours - I usually take a natural light shot inside with the flash on.. but I have to zoom in. Too close and all you get is the mystical white splash!!!
    Am going to try and 'help' Hayley spend her voucher later, at least we agree on a few things already!! lol! have a lovely day ♥

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  40. Beautiful card Mandy, I love all the sparkle and gorgeous colours and your lil kitty cat is adorable, perfect camera pose going on there! xxx

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  41. WOW!!! Such GORGEOUS SPARKLE views and card design!!!!!! FAB detailing. Love it!

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  42. hi there, hope you had a lovely weekend, gorgeous card, great layout.

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  43. woooooow what a great card, i realy love it.

    I realy love it.

    hugs
    angelique

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  44. She certainly is more special when you see that sparkle!! Thanks for the tips Mandy.

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  45. O my gosh, this is absolutely gorgeous!!! Such a beautiful card!
    Simone

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  46. Beautiful!! love the colour and the fine detailing...:)

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  47. Gorgeous..Gorgeous..thanks for the mini tutorial on light..

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  48. Wow, seriously sparkly card! Just gorgeous!
    Thanks for joining in with this week's DCM dare. :o)

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  49. Absolutely Gorgeous and thank you for the fab tutorial, i definitly need it.

    Hugs Hazel xx

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  50. Mandy your card is absolutly gorgeos! The glitter is fab! Thank you for joining us at Stempel Magie! xx Bianca

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  51. oh my word!!!! GORGEOUSNESS OVERLOAD!!! LOVE it!!

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  52. Oh I love this card. The butterfly is adorable and Tilda's dress and tiara, well they are absolutely amazing! Tehy look so fabulous! hugs, Tiiti

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  53. I don't have a daylight lamp, but will look for one now Mandy, your photo's are superb and I use Glamour dust I love it, but it never shows so thanks for the tip hun.
    Your cat is gorgeous too.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

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  54. wow stunning card!!!love the glitz!
    and what a cute puddy cat!

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  55. wowzers that card is super stunning hun, love it xxx

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  56. Gorgeous card! Love those lilac colors and I love all the glitter!

    Hugs
    Scrapadinne

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  57. This is just brilliant Mandy. Love the colour scheme & that sparkle too.
    My camera has a mind of its own Lol

    hugs sally x
    sallysbitz.blogspot.com

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  58. Thank you for the tips! I've never used the Glamour Dust on a project but seeing as how sparkles & glitter are something I love, I am for sure going to try it.

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  59. Soooooo cute and such a cool tutorial. I often struggle with photographing sparkle. Thanks for the tips. :-)

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  60. WOW Mandy this is one mouth-wateringly beautiful card that sparkle on Tilda's dress look like little stars in the night sky, oh I so love this card the colours and design look truly wonderful so does Daisy Mae, lol, she is a poser but she does it brilliantly, lol. I also read your post about the candy grabbers, this is what puts me off doing a candy offer, I have been saving up some things for some time and will be posting it soon and I will make sure that only my true followers get a look in.
    Hugs
    Lorraine x

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  61. Wow, what a difference the light makes. Thank you for the tip. Your card is gorgeous and I love how her dress just shines. Hugs, Carissa

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  62. Totally Gorgeous card!!..love the colors and sparkle. Fabulous tutorial too..TFS!!...Love the photo of your kitty!!...Hugs, Ila

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  63. Thanks so much for those photography tips. It is amazing the difference light and angle can make.
    As usual, gorgeous card. :)

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  64. Fabulous card Mandy! I love the sparkle :0)
    Thanks for sharing with DCM this week.

    Zuzana x x

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  65. Hi Mandy, Wow this card is stunning! I love all the sparkle. Thanks for sharing your tips with us :-)

    Lisa x

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  66. fabolous card and the sparkles really stands out when photographed like that - thanks for the very useful tips! :)

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  67. Beuatiful card! Lovely and sparkley :-) Thankyou for the tips - I'm off to get a daylight bulb :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

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  68. WOW.Sensational card,you are soooo talented.Omg,i love that moggy,my Ronni would be so smitten with her lol.She is soooo cute n cheeky.xxx

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  69. New follower of your blog and I love it! These tips are fab, and what a beautiful sparkly card! I wish I had a dress like that for myself! Keep up the good work and I look forward to reading all your blog posts! xx

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  70. Beautiful card and I absolutely LOVE the pic showing off all of the sparkle she's got!

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  71. beautiful card!
    Thanks for joining us at TSM challenge!
    Hugs
    Nicoletta

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  72. I can't believe the difference the lighting makes to your photography. You have inspired me to try a little harder with my photography!

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  73. Hi Mandy
    I've just become a follower after being pointed towards your blog by Christine at Nanaseaside. I LOVE the style of your cards.... and would like to know how you've done the punch all the way around the edge of a card that you've used on this one and that Christine has used today.... Can you help? My email button on my blog should get you straight through to me.

    Again...... LOVIN your cards... can't wait to see more, as i LOVE glitter!
    Hugs
    Christine x

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  74. WoW! Absolutely gorgeous. I LOVE that glitter and thanks for the fab tip on how to get a good picture of it.
    Thanks for joining our 'glitter' challenge at Totally Papercrafts this week.
    Caroline xxx

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  75. You are certainly the 'queeen of bling' - very lovely card. Thanks so much for sharing your talent at the MSL 'flowers' challenge. C2

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  76. Hallo Mandy,
    wow..wow..wow...deine Karte die soooooo traumhaft...super toll!
    Danke fürs Mitmachen bei Stempel-Magie.
    Viele Grüße
    Bastelfalter

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  77. Stunning card! I love everything - especially all of the amazing sparkle!
    Thanks for playing at MDUC this week,
    Hugs
    Kylie

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  78. Mandy, this card is fabulous! I love all of the sparkle! Thanks for playing along with us again at the Shoe!

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  79. Stunning card hun! her sparkly dress looks amazing and I love the colour scheme! thanks for joining us at MDUC, hugs, Jane x

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  80. Wow! Un vero splendore!!!
    Giorgia

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  81. Soooooo beautiful!!!! I love the sparkle dress!!!
    Thanks for joining us at TSM challenge.
    Hugs, Giò

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  82. this card is so beautiful-great coloring on your sweet tilda-thanks for the tips on how you take your photos and for playing along with the creative belli "royal" challenge

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  83. Another lovely card, Mandy! Thanks so much for sharing your photography tips too. How odd that the glitter doesn't show up when photographing it outdoors but is brilliant and sparkly under the daylight lamp. I have taken to using such a light source myself because it allows me to capture the colors so much better but I never even thought of the effect it has on the glitter.

    Hugs,
    Anniebee

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  84. Thanks for sharing Mandy, and I do so love your Cat, so cute...xxx

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  85. THANK YOU Mandy Amazing!!!!!!!!!

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  86. Thankyou Mandy for showing how you make your cards sparkle so much. I have recently bought a light tent cheap of Ebay and this has improved the focus of the cards and I light from both sides, but just can't get glitter to sparkle as much. I am going to experiment with the lighting more from your images as it clearly makes a mahoosive difference.

    Thanks very much for sharing. that is what I love so much about us crafters, we love to share with one another.

    Love Mandy xxx

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Mandy xx

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