December DT Post for 2CCC

Welcome back everyone! We’re doing things a little different this month at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies for our December challenge post. There is no sponsor this month, so the DT could use anything from their stash this month to make their critter projects! Now if you follow me here, you know I’m a huge fan of Jane’s Doodles stamps. Jane posts free digis on the Jane’s Doodles blog periodically, but I’m seriously addicted to their clear stamps (and own most of the store… shh, don’t tell my husband!). I combined 2 of their Christmas/winter sets to create today’s slimline scene card. It looks complicated, but the card came together in a couple hours, including drying time.

I used painters tape cut with scissors in a rolling hill shape to mask off a road for my car, and ink blended with Distress Oxide Hickory Smokes. Then I cut another piece to create the snowbanks and ink blend the sky with 3 pink shades of Oxides… Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, and Spun Sugar and set the card base aside to dry. I stamped all my chosen images from the Winter Fun and Driving Home For Christmas sets on bristol smooth paper and watercolored them with Tombow markers. When dry I fussy cut them out and played around with my scene. Once I knew how I wanted it laid out, I chose a sentiment from the Driving Home For Christmas set and stamped it on the background. I carefully added my scene pieces with foam tape for dimension, then added a little Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen on the snow caps and snowbanks to finish it off. Here’s a closer look at the coloring, though the sparkle is hard to capture in photos.

Now despite the fact that there is no sponsor this month, there is still a prize… a fun clear stamp of winter sentiments. Full details are in the challenge post at 2CCC to see a picture and to check out what the rest of the DT made using their stash! I always think these types of challenges give you a better idea of the true style of the designers when they can pick their own supplies. And if you like what you see, be sure to visit their blogs, leave them some love, and give them a follow if you like their style. We all appreciate your comments and follows so much, and it keeps us motivated to keep creating to inspire you!

I hope this card puts you in the holiday spirit, and that you can find ways to enjoy this special time of year in a year that has been exceptionally hard for so many. I hope you find the strength, resolve, and faith to help deal with the challenges we’re all facing, this year. I am making a point to appreciate the little things and fall back on my faith that the bigger things will work out for the best, in time. Take care, crafty friends!


Same Set Syndrome November hop

Welcome to the final installment of Same Set Syndrome, the hop group who uses the same supply from a same manufacturer to show how many styles and varieties of cards you can make from that one supply, all while supporting the small craft companies in the industry. You should have arrived here from Sharon Luska, and at the bottom of this post I link you to LeeAnn Mckinney who is after me.

This month is very special for a couple reasons. Not only is it the last hop month for the gals in Same Set Syndrome… but we are showcasing Scrapping For Less, owned by my friend Teresa Russell of the blog Fresh and Renewed. Little did we know when we picked Teresa’s business to showcase that before the SFL month Teresa would decide to retire and close the shop! But unlike other sad closings in the industry, Scrapping For Less isn’t closing due to lack of support… its actually a happy decision for Teresa to be able to spend more time with family and friends and enjoy retirement!!! As the supply for the month, Teresa selected for us a paper pad called Frosty Gnomes. Teresa is also giving out 2 goodie bags on her channel so be sure to check that out!!! And if you leave a comment on each stop of the hop, you’ll be entered in the grand prize from the Same Set Syndrome hops!

For my project, I opted to “Kill a Paper Pad” and use the whole thing in one project, making as many cards as I could from the pad. This time around for the sake of time and mass production, I opted to use the same layout for nearly all the cards which helped speed my decision making, yet provided just enough change in colors and products to keep me from getting too bored. Have a look at my big ‘ol pile of cards:

Now, I could have stretched this pad even further if I had allotted more time to the project but life gets crazy this time of year, and 2020 hasn’t helped, so for each 6×6 piece of paper, I was able to create at least 2 cards, totaling 31 cards!!! 3 of each design, plus a bonus card made from scraps! Not bad, eh? Are they all my favorites, no. But they will bring a smile to the face of someone in a nursing home, or a teacher at school, or one of hubby’s coworkers. And, I was able to bust them out in just a few hours of work over 2 days!

“How?!?”, you ask? Because I learned a trick from Jess @ Jess Crafts on how to get a lot of cards from one pad by using the paper wisely. There are a bunch of ways to do it (you *really* should check out her channel and blog if you aren’t already a fan of hers!), because she is developing 1 sheet wonders to show more ways than the 1 I used here, which is cutting at 5.25″ in one direction, leaving a .75″ strip, then cutting the big piece down to a 4″ card front and a 2″ scrap that can be combined with another 2″ piece to make a full card 4″ card panel. Sometimes the pattern is busy enough you don’t even see the seam, other times I choose to cover it with a strip of paper or make them slightly smaller to create 2 panels. There are usually 2 sheets of each pattern in a pad, so you get 3 card fronts and 2 strips from every pattern! And with just a few of those strips and 1 stamp, I was able to create card #31, like a bonus card and now I have fewer scraps to save or trash! I haven’t embellished them yet with Nuvo drops or epoxy dots or Stickles. Right now they are mail friendly and if I donate them to a charity I want to make sure they meet any requirements they have. I can always add doodads later to dress them up! Let’s take a look at some of my favorites from this Kill a Paper Pad session:

Supplies used

  • stitched circle dies from Simon Says Stamp
  • the Snowflake 5 die from Impression Obsession
  • a reindeer cut file from a Miss Kate Cuttables set called Flying Reindeer set (#68894)
  • ‘Tis the Season Christmas Tree Silhouette cut file (#280104)
  • Tree Card Silhouette cut file (#102412) .
  • I created the 8 point snowflake file myself to match the paper to use on the final set of cards I created. The sentiments were hand cut with my paper trimmer.
  • I used random cardstock (blue, red, kraft, white, shimmer paper in white, and vellum… all from my stash for card bases, mat layers, and elements
  • The only patterned paper was from the SFL Frosty Gnomes pad which includes 2 designs of faux glitter paper.
  • The Season Greetings stamp is from Jane’s Doodles Driving Home From Christmas set.
  • I LOVE YOU SNOW MUCH is from Jane’s Doodles Winter Fun set
  • Merry Christmas stamp was from the Recollections Christmas set #606947
  • Inks used we Versafine Red, VersaClair Morning Mist, Simon Says Stamp Khaki, and Simon Says Stamp Caribbean Blue.

This is only the 2nd time I’ve killed a paper pad, and I find it incredibly rewarding. I preferred my process last time better when I also incorporated old embellishments and ribbons into my cards, and the paper had more variation to keep me from getting bored. While I used the paper cutting technique then too, I had fewer cards with the same layout and I ended up with so much more variety. Check out this post if you would like to see my previous Kill a Paper Pad post using a Recollections pad. It includes links to follow up posts describing the challenges of using that paper and how I stretched the paper to make 35 cards!!!

Next on today’s hop is LeeAnn McKinney. Thanks for stopping by today and for joining us these last few months in the Same Set Syndrome hops!!!


Collected Crafty Collabs November Hop!

The Collected Crafty Collabs hop group is at it again, using those supplies we’ve squirrel away and forgotten about!!! The prompt this month is Christmas cards, which is easy enough… but using any texture paste, glitter paste, dimensional glaze, or mousse. Once the mojo started flowing, I had all sorts of ideas for some of those fun pastes! Check it out!

For my first project today, we’re going elegant!

This background is made with Nuvo Cosmic Brown (an almost Bronze) embellishment mousse and the Woodgrain Rings stencil from Gina Marie Designs, sadly this appears to be either discontinued or out of stock. After the mousse dried I add some inking around the edges with Distress Ink in Walnut Stain. I die cut the MFT Believe dienamics from red mirror cardstock and matted it on the same. I agonized over the sequin placement for longer than I care to admit and settled for this arrangement. Here is a close up of that gorgeous mousse and mirror cardstock:

Next up, I used the Poinsettia stencil, also from Gina Marie Designs, masking off areas of the stencil so I could ink blend it with different colors.

Yeah, I’m crazy like that. Then for the extra challenge, I added Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste over the whole thing for some sparkly goodness! I die cut a label shape from thick vellum cardstock from Stamp On It. I used a die set from Sizzix to cut the sentiment from a white scrap, which I ink blended to match the flower centers on the panel, then gave the words a coating of the same glitter paste. I didn’t have any glitter dots or glues to match, so I die cut circles, inked them to match, and added more glitter paste! Check out how glittery this card is!!!

And for my third and final card (I have mentioned before that I’m an overachiever!!!), I had to sneak in a squirrel as our hop mascot!

The background was ink blended with Distress Oxides in 3 shade of turquoise and then Ranger Opaque Texture Paste was applied through a Simon Says Stamp stencil called Falling Snow. The images are all from a Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp Stamptember set called Nutty or Nice from a couple years ago, that I’m using for the first time! I watercolored the images with my trusty Tombow markers and die cut them with the coordinating dies, which I was so thankful I bought this time. The stitched hill die is from Creek Bank Creations and I cut it with white shimmer cardstock. All the images were popped up with foam tape and the sentiment white says “Nutty or Nice?” was stamped inside rather than the front. Take a look at the shimmer and dimension:

I have an abundance of these products that I *just had to have* and most have sat unused in my drawer of pastes. Yes, a whole drawer….

Ridiculous, right? *No one* needs *this* many pastes. And while these products lend themselves well to the shimmer and sparkle of holidays like Christmas and New Year’s, I really need to find ways to use them the rest of the year as I tend to not want to do messy crafts when I’m trying to bust out holiday cards. When things settle down in January (please tell me things will be better in 2021!), I want to take a month and really explore the ways I can incorporate these products more often! If anyone wants in on that challenge, hit me up and we’ll make it a group event! An “Anything but Christmas Paste Challenge” LOL

OK, I’m the official starting point today so I will provide you with the whole schedule so you can see how many fun ways the group interpreted the theme this month. Remember, they could use the theme, or the supply, or BOTH! And if you like what you see along the way, be sure to leave them a comment and make their day and make them feel appreciated for busting out a project during a holiday week here in the states. To my fellow Americans, I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you get to spend it in the company of those you love!!! Thanks for dropping by today!



November Mid-Month DT Post for JDS

I’ve been MIA for a bit because my autoimmune has been flaring and typing is painful. Keeping this post as short as I can as a result, so please forgive me. Today’s ultra CAS card for the November challenge mid-month inspiration uses a small accessory image and sentiment from the Autumn of Splendor set from Jan’s Digi Stamps.

I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils, adding a shadow in the snow beneath them. Then I added Ice Stickles, both in a line on top of the snow and then brushed more over the whole snow area for a glittery effect. I struggle leaving well enough alone, and added more glitter glue for falling snow, making me wish I had colored the pine cones to look like they had snow on them. Uber CAS, yet still pretty and sparkly. Here is a closeup trying to capture all the shimmer:

I hope you are following us at the Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge and Jan’s Digi Stamp Shop. If so, you already know this news, but I wanted to share with the rest of you that Jan has a deal and a freebie available through Christmas:

Now you’ll want to hit the Jan’s Digi Stamp Challenge site to see what my teamies made to inspire you and to enter your latest creation into the challenge to have a chance to win 1 of 2 prizes (details on the challenge site). Then you’ll want to pop into the Jan’s Digi Stamp shop to snatch up your freebie and grab anything else that tickles your creative fancy!

That’s all for me for the foreseeable future. I’ll be back in time for the Collected Crafty Collabs Hop on the 25th, but not likely before then unless my hands become much more cooperative. I’d cross my fingers, except I can’t!

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November DT Post for Jan’s Digi Stamps

It’s the first Monday of November (how the heck did that happen?!?) which means the new challenge at Jan’s Digi Stamps challenge! You are a follower over at the challenge, right??? I hope so! Because for a limited time, Jan is offering a free digi stamp to her readers and challenge players!!! How cool is that? Read below for the details:

For my post today, I used an accessory image from a brand new set called Peppermint Mice. Ordinarily I would insert the watermarked picture of the image set, but my power and internet were both wiped out by Hurricane Zeta and I can’t access my files to add it here and at the time I type this, the set has not been uploaded to the store yet. I will edit the post as soon as I can though, but trust me… super cute!!! I used the pre-colored version of the image but after picking paper I realized I needed to tweak the color just a bit. With my Prismacolor pencils, I colored over the beautiful coloring Jan did to intensity the shades to match. It was easy to keep the shadows and hilights of the original precolored image. In an attempt to make the wreath fuller, I added a green halo of branches behind the drawn ones. With some colored cardstocks, I matted the focal and made a band across the center. A few rhinestones finished it off! If you are seeing this before my power and internet are restored, I extend my apologies for the inadequate photo taken outside with the sun wreaking havoc with shadows. I intend to replace the photo when I can use my photo lights!

So be sure to see what the whole team created to inspire you by heading to the JDS challenge site, and submit your latest project while there! Also hit the Jan’s Digi Stamps store to check out the new sets and to claim your freebie!

That’s it for me! Prayers to my fellow Americans who are affected by the recent hurricane and other catastrophes. Fingers crossed that all the polling precincts are up and running come November 3rd! What a year this has been!!!


November 2CCC DT Post with The Paper Shelter

Hey there, my critter loving, crafty peeps! It’s the start of a new month, which means the start of a new challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies where its always Anything Goes with a critter! This month the challenge is sponsored by The Paper Shelter and the DT was provided with the same set to work with called My Little Dragon Army. It comes in b/w and precolored, and includes a coordinating background paper. Take a look at the image set:

I’m not gonna lie…. I was stumped with how to use the viking image and still make a card I could use for my family or friends in my life. I realized that while the viking and dragon overlapped, it wasn’t by much. A quick read of the Terms of Use from The Paper Shelter and I felt comfortable altering the image for my personal use. I opened the b/w version in Silhouette Studios and erased the viking girl and shield from around the dragon. Then I enlarged the dragon for a slimline card. This set does not include a sentiment, which left me to my own imagination. I surprised myself coming up with 2 ideas. I picked a font that matched the line weight of the image and looked medieval, and created 2 card fronts. The first one I colored is my favorite. Take a closer look:

I colored both images with Prismacolor pencils. This color combination above was inspired by the challenge at Catch The Bug. These are blended just with pencils, not with Gamsol.

The second card will be a birthday card for a friend who loves dragons and purple! Take a closer look:

I’m really pleased with how these turned out and that they are quite different from both the original image set and from what my teamies came up with. I’d love if you go to the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge site to see the variety of projects with this set. And while you are there, be sure to enter your latest critter project in the challenge!!! And, you’ll want to visit the sponsor, The Paper Shelter, to see what else they have to offer! Thanks for visiting me today! I appreciate it so much!


I am submitting one of these cards to the following challenges:


Same Set Syndrome October Hop

Welcome back, my friends! This month we are doing something special… kinda a Wild Card month with projects using one of the sponsors we have previous showcased… Joy Clair, Not 2 Shabby, Create and Inkspire, and Kat Scrappiness. To make it interesting, we decided to make this a technique month so we are all making fun shaped cards! And as a reminder, at the end of the hops (last one is in November), Allison Kulka who has organized the hop, will be drawing a winner from all the blog posts for a $50 gift card to the hop sponsor of your choice! To have a chance to win, leave a comment on as many of the hop stops along the way! For my project I opted to use the August Create and Inkspire kit!

Using my Silhouette, I selected a palette shape, sized it to be approximately A2 size, and cut it twice from 110 lb cardstock as a card base. I could have welded the shapes together but I prefer to score the back piece along the top and attach it to the front piece using Score tape. Next I stamped and heat emboss my sentiment, which is a combination of stamps from the C&I kit. The kit also came with a fun stencil of various splats which I used to add my ‘paint’ to the palette. I used hybrid inks from Impression Obsession and blending brushes for my paint splats, and that finished my card! Here is a view of it standing up.

The next person in the hop is my friend, LeeAnn McKinney. Don’t forget to leave a comment here before hopping along to have more chances to win!


Collected Crafty Collabs October Hop!

Howdy y’all! Welcome to my favorite time of the month… the day my crafty friends and I are hopping today in the Collected Crafty Collabs, where we dig out those hardly used crafty supplies we’ve squirreled away in our stash! You should have arrived here from Danielle Brown. But if you arrived here because you are a subscriber of mine, please work your way around the hop til you get to Danielle because her project is sure to be awesome! After me, you’ll hop next to my sweet friend across the pond, Bory Yankova! Don’t worry, I’ll link to her again at the end of the post!!! If you are new to our hops, participants can use the monthly theme prompt or the suggested supply, or BOTH! Since I suffer from CADD (Crafty Attention Deficit Disorder) and have to be working on multiple projects at once, I was able to complete two in time for today’s hop! First up…

If you are of a certain age (*ahem, cough… Marie… cough), this may remind you of Juicy Fruit gum… but instead of a zebra, it has a scurry of squirrels!

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Y’all know I couldn’t resist using squirrels again, especially when my collection of them continues to grow!!! These are from the new Lawn Fawn set called Let’s Go Nuts, as is the tiny sub-sentiment. The bold die cut sentiment is a Spellbinder’s alpha set that was the July 2018 XL Die of the Month. I love this alpha set but its size has been limiting… until slimline cards became a thing!!! I used scrap cardstock in fall colors for my background, mixing in skinny strips of gold mirror cardstock. The alpha shadow was cut in brown to coordinate with my squirrels, and I used the gold mirror cardstock for the marque layer. Speaking of the squirrel images (one for each of the Squirrel Sisters), they were colored with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol and popped up on foam tape. Here are a couple closeups before we get to the more elegant card in this post!

I was so excited when we picked the monthly prompts for this month because I was finally going to make myself use some of the foiling products I have accumulated and never used. I just had to break out the laminator and use from Thermoweb foil! Have a look!

So shiny in real life and so hard to capture in photos!!! The background is a Gina K Designs Foil-Mates toner printed background, foiled in Thermoweb Amber Watercolor foil that is gorgeous with variation in colors that make you just keep turning the paper this way and that! Copper, gold, platinum… just stunning! I didn’t want to cover it up so I die cut a frame from Gina Marie Designs and a thanks sentiment from Momenta called Thanks Floral Wreath, in gold mirror cardstock. The frame around the sentiment is an old Heidi Swapp toner sticker label that I foiled in gold and popped up on foam tape. Not my typical card but I love how it turned out!!! Bear with me while I show you a few other angles to try to capture the various shades in the foil!

Doesn’t do it justice, so you’ll just have to believe me! The recipient will get to appreciate the beauty of this foil in real life. If this is your first time here, please consider subscribing to my blog and/or my Instagram account @misplacedmojo and follow the other crafter’s on the hop that made projects that appealed to you! Speaking of which, don’t forget to continue onto Bory!!! Thanks for visiting with me today! I am thankful for all of you who invest some of your valuable time to see what I have posted. Thank you!!!

The full line up is here in case you get lost!


I am submitting this card to the following challenges:


October Mid-Month Inspiration with JDS

At the risk of losing you on the *very* first sentence of this post, I am going to share a revelation I had… there are just 67 days to Christmas! Yikes!!! I have a bigger Christmas card list this year than ever before, so I need to get started and ASAP! And this is a great time to remind you that you have until November 1st to enter the Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge. So with that, I present today’s card using this fun set from Jan’s Digi Stamps called Over the River.

I am going to get so much use out of this set!!! I love that the stack of presents can be used not just for Christmas but also for a birthday card too when paired with another sentiment. But for today’s card I used the car image and one of the three sentiments included in the set. I printed the black and white version of the image not knowing what patterned paper I would use and if the colored version would coordinate. I found this great village scene paper in my stash with non-traditional Christmas colors which I thought was fun. It made it a little tricky to color but it was good practice for my coloring mixing skills with Prismacolor pencils. In addition to colored pencils, I also added silver gel pen for the trim and I added Crystal Stickles to the snow in the image. My focal point was just the right size and shape to work with the current My Favorite Things sketch, so I cut some paper strips to use as the other elements. Here is a picture of the sketch #511:

The patterned paper and focal image were die cut with Pink and Main Rounded Stitched Rectangle dies. The lighter green strip of paper is actually white paper covered in Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide ink as I didn’t have cardstock to match and the pink and green together was a little… much. The focal is popped up in fun foam for dimension. I’m actually really pleased with how this turned out and it reminds me of a custom, mint colored VW Bug an ex-boyfriend had back when I was in high school. I was thrilled to find that I had sequins in my stash that matched, and the shimmer of the Stickles has a pink and green flecks to the glitter that just makes this card come together in real life!!! I know the picture doesn’t do it justice, but you know I just gotta try to share the shimmer in a close up (or two)!

That’s it for me, but you, my friends, still have work to do!!! LOL! You should hop over to the Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge to see what beautiful creations my teamies made for you! And while you are there, you should link up your most recent project or two in the challenge! We are truly an Anything Goes challenge so it need not include digi stamps or paper…. your latest quilt, beaded project, crocheted scarf, or baked cookies are perfect entries too. Whatever your craft, you can enter it here for a chance to win Jan’s digis from the Jan’s Digi Stamps Store! And you can enter up to 5 times per challenge, so remember to come back again throughout the month. I hope you have gotten a start on your holiday cards so you can relax and try to enjoy the Christmas season in this strange year. Cards have never been more important than now, when we can’t always see our friends and family but we can always let them know they are in our hearts when we send them a card made *just* for them!


I am entering this card in the following challenges:


Boo Crew Hop-lloween

A little group of my friends and I decided to have a mini hop for Halloween card, a Hop-lloween, if you will. Now, before you roll your eyes at the mention of another hop, this one is only 6 hops, not a gajillion!!! And by now, you should be following these talented ladies anyway 😁 Here’s the full lineup to make sure you see everyone’s creations:

For my card, I used a clear set called Witch Way to the Candy by My Favorite Things… a set I *had to have* then never used. Time to fix that!!! Now I could have stamped and fussy cut the images out… but I decided to mask and create a one layer scene instead! After all the stamping and masking on bristol paper was complete, I colored up my images with Prismacolor pencils. When happy with the coloring, I reapplied the masks and ink blended with Distress Oxide inks. I used Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Blueprint Sketch and Seedless Preserves for the sky and then went over the bottom with Black Soot for the ground. I left it to dry overnight before removing the masks, just so I wouldn’t smudge anything. The next day when the ink was completely dry, I removed the masks and heat embossed the sentiment on the bottom. I few gems from Lucy’s Little Things finished the card off! I love how they reflect the colors near them!!!

That’s it from me… your next stop is Von Marie! And be sure to follow back around to Lounon to make sure you see all the spooky goodness we have for you today!

Thanks to all my friends in the Boo Crew… if it were not for you guys I’d be indulging in booze instead of boos!!!

ETA: 10/13/20 The Frankenstein card was chosen as a Top Pick at Tuesday Throwdown!!!


I am submitting this card to the following challenges:


October DT Post for Jan’s Digi Stamps

We’re kicking off a new challenge at Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge today! With the calendar telling me that its October, and the slight chill in the air, I couldn’t help but make a fall card! Well, cards… plural. I swear my intention was to make just one, but an error in sizing led me to reprinting the digi. I couldn’t just let the original printing go to waste, could I?!? No, so you benefit be getting a second card! Now, please be kind and remember I am crafter, not a photographer. I’ve been struggling trying to capture the color and shine of bling and other reflective objects but I am failing miserably. Anyone with tips or tricks, please comment below because I really need some advice! OK, disclaimer out the way… let’s talk about the cards!!!

First, let’s look at the set I’m using today from Jan’s Digi Stamps store called Harvest Scarecrow. It comes with three drawn images, in both b/w and pre-colored, subway art (also in b/w and pre-colored), and 5 sentiments!

For my first card, I wanted to try using the current sketch from Try Stampin on Tuesday challenge #477, shown below. I initially printed the digi too big so I set it aside and reprinted another *after* measuring out my dies and doing some calculations. I made the banner piece by cutting a rectangle and then using a square die to make the fishtail edge. I used a coordinating paper pad for all the layers. I added orange rhinestones, some Spectrum Noir sparkle pen, and a puffy, foil pumpkin sticker from Hobby Lobby to dress this up. I love the deep blue patterned paper with leaves, but I admit this card isn’t really my style. Here is a closeup of the card:

I kept looking at the original printing of the pre-colored digi in the Harvest Scarecrow set and I decided not to let it go to waste or end up in a bag of bits and bobs likely to never see the light of day. Using the scraps from the first card, I was able to assemble a full card from the remnants! For whatever reason, this same image and papers appeals to me more and this is definitely my favorite of the two cards! The little scene got the same sparkling treatment (and some also on the orange leaves in the paper), and the same rhinestones. Due to the larger size of the image, I didn’t feel the need to add a pumpkin sticker to this one. Here is a closer view of this card:

Now, the rest of the JDS Design Team created awesome cards so I really hope you will pop over to the Jan’s Digi Stamps challenge to see their creations, and while you are there, click the follow button so you don’t miss out on mid month inspiration! Our challenge is truly anything goes… any type of creation can be entered! So be sure to come back and enter your creations (5 entries allowed per challenge) for a chance of winning images from the Jan’s Digi Stamp store. For that matter, head to the store and check out the new releases! Thanks for taking the time to visit me today. I’ll be back in a couple days with some Halloween fun!!!


I am entering one of these cards in the following challenge:


Halloween Instagram Hop

A group of my crafty friends and I are hopping along in the Halloween Theme IG Hop today! This hop is part of a fun giveaway by Donna Perisic from CreativePixieDesigns.com and @creativepixiedesigns, who is coordinating this hop and giving away two $25.00 Gift Certificates to Scrapbook.com. Entries must be made by October 10th on Instagram. To enter:

  1. Follow Donna Perisic @CreativePixieDesigns
  2. Tag one friend in the comments *on her IG post*
  3. For bonus entries, follow the other designers on this hop (like me @misplacedmojo) and tag a friend in the comments on their IG posts.

Here is the full hop lineup:

OK, with that out of the way, let’s talk cards!!! You know how excited I get about hops and how I tend to make more than 1 project when those creative juices start flowing! Both cards today use a set from Darcie’s called Creepin’ It Real. I’m still on my Prismacolor streak, so I used them on both cards. Let’s take a look at my favorite of the two cards:

After I got Frankie all colored in my favorite color, lime/sap green, I fussy cut him out and picked out some coordinating papers from a Queen and Co. paper pack. I found a current sketch challenge at Try Stamping on Tuesday that I thought would work great for my idea. I die cut my papers and sentiment using Spellbinders dies from 3 patterns, plus black glitter DCWV paper. I deviated a bit from the sketch to fit my elements, but in my opinion a sketch is a starting point! To finish this card off I added 3 green glitter epoxy dots from my stash for added sparkle. Writing this post I wish I had colored the heart in the sentiment green like Frankie! Here’s the close up:

Next up is a card made from the leftovers and the other image in the set!

This Queen and Co. paper pack is double sided and it was killing me that I hadn’t been able to use the other patterns on the back! Please tell me I’m not the only one who struggles picking sides! This other image from the set was super cute and had a purr-fect sentiment to go with it! 😉 Another quick flip through the sketch book and shazam… this card was born! Hard to tell from the photo but the green mat behind the diagonal strip is shimmer paper and quite pretty in real life, but as I pointed out in a post a couple days ago, I’m a crafter and not a photographer! This time I used stitched square dies from Simon Says Stamp for my elements and the sparkling gems from Trinity Stamps that were included in the July Create and Inkspire kit. They have a slight iridescence that reflects the colors of the papers you used. And here is a closer view of this card and my less than perfect fussy cutting.

If this is your first time here and you like what you see, please consider following my blog. I post most of my projects on IG but *everything* gets posted here, along with all the supplies and details. Comments left here on this post will not be entered into the giveaway, so be sure to pop over to IG and start @CreativePixieDesigns for the chance to win one of two $25 Scrapbook.com gift certificates! Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a fantastic weekend!


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October 2CCC DT Post with Beccy’s Place

I don’t know how it happened, but we somehow got to October 2020. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad we made it… but how on earth did the toughest year EVER go so FAST especially when each day feels so SLOW! Being October 1st, its the first day of the new challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies and I’m bringing you my ST assignment for the month. And as much as I wanted to jump into Halloween cards in October, I need a birthday card for a special young man turning 20 this week. I call him my adopted son as he and my son were close friends in high school and I have become a mentor and extra mother to this young man. Though he have graduated and gone onto college, I still text with him often to talk about his classes, his job, etc. I’d actually rather make him a techie style card as he’s going to school for Computer Sciences but I couldn’t come up with an idea… yet. In the meantime, this fun birthday bear called Birthday Stanley from Beccy’s Place makes a great birthday card!

Did I mention this image set is a freebie on her blog? And that she has a bunch of other freebies available? You’ll want to pop over to the Beccy’s Place blog to download the freebies and then check out the store to see the great sets she has for sale. I paired the image up with the current sketch from Sketch Saturday to make this card. I used some scrap masculine patterned paper from my stash, which I die cut using the largest Square nesting die from Spellbinders, and then colored the image to match using Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. I used coordinating cardstock scrap for the accent piece in the sketch. The sentiment, available with the image, was cut into a banner at the same angle as the sketch pieces and popped up on foam tape, as was Stanley the birthday bear after he was fussy cut. I added some gems from Kat Scrappiness in a matching brown (Trust me here, but I cannot get them to photograph properly. They are a lovely almost iridescent chocolate color). Here is a closeup of the card front:

I thought the secondary image and sentiment were fun too, so I opted to use them on the inside of the card. Once again I colored with Prismacolor pencils and fussy cut the image. I used a scrap of the patterned paper to ground it and also matted the sentiment to help it pop. Here is a peek of the inside of the card:

The whole DT are using different images from Beccy’s Place, so hop over to 2 Crafty Critter Crazies to see what images they used and what they made with them! Then come back anytime before October 25th to enter your critter creations in the challenge! You can enter up to 5 times, and entries can be ANY craft (even baking) as long as it has a critter! Thanks for visiting me today and I hope your October is off to a great start!!!

ETA: 10/12/20 This card was selected as one of 5 prize winners at The Cutie Pie Challenge!!! My prize is from My Besties!

ETA: 10/10/20 This card was 1 of the Top 3 picks at Sketch Saturday!!!


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Same Set Syndrome Hop with Kat Scrappiness!

Welcome to the #SeptemberSameSetSyndrome hop! If this is your first time here, I’m Karen and our hop group showcases a small independent stamp company each month to help promote them and hopefully introduce you to new-to-you products and companies! You should have come here from the talented and sweet Lisa Cmay. Your next stop after me is the one and only LeeAnn McKinney! I’ll be sure to link to her again at the bottom of the post.

This month we are showcasing Kat Scrappiness, who is not only a stamp and die designer in their own right, but also a phenomenal store where you can purchase products from many companies in addition to their Kat Scrappiness exclusives. And wait until you see their embellishment selection! Wowzers! We’re all using the same set, called Christmas Gnomes and as you can see I felt inspired and made 3 cards for you today!!! All the images were colored with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol, and Spectrum Noir sparkle pen was added to all the white fuzzy parts of the outfits.

First up is this slimline card using not just the Christmas Gnomes, but also the Double Stitched Nesting Slimline Dies by Kat Scrappiness. I used the largest die to create the frame and layered the negative piece inside as a background. I added acetate to the frame, used Darice thin foam strips to pop the front up and added these cool Confetti Tubes from the Dollar Tree! They’re lightweight, squishy, and springy… and they get Everywhere… but they look so cool in real life that its worth it! I dressed up the shaker with some paper strips to mimic a present. The focal and sentiment are both popped up on top for dimension. Here is a closeup of all that shimmer of the confetti tubes, sequins, and sparkle pen:

Next up is the candy cane gnome:

This one was inspired by the current sketch at Inspire.Create.Challenge (not to be confused with last month’s spotlight Create and Inkspire). I found the perfect candy cane paper in my stash from Doodlebug but a whole cardfront was too busy. Sketch to the rescue, I found this simple sketch (below) and with the benefit of double sided papers I was good to go! I wanted a little differentiation between the patterns so I added a strip of silver mirror cardstock to mirror the silver buckle on this gnomies outfit. The rounded rectangle dies are from Pink and Main. Here is candy cane gnomies closeup:

Last up is Christmas lights gnomie:

These dudes were too cute not to use them ALL! This background is a 6×6 cling stamp from Hero Arts and its aptly called Christmas Lights. It too is colored with Prismacolors and Gamsol. The circle dies are a combination of Simon Says Stamp and Spellbinders (gotta use what you have sometimes). So much fun to color!!! And here is this dude’s glamour shot:

All three cards have spectrum noir sparkle pen accents (super hard to photograph), red sequins as embellishments, and silver gel pen details. I was tempted to add Nuvo Glaze to all the Christmas lights but then I came to my senses!!! LOL

OK, so be sure to head on over to LeeAnn for the next stop on the hop! The hop is spread over blogs, YT, and IG. If you get lost along the way, our fearless leader Ally K will have the full hop lineup. Also, you can search #SameSetSyndromeSeptember on YT and IG to find participants there. Thanks for taking the time to drop by. If you don’t already, please consider following my blog and/or my IG account @misplacedmojo and I’ll see you again next month!


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Collected Crafty Collabs September Hop!

I’m always so excited to bring this post to you each month! This is my favorite project to work on because it not only makes me use all the goodies I’ve squirreled away but I get to share with you some of the best crafters you will ever find but may never of heard of before! Our little hop group has SO much talent! And its always fun to see their takes on the monthly prompts. If you haven’t been here before, welcome to my little home on the internet! If you arrived here from Martha Lucia Gomez of Joy Clair fame, than you have already seen some of the goodness this hop produces! After me, your next stop is the spectacular and talented Danielle Brown, who designs for Joy Clair and Dare 2B Artzy! You don’t want to miss out on her post!!! I’ll link to her again at the end too for your convenience, as well as the full hop schedule. This month the prompt is Halloween/Fall cards and/or Sequins. So many possibilities! Let’s get to it!

It wouldn’t be a Collected Crafty Collabs hop if I didn’t include a squirrel image (or two)! I started with this adorable squirrel from Gerda Steiner’s Happy Fall and colored him with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. For the background, I used an assortment of Distress Oxides and ink blended on bristol paper. I wanted to die cut leaves, and glue them on the card base in the same place they were cut from the ink blended panel so I made a template with copy paper to help me. It would take longer to type out the steps than it did to do it and I know y’all have probably done this yourselves so we’ll skip the details (if questions, pop them in the comments!). I then *painstakingly* glued color coordinating sequins to the die cuts and adhered the negative ink blended piece over top with with foam tape. I die cut a larger leaf out of vellum to ground my little squirrel, added a sentiment strip, popped it up on the front and this card was complete! Here is a closer look:

This process gave me another idea, so the overachiever in me whipped up another card! Same, but different!

This time I simplified the process by making it a shaker card. I randomly ink blended a bristol card panel, this time with another assortment of Oxides. Again I die cut a bunch of the leaf dies but this time we’re not using them for the background. Instead, I ink blended a lighter color on the card front to shine through the apertures. I added acetate and foam tape to the front panel, making small wells for each die cut leaf. I added a ton of sequins and microbeads to each well and then lined up my ink blended card base and pressed to secure all those shiny goodies within! I used sentiments from Neat & Tangled’s Into the Woods (which sadly does not have a squirrel image) and (bravely) stamped directly on the ink blended piece. Had I not forgotten to stamp the sentiment until it was assembled, I would have heat embossed the sentiment. Here is another view of the card:

And because I can’t help myself (and I have more squirrel sets than we have months in the hops) I have a 3rd card for you!

Sweet, right? This uses a scene stamp from Darcie’s called Autumn Scene and a sweet squirrel from the Hello Bluebird Woodland Littles set. I could have masked the squirrel into the scene but I didn’t think of it until it was too late so I fussy cut him out. Once again I used my Prismacolor pencils for the coloring on this card. I stamped a background stamp from Impression Obsession aptly called Woodgrain directly on the kraft card base. I used another IO set called Gourdous for the small sentiment, which was die cut with a Creek Band Creations tag die. I added a tiny twine bow and of course the monthly prompt of sequins! Here is a closeup:

I could have made another 3 cards for Halloween if I had started sooner, but I simply ran out of time. I did not come anywhere near close to running out of sequins… those things must multiply in the drawer! OK, as promised here is your hop list:

Thanks for visiting me today! Subscribe if you like what you see or check me out on IG @misplacedmojo to follow me there! I hop you take the 20 mins or so to hop along because I know you will be blown away!!!


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Mid Month Inspiration at JDS

Popping in with a reminder that the September Anything Goes challenge is still going on at Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge and you have until Oct. 4th to enter for the chance to win images from the Jan’s Digi Stamps store! And if you use any of Jan’s images in your project, you have an extra chance to win! Here in GA we’re getting a taste of Fall, but I’m still clinging onto the last days of summer!

Today’s card features an accessory image from the Beach Friends set:

Cute, right? I love how Jan’s sets come with extra images that can either enhance the main image, or hold up on their own as the focal image! I enlarged the b/w version of the cocktails to fill an A2 card front, added the sentiment, and printed on bristol paper. I die cut the panel with a Pink and Main rounded rectangle die. The image is colored with Prismacolor pencils, smoothed with Gamsol, and then highlights were added with a white gel pen. I added jewels from Trinity Stamps for a finishing touch. I love how they reflect back the colors used in the coloring! Here is a close up:

I would be so happy if you were to head over to the Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge site to see what the rest of the team created and to enter your latest creation to our Anything Goes challenge where truly anything goes… cards, layouts, knitting, pottery, jewelry, sewing, baking… anything!

Thanks so much for dropping in today to view my card. Your visits and comments mean the world to me. Especially during Covid, it can feel like you are in a bubble and isolated from the world. Sharing my projects is much more enjoyable when I know someone else has enjoyed seeing it!

ETA: 9/21/20 This card was chosen as one of the Top 3 at Crafty Sentiment Designs!!!

ETA: 9/26/20 This card was picked as the $10 winner at Gem of a Challenge!!!


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September Challenge at JDS – DT Post

Its the first Monday of the month and that means there’s a new challenge at Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge! There is the hint of fall in the air here in GA and it motivated me to use this gorgeous image from the Signs of Autumn set. The whole set is beautiful, but I wanted to showcase this one image. I love that Jan’s sets come with the images in both color and b/w, and with so many sentiments to choose from. Here is everything included in the set:

I enlarged the image to take up most of an A2 card front and added a sentiment that I thought fit the rest of the space without looking crowded. The pre-colored version is pretty but I was dying to color this myself, so I broke out my Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. Unlike the New England states, we don’t get a whole lot of the bright red leaves… some, but our fall leaves lean more yellow, orange, maroon and deep purple. I tried my best with my limited color mixing skills to depict the colors in my mind’s eye.

After coloring, I used Gamsol with paper stumps to smooth and blend the coloring. To ground the image, I added light coloring below the images, knowing that the Gamsol would not smooth the coloring out. Instead, I was shooting for the look of woodgrain without getting to fussy about trying to draw it. I’m not sure I achieved that, but I am content with the results. After coloring, I trimmed the panel down to be narrower than an A2 card. Now, here is where you are going to have to trust me! I swear the paper used for the card front behind the image is the exact same purple as the leaves, but no matter what I did, it appears black in photos. The gems are an olive green to match the green leaves but again, they appear black in the photos. So frustrating!!! I recently changed the light bulbs in my craft room and the new daylight bulbs make crafting so much easier as I can see true colors and everything looks sharper… except the photos!!! I’ll keep playing with the settings on my camera and try adding more lights to the room. In the meantime, imagine a perfectly coordinated color combo! 😉

If you haven’t already, pop into Jan’s Digi Stamps shop to see the latest releases for September. I’ll be back mid-month with a card using a September set. Also, head to the Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge to see what my talented team mates made for you to oooh and aaah over! And remember to post your own creations to the challenge… we’re truly an Anything Goes challenge… no digi stamps needed! Show us whatever you’ve made this month… cards, layouts, 3D art, painting, clay creation, sewing, crochet, knitting, even baking! You name it! You can enter up to 5 times, so keep coming back to submit your projects and enter to win free images from Jan’s Digi Stamps. Full rules are on the challenge site under Challenge Guidelines. We can’t wait to see what you’ve been making!!!

ETA: 9/20/20 This card was selected as one of the DT Top 3 by Lil Patch of Crafty Friends!


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September 2CCC DT Post with Stamp On It

Can you believe its September already? I can’t. But there is the barest hint of Fall in the air here in Georgia in the evenings. Before long, Christmas will be sneaking up on us! I’m getting a jump on it though, with this fun Christmas card! Our September sponsor of 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge is Stamp On It, who carries several brands of stamps under their umbrella, including QKR Stampede and Eureka! Stamps. I’m using an adorable Eureka! Stamps image called Holly Doggies and the current sketch (rotated) from Sunday Stamps to make this card. Here is the sketch:

First I selected a patterned paper from an old Doodlebug paper pad. I thought the paw prints in Christmas colors was perfect. I printed my image on Bristol paper and colored it with Prismacolor pencils to coordinate with the paper. It was fun figuring out what colors to use for each dog breed, and I managed to represent my 2 dogs in the image… a yellow lab named Wally and a black Lab/Border Collie mix named Willow who is full of personality! I used a sentiment from the My Favorite Things Happy Pawlidays set, which I cut into a banner. A few adhesive rhinestones and this card was done! Looking at it now though, I need to go back and add Nuvo Glaze or Glossy accents to the berries and doggie noses!!! At least you’re getting to see if before I mess it up and accidentally smear it! 😂 Isn’t it always the final touch that ruins the card?!? Tell me its not just me… 😏

I had the hardest time getting a good photo of this card with the rainy weather we’ve been having this week. This closeup shows the colors a bit more accurately:

Its at this point you’ll want to head to the 2CCC challenge blog and see what the rest of the DT made to show you because they come up with the best ideas and coolest projects! I’ve had a sneak peak, and I know you won’t want to miss them! Be sure to link up your own critter crafts… it doesn’t have to be a card or papercraft… and show us that you are crazy for critters too. Check out Stamp On It too as they have a variety of styles within the many brands they carry and you are sure to find something to love. Thanks for dropping by!

ETA: 10/1/20 This card was chosen as the winner at Papercraft Challenge and the prize is a $15 gift card for the Gerda Steiner store!!! Whoo-hoo!

ETA: 10/13/20 This card was picked as the winner at The 12 Months of Christmas Linkup!!!


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Same Set Syndrome August Hop with Create and Inkspire!


Welcome to the August Same Set Syndrome hop! If this is your first time here, I’m Karen and our hop group showcases a small independent stamp company each month to promote them and hopefully introduce you to new-to-you products! You should have come here from the talented and sweet Michelle Margaret. Your next stop after me is the amazing and spectacular Renee Moran! I’ll be sure to link to her again at the bottom of the post.

This month, we are showcasing Create and Inkspire, the newest company on the block, owned by Courtney Kreeber. In addition to an online publication, Create and Inkspire offers a monthly themed card kit, and I’ll be using the July kit along this hop. If you are a follower of mine, you know I’ve been getting crazy crafty with the debut kit for the last month. If you aren’t already a follower of my blog, consider leaving this tab open when you hop onto the next stop and check out my other posts. I’d love if you would subscribe to my blog and/or follow me on Instagram @misplacedmojo if you like what you see! This is my take on the C&I July card kit:

Until this card, I had used everything else in the kit at least once except the cloud and grass stencil so I was eager to use that for today’s card! I used makeup brushes and Distress Oxide inks to create a simple and soft background for my floral scene. Once the inks were dry enough to handle, I die cut the panel with a Pink & Main stitched rounded rectangle die. I stamped multiple floral images and watercolored them with Tombow markers, my go-to medium for flowers as it provides me the most control without getting too fussy. Speaking of fussy, I fussy cut the images out which is very simple to do with these images. I popped them all up on foam tape, adding a 2nd layer to the middle flower, and placed them on the panel. The kit comes with a 3×4 stamp set of just sentiments, which I love. I cut my sentiment at an angle for interest. I used a Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen to add some shimmer to the flowers. Here is a couple close ups:

Next on the hop is Renee Moran, who will knock your socks off!

Thanks for dropping by today and I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop!


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Collected Crafty Collabs August Hop!!!



It is my absolute favorite time of the month, the day I get to hop along with my sweet Squirrel Sisters and our scurry of fellow crafty squirrels! Why squirrels you ask? Because we all have a crafty stash stored up and tucked away just like a squirrel and it’s acorn stash! We want to pull out those precious supplies and enjoy actually using them instead of feeling guilty because we bought them and squirreled them away!

This month the theme is Summer/Vacation and/or Embossing Folders. You can use either or both as the inspiration for your card! Fun, right? The hop officially started with my sweet Squirrel Sister V this month. You probably arrived here from the talented and beautiful Katy Ingram of Eastwick Paper and Ink. And after me your NEXT STOP is the super sweet and uber amazing Charlotte Ehrukainen, aka Lady Joyful! I’ll be sure to link to her again at the bottom of the post. 😊 First, let’s take a look at my cards for the theme! First up, Vacation!

My family goes camping for our vacations, so imagine my excitement when I found a camping set with SQUIRRELS! I *had* to use it!!! This set is called S’more Friend by LDRS Creative, and the squirrels are beyond cute in and of themselves! The fact that there are 4 squirrels… one for each of us Squirrel Sisters that admin this hop group, is perfection! (In case you are wondering, I figure V is the one playing guitar, Marie and I are dancing and being silly, and Anna is sitting and laughing at us all!!!) I went very dark with this colors on this card hoping to portray a night scene around the campfire. The images were colored with Prismacolor pencils and fussy cut. I used dies from Creek Bank Creations called Land and Grass Edge to make my hills. I didn’t have the shade of green paper I wanted so the bottom hill is inked with Distress Oxide Pine Needles. The 2nd hill and sky are cardstock. The bright yellow stars are from a Momenta die aptly called Star Confetti and I added some translucent yellow star sequins for a little shimmer. The sentiment from the set was die cut with a Simon Says Stamp stitched circle die. No embossing folder (trust me, I *tried*, really… but this is still fun, right? Here’s the closeup:

Next up are my Summer & Tropical cards… yeah, I know… but I couldn’t decide between all of my ideas! (And my Squirrel Sister V would tell you that I am a “Maximizer”… someone who among other things has to consider every option, even if the first idea is the best.) I’m also an overachiever when it comes to crafting, so you get three cards for the cost of one hop stop! Now, where was I? Oh, summer!

For this next card, I used Jane’s Doodles Tropical Fun set. I randomly stamped the foliage and hibiscus flower, then watercolored them with Tombow markers and once dry die cut with a Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die. For the embossing folder background, I used a folder called Tropical Border by Park Lane. I applied green ink on the folder on the raised area and ran it through with green paper, which letterpressed a darker green into the recessed areas of the paper. It took me a couple tries to get it right, and I’m a little said that most of it got covered up! I popped the stamped panel on top with foam tape, added a few clear sparkling sequins from Pretty Pink Posh, and called it done! How about a glamour shot?

This last card was so easy to make! This also uses the Jane’s Doodles Tropical Fun set.

The flamingos and sentiment were stamped then die cut with a Simon Says Stamp stitched oval die. I watercolored the images and water with Tombow Markers. I love the bright pink and blue color combo! For the embossing background, I used a 5×7 double sided folder from Spellbinders called Elegance. I thought the flower petals looked like water splashes. I embossed blue paper but the color wasn’t quite right and it looked plain. I decided to hit the raised areas of the design with a Distress Oxide ink and that really brought out the pattern without taking over. Super simple! Time for the obligatory close up!

Dangit, I did it again… I was a hop hog… keeping you here so long when you have people to see, sites to hop to! Your NEXT STOP on the hop is Charlotte, aka Lady Joyful! Thanks for hopping with my squirrel friends and be sure to use those supplies YOU have squirreled away!

Here is the full hop schedule in case you get lost along the way:

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