Friday, August 25, 2023

8th Birthday Blog Hop + Introducing Love & Light Stamps

Hello and welcome to the final day of our Holiday Sneak Peek Week!  Each morning this week I have been showcasing projects using our newest fall & winter collections which are now available in our store!!!

Today I have the pleasure of celebrating our company's 8th birthday with all of you and a number of talented designers who are joining us for an inspirational blog hop with prizes at every stop and a special sale (more details below). I wouldn't have made it to this amazing milestone without your sweet support so thank you. It truly means so much. ❤

Card No. 1: My first card of the day is showcasing our new Love & Light Stamps with a Hanukkah card. I started by piercing my navy cardstock background using our new Dotted Diamond Portrait Die, followed by a white stitched mat using our Stitched Rectangle Dies, and a navy scalloped mat using our Mini Mat & Tag 3 Dies. I then arranged a number of the elements from the Love and Light stamps to create a little tabletop scene, sprinkling some Gold Jewels around the stamped elements. Lastly, I stamped my greeting from the set using Versamark ink on that same navy blue cardstock and heat embossed it using Hero Arts Brass Embossing Powder. As you'll continue to see for my cards today it's become my new favorite embossing powder for the holidays!

Sunny Studio Hanukkah Card (using Love & Light Stamps, Mini Mat & Tag 3, Stitched Rectangles, & Dotted Diamond Portrait Dies)

Card No. 2: Next up is a clean & simple card using the Love & Light Stamps and Dotted Diamond Landscape dies. This time I started with a piece of white cardstock which I inked up with Salty Ocean Distress ink, adding Prize Ribbon and Chipped Sapphire to the outside edges before running it through my die-cutting machine. I stamped, colored, and die-cut the 9 menorah candles shaped like a heart using the coordinating Love & Light Dies. I made sure to keep the negative space around my die-cut candles so I could use it as a template to place on my card front to help me perfectly align my candles back into a heart since once they are die-cut they fall apart. After they were adhered with some liquid adhesive I was able to lift the template right off.

Next, I stamped the "love & light" greeting from the stamp set onto our Brilliant Banner 1 Dies which I had inked up using Scattered Straw and Fossilized Amber Distress Inks. Lastly, I took some metallic gold Stickles Glitter glue and added the dots to every other intersection to emphasize the beautiful diamond pattern. I also added some Glossy Accents to each of my candle flames. Then I carefully set it somewhere safe to dry for a couple hours so I wouldn't accidentally drag my arm through it or stack something on top which I'm so prone to doing. 

Sunny Studio Blue & Gold Hanukkah Heart Shaped Candles Card (using Love & Light Stamps, Brilliant Banner 1 Dies and Dotted Diamond Landscape Die)

Card No. 3:
Up next is a card showing off the Star of David banner from the Love & Light Stamps. I thought it might be fun to make them look like they are glowing in the night sky, almost light a string of specialty lights. To achieve the glowing look, I set the banners down where I wanted them and then took turns lifting them up to ink behind where each of the stars would land going back and forth. Some of them ended up being slightly off, but you get the general idea. Honestly, this background really looked like a hot mess for a while. It took me some time to carefully lay down some of the ink around the glowing portions using the PinkFresh Studio Blending Brushes to get into the tight spaces and do the best I could to prevent the yellow portions from turning green while still covering up the white background. It really didn't feel like it was fully coming together until I started to adhere the banners and add the snowflakes to the sky with a white gel pen. I finished my card by heat embossing the sentiment, adding a little heart from our Basic Mini Shape 2 Dies, and adding the dove with an olive branch from the Love & Light set.

Sunny Studio Glowing Star of David Banners Hanukkah Card (using Love & Light Stamps & Dies)

Card No. 4: 
For this Hannukah card featuring the Love & Light Stamps, I started by inking up a white cardstock panel using Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, and Prize Ribbon Distress Inks. When it was completely dry (which I sped up with my heat gun) I then covered the panel with antistatic powder to prevent the embossing powder from sticking anywhere it shouldn't and then repeatedly stamped the Star of David using VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder to create my tone-on-tone background print. I then added the stitching to the outside edge by running it through my die-cutting machine using our Frilly Frames Quatrefoil Dies

This time for my 9 candles I lined up my die-cut template over a gold metallic cardstock heart cut out using our Stitched Heart 2 Dies. I was careful to make sure to design these so they would work together and I love the results! For my banner that comes with the set, I decided to cut it in half and string them in two crisscrossing sections. For my sentiment, I inked up some scratch paper with the same Salty Ocean and Prize Ribbon Distress Inks to help my die-cut fade into the background and then I once again heat embossed it using my favorite Hero Arts Brass Embossing Powder.


Sunny Studio Blue & Gold Hanukkah Candles Card (using Love & Light Stamps, Brilliant Banner 1 Dies and Dotted Diamond Landscape Die)

Card No. 5: I couldn't let this release pass without showcasing how well our new Dotted Diamond Portrait and Dotted Diamond Landscape Dies work with our popular Frilly Frames Lattice Dies. For this card, I decided I wanted to have my lattice background bleed off the edges so I ran it through my die-cutting machine a couple times locking it in place with previous cuts until the entire background was fully cut. I made sure to use a slightly larger piece of cardstock to do this so I would have some extra wiggle room to play with so I could perfectly center it over my Dotted Diamond background, creating the look of argyle which I think is so much fun!

In hindsight, I wish that after this step I had added a layer of vellum over the top just so my elements on top would pop more and not get lost with my background. Another solution would have been to do a tone-on-tone background or to use two cardstocks closer in color. Sadly by the time I realized this, my candles were already glued down tight and I didn't have it in me to start over. All the elements on top came from our Love & Light Stamps, including the "Happy Hanukkah" greeting which I heat embossed with White Detail Embossing Powder onto the same blue cardstock as my background.


Card No. 6:
I couldn't resist creating one more card with the Love & Light Stamps for a non-Hanukkah card. I was able to use the bottle and wine glass images to create Champagne for a New Year's card when paired with the greeting from our Holiday Greetings Stamps and Dies.

To create my background I started by taking a standard pencil eraser and dipping it into Gina K. Sweet Corn, Sandy Beach, and Kraft inks. Then when they were dry I dipped the eraser into Versamark ink and heat embossed those dots with Hero Arts Brass Embossing Powder as a final touch. I love the way they catch the light and tie in with the other elements I also heat embossed, including a scrap on my desk leftover from another card using the negative space from a scalloped border cut with our Slimline Pennant Dies. I was able to directly press the cardstock remnant into my VersaMark ink pad and sprinkle it with the same embossing powder to create a piece of metallic cardstock in the perfect shade to match the rest of my card. So pleased with how it turned out and how quickly it all came together!

Sunny Studio Champagne Bottle & Wine Glasses Happy New Year's Confetti Card (using Love & Light and Holiday Greetings Stamps, Slimline Pennant Dies)

That wraps up today's sneak peeks. I'm so happy you spent part of your day with me today. I read all your comments and they mean so much!  I'd love to give a $25 gift code to one lucky winner using the Rafflecopter below. 

In honor of our 8th birthday festivities, we are celebrating with an inspiring BLOG HOP which also includes a $25 gift code giveaway to our store at every stop on the hop!  Visit each link to see more amazing ideas by our team & guest designers. Leave a comment at each stop to be entered to win each drawing.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Our blog hop and daily contests will run through Monday, August 28th at Midnight PST with winners announced here on Friday, September 1st. :)

Tammy Stark
Caly Person
Isha Gupta
Bobbi Lemanski
Gladys Marcelino
Tina Henkens

Your next stop in the hop is Wanda's blog HERE.

You can also enter to win a $25 gift code at each of our daily contests earlier this week and view more ideas using our new release at each of the posts linked here: 

Sneak Peek Day 1: Turkey Day Stamps & Brilliant Banners Dies
Sneak Peek Day 2: Truckloads of Love Stamps
Sneak Peek Day 3: Bells & Baubles, Pretty Poinsettia, Dotted Diamond & Feliz Navidad
Sneak Peek Day 4: Holiday Hugs Stamps & Woolen Mittens Dies
Sneak Peek Day 5: Baking Spirits Bright & Dashing Dachshund Stamps

In honor of our birthday festivities, we are also running a sale for 20% off all Sunny Studio branded products (excluding the new release and clearance items) using the code EIGHTYEARS at checkout through August 29th at Midnight. Limit one discount code per order.


With each new collection we always have a new free mini die we include automatically with orders placed in our online store. For this release we have a fun mini snowflake die!


For those of you who might want to bookmark the video to watch later, I've also created a special video sharing the full Fall and Holiday Release, as well as a closer look at each of the cards and tags I made with it (you can watch it on our YouTube Channel HERE).


Here's a closer look at our new Love & Light Stamps and Dies used today:

Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing Love & Light Hanukkah 4x6 Clear Photopolymer Stamp Set Sunny Studio Stamps Love & Light Hanukkah Metal Cutting Dies

Other Supplies Used:

Stitched Rectangle Dies
Stitched Rectangle Dies
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Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
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Tsukineko Jumbo Dauber
Tsukineko Jumbo Dauber
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Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
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Basic Mini Shape Dies 2
Basic Mini Shape Dies 2
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Frilly Frames Quatrefoil
Frilly Frames Quatrefoil
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Slimline Pennant Dies
Slimline Pennant Dies
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Stitched Heart 2 Dies
Stitched Heart 2 Dies
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Holiday Greetings Stamps
Holiday Greetings Stamps
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Holiday Greetings Dies
Holiday Greetings Dies
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Mini Mat & Tag 3 Dies
Mini Mat & Tag 3 Dies
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Brilliant Banner 1 Dies
Brilliant Banner 1 Dies
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Dotted Diamond Landscape
Dotted Diamond Landscape
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Dotted Diamond Portrait
Dotted Diamond Portrait
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Gold Jewels
Gold Jewels
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Brass Embossing Powder
Brass Embossing Powder
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Frilly Frames Lattice Dies
Frilly Frames Lattice Dies
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Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear
Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear
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Hero Arts White Detail
Hero Arts White Detail
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VersaMark Watermark Ink
VersaMark Watermark Ink
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67 comments:

  1. These cards are gorgeous! While I don't personally send any Hanukkah cards, I think it is important to have these stamps; thank you so much for making them. My favorite in the new release is Holiday Hugs.

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  2. I'm always on the lookout for new Hanukkah products! Thank you!

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  3. I love this Hanukkah set and the beautiful cards that you've created! Very special!

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  4. So much inspiration here and over the past week; brought smiles every day for sure! My favourites in this release are Holiday Hugs and Baking Spirits Bright. An abundance of cute and festive in both!
    ~carol

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  5. Love and Light is such a pretty set. I love how the sentiment looks with gold heat embossing.

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  6. These are beautiful. This is such a wonderful release.

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  7. My favorite products this week are the poinsettias, the truckload set and the Turkey day set.

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  8. Bells and baubles are my favorite! Thanks for the giveaway and all of this week's beautiful inspiration!

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  9. Beautiful cards and lots of inspiration!

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  10. I love baking and doxies , so very easy to guess my favs! Love the new releases! Love the Hanukkah set today - I need a set like this for my Jewish friends! Thank you !

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  11. My favorite this week is the Bells and Baubles set. Can't wait to use them :)

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  12. So many great products it’s hard to choose a favorite! But I really like the Baking Spirits Bright.

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  13. That last card - Happy New Year’s is great! Awesome stamp set.

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  14. Happy 8th anniversary! Love sunny studio stamp and die set

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  15. Happy birthday and thanks for all the fun and awesome ideas

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  16. These Hanukkah cards are darling! Great inspiration and cute stamp sets.

    Happy Birthday!

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  17. What a cool technique you used for coloring in the dots on the Happy New Year card. A pencil eraser?! Whaaaaat??? Brilliant! That’s my favorite card.

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  18. So hard to select favorites, but I like the truck and the bells and baubles sets the most. Wonderful release!

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  19. Happy 8th! Today is my BIRTHDAY! 29 forever! My favorite of this week have to be the Turkey Stamps! What a wonderful hop! Thank you for all the inspiration this week!

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  20. These are wonderful for those that celebrate Hanukkah. I especially like the blue heart with the dove on the pierced background

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  21. beautiful cards - love them all - I am so excited about the Hanukkah set - don't have anything like this:)

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  22. Lots of favorites this release: holiday hugs, woolen mitten, dotted diamond dies, truckloads of love. BUT the turkey day stampes are my VERY fave. Sooo ca-uuute!

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  23. Happy Birthday! Sone of my Favorites are your dachshund stamp and Your turkey stamp!

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  24. Great release! I am loving the Holiday Hugs set with the adorable bear! Love the Bells & Baubles too! Looking forward to checking out the hop later today after I get back home!

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  25. Happy Birthday and great cards
    Sherry Storjohann

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  26. The inspiration has been fab during the week, so many neat designs with the new release. My faves are the Baking Spirits Bright and Holiday Hugs.

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  27. The woolen mittens die is my favorite. But the bear stamp set is a close second. SO many cute things. I love that you have a whole line of Jewish goodies.

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  28. Happy 8th BirthdayπŸŽ‚ Sweet Sunny Studio!! Congratulations and endless blessings and success to you always Mendi!! You will forever be my most favorite stamp and die brand!!πŸ©·πŸ’

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  29. All so cute but love the Baking Spirits bright.

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  30. The Baking Spirits Bright stamp set is my favorite!

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  31. So many incredible stamps and cards. So many decisions to make. Thank you for the joy you bring.

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  32. So many cute things in this release! Your card examples are amazing! My favorite from this release is the Baking Spirits Bright stamp set! Those cookies look good enough to eat!

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  33. Wow! Such beautiful cards! Love how you've created the background in the New Year card! That's genius. My favorite new product is the Dotted Diamond (both portrait and landscape)!

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  34. I am most excited for the Holiday Hugs Bear.

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  35. I am most excited about the Hanukkah sets!

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  36. I am most excited about the Truckloads of Love stamp set - it is so beautiful and can be used year-round! This is a lovely release!

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    1. I am most excited about the Truckloads of Love stamp set - it is so beautiful and can be used year-round! This is a lovely release! - Sarita

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  37. Another great round of designs! I think my favs are the giant 🧀mitten dies, the πŸ›» pickup truck, and the baking setπŸͺ. It all adds upπŸ’° so I'm excited to see the sale/discount at least for the last batch of stamps I didn't get. Happy 8th Birthday! I'm glad I've been around for most of those years. My collection grows...

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  38. Happy 8th birthday and many more!
    I am very excited about the Baking Spirits Bright set. I love anything baking and the images are so cute@

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  39. I love that your had so many samples today!

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  40. Beautiful cards.... most exciting about the pickup trucks and the little critters....

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  41. Such a wonderful release! I'm most excited for the Holiday Hugs bear!

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  42. What a fantastic release! I love the bear and the big mitten!

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  43. πŸŽ‚πŸ₯‚πŸΎπŸΉ Happy Birthday 🎈 I'm new to the online world of blogs and hops, tho I love my Cardmaking! Thank you for your inspiration and education, greatly appreciated πŸ™

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  44. Beautiful cards! SS always has the best stamp sets. Happy Birthday!

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  45. Truckloads of Love stamps and dies are my favorite.

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  46. Happy Birthday!! Such a wonderful release!

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  47. Happy Birthday! Fabulous release!!

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  48. I really do love all the new products! If I have to pick, I think the Truckload of Love stamps/dies are my faves, because I can use them year round.

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  49. Happy Birthday! 8 years of wonderment! Such an amazing release - I love the pick up truck!

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  50. Love the baking set and the bear holidays

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  51. I love the Christmas
    Cookies! So fun.
    Carla from Arizona

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  52. Great fun stamps! Love them all!!!!😊

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  53. Happy birthday Sunny Studio! These cards are lovely. This looks like a great release; some of my favorites are the pretty poinsettia layering stamps, baking spirits bright set and the woolen mitten dies :)

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  54. Happy Birthday!! My favorite is the New Years card!

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  55. I am most excited for Baking Spirits Bright.

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  56. Happy Birthday Sunny Studio! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‰ What a great release & love the layering stamp sets. Thank you! 😍

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  57. Happy Birthday Sunny Studio! I love the Hanukkah cards! I have so many of your sets and I love them all! Congrats on 8 years and best wishes for many many more.

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  58. Beautiful Hanukkah stamps!! Love all of the sample cards here.

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  59. Such a cuteHanukkah set, great cards

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  60. Love the truckload of love stamp

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  61. arttrek85@gmail.com Have really enjoyed seeing all the great ideas.

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  62. I am always excited to see the new stamps & dies . They never disappoint.

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  63. arttrek85@gmail.comAugust 30, 2023 at 6:53 AM

    Happy Birthday! This is a great release!

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