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September Craft Class – Fall Burlap Board w/ Burlap Flower Embellishments September 24, 2013

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Crafters will learn many new and exciting techniques during the session. Techniques include:

  • Rustic crackle paint technique (using a household item that most everyone has on hand)
  • Transferring letters onto burlap
  • Creating burlap flowers (they are amazingly fun to make)

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Craft class is THIS Sunday, September 29th
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Brandon Elementary Art Room (Martin Public School) 1619 University Street; Martin, Michigan 49070.

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Register no later than Thursday night, September 26th (we will be shopping for supplies on Friday).

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To register, send us an email at: craftredo@aol.com

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Cost for the session is $20 per person. Please bring payment to the craft class. All supplies will be provided by Katie and Korene.GLAM FLOWERS 012

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Feel free to bring your own treats and drinks. No alcoholic beverages, please.

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We ask that we keep the session for adults only (no kids please). Teens 13 and up are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied by a paid adult. Feel free to invite friends.

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Here’s a link for the directions to the school: http://www.martinpublicschools.org/schools/brandonel/directions

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Enter through the main entrance on the West side of the building (Elementary entrance). Please park in the parking lot – NOT the loop or the student drop off area. Please arrive around or before 2:00, we will be locking the exterior doors (for our safety) a little bit after 2:00.

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Don’t forget: There will be a table set out if you would like to display a flyer/brochure of what you do. Are you an exercise instructor, product consultant, the head of an organization? Bring a brochure or flyer to display on the table.

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Bottle Cap Magnet/Message Center Craft June 12, 2013

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We had many requests for a craft class regarding a recycled bottle cap craft. The class was held this past January and we crafted up a storm. We incorporated a message board created from the backside of a cookie sheet.

You’ll find many uses for the bottle cap craft – a surprise birthday greeting to send through the mail, a quick and easy ‘Thank You’ to craft up , holiday themed magnets, necklaces, etc. This is a great craft for kiddos too.

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You will need:

  • Bottle caps
  • Scrapbook papers
  • Scrapbook embellishments (glitter, buttons, stickers, brads, glitter glue, rhinestones, pearls, themed confetti, plastic letters, etc)
  • Magazines, discarded books, cards
  • Ribbon
  • Mod Podge
  • 1” circle hole punch or a circle template
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife
  • Cutting board
  • Ruler
  • Tapes (optional – regular and double sided sticky tape)
  • Cookie sheet
  • 2 part epoxy
  • Button magnets
  • Hot glue gun and/or heavy duty adhesive (our favorite is E-6000)
  • Drill

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Directions For Bottle Cap:

  1. With your 1” circle punch (or circle template) cut out paper for the background of your design. Adhere paper onto the inside of the bottle cap with either Mod Podge or double sided sticky tape. Helpful Tip: Don’t worry too much about taking out the little plastic disc that’s on the inside of the bottle cap. You CAN get it out using a knife, pliers or the heat of a hair dryer. We found that the end product really didn’t change much with the disc in or taken out – but you can give yourself a pretty bad wound trying to get that outta there. So, leave it in.
  2. Decorate the inside. Get creative – use words from magazines, pictures from children’s books, special notes and sentiments, a scrap of fabric that brings back a memory. They’re actually quite fun to decorate. Results are quick. It’s like a miniature canvas, a diorama. That’s probably why kids enjoy creating these.
  3. Coat the decorated inside with a layer of Mod Podge. Let dry over night.
  4. To apply the 2-part epoxy check out our post ‘A Spoon Full Of Sweet Sentiments’ dated July 19, 2012: http://craftredo.com/2012/07/19/a-spoon-full-of-sweet-sentiments/ You’ll find step-by-step instructions plus a supply list.
  5. After epoxy has fully dried, attach button magnet onto the back of the bottle cap with hot glue or E-6000.

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Directions For Message Board:

  1. Drill 2 holes on the rim of the cookie sheet. We used 1/4” bit. Be sure to take a nail and make an indent before you start drilling. This is called a ‘tap’, it will help your drill not go so ‘squirrely’ when you’re drilling. Remove sharp edges with a file, wire brush attachment on your drill, or grinder.
  2. Determine your design for your board. We used scrap book paper in various colors/patterns. The sky’s the limit. You may want a simple single color pallet, or go crazy with multiple colors and patterns. Decide if you want a ribbon to help make the transition between paper pieces and choose that if applicable. You may just want to transition with fancy pattern scissors or even cut a scallop pattern freehand.
  3. Once you have chosen your materials for your board it is time to cut the paper to fit your cookie sheet. We experimented with many methods of cutting the paper. We found using a cutting mat, straight edge, and exacto blade to be the easiest way for us, but scissors worked fine as well. If you are using multiple pieces, let them overlap a bit. You can hide the transition with a ribbon and it is easier than trying to get them to line up exactly.
  4. After your pieces are cut to size you may want to hold them together with a bit of tape on the back side. Then you are ready to adhere the paper to your cookie sheet.  Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to your cookie sheet. Place your paper on your sheet and make sure it is lined up the way you want it. Rub gently with your hands to remove any bubbles. If you get a stubborn bubble, just let it be. It may settle after the Mod Podge dries. Adhere any ribbon you are using with Mod Podge. Next, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the top of the paper and ribbon. We applied with brushes, but we suggest using your hands to smooth it out if you want to try and avoid brush strokes.
  5. Allow your Message Board to dry, then add desired ribbon through the drilled holes for hanging. We added small containers to some of our projects for an added bonus. Check your recycle bin. A tomato paste can works well for holding pencils or markers. A discarded juice packet box (the little packets that you add to bottled water to make it flavored) makes a great box to hold ‘chore slips’. Simply cover your container with your favorite paper and Mod Podge. Allow to dry and add magnets. Have fun with your new Message Board!

Helpful Tip: We live in Michigan, which tends to be quite humid, and we found that the gloss Mod Podge can have a tendency to be sticky even after it has fully dried. For the final protective coat over the scrapbook paper (on the message center) – we recommend using the matte Mod Podge, referencing the Mod Podge label for manufactures recommendation, or not to use anything for the top coat.

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Other gift ideas for this craft.

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‘How To’ and craft class photos.

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Photo Transfer to Wood January 1, 2013

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The Photo Transfer Class was a huge success! We had 18 brave participants. Everyone’s projects were beautiful and unique. In the beginning of our class, Korene made everyone pledge to not be disappointed if their projects did not turn out perfect. This is not a 100% photographic technique, rather a semi-rustic technique.

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You will need:

  • Wood (cut to desired size)
  • Sand Paper – coarse and fine grain
  • Photo printed with Inkjet printer on general purpose paper (image must be mirrored)
  • Gel Gloss Medium
  • Paint Brush
  • Roller
  • Washcloth
  • Mod Podge®
  • Soft cloth (we use baby socks)
  • Scissors

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Directions:
1. Prepare wood – We used a 1×8, 6 foot untreated common pine (construction grade) for our project. We found this species works well and the price fit our budget. Select pine works better, but it’s a bit pricey (over double the cost). Choose a board with minimal knots, without heavy grooves, etc. Cut wood to desired size.

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2. Prepare photo on your computer or have it printed out at an office supply store. Make sure the photo you are using is high resolution. If it doesn’t look ‘pretty’ on your computer screen it won’t get any better when you print it out. In a photo program, you may want to increase the contrast of the image (the more you work with your computer and printer, the more familiar you will be with the outcome). By adjusting the contrast, details in your photo will be more prominent (this step isn’t required). When printing out your photo – you’ll need to ‘mirror’ the image. This step is necessary. The photo printed out on paper needs to be mirrored so photo turns out the correct way when you transfer it onto your board. It’s similar to a transfer that would be printed onto a T-shirt, where the imagery is in reverse. Size photo to fit your cut wood piece (photo hung slightly off the edge about 1/8 inch on all sides). Print prepared photo on general purpose paper. Trim out photo.

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3. Sand sides, face and back of wood piece. Start with a coarse grit paper and then move to the fine grit to get a nice smooth surface. Sand wood with the grain, don’t go cross-grain you’ll get scratches in the wood. Wipe board with soft cloth (we like to use baby socks or whatever discarded cloth we have around the house) to remove any sanding dust and debris.

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4. Applying photo to board – Decide which side of the board should be the image transfer side (pick the best looking side). With a paint brush, apply Gel Gloss Medium to the top of board. Use enough Gel Gloss Medium to liberally ‘paint’ the board. Do not leave any dry spots, but making sure not to use too much. Place printed picture face down on your prepared board. Be very careful to line it up correctly. Do not fuss with your photo once it is down on the board. Leave it wear it lands!

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5. Gently press the photo onto the board using your hands. Using a roller, gently roll over the photo. There may be a few wrinkles. Do not over roll, excessive rolling may cause the paper to lift off (which is not good). Just go back and forth a few times with the roller to make sure the image is adhered to the board as evenly as possible. Wipe off excess Gel Gloss Medium that may have squirted out the sides.

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6. Now it is time to let your project dry for 24 hours. Do not go back and peak at it to see how it’s doing. Leave it alone, walk away.

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7. Removing paper from board – After board has dried for 24 hours, get ready to see your results. Wet the wash cloth (not dripping, not totally wringed out). Lay the wet washcloth over the entire board. Lightly press down over the board with your hands to wet the surface. When you lift your washcloth you will see the image is now darker (and getting wet). Check for any spots that didn’t seem to absorb the water (they will look white still) dab these spots with a little bit of water and let it set so the water can get absorbed into the ‘troubled spot’, it will start to turn dark.

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8. Once your paper is wet, you are ready to remove the paper. Use your fingers and gently rub/burnish across your board. Paper pulp will start to roll up. Continue this process until you have removed as much paper as possible from the board. Be sure to keep the board wet while you are rubbing/burnishing, this will make the process easier. Do not rub too hard or you may rub all the detail off the board. Go over board one last time with wet washcloth to remove pulp residue.

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9. Allow board to dry. We used fans and had dry boards within 15 minutes. You will notice that the colors of your photo will fade as your board dries. Not to worry! When you add a sealer to the board, the colors will look as they did when the board was wet.

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10. After your board is fully dried, use sandpaper to sand the edges of board. For example, you may want to remove some of the photo from the corners for a more rustic look. Remove any sanding debris with a soft cloth. (At this point, sometimes we paint the sides and back of the board with black acrylic paint.) Apply Mod Podge to the top surface and sides of board. We prefer Gloss Mod Podge, colors appear to pop more with the gloss.

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11. Displaying your board – Your board can be finished at this point, or you can choose to add a hanging method. We have used a traditional ‘D’ hook/strap (string ribbon through ‘D’ hook/strap and hang board from ribbon) and saw toothed hangers (both found at your local hardware store). Upholstery nails and ribbon will also work. Poke the upholstery nail through the ribbon, hammer nail onto back of board. Be crafty, hang or prop it any way you wish!

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Crafters Note: Inkjet prints VS LaserJet prints. We’ve used both. The LaserJet prints – end product may have a bit more detail, but they’re a bit more costly (plus you have to plan a trip to the office supply store). We like to keep crafts cheap so we mostly use our Inkjet printouts since we have them in our homes. Hey, it’s a rustic technique, if you want something 100% photographic just have a photograph made. Just don’t get discouraged if the project doesn’t turn out the first time. We’ve had to redo projects 3 times. Experiment, you’ll be amazed at what you discover.

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Fall Letter Craft November 4, 2012

We were thankfully given another wonderful opportunity to feature a craft project in the Fall issue of ‘Praise and Coffee the Magazine’. So . . . . if you want to learn how to do this craft, you’ll have to check out this amazing magazine.

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Click on the magazine icon below to link to the craft directions.

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Halloween Themed Books September 9, 2012

I think I have a ‘craft crush’ on Mod Podge® Dimensional Magic™! It adds dimension to a craft project, dries clear and I found out that glitter really adheres to it (I used it on the spider book). Check it out at: www.plaidonline.com/mod-podge-dimensional-magic

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You will need:

  • Discarded hardcover books (check resale shops, Goodwill®/Salvation Army®, garage sales, your local library may have a book sale area, check your book shelves at home)
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Toothbrush
  • Paint brushes
  • Pencil
  • White Painters Pen (Elmer’s® makes a nice one)
  • Black glitter
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic (of course)
  • Red scrapbooking embellishment (I had these little triangle-shaped acrylic pieces): stickers, rhinestones
  • E-6000 adhesive
  • Wrapping paper or scrapbook paper
  • Regular Mod Podge
  • Letter stickers (I used white, glittery scrapbooking stickers)
  • Wax paper
  • File folder
  • Straight edge (metal ruler)
  • X-acto knife
  • Scissors

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Here’s the directions for the spider book:

  1. Cover your work surface with wax paper. Paint books black. I did 2 coats. Be sure to paint the sides of the cover and the areas that carry over onto the inside of the book. Allow to fully dry.
  2. To add a weathered look to the outside pages: Slightly dip the toothbrush into black paint. Hold the toothbrush up to the pages and run your thumb across the toothbrush’s bristles, so the paint splatters against the sides of the pages. Also run the toothbrush across the corners, darkening them up a bit. This makes the book look like it’s been used a lot.
  3. I had a scrapbooking spider cut-out that I traced onto the book (in pencil) and then with a ruler I free-handed the spider web. You can also research the internet for images. Print off the image to the appropriate size, color the backside of the image with pencil, turn paper over and place the paper image onto the book. Trace over entire image, be sure not to move the paper. Lift up the paper, when done, and you will be able to see a light pencil marking of the image.
  4. With the white Painters Pen, I drew the web (be sure to NOT draw over the areas where the spider will go).
  5. Here’s the fun part. Fill in the spider with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. Try using it on a scrap piece of paper first (just a few strokes) then you can get a feel for how it will come out of the tube. Sprinkle glitter over the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. Let it set for about 5 minutes, gently tap off the excess glitter onto the file folder. Fold file folder and pour remaining glitter back into container. Allow to fully dry. Note: When working with the glitter, it MAY be best to allow Dimensional Magic to dry for the allotted 3 hours before tapping off excess glitter. The image may move or slide. I couldn’t wait to see how it turned out.
  6. Now, with my embellishments (triangle-shaped acrylic pieces) I had to paint the backs of them white due to the fact that when I laid them onto the spider, they practically disappeared. When you choose your embellishment, make sure it has either a silver or white backing so it will show up when it’s placed on your piece. Attach embellishment with E-6000 adhesive.
  7. Don’t forget to decorate the spine of the book by adding a spooky title.

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Directions for the green and black book:

  1. Cover your work surface with wax paper. Paint books black. I did 2 coats. Be sure to paint the sides of the cover and the areas that carry over onto the inside of the book. Allow to fully dry.
  2. To add a weathered look to the outside pages: Slightly dip the toothbrush into black paint. Hold the toothbrush up to the pages and run your thumb across the toothbrush’s bristles, so the paint splatters against the sides of the pages. Also run the toothbrush across the corners, darkening them up a bit.
  3. Trim out your paper to be a bit bigger than your book (you’ll need the excess to wrap around the book).
  4. Apply regular Mod Podge to the areas that the paper will cover. Adhere paper to Mod Podge, wrapping it around the cover and onto the inside cover. Gently smooth out bubbles.
  5. On the inside covers, trim paper (using a straight edge and a ruler). I trimmed mine at 1/2″, just make sure you allow enough paper to wrap around the sides and onto the inside of the cover. Snip the corners, fold over and adhere with Mod Podge.
  6. Add a bewitching title to the spine with scrapbooking letters.

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Enjoy your ‘spooktacular creations’.

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Halloween Silhouette Plates September 1, 2012

I relish the idea of having a wall dedicated to holiday appropriate white plates that could be changed out every season. I started pricing out plain, white, ceramic plates and quickly found out that my vision well exceeded my pocket book. So I came up with this.

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You will need:

  • White paper plates (The plates I used were coated on one side and had a pearly white color to them, plain white plates will work as well. Check the party area in your store.)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Scrapbooking silhouettes, check your local craft store (I found mine at a ‘Dollar Tree’ store, they were a buck a piece for a pack of 15)
  • File folder without pockets
  • Black glitter (optional)
  • Black marker (optional)
  • Blue painter’s tape
  1. Cover work surface with wax paper or some type of plastic sheeting so the Mod Podge will not stick to the surface.
  2. Adhere silhouette to plate with Mod Podge.
  3. Cover/paint silhouette and entire plate with Mod Podge, allow to fully dry.
  4. Make ringlets with blue tape, place ringlets onto back of plate, attach paper plate to wall. Be careful with the blue tape. Some DO state on the packaging that if it’s left on a surface for a long period of time, it will become permanent. Read manufactures labeling.

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If you want to further embellish your creation – highlight areas of your plate with glitter.

  1. Paint the edge of the plate with Mod Podge or a certain area of the silhouette (owl’s tree branch) or the entire silhouette.
  2. Sprinkle black glitter on top of the Mod Podge.
  3. Shake of excess glitter. I left some glitter behind on my plate to add to the spookiness.

Hint: Shake off excess glitter over file folder. Slightly fold file folder and pour remaining glitter back into glitter container.

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You could also create your own silhouettes using a black Sharpie® marker or black paint. Research images on the internet for reference.

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When storing plates, place a sheet of wax paper between them so they won’t stick together.

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You can switch out plates every season/holiday.

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A Spoon Full Of Sweet Sentiments July 19, 2012

A grade-school friend of ours was having a bridal shower. Katie mentioned we should come up with a craft to give her. We brainstormed and came up with a collage magnet spoon. We went through magazines to find words that spelled out the date of the wedding, embellished the spoon with scrapbooking elements and added magnets to the back.

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You will need:

  • Older spoon (check garage sales, resale shops, Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc)
  • Pour-on, 2-part epoxy (We used Parks Super Glaze Pour-On Finish & Preservative. Purchased at Home Depot: www.homedepot.com this will last you a looooong time. We’ve been trying to come up with craft projects that would entail this product. Follow the manufacturers instructions, carefully. We do have 2 tips – measure EXACTLY and stir, stir, stir. When measuring, we use 2 of the exact same measuring containers. Medicine cups work well, just be sure they are the exact same style. Setting them next to eachother when pouring the 2 solutions, can ensure that you will have exact measurements. Also when you mix the 2 solutions together, be sure to scrape all sides and bottom of the container when stirring.)
  • 2 medicine cups (for the epoxy – the epoxy will ruin your containers, so use something that you’re alright with discarding after the project)
  • Mixing container (for the epoxy)
  • Gloves (when mixing the epoxy)
  • Timer (mixing the epoxy)
  • Craft stick (mixing epoxy)
  • Wax paper
  • Discarded magazines
  • Sharp scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Magnets (we used button style magnets)
  • E-6000 adhesive
  • Safety pin or toothpick (pop bubbles in epoxy)
  • Scrapbooking embellishments
  • Scrapbooking mounting squares
  • Mod Podge (optional)

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  1. Cover work surface with wax paper. Go through magazines to find the words you’re looking for. We wanted the piece to have a ransom note-style. Trim out words, adhere them to the bowl of the spoon with scrapbooking mounting squares. We used tweezers to help with placement. Add scrapbooking embellishments. We had adhesive pearls that were gray and light blue. At this point you could paint the piece with Mod Podge (allow to fully dry before adding epoxy). We opted out of this step. We wanted a more rustic look. The epoxy got under the edges of the words, adding to the rustic feel of the piece.
  2. Prop up spoon so the bowl is level. We propped up the handle with the button magnets.
  3. Following manufacturer’s instructions, mix up the 2-part epoxy and pour into bowl of spoon. Be careful NOT to over fill the spoon. Bubbles will appear in the epoxy, this is the cool part, blow over the epoxy with a heavy breath. You will notice the bubbles will begin to disappear. Repeat this process, until all the bubbles are gone. A toothpick or safety pin can come in handy to help get rid of the bubbles as well.
  4. Let epoxy fully dry.
  5. Attach button magnets to the underside of the bowl and handle of the spoon. Making sure the magnets are level so they both will adhere to the magnetic surface.

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A birthday spoon would be a neat gift to give. The word ‘day’ is hard to find. ‘Birth’ is even harder, so opt for the letter ‘B’ – ‘Happy B Day’.

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