Creative Challenge: Ten Minute Treats

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We’ve all been there…running out the door to a party or event and realizing, eek!, that we need a last-minute gift. Whether it’s for a teacher, party host, or gift exchange with friends, it’s incredibly helpful to have a store of quick gift options stashed away in your repertoire. Join us this month as our team shares some of their ideas for crafting ten minute treats your recipients will love.

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Take a cue from Julia by popping some sweet treats (homemade or store bought!) into a repurposed jar. Add a layered tag, a decorative topper to the lid, and voila! Instant gift.

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Karolyn’s delightfully layered cocoa treat features die-cut snowflake accents on the jar, a heat-embossed mitten tag, and a simple ribbon tie. Her details are superb and take an easy homemade treat to the next level of gifting!

Our team has gone above and beyond crafting perfect last-minute treats and favors featuring jars, bags, tags, and more! Click through to each of their blogs to see how they’re tackling emergency gift giving. Tag #mftstamps when you share your own holiday projects so we can see how you were inspired.

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Craft Ahead, Worry Behind – Thank You

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As 2015 dwindles, our minds begin to think ahead to the new year at hand. What can we do to make 2016 our best year yet?

One way to enjoy the new year is to plan ahead and get organized, and that’s what we’re here to help you with! This week we are encouraging you to craft ahead so that you can leave worry behind in 2016. Granted, your schedule might be a little on the crazy busy side at the moment, but you’re totally down with some simple planning ahead, am I right?

So here’s the plan. Each day this week we will be sharing some of MFT’s greatest hits based on card themes that you use the most often — thank you, celebrations, get well, sympathy, encouragement, hello, and birthday cards. Pin the ones that you love on your Pinterest boards and then once things settle down a bit, use these cards as inspiration to get your stash well-stocked for the year. Won’t that be a great feeling?

While you’re at it, be sure to follow My Favorite Things on Pinterest so that you won’t miss one fantastic project, tutorial, or video!

Here are 8 thank you card ideas that you can pin for later inspiration! Below each individual photo, you will find a direct link to the original post of the card if you are interested in products and/or techniques.

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8 Thank You Card Ideas to Spark Your Creativity

Handmade thank you card from Jodi Collins featuring Paris Skyline Die-namics

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Handmade thank you card from Jodi Collins featuring Cool Cup Die-namics

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Handmade card from Yoonsun Hur featuring the Thanks So Very Much stamp set and the Lisa Johnson Designs Delicate Pretty Poppies stamp set

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Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring the Birdie Brown Polynesian Paradise stamp set and the Four Way Chevron Cover-Up Die-namics

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Handmade card from Donna Mikasa featuring the Abstract Art stamp set

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Handmade card from Lisa Johnson featuring the Thanks So Very Much stamp set and the Lisa Johnson Designs Delicate Pretty Poppies stamp set

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Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring the Laina Lamb Design Count the Stars stamp set and Lucky Stars and Stars & Wishes Die-namics

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Handmade card from Torico featuring the Cat-itude stamp set and Die-namics

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SO much inspiration, right? You’ll be all set for 2016 in no time at all!

Leave your answer  to the question Who do you need to say thank you to this holiday season?  in the comments, and we’ll choose one randomly selected person to win a $25 gift certificate to the My Favorite Things boutique to get you started on making cards for 2016. We’ll be giving away another $25 gift certificate on Instagram, so be sure to comment there for a second chance to win. All winners will be announced on Monday, December 21, so make sure to check back to see if your name is on the list!

Before you go, here are some fun products from My Favorite Things that are perfect for making thank you cards!

Saying thank you never goes out of style!

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Product Spotlight: Leafy Greenery

Before we get to today’s post, we have our randomly selected New Product Launch winners. Both of these lucky ladies have won $100 Vouchers to the MFT boutique. Enjoy!

from Keisha’s blog: LisaJ

from Julie’s blog: Leanne

Congratulations to you both! Your Gift Vouchers will be emailed to you sometime later today, so keep an eye out. And thank you to everyone that commented on our Design Team blogs. We appreciate you all!

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Time to take a trip back to re-visit one of our December Release products. This month, we’re taking a closer look at the Leafy Greenery Die-namics. This set is versatile in more ways than one. From simple leafy accents to lush and layered scenes, you’ll discover an endless variety of ways to incorporate this gorgeous foliage into your crafting. Two different size options means you’ll always have the perfect fit.

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Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring Leafy Greenery and Doubly Amazing

Handmade card from Julie Dinn featuring Leafy Greenery and Amazing

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Leafy Greenery and Sweet Safari

Handmade card from Mayuri featuring Leafy Greenery and Watercolor Stripes Background

Handmade card from Kimberly Crawford featuring Leafy Greenery and Adorable Elephants

Handmade card from Julia Stainton featuring Leafy Greenery and Stitched Alphabet

Handmade card from Julia Stainton featuring Leafy Greenery and Etched Tribal Background

Handmade card from Torico featuring Leafy Greenery and Sweet Safari

Handmade card from Keisha Campbell featuring Leafy Greenery and Circle Burst Stencil

Handmade card from Keisha Campbell featuring Leafy Greenery and Tropical Flowers

Handmade card from Karin Åkesdotter featuring Leafy Greenery and Watercolor Stripes Background

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Leafy Greenery and Watercolor Stripes Background

There are so many ways to put the Leafy Greenery Die-namics to use in your own crafting. We really want to see what you create with it so make sure to tag #mftstamps on your social media sharing so we can be inspired by your beautiful work!

Sweet Safari Birthday

The incredibly talented Anni Lerche is kicking off our December guest posts. Her fresh and colorful Sweet Safari looks will drive you wild!

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Anni’s first card features the ferocious lion included in the set. Her unreal coloring skills add so much to both the lion, as well as the birthday accessories from Birdie Brown’s Birthday Bear set. Framing him with the Stitched Arch STAX Die-namics is a wonderful touch!

Handmade birthday card from Anni Lerche featuring Sweet Safari

I think it’s safe to call this next card a majestic menagerie of safari animals. Her inviting composition features simply colored grounding for her characters and an understated birthday greeting.

Handmade birthday card from Anni Lerche featuring Sweet Safari


We want to see your wildly inventive MFT projects as well! Be sure to tag #mftstamps when you share your project on social media – we’re always on the looking for more fabulous projects featuring My Favorite Things.

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It’s Time to Shop for the NEW December Products

You’ve been waiting an entire week to take home the latest Die-namics, stamp sets, stencil, and papers. Now it’s finally time to make them yours!

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Birdie Brown Adoable Elephants

All of our December release products are available HERE in the MFT Boutique. Scroll to the end to see how YOU can win one of 2, $100 Gift Vouchers as part of tonight’s New Product Launch celebration!

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In addition to your favorite products, we also help you save money on every order.  We offer 3 Ways to Save with every purchase.

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1. Our Free with $60 Die-namics set is available with each qualifying order over $60 (after any discounts, before shipping and tax).

2. You’ll receive FREE shipping on each retail USA order over $75.

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3. Our Shop to Save discounts start at 10% for each order over $100 and go up to a savings of 20% on orders over $500. That can add up, so be sure to take advantage!

My Favorite Things is your home for great products, great service, and great savings.

Handmade card from Kay Miller featuring Mini Modern Blooms

We’re so thankful for all of the inspiration our team has provided over the past week. They have another shot of inspiration to help inspire you and narrow down your shopping list to your must-have items. Visit each of their December Product Launch posts linked below and leave a comment by the end of the day on Thursday, December 10 for your chance to WIN one of two, $100 Gift Vouchers. The winners will be chosen at random and the prizes will be sent out on December 11. Start now because you don’t want to miss a single post!

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It’s Reveal Day – Don’t Be Late!

It’s almost time! Set your alarm to 10:00 PM EST, and don’t be late for our big reveal! All of the stamp sets, Die-namics, stencil, and papers we’ve been showing off over the past week will be available for purchase HERE in the MFT Boutique.

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Another release, another fabulous class PDF and Youtube playlist featuring every single class project. Whether you prefer printed directions or are a more visual learner, we’ve got you covered. I know you’ll be as inspired by our team as we are. Download the December Class PDF HERE or check out our playlist HERE.

We want to make your shopping experience fun – not stressful, so we’ve created THIS shopping list that you can print out and check off as you fill your cart!

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One of the most important parts of shopping is saving. We offer you 3 ways to save with every purchase:

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Our Free with $60 Die-namics set is available with each qualifying order over $60 (after any discounts, before shipping and tax).

You’ll receive FREE shipping on each retail USA order over $75.

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And if you needed another reason to shop MFT, our Shop to Save discounts start at 10% for each order over $100 and go up, up, up to a savings of 20% on orders over $500.

My Favorite Things is your home for great products, great service, and great savings.

You can look at every new product in our December release, for sale TONIGHT at 10 PM EST, below. Click on any of the individual graphics to view a bigger picture, and hover over the picture with your cursor to view the product name.

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Now it’s time to announce the randomly selected winners of our December Release Countdown prizes! Thanks to all of you who took the time to leave a comment during the countdown! Five lucky stampers will win a $75 Prize to use in the MFT Boutique! Prizes will be sent directly to the winners’ email accounts tomorrow.

Countdown Day Five Winner: Judith – Comment #115

Countdown Day Four Winner: Candy – Comment #403

Countdown Day Three Winner: carol – Comment #279

Countdown Day Two Winner: Rosemary D  – Comment #338

Countdown Day One Winner: Lizabeth – Comment #72

Congratulations to all the winners!

The Day is Finally Here! Our December Release is So Close!

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We’ve reached the final day of the countdown and we still have so much more to share. You’ll be able to shop for all of the new December Release products TONIGHT, December 8, at 10 PM EST.

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  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on December 8. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and all winners will be announced at 8:30 PM EST on December 8 on the MFT Blog.

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TROPICAL FLOWERS

Bold & lush – the Tropical Flowers stamp set will transport you to a crafting paradise. Use the flora and fauna accents individually or layer them for depth, dimension, and a pop of contrasting color.

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See more of the Tropical Flowers stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

See more of the Tropical Flowers Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Tropical Flowers

STITCHED HEXAGON STAX

This Die-namics set takes the endlessly versatile hexagon shape and amps up the interest with a simple stitched accent around it’s perimeter. Seven graduated sizes ensure you’ll always have the perfect fit for every project.

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See more of the Stitched Hexagon STAX HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Kay Miller featuring Stitched Hexagon STAX Die-namics

GRASSY HILLS

Rolling hills with tufts of lush grass are perfect for adding scenic interest to your projects. Combine with our Snow Drifts Die-namics for infinite layering possibilities. This edge-only set allows you to cut panels of any height.

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See more of the Grassy Hills Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Yoonsun Hur featuring Grassy Hills Die-namics

WATERCOLOR STRIPES BACKGROUND

Replicate the look of beautifully irregular watercolor stripes with one simple stamped impression – easily add artistic flair to the classic stripe pattern.

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See more of the Watercolor Stripes Background HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Stephanie Klauck featuring Watercolor Stripes Background

Did anything in our December release catch your eye? Now is the time to take a few minutes to print out the handy shopping list and make note of your must-have items.

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It’s the last day of our countdown but our Design Team is still crafting inspiring new projects! Keep on clicking to see how they’ve wound things up on this final day.

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2 Days Until the December Release

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We’ll admit to being a bit wild about today’s collection of safari-inspired stamps, Die-namics, and paper packs. Feeling ferociously crafty? Today’s collection will satisfy your animal urges!

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  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on December 8. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and all winners will be announced at 8:30 PM EST on December 8 on the MFT Blog.

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PATTERNED PAPER PACKS

With this release, we’re expanding our collection with the Wild Prints Paper Pack and the Tribal Prints Paper Pack.

We’re always working to make things easy on you so that you can make the most of your crafting time. As you plan your purchases, make sure to check out our Resource Section for an easy to print PDF guide of each Patterned Paper Pack. Color matching is made simple with these handy reference guides that take the guess work out of matching card stock to paper.

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SWEET SAFARI

These exceptionally sweet line-art drawings feature safari animals in a whimsical style. Perfect for coloring, these animal friends are perfect for occasions ranging from baby showers to wild birthday greetings. The accompanying sentiments can be mix and matched for a complete card look.

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See more of the Sweet Safari stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

See more of the Sweet Safari Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Francine Vuilleme featuring Sweet Safari

LEAFY GREENERY

This collection of lush greenery will add beautiful dimension and realism to your scenes. Layer upon layer of gorgeous texture or simple, single leaf accents – no matter how you use them, the result will be stunning. Six different designs, each in two sizes, will combine to create an infinite variety of leafy looks.

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See more of the Leafy Greenery Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Leafy Greenery Die-namics

SCENIC SAFARI

Layer up a safari tableau with this trio of irregular border dies. This edge-only set allows you to cut panels of any height. Scenic Safari is this month’s Free w/ $60 Die-namics – a perfect companion to this month’s vast array of safari-themed stamps and Die-namics!

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See more of the Scenic Safari Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Scenic Safari Die-namics

PRIMITIVE CHEVRON BACKGROUND

Impart a sketchy, hand-drawn look to the classic chevron pattern with the Primitive Chevron Background.

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See more of the Primitive Chevron Background HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Barbara Anders featuring Primitive Chevron Background

ETCHED TRIBAL BACKGROUND

A tight weave of hand-drawn lines fill the square expanse of this interesting new background. Pair with animals and foliage to create an inviting setting or modernize the look by combining with graphic accents.

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See more of the Etched Tribal Background HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Yoonsun Hur featuring Etched Tribal Background

Are you enjoying the December countdown? We’ve almost reached the end (that means it’s almost time to shop!) Let’s check out the projects our talented design team has created with today’s offerings.

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3 Days Until the December Release

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New Laina Lamb Design, new Pure Innocence, and a cool new stencil make Sunday = Funday! Stick around – just three more days until the December Release is available for purchase!

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  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on December 8. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and all winners will be announced at 8:30 PM EST on December 8 on the MFT Blog.

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STITCHED ALPHABET & STITCHED NUMBERS

Laina Lamb Design always provides a trendy twist on a classic theme. The Stitched Alphabet Die-namics starts with a clean and bold font and adds some interest with a stitched accent down the center of each letter, number, and symbol.

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See more of the Stitched Alphabet Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

See more of the Stitched Numbers Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Yoonsun Hur featuring Laina Lamb Design Stitched Alphabet

STEEPED IN LOVE

Time for tea! Steeped in Love features a charming new PI girl with an irresistible tea service and darling apron. The trio of included sentiments covers a range of occasions.

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See more of the Steeped in Love stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

See more of the Steeped in Love Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Torico featuring Pure Innocence Steeped in Love

WARM & FUZZY

The diminutive Warm & Fuzzy Die-namics is perfect for pint-sized projects like tags, combining with stamped images on your cards, and adding sweet accessories to petite scenes. The resulting die cuts also layer perfectly over the matching designs in the Winter Warmth Die-namics if you prefer that look to the stamped images or want to combine the three sets!

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See more of the Warm & Fuzzy Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Kay Miller featuring Warm & Fuzzy Die-namics

CIRCLE BURST STENCIL

The Circle Burst Stencil features an explosion of dots in graduated sizes ranging from ¼” to ½”.

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Handmade card from Torico featuring Circle Burst Stencil

We’re down to just three more days. It’s not an easy wait but it is an enjoyable one when you have beautiful samples from our talented team! Keep on clicking to see what they’ve been up to with today’s products.

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4 Days Until the December Release

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An update to a previously released favorite, a dynamic duo of amazingness, and a collection of images that make it easy to add some free-spirited artistic flair to your projects without the messy cleanup – how does that sound? Keep scrolling to see today’s collection of sneak peeks!

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  • You can enter to win by commenting on each of the five countdown posts on the MFT Blog before Noon EST on December 8. Please leave only one comment per person, per day.
  • One winner will be randomly selected from each countdown day, and all winners will be announced at 8:30 PM EST on December 8 on the MFT Blog.

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MINI MODERN BLOOMS

These delicate blossoms take the wildly popular Modern Bloom images and downsize them, TWICE, for even more beautiful application options. Double up your options by combining with the previously released set or use alone for bouquet-building possibilities perfect for any project.

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See more of Mini Modern Blooms stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

See more of Mini Modern Blooms Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Francine Vuilleme featuring Mini Modern Blooms

AMAZING

This extensive sentiment set is quite literally amazing. An endless variety of takes on an awe-inspiring word provides the means to convey your appreciation, love, and best wishes. Use masking to incorporate the large brush script versions of amazing into your sentiments if desired – this collection is perfect for adding heartfelt words to both the card front, and interior!

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See more of Amazing stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

DOUBLY AMAZING

You’re amazing and so are your friends and family. Shout it from the rooftops with Doubly Amazing. This set includes both upper and lowercase versions. These dies are sized identically to the script words in the Amazing stamp set – perfect for combining with the stamped sentiment options included in that set for extra depth on your projects.

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See more of the Doubly Amazing Die-namics HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Torico featuring Amazing and Doubly Amazing Die-namics

DISTRESSED PATTERNS

Add an artistic splash of color to your projects with the Distressed Patterns stamp set. Get messy, neatly, with this variety of painted, splotchy, and spattered accents.

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See more of the Distressed Patterns stamp set HERE or by watching the video below.

Handmade card from Kay Miller featuring Distressed Patterns

We hope you’ll stick with us for the remainder of our countdown – we’re down to just four days until the December release can be all yours. To see what was created with today’s sneak peeks, keep clicking through to our Design Team member blogs.

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