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Family Tag Feud 2010: Notes & Results

Well, the results are in…and it’s a shocking upset!

It was down to the wire – the battle was settled by only a few votes on a single tag – but the rookie pulled out a victory: Mike is the family tag feud winner! The final score was 7 tags to 5 tags in his favor. That’s the last time I teach him to do anything…

So…here’s a look at the tags again, along with the reveal this time of who made which one, and a few random notes about what we did on them.

Day 1:

Results: Nancy 60%, Mike 40%

Nancy : The bingo card is a digital element that I resized and printed out. I had already attached it when I decided to use the music stamp, so I laid a blank index card over the bingo card as a protective mask while I stamped the music stamp.

Mike: He drew a line of Stickles  and then smeared them with his finger to the distressed glitter effect. He says this is an old oil painting technique that he knew. The background is actually a collage created from torn pieces of paper that were glued down in layers.

Day 2:

Results: Nancy 48%, Mike 52%

This was the tag that ended up deciding the battle. It came down to less than two dozen votes and this one wasn’t decided until down to the wire!

Nancy – The music stamp made another appearance on my work already on Day 2. It became a “go to” item for me. You’ll notice as the feud went on that we both had our favorite items that we turned to again and again to use.

Mike – Mike’s “go to” item also appeared on this day’s tag, the Christmas tree stamp that he bought while we were out shopping. His other favorite item, Stickles, also appears here. The man is fascinated with Stickles!

Day 3:

Results: Nancy 30%, Mike 70%

Nancy - This holiday travel-themed piece has more texture in person than in the photo. I tried layering a lot of stamping techniques here and didn’t get quite the effect that I had hoped for.

Mike -Mike wanted to experiment with the Cricut and this tag grew out of that. He embellished the moon cut-out with crackle and some other products just to see what could be done with it. He says he would have liked more crackle on the moon but found over the course of the tagging that none of our crackle stuff “crackled” as much as he would have liked (but it’s possible he says that he’s not using it right).

Day 4:

Results: Nancy 37%, Mike 63%

Nancy - This tag centered around me wanting to try using the floral Sizzix die to make a poinsettia flower. And the theme is a bit of a hidden message sent with the  “What Do I really want?” and “Wish.” The tie on it was made by dyeing a strip of fabric with some Studio Calico Color Mist – a detail that I was particularly proud of.

Mike - The music stamp makes an appearance on Mike’s work! This was Mike playing with the fragments. He drilled the hole, mounted paper on it, Stickled it, etc., just to see what he could do with it.

Day 5:

Results: Nancy 23%, Mike 77%

Mike – Mike was trying here to see if he could bring a more familiar world (digital) into the look and feel that he’d been learning about in paper. He liked the result but kind of felt like he was cheating because he could never have done this in paper (the effects he used just couldn’t be replicated in paper).

Nancy – As soon as I saw the tag of Tim Holtz’s from 2007 that did this with the fragments, I knew I wanted to try my own version of it! The 3 flowers reflect my obsession with the rule of 3′s – that elements should be placed in odd numbers. I was really happy with how this one came out.

Day 6:

Results: Nancy 44%, Mike 56%

Nancy – I hated this one…I knew what I was trying to do and it totally didn’t come out anything like I envisioned. It’s a bit better in person than it photographed, but I’m still not happy with it. The top part just has NO dimension, and the rub-on isn’t straight, which really bugs me.

Mike – This was Mike’s first effort at trying to use lighter colors. The tree stamp appears yet again…he says he used it a lot to see what would happen if he used it in different ways.

Day 7:

Results: Nancy 75%, Mike 25%

Nancy – This seriously may be my favorite of all of my tags! It’s got texture and depth…and I love the color scheme. I love that it is so heavily vintage! I can’t believe that I made something collage and vintage when I’m normally so heavily graphic in my layout of things. I was also excited that I managed to incorporate the Cricut cartridge that I love, A Child’s Year.

Mike – His motivation was that he wanted to play with a bunch of different embellishments here. He made the packages from scrap paper. You’ll notice it is, as it’s base, another Christmas tree with Stickle balls on it. He says he learned from this that pre-made embellishments are HARD to use because they are opposite of what you would think – giving them somewhere to shine is hard, you can’t just slap them down!

Day 8:

Results: Nancy 61%, Mike 39%

Mike – This is one of Mike’s favorites even though the voters didn’t receive it well. It was the digital world and the crafting world colliding – he used a lot of percentage blends and transparencies that you can’t duplicate in straight ink and paper so it’s a bit of a cheat in his opinion again. But he liked the way it came out.

Nancy – This was really simple in appearance but actually took me a long time of fussing over to get just right. I was really pleased with this one – it has more texture in person because of the embossing, and it has a bit of a folk art thing going that I was pleased that I pulled off.

Day 9:

Results: Nancy 68%, Mike 32%

Nancy – This tag skirted disaster but then came out really well I thought. I ADORE this bird die by Tim Holtz and just had to try it out when it arrived. The background has a lot of stuff on it – layers of ink, the music stamp (again), the painted edges, and the rub-ons of holly. I was really scared I was going to screw it up doing all that! But I was really happy with the final result.

Mike – Mike wanted to use the flowers and so everything started to turn pink as he built the tag around it. He was in a Stickles phase here. He became fascinated with the way Stickles worked doing this because, as he says, “the last time I played with glitter I was in preschool and it involved Elmer’s glue” – and so it ended up very glittery. Every single tag I think that he did had Stickles (except the digital ones) because he said “it was amazing being able to pinpoint the glitter and when else but the holidays can you get away with that much glitter?”

Day 10:

Results: Nancy 27%, Mike 73%

Nancy – This photo was printed on a matte self-adhesive paper that is semi-transparent to make it kind of faded out. I think it makes it look kind of antique or like a polaroid in this application (although it looks better in person than it photographed because the flash faded it out more).

Mike – Another exercise here for Mike in playing with embellishments. He used a few smaller embellishments here and then the bells. The tree stamp makes an appearance again too! He also used a stamp as an embellishment which he hadn’t really done before.

Day 11:

Results: Nancy 77%, Mike 23%

Nancy – This tag is a combination of my obsession with graphic layout & elements (the graph background, the joy to the world typeface, the tape) and very vintage elements. I love these sorts of elements like these cards but struggle to know how to use them. (I like how this came out though.) This is another example of my rule of 3 compulsion with the metal embellishments.

Mike – The tag was supposed to feel “old”. The quarter was supposed to be reminiscent of back when a quarter would have been a good Christmas gift. He finds working with grunge paper very frustrating because it always seemed to shrink like a shrinky dink under a heat gun for him. Here he made that work to his advantage, and did that intentionally to the starfish since it kind of worked for this.

Day 12:

Results: Nancy 34%, Mike 66%

Nancy – The bird and cage are a hidden subtext here. The design is simple but all of the elements were extremely carefully created and detailed.  I loved the color scheme that was created on the numbers when I painted the white crackle paint over red inked chipboard that wasn’t apparently dry. The red bled into the paint for a nice pink effect.

Mike – Another variation on the tree, this tag is probably one of his least 4 favorites. He wanted to do a dark contrasty one this time. Actually there are only 3 colors in the whole tag, really. Basically it’s a monochrome exercise. The one thing he says he still doesn’t get about scrapbooking, and that he’d like to get feedback on – the swirl in the upper left corner is there to just fill space…he’s still not sure what it actually brings to the tag. He says he knows it works but is not sure why that works.

In conclusion…some notes from Mike:

A few readers have been asking me to comment on my experience making our 12 tags this holiday season.  There were numerous funny moments, frustrating moments, and amazing moments along the way.  I’ll take away those priceless memories along with two main impressions from my great paper crafting experiment.

#1: Paper crafting allows for far more creativity than I ever imagined

Having gone with Nancy on more than one journey to the local scrapbook stores and having a ton of exposure to the hobby over the years in many other ways, I still had the impression that paper crafting would feel limiting to me.  My background is primarily digital having worked in the photography, digital design, and printing industry for the better part of the last two decades.  I was sure that I would feel limited working in the analog world of pre-printed papers and the limited color palette of whatever inks and such might be in Nancy’s current stash.

I was wrong.  Using various techniques that Nancy was able to show me, along with watching some video tutorials from online sources such as the amazing Tim Holtz and others, I was able to create some amazingly satisfying complex and organic effects.  In fact, it was the unpredictability of paper crafting that appealed to me the most.

#2: Paper crafting is hard

Not to sound insulting but my other opinion of paper crafting going into this exercise was that it was relatively easy.  It seemed to me before this that so much of the hard work, the creative design, is often done for the artist through the use of pre-purchased embellishments, papers, fonts, etc.  For me, paper crafting sounded sort of like putting a puzzle together.  The challenge was putting the pieces together in the right order.  The picture was just a result of being successful.

Again – wrong!  Sure, a pre-printed sticker or piece of paper certainly gives the paper crafting artist a head start on their project.  But I quickly learned that using pre-made pieces was no different than having a broad collection of paints and brushes.  The skill is knowing how to use the resources you have and not trying to let the purchased materials do the work for you.  I’m sure many of you see my limited talents shining through in most of my tags this year.  Just pasting down a bunch of stickers and ribbon on a fancy piece of paper is not what paper crafting is about.

So, with a much deeper respect I bow to you the paper crafters of the world.  I will happily hide back in my world of the pixel and the undo button for now and allow you all to continue to amaze me with your special skills and wonderful artistic creations.  Thank you for letting me invade your craft for a few weeks, making me feel welcome, and even being kind enough to appreciate if not the result at least the intended result of my efforts.

Let’s do this again sometime!

In conclusion…from Nancy:

First, I’d like to thank the talented Tim Holtz for inspiring this project with his 12 Tags of Christmas (and planting the seed for some other personal projects I am now planning thanks to my new obsession with tags). Tim not only does things that don’t seem possible with inks and paper, but then he shows you that you can do them too – which is the most amazing part of what he does.

I’d also like to sincerely thank everyone who followed along with us on this journey. We never imagined that so many people would get so much enjoyment out of it. We really just started this as a way for Mike to share in my world of paper crafting and learn about it, and as a holiday activity to share together. It was a very special time for us as a family, sitting at the kitchen table together over our his-and-hers craft mats, and we are touched that so many people enjoyed sharing it with us. Thank you all.

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52 Responses to Family Tag Feud 2010: Notes & Results

  1. Denise Coulter December 29, 2010 at 10:08 pm #

    Loved all your beautiful cards and friendly competition. Hope you do it again next year!

  2. tencraftyfingers December 29, 2010 at 10:20 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing your experiences! I think that Mike is quite insightful and I couldn’t have said it better myself. Happy New Year!

  3. Marilyn S December 29, 2010 at 10:21 pm #

    I really enjoyed following your journey and appreciate the follow up here in this post….closure, you know? Looking forward to a rematch!

  4. Deb December 29, 2010 at 11:11 pm #

    I love how this was really a family activity first, and a competition second. My husband and I make cards for each other, and it’s a special part of the holiday when we do a little crafting for each other. When we’re on vacation, sometimes we bring crafting supplies and craft together. It’s fun when we’re both able to teach each other.

  5. Kathy T December 29, 2010 at 11:44 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing with us. I have enjoyed it so much. Looking forward to next year!

  6. Tracey December 30, 2010 at 12:39 am #

    Thanks for the great wrap-up! It’s great to see the tags all in one place. You both should be very proud of your beautiful tags. I voted on a few of the days, but it was really hard. All of them are breathtaking and full of inspiration!

  7. Tanya December 30, 2010 at 1:28 am #

    Have thoroughly enjoyed ‘playing’ along with your tag feud by voting each time – and listening to you talk about ‘trash talk’ on the paperclipping roundtable – it’s been so much fun and I sincerely hope you think up future ‘feuds’ to embark on with Mike (in the paper crafting vein naturally) so we can all have fun again. Not that I’m encouraging trash talk in your relationship!! [Then again what relationship doesn't need a bit of erm, healthy competition :-)]. Thanks again.

  8. Debra December 30, 2010 at 1:57 am #

    Hi guys,

    Loved following along with you and your tag making challenge. I loved not knowing who made what – made it fun! Was hard to vote sometimes, I agree with that. So, Mike is the dripping snow person – kinda thought he was. And I guessed right about the music stamp – I knew that was you, Nancy. Wow, a lot of fun had because of this challenge – good for you. The biggest blessing of all I think is that you guys have had a lot of fun together making stuff and sharing it. Relationships are built on shared experiences and you guys just built another solid wall in your marriage. Good for you!!

    Debra in Australia

  9. Linda H December 30, 2010 at 2:57 am #

    Thank you Nancy & Mike for letting us follow along in your challenge. It was a lot of fun! I hope this becomes an annual event for you, well for all of us. . .you creating, “us” voting!

    To answer Mike’s question, in my opinion it brings balance. If you took the swirl out, the tag would probably be ok, but it would not “feel” quite right. More than once I have created something with the “not quite right” feeling, and then had to play with different elements until I found what was missing.

    Thanks again for the fun! Hope you have a healthy, prosperous and fabulous new year!

  10. LINDA F.J. December 30, 2010 at 3:22 am #

    It was so much fun to decide which tag would win. I loved them all. What fun. Maybe you can do something like this again. Mike did a great job on his tags.

  11. Gab December 30, 2010 at 3:30 am #

    That was such a fun thing to do! Thank you Nancy and Mike for sharing your creations with us !

  12. Amy K December 30, 2010 at 4:54 am #

    Great job you two – another wonderful way to bond.

    This was a lot of fun! Thanks for letting us participate. I hope you’ll do something like this again.

    Happy New Year!

  13. kathleen.summers December 30, 2010 at 5:12 am #

    Oh, I don’t think we crafters could resist watching a wife getting her husband to try papercrafting and then also getting to him to agree to a little competitive fun for us all to watch! It was so fun for me as a reader and this post was the best. I just loved getting to read each of your comments on each tag and the “conclusion” notes from Mike too. SO FUN! Please do it again some time soon!!

  14. Bev Leeson December 30, 2010 at 5:13 am #

    Thanks so much for the summary and showing all the Tags in one place. I really enjoyed following and looked forward to having my vote everyday. I also hope you will do it again. Thankyou for lots of fun and Inspiration.
    Kind Regards,
    Bev (Downunder)…….

  15. kathleen.summers December 30, 2010 at 5:15 am #

    I should also add that I loved that you made it anonymous after the first tag – it was fun voting and hard to vote some days too!

  16. LindaBabe December 30, 2010 at 5:22 am #

    I loved all the tags, Nancy and really appreciate that you guys stuck to the competition through to the end. That swirl at the top of Mike’s last tag? Yes, it fills the space – but that tag is all about a snowstorm – and snow swirls – especially when the wind blows, so I think it adds motion to the tag.

    It was nice to have your comments at the end – and I gained new appreciation for the tags I didn’t vote for – the one with the quarter, for example. It made perfect sense once I knew the reason for the quarter!

  17. Lysa Colonna December 30, 2010 at 8:02 am #

    This was a wonderful challenge and I totally enjoyed following along. You both did a fantastic job on all the tags. Thanks so much for the follow up. Wishing you all the best for the New Year and hoping you both will take on another challenge for us all to follow and be inspired by. Many thanks for all you do on this website!
    Lysa

  18. Lyneen December 30, 2010 at 8:25 am #

    It was great to follow and see the tags. i wish I could get my DH to sit and try a few so he would understand… for now he will stay in the garage with his cars. THANKS

  19. Donna VW December 30, 2010 at 8:38 am #

    I loved this feature, it was great fun to be involved and to see the results. Happy New Year!

  20. Stephanie December 30, 2010 at 8:41 am #

    I really liked this series as an interruption from the business side of scrapbooking. A great big round of applause for Mike for joining in the fun by making tags, but especially for providing his insight on his tags and to papercrafting over all. Great series!

  21. Karenliz December 30, 2010 at 8:48 am #

    I had a wonderful time watching this tag challenge. I know many people who think I’m nuts sitting in my craft room for hours playing with paper. They believe it to be easy and not worth their time until they give it a try and realize it’s not that easy BUT they had a great time trying. Mike, congrats on your win! You were both winners!

  22. Lisa Williams December 30, 2010 at 9:05 am #

    Really enjoyed following the “feud”! It was so much fun to see the wonderful tags you guys made! Thanks for sharing!

  23. Betsy Burnett December 30, 2010 at 9:08 am #

    I know the best part for both of you was doing something together. Thanks for sharing your journey with us! I loved them all! Congrats to Mike on his win!

  24. Tam December 30, 2010 at 9:09 am #

    I loved following your tag creation and especially liked todays reveal. All of the tags were great and gave me some ideas. Mike – I commend you on a job well done and your final thoughts were touching. It is nice to see appreciation to all of us paper crafters. May you both be richly blessed and your marriage stregthened in 2011!

  25. Bev December 30, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    so much thought went into your tags…….so hard to vote for me, as something about every one really spoke to me. Loved pondering over these each day and really hope you do it again……would cards be too much to ask for? I would get so much inspiration from you.
    Thank you and Happy 2011

  26. Glenda December 30, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    Nancy and Mike, I enjoyed voting on all the tags. I especially enjoyed reading your detail and explanation of each tag. It was both inspiring as a papercrafter and inspiring as an example of what makes a relationship fun! May God bless your family abundantly in 2011! I vote for a repeat so we can all enjoy the fun!

  27. Renee Lecatsas December 30, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    This was so much fun! I loved hearing about it on the round table, but I follow your site so it was easy and fun to vote. I love that after the first day we had no idea who did which tag. Congrats to Mike – Nancy you did a great thing introducing him to the art of scrapbooking (and your tags are awesome).

    Mike about #12 – I think some of it is Nancy’s rule of three. Also, it’s the right element an artistic icicle if you will. It really fits better than the embossed ice. The embossed ice needed to be different somehow maybe a little sliver or blue added. That said I still love this tag just as it is.

  28. S December 30, 2010 at 9:49 am #

    It was a lot of fun following along, but I’m sure nothing compared to the fun you two had together. Well done!

  29. Kathy K December 30, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    I absolutely loved following the feud. I looked forward to each email. You both did a fantastic job and made choosing one over the other very difficult. Nancy you are so lucky your hubby was willing to try paper crafting – and he was good at it! Wow! I’m looking forward to the next feud – maybe Easter tags????

  30. laurensmom22 December 30, 2010 at 10:52 am #

    Thank you both for a fun way to spend the holidays. I would SOOO love it if my husband would sometime share this hobby with me.

    Thanks again, it was fun. Hope you have another friendly competition next year!

  31. Katherine M December 30, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    What an awesome way to create a family keepsake! Thank you so much for sharing your tag creating journey with all of us! It was fun to see what you both put together and to imagine the trash talk going on during the creating! I would love to try this with my family and will probably try to get a tag a month done so we will have our own tag album by Christmas next year.
    Thanks so much for the inspiration! Have a Safe, Healthy & Happy New Year!

  32. lynne moore December 30, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    That was so much fun to follow along and then this end reveal was…. revealing. Thanks for the notes and comments by both of you. They are really interesting. I’d love to try and get my husband to do this too. He dabbles in scrapbooking with me – but is afraid of stickers and stamps. Thanks.

  33. Michelle Marks December 30, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

    I thoroughly enjoyed playing along and voting on your tag challenge. For some odd reason I never did receive the emails of the last 4 tag days and was wondering where they had disappeared to!!! So I was really glad that you had a complete report here today as I got to see the tags I missed. Well done Mike! Watch out Nancy…you’d better lock up your craft room…you’ve created your own monster LOL. Thanks again for sharing such a fun project!Hope you had a lovely Christmas and wishing you all the best in 2011!

  34. Barb in Ak December 30, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    I had so much fun getting to vote for the tags, and I was always excited to see a new choice :-) You both are so talented! Congrats Mike! You are a great student, and I KNOW Nancy was an exceptional teacher! :-) May you both have a Happy 2011 !!

  35. Angela December 30, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    I so enjoyed this “Competition” Thanks for the hard work of posting this. It goes to show you that there is craftiness in all of us :) Have a Happy, Healthy, Fun, Great New Year.

  36. Cindy d December 30, 2010 at 1:16 pm #

    Congratulations Mike! Beginner’s luck? Can’t wait until next year to watch the competition again. This was so much fun- obviously a lot of talent in the family.

  37. Lynn Mercurio December 30, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

    I hope you two had as much fun making these tags as we did seeing and voting on them. Happy New Year!

  38. Brenda Jones December 30, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

    Nancy and Mike, wow, what rich blessings in this whole Family Feud Tag challenge. You blessed each other with time spent together, and doing something fun. You blessed your daughter with another example of how to strengthen the bonds of a marriage relationship, and you blessed all of us with being included in ya’lls fun AND getting to enjoy the great creations by each of you. Picking up some fantastic papercrafting tips from what you’ve done is certainly another bonus for all of us. Many thanks for getting to be part of all the fun. Let’s all do this again!!

  39. Judy L Dickerson December 30, 2010 at 1:32 pm #

    this was SOO fun and a great way to do something together besides follow your wife around the industry..I really enjoyed trying to guess by the elements chosen ..whos was whose..hope you doing this again..

  40. Vicki December 30, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    I can only imagine that next xmas there will be a few more husbands sitting at the kitchen table with stickles on their hands!! What a great family project!

    When my kids were younger we used to make a special holiday decoration each year. This might be a way to bring back that fun (the kids are gone..but hubby might find it amusing)

  41. Robin W December 30, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    This wrap up was great–I especially enjoyed learning some of the background story on each tag. I want you both to know that I had a hard time choosing each day–both of you created such beautiful tags. I also enjoyed seeing the different ways you both used Nancy’s stash :) Thanks for sharing your fun with us, and have a Happy New Year!

  42. Tracy Thomas December 30, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

    I loved this family friendly competition and was so impressed with your husbands talents! I am going to try and talk my husband into doing this with me next year! Maybe he’ll learn to be a little more respectful of papercrafting when we are done!!! Thank you so much for doing this and sharing it with all of us!

  43. Mary S December 30, 2010 at 4:41 pm #

    Oh! Oh! I hope your husband isn’t the type to “rub it in” that he won. You will never be able to live it down. You will have to insist on a rematch. All the tags were super! Mike did really well for being inexperienced; but it sounds like he has some artistic background which he was able to use. He was sure fascinated by the tree. HA! It’s amazing that your husband sat down to do this with you. It shows how much he cares about you and what you enjoy. Kuddos to you both for a great relationship. Have a Great New Year!

  44. kathy s December 30, 2010 at 6:37 pm #

    thank you for such a lighthearted look into your creativity- I has been a great time and I don’t think I did too bad I got half my guesses right-but I mostly chose Mikes tags even though I thought Nancy had made some of them -sorry Nancy don’t take it to heart I think he was probably trying harder because as he says -it’s hard work to create with papercrafts.

  45. Kelly December 30, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

    This challenge was so enjoyable. Wonderful idea and I do hope you do it again next year. Very impressive work from both you and Mike.
    I wish all the best in the New Year and look forward to your contributions.
    Thank you.

  46. Claire December 30, 2010 at 7:33 pm #

    Nancy and Mike – that was a fantastic competition! Thanks SO much for sharing with us. Mike – congratulations for winning (ouch) – I voted on nearly all the tags and it was incredibly difficult to choose between them most days! Nancy – you are incredibly big hearted to do this with us, obviously have great teaching skills so good on you for introducing your hubby to this great craft. I am SO impressed with him, although reading Mike’s (fabulous) wrap up it is absolutely apparent he has more than a little creativity running through him (can’t see my husband even wanting to attempt this any time soon).
    A very happy and successfull 2011 to you all!

    Claire (Australia)

  47. Beth Sutton January 2, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    Really so much fun to follow! Thanks for keeping it anonymous; it really added to the fun!

  48. scrapper al January 2, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

    I really enjoyed seeing both of your creations. What a fun competition and learning experience!

  49. Cynthia H January 3, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Congrats, Mike! I had fun following this – glad it was a good experience for both of you as well.

  50. Laurie J.M. January 5, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    This was an absolutely wonderful and delightful project to read about. Getting both Mike’s and Nancy’s perspective on each tag they made was a great idea. Now if I could just get my own dh to give it a try!!

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