Spotlight Series Week 1 is complete….

Wow.. what a fab first week… Thank you sooo much to everyone who took part in the Spotlight challenge this past 7 days … all you fab artists and designers ….and  of course to all the visitors who stopped by to check out all the Q&A’s and leave such lovely comments for the artists and designers.
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Soooo ready for week 2? I have some more fab artists and designers lined up and I just added two more artists to the lineup this month. Thanks for  joining in ladies….

Marcella from Power Poppy

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and Christine from Penny Blossomscropped-small-vintageheader

Ok.. let’s  keep this party rolling…. NEXT !!!!!

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If you ran across this post after the event is over.. you can catch all of the spotlight guests, projects and the Intro post in the tab at the top  of the page… or right here.  SPOTLIGHT

Sorry you missed out on all the fab End of Series Giveaways…. subscribe to the blog, or like the Crafting Circle Facebook Page so you don’t miss the next event  🙂

Spotlight Series Day 3 – KennyK Stamps

Who are you ?

kennyk_stamps.shop.logo.rightside_1447814264__23855We are wife-and-husband team of Elena and Kenny Kiernan. I am the stamp designer for KennyK Stamps and KennyK is a professional Illustrator, together we are have lots of creative chemistry!

Store: kennykstamps

Facebook Group: Club KennyK

Blog: KennyK Stamps Blog

 

 

Where are you ?

We are currently in Northeastern Pennsylvania and came here to be close to family, although we are both NY’ers and love going back to our old stomping grounds every chance we get!

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?

Kenny has been drawing since he could hold a crayon, he was born with a natural artistic talent, although he didn’t take it seriously as a profession until after graduate school. I myself was a professional Event Planner when I married The Man, and we always wanted to collaborate and jam our creativeness together. With the help of Donna Smith, we discovered the world of digi stamps, the rest is history!

 

What was the first product you ever had for sale?

The first digi product we offered for sale was a collection of sassy girl characters we called “Glam Gang”. We stopped using collection titles, but these girls made a huge impact on the paper crafting world! Here are just a few from the original Glam Gang collection –

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All That

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Breast Cancer Fighter

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Download Diva

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Brooklyn Babe

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Troublemaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name your favorite cartoon?

For Kenny it is Popeye and I think mine is still old school Tom & Jerry!

 

Favorite quote?

Rock Your Crafts! Of course 🙂

 

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ElenaK

 


What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

 

The ElenaK stamp of course! All kidding aside, this is a question I could never answer, they are all apart of us and so loved!

 

 

 

 

 

Who is your inspiration/muse?

Kenny is a huge comic book geek (a very sexy geek) and it’s our attitude, lifestyle and personalities that bring out creative inspirations.

 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Hoarding crafts supplies that I never use. They are just so pretty to look at. Oh and Amazon Prime, there is always a package at our door.

 

What’s your favorite color?

Kenny’s is the blues and I am in the red and hot pinks.

 

If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be?

To everyone’s surprise Kenny has no tattoos and is not a fan. I have one and if he didn’t dislike them so much I would have more.

 

If you got offered a weekend in a haunted  house/castle etc.. would you say yes?

Heck no! And that is from both of us!

 

If you suddenly changed careers and went to work at Disney…what character would you want to be?

We would be The Incredibles!

 

What’s your favorite horror movie?

For me Halloween (kill, kill, kill, kill). Kenny has never seen it!!!!!! His is the Shining. Good one KennyK!

 

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?

All the time!! Me, me, me, me ,meee!

 

What is your most popular item in the store/shop?

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Bow

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Bow (Adult)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funny enough when I designed Bow, I hadn’t giving Kenny much reference to what she would be wearing, I was going to add that on once I saw the character drawn. Kenny is the one that made her with no clothes on! I said there was no way we could put that on our shop. We would shock everyone. So, for fun, we decided to sell both versions, Bow Adult (with no clothes) and Bow and see what happens. It turns out that Bow Adult is one of our top sellers!! Right then and there we really knew who are audience was!

 

Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them?

For Kenny it was Rachel Welch and for me it was Elvis! We have never drawn them.

 

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?

I would work in production for movie sets. Kenny would be a full time musician/rock star.

 

How long have you been in business?

EST. 2011

 

If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with ?

Kenny said: The beautiful and vivacious ElenaK (what a guy!) I say: Sexy KennyK! duh!

 

When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?

We love ice cream at night. When the kids are asleep, shhhhhh!

 

What’s your favorite event, or holiday of the year?

Halloween and St. Patricks day take the cake in our house.

 

Would you go cave diving with sharks?

Absolutely not and that is for both of us.

 

Which decade do you think had the best music?

The 70’s hands down

 

Have you ever been on a blind date…. and if so..  was it fun, or a nightmare?

Huh, I don’t know if Kenny has ever been on a blind date. I have and it was a nightmare. It was a blind date, but also a double date. A couple I knew wanted to set me up with this guy. He said hi, then never looked at me or spoke to me the rest of the night, called his friends during the date and left early. I feel terrible about it till this day. I mean talk about intimidation. Poor guy couldn’t handle all that is Elena. I hope I didn’t scar him for life.

 

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax?

Snuggling with our little bunnies <3

 

Do you secretly watch WWE wrestling when no one is around?

Haha, no, but I know it’s hugely popular

 

If you were offered a trip to the moon, would you go..and if so .. which of your images/products would leave on the moon??

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Fun Question!  Me: Absolutely!!! One of my dreams. Kenny: No.  I would leave Vikki Lee Vicious, so they (whoever they are) would know that strong badass women rule the earth!

 

 

 

 

 

Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?

We don’t mind growing old, cause we are young at heart. We have had loads and loads of fun using up our youth, now we are happy to living a family life. So, gracefully, I guess.

 

If you were a classic car…. what would you be?

We would both be classic American hot rod muscle cars! Hot and Fast! LOL!!

 

How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?

When we don’t have other deadline interruptions it can take about 2 or 3 days of edits before we settle on a final product.

 

When you are working, what is the view from your window like

I am so lucky.  My backyard is adjacent to the elementary school, so I see they playground just past my yard. At lunch time I open my window to hear the kids playing.  Kids having fun is really the best sound ever! Kenny sees rooftops and a view of the beautiful church steeple.

 

What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?

Any good classic rock

 

Who scared you most as a kid when you were being naughty.. your parents or the boogey man?

My mom! She can have an 8ft man shaking in his boots. She is powerful!!

 

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?

We love that we have built friendships with people all over the world that we never met in person, but they have become a real part of our KennyK Family.

 

Show me the drawing you think most closely resembles you physically or personality-wise

For me it’s Sexy Rocker. For Kenny it’s Superhero, a.k.a Captain Damntastic

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Sexy Rocker

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Superhero

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection?

I am truly most proud of our Steampunk collection. It is not something we were very familiar with before hand, yet we were able to create a fantastic line of sassy, sexy, intricate ladies and they are still some of our best sellers. Now we are total Steampunk fans.

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Spotlight Series Day 1: Amanda Byron – Faery Ink

Who are you ?  Amanda S. Byron, Faery Ink

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Store: FaeryInk.com
Facebook Group: Faery Ink Group

 

Where are you ?  Ashland, Ohio, USA

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?
I’ve drawn since I was very little. I sold drawings of Jessica Rabbit in 4th grade and ‘bubble letter’ names with flowers and such in middle school lol. I started selling web graphics and drawing tutorials in 2003, digital stamps in 2013. I’ll let you know if I start taking anything seriously haha 😉

What was the first product you ever had for sale?
As far as digital stamps, I made a bunch of stuff to put up before I opened shop. I like to prepare ahead usually.

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What is your favorite piece in the whole store? 

 

That would be like choosing between my kids lol. Instead I’ll pick one I really like but have never seen used:

 

 

 

Who is your inspiration/muse?
My kids, my little nieces, nature, mythology, Art Nouveau, Mucha, Waterhouse, books like the Discworld series, Alice in Wonderland, Chronicles of Narnia, Grimms’ Faerytales, Tim Burton, 80s cartoons like Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake and He-Man (lol), sci-fi/fantasy genre books and movies, World of Warcraft. I draw inspiration from everything =)

How many people work with/for you?
I have a great design team but I don’t have anyone working ‘for’ me =)

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Sweets, hip hop and gothic/steampunk flavored video games lol

What was your favorite subject in school…?
English, Social Studies and Art. I love learning so I can’t pick just one =P

If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be? 
I have two in mind, one a heart with wings for my mom, the other an art nouveau style celestial goddess.

If you were reincarnated…who would you have been in a former life?
One of my first internet aliases was “Cleopatrawasuglybutpowerful” so I’ll go with Cleopatra lol.
I think Shirley MacLaine claims to have been her in a past life, so I’m probably wrong haha.

What is your most popular item in the store/shop?
Well, this one has been the most downloaded:

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But she was free, so if I disregard free or discounted images it would be a tie between these two:

 

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What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?
My Wacom tablet. I mean I have had to live without it before, but I hated it!

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax
Coloring, reading, walking.

What should be written on your gravestone when you die?
Finally, she walks on the shores of Tír na nÓg.
(Though I don’t actually want to be buried lol)

How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?
It definitely varies, but I would say on average – 5 or 6 hours to concept sketch, rough draft, final, ‘inking’, and coloring with Copics.

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?
I meet a lot of crafters and have found that they are some of the most kind-hearted, generous folks I’ve ever known. Absolutely lovely people.
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Spotlight Series Introduction..and final sneaky peek !!!

spotlight seriesWell it’s finally upon us,  just a few  more hours  till the start of the Spotlight Series… woot.

The idea behind this spotlight was to give you an insight into some of my favorite artists, designers and small craft business owners.  None of that  stuffy “About Us” stuff we all have to put on our pages..  the fun stuff  🙂 ..and of course to celebrate the blog First Anniversary.

Each spotlight guest was sent the same 50 questions; with the instructions to choose at least 10, or more if they wanted to and answer them in any fashion they see fit…. and some of them surely did LOL.

Here are the 50 questions I asked our Spotlight guests to answer…. not all of the questions are relevant to all of the guests.

  • Who are you ?
  • Where are you ?
  • When did you first start drawing/designing seriously
  • What was the first product you ever had for sale?
  • What is your favorite piece in the whole store?
  • Who is your inspiration/muse?
  • How many people work with/for you ?
  • Name your favorite cartoon?
  • Favorite quote?
  • What’s your guilty pleasure ?
  • What  job did you have BEFORE you started  drawing/designing for a living?
  • If you could hang out with ANYONE in the world ….  who would it be?….and what is the one question you would want to ask them?
  • What’s your favorite color?
  • What was your favorite subject in school…?
  • If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be?
  • What is your best and worst personality trait?
  • When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?
  • If you got offered a weekend in a haunted  house/castle etc.. would you say yes?
  • If you were a Cluedo Character, who would you be?
  • If you suddenly changed careers and went to work at Disney…what character would you want to be?
  • What’s your favorite horror movie?
  • If you were reincarnated…who would you have been in a former life.
  • When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?
  • What is your most popular item in the store/shop?
  • Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them?
  • If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?
  • What is the one question you are really glad I didn’t ask ….and dare you answer it anyway? Lol
  • If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with ?
  • When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?
  • What’s your favorite event, or holiday of the year?
  • Would you go cave diving with sharks?
  • If your parents had named you something else… what would you have picked?
  • Which decade do you think had the best music?
  • Have you ever been on a blind date…. and if so..  was it fun, or a nightmare?
  • What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax
  • What should be written on your gravestone when you die?
  • Do you secretly watch WWE wrestling when no one is around?
  • If you were offered a trip to the moon, would you go..and if so .. which of your images/products would leave on the moon??
  • Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?
  • If you were a classic car…. what would you be?
  • How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?
  • When you are working, what is the view from your window like
  • What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?
  • Who scared you most as a kid when you were being naughty.. your parents or the boogey man?
  • What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?
  • Show me the drawing you think most closely resembles you physically or personality-wise?
  • Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection?

So who are these brave souls who dare to bare their inner secrets ….

The list is still growing, so I’ll be adding to it throughout the month ..only 10 slots left.. who will it be??.  Gathering together this many fab, but busy people at short notice and in a short amount of space is a major undertaking.. so props to all these fab people for taking part and who already sent back their Q&A’s and coupon codes and sponsoring all the fab prizes coming up in the End of Series Giveaway… and  thanks to everyone who opted in and is feverishly trying to get their completed 🙂

Thanks for celebrating the blogs 1st Anniversary with me  🙂

In no  particular order…..

 

I will be compensated for purchases made through affiliate links on this page

 

Sneaky Peek……End of Spotlight Series Giveaway !

Well I have been a busy busy BUSY bee… so tired, but so worth it.  Lots of great coupons coming up from our Spotlighter’s on their Q&A spotlights…and … Drum roll please!!!!

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The June Spotlight Series will round up with a fab sponsored giveaway…. lots of prizes from spotlighter’s and sponsors.  spotlight Series begins June 1st and the giveaway July 1st, so don’t forget to subscribe for blog updates, or follow Crafting Circle on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for updates…and be sure to follow your favorite artists, designers and vendors on social media  too 🙂

Want a quick sneaky peek at what you could  win??.. and woohoooo.. finally I can  offer some international giveaways.  I always feel so bad making them US only due to shipping costs. I can’t promise they will all be open to International, since it depends on the sponsors… but there will definitely be some this time  🙂

Chameleon Pens –  Win a 5  pack of the new color range International

2 Cute Ink –  win a 6 month Subscription to the 2 cute Ink Stamp Club  International

Rick St Dennis –  Original Artwork  International

Cute As a Button –  Clear Stamps tbd

KennyK –  Digital Stamps  International

NanaDonna’s Card Dreams Blog –  Crystals Border Mega Pack, self adhesive lace and rhinestone borders. tbd

CraftingCircle – Shaker Windows  and maybe a few other miscellaneous small prizes… stay tuned. tbd

Kit & Clowder  –  K&C Gift Card International

Simply B Stamps – Gift Certificates  International

 

…are you excited yet?    and that’s just  for starters.. more to come  🙂

Be sure to check out the previous Spotlight Series Sneaky Peek Posts….

Sneaky Peek 1

Sneaky Peek 2

Sneaky Peek 3

Sneaky Peek 4

 

Day 1 Faery Ink – $25 Gift Cert.

PRIZE: $25 Gift Cert.

SPONSOR: Faery Ink

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Eligibility  – Worldwide –  Spotlight Guests are only excluded from entering their own spotlight giveaway.

How to enter  –  

  • Visit the Spotlight Series Day 1: Amanda Byron – Faery Ink and  leave a comment for the spotlight guest.
  • Come back here and  post “I commented” in the comments for this giveaway.  You must comment on the spotlight guests spotlight post AND this entry post  within the entry time period to be eligible to win.
  • Use a valid email address when commenting/entering, you will need it  to claim  your prize
  • 1 “I commented” entry comment per person on this post please, all others will not be approved ( all posts are under approval, please don’t double post..I may be asleep)Winners:

     

  • All Winner’s  in the End of Series Giveaway will be picked randomly, either by me…or the sponsor.
  • Winner will be posted on the blog winner list and contacted via email  and must claim their prize within 48 hours, or it will be forfeited and a new winner drawn. I will update the winner list to show what has, or hasn’t been claimed yet.
  • All prizes are furnished by individual spotlight guests, or sponsors.  Physical prizes will require you to supply a valid shipping address.  Digital prizes/codes etc will be sent to the email used to comment NO exceptions  to avoid  prize claim theft, which unfortunately does happen.

    OPEN FOR ENTRY COMMENTS JULY 1st through July 10th, 11:59 Central time

    Winner announced July 10-15th

Day 2: Scrapper’s Delights – $15 Store Gift Voucher

PRIZE:  $15 Store Voucher

SPONSOR: Scrapper’s Delights

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Eligibility  – Worldwide –  Spotlight Guests are only excluded from entering their own spotlight giveaway.

How to enter  –  

  • Visit the Spotlight Series Day 2: Janice – Scrapper’s Delights  and  leave a comment for the spotlight guest.
  • Come back here and  post “I commented” in the comments for this giveaway.  You must comment on the spotlight guests spotlight post AND this entry post  within the entry time period to be eligible to win.
  • Use a valid email address when commenting/entering, you will need it  to claim  your prize
  • 1 “I commented” entry comment per person on this post please, all others will not be approved ( all posts are under approval, please don’t double post..I may be asleep)Winners:

     

  • All Winner’s  in the End of Series Giveaway will be picked randomly, either by me…or the sponsor.
  • Winner will be posted on the blog winner list and contacted via email  and must claim their prize within 48 hours, or it will be forfeited and a new winner drawn. I will update the winner list to show what has, or hasn’t been claimed yet.
  • All prizes are furnished by individual spotlight guests, or sponsors.  Physical prizes will require you to supply a valid shipping address.  Digital prizes/codes etc will be sent to the email used to comment NO exceptions  to avoid  prize claim theft, which unfortunately does happen.

    OPEN FOR ENTRY COMMENTS JULY 1st through July 10th, 11:59 Central time

    Winner announced July 10-15th

Day 4 – Carol Clarke £15 / $20 CUP Gift Voucher

PRIZE:  £15/ $20 CUP Gift Voucher

SPONSOR:CraftingCircle

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Eligibility  – Worldwide –  Spotlight Guests are only excluded from entering their own spotlight giveaway.

How to enter  –  

  • Visit the Spotlight Series Day 4 – Carol Clarke, CUP Designer  and  leave a comment for the spotlight guest.
  • Come back here and  post “I commented” in the comments for this giveaway.  You must comment on the spotlight guests spotlight post AND this entry post  within the entry time period to be eligible to win.
  • Use a valid email address when commenting/entering, you will need it  to claim  your prize
  • 1 “I commented” entry comment per person on this post please, all others will not be approved ( all posts are under approval, please don’t double post..I may be asleep)

    Winners:
     
  • All Winner’s  in the End of Series Giveaway will be picked randomly, either by me…or the sponsor.
  • Winner will be posted on the blog winner list and contacted via email  and must claim their prize within 48 hours, or it will be forfeited and a new winner drawn. I will update the winner list to show what has, or hasn’t been claimed yet.
  • All prizes are furnished by individual spotlight guests, or sponsors.  Physical prizes will require you to supply a valid shipping address.  Digital prizes/codes etc will be sent to the email used to comment NO exceptions  to avoid  prize claim theft, which unfortunately does happen.

    OPEN FOR ENTRY COMMENTS JULY 1st through July 10th, 11:59 Central time

    Winner announced July 10-15th

Day 5 – Simply B Stamps (3 x) $10 Gift Certs

PRIZE:   3 winners will each get a $10 Gift Certs

SPONSOR: Simply B Stamps

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Eligibility  – Worldwide –  Spotlight Guests are only excluded from entering their own spotlight giveaway.

How to enter  –  

  • Visit the Spotlight Series Day 5 – Betty, Simply B Stamps  and  leave a comment for the spotlight guest.
  • Come back here and  post “I commented” in the comments for this giveaway
  • Use a valid email address when commenting/entering, you will need it  to claim  your prize

Winners:

  • All Winner’s  in the End of Series Giveaway will be picked randomly, either by me…or the sponsor.
  • Winner will be contacted via email  and must claim their prize within a week or it will be forfeited and a new winner drawn. I will update the winner list to show what has or hasn’t been claimed yet.
  • All prizes are furnished by individual spotlight guests, or sponsors.  Physical prizes will require you to supply a valid shipping address.  Digital prizes/codes etc will be sent to the email used to comment NO exceptions  to avoid  prize claim theft, which unfortunately does happen.

Day 6 – 2 Cute Ink, 6 month Stamp Club Subscription

PRIZE:  6 month Stamp Club Subscription

SPONSOR: 2 Cute Ink

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Eligibility  – Worldwide –  Spotlight Guests are only excluded from entering their own spotlight giveaway.

How to enter  –  

  • Visit the Day 6 – Heidi, 2 Cute Ink Digital Stamps  and  leave a comment for the spotlight guest.
  • Come back here and  post “I commented” in the comments for this giveaway.  You must comment on the spotlight guests spotlight post AND this entry post  within the entry time period to be eligible to win.
  • Use a valid email address when commenting/entering, you will need it  to claim  your prize
  • 1 “I commented” entry comment per person on this post please, all others will not be approved ( all posts are under approval, please don’t double post..I may be asleep)Winners:

     

  • All Winner’s  in the End of Series Giveaway will be picked randomly, either by me…or the sponsor.
  • Winner will be posted on the blog winner list and contacted via email  and must claim their prize within 48 hours, or it will be forfeited and a new winner drawn. I will update the winner list to show what has, or hasn’t been claimed yet.
  • All prizes are furnished by individual spotlight guests, or sponsors.  Physical prizes will require you to supply a valid shipping address.  Digital prizes/codes etc will be sent to the email used to comment NO exceptions  to avoid  prize claim theft, which unfortunately does happen.

    OPEN FOR ENTRY COMMENTS JULY 1st through July 10th, 11:59 Central time

    Winner announced July 10-15th

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