Thursday, November 24, 2016

Give Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my U.S. friends!
I hope you all enjoy your time with your loved ones and give thanks for the day around you and the people you share it with.

I have a quick card that I made and wanted to share it with you just for today.  Since I'm making some Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake for our family Thanksgiving dinner, this might be an appropriate time to break out this set:
I just love these meeces to pieces!! :)  LOL!  I had bought this set a while back and was just waiting to use it for this Holiday!  This is the Lawn Fawn set called "Thankful Mice" and the coordinating dies that go with it.

I have used the LF Woodgrain Backdrops for the background behind the mice.  I thought this would make a nice little table for them to have their cheese feast.  LOL!  I have the mice and the cheese colored with my Copic markers with added touches from the gold, white and black gel pens.  I stamped the tiny heart from the stamp set with gold ink above the cheese.  The cheese was popped up with a foam square.  For the leaves, I die cut a couple from the LF Small Stitched Leaves with kraft card stock and blended some distress inks over them.  I wrapped some natural twine around the scalloped and wood grain panel and then popped up the leaves over it with a foam square and then made a bow to glue over the leaves.  I then brushed the leaves with some Wink of Stella glitter pen.

For the scalloped edge, I used the LF Scalloped rectangle stackables to cut off the ends of one die cut piece from white card stock and attached it to the back of the wood grain panel.  I also cut a piece of the LF Lemon Line Dance paper from the LF Small Dotted Rectangle Stackables die.  I attached this to an A2 sized side folding kraft card base.    Lastly, I used some black ink to stamp the sentiment at  the bottom.

Here's a closer look at the details:
Here you can see the Wink of Stella shimmer over the leaves as well as the piece of cheese.  You can also see the gold stamped hearts and the gold buckle detail of the pilgrim hat.

I hope whatever your plans are, that you have a great day!
Thanks so much for stopping in and I'll see you next week as I spend some time with family!


1.  Lawnscaping Challenges - Give Thanks

2.  {Cupcake Inspirations} CIC385 - Thanks

3.  Addicted to Stamps & More - Anything Goes

4.  Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes + sentiment

Tag, Ornament or Bauble for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!
I'm swinging in to share a creation that I made for the new challenge over at
The challenge for this week is
 "Tag, Ornament or Bauble"
We can't wait to see your creations!

Here's what I've decided to make for this week:
I have been seeing so many tags out right now in blogland so I wanted to join in the fun too! :)
I have used some more new stamps that I got from STAMPlorations.  I have used the Christmas Bell Medley set for the gold tag on the left and then I pulled out the Nordic Knit Tag & the Joyful stamp sets for the red tag on the right.  Both of the tags were cut with the Whimsy Stamps stitched tag die from white card stock.

The only ink I used on the left side was an Encore Gold pretty!  And the only ink used on the right was a Real Red ink from Stampin' Up!  I add some sparkle card stock on both tag holes and then added an extra red sparkle strip at the bottom of the tag on the right.  The sentiment on the left tag comes from the same stamp set that I used on it.  I did add some gold sparkle enamel dots as well as some gold Stickles for the centers of the poinsettias.  I then used some red and gold metallic thread for the ends.

I hope you will stop by and take a look at the inspiration from the rest of the design team to see their lovely creations and join us this week!  If you've been making tags or ornaments, then we would love for you to share you creations with us!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I'll see you shortly
with another creation! :)


1.  Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags:
I was inspired from Day 8 post with these gorgeous tags made by Sarah Gray:
(I just loved the metallic look of them both in the monochromatic colors)

3.  The Crazy Challenge - Getting Ready for Christmas

4.  Cards and More - Anything but a Card

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Embossed Flower Kindness

Hello friends!
I see blogger decided to change itself up again over night!  Not sure I like it, but I don't really have a choice with it, so it is what it is! LOL!!  Hope you are doing well and getting prepared for your Thanksgiving festivities tomorrow for all U.S. friends.  I have a pumpkin pecan cheesecake that I will be putting in the oven this afternoon and I can't wait to try it either! :)

I have one more thank you card to share with you today:
I have been using many products from STAMPlorations lately, but that's because I've placed a couple of orders and I really wanted to get out my new goodies and play around with them a bit! :)  They're having a huge Thanksgiving sale through the end of this month, so be sure to check it out!

I have used the STAMPlorations Bloom Happy stamp set along with the coordinating dies for my design today.  I heat embossed the framed floral image with gold EP and then used the die cut to cut it out.  I've also used another die cut frame to cut another piece out with white card stock.  I've used it to make a bit of a layered tag design.  To color in the image, I've used the Clean Color Real Brush markers.

You will also notice the gold strips on each side of the brown card stock panel which I took a piece of white card stock and heat embossed it with the same gold EP that I've used on the image.  I then cut a couple of strips of it to use on my design.  I have also heat embossed the sentiment with white EP at the bottom.

For the white card base panel, I have used the STAMPlorations Foiled Again Mini stencil and inked some distress inks in Fall colors to match the flower image.  The brown card stock was splattered with a gold metallic watercolor and then I took a white gel pen to make some stitch marks along the cut angles of the brown card stock.

Here's a closer look at the embossing:
Here you can better see the gold splatters over the brown card stock and the embossed strips that match the image.  I decided to take some linen thread and make a "nest" behind the image panel and pop it up with foam tape.  I also added a bow with the thread and then glued on a button over that.

I really like how this one turned out and I hope the recipient will enjoy too!
Now I'm off to get several cards over to the post office to send on their way! :)

I will be sharing another creation with you very stay tuned in!!
Thanks for dropping by!!


1.  STAMPlorations Giving Thanks blog hop - thankful or grateful theme

2.  STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge

3.  City Crafter - Gold Fingers

4.  Creative Moments - Anything Goes

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Sunflower Golden Thanks

Hello friends!
I'm back again this afternoon to share another "thank you" card that I promised!
I guess I'm still in the Fall mood as I know it will be full-on gear after Thanksgiving in a couple days to start in on those Christmas creations.  I love Fall so I think I'm going to try to hold on to it for as long as I possibly can! LOL!

I have a few more thank you cards to get put in the mail and I'd like to do that before Thanksgiving gets here.  So to start off with, here's a pretty sunflower trio:
Sunflowers are just perfect for the Fall time with their big beautiful blooms!
I have used this awesome sunflower image from STAMPlorations Bloom Sketches.  I have stamped it three times on a piece of vanilla card stock with chocolate chip ink and then fussy cut them out.  I took some distress inks to sponge some color on them as well.

For the background panel, I took a piece of vanilla card stock and used the same sunflower image and stamped it repeatedly in the background with kraft ink.  I also used the same ink to sponge around the edges of this panel. I then took two of the cut out sunflowers and placed them on each side of the stamped front panel and then  I took a wonky stitched rectangle die to cut it out and mount it over a vanilla A2 sized top folding card base.

I took the third sunflower and wrapped some gold thread to make a nest and then attached some foam tape to the back of it to pop it out over the other two sunflowers.
I then die cut the STAMPlorations Thanks word die in gold foil paper and glued it above the sunflower trio.  I then took the sentiment from the same Bloom Sketches set and stamped it in chocolate chop ink right below the word die.

Here's a closer view of the details:
Here you can see the reflection of the gold paper from the die cut sentiment along with the gold threads behind the sunflower and how it's popped up.  You will also notice that in the centers of the sunflowers I took a gold gel pen and added a few dots as well as the petals on the sunflowers where I added some Wink of Stella clear glitter to give it a bit more sparkle.

I hope you've enjoyed my card today and I'll be back tomorrow with another one to share! :)
Thanks so much for stopping by, I love reading your thoughts!


1.  STAMPlorations Giving Thanks Blog Hop - make a thankful/grateful creation

2.  STAMPlorations November Challenge - theme and sketch
(I used the theme:  stamps & 3 of anything)

3.  STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge

4.  CAS-ual Fridays (CFC161) - Be Thankful

5.  Crafty Friends - Blossoms

Monday, November 21, 2016

Circles of Thanks

Hello friends!
I hope you all had a lovely weekend!  I see that we are nearing the Thanksgiving holiday and I feel that I've been falling behind in pretty much everything lately! LOL!
I have been wanting to join with many different charities and other fun events going on right now, but now I'm going to have to pick and choose what I'm going to be able to handle right now.

I have actually made several cards.  I have sent some, but I still have some others that I'm working on too and I will post as I find the time.  For now, this is a creation that I've made but haven't posted until now:
I know that you may be used to "cute" creations from me, but I'm a fan of MANY different styles of art and sometimes you will find me going in a different direction at times like for instance, this one!

I fell in love with an inspirational photo challenge (see below) and had to give it a try!
For the background circle strip in this card, I have used the STAMPlorations Retro Circles stencil and used some distress inks to sponge over top.  I love how they blended together through the stencil.  To keep with the photo, I only did the strip.  I wanted some splatters, so I took some black watercolor with a water filled paint brush and splattered some dots over it.

If you remember the last art journal page I did, then you probably remember the skeleton leaves that I've used on it.  I still had a couple of them left and decided to use another one on this card.  So I took some clear glitter to glue over the leaf and attached that to the card.  I die cut the STAMPloration thanks die in black and attached that over the glittered leaf.

I wanted some more of the black to show on my card, so I decided to cut the top right corner of the white card base off and have the black card base show through, but it was too stark for me, so I took some white shimmer paint and splattered some more dots onto the black.  The white watercolor did not show up over the black, so I had to pull out some paint for it to show on the black.

I finished it off with some Nuvo Violet Galaxy Crystal Drops.
Here's a closer look at the details:
I think that the splatters really add a fun touch to this design.
I hope you've enjoyed my creation and I will be posting again very soon as I have some thank you cards to send to a couple of friends and need to get them made! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I'll see you soon!


1.  CUTplorations November Challenge - photo inspired

2.  Creative Corner - Anything Goes

3.  Brown Sugar - Anything Goes

4.  AAA Cards - Circles

Thursday, November 17, 2016

It's Christmas over at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends! :)
I hope you have had a great week so far!  I know it may seem like I'm "hiding away", but I promise you I'm not, I'm just having a really busy time at this moment and have had some things going on at home along with finishing up all of my projects for my last month as Dirty Dozen design team over at Splitcoaststampers.  If you are a fan club member, I do hope you will stop by and see the gallery and perhaps play along with the theme this month.  It is absolutely stunning and everyone has done such an amazing job.  I will miss being apart of that, but I know that once a "dirty girl", always a "dirty girl"!   So of course I will pop in and see what's going on over there! :)  I have also made some great new friends over there and hope to stay in touch with them too!

Today, I'd like to with you that there's a brand new challenge up over at
The challenge for this week is Christmas....we can't wait to see what you come up with!
So come join us!

It's looong overdue that I get going on some Christmas cards, so I was very happy to play along with this particular challenge!  I know there were a few of you that left me a comment saying you needed to make some Christmas and were behind too!  So this is a great way to get one done!  Here's mine:
Well of course I just *had* to get this adorable Lawn Fawn set that was only available during the STAMPtember event from Simon Says Stamp called "Happy Howlidays".  It basically had my name written all over it! :)  Everything that I've used on this card for images came from this stamp set along with the coordinating dies.

I have used some Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Christmas paper pack, chili pepper cardstock (for card base) and peacock cardstock (for the layer behind the main image panel).  The gift box was paper pieced with the same plaid papers.  I popped up the box over top of the sitting doxie.  The snowflake background was created by stamping the snowflakes from the set and heat embossing them with clear EP.  I then went over top of them with blended distress inks of tumbled glass and peacock feathers.  I thought it best matched the card stock. Although the photo looks like the colors don't quite match up with the plaid papers, it really does if you were looking at it in person.  Sometimes photos just don't show up like you want them to!

I thought it would be fun to add a paw print die cut piece to the center of the bow in the ribbon.  The three snowflakes at the top right corner edge as well as the sentiment at the bottom were heat embossed with white EP.  You can somewhat see the faint paw prints along the right edge of the card base.  I wanted them to be subtle in the background, so I've used VersaMark ink to stamp them.

Here's a closer look at some of the details:
From a different angle, you can see where I've colored in the small package with a gold gel pen and I've also used Wink of Stella for the glitter in the red ribbon on the larger package with the doggie.  I've also used Nuvo Crystal clear drops for the centers of each of embossed snowflakes.

I hope you've enjoyed my Christmas card today...and hope to making several more over the next few weeks!  Hope you can come join us over on the challenge blog this week!
Thanks for stopping by today!!  See you soon!


1.  Sketch Saturday - sketch

2.  Allsorts - Feature a Creature

3.  Challenge Up Your Life - Santa's Helpers

4.  Come and Get It - Ribbon or Twine

5.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Chrismtas Critters

Monday, November 14, 2016

Feeling Thankful

Hello friends!
Yes, I'm still around!  I think when the month of November hit me, the calendar really started filling up fast and my time for crafting and blogging have been scooted out of the way for a bit!  Hopefully after this week, I can get a bit more organized with my time!  This just means that the Holidays are very quickly approaching and I'm going to start hurrying like I do every year! LOL!!

I have made something to share using some MFT Stamps that I feel needed a little love:
I have taken out the  MFT Watercolor Flowers set and stamped them in Fall type colors which I think are perfect for sending a thank you card to someone. I used the tiny dots from the MFT Modern Blooms set and stamped them in turquoise ink.

MFT is having a "Thankful for YOU" challenge in which you make a thank you card and tell why this person is so special and send it to them.  The reason why this person is so special is because she has always stuck by me through everything and anything that's going on in my life.  She always makes me feel special and important even when I feel I don't deserve it.  I enjoy spending time with her and doing special crafty things together.  I want to thank her for being a special part of my life and always being there even when I'm not.  My life would be empty without her for sure.  Right now she doesn't know she's going to be receiving it and she may be reading my blog right now.  So when she DOES get this, I do hope she'll come back by and read this special message again because I mean it! :)  - I think it will probably look much better in person too!

So I decided to use a color combo from a challenge blog (listed below) to make my creation and I've also fit it into the MFT sketch challenge as well.  I stamped the flowers and finished the center image with some copper ink.  I've matted that with some copper metallic card stock and then sponged some turquoise ink over a piece of card stock that I die cut the MFT Thanks sentiment from to attach to my card.  A strip of vellum was used underneath the die cut sentiment that I've pierced and used a white gel pen to make stitch lines on.  I then wrapped some copper metallic cord and tied a bow around the card panel and then attached this to an A2 sized white side folding card base.

Here's a closer view of the details:
Here you can see that I've covered the die cut sentiment with my Wink of Stella glitter pen and then you can see the subtle hint of copper stamping in the center of the flowers.
It's so shinny and shimmery in person.   I do hope the recipient enjoys it! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I WILL be back very soon!
Have a great day!


1.  MFT Thankful for YOU Challenge - make a thank you card for someone special

2.  My Favorite Things (MFTWSC306) sketch challenge - sketch

3.  Color Throwdown (CTD418) - orange, rust, teal & copper

4.  Mod Squad - Thankful

5.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Thanks/Thanksgiving

6.  Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes + sentiment

Friday, November 4, 2016

Plaids and Tags

Hello friends!
Happy Friday!  I would like to welcome my newest followers to my blog and a thank you for joining me here!  The weather is cooling down now and I think it's time for "Plaids and Tags"!

I love the concept of tags because you can use them for gifts, wrapping and ornaments!  You can also make them for many different seasons and/or occasions too!  This year it looks like there are a couple of different events going on to give me an opportunity to create several tags for!

I actually have two different tags to share with you today.  My first one involves a cute doxie in plaid for the sweater weather season:
Now how cute is this doxie all dressed up in his plaid sweater! LOL!
He actually comes from the Newton's Nook Holiday Hounds stamp set with the coordinating dies.  I've had this set for a while and used it for several Christmas cards last year.

For this design, I have used some plaid papers by Lawn Fawn from the Perfectly Plaid Fall petite paper pack and also used them to paper piece the dog's sweater with.  The brown plaid behind him also came from this same paper pack.  I stamped the doxie on some kraft card stock, paper pieced his sweater and then colored the fur trim with a white Prismacolor pencil and then used my white gel pen to add some dot detail.  The sentiment also comes from the same set which I've heat embossed with white EP over kraft card stock and then cut out to make a banner.

For the banner style tag, I have used MFT Jumbo Fishtail Banner Stax and cut out a piece in kraft and a smaller with the plaid papers that I used on the doxie's sweater.  For the doxie panel, I have used a Stampin' Up! Labels Framelits to die cut a piece in kraft card stock.  I then took that piece and ran it through the Big Shot machine with the SU! Cable Knit embossing folder.  (Although you can't see the details of that very well, it's a very cool 3-D embossed look!)  I have sponged around the edges of this and the very back banner panel with Early Espresso ink.  For the brown plaid panel, I've used my MFT Stitched Oval Stax to go over top of the embossed panel.  I then used some foam tape to pop up the doxie on.

Lastly, for the accents, I have added some Lawn Fawn small stitched leaves that I die cut in kraft card stock and then took some distress ink to sponge over them in different Fall colors.  I tucked them behind the oval panels and curled the ends up a bit for dimension.  I also brushed over them with some wink of stella glitter pen.  For the top of the tag, I've used some burlap ribbon and looped it behind the plaid banner panel which was popped up with some craft foam that I also cut with the same die.  I put some natural twine through the brown button and glued that over top of the burlap ribbon loop.  To finish it off, I add some gold sequins and added some gold Stickles in the center of each one.

Here's a closer look at the details:
I forgot to mention that I've also used a black gel pen for the eye ball and sweater details.  Here you can better see the shimmer on the leaves.

I have made this for the Newton's Nook plaid challenge, but I thought I was going to kill two birds with one stone by adding this to Tracey's 25 days of Christmas tags event. you can see, I failed to read the title of this event which said "CHRISTMAS"!!  LOL!  The tag that inspired the creation above anyway, was from the Day 3 post with Stephanie's pretty tag below:

Here are some challenges that I'd like to enter this doxie tag for:
1.  Newton's Nook Inky Paws - Cozy Plaids

2.  Deep Ocean - Use die cuts or punches

3.  Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes

4.  Fab 'n' Funky - Animals

5.  Little Red Wagon - Happy Fall Y'all!


So...moving along, I decided that I was really inspired by many tag projects from the "25 Days of Christmas Tags" -  Day 3 post and wanted to have another go at it to make it Christmas this time! LOL!!

So here's the Christmas tag I've made using some more Newton's Nook goodies:
I'm happy the way this turned out because the only Christmas set I own from Newton's Nook is the doxie one above!  I also hardly ever use black for Christmas designs, so I thought this all worked out great!

I have used the Newton's Nook Beautiful Blossoms set to make a poinsettia flower with it.  I took the larger pointy petal flower image and stamped it with black pigment ink and embossed them with clear EP.  I took some red distress inks and went over them with my ink foam blending tool.  I then layered them together for a poinsettia look.  I took the small pointy petal flower image and did the same with that one except that I sponged red ink at the points and used some yellow ink to sponge in the center.  I then took some gold Stickles to make glitter dots in the center.  I've also used some pearl accents around that as well.  I then popped up that small flower with foam tape in the center of the larger ones.

The tag itself is cut with black card stock from the MFT Stitched Traditional Tag STAX dies.  I used a hole reinforcer from another tag die set (Mama Elephant Tags a Lot) and cut that out with gold glitter paper and then glued that to the top of my tag.  I then punched a hole in the center of the reinforcer.  In addition, I took some strips from that gold glitter paper and attached them to the top and bottom portions of my tag.  I used a sentiment from the stamp floral stamp set and embossed it with white EP.  I then glued the poinsettia on my tag, added some stitch detail with a white gel pen under the bottom glitter strip and then added some gold cord to the top of the tag.

Here's a closer look at the details:
Here you can better see the glitter, pearl and embossed details on the design.
I forgot to mention that I've also used a Wink of Stella glitter pen to cover the petals of the flowers.  It is really shimmery and glittery IRL!

Here are the challenges I'd like to enter my poinsettia tag for:
1. Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags -
Here's Kimberly's pretty tag from the Day 3 post that inspired my poinsettia tag:

2.  Stampin' Royalty - All that Glitters!

3.  Mod Squad - Go for the Gold!

4.  Brown Sugar - Anything Goes

5.  Jo's Scrap Shack Funday Friday - Anything Goes

Whew!  That's it for me today!
I hope you've enjoyed my tags and hopefully I will be back with some more tags and even a few Christmas cards thrown in for good measure too!  Have a great weekend!


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Anything BUT a Card for Cute Card Thursday!

Hello my friends!
Is it just me or does this entire year feel like it's just flying by?!!
With maintaining my housewife duties, and trying to get a few projects done to post...I've been late in sending cards to people...I've felt like I've run out of time at the end of every day! LOL!
I haven't even started creating for Christmas as of yet!....I also wanted to make several cards for charities that I like to do every that's another thing on my "to do" list!  (Trying to get hubby or the boys involved in it with me is pointless...all they want is baked goods! LOL!  Maybe a bribe is coming soon?!)

Anyway, luckily there is a brand new challenge up this week for
and the theme is "Anything BUT a Card!"

So knowing that I never have enough of anything right at the last minute for Christmas, I decided to take this challenge and get a start on something:
I have decided to make a Shaker Ornament/Tag for my project!
You know how I love Lawn Fawn products, but I thought that I could probably "live" without this  Ready, Set, Snow stamp set and coordinating dies.  That is until a fellow blog friend sent me a complete set of several pieces from this set!  Nonni from Nonni's Handmade Cards had asked about a Snoopy stamp that I had she couldn't find to purchase as it's no longer available anywhere, so I offered to stamp her a couple of images.  In return, she was kind enough to send me a couple of sets complete with card stock cut outs, foam and even cut out acetate pieces to complete snow-globe shakers!  I started to color and put one together...and quickly fell in love with these cute little designs!  I had lots of fun with them!  Thanks so much Nonni!! :)
(Hopefully, I will be back at a later time with the rest of the completed shakers!)

This how I put them together:
For the back panel, I knew I wanted to create some sort of snow sky.  So I took my distress inks and sponged in some blue distress ink colors to get the blue look.  For the snow fall you see in the background behind Santa's sleigh, I took the falling snow image from the LF Snow Cool stamp set and heat embossed it over the blue sky with white EP.  I colored in the houses and church with my Copic markers and attached all of the cut pieces she sent me over the background snow sky panel.

For the shaker globe part, I colored the bottom of the snow globe with some brown tone Copic markers and colored in the sentiment label with my gold gel pen.  I used liquid glue to attach the cut out foam piece she gave me to the snow scene background.  I then took some tiny clear star confetti pieces to fill my snow-globe with.  I kept it small and tiny because the scene and window/shaker area itself is pretty small.  Otherwise, you wouldn't be able to see the houses very well with the big pieces of shaker material.  (So if you get this set, keep that in mind!)

Before I attached the acetate/front panel of the snow-globe to the foam piece, I took the largest of the LF Stitched Circle Tags and cut out the top portion only of the tag so that I could use that circle ribbon hole to create an ornament/tag for the snow-globe.  I glued this to the back of the panel before enclosing all of the shaker.  Lastly, I took some gold metallic paper to cut out a bow from the LF Put a Bow On It dies and assembled it to attach to the top of my snow-globe.  Then I've added some gold metallic cord to tie onto the tag/ribbon hole to hang.

Here's a closer look at the details of the shaker inside design:
In this photo you can better see where I've used my gold gel pen to color in the church doors, steeple roof and the shaker globe label on the front.  You can also better see the inside star confetti that I've put on the inside of my shaker.

There is plenty of room on the back of this shaker ornament/tag to put a message or to: from: for a tag.  I will probably add this to a gift bag for Christmas and they can put in on their Christmas tree too if they want to keep it and hang it.  :)

I hope you will join us this week and please stop by to see the wonderful creations made from the DT too!  Are you getting ready for Christmas or already done?

Hope you like my project!  Thanks for dropping by today and see you soon! :)



1.  Allsorts - Let's Make a Start on Christmas
2.  Sweet Stampin' - Inspired by Book/Film/Song "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"
3.  Eclectic Ellapu Pink Team - Anything with a Bow
4.  Crafty Gals Corner - Anything But a Card
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