Exciting news!!

First off
my baby girl
(who is actually my oldest lol)
is 14 today
Happy Birthday!!

I have really exciting news to share... 
I made the Spellbinders Design team!!!

Check out the news here
here is the complete list of who made the team.

A.J. Otto
Ashley Cannon Newell
Deborah Young
Gina Hanson
Judy Hayes
Julie Overby
Kazan Clark
Kimberly Crawford
Latisha Yoast
Mona Pendleton

Birthday blog hop

We hope you've enjoyed our Hopping Through the Decades Celebration! Today features 7 more talented designers. If you're just now tuning in, be sure to start at the beginning here! Now I bet a lot of you have been reminiscing and having a little giggle too. Who could forget the leg warmers of the 80’s? How about the TV shows like 90210 or the A-Team? Well, we are continuing our mini hop today starting with Dawn Burnworth, who is ready to remember those big hair days when Aqua Net ruled!

Remember, you can win our new Let Them Eat Cake set drawn by artist Becky Fleck. All you need to do is leave a little love on our designer's blogs. If you comment on all 14 posts in the hop, go back to the Flourishes Newsletter and leave a message saying, "I hopped through the decades with Jan Marie!" We will then randomly draw 2 names on Saturday at 12 pm CST from all those who participated. The winners will receive the Let them Eat Cake stamp set along with some other goodies!

My decade was the 2000's.  When I think back on the last 10 years, I think of modern and graphic images.  Do remember when grey was the new black?  That is where I drew my inspiration from for my card.  My card base is a really pretty charcoal color, and I knew I wanted to make a different sized long card, so I went with the flourished elements in the set rather than the cupcake or cake images.  It is feminine and bold at the same time.  Adding ribbon, would have overpowered the card, so instead I added some pink floss, and teal colored pearls.
Your next hop is to the ever talented Cindy Haffner.

Birdie thanks using the Unity KOM

Thank you to everyone who left a comment on my blog yesterday.  I was overwhelmed with all of your wonderfully sweet words.

Today, I am sharing a card with you, using some cute stamps from the February Kit of the month by Unity.  I just love that tree and little chick, so cute!!  I really like this, card but if I had to redo it, I would move my sentiment down a little, just so everything would flow better.  The cool thing is that the tree has a little diamond pattern in some of the leaves, so I paired it with some pattern paper (Cosmo Cricket, material girl 6x6 mini deck).  I cannot get over the cuteness factor of the little bird!  In my neck of the woods it is rainy and cold, but days like this I try to get a lot done.  I hope you all have a wonderful Thursday!

Make sure you visit the rest of the Unity design team, they all have beautiful projects to share today.  You can find their pretty faces and links on the Unity blog.

Stamp It! Blog Hop

This is a little long winded post, but read all the way through, you may win something

Have you picked up your Stamp It! 2010 issue yet?  It is full of ideas for all of the stampers out there, and for the people who may be thinking "I think I might want to try this stamping thing."  My Stamp It! from last year, still sits on my table, that is how often I look at it.  Now I have the 2010 issue, to get me through this year.  What makes this issue so special to me, is that all of the cards have stamping on them, and as a stamper, it gives the warm fuzzies turning each page.  To actually see my cards in this issue, is surreal, and gives me a happy smile.  There are cards that are clean, graphic and simple, to shabby chic, to classy, there really is something for everyone.  When I look at the cards, I think to myself, "why didn't I think of that!"  Not to mention this issue is so affordable, something like $5.99, so cheap for so much inspiration.  

Did you see on the Paper Crafts Connection and Moxie Fab World blogs, they are going to have a stamping challenge?  A stamping challenge entitled “The Olympics of Stamping” in which they will  invite their readers to submit stamped cards in the following themes: Birthday, Thank You, Thinking of You/Hello, Love, and Season’s Greetings.  These categories also happen to coincide with the 2010 Stamping Royalty Contest, so make sure you send in your cards, especially if you are entering the Olympics challenge.  It is kind of like a two-fer, you know a two for one deal.  If you play along make sure you link your card to the Mr. Linky on the Moxie Fab blog.

Did you see the prize for today?  12 sets of my Cute Stamps!!  WOW!  That is too much cuteness for words.  If you leave a comment on each participants blog and Moxie Fab World, that will give you 12 chances to win, this amazing prize!  Make sure you leave your comments by Sunday the 28th.

Here is my card for today.  The bird and tree branch, are from the Dream Birds stamp set, illustrated by Asela Hopkins, and sold through GinaK, (the sentiment is from the Sweet Violets set from Flourishes).  The bird and branch actually, are two different stamps, but I wanted the bird on the tree branch, so I stamped him there.  I colored in the images using my favorite coloring medium, which is Copic markers.  After everything was stamped and colored in, I cut them out, and sat them aside.  Do you see that fun pattern paper?  It may be my new favorite, it is from the Material Girl collection by Cosmo Cricket.  I actually used three different papers from that line (6in x 6in mini deck) to create my own pattern, so the birdy wouldn't get drowned out by all of the red, so I added in some blue and green.  If you know me then you know I love ribbon and pretty bows, so it was only natural to add a nice big one :)  I used a "thank you" sentiment, because I send out a lot of thank you cards, I can never have too many of them.  The card base is actually a textured card stock from American Crafts, and it is a dark chocolate brown.

Here is the list of Stamp It! blog hop participants, make sure to visit each one, for more chances to win.
Dawn McVey     
Julia Stainton     
Maile Belles     
Tina Fussell     

A big thank you to Cath and the entire Paper Crafts team, for inviting me to play along today.  It has put a huge smile on my face.  Not to mention the fabulous company I am in, I mean WOW!  

DIY 3d woolies/felties

I absolutely love the felties, and woolies that paper manufacturers sell, but each package has 4-6 and is $4.99.  I try not to hoard my woolies, but I usually do because of how much I spent on them.  So I thought to myself the other day as I was browsing the aisles of my local craft store, what if I just tried to make them?  So I bought some felt, and some felt glue, all of the other items I already had at home.  The felt glue was around $3-4 and the felt was $0.29 a sheet (super cheap). 

Supplies needed:
Felt glue
Dies that can cut through felt, I used Spellbinders dies
3d foam tape/dimmensionals
clear card stock
embellishments like buttons, and sticker pearls

Here is a close up of what I made

So cute!

My local craft store has a limited amount of colors, so I plan on buying some felt online, so I have better color combinations.

Some of these I cut out by hand, and the hearts and the one that has a button on it, I use my dies to cut out.

Post #2 for the day...Unity goodness

If you are looking for the Waltzingmouse blog hop, please scroll down.

I am the Guest Blogger on the Unity blog today, for more information on these cards please head on over there.

stamps are from the Unity Feb kit of the month
Cosmo Cricket Material girl paper
Spellbinders die and Copics

I decided to play along with the Waltzingmouse customer blog hop, how fun is that!!  Make sure that your first stop is at the Waltzingmouse blog.  If you just came from Marcie's blog you are in the right place.  The theme this month is spring, so I pulled out the Sewing Hugs Box stamp set.  I stamped and colored in the flowers and leaves with copic markers, cut them out and adhered them to the card stock.  The card stock and ribbon are all from American Crafts.  I hope you are enjoying the hop so far, next up is, Rose.  

Just Because *new Prima*

This is going to be a quick post, my fever is back and looking at the computer screen hurts...
Have you seen the new Prima papers?  Oh sweet heavens are they beautiful.  Starting and finishing this card was fairly simple because I was inspired by the paper and the new pearls and flowers embellishment sticker.  The design/sketch is simple as well, so after I layered the papers and added some pearls and ribbon, I stamped the sentiment (stamp is from American Crafts) in memento ink.  See that fabby hat pin, it is from Jenni Bowlin.  I love this card and it just makes me happy, I love it when a card comes together easy, and looks pretty too.
Have a wonderful Sunday

Inexpensive way to store papers & embellies

I really needed an easy storage solution for all of my new papers and embellishment I have been getting (buying), that I like to keep out.  So instead of having piles of stuff everywhere, this video will show you what I am doing or trying to do.  I also really like to keep my paper lines together, so the bags can contain my scraps too.  Plus I always love it when I get a kit in the mail from Studio Calico or Kenner Road and it comes in a cool ziploc storage bag.  This is not how all of my supplies are organized, just my new stuff for now.  Eventually I would like to have something like this for the rest of stuff.
Its really hard to do a video unscripted and have it not be shaky, so I apologize now for being redundant lol.  I purchased the hefty bags and basket at Target.

Hefty One Zip bags
14 3/8 in x 16 inches

Woven basket from Target
11 inches high
15 inches across
13 or 14 inches deep (back)

A cute "its a boy" card

Isn't that stamp cute!!  I picked it up at the CHA Super Show in the American Art Stamps booth, the images are so whimsy and cute, so here is my very first time inking this baby up.  I stamped the image in memento ink, then colored it in using Copic markers.  The green card stock is from Bo Bunny (i think), and the fun orange a white paper & stickers are from Cosmo Cricket.  The circle was cut an embossed using a Spellbinders circle nestabilities die.  
It is going to be cold here this weekend, we are talking in the 30's in the mornings.  So I plan on staying inside, except for the trip to Bruster's Ice Cream.  Its delicious ice cream, and my children have been waiting patiently for me to take them.  Also I plan on cozying up on the couch and watching more Olympics.  I always get a little teary eyed when an American wins gold and our National Anthem is played, there is just something in that song, that gives you the chills and the prideful feeling of being an American. 

Fun with pattern paper

I have to say, when it comes to paper, I do have some favorite brands that I tend to use a lot.  So, I am trying to go outside my box a little, and try different patterns I may have steered clear of before, or even mix patterns more.  The thought of mixing patterns, freaked me out before.  Now, I rather like it.  It can make a card really interesting.  I do think there needs to be a thread that connects everything together, and finding that right balance can be tricky.
For my first card, I really like the yellow pattern paper (Botanique line by American Crafts), so that is where I started, and the green is from the opposite side of the yello, American Crafts paper is double sided (print & a solid).  Double your fun and choices right!  The curvy pink label, I actually cut out of a sheet of the Letterbox paper, called Sincerely, its a sheet just full of different labels.  As a card maker, those sheets of paper with the labels, are a big time score.  Anyhow, so I have the yellow paper, punched a border on the green side, then cut out a label an adhered it.  Next, I needed to tie it all together and find a sentiment.  This was an A2 sized card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches), but I decided to cut it down and make it a square card.  So laying right before me, was a scrap, that would perfectly fit across the card.  I rummaged through my things again and found this rub on, which coordinated perfectly, and was the final touch.  To give the card a little depth, I adhered the sentiment panel using foam tape.

card stock: PTI stampers select white
pattern paper: Botanique and Letterbox lines from American Crafts
rub on: American Crafts
Martha Stewart border punch
foam tape by 3m

Copic Tutorial link

Christine, has a wonderful Copic tutorial over on the Flourishes Newsletter today.
I had planned on showing you all one of my favorite Flourishes cards where I colored it in with Copics, but last week I went through and deleted all my card on my computer.  I really didn't need them on my hard drive anymore, since I have a blog, gallery on SCS and on Two Peas.  So here is a link to a blog post with a few sample of coloring with Copics.

Creating warm happiness

It is Thursday, just one more day and the weekend is here!  I love my weekends, except my son has practice tomorrow from 7-9 pm and then we have to be back at the field Saturday morning at 9 am.  Did I mention it takes around 40 minutes to get him to the ball fields?  Looks like my down days will be reduced to Sunday's.  Sorry for whining, the season is just beginning and we don't have our groove yet, all will be well in a few weeks.
Onto my card today.  I am so ready for warm weather, Florida is having an extra cold winter.  I'm talking 30's in the morning.  So I am bringing myself some warm happiness and thoughts of spring and summer.   I reached for the Berry Good Life stamp set from Unity.  I don't know what says warm weather more than a basket of strawberries.  There is a place in my hometown (in California), where there is a strawberry patch right next to the grape vineyards.  They are the best strawberries I have ever had.  Anyhow, I stamped and colored in my image with Copic markers, then cut an embossed the card stock using a Spellbinders die.  The pattern paper is from the Dear Lizzy line by American Crafts.

I typically do not show the insides of my cards, but since its extra cute, here is a picture.
The yellow pattern paper is from Cosmo Cricket

Skipping Stones Blog Hop – Hop(e) for Haiti

Welcome to Skipping Stones Design’s Blog Hop(e) for Haiti. If you just happened upon my blog today, you’ll want to go back to the beginning at Skipping Stones Design.  You should have come from Debbie’s blog. 

As a company, we wanted to do something to give back to the people who have been so devastated by the Haitian Earthquake.  So we thought what better way than to invite some of our favorite stampers to join us in this cause.  Each card you see on the blog hop today will be auctioned on E-bay with all proceeds going to the Red Cross in support of the Haitian Relief Effort (please check the Skipping Stones Design Website for the link to the auction).  100% of the proceeds of the Ebay auction and $2.00 from every stamp set purchased from February 16 - 22 will be donated to the Red Cross. We know that we can make a difference. 

Thank you for stopping by and your next blog to hop to is Kathi Carlson.

I used the sentiment from Dandelion Dreams, and I created the butterfly embellishments by using the butterfly from the Garden Stamp Kiss set.  I took the butterfly, stamped it on the back of some fun Jenni Bowlin paper, cut it out, and then popped it up with foam tape.  I thought they needed some bling so I added a few Prima crystals to the centers of the butterflies.  The red pattern paper is by American Crafts from the Abode collection (I think).

How about a prize? In addition to the fabulous eye candy, we have decided to hide a prize somewhere along the hop! There will be a few pre-release sets up for grabs hidden along the blog hop.  The fun part is...we're not telling you who it is! So as you hop, make sure you leave comments on every post so you have a chance to win!!

If there is a break somewhere along the way,  there will be a master list at:

Order of participants:
Skipping Stones Design   http://skippingstonesdesign.com/
Belinda Chang Langer  http://cadnileb.blogspot.com/

A scrapbook page...

Today I am guest blogging over on the Unity blog, so head on over there for another project, and details on my scrapbook page.
Jenni Bowlin paper
Prima Crystals
Apron lace border punch
Unity stamps: Feb kit of the Month and Ippity
American Crafts Thickers

February Dirty Dozen Gallery is open

The February Dirty Dozen gallery on Splitcoaststampers is now open.  Two new wonderful ladies have joined the design team known as the dirt pile.  This months theme is called Bold, Masculine and Dirty.  One of the perks of being part of the fan club is having access to the dirty dozen's themed galleries.  I cannot show you my card, but here is a sneak of one of my projects.

Unity Feb store kit & a quick no stamping card

I made this card a few days ago for some of our friends who just moved.  The couch is a sticker as well as the sentiment.  This really is a simple card with zero stamping involved. The paper and stickers are all from American Crafts Abode collection.  Do you all have anything planned for the weekend?  I kind of did until I got a fever yesterday, I just cannot shake the bug I got from CA, or its something new my children brought home from school. For those of you wondering why I'm still sick, and its been a while now.  I have an auto-immune disease and it just takes a lot longer for me to recover from simple colds than the average person.  Anyhow, happy Saturday!!  I'm going to watch some Olympics, they make me happy and so proud to be an American.

Day 3 of sneaks: Irish Blessings

Today is the final day of sneaks, this stamp set is called Irish Blessings.  Its a little bit St. Patrick's day, clovers, best wishes, congrats and 100% Irish, so fun!!  For your chance to win this stamp set, head on over to the Flourishes Newsletter and leave a comment, that is it, easy peasy.  Tonight is the release party on Splitcoaststampers, I hope to see you there!
Last week I made a really clean and simple card using European watercolor paper, and I loved the way it looked so much, I decided to copy myself, but make it better.  While I was at CHA, I was given these markers from Marvy, that are made for clear stamps.  These markers are awesome...I can't say that enough!  So, that is how I got the green and brown stamped together...sweet right?!  The flourishy thing around the sentiment is actually a rub on from Basic Grey (it comes with the bling too).  I used a border punch along the bottom of the card, just because lol...I thought it might look good, and I really like it :)
For more inspiration using this set, check out the rest of the design team:

Post #2 Unity Thursday

If you are here looking for the Flourishes sneak of Lets Have tea, scroll down to the next post

Here are a few cards using some of my favorite new releases from Unity.  Both cards are Get Well Soon cards, maybe because I am under the weather?  Who knows?  Anyhow, both cards are clean and simple or graphic whatever term you like :)  To me a get well card, should be happy and make the receiver feel good and special.  
The first card I used stamps from the Stitched Greetings set, it will make the paper piecer and copic colorer very happy, its line art, so you have lots of options and I like that!  I decided to color the flower in, and what you cannot see because I covered the center with a button, but the stamp center is actually a button.  Does that make sense?  When you stamp the flower, the center looks like a button without having to put a button there lol.  I hope you all understand that :)  

For this card, I used the stamp set Treasure to me.  Its the set with the cute dress and purse with the flowers, vases and cute sentiments...yeah that one.  The base of this card is Prism textured paper...which I love and could use on every card, except I have to hoard it because no store near me sells it...sigh.  To make the card appear not so simple I used a border punch at the bottom of the card to make it a little more interesting.

Post 1 of 2, Sneak of Lets have tea

Here is my sneak for the Lets Have Tea stamp set and a new background stamp to coordinate.  To win this stamp set head on over to the Flourishes Newsletter, they are having a one day only blog candy.  I colored in the images using Copic markers (I always use memento ink, it doesn't bleed).  The wired ribbon/twine/lace is really really cool, and since the card is a smaller square card, and a bow would have overtaken the card, I opted to run the ribbon through a button, cool huh!  I love tea, and to go to afternoon/high tea, so I can see myself using this set to invite a friend to join me.  I also can see using this set for a themed birthday invitations for a little girl.
Check out the DT for more inspiration using this set!

From the Garden sneak

Today I'm showing you a sneak peek called, From the Garden by Flourishes.  It is a fun a versatile set, the pot and flowers are actually 2 different stamps, so that may give you a little hint about the set.  The image was colored in using Copic markers, I then went over the flowers with a glitter pen from Sakura.  The paper is from one of my favorite lines at CHA, Dear Lizzy by American Crafts, it really screams spring, fun and oh so girly, it just makes me smile.  For your chance to win this stamp set, head on over to the Flourishes Newsletter, for a one day only blog candy, just leave a comment and you have a chance to win it!!

Pay a visit to the rest of the designers to see what they did with this set:

A few 10 minute cards

Happy Monday.  Today just a few quick, under 10 minute cards, well Valentine's Day cards.  The stamp set I used is called Lovely Bits and Baubles from the Unity Stamp Co. illustrated by Lisa Hetrick.  I don't this set is available through Unity yet, but one of your favorite Unity retailers will have it.  
The cards are 4 1/4 squared, paired with some American Crafts designer paper.  The second card has some Jenni Bowlin & October Afternoon product on it as well.  I made these pretty simple, I like to mail cards that only need one stamp (its the best).  I have lots of Valentines to make with my children this week, and some deadlines to catch up on.  Since returning from California I have not been feeling well, food and I are not getting along and I just feel exhausted.  Its sad it is already Monday, and I can't wait until Saturday so I can sleep in.  I have a feeling that this is going to be a fun week.  I don't know why?  I just feel like something good is around the corner.  Happy Monday!!

A cute congrats

I made a few samples for Our Craft Lounge to use during CHA.  So now the sets are released, I can share what I made.  The image is from a set called New Digs.  I colored in the house using my Copic markers, then cut and embossed it using a square Spellbinders Nestability.  The sentiment was created out of mini alphas from My Little Shoebox, and I created the border on the bottom of the card using the apron lace border punch.
I do not design for this stamp company, let me just say that first.  Our Craft Lounge stamps are so very cute.  Besides the cuteness factor and variety offered, you can choose if you want the stamps in red rubber or clear stamps!  How awesome is that!  I have a set is both, and they are equally good in quality. Perfect solution for those who only like one or the other.  I just wanted to give you all an un-biased opinion.  

Pre-release challenge

What's your cup of tea?
Let's be inspired by the containers of some of our favorite kinds of beverages! Can't live without your daily grind or brew? Look at the label and be inspired by the color or layout of the package. Crave your daily Diet Coke? Use silver and red as a color challenge for your card! The sky is the limit with this challenge - so grab your favorite drink and let that creativity flow!
You can play until Friday February 12th at 5 PM Eastern and be sure to click on the
Flourishes Newsletter to link up your creation to Mr. Linky! If you upload to SCS, please use the keyword: FLLCFEB10

I was inspired by a Starbucks cup, lots of white space, except for the middle where the label is, which is green and brown.  I really like the texture of the European water color paper that Flourishes sells, and really wanted to make a card out of it.  The leaves were stamped in Memento ink & colored in using Copic markers.  
tip of the day...
**I do not advise using your Copic markers to color onto water color paper very often.  The paper is very thick and will dry out your markers very quickly.  So if you want to try this technique, this is what I do.  I color in the image first a few times with the blender pen, then when you go into the paper with the colored marker, it will go on really easily and will not take as much ink.**
Next, I stamped the sentiment and decided something was missing.  Nothing seemed to work right, so I grabbed a Sakura Souffle pen, and made little dots, which made the card flow.
the image and sentiment are from the Sweet Violets stamp set from Flourishes

Check out what the rest of the Design Team did with this challenge:

Miss hanging out with you: card from the Feb kit of the month

Have you seen the February kit of the month from Unity?  Well take a look at this beauty of a stamp set. Is it not awesome or what?!  I love that there are some masculine stuff mixed in, and just take a look at that tree...sigh.  For more inspiration head on over to the Unity blog  and click on the designers names, lots of talent found there.

Here is a card using the cute little birdie sitting on a flower stem.  I colored in the image with Copics, then attached the image to the back of this cute frame from GCD Studios designed by Melody Ross, isn't it cute (its from the Homespun Chic collection).  Using an impressability die from Spellbinders, I embossed the front of the card, then using a border punch, created a border at the bottom of the card.  After I tied the ribbon, I wanted to add a sentiment but couldn't find the right spot for it, so I just attached the sentiment to the ribbon with some twine.

No stamping card

The other night I picked up a bag of K & Company stuff (can't remember the line, its newer).  So today I was looking at it, and decided to open it up and give it a whirl.  The cool thing about all of the elements, is that on one side its glittery, and on the opposite side its not, so you get to choose the style, its nice to have choices.  The glittery pink/coral frame, I think was originally meant for scrapbooking and to put a picture inside of it, but I wanted to use it on a card.  The black and white looking paper, is actually clear paper with a black print on it (Anna Griffin), I guess its an overlay.  So I trimmed the overlay down and adhered it to the frame, then attached it to a card front.  Easy peasy peeps.  The butterflies were also in the kit, so I bent them in the center and attached them with foam tape.
Here is a closer look

For the inside I made my own sentiment using Making Memories glittered stickers

Blog Candy Winners

Sorry I forgot to post the winners of my blog candy...
please email me your addresses, so I can ship you some goodies?


Guest Designing this month for...

A few months ago, well more like October or so, AJ (the DT coordinator for Unity) contacted me, and asked if I would like to Guest Design for Unity.  It was a very easy yes!  My very first Unity stamp set was Butterfly Beauty (but mine had the dragonfly in it).  When the stamps arrived, and I saw the size of them and how well they stamped, I was an instant fan.  Sorry for all of the chit-chat, I am just very excited!!  The bottom line is....love Unity, the energy, the people, and the flair of the designs.  For those of you who are new to Unity, go to their blog and website to see what I'm talking about.
Okay, now onto my cards for today.  When I am thinking about buying a stamp set, one thought runs through my head, is it versatile?  Today, I will show you two different cards using the same stamp set called Kitchen Logic.  What first caught my eye in this set, is that fabulous apron (I have a thing for apron stamps), its line art, meaning lots of possibilities.
For this first card, I paper pieced the apron with paper from the 6 x 6 Sugar Rush paper pad (Basic Grey).  I love to mix and match patterned paper, but it all needs to be tied together somehow.  If you look on the apron, you can see on the trim I used paper with stripes on it.  Almost every color of the rainbow is in that pattern, so I just grabbed papers that would coordinate with it.  The base is Bo Bunny (love those dots), the green grid dp is American Crafts, and the orange polka dot paper is also from the Sugar Rush pack.  The yellow ribbon and punched border are from PTI as well as the kraft. 

For my second card, I went a little cleaner look with lots of white/cream space.  Using the same apron stamp, I stamped it in a pink ink and then colored it in with Copic markers.  After I was done coloring and shading, I took a clear & white glaze pen from Sakura and made dots all over the image to create some depth and texture.  The card base is 4.25 inches by 4.25 inches, and the bottom corners are rounded.  The pink flowered lace I "think" is from May Arts, but I could be 100% wrong on that.  The apron was embossed and cut out using a Spellbinders Die, then popped up using foam tape.

Thanks for joining me today!

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