Half Full meets Christmas cards

Today I am sharing a card that one of my team members, Margaret made using the Stampin’ Up! Half Full stamp set.  I love this non-Christmas Christmas card!  I shared this card with my Stamp Club members last week and they also loved the card!

Here are the details of this card.  The card base is a piece of 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ basic black cardstock scored at 4 1/4″ and folded in half.  The next layer is a        5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of Old Olive Cardstock that is stamped with the grouping of wine glasses and old olive ink.  I love this cute little background.

Next is a layer of the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series paper.  The DSP is cut to 2 1/2″ x
3 1/2″ and layered onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock that is cut to  2 5/8″ x 3 5/8″.

Next the Wine Bottle is stamped on a piece of whisper white cardstock and also on a Window Sheet.  You will need to use a Black Staz-on ink pad for the ink to dry on the window sheet.  Cut out each wine bottle.   Stamp the label for the wine bottle on a scrap of White.  Cut this out and color it with a dab of so Saffron ink.  Place over the bottle on the window sheet.  Layer label on top of plastic.  Stamp just the top of the Wine Bottle on a scrap of Old Olive cardstock.  Cut this out and attach to the top of the wine bottle.

Next stamp the Wine Glass on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Cut out.  Color the wine with a dab of so saffron ink and an aqua painter.

Next stamp the sentiments that you want to use on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Cut around these in a rectangle (approximately 3/4″ x 2 1/2″)  Layer onto a slightly larger piece of Basic Black cardstock.  Attach to the front of the card.

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Happy May!!!

Stampin’ Up! is offering a great special for the Month of May; Eastern Elegance one of the new stamp sets and coordinating Designer paper from the upcoming catalog is available during the month of May.   That is a full month before these products are available in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.

The bundle featured here is the Premier Bundle.  The Premier Bundle includes the Stamp set and the coordinating thinlit dies.

The Premier Bundle includes:
*Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set
*Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
*Eastern Palace Cardstock Pack
*Mini Tassels Assortment
*Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
*Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)
*Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)
*Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)
*Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies
*Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes
*Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock (new!)

The Starter Bundle (shown below, 147196) includes FREE Very Vanilla Note cards & Envelopes.  This bundle does not include the Eastern Medallions Thinlit Dies.

Ready to place an order?  If your order is under $150 then use the Hostess code 96BMYB2J and receive a package of Pearl jewels.  Of course if your order is over $150 collect the hostess benefits for yourself.

Stay tuned for some great ideas with this stamp set!


Delicate Details and Sale-a-bration

Today I am sharing a card that I madDelicate Details and Avant Gardene with my Stamp Club in February with the Stampin’ Up! Delicate Details Stamp set.  This stamp set is from the Sale-a-bration catalog which ends tomorrow on Friday!  So if you want this set – time is winding down!

The Delicate Details stamp set is perfect for making very feminine, lacey cards.  Perfect for a wedding or shower card!

With this card, I also chose to use a couple of the in-colors.  I like the combination of these colors and the soft look.

The background colors are Dapper Denim and Mint Macaron which are stamped alternately with 3 of the stamps from the Delicate Details stamp set.  The Flower is from the Avant Garden stamp set.  I used the Dapper Denim and Cucumber Crush markers to color the image on the floral stamp.  This is stamped on an oval of whisper white cardstock and layered on a scalloped oval of dapper denim.  These ovals are cut using the Layering Ovals Thinlits.  

Finally a piece of Dapper Denim ribbon is used to finish off this project.

So don’t miss out!  Tomorrow is the last day to order from the Sale-a-bration catalog!  i love to share the hostess benefits with my customers.  If your order is under $150 then use the hostess code US9TNKY4 and I will send you a 6×6 sampler of the Falling in Love Designer Paper.  Of course if your order is over $150 then take the hostess benefits for yourself!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you liked my card made with the Delicate Details stamp set!


Beautiful You and Watercoloring

Today I have been working with the Stampin’ Up! Beautiful You Stamp set with Watercolor paper and the new Watercolor pencils.  I love the backgrounds that you can make with the Watercolor pencils.  I have put together a Watercolor class using the pencils and the Beautiful You stamp set!
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This is a card that was inspired by one of my downlines on the Stamping New England Design Team, Margaret Galvez.  I love this card!

So the details on this card:

This 3D Frame is made by scoring a 4 1/4″ x 11″ piece of Night of Navy Cardstock at 5″, 5 1/2″ & 10 1/2″.  Then cut out a window on the front panel by cutting 1/2″ in on each side of the card leaving a 1/2″ window.  Cut a 4 1/4″ x 1″ piece of Night of Navy cardstock.  Score down the middle at 1/2″  Fold in half and attach to inside of frame with Tear & Tape to hold the frame together.

The actual image in the frame is a 4 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ piece of Watercolor paper.  I used the Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo pencils and scribbled on the Watercolor paper from the top to 2/3 of the way down the paper. Next I used an aqua painter filled with water to spread and blend the color from the pencils.  I used a fair  amount of water to make a lighter image.  You can use less water if you want a deeper image. Then I colored the bottom of the paper with the tempting turquoise pencil and again used the aqua painter to blend the pencil.  Set this aside to dry.

In the meantime – stamp the dancing lady from the Beautiful You stamp set on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock with Black Archival ink.  Use the pencils to color in this image and cut the lady out.  Ink up the top half of the lady and stamp on a scrap of dazzling diamonds glimmer paper to make just the top of the dress.  Cut this out.  Attach to the dancing lady image that you cut out.

After the watercolor paper has dried, stamp the dancing lady image again lining up the bottom of the foot with the line between the pink and blue of the background.  Use dimensionals on the back of your dancing lady that you have cut out.  Attach over the stamped image on the watercolor background.  Attach the background to the inside of the frame.

Stamp the phrase “Life Looks Beautiful on You”  with the black archival ink on a scrap of Whisper White.  Cut out with the layering oval framelits.  Cut an oval scallop one size larger from a scrap of Soft Sky cardstock.

To add a little dimension to the frame, I used a Wink of Stella pen to outline the inside edge of the frame.  It adds just enough pizazz to pull your eye to the card.

I hope you have enjoyed my card today!

Happy Stamping!


Dragonfly Dreams CASE

If you have been following the crafting world, you may have heard the word CASE.  So what is a CASE?   CASE stands for Copy and Share Everything. A great compliment to fellow card designers since that means that someone really likes your card or project.  So I am going to show you how I CASED a card that one of my friend’s made this weekend at a stamping event.

Well today my card is inspired by two things – a card that my fellow Stamping Up!  BFF Angela made this weekend using the Dragonfly Dreams Stamp set and second, this week’s color challenge from the Global Design Team!

And here is Angela’s card.

So I used the technique and layout that Angela used on her card and changed the colors for this week’s GDP.  Here are the Details for my card:

The card base is Whisper White cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.  The next layer is a piece of Delightful Dijon cardstock cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″.  Then the 3rd layer is a second piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″. 

On the top layer of Whisper White, I stamped the polka dot background stamp from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set with Silver ink and embossed it with Silver embossing powder.  Next I used the coordinating Detailed Dragonfly framelits and cut the large dragonfly from the center of the card.  I inserted a Dragonfly that I cut with the same framelit with Silver Foil cardstock.  NOTE:  I used glue dots on the center of the body so the wings are loose and you can bend them to give the card a little dimension.  Next I cut a detailed dragonfly from a piece of Dazzling Details Glimmer Paper which I layered over the Silver Foil Dragonfly.

Then I cut a string of the little dragonflies from a scrap of a Delightful Dijon cardstock.  I cut apart a string of two dragonflies and a single dragonfly.  I colored the dragonflies with the Clear Wink of Stella Pen to add a little glitter to the dragonflies.  Then – don’t forget to stamp your sentiment to the card.  I used Delightful Dijon ink to stamp the sentiment.

And of course, I used a bling with Rhinestone jewels on the bodies of the dragonflies.

Here are the supplies that I used to make this card:

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Thanks for stopping by today!


Hang Your Stocking Christmas Card

Today I am sharing one of the cards that I made for the OctoHang Your Stocking Cardber Stamping New England Design Team projects using the new Hang Your Stocking stamp set from Stampin’ Up!.

The card base is a piece of Garden Green cardstock cut to  8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.  Next is a layer of Crumb Cake cardstock cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″.  Next is a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock cut to 5″ x 3 3/4″  and embossed with the Cable Knit embossing folder

NOTE:  This folder is much thicker that other embossing folders which really adds to the detail of the embossed image.  The best way to bring out the detail of the embossed image is to spritz your cardstock with a little water before embossing it.  Also – due to the thickness of the folder, you only want to use one plate.

The stocking is layered onto a piece of the Warmth & Cheer DSP that is layered on a piece of Real Red cardstock.  The detail of the stocking die is beautiful.  The stocking for this card is cut from a piece of Warmth & Cheer DSP with a detail stocking cut from Real Red over the top.  The stocking is decorated with a piece of Holly that is stamped with Garden Green ink and embellished with Berries that are stamped with Real Red ink and then embossed with the Real Red Glitter Embossing powder.

Like this card?  This is one of my designs using the Hang Your Stocking stamp set for the month of October.  The Stamping New England Design Team is focusing on 2 Holiday stamp sets for October classes.  This set and the Perfect Pines stamp set.  Like our designs?  Join my Stamp Club and receive these designs in your inbox each month!  You can check out the details on my Stamp Club here.

Below are the supplies used to make this card. 

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my project today!

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Foxy Friends Card Class

I love the Foxy Friends Stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  There are so many diverse things that you can make with this stamp set.  And the Stamping New England Design Team has been really busy designing several different projects using the Foxy Friends stamp set, coordinating a LIttle Foxy Designer Paper and coordinating the Fox Builder punch (bundle 142436, paper 141637). 

There are so many different animals that you can make with this stamp set and punch!

Stampin' Up! Foxy FriendsYou can check out the details of the class HERE!

Interested in receiving a class like this in your email each month?  Members of my Stamper’s Club receive a full color PDF with detailed instructions and a technique video each month!  Check out more details on my Stamper’s Club Here.

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Christmas in July is Here!

It is time for the Stamping New England Design Team’s Christmas in July projects again!  This year the Stamping New England Design Team is using the This Christmas designer series paper with the Stampin’ Up! Embellished Ornaments stamp set and Delicate Ornaments thinlits.  I love the cards that we have designed for this month!  Lots of great new and unique techniques for the beautiful Embellished Ornaments stamp set.

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This tutorial includes 12 card designs and one ornament design for using the Embellished Ornaments stamp set and Delicate Ornaments thinlits with the This Christmas Designer Series Paper.
And there are two ways to get these instructions:

1.  Make a purchase of the Embellished Ornaments stamp set (139759), the Delicate Ornament Thinlits (139667) and This Christmas Designer Series paper (141628) from my online store HERE.  Send me a message and I will send your the link for the card patterns for FREE!

2.  Purchase my Christmas in July Tutorial for $11.95.  This includes lifetime access to a FREE video showing you how to make a card with a Shaker Ornament! 

Ready to place an order?  If your order is under $150 then use the Hostess code FAXV2DPB   and receive a sampler of the new in color ribbons from me.  Of course if your order is over $150 collect the hostess benefits for yourself!  I love to share the hostess benefits with my customers!
Until next time!

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Christmas in July card

shaker ornament Christmas cardToday I am sharing a Shaker Card that I made using the Embellished Ornaments stamp set from Stampin’ Up for my upcoming Christmas in July Class!  Since Stampin’ Up! has come out with the new Foam Adhesive Strips (141825).

This card was inspired by this week’s Mojo Monday sketch.  As soon as I saw this sketch I thought of a shaker card!mojo456  When I saw this sketch I thought of two potential shaker cards.  One with a Christmas ornament and another with a large flower such as a Dahlia.  If I have time I will make the Dahlia card later this week.

Anyway – the details for this card:
Card base:  Whisper White cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5 1/2″.  The background layer is a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock cut to 5 3/8″ x
4 1/8″.  I embossed this layer with the Softly Falling embossing folder.   Attach this layer to the top of the whisper white card base.

Next I used a piece of the This Christmas Designer Series paper for this Christmas project.  I choose the garden green plaid paper cut to 3 1/4″ x 4″.  I used the long thin ornament from the Delicate Ornaments thinlits that match the Embellished Ornaments stamp set to cut an ornament shape out of the designer paper.  I used my handy Fast Fuse Adhesive to attach a 2 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ piece of a window sheet to the back of the ornament.  This is what will hold in your shaker items.

Next I used the new Foam Adhesive Strips to outline the ornament on the back of the piece over the window sheet. I used sequins that I pulled off of the Stampin’ Up! sequin pieces.  I used a mix of Blushing Bride, Silver and Gold Sequins.  I used several dimensionals on each corner of the square to hold the edges of the piece down.  This piece is applied to the front of the card on a diagonal.  Next I cut a small poinsettia and an ornament topper from a scrap of Blushing Bride Glimmer paper.  I tied a small piece of the 3/8″ silver ribbon thru the ornament topper and used a dimensional to attach it to the top of the ornament and the fine tip glue pen to glue the poinsettia on the front of the ornament. ornament cu

Next I cut a 1″ x 3″ piece of t he diagonal stripped designer paper.  I stamped the message “Thinking of you at Christmas” with Cherry Cobbler ink and embossed it with Clear embossing powder.

Last but not least is the bling!  I randomly added sets of 3 Rhinestone jewels around the edge of the card to look like snow.

Here is a video that I made showing how I made this Shaker Card:

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Did I mention that pink and green is my favorite non-traditional Christmas Color combination.  What is yours?

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Happy 4th of July!!

Today I am sharing a couple of Patriotic cards that the Stamping New England team has designed over the past couple of years.  What a perfect card for the 4th of July!!

4th of July cardSo what is the Stamping New England Design team?  We are 4 very creative Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators that have very different styles.  So each month we each make 3 projects using the same Stampin’ Up! Stamp set and Stampin’ Up! Designer Series paper.   I love to see the 12 very different projects that we make each month.

I use these projects each month for my Stamp ClubStamp Club members that are local to me (in the Boston area), get a class each month learning the techniques used to make the cards and then they receive the instructions for the 12 projects.  If you are not local to me, then you can join the club and receive access to the projects and videos for each month.  You can check out more information on my Stamp Club here.

Here is a display of several Patriotic cards that we made.

Enjoy Your 4th of July!!  I am in Boothbay Maine site seeing with my Sister and Brother-in-law!

Rose Wonder Cards and an update

Today I am sharing a set of cards that I made with the Rose Wonder stamp set and matching framelits by Stampin’ Up!.  These are the cards that I made with my Stamper’s Club in April.   This is a beautiful stamp set and I am so glad to see that it made it into the new 2017 catalog that is coming out in June!  In the meantime you can still purchase this set as a bundle (140804) but the bundle option will be going away with the new Catalog.  So if you have been thinking about this set – now is the time to get it!

Rose Wonder Collage As you can see this set is really versatile and can be used several different ways.  The top right card is made with Blushing Bride, Basic Gray and White Shimmer paper.  The Rose is cut out using the framelits.  The rose is painted using Blushing Bride and Pear Pizazz inks with an aqua painter.  I love the watercolor effect!

The second card is made using Calypso Coral and Pear Pizazz on Watercolor paper.  The Rose with Leaves was cut out and used as a stencil for this card.  So the cut image was not glued to the card but used as a stencil to paint the flowers.  One of the keys to using Watercolor paper is to spritz the paper with a little water and to let the ink run a little.

The third and fourth cards are made with a layer of Whisper White and Night of Navy.  The key to these cards is to use the cut out image and the negative image to outline the card.  The blue Rose is colored with Lost Lagoon ink and an aqua painter.

Like these cards?  Are you interested in receiving cards ideas like these each month in your in box?  Think about joining my Stamper’s Club.  You receive the instructions each month for a set of cards made with a specific stamp set and Designer paper for FREE with purchase of $35 each month.  You can see more information about my Stamper’s Club HERE.

So an update on me – I know that I have been missing in action for the past few weeks.  I have been busy getting my house ready to sell and moving into my new place as well as going to Stampin’ Up! On Stage in Salt Lake City in the  middle!  Salt Lake City was fantastic as always.  I am always amazed by all the talented people that I meet each time I am at a Stampin’ Up! event and the friends that I get to catch up with that I have made thru the years!

So I am in my new house and in the process of setting up my new Creative Playground!  I am about half way there and still have lots of boxes to unpack!  But I am holding my first class on Friday.  The best part of my new house is the 1,000 square foot finished basement for Marilyn’s Creative Playground!  When I moved out of my Tewksbury house, I had things spread out between 3 rooms!  The best news is that all of my hard work on my house paid off.  I spent a lot of time painting, replacing carpet and freshening up some of the rooms in my house and it sold very quickly.  In the meantime – the cats and I have been camping out in my new place with very little furniture as it was left in the other house to keep it staged.  I can’t wait to move my bed over!

I will post some pics of my new space over the next few days as I unpack more things!

Take care and Happy Stamping!  don’t forget about ordering that Rose Wonder bundle before the bundle goes away and also stock up on your favorite retiring in-colors before they are gone!

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Sprinkles of Life & Weekly Specials

Sprinkles of Life Stamp setwOne of my favorite stamp sets in the current Stampin’ Up! catalog is the Sprinkles of Life Stamp set.  Each year Stampin’ Up! designates one stamp set to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.  This year’s set is Sprinkles of Life which means that this set will be retiring in June for a new set to be designated for the RMHC.

Last summer, the Stamping New England design team designed a card set using the Sprinkles of Life stamp set and the coordinating Tree Builder Punch to punch out the shapes that you stamp. These are just two of the 15 cards that we designed using this stamp set, and the Pretty Petals Designer paper stack with the coordinating colors of cardstock.
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One of the things that I really love about this set is the diversity of the stamps.  The tree leaves can be used to make layers of ice cream, clouds or the leaves on the tree.  There is so much that you can do with stamp set. 

Need idea for the Sprinkles of Life Stamp set?  You can see more information on this class HERE.

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Don’t forget to check out the specials below! 
Ready to Order? If your order is under $150 then use the Hostess code  T62J3X6M and receive a ribbon sampler from me. Of course if your order is over  $150 then collect the hostess $ yourself!

I love the share the hostess benefits with my customers. And don’t forget about FREE Sale-A-Bration products for every $50 (before shipping and tax) you spend. Check out the choices HERE!

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February Class – Birthday Cards & Weekly specials

Don’t you just love all tBalloon Collagehe great new Birthday stamp sets in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog?  So the Stamping New England Design Team has designed a really nice set of Birthday Cards for the month.  You do not want to miss out this month! 

This Tutorial includes full step-by-step instructions for 9 cards including a  Pop-up Box Birthday card with a You Tube video.

My tutorials include step-by-step instructions and you have lifetime access to the tutorial and the You Tube video!

There are two ways to get this tutorial
1.  Purchase the tutorial for $11.95
Place an order for the following Stampin’ Up! supplies and I will send you the link for the tutorial:
  • Number of Years Stamp set Bundle (with framelits)
  • Balloon Celebration Bundle (with punch)
  • It’s my Party Designer Series Paper
Check out all the details HERE.

Don’t forget about the specials for this week:

Ready to place an order?  If your order is under $150 then use the hostess code  UYPQFSKP and I will send you a ribbon sampler.  Of course if your order is over $150, collect the benefits for yourself!  I love to share the hostess benefits with my customers!

I hope you have enjoyed my Balloon Birthday Card Class today!

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Birthday Card & Weekly specials


Today I have a Birthday card to share that is one of the cards that we are making today at my monthly Stamper’s club meeting.

This card uses the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper, the Number of Years stamp set and the Balloon Bouquet punch from the Balloon Celebrations Bundle.  

My new favorite way to make Birthday cards is to combine the Number of Years stamp set with the Balloon Celebrations Stamp set from the Occasions catalog.

I have seen so many great cards made with this combination of stamp sets and dies. 

Love these Birthday cards?  Check out my new online class!   These two stamp sets are the focus of my new online class!

… and onto the weekly specials: Ready to order? If your order is under $150 then use the Hostess code UYPQFSKP and receive a ribbon sampler from me. Of course if your order is over $150 then collect the hostess $ yourself!

I love the share the hostess benefits with my customers.
You can place an order from my website HERE.

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3D Swing Card

Today I am sharing a 3D Swing Card that I recently made for my Stamper’s Club.  My theme for January and February classes is Cards that Move also know as Fancy Fold Cards.  This is one exampmsc Valentine3D-wle and actually not too difficult to make!

After demonstrating this card at my Stamper’s Club, I promised that I would record a video on how to make these cards – so HERE it is!

This card is made using the Bloomin’ Love stamp set and the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog.

The cardstock is Rose Red and Whisper White with Rose Red ink.  The frame is cut using the Deco Labels framelits.

The Details on this card:
Cut a full piece of Rose Red cardstock into quarters to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  Cut 4 coordinating pieces of Designer paper to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and attach to the front of the cardstock.  Score and fold each piece at 2 1/8″ the long way.

Stamp the Heart from the Bloomin’ Love Stamp set with Rose Red ink on Whisper White cardstock 4 times.  Cut out each heart and score down the middle of the heart.  Attach one folded side to the folded side of the 2nd heart.  Cut an 8″ piece of Baker’s Twine and place thru the center of the heart.  Add the next folded heart with the baker’s twine thru the center. 

Using Fast Fuse, add adhesive to half of one side.  Line up the next piece and secure.  Add adhesive to half of the 3rd piece and fold back.  Repeat with the 4th piece.  Add a little fast fuse to the folded seam of the card.  Lay the 3D Heart with the baker’s twine to the center of the card.  Add adhesive to the last side and seal the card!

Check out my Video on You Tube HERE.

Here are the supplies that you need to make this card:

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This card does fold flat to put in an envelope.  If I am mailing a card like this I use a small padded envelope or an invitation envelope that is a size larger than the standard invitation envelope.


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