Just Add Ink #465 | The Season

We’ve got a fun challenge for you this week at Just Add Ink.  It might stretch your creative boundaries – but you can do it!  We’re adding ‘The Season’ – as in the weather.  Be inspired by the season you’re currently experiencing or your favourite season.

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Here in the south west of Australia, it’s winter.  Some days that means clouds, rain, wind and storms.  But other days that means sunshine and magical weather.  We are very lucky.  Today we were blessed with lots of sunshine!

When I was making this card earlier it in the week, it wasn’t so pleasant – so I was inspired to use my new silhouette stamp set and make a lovey-dovey card with a cute couple snuggling under an umbrella.

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The stamp set is Silhouette Scenes from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  It’s fast becoming one of my favourites!

To create the silhouette, I set the stamp up on my Stamparatus, inked the whole stamp using Seaside Spray ink and stamped this directly onto the DSP.  I then reinked in Blueberry Bushel ink (without cleaning the stamp) and stamped again.  And then again in Night of Navy.  The final layer was Versamark (clean your stamp first) with clear embossing powder.  This gave the silhouette a gorgeous dewy look.

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

Stamping on DSP is something I never think to do – but for this card, it seemed perfect!  The ripped edge added a bit of texture to an otherwise plain layout.

The Smoky Slate background is embossed using the Subtle embossing folder – another favourite of mine!

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The sentiment is a simple ‘love’ from the Well Written Dies using 5 layers of cardstock – one Night of Navy and four Whisper White.  I love how deluxe all those layers look!!!

Silhouette Scenes | kelly kent

The hearts on the card are from a retired pack of enamel shapes I have.  I use lots of my craft supplies but for some reason I seem to collect embellishments.  So, I’m on a mission this year to use them on my cards.  Of course I’ll still buy new ones too, so there should be lots of embellishing going on!!!


We’d love to see your seasonal card.  Show us what the weather looks like where you live (can you imagine the potential for some gorgeous scrapbooking pages!!!) or share a project that features your favourite season.  Click here to visit the Just Add Ink blog where you can upload your creation and see all the design team projects.

Hope the weather where you live is just perfect this week!


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Colour INKspiration #59

It’s time for another Colour INKspiration hop.  Chosen by Bronwyn Eastley – this colour combination is just divine!  Soft, dreamy and oh-so-pretty.

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I’ve seen a sneak peak of some of the cards on this hop and you’re going to love them all.  So much variety from florals to masculine to pretty kitties!

We’re joined today by guest designer Denise Buetler.  Denise won challenge #57 and accepted our invitation to join us for this hop.  You can see her project by clicking here or keep hopping through all the projects til you get to her gorgeous card.


As with many the Colour INKspiration Crew, there was something about these colours that was reminiscent of the water.  I’ve used the new Seaside Notions stamp set to create another sympathy card.  Sadly it’s the week for it.

Seaside Notions | kelly kent

The background is the Stitched Lace die – I just can’t get enough of this die.  It’s adds such elegance to the card.  This time I’ve cut it using the lace die (see my previous post for tips on getting a great cut) and then cut it to card front size using the largest Stitched Rectangle Die.  If you have these dies, you’ll know the proportions are a little different our card sizes, so I’ve cut the card down to 4-1/8″ wide by 5-1/2″ long (11″ before scoring and folding in half).Seaside Notions | kelly kent

I’ve layered a Subtle embossed mat in Smoky Slate and a frame made using the Stitched Rectangle Dies in Seaside Spray.  I am loving this new In Color – so serene!!!  The seahorse is stamped in Seaside Spray and fussy cut, layering it over the ‘thinking of you’ sentiment.  Finished off with a couple of silver Metallic Pearls.

I’ve carried the theme through to the inside of the card and added some stamped shells and a sand dollar on another stitched rectangle background with a strip of Seaside Spray DSP.

Seaside Notions | kelly kent

I loved these colours together, but if I’m honest, using Very Vanilla was a huge challenge for me!!!  I guess I’m just a Whisper White girl at heart!


We’d love for you to join the challenge by sharing your creation made with these colours in our Facebook group.  Click here to visit.

Next up on the hop is my gorgeous friend Leonie Stuart and a beautifully delicate card.

Thanks for visiting!


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Framed Magnolia Artwork

Every month I teach a class with lovely ladies in my local area.  It’s always fun and I always walk away feeling so happy to have Stampin’ Up!.  I’ve met so many wonderful people and spent so many wonderful hours being creative.

One of my class members – Robyn – fell in love with the framed magnolia artwork on page 39 of the Annual Catalogue and asked if we could create one.  So, this off the page creation became our subject matter for class this morning.  Thanks for the brilliant suggestion Robyn – it was so much fun!

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The large magnolia flowers are made using the Hot Air Balloon Builder punch and the Magnolia Memory Dies.  Click here to view Stampin’ Up!’s tutorial on making magnolia flowers.

I made one before the class as a sample – sticking pretty close to the catalogue in terms of number of flowers.

Framed Magnolia Artwork | kelly kent

The frame is 8″ x 10″ from Kmart (click here to view) with a 6″ x 8″ window.  The DSP is 6″ x 9-3/4″ so you’ll the backing for 2 frames from a piece of 12″x12″ DSP.

This version has 2 large flowers – made with magnolia & hot air balloon pieces, 2 medium flowers – made with three layers of magnolia dies and 1 small flower – made with two layers of magnolia dies.

The flower petals are sponged with So Saffron ink before adhering with Liquid Multipurpose Glue.  The centres are cut using So Saffron cardstock and sponged using So Saffron ink for the larger centre and Crumb Cake for the smaller centre.

Framed Magnolia Artwork | kelly kent

I’m lucky to have a garden of fallen twigs at my disposal, which came in very handy for this project.  If you don’t have organic sticks to be able to use, craft stores may have artificial materials that can be used for branches.

Because no two twigs are the same when they come from the garden, all of our frames made in class had their own unique style.  This was also the case for the magnolia blooms which took on their own style depending on how they were layered & shaped.  The variety was amazing and created beautiful one-of-a-kind framed artworks.

Framed Magnolia Artwork | kelly kent

Made by Robyn…

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Made by Sheila…

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And my class creation..

Framed Magnolia Artwork | kelly kent

Such an incredible piece of artwork made with paper.  The use of twigs from the garden definitely add some nice texture.

This would make a great girls night in!  A few of your favourite beverages and some pretty magnolias!  If you ever see something on my blog (or in the catalogue) that you’d like to make, don’t hesitate to ask me!


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CASEing the Catty #236 | Love, Thanks & Support

The calendar tells me it’s Sunday today but it’s school holidays here so I really have no idea!  It’s slow mornings, family fun and endless food around here!

We started a 1000 piece puzzle yesterday – which has been lots of fun!  It’s terribly addictive but the perfect activity for the wet weather days.

Since it is actually Sunday, it’s time to share a project for CASEing the Catty.  The theme this week is the Love, Thanks & Support section of the Annual Catalogue – pages 72-97.

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Pick any photo from these pages and share your twist.  Change the colours, use the layout, be inspired by the technique – there’s endless ways to be creative with the catalogue as your starting point.   Please share your creation in our Facebook group – we love seeing what you’re making.

I’ve used a mish mash of inspiration from this section – the colours of one card, the stamp set of another and the layout of a third.

CTC#236 Inspiration | kelly kent

The colours are Whisper White, Rococo Rose, Crushed Curry & Old Olive.  The stamp set is Healing Hugs and the layout uses tone-on-tone Stitched Lace die as the background with the floral centrepiece on top.

Healing Hugs | kelly kent

The Stitched Lace Die is becoming one of my favourites.  I usually avoid fussy dies because they are a pain to cut.  But….through a combination of recommendations by other demonstrators, I have discovered for my Big Shot that the following ‘sandwich’ works the best –

Bottom – top: Magnetic Platform, Precision Plate, Die (cutting side up), cardstock, Cutting Plate.

It needs to go through a couple of times but the pieces all come out quite easily.  I give it a brush with the Take Your Pick Die Brush while the cardstock is still in the die and then I poke out the stubborn bits with a paper piercer.  Once all the pieces are out I gently ease the cardstock away from the die.

Healing Hugs | kelly kent

For this card I’ve used the edge die that comes with the Stitched Lace Die to create the scalloped edge.  Make sure you use a bit of washi tape to keep the die in place while you run it through your die cutting machine.

Healing Hugs | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card is from the Seaside Notions stamp set. Sadly I’ve needed too many sympathy cards lately – my friends are hurting, so I’m sending lots of paper hugs out.


There’s more wonderful creations to visit on this blog hop.  Click on next to visit my lovely friend Lauren Meiklejohn to see her gorgeous take on the catalogue.

Thanks for hopping with us.  I hope your week is wonderful!


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Paper Adventures Team Hop | Christmas in July

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Hello!  Thanks for joining us for a team hop with our Paper Adventures team.  We’re all sharing festive projects today for a Christmas in July theme.  Although any thoughts of Christmas at this point of the year seem way too early for me, this year is speeding by and it’ll be that time before we know it!  A little bit of early preparation does seem like a good idea!

We’re joined today by the amazing Denise Buetler – a fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator from Western Australia.  I know you’re going to love Denise’s project so make sure to click the next button at the end of this post to visit.

As always, Stampin’ Up! have a range of Christmas themed stamp sets in the Annual Catalogue that have carried over from previous holiday offerings.  The 2019 range of Christmas products is available in September when the Holiday Catalogue gets released on 4th September.  If you love Christmas and you don’t want to wait, then joining our Paper Adventures team is the answer for you.  WIth extra value in the Starter Kit until 31st August, a bonus shopping voucher, 20% discount until at least 31st January 2020 and early access to the Holiday Catalogue, it’s a great time to purchase a Starter Kit and join the Stampin’ Up! family.  Click here for more information.

The returning set from the Annual Catalogue that I’ve chosen to feature today is Dashing Deer.

I was so excited to order this last year in the Holiday Catalogue but between a newborn and moving house, it didn’t get as much love as those reindeer deserved.   I was so glad to see it carry over into the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue!!

I started making cards for this hop and the creative process took me on a journey of different styles.  Which made me think – which type of Christmas are you???  Traditional, modern or neutral tones?

Paper Adventures Team Hop Christmas in July | kelly kent

I think there’s a wonderful place at Christmas for the traditional red & green.  For this card I’ve used Cherry Cobbler as the card base, Mossy Meadow for the mat, Whisper White Stitched Lace layer and a pennant using the Stitched Nested Label die with a gold embossed reindeer.

Dashing Deer | kelly kent

The Stitched Lace layer was cut to size using a Stitched Rectangle Die.  I love the polished finish the stitched edges give and with so many stitched options in the range, it’s easy to coordinate all the layers.


The next style is made from Crumb Crumb & Early Espresso giving it a fabulous neutral colour palette – and though subdued, it’s definitely not boring!  I love neutral and think this style of colouring can give such a classic look.

Dashing Deer | kelly kent

This card features a corrugated background with a DSP panel running down the middle.  The reindeer is stamped in Early Espresso with clear embossing to give it a lovely shine.  All finished with some linen thread.


The final card I’m sharing is probably my preferred style, though I don’t have a favourite of the three I’ve shown you today – I love them all!  With blues & teals, this card is more of a modern Christmas trend with bright colours & metallics.

Dashing Deer | kelly kent

I’ve used the Noble Peacock Speciality DSP – which is more like a patterned foil than it is a normal DSP.  It’s very deluxe!!!  To continue with the deluxe theme, I matted it with Silver Foil and added lots of embellishments – foilage (Pool Party sprigs & vellum leaves), pearls, champagne foil flowers and of course a fabulous Sparkle Glimmer reindeer, mounted on a Stitched Nested Label die.


I’d love to hear which Christmas style you are – one of my three or do you have a different style that you prefer?  Leave me a comment!

Keep hopping for more July Christmas inspiration and visit our wonderful guest designer – Denise Buetler.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Bonus July!

July is action packed full of amazing deals!

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Option 1 – purchase your favourite Stampin’ Up! products via my online store (or in person) during July and receive a $9 Bonus Days coupon code for every $90 you spend.  Your Bonus Days coupons can be used in August 2019.  This is a great way to get the best value on your new catalogue shopping list.

Not enough value for you?  Then you’ll want Option 2 – join my Paper Adventures team by purchasing a Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit for $169.  You’ll get $280 of your choice of Stampin’ Up! products with free shipping plus a $16 coupon code to use the month after you join.  Extra, Extra runs from 1st July – 31st August.  If you’d like more information about being part of the Stampin’ Up! family, please contact me by email or Facebook.  Ready to join us? Click here to choose your Starter Kit.

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Stamp Review Crew | Free as a Bird

Wow – 1st of July!!!  I’m actually not sure where the first 6 months of 2019 went, but welcome to the second half of the year!!!

I’m starting July with a fabulous blog hop with my Stamp Review Crew friends.  Today we’re showing you projects made with the Free as a Bird stamp set.  I’ve also used the coordinating Stitched Nested Label Dies that come with this set in a bundle.

As I got this post ready, I realised that although this style of fancy fold has been my favourite over the last month, I’m yet to share any with you!  I’ve been flat out making Pull Tab Cards – a condensed version of a waterfall card.  Thanks to Jan B and Dawn Griffiths for their tutorial videos.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

This card has a different orientation than the tutorial videos – with the pull tab at the top.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

When you pull the tab at the top, the nested label flips over to reveal the panel underneath.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

The birds and sentiment are heat embossed in black for a lucious black line and then coloured with Stampin’ Blends.  You need to be a touch careful going over the black embossing as the black lifts a little, but overall it’s a great effect.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

The background panel looks like DSP – but was actually hand stamped by me!  I stamped the flowers and leaves in Memento ink and then coloured with Blends. This is what it looked like before I applied it to my card.

 

I’ve finished the card with the same stamping on the inside.

Free as a Bird | kelly kent

As I’ve mentioned before, when a card has such a strong identity with a suite – especially when it has a coordinating DSP – I love to change it up and give the stamp set a fresh look.  The colour palette for this card is one of my current favourites – Rococo Rose, Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray, Blushing Bride and Smoky Slate.


There’s lots more amazing stamping on this hop. For your next bout of inspiration, please keep hopping to visit my gorgeous friend Jackie Aitken.  Jackie is one of our newest crew members and we are so lucky to have her on board!!

Thanks for hopping with us!  Happy stamping x


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CASEing the Catty #235 | CASE a Layout

Hey there!  How was your weekend?

It’s winter here – which makes it the perfect weather for crafting!  (and terrible weather for taking photos outside!).

This week for CASEing the Catty, we’re taking our inspiration from the layout on page 159 of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue.

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Before looking ahead, I actually made this card for a previous challenge as the styling & layout of this card appealed to me.  When I realised it was perfect for this challenge, I kept it up my sleeve to share today.

Bird Ballad | kelly kent

I’ve recreated the striped background by swiping Stampin’ Blends (Pool Party, Smoky Slate & Calypso Coral) across a strip of Whisper White DSP.  Using the straight edge die from the Nested Label set, I added the dotty border to each edge.

Bird Ballad | kelly kent

The middle panel is embossed with the Subtle embossing folder and a vellum layer added over the top.  The bird & flower centerpiece is cut straight from the DSP.  You need a little patience for the fussy cutting but the results are sensational.  I find the cutting a much easier option than colouring!!!

Bird Ballad | kelly kent

I’ve finished the card with a DSP banner, Crumb Cake twine (Nature’s Twine) and a white embossed sentiment.   Originally, the sentiment (from Itty Bitty Birthdays) was “happy belated birthday’ but I’ve trimmed it down to just be happy birthday.  I love the font!!


Please join us on Facebook where you can add your card using the catalogue photo as inspiration for the layout.  I can’t wait to see all the entries this week!  Click here to visit the FB group.

Continue the hop to see what the rest of the design team did with this layout.  Next up is my fabulous friend Siobhan Fitzsimmons.

Thanks for hopping with us.  Have a great week!


 

Just Add Ink #463 | Choose Two

Hello!  Thanks for stopping today.  You’re joining me for a Just Add Ink challenge card.  The theme is “Choose Two” with foil-ribbon-sequins as our choices.

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The design team have lots of great projects to share with you – see them all over at the Just Add Ink blog.  You can also enter the challenge there too.

My project was made especially for a crafty friend.  In fact, it was this friend that first invited me to a Stampin’ Up! workshop which would ignite the papercraft journey!  So, it seemed fitting that her birthday card would be made using the new “Follow Your Art” suite.  Between the stamp set & DSP, it’s filled with artwork of all the things that are important to Stampin’ Up! addicts including markers, buttons, ink refills, twine, hot glue guns, colouring tools – and sequins & ribbon!  So it was also perfect for this challenge.

Tri Fold Pocket Card - Follow Your Art | kelly kent

The style of card is a Tri Fold Pocket Card.  I first made one of these for our May team hop (see the card here).  I’ll post measurements and instructions below again in case you’d like to make one.

The card is shown above when folded & closed.  Here is the front side when opened out…

Tri Fold Pocket Card - Follow Your Art | kelly kent

The middle panel has a removable piece for writing your birthday message on.  I just love the bulldog clip stamp!!!

Tri Fold Pocket Card - Follow Your Art | kelly kent

I’ve used the Sale-A-Bration Grapefruit Grove foil to cut a ‘birthday’ sentiment and added ‘happiness’ under this in glitter embossing.  The glitter embossing powders (in Shimmer White & Shimmer Black) are beautiful and add a fabulous touch of sparkle to your project!

The right panel is the one I created with Just Add Ink in mind and features my favourite stamp from the It Starts With Art stamp set – the stack of ribbons finishing in a ribbon heart!   I’ve added stamped sequins across the DSP and also adhered some sequins from the Woven Threads pack.  These feature the new 2019-2021 In Colors and go well with the colours in the art suite.

Tri Fold Pocket Card - Follow Your Art | kelly kent

The Tri Fold design is very deluxe and when you turn it over, there’s a whole other side to enjoy!

Tri Fold Pocket Card - Follow Your Art | kelly kentThe stamps in the It Starts With Art stamp set are designed to be stamped & coloured – perfect for the avid crafter (or a casual crafter who loves colouring!!).  On this side I’ve added the three colouring tools (Stampin’ Write Marker, Stampin’ Blend & Watercolour Pencil) to the left pocket cover.  I’ll put a gift card in this pocket for the birthday girl.

As well as dies to cut the image stamps in this bundle, the Arts & Crafts die set has extra dies for finishing touches on your projects like the scalloped edge on this pocket (or the button runner on the first side).

Tri Fold Pocket Card - Follow Your Art | kelly kent

The right panel is finished with some cute little ink refill bottles – so classically Stampin’ Up!  In the pocket at the right is a fridge magnet for the recipients craft room reminding her to ‘do something creative every day’.  Craft is such wonderful therapy!  The sentiment for the fridge magnet is from the Crafting Forever stamp set – it coordinates very well with this suite!

Tri Fold Pocket Card - Follow Your Art | kelly kent

Although lots of decorating goes into this style of card, the finished product with all it’s pockets, details and chance to use your new products is so much fun!  Here’s the instructions to make your own:

Start with a piece of cardstock 12″ x 9″.  Along the 12″ side, score at 4″ & 8″.  Along the 9″ side, score at 6″.  Cut along the bottom score lines to create your flaps (see picture).

Tr Fold Pocket Card | kelly kent

Once you’ve added your cardstock to each panel, you can adhere the pockets in place.  Panel dimensions are 4″ x 6″, so mat size for each panel is 3-3/4″ x 5-3/4″ (largest size) and 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ (smaller size).

I found on this card that just using a larger size DSP layer on the panels with pockets gave a nicer finish.  I added a cardstock mat and DSP on the panels without pockets.

The pockets measure 3″ x 4″.  Make sure to only adhere down the left & right edge, leaving the top edge free of adhesive so you can put things in there.  Ideas include writing panel & fridge magnet as shown, gift card, bookmark, photos, lotto ticket, money – anything less than 4″ x 6″ and flat will fit!

Tri Fold Pocket Card - Follow Your Art | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me.  If you can make the tough decision to only choose two (foil-ribbon-sequins), we’d love for you to share your creation over at our just Just Add Ink blog.  As I write this, I realise that I’ve used all three across the panels of my Tri Fold card… so we’re going to ignore that and just focus on the pretty ribbon & sequins (hehe!) on the right panel!!!

Happy crafting!


 

Colour INKspiration #58

I have another fabulous colour combination for you today as part of Colour INKspiration #58.  It’s pretty and subtle and I cant’ wait to see what you share with us on the Colour INKspiration Challenges Facebook group.  Click here to visit the FB group.

Don’t these colours exude elegance and luxury?

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We’re joined for this challenge by our guest designer – Vicki Boucher.  Vicki’s gorgeous card won challenge #56 and we’re delighted to have her create with us for this hop.  If you’re already on your way hopping around, then you will have travelled here from Vicki’s blog.  If you’re starting here, keep hopping until you visit Vicki.


With these sweet colours, I’ve inked up one of the new Stampin’ Up! bundles –  Above the Clouds.  It comes with a stamp set and coordinating Hot Air Balloon Punch.

Above the Clouds | kelly kent

I forget what this style of card is called – but it’s one of my favourites!  Stamp on the base layer of the card then add cardstock to the left & right edges to create a sunken patterned panel.  I’ve stamped the clouds in Blushing Bride and edged the Whisper White cardstock with gold foil.

Above the Clouds | kelly kent

There are some cute sentiments in the Above the Clouds stamp set, but I’m enjoying lots of mixing & matching of stamp sets at the moment to create a variety of birthday cards – as these are the cards I most need.  This fun birthday sentiment is from another new set in my collection – Beautiful Friendship.

I’ve used another set (not so new, but regularly used) on the inside – Itty Bitty Birthdays – together with Above the Clouds.  I don’t always decorate the inside of my cards (despite my new years resolution) but when I do, it always makes me smile to add an extra layer of happy!

Above the Clouds | kelly kent

The clouds are stamped in full colour (Blushing Bride) and then again without reinking to create a variety of cloud depths.  As well as full size hot air balloons, Above the Clouds has this cute trio of little hot air balloons too!  My tip for two step stamping with a solid image and an outline is to stamp the outline first.  It’ll be much easier to see through the solid stamps and line them up with your outline stamping.

This is the same for the big hot air balloons!  And that cute bunting I’ve used on the top of the card.

Above the Clouds | kelly kent

The gold touches on this card really lift it up (pun intended!).  Aren’t those balloons so pretty in pink!?!


Keep hopping and see all the lovely ways the design team have used these colours.  Next up is my sweet friend Rachel Palmieri.

Thanks for joining us!


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