More Christmas Cards – With Retiring Products!

Aloha, all!

I’ve had so much fun the past few weeks getting my Christmas Cards done. Stuck at home in a wheelchair and a cast-type boot on my driving foot has meant a lot more time in my Craft Room!

One of the things I’ve tried to do is to be sure that I use ALL of the Christmas and Winter-themed stamp sets I’ve bought. There are still two sets left that I haven’t touched. But, in the midst of looking at those, I decided that I needed to try out one last set of cards using the retiring Quilt Builder Framelits Dies, as well as use up some of the fun Foil Snowflakes I’ve had for a few weeks. Oh, and then there’s that luscious Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper with all those wonderful metallic elements. So off I went. Here are 3 of the 9 cards I made in this session:

     This was actually the last of the cards that I made and I just used the interior of the square quilt-style framelit, with the outline cut from Copper Foil, and the inside pieces from one of the sheets of the Designer Series Paper set. On all of the other cards (you’ll see 2 below) I used the Foil Snowflakes as a background. But for this Copper-themed card, I cut Swirly Snowflakes out of the Copper Foil, and embossed the Merry Christmas Sentiment (from the Half Full Stamp Set) using Copper Embossing Powder

     For this card, I used all my “outside” pieces from cutting the full quilt square out of Gold Foil. You’ll see some of the gold foil “inside” pieces in the following card. The “inside” pieces of this quilt square are from one of the sheets of the Designer Series Paper. The Gold Foil Snowflake and the gold-embossed sentiment really do a nice job of accenting the quilt square.

     Finally, here is the very first card I made in this session (I guess I could have rearranged them here. Can you say, “lazy”?) I CASEd this idea from an ornament that I saw on Facebook, with the corner squares from the sheet in the Designer Series Paper set with large Copper and Champagne designs. For the triangles, I used the sheet with the sunburst design from the same set. Then for the “inside” pieces, I used two pieces each of Copper Foil, Gold Foil, Champagne Foil, and Silver Foil. If it wouldn’t have wasted an extraordinary amount of Designer Series Paper and Foil, I would like to have made ALL the cards with this design!

     Today I’m actually going shopping – the first time in months! We’re going to Costco, and I’ll have to be in a wheelchair. But that will be fine, and I’ll be ready for Christmas parties that are coming up all too soon. It will be nice to drive across our island, too (it takes us almost 2 hours to get to the only Costco on our island). Thursday I’ll be back to Christmas projects, this time to set up for a tag and ornament class next Monday. That will be a fun class for my regular students – and me!!

     Here are the products I used for the front of this card. I’ve marked the three that are retiring, but as of the time I’m writing this, all are still available to purchase. Just click on an icon to find out more about them and even to buy them in my own Stampin’ Up! Store.


Posted on : Dec 11 2017
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Some Holiday Catalog Products Will Carry Over!

Aloha, all!

     The 5 months beginning in January every year are always interesting when I'm trying to figure out what I can use to show off here on my blog as well as in my Newsletter and Facebook. Why? Because Stampin' Up! has decided (yay!) to keep some of the fun products from its Holiday Catalog – but that list gets shoved aside by the upcoming Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Catalogs, as well as the ongoing 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. But this year I have a plan!

     The icon over at the top of the right column is going to stay right where it is. That way both you and I will remember that there are products out there in Stampin' Up! land that aren't in any current catalog BUT are available for purchase.

     Let me share one fun non-autumn card I made with the decidedly Fall-themed, Painted Harvest Stamp Set.

     If you bump around Pinterest at all, you'll know that this is not my original design. Dozens of people have already figured out that the Sunflower stamps in the Painted Harvest Stamp Set make a great Christmas Wreath. Using those little dots that are supposed to help make up the center of the Sunflower as Berries in the wreath was the best idea. I'm happily CASEing this from all those before me for my Stamp-a-Stack Christmas Card class next week. This card goes SOOOO fast!

     Now I can harly wait to see what all those creative people out there think of to do with this set for Spring holidays and celebrations. 

     Besides that stamp set, here are my favorites that are going to continue to be available into the New Year. This is not everything on the list – just click on the icon up at the top of the right column to see the full list. These are just my favorites:

  • Half Full Stamp Set
  • Everyday Label Punch
  • Cat Punch
  • 1/8" Solid Red Ribbon (think Valentine's Day Cards and gifts!)
  • Clear Acetate Boxes (for card gifts all year)

     Now back to Christmas Cards! I'll have a couple of those next week, including a new project that's a modification of a popular fun fold!

     See you next week!

 

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Posted on : Dec 02 2017
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I Never Get Tired of Christmas Cards!

Aloha, all!

     Finally I'm at a time of the year when it won't hurt me or anyone else if all I post about are Christmas Cards! Well, I'll be making some birthday cards as there are lots of birthdays in my circle of family and friends between now and Christmas. I may even share some here with you. But I am SO ready to start showing off Christmas Cards in earnest.

     My first card for this fun effort is one I CASEd (Copy And Share with Everyone) from one of Stampin' Up!s Million Dollar Sales demonstrators, Linda Bauwin. When demonstrators reach that milestone, one of their recent perks is to help Stampin' Up! develop a new stamp set based on their interests. Linda's stamp set is called, Half Full, and is featured in the Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog. Linda made a Waterfall Card with her set that I had to stop everything and go make for myself!

     OK, I'm sure you can't see the Half Full Stamp Set in this photo. But I'll be showing that off before I write too many more sentences! First, I'd like to show off one of the sheets from the gorgeous Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). The "specialty" in this set of papers is that every sheet has foil accents on it. Among the foils accent colors are Champagne, Gold, Silver and Copper. This sheet seems to have all three. But I have to tell you, I have a hard time seeing the difference between Champagne and Silver unless they're side by side, which doesn't happen in this sheet. And It's really not important. I chose to use Gold as my accent color for the rest of the card, beginning with the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape that I ran across the bar near the bottom of the card. I LOVE this washi tape, with the same foll accents as in the DSP.

     The stamped and embossed (with Gold) snowflakes are from two different stamp sets. The large snowflake is from the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set, and the smaller flakes in lines at the bottom of the other two layers of this waterfall card are from the Merry Cafe Stamp Set. I love it when I can find just what I want in a stamp set where I didn't expect to fine it!

     Here, then, are the flips that appear in the waterfall card when you pull the ribboned tab down from the card. The first flip (at the left) has a row of wine glasses colored to look somewhat like they're filled with white wine. The words, embossed in white just above it is one of the fun quotes from this set – made perfect when paired with the words above the second flip panel (at the right) that explain the glasses filled with red wine. If it's too small for you to read, they say, "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas." And then, "But if the white runs out, I'll drink red." My sentiments exactly! And what a perfect set of stamps and words for a waterfall card.

     Everything that I stamped on this card is heat-embossed. The snowflakes and wine classes are embossed in Gold and the words are embossed in White. I prefer to emboss items stamped onto colored cardstock. I rarely stamp onto colored cardstock unless it's for a watermark-style image or some background. So I keep a good stock of embossing powder on hand.

     If you'd like to try your hand at this waterfall card, there are plenty of videos out on YouTube (including the video for this project). And here are the products I featured in this project. If you're interested in any of them, be sure to click on the icon to go directly to my Stampin' Up! store to read more about the product and order it online!

 


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Posted on : Nov 24 2017
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CASEing for a Class!

Aloha, all!

     I am fortunate to have a new person who is attending my regular card-making classes, and thoroughly enjoying them! She's not new to Stampin' Up! products, but her interest before this year has been primarily scrapbooking. While I certainly am no slouch when it comes to scrapping, I spend most of my personal time in making cards. So that's where my classes gravitate most of the time. The reason that I bring this up is that she is not really sure of herselt when it comes to figuring out how to plan a project so that she can make the best use of her materials. So we decided to have a one-on-one class to cover planning a project from start to finish. Rather than going through the whole creative process, though, I suggested we look through the Stampin' Up! Catalog – with all its great ideas! – and pick something to CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone).

     One of the ideas, of course, was to show that, just because you don't have the products used to make the card doesn't mean you can't CASE the card. I actually think it's a lot more fun to try out a design using different products even if I DO have the products in the original.

     For this project, I did not have the stamp set in the original of this project, which is on page 175 of the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. But I did have most of the other products. This was also a great project for demonstrating how to cut paper to make the best use of what we had. We figured out that the top layer of the card in the catalog was Vellum Cardstock. But rather than cut into a piece of that, we chose to cut the card base and the other two layers from the same piece of Pool Party Cardstock. This way, we could use one whole sheet of cardstock without wasting too very much of it, and she'd learn some basic layering measurements to boot. We adhered the top two layers together and ran both of them together through the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Then we adhered this grouping to the card base and set it aside.

     For the stamped layer on the front, we used the Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set. The outline of the flowers and the sentiment were stamped with Cajun Craze Ink, the flower backgrounds were stamped with Pumpkin Pie Ink, and the stems were stamped using Crumb Cake Ink.

     Once everything was stamped, we die cut the stamped area using the Lots of Labels Framelits set, and layered it up with a piece of a Delicate Doily and some 5/8" Burlap Ribbon. We used Stampin' Dimensionals on the side away from the doily and ribbon, and Fast Fuse Adhesive on the side already bolstered up by the doily/ribbon. The final touch was a small scrap of Pumpkin Pie Cardstock and a bow of Linen Thread.

     We did spend a lot more time on this project that it might seem we should have. But at each step, we discussed how we wanted to CASE that particular step. It was fun, my friend said she had a much better idea of how to structure a card, and we both have a cute "Just For You" card to send to a friend!

     Here are the products we used for our CASEd project. Don't forget that you can purchase any or all of the products for this project from my personal Stampin' Up! store! Just click on any of the pictures below and you'll be sent there right away! Thanks for all of your purchases that help me keep my Craft Room going!

 

 


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Posted on : Aug 23 2017
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My New Favorite Stamp Set!

Aloha, all!

     As you might imagine, if you've seen a copy of the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog, it's finally come to me that my real favorite stamp set from this catalog really should be the Climbing Orchid Stamp Set. After all, I live on the "Orchid Isle" in the Hawaiian Islands, and there are orchids growing in trees and baskets all over our garden. How could I not want to start turning out orchid card after orchid card?!

     For this card, I copied the color scheme from a photograph I found online. It was a soft yellow Phalaenopsis orchid, with just a tint of a pinkish color. So I picked So Saffron Cardstock for the base of the flower. I stamped the line art flower from the Stamp Set using Rose Red Ink, and then applied some Flirty Flamingo Ink using a Blender Pen to add highlights around the edges.

     The layout of the card is CASEd from the Stampin' Up! Catalog, page 21. I wanted to use some of the Crushed Curry paper with the cracked design from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack. To conserve my paper, I cut the 6" square piece in half, so it's only 3" wide as opposed to the wider paper in the catalog's card. For the other piece of paper, I chose one of the lighter wood designs from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack, cut to 3" for the same reason as with the Color Theory paper. Before mounting the orchids, which I die cut using the Orchid Builder Framelits set, onto the papers, I stamped the 3 stems as well as the sentiment (also from this stamp set) using Early Espresso Classic Ink.

     The background cardstock is a piece of Flirty Flamingo Cardstock that I texturized using the new Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. It gives these and other cards with floral designs a beautiful background feeling!

     The card base, which I usually make using either Whisper White or Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock, this time is made of the So Saffron Cardstock. It's a nice weight for a card base, and light enough for writing a note inside.

     Here are the Stampin' Up! products that I feature in this card. You can click on any of the pictures below and be carried off to my very own Stampin' Up! store. Do definitely click on anything that interests you. There's no obligation to purchase anything and I won't bug you afterwards – I have no idea when someone visits my store! So you can learn more about these products at your own pace, any time 24/7/365!

 


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Posted on : Jun 22 2017
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Coffee in a CASE!

Aloha, all!

     The "CASE" in the subject of this post refers to a stamper's practice of using someone else's design as the basis for a new – or nearly new – project. CASE stands for Copy And Share with Everyone. In this case (double meaning here!), I was given the challenge of CASEing this project on page 126 of the latest Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.

     While I love the Daisy theme, I had another stamp set in my new collection that I'd yet too use. So out came the Coffee Café Stamp Set and Coffee Cups Framelits Dies.

     I even used the coordinating Coffee Break Designer Series Paper set for this card! This set of paper has become my go-to favorite to use with lots of different stamp sets. When you look at a set of Designer Series Paper in the Stampin' Up! catalog, don't be too distracted by the designs that seem to be made for just one stamp set. Every sheet has another side to it, and sometimes those are the best sides as far as I'm concerned. While I'm sure I'll eventually use the sheet from this set that has coffee pots and cups all over it – or coffee beans or branches all over – I'm definitely going to be using the "other sides" a lot this coming year. There are two of those on this card.

     A fun part of the Coffee Café stamp set is that there are two sentiment stamps that fit right onto the coffee cup shape. Love this! And finally Stampin' Up! has given us a gorgeous roll of ribbon in the Garden Green Color – one of the 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon spools that has had other colors featured in past catalogs. And the final touch for this card is that I added a few of the Metallic Sequins Assortment.

     This was a fun and easy card to make, especially since I didn't have to do too much in the way of figuring out a layout. And I got to use yet another of my new stamp sets! If you'd like to experience some of the fun, be sure to check out my very own Stampin' Up! Store, which is open online just for you 24/7/365. Or click on any of the pictures below to learn more about that product before you order it!

 

 


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Posted on : Jun 15 2017
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The New Stampin’ Up! Catalog is Here!

Aloha, all!

     As this blog post is being published, I am in the full swing of placing my first full order from the newest Stampin' Up! Catalog – the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. I've been waiting for this day since I first saw the catalog online a month and a half ago. It was bad enough when we demonstrators got to see it a month before it went live. But with the new schedule, we're being teased evern earlier!

     Now you, too, can see the catalog today by clicking here. And, while I'm sure you've seen many samples of products that we were allowed to pre-order before today, I thought I'd take the time today to show you a project that I CASEd from the new catalog. Check out page 146 to see the original.

     For my version of this project, I used both sides of two of the sheets of paper in the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper set. The White and Navy Blue Daisy pattern is on one side of a sheet and the Old Olive leaf print is on the other. The Floral Print is on the other side of the Calypso Coral graphic design. The ribbon is the Daffodil Delight 1/4" Double Stitched Ribbon. There are two other colors of this ribbon, and I've ordered them both. Actually I've ordered a BUNCH of ribbon, though not all that is new in the catalog. Suffice it to say that I have enough to keep me for a while.

     The "Thank You" sentiment is from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set, which also includes the line of daisies that I stamped along the bottom of the Calypso Coral paper strip. The actual stamp has 3 little daisies, but they do stamp nicely in a row.

     Oh, and about this card – I've already sent it out to a dear friend who had us over for dinner at her gorgeous ocean front home just a couple of weeks ago. She's always so appreciative of cards that I make, and I love making them for her!

     Even though I'm ordering from the new catalog on the first day I can, I still won't get my order until late next week – maybe at last as early the following week. Do you know how many Stampin' Up! Demonstrators and Customers are at their computers or tablets at this very moment placing a first-day order??? Absolutely a lot. I guess if I wanted to pay a bit extra for special handling, I could. But I think I want to use that money to buy new products! I do have a class scheduled this month, but it's not until the 19th. So there's no reason to speed things up because of that. Or maybe there is. Hmmmm.

     As I write this, I don't have access to the online pictures or links related to products I'm featuring in this project. But I'll get on here and update this post later today. If you're interested in anything in the new catalog, you can just go directly to my Stampin' Up! Online store!

     Meanwhile, you might want to know the one thing that I'm ordering from this catalog that I could not possibly do without. It's the Climbing Orchid Bundle. Oh, I can hardly wait to color up some of those orchids to mimic those real orchids we have growing in our garden! I'll be posting one of those as soon as I get everything put away next week! And that bundle will be featured in my class later this month, too.

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Posted on : Jun 01 2017
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Color Fusers Blog Hop – March 2017!

Aloha, all!

     I'm so excited to once again be a part of the Color Fusers monthly Blog Hop! This month we were given four Stampin' Up! colors from which to choose at least three to make our project for the hop. A big, "Yay!" for me as I not only used all four of the colors, but I also made TWO PROJECTS for the hop.

     For the last week or so, I have had my eye on the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper set. So my first stop when I saw these colors was that paper to see if it featured any kind of combination of these colors. Rats. While two of the colors (Peekaboo Peach and Watermelon Wonder) were in there, the greens were definitely not either of the greens in our color challenge. While I was pouting about this and trying to figure out how to use the single-color papers as a basis for my project, it suddenly occurred to me that I had bought the Fresh Fruit Stamp Set. I could make my OWN designer paper by stamping those fun fruit images using the challenge colors!

     And there they are in the background "designer paper" that I stamped for this project: Watermelon Wonder Strawberries; Peekaboo Peaches; and Mint Macaron Pears highlighted with Wild Wasabi outlines. As I studied the sentiments in the Fresh Fruit Stamp Set, I found the sentiment which was perfect to make a card for a dear friend who is going through a tough time. Once I chose that sentiment, the rest of the card just made itself. I love that I had that beautiful Peekaboo Peach 3/8" Ruched Ribbon and the 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes hearts to add some fun accents to the card to make it as upbeat as I wanted.

     When I decided to stamp my own background paper, I actually stamped two sheets of Whisper White Cardstock. I wasn't sure how I wanted to feature the colors and shapes, so both sheets were different. Once I ended up choosing this background for my card, I still had a lovely sheet that might not get used. Then I remembered a project that had been submitted to my SUO Challenges last time, and went looking for it. It was made by Mary Alice Bellis, a fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, and involved making triangles using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

     To make this card, I used Mary Alice's basic instructions, but it still wound up being a trial-and-error effort (i.e., glue stuff on and pull it back off – a lot!) for me as it was for her. Now that I've got it figured out, I may try writing a tutorial. Not for this month's newsletter, though! I may wait for some new Designer Series Papers from the next Stampin' Up! catalog.

     Basically what I did was to cut four squares out of the piece of stamped cardstock. Then I cut each square on the diagonal using a larger square framelit. As I said, trial and error, so there are some pieces in there that aren't exactly what I had planned. Nonetheless, I think that the card turned out all right – I even used the "Happy Birthday" sentiment for it as I have a birthday card to send out this week.

     I hope you enjoyed seeing how I used stamps and my own selection of colors to make my own designer paper. I really should do that more often! Now onto the list of other stampers in this Blog Hop! I won't be hopping with the group for the next few months as I'll be traveling and working on some fiscal year-end projects for a non-profit for which I volunteer. But I'll be back hopping in the summer!

 


Posted on : Mar 06 2017
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Sealed With a Kiss!

Aloha, all!

     Earlier this week, I told you about my project that I used for the biweekly challenge blog, Stampin' Up! Only Challenges. I had CASEd (Copy And Share with Everyone) a project from the latest issue of CardMaker Magazine. For today's project, I have a project that I CASEd from one of the other SUO Challenge Design Team members – fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Pam Staples.

     I didn't quite copy Pam's design entirely, but the layout of the stamped and embellished layer is pretty close to hers. The main differences were that I used Soft Sky as the color for the splashed background, I used Gold Foil for the arrow and little hearts, I used one of the square Stitched Shapes Framelits for the sentiment element, and I didn't emboss the lips. Emboss the lips?  You bet – with the fun Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder that carried over from the 2016 Holiday Catalog. The Sealed With Love Bundle, that includes the stamp set and framelits is from the 2017 Occasions Catalog. The splashed background is from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set that's in the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. And those two little hearts? They're from the Owl Builder Punch. I hardly ever use that owl figure much any more. But the heart and the circles in that punch are oh so useful! So lots going on here with a variety of Stampin' Up! Catalogs and products!

     And of course now I have made a Valentine's Day card with a color other than Red! But I still want to try out some other different color combos before I finish with this year's Valentines. I have another few days before I have to quit and get mine sent out. I'll be sure to share them here.

     For now, here are the products that I used for this card. There are a lot more than I usually use in a card. But I was on a roll when I started pulling products off the shelf in my Craft Room!

 


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Posted on : Feb 03 2017
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Another Valentine’s Card!

Aloha, all!

     It's time for another edition of the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge, and I think this is always my favorite of the whole year. It's time to get all those Valentine's Day Cards done, and that's the challenge!

     I have been working like crazy to get lots of Valentine's Cards done this year because I think that the Sealed with Love Stamp Set and the Sending Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack in the 2017 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog is one of the best combinations I've seen in a long time!

     Add to that paper and stamp set combo the wonderful shapes from the Love Notes Framelits Dies, and you have just about everything you need for great Valentine's Cards (well, except for the Real Red Ink and Whisper White Cardstock, which you probably already have in your stash)!

     For today's card, I also added a gorgeous stamp (IMHO) from the FREE Sale-a-bration Delicate Details Stamp Set.  That's the lace stamp across the card, under the hearts. I used the small heart Framelit from the Framelits Set to cut hearts from scraps of paper from the Sending Love DSP Stack.

     Oh, and I love how the teeny white hearts are spaced on the sheet of the DSP that I used for the mat for the stamped layer of this card. They are spaced perfectly to be cut to sizes that typically appear as layers on a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card base (this fits into an A2 or "medium" size envelope).

     My final touch on this card was a sprinkling of Pearl Basic Jewels.

     If you are a reader of CardMaker Magazine, you just might recognize this layout. Yes, it's a CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) from a card in their article about simple Valentine's Day Cards using small hearts. I've created a couple of other cards using these layouts, and am sharing them with you this month also. It's just a great magazine for ideas even though they use Stampin' Up! products a bit too infrequently for my taste. Nonetheless, I can usually find Stampin' Up! products to make with their design ideas!

     Speaking of products, here are the products that I featured in today's project. Click on any of the pictures to go to my Stampin' Up! Store to order any of them. Or just give me a call, and I can help you place the order if you'd prefer!

     Happy Stamping!

DID YOU NOTICE!? Buy the Sealed With Love Bundle and the Sending Love Designer Series Paper – and get the Delicate Details Stamp Set FOR FREE!

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Posted on : Jan 30 2017
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