My Last Valentines of 2018!

Aloha, all!

 

I just love to send Valentine Cards, and this year I’ve made and sent well over a dozen. As you might imagine, the two cards I’m sharing today are cards I made at least a week ago so they could get in the mail in time to arrive on February 14th. But I waited until Valentine’s Day itself to share them here just because I wanted to wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day right here on my blog!

Both of today’s cards are made using  the same Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set and Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlits Dies.  And besides the different colors of cardstock and ink, the only big difference is in the technique that I used for showing off the gorgeous detailed heart from the Thinlits set.

For the top card, I cut the heart using Wild Wasabi Cardstock, and adhered it to the Whisper White Cardstock using Multipurpose Liquid Glue – just a dot under a few leaves around the edge, the flowers and a few other places in the middle. Then I stamped the flowers in the stamp set using Berry Burst Ink and cut them using the dies in the Thinlit set. I applied those using Mini Glue Dots, and added some Rhinestone Basic Jewels in the center of each flower as an embellishment.

 

For the bottom card, I centered the heart left to right on a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock and die cut it using the Thinlits die. Then I took the piece of Whisper White cardstock and adhered it to the Marina Mist Cardstock. Once I had the heart all cleaned up by getting the cardstock brushed out of the openings, I applied Multipurpose Liquid Glue as I did in the first card and carefully replaced the heart inside of the area from which it had originally been cut. This makes such a lovely card front!  While I could have die-cut some white flowers and placed them over the flower areas in the heart, I chose just to add some Marina Mist Enamel Shape circles.

 

While these are meant to be Valentine Cards, with different sentiments (including the one in the bottom card) these could be cards for any occasion. Right away I can see their use for weddings and anniversaries. But they could also be used for Get Well, Sympathy, or just generally a “Hi, Thinking of You” card.

 

I hope you’ll remember this stamp set when you have a reason to make a card that says, “love” of any kind at least for the rest of this season. I do hope that these sets make it into the next Stampin’ Up! catalog, but one never knows. Here are the links to products I’ve featured in this blog post. Just click on any of them to go to my personal Stampin’ Up! website to learn more about them and even buy them online, any time 24/7.


Posted on : Feb 14 2018
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CASEing a Stampin’ Up! Catalog Sample!

Aloha, all!

 

One of my favorite things about the current Stampin’ Up! Catalogs is that, throughout the books, there are sections entitled, “Quick & Easy: You Can Make it!” So when the theme for the current Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge Blog was to CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) a catalog sample, I decided to go for one of those. And, with Valentine’s Day coming right up, I went looking at stamps that had Valentine’s themes. The good news is that the stamp set I chose is great for many occasions, not just Valentine’s Day.

This sample is on Page 88 of the Stampin’ Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, and features the stamp set, Bloomin’ Love. What makes this “Quick & Easy” is that you can put 3 different stamps on one acrylic block and then stamp that all over the front of a card to make a great design. Here’s how it looks in the catalog, and it even shows you which stamps the artist put on the block to make these cards.

Now, CASE doesn’t mean that I have to make an exact copy of a card. When I CASE a card, I like to add a bit of my own creativity to make it come out a little different. What I did to make this happen for this project was to make the Whisper White Card Base mat the colored cardstock on which I stamped. I also definitely wanted these cards to be Valentine Cards, so I die-cut the sentiment with one of the smaller hearts from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits set. Finally, as I had some of the luscious new 1/4″ White Organza Ribbon from the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Occasions Catalog, I wanted to use that instead of the white ribbon used in the original.

 

So that’s my CASE for this Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge! See how easy it is? We would love it if you’d come on over to the blog and enter your own CASE of a project in any Stampin’ Up! catalog. Here are the products I used for this project. You can click on any of the small pictures below and go directly to my Stampin’ Up! store to read more about it and even buy it if you’d like. Or you can just go to my Stampin’ Up! store to shop for anything any time, 24/7!


Posted on : Feb 12 2018
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A Set of Birthday Cards!

Aloha, all!

 

As you might have guessed, I managed to get sidetracked making Valentine Cards and forgot all about that stack of Birthday Cards that I need for the month of February. Yikes! The good news is that, so far, I’ve not actually missed a birthday. When I made these cards, I had exactly 3 days to get a card to its destination, and 3 days is really the best that I can hope for when I’m mailing a card from Hawaii to the U.S. Mainland. Better news is that this card didn’t have to go all the way to the East Coast!

This card is the first of 3 that I made one afternoon when I had some time just to hang out in my craft room. For a number of reasons, that time was going to be scarce for the 3 or 4 days following. The result was that, as soon as I finished this card and realized how easy it was to make, I decided that I would make two more just like it. But “just like” is not a phrase that I really like to use unless I’m making swaps. So I really had to do something different with the other two.

 

For this card, I used the Happy Wishes Stamp Set from the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration Brochure. This set has two main words, “happy” and “best,” and 12 other words and phrases that can go before or after – or both – the main words. I inked up the “happy” using Marina Mist Ink, and then added a bit of Night of Navy Ink to the bottom area of the stamp that includes the floral images, finishing up the stamping by using Night of Navy Ink to stamp “birthday.” I matted both the stamped layer and the background layer of Sweet Soirée Specialty Designer Series Paper using Night of Navy Cardstock. To tie the whole card together, I used  some Silver 1/8″ Ribbon to complement the silver foil accents in the Designer Series Paper.

For the second card, I wondered how the stamp would look if I colored in the floral images, so I pulled out my Calypso Coral  and Old Olive Stampin’ Write Markers to try itNot sure how I like it. But it’s a nice-looking card, so it’s going to go to a friend for her birthday. Oh, and for the ribbon this time I used the Calypso Coral 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon to bring out the Calypso Coral colors in the stamped image and the designer series Paper. And you might note that the mats in this card are thinner than those in the other two. Hmmm. What do you think?

For the last card, I left the blues behind and stamped using Calypso Coral and Rich Razzleberry Ink, again not coloring in the floral images. I matted this with the Rich Razzleberry Cardstock to complement the ink that I used in the stamped layer and the Razzleberry flower peeking out from the upper left corner of the central element.

 

This stamping session was a lot more relaxed that I expected it to be, and that was because I wasn’t afraid just to make 3 cards that are pretty much alike. I’m really hoping that everyone who gets one will really like it!

 

Here are the supplies I featured in these projects. As always, you can click on any of the icons and be taken directly to my personal Stampin’ Up! store to learn more about them and even to buy them online – any time, 24/7!


Posted on : Feb 11 2018
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Using Up Little Leftover Pieces!

Aloha, all!

 

Last week I shared a project that I made to try to get myself out of my non-crafting funk, and it and the few other cards I made that day by building on the ideas of others really helped. A few days later, it was time to clean up and get ready to move onto other projects that I wanted to try out. In the cleaning up process, I just brushed the scraps that I’d made into my waste basket. Think slow motion as I watched some stamped images that I’d thought weren’t worth working with slipped into the trash. I snatched them up and decided they really did need to be used and not wasted.

Now that I look at those stamped pieces (the little hearts and the banner) I’m not sure why I thought at the time that they weren’t good enough for a card. My intention was to make a duplicate of the card I made last week. But then I remembered something else that I’d seen online (cannot remember where or when) where the new Whisper White 1/4″ Organza Ribbon was wrapped around a piece of colored cardstock to create a striped effect. There were some issues with where I placed my scrap of Bermuda Bay Cardstock that I used to set off the ribbon, so the placement of the hearts and banner is a bit different.

 

The point I’d like to make with this project is to think about keeping something that you’ve stamped but not completely liked, and look at it another day. You may end up like I did, with another card made in no time at all because I’d already done all the stamping!


Posted on : Feb 09 2018
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Another Valentine CASE!

Aloha, all!

 

Today’s project is the third of the Valentine Projects that I made during my CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) day last week when I was trying to get my mojo back. I’m still trying and still CASEing, so I’m sure you’ll see more before Valentine’s Day is actually here!

As you can see, I’m still working with the same sheets from the same set of papers that I used for the last two CASEd projects I spoke of last week, the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper from this year’s Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration brochure.  I have also included a new stamp from the Heart Happiness Stamp Set that happens to use one of the dies in the Lots to Love Box Framelits set. That brings me to something I haven’t mentioned before. That Framelits set not only goes with stamps in the Sure Do Love You stamp set, it also goes with several of the stamps in the Heart Happiness Stamp Set. It’s a great two-fer and I hope Stampin’ Up! keeps this idea alive going forward.

 

The arrangement of the word LOVE, with the Heart shape as the O, is one I CASEd from a project by fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, Jenny Hall. She used a different set of papers and different colors, but this layout is definitely hers. And I LOVE it!

 

Once again, I used a card and matching envelope from the Sale-A-Bration FREE Tutti-Frutti Cards & Envelopes set. You can get this or the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper for FREE with any other Stampin’ Up! purchase of $50. If you spend $100 you can get BOTH of these freebies. Note that, this year, there are special freebies that you can get ONLY with a $100 purchase. They’re definitely worth it, and I plan to show some of them off here before too long.

 

To finish up the card and envelope combo, I stamped”Happy Valentine’s Day” from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set using Calypso Coral Ink, punching it out with the Classic Label Punch and then adhering it to the card front over the letters using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

 

And I used another stamp from the Heart Happiness Stamp Set to decorate the envelope that comes in the Tutti-Frutti Cards & Envelopes and that matches the card base.

 

Here are the products I used in this project. Just click on any of the icons to be whisked away to my personal Stampin’ Up! store. There you can learn more about each product and even order it online right then and there!


Posted on : Feb 07 2018
Posted under CASEing Projects, Punches, Sizzix, Stamping |

Happy Birthday, Deb!

Aloha, all!

 

I hope you will join me in wishing a Happy Birthday to my sister-in-law and fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, Deb! Deb and I have a lot in common, two items of which are that (1) we both have February birthdays, and (2) that we both joined Stampin’ Up! as demonstrators 10 years ago, though I missed signing up in February by 1 day. But I still consider February my Stampin’ Up! Anniversary month because that’s when we both really started doing what we’ve been doing for 10 years!

I made the card I sent to Deb while I was in the midst of discovering all the luscious designs in the new Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper set that anyone can get FOR FREE by purchasing $50 worth of Stampin’ Up! products during this year’s Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration. I was not immediately enthused about this paper as all I saw in the Sale-A-Bration brochure photograph was bottles and bubbles (thus the name). But once I started seeing other demonstrators showing off the BACK SIDE of these papers, I made sure that I ordered some (for FREE of course) for myself. You’ve been seeing some of that paper in some of the Valentine Cards that I’ve been making, and you’ll still see more in the next week or two.

 

Once I made this card for Deb, I decided that this would be a good card for a swap in which I participated last week. I’d been struggling with another set of Designer Series Papers to come up with a design that wouldn’t use too much of any one sheet of paper as most packs only have two sheets of any one design. As I had to make TWENTY cards for the swap, that was not going to work if I used one design for my background. But when I can use three different sheets of paper, all of a sudden I have plenty for such a swap.

 

Besides the Designer Series Paper on this card, the ribbons that I used are also in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure, in the Shimmer Ribbon Pack of 3 spools of ribbon – one each of Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, and Basic Gray. For this card I used the Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay to coordinate with the papers on the left and right of the background.

 

Two other products can be found in the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Occasions Catalog. The first is the sentiment that is part of the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set. Then there are the Tutti-Frutti Adhesive-Backed Sequins pack, from which I used 3 of the Lemon Lime Twist sequins to coordinate with the middle section of the Designer Series Paper. (I did not use these on the swap cards as that would have required 60 sequins – plus the 3 for Deb’s card – that the 50 of each color in the pack would not have covered.)

 

For the sentiment layer, I stamped onto Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock using Bermuda Bay Ink. Then I die-cut the stamped image and the Whisper White Scalloped Oval Mat using the Layering Ovals Framelits. All of these products are in the Stampin’ Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.

 

Finally I layered the Decorated Designer Series Paper layer onto Whisper White Cardstock, and then layered that onto a piece of Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock, before adhering the whole set onto a card base of Whisper White Cardstock.

 

Here’s a tip for making multiples of a card with this kind of a Designer Series Paper Layout. First figure out how wide you want your layer to be. Then divide by 3 (or whatever number of papers you’re going to use in your layout). Cut strips of paper that wide, tape them together on the back using plain old ordinary Transparent Tape, then cut all three (or whatever) strips together across the top and bottom to fit the height you need for your card. That way you will have a straight line across the top and bottom for your card front.

 

I’m having such a good time with this paper set that I might almost have to spend another $50 soon to get more (FREE, of course). But wait – there are going to be some more products that we’ll be able to get FOR FREE in the middle of this month. Watch out for notices about this – I was able to buy the new Sale-A-Bration products so I could show them off early. That’s a benefit of being a demonstrator – just like Deb and me!


Posted on : Feb 05 2018
Posted under Family and Garden, Sizzix, Stamping |

Oh So Quick and Easy CASE!

Aloha, all!

 

After I finished writing my last blog post, I went back to my work table, ostensibly to pick up the mess and put things away. But then I spotted another heart I’d stamped in trying to figure out how I was going to CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) the previous project. At that point, I thought of quite a few cards that I’d seen with that heart placed by itself with one other stamp on a card front.

The white heart in the middle of this card was the one I’d stamped for the earlier project, but ended up not using. It’s from the Sure Do Love You Stamp Set, and I’d die-cut it with a framelit from the Lots to Love Box Framelits set. Two other products that were still out on my work table were the cards from the Sale-A-Bration promotion, Tutti-Frutti Cards & Envelopes, and the Whisper White 1/4″ Organza Ribbon from the 2018 Occasions Catalog. Oh, and the Bermuda Bay Ink was still out. Why not make another really quick card? And that’s what I did.

 

I stamped the outline heart from the Sure Do Love You Stamp Set onto one of the Pool Party colored cards in the Cards & Envelopes Set, added the already-stamped heart using Stampin’ Dimensionals, tied on a piece of ribbon, and Voilà! I had a card.

 

As I finished this project up, I realized that, for the previous project, I’d not done anything with the “& Envelopes” part of the Tutti-Frutti Cards & Envelopes. So out came some little hearts from the Occasions Catalog Stamp Set, Heart Happiness, and the envelope was decorated in a flash.  What a deal for 16 FREE card bases and matching envelopes! Just spend $50 in my Stampin’ Up! store and you can choose this set FOR FREE, too!

 

Here are all the products I used in this project – most of them the same as for the previous project. Click on any of the icons to find out more about them and even purchase one or two (or more?) directly from me at my Stampin’ Up! website.


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Posted on : Feb 03 2018
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A Quick Fix for Inertia

Aloha, all!

 

Do you ever have one of those days (weeks, months?) where you just know crafting would be good for you, but you just can’t get started? I obviously have been having this going on in my Craft Room ever since I broke my foot last fall. While there have been spurts of activity (I had to get my Christmas Cards done and I had classes to prepare), the rest of the time, I’ve found myself staring at my work table wondering what I’m going to do next.

 

Today, I said, “enough.” No, I didn’t immediately get my mojo back. But what I did do is to tell myself to start looking for other stampers’ projects on the internet, and then CASE them. For those of you who are new to the word, CASE, it basically amounts to copying the essence of someone else’s project, while many times doing something just a bit differently. The acronym stands for Copy And Share with Everyone. When I CASE a project, I make sure that I note whose project I’m copying to give them credit for the original design.

My first CASE project for today is one inspired by a project by fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, Jo Anne Hewins, who made her card for a Create with Connie and Mary challenge last month. I had just a few days before noticed the fun heart pattern in the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration Bubbles and Fizz Designer Series Paper set. For my first CASEing effort, I googled the name of the paper set and, before too long, there was Jo Anne’s project on my computer screen.

 

What’s similar about our two projects are the papers (both from the Bubbles and Fizz set), and Stamp Set/Framelits Sure Do Love You Bundle from the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Occasions Catalog. What’s different is that I decided to make use of the nicely-coordinating Sale-A-Bration Tutti Frutti Cards & Envelopes set. The card base is the same Calypso Coral color as the heart design on the Designer Series Paper. Then, to separate the Calypso Coral Designer Series Paper from the Calypso Coral card base, I added a rectangle of Whisper White Cardstock. While Jo Anne’s project had a strip of another set of Designer Series Paper across the bottom, I instead added a piece of the Whisper White 1/4″ Organza Ribbon, also from the Occasions Catalog.

 

So I have a card made!!!  Yay! And everything I used, except the Bermuda Bay Ink and Whisper White Cardstock is all from our newest Catalog, the Occasions Catalog, or the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. And I earned the Designer Series Paper and the Card Base for FREE by buying some of the other products in this card and others that I’ll share over the next week or so. To find out more about Sale-A-Bration and its FREE PRODUCTS, just click here to go to my webpage, scroll down a bit, and click on Get Details under the Sale-A-Bration picture.


Posted on : Feb 01 2018
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It’s Time for Valentine Cards!

Aloha, all!

 

My projects all this week will be Valentine’s Cards. Yes, I did get some birthday cards made over the weekend, and I think that I’ve got the beginning of February covered. But now I’ve got to get the middle of the month covered as I’ll be otherwise occupied at the beginning of next week. I’m finally going to have a cataract in my right eye removed. I’ve been ready for this for a long time, and I finally got the go ahead last month, and I’m scheduled for it next week. Where I live in Hawaii, it’s not just a matter of going to the doctor’s office and having it done and come home to go back for a check up the next day. Nope. I have to fly to Honolulu and stay overnight. And my husband has to come with me (not a problem – I love having him along). So it’s a project. The good news is that it will be done and over with! The bad news is that I don’t have much time left before that event, and the Valentine’s cards have GOT to be finished!

 

Oh, and what a perfect time to have the Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge this week be to make a Valentine Card! I love getting two things done with one project (I’m not killing two birds – I’m not even killing one. Poor things!)

This card is a CASE from one made by fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, Linda Bauwin. Her card was not a Valentine’s Day card, but I could immediately see how I could use her design using a central heart rather than the oval shape she used for the front of the card.

 

The main step in this card is to create a mask using a shape that you’ve die-cut into a piece of cardstock that’s about the same size as the front of your card. Then you use the mask to lightly sponge in some color and finally stamp images over the sponged area. As I wrote that, I realized that the best way to tell you how this card is made is to give you a link to the tutorial that I gave to my monthly card-making class earlier this month. But I’ll still go on to tell you about the products that I used for this project.

 

The first step is to cut the heart out of the separate piece of cardstock using one of the hearts in the Sweet and Sassy Framelits set. I used the largest heart with the pointy tip on it so that it coordinated well with the shapes of the hearts that I was going to stamp onto the sponged heart. I sponged the heart all around the edges and then into the center area of the heart. It’s important to sponges all around the edges as just stamping the smaller hearts inside will not allow you to end up with a really recognizable heart shape unless you stamp way too many (for my taste at least).

 

The heart stamps that fill in the sponged heart are from the Heart Happiness Stamp Set in the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Occasions Catalog. For this card,  I used Blushing Bride Ink to sponge the background and I used Blushing Bride and Real Red Ink for the hearts I also used Real Red Ink for the word, Friend, stamped under the die-cut “Amazing.” This die-cut word is from one of the FREE Sale-A-Bration sets available during this year’s promotion. It’s also one that’s going to be carried over into the Annual Catalog, which is somewhat unusual for products in the Sale-A-Bration catalog. So I snatched it up as soon as I’d bought $100 worth of other products, which qualified me to be able to get the Celebrate You Thinlits set for FREE.

 

What’s really nice about this card is that, if you use the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set for the word to go with the “Amazing,” you’ll be able to customize this for just about anyone on your Valentine Card list.

Inside the card, I stamped the “My Valentine” sentiment from the Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set that’s in the 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. I’m using that inside most of my Valentine Cards this year just to keep things simple. I used Real Red Ink for it, too.

I hope this will do a little bit to inspire you to make a Valentine Card during this Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge, which goes on for 12 days, beginning today.

Here are the products I featured in this blog post. All of the products that I used for the project are listed in the tutorial to which I linked above. It’s a fun project to try!

 

 


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Posted on : Jan 29 2018
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, Stamping, SUO Challenges, Tutorial |

Happy Birthday, Maureen!

Aloha, all!

 

I was just looking at my list of birthdays that are coming up this at the end of this month and into February. Yikes, I have GOT to get into the Birthday Card-making soon or I’ll miss some! I have 5 that I have to get into the mail by the beginning of next week, so there’s no time to be putting this off!

 

The first birthday is my friend, Maureen, who lives nearby, but whom I rarely get to see as we have conflicting schedules. While I have a New Year’s resolution to make more time for my friends, I’ve still not worked out how that’s going to, well, work.

One of Maureen’s pet projects of the last year or two has been the purchase and renovation of a house not too far from the ocean, which she rents out as a vacation home. That’s always a good idea here in Hawaii, especially when you’re in a place where you can hear the ocean at night. Of course, a vacation rental has to have a name, and she has named her rental, Mermaid’s Retreat. So I decided that a mermaid had to be featured in any card I made for Maureen. The new Magical Day Stamp Set and Magical Mates Framelits Dies from the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Occasions Catalog were perfect for this.

 

This is the same basic layout that I used for my last post here, for the SUO Challenges Monochromatic Card challenge. But this time I made a mat for the central image and used a piece of ribbon for a “stripe” running down the length of the card. I also used some glimmer paper for this card, but made it a mat for some Designer Series Paper and for the square with the sea waves texture.

 

The glimmer paper I used for this card is from the Myths & Magic 6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper set, also in the Occasions Catalog. I cut both the Pool Party Square, which I’d texturized with the Seaside Embossing Folder, and the square of Glimmer Paper using the Layering Squares Framelits Dies. I colored the mermaid using the Bermuda Bay (both dark and light), Ivory and Bronze Stampin’ Blends Markers.  I colored the little seahorse using Old Olive Stampin’ Blends, which really do a good job of matching the Glimmer Paper.

 

I really do like the Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper set that goes with this suite of products. This is one of the “back” sides without the iridiscent glittered designs on the “front” sides. But it’s perfect as the background for any kind of a seascape, no matter how small.

 

Maureen let me know that she really did like her card, and I’m so glad. I’ve thought about making a wall hanging for the rental. But many people have discouraged me from doing that as renters are not always the most careful when it comes to decorations. So I’ll save that for the day when, maybe, Maureen may decide to move into the house herself!

 

Here are the products I used in this project. It’s a long list. But I love trying to use as many products in a card as I can to make it JUST the way I want it. There are simpler ways to make a mermaid card. I should probably try to come up with something along those lines before too long, huh?


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Posted on : Jan 26 2018
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