Birthdays Even Happen at Holiday Time!

Aloha, all!

     I have a BFF who has a birthday at Thanksgiving time. Yup, it happens every year. No matter when Thanksgiving is, her birthday is within no more than a few days of it. With all my Thanksgiving and Christmas stuff out on my craft room table, I always really make an effort to make a card with her favorite color (blue) and with NO Christmas, Thanksgiving, or any other holiday products.


     OK, I have to admit to having added some Mint Macaron ribbon from a the 3/8" Ribbon Trio Pack from the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog. But other than that, this card is mainly made up of images from the Birthday Blossoms Stamp Set. The flower, the leaves and the sentiment are all from that stamp set. And what a pretty design they make, especially with the flowers backed by the fab new Stitched Shapes Framelits circles. (Remember that, as of this writing, these framelits are not orderable. But that's just to give Stampin' Up! time to get the stock replenished. If you use the number below to try to order them right now, you'll get a pop-up box in which you can enter your e-mail address to be notified when they arrive back in stock. There is no purchase requirements – you just get notified. But I'm sure you'll want these when they're available!)

     The main colors in this card are Pacific Point, Mint Macaron, and, of course, some Whisper White.  There's also a bit of Peekaboo Peach in the center of each of the flowers. To accent that Peach center, I added a Pearl Basic Jewel to the center of each. White a nice elegant touch for this somewhat fancy card!

     This project is the second in the last week that prompted me to drag out my heat embossing tool, this time using it with White Stampin' Emboss Powder. It's been ages since I've done any heat embossing and now twice in one week. Well, the heat tool is out and about again, so I daresay you may be seeing more as December comes in!

     Oh, and about those cut-out shapes! While I hand-cut (or "fussy cut" as stampers call it) the leaves, there is a punch that punches out those flowers, called the Pansy Punch. While these flowers may have a pansy shape, they're certainly not pansies, at least in the parts of the world where I've lived in my life! But whatever they are, they're blue, and perfect for my friend! Happy Birthday, Janet!


Posted on : Nov 26 2016
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A Card for my Thanksgiving Hostess!

Aloha, all!

     My husband and I are so fortunate this year to have a friend ask us to come to her home for Thanksgiving. It's going to be a large gathering, we'll have lots of dishes brought by her guests, and we'll be enjoying lots of friendship as we spend the afternoon with friends old and new. So how could I go to her home without taking a card that I've made to express our gratefulness for her hospitality on this festive occasion.


     While this will be given on Thanksgiving Day and probably well recognized as a Thanksgiving card, I'm sure that this sentiment will be one that I'll use at other times during this holiday season. Even beyond Thanksgiving, there are people for whom to be thankful, and using this stamp is a great way to let them know that's how I think of them.

     But now back to the actual Thanksgiving card. You've seen this folded-back layout at other times during this fall, and I have no doubt you'll see it again. What a fun way to show off Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Papers, to fold one side back to accent the front. ( If you're interested in the instructions for making the background layers that I used in this card, just click here and read down a bit into the Halloween card post.) This particular set of papers is the Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper set from the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog. I especially like the way that the design on the lighter side of the paper coordinates with the floral motif at the bottom of the stamp from the Suite Seasons Stamp Set. OK, that may be stretching it a bit, but the pointy designs both caught my attention.

     The two basic colors for this project are Cajun Craze and Mint Macaron, both of which are colors in the Designer Series Paper. The card base is the Cajun color, and the Mint Macaron Doily is from the 2015-2017 In Color Doilies set. I really like the size of these doilies for card fronts! The ribbon is the Mint Macaron ribbon from the 3/8" Ribbon Trio Pack also from the Holiday Catalog.

     The highlight of this card for me is that I was able to use one of the new (and currently back-ordered) Stitched Shapes Framelits. I do hope they get back in stock soon!

     Now here are the products that I used in today's project. The Stitched Shapes Framelits are not orderable. But if you put their number in your order and you'll be given the chance to enter your e-mail address to be notified when they're back in stock.

Posted on : Nov 24 2016
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The Last of My Thanksgiving Cards!

Aloha, all!

     I knew it had been a long time since I last posted here. But when I opened my blog this afternoon, I found that it had been even longer than I thought! The last cold I had really knocked me for a loop. It's taken me a long time to get back to the point that I could really sit/stand and do some crafting for any length of time. But today I felt like I was back to normal. It's a good thing, because if Thanksgiving cards don't get mailed the Saturday before the holiday from here in Hawaii, there is very little chance they'll make it on time. And I still had to make a bunch of Thanksgiving cards!!


     And these are the last four cards that I made today.

     Can you say, "Copper"? Believe me when I say I didn't start out planning to make a card that screamed, "Copper!" But when I got out the papers and other materials that I'd planned to use, one by one they went to the side of my work area. What I ended up with was lots (and lots) of copper!

     This is the first time that I've worked with the Copper Foil Sheets that are featured in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog. Hmmm. It's also the first time I worked with the Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder and the Copper Metallic Thread, both of which are featured in the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. Oh, my, that's a lot of copper! Oh, and then there's the sheet from the Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper set that includes Copper polka dots on a Very Vanilla background. That paper is just a gorgeous complement to the Copper Foil Sheets, especially when they've been embossed with the Elegant Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder! Dots DO go together well!

     What started me on this whole escapade was that I wanted to use the new (and quickly going onto "not-orderable" status), Stitched Shapes Framelits. That last comment was a small warning – these framelits have been so popular that Stampin' Up! has had to order MORE! Well, they would have anyway as they'll be in the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. They were just released early as they were so in demand by many people in the Stampin' Up! Community. But Stampin' Up! didn't understand how much they were in demand. So it will be a while before we can order them again. On the other hand, if you order them before November 21st, you'll be put on a "back order" list and may get them sooner than others! My first thought was that I wanted to have an oval Stitched Framelit for my sentiment. Then I wanted to add some square Stitched Framelits as a background. So that's what I ended up with.

     And then there was that lovely stamp set from the Holiday Catalog, Suite Seasons. There's a perfect sentiment in that set for Thanksgiving – "In Everything Give Thanks." That was the other product that got me started on this project. Well, heck, with all the other copper, why not do some heat embossing! So that's what made me break out the Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder. Then the Oval Stitched Framelit. But what to add as a mat? Ah, one of the scalloped oval shapes from the Layering Ovals Framelits set.

     Copper and Ovals and Stitched, oh my! That's what this whole project is all about. And I had a blast putting it all together – assembly line style. I got those last four cards made in no time once I had my design figured out.

     If you'd like some hints about assembly line stamped card production, you'll get it in my next newsletter, which I promise will be out tomorrow (well, maybe late if you're on the United States east coast). I have an assembly line style last minute Christmas project all ready to go for the newsletter, along with news about Stampin' Up!'s fun annual sale! I can hardly wait to put in my order. So sign up in either of the forms up to the left, and you'll get my next newsletter! And I'm already prepping the early December newsletter with last-minute Holiday gifts! I'm so glad I have my energy back – because I need ALL of it!

     Here are the products I've featured in today's project. This is the time of the year to start thinking about what you might like for a Christmas gift related to Stampin' Up! products. Maybe some of these will beon your list? Do let me know – or send me the Wish List that will be in my November newsletter and I'll help you get started!

     Happy Holiday Stamping!




Posted on : Nov 19 2016
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LOVE Those New Stitched Framelits!

Aloha, all!

     I am so excited to have the new Stampin' Up! Stitched Shapes Framelits in my hot little hands! I'm also in the process of making the last of my Christmas Cards, and haven't yet used my fun new Merry Mice Stamp Set (on sale November 2016 only!). As I stared at that set trying to decide how to use both it and my new Framelits together, I had a flashback to one of my favorite techniques, spotlighting.


     I wondered if the three little mice (not three blind mice, either!) would allow me to use the smallest square shape to cut out the center critter. Yes. It. Did! Isn't she just the cutest!?

     After I colored the little mouse, I mounted the square onto a very slightly larger piece of Emerald Envy Cardstock.Then I mounted the larger stamped image (die cut with a non-Stampin' Up! stitched rectangle die) onto Emerald Envy and Whisper White Cardstock, tying all that together with a piece of Emerald Envy ribbon from the 3/8" Silky Taffeta Ribbon Combo Pack from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. Finally for this layer, I mounted the center square back onto the larger stamped layer using Stampin' Dimensionals.

     For the background, I used one of the sheets from the Presents and Pinecones Designer Series Paper set. I really liked how this Emerald Envy pattern included the white stars which seem to complement the Whisper White layers nicely. Finally, I adhered the whole card front to a card base made with Whisper White Thick Cardstock.

     This project was so much fun! And I have more new Christmas (and Thanksgiving!) stamp sets that I want to use to help show off the fun new Stitched Framelits!

     Here are the products I featured in today's project. On Monday I'll publish a list of all 9 Stamp Sets On Sale in November Only!



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Posted on : Nov 11 2016
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Happy Birthdays – Mass Production!

Aloha, all!

     I may have mentioned before that I am the person responsible for making sure that all members of one of my service clubs gets a birthday card in the mail. Of course, any birthday card that I send is handmade! In order to make this less of a chore and more of a creative challenge, I choose to make two or three months' worth of cards all at once. That means that the cards have to be fairly easy to mass produce. Today I thought I'd share with you my latest card in this program. Besides that, the current SUO Challenge is "All Kinds of Celebrations," and making these cards to celebrate birthdays certainly fills that bill!


     This is one of two slightly different designs that I chose for birthdays from the beginning of November through the first week of January. For this set of birthdays, there are 7 women and 7 men to whom I need to send cards. The slight difference is that, for the women's cards I feature a bow at the top of the card and for the men's cards, I simply tie a knot to embellish the ribbon.


          Now here's how I make this as quick and easy as possible:


     To begin, I put all the card fronts together first, leaving the cutting and folding of the card bases and adhering the card fronts to them, until the last step. Then I got all of the pieces of the card fronts cut and lined up. My work area did not look like the work area in this photo as, at any one time, I had just one of the elements that make up the card front out in front of me. If you're interested in this process at a more detailed level, I plan to do the last of my Christmas Cards using this pattern, but with different papers, inks and embellishments. I need about a dozen more cards, and it's getting close to time to start addressing envelopes and writing notes!  AND I'll take photos of each step as I go along.

     Does this sound like a tutorial? Well, it is! And it will be FREE to those who are on my newsletter mailing list, which includes those who signed up for the 12 Weeks of Christmas Mailing List. I hope to be mailing out my newsletter by the end of this week – a bit late as, once again, my health hasn't been the best which has slowed things down in my craft room. BUT I'm much better now and ready to take on the week!

     Even though I have the products listed in the photos, above, I'd still like to share product links that will take you to my Stampin' Up! store in case you'd like to buy any of them. Once you've clicked any of the links, you can add any of the other products directly onto your order form. One of you mentioned that you'd like to have the product number in this presentation to help with the ordering. So, beginning this week, I'm including that in the product description below. Do let me know if you have any requests that would make your ordering easier!

     Happy stamping!


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Posted on : Nov 07 2016
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And Finally – Happy Halloween!

Aloha, all!

     Whew, I made it with all my Halloween Cards this year! This was not the last of the cards that I made. But I thought I'd share it with you today as it would also made a fun Thanksgiving, or just a fall-themed, card!


     I had a lot of fun making this card. In fact, this little scarecrow was the ONLY reason I bought the stamp set, Cookie Cutter Halloween. The little crow is cute, too, and I might even add him to a few fall-themed cards during November. The the rest of the stamps in the set are lying there unused. I may hold onto them until next year. We'll see.

copics     The best thing about Mr. Scarecrow is that he's so much fun to color. With the bits of shading throughout, I'm sure you must recognize that I used alcohol markers to color him. They are just the best, and I do hope that Stampin' Up! is able to find some to include in its catalog again some year. But for now, I'm using my slowly-growing collection of Copic Markers, including these that I used for this little guy. Oh, and I punched him out using the Holiday Catalog's Cookie Cutter Builder Punch!

     I'm sure you recognize the paper I used for the top background layer. It's one of the sheets from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper set. As there is not actually a Halloween design on this sheet – or on several of the other sheets, I'll be using this paper for projects up to and including Thanksgiving. So it won't go to waste for sure!

     I accented the Pumpkin Pie color of the paper with Dapper Denim Cardstock. I think it really adds a country touch to the overall look of the card. And I also made good use of the Layering Ovals Framelits Set, counting 4 different sizes in this card. Oooooh, wait until tomorrow when I get to show off pictures of Stampin' Up!'s newest product line. Woo-hoo, my order will be in as early as possible!

     So that's it for Halloween 2016! Have great fun if you're going out Trick-or-Treating with the kiddos, or just waiting for them to knock at your door. We don't get to do either as we live in a rural area where the houses are far apart as well as down long driveways from the main street. Besides that, there are only two children in the whole neighborhood! Sniff. I miss Trick or Treat (well, the treat part of it).



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Posted on : Oct 31 2016
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Quick & Easy Last Minute Halloween Cards!

Aloha, all!

     Last week a friend and I got together to design and make some Halloween cards that we could show others almost right up to the time of the holiday. I searched the Internet for ideas, and found a Christmas card design that I thought could be a lot of fun for Halloween as well – and it was quick and easy! This was so easy, in fact, that I made a bunch of them. Today I'll share photos of several, and give you a quick set of instructions to make your own for last minute Halloween greetings!


     You might recognize at least one of the stamped images in this card as having come from the Jar of Haunts Stamp Set – the sentiment is, indeed, from that set. But the pumpkin is also from the same set! So, no jar this time, but the stamp set hasn't left my desk yet!

     The paper in this card is one of the sheets from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper set. To make a card using this "folding back" technique, it's my opinion that you need a sheet that has a fairly simple/solid design on one side to set off the more complex design on the other side. This sheet, with the pumpkins on one side and the grid design on the other is just perfect!

     Here are the simple directions for making this card front:

  • Make a card base from an 8-1/2" by 5-1/2" piece of cardstock, folding it to make a 4-1/4" wide by 5-1/2" high card, folded on the left. Choose cardstock to complement – even match – the colors in the Designer Series Paper you're going to use. For this card, I used Pumpkin Pie Cardstock to complement the Pumpkin Pie color in the Designer Series Paper.
  • Cut a piece of Designer Series Paper 4" wide by 5-1/4" high.
  • Cut a 1-3/4" slit from middle of the right edge of the side of the paper that will be the front of your card.
  • Score from the left end of the slit to the bottom right corner as well as to the top right corner.
  • Fold the paper on the score lines.
  • Adhere the under side of the folds to the front of the paper so that they stay in place.
  • Adhere the folded paper to the card front.
  • Decorate the card front with a layered element that lays over the inside edge of the slitted paper.

     That's really all there is to it! For the above card, I cut the stamped layer and the next layer under it (Pumpkin Pie Cardstock) with a scalloped square from the Layering Squares Framelits Set. Then I cut the next larger square from Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper. Note that, when cutting Glimmer Paper with Framelits, I find it easier to have the Framelits cut the smooth back side.

     Here are two of the other cards I made with this design. Both use the same paper, but for the top card, I placed the center element in the center of the card, rather than over to the right side as in the other two cards.



     My friend decided she wanted a card using the seasonal colors, but did not want to use "Happy Halloween" on one of her cards. So this is what she made, using a sentiment from the Basket of Wishes Stamp Set.


     Sooooo easy and quick! It might be a bit late for the products in this project. But you might like to try them for next Halloween – or even for Thanksgiving (especially that Basket of Wishes Stamp Set!). So here's a list of what I used. Each picture includes a link to my very own Stampin' Up! store where you can find out more about the products and order them right then and there!

     Happy Stamping!


Posted on : Oct 27 2016
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Halloween Fun with Jar of Haunts Stamp Set – Part 3!

Aloha, all!

     I suppose I could have limited myself to just one stamp set for this Halloween and have been just as happy as if I'd brought 3 or 4 if I'd known how much I loved working with the Jar of Haunts Stamp Set!


     As it is, it turns out that this is really the set that I used through most of my Halloween card making, even though I bought other sets. The images can be both cute and creepy at the same time, with the grins that cute generates just about outweighing the yucks that lurk just beneath the grins. Today's card almost has the creepy taking over, though I really cannot help but grin that someone would think of making a stamp set like this, let along using it to make a Halloween card.

     Those eyeballs are truly just creepy. But they're fun, too! In fact, I had so much fun coloring this jar that I could probably have made a dozen of the cards and been just as happy as I've been using all the different images in the stamp set.

     The second most fun part of this card was choosing the color for the liquid in which the eyes seem suspended. I saw quite a few different ideas about this on the internet, but the Old Olive Color was my favorite. Then, once again, I happened across a card made by the fabulous Connie Babbert, and not only had she colored her liquid green, she'd added on the dripping slimy-looking image at the top of the jar. Oh, my, the creepiness continued!

     Finally, I had to choose which colors I'd use for the background for the card. Going through my designer series paper stash, I happened across this silver and black spider web image from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper set. There's only one sheet with this design in the set – and it's one of the sheets that makes this "specialty" paper, with its silver webs spread across 12" x 12". This project almost didn't get that spider web it in because there was only one sheet. When that happens, I tend to shy away from cutting into the paper for fear I'll need it for an even better project later. But I've done a lot of thinking about how I use the fun Stampin' Up! papers, and I've come to realize that I often end up not using them at all by the time they're retired – as this set will most likely be retired come the end of the Holiday Catalog's run at the end of the year. So I'm using it – and using it all!

     The Pumpkin Pie-colored piece of paper at the bottom is also from the same designer series paper set, as is the strip of black with silver metallic dots on it under the jar.

     For the final touch, I wrapped a piece of Linen Thread around the mouth of the jar. No lid on this jar as I want the person who gets it to wonder whether there's more liquid in that jar that might run out. Oh, and it's a special person who'll get this card in the mail – my teenage grandson, Quin. What better card than this for a teenager!

     So that's if for the jar image in my Halloween cards. Later this week I'll share some other cards using the same set, but I've put the jar stamp away for a few days, in favor of more "cute" stamps!

     If you'd like to buy this stamp set or the paper or thread that I've used in this card, it's oh, so easy to order online and have it shipped directly to you. Just click on a picture below to go right to my Stampin' Up! store! And have fun with your own Halloween cards as the day quickly approaches!!!



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Posted on : Oct 23 2016
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Halloween Fun with Jar of Haunts Stamp Set – Part 2

Aloha, all!

     If you looked at the photo of the Jar of Haunts Stamp Set in Wednesday's blog post, you'll have noticed that there is more than one stamp that's made to fit inside that fun little jar. For that post, I included the fun little mummy-looking figure in the jar. Today's project is a bit sweeter.


     I got the idea for this layout from fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator extraordinaire, Connie Babbert. So I should probably call it a CASEd card (recalling that CASE stands for Copy And Share with Everyone).

     The "sweet" part of this, of course, is that there is candy in the jar this time. If I wasn't so busy trying to get all my Halloween cards done this week, I'd have liked to have cut out some of those candies and plopped them in different spots on the card just for fun. But "hurry" is my word of the week this week!

     Even though the paper – from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper set – has Pumpkin Pie as its primary color, I decided to use Peekaboo Peach as the coordinating color for this card since I wanted to make a ribbon bow to accent the card. There is no Pumpkin Pie ribbon in the Stampin' Up! catalog at this point. BUT if you'd like to make this card with Pumpkin Pie accents, there is some Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Cotton Ribbon on Stampin' Up!'s Clearance Rack!

     Back to the Peekaboo Peach – besides the 3/8" Ruched Ribbon, I used some Peekaboo Peach Cardstock, which I texturized with the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I also decided to make a bow for the jar itself, and used the bow and ribbon stamps from the Jar of Love Stamp Set.  Then I die cut both the jar and the bow using the Everyday Jars Framelits Set. I matted the Designer Series Paper sheet with some Basic Black Cardstock and adhered it over the Peekaboo Peach Cardstock, and then adhered that all to a card base made with Whisper White Thick Cardstock. The last layering step was to adhere the stamped and die-cut jar to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.

     For the final touch, I added three Pumpkin Pie color sequins from the Brights Sequin Assortment. Done, and oh, so cute! Thanks, Connie Babbert, for the idea!

     Now here are links to the products that I featured in this project. Let me know if I could interest you in buying any of them. It's still not too late for Halloween! Or click on any of the photos to go right to my store to order them directly online!


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Posted on : Oct 21 2016
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Halloween Fun With Jar of Haunts Stamp Set – Part 1!

Aloha, all!

     I've finally gotten around to making some fun Halloween cards! Can you say, "Last Minute"? Well, it's not exactly the last minute. But if I'm going to get cards in the mail, I'd better be on it by now, or people will be getting Halloween cards for Thanksgiving!


     To begin, every year I tell myself I'm not going to "waste" time with Halloween cards when I could be spending my time getting my handmade Christmas Cards done. But then, every year Stampin' Up! puts out a Holiday Catalog with the CUTEST Halloween stamp sets! This year has been no exception, and I have just fallen in love with the Jar of Haunts Stamp Set. There are lots of other cute sets in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog; but Jar of Haunts is the one set I chose for most of my Halloween cards. There's another one, but I'll be sharing that with you next week, after I get through playing with the jars!

     So on to this little critter – something in this jar is mummified, but what is it? Ah, that's where your imagination comes in! Certainly, this jar is in a bit of a spooky place with all those little spiders hanging around the brick wall and fall colored "wood slats." And I love the "spooky treat for you to eat" greeting. So my imagination says that this is a carefully decorated jar of yucky green jello – tasty, but it would take a bit of courage for me to get by that first spoonful! Oooh, and I know exactly who will get this particular card. My niece, Margie, is a Halloween specialist, and I could imagine her having something like this lying around on a table somewhere during her annual Halloween fest. That's a party I'd like to attend every year!  But it's 6,000 miles away, so I consider myself lucky that I got there at least once.

     All of the stamped images in this project are from the Jar of Haunts stamp set – except for the jar lid, which is in this year's original Stampin' Up! jar set, Jar of Love. There are even framelits to go with the Jar-style stamp set – the Everyday Jar Framelits Dies. I used that to cut out the jar and its lid.

     The papers in this card are both from the Halloween Nights Specialty Designer Series Paper set. The washi tape that I used to decorate the area behind the jar is from the Halloween Night Designer Washi Tape set.

     So with this card, and the others I'll be sharing between now and Halloween, I am ready to get cards in the mail! Here are the products I featured in today's card. It's not too late to get online and order them from my Stampin' Up! store. Just click on a photo to get more information about each product and order it to be sent directly to you!


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Posted on : Oct 19 2016
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