30.10.18

Owl Shaped Card

Owl Shaped Card
Hi friends...sharing a sweet little Owl shaped card to wish you a wonderful week ahead. This is my DT post for the Cuttlebugmania  Challenge where the theme is "Halloween Animals".

I know we are supposed to make scary projects for Halloween featuring spiders , bats and maybe even cats . I did use Halloween themed papers to make my owl but she did turn out too cute...what do you say friends!!

Here are  previous versions of the Owl shaped Card : Owl shaped fancy fold card 1 , Owl shaped card Gate fold card 2 and Fancy Fold Owl Card

Supplies : Dies :  Sizzix Owl Label Fold A Long. Flower : Spellbinders Magnolia. Leaves :  Cheery Lynn  Rose Leaf Strip and Heartfelt Creations Botanical Wings Die
Papers : Debbie Mumm Harvest and Holiday
Linking to  
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge  Take FlightSimon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge  Halloween/Spooky

28.10.18

Easy Paper Basket Tutorial

Bottle Shaped Bookmarks and Cards
Hi friends...sharing a basket of bottles!!! Made using gorgeous bottle shaped dies from Crealies.
Bottle Shaped Bookmarks and Cards
I used the same die set to make a Bottle Shaker Card earlier.The bottles are really huge and are big enough to be used as bookmarks or flashcards.
Bottle Shaped Bookmarks and Cards
I made a dozen or so bottles and made a cute basket to hold them.This basket is  pretty easy to make and  perfect if you have to whip up something handmade to hold a special  gift .You can easily vary the design and the measurements to fit the size of your gift.
Here is a quick Tutorial on how to make it:

Easy Basket Tutorial 
Materials
Sturdy Card stock
Pattern paper to decorate- optional
Single Hole Punch and  2 Brads - optional as you can always use glue instead
Basket Tutorial 

Take an 8 x 6 ½ inch card and score on the 8 inch side at 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 inches. Turn and on the 6 ½ inch side score at 2½ and 4 inches.Cut on the red lines as shown in the picture above and fold along the scorelines.
Basket Tutorial 

Decorate the rectangles using pattern paper if you wish

Basket Tutorial 

Punch holes as shown above on all six 1 inch rectangles.For a neater finish,  round the outer corners of the inner four 1 inch rectangles as shown in the picture above.

Basket Tutorial 
Bring the two innermost 1 inch rectangles towards the center and using their holes as a guide, punch a hole in the central large rectangle.Bring all the other rectangles towards the center and thread a brad through their holes
and secure. Do this on the other side also and your basket is ready!
Handmade basket

My 12 year old daughter is learning about elements and compounds in Chemistry and is using the Bottle shaped cards as flashcards to help her learn chemical names.

Bottle Shaped Bookmarks and Cards
The lacy flowers on the basket were made using foamiran and Crealies dies.The leafy vine is a ribbon.
I hope you liked this project idea.
Supplies : Dies :  All from Crealies and here is the list with link to the Crealies website:Crealies Dies:Cardzz No.09,Crea-Nest-Lies XXL no.76  ,Text Dies no. 14,Partz No.31,Set of 3 no.41,Duo Dies no.39,Duo Dies no.41,Duo Dies No.51
Other Supplies : from Crafters Corner : Papers : K and Company Susan Winget Spring Blossom
Flowers made using Foamiran. Coloring Media : Artists Soft Pastels

26.10.18

DIY Mini Book with Acetate Pockets Tutorial

DIY Mini Book 
Hi friends...I just love Crealies dies as their designs are always so fun and clever. The new release from Crealies has a gorgeous huge die set to make a "cutting/ bread board". And for my DT post for Crealies I made a  Mini Book/Album in the shape of a "cutting board". It is 8 inches tall and 4 ¼ inch wide.
Mini Book Tutorial 
I went with a shabby chic style and used gorgeous papers from Lemoncraft on the base and added pink handmade foamiran flowers, cute pink paper straws, clear dew drops and cute pearl hearts . Here is the Tutorial to make the cute foamiran roses : Foamiran Rose Tutorial 
Handmade foamiran flowers
This particular book has 5 sturdy pages bound together with satin ribbon. Each page has pockets made out of acetate and you can slip in little "to do lists" , recipes, shopping lists etc.
Mini Book with Pockets
The chopping board pieces were made with the Crealies Cardzz No .11 die set . The strip with the holes was made with the new Crealies Only Inside 104 die .
DIY Mini Book 
The diecut has a score line between the tab and the holes and this is very useful to line and stick it to any page and make a mini book out of it! I used a simple ribbon in this project...you can alternately use twine, paper ropes or even metal rings.
DIY Mini Book with Acetate Pockets
Here is how you can make the clear " see through" pockets on each page:
The basic idea is to cut 2 frames from cardstock to sandwich a piece of acetate.The cardstock frame helps give a good adhesion of the acetate pocket to the mini book page.
DIY Mini Book Pocket Tutorial 
Tape  2 nesting dies together to cut 2 frames from cardstock[You can hand-cut or use any  any nesting die you have]. 
Use the outer die to cut a  piece of acetate .
Trim the acetate and the cardstock pieces to the size you want. In this project ,I trimmed the acetate sheets and their cardstock frames to 3.5 inches length.
Acetate Pocket Tutorial 
Sandwich the acetate in between the 2 cardstock frames. 
Acetate Pocket Tutorial 
Be very sparing with the glue and go slow taking care not to smear extra glue onto the acetate sheet.
Acetate Pocket Tutorial 
Once you have glues both the frames...wipe off any glue which inadvertently smeared onto the acetate sheet.
Acetate Pocket Tutorial 
Add a finishing touch to your pocket using a bit of ribbon or lace.
Acetate Pocket Tutorial 
Now your pockets are ready to be added to your mini album pages. If you want a roomier pocket use a foam frame or a double cardstock frame under the acetate sheet.
DIY Mini Book with Acetate Pockets
Take care not to use too much glue as you stick on your pockets as now any smearing inside your clear pockets will be very tricky to clean!
DIY Mini Book with Acetate Pockets
This particular Mini Book has 5 pages but because of the technique used in its construction you can easily add more pages later on too. You just have to  remove the ribbon holding the pages and thread it through again after adding extra pages.
Mini Book with Acetate Pockets
I hope you like this idea using the Bread Board/Cutting Board die and the Mini book making Crealies Only Inside 104 die.
Mini Book with Acetate Pockets

Supplies : Dies :  Crealies Dies - all linked to Crealies Website[ based in Netherlands and they ship worldwide.If you need any help you can contact the owner Annelies by emailing or filling in the contact form in the website :Cardzz No .11,Only Inside No.104,Partz No.32,Duo Dies no.39,Duo Dies no.41,Set of 3 no.41,Duo Dies no.44,Set of 3 no.44,Set of 3 no.51

Foamiran, Flower making supplies, ribbon, dew drops,glitters, Lemoncraft papers etc from Crafters Corner
Papers :Lemoncraft Neverending Summer,Papericious Vintage Rosewood

15.10.18

Penguin Christmas Card

Penguin Christmas Card
Hi friends sharing another festive card featuring an adorable Penguin! The cute little penguin was colored using Zig Watercolor Brush Pens  and a sky blue background created using Distress Inks  .
The holly leaves in the background was quickly colored using the coordinating die of the recollections stamp set....in nearly the exact way I used in this Warm Wishes Card.
Added a bit of interest to the background stamping tiny snowflakes from winnie and walter and topped it with layered "Wishes" stamped with holly leaves.

Supplies : Dies : Winnie and Walter Wishes Cutaway,Crealies  Crea-Nest-Lies XXL  no. 77,Crealies Text Dies No 115,Recollections Christmas Noel Stamps and Dies Poinsettia 
Stamp and Die Set : Recollections Christmas Noel Stamps and Dies Poinsettia
Stamps : Snowflakes from Winnie and Walter Scene,Recollections Christmas Noel Stamps and Dies Poinsettia,Wild Rose Studio Penguin with Presents

Linking to  

WCMD 2018 Dress Up Die Cuts Challenge with Gayatri- stamped holly leaves on the Wishes
WCMD 2018  Ink Blending Challenge with Lea- used  Ink blending with  Distress Inks to colour the leaves and on the background for the penguin
WCMD 2018 Stamp Images Mash Up Challenge with Jessica - used 3 stamps
WCMD 2018 Coordinating Die Coloring Challenge with Kelly- used the technique to color the  leaves
WCMD 2018 Number Cruncher Challenge with Keren- used  bunches of 3 leaves , a single focal image and 2018

Flying Unicorn Card

Flying Unicorn Card
Hi friends...sharing a super cute card featuring unicorns flying amongst  puffy clouds!Each unicorn was stamped, heat embossed golden and watercolored with Zig Watercolor Brush Pens and popped up on a multilayered cloudy background created by Distress Ink blending
Quick stamp coloring
My new found technique of using a coordinating die to color the matching stamp was really helpful to quickly sponge in color and highlight the tiny clouds stamped on the bigger clouds!
I am surprised at how cheerful this simple card turned out to be!

Supplies : Dies :  Winnie and Walter Happy Cutaway ,Gina Marie Stitched Cloud Border,Crealies  Crea-Nest-Lies XXL  no. 77
Stamp and Die Set : Hampton Art [Mama Elephant] Over the rainbow Unicorn
Stamps : Hampton Art [Mama Elephant] Over the rainbow Unicorn, Cluster of stars from Winnie and Walter Wishing You, Spiky snowflakes on the Happy from Winnie and Walter Scenery Big Bang Flurries
Linking to
WCMD 2018 Dress Up Die Cuts Challenge with Gayatri- the Happy was stamped with stars/snowflakes 
WCMD 2018  Ink Blending Challenge with Lea- used  Ink blending with  Distress Inks used to create the sky background 
WCMD 2018 Stamp Images Mash Up Challenge with Jessica - used 3 stamps 
WCMD 2018 Coordinating Die Coloring Challenge with Kelly- used the technique to highlight and color the  clouds a darker shade
WCMD 2018 Number Cruncher Challenge with Keren- used  2019 and 4 unicorns

Floral New Year Card

Floral Card
Hi friends sharing a simple floral card in bright and vibrant hues. The Dahlia was  colored with Zig Watercolor Brush Pens  and a background quickly made by stamping and heat embossing leaves from 2 Heartfelt creations  stamp plus die sets.
Quick Background Stamp Coloring
I used the negative die cut aperture to quickly blend in Distress Inks  over the stamped leaves...it was such a gratifying and easy way to quickly make a background !
Quick Background Stamp Coloring
Supplies : Dies :  2019-Crealies Text Dies No 115,Small Banner die-Crealies  Set of 3 No 54,Winnie and Walter In a Word Happy Cutaway
Stamps : Penny Black Sweet Dahlia, Winnie and Walter Wishing You, Leaves from Heartfelt creations  Tropical Cockatoo stamp and Heartfelt creations  Tropical Paradise Stamp
Coloring Media : Zig Watercolor Brush Pens , Distress Inks

Linking to
WCMD 2018 Dress Up Die Cuts Challenge with Gayatri- The Happy is stamped with a leaf stamp from Heartfelt creations  
WCMD 2018  Ink Blending Challenge with Lea- used  Distress Inks  to color and blend in the leaves and around the "wishing you' and on the dahlia stamp
WCMD 2018 Stamp Images Mash Up Challenge with Jessica - used 4 stamps
WCMD 2018 Coordinating Die Coloring Challenge with Kelly- used the coordinating dies of 2 Heartfelt creations  stamp- die sets to help color the stamped leaves

Camera Card

Camera Card
Hi friends...sharing a simple masculine themed card showcasing a Camera with the caption " Smile" and a footnote " focus on the good times" This was a really fun card to put together mixing and matching  stamps!!


Supplies : Dies :  Winnie and Walter  Essentials Audrey Cutaways ,Crealies  Text Dies no. 13,Crealies  Partz No.32
Stamps : Hot off the press Camera, Clock from Docrafts Chronology Clear Stamp set, Square sequins from Winnie and Walter Scenery Big Bang  Bling
WCMD 2018 Dress Up Die Cuts Challenge with Gayatri- stamped " focus on the good times" on the scroll banner and blended black soot Distress Inks  on it. The Other scroll banner was also dressed up with black soot Distress Inks 
WCMD 2018 Number Cruncher Challenge with Keren-  numbers are there on the clock stamp
Crystalblack and white background created with a variety of stamps
WCMD 2018  Ink Blending Challenge with Lea- used  Ink blending with Distress Ink to colour the scrolls and around the edges of the card
WCMD 2018 Stamp Images Mash Up Challenge with Jessica - used 3 stamps
WCMD 2018 Lucky 7 Limit Challenge with Shay1 layer, 3 stamps and 3 dies

14.10.18

Bottle Shaker Card

Bottle Shaker Card
Hi friends.....I am on a card making spree !!! Sharing a  fun Bottle shaker card in an aquamarine, lime green and turquoise blue color theme! I was able to achieve the beautiful blend of colors within the bottle by blending alcohol inks on textured silver cardstock.
Stamp Coloring
I used the die of the leafy scroll stamp to blend in Distress Inks to color and give a shadow effect to the stamped image...it was fun and the whole card turned out entirely different from what I usually make!

Supplies : Dies : Scroll Banner die - Crealies  Partz No.31 ,Bottle- Crealies  Cardzz No.09,Crealies Text Dies No 115,Sizzix Framelits Die set with Hero Arts Stamp Set 657776  Flowers and Butterflies
Stamps: Sequins from Winnie and Walter Scenery Big Bang  Bling,Sizzix Framelits Die set with Hero Arts Stamp Set 657776  Flowers and Butterflies, Celebrate from Fiskars Make a Wish Quotes

WCMD 2018 Dress Up Die Cuts Challenge with Gayatri- the scroll banner dies were jazzed up with Distress Inks and then glittered. The whole bottle is a die cut dressed up with alcohol inks and shaker elements added within.
WCMD 2018  Ink Blending Challenge with Lea- used  Ink blending with  Distress Inks on the background around the celebrate and to color the leafy vines and used alcohol ink blending inside the bottle
WCMD 2018 Stamp Images Mash Up Challenge with Jessica - used 3 stamps 
WCMD 2018 Coordinating Die Coloring Challenge with Kelly- used the technique to color the  leafy vines
WCMD 2018 Number Cruncher Challenge with Keren- used 2019

Bunnies and Butterflies Card

Bunnies and Butterflies Card
Hi friends happy to share a simple cute card featuring adorable bunnies stamped and watercolored with Zig Watercolor Brush Pens .
Coloring Stamp with Coordinating Die
Used my newly found technique of using the coordinating die to quickly color the stamped butterflies in the background .This was a super fun and quick card to make!

Supplies : Dies :  Winnie and Walter Hugs Cutaway, Sizzix Framelits Die set 5 with Stamp Butterflies 3 No 657773,Marianne Designs Creatable Pine Tree LR0379
Stamps : Numbers from Inque Boutique Your Calendar, Sequins and Tiny flowers from Winnie and Walter Scenery Big Bang Flurries , Butterfly stamp from Sizzix Framelits Die set 5 with Hero Arts Stamp Butterflies 3 No 657773, Wild Rose Studio Spring Bunnies
Coloring Media : Distress Inks , Chalk Ink  and Zig Watercolor Brush Pens
WCMD 2018 Dress Up Die Cuts Challenge with Gayatri- stamped sequins on the Hugs diecut, Glittered the Pine tree die cut.
WCMD 2018  Ink Blending Challenge with Lea- used  Ink blending with  Distress Inks to colour the  butterflies and the background
WCMD 2018 Stamp Images Mash Up Challenge with Jessica - used 5 stamps from 4 sets
WCMD 2018 Coordinating Die Coloring Challenge with Kelly- used the technique to color the  butterflies
WCMD 2018 Number Cruncher Challenge with Keren- used numbers in the background 

Simple Christmas Wishes Card

Stamped Poinsettia Card
 Hi friends...I just discovered that a good chunk of my stamps are Christmas related...so hehe sharing yet another festive Christmas Card using favorite stamps
Easy Stamp Coloring
I just love the ease with which you can easily get a two tone flower by blending in Distress Inks  through coordinating die cut negatives of stamps.

Supplies : Dies :  Winnie and Walter Wishes Cutaway
Stamps :Recollections Christmas Noel Stamps and Dies Poinsettia, Merry Christmas from Craft Sensations  Clear Stamp and Die Santa, Numbers 2018 from Inque Boutique Your Calendar

WCMD 2018 Dress Up Die Cuts Challenge with Gayatri- stamped holly leaves and berries from Recollections Christmas Noel Stamps on the "wishes" die cut .
WCMD 2018 Number Cruncher Challenge with Keren- used numbers 2018 in the background 
Crystalblack and white background created with  stamps
WCMD 2018  Ink Blending Challenge with Lea- used  Ink blending with  2 Distress Inks to colour the poinsettias
WCMD 2018 Stamp Images Mash Up Challenge with Jessica - used 3 stamps
WCMD 2018 Coordinating Die Coloring Challenge with Kelly- used the technique to color the poinsettias
WCMD 2018 Lucky 7 Limit Challenge with Shay- 2 layers,1 colour, 3 stamps and 1 die
All Sorts Challenge Christmas

Warm Wishes Card

Warm Wishes Card
 Hi friends...sharing a bright and cheerful Winter Wishes card featuring the adorable Winter Fox stamp from Lawn fawn which I had been hoarding for more than a year now!
Stamp Coloring with Coordinating Die negative
I mixed and matched my stamps to create the card and used the super easy stamp coloring technique using the negative of the coordinating die. I am so thrilled I tried out this technique ...it is so cool, easy and  extremely quick to color stamps using this technique!!!
Stamp Coloring with Coordinating Die negative
Supplies : Dies :  Crealies  Crea-Nest-Lies XXL  no. 77 ,Winnie and Walter Hugs Cutaway, Holly leaves die from Recollections Christmas Noel Stamps and Dies Poinsettia
Stamps :  "Sending" and "warm wishes" from Winnie and Walter Sending you with Evelin T Designs, Holly leaves from Recollections Christmas Noel Stamps and Dies Poinsettia, Lawn Fawn Winter Fox, Berries on the "Hugs" from Winnie and Walter In Bloom Elsa's Flora Stamp Set

Linking to
WCMD 2018 Dress Up Die Cuts Challenge with Gayatri- stamped red berries on the "hugs" die cut using Berries  from Winnie and Walter In Bloom Elsa's Flora Stamp Set
WCMD 2018  Ink Blending Challenge with Lea- used  Ink blending with  2 Distress Inks to colour the leaves
WCMD 2018 Stamp Images Mash Up Challenge with Jessica - used 4 stamps
WCMD 2018 Coordinating Die Coloring Challenge with Kelly- used the technique to color the  leaves
WCMD 2018 Number Cruncher Challenge with Keren- used bunches of 3 leaves and a single focal image
All Sorts Challenge Christmas

Coffee Themed Encouragement Card

Coffee Themed Card
Hi friends....I have really got into the  CAS mood and  am enjoying myself trying out new designs using supplies I have hoarded for long .
Stamp Coloring with Coordinating Die 
It is a very simple card made by mixing and matching various stamps . The central Cup was colored by blending  2 shades of Distress Inks through the negative aperture of the coordinating cup die. 

Supplies : Dies :  Crealies  Crea-Nest-Lies XXL  no. 77 ,Winnie and Walter Hugs Cutaway, Latina Crafter
Stamps : Numbers from Inque Boutique Your Calendar, Coffee Beans from Crealies  Bits and Pieces No 119, Main Cup Stamp from Latina Crafter

Linking to

WCMD 2018 Dress Up Die Cuts Challenge with Gayatri- stamped coffee beans on the "hugs" die cut and dressed it up with a wooden cup!
WCMD 2018 Number Cruncher Challenge with Keren- used numbers in the background 
Crystalblack and white background created with a variety of stamps
WCMD 2018  Ink Blending Challenge with Lea- used  Ink blending with  2 Distress Inks to colour the cup
WCMD 2018 Stamp Images Mash Up Challenge with Jessica - used 3 stamps
WCMD 2018 Coordinating Die Coloring Challenge with Kelly- used the technique to color the cup
Winnie and Walter rerun Chevron- Used chevron pattern paper on the outside and inside of the card. Used "Hugs" from Winnie and walter.Used Crystal's Happy everything card as the inspiration

3 D Snowglobe Card Tutorial

3 D snowglobe Card
Hi friends...sharing a fun and adorable 3 D Pop Up Card  featuring a mermaid swimming amongst the dolphins in the bubbly blue ocean!
3 D snowglobe Card
This is a 4 layered 3 D card which folds completely flat for mailing / storage and stands beautifully for display.
3 D snowglobe Card
When I first shared  this design of a  3 D Snowglobe  Card I got so many requests for a Tutorial so for the Tutorial post , instead of making the same card again...I varied the theme , keeping the mechanism the same.

3 D Snwoglobe Card Tutorial 
Diecut 2-4 snowglobe shapes depending on how many layers you want. Keep one as it is if you want to stamp on the back most layer and diecut windows in the rest.
3 D snowglobe Card Tutorial 
I stamped a mermaid [ from Whimsy stamps]on the back-most snowglobe layer and created a seagreen and turqoise background for her and stamped in a few bubbles[using a Crealies  stamp] .The little mermaid was colored with Zig Watercolor Brush Pens  and glittered in places to give a magical shimmer
3 D snowglobe Card Tutorial 
Add acetate to the snowglobe diecuts with windows. Acetate helps give strength to the layers and is a nice backdrop to stick your diecut/ stamped embellishments.
I dressed up  Memory Box  waves and dolphins with Distress Inks  and added them to 2 snowglobe layers.
3 D snowglobe Card Tutorial 
I didn't have any seaweeds but this Heartfelt creations  fish stamp had such nice flowing fins which were snipped and used as seaweeds for my little mermaid to swim amongst!
3 D snowglobe Card Tutorial 
Keep all your elements flat and dont add too many big diecuts/ stamped images.
Once you have decorated all your layers you can assemble them.
Here is how you make the connecting pop up mechanism
3 D snowglobe Card Tutorial 
You need one pair of tabs to connect one pair of snowglobes. For a 4 layered 3 D snowglobe you need to make 6 tabs each measuring  1¼  x  1½ inches. Score on the 1½ inch side every ½ inch and fold on the scorelines as shown below.
3 D snowglobe Card Tutorial 
Stick on the pop up tabs as shown on the base of the snowglobe. Position it in such a way that it doesn't jut beyond the margins . The tabs are glued in such a way that their open end faces inside
3 D snowglobe Card Tutorial 
Fold both the tabs towards one side and check again for any jutting edges- correct if anything protrudes beyond the edges.
3 D snowglobe Card Tutorial 
 Apply glue to both the tabs as shown below and stick on the next snowglobe layer.
3 D snowglobe Card Tutorial 
When sticking keep the snowglobes in line and gently stick the top layer.And next to get a good secure adhesion and to ensure a perfect pop up mechanism...slide the top layer which you had gently stuck on the tabs underneath towards the side and press---this will take the inside tabs to the side too and ensure a good flat folding 3 D card.
3 D snowglobe Card Tutorial 
Add the next  2 snowglobe layers in exactly the same way by  sticking the tabs.
3 D snowglobe Card Tutorial 
The tabs work in such a way that the snowglobe layers will fold flat to both the sides.
3 D snowglobe Card Tutorial 
This  mechanism can be adapted to create any shaped 3 D card not just a snowglobe but is especially effective in the Snowglobe shape. You can also vary the number of layers and make one with just 2 layers if you like.
3 D snowglobe Card
The beautiful wavy design on the outermost layer was created by cutting a card embossed with the  Crafters Companion Ornate Lace 3 D Embossing Folder.
I hope you liked this 3 D card Tutorial and Mermaid themed Snwoglobe .

Supplies : Dies :Heartfelt creations  Under the Sea Die, Memory Box Splash Border,Memory Box Diving Dolphins,Crealies Text Dies No 115,Crealies  Partz No.32, Joy Crafts  Anchor-Ships wheel-Lifebuoy
Stamps : Mermaid from Whimsy   Stamps Goldie, Bubbles from Crealies  Bits and Pieces No. 112,Heartfelt creations  Under the Sea stamp

Linking to  
WCMD 2018 Dress Up Die Cuts Challenge with Gayatri- All the snowglobes are diecuts which are really dressed up by stamping and adding on more diecuts. The dolphin, wheel and waves are also die cuts dressed up with Distress Inks  and glitter.
WCMD Craftie Challenge 
WCMD 2018 Number Cruncher Challenge with Keren- used numbers 2019 
WCMD 2018  Ink Blending Challenge with Lea- used  Ink blending with  Distress Inks on the background and on the die cuts.
WCMD 2018 Stamp Images Mash Up Challenge with Jessica - used 3 stamps
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