Welcome

Hello and welcome to my blog of card crafts. I am happy that you stopped by for a visit. I hope you can visit often. Have a wonderful and blessed day! "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and my soul knows right well." Psalm 139:14

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Thinking of You

Hi and welcome to my blog! I hope you are having a good day. I want to show you a Spring card I made using several Just For Fun stamps. I used the Distressed Music Block Antique Birdcage and the Pair of Birds stamps. I stamped the music block stamp and the birdcage onto patterned paper and fussy cut them. I layered them on top of the Sizzix Fancy labels die cut from pink patterned paper. I stamped the birds using brown ink, fussy cut them and pop dotted them to the card. The saying came from the Sentiments 1 sheet. Everything was adhered to the white card base that was embossed by using a paisley embossing folder.




 I hope you can join in our Easter/Spring challenge. You might even win a gift certificate to the store! Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope your day will be full of good things!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bits and Bobs #8

Hi Everyone! I am back with another bits and bobs card. I have been wanting to try my hand at making shabby chic cards lately, so I made one using some old things in my stash and this is what I came up with.




First I found this bunny I had stamped on lavender card stock a few years back for an Easter card, but I never used it. I fussy cut him to add behind the flower that I had stamped some time ago on some purple patterned paper. Actually I had stamped several flowers, so I fussy cut two and layered them to make one fluffy flower. Purple pearls were added to the center. I used a background that had been stamped with a script background stamp. I made a frilly frame using an old, but a very favorite, Martha Stewart punch. Then I added an old piece of ribbon for a bow, a swirl ( Spellbinders die ) that I had cut out long ago and leaves I found in a package. I am loving looking through all my old things and making something new!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

Challenges entered:

heARTful Challenge:  Anything Goes + Stamp
One Crazy Stamper Challenge:  Think Spring
Scrapy Land Challenge:  Spring Blooms + Die
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Showers and/or Flowers

Friday, April 14, 2017

Happy Easter!

Hi Everyone! Happy Easter! I want to show you an Easter card I made using these sweet Love U Bunnies from Just For Fun Stamps. I colored them using Spectrum Noir markers, fussy cut them and pop dotted them to the card. I used the Marianne Rose Basket die and cut from aqua card stock. The eggs were cut using the Filigree Eggs dies by Memory Box. The background is a piece of patterned paper with different fonts that say Spring.





Just For Fun has an Easter/Spring challenge going on for the month of April. We would love to see your card creations. You might even win a gift certificate to the store!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful and blessed Easter!


Challenges entered:

heArtful Challenge:  Anything Goes + Stamp
Scrapy Land:  Anything Goes + Die
Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Hip Hop
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Spring Color Inspiration




Sunday, April 9, 2017

Eat Cake

Hi and welcome to my blog. I am forever needing birthday cards so I have made another one using this cute House Mouse stamp! The red border was made by using Martha Stewart punches. The white frame was made by using a Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Square die. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers and cut it out using a Spellbinders Small Circle die and matted it on the larger blue circle. I love paper piecing, so I paper pieced the icing on the cake using green patterned paper.




Thanks for stopping by.  I hope your day is wonderful!


Challenges entered:

Crafting When We Can:  Animals
House Mouse and Friends:  Food and/or Drink
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Happy Birthday

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Bits and Bobs #7

Hi Everyone! Welcome to my blog. Today I am showing another bits and bobs card. While rummaging through my myriad of stuff, I came across a handful of lovely napkins that I had saved to use some day! LOL! Well, today is the day. These napkins have been in my stash for a very long time! So the background on my card is the napkin that I laid over white card stock that had been sprayed with glue adhesive. I found this butterfly stamped image in my image pile that exactly matched the background! The saying was in a sticker book that I did not remember I had. I added a piece of old lace to the bottom as well as some pearls. I have been using a lot of sequins on my cards lately, so I found these pearls to use instead.




I hope you enjoyed seeing my bits and bobs card today. Maybe it will inspire you to dig through your stash to see what fun things you discover! 

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a blessed day!

Challenges entered:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies:  Challenge 1/Critter
heArtful Challenge:  Anything Goes + Stamp
One Crazy Stamper:  Think Spring
Stamping Sensations:  Anything Goes



Friday, March 31, 2017

Happy April Fool's Day!

Hi Everyone! I hope you don't get too fooled today. A lot is going on today. First it is my birthday! Can you believe it? That is no April Fool joke. That is why my name is April. Also over at Just For Fun Stamps we are showcasing our Spring stamps and we also have a brand new Easter/Spring challenge on the blog! Here is the card I made using the Floral Tea Cup stamp. I just love this stamp and it can be colored in so many different ways. I chose to use bright colors that pop.




I stamped and colored the image using Zig watercolor pens. I cut out the image using the Spellbinders Picot Edge Circle die. This was adhered to the blue dotted swiss background that I created by running it through an embossing folder. I added a yellow silk bow and paper flower to the bottom.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you will join in our challenge and you might even win a gift certificate to the store.

Have a wonderful day!

Challenges entered!

heARTful Challenge:  Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes

Monday, March 27, 2017

Butterfly Garden

Hello and welcome to my blog. I want to show you a pull up card I made using the Altenew Butterfly stamp set. I love cards that have different folds and movement! I hope you enjoy seeing this fun card today. I am entering this card into the Altenew inspiration challenge. Here is the picture inspiration. Aren't these pretty colors?





Here is the front of my card when it is closed. I made the yellow frame for the butterfly by using a Martha Stewart punch.




When you pull up the card from the top you see the message inside and the 2 butterflies at the top. Here is the view of the card looking down on it.




This is a side view of the card. The instructions on how to make this card are here.




Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful day!


Challenges entered:

Altenew Challenge: Inspiration
Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Things With Wings
The House That Stamps Built:  Anything Goes M2217

Friday, March 24, 2017

High Wheeler

Hi! Welcome to my blog! I just love this new bicycle stamp called High Wheeler Bicycle Motif from Just For Fun. I really like the vintage look of this stamp. I colored the rose using colored pencils and Spectrum Noir markers. I used my "postage stamp" decorative scissors to cut it out. I layered the image on patterned paper and then blue card stock. This was pop dotted to the card. The leaves die is called Fresh Foliage from Memory Box. The background was designed using various coordinating patterned papers. I used a Martha Stewart punch for the borders.




Thanks so much for stopping by today. Take a look at all of the new stamps from Just For Fun. I know you will enjoy all the fun ones you see. Also you have a few more days to join in on the challenge for this month. You might even win a gift certificate to the JFF store!


Challenges entered:

Inspiration Destination:  Anything Goes #124
Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Layer it Up
The House That Stamps Built:  Anything Goes M2217
Tuesday Throwdown:  Add Dimension

Sunday, March 19, 2017

New Fold

Hi and welcome to my blog! I am always looking for new folds and techniques for my cards. This fold has been around for awhile, but this is the first time I have tried it. It looks hard but it is very easy to do. This is called a tepee card and here is the link to the instructions

http://thecraftypad.blogspot.com/2011/07/tutorial-how-to-make-teepee-card.html


I stamped the Inkadinkado bird using Distress Picked Raspberry ink, fussy cut it and added it to the Spellbinders Beaded circle die. The leaves is the Memory Box Fresh Foliage die that I cut from patterned paper.




Here is a side view.





This was fun to make and I hope you will give it a try. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day!

Challenges entered:


Double D Challenge:  Things That Fly
Stamping Sensations:  Close to Nature



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Bits and Bobs #6

Hi and welcome to my blog. I am showing another bits and bobs card today. I am hoping to whittle down my stash of supplies but I think it might take a lifetime! LOL!  I hope I make a small dent anyway.




I came across a jar of Paper Perfect. I don't ever remember buying it OR using it, but I must have since about a third of is gone!  I spread the paste on a piece of plastic and let it dry over night. To make a bumpier texture I patted it with my palette knife.








After it dried I just peeled it off the plastic. The top looks like handmade paper and the bottom looks smooth and plastic like.






Next I decided to cut flowers and leaves from this "paper."  It did no cut through using my dies, so I had to finish cutting them out with my scissors. I then colored them using Spectrum Noir markers. I found that alcohol markers work better than anything else.





I found the lady image in my stash and I colored her using colored pencils and Gamsol. The patterned paper was a scrap and I found the ribbon in a batch I had dyed awhile back. I used a border punch at the bottom of the card.


Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful and blessed day!

Challenges entered:

Inspiration Destination:  Anything Goes #124
Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Handmade Flowers




Friday, March 10, 2017

Happy Birthday To You

Hi! Welcome to my blog. The challenge this month at Just For Fun is Happy Birthday. I want to show you a birthday card I made using these fun new bicycle stamps and washi tape. These bicycles remind of the time when my young boys and I went to a plantation in Charleston, SC and rented a bicycle for two to ride through the trails. And, that reminds me of the song, "A Bicycle Built For Two!"




I stamped the Old Time Bicycle Motif stamp and the High Wheeler Bicycle Motif stamp with Versa Mark ink, added black embossing powder and heat set it. I colored the roses using Spectrum Noir markers. I cut out the images and adhered them to a green square and then to a black square. They were pop dotted to the card.




For the card background I used various washi tapes on the corners and stamped the birthday saying from the Sentiments 1 unmounted sheet.

I would love for you to join the Just for Fun Birthday challenge. You might even win a gift certificate to the store!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful and blessed day!

Challenges entered:

Modsquad Challenge:  Song Inspiration
Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Make Your Own Background
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  For a Special Lady/Girl


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Bits and Bobs #5

Hi and welcome back to my bits and bobs series. Rummaging through my drawers I came across some Honey Pop. I have had this for many years and in many different colors and I don't think I have ever used it! It is fun stuff and is great for using inside a card for a fun surprise. I will get to that in a bit.




On the front of this card I used a background I found in my stash where I used a stencil, patted Distress inks on the stencil, spritzed with water and pressed card stock on it with my hand. I thought it would be a fun background for a birthday card.

I found these candles in my image file that are from Close To My Heart. I colored them with a colored pencil and Gamsol, fussy cut them and adhered them to the background. I punched the flames out with a circle punch and added Stickles glitter. I had the candles all lined up in a row to see where to place my saying when they moved wonky, but you know, I liked that better! So sometimes a mistake can be better!




Here is the Honey Pop I was talking about earlier. I made a balloon with it so that it pops out when you open the card. You have seen this in party decorations I am sure. Anyway, it comes flat and you stamp your stamp on it and fussy cut as normal. Place a glue dot on both sides of the image and adhere it inside the card. When it opens the image puffs out. I really need to use this more often!

I also had this bird image already colored in my image pile, so I fussy cut him and added him to the inside.

I hope you enjoyed my bits and bobs card today. I hope this inspires you to dig through your stash and find some fun things to play with again!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

Challenges entered:

heArtful Challenge: Anything Goes + Stamp




Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Sweet Birthday Wishes

Hi and welcome to my blog! Today I want to show you a birthday card I made using these fun brand new stamps from Just For Fun! Ice cream is my very favorite dessert, so I just had to use these stamps on this card. You can see these stamps here. I also used one of the backgrounds on the 4-sided block at the top of the card. I also added clear sparkle embossing powder to the ice cream for a little shine.




Thanks so much for stopping by. I know you will have as much fun using these stamps as I did. 

Also Just For Fun has a new challenge this month - Happy Birthday. I hope you will join the challenge and you might even win a gift certificate to the store. We would love to see your wonderful creations.


Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a blessed day!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Some Birdie Loves You

Hello and welcome to my blog! I want to show you a card I made using the StampTangle Chickadee and a saying from the Sentiments 3 stamp set from Just For Fun Stamps. I love birds and this is one of my favorites! I love the stamptangle stamps because you can color them in many different ways and get different looks using the same stamp.





I stamped the bird with Versa Mark ink, added white embossing powder and heat set it. Then I colored the bird using various colors of Twinkling H20s. I also colored the Memory Box Fresh Foliage die with gold TH20s and added it above the bird. I love these paints because of their beautiful shimmer. Here is a closer look at them.






I used a fun technique for the background. I put a few drops of light green acrylic paint on a piece of packaging plastic and spread it rather thinly over the plastic with a brush. I laid a darker green piece of paper on top of the paint and then another piece of plastic on top of the paper. I then pressed and patted down on the plastic with my fingers. Next I lifted off the paper from the plastic and came up with a neat looking background. This is called the dentrite technique.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you will enter our Sweet Things challenge here. You still have a few days left! You might even win a store gift certificate! 

Have a wonderful day!





Sunday, February 19, 2017

Pretty Peacock

Hi and welcome to my blog. Lately I have been playing with some of my new purchases and I want to show you a card I made with this new peacock stamp from King Rubber. These stamps are beautiful and stamp so crisply. The stamps also come with dies so that you can cut them out. You can see on the peacock that some of the feathers are cut and you can raise them up to look 3D. I colored the stamp using blue and green markers and then stamped on glossy card stock.





On this card I also used a Tattered Lace die that my good friend let me use. Isn't it beautiful?  I still have a lot of items to play with and hopefully I will be able to get some more things done soon and show them here.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed day!

Challenges entered:

Inspiration Destination:  Anything Goes #122
Scrapy Land:  Add Texture
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Use Your Favorite Tool ( vagabond for die cutting )                                                                                                    
Stamping Sensations:  Animal Magic





Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Bits and Bobs #4

Hi Everyone! Today I have another bits and bobs card to show you. It is never too early to make Christmas cards, so I made a Christmas card using microbeads that I found in a drawer. I have a few colors of these that I purchased many years ago at a stamp convention. I used clear ones over the image. I adhered them by using double sticky paper. I also found this piece of acetate where snowflakes had been embossed with white embossing powder. I adhered this to a background I had made awhile back with Color Bursts.




This is the close up showing the microbeads.




I am having so much fun finding old things and using them again. It is almost like using something new! Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful  and blessed day!

Challenges entered:


CHNC Challenge #320:  Christmas/Cute


Friday, February 10, 2017

Stamptangle Valentine

I want to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day! I hope your day will be very special. Here is a card I made using the StampTangle Teardrop Heart from Just For Fun Stamps.  This stamp is so lovely, don't you think?





I stamped the heart on pink card stock using Versa Mark ink. I added white embossing powder and heat set it and fussy cut the heart. The heart was adhered on the white heart embossed background. I used a Martha Stewart border punch and layered it three times on the bottom of the card. I then added pink gingham, ribbon and bow, and three white enamel dots.

I hope you will join our February Sweet Nothings challenge here. We would love to see your wonderful creations!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day!

Challenges entered:


Dies R Us:  Hearts
Inspiration Destination:  Anything Goes #121
Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Young At Heart
The Paper Girls:  With Heart
Tuesday Throwdown:  Heart Strings

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Bits and Bobs #3

Welcome back to my Bits and Bobs post. I want to show you a couple of cards I made from some cool stuff I found in a drawer that I have not used in ages! Have you ever heard of fusible fibers? I bought several colors of these at a stamp convention many years ago and I had to go online to remember how to use them! LOL! The old bits and bobs I used on this card are the fibers, heart stamps and silver pigment ink that I have had forever and a border punch that I think I have used once!




Fusible fibers are sparkly and thin. I chose white, silver and hot pink, spread them apart and layered them on my craft sheet. Aren't these lovely?




Next I placed a paper towel over them and used my craft iron to press over them. You must use a low temperature. The heat makes the fibers fuse together and they will not stick to the mat or the towel. Now you can see how the fibers fused together. They are flat, together and very shiny.




I decided to cut a heart shape out of the fibers using a die. To make the fibers more stable I laid the fibers on pink card stock and ran it through my die cut machine.




I ended up with a fun surprise! This looks like a boa scarf around the cut out heart! So I made another card using this piece that I will show in a bit.




Here is a close up of the fiber heart. You can see the shine better here.




This is the second card I made using the pink scrap. I found the perfect image to place behind the heart in my stash of images. The ribbon is from discarded  packaging.







Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have fun looking through your stash and finding fun bits and bobs to play with! Have a great day!

Challenges entered:

Crafty Creations:  Anything Goes
Dies R Us:  Hearts
Inspiration Destination:  Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  The Color Of Love









Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Perfect Pair

Hi and welcome to my blog. I want to show you a valentine card I made using the Just For Fun Cake With Candles large stamp and the Perfect Pair saying stamp. Just For Fun has just the right stamps to help make your valentines!




I chose the fun stripped patterned paper for y background that also had hearts on it. I used Diamond Glaze on them to make them shine as you will see in the next photo. I stamped the image and cut it out using the Nellie Snellon doily die. This was attached to the pink Spellbinders small die circle. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers and added Sparkle embossing powder ( courtesy of Sparkle N Sprinkle ) to the cake icing. Yellow Stickles glitter was added to the candle flames. I edged the die, patterned paper and banners with pink dye based ink.




Thanks so much for stopping by. Please come join the Just For Fun Sweet Nothings challenge here. We would love to see your creations and you may also win a gift certificate to the store! Have a great day!


Challenges entered:

Crafty Cardmakers:  Love, Love, Love
heARTful Challenge:  Anything Goes + Rubber Stamp
The Paper Girls:  Patterned Paper


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Merry Christmouse!

Hi Everyone! I hope you are having a good day. I have been trying to make Christmas cards all through the year so that I will have them all finished by December, so I want to show you this Christmas card I made using this cute House Mouse.




This year I am also trying to use up more of my stash. I found this pretty snowflake already die cut. It is the Dazzling Snowflake die from Memory Box. I ran it through my dotted swiss embossing folder and adhered it to my red card base. The image was colored with Spectrum Noir markers, fussy cut and pop dotted to the card. I punched 3 snowflakes and added Stickles glitter to them and also to the steam in the cup. You can see the sparkle better here in this picture.




Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope your day is wonderful!


Challenges entered:

CHNC Challenge:  Christmas 318
Christmas Cards All Year Round:  Add Snowflakes
Rudolph Days Challenge:  Anything Goes/Christmas - January



Friday, January 27, 2017

Love Cats

Hello Everyone! Today I want to show you a card I made using these sweet Stamptangle Cats from Just For Fun.  Valentine's Day is quickly approaching. Have you made your  Valentine's yet?  If not, maybe this will inspire you to start.




I started with embossing my card base using a heart embossing folder and then I  matted it on black card stock. I cut the frame using the Orchard Tree frame from Memory Box and used a heart punch for the hearts on the tree. I stamped the cats on red card stock, embossed them with black embossing powder and then colored some areas with a white colored pencil. The whole frame was pop dotted to the card base.

I would like to invite you to join our January Anything Goes challenge at Just For Fun stamps. You still have a few more days. You can view all the details here. We would love to see your wonderful creations.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day!

April

Challenges entered:


Get Creative:  Anything Goes #54
Modsquad Challenge:  Show Your Love
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown:  Anything Goes #327

Monday, January 23, 2017

Black and White

Hi and welcome to my blog! I have been trying to use up some of my old stuff in my stash and I found this neat velvety zebra print paper. I used it for the background of my zebra image.




I stamped the zebra using black pigment ink and added Ebony Spark embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle. You can see the sparkle more in this picture.




I cut out the image using Spellbinders Labels 4 die and added interest to this shape by cutting into it with Tim Holtz's Alterations Collection die. The leaves are from Memory Box - Fresh Foliage. 


Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful day!


Challenges entered:

Crafty Creations:  Anything Goes #333
Inspiration Destination:  Anything Goes #120






Saturday, January 21, 2017

Winter Wonderland

Hi and welcome to my blog. I am glad you stopped by today. I want to show you a card I made using the Snowy Park stamp from Penny Black. We had a winter wonderland a couple of weeks ago and then we had spring weather. I know winter will come back. Our weather here in the south is so unpredictable!






I cut out the image using Spellbinders small oval die and sponged a little blue and purple Distress inks for the sky. Olaf White glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle was used on the snowflake punch and trees and ground of the image. The image was layered on decorative Spellbinders dies and then layered on patterned paper. Blue rhinestones added the finishing touch.

Thanks again for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful and blessed day!

Challenges entered:

Dies R Us:  Winter Blues
Penny Black:  Anything Goes
Sparkle N Sprinkle: Anything Goes With Loose Glitter, Embossing Powder,                                          Flocking

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bits and Bobs #2

Hi Everyone! This is my second "bits and bobs" card made with bits and pieces of things in my stash. I found some pigment markers at Target one day last year and decided to try them out. I colored these  masked crazy birds and loved the effect! I cut a strip from a piece of patterned paper and added it to the bottom of the card along with this small flower die from Spellbinders.. To finish the card I adhered a few enamel dots.




Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day!

Challenges entered:

Get Creative:  Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday:  Anything Goes #266-267

Friday, January 13, 2017

Thinking of You

Hi and welcome to my blog! I hope you are having a good day. I want to show you the card I made using my new Snowy Pine small stamp and the Peeling Paint Frame from Just For Fun.




I started with the frame and masked the trees. The frame was water colored to look like wood. I added white Liquid Applique and stickles glitter to the trees.




The snowflakes are stickers and stickles glitter was also applied to them.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Come join us in the January challenge that we have going on now at Just For Fun. You do not have to use a Just For Fun stamp, but if you do your name will go in the drawing twice! We would love to see your creative projects!

Happy Stamping!

April


Challenges entered:

Tuesday Throwdown:  Snowflakes
Word Art Wednesday:  Anything Goes # 264-265






Monday, January 9, 2017

Enjoy Your Day

Hi! I am glad you stopped by today. I always love using the House Mouse stamps and isn't this little "Happy Hopper" cute!




I used some new supplies that I bought around Christmas time.  The gift border is a new Memory Box die. I used my new Spetrum Noir  amethyst sparkle pen on it to liven it up. I used my new Spectrum Noir pink garnet sparkle pen to color the ice cream. The saying came from another set of House Mouse stamps.

Thanks again for stopping by. I hope you enjoy your day!

Challenges entered: 

House Mouse:  New, New, New
Simon Says Wednesday Challenges:  New Something

Friday, January 6, 2017

Vintage Flowers

Hi and welcome to my blog! Of course all my flowers are gone except for my pansies, but I am showing a flower card I made today from this picture inspiration from Altenew. Aren't these lovely flowers and colors?  These flowers look like snow and we have snow in the forecast today!




Here is my card. I used the Altenew Vintage Flowers set and stamped the flowers with white pigment ink. The ink tends to soak into the card stock so I colored over the flowers again with a white colored pencil. I used Gold Liquid Pearls for the flower centers.



The saying came from the Altenew layered Lily set. I embossed the saying with gold embossing powder and outlined the "thanks" with a black marker.

I flicked some gold metallic paint across the card for interest and then added the bow and butterfly. The twig was outlined with a gold metallic marker.



Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you are enjoying the new year so far!

Challenge entered:

Altenew:  Inspiration




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