Monday, November 30, 2009

Glass Etching Tutorial

this "toot" is for all of you who have let me know you wanted to know how to do's easy...and I hope I explain it clearly :)..recommend the $1 glass plates at Walmart since they have a smooth bottom...

step one:
chose the design of the background etching..I have chosen the nestie "peony"...and using contact paper have run it through the CB - may need to add extra shim to get a full cut.  You will be using both pieces.

step two:
you will be applying your stamped image and the etching cream to the bottom of the plate. In order to line your image up in the center of the etching background you chose, tape the cutout out piece of contact paper to the inside of the plate (its only a guide so you dont need to remove the backing to apply it to the glass). This way you can see where to stamp your image. Turn your plate over so that the bottom is facing up, CLEAN it with glass cleaner and dry....
use the embossing buddy over the area you are going to stamp...then using versamark - stamp your image onto the glass - NOTE: glass is slippery and this may take a few tries...if the stamp slips on plate, just remove with glass cleaner ...dry...and try it again. When happy with your stamped image, apply your embossing powder (can be any color you want, it doesn't matter. I don't suggest using clear ep.Need to see your embossed image for last step).

Turn plate and let excess powder fall off, you can lightly blow to remove excess ep...sometimes I will also use a soft brush to remove loose ep....if you have loose ep that you cannot remove from the plate, then wipe it all off and do it again!!! you won't be able to remove it after you apply heat

this is important! the etch cream will only frost where the glass is clean!

step three:
heat set same as any embossing...NOTE: glass will be hot when done, don't touch glass for a few minutes.

here you can see my embossed image, glass is cool and now ready to prepare plate for etching!

step four:
Now you can see how the cutout piece of the nestie taped to the inside of the plate helps you line up the contact paper over your stamped image onto the bottom of the plate. Put a piece of paper at either corner so the contact paper will be easy to remove. Press the cut edge of the contact paper firmly against plate. Remove the taped piece from the inside of the plate.
Clean your plate again and dry.....

step five:
Pour the etching cream (available at any LSS, suggest using a 50% coupon) over your stamped image, being sure your cut edge of the contact paper is covered over so you get a nice frosted background..I spread it like icing a cake using a plastic doesn't have to be super thick, but it does have to have the complete cut out background filled with the cream. Close your cream.
Let sit for a minimum of five minutes...I leave mine for about fifteen minutes....

Final step:  Carry plate to sink and remove the contact paper, using running water rinse off cream from plate and using fingernails, remove the ep! it will easily remove - your glass is etched!!

The first time I did this I was afraid I would scratch my etching and so I was careful in removing the ep...don't worry...the frosted background is definitely etched in the glass....

Here is finished product!

the etching cream bottle says wear gloves...but I don' hands never touch the cream.

After you do one, you will see how quick these are to make!

I am still on vacation and getting ready to enjoy my coffee, visit everyone's blogs and STAMP! no housework, cooking, washing etc today...had a wonderful holiday with family (and our grankids...of course everything they did was just the "cutest"!!!)  and laughing, and card playing (we had so much fun playing Spades and Phase 10) plus cooking, cooking, cooking!!! I don't care if I don't eat turkey again until next year!

Have a blessed day - hope you try the glass etching!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Glitter Window tutorial - if you don't know this one - it's fun and easy!

The Design Team Members for Creative Clear Stamps each do a tutorial once a month. This month I've chosen the technique "Glitter Window"...always love glitter but it can be so messy! this one is a "messy-proof" way to glitter up those cards.

Here are the tools needed to create this A2 card.
I decided to go with Red and used designer paper with reversed matching sides and coordinated red cardbase. You will need to cut  mat 4 x 5.25" (darker red piece) and top lighter piece at 3.75 x 5". It's the top piece you will be working with - don't let pictures confuse you since (for this card) when its turned over it matches the bottom piece!

Need clear packing tape, ink, stamped image, nesties (or punch) and glitter.
I am using a sentiment from Creative Clear Stamp set "Holiday Sentiments"

you can see I have already stamped my image, using red ink onto white cardstock.

dont let this confuse you, the above piece is the smaller piece of cardstock that has had the piece cut out with the nestie. It is turned over so you are looking at the BACK of the top piece. Take the packing tape and cut it to fit over the cut out area with the sticky side facing down. When applying the packing tape, try not to press down. The sticky part of the tape will want to stick to the surface you are working on...I press down on one corner and then carefully turn it over so the sticky side is now facing you can press on cardstock to adhere the packing tape.

With the sticky side now facing you, scoop your glitter and apply it over the cut out window...I probably made this more confusing using the coordinating cardstock, but you make one card...and you are off and's sooooo easy! but if you've never done one, can seem anything we first try...

Once you've covered it with glitter, then dump your glitter back into your "glitter holder" (mine is the ever popular Glad Wrap disposable LOL) and tap off excess. You can press the glitter down to be sure there isnt any loose glitter. IT WON'T  COME OFF!!
Now you can apply your stamped image, just line it up with the glitter window!
here's my card!

I adhered my ribbon, adhered the lighter piece with the window to the darker mat, then adhered that to the white mat (added that at last minute so it isnt in top pic, sorry) and adhered that to the cardstock!   WHEW..."whole lotta ahere'ing going on..." LOL
 Outlined my nestie opening with red marker, and added one of the "lollipop" flowers...
hmmmmm, pic doesnt show the glitter window too well, here's another pic

well, dont think I am very clear on directions...but hope you got the idea!
really is very un-messy way to use glitter!

Tip:  the finer the glitter, the better! the chunky glitter is harder to see through....

Have a blessed day,

Friday, November 27, 2009

CSS Challenge Blog Hop

It's time for another CenterStage Spotlight Challenge Blog hop!

Hostess: Jessica Fick {Design Team Coordinator}
Stamp and color the image on Patterned Paper
{ any occasion card acceptable, it doesn't have to be Christmas themed}
{ image may be cut out and layered, but must be stamped and colored on patterned paper}
Requirement: any GinaK Designs stamp set & Glitter
Bonus Challenge: decorate the inside of your card to coordinate

OK, there's the challenge - and here are my TWO cards...only did two since this is a BIG blog hop!

This one is for those of you who don't want to do a lot of coloring..this is it! Using the patterned background paper really saves time...stamped the pincone images onto dp of pine so only needed to color the pinecones!

the inside is stamped  - no coloring! sponged stamped corner and edged paper with green ink

Stamps: GKD's "Winter Foliage", "Holiday Greetings", "Holiday Wishes" and "Very Merry Christmas"
Paper: GKD's All Spruced Up and white, dp from stash
Ink: Memento's Rhubarb and Bamboo, Vivid's Coffee Bean, SU's caramel
Embellishments: nesties, ribbon and gold cord, paper punching upper corner, copics on front pinecones and stickles!

This second one involves some coloring (which I love to do!) used Copics on the fireplace image...stickles on ivy on mantle and in the fireplace...

I really liked how the fireplace turned out stamped onto the patterned paper!
The sentiment is raised on the image and the image is raised on the card...

Stamps:  GKD's "Very Merry Christmas" and "Sandy Claws"
Paper:  GKD's Cranberry and Kraft, fireplace stamped on SU dp from stash and Basic Grey
Ink: Memento's Rhubarb and Black, SU's caramel
Embellishments: nesties, gold and clear stickles, GKD ribbon, dimensionals

Hope you like these and found something to inspire let's go hopping !!!

Participating Designer's links:

challenge - use only ONE tool I'm thankful for ...

This week's challenge at Creative Clear Stamps was to make a card using only ONE tool that we are most thankful! ok that was tough! for was toss up between cuttlebug and nesties...or maybe embossing powders and watercolors, pencils....or maybe ribbon, ribbon, ribbon!!!! or maybe....well, you get the I chose the Cuttlebug (with ribbon on the side LOL)....a girl HAS to have her ribbon...I think it's a "constitutional right" or something :)))) it is...

see, with a cuttlebug - the card makes itself!!!! on this card I used two CB folders "Herringbone" and "Holly Ribbons" and matted white onto black.
I dont usually use alphabet stamps (I would imagine scrapbookers use them all the time) but these are adorable!

Stamp: Creative Clear Stamp set "Stick Alphabets"
Paper: SU's Pomegranate, white and black
Ink: SU's Pomegranate
Embellishment: SU's ribbon

Hope you are enjoying the day after the Thanksgiving feast!  I know I is still here from North Carolina and Florida and we are just lazin it!!!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Hope everyone is enjoying this day with family and friends..and most importantly..given time today to thank our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for our salvation and the blessings He gives us...even in tough times - He is always with us...cannot imagine what life would be like without Him!

Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

shadow box card with Festive Frame

Well, this is my last card as Guest Designer for Melanie showcasing her set "Festive Frame"...I was honored to have been asked to Guest Design this set....hope you were inspired by something you saw here using this gorgeous set! It will fit into anytime of the year...combine it with her "A Year of Flowers" and you are set!!!

This was really a tough one to get a good picture of the shadow box - probably becaused I used the black!

the candle is raised on dimensionals on the inside for even more depth!

Details -
cut 2 - 4.25 x 5.50 pieces of cardstock (this is actually the size of an A2 card and slides into envelope!)
score both pieces 1/2" and 1" from either side...
on the top piece - cut your desired opening and lay this piece on top of the other piece so you can see where you will be stamping onto the second piece (if you are using a dark color like I did - then cut a 3 x 5.50 piece of card stock to fit into the center of the bottom piece)...
stamp your image onto the bottom piece...(or stamp onto another piece of cs, cutout and piece)
stamp your top piece how you want and add embellishments...
when ready to put your "shadow card" together, use double stick tape and apply to the bottom piece with the side facing up on the 1/2" flap. Carefully line up one side and adhere and then the other side.   
There you have it!

On my card:
colored the inside white cardstock with SU Saffron on the borders and Summer Sun in the center...
colored the candle with Copics and paper pieced using dimensionals, liquid applique on top of candle...
colored the top piece with the Festive Frame set with Y28 on the oval border, Copic reds for poinsettias and ribbon, greens for holly, purple on berries and browns for pinecones...
bottom poinsettia added gold glimmer mist and mini gold pearls (bottom poinsettia is from A Year of Flowers)...
sentiment also from Festive Frame using Marvy scallop punch...
and gold stickles!
paper was GKD's white and black
ink was Memento Black, SU Real Red

well, getting ready to do some serious cooking for Thursday!!
have a blessed day,

PS  Thanks again, Melanie :)

and just in case you aren't here from her blog - here is the card posted on Melanie's blog..

Monday, November 23, 2009


OK - not going to draw this out!  wow, thank you all!  I promise I will be doing this again (already making a pile to give away) real soon! the name was picked from a huge bowl of 291 entries and

Lori said... You are a joy to follow! I love to post blog candy on my sidebar, your is on the top! Smiles

WOOOO HOOOO! send me your snail mail address and I will try and get this mailed to you before Thanksgiving!

Again...thank you everyone!  Paper crafters ROCK !!!!

Have a blessed day - even in the rain and cold (which is what it is here in Virginia)
I'm thankful I'm on vacation...oh yeah!

another lollipop card for Vicki's Color Challenge

How would you like a color challenge (with a prize) that is....ANY COLOR YOU WANT!  well now, how can you not do a card for that one...LOL...Vicki has just opened up her challenge to anything you since I'm trying to get the hang of these lollipop flowers (no more to post - I promise!!)'s my card for her ends Tuesday night so get your card easy is that!!!

I think this flower is more to my liking...maybe it's the stickles!  Bling always makes it better :))))....wish DH would remember that....heeeee heeee heeee !! Santa Claus...are you listening .. LOL

I am running through my stash paper with these cards!  woooo hoooo!
Sentiment is from GKD's "A Very Merry Christmas" from Theresa Momber (now if you want to see an incredibly talented artist, pop over to her blog from my sidebar and prepare to be amazed!!!)

ok, back to stampin....isnt there a dinner I'm supposed to be getting ready for...??? but I don't want to put my stamps down and leave my nice clean "still organized" stamp room....guess I could stick the turkey in the fridge - it needs to thaw and that's part of getting the dinner ready, right !!!  LOL

Many blessings to be thankful for and blessings to you!!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

CANDY FOR YOU - closed midnight 11-22 Winner to be announced Monday 11-23!

Hi there,
Have been wanting to get this posted for so long! Kept thinking when I hit certain milestones..would have a candy giveway...but became so engrossed in the stamping and Design Teams and challenges...that time just flew by and I've just been a "stampin machine"!! LOL...and lovin it...

Well, this is my thank you for making my entry into the stamping blog world such a wonderful blessing! Just started serious blogging this past June and you all have just been so encouraging and supportive...I can't even express how much it is appreciated....we all know the time it takes to "make the rounds" and leave some love :)) ...and I have gotten to know so many of you - just love it!!
so on with the candy!

ALL my "CREATIVE FRIENDS" are automatically if you follow - you are entered!!!
my thank you !
new followers - you will be entered!!
you dont have to be a follower to enter - link candy to your sidebar - you are entered...BUT
if you would like your name entered twice and you are a follower, then just link my candy to your sidebar - I will add your name a second time to the "candy bowl"....

that's it....just leave me a comment if you added this candy pic to your sidebar so I'll know it...and I will pop over and say Hi
blessings to you all and again ....  Thank you!!
(will be using "picking name from candy bowl" so dont worry if you enter first or last)

the friends we make along the way....priceless!

Candy Package:
Stampin Up set 2006 Gently Falling
Stampin Up set 2007 Sidekick Sayings
Cuttlebug Embossing folder - Flourished Frame
Hot Off the Press - 25 chocolate flowers
K&Company chipboard die-cut tags
Making Memories chipboard jigsaw alphabets
Scrap Works re/hot pink color rubz alphabets (402 letters, plus numbers/punctuations)
Marvy's GIGA scallop circle punch

STV's Color Challenge by Cindy

This week's color challenge at STV from Cindy is to use.....ivory, green...and that's it!
Wooo hoooo!  not only do I FINALLY get to do a color challenge - but a green one!

Pulled out various SU dp from stash and went to town! (the sentiment and cardbase are both ivory from SU even though they look whiter in the pic) ....and used even more scraps with this "lollipop" flower (it's ok, like I said...not crazy about them - there is one more card I did with that flower technique that will post soon)...

used CB's Fancy Tags for sentiment (which is from GKD's "Thanks a Million" set), distressed with SU's Hunter Green on tag and one background panel, and cut dp scraps with the Posey nesties for flower....and then running these scraps through my crimper...added button center....done!
ribbon is SU scrap...YEP! I keep 'em that small...LOL

now that I have a nice clean room - I am determined to use my paper stash - it's ridiculous how much I have...or maybe how much I keep (snicker snort !!)

Have a blessed day,

Saturday, November 21, 2009

a "lollipop" flower card

Good thing I finally checked my blog...this was to have posted yesterday for Creative Clear stamps! I thought had set it to pre-post but obviously didn't.....the challenge this week was to create any card BUT an A2 card....
so I pulled out the huge circle scalloped die cut from Sizzix and made my card base, ran it through CB folder.
Since the "lollipop" flowers seem to be really "in" right now...I watched several videos and decided to do a large one for the front of this card......seriously......, I don't think I'm a fan of these flowers...or at least not mine!
They ARE a great way to use up paper scraps! I have made about a'll see some on a few cards I'll be posting....maybe it's just that they are new and different and I'm old and set!!!  LOL

Cardbase is SU's Sage Shadown with edges sponged in Always Artichoke...dp from scaps (and that's what I like about these...use those scraps!!!)

I havent made as many cards as I had dreamed... stampin room is almost clean!!! I will proudly tell ya I have gotten rid of FIVE 13 gallon trash bags from my little "stampin/office/tv watching with laptop" room....well, I told you I was buried in there.. LOL

feeling organized and clean n fresh!
Have a blessed day tomorrow - so much to be thankful for....

ps...please dont be shy...what tips are out there for these flowers

Friday, November 20, 2009

STV Member Blog Event 11/20

This is a new project for STV - a Blog Event for anyone wanting to join in!!...using certain stamp sets as stated over in STV forum ...pop over - check it out and come on and join us...OPEN TO ALL!

I chose GKD's "Vintage Border" set by Nina (with the leaf from the Signs of Autumn set, also by GKD).

Paper:  GKD cranberry, black and SU's ivory
Ink: Memento's Rhubarb and Bamboo Leaves
Embellishments: GKD ribbon, sakura gold glitter pen, SU circle and scallop punch
Technique:  masking

(this post was preset to post - I'm hoping to link to Gina's blog to enter this post in this event from work!)

Apologize for only one post this taking off work all next week for Thanksgiving and I'm tellin you that's tough!!! Have worked double time this week to have everything done that they will need next week....and add my commute...well, my craft room has sadly been neglected :(((

There is another prescheduled post that will appear today at 4pm for Creative Vision!
Have a blessed day, TGIF !!!!!!  I intend to bury myself stampin all night when I finally get home toniight..LOL

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Over the Top Award

from Mary Anne - check out her blog here  - what a talent! not to mention a wonderful friend!!

she sent me this some time ago and I am just now getting to post it!  It has been around and I've really enjoyed reading everyone's getting to know each other better!
so here's mine:

1. Where is your cell phone? On charger
2. Your hair? Very white and short
3. Your mother? Died 1980
4. Your father? See him twice a year
5. Your fave food? Fried potatoes with onions
6. Your dream last night? Rarely dream
7. Your fave drink? diet Coke/Pepsi
8. Your dream/goal? Retire and be financially secure
9. What room are you in? stamp room
10. Your hobby? Making cards
11. Your fear? Dentist!
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? right here and retired!
13. Where you were last night? work
14. Something that you aren’t? THIN
15. Muffins? Cranberry orange
16. Wish List Item? Copic markers
17. Where did you grow up? Northern Virginia
18. Last thing you did? Put away groceries
19. What are you wearing? Pj’s
20. Your TV? off
21. Your Pets? Mutt dog “Duke”
22. Friends? Love ‘em
23. Your Life? blessed
24. Your Mood? content
25. Missing Someone? yes
26. Vehicle? Prius – gotta love 52 mpg
27. Something your not wearing? Bra (I hate it)
28. Your fave store? craft stores of all kinds!
29. Your fave color? purple
30. Last time you laughed? This afternoon
31. Last time you cried? When Oprah announced she’s quitting (JOE-king!!!)
32. Your best friend? Blessed to have more than one
33. One place that I go to over and over? work
34. One person who emails regularly? Jennie
35. Fave place to eat? Sweetwater (but cant afford it) so eat at Bob Evans
36. Facebook? Yes but rarely

now I'm supposed to send to 5 people...but I think everyone has already gotten it....hmmmm,
ok...will 5 of you who didnt get it...please volunteer!  LOL

This award is going to Mary - check out her blog from my sidebar - fun fun fun! can't wait to see her answers :))))

have a blessed weekend!

Monday, November 16, 2009

chic-kee chic-keee! yeah baby!

needed to create a FUN card! and can always count on my three ladies...... LOL!

can just hear 'em callin out and havin fun!  my "blue hair" chic-kees!!

going to send this over to Vicki's color challenge  this week to use purple n white (hope their blue pants will be ok)...stamp is from Art Impressions, dp is stash and cardbase is SU's eggplant.
Colored my "chic-kee's" with gamsol and pencils....

have a fun day with tons of blessings!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

CAS card using the Festive Frame for beginner stampers!

hi there,
now those of you who have asked for an "easier" card using this you go! I'm so glad you have enjoyed my posts..looking at some of my cards I can see where if you are just starting to stamp, they seem intimidating.
now don't think that with this's not!

  • have red cardbase ready, cut black mat 4 x 5.25 and adhere to card
  • ink stamp using black and stamp onto white cardstock
  • cut out image along the outside border of the image  (you can cut the border off entirely if you want)

  • color oval border and the outside border with black marker (this will blend in with the black mat so you dont have to worry about cutting exactly straight)

  • adhere image to black mat

  • the poinsettia in the upper right hand corner is colored with Copics R59, R27, and Y26. You don't need copics to color these ... use any red markers, pencils, water colors, etc and gold stickles in the center.

  • the poinsettia in the bottom corner can be done the exact same way!!! and you will have a BEAUTIFUL card...DONE!

....the sentiment in the center can be anything you want - I used the nestie and lightly sponged around edges. I used red and black markers to ink the sentiment...

TIP:    I have full sheets of the poinsettia (from Gina K's "A Year of Flowers" by Melanie) stamped and colored - all ready to cut out and paper piece on a card - which is what I did on the bottom left hand corner of this card. Find YOUR favorite poinsettia and stamp a few sheets, then relax and enjoy coloring them all different colors!!! try stamping them on red cardstock as well...I have them also stamped on purple and light pink cardstock, even a few black that are white embossed!

Hope this helped - email me and let me know...and send me a picture of your card!!!
Have a wonderful week,

Thursday, November 12, 2009

kinda got side tracked from challenge! and a prayer request

This week's challenge at Creative Clear Stamps was to use Ruby Red, Kraft and Caramel...well.. had this card all laid out but this new ribbon ....kept calling my name!!! so...switched out the Kraft mat for this asparagus mat - (even have metallic paper that matches ribbon perfectly) bye bye challenge....
HELLO to my card...LOL

the only things about this card I can definitely tell you is that the ribbon is from Michaels and the sentiment is from Creative Clear Stamps "Holiday Sentiments" stamp set....sentiment stamped in Ruby Red...used my new MS punch (that I love and had to have after seeing some of you use it...enablers...ALL of you...LOL)
base cardstock is SU's Ruby Red and asparagus is from GinaK...dp from stash!

Now, have a prayer request for a dear friend who two weeks ago had her 7th child!!! but her mother passed away this morning. My friend is sick and 2 of her kids had swine flu last week and now 2, possibly 3, have it now. She is having to travel a few hours away with the 2 youngest and her husband to help with funeral arrangements and leaving the other 5 to be cared for....and she is sick herself...she and hubby really need prayer!
Thank you so much!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

STV's Friday Potluck Challenge

Is "to use a SENTIMENT for your background!! NO dp allowed except what you make on your own with sentiments!!! "! 
I was still determined to conquer the "clear cardstock thing" purchased something called "clear film" from LSS (which is actually, I think, acetate or so close its acetate's twin!)...anyway, it is much thinner - no irritating film to peel back, isn't anywhere near as thick as clear cardstock - still slippery...but I was very very careful! is my card

i just reversed the challenge and stamped my sentiment all over the clear and placed it over my stamped images...really like it IRL.was hard to get a pic without the flash reflecting off the clear film, so I lifted the film a little from the card - sorry :(...the images aren't  really blurry

Stamps: GinaK's "Thanks a Million" and "Signs of Autumn", Rubber Stamp Tapestry's coffee peg stamp
Paper: GinakK's black, pumpkin, ivory
Ink: Stazon black on clear film, SU's pumpkin, ruby, and rust on ivory
Embellishment: Jute ribbon/twine from GinaK
Technique: overlay, matting

Whew! I believe I have "conquered" the case of the clear cardstock, LOL ! thank you everyone for all your suggestions and encouragement with this ..hugs to all!!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

BLOG HOP wooooo hooooo for the Festive Frame from GinaK by Melanie!

Melanie Muenchinger, the Illustrator of Festive Frame has invited a couple of her friends to join in on the blog hop tonight, so click on their blog links to see the projects they've created for us:
Then, check in on these GinaK Designer's participating in the Blog Hop tonight:

And our fabulous Center Stage Spotlight Team:
Deb Felts
Diana S. Queen
Melissa Cash
Sharri Seffens
After you're done hopping to all the Designer's blogs stop by GinaK's Idea Center here: Festive Frame for lots more ideas on how to use Melanie's stamp set. And, don't forget to check in on GinaK's blog so you can leave your comment to be entered for a chance to win this stamp set, too!

Melanie is also giving away a Bow Easy and some ribbon on her blog too! the winner will be randomly chosen from one of the comments made on one of the blogs above!  Woooo hoooo!

Now here are my cards for tonight:

used "Tropical Flowers" in corners and sentiment from "a Year of Leaves"

dove is from STV Holiday Cheer kit, copic coloring, poinsettis have clear glaze in spots that were colored with Copics, all are stamped on stash vintage dp

wanted to do an ivory and white card with this stamp set. colored with Copics W1,W3,W5, ran thru swiss dot CB folder, added snow/stickles, used glaze pen, mini pearls, gold pen to make ornament and ribbon from stash!

if you haven't visited my blog before, please look at the older posts for more cards with the Festive Frame!
Hope you see something you like!

and thought I would add one more that I previously posted


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