Paper Pumpkin June 2019-A Little Smile Alternative p2

Hello and welcome to today’s cards, which are two more alternatives for the A Little Smile Paper Pumpkin kit! Both of these fun alternatives have elements from the kit and one even creates a beach scene using the Lilypad Lake stamp set, with a little masking! 

For the card on the right, I really wanted to make a beach themed wreath. This was fairly easy, just need a little patience and your Fine Tip Glue Pen!

You will need two of these card front designs from the kit, trimming off the back piece, eight of the palm leaves, the laser-cut vellum circle, one of the sand dollars, enough twine to tie into a bow, and three of the starfish, placing the smallest Rhinestone Basic Jewel in the middle of each:

I used some scotch tape to connect the two card fronts together to make the base layer. I then adhered a piece of the twine around the middle, disguising the line:

Since this may get a little messy, use your silicone craft sheet while adhering the palm leaves around the laser-cut vellum circle. I used my Fine Tip Glue Pen to place glue about 2/3 of the way down the back, layering around the vellum circle. Tip-You may have to place a little spot underneath if the palm leaf lifts up from the vellum circle:

After this is completed, I used my Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the bow to the sand dollar and then adhere the starfish and sand dollar to the palm leaves. Tip-Place a clear block on top for a couple of minutes to allow the glue to adhere and dry:

The wreath is adhered to the base layer with mini dimensionals (hidden behind the starfish and sand dollar). The card base is Coastal Cabana cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½”, and I used the texture stamp with Coastal Cabana ink to make a border along the top and bottom. The base layer is then adhered with dimensionals:

The inside is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, the sentiment from Special Celebrations is stamped in Coastal Cabana ink, along with the starfish that are stamped off before stamping the cardstock:

The card on the left is a beach scene incorporating Lilypad Lake stamp set, a little sponging and some masking!

The base layer is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 3 ¾” x 5”:

I stamped the texture stamp and sponged in with a sponge dauber using Sahara Sand ink:

I stamped the sailboats in Memento ink, , created a mask with the coordinating framelit, and then stamped the wave stamp in Night of Navy, Balmy Blue, and Coastal Cabana inks:

I used a blender pen to color in the sails of the sailboats, stamped the sun in Daffodil Delight ink, and used a sponge dauber to fill it in:

To create the clouds, I first used the coordinating sun die to create a mask and then I used the Pretty Label Punch to create a cloud mask, both out of a post it note:

I used a sponge dauber with Balmy Blue ink along the top of the mask to create the clouds and sky:

This is then adhered to a Crumb Cake cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”. I then adhered two of the palm trees from the kit and used three of the gold metallic pearls to create “coconuts” for each palm tree:

The inside is on Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, the texture stamp is stamped in Crumb Cake ink, filling in with a sponge dauber, and then adhere one more palm tree:

What do you think of these two alternatives?? Is this such a fun kit? You can really keep it very simple or take it way up to create some awesome alternative cards!!

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Snail Adhesive

 

 

Lilypad Lake silhouette card

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a beach themed card with the Lilypad Lake stamp set and the Lakeside Framelits Dies! Don’t be fooled by this card, it is so very easy to make, but you may just get ink on your fingers! Lol Since the warm weather is here (or maybe on the way where you live), I thought this would be a fun way to create with this stamp and die set.

The base layer is a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. I first stamped the Crackle Paint background stamp in Gray Granite ink, dragged my Coastal Cabana ink pad across the backside (the raised side w/o the Sizzix and SU! logos) of the Pinewood Planks 3D folder, and then embossed to create a “weathered wood look”:

To create the sunset, I used the second largest Layering Circle Die to cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock and then used a post it note across the bottom half for a mask. Using Sponge Daubers, I first colored the whole area with Daffodil Delight ink, then coloring in layers going down with Mango Melody, Poppy Parade, and Blackberry Bliss inks, creating a gradient effect:

I removed the post it note and used the wave stamp in Blueberry Bushel ink, stamping several times until the area is filled in:

To fill in the white space of the waves, I used the sponge daubers from creating the sunset to make it look like the sky is reflecting off the water:

Additionally for the card front, you will layer the sunset piece on Pool Party cardstock cut out with the second largest scalloped Layering Circles Framelits, the heron, two boats and grass cut out of Basic Black cardstock, and then a 4” piece of Burlap Ribbon:

To assemble the card front, I adhered the heron to the layered sunset piece (covering my little boo-boo with ink on my fingers), adhered the boats with each going opposite direction, adhere the grass together by flipping one side over (kinda like the boats, each facing opposite directions) and using a mini dimensional that I cut in half to adhere to the layered circle sunset piece, and the Burlap Ribbon is adhered to the embossed base layer with Tear & Tape:

This completed piece is adhered to a Pool Party cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the heron in Gray Granite ink, color the heron in with Light and Dark Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends, stamp the wave stamp along the bottom in Blueberry Bushel ink, use a sponge dauber with Seaside Spray ink to fill in the waves, and then the sentiment is stamped in Pool Party ink:

That really was easy! This would also be a great Father’s Day card and you could easily make multiples of! Coloring with Sponge Daubers is so easy and yes, I have one for each Stampin’ Up color and they are all labeled! That is just my personal preference, I don’t want to mix up colors, just in case! lol

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Lilypad Lake Z Fold Pop-Up Card

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a super fun and easy Z Fold Pop-Up Card! I made this a birthday card for dearest sister-friend, who loves Lilypad Lake stamp set! I’ve posted on Facebook a couple of other cards that I made, so I figured why not show you how easy it is to make, which you can do out of ONE piece of cardstock!

The card base is Balmy Blue cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 2 ¾” and at 5 ½”:

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The front fold is Balmy Blue cardstock, cut at 2 1/8” x 11”, and scored at 2 ¾” and at 5 ½”:

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The inner strip to create the “pop-up” part is Balmy Blue cardstock, cut at 2 1/8” x 11” and scored at 7/8”, 3 5/8”, 4 1/8”, 6 7/8”, 7 3/8”. You will then fold into a “Z” and use strong adhesive on the “mountain” of the folds (I used Tear & Tape):

The panels for the card base are Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼” and 2 pieces cut at 2 ½” x 4”:

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For all the card base panels I wanted to make them look like the sky, so for the two smaller panels, I placed them next to each other and created a mask for clouds using the cloud dies from the Up & Away Thinlit Dies and sponged Balmy Blue ink onto the cardstock:

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For the bigger panel, I first used a sponge dauber with Pineapple Punch ink in the upper left corner and then used the sun stamp from Lilypad Lake in Crushed Curry, stamping several times for the effect. I then used the same cloud masks with a Stampin’ Sponge and Balmy Blue ink for the rest of the sky:

Since I knew I was making the bird from Lilypad Lake stamp set into a Heron, I wanted to make it look like he was “walking on a dock” for the front fold piece, so I used a piece of Wood Textures 6” x 6” DSP cut at 2” x 5 ¼”, embossed it with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic TIEF, and then sponged Early Espresso ink to give the embossing a darker definition:

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For the smaller two front fold panels, I cut two pieces of Whisper White cardstock at 2” x 2 ½”, sponged Balmy Blue ink, and then used the wave stamp in Balmy Blue and Blueberry Bushel inks. I also stamped the wave stamp in Blueberry Bushel ink on the front panel of the inner strip:

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I stamped the Heron in Memento Ink and then colored with Light and Dark Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends. I stamped the sailboats 5 times in Memento Ink and then colored them in with Light and Dark Pineapple Punch, Light and Dark Call Me Clover, Light and Dark Poppy Parade, Light and Dark Highland Heather, Light and Dark Lovely Lipstick, Ivory, Bronze, Light Granny Apple Green, Light Bermuda Bay, Light Night of Navy, Dark Pool Party, Dark Petal Pink, Dark Flirty Flamingo, and Dark Mango Melody Stampin’ Blends Markers:

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Attach the panels to the card base and to the front fold base:

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I used Tear & Tape on the ends of the front fold and then attached to the card base:

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Next place the inner strip in the “box”. The easiest way I have found to make sure this piece is correct and the card folds over, is to adhere the end pieces first, and then fold the card closed and the two inner pieces will adhere correctly:

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The final step is to adhere the Heron and all the sailboats! For the inner strip, I used glue dots at the bottom of the boat and then for the front fold panels I popped the smaller ones and the Heron up with Mini Dimensionals. I also used Wink of Stella on all 3 of the front fold panels:

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After I put this all together, I felt like it needed a little bit more. So, I used the birds from the High Tide stamp set and heat embossed the sentiment from the Rooted in Nature stamp set in Copper Embossing Powder on Whisper White cardstock. This was then cut out with the smallest circle from the Stitched Labels Framelits and I also used the heart framelit from this set to cut out from Copper Foil Sheets:

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I just love how this turned out! Now I will admit these are not my instructions, I got them from Splitcoast Stampers! Having great instructions make it so easy to make and share creative ideas!!

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Sunset Sailing

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is another inspiration from a local paint pub! When I saw this painting, I just knew I wanted to CASE it! Starting was a bit challenging, my first attempt on watercolor paper and watercolor pencils was a little scary and my second attempt on cardstock with a little stamping and using Blender Pens to color the sky and water was a little closer and not quite as scary (lol). So, for my third and final try, I used Sponge Daubers for the coloring and turned out pretty darn close!!

First, start with a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

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I used the mountain stamp from the Waterfront stamp set and stamped them in Blueberry Bushel in, about in the middle of the paper. Then I used a Sponge Dauber with black ink (you can use whatever you have, but Memento and StazOn are the only two black ink pads we currently sell, so Memento would be best) to create the bank along the bottom:

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I used Sponge Daubers with Balmy Blue ink around the mountains and then with Petal Pink ink for the sky and the water:

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Then I added Poppy Parade ink and Melon Mambo ink with Sponge Daubers for the sky and water:

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I used the small sea grass stamp from the High Tide stamp set along the water bank and then used the triple tree stamp from the Waterfront stamp set, using a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to color one of the tree’s, stamping it twice to create a tall tree, and then using the fine tip to color the rest of the tree trunk:

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For in front of the mountains, I used the small little line stamp from High Tide and stamped in Balmy Blue and Blueberry Bushel inks. The sun is from the Waterfront stamp set in Craft Whisper White ink. The reflection is the wave stamp from High Tide, which I used just the middle of the stamp in Craft Whisper White ink. I used a scrap piece of Basic Black cardstock to cut out the sailboat from Lakeside Framelits Dies :

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The card base is Balmy Blue cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

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The base layer is from the Wood Textures DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

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The base layer and the card front are adhered together and then adhered to the base layer:

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The inside sentiment is from Colorful Seasons stamp set in Balmy Blue ink, on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. Since I had a piece of ¾” x 4” DSP, I adhered that along the bottom:

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So, what do you think?? I love how this third version came out and getting creative with stamps to create my version of this painting! So, if you are every feeling bummed that what you are trying to create doesn’t quite look right, then try, try again! Here is the painting, courtesy of Pinot’s Palette:

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To a special friend

Hello and welcome to today’s card, featuring another faux Stained-Glass technique! This time I used Whisper White cardstock, Sponge Daubers, Ink Pads, and Embossing Powder. I experimented with both of the dragonflies from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies to show that you can use either one and I did not know how I was going to create this card until the pieces where complete.

To start, I used a 4 ½” x 4 ½” piece of Whisper White cardstock, which will give enough room to color and emboss. I used Sponge Daubers to color the cardstock first with Early Espresso, Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, and Pineapple Punch inks. As I colored, I would place the die on top to make sure that I was inking the paper enough:

After coloring with the Sponge Daubers, then emboss the paper with the dies using the Big Shot Embossing Mats:

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Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock and a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to 4 ½” x 4 ½” and then adhere together. Place both of the dies on the non-adhesive side and cut out with the Big Shot. After this is complete, I used the Versamark stamp pad directly on the dragonflies and heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder:

For the embossed dragonfly images, I also used the Versamark stamp pad directly on the paper and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder, two times. Then fussy cut the dragonflies out of the paper:

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Remove the backing from the gold embossed dragonflies and adhere to the clear embossed dragonflies. Tip-if you find some parts that aren’t sticking together, simply use your Fine Tip Glue Pen:

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Here is a close-up image:

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The card base is Early Espresso cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”. The front of the card is then embossed with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder:

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The base layer is from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, cut at 3 ½” x 4 ¾:

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The front sentiment is from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. This is then cut out with a die from the Lakeside Framelits Dies:

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The DSP is adhered to the card base with Snail, I decided to use the bigger dragonfly, which is adhered with Mini Dimensionals, put some Snail on the back of the sentiment to adhere some Gold Metallic Thread, and used Mini Dimensionals to adhere to the card front:

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The inside sentiment is from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamped in Early Espresso ink. I cut a piece of the DSP that was used on the card front to ½” x 5 ¼” and adhered along the bottom:

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This week I have shown you three different ways to achieve the same technique, I hope you’ve enjoyed this! Which way is your favorite and which way would you choose to try? Even if you don’t have any of the detailed dies that I’ve shown, but have a different one, give it a try!

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Card Swap Week part 2

Hello and welcome to today’s card, featuring the Garden Impressions Suite! Continuing on from yesterday’s post, this is the second card that I created for the card swap I participated in. While it may look very time consuming, I have some tips and tricks that make it very easy!

The card base for this is the Right Angle Fold Over, which if you use an 8 ½” x 11” piece of cardstock, you will score it at 4 ¼” and at 5 ½” (directly in the middle on each side), then remove your score blade from your trimmer, line up the corners from top to bottom so they are in the cutting track, and then cut. This will give you two card bases. I used Mint Macaron cardstock to make the card base:

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This thinlit from the Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies is cut out of Glossy White cardstock that I precut to 5 ½” x 4 ¼” and used a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet, cut at 3” x 4”, cut again across corner to corner, adhered to the back of the Glossy White cardstock before going thru the Big Shot. Cutting the adhesive sheet this way will give you two pieces that you can use on each piece of cardstock so it will adhere to the card base and yet not waste any of the adhesive sheet. I then used a Q-Tip and colored in the flowers using Shaded Spruce, Petal Pink, Calypso Coral, Mango Melody, So Saffron and Melon Mambo inks:

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I used this design from the Garden Impressions 6” x 6” DSP, cut to 3” x 3” and used the corner rounder from the Trio Punch. I used the bigger sentiment framelit from the Lakeside Framelits, cutting it out first from Whisper White cardstock:

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I made a template for this framelit so anytime I want to use it with my Stamparatus all I have to is cut it out and then line up the sentiment. Makes it much easier than trying to line up the stamp or the framelit:

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I used my Bone Folder for the card front folds:

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Removed the backing from the adhesive and placed on each flap:

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Adhere a strip of each ribbon from the Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack across the DSP:

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I placed some adhesive on the back of the sentiment piece to secure some Silver Metallic Thread, and then adhered on top with dimensionals:

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To adhere the DSP piece to the card front, place some adhesive towards the upper right-hand corner and then place on top:

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This was such a fun and creative card that I hope everyone enjoys! I really liked how the flowers turned out by using the Glossy White cardstock and a Q-Tip to color, you can really control how light or dark you want them to be. Making the template for the sentiment framelits really is great if you have a bunch of cards to make or just one! I created a template piece for each framelit from this set to use with my Stamparatus, another reason why you should have this awesome product!!

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Lilypad Lake

Hello and welcome to today’s card, featuring the Lilypad Lake Bundle and Rooted in Nature stamp set! I’ve been creating with Lilypad Lake all week and have yet to make a lake card! I also included a sneak peek at the Artisan Textures stamp set when I created the lake, this set is not available until June 1st, but this is one of the stamp sets I won from a Prize Patrol from OnStage in April!! This card is actually very easy to make and was inspired by the striped DSP from the Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper.

For the card layers you will need Mint Macaron cardstock cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”, Tranquil Tide cardstock cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, the striped DSP from Nature’s Poem DSP cut at 3 ¾” x 5”, and a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut at 3 ½” x 4 ¾”:

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To make the lake on the Whisper White cardstock, first start with the single tree stamp from Rooted in Nature and stamp in Tranquil Tide ink (1st, 2nd, & 3rdgeneration stamping):

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To create the shoreline, I used a Sponge Dauber in Crumb Cake ink and then stamped the waves in Mint Macaron ink (this is the stamp from Artisan Textures):

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I then used this stamp again in Tranquil Tide ink and filled in the water’s color with a Sponge Dauber in Soft Sea Foam ink:

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The lilypads are stamped in Memento ink and colored in with Tranquil Tide, Mint Macaron, Poppy Parade Stampin’ Write Markers and Grapefruit Grove ink with a Blender Pen. These are then cut out with the coordinating framelit:

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The cardstock and DSP layers are all adhered to the Mint Macaron card base:

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The lilypads are adhered along the bottom with dimensionals:

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The inside is stamped with the single tree stamp in Mint Macaron and Tranquil Tide inks on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

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You may be wondering why there is no sentiment on this card?? Well, all the cards I share with you I do send out and sometimes it’s nice to have a card that is readily available for any reason. I like to have a stash of cards readily available because sometimes life gets hectic and you may forget about that card you needed, lol!

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I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

***The product number for Mint Macaron cardstock listed below is incorrect, it is 147106 from the new catalog. Also, the product info for the Artisan Textures stamp set is not available at the time this blog is written, however, it is found on page 130 in the new catalog and here is a link to a former blog post with a picture.


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Mint Macaron 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

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