C4C 436 Graduation theme!

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Here’s a pic of the inside:

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I have two grandchildren who are in college but the first to graduate won’t be until Dec. and the other is 2 yrs. away.   They are both doing very well but one loves to study and write essays and the other does not.  She’s more of a computer and gamer wizard!  So I made this card to send to the latter for encouragement.

The Steps:

Step 1:  The Grad Hat is a Silhouette file.  But there are many dies out there that would also work great.

Step 2:  Create the sentiment on your computer, print on white cardstock and cut out

with Elizabeth Craft Designs  1116 – Stitched Circles

 

Out of yellow cardstock cut a circle using Elizabeth Craft Designs 1172 – Dotted Scallop Circles– .

Adhere the white sentiment circle on top of the yellow one.

Step 3:  Create a base card by cutting a 12 x 12″ pc. of white cardstock in half.  Score one half at 6″.  Fold over to make a tent fold card.

Step 4:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs 1168 – Bead Strings !, cut the diamond shaped string twice with gold mirror cardstock. Note: I first adhered a 2″ x 6″ strip of the mirror cardstock to Clear Double Sided Adhesive before I die cut.  Also, cut the strip in half to end up with two strips that are 1 x 6″ strips.  Always cut away and mirror cardstock  that is more than you need to cut the die with.  If you don’t the rest of the cardstock will be embossed with all the scratches on the cutting plate and no longer useable.

Step 5:  Assemble the card by adhering the bead strings at 1″ from both the bottom and folded edge.  The add the cap and sentiment.

That’s it! 

As always, I really appreciate you hopping over here.  I’d love to have you comment and follow.  I love answering any questions you have about card making!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: White 12 x 12″ Soft Finished Cardstock,  Clear Double Sided Adhesive 2″, Suzanne Cannon “Believe” Die.

 

 

 

C4C – 435 Sketch Week!

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My DT card for this challenge is an homage to Romeo and Juliet!

The Steps:

Step 1:  Make two of  Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Rose  There is an Assembly Video from the designer Susan Tierney Cockburn.

Step 2:  Make a base by scoring a pc. of 8.5 x 11″  black cardstock at 5.5″. Fold over and trim to 5.5x 7″.  Cut a pc. of designer paper 3.5 x 7″ and adhere to the black base card using double sided adhesive as shown.

Step 3:  On your computer create the two sentiments.  Print on cream card stock and cut to 1″ x 3″. Distress the edges with Black Pan Pastel. Then I hand cut the fishtail.  You could also use fishtail dies.

Step 4:  Add the assembled roses and sentiments as shown.

That’s It!

I really appreciate the time you took to take a look.

Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs Rose 1

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Black 12 x 12 Soft Finish Cardstock, 10mm Double Sided Adhesive,  Susan Tierney Cockburn’s  Tool Kit (flower shaping tools)

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

JoAnn Fabrics and Craft:  “I love you” designer paper

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C4C – 434 Train Day!

2018-05-07 C4C 434

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Yep, today is apparently Train Day!  So the challenge today is to put a train on it!  Now there probably is a die set of a train somewhere, but I haven’t seen it.  So I went for another digital stamp.  I found this cute circus train on Etsy from an artist’s shop called Pretty Grafik.

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The Steps:

Step 1:  Size, print and color up the image:

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Step 2:  Using a stencil from Elizabeth Craft Designs called Earth and Sky:

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Stencil clouds on the upper half with PanPastel’s 520.5 Ultramarine Blue.  Using a small sponge dauber and Panpastel’s 780.5 Raw Umber and a little 250.5 Diarylide Yellow.

Step 3:  Using the die set below cut all  pcs. with white cardstock and color with Copic markers or cut with green cardstock.

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Step 4:  Cut the words Happy Birthday  with green cardstock.

Step 5:  Make a card base by cutting a pc. of 12 x 12″ cardstock in half.  Score one half at 6″ on the long side.  Fold over for a top fold card and trim to a 5.75″ square.  Adhere the finished scene pc. onto the card base.

Step 6:  The inside balloons were made with this die set Lollypop:

                                              

The strings for the balloons came from a set that has since been discontinued.  You could use a pc. of real string or yarn and glue in place.

The sentiment inside “Make it as fun as train full of circus animals!” was created on my computer and printed on yellow cardstock and cut with the 2nd largest die from this set:

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That’s it!

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I know your time is valuable and I appreciate it!

If your interested in purchasing some of the products used,  click on the blue words and it will take you right to the store.  I receive no commission of any kind.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Soft Finish Cardstock 12 x 12″ white, Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

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A ‘Summer” theme card

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I can’t wait to be able to count on warm weather!  So my card today is a nod to Summer!  What screams summer more that blue gingham and red Geraniums.  This card could be used for any occasion by just using a different sentiment.

Here’s the steps:

Step 1: Cut all the petal pcs. 3 times for each flower. (run these pcs. 3 times through your machine with two layers of red cardstock.  Cut the leaf pcs. 3 times with two layers of green cardstock.  Add a little of 340.5 Permanent Red PanPastel to the edges of the leaves.  Assemble the 3 Geraniums by shaping and gluing.

The die set:  1019 – Susan’s Garden Geranium

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Geranium Assembly Video

This video shows the geranium being assembled directly on your project which is great but not for this project.  Assemble each flower and you will slide them into and onto the Gathering basket.

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Step 2:   Cut one Gathering Basket from light brown cardstock and lightly add some 780.5 Raw Umber PanPastel to bring out the basket weave embossing that happens when you cut this die:  1483 – Garden Notes – Gathering Basket

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Step 3:  Cut two Oval mats.  One using the 2nd largest die from this die set and white cardstock:  1113 – Stitched Ovals :

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Cut one using the largest die in red cardstock from this die set:  1173 – Dotted Scallop Ovals

Step 4:  Create a base card by scoring a 12 x 12″ pc. of white cardstock at 6″.  Fold at score line and trim to 6 x 6.5″.  Cut a rectangle that measures 5.75″ x 6.25″ from blue gingham cardstock.  Adhere, centered, to white base card.  Now adhere the red scallop oval, centered onto the blue gingham layer.

Step 5:  Sort of shape the gathering basket by holding it with both thumbs on the underside of the pc. and your two pointer fingers together on the right side of the pc. and centered.  Now keeping your thumbs together on the wrong side, slide your pointer to curve the pc. over your thumbs.  Glue only the lower edge of the basket to white oval as shown in the photo below.  You will glue the sides down by adding glue to the undersides and  push the sides towards the center very slightly to keep it’s 3D shape:

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Next start auditioning your flowers, petals and little blooms into and onto the basket until you like what you see and glue in place.

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Create a sentiment on your computer and cut out with the smallest die from this set:

1116 – Stitched Circles

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Ink the edges with light blue ink and adhere to basket.  You could also use a small tag and bakers twine and attach to the handle.

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Thanks so much for taking a look!  I hope you’ve been inspired and will check in with the Inspiration Design Team daily: Dies R Us Inspiration Blog

Other products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stamp (sentiment inside) RS010 – All Things of Nature

Michael’s: Blue Gingham paper

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

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Humor with a message!

2018-04-22 C4C 432

 

This week’s challenge #432 over at Crazy4Challenges  is to use this phrase as inspiration:

“Skating on thin Ice”

I have a friend who is married to a man who refuses to take the advise from his doctor.  I’ll be sending her this card unsigned so she can give it to her hubby.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Using Art Impressions UMI1238 stamp on paper suitable to the color medium of your choice:

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I colored her with Copic Markers.

Step 2:  Cut one door from med. brown cardstock using Elizabeth Craft Designs  1128 – CountryScapes Carolina Farmhouse Door:

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Step 3:  The urn with flowers and wreath on the door were cut from this set                  1010 – CountryScapes – Backyard 2 also from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

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Cut one urn, the flowers for the urn and the pieces for the wreath.  I cut all the tiny flower pcs. for the urn and wreath from pink cardstock.  The wreath itself, bow, urn leaves I cut from white cardstock and color with Copic Markers.

Step 4:  I love digital stamps because you can resize them.  For this card I chose “Caffeinated Craig” from Dr. Digi House of Stamps:

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Print and size “Craig” to 3.25″, color and fussy cut him out.

Step 5:  I created the sentiment on my computer and cut it out with the smallest die from this set by Spellbinders “Card Creator”:

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I applied, a with a light touch, PanPastel’s “black” to distress the edges.

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You should now be ready to assemble the card:

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Step 6:  Cut the cross pcs. out of the door window and glue the Art Impression colored stamped image behind the door as shown above.

Make base card by cutting a pc. of 12 x12″ cardstock in half.  Score one of the halves at 6″ on the long side.  Fold over.  I chose Elizabeth Craft Designs Soft Finish Cardstock Dove Gray.  I love this cardstock because it’s colored on one side only.  This is a great choice when you want to stamp a sentiment on the inside.

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Step 7:  Cut a 5.75″ square of designer paper or cardstock that will look like the side of a house.  I chose this brick paper from Michaels because of the colors, but you could also use a “wood grain” look.

Adhere the door, with image behind it to the left lower side as pictured.  I curved “Craig” slightly with my thumbs.  Then I adhered him to the card as shown by gluing only his shoes to the card and putting a foam dot behind him about where the donut is.  Now add your floral pcs. and the sentiment and that’s it!

Thanks so much for having a look.  I love to make pretty cards but also find it really fun to make a funny card sometimes.  I’d love you to leave a message so I know who stopped by.  I love to read them!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

C4C – 431 Sketch Week

Normally, I love a sketch challenge.  But I’ll admit, I struggled this week.  Because I had a tough time,  I can’t wait to see how everyone else interprets this sketch.

I don’t love what I came up with but I had to get something made because the deadline was quickly approaching.  So here’s what I did:

Step 1:  I had bought this die from Cheapo Dies.  It’s called “Butterfly Boarder”.  I had to trim off from both ends the last upwards turned flower stem to make it fit the sketch.

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I cut this once from white cardstock and colored it up with Copic Markers. 

Step 2:  I chose this cardstock from Kaiser Craft called “Hello Birdie”.  It’s a double sided paper that I used the print side (green) for the front and the other side for the triangle flap.

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Step 3:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5 x 11″ off white cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold and trim to 5.5 x 7.25″.

Step 4:  Cut a rectangle mat (the green one) that measures 5.25 x 7″.  Cut a triangle that is 7″ on the longest side from the same, but opposite of the same cardstock.  Adhere to the green mat as shown.

Step 5:  Adhere the “butterfly boarder” as shown but only apply glue to the body of the butterfly and leaves, curled stem and flowers on the very outside ends.  Push towards the center just enough to make the wings lift a little.  It creates a bit of a 3D effect.

Step 6:  Cut the sentiment “Blessings” from this die out of brown cardstock.  Since the sketch looks like an envelope I chose this sentiment and the inside says “may your life be filled with many”.  Adhere to the lower right hand corner as shown:

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That’s it!

Thanks so much for taking the time to take a look!  I would love to see you take the challenge this week and see what you come up with!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  10mm Double Sided Adhesive

Beacon’s Kid’s Choice Glue

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A Coffee Themed Card

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Well, this week’s challenge is “Perfect blend”.  You can do this in the form of colors, stamps or dies.  It’s a coffee themed challenge!  It’s my favorite beverage.  So let’s make this card.

Step 1:  The image is from Kraftin Kimmie and is called “I heart coffee”.  Unfortunately,  it’s no longer available.  Had I realized that I probably would not have use it.  I stamped the image and colored it with Copic Markers.

Step 2:  Using the die set below from Elizabeth Craft Designs, cut out all the pcs. for one tea cup.  I cut them out with white cardstock and colored with Copic markers:

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Step 2:  Cut the pieces of one my favorite dies below from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I used polka dot cardstock from Elizabeth Craft Designs called ”  Thinking about – Grand Canyon”.

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The frame for this card is a 7″ square.  So when you cut the die from above, you need to cut 4 for all the sides of the frame.  Then trim them to 7″.  Here’s a link to the assembly video:  https://youtu.be/elpZ5RvMUII.

Step 3:  Using the largest die from this dis set below, cut a mat in the darker blue from the same paper pack:

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Step 4:  Create the two sentiments with your computer then print and cut out with this die set below:

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Step 5:  Assemble the card as shown:

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The “coffee beans” and pink heart I added is from a die set that has been discontinued.

That’s It!

Thank you so much for taking a look.  Please leave a comment if you have the time so I can know you were here.  Besides, I just love reading them.  I hope you’ll join us this week.  We love to see what you do with the themes for our challenges.  YOU inspire us!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft finish cardstock,  Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Amazon:  Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

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C4C – 429 Use your dies as stencils!

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Well, this was a fun challenge theme because I got to use what is clearly becoming my favorite 2 die sets:  Happy Frame and Happy Frame XL by Elizabeth Craft Designs .

For this project I used the Happy Frame XL

Let’s make this card:

Step 1:  Using the Happy Frame XL die cut 4 times with heavy weight white cardstock.

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Step 2:  Attach a pc. of scrap heavy weight cardstock that’s at least 2 x 4″ to Double sided adhesive.  Secure the longest die from the below die set, sharp edge down on the adhesive side and run through your cutting machine:

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The photo above shows the 730 – Curvy Leaves die set, the stencil I made and another piece of a double sided adhesive I tried this die first as a stencil (that’s why it has ink on it) and the practice piece of cardstock that’s 1″ wide like the Happy Frame is.

Step 3: Cut the frame pcs. to 6″ long on the longest side. With your handmade stencil and stamp pad inks, stencil the Happy Frame pcs. (I applied 2 greens and a brown ink pads:

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Next, using PanPastel’s 780.5 Raw Umber, lightly with a small sponge dauber, distress the entire frame pcs. except the two outside folds as shown below in case it would affect the adhesive when you assemble the frame:

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Now assemble the frame

This is the assembly video link:   Happy Frame assembly video.

Step 4:  Size, print and color with Copic Markers this digital stamp from called “Sunflowers” Di’s Digi Stamps. 

Trim the colored print centered in a 6″ square.

I then went over the print with the same very light touch of Raw Umber PanPastel.

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Step 5:  Cut enough pcs. to make two Sunflowers from this die set (I cut the petal pcs. out 2 or 3 times for each flower just for extras, the seeds pc. twice per flower, and the leaves twice per flower) Cut the leaves from green cardstock and the petals from yellow cardstock and the seeds from dark brown cardstock:

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Sunflower Assembly video

Add color as in the assembly video and shape the parts too:

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Now as in the video build your two sunflowers right onto your assembled frame:

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Step 6:  Add 10mm (1/2″) Clear Double Sided adhesive to the edges of your 6″ colored image square on the colored side.  Now attach it to the back of the frame.

Step 7:  Create a base card by cutting a pc. of 12 x 12″ cardstock in half and scoring one of the halves at 6″.  Fold over.  My choice for base cards if I have the color on hand is Elizabeth Craft Design’s Soft finish cardstock.  I love it’s weight 100lb. and it’s colored on only one side.  When I want to stamp on the inside this is a great benefit:

If you are going to stamp a sentiment on the inside, do it now.

Step 8:  Add Clear Double Sided adhesive 10m to all four front edges of your card base.  Adhere the frame to the card.

That’s It!

Thanks so much again for having a look.  These frames are so fun.  And come back next week for another fun challenge!  Please let me know you were here by leaving a comment.  I love to read them!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Soft Finish Cardstock 12 x 12 Dove Gray and 8.5 x 11 white,  10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Beacon’s Kid’s Choice Glue

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C4C – 427 Cutie Patootie Challenge

C4C - 427 Little one

I decided to make an unconventional “baby card”.

I am absolutely crazy for Elizabeth Craft Designs release of their two Happy Frame die sets.  For this DT card I used this set:

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Let’s make this card:

Step 1:  I found this adorable digital stamp, at Di’s Digi Stamps. 

(You go straight to her online store by clicking on the blue link above)

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It’s called “Hello Bumblebee”.  Size, print and color the image.  I colored it with Copic Markers.  I added shading to the background with PanPastels.  Cut out your colored image with the 3rd. to the largest die in the below set on the left.  Then cut a brown mat with the 2nd to the largest die in the set on the right.  Adhere the stamped layer to the brown scalloped mat:

Step 2:  Cut out the die four times out of wood look cardstock. from the set called Happy Frame from Elizabeth Craft  Designs.  (pictured above with link to the store in blue.)  I chose a piece from this paper pack:

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Here is the assembly video: Happy Frame assembly video

Note: Cut your four frame pcs. to 6.25 x 6.25″.  Your finished frame will be a 6.25″ square.

Step 3:  Using the dies on the far right below cut two pink and two white layers for a small pink daisy and white daisy.  Repeat for a smaller daisy of each color.  Cut the circle center pc. for the daisies with the pc. shown below on the right side of the picture below:

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This set is from Docrafts and is called: Glorious Gerbera.  I added a little darker pink Copic marker from the middle out to the pink daisies.

Cut the leaves only (two of each) from this set: 1368 – Garden Notes – Dahlia:

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Cut two of the longer die from this set:

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Cut enough of the “bee parts” to make 3 bees from this set:

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Stamp the sentiment on white cardstock from this stamp set below:

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Cut out sentiment with the 2nd to the smallest die in this set from QuicKutz:

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I used PanPastels to add a little blue color to the edges.

Choose a designer paper and cut a square that measures 6.25″ x 6.25″.

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Step 4:  Adhere the designer square paper behind the wood frame.  Adhere the image stack to the center and then decorate the frame as shown.

Here’s a look at the inside of the card:

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It was made by creating a base card by scoring a pc. 12″ x 6″ pc. white cardstock at 6″.  Then fold over.  Attach two squares of the same designer paper.  Then I added charm dies, banners and the word Congratulations from these dies.

That’s it!

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I know you’re time is valuable so I appreciate it.  I can’t wait to see what you make if you choose to take the challenge!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Soft finish Cardstock White 12 x 12″,  Clear Double Side Adhesive 10mm

Joanne Fabric and Crafts:  Baker’s twine

Michaels:  Recollections: Pink Wood Planks

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

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