23 October 2021

VIDEO | Layering Pigment Inks to Enhance Embossing

Hello there, today I have two tags and video to share with you where I am layering pigment inks to enhance embossing with embossing folders. 

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For the tags, I started off by die cutting the Altenew Terrific Tags Die Set four times from white cardstock - two for the front of the tags and two for the backs of the tags. On two, I am adding ink blending with an Altenew Large Ink Blending Tool


For the blue tag, I am using Altenew Glacier Caves Pigment Ink Bundle. I used Persian Blue at the top and Sapphire at the bottom. It was then run through my die cutting machine with the Altenew Decorative Florals 3D Embossing Folder. I then added Arctic on top to enhance the embossing. This did make quite a bit of difference to the darker base. I then spritzed it with Altenew Iridescent Shimmer Ink Spray


For the sentiment, I used the Altenew Build-A-Flower Iris Stamp & Die Set and stamped the sentiment on to black cardstock with Altenew Embossing Ink. I applied Altenew Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder and heat set. It was cut in to a strip and added to the tag with Altenew Instant Dimension Foam Tape


For the yellow tag, I added a base to the tag with the Altenew Summer Afternoon Pigment Ink Bundle. I used Warm Sunshine at the top and Caramel Toffee at the bottom. I then embossed it using the Altenew Cheerful Bloom 3D Embossing Folder. To enhance the embossing, I added Buttercream Pigment ink on top. 


It was also spritzed with Altenew Iridescent Shimmer Ink Spray and set aside to dry. I stamped the sentiment from the Altenew Statement Flowers Stamp Set on to black cardstock with Altenew Embossing Ink and applied Altenew Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder. It was heat set and then cut in to a strip and added to the tag with Altenew Instant Dimension Foam Tape

For both tags, I embellished with Altenew Essential Black & White Enamel Dots and tied twine through the top of the tags, after adding the clean white tags to the back. 

VIDEO:


If you are viewing this blog post via email subscription, you can watch the video HERE on YouTube. 

SUPPLIES:

 

Here are the links to what I have used on the project. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. All products were personally purchased except those from Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts or those marked with an asterisk (*) which were kindly sent to me to use. You can read my full disclosure here.



As mentioned in the video, I often do this with white pigment ink but I think it looks lovely with different colours as well. You could even add a completely different colour on top like green or pink! Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today. I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

22 October 2021

Altenew | Paint-A-Flower Rosa Floribunda Stamp Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there and welcome as we celebrate the release of the new Altenew Paint-A-Flower Rosa Floribunda Outline Stamp Set. What a beautiful set! It can be purchased on it's own or as a bundle with watercolours. For the release, we are celebrating with a fun, inspiration filled blog hop with prizes. For more details, please see below. 

PLEASE NOTE: This post contains affiliate links. Please see below for my full disclosure.


For my card, I started off by stamping the Altenew Paint-A-Flower Rosa Floribunda Outline Stamp Set on to a panel of white cardstock with Altenew Permanent Black Ink. I then coloured the roses, leaves and stems with Copic Markers. I took the panel and cut the right side off, fussing cutting around the roses. 

I took an A2 white card base and added a piece of Altenew Essential Black & White Paper Pad on the right hand side. The roses panel was then adhered on top with Altenew Instant Dimension Foam Tape. The sentiment, from the Altenew Sentiment Strips 2 Stamp Set was stamped on to black cardstock with Altenew Embossing Ink

I applied Altenew Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder and heat set. It was cut in to a strip and added to the card with more foam tape. To finish off, I added a few Iridescent Jewels. 

SUPPLIES:

 

Here are the links to what I have used on the project. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. All products were personally purchased except those from Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts or those marked with an asterisk (*) which were kindly sent to me to use. You can read my full disclosure here.


BLOG HOP:

As mentioned, this blog post is part on a fun, inspiration filled blog hop. For the hop, you should have arrived here from the wonderful Joy Baldwin. Next on the hop is the fabulous Bridget Casey. If you get lost along the way, or want to start the hop from the beginning, please head over to the Altenew Blog

GIVEAWAY:

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the AltenewCard Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 28th October 2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 30th October 2021.

You can also purchase the set as part of the Altenew Paint-A-Flower Subscription. Thank you so much for stopping by to see me today, I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a great time on the rest of the hop and a wonderful rest of the day too! Take care!

19 October 2021

Altenew | Mighty Kind Stand Alone Dies Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there and welcome as we celebrate the new Altenew Mighty Kind Stand Alone Dies Collection. This is such a wonderful release and I have two cards to share with you using three new sets. We are celebrating the release with a fun, inspiration filled blog hop with prizes too. More on that below. 

PLEASE NOTE: This post contains affiliate links. Please see below for my full disclosure.



My first card uses the new Altenew Lovely Envelope Die Set. This is such a wonderful set as you can create an envelope and then have lots of loveliness popping out from it - flowers, hearts, foliage. I started off by die cutting the envelope from Altenew Sea Shore Gradient Cardstock. I cut the leaves and stems from Altenew Green Meadows Gradient Cardstock and the flower heads from New Purple Gradient Cardstock


I also cut two of the hearts from purple too. I took a 4" x 5.5" white card base and scored lines in to the front using the Altenew Crafter's Essential Bone Folder and score board (sorry they are difficult to see in the photos but do add something in real-life!). I adhered the envelope on top with Altenew Instant Dimension Foam Tape. I added the leaves and stems inside, followed by the flower heads. The top of the envelope was then added on top (it comes in two parts). 


The hearts were added and then I took the sentiment from the Altenew Sentiment Strips Stamp Set and stamped it on to black cardstock with Altenew Embossing Ink. I applied Altenew Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder and heat set. It was cut in to a strip and added to the card with more foam tape. To finish off, I added white dots from the Altenew Essential Black & White Enamel Dots pack to the flower centres. 


For my second card, I started off by die cutting the Altenew Flowing Foliage Die Set from white cardstock with Altenew Double-Sided Adhesive Sheet on the back. I cut each leaf multiple times so that I could stack two high. They were added to an A2 white card base. I then took an Altenew Small Ink Blending Tool and blended Altenew Sweet Dreams Crisp Dye Inks on to the top of the card base. 


I focused most of the darker colour at the top, fading to white at the bottom. This gave a slight halo effect around the leaves. I then took the Altenew Mighty Alphabet Die Set and die cut the letters for 'hello' five times from white cardstock, again with adhesive sheet on the back. 


I cut some of the letters down where it overhangs the foliage pieces, so that the letters would end up flush on the card base. I took the sentiment from the Altenew Sentiment Strips 2 Stamp Set and stamped it on to black cardstock with Altenew Embossing Ink. I applied Altenew Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder and heat set. It was cut in to a strip and added to the card with Altenew Instant Dimension Foam Tape

SUPPLIES:

 

Here are the links to what I have used on the project. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. All products were personally purchased except those from Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts or those marked with an asterisk (*) which were kindly sent to me to use. You can read my full disclosure here.


BLOG HOP:


As mentioned, this post is part of a fun, inspiration filed blog hop. For the hop, you should have arrived here from the fantastic LauraJane. Next on the hop is the wonderful Natasha Davies. If you get lost along the way, or want to start the hop from the beginning, please head over to the Altenew Blog

GIVEAWAY:

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 25th October 2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 27th October 2021.


Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop and have a wonderful day! 

18 October 2021

Spellbinders | Oriental Lilies

Hello there, today I have a card to share with you using the Spellbinders Oriental Lily and Wellies Dies from Susan's Garden Club Collection. I love lilies, my favourites are calla lilies but these oriental ones, or as I know them, star gazer lilies, are a very close second. I am not too keen on the smell (they are a bit overpowering for me) so I often remove the stamens so I have the beauty of the flower without the smell! These dies do come with stamens to add to the centres but I chose not to include them on my card today. 

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I started off by die cutting the Spellbinders Oriental Lily and Wellies Dies from Spellbinders Snowdrift Cardstock. I cut each part of the lily three times so that I would have three lilies. I then cut lots of leaves from the same cardstock. For the lilies, I added ink blending to the centres using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Kitsch Flamingo and Picked Raspberry, leaving some white areas at the tips. 


Using a fineliner pen, I then added the speckles to the petals. Following Susan's wonderful video tutorial, I shaped the flowers as best as I could. As you can see, I left mine a lot flatter but I still thought they were pretty. I adhered the two layers together using Bearly Art Glue. For the leaves, I blended on Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn and Rustic Wilderness and like the petals used the Spellbinders Tool 'n One to shape them. 


I then took the sentiment from the Spellbinders Everyday II Glimmer Hot Foil Plate & Die Set and foiled it on to Spellbinders Onyx Cardstock with Spellbinders Silver Foil. It was cut using the die and then I started to arrange everything on my card. My card base is 4" x 5.25" so that I can have some bits hanging off the edges. The lilies were adhered with Bearly Art Glue and Foam Squares popping the petals up, the leaves were simply adhered with the Bearly Art Glue. The sentiment was adhered with Foam Squares. To finish off, I added Spellbinders Silver Mix Color Essential Gems

SUPPLIES:

 

Here are the links to what I have used on the project. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. All products were personally purchased except those from Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts or those marked with an asterisk (*) which were kindly sent to me to use. You can read my full disclosure here.



I really love how those lilies came out. They are not traditional, they should definitely be more 3D but I loved using them in a more CAS way. Thanks so much for stopping by today, I really appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful day and a great week ahead! 

16 October 2021

VIDEO | Hero Arts Sparkly Autumnal Arrangement

Hello there, today I have a card and video that I shared on the Hero Arts Blog a little while ago. It uses glitter paper to create a sparkly autumnal arrangement. I really love how the copper and bronze colours really pop against the black card base!

PLEASE NOTE: This post contains affiliate links. Please see below for my full disclosure.



I started off my card by die cutting the Hero Arts Autumn Leaves Fancy Dies from Hero Arts Glitter Paper Fall (which includes bronze and copper paper). I then took an A2 card base made from Hero Arts Pitch Black Cardstock and adhered the leaves on top. I adhered the bottom parts with Hero Arts Precsion Glue and the tops with foam tape. 


I took the thanks die from the Hero Arts Happy Thanks Stamp & Cut XL set and cut it three times from Hero Arts Dove White Cardstock. They were layered up one on top of another and adhered with more Precision Glue and added to the card below the leaves. 


I took the sentiment from the Hero Arts Thank You Messages Stamp Set and stamped it on to more black cardstock with Hero Arts Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink. I applied Hero Arts Copper Embossing Powder and heat set. It was cut in to a strip and added to the card with thin foam tape. I added another two mini leaves below this and then finished the card off with Lucy's Bronze Jewels. 

VIDEO:

Here is the video showing how I made the card:


If you are viewing this blog post via email subscription, you can watch the video HERE on YouTube. 

SUPPLIES:

 

Here are the links to what I have used on the project. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. All products were personally purchased except those from Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts or those marked with an asterisk (*) which were kindly sent to me to use. You can read my full disclosure here.



Thank you so much for stopping by today, I really do appreciate it. I hope you are well and have a wonderful weekend! 

15 October 2021

VIDEO | MFT A Very Crafty Holiday 2021

Hello there, I am over on the MFT YouTube Channel today sharing a video with tips on mass producing cards as part of their A Very Crafty Holiday 2021 series. I am not going to lie, I am not big on mass producing, I find it a bit boring! Having said that, I do like to mass produce cards at Christmas time because I usually have a lot of cards to send out. 


In the video, I only create four cards, this is because I usually do not like to mass produce in huge quantities. So I will pick a few different designs and then make maybe 5-10 of that design and move on to the next. I share more tips and tricks for mass producing in the video, including creating cards assembly style. 


For these cards, I used the MFT Dino-mite Christmas Stamp Set and stamped the images on to white cardstock with MFT Extreme Black Ink. They were coloured with Copic Markers (the colours that I used are listed below the supplies area) and then die cut out with the MFT Dino-mite Christmas Die-namics

For the backgrounds, I thought it would be quick and easy to use patterned paper and I love the papers from the MFT Holly Jolly Paper Pad. The two that I used today look like skies with snow falling. I cut them using an MFT A2 Stitched Circle Stax Die-namics and then cut a further two from white cardstock. 


These are going to act as snowbanks once I cut them down further using the MFT Stitched Slimline Snow Drifts Die-namics. The snowbanks were adhered to the backgrounds using MFT On-Point Precision Glue and then the piece adhered to A2 white card bases with tape runner. The dinosaurs were then added on top with foam tape. 

The sentiments, from the MFT Itty Bitty Holiday Stamp Set were stamped on to black cardstock using Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. They were then die cut using the MFT Itty Bitty Strips Die-namics and added to the cards with more foam tape. to finish off, I added a few Bubbles around the sentiments. 

VIDEO:


If you are viewing this blog post via email subscription, you can watch the video HERE on YouTube. 


SUPPLIES:

 

Here are the links to what I have used on the projects. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. All products were personally purchased except those from Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts or those marked with an asterisk (*) which were kindly sent to me to use. You can read my full disclosure here.



COPIC MARKERS: Dinosaurs - G29, YG17, YG23, YG03, YG01. Red - R89, R39, R37, R35, R32. Blue - B18, B16, B12. Aqua/teal - BG49, BG15, BG14, BG11. Yellow - Y15, Y13, Y11. Green for tree - G28, G43. 

Do you like mass producing cards or other projects? I would love to hear your thoughts! Thanks so much for stopping by today, I really appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful rest of the day! 

14 October 2021

Hero Arts | Vintage Toys

Hello there, I am over on the Hero Arts Blog today, sharing a card using the Hero Arts Vintage Toys Fancy Dies. 

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These Vintage Toys Fancy Dies can be used in so many different ways - cut from coloured cardstock, ink blended, coloured with watercolours or markers - sky's the limit! For my card though, I kept it very simple and just did a little paper piecing with gold glitter paper. 


The background was created by stamping Gear Clock Bold Prints on to Cranberry Cardstock with Red Royal Ink. The sentiment from the Hero Greetings Christmas Gift Shop stamp set was stamped and heat embossed in gold. I created a window panel using the Hexagon Infinity Dies and popped the toys on top with foam tape. 

SUPPLIES:

 

Here are the links to what I have used on the project. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. All products were personally purchased except those from Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts or those marked with an asterisk (*) which were kindly sent to me to use. You can read my full disclosure here.



For more details on how I made the card, please head over to the Hero Arts Blog. Thanks so much for stopping by today, I really do appreciate it! Have a wonderful day!

13 October 2021

Spellbinders | Merry Stitchmas

Hello there, today I have a card to share with you using the Spellbinders Sparkling Mandala Die from the Merry Stitchmas Collection, as well as the Christmas Traditions Paper Pad. 

PLEASE NOTE: This post contains affiliate links. Please see below for my full disclosure.


I started off my card by die cutting the Spellbinders Sparkling Mandala Etched Dies from white cardstock. The die comes as two - one for the holes/stitching detail and one for the outline. You can use them together or separately. I used them together for the white layer and then cut a layer with the outline only from Spellbinders Onyx Cardstock

Using Altenew Metallic Thread, I stitched the mandala, securing the thread at the back. There are stitching lines on the die cut for you to follow but you can stitch it any which way you like! It was then adhered to the black piece with Bearly Art Glue. I took a panel of paper from the Spellbinders Christmas Traditions Paper Pad and adhered it to the front of an A2 card base with tape runner.

The mandala was adhered on top with thin foam tape. I took the sentiment from the Spellbinders Mini Christmas Sentiment Strips Glimmer Hot Foil Plate & Die Set and foiled it on to more black cardstock with Spellbinders Champagne Foil. It was cut out using the strip die in the set and then adhered to the card with more thin foam tape. To finish off, I added Spellbinders Gold Mix Color Essentials Gems around the edges of the mandala. 

SUPPLIES:

 

Here are the links to what I have used on the project. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. All products were personally purchased except those from Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts or those marked with an asterisk (*) which were kindly sent to me to use. You can read my full disclosure here.


Although I have used this die as a snowflake, it is technically a mandala so could be used all year round. I think it looks so pretty as a snowflake though! Thank you so much for stopping by today, I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful day. Take care! 

12 October 2021

Altenew | Craft Your Life Project Kit: Garden Rose Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there, today see's the release of this month's Altenew Craft Your Life Project Kit. This month is called Garden Rose and it is so pretty! I will talk more about the kit later but it consists of a stamp set, die set, stencil and an embossing folder, which all coordinate perfectly together. We are celebrating the release with a fun, inspiration filled blog hop with prizes, see below for more details. 

PLEASE NOTE: This post contains affiliate links. Please see below for my full disclosure.



You can purchase the kit on it's own or as part of the Craft your Life Project Kit Subscription


For my card, I started off by stamping the roses and the leaves from the Altenew Craft Your Life: Garden Rose Project Kit stamp set on to white cardstock with Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink. I left them to dry for a little while and then stamped the layers on top with Altenew Cool Summer Night Crisp Dye Inks


I took a panel of white cardstock and using the mask stripes in the Mask & Simple Coloring Stencil set, ink blended stripes on to the top left hand corner using an Altenew Small Ink Blending Tool and the black ink from the Altenew Green Fields Crisp Dye Ink Set. The panel was adhered to an A2 white card base with thin foam tape and the leaves added on top with tape runner. 


The roses were added on top with Altenew Instant Dimension Foam Tape. I took the sentiment from the stamp set and stamped it on to black cardstock with Altenew Embossing Ink. I applied Altenew Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder and heat set. It was cut in to a strip and added to the card with more foam tape. To finish off, I added a few Altenew Cool Summer Night Enamel Dots


For the tag, I took a panel of white cardstock and die cut it using the small size tag form the Altenew Terrific Tags Die Set. I added ink blending to it using the Cool Summer Night Inks and then ran it through my die cutting machine with the Garden Rose 3D Embossing Folder you get in the kit. 


Using a foam ink blending tool, I applied white pigment ink to the raised areas on the embossing and then let it dry. I stamped the same sentiment that I used on the card and heat embossed it. Cut it in to a strip and added it to the tag with foam tape. To finish off, I added twine through the top of the tag and added a few enamel dots around the sentiment. 

SUPPLIES:

 

Here are the links to what I have used on the project. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. All products were personally purchased except those from Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts or those marked with an asterisk (*) which were kindly sent to me to use. You can read my full disclosure here.


CRAFT YOUR LIFE PROJECT KIT: GARDEN ROSE


Nothing is prettier than a garden rose! Enjoy our Craft Your Life Project Kit, an exciting monthly package that is sure to get the creative juices flowing! Featuring a 6x8 stamp set, coordinating die set, as well as a stencil and embossing folder to fit the theme, this project kit has almost everything you need to start crafting. Just add ink and cardstock, and you'll be good to go! This kit features a stamp including two beautifully drawn roses with three layers each and four leaf outlines. Leave these unfilled, or add color with the stencil set! One stencil acts as a coloring/mask stencil, one includes bold stripes, and the third contains three words that go with the sentiments in the stamp set. Finally, add texture with the 3D embossing folder for a stunning project!


BLOG HOP:


As mentioned, this post is part of a fun, inspiration filled blog hop. For the hop, you should have arrived here from the wonderful Dana Joy. Next on the hop is the fantastic Verity Biddlecombe. If you get lost along the way or want to start the hop from the beginning, please head over to the Altenew Blog

GIVEAWAY:

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $ 25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the AltenewCard Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 18th October 2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 20th October 2021.


thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you have a great time on the rest of the hop and a wonderful rest of the day! Take care!

11 October 2021

Spellbinders | Holiday Floral Background

Hello there, today I have a card to share with you using the Spellbinders Holiday Florals Background from the Christmas Traditions Collection. The set comes with sentiments too, but I used a different one on my card today. 

PLEASE NOTE: This post contains affiliate links. Please see below for my full disclosure.


I started off by taking a panel of Spellbinders Raindrop Cardstock and using blending brushes, blended on Distress Inks in Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire. I focused most of the ink blending towards the bottom right hand corner. I then added a little Black Soot to darken it slightly. 




Once the plate was removed, I cut the panel in to strips. I kept the sizes of them random. I took a 4.25 X 5.25" card base and adhered the bigger of the strips with foam tape and the smaller ones flat with glue for some added interest. 

SUPPLIES:

 

Here are the links to what I have used on the project. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. All products were personally purchased except those from Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts or those marked with an asterisk (*) which were kindly sent to me to use. You can read my full disclosure here.



Sadly, the photos don't do that beautiful foil justice but it is so pretty in real-life! Thank you so much for stopping by today, I really do appreciate it. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!
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