Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Hop: Your Friendship Warms My Heart card

Hello, hello!

Due to all that’s been going on this year, I was sad to miss the Spring Coffee Lovers Hop for the first time in over 5 years. Now, the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Hop is in full swing and things are still crazy, but at least I can get to crafting once in a while.

As I was recovering from a procedure on my legs, I had to take short daily walks. Since it’s still blazing hot here in Florida, I chose to do my walking in stores… DANGEROUS!! Lol!! I came across some wonderful royal purple ultra soft and snuggly pjs, robe, blankie and shoes – all on sale – that I would have loved to have if I lived where it gets cold. The few winter things I have haven’t been used in the past few years as it doesn’t even get cold for a few days like it used to down here. (I see a bunch of you sticking your tongues out at me right now!) But I immediately thought of a dear friend up North who is very sensitive to the cold, so I decided to send them to her along with a Ghirardelli chocolates, cocoa and brownie treats and Laura Childs’ latest tea shop mystery to snuggle up and enjoy on a couple of cold winter days.

Hence the need for a darling little cocoa card and this one fit the bill perfectly. Some day I’ll tackle using Copics in creams for fur, but I didn’t have the time, so stuck with standard brown…

Supplies:

  • Lil’ Inker Designs Cocoa Bear
  • Spellbinders Card Creator A2 Divine Eloquence
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Copic Markers: C1, 3; E11, 33, 79; R20, 22; RV17; V04, 09
  • Pebbles Inc Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Gelly Roll Glaze pen
  • Park Lane Paperie 110# cardstock for base
  • Core’dinations 65# cardstock purple and white
  • Scrapbooking made simple adhesives

Unfortunately, this will be my only entry in the Coffee Lovers Hop this time. Perhaps next spring I’ll be back to crafting more. Enjoy the rest of the hop!

-D.Ann

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2019 Cat Lovers Hop Crafty Cat Card and The Gray Muse Enamel Pin Giveaway

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Hello and welcome to the 2019 Cat Lovers Hop celebrating our 5th year – MEOWZA!! Paws up to Janis, who puts loads of hard work into putting this hop together for us each year!!!

Unfortunately I won’t have as many posts as I’d planned for you this year (see previous post for deets), but I do have at least one card and a fabulous giveaway sponsored by Rubeena at The Gray Muse for you at the end of this post. In fact, I used her fun new Cats in the Craft Room stamp set to create a card for my dad who just got home from the hospital:

I wanted the front to rouse curiosity, so I cut out the cat that’s coloring and had him peeking into the ‘window’ with no sentiment

On the reverse side I found kitty on the craft mat in the same set that pretty nearly fits the head size and stamped it on the back for the face. The kitty in the CRAFTS box (that’s FTs, not Ps) in the set provided the paws… I just cut them out and folded them over the edge before gluing down the cat.

To give depth to the inside, I stamped the cat drawing 4 times and cut out each ‘page’, distressed the edges and then layered them exactly as the stamp, with the kitty on top. Then I drew thought bubbles to the stamped sentiments and wrote in my explanation of the scene below (now you know why I prefer using stamps!! lol!).

This card says everything I wanted to say! I’m SO happy that Rubeena has branched out into stamps! The Gray Muse is most famous for her fun enamel pins. Some are true-isms like this one: We rise by lifting others!

Supplies:

  • The Gray Muse Cats In the Craft Room stamp set
  • Spellbinders Gold Labels 4 dies
  • DCWV Mercury Glass Stack & Glitzy Glitter Stack
  • AC Cardsctock glitter card base
  • Core’dinations white card stock
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink Tuxedo Black
  • Tsukineko Versamagic chalk ink Red Magic
  • Marvy Le Plume II pen #1122
  • Kaiser Craft Neon Gel pens
  • The Paper Studio Gemstones
  • Sookwang Scor-tape
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

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Now, for the part you’ve been waiting for!

First, in case you want that terrific cat stamp set, some of her other lovely stamps or some of her fabulous enamel pins, The Gray Muse is offering an exclusive 10% discount to all hoppers and readers of my blog during the hop (Oct 21-26)… just use the code: SPONSOR10:

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In addition, Rubeena  has kindly offered to give away one of her recent kitten-in-the-craft room enamel pins to someone who comments on this post!
     

You can read about her Kitten & the Craft Box pin HERE and her Kitten & the Craft Mat pin HERE… they are based on her own cats! We can all relate to their shenanigans!!

What do you have to do to be entered to be the winner of one of above cute pins from The Gray Muse? Well, let’s show her some gratitude… First, go to her Facebook page HERE, like it and leave a message thanking Rubeena for her generosity! Then come back here and leave me a comment that you did so. Easy peasy. If you’re not on Facebook, or for a second entry, you can go to her Instagram Page HERE, follow it and comment on one of the two pins pictured above (just click on the picture to go directly to the post) and then come back here and leave me a comment that you did it. Maximum 2 entries per person. (BTW, while you’re there, I highly recommend signing up for her informative and entertaining newsletters. You will have until Midnight, Eastern Standard Time, October 27, 2019 to get your comments in. Sometime during the next week, I will publish a post listing all winners from giveaways on my blog from this hop (chosen using Random.org). Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prizes so be sure to subscribe to my blog so as not to miss that post!!

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But wait! There’s more!! Rubeena went above and beyond and sent me several of her pins as samples and I’ll be giving them away. In addition, before the cat pins came out, I had already purchased the trophy pin for this years hop:

Here’s how these enamel pin giveaways will work: On Sunday, October 27, 2019, you can send me ONE e-mail (d.annscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com)) with your entries (please mark your calendars as I may not be back here to remind you this year) as follows:

  1. You can nominate someone else’s card for the Carmaking Talent award pin (presented by me). Did someone enter an exceptionally beautiful or difficult card that caught your eye. Please let me know the name and entry number from the Main Hop Page. Please send only one nomination.

2.  You can nominate someone else’s funny/humorous card for the CUT-UP award (the interactive papercutter).Please let me know the name and entry number from the Main Hop Page. Please send only one nomination.

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3.  Would you like to be in the running to win one of the above enamel pins?

Please let me know the letters of the ones you’d like to win (in order of preference) and I’ll use Random.org to pick winners.

You will have until Midnight, Eastern Standard Time, October 27, 2019 to get your e-mail to me at d.annscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com). Sometime during the next week, I will publish a post listing all winners from giveaways on my blog from this hop. Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prizes so be sure to subscribe to my blog so as not to miss that post!! Sorry I can’t be more specific on the date, but everything is up in the air as dad just got home from the hospital and starts chemo Monday. Thanks for understanding!

Thank you, Rubeena and The Gray Muse, for your generous support of this crafty Cat Lovers Hop!! Your goodies and discount make this event even more fun!!

Phew! I’m ready for a cat nap after this!! I look forward to seeing all of your crafty projects but I may not get around to commenting on them all as I have done it the past. Hopefully, next year I can be back with you all in full force! Have fun hopping!!

~D.Ann

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Wake Up Brave ‘Floating’ Masculine Card and Personal Update

Hello! It sure has been a long time!!

Many thanks to those of you who have written inquiring why I’ve been away so long and then sent encouraging notes!! My heart always swells with your kindness!!

For those of you unaware, it’s been a rough few months: It started with the 40 year concrete reformation on my building that required everything off my patio for a few months… no small feat as my patio is about 1/2 the size of my efficiency! That left me with just a path from the kitchen to my bed and hardly any room to turn around, let alone craft. Then we decided to evacuate with Dorian as having gone through Andrew and Wilma taught us we never want to risk Cat 4/5 storms if at all possible. I sure feel for the folks in the Bahamas!! One small wobble and that could have been us. To top it off there have been some major family and personal health issues. As you know, it’s hard enough for me to keep up when life is ‘normal’ let alone upside-down. Despite all of that, I DO have a few posts back-logged and will post them as I can.

Enough about me. I wanted return by sharing with you this masculine ‘floating’ see-through Wake Up Brave card I made for my father who has just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer (he starts chemo tomorrow):

Supplies used:

  • Altenew Dodec cover die
  • Spellbinders Labels 18 dies
  • DCWV Shimmer Stack cardstock
  • Sookwang Scor-tape
  • Metal token from Hobby Lobby
  • Acetate repurposed from packaging

May we all Wake Up Brave as we face each day!

I intend to be back in time for the Cat Lovers Hop (5th year!) coming up the 21st (if not before). See you there!!

Hugs to you all and thanks for your continued support!

~D.Ann

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Set of Humorous Art Impressions ICU Step Cards

Greetings, crafty peeps! Unfortunately, it’s that time of the year when folks are getting sick and ending up in the hospital. I started this set a while back and kept needing to send off a card, so I couldn’t get the complete finished set in a picture. Here are most of them… almost finished… right before I sent off the second one:

They just make me smile!! Hope they do the same for the recipients!

First, I colored the couples up, wanting to be able to choose from a rainbow of ladies with different colored hair. Next time I want to add in some olive and dark skinned ladies, too.

Then I added some glossy accents to the eyes, lips & earrings, and to the purse and shoes for a patent leather look.

Next, I matched each lady up with a matching cardstock for the step card base and found some decorative paper to match for the background. Then I sewed the ‘curtain’ to a piece of cardstock and attached everything to the card, added the heartbeat cutout and sentiment and the front of the card was done:

Here’s a side view:

On the back, where the heart is (on this particular step card die), I added the sentiment: “Hope you’ll soon be fully re-covered!” and one of the left-over hearts from the heartbeat die cut. The envelope says: “Sending a little laughter… it’s the BEST medicine!”

So here are the rest of them – just variations on a theme:

Materials used:

  • Art Impressions Get Well stamp set
  • Sizzix Card, Hearts Step-Up die
  • SugarPea Designs Heart Beat SugarCut die
  • My Sentiments Exactly Back of Card stamp set
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Inkadinkado embossing powder – black
  • Memento dye ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Copic Markers: B05, 21,29; BG13,15; C3; E000,00,02; R24,29
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella clear
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L tape runner
  • Simply Defined ‘Stay Put’ Glue
  • Misc. Seafoam gauze material (Hobby Lobby), thread
    • Red card:
      • Core’dinations cardstock – red, white
      • Basic Grey Blush-Admire paper
      • Copic Markers:  B05, 21; BG13,15; C1, 3; E02, 51; R24, 29
    • Yellow card:
      • Core’dinations cardstock – red, white, yellow
      • K & Company Contemporary Papers
      • Copic Markers:  BG13,15; C1, 3; E00, 02, 23, 33, 51; R35; Y06, 08, 13
    • Green card:
      • Core’dinations cardstock – green, red, white
      • Frances Meyer Diva Stripes paper
      • Copic Markers: B02; BG13,15; C1, 3; E02, 51; G02, 05, 09; R29
    • Blue card:
      • Core’dinations cardstock – blue, red, white
      • Basic Grey Blush-Admire paper
      • Copic Markers: B02, 05, 24; BG13,15; C1, 3; E02, 51; R29
    • Purple card:
      • Spellbinders Conversation Bubble 1 die
      • Core’dinations cardstock – lilac, pale green, red, white
      • Recollections Blue Ditsy Floral paper
      • Copic Markers: B21; BG13,15; C1, 3; E00, 02, 71; R29
      • Sakura Micron pen 05 black
    • Pink card:
      • Spellbinders Conversation Bubble 1 die
      • Core’dinations cardstock – pale green, pink, red, white
      • DCWV Butterfly stack
      • Copic Markers: BG13,15; C3, 5, 7; E02, 11; RV02, 04, 17; V15, 17, 25
    • Orange card:
      • Core’dinations cardstock – orange, red, white
      • Frances Meyer Diva Stripes paper
      • Copic Markers:  BG13,15; C1, 3, 5, 7; E00, 02, 51; R29; YR 02, 04, 07

I’m entering this card in the following fun challenges… click on any of them for more information on how you can play along:

Thanks for stopping by! I hope YOU stay healthy and no-one else ends up in the ICU!!

~D.Ann

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Spellbinders You’re A Gem Gift Boxes

Hello, precious peeps!

I know you’ve seen these cool party favor boxes before, but this time I did something new – I put the sentiment inside the lid. I like the surprise of the recipients opening them and being doubly surprised! I did a batch of 24 for the party, but you get the idea with just these 4:

Supplies Used:

  • Spellbinders Contour You’re A Gem Steel Rule Die & Die D-lites You’re a Gem etched dies
  • Recollections Signature Brights glitter cardstock pad
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive (this tape is strong enough to hold the boxes together despite the glitter!)
  • Sookwang Scor Tape (for the gem die cuts on top)
  • Misc chocolates and mints… plus a few extra for the crafter! (Gone BEFORE Jan 1! LOL! It’s a good thing those peppermint brownie Ghirardelli chocolates only come out once a year!!) : )

I am playing along with the following challenges – click on any one for more information on how you can join the fun!

Thanks for stopping by today and for leaving your comments. I always read them all and appreciate your encouragement!

~D.Ann

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A Fun Diet Tip and a Free Digi!

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since I’ve posted something! lol! Let’s hope this year is better for all of us! To help get it started off right, today’s post is going to be a bit different from my usual crafting posts. This past May I made some adjustments to my diet that helped me lose 40 pounds in four months. Then life’s circumstances kept me from sticking to it for the past three months. Fortunately, despite that, I’m only up 2 pounds. Now that life has calmed down some, I’m ready to knuckle down and lose the last bit of my excess baggage. Since I know many of you are trying to be good, too, I thought I’d share a fun diet tip with you. I know, using “diet” and “fun” in the same sentence is a major juxtaposition, but you’ll see what I mean soon enough.

Disclaimer: this post is in no way to be considered medical information and you should consult your doctor before following any dieting advice. (Although this is very true, you’re going to chuckle when you see what that advice is!)

If you’re like me, you might have grown up around folks who always kept a candy jar on hand ‘for company.’ I loved visiting family members that had those jars when I was a kid and now I keep one myself – only it somehow seems to run out of chocolates more often than I have company to share it! So I made up a sign to put on the candy jars.

Before I show it to you, I will preface this with a disclaimer… For those of you that know me as a Bible Study teacher, know that I work hard to make sure that what I teach is accurate and never taken out of context. This, however, is most definitely taken out of context and is totally just for fun, ok?! So here’s the sign (from above)…

Just in case you don’t have your Bible handy, here is what Colossians 2:21 says:

“Do not handle, nor taste, nor touch”

Hahahaha! A dainty reminder of a stern order. Of course, this was not originally intended to keep one away from chocolates, but it sure does make me smile! I did it in ombre red to subliminally indicate STOP.

If this makes you smile, too, and you want to use it but don’t have the gumption to letter your own sign, nor to use Paint Shop or another program to make up your own sign, I’ve created a free .jpg digi you are welcome to save and print out for your personal use. All I ask is that if you post it on your blog or on social media, please link back to this blog post, ok? Thanks! Come back here and leave me a comment if you do and I’ll try to visit your post. Have fun!

Right click on the image above to save it to your computer.

Supplies:

  • Spellbinders Wonderful Locket die
  • Core’dinations 65# white cardstock
  • printed digi (see above)

And, yes, I am going to enter this in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes. : )

I hope I made you smile! Wishing us all the best as we try to maintain our resolve and reclaim our figures!

~D.Ann

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2018 – The Year In Review

Here we are with another year having passed… where did it go?!! It was another rough year health-wise with that horrid 3 month migraine, then my surgery, and helping the folks after dad’s surgery. Health and family first = less crafting time. I was pleased to see I still managed to publish 63 posts during the year. I still have a few queued up as drafts that I just haven’t been able to finish off… hopefully I’ll get caught up this coming year.

There were over 2.570 visitors to this blog from 67 countries this year, including the 79 of you who are followers. And they kindly took the time to leave over 860 comments. Thank you all for your encouraging support! I promise not to bother your inbox any more this year. : )

I was pleased that a couple of my creations received special recognition this year…

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for THIS card:

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Here are the three blog posts that got the most comments from you sweeties. If you missed any and want to see the post, just click on the pic:

You’ll notice they’re kitty themes… Us cat lovers tend to be vociferous! >^.^<  Of course the Cat Lovers Hop falls in October and that’s always the month I get the most visitors. There’s some adage about ‘birds of a feather,’ but I reckon cats go FURther! : )

And, the only non-paper craft project to draw top attention from y’all:

On Instagram I was amazed to hit 250 followers and have 2391 likes on my 77 posts there this year. Here are the top 9 with the most likes from y’all (22% of the total!)… actually there are 10, as the last two tied, so I squeezed them into one frame. : )

If you missed any of these and would like to see the posts, just click the link on the pictures below:

    

  

   

The post with the most comments on Instagram was this one:

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On Pinterest, the top re-pinned pin from this year (284x) was this one:

Again, you can click the pic to go to the post if you want.

I was floored to find out that, in the almost 4 years (coming up in March) that I’ve been posting on this blog, the 362 posts had 9,384 visitors from 92 countries. Once again, I cannot thank you all enough for your generous support of my crafting adventures! I’m looking forward to seeing where the whim takes me next year and having you come along with me on the journey!

Hugs,

~D.Ann

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Decoupaged Napkin Cards

Why, hello there! I’m glad you’ve stopped back by! Today I have some fun cards to share with you. Seeing one of Janis’s projects over at HerPeacefulGarden reminded me that I had done some decoupage cards with napkins a few years ago that I never got around to posting. We’d gone to my cousin’s husband’s family’s house and she showed us all how to apply those pretty napkins like you get at Tuesday Morning to heavy cardstock or tagboard with some lightly watered down glue spread thinly over it. You pull the napkin apart, select the part you want to see, and carefully lay it down, pressing with a brayer, rolling pin or something else, to keep bubbles from forming. Once dry, apply it to a card base and you’re done! Here are the two I made that day:

SO pretty and SO easy! Now I always watch for clearance napkins for cardmaking, but I have a hard time covering them up as they are so pretty. : )

She had a neat sentiment for the insides:

  

“This is more than a card. It’s  HUG with a fold in the middle.’ I love it!

Later, at home I took a set of tea napkins I had and decoupaged them, but when dry, I die cut the napkin base and layered it on a card:

That was a couple of years ago (so don’t feel too bad, Janis!) and it still looks just a if I’d made it yesterday! You can see the inside has just a little bit of chalk around the edge to make it special, too. It’s a lovely any occasion card in cool winter colors.

Materials used (blue tea cup card):

  • PPD Paula Scoletta Teacups Morocco Napkins
  • Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles
  • Coredinations 110# white cardstock and 65# blue cardstock
  • Colorbok Metallic Paper: Shiny Gold
  • Sookwang Scor-Tape
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive runner
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones

I am playing along with the following hops and challenges. Be sure to click on them for more information on how you can play along and enter for prizes:

Thanks for stopping by and for leaving your comments!

~D.Ann

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Hello My Favorite Nuts Acorn Shaker with Gift Card

Hello, again! I’m glad you’ve returned! Today’s card is a shaker with a surprise:

Those of you who follow me, may recall THIS card with a similar concealed surprise. I just love that the Spellbinders Die-of-the-Month acorn can be turned into a gift card holder for these fun acorn-shaped gift cards from that coffee shop that ends in BUCK$!

And the Queen & Company Happy Harvest Fall Kit has those fab acorn shakers to match. This time the shaker is filled with fabulous mini ‘gems.’ Observation: The gorgeous glitter paper in that kit is made so well that the glitter won’t rub off, but that also means it’s not really the best for intricate dies, like the Hello Fall insert of this acorn die. It simply doesn’t want to cut clear through. I recommend using it for non-intricate cutting. The leaf also gets added dimension when you score the veins. The acorns get some realistic color with a dauber and some Distress inks.

What else is behind that acorn?….

This darling family! I love that the two squirrels/chipmunks in the acorn are hugging, with coffee in hand… something that has led to many a spill in this family! And the mugs have kitty paw prints on them and a stuffed kitty is lying on the floor… another signature of our family. The sentiment: ‘You are my favorite nuts’ – ever so apropos! By cutting them out of separate cardstock, I was able to color them with Copics and not have them bleed through to the back of the card. It also allowed me to fussy cut around the arms and put them through the cup handles.

By the way… didja notice that acorns, just like humans, come in all varieties?! : )

Materials used:

  • Spellbinders Small Die of the Month – October 2018
  • Queen & Co.  Happy Harvest Fall Kit (dies, foam, clear plastic, paper, glitter paper and beads)
  • Neat & Tangled My Favorite Nut stamps & dies; Puppy’s Favorite Things stamps
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white, brown, kraft, yellow
  • Recollections card base
  • Tsukineko Memento Desert Sand dye ink
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Barn Door, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain
  • Copic Markers: E13, 23, 25, 29, 31, 55, 71;Y38; YR02, 04, 07, 24; W1
  • Simply Defined Permanent adhesive runner & Stay-Put adhesive glue
  • Misc. ribbon and Starbucks gift card

I am playing along with the following hops and challenges. Be sure to click on them for more information on how you can play along and enter for prizes:

I’m so glad you stopped by! I enjoy reading your encouraging messages and greatly appreciate them!

~D.Ann

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2018 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop – Life is BeauTEAful card

Hello and welcome! Time has flown by. I can’t believe it’s already time for the 2018 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Here is my first card, using fall colors:

The inside and envelope coordinate, too:

Oh, and FYI that sentiment is done by some precision cutting of two different stamps. : )

Materials used:

  • Hero Arts Tea Party Fancy Die
  • Hero Arts To Seize or Not to Seize & Kit-tea stamp sets
  • Spellbinders Floral Ovals dies
  • Your Next Stamp Coffee & Tea Border die
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge & Barn Door
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white & black
  • Scotch tape runner
  • Sookwang Scor-tape double sided adhesive
  • Simply Defined ‘Stay Put’ adhesive glue

I am playing along with the following hops and challenges. Be sure to click on them for more information on how you can play along and enter for prizes:

Hopefully, I’ll see you back real soon with a couple of other caffeinated cards I’ve made, if I can get them typed up. : )

~D.Ann

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