Sunday, 19 November 2017

Glow Like Christmas

After joining in with the Make It Crafty Secret Santa, I couldn't resist getting some more images and creating something for the new challenge. I'm on my way to getting all my Christmas cards done, but you can never have too many!
The challenge theme is 'Glow' so I've used 'Front Door Wreath' as it has lanterns, candles and windowpanes which are perfect for the challenge. 
I've made a CAS card, as with larger images I like that to be the focal point. 
Products used:
  • Kraft card blank
  • Black cardstock
  • Clear stamp sentiment
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink
  • WOW! Gold embossing powder
  • ProMarkers - Warm Grey 2-5, Cool Grey 4 & 5, Amber, Sunflower, Tulip, Burnt Orange, Pumpkin, Soft Lime, Shale, Burgundy, Cardinal, Ruby, Holly, Moss, Lush Green, Leaf Green, Raw Sienna, Walnut & Cocoa




I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Make It Crafty - Glow
  2. Beccy's Challenges - November Month of Holiday Cards
  3. The Ribbon Girl - November Any Image
  4. Crafty Awesomeness - November/December AG
  5. CRAFT - #442 Christmas
  6. Addicted to CAS - #124 Bows
  7. Star In My Pocket - Use a Digi Image




Thursday, 16 November 2017

Recycled Wreath

I was having a dig around in my Christmas decorations and came across this sad, squashed wreath that I made years ago. Usually I keep using the same decorations year after year, so I thought it was about time to update something.  I completely stripped it and started again to create a whole new wreath.  I've used 'Christmas Lights Sprite' from Aurora Wings as the "centrepiece".
Products used:
  • Wreath
  • Ribbon
  • Wired holly tinsel
  • Burlap braided 'ribbon'
  • ProMarkers - Soft Lime, Leaf Green, Apple, Meadow Green, Cool Grey 1-3, Shale, Burgundy, Cardinal, Ruby, Pumpkin, Gold, Tulip, Sunflower, Canary, Black, Cool Grey 5, Lush Green, Holly, Mint Green & Lemon
  • Sakura Gelly Roll - White
BEFORE - Original wreath

AFTER - Newly decorated wreath


I am entering my wreath into the following challenges:
  1. Stamps by Aurora Wings - #60 Recycled
  2. Stamps by Aurora Wings (FB) - Anything Goes
  3. Not Just Cards - November Anything Goes
  4. Morgan's ArtWorld - #22 Anything Goes
  5. Let's Craft & Create - #131 Anything Goes
  6. Incy Wincy Designs - Nov 6-19 Not a Card
  7. Double D - Here Comes Santa Claus


Toadstools & Daisies at Ching-Chou Kuik

Hello there, it's time for some more inspiration over at Ching-Chou Kuik.  This week the team were challenged to use orange and/or yellow, but don't forget the main challenge theme is CHRISTMAS/WINTER and you can enter your chilly makes here.

I have used 'Toadstool Head' for my card as I thought this image would be perfect for the DT theme.  Products used:

  • Cream card blank
  • Yellow & Orange cardstock
  • Orange ribbon
  • Petal Lu flowers
  • Embossalicious embossing folder 'Floral Frenzy'
  • Whispers Ink
  • X-Cut Oval nesting dies
  • ProMarkers - Burnt Sienna, Caramel, Dusky Pink, Satin, Henna, Cocoa, Cinnamon, Burnt Orange, Pumpkin, Amber, Gold, Sunflower, Cardinal, Berry, Holly, Lush Green, Tulip, Buttercup, Tea Green, Blue Pearl, Soft Lime, Tan & Sandstone


I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Creatalicious - #127 Anything Goes
  2. Deep Ocean - #168 Things with Wings
  3. A Gem of A Challenge - #207 Buttons and/or Ribbon
  4. A Perfect Time To Craft - #11 Anything Goes
  5. Allsorts - WK441 Colours of Autumn
  6. World Wide Open Design Team - #28 Anything Goes
  7. Cupcake Inspirations - #431 Autumn Leaf Cupcakes


Sunday, 12 November 2017

Coffee's on Me!

It's that time of year again when I make a lot of gift tags.  Usually they are just Christmas ones, but I have this gorgeous 'Coffee Sprite' from Aurora Wings and an idea popped into my head.... a gift tag with a pocket for a gift card. 

Products used:

  • Kraft card
  • Tag dies
  • X-Cut nesting die - Square Parenthesis
  • Twine
  • Stampendous Fran-táge - Aged Ivory
  • Fiskars clear stamps - Latte Love
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
  • ProMarkers - Burnt Sienna, Caramel, Sandstone, Pastel Beige, Cinnamon, Tan, Walnut, Cocoa, Raw Sienna Magenta, Carmine, Cerise, Cool Grey 1 & 2, China Blue, Cobalt & Blue Pearl

First I stamped all over with the coffee bean stamp and embossed with the Fran-táge






I am entering my tag into the following challenges:
  1. Stamps by Aurora Wings (FB) - November Anything Goes
  2. Deep Ocean - #167 Inspired by a Song/Movie (Blur, 'Coffee & TV')
  3. Digi Choosday - WK45 Anything Goes
  4. Dream Valley - #167 Add a Sentiment
  5. Incy Wincy Designs - Nov 6-19 Not a Card
  6. Let's Craft and Create - #131 Anything Goes




Thursday, 9 November 2017

Christmas/Winter at Ching-Chou Kuik

It's time for a new challenge at Ching-Chou Kuik and as it's getting closer to Christmas our theme this time is Christmas/Winter.  We'd love to see your chilly or festive makes over on the blog


I've gone the chilly route and made a monochrome card using 'Snowflake Imprint' and the following products:
  • Cream card blank
  • DoCrafts designer papers
  • Blue cardstock
  • Ribbon
  • Snowflake charm
  • ProMarkers - Midnight, Denim, Blue Pearl, Powder Blue, Aegean, Cyan, French Navy, Indigo, Sky Blue, Arctic Blue, Cool Grey 1 & 2
  • Sakura Gelly Roll - White

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Wednesday - Snow White
  2. Classic Design Team Open - #19 AG
  3. Come and Get It - Winter Girls
  4. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - #358 AG
  5. The Ribbon Girl - November Card Challenge
  6. Petal Lu Creations (FB) - November 1st Anything Goes
  7. Beccy's Challenges - November Month of Holiday Cards


Saturday, 4 November 2017

Halloween ATC Triptych

I joined in with the Faery Ink Halloween ATC Swap this year, so I want to share my ATC's with you today. These were the first ATC's I made for a while (although I previously shared my Power Poppy ones which I made after, I had to wait to share these).
I've used all Faery Ink images, although we didn't need to - 'Ophelia Vamp Juice', 'Fable Zombie Witch' and 'Jack 'O' Lanterns' that were free in the Facebook Group.  I like to keep them CAS, focusing on the image.

Products used:
  • Cardstock
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Dusty Concord, Forest Moss, Dried Marigold & Stormy Sky
  • Wink of Stella, Clear
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens - Sterling Silver, Spun Gold & Onyx Black
  • Sakura Gelly Roll, White
  • ProMarkers -
    • Ophelia Vamp Juice - Khaki, Pastel Beige, Satin, Black, Crimson, Berry, Cardinal, Hot Pink, Pine & Forest
    • Fable Zombie Witch - Moss, Pear, Khaki, Pastel Beige, Crimson, Ruby, Lavender, Black, Cool Grey 4 & 5, Aubergine, Slate, Violet, China Blue, Blue Pearl, Raw Sienna, Ginger, Burnt Sienna, Cocoa, Caramel, Olive, Sunflower, Canary, Spice, Pumpkin & Amber
    • Jack 'O' Lanterns & Moon - Sky Blue, Arctic Blue, Powder Blue, Burnt Orange, Pumpkin, Amber, Gold, Tulip, Burnt Sienna, Cocoa, Sunflower, Canary & Lemon




I am entering my ATC's into the following challenges:
  1. Halloween All Year Round - November Anything Goes
  2. Morgans' ArtWorld - #22 Anything Goes
  3. Your Scrapbook Place - November Anything Goes
  4. A Perfect Time To Craft - #11 Anything Goes
  5. AAA Cards - #102 Ink Blending 





A Mer-ry Christmas Secret Santa

Well we might only just be into November, but I've already given my first Christmas card. I joined the Make It Crafty Secret Santa swap and was paired up with my friend Susan! We met for coffee the other night to exchange cards as that is far more reliable than the postal system here. 

I wanted to make something different than the expected Christmas card, so I went for a mermaid image (Galene - also because I had to post a sneaky peek and I knew Susan would be looking through the images, bahaha). She's holding a harp, so I thought that was fairly Christmassy at least. 
I haven't made a circle easel card for ages, so I went with that with a little vellum window to add a tealight behind.  I must say, it looks really cool.

Products used:

  • White cardstock
  • Core'dinations GlitterSilk cardstock
  • Papermania designer paper 'Naughty & Nice'
  • Petal Lu flowers
  • Snowflake charm
  • Twine
  • Wink of Stella, clear
  • Ranger Stickles, Green
  • Sakura Gelly Roll, Metallic Gold
  • ProMarkers - Cinnamon, Tan, Dusky Pink, Almond, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Gold, Sunflower, Buttercup, Lush Green, Leaf Green, Meadow Green, Canary, Lemon, Primrose, Spice, Apricot & Oatmeal
  • Battery tealight




Actually managed to get a pretty good photo of the Wink of Stella

And a little video to show the tealight



I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Petal Lu Creations (FB) - November 1st Anything Goes
  2. Classic Design Team Open - #19 Anything Goes
  3. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - #358 Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - November Anything Goes
  5. Cute Card Thursday - #502 Anything Goes
  6. I ♥ ProMarkers - #346 Show Us Some Sparkle
  7. Inspiration Destination - #137 Anything Goes
  8. Beccy's Challenges - November Month of Holiday Cards


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

November Challenge at Crafts Galore Encore

It's time for our new challenge at Crafts Galore Encore.  This month we are sponsored by Lemon Shortbread and as always our theme is Anything Goes.



The team had a couple of images to use, so I chose 'Christmas Poinsettia Girl' and made a card using these products:

  • Cream card blank
  • My Mind's Eye paper from the 'Sleigh Bells Ring' collection
  • Green cardstock
  • Frame die
  • Sakura Gelly Roll - Gold and White
  • Anita's outline stickers
  • ProMarkers - Burnt Sienna, Caramel, Dusky Pink, Satin, Rose Pink, Walnut, Cocoa, Raw Sienna, Cinnamon, Cool Grey 1 & 2, Cardinal, Ruby, Lipstick, Sunflower, Holly, Lush Green, Mint Green, Apricot, Burgundy, Gold & Mustard

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Your Scrapbook Place - November AG
  2. Lemon Shortbread - #53 Anything Goes
  3. A Bit More Time To Craft - #55 AG
  4. Crafting By Designs - November AG
  5. Inspiration Destination - #137 AG



Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Tiny Blooms

I seem to have fallen into a new chapter of my crafting after joining an ATC swap.  These are so quick and easy to make, I am not surprised they are addictive!
I actually made a few a while ago after deciding to use up my scraps of thick card, but then I put them aside and other things took over. The swap however, plus Power Poppy's latest challenge of 'Mini & Mighty' gave me a push to make some more (I will be sharing those from the swap once the recipient has received them). 
I've tried Distress Oxides for the first time on these ATCs, and used a different technique for each.
Lanterns - Distress Ink applied to acrylic block, spritzed and 'stamped' onto the card. Repeated a few times.
Roses - Distress Oxide applied directly onto the card, spritzed, repeated.
Tulips - Distress Oxide blended around the edges using a sponge, spritzed, repeated. 

Product list:

  • White cardstock
  • Distress Inks - Dried Marigold, Forest Moss & Stormy Sky
  • Distress Oxides - Worn Lipstick & Fired Brick
  • Sequins
  • ProMarkers - 
    • Lanterns - Pine, Leaf Green, Moss, Burnt Orange, Pumpkin, Amber, Gold & Canary
    • Roses - Lush Green, Moss, Antique Pink, Sunkissed Pink, Pale Pink, Almond, Midnight, China Blue, Cobalt, Denim, Blue Pearl, Powder Blue, Warm Grey 1 & 2
    • Tulips - Cool Grey 1-4, Holly, Forest Green, Bright Green, Shale, Crimson, Berry & Lipstick




I am entering my ATC's into the following challenges:
  1. Power Poppy - Mini & Mighty
  2. Creative Craft Cottage - #98 Use a Sentiment
  3. Creative Fingers - #139 AG
  4. Digi Choosday - WK43 AG
  5. Double D - LEAVE it to me!




Thursday, 19 October 2017

Believe In Faith at Ching-Chou Kuik

Hello again Crafty Peeps! Have you been keeping up with all the wonderful inspiration at Ching-Chou Kuik's blog this month? 
Don't forget, it's been an extra special month for us with the 3rd anniversary. Please join in here with your spooky makes for a chance to win one of FOUR PRIZES. 

This week is Anything Goes for the team, so I have used one of the newer images, 'Believe In Faith'.  Most of you will probably know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but did you know there's a designated month for other types of cancer too? (You can find a graphic here). 
I have made my card lavender as this is used generally to represent all cancers. 
Product list:

  • Cream card blank
  • Purple & lilac cardstock
  • Recollections designer paper
  • Floral frame die
  • Woodware corner rounder punch
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebration Words Script dies
  • ProMarkers - Cinnamon, Tan, Dusky Pink, Almond, Satin, Rose Pink, Black, Warm Grey 1, 4&5, Walnut, Cocoa, Amethyst, Lilac, Lavender, Violet, China Blue, Blue Pearl, Powder Blue, Burnt Sienna, Coral & Sunkissed Pink 
  • Sakura Gelly Roll, Silver

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Butterfly Challenge - #87 V for Vertical/Colour Damson
  2. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - October AG
  3. Passion for ProMarkers - WK417 AG
  4. The Ribbon Girl - October AG
  5. Classic Design Team Open - #17 AG




Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Samhain Trilogy

Warning: long post! I am sharing three cards, so please bear with me.

I love Halloween, it's my favourite time of year -  I think it should be a season rather than just one day, lol. But Halloween is just one name for this festivity.  I have a friend who celebrates the Pagan festival of Samhain, which I really love.  Rather than being about all spooky things, it's about the end of the harvest and the beginning of the darker half of the year. I couldn't resist sending her a few cards this year - one for herself and two for friends. 

My first card features 'Bat Friends' by Conie Fong.  These guys are so adorable, I couldn't resist. 
Products used:

  • Orange & black cardstock
  • Gems
  • Recollections designer paper 'Boo'
  • ProMarkers - Cool Grey 1, 3, & 5, Indigo, Midnight, China, Cobalt, Mint, Lemon, Canary, Soft Lime, Tea Green, Walnut, Cocoa, Raw Sienna, Blush, Holly, Lush Green, Leaf Green, Tulip, Burnt Orange, Spice, Pumpkin, Amber, Gold, Apricot, Warm Grey 1-5 & Black
  • Sakura Gelly Roll - white



I am entering this card into the following challenges:
  1. Conie Fong Art & Design (FB) - Make It Spook-tacular
  2. The Sketchy Challenges - #128 Halloween
  3. The Ribbon Girl - October Any Image
  4. Simon Says Wednesday - Photo Inspiration
  5. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - October AG
My next card features 'White Witch' by The East Wind.  I love this image because she's far from what we grow up thinking a witch should look like. 
Products used:
  • Cream card blank
  • Recollections designer paper
  • Recollections laser cut card, 'Ravenshead Manor' collection
  • The Eyelet Outlet brads
  • Recollections paper flowers
  • Bronze card
  • ProMarkers - Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Blossom, Baby Pink, Almond, Umber, Walnut, Cocoa, Pine, Forest, Lush Green, Bright Green, Leaf Green, Meadow Green, Holly, Burnt Sienna, Cinnamon, Burnt Orang, Spice, Peach,  Soft Peach, Bright Orange & Amber
  • Wink of Stella - Clear

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
  1. The Crazy Challenge - #259 Halloween
  2. The Crafty Addicts - AG/Autumn Colours
  3. Passion for ProMarkers - WK417 AG
  4. Not Just Cards - AG
  5. Deep Ocean - #166 Halloween

My last card features 'Young Witch' by Aurora Wings.  This one is more like a 'traditional' witch with a pointy hat, but she's cute rather than warty with a crooked nose!!
Products used:
  • Cream card blank
  • Core'dinations card
  • ProMarkers - Cinnamon, Tan, Dusky Pink, Satin, Burgundy, Crimson, Berry, Olive, Moss, Pear, Black, Warm Grey 1, 2, 4 & 5, Henna, Aubergine, Slate, Violet, Cocoa, Burnt Orange, Pumpkin, Spice, Amber, Gold, Saffron, Vanilla, Blush, Sunflower, Canary, Khaki, Burnt Sienna, Caramel, Sandstone, Pine & Baby Pink
  • Sakura Gelly Roll - White

I am entering this card into the following challenges -
  1. Stamps by Aurora Wings - Darkness Falls
  2. Addicted to CAS - Pumpkins
  3. Card Mania - #97 Colour Combo
  4. Crafting by Designs - It's Halloween
  5. Crafty Gals Corner - #145 Halloween Colours









Thursday, 12 October 2017

Beautiful Blooms at Ching-Chou Kuik

It's the second week of our special anniversary challenge at Ching-Chou Kuik.  I hope you've been joining in as there are extra prizes this month.  Check it out here.

This week we are using flowers for our inspiration posts and I have used 'Peony Kimono Maiden' and some bright colours. 

Product list:

  • Cream card blank
  • Recollections paper flowers
  • Flower centres
  • Woodware corner rounder punch
  • ProMarkers - Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Oatmeal, Saffron, Vanilla, Henna, Cocoa, Cinnamon, Tan, Holly, Lush Green, Leaf Green, Pear, Mulberry, Magenta, Carmine, Burnt Sienna, Caramel, Slate, Plum, Amethyst, Black, Warm Grey 5, Sunflower, Tulip, Buttercup, China Blue, Cobalt, Blue Pearl & Amber

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Creatalicious - #124 AG
  2. Creative Moments - #128 AG
  3. Not Just Cards - AG
  4. The Ribbon Girl - October Card Challenge
  5. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - #1741 AG


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

A Cautionary Tail

Oooh it's almost Halloween! My favourite time of year and a great excuse to break out the darker images. I love fantasy, so naturally mermaids are one of my often-used image types. These are mostly rather beautiful, cute, girly images though so not the best for a Halloween card.  But Mitzi at Aurora Wings is fantastic at darker images and she has some mermaids that are perfect for this genre. I've used 'Secret Kisses' coupled with a quote I found, which fitted the image perfectly. 
Product list:

  • Cream card blank
  • Core'dinations cardstock
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Stormy Sky & Dusty Concord
  • Memento Dew Drop - Tuxedo Black
  • ProMarkers - Aubergine, Plum, Purple, Black, Violet, China Blue, Blue Pearl, Cardinal, Ruby, Lipstick & Warm Grey 1-3
  • Wink of Stella - Clear

It's always difficult showing the sparkle in a straight card photo, so I've taken an angled one in the light to show the Wink of Stella a bit better.  I applied all over her body and tail.


I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Stamps by Aurora Wings (FB) - Make It Creepy
  2. Stamps by Aurora Wings - #58 CAS
  3. CASology - WK270 Odd
  4. The Ribbon Girl - October Card Challenge
  5. Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
  6. World Wide Open Design Team - #26 Anything Goes


Saturday, 7 October 2017

A Cornucopia of Thanks

It's Thanksgiving Weekend here in Canada and unlike last year, we haven't had any snow yet. Yay!! (Hope I haven't just jinxed it)
I like to make a few cards so I've got them ready each year.  It's one time of year I make more than one card the same as I make them all together.
Unfortunately I cannot credit the artist for this image.  It is a free colouring page I found on Google a while ago. I looked again and have found it on several different sites, but none with the artist name.
Product list:

  • Kraft card blanks & cardstock
  • Recollections designer paper
  • Orange ribbon
  • Hero Arts clear stamp
  • Memento Dew Drop, Tuxedo Black
  • ProMarkers - Oops, seems I forgot to write them down this time 😳


I am entering my cards into the following challenges:
  1. Crafting By Designs - October AG
  2. Cute Card Thursday - #498 AG
  3. Deep Ocean - #165 Colours of Autumn
  4. Let's Craft and Create - #130 AG/Witchy or Autumn Colours
  5. Your Scrapbook Place - October AG
  6. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - #1740 AG





Thursday, 5 October 2017

Fright Night Celebration at Ching-Chou Kuik

It's an extra special month for the Ching-Chou Kuik Monthly Blog Challenge as it's the 3rd anniversary since it started!!



Our theme is Halloween/Fright Night so we'd love to see some spooky creations.  Click here to enter.  The usual rules apply (find them on the challenge sidebar) and don't forget you get a second entry when you use a CCK image. 

This time we will be having 3 WINNERS who will receive TWO images each, PLUS an ARTIST CHOICE WINNER who will receive FIVE images

I have used the very spooky Bones Imprint to create a shadow box for my first inspiration this month.  I fell in love with this image the first time I saw it, so I am keeping this creation for myself! My very talented friend Susan made the spiders for me from Fimo.  I added some red nail gems to make them into black widows.

Products used:
  • White cardstock
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Dusty Concord
  • Cheesecloth
  • Fimo
  • Teardrop nail gems
  • ProMarkers - Caramel, Dusky Pink, Satin, Almond, Lavender, Orchid, Purple, Pale Pink, Violet, China Blue, Blue Pearl, Black, Lush Green, Mint Green, Sunkissed Pink, Pastel Pink, Warm Grey 4 & 5, Midnight Blue, Burgundy, Cardinal, Ruby, Lipstick, Holly, Leaf Green, Cool Grey 1-3 & 5, Aubergine, Plum & Amethyst




I am entering my shadow box into the following challenges:
  1. Classic Design Team - #17 AG
  2. World Wide Open Design Team - #26 AG
  3. Simon Says Monday - A Walk On The Dark Side
  4. Double D - Fright Night
  5. TTCRD - WC Oct 3rd AG






Sunday, 1 October 2017

October Challenge at Crafts Galore Encore

Eep how is it October already?  It's been so cold and dark in the mornings. I know snow will be falling here soon. 
This month at Crafts Galore Encore we are sponsored by the awesome Rick St.Dennis and as always we are Anything Goes.


I love a bit of Steampunk, so I chose 'Steampunk Rose Bug' to use for my card. There are so many images in the shop, I hadn't noticed this one until I saw someone else use it in another challenge. 
Product list:
  • Kraft card blank
  • Recollections designer paper
  • ColorBox MICAMAGIC Antique Gold ink
  • Papermania Chronology stamps
  • Wow! embossing power, gold
  • Whispers embossing pen
  • Tonic Tim Holtz Paper Distresser
  • Unbranded die
  • ProMarkers - Pine, Olive, Forest, Moss, Burgundy, Cardinal, Ruby, Shale, Duck Egg, Cool Aqua, Burnt Orange, Spice, Ginger, Blush, Walnut, Henna, Cocoa, Cinnamon, Caramel & Sandstone
  • Sakura Gelly Roll, White




I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. The Ribbon Girl - October Card Challenge
  2. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - October AG
  3. Classic Design Team - #17 AG
  4. Creatalicious - #124 Anything Goes/Own Background
  5. Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes
  6. Sparkle and Glitter RSD - #5 Anything Goes


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