Speedy Card Creation

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Speedy Card Creation using MOJO480

Speedy Card CreationSo, I had no intention of making a card today.  I have a bunch of work I need to do for school and National Boards, plus I spent yesterday crafting.  Yet, somehow I found myself on the Mojo Monday blog this morning, and…yeah…here I am with another card and blog post.  LOL!

Speedy Card CreationI do have to say that I’m super proud of myself.  This is by far the fastest card I have ever made.  I knew I didn’t have time to mess around, so I grabbed my supplies and made this card in around an hour…that is lightening fast for me!  I’m actually really happy with the way it turned out, as well, so perhaps this is a lesson I should take to heart for future card creations.

Speedy Card CreationI used the retired Treats of Friendship (C1616) set along with the Sugar Rush Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle.  I like it when new product can breathe life into an old favorite.  Here is a list of the other products I used:

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Card Inspiration from Maya Angelou

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Dr. Maya Angelou Video Inspiration

When I got up this morning, I checked my email and in it was a link to this video.  I’m always inspired by Maya Angelou’s words, but this time I was inspired into action.  When she said that we should aspire to “be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud,” a card design immediately popped into my head!

The Card with a Free Cricut Design Space File

Card Inspired by Maya AngelouI actually used the same Mojo Monday 485 sketch from my last post.  I really like this sketch and have a feeling I will use it often.  Now, I’m not remotely happy with the way the coloring turned out.  When I make this card again, I will use my ShinHan Markers instead of the Watercolor Pencils and Blending Pen.  The purple paper comes from the Adventure Fundamentals, and it is so bright and vibrant that the watercolor gets lost against it.  The markers would make the images pop.  I’ll also stamp the flowers with Black Memento ink like I did with the rainbow and bunny.  I had originally thought about paper piecing the rainbow, so I’ll try that next time, as well.

Card Inspired by Maya AngelouWhat I love about this card is that I learned something new on my Cricut today!  I’ve used the Cricut Markers that came with my Explore, but none of them have a fine tip, so wouldn’t work with my card design.  Since the sentiment was directly inspired from the Maya Angelou video, I had to find a way to make it work.  I pulled out my purple Pilot Precise V5 Extra Fine pen and tried it in my Cricut…it fit! 

Cricut Design Space Tutorial

Click on the image above for the free Cricut Design Space file for this card!  If you haven’t used markers with your Explore, you should give it a try, because the possibilities are endless when you can create your own sentiments.  I selected “Has a Writing Style” from the first list, the font that I wanted to use from the second list, and “Writing” from the third.  Be sure to play with the letter spacing when you are using a sans serif font as the letters tend to blend together making them more difficult to read.

#chooselove

I hope you enjoyed the video and this card.  Go out and “be the rainbow in someone else’s cloud” today!

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Mojo Monday 485 with February SOTM

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Mojo Monday 485

Mojo Monday 485 Sketch

Mojo Monday Sketch 485I’ve been determined to become a card maker, and I think it is finally starting to happen.  Typically, when I see the Mojo Monday email come through, I admire the sketch and occasionally go check out the cards being submitted.  I don’t ever feel the desire to participate, because I don’t feel like I’m good enough.  What I’m coming to realize is that “being good enough” isn’t the issue.  I simply lack confidence in my ability to make cards.  Well, that is changing.  It doesn’t matter that I’m not an award winning card maker, what matters is that I’m having fun.  Now, just imagine how awesome I would feel if I started sending the cards that I make!  I’m going to keep saying that to myself until I actually start doing it.

It probably also helped that I didn’t have school today, so I had more time to get creative.  I was also motivated by the Connected Hearts team challenge to create something using the February Stamp of the Month.  So, you are getting a sneak peek at next month’s special!

February 2017 SOTM = Tea-rrific

Mojo Monday 485 using Tea-rrificI really like the versatility of this stamp set.  Between the sketch and cute stamp set, I was inspired to make two cards!  I also have ideas for using the Mother’s Day cup and the bunny from this month’s SOTM, so stay tuned.  🙂

It’s a little hard to see in the photo, but I fussy cut the images on the “You are tea-ffific” card from patterned paper from the Hello Lovely collection.  On the “Your Love” card, I used the Blending Pen and ink pads to color the stack of mugs.  I finished them off with the Clear Shimmer Brush.  I also used the Gold Shimmer Brush on the heart.

Mojo Monday 485 ChallengeMojo Monday 485 Challenge

Sign Me Up Special is Almost Over

Join My Team Today!The February “Sign Me Up!” special is almost over.  If you have ever thought about becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant, this is the month to do it. You will get three FREE Stamps of the Month…including Tea-rrific!  Please contact me if you have any questions.

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Picture My Life Dreamin’ Big Mini-Album

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PML Challenge

A couple weeks ago, Naomi Smith challenged her Connected Hearts team to create a project using the Picture My Life cards from one of the new paper collections.  She is giving away an extra mini-album kit that CTMH created for the Pinners Conference.  As I REALLY want to win, I decided to send good vibes out into the universe by creating my own mini-album using the Dreamin’ Big PML cards.  Here’s hoping I’ll get lucky and she’ll draw my name!

3×4 Mini-Album Directions

Dreamin' Big PML Mini-AlbumI created a 3×4 mini-album using a hidden binding system.  If you would like to create your own mini-album, you will need the following:

  • 3×5 piece of cardstock
  • scoring board
  • bone folder
  • strong adhesive
  • 10 3×4 PML cards

Dreamin' Big PML Mini-AlbumScore the 3×5 cardstock at .5, .75, 1.25, 1.75, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.25, 3.75, 4.25, and 4.5.  I would use a scoring board and the narrow end of a bone folder to score your hinge as opposed to a stylus.  I found the groves made by the stylus were too big which didn’t allow my hinges to line up properly.  You will now glue the adjacent .5 inch pieces together leaving .25 inches between each hinge.

Dreamin' Big PML Mini-AlbumFigure out the order and orientation of your cards, and start gluing them to the hinges.  The top card will be glued to the front side of the hinge only.  You will then glue both pages together when adding the next card to the back of the hinge.  I used Liquid Glass…you don’t need much.  Just make sure you get all the way up to the edge of the cards so they will stick together well.  After all the cards are adhered to the hinge, you can use another piece of cardstock to cover the binding.

I hope you have fun making this project!  Please post a link to your finished mini-album in the comment below or on my Facebook page.  Here are the rest of my mini-album pages.  Oh, yeah…be sure to stamp BEFORE adhering your PML cards to the hinge.  Umm…yeah…perfection is overrated, right?!

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CTMH Flash Sale

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Join CTMH’s Sweet Flash Sale to Save 30%!

Click to start shopping!Close To My Heart just announced that they will be hosting a flash sale for Valentine’s Day starting at 2pm PST and running through 2pm PST on February 15!  You will be able to save 30% on select product from the Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions 1.  Talk about exciting!

You can join in the fun by visiting my CTMH Website.  If you don’t want to miss out on these sorts of updates from Close To My Heart, be sure to update your profile to accept the CTMH newsletter. 

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope you enjoy this SWEET SALE!

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Free Cricut Design Space Files for Valentine’s Day

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Are You Ready for Valentine’s Day?

Heart Doily Valentine

Use the weld tool in Cricut Design Space to create your own doily design!

As Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I’m guessing that some of you may be frantically coming up with ideas for your sweetheart.  I want to help you out by sharing a couple ideas and offering FREE Cricut Design Space files to help you make some valentines.  

I made this “Life is Sweeter with You” card a few years ago after seeing Pinterest fill up with cards using a really cute heart doily die.  I didn’t have the die, but I did have a Cricut, so I figured I would make my own heart doily!   Getting the sizing right was a pain, and I don’t want you to have to go through that, so I’m including the FREE Cricut Design Space file below so that you can spend your time creating Valentines!

Heart Doily Cricut Design Space File

Is The Heart Doily a Little Too Girly for Your Valentine?

Grilled Cheese Valentines

Let your sweetie know that you love him/her more than grilled cheese!

My husband and I have more of an “I love you more than grilled cheese” relationship than heart doilies and cupcake.  Of course, he would not be disappointed if I made him cupcakes for Valentine’s Day.  LOL!  I will not be doing that, by the way…just had to clarify in case he reads this.

This is the second of five card designs I’ve made in Cricut Design Space using the Silly Sayings (C1672) stamp set.  I absolutely adore this set!  The thing is…I REALLY love grilled cheese, so I knew I had to get this stamp set as soon as I saw it.  My husband shows me how much he loves me by making me perfect grilled cheese sandwiches.  Yet, I would give up grilled cheese forever if it meant I could keep my hubby safe, healthy and happy!

Okay, enough of that sappy stuff.  Here’s the link to the file:

Love You More Than Grilled Cheese Design Space File

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Join My Team in February and
Get 3 FREE Stamps of the Month!

Join My Team Today!I wasn’t super crazy about the January stamp of the month, but this month’s and the next two are fabulous…you are really going to want these!  As a bonus for signing up this month, you get all three sets for FREE!  Woo hoo! 

Click on the image to get more info on my CTMH website.  Also, take a look at my last blog post which describes why I love being a consultant.

If you have ever been a consultant in the past, you may sign up for a no kit option at a discount.  You still receive the free Stamps of the Month and $50 in Select Product Credit.  It’s a great deal and we look forward to welcoming you back to the CTMH family!

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Join My Team in February

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Become a Consultant Today!          Join My Team Today!

Why I Love Being a CTMH Consultant

I won a set of Stamps of the Month at the 2016 Convention playing the Left-Right Game!

When you join my team during February, you will get three free Stamps of the Month.  That’s a great deal, but there are so many better reasons to become a CTMH Consultant.  Here’s an incomplete list of what I love about being a part of the CTMH family:

  • The Discount: I was a customer for years, when I finally realized that I was placing orders each month anyway, so why not get a discount as a Consultant. 
  • The Rewards: There are so many outstanding rewards you can earn as a Consultant.  One of my favorites is free product by meeting monthly sales goals.  As a new Consultant, when you reach Straight to the Top, you will earn select product credit, cash, stamps, a bag, a shirt, and a large organizer filled with product!  Some Consultants even earn incentive trips…how would you like to go to Thailand in 2018?!
  • Four “generations” of my CTMH family at Album Retreat!

    The Friendships: It didn’t take long for my priorities to change about being a Consultant.  I still love the product, but I stay for the people!  I have developed so many important friendships over the years with my customers and fellow consultants.  They truly are close to my heart!

  • The Travel: The BEST event of the year is Convention!  That’s where I get to see all my friends and learn about new products and programs from CTMH.  We also get to take home a lot of FREE product!  If you plan on becoming a Consultant, my advice to you is to attend as many CTMH events as possible.  You will learn so much and be inspired to make your business grow.
  • The Home Office Team at the 2016 Convention!

    The Freedom: Yet, sometimes we don’t want our business to grow.  We have enough on our plates and are satisfied meeting our quarterly minimums.  You know what?  That’s okay!  This is YOUR business and you get to run it as you see fit.  I love that there is no pressure other than what I put on myself.

  • The Education: I’m a life-long learner, and I get so excited every time Home Office releases a new training on the Consultant website.  It is filled with training courses, videos, and a listening library.  They will teach you everything you need to know about being a Consultant.
  • We found Sticky Boy at the 2016 Seasonal Launch Event in Portland, OR!

    The Opportunity to Teach: I’m a teacher.  I love to share what I know with others and watch them grow and succeed.  CTMH has provided me with the opportunity to share my passion for memory keeping and paper crafting in a variety of ways, from home workshops to crops to online classes to presentations at Home Office events. 

  • The Hunt for Sticky Boy (and Girl)! CTMH has forever ruined every other conference that I attend because of Sticky Boy!  Sticky Boy was the prototype for CTMH’s My Acrylix® clear stamps.  During events, Consultants with a keen eye can spot Sticky Boy and take him home.  Finding Sticky Boy is one of the highlights of Convention for me!  Over the years, I have found 15 Sticky Boys and one Sticky Girl.  I even won a giant Sticky Boy in a dance contest…that’s how much I love Sticky Boy!

I could go on and on, but I’ll stop here.  I hope you will join my team and meet me in SLC for Convention this year!

I’ll leave you with this little video about Sticky Boy!

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There’s Nobunny Like You

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February 2017 Stamp of the Month

Feb. 2017 SOTMI’m having such a fun time creating cards using little critter stamp sets lately.  As soon as I saw the new Seasonal Expressions Idea Book at the launch event for consultants back in December, I knew that I had to get this stamp of the month.  I feel equally excited about the April SOTM, as well!  Okay, I admit to already purchasing the March SOTM, too…it isn’t critters, but it is adorable!

I designed this card in Cricut Design Space.  Yes, I seriously miss Studio J, but Design Space has quickly become my go to design tool for both cards and scrapbook pages.  I like the opportunity it provides for creativity and outside-the-box thinking.  For instance, I knew I wanted my little bunny to be standing in grass.  The stamp set comes with a cute stamp for grass, but I decided to use the grass from the Artbooking Cricut Collection.  Since it only comes in a small strip, I welded it to a square and then sliced the whole thing so that it would fit on the background cardstock.

Click here to shop for SOTM!The Whimsy Fundamentals paper collection is so perfect for this card.  Here is a list of all the products I used on this card.  As of the writing of this blog post, some of the inks are listed as out of stock, but they should be available mid-February.

 

February Tool Tip–Blending Pen

Click to view a larger image.Have you ever used the Blending Pen?  If not, I highly recommend it.  On this card, I stamped the bunny onto White Daisy cardstock in Memento Black and colored the image with the Watercolor Pencils.  The Blending Pen blends the colors together to allow for shading and smooth colors.  It makes the coloring process really easy, because I don’t have to worry about covering the entire surface with the pencils or try to hide pencil lines.  The Blending Pen will smooth it all out!

Painting with Ink

Shop for ToolsIt gets even better…you can use the blending pen with your inks, as well.  Regardless if you have the new or old pads, you can simply squeeze the lid to transfer ink onto the inside cover.  Then use a variety of tools to paint with the ink.  The Blending Pen and Shimmer Brush don’t need water, but the Waterbrush and Paintbrush Set may depending on the look you are going for.  You can also add drops of Re-inker into the lid!

Let me know when you have used this tool tip!  I would love to see whatever you create.      

Join My Team in February!

Become a Consultant Today!So, here I’ve been going on and on about the wonderful Stamps of the Month, so I figured I better let you in on how you can get your own sets for FREE!  Join my team in February and you will earn all three sets for FREE (that’s $53.85 in retail value)!  Did you know that you now can host a party (in person or online) and use your hostess rewards to pay for your new consultant kit?  Ask me for more information.  

Join My Team Today!Also, former consultants can sign up for only $50 this month with a no kit option.  You will still receive the $50 in SPC and the FREE Stamps of the Month!  Talk about a great deal.  I can’t wait to have you on my team!

   

 

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2017 National Papercrafting Day

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2017 National Papercrafting Month KitIn celebration of National Papercrafting Month, I think it is high time that I update my blog!  Nothing like a two year hiatus to make one think I’m not papercrafting anymore.  Thankfully, that is not true.  I’ve simply ignored this blog because it doesn’t get a lot of traffic and I spend my social media time posting to Facebook and Instagram.  Yet, I do think about the blog a lot.  I want to simplify the design so that I can get back to posting on a regular basis.  I’m super busy with school right now–teaching AP Computer Science for the first time and working on my National Boards–so I know I won’t have time to work on it until after I take my final exam for National Boards.  Even so, I’m going to make more of an effort to document my crafty endeavors here as I find Facebook depressing right now, and people tend to scroll through the images and ignore the description on Instagram.  What I love most about being a Close To My Heart Consultant is the teaching aspect of what I do.  My blog will allow me to share more details than those other mediums.

So, let’s get started by talking about the awesome National Papercrafting Month project CTMH released this year!  I’m not really much of a home decor gal.  We moved into a modern house and I’m going for a clean look and don’t want a lot of dust gatherers…LOL!  Yet, I simply had to make the adorable Welcome Home Wreath.  The kit was so easy and fun to put together.  I figure it will make a great gift!  Click on the wreath image to the left to watch a video tutorial I posted on my YouTube channel.  Great news if you missed the special as it is only good through this Tuesday, all the flowers come from the Flower Market Cricut Collection, so you can recreate your own wreath in any colors you desire.

National Papercrafting Day

Yesterday was National Papercrafting Day, and I had a crop at my house with five incredible women.  It’s so fun to get together and craft with friends!  I created a make-n-take using the sweet Sugar Rush collection.  Since the card featured donuts, my fantastic hubby bought the gals some donuts.  Although they loved the idea of the donuts, they didn’t eat very many.  Hmm…now my husband has to eat the rest…funny how that worked out.  LOL!  

Because I loved the design on the reverse side of the paper, I also created a card with the Sugar Rush Scrapbooking stamp set.  I’m actually really excited about both of these stamp sets, because I have photos of my niece and nephew eating snow cones when they were kids and of my husband eating donuts from my trip to VooDoo Doughnut in Portland.  I’m looking forward to sharing those memories on scrapbook pages using this paper!

Here are a few close ups.  Click on the thumbnail to view a larger image:

Silly Sayings Cards

Click to view Design Space file.While my friends worked on their projects I made some cards using the Silly Sayings and Some Kinda Wonderful–Cardmaking stamps.  I had previously designed the cards using Cricut Design Space and will share those files as I complete each of the cards.  There are five designs in all and this is the first of them. 

After I took these photos, I realized that the cards need a little bling, so I’ll add bitty sparkles or sequins later.  I made the plain card first and decided that I didn’t really like it, so I stamped the background using stamps from the Flower Market Cricut Collection.  Since I’m doing 3 each of the 5 designs, I decided that I didn’t want to devote that much time to stamping backgrounds.  Instead, I decided to use embossing folders on most of the cards.  On one set, I’m going to sand the background to let a little of the white core pop out.

The frame is from Lawn Fawn but everything else is CTMH.  I’m using the retired Fundamentals paper that had an embossed design on the front.  I also used the ShinHan markers to color the fox and turtle.  They are popped up using fun foam which I simply ran through my Cuttlebug.

I hope you will use the FREE Cricut Design Space file and share what you create with it!  https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/52826610

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Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month

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National Scrapbooking Month is Here!

National Scrapbooking Month is here, and that means that summer is right around the corner!  Are you ready for a Taste of Summer? I know that I’m counting down the days until school ends and I am free to play. I have lots of plans for the summer that involve creative play in the sense of getting outside and enjoying nature, updating my blog and filming online workshops, and exploring the programs I’m using for my video game design course. Yes, that one is for school, but it is still a major form of play for me! I’m also looking forward to exploring my creativity through papercrafting. After taking nearly a year-long break from memory keeping, I’m finding it hard to get back into scrapbooking, so I’m going to focus my time on making cards…and actually sending them! I’m also finding that I’m having fun creating gift items for people, and that’s the first class I’m going to share with you.

Get Your Free Taste of Summer Online Workshop

So, here’s how it works. Simply purchase $25 or more on my website by the end of May, and I will send you a link to the online video workshop. Your purchase must include at least one set of the Taste of Summer paper. Remember, it is only $8.95 and there are no purchasing requirements or quantity limits! This is a sweet deal to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month! I’ll also include the workshops featured in this video.

Taste of Summer Workshop Supplies

The following are what you will need to complete the projects:

TOS1Taste of Summer Mini-Album

  • CC1038 Taste of Summer Paper Packet
  • CC1039 Taste of Summer Stamp Set
  • S1505 Just Sayin’ May 2015 Stamp of the Month (this is only $5 with a $50 purchase!)
  • Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™
  • Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks™
  • Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™
  • Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™
  • Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™
  • 12×12 Cardstocks – (1) – Thistle, (1)- Canary, (1) – Honey, (2) – White Daisy, scrap of Topiary
    • X5940 Whimsy Cardstock Combo Pack
    • X5935 Adventure Cardstock Combo Pack
    • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • Y1009 2 x 3 1/2 Block
  • Paper TOS2Trimmer with cutting and scoring blade or Score Board (12×12 is easier to use)
  • Exacto Knife
  • Z1912 Corner Rounder
  • Strong Adhesive
    • 1512 Bonding Memories Glue
    • Z1904 Base & Bling Adhesive Strips
  • Z534 Micro-tip Scissors
  • Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
  • Z1924 Dot Embossing Folder
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z1805 (1) Hook and Loop Dot (aka Velcro)
  • Z1204 Bone Folder
  • 1778 Spritz Cleaner
  • Z1782 Stamp Scrubber
  • Extras to further embellish:
    • Shin Han Markers – Z2462 Peony Purple and Z2452 Golden Yellow to color sparkles
    • Z1752 Clear Sparkles Assortment
    • Z2045 All Purpose Mat (allows you to get glue all the way to the edge)
    • Z1207 Rub and Remove Eraser (lets you remove any excess adhesive)
    • M1050 Mini Calendar Stamp

 

1505-cc-nsm-layout-01-us_caYou Make Me Happy & Life is Grand layouts

  • D1647 Documenting Moments
  • CC1038 Taste of Summer Paper Packet
  • 1385White Daisy Cardstock
  • Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™
  • Z3024 White Shimmer Trim
  • Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen
  • Y1000 1″ x 1″ Block
  • Y1002 1″ x 3½” Block
  • Y1003 2″ x 2″ Block
  • Y1006 3″ x 3″ Block

 

1505-cc-nsm-cards-01-us_caTaste of Summer Cards

  • D1646 Finding the Words
  • CC1038 Taste of Summer Paper Packet
  • X254 White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
  • Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™
  • Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™
  • Z2191 Sunset Exclusive Inks™
  • Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim
  • Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Y1000 1″ x 1″ Block
  • Y1002 1″ x 3½” Block
  • Y1010 2″ x 6½” Block

 

1504-se-coverSeasonal Expressions 2

When you place your online order, don’t forget to add the Seasonal Expressions 2 idea book to your cart for free!  As always, you can purchase the Annual Inspirations book using item # WC1151.  Both idea books are good through the end of August.


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