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Monday, April 22, 2019

Share What You Love DSP and Suite

I'm just loving the Share What You Love Suite, especially the designer series paper, which is the featured product on my cards today.

My in person and online clubs made one or more of these projects in May and June! This specialty paper includes 24 - 12" x 12" sheets of gorgeous, relatively thick paper, with several of the patterns having a pearlized finish to them.



I made seven variations of this card using the different DSP patterns in the pack. I’ll be sharing all these versions today.

This is the version I showed in my video tutorial, which you’ll find ahead:




The background color is Tranquil Tide with accents of Mint Macaron. I used some Solid Black Bakers Twine combined with the Mint Macaron Natures Twine (comes in a pack with four colors) to create a little airbow to finish off this card.

The next card is the same color scheme but this DSP sheet has pearlized elements, so I added some dimension, and silver thread behind the sentiment piece.






In this next photo you can see the pearlized effect on the DSP and the silver thread peaking out behind the sentiment. The silver thread is subtle but I really like it as an accent of shine to tie into the pearlized finish.

So... a number of the products in this suite have a pearlized finish and there’s a special reason for this.

This year marks Stampin’ Up!’s 30th anniversary of being in business, and the pearl is apparently what’s used to commemorate 30 years. So not only does the DSP have this lovely finish,
but there are pearlized doilies and Artisan Pearls, in coordinating colors too, that are part of this suite.






Here’s a closer look at the sentiment piece:





This next version uses the “fancy” sentiment piece but instead of the airbow I’ve simply used a few rhinestone jewels to add a little bling and tie it in visually, with the silver thread. These two little elements take this design up a notch. I love bling for that added extra special touch!





Here’a close up of the bow so you can see the shiny finish:





This next version uses the “fancy” sentiment piece, but instead of the airbow, I’ve simply used a few rhinestone jewels to add a little pop of shine. These two little elements take this design up a notch. I love bling for that added extra special touch!





The background color here is Grapefruit Grove (a new In Color) with accents of Petal Pink (a new color in the Subtles collection). I used some Solid Black Bakers Twine, doubled up, to create a little airbow. You can’t tell from this photo, but there is a gorgeous pearlized finish on this piece of DSP.





The primary color in this next version is So Saffron. The DSP is pearlized and I’ve created the “fancy” sentiment piece, but in this case, I’ve used the Gold Metallic Thread to tie in with the yellow tones of the card stock and DSP.





Here’s a close up of the sentiment piece:






The next two cards use Mossy Meadow, one of my favorite returning colors, in combination with either Pear Pizzazz or Crumb Cake. I really love all these DSP patterns but sort of have a soft spot for these last two patterns. I just adore the delicate floral in this next card! It’s just so light, happy and pretty to me!!!






Last but not least, I love the Rich Razzleberry Velvet Ribbon with this DSP.





This DSP pattern has a pearlized finish, which makes it even more special in person. Check it out here:





I know these cards are so simple, but I just love them. I’m sure you can tell I had lots of fun creating all these variations! There's a complete supply list ahead with links to my Online Store if you just gotta have some of these products. Plus... check out my short video tutorial ahead, with all my little tips and tricks for creating this card.

So… if you just have to have some of this gorgeous designer series paper but you’re not sure you want all 24 sheets, you may want to participate in my “Taste of a Suite” Product Share Preorder.

It’s going on NOW but not for much longer. I’ll accept product suite orders only till Wednesday 6/6/18! Click HERE to learn about all the details and options.



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I hope you'e enjoyed my post today! Happy Crafting!

Melissa :-)



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  • Basic Black Card Body: 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”
  • Large Colored Layer: 4” x 5-¼”
  • Basic Black DSP Backing Layer: 2-11/16” x 4-11/16”
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Saturday, November 24, 2018

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Starlight with Colored Glimmer Paper

Todays projects are made with the Starlight Framelits, coordinating Star of Light Stamp Set and lots of Glimmer Paper! After all... what would the holidays be without a bunch of shimmer and shine? I just love my glimmer paper, but what I even love more is multiple colors of glimmer paper and the knowledge to create whatever color glimmer paper I want! Well that's what I've done with these projects so I can't wait to share!



Some details about this card:

  • The large Star was cut out of a piece of Silver Glimmer Paper, using the Starlight Framelits.
  • The two smaller stars were cut out of a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper using the smaller stars in the same set of Framelits. One of these smaller stars was attached with a dimensional and the other was attached with a glue dot. I like to vary the height of my pieces to create some variety and interest.
  • The strip on the left side is Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper and on the right I used the gorgeous Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper. This paper is dry embossed in six beautiful patterns and I just love them all!
In the close up below you can see the glimmer a bit better and the variation in the colors on the star. Near the tips and in the center I used Cherry Cobbler ink and for the rest I used Watermelon Wonder ink.



More details about this card:
  • The oval in the background was cut out using the, Layering Ovals Framelits (the one that measures 3" tall). The Oval was stamped with the itty bitty stars image, from the Star of Light Stamp Set, in Watermelon Wonder Ink using first and second inking.
  • The word "Shine" was stamped on a small scrap of Whisper White Cardstock, in Watermelon Wonder Ink.
  • A 1/8" x 5-1/2" strip of Real Red Cardstock was attached with the Fine Tip Glue Pen where the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and the Fancy Frost Specialty Paper meet.


 
  • The large Silver Glimmer Paper Star was colored, and attached with dimensionals.
  • For a finishing touch, a Rhinestone Jewel was attached to the center of the large Star.
This next version was done pretty much the same way except that the large Star in the card below was cut out of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper instead of Silver Glimmer Paper. The Silver Glimmer Paper produces a more stiking look but the Dazzling Diamonds with the blues creates a soft, more subtle look that is also beautiful.

A complete supply list is included ahead for both of these color schemes so I'm sure you will be able to tell where things are different on this version. Let me know if you have questions of course.




Each photo turned out so different and I just love these next two close ups!



These photos really show how rich the colors are on the glimmer paper. Plus, in the close ups you can see the variations in color from one part of the star to another. Aren't these stars gorgeous? I can't wait to share more.



I don't have time in this post to share the details of how I colored the glimmer paper but I promise to share very soon! I plan on releasing a video tomorrow so do check back.

I hope you've enjoyed this post and will come back soon to check out my method for coloring the glimmer paper. It's the perfect simple secret weapon for stepping up all your glimmery projects for the holidays!!!
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Monday, November 5, 2018

Creative Escape Day - Three Cute Little Gifts!

Check out these adorable little "Cat Kiss Treats" and other little gifts I gave to the participants at my Creative Escape Day! These were done with a Fall / Halloween theme in mind but you could really use them at any time. You'll also find some Christmas style ones later in this post too! For these first ones I've use the Spooky Nights DSP which will soon be retiring, with lots of other products, from the 2017 Holiday Catalog. Check out all the retiring products HERE before they are no longer available!

In case it's not obvious, there's a chocolate kiss inside the two punched cat pieces. There's essentially a little shelf for the kiss that's attached between the cats. Cute right?




It was so fun to create all these fun variations with different DSP patterns and ribbon or bakers twine. With the help of my friend Katie we made about 40 of these to give away!



For this next little treat I simply wrapped a piece of DSP measuring 2" x 6" around two Ghiradelli Chocolates and embellished as you see here.



Here are some details:

  • The "Your Sweet" from the Seasonal Chums Stamp Set was inked up just once and then stamped repeatedly with first, second, third and fourth ink until there was no more room on the punched piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock. The edges were sponged with Basic Black Archival Ink.
  • A bone folder was used to shape and curl the punched sentiment piece so it would easily wrap around the edge and stay attached to the DSP.
  • An airbow was created with a small piece of Black Bakers Twine and attached with a MiniGlue Dot.
  • Last but not least I used a few Black Rhinestone Jewels for a little touch of bling.
This next little gifts are some Glow In the Dark Tatoos I found at the drug store. I used the same size DSP as on the last project but scored it so it would have crisp, clean folds. For a few of these I layered the cats to give them a bit of a 3-D look. The sentiment is also from the Seasonal Chums Stamp Set. For the Very Vanilla bow you see below I used a piece of Thick Bakers Twine but instead of using it "as is", I split it into three pieces and then tied the bow. It was a little hard to tie but I really like the look so it was definitely worth the extra effort.



Here are my super cute Christmas "Cat Kiss Treats". For some of these I used the Merry Music DSP from the Holiday Catalog and sponged the black and white pattern to add some festive color. I love the effect of coloring this DSP to customize it!



To add even more fun I wrote up instructions for creating these treats complete with a little kit to make five of these "Cat Kiss Treats" similar to what you see here. The instructions are on the back side of the stamped piece in the package below. I have a few of these kits left and one could be yours! These are one of the little gifts I'm sending to people who place qualifying orders this month. Click HERE to check out my Gift Giving Made Easy Blog Post to find out more.



I hope you've enjoyed my little projects today. They were so fun to create and give! To check out more details about my Creative Escape Day click HERE to check out my previous post. Plus, there's a complete supply list below in case you really want to make some of these projects yourself. Plus, if you place a qualifying order through my online store in December, you'll get some fun gifts from me! Check out the Perks I'm offering HERE.

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Many Merry Mini Pizza Boxes! So Fun!

After you check out this post you will truly know that I am just a bit addicted to the NEW Mini Pizza Boxes and the Seasonal Chums Bundle. I’ve used a full pack of these Pizza Boxes plus some which means I made that many variations and just love each and every one of them! The truth is that all the variations I’ve created are NOT even included in this post because I’ve made a halloween box too and three additional unique designs for my Gift Packaging Class earlier this month.

The pair of boxes shown below features the Quilted Christmas DSP Stack and a sentiment from the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set. For the snowman on the left I watercolored. The Real Red snowman on the right was simply colored in with Cherry Cobbler and Real Red Stampin’ Write Markers for a simpler, quicker approach.



On this Real Red version I also used one of the Stitched Felt embellishments that coordinate with the Quilted Christmas product suite in the Holiday catalog.



For the Garden Green version one of the NEW Foil Snowflakes was used. These Snowflakes come in Silver and Gold but the backside is vanilla for a different look. I actually wanted my snowflake to be a pure white so I simply covered the vanilla side with Versamark, poured Whisper White Stampin’ Emboss Powder over it and heated with my heat tool. I love the white snowflake! I also used some Wink of Stella for a little shimmer and shine on the snowmen on both of these boxes!



This next box was created using the Merry LIttle Christmas DSP. I just love this crisp plaid pattern! I watercolored this snowman as I’m sure you can tell. When Watercoloring I always recommend that you wet the Watercolor Paper a bit before you begin. If you don’t the ink sort of gets “stuck” in the spot that is dry and looks solid and NOT watery. Once it gets stuck you can’t dab it off to lighten it or move the ink around to blend and create shading.



For this particular snowman my watercoloring went outside the lines a bit. I don’t mind that myself but if it matters to you I have a little tip ahead that will help.



Learning Opportunity
If you want to try to keep inside the lines when watercoloring make sure to only wet the part you are going to color at that moment. As an example, for this snowman I wet the whole snowman all at once. If I had just wet the scarf as an example and watercolored it to start with my blues for the scarf would not have run outside the lines as long as I stayed in the lines when applying the color. The same is true for the carrot nose and mittens. My snowman face has the added “character” of a bit of orange on her face. LOL!

Here’s the inside of my tag and two of the sentiment options that come in the Seasonal Chums Stamp Set. You don’t have to use both sentiments of course but it’s fun to know that you can right?! Having the “To/From” in this stamp set is just logical but the other sentiment is just lovely and I can see using it in so many ways! I am so grateful for my friends!




For a fancier look or if you don’t want to have to color in the snowman you could replace out the snowman for a die cut snowflake in glimmer paper. This snowflake was die cut from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies that coordinate with Colorful Seasons Stamp Set.  One simple change gives this box a completely different character don’t you think?

I added a small Clear Faceted Gem to the center of the snowflake for an added special touch. I just adore these Faceted Gems which come in three sizes in one pack and they come in gold as well! A large Rhinestone Jewel was used for the tab on the box. This little tab makes it so easy to open up these Mini Pizza Boxes!




For an even more elegant look check out this next version which uses the All Year Cheer DSP, Gold Glimmer Paper and Gold Faceted Gems!  Now there has to be something super special inside this little box! I’m envisioning a beautiful piece of jewelry but you could also put cash inside, a gift card, some 3” x 3” gift enclosure cards, candy etc.





For my final variation of the day I’ve used this adorable little reindeer from the Seasonal Chums Stamp Set. As I’m sure you can see this is the same as the last box except I replaced the snowflake for the Deer Tag.



This little reindeer was colored with an Aquapainter using Early Espresso and Soft Suede Ink. I also used my Clear Wink of Stella Brush on the bell, on the little dots on the reindeers back and in the inside of it’s ears. So simple and cute!



I hope you've enjoyed all my Mini Pizza Box variations today. These are so fun to create and perfect for giving a small gift at the holidays! Plus, there's a glossy side to these boxes which makes them food safe. To purchase any of the materials used to make these projects simply click on the product links to go to my online store.
 

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Mini Pizza Box with a Fall Theme

Check out this cute Mini Pizza Box decorated with the Basket of Wishes Stamp Set and Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper. I have been having so much fun with these NEW Mini Pizza Boxes which are on p.44 of the Holiday Catalog. I think I’ve decorated about 9 unique pizza boxes all with fall and winter themes and I love all of them. I think I may be addicted! I am offering an InPerson and Online Gift Packaging Class this month and one of the options will be to select these adorable Mini Pizza Boxes. Click HERE to check out the details about this event. To find details about this class you'll need to scroll down the page pretty close to the bottom.




For the focal, I stamped the basket first and then the pumpkins/gourds (as one image) in the basket using Archival Black Ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock. I then watercolored with, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze and Garden Green ink with my Aqua Painter.

Each designer paper piece (one for the top and four for the sides) were layered on Early Espresso Cardstock. I tied a piece of the 5/8" Crinkled Seam Binding in Peekaboo Peach around the top piece, justified the knot to the right and attached it directly to the top of the box.

The sentiment comes from the Basket of Wished Stamp Set. It was stamped in Early Espresso and the edges were sponged with the same color. The sentiment piece was attached with dimensional.


This little box was filled with nine mini recess peanut butter cups, put into a cello bag with a little paper shred, tied with a ribbon and voila, a fun little gift!





I made two of these Pizza Boxes as a little gift for two of my team members that joined me for the North Carolina Demonstrators Meeting in September. It is a bit of a tradition in the Stampin’ Up! community to make a little gift for team members at SU events. Fun right?!

Have you played with the Mini Pizza Boxes yet? The are easy to assemble and have a matte finish on one side and glossy finish on the other. You can choose which to face out. If you face the glossy side in, you could use this box for something like a cookie or other sweet treat directly in the box! Check out these Mini Pizza Boxes in my online store! A complete supply list with links is included ahead.

Stay tuned for more fun packaging ideas coming soon!



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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Impressions of Tarnished Foil Technique - NEW Card with Fluttering Embossing Folder

For todays card I used the Fluttering Embossing Folder and a technique I call Impressions of Tarnished Foil. I shared a few projects earlier this year with this technique, and the response has been amazing both online and with my in-person customers. Links to those projects can be found later in this post.

In addition, I'm proud to share that this technique is going to be featured in an article to be published next year in Scrap and Stamp Arts magazine, in collaboration with Karen Hasheck. Karen has published many articles and I'm thrilled that she will be featuring this technique!


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There is now a comprehensive tutorial available! 
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So... onto the card for today! I'm so excited to share this new card creation. The more I play with this technique, the more I fall in love with it. After you see this card I think maybe you will too!

Here's the full card:



What makes this card so interesting to me is all the texture, dimension and the variations in the light and dark. It is simply rich! The gorgeous Copper Foil butterfly, in the close up below, really shows off these features. It just makes me happy to look at this photograph! It's the small pleasure in life...



The silver foil circles help set the butterflies apart from the background and almost makes them look like there is a spotlight on each of them. Below is a second close up.

All three butterflies are stamped with Jet Black StazOn, with images from the Papillion Potpourri Stamp Set before they are punched out. This small butterfly shown here is punched out of a Copper Foil Sheet. The second small butterfly  is punched out of a Gold Foil Sheet




For this version I used a Stampin' Up! Gold Foil Sheet instead of aluminum foil. The result is slightly different and has it's pros and cons to aluminum foil. My tutorial includes the pros and cons of using each method.


I'm so grateful for this craft and for the joy that it brings me. I hope to pass along some of that joy to you through sharing what I create. So... I hope you have enjoyed the project today. Please comment and let me know what you think. I hope it has brightened your day. It has brightened mine to be able to share!
 
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"Black Ice" with Lovely As A Tree Stamp Set

I'm so excited to share today's project which features the Lovely As A Tree Stamp Set and a brand NEW Technique I call "Black Ice". This super fun technique was something I developed in collaboration with my, super creative, amazing, 88 year old mom, when she was visiting at Christmas time.

This card has inspired so many fun variations and I can't wait to share. In fact, I'm sharing a "Black Ice" project with my clubs in January and with my NEW Online Stamp Club in February! You'll find more club related details ahead just in case you're interested. So on to todays project...

Check out this card! I just love it and hope you do too!




The focal piece was actually one or our "reject" pieces as it doesn't really show the true Black Ice in it's best form, but it's still pretty darn beautiful if you ask me.

A silver foil sheet was used both for the background and the focal piece. The steps are quite easy and simple. Here are the basic steps:

  • Use the direct to paper technique with a Black Archival ink pad, on a piece of silver foil to create black linear streaks.
  • Stamp images in Black Archival ink as desired and dry using a heat tool.
  • Use the direct to paper technique with a Versamark pad, on the silver foil to create invisible linear streaks. A very light touch is crucial here to get the best result.
  • With a spoon, pour Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder over the the silver foil, tap off the excess and heat with a heat tool to melt the embossing powder.
If you look at the background piece in this next photo you'll see what I consider to be the "true" black ice look. It actually looks like little icy droplets in broken lines. It is so pretty in person!



You can see the "Black Ice" even better in this next photo.



I hope you enjoyed todays project and will check back soon to see more fun variations on this technique. Early in February I will be sharing a video tutorial featuring this technique. This video tutorial will show the project being made by my inperson and online clubs. Club members will get project kits in the mail plus a PDF with other helpful information plus hostess benefits once during the club cycle. To learn more about my NEW Online Stamp Club you'll find the details ahead.

A video tutorial is now available for the "Black Ice" technique! Click HERE to see my post with the video. Click HERE to check out my YouTube channel and subscribe, so you won't miss a thing!

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Thanks so much for spending some time with me today! Have a great day and...

Happy Crafting!

Melissa :-)



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Waterfront Scene With Black Ice



Welcome to the Stamp 'N Hop blog hop! My name is Melissa and I'm sharing with you from North Carolina (U.S.)! The theme for the blog hop this month is our favorite item from the 2018 Occasions Catalog which for me is the Waterfront Stamp Set. Plus, I'll be sharing my favorite new technique called "Black Ice". I shared my new technique at the North Carolina demonstrators quarterly event in January, and it was so much fun to see people's excitement for the technique and project. I'll share a little bit about some of the fun we had at this demonstrator event later in this post.

Todays cards were inspired by Joyce Barlow, a fellow demonstrator who attended the quarterly event. The "Black Ice" card she made at the event was what she called a "happy accident," because while she didn't intend to stamp it the way she did, it turned out beautifully! I was so inspired that I had to try to recreate her beautiful focal piece which is what I have done here. My original "Black Ice" cards have all been done using Silver Foil so on these cards I decided to mix things up a bit and try the technique using the gold and copper foil instead.

For this first card a copper foil sheet was used for the focal piece plus Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Basic Black Cardstock for the other layers. Shimmer Black ribbon was used just below the focal piece.




In this next photo I love how the copper foil looks like the the sun is reflecting off the water. Doesn't it also look like the sun is in the sky behind the trees?



A gold foil sheet was used for the focal piece on this next card. So Saffron and Basic Black Cardstock were used for the other layers. You see less reflection in the water here, but I especially love how the stamped scene came out. It looks so serene.



For this third card a gold foil sheet was used for the focal piece and all the elements are the same except I replaced the large So Saffron layer with a piece of Basic Gray cardstock. In fact, both the second and third card are shown with the same exact focal piece. In one of these the pieces are not actually attached! I had a really hard time picking which I liked better between these two. Which do you like better? Please leave a comment and let me know.



For project dimensions and a link to my Video Tutorial on YouTube click HERE to see my post earlier this week. To see the original card I made with my mom when we first discovered this technique click HERE.

In case your interested I want to share a little about the NC Demos Quarterly event I mentioned earlier in this post. My team of Melissa's Treehouse Crafters and Friends, planned and organized this event. We worked really hard to make it amazing and feel very proud of how it all went. There were 57 people in attendance plus 11 team members. We organized 4 shoebox swap groups (with 50 unique designs), 4 additional swaps and 6 project contests. We provided 9 planned projects, including 3 unique techniques (Black Ice was one of them), some fun folding cards and Clean & Simple projects too. There were lots of prizes, gifts and more! We also included some business development pieces including a Facebook Live with guest presenter, Patty Bennett who ranked #3 among all U.S. demonstrators last year! Patty was amazing and I so loved sharing the weekend with my team and the NC Demos group! I love this demonstrator community!

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We just had to do a crazy fun picture too!
As you can see we had a lot of fun!!!

 
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Thanks for stopping by today and make sure to continue on the blog hop today and see what everyone else has created!

Happy Crafting!

Melissa :-)


Stamp n' Hop Blog Hop Participants:
Mikaela Titheridge
Kayla Adams
Laurie Mackie
Joanne Hodge
Amy Grendel
Andre Gordon
Tracie Evans Langley
Kirsten Aitchison
Linda Handford
Rachel Traudt
Eva Pottsova
Melissa Tennison
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Lisa Kmiec
Christina Walker
Karen Pearmain
Joyce Whitman
Bobbi Miller
Ilka Teschke
Danielle Kassing
Terry Montgomery
Tracey Gouraud
Kat Spencer
Mo Rootes
Laurie Meier
Georgia Gaydos
Courtenay Heuston
Jessie Holton
Susan Simpson
Shannon Cole
Linda Richenberg


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Project Dimensions:
  • Basic Black Body 5-½” x 8-½”
  • Basic Gray Layer 4” x 5-¼”
  • Whisper White Inside 3-⅞” x 5-⅛”
  • Basic Black Focal Backing 3-½” x 4-¼”
  • Whisper White Focal Backing 3-3/16” x 3-⅞”
  • Silver Foil Focal Piece 3” x 3-¼”
  • Black Shimmer Ribbon 4-½”

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