Thursday, May 21, 2015

~Special Treat~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. I am out in San Francisco with my 4 yr old granddaughter Phoenix Daisy. I left my hubby behind on this trip. He is busy with his garden and also doing some interior painting on our home. I can't wait to see how our bedroom turns out with a fresh coat of paint and some color. 

But for now I am her in San Francisco enjoying my granddaughter. the temperature right now is 50º. I left the heat and humidity for some cooler temps. But, this is typical San Francisco weather. It's overcast today which seems to be normal for life at the beach, here anyway. It was quite foggy when I arrived yesterday morning at 9:00 a.m. When that burned off it remained overcast all day. 

Phoenix is at school now until 12:30 and then I will go and pick her up. We will have a full afternoon of playing with her babies. She has 5 of them and is such a good "mommy" to them. So we will take them shopping, and on a train ride, then to the beach, then we feed them and on and on. You get the idea. She exhausts me and herself every day. When her bed time rolls around, I am ready to go to bed myself. 

Now onto my card for today. This is my card for CC529. Barbara is our hostess and she chose crushed curry, melon mambo, and tangerine tango for her color palette. Dessert is to use green. I tried to incorporate it on my card but I couldn't get it to fit. 

With these bold colors I decided to use some of my new MFT ice cream dies. My layout is an older MojoMonday #396. 

I cut the angled panels with the MFT blueprints 18 dies. The dsp is Stampin-Up's flowerpot and flashback collections.
The pierced cardstock separating the dsp is cut with the MFT blueprints 15 die in crushed curry.

The ice cream cone is soft suede and melon mambo layered on a Spellbinders pierced rectangle. I scattered some Stampin-Up candy dots. Stamped my sentiment in tangerine tango and added some flags to complete my card.

Well friend, that's it for me for today. Time to do a few things before I pick Phoenix Daisy up at school.  So until next time.......God bless.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

~Starry Birthday~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. It's Sunday and I am having a day of rest.
I picked up some germs that the pre-school kids pass along. I seem to be a bit more susceptible this year than last. we have 1 class left and graduation then school is finished for this year.
Yesterday, I thought I had bronchitis with a lot of chest congestion, raspy voice and pain in the chest. I couldn't seem to cough up the congestion, it was just laying in my chest. I guess that's the reason I had the pain. When I finally decided I should go to the MedExpress Urgent Care, it was closed.
But what I did throughout the day was to take lots of Vitamin C. I made a warm water drink that was infused with a tablespoon of fresh chopped ginger and honey. I made that infusion 3x yesterday. At night I boiled some water and put some Vicks Vapor Rub in it since I didn't have any Peppermint or Eucalyptus oil and did a homemade breathing treatment.
I woke up this morning and the chest pain was gone. The congestion loosened up overnight. Thank the Lord!!! I still have a raspy voice and congestion but I can live with that. I am continuing to take the Vitamin C and the ginger and honey drink. I was all set to go to the MedExpress Urgent care facility to see a doctor this morning, but I don't think I need one now. I just feel like I have a cold.
So now onto my card for today. This one I created for the Color Challenge #530 on Splitcoaststampers. I was the hostess and my color palette was a send-off for the retiring Stampin'-Up in-colors.
I chose coastal cabana, crisp cantaloupe, baked brown sugar, pistachio pudding and strawberry slush. You had the option of using just 2 colors or all 5 of them. The optional element this week is to use bakers twine or sequins in the in-colors.
coastal cabana, crisp cantaloupe, baked brown sugar, pistachio pudding, strawberry slush

My birthday card stash is low so I decided to go that route with this card. My inspiration for this card came from this card. I changed the colors and added a die cut word and used a different birthday stamp.

My card base is from one of the Stampin'-Up Paper Pumpkin Kits. My stars are cut with the Stampin-Up star framelits dies, the stars from the MFT blueprints 18 dies and the starry night die from Verve.

The happy word is die cut with the MFT happy trio die. I cut 2 in strawberry slush and layered them for a bit more dimension.

The birthday word is stamped in baked brown sugar ink and I used the See Ya Later set from Stampin-Up.

Well that's my card for today. So until next time........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: See Ya Later 
Paper: baked brown sugar, coastal cabana, strawberry slush, pistachio pudding, Paper Pumpkin Kit card base 
Paper Size: A2 Ink: baked brown sugar 
Accessories: Star Framelits (Stampin’Up), blueprints 18 & hello trio dies (MFT), Starry Die (Verve)   

I am also entering:
1.  Crafting For all Seasons has a birthday challenge with 4 of something. I have 4 stripes on my card stock base.
2.  Curtain Call has a totally tassel challenge. The tassel colors are a perfect match for colors I used.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

~Well Wishes~

Hello blogger Friends!! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Can you believe it's mid-May already??
We have only 2 more pre-school classes then school is out for the summer. That would make a good song title- don't you think or did Alice Cooper already have that idea(lol)!!! Just a bit of humor to start off this Wednesday morning in May.
We are busy preparing for graduation. It will be a fun night. The kids get to go on the stage and sing some songs for their parents. We have 10 kids in our 2 day a week class (3-3/12) and 12 in the 3 day a week class (3 1/2-4 1/2).
Next year starts our 3rd year in existence, and we are adding a 3rd class for the 4 1/2 -5 year olds. That one will be a pre-kindergarten class and run 5 days a week. The parents love the school and have spread it by word of mouth. Our classes are almost full for next year.
Even though we meet in our church building and are a ministry of our church, the kids that attend are not church members. I like that aspect. We have families that started with us last year and next year will be their 3rd year with us.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the color challenge #530 on Splitcoaststampers. I was the hostess and my color palette was a send-off for the retiring Stampin'-Up in-colors. You can still join in on the fun over there.
I chose coastal cabana, crisp cantaloupe, baked brown sugar, pistachio pudding and strawberry slush. You have the option of using just 2 colors or all 5 of them. The optional element this week is to use bakers twine or sequins in the in-colors.
coastal cabana, crisp cantaloupe, baked brown sugar, pistachio pudding, strawberry slush

My layout is from the Sweet Sunday Sketch #268. I love tilted panels so this layout was perfect for me. The background and tilted panels have designer paper from the Stampin'-Up "afternoon picnic" collection. The other tilted panel is embossed with the Stampin-Up "fancy fan" embossing folder.

 The "Sending" word is a new die that I just purchased from Simon Says Stamp. The well wishes sentiment is from the MFT set "better get better". I am sending this card off to my niece who is in treatment for breast cancer.

My die cut flowers and pot are from the MFT collection "spring garden". I also die cut the sequins from an MFT die. I finished the card with very vanilla ribbon and cotton perle twine.
Well that's it for me for today. Time to get ready to go to the gym and then back here for a cleaning day. I am having some of my stamping friends over on Saturday and need to get ready for it.
So until next time........God bless.
I am also entering:
1.  Cuttlebug Mania wants us to use ribbon on our projects.
2.  Fan-tastic Tuesday has an anything goes with a twist of adding flowers.
3.  Loves RubberStamps has a add a sentiment challenge.
card details:
Stamps: Better get Better (MFT) 
Paper: coastal cabana, very vanilla, baked brown sugar, afternoon picnic dsp 
Paper Size: A2 Ink: Strawberry Slush 
Accessories: fancy fan ef, vv ribbon (Stampin'-Up), spring garden & sequin dies (MFT), sending die (Simon Says Stamp), cotton perle twine, Spellbinders matting basics a & b      

Friday, May 8, 2015

~Mother's Day~

Hello Blogger Friends!! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Springs has totally sprung in Pittsburgh. We are having some beautiful, warm days.
In fact, I turned my air conditioner on for the first time this season yesterday. It was in th high 80's and way too warm in the house for me. 
Funny, but as I typed this I decided to re-open all the windows. It's early morning and still cool enough to enjoy the warm gentle breeze.
This weekend is Mother's Day. I am still working on my cards. Not sure where the days are going, I guess I need to organize my time better.
I give cards to my friends in church, and I have always passed them out on Mother's Day. For my mother-in-law, we will give her card along with her gift. Then for my daughter-in-law, I will give her card in person as well.
So I am ok with the delivery, I just need to get the cards completed. I have 5 done and am working on a 6th one. That's my daughter-in-laws and I always want that to be special.
Now, onto my card for today. I have been wanting to use the Stampin'-Up "Lotus Blossom" stamp set and I thought a Mother's Day card was a good opportunity.

This is a 3 step stamping set. My flower is stamped with tangerine tango first,  then calypso coral and finally crisp cantaloupe ink. I really like the shading in the flower by using the 3 colors. Although there is a bit of a learning curve.
Stampin-Up has marked the flowers 1-2-3 so you know which order to stamp. And, they even have a placement guide on the stamps themselves. Just don't ink up the placement guide because it makes a wonky looking flower. I had to search YouTube to figure out how to use this set. Because, there were no instructions on the stamp set itself.

The background designer paper is from the Stampin-Up "gold soiree" collection. I layered it on garden green cardstock and then calypso coral for my base. This is such a beautiful collection of paper.

The light green panel is pistachio pudding cardstock and I used the Cuttlebug folder "birds and swirls. The "happy" word is from the MFT happy trio die-namics set. I finished by adding some calypso coral ribbon and a few pearls to complete my card.
The layout on this card is from the SCS Wednesday sketch challenge #539.  So until next time.....God bless. Happy Mother's Day!!!

Stamps: Lotus Blossom (Stampin' Up), Happy Mother's Day (whipper Snapper Designs) 
Paper: calypso coral, garden green, pistachio pudding, ww, gold soiree dsp 
Paper Size: A2 
Ink: Calypso Coral, Tangerine Tango, Crisp Cantaloupe, pistachio pudding Accessories: MFT happy trio die, Spellbinders matting basics A & B & circle dies, Cuttlebug birds & swirls ef, calypso coral ribbon, pearls    

I am also entering:
1.  Bloggers Challenge is May Flowers.
2.  Brown Sugar has a layers challenge.
3.  Frosted Designs has an "all about Mom" challenge 
4.  Crafty Ribbons Challenge is anything goes with ribbon.
5.  Addicted to Stamps challenge blog has a holiday challenge.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Little Shabby Chic

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. Things have been quite busy in the Marsh household these past few weeks.
Life can sometimes get in the way of pursuing my passion of card making. But, I am hoping that there will be a bit of settling and my routine can return to something a bit more on my normal terms (lol).
My preschool year is drawing to a close so quickly. We have only 3 more weeks of school left. The kids are preparing for their graduation on May 21. They are learning some new songs to be sung for the parents that night. 
This group really likes going onto the stage to sing for their parents. They aren't shy and really get animated. I will miss this class. Next year all but 2 of them will move up to the 3 day program. We will have a new class that I am sure I will love just as much as this one.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the Color Challenge #527 on Splitcoaststampers. Karen was the hostess and she chose the color palette of wild wasabi, pink pirouette and sahara sand. Our option was to make a shabby chic card.
wild wasabi, pink pirouette, sahara sand

The colors and option this week are out of my stamping element. But, that's what makes you expand as a stamper- right???  I jumped right in and made a shabby chic card and a mixed media one at that. It took me awhile to finish it but when it was done I was pleased with the outcome.

I used some sahara sand designer paper from the Stampin-Up "thoroughly modern" collection. I lightly sponged a little pink pirouette ink and stamped some text in the corners using the Stampabilities faded background text stamp.

And, then I flicked gesso onto the designer paper with a toothbrush. Used my TH paper distresser for the designer paper  and the sahara sand layer.

I purchased a shabby chic kit from the Funkie Junkie years ago and never used it. Why I would buy it when I don't do that style of card I am not sure. But, it was here for me for today's project.

There was an image, seam binding and lace in the kit that I used on this card. I cut the image down with a circle die and then layered it on a Cherry Lynn Designs die in pink pirouette.

Made the bow, added the lace, some paper and silk flowers and the decorative corner element to complete my card. 
Well that's it for me for today. So until next time........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: background faded text (Stampabilities) 
Paper: pink pirouette, sahara sand, thoroughly modern dsp (Stampin-Up) 
Paper Size: A2 Ink: choc chip, pink pirouette 
Accessories: Spellbinders Matting Basics A & B, Cherry Lynn Designs polynesian sails die and lace corner deco dies, lace and seam binding (May Arts), flowers (unknown), pearls (Darice}, paper distresser (Tim Holtz) T
Techniques: mixed media, shabby chic 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

You Are Loved

Hello Blogger Friends!!! Thanks for taking time out of your day to visit the Charmed Life Blog. I am nursing a spring cold. The type with chest congestion and a cough. Several of the kids were coughing and sneezing last week in preschool. I am guessing that's where I picked it up.  Oh well its on the downside now so I expect to be back to normal by the weekend.
As I type this post, I looked out the window and the rain we were getting turned to snow. How crazy is that for the end of April?? 
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for my niece who is battling breast cancer. She completed her chemo and today is having a lumpectomy. Then she starts radiation. She has an aggressive form of cancer but the doctors caught it very early with a mammogram. I have been trying to send her cards to let her know I am praying for her.
tempting turquoise, rose red, island indigo
This is my sample for CC526. Vicki is our hostess and she chose tempting turquoise, rose red and island indigo for her color trio. Dessert is to use flowers.

I decided to create an outside garden scene this week. My inspiration came from this card from the KittieKraft blog. I added some layers, an embossed background and the die cut tree to give it my touch. As well as change the colors.
I cut my tree from the Taylored Expressions shade tree die. The background embossing is the Stampin-Up "cloudy day" folder. I brayered the embossing folder with turquoise ink to add a little background color.

My hilly slope is cut with the Lawn Fawn stitched hillside borders die in turquoise.
I recently purchased the Impression Obsession wheelbarrow die and this card was the perfect opportunity to use it.

 The wheelbarrow is cut with island indigo cardstock and the flowers are from the Poppy Stamps wildflower patch die.

I finished up my card by adding the die cut "you". I cut it several times for dimension and layered the choc chip slightly offset.
My sentiment on the wheelbarrow is from the Simon Says Stamp set "expressions for you". It also includes the "You" die.
Well that's my card for today. So until next time.........God bless.
card details:
Stamps: Expressions For You (Simon Says Stamp) 
Paper: ww, tempting turquoise, rose red, choc chip, island indigo (Stampin-Up) 
Paper Size: A6 
Ink: basic black (Stampin-Up) 
Accessories: Shade tree (Taylored Expressions), Cloud Day Embossing Folder (Stampin-Up), Wheelbarrow (Impression Obsession), Wildflower Patch (Poppy Stamps), stitched hillside (Lawn Fawn), Heart Punch(Marvy Uchida)   

I am also entering:
1.  Addicted To Stamps has an anything goes challenge.
2.  Crafty Gals Corner has a girls, girls, girls challenge. Flowers and girls go together and I made this one especially for my niece.
3Curtain Call has a bouquet challenge.
4.  Die Cuttin' Divas has a Garden Month challenge. Something from the garden.
  2 Crafty Girls has a spring time challenge. This is a brand new challenge- check it out.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

CC525 ~Happy Birthday~

Hello Blogger Friends!! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog.
Spring has finally come to Pittsburgh. We have such a beautiful week-end with lots of sunshine and Monday was warm, just a perfect spring day.
The daffodils, crocus and hyacinths are blooming. The tulips that the deer didn't eat have not bloomed as yet. But, my husband has been very consistent to use the deer-off spray to keep them away. 
This morning was my day at pre-school. The kids were very high energy and we decided to take them outside to the play area for about 15 minutes. They worked off some energy before the parents came back to pick them up. I can't believe we only have a month of school left. Where did the year go???
Today we made grape juice with the kids. They learned the letter "j" so this activity tied right into their learning. They really enjoyed putting the grapes in the juicer and watching the grape juice come out. Not to mention that they loved the sweetness of the juice. And, no added white sugar.
I am going to do a fun activity with them for the remaining Tuesdays of the school year. Next week I plan on ice cream. I own a Vita-Mix and you can make some fabulous ice cream really quick in that machine.
Now onto my card for today. this is another one that I made for Color Challenge #525 bingo game on Splitcoaststampers. Since the challenge is over, I can now say that we did have a hidden prize for this fun game.
You had to use the diagonal row of colors consisting of cherry cobbler, bermuda bay, mossy meadow and soft sky. The prize was a Splitcoaststampers mug. We only had 1 stamper select that color combo. So we didn't have to do a drawing for the winner.
We had 2 prizes to award and the other went back to the prize bag. Not going to say what the other prize was because we will run the game again in about 6 weeks.

As an incentive to the other stampers, I used that color combo to make this card. The "Happy" word is the PaperTrey Ink "phrase play #5 die. My birthday word is from the Stampin-Up set "see ya later". I stamped in cherry cobbler ink.

Added some mossy meadow thick bakers twine and candy dots in cherry cobbler and soft sky to complete this card.
Well, that's it for me for today. Time to get ready for my photography class for tonight. So until next time.......God bless.
card details:
Stamps: See Ya Later (Stampin-Up) 
Paper: WW, bermuda bay, Kaleidoscope dsp (Stampin-Up)
Paper Size: A2 Ink: cherry cobbler 
Accessories: PTI Phrase Play #5 die, SB pierced rectangles die, corner rounder, Mossy Meadow thick bakers twine, regals & soft subtles candy dots (Stampin-Up)
I am also entering: 
1.  PaperTake Weekly Challenge is words, words, words.
2.  Craft-dee Bowz is anything goes with a handmade bow.

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Kindness You Show

Hello Blogger Friends!!! Thanks for taking time out of your day to visit the Charmed Life Blog.
This week kind of got away from me. I have wanted to post a card earlier in the week but somehow it didn't happen. Ever have weeks like that??
We had a very nice Easter celebration here at my home. The in-laws + our next door neighbors were here for dinner. The food was plentiful and delicious.
I made a new brussel sprouts recipe that everyone thoroughly enjoyed. It was made with bacon, shallots and thyme. One of those keeper recipes. If anyone would like it, just let me know in your comments and I will send it along.
We are having a guest for the weekend so I have some household chores to do before he arrives. Nothing major since the cleaning was already done for Easter. And I kept ahead of everything during the week.
We are also going to Ikea today to pick up some storage stuff for my craft room. I am excited to be getting additional pieces to get this room finished. More on that later.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made for the Color Challenge #525 on Splitcoaststampers. I am the hostess this week and we are having a bingo game. See post here for all the details. Something may be hidden in the bingo card so come and join in on the fun. Just sayin'!!!
Just like regular bingo, you can pick a horizontal or vertical row. A diagonal line might be interesting. You can even select the 4 corners for your combo, if you like. , 
I chose a vertical row for my colors of blushing bride, rich razzleberry, mossy meadow and pear pizzazz. I liked the contrast of greens and the mix of razzleberry against the soft pink of blushing bride.

My card uses lots of dies and background stenciling. I had this card saved on one of my Pinterest Boards and used it for my inspiration today. I added some layers and changed colors to give it my own touch.

The stenciling is done with a Heidi Swapp stencil in pear pizzazz ink. I lightly splattered some rich razzleberry ink with a toothbrush.

I used 3 Memory Box dies : My background die is the "massa leaf frame" and I cut in mossy meadow cardstock. I also used the "chloe leaf die" and cut those in pear pizzazz cardstock. My flower is the Pavilia bloom outline and background dies. I cut the background flower in rich razzleberry and the outline in white.

To complete the card I added a butterfly cut with an Elizabeth Craft die in blushing bride and the butterfly body in rich razzleberry for some contrast. Scattered some sequins cut with the MFT sequin die.

Well, that's my card for today. Time to get on with my busy day. So until next time.......God bless.
card details: 
Stamps: lotus blossom (Stampin-Up) 
Paper: blushing bride, mossy meadow, rich razzleberry, pear pizzazz, ww 
Paper Size: A2 Ink: pear pizazz, rich razzleberry 
Accessories: massa leaf frame, chloe leaf die, Pavilia bloom outline & background dies (memory Box), small butterfly (Elizabeth Crafts), sequin die ( MFT), Heidi Swapp stencil 
Techniques: stenciling 
I am also entering:
1.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is spring showers and or spring flowers
2.  Sister Act Card Challenge is anything goes.
3.  4 Crafty Chicks has a die cuts challenge.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

~Easter Blessings~

Hello Blogger Friends!!! Happy Easter to all of you. Hope your day is a blessed one. We are starting off the day with a church service.
It will be a full congregation today so I have to get there a bit early to get a seat. No walking in as service starts for me today. (lol)!!
Then our family celebration will be with my in-laws. Our son and daughter-in-law are with her family this year. So the dinner table will be a bit less full. I invited my next door neighbors who are driving home from Philadelphia today. That way a nice warm meal will be waiting for them.
Now onto my card for today. This one I made as my last Easter card of the season. I used the layout from the SCS sketch challenge #534. I added a few more layers to my card but still kept to the basic sketch design.  
 I chose my designer paper first and that determined my card colors. The designer paper is from the Stampin-Up "all abloom" collection.

The Easter word is cut with an Impression Obsession die. The flower is the Pavilia bloom outline die from Memory Box.

The curved bottom of the designer paper is cut with the stitched hillside die from Lawn Fawn and the blessings word is a die from Simon Says Stamp.
Well that's it for me for today. So until next time........God bless.
Card Details:
Paper: strawberry slush, mossy meadow, blushing bride, all abloom dsp (Stampin-Up) 
Paper Size: A2 
Accessories: Easter Joy die (Impression Obsession), Pavilia Bloom die (memory Box), Christmas Blessings die (Simon Says Stamp), Stitched Hillside die (Lawn Fawn)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

~Easter Joy~

Hello Blogger Friends and a happy April to you all!!! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog.
My hubby and I were out in San Francisco for 5 days taking care of our sweet granddaughter, Phoenix Daisy. My son and daughter-in-law both had business trips. 
The time went by so quickly and of course we were exhausted at the end of the day. She has boundless 4 year old energy and wants to play all day. She was so sad the day we left to go home.
When we arrived in Pittsburgh, my daughter-in-law called us because Phoenix Daisy was crying. She wanted to FaceTime with us and the service did work on my phone in the car.  She called again the next morning and we did the Facetime for about an hour.
This video service from Apple is wonderful. And it's so perfect when you have family or friends that live far away. The quality of the connection is great. It runs over your internet connection or your cell phone service.
I will be back out there at the end of May because the parents want to go away for a little r & r over Memorial Day. Hubby wont make that trip because of work. I am already looking forward to it.
Now onto my card for today. I am showing another Easter card. I didn't make many this year and I didn't mail any of the ones I made yet. Hopefully that gets done today.
The colors are from the SCS color challenge #523. Barbara was our hostess and she chose and she chose choc chip, melon mambo and garden green for her color palette.  Our option this week is to make a spring card. 
melon mambo, choc chip, garden green

 I thought these colors were perfect for an Easter card. I also found some Basic Grey designer paper in my stash that had all the challenge colors and flowers. How is that for a great score???

My frames are from the Spellbinders floral oval and small oval collections. The Easter word cut in choc chip is a die from Impression Obsession. I cut it 3 times and then layered to give it more dimension.

To finish my card, I added some ribbon and bow with a sequin center and also candy dots from the brights collection at Stampin-Up.
Well, that's it for me for today. Time to get on with my day. So until next time......God bless.
card details:
Paper: choc chip, melon mambo, ww, Basic Grey sultry dsp 
Paper Size: A2 
Accessories: Spellbinders A & B matting basics and floral oval dies, Impression Obsession die, Michael's ribbon, Darice sequin, SU candy dots   

I am also entering:
1.  Addicted to Stamps has a holiday challenge.
2.  The Crafters Café has an Easter challenge.
3.  Fab 'n Funky has lots of layers
4.  Clear It Out Challenge is to use 2 or more things from stash. I used the last of both the dp as well as the ribbon.
5Craft-Dee Bowz is anything goes with a handmade bow.
6.  Get Creative Challenge is to use a die cut.
7.  Crafty Ribbons has an Easter challenge with ribbon
8 613 Avenue Create has an anything goes


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