Mommy’s weekly specials! Menu for my picky eater

I was having fun playing with my Cohas adhesive Vinyl chalkboard again and made a sign to hang up outside of my kitchen.  My lil guy can be a fussy eater, so I thought I would make him a fun  menu so he could help meal plan.  This is just a flat canvas panel, covered in chalkboard vinyl and a couple of strips of ribbon… and I added  Beer and Barbeque Lady Digital Stamp,   but colored the bottle to look like Ketchup.  The image is colored with Zig Kurecolor markers.

Cohas Chalkboard vinyl 12 x12 sheets (formerly Ziggyboard)

Zig Chalk Pens

Zig Kurecolor Alcohol Markers

Beer and Barbeque Lady Digital Stamp

 

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CraftsUPrint Treasure Chest Bonus packs project, Vault and Friday Freebie

Some of you may have seen me post previously about the Treasure Chest items I got free with one of my  cut file orders. CraftsUPrint are actually mailing these FREE when you order over £15 ( currently on offer at £10 ) worth of files or card kits.  I have to be honest I wasn’t expecting them to be that great quality, cmon..it’s free right  lol.  But when they arrived I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the  sheets..AND the size.  I wasn’t expecting full A4 sheets either.. 15 of them.. and you get to choose the designs you want.

If you missed  my previous post, you can find details below

My Treasure Chest Freebies arrived…. impressed !




Well last night I finally had a moment to sit and play with them… and I made my son some fridge magnets for his word wall.. which incidentally is one side of my upright freezer lol. It’s situated near the dining room table so always in view of him when he is eating or playing.. mommy’s subtle way of keeping him learning no matter what he is doing.










He spends a lot of time playing with Playdoh or coloring etc at the table.. and of course it’s a great way for him to “earn ” snacks during the day.  If you missed previous posts about the Cohas Magnetic sheets (formerly known as ZiggyBoard) I use to make his  wall.. I added some of them to some cheap wood cut circles and some of them I just added the Magnetic strip straight to the back of them.
Now the link is to the commercial product, what I am actually using is what are referred to as “tails” and “seconds” so anyone who is interested in buying some of these for projects, let me know. These are perfect for making magnets, and letter walls and using as small magnetic chalkboards. I have allsorts of projects on the blog using this stuff and I love it (search magnet, or Ziggy on the blog). It cuts like a dream on my Cricut Explore, by hand, my paper cutter, My Sizzix Big Shot… so very versatile and lots of fun to be had. I also used it to hang my metal dies for easy grabbing.. LOVE this stuff.



Well CraftsUPrint also just added a new video about the treasure chest, so I figured I would add that in for anyone interested.  If you have kids who like to craft, or you want some fun card or project toppers.. check them out.  I grab a set every time I buy new cutfiles.. in fact, I’m off to get more when I finish up this post as I see some fun new cut files I need to grab.  These are great for  projects with my 4 year old too as the Treasure Chest also includes sticker sheets.

They have added in lots of new items too, check out the contents of the current Treasure Chest right now not only can you get access to the treasure chest with a £10 order, you also get access to the vault for 24 hours.. and that is filled with freebies too. Lots of great card kits.. and they are all yours.. you have 24 hours to grab them for free.

Right now.. these are part of the vault collection.. which includes card kits, toppers and digital papers

Treasure Chest Instructions


and then of course, we can’t forget the Friday Freebie



3D Wedding and Romance Double Tri Shutter Card
Kit by Carol Clarke


and lastly.. but definitely not least.. you of course get your free game AND a chance to win the Crafty Bob Pot. I have been lucky enough to win this twice now.. the last time was over $80 worth .. I had a blast choosing cut files with that win !.



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Attack the Scrap Bucket ! fun project for kids and grown ups

We’ve all seen those fun Magnetic word sets that you use on your fridge, or freezer .. here’s a way to make your own. Great project for crafty homeschoolers, teachers, business signs or people who need something a little bit different from the usual word sets.
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I was lucky enough to have some tails from Cohas (formerly ZiggBoard) Magnetic Sheets that I could cut into strips to make these letters and words.  You may have seen previous post where I started making letters and numbers for the lil man .. now we are progressing onto words and  so I got out my MFT Bottlecap letters die and off we went again.  I won’t lie… it’s a time consuming project… we all know it takes a lot  LOT of letters  to make up enough single letters to form a decent amount of words.ziggy_alpha3 I probably cut and assembled at least 10 sets of individual letters.. probably more  and I already cut out at least 8 sets to start forming word magnets. There are going to be a lot of letters you use A LOT and some you don’t use so much.. just store those for later.  As your kids vocabulary grows, you will be able to use those up to expand your set.  Anyone who is homeschooling already knows that it’s time consuming, but VERY rewarding and totally worth the time and money spent.

These dies are totally worth grabbing because you can use them for so many projects, both fun and educational for years to come.

Name tags, labels, cards, magnets,stickers …so many fun things.

Ok so what did I use?… pretty simple project.. as I said.. just time consuming

  • Cohas Magnetic sheet cut into strips
  • 110lb Card from my scrap box…I have a tonne of this from my Cricut Print & cut projects.  Now they are expanding the Print & Cut dimensions to fit almost a full 8.5×11 this will reduce my scraps… but even so..right now I have enough to make alphabet sets for half the neighborhood lol.
  • Mod Podge I use this to cover the strip first and attach the letters then add a coat on top to seal them in.
  • My Favorite Things Bottlecap Alphabet Dies
  • paint brush to apply the Mod Podge
  • TIME.. and Patience.. even if you just do a few strips at a time… it adds up to a decent set  fairly quickly

Of course if you are a good crafter who doesn’t have a pile of scraps lying around waiting for that “maybe one day project”.. you can always print your letters on printable Vinyl or adhesive label sheets and just cut it into strips. Less time consuming but I am determined to attack my scrap bucket  before this year is done!!! lol  Plus it is kind of fun letting him add a couple of strips at a time to the freezer, so he isn’t overwhelmed with a tonne of new words.

On a totally off topic random  thought.. just because we are on a sort of educational thing anyway.  We were in Toys R Us today and a lady was there, obviously overwhelmed by all the toys… she asked him how old he was. And I could tell she was hoping he was around the same age as someone she was shopping for.  Turns out she has a young relative flying in for Christmas and was struggling to find a  suitable gift.  She had a set of Power Ranger figures in her hand and asked him if he thought they were cool.  All she knew was the kid liked Super hero’s.  

Well hot damned if my little guy didn’t jump in like the Bloody Toy Ambassador for Toys R US.. and dragged that poor lady all over the store showing her everything he wanted for Christmas lol… with a toy review and running commentary all the way. We started with Five Nights At Freddy, hit the Educational aisle where he proceeded to tell her how great the squishy Body  kit was..and reeled off  all the body parts shown on the back of the box, dragged her off to see Grossery Gang and the yuck truck on another aisle… then onto Imaginext vehicles and buildings… followed by transformers and finishing up with Octonauts.

Poor lady haha.. he talked her ear off for a solid half hour I think while dragging her round the store haha.  She was  in awe of his knowledge… specially when he started naming all the body parts…  and yes  he is getting that for Christmas, he just doesn’t know it yet LOL. ‘His Big’ sister in Australia is getting him that. It will be a fun start to his homeschooling science learning.

So proud of my lil man… that is the second time this month he has helped someone out in toys R US who was having probs picking gifts.

and back on track again…

Now I know decent Magnetic sheet is not always easy to come by, but I have used this magnetic sheet for all sorts of fun projects myself … from picture magnets,  to Metal Die storage.   If anyone is interested in what I would call it a crafters grab bag those will be available early next year.  These will most likely be pre-cut ready to go pieces in various shapes and sizes.

Need something other than alphabets, numbers and words?  want to make picture blocks, fun gifts, organization tags….or just have some fun and attach fun crafty items to cards etc … or decorate your locker.  This magnetic sheet is awesome,  everyone should have a bag of this in their stash.

Here are a few  of the other items I have made in the past.. search for magnet on the blog or have a wander through the projects tab at the top of the page for details on those projects.  and expect to see more of these projects next year.. I have some ideas I am dabbling with.

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Cute manga style magnet

I was playing around with my magnetic sheet from CraftingAbility again…  this one was die cut using a dual stitched set. Only the frame is magnetic, keeping it lightweight and economical.  I used the center portion on another project which I posted a few days ago. You may have read about the possibility of grab bags coming available… and this would be perfect for these kind of projects.

She may end up being another “abandoned art” project… we shall see 🙂

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Image – Scrapper’s Delights Sakura 1
Printed on Georgia Pacific110lb Index card
Colored with a mix of Chameleon, Zig Kurecolor  and some Marvy detailer.
Hearts are  punched from SEI red velvet paper
Adhesives used are  Kuretake Photo tape  and a white glue
Front panel was a scrap cut of Grafix Dura-Lar acetate
Magnetic Frame   –  magnetic sheet by ImageAbility available at Ziggyboard.com
Dual Stitched dies  by Lil’Inker Designs

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Spotlight mystery box contents revealed.

Well now our winner has her prize and has had a chance to  go through it all and  check it out, I can reveal the contents.  Our lucky winner was Tee Hall  from The Altered Paper, you can check out her post about her prize here.

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Now those of you that were following the spotlight  know that I had requested a few specific items  to be included and that the box was the prize for the Amy Chomas Spotlight.  I matched the spotlight and prize sponsor for a reason, the Amy Chomas Adapters mean… you can use these pens on your Cricut Explore etc …and  one of these items I absolutely LOVE using on my Cricut.

ok so… let’s have a quick look see what Tee had in her box…
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The picture from top left to bottom right:

and now for the fun part… I have most.. but not all of these products myself.  For those of you who missed out on previous posts, I am going to add in  some links to some past posts. If you want to see more of the  product from Craftingability.com (ImageAbility) and projects made with them ..just do a search on the blog for “Zig” or “craftingability”.

This is where I get those Zig Kurecolor markers I love so much, you may have seen I recently had a giveaway for the skintone pack  and where I will be getting a set of Zig Clean Colors from soon I hope 🙂  It’s also where I bought my Gansai Tambi watercolors & Wink of Stella/Luna pens.

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One of my favorites has to be the embossing pens.  LOVE LOVE LOVE these pens and they work fabulously for writing and drawing in your machines using the Chomas Marker Adapter.
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Loving these Zig embossing pens

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One BIG reason to consider the Cricut Air over the ONE

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..and then we have  the slate…. I LOVE this slate, but let’s face it.. my handwriting sucks and you can’t run this through the Cricut even with a fab adapter lol.  But there are so many ways to use this slate, it’s gorgeous…. you just have to think outside the box.   Stencils, transfer paper, stamping …or you can be like me and go totally in the other direction.  I love to do 3D decoupage layered images….  so my first project with this slate was this one.

New Hampshire Slate & 3D layered image wall plaque

 

 

 

And then of course we have the Magnetic”tails” as Steve likes to refer to them.  This was an extra item I asked to have included, it’s just a sample pack, end of rolls.. 2nds etc.

 

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Imageability make a  lot of Magnetic sheet products for commercial and  personal use including the calendar which was included in the prize box.   Now this  means there are end of roll pieces that aren’t big enough to use for that..BUT….. it’s perfect for crafters.

 

 

 

 

 

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Steve’s idea of end of roll “scraps” or “tails” make me laugh… and his idea of seconds…even more so.  I have bought retail products with more defects lol.   Bless his heart but  you can’t fault them for their Quality Control.

 

 

 

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I  have been trying to convince him to sell his “tail” oooo er missus !!  naughty girls… I mean his magnetic tails…  in a crafters grab bag of some sort.  They are perfect for  crafters who like to do magnets, or someone needing a way to store and display their metal dies.

 

 

If you are interested in a grab bag,  leave a comment and I’ll  pass them along so he can see if there is enough interest to make it worth them packaging these up and working out a deal for Crafting Circle readers to get their hands on one..  When Steve says  tails and seconds… We’re talking  minimum of 6×6 .. right the way up to 24x24inches.  Don’t get too excited ..the bigger pieces are not as common, but there would probably be a fair selection of sizes in a grab bag.

By his definition –

“Seconds, they have a scratch or bump on them.  Even something you can only see with a magnifying glass is a second.  I would say seconds are better than tails.”

I can honestly say his seconds don’t look like seconds to me …  and even the tails… if you are using them for projects and it’s going to be covered with a design or used for die storage….  no brainer.   I’ll take all the seconds and tails in a heartbeat… I have loads of fun projects they are great for.

It cuts like a dream on machines, die cutters like the Big Shot and by hand or with a  paper trimmer.   Check out some of the projects I have made with… his “tails”

Velvet studded Magnet KennyK “Tomboy Trouble”

Fridge Magnet Game with ZiggyBoard Scraps
Ziggyboard…. how I love you soooo
You may or may not remember one of the very first items I got from CraftingAbility was  the Memory System Collection,  that set contains a mix of pens  and I love it.  This is what prompted me to request the white chalk writer pen seen in the prize package.  My collection had a selection of those chalk pens with various tips .. but they can also be purchased separately, or in sets with specific tips.  I have my eye on the  writer top set.  Another great pen to use in my Cricut with the adapter.  You can see them in action on  the Collection review, see post link below.

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Zig Memory System Collection review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CraftingAbility/Ziggy Day 21 Mystery Box Prize

sooo…. The CraftingAbility  Ziggyboard mystery Box…. prize that is up for grabs on the Day 21 Amy Chomas End of Spotlight Series Giveaway… have you all checked to see the products the sponsor ImageAbility carries in these stores??
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For those of you that don’t already know… this is the place I get a lot of my goodies… like the Zig pens, Wink of Stella and the fun magnetic chalkboard,chalkboard vinyl and frosted vinyl. And the slate I used on my CAAB projects also came from here. Check out some of my the reviews and projects here  Reviews and Projects

And they were the sponsor for the Zig Kurecolor skintone pack giveaway that just ended.

 
Well .. I can tell you this mystery box will be fun for anyone with a cutting machine .. specially if you have one of Amy’s adapters. But even if you don’t have an adapter yet…or a cutting machine….. it’s still a fun box because I tried to pick out the most versatile products I could to cover lots of different crafty needs and uses.
 
It’s a little bit of a mix… so you get to try out a bunch of stuff instead of just one thing. And most all of it is items I have myself and really like..so I figured someone out there might want to try them too.
 
Even I don’t know EXACTLY what will be in it… but I sent in my list of suggested items and asked for a special sampler pack to be put together just for this giveaway…. and I know at least some of them will make it into the box 🙂
 
I’m excited to see what makes it into the mystery box too 🙂



Fridge Magnet Game with ZiggyBoard Scraps

I needed a break from the all this Spotlight Series and card making for an hour or two, so I decided to play with some of my ZiggyBoard Magnetic Sheet scraps and the new die set a friend sent me last month.

I’d been eyeing up a letter set so that was perfect timing and I can’t thank you enough for that fab gift package you sent. The glue you sent with it is fabulous for this project too 🙂 Lil man and I are so lucky 🙂

Just wanted to share a project I am doing with this 🙂

I took my ZiggyBoard Magnetic sheet and cut it on my Fellowes trimmer, this cuts like a dream on paper trimmers, cutting machines like my Cricut Explore.. but it also die cuts easy in the Sizzix Big Shot and of course…. as you can see….with Scissors. So many fun things you can do with Ziggyboard… My fridge has all sorts of fun stuff on it now 🙂

But this is something I had wanted to do for a while .. so here’s a quick look at it.  I had a bunch of spare letters left over after doing my “oversized” Christmas Card  which I posted yesterday as my DT card for the new Crafty Awesomeness Prize Challenge…   and this was a perfect way to use up some of the excess letters.  I shall just keep cutting more and stashing them away when I have scraps to use up.

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ziggy_alpha2ziggy_alpha3Voila.. fridge game for me and my son.  We can learn letters and words and leave messages for daddy… or he can leave messages for us.  What a fun way to use up scraps  🙂

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Spotlight Series Introduction..and final sneaky peek !!!

spotlight seriesWell it’s finally upon us,  just a few  more hours  till the start of the Spotlight Series… woot.

The idea behind this spotlight was to give you an insight into some of my favorite artists, designers and small craft business owners.  None of that  stuffy “About Us” stuff we all have to put on our pages..  the fun stuff  🙂 ..and of course to celebrate the blog First Anniversary.

Each spotlight guest was sent the same 50 questions; with the instructions to choose at least 10, or more if they wanted to and answer them in any fashion they see fit…. and some of them surely did LOL.

Here are the 50 questions I asked our Spotlight guests to answer…. not all of the questions are relevant to all of the guests.

  • Who are you ?
  • Where are you ?
  • When did you first start drawing/designing seriously
  • What was the first product you ever had for sale?
  • What is your favorite piece in the whole store?
  • Who is your inspiration/muse?
  • How many people work with/for you ?
  • Name your favorite cartoon?
  • Favorite quote?
  • What’s your guilty pleasure ?
  • What  job did you have BEFORE you started  drawing/designing for a living?
  • If you could hang out with ANYONE in the world ….  who would it be?….and what is the one question you would want to ask them?
  • What’s your favorite color?
  • What was your favorite subject in school…?
  • If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be?
  • What is your best and worst personality trait?
  • When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?
  • If you got offered a weekend in a haunted  house/castle etc.. would you say yes?
  • If you were a Cluedo Character, who would you be?
  • If you suddenly changed careers and went to work at Disney…what character would you want to be?
  • What’s your favorite horror movie?
  • If you were reincarnated…who would you have been in a former life.
  • When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?
  • What is your most popular item in the store/shop?
  • Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them?
  • If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?
  • What is the one question you are really glad I didn’t ask ….and dare you answer it anyway? Lol
  • If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with ?
  • When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?
  • What’s your favorite event, or holiday of the year?
  • Would you go cave diving with sharks?
  • If your parents had named you something else… what would you have picked?
  • Which decade do you think had the best music?
  • Have you ever been on a blind date…. and if so..  was it fun, or a nightmare?
  • What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax
  • What should be written on your gravestone when you die?
  • Do you secretly watch WWE wrestling when no one is around?
  • If you were offered a trip to the moon, would you go..and if so .. which of your images/products would leave on the moon??
  • Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?
  • If you were a classic car…. what would you be?
  • How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?
  • When you are working, what is the view from your window like
  • What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?
  • Who scared you most as a kid when you were being naughty.. your parents or the boogey man?
  • What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?
  • Show me the drawing you think most closely resembles you physically or personality-wise?
  • Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection?

So who are these brave souls who dare to bare their inner secrets ….

The list is still growing, so I’ll be adding to it throughout the month ..only 10 slots left.. who will it be??.  Gathering together this many fab, but busy people at short notice and in a short amount of space is a major undertaking.. so props to all these fab people for taking part and who already sent back their Q&A’s and coupon codes and sponsoring all the fab prizes coming up in the End of Series Giveaway… and  thanks to everyone who opted in and is feverishly trying to get their completed 🙂

Thanks for celebrating the blogs 1st Anniversary with me  🙂

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Day 21 Chomas Creations – Mystery Craft Kit Box

PRIZE: Mystery Craft Kit Box
SPONSOR: Imagability – Craftingability.com & Ziggyboard.com

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Eligibility  – US only –  Spotlight Guests are only excluded from entering their own spotlight giveaway.

How to enter  –  

  • Visit the Spotlight Series Day 21, Amy – Chomas Creations and  leave a comment for the spotlight guest.
  • Come back here and  post “I commented” in the comments for this giveaway.  You must comment on the spotlight guests spotlight post AND this entry post  within the entry time period to be eligible to win.
  • Use a valid email address when commenting/entering, you will need it  to claim  your prize
  • 1 “I commented” entry comment per person on this post please, all others will not be approved ( all posts are under approval, please don’t double post..I may be asleep)Winners:
  • All Winner’s  in the End of Series Giveaway will be picked randomly, either by me…or the sponsor.
  • Winner will be posted on the blog winner list and contacted via email  and must claim their prize within 48 hours, or it will be forfeited and a new winner drawn. I will update the winner list to show what has, or hasn’t been claimed yet.
  • All prizes are furnished by individual spotlight guests, or sponsors.  Physical prizes will require you to supply a valid shipping address.  Digital prizes/codes etc will be sent to the email used to comment NO exceptions  to avoid  prize claim theft, which unfortunately does happen.

    OPEN FOR ENTRY COMMENTS JULY 1st through July 10th, 11:59 Central time

    Winner announced July 10-15th

New Hampshire Slate & 3D layered image wall plaque

I was lucky enough to acquire some gorgeous New Hampshire slate from ImageAbility last year. I have been waiting for just the right project to use this on and I love how it turned out. This slate is normally sold for people who do Chalk Marker Art & Signage, but anyone who knows me.. knows I suck at drawing and my handwriting is equally unimpressive. Unlike the Ziggyboard, this will not fit through the Cricut so I can draw an outline to follow, as I have on previous projects. *grin

I was considering darkening the slate up a touch using some matte Modge Podge Acrylic sealer, but decided against that and went with the “au naturale” look instead.
I also considered a bunch of verse, sentiments, quotes etc. and in the end I chose this one, it seemed appropriate both for a crafter, and the image I was using.

My original plan was to mount this as a desk plaque, desk organizer type deal, but I didn’t have the  wood handy to make that right now…. so that will probably happen at a later date.  The image is multilayered and instead of my regular foam padding, I chose to use a black card stock to create a more subtle depth change.  I believe she ended up as 4 layers, instead of the original 6 layer I had planned ….due to the complexity of the image.
mighty_sword_wmdI colored one complete image to get a feel for how I wanted it to go colorwise, and then I began cutting my other images into each layer and coloring them as needed.  I liked the face on my original test piece so much, I used it for my 2nd layer.  the complete image was cut 4 times on my Cricut Explore and then I cut away the excess pieces on each layer by hand.

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This is my Inspirational Project over at Cute As A Button’s Facebook Group this month

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* This slate was provided free of charge for project review purposes.
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