Gentle Asters Canvas

chacb sept 1 challenge 06Gentle Asters Canvas for Crafty Secrets September Linky Party and Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #15: All the Pretty Flowers

NOTE:  This is my second post for the day.  If you are looking for the Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge, please scroll down or click HERE.

Well, welcome to September, my friends!  And a Happy Labor Day to all my U.S. peeps!  I hope you have some relaxation and fun in store for this last weekend of summer!  I have a special creation to share with you today.  My Gentle Asters canvas was made for the Crafty Secrets September Linky party and  Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge #15. Be sure to read all the information below, because there are 3 fantastic prizes up for grabs, and you will want to be sure to get in on all that crafty goodness!

The theme for the Crafty Secrets Linky party is Fall/Halloween.  The design team has put together some wonderful tutorials to instruct and inspire you, so be sure to visit their blog links below.  You can play along by linking up your NEW project using any Crafty Secrets product on the Crafty Secrets BLOG.  Be sure to link up before midnight PT on Sunday, September 14th, 2014.  One lucky participant will be chosen to win a $50 shopping spree to the Crafty Secrets online store, and each participant will be given a $6 store credit.  If you don’t have any Crafty Secrets products, you can find a list of free downloads in the side bar of the Crafty Secrets blog.  You need not create a fall or Halloween project to enter.  You just need to feature Crafty Secrets product in your NEW creation.

The theme for Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #15 is “All the Pretty Flowers.”  Here are the rules for participating in that challenge.

This challenge is for all of you flower hoarders! Maybe you hoard pre-made flowers. Maybe you hoard flower punches or dies. Maybe you hoard flower stamps. “Dig” out those flowers and use them on your project!

Visit each of the designer blogs below for inspiration, and then link your NEW flowery project up to the Craft Hoarders Anonymous BLOG no later than midnight PT, Saturday, September 14th, 2014.

Crafty Secrets and Heartfelt Creations are the generous sponsors of this challenge. They have each provided a prize, so there will be TWO winners for this challenge.  Crafty Secrets is offering this HUGE prize pack:

CS prize pack

And one talented participant will win this wonderful prize from Heartfelt Creations:


Heartfelt Creations Logo
Heartfelt Creations provides a unique line of artistic stamps, detailed dies and designer papers. Many of our stamps coordinate with our exclusive dies. The innovation of our stamps paired with matching dies offers a whole new dimension of possibilities and quickly adds eye-popping 3D details to any project. Our designer papers are created to coordinate with our product collections adding the perfect complement to any Heartfelt Creations stamp or die.  Visit our BLOG for weekly tutorials, design team inspiration and instructional videos.  Our online STORE contains a full line of stamps, dies, paper and crafting accessories.
Crafty Secrets LogoCrafty Secrets/Heartwarming Vintage was started in 1993 by owner and designer Sandy Redburn.  Crafty Secrets offers a fabulous selection of high quality digital stamps, images, printable sheets, and papers, so you can have all our crafty, vintage goodness at the tips of your fingers with instant downloads from our Crafty Vintage Girl STORE. Our BLOG offers weekly  inspiration from our design team.
Gentle Asters Canvas

Here’s my finished Gentle Asters canvas.  My tutorial is stamping on patterned paper, and the details are below.

chacb sept 1 challenge 01This 8×10 canvas has been covered with the garden collage from the Digital Garden papers collection.  I printed it on canvas paper, then colored it with distress inks and Spectrum Noir Markers.  The beautiful garden girl is one of 16 images found on the Digital Vintage Flowers Printable Sheet.  I printed these papers from the Vintage Halloween Jumbo Download onto smooth 80 pound paper.  I find it holds up well to stamping, but it die cuts well.

Craft HoardersCS Linky 05I generally run the heat gun lightly over these papers once they have been printed, and then I can ink them, distress them, stamp them, color on them, and they do not run.  In this instance, stamped my Delicate Asters with Versamark ink, then covered the stamped images with Copper Embossing Powder. The result was rather stunning.

Craft HoardersCS Linky 06After die cutting my flowers and leaves with the matching die, I shaped them with my Paper Blossoms Tool Kit and molding mat.  I layered them together, alternating the dark and light papers and staggering the petals.  I used white glue to hold the layers in place. The centers were filled with Citrus Flower Soft.  While they were drying, I was inspired to write a poem!  Go figure!  I jotted it down quickly and then used my PaintShop Pro software to add it to the beautiful Garden Memories frame.  Then I just printed it!  Easy, Peasy!  Before I inked and colored the frame, I traced over the lettering using a Versamark pen and then heat embossed with clear powder.  This kept the printed poem from smudging while I inked and colored the frame. Then I tapped the entire frame with Versamark and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder to give it a sort of aged, leathery look and feel.

chacb sept 1 challenge 11Here are some more photos for you to enjoy.

chacb sept 1 challenge 10chacb sept 1 challenge 09chacb sept 1 challenge 06chacb sept 1 challenge 04chacb sept 1 challenge 01Here are the links to the Crafty Secrets Design Team blogs.  We are honored to have the wonderful artistry of our Guest Designer Glenda Brooks with us this month.

Guest Designer Glenda BrooksMichele KovackSheila RumneyDarlene Pavlick ♥     Elizabeth LincolnGloria StengelDiane HoverMelody ClementShantaie Caudill-Fowler

Here are the links to the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Design team.

 Christy ButtersDebbie SeyerDonna Idlet  ♥  Ginny NemchakGlenda Brooks ♥             Gloria StengelJan Marie EnnengaKaren ZuegerPam Bray

Thanks so much for stopping by!   Be sure to visit each designer’s blog and then link up to both the Crafty Secrets Linky Party and the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog so that you can have a chance to win one of these three wonderful prizes!  Happy Labor Day!







Mini Apple Recipe Album and Fall Ribbons

RRR Challenge Sept1 06Mini Apple Recipe Album and Fall Ribbons for Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge

Welcome to September, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s the first of the month, so it’s time for another wonderful challenge from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The challenge this time is “Autumn Colors and Ribbon.”  This one is right up my alley…I loooove fall!  The colors, the crisp air, the bright blue sky.  I was totally inspired to get my craft on, and made a mini Apple Recipe Album with beautiful fall ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Check it out:

RRR Challenge Sept1 01This  mini recipe album has 2 of my all time favorite apple recipes tucked away on the inside.  Growing up in New England, my family went apple picking every September.  I can still smell the perfume of those glorious apple orchards, see the branches hanging low with bountiful fruit, and remember how the juice would run down my chin when I took a big bite from that freshly picked apple.  We would load up the back of our VW mini bus with bushels of apples and eat apples all the way home.  Mom would store some in the cold cellar, keep some out for us to munch on, and then can the rest to be used in her wonderful apple pies, crisps, and Betty’s.  She would make quart after quart of homemade applesauce for us to enjoy during the winter months.  So it’s no wonder that I still love apples!

RRR Challenge Sept1 02I used burgundy cardstock as the base of my album, then layered on beautiful papers and ephemera from the Authentique Autumn Season paper collection.  The gorgeous ribbons I’ve used here are from the Really Reasonable Ribbon August Ribbon Club Collection.

I used Sherry Checkerboard Satin, Tabitha Natural Crochet Lace, Rust/Ivory Plaid Ribbon, and of course I had to use just a little of my favorite Natural Jute String.

The album has a cut away front that I lined with stamped kraft paper and turned into a pocket for holding tags.

RRR Challenge Sept1 03Each tag is topped with ribbon and twine and then tucked into the front pocket.  There’s room to mount a small photo on the back, and you could journal on the front, too.

RRR Challenge Sept1 05I’ve done lots of stitching, and added bits of ribbon, fall ephemera and hand written recipes throughout the mini recipe book.  I left the top edge of the album open so that I could tuck in more tags, photos and journaling spots between the pages.

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RRR Challenge Sept1 07I added fussy cut apple images and cute apple brads to my pages to bring them to life.

RRR Challenge Sept1 11RRR Challenge Sept1 09These are the tags that are inserted between the 3rd and 4th pages. I made this tag into a pocket by stitching the coupon onto the kraft cardstock.  Then I filled the pocket with Technique Tuesday journaling tags I found while tidying up my studio.  It’s amazing what you find when you clean, isn’t it?

RRR Challenge Sept1 10Lots of room to journal or add photos.

RRR Challenge Sept1 12Here’s a look at the back of the mini album.  It’s a simple design, and I need to write up a tutorial to share with all of you. Would you like that?   I love my little bottle cap with the apple button on top.  I am sharing a tutorial on how to make these on the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG (and here, too) on September 4th, so you’ll want to check that out.

I’m also linking this project up at a fun new challenge blog I found just a week ago.  613 Avenue Create has a weekly challenge that looks like too much fun to pass up.  This week’s theme is “Anything Goes with Sights, Sounds and Tastes of Autumn” as an optional twist.  How could I pass that up?

RRR Challenge Sept1 02So, do you have any favorite fall memories?  Our apple picking tradition is one of my most favorite, and most delicious, too!  I’d love to hear about yours in the comment section below.  If you don’t have any favorite fall traditions, I’d love to hear what your favorite apple recipe is!

Thanks for stopping by!




Festive Christmas Gift Bag and Tags

Festive Christmas Gift Bag 06Festive Christmas Bag and Tags

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to Heartfelt Creations Wednesday.  With the month of August almost gone, we are inching ever closer to the holiday season with all sorts of baking, parties and gifting to look forward to.  With this in mind,  I’ve created an elegant Festive Christmas gift bag and tags that would make a great hostess gift…or any kind of gift, really. You’ll find a complete list of supplies and a detailed tutorial at the end of this post.  I have a load of photos to share with you, so let’s get started.

Festive Christmas Gift Bag 01aI love the classic colors and rich design of the beautiful Festive Christmas Collection! I started with a plain kraft bag and used the papers, stamps and dies to transform it into an opulent gift bag with a trio of hidden gift tags. Check it out!

Festive Christmas Gift Bag 03I framed the beautiful Doves of Peace PreCut Stamp set with a gold foil frame and mounted it on my favorite paper from the Festive Christmas paper collection. Leaving the top of this panel open created space for me to add three handmade gift tags featuring artwork and stamped images from the Festive Christmas collection.  Here’s a closer look at the tags:

Festive Christmas Gift Bag 04aI love the look of white stamping on kraft paper.  It’s homey, warm and vintage.  Imagine how pretty these tags will look when attached to packages under the tree! Embossing the giant brads was really fun!

Festive Christmas Gift Bag 05aThe back side of the bag is also decorated with one of the poems I wrote for this collection along with gorgeous gold Ornamental Dies.  I added some gold and pearl buttons and a satiny gold ribbon bow and bag handles to really take it over the top.  It’s Christmas, right?  Time to shine!

Do you do a lot of baking for the holidays?  I typically make at least a dozen different kinds of cookies and treats for family and for gift giving.  Our favorite Christmas cookie is my homemade gingersnaps, with real bits of candied ginger!  Yummy!  The smell of those baking instantly puts you in the Christmas spirit!  What’s your favorite holiday baking tradition?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  I think it’s so fun to compare notes with folks from all around the globe!

That’s it for me today!  Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time,




Festive Christmas Gift Bag

Heartfelt Creations Products and Product Carried by HC:
Stamps: HCPC 3621 Dove of Peace PreCut Set, HCPC 3622 O Little Town PreCut Set, HCPC 3623 Festive Candlelight PreCut Set, HCPC 3625 Festive Notes PreCut Set
Dies: HCD 745 Luggage and Tags Die, HCD 738 Ornamental Dies, 354806 Spellbinder Standard Circles Large
Paper: HCDP1 246 Festive Christmas Paper Collection
Other: 452255 Spellbinder Grand Calibur

Other products: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ kraft bag with grommet holes, Spellbinders Delightful Circles, kraft cardstock, green cardstock, red cardstock, gold foil cardstock, cream cardstock, Versamark Ink Pad, ColorBox Frost White Pigment Ink, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Pine Needles Distress Ink, Aged Mahogany Distress Ink, Aged Gold Embossing Powder, White Superfine Embossing Powder, Distress Markers (pumice stone, pine needles, mowed lawn, festive berries, aged mahogany, old paper) water detail brush, gold ribbon, red satin ribbon, buttons, large brads

Directions: Cut two 36″ lengths of gold ribbon, fold in half and tie through the grommet holes in the bag as handles. Cut four 4″ lengths of gold ribbon and tie a square knot bow around the top of each handle.
Cut two 8 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ rectangles from green cardstock. Ink the edges with Pine Needles Distress Ink. Cut two 8″ x 5″ designer paper rectangles using the green flourish paper from the collection. Use a zig zag stitch and gold metallic thread to both panels of designer paper to both panels of green cardstock. Glue one panel onto the back of the bag. Run the gold ribbon across the center of the remaining panel, as shown. Top with red satin ribbon. Cut red cardstock to 5″ x 4 1/2″. Cut the red holly paper to 4 7/8″ x 4 1/4″. Use a straight stitch to sew the two panels together, center on the front of the bag and glue down, leaving the top edge unglued so you can use it as a pocket.
Use Versamark to stamp the doves of peace onto cream cardstock. Heat emboss with Aged Gold embossing powder. Color with Distress Markers. Die cut with largest circle die from Standard Circles Large. Die cut Delightful Circles from gold foil cardstock and use foam dots to position over stamped image as a frame. Trim any overhang. Glue in the center of the red panel.
Die cut 4 decorative corner pieces from HCD 738 out of gold foil cardstock. Glue into the 4 corners of the bag, as shown. Thread 6 red buttons with gold thread and secure to bag with a glue gun.
Die cut 3 kraft tags with Luggage and Tag die. Using Frost White Pigment Ink, stamp one with the lantern from Festive Candlelight, stamp one with the sentiment from Festive Candlelight, and stamp one with the ornament from O Little Town. Heat emboss with White Superfine Embossing Powder. Use Versamark to randomly stamp Festive Notes onto the brad heads. Hold the brad legs with reverse tweezers and heat emboss with Aged Gold embossing powder. Use the Luggage and Tags die to cut 3 decorative scallop labels from the paper collection. Sponge the edges with Pine Needles or Aged Mahogany DI. Cut a 4″ piece of gold ribbon, fold in half and place at the back of each stamped tag. Run the brads through the scalloped tag and the ribbon. Insert into the pocket.
Decorate the back of the bag with a matted sentiment and two of the decorative dies cut from gold foil. Glue the decorative pieces at an angle, as shown and top with a gold pearl button. Tie a loopy bow with the gold ribbon and use the glue gun to attach it to the left hand side of the sentiment. Top with a large gold pearl button.

Create a Life as Beautiful as Your Dreams

CS Art Card 04Create a Life as Beautiful as Your Dreams

Hello, Friends!  I’ve been having a lot of fun playing with my Crafty Secrets Vintage CD’s.  I had kind of forgotten about them until earlier this month when I pulled them out just to refresh my memory of what they contain.  Well, let me tell you….they are jam packed with beautiful papers, images, ephemera and creative ideas.  I know I’ve shared several projects with you that I’ve made with these this summer.  Today, I used Creating with Vintage Patterns CD 1 and Creating with Vintage Illustrations CD2 to make this card.

CS Art Card 01I think this image is absolutely gorgeous. I wanted to add a sentiment to the paint palette, and I decided on “Create a Life that is as Beautiful as Your Dreams.” Once I had my image sized the way I wanted it, I just used the type tool to add the sentiment.  Then, I used my color changer tool to make it dark brown.  It was really easy!  All I had to do was print it out, and there was my sentiment, perfectly placed, in the font I wanted to use, in the color I selected.  I confess, I got a little giddy with excitement at how well this worked.  I printed it out on nubbly watercolor paper because I wanted it to have a sort of canvas texture. It’s hard to pick up with the camera, but in real life…it’s very cool!

CS Art Card 02The image was torn from the paper, then inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  I then tapped it with Viva Decor Copper 3D Stamp Paint. This added a subtle sheen and another layer of texture to the image.  The title is from the old Renaissance Alphabet Booklet and the little paintbrushes are from the French Labels Heartwarming Vintage Stickers.  I also added a lot of copper embossing around the edges of the card. My ribbon is Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Variegated Copper Silk.

CS Art Card 03Do you see the pretty patterned paper behind the printed image?  I found a pattern I loved on the Creating with Vintage Patterns CD, but it was too green.  So I put my brave boots on and played around with the color changer tool until I had it the exact shade of blue grey that I wanted.  I was soooooo excited with the way this turned out, and I realized I have endless options for creating my own custom paper this way.  Here’s a better look at it on the inside of the card.

CS Art Card 05How cool is that?  Now you can always have paper that matches your project.  I’m so glad I got over my fear of working with digital papers and stamps!  The more I use them, the more I love them.

That’s all for me today, friends!  Thanks for stopping by.  May the life you live be as beautiful as your dreams!



French Country Birthday Card

French Country RRR 04French Country Birthday Card & Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello Ribbon Loving Friends! I have an elegant card featuring Really Reasonable Ribbon to share with you today.  This French Country birthday card has lots of layers, lots of gold embossing and oodles of scrumptious Really Reasonable ribbon.

French Country RRR 01I have always loved this image from Graphic 45′s French Country paper collection.  When I received the gorgeous August Ribbon Club assortment, I knew this elegant Sherry Checkerboard Satin Ribbon would be the perfect complement to its Old World Charm. I used my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool to help me tie the perfect triple loop bow. I frayed and inked a strip of the fabulously shabby chic Cotton Blend Vintage Travel Ribbon . Because this ribbon is 2 1/2″ wide, it makes a perfect belly band on a card.  I saved some of the small threads and topped my satin bow with them and then added a button.

French Country RRR 02You can really see the dimension and embossing from this angle. I combined three of the chipboard tags with a bit of my favorite Natural Jute String to balance out the bow on the left hand side of the card.

French Country RRR 05Fraying the ends is easy…just use a craft pick to separate the strands.

French Country RRR 08More layers, and stamped greetings from Fiskars “Make a Wish” stamp set complete the card.

Thanks for stopping by! I wish you a day filled with beauty and creativity!



I Have Heard the Mermaids Singing

Mermaid Tag 02Crafty Secrets I Have Heard the Mermaids Singing Tag

Hello, Friends!  Seems like all I can think about lately is the beach.  My heart is longing for a wind swept beach: sand between my toes, long walks, searching for hidden treasures.  But, alas, the schedule is full, and the beach must wait.  So I’ve been satisfying my longing by creating beach themed art.  The other day, I pulled out my Crafty Secrets Creating With Vintage Illustrations CD  where I found this beautiful printed scene of children playing at the shore.  That inspired me to dig into my digital art stamps where I found these two lovely Mermaids just begging to be invited to the party!  So I created this jumbo tag, hand wrote a few lines from the T. S. Eliot poem and titled it, “I Have Heard the Mermaids Singing.”

Mermaid Tag 01This was fun to create.  I wanted to incorporate the mermaids into the scene, almost as though they were part of the original.  I sized them in PaintShop Pro, then printed them out on watercolor paper.  They were colored with Aquarelle Watercolor pencils and detail brush, then fussy cut.  I used my craft knife to cut along the outline of the rocks so that I could slip them behind , then adhered them with foam dots so that they would pop up from the scene.  I was pleased with how well this worked.  As you can see, in the original image, they are leaning or sitting on stairs:

I added some shells and fibers, vintage sheet music and embossed the rocks with Stampendous shabby white embossing powder.

Mermaid Tag 03Every mermaid needs a pearl tiara, don’t you agree?

Mermaid Tag 02Diamond Stickles were added to the tails and Frosted Lace Stickles to the hair.  The title was simply printed out on watercolor paper and inked with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  I used Salty Ocean Distress Ink around the edges of the tag. I used my father’s vintage fountain pen to write the sentiment.

Mermaid Tag 04It’s not quite as good as a walk along the beach, but it will have to do until I can steal away and get lost in the wonders of the shore.

Thanks for stopping by….may you hear the mermaids singing today, wherever you are.



Vintage Christmas Ornaments

HC Vintage Christmas Card Sample 02Heartfelt Creations Wednesday: Vintage Christmas Ornaments

Hello, Friends!  Time for another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday project.  This week, I’m sharing some Vintage Christmas ornaments made with the Festive Christmas Collection.  Growing up, my grandmother had the most beautiful Christmas tree ornaments I’ve ever seen.  There were ornate glass balls, sparkling bubble lights, crystal beads and glittering garlands on her tree every year.  I’ve tried to capture the Vintage shimmer, shine and elegance of those trees in this card.

HC Vintage Christmas Card Sample 01aThis is a side fold 5″ x 7″ card with lots of inking, embossing and hand made epoxy elements.  If you are not familiar with how to make these epoxy embellishments, you can watch Emma Lou’s wonderful video tutorial HERE.  I have a complete supply list and step by step instructions for making this card below.  Enjoy!

HC Vintage Christmas Card Sample 02The string of pearls reminds me of the glass beads on my Grandmother’s tree.

HC Vintage Christmas Card Sample 04I used lots of distressing to add texture to the card panels.  The wonderful Raindrops on Roses die cut adds instant elegance and reminds me of snowflakes.

HC Vintage Christmas Card Sample 05I love the way the gold embossed background of the Festive Ornaments Stamp shines through the inked, distressed background.

HC Vintage Christmas Card Sample 03I had the privilege of writing the sentiments for this collection, and this is one of my original poems.  What an honor!

What were your favorite tree ornaments when you were growing up?  Did you string popcorn and berries?  Stitch felt ornaments?  I’d love it if you shared them with me in the comments section below.  Thanks for stopping by!



Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

Paper: HCDP1 246 Festive Christmas Collection
Stamps: HCPC 3620 Festive Ornaments PreCut Set
HCPC 3557 Christmas Poinsettia PreCut Set
Dies: HCD 734 Sun Kissed Fleur
HCD 743 Raindrops on Roses
Other: Tools: 452255 Grand Calibur, 159223 Paper Blossoms Molding Mat, 459222 Paper Blossoms Tool Kit, 278859 Melt Art Melting Pot, SMP001 Stamp Mat Pad; Embossing Powder: 278039 Melt Art Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) Bridal Embossing Tinsel

Other Products: Paper: White and kraft Cardstock, vellum, Tan Pearl Paper (Core’dinations); Coloring Medium: Spectrum Noir Markers (DR 5, 6; JG 4, 5) Gold Gelato, Vintage Photo Distress Stain; Ink: Vintage Photo and Tea Dye Distress Ink, Ranger Vermillion Archival Ink, Versamark; Other: Superfine Gold Embossing Powder, glass beads, ribbon, adhesive pearls, foam dots, glue

Directions: Using Versamark, stamp Festive Ornaments twice onto white Cardstock. Heat emboss with Superfine Gold Embossing Powder. Color only the ornaments on one stamped image, cut out, cover with Versamark and treat with UTEE in the melting pot. When completely cooled, gently bend to create a cracked finish.
Color the border of the other image, sponge all over with Vintage Photo and Tea Dye DI. Flick with water to create an aged look Tear the edges, distress the edges further and ink with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. Use foam dots to pop up the UTEE ornaments. Add seed beads and pearls as shown.
Create a 5″ x 7″ side fold card base from kraft cardstock. Distress the edges and ink with Vintage Photo Distress Stain.
Cut a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ piece of red holly paper from the paper collection. Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. Distress and roll the edges. Die cut and emboss 2 Raindrops on Roses toppers from pearl tan cardstock. Trim around the swirls so that they can be tucked behind your stamped panel. Glue the stamped panel onto prepared card base. Add ribbons, glass beads, adhesive pearls and small rose as shown.
Use Ranger Vermillion Archival Ink to stamp the Poinsettia onto vellum. Die cut, color the back side with markers and shape 2 of the smaller blossoms. Stack and add to the top of the larger round ornament. Fill center with glass beads.
For the interior: Cut the card greeting from the paper collection and glue into the card interior.

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