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Crafty Secrets April 2015 Linky Party

Crafty Secrets and Really Reasonable Ribbon: A Perfect Match!

NOTE:  If you are looking for my April Blog Candy Event, please scroll down!  Thanks!

Welcome to the Crafty Secrets April 2015 Linky Party! We are excited to be partnering with Really Reasonable Ribbon  in this fun cross-promotional event that we are calling “Anything Goes with Ribbon.”

Really Reasonable Ribbon sponsored the Crafty Secrets Design team this month, giving us the beautiful April Ribbon Club Collection of Ribbons to add to our projects.

April Ribbon Club

I chose to alter a little shadowbox tray for my project, and I have a tutorial showing you how to make the little banner, too.

Craft Secrets April 2015 Linky Party 01I worked with one of the darling Solo Trays from Canvas Corp Brands.  These measure about 6″ square.  I printed the Happy Thoughts paper from the Vintage Typography CD to 8″ square and trimmed the top portion with the sentiment to fit inside the largest box of the tray. That’s one of the big benefits of working with digital…being able to print out a paper that fits the size of your project!  I fussy cut the bird from the paper, inked the edges with Vintage photo and layered him on top of the background with a double row of foam dots.

Crafty Secrets April 2015 Linky Party 02Inside the top portion, I cut squares from the Birds and Blossoms Creative Scraps to fit, and then layered some little stickers on top of them.  This is easy, right? Next, I ran 1/4″ Scor-Tape all around the top edge of my tray.  Then I added the gorgeous Roses with Scalloped Edge Aqua Ribbon on top of that layer.  It was the exact shade of aqua to work with all my papers, now isn’t that nice?

Crafty Secrets April 2015 Linky Party 02aNext, Spanish Moss was glued in place, then a whole host of pretty Prima and Petaloo flowers followed.  I added in a pretty little Prima bird nest that I found in my stash, and a piece of star anise, too.  I love the shape and texture that added to the mix.  A couple of stamps from Birds and Blossoms, and a tiny little pocket watch were added to the mix.  I topped it all off with a gorgeous bow tied with Light Coral Satin Ribbon.   I just love these spring colors…they make me think of sherbet…and that is a good thing!

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I was pretty happy with this creation, but I felt it needed just a little finishing touch.  So I decided to make a banner.  I printed off an 8″ square piece of the beautiful Rose Diamonds Paper and in no time flat, I had a banner for my altered tray.  Here’s how I made it!

April 2015 Linky Party TutorialPrint off the paper sized at 8″ square.

April 2015 Linky Party Tutorial01Cut out the individual diamond shapes and ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

April 2015 Linky Party Tutorial02Fold each diamond shape in half to form a triangle. Twist two strands of Natural Jute String together.  Fold in half and tie a knot on each end.  You want it to match the width of your tray when you are finished.

April 2015 Linky Party Tutorial03Lay the triangles over the prepared twine so that you can glue the triangle tips shut.  Then hot glue onto the sides of your tray, or card or layout…whatever you are making!  Easy, Right?

Crafty Secrets shared some awesome goodies with the design team at RRR, and they will be featuring those projects on the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG from April 3rd through April 11th, so you will want to pop over for even more inspiration from the RRR Design team.

To play along, simply create any project that features Crafty Secrets products and add ribbon or trim to your project. You do not have to use Really Reasonable Ribbon to play along, any ribbon or trim will do.

To thank you for playing along, we have selected a pretty digital paper and a fun seasonal image that you can download.. You may use this on your project if you wish, or save it for another day. You may link any project you like, however if you wish to be eligible for this month’s prize package, you must feature Crafty Secrets products in your project.

Crafty Secrets Birds and Blossoms Digital Creative Scraps

Crafty Secrets Birds and Blossoms Digital Creative Scraps

Paper from Crafty Secrets Birds and Blooms Digital Paper Collection

Paper from Crafty Secrets Birds and Blooms Digital Paper Collection

This month’s lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate for any DIGITAL products in our online store! You can choose from our Digital Art Stamps, digital paper packs, digital printable sheets or digital Creative Scraps and fill your shopping cart to the brim with wonderful digital vintage goodies from Crafty Secrets!
Link your “Anything Goes with Ribbon” project to the Crafty Secrets BLOG no later than midnight PT on Sunday, April 19th. I’ll be hopping by to take a peek at your beautiful creations and leave a nice comment on your blog. On Wednesday, April 22nd, the winner of this month’s prize package will be announced on the Crafty Secrets Blog.

Now, go visit the rest of the amazing Crafty Secrets Design team, and prepare to be inspired!

Kathy Clement, DT Leader  ( You are here)
Darlene Pavlick: Dar’s Crafty Creations
Diane Hover: Nellie’s Nest
Elizabeth Lincoln:  Paper Passtimes
Ginny Nemchak: Polly’s Paper
Gloria Stengel: Scraps of Life
Melody Clement: Paper Melody’s
Michele Kovack: Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker
Shantaie Fowler:  Inking Pink
Sheila Rumney: Sheila Rumney Design and Photography

Don’t forget to visit the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog for more inspiration!  They also have a great challenge going on right now, so you might as well  play there, too!  I can’t wait to see what you make!



Paper Pieced Apron Note Cards

Crafty Secrets Paper Pieced Apron Note Cards

Hello, Friends!

Well, Spring has sprung in North Carolina!  My miniature daffodils are waving their pretty yellow heads in the plant pots on my front stoop. The cherry trees have burst into bloom.  The Bradford Pears that line are driveway are swelling with buds, birds are singing…even the spring peepers have started their happy chorus! Even though I’m not a gardener, this time of year always reminds me of my mom.  She could not wait to get out and dig in the dirt after our long New England winters.  She would get the laundry hung on the line, and head right out for her flower beds to give her precious posies some TLC.  When I found these adorable aprons in the Garden Style Digital Art Stamps, I knew that I had to make these paper pieced apron note cards to share with you.

Apron Cards CS 01These are standard sized 4.25″ x 5.5″ note cards on a kraft card base.  I printed out the gorgeous garden paper collage from the Digital Garden Papers and stitched it onto the pretty peach diamond papers.  I love the color combo!  It just says SPRING!

Apron Cards CS 02I printed the apron onto 4 different sheets of paper from the Garden Papers, cut them apart, and then paper pieced them back together again. Color was randomly added with alcohol markers.  I pleated the ruffle a little on each card  and popped the pockets up onto foam tape to add some fun dimension, then touched it with a little bit of Diamond Stickles for glitz and glam.

Apron Cards CS 03To finish off the flirty look, I added a simple square knot bow tied with shimmery Sheer Iridescent Peach Ribbon.

These would make such great hostess gifts…or just a flirty, fun way to send a little thinking of you note.  They are simple to make, so you could do gobs of them in and afternoon. Besides, paper piecing takes me back to playing with paper dolls.  It’s just plain fun!

Thanks for stopping by!



Kathy by Design/Peacock Paisley Mini Album for Heartfelt Creations

Peacock Paisley Mini Album Tutorial

Peacock Paisley Mini Album Tutorial for Heartfelt Creations Wednesday

Hello, Friends!  Happy Heartfelt Creations Wednesday!  This week, we are introducing the luxurious and exotic Peacock Paisley Collection of stamps, dies and papers.  Here are the official release notes:

Brighten your world with the sparkling colors and mesmerizing motifs of Peacock Paisley, the exquisite spring release from Heartfelt Creations. This lush collection sparkles with jewel tones of topaz, sapphire, amber, emerald and turquoise. The artistic flair of exotic peacocks, intricate paisleys, frilled feathers and delightful daisies will captivate your imagination and energize your creativity. Six sumptuous sets of intricately designed, deeply etched red rubber stamps are the perfect companions to a vibrant paper collection that is overflowing with card fronts, cut apart pages, vivid artwork, pre-designed layouts and beautifully layered backgrounds. The Delightful Daisy Die cuts 7 perfect floral layers with one pass through your cutting system. Whether you want to preserve life’s most beautiful moments, create with mixed media techniques or design keepsake cards, you’ll be proud as a peacock to present the sophisticated elegance of Peacock Paisley.

To celebrate the release, I created this Peacock Paisley Mini Album.

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This hand bound mini album measures about 9.5″ x 5.5″.  It has a chipboard cover that has been bound with burlap and decorated with Delightful Daisies and a host of papers and stamps from the Peacock Paisley Collection.  You’ll find a complete supply list and detailed tutorial below.

Peacock Paisley Album 10aThe Delightful Daisy stamps and dies are easy to work with because all the flower and die layers are on one stamp/die so you can make a bunch of these all at the same time.  You can layer them, or keep them to one layer, as I have done here.

Peacock Paisley Album 03aHere’s a look at the binding for the album.  I had never made a hidden hinge album before, so I used these YouTube videos as my guide.

There are lots of tutorials for this binding, but I found these to be the clearest and easiest to follow.

Peacock Paisley Album 05Each two page spread in the album has room to mount photos, or hidden journaling tags in pockets, fold out pages, or flip pages.  Although this is not a large album in size, it can hold a tremendous number of photos.  I’ve used 3/8″ Jade Double Faced Satin Ribbon and Iridescent White Metallic String throughout the album.  The stamped images are all water colored with Distress Markers and a detail water brush.  The sentiments are hand written.

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Here, I’ve used the Feathered Peacock stamp and emboss/resist technique to create a pocket page.  Photo mounts were cut with the Cut, Mat, Create dies and tucked into the pocket.  The chipboard pages are all made from an up-cycled corrugate cereal box, sanded, painted with Peacock Feathers Distress Paint and then sponged with Viva Decor Copper Stamp Paint.

Peacock Paisley Album 08I die cut the center from one of the card fronts and used it as the focal for this pocket page.

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Here we have another pocket page, and a fun flip page for mounting photos.

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The page on the right opens to reveal a fun little flip album with a pocket at the back.  When the page turns…

Peacock Paisley Album 18aThere’s another pocket page with a fun fold out for photos.

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I enjoyed watercoloring the beautiful stamps in this collection.

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Here’s another pocket page that folds open to reveal additional space for photos.

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You could add hidden journaling here or just mount photos.

Peacock Paisley Album 25The final page features another pocket with photo mount inserts.  And just look at that gorgeous paisley designer paper on the very last page.  Room for even more photos!

I think I managed to use every single stamp in this gorgeous collection, and lots and lots of the paper, too.  What do you see yourself making with these gorgeous goodies?

I’m so glad you stopped by today!  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.




Peacock Paisley Mini Album Tutorial

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:
HCD1-760 Delightful Daisy Die
HCPC 3656 Delightful Daisies Cling Stamp Set
HCPC 3657 Feathered Daisy Cling Stamp Set
HCPC 3658 Daisy Flourish Cling Stamp Set
HCPC 3659 Peacock Paisley Cling Stamp Set
HCPC 3660 Peacock Swirls Cling Stamp Set
HCPC 3661 Feathery Peacock
HCD 752 Cut, Mat, Create 2B
HCD 745 Luggage and Tags Die
HCD 713 Lace Border Die
Distress Crackle Paint
Paper Blossoms Tool Kit and Molding Mat
Bridal Embossing Powder
Ultra Thick Embossing Powder
Art Glitter Glue
Viva Décor Copper Stamp Paint

Other Products: SU Cardstock: White, Night of Navy, Pool Party; Gold Foil Cardstock, White Parchment Paper; Medium weight chipboard, Corrugate Cereal box; Adirondack Ink: Stream, Butterscotch; Distress Ink: Wild Honey, Peacock Feathers, Shabby Shutters; Distress Markers: Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Wild Honey; Zig Writer: Navy, Gold Painty Pen; Versamark Embossing Pad, Clear Embossing Powder; Detail Water Brush; rhinestones; 3/8″ Jade satin ribbon, iridescent metallic string, Swiss dots organza; 1/4″ Scor-tape; Teal Glitter from Encrusted Jewels Embossing Kit; Perfect Pearls Mist: Heirloom Gold, Blue Raspberry; White Burlap; Peacock Feathers. handmade paper; Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large Die #1; Citrus Crush Flower Soft; 1 3/8″ circle punch; evacuated chipboard frame from Want 2 Scrap; heat gun; Distress Paint: Peacock Feathers, Antique Linen; Foam Dots

Directions: Follow the Hidden Hinge Binding video tutorial at to create the hidden hinge binding.

Follow the tutorial at to find directions for making the cover.

Make your cover from medium weight chipboard cut to measure 18 3/4″ x 5 3/8″. Score on the long side, 8″ in from each side and gently fold at the score line to create the spine for your album. Cut a 22″ x 8″ piece of white burlap and cover the album as shown in the cover video. Use the paisley paper to line the inside of the album. Add the metal corners.

For the hinge: Cut your cardstock to 8 1/2″ x 5″ and assemble as shown in the video. Cut a 4 5/8″ x 7″ strip of handmade paper and line the spine of your cover as shown in the video. Punch 3 evenly spaced holes in the spine and insert the copper brads, as shown. Use Scor-Tape to insert the hinged binding into the album, as shown in the video.

Decorating the cover: I used the lace border die cut from gold metallic cardstock and layered it up with a framed card front and real peacock feathers. Stamp several sets of Delightful Daisies using all three colors of the Distress Ink. Heat Emboss, shape, paint with Distress Crackle paint and use throughout the album. Decorate your album cover as desired.

To Create the Inner Pages: Cut FOUR 7 1/2″ x 5″ rectangles from a corrugate cereal box (or use medium weight chipboard). Cut ONE 7 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ rectangle from the box. Sand the edges of the cereal box and then paint with Peacock Feathers Distress Paint. Tap the edges with Viva Décor Copper Stamp Paint. Once the pages are decorated, insert into the prepared hinge, following the instructions in the videos.

Cut TEN Night of Navy rectangles: 7″ x 4″. Cut SIX Night of Navy Rectangles: 7″ x 3 1/4″. Cut TEN White Parchment Rectangles: 6 3/4″ x 3 3/4″. Cut TEN tags from Pool Party Cardstock using the Luggage and Tags die. Die cut TWELVE photo mount panels using the 4 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ die from Cut, Mat, Create 2-B.

To create the pocket pages, cut a thumb hole in either the top or the side of one of your prepared panels. Glue onto your base panel so that one edge is left open on either the top, left or right hand side. Insert tags or photo mounts into the opening.

For the flip pages: Use three of the 7″ x 3 1/4” Night of Navy Rectangles to form flip pages. On the long side, score one panel at 6 1/2″. Score the next panel at 6″. Leave the third panel as is. Fold the rectangles along the score line and tuck each tab underneath the unscored panel, gluing them in place. Use the punch to create thumbholes on the right hand side of the first two panels. Decorate the edges with strips of paper from the collection. Glue onto the 7 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ corrugate panel.

For the fold out pages: Score one of the 7″ x 4″ Night of Navy panels at 6 1/2″. Fold along the score, and tuck the tab under the right hand side of another Night of Navy panel. Glue in place. Cut a thumb hole on the right hand side of your designer paper or stamped image and glue the top, bottom and left hand side onto the top Navy panel. Insert a journaling tag into the pocket. Add a matted border strip on the left. Open the navy panel and glue the white parchment panels inside the fold out page, and stamp as desired. Insert into the prepared album as shown.

Crafty Secrets Thanksgiving Pumpkins

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Crafty Secrets Thanksgiving Pumpkins

Hello, Friends!

I love pumpkins!  This time of  year, you can find pumpkin patches on just about every corner.  The beautiful colors just say “fall” to me!  I love to visit the State Farmer’s Market where they have all the prize winning pumpkins on display.  Take a look at these beauties!

If you look closely, you’ll see that this one weight 522.8 pounds!  Now that is a LOT of pumpkin pie right there!  But these gorgeous pumpkins are not exactly what you would call “petite.”

Aren’t they gorgeous?  What would autumn…and Thanksgiving be without pumpkins?  Pumpkin pie is always on the menu at our Thanksgiving feast, and this year, I really want to try my hand at making pumpkin butter.  Yum!  So this sweet vintage pumpkin image from Crafty Secrets makes me think of Thanksgiving, which is my favorite holiday of the year.

CS Pumpkin 01The image is from the Heartwarming Vintage Seasonal Image and Journal Notes booklet.  My papers are from Creating with Vintage Illustrations CD2 and I customized the colors with the color changer tool in PaintShop Pro.  I added stitching, distressing and inking to give the finished card a great vintage feel.  The bow was made with 1/2″ brown wrinkled ribbon.  I used this same ribbon to form a border that I topped with my favorite Autumn Diamond Print Grosgrain Ribbon.  I inked up some felt leaves and added a pretty brad to complete the front of the card.

CS Pumpkin 03Here’s a peeky at the inside:

CS Pumpkin 02I computer journaled my greeting onto cream cardstock and used the same papers from the front of the card on the inside.  The turkey tag is from Autumn Blessings Vintage Cuts. 

CS Pumpkin 04I had enough paper left over to make a custom envelope, too.

Be sure to check out the amazing sales Sandy has in the online store.  Both the Seasonal journal booklet and the Autumn Blessings Vintage cuts are on sale for 1/2 price.  Don’t miss out on the amazing Halloween and Fall Sale Kit, available while supplies last.

Are you a Thanksgiving pumpkin lover?  I’d love to hear your favorite way to use pumpkins in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!



Paper Piecing with Digital Stamps Tutorial

CS November Linky 05Crafty Secrets November Linky Party: Paper Piecing with Digital Stamps Tutorial

Please note:  This is my second post for today.  Please scroll down to view my project for Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge 19, or click HERE.  Thank you!

Hello, Friends!  I simply can’t believe that it is already the first Monday in November and time for another Crafty Secrets Linky Party!  With Christmas barreling down on us, I thought I would share a Christmas card made with digital papers and stamps and share a paper piecing with digital stamps tutorial.

Before I get started, I want to remind you that YOU are invited to join the fun!  Go to the Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage BLOG and link up your own NEW project using Crafty Secrets products (digital or traditional) and you’ll have a chance at winning a $50 shopping spree to the online STORE.  Everyone that plays along receives a nice prize.  (Last month, Sandy gave each participant our NEW Retro Kitchen digital kit…so you really DO want to play along!)  The design team is focusing on Christmas this month, but this is an “Anything Goes” challenge, as long as you use Crafty Secrets products somewhere in your creation.  If you don’t have any, check the sidebar on the blog where you’ll find loads of free downloadable images that you can use.  So, no excuses!

Paper Piecing with Digital Stamps Tutorial

I have a true confession to make.  I am not great at coloring stamped images.  Those of you who follow my blog are probably aware of this fact.  I can do it, but I’m never really satisfied with the outcome.  I’ve always liked the look of paper piecing a stamped image, but how do you do that with digital products?  Well, I have really good news for you…it’s amazingly easy!  Here’s my paper pieced Christmas card made with digital papers from our Creating with Retro Christmas CD 5 and our digital Christmas Express Stamp set.

CS November Linky 01I just love this stamp, and wanted to use it, but not color it…because as we discussed earlier…I am coloring challenged.  I sized my stamp to 4″ x 4 5/8″ and then copied/pasted it into Microsoft Word, where I made 2 copies of the same stamp…so I could create layers, you see?  I use Corel Paintshop Pro because it came with my new computer, but I know a lot of you use PhotoShop or Pic Monkey.  The names of the tools may be slightly different, but the procedure will be the same, and I think you can follow along with what I did, no matter what program you use.

CS November Linky 02For printing my paper, I use an 80# white text paper that I purchase at Paper and More.  It’s a little heavier than standard white paper, but not as heavy as cardstock.  It has a nice finish, and I find that my digital papers print out really crisp and clear.  I know this will be very basic for some of you who are more accomplished with digital, but I’m going to share the very basic steps so that those who are new to it will be able to follow along.So to print your paper:

  1. Open your Retro Christmas CD
  2.  Click on cs-retro-christmas-papers
  3. Right click on cs-retro-blue-snow
  4. Click on “Open”
  5. Now your paper will open in whatever program you use. From the tool bar at the top of the page, click IMAGE. Select “Change Image Size” from the drop down menu and choose 8 1/2 x 11.  (Unless you are lucky enough to have a printer that prints 12″ paper.  I do not.)
  6. Print your paper and trim to 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″

I then used embossing folders on the top and bottom of my paper to add texture.  I lightly tapped it with Versamark ink and added Bridal Embossing Tinsel to make every glitter and shine like a sparkling winter night.

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Now, to do the paper piecing:

  1. Select the paper that says cs-retro-christmas-patches and open it as before
  2. Click on your “crop” tool and use it to crop out one of the individual squares from the patchwork paper.  I chose the red polka dot square and then clicked on the check mark to crop it out.
  3. Go to EDIT. Click copy. Then open a new file.
  4. Click “EDIT” and choose “Paste as a new image”
  5. Click on “Image” in your tabs heading. Select Resize image and choose 4″ x 4″.
  6. Now, go back to your Microsoft word file that you created with your digital stamp.  Click “copy”
  7. In Paintshop Pro, use the EDIT tab and select “Paste as a transparent image” The image will be layered on top of the paper selection and will look like this:

Screenshot 2014-10-22 16.38.17Now you can just go to FILE and select PRINT and print this out, just like that.  I repeated this same step for each of the squares I used from this patchwork sheet, printing them all on one piece of paper.  To do this, I just put the paper back in upside down  and printed. Then I reversed and printed on the blank side.  Then I put it in upside down on the reverse side.  It printed on all four corners of the paper.  I’m sure there are other ways to do this, but this was what made sense to me. When you are all done, go back to the Christmas patch paper and undo all your changes before you close out the file to preserve the original paper.

So, here is a close look at my paper pieced image:

CS November Linky 05I  printed my two digital stamp images on ultra smooth cardstock. I trimmed around the outside edges of the girl and the snowman image to use as my base.  I fussy cut the girl from the second stamped image so that I could use foam dots to layer her on top of the plain printed stamp.  I fussy cut the individual sections that I wanted to use from my printed digital paper squares cutting just outside the black print lines.  Then I glued them into place, just like doing a puzzle.   I used Spectrum Noir markers to color the girl’s legs and face, and to add some shading to the snowman and snow.Then I secured the finished paper pieced girl to base stamp using foam adhesive. The snowman’s hat was colored, fussy cut and secured with foam adhesive.

To finish the card, I added beautiful Snowflakes on light blue grosgrain ribbon and a pretty bauble I had in my stash.  I used Ranger Black Enamel to add the buttons and eyes on the snowman.  I tore some embossed paper that I found in my scrap drawer and created a snow bank for my scene to rest on.  I just tore the paper and layered it.  Easy peasy!

CS November Linky 03Here’s a peeky at the inside, with more paper from the Retro CD:

CS November Linky 06Now, go visit each of the designers listed below and leave them some bloggy love as you go.  Then, go to the Crafty Secrets BLOG and link up your project before midnight Pacific Time, Sunday, November 16th!  We also have a wonderful guest designer joining us this month, so be sure to make BIRGIT NELSON of “Crafting While I Wait” feel welcomed!

BirgitDarDiane ♥ ElizabethGloriaMelodyMicheleShantaieSheila

If you have any questions about today’s tutorial, please feel free to ask!  I’ll be more than happy to help!  I’m finding that working with digital papers and stamps is lots of fun…and not nearly as hard as I thought it would be when I first started!

Thanks for stopping by!




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