261 posts categorized "Imagine Crafts"

11/30/2017

Thu 30

Classic Ice Skates, Dancing Snowflake Oval and Delicate Stitched Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto

 

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Rose Gold, Classic Ice Skates and glitter...a simple combination for a frosty Christmas design.  It's sweet, sparkly and shimmery - like icing on a special winter dessert.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, sharing a card in my favorite new pastels - hope you like them too!

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Cut Dancing Snowflake Oval from white cardstock and leave it in the die.  Replace the cutting plate with the rubber embossing mat and plates required for dry embossing on your diecut machine.  Dry-emboss the diecut to add extra dimension to the delicate design.

Cut pale gray and pale peach cardstock with the second-largest Stitched Snowflake Oval.

Cut three snowflakes from iridescent rose gold cardstock with the Delicate Stitched Snowflake dies.

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Classic Ice Skates is a beautiful - and delicate - design.  I cut 26 of them for class kits last weekend using this simple technique.  Place a layer of mid-weight plastic - like a piece from an Impress shopping bag - between the die and the cardstock before running it through the machine.  The smooth plastic helps release the diecut - just peel the plastic from it - then carefully wiggle and pull the negative sections away from the diecut instead of pulling on the diecut.  

It's also great being able to tape the die to the plastic and not ruin any of the surrounding glitter cardstock when you remove it.

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Blessed to Know You Clear Stamp Set - on pale gray cardstock with Starlite Black Brilliance.  It's a shimmery blend of Starlight Silver and Graphite Black Inks.  Dry the ink, then diecut the greeting with a die from the Rectangle Basics set.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-½" square card of pale peach cardstock - use foam dots for the skates.

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Thanks for stopping by.  I'll be sharing more ideas on Saturday - hope to see you then!  (Also hope you won't get tired of seeing me so often this week.)

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11/21/2017

Tue 21

Birthday Wishes with Feathered Friends, Wrapped Circles and Swooping Branches and Leaves by Jean Okimoto

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Send birthday wishes to someone a year older - but wiser - with the happy owl from the new Deep Edge Feathered Friends and Deep Edge Swooping Branches and Leaves.  This big, bright owl is framed by the new Wrapped Circles diecuts.  So many dies, so many ways to use them!

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another matchup of innovative Memory Box dies and beautiful printed and embossed papers from Shizen Design.  Deep Edge dies are specially-designed for heavier, thicker materials and multiple layers of diecutting.  They're great for quilters, fabric artists and teachers who need to cut duplicates for their students.  The heavy artpapers are made from cotton fabric scraps from the t-shirt industry - but the dies cut right through with clean smooth edges, without leftover bits of threads and fibers.  

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Cut two Wrapped Circles from white cardstock.  

Cut two Swooping Branches from cardboard and layer them for dimension.

Attach adhesive label paper or sticker sheets to black, peach, light orange and dark orange felt.  Diecut the owl's face, eyes, beak and rosy cheeks.  (I borrowed the smaller rosy cheeks die from the birds.)   The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  Assemble that sweet face - it'll make anyone smile, even on their birthday!

Cut the wing from dark orange felt and black cardstock - it's easy to cut both layers with the Deep Edge Dies.

Cut the rest of the owl from the floral print and black cardstock - again, both layers at once.

Attach the black diecuts  - slightly offset for a shadow effect - behind the wing and owl.

Cut the leaves from embossed paper.

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Garden Sketches Clear Stamp Set - on turquoise cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Dry the ink, then diecut the strip with the coordinating Garden Sketches die.

Attach the diecuts to a white A-6 (4-5/8" x 6-1/4") card - use foamdots for the center and top of the owl.  Add gold gem stickers.  The card's thickness will probably require extra postage - but it celebrates a special day!

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Big thanks to everyone from Sunday's Asian Holiday Greetings class!  It was great to meet so many new students - and Memory Box fans - and to see my friends again.  Special thanks to Ann and Becca - for keeping us well-stocked with artpapers, washi tape and Memory Box and Poppystamps dies!

Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating on Thursday!  If you're in the Seattle area - save Saturday the 25th  for two holiday classes at Impress.  It's MERRY AND QUICK at 10:30 - 7 quick and easy Christmas cards that don't look quick and easy.

The GIFT TAG PORTFOLIO class starts at 1:30.  We're making a fold-out portfolio and filling it with 8 colorful tags.  It's a great little gift - and it can be mailed in an A-6 envelope too.   As a bonus, I've added a candy card to the class - perfect for  delivering a holiday treat to the special people on your list. Of course we'll have to sample a bit of that chocolate too!

Thanks for stopping by - see you again on Friday!

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11/02/2017

Thu 02

Tisdale Snowflake Collage, Rectangle Basics and Merry Christmas Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

 

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The clean, crisp details of the Tisdale Snowflake Collage create a quick, contemporary card that's easy to mass-produce.  A quick Silvery Shimmer-stamped greeting and some sparkly sequins from Birch Press Design are all you need to finish it off.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here - and yes it's just 52 days until Christmas.  Let's create a simple card that works for anyone on your list.  Try it in pale aqua, bright teal or chartreuse too!

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Cut bright red cardstock with the  3.5"  x 4.75" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with the beautiful Tisdale Snowflake Collage - it's a perfect fit!  Save the delicate snowflake from the top left corner.

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - with Silvery Shimmer Delicata.  Dry the ink, then diecut the greeting with the 1" x 2.25" Rectangle Basics die.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5.5" square card of Ultra-Smooth White Cardstock from Impress.  It's a beautiful winter-white that's perfect for stamping.

Add a trio of pretty sequins from the Birch Press Design Fairy Sparkle set.  View - and fall in love with - the entire collection of Birch Press Design Sequins.

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If you're in the Seattle area, join us for this Saturday's ASIAN HOLIDAY GREETINGS class at Impress.  Dies, silkscreened imported artpapers, origami and cool techniques create 6 contemporary cards reflecting the simple elegance of Japanese design.  See you!

Thanks for visiting...

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10/25/2017

Wed 25

Leaf Collage, Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Garden Sketches by Jean Okimoto

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Layer a pile of watercolored leaves  from the Leaf Collage die onto a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle for a simple fall card.  Add a greeting - and some sequins from Birch Press - and you're ready for any occasion.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a splashy, glittery card for you today.

Raid your stash for some watercolored papers in shades of orange, coral and pink.   (I'm not quite ready to completely switch over to fall colors.)  Highlight some of the papers with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and set them aside to dry..  

Cut bright coral glittered cardstock and the watercolored papers with Leaf Collage. 

Brayer Rocket Red Gold Brilliance onto smooth white cardstock.  Dry the ink.  Cut it with the 2" x 3.25" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Layer the leaves onto the rectangle

Cut an accent strip of flamingo-colored cardstock with one of the larger Wrapped Stitch Rectangle dies.  Trim it to .75" x 4.5".    

Stamp the greeting - from the Garden Sketches Clear Stamp Set - onto a scrap of the watercolored paper with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide.  Heat-set the ink.  Trim the greeting with the coordinating Garden Sketches die.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5.5" square sage notecard - use foam dots for the greeting.

Add the dark coppery-bronze sequins from Birch Press' Not So Heavy Metal sequin set.  View the entire Birch Press collection of sequins and accents - they're perfect for fall and holiday cards - and so pretty you'll want them all!

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Looking for more holiday card ideas?  If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the COOL WINTER WISHES FROM SEATTLE class at Impress onOctober 28th.  We're making 6 cards featuring our favorite Seattle companies.  There'll be lots of diecuts, great papers and a bunch of techniques.

Thanks for stopping by - join us tomorrow for Isha's great project!

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10/19/2017

Thu 19

Deco Trees, Rectangle Basics and Merry Christmas Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

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The Deco Trees die is a favorite for mass-producing cards that are easy, colorful and uniquely-yours.   Cut the watercolored background and the handmade deckle edge paper with Rectangle Basics for a perfect fit.  No measuring, guessing or thinking required!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick design for your holiday cards.

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Cut three edges of the watercolor paper with the 4" x 2.75" Rectangle Basics Die.  Cut the rectangle with the Deco Trees die.  

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Sponge Shizen Design cold press rough-surface watercolor paper with Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxides. Coloring it diagonally results in a nice distribution of these beautiful shades.  Don't try to blend the different colors - color contrasts create great impact.  Use a waterbrush to blend each color within its own area - the paper's texture creates interesting patterns and shading.  Impress just received another shipment of this watercolor paper - it's great!

Heat-set the inks.  Spritz it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz, then heat-set it again.

Trim the watercolored paper with the 2.25" x 3.5" Rectangle Basics die.  

Stamp the greeting from the Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set with Peacock Feathers  on a top-folded 5.5" square card. 

Cut strips of green and turquoise cardstock.  

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Assemble the card and add shimmery turquoise sequins from the Birch Press Mermaid Tale Premium Set. View the entire collection of beautiful sequins and accents here.

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If you're in the Seattle area, save Saturday October 21st for the Impress Holiday Open House.  Both stores are celebrating with special displays, samples and a great selection of holiday items.  Be among the first 25 to arrive and receive a great goodie bag too!  Tukwila opens at 10:00 and University Village at 9:30.  Be there!

Thanks for visiting...see you here again on Saturday.

 

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10/11/2017

Wed 11

Whimsy Cat, Circle Web Collage, and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto


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Concord Grape, Twisted Citron and Wilted Violet don't sound very Halloween-ish - but combine them with Whimsy Cats and the Circle Web Collage and they will be!   Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a few more Halloween tricks and techniques.

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Cut the 3.5" x 4.75" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Cut the rectangle with the new Circle Web Collage.  Press a piece of blue painters tape lightly against the backside of the collage to remove any wispy little cardstock remnants that would show up against the dark purple Concord Grape Notecard.  

Stamp the triangles from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamps Set with Distress Oxide Wilted Violet.  Stamp the dots (from the same stamp set) with Twisted Citron.  I love the bonus circles, triangles and diamond shapes that are included in this great stamp set.  

Cut Whimsy Cat twice from orange and black cardstock.  Layer them - a bit offset - for a shadowy effect and to add even more personality to their friendly faces.

Stamp the spiders from the Halloween Sideshow Clear Stamps Set with VersaFine Onyx Black.  Color the centers with a black marker.  Matching black inks can be challenging - a black Sharpie is a perfect match for Onyx Black

Attach the diecuts to the card - use foam dots for the black cat.  Add green gem stickers.

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There's a lot happening on this card - but I hope the repetition of circles, ovals and triangles  makes it look cohesive.  What do you think?

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the BOO! class at Impress on October 14th.  We're making 5 cards and a little treat wrapper for your favorite kids (or adults!).  We'll combine great dies from the stash with some of the latest designs from the Fall 2017 Collection.  See the Impress collection of Memory Box and Poppystamps dies and stamps here.

Thanks for stopping by...

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10/04/2017

Wed 04

Cat Tail Sunrise, Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Halloween Sideshow by Jean Okimoto

 

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Cat Tail Sunrise creates a sunset backdrop for a Challenge inspiration card  - and the Halloween Sideshow Clear Stamp Set and the Die Set has the perfect designs to complete the scene.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a simple fall card for you.  It's really beginning to feel like fall in Seattle, spiders and all,

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Cut half of a Persimmon Notecard with the 3.5" x 4.75" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.  Cut Cat Tail Sunrise from black cardstock - leave about 1.5" of extra cardstock at the bottom.  Trim the bottom with the same Wrapped Stitch Rectangle

Cut Mango Distressed Dots cardstock with 1.5" Circle Basics die.  Stamp the spider - from the Halloween Sideshow Clear Stamp Set - at the "9:00 position" of the circle with Onyx Black VersaFine.  

Stamp the jolly pumpkin trio - also from the Halloween Sideshow set - on bright orange cardstock.  Heat-set the ink.  Cut them with the coordinating Halloween Sideshow dies.  Color the center with a marker.

Attach the diecuts to a Licorice Notecard - use foam dots for the pumpkins.  Add tiny copper sequins.

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I love to keep my Memory Box dies handy - and organized - with curtain rings. You already know they're great for the Circle, Square and Rectangle Basics - and the specialty sets like Wrapped Stitch Rectangles.  Use them for the "open" die sets like Halloween Sideshow too.  They're secure and won't fall off - and it's easy  to preview a diecut by keeping the die on the curtain ring and holding it over your stamped image or printed paper.  

I'm headed to Impress today - my little stay-cation is almost over and I "need" to pick up a few new items for my Fall Quarter classes there.  Here's a quick list of the new classes - join us if you're in the area.  We have a large class area, the biggest and latest collection of papercrafting supplies for your fall and holiday projects - and a creative store team to help you with product selection and designs.  (They sell those curtain rings too!)

        BOO!  -  October 14th

    Cool Winter Wishes from Seattle  -  October 28th

    Asian Holiday Greetings  -  November 4th

    Merry and Quick  -  November 10th and 25th

    Gift Tag Portfolio  -  November 25th

    Asian Inspiration (mini calendar and a New Year card)  -  December 9th

    Winter Bliss - December 16th

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Thanks for stopping by - hope you'll be inspired to enter the October Black and Orange Challenge.

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09/29/2017

Fri 29

Playful Boo, Hallloween Sideshow and Seaweed Collage by Jean Okimoto

 

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Turn the Seaweed Collage upside-down - and create a creepy vine background for some fun characters from the Halloween Sideshow Clear Stamp Set and Die Set.  Add a bright Playful Boo and a Seaweed Stalks diecut - and there's your card!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a nautical scene that transformed itself into a Halloween background.

Cut black cardstock with the  2.25" x 3.5" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it again with the Seaweed Collage.  Cut the long wavy piece from the Seaweed Stalks set.  Attach the bottom of it behind the Seaweed Collage.

Stamp two ghosts, the caterpillar and the Jack o' Lantern from the Halloween Sideshow Clear Stamps Set with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Cut them with  the coordinating Halloween Sideshow Die Set.  Color the ghosts' mouths with a pink marker.

Rough-cut a wedge from the right side of the pumpkin - and pretend the caterpillar did it.

Attach the rectangle to a top-folded dark kraft A-2 card.  Attach the ghosts with foam dots - trim the right side of the lower ghost and slide him up to the inner edge of the collage.  

Attach the pumpkin.  Attach the caterpillar with foam dots.

Diecut Playful Boo from orange cardstock.

Add silver gem stickers for a bit of bling.

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Who would have guessed we'd find another way to use the Seaweed Collage?  See what great backgrounds you can create with other Memory Box Collage dies - then add your favorite Halloween icons and surprise someone with a fun fall card.  Find some great combinations from the Memory Box Collection at Impress.

Thanks for stopping by - join us later today for Donna's great card!

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09/06/2017

Wed 06

New Christmas Elves and Slider Grooves by Jean Okimoto

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The new Christmas Elves and Slider Grooves are made for each other - literally - and for your Christmas cards too!  Slider Grooves are also designed to coordinate with the new Stitched Curves to create frosty snowscapes, grassy hills, sandy beaches and fall landscapes - they're a pair for all seasons.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a holiday slider card for you. Our Design Team will be sharing slider cards thru Sunday and we hope you'll be inspired to create some too!

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Stamp the elves and gift on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss them with detail clear powder.  Cut them with the Christmas Elves die set.  Color them with watercolor pencils.  Cut the elf on the right side from watercolor paper again.  Attach it behind the watercolored elf to add dimension and extra momentum as he slides along the snowbank.  (Oops...the new Stitched Curves die set is missing from the photo.)

Cut Pool Distressed Dots with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.  Cut it with the shortest die from the Slider Grooves set.  Cut the top curve of the snowbank from watercolor paper.  Trim it with the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die it to match  the  background and attach it to the background.

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There are many, many ways of adding the slider including pennies, foam tape and bits of cardboard.  Here's what I tried...pompoms!  The 5mm pompoms are perfect with the curved Memory Box Slider Grooves and the Straight Slider Grooves.   Pompoms add the height required for a slider without adding too much weight to the card.  Glue two of them to a scrap of watercolor paper that's smaller than the diecut.  

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Insert the pompoms (attached to the scrap of watercolor paper) from behind the panel.  Attach the double-layered diecut from the front of the panel.  Attach a scrap of Pool Distressed Dots to the front of a Pool Notecard to disguise the groove.  Attach the panel to the card.

Cut Snowy Pine from watercolor paper - leave it in the die.  Dry-emboss it for extra dimension using the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.

Attach the left elf with foam dots.  Attach the gift.  Add silver gem stickers.  Extra postage will probably be required - but it's a design that's sure to make someone smile.  They'll probably be tempted to peek behind the elf and smile again when they spot the pompoms.  There's just something fun about pompoms and they're not just for bunny tails anymore.

Special thanks to everyone from last Saturday's HOLLY, JOLLY AND HAPPY class at Impress!  Hope you liked the new techniques - and the cards we made.  Thanks to Jacky too - for her perfectly rich but light Red Velvet Christmas Cupcakes served on Christmas napkins, in September.  Yum!    Thanks also to Ann, Shari and Erin for finding the products we needed and helping us fill those shopping baskets!  

No classes for me this weekend - I'm prepping for the CALENDAR EXPRESS...MORE PAPER PLEASE! class on September 16th.  We'll make an artsy desk calendar with dies, stamps and great artpapers.  It's a great way to get a bit more from your dies and stamps...and use some of the beautiful papers we've been stashing!

Thanks for stopping by...

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08/30/2017

Wed 30

Sentimental Iris and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto

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The beautiful butterflies from the Open Studio Sentimental Iris Clear Stamp Set just seemed right for a summer card today.  I love their cool, artsy details...they just look happy and carefree, and perfect for a simple color-splashed design.   Hello -  Jean Okimoto here tonight, with another almost-the-end-of-summer card for you.

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Press inks from the Kaleidacolor Melon Melody inkpad onto a large acrylic block.  Paint the pretty colors onto the smoother side of watercolor paper.  Heat-set the inks.  Cut it with the 2-3/4" x 4" Rectangle Basics die.  

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Arrange the butterflies and greeting from the Sentimental Iris set on the watercolored background.  Place the acrylic block over the arrangement and press firmly to attach the stamps to the block.  Not quite rocket-science, but it's a lot easier than trying to guess where to stamp and how to fit the images within the background.  Stamp it with VersaFine Onyx Black and emboss it with detail clear powder

Lightly watercolor the butterflies with the Melon Melody inks used for the background.

Cut strips of yellow and green cardstock with the long edges of the 4" tall and 4-3/4" tall Wrapped Stitch Rectangles dies.  The dies add the right amount of texture and interest without competing with the butterflies.  Just another reason to add the versatile Wrapped Stitch Rectangles to your stash!

Attach the diecuts to a Key Lime Notecard.  Add green gem stickers.

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Can't wait to see everyone at the HOLLY, JOLLY HOLIDAYS class at Impress this weekend!  We're adding  6 more Christmas designs to the holiday card stash - lots of diecuts, layering, techniques, glitter and pretty colors!  New fall and winter items keep arriving at Impress  -  everything you need/want/wish for!  View their great collection of Memory Box and Poppystamps here.

Thanks for stopping by - have a great evening...

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