Tuesday, January 31, 2012

TCP Tuesday 195


It's TCP Tuesday and Leigh is the Hostess with the Mostess for this week's TCP Tuesday Sketch Challenge. And Leigh is challenging you to use this sweet sketch for your card or project.

Pretty Nifty, no? I think that Leigh has the most original sketches out there and they challenge you in so many different ways.

Right now, I'm at CHA, the Craft and Hobby Association's big winter do, rubbing elbows and soaking up lots of creative juices. (Sounds a little gross when putting it that way. But that's how I roll.)
But, even I am tempted by this unique sketch.

The Cat's Pajamas will be back "online" on February 2nd, so if you've placed an order, we will fill it as soon as we get back. AND I'll announce the NEW Swanky Stamper, and Weekly Winner then.

AND, if that weren't enough, there's a new Project of the Monnnnthhh! ;)

So in the meantime, play along with The Cat Pack on this challenge and don't forget about our Valentine Blog Hop. Check the deets for that in this Post.

Here are the Deets for TCP Tuesday.
1. Each Tuesday we will give you a challenge.
2. You will have until the end of the month to complete the challenge.
3. Add your entry to the Inlinkz Gallery or upload to the SCS Gallery, using the keyword TCPTUES195 for this week's challenge.
4. TCP stamps are not required for this challenge, but highly recommended.
5. There will be one randomly chosen weekly winner, announced on Tuesdays who will win a Gift Voucher for use on The Cat's Pajamas website.
6. There will be one winner, The Swanky Stamper, announced the 1st of each month. They will win several sets from an upcoming release and get to play along with us at our Pajama Party and Blog Hop.
7. The winner has one week from the day the winner is posted to contact me for his/her voucher code.

Friday, January 27, 2012

TCP Tuesday and Fishing


Have you had a chance to play along with our "Hearts Have It" TCP Tuesday Challenge, yet. Susan is challenging you to use a Cat's Pajamas stamp and any of our CutUps dies with a heart in it.

If you have, then not only do you qualify to be the next Swanky Stamper, then you can also play along in our Valentine Blog Hop. All you have to do is upload your card or project by end of day February 14 using the inlinkz button to the right of this post. We've got a lot of great cards already. See them over there? Now let's see yours.

And to sweeten the deal a little bit, we'll pick three random winners for $25 in Cat's Cash on February 15. That's a $25 gift certificate to those who don't speak Sprinkle.

So what are you waiting for? Here's a little sumptin' sumptin' from Nancy to get those creative juices a flowin'.

PS. The Cat's Pajamas will be closed today through February 2nd so any order you place from now until then will be shipped when we get back. Going Fishing.



Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Valentine Blog Hop


This is the time of year that we say "I Love You" to the people (and animals) we love the most.

We know you put a lot of effort into creating cards and goodies to show the ones you love how much you care. And while some are very personal, some are ones you just want to share. And we'd love to see them.

So, if you have a Valentine project/card that features The Cat's Pajamas stamps or CutUps dies, we invite you to share them during our Cat's Pajamas Valentine Blog Hop. Just add your project to the inlinkz button on the right side of this blog from now until February 14th.

And, that's not all. Three people will be randomly chosen from the hop to win $25 in Cat's Cash (that's a gift voucher from our webstore). We'll announce the winners on February 15th! Remember, there must be at least one Cat's Pajamas stamp or CutUps used in your project.

Now, go play.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

TCP Tuesday 194 & the Weekly Winner


It's TCP Tuesday and Susan is the Hostess with the Mostess for this week's TCP Tuesday Stamp Challenge.

And Susan's challenge is perfect for this time of year. The Hearts Have It! Susan is challenging you to use any Cat's Pajamas stamp along with any of our CutUps Hearts. And we've got a bunch.

Susan uses Love Stinks with one of the hearts from our Heart Trio CutUps

Amy's sophisticated card, uses our NEW Build-A-Bingo set and Heart Rosette CutUps, as well as our Queen of Hearts Border. And, as an added treat she created a sweet K-Cup holder á la Project of the Month.

Julie adds a bit of bling to her card. And sparkles up that darn cat from It Had To Be Mew.

Lori revisits her darling K-Cup project. And it's amazing with the addition of the Heart Rosette, it gives the project a whole new look.

Want to play along? You could win $10 in Cat's Cash! Just upload your card using the Inlinkz button at the bottom of this post or to the SCS gallery using TCPTUES184 in your keywords.

But remember, it's a Cat's Pajamas Stamp and CutUps Challenge, so only The Cat's Pajamas Stamps and CutUps are allowed this week.
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WEEKLY WINNER



 
It's Weekly Winner Time! This week's Weekly Winner is Wendy. She played along with us on our TCP Tuesday Color Challenge and was randomly chosen from every one who played. The challenge was to use Pale Pink, Melon, and Brown.

Wendy wins $10 in Cat's Cash to use on The Cat's Pajamas website.

Wendy, please email me for your voucher code.


Here are the Deets.

1. Each Tuesday we will give you a challenge.
2. You will have until the end of the month to complete the challenge.
3. Add your entry to the Inlinkz Gallery or upload to the SCS Gallery, using the keyword TCPTUES194 for this week's challenge.
4. TCP stamps are not required for this challenge, but highly recommended.
5. There will be one randomly chosen weekly winner, announced on Tuesdays who will win a Gift Voucher for use on The Cat's Pajamas website.
6. There will be one winner, The Swanky Stamper, announced the 1st of each month. They will win several sets from an upcoming release and get to play along with us at our Pajama Party and Blog Hop.
7. The winner has one week from the day the winner is posted to contact me for his/her voucher code.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Clearly Sweet

I loved last week's TCP Tuesday Embossing Challenge so much that I wanted to do another card. I don't know about you, but I love making clear cards. Something about them makes them look so special. So I pulled out my acetate and the "Sugar, Sugar" clear set to try something a little different.

And, of course, I had to pull out my favorite grass die, too.


First, I cut the acetate to a regular card size, 8.5" x 5.5", folded it down the center and ran the front through my Big Kick using an embossing folder and placed a 4.25" x 5.5" piece of DP in the back. I love the way that the embossing looks against the DP. Unfortunately, for me, it doesn't photograph well, but you get the picture.

I folded a piece of 11"x 4.25" green cardstock in half to get 5.5" x 4.25". Keeping the fold toward the bottom, I ran the grass die, at an angle, through the two layers of cardstock at the same time, about 1.5" from the top.

Then, I just slipped the embossed acetate between the two layers, with the bottom edge of the acetate at fold of the green card bottom. The layers of cardstock cover any adhesive, giving a nice neat finish.

And then I used one of the discarded pieces of "grass" to decorate the top after I embellished it with a little Orange Divine Twine. Pretty snazzy. So snazzy that I'm going to be teaching how to do this card this Saturday at Mainely Stampin' at their card marathon, 10 to the end. That's 10 cards for only $35. It's an awesome deal. AND so much fun hanging at my LSS.



Now, I'm a little behind with my TCP Tuesday Challenges, but The Cat Pack is not. Lori's Color Challenge is to use Pale Pink, Melon and Brown.


I just ADORE this scrappy little card by Leigh to celebrate National Penguin Day. It's so funny to see the penguin in his very own basket.

And, this beary sweet card by Nancy. This gal can really work that Heart Trio CutUps.

Love this sweet card by Jenny. She's a winner in the game of stamping! Check out her use of Queen of Hearts CutUps.

And, last but not least, Julie. Her paper piecing and coloring of that sweet little bird is so cute!

Want to play along? I know I will. Just upload your card using the Inlinkz button at the bottom of this post and you could win Cat's Cash and be eligible to be our next Swanky Stamper!

And, if you can, join me at Mainely Stampin' this Saturday!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

TCP Tuesday & Weekly Winner


It's TCP Tuesday and Lori is the Hostess with the Mostess for this week's TCP Tuesday Color Challenge.

And Lori is challenging you to use Pale Pink, Melon, and Brown in a card, or project or scrapbook page. The colors are just luscious, aren't they?

And speaking of luscious, take a peek at Amy's card. I love the fresh look of this card, using the SFYTT sketch (which, by the way The Cat's Pajamas is sponsoring this month.)

And the Jen, the Queen of SFYTT, makes these colors work in such a wonderful way.

Or Susan's flirty little card. Love how she layered up the Heart Rosette with a scalloped circle. It does a mama's heart proud to see it dressed up and ready to go. {sniff, sniff}


Want to play along? You could win $10 in Cat's Cash! Just upload your card using the Inlinkz button at the bottom of this post or to the SCS gallery using TCPTUES183 in your keywords.
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WEEKLY WINNER



 
It's Weekly Winner Time! This week's Weekly Winner is Cec. She played along with us on our TCP Tuesday Technique Challenge and was randomly chosen from every one who played. And there were a lot of you. The challenge was to use any type of embossing in your project.

Cec wins $10 in Cat's Cash to use on The Cat's Pajamas website.

Cec, please email me for your voucher code.


Here are the Deets.

1. Each Tuesday we will give you a challenge.
2. You will have until the end of the month to complete the challenge.
3. Add your entry to the Inlinkz Gallery or upload to the SCS Gallery, using the keyword TCPTUES193 for this week's challenge.
4. TCP stamps are not required for this challenge, but highly recommended.
5. There will be one randomly chosen weekly winner, announced on Tuesdays who will win a Gift Voucher for use on The Cat's Pajamas website.
6. There will be one winner, The Swanky Stamper, announced the 1st of each month. They will win several sets from an upcoming release and get to play along with us at our Pajama Party and Blog Hop.
7. The winner has one week from the day the winner is posted to contact me for his/her voucher code.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Blog Hop & TCP Tuesday AND the Weekly Winner


Happy Release Day! Or should I say Hoppy Release Day! If you've been enjoying all the Sneaky Peeks in the last week, then you know that today is the first day that they are available on our website.

And that means that today is a fabulous Blog Hop. And since today is also Tuesday, that means it's TCP Tuesday. (We are busy, busy gals). So if you've come from the oh-so terrific Nancy, then sadly, you've reached the end of the blog hop.

Julie, who is also our Hostess with the Mostess, is challenging you to use embossing. Dry embossing, heat embossing. Anything that raises up and gives you dimension. Start at Julie's blog and make your way back here. I can pretty much guarantee it will be worth it. And, you'll get another peek at our NEW January Collection.


For this challenge I decided to do both dry and heat embossing. I used Versafine Spanish Moss and Judikins Gold Detail embossing powder for the bunny and word from the Sugar, Sugar stamp set and used an embossing folder for the sky.

And then, I went to town. I pulled out my very favorite Cloud Border CutUps and the brand new Heart Rosette and the Egg from the Eggs in a Basket CutUps. I had so much fun nestling the eggs in the clouds. And that Heart Rosette. I love it looks just as pretty by itself, like I've shown here, as it does when I put two of them together to form a rosette.

Want to play along? You could win $10 in Cat's Cash.

Here are the Deets.

1. Each Tuesday we will give you a challenge.
2. You will have until the end of the month to complete the challenge.
3. Add your entry to the Inlinkz Gallery or upload to the SCS Gallery, using the keyword TCPTUES192 for this week's challenge.
4. TCP stamps are not required for this challenge, but highly recommended.
5. There will be one randomly chosen weekly winner, announced on Tuesdays who will win a Gift Voucher for use on The Cat's Pajamas website.
6. There will be one winner, The Swanky Stamper, announced the 1st of each month. They will win a selection from an upcoming release and get to play along with us at our Pajama Party and Blog Hop.
7. The winner will have one week to claim their voucher code. 

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WEEKLY WINNER!

And the Weekly Winner is....

Vicky Z! YAY! Vickie, you win $10 in Cat's Cash. You have 1 week to email me for your voucher code. Congrats!

Sneaky Peek #7




Day #7
Build-A-Bingo

IIt's Day #7 of Sneaky Peek Week. And that means that tomorrow, January 10 all the stamps and dies you've been seeing in the last week will be available on our website. Have you seen anything you liked? Well, you might just want to add this one to your list.

This set was designed by our very own Leigh O'Brien. And, when she came to me with the idea, my heart started to beat a little faster. Her idea was to have a Bingo card that you could customize for every special day in the month. Birthdays, Anniversaries and Holidays, you name it. My job was to make it happen, and to make it easy.

So, this set comes with a Bingo card with an empty "FREE" space in the center and at the top. The card's numbers are some most common "dates." Your special date not on the card? The set comes with the rest of the days of the month (and a couple extra). Just stamp the number you want in the blank center spot


The set also comes with little graphics that you can use to highlight the date. And, it comes with words that you can stamp at the top to personalize your Bingo card even more.

Like this card by Carole Burrage. She's got the card gussied up for...you guessed it, Valentine's Day. Love how she decorated the card with our NEW Queen of Hearts Border and our Heart Trio CutUps.


Here's a pretty Valentine by Nancy Thomas. She uses the NEW Heart Rosette, "Gimme Some Sugar" and a couple of old favorites, "Love Letters" and the Stamp Trio CutUps. She dresses up the Bingo card with "Lovey" at the top and a little heart in the center. Wouldn't you love to get this Valentine?


And even I couldn't resist the lure of the "Build-A-Bingo" set. I've used "Feelin' Cupidy", the Lacy Floral Doily, and the Queen of Hearts CutUps, along with a bit of yummy Peppermint Divine Twine. Can you tell I love this release?

What I love about the Build-A-Bingo set is that you can make it as personal as you want, or as simple as you want. If you don't want to personalize the Bingo card at all, you can just stamp it and fill in the center spot with the "FREE" stamp. But, if you do, there are so many ways to do it. We've packed a lot into this 4" x 6" set.

Want to see more? Then hop on over to Leigh, and Swanky Stamper, Lisa Henke and see how they used "Build-A-Bingo."

When you finish at their blogs, head on over to our Forum on SplitcoastStampers and leave a comment on our "In It To Win It!" Thread. You could win the "Build-A-Bingo" stamp set just by leaving a comment.

And before I go, I'd like to give a big giant kitty SMACK to Lisa Henke for playing along with us this week. Her cards were so awesome and it was an honor to see how she used our stamps. Thank you Lisa!

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Sneaky Peek #6




Day #6
Love Stinks

It's Day #6 of Sneaky Peek Week. Only ONE more peek after this one and this stamp set and all the other stamp sets and dies you've been looking at this week will be available. On Tuesday, January 10, that is.

After I introduced the penguin and his little friend, the fish, in our last collection, I knew I had to bring them back for a little more love. This time we get to meet his lady friend. I wonder who will be happier with their Valentine.


If I had to choose a Valentine, I think I'd pass on the fish. I think I'd choose this pretty Valentine by Julie Masse. With its happy colors and bits of sparkly bling to dress up the Heart Rosette, and the ribbon held by the Anywhere Ribbon Slide on that panel made with the Queen of Hearts CutUps, who wouldn't. It's pretty stinkin' cute.



Or maybe I'd chose this this cute little lolly by Nancy Thomas. After all, just like all of our stamps and dies, it's made in the U.S. Sweet!


Or how about this darling card by Amy Rohl? How awesome is it that she used the egg from the NEW Eggs in a Basket CutUps and the hearts from the Heart Rosette? I think I'M in love.

Want to see more? Then check out Swanky Stamper, Lisa Henke and see how she used "Love Stinks."

When you finish at her blog, head on over to our Forum on SplitcoastStampers and leave a comment on our "In It To Win It!" Thread. You could win the "Love Stinks" stamp set just by leaving a comment.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Sneaky Peek #5




Day #5
Bunny Side Up

It's Day #5 of Sneaky Peek Week. And that means that there are only 2 peeks after today before all the sets and dies that we've shown this week are released on January 10. Are you eggited, yet?

I'm eggcited because of this set, aptly named by Carole Burrage, "Bunny Side Up." This set is perfect for me, because I love to color, but unfortunately don't have as much time to color as I would like.


Take this card by Susan Liles. There are some nice areas to color, but really the main focus is on the bunny. You can color him as much as you like or as little. Susan colors him a pretty brown, but he'd look just as cute white with brown shadows. And the Lacy Floral Doily? It's the perfect backdrop.

Want to do a special technique on the bunny? He's big enough to do it on. Check out this card by Carole Burrage. See what I mean?

While you are at it, take a gander at CutUps Die number 4 in our January Collection. We call it "Eggs in a Basket." It's an embossed basket that comes with an egg die that you can use to fill the basket with as many eggs as you'd like. Or whatever you'd like. Carole has the eggs nestled in our Grass CutUps.

And see that pretty wide border behind the bunny? Place 2 scalloped borders from our "Queen of Heart" CutUps back to back and cover the seam with a ribbon. Too Cute.


This card by Lori Tecler shows that this set is not for just Easter. The set comes with a variety of sayings for a variety of occasions. Even that bad hair day.

Want to see more? Then check out Jen, Nancy, and Swanky Stamper, Lisa Henke and see how they used "Bunny Side Up." And while you are at Jen's blog, take a gander at her new SFYTT. It's the sketch that all the gals are using in this peek and The Cat's Pajamas is the sponsor for this month.

When you finish at their blogs, head on over to our Forum on SplitcoastStampers and leave a comment on our "In It To Win It!" Thread. You could win the "Bunny Side Up" stamp set just by leaving a comment.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Sneaky Peek #4




Day #4
Warm Fuzzies

It's Day #4 of Sneaky Peek Week and today we are bringing you one of my personal favorites from the OuOu Collection. There is just something so sweet about the OuOu Kids that just warms my heart. What is so great is that the kids can be any age. We call this set "Warm Fuzzies" and we think it's perfect for the season. "Warm Fuzzies" and all the other sets and CutUps dies you see this week will be available on January 10.


Take this card by Jen del Muro. The little girl (whom the artist named Nancy) could be a toddler, or a pre-teen or a teenager or older. And by changing out the paper and colors, you can make this set as sophisticated or as down home as you want. I don't know why, but this gal reminds me of a little Mary Tyler Moore aka Mary Richards.


And just by changing out the papers, Jenny Peterson changes this gal from Mary Richards to Rhoda Morgenstern. (Just sayin') And this stamp's bold shapes make paper piecing a snap.


Like to color? Then this set is great for that too. Check out Lori Tecler's take on it. Add texture to her clothes and you can color her hair as simply or intricately as you want.

Want to see more? Then check out Julie, Leigh and Swanky Stamper, Lisa Henke and see how they used "Warm Fuzzies"

When you finish at their blogs, head on over to our Forum on SplitcoastStampers and leave a comment on our "In It To Win It!" Thread. You could win the "Warm Fuzzies" stamp set just by leaving a comment.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Sneaky Peek #3


Day #3
Sugar, Sugar

It's Day #3 of Sneaky Peek Week and today we bring you the second bunny in our January Collection, which will be available on January 10. It's an Easter set. "EASTER?" You say? Why, yes! Easter is so early this year, we wanted to make sure you had a lot of time to stamp. We think this little certainly bunny deserves it.

We call this clear set "Sugar, Sugar". And the why should be pretty obvious. This little bunny has dug into the Easter goodies and now suffers from a full little belly, and perhaps is coming down from a whopper of a sugar high.


Amy Rohl shows off this set to perfection, along with our NEW Lacy Floral Doily and Queen of Hearts CutUps. If you liked our Snowflake Lace Paper CutUps, you'll love our NEW Lacy Floral Doily. It's like 5 dies in one, cutting 4 different sizes of flower and a pretty pierced doily at the same time. You can use the flowers for embellishments or whatever you wish.

I love the look of that doily behind that smug little bunny.

Want to see more? Then check out Swanky Stamper Lisa Henke and see how she used "Sugar, Sugar."

When you finish at her blog, head on over to our Forum on SplitcoastStampers and leave a comment on our "In It To Win It!" Thread. You could win the "Sugar, Sugar" stamp set just by leaving a comment.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Sneaky Peek #2


Day #2
Feeling Cupidy

If you've been buzzing around the internet recently, you may have seen this sweet little bunny flying around causing quite a stir. Well today is the day you are formally introduced to "Feeling Cupidy". It's a clear stamp set that features our winged friend along with some other goodies that will make you want to shake a wing or two.

"Feeling Cupidy," along with all the other Clear Sets and CutUps Dies that you'll see all this week will be available on January 10.


Julie Masse's CAS card is not only clean and simple, but elegant as well. She stamps up this "almost there" one layer card using an old favorite CutUps, the Heart Trio. A bit of Peppermint Divine Twine and glitz and this card will steal anyone's heart.


Nancy Thomas creates this beauty with "Feeling Cupidy" and our NEW Heart Rosette CutUps Die, along with a CutUps from our Fall Collection, the Circus Panels CutUps Die. With the Heart Rosette CutUps you can use one by itself, or put two together to form this pretty and delicate looking rosette. Oh la la.


This card by Lori Tecler, is CAS, too, but uses the Queen of Hearts CutUps border to add texture and interest. We think it's a die that should be in every well dressed papercrafter's "wardrobe." 

Want to see more? Then check out Jen, Leigh, Jenny, Susan and Swanky Stamper Lisa Henke and see how they used "Feeling Cupidy."

When you finish at their blogs, head on over to our Forum on SplitcoastStampers and leave a comment on our "In It To Win It!" Thread. You could win the "Feeling Cupidy" stamp set just by leaving a comment.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Sneaky Peek Day #1


Day #1
Gimme Some Sugar

It's Day 1 of Sneaky Peek Week! I don't know about you, but I'm ready for the new year and everything that it brings. And that includes our January Collection coming on January 10! We've got 7 NEW stamp sets and 4 NEW CutUps dies in this collection, and I know that there is something for everyone to love. And that starts with this set. Sprinkle lovers, hang on to your hats.

When Jen del Muro came to me with the concept for this set, I knew it had to be a great one. Jen's idea was for a "sweet" shop with jars of cookies and candies, decorated with banners and pennants. She even wrote the sentiments, too!


And here is just a sample of how you can "build" your shop. Jen placed the banners above and below to really get her sweet message across.


Susan Liles' card is just stunning. She distresses the edges of her card for a vintage look. Who says Sprinkle can't be shabby chic? I think her addition of aqua is so striking and non-traditional. And her addition of the Peppermint Divine Twine is just perfect.


Here is a wonderfully elegant card by Nancy Thomas. You may have noticed the NEW CutUps in Jen's and Susan's cards, but in Nancy's you really get to see how special it is.

The two die cuts you see at the top of Nancy's card is really just one die. That's right. It's just one die that cuts two borders at one time. You already know how versatile our border dies are, cutting two shapes at once, and this time we took it a little further. I really {heart} our Queen of Hearts Border CutUps.

Want to see more? Then check out Amy, Julie, Jenny, Lori and Swanky Stamper Lisa Henke and see how they used "Gimme Some Sugar."

When you finish at their blogs, head on over to our Forum on SplitcoastStampers and leave a comment on our "In It To Win It!" Thread. You could win the "Gimme Some Sugar" stamp set just by leaving a comment. 


And today's Sneaky Peek is a perfect segue into TCP Tuesday's Inspiration Challenge. Jen, creator of "Gimme Some Sugar" is also the Hostess with the Mostess for today's challenge. And not surprising, it's all about hearts. Check out the Inspiration Collage.

So after you check out the blogs and leave a comment on the "In It To Win It!" Thread, you might be so inspired to create something. At least we hope so. And if you are, then link up to your fab creation using the Inlinkz button below. You could win some Cat's Cash to put toward a future (ahem) order.
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WEEKLY WINNER


This week's Weekly Winner is Sher H. Sher played in our last TCP Tuesday Challenge of the year, our sketch challenge and wins $10 in Cat's Cash. Sher, please email me for your voucher code.

You can win some Cat's Cash, too! Here are the Deets.

1. Each Tuesday we will give you a challenge.
2. You will have until the end of the month to complete the challenge.
3. Add your entry to the Inlinkz Gallery or upload to the SCS Gallery, using the keyword TCPTUES191 for this week's challenge.
4. TCP stamps are not required for this challenge, but highly recommended.
5. There will be one randomly chosen weekly winner, announced on Tuesdays who will win a Gift Voucher for use on The Cat's Pajamas website.
6. There will be one winner, The Swanky Stamper, announced the 1st of each month. They will win several sets from an upcoming release and get to play along with us at our Pajama Party and Blog Hop.

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