Stamp-a-faire Opening Ceremony & Morning Make-n-Take

By July 21, 2012Stamp-a-faire

GOOD MORNING CAMPERS!!!!!!!  Welcome, everyone to the official kick-off of Stamp-a-faire 2012!  I know some of you are waking up at 4am on the west coast this morning to join us!  Now that's what I call dedication!

Can you believe that the big day is finally here?  All of us have been busy behind the scenes making preparations for months and we are so excited to finally start showcasing everything we have been working on!  Today promises to be an amazing learning opportunity for everyone, no matter their skill level!  Not to mention the fun you will have rubbing elbows with other stampers from around the world!

To kick things off this morning, we have a Morning Make-n-Take to get your creative juices flowing.  All of the designing & measuring are done for you with this simple card design.  A great way to warm-up for all of the stamping that lies ahead!  So put on some of your favorite stamping tunes (something peppy to get you moving, you know?), grab your cup of coffee AND LET'S GET STARTED!!!

Here are all of your cutting instructions and supply list…

(you can click on the image above for a larger view)

Now, don't worry if you don't have the Stamp-a-faire exclusive set, Natural Beauties on hand.  You are more than welcome to substitute it for a floral set that is already in your collection.  This is just supposed to be a fun little warm-up exercise, no pressure, no rules!  

Here is a video with the basic instructions for creating your card…

I've also prepared some photos and written instructions, just in the off chance you aren't quite awake enough to watch the short video!

Smiles Card

The first thing you want to start with is your white background block, measuring 3-3/4" x 5".  If desired, you can round the corners with a corner rounder punch.  To build a background, you always want to start with your largest images first.  

I started by stamping the large solid part of the flowers in Hibiscus Burst ink.  I then added the second detail layer to each bloom with Raspberry Fizz.  I also added the medium teardrop loop around the opening of the center in Raspberry Fizz.  

The centers of the flowers are stamped with the solid sunburst in Orange Zest, followed by the small dotted center in Terracotta Tile.  Finally the leaves were fit in between the flowers in Simply Chartreuse.  The tiny daisies filled in the blanks with Orange Zest.


For the sentiment strip, I scored along the top and bottom edge of the vellum strip using my Scor-Buddy, about an 1/8" away from the edge.  I flipped the vellum strip over so that the score lines were raised embossed lines.  The sentiment was added with a permanent black ink to avoid smudging (I used Noir Black Palette ink).  I added strips of 1/8"  Scor-tape on the back of the vellum, right under the embossed lines (this makes the Scor-tape practically invisible from the front).  Mount everything to your Raspberry Fizz card base and you are good to go!!!!

We hope you enjoy this little "warm-up creative exercise" and have fun with the process!

Now, we want to give you another opportunity to share links to photos, videos or blog posts of you arriving at your destination, how your day is starting, your set-up, the group of people you may have getting together or anything else regarding the kick-off of Stamp-a-faire day!  Don't forget, you can also just check-in with a comment, stating your name and where you are joining us from!  Let us know if you are getting together with anyone or if you are going it solo!  And what challenge are you looking forward to most today?

Two of the participants who post here today (via the InLinkz list or posting a comment) will be selected to receive a $25 PTI gift certificate (one comment and one InLinkz list participant) and will be announced on our Monday night Stamp-a-faire winners post.  You have until 10pm EST, tonight (Saturday, July 21st) to add your link here or add your comment.  We look forward to seeing what you share here as well as having you back here in just a bit for the next challenge!  We're also available in the forums for a chat if you need company while you're stamping!


Nichole Heady

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  • 1
    Amanda says:

    Thank you IPad for letting me look at this before rolling out bed! Beautiful,beautiful card. Now to get the feet on the ground.

  • 2
    Pat says:

    Hi! My name is Pat from Lexington, Ohio. I love your card, and I will be including some of the product you used in my order that I intend to place later today! Looking forward to checking in often to see what you creative ladies are sharing!

  • 3
    Mary says:

    such pretty colors

  • 4
    Joanne says:

    Incredible card. I am so excited for today I can hardly stand it; amazing card to begin the day.

  • 5
    Lisette says:

    Just check in from Denmark. Here it`s 1 pm and of course the sun shine for the first time in several days. IΒ΄m playing alonge alone because there isn`t any scrapfriends nearby where I live. Looking forward to see today’s challenges

  • 6
    sandycu says:

    My sister and I just rolled out of bed here in Vancouver, Washington. She had the coffee pot programmed to brew at 4am. The dogs, Lidie and Kona are so loving this early start to their day too.
    I can’t wait for the mini books and my sis is a ribbon junkie so she will be getting her fix soon. Let’s get stamping!!!!

  • 7
    Shawn Wenrich says:

    Just placed my order and I can’t wait to get this beautiful stamp set! Good morning everyone!

  • 8
    Lori Y says:

    Good morning! No pictures of me this morning–still in my robe and glasses πŸ™‚ I’ve got the coffee brewing and then I’m heading to the craft room to watch the video and start stamping. Really looking forward to the ribbon techniques and the limited supply challenge.

  • 9
    Linda says:

    Checking in from North Carolina. Looking forward to all the videos today. It’s going to be a fun day.

  • 10
    Jeannie L says:

    What a beautiful card to wake up too… Can’t wait to do this morning exercise. I’m excited about the Memory and Craft Preservation and the camp card set challenge.

  • 11
    Karen S. says:

    Hi this is Karen from Fairport, NY vacationing in the 1000 islands! I just completed the make n take and am looking forward to everything today! I can’t wait to see how the bracelet turns out!

  • 12
    Chrissy L. says:

    Checking in from Durhamville, NY where I’ll be crafting with my mom! We are visiting from Iowa but all my SAF stuff traveled with me! πŸ˜‰ Can’t wait to get going!

  • 13

    Hi, there! It’s just after 4 am here in Vancouver, Canada and I’ve just put in my order. The first make and take looks gorgeous but I’m not quite awake enough to do stamping yet … πŸ™‚

  • 14
    Dianne says:

    Good Morning. I am Dianne from Plymouth, MI and I will be flying solo today and I am looking forward to a great day. I think I am really looking forward to the ribbon techniques and the homemade embellishments.

  • 15
    Sarah M says:

    Hi there, glad you finally made it to the 21st… I’m in Melbourne, Australia and it’s 9.38 pm so I’ve been waiting all day for you to catch up! Love the first card.

  • 16
    June K. says:

    I am enjoying my coffee here on the west coast and having fun reading about what others are doing. Thanks for the tip about lining up the large flower to stamp over as well as the scoring on the vellum to hide the 1/8″ adhesive.

  • 17
    Debra HH says:

    Good morning campers! My name is Debbie and I am so excited to be here with all of you. West coast time is 4:38 a.m. and I’ve been up for hours; placed my order and I’m ready to get inky. I haven’t been paper crafting for long but I am definitely hooked. Thanks for this event and all of the inspiration, Nichole. Your designs are simply amazing and always inspiring to me.

  • 18
    lesa wolfe says:

    I just placed my order to get the free stamp set. Thank you. I can’t camp today but I will be sure to check in tonight to see all the wonderful ideas!

  • 19

    Rebecca Ednie here from Mt Albert Ontario Canada! I don’t look like anything resembling a human being yet so a comment will have to suffice for now! I’m really looking forward to today but I sure wish I didn’t have to get ready this afternoon and go out tonight! A graduation party for the kids of some very good friends was scheduled for tonight AFTER I decided to participate and bought my kit. Bummer! I’ll do my best to participate as often as I can πŸ™‚ I’ll post a pic after I get all purty for tonight!

  • 20
    Lee says:

    Hi there. I’m Lee from South Africa. Just watched the video and now I’m going to make the card using stamps from Rosie Posie. I am really looking forward to the mini books and homemade embellishments challenges.

  • 21
    Wendy says:

    Love it! I am going to a birthday party today and I now have a wonderful card.

  • 22
    Wendy says:

    I forgot to add I am from CT

  • 23
    gladys says:

    Good morning! I am Gladys from Singapore! Love your card Nichole! I can’t wait to make a card based on your color combo that you used! Beautiful card.

  • 24
    Cassie T says:

    Good morning! I’m going to have to be in and out as we are painting a House for Heroes today in Columbus, GA, but I will be back! I’m super excited about this, and can’t wait to play along πŸ˜€

  • 25
    lainey says:

    Good morning! I’m just outside Philadelphia and it’s going to be a beautiful day here, only around 80 – so goodbye to the heat for a few days! Love this card and can’t wait to get the Natural Beauties set! I’m so glad today is finally here!!!! Have fun everyone!!

  • 26
    Kathy W says:

    Good morning, Kathy from central Vermont here. We have a beautiful morning and already have canoes out on the lake (view from my craft window). What a beautiful card to start the day with; looking forward to all of the activities and creative inspiration.

  • 27
    Kim G says:

    Hi everyone from Auburn, IL. Excited about seeing all of the videos and hopefully getting to make something. Can’t wait to make this morning’s make n take! I am looking forward to the bead making and I hope to have a granddaughter come over and help for a little while.

  • 28
    Jen Rzasa says:

    Such a cute card! I have a busy day, but I hope I have time to play along!!!

  • 29
    Kris says:

    Looking forward to the day and creative, innovative ways to use my PTI stamps and supplies.

  • 30

    I love the colors on this card. I’m watching this video in sunny France where I’m on vacation. Tomorrow we’re traveling home again. Back to my stamps.

  • 31
    Becs Attwood says:

    Good morning to those of you in the US. Here in New Zealand it’s nearly midnight Saturday. This gorgeous make-n-take is a great way to start Stamp-a-faire…with a beautiful card to copy – not too much thinking for those of us who should be in bed by now! Have a great day everyone!

  • 32

    Good Morning! I am in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada and the sun is shining which is perfect for a crafty day. I watched the first video but not quite awake yet. The coffee is brewing and I am off to work on my shopping list while I wake up a bit more.

  • 33
    Victoria h says:

    Hi , I’m Victoria from England and I’ve placed my qualifying order ( its mid- day here). Love the backgrounds nichole creates and can’t wait to try this when my order arrives.

  • 34

    Hi to All my Fellow campers!!
    I’m Karen from Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada.
    I’ve made my order, watched the first video – can’t wait to get my new Natural Beauties stamp set.
    I’m ready for the first challenge! Have a great day!

  • 35
    Jett says:

    Jett from Dallas checking in! I’m thrilled to get inky when it is 109 outside!

  • 36
    Holly Saveur says:

    Good morning PTI lovers!
    Hello Holly here from the Netherlands..I am alone in my scraproom and look so much forward to it all…LOVED the card Nichole…and great video’s from all the design team members!
    Now of to make the card…have fun every body!

  • 37
    Linda Monroe says:

    Hi all, I’m checking in from Massachusetts, just outside Boston (go red sox.) It’s a beautiful summer day here, 67 degrees and sunny – and low humidity. A perfect day to make floral cards.

  • 38
    Janet Marks says:

    This card is so easy but a real WOW factor!. Great set. I am prepping to make several later with a friend. I am (kind of) patiently waiting to get together with her at 10:30 to start our camp day. So much fun!!!

  • 39
    Sherry says:

    Good morning from Ohio! I am going it alone today but am still thrilled to be a part of SAF. Thanks PTI for all your hard work! I managed to get the first card done but forgot that Archival ink takes forever to dry so smudged the vellum strip and it doesn’t come off…..good thing I cut 2 of everything yesterday! Have a great time everyone!

  • 40
    Jade says:

    Good Morning everyone! Loved the video! Can’t wait to get my hands on Natural Beauties! I’ve been saving up so I could order today and get it! I’ll be joining off and on today from Knoxville, TN! Can’t wait to see everything today!

  • 41
    Stacy Simpson says:

    I’m at the Lake of the Ozarks. Spending time with my family today instead of stamping. However I did just place an order (can’t wait to get that free set!). And will be checking your blog throughout the day. Thank goodness for wi-fi!

  • 42

    Good Morning! I will admit, I’m dragging a little bit this morning. I couldn’t sleep a wink last night. Funny thing is, I finally drifted off about 4:30 am then miraculously woke up at 6:00 CST without the alarm. Just in time to place my order this morning! I hope to make a few things today despite being VERY tired now!

  • 43
    Nancy S says:

    Hello from very hot Florida! Can’t wait to get going!

  • 44
    Ginger says:

    Such a beautiful card, it’s been a joy to sit and make. THank you Nichole xx

  • 45
    Jackie L says:

    I’m up and ready to go here in Bloomingdale, IL. Didn’t have smores last night, but the next best thing is rice kripie treats. YUMO
    Nicole your card is beautiful as always.

  • 46
    Kris E says:

    Good morning! I am unfortunately by myself today but will text/email my sister all day so it will be like we are stamping together—kind of. I am Kris from IA. Really looking forward to everything happening today!!

  • 47
    Melissa Ladd says:

    Such a fun card and beautiful stamp set!! Thanks for a great start to SAF!

  • 48
    Shelly S says:

    I’m here from a cloudy but wonderfully cool Pennsylvania day. I’m excited to spend the day with you and learn from the best stampers around!

  • 49
    Maureen P says:

    just waking up here on a sunny day in Kamloop, BC, Canada! The coffee is just brewed, the computer is fired up and I’m going to enjoy this first video before heading into the studio πŸ™‚ Woohoo! Looking forward to a day of stamping πŸ™‚

  • 50
    Ally V. says:

    Very pretty! I so hope I get a chance to join in today!

  • 51
    sanketi says:

    Good morning! Will be back with a project soon,have fun everyone!

  • 52
    kristinkat2 says:

    Beautiful start to the day … can’t wait to see what else you PTI geniuses have on tap for us. I have been looking forward to Stamp-a-Faire for weeks. It is going to be a great day, here in the Seattle, WA.

  • 53
    Mary B says:

    Hello, beautiful card! I’m Mary from northwest Ohio. Can’t play along today, but I’ve placed my order already and will be waiting for Natural Beauties to be delivered. Thanks everyone for your hard work!

  • 54
    Jeni says:

    Good morning everyone! I can’t wait to join all of you later tonight. Just checking in this morning before I have to leave for the afternoon. What a beautiful card to get things started with. Can’t wait to try my hand at this one.

    Thanks to Nichole & the entire Papertrey Ink Team for making this event possible!

  • 55
    Cathie says:

    Ready for a wonderful day of stamping here in New Mexico.

  • 56
    Glorie says:

    I just finished placing my order. Great card, Nichole.

  • 57
    ellen s says:

    Ellen S from PA! Ready to get started…got my dies out and ready to go πŸ˜‰ Hoping my mom can join me after taking care of some family things but not sure. Looking like a lot of fun so far!

  • 58
    Gina says:

    Good morning everyone! I’ve actually been up for a couple of hours (placed my order and drank my coffee) but had a phone call that sucked all the fun out of my day for a bit (husband on his way home with our daughter – he stopped for gas and then his truck died!!!!). But, we found out it was bad gas (water in it) and the gas station is paying for towing and repairs. So hopefully he’ll be on his way home with my crafty girl soon. Now I feel like I can craft with a happier heart! πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to today!

  • 59
    Jen Carter says:

    What a beautiful card! I’m excited to make it soon!

  • 60
    Djanelle says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing all the projects, and watching the videos. There’s so much to see and do!

  • 61
    Karen B. says:

    What a beautiful card, Nichole! I can’t wait to get my Natural Beauties stamp set so I can make this card. I might try it with another set as you suggested (then I will make it again with the new set when it arrives.) So excited for today!

  • 62
    Barbara M. says:

    Hi, I’m Barbara from Michigan. I am going solo today – glad to have you all for company! I loved the ribbon techniques and am really looking forward to the DIY Badge. I am really excited to play along!

  • 63
    richard says:

    Hi! Richard from Bloomfield HIlls, MI here! Loving those colors and the VELLUM!!!

  • 64
    Bevyb says:

    I’m sitting here in my jammies in Philidelphia. Catching up with all the fun since of all days I’m having on and off internet problems πŸ™ and the Verizon tech will not be out until Monday. So I hope the videos will stay on the blog for a period of time s that I can catch up on what I missed.
    Did catch the video and loved the card and will be making it later on today or tomorrow

  • 65
    Kara says:

    I hope you are all enjoying your day and each other so far!! Thanks PTI for this fun event!

  • 66
    Chris says:

    That was fun. Can’t wait to do the next project.

  • 67
    Terri E. says:

    I don’t have the stamp set, but it was fun taking the sketch and design elements for my card starting point. What a great start to the day!

    It’s a good life!
    Terri E.

  • 68
    Jamie Greene says:

    Morning! I am joining from Louisiana today and I am so looking forward to all the inspiration:)

  • 69
    Tosha says:

    Signing on from dead center of the USA from the great state of Missouri. I too can’t wait for the Natural Beauties set to arrive…what a beautiful card. It’s been a great start I went shopping with my gift
    certificates, whoohoo! Thanks all; the videos are terrific!

  • 70

    Morning! I just finished running my first 5k! How’s that for getting the creative juices flowing? I won’t be playing along til maybe tomorrow, but im so excited for today’s events! Thank you so much for all your hard work!

  • 71
    Monika Davis says:

    Looks like so much fun! Very pretty card. I have just received a new stamp set so I will ink that up! I am going solo today.

  • 72
    Sharon D says:

    Hello from north of Seattle! I got up to place my order, but it’s too early for me to stamp yet, LOL. I’m most excited about the various ribbon techniques. I’m also so glad that all the videos will be available for weeks to come, so we can refer to them later. Thanks for all the work to produce this event!

  • 73
    Pmm says:

    Woo-hoo- what a fun start to the day! Just placed my order (before breakfast), watched the first video and have a few Hershey’s kisses by my side for sustenance and sisterhood. πŸ˜€ Thanks to all the PTI folks who worked so hard on this free event so that folks all over the world can participate! You all are just fabulous!!!


  • 74
    Marlena M says:

    This is so much fun! I’m loving the camp. πŸ˜‰ The song “Make New Friends” brought back so many GS memories!!! πŸ˜‰

  • 75
    Nathalia O. says:

    Great card to get started with!

  • 76
    Sue McRae says:

    The flowers in this stamp set are so pretty! I hope I get a chance to play along with some of the challenges today!

  • 77

    I’m Emily in Marshall, IL, just outside of Terre Haute, IN. I’m excited to be playing along… hubby is busy playing with his toys today, so I get to have the whole day to play with MY toys! I’m so excited, and I’m so happy that you all are leaving the contests open until Monday. I can’t wait to get my Natural Beauties set, either!!! πŸ™‚ Have fun everyone!

  • 78
    AngΓ©lique says:

    Good evening already πŸ˜‰ Just half past 6 and am enjoying my SAF-day a lot.
    Thanks for all the inspiration. Have fun and enjoy everyone! πŸ™‚

  • 79
    Teresa B says:

    Hi everyone! This is Teresa from Ohio. My order has been place and I’m ready to play!

  • 80
    Lori A says:

    Viewing this on my phone and not up yet… These projects are off the chart GORGEOUS! I must have Natural Beauty collection…so beautiful!!! Thanks for all your hard work – off to rise and shine and watch the videos πŸ™‚

  • 81
    Cindy H. says:

    I’m here in Massachusetts, by my lonesome, enjoying all the videos and gorgeous cards and projects. Nichole you and the design team rock!! Thanks for all you’ve done to make this a fun day. Hope to get my cards done and posted by the deadline.

  • 82

    I am here with Kim H. and Cathy W., and we are having the best time in San Diego crafting away. Thanks for a great time.

  • 83
    Kim Heggins says:

    Wonderful challenge…so much fun to make and love the end results…having a great time playing today with Cathy W and Joyce M.

  • 84
    Cathy Weber says:

    I thought we would be so busy talking that we wouldn’t even get one card made…but we did! This has been such a fun day so far and we are really enjoying it!

  • 85
    DIANA L says:

    Beautiful card. Thanks for the tutorial.
    DIANA L.

  • 86

    Oeh, I’m enjoying this day so much! Had fun with the challenges so far, but I’m a bit sad that it’s already late where I live… But I’m so happy that the challenges continue tomorrow, so when I wake up, I can have a look at what I missed and still join in! Thanks for that!! Have a fun day!!
    Hugs, Wendy

  • 87
    Helen F. says:

    What a beautiful card, Nicole. Thank you for this Mojo starter!
    Going to try to make a few cards and join in the fun :o)

  • 88
    Betty says:

    Gorgeous card! Popping in and out today; and enjoying all the projects!

  • 89
    Diane says:

    Coming here later in the afternoon after watching my girls participate in their summer swim conference. I’m looking forward to relaxing and learning after a hot day in the sun!

  • 90
    Jen G says:

    This is Jen checking in from my craft room in Minnesota! I’m getting inky as much as I can today and enjoying seeing all of the awesome projects here!

  • 91
    Emma Bourke says:

    It was my son’s birthday party today so I’m only getting the chance to sit down now. Hoping to be able to participate in a few challenges tonight and tomorrow. Love all the tutorials and inspiration. The DT members have done some amazing work πŸ™‚

  • 92
    Deanne R says:

    I’m away from home for a family vacation and reunion. But I’m sneaking to the computer whenever I can. Thank goodness for WiFi. And next week I’ll be very busy looking at the samples and the videos as I wait for my order to arrive that I have to find time to make today. At the morning hotel I filled my cart and now will hopefully find my order in the cart as I’ve checked into another hotel. Have fun everyone!

  • 93
    June Ferguson says:

    Hi Everyone!
    Just checking in from Kansas! I wish I could spend the entire day with everyone, but I will be popping in and out as time allows. Everything I have seen so far looks wonderful, and I can’t wait to work on my badges! Have fun everybody!
    June in KS

  • 94
    Cheryl SD says:

    Thanks for the inspiration! Simple but beautiful card. So glad I ordered the SAF tote and kit so I’m ready to get started. Thanks to everyone for posting their cards for additional inspiration. I’m in Oregon near Eugene.

  • 95
    Dana W says:

    Great video!! I made my card earlier but probably not going to make today’s dead line. Hope i have time tomorrow to work on more projects! I’m off to watch the mini book video!

  • 96
    Colleen M says:

    Colleen from Kentucky and a little late to the party. Just now ready to start some of these challenges. Love the warm up video, Nichole! Can’t wait to get my Natural Beauties stamp set.

  • 97
    Tammy W. says:

    Good Evening from Virginia Beach, VA! (little late for the morning check-in!) Just placed my order and I can’t wait to get this beautiful stamp set, Natural Beauties – gorgeous! I really want to try that shaving cream technique too! I remember doing it with my children when they were younger, and now mommy gets to play with the same technique for a card! : )

  • 98
    Amy Davis King says:

    Well, I didn’t expect to see the first post when it went up at around 4am our time, but my puppy had woken me anyway, so I took a peek! What a beautiful make and take with the special Stamp-a-Faire stamp set!! I don’t have it yet, but will be placing my order today to be sure and get it!! Can’t wait to play with it!!

  • 99
    Holly F. says:

    Weather was beautiful here in Central Ohio, so family decided on a canoe trip and hike today. Catching up tonight on all the fun.

  • 100
    Jennifer L. says:

    Good afternoon. Placed my order this morning so I can’t wait to see Natural Beauties. Took the kids to a big festival in town today, so will have to catch up on all the videos and fun later tonight. Have fun!

  • 101

    What an awesome card. Love all the colors. I definitely learned how to stamp a background today.

  • 102
    Danielle Pajot says:

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this stamp set! I live the vellum to add a sophisticated sentiment strip, too!

  • 103
    CrazyCurl says:

    So excited for today! Looking forward to everything πŸ™‚

  • 104
    Barbara M says:

    So it will be just me today! I got up very late and will be doing catch up.

  • 105
    see mary stamp says:

    What a beautiful card, and what fun to return at the end of the day to see all of the beautiful projects everyone posted. Looks like this was a great start to Stamp-a-faire.

  • 106
    Joy Indrelie says:

    So much fun! My head is exploding from so many new ideas!

  • 107
    MaryAnn N says:

    Hi I’m in the back of the group photo of No. 23 Avril Tanner. Beautiful, hot day that we are spending in A/C controlled meetingroom in a hotel. Great Stamping, friends and lots of food.

  • 108
    Velvet says:

    Shoot, I was too late to upload my card! Oh, well, these are very pretty.

  • 109
    Dana Desmond says:

    Your background is stunning. Will this set ever be for sale in the store again? It’s one I’ve had my eye on for quite a while. I didn’t have the $100 to spend Saturday, but had I known it wouldn’t be in the store any longer, I may have purchased it earlier. I’m so bummed because this is one of my favorite sets. Please say it will still be available. Papertrey Ink are by far the best quality stamps I’ve found and this set is exceptional with the added “shading” feature.

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