Thursday, January 17, 2013

Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop

Hi everyone!



Welcome to the Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop! We're featuring some of the fabulous new 2013 stamps just released by Hero Arts. You should be arriving here from the talented Sharon Dunn's flickr page. If you find a broken link or are just joining us, you'll find a master list of the hop links at the Hero Club Blog. Also, please report broken links to Tami.

Hero Arts will be awarding prizes from randomly drawn comments. For a chance to win, simply comment on ANY of the stops along the hop on ANY day this week (Monday to Friday), including each day’s starting post at the Hero Club Blog. The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning!

I've made two very different thank you cards for today's hop. Here's the first one:


I took the New Hero Arts Leafy Vines Cling Stamp and inked it up with various distress inks, gave it a spritz with water/Perfect Pearls, and stamped it onto watercolor paper. After heat setting the image I stamped the Thank You sentiment from the new Fancy Basics Clear Set, and added some gems and pearls.


My second card has a more modern feel to it:


For this card, I stamped the new Tweed Pattern Background Stamp on my notecard. On a piece cut from a new Charcoal notecard, I stamped the Conversation Background using the new Charcoal Mid-tone Dye Ink. I then stamped various 'thanks' and 'thank you' stamps from the new Thanks a Bunch Clear Set in the word bubbles using the same ink. The 'thank you for everything' stamp is from the new So Kind Clear Set.


Before I go I want to offer up a little something to one commenter on this post. I'll randomly draw one person to win one new 2013 Hero Arts clear or cling set of their choice. I'll post the winner on Tuesday, January 22nd (my son's 10th birthday)! :) I'll order the winner's prize through Simon Says Stamp and have it shipped directly to them. Sound good?

Thank you so much for stopping by! Your next stop on the Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop is the wonderful Anita Recksiedler's blog.

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Kelly Booth said...

ADORE these cards Sarah!! Your Cards always Blow me away with Creativity...just Love your Style!! xoxoxo

Buffy Esser said...

Beautiful cards...I really love the colors you used!

Anonymous said...

That thank you card is so cool! Thanks!
Kirsten B in MN

Daša said...

Love, love, love it!

Barb said...

I just love the watercolor effect on the first card and I lve the talk bubbles and the color palette of the second card. thanks a million for sharing your talent with all of us.

Iris said...

Wow, gorgeous cards! Thanks for the inspiration!

Barb said...

Such a pretty watercolor effect on your first card, Sarah! LOVE the way you paired the Tweed and Conversation Backgrounds together on your second card - fab colors too!

cm said...

Pretty cards - love the 'variety' you've shared here. Much to applaud in both, so much so that I've added 'yet more' stamps to my HA wish list, and ideas to my Evernote 'inspiration' pages. Thank you for sharing.

Maureen Morton said...

Wow - you have done these new stamps up so beautifully and with such a range of style! I am blown away, Sarah. Love them both, but the second one has me most intrigued.....it has such depth and is such fun! Thanks so much.

Jayne said...

Two such different styles of card, but I really like them both. Very versatile. I love the softness of the first and the edginess of the second.

Cedar of Lebanon said...

Oooh, how I loved the first one! It's amazing!! Love the watercolour effect on the card, made the card really stand out!! The second one is also funky!!

Diane said...

Both cards are amazing. Loving the leafy vine background stamp. Thanks for sharing.

Lin said...

Such different styles, Sarah; you can do it all! My fave is the first one - love the beautiful soft colors - will be CASE-ing this one for sure!

judkajudi said...

Beautifully done, Sarah!! Two very different styles and you have done them perfectly!! That leafy vine stamp has found its way onto my want list!! It's been fun hopping with you!!

Ginahvv said...

LOVE the thank you card. The colors are perfect and I love the background.

CandyW said...

2 very different cards, but both are fantastic Sarah!!!

Anonymous said...

Love the use of the distress ink with the leafy vine stamp. Onepinkdaisy

Cat Craig said...

Great cards showing your design depth. That charcoal is intriguing, already know I need that vines stamp. Must add the charcoal ink...lol. This hop is bad for my budget...but so much fun.

Jenn Biederman said...

Hi Sarah! Love both cards...first one is beautifully done with the soft colors. The second one blows me away! I LOVE that bg! I saw that stamp, and wasn't sure if I'd use it, but it's going on my list! Love how you used it on the charcoal paper. Love hopping with you!

Sandi said...

Yay! You knocked both these cards out of the park! Great job!!!

Barb Ghig said...

As always, your cards are just beautiful! I love how you used the Fancy Basics Sentiment on the dreamy water colored background...so lovely! Thanks so much for a chance to win a stamp set...and Happy Birthday to your son!

Suzanne C said...

Brilliant two tone background with the bubbles and words! Love that color combination! Gorgeous cards and love the distressed blends of the leafy vine!

Chitra Nair said...

Beautiful cards.. Love the speech bubble background stamp..

Kim M said...

Beautiful cards. That thank you card is stunning. Love that leafy stamp.

heidi @ ggip said...

I love your card. The coral and aqua combo is very pretty!

Jingle said...

The first one is just beautiful! Amazing mix of color! And the second...totally awesome design! Love it!

Pammejo said...

Love your cards, love the use of different inks for a background. TFS pammejo1@yahoo.com

Grá O'Neill said...

Gorgeous cards, I love how you've inked up the Leafy Vine. I must try this :)

Beastybunny said...

Gorgeous cards! The more I see of the Leafy Vine stamp, the more I just have to have it!

Buncobuddy said...

Love the watercolor card. I'm not very good at this technique yet, but I'll keep trying.

Kimmy said...

Both of your cards are just fabulous! Thank you for the chance to win such a generous prize.

M. Middelkoop said...

Beautiful cards! You used my two new favourite stamps on the first one. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity to win!

Virginia L. said...

Beautifully done, Sarah!! I love the background for the first card! And that sentiment goes so well with the design! The 2nd card is absolutely darling and delightful!

Kristen said...

Love your cards, especially the first one. I love the colors you chose to stamp the vines.

Robin K. said...

Hi Sarah!!! You have me completely sold on that leafy vines cling now!!! I looooooove how you inked it and how well it pairs with the sentiment from fancy basics!!!! And I do love the hip vibe of your second card- that color combo is great!!! Great hoppin' with you:). Robin

Anita Rex said...

I love the inking of your first card and love the fun messages in the bubbles on your second card!

Jillisgram said...

Love, love, love your first card. Sounds so easy, but looks so lovely! Val from IL.

Debbie G said...

Awesome cards!! I love the distressed ink colors you used with the leafy vines stamp and the "fun-ness" of your second card. Great job!!

Brenda said...

I just love the two different styles you portrayed Sarah! That Leafy Vine really lends itself to that classic look and some distress inks! And I adore you colour combo on your modern card, those speech bubbles are awesome and so is my favourite, the Tweed Background! And thanks for a chance to win Sarah!

Teresa W. said...

Such beautiful watercolor on first one. Love the tone on tone conversation background. Such fun card. Love both of them.

Crystalena82 said...

What beautiful uses of the background stamps! These are both just lovely cards. I have to say that you have given me a new respect and fondness for those bubble greetings. Great idea!! Happy Thursday. Thank you so much for sharing! :)

gscindy said...

Wow! Love the multicolor vines and the way you used the speech bubbles - great, great ideas!

Shirley A. said...

Love everything about your first card. It is amazing!

Dana D. said...

Adorable cards. Love the colors you used.

Theresa said...

Your cards are always wonderful, Sarah! I REALLY love the way you colored the leafy vine stamp!!!

diana said...

Great cards! Especially the colours in the Leafy Vines. Thanks for the ideas and inspiration. ;-)

VikkiCH said...

love the variety in your two cards. the modern card is very chic and your first soft-toned card is stunning.

MiaS said...

Wonderful cards!

Karen said...

Love the leafy vines card with all those beautiful distress ink colors. Lovely colors and clever combination of stamps on the second card.

Ruth G said...

Both your cards are awesome! I love the soft watercolor effect of the first one (have to try that technique!) and the fun, energetic vibe of the second one (ans I'm slightly in love with the talk bubbles...) TFS!

Cathy Homan said...

I love the leafy vine stamp. Your card looks very elegant. The colors you used just compliment each other.

Terri (blindstamper) said...

Your cards are great. I have gotten so many great ideas on ways to use my background stamps.

Cindy C. said...

Hi Sarah the leafy vine card is wonderful, beautiful inking! Love how you used the conversation bubble bg stamp on the second, I am inspired! So kind of you to offer a prize, thanks for the chance.

Laura M. said...

such beautiful cards! really love them both! thanks for sharing :)

Efrat said...

Beautiful cards. Great distress background on the first card. And I like how you used the conversation bubbles on the second.

Pam W Merwin said...

Love the distress ink on the Leafy Vines stamp and your color combination on the second card is wonderful - love the layout!

Mildred Mildew said...

Sarah, your two cards are so different and so creative, love your versatility.

marking said...

Wonderful cards!

Gloria Reynolds said...

Great cards...hope Leafy Vines is still around when I order this product!

Anonymous said...

Love the card with the leafy vine background. The watercolour technique is beautiful for this stamp.
Margriet

Barbara said...

After seeing your Leafy Vines card, I'm sold on that stamp! It's a must have! I love the watercolor look of your card and think it is just beautiful. I love the Tweed Background stamp too and think it's perfect behind your second card! Lots of creativity here!

Lee said...

Wonderful cards! Hope your sons birthday is fabulous! thanks for sharing!

donna mikasa said...

LOVE your cards, Sarah! The first is so elegant and the second is trendy and fun! Will be casing that, colors and all!

Maeghan Magante said...

That modern card is so so amazing! TFS!

Anonymous said...

Liking the Leafy Vine stamp more and more. Beautiful card!

Dorothy C.

Bunnyfreak said...

Love the charcoal on charocoal stamping. Very Clever. Hope your son has a Happy Birthday.

stamplover2011 said...

Beautiful cards! Really love how you mixed the colors on the first one!

Miriam Prantner said...

Love these cards and how different they are! The technique on the first is so pretty, and I love how fun that second card is. The word bubbles is one of my faves from the new catalog!

Harriet said...

Oh, Sarah, your leafy vine thank you is so beautiful. Thank you.

walchowDesign said...

Love the watercolour effect on the first card, Sarah!

Shanna said...

Super cute cards Sarah! Love the second one!

judy said...

Beautiful cards, Sarah! I especially love what you did with the Leafy Vine stamp!

Chark said...

love them both!

Sue McRae said...

Fantastic cards Sarah, love how you've used the Conversation Background.

Diana N. said...

While I've seen the leafy vine stamp used daily, I think you are the first to use the conversation bubble background! Love how you used it!

Dana said...

Lovely cards!!!

sharon l-s said...

Both Thank You cards are awesome. The 1st card has a more feminine look while the 2nd is more masculine. Great job! tfs
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Kathy Berger said...

I love both of the cards, but I have to thank you for the fabulous technique you used in the first card...that is going to be a life saver for me since I need to stamp a lot of cards for something, and that technique is just what I needed to do to make a great-looking card quickly! Wonderful! Thank you so much!

Laura Norris said...

LOVE that Thank you card! So fun and creative...

Emily Keaton said...

Both of these cards are so lovely! I really like how you showcased two different styles.

Nadège said...

Love love the Thank You cad, the stamp is gorgeous and the watercolor effect is so nice.

Jocelyn said...

Awesome awesome cards!

Unknown said...

I have seen many uses of the Leafy Vines stamp and love how versatile it is. Used in conjunction with the distressed inks is a look I love. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

sharon l-s said...

Oops - a client walked in and I sent rather than hide my comments Just wanted to wish your son Happy Borthday and thank you for the op to win a prize in his honor.

Thanks

Janet Wilson said...

Love theses cards

conil said...

Both cards spoke to me. Love the color blending on the leafy vine and the second card is awesome.

Melinda Ferraz said...

Love your cards!!

Mary said...

Thanks for showing me another gorgeous way to use the Leafy Vines stamp. I love that stamp.

Mariëtte said...

Love your cards and the leafy vines stamp is a real wannahave :-)

Jill said...

lovelies here! especially digging your second thank you card with the bubbles and awesome stamped stamps :)
very fun!

Pat said...

These cards are so great! I LOVE that leafy vine stamp--am dying to get it, too! And the color combo you chose for the 2nd card is great!!!

margaretart said...

Both beautiful, and startlingly different in style and approach. So great to see the variety. Loved them both!

adele holcomb said...

You used two of my new faves, Leafy Vines and Tweed and made something beautiful with each of them!

Cyndee Scholet said...

I'm really loving the Leafy Vines stamp! It's so versatile. Have been seeing a number of different treatments with it and it makes it look SO different.

MarcyK924 said...

Sarah, I am swoon over the Leafy Vines! Looks like a watercolor painting! And that cool, modern THANKS card has convinced me I need that stamp. I've been on the fence if I would use it, but I love how you made this gender non-specific! BEAUTIFUL! Fun hopping with you!

Linda w said...

Thank you cards are such a big part of everyday things. Great cards.

gettin' inky...

sarah said...

From one Sarah to another...awesome cards girl! I'm loving those large sentiments, a new must have for me!

Karina Beck said...

Gorgeous designs!! Love them both!

Sanna said...

I love that flourisch and the speaking bubble background stamp. your cards are really beautiful!

Kailash said...

Sarah your first card is gorgeous, love that stamp and the second is so hip and trendy, fabulous design. Happy Birthday to your son for Tuesday, that's special to celebrate your 10th year in life:-)

butterfly said...

I'm a huge fan of Distress, so that first card is just gorgeous in my eyes - beautiful blended colour stamping - and that stamp has just gone almost to the top of my wishlist!!
Alison x

RedGem said...

I just love the watercolor colors you used. Love Distress inks. Tks for inspiration!

Laura Jane said...

LOVE your inking on the LEAFY VINE!

Carol said...

Wonderful cards, Sharon! I really love your treatment of the Leafy Vines stamp.

Deeps said...

I love how you did the stamping with the Leafy Vines set. It is becoming a favourite of mine.

Annette Vesth said...

Wonderful cards. Love the colours you chose for the Leafy wines

Darlene S. said...

Amazing job on the leafy vine card...wonderful colors and technique!!!

Mateja Povše said...

The Leafy Vines gets to me every single time. It is just beautiful! :)

Susan Kapp said...

loving leafy vines

Robin said...

Great cards, love them both! The colors are wonderful!

CinnamonSally said...

Beautiful card Sarah, the first is so soft and elegant and I love the bright colours on the second.

Jeanne Dudgeon said...

You are not only talented (your cards are so sophisticated), you are generous too. Thank you for the chance to indulge my love of Hero Arts

Pippa67 said...

Wow Sarah, love your cards. Such a beauties.

Andrea Garland said...

Great cards but my standing ovation is for the last one. Love the contrast between the aqua and black/grey. and loooove the conversation background stamp.

Thanks for your special givaeawy.

Petti said...

I LOVE your watercolour effect of the vine card. Just gorgeous!

Martina N said...

Beautiful coloring on the first card!

Troy Louise Seegmiller said...

Nice cards. I love that charcoal ink with the pool color. The vines card is very pretty. Thanks.

Agata said...

Excellent cards! Love those speech bubbles!

Maryann said...

Again some pretty awesome creations. I love the Leafy Wine stamp, and I can see, that many of you does too he he he, but it´s also just stunning like your cards here.

Carla said...

Great cards. I really like the first one.

Carla from Utah

cmu said...

The cards are lovely - your first is absolutely stunning. Well done!

Denise Bryant said...

Great cards! I love that Leafy Vines stamp... on my wish list!
DeniseB

Cathy said...

Love the leafy vines with the watercolors!

Larissa Heskett said...

WOW!! I am LOVING your AMAZING Creations!! THANKS for sharing and for the chance to win!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Nancy K said...

Totally loving your two different styles, Sarah! I just love the color combo on your second fabulous design. Thanks for reminding me how gorgeous watercolor stamping can be; really beautiful Leafy Vines card!

Anonymous said...

Love your cards. Such great color combos.

Nikki the *scrappinNavyWife* said...

I totally LOVE both cards...but that second one is FABULOUS! Lovin' the pop of orange! SWEET! :)

bartokmd said...

Wow! the color combinations on the first card are spectacular! I think this is a palette that would work for guys, too. You do very nice work!

Tamika said...

Love your card its awesome!

paperscissorsink said...

I just love that first card with the vine, I can't wait to get my hands on that stamp!

Leni said...

Beautiful cards! great to see two different cards! Love the sentiment on the first card, it goes very well with the leafy vines!

Lynda M said...

Your Thank You cards are terrific. Love the water-coloured Leafy Vines.

judit said...

Wow, Sarah, love your second card. The design and the colours are fantastic! Loving the blog hop! hugs, judit x

Suzanne said...

These are both superb, but I LOVE the funky vibe and fun color combo on the second one!

Big Mamma~ a.k.a. Mary S said...

wow those are awesome cards.. I love the bubble background.

Daria said...

Wonderful cards! My favorite is the first one--beautiful stamping, colors, and design.

Driven to Ink said...

Fabulous cards as always Sarah! You are so generous to include such a lovely prize. Cheers!

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Beautiful cards! You used my fav stamp on the first and I love the background on the second. TFS and for the chance to win.

Isha Gupta said...

Lovely card Sarah. Gorgeous colors too. TFS

paperpicnic said...

Two wonderful cards! I especially love the thank you card, great colors! Thanks for sharing!

Debbie said...

I love this leafy vine stamp and you used it so well just set it off thanks for the inspiration
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April said...

I love your cards. I am loving this swirl stamp! The background on your second card is great!

Pam said...

Beautiful cards! Love the colors.

maria mcclure said...

Wow! Love the watercolor effect of your leafy vines and the subtle way you used the word bubbles!! Thanks, Sarah!

Shelley said...

Great watercolour effect with leafy vine stamp!

Memories by Manda said...

Great cards. I've seen that Leafy Vine Stamp used in so many different ways - it's heading it's way to the top of my next Hero Arts order list (yup, already ordered my absolute fav - looped flower). I still like the tweed background though., So many stamps, so little time (and $$$)

Kathy Kay said...

Love both stamps but the tweed background really stands out in the bright turquoise color!!

rcwidow (Linda) said...

I am in love with that leaf vine stamp! The card is beautiful!

Marilyn C. said...

Love the Leafy Vines card - can't wait to get the stamp!

Angel Estes said...

Beautiful cards!! Thanks so much for inspiring!

Unknown said...

just love the waterycoloriness of the leafy vines card!
thnaks
Holly

Iris said...

Great cards. Love the colors you used. Iris

Ruth H said...

Sarah, the vine flourish card is lovely and the thank you card is so much fun!! Thanks for all the great ideas.

cheiron said...

Gorgeous cards! I especially love the second one...fabulous color combo!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Fabulous cards, Sarah! I love the colors on your leafy vines and your fun thank you card looks amazing with the charcoal and pool! It was great hopping with you this week!!

aaga said...

Very different cards, but I love them both! Jan 22 is also our 2nd anniversary with my boyfriend. :)

joy said...

I love your cards - so very different in styles, but quite clever, too! The soft colors of the first are more appealing to me, but the second card is very trendy. Love the thanks a bunch set.

Sharon D from Canada said...

Sarah, the watercolour effect on the leafy vines is lovely - really pretty card! And I love your thank you - great mix of stamps and fun colour combo! Terrific cards!

karenelr said...

Fantastic card designs!! So generous to add a giveaway! Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

Sarina Coffin said...

oh my goodness that word bubbles stamp is awesome!!! I love what you have done with it. Great work and thank you for the extra bonus prize :D

Winnie said...

Love the distress ink background on the first one and the fun bubbles and buttons on the second one

Pamjoy said...

I love your first card - I can see that I will have to get the Leafy Vines stamp as soon as it becomes available. Thanks for sharing today.

Deborah said...

Your thank you card brought a big smile to my face. Love the tweed and the color combo. Perfect!

Sue D said...

Wonderful cards. I really like the softness of the leafy vine card.
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McStamper said...

I think the leafy vine is my favorite new stamp. Love what you did with it.

Krista W said...

I love the leafy vines and you have created a beautiful card! Gorgeous color.

Mary-Anne V said...

Love the soft feel you created on the first card with the distressed inks. The second card is my favourite from this pair. Love the graphic look,colour combo, and creativity with the background stamp. BTW tell your son that Jan. 22 is THE BEST DAY EVER (I'm a little biased since I share a birthday with him..ha! Happy early birthday to you double digit little dude!)!

joybear said...

Hope your little guy has a very happy birthday! Love your cards, very eye catching colors and the little details you add are so perfect.

SherylH said...

Beautiful cards -- love the use of distress inks with the Leafy Vine image.

Jacqui Blondel said...

Loving Leafy Vines more and more, I love that distress technique on water colour paper, and love the colours you have chosen, just beautiful. The orange & blue on the thank you card look really good together too and the tone on tone is a lovely touch. Really lovely cards

Rachel K said...

Your cards are awesome! Love them both! :)

Karenladd said...

Love the two very different looks of your cards! Just beautiful!

Fiorella said...

Your cards are truly beautiful, but the first one is my favourite: if only I was able to do such a nice work!!!

Becs Attwood said...

Wow, great cards. That Leafy Vines stamp is fast becoming a favorite after seeing so many great projects with it on this hop. I love how you've filled in the speech bubbles on your second card with all the Thank-You messages - fun! Thanks for sharing.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Wow so beautiful is your first one and the second one is so up to date and fun! LOVE them, thank you!

Katie said...

The first card is gorgeous and could be use with so many sentiments, and the second one is quite cute.

Anonymous said...

Great cards. I love the one you made using the Leafy Vines stamps and the distress inks - such pretty colors! Thanks for sharing.

karenajo

SmilynStef said...

You ladies have done such a great job of showcasing that tweed background, I had to go order ... awesome cards.

pcm said...

love them both!

Marty said...

Love what you did with the speech bubble background stamp-cute card.

Trudi said...

Oh these are great cards! Thanks for sharing!

Smriti said...

The thank you card is amazing!

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

These are so different and I love them both!

Melissa D said...

These are both awesome. The softness of the distress inks on the leafy vine stamp and the clever use of the words in the bubbles - well done.

Katie Ann Brooks said...

These are so very lovely.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful cards! I especially like the colors you used on the Leafy Vine card.

sf_crafter

Anonymous said...

Love both cards but the soft colors of the first card make it stunning. I have to try that technique. Lovely stamp as well. Thanks for sharing.
Carrie C

Katherine Dent said...

Loved the use of distress inks on the new leafy vine stamp. Both cards are beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration.

craftymom205 said...

Love your first card.

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Marita said...

Every time I see a card using the Leafy Vines stamp I think "Wow" to myself... I seriously love this stamp! Thanks for the chance to win one.

Sandra said...

very good - 2 totally different wonderful cards!
Love the look of the leafy vines - and love the thanks stamped in the conversation bubbles!
Sandra ltb

Mrs_Mac said...

Love the leafy vine card. It is so beautiful and soft.

SUSAN said...

lovely cards... love how you made the details...all are beautiful

Donna Nuce said...

Really beautiful cards. Thank you for a chance to win blog candy!

Arlene said...

Love the mix of colors on the Leafy Vines - gorgeous card.

Love the way your colors POP with adding the charcoal panel.

ivy said...

2 fabulous cards sarah!

Linda Beeson said...

The colors on both are really nice, LOVE the black/gray for the bubbles.

Shannon said...

Loved both of the cards, thanks so much for sharing them with us. Take care and Happy New Year.

Heather Maria said...

Wow Sarah, these are both fabulous cards and I love the way you went for two completely different looks! Love the colours and soft dreamy look on the Leafy Vines! On your second card I love the striking colours and design! Loved seeing what you've created using your new stamps:)

Katie said...

Two awesome cards! I think leafy vines is my favorite stamp of this new release! I love your second card and just had to read how you achieved this look! Very cool! Very nice of you to offer a prize. :) Thanks for sharing!

Katie B.

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