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Posted on October 29, 2018

Where Have YOU found Glitter?

Contests/ Mojo Monday

Hey stampers! It's such a warm, sunny day here in north Texas and we are LOVING the change! It was cold and rainy last week so having a bright, yellow orb in the sky sure lifts our spirits. Even my first graders at church seemed to be in happier moods!

I have a question for you today…where have you found Where Have YOU Found Glitter??

 

OK, I don't mean in a “normal” place, but in or on what unusual place have you found glitter? I'd love you to leave a comment on the bottom of today's post.

I posed this question to my newsletter subscribers and gave them an opportunity to win a signed copy of Laura Child‘s new scrapbooking mystery, Glitter Bomb. The results were simply hilarious and I wanted to share some of the funnier ones with you today.

  • Inside my pantyhose- around the thigh area ..I was a chaperone at a high school dance.
  • Once found glitter on the bathroom floor of a craft store. (It was hanging out with the Easter grass!)
  • When we were cleaning out my Mom's house, I found all kinds of glitter spread in the drawer of her glitter. When I asked her about it, she indicated that she had spilled a small packet of it years prior and just left it there so when she picked something out of the drawer, she would be reminded of that time.
  • On the dog's nose.
  • The strangest place I have found glitter was in my contact lens case and I was nowhere near glitter. Mystery.
  • My strangest place would have to be on my tongue. Lol And no I don’t eat glitter, haha but probably ate something and not realizing I had glitter on my fingers.
  • My center desk drawer at work!!!!
  • I found glitter once between my baby sons toes.
  • I would say the strangest place I’ve found glitter would be on my cat’s tail!
  • I found glitter in the church pew .
  • Unfortunately on the end of my nose. This was after cashiering all day!
  • The strangest place that I have found glitter was between my toes. I had spilled it on the floor and apparently I did not get it all.
  • The strangest place I have found glitter was in a book that I’m reading.
  • The strangest place I have found glitter was in my bra.
  • I have found glitter every place in my house, on my husband that will not go in my craft room, and my \ beagle.
  • As a retired kindergarten teacher I would find glitter everywhere and for some time. My custodian was never happy with me.
  • I found glitter on my friend's face. I was working with glitter, she was not!!!
  • In my mashed potatoes!
  • My underwear! I am sure it was on my hands from crafting so long & needing to desperately take a potty break!
  • The strangest place I found glitter was on my cat's paws. She tracked it all over our house. The strange thing was we had no glitter in the house at all. Go figure.
  • The question would be, “Where Have I not found glitter?”

My personal favorite is the last one; so true don't you think?

While we're on the subject of glitter, sometimes a strip and some tiny pieces is just what you need to give a little “wow” to your card!

Where Have YOU found Glitter?

Below are the instructions, including cutting measurements, for this project. If you need to purchase some glitter paper or loose glitter to add to your holiday projects, you can find several options HERE.

Supplies:

  • Stamp Set Making Christmas Bright (148046)
  • Card Stock – Thick Whisper White (140272); Coastal Cabana (131297); Granny Apple Green (146990); Daffodil Delight (119683); Melon Mambo (115320)
  • Stamp Pads – Melon Mambo (147051)
  • Misc.– Christmas Bulb Builder Punch (149947); Swirls and Curls Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (147923); Whisper White Bakers Twine (124262); Mini Dimensionals (144108); Gold Glimmer Paper (146958); Snail Adhesive (104332); Mini Glue Dots (103683)

Measurements: 

  • Thick Whisper White: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2
  • Coastal Cabana: 5-1/4 x 4
  • Granny Apple Green: 5 x 3-3/4
  • Gold Glimmer Paper: 1 x 5
  • Whisper White: 1/2 x 2-1/4
  • Scraps: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White

Instructions:

  1. Using Big Shot and embossing folder, emboss Granny Apple Green card mat.
  2. Score and fold thick Whisper White card base. Adhere Coastal Cabana Granny Apple Green, and Glimmer Gold cardstock.
  3. Using bulb punch, punch out 3 bulb toppers out of Gold Glimmer paper.
  4. Punch one bulb out of each of the following: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Coastal Cabana scraps.
  5. Adhere bulb topper to bulb using mini glue dots. Adhere completed bulbs to twine using mini dimensionals. Position light strand on card, and adhere with mini dimensionals.
  6. Stamp sentiment on Whisper White, using Melon Mambo ink. Adhere with mini dimensionals.

Don't forget to leave a quick comment on the most unusual place you have found glitter! 🙂

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Posted on October 18, 2018

Glitter Bomb – Scrapbooking in New Orleans

Contests/ People/ Scrapbook

Hello Stampers from wet and rainy Texas! My goodness I love the rain as much as anyone but…I think we've had enough for awhile! The ground needs to get a bit of a chance to dry out. I'm going on a stamping and scrapbooking retreat and it would be really nice to have a little sun, especially as we are all unloading our “stuff”! 🙂

Speaking of scrapbooking, have you been introduced to the New Orleans Scrapbooking mystery series by Laura Childs? If not, I highly recommend these books! Her latest one, Glitter Bomb, continues the adventures of Carmela Bertrand, scrapbook store owner and amateur sleuth.

Glitter Bomb - Scrapbooking in New Orleans

Glitter is a staple in my crafting vortex and, as a matter of fact, my home always has a trail of it leading out of my craft room. Yours, too? 🙂

Be sure you are on my mailing list (you can subscribe above) by next Tuesday. I'll be announcing a contest that you won't want to miss! HINT: it involves GLITTER!!

 

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Posted on March 17, 2018

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day…Think GREEN!

Announcements/ Contests/ Stamping/ Uncategorized

Hey Stampers! Before I head out to a Stampin' Up! party with one of my new team members and her peeps, I wanted to wish you all a Happy Saint Patrick's Day! You know, this is the “day of green” so I thought we should think about Stampin' Up! “greenery” and have a little fun!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day...Think GREEN!

Over the years, we have had quite a few different shades of green in our color collections. What's your favorite Stampin' Up!”Green” – current or past? Mine are Lucky Limeade and Wild Wasabi. Post your answer in the comments section and let's see how many different greens we can name!

Also, did you see the Limerick contest I posted the other day? If not, you can read about it here, and I hope you'll play along. Winner of the contest (NO PURCHASE NECESSARY), will get fifteen handstamped cards with envelopes!

 

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Posted on March 15, 2018

The Stamp Maven St. Patrick’s Day Limerick Contest

Contests/ Holidays / Special Days

Hello Stampers! Happy Friday Eve! 🙂 I want to tell you about The Stamp Maven (that's me!) St. Patrick's Day Limerick Contest. I did this as part of a coaching group I'm in and I thought it would be fun to do here on my blog.

The Stamp Maven St. Patrick's Day Limerick Contest

I want to give away  FIFTEEN handstamped cards with envelopes. These are not any ordinary cards. They are beautiful works of art stamped by leaders in Stampin' Up! A group of us do swaps whenever a new catalog unveils and I always have a giant stack that I can't bear to send out…lol. Anyone else keep many of the cards you stamp instead of mailing/giving to family and friends?

All you have to do to have a chance at winning these cards (no purchase necessary!) is to come up with a limerick (stamping-related) and either post here as a comment or leave a comment on my Facebook site on the post you see about this contest. Here is one I wrote so you can get an idea if you've never written a limerick!

There once was a fair stampin' lass
Who needed fresh faces for her class
She got out the phone and dialed and dialed
Her class registrations have simply gone wild.

That's it…pretty simple. It can be longer than this, whatever you like.

Contest ends at midnight on March 17, 2018 (St. Patrick's Day).  Dave, one of my customers (she's not participating),  and I will pick the winner. Our judging is final and, in case of a tie, winners will each get eight cards.

Email me with any questions. HAVE FUN! We can't wait to see what you come up with!!

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Posted on February 9, 2018

Let’s Play Olympic Trivia For A Prize!

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I don't know about you, but I LOVE the Winter Olympics! The summer games are thrilling as well,  but something about watching downhill skiers go through those moguls at extreme speeds is so exciting! SO…..Let's Play Olympic Trivia For A Prize! Be the first person to leave a comment below with the correct answers to the following ten Olympic Trivia questions and you'll receive your choice of any $25 stamp set for free! Ready…Set…GO!

  1. Which athlete was known as “America's Sweetheart”?
  2. Which athlete was known for her bubbly personality and gorgeous, engaging smile?
  3. In which Olympics did #2 compete and in which city was it held?
  4. Which sportscaster recently retired from his role in broadcasting from the Olympics?
  5. Which athlete became America's first female golf celebrity?
  6. How many medals did the US win (total number) at the third Olympic Games held in St. Louis, Missouri?
  7. What is the only Olympic event in which a mother and daughter both competed?
  8. Which athlete has won the most Olympic medals to date?
  9. Before it begins its trip through 20 countries, where does the journey of the Olympic Torch begin?
  10. Blue, red, and green are three colors of the rings in the Olympic Flag. What are the other two?

BONUS QUESTION: if you get this correct, I'll throw in a pack of gold faceted gems! 🙂

 

In which sport did my older brother compete in the Olympic Trials?

If no one gets all the correct answers before then, contest will end at 11:59 on Sunday evening (CST). Whoever has the most correct answers will win the prize/s. In case of a tie, I will contact those involved with a tie-breaker question.

Have fun and enjoy the opening ceremony tonight!

 

 

 

 

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Posted on January 4, 2018

National Trivia Day Contest Stampin’ Up! Style!

Announcements/ Contests/ Sale-A-Bration

National Trivia Day Contest Stampin' Up! Style!

Hey stampers! I bet you didn't even know that today is National Trivia Day here in the United States. Sheesh, I think there is a “national day” for just about everything! Anyhoo, in honor of this day I'm having a National Trivia Day Contest Stampin' Up! Style! Send me an email (or comment below) by Friday, January 5, with the correct answers to the ten questions below, and I'll send you an assortment of my favorite embellishments from the new 2018 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs.

What charity has been the recipient of Stampin’ Up!’s Making a Difference program since its inception in 2003?

Who is the current CEO of Stampin' Up!?

What 2 ladies are the founders of Stampin' Up!

How are these ladies related?

What is the new reward level in Sale-A-Bration 2018?

Name one of the 2012-2014 Stampin' Up! In Colors.

Stampin' Up! started ____ years ago.

Name three current or retired Stampin' Up! colors starting with the letter “T”.

Where is the Stampin' Up! Home Office?

What is the extra perk of joining Stampin' Up! during Sale-A-Bration?

Good luck to all!

Here's another sample using the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper in the 2018 Sale-A-Bration Catalog:

This fun paper is only one of the free items you can choose during Stampin' Up!'s biggest sale of the year; January 3 – March 31, 2018. Check out all of the options below; there's even a new reward level this year!

For everything you need to know about Sale-A-Bration, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted on December 30, 2017

Spring/Summer Occasions Catalog Scavenger Hunt

Announcements/ Contests/ Customer Q & A

Are you ready for some fun? Want to win a cool prize? Then let's get started with my all new Spring/Summer Occasions Catalog Scavenger Hunt!

Spring/Summer Occasions Catalog Scavenger Hunt

Here's how it works: click on the PDF below (it will starighten!) and you'll see partial pictures of eight new products from the upcoming Occasions catalog. Figure out all eight, then take the first letter from each to spell out a hobby we all enjoy.

Spring/Summer Occasions Catalog Scavenger Hunt

Once you've completed the scavenger hunt, send me an email telling me the products you found AND the hobby. You can also call me if that's easier (214-293-4461).

If you identify all the products and give me the correct hobby, you'll get $8.00 off any order in January!

YOU MUST EMAIL OR CALL ME WITH YOUR ANSWERS NO LATER THAN MONDAY, JANUARY 1, 2018 at 5:00PM.

Have fun!

 

 

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Posted on January 13, 2017

Friday Fun – How Well Do YOU Know The Stampmaven…ME!!

Contests

Ok stamping peeps! It's Friday and I thought we should have some Friday fun in the form of a game: how well do YOU know The Stamp Maven  (that's ME)?!

Some of you might not follow me on Facebook so I wanted to post here (but of course you should follow me on ALL my social media platforms!), too, so you all could play and maybe win a prize! We all like prizes, right?

Here's the game. Below you'll find a series of questions. Put a comment here on the blog with the answers you think I would make. I'll be awarding a few fun prizes. Iin case of a tie, Stamp Slave will draw for the winners from the group who answered the most questions correctly!

You must post your answers no later than Saturday night at midnight to be eligible for a prize…have fun!

  • What is your favorite craft (crochet, flower arranging, cardmaking, scrapbooking, etc)?
  • How long have you been stamping?
  • Do you have a favorite stamp company?
  • Favorite embellishment?
  • Favorite type of stamp (wood, foam mount, photopolymer, other)?
  • Prefer cardmaking alone or with others?
  • Most often do you create from scratch, sketch or CASE?
  • Do you still use punches?
  • Do you like to fussy cut?
  • Do you mail your cards?
  • Do you typically use black or colored ink?
  • Sell your cards?
  • Do you ever foresee giving up stamping?
  • Dedicate room? Shared room? Kitchen? Living room? Basement?
  • What do you use most often on your projects/cards/scrapbooks?
  • What is one crafting item you don't own but am considering purchasing?
  • Given a choice you would rather create a card with no layers, one layer or multiple layers?
  • If you had to give away all my crafting supplies except one thing, what is the ONE item you would keep?

Remember, you want to comment answers you think I would make!!

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Posted on August 18, 2016

What IS the History of Greeting Cards?!

Announcements/ Contests/ Projects

Hey stampers! I came across an interesting article during my internet “trolling” so I thought I'd share. Be sure to read all the way to the end because I have some “blog candy” to share today!

The History of Greeting Cards
(from the Postcard and Greeting Card Museum – www.emotionscards.com)

Sending greeting cards to friends and family is a tradition that goes back about 200 years. They were mostly sent by the elite and wealthy in the early to mid 1800's. Most of the early greeting cards were hand delivered and many were quite expensive, but they soon gained mass popularity with the introduction of the world's first postage stamp issued in 1840 and a few ambitious printer's and manufacturer's perfecting printing methods, hiring artists and designed both elaborate expensive cards as well as simple affordable ones by the 1850's.

As you visit our galleries you will see that cards of the past were fine pieces of art. Manufacturer's used quality artists and many of the large manufacturer's held “art” competitions to generate interest and to get new ideas for cards. Some of these competitions awarded as much as $1,000.00 to the winner!

The oldest known greeting card in existence is a Valentine made in the 1400's and is in the British Museum. New Year's cards can be dated back to this period as well, but the New Year greeting didn't gain popularity until the late 1700's. The Valentine and Christmas Card were the most popular cards, with Valentine's offering us the most “mechanical”, “pop-up” and filigree cards, followed by Christmas, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Cards gained their highest popularity in the late 1800's and early 1900's offering us cards with some of the most unusual art. The Victorian age give us the most prolific cards.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, when lovers said or sang their Valentines. Written Valentines began to appear after 1400. Paper Valentines were exchanged in Europe where they were given in place of Valentine gifts. Handmade paper Valentines were especially popular in England. In the mid to early 1800's, Valentines began to be assembled in factories. Early manufactured Valentines were black and white pictures painted by workers in a factory. Esther Howland (see below) known as the Mother of the Valentine made fancy Valentines with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap”. She introduced the Paper Lace Valentine in the mid 1800's. By the end of the 1800's, Valentines were being made entirely by machine.

Christmas cards were introduced and popularized by John Calcott Horsley, the artist of what is known as the world's first Christmas Card and Louis Prang, known as the Father of the American Christmas Card.

The rest is History. With the exchange of New Year's, Valentine's, Easter, St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Birthday Cards, just to name a few.

 

While I prefer  handmade greeting cards using  fabulous Stampin' Up! supplies,…

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…I thought this article was pretty interesting stuff; did you?

If you leave me a comment here on the blog (or on my facebook site), telling me what you found most interesting in this article, you'll be eligible for today's blog candy…a selection of five full sized (with envelopes!) cards from my personal collection…woo hoo!

 

 

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Posted on June 19, 2015

New Catalog Scavenger Hunt

Announcements/ Contests

Want to win some blog candy today by participating in my new catalog scavenger hunt?

 2015-2017 In Colors

Be the first one to comment here with the correct answers to my 12 questions and you will win an ink pad, re-inker and pack of cardstock in your favorite new In Color!

Grab your new catalog and let's go!

  • Name 3 new paper types on pages 148-149.
  • On which page will you find our three punch boards?
  • How many kits are in this catalog (cards, decor and gift)?
  • What is the new adhesive called?
  • Name the four new embossing folders.
  • How many new punches can you find.
  • On what page can you purchase the pretty coral butterfly found on the catalog cover?
  • Find 3 new 15% off product bundles (seen in the white boxes throughout the catalog).
  • What new product coordinates with the Elegant Dots embossing folder?
  • What is the name of the new Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set?
  • How many dinosaurs can you find on page 39?
  • What is your favorite new In Color this year?

Have fun and may the best new catalog “hunter” win!!!

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Posted on September 23, 2014

Glimmering Blackberry Bliss

Contests/ Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips

Blackberry Bliss is my favorite color from Stampin' Up!'s 2014-2016 In Color Collection! I use it all the time in my clubs and classes and so far my customers don't seem to be sick of it!

(this lovely card was done by Sue Hansford, one of our talented UK Demos)

Black Bliss sample

Did you know that you can”spritz” Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper? You just put a few re-inker drops and either water or alcohol into a spritzer bottle and then add the color to your paper. You can also lay down one of our decorative masks and then spritz. It does take awhile to dry, even when you use alcohol. You can use a heat tool to set or heat emboss with Iridescent Ice where you've added the color. But WAIT…have you seen “glimmering Blackberry Bliss”?

pritz glimmer paper

Fill an Aqua Painter with rubbing alcohol and a few drops of Blackberry Bliss Re-inker…experiment with the proportions to get the shade you like. Apply across the Glimmer Paper and you'll get saturated color, which will then work perfectly as a card focal point.

Which is your favorite 2014 – 2016 In Color? I'll put everyone's name who leaves a comment here on my blog into a basket and randomly draw one; the winner will receive something in that color from me in the mail!! I'm looking forward to seeing which color gets the most votes!

 

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Posted on July 23, 2014

Color Times Three Challenge Starts Now!

Announcements/ Contests/ Paper crafting

I'm back from annual Convention and excited to tell you about a new monthly feature I'll be doing here on the blog….Color Times Three Challenge!

I'd like to invite you to participate, starting right now!  Here's how it will work.

On the fourth Wednesday of each month, I'll post a Color Times Three Challenge. I'll give you three Stampin' Up! colors that might not be your “go to” colors. Your “challenge” will be to create a card using only those three colors (you can stamp onto Whisper White or Very Vanilla) and email to me by the 4th Tuesday of the following month (August 26).  Simple or elaborate…your choice; but only those three colors can be used!!

The Stamp Slave and I will choose each monthly winner, notify them and they will have their artwork published here on my blog. They will also get to choose the Color Times Three Challenge “colors” for the next month (will be announced on Wednesday, August 27).

Okay…drum roll please….this month's colors are…..0714 Color Times Three Challenge Colors

  1. Crushed Curry
  2. Mossy Meadow
  3. Blackberry Bliss

I can't wait to see your creativity!

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Posted on November 20, 2013

Festive Flurry – Stepped Up

Big Shot/ Classes / Events/ Contests/ Die Cut/ Holidays / Special Days/ Uncategorized

Tada–what do you think? Here is part 2 of yesterday's project. The Elegant Eggplant Snowflake is the leftover punched out piece from the front of yesterday's card! The center is one of our Frosted Finishes Embellishments from the Holiday Happiness Catalog. These are flat on the bottom so you can use on a card you are mailing and it won't be a problem.

One little trick I tell my gals is to use a piece of paper run through a crimper to place over an embellishment before putting into an envelope. This will ensure your button, brad, or other embellishment will not poke through the envelope.

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Posted on August 30, 2013

Wonky Ghost

Contests/ Die Cut/ Holidays / Special Days

The Top Note Die is still one of my faves! It makes the perfect base for this punch art ghost.

The little “accent” spider is from the Witches' Brew Designer Series Paper, as is the strip at the bottom. For a little extra “pop” you could sprinkle on a tiny amount of orange glitter. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes…how many of you use this set for your “go to” greetings?

This card would be so easy for your little goblins to create…I think I just might have my grand cherubs over soon to make some for their friends.

Have a great Labor Day weekend! I'll be at Priceless Memories Retreat in Wylie with a group of my downline and friends. Perhaps this will be the retreat where I spend more time working than talking….ha!

Don't forget to leave me a comment so you'll be entered in my drawing to win my “Hallo-wheels” from Day 1 of Halloween Week!

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Posted on August 29, 2013

Candle Stamping #2

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Here's one more stamped candle idea for you. Stampin' Write Markers are a great choice to use if you want a multi-colored image. These markers are water based so you can color directly on the stamp without any problems. Of course, they can be used to color in a stamped image on cardstock as well. My set of markers are still my absolute favorite Stampin' Up! product; a great way to have all our beautiful colors at once!

Notice the small pumpkin on top of this candle? This is a little tricky but here's how to do that. Stamp your tissue and trim around your image (see yesterday's post for instructions). Then, using a paper piercer, carefully poke a small hole into the middle of the image and carefully feed it over the wick. Poke a hole in the center of your wax paper and gently press it down over the image. You'll want the piece to be large enough to get a grip on it as you heat it. Be careful to heat just enough to set it, but not burn…for a small image it will go quickly!

I'm showing Halloween themed candles, but you can easily choose another stamp and make a beautiful home decor item. I think the Beautifully Baroque single stamp would make an elegant choice. What stamp set have you used?

Tomorrow I'll be showing a whimsical card so see you then!

P.S. Don't forget to leave me a comment sometime during my Halloween project week…you just might be the winner of the “Hallo-Wheels” I showed on Monday!

To be eligible for the prize, you need to be a subscriber to my newsletter and also leave a comment on the blog sometime during my Halloween Mojo Week. If you aren’t already a newsletter subscriber, you are missing lots of great information including samples and special offers that I only give to my subscribers. I usually only send out my email newsletter a couple of times a month; when you first sign up, you will get a series of emails with short videos that I think you’ll enjoy.

To subscribe, just fill out the info in the coral circle at the top of the page. You will get a confirmation email – the service we use, AWeber, has us do this to prevent spamming anyone. I hope you’ll join! My annual 12 weeks of Christmas is coming in October and you have to be a newsletter subscriber to get these projects.

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