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Be Happy…

Just got this flower set and punch this week and was excited to give it a go today along with some bokeh watercolor left over from last week.

Here’s the card with one of my favorite sentiments…

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Aren’t those lacy flowers gorgeous?  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black cardstock, plus DSP of your choice and watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Memento Black, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Pear Pizazz and Versamark
  • Stamps:  Hello Life (sentiment) and Petal Potpourri
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Flower Medallion Punch, Sahara Sand 7/8″ Lace, Embossing Powder Black and Daffodil Delight

Digits:

  • The Whisper White base card is 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Basic Black layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The Watercolor layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • the horizontal Basic Black layer is 2 7/8″ x 3 1/8″
  • The Whisper White sentiment layer is 2 3/4″ x 3″
  • The Basic Black vertiAttach the Basic Black layer to card frontcal layer is 3 3/8″ x 2 1/8″
  • The DSP layer is 3 1/4″ x 2″
  • Attach the Basic Black layer to card front
  • Cut a 3/4″ x 4″ Basic Black and attach to watercolor layer off center to the right, then add lace over this piece.  Attach watercolor layer to card front
  • Stamp sentiment and flower on Whisper White then attach to Basic Black, add dimensionals and attach to left of lace on card front.
  • Attach DSP to last Basic Black layer and add to card front.
  • Stamp two flowers in Versamark, sprinkle with embossing powder then heat.
  • Punch flowers out and add to card front with dimensionals.

This little beauty will work for several different occasions and will probably be in the mail soon.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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And if it’s blueberry or oatmeal…it’s healthy!

My fingers are inky…I’m HaPpY!

 

 

 

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Monogram Thank You…

It’s order delivery time here at Rambling Rose Studio…

That means a little something, something from me to my sweet peeps.

Here is what they will find in their order bags this month (with their own initial, of course)…

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Isn’t that sweet?  I need a whole box of these!  Would you like to have the Stuff ‘N Digits?   Here you go…

Stuff

  • Paper:  3 1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White notecard, plus Whisper White and Daffodil Delight cardstock
  • Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Early Expresso
  • Stamps:  Sheltering Tree and Sophisticated Serifs
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Fancy Frames Embossing Folder, Itty Bitty Flower Stamp, Basic Pearls

Digits

  • Cut a Whisper White layer 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″ and emboss with Fancy Frame EF
  • Stamp this layer around the embossing with Daffodil Delight and the Sheltering Tree leaves
  • Stamp the initial in the center of the embossing
  • Punch a Daffodil Delight flower, curl and place a Basic Pearl in center.  Attach to initial with a glue dot.
  • Attach Whisper White layer to notecard front.

I hope all my peeps will enjoy their notecard gift and that you have seen something here today to inspire you in your creations.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Life has a way of teaching all of us to be strong…

So, let’s get inky…and Be HaPpY!

 

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Out My Window…

The Jenny Wrens have flown the coop…

Yesterday they finally jumped out of the nest at Mom’s constant encouragement.

They still have funny feathers on the tops of their heads.  At one point there were two inside the garage and three in the front yard.  Mom was in a frenzy flying in between.

I walked away.  I knew she had this.

Not a peep from any of them today.  I sort of miss them being there each time the door was opened.

This card post today has been in my head for a while.  I’m not sure it came out exactly as I had pictured, but it’s interesting enough to post I think.  Here’s the card…

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I call it “out my window” because to me it seems the tree is framed by the window from the inside.

Would you like to know how this one was made?  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Sahara Sand, Calypso Coral and Whisper White cardstock
  • Ink:  Versmark, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Pear Pizazz and Old Olive
  • Stamps:  Sheltering Tree
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Post It note, daubers, Calypso Coral Embossing Powder

Digits

  • The Sahara Sand base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Calypso Coral layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Start by masking the edges of the inside of the window on the left side and bottom.  Then cut post it note strips 1/4″ wide to make window panes.
  • Use your daubers to sponge all the background colors.  I used darker green at bottom and changed to lighter, same with blues and Daffodil in the corner to imply sun.
  • With you paper on a stamping pad, stamp the tree in Early Expresso while leaving all your masking in place.
  • Then stamp the leaves in Versamark and cover with embossing powder and heat.
  • Now remove your masking and add new masking to the left side and bottom of the window so you can sponge the rest of the card front.  This will leave a frame around your “window”
  • Stamp your sentiment in Early Expresso.
  • Add the Whisper White layer to the Calypso Coral layer.
  • Add this piece to the card front.
  • Inside there is a 3 1/2 ” 4″ Whisper White piece with a portion of the tree stamped to the lower left side to coordinate with the card front.
  • You could also add a partially stamped tree to the envelope.

I’m happy with the effect of this card, but my mind is working on refining it a bit.  I’ll share when that inspiration hits me.

Thanks so much for spending some of your day with me.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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And much more humorous…

Get yourself inky…Be HaPpY!

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Notecard Gift Bag…

Just finished sewing all my Paper Pumpkin cards and gift bagging them.

Today I got the NEW Paper Pumpkin!

How’s that for timing?

I first saw this cute gift bag on Dawn’s Creative Chalet blog (you can find her blog here) and loved it.  Since then I’ve seen it several other places too.  It’s just too cute and so easy to make.  Here’s what mine looks like…

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Isn’t that the cutest?  Wish I had seen these before making those cupcake party favors for one of the “littles” birthday party.  These would have been perfect too!

Instead these have notecards and matching envelopes from last month’s Paper Pumpkin spruced up a bit.  These will make excellent hostess gifts or thank yous.

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits I followed to make this sweet bag…

  • Cut the base (you choose color combo) 2 1/2″ x 5 1/4″, scored at 1/2″ on all sides.  On the two long sides cut at the score line to the score line to create tabs. Burnish all score lines with bone folder.  Add sticky tape to just the tabs and fold to the outside of the box.  That’s the base of the bag.
  • Cut your choice of DSP for the sides 12″ x 3 1/2″.  Add sticky tape to the back side along one of the long edges and add another strip along one of the short sides.  Starting at the midpoint of one of the bag base long sides,  lay the sticky edge of the DSP along the outside edge of the bag base and attached the two short sides.
  • Cut three strips of cardstock 1/2″ x 12″ for trim around the bag base, the outside top of the bag and for the inside top of the bag.  Attach with sticky strip the strip at the base of the bag first.  Attach the strip to the outside top of the bag.  Now cut two strips of the cardstock 3/8″ x 6″ for the handles.
  • Punch the smallest circle punch 1/8″ spaced evenly on the top edge and at both ends of the two 3/8″ wide strips.  Attach one end of one strip with a mini brad then the other end of the same strip to the same side of the bag.  Repeat for other side of bag.
  • Now add the final 1/2″ X 12″ strip to the inside stop edge of the bag to cover the brads.
  • I’ve seen all kinds of decorations for these bags, but since I’m not sure who will be receiving this one, I kept it generic.

Can’t you just imagine this little bag for all kinds of events and occasions?  And all the ways it can be decorated?  My mind is in a frenzy…

If you haven’t tried one of these I hope you will.  It took maybe 15 minutes to finish this one.

Here’s a couple of photos of the notecards inside…

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and one more…

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Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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or at least make a cute bag!

Stay inky…Be HaPpY!

 

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Cherry Blossom Sheltering Tree…

There has been a lot of whining going on around here from SOME people (don’t look at me!) about the rain…

LOTS of rain.

Like nine straight days of it…lots of it.

But last night after a quick and strong storm went through…

this happened…

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Now that has to be a message from Noah saying the rain is over!

Today’s card features the ever versatile Sheltering Tree (why do we all love tress so much?), but this time there are a couple of differences you might notice.

Someone (Jayne) commented to me she didn’t like how the trunk and limbs of the tree were always so prominent even after the leaves were stamped and asked how to fix that.  So today this card will show one way to minimize the trunk and limbs of the tree by using Versamark ink and embossing powder.  The intention was to imply a cherry blossom tree, but this method certainly covers most of the limbs and upper trunk.  What do you think?

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Of course you could always use a lighter color tone for the tree or stamp off before stamping the tree with a darker color.  This is wonderful set to have in your stash.  Personally this card would be used for an illness, recouping or sympathy.  It would also serve for missing someone or even a birthday.

So here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you in case you’d like to create a similar card…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Basic Black, Whisper White and Calypso Coral cardstock
  • Ink:  Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Early Expresso, Memento Black, Crisp Cantaloupe and Versamark
  • Stamps:  Sheltering Tree
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Calypso Coral Embossing Powder, 3/8″ Calypso Coral Ribbon, Acrylic Block E and water spritzer

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  • The Calypso Coral base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at  4 1/4″
  • The Basic Black layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • The Whisper White layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Color the Acrylic E Block with the Crisp Cantaloupe and Old Olive markers, spritz with water and stamp.  Hold for a few seconds so the ink can soak into the cardstock.
  • Stamp the tree in Early Expresso
  • Stamp leaves with Versamark…be sure your stamp pad is well inked.  Sprinkle with Calypso Coral EP and heat
  • Stamp sentiment in Memento Black
  • Adhere Whisper White layer to Basic Black layer.
  • Tie ribbon around bottom of this layer and add to card front.
  • Inside there is a 3 1/2 x 4″ piece of Whisper White with the same tree partially stamped in the lower left corner.
  • You can see the envelope coordinates with the card front too.
  • Don’t forget your personalized stamp on the card back.

This card is gorgeous in its simplicity and a great one to have on hand.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post and you’ll give this one a try.  I’d personally love it if you’d use my “Shop Now” button to order your supplies is you don’t already have a demo.  Should you need catalogs…let me know and I’ll get them to you.

And for those of you who may be thinking of representing SU! products, there’s room on my team of talented demos!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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and good karma will find you.

Let’s get inky…and Be HaPpY!

 

 

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Can You Case It #66…Designer’s Choice

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Now here’s a challenge I can jump right into…no Quick & Clean today.  Designer’s Choice!

Unlimited, layers, embellishments and techniques…right up my alley.

So here’s what happened…

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Oh…this was fun to make.  It could have been a shaker card, but that thought didn’t come until everything was put together.  It is a good thought though.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride, Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock plus watercolor paper and vellum cardstock for butterfly
  • Ink:  Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Crisp Cantaloupe, Memento Black
  • Stamps:  Basic Butterfly
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Square Framelits, Window Sheet, Basic Pearls, Gold Thread from Metallic Baker’s Twine, Butterfly Framelits, Spring Flowers Embossing Folder, black and white sheet of foam

Digits

  • The Melon Mambo base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Blushing Bride layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • The Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Starting with the first two layers, cut the white foam sheet (trimmed to 4 x 5 1/4″) and Blushing Bride layer with the third largest square framelit.
  • Emboss the Blushing Bride layer with the Spring Flower EF and glue to the white foam sheet.  Trim any foam that may be showing around edges.
  • Stamp a collage on the top half of the Whisper White layer with the Basic Butterfly stamp set in Melon Mambo, Blushing Bridge, Daffodil Delight and Memento Black.
  • Place the Whisper White layer on the card front with adhesive.
  • Glue the foam and Blushing Bride layer next.
  • Cut a black foam piece and a Basic Black cardstock with the #2 and #3 square framelit to make a frame.
  • Cut a piece of window sheet with the #2 framelit and glue to black foam frame, then glue black cardstock to top of window sheet.
  • Now glue this “frame” to the Blushing Bride layer
  • Punch out a vellum cardstock butterfly with framelit.
  • I had a piece of watercolor paper on my desk with the Crisp Cantaloupe, Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo colors on it that I cut the base butterfly from.  Just wet the paper and drop colors with a wet brush and let them run together and dry.
  • Stamp the smaller butterfly with Memento Black on Vellum cardstock and cut out with framelit.
  • Add the vellum butterfly to the watercolor butterfly with dimensional, then the smaller butterfly with glue dots, then the Basic Pearls.
  • Before adding the butterfly to the frame with glue dots, pull the gold thread from the Baker’s Twine and add it to the window with a couple of glue dots.
  • I purposely didn’t add a sentiment for this obviously “girly” card because it could be used for several different occasions.
  • Decorate a Whisper White panel for the inside and the envelope to coordinate with the card front and don’t forget your personalized stamp on the card back.

Here’s a side view where you can see the gold thread and window…

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You are invited to play along this week with your creation.  Go to Canyoucaseit.com and play along…you have until Friday at noon!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

 

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Sunny Summer Silhouette…

I’m celebrating!

After eight days of torrential rain the sun has appeared…

Well, Yay!

To celebrate here’s a bright and sunny card made with the Summer Silhouette stamp set…

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Doesn’t that look summery?  Not sure if that plant is supposed to be what my “littles” call a ‘wish flower’ (you know, a dandelion that’s gone to seed) or if it might be a Queen Anne’s Lace.  So here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you and how to make this yummy background in about 90 seconds!…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Whisper White cardstock
  • Ink:  Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight and Pool Party, plus Versamark
  • Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge and Summer Silhouette
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, “E” Acrylic Block, Water Spritzer, Distress Tool, White Embossing Powder

Digits

  • The Daffodil Delight base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • “Paint” on the “E” Block with your ink pads.  Don’t stress, just get the ink on there.
  • Spritz with water at a distance two or three times and apply to Whisper White as centered as you can.  Hold it there for a few seconds to be sure the ink soaks into the paper and remove.  Beautiful!
  • Now stamp your flowers coming into the frame from the bottom right corner with Versamark ink, add White Embossing Powder and heat.
  • With the Gorgeous Grunge stamp and some Versamark, add some spots to imply movement of flower petals in the wind, apply White EP and heat.
  • Add the Linen Bow.
  • Distress the edges of this layer with distressing tool before adding to card front.
  • You can see I added a similar background application on the envelope and there is also a small one on the inside of the card where a layer of Whisper White was added.
  • I didn’t add an sentiment on purpose because I think this card could be used for many occasions.  The sentiment would probably go in the upper left corner.

This resembled a watercolor painting of summer to me and I’m very happy with it.  I hope you like it too and will give this simple but striking technique a try.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend as much as I am in this beautiful sunshine.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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I’m REALLY bad at singing, but love to do it!

Come get inky with me…and Be HaPpY!

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Sheltering Tree Reflection…

Rain…

In small adequate amounts is refreshing…

After six straight days of downpours and regional flooding…

It’s a struggle to keep a positive attitude…

especially when you have mildew and mold growing in your armpits!

So lately (like the last six days) lots of time has been spent in my studio creating.  That’s a mood lifter and instant sunshine!

Here’s a card with a reflection…

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Isn’t that fun?  This started out with a mistake (oops! did I say a mistake?)  There are lots of Bokeh technique pieces in several color combinations laying on my counter tops and it’s been fun using them in different ways.  However, with this one I had stamped the sentiment and picked it up to attach to another piece of cardstock and smudged the words…oh words!

With some fussy cutting I ended up with the top piece and a tree trunk and this card evolved from there.  In the photo the base card looks like Crumb Cake, but actually it is Pear Pizazz.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Whisper White, Pear Pizazz, Pool Party cardstock
  • Ink:  Early Expresso, Old Olive, and Blackberry Bliss, Pear Pizazz and Pool Party (Bokeh) plus White Craft
  • Stamps:  Sheltering Tree
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  White Gel Pen

Digits:

  • The Pear Pizazz base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Bokeh piece is approximately 3 1/2″ and the Pool Party is about 2 1/2, both are torn which leaves an opening of maybe 1 1/2″ at the largest side.
  • After you stamp the tree trunk in Early Expresso and the leaves in Old Olive, use the White Gel Pen to highlight the right side only then attach to card front.
  • Attach the torn Pool Party at the bottom of the card front and line up the tree stamp at an angle, then stamp leaves and add White Gel Pen to right side.
  • Add Gel Pen lines to indicate water on the Pool Party.
  • Add sentiment in Early Expresso.
  • Inside there is a white layer 3 1/2 x 4″ with half a tree stamped at the lower right corner.
  • You can also see there is a tree stamped on the envelope.

Hope you enjoyed this reflection piece and if you have this set will give this technique a try.  Don’t have the set?  Boy can I ever help you out…just click the Shop Now Star to the right and have this delivered to your door.

How you feel inspired to do some creating today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Get yourself inky…Be HaPpY!

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An Open Heart…

Did you know…

If the squirrels in my attic were raccoons, my homeowners insurance would cover the treatment and any damage done.

Because they are squirrels (considered a rodent…didn’t I say that yesterday?) the expense is on us.

Don’t you love insurance companies?  Right.

Onward and upward…

Today’s project was an experiment using a color combo and technique.

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Blues and greens together are one of my favorite color combinations, but today I experimented with several different third colors for this combination.

Using Summer Silhouette stamp set and an embossing technique created this soft look.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  3 1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White notecard plus Pear Pizazz cardstock
  • Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point and Pear Pizzaz plus Memento Black
  • Stamps:  An Open Heart (sentiment), Gorgeous Grunge and Summer Silhouette
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Versamark Ink, White Embossing Powder, Linen Thread, Sponge Dauber

Digits

  • 3 1/2″ x 5″ Whisper White Notecard
  • Whisper White layer is 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″
  • The Pear Pizazz layer is 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″
  • Ramdomly stamp images in Versamark Ink and cover with White Embossing Powder, heat
  • The Gorgeous Grunge stamp was used to suggest the top flower is blowing away in the wind.  I love to suggest movement in my images.
  • Using sponge dauber add colors to background
  • Stamp image
  • Add Linen Thread to lower half of card front
  • Layer over the Pear Pizazz layer and then to card front.
  • Inside I have the one flower (shown at top left) embossed and sponged around just a little
  • You could also add to your envelope
  • Don’t forget your personalized stamp on the back of your card.

Playing around I have created several other color combinations and embossed images.  This is a fast and impressive technique…I hope you will give it a try.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Wish squirrels could change into raccoons!

Let’s get inky…and Be HaPpY!

 

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Jenny Wren Update…

There is no project today…stop by tomorrow for a new one.

There is a Jenny Wren update here at Old McDonald’s Farm.

We have five very health babies (thanks to mom and thankfully not me!)

See…

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Isn’t mommy doing a great job?…eyes are open and lots of feathers.  So happy I didn’t have to go bug hunting.

But look what else is on my front porch…

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I know you can’t see it, so here’s a close up of the flowers on the right…

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Do you believe this?  My house has become a birthing center.

To top this whole situation off with a cherry on top, we found squirrels nesting in our attic yesterday and wildlife control quoted us an astronomical figure to free our house from these rodents (a rat with his tale blown up) and seal our house from top to bottom.

Oh good grief.

Oh words.

See you tomorrow…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Exactly…today I may need the bottle not a glass…

I’m going to get inky…and Be HaPpY!

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