Sweet Summer Gift Card Boxed Set…

Happy Spring Stampers and  Paper Artists!


Spring? Here in the Northeast we have snow on the ground, yet again. Luckily I was able to hold my Stamp-A-Stack Saturday and that’s what’s keeping me smiling today. We had a fun day on Saturday and make so many cards. Everyone who attended came with their husbands, brothers and  boyfriends. The guys hung out with my husband John at my daughter Megan’s house and then they joined us for dinner after the class. It was very nice and I’m grateful to everyone who attended. Over the next week I’ll share with you the many cards we made.


The first share is this set of Sweet Summer Boxed Gift Cards. When I first got this FREE Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set I thought it was nice, but now I adore it! It’s very versatile with all it’s small images which allows you to mix and match them in a variety of ways. After you stamp the images you then get to color them in any way you want. Here’s what I came up with for this set.

Sweet Summer Boxed Set 1

I had these boxes from a shop I owned years ago. Since I had them I thought how cute would it be to use and fill them with 3″ x 3″ gift cards? And, that’s exactly what I did. We made two of each of three designs.

Sweet Summer & Baja Breeze


For the first design, cut a 3″ x 6″ piece of Baja Breeze Card Stock and score it at 3″.  On a scrap piece of Whisper White  stamp the swirly branch motif and bird in Basic Black Ink, color it in and punch it out with the 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch. Adhere the scallop circle onto the Baja Breeze Card. With the Trio Flower Punch (retired) punch out Daffodil Delight flowers. With Tombow Multi-Purpose Glue glue down the flower and in the flower center add a Basic Pearl.

Sweet Summer & Peach Parfait


For the next card repeat the directions above, using Peach Parfait Card Stock. On a piece of Daffodil Delight stamp the flower shown in Basic Black Ink, cut it out, and with a Dimensional adhere it. On the flower tip add a Basic Pearl.



Sweet Summer & Daffodil Yellow



Again, repeat the general directions using Daffodil Delight Card Stock. Stamp the stem and leaf, the hydrangea shaped flower and butterfly on Whisper White. Punch out a flower with the Trio Punch, glue it down and in the flower center add a Basic Pearl.


Along with the box Stampin’ Up!  Mini Square Envelopes were included in the class fee and fit perfectly inside the clear box. These make wonderful gifts themselves or  just to have on hand to use as gift cards on all your wrapped presents.


Thanks for stopping by!


Stampin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2







As an added bonus just for laughs, here are pictures of John and Paul after a hard day of card-making!



Ruching Ribbon, the Real Way…

Hi and welcome once again.


I have to tell you I saved the best for last from my Friday Night class. Any one who knows me, knows I LOVE BIRDS!  The moment I see anything with a bird on it, I have to  have it. I think that’s why I feel in love with the Nature Walk Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! The bird image is magnificent! Stampin’ Up! has the best stamps ever. The lines on their images are so clear and crisp and shows every detail right down to the tinest speck.


Now, while I love birds, I didn’t want the bird to be the main focus here, However, I did want a balance between it and the Ruched Ribbon. Here’s what I came up with: Finished Nature Walk Ruching CardWe started by ruching our ribbon. There is a faster technique to ruching, but, I think the sewing method can’t be beat. The end result is gorgeous!


You begin by measuring the amount of ribbon needed and multiple it by about three.  For instance, if you need a 3″ piece of ribbon, you’ll need to cut a 9″ strip. Along the top edge of the ribbon mark off every inch. Don’t worry about seeing the marks, because once the ribbon is gathered you won’t see them. On the bottom edge of the ribbon mark every half-inch. You need to start your measuring at the beginning edge of the ribbon for both measurements, because, you want the half -inch marks staggered between the one-inch marks. You’re really stitching every inch, but, this is an accurate way to get your marks exactly staggered and in the middle. Understand???? For  this card I used the 5/8″ Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon.

Ribbon Ruching Detail 1Thread your needle with a single thread and a good knot on the end. Then, you simply stitch with a running stitch as shown. the trick is to begin you stitching from the bottom and end the last stich on the top so you can loop around the ribbon’s edge to begin your new row of stitching from the bottom. You stitch your rows from one top edge mark to the other one inch bottom mark. Get it?


Your stitches don’t have to be perfect, nor does the color of thread have to match the ribbon. I used a quilting thread, because it’s a bit stronger and doesn’t break when you gather the ribbon.

Ribbon Ruching Detail 2When you’re done stitching, you simply pull the thread and pull the ribbon away from the thread until the gathering looks appealing to you. The more you pull, the tighter the gather. If the gathering twists, just flatten it out with your hands. Isn’t it beautiful?

Pulled Ribbon Ruching Detail

Once the ruching was done, we moved on to making the card. For this:

Cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ of Early Espresso Card Stock and score it at 4-1/4″.

Cut two Very Vanilla Card Stock pieces, one at 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ and the other at 4-1/4″ x 3″.

Cut a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Crumb Cake Card Stock.

Cut a 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Certainly Celery Card Stock.

Ribbon Ruching Detail 3

On the smaller 4-1/4″ x 3″ piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock,  stamp the egg image in Baja Breeze, leaf image in Certainly Celery and the bird image in Early Espresso Ink in a random collage pattern. Keep the images more to the left of the Very Vanilla Card Stock.


With Watercolor Pencils color in the bird image and distress the edges of card stock with  the Tea Stain from the Distressing Kit and a Sponge Dauber.


On the right hand side of the card stock, lay a piece of Sticky Strip vertically and carefully layer your Ruched Ribbon on the Sticky Strip. Pull both ends of the ruching to make sure it extends from top to bottom, making sure you have enough of the ribbon to wrap around the card stock.

Finished Nature Walk Ruching Card 2


Layer the pieces of card stock as shown. For the stamped piece of Very Vanilla layer it using Stampon’ Up! Dimensionals. Sit back and admire your creation. This one you won’t want to give away, so you’ll have to make two!





Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you soon.


Stampin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2







Stampin Up! Product Used in this Project: (Just click on product name to order)

STAMP SET:    Nature Walk

INK:    Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, Certainly Celery

CARD-STOCK:     Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Certainly Celery, Crumb Cake

FRILLS:    5/8″ Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon, Distressing Kit, Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Watercolor Pencils, Sticky Strip

NON-STAMPIN’ UP!:     Sewing Needle, Quilting or Button Thread



Embedded Embossed Butterflies…

Welcome, once again Lakeside Stamper Friends!

This card is one we made at my Friday’s Folded Card and Embedded Embossing Class.  Embedded Embossing is the hottest trend today in card-making. This was a hit with all the ladies in the class. They actually got giddy with excitement when it was their turn to emboss their cards. The Embedded Embossing Technique is very easy, but, has very impressive results. I’m always amazed at what one can achieve with paper. See if you don’t agree?

Embedded Embossing Card

Here’s what to do:

For your Card Stock layers,

1.    Cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Early Espresso Card Stock and score it at 4-1/4″.

2.    Cut a 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ of Baja Breeze Card Stock.

3.    Cut a 5″ x 3-3/4″ piece of  Very Vanilla Card Stock.

4.    With a piece of  Very Vanilla, the Big Shot and the Lattice Bigz Die cut out a lattice.

5.    With a piece of Pawsitively Prints II Designer Series Paper, the Big Shot and the Embosslits Beautiful Wings, cut & emboss the butterflies.

6.    With Snail Adhesive, tape the Very Vanilla Lattice cut-out on the Baja Breeze Card Stock.

7.    Then adhere the largest and smallest butterfly as shown.

Now comes the magic!

Detail ! Embedded Embossing
8.    Place the Baja Breeze with the lattice and butterflies, in the Square Lattice Embossing Folder and run it through the Big Shot.



9.    With a Detail 2 Embedded Embossing Brad in each hole.


10.    Layer the Very Vanilla on the Early Espresso and the Baja Breeze on the Very Vanilla.

11.    Adhere the other two butterflies as shown in the photo.

Sit back and admire the results!

This technique could not be done without the Big Shot. The Big Shot and Big Shot Dies offer an amazing multipurpose cutting system. Cut paper, chip-board, vinyl, fabric, cork, wood and metal sheets and more! Embossing is also made possible with the Big Shot.

If you don’t own a Big Shot  CLICK HERE to order one.

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Stampin’ Hugs,


Petal Pizzazz in a New Dimension…

Good Day Lakeside Stampers!


This is another card we made at World Card Making Day. For this card there was a lot of cutting and complaints but, the cutting was well worth it. Besides the class was moaning to someone who use to do “Scherenschnitte” (paper cutting) years ago, so, no sympathy here! Once cut the actual card goes together quickly. This card was made out of Bashful Blue although you can’t really see it except along the bottom. I shot it against my blue wall and didn’t realize it until now. Sorry.  




Here’s how to make this card:


10    Cut an 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Bashful Blue Card Stock and score it at 4-1/4″.

2)    Cut a 5′ x 3-3/4″ piece of Daffodil Delight Card Stock. (don’t you just love that name?) 

3)    Cut a 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ Piece of Greenhouse Gala Designer Paper.

4)    Using scraps of Greenhouse Gala Designer Paper, stamp flower images from the Petal Pizzazz Stamp Set on the back of the side of the paper you want showing. You can stamp your images in any color ink as they will be on the back.  For the leaf stamp on a scrap piece of Pear Pizzazz Card Stock in Pear Pizzazz Ink.

5)    Cut out the stamped flower images, flip over and put together forming a layered flower, securing with Brads, as shown.

6)    Layer the Daffodil Delight Card Stock with the piece of Greenhouse Gala Paper and wrap both with a a piece of 1/4″ Daffodil Delight Grosgrain Ribbon. This then gets adhered to the Bashful Blue Card Stock. 

7)    Finish off your card placing your flowers in a pleasing manner or as shown.


Now you’re done and ready to mail or keep your card. Change it up by using any color scheme and Designer Paper. Send me your result and if you use Stampin’ Up! products I will post your card on my blog.


If you want to make this card and need the materials to make it email me at  or place an order on-line.


Thanks for stopping by!


Stampin’ Hugs,









STAMP SET:    Petal Pizzazz (113417)

PAPER:    Bashful Blue Card Stock (105120), Daffodil Delight (119683), Pear Pizzazz (119795), Greenhouse Gala DSP (117167)

INK:    Basic Black (101179), Pear Pizzazz (119784)

FRILLIES:    Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon (120928), Neutral Early Espresso Brads (119730)


In Honor of Farmers…

Unknown-18 Old Farmers Day

When : Always October 12th


 Old Farmers Day honors the hard labor of farmers throughout American history. Early American culture was heavily a farming culture. Early settlers cleared fields and pristine woods, to farm the rich land. They brought seeds and farming methods with them. They found new seeds, and learned new methods along the way. Many of those new farming methods came from Native Americans, who were already farming the land.  


The month of October is a very appropriate month to celebrate and honor farmers. At this time, the harvest is largely complete. It means that farmers can take a break from their labors, to enjoy this celebration.


A farmers’ work is long and hard. It certainly doesn’t make a person rich. It has its good years, and its bad ones. There is no guarantee of a good crop. Weather, pests, and disease problems often prove disastrous. But, through it all, farmers have persevered. And, their ceaseless hard work sets an example for all.


In honor of farmers and farming I made the following card.





 Here’s what to do:


1)    Cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Real Red Card Stock and score it at 4-1/4″.

2)    Cut a 5″ x 3-3/4″ and a 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock.

3)    Cut a 4-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Soft Suede Card Stock.

4)    On the smaller piece of Very Vanilla stamp the barn image from the Stampin’ Up! Farm Life Stamp Set in Basic Black Ink. On the bottom half stamp the wheat image in Old Olive Ink.

5)    On a scrap piece of Very Vanilla stamp the farm animals from the same set.

6)    With Stampin’ Up! Pastels color in both images.

7)    Hand cut out the animal image. DSC_0099

8)    Out of another piece of Soft Suede punch a Large Oval using the hand held punch.

9)    Layer the card as shown wrapping a piece of Real Red or Red Gingham Ribbon around card and adhering the animal image with Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals.    


As Americans, we tip our hats to all farmers for their contributions to American culture, values,society, and the economy.


Here is a poem my father taught me when I waas four and I still remmeber every word of it. I thought it fit in with todays farmer theme.





Images-3 “Lazy sheep, pray tell me why
In the pleasant fields you lie,
Eating grass, and daisies white,
From the morning till the night?
Everything can something do,
But what kind of use are you?”


“Nay, my little master, nay,
Do not serve me so, I pray;
Don’t you see the wool that grows
On my back, to make you clothes?
Cold, and very cold, you’d be
If you had not wool from me.


True, it seems a pleasant thing,
To nip the daisies in the spring;
But many chilly nights I pass
On the cold and dewy grass,
Or pick a scanty dinner, where
All the common’s brown and bare.


Then the farmer comes at last,
When the merry spring is past,
And cuts my woolly coat away,
To warm you in the winter’s day:
Little master, this is why
In the pleasant fields I lie.”


Happy Old Farmers Day!






Supplies you’ll need to make this farmers card. Email me your order at  or order online 24/7___________________


DSC_0100 STAMP SET:    Farm Life (114411) W

PAPER:    Real Red Card Stock (102482). Very Vanilla (101650), Soft Suede (115318)

INK:    Basic Black (101179), Old Olive (102277)

FRILLIES:    Red Gingham Ribbon (104827) retires, Stampin’ Up! Pastels (120962)

TOOLS:    Extra Large Oval Punch (119859), Dimensionals (104430)


Peach Parfait “Elements”…

Unknown-18  Hello, Lakeside Stampers!


I don’t know which I like better; Stampin’ Up! In-Color Peach Parfait or the Elements of Style Stamp Set. Below is another card from World Card Making Day. This card can be made with as many layers and any color you want to use.




Here’s how to make this card:


1)    Cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Peach Parfait Card Stock and score it at 4-1/4″.

2)    Cut another piece of Peach Parfait to 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″.

3)    Cut one 5″ x 3-3/4″ and  one 4-1/4″ x 3″ piece of  Very Vanilla Card Stock

4)     On the larger piece of Very Vanilla randomly stamp any image from the Elements of Style Stamp Set in Peach Parfait Ink.

5)    On the smaller piece of Very Vanilla stamp the large floral image from the Elements of Style Stamp Set in Peach Parfait.

6)    Layer as shown above.


Try this card in different colors, package them in a pretty box to use as a gift for someone. 


Email me at pictures of your projects. If you use  all Stampin’ Up! products I’ll post them on this very blog!


Make it a great day.


Stampin’ Hugs, 






Stampin’ Up! Products Used:__________________________________________

STAMP SET:  Elements of Style (118611) W, (120045) C

PAPER:        Peach Parfait Card Stock (119794), 

                  Very Vanilla Card Stock (101650)

INK:            Peach Parfait (119785)


Brayer Oriental Beauty…


Hello, Lakeside Stampers!


This card was made using a fast technique. While the end result might look complicated the technique itself is not. You can use any combinations of inks, card stocks and designer series papers for this. If you want a dramatic look try Basic Black Ink on your Brayer.



I cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ of one of the new Stampin’ Up! In-Colors, Pear Pizzazz Card Stock, and scored it at 4-1/4″.


On the Pear Pizzazz Card Stock, 1/2″ up from the bottom and each side I stamped the block image from the Dream Garden Stamp Set in Versa Mark, sprinkled on Gold Embossing Powder and set it with my Heat Tool.


On a 3′ x 3-1/2′ piece of Peach Parfait Card Stock I stamped the oriental lady in Versa Mark, sprinkled on Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it with the Heat Tool


I lightly inked my Brayer with Soft Suede Ink and rolled it over the oriental lady stamped image. Because she was embossed with Clear Embossing Powder she will resist the ink.


 With my 1-1/4″ Circle Punch I punched out a circle from a Post-It and placed it over the head and part of her shoulders. I re-inked my Brayer and rolled over the image and Post-It. Here is what I did. I used another color so it would show up better.

DSC_0681  When you remove the Post-It the area it colored will be lighter and create a moon silhouette as shown here.


I removed the Post-It and gently wiped the stamped lady image and tore the edges.

If you tear the card stock towards you, you’ll get a Peach Parfait border and if you tear the card stock away from you, you’ll only have the Soft Suede showing. It really is preference. I wanted the Peach Parfait to shoe for contrast.


I adhered the stamped lady image onto a 3-1/4″ x 3-3/4″  piece of Brushed Gold Paper and mounted both onto the Pear Pizzazz card.


As ever thanks for stopping by. Look for new and fun offers coming to “Lakeside Stamper” soon!


Stampin’ Hugs,







DSC_0675   STAMP SET: Dream Garden (114395)

  INK: Soft Suede (115657)

  PAPER: Pear Pizzazz Card Stock (119795), Peach Parfait Card Stock (119796),    Brushed Gold Paper (102935)

  TOOLS: Clear Emboss Powder (109130), Gold Emboss Powder (109129), 1-1/4″  Circle Punch (119395), Brayer (102395), Heat Tool (1000005)

Brayer: A small rubber rolling pin with a handle used to apply inks and paints for a special effect background. Can also be used to apply uniform inking on large rubber stamps.






Artistic Etchings & Concord Crush Vintage Card..


Meet Concord Crush…


For this card I wanted to feature the new Stampin' Up! Artistic Etchings Stamp Set with the In-Color Concord Crush. It might look complicated but when broken down step-by-step to accomplish this vintage look is easier then it looks.


Here's what I did:

1.     First I cut a 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" piece of the 2010-11 In-Color Concord Crush Card Stock and scored it at 4-1/4".


 2.     I cut a piece of  Very Vanilla Card Stock at 5" x 3-3/4". On this piece I stamped  it with the Filigree Stamp Block. I inked up the stamp with Soft Suede Ink and placed the Very Vanilla Card Stock over the stamp as shown and rubbed across the top . I find you get a clearer image doing it in this manner when stamping with the block stamps. 

For an extra layered feel over the Soft Suede image I stamped random images from the Artistic Etchings Set using the Concord Crush Marker. Along the edge I sponged some Soft Suede Ink with a Dauber.


3.     With my Big Shot and a Nesties Die I cut a scalloped rectangle out of Concord Crush. With a piece of Crumb Cake Card Stock I cut a smaller  scallop rectangle to layer over the larger rectangle. I stamped some images from the Artistic Etchings Set after inking them with my Concord Crush Marker onto the Crumb Cake Card Stock. Along the edges I sponged Soft Suede Ink with a Dauber


4.     I layered the Concord Crush rectangle and the Crumb Cake layers as shown and added four Brown Brads to each corner.


5.     Along the Concord Crush Scalloped Rectangle I pierced each scallop with my Paper Piercer andMat Pack. I then took Stampin' Up! Natural Hemp Twine and stitched through every hole and added a bow.



6.     I stamped the key and crown from the Artistic Etchings Set and embellished them with the Basic Pearls and a red rhinestone on each image.

7.     I ended by layering everything as shown in the finished card above.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin' Hugs,





Poppy Parade Cherry Dress Card…

Meet Poppy Parade! 

Poppy Parade  is a 2010-11 Stampin’ Up! In-Color and will be for two years. I was inspired to make this pinafore dress card by the color.  Along with Poppy Parade,  I also used a New Color- “Marina Mist.”  The two colors together reminds me of the fifties when this shade of blue and red seemed to be popular. Here is the card I made and how I did it. It wasn’t planned but, “How fitting is it that it’s Red, White and Blue?”


To begin I made a simple dress and pinafore outline to use as a template. Here is the simple outline drawing I did, just click on the image and print.  I know it’s a bit dark but it works.

Pinafore dress template 

1.     I began with a piece of 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ Marina Mist Card Stock scored at 4-1/2″.

2.     On the Marina Mist I stamped the cherry image from the Tart & Tangy Stamp Set, using Marina Mist Ink 

3.     On a piece of Poppy Parade Card Stock I traced the dress template, cut it out and ran it through my Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  For the neckline I used a 1″ Circle Punch and punched out half a circle.  I sponged  Riding Hood Red Ink with a Dauber along the edge of the dress. 

4.     I traced the pinafore template onto a piece of Whisper White Card Stock, cut it out and ran it through The Big Shot  using the Petals-A-Plenty Embossing Folder.  For the neckline I used a 1-1/4″ Circle Punch and punched out half of circle.

5. On a piece of Whisper White Card Stock I stamped the cherry image using Old Olive Ink for the leaves and stem and Poppy Parade for the cherries. On each cherry I used Crystal Effects to give them dimension and a shinny look. I  used the 1-3/8″ Circle Punch to cut the cherry image out. On a piece of Poppy Parade I cut out a scallop circle with the Scallop Circle Punch and layered the two as shown.

6.     I adhered the pinafore onto the dress and used two Red Brads on each strap of the pinafore.

7.     Then I wrapped a piece of the new 1/8″ Marina Mist Taffeta Ribbon around, brought it up through the scallop circle and finished it off with a bow. To bring the ribbon through the scallop circle I punched two small ribbon slits with a retired Stampin’ Up! Punch. You could use a 1/8″ circle punch also.

Here is a close up of the cherry image:


8.     I layered the card together as shown using Dimensionals on the back of the dress. I left a greeting off because I felt it worked better without one on the front of the card. You could stamp a message on the inside.

I like the look and feel of this card and have another idea for this dress card which I am working on and will post as soon as I finish designing it.

 Happy 4th of July and thanks for stopping by.

Stampin’ Hugs,






A Glorious Gardener’s Garden Apron…


Good Morning Lakeside Stampers! 

If you know any one who gardens this would be the ideal card to make for them. This like so many of the other cards at my “Garden Workshop” was great fun.


I cut a piece of  5-1/2″x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″ (apron), a piece of 4″ x 3-3/4″ (pocket) out of Garden Green Card Stock and a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Pretty-in-Pink Card Stock. I traced the apron template on both Garden Green and Pretty-in-Pink and cut out the arm part. I stamped the flower images from the Little Flowers Stamp Set (retired) in Pretty-in-Pink Ink. For the pocket I scored it at 1/2″ for the top flap. I cut three pieces of 1-1/8″ x 1″ from  Old Olive Designer Series Paper. Using my Corner Rounder Punch I rounded one bottom corner on two of the decorative pocket squares as well as two corners on the pocket. The next thing I did was with my Crop-A-Dile I punched four small holes, secured four green eyelets and threaded Pretty-in-Pink Grosgrain Ribbon as shown.

DSC_0516 Initially all the tools were cut using another die cutting machine other then the Big Shot but, I traced these die images off, made a template for the class and printed it on card stock so all they have to do it cut it out and use it to trace around in the future. The glove I made myself and the seed packet was computer generated. Here is the template for you to print out. I don’t know what scale it will print out in so I’ve included dimensions.




For the center Flower I used my Trio Flower Punch and punched out the largest flower in Garden Green. the smaller Pumpkin Pie Flower is From the Flower Fusion Set which I secured with a green brad. I adhered it with a Dimensional.


 I then put it all together as the top photograph shows. Voila-Done!

Thanks for looking.

Stampin’ Hugs, 









STAMP SET: Little Flowers (retired)


INK: Pretty-in-Pink (101301),

PAPER: Pretty-in-Pink (100459). Garden Green (102272), Old Olive Designer Series Paper (112160)

FINISHING FRILLS: Pretty-in-Pink Grosgrain Ribbon (107032), Felt Flower Fusion (110720)

TOOLS: Corner Rounder Punch (109047), Crop-A-Dile (108362), Flower Trio Punch (108183)



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