Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Divas by Design GDT - Spooky Creations

Hello Everyone!

It's time for another challenge at Divas by Design! This week the challenge is SPOOKY CREATIONS! I would love to see everyone share their spooky, creepy Halloween projects with us! I know you want to! lol

Here is my creation.


I have never made a Halloween card of any kind before, so I was really scratching my head when I first read the theme. But then I saw something that sparked my interest and creativity...it was a beautiful card by Nancy Dynes over at Frilly and Funkie. Their current challenge is A Haunting Halloween and I pulled my inspiration from Nancy's spectacular, elegant black and ivory shabby chic card. If you haven't been to visit Nancy at Tattered Treasures, I highly recommend you do, she will blow you away with her shabby chic elegance!

Thank you Nancy for being such an inspiration!


For the background I used a Prima Marketing Damask stencil and some home-made texture paste using DecoArt Ebony paint to make a coloured paste (texture paste tutorial...click here). While the paste was still wet, I sprinkled on some Ranger embossing puffs  and then heated it up to give the background a creepy, dusty feel and texture.



The flowers are cut from Joy Crafts Flower 4 out of Kraft card stock and edged with Tim Holtz distress ink Black Soot. A touch of Ranger embossing puffs here too.

The leaves are cut from Spellbinders Foliage and Cheery Lynn Leaf Set.

I had to pull a  MacGyver to make my image, as I didn't have anything that fit the size I wanted. I took the chandelier stamp from the BoBunny Welcome Home stamp set and put tape over the outer candles (there is actually 3 candles on either side of the base). Then I applied the ink to the stamp and pulled of the tape. The cobweb and spider came from an Inkadinkado stamp set. I drew the line down to the spider with a black fine tip marker! VoilĂ , spooky scene!


The middle layer was stamped using Graphic 45 - Harlequin stamp and Tim Holtz distress ink Black Soot. The sentiment is from Heartfelt Creations - All Seasons and also stamped with Black Soot distress ink.


I edged all of the panels with a bit of Tim Holtz distress ink Gathered Twigs and Vintage Photo and threw in a little more embossing puffs around the edges and corners.

Honestly, I never thought in a million years I would make a card with a spider on it! Brrrr, creepy! My spider came from the dollar store. It was just plain black plastic until I got my hands on him, now he's a stylish, shabby chic spider!


I am entering my card into the following wonderful challenges:



That's it for today. Thank you for stopping in and for all the amazing comments. I read and appreciate every single one! If you have any questions, please let me know.


100 comments:

  1. Oh wow Pamellia.....there is nothing you can't do!!! I love this,shabby chic spooky,it's wonderfully creepy. That spider looks way too real as well. This is a masterpiece,it really is,girl now you are rocking the scary stuff too :))

    Extra big hugs
    Donna xxx

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    1. Thanks you so much Donna! Another first for me! hugs :)

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  2. Eeeeekkkkkk spider!!!!!!
    Love it apart from the spider lol blurrrr nasty creatures
    A totally different take on the halloween theme but it works beautifully especially with you style of card making (and you know I love your style)
    Jacki x

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    1. Thanks Jacki! I completely agree about the spiders, so creepy...but I guess that's the point right!! lol. hugs :)

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  3. Stunning card hun, so great to be sharing a team with you at Diva's xxx
    Sandie x
    http://fairytaledaydream.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/spooky-creations-over-at-divas-by-design.html#comment-form

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  4. Not too sure how you have managed to make this both elegant and creepy at the same time, Pamellia but you have! Those papers are wonderful and I love how the whole design appears to be covered in spider’s web!! That spider looks a bit too real for my liking though!! :) xx

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    1. Thanks so much Jane! I agree about the spider! The background is actually texture paste. It's 3d and kind of creepy too! big hugs :)

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  5. Hi Pamellia, I went over to Nancy's Tattered Treasures and I can see you got your inspiration from her card. But still you have to make it yourself and you have done a more than wonderful job. It's a stunning creation you have here. And although it looks very refined it also looks very creepy ;-) Love it.
    Hugs from Veerle x

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    1. Aahhh, than you Veerle! What a wonderful compliment! big hugs :)

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  6. As Jane has said in the comment above THIS IS SO STUNNING!!!! Really elegant and creepy at the same time. I though this morning when I viewed our cards on DbD that it was so gorgeous. Love everything about it, even the very large spider!!!
    Hugs
    Cathy Teamie Mate
    xxxx.

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    1. Thank you so much co-teamie!! big hugs :)

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  7. OMG Pamellia!!! OK this is my absolute favorite card of yours! Probably because I looooove Halloween :) You have way more talent for funky style cards than what you give yourself credit for! This is absolutely stunning! I so love the texture paste details, spider, flowers, EVERYTHIG!!!! Oh boy, did you make my day with this card!!!! Love it, love it, love it!!! Big hugs from Vegas :)

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    1. Aahhh, thank you so much Samra! That really means a lot to me with this being my first attempt at a Halloween card! You made me feel so wonderful this morning! big hugs my friend! :)

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  8. Hi Pamellia,
    Wow! You sure did nail Nancy's style on this card, with your own beautiful personal touch as well! The spider is just perfect! I cannot believe you have never made a Halloween card before! You look like you've been doing this for years! Great job! Spooky hugs! Sara Emily

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    1. Thank you so much Sara! What an amazing compliment! I'm grinning from ear to ear! big hugs :)

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  9. Oh Pamellia you are so creative...does everything you touch/make turn out so good, like gold lol....this is awesome but I tell you, that spider doesn't look good, I hate spiders was about to get the spray and get it...makes me shudder, but overall AWESOME.XXXThe Journey is the Start


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    1. Thanks so much Annie! I don't like spiders either, I guess that's what makes it perfect for Halloween! lol big hugs :)

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  10. You made it, Pamellia: the first beautifully awesome Halloween card I've seen!
    Bravo :)
    Hugs,
    Sirkka

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  11. SPOOKILY FABULOUS Pamellia!! Your creative versatility knows no bounds...from feminine and elegant to distressed and spooky...wonderfully done!! Love the MacGyvering (is that a word...lol)!!!
    Take care,
    Beth

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    1. haha! Thanks Beth! And yes, I think if MacGyvering is not a word, it really should be! hugs :)

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  12. Absolutely, scarily BOOtiful! That spider is extra scary! Hugs, Valerie

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    1. BOOtiful...hilarious!! Thank you Valerie! big hugs :)

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  13. Even your spooky creations are elegant and sophisticated ... well done! The creepy thing for me was the spider ... I as good up until I saw the close-up pic --- yikes, it looks so real and it did scare me a little :) Loll xx

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    1. Thanks Loll! Sorry about the spider. big hugs :)

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  14. Amazing!!! Your little details are absolutely incredible! Only you can take something spooky and make it still look beautiful!!

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    1. Thank you so much Kate, that is so sweet! big hugs :)

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  15. I can't tell you how much I love this. I am so into Halloween right now. Not my usual holiday favorite, but this year I'm loving it. Fantastic shabby chic card. I love the black and cream palette as well. I sooooo had to laugh at your MacGyver stamping ... I think we all have to pull that off at some time or another. Absolutely adore your texture paste additions and that dollarstore spider is fabulous. The little details like the the fibers on the flowers are what make this such a spectacular card. Love it. -- Mary Elizabeth

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    1. Wow Mary Elizabeth! What an amazing compliment! Thank you so much for that, you just made me smile from ear to ear! big hugs to you :)

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  16. Owww, fabby creation. Great distressed effects and I love the cob webs.

    Dionne xx

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  17. This card is just Wicked, I love everything about it. It brings to mind an old abandoned manor house filled with all kinds of spookiness. The monochromatic colour scheme is brilliant too. I will be getting the ingredients to try your texture paste recipe tomorrow, can't wait to try it. Sally D.x.

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    1. Thank you so much Sally! I can't wait to see a texture paste project from you! It is so much fun, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! big hugs :)

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  18. This is stunning Pemellia, I don't think I have ever seen such an elegant Halloween themed card, I love the black and ivory combination and fabulous shabby chic details.
    Pauline
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    1. Wow, thank you Pauline! What an incredible compliment! hugs :)

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  19. This is one incredible Halloween card! I love all the creepy details. ;) Thanks for joining the fun at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

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  20. I adore Halloween and I love this gorgeous creation. You have managed to make Halloween look beautiful! Anne xx

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  21. Oh this Halloween card is awesome Pamellia!! I love the textured background and all of the spooky details... that spider looks soooo real!
    Big hugs, Tammy

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    1. Thanks Tammy! Apparently, it looks a little tooooo real! ha! hugs :)

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  22. Hi Pamellia
    Only you could make a Halloween card look elegant lol! I see you have had the Tim Holtz breakfast again (Embossing Puffs, the healthy way to start the day!)
    Best wishes.
    Ang x

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    1. haha! Tim Holtz breakfast! Thank Ang! I bet your husband must just be in stitches all day long! big hugs :)

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  23. Beautiful Halloween card!!! (I think that's the first time I have ever said that LOL)
    Thanks for joining the sisterhood of snarky stampers (glad you found us) for the "D is for Distressing" challenge!

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    1. Thanks Donna! Yep, two words that shouldn't go together...haha! hugs :)

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  24. This is gorgeous, you make Halloween look quite romantic.
    Yvonne

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    1. Thank you so much Yvonne! big bear hugs! :)

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  25. WOW this is stunning. I love the elegance of this card with the edge of darkness. Thank you for joining us this week at Card Makin Mamas! HUGS

    Kim
    CMM DT

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    1. Thank you very much Kim! Glad I found you! :)

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  26. Amazing! I never thought creepy and elegant would be two terms ever used together to describe anything, but you've pulled it off beautifully! Thanks for joining the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers for the Distressing challenge!

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    1. Aahhh, thank you Chris! How wonderful of you to say! :)

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  27. Absolutely stunning and spooky at the same time - you do shabby sooooo well and you know I am in awe. Love the damask background and the spider with his web on the chandelier. Funny when the sun was shining into my dining room the other day I noticed cobwebs on my hanging light - good thing they weren't there the last time we had a dinner party or I would have been mortified. The little beggars are looking for warmth this time of year. Thanks for sharing your wonderful card with us at Frilly and Funkie.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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    1. Aahhh, thanks Cec! I am so paranoid about the chandelier, I look at it every time I walk by...just in case! big hugs :)

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  28. I LOVE your card, Pamellia!! You may have been inspired by mine but you made it your own and it is AMAZING!! It has a wonderful spooky elegance, and your spider is so realistic I feel like he could crawl right off the card! Your work with the texture paste is perfection and adds so much to the design. The chandelier is the perfect element to compliment the brocade and cobwebs. Way to rock your very first Halloween card!!
    I have to warn you of something that's happened since I made my spider card-lol! First of all, I HATE spiders. After making my card I noticed strands of real cobwebs hanging from the chandelier over my craft desk. I don't think they were there before because I have an excellent housekeeper and she would have noticed them. THEN about two days later a HUGE banana spider made a massive web across my front porch and now I'm afraid to go out there to water the flowers in my window boxes. I want my husband to capture it and put it in the landscaped area in the center of the cul de sac, but every time he tries to get it the creepy thing drops to the ground and hides. I now use the side door to enter and exit our home. I don't think I'll be making another spider card any time soon. Let me know if you begin noticing any close encounters of a spidery nature:-))
    Thanks so much for joining us at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge. I am one of your biggest fans!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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    1. Wow Nancy, what a wonderful compliment, you are such a sweetheart! Isn't that weird about the spiders!! It's sort of like when you hear a word that you have never heard before, then all of a sudden you start hearing it everywhere! The universe does like to play with us! big crafty hugs :)

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  29. Absolutely gorgeous- again! I am just in love with all of your embellishments. Loving the spider you added- and the black and ivory colors. Quite an elegant card!!!

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  30. Wow, I love this and it's not something I would say about a Halloween card but you' ve made a fab shabby chic one. You are so clever and talented Pamellia, what a treat I've had this morning catching up on all your stunning artwork! Thank You!....and thanks for all the lovely comments you've left on my blog. Looking forward to your next installment. Ruth xx

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    1. Thank you so much Ruth! You have been a busy girl, thank you for all of your wonderful comments! big hugs :)

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  31. WOW !!!!!!
    Pamellia you certainly pulled out all the stops for this one , it took me back to Miss Haversham for some reason haha. , so spooky and shabby and i love the spider .{ on your card that is } as long as he stays there ?.

    Take Care
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    1. Oh my gosh, Miss Havisham, I can see that!! Thanks so much Elaine! big hugs :)

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  32. A spooky spectacular once again!! Can't stand spiders ... We've had lots of them here lately ...

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    1. Thanks Ros! I don't think anyone likes spiders, probably why they're so creepy and popular at Halloween! I HATE them, they always creep up on you when you least expect it!! hugs :)

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  33. Spook-tacular! Frighteningly fablulous! Eerie elegance and creepy creativity done up with wonderful layers, textures and techniques. I love all the wisps and the criss crossed twine...I love all the fabby details! Spiders are not my favorite critter...but this one is amazing. I'm so impressed!!!

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    1. Wow, thank you so much Kathy! What a wonderful compliment! big hugs :)

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  34. Wow, what a fantabulous card. I love what you did to the spider. I like all the layers and elements. You put so much into your cards. Great job.

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    1. Thank you so much Shirley! So sweet! hugs :)

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  35. Wowzers! This is awesome!! I don't know how you made is so pretty and creepy at the same time! Oh the spider looks so real, it looks like you dried a real one and stuck him on! Eeew!! :)
    Great job!! Xx

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    1. Eeew is right! Just the thought of a dried out spider gives me the hebee jebees! Thanks Ingrid! big hugs :)

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  36. Perfect Halloween card.It sure achieved the appropriate spooky level and its also a bit gothic so Dracula will feel perfectly comfortable sending it out to his vampire friends.:-).Kidding aside,your card is very elegant despite being a Halloween card.I love the damask,the stamping and the spookiness emanating from the black flowers.The spider is the perfect touch.:-)

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    1. Thanks Pallavi! You are always so generous with your praise! big hugs :)

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  37. this is a cool card! I lopve the elegance with the spooky!! You have done a great job on it-I love it!! Thank you for joining us at Creative Card Crew twine challenge. Irene DT xx

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  38. this is sensational. love the colours and embellishments. We are not really into halloween over here in NZ. xx

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    1. Thank you Sherryn! Canadians celebrate Halloween, but my husband and I do not, so this was unexplored territory for me. big hugs :)

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  39. Brilliant halloween card, love your spiders....but not in my house lol
    Have a great weekend, Julie x

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    1. Thanks Julie! I agree, not in my house either thanks! Fab weekend to you too! hugs :)

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  40. i visit your blog for the first time and i love your work!!! Absolut fantastic!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you very much! I hope to see you again soon! big hugs :)

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  41. This is an awesome Halloween card! I'm not a huge fan of Halloween cards, but I actually really like this one! The colour scheme is so elegant and not overtly "in your face" Halloween with oranges, purples and greens.
    Thank you for playing along with us at Creative Card Crew!
    ~ Crystal (DT)

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    1. What a wonderful compliment, thank you so much Crystal! :)

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  42. And here you go again with another stunning card Pamellia! Your sense of design and composition and that way you have with mixing media leaves me awestruck every time. Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

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    1. Thank you so much Jenny! What amazing praise! hugs :)

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  43. Brilliant an elegant Halloween card love all the dusty spooky details,image and love the fabulous shabby chic spider lol
    Carol x

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    1. haha, shabby chic spider! Thanks Carol! hugs :)

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  44. Stunning creation Pamela......love the eerie halloween feel and that spider..fabulous!
    Thanks for playing along with us at Fab'n'Funky this week. Pat K xx

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  45. Wow, wow, wow - Halloween has never looked so elegant! Such gorgeous details as always, I love how you've adapted the spider!
    Rebecca.

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  46. Lovely cool card! Love the grown up look to it. I am no fan at all of Halloween but this makes it elegant and classy. Love it. Thanks for joining us over at AUD sentiments this time.
    Love n hugs
    Marie

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  47. Love the card Pamellia. It's spooky and elegant at the same time. Love the simple colours and embellishments. Hugs, Justyna xx

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  48. Spooktacular, Pamellia! LOVE the black flowers with the frosted tips!

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    1. Thanks Sue, have to admit, they turned out better than I thought they would! hugs :)

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  49. Wow fabulous creation, lots of great embellies! Thanks for sharing with us at Aud Sentiments Challenge this fortnight,
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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