Altenew Educator “Love & Friendship” Blog Hop +Giveaway

Hi everyone! I’m so honored to be joining the 2nd Altenew Educators’ blog hop and this time it’s all about love and friendship. If you are following the hop, then you should have arrived here from the talented Patty Melo. The Altenew Card Blog is hosting this hop so make sure to drop by there as well.

I finished the Altenew Educator’s Certificate Program (AECP) in November of 2018 and it has been one of the most inspiring and fulfilling programs I’ve ever joined. There were quite a number of wonderful classes to choose from. Even if I knew some basic techniques, the talented instructors have shown me other ways to improve and enhance my skills. Their tips and tricks are invaluable. Virginia Lu and Nicole Picadura‘s support and encouragement throughout the course have made the experience very inspiring and memorable. AECP has made me realize that I find so much joy in teaching others! It has also been a wonderful source of new friendships– the Altenew family, the Educator’s group, the students I teach locally, and my online friends from all over the world. Through this program, I’ve been inspired countless times by the creativity of the participants and the generosity of the instructors in sharing their knowledge. I truly believe that crafters are the most generous people on earth!!! 🙂

“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.” Eleanor Roosevelt

I love the theme for this blog hop. I treasure the new friends that I’ve made thru AECP and look forward to meeting more people through this wonderful crafting community. My lifelong friends are kind, sincere and most importantly, genuine people. I’ve learned so many life lessons through their experiences and always find comfort and support in their presence.

For this blog hop, I was so inspired to create backgrounds using distress oxide inks and Altenew watercolor brush markers. I suggest you make several backgrounds using the same coloring mediums. Just change the color combination. It’s best to choose analogous colors or colors next to each other on the color wheel. But if you want high contrast, then choose complementary colors (colors opposite each other on the color wheel). Just take note that if these colors mix, you will end up with “mud” which I also love. Below are some of the cards I made for friends and loved ones.

EVERYTHING WILL BE OK  CARD

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I wanted this card to look like an abstract painting. Arches watercolor paper was cut to 5.5” x 4”. Distress oxide Candied Apple, Ripe Persimmon and Fossilized Amber inks were pressed onto a craft mat and water was spritzed for the colors to react. The paper was then dabbed onto the colors then dried. I went back to add cool colors but making sure that the first layer of colors was dry before adding the next.

The flower image from the Dotted Blooms stamp set was stamped using Versamark Ink then heat embossed using Rose Gold embossing powder. Notice that I used the other second layers of the stamps separately thus creating more flowers that I can paint and use on my card.  The sentiment was stamped on watercolor paper then distress oxide pistachio was added heavily at the bottom of the strip then blended upwards to create an ombre effect. One of the main flower images was mounted using foam tape to add dimension. The sides of the card panel was distressed using the Tonic paper distresser.

WISHING YOU ALL THE JOY YOUR HEART CAN HOLD HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARD

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I stamped the image from the Geometric Landscape using Versa Mark onto a 5″ x 5.5″ watercolor paper and heat embossed using Altenew pure white crisp embossing powder. Using the wet on wet technique, I colored in the shapes using  Lagoon, Turquoise, Sweet Leaf, Persian Blue and Mountain Mist watercolor brush markers. The edges were distressed using Tim Holtz paper distresser.  Velum sheet was torn to create a frame and the sentiment from  Sincere greetings sentiment was stamped using Versamark and embossed using Rose gold embossing powder.  I chose vellum as a frame/mat for the sentiment so that the background can still be seen.

I painted a light wash using the same colors I used for the background and sprinkled salt to create these wonderful “blooms” and used the 3D dies to create the flowers and vines of the leaves. The leaves remained white so that the flowers will stand out more.  The die cuts were arranged in one corner and adhered using glue and foam squares. The whole panel was adhered to a top folding Neenah Solar white CS with foam tape for added dimension.

YOU ARE STRONGER THAN YOU THINK CARD

MATERIALS:

I wanted to make a card that has a lot of white space this time. Neenah Solar White CS was cut down to 4.25” x 11” and scored at 5.5” to create a top-folding card. The Beveled Square stencil was placed on top of the card front and Altenew embossing paste was spread using a spatula.  While allowing it to dry,  wet on wet technique was used to add some color washes of blues and purples on watercolor paper. Salt was sprinkled while the paper was wet to create some effects.

The Rose Flurries 3D leaves and the Garden Picks 3D flowers and leaves were used to die cut the watercolor papers. A strip was also colored and the sentiment from the Delicate Flower Bed stamp set was embossed using Versamark Ink and Altenew Pure White Crisp embossing powder. The flowers and leaves were assembled and adhered with glue and foam squares.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUOUS SUPPORT CARD

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I just love the Teal Shadow Washi Tape because you already have watercolored flowers and leaves instantly!!! <3 This card was pretty simple to create.  Fabriano watercolor paper was cut down to 5.5” x 4.25”. With a blending tool, the background was colored using Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Abandoned Coral.  Water was sprayed to create droplets. The Watercolor Stripes cover die was used to cut out the stripes from Neenah Solar White CS.  I stuck the beautiful Teal shadow washi tape on white CS as well then fussy cut the images.  (this washi tape comes with a coordinating die set) These images were then arranged on the left side of a side folding card and adhered using Glossy accents.

Different thickness of foam tape was also used to create dimension. The sentiment from the Handpicked Bouquet was stamped using Versamark Ink then embossed using Altenew pure white crisp embossing powder. Tuck in the sentiment strip under the leaves for added interest.

SENDING LOVE AND HUGS CARD

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Feeling Dotty stencil was placed on the watercolor paper and Versamark Ink was added to certain areas then embossed with clear embossing powder. Next,  Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide inks were added to the watercolor paper using a distress tool.  Versamark Ink was again added to certain areas of the watercolor paper using the Feathered Leaves and Beveled Square Stencils then heat embossed using clear embossing powder.  Just make sure that the first layer of inks is completely dry. It helps to use an antistatic tool before applying the Versamark ink over the stencils. Water droplets were also added to create more contrast. Lastly, Wilted Violet was added on top revealing the stencil patterns using the emboss resist technique. 

The intricate Altenew Flora Frame Die was die cut 4 times then adhered on top of each other.  This was then pasted on vellum sheet to make it more sturdy. The vellum was cut out to follow the shape of the heart using scissors. The sentiment from the Adore You stamp set was stamped on black cardstock using Versamark Ink then heat embossed using  Pure White Embossing Powder.  The edges of the card front were distressed using the Tonic paper distresser then mounted on a top folding A2 card with foam sheet.

I APPRECIATE YOU AND I’M HERE FOR YOU CARDS

MATERIALS:

I’ve been seeing layouts and card designs with watercolor drippings and have been inspired by Erum Tasnim and May Sukyong Park’s beautiful cards so I thought of trying out the technique.

I started out by choosing 3 colors that will blend well together.  I don’t mind seeing touches of “mud”. This happens when 2 complimentary colors mix.  In fact, for the cool colored card, I purposely mixed blue and orange to get a brownish color to add to the mix.  The 3 Distress Ink Pads were directly swiped onto the watercolor paper.  The colors were sprayed with water and allowed to drip. The paper was held perpendicularly to the table and a watercolor brush was used to help move the pigments downwards. When this was dry, flower and leaf images from the Adore You stamp set were stamped on watercolor paper and embossed using Pure White Embossing powder. The coordinating die cuts were used to cut out the stamped images. The flowers and leaves were arranged temporarily so that I could color them according to the color drippings. Salt was added while the images were wet for added texture.

The images were then adhered using glue or foam squares. The sentiment was stamped using Versamark Ink and embossed using Pure White Embossing powder.  Clear Round Drop embellishments were added to the cool colored card while staples and thread were added to the sentiment for the warm colored card to finish them off. These were then adhered to A2 top and side folding cardstocks.

WISHING THE BEST FOR YOU CARD

MATERIALS:

This is another quick and easy card to create.  I first created a background. This stamp set is so dainty and soft so I wanted to create a card that represents this stamp set. The images were stamped to cover the entire cardstock. For the shadow stamp, Limestone dye ink was used to keep it soft. The Mountain Mist and Volcano Lake were layered using the leaves and stem stamp sets then the Iceberg and Eastern Sky dye inks were used for the flowers.

The letters Y, O and U from the Caps Bold Alpha was used to die cut the word on the lower right side of the card. Additional letters were die cut on plain CS and layered to add dimension. The sentiment from the You Are stamp set was stamped on black cardstock using Versamark ink then heat embossed using Pure White Crisp embossing powder.  The strip was adhered on to the YOU using foam squares. Paper distresser was used on all sides of the panel and this was then glued onto a top folding A2 card base. 

DISCOUNTS AND PRIZES

To celebrate this blog hop and to encourage more people to join, Altenew is giving away 20% discount on the following bundles from 7/19 – 7/21: LEVEL 1 CLASS BUNDLE and LEVEL 2 CLASS BUNDLE. This is your chance to take advantage of this great deal!!

Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 3 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Blog by 7/26/2019 for a chance to win.
We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 7/30/2019.

In case you are lost, here is the HOP ORDER:

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Next stop is the talented Vicki Finger! Thanks again for dropping by! ❤️

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123 thoughts on “Altenew Educator “Love & Friendship” Blog Hop +Giveaway

  • July 19, 2019 at 9:48 pm
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    These cards are just stunning, Nenette! Love the beautiful backgrounds and the bold colours. They are all absolutely gorgeous.

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    • July 20, 2019 at 2:28 am
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      Wow such bold colors! Thank you for sharing!

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    • July 20, 2019 at 8:42 am
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      Awww. thanks so much for your kind words, Nandini!!! <3 It means a lot to me. <3

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    • July 20, 2019 at 1:16 pm
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      Hi Nandini! This is so weird!! I’ve tried posting a reply but it does not appear on my feed!! Anyway, I truly appreciate your kind words. <3 Thanks for dropping by!

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  • July 19, 2019 at 9:52 pm
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    Oh my. Gorgeous cards! I love the first one with the background in Oxides and watercolor. Those color choices are stunning together. And your drippy cards are so so cool.. I love ALL of the cards on this post!

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  • July 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    THESE CARDS ARE AMAZING! Each one is so different and has its own personality. The photography is superb and much appreciated. I have pored over the photos so that I can really understand the techniques and colors used. Thank you so much. You have a new blog follower!

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  • July 19, 2019 at 10:20 pm
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    Wow! Your cards are so beautiful! You did such an amazing job on all of these! I love the colors and all the beautiful techniques! Thank you for the awesome inspiration!

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  • July 19, 2019 at 10:34 pm
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    Wow, all of your projects are amazing. I especially love the you are stronger then you think cards, so simply elegant.

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  • July 19, 2019 at 11:08 pm
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    Thank you so much for the inspiration!

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  • July 19, 2019 at 11:11 pm
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    So many lovely cards – I love the flowing, colours, how bold and unusual some of the combinations are – very visually striking!

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  • July 19, 2019 at 11:17 pm
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    It is hard to pick a favorite in this great line up of cards, but two made me want to start making a card immediately. Stronger than you think and I appreciate your support really stand out to me.

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  • July 19, 2019 at 11:42 pm
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    Your use of color in your cards is fantastic! I love each one and the two cards with the dripping flower color as the background are my favorite only because it is a technique I have not seen used so well. Wow! Thank you for sharing your talents!

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    • July 20, 2019 at 9:08 am
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      Your comments make me happy, Denise! Glad you liked them! Thanks so much for dropping by!

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  • July 20, 2019 at 12:17 am
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    Your cards are awesome, Thank you for sharing – great to see the different techniques

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  • July 20, 2019 at 12:23 am
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    Your background and colors are just gorgeous. The way you used the various stencils and stamps are just multi faceted.

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  • July 20, 2019 at 12:52 am
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    Your cards are stunning! I love the colors of the 3D flowers!

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  • July 20, 2019 at 12:54 am
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    You are one amazing card-maker, friend and cheerleader, Nanette! I admire your talent, passion and skills! Your photography skills and artistry truly come through in this post. Thank you for being part of today’s Altenew Educator Blog Hop!

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    • July 20, 2019 at 9:05 am
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      I cannot thank you enough for all your support from the very beginning, Virginia!!! All the Altenew products are so beautiful and just inspire me to create!!! Thanks again for inviting us to join this blog hop. Hugs!

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  • July 20, 2019 at 1:01 am
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    OMG !! You have created so many cards and that to with different techniques !! Wonderful job and the last ones with watercolor drips ate my favorite.

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  • July 20, 2019 at 1:33 am
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    Wow! Actually there should be a wow for each card. These are totally amazing and beautiful. From your technique skills and obvious artistic ability to your beautiful photography, these are amazing. Love them all! 🙂

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  • July 20, 2019 at 2:51 am
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    You cards are gorgeous. The colors are stunning and the layouts are beautiful. The sentiment on the first one is wonderful — everyone (including myself) needs to be reminded of that from time-to-time. You’ve done a superb job of showcasing Altenew’s gorgeous stamps.

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  • July 20, 2019 at 4:09 am
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    Oh Nenette, I want to make cards like you do. Each one of your cards are EXCEPTIONAL!

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    • July 20, 2019 at 8:51 am
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      What a compliment coming from you, Teri! <3 How I wish we lived close together so that we can spend some crafting time creating cards! 🙁

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  • July 20, 2019 at 4:21 am
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    DANG, I don’t know what to say except WOW and WOW!! SOOOOOO STINKIN GORGEOUS!!!!

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    • July 20, 2019 at 8:50 am
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      Yay!!! So thrilled to know that you liked the cards, Tricia! <3 Thanks for dropping by!

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  • July 20, 2019 at 4:23 am
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    You always make such beautiful cards.

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  • July 20, 2019 at 4:49 am
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    Your dripping cards are my favorites. Each of your cards are so special. The last card with the Dainty bouquet flowers is so beautiful.

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  • July 20, 2019 at 6:26 am
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    Beautiful cards and so many techniques! Thank you for sharing!!!

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  • July 20, 2019 at 6:34 am
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    Beautiful cards love the water color technique and colors are gorgeous

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  • July 20, 2019 at 7:45 am
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    You have created so many beautiful cards! The background in the first one is just gorgeous.,

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    • July 20, 2019 at 8:47 am
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      Thank you so much, Zlatka! I love creating backgrounds because you really can’t predict the outcome! <3

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  • July 20, 2019 at 8:10 am
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    Such works of art. Simply beautiful cards. I can see you’ve applied so many techniques from the Altenew Educators program.

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    • July 20, 2019 at 8:46 am
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      I try to incorporate what I’ve learned 🙂 So happy you liked the cards!! Thanks for dropping by <3

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  • July 20, 2019 at 8:31 am
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    You have really wowed me with some beautiful cards!! Your backgrounds are spectacular!! I love your designs, you are very creative!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  • July 20, 2019 at 8:59 am
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    OMG! Such incredible backgrounds, ink blending and the way you watercolored the dies! Just amazing designs and creativity!

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  • July 20, 2019 at 10:00 am
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    Nenette, Your cards are so beautiful. Thank you for the amazing inspiration!

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  • July 20, 2019 at 10:56 am
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    WOW! I love your style. The use of distress oxides here is incredible and all the texture and interest added is gorgeous!

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  • July 20, 2019 at 3:39 pm
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    Your cards remind me of beautiful artwork I would see at a museum! Just gorgeous! So rich and lovely

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    • July 21, 2019 at 8:45 am
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      Your comment just made my day💗 I’m humbled and grateful!!! Thanks so much momsnoozy3! 💕

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  • July 20, 2019 at 9:01 pm
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    Hi Nenette, you did such a nice job on your cards. I think my favorites were the geometric print and the floral-drip card with the yellow and blue color scheme. 🙂

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    • July 21, 2019 at 8:46 am
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      Glad you liked them, Patty! Thanks for dropping by!

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  • July 20, 2019 at 9:08 pm
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    your use of color is fantastic, Nennete – my favorite tho is the last card with the lovely soft colors!

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    • July 21, 2019 at 8:48 am
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      Yay for the muted-tones card! Thanks for your kind comments, Betty!

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  • July 20, 2019 at 9:27 pm
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    Absolutely amazing background and coloring! Thanks for sharing so much beauties

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    • July 21, 2019 at 8:48 am
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      Glad you liked them, Anna!

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  • July 20, 2019 at 11:37 pm
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    Your cards are AMAZING! Every one was SO different and you put so many little details into each one! There was no way to pick a favorite as they were all fantastic. You are an artist!

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    • July 21, 2019 at 8:49 am
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      What a compliment, Jeanne! Thanks for dropping by!💕

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  • July 21, 2019 at 1:53 am
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    Your cards just blew my mind!!! They are so beautiful and want to go to my studio and make cards! Thank you for such wonderful inspiration. I hope you make some videos because your work is fantastic and fun!!

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    • July 21, 2019 at 8:52 am
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      Hi Cynthia! Thank you for your kind words! Planning to include videos in the future. 😊Thanks for dropping by.

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  • July 21, 2019 at 4:30 am
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    Beautiful cards! I love the ones where the color of the flowers matches the background.

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    • July 21, 2019 at 8:53 am
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      Thank you, Kathy!💕

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  • July 21, 2019 at 4:31 am
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    Gorgeous cards. Love the birthday one.TFS.

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    • July 21, 2019 at 6:18 am
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      Love that you showed so many different cards. They are all beautiful

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      • July 21, 2019 at 8:54 am
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        So happy you liked them, Susan!

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    • July 21, 2019 at 8:53 am
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      Yay! Thanks so much, Jeannie!

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  • July 21, 2019 at 6:19 am
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    Beautiful cards. So glad you made so many to share

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    • July 21, 2019 at 8:55 am
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      Thank you so much, Kristy!

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  • July 21, 2019 at 8:08 am
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    Wow! Stunning and elegant cards!

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    • July 21, 2019 at 8:55 am
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      Glad you liked them, Jennifer!💕

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  • July 21, 2019 at 8:57 am
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    I’m such a fan of distress oxide inks and can’t wait to try some of the techniques you used here.

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  • July 21, 2019 at 9:40 am
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    So glad I found you! I want to copy everything here!

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  • July 21, 2019 at 10:46 am
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    Oh wow! So many gorgeous cards!! Tough to choose a fav! Each one is unique and fantastic! <3

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  • July 21, 2019 at 10:48 am
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    Loving your bold colors …thanks for sharing!!

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  • July 21, 2019 at 1:01 pm
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    Oh my gosh! All of these cards are amazing!! The color combinations are fantastic!

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  • July 21, 2019 at 10:30 pm
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    I LOVE your bold color choices and especially like the watercolor drip technique.

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  • July 22, 2019 at 1:29 am
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    Wow! All of your cards are gorgeous! I love the bold colors you used, especially on the first one! They are all so unique, unlike cards I’ve ever seen before- stunning! So inspiring!

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  • July 22, 2019 at 3:10 am
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    Nenette, your designs are fabulouus, this is a marvelous array of designs! Thanks for all the inspiration, I especially love your choice of color palettes every card has a unique touch and make me want to hide in my craft rooom all aftenoon 🙂

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  • July 22, 2019 at 4:07 am
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    So many GORGEOUS designed cards!! Am in awe of the bright, vivid colors and your love of them! You did an awesome job!

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