Monday, July 22, 2013

Lili of the Valley...Some Fun News!

Happy Monday evening to my US friends, and Happy Tuesday morning to all my UK friends.  I'm calling out my UK friends separately today, because I'm pleased as punch to announce that I'm the newest member of the Design Team for Lili of the Valley  (LOTV), a fabulous stamp manufacturer in the UK!

My work on the team will consist primarily of using LOTV's fun and varied sentiment and background stamps. The other ultra-talented Design Team members will awe you with their abilities to bring the wonderful image stamps to life on their gorgeous projects.

So in the spirit of "jumping right in," I'm participating today in Lili of the Valley's design team blog hop to celebrate the launch of their gorgeous new Christmas stamps. This is the first set in their 2013 Christmas collection, and is an adorable mix of 16 cute characters...I think you're going to love them!

The stamps will be available to buy on the website from midday on Thursday July 25th (UK time) along with some fabulous new art pads and patterned papers.

I'm sure you know what to do...just "hop" from one blog to another following the links, and leave a comment on each card. I know you'll get lots of ideas and inspiration along the way, no matter what your style is.

There is a fabulous prize up for grabs on this hop, and we don't know where it is hidden.  So make sure you visit and comment on every blog in the hop. We will let you know tomorrow evening (Wednesday, July 24, UK time) which blog in the hop was the "lucky blog," and a winner will be drawn at random from all the comments that were left on that blog.

The prize is a full set of the new Christmas stamps...
that's 16 stamps, one each of all the new designs!

Here's a link list of all the blogs taking part, and remember that you will need to visit them all and *leave a comment on each one* to have the best chance of winning:

Kathy (you're here!)

Here's my card for the hop.  Now, I know what you're probably thinking - "doesn't look like Christmas to me!" Did I mention I'm new to the team?  As in really *new*?  LOL  Never fear...by the time the next blog hop rolls around, I'll be in full sync with the rest of the team. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy what I've made with this birthday sentiment, from Set 61, Quotables/Celebrate.  (I couldn't resist...there's something fun and funky about putting a quote by "The Red Rocker" on a decidedly shabby and softly feminine card! LOL) 



My goal was to make the sentiment stand out, front and center...so I used a light and airy floral cluster based with a couple flourish die cuts to border the sentiment, and used the placement of the ribbons and darker roses to bring focus to the start of the phrase...


Supplies:
Sentiment stamp:   Lili of the Valley Set 61 Quotables/Celebrate
Patterned papers:   Authentique Cherish collection (A & B);  
 My Minds Eye Lost and Found/Madison Avenue collection (dot)
Dies:   Memory Box Elegant Scrollwork;   My Favorite Things Royal Leaves
Pink roses:   LayoutsFromTheHeart.etsy.com          Sweetheart blossoms:   Wild Orchid Crafts
Ribbon:   Offray          Pearls:   Recollections



Your next stop on the hop is Kim's blog...if you want to start at the beginning, head back to LOTV's Ideas to Inspire blog to get going on your inspiration journey with a prize at the end.

Don't forget to stop by the Ideas to Inspire blog Wednesday evening when you can find out who the lucky winner is of the great prize.

Thanks so much for visiting today. Have fun on the hop...and good luck! 








167 comments:

  1. WOW!!! Your cards are STUNNING!
    Congrats on your new DT place with LOTV. I love your card, such a beautiful sentiment and all the detailing you have added is totally gorgeous.
    Sue xx

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  2. So beautiful! I love the new stamps. Congrats to your new DT Job
    hugs Anke

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  3. Oh my goodness your card is beautiful congratulations on your new DT position
    jacqui x

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  4. Congratulations Kkathy...you so deserve this honour! Your cards are so special and well suited to this spot on the design team.

    Gorgeous card as always!

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  5. Congrats on your DT position! Beautiful with the pink and gold to your card! It´s so elegant with the colors, sentiment and details!
    Hugs, June

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  6. Congratulations on your lotv DT job. Your card is gorgeous! I've just been looking through your blog and admiring your creations. You make absolutely gorgeous cards, so such attention to all the pretty details. I love your style of work, elegant and romantic. Thanks for the inspiration! Marlies

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  7. Huge congratulations, love your cards, so inspiring and this is no exception.

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  8. Hi Kathy,
    Welcome to the LOTV DT. Your card is beautiful, love all the lovely details you have included in your design. I look forward to seeing all your lovely creations.
    Chris X

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  9. WoW WoW, gorgeous cards!!!
    Hugs Danica

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  10. HUGE congrats on your new DT post - and no wonder with such a simply stunning card. Love the amazing details and fabulous design.
    Thanks for a fun hop.
    Debs xx

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  11. Congratulations on being on the DT. Your card is absolutely stunning and can't wait to see what else you create.
    Sharon xx

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  12. Simply gorgeous...:o)

    biggest of hugs Vicky xx

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  13. Congrats on joining the DT. That's a very pretty Christmas Birthday card ;)

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  14. Stunning creation Kathy.....congrats on your DT position too!
    Hugs Jo x

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  15. Wow dit is prachtig ! Love it !

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  16. Congrats Katy on your DT Post !! You card is just super gorgeous...cannot stop seeing it again n again..

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  17. Congratulations on your DT position on the LOTV team. I'm so looking forward to seeing more of your fantastic creations.
    I have had a little look at your blog, your work is amazing.
    I love this gorgeous card, your embellishing is outstanding and the colours are so pretty
    Hugs Kelly

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  18. So beautiful. id love to receive a card this pretty. I love the shabby chic look.

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  19. Congrats on your new DT post,so well deserved your work is stunning!....
    This card is gorgeous...love everything about it!

    San x

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  20. What a beautiful card. Nice colours and details. So chic.

    Hugs, Astrid.

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  21. WOW OH WOW! This is GORGEOUS! I have such a hard time using a sentiment as my main image so I really look forward to seeing your work! You do this so beautifully! Congraulations on joining LOTV!

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  22. Absolut stunning card here Kathy so beautiful decorated and I like the sentiment is the focal point too. Simply gorgeous hun.
    And welcome on board here with an awesome tream of talented ladies. Looking forward to see lots more of your beautiful work hun.

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  23. Stunning card Kathy.

    Congrats on making the DT at LOTV.

    Holly
    xx

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  24. Totally gorgeous Kathy- what a beautiful mix of elements and the sentiment really does take centre stage.Congrats on the new DT gig!

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  25. Congrats! Your card is beautiful

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  26. How beautiful. The embellishments show off the sentiment perfectly.

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  27. A beautiful card Kathy. The embellies look so pretty.
    Congratulations on your new DT spot.
    Lorraine x

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  28. Huge congrats on your new dt spot Kathy! This is an absolutely stunning card Hun, luv the attention to detail. Lotsa luv, hugs xxxx

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  29. Congratulations on your new DT place and your card is just beautiful, love the flower arrangement and all that distressed layering, Mary x

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  30. Such sweet colors, I love your card!
    And the new stamps are so cute!.

    Love, Dieke.

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  31. A freat Vintage and elegant card! Thanks for reminding that it´s fun to use a sentiment this way! Greetings, Gerrina

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  32. Congrats on your new DT position, your card is gorgeous & so different with only the sentiment x

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  33. Fabulous card, love the way you use the greeting, such a fresh look. Can't wait to see what else you create using the greeting stamps.

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  34. Christmas or not, I think it's gorgeous! Lovely colours and great detail!

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  35. Wow wow and more wows, looks like I'll be following your blog on a daily basis now Kathy your designs are stunning.

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  36. It might not be a Christmas card but it is stunning!

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  37. Such a beautiful card - love all the texture and interest.
    Toni xx

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  38. Absolutely stunning love it hugs xx

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  39. Love the way you use the sentiment stamps. Makes me want to get mine out and play :)
    Welcome aboard :)

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  40. Hi Kathy,
    Wow
    What a stunning card,
    total stunning and delightful,
    hugs
    Heather & Bronwyn x x

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  41. This is so pretty, I love the distressing on the edges. Congratulations on becoming a design team member. Love your work

    Hugs

    Karen x

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  42. Welcome to the LOTV design team your work looks amazing Love and Happy Crafting Carole x

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  43. Stunning card, Kathy!Congrats on your DT position!
    Thank you for the chance
    hugs, Miria xx

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  44. Well done on your new DT position. Birthday card fits right in with the Christmas Blog Hop.....it's Jesus's birthday after all lol. Great card, fab sentiment xx

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  45. Welcome to lotv DT. Your card is beautiful and such attention to detail.X

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  46. Congrats on your new post with LOTV. This card is stunning, I love the colours and the vintage look.

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  47. Super embellishments to set off the sentiment. Fab card, Kathy & congrats at joining the team at LOTV.

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  48. Kathy, what a beautiful card, you achieved exactly what you wanted. Love the quote

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  49. Congrats to your DT-job. Your cards are gorgeous, especially this one. Love the beautiful stamp!

    Hugs,
    Jeannette

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  50. It's really stunning what you do using the sentiments, I will learn a lot with you. Hihi....Thanks for sharing!

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  51. Hope to see such cards from you again!
    Sabine

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  52. Beautiful card - the colours are stunning and show off the sentiment so well.
    Alison x

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  53. Beautiful birthday card, very delicate :)

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  54. elegant card great colours TFS Hugs Margit

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  55. Congrats on joining the team. This card is stunning - I love everything about it.

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  56. Sunning card Kathy, lovely design and colours.
    Welcome to LOTV, looking foreard to seeing more of your beautiful cards, Kate x

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  57. Love how you work with text and the embellishment it match great together

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  58. Love the focus on the sentiment in your fabulous card, Kathy. Many congrats on your new DT post! Tracey x

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  59. Beautiful card Kathy and welcome to LOTV, really looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful cards.

    Hugs
    Brenda B

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  60. what a gorgeous shabby chic card, such pretty colours and embellishments. I am looking forward to seeing your DT creations for LOTV.
    hugs, annie x

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  61. Kathy! WELCOME again to the team girlie!!! Your card is so very GORGEOUS!!!!! Wow oh wow!!!!!
    Hugs, Dena

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  62. Congratumations Kathy!Your card is relly lovely.What sweet colors!

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  63. Beautiful sentiment card, congrats on your,DT position!

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  64. beautiful card i love it
    hugs rian

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  65. Great to see you on my fave stamp manufacturers DT team and a really warm welcome. This could be a Christmas birthday card..;0) It's lovely and I look forward to seeing all your creativity x

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  66. Welcome Kathy. Your card is so pretty! A real work of art x

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  67. First of all: Congrats for making the LotV DT! Your cards really are truly unique and it's an amazing talent to put the sentiments in the center of attention and still create truly cute and girly cards. I have never seen anything like your cards :o)

    This said: super beautiful card ♥

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  68. Congrats on your DT. Love your card, love how the sentiment is the focal point, love all the gorgeous decorations too. Very pretty!

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  69. Oh it is beautiful! Congratulations on your new position on the dt.

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  70. Wow, this is really stunning and it took my breath away when I saw it.
    Congrats on your DT place and I can't wait to see more of your beautiful work xx

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  71. Really, really beautiful. The details are awesome .

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  72. Kathy welcome to the DT, can't wait to see all of your creations, and this card is stunning. Have a great day.

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  73. Beautiful card with such lovely words!

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  74. Really beautiful card!!! *_*
    Valentina ;)

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  75. Oh this is totally beautiful and so elegant. hugs! Mojca

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  76. you are NEW to the LOTV DT, im NEW to blog hops, and LOTV New stamps are amazing good luck, love Lesley xxx

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  77. Hi Congratulations on being on this super team...looking forward to seeing your wonderful creations..I love how you have used this stamp with the beautiful flowers,,so inspired..Thank you ;0)

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  78. Congratulations on the DT post, and looking forward to seeing more of your gorgeous work! This card is so beautiful and simply elegant!
    Teri

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  79. this is simply awesome.. congrats...
    thanks for sharing
    hugs xx

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  80. Gorgeous card! I love the layering and sentiment.

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  81. Hi Kathy, Welcome to the greatest DT in the world!!:-) Love your card and your blog. All the hours I spend, colouring in an image and you show us that we can still make stunning a card without the image! Thank you so much. Will now become a follower. Hugs, Carol S.xx

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  82. Congratulations on joining the fabulous DT team! Your card is stunning! What a lovely sentiment and I love all the embellishments xx

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  83. Ohh! my all time favourite colour combination. Stunning card.
    Clair xxx

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  84. Congratulations on joining the team, Kathy! Your card is absolutely gorgeous!

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  85. Beautiful card and embellishments, good luck with the launch of the new range. Congrats on your new DT Cheers Sue N x

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  86. Kathy welcome to the LOTV Team. I look forward to seeing your cards. This card is absolutely stunning! All your embellishments and the layout are amazing!

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  87. beautiful creation!

    Karin / sharona82

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  88. Congratulations on joining the LOTV DT, well deserved, your creations are superb! Off hopping, thanks for the chance & inspiration. Jane x

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  89. Lovely card, & welcome to the team

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  90. Hi Kathy, A beautiful card love your style & cant wait to see more. Thank you Karen x

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  91. kathy your card is so elegant and stunning. looking forward to see more of your cards soon

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  92. Very classy, I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work

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  93. Gorgeous...congratulations! xx

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  94. Congratulations on your new appointment. I love the way you have used the sentiment as the focal point of the card. Thank you for sharing.
    Lesley

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  95. Wonderful, Elegant card & soft colors!

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  96. Congratulations on your new venture.
    Your card may not be Christmas but, It is so beautiful with lots of lovely detail and colour. The sentiment is gorgeous.

    Hugs
    Donna x

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  97. Congratulations, can see why you are on the team, fabulous card...love the sentiment and the embellies !
    Kate x

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  98. This is absolutely wonderful kathy and i can't wait to see what else you do! Congrats on the dt post xx

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  99. What a great sentiment and love your card.

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  100. Wow this is amazing. I love all the layers and I love the combinations that you have used that sentiment is brilliant. Congratulations on your DT post I bet you are mega excited and after seeing your card today I can't wait to see what you produce in the future.
    Thanks for sharing
    Hugs
    Kelly
    xxx

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  101. Absolutely Beautiful, just love it!..

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  102. Congratulations on joining the LOTV DT! Your card is beautiful and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work.

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  103. absolutly wonderful your card!!!, love patty

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  104. Stunning card, Kathy! Wonderful design and details! Congrats!

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  105. Your card is so beautiful! I love the new stamps.

    Hugs Heike

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  106. This is a gorgeous card, fab sentiment and layout and many congrats on your DT post too. Hugs, Claire x

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  107. Congratulations Kathy on your New Role of DT with Lotv. Look forward to seeing your creations :) Your card is gorgeous a perfect way to show off the fab sentiments from the quote stack and you have done so beautifully :)

    Hugs Mandy xx

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  108. Congrats on the DT, fabulous card. TFS Lizzie

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  109. Many many congratulations on your new post with Lotv you will do them proud and seeing your creation l can see you are a worthy crafty your card is so beautiful and presented to perfection xx

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  110. Congratulations on your post with LOTV, you have created a fabulous card. Did wonder if I was on the blog hop at one stage! LOL.

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  111. Congratulations on your DT post with LOTV, this card is fantastic Kathy! I love it! Absolutely devine :D The sentiment is great and I love all your embellishments, so beautiful :) Looking forward to seeing lots more of your work for LOTV :)

    Tanya xx

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  112. a lovely soft card-I love the sentiment and the flowers look great. Good luck in the DT-you'll be great! x

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  113. This is so so pretty! I love how you have used the sentiment as the focal point and your flower cluster is beautiful :-)
    Congrats on your LOTV DT position too!

    Hugs, Kat x

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  114. HUGE congrats Kathy, so jealous of your new DT, but I can soooo see why you've been asked. your cards are lovely and I've just been hopping around your blog a bit and they're all so lovely. This one's no exception. Gorgeous and it shows that you don't always have to have a character image, a sentiment can be just as worthy of being the centre of attention on a card.
    Hugs
    Annette
    xx

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  115. How exciting to be the newest design team member for SUCH an amazing company. Congrats! And I can see why they chose you ... you have a lovely creative style!

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  116. Welcome and wow what an amazing card to start with!! Love your style and how you put the focus on the sentiment. TFS!

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  117. Congratulations, love your style x

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  118. Such a beautiful card I love the sentiment and the way you have embellished it to make it all girlie.

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  119. Absolutely beautiful - congratulations!

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  120. Absolutely gorgeous card sweetie. Congratulations on becoming the new member of the LOTV DT. Hugs xNx

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  121. Congratulations Kathy for joining the design team. I can truly see why you have made it your cards are all fabulous!
    The soft colours and the vintage look of this card is outstanding - well done you!

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  122. It is a beautiful card - I love the shabby chic look! I can't wait to see more of your creations!

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  123. Welcome Kathy!! Stunning card you made!! Looking forward to your creations..I've gotten so used to making cards with images, that I forgot about making a beautiful card like yours with a sentiment as the focus. Will be checking your site closely for inspiration!!

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  124. Superbe carte, elle est toute en douceur. Merci de ce beau partage.

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  125. Congrats Kathy on your DT position, well deserved. You are gifted in turning a sentiment into the focal point, love it.

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  126. This is gorgeous Kathy and welcome to a magnificent team. The design, layout, and beautiful details of this card are amazing. Nice to get a break from the Christmas cards though and to get to see this fantastic beauty. "Hugs"

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  127. Congrats on joining in on the DT, Kathy! Your cards are delightful... lots of beautiful details!

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  128. Wow what a card. Love everything about it - the colors, swirls, flowers, pearls...
    Hugz
    Ea

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  129. WOW! such a stunningly beautiful card! Love the vintage look and sentiment :)

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  130. Gorgeous and beautiful card Kathy love the colour's and design and Congratulations on your DT position
    Hugs Dianne xx :)

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  131. Kathy, welcome. Beautiful card. xxx

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  132. Gorgeous Kathy.
    Looking forward to seeing what you create
    xxx

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  133. Very sweet card, Kathy! And welcome to the team!
    Regards, Britta

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  134. Welcome Kathy - your card is beautiful :) - I love these sentiments and the shabby chic look of your card :) x

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  135. Wonderful un-Christmas card Kathy, very inspiring..
    Pauline x

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  136. Congratulations so pleased for you.Adorable.Love it.Hugs x

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  137. Congrats, Kathy! They are so lucky to have you! You are one of my very favorite card designers! Your card is beautiful by the way! I've never seen Sammy Hagar(♥)quoted on a stamp!Cool!

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  138. Welcome Kathy, this is such a great sentiment to use also Love the vintage look you have used :)

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  139. Glad to have found your blog! Love, love your cards, your work is stunning! Love all your details! Will definitely be looking at all of your beautiful creations and using them as inspiration when I make my cards. Thanks very much for sharing and congratulations!

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  140. Wow I love your card, such great inspiration! I can't wait for this release! Lyns xx

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  141. This is just lovely! I'm always at sixes and sevens if I don't have an image to color but seeing how lovely your cards are with such sweet sentiment has ideas whirling through my head!

    Laura c.

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  142. HOP
    I love Your card and
    I LOVE LOTV STAMPS.
    TAINA

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  143. Beautiful Christmas card! I love the new stamps.
    Hugs Manuela

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  144. Gorgeous Kathy, love how the sentiment is the focal point of the card.

    Looking forward to seeing more of your work with LOTV.

    Kat x

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  145. wow Kathy, fabulous card. looking forward to more of your beautiful work. ann

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  146. So, so pretty!!! Your work is just lovely!

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  147. Congratulations Kathy!
    they are so lucky to have you on their team. :)

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  148. I think it is very sweet. Welcome to the team I look forward to seeing your inspirations.

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