Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Lili of the Valley...It's Another Christmas Hop!...

Hello, everyone!  Lili of the Valley (LOTV) is getting ready to release the second group of new Christmas stamps, and the Design Team is showing off the new designs in another blog hop today. This is the second set of their 2013 Christmas collection, and there are 20 stamps, including some of your favorite characters, and a few more traditional designs.

The new stamps will be available to purchase on the LOTV website starting at midday (UK time) Sunday, August 25th.

As you may know, I focus on showcasing the LOTV sentiment and background stamps. Although there are no new sentiment stamps in this part of the release, I still wanted to participate in the hop by sharing how I used a couple of the existing Christmas sentiment stamps as focal points on the cards to get two different looks when I was done.

Once again, there is a great prize up for grabs on the hop.  We don't know whose blog it's hidden in, so to make sure you have the best chance to win, please visit and leave a comment on every blog along the way!

You will have a couple days to join in - the "lucky blog," and a randomly drawn winner from all the comments left on the lucky blog, will be announced on the Ideas to Inspire blog on Saturday evening, August 24th (UK time. If you're like me and constantly forget how to convert times for all our different U.S. time zones, here's a site to help you convert to BST (British Summer Time) from all the time zones around the country and the world).

The prize is a full set of the new Christmas stamps from this release...
that's 20 rubber stamps, one each of all the newest designs!

Here's a full list of all the blogs taking part on the hop.  Remember, please visit them all and leave a comment on each one to have the best chance of winning the great prize...

Kathy (you're here!)


So on to the fun of seeing some cards!  As I mentioned above, there are no new sentiments in this part of the release, but I did have some fun with Set 33, Christmas Grungy Messages.  I used two of the stamps from this set on two separate cards, placing the sentiment in the same area of the card fronts, but changing the technique and embellishments around it, and getting two cards with very different appeal.

On the first card, I took the "grungy" feel of the stamp to heart, stamping the sentiment onto kraft cardstock that has the true texture and color of a paper bag, and contrasted that grungy look with more elegant and bright white embellishments...




I masked off the outside border of the sentiment stamp, and first stamped just the sentiment with black ink, adding some Stickles to the centers of the little hearts.  Then I stamped just the border in white ink, and coated it with an embossing powder that has some silver mixed in among the white powder, and heat embossed just the border, to make the sentiment stand out on the front.




After adding the lace, and the die cut poinsettia (also accented with Stickles), I stamped one of the tags from Set 32, Christmas Sentiment Tags and fastened it behind the flower.

There are so many options for getting the look of snow. This time, I chose to use white German glass glitter to make the falling snowflakes and form the base of the snowbank at the bottom (the glass glitter gives it a built-up, uneven surface as a real snowbank might have). To get the sparkly snow look along the bottom, I made a batch of Polar White Flower Soft mixed with coarse clear glitter, and glued that over the glass glitter.

The little tree is a button that's been in my "stash" for who-knows-how-long. LOL

Here's a side view to give you an idea of the dimension on the card...




It's so hard to capture the look of the clear glitters in a photo, but here are closeups of the Star Dust Stickles used on the poinsettia and the little tag tucked behind it...



Supplies:
Sentiment stamps:  LOTV Set 33 Christmas Grungy Messages;   Set 32, Christmas Sentiment Tags
Dies:   Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia          Punch:   Martha Stewart Medium Branch
Pearls & Crystals:   Prima and Recollections          Lace:   TheFunkieJunkie.com
Miscellaneous:  Star Dust Stickles,   Stampendous Winter Wonderland embossing powder



On the second card, the sentiment stamp is from the same Set 33, and it's in the same location on the front of the card, but this time it's surrounded by Country Lady  patterned papers and sits down inside a die-cut "well."  The combinations of the colors and patterns give this card a more "cottage-chic" feel. 

When I saw this particular sentiment, I started singing the Christmas carol of the same name (in my head...not out loud...even I can't handle the sound of my singing! LOL), and that's where I got the idea to add the music bar die cut...





This time, when I stamped the sentiment, I masked off the edge and the words "Merry Christmas," and stamped the rest in black, then went back and stamped "Merry Christmas" in red.  Die cut graduated sizes of squares are cut into the patterned papers above the sentiment, and they're all adhered to the card using foam tape to add dimension to the sentiment block. 

In hindsight - and as a tip if you want to do something similar - I probably didn't need to mask off the outside border of the stamp.  The stamp is a rectangular shape, and I was trying to fit it into a square cutout, so I masked off the border so the bottom line wouldn't show at the bottom of the cutout. But I'd forgotten at that point that I intended to put the small pompom trim beneath the sentiment to "fill in" the bottom of the square...the trim would have covered the bottom of the border. :)




Once again I used my mixture of Flower Soft and coarse glitter sprinkled on the flowers, die cut pine branches, and a strip along the top of the pompom trim.

One reason I like this handmade mix is because clear glitter often doesn't show up unless you tilt the card just right...and Flower Soft on its own doesn't have sparkle. But by mixing the two, you get the best of both...the white of the Flower Soft shows up as dustings of snow, and the coarse glitter adds a little sparkle to it all!




I stamped the word "Noel" from the same sentiment set, and turned it into a little tag tucked under a couple of the red flowers...


Supplies:
Patterned papers:   Country Lady collection, NitWit Collections for Lili of the Valley
Sentiment stamps:   LOTV Set 33, Christmas Grungy Messages
Flowers:   Wild Orchid Crafts          Pearl flourishes:   Recollections
Dies:   Impression Obsession Pine Branch;   Memory Box Virtuoso Music
Lace,  mini pompom trim,  pearl spray:   local craft store


Phew! Are you still with me?  Good! :)   Now it's time to hop on over to Kim's blog to see the beauty she has waiting for you.  Don't forget to stop by the Ideas to Inspire blog on Saturday night (UK time) to find out if you're the lucky winner!  

Thanks so much for stopping by...have fun on the hop, and good luck!




188 comments:

  1. wauwwww first card can I find very pretty but the second one is really suppppper.Greetings rian

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  2. Wow both very beautiful cards Kathy. I especially like the first one so crisp and wintery you could almost think it was December outside in August. X

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  3. wooow love the cards, they are verry special
    love them.
    hugs
    angelique

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  4. These are both beautiful. Love the details with the flowers,sparkle.snow, diecuts, sentiment and use of krafts. TFS. Bettina xx

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  5. These are both gorgeous Kathy especially the 2nd one, thanks for sharing all the tips too x

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  6. These are my fave Christmas sentiments and your cards are both gorgeous. Thanks for some fabulous inspiration. You've given me some ideas x

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  7. These are both stunning cards! xxx

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  8. I love the cards and thanks for the ideas

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  9. Amazing cards Kathy. I love the snow effect you created. Holly x

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  10. Wow I love your cards! Especially the second one, it got me singing too :)

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  11. Both your cards are lovely, my favorite is the second one because it is a bit more colorful. Love the frosted effect!

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  12. Both of your cards are stunning Kathy. If I had to choose a favourite it would be a very difficult choice, but I think it is the first one, just because it is more my style.
    Chris X

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  13. Two gorgeous cards. Love the second one.

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  14. I am completely in love with both of your cards! And the snow is fantastic!
    Also, I had been debating getting the country lady paper pad, but when I just saw the paper on the second card, I immediately had to have it! So is it ok if I blame you when hubby starts growling at me? lol.

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  15. WOW what more can i say, both of these cards are totally gorgeous x

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  16. Kathy, I am not fond of Kraft cardstock or grunge but these two samples are superb and I really like what you have done. It has change my mind on both and shown me how to use them to create great cards.
    Elaine

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  17. Hello Kathy, I true,y love your style of card making. You are a fantastic addition to the LOTV team.
    You offer wonderful inspiration, I am hoping to attempt this style of card very soon. Thanks for the inspiration
    Hugs Kelly

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  18. WOW!!! These are stunning Kathy. I really love your designs and the way you have used the sentiments. Your detailing is amazing and I love the way you explain so clearly how your creations are made.
    Thank you so much for all the inspiration
    Sue x

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  19. These card are fab I have these stamps but never thought of using them in this way you are a true inspiration Love and Happy Crafting Carole x

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  20. Love the idea of using just the sentiment as a focal point for the card. Rosemary I

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  21. Its gorgeous you make, wow. The stamps are great and the colours realy Christmas.
    Hugs Astrid

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  22. Stunning cards, nice to see the sentiments taking centre stage as opposed to the main images, sometimes simple works so well x

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  23. Hello Kathy. WOW, WOW, WOW, your cards are just stunning. Love, Love, Love, the timeless vintage look you create so well. It must be amazing to receive a card that gorgeous at Christmas time.
    ( I am now going to rethink my craft stash ).
    Many Thanks.
    Karen x

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  24. Hello Kathy
    I am so glad you decided to join in with the blog hop.
    I love seeing your creations and how you use the sentiments.
    I am useless at these cards so I am keen to learn.
    I adore your second card.
    Hugs
    Chris xxx

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  25. Hi Kathy... I so LOVE your style...what a fabulous make!
    TFS!
    hugs x

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  26. Kathy,
    I love your style and I am pleased you joined in the blog hop! What I really like is how you have used a stamp that isn't a character stamp and made the sentiment the focal point of the cards! Gives another take on them sentiment stamps and what they can be used for!
    Thanks so much for giving us more inspiration.
    Thanks for sharing
    Hugs
    Kelly
    xxx

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  27. Wow the new stamps are gorgeous. Lovely cards.
    hugs Anke

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  28. Two fabulous cards. Love the use of kraft - the colours really pop against it. :)

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  29. Wow, these cards are so Christmassy and the first looks so crisp and frosty!! Amazing creations x

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  30. Hi Kathy,
    So nice to see cards and get inspiration from a different angle. I love the way you use sentiments as the focal point of your cards.
    Adore the craft and white. Both such pretty cards and so many beautiful embellishments.
    Hugs
    Karen x

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  31. Very clever cards. The first one is so 'twinkly' and I love the subtle colours on the second. Thank you.

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  32. Hallo,

    nice card, love it.
    Hugs Lotte

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  33. I love LOTV sentiments, so glad someone showcased them. I have a few sets and use them ALL the time!

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  34. Beautiful cards! I absolutely love the new sentiments

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  35. wonderful cards - just beautiful xx

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  36. So wintry looking! i love all the glitter and lace!

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  37. A wonderful card.

    Hugs,
    bastel_fee

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  38. Both cards are wonderful.

    Hugs, Nanda

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  39. Just beauiful, this is making me take another look at my sentiment stamps.

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  40. Gorgeous card, love this new image x Rachel

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  41. I love the kraft and white combo. Gorgeous cards. Thanks for sharing

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  42. You make such gorgeous cards! I love both of them! So very different too!

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  43. Gorgeous cards. Gives me some ideas of how to use these sentiment stamps.

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  44. wow the card is amazing, a dream :-) good idea!!
    LG Renate

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  45. What beautiful cards! I don't tend to buy sentiment stamps to use as the main focal point but you've changed my mind. Thanks! Debra x

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  46. Stunning cards.Thanks for sharing on the blog hop x

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  47. These are both beautiful and I love how you've given us more ideas and inspiration for our cards. It makes so much more sense to get more out of the stamps we have.

    Hugs
    Brenda

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  48. The cards are gorgeous. Love the snowflakes and flowers! Of course the sentiments fit just perfect

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  49. Great cards, can't decide which is my favorite, definitely loved the white one, but then when I saw the red flowers on the second, I had to say, hmm, which do I like better- they both are stunning. Love all the sparklies as well. Have a great day.

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  50. Wow!! Just...wow! Both cards are absolutely breathtaking! I love the layers and added embellishments, and of course..all the sparkle!!
    <3 Emily L.

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  51. Woooowwww... I love them both! ... but I love the first one with the sparkle!!! *_*
    Vale ;)

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  52. Kathy your cards are always so amazing and these two are no exception. I need to cut some glitter glass now!

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  53. Great match between the stamp, decorations and kraft..
    Hugs Blankina

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  54. Two lovely cards! Thanks for the great tip about mixing the flowersoft with glitter to make snow.

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  55. I really love both your cards!! Nice effect with the borders around the sentiment on the second card.

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  56. Your cards really always completely blow me away. It is really amazing what you can do with a sentiment stamp as the "main image" ♥

    Hugs,
    Heike

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  57. Beautiful designs, love how you make the sentiment such a feature x

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  58. Thanks for the tips and tricks you use when making your cards! Both of your cards are just lovely - the white is so elegant and the other card just screams Christmas. Beautifully embellished! Anyone would love to receive either of these cards. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity, I'm off to hop and gather more inspiration.

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  59. Stunning cards, so very Christmassy and nice to see the text stamps used so beautifully.

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  60. Beautiful cards and love all the bits of white glittery snow on them... Thanks for sharing them with us and thanks so much for the chance to win them too!

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  61. Your cards are so beautiful, thanks for sharing.

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  62. WOW! Stunning Christmas cards! Fabulous designs, the embellies are deeelish and I love the snow too!
    Kelly.x

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  63. Wow absolutely gorgeous Christmas cards, thanks for the chance off hopping! Jane x

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  64. Great TWO cards and so different to the ones seen so far on the Bloghop, they are both Beautifully embellished! Thans so much for the new ideas buzzing in my little crafty head. Great bloghop :0)

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  65. Stunned your cards are frigga awesome..

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  66. WOWZER!! These are both so gorgeous! Love the Vintage style theme and the accents make them so elegant!! TFS! HUGS :)

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  67. Both the cards are beautiful. I loved the Kraft n white combination on first one ..n the snow is just Wow !

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  68. stunning cards, love all that frost and bling
    hugs

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  69. Love your two cards Kathy. Love the use of Kraft it really works well.
    Hugs Ali x

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  70. Two really beautiful cards Kathy... love everything about them, it is lovely to see what can be achieved from just two simple sentiments!! Stunning!!
    I like this kind of card, I think it will appeal to a lot of people, I really want to try this.. Thank you for the inspiration and sharing such lovely ideas..
    Hugs,
    Marjorie xx

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  71. Beautiful, love the way you use the sentiments rather than an image as a focal point.

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  72. Both stunning cards. Love your use of colours and embellishments with the sentiment stamps to make these wonderful cards.
    Such great inspiration and I for one will be using my grunge sentiments in a new way now. Thank you for sharing this with us xx

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  73. Absolutely gorgeous cards, Kathy! I love the touch of chunky glitter on the cards, especially on the flowers!

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  74. What beautiful and elegant cards you really know how to showcase thank you for sharing.

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  75. beautiful card, so pretty with the flower and lace love it hugs christa

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  76. I love the rich, elegant look of your embellishments. Wonderful!

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  77. Stunning cards Kathy, I just love them both, and so good to see what can be done with just sentiments, Kate x

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  78. Kathy, both cards are stunning. ann

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  79. Gorgeous cards! Love how you did the pile of snow on the 1st card.

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  80. A simple stamp turned into an elegant card.

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  81. Beautiful cards. I like the way you have embellished them - very clever.

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  82. Two gorgeous cards, love the white with the kraft

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  83. I was admiring the first card, love the kraft and shiny white combination. It's spectacular. Then as I continued down the page, another wow. The touch of red with the flower is gorgeous. Thank you for the wonderful inspirations.

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  84. OH!!!!!!!!!!! I love both of your cards, but I do have a coup de coeur for the glittery snow and this gorgeous white flower. Hugs.

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  85. Gorgeous cards, I love the way you've used embellishments to compliment the sentiments.

    Emma x

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  86. Two amazing cards kathy - especially the second one which is completely awesome!
    Pauline xx

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  87. Two stunning cards Kathy - my favourite being the second one - love the floral arragement and fabulous details.
    Thanks for a fun hop.
    Debs xx

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  88. Very inspiring Kathy. Love both but particularly like the texture you created. Fabulous floral displays.
    Hugs Tracy x

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  89. Gorgeous cards, and I love the sentiment stamps that you've used. Fab lace and sparkle too.
    Hugs
    Annette
    xx

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  90. Wow, your cards are adorable, wonderful colors and Details. Love the new images.

    Hugs
    Heike

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  91. i like your ''simple '' card perfect

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  92. Wow so glad you concentrate on backgrounds and sentiments as I adore sentiments.2 very inspiring cards.So beautiful.Hugs Debbie x

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  93. Beautiful cards. I love the accents you put on each one, too. What a great way to make the sentiment stand out...with the embossing powder around the outside and masking it to stamp the black words first. Awesome idea. Love the Stickles...definitely love the sparkle it gives to the flowers! Beautiful cards, both of them! --Gail

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  94. Both are fantastic! Love the first one, especially, with all the textures and glitter!

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  95. wow 2 gorgeous cards with fabulous embellishments - think my fave is the first one th e white and kraft is stunning x

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  96. Your cards are both gorgeous. I can't decide which one I like best. I love all the different embellishments in white. They make them feel all frosty and wintery.
    Helen

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  97. Both are beautiful cards, but the second is my favourite. Wonderful work!

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  98. Gorgeous embellishments, such pretty cards x

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  99. Wow, these are beautiful - a whole new way to look at sentiments xx

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  100. I love these cards. They are so very different than the usual cards the fab design team make. They are such beautiful cards.
    Lesley

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  101. Two very pretty cards with lovely design. Hugs, Carol S.xx

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  102. beautiful cards, so elegant...love all the sparkle!!

    Fi
    x

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  103. Pretty cards and love the delicate embellies you have used.

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  104. Two different and beautiful cards. Great use of stamps and emblishments. Nicely done. Mickey

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  105. Two stunning cards! Love them bith but especially like the use of lace in the first one.

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  106. STUNNING STUNNING STUNNING, I LOVE BOTH CARDS, THEY ARE AMAZING, LOVE HOW YOU HAVE SHOWN THE SENTIMENT OF ON THEM BOTH. FABULOUS XXXX

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  107. What wonderful cards you've made, Kathy!! Love them both! Thank you for sharing this wonderful inspiration with us.
    Hugs, Karina

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  108. Love the cards - the grungy sentiments are fab - they look great on kraft card! Kate xxx

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  110. Something very different, but surely very well done! Love the white poinsettia!
    Regards, Britta

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  111. Wow these are so inspiring to try something new thanks :)

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  112. Very different without a 'main image' but loviing the idea of using the sentiment. Beautiful cards.So jealous, you are so talented x

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  113. Hi Kathy,
    Wow,
    just simply amazing,
    you have made two very special cards using the simplest images, and embellishments,
    totally wonderful,
    hugs
    Heather & Bronwyn x x

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  114. Hi Kathy. You definitely have an eye for detail. Your lace and pearls really make your design look elegant. Very nice job. :-)

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  115. beautiful cards the snow with flower soft and glitter is something I must try it looks amazing x

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  116. Just the way I like my cards. Basic and not too cluttery. Simple and Elegant. Love them!

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  117. These are very elegant cards, really nice, smashing

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  118. Hi Kath
    I love using Kraft for "C" cards (sorry cannot say the "C" word out loud 'till September!!
    Ha Ha Sorry. Debbiex

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  119. great cards so elegant love both
    hugs Margit

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  120. Love your style!!! You are very talented, thanks for sharing!

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  121. The lace in your first card works beautifully. Looks like icecyles. Both cards are great.

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  122. Your cards a beautiful! I love this shabby chic look. Thanks for all your tips as well.

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  123. Love all of the sparkle. Fabulous card. TFS

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  124. Both cards are quite enchanting!

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  125. wow... gorgeous cards! Beautiful details!!!

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  126. Morning Kathy, wow another two beautiful cards to inspire! Briefly saw the others on your blog! You certainly are one clever lady...will certainly return!! :-)

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  127. Beautiful!! So sparkling! I love it!

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  128. Wat een mooie kaart s het geworden geweldig.

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  129. Wow! Thread are two beautiful cards, love the faux snow on the first card and love the traditional look on the second. You have a very inspirational blog.

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  130. your work is stunning, love the color combos!

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  131. Wow Kathy your two cards are absolutely stunning love the grungy look of the 1st one and the traditional feel of the 2nd one and the flowers are fab!!

    Hugs Mandy xxx

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  132. Loving the new stamps, hopping along to the next blog now. Thanks for the chance to win. Kim.

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  133. Wow absolutely loving the cards & brilliant ideas.
    Can't wait for LOTV to be on Create & Craft next week - sky record at the ready .........
    Fingers crossed I may be the lucky one to win the stamps
    Hugs
    Clare xxx

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  134. Wow, they are so special! Love the cards!

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  135. Very very beautiful cards with brilliant details.
    xo Susanne H.

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  136. These are absolutely inspiring! What great use of the stamps thank you very much Lisa xx

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  137. Wow, your two cards are absolutely stunning.
    Love them!
    Greetings from Finland.

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  138. Wow both of your cards are brilliant and so inspiring! TFS!

    Hugs,
    Iris

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  139. Both of your cards are beautiful, thank-you for sharing :)

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  140. Yeahhh, TWO cards with the lovely new stamps! :-)
    They are gorgeous!

    Hugs,
    Jeannette

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  141. Both your cards are so beautiful. Such lovely designs and colours, love the kraft and white and all that gorgeous bling.

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  142. wow, 2 cards and both very cute!

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  143. loving the colours and the sparkles x

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  144. Nice very nice i love the way they are.

    Greetings Cynthia

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  145. Dear Kathy,

    Stunning!
    I like this card with the newest lovt stamp!

    Greetings,
    Marieke

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  146. Gorgeous cards Kathy, these are so beautiful! And such an informative post as well, I've picked up loads of hints and tips from you so thank you for that :D

    Tanya xx

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  147. Gorgeous cards thank you for the opportunity of winning the stamps. Off to hop. Lizzie xx

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  148. I love the colour scheme and the whole card. Such a gorgeous colour combo and all that glitter

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  149. OMG Kathy .. these are AMAAAZING! I sooo love your style and it's just so GORGEOUS!!!! I just go totally weak in the knees when I look at your cards! hahahaha! Loooove them!

    As always, I've had a wonderful hop with you lovely ladies!

    Sending Big Hugs,
    Elise

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  150. Hi Kathy,
    These cards are very very nice. I almost long for Christmas already..
    Really awsome!
    Hugs Britt

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  151. I adore your first card!!! It just looks like winter, the holidays and Christmas all rolled in one! Gorgeous!! Love the pop of color with the second one, too!!!
    Teri

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  152. Wow!! YOur cards are sooooooooo different from any others (so far) on the hop and equally as beautiful!! Thank goodness I took the full hop as I'd have missed your gorgeous creations!!

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  153. Wow both cards are beautiful but I just love the 2nd with the poinsettias stunning angxx

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  154. What beautiful cards & so unusual. I like the lace & the different way you have used the greeting.

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  155. Love the new stamps and your card they are both fabulous. I would just love to win the stamps. Thanks Wendy

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  156. Beautiful cards! :o)
    Hugs,
    Cazza
    x

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  157. Its amazing what you can do with a few words to dress them up - brilliant

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  158. Gorgeous cards Kathy, love them both.

    Kat x

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  159. Very different cards, I love the kraft cardstock with the white accents very much, it's so cozy.
    xx Annie

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  160. Two very nice cards showing what can be done with just the sentiment stamps and embellishments. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Elaine

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  161. Both of your cards are gorgeous!

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  162. Lovely techniques! Must try and remember!

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  163. Great cards...very creative!! I seldom think of creative ways of combining stamp/image sets!! I think you've nailed it...thanks for the inspiration!!

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  164. Very beautiful. The poinsettia looks amazing!

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  165. stunning cards so very different x

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  166. Lovely cards, I love your style. Thanks for sharing. xxx

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  167. Beautiful cards! Love the distressed look!

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