Thursday, January 9, 2014

LOTV-Hopping into 2014...

Happy 2014, everyone, and thanks for stopping by! There's a whole new set of 10 adorable Lili of the Valley stamps in the first launch of 2014, so we're celebrating with another blog hop and a chance for two lucky people to win the new sets. The newest sets feature the very popular James the Bear, and some more of the newest characters, Jack, Patch, and Puss.

Again, there are 2 full sets of the new stamps to give away...2 lucky winners will each receive all 10 new designs!

The new stamps will be available for purchase from the website starting midday (UK time) on Monday, January 13. (If you're near the Leeds shop, it will be open this Saturday, January 11, from 10-4, and you'll be able to purchase the newest sets at the shop.)

If you've hopped with us before, you know how this goes. Just "hop" from one blog to the next, following the list below. Be sure to leave a comment on each card for the best chance to win the new stamp sets. The prizes are "hidden"...the winners will be drawn at random from the comments left on the participating blogs, and even we don't know whose lucky blog commenters will be chosen for the drawing.

Be sure to stop by the Ideas to Inspire blog on Monday morning to see which were the "lucky" blogs and to see if you're one of the winners!

Here's a full list of the blogs taking part in the hop. Remember, to have the best chance at winning a complete new set of the newest release, leave a comment on each blog:

Kathy (you're here!)


And now you're ready for me to move on to the pictures, hmmm? :)  I focus mainly on using the LOTV papers and sentiments stamps, so this time, I chose some of the green papers from LOTV's Beach Bliss paper pad, and a couple different sentiment stamp sets. On the diecut tag is a sentiment from Set 10, A5 Verses, and across the bottom, a sentiment from Set 25, Handwritten Phrases...



The paper doily was white to start...I shaded it down using Pumice Stone Distress Ink, and used the same color around the edges of the die cut tag. I wanted this card to have a neutral background so the coral-pink flowers would serve as the contrasting interest. 

There's lots of layering and foam tape on this card...you know how I love my foam tape...heehee. It's such a simple way to add dimension, and with all the embellishments I like to use, it often makes little "wells" that I can nestle things down inside to keep the cards from becoming so thick they're unmailable...





The lace was white at the start, too. A little bit of Tattered Rose and Victorian Velvet Distress Inks applied with a water brush, along with some random dabs of a paper towel, made it easy to make a "dyed-to-match" lace trim.



The largest of the roses was made with Spellbinders' Rose Creations dies...it's surrounded with smaller ready-made flowers...


Supplies:
Patterned papers:    Lili of the Valley Beach Bliss paper pad
Sentiment Stamps:   LOTV Set 10, A5 Verses;   Set 25, Handwritten Phrases
Dies:   Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags Two, and Rose Creations;   Sizzix Flowers Branches & Leaves
Lace:   TheFunkieJunkie.com          Pearls:   Recollections
Flowers:   LayoutsFromTheHeart on Etsy (taupe roses);   Wild Orchid Crafts (pink roses)



Your next stop on the hop is Kim's blog. But if you get lost, you can always go back to the complete list above, or back to the beginning at the Ideas to Inspire blog...and don't forget to check the I2I blog on Monday to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Lastly, I'd like to take a moment to remind you of  LOTV's monthly challenge  (there's always a "hot" link to it over on my sidebar to the right, too).  January's challenge is "Anything Goes," so it's a fun one, and there's still plenty of time left to enter for this month.

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit. I'll be back on a regular basis soon...in the meantime, good luck on the hop!!






170 comments:

  1. wow!!!! this is my fav card!! very beautiful card... beautiful flowers.. and love the sentiment..
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  2. Stunning card Kathy. Love all your embellishments. Holly x

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  3. Hi Kathy,
    Your card is so Pretty and I love the sentiment you have chosen. Absolutely Beautiful.
    Chris X

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  4. Very pretty love the sentiment, so sweet hugs xx

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  5. Gorgeous card, and I just love that sentiment, yes actually both of them are very useful for our cards, and sooo true.

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  6. Hi Kathy
    A gorgeous and beautiful card wonderful colour's and design
    Hugs Dianne xx :)

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  7. wow wow wow wowzers Kathy! I love how you made this sentiment look so amazing, your card is just beautiful
    huge hugs Lou xxx

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  8. This is absolutely stunning! I can't wait for this release to come out! xxx

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  9. This is such a pretty card - perfect for Spring!

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  10. This is such a romantic and pretty card!!
    Hugs Blankina

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  11. Beautiful card! So romantic.
    Anneke xx

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  12. Wow...so elegant and the colours are gorgeous! x

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  13. All your cards are so beautiful! :)

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  14. What a very nice card , It's so romantic.
    hugs rian

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  15. This card is so different to my usual style, but very pretty and romantic and great inspiration to try something different.

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  16. Absolutely gorgeous, love everything about it.
    Sharon xx

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  17. Morning Kathy, such an elegant card, beautiful! Hoppy Friday :-)

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  18. Love roses, coral pink, pearls and lace, a perfect combination.

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  19. absolutely beautiful card - I love this colour combo! Rachael x

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  20. Stunning Card Kathy, I love what you do with sentiments, and this card is no exception... it's soooo lovely!
    Such lovely words in this sentiment... love it!
    Hugs,
    Marjorie xx

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  21. wow, wow, wow, one talented lady this card is stunningly gorgeous.

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  22. Stunning card, love the colours and pretty details :)

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  23. Wow!! I adore your cards and how the all-important sentiment takes centre stage!! And this is just beautiful! The colours are beautiful and I LOVE all the elements you chose!!x

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  24. This is gorgeous - a real vintage feel. Love how the sentiment is the focus. Can't believe you made the large rose too!! Love how you've coloured the various elements so they all blend. Absolutely beautiful xx Hugz xx

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  25. Gorgeous card loving the vintage feel xx

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  26. Super card, lots of lovely colours to draw you into the card. Well done.

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  27. Oh WOW! This is totally stunning. I love the design, gorgeous colours and such wonderful detailing, I especially love the large rose you have made.
    Thank you for the inspiration.
    I hope you have a good weekend.
    Sue xx

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  28. This is stunning. The embellishments are all so gorgeous and I love the design and romantic feel to this card.
    Hugs Sharon x

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  29. Absolutely GORGEOUS Kathy! The colours are just perfect, and your eye for detail is as always perfect! x

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  30. Such pretty colours, it's so nice to have ideas and beautiful inspiration for different approach to cards. I love it. Hugs Karen x

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  31. Kathy this is beautiful, I love the you have used.

    Hugs Keeley x x x

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  32. This is so elegant. Love how you made the sentiment the focal point of your card. Hugs, bastelarena

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  33. Beautiful card, love the distressing and gorgeous flowers :)

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  34. Beautiful card, what a lovely way to use the sentiments!
    Rebecca.

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  35. Love your cards - they're stunning xxx

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  36. Your card is stunning!! The flowers and the pearls.. Just amazing!! I wish I could put flowers together like this!! I can't seem to get them to look right LOL You definitely do not have my problem!! Gorgeous!!

    - Susan
    {Scrap A Thousand Words}
    {Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges}

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  37. LOTV papers are so lush, I have three pads so far, trouble is they are so nice I don't like to cut in to them.
    Lorraine

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  38. hi kathy
    een erg mooie en romantische kaart met een prachtige tekst!
    groetjes van corry

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  39. Love how you used the sentiment and still made the card look special and beautiful

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  40. What a gorgeous card. I love the way you use the text stamps, it's so inspiring.

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  41. Beautiful and pretty - love the colours.

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  42. Wow, this is such a beautiful, romantic card, love the colours.
    I personaly find it difficult not to use an image. But this is really gorgeous. Love also the paper and the sentiments.
    Thnx for inspiring.

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  43. Love the colours, and the sentiment are so cute!

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  44. Beautiful! I love those pretty flowers and the perfect sentiment. So much detail.. even the leaves have been sanded!

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  45. Beautiful card. I especially love the pearls nesting in between the leaves. Debra x

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  46. Beautiful card I adore the papers, I think that I need to buy some :)

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  47. My mouth is on the floor oohing and ahhing over this beautiful card! OMG! I wish I could create a card like this!!!! Holy cow!!! Beautiful!!!!
    Hugs, Dena

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  48. I really love your card Kathy, it's so different and it's such a change to see different things being done with these gorgeous stamps. I really love using mine in different ways..variety is the spice of life ;0) x

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  49. I love green. Beautiful card!

    Jay Jay

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  50. wow what a gorgeous card, definitely a keepsake!

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  51. such a stunning card - really very special and beautiful - love this xx

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  52. I love the sentiment stamps - they're just so versatile! x

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  53. This is also a very very beautiful stamp. And the card, is even beautiful. Nice papier, Nice flowers, everything.
    Hugs Astrid

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  54. A beautiful card Kathy. A lovely sentiment and gorgeous flower arrangement.
    Lorraine x

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  55. Stunning card. Love the use of sentiments. Hugs, Carol S.xx

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  56. Such a lovely card and a very lovely sentiment!!

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  57. Wow!!! Kathy this is so beautiful. Gorgeous layout.

    Hugs
    Cathy
    xxxxx

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  58. Very pretty - a lovely sentiment and layout!

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  59. Kathy you cards always make me smile..
    I could sit looking at them all day, shame I can't touch them lol..
    This is another beauty
    Hugs Kelly

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  60. I love your card. So romantic. Beautiful.
    Hugs,
    Guida

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  61. Absolutely stunning and so elegant, love it. Off hopping, love Jane x

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  62. Beautiful!! I love the flowers and pearls. That is such a pretty font for the bottom sentiment. Thanks for sharing!

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  63. A really pretty card in lovely pastel colours. Love all the flowers and the pearls and that lovely touch of lace.

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  64. Stunning card, Kathy! Gorgeos embellishments and a wonderful sentiment!

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  65. This card is lovley, sweet, great und very, very beautiful. I a so impressed. I like this style so much. Thank you for the inspiration.
    Hugs Elfi

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  66. Wow, wow, wow, such a beautiful stunning card xx

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  67. What a beautiful card, Kathy - very elegant.
    Hugz, Jan xx

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  68. exquisite papers. love the colours. fab layout. gorgeous sentiment. love the elegance of it all x

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  69. Really indulgent card, so romantic and beautiful , I love all the embellishments and the papers are very cute.

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  70. Very pretty. I like the peach & green combination.

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  71. Beautiful card. Love the flowers

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  72. Oh my! Stunning creation Kathy!
    hugs
    kim x

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  73. Beautiful card Kathy, I love the sentiments that you have used! Your card has such a wow factor, but really makes me think romance, vintage when I look at it, (don't ask me why lol) love the flowers that you have used. Overall I just Love your card
    Thanks for sharing
    Hugs
    Kelly
    xxx

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  74. Your card is just so elegant :)

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  75. Another show stopping card as fabulous as always thanks for sharing.

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  76. This is gorgeous Kathy, your embellishments are so beautifully arranged! Love it all :)

    Tanya xx

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  77. Lovely Kathy, something quite different, I love it! Xxx

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  78. What a beautiful card with the papers and layers and sentiments. Gorgeous!!

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  79. Your card is really beautiful and romantic.

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  80. Your card is so so lovely an romatic!
    Hugs, Susanne.

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  81. Oh so beautiful and feminine! So excited about this release - can't wait to get inky with James Bear. Gorgeous card hunny! Hugs Squirrel xx

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  82. I am in awe of your ability to bring a card together. I just love your cards.

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  83. this is stunning, so different from the others on the hop x

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  84. Beautiful....simply beautiful. You did an amazing job with the pearls. The flowers are gorgeous. Love the sentiment.

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  85. Such an elegant card!!! Love those pretty flowers!
    Have a nice weekend, Colinda

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  86. A beautiful card, just stunning. Hugs, Claire x

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  87. Stunning, just stunning... wish someday I'll reach even close.

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  88. Your card is absolutely gorgeous!!
    Hugs, Sonja.

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  89. Great message and the flowers are beautiful. The addition of lace and beads really adds to it too. Beautiful card.
    Edna Burgess

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  90. Beautiful! Its simple but with the flowers and lace it comes together as just a beautiful and elegant card!

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  91. great card and love the image!!

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  92. gorgeous card....so elegant!!

    Fi
    x

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  93. A really beautiful card.....so stylish...x

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  94. What an adorable card. It is so perfectly vintage from the beautiful arrangement right down to the greeting.
    Mary

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  95. Your cards are incredible! Love how your really highlight the sentiments!
    <3 Emily L.

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  96. Gorgeous, love the embellishments x

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  97. Beautiful card! I love all the pearls you have on it. I thought the rose was ready made till I read you made it with a spellbinders die. Wow!

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  98. Beautiful card, love the way you use the sentiments as the focal image. Lizzie

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  99. Beautiful card, i love the way you use the sentiments.

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  100. Really beautiful card, the sentiment says it all, Thank you Kim.

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  101. Absolutely beautiful, love it!
    Wendy xx

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  102. This is so stunning. I love how you use all the embellishments so beautifully.

    Emma x

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  103. Beautiful Kathy, love the embellishments.

    Deborah A

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  104. Such a lovely feminine card! More like a work of art! I love it x

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  105. Hi Kathy, such a beautiful card. I really love the vintage style and your embellishments are gorgeous.

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  106. Breathtaking card Kathy ... Love how you have done the arrangement of flowers.
    Pauline x

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  107. Amazing and beautiful - the perfect card for any occasion! Your use of the distress ink keeps it looking very vintage.

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  108. Lovely card and beautiful sentiment.

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  109. Magnificent!!! It's great to see such a fine sentimental card too with lovely embellishments. Ruby x

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  110. Your card is fantastic so inspirational just perfect Love and Happy Crafting Carole x

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  111. Very classy and elegant card! Love the flowers.

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  112. This card is so beautiful and elegant. You have a wonderful way with embellishments and colour.

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  113. This is soooo awesome! Love the great layout and details. Such an elegant card.

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  114. You have inspired me to look at the sentiments in a different way, very classy card

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  115. A stunning way to create a sentiment card. Beautifully done.

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  116. It's all about the sentiment......beautiful
    Clair xxx

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  117. This card is so elegant!! amazing job!!! really love the sentiment used!!!

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  118. This is so VERY pretty! I like to come to your blog when I need inspiration as there are so few who can make a sentiment the center of attention the way you do.

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  119. Wonderful Card, so sweet Details.

    Hugs
    Heike

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  120. Wow...great job!!! It's simply wonderful!!!

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  121. Fantastic card, just shows you don't always need an image to make a great card.

    Kat x

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  122. Lovely card, so different to all the others in the blog hop.

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  123. Interesting change to the rest of the cards! Thanks!
    Regards. Britta

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  124. Oh my such a beautiful card, so elegant and oozing gorgeousness.
    Hugs Tracy x

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  125. Lovely and feminine. =) Great inspiration for making sentiments the focal points of cards... so easy to get swept away on the cute parade of images. Your cards take sentiments to a whole new level of gorgeous.

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  126. Wow, Kathy..what a great combination of papers and sentiments..you've opened my eyes to this range of paper and sentiments by LOTV!

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  127. Such an elegant card.Beautiful sentiment and amazing finishing touches.Hugs Debbie x

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  128. Beautiful card. Very elegant.

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  129. So beautiful and wonderful inspiration - thank you x

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  130. Gorgeous card fabulous detail
    MaggieH

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  131. Wow, such beautiful detail and perfect placement of all the elements :-) Gorgeous colours and nice tip on colouring the lace to match.
    Hugs, Kat x

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  132. This card is just beautiful... I love how you have everything matching so well and the beautiful flowers with that die cut wow.

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  133. Your cards are so refreshingly different and really elegant. I love the papers and the gorgeous flowers.
    Gorgeous card Kathy.
    Hugs
    Annette
    xx

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  134. So beautiful and finished card!
    Reginella

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  135. beautiful card, the papers and flowers are lovely. Gail

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  136. Gorgeous card.
    Love the sentiment and the flowers..
    Gr Elly

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  137. Oh my....this is so beautiful!! Love those soft paper colors and all the beautiful dies & embellishments!

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  138. lovely card, love all the texture and layers just beautiful

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  139. Your cards are beautiful works of art! I love the soft colours of paper and the sentiment stamps are so nice

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  140. WOWZERS this is simply divine!!!! Love the beautiful elegance of the design and gorgeous soft colours.
    Thanks for a fab blog hop.
    Debs xx

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  141. Such a lovely timeless card, if you recieved it you would keep it forever. Beautiful.
    Mariaxxx

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  142. This is a truly fabulous card with so much detail! I want to feature your card for upcoming Trendy Tuesday post for the blog at Paper Crafters Library (Feb. 11 we'll be featuring projects with delicate doilies). You can ck out the blog here: http://blog.papercrafterslibrary.com/ The image will credit you & link back to your blog as well. I don't have your complete name, so email me with details if you want to share, otherwise we'll simply credit you as "Kathy" with the link to your blog. If you do not wish to be featured, just let me know.

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  143. This card is very beautiful....
    Thank you for sharing
    MaryRedford

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