May 11, 2016

Hero Arts Summer 2016 Blog Hop + Giveaway

Welcome to the Hero Arts summer blog hop, celebrating the availability of the products in the Hero Arts 2016 Summer catalog in the Hero Arts online store! You should have come from the so very creative Jenn Shurkus' blog.

Made two cards with the fantastic Color Layering Seahorse stamp set and, for the first card, the Color Layering Seahorse Frame Cut dies. Although very different, both cards were inspired by my wonderful niece's upcoming wedding in San Diego. I can't wait to to be part of this wonderful day and to spend time by the ocean. Sigh.

The first card, with its clean, bright color scheme, reminds me of the sun and the water.  And, really, it didn't take long to make!  Drew the stripes with a Hero Arts Yellow Dauber (no longer available) and a stencil. Stamped the starfish with Hero Arts Indigo and Summer Sky bold inks.  


The second card was an experiment. I wanted to see whether I could layer black ink over gold and whether black and gold sea creatures and shells would work. Layering Versafine Onyx over Delicata Golden Glitz Metallic worked, and I think the result is interesting (in a good way). The sentiment is stamped in Versafine and embossed with clear embossing powder.  The gold paper is from a deconstructed gold envelope. Just love this sentiment!


Keeping the chat short because there is a lot of eye candy to see in this blog hop.

The next person on the hop is one of my favorite people in the stamping industry -- Julie Ebersole.

And now the giveaways!

Hero Arts is giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please comment by Sunday, May 15 at 11:59pm PT and Hero Arts will announce the winner the following week.

Here's a list of the seriously talented stampers on this hop (I snuck in again!).

The Hero Arts Blog
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Debby Hughes
Jennifer McGuire
Jenn Shurkus
Joan Bardee  (me)
Julie Ebersole
Kathleen Graumuller
Kathy Racoosin
Kelly Rasmussen
Kimberly Crawford
Laura Bassen
Libby Hickson
Lori Craig
Lucy Abrams
Lydia Fiedler
Mariana Grigsby
May Sukyong Park
Nichol Magouirk
Sandy Allnock
Teri Anderson
Wanda Guess
Yana Smakula

MOOD WHEN DONE = Anxious to see what everyone else made!  Oooh, checked them out and these ladies have some serious talent. Oh, and good luck on the giveaways!

257 comments:

  1. Your cards scream SUMMER! Love them!

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  2. Love these! I'm ready for summer!

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  3. oh Joan, these are lovely! I love the idea of black over gold -- must try that myself!

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  4. Experiment gone RIGHT- I love it! I think these colors are so beautiful together and gold and sea goes well to me... reminds me sunkin pirate ships! Hero Art's release is great- thanks for sharing!

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  5. Wonderful job! thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.

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  6. Love the bright colors on the first card!

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  7. great effect you got on the gold card!!

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  8. I love the new release. Your cards are awesome.

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  9. So glad you used this stamp set... It's my favorite from the release. Nice work!

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  10. Joan, fantastic cards! I love the color combos, the gold is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing and inspiring. Great release can't wait to check it the catalog out.

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  11. love the new release and the cards you made with them are great. I love the color combos and the simplicity of the first card, just beautiful!

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  12. Your cards are lovely. They make me want to jump in the car and drive to the beach. If only!

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  13. Love it - love it. Well done!

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  14. Black and gold are great combination! Love this card, Joan.

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  15. these cards are getting me super excited for my trip to florida next month!

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  16. Feels like I wish I was at the beach.

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  17. Such a cute idea. Great use of these stamps

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  18. Beautiful card and I love the color layering seahorse set.

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  19. The black and gold stamping is really interesting. Wouldn't have thought it would work...

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  20. Oh now these cards are a ton of fun!

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  21. Wow! I love both of these. The black on gold is gorgeous. I will definitely give that a try! Thanks!

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  22. I really love the different uses of the colors on your cards - gorgeous!!

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  23. these are gorgeous! thank you for the chance to win!!

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  24. Great way to extend these color layering techniques to gold and black!

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  25. Oh My...the black and gold beach "experiment" card was a success!It is so elegant and perfect for a beach wedding greeting card.

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  26. Ooooo!! I like both cards!! Completely different looks, but that's what you want in a stamp set, versatility!!

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  27. Love sea horses and shells!

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  28. I love the bright stripes.

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  29. That is a neat technique with the black and gold

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  30. I love the black and gold! Experiment successful!

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  31. Really cute stamps and cards! I love the yellow stripes and blue starfish.

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  32. beautiful card, love the black and gold

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  33. Both pretty cards; love the results of your experimentation on the 'oceans of joy' card. The layout, colors, etc. are all beautiful! I'm sure even more stunning in real life.

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  34. Like both the CAS with style starfish and the beach stamping card. Have a BEE-utiful day!
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  35. Love the technique on the oceans of joy card.

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  36. The black and gold definitely works! The result is elegant and beautiful. I have not found a gold ink I like yet, but will try the Delicata. Thanks for the tip!

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  37. Joan these are so beautiful. Love the gold and black sea creatures. It did in fact work great. Anne S.

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  38. The gold and black combination is stunning!

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  39. Love both of your lovely cards.

    Mandy B

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  40. Gorgeous cards!
    Love the yellow stripes & blue starfish!
    The gold & black technique on the sea creatures is stunning!

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  41. Great cards. The gold and black looks so good

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  42. The simplicity of you first card is brilliant.

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  43. This is a really cool card! Makes me want to go to the beach. :)

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  44. Simple, bright, and exudes summer! Lovin it!

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  45. The first one is gorgeous! Love the fun yellow, summery stripes!
    Anything nautical themed is my crafting weakness!

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  46. What a bright and cheerful card!

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  47. These cards are very different, but both beautiful! Great inspiration to see how one set can be used w/ such fabulously different results! The second card reminds me how a little paper cutting can also add interest! Thank you!

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  48. All of these sea life stamps are must haves! I love the starfish card!

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  49. What a great set of cards! I am partial to the color yellow, it screams summer! Beautifully done!

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  50. Both cards are just the best. Bring on summer! :)

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  51. okay... you totally nailed it, I love the shells and starfish!

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  52. FABULOUS! I {heart} all things sea/beachy. These are great!

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  53. the stripey background is fantastic for your starfish!

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  54. This is my favorite stamp set!

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  55. Clean,Clear, Crisp and makes me ready for the beach.

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  56. I'm ready to go to the seashore now! Wonderful cards!

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  57. Different take on the cards, good job

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  58. Ocean themed cards are amazing!

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  59. Fun cards! Thanks for sharing them.

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  60. Beauties! Congratulations on the successful experiment ~ the gold and black is so refined... Stunning for a seaside wedding or an anniversary for ocean lovers!
    The striped card reminds me of the old-time changing tents that used to dot the beaches. Fun and sunny!

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  61. Love your cards. Very clean and simple.

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  62. You, me and the sea - LOVE that sentiment!! The cards looks great!

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  63. Both cards are pretty but the bright and striped one is my fav!

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  64. Easy Breezy and beautiful! LOVE it!
    Take Care!
    Michele

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  65. This is a great summer stamp set. Love your cards.

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  66. Baeutiful cards! So sunny and bright!

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  67. Nice cards. I like the bright yellow on them.

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  68. Love the cards! The yellow one is my favorite one.

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  69. Cool experiment! Love the look.

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  70. Great new release! Love seeing everyone's takes!

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  71. Wow wow wow. Great cards and designs.

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  72. Very Pretty cards. Makes me HOPE that someday soon it will BE summer.

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  73. So amazing. Thank you for sharing

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  74. Nice use of the layering stamps!

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  75. Very pretty cards! Love the designs!

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  76. very summery they really put you in a nautical mood

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  77. So cool you used a deconstructed gold envelope! Very stunning cards!

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  78. I love the striped card, so cute!

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  79. Great nautical cards. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  80. Great nautical cards. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  81. Both cards are great. I am enjoying the wonderful artwork along this blog hop.

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  82. The gold and black definitely work. Great sentiment.

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  83. Your sea-scape is wonderful. Love it!

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  84. I love both cards, Joan and the black and gold are great together!

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  85. Seriously cute cards! Very inspiring.

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  86. Very cute. I really like the one with the seahorses. Definitely looks like the beach.

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  87. A wedding in San Diego! How fun!! Love your cards. Thanks for experimenting and sharing!

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  88. I like the bright colors of the first card. The black and gold ink is a very unique look. I'd say your experiment worked!

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  89. Love the clean look of your cards

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  90. Love both cards & the sea critters.

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  91. love your cards especially the experiment. I call it a sucess!

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  92. Your cards are always interesting....in a good way! These are both striking and inventive. Thanks for sharing.

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  93. Both your cards are gorgeous.

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  94. I like your cards, especially the yellow striped one.

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  95. Love love love. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  96. I really like the black and gold.

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  97. Love the new stamps and I love to see them used in different ways. Great ideas!

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  98. Summer is here, LOVE it!!

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  99. such summery and beachy stamps! Love what you did with them!

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  100. So much creativity, especially the black and gold.

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  101. sea horses - what lovely cards

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  102. I think your accident (the sea shell card) is really awesome!

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  103. Just take me to the beach!! Love your cards!!

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  104. Love both of your cards. Thank you for sharing and being part of this giveaway

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  105. The simplicity of these cards is really elegant. Great!

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  106. I love both cards!! Beautiful!! Does make you long for the beach!!

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  107. Wow! That bright beauty is wonderful, but I am totally drawn in by that black on gold!!! Wonderful!

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  108. I like both color combos on your cards.

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  109. I really like the black and gold!

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  110. The black and gold card was so beautiful! Risk taken and resulted in such an amazing card!

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  111. Lovely cards, the combination of gold and black is so cool!

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  112. I'm so glad you chose this set; I think it's my favorite from the release! Thanks for sharing!

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  113. I really love your cards, thre second is my favorite:)

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  114. What great cards!! I love this set!

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  115. I love your cards! The color layering added fabulous contrast and details! This is an incredible set and I cannot wait to start creating my own summer sea scenes! Thank you for sharing your creative wit!

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  116. Very creative cards. I like your choice of colors on the second one. Not the usual. Way to think outside the box!

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  117. Your experiment paid off- looks awesome. Both cards are fantastic!

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  118. Love both cards... but that first one - so simple yet so bold and stunning! I not only want that starfish... but the inks are clearly now on my "have to have NOW list" :)

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  119. Your cards create and instant visit to the beach and all of it's wonders!

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  120. Simple, clean design...love it!

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  121. CAS and as sweet as can be!

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  122. J.B. these are fantastic - I want them all!!!
    =]

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  123. Wish I were near the sea about now, spring hasn't even sprung here yet. Love the oceans of joy stamp. Great job and you're in the same league with all the other gals.

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  124. Joan, what a beautiful, bright and cheery starfish card. Your color choices are great- it's the hardest thing for me. I would never have thought to use those colors but I love them! Thanks so much for sharing with us and for participating in this fun hop.

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  125. Love the simplicity of the first card and the elegance of the gold and black on the second card.

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  126. Reminds me of great fun at the Outer Banks, NC. Love the cards.

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  127. I like the effect of black ink stamped on gold, very pretty. It caught my eye immediately.

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  128. Love the black ink over the gold. Very elegant. Thanks for sharing.

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  129. Love your cards! The colors are perfect and set the mood for the theme and sentiment. I like this stamp set a lot!

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  130. Joan, these cards totally make me wish I were at the beach right now, sitting on a deck, sipping my morning coffee! LOVE!!!

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  131. Wow, great cards, really capture the spirit of summer. TFS

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  132. Your cards make me yearn for summer and the beach 😍

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  133. Wonderful cards, now if summer would get here :)

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  134. Great ocean themed cards. I really like the bright colors on the first one.

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  135. Love beach anything and these are fabulous!

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  136. I LOVE the black on gold look!

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  137. Ouch! The colours on the first card are so bright. Brilliant! I love the elegance of the second card as well.

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  138. I like both cards but the yellow stripes really work for me.

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  139. I love your second card! The patterned background you created with the stamps is awesome! Thank you for sharing.

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  140. Love how you designed these lovely cards. So inspirational:)

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  141. Both cards are so awesome. I love the yellow stripes with that pretty blue starfish. And the black and gold turned out so wonderful!

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  142. I love the seahorse stamp as the flamingo, are great ones, and your cards are beautiful ones too!!!!

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  143. Both cards are great but I'm really taken by the second card - so pretty!

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  144. I live by the sea, so these cards and the stamp set really grab me! Thanks for sharing!

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  145. I do love how your experiment turned out. Think about it, without experiments we wouldn't have new techniques. Jil

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  146. Yellow and blue is one of my favorite color combinations :-) This card is so cheerful and summery!

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  147. Summertime!!!!!! Yeah!!!!!!

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  148. Love both these cards! The sunny yellow is so cheery & I love the black & gold together. Will be trying that soon!

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  149. They're both fabulous! Love the beachy vibe.

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  150. Gorgeous! Especially love the yellow stripes!!

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  151. Ooooh, summer came early to your house. Luckily you're sharing these to stellar cards with us out here in blogland. Both are absolutely wonderful.

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  152. You me & the sea is the perfect summer card, love it!

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