Thursday, January 12, 2012

Hero Hostess Blog Hop!


Hi everyone and welcome to day 4 of the Hero Hostess Blog Hop! This week has been jam-packed with creativity featuring new releases from the 2012 catalog.

You should be arriving from the uber talented blog of Virginia.  If you come across a broken link, you'll find a master list of the hop links at the Hero Club Blog. Also, please report any broken links to Tami

My first card uses the Starbursts stamp.
Aren't these the happiest little flowers!

I inked them with Versamark and coloured them with PanPastels, which are like chalk. I layered this piece onto a HA Lilac Folded Card which was stamped with the Designer Woodgrain and inked with Soft Shadow Lilac Ink. I added a sentiment from Everyday Sayings and finished off with some twine and pearls.

Next I used Border Messages as the focal point of my card.
The greetings in this set (there are 3) are very large and take up the entire card front.

The sentiment has a debossed look to it because I melted 5 layers of white embossing powder onto cardstock and while the embossing powder was still hot I pressed the stamp into it and let it sit there until cool. When I took away the stamp it left all the wonderful debossed details. Here's a close-up.
For the background I used the rose image from the Two Birds stamp set. This was inked with Soft Pink Shadow Ink on Carnation cardstock.

My final card uses the new Dot Flower Pattern stamp.
I stamped the image with Versamark, coloured them with PanPastels and cut them out in heart shapes.
(the top heart was covered with Glossy Accents).To complete the card I stamped the Envelope Pattern in Soft Sand Shadow Ink on white cardstock and added the sentiment from Celebrate Everyday set.

Here's a look at the inside of the card. The hearts are actually layered on the inside and peek through a heart window. I used the Classic Hearts die set from Spellbinders.


Don't forget that Hero Arts will be awarding prizes from randomly drawn comments. For a chance to win, simply comment on ANY of the stops along the hop on ANY day, including each day's starting post at the Hero Club Blog. The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning!
Now your next stop on the hop is the lovely Sarah's blog. I can't wait to see what goodies she's created.
Thanks for stopping by!


333 comments:

  1. Stunning, stunning!! I love each and every card! The clean and crisp look, the gorgeous colors and layering! Wow, you rock at this blog hop, Sue!

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  2. Oh my...oh my Sue these cards are rockin!! Love the fresh and clean designs...yet they really pack a punch!! I think the layered heart is my favorite. Have a happy hopping day my friend, Hugs, Kathy

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  3. Very pretty cards Sue, that heart card is such a fun creative idea!!

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  4. I love that embossed card so lovely!

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  5. Beautiful cards, Sue! Each one is FABULOUS!

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  6. your warm fuzzies came me a chuckle Sue! The perfect image for the sentiment for sure! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. such beautiful cards what an lovely inspiration...thanks for sharing!!!

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  8. What a beautiful trio of cards, Sue! I love the softness of the starburst flowers on your first card! And the debossed effect you got with the sentiment on the second if fab! I love the stacked hearts and clever window on the third too! Fantastic work!
    I'm so honoured to be hopping with you today!

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  9. Beautiful card and love the debossing!!! Your heart card is absolutely lovely with all of those layers.

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  10. Nice simple, clean designs. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Lovely cards, you have great style!

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  12. Awesome, Sue! Such fantastic detail on each one. The debossing is amazing and packs such a punch! Love all of them; can't stop staring at those hearts!!

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  13. Wow what fantastic cards, Sue! Love the pretty colours and the soft and dreamy effect you've achieved on the first card! You're card with the debossed sentiment looks amazing - can't wait to try that technique! The stacked hearts card is fab - wonderful design, colours and mix of stamps!

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  14. Awesome, Sue... You did so well on the window heart. And the card with the embossed happy birthday is so lovely.. Love them.

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  15. Thank you for sharing your lovely creations, the Happy Birthday card is amazing. The debossing technique is so clever!

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  16. You have such a nice soft feel to your cards... very soothing to the eye! I especially like the layered heart card and the words stamped "around the corner" on the first card.

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  17. Beautiful cards! I think my favorite is that first one...I love how soft those flowers are. Just stunning!

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  18. Lovely cards. like the way you cut out the heart card.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  19. Really amazing cards. Just love the layered hearts!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing such inspiration!-Leesa berry

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  20. Stunning cards Sue! Love them all!
    cdring at comcast dot net

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  21. Well jeepers! is all I can say. Well, I guess I can say a bit more...your starburst and heart cards blew me away. I'm ging to have to learn about the pan pastels, and what a clever way to layout the heart card (and use that background stamp). You just got another follower!

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  22. Great cards! My fav is the debossed sentiment. Thank You.

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  23. beautiful work! I love them all! TFS!

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  24. Beautiful! I love the star flowers.

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  25. gorgeous cards, Sue! love what you created with the new stamps!

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  26. Awesome cards Sue! Beautiful! Love the heart card!!

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  27. Stunning techniques! Love the embossed sentiment it turned out gorgeous! Lovely window heart and layering of the stamped hearts!

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  28. What beauties, Sue! The laceyness of the 2nd card is so lovely - must try that! And you have single-handedly sold me that Starburst stamp - love all the pastels!! Beautiful work!

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  29. WOW, these are all gorgeous Sue! I must try that embossing technique, love how that turned out-might be perfect for my mom's bday this weekend...add that stamp set to my list :)

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  30. Oh my gosh, what lovely cards and the debossing technique is fabulous!

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  31. LOVE all your cards today Sue....That Starburst stamp is now on my ever growing list!!! hugs....

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  32. Such beautiful cards, Sue! Just love the pretty pastels on your first card - so soft looking! Fabulous technique on the second one -the effect is wonderful! Love your fabulous layered heart too! :)

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  33. Beautiful clean and crisp cards, Sue! Love the multi layer heart-shaped card!

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  34. Love your cards. Thank you for sharing.

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  35. What charming cards Sue!! The colours are so soft and dreamy, and the heart window so smart! Thanks for the inspirations!

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  36. Beautiful cards, thanks for the inspiration! Love the embosses Happy Birthday!

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  37. OMG the Valentine's Day card is awesome.

    Margaret Kaznowska

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  38. Hilde van RijnsoeverJanuary 12, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Hi Sue, you made some gorgeous cards! WOW!

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  39. Lov all your cards! Thanks for sharing!

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  40. WOW!! I may never have given the Starbursts stamp a second look, BUT you've got me adding it to my wishlist. I love that card so much! The debossed card is also gorgeous..something I can't wait to try!

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  41. Love the last card! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  42. FABULOUS! I LOVE the layered heart! Thanks for sharing these beauties!

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  43. Oh wow, that de-embossed card is just AMAZING. What a technique - thanks for sharing. Love what you created.

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  44. WOW!!! Great cards! Your Valentine's Day one is fantastic!!!!!

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  45. Awesome starburst flowers, Sue! Really love how you used the embossing powder layers and then stamped- I've never heard of that before! So interesting!
    The stacked and layered hearts are wonderful as well :)

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  46. wow-these cards are FABULOUS!!!

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  47. Oh! How I wish to have such elegance in my cards!

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  48. Just gorgeous! I love your cards! Thank you for the ideas!

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  49. Awesome cards! I didn't think much of the starbursts stamp but you gave me a different look.

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  50. Holy moly that Happy Birthday card is stunning!!! The starburst card is fun too.

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  51. Absolutely love your cards Sue! I love how you used the pan pastels! When I saw your first card I wondered how in the world did she color them different colors? Love your heart card, it's sooo sweet and so creative!

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  52. I totally love the card using Border Messages. All the cards are great but that one is just the very best.

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  53. Great cards! Thanks for the ideas & inspiration! ;-)

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  54. wow! love that debossed technique!

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  55. Love the layered hearts!!!!!!!! Thank you for my Valentine's Day inspiration

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  56. The colors on the first card are so soft and sweet. Fantastic. The white embossing on the second card is fabulous. Looks like enamel! And all the bright hearts are so cheery! Great work!

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  57. These are all so soft and lovely. Stunning work!!

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  58. Spectacular...the variety and all of the different techniques really highlight the beautiful new releases!!!

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  59. WOW. I am scrapping my jaw off the floor. These are so gorgeous!!!

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  60. Stunning projects! I love the soft purple cards! And those hearts are really beautiful!

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  61. Beautiful Cards, love all the different techniques

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  62. your cards are all amazing...love your creativity...

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  63. All your cards are terrific. The layered heart card is amazing. I'm going to have to give this a try.

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  64. Stunning cards, very elegant. TFS pammejo1@yahoo.com

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  65. each and every card is fantastic but the debossed card has my heart strings. so elegant.

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  66. I am LOVIN this! What heart dies did you use?

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  67. Oh, I love your style, Sue! The cards are immaculately made! I love the subtle colors. I will have to follow your blog:)

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  68. Such BEAUTIFUL cards, Sue! Your CAS designs always inspire me. :) That first card is perfect.. from the image that you chose, to the technique you did with it and the setiment you paired with it, all of it ties together perfectly! And the debossing on the second card is amazing! I really want to try that. I love your sweet hearts, too.. so creative. :) Wonderful projects, Sue!

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  69. These cards are gorgeous! Love the Starbursts stamp. Love the debossing effect!

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  70. woww..... That is some major embossing! Super gorgeous!!!

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  71. Totally gorgeous, Sue! The design of the haert-card is sooo clever!

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  72. All of these are fantastic! Thanks for explaining how you accomplished the debossing....I would like to try that! Every card is a winner!

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  73. Your heart card is so well done!

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  74. Oh Sue - I absolutely adore your first card!! The pastel colors are gorgeous!! And thanks for sharing that debossing technique - loved the result you achieved on your card! Robin :)

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  75. Sue what gorgeous pestle projects, love how you stacked the hearts on the inside of the card.

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  76. FABULOUS I just love all your cards. My favourite is your deep embossed card, just stunning.. This hop is so inspirational....

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  77. Oh, my goodness!!! Major WOW factor here!! If Hero Arts' intent in doing this hop is to entice us to buy their stamps, I'd color this thing a success!! I've got the get the stamp in your warm fuzzies card. (and a dozen or so others) :)

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  78. What lovely cards...I wanna grow up and make cards..just like you! LOL

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  79. super amazing cards,
    thank you for the inspiration! :o))

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  80. Each one is more amazing than the next. Love the pretty color starbursts and the debossed one is AMAZING!

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  81. Wonderful cards, Sue! I love your clean and simple style. The debossing is something I want to try since I own that stamp set, too! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  82. Such gorgeous cards. Love the debossed look and your layered hearts.

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  83. lovely cards. I like the clean and simple look. Love the heart layered card.

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  84. I love the embossed sentiment!Just perfect!

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  85. Oh my goodness, Sue, I LOVE your style! Your cards put a permanent smile on my face...I'm ready to face the day! I especially love the "warm fuzzies" card, can it be any more perfect, I think not! Thanks for inspiring me today.

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  86. Love your cards! Thanks for great inspiration!

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  87. Such pretty cards that are so inspiring! I really like the heart card, so creative!!

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  88. I just got that Border Messages set and can't wait to play with it. I love the debossed technique.

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  89. WOW! WOW! I totally love how you made that Valentine's card! And the debossing technique is so beautiful Sue, especially with those subtle rose in the background! Stunning!

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  90. So lovely and uncluttered! Beautiful CAS designs, Sue!!

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  91. so creative and fresh! love the hearts!

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  92. Wow! Great cards. Have to make that heart one, great Valentine!

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  93. stunning cards. love the color, layout and CAS designs.

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  94. Beautiful cards, Thanks for the inspiration

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  95. Wowzers...that debossed card is amazing!!!

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  96. Such elegant cards, love them!!!

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  97. Fantastic idea with the "embossing". It looks amazing.

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  98. So pretty! Love the softness of these cards!

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  99. I love that debossed greeting, great technique. But the simplicity of the layered hearts really wows me!

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  100. warm fuzzies with the flower stamp! too cute!
    I did not know yu could use pan pastels with versmark- thanks for the tip
    love your layered hearts...
    thanks
    Holly

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  101. WOW!!! Sue, love the colors you chose on these cards!!! So refreshing and soft. The third one is beyond gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  102. I love the way you made that wonderful border stamp look so embossed on that card with all the embossing powder. Great idea!!!

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  103. Love your cards! I especially like the layered Valentine card!

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  104. Gorgeous techniques on both cards! Very inspiring, tfs!

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  105. These are all gorgeous! I love the debossing look. The beautiful colors on the hearts are mesmerizing! Thanks for such inspiration!

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  106. Your cards are beautiful!! I love the debossing card and the heart card, thanks so much for sharing them I definitely need to try those techniques!

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  107. Beautiful cards!

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  108. I love the colors on the starburst card and the valentine heart card is simply stunning with the layers and colors! Wonderful!

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  109. I sure do like the idea you used on the Birthday card!!!
    The impression is so cool!!! Then add to that card, your beautiful Valentine and I just have to say WOW!!!
    Thank You for 2 grand art pieces!!

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  110. Spectacular cards! I really like the debossed look that you made with the embossing powder layers!The Valentine's Day card is stunning, too!

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  111. Oh, these are all so delightful, Sue! Remarkably soft and subtle use of color - it really gives the cards such a romantic feel to them!

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  112. Beautiful cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  113. my gosh, your blog is absolutely gorgeous. your cards are in such pretty color and the designs are awesome. i hope i can buy the new starbust stamp and get it before it goes out of the book. the closest store is 40 mi away and she orders for us but it takes up to 2 mos or more.
    thanx for sharing
    gail w gwallenm at wildblue dot net

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  114. I love the warm fuzzies- LOL.
    All the cards are great.

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  115. What a lovely soft colors you've used on your cards. They are beautiful!

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  116. Beautiful cards!!! Love the layered hearts!

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  117. The STARBURST stamp makes such a dreamy flower.

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  118. Oh my, oh my, oh my...Sue these three cards are truly amazing! I LOVE the pastel colors in the first; the debossing in the second is FABULOUS; and the layered hearts are pure genius!

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  119. Gorgeous gorgeous cards.My special favourite is the starburst card

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  120. Gorgeous cards! I have to get hold of that starburst stamp.

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  121. Gorgeous cards. I especially love the debossed look you've achieved on the second card - so striking. Thanks for sharing.

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  122. Are you kidding. In my wildest dreams I couldn't come up with anything that looked as wonderful as these cards. Golly.

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  123. As always, it is such a pleasure to
    see your creations, Sue! Stunning
    cards!!

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  124. Very sweet cards. They are just what I like!

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  125. I love your techniques and the first card looks like little, delicious baby cotton candies that were grown in a field in a magical land. OK, i'm probably sounding super nuts right now, but that's how they make me feel. The colors are yummy.

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  126. Your cards are just stunning!
    I became a follower of your blog now!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  127. These are wonderful! and I love that debossed image...so elegant.

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  128. Love that layered heart card, Sue! So vibrant and happy!

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  129. Your cards are so pretty. Such a nice variety too.

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  130. loved them all. I love embossing and using white paper just makes it pop.

    Melony

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  131. your valentine card is just gorgeous - love the colors and clean and simple design.

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  132. So exciting to see cards usning other mediums...very nice!

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  133. Hi Sue,
    Your cards are beautiful and gorgeous. I especially love the heart card; very creative.

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  134. All your cards are great! I especially like the one with the embossed/debossed greeting. I keep forgetting I can do that with my stamps...

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  135. I am in love with Heart card.... Fantastically done.

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  136. Absolutely gorgeous cards! They one with the hearts is a pretty fab one :)

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  137. Love your vibrant heart design Sue--and those fuzzies are so interesting. Great idea to use the banner to make such a terrific texture element! McGyver stamping all the way!

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  138. What a great technique on the Happy Birthday card!

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  139. Love love love your cards!! The debossed sentiment is quite amazing...beautiful detail! :)

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  140. Stunning! I just love the hearts; heck, I love it ALL!!

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  141. So elegant cards... I just love the starburst flower with the yummy shadow inks! Will have to get some of these new inkpads. Tks for sharing.

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  142. 3 wonderful cards, love the use of versamark and pastels it is lovely and subtle. The de-embossed sentiment is also a fabulous idea will need to try this technique again.

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  143. I love your cards, thanks for sharing!

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  144. great cards. I especially love the embossed happy birthday. I'll bet the photos just don't do justice to the real thing...such a cool technique! thank you.

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  145. Sue your cards are just gorgeous! Ilove the final heart card! I absolutely am going to try that myself. just love it! And your debossing is spectacular. That is a technique that I always forget about...thank you for reminding me! And in your first card your flowers looks just feathery light. perfect sentiment for the image!

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  146. Your cards and so beautiful and very creative! Love them all!

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  147. Love your beautiful cards, especially the stamping in heat embossed sentiment! great idea.

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  148. Love the Happy Birthday embossing idea---the cards are lovely as well!

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  149. Love the background on the hearts card. I've got to have it!

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  150. You DO have your creativity going at top speed. Beautiful cards. Love the cards - the first is modern and stylish - love the soft colors. The banner looks engraved on the second card. WOW. And I just love all those hearts. Well DONE!

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  151. My fav is the heart card - what a great idea!

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  152. I love how versatile your cards are. The embossing was a wonderful surprise.

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  153. LOVELY! I love the card with all the layered hearts, such a great use of that background stamp! I also love the debossing! I can't wait to try it! thanks for the inspiration.

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  154. Love these soft colors! These cards are all so pretty

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  155. I absolutely LOVE the Starburst card!

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  156. Stunning cards Sue. Love the soft colors and the design with details. TFS

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  157. Sue, each of your cards is fabulous! I adore the soft colors of the "warm fuzzy" card, and the white debossed sentiment on card #2 just amazed me beyond words. The final card of layered hearts is so lovely and sweet...love them all!

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  158. Oh Sue they are all Stunning love the first love love love those flowers...tfs xo

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  159. Very gorgeous cards! Sue.
    Love the colors of your card, and that Starbust card is just amazing love the different colors. The debossed happy birthday card is just pretty and elegant, love the colors too. You heart card is just gorgeous! love the colors.

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  160. Wow, that embossed sentiment is awesome!! Thanks for reminding us that stamps can be used with more than ink!! Beautiful cards!

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  161. Gorgeous cards! I do love those happy flowers and that embossed image is really cool too! The depth of that heart is amazing!

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  162. So gorgeous and elegant! I love them all!

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  163. Wow ... each one of your cards is stunning but that debossed one is PERFECT!!! That is a technique I must try. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  164. Such great cards - I am loving the starburst stamp - going to have to put that on my list. LOVED the layers of hearts and the window. Thanks for inspiring us :)

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  165. Lovely projects, thanks for the inspiration!

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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  166. Beautiful cards!! The hearts are so cleaver, but fave is the pastel flowers. Simple, but beautiful!

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  167. These cards make my heart sing! They are all so lovely!

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  168. Wow, Sue - wonderful cards today, as always! Just love the elegant debossed label card and the layered heart is to die for! But my fave is the little starburst with that fun, and oh so descriptive, sentiment! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  169. I've seen the debossed tecnique done before, but usually using gold or silver embossing powder. I like yours in white better. Love the cards.

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  170. Wonderful cards, but loved the heart card the most!

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  171. Your cards are amazing - love all of them! Thanks so much!

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  172. Very beautiful cards. Look the cut out on the last one too. Thanks

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  173. Lovely cards. Nice colors.
    Bev

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  174. Lovely cards! The valentine's card is my fave - love the dimension!

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  175. I need those flowers to make me as happy as they made you!

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  176. I was wondering how you got the debossed look from a stamp! Thanks for teachingm e a new technique :) All your cards were fanastic.

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  177. Very pretty cards. Love that embossing addition.

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  178. I love the fresh look of your cards. My favorite is your creative heart card.

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  179. Wow its amazing what you did with the stamps...love the HB card. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  180. Lovely cards! Love that debossed stamp technique... fabulous look!
    DeniseB

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  181. Thank you for sharing your stunning talent!

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All comments are very much appreciated!