Friday, January 27, 2017

Altenew January Release Blog Hop II + Giveaway

Good morning! I can't tell you how crazy excited I am to be guest designing for Altenew's January Release Blog Hop! There are 18 stamp sets, 18 die sets, and 12 new ink colors releasing today. I got to see them all in person at CHA last weekend - and they are absolutely FABULOUS! You should have arrived here from the ever so talented Lydia Evans - if not, make sure and check out the entire blog hop order at the bottom of this post so you don't miss a single stop!


Fair warning - this is a VERY picture heavy post! I have not one, not two, but FIVE cards to share with you today - as well as a bonus peek at a couple more that I will fully share over the next couple days. I got to play with five of the new stamp sets - and just couldn't stop once I got started! Full blog hop order is listed WAY at the bottom of this post, as well as giveaway info.

My first two cards use the beautiful new Recollections Stamp Set - beautiful floral frames in this one - I adore this set!


Lately I've been enjoying the color combo of white, spring green, and black - I just think it is a super striking combination. So, for this card I stamped one of the floral frames on some SSS green cardstock, heat embossed in white, then added a bit of coloring with two green shades of Copic markers to accent the image and make it pop a little.


Added some black ink splatters to my white card base, heat embossed a sentiment from the same set on a strip of black cardstock, and adhered them on the cardbase with foam adhesive, putting one edge of the frame under, and one over the sentiment strip. Finished off with a bit of jute twine wrapped and tied around.


My second card uses the other frame from the same stamp set - as well as a sentiment from Faithful Feather:


For this one, I heat embossed the frame in black on a piece of white SSS 120 lb Cardstock, then used two colors of Altenew ink - Coral Berry and Ruby Red - to stamp the sentiment in an ombre effect. I also used Frosty Pink to do a bit of ink blending on the top and bottom for a gradient effect. 


I then carefully fussy cut it out and tied some black twine around it before attaching it with foam adhesive to a panel of pattern paper that I had added some black ink splatters to, machine stitched around the edges, and adhered to a cardbase. Look at the detail on that frame! Gorgeous!


Next up, I combined the beautiful florals from Hibiscus Bouquet with a sentiment from Amazing You:


I love the loose sketchy feel to these layering stamps! I used Frosty Pink and Coral Berry for the flowers, and Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, and Evergreen for the leaves. Once I fussy cut them out and layered them together, I used Press 'N Seal to hold them together, lifted and applied foam adhesive to the back, then re-adhered onto my white card base.


Sentiment was heat embossed in white on a strip of black cardstock, then adhered with foam adhesive over a bundle of silver thread. Finished off with a few Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh!


And of course, when I saw Garden Hydrangea - I couldn't WAIT to get my hands on it! I'm pretty sure this is one of the flowers I requested for a layered stamp set some time ago from Altenew, so I was super excited about it!


I used a few different SSS dye inks to put together the layers of the flowers and leaves, then added a sentiment from Recollections Stamp Set. Tore the bottom edge of the white cardstock, added some messy machine stitching to the top, and a little bundle of doily tucked into a tiny paper clip with some jute twine tied on it.


Finished off by adhering with foam adhesive to some woodgrain pattern paper.


And finally, a bright and fun watercolor card using Amazing You!


For this one, I stamped the leaves and stem, the rose, and the sentiment on watercolor paper - then pulled out my long neglected Peerless Watercolors to add a messy but bold watercolor look. Once it dried, I also added some white paint splatters to the background (after a bit of masking over the flower) then used a white gel pen to add a few dots on the flower for interest.


Added some pattern paper from Crate Paper, a doily, and a green clothespin from my stash, then adhered it with foam adhesive to my cardbase, allowing the edges to curl up a bit for some dimension.


Whew! Are you still with me? Just two more to share! I promise - I'm almost done! Next up, last week at CHA I did a couple of the make-n-takes at the Altenew booth (which was GORGEOUS by the way!) - the front panel of this is from one of those, and I came home, trimmed it up a bit, and added some pattern paper to make it pop a little more. I got to color with the new Altenew Markers - and I ADORE them! I'm super picky about markers, and these definitely passed my test, and I loved that they were in sets of four for easy blending, not to mention a great price point and beautiful colors to match their inks! Anyway - this stamp set is called Be Strong:


And last up, I just had to share this card that I made with a panel I got to watercolor at the Daniel Smith watercolor booth - with Sandy Allnock! I had been wanting to try these for a while, and I loved them as much as I was afraid I would (which means something else to collect I'm afraid!). But the make-n-takes for that booth were these lovely little square panels stamped with the brand new Hibiscus Bouquet from Altenew! So I came home, matted it in black cardstock, and added to a little square white cardbase for a quick notecard - so cute!


Your next stop along the hop is the amazing Ashley Horton - but before you leave, make sure and leave a comment. Altenew has graciously provided a $30 gift certificate for me to give away here on my blog, as well as each stop along the hop - and there are THREE $50 certificates up for grabs on the Altenew Blog! Make sure and leave your comments by Thursday, February 2nd at 11:59 EST to be entered to win.

Here is the entire blog hop lineup in case you get lost along the way:

Heather Hoffman (you are HERE)

And finally - all other product links are all below - including affiliate links where possible, which simply means if you use one of the links below that I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!!!



277 comments:

  1. Wow--lots of beautiful cards and lovely color combos.

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  2. Your cards are all beautiful, cannot choose a favorite one! The hibiscus bouquet stamp is on my wish list now!

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  3. Love your cards and this new release! I'm excited to try those new markers as well, on my list of want right now!

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  4. Your cards are bright and beautiful

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  5. Your cards are bright and beautiful

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  6. Wow lots of work in putting these cards together. Just lovely.

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  7. These are all beautiful! I'm really drawn to the hibiscus set and the cactus set.

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  8. Your cards are beautiful and inspiring!

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  9. Love your cards. Especially the black against the green and pink.

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  10. Your Cards are stunning, I love the first card it is breath taking.

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  11. They are all beautiful ofcourse!

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  12. Beautiful cards Heather! Thanks for the inspiration! Have a wonderful day!

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  13. Wow - lots of terrific inspiration for the new release!!

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  14. Wonderful cards!Tons of inspiration!Thank you!

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  15. So many fabulous flowers- beautiful use of colors!

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  16. Oh my goodness..you've gone wild playing with all those sets!! They are just beautiful! I really like the swag card where you have the end of the swag hanging over the sentiment!

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  17. Wow! So many beautiful cards, I love them!

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  18. Love your delightful cards! Amazing You and Hibiscus are my favorite stamp sets!

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  19. Love the cards. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  20. What beautiful cards! My favorite is Amazing You.

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  21. Makes me want more stamps and colors.

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  22. All of your cards are absolutely stunning!! Brilliantly done showing the new product release! :) Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Beautiful cards...love the hibiscus bouquet!

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  24. Wow!! That's a lot of beautiful eye-candy and inpsiration you created!! Thanks for all the ideas.

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  25. What a beautiful bunch of Cards! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  26. Great cards! I am a big cacti lover so that card is a favorite.

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  27. Wow,what fabulous cards! I had a hard time picking a favorite but your Hibiscus cards have stolen my heart. Absolutely gorgeous coloring!!

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  28. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Fantastic coloring, images, designs... such a feast for the eyes. Thank you!

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  29. Beautiful cards! I love them all.
    Thank you for the chance to win.

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  30. Loving that hydrangea, beautiful!,

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  31. I really like the hibiscus set. Lovely card

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  32. these are beautiful! i am partial to the flowers :)

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  33. Wow I fall in love with all these gems espicially the framed flower one is so elegent .thanks for your inspiration

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  34. These are beautiful! Thank you for the ideas!

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  35. What an amazing array of cards. All are gorgeous!

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  36. Fabulous cards for a fabulous new release! Love especially the first one!

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  37. Nice cards, ty for the chance to win.

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  38. AWESOME cards! I love all of the photos! I am so drawn to anything with a Hydrangea on it....but all of your cards look so beautiful! TFS!!!

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  39. These are all so awesome Heather, I am especially drawn to the Hydrangea, so lovely!

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  40. Love all the cards, but especially the watercolor one! Love that bright yellow.

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  41. Your cards are beautiful. I definitely can't pick a favorite..I'm inspired by them all.

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  42. The floral cards are my favorite, so beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  43. Your cards are amazing, love the first one! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  44. These cards are an absolute treat to the eye! Especially love the ones made with the Recollections set. Those floral frames are beyond beautiful!

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  45. Wow, what a stunning collection of cards! Love them all!

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  46. Wonderful cards! I'm glad you requested the Hydrangea and I love the card you made with it.

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  47. Great representation of the awesome release. Love all of your cards!

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  48. Oh my goodness ... you have been busy! And just know, your posts can never be too long when we get to see all your beautiful work. TFS.

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  49. I love the coloring on the Hibiscus Bouquet.

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  50. Lovely cards! Really liked the Amazing You one.

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  51. My oh my Heather, you've been quite the busy bee! Really, they are all such beautiful cards but I have to say my favorite is the hibiscus...stunning colors and I love the layout! Thanks for 'all' the inspiration Heather and until next time!

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  52. oh my- I can just feel and see your excitement over the new release by all these striking cards!

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  53. AMAZING Cards!! LOVING the New Release and THANKS for sharing!! Have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

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  54. Really love that purple hydrangeas and the wood background together! Thanks for the ideas!

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  55. Wonderful work on
    all the cards and
    I love the frame
    on the second card.
    Carla from Utah

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  56. Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  57. Gorgeous cards! Can't wait to try some of these lovely products! :)

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  58. Beautiful cards. Thanks so much for all the great inspiration.

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  59. Very pretty cards - really love your color sense!

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  60. Wow! So many beautiful cards!! Love the recollections stamp set!

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  61. Lovely cards. The recollection set is my favorite

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  62. So many ways of using these new releases...love it!

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  63. Wow - you've been having some fun!! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

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  64. Love your energy and enthusiasm. It is very catching. Great cards. I look forward to using the new dies.

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  65. Your cards are absolutely stunning! It was so great to meet you at CHA and I hope you have a fantastic weekend! :)

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  66. You have really outdone yourself! Fantastic cards!

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  67. Love how you use colour in your cards!

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  68. Beautiful cards, I love the stamp set amazing you.

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  69. Your cards are wonderful. This is a great release. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  70. Love all your cards - today's post is full of beauty & inspiration! You've definitely made it hard for me to pick a favorite.

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  71. Wow these cards are so pretty - love how very different they are and so inspiring:)

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  72. Gosh! What an amazing array of cards and styles: so inspiring! And you're right - the spring green, black and white colour combo is AMAZING, as is your clean and fresh Hibiscus Bouquet/Amazing You card.

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  73. Wow what an amazing display of cards you made with these new releases. I love anything floral so your flower cards drew my eye right away. Thank you for sharing your awesome gifts with us.

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  74. Love your use of colors in your cards!!

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  75. I'm loving the Amazing You card layout and colors!

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  76. fantastic array of cards, Heather!

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  77. Great cards. Thank you for sharing them.

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  78. Fantastic cards! I love those pretty hibiscus blooms.

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  79. All great cards. Hard to chose a favorite

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  80. Phew! Managed to get through all the amazing cards. I love all of them. I also love that you used your make and takes from Creativation. For me, the first three are absolutely stunning.

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  81. I love your watercolor rose card.

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  82. Amazing display of artistry in your cards. Love the bright pink rose on the sunshine yellow. Thanks for sharing!

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  83. Beautiful vibrant colours on your cards! I especially love the pink and yellow one - so bright and cheery! Great collection of cards :)

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  84. Thanks for such an amazing array of inspiration! Your cards are all so gorgeous!

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  85. Wow - 5 different cards. You've outdone yourself. That Recollections Stamp Set is so versatile. You've made me rethink purchasing it....it's on my "must have " list now for sure.

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  86. I am totally enthralled with your creations! They are all stunning. I especially love your color combinations.

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  87. Wow! These are all gorgeous!
    It looks like you had a great time at CHA!

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  88. You've been busy -- you have so many samples for us to drool over! I think I like the hibiscus/thank you for being amazing card the best maybe because of the colors! They are all gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

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  89. I absolutely love your Thank You for Being Amazing card! So beautiful!

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  90. So many lovely cards using the new release, I love all hard to choose, but the floral frames ones are on my wishlist.

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  91. Pretty Pretty Pretty. Thanks for sharing all the cards.

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  92. Love everything you and Altenew do.

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  93. great cards and fun bright colors! What a great new release!

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  94. Love the cards, Thanks, Denise

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  95. Spectacular cards! I love the black splatter!! The frame on the second card is gorgeous:)

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  96. A truly amazing post. Your cards are stunning

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  97. Your cards are beautiful. I love all of Altenew's hibiscus images and the new Hibiscus Bouquet is no exception. I really like the bright colors on your card using this new set.

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  98. Simply beautiful! Love each one. The first one....oh I'm such a greenie. LOVE the color ♥

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  99. the hibiscus card is beautiful. Really like the color combo!

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  100. Your colors are so vibrant! Thank you for sharing!

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  101. Your cards are beautiful I love them all.

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  102. All your cards are so stunning! I specially loved your cards with the Recollections & Hibiscus Bouquet sets.

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  103. All your card designs and coloring are awesome!

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  104. Beautiful cards, love the hibiscus and the hydrangea best.. Thanks for sharing.

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  105. Stunningly beautiful cards and thanks for sharing! Love the new release.

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  106. Your cards are always wonderful! I especially love the striking green/white/black combo. It is so simple but very bold to my eye.

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  107. Gosh Heather, these are all so beautiful. What a lovely showcase for Altenew and such a treat for us. Gorgeous work.

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  108. Your cards are just gorgeous! I can't get over how pretty using yellow around the flower from Amazing You is. On my own I would not have chosen such a bold color but now I'm going to have to give it a go. Thanks so much!

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  109. Thanks for sharing all your beautiful cards! What a wonderful new release!

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  110. Beautiful carda, especially love the white on green on your first card.

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  111. Your talents are so unique! Love them!

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  112. All are so pretty. I especially love your watercoloring.

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  113. Heather, you've been very busy!! Your cards are just beautiful - my favorite is the first - great design and color combo and I love the sentiment.

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  114. Cool cards! Love the background and sentiment on the first one and love the layout of the hydrangea one!

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  115. All of these are stunning but the second card is my absolute favorite! LOVE that sentiment!! TFS!

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  116. Really pretty. Love the painterly feel of the hibscus card. So striking!

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  117. I love the brightness of the Amazing You card. Great work!

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  118. What a lovely collection of cards!

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  119. Beautiful cards - I love these new ink colors!

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  120. Such amazing cards, what an inspiration for us all!

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  121. What a beautiful assortment of floral cards!

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  122. Wow, Heather! What a great round-up of cards featuring Altenew's latest release! I love the background details you added to your cards such as the splatters, sequins, torn edges and the patterned papers you used. Your eye for detail always amazes me. I've learned so much from your blog and continue to learn each day I visit. Thank you for the awesome inspiration! Congrats on the guest designer spot for this release - you rocked it!!

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  123. Wow.. such Stunning cards. super loved all of them..i am in awe.. Thank you so much for the inspiration and for the opportunity to win

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  124. Beautiful cards! They're all so bright and gorgeous.

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  125. Just amazing cards Heather, one more beautiful than the next!

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  126. So many inspiring ideas! I especially like those designs using simply black and white with monochromatic coloring. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  127. Beautiful cards Heather!~ This is such a great release by Altenew! I just love to start my weekend off with a great blog hop like this one! Thanks for sharing your talents and inspiration!

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  128. Amazing projects!!! Thanks for the inspiration ❤

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  129. This is a wonderful release! Love how you framed the sentiments.

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  130. Great cards... love the hydrangea and hibiscus...

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  131. WOW! What a lot of beautiful cards. I love the colours, the layouts, and the use of embellishments and papers. And of course I LOVE THESE STAMPS! Thank you.

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  132. Such a beautiful set of cards! Love that hydrangea set and the Inks are amazing!

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  133. Gorgeous cards! I thing the hydrangea is my favorite of the new designs!

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  134. Love your cards! I love the recollections frame, how beautiful. This new release is just amazing! All the stamps and dies and the new inks I can't wait to order them all!

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  135. Wonderful to see you on the Altenew Hop! LOVE that first GREEN swag:))

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  136. Wonderful cards. I especially like the Hibiscus Bouquet ones!

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  137. Thank you for showcasing so many of the new stamps from Altenew. Your cards are gorgeous.I enjoyed all the different styles you shared.

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  138. So many beautiful cards! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  139. I especially love the cards you made with the hibiscus bouquet - bright, cheery, perfection!

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  140. Love your cards. I think the recollections set is my favorite too.

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  141. Beautiful cards, outstanding releases.

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  142. Wow, you were definitely busy with this one!! These cards are all so gorgeous!

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  143. All of your cards are beautiful but the hydrangea cards were my absolute favorites. They are just gorgeous!

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  144. Such pretty floral cards...love the details of adding woodgrain and doilies to a few cards.

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  145. These are beautiful! Love the frame cards! So elegant!

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  146. Beautiful cards! The first one is so creative & gorgeous--had to pin it!

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  147. The Hydrangeas and Be Strong stamp sets are my favorites. Thanks for the great ideas.

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  148. This release is so inspiring!! Thanks for sharing all your inspiration!!

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  149. I love the card with the doily and little clothes pin. So pretty!

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  150. I like your color choices with all the bold black, very striking!
    hiwendyhi at yahoo dot com

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  151. Beautiful cards, love them all. The frame card is so pretty.

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  152. What a fabulous collection of cards. I especially love the pretty green recollection set card. The black sentiment strip really make it pop.

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  153. Amazing cards! You are very talented. The rose card is one of my favorites, and that cactus set really has my heart! Thank you!

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  154. All of your cards are so pretty. I just love flowers, and you've done a fantastic job making them cheerful!

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  155. Looks like a lot of fabulous new stamps being released! No wonder why you made five cards! They are all wonderful!

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  156. Each one of these is so lovely and cheerful! I love your delightful color choices!!

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  157. Beautiful assortment of florals, Heather!

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  158. 5 Amazing cards, but I Absolutely love your first card ... such a fresh green.

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  159. So many beautiful cards! You're really made these stamps shine!

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  160. All of your cards are amazing and beautiful! I love your hibiscus bouquet card, the way you coloured the flowers looks fantastic.

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  161. Loved all of your cards with these great products! Thanks for the press n'seal tip. Never would have thought of it. Truly a timesaver! Thanks for sharing and also to Altenew for all of the prizes!

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