Friday, July 27, 2018

Bold Scandinavian Design - Simon Says Stamp Friendly Frolic Blog Hop



Good morning! I'm thrilled to be hopping today to celebrate the BRAND NEW release from Simon Says Stamp called Friendly Frolic with a FABULOUS line up of talented creators! Today is Day 1 of the hop - make sure and check in tomorrow for Day 2 - there is a $25 prize up for grabs from EACH and EVERY stop along BOTH days of the hop!!!

You should have arrived here today from Suzy Plantamura - if you just happened along, head over to the Simon Says Stamp Blog to start at the beginning!



For today's card I used the amazing new Folk Dance Rubber Background Stamp and a new technique that popped into my head one night as I was falling asleep - and I was THRILLED with how it came out!



There is a lot of Scandinavian heritage in my family - both on my side, and my husbands side, so I'm always fascinated with the colors and patterns from that. I wanted to make a striking background with traditional colors on black, and I was so glad my idea worked! I stamped it in white pigment ink on black cardstock, using my MISTI to stamp it a couple times for a nice solid impression. I set it aside to dry for a bit, then used my Polychromos pencils to carefully color in each image, intentionally leaving a bit of white space around the outside edges. The white stamping allowed the colored pencils to pop out bold and vibrant against the black background - SOOOO cool! It was a bit of a slow process, but didn't require a huge amount of thinking, so was nice and releaxing and fun!


Once I finished my background, I wanted to do as little as possible to cover it up - so I stamped a simple sentiment from the previously released Messages for Everyday on a thin strip of white cardstock, and popped it on foam adhesive over the top.


I simple white cardstock mat, then I mounted on a top folding cardbase created with black cardstock - adding a white panel on the inside for a space to write a note as well.


Your next stop along the hop is Elena Salo - I know she has something fabulous waiting for you - so make sure and head that way next!

In case you are looking for more inspiration with the new release - I have these two cards that I posted yesterday. Click on the photos to go directly to the respective blog posts if you want more info!



GIVEAWAY INFO:
Simon Says will be giving a $25 gift certificate to their online store at each stop along the hop - so make sure and leave a comment before you leave for a chance to win! Winners will be announced next Wednesday on the Simon Says Stamp Blog.

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

Heather Hoffman (you are here)

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!!!


165 comments:

  1. Awesome card! Love the bold colors on the dark background. It looks neat. :)

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  2. The Polychromos are so bright! I love how they stand out on the background. I would have had a hard time covering up that gorgeous background too!

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  3. Absolutely stunning. The colors just pop on the black background.

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  4. I love the use of the black back ground with your colors.

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  5. Gorgeous pencil coloring! I love this card.

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  6. Beautiful! Your coloring is so pretty and I love the tiny bit of white you left around the edges of the little images.

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  7. Love, love, love how the pretty colors pop off that
    dark background. Gorgeous!

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  8. I love the folk dance die and what you did with the background stamp is so fun! I love that you tied your heritage into this, thanks for sharing :)

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  9. love the colors you used on this lovely card

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  10. Oh Heather, this card is beautiful with all of these colours. You did a fantastic job on it.

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  11. All of your cards are SO pretty, heather1 I really like the one with the glass terrarium! What a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration today!

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  12. All great cards! What a variety!

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  13. WHAT COLOR!! I am blown away with this card!!

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  14. I LOVE the Folk Dance card. The colors are so vibrant against the white. I can't wait to try that technique. TFS!

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  15. The Scandinavian look is great! I love the black background--it makes the flowers and leaves really stand out. So great.

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  16. Beautiful set of cards!! Lovely!! :)

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  17. awww! the cute lil animals look incredible!!Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Great work on your cards. This is an awesome release. Thanks.

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  19. Love these cards. Great images, great coloring, great design.

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  20. All different styles, equally lovely.

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  21. I love the card that you colored with the pencils. It is so vibrant

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  22. Colorful Love how this turns out on black!

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  23. Love these colors on black , you did amazing job in coloring these cards.

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  24. I am loving the colors on the black. All your cards are so pretty!!

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  25. Folk Dance is one of my all time favorite images, I love that it is now a stamp AND a die too! Your card is gorgeous!!

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  26. Love the way the colored pencils look with these stamps! So pretty!

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  27. Your cards are awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  28. Love the use of colored pencils!

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  29. Beautiful cards! Those colors really do pop on the black with the Folk Dance....it is stunning! Love the use of the kraft cardstock with the others. They really do soften the cards.

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  30. I love this release. Your cards are gorgeous. I really like the dark card. The colors you selected just pop!

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  31. Your Scandinavian card is gorgeous! The bold colors really pop!

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  32. A beautiful colorful design, Heather! Love the way the colors pop against the black background.

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  33. I love the white pigment ink on dark cardstock, then coloring with colored pencil idea. I hadn't thought of that. Thank you for sharing!

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  34. what a striking and gorgeous card!! Perfect for showcasing this beautiful pattern. The other cards are lovely as well.It's going to be so hard to pick just a few new release products;)

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  35. WOW! This is stunning! I love the black background with the bright colours!

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  36. Fabulous cards! I love the bright colours on the black background!

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  37. Gorgeous cards! What a fantastic technique on the first card - so striking!

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  38. Your card if beautiful. So vibrant against the black background.

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  39. Such beautiful cards.
    Thanks for sharing...

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  40. Love the Scandinavian touch. Awesome Color, Ya Sure, You betcha. (I'm Scandinavian, don't ya know.)

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  41. Beautiful card! Love the colors!

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  42. Beautiful colour work, you're correct, very Scandinavian, I didn't think about it till you said. Yesterday's are are awesome too.

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  43. So bold and pretty! Love the contrast you were able to get by leaving the halo of white!!!

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  44. Thanks for sharing your creativity. Lovely cards.

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  45. Loving your cards. Great designs and colours!

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  46. The first card is absolutely stunning! Love the other cards too. The new release is absolutely amazing!

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  47. Great use of the elements of this blog hop.

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  48. Beautiful cards! I especially love the second card's colors on kraft cardstock. Just stunning!

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  49. I love your cards!! So lovely!!

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  50. Beautiful cards. I just splurged on a small set of Polychromos pencils, but I haven't tried them on black card stock. I love the look. Great use of some of my favorites from with wonderful release.

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  51. Great idea on black cardstock. Pretty!

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  52. I love coloring on dark paper. Yours is so beautiful!

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  53. Beautiful cards and your first card with the Scandinavian inspiration is just stunning! It turned out so well! TFS!

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  54. The first card is beautiful. Stamping in white on the dark cardstock really makes the colored pencil work pop. The other cards are neat too.

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  55. Nicely done....and so creative!!!!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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  56. Spectacular cards!!! I love the look of the colored pencils on the pigment ink!!!

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  57. I love the terrarium! I'm new to stampin' and blog hopping so I'm excited to see new ideas!

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  58. Love the Scandinavian look of this card!

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  59. Beautiful card...the colors really pop off the black background.

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  60. What a great technique to do with a background die!! Such great job!

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  61. I really like the colors on the black! They pop!

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  62. Fantastic cards and the use of bright colors are making it more interesting!

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  63. Great cards and ideas! Thanks so much for sharing with us on this fun blog hop!!

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  64. the colors look very intense on the black background - lovely!

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  65. Great cards. Love the pop of colour with the black and the soft colours in the others.

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  66. Like the coloring & variety. Like the Scandinavian look.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  67. Folk Dance is one of my favorites in this release. Love how you colored it. That smaller sentiment really highlighted all your wonderful coloring. Nicely done.

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  68. Your colored pencil coloring is truly awesome! Love the bright colors on the black! The soft natural look on the other two are equally beautiful! Love them all!

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  69. These are great cards. Love the diversity of your card designing. tfs

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  70. Girrrrrrrrrll inspiration OVERLOAD! The Scandinavian, TOTALLY looks embroidered! WOW oh WOW!!!
    This is a GREAT design AND Product HOP!

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  71. Your coloring with the pencils is spot on, will have to pull mine out again. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  72. Great cards. I like your use of non white card stock for your focal images.

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  73. Love your colored pencil work on the first card, just gorgeous! Your terrarium card is gorgeous as well, great job!

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  74. All your cards are beautiful, but the first one with the bold colors just knocks my socks off. I definitely want to try that technique and thank you for sharing It! :)

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  75. Each card is special, so much thought and talent.

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  76. Beautiful cards! Love the coloring!

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  77. Lots of detailed coloring on today's card but it turned out so bright and beautiful, love it and your other two cards as well!

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  78. love the colored pencil work. thanks as always for sharing.

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  79. Your first card is STUNNING, Heather! Such VIBRANT colors on the black! Your second card with the terrarium looks SO ELEGANT with the gold & the colors you chose! AND your third card, is LOVELY with the floral & the dotted background you created!!! SUPER JOB on your cards, Heather! ;)

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  80. Beautiful card! I love your bright colors…

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  81. What a wonderful background and the colors you used are so vibrant.

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  82. Awesomeness! So fun! What great new products❣️💞

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  83. Gorgeous cards! That first one is my favorite. Love how you stamped in white and colored on top, so striking!

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  84. beautiful cards!!! my family is swedish by heritage; your card looks like home.

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  85. Pretty cards, Heather! The first one is striking with the brightly colored images against the black background. Your other two cards are lovely, as well. I especially like the hanging terrarium.

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  86. Your cards are so beautiful, Heather! From bold and bright to soft and subdued, each one is gorgeous, and shows off some of the stamps in this release so well! Thanks for your inspiration! Especially about stamping in white before using the colored pencils! Great idea!

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  87. Amazing. I love the coloring you did and the simple sentiment.

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  88. Great cards. Love the Scandinavian look on the first one.

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  89. Just beautiful! I love the look of colored pencils on dark paper.

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  90. Love your designs and how the bright colors pop on the black background!

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  91. Wow! What a gorgeous, brightly colored card! Love your idea for the background stamp.

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  92. Great designs!! This is one of the reasons I always enjoy the hops so much; I get to see such a wide variety of products used and the designers always come up interesting ways to use them. There are never cards just alike even when using the same supplies.

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  93. What a great card! I love the look of your colored pencils on a black background :)

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  94. I love how the Polychrom pencils pop against the black background, very cool! Your cards from yesterday are beautiful. Thanks for sharing and the inspiration.

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  95. Beautiful cards - thank you so much for inspiring us all.

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  96. Beautiful card with the BG stamp. The colors are so vibrant!

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  97. I enjoyed all your cards great job

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  98. Gorgeous cards!!! Love your colouring!!!

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  99. I love the colored pencils over white pigment ink! Very pretty card!

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  100. I love the folk dance design. Your card came out great. Love the colors against the black background.

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  101. Gorgeous cards, particularly the first one, so bright. Love It.

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  102. Your cards are fantastic! Excellent coloring and shading. I admire the way that you colored the first card...leaving the white border around the coloring of the designs make the colors pop. However, I don't think I would have had the patience to have done such even coloring. Kudos to you!

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  103. Thanks for giving us several card samples.

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  104. I love how bold it is, great idea for using darker colored cardstock.

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  105. Love the first card what a great idea

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  106. Love that you create to honor your heritage! And the floral colors you chose are beautiful :)

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  107. Gosh I love this! The black card stock makes the bright colors pop. Beautiful!

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  108. Your cards are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  109. All 3 cards are very beautiful.

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  110. Love the hanging terrarium. Great design.
    The Scandanavian coloring is beautiful.
    thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  111. WOW, how striking are these colours?! Amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration, all 3 cards are wonderful!

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  112. Beautiful cards and coloring design.

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  113. All 3 of your card creations are so nice. The black and bright is stunning and I love the kraft backgrounds also. So pretty!

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  114. Great idea to stamp on black and then color it in! Really like the design!

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  115. Lovely cards! The bright colors on the Folk Dance card really pop with the black background and white edges.

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  116. Beautiful cards! Great technique! Love how the colors pop on the background!

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  117. Your cards are so pretty. Love the colored pencil technique!

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  118. Beautiful cards each in their own creations!💜🤗

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  119. Your cards are fantastic ! I love the colors.

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  120. being of scandinavian descent, I luv that first stamp!! :)

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  121. Very colorful....was it a lot of work? I love using my colored pencils...and don’t use them enough lately. Thank you so much for sharingl

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  122. Love your cards! Your coloring is wonderful!

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  123. Such a lovely card! I love this!

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  124. Beautiful card! Love how the colors just pop on the black cardstock.

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  125. Great card Heather, it certainly has a scandinavian look, it's gorgeous. The cards you made the day of the release are also awesome. I love coloured pencil and certainly on Kraft cardstock. Thanks for showing.

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  126. Gorgeous card! I love the pop of color against the black. Great technique!

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  127. I think I might need to get this folk dance stamp or even the die after seeing all the wonderful cards made with them.

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  128. These are all fantastic Heather! Really love that color against the black background! Also love the coloring of the last flower card!

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  129. Awesome folk art style card! great release!

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  130. The bright colors against the back make for a stunning card! Your coloring with the Polychromos is wonderful!

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  131. Gorgeous cards - I love the colouring on the first and the Scandi design is just lovely.

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  132. SQUEAL!! LOVING the AMAZING Inspiration and the NEW Products!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! <3

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  133. Oh ! Your Scandinavian design is so cool !!
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  134. Wonderful cards! Love this new release!!!

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  135. Love the different looks that artists are showing for the different dies and stamps sets. Great job ladies.

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