Thursday, January 10, 2019

Distress Oxide Heart Background Set - Simon Says Stamp You Are Loved Release Hop

Hello! So happy today to be hopping along to celebrate the You Are Loved Release from Simon Says Stamp with giveaways at each stop along the hop! Info at the bottom of this post on the giveaway, as well as links to all the products I used on my cards today! Even thought this release happened the end of last month, with the busyness of Diecember and the holidays, there wasn't a chance to properly give this release the spotlight time it deserves, so that is why we are hopping now! There is also a fabulous freebie with any purchase - one of my favorite colors of Distress Oxide as it turns out - Festive Berries!


I had fun creating a whole bunch of cards using the beautiful Damask Background and some Distress Oxide inks. One of my favorite techniques with big background stamps like this is to lay them face up on my desk, ink them up with distress oxide ink, mist with water, then press a piece of watercolor paper on the top, smoothing it over with my fingers. When you lift off the watercolor paper, you have this lovely soft background effect - almost a bit like watercolors. And this image is PERFECT for it! I created several colors of backgrounds with this technique, then decided to double the number of cards I could make by die cutting a Wonky Heart out of the center of each of them and using both the positive and negative cuts!


For these first four cards I used the new Always and Forever stamp set to add sentiments. I stamped larger sentiments inside the hearts for the negative pieces mounted with foam over white cardbases. Then heat embossed some of the smaller more detailed sentiments on black cardstock for the positive die cut pieces, mounting the hearts with foam adhesive over the white cardbases. These first two used Fired Brick to stamp the background:


Same idea with these two - and these used Faded Jeans for the background color:


These next four cards use a softer color scheme, and I paired them up with sentiments from the October card kit stamp set, a die from Diecember, and a die from the release before that (Fun and Festive) that I hadn't had a chance to use yet! 


I thought the soft gray from the Hickory Smoke ink was perfect for a Sympathy card, so I used the lovely sentiment from Sketched Flowers for the center of the heart, then used the die cut You're Doing Awesome from Diecember for the card on the right. I die cut it from both black and white cardstock and layered them together slightly offset for a shadow effect.


Bundled Sage might be my favorite color of these all! I love the variation in color on these ones! I used the same Sketched Flowers stamp set for my sentiment in the center of the heart, and then used the You're So Kind Wafer Die from the Fun and Festive Release. I also die cut this one from both white and black cardstock, then inset all the letters for a solid sentiment.


I think this would be such a fun way to easily create a card set for a gift as well - don't you think? Which color combo is your favorite?!?!?


Also, my nephew was "helping" me take all these photos, and somehow I ended up with a lot more of this second set than the first one...not sure how! Haha! He kept helping me arrange them a little different so they looked better! :) And I mailed most of these off to Simon Says Stamp, so I didn't have them any longer to take any additional photos!


I also have this card that I shared last month that I created using goodies from the You Are Loved Release - you can click HERE or on the photo to see details on this card if you're interested!


There is also a special new addition to the Simon Says Stamp Store today - an adorable new set of Suzy's Watercolor Prints - I so love these for packing with my watercolors on the go! They are so much fun!


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!!!


149 comments:

  1. You are so incredibly talented; I love what you create.

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  2. SQUEAL!! LOVE these!! Just BEAUTIFUL!! THANKS for sharing all of the AMAZING Inspiration and for the chance to WIN!! Have a FABULOUS Week!!

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  3. Love the simplicity of your cards, nice neat and clean allowing the beautiful elements to shine through.

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  4. Clever girl...two cards from one stamped image! Love the soft colours and the elegant simplicity of them. Well done you! Cheers.

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  5. I love your two-for-one designs!!! I’m always looking for ways to maximize my time in my designs. So creative and such beautiful cards!

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  6. sweet cards - love the way you are getting two designs from one image - sweet:)

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  7. Heather, your cards are so pretty!! I love the simple and clean design. I love when you can use a die for a couple of cards. Thank you for your inspiration.

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  8. Wonderful stenciling with the oxide inks! I love how you got two looks from the one panel... though looking at your cards, I would be tempted to use that cut out heart on the inside - thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. What a nice way to make multiples!! Lovely cards :)

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  10. Such a GREAT IDEA! I love the different colors! Simple and sweet!

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  11. Great cards, love that one can get two cards in less time.

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  12. Beautiful backgrounds! I think the Bundled Sage is my favorite but they all create different moods.

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  13. I love that background and your cards are beautiful. Well done! TFS!

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  14. Oooh, that bundled sage is my favorite for sure! So pretty. It's my favorite shade of green (with lime coming in very closely!! lol). Beautiful cards.

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  15. Nice cards! I always love when you end up with 2 cards.

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  16. I like that you showed so many color choices for your cards!

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  17. Feeling so much love and creativity here. Your work and these products are amazing! Thanks for sharing! kReN@afourthlife

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  18. Two, Two Two cards in one! Awesome!

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  20. Two for one! Love that concept and these are beautifully created!

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  21. These are all so wonderful, and I love it when I can get two cards for the "price" of one ;-)

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  22. Simple designs that look oh so complicated!! Thank you for your ideas.

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  23. Two cards from one, thanks for the easy idea!

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  24. what great ideas! thanks for the inspiration!!

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  25. Wow this is a very versatile release beautiful job ! Classic and beautiful!

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  26. Classic and romantic! Two for one! Love that concept and beautifull as well!

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  27. Thanks for showing the versatility of your designs. The Damask background is classically beautiful.

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  28. I agree, Heather - the Bundled Sage version is my fav, too!!! And good call on the gray for a sympathy card. My mom taught me when picking out sympathy cards to always select one with subtle or muted colors. I see other crafters make bright flowery sympathy cards and they seem so garish to me. I love this design. Any 2 for 1 card designs ROCK in my book! And yes, what an easy way to make a gift set!!!

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  29. Love the twofer kinds of cards! Nice work.

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  30. Your cards are beautiful!! I guess I need to get me some oxide inks. I love the look!!

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  31. I am going to try that technique! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  32. Great cards. I especially like the anniversary one.

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  33. So clever, the green is my favorite

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  34. What a versatile set of cards you have created! Thanks for sharing!

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  35. I think the bundled sage is my favorite, and I love that you get two cards in one run!

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  36. Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing them!

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  37. All of these cards make a really sweet Valentine collection! Love the different colors and sentiments!

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  38. Oh I really liked this technique thanks for sharing

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  39. So pretty Heather! I love the pattern and colors!

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  40. It's fascinating how the look of a card can change with just a color or sentiment and all else stays the same!

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  41. Really love the 2 cards from each die cut....so classy and elegant in every color! Your designs are always so inspiring! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  42. They all match and coordinate...beautiful.

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  43. Very pretty cards.....thank you so much for sharing...

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  44. GAH! I love it when you can make a 2 for 1! Beautiful!!

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  45. Great card idea!! Shows the versatility, which is wonderful. Using the different sentiments really showcases this. Thank you.

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  46. Love the 2 cards with one stamp, truly a time saver and showing these cards in several colors helps with visualizing in yet more colors. Beautifully done!

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  47. I love two for one cards because I love using up the leftover pieces and making something great with those too. Great design.

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  48. Great cards! I love all of the examples.

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  50. The background stamp is gorgeous - cards are great.

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  51. Beauty is in simplicity. These cards are very lovely and elegant. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with us.

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  52. Awesome cards and thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  53. Thank you for the stamp facing up idea, must try this as it sounds super easy. You've made gorgeous colour choices on your cards, beautiful ideas. Thank you for sharing.

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  54. What a fantastic post with gorgeous cards!!!!

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  55. Fabulous cards, great release. Love your two-fers!

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  56. What a great stamp and love the sage - gorgeous.

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  57. Beautifully done! I LOVE the green one in the set! ;)

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  58. I love how you were able to make 2 cards out of each base. Can't wait to play with my background stamps a bit

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  59. I love your cards. They are so pretty.

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  60. This damask stamp is so pretty and I love how you used it to make so many cards. I really love the colors that you used.

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  61. I Love how simple they are it is so refreshing!

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  62. You have been a busy lady Heather. So easy to make multiples with the heart die and your colors are lovely. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  63. Great cards. Love the backgrounds and the heart die.

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  64. Gorgeous!! I love how you used both parts of your die to double your cards! The sentiments you paired with the cards are lovely!

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  65. I love this simple design and how easy it is to vary it slightly from card to card with different sentiments and colors. I think the Hickory Smoke is my favorite!

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  66. Tons of great cards. Love all of them but the hickory smoke just fantastic. So beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing your art.🐧

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  67. Very Creative way to create MORE cards, love this idea.That damask background stamp is so classy looking and so versatile!

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  68. Pretty cards & gorgeous Damask Backgrounds!!!

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  69. Like the idea of using the cutout from the first card to make a second card.

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  70. WOW Heather, these are gorgeous and the sentiments are so beautiful.

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  71. Love the two for one cards--how clever ! The background stamp is perfect for this technique.

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  72. Two cards 1 image...gotta love that! simple, pretty and sure to put a smile on a few faces

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  73. Love how you used a background stamp for these cards. Just beautiful! Thank you for this opportunity. Have a great Valentine's Day!

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  74. Beautiful cards! I love all the different colors.

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  75. Heather, I love how you make use of the die cuts on both cards. So clever. Your designs are very pretty.

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  76. Great cards. I like the colors and how you used the positive and negative.

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  77. What a great idea, two for one cards. The only problem would be who gets what. just beautiful.

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  78. Love this 2 for 1 card idea. Your cards are beautiful!

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  79. Great IDEAS-- Agree 2 for 1 awesome.. Favorite is the GREEN -- Happy Creative New Year to you !! :-)

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  80. Gorgeous set of cards! I love 2 for 1 ideas. Thanks!

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  81. I love how soft this looks, even with the really complicated background. I would have thought that the details would get mushy, but they really didn't. And two-for-one is always the best way to go with card making. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  82. Lovely cards, I love how the sentiments are the focal point. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  83. Just gorgeous, I particularly love the green version so pretty!!

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  84. Love the simplicity of your cards. Thanks for the great inspiration!

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  85. Wonderful watercolor effect with that large stamp. Really inspiring to see how versatile it is - so many cards for all occasions!

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  86. Awesome use of the background stamp! I love the rustic/vintage effect you got <3

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  87. Gorgeous cards. Love your time saving techniques

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  88. I just love when you can do one technique and get two cards from it!

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  89. What a great technique! Thanks for sharing!

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  90. Love these cards! Each one is just so pretty and your colors are spot on.

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  91. Beautiful cards! I love being able to get multiple cards from one background.

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  92. Very very nice, I have never seen that Damask background stamp... On my have to get list,,, tyfs :)

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  93. Wow!!! So many Beautiful cards!! I love this background stamp!!

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  94. Simply gorgeous! Loving the background!

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  95. I love two-fers!! and every set is LOVEly!! my fav is also the bundled sage set!!

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  96. Gorgeous cards!
    Thanks so much for sharing...

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  97. That bundled sage set of cards is my favorite! I love getting two cards out of one design, too. These would make a beautiful set to gift to somebody.

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  98. Love the Damask Background stamp! Gorgeous cards!

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  99. Always love the 2fers; awesome two cards in one!

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  100. A two for one card is always a plus for me. I love being able more cards in less time. Thanks for the great ideas. I’m not big on Valentine’s Day but I love the ornate love set.

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  101. Fantastic cards! Such wonderful designs!

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  102. Fabulous cards, this stamp is awesome and you used it in a great way. Thank you for showing and have a great weekend.

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  103. Love your elegant and beautiful cards, Heather. And I love that you got two cards out of a single background. The card you shared last month is one of my absolute favourites. Adore the combo of green and blue.

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  104. Outstanding cards!! I love how you get two for one out of that big background!!

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  105. Love two-fers.
    I think my favorite is the grey.
    All of them are gorgeous.
    thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  106. Such a brilliant way to make multiple cards that have some variation. That background stamp really is gorgeous too.

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  107. So pretty! I loved how you were able to make multiple cards from 1 background. Very clever.

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  108. I love the distress ink and water misting technique! Bundled sage is my favorite - I'm a "green" girl. LOL

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  109. Awesome You Are Loved release! AWESOME creations! I especially love all your pretty Damask background cards!

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  110. Those are awesome ideas for sets of cards as gifts.

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  111. Love card sets. All of your cards are beautiful.

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  112. All of your cards are gorgeous! I really love that Always and Forever stamp & die set!! I love how you showed us the beautiful damask stamp in all the different colors!!

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  113. That is great idea of set cards for someone or to do and have as needed cards. Thanks for those great ideas.

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  114. Love that you were able to make two cards from the one background. Awesome idea!

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  115. Love all the damask color backgrounds! They are all so pretty and soft. Reminds me of a cuddly blanket. :) Great sentiments too!

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  116. gosh that background stamp takes on a whole new look whether you're using muted tone or bright color. so pretty!!

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  117. Thank you for sharing your technique on using distress oxides on large backgrounds and the misting technique. The cards are so pretty and different.

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  118. Your cards are so beautiful! I love how you can get two cards out of each background. :) What a great tip for using distress oxide inks and large background stamps!

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  119. I always love 2 for 1 cards! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  120. Those cards look great in each of those colours you choice. Such amazing cards!

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  121. Beautiful cards. I love the first ones -- great way to get two cards for one!

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  122. What a great collection of cards!!! No wonder Heidi featured them on her FB Live presentation! :) I love how you used a very clever and time-saving technique to make cards for more than just one occasion. You changed sentiments, colors, and made great use of your designs. Hopefully, I will use this same kind of genius to make my own life easier.
    Love the sentiments you chose from this release as well as the large background stamp and dies.

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  123. I love that you used both the positive and negatives and changed up the colors and sentiments, a years worth of cards quick and easy, I love it!! Thank you for sharing all of these and the wonderful inspiration. (mardy14@bellsouth.net)

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  124. Beautiful cards! I really like the crisp look you achieved with that background stamp and I love the clustered leaves die. I've already pre-ordered it lol.

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  125. Your collection of cards are beautiful! I love the backgrounds.

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  126. Yes! What a wonderful idea to create a gift set! All your cards are beautiful- I love all the colors, but the greens are my favorite just because it's my favorite color! : ) I love that you made two cards right away...I need to do this more often when I die cut a window! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas and inspiration! You helped make this new Simon Says Stamp release shine!

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  127. I love, love these cards. I really love how you used the cutout to make a second card! The colors are just so gorgeous!

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  128. the background in your cards are amazing!!!

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