Thursday, April 13, 2017

Altenew 3rd Anniversary Blog Hop + Giveaway!


Good morning! Emily Midgett from Sixth Street Sundries and former Butterfly Reflections Ink Design Team member here with you today to celebrate a special event happening all over the crafty world... 


I was so honored and excited when Vanessa asked me to represent Butterfly Reflections Ink for the Altenew 3rd Anniversary Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from Tracey McNeeley's blog, and your next stop is Eunyoung Lee. There are some absolutely amazing prizes along the way, including Butterfly Reflections Ink, and some wonderfully talented artists sharing their work with you! 

For my first project, I chose to work with Altenew's Smile More and the coordinating dies. I started by die cutting and stamping several of the blooms and foliage using Versafine ink and heat embossing it with some Silver Pearl embossing powder. This combination creates a lovely pearlescent charcoal finish. I colored all of the blooms with my Pale Rose Zig marker, using a damp paintbrush to blend the color out and create depth. I wanted to go a bit more of a non-traditional route with the foliage; I love monotone leaves with pops of color on the flowers, so I chose to color all of the leaves with my Gray Brown Zig marker, again blending with a damp paintbrush. 


After I had assembled my bouquet, I used some Press 'n Seal to pick it up and put tape all over the back so that it would maintain its shape while I worked on the card base. I added an A2 sized panel of charcoal glitter paper from my stash to the card base, then trimmed down a panel of pale pink card stock. I used my ink blending tool and Altenew's Purple Wine ink to blend a pretty rose colored ombre down the front of my panel. I heat embossed my greeting from Smile More using the same Versafine/Silver Pearl embossing powder combination, adhered my bouquet with dimensional adhesive, then added a few dots of Oyster Gray Nuvo drops to balance out the bouquet. 


For my last card, I chose to use a bit more traditional color palette. I started by stamping and masking the blooms from Adore You using white pigment ink (like this one) and some handy dandy masking sheets onto some pale, gray blue card stock. Using colored pencils on colored card stock is one of my favorite uses for Prismacolor pencils. The two tools that I find invaluable for this process is my White Prismacolor pencil and my Colorless Blender pencil. After you have stamped your images using a pale or white ink, color the images using your white pencil, then follow up with your chosen colors, finally using the blending pencil to blend the colors seamlessly. The white layer beneath mutes the colors a bit, but I think it really makes the colored pencil images pop off of the page. 


After I had finished coloring my blooms, I used a ruler and my white pencil to draw some lines in the opposite corner from my floral spray. I heat embossed my greeting, also from Adore You, onto some linen vellum using some white embossing powder. The last thing was to add a smattering of coordinating sequins from my stash. 


Now, for the giveaway details! This blog hop has some incredible prizes to offer the commenters:


Altenew is giving away $50 gift certificates to FIVE lucky winners. There are also 10 awesome companies who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:


Be sure to leave comments by Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win! 15 WINNERS will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew blog on April 28th, 2017.

Your next stop is Eunyoung Lee. Thanks for stopping by and happy hopping!


313 comments:

  1. Altenew's flowers are the best. Great cards.

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  2. Oh my your coloring is outstanding on these cards. Thanks for sharing:)

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  3. Fabulous! Love the colored pencils on top of the colored cardstock.

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  4. I loved both the cards ,they are beautiful !

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  5. Emily's cards are beautiful. I especially love the silver embossing on the first card; quite stunning with the pink.

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  6. Wow both of your cards are so pretty! I was stunned by the silver and pink card ... thinking I will have to try that technique out. Then I scrolled down and saw your no-line coloring! wow... Very inspiring.

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  7. These cards are amazing! I am blown away by the flawless color blends and the gorgeous designs! Beautiful!

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  8. Very different style. Nice!

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  9. What interesting going choices of color. I love thrm.

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  10. What beautiful cards!!! LOVE the blends you used and the beautiful color choices.

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  11. Your cards are gorgeous! Love altenew

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  12. Gorgeous card! I love the sentiments you chose.

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  13. Beautiful cards! I love the flowers..

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  14. Both cards are beautiful but I'm a little in love with your smile more card - great design and awesome colour combination

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  15. Stunning cards and love the first one!

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  16. Beautiful cards. Great idea to add the white lines to the border.

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  17. Such pretty cards, Emily! Thank you so much for the inspiration.

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  18. Wow your cards are stunning! Thanks for the details on your techniques!

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  19. Your monochromatic pinks are so pretty. Altenew has the best pinks of anyone.

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  20. this is a new site for me. I love colored pencils, and excited to see more work with them. thank you for your details on your lovely creations.

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  21. The "I Adore You" card is breathtaking.

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  22. You have a great way of putting the flowers together into a design. Thanks for the ideas.

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  23. Very beautiful cards - I will have to try some of the techniques you used. They look amazing!

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  24. Your bouquet is wonderful. I can't believe how lovely that silver embossing is. Altenew is such a fabulous company don't you think? Thanks for sharing in this fun celebration.

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  25. The blending on your 1st card (pink & black) is yummy. I love that color combo. Thx for sharing!

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  26. I'm so glad to read about this very interesting coloring technique. I can't wait to try this on this on colored cardstock. Thank you!

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  27. Wow! Mind BLOWN! Both of these cards are out of this 🌎 AMAZING, I love how you colored the background on the first one and the 🌸 🌺 🌹 are divine!
    The white lines on the second card really makes your gorgeous 🌺 🌹 🌺 glow! TFS!

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  28. The colors are peaceful and restful. The cards are beautiful.

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  29. Beautiful, I love the soft colors.

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  30. Wow!!!! I love your Beautiful Cards! The first one just POPS right out at me. Your second one is so soft and subtle reminds me of the beauty of Spring. Your coloring is Gorgeous! Thanks for the Wonderful inspiration!

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  31. Especially love your first card, the colour combination is just gorgeous!

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  32. Gorgeous cards! LOVE your coloring and the colors are fabulous ♥

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  33. great job on your cards!!! they are stunning!!!

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  34. Oh my, your coloring is so amazing! I'm in awe of your work!

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  35. Great cards! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  36. So stunning! I love these beautiful cards!

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  37. Really beautiful cards Emily. I adore the Silver Pearl EP on your first card WOW! what an impact! Love it.
    I have to say though, I also love the 'traditional' colours you used on the second card as well. Just stunners.

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  38. Both cards are very pretty. Thanks for the information on using coloring pencils on colored cardstock. Will have to get it a try.

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  39. Love both cards. The Happy Thoughts card is outstanding!

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  40. Wow! These cards are stunning! Thanks for the Press n Seal tip, this will help me a lot!

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  41. both are gorgeous-and thanks for the great tips and coloring with pencils on colored card stock!

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  42. Both, cards are gorgeous! No way can a I "pick" a favorite!!

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  43. These cards are different and amazing!

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  44. I just love the pink and silver together! And thinks for the tips, they'll come in handy!

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  45. Lovely cards...very nice colors you chose!

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  46. These cards are so beautiful! Your card designs are awesome, and love the way you colored those gorgeous flowers. Thanks so much for sharing your talent!

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  47. I like the all rose color on your first card.

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  48. I love the Adore You card, I will have to dig out my colored pencils.

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  49. What cute cards. Love the pink and black one. It looks terrific. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  50. Altenew flowers are so pretty and yours are outstanding. Love the inspiration in this blog hop.

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  51. Loving the tone on tone design of your first card! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  52. Beautiful cards! Love the first card's various shades of soft pink!

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  53. Love the cards. So pretty love the pink ones.

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  54. The cards are gorgeous - the first is my favourite though. Loving the pink with the silver embossing - and the shading is sublime!

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  55. Oh My! I think I adore those flowers and your white pencil method of coloring!

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  56. Beautiful cards
    and I love the
    first one!
    Carla from Utah

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  57. Wow!! These cards are stunning!! The first one is very beautiful with the gorgeous colors. The second card is beautiful with the soft colors. your coloring is awesome.

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  58. Both cards are so pretty! Love Altenew's flowers

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  59. You have made Altenew proud with these two beautiful cards! :)

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  60. Love the shading. Beautiful cards.

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  61. Such wonderful cards and I love the colors of them. And, your no line coloring with the pencils is really fantastic!

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  62. Oh! The first card I'd call "Happy in Pink" - so pretty. Then I scrolled further and saw the next card. It is STUNNING! I love those colors and how you have colored the flowers. Thank you for sharing!

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  63. Wonderful cards,love your pretty color combinations and beautiful designs.

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  64. Great design work. Thanks for sharing your technique. Love the pink on pink!

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  65. Wow, these are both stunning cards! Thanks so much for explaining your coloring process and all the cool supplies you used. I need to add the Silver Pearl to my stash!

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  66. The cards look so pretty! I love the design and the technique.

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  67. The pearl embossing is fantastic.
    Really makes the flowers pop
    and their coloring is gorgeous.
    thanks for sharing two
    wonderful cards.

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  68. omg! gorgeous cards! seriously, i kept going back to look at the first ombre card, what great designs and such a huge impact. love it to bits!

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  69. These are Fabulous cards!! Soooo Pretty!!!!

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  70. Your two cards were beautiful but the second one was my favorite. I guess I tend to be more traditional...

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  71. Beautiful! The silver pewter on your first card is gorgeous against the color of the flower. I agree this color scheme makes the flowers pop. Great coloring on the second card. I just got some prismacolor pencils and will have to try this on colored cardstock. Thanks for sharing!

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  72. Both cards are gorgeous! I do think the first card is my favorite!

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  73. two beautiful cards, Emily - you've inspired me to try some pencils on colored cardstock.

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  74. the pink flowers on the blue is very nice

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  75. The shimmer in the first card is wow!

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  76. So talented!!! I love the grey pearl flowers with the pink and your no-line coloring is awesome.

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  77. Love both of these beautiful cards. Thanks for the white ink/pencil tips. Very pretty result.

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  78. Love the tip about colouring on coloured card x

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  79. I feel like you achieved perfect balance in your cards. The colors and so soft adding to the beautiful harmony.

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  80. Both cards are beautiful. The second cards technique has really intrigued me. I can't wait to try this.Thank you for the inspiration.

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  81. I always get so inspired! Love the cards.

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  82. i''m loving the gray and pink

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  83. Pink and gray: so classic and beautifully done. The coloring on the second card is lovely, and I am just crazy about the white hand-drawn "frame." Thanks so much for the tips and how-to's. (Sigh.....maybe someday.....In the meantime, I will admire the work of others.)

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  84. Gorgeous cards! What really drew me to your cars was the sentiments. Both of them are so lovely. Such encouraging words to go along with the beautiful floral images.

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  85. Great cards!!! Can't wait to try these techniques!!

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  86. Love your colors! This is a great hop! Congrats on all the great success Altenew. So glad all these great companies could join you.

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  87. Your color choices are so unique on your beautiful first card, love the softness of your second card!

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  88. Beautiful cards! Love the colours you used in both!

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  89. Love the depth of color on these cards.

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  90. Oh my, that first card is simply stunning! Gorgeous work!

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  91. The combination of pinks and greys on the first card is probably my favourite across this blog hop - so elegant

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  92. Beautiful cards. Your coloring is gorgeous.

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  93. Wow, beautiful cards! Love the arrangement and design!

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  94. Your cards really inspire me. Such beautiful work.

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  95. Two lovely cards - though I especially like the first one. The Adore You stamp set is fast becoming another favourite

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  96. Beautiful cards! Thanks for the tip on the Versafine ink with the silver pearl EP! Love the color that the combination makes.

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  97. Both cards are gorgeous. I love the pink gradient!

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  98. Gorgeous cards. I especially like the duo-tone card. Pink and gray is always a winner in my book, and your card certainly is.

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  99. Gorgeous cards and coloring! I like the white line you added to your Adore you card.

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  100. Both of your cards are gorgeous! I love the depth you achieved with your colored pencils. Jil

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  101. Wow beautiful and unique cards! The first one is stunning!

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  102. Your cards are so stunning! I love the vibrant colors you used for your flowers.

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  103. OMG how amazing is that first card I absolutely love it!!!

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  104. Emily, your first card d looks like stained class, so gorgeous!

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  105. These cards are beautiful. I love what you did with your colors and embossing on the first card--it's so elegant. I was fascinated with your color pencil techniques for your second card. Thanks for sharing both.

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  106. Stunning colouring on stunning cards!!

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  107. Lovely pinks in both cards. Perfect for spring - a wedding or anything girlie.

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  108. Very beautiful! Great tip to use the press n' seal!

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  109. Gorgeous flowers! Love them so stunning the top card with the pink is so beautiful. Great job.

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  110. Gorgeous flowers!!! Such beautiful cards!

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  111. You have a wonderful way of producing dynamic cards with just a few colors. Thank you for your time, talent and willingness to share your ideas.

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  112. I love both of your cards but the adore card is simply gorgeous..thanks

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  113. Your cards are lovely. I really like the sentiment on the first one. Hmmm looks like I'll have to buy that stamp set!

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  114. All I can say is, wow. I wish you would do a video that shows your
    white pencil technique. The colors are so pretty and delicate.

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  115. Amazing cards, so beautiful. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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  116. Both cards are absolutely gorgeous with the beautiful flowers!!

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  117. Stunning projects. I love the pink card. TFS

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  118. Fantastic composition of the florals. Love the no-line coloring on your second card.

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  119. Both cards are awesome, great coloring.

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  120. Oh so beautiful in pink, love the floral designs on your cards

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  121. Fabulous coloring! I love the color scheme of both cards!

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  122. Love both card designs, beautiful cards!

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  123. Wow, those cards are stunning! Your coloring skills are wonderful.

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  124. I love the grey and pink color combo, so pretty!

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  125. Gorgeous cards. Love Altenew flower stamp!

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  126. I need to try the white prismacolor pencil. This is so pretty!

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  127. The embossing is wonderful. That color makes the flowers pop off the card. Elegant.

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  128. I love the color combo you've used on both of these cards - so very pretty! Happy Anniversary, Altenew!

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  129. Wow your cards are beautiful!! Love them and Altenew:)

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  130. your coloring on colored paper using just those two prisma pencils. such inspiration!!!!!!!

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  131. I LOVE your cards! The colors are beautiful!

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  132. Knock-out cards Emily! I love the frame you drew on the second one!

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  133. Emily, That first card is just so gorgeous with the embossed flowers, and the other is so soft in colour, TFS.

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  134. These are both really pretty. I love pink and gray or silver together.

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  135. Wow! Thank you for such wonderful inspiration! Your cards are stunning!

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  136. The cards and the colouring are so inspiring.Very beautiful.

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  137. The silver pearl embossing powder added a unique touch on the first card. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  138. Stunning cards! I just love the floral stamp sets.

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  139. Gorgeous cards Emily. Especially love the first one with the pearly heat embossing! The soft pink is lovely!

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  140. Wow, these cards are gorgeous. From the boldness of your first card to the softness of your second card, simply stunning.

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  141. The flowers are so beautiful and bursting with color!

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  142. I'm new to this wonderful art style. Learning a lot from this blog hop! Fun!

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  143. Gorgeous designs Emily, love the monochrome design of your first card! Thanks for sharing !

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  144. Both of these cards are beautiful the coloring is wonderful also...

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  145. Wow both cards are so very beautiful!

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  146. Beautiful job with your coloring:)

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  147. Wow, these floral cards are stunning!

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  148. Wow, these floral cards are stunning!

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  149. Beautiful coloring on the Adore You flowers. I'd like to see a video on this as I'm not familiar with the process. Also, I like the depth you've achieved on the first card and the ombre background - nice!!

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  150. Wow! I'm in awe! Beautiful cards, both of them!! Silver pearl ep, wow, very pretty! Your coloring is beautiful, love your choice of color and the way you did it, with the monotone leaves and the ombre background! I have white pigment ink and Prismacolor pencils but I have yet to try the coloring technique you used. I'm in awe everytime I see someone do it, tho your's is one of the most beautiful I've seen. :) Thanks for noting all of your details, including using Press 'n Seal, neat! I knew I bought some for a reason, just couldn't remember why. ;)

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  151. Wow Emily two absolutely stunning cards, absolutely love your style. Love both of these cards, the idea of adding silver to black stamped and getting that wonderful look then colouring pinks and greys, wow. Then the amazing no line look of the second card, I cannot express my amazement at this stunning beauty enough.

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  152. Emily, love both of your cards, but if I must choose just one, I choose the first one. ❤️

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  153. That first card with the grey leaves and pink blooms is simply stunning.

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  154. Beautiful cards, adore that pink and grey one!

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  155. Beautiful creations, love the first card, so pretty.

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  156. Wow that monochrome in pink is awesome, very inspiring. Really loving your cards.

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  157. Beautiful cards. I love your colour scheme in the Happy Thoughts card. Happy anniversary Altenew.

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  158. Beautiful cards, I especially love the first one.

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  159. Oh my ... wow!! I love that silver embossing against the pink, definitely need to go try it out. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  160. Different but equally stunning cards.
    Cheers
    Lisa

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  161. The cards are beautiful. PINK! But what really makes them special are the sentiments. Altenew has some of the very best , and most unique, sentiment stamps.

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  162. Stunning cards!! I really love your fist card with Pink and gray!! The sentiments are so pretty too!!

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  163. Love the pink & gray- very pretty. But the Adore You card is just stunning. I keep returning to look- it's just beautiful. Can't imagine how long it would take me, & mine wouldn't measure up!

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  164. Your use of the prismacolor pencils is amazing

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  165. Wish I could be this creative. You amaze me. Great choice of colors.

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