Thursday, April 5, 2018

Altenew’s 4th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 3 + Giveaway

Hey, hey BRI friends!  We're hopping today to celebrate the 4th Birthday of Altenew, one of our favorite stamping companies!  You should have arrived here from the Altenew blog, and we're glad you're here to share the excitement! There are prizes and inspiration and it's going to be FUN!


With you today, is Norine from The Velvet Lemon creating for Butterfly Reflections Ink and I have some projects to share today, that I made using some recently released Altenew products.  

First up, are these two cards created with the Mega Succulent stamp set.  


I stamped the image onto water color paper using the MISTI, then turned on the music and sat and colored.


  I used Faber Castell watercolor pencils so I could more easily control where the color would sit and then painted with a water brush.  I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of vellum, heat embossed with clear embossing powder to ensure that the ink wouldn't smudge, then tore the vellum and wrapped it around the card panel.  I added a few silver sequins to finish up.



One of the things (besides it's size) that I love about this image stamp is that, while it's actually a succulent image, it doubles very nicely as a big ole cabbage rose!  So after I'd colored and painted it, again with Faber Castell watercolor pencils and a water brush, I cut it out to let some leaves (from the  Parrot Paradise stamp set) peek out.  This card uses a sentiment from the Focus on You stamp set.


Next up are these two cards created with the Focus on You stamps and dies.


I began by stamping 3 of the floral/foliage stamps on Bristol Smooth cardstock, then die-cutting them "off the edge" or partial die cutting.  I used Zig and Arteza real brush markers to color the images and a water brush to drag some color out into the background.  I popped up the top portion with foam tape and layered it over top of a piece of cardstock that was covered with the new black dots washi tape from Altenew!  I love that stuff!



For this last card, I stamped a sentiment from the Crafty Life stamp set, onto a card base, then framed it in a die cut and layered frame and added more of the stamped, colored and die cut leaves and florals from the Focus on You set.  Then, just a few enamel dots to finish it off.



Thank you for joining us today!  Your next stop in the hop is Lydia Evans!  Should you get lost along the way, here is the complete list for today's blog hop.


Prizes:
Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 5 lucky winners. There are also 13 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:


Be sure to leave comments by April 15th, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win! 30 WINNERS will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed above and will be announced on the Altenew blog on April 17th, 2018.













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256 comments:

  1. Beautiful cards! I love the blue in the middle of the flower😃

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  2. Wonderful cards! I love the colors on the large succulent card.

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  3. All your cards are so gorgeous😍

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  4. Awesome cards. Now Mega Succulent is on my wishlist. :)

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  5. The blue/green flower looks so much like a succulent! LOVE it!!!

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  6. Your cards are just gorgeous!! The colors in the succulent card is so pretty! thank you for sharing your beautiful creations!

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  7. Love your colors on your cards, so pretty. TFS !

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  8. Beautiful coloring on the succulent card!

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  9. The technique is beat up to date, and yet your work is original

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  10. I love these cards! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Absolutely amazing cards. I love them all. Truly inspirational. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. Beautiful cards! When I first looked at the rose/succulent cards, I was sure it was a rose image colored to be a succulent, but then went back and read more of your description, I found out it was the opposite! It is quite beautiful as eithr one. The second stamp set is amazing too. Love them both!

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  13. Beautiful cards. I especially love the blue green one. Thanks for sharing and inspiring us.

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  14. Beautiful cards!! Those succulents especially!!

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  15. Clever idea to use a succulent image as a flower , I Loved the cards , specially the ones with dotted washi :)

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  16. Great cards! I really like the idea of covering a card with washi tape. TFS!

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  17. Gorgeous! I love that you showed how we could use the Succulent stamp as a floral stamp!

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  18. Such great cards, I love the frame and the card with the washi tape. The layouts of the cards are awesome!

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  19. Your cards are beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  20. WOW Norine, your water colouring is amazing! I am bowled over by ALL of your cards. So beautiful!

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  21. I just love seeing how the mega succulent can become a beautiful rose!

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  22. Lovely cards! I love this succulent since I saw it and while I hadnt thought I ordered it, I had! Cant wait for it to arrive. I love too, that it can double as a flower as well! Its size is amazing! Happy Anniversary Altenew!

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  23. My goodness, the inspiration from all your cards makes my head spin . Thanks

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  24. These cards are simply stunning! I love each one, but the one with the washi tape is really beautiful.

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  25. Gorgeous cards! Thank you for sharing!

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  26. Your coloring looks great. Nice cards.

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  27. Wow, your succulent cards are gorgeous! Love the soft simplicity of the other cards too.

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  28. So pretty. Great coloring and lovely designs. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  29. Gorgeous cards! Thanks for sharing.

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  30. Your cards are incredible!! :) Thank you for the inspiration!!

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  31. That vellum sentiment! Love the rough edges. Awesome cards.

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  32. WOW! Your cards are just beautiful. They are all a WOW!

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  33. Wonderful designs and great coloring. You won me over with that green mega succulent - I must add that one to my wish list.

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  34. What pretty cards. Beautiful colors.

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  35. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work! Rarely think to water color with pencils.

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  36. Love your cards. Have not tried watercolor with pencils.

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  37. Awesome cards!! You are very Talented and I love the rose looking one!!Thank you for sharing!!

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  38. Beautiful cards! Love the succulent and the rose. So pretty.

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  39. The succulent/rose just is so “in your face” beautiful

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  40. Love the green succulent.
    the shading is fantastic.
    Roses have never done anything
    for me so I don't appreciate
    them the way I should.
    thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  41. Absolutely beautiful cards! Gorgeous designs,
    gorgeous coloring. Thanks for supporting Altenew!

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  42. Such beautiful cards. Love using washi tape for the background and the watercoloring is wonderful. Thanks for sharing...

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  43. Wow what an incredible number of gorgeous cards - pure eye candy:)

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  44. Beautiful cards, love your coloring.

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  45. Gorgeous cards! Fantastic coloring on all of them. Love that big bold succulent and great use of white space on the second pair of cards.

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  46. I loved your cards, especially the first watercolored card. The succulent stamp makes a beautiful card.

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  47. The coloring of your succulents is divine. Especially the green one.

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  48. Beautiful cards. Wonderful coloring!

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  49. I just love all of your cards, but the one that is my favorite is the black and white dots washi tape card. I can't wait to get some of that tape!

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  50. I wasn’t sure I was going to like the mega succulent, but the more I see what everyone has created with it, the more I like it. Yours are stunning.

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  51. Beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  52. Oh wow, these are all so beautiful! Funnily enough, the first card with the succulent is my favourite, And here I was, thinking that I didn't like that stamp LOL

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  53. WOW and OMG your cards are just STUNNING, I actually tagged this page so I could come back to it, this is my first time here but now it won't be my last, got to finish the blog and will be coming back. I was just blown away by your cards, just beautiful!!!!

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  54. What beautiful coloring. Loving those succlents.

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  55. These are gorgeous, will need to pull out my zigs

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  56. I'm really liking that succulent flower. Great stamp to practice watercoloring.

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  57. Gorgeous coloring with beautiful cards!!

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  58. Love the soft subtle colors of the roses!

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  59. The mega succulent stamp is on my list! Love it

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  60. I just received this stamp set and I'm looking for ideas on how to colour it. I'm very happy to read about pencils first AND watercolour afterwards !I will try this out ! Thanks a lot, your cards are beautiful !

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  61. Gorgeous! I am still very very new to watercolor. You certainly are an inspiration!

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  62. I love the watercolor effect of the card. It looks so lovely and very creative. I always love watercolor but i dont know why watercolor seems not to like me.

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  63. These look wonderful! I love the coloring and the washi tape. You achieved gorgeous results with the watercolor pencils and I just love the CAS layouts with the dew drops and dots.

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  64. I always love Norine's choice of color pallets. The colors are so different than anything I'd be comfortable with. I've been struggling with watercoloring since I came back from a break (it takes continuous practice!!), so I love the idea of using watercolor pencils. I have to dig out my Faber Castell Albrect Durer. Can't wait!

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  65. The succulant stamp is going on my wish list now. So creative to turn it into a cabbage rose. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  66. Love how the different color changed the look of the stamped image. Beautiful cards!

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  67. beautiful cards, the rose cards are fantastic, so beautifully colored
    thanks for sharing
    Barb Housner

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  68. I really appreciate your use of color. Thank you.

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  69. What beautiful coloring on the succulent. I like how you turned it into a rose.

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  70. These cards are STUNNING!! I love the coloring on the succulent but like the last two cards with the simple flowers and the black/white color scheme. Altenew is the BEST!!!

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  71. I love the way you used the succulent stamp and made it into a beautifully colored cabbage rose. Now I need that succulent stamp so that I can try some of the amazing things you did with it. How I love Altenew stamps and dies, and how they are so detailed and yet open, so that I can color or paint them!

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  72. Your blue-green succulent is very natural looking

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  73. Beautiful cards, I love the mega succulent and your partial die cutting of the Focus on you flowers.

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  74. I just love the flower colored greyish green with a hint of blue. Just beautiful!

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  75. Such lovely cards - love the colors and the succulent stamp.

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  76. Gorgeous cards! Love the beautiful bold colors and fun designs. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  77. These are all so stunning!! I love the designs of each one!! Thanks for the amazing inspiration!!

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  78. Absolutely gorgeous cards!! Wish mine ever looked like these, they're great!

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  79. No fair! I keep seeing new stamps that I need.

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  80. Those succulent cards are so beautiful...I love the coloring on both of them. I really love the washi tape card...those flowers and greenery really pop off the card!!

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  81. Thank you so much for sharing your Altenew creations with us! The succulent does make a very pretty cabbage rose. I love it when designs are so versatile it can be whatever the designer wants to make of it.

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  82. Wow, all your cards are gorgeous, couldn't pick a favorite if I had too, you make me want every stamp!!

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  83. Beautiful, love the watercolor, the cabbage rose is big an beautiful.

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  84. Such beautiful cards. Simply amazing.

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  85. All four of your cards are exceptional. I love that you can use the succulent stamp and make it a flower. Beautiful!

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  86. Gorgeous cards! The succulent stamp is so beautiful.

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  87. Beautiful cards. Love them all.

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  88. What a gorgeous collection of cards! While I love the big watercolored images, I am crazy about the second set of cards and NEED some of that washi tape!! What an awesome idea!! I thought it was paper. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  89. Love the succulent rose. It is just awesome.nice coloring techniques. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  90. A diverse group of cards to highlight the different products Altenew offers. Well done.

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  91. Beautiful cards! I really like the Sending Crafty Hugs card, it is so elegant.

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  92. Lovely cards! Love how huge the succulent image is, then the next 2 cards are using small images. Great variety of images! :) Fantastic coloring!

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  93. What fabulous cards, love them all! Congrats on 4th Anniversary!

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  94. What a great mix of card designs!

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  95. These are gorgeous! Love the black & white with the florals!

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  96. These are so gorgeous....beautifully designed and colored! Wow!

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  97. Awesome cards!! I loved that mega succulent as soon as I saw it!! The wide washi tapes are something I definitely want to explore also!

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  98. I love EVERYTHING about all of your cards. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  99. All four of your cards are gorgeous but I especially love the second duo! Black and white is a favorite of mine! TFS!

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  100. Great designs. I really like the bookkeeping paper behind the flowers.

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  102. I love the Altenew Blog...best place ever to get my creativity stimulated! All of the examples are outstanding!!! Thanks for sharing so much with all of us!!

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  103. Fabulous cards. Love altenew stamps. They are stunning.

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  104. Gorgeous designs! I really like the larege, oversized flowers. They really draw you in!

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  105. All of your cards are gorgeous.

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  106. Omg, I love these cards!!!!! they’re pretty and sweet!!!!

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  107. Your cards are very pretty!

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  108. Beautiful cards. I like the frame around the sentiment.

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  109. These are all beautiful! Love the coloring ♥

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  110. The colors on the cards are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  111. Amazing cards! I didn't even realize the first few were the succulent stamp!

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  112. Love all the cards and the colors you chose!

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  113. Love the coloring techniques you used on these cards -- beautiful! cards!

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  114. Wow! Love the darker color scheme. Such an elegant look! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!

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  115. Lovely cards! Love the succulent stamp and the coloring!

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  116. I enjoyed reading your post very much, thank you for all the detail of your processes...I particularly like the black frame card with the floral accent, so simple but so so stylish, TFS, Dx

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  117. Love your cards... just beautiful. Altenew gives us everything we need to create beauty.
    Ldyjs@outlook.com

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  118. All of your cards are wonderful. I love the Focus On You stamp set the best.TFS.

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  119. Gorgeous cards. Happy 4th Anniversary Altenew!

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  120. You are an incredible artist, both cards are beautifully colored, and it's great to see how you turned the succulent into a cabbage rose.

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  121. All the cards are beautiful but I especially love the little wispy flower pieces from the focus on you stamp set.

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  122. Gorgeous coloring and beautiful designs!

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  123. Wonderful cards, I wouldn't that thought it to be a succulent, a rose it is. Thanks for sharing.

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  124. totally stunning cards. Love the large size of the succulent stamp.

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  125. Totally gorgeous cards. I really love what you did with the mega succulent. Your watercolouring is divine.

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  126. Love your three cards. So very pretty.

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  127. Love your cards! I especially like how you used the bits of vellum and grid paper in those first two cards. Thanks for sharing!

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  128. Your cards are beautiful. I continue to like the use of washi tape for backgrounds, and I love the simplicity of your card designs. My favorite is the framed sentiment with the florals as embellishment. This is a fabulous blog hop.

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  129. Just adorable...your flowers are gorgeous!

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  130. Beautiful cards! It's inspiring to see the succulent used as a Rose. It's amazing either way!

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  131. I know you hear it a lot, but you are so clever and talented!! You see the versatility of the images and ways to use them so as, we, consumers are not working so hard to figure it out on our own! Your cards are stunning using the Succulent in BOTH ways and your coloring is so artistic and beautiful!!

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  132. Awesome creations! I especially love the pink "cabbage rose" using the succulent stamp!

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  133. I always enjoy the creativity in your cards, it gives me such inspiration!

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  134. These are beautiful cards! I enjoy the soft and bright colors!

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  135. Gorgeous cards. I wish I was half as talented as you are. Of course using Altenew stamps makes it easy.

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  136. Wonderful cards! Love the cabbage rose!

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  137. These are great designs!!! I love this polka dot washi tape and how you used it.

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  138. Amazing cards! Love how you did the Giant Succulent to look like rose. Great designs, great inspiration. Thanks

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  139. The “cabbage” rose is gorgeous. Beautiful watercoloring too.

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  140. Very pretty cards. Nice work and thanks for sharing.

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  141. Beautiful cards. Thank you for sharing your talents.

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  142. Beautiful and creative. Thank you for sharing.

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  143. Beautiful cards and gorgeous watercolouring!

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  144. Norine's work is fabulous. I follower her on IG. Such an inspiration in my card making.

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  145. Greetings! I love your blog! I am also super excited about this amazing giveaway! Crafty people rock!
    Blessings!
    Rachelle.

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  146. Wow, these cards are gorgeous. Great creations.

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  147. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!

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  148. Gorgeous coloring
    on your cards!
    Carla from Utah

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  149. Lovely cards, I also like that the succulent can be used as a rose. Love a versatile stamp!

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  150. All the cards are beautifully and creatively colored!! they give me so many ideas that I can't to try!!

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  151. It just takes my breath away when those incredibly detailed florals are brought to life by a bit of colour. Your work on these pieces is no exception - beautifully done!

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  152. Lovely cards, especially like what you have done with the Mega Succulent :)

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  153. Beautiful flowers and coloring!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  154. Beautiful cards and coloring! LOVE LOVE LOVE the green/blue succulant!

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  155. Gorgeous cards!! Love the bright coloring and elegant designs. :-)

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  156. I am also a fan of the dotty washi tape! And you have used it well! I love the partial die-cutting to have the floral elements draping over the edge! I also really like the look of the black frame on that card. I don't know that I would have thought to cut one in black, but the effect is very striking. And I saw the succulent first as a rose, so when I saw it as a succulent, I was surprised. (See what happens when you don't read all the text in the products section!) Thanks so much for these very cool looks.

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  157. Wonderful cards. The black frame is something I will case. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  158. Love how you changed up the succulent to be a rose. Both of those cards are really lovely!

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  159. Lovely cards! Thanks for sponsoring the celebration!

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  160. Great cards! Like your style!

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  161. Gorgeous cards! Love succulents :)

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  162. So creative! I love how you colored the succulent in the traditional colors and then switched it up by coloring it as a rose. It's really beautiful that way! The clean and simple design of the black and white cards are my favorite. The pastel flowers and the washi tape are lovely.

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  163. Such pretty cards! I agree that the succulent can look like a rose depending on how it is colored. I really like yours!

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  164. The mega succulent is the most beautiful stamp I think I've ever seen! I love that your colored one as a succulent and the other as a rose. A sure sign of a versatile stamp .TFS.

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  165. Your cards are beautiful...esp water colored!!!!

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  166. I love blog hops because they inspire me to create!!!

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  167. All of your cards are wonderful, but the last one with the black frame is a particular favorite!

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  168. beautiful cards, I really like the Washi Tape back ground.

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  169. Great inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

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  170. Gorgeous cards! You have inspired me to take out those watercolor pencils! I love how you turned the succulent into a giant rose, it's stunning.

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  171. Lovely cards and gorgeous stamp set :)

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  172. Very pretty cards...love that big rose.

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