Monday, August 27, 2018

Ruby's Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop

Welcome to Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary 2-Day Blog Hop! This hop is epic with more than 70 guests and over $1,000 in sponsored prizes! Not only are we celebrating four years since Rubeena first discovered cardmaking but also crafting in general. This industry is made up of wonderful individuals who are creative, inspirational, kind, and incredibly supportive! Hop along so you can learn about why we create and how much joy it brings us!


I first "met" Ruby when she applied to be on my Design Team in the Spring of 2015, just after she discovered cardmaking. Even at that time, I could tell she had talent and of course she was picked to be on the team that term! It's been fun watching her grow and some of her creations just WOW me. 

Me on the other hand?! I feel like I'm a newbie and I've been stamping for like 25 years. Wait, how old am I? bwhahahahahaha Owning my shop the past 5 years and having two small kids hasn't allowed me much time to play. I do get to ooohhh and ahhhhh over all the goodies coming into the shop though and make my mental wish lists. I did just the other day swipe this Thankful Leaves turnabout from Concord & 9th which is my favorite yet. I LOVE fall and just can't wait for my season to arrive. HA!


Sooooo I'm kind of cheating by not posting a project, buttttt I am totally swiping these. Have you tried the Versafine Clair inks yet? I had already taken a couple of colors and really like how they stamp. Looks like I'll be adding a few more colors to my collection. ;)

If you feel like doing a little retail therapy, I'd love for you to check out my shop. You can use the code RUBYSFRIENDS10 for 10% off TODAY, 8/27 and tomorrow, 8/28.

You should have arrived here from Kymona Tracey's blog. 
Your next stop is Darnell Knauss.

GIVEAWAYS

In celebration of this anniversary, we have several amazing sponsors. Let’s thank them for their generosity! Winners will be randomly selected from comments left on all the blogs. The winners will be announced by Wednesday, September 5 on this page. Winners will have up to 2 weeks to contact Rubeena at ararerubycrafts@gmail.com to claim their prize before another winner is selected.

Studio Katia - $50 gift card
Hello Bluebird - $50 gift card
Altenew - $50 Gift card
Pinkfresh Studio - $30 gift card
Gina K. Designs - $50 gift card
Clearly Besotted - £25 gift card
Simon Says Stamp - $25 gift card
Spellbinders Card Kit ($55 value).
Jennifer McGuire - $50 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Winnie & Walter, LLC - $40 gift card
Mama Elephant - $25 gift card
Hero Arts - $25 gift card
Nichol Spohr LLC - Custom-sewn rainbow pencil case filled with brand new Spellbinders dies
Danielle Flynn - $25 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Picket Fence Studios - four $25 gift cards
Ellen Hutson - two $25 gift cards  
Pretty Pink Posh - two $30 gift cards
The Stamp Market - July 2018 Release (estimated $100 value)
Indigojade Art Shop - $50 gift card to Art Prints & Gifts Shop
Flora & Fauna - a 4x6 stamp set
Waffle Flower - $25 gift card
Power Poppy - $50 gift card

You can check for winners after the hop HERE.

156 comments:

  1. I love Concord and 9th AND fall leaves! Must give this a try!

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  2. It's funny how you feel that you "know"
    so many crafters - just from their
    blog postings. When you get a chance
    to meet them in person - it's like
    meeting a rock star. Going to
    check out your shop. Wish you
    were in my area. thanks for
    sharing. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  3. I'm with you, can't wait for fall, looking forward to all the fall & Christmas products.

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  4. How excited that you own a store; I'm definitely going to check it out.

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  5. Vanessa, you have a wonderful eye for talent! Ruby, is truly gifted! I love your shop and the honor of having been part of your DT!!

    Hugs&Blessings,
    Mayra

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  6. Love those Clair inks! they are so fun to use.

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  7. Love those stamp and die sets. thanks for the code.

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  8. I have not tried the Versafine Clare inks yet. I haven't even tried any distress oxides!! I seem to always be behind the times ... lol That C9 set is gorgeous ... love that BIG leaf!!

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  9. Yay! You are one of my favorite places to shop! I have been eyeing those VersaClair inks and been wanting to try them...such an enabler! Fall is my favorite season too!! Thank you for being a part of this hop!!

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  10. I haven't tried these inks yet, but I love my oxide's.

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  11. I have not tried these inks but always up for something new!

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  12. I have not tried those ink pads yet...I love the Versafine Black...use it all the time....I just bookmarked your store...will come back later to check it out...
    Thanks for supporting Rubeena....she is so talented....lovely to see how many are celebrating her anniversary......awesome.....hugs

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  13. I agree, those versafine clair inks work really well and are easy to use.

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  14. I love summer but Fall
    will be here before I'm
    ready for it. Great looking
    goodies though.
    Carla from Utah

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  15. This looks like a really neat stamp set for fall.

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  16. I have not tried those ink pads yet.

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  17. The fall stamps and dies look great. Haven't tried the inks yet, but the colors look wonderful for fall!

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  18. Haven't tried Versafine Clair inks yet but sounds like I need to. Love the Concord & 9th stamps/dies too! TFS!

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  19. I agree with you about the Versafine Clair ink. I bought the Nocturn (black) to test it out and really love how it stamps. I hope to add more colors as budget permits.

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  20. Totally know what you mean about crafting for decades and still being a bit behind these awesome gals who are superstars in a few years!! lol...
    I really want to try out the Versafine Clairs. I already love the regular Versafines.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  21. I have not tried the Versafine Clair inks yet but I am intrigued! I love my Versafine Onyx black ink.

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  22. The Versafine Clair inks are something I want to try soon! And, I love the Concord & 9th stamps, too.

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  23. Lovely stamps, I will look into these inks. I do like the black Versafine ink.

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  24. I will have to try the ink pads. I have a few of Concord & 9th stamps and love coloring them.

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  25. Looks like a lot of creativity waiting to happen with those gorgeous leaf stamps, dies and versafine clair ink pads. I've been a card maker for over 20 years and crafting all my life. It never gets boring, always something new to learn.

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  26. I love autumn colours ! The leaves look beautiful, I've not tried these stamps yet . Very tempting lol xx

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  27. No I havent tried those inks yet, but they are on my wish list for when I next go crafty shopping, thanks for your discount offers too, very generous.
    Diane Lousie xx

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  28. I've not tried those inks, but have heard amazing things about them. New products make crafting such fun!

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  29. I do have some of those inks, but haven't tried them yet, heard they are amazing!! I absolutely love your store and shop online at least once a week so that coupon now gives me a reason to shop even more!!

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  30. I haven't tried those versa claire inks .... yet! Love your shop and thanks for the generous coupon too.

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  31. Fall is my favorite season too and that Concord & 9th set looks sweet!

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  32. I love Fall! Thanks for the inspriration

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  33. I haven't tried the Versafine Clair but have heard good things. Thanks for being a part of the great blog hop.
    (Gilda)

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  34. I would love to try out the turnabout stamps sometime. They look so cool.

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  35. Thanks for all the inspiration, how beautiful!!!

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  36. I have to get the new concord & 9th fall set. It's amazing. Can't wait for fall

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  37. I have shopped at Your store and loved it! Good inspiration

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  38. Love that C&9th Thankful Leaves set! It is definitely on my wish list! And I can't wait to try the Versafine Clair inks... I've heard great things about them, and the colors are beautiful!

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  39. I haven't tried those inks but I love Concord & 9th!

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  40. Vanessa, you are a hoot! I love how you gave me such a great opportunity in the cardmaking world and I will never forget your kindness. Thank you for celebrating with me today!

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  41. Oh I really love those gorgeous c9 fall set .And I need to try those versafine Clair inks. ❤️πŸ’•❤️

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  42. Lovely to see the autumn ideas. My favourite time of the year. Great inspiration.

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  43. I love all these turnabout stamps. You can make so many great thing s with them. Thank you for inspiring

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  44. I've been crafting for about 10 years and I am always amazed at all the new products that come out each month! The Concord and 9th turnabouts are so fun!

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  45. I have not tried those inks yet but the colors you showed would be great for Fall. I love all the colors and images of Autumn so I am excited to see all these new products.

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  46. I haven't tried these inks yet but they do look like fun to play with. I love the colors of Fall too, it's just magical.

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  47. Fall is my absolutely FAVorite Season! Must try some of the Clair inks!

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  48. I have these inks on my wish list, especially the black, my go to! ♥

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  49. I love fall as well and am rather impatiently (LOL) waiting for it to arrive.
    These C & 9th stamps & dies look awesome. I haven't tried these inks yet though but they seem to be very popular so I KNOW they must be good.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  50. I love fall and i really want to try these inks.

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  51. Fall means no more sweltering heat here in Texas so, yep, me too on the Fall season. I'm going to have to try some of these inks after seeing them on so many blogs. TFS!

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  52. Love you card, and fall and these supplies are gorgeous. I haven't tried those inks yet.

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  53. I love fall, too! My favorite thing is crunching leaves underfoot. ☺ That stamp set looks great!

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  54. I haven't tried those inks..but would love to …;).. I love fall too..this season have some beautiful colours.

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  55. Love the turnabout stamps! Must get the one with the leaves!! Love your shop!

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  56. You know I love your store!!! I’m hoping to make a trip up to see the storefront soon!!!

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  57. Oh, I haven't tried the Versafine Clair inks yet. Curious now.

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  58. Cheater...LOL. I do love your products tho. I've heard great things about the Claire line and will have to try them soon.

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  59. These products look so fun - must give them a try:)

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  60. I've been eyeing these products for a while - might be time to jump in!

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  61. I’ve not tried Clair inks. I’ll have to look in to them and especially the fall turnabout stamp!

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  62. I'm so ready for fall! 90 degree heat is not my thing, for sure! Love that Turnabout stamp & will be checking out your shop today!

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  63. Neat stamps and Inks, I'm anxious to try the Clairs. Congrats to Rubeena!

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  64. I love fall, and I just bought the Thankful Leaves set -- my first turnabout -- and I love it!

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  65. I love that turnabout stamp! It's on my wishlist!

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  66. I have some other Concord and 9th sets that I want to play with. i wish there were more hours in a day. I'm sure you can relate to that. As for the inks, I recently won a selection of Tsukineko inks and am hoping these willminclude some of the new inks. Still waiting patiently for the parcel to make its way to Greece...

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  67. Congratulations to Rubeena! Love her work. And what an amazing group this crafting world is to sponsor such wonderful prizes.

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  68. Thanks for highlighting these products. Fall has such beautiful colors to inspire us!

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  69. I have some Clair inks, but haven't tried them yet. Thanks for sharing

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  70. Pity you had no chance to share any of your makes, but I did enjoy reading your story about your relationship with Rubeena :-) Thank you so much for celebrating with her - I love our community!

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  71. Love Versafine Clair inks! They are amazing! Enjoyed your post so much - congrats on being a part of such an amazing event!

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  72. I have never seen these inks but I will look for them. Thank you.

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  73. This is just insanely creative! I love it!

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  74. Bring on the fall yall! This set looks so fun:)

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  75. next time i'm "home" i'll stop in your storefront. i live in FL now but grew up close to where you are in VT. Fall is beautiful in NE

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  76. I haven't tried Versafine Clair inks, but I should definitely get some!
    Thanks for the inspiration.

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  77. just got that stamp set and have loved making a few cards with it - those Versasine Clair inks look like a perfect partner for this wonderful stamp set!

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  78. That turnabout stamp set really is a 'must have'.....enjoy. :) Loopyloo

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  79. I've only heard good things about Versafine Clair.... I'm definitely going to have to try them!

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  80. I will only use Versa Fine Claire Nocturne ink for my sentiments now. I just got a few more colors to try.

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  81. I like my VersaFine Claire Nocturne ink - works great :)

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  82. I have not tried them but I totally need to!

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  83. I haven't tried these inks, but would love to :) And Concord and 9th turn about stamps are great! :)

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  84. I agree....the inks really are fab. Thanks for taking part in this fun celebration.
    Blessings,
    Karen Letchworth
    www.karen-mycuprunnethover.blogspot.com

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  85. Fall is awesome!
    Thanks for sharing...

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  86. So many inks! I haven't tried the VersaFine Clair inks yet. They are on my super long wish list! Fall is my absolute favorite. It also helps that my birthday is in September.

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  87. Thank you sponsors for this super-hop. And thank you for the info and inspiration here! Trying to accept that Fall is coming...

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  88. I have not tried those inks yet, but am wanting to soon. Thank you for the discount code!

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  89. These are great stamp and die sets! I love fall colors but hate that it means summer is over and cold weather is coming. Thanks for offering everyone a discount from your shop.

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  90. Need to try the versafine inks!

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  91. I haven't tried those inks yet but I definitely want to, and that leaf turnabout is on my list!

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  92. I've been eyeing that leaf set as well!

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  93. I love fall and I'm all about turnabout stamps. I have a few of them and use them as often as possible.

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  94. I am so happy you joined in Rubeena's anniversary celebration. I was not aware of your shop or blog and now I am. I get a new blog to read and new bloggers to follow and most importantly a new place to shop, it's a win, win for me - I love it! :)

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  95. Love Concord & 9th! They were one of the first stamp companies I discovered when I started card making.

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  96. I haven't tried Claire Inks but I really love Concord & 9th stamps!

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  97. I haven't tried those inks yet, but have heard many good things!

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  98. No project but a new Addicted set πŸ˜… I love autumnal colours.

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  99. The fall turnabout is definitely one of my favorites. I’m a fall baby, so the colors and cozy feeling of the season are in my blood. Those ink colors are beautiful, I’ll have to try those.

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  100. wow I hadn't seen that fall turnabout yet! LOVE it. I love fall too, except maybe this year, because it's bittersweet as it begins my son's senior year of high school. Don't blink and enjoy your little ones.

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  101. What a generous offer...I'm a big fan of both C9 and VersaFine Clair (actually any VersaFine:).

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  102. I really want to try the Clair inks!! I love anything and everything leaves!!

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  103. It is interesting to learn how each person in the hops know Rubeena. I'll check out your store soon.

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  104. Those inks look very interesting, thanks for sharing.

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  105. I need to try out those links I have just heard rave reviews about them! Thanks for giving a discount code!

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  106. Such a pretty and versatile stamp set. I can be spring/summer or Fall/Winter. The inks I've not used.

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  107. I haven’t tried these inks. Those Concord and 9th stamps are beautiful!

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  108. What a great stamp set! I haven't tied a turnabout stamp set yet but I might have to break down with this one because fall is my favorite time of the year too! I haven't tried the Clair inks yet.

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  109. A beautiful stamp, I love all the leaf stamps because I love fall so much. I have tried a couple of the Versafine Claire inks and they stamp beautifully.

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  110. This Fall turnabout stamp is pretty! I have not tried these inks. I just received my first order from your shop (as a gift) - great service!!

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  111. If those Versafine Claire inks stamp as good as versafine black ink...I will need to add them to my collection soon.

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  112. I just picked up the Nocturne Clair pad at my LSS last weekend but haven't had a chance to play with it yet. Maybe tonight if I finish hopping with some time left over!!! The other colors looked divine! Gotta love all of the C&9th turnabout stamps!!! I'm trying to bust out some Fall cards now cause I know once it hits I won't want to spend any time in my craft room!

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  113. So far, I didn’t try turnabout stamps from Concord & 9th, nor the Versafine Clair. But they both are on my wishlist for sure !!
    [margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

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  114. Awesome products!!! Love so much Fall colors!!!

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  115. Have always loved your shop! Thanks for offering a discount, and great selection of inks and stamps to try for fall!

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  116. I love the leave die cut! I’ve seen so many amazing projects from that die! It’s on my wishlist!

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  117. I haven't tried those inks, or that stamp company! It's like everything else, on my wish list!! lol!!

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  118. Hooray for fall and beautiful ink colors!

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  119. I love Fall, too. And Concord & 9th EVERYTHING! So this is a great "show" for us. And I've heard about those Clair inks. Gonna have to get me some :-)

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  120. The turnabout stamps from Concord are really fantastic, I have already a few of them. As for the Versafine ink pads, I did not have the chance to try them. My budget does not allow me to buy all the goodies I'd love to have πŸ˜”!

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  121. I haven’t tried those inks maybe I will soon! Thanks for sharing

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  122. I only have the Nocturne Clair pad and I love it! I do not have any Concord & 9th turn around stamps. Hopefully soon! I am glad I stumbled across you on this blog hop. Your other projects look awesome!

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  123. Vanessa, I love your choice. Love shopping with you. I am impressed with Versa Fine Clair ink and that you have a longer amount of time to apply embossing powder to it. I will be putting a few colors on my wish list. Once I got the hang of the turn about stamps I love them. Thank your for sharing. I hope you find a time slot to do some crafting.

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  124. I have not tried those inks yet but maybe someday soon.

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  125. I'm amazed at how wonderful Rubeena's cards were from the very beginning! I wish I could say the same for myself, but creating is a little more difficult for me. So happy that you are helping celebrate with Ruby. I too love those leaf stamps from Concord & 9th!

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  126. It seems I am kind of like a lot of other people I too have not tried the Versafine inks yet either!

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  127. No, I haven't had a chance to try the Versafine Clair inks yet, but they are on my list of inks to try!

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  128. Haven't tried Versafine yet! Love Concord & 9th stamps...of course I pretty much like every stamp I see!! I"m somewhat of a newbie, but I'll always be a newbie...just don't have that naturally creative mind, but I love watching all the videos out there & learning how to create new things!!

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  129. I love anything having to do with fall and I also love Concord & 9th...great combo! TFS and being a part of Ruby's anniversary!

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  130. Very elegant card , I've yet to try Concord and 9th .

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  131. I'm finding these inks, the colors very nice. I only have a few but they're very rich. Always love Concord & 9th. Thanks for sharing

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  132. I love my Concord & 9th products. I haven't tried the Versa Fine Clair inks yet, but they're definitely on my wish list.

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  133. I am always inspired by your great designs ad your generous heart, and I LOVE any designs that feature lush fall leaves!

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  134. No, I haven't tried those, just the black. Theyre sitting on my wishlist like that fab C&9th Leaf set!
    Huge congrats to Rubeena!

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  135. so funny that you still "feel like a newbie' after all these years! :) every time something new comes out, I feel the same :D haven't tried the vfclare inks yet

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  136. I've been looking for the perfect leaf stamps for the upcoming fall season and these just might be the ones I need! Thanks for sharing!

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  137. Haven't tried those inks yet, but have heard great things about them. That looks like a great set to have for my FALL projects!

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  138. Fall is my favorite season too! Love these sets by Concord & 9th!

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  139. I love fall too - especially with all the heat this summer!

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  140. SQUEAL!! THANKS for sharing and for the shopping code and chance to WIN!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  141. I would totally swipe those for my personal collection too lol!

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  142. Wow, you are a very busy woman!!! And I've doing some things since like 20 years ago and here we are still learning new things!! I just don't give up and keep being inspired by the "new" and trying different things!

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  143. Haven't yet tried the Clair inks. I'm in awe of those who've been stamping for so long, as I only discovered this hobby last year.

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  144. I love Concord and 9th too. So cool you own a crafting store :)
    ~ Priyanka Kantak

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  145. I have not tried these inks yet but have heard great things about them.

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