Thursday, January 23, 2014

Hero Hostess Blog Hop 2014


I gotta tell ya, the Hero Arts Catalog Blog Hop with the Hero Hostesses is one of the highlights of my crafting year! I just love Hero Arts, the stamps are so excellent and the people there are the best! It's so wonderful to get the band of lovely hosti back together. I feel very blessed to be part of this group.

Hero Arts will be awarding prizes from randomly drawn comments. For a chance to win, leave a comment on any of the stops along the hop on any day, including each day’s starting post at the Hero Club Blog. The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning!

You should have arrived here via Crafty Girl Designs, the blog of sweet and talented Anita! If you get lost along the way today you can always head back to the Hero Arts blog to get back on track.

I had lots of fun with the stamps I received: Birthday Blackboard, Petals of Beauty, Dauber Bunch and Need Caffeine. I used them all and even added some of my older cherished Hero Arts stamps. Yes, I cherish my Old Letter Writing stamp and it comes out to play often.

Quick and Easy is the theme for my cards. I have found I have less time to stamp for fun now that I'm working more. I stamped all but one of these cards in one day, how great is that?

First up I had a bit of fun with the Dauber Bunch set. I will be playing with lots of different techniques with this set, but for this card I was inspired to fill the flower petals with text so I did a bit of masking to create this card:

I used mini sponge daubers to fill the petals with Butter Bar Shadow ink, Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade Distress inks. The patterned paper is from Lawn Fawn's brand new Hello Sunshine 6x6 paper.
I'm learning to embrace the white space and in a effort to actually send my cards in the mail I've chosen to leave this card unembellished.

Next I made three cards using the beautiful new wood mount Petals of Beauty stamp:

Old Letter Writing makes an appearance here! The lovely floral image is stamped with Hero Arts Mid Tone Shadow ink in Charcoal. More Hello Sunshine paper, some twine and a few enamel dots finish this simple card.

Just more simple stamping, this stamp is perfect for quick and elegant cards.



I absolutely love this Birthday Blackboard stamp!! It stamps so nicely and it's adorable. I used Charcoal Shadow ink and trimmed it out to pop up on the fun Hello Sunshine paper. The twine is a new color of Lawn Trimmings called Cloudy. I just love how easy this card came together, I can make a bunch of these to have on hand and (hopefully) never miss sending another birthday card!


The minute I saw the Need Caffeine clear set I knew I wanted to make a set of note cards with it. I kept my Charcoal ink out to stamp these solid images. The card bases are brand new 4 Bar size note cards from Lawn Fawn. These are the pretty gray color called Hippo. I used some scraps of Hello Sunshine and Let's Polka paper and this set came together quickly with some die cut pieces. 

I can use this set as a gift or just send individual greetings to my equally caffeinated friends!

Now it's time to send you on your way to My Impressions, to see what sweet and talented Sarah has to share. Before you go I hope you will leave a comment and consider following my blog. 

blessings,
nancy

Here's all the wonderful Hero Arts products I used for this post:


267 comments:

  1. They're all gorgeous!!! Love the chalkboard ones!!!

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  2. Everyone is just lovely! I especially like the Dauber Bunch set! Looks like a lot of FUN!

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  3. Very cute cards- I love that birthday chalkboard stamp!

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  4. You have created so many beautiful cards, Nancy. Love each one. :-)

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  5. such lovely cards! absolutely love them all!

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  6. Great designs. Love each and every one. Love your pops of color. Fantastic to share sisterhood in the hop this week.

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  7. Wow, you have been busy. I love your cards especially the floral one in Charcoal. Very soft and elegant.

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  8. WOW, Nancy, what a beautiful batch of cards! All styles, all colors, all beautifully stamped! Love 'em!

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  9. Lovely cards. Looks like you had a lot of fun playing with your new stamps.

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  10. Some very nice fast and easy cards!

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  11. OMG! What a wonderful collection of cards. I love all of them. I love the color combinations you used!

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  12. Nancy, what a wonderful assortment of cards! I especially love the petals of beauty assortment .. You have really showcased the potential of the 2014 catalog stamps. Love being your hostess sister!!

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  13. WOW perfect cards and set Nancy, You Rocked it!! xoxoxoxoxo

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  14. These are such fabulous cards!

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  15. What lovely cards these all are. I love trying out new techniques, but as you say, sometimes it is good to go back to simple stamping and let the images speak for themselves. Thanks for the reminder.

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  16. Wow, what a wonderful assortment of cards, Nanc! I love each one! Your colors and stamping couldn't be more perfect! Loved hopping with you this week - hugs! ♥

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  17. These are super cute. I really like the card set!!

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  18. I want all your cards they are so cute. And I really like the caffeine cards at the bottom. The gray polka dots are awesome. TFS

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  19. I cannot tell you which card I like more than the other.. they are all stunning!

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  20. These are all beautiful cards! I really love the look of the blackboard stamp card against the dotted background. Wonderful work!

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  21. All of these cards are great. I think my favorite is the second. I love that flower image stamped in gray. I love Hero Arts stamps, but after seeing this hop, I can't wait to try the inks. The colors are gorgeous.

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  22. Oh, my, I love all your cards! My special favorite is the charcoal flower with the script writing and the pop of color. I'm pretty sure that script is a must have for me now that I've seen it!

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  23. You cards are adorable! I love them all.

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  24. Hmmm ... I was trying to choose a favorite. It's so hard cuz I think they are all fabulous! My eye was drawn to the polka dots on the chalkboard birthday card and the enamel dots on the flower card. Thanks for wonderful ideas!

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  25. Love your assortment of cards Nancy! Everyone of them is beautiful! Love hopping with you this week too! :)

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  26. OH, my, but you've been a busy bee! These are so great. I am nuts over that charcoal flower on that great background.....wish I hadn't promised myself that there will be no more wood-mounted stamps. Your dots are ALL adorable, too, nancy. Thanks for sharing so much with us.

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  27. Such a gorgeous set of cards, love all the different designs. Thanks for all the inspiration!!!

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  28. Gorgeous cards, Nancy! I can see that the wood mounted flower stamp is going to be a very popular one.

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  29. Wow all your cards are fabulous! I am a subscriber to your blog so I see your art daily!

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  30. Well now, you certainly picked several of lmy faves for your cards. Love the birthday and woodcut stamps and how you used them.

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  31. Wow, wow, wow!!! Love your take on the Petals stamp! I really must get that one, so very pretty! Great use of the daubers, so colorful and vibrant! And so neat to see the Old Letter Writing stamp back in action!

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  32. Great projects! Shades of grey are trend setting this year.

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  33. Like the variety & backgrounds.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  34. Great cards Nancy! I love the gray with the punch of color- so cheerful! :)

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  35. love the gray flower--and how your cards make use of the gray and wonderful colors together!

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  36. Wow! All these are beautiful. They are all my favorites. Well, maybe the charcoal petal flower card is my most favorite! :)

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  37. Your first. And was my favorite. Very bright

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  38. SO CUTE!!! I love the Need Caffeine creations!

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  39. Your cards are gorgeous and beautifully done.

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  40. I love the white space! Coffee cards are a current favorite of mine. Thanks for the love.

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  41. They are all wonderful! My wish list keeps on growing.

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  42. Love the simplicity of the cards. Love the coffee themed set! Great job!

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  43. Wow, what an amazing group of cards Nancy! I absolutely adore the second card with the flower stamped in grey on the text. I think I'll have to CASE this design.

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  44. I love all your cards but I especially love the bright colors you used on the grey background. They are simple but so beautiful! cherinfo@comcast.net

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  45. What a wonderful selection. I love what you have done with the Petal of Beauty stamp

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  46. Such beautiful cards Nancy! I love how you used the words with the flowers. Beautiful stamps and such great ideas. Thank you for sharing you're creations. I just love the graph background stamp.

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  47. There is no way I can pick a favorite here - all I can say is that I want them all - lol! When I think of how you were saying you didn't know if you would have time to come up with anything "special"...! (I giggle to think what would happen if you had had TWO days to play - lol!)

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  48. I love your cards! that one with the text where you used the masking technique is just FAB!!!!

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  49. I started following you're blog under the name Linda T.

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  50. Love all if your cards & note set. Love that chalkboard stamp myself! Great job.

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  51. Love the dauber bunch set....the white space looks great.

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  52. These are all wonderful! Each one is great in its own way. Thanks for sharing and inspiring us!

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  53. Wow Nancy, you've been busy and I can tell you've had great fun with your new stamps! Your cards are fantastic - wonderful designs, colours and I love all the brilliant details! I'm so happy to be hopping with you this week:)

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  54. I absolutely LOVE everything that you created for this hop, Nancy! The text flowers with the daubers, that set of note cards and petal card... Inspiring!

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  55. Great cards! I especially love the coffee cards!

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  56. Wonderful cards! I love the need caffeine set and how you used the grey card bases! Awesome stamp sets!

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  57. I love polka dots and your card are so charming

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  58. love the little circles of text in the flowers! tfs!!!

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  59. Nancy, I love that you created so many cards and I totally agree that being able to mail them easily is a great idea and keeps them simple. Beautiful colors and design choices!!

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  60. So many cards Nancy! And they are all stunning. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win :-)

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  61. Beautiful. All the cards are just super great.

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  62. Gosh Nancy, you have been busy, love all your cards!! Great to be hopping with you again!.

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  63. Great collection of cards, love your bright dauber flowers especially!

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  64. Wow, Nancy! You rocked the stamps! I'm especially smitten with that coffee set! LOVE!!

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  65. I love the beautiful and vibrant cards that you created, Nancy!

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  66. Your cards are great, Nancy! I especially love how you used that wonderful Petals of Beauty stamp--onto my wishlist!

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  67. So much inspiration on this blog hop! Simply fabulous cards Nancy.

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  68. Great cards - love all of them.
    isoscia@aol.com

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  69. Love all of these, Nancy! My fave is that birthday background stamp. Need that!

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  70. My favorites are the grey background cards! Love the layouts! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  71. Wow Nancy, so many great cards! The first one is my favorite! Greetings from Belgium, Annelies

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  72. Nancy your cards a lovely - I like the chalkboard and the colors chosen on the first card with the wording and sponged circles - a great layout of wonderful cards - TFS -have a wonderful day - gail
    utb 01 @ att dot net

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  73. Such beautiful simple cards! Even if my note is small, I like to have a card with some punch, your ideas are just the ticket!

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  74. Love how you brought colors and textures together with these cards! I think my favorite was the b&w chalk foreground with the polka dots behind!

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  75. all so pretty! the petals of beauty are beautiful! and the set of cards in the greytones is really lovely
    thanks
    Holly

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  76. great cards! that birthday card with the polka dot pattern is to die for!!

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  77. Oh my word, so many great cards! Love your mix of different styles here. They all turned out just beautifully!

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  78. I love the stamping technique, the polka dots and stripes. Perfect!

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  79. Such bright and happy cards, Nancy. TY :)

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  80. WOW you were one busy bee love all the cards. Making a set what a great idea! Have a great day

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  81. Lots of cool cards here. I'm so happy I have the dauber set. Can't wait to CASE your work. Thanks so much for all the great ideas.

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  82. Beautiful cards! I am especially loving how you showcased those watercolor flowers, so pretty!

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  83. Great cards and ideas. Especially loved the dauber one - so cute! TFS!

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  84. Love all the cards but the coffee set is my favorite!

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  85. Clever you - I love your creations - the coffee cards are my favourite .

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  86. Simply lovely cards. You are so versatile showing different styles, layers and designs. Thanks.

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  87. Wonderful cards. The first card really caught my eye. Love the colors and dot flowers.

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  88. Wow!! Loving!! The amazing inspiration being shared!! Thanks so much for sharing and for the chances to win!! Have a Fabulous Week!! ;)

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  89. NO way could I pick a favorite. I love them all! Great colors and style. thanks for sharing.

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  90. Gorgeous cards. Love the yellow and grey combo.

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  91. GASP! I love your cards! So pretty and so many! You accomplished a lot in one day! I made my 1st card in one day lol! But it had been a bit since i paper crafted. Nice to be in the same day as you Nancy!

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  92. I love the flower stamps you used here. They are lovely & oh so pretty.

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  93. Just love the chalkboard cards....so pretty...dot flowers are very cute. Thanks for the ideas!!!

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  94. So colourful, fun and happy, Nancy ... wonderful cards!

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  95. What an amazing array of cards.....I love them all! The flowers are just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing :)

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  96. How fun your
    cards are! Lots
    of great details.
    Carla from Utah

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  97. Your second card, with the grey flower and vibrant dots, is just beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  98. I really like the dauber bunch set. Your card is adorable. I need to try masking some day :)

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  99. These are my kind of cards, Quick and Easy. Love all of them especially the first one using the daubers. These are a must have for my stash. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  100. Thanks for sharing your cards, Nancy. They are ALL so pretty!

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  101. Love the cards and all the new products.

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  102. Fabulous cards, Nancy! I love how you played with all of these new stamps...so inspiring, too ~ Thank you!

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  103. Love all your fun and happy cards Nancy. Great examples for birthday cards. Always love to see birhday cards.

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  104. So excited to see all the amazing cards and also love your adorable blog.

    I have to admit that I lost my way along this hop and thought for sure I had already been by and left a comment?? But, apparently my Fibro Fog took over, because I can't seem to find it???

    I also wanted to thank you for sharing your wonderful talent and for being part of the Hostess team! Way to go!!!

    Good Luck and thanks again!!!!
    Lisa

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  105. Genious cards, specially the ones with handwriting background...

    http://gracielliedesign.blogspot.com/

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  106. Awesome...simply, yet classy!

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  107. I really love the grey on grey tones of the floral card, and the text in the dauber flowers is simply fantastic!

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  108. Wow such wonderful cards...love the text in the flower petals on the first and how you showcased so many stamps! jeandonny2000 at hotmail dot com

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  109. Beautiful cards...so cheerful! Thanks so much for sharing so many projects!

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  110. Your cards are all beautiful, thanks for sharing.

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  111. Loved all your cards
    TFS your work and being an inspiration

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  112. Wow! Love all your cards. Just going to have to invest in some of those daubers.

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  113. Love how the cards work together as an adorable set!
    suzimetatyahoodotcom

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  114. wow, a lot of cards. I especially love your caffeine note set.

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  115. That shadowy flower card is just beautiful!

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  116. WOW -- you made an awesome bunch of cards. I especially love the coffee set.

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  117. Such beautiful cards, especially the petal cards.

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  118. Love the simplicity of the blackboard birthday card; thank you for so much inspiration.

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  119. Fantastic cards! I really "need" that Petals of Beauty stamp. It's gorgeous!

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  120. I love the contrast of the beautiful flower stamp with the graph paper(quarter inch squares.

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  121. I love your dauber card and your chalk background card and your Need Caffeine card ...ok so I love them all. Thanks for the inspiration and I think I need these stamps!

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  122. Love the Dauber Bunch set and the card you made with it!

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  123. love all these cards - particularly the ones with the petals of beauty stamp! Thks for sharing

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  124. Wonderful cards - love the watercolour flower.

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  125. Such utterly beautiful and fantastic cards! Thanks for sharing your creative talent!

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  126. great job using those stamps. really neat cards.

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  127. What an amazing array of beautiful cards!

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  128. Wow - what a great batch of cards, Nancy! Just love your caffinated card set and all the gorgeous Petals of Beauty cards! That Dauber Bunch card looks great with the text and the fun patterned strips. Thanks for the inspiration - such fun hopping with you this week!!

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  129. These are all great!!!! You're so creative!

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  130. fun cards - esp love the flower ones - easy to make a card when we are all so busy thanks for sharing

    Barb Housner

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  131. Wonderful cards. I especially Love the chalkboard against the bright polka dots. the caffeinated set were adorable...love them all

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  132. Super sweet cards Nancy! I especially enjoy the first one!

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  133. Really like how you used the daubers in the flower petals. Very Cute!

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  134. These are all beautiful! Love the text in the dauber flowers!

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  135. Love love love your cards. So beautiful!

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  136. Great Cards- Like your use of the charcoal mid-tone

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  137. Wonderful cards--I like the colors and the text on the first one.

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  138. ohmy....you are just amazing,Nancy! All of your card are gorgeous! Love...Love them All ♥

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  139. Great cards, I think the grey background really set off the stamps and colors.

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  140. Love the cards.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  141. All the cards are great, but my favorite is the "Just saying Hello" with the colorful stripes, it really catches your eye. Then a close second is the birthday card.
    Thanks for sharing your talent on a very nice blog hop.

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  142. Beautiful, simple cards! I love your mix of colors.

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  143. Nancy! WOWZA!!! Amazing, amazing cards...each and very one of them! I absolutely adore the caffeine card set!

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  144. Gorgeous cards, love the "Just Saying Hello" ones!

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  145. All your cards are great. You made a wonderful assortment. tFS

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  146. Your cards are fantastic. I love quick and easy.

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  147. I really love your flower cards! They are so cute!

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  148. Love your colourful and fun cards, fabulous inspiration!!

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  149. Love your colourful and fun cards, fabulous inspiration!!

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  150. Awesome cards! I like them all :)

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  151. Wow, I love your cards. Cute and colourful!

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  152. Love all of your cards...especially the first one with the text circles as flower petals! All are inventive and fun!

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  153. I love all the different backgrounds ! All the cards are lovely

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  154. I really like what you did with the dauber bunch stamp! I like the coloring on several of your cards, cheery. The gray coffee cards are really cute too.

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  155. Super cute. All the stamps have been used in such a beautifull way. God bless

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  156. A fab set of cards - love the cards you made with the Petals of Beauty, especially paired with the Old Letter Writing! Lots of inspiration :)

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  157. I just love your 'Just saying Hello' card!!! It is beautiful!!!

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  158. Love all of your cards but that first one really caught my eye. Coloring in the flower petals with the ink daubers make such a fun burst of color!

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  159. Awesome cards !! I loved the first one more :D !

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  160. What a wonderful assortment of cards! I love the florals so much!

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  161. Delightful set of cards and such variety. So much fun!

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  162. Goodness me Nancy, you have been so busy with all these amazing cards. I LOVE them all and simply couldn't pick a favourite.

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  163. Awesome cards. I also bought some of these stamps, thanks for the ideas.

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  164. wonderful chalkboard look. Love the petals of beauty stamp. That one is definitely on my wishlist! TFS!

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  165. I love the simple cards with the woo mounted stamp, I need simple!

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  166. Your cards are very inspiring

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  167. I love it when you use the same stamp in different ways!

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  168. great cards...I'm glad you embraced the white space...

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  169. All your cards are gorgeous, but I love the delicate greys and whites with the bright pop of colour - superb!

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  170. Great cards! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  171. Wow, you have been busy! Those cards are all awesome!

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  172. Love these cards, just fantastic !!!

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  173. wow, so much fun! Lovely work. I love the texty blooms colored with the daubers!

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  174. Love the color in your cards...cute!

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  175. wow! you did a great job/art with all your cards.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  176. Very simple, but very elegant. I like your style.

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  177. Excellent cards- liked your use of color and mixed media.
    Dee Ann Matthews

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  178. Love your cards. That charcoal ink is really pretty!

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  179. Wow, all your cards are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  180. Loved your cards....The colors were great!

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Thanks for your comments, I love hearing from you!