Sunday, 28 June 2020

Send Happiness ~ Simon Says Stamp Blog Hop Day 2

Hello friends and Happy Saturday!

Today, is the second day of the Simon Says Stamp Send Happiness 🌈 Blog Hop and I'm really excited to be joining so many talented designers as one of the stops on this exciting hop! You can see the fabulous new release in full by just popping over to Simon Says Stamp and if you've been hopping along, you'll have arrived here from the talented Vicky's blog but if you've just popped by and want to join us from the very beginning, just hop over on the Simon Says Stamp's Blog.

For my card, I got to chill out with the gnomes and created a little woodland magic for my gnome to escape to and this is how I created this piece, using the no line watercoloring technique to add colour to the cutest little gnome I know!
To begin with I created the inky background layer for the 12.5 x 15.5cm kraft card blank. Cut a panel of heavy stock card, 10.5 x 13.5cm and lightly mist the card with water. Spritz the damp card with Speckled Egg and Pumice Stone Distress Spray Stains. Mist again with water and allow the stains to blend but not become muddy in appearance. Once happy, heat dry the inked card and if you want to add more stain, just repeat the process ~ you can always add but you can't take it away!

On the inked card panel, I wanted to create a very subtle pattern and for this I used a flower stamp from the Luck & Hugs Stamp set, inked with Speckled Egg Oxide Ink and stamped the image randomly over the inked background to create a pattern.
After inking the edges of the completed card panel with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, I machine stitched a wonky border around the edge.
I matted the inked card panel onto a piece of burlap, followed by a further panel of mixed media heavy stock card, which is lightly inked around the edge and finally a layer of gold metallic kraft card which I've sanded very lightly to take some of the shine away. I then placed foam pads onto the back of the layers and mounted it onto my card blank.

For the next layer, I used the Filigree Message Rounded Rectangle Die to die cut some of the Heavystock card and then cut around the die to create a 8 x 9cm panel. Using the Tumbled Glass Distress Ink pad, I applied the ink pad directly to the die cut, to ink the surface of the card but I didn't go for a complete coverage, I left some of the card untouched by ink.

Working quickly, I sprinkled some Speckled Egg Distress Embossing Glaze over the top, tapped away the excess and then using a heat gun, gently heated the glaze until it melted. Ink over the top of the glazed panel with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and then matt onto white card, so that it allows a pop of white to show through the die cut, followed by a panel of gold metallic card, leaving a border of gold showing around the outside.
Now to bring the chillin gnome to life and for this I used the no line watercoloring method and stamped the image of the gnome and his toadstools onto watercolour card using Antique Linen Distress Ink. I then watercolored the image with a selection of Distress Marker Pens:
Skin: Antique Linen, Spun Sugar
Beard: Pumice Stone
Hat: Peeled Paint, Candied Apple for the band
Clothes: Candied Apple, Brushed Corduroy, Antique Linen
Toadstools: Candied Apple, Frayed Burlap, Old Paper
Once I had laid down the first wash of colour on all my stamped images, I then built up some shadows and highlights before using Polychromos Pencils to add even more shading which completes the gorgeous little gnome. On the toadstools, I added small white spots using a white fine line pen.

After fussy cutting around the outline of each image, I attached the pieces with foam to my glazed die cut filigree rectangle. Underneath his feet, so that he looked more grounded, I dyed a piece of Mummy Cloth with Peeled Paint Distress Stain and once the cloth was dry, placed it beneath him attaching it with Matte Collage Medium. I then attached the finished panel to my card using foam pads and added small gold Metallic Droplets to each of the top corners of the die cut.
We're nearly there...

...and all that's left is a couple of details, starting with the Summertime label that sits in the top left corner and for this I used a label stamp from Tim Holtz's Field Notes Stamp set and stamped this onto a piece of card, using Barn Door Archival Ink. I then stamped the Summertime wording onto the label, cut the label in half and added some machine stitching before attaching it to my glazed panel and adding a Tiny Clip to clip it in place.
Finally, I used a sentiment strip from the Fresh Blooms set, cut the message "May The days ahead be filled with sunshine & love" and after inking with Antique Linen Distress Ink, I attached this across the bottom of my card, adding a couple of Hardware Heads either side to complete it.
I hope you love the card and made and enjoyed the creative process behind this card. If you haven't tried the no line watercoloring technique, then I hope this inspires you and encourages you to have a go ~ it's really not as hard as you might think but if at first you don't succeed, practice will make perfect!


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Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the blog hop! This means you can leave a comment here and on every stop along the way to increase your chances. Winners will be posted on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Wednesday, 1st July and all winners will need to contact/email Simon Says Stamp to claim their prize. Also, last but by no means least ~ we are also running a special surprise promotion in conjunction with this hop and you can claim one free gift of your choice! The offer is valid until 29TH JUNE at 11:59 EDT, or while supplies last and there are one of four codes for you to choose from to claim your ONE gift!

Thanks so much for hopping by today, hope to see you again soon!
Emma xx


RECIPE FOR CARD:
Simon Says Stamp Send Happiness Release: Chillin Gnomes, Filigree Message Rounded Rectangle Die
Simon Says Stamp products: Luck and Hugs Stamp SetFresh Bloom Sentiment Strips
Tim Holtz Stamps: Field Notes

125 comments:

  1. WOW all the details in your card they are spectacular.

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  2. Oh- WOW! Each layer of this card was pure perfection! Just gorgeous!

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  3. This must have taken you hours to complete, and should be framed. Spectacular card!

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  4. Fab card love the vintage look and ypur coloring.

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  5. Fabulous card! Love your chillin little gnome!

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  6. AMAZING! First time to your blog and I love your creations!

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  7. Yes, I do love this card! Very striking. Thanks, Emma

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  8. Your card is really creative. I love all the coloring, the fabrics and embellishments. I really would like to try and make this myself. Very inspiring.

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  9. This card is so stinkin' adorable!!!

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  10. OMG this is awesome. Your coloring and all the details are wonderful. Thanks for the amazing inspiration.

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  11. WOW Emma! What a beautiful creation you have created!

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  12. really like this card... I adore the teal/turquoise/blues with the red and that gnome is so cute, just a 'chillin with his mushroom. so so cute. Thank you for sharing.,

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  13. This is such a fun and magnificent project ♡♡♡

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  14. Lovely combination of the gnome, filigree and colors.

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  15. WOWZA! That is amazing - love how you combined the different elements. Great result.

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  16. Truly a sweet and adorable card, Emma! Love it!! Maura xxx

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  17. Holy smokes. This is a work of art!

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  18. Love your card and all the details! There are so many layers, but you made it look like they're all an integral part of the card design and not just an extra layer.

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  19. 😍😍 I love this card so much!! Thank you for sharing it with us!! I can't wait to try this design out.

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  20. Oh my! This is just fabulous!

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  21. Wow! This card looks like a painting. So beautiful. You are so talented.

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  22. this would not go anywhere. it
    would stay in my house, on display.
    it is darling. Love all of the
    layering. The gnome is sweet.
    thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. This card is stunning - absolutely freakin' stunning! I love all the background layers and the inking, blending, embossing, etc that you did on each layer to make it unique and get such an amazing look. Just Wow.

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  24. What an absolutely wonderful card. The details are amazing. I love the background. That’s for your detailed descriptions.

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  25. Trying to pick my jaw up off the floor after
    looking at this stunning creation! Gorgeous!!!

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  26. Wonderful look to the coloring and layers created.

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  27. Really great! Love the gnome set so much.

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  28. What a unique combination of Tim Holtzisness with Gnomey whimsy! It works wonderfully.

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  29. Adorable card. Love the gnome.

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  30. I love the vintage vibe of your card!! Fabulously done!!

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  31. So many layers and details in this card! Lovely. And, the Filigree die has a totally different look, with your technique!

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  32. WOW WOW WOW! I love all the layers and your coloring... just incredible!

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  33. I love these antique art designs! Wonderful colors and organization

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  34. That is a gorgeous piece. I love your colour palette and the colouring, and I love all the little details!

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  35. Love all the work you did on this piece.

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  36. All those extra details make for an over the top card! Simply lovely...

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  37. Such a masterpiece, Emma! The details are spectacular. Love this card.

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  38. I am new to your blog. Your card is the most amazing thing I’ve seen in a while. The details result in a masterpiece. You have taken my breath away. I love the color combination, details, and watercoloring. Thank you very much.

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  39. Wow! Such detail. Love this card.

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  40. I am so impressed with the details of your little gnome card. Made with love for sure. I am totally blown away with all the wonderful creative inspiration from this Send Happiness release.

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  41. Fantastic card, Emma! It was worth all your work, Love it!

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  42. This is gorgeous and with all the detail and beautiful work, I think it needs to be on display or framed. Wow!

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  43. wow - love the muted colors you have used - awesome work

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  44. Oh my! Your gnome card is gorgeous. Thanks for inspiring me. God bless.

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  45. I'm not a huge fan of gnomes, but your card is absolutely amazing. Love the colors.

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  46. Dang! Now I have to buy the die and the set! This is adorable!!!

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  47. Holy cow! I would definitely hang this on my wall! Just gorgeous!

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  48. Definitely a magical card! Wow! I love this release , it's so creative and fun!

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  49. What a wonderful card! Those mushrooms are amazing!

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  50. Great combination of some of my favorites from this fantastic release. It's absolutely gorgeous.

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  51. Oh wow this card is so amazing! You should really frame it!

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  52. Amazing, such fabulous colouring, love the toadstools!!

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  53. Your card is amazing and I appreciate the time you took to explain the steps that you went through to create it. It's inspiring and now I want to try no line water-coloring with distress inks. Thanks for sharing.

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  54. Wonderful layering of just the perfect items. Thank you for sharing!

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  55. Just darling! Thank you for the inspiration and encouragement.

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  56. Wow!! That is a masterpiece!!

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  57. What an absolutely gorgeous card! The colors, layers and design is amazing...
    Thanks so much for sharing...

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  58. Great card! The new speckled egg color worked perfectly for this! Amazing!

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  59. Wow!!!! Fabulous!!!! Your coloring is Amazing!!!

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  60. This card is the bomb!! I love of your details and special touches that made this card a masterpiece. I love that you used the new speckled egg distressed oxide, I’m in love with that color!! Bravo!

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  61. This card is so adorable! All the details are amazing!

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  62. I love how you put your card together and your coloring is spot on.

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  63. Wonderful card! Love this new release.

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  64. Fabulous card! I love all of the colors, textures, embellishments and layers. Brown and blue are wonderful together.

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  65. The goodness is in the details and you put a lot of goodness in your card. I love the colors and the layout. Thanks for sharing everything you did to put this marvelous card together.

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  66. Wow! Your attention to detail is amazing! There is so much to look at in your card! I love your use of soft colors and a variety of textures. Thanks for sharing!

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  67. Wow! What a wonderful, creative card. I love the colors you chose, and your painting.

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  68. I already commented on your card on a previous blog, but since it is my favorite design of this release, I have to tell you again. It is wonderful!

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  69. omg i love your gnome card so vintage stunning

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  70. Fabulous! That gnome is speaking to me. What a wonderful card. I also peaked at a few of your other works, extremely nice! I would like to be on your mailing list (tee hee)

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  71. Oh my! The materials and extra bits give so much texture and life to these stamps and dies! I love all the detail.

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  72. Truly spectacular piece of art

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  73. EMMA!! This card is so nice!!! I love it. It is the best card I've seen in a while of this type. Wow! Thanks, Denise

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  74. WOW! I hope this is in a frame inside your house somewhere. Lots of work went into this, but it is spectacular.

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  75. Love the vintage look of your card! So very adorable!

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  76. This card is a work of art and love. It is too amazing to be given away as a card! It should be framed. I love the combination of distressed look and the stitching and layers with the wonderful no-lined coloured.

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  77. That gnome set is one of my favorites in this release and of course, you have created something spectacular once again! I'm a simple card maker who enjoys the intricacy of your creations!

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  78. Your card is wonderful! I love the coloring and the stitching around the card. The background die is really cute on this card.

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  79. Your work is a joy to behold, so much fun elements to enjoy, fab colouring of the gnome.

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  81. Soo cute Love the colors!

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  82. OMGoodness! This card is so precious!!!!

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  83. So many great details! I love the way you added the color/texture to the detailed background die and of course I LOVE the gnome!

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  84. WHOA your attention to detail is amazing, this is fantastic!

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  85. Darling card! This hop is filled with inspiration!

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  86. Love your card. What a process! This indeed is picture perfect frame-able piece of art❣

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  87. Your gnome is so beautifully coloured!

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  88. Your details are so beautiful!

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  89. So beautiful! I really love the gorgeous background. And the gnome is adorable.

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  90. Love this card! The gnome is darling, and I love the way you used the filigree.

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  91. Fabulous coloring and background for your gnome card! Love the filigree die!

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  92. Great card, thank you for the tutorial :)

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  93. WOW WOW WOW, this is amazing! SO many amazing details, love this!

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  94. First off I was floored by the hp design and then the new release from sss is just great

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  95. I love the details of your card, and the no-line watercolor is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your talents.

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  96. At first I thought you watercolored this and when I saw that you used pencil I am even more amazed! Absolutely beautiful!

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  97. Gorgeous card, so much detail. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  98. This is really cute. I love that adorable little gnome.

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  99. Whoa!! That's lot of work, but worth the beautiful card

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  100. Love the cute gnome, such a lovely card.

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  101. LOVE this!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing!!

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  102. The mushrooms remind me of Willy Wonka. Such a cute card.

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  103. Great card has such a vintage "look" to it. Lovely. Thank you for sharing.

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  104. What a wonderful unique background to that funky hip gnome!!

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  105. I love all the little details in your card. Whoever will receive it will be so happy. Especially love the gnome and the stitching around the card.

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  106. Wow this card is a work of art! Amazing job!

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  107. Doesn't even look like a card - looks like it could be framed! Very cool!

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  108. Emma, this is beautiful! First time I have seen your work!

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  109. So cute! I love the colouring on the gnome

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  110. Oh wow! This is so cool!

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  111. Wow, amazing creation! Your coloring is beautiful! Thank you for great inspiration.

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  112. Wow! What a fantastic scene! I love your coloring too!

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  113. Wow! Your card is just amazing, Emma! I love everything about it!! Your clever design and colours make it a stand out! Thanks so much for sharing!! Take care! :)

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  114. Super cute card! Love the summertime clip!

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  115. Oh my!! This is just stunning!! Can't take my eyes off your work! <3

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  116. Amazing gnome card!! So many great layers, details, and colors.

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  117. WOW Emma :) I couldn't decide whether to pin your card under cards OR mixed media soooooooo I pinned it to both places!!! It's absolutely astounding! Thank you for inspiring me :)

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  118. Your card is so gorgeous!

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Thank you for all your comments and messages, they are all appreciated and I hope you'll come back and visit again soon...
Emma ~xx

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