Monday, September 21, 2015

STAMPtember® Use A Stamp Challenge And Blog Hop

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Hello everyone! Today, the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge team have a STAMPtember® blog hop. Be sure not to miss out on any of the inspiration. Our challenge this week is 'use a stamp' (it needs to be a rubber or clear stamp, not a digi image). You should have arrived here from the wonderful and very innovative Andrea. If you get lost along the way, you can always head to the Simon Says Stamp Store Blog to start from the beginning.

As always, Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store. Apart from this prize, there is also an additional chance to win, since each DT member has a grab bag to give away (see more at the end of the post).

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We are showcasing the new STAMPtember® products. CLICK HERE to see them all. It is a huge release with loads of stamps, dies, stencils and inks.

I made a mixed media wall hanger and had such fun with a bunch of the new STAMPtember® products and some previous Simon Says Stamp exclusives. I love poppies and this summer I've taken quite a few photos of them. In particular, there were poppies growing along the way we walk to the shops and I kept saying to my son that I had to remember to photograph them. He luckily reminded me about that one time when I had my camera with me, so they are now caught on film and inspired this project. The poppies on the panel (4 3/4 x 6 in) were made with the new Tattered Poppy die set. I took step photos.

Start by die cutting the poppy twice from Neenah cardstock.

I used Pan Pastels to colour the flower, since it is fun medium for flowers and gives great results quickly. Colour the petals with two shades of red and add some black at the base. I coloured the petals on both sides, since I was going to make dimensional flowers. Colour the stamen with yellow and black and the leaves and stems with two shades of green. I used Sofft tools to apply the pastel.

Shape the flowers using the Sizzix Susan's Garden Tool kit. This step really brings the flowers to life.

Glue the flowers together as show, one petal at a time. I added an extra petal to the flower to the left, and made the second flower smaller.

Add some Glossy Accents in the flower centers and sprinkle with Pollen Micro Beads.

Cover a piece of mat board or chipboard with old dictionary text, using Matte Multi Medium. Tear the edges instead of cutting them.

Coat with a layer of gesso, but don't cover up all the text.

Die cut circles using the wonderful new Circle Loops die. This is one of my favourites from the release, circles are so versatile.

Glue the circles to the background with multi medium, overlapping some.

Paint the background with watered down Pumice Stone Distress Paint.

Stamp with the Tiny Alphabet Background stamp. I don't often use diagonal elements, but I love this stamp, and simply angle it to get straight text.

Smear Prima's Graphite Sand Texture Paste on the background with a palette knife. This cool paste dries to a rough glittery finish, perfect for soil. I used it in a similar way on my Roots Canvas Tutorial.

I wanted to add some shadows to the background and used a Black Soot marker here and there, especially along the lines of the circles. Smudge with your finger until you are happy with the result. I also added some green to the stems since I thought they were a little too light.

Splatter Black Soot paint on the background for more texture.

Die cut three letters using the Alphabet Blocks die and glue to the background with multi medium, add some medium on top too. Stamp words and cut into strips, adhere in the same way. When the multi medium is dry, add some shadows to the letters and strips.

The poppies are easy to make and have a great dimensional look and would work great for lots of different gifts and home decor project. If you rather want them to be flat, just glue them together after colouring them, without shaping the pieces.

On the smaller flower, I folded up the front piece so that it would look as if it is facing in a different direction.

Glue the leaves to the stems with multi medium.

I used just part of one of my favourite sentiments, from the One With Nature set. 

This sentiment comes from the My Sunshine set. Here you can see how glittery the Graphite paste is.

It is always hard to capture the dimension of projects on photos, here you can maybe see the 3-D effect on the flowers a little better.

I hope you will join us in the hop and in this week's challenge. Take out your stamps and start stamping. We are looking forward to seeing what you create.

The next person on the hop is Ashli, and you can be sure to find wonderful inspiration on her blog. If you get lost, you can always head back to the start at the Simon Says Stamp blog.  

Each DT member has a Simon's Goody Bag to give away! All you need to do is leave a comment on this post AND enter the 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge




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Thank you so much for stopping by here on my blog today! There will be lots of posts this week. 

Happy stamping!

Anna-Karin

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192 comments:

  1. sigh, your work is sooooo gorgeous. I love your style. Today's card is WOW

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  2. This mixed media creation is a wonderful work of art. Like the pretty flowers. Like the techniques you used.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  3. Beautiful! Love the poppies, and love the whole piece.

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  4. I love this wall hanging, it just looks happy! Thank you for the step by step, you give very clear directions, easy to follow. Beautiful poppy!

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  5. I love this wall hanging, it just looks happy! Thank you for the step by step, you give very clear directions, easy to follow. Beautiful poppy!

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  6. wow!! so detailed….love it. And i love the paper from an old book. Such a great tip :)

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  7. Awesome wall hanging. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  8. Beautiful wall hanging! like all the details you put into it.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  9. Stunning mixed media art wall, definitely one of my favorite from the hop. Excellent instructions.

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  10. WOW!!! Absolutely breathtaking and so beautiful!!!

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  11. oh! Such a lovely coloured poppy flower!

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  12. Thanks for all the great techniques. I can tell you love card making! So great.

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  13. Wow this is so awesome love the tutorial to see this project come to life. Love everything about it. TFS.

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  14. What a joy to see the details in this quite elaborate project! Your thought process is astounding to me! Such beautiful pieces and put together with perfection! Well done!

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  15. simply stunning! I too love poppies and this is one of my all time favourite projects from you! Lots of love Jowilna xxx

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  16. Oh my gosh Anna, those blooms are gorgeous! Beautiful card!

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  17. This is amazing!!! I absolutely love this!!

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  18. I love your work!!! this canvas is amazing, so beautiful!!!

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  19. Just beautiful. I want to start in multi media and I just love your ideas showing how you made this. Beautiful background and I adore the poppies.

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  20. WOW, this dimensional piece of art is amazing - Thank you for the step by step instructions on how to create this stunning look:)

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  21. Wow those poppies are beautiful!

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  22. So beautiful. Love the mixed media piece you made and the dirt looks so real.

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  23. Gorgeous realistic looking flowers and a cheerful canvas project:) thanks 4 the gr8 share...

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  24. love your techniques. Introduced me to some new products....thanks!

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  25. Fabulouuuuussss.Amazing project.thanks for the super tutorial and blog hop..And thanks for the chance to win goody bag!

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  26. Oh my gosh, this is just stunning! Who wouldn't want that hanging on their wall?! WOW!

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  27. One of my all time favorites of your Anna-Karin - but then, I love them all!!! Just love the way you did the background and then the one petal up on the flower - it's all just perfectly gorgeous. j.

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  28. Amazing! I read carefully every post and tutorial of yours. Love your style and techniques, I am just discovering the world of mixed media. Thank so much for inspiration and sharing :)

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  29. Simply beautiful!! I went back over your process a few times to see how you put together the gorgeous card! Love, Love!

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  30. Gorgeous! Your flowers look real!

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  31. I love this gorgeous piece, with such wonderful texture!

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  32. Stunning piece! Love all the layers, your flower are gorgeous, even your "dirt" is pretty. Fabulous!

    Hugs,
    Snoopy :D

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  33. Stunningly Exquisite ! Anna- Karin x

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  34. Even if you had stopped at the unassembled petals~I would have been impressed. They are gorgeous..then you took it even further layer by layer. This is truly a work of art!

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  35. Love the poppies.. You have colored the petals very beautifully! The circle loop die cuts are awesome..
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  36. Omg I love your tag! I so have to try this out, thanks for the inspiration:)

    Monica L.

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  37. Love how the poppies' color contrasts with the background! And that circle die... Love it!

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  38. I like all the texture and layers on the background. The Poppy is beautiful♥

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  39. Gosh that's pretty! I'd love to see it in person. Clever to use the micro beads for the flower's center. I've been wishing for Simon's tiny text stamp ever since it was first announced, it would be a really useful and versatile tool and you've demonstrated a great use for it. I have to say how original to use the die-cut circles in the background and what a wonderful addition they make to the whole composition. Your poppies are perfection!

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  40. Oh my god, this is a great piece of art! The flowers look amazing! !! Creative regards from stempelfrida
    http://stempelfrida.blogspot.de

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  41. Your flowers are stunning. This is such a beautiful project. Love all of the great layers. TFS

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  42. Wow! This wall hanger is really awesome! I love it!

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  43. I'm crushing all over this gorgeous floral work of art you've shared with us. It definitely warrants being framed - so lovely! You must have been smiling allllll over your face as you created it. WOW!
    ~carol

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  44. beautiful. LUV'in the "circle loops" die!!

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  45. wooooohoooooooooo... what a kind of "OMG" !!!
    Thanks for the step by step and for the Inspiration
    There’s nothing like a good blog hop to start your creative week!

    Creative regards from hellerlittle

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  46. This is SO lovely - beautiful flower and fab background!!

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  47. What a great mixed media piece. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  48. Love love love it, so jelly off the fact you can make such a beauty!

    Greetz,
    marieke

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  49. This is an amazing piece of art! The poppies are gorgeous -- I am so glad you shared the tutorial because I be trying the technique. Love the circle dies and the texture it adds! So many great ideas . . .

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  50. Oh my gosh - this is WOW! I love the finished project and truly appreciate the insite on how you made it - awesome!
    lyn

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  51. Wowzers are those flowers just gorgeous! I love them and then the fantastic background! Beautiful!

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  52. Beautiful project! And the way you used those circle loops, made me put that die on my must have list. Thanks for the how-to also.

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  53. Wow, this is stunning, love the flowers and the background looks amazing, thank you for the tutorial on how you made it, Cathy x

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  54. Fantastic! Thanks for showing all the steps. Those flowers really pop.

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  55. Love the tag you made with a great combination of elements.

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  56. Marvelous wall art hanger!! The poppies are stunning and great texture, thanks for photo tutorial!!

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  57. Fantastic!! Thanks for the tutorial on how you made your porject. I love every CM of it and the poppies are beautiful~~

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  58. Gorgeous project! The poppies are stunning!

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  59. Wow- gorgeous wall hanging! Love the tutorial

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  60. Just beautiful!!! love that flower!

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  61. SO Awesome and I LOVE that flower!

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  62. omgosh, I don't think I could possibly love your canvas any more - it is absolutely gorgeous! I am so bummed I missed out on those circle dies. Hope they come back in stock soon!

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  63. Your card is gorgeous with those beautiful poppies! thanks for sharing!

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  64. Oh My!!! So much technique! this is the best mixed media project I have seen…love your tutorial!

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  65. Absolutely stunning canvas! Thank you so much for the step by step photos. Your poppies are gorgeous and it was interesting to learn how you created the background.

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  66. Fantastic Anna!!!! Love the mixture of dies and stamps with the wet mediums!!!!

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  67. What an amazing wall hanging and great tutorial.

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  68. So gorgeous! Your poppies look so life-like and the background techniques you used were very informative. Thanks for sharing !

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  69. Absolutely stunning. I adore poppies too and you brought them to life in a wonderful multi media creation.

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  70. What a beautiful wall hanging! Great work!

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  71. Nice! Thanks for the detailed tutorial.

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  72. Oh my! So grateful you took us on the journey for this project! Love how this came together, all the details, the loop die, the pretty flower petals, the background!

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  73. WOW Wow wow what a fabulous mixed media tutorial. Thanks for the step by step instructions. Everything looks fabulous! Hugs Jo

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  74. I always look forward to your amazing tutorials and this one is lovely. The poppies look so lifelike!

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  75. Even your dirt is pretty! Looks like a chocolate dirt cake. Great steps outs and gorgeous piece.

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  76. This is amazing! It's absolutely stunning. The poppies are so real and love the dimension.

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  77. Wow, this is such a beautiful piece of art!

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  78. Beautiful card! Love those poppies! So much to see.

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  79. This is very cool! Thanks for sharing!

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  80. GORGEOUS piece Anna-Karin!!!
    WOW - SO MANY AMAZING colours and textures - LOVE IT ALL, from your circles and "sand" to your STUNNING poppies!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing how you CREATED this CRAFTY DELIGHT!!!

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  81. Unbelievably beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing you technique.

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  82. So creative and beautiful. You are inspiring me to jump start my mixed media art.

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  83. Anna-Karin...as always, your art is just beyond beautiful. I totally love this piece. Those poppies look so real. Exquisite work with the pan pastels! Love your mixed media background and a great tutorial showing how you did each step! Your finished piece is just beautiful.

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  84. Oh my goodness! I snapped up that die while in the US and then wondered how I was going to do it justice. This poppy is just gorgeous and totally inspiring!

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  85. Wow! Absolutely stunning! I love your project - the poppies look so real!

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  86. Beautiful card! Love your terrific picture tutorial too! Great tips and ideas and beautiful look!
    Take care!
    Michele

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  87. WOW is all I can say about your card! I just happen to have all the stamps and dies you used! Am going to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!

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  88. So many wonderful details to this tag.
    The flowers are wonderful.
    Love how they are growing out of the ground.
    The background is fun and happy.
    thanks for sharing.

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  89. Love the layers of multi medium and distress paint!

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  90. This tag is absolutely gorgeous! I love the die cut poppies, they look so real! The background you created is awesome too!!

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  91. This tag is absolutely gorgeous! I love the die cut poppies, they look so real! The background you created is awesome too!!

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  92. I love your use of the graphite texture paste Thanks for sharing

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  93. Wow, love the flowers and the background, the dark soil really highlights everything else. Perfect wording, love it x

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  94. Fabulous work on this creation - love those flowers!

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  95. Those poppies are absolutely gorgeous!

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  96. Stunning, Anna-Karin! I love the background, it just aids to the flowers POPPING off the page!

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  97. Wow!! This is absolutely gorgeous!! I love every detail!!

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  98. Wow! Stunning creation! And the poppies are gorgeous! Also thanks for the detailed tut!

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  99. Wow! I so want to replicate your project! I love working with mixed media! Your project instructions with pictures is so helpful to a visual learner like myself! I really appreciate that! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  100. LOVING your Card and the RELEASE!! =) THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  101. Gorgeous. Love circle loops and alphabet blocks. Hugz

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  102. What an awesome process!!! Looked like fun make, and the outcome looks fab!

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  103. Thank you for outlining the process of how you made your project. Beautifully done!

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  104. Anna Karin, this is such a gorgeous piece. I am loving the dimension of the flowers and their bright color against the more neutral background. And, those circles! Gotta get me some of those, they are just a cool element!

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  105. Oh My.....What Talent!!! What a gorgeous creation!!!

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  106. Oh My.....What Talent!!! What a gorgeous creation!!!

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  107. Oh my WOW, this is absolutely BREATHTAKING!!!

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  108. This is GORGEOUS!!! Those poppies are stunning and I love the whole project.

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  109. Thanks for sharing your wonderful project. I loVe your pretty poppies.
    Crafty hugs,
    Dawn
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

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  110. Wow your card is just gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing this inspiration! ~Annie

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  111. This wall hanging is stunning!! The poppy die set is a must have!!

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  112. Awesome , what a great 3D effect, really beautiful!

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  113. wooooowww
    ADORABLE
    AWESOME
    GORGEOUS ANNA
    I am speechless
    great step by step too

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  114. Wow Anna-Karin! This is amazing! Love the gorgeous background! And the poppies are stunning! This is one of my favorite pieces you've made! Hugs, Sandra

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  115. Wow, I wish I could it in person; the graphite texture paste seems divine and makes everything pop.

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  116. Such a great piece of Artwork! Looks like you took the flower right out of the garden and put it on your card! Thanks for showing how you created that effect! Have a colourfull week!

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  117. Beautiful wall hanging, Anna! Love the texture and beautiful poppies. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  118. Absolutely stunning creation - I adore those poppies! TFS

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  119. Amazing! Gorgeous! Words are not enough :D

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  120. Absolutely wonderful work! Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

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  121. WOW your wall hanging is stunning! I love the gorgeous poppies and all of the textures!

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  122. After seeing your gorgeous art I am so happy I decided to do this blog hop!
    Every little detail is perfect and you have used several items that are on my Simon Says Stamp wish list, I have some of their sentiments and one die but hope to get more when I can afford them.
    Your creation is fabulous and I love how you have created it and what you used to create it. I love this beautiful piece of art, thanks for the fab blog hop and for sharing your gorgeous work with us Karen x

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  123. Wow, I love everything about this wonderful work of art. Thanks for sharing the steps. You are so talented.

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  124. Stunning! The flowers are fabulous!
    Helen x

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  125. This project is AMAZING! I have to say that you are solely responsible for many of the items I've bought lately! I see you do such cool things that I feel like I need my own Anna-Karin stash! Always innovative and I love, love, love how vibrant the flowers look against that subtle yet detailed background. BEAUTIFUL!

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  126. Wow!! What a beautiful wall hanging!! I first saw a yard full of bright red poppies years ago..just hanging out in someones front yard..nothing really planned! I bought some a couple years later to grow in my garden & the deer chomped them down almost as soon as I planted them!! I prefer pretty pictures of them now instead...like the ones you created here!!

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  127. Great WOW!!!! This card is a masterpiece! I'm in love with circle loops die! I want it!!! Thanks for sharing your art! Barbarayaya

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  128. GORGEOUS!!!! Thank you for sharing and for the tutorial. Must get some gesso to play with. :-D

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  129. Oh WOWZERS! This is stunning!!! All the elements you added are just striking!

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  130. WOW! WOW! WOW! Such an amazing and gorgeous mix media art! Thank you so much for the step how to make it.

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  131. A work of art!!! Those poppies are fabulous!

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  132. Love that texture paste. I'm going to have to track some of that down to have a play with.

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  133. LOVE what you did with the poppy! Fabulous.

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  134. Wow, this looks amazing! I love how you coloured the die cuts! So much texture here - I love it! Thanks for the inspiration and fun blog hop!

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  135. After seeing your flowers, you have inspired me to get out my Pan Pastels, beautiful work!

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  136. Such gorgeous flowers :) Beautiful!

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  137. Beautiful work Anna-Karin, I love your little masterpiece : )

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  138. wow, this is gorgeous, thanks for sharing the step by step procedure

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  139. Wow, Anna-Karin, that is awesome!

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  140. Wonderful colors - I like that vintage look!
    kind regards, Irmgard

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  141. Absolutely stunning and you've now made me NEED that poppy die which is just so beautiful! Gorgeous work, as always... :)

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  142. Really stunning, Anna Karin - the poppies are beyond beautiful with that delicate Pan Pastel shading, and I adore the bubbly background. Inspirational as always!
    Alison xx

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  143. What an amazing project and the poppies are stunning! Thank you for the inspiration.

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  144. Absolutely gorgeous!!! Love the background you made and those wonderful flowers!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  145. fabulous ! love everything about this. the techniques used really inspired me. TYFS.

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  146. Love your beautiful project, Anna-Karin. The flowers are gorgeous. :)

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  147. Love the bright colors of your poppies against the neutral background. Great textures, too. Tfs! ~ Andrea

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  148. These flowers! the color is wonderful. They really pop of the page. Wonderful work, Anna-Karin!

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  149. Oh, Anna- Karin! I love those poppies, the circles die and wow! that glittery Graphite paste for those lovely blooms to grow out of. Just a wonderful design!

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  150. WOW! So amazing!! Anna! I love all the detail. Thank you for the tutorials.
    Ann

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  151. OMG, this is loaded with textures and mediums but definitely worth every step you did to create this beauty!

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  152. Gorgeous wall hanger! Love all the detail and wonderful tutorial!

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  153. Wow, a wonderful little panel, full of texture and delicatessen... Very cleverly done and beautiful Anna-Karin, I love it!! Bises from Brittany :)

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  154. I'm blown away. I love it and I really love that you did the step by step photos. Very cool mixed media. Well done.

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