Friday, October 16, 2015

SSS Create Joy Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog! I am so happy to be a part of the Simon Says Stamp Create Joy Blog Hop. You should have come here from the wonderful Heather Hoffman

The Create Joy release is full of gorgeous dies and stamps. I also really like the name, since to create joy is one of the most important things in life, and not only during the holiday period. You can see the whole release here. Even though it has a holiday theme, many of the products work for other themes too and are very versatile.

Layers of ink - Winter Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I made an art journal page and a card. When looking at the Very Merry sentiment set, this one with the cute little house jumped out to me and I decided to make a journal page with it as my theme. I love to build little scenes in my art journal, and here I made a winter one. Whenever I make something with a little house, I wish I could live in that house, if only for a little while. You could just as easily turn this into a card. I took some step photos.

These were the three products from the Create Joy release that I used: Very Merry stamps, Snowflake Borders, and the Chisholm Wreath.

Start by embossing the sentiment with white powder. I used watercolour paper.

Place a torn sticky note over the sentiment and emboss the Falling Snow stamp on top. I didn't want snow on the sentiment since it might have gotten hard to read then.

Die cut the Snowflake Borders three times. I like that the die gives you both the snowflake border and a wavy hill.

If you read my blog, you probably know that I love the Distress Micro Glaze and here I used it to create a textured snowy effect. For more projects using the glaze check out my Distress Micro Glaze Resist video, Blueprint Resist Tutorial, Textured Snowflakes tutorial, and Set Sail Journal page. Smear some Micro Glaze with your finger on the snowflakes, at the top of the hills, around the edges, under the embossed house and here and there on the background.

Smear Distress Inks on your craft sheet, mist with water and press the paper into the inks. Repeat for all the pieces. The glaze resists the ink and creates a cool texture.

Die cut the birds and bow from the Chisholm Wreath using red and white paper. This is a very detailed die and works great together with the Sizzix Precision Base Plate.

Die cut a house, tree, hearts, postbox and little birds using the Home Building set and Simon Says Stamp cardstock.

Stamp Falling Stars on the roof and Tiny Alphabet on the house with Slate ink.

Die cut three Kinley snowflakes from silver Metallic Kraft-Core paper. I love this paper.

Stamp the bottom of both hills with the Tiny Alphabet stamp and layer the hills and snowflake borders on the background.

Here you might see the texture created by the Micro Glaze a little better. The birds were inked with red and grey Distress inks.

Isn't the house cute? I added the bow to it to create the impression of it being a gift. The post box was layered.

The snowflakes were hard to photograph since they are so shiny. The hearts were also stamped with the stars.

Isn't this a great sentiment and not only for Christmas. The Micro Glaze added under the house creates the impression of a hill.

I love little birds.

I also made a card. It was a little hard to photograph because of the shiny parts. The wreath was die cut from the silver paper and I stamped a sentiment from Very Merry with Slate ink. The birds were die cut from two shades of grey paper and layered to create a shadow. The colour of the cardbase is hard to see here, it is Slate cardstock, with layers of red, lighter grey and silver.

The wreath looks really nice in the silver paper and it gives a great festive feel to the card. 

The little bow is so fine and can be used on lots of other projects too.

Don't forget that there are prizes to be won! If you leave a comment, you have a chance to win a price on each stop of the hop. The winners will be drawn next Monday and Simon Says Stamp will contact them.

Next stop on the blog is the fabulous Tammy Tutterow and she will share her magic with you. Don't miss all Create Joy inspiration along the hop!

If you get lost along the way, head back to the Simon Says Stamp blog again.

Thank you so much for stopping by here today!

Happy holiday crafting!

Anna-Karin

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479 comments:

  1. Two beautiful cards! The first is just stunning!! Thanks for the step by step on how it all came together. I love to see a creative mind in process!

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  2. Another beautiful set of projects. Love the scene you created with the snowflakes and house and the silvery wreath is gorgeous!

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  3. Love your cards especially the color combinations

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  4. Love the cards. It's a great idea to heat emboss die cuts. Will try for sure. Thanks for sharing :-)

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  5. Very pretty and creative thanks for sharing.

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  6. I love the dimension on this card. It is incredible!

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  7. I love the work the base of the first card and the elegance of the second! so beautiful cards!

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  8. Well of course you took these cute product and did something altered and cool with them! Perfect AK style! ;0 Truly love your cards. <3

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  9. What a gorgeous art journal page! Thanks for sharing how you did it!

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  10. Amazing! Beautiful! Stunning! TFS!

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  11. What beautiful projects! The snowflakes are just so pretty

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  12. great techniques, thanks for sharing!

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  13. My favorite thing is being under the same roof with my family. It's my favorite sentiment from this release.

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  14. Good Lord!!! What an IMPRESSIVE use of those dies!! LOVED them!!!

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  15. Beautiful cards. I love seeing the step by step.

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  16. As usual, I'm in awe of you micro glaze techniques! Love that you created a beautiful journal page not just a card to show how versatile this release really is :-)

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  17. Stunning cards. So wonderful. Thank You for sharing with us step by step how You made it. Have a great weekend.

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  18. Wow - a mixed media lesson with wonderful results. And a chic CAS card too.

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  19. that's a very ornate journal page and as a cas lover my preference goes to your card!, love them both, but if i had to pick one the card it is...love the use of silver for the wreath and birdies

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  20. oh so much creative mojo! like, love! thanks

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  21. Like the wonderful wintry scene created. There is a lot of detail in this.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  22. Your "love" card is one of the most beautiful cards I have ever seen Anna-Karin. Totally stunning and incredibly lovely. A card to be cherished... for sure. And, of course, the wreath is very pretty too but the first card just took my breathe away. Wow. j.

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  23. I thought your journaling page was so pretty. Love the green and gray background. Your wreath card was beautiful. I really like that die.

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  24. Dear Anna, your journal page is stunning. So many beautiful little details. I'm happy that I hopped along to see your creation!

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  25. Your art journal page is stunning and I love the simple elegance of the wreath card.

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  26. Such a beautiful card and with colors that I normally never think to use!!

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  27. Wow! I love all the layers and textures on your first card with the house. Just stunning!

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  28. Your cards look like they took hours to make. Great job.

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  29. Impressive!! Gorgeous snowy scene and wreath!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

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  30. Lovely cards made! Love every detail that you created!

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  31. Your journal page is just exquisite! I'm drooling over these new products!

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  32. Beautiful layers of loveliness. Thanks for the great ideas.

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  33. The layers and details on your journal page are stunning! Gorgeous work! And that wreath card is perfectly elegant!

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  34. OMGOODNESS! The detailing is amazing! Love this so much!

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  35. Beautiful projects! I love all the textures in the first and the simplicity in the second.

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  36. These are stunning! I love the colors and texture of the first as well the simplicity of the second!

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  37. Wow! Both the journal cover and your card are stunning. Brilliant work.

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  38. All I can say is, WOW, amazing!!!!!!

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  39. Stunning first card...like a mini art journal page! Love the CAS look of your second card...you are so inspiring!

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  40. The silver wreath with the kraft birds is beautiful.
    Love all of the flakes on the dies in the first card.
    the scene is wonderful.
    thanks for sharing.

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  41. your card with wreath is stunning. Love the colours.

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  42. Beautiful card! I'm lovin this release!

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  43. The gold snowflakes are eye catching!

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  44. Both cards are amazing! The new release is so addictive, I would love to have it all. Thanks for sharing.

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  45. love the simplicity of your wreath card. very pretty with the multiple matting.

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  46. I love both your projects! Thank you for sharing.

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  47. Fabulous journal page and love the card, wonderful wreath! TFS

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  48. lovely; every time i see an art journal page i wonder why i don't try that. what a gift you have; thank you for sharing it!

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  49. Awesome detailed cards. Love them both but that first one is truly stunning!

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  50. Wow, both of your creations are wonderful! Thank you for showing us how you made you beautiful art journal page.

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  51. wonderful card - love all the texture

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  52. love all the layers on your house card, with all the pictures we really got to see all you put into it. Thanks!

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  53. je suis totalement de ces cartes
    j'adoOore!

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  54. Thanks for the tutorial. Lovely projects.

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  55. Your art journal page shows much love going into the creation of it. Lots of product being used. It's so eclectic. I love the mixed media parts of it. You really have a love of art to share with us and I like that you do so. Thank you.

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  56. I love your journal card...there is so much going on but everything fits together so well!

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  57. Your journal page is amazing and the card so cute!!

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  58. I love all of your cards. You have such great ideas!

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  59. Love your card, it is very interesting!!

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  60. Very crafty, I love it all!
    Jeannine W

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  61. Very crafty, I love it all!
    Jeannine W

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  62. Your art journal page is incredible!!

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  63. The wreath is so elegant when cut from the silver paper. Nice!

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  64. Beautiful work, just beautiful!! Your wreath is stunning!

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  65. Great cards and thanks for the tutorial.

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  66. Love this card... so beautiful and love the silver colorings!

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  67. Very nice work. I love the art journaling.

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  68. The card is simply gorgeous! And, I love your journal page.

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  69. Love how you put everything together! Inspiring and creative.

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  70. This release really allow you to create joy! I absolutely love the snowflake borders!

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  71. Great projects. Love the art journal page. So much inspiration.

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  72. Beautiful! Love your attention to detail!

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  73. so many enjoyable things to look at on both of these projects!

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  74. My heart just skipped a beat when I saw the wreath card. Absolutely stunning!

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  75. There are so many wonderful elements on your festive page!

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  76. I love, love, love the silver wreath card. Elegant, shiny and simple.

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  77. The journal page is amazing and the silver wreath card beautiful.

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  78. I really like your journal page, but I can only focus on cards right now. Yours is so elegant. I absolutely want to copy it!

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  79. That is so beautiful! Love your detailed blog post on how to make it!

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  80. Your chalkboard sky is beautiful and love the card - especially that bow!!

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  81. Love the uniqueness of your cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  82. Such great mixed media elements you used!

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  83. What a fabulous and beautiful card!!

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  84. I really like what you did with the first card. Love how you used the snowflake borders. Vey pretty!

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  85. Gorgeous cards. Love your detailed instructions on how to make your amazing first card. The wreath card is beautifully done and completed with the little doves;)

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  86. Those dies and stamps are amazing and love your amazing lay-out. God bless!

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  87. Impressive layering of elements.

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  88. I love the work on your card, so different and nice!!! Thank you!!

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  89. Love that you took these typically card supplies and used them for art journaling. Your card is simply elegant - love the shine of the wreath and the silver paper in the layering.

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  90. Your journal page is so emotional!

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  91. Fabulous project! I already bought the snowflake border die - now I have to get me some microglaze!

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  92. Stunning journal page and card! Thanks for the step by step photos!

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  93. seriously your work is amazing.

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  94. Stunningly creative use of many of the products in this release. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  95. Oh this page is just wonderful. I really like the color combination. Thank you for sharing.

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  96. Two stunning cards. Nice journal page.

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  97. I am amazed I haven't seen your work before. It is AMAZING!!!!! Believe me, I will be keeping tabs now!

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  98. Wow, such a different approach to the new release! I also love birds, so I think the second card is my favourite!

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  99. What a lovely card. Very different from the others.

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  100. Gorgeous art journal page, perfect winter page.

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  101. Amazing! The first one feels so cool and wintery... :)

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  102. Anna-Karin, it would never have occurred to me to use micro glaze as a resist. DUH I will be back to view those tutorials once I finish the blog hop. TFS

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  103. loved ur art journal page.. Really creative..

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  104. Oh My! Your journal page is just stunning. I just adore it. Such beautiful work! Just love the silver wreath card. Adorable. Beautiful new release from Simon.

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  105. I LOVE YOUR CARDS!!!!!! I absolutely think your use of texture and detail on the first one really sets it apart! Thank you for sharing!

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  106. The 'Very Merry' stamps are my absolute favourite of this release, I simply love the 'doodle' style. Classy, elegant cards.

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  107. Gorgeous card and page! I love the silver paper on the card and love all your details on your journal page.

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  108. Wow!! That looks like a lot of work but totally worth it!

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  109. LOVE LOVE LOVE the silver paper snowflakes and wreath. It jumped out at me and I had to look- thought at first you might have triple silver heat-embossed them for a faux metallic finish- I will HAVE to get some of that metallic paper! SO COOL! Love these cards. thanks for sharing.

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  110. I really like how you made the snowflakes. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  111. Loving the wreath with the little birds. So vintage.

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  112. wow! i'm usually a CAS type but this card is so much fun.

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  113. Can't get better than this! Fantastic journal page - especially using so many items from this release - Thanks!

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  114. I love lots of stuff on my cards so this really speaks to me. Such and beautiful card!

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  115. Beautiful cards! Thanks for the step-by-step tutorial.

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  116. Nice cards. Love your techniques.

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  117. I love that you provide step by step instructions! It makes me want to buy more!! Lol love the cards!

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  118. Beautiful projects ... your journal page is an absolute stunner!

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  119. I love all the texture in your card!

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  120. Very creative - just love the little house!

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  121. The Chisholm Wreath is beautiful. Thank you for the splendid cards.

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  122. Love your art journal page, Anna-Karin!! So imaginative!!

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  123. Wow what stunning creation! Great texture and mix of media and elements!

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  124. Fabulous projects! But your art journal was just amazing! Thanks for sharing your step outs too. Beautiful!

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  125. The Chisholm Wreath is beautiful. Thank you for the splendid cards.

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  126. Love your cards, especially the beautiful wreath. Love that die.

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  127. Gorgeous! Love all the
    work you did on this,
    the snowflake border
    is wonderful!
    Carla from Utah

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  128. WOW !! fantastic cards. I especially like the silver wreath. Beautiful

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  129. I love the scene building that you had for your card! So pretty!

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  130. Just absolutely love the techniques ... thank you for sharing those with us. Beautiful card.

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  131. Oh my goodness! Your art journal page is stunning!

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  132. Wow! Your art journal page should be framed! Love both projects & thanks for the stepped out directions.

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  133. What a beautiful card and sentiment! I really like your style! TFS!

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  134. Wow...... I love the wreath and the journal page with all of the layers your cards are beautiful. I love how you make art journaling look so easy.

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  135. The journal page is very interesting! Love the card wreath!

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  136. Love the cards Love the dies. TFS!

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  137. Very beautiful!! The snowflake border die is pretty!! Love the colors you have chosen!
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  138. Stunning! First word that comes to mind when looking at both your art journal page and card!!

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  139. Beautiful cards. The first one looks amazing - my favorite on the hop.

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  140. Wonderful card. Like a mini diorama.
    Thank you

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  141. Your journal page and card are beautiful!! Thanks for sharing!

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  142. Love love love your journal page!! Your card is beautiful too ;)

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  143. Something about the background of the card is breath taking! I love watercolors and the gray is so somber but beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

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  144. Your journal page and card are beautiful.

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  145. It's beautiful the way you make art with the stamps. Thank you for sharing and giving me ideas for alternative uses for the stamps!

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  146. I like your card, thank you for the wonderful tutorial! greetings Petra

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  147. Art journal page looks fantastic! Loved all the details you put on it. I haven't heard about distress micro glaze! Love the pretty silver wreath card also. Thank you!

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  148. Love the twig wreath card. Beautiful in its simplicity.

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  149. Your cards are just so fantastic! Great job and thanks for sharing some of the new SSS release!

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  150. beautiful cards! really enjoyed how you used the borders.

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  151. What great inspiration and use of the new products. What a fun new release from SSS.

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  152. Wow, you're cards are beautiful and very inspiring. Thank you.

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  153. Loved wreath card, need that bow!

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  154. Wow, I love all these cards! I think these are my favorite sets!

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  155. The art journal page is lovely and the card is just simply elegant. Love the silver wreath and the birds!

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  156. Looks like christmas for sure! Love the way you used all these products!

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  157. These are great. I really like the wreath, so elegant with the pearl on it.

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  158. What a nice journal art pge ! Thanks for sharing the photos 😊

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  159. Love the new SSS elements incorporated into the card design!

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  160. Great job Anna-Karin. The first one looks rather time consuming but lovely! Great work on them both!

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  161. Amazing construction of the scene on the journal page, with so many details to check out.

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  162. those snowflakes are a "must have"

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  163. wow, just wow!!! love the layers.

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  164. Absolutely gorgeous cards, but I especially love the first cards, so many beautiful elements. These new products are stunning.

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  165. Very beautiful! love the art journal page, it is created thoughtfully.

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  166. Beautiful and inspiring projects. Thanks for sharing; )

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  167. Just love your journal page - it seems to tell a story. I'm smitten with those wonderful little partially inked birds!

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  168. What an amazing journal page. So much detail!

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