Thursday, May 17, 2018

SSS Sending Sunshine Blog Hop

Hello and very welcome to my blog! I am so happy to take part in the Simon Says Stamp blog hop to celebrate the Sending Sunshine release. If you are following along the hop, you came here from Heather Hoffman and I am sure she shared some wonderful card ideas with you.


The Sending Sunshine release is full of gorgeous stamps, dies, stencils and sequins. You can see the whole release here. It is a very versatile release and many of the products have a great summer feeling.

I made two projects for the blog hop, a card and an art journal layout, and both are tutorials. You can use the techniques for other types of projects too of course.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Leaf Frame Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson for the SSS Sending Sunshine release blog hop

Let's start with the card, which is a spring time thank you card, but if you change the sentiments it could work for many themes. For the background, I used the Leafy Frame stencil, and the sentiments and wreath come from Wreath Greetings. I also used the Bohemian Lace stamp. The background and the circle were printed with my Ranger gel printing plate, and below you will see how easy it is to do.

Layers of ink - Simon Says Stamp Sending Sunshine Release Blog Hop by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I used these stamps from the Sending Sunshine release: Bohemian Lace and Wreath Greetings. And the Leafy Frame stencil.

Layers of ink - Simon Says Stamp Sending Sunshine Release Blog Hop by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I used these three die sets for my projects: Leafy Circle, Wreath Greetings, and the Flower Cluster.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Leaf Frame Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Ranger's Gel Printing Plate

Start by adding a little bit of Dina Wakley's Lime, Evergreen and Ocean paint to the largest gel printing plate in the 3 Assorted Gel Printing Plates pack. I added the Ocean paint only to the edges. Roll out the paint with a brayer.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Leaf Frame Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Press the Leafy Frame into the paint.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Leaf Frame Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

You can get lots of different prints from one application of paint. I used Neenah Solar White paper for the printing. First, I pressed a paper down on the plate without removing the stencil first - the paper to the far left. Secondly, I removed the stencil and pressed another paper on the plate - the print in the middle. Thirdly, I pressed a third paper to the plate - the print to the right. I actually liked the third print the best, but I wanted my card to have more color, so I used the middle one instead.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Leaf Frame Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

For the circle I added a little white in the middle and Ocean around it. I love the look of this yummy circle.


Then I pressed the Bohemian Lace stamp onto the circle and removed it before pressing the gel circle twice on white paper. I forgot to photograph this step, but here you see the first print (to the right), which I didn't use. I also stamped the stamp on paper before cleaning it. You need to clean acrylic paint off from stamps immediately.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Leaf Frame Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Stamp the wreath on white paper and die cut with the coordinating die. It is easiest to use the Sizzix Magnetic Platform for this.


Color with colored pencils. I used two shades of green on the leaves.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Leaf Frame Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I stamped the main sentiment in the middle of my printed circle. Here you can also see the Bohemian Lace pattern on the circle. I also stamped more words on the background, as well as some leafy branches, all from Wreath Greetings

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Leaf Frame Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The edges were distressed and I layered the print on a piece of cream cardstock. Don't worry if the stamping isn't perfect. I distressed my edges before I decided to stamp, so there are patches missing here and there.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Leaf Frame Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Adhere the wreath with foam dots and tuck three dyed Tim Holtz flowers into the frame.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Leaf Frame Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

This is my favorite part of the print, the fine crackle pattern, which I hadn't planned for.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Leaf Frame Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I tied a piece of twine around the card and it was done.

And now to the art journal page.

Layers of ink - Perfection Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson for the SSS Sending Sunshine Release Blog Hop

The Bohemian Lace stamp is so pretty and I wanted it to take center stage on a project. It would also look wonderful as the base of a circle-shaped card. After having inked the circle, I had a look in my Dina Wakley Media Journal to see which surface it would fit the best upon - there are cotton-rag watercolor, kraft, canvas and burlap pages in the journal. I decided on this burlap page, since I liked the look with all the texture in the background, and also the gesso that had leaked through from a previous project. There was even some stitching there already, which I did on the other side of this page.

Layers of ink - Perfection Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson for the SSS Sending Sunshine Release Blog Hop

The Bohemian Lace was white embossed it on watercolor paper. It is a large stamp, and as you can see, I used a Sizzix Cutting Pad as my stamping block.

Layers of ink - Perfection Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson for the SSS Sending Sunshine Release Blog Hop

Smear Vintage Photo Distress Ink in a small circle on a non-stick craft sheet and add Fossilized amber around it. Mist with water and press the stamped paper into the ink. I wanted some darker details, so before the ink was dry, I smeared Ground Espresso on the craft sheet and picked it up with a paint brush. I added it to the center and to some of the leaves. I used a plate to trace a circle around the design.

Layers of ink - Perfection Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson for the SSS Sending Sunshine Release Blog Hop

Die cut the Leafy Circle from watercolor paper.

Layers of ink - Perfection Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson for the SSS Sending Sunshine Release Blog Hop

Glue the leaves in a repeating pattern around the circle.

Layers of ink - Perfection Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson for the SSS Sending Sunshine Release Blog Hop

Die cut the pretty Flower Cluster six or seven times and place under the edges of the circle, so that they form a frame.

Layers of ink - Perfection Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson for the SSS Sending Sunshine Release Blog Hop

I also used the Perfection die from the Love release, and inked the pieces with the same Distress Inks as on the background.

Layers of ink - Perfection Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson for the SSS Sending Sunshine Release Blog Hop

The patterns in the Bohemian Lace stamp are very pretty and look great in white. The edges of the circle were distressed.

Layers of ink - Perfection Art Journal Page Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson for the SSS Sending Sunshine Release Blog Hop

Try to let some of the leaves from the Flower Cluster overlap slightly with the circle.

I hope you enjoyed this post and that it gave you some inspiration. Of course there are prizes to be won too! On every stop of the hop a $25 Simon Says Stamp gift voucher will be given away. All you need to do is to leave a comment. The winners will be posted on the SSS Store blog on Wednesday. There is also a second blog hop tomorrow, with more inspiration.


As a special treat, there will be a surprise gift included with the order for anyone who orders something from the Sending Sunshine release. All you need to do is to use the code 'SUNSHINE'. The code will expire Sunday, 5/20 at 11:59 pm ET, so don't wait too long.

Your next stop on the hop is the very creative Gayatri Murali and I am sure she has something fabulous to share with you. If you get lost somewhere along the hop, this is the hop order:

Anna-Karin Evaldsson (you are here)

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by here today!

I hope you will have a lovely weekend!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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154 comments:

  1. Your work is always so lovely. FABulous projects!

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  2. Wow, these are amazing. thanks so much for sharing such detailed information on how you made them!

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  3. I love all of the new ideas!

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  4. Beautiful card and art journal page!

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  5. Wow. I just purchased a Gel plate and I love the ideas you demonstrated. Your projects are amazing.

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  6. Wow! You definitely spent a lot of time on the card. Thanks for using so many products, too!

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  7. your creatively is astounding! To think to use the products in that way, and with the paint. So so pretty. I wish I had just a little bit of your talent. Thanks for sharing how you created such amazing art work!

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  8. Wow! Awesome cards!!! Love so much your beautiful backgrounds and colouring!!!

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  9. I like your spin on the mixed media with the new release.

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  10. Both projects are so fabulous! I just L*O*V*E your
    art journal page. i think it is a stunner! And the
    floral cluster die is my fave; I love how you made it
    into a wreath around the circle. I am inspired to start
    my art journal!!

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  11. Wow.... I have no words... Both projects so stunning! I need to get my gelli pressing thing out... I forgot I bought it!

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  12. Your cards are so interesting and lovely. I love all the colors and the designs.

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  13. These projects are just awesome. Thank you for the detailed instructions!

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  14. OH GOSH! Love it all! Makes me want to break out my journal!

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  15. This is so pretty! I love all of these color palettes. Each one feels like summer in a different way. Very pretty!

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  16. Beautiful cards and I love the colors you used especially the gel plate one. So pretty and I love all the details. Great job.

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  17. Beautiful cards and journal page, LOVE all the texture and thanks for sharing your process with the gelli plate!

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  18. So artistic! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

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  19. Love seeing different techniques. Thank you for sharing.

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  20. Love your projects. I need to get back to art journalling.

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  21. Beautiful, unique cards. I love the bold colors and the layouts are amazing.

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  22. Very nice cards and awesome techniques.

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  23. Love the projects. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Wow! I need to get a gel plate!! Your cards and layout are gorgeous!

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  25. Awesome card! Bright & Bold. The art journal was beautiful!

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  26. The Bohemian Lace stamp is so beautiful.

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  27. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas!

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  28. Thanks for sharing your process, interesting.

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  29. Wow! What creative and unique cards!! Lovely.

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  30. WOW!! Fabulous creations! Love your color combos and the great layouts!!

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  31. I have not used my gel plate for quite a while because I always seem to make junk. I love your journal page.

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  32. Seriously Anna-Karin, you share such awesome techniques that would work for ANYTHING....cards, art journal pages, scrap booking pages, home decor, basically anything one can think of but it is your techniques and ideas that always get me thinking. I LIKE that! Thanks so much for sharing them all. Your card and art journal page are both amazing.

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment Teresa!!

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  33. Thanks for sharing these cool techniques!

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  34. Awesome artwork. Thanks for sharing your wonderful art projects.

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  35. Beautiful work! I haven't seen anyone use a brayer for a long time. The colors you use are stunning as well as the dies. I like how you took the leafy die and spread the leaves out over your project. Thank you for sharing.

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  36. I truly enjoyed looking at all your fantastic projects - I have a Gelli press and need to use it more - the prints you got from the stencil are amazing! I like your style! :)

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  37. There are so many great items in this release. I love to see how everyone used them. It does make it harder to choose.

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  38. fabulous projects and inspiration for the new products!

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  39. The texture you have added to your projects is fantastic! I would have never thought to use some of the new items together they way you did and it works together beautifully

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  40. Beautiful colours ! and I love this new release :)

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  41. Very interesting technique. Beautiful colors.

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  42. Gorgeous backgrounds on your cards!!!

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  43. Oh my, such detailed work. The results are stunning!

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  44. these projects are just gorgeous - thanks for the inspiration :)

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  45. Whoa! I found a new artist to follow. These projects are so amazing. I've just started mixing different mediums to create some journals and frames, but your use of this month's release is WOW. Thanks for sharing!

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  46. Wow amazing and super cool projects!!

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  47. I'm seriously impressed; you made the items so versatile!

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  48. You went to a lot of work, but you came up with beautiful creations!

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  49. Amazing projects and stunning results!

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  50. I love all the layers in your card and colors, absolutely beautiful!!!

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  51. Pretty and lovely, sunshiny cards! Your cards are beautiful.

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  52. wonderful organic looks...great use of the brayer.

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  53. Amazing cards! I love your choice of colors.

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  54. Wow!~ You just kept going with this and gave us some beautiful ideas and techniques for creating with the new SSS release! The results are amazing!

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  55. These are very interesting cards! :) Great job!

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  56. Oh my goodness! So luscious.

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  57. Stunning creations. Like the colors.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  58. Ahh wreath greetings is a gorgeous new set!!

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  59. Pretty flower cluster ismt favorite from this release

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  60. So many new ideas, at least for me. Thanks for sharing all this information. Love the new SSS release.

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  61. Very cool! So much technique in everything you do. And you do it all. You're an inspiration!

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  62. I love all the detail. Beautiful!

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  63. Amazing artistic design! Inspiring!

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  64. Beautiful projects with these fabulous new releases!

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  65. Wow, stunning projects! You've created so much depth, texture and interest. You are truly gifted.

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  66. Thanks for sharing your cards. You picked / used some of my favorite items from this release! :)

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  67. Your work is always amazing & today's post is one of my favorites! These are so gorgeous!

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  68. I love your beautiful cards!

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  69. beautiful Technics one of a kind cards.

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  70. Your cards are so impressive! I have never used gel plates but may have to try them after your cards!

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  71. Wow love who does it turned after all these steps. So pretty and amazing

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  72. Great projects! I love all the texture and dimension in your card. I'm not familiar with a gel press, but you got amazing color with it.

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  73. Wow great work and I love how you photographed how you did these, so pretty.

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  74. Wow you are such a talented and gifted artist love both your card is gorgeous but that journaling page it’s such a piece of art really awesome. Makes me wanna buy all the supplies. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

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  75. I love your journal page. I have never done anything like that, I've only just started cards but have seen some amazing journal works. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  76. I always look forward to seeing your work. Your mixed media approach is fabulous. Love both projects! Your creativity blows my mind. Thank you.

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  77. So very creative and I was fascinated by watching all the different steps, lots of new ideas here for me. Thanks so much.

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  78. Gorgeous projects! You always use so many techniques to produce your beautiful cards and journal pages - I learn a lot from your posts!

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  79. Lovely set of cards. These stamps are wonderful.

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  80. Beautiful colors and details on your cards!

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  81. Wow....u put alot of thought n effort into ur creations! Very nice! I love this release!

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  82. Your art journal piece is perfection.
    Beautiful piece. Love the
    tropical feel of the card.
    Great projects.
    thanks for sharing
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  83. Wow! The layers, and textures you put together are beautiful!

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  84. Love the lush look of your card. And your journal page is intricately exquisite!

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  85. What awesome cards. Love your creativity and thanks for sharing your process.

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  86. wow wow WOW!!!! those are true pieces of ART. i am so inspired!! i am going to refer your blog to a friend as well- she has a similar style to yours.

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  87. I love that leafy circle die!

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  88. Interesting projects. First one is a very new technique for me.
    Thanks for inspiration.

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  89. Wow! what a lot of work, but such beautiful results.

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  90. love your techniques...I just bought gelli plate and gelatos. I think your techniques could be used on lots of surfaces and for lots of paperpieces. Thanks!

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  91. TFS your beautiful projects. You are an extremely talented artist and I appreciate your sharing so many process/technique ideas.

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  92. I loved the perfection card. I'm a fall color person and just loved those distress ink combo that you used. I can't wait to try them for myself.

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  93. Oh wow, this is stunning! Love all the layering and details, it's so good to see all these products combined. Truly inspiring - thank you!!

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  94. WOW - what a fantastic technique you used to create your cards. I really like the bright, bold colors. TFS

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  95. I am in awe with the green card, looove leaves!

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  96. OH TOTALLY FUN!!!!! You know, I got a Geli Plate recently, & have yet to pull it out! You're INSPIRING ME!!! LOOOVE that you used Nina-Marie's Leaf Stencil with this too!!!! GORGEOUS WORK!!!! ;) THANK YOU FOR THE INSPIRATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

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  97. You are so talented! Love your creations!!

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  98. SQUEAL!! LOVING the NEW RELEASE!! Your Projects are BEAUTIFUL!! THANKS for sharing the AMAZING Inspiration and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

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  99. Beautiful cards. They are soooo detailed! WOW!

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  100. Oh no, now I am going to have to invest in paint! :) your cards are gorgeous!

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  101. Great work and lots of talent shown here.

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  102. So many exciting things to try! Thanks for sharing how you made these; they're so unique!

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  103. Your artistry is absolutely stunning! Your card and journal page are so gorgeous...thank you for giving detailed directions on how you made them! Your awesome creativity is so inspirational!!

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  104. You are the master of layering. These are so interesting. An that Bohemian stamp is wonderful.

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  105. Gorgeous art panels - love the loose, layered look of them!

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  106. I love seeing the different techniques people use. These are great!

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  107. These are both SO cool! Thanks for showing how you did them!!

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  108. Wow!! Fantastic projects!! Thanks for sharing the steps with us :)

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  109. I love blog hops because they inspire me to create--thank you!

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  110. Wow! Lots of beautiful cards!

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  111. Beautiful projects. thanks for sharing your techniques.

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  112. I absolutely adored your tutorial! Thank you so much for the inspiration...I have been wanting to experiment with many of the techniques you used in your darling project. Time to make a (very large) space on my table :)

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  113. Fun to see the unique ways you used these new products!

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  114. Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing!

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  115. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that blue and white with the background stamp!!!! 😃
    Great colour combos and some fun use of printing! :D

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  116. Great cards and thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  117. These are both Amazing!!! Gorgeous colors!!!

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  118. Beautiful, thanks for the inspiration!

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  119. Love both of your projects. Thanks for sharing your creations with the new release of Simon Says Stamp.

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  120. I like the color choices used.

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  121. Beautiful cards! I love how you used your gel plate to create different looks.

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  122. All beautiful.... but the blue and green is my favorite. I am excited to try this technique, and I love the small sentiment stamped repeatedly.

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  123. Since I don't do mixed media pages like this, I'm always fascinated how people who do think about supplies. I love how the first and second generation prints of the leaves turned out. Beautiful color choices on all levels of that one. The art journal page is also really fascinating. Thanks for sharing! I love being able to see the behind-the-scenes of pieces like this.

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  124. I love the way you used the different products together. Working with the gelli plate looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing the step by step.

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  125. Both of these projects are stunning, great work.
    I love the Thank You Card the best. The combination of stamping on top of the gell print...perfect! Thank you for sharing your time & talent.

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  126. So many beautiful ideas! Gorgeous cards! The stencil is one of my favorites!

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  127. Love the color blending on your card. Beautiful color choices!

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  128. Wonderful pieces! I love the layers and textures!

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  129. Wow !! Your both creations are simply stunning !!
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