Friday, January 13, 2017

Ton’s 2017 Anniversary Release Blog Hop


Welcome to The Ton Stamps' 2017 Anniversary Release Blog Hop!  

I'm thrilled to have been invited to participate as a guest designer and help celebrate the second anniversary of The Ton Stamps!   I've been a huge fan since I learned of The Ton, and Effie has definitely outdid herself with this release!  The Ton has 26 amazing new stamps for their 2017 Anniversary Release which include three free gifts with qualifying purchases. For more information on The Ton’s inventive products, head over to The Ton’s blog. All new release products are available now! 

Today I am showcasing just a few of the new sets.  My first cards use a new 6" x 6" rubber cling background stamp called Fountain Terrace.  This is an amazingly detailed stamp, and it's beautiful.  

I stamped the Fountain Terrace stamp on watercolor paper and painted using my Dr. PH Martin watercolors, then added Daniel Smith Iridescent Copper watercolor to the fountain.  I added the sentiment from Fresh Cut Poppies Outlines.  I stamped and colored the take charge girl from Born Classy onto watercolor paper and fussy cut her carefully out.  I decided she needed a stunning glittery dress, so I chose to cut one from Silver Adhesive Glitter Paper.   (A tip for paper piecing with this glitter paper, is to cover your glitter paper with  3M Post-It tape. then stamp the image onto the Post-It tape.  You can use the stamped lines as a cutting guide, then peel away the tape, leaving your glittery dress ink free.) I added a black frame, cut with the Double Stitched Squares dies and adhered everything to a card base.



I wanted to try a night scene with this stamp for this 5" x 7" card.  I stamped in Versamark ink onto navy blue card stock and heat embossed in silver.  Isn't it amazing how the details really stay crisp even when embossed?  I used the Pyrotechnics set, to add some embossed fireworks in the sky.  I then used Polychromos pencils to add a bit of shadow and reflection of the fireworks in the trees and water.  The sentiment I chose to use is actually just a portion of a sentiment from Shoe Wardrobe 2nd Edition (Solid).





The Ton has some seriously amazing floral stamps in their collection, and this release adds Poppies to the line up.  And I love them!

These two cards are created using the Thoughtful Poppies set.  This card was stamped in Caviar Hybrid ink and colored with Copic markers.  I heat heat embossed one of the thoughtful sentiments in gold.




When I think of poppies, I immediately think of reds and oranges.  This time I did some no line coloring with Prismacolor pencils.  I stamped my image using the pale Crystal Pewter dye ink onto Strathmore toned gray paper.  I colored and burnished with a colorless blender pencil, then using my MISTI, stamped the sentiment in Caviar Hybrid ink, and again in Versamark so I could add clear embossing powder.  I then used the Double Stitched Squares dies to cut both my panel and a mat, and used black fun foam to pop my focal panel up on a black card base.





The next cards use the Fresh Cut Poppies Outlines set.  I love the versatility of these.  I love to color.  And almost always do.  But this time I chose to paper piece the single bloom.  

I stamped the flower onto a piece of pink cardstock and twice more on little miscellaneous scrap pieces of paper from my stash.  (yes, I hoard pretty papers...  and I save small leftover pieces - just for uses as this!)  I fussy cut the various petals and adhered them to my pink flower.  I also stamped the leaves and bud onto little leftover pieces of papers and card stock and fussy cut.  For my card panel, I wet a piece of watercolor paper and added some green ink and let it move across the paper.  Once dry, I trimmed the area I wanted, and stamped the sentiment and stems and bud in Caviar Hybrid ink.  I carefully added just a bit of green to the stems with a Copic marker.  I then spattered a light and a dark green watercolor droplets to the panel and let it dry before adhering my bloom, bud and leaves. And assembling my card with a green mat.






This card is my Wizard of Oz card.  Remember when Dorothy and her friends had to cross the poppy fields?  This sentiment from The New Pretty set were the perfect addition to make a red poppy encouragement card.  

I stamped several of the poppies on watercolor paper and wet the paper then just dropped in vibrant red and orange watercolors and let them move and blend.  When dry, I added some yellow to the center as well as purple, then cut out the blooms when dry.  I used a sponge dauber to sponge in some Everglade Moss ink to a card base made with Bristol smooth paper.  I added the sentiment also with Everglade Moss ink, and laid out where the flowers would fit.  I then lightly added a marking with pencil of where the flowers would be with pencil, then stamped the stems with Caviar Hybrid ink, and used a Zig marker to add more green to the stems and buds.  Then glued the flowers in place.







Thanks for visiting the hop today,  please make your way through the hop participants' blogs and be sure to comment for a chance to win one of five gift certificates to The Ton's shop: One $75, two $50 and two $25 gift certificates will be given away to random commenters on all the hop participant blogs.  To qualify, you must leave a comment on The Ton Blog Hop post. The comment period will close on Monday, January 16th at 11:59pm. Winners will be announced thereafter. 


128 comments:

  1. These cards are AMAZING!!! The fireworks scene made me gasp out loud :) We're so happy and honored to have you as our guest for our hop, Chris!!

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  2. Wow!! So many gorgeous cards :) i love the florals a lot and the orange poppies are so pretty! Thanks for sharing
    cheers
    preety

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  3. Such gorgeous scenery and floral cards. You made the stamps come to life!

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  4. Tons of gorgeous inspiration!

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  5. You have been busy and keeping secrets again. Stunning!

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  6. Beautiful Chris! Squinted thru my headache cause I just had to see. Gorgeous cards, of course. Bravo!!!

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  7. The fountain and fireworks!!! All the heart eyes for that one!

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  8. I knew your cards would be spectacular! The last one in particular made me swoon -- the deep red color is gorgeous and expertly colored.

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  9. WOW! You have been very busy! All of these cards are amazing! I especially love the Scenes:Terrace card with the Pyrotechnics! Mind blown, jaw on floor and speechless! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! Total perfection in my opinion! TFS!

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  10. I love your cards. The fireworks stamp is sold out & it's not clear if they will be available again or not. I would like to buy them if they become available.

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  11. Fabulous stamps, fabulous cards. Do you have a blog, Chris?

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  12. Amazing cards. Amazing coloring. A big poppy flower fan and love, love, love your work

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  13. I love the scenic card! just look at what you can do!! incredible!

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  14. Wow, you've been busy creating all of these beautiful cards! All of the floral designs are really pretty but the fireworks scene really stood out to me :)

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  15. Oh my goodness!!! Beautiful cards and colouring!!! Love them!!!

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  16. Lovely cards! My favorites are the poppy ones.

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  17. Incredible work!! I love seeing how versatile a stamp set can be and you REALLY illustrated that versatility with these cards. The coloring on the pencil colored poppy card is gorgeous!

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  18. So pretty and wonderful. Love the various ways you used the poppy stamps.

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  19. What absolutely beautiful cards. Thanks for the inspiration

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  20. Absolutely gorgeous and love the multimedia for the first card. Makes me want to fly to Rome.lol

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  21. Beautiful work, thank you for sharing.

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  22. Love the fountain. Putting
    the fireworks over it in the
    second card was wonderful.
    the flowers are beautiful.
    thanks for sharing.

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  23. Great cards and the scenes are so fun! Love the beautiful colors and details of the Just Saying Hello card. So pretty!

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  24. So beautiful love the poppies in the oranges and the pink ones too. Your scenes atr amazing too.

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  25. Fabulous scenes you created and beautiful florals.

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  26. Wow! Exceptional artwork!! Truly beautiful cards!

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  27. Beautiful coloring and amazing designs! Love them all! ❤

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  28. Lovely cards with the fountain scenes and the poppies! Gorgeous stamps!

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  29. Your coloring of the images are amazing. Beautiful projects

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  30. Your poppy cards are beautiful. The fountain scenes are so elegant. Thanks for showing your artistic abilities.

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  31. Wow.. that Navy card made me swoon!

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  32. it really loooks liek anight sky full of colorful fireworks, now usually not a fan of the real stuff, but on a card fireworks are awesome

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  33. Beautiful and elegant cards. Love the fire works,nice touch. My favourite though are the poppies.

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  34. Gorgeous cards, love the beautiful poppies and the fountain scenes, especially the fireworks one!

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  35. Loving the florals.... think spring!

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  36. So very much inspiration! Your cards are beautiful!

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  37. I love the beautiful scenes you have created and all those floral cards are just stunning!

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  38. The color combinations on the floral cards are so great! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  39. Stunning designs of cards you created!

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  40. Wonderful cards! Your florals are just so pretty and I love the combination of the fireworks with the fountain background.

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  41. Fabulous cards! Love the orange poppies!

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  42. Oh, my, these are all amazing!! I think my favorite is the night scene with the fireworks; stunning!!

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  43. That fireworks card - fabulous! It makes quite a statement!

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  44. Amazing! This release is amazing. I want it all! Your poppies are so beautiful!

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  45. All 'these cards are amazing. Love the sciences ones.

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  46. Great cards. Really like the fireworks and hope it comes in stock. The poppies are gorgeous. Good work.

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  47. Oh love that girl with the fountain scene!

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  48. Wow! So many beautiful cards!!! Your coloring skills with various mediums are amazing!

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  49. Love the different uses for all the stamps! The woman in the dress is amazing!

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  50. I love the card with the night sky!

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  51. These are works of art! The fireworks card is incredible! Thanks for sharing your talent!

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  52. Beautiful cards. I love how you have showcased the poppies in colours other than red.

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  53. These cards are totally out of this world. The night scene is crazy good.

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  54. Amazing cards Chris. As beautiful as they all are, those poppy cards are really what catches my attention! Just beautiful!

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  55. Wow! Love all your cards especially the poppy cards that you copic coloured and no-line coloured.

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  56. Quite simply said the most stunning stamps and projects. Thank you for the inspiration

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  57. Love, love, love your creations.

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  58. All your cards are stunning. Your coloring on all the poppies is exceptional

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  59. Wow!!! You are so talented! Love all of your cards!

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  60. Chris these are all just amazing as usual!

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  61. Chris, Chris, Chris! Your cards are stunning!!! The fireworks and fountain are so scenic and alive! Thanks for sharing that great tip, too!

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  62. Wow and wow and WOW! These are all gorgeous! That first card is SO Boca Raton/Mizneresque! The pyrotechnics are fab and the poppies are lovely!!

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  63. Amazing cards, Chris!
    Congrats on being a guest designer for the Ton!

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  64. Wow, absolutely stunning cards. You are an amazing artist. Love the silver glimmer dress and I'm in love with the poppy stamps.

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  65. What beautiful cards. I adore your poppy colouring. Love your colour choices!

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  66. Your cards are amazing, thanks for the inspiration.

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  67. Fantastic cards!!! They are all so beautiful. But my favorite is the terrace with the fireworks!!! This card is absolutely stunning!!! Thanks for the inspiration 😊

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  68. So elegant and fun cards... I love your colouring skills! Great works!

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  69. Wow! Beautiful work! I think my favorite is the poppies that you colored with pencils - so soft. Thank you for sharing.

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  70. Amazing cards!The first is my favorite :)

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  71. So many amazing cards! Love the one with the fireworks!!

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  72. Your coloring skills are amazing, but I am especially in love with the nighttime firework scene you created - it is so chic and lovely! What a great way to combine those two stamp sets :)

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  73. Your scenes are gorgeous! Great job! I love the little bits of sparkle on them!!

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  74. OMG! Awesome cards you did a great job they are so adorable.
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  75. SO beautiful! I couldn't decide which one is the best :)

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  76. Your cards are Amazing and very beautiful! Love them all!!

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  77. Very stunning cards! I especially love the square black card matted with black...very classy!

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  78. What an amazing collection of cards - so many techniques and all so beautiful. Your colouring is lovely - both the watercolour and pencil. I really the fireworks night scene. Had a giggle about the paper scraps - I'm a hoarder too.

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  79. They are all so lovely, I just can't pick a favorite!

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  80. Awesome cards, love the scene cards especially!

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  81. WOW the coloring on the Poppies on the grey card is just beautiful...lovely collection....

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  82. Absolutely gorgeous!! Love your fireworks scene card, but the poppy
    Cards take the cake !!, Happy coloring.

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  83. Chris, your cards are all great but your poppy one "Just saying hello" is amazing! The coloring is soooo gooooood!

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  84. Your cards are so fabulous! The coloring is exquisite! You are truly an artist!

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  85. 6 stunning cards!!! You are rocking this release! Love the mix of stamps and really gorgeous coloring!

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  86. Each of your beautiful cards is so inspiring! TFS!

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  87. Wow, Chris, all of your cards are really beautiful! Thoughtfully designed and so much detail. Thanks for the tip on cutting out the glitter paper dress too!

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  88. Wow what beautiful work you have done on these cards

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  89. Wow what beautiful work you have done on these cards

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  90. I'm overwhelmed with the artistic skill involved! Truly inspiring!

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  91. Your cards are beautiful. Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  92. All of your cards were wonderful but the night scene...LOVE it!

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  93. They are adorable cards
    but my FAV is the first and second one
    the first so elegant that lady
    the second oh I loovveee the shiny of the silver embossed there
    great made

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  94. all your cards are so beautiful, you're an amazing artist!

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  95. Beautiful cards!! The fireworks card is stunning!! Love your coloring!!

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  96. Cute cards. I loved the glittery dress that you did for the first card. Very creative.

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  97. I love the deep rich color on your poppies. Gorgeous!

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  98. Wow! Your cards are so detailed and gorgeous! You display an amazing mix of stamps that show the options of use are endless! Thanks!

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  99. All of your cards are amazing! The fireworks card is so fun and all of your poppies on the other cards are gorgeous, you really coloured them all beautifully! The field of poppies is my favourite, the poppies are beautifully coloured and laid out and I love the sentiment.

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  100. Great cards. I especially like the poppys cards.

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  101. Beautiful cards, very pretty. Thanks for sharing and for a chance to win.

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  102. Wow! Your flowers are spectacular!

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  103. Your cards are filled with so many great details. i love your use of the copper for the fountain, the nighttime use of the fountain with fireworks. I can picture that scene. And your poppies with the no-line coloring are fabulous. All of the poppy cards are so pretty. I really like them.

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  104. The added fireworks are marvelous and love the you've got this card!

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  105. great job! so elegant! really really nice!

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  106. WOW!! GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS CARDS!!! Every single one of these are just amazing but the fountain one with the fireworks outdoes everything I've seen thus far in the hop. The fireworks are stunning. Love it!!

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  107. Your cards are beautiful but the one with fireworks is absolutely breathtaking! Thank you so very much for sharing your work.

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  108. Wow, so many fantastic cards! I love the scenes you created and the coloring!

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  109. I love the elegant park card and all the poppy cards!! Superb! My favorite is the prismacolor poppy card-awesome colors and coloring!!

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  110. Wow! All of your cards are beautiful! I love all the cards you made with the poppies. They are gorgeous!

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  111. So beautiful, and I love the stamps but the sentiments just make it. I love them

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