Saturday, July 12, 2014

Altenew Blog Hop

 


Hi folks!

Welcome to Altenew's second Blog Hop! Altenew is a relatively new stamp company that opened its doors last April. In a couple of days they will be releasing their second collection of stamps. All the stamps that you will see here will be available for purchase at 9:00 am EST on Monday July 14th.

Prizes

To celebrate their second release, Altenew is giving away five stamp sets of choice to three lucky winners! The winners will be chosen from comments left on the Altenew blog. There is more! I will choose a winner from comments left on this post and the prize will be two stamps sets of your choice. You have until Monday July 14th 7:59am EST to leave your comments. You may enter up to two comments on each blog:
  • Comment on the project, or the stamps.
  • Like us on Facebook 
The winners will be selected and announced on Monday July 14th at 9:00 am EST!

You may have arrived here from the one-and-only Julie Ebersole (eek, how cool is that?!?) The cards I'm showing today come from two different sets that will be released Monday, July 14th. The Birthday Bash set has some great sentiments:

 
Again, love the sentiment, which you can easily customize by inking it up in different colors. The banner is perfect for using your own colors too (think graduations using the school colors). The triangle paper is AC Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic. 
 The other set that I'm showcasing today is Geometric Menagerie ... how on-trend is this one?!? Plus you'll get a kick out of the sentiments. Tasnim and Jen really knew what they were doing here! I absolutely LOVE this set!!
 
 
 For this one I used the MFT Modern Landscape die and couldn't figure out why it wasn't looking right. Then it dawned on me ... the hills!! Giraffee's hang out on the flat plains, not hills. So I cut all the trees off my hilly die and taped them onto a straight piece of paper. These small trees are meant to help make my giraffe look large. Simple sponging behind the giraffe gives some focus and interest.
  
    
The geometric giraffe is so fun to color! I went with a more true-to-live version and filled in random brown triangles on the giraffee's body. I was excited to finally have a use for some fringy fibers I've accumulated, and made that into a mane for the giraffe. Love being able to get different textures on a card.

 
The next card is inspired by this card from Ardyth where she used different colored strips of paper to represent sea/land/sky. Instead of strips of paper, I just used different distress inks on the background for land/trees/sky and that got the job done.

 
 This time the geometric animal is paper-pieced and layered. You could definitely color the four different layers, but I chose to keep them stark white for contrast with the background. I added some clustered gold dots (from the Birthday Bash set) on the ground to make it a little more interesting.



 This card uses the geometric lion too ... can you see where? Do you see a slight squiggly line running across the strips of orange and pink paper? That's the back of the lion stamped and masked repeatedly. How fun to make your own background paper just by using a little masking!

My friend is turning 40 so I'll need this card on Tuesday night when we baseball moms all go out to the local steak house to celebrate. Should be a great time!

 Here's the inside of the card (Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic paper). I love that the Birthday Bash set has sentiments that work on the outside AND inside of your card. I'm often stuck for wording on the inside, so this stamp is perfect for that. 

 
This is actually the original inside of the 40 card. After I was done with it, it looked a little too finished for the inside so I promoted it to be the outside of its own card! Instead of sequins or enamel dots I hole punched some scraps of heavy glitter paper and used those to scatter over the card.

Well, thank you so much for stopping by! I can't wait to get out there and hop myself (seriously, can you believe all the talented ladies on this one??!!) A huge THANK YOU to Tasnim and Jen for letting me play with their stamps that I've been admiring so much!! I am really so honored to participate : )

Your next stop is the super-talented woman who will try anything and make it look amazing ... Taheerah Atchia. In case you get lost along the way, here is the blog hop order:


Thanks!
-Kelly

223 comments:

  1. well you went all out! great showcase, especially the mane on the giraffe! clever!

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  2. Love your cards..especially the giraffe card!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  3. Wow, lot's of inspiration here! Thanks!

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  4. What fantastic stuff, Kelly! I especially love the giraffe (that mane is totally awesome) and the "40" card. The way you made that background is amazing!

    I hope you have a great weekend!

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  5. Incredible inspiration!!! Love the giraffe card!

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  6. Super cute & fun cards!! my fave is the giraffe....LOVE it!! can't wait 'til Monday & place my order!!

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  7. Thanks for the showcase of the stamps. You made some lovely cards. Love your giraffe card.
    Hugs

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  8. Love the giraffe!

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  9. You really showcased this stamp set well! Great inspirations

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  10. Love your color combinations for your beautiful cards!

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  11. What amazing cards--and I'm not lion! LOL

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  12. Love Birthday bash! Fabulous cards--- so much variety in technique!

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  13. Wow!! So much inspiration. Love your giraffe's mane... so creative!

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  14. Awesome cards, all of them! But if I had to pick one favourite, it would be your giraffe card.

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  15. Wow! Great cards! I think these sets are awesome!

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  16. Love how you showcased the stampset on cards with freah ideas.

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  17. Fantastic cards! I love the giraffe!

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  18. Love the mane on the giraffe! What a super idea!

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  19. Fantastic cards; I love the giraffe especially with the fringe mane and awesome background!

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  20. So much inspiration :)
    Your cards are awesome, each and every one!
    But I LOVE the giraffe card, so clever made :)

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  21. Wow you have been very busy and wow great cards love what you've done with all those stamps.

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  22. Love how you used the geometric animals to create a background. What a clever way to stretch these stamps.

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  23. Great cards!!! I love the way you presented the animals and sentiments!

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  24. Oh Kelly, I just love your cards! I have a soft spot for that geometric menagerie and you've had me smiling through your showcase. So inspiring, as usual!

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  25. Wow Kelly!!! Each card has such a uniqueness. The elements of each card...I had to re read the post not to miss any detail. The giraffe card with that sentiment, the striped card with awesome colours and the sparkly punched dots, the geometric stamping that you created the "striped" widths...all fabulous! Great post!

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  26. All the cards were great. Love the Birthday Bash stamps a lot.

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  27. Gorgeous cards. Love the idea of the masked lion to create a patterned paper.

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  28. Love the geometric menagerie. It is so hard to find nice stamp sets to use for kid cards, this is perfect!

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  29. Thank you, thank you....great ideas, love the animals, love your art.

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  30. Fabulous card!!! The birthday bash stamps are sooo cool!!

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  31. How clever is the lion background?! I am in love with the steamers card too!

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  32. I already follow Altenew on Facebook

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  33. I'm loving the Birthday Bash set, and the tip on using punched dots from glitter paper instead of sequins or enamel dots? Genius!!!!

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  34. very creative uses of some very nice stamp sets!

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  35. Amazing cards! Thank you for the inspiration.

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  36. Awesome cards, Kelly! My favorite is the one with the giraffe.

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  37. Omigosh! So many cool cards! Love the background with the gold dots and I love how you styled the giraffe. This is my first visit to your blog, but I'm sure to be back :)

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  38. So fun and very unique! Love the mane on the giraffe in the 40th birthday card!

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  39. WOW, you really went to town with this set. The giraffe is first place.

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  40. Great cards and new stamps! TFS ;-)

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  41. Amazingly prolific, aren't you? The cards are really fun. LOVE the lion's layering and the way you colored and fringed that giraffe. Jus awesome.

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  42. So brilliant to use that geometric lion as a backdrop! I love the set and I love your cards

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  43. Whew! Outstanding work and thinking outside the box!

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  44. Lots of great ideas here. Liked seeing how you colored the giraffe and the twisted banners really say "party." Thanks for so many ideas.

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  45. I love your collection of cards! Love the giraffe card particularly. Had to laugh at the "no hills!" thing -- we forget just how flat their land is. lol Thanks for the inspiration.

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  46. Wow!! What a fabulous collection of cards!! Love them all!

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  47. All of you ladies are so talented, you make the stamp sets come to life.

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  48. OMG, so much inspiration--love what you have created with the new stamps! The Geometric animals look like such fun--love your giraffe's mane!

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  49. Oh my goodness, so much gorgeous inspiration!! You created some amazing cards!!

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  50. OMG - so many beautiful cards - this looks like one amazing stamp set!

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  51. I liked you guys on FB and shared the hop on my timeline!

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  52. Wow, so many cards! I love the sponging behind the giraffe and his uber cute hair! And the hole-punched glitter paper?? Genius! I will definitely try that soon!

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  53. So many fabulous and clever cards! I especially love the birthday bash set - my husband will be 65 next month and these stamps would be perfect to use to make his party invitations!

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  54. I forgot to mention that I already like on Facebook too.

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  55. Wow you rocked these stamp sets - I love the background paper you created with the lion stamp!! So creative!

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  56. fun cards - love the puns thanks for sharing

    Barb Housner

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  57. Wow- each and every one of them perfect!

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  58. Beautiful creations, each one so unique and colorful.

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  59. These are fantastic! I love the patterns/angles of the paper on the first card, but your Geometric Menagerie cards have really blown me away! LOVE the coloring on the giraffe, and the dimension on the lion is amazing, fantastic fussy cutting and love how you created the pattern too! LOVE visiting here!

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  60. Wonderful creations! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  61. Already following Altnew on FB!

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  62. AWESOME work on this blog hop, Kelly! I am particularly fond of the animal ones! You certainly have showcased the versatility of these Altenew stamps! I love and want them all now (LOL)!

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  63. The birthday bash set could see some serious use, but the animal/sentiment combinations have really got my brain swirling with card ideas. Look out USPS.

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  64. Such unique stamp sets and cards. Woo hoo!

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  65. Wonderful cards! So many great stamps!

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  66. Very cool cards! I LOVE the giraffe!

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  67. LOVE this birthday bash sentiments set, lots of mix and match, love the fonts. Your cards are gorgeous, color combos are fabulous!

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  68. Such fun and amazing cards! You were busy! I love all of them!

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  69. Gorgeous stamps. Thanks for the opportunity. Your projects are terrific.

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  70. Wonderful cards. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  71. Your giraffe card is my very favorite...great job. Your site was new to me...so happy to have found you!

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  72. Great cards! The giraffe is my favorite one!

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  73. Great cards! Love your color schemes. Very creative. TFS

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  74. You are pretty darn amazing yourself Miss Kelly!! I love all of you incredibly fabulous cards, WOW!!! So much inspiration already and now I come to your blog and BAM!!!! --Inspiration overload!!! ...er, almost. hehe :D Thanks so much for being a part of this wonderful hop!

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  75. I think I have found my newest summer indulgence---Altenew Stamps!!! Thanks for showcasing all of these fabulous images and sentiments so beautifully!!! What a GREAT stamp company!!!

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  76. How do you define unique? One way would be to point at this series of cards. Well done!

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  77. Another set of awesome cards showcasing this latest reveal!

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  78. Simply amazing, Kelly! I can't decide on a favorite, but I sure love the amazing background and dimension on the lion card!

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  79. And I follow Altenew on Facebook since their first release :)

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  80. Okay, yeah. These are all AWESOME!!! Love!

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  81. Amazing cards!!! Love them all!!!

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  82. Great cards! Love the originality and creative use of the stamps. thanks

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  83. Wonderfully stunning and unique...all of them! Love the images you chose and how you used them to make such fabulous and amazing cards! Love them!

    Susan

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  84. Wow, thanks for sharing so many fab cards with us! Love your creative use of the lion stamp to make background paper!

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  85. OMG!! Your cards are insanely beautiful! Love both of those sets!

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  86. Love your cards! Masking and stamping the lion geometric is a great idea for another use. The fringe on your giraffe is so cute. Hope you have fun at the steak house for your friends 40th!

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  87. Wow, it seems that you had fun with the new stamp sets. Geometric Menagerie is one of my favorites, and you created wonderful cards with it.

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  88. Awesome creations! You did a great job of showcasing the versatility of these new sets!!

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  89. Gorgeous cards! Loving that Geometric Menagerie stamp set :D

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  90. WOW! Your cards are awesome. I especially love the lion one with that adorable sentiment!

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  91. Wow, I just love all the backgrounds you created for the animals!!

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  92. I am new to this stamp company, but am loving the designs.

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  93. Love them all. What great backgrounds for the animals.

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  94. Wow! What a beautiful set of cards, I like them all!!!

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  95. Wow all of your cards are gorgeous! I especially love the giraffe and lion cards, so pretty!

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  96. Each of your card designs is stunning, love the creative image on the giraffe, beautiful!!!

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  97. The fact that you added a mane to the giraffe is so ingenious ... fun card! The Geometric Menagerie collection is grown-up cute.

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  98. I like altenew on Facebook!!!

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  99. Kelly your designs are awesome, and you rocked Altenew as I would expect! Your giraffe is genious!

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  100. Love that giraffe, way cool. All so like the streamers, says fun party to me.

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  101. The banner is so cute and your background awesome !

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  102. wonderful cards...love those banners and the safari themed cards with the amazing backgrounds.

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  103. Absolutely FABULOUS showcase of Altenew Kelly!!! LOVE the masked stamping of the lion especially :)

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  104. Alterady LOVE Altenew on FB :)

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  105. Geometrics are a huge trend right now, and your card is a great example of using this trend in crafting. Thanks for sharing.

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  106. Fabulous cards...thank you for sharing your time and talent with us...

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  107. Gorgeous cards, Kelly...every one of them!

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  108. Wow! You've been busy! I love the different ways you used the animals... great 3-D look... and I love the sponging behind the giraffe.

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  109. I am now following Altenew on Facebook! Thanks for the Fab Blog Hop!

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  110. Kelly, all of your cards are amazing (as always!) but that giraffe card knocked my socks off. I love it!! :-)

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  111. Kelly - Totally love all of your cards! That giraffe card is the best!

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  112. What fun cards! THey are all amazing!

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  113. All these cards are fabulous!! I love that you created each one with the same stamp set yet each is so different. Wonderful design!

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  114. Wow, Kelly, you totally rock this releases with these fabulous cards! Loving all the inspirations.

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  115. Liked on Facebook also!
    Carla from Utah

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  116. Wonderful cards and I
    love the banner stamp!
    Carla from Utah

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  117. Cool cards Kelly! I love the texture you created with the geometric lion.

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  118. Wow! you did an awesome job showcasing these new stamps!

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  119. Wow ! I love all your cards!

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  120. So happy I came upon your blog! I really enjoyed your cards.

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  121. Oh, my gosh! Your cards are all so wonderful. I love how you created your own background paper with the geometric lion. You really showed how versatile these new stamps are!

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  122. What awesome cards...you've done a great job!!!

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  123. Wow these are amazing!!! You have so busy and is love all of your work!

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  124. Fantastic cards! It's so great to see new stamps used in so many different ways... the inspiration is awesome. Thank you for sharing! AJ@queenofmynest

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  125. Love that lion and that punny little sentiment! TFS!!!

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  126. Those geometric designs are too stinkin' cute!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  127. I love these new stamp sets, and the cards are so stunning. Thank you for sharing.

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  128. Great job on all your cards! It was so interesting to see the lion & giraffe cards. The visual was awesome. Really love the twisted streamers!
    marcia m

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  129. That is a fantastic streamer stamp! I also love your geometrics!

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  130. You showcased the stamps so well!

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  131. great card collection. thank for sharing.

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  132. Fabulous cards! I love how you made the lion's mane dimensional!

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  133. Birthday Bash is really a fun set! Love the streamers!

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  134. Love your cards—especially the way you worked the lion into your background paper! Great job!

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  135. Man.....all of your cards are totes RAD!!!! :)

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  136. I totally love that Birthday Bash set! You rocked them all!

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  137. Wow, what great cards. Really liked the birthday card. Thanks so much for sharing..

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  138. Fabulous cards! I especially like the birthday card.

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  139. Great cards and I love the giraffe and how you added the mane,

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  140. Wow! What fantastic cards. I love that geometric menagerie. Your giraffe card with this set is just amazing.

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  141. I love the giraffe and card you made with it.

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  142. Wonderful cards! I am a huge fan of the giraffe one.

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  143. Lovely cards! The giraffe one is especially nice :)

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  144. Great cards! I love the animals and accompanying sentiments!

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  145. Love all the cards. The animals are really cute but I adore the Birthday Bash stamps a lot.

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  146. WOW! Wonderful cards - love that giraffe! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  147. Your cards are very elegant. I love the animals especially. Thanks for sharing.

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  148. what a fabulous set of cards...amazing!!

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  149. These are amazingly cool stamps and cards! Love that giraffe card!

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  150. This is such a great way to launch a new stamp set. I am wanting everything.

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  151. So many beautiful cards and great inspiration!

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  152. I also like the sentiment stamps that are good for the outside or inside of the card. Thanks.

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  153. I love how you've described Taheerah. Those words could definitely be applied to you, Kelly. I mean, who else would have thought to mask off the lion and make your own background paper. All your cards are so inventive and wonderful.

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  154. Wow. So many amazing cards to see!!! What you did with the Geometric Menagerie stamp set is inspiring!!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  155. fabulous giraffe card! love the coloring so much!

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  156. So many great cards; thanks for the inspiration.

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  157. Wow........ amazing cards. I love the 40 card who would have know it's he back of a lion

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  158. You worked magic with these new stamps, Kelly, awesome cards!!!

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  159. Well, Miss Kelly, I knew you would rock the stamps in your amazing style!
    (I'm still searching for the geometric lion...)

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  160. It's perfect when stamp sets can be used in many creative ways. You demonstrated that with the banners and the geometric design. Thanks for helping us think outside the box. I would love to get my hands on the birthday stamps. The giraffe is also a favourite. Thanks for sharing your talent and creativity.

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  161. Wow, Kelly. I kept scrolling and scrolling and there were more and more fabulous cards.

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  162. What great card designs with these unique new stamps Kelly!

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  163. I LOVE that birthday bash set!

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  164. You have certainly rocked these stamps - so many great designs! Love your geometric animals :)

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  165. Stunning cards!!!! I loved the geometric lion card, so adorable! TFS :- )

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  166. Love your cards, Kelly! So clever and unique.

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  167. animal cards are my favorite! great cards! :)

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  168. Beautiful animal cards. Thanks for sharing!

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  169. Beautiful cards...each one so different!

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I absolutely love reading comments. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave one! - Kelly