Saturday, April 9, 2016

Altenew 2nd Anniversary Blog Hop

 
Hi Folks! I can clearly remember Altenew's very first release two years ago, and aside from figuring it was going to be a pretty darn successful company with Tasnim and Jen at the helm, my thoughts were solidly confirmed when I saw the wonderfully detailed and unique stamp sets, especially the painted flowers and sketchy cities America sets.

Fast forward two years, and a wild amount of successful releases, and I'm super excited to be celebrating Altenew's 2nd Anniversary along side some pretty darn amazing designers!

Sketchy Landmarks - Altenew
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For today's birthday celebration, I'm going to be playing with Altenew's Sketchy Landmarks set, which features a wonderfully detailed Westminster Abbey. I was so inspired, I ended up making FIVE cards, some of which are spinoffs of each other. Let's get started!



I started off using the cathedral as a background by turning it around to fill in the white space, like a jigsaw puzzle. The focal point cathedral is stamped on heavy weight paper that's been saturated with water. Then holding it vertically, I dripped watercolor at the edges and let it run down the image. To enhance the rose window in the center I filled it in with a white gel pen. I neglected to leave room for the sentiment, so it ended up going right across the image on two strips.



For the next card I went with the same background-filling formula, but this time I wanted to make the cathedrals pop more by loosely coloring the negative spaces. To get an old-world look, the stamp is pressed lightly so some areas wouldn't transfer ink. I like how different sections are missing from each image. This style seems to fit with the more somber sentiment of the card. And this time, I remembered to allow room for the sentiment! A few of the Vintage Flowers in soft pinks draw attention to the sentiment.



The third card uses those Vintage Flowers as a base for a fairy-tale, floating castle. Sequins are all from Little Things by Lucy's Cards.



The castle is white embossed on vellum to enhance the dreamy feeling, and to let those gorgeous flowers show through.

Now let's try a little 3D action ...



To make this dimensional cathedral, I white embossed the cathedral four times. The two sides are actually just the middle sections cut away from the cathedral. For the back cathedral, I stamped the image in black ink so you could still see some details (more-so in person than in the photo here).




To give the illusion of height I stamped the tops of the trees from Shadow Play on each side.


To mail the card you just fold the cathedral to the side.



For the last card, I had fun with the cathedral AND the sentiment. The first part of the sentiment is on the flag waving over the castle (wrapped around a colored toothpick, with a ribbon flying in the wind). The second part of the sentiment is scattered in the stripes of the patterned paper on the base of the card.


The cathedral is again stamped and fussy cut four times, but this time different parts of the cathedral have been cut away to expose various layers. Since each layer is mounted on fun foam, the thicknesses are easier to see.


This one folds flat too, although the thickness of the fun foam will make mailing a little more difficult. I usually bring my card to a wedding, so that shouldn't be an issue as long as I have it in an envelope.


The many towers and detailing make this particular stamp great for the foam layering technique. It really comes to life!


And there you have it! So much fun playing with this set.
To add to the celebration, these fine companies have all donated prizes, as well as several special offers from Altenew:
 
Altenew Special Offers
  • First 100 orders : 1 free mini stamp set (Starting April 7th at 9:00 AM EST)
  • Orders over $75 : 1 free mini stamp set (Now through Sunday, April 10, 2016)

Prizes
Leave comments along the way for the opportunity to win one of THREE prize packs valued at over $100 from Altenew! There are 8 awesome companies who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

Be sure to leave comments on each stop by Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST for a chance to win! 13 winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the hop list and will be announced on the Altenew blog on April 14th.

Your next stop is the fabulous Isha Gupta! 
 
If you haven't already, be sure to check out the Altenew blog for the last two days to see the rest of the festivities. Inspiration overload!


Isha Gupta

Key Supplies:
The following supplies have been used to create the projects in this post. Where available I use affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks!

463 comments:

  1. Love all the cards you shared with Cathedral. Especially with the black pop die cut and trees. Thanks for sharing the inspiration

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  2. Kelly, your cards are amazing! So happy you are part of the celebration hop! Thank you!

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  3. Love your stamps and the great ideas for how to use them.

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  4. Perfect. Just perfect use of this stamp. I love seeing how the same stamp can be utilized in different ways, and you've blown my mind with these. I'll admit that the 3-D cards are my favorites, and that the thud you heard was my jaw hitting the desk, lol! Beautiful work Kelly. Stunning designs. And thanks so much for sharing them! Bev

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  5. Oh my goodness - so many different looks and love the Pop up - the sentiments are fitting for all of the layouts - just stunning work! TFS and for the hop!

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  6. So beautiful!!! LOVE the many different designs you've made with this set!!!

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  7. Awesome cards !! And the last two cards with dimensions are SUPERB !!

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  8. Wow, the 3D cathedral is absolutely stunning!

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  9. These are exceptionally unusual and very creative use of the stamps. Beautiful cards.

    TFS

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  10. Stunning work with that set, the sympathy cards are really great.

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  11. Stunning colors and designs.

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  12. What a great way to show how versatile the same stamp can be.

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  13. Love all of your cards, your sympathy cards are perfect.

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  14. What a great and versatile use of a stamp set in such innovative and creative ideas, just mind blowing 3 D art! Great showcasing!!!!!

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  15. love the different ways you use the same stamp tfs

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  16. Thanks for sharing your creative designs.

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  17. Wow! All the cards are very pretty but your dimensional cards are AMAZING!
    Thanks for sharing your awesome ideas! :-)

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  18. Such beautiful cards. Thank you!

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  19. Your cards: wow. Thanks for showing the versatility of this stamp set!

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  20. I would never have thought of using that stamp image for a sympathy card, but you knocked it out of the park.

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  21. Eeeek - how creative, and each and every one is just beautiful!! *clap clap clap*!

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  22. Ok your like amazing. Really you did a fantastic job showing how different you can make your cards look with the same stamp.

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  23. The dimensional cathedral cards are my favorite ! Love love

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  24. Very creative cards--I especially love the dimensional cathedral!

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  25. Wow they are all fabulous! The dimension on the last few is amazing!! TFS

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  26. OMG, these are amazing. Love how you used this set in different ways and themes. So creative.

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  27. Lovely projects, all so different! Absolutely love the last few ones with all this clever dimension! A lot of work went into these but they're definitely worth it!

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  28. You came up with such an original and creative cards!
    The two cards with the 3D effect are amazing! Congratulations, and thank you for sharing !

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  29. This stamp set is so versatile and West Minster Abbey is a work of art in itself. 3-D and layering - stunning!!!

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  30. So many great ideas for a single stamp set. The cathedral stamp is one of my favorites.

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  31. Love the cards. I haven't seen sketchy landmark set used. Your cards show it off well.

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  32. Love all the cards!!! Thanks for showcasing this set

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  33. love your 3d designs. and all the great ideas for one stamp!

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  34. Absolutely lovely cards. Love that beautiful sta,p too.

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  35. All your cards are great but I especially like the dimensionality of the last one - so creative!

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  36. Wow! This is just amazing what you've done with this stamp! Gorgeous and so many wonderful details too!
    Take care!
    Michele

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  37. Amazing cards. I especially love the 3D design--so unique and clever!

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  38. Oh my goodness - I LOVE the cathedral! Thank you for sharing these amazing cards!

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  39. Those dimensional cathedrals are AMAZING!!!! I adore them!!! Kelly strikes again!

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  40. Your cards are fabulous! You really rocked
    that stamp set!

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  41. The dimensional cards are fabulous! Great ideas and lovely cards! Thank you for sharing!

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  42. Wonderful stamp sets...and techniques.

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  43. Gorgeous cards! Definitely making me want that stamp! Love them all ♥

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  44. Sympathy cards are very difficult for me, you've made a lovely card that uses such a spectacular stamp set beautifully.

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  45. Love your cards. Such great techniques.

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  46. Wowzers! These cards are great.

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  47. Wonderful uses of the cathedral stamp!

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  48. What ingenious cards! Love them. Stay blessed!

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  49. Wow, thee are all beautiful cards! Thank you for showing us so many ways to use this set, great!!

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  50. Great ideas of many things to do with that church stamp or many other stamps could do those things as well.

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  51. Beautiful and stunning cards!!

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  52. Some fabulous ideas using the cathedral Kelly and they all work really well. x

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  53. Thanks for sharing all those different ideas!

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  54. AHmazing cards from that Sketchy Landmarks set....simply wonderful!!!

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  55. Really awesome cards! Love the dimensional ones!

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  56. Lots of layouts for that one set - great ideas!

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  57. Wow these cards are all amazing - fabulous way to show off this image and how versatile it is!

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  58. Wow! Amazing how varied your cards are with the one main stamp. The 3D castle is my favourite. But that Congratulations flag got a great big grin. Brilliant work.

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  59. Fabulous ideas for this stamp set. Love the cards.

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  60. Really amazing cards! So many ideas! Love them! xx

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  61. Wow, wow, wow! Love your designs, each card is even more gorgeous than the next. I wouldn't ordinarily been drawn to this stamp set, but after seeing your designs, it's on my must-have list.

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  62. Your cards are AMAZING, just beautiful!

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  63. Amazing! I didn't think about using the cathedral for a sympathy card. Simply genius!

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  64. What a gorgeous cards!! Loved them. You have used this stamp set very cleverly. Thanks for this inspiration. :)

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  65. Your cards are great. Very clever idea to make the Cathedral 3 d

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  66. How very creative! I love all the cards.

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  67. Wow, those cards are amazing and I love the 3D card, so unique.

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  68. Wow! Love the dimensional cards.

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  69. Making 3D cards looks like lots of fun.

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  70. Wow! Thanks for all the options on how to use that stamp set. The graphic of the church is beautiful and you really brought it to life.

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  71. I like the dimensional Westminster Cathedral card, eye catching.

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  72. Wow! These are all so beautiful! Incredible work!

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  73. Oooh wow! One stamp, so many great cards O.O Very well done!

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  74. Wow! I love the 3D versions! Great cards!

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  75. These are beautiful cards! So many different style of cards made from one stamp set!

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  76. Your cards are amazing!!! Love them and Altenew:)

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  77. Such a detailed set for this landmark! Cool.

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  78. These are all STUNNING! You've presented so many great ideas for using this stamp set. That cathedral is such a beautiful, intricate design.

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  79. Wow! Such cool cards! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  80. As always, Kelly, you use a set in ways not imagined and yet so beautifully! You amaze me!

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  81. Totally cool post. In typical Kelly style--all out of the box and clever.

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  82. AMAZING creations, Kelly! Love these projects.

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  83. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas.

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  84. WOWZERS! KELLY! These are ALL amazing! Great job!

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  85. Amazing idea and Projects for this blog hop..Thanks for sharing!

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  86. Cute ideas for this set. Makes me think of what else can be done with some of the others. Great job!!

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  87. Very nice projects. Thank for the inspiration.

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  88. the dimensional castles are amazing.
    Love this idea.
    thanks for sharing some wonderful cards.

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  89. Love Altenew! Beautiful card! Thanks for inspiring us with creativity.

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  90. WOW, Kelly, you were on a roll. Love all your cathedral cards and how unique each one is. Looks like lots of work but your results are fabulous!

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  91. Your cards are amazing. You have a very unique style to your art work.

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  92. Nice work. This has been a great hop. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  93. Beautiful cards and very creative.

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  94. All great cards, the 3D church is particularly effective!

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  95. Wow those 3d cards are fabulous! So very creative!

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  96. Love the pop-up cathedral.. absolutely brilliant use of a stamp.

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  97. Amazing card. Love the dimension. Love Altenew stamps

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  98. Oh my - your 3D church card is so unique! Well done

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  99. Very beautiful cards Thanks for sharing

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  100. Invigorating, inspiring, totally renewed my need to stamp . . . Thank you!

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  101. Your cards are beautiful! I like the spotlight colored one best. It really pops!

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  102. Your card designs are amazing and so very inspiring. Beautiful work!

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  103. Lovely and inspiring cards! Great use of one stamp set in so many ways.

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  104. Those are amazing cards love the black and white

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  105. Very nice cards. Like the coloring.

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  106. Love all of these cards, hard to choose a favorite!

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  107. Terrific card--I particularly like the last one with the foam layering!

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  108. So darn clever to make a 4 sided dimensional card!!! I believe many of us have done paper piecing but this take dimension to a new level. Thank you for sharing your beautiful design(s).

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  109. I love the dimension and texture you did in the cards, very nice

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  110. Wow! All your cards are wonderful but I really admired the dimensional cathedral you created. That is so clever and artistic of you to do that!

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  111. On my, you blow me away with all the card designs with the stamp sets. Absolutely beautiful!

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  112. WOW! These are all amazing, Kelly!!!

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  113. Absolutely stunning cards!!! Love the colors. The dimension and uniqueness of the last card is amazing!!

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  114. Fantastic cards!!! Love the Altenew products!

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  115. Beautiful cards, I love the contrast of the black and white cathedral.

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  116. Wow I love the dimension cards, so amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  117. Oh my gosh, so many pretty cards from one unique stamp. Great cards!

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  118. How different each card was while using the same main stamp! Just amazing work!
    Thank You!!

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  119. What fun cards. Great use of the stamp set.

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  120. Love all of your cards. Esp. like how you used the stamp in the background, as well. Just beautiful! TFS! :-)

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  121. Great cards! Love how you added dimensions by popping the church.

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  122. Wow...these are absolutely stunning. So creative!
    Susan

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  123. FANTASTIC! BRILLANT 101 ways to use a stamp all joking aside. It made me look at this set differently.

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  124. Wow! This is my first time on your blog. Your cards are fantastic. You put so much time into them.

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  125. As always your projects are unique and fantastic!

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  126. I am completely gob-smacked by this array of cards. Using this cathedral image clearly inspires you...each card is like a mini-masterpiece. What an amazing talent you have.

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  127. Love how you featured a set that I don't see too often! Love the 3D idea with it!

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  128. Woooow, your dimensional cathedrals absolutely blew me away! Perfection!!

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  129. Beautiful cards. Happy 2nd anniversary Altenew!

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  130. Love all the inspiration from one stamp! TFS:)

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  131. Wow and wow again. You are so creative in finding different ways to use the cathedral stamp. My favorite is the black one with the sides that easily fold for mailing. Very pretty cards. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  132. Oh my! You had some amazing ideas for using this stamp! I am so impressed and think I'll have to buy this set now!

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  133. That 3D image you create is absolutely gorgeous.

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  134. It is just amazing all the different ways you have used that one stamp! Beautiful cards.

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  135. Very clever and pretty cards!

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  136. Thank you for showing so many ways to use the cathedral stamp set. I really like the dimensional versions.

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  137. WOW! WOW! Your cards are amazing. Love the way you created such diversity with the cathedral stamp.

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  138. Wow striking! Loved them all. Thanks for sharing.

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  139. WOWOWOWOWWOWOWOW!! SO BEAUTIFUL!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE ALL of the DIFFERENT Designs and the Neat Techniques!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

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  140. wow... love how you used one stamp set to make so many creative and beautiful cards!

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  141. Love the dimension on these cards. The cathedral is one I might have overlooked had it not been for your dimensional cards! Beautiful and so creative.

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  142. Wonderful cards ! Love the 3D one !

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  143. I love how you added the folding dimension ! So cool.

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  144. I love how you showcased this set with so many different cards! My favorites are the last two!

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  145. What a fun ideas! Thanks so much for inspiration!

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  146. Wow loved the dimensional cards so awesome

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  147. Wowzers, amazing and creative collection of cards!

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  148. Love that first card, the jigsaw technique was great! Thanks for sharing!!

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  149. I really appreciate the ideas for sympathy cards. They are difficult to make and to find ideas for. Love the dimensional cards ideas.

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  150. Your cards are fabulous. Such inspiration. Love the stamp set.

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  151. Amazing set... love all your variations! Gorgeous cards!

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  152. Wow. Amazing and unique work. Beautiful.

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  153. You are very amazing, Kelly! Oh my gosh I love all these projects and the folded out one is amazing!

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  154. Wow. You are so creative. I love all your ideas and cards using the cathedral.

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  155. You never fail to amaze with your creativity. Absolutely stunning cards, love each design!!!

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  156. Great use of this set, so beautiful!

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  157. Oh wow. Those cards are so pretty :)

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  158. Wonderful cards! Such a clever idea with the 3d effect!

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  159. What beautiful cards! I'm inspired by your creativity!

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  160. Fantastic cards & versions from one stamp set! I Love what you did with the Dimensional pieces they are spectacular! Thank You for sharing them with everyone!

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  161. wow, amazing cards! especially like the last and the next to last one! beautiful <3

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  162. I'm in awe with what you did with this stamp set. Never would have thought to make a 3-dimentional image. Just fabulous.

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  163. The 3-D cathedral is just awesome. I would not know what to do with that stamp and I think the 3-D effect is close to brillant. Thank you.

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  164. gorgeous colorful, especially in the first card

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  165. What a great idea for wedding cards, it actually reminds me of a Temple! I love the ideas you have given, thank you!

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  166. I would never have thought there were so many ways of using the cathedral stamp to create such diverse card. Thank you for opening my eyes to the amazing possibilities:)

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  167. I like your unique cathedral cards.

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  168. These cards are really special! I love the 3-D one.

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  169. How cool to see one set used in such a variety of styles!! Those 3d cards are spectacular!!!

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  170. You did an amazing job with that stamp set, your cards are gorgeous!

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