Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Catherine Pooler's New Foundations Box Blog Hop


    
Hi Folks! I know many of you are avid stampers and may have been doing this for quite awhile. If not, you're at least very crafty and are passionate about making things for yourself and others. Once you start sending your amazing handmade cards in the mail, after your recipients finish gushing over them, I'm sure many of them ask you how they can get started themselves. Without spending a fortune. (ahem)

Well, good news is here! Catherine Pooler Designs has just released a Foundations Box which contains everything one would need to create dozens of gorgeous cards. Five ink pads (more about these later!), three stamps sets, scored note cards, and an acrylic block. It's all available for $67.

 
Not only that, but it comes in the cutest little blue box you ever did see. Talk about gift-giving made easy ... you don't even have to wrap the darn present!!

PS. This also makes a fabulous gift for yourself! Go ahead : )

Enough chatting, let's take these goodies out for a test drive ...

  
These first few cards are all one layer, and are made using ONLY the supplies included in the box. This birthday card uses a post-it note (or a piece of paper will work too) as a mask to blend the blue ink on the bottom of the card. There is also a mask over the red circle to make the card look like it has a few layers. No actual layers here! Just a little pre-planning.


I was so delighted making this card when I saw how BEAUTIFULLY the ink blends! Catherine's been working on a brand new formula for these inks, which you can't buy anywhere else. They are foam pads, like the old pigment inks, but they are still dye-based inks. There's a video that explains these. They are so darn JUICY, the ink is plentiful, and coverage is a dream. I honestly prefer using these inks to blend more than the distress inks now. They are just that good.


 
The day I got my package in the mail I tore it open and sat down to create this card, accepting Catherine's challenge to keep the card one layer and not use any other supplies. The oval mask is actually the shape of the ink pads! I just traced it on a sheet of copy paper, cut it out, and then started stamping flowers and leaves around the outside edges to get that framed look. Seriously love the orange, green and blue color combo.

   
 

This card has a lot going on but is still very flat for mailing. I used the same post-it note from the first card to make a icy blue ground for my tree to grow out of. The tree is inked completely in green and then before stamping it I dipped the top and bottom sections in the blue ink. Second generation stamping comes into play to give dimension to the snowflakes falling, as well as some added glitter from my kids' art bin.



Another take on a holiday card, with the sentiment topping the tree, and a festive ground from overlapping the diagonal stripe ribbon stamp.



Finally, remember how I said I loved using these inks more than distress inks for blending? Exhibit A right here. Can you believe these stripes are just from blending the ink, using post-it notes for masking?! Crazy! Incredible!! AND, let's talk about coverage when stamping solid images. Those large black flowers ... ONE stamp and done. No white spots, no lighter spots, just an even sea of black ink. Gah! The other benefit? As much as I love my MISTI, I didn't need it! Just good old fashioned taping the stamp in ink and putting it on paper. I seriously couldn't believe it. Each time I use these inks I feel like I'm cheating. No banging the stamps into the ink pads 10 times, no using super-human strength pressing the stamp into the paper, AND the images turn out amazingly well. There are only two drawbacks: 1) your fingers get messy and you have to make sure that doesn't transfer to the card you're making, and 2) your stamps get stained using the red and black inks. I absolutely can live with that. I honestly get so much joy using these inks. I was working on another project yesterday and got very annoyed at my old inks. Can you tell how much I love these inks?! Hahaha ...
 
   
 OK, want to win a box? All you need to do is comment on the posts in this hop, and in yesterday's hop. A box will be given away for both days, with the winners announced the next day.
  
You're next stop is the lovely Lisa Harrolle.

Here's the complete blog hop list for today:
Kelly Griglione <-you're here!
Melissa Miller  

Thanks so much for stopping by!
-Kelly

162 comments:

  1. Great cards. I love the colors of the ink, just can't wait to try them.

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  2. So many ideas are floating in my brain, thanks to you this morning

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  3. What a great variety. I love the colors and the shapes and how versatile this is.

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  4. I love all of these! They are so bright and fun!!!!

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  5. I love the cardstock! You really show how well the new inks cover and blend. The card with the orange flowers is my favorite.

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  6. Love all the ideas, all the cards are amazing can't wait.

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  7. They are all nice...like the holiday cards. I am totally into holiday mode right now!

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  8. Such bright and beautiful cards! Love them all!

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  9. Wow, I love these cards. So vibrant.

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  10. Boy those ink colors are vibrant! And to blend as well as distress inks? Wow!!!

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  11. Wow, Kelly, you were a cardmaking machine, lol! These are all great! I'm looking forward to trying the CP inks!

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  12. Those inks are really something! Loved the way you were able to blend and color!

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  13. Your cards are so bright and cheerful. Looking forward to trying the ink blending with the new inks for myself!

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  14. Love all of your cards. This blog has been so much fun to see all of the one layer cards. Great job!

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  15. Amazing cards, so glad you showed us how well they blend. Makes me even more excited to get them!

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  16. Great cards!!! Thanks for sharing this great collection!

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  17. Can't wait to use some of these ideas !!

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  18. Love your colorful, happy cards!

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  19. Very fun! Thanks for sharing all of your great cards on this blog hop!!

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  20. What a fun collection of cards Kelly! Your little Christmas tree card is so stinkin' cute!!

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  21. Bright and fun cards---love them all!!!!

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  22. Wow, these cards are gorgeous! I love the generation stamping and the vibrancy of the ink colors!

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  23. Love the cards with the Christmas trees! Those stamps and inks are calling me ---- get out that credit card!

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  24. Love the masked oval and the merry and bright cards. All the others are nice also but those two really caught my eye.

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  25. Merry & Bright is such a fun card!!! They are all so pretty but that is my favorite!!! Wish my money tree hadn't died!! LOL Fingers crossed and TFS!

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  26. Great cards. I love the versatility of this set.

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  27. Great cards. LOVE all that ink blending. Really so beautiful. So excited for the new Foundations Box release.

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  28. Wow! You knocked this outta the park! Awesome cards! Excited to get the Foundation Box!

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  29. Super sweet cards, Kelly!
    And the inks sound AMAZING!

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  30. Fantastic cards and thank you for showing how amazing these inks are. As my grandson says "Good Job" Thank you

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  31. Amazing cards Kelly!! This kit is just prefect it's got so many great items to create so many different types of cards!!

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  32. Nice to know about the blending. Thanks. I love green and blue together too.

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  33. awesome cards with awesome colors....so bright and vibrant.....I think these inks will be a big hit....tfs

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  34. I've been intrigued by the sneak peeks over the last few weeks and am not disappointed at the reveal. Looks a great kit, and am loving all the great cards and inspiration.

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  35. Can't wait to try the inks. I really enjoyed the glitter snowflake card. Thanks for sharing.

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  36. So many creative ways to use the content of this box!

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  37. this set is so great fr beginners and the price point is great too! I love how many different cards can come from one set!

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  38. Delightful mix of cards to showcase the products. I'm loving the cute Christmas cards.

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  39. Beautiful, creative, and so fun! Thanks for sharing your inspiring ideas.

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  40. Wow! Awesome cards - love the way the inks seem to blend so nicely.

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  41. Great cards! The ink looks so vibrant! Lots of ideas and techniques. The inks really blend very well!

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  42. The colours look amazing! I will definitely be stealing your Christmas card ideas! Thank you thank you

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  43. Pretty, fun cards! I am loving those new colors and I'm anxious to give the inks and the stamps a workout. :)

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  44. Love the blending and color combinations! The bright orange is fun!

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  45. Fabulous cards! I think the Christmas cards are my favourites!

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  46. Love these cards, can't wait to try blending the inks as you have done!!

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  47. Beautiful cards! Can't wait to try blending the ink! Thanks for sharing!

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  48. Oh man, your cards are AWESOME, Kelly! I am so impressed by the blendability of these inks, whether subtle or solid. Wonderful job showcasing the images from the stamp sets, too. Seems like the entire DT is loving that diagonal ribbon stripe...

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  49. Beautiful cards. I love the blending of the inks.

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  50. I like your cute and colorful card designs.

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  51. That oval card... Fantastic! I need to buy every ink pad that Catherine makes, lol. I think it's going to be a huge success!

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  52. All are so beautiful!! I couldn't pick a favorite! Can't wait to try out these new inks! :)

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  53. Love how you blended the colors. Cleaver

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  54. How cute are the two "Merry" trees!!!

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  55. Thanks for sharing your great card ideas. Can't wait to try out those inks!

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  56. Thanks for your honest comments. Pros and cons. Great

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  57. Great cards, thanks for the inspiration.

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  58. Love the big bold stripes & that adorable flower

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  59. Thanks for sharing!lovely cards today!

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  60. Fabulous cards!! These inks are fabulous, nice and bright and not splotchy!

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  61. OMGeeeee Kelly, your cards are sooooo vibrant - adore that grren and blue card.

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  62. Beautiful cards! Each one has its own unique design, love them all!! This collection would be the most perfect birthday gift.....to myself!!!

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  63. Fabulous selection of cards! I really love the masked oval design as well as the glittery Christmas tree.

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  64. Wow! Kelly,you showed some wonderful multiple cards.They look fantastic.

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  65. Gorgeous cards! These inks look like they blend very well.

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  66. I love how vibrant the inks are. You really made some beautiful cards, thanks for sharing.

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  67. Love the blending; your cards are simply gorgeous!

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  68. Beautiful cards and great inspiration!

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  69. Great cards and lovely blending!

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  70. Fab cards, that final strip blending card is fabulous and so vibrant for ink blending. I had wondered about how well they blend so thanks for showing and discussing how well they work. Thanks so much.

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  71. Awesome cards, Kelly! So creative! It's been so much fun being part of this blog hop with you. :)

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  72. Gorgeous cards Kelly. Thanks for your time to share with us all.

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  73. Love the cards the colors and the blending is great!

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  74. LOVE your cards, Kelly! The masked oval one is fantastic!!

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  75. Beautiful cards!! Can't wait to play with these inks and stamps!!

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  76. Such bright beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing:)

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  77. Wow! Your cards are so bright and cheerful. I just love them! They definitely put a smile on my face.

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  78. Love your 2 Christmas trees and your color blending. I'm not very good at blending but maybe you have inspired me to try again when I get my box. Free would be good.

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  79. Love them all, but especially love that second Christmas card!

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  80. Great masked oval using the ink pad. Love that card. All of your cards are so cute. Thanks for sharing.

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  81. Love all of your cards...these are just great teasers until I get a beautiful blue box from CP! :)

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  82. Such colourful cards. I have to try some of those ink pads. Everyone is raving about them.

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  83. Your cards are beautiful and you've really shown how diverse the inks are. Love them. I also love the way you traced the shape of the ink pad on one of your cards. Can't wait to get hold of this box and get inky fingers. Thanks for sharing. Happy day.

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  84. So many cool ideas that you created. Thanks for sharing

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  85. Such vibrant and solid colours . Exciting to try them and sure would love to win this box.

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  86. Your cards are great. I'm new to card making and stamping so this should be a fun creative, adventure for me.

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  87. WOWZA! Kelly, these are BEAUTIFUL.

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  88. Awesome use of colour! Love them all.

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  89. Wonderful ideas.....thanks for sharing them. It shows that we can make one layer cards and they will look fabulous!

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  90. What a great set of cards! So very creative!

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  91. These are just awesome cards! Thank you for sharing them with us.

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  92. Wonderful cards! I can't wait to try out the new inks!!

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  93. Wow! I love how the inks work together.

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  94. Love, love, love these cards! Simple and elegant.

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  95. Blending is sometimes hard, but you made it look awesome! Simple yet creative.

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  96. I love the oval masked card! Just beautiful! So much inspiration and versatility in one box!

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  97. Great cards! Love how you use the stamps and ink!

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  98. Wow! Love all your cards and ideas! Loving the new colors and how easy they are to stamp with!

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  99. It's a party with vibrant colors, happy stamps, and great techniques. YEAH!

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  100. Those circle stamps are so fun & versatile! The little plaid one is my fave. 😀

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  101. The cards are awesome. I love the Christmas cards. Can't wait to try the collection out.

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  102. What fun ways to use the new inks! :)

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  103. Wonderful cards. So excited to use the inks.

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  104. Great Cards! I love the ink blending !

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  105. I am just so giddy seeing these wonderful cards!

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  106. Seems like the inks blend beautifully, love all the cards.

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  107. Great examples of what a little masking will do. You really showed several different ways to use the stamps - - I especially liked the oval mask with words inside... flowers appearing from behind. Way cool

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  108. The "You're Amazing" card is AMAZING!!! I love the way you blended the colors. So beautiful!

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  109. Cards are beautiful! Love your simple Christmas cards!!!

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  110. Awesome cards in pretty colors! Love that sweet Christmas tree!

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  111. I love all the different cards you made. My favorite is the one with the oval madk. So pretty.

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  112. Love your cards. Love how bright the inks show. Can't wait to get my hands on them.

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  113. So many great cards! Can't wait to get my hands on this set.

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  114. What a fab batch of cards! That You're Amazing card has amazing Wow factor!

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  115. Pretty cards! I can't wait to try this collection. You make it look so easy!! Thank you for sharing.

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  116. Uh Oh annoyed with your old inks. Maybe me too!! Want to see more cards.

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  117. I am truly amazed that those stripes were blended - I can't wait to get my hands on these inks - OHHHHH January will be long off for additional colors

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  118. Great selection of cards, I really like the oval with the orange flowers and the little christmas tree but they are all really lovely it would be hard to pick a favourite.

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  119. Wow, more and more ideas using the ink pads and stamps from the Foundation Box! Yeeesss!

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  120. Thanks for sharing some awesome ideas for using the ink

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  121. Great designs and colors! Thank you for encouraging creativity!

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  122. Oh. My. Goodness. I was impressed with the stamps and especially the inks before stopping here, but after seeing what you were able to do with masking and blending, these inks cannot get into my hands fast enough!! I'll be up at a ridiculous hour of the morning to be sure I can order the box with hopes of it being on my doorstep by the weekend.

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  123. Love how vibrant your cards are! The colors work so so so well together!

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  124. The colors are so vivid and bright. I can't wait to try the new inks.

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  125. Wow, what a lot of beautiful cards, over-achiever! I absolutely love the Christmas tree with the glitter. I am a glitter fiend! That small amount of the awesome blue ink blended under the tree is fabulous!

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  126. Love all your cards but the oval wreath is my favorite. Using the ink pad shape as a mask is just genius!!

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  127. I was totally taken with the Birthday card and all the circles. Love it

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  128. Love these cards. I'm one who likes to sponge so this looks like it will be fun. You have given me so many ideas, thank you!!

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  129. Love your cards! everyone has done a fantastic job sharing ideas for these stamp sets. Can't wait to get mine!

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  130. Love your cards. Really shows how get the inks work. Can't wait to get my box.

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  131. Oh my, love those vibrant colours, but also love how these stamps can be used all year long.

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  132. Your ink blending looks flawless. I can't wait to try this technique out when I get these ink pads. Your cards are fabulous. Thanks for sharing your ides, and thank you Catherine for creating such a wonderful foundation for our stamp room.

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  133. Love all of your creations! These inks...I can't wait to try them!

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  134. What a fantastic variety of styles here! Love the cards.

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  135. Love the ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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  136. Great use of the colors on your cards....can't wait to try them!

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  137. Great cards Kelly. (I realize I am behind on this hop but I wanted to see them anyway.)

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  138. WOW, Kelly, all your cards are amazing! I'm sitting here in awe of your use of the ink pad for an oval template, and then I scroll down to your sparkly two-tone Christmas tree and my jaw drops. Love seeing your creative genius with this collection.

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  139. Love the cards! You all are so creative

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  140. Your cards are so pretty & I love the way you've used the colors.

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  141. I'm loving All these cards. They are just so creative!

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  142. So colorful, thank you for such wonderful inspiration.

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  143. Wow...just love all your wonderful cards. So beautiful.

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  144. Absolutely, darling cards. Great inspiration.
    Thanks for sharing

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