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Friday, December 10, 2010

2011 Hero Arts Blog Hop!!

Hello and welcome to the 2011 Hero Arts Catalog Blog Hop!! If you came here by way of the fabulously talented Kelly Marie Alvarez, you're in the right spot. Otherwise you probably want to head back to the beginning at the Hero Arts blog so you don't miss any of the action! You can also check in there for a list of all the bloggers if you get lost along the way.


I am so thrilled to be a part of this hop - I am in some seriously good company. I mean, YIKES, some SERIOUSLY good company!!! LOL! And... I've seen the new catalog and let me tell you, it is WONDERFUL!! My wishlist is long, there are so many stamps I'm dying to play with! But lucky me, I did get to play with a few already...


This first card uses a new Woodblock stamp called H5489 Butterfly Flowers. When I looked at this stamp, right away it reminded me just a little of the Delft pottery that my grandmother loves to collect (and therefore, so do I!). That side of the family is Dutch, and it's one of the more traditional things from the Netherlands that we adore. So I grabbed my blue Copics and got to work. But - gasp! - I decided to crack my pottery with a little Crackle Accents!


Now on to my second card, which uses a flower from one of my favorite flower sets in the new catalog, CL495 Blossom Art.


I looooooove that they included a smaller version that is similar to one of my all-time favorites, CG134 Large Flower! And ever since I saw my friend Heather stamp the larger version on vellum and emboss in white, I've been completely addicted to doing that! So I just *had to* do that with this new stamp, too. Both of my cards also use greetings from a fabulous new set of messages, CL497 Find Joy. You're going to LOVE this set!!

Well would you believe you've come to the end of this fabby blog hop!? It's sad but true. But wait, it's not QUITE over - now you need to head back to the final Hero Arts post, where you'll get to see a full reveal of the stamp sets featured on the blogs today, as well as have an opportunity to win a prize! Woohoo!!

Thanks for stopping by today,


  • Stamps: H5489 Butterfly Flowers, CL497 Find Joy from Hero Arts
  • Paper: Blue, kraft, white cardstock
  • Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Vintage Photo Distress ink, Copic markers, white gel pen
  • Accessories: Crackle Accents (Ranger), Spellbinders dies, blue ribbon, Candy Crystals (Taylored Expressions), Wilton doily, machine stitching
  • Stamps: CL495 Blossom Art, CL497 Find Joy from Hero Arts
  • Paper: Blue, kraft, white cardstock
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, white pigment ink
  • Accessories: White embossing powder, Star Dust Stickles, pearl beads, ribbon, scallop edge punch, machine stitching

497 comments:

  1. So pretty, Libby!

    Teri

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  2. LIBBY!!!! Love that delft!!! What a fabby idea, it really does look like that! I can't wait to try this, I have some Dutch in me too (on my Dad's side).

    And stamping those flowers on vellum? Awesome!!!

    HUGS!

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  3. VERY pretty!

    PS: broken link to final blog post? :(

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  4. oh my oh my oh my!!!! SOOO amazingly gorgeous Libby! LOVE the blues and those flowers and sentiments and layout (pretty much everything!!!) is so fab!!!!
    you so rock!
    hugs!
    Sankari :)

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  5. Love that color combo on both cards. Super pretty! :)

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  6. Thanks Leslie - I was experiencing some technical difficulties - all systems are go now! :-)

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  7. beautiful cards libby....love the cracked glass technique...thanks for sharing your inspiration on the blog hop hugs kath xxx

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  8. So Pretty Libby....Looks like you got your Mojo back!!

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  9. wow, awesomenesss!! really amazing textures!

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  10. Wow!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!! Love how you crack(l)ed the delft ;)

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  11. Wowsers Libby! Two stunners indeed! Love the cracked glass technique and the beautiful stamped vellum flowers! Awesome!

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  12. Wow, very cool. I just love the flowers on the second card and that crackle effect is amazing on the first!!

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  13. The blue and kraft and crackle is so brilliant!! Love what you have done with the new stamps!

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  14. Love what you did with the blue and white! Beautiful cards Libby!

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  15. Blue is my favourite colour and your cards are just gorgeous!

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  16. STUNNING cards Libby!!!! OH my girl!! The crackle is just the most perfect touch on the first card AND then those velum flowers with bead centers WOW OH WOW!!! You rocked these cards!!!

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  17. Love the crackle! I want to try it!

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  18. Wow, gorgeous cards Libby! Love the vellum flowers!

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  19. Love Love these cards and stamps. On my list

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  20. love how you added the crackle!

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  21. Libby, you did BLUES!! I love you! :) Both of these cards are just gorgeous - you are right where you belong in this group of creative ladies!

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  22. So very classy. Love the colors.
    annadowdy at gmail dot com

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  23. I'm very sad that there aren't more posts to see, I'm so inspired by all your talent!

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  24. Beautiful cards, wonderful color combination!

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  25. Libby, my tongue has hit the floor! I adore your take on the pottery and the pearls in the centre of the flowers is stunning

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  26. Beautiful cards! Love the crackled piece and the big vellum flowers!

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  27. Love your cracked pottery! Thanks for sharing.
    Trish

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  28. Now I dont have words to describe these Gorgeous Cards...Love love love them. Thanks for sharing such beauties.

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  29. I like the brown and blue together! Cute!

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  30. it does look like pottery and I love the flowers in velum. I am off to the next stop. Oz

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  31. Can't believe the blog hop is over already - your cards are so pretty. I saw that card that Heather made once upon a time and always wanted to try that technique... might have to buy that clear set now!

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  32. GORGEOUS cards, Libby! The flowers with Crackled Accents are simply beautiful! Love the smaller version of the vellum flowers,too!FABULOUS!!!

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  33. Crackled accents... with doily... in blue... perfect! Love the flower in vellum, just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your inspiration and for the peeks!

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  34. These are beautiful! I am in love with the second, the vellum flowers are FAB!!

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  35. love love love that you stamped on vellum - so beautiful!

    Gotta hop!

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  36. I, too, love the white embossing on vellum -- it is really a very pretty look!

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  37. Who said blue wasn't feminine? What a great job on these and the flowers on the one is out of the world in vellum. I have to try that.

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  38. Gorgeous! I love the crackle effect...

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  39. Love love this card especially the blue & brown together!

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  40. Oh, those vellum flowers give me heart palpitations! Clever girl!

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  41. You've got some seriously cool colors going on here!

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  42. Oh I love! The crackled look is the PERFECT effect ;)

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  43. So pretty, love the soft blus and the vellum flowers!!

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  44. Libby... These are gorgeous! love the cracked glass effect! Beautiful!

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  45. Can't wait to see all the new goodies!

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  46. Beautiful and elegant!

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  47. The white embossed flower with pearl center is just a gorgeous look- so lush.

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  48. LOVE that smaller version of the flower, too! So elegant! Nice job on the cards...

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  49. I totally LOVE both those cards! They are gorgeous. Thank you for inspiring me today!

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  50. Love the vellum flowers! I will now have a new addiction soon as well!

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  51. I haven't seen the cracked glass is a while and it looks great.
    TFS
    Ang@todybran.com

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  52. Libby you totally rocked these cards girl!!! Love the crackle effect. :o) smooch

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  53. Wow, this is SOOO pretty! I love the colors, and that stamp is awesome!

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  54. My FAVE colours - and your crackly flower looks just like gorgeous china. What a clever idea.

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  55. Your 2nd card with the 3 blossoms, gorgeous!!!

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  56. Love the crackle paint and flowers. Thanks for sharing!

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  57. Libby, your cards are truly beautiful! Love those blues! And that Crackle Acccent, you used it superbly!

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  58. Great cards, I love the one with the three flowers =)

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  59. The flowers are gorgeous and the crackle effect is fantastic

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  60. definitely going to try that technique! Your flowers are gorgeous!!!!

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  61. What lovely cards! I love the colours you chose.Margaret K.

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  62. LOVE the delft. I think the cracking just makes it seem more like Delftware somehow. Very pretty cards!

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  63. Beautiful cards! Love the white embossing on vellum! Thanks for sharing.

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  64. Beautiful cards, Libby! Love the delft!!! I didn't know you had Dutch blood in you! Yay! ;)

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  65. beautiful cards... love all the blues and the embossed vellum!

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  66. So elegantly delicately perfect.
    :)
    Susie
    susies@twcny.rr.com

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  67. Libby, beautiful cards. The blue flowers remind me of Gzhel (Russian decorative flowers on pottery). The cracks are a perfect finish. I like the sentiments on the cards too!

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  68. OMG - love these. Great ideas. AMAZING!!!

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  69. Beautiful cards, Libby. I really like the delft-inspired take on the new butterfly flowers stamp.

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  70. Elegants cards, and the delft blue is stunning!

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  71. I adore this use of the flower on white vellum. Simply gorgeous. I now "need" that flower!!

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  72. Love that second card! Gorgeous!

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  73. beautiful cards, libby! (my crackle accents refuses to crack, dangit! i think i got a bad batch)

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  74. Sharon D from CanadaDecember 10, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Libby, your crackled flower card is SO gorgeous!!! And your trio of vellum flowers is yummy! Thanks for the awesome inspiration!

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  75. So gorgeous! Love the blues and the flowers and the sentiments! Just fab!

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  76. Love the delft idea - really looks fabulous! I am over the moon for all the florals!

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  77. the flower set is so pretty.

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  78. Wow! I love the crackle effect. And the flowers are beautiful.

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  79. These are so beautiful, Libby! I adore your "cracked" Delft pottery! So pretty. And the embossed vellum flowers -- I swoon! Great job!

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  80. Both the cards are just beautiful and show such fun techniques that I haven't tried. I can't wait to !!

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  81. What a gorgeous cards. I love the colours you've used.

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  82. Wow, these are stunning! I can't decide if I like the crackled card or those gorgeous vellum flowers the best. Amazing work!
    Clare x

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  83. So Beautiful. love the flowers on the vellum.makes it elegant .i really like that technique. i want the blossom stamp,may b on a wedding card :)

    thanks a lot for sharing.

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  84. Libby, your cards are beautiful!! I mean really beautiful! I can't wait to get my hands on these new HA stamps. I can already tell that "Find Joy" is going to be one of my favorites. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Angie

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  85. Awesome cards!!! Love the crackle look!

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  86. The cards you made look phenomenal!! I just LOVE how you created the delft porcelain, it looks so real...(and I'm from Belgium, so I know my delft ;))
    Also thanks for the tip on the vellum flowers, gonna give it a try later tonight :)

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  87. just GORGEOUS!!! LOVE them both!

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  88. wow...I just love how the flowers are cut out. And the crackle texture is fantastic! Thanks for sharing your creations :)

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  89. Very pretty in the blues! That second one is my fav!

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  90. Very pretty cards. LOVE that 2nd one with the vellum flowers and beaded centers.

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  91. I love how you used these new sets on your cards! The cracked glass technique is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  92. What a fabulous ending to the Blog Hop and I love those cards.
    Your unique in your style. Love each card so much. Gotta try !
    Hugs and I'm Danish maybe thats why ? ?

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  93. WOW! The blues and the crackling and embossed vellum are over the top gorgeous! I know I'll be trying that vellum idea also :)

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  94. Oh my goodness your cards are so pretty! I love all that blues! And the end result of the cracked glass/china piece is fanstastic!

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  95. Beautiful cards! I love the delft pottery effect...so smart (my mom loves delft so this is such a wonderful tip!!).

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  96. Adorable card! Love the look & dimension of the flowers! I need that stamp set!

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  97. Love the way you used crackle accents. Thanks for sharing.

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  98. Thanks for all the fab inspiration.

    Liz x

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  99. Wow, the faux delft is amazing. It brings back great memories of my Grandmother and her kitchen. I love that combination you did an amazing job with it.

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  100. Your cards are amazing!! I love the crackle, fabulous! Thanks for the great inspiration!!

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  101. I really like the embossed flowers on vellum. And the fact that HA now has a smaller version, maybe it'll fit on an ATC. :)

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  102. Gorgeous colors - I love that combination!

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  103. WOW, SUCH TALENT! I love the "delft" look and your pretty style. I am so glad you stamp at night...its to our benifit. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

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  104. Oh, I love all the blue tones so much!! And that cracked pottery is soooo spectacular! Great job, Libby.

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  105. Very nice! Love to try this one

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  106. Ypur card is so elegant! I love crackle paint <3

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  107. Love the blue and white theme. One of my favorites!

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  108. That white embossed flower card is breath taking! Love it! Add another one to my list of must-haves!

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  109. I just adore those vellum flowers - I have to try that!
    Debz
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  110. I'm not sure what to say Libby. LOVE both of your cards. The Crackle Accents were the perfect touch on the first card and the Blossom Art Flower on vellum is amazing on the second. Nooooo! It can't be the end!

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  111. WOW WOW WOW!!!!!! GORGEOUS cards!!!! =)

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  112. Gorgeous. I love our cracked pottery. Love your vellum flowers.

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  113. These cards are soooo pretty and elegant, LOVE them!!

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  114. Libby,
    Your cards are Gorgeous & Beautiful -- WOW

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  115. GASP.. JUST OH My gosh.. amazing & beautiful. I could stare at those cards all day!

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  116. The blue reminds me of old china--very vintage-y & pretty!

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  117. These are so beautiful and I love the crackle accents!

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  118. Love the samples. They are beautiful. I can't wait to see the whole catalog.

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  119. I am already loving these new sets -- can't wait to get my hands on them!

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  120. I love this.It really looks like delft!!! Great job!

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  121. Love both the card! stunning projects!

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  122. Thanks Libby for sharing your beautiful projects. I love them all.

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  123. Oh wow! Beautiful... and those vellum flowers ... swoon!

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  124. WOWSA!! Love the cracked pottery--way cool!! And the vellum embossed flowers--definitely will have to try that technique. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  125. Gorgeous flowers....pretty blue. Thanks for the ideas....

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  126. Absolutely STUNNING, Libby!! I LOVE them both!!

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  127. fabulous inspiration Libby! loving the crackle look of the blue flowers (just can't bring myself to say "cracked pottery") but the effect is so gorgeous! wonderful vellum flowers too...thanks for the great ideas!

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  128. Oh my goodness - the flower stamped on vellum was beautiful!

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  129. WOW! Your cards are so elegant! Love it!

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  130. Such beautiful work! love these stamps! Barbara

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  131. I am a sucker for all things blue and white, so I am loving these projects! Thanks for a fun hop.

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  132. LIBBY!!! Love your cards. I'll have to try that stamping on vellum technique. It looks so elegant. And, of course, with MY Dutch heritage you *know* I'm going to have to try anything that looks like Delft. ;) Beautifully, done, my friend. Both cards are stunning. :)

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  133. What a great final! Love your cards!!!

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  134. I love the flowers they came out so pretty.

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  135. Oh my goodness those vellum flowers are gorgeous!!! And the crackle on the "pottery" - so clever.

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  136. Just love, love, love the flowers~ So beautiful~

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  137. I am Dutch also and love your cards. WOWOWOWOW! Thank you for sharing. Your work is amazing. Happy Holidays!

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  138. I think you've outdone our Delft pottery. Your cards is just stunning! WOW!

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  139. Beautiful cards! I love the colors, great work!

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  140. I made it to the last blog and glad I did.....what lovely blue flower cards. stamping sue

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  141. Very cool making the large flower on vellum. I love it. Thanks for sharing

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  142. What a gorgeous card Libby. Can't wait to get a hold of this stamp too. My wishlist is growing and growing......

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  143. I'm loving that flower!

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  144. Love the vintage, elegant look! Stunning...thank you for sharing.

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  145. Love your blues and brown. The crackle adds great dimension. And on the vellum it;s so soft. Lovely - lovely!

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  146. OMGoodness! I love that cracked glass on the 1st and those flowers are divine on the 2nd! :-)

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  147. I love the colour scheme you have used on your cards today and those vellum flowers are gorgeous.

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  148. Those flowers embossed on vellum are spectacular!

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  149. Your projects are AMAZING! The crackle look! The vellum flowers! Wowza! I am lucky to have you as a hop buddy! :) :)

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  150. Love your delft inspired card Libby! Gorgeous!

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  151. fabulous projects! gotta make me some vellum flowers! laura j

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  152. I love the blue you chose on both cards! Both are just beautifully done.

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  153. Beautiful cards! I love every one.

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  154. The vellum flowers are so fantastic, and the crackling is so great...I'm just about speechless!

    Bridget N

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  155. Awesome cards, Libby! Love the vellum flowers and those new sentiments rock!!

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  156. Great cards! the crackled look is a nice touch!

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  157. Simply beautiful! Very vintagy! Love them to death!

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  158. Loved, loved, loved your cards....so pretty and elegant!

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  159. These are beautiful Libby! Love the delft pottery inspired card...the crackle is such a nice touch :) Your shades of blue with the browns...love it!

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  160. I love this stamp set. I would use this set a lot.

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  161. Libby, That blue is gorgeous and I love the vellum, too!

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  162. Libby! thanks for sharing your idea with the cracked pottery. The inked doily and stitching give it the perfect nostalgic feel. LOVE it!

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  163. Love both of your cards! Great vellum flowers! Can't wait to see the catalog!

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  164. Libby,
    Your cards are WONDERFUL!!! I LOVE the vellum technique!!! A job well done!!!!

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  165. The crackle on your card DOES look so much like old pottery! I like that blue too!

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  166. Great Blog!!!! Thnak you!!

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  167. Love your projects! The crackle technique is really cool and stamping on vellum gives the card such elegance.

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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