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Monday, September 29, 2014

Handmade for Christmas

Hi everyone! Today I'm joining my Hero Arts friends for a blog hop featuring goodies from the Handmade for Christmas catalog. You should have arrived here by way of the sweet and talented Lucy Abrams. If you didn't, head on back to the Hero Arts blog to start from the very beginning.


For my card today, I decided to use one of my very favorite sets from the new catalog, Family and Friends.


I really have a thing for bottle brush trees, so this set was love at first sight for me! They are so much fun. Today I was inspired by this cool photo to create an entire little "forest" of them.


I worked on watercolor paper, and got out my paintbrush and water bottle while playing with colors inspired by the photo - Navy, Tide Pool, Forever Green and Neon Blue inks.


I love the little circles included in the set. They could be used as ornaments, but I added them randomly to the sky, to add a whimsical, bokeh-like look.


And now the fun part of the hop! Hero Arts will be giving away one GRAND PRIZE that includes an assortment of stamps, inks, stencils and dies valued at over $75. Two $10 Hero Arts Online Store gift cards will also be awarded. The three prize winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the participating designers' blogs, so the more comments left along the hop, the better their odds of winning! The giveaways will close at 11:59pm PST on Thursday, Oct 2, with the winners announced on the Hero Arts blog on Friday, Oct 3.

To continue with the hop, please head over to Yana Smakula's blog!

Hero Arts
Lisa Spangler
Kelly Rasmussen
Donna Mikasa
Tami Hartley
Cheiron Brandon
Jennifer McGuire
Mariana Grigsby
Lucy Abrams
Libby Hickson --- that's me!
Yana Smakula
Wida Miller

Thanks for stopping by!


373 comments:

  1. Beautiful card - I'm now inspired to get crankin' on my cards for this holiday season!

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  2. Great forest of trees! Lovely card!

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  3. Very impressionistic-love the colors!

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  4. creative used of the bottle trees. like your color scheme
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  5. Like the nostalgic bottle brush look & the watercolor/artsy look.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  6. Love the artistic background, very cool!!!

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  7. It looks like you must have had a lot of fun making this card! TFS
    Dolly

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  8. Great card, I really need to get started on my holiday cards

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  9. Love this style! And it reminds me of walking to forest filled with those trees...

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  10. I love the colors and how they blend together so beautifully!

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  11. Wow - love you made this - the colours are fabulous! I need that bottle-brush tree!

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  12. ok, I LOVE this card, it looks like art on a small canvas, the colors, texture, stamp placement...the whole thing is fabulous!!!!

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  14. This is such an amazing idea. I love the watercolour look. that's so creative :)

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  15. The trees are amazing - great water color technique.

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  16. Fabulous! Love the color combo and I absolutely love the bottle brush tree stamp! Very nice, Libby!

    Susan

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  17. Love all the texture on a one layer card!!

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  18. Hi, Libby! I love bottle brush trees, too! And, blues and greens are so pretty together; your card is stunning!! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  19. I wasn't sure about this card at first but when I seen your inspiration I was like ok now I get it and it looks rather neat. TFS

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  20. Such a creative and artsy card! Love it!

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  21. Pretty card, love the colors effects! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Very fun. I will show my daughter this bottle brush tree card. She'll love it! This is very artistic.

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  23. I never knew they were called bottle brush trees, but I know I have to get that stamp set. Beautiful card - love the colors.

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  24. I love the effect the water color has on this card. Great use of the stamp, love it. TFS Denise

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  25. Love your fun bottle brush forest!

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  26. I love bottle brush trees too, Nice card-love the colors. thannks for sharing

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  27. You duplicated the bottle brush trees exactly. Love the effect of watercolors and use of neon blue ink.

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  28. Very pretty card. I like the forest look.

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  29. The bottle brush trees are so fun! And you created a whole forest of them!

    Noreen
    Crafty Journal

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  30. What a sweet card. Love you're background and I just adore those trees . Great color choices. Just love it.

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  31. super fun! I love where your inspiration for the card came from!!

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  32. Beautiful card, fabulous inspiration!!

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  33. Love the various shades of green and blue! And you've made the bottle brush trees come alive Libby!!

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  34. I love the tree stamp and the great dimension and colors on your lovely card!!

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  35. Libby, I love the effect of the repeating the trees and the great color choices.

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  36. I can't decide which tree from the forest that I want for mine. Beautifully donw!

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  37. Love the colors and the adorable trees!

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  38. Great card! I love the colors and the artsyness of it (if that's a word!) lol

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  39. This is just great. It really looks like that photo.

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  40. Love the colors you used and how you incorporated the inspiration into a card. Very creative!

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  41. What a lovely card. Great job with use of the trees.

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  42. Absolutely love this card - these are my favorite colors and I love the watercolor look!

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  43. You got the whole forest! Nice effect and unique design. Thanks.

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  44. Clever idea! Love the color combinations.

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  45. wow - fantastic design and beautiful colors!!

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  46. Love the blue and green colors..

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  47. I love the bottle trees! What a great card.

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  48. OMG OMG Girl your card is breathtaking. I upon seeing what you used for your inspiration I was blown away because you nailed it. Girl you absolutely are one outstandingly talented gal. Gosh your card is so frame worthy and I'm sure that whomever is lucky enough to receive will do just that. WOW!!

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  49. Bottlebrush funkiness is a delight to the eyes.

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  50. I just love this stamp set. It is definitely on my wish list. Your card is wonderful. It's almost like you can feel the bottle brush trees.

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  51. Love your take on the photo and great colors.

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  52. Great card - pinned it right away!

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  53. Love your sniffing stazon comment in your blog title! Almost fell off my chair laughing!. Oh and great card as well. My kind of style.

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  54. very beautiful card! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  55. Love your little forest - great color combo.

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  56. love the transparency of the trees, beautiful card!

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  57. Very cool!! I love how you were inspired by that photo. I'm gonna have to start a new board just for inspirational photos! Great idea!

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  58. Great idea making the forest! Very pretty!

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  59. That bottlebrush tree is very cool, and you nailed the colors on your card from the inspiration picture! Thanks for sharing :)

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  60. Great texture. Love the bottle brush trees.

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  61. Your card is gorgeous !!! I love water coloring, you did an amazing job on this card

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  62. Here is my take. I know this may sound crazy, but my first thought was for a guy card. Sometimes it's hard for a bachelor. This is to me anyway one great idea for those who want something bold and celebratory for a guy. TY Hope no offense was taken.... Love the card

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  63. Stunning...love the non traditional colors and the way you've used this great stamp set.

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  64. I love the colors you used! Very pretty!

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  65. Love all the colors, great card...

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  66. Lovely and very
    unique card! Great
    use of the colors.
    Carla from Utah

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  67. Just love the artistry of your card...this is the look I'm after this year for my holiday cards. Thanks.

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  68. Very pretty and colorful card made with the bottlebrush tree stamp.

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  69. I absolutely love the texture in the background! Amazing!

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  70. Who knew the bottle brush trees could look so arty! Thanks!

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  71. I love the painterly, artsy look. Beautiful.

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  72. Love your card, specially the effect you created with the background stamping

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  73. Great texture!! Fabulous card!!

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  74. Thanks for sharing creative process. nice card!
    ~Purvi

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  75. Beautifully inspired, Libby! You make me want to get this stamp NOW!

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  76. There's so much great texture to this card, and I love the colors!

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  77. Love the effect of the distress inks and the stamp on the watercolor paper ~ GORGEOUS!

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  78. Love the bottle brush trees in all of the wonderful colors! Gorgeous!!

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  79. What a creative use of this stamp set! TFS!!!

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  80. Libby, you have out done yourself with this one! Wow!

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  81. Very pretty card. I like the texture of the water color paper and love how you got your inspiration for the card. Thanks for sharing.

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  82. Awesome dimension and love the tree stamp!

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  83. Beautiful bottle brush trees..... love the blues and greens!

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  84. Love the bottlebrush tree and your color combo. Great job! tfs

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  85. I love bottle brush trees too! This stamp set is definitely on my list!

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  86. The bottle brush stamp is on my list, Thanks for sharing!

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  87. Love this idea! I just got this set last week. Can't wait to start creating!

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  88. I, too, love the old fashion bottle brush tree! Fun set...fun card.

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  89. This card is stunning...so festive!

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  90. Love the watercolor effect. Great choice of colors. Beautiful!

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  91. You did an awesome job replicating the photo!!! I wouldn't have been brave enough to try the darker colors but it is so beautiful!!

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  92. Beautiful, love the colors. Pure genius.

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  93. The texture and different colors of layered trees looks awesome!

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  94. Such a great artistic representation of your inspiration. Beautiful!

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  95. Wonderful use of color and texture. Beautiful card.

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  96. Just love your colorful forest of bottlebrush trees, Libby!

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  97. Love your card Libby! Looks like a hand painted or printed image :-)

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  98. I love the great card idea! Thanks for sharing - and I now have the bottle brush stamp set on my shopping list!!

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  99. I love how you used your inspiration photo to create your really fabulous card, Libby! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

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  100. I like the colors you chose.........great card.

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  101. Libby, please add me to your Christmas card list! I would love to get this card in the mail!! :-)

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  102. I love how you shared your inspiration with us, and it really came through on your beautiful card! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us, and of course for the chance to win!

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  103. Oh my.....color, texture....thank you for this beautiful card.

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  104. What a wonderful interpretation of your inspiration!

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  105. Beautiful artistry of texture, color and pop. Any recipient would love to get this for Christmas! Thank you.

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  106. The softer colors are such a neat twist in a season of too much red and green. Great card.

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  107. The trees really look like the ones in the picture!

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  108. I love the modern feel of this card - very artsy!

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  109. Hopping by and saying HI, excited for the New Christmas Stamps comming. :)

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  110. Nice card haven't noticed any done like this before, a soft watercolor look!

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  111. Love the simplicity of it
    Love the Wonderful colors!

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  112. LOVE your forest of trees! I can see the inspiration you got from the photo!

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  113. Very nicely done. Great colors used.

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  114. Love the bottle brush tree. Great use of colors.

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  115. What a great card. Loved all the colors you used.

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  116. I didn't much care for that bottle brush tree when I first saw it in the catalog, but I really like what you did with it. The layers are so effective, and the colors are fabulous!

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  117. Such a cool effect! Thank you for sharing :-)

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  118. I like that you used the photo for inspiration, and love the resulting card. Tfs!

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  119. you captured your inspiration of the bottle brush treees perfectly!

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  120. Gosh! LOVE this forest! So amazing! Must have one too :)
    Thanks!~kim

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  121. Great card and a bottle brush tree forest!

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  122. Love the look of the bottle brush on the textured watercolor paper! Awesome card!

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  123. Cute card ... the watercolor effect with these bottle brush trees was perfect! Thanks for sharing your work.

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  124. This is my kind of card! Love it! Wish you had a video of it

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  125. Very fun and artsy card! Love the texture.

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  126. Beautifully done and I love all the colors on those trees.

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  127. This card is stunning. I love it.

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  128. Love how you echoed the circle jewels with the "faux" bokeh circles. Clever!

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  129. Very unique Christmas card. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  130. I like the texture from the watercolor paper.

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  131. I loved your card the moment I saw it. All those bottle brush trees....brings back fond memories of childhood.

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  132. I like how you used the bottle brush stamp set. The colors and texture you used are very inspiring.

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  133. love this stamp set- great card-thanks for sharing

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  134. Amazingly artsy card love the colours! Ger x

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  135. I really loved this card! Beautiful!

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  136. The bottle brushes are definitely a different treatment idea for tree stamps!

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  137. Enjoyed your demo. Great card. Like the use of acetate.

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  138. Your card is very nice. Love the colors.

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  139. Love this mix of colors. The card is very nice.

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  140. Wow... Such a beautiful way to use this stamp set! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  141. I love your little forest! Great card!!!

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  142. Those bottle brush tree stamps are so versatile.

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  143. Love your card it has so much dimension. A great use of the stamp.

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  144. Very nice - love the effect you created.

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  145. I love this stamp set. I might have been enabled and just bought this stamp set. *shakes fist*

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  146. Great dimension to this card, it looks wonderful!

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  147. The bottle brush trees are great! Thanks for the watercolors with them.

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  148. Great forest of everygreens...love those combo of colours.

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  149. Really like this card. Thanks for sharing!!

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  150. Love how unique this card is xx

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  151. I love bottle brush trees….they look amazing with the watercolor!

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  152. Hey! It's just a beautiful card and a special way to use the stamps. Fabulous colors, too! I'm loving all the inspiration, especially with water color ideas!

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