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Monday, April 4, 2016

April My Monthly Hero - blog hop + giveaway!



Hello and welcome to the April My Monthly Hero release blog hop!! You should have made your way here by way of the sweet, lovely and immensely talented Kathy Racoosin's blog! If you didn't, head back over to the Hero Arts blog to start at the very beginning.

I absolutely LOVE that this month's kit comes with a dot card of Daniel Smith watercolors. Hooray for watercolors!! AND - the dot card contains really gorgeous shades of PURPLE!! Hooray for purple!!


For this card, I used one of the smaller buds in the stamp set - there are several. I seriously watercolored this in like 2 minutes. And it may be one of my favorite cards ever! Watercoloring doesn't have to be difficult. Do it loose and messy - and have fun with it! I know this is going to be shocking to some of you - but I didn't even tape down my paper before painting!! GASP! (I am way too lazy for that.)


Here's everything that comes in the kit! The dies are so cool - you can cut out the entire large rose. Or you can stamp it several times and just cut out parts of it to layer it. OR you can stamp it once and cut it with the layering die, and pop up different portions of it. How cool is that???


I'm part of a really amazing blog hop today. I was the final stop - but if you started here, by all means do yourself a favor and visit all of these amazing blogs!!

The Hero Arts Blog
Yana Smakula
Lucy Abrams
Mariana Grigsby
Amy Tsuruta
Kelly Rasmussen
Clare Prezzia
Wanda Guess
Joan Bardee
Sandy Allnock
Lydia Fiedler
Kathy Racoosin
Libby Hickson (you are here!)

Hero Arts is giving away one more kit - drawn from the comments left across all of these blogs. So hop along and comment for a chance to win!

And go and grab yourself one of these amazing kits.

Happy stamping!

158 comments:

  1. What a beautiful card! Watercolor, gold emboss, and a sweet rose bud, lovely!

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  2. Love how elegant and artsy this card is. The shades of purple are absolutely gorgeous!

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  3. Beautiful card! Purple is my favorite color. I never would of used just the rose bud it looks awesome.

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  4. Love the purple and gold together--awesome card! Thanks so much for sharing. Can't wait to get this kit.

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  5. Very pretty, I didn't even notice the little rose stamps until now!

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  6. Extraordinarily beautiful. Love that you watercolored your own bachkground which, by the way, is gorgeous.

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  7. Beautiful card, Libby. I love loose and messy watercoloring!

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  8. so pretty Libby - anxious to get my kit and start watercoloring with those wonderful colors!

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  9. Pretty,pretty. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Such a pretty card - nice to know I can be sloppy because I'm sure that's how I'll start out. Terrific kit - a must have!

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  11. This is gorgeous and I love your tip on just having fun with creating.

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  12. Really pretty watercolored card!

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  13. I would never have thought of using only the bud! What a gorgeous idea and execution.

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  14. very nice design nice way to use the buds thank you for sharing your work with us

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  15. I love the card! The colors are beautiful and really pop with the gold embossing...I can't stop looking at it!

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  16. Stunning card!! Love the gold embossing with the watercolor. TFS

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  17. Beautiful card and love the purple and gold!!!!!

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  18. Love your loose watercoloring--that's my kind of technique! So pretty, Libby!

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  19. Your card is just lovely!!! The colors are beautiful and thank you so much for sharing!!

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  20. So pretty. Crazy about heat embossing, so love your gold outlines. New to water coloring and love the way you did the backgrounds for the rose buds.

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  21. So pretty and fun, I really enjoy how you painted each rose in a different way!!

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  22. Beautiful and I love things that are loose and messy. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  23. Beautiful Card!!! This kit makes me believe that I too can watercolor!

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  24. Love the rose buds! This is a great kit - I am almost convinced I should try watercolors!

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  25. How pretty! And I love the colors you chose!

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  26. How pretty! And I love the colors you chose!

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  27. Just incredible and stunning! I love the watercolor washed background and how the flowers pop off it. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  28. Soooo soft and pretty Libby! LOVE it!

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  29. Lovely card. Thank you for reminding us how quick and easy and rewarding watercoloring can be.

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  30. Really beautiful love the gold and beautiful colors

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  31. Lovely card! Love how you created the background! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  32. I like your quick water coloring. It's gorgeous. Thanks

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  33. this is so romantic! it reminds me of some tea rose perfume I bought years ago! love that watercoloring against the gold

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  34. Very pretty! You're loose watercolor is just lovely

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  35. Gold and watercolor: Swoon! Love this card, Libby.

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  36. I love your pretty roses card!
    AnnB

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  37. What a pretty design. The watercolor flowers are beautiful.

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  38. Wow, you watercolored this in 2 minutes?! It's gorgeous and so unique! I love the design :)

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  39. I just saw this on Instagram I love your loose watercoloring with embossing.

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  40. Love the gold embossing with the purple. Beautiful card!

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  41. What a unique and clever technique-- the gold and magenata really work well together and I love the degrees of contrast with the darker flower bud centers versus the diffuse watercolor background colors.

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  42. Killer card! Love formality of the gold embossing and the free style casualness of your gorgeous watercoloring.

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  43. I Iove your advice and therefore enjoy water coloring. The lavender flowers you chose and painted are so pretty.

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  44. This is STUNNING!! I Love the gold with the lovely colors that you used. Beautiful design!!

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  45. Incredible card Libby - that is so beautiful!! The kit looks pretty amazing too.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  46. Love how you designed this card with the random coloring. Beautiful results and very inspirational:)

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  47. Wow!!! This is sooo elegant! I love how you painted the flowers and embossed with gold. Stunning!

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  48. Beautifully done,, love the elegance!!!

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  49. Love your purple card with the white space in the center, very nice card!!

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  50. Gorgeous card, love the purples! It looks like you really fussed over this card and I was pleasantly surprised that it was so fast and easy for you. That's my kind of watercoloring!

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  51. Lovely card, like the sentiment in the white center.

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  52. I love the gold embossing with watercoloring!

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  53. Pretty card! Love the colors you used.

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  54. Love how you created and watercolored this card. It's beautiful. The stamp set is amazing and this blog hop has been amazing, too!

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  55. I love your card, it is beautiful, and purple is my favourite colour!

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  56. Beautiful card! That purple is gorgeous. The gold embossing with that bold and beautiful purple makes those buds look like gems. ♥

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  57. I love loose & messy! lol Awesome card. And I love, love, love purple! :-)

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  58. Oh what a pretty card! Love this style!

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  59. Lovely card and a great kit! :)

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  60. Love the gold embossing! So pretty!

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  61. Quick, easy, and oh so beautiful!

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  62. Your card is so pretty!!! Love the colors and this card kit:)

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  63. Thanks for the inspiration! I love your coloring!

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  64. I like how you water colored the background and left a white opening for the sentiment.

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  65. What a beautiful card with those flower buds!! Love the embossing makes the watercolor pop.

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  66. I love your design. Very unique.

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  67. Absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing.

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  68. beautiful card and watercoloring! love the purple, too!

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  69. Love the shades of blue and the gold embossing.

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  70. Your water colored buds are just beautiful. What a beautiful card!

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  71. Beautiful card with the pretty watercolored buds!

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  72. Very pretty background! Love the buds.

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  73. Beautiful! Love the gold embossing & gorgeous coloring.

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  74. Beautiful! Love the gold embossing & gorgeous coloring.

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  75. Love your card. The gold embossing is just perfect. Your watercoloring looks really "artsy" to me. Thanks for demonstrating your "loose" technique.

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  76. Saw this card on IG today and had to come for a closer look. Walked right into a kit reveal and hop - fun! Gorgeous card, love the gold embossing and the purple. Luscious!

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  77. Adore this card, purple and gold is always a winner :). Really lovely thanks for sharing it.

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  78. What a lovely card - nice color combo and loose watercoloring!

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  79. My mother would love this Lovely purple water color, Libby! I just can't get over the saturation in these DS water colors. The florals in this kit are done so well. Thanks, craftqueen417 at yahoo
    Http://www.paulettesprettypapercrafts.wordpress.com

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  80. The gold embossing with watercoloring is very pretty.

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  81. Such a beautiful kit. This is the first one I have purchased. Looking forward to creating with it.

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  82. very pretty thanks for sharing

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  83. Great combo of gold and purple! Such beauty!

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  84. WOW! Only 2 minutes?!?! And it's so pretty! Love your watercoloring on your card!

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  85. I've never done a watercolour card before, I really want to now though.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  86. I love the loose and watery watercoloring, so pretty!

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  87. Beautiful coloured card. Purple / lilac is my favorit color.

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  88. The sweetest card! Love your colors and design. Simple yet elegant.

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  89. Thank you, Libby. Your card is so perfect. I'm seriously going to order this kit right now.

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  90. Love you use of the small buds in thr set. The hold really makes them pop! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  91. Libby! What an awesome way to finish up this inspirational hop! Your card is gorgeous! I adore your watercoloring and the gold embossing!

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  92. Wow! What a gorgeous card. It is a great combination using gold embossing with the watercolors. I love the new kit and cannot wait til mine arrives.

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  93. Unbelievable that this fantastic card took you two minuites! The gold embossing and shades of purple are fabulous!

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  94. Beautiful card, and your description made it sound easy. Watercoloring is so much fun!

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  95. The gold embossing really pops with the purple! Very lovely card!

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  96. Two minutes? Really? Maybe that's my problem, I agonize over watercolor TOO MUCH! Your cards is fabulous.

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  97. Oh my goodness! Love your creativity! TFS!

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  98. I've not tried watercoloring on my
    greeting cards. this looks like
    fun and relaxing.
    Love your card.
    thanks for sharing.

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  99. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card! Love the color theme!

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  100. Purple-my favorite! Fantastic card. Thanks for sharing!

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  101. Very cool idea! Don't you just love when a quick card turns out great!!

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  102. Gorgeous! The color combo is beautiful and I love that you showed off the smallest stamp, It was hard to tell how pretty it really is. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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  103. Thank you, Libby, for sharing the pretty buds and the carefree watercolor

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  104. Lovely watercoloring
    and the roses are
    awesome looking!
    Carla from Utah

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  105. I love the way you did this card. It's beautiful and the kit looks great.

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  106. Lovely watercoloring, it's so beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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  107. So pretty! I love the stamps in this awesome kit! Beautiful colors in your roses!

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  108. love your masked sentiment area and the way you painted the rosebuds.

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  109. Very cool idea! Don't you just love when a quick card turns out great!!

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  110. STUNNING card! Love the purple and the gold embossing.

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  111. You have done purple well! I didn't realize how much I like purple until I put my winter clothes in the closet last fall! It's a really great color!! Thanks for this lovely card.

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  112. I admit this is the one technique that I've been itching to try! It's such a cool, artistic-looking technique...Thanks for the inspiration!

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  113. Thanks. I love the purples.

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  114. Love your card, especially the gold outline! Thanks for hosting a great giveaway.

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  115. Yay for gorgeous pink and purple paints! Wonderful card.

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  116. Oh, gorgeous! Love the purples and the loose watercoloring! Wow!

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  117. That card is so lovely! With a name like "Rose", I love flowers! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist (at) aol.com

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  118. Oh my this is simply gorgeous! love your "lazy" watercolouring! :D

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  119. I love your gorgeous water colored background! I can't believe how many ways there are to use this kit...and all are fabulous.

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  120. This is really quite beautiful Libby. Great water colouring and I love the gold with it.

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  121. Simply beautiful card, love the colors and the watercolor is so beautiful!

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  122. Like the gold. Have a BEE-utiful day!
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  123. Lovely card Libby!! Liked a lot. Thank you so much for inspiring us. Have a great day. :)

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  124. So gorgeous! Can't wait till it hits my door step!

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  125. Beautiful card. I love the gold embossing :)

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  126. Thank you for sharing! I love the loose style of water coloring these very pretty buds.

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  127. Choosing the bud to cover the card was a bold move.
    Good Job!

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  128. This is such a cute card! Loved that you used the buds and the touch of gold is great!

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  129. Wow! Great release!!!! I love this new kit! And your card is absolutely gorgeus!!!!

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  130. What a fun card! I love how you had color all over but kept it absent from the line with the sentiment. I really want to try that!

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  131. OH I like your card, it's different

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  132. Pretty card. I just don't understand why people don't like purple.

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  133. The gold embossing makes the roses really pop! :)

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  134. I think I need to get my gold embossing powder out! This is gorgeous :)

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  135. There's no truer sentiment than that!

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  136. I love this. The gold embossing looks marvelous with the watercolor. Well done. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/415386765612678015/

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  137. Really love the soft colors. Thanks for sharing

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  138. Great job on this water colouring. Very pretty purples.

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