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Monday, May 2, 2016

May My Monthly Hero - blog hop + giveaway!


You guys!! It's MMH launch day, woohoo!! This month's kit is one of my very favorite kits so far!! It's a gift card envelope die, and really awesome messages for saying thank you, or just letting someone know they are appreciated. I am going to use this one ALL THE TIME!

The "thank you" was handlettered by Kelly Rasmussen, and she designed all of the stamps, dies and add-on stamps and dies for the kit, too. She is amazeballs!

For today's post, I created two different cards. First - one of the messages I am *most* excited about in this kit is the "you are a great coach" sentiment. I personally begged for this one! My kids play sports and I'm forever making cards for coaches. So... YAY!! Here's one I'm making for end of spring soccer season.


I combined the stamps from the kit with some fab add-on stamps, CL981 Happy Mail. The "thank you" comes from that. I also pulled out my cute soccer ball from Kelly's Sports Planner. The nice bright inks are hybrids Indigo, Strawberry and Intense Black.


I also just had to use that cutie smile from the kit stamps for a card! I basically cased my own card for this one - it's inspired by this one that I made for the Hero Arts Summer Catalog.


I colored the smiles with Copics. The "you" is cut from black cardstock, using the add-on dies for the kit. I cut it out five times and glued them all together so it has fun dimension. The "make me smile" message from the kit is perfect with this cute smiley face!


Here's a closer look at the add-ons to the kit. First, Happy Mail:


And the Thank You Pair Fancy Dies, which can stand alone, or cut out the words in the kit's stamp set.


This entire kit was inspired by the one and only, amazing, fabulous, mega-talented Jennifer McGuire, and her challenge last fall to encourage kindness. She's so awesome.

There's a fun blog hop today - lots of people sharing idea for using the kit - visit them all and leave your comments! Hero Arts will give away one kit to a lucky commenter, picked from all of the comments left during the blog hop! Comment by Sunday, May 8 at 11:59pm!

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

And head RIGHT HERE to pick up your kit!!

231 comments:

  1. BOTH of your cards are fabulous Libby!

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  2. these are adorable. That smiley face card!!!

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  3. Awesome idea with the coach card! Great inspiration again from Hero Arts!

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  4. Two darling cards, Libby! Especially love the smiley faces!!

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  5. Cute cards! Bright and happy!

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  6. Adorable - I love the soccer balls in the background. Very clever.

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  7. Another awesome MMH kit. And another must have. And it didn't cost me $1000 ;)

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  8. Both are so fun...terrific use of the kit.

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  9. This was a great hop. Loved it all. Now on to shopping!

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  10. I love those happy smiling faces :)

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  11. What a fun way to use this kit--love your cards!!!

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  12. What a cute ideas! I love the smiley face card. Thank you for sharing.

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  13. Love the smiley faces - they fit perfectly!

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  14. Love your cute cards especially the smiley faces! The kids would love this one. Awesome kit!

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  15. Love your cute cards especially the smiley faces! The kids would love this one. Awesome kit!

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  16. What a cute card. It made me smile.

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  17. Ha! I love how the circles and balls play nice with each other. : D

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  18. Great cards, I really love the smiley card. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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  19. Wonderful designs, Libby! I adore how you customized your designs with soccer balls and emojis! Super cute idea!

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  20. Great cards and a fun hop! :)

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  21. great card, we sometimes forget the coaches and others that inspire us. thanks for sharing

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  22. Your smiley face card is so happy!!

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  23. I enjoyed this post. Great cards from a very nice stamp set.

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  24. The smiley face card is so cute.

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  25. Such fun cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. That Thank You die is so versatile!

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  27. I love the smiley card....great coloring!

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  28. Your cards will send smiles and hugs for sure.

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  29. I especially like the smiley faces. Thanks for such a fun hop!

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  30. Such sweet projects! Who wouldn't love them!

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  31. The cute smiley face card makes me smile. Fun CAS card.

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  32. Great cards! Thanks for the inspiration. Can't wait to get these products.

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  33. cute cards. love this release.

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  34. Great kit. Looks like fun.

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  35. Great kit! Love the envelope die and those fab messages😀

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  36. Libby, your You Make Me SmIle Card, really made me smile!

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  37. GREAT cards! Love your smiley one, super cute!

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  38. Love these super cute cards, love your designs with so much movement and bright color combos!

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  39. Love your cards and the versatility with these new stamps!

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  40. Great card for a coach. And love the smiley faces!

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  41. Wonderful card. Thank you for sharing your design and being part of this giveaway

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  42. So simple but so effective. thanks for sharing.

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  43. Love them both. Very happy, cheery cards!

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  44. Love your coach thank you card! Very creative use of your stamps.

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  45. Cute but graphically interesting cards. Thanks for sharing!

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  46. Love them both but the smiley card just made my day. Kit ordered.

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  47. Both of your cards are great. I like the idea for the soccer coach card.

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  48. The 'You make me smile' card is sooo adorable!

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  49. I love that smiley face card!

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  50. Hero Arts really does have a cute kit this month. I love the little gift card envelope die! Thanks for sharing your lovely cards

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  51. Cute cards and a wonderful card kit! TFS!

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  52. I love this card kit! Your cards are so fun and happy!!

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  53. Really cute cards! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  54. Wow..what cheerful colors and designs. Thanks for sharing!

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  55. Libby your cards are awesome. I absolutely LOVE this stamp set and the gift card die would be the answer to my prayers!
    Kelly hit it out of the park here! I have never had a kit but this is one I could use a great deal!

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  56. Those are cute cards from a great kit! Thanks!

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  57. Love all your cards. Sentiments, "Coach" great, happy faces love love.

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  58. Love all your cards. Sentiments, "Coach" great, happy faces love love.

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  59. Cards are so cute. Love the Smilies!

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  60. What a wonderful kit!--so many options for very useful cards! You've created a couple.

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  61. Everyone had unique cards and I really like yours

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  62. These cheerful cards make me smile, too!

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  63. These cheerful cards make me smile, too!

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  64. I love both of your cards! They are so positive and cheerful!

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  65. Love your cards especially the happy faces 😊

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  66. This hop has reminded me to be thankful. Thank you for ending it so well. Thanks for the chance.

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  67. Great cards! What fun ideas that inspire great ways to show thankfulness😉. Tons of fun and love the color combos and copic coloring! Thank you for sharing your creativity!

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  68. Great cards..... Your "you make me smile" card made me smile!

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  69. I love these cards too, just too cute!!

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  70. Both are adorable... Just like you!

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  71. I feel like I am going in circles. Love your fun cards.

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  72. Such cheerful cards. I love the smiley face one!

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  73. Wow! Your cards are so much fun!!! The smiley faces are too cute!

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  74. Your cards are simple, clean and very cute! Just so much fun!

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  75. LOVE the happy face card. Thanks for the ideas.

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  76. Both cards are
    cute and great
    stamps.
    Carla from Utah

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  77. Cute coach card but really love the smiley faces on your second card, Libby! Great end to a fun hop and hope I win the kit. 😀

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  78. Love the smiley face card, would make you smile every time you looked at it

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  79. I love the repetitive background stamping!! Great cards! :)

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  80. These made me smile! They're cas, bright and fun!

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  81. Great cards, all smiles over here.

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  82. What wonderful fun cards Libby - love them both, but the smiley thank you really had me at first glance.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  83. Love how you used those tiny stamps to make a big impact with your sentiment. So fun!

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  84. Oh, the card with the smiley faces is so cute =) TFS!

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  85. Those sentiments are so useful! Love your cards and smiley face!!

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  86. I was so focused on the sentiments in the stamp set that I overlooked that adorable smiley face! You card is SO cute and I'm glad you highlighted that image! Love it!

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  87. Wonderful kit!
    Cristina
    thehouseoftheblackbirds.blogspot.it

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  88. Love both of your cards! They are cheerful and bright. This set is very versatile. Thanks for sharing!

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  89. I love your cards! Especially the one with the cute smiley face!

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  90. Oh, such fun cards. LOVE the background for the 'coach' card and the happy faces on the second one, certainly made me smile:)

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  91. These are really cute! That's a perfect Coach card too!
    Take care!
    Michele

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  92. Cute cards! My favorite are the smiley faces.
    natgodfrey4@gmail.com

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  93. Your cards allways make me smile, they are great (and funny)!

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  94. Love your cards. They are so fun.

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  95. I like how you just used the you

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  96. These cards are so stinking cute!

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  97. These cards are so stinking cute!

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  98. Two great cards! I think the kids could even help stamp! The coach card is such fun along with a fun smiley face card! Thx for sharing!

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  99. What great ideas for cards. Thanks.

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  100. Such an awesome kit and projects made with them! In love! 😍

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  101. Love the you make me smile card!! It will definitely light up someone's day! Thanks

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  102. Nice to meet you and thank you for putting a smile on my face today. Just love your cards.

    crafty hugs Pen x

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  103. Nice cards. Love the new products. Thank you!!

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  104. Fun and happy cards. Love them both ♥

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  105. Love those smiley faces!! Great cards!

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  106. Libby, what great cards -- and a great kit! I especially love the little gift envelope in the kit.

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  107. I like how you used the kit. The happy faced bouncing balls is fun!

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  108. Super cute and fun cards Libby. Especially love the one to a coach. :)

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  109. That smile card is the best! Great idea.

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  110. These cards DO make me smile! I love the ideas and the fun you put into them.

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  111. OOOoh, the smilie face card is so adorable. So creative to use the soccer balls for the other card, too. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  112. Very fun cards, love the happy faces!

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  113. Super fun, super cute!! Thanks for the inspirations!

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  114. Wonderful collection. Beautiful cards.

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  115. Awesome cards! Love this new kit!

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  116. Sweet cards! I used to always need cards for the coaches but never could find the perfect stamps. These will do it! Thanks for sharing!

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  117. Such fun cards I love the little smiley faces.

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  118. Very fun cards! Looks like a fabulous kit!

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  119. Very cute!! I can't wait to use this kit!!

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  120. I thought the envelope stamp from the add-on was my fave, but you knowledge that little smiley face outa the park!!

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  121. Super cool cards! The smileys? Get out of here!!! :)

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  122. Cute coach and smile cards. So clean and simple.

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  123. Two, "too cute" cards from the kit and the Happy Mail stamp set( love it )! Great kit from HA!

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  124. Cute cards! Love the soccer ball one!

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  125. Your cards are so adorable!

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  126. I adored your happy face card. It truly have me a happy feeling and it will truly give whomever receives it thge same feeling.

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  127. I adored your happy face card. It truly have me a happy feeling and it will truly give whomever receives it thge same feeling.

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  128. The smiley face card is adorable!

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  129. Both cards are super fun! I agree with you, we needed that Thank you Coach sentiment! TFS

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  130. Super Happy cards!!! Love the kit!

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  131. Cute cards! I love the kit.

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  132. Great cards, love the colors and style. Thanks for sharing.

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  133. Such cute cards! They remind me of the songs where you follow the bouncing ball over the words! :)

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  134. How fun is that card! So cute, Thanks.
    Penny
    redheadworking at earthlink dot net

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  135. Libby, I really liked both cards.... The smiles got my first pick, but the soccer card gets honorable mention because it would fit a man. My challenge. I send women cards all the time but really need to work on cards for men. Thanks for sharing!!!!

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  136. What fun cards, Libby! Those smiley faces are something else! Thanks for your ideas!

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  137. Yay Yay Yay, they've done it again. I love this kit.
    I love your "you make me smile" card. Its fun. T xx

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  138. Love the happy faces. Great xard.

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  139. Wow! Your card are very cute!!!! This new kit is really amazing!!!! I love so much the Happy Mail stamp set!

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  140. Two fabulous cards! Love the smiley face card. This is a great new kit!

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  141. This kit is versatile and beautiful! I love the blog hop and the wonderful inspiration.

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  142. Oh, these are just bouncing with fun!!

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  143. I like your smiley face card. It is the best with its simplicity and the yellow color. Love it.

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  144. You've showcased this kit most wonderfully! The coach thank you is delightful and I agree: it's a challenge to find something for those special people who devote time and energy to be coaches. Your card will be deeply appreciated. The smiley faces are too. much. fun! Thank you!
    ~carol

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  145. Love this new set! Love your cards.

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  146. Two great cards to end the blog hop !
    I'm sure the coach will be so happy with the card !
    And the second card is a really happy colourful one !
    Thank you for the inspiration !

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  147. I love the soccer one! It turned out so cute! Any coach would be happy to get that card. I love how you stamped it a couple different times. It made it stand out!

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  148. Fun cards!! Love what you did with this great new set!!

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  149. Love the CAS style on your cards!!

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  150. Love your smiles!!! Great Hero Arts set!

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