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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

September My Monthly Hero - release + giveaway!

It's My Monthly Hero release day at Hero Arts! The September kit is absolutely gorgeous. GORGEOUS! I know I say this every month - but every month it's TRUE! You've probably seen a bunch of great ideas for using these dies for the fall holidays and Christmas, so I wanted to try something a little different. I made a wedding card!


I cut one of the wreath dies included in the kit twice from vellum. I wanted it to look a little like lavender plants, so I colored the tips of the wreath with a Copic marker - V17 Amethyst. The message is from the extremely useful stamp set Many Everyday Messages. Do you have that one? If you don't, you should! :) I embossed the message in silver, and then layered it with some gray and silver glitter cardstocks, cut with Infinity dies. They make even layers so easy! And then just a few purple gems to finish it off.


Of course I did have to make a fall card, too. I love every single things about fall, it's my favorite season! The cooler temps, the fall colors, everything. And yes, I'm one of those crazy Pumpkin Spice Latte fanatics. I already got my #FirstPSL last week! LOL! So I made a card with a wreath that I'd totally hang on my front door if I had it in real life - a PSL wreath!!


I used one of the kit dies as well as the optional add-on Branch Wreath Die. The cute little coffee cups are from the City Adventure stamp set. I colored them with my Copics and fussy cut them out. The sequins are the Pretty Pink Posh Autumn Harvest Mix. And I finished it with some of the words from the kit, embossed in gold. (The messages in the kit are my sweet teammate Clare Prezzia's hand lettering!! How awesome is that??)


I "dedicate" this card to my wonderful coffee-loving Hero Arts teammate - Amy Tsuruta, the biggest coffee lover on the planet! She even runs a blog just for coffee-loving cardmakers, check it out HERE!

Be sure to check out the release blog hop for more inspiration! Hero Arts is giving away a kit to one lucky person, drawn from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop! I'm the final stop in the hop, but be sure to visit the entire list if you haven't already!

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Yana Smakula
Mariana Grigsby
Clare Prezzia
May Sukyong Park
Amy Tsuruta
Laura Bassen
Lydia Fiedler
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Libby Hickson (you are here!)

Thanks for stopping by,

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167 comments:

  1. Love the delicate sophisticated look of the first card but the 2nd is just downright fun! thanks so much!

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  2. Love the PSL lattes in your fall wreath!

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  3. Oh, vellum, what fun is that? Love the cards!! Thanks

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  4. The wreath with the coffee cup in it is so cute and using vellum for the wreath on the first card is very exquisite.

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  5. GENIUS!! I would never have thought of using the wreath for a wedding card but it is totally gorgeous! The PLS wreath card is quite stunning too! Not a pumpkin flavored anything fan but this card ROCKS!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. Love your wreath with the coffee cup, so fun!

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  7. Love the creative way you used this kit for your cards. TFS.

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  8. The vellum wreath is so delicate and lovely! But the layered one with the coffee make my heart skipped a beat!!

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  9. The Wedding card was stunning but the Fall card says it all! Thank you for the inspirations!

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  10. The wedding card using vellum for the wreath is so pretty, and reminds me to try to think outside the box!! Love this kit, and the add on's!

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  11. Fab lavender card! From vellum no less. And that fall wreath...wow! Even tho I'm not a coffee drinker I'll pretend they're cups of hot chocolate! :) :)

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  12. Thanks for the inspiration
    Your cards are gorgeous.

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  13. I just love how you used vellum wreath to create such an elegant card.

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  14. love the vellum wreath and those mini PSLs are too cute!

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  15. Beautiful cards, today, Libby! I love your choice of die cutting the wreaths in vellum. Such a lovely and unexpected look - who knew you could make a wedding or anniversary card with this kit! Genius!

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  16. I love the little coffee cups in your wreath! How clever is that? So cute!

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  17. Amazing cards....love the colors!

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  18. Oh my Goodness! I'm in love with your cards, Libby! The vellum wedding wreath is brilliant and super beautiful! The PSL wreath is equally genius! Super cool! (I bet if you saved your cups, you could make one of these for your door, hmm?)

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  19. I love the vellum wreath! So delicate and icy looking, it just feels like winter.

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  20. Wow, way to think outside the box, gorgeous cards!!

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  21. That PSL wreath is too cute. I love the Branch Wreath and love the vellum, the colors, the silver embossed sentiment and the papers on your wedding card. So pretty.

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  22. What an original idea -- a wedding wreath! It is very pretty with the coloring and vellum. I also love the colors of your fall wreath and got a chuckle out of the coffee cups of PSL! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Your wedding card is lovely. I love that you inked the ends of the wreath to make it so realistic. That coffee wreath is so cute and fun! Another cool way to use this kit. I'm saving for it and the add ons.

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  24. i really, really want these dies!! the possibilities are endless!! great card!

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  25. Love the Pumpkin Spice Latte wreath!

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  26. Great cards from a super kit!
    God bless!

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  27. So cute. It's great to see the creative ways to use a wreath on a card. This is going to be a fun kit!

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  28. A novel idea using the wreath die for a wedding card...love your color choice!

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  29. The wedding card is just beautiful and your PSL card is hysterical! A card to celebrate PSLs - how fun and creative. The kit is amazing and I like that you used it in different ways to show the versatility

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  30. I think any coffee lover would love that card! The twine and little latte cups are a nice touch.

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  31. Just love your wedding card with the double vellum wreath, Libby, and your fall wreath with the PSL cups brought a smile (I'm sipping one now!). Hugs!!

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  32. Love the wreaths. Unique use of vellum and color combos! Love the kit, Libby, and the cards!

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  33. Beautiful cards. Never thought of using vellum for the wreath - gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.

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  34. I just love that vellum wreath (and anything purple)!!

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  35. The vellum wreath card is lovely! But that PSL wreath is the bomb-diggity! LOL

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  36. Wonderful cards and clever with the coffee cup! Must try something similar, thanks for the ideas!

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  37. I can't get over how versatile this kit is, even though initially you think only fall and Christmas! Love your card! I, too think this kit is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

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  38. Wonderful wreath cards. The vellum is perfect for the wedding card.

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  39. Gorgeous wreath cards. Love how different each card looks by changing out the type of card used. LOVE the delicacy of the vellum wreath - this is so inspiring:)

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  40. Your cards are beautiful. What an amazing kits. Thanks for sharing.

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  41. Lovely cards. The coffee cup wreath is so clever!

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  42. Libby, those cards with the wreath are fantastic! The wreath with coffee cups is absolutely my favorite ever!!! :) Thanks for the inspirations!

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  43. The vellum was totally unexpected. Beautiful cards.

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  44. Your coffee card is beautiful! I love this kit!

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  45. they are both beautiful. love how versatile the kit is

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  46. This is such an awesome and I love what you did with it. Your first card is simplistic elegance. Your second card is just plain fun love the rich fall colors and the coffee theme is hysterical tfs.

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  47. Such great cards you have created from this very useful kit--I love the idea of a latte wreath and the wedding card is so elegant.

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  48. Such great cards you have created from this very useful kit--I love the idea of a latte wreath and the wedding card is so elegant.

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  49. This is so pretty and CLEVER, Libby! Love it! And I hope you're not tired of hearing me say it, but THANK YOU so much for coordinating this kit!! :)

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  50. These are beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

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  51. That coffee card is super cute!

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  52. both are beautiful, but the coffee cup wreath is like amazing!

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  53. two wonderful cards Libby - love the little coffee cup in the fall wreath!

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  54. Very lovely first card which -- just change out the congrats -- would make a beautiful Christmas card. : )

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  55. Gah! That coffee wreath. Love it!!

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  56. Totally new ideas for using the kit - great job!

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  57. Lovely cards, I especially love the simple beauty of the "Congratulations" card. Thanks for sharing.

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  58. Love the versatility of this kit and your ideas always show that! Great cards!! Thanks for sharing on the hop.

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  59. The wedding card is SO gorgeous and the coffee wreath is fun!

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  60. Love your amazing wedding card-it's gorgeous! Your fall card is lovely too, thanks for sharing this wonderful kit.

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  61. Pretty cards,thanks for the chance to win!

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  62. I especially love the vellum wreath card!

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  63. Vellum 🙂, fabulous ! Waiting to see the coral made with this wreath die too !

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  64. Your "lavender" card is so sweet, and your Fall card is beautiful.

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  65. I love the added touch of color on the vellum!! The wreath card is great! It's soon to be PS EVERYTHING! ;)

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  66. I love the added touch of color on the vellum!! The wreath card is great! It's soon to be PS EVERYTHING! ;)

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  67. Beautiful cards and your choice of colors is awesome and you adding the coffee cups is so cute. Thank you sharing your ideas and being a part of this kit giveaway.

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  68. This kit is probably the best so far from Hero Arts. Your lovely cards show just how versatile it can be. The latte wreath is a hoot and the wedding card is beautiful and the idea could be used for a variety of occasions. Hero comes through again. :)

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  69. Love the lavender card! The fall card is pretty fabulous too!

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  70. You're cards demonstrate how versatile this kit is. Love your cards and the kit!

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  71. Wow cutting the wreath from vellum it so pretty! And that PSL wreath is beautiful and funny all at the same time, very clever!

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  72. Love the vellum wreath-so very delicate and pretty

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  73. That vellum wreath is so pretty and delicate. However, I LOVE the fun card with the coffees!! Totally out of the box design!!

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  74. Great cards. Thanks for sharing them!

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  75. Beautiful cards! Love that vellum wreath.

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  76. Love your cards, Libby! This kit has to be one of my all time favs!

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  77. Your cards are wonderful and so is this new card kit!!! Loved the coffee card:)

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  78. Cute cards!!!! This is a must have kit!! So many ideas for all seasons!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  79. Love seeing it cut out of vellum!

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  80. Gorgeous wreath! Love this design & texture.

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  81. Beautiful fall cards! Love the colors!

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  82. love the soft look of the card with the vellum
    debpeslinger at g mail dot com

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  83. Love your cards! The wedding card is so beautiful and the fall card with coffee cups made me LOL. :)

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  84. Wow! Beautiful cards! Love the fall one! Thanks for sharing!

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  85. I just love the purples in the first card and the bright orange in the second card just made it. Great work!

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  86. I just love the purples in the first card and the bright orange in the second card just made it. Great work!

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  87. That lavender card is so gorgeous. It is so elegant and the sentiment looks perfect. The autumn card is beautiful also. The colors are just so vibrant.

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  88. Love that lavender wreath Libby... I am very fond of lavender and grow a lot of it. The Fall wreath is fun too.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  89. Libby, Love all your cards! The purple is great (favorite color). The cards are all uptown.

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  90. Libby, Love all your cards! The purple is great (favorite color). The cards are all uptown.

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  91. Gorgeous gorgeous cards!!! I really love your fall card!!

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  92. What can be said when you see beautiful cards like this?!

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  93. Liked the use of vellum. Loved the fall card.

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  94. LIBBY!!!!!!!
    You know I love BOTH of your cards but that PSL wreath ROCKS.

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  95. ha!! I don't like pumpkin spice lattes, but I LOVE your PSL wreath... so fun!!

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  96. Your wedding card is stunning! Love the wreath in vellum & the just the tips colored (in my favorite, amethyst!). Fun PSL wreath, too!

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  97. Very creative cards! Love the one with the wreath with the coffee cups!!

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  98. Beautiful wedding card and I know many coffee lovers who would enjoy your 2nd card -
    very clever!

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  99. What a beautiful wedding card - I love the purple tinting on the edges of all the branches - very elegant. Thanks for the opportunity to win this amazing kit!

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  100. Your wedding card is absolutely gorgeous! And your PSL wreath definitely made me smile!

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  101. Great cards, but your coffee lovers wreath was my favorite. My group of fellow stampers meet one a week at a local coffee shop to share The cards we made, as well as new ideas and techniques that we may come across. The card would be perfect to pass around to the ladies.

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  102. Love that first
    card with the
    purple tint.
    Your second card
    is too funny!
    Carla from Utah

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  103. Awesome cards! Love the wreath in vellum, and your fun coffee-inspired wreath too!

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  104. Now your cards are outside the box. Love this! Wedding card is beautiful and could also be a beautiful wintery card! Fall card is beautiful. Most used brown, love the orange! Lots of good ideas! Would love to win this set!

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  105. Wowzer coffee wreath card, love it!

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  106. Loved the softness of the lavender card, I actually caught my breath when it appeared on my screen. Lovely.

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  107. Love your take on the kit. So different from others. It makes me excited to receive mine and try to make my own spin on things.

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  108. Your coffee cup wreath is so sweet and fun!

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  109. Two very beautiful cards and so different from your other teammates ! The 1srt one is just beautiful, I wish I were the married ones ! Thanks for sharing. Izzy Scrap

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  110. Coffee wreath would be such a fun thing!

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  111. Your cards are great! I love the coffee wreath although mine would have Pepsi!

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  112. I love both cards! The first one with the vellum is so pretty, I've never thought of using wreaths for congratulations! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  113. Beautiful cards! Love the coffee wreath!

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  114. I love the autumn feel of this kit and how the wreath can be changed up to look Christmasy. So versatile!

    I tried to order this several times yesterday and today. But each time I was interrupted and didn’t complete my order. And now…it’s sold out :(

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  115. Wonderful cards! The wedding card is gorgeous and the latte card is fun, fun, fun!

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  116. Your Christmas wreath card is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing!

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  117. Beautiful. I love seeing the products used "non-traditionally". Thanks so much for sharing.

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  118. Beautiful wedding card, love the vellum wreaths and the coffee cup wreath is so creative and pretty!

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  119. I love that coffee wreath. I have never seen one like that. How clever!

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  120. Wonderful cards, Libby! the vellum makes such a pretty wreath and those to-go cups on your second wreath are so fun!

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  121. The lavender card is so pretty & the second one is so fun.

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  122. I almost fell out of my chair when I saw the coffee wreath! Too cool!

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  123. Your first card is so gorgeous, and I think it does look like lavender! The Pumpkin Spiced Latte wreath is fantastic and so creative, I too am a lover of PSL, (but without the coffee, tea instead), I love all the beautiful and vibrant fall colours that you used in this card too.

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  124. Your cards are awesome gotta love the coffee wreath! I know so many people who would enjoy it! Thank you!

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  125. What unique ways to use this kit! I love the wreath cut out of vellum and the pumpkin spice latte wreath is too funny!!

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  126. Love the PSL in the wreath!! So cute!

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  127. Wow! Both your cards are adorable but the coffee cup wreath is absolutely stunning!!!! <3

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  128. I like how you used vellum to create your first card...very elegant.

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  129. Beautiful cards!! Love the wreath die!

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  130. Love your unique cards, Libby! I have a coffee buddy I need to show this to! Thanks so much for sharing with us and for participating in this great hop and giveaway!

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  131. Hey Libby! Of course, I'm just gaga over the new HA kit....wreaths and botanicals are among my favorite things in stamping, crafting and decor!💗 Your cards are great. I love the texture, the versatility and your humor! Gotta combine our crafting with our other obsessions...errr, I mean, appreciations!😉 TY!👏🏻

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  132. The coffee cups are so stinking funny! The first card so ethereal and calming. So different but both fabulous.

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  133. Fabulous! The first one is so delicate yet so elegant but the 2nd one really brings out the fun in our skills...would never have thought of it and I think it's really cute...I love the colors on both..really do...

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  134. The wedding card is a nice change to use with the dies. Also love the fall wreath with the latte's on it. So cute!

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  135. The first card is so pretty and I love sequins! If I could, I would cover myself in sequins! LOL The second card is amazing! I never would have thought to put cups of coffee in the wreath. You would think coffee would be a fall drink but my mom likes it so much she drank it all summer for breakfast. Both cards are great!
    The hop is all done now and my legs and feet are so tired from all the hopping but I had fun. I am hoping I can win something.

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  136. The coffee wreath is HOT! Love it. And the vellum wreath. I need to try that. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas.

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  137. Both cards are so much fun, Libby! This month's My Monthly Hero kit rocks!!!

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  138. OH you show in such a lovely way the variety of ways to use that die set!

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  139. Love the variety of your cards! Congratulations cards is very pretty!

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  140. An enchanting way to incorporate coffee into Autumn well done.

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  141. What a great idea using coffee cups in the wreath, too cute.

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  142. Very pretty cards I love the soft purple vellum one as much as the fall colors!

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  143. Thank you for sharing your ideas, Libby. They are an inspiration.
    - Sharlini Nambiar

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  144. I think you made that coffee card for me because I am a coffee addict. I'm drinking coffee right now as I'm doing the blog hop. So much fun!

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  145. Great idea for the congrats card, the vellum wreath is cool!! I liked the fall card with the coffee cups also!!

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  146. Thanks for the purple example on using the kit for non fall. Cute using the psl cups on the wreath.

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  147. I love how you got two totally different looks from this kit! Great ideas and cards :)

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  148. Your wedding card looks amazing and so unexpected with all the autumn colours going on during the hop. And your second card is so fun with the coffee cups tucked into the wreath.

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  149. Nice Libby! Very creative that you made a lavender wreath wedding card! I love your cute wreath with the coffee cups all over it. I love fall too. I would love pumpkin lattes more if they had less calories...

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  150. Love the idea of using velum for the wreath.

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  151. Awesome cards, Libby! I love that you made the wreath into a wedding card, and the coffee wreath card is right up my alley!! ☺️

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  152. From Diane K:

    Libby, love your Vellum Wreath with the lavender, so beautiful.

    The second wreat with The little PSL čips was sooooo adorable. Can you believe I have never had a. PSL ever?
    Dianne K.

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  153. I love both of those cards. Cutting the wreath with vellum...brilliant! And I love the little PSL cups on the second card. Too cute! Haven't had my first PSL yet....need to make sure I stop by and pick one up!

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  154. How cool is this, Libby? A great job!

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