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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hero Arts 2017 Wintertime Fun Catalog Blog Hop


Hey, foxy! That's right, I'm talking to you. I'm so glad your foxy self made it to my blog today. I'm hopping with Hero Arts, as the fabulous new Wintertime Fun Catalog products are released in the Hero Arts Store. You should have found me by way of May's wonderful blog - but if you didn't, hop back to the very beginning at the Hero Arts blog.

So why did I call you foxy? Well first, because you totally are! And also because this blog post is all foxes, all the time! There are several awesome new foxes in this release, and I couldn't resist playing with alllllll of them! First up - the adorable woodblock Fox Family.


This card was inspired by my friend Lydia Fiedler. She likes to do a technique she calls "stamp etching" - taking a pen and adding extra black lines to the image. She does some amazing, detailed work. I just did a little bit on these guys, and more of a doodle - but I love how it looks! The foxes were watercolored, and allowed to dry before I began doodling. Then I trimmed around them by hand, and put them on a card base which was also watercolored. The snowflakes are from Winter Silhouettes, and the message from Off-Beat Holiday Messages. I thought the black snowflakes went with the etchy/edgy look of my foxes!


Next up are the fabulous foxes from the Color Layering Cool Fox set. The first pair of cards were designed for a tradeshow class last month. I used a technique I learned from the one and only Jennifer McGuire - second generation stamp layering!


The first card was stamped "full strength", using the coordinating Ink & Emboss Fox pack. The ink colors in the pack are tangerine, caramel and black - perfect for a fox! The really cool thing is this idea to have Ink & Emboss packs for the color layering sets - this makes it super easy to add a bit of embossing to your project. In this case I used the white embossing powder in the pack to add little snowflakes to the background - but for some of the other new combos, you add the embossing right as the final layer of stamping - cool!


The card above also used a bunch of masking. I used masking paper with the postage stamp die to create a mask for the background, and also created a mask to go over the fox as I inked the background. With masks in place, I used the Sea Aquas ink cubes to create a gradient of color in the background.

While I stamped the layers in the above card, I immediately stamped them again on the cardstock for the card below - where the "second generation" comes in. I love the softer look you achieve by doing this. The black layers were stamped full strength to make them pop. The fox mask was used again on this card, and this time ink was added through the Pop Pattern stencil. I finished the card with a few sequins from the new Frost mix.


The other fox in the Color Layering Cool Fox set is this sweet little baby fox! Once I started stamping him, I couldn't stop. So I ended up with a Warhol-esque-pop-art-style baby fox card! The cute little "hi" bubble is from Holiday Cheer - I cut it out with the matching die.


I wanted to show in this post that it's really easy to use these products for more than just holiday cards. The previous two cards were examples, but this last card is even more so! There's absolutely nothing winter or holiday about it!


This time I used the beautiful Paper Layering Fox die. I cut her out with watercolor paper, and painted. For the background, I was inspired by Debby Hughes and her mad watercoloring skillz (she is so amazing!). I love how thoese watercolored circles look! The sweet little message is from Dress Up Stamp & Cut. Just a bit of glitter paper and a heart sticker to finish it off.



And now it's time to hop!! Hero Arts will be giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Be sure to get your comments posted by Wednesday, 8/30 at 11:59pm PT, and they'll announce the winner the following week on the Hero Arts blog. Commenting on every blog in the hop gives you more chances to win!

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Cathy Zielske
Wanda Guess
Kathy Racoosin
Ilina Crouse
Clare Prezzia
Yana Smakula
Lydia Fiedler
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Amy Tsuruta
Michelle Short
May Park
Libby Hickson (you are here!)

You've made it to the end of the line - mine is the final stop along the hop. Thanks so much for spending a little time with me today. Be sure to check out the entire release - there are so many amazing new goodies!! If you have any questions about anything you've seen in the hop, please ask in the comments or shoot me an email (find the email icon under my photo on the sidebar) - I'm happy to help you!

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145 comments:

  1. Loving your Foxy post Libby! Hope your birthday festivities continue through the month!

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  2. Great group of cards using these adorable and handsome foxes! I love the first card, it's just so sweet.

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  3. Oh so many beautiful cards! Love it!

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  4. I CANNOT CHOOSE MY FAVORITE OF ALL OF THESE WONDERFUL FOXES! Thanks for the shout out - all of these are amazing!!!

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  5. So many beautiful cards! The foxes are so adorable!

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  6. This fox really gets around. Cute!

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  7. HEY FOXY
    AND HAPPY WINTER ARE MY FAVE

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  8. I just love the Happy Winter fox card! It's beautiful. Gotta love all the foxes. :D

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  9. What a foxy collection of beautiful cards! And thanks for the doodling tip!

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  10. Beautiful cards! I love your Hey foxy card, very cute.

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  11. What great fox cards...they're all fantastic!

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  12. Beautiful cards, love your watercolor background and that fox! Must have him!

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  13. These are fantastic and so beautiful. They look hand drawn and the colors are so yummy. Your cards are beautiful!

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  14. Those foxes are too cute! Lovely cards!

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  15. Great way to show you can use "winter" stamps for other cards too.

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  16. Such creative uses of all the foxes!

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  17. Oh my goodness that last fox card is FAB!

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  18. Love the variety of cards using the fox stamp. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Definitely lots of variety! I love the Happy Winter fox card!

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  20. I love your foxy theme! All of them are fabulous!!!

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  21. Great idea to use all of the fox stamps to make your cards today. Love them.

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  22. Such great creativity! Thanks for sharing - I love all the foxes!

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  23. beautiful designs & creations!!

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  24. A beautiful collection of foxy cards! I love your watercoloring!

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  25. Man, oh man, I'm loving the foxes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  26. Love all the beautiful ways you used all the foxes - some stunning, so cheerful, so silly, and all great! thanks for sharing!

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  27. Your foxes are amazing, great cards!

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  28. Wow, what a varied collection of foxes, and I love them all!

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  29. Gotta love all the foxes, so cute!

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  30. Simply gorgeous! I am loving all the new goodies!

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. Love all of your "foxy" cards, Libby!!

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  32. Love all the foxes in your cards!

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  33. Your coloring is just lovely!!

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  34. I love all the foxes! So cute!

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  35. Fabulous cards! Love those foxes!

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  36. Love that sweet little fox family!

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  37. Great inspiration for animal lovers - thanks.

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  38. Whoa! Must be a foxy lady! Love the cards and the new release. Thanks for sharing!

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  39. What foxy fun!! Love those babies and your background on the Hey Foxy card!!

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  40. Such cool designs with that fox, nicely done!!!

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  41. Love all of your foxy cards! They are all great but the I can't get over that layering fox - she looks so real! Thanks for sharing!

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  42. not a fox-fan, but you have convinced me :P
    all the cards are lovely.so far loving all the woodblock animal family stamps

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    1. I love how your foxes look so unique on each card!

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  43. Oh my! I love all the foxes and want them all! Is this the year of the Fox? Love the fox family card and then fox layering die is awesome! Beautiful cards!

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  44. I think you are the foxy card maker queen. :) All are very pretty...couldn't pick a favorite. ;)

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  45. Very foxy! I love the idea of adding sketchy lines to outline stamps. I don't think I have seen this technique yet, but I would love to try it. Thank you for that great idea!

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  46. Love seeing stamps used in so many ways! And so many new ideas! Thank you SO much for so much inspiration!

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  47. I can't get over all of the inspiring ways you've made these cards featuring the adorable foxes. Thank you so much!

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  48. Nice job with those foxes - super! TFS

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  49. You must have been in a "foxy" mood! Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards.

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  50. You give a whole to meaning to the lil animal FOX, he is so adorable, i love them all :)

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  51. Oh my gosh, all of your foxes are so fun and different! Great ideas and your cards are wonderful. Thanks for sharing on the blog hop!!

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  52. Hero Arts really knows how to make realistic stamped animal images. Beautiful cards!

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  53. Thanks for sharing so many wonderful projects.

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  54. Hero Arts really knows how to make realistic stamped animal images. Beautiful cards!

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  55. So many great foxy cards. Thanks for sharing your creations.

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  56. Love, love, love your gorgeous collection of fox cards!!!

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  57. Beautiful cards love that these fox can be used for more then just winter/ Christmas cards.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a blessed day!
    Kimberly

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  58. Absolutely love the final fox and the colors... the dots are fabulous!

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  59. I really do like the layering stamps but haven't used many yet. Very cute cards and beautiful coloring. Thank you for sharing.

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  60. What a fabulous set of fox cards, Libby! Especially love the fox family you embellished with extra lines - wonderful!!

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  61. I just love the Fabulous Fox set. This one needs to be in my collection.

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  62. Thank you for showing several ways to use this Fox set. Hard to pick just one as I like them all.

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  63. All of your foxes were foxy. I adore the different designs and techniques you used. Brilliant.

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  64. love the foxes and all the different ways you colored them

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  65. This is one foxy set of cards! Love all the different looks and the great images!

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  66. Great set of fox cards. Really awesome. Thanks for sharing...

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  67. Love this variety of fox cards you created.

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  68. All your cards are lovely but the family fox is adorable!

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  69. The Fox Family card is a big AWWWW. I love the tip you gave to add some etching detail to cards, the black snowflakes were fitting for this look, and the hand-drawn border were all inspirational and I'm looking forward to using your tips.

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  70. All your foxy cards are terrific! I especially like the last one...Fabulous.

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  71. A wonderful variety of Foxes.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  72. What great cards love that they are not all Christmas themed. Thanks for sharing your inspiration.

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  73. Cool Baby Fox CAN pass for a cute, adorable puppy dog with the colors used! Cool Fox stamp and die IS "growing" on me especially, after seeing Jess' colored version! lol

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  74. Awesome cards! Love the Fox Family design... I had several stuffed animal foxes as a kid, so I am always partial to them!

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  75. The bigger fox just calls to me... maybe because I see them running through my yard!

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  76. All cards are charming! Love your watercoloring and etching on the first card.

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  77. Love the examples on how to use different colors for the fox to vary it. So that every card doesn't look the same. Thanks.

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  78. All of your cards a gorgeous! I love Foxes and these are right up my alley. I loved the 2nd generation stamping card as much as the original. Fabulous job and thanks for sharing.

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  79. The paper layering fox is just beautiful, perfect for the watercolouring you used, love him!

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  80. All of your backgrounds look beautiful. You do such a nice job. I assumed you would put out one or two cards but when I kept reading and seeing all the foxes I loved it

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  81. Those fox cubs are adorable!! I like how each fox has a different look

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  82. I loved learning about etching, and your "doodling" really added a great deal of detail and form to your fox trio in your first card. What a foxy card collection, I particularly love the etched detail in your large fox from the die-cut that you left in place, wonderful detail!!!

    Best wishes,

    Joanne Lowe

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  83. You've done a great job showcasing these fox cards with your different designs. Thanks for sharing.

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  84. Love, love, love your paper layering fox! All your foxey cards are gorgeous.

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  85. You really show many ways that you can use foxes on cards. No limits.

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  86. Great cards! I love all these little foxes. :)

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  87. Fabulous foxy cards! Love the fox family card.

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  88. I think you like everything foxy. Great cards. Thanks

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  89. Glad you love Foxes ... me too! My two fav's are the family of three, love that stamp and the large die of the fox! Doris

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  90. Libby!! Those foxy cards are soooo awesome!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  91. LOVE all your fox cards -- especially the first one!

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  92. Fantastic cards, I think foxes are such beautiful creatures.

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  93. Anybody who loves foxes will love these cards. I don't see very many out here in Wisconsin country, but sometimes on a rare occasion I will see one...cute!

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  94. These are all wonderful. Love your backgrounds. Thanks so much.

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  95. I love foxes, so I really enjoyed all your card. Gorgeous stuff!

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  96. Your watercoloring is awesome! Love them all!

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  97. Oh my!! So many adorable little foxes!! I can't even say which is my favorite! Great job!

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  98. These little foxes are definitely the "cats meow"! Just too cute. The fabulous girlie fox is so, well, er, so...foxy!

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  99. I love that first foxes card with the "stamp etching." I've never seen that technique before, and it changes the feel of the stamp entirely. It's great!

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  100. These are all fabulous but I adore the one with all the little baby foxes. So cute!!

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  101. Sweet foxes and so many applications to choose from. Thanks for all of the inspiration with your lovely cards.

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  102. You sure will have a very foxy Christmas with these wonderful cards. Your extra steps taken were worth it. Love them all.

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  103. Love your Foxy cards! Such cute images.

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  104. Love your cards. That paper layering fox is really cool. Would love to try it out!

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  105. Wonderful animals.
    All are so handsome.
    thanks for sharing.

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  106. All the fox stamps are such a nice addition to Christmas & holiday stamping. Thanks for the great samples & ideas!

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  107. These fox stamps are lovely and your inspiration from the different card makers makes you an inspiration too.

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  108. Fabulous cards, the last one is my favourite!

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  109. Great cards to highlight the versatility of these stamps!

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  110. It's always impossible to pick a favorite but I love the card with all of the foxes covering the card and the one with the little sentiment. LOL These are all adorable. Thank you for sharing your work.

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  111. All of your foxes are lovely!

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  112. super fun set of cards... love those little foxes!!

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  113. Just wow! Must have all the fox things. These cards are fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing them.

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  114. Love, love, love the foxes! Your cards are beautiful, especially your use of color.

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  115. I love foxes, too! Your cards have made me smile, big time. Thanks so much for sharing them, and for the opportunity to win.

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  116. You out did yourself with this selection of Foxy cards.

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  117. So cute. Loved all your cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  118. I love the Warhol fox! What a great theme for your batch of cards!

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  119. Amazing inspiration, just love all the new fox stamps! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  120. What a different card with the various foxes. Thanks for sharing out of the ordinary

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  121. What an array of cards! Thank you for your creative ideas!

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  122. I love that you used all those fun foxes! Such different looks with each, very nice!

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