Monday, 21 September 2015

Use A Stamp ~ Simon Says Stamp Stamptember Blog Hop

Hey everyone and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week, we are having a STAMPtember Blog Hop and the challenge is all about ~ USE A STAMP!

You should have arrived here from my very talented teamie Cheiron but if not then you will need to go to the Simon Says Stamp Store Blog to start from the beginning and I hope you'll join us and play along because it's definitely going to be a fun week...

You must create a project using a rubber or clear stamp, no digi images allowed, add your creation to the linky AND hop around the designers blogs leaving comments along the way. 

We are showcasing the new STAMPtember® products that have just been released. CLICK HERE to see them all. It is a HUGE release with loads of fabulous stamps, dies, stencils and much more!

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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So, now it's time to share my project and as always, I hope you love the set of three cards that I made this week, using the awesome Tim Holtz Exclusive STAMPtember 2015 Cling Stamp set.

The process behind each card is exactly the same but I love how different each individual card looks ... from masculine to teenage to a frivolous birthday card ~ there really is an image that will suit everyone and this set is a must have!!

To begin with, I created my larger card blanks and for this I used kraft card and cut two pieces to measure 15 x 18cm. I then ran each of the pieces of card through my die cutting machine using the On The Edge Star Cluster die which gave me a decorative top to my card. I attached another piece of kraft card to the back of each decorative card front and I scored these pieces 2.5cm from the top, which gives me an easel section so that the card is freestanding. For the smaller "Taking Time To Say Hello" notecard, I used the Postage Frame die to die cut corrugated card and again, added a piece of scored kraft card to the back to allow the card to stand up.

To create the backgrounds for each of the larger cards, I cut a panel of corrugated card, added Distress Paint to the surface to create a more shabby, distressed feel and then matted them onto ivory card stock before mounting them onto the front of my card blanks.
For the layered stars on the top of the "Today Is A Good Day" card, I used the Crescent Moon and Stars die to die cut corrugated card which I painted with Cracked Pistachio, Picket Fence and Black Soot Distress Paint and added to the decorative top section of the card. For the "Best Wishes for Your Birthday" card, I used the same die to die cut silver Deco Sheets and then layered some with corrugated die cut stars.
Now for stamping and for this I used Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp the images from the stamp set onto watercolour card and watercolored each one with Distress Marker Pens.
I added a few flicks of ink around each of the stamped images, then inked the edges of each piece of card using Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. Finally I machine stitched each panel before mounting them onto Core'dinations card. You'll also notice that I added a corrugated wrap and a mirrored star to the cup, for that authentic "coffee house" paper cup!
For the next stage, I needed to create the backgrounds for my painted panels and for the first card, I used the Postage Stamp die to die cut a piece of card which I then embossed with the Mesh Texture Fade before inking the surface to bring out the embossed area.
For the second card, I used the postage stamp frame die to die cut a piece of card which I then stamped with Buttercup Archival Ink using the Zig Zag Background stamp.
I matted my panels onto the backgrounds and mounted them onto my card fronts with foam pads.

To complete the cards, I added a shabby crinkle ribbon bow, which I dyed with Broken China Distress Spray Stain, an antique button and a few sequins to the Birthday card...
...and a linen bow and heart charm to the second card, which completes the larger cards.
The small notecard is made in exactly the same way but because I wanted just a notelet size, I didn't add it to a larger background.
I did however layer my clock image to create dimension....
...and added a typed token charm, altered with Distress Paint and clipped this onto the side of the card using a Hinge Clip and some twine.
 So, that completes my set of three all occasion cards and I hope you enjoyed reading how I made them!

The next person on the hop is the lovely Maura


So now it's YOUR turn to get out your inks, paints and all things arty and start creating! We are looking forward to seeing what you make!

Each DT member also has a Simon's Goody Bag to give away too! All you need to do is leave me a comment on this post AND enter the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge 



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Products used:

Tim Holtz Texture Fade: Mesh
Distress Spray Stain: Broken China
Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap
Embellishments: Moonshine Sequins

157 comments:

  1. Love Love Love!
    Your trio of cards are absolutely WONDERFUL. Thanks for the awesome inspiration!!!!

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  2. These cards are wonderful works of art. Like the TH stamping. Like the postage stamp edge. Especially like the stars.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  3. Stunning. Love the pops of colour :)

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  4. Can you say AWESOME! I love your color palette. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I do like cards and your trio of cards are fabulous!
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  6. Lovely cards, with the layers and pops of aqua. Very effective using same ingredients, but showing how can be different.

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  7. great cards Emma - you ALWAYS make the most wonderful layered projects. Thanks for the inspiration today!

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  8. When I saw your name, I knew your cards would be excellent and they are! It's always a pleasure to see what you have created.

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  9. Fabulous cards, love all the texture and layering.

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  10. Oh my goodness.... I love love your layouts of your cards!!! They are way to stinkin' cute!!! I love the stars on top!!

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  11. I love your earthy tone colour and the die-cut in these cards, so pretty!

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  12. Oh wow! You have really used these stamps well. They seem soft and faded here and I really like that look! The stars popping out at the top of your cards and layers of dies are just WONDERFUL! Such a delightful set of cards. :)

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  13. wow your cards looks really really elegants!!!

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  14. Wow..What beautiful cards. I just love your work and how you made the stars for the top of the card. Lovely

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  15. Hi Emma, these are NOT cards, they are works of art PERFECT for framing and putting on the wall:) Thank you for sharing them with us:)

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  16. Sono splendide queste card mi fanno impazzire . Complimenti

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  17. Love all of your three cards! So beautiful!

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  18. OMG Emma! These are amazing! I can't wait to copy some or all ; ) of your ideas!

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  19. Stunning works of art - just beautiful!

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  20. Wow great cards, I love these!

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  21. I am really loving these stamps but they are only as wonderful as the artist who puts them to use. Thanks for the super tutorial as well!!!

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  22. Wonderful projects! Love how you combined TH dies and stamps and added just a few bright details. Thank you for inspiration :)

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  23. A triple treat today of your outstanding talent ! Emma Thank you . Your cards are fabulous. Like you I love how each card is unique despite creating them using the same process. Everything about each one is superb and though I LOVE them ALL the little clock one has really stolen my heart . hugs

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  24. What fun Emma! and I too love the look of each ...! XX

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  25. Wow! These are absolutely amazing!

    Hugs,
    Snoopy :D

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  26. OMG there adorable!
    I loved them all so much:) Thanks for the inspiration.

    Monica L.

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  27. I really like your easel idea!

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  28. These are absolutely lovely!! Love the use of corrugated board. Gives a nice effect.. the stamps are beautiful..
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  29. I love the star clusters you've added! Such a wonderful trio~

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  30. How lovely! I like the vintage look you created!
    Sunny regards from stempelfrida
    http://stempelfrida.blogspot.de

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  31. These are cool for any party! Love the way you have used dies.

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  32. I like the die cuts you used and of course the TH stamps♥ # great cards♥

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  33. The framing, use of corrugated paper and the top accents really sets these apart. You take simple materials and make them sophisticated!

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  34. Love all of your cards. Each one turned out super fun. Great coloring and layering. TFS

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  35. I love your cards! The colors are perfect!

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  36. 3 beautiful cards. would love to receive any of them. love the effect of the corrugated card. and the colouring of the images is ace, hugs xx

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  37. Gorgeous! I love the use of corrugated card and the soft colouring.

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  38. these are SO great! LUV the addition of the charms!!

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  39. Awesome projects. LOVE them all!

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  40. Woot i love all off them i really love the rusty feel and the are so manly! love them!

    Greetz,
    marieke

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  41. I love so many things about your cards! The corrugated paper is a nice touch -- really complements the stamps. Love the postage stamp die and your embellishments are so much fun!

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  42. The shading, composition, and design of all three cards are awe inspiring! Beautiful set of cards!

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  43. I love them all! The are perfectly embellished and I love the natural colors! GREAT - thanks for the inspiration!
    lyn

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  44. Fabulous Card Set. Thanks for sharing the details of how you made the great fronts.

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  45. The framing of these three stamps is AMAZING :-)

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  46. The framing of these three stamps is AMAZING :-)

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  47. I love all the pieces you created. Love the star cut out enhancement at the top of the pieces.

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  48. Beautiful distressing, and I love the vintage look of these projects!!

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  49. What a great trio of cards...love the stars on the top.

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  50. Amazing techniques you've used! Love how they all come together!

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  51. beautiful cards. love those stars!

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  52. Love all the cards you made in this post, thanks for the inspiration!!

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  53. I like the stars on top and great coloring

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  54. I like this set too. Beautiful layers on your cards. Lovely.

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  55. Fabulous cards, love all the fun elements

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  56. Gorgeous set of cards! Love all the dimension.

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  57. Little works of art worth framing. Your colours are gorgeous, your layering is perfection and your embellishing is enchanting. Stunning Artistry.

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  58. Love how each card has it's own personality. Similar but different in a good way.

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  59. Enjoy your attention to detail and color choices.

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  60. Amazing set of cards. I really like the addition of the stars.

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  61. Your trio of cards are absolutely fabulous...I just love them.I love color combo,so many cute details..Thanks for the great blog hop

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  62. These are great cards Emma and I love this Tim Holtz set!

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  63. I just love your colour combinations such well put together creations. Hugs Jo

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  64. Spectacular use of all the TH products!! Your dies, painting, spraying, stitching, layering, embossing, love it all!

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  65. Beautiful cards and so much to look at!

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  66. I've never bought any of the On the Edge dies, because I didn't know how I would use them. My eyes are now opened! I absolutely love these cards!

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  67. Totaly inspiring! Loved all the three cards. They are gorgeous. Loved how they are unique and decorated with bows and twine and all the tiny details

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  68. Wow! Great set of cards! Each one is so creative. Love that Star cluster die!

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  69. DELIGHTFUL cards Emma!!!
    WOW - there is SO MUCH to LOVE with them ALL!!!
    LOVE the shapes, LOVE the colours, LOVE the textures, LOVE the layers, LOVE the trims - they're ALL-ROUND-AWESOME => THANK YOU for sharing :)

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  70. DELIGHTFUL cards Emma!!!
    WOW - there is SO MUCH to LOVE with them ALL!!!
    LOVE the shapes, LOVE the colours, LOVE the textures, LOVE the layers, LOVE the trims - they're ALL-ROUND-AWESOME => THANK YOU for sharing :)

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  71. Emma...your birthday cards and note card are absolutely darling! I totally love the cards with their die cut star borders. SO cute! The whole design for them is so clever and of course, your work is brilliant. Beautifully and professionally crafted!

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  72. Love the cards, thsnkd for the step by step, I will be trying some of these at home. :)

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  73. your cards are absolutely amazing!!

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  74. Stunning projects! Love the texture and layers.

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  75. These cards are amazing. Love all the layers, textures and creativity!

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  76. It's amazing how a few changes can make the same card look so different. I love the idea of the stars at the top. Being able to stand them for display is a great idea.
    thanks for sharing some wonderful cards.

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  77. Awesome card, oh to have access to all of the stamps & dies..... I have them all....on my wish list

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  78. Wow! I love ALL of your amazing cards! The color combinations are just beautiful! LOVE these!
    Take Care!
    Michele

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  79. OMG!! I love all three of your gorgeous cards! So much texture on all of them and I love the different materials on the bows! Just gorgeous!

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  80. OMG!! I love all three of your gorgeous cards! So much texture on all of them and I love the different materials on the bows! Just gorgeous!

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  81. Your cards are wonderful. Thanks for sharing

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  82. So beautiful! I love the dimension of each creation - just amazing work TFS

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  83. Gorgeous makes, love the natural colors and the layers and embellishments.

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  84. Oh my goodness! Such love went into each of these - wonderful texture and dimension!

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  85. Oh wow! They're all so lovely!! The starry tops are so fun!!

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  86. These cards are fantastic!! I love the whole design of each and every one!!

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  87. Simple but striking, Emma. Beautiful work!

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  88. All the cards are absolutely stunning!

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  89. Awesome cards, love the corrugated look and the star border is gorgeous, Cathy x

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  90. Nice cards! I like the corrugated details in your cards! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  91. Wow, these are amazing! So many beautiful details!

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  92. What a wonderful set of cards! Love this new set. You did an awesome job. Thanks for the fun hop.

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  93. Rats... Left a comment and my internet cut out!
    Anyway, I said I love this trio! I try to make groups while having supplies out just from an efficiency (read: clean up) standpoint. Then it is cool to see the same basic card diverge into such unique creations!
    I read your profile... We have similar stories.
    Keep on rockin!

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  94. emma, such a fabulous set of cards! I love the vintage look you've created with just a bit of color. Turning them into giant postage stamps is so cool with the edge you added. I also love the stars on top, just beautiful!

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  95. WOWIE, these are really awesome!!! The stamps are beautifully colored and showcased on these stunning cards!!

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  96. WOW!!! Your cards are amazing. LOVE all of the layers!

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  97. These are soooo fabulous!! Love the dies you used and the stripes; awesome!!

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  98. Your cards are fantastic!! Just love all the layers, die cuts and embellishments too! Thanks for sharing this inspiration! ~Annie

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  99. Your cards are amazing. Thanks for sharing.
    Crafty hugs,
    Dawn
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

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  100. Awesome as usual!! Love how you used the corrugated cardboard as the background!! Great stamp set

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  101. These are absolutely gorgeous!! Love the use of beautiful stamps and corrugated board.

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  102. Gorgeous cards, Emma! Love the shapes you gave those stunning cards! They look so vintage, perfect! Hugs, Sandra

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  103. That little note card is perfect. I really like the stars on top of the cards, they definitely make the cards.

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  104. Three fabulous cards - love each of them! TFS

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  105. Oh my god, how fabulous! Love the warm hues and you've put so much work into them - bravo!

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  106. Oh I love them all
    love the idea using that postage DIE
    Love the color and adorable stamp you have
    I wish I have this lovely stamp too
    great Blog Hop

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  107. Love your cards! The postage stamp die, colors, stars, and multi layers are fabulous! Great layouts!

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  108. Gorgeous cards! I love the TH images you've used and your fabulous corrugated cardstock!

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  109. Your creations are always fabulous Emma and these are no exception. Love all that gorgeous corrugated texture. . Thanks for the fab blog hop and for sharing your gorgeous work with us Karen x

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  110. Amazing set of cards. I like the vintage style of these, the layers and awesome stamping.

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  111. Awesome set of cards!
    Helen x

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  112. Wowzers! Today's mantra is, "Emma is a genius"! I am loving these so much. I have that star die, but have never been able to figure out how to use it just right. And you, my friend, have used it JUST RIGHT! It's so interesting for me to see how brains function so differently and where I was hung up on how to use the star die, you have excelled and made it something really cool. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  113. Excellent cards...LOVE the borders...just make them extra special!!!

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  114. OMG!! How cool are these!!! Love the star border, corrugated paper & postage edge!!!

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  115. This trio of cards is stunning! love the corrugated catrdstock!!! Your watercolor images are perfect! I agree with Andrea, today's mantra is "Emma is a genius"! BArbarayaya

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  116. Gorgeous cards love the designs and colours
    Kate x

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  117. Oh my! Love these! The design is just fabulous and I love how you have elements coming out on the top. Gorgeous!!

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  118. WOW.... your cards are STUNNING!!!!! WOW! Love the details on them and every embellishment, too!

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  119. OMG--you DTers are ROCKING this new SSS exclusive set from Tim!! Your projects are gorgeous!

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  120. Great textures - LOVE all three of your cards!

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  121. Oh these are fabulous. I was on the fence about this set as I haven't been using my blueprints stamps so much but you have single handedly convinced me!

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  122. Wow, these are gorgeous! Love the papers! Such awesome stamps! Thanks for the inspiration and fun blog hop!

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  123. OMG, these are so so lovely, love how you've used the star edged die, thanks for the inspiration!

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  124. Love your T!m cards Emma, such fun designs : )

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  125. Beautiful peaces of art, Emma!

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  126. Amazing series! I like the way you display the wonderful stamps in the center as well as the color mix. Love it!
    kind regards, Irmgard

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  127. These are just perfect, Emma - fabulous corrugated textures and soft colour tones - a brilliant showcase for those stamps... Now am I going to be tempted?!
    Alison xx

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  128. I just love these cards! Thank you for the inspiration.

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  129. Such amazing cards!! That one with the stars is out of this world!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  130. wow the cards r so beautiful. i love the stamp used. TY for inspiring me.

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  131. Love all your beautiful cards, Emma. All the details are gorgeous. :)

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  132. I love these! Like the accent of the die cut stars on the larger cards especially, and the dimension you got with the clock on the smaller one. Nice distressed look, too. Tfs! ~ Andrea

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  133. Beautiful cards Emma! The star die adds the perfect touch. Gorgeous layers.

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  134. Wow! I love your trio of cards! So inspirational, and now I MUST get that stamp set!

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  135. Love all the beautiful card!! So gorgeous!!
    Ann :)

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  136. So much texture and dimension for all three cards, Emma! Each one has its own personality though - just lovely.

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  137. Love all your cards! Awesome!

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  138. Lovely design, I love the framing!

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  139. I love them. Beautiful work. The clock card would be great for a male.

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Thank you for all your comments and messages, they are all appreciated.
Please come back and visit me soon...
Emma ~xx

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