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Sunday, March 26, 2017

TIME TO CELEBRATE




A BLOG NAMED HERO IS 5 YEARS OLD!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! 

To CELEBRATE, present and former DT members are all taking part in a huge blog hop - and today is the second day.  I am currently a member of their Facebook team and am also a past DT member.  

Jess and Lisa asked us to celebrate with our favorite Hero Arts products.  I had a hard time deciding, but finally went with the original hydrangea as it has been my favorite "go to" stamp for years. 


Since this is such a long post, I'm just going to list the main supplies as it is pretty straightforward - used just a damp brush with the Zigs to do the shading on the flower.  The main flower was stamped in black and clear embossed, colored and then fussy cut.
Zigs - tea rose, light carmine, mid-green
Misti - to get a good crisp black

Even though the hydrangea stamp I used is discontinued, Hero Arts has some new ones complete with matching dies (yay!! no more fussy cutting!!)  Be sure to check them out here, here and here.

A Blog Named Hero is so thankful for our wonderful sponsors and collaborating companies!  Several companies decided to help us celebrate our fifth anniversary with giveaways and they were so generous that we decided to spread the love over both hop days with different prizes to be won each day!  Giveaway prizes total more than $500!  To win, leave a comment on each hop stop.  We will select winners randomly from different blogs so the more blogs you visit each day, the greater your chances of winning!  And be sure to visit the Saturday post from A Blog Named Hero for the list of Saturday hoppers and prizes!  Comments must be left before 11:59 PM EDT on Tuesday, March 28th and winners will be announced on March 30th.

Today's prizes are:
$50 gift card to Simon Says Stamp
$50 gift card to Gina K Designs
$25 gift card to Winnie & Walter
$25 gift card to Lawn Fawn
$20 gift card to Avery Elle
prize pack from Mama Elephant
gift card from Studio Katia
one Online Card Class of your choice
one set of distress oxide inks from Jennifer McGuire Ink

In order to win prizes from today you need to comment on today's hop participants who have posted cards. 

Your next stop on the hop is Danielle Walls from Neat and Tangled.   You may find the complete hop list for Saturday and Sunday here.

I am also offering a little prize to one of my commenters - it's a small bag of each of the new Hero Arts ombre sequin colors - five varigated colors (ocean, blush, sunshine, purple and blue) in various sizes.  So fun to use in shakers or for just some bling!!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Hopping!! 


437 comments:

  1. I can see why that stamp would be one of your 'go to's' Betty, it's lovely! You have coloured it beautifully and I love your background! Have a lovely Sunday! Luv n’ Hugs. Hazel xx
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  2. Really lovely, Betty - my favorite stamp, too, and it looks beautiful against the wood planks!

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  3. You can never go wrong with a hydrangea. Your card is so pretty!

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  4. You did a great job on this flower! I have this stamp as well, and it is a favorite! TFD

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  5. I love the use of hydrangeas in cards. Very nicely done.

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  6. I am in love with the background you created almost as much as your beautiful colored hydrangea.The card evokes such a "cottage garden" feel. Very nice!

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  7. A beautiful card of one of the most beautiful flowers in my yard.

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  8. Nice card. Really like the fence background.

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  9. Wow, love your background. Your colouring are amazing.

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  10. So many beautiful blooms in this blog hop

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  11. Oh this is beautiful!! I LOVE how you colored in that hydrangea and your layered stamping. Stunning design!!

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  12. Yes, I can't imagine having to pick A favorite! :)

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  13. Such a pretty card! Loved the layered stamping, and the spotlight on the hydrangea!

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  14. This is simply gorgeous! I love flowers - all flowers.

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  15. I love your card. Hydrangea's are my favorite flower.

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  16. Happy 5th Anniversary! Thanks for the blog hop. What a lovely card!

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  17. This is my favorite stamp from Hero Arts. I love your card. The wood look background is perfect with your colored flower.

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  18. Love the stamp and the card!

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  19. Gorgeous card. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win the give away.

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  20. Beautiful card. I can see why this is a "go to" image for you. Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway!

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  21. This background fits your card design wonderfully, love the Zig Markers also!

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  22. Also have this stamp from back when and I also still reach for it frequently. Your card is beautiful. TFS

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  23. Real pretty coloring on that flower. Pretty card.

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  24. love this card

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  25. Love hydrangeas and love your card. I like the background you set for this image and the sentiment couldn't be more perfect for this anniversary. Thanks for sharing this.

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  26. Really nice double image effect. Something I need to try!

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  27. I absolutely love your design, Betty! The woodgrain with the stamping for a background is fabulous & such a beautiful flower! I've always loved hydrangeas & maybe now that I have Zigs I could manage to do the coloring--not that I need another floral stamp--haha!

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  28. Beautiful!!! I love the effect of the background with this card, allowing the main focus to be on the flower and sentiment.

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  29. Beautiful card - I love that hydrangea.

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  30. The background really sets off your hydrangea.

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  31. I am just learning to use zigs! You did a wonderful job! Love the card

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  32. Beautiful card, love the board background. I have just started with the Zigs and love them. Very easy to use.

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  33. How lovely!! Great pairing of pattern paper and I love that you have some uncolored hydrangeas in the background!! Well done Betty!

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  34. Beautiful card! I love the way the leaves pop off the background.

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  35. Lovely card, and well worth all the fussy cutting.

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  36. Thanks for sharing! Thanks for the blog hop

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  37. Very pretty card. Thanks for sharing.

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  38. Classic and gorgeous! Thank you!

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  39. Beautiful card, I love the background.

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  40. Beautiful card! I think this was my first Hero Arts stamp! Just ordered that wood background stamp! Love the look of it with elegant florals. Loving this blog hop with all this talent and inspiration! Thanks for sharing yours!

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  41. Your choice of placing the gorgeously colored hydrangea on a wood background was perfect!

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  42. So pretty, I love your color combination

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  43. Beautiful coloring on your hydranga

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  44. I just love how you colored your flowers!!

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  45. I love the flower against the wood background. Very creative how you placed the beautifully colored flower over the monochrome flower. Thanks for offering you own little giveaway. A girl can never have too many sequins.

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  46. The hydrangea stamp is really beautiful and your coloring too! But I love the most how you did the background!!! Beautiful card, Betty!

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  47. Beautiful card. Using a classic older stamp just emphasizes what a wonderful company Hero Arts has been over the years.

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  48. thank you for joining in with the festivities, your card is fabulous

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  49. So pretty. Love the wood background.

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  50. One of my favorite hero images, too. Beautiful coloring!

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  51. Really nice card. I love hydrangea's also. Thank you for posting.

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  52. Gorgeous card, I love hydrangeas especially the variety of colors that can be found!

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  53. Makes me yearn for may flowers to bloom in my own yard.

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  54. I love blog hops because they are so inspiring--thank you!!!

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    1. I love a lot about this card! The background, colors used etc. Great job! Inspiring-thanks.

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  55. Lovely card! The woodgrain and floral combo is beautiful.

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  56. So much to love about this beauty, Betty! Your cards are always so elegant and soft! One of these days I'm going to have to buy this stamp :)

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  57. So much to love about this beauty, Betty! Your cards are always so elegant and soft! One of these days I'm going to have to buy this stamp :)

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  58. Beautiful stamp, great colouring, and very stylish card !
    Happy 5th Anniversary to all of you !
    Warm Birthday greetings (it's mine as well today) from Belgium,
    Lieve

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  59. Wonderful celebration - Yay for ABNH!!
    Your card is gorgeous Betty - LOVE!!!!

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  60. I love how you used that gorgeous stamp, Betty! Looks amazing against the woodgrain background!

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  61. Simple card nice design great card thank you

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  62. I love the fence behind the growing bloom. It is a beautiful card.

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  63. Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing...

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  64. Love the out of the box take on the hydrangea. You do lovely work. TFS!

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  65. Love your card! I love flowers and this blog hop is the best! Thank you for sharing your creativity!

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  66. Lovely card, the stamp is gorgeous, and you featured it on your creation beautifully!

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  67. My favorite flower again, just lovely

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  68. So beautiful, love it ! Happiness always on your 5 year anniversary !

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  69. This is so pretty...It is time for flowers!

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  70. Ohhhh I love shades of blue - thanks for offering a little gift :) And your coloring is fantastic :)

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  71. I think I might have to try coloring some pink hydrangeas. I always make mine blue or purple. Thanks for the inspiration and a chance to win.

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  72. Lovely card--I love the pairing of a wood background with the hydrangea! The hydrangea is one of my favorite HA stamps too.

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  74. Beautiful hydrangea & awesome card & color choices!

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  75. I have a hydrangea stamp I am going to HAVE to pull out. Thanks for the tips.

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  76. Lovely card, the wood background is nice.

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  77. I'm learning so much with the hop. Popping the flower up is unique to me. As you can tell I'm new. Thank you for the ideas.

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  78. Beautiful card. I love the extra effort of cutting the image. I love the look that I get when I take the extra time to fussy cut. Thanks for the inspiration and participation in this blog.

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  79. Wonderful coloring & arrangement on the wood background. I have the original Hydrangea stamp and need to use it more.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  80. Very beautiful card, one of my favorite flowers, have planted two bushes of Hydrangeas 2 years ago, they are blue, my favorite!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  81. Betty, that is one of my all time favorite HA stamps. I really like the stamping of it on the wood grain in the background. Your coloring is great...and it is a little hard to color this one as the petals are so small.

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  82. Love the wood background. I still love some of the old stamps, even if I do have to fussy cut them.

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  83. Stunning! One of my favorite flowers.

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  84. Beautiful card - love your background and flower color!

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  85. I like how you stamped the hydrangea as background along with the woodgrain. Nice touch.

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  86. This has been an absolutely unbelievable blog hop the cards are surreal they are all so beautiful says something about Hero Arts doesn't it. Here's to another five years.

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  87. Beautiful card! Your coloring is amazing!

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  88. Love the subtle background which makes the flower pop!

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  89. This is gorgeous. Love the background and the beautiful coloring...That hydrangea stamp :) was always a winner!

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  90. This hydrangea stamp is a favourite of mine, as well. Can't go wrong with it!

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  91. Really like the one colored flower over the grey shadow images - it really makes it stand out. I agree about the stamp/die sets - I only fussy-cut when absolutely necessary! Thank you for sharing.

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  92. Really cute card! Love the colors.
    natgodfrey4@gmail.com

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  93. Love the colorful flower on the black and white background....very pretty.

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  94. Flower cards make me happy....pretty!

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  95. I love hydrangeas. Beautiful card.

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  96. Very pretty Betty. Love the hydrangea in pink. Fantastic coloring!

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  97. Hydrangeas! What a great choice! Your coloring is beautiful. Very nice card! Thank you for sharing!

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  98. I love how rich and vivid the coloring is, this is beautiful!

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  99. Hydrangeas are one of the most beautiful flowers and your card is just gorgeous.

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  100. Beautiful card! Love the pink flowers and the background is so pretty!

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  101. so many pretty flowers to look at today

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  102. Pretty color choices with your zigs.

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  103. Beautiful Hydrangea and coloring. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  104. Beautiful card. Love the wood panel PP behind:)

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  105. i'm obsessed with hydrangeas right now. this one is absolutely beautiful!!

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  106. Love the layering of the stamp

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  107. Very pretty! I love how you. Used the outline only behind the colored stamp.

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  108. Beautiful card! I love the background with the wood grain and flower outline images, they so perfectly compliment the focal flower.

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  109. Lovely card. That stamp is beautiful.

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  110. I love hydrangeas, and yours is beautiful. Thank you

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  111. Really like the natural look of your card; the background is amazing. Such a pretty floral image, too.

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  112. Love the colors chosen for the Hydrangea.

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  113. So pretty. Love the soft colours.

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  114. Very pretty! I love hydrangeas.

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  115. I love that you did'nt color all the flowers that you stamped. It really gave a great look to the card.

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  116. So gorgeous! I love how you used the stamp in the background too!!!

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  117. Beautiful design ... lovely flower. Love it!

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  118. Beautiful flower and background so natural looking! Love it

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  119. that really is such a beautiful stamp and flower-and so is your card!

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  120. Betty, this is beautiful! And that stamp is also one of my favorites from Hero Arts. As is the new hydrangea. Apparently, I just love hydrangeas. One day I'll live somewhere where I can have a yard full of them!

    Thanks for helping us celebrate at A Blog Named Hero!

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  121. Really pretty card!Very interesting coloring!Love it!
    Thank you for the inspiration :)
    Happy 5th Anniversary to ABNH!

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  122. I love flower stamps and this is one I don't have. Your card and beautiful work has forced me to go and look at the sites you listed and I will now have to purchase a hydrangea stamp and die! Yep! I am blaming you! Thanks for sharing!

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  123. Pretty! I'm anxiously awaiting for my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers to come, just can't wait to play with them!

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  124. Besides the beautiful flower, I love the simple barnwood background.

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  125. Your card is GORGEOUS! Personally, I would frame it!

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  126. Love the background on this card. It makes your colors pop!

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  127. Beautiful flower! I have the Zigs and just love coloring with them.

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  128. It's really a beautiful stamp and you sure did a great job. Thanks for sharing.

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  129. Beautiful card! Really like how you colored the hydrangea

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  130. Beautiful stamp and a great job coloring. Thanks

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  131. What a beautiful card. The "wood" background works really well with the hydranga. Thanks for sharing & being part of the hop.

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  132. Beautiful hydrangea.
    thanks for sharing.

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  133. Such a lovely card. Thank you for the great ideas!

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  134. Beautiful card, I love hydrangeas.

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  135. A very beautiful softly colored card!!

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  136. hydrangeas Can be tricky to color. Great job on this lovely card!

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  137. LOVE how you colored that pretty hydrangea and the woodgrain just makes it pop.

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  138. Love this flower!! Lovely card!

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  139. too bad it's discontinued, I really love this one. Thanks for sharing.

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  140. Nice card! I will be checking out your others!

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  141. Very pretty way to use this stamp...love the wood background.

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  142. Wonderful cards! Love the design! Great coloring too!

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  143. Wonderful cards! Love the design! Great coloring too!

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  144. Beautiful card and coloring! Love the background. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  145. Thank you for helping ABNH celebrate the 5 year mark with the double day blog hop! Love your card too.

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  146. Beautiful card. Such a wonderful blog hop! Amazing talent, great inspiration! Thank you for a chance to win the sequins, they make such a pretty addition to cards!

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  147. Gorgeous card. Love the background the hydrangea is on, too. Beatiful coloring. Thanks for the zig colors.

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