Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year My Friends!

Well I hope you all had a fabulous holiday this year!  I know I have enjoyed it very much and I’m still “technically off” until Monday.  That is why you haven’t seen much of me on my blog lately—when I take off for the holidays I REALLY take off and try to stay off the computer and away from my craft table.  I know a lot of you have time off and you GO to your craft room to get away BUT for me that is considered “work” even though I enjoy it…I still gotta get away from it to recharge my mojo.  I know…I know…this energizer bunny DOES need to recharge her batteries now & again…shocker! LOL!  Plus I’m getting ready to start packing up my studio for a move downstairs to my new room that is much larger…still lots to do before that happens but I’m excited. I hope to be done by middle of February with it & then I’ll share some photos and yes it will STILL match my blog LOL!  But more cabinets and shelves, a new table/desk and a new chandelier!

We had a fabulous Christmas and Santa was good to the kids of course!!  They got lots of cool prezzies BUT their biggest presents they were sent on a Holiday Scavenger Hunt for.  I always do this for the largest present as I think its more exciting and builds up the anticipation for them!  They always get 5 clues…all done in limerick/riddle by me and they each are labeled with their initial and a number (the order they should be found) so they don’t accidentally pick up the other’s clue.  Then hubby and I hide them in the places that coordinate with the riddles the night before.  Riley struggles a bit more with the limerick but he finally figured it all out LOL.  Alexa’s big prezzie was a new Apple Mac Pro laptop (her Toshiba of 6 years had literally died 2 weeks before).  The funniest thing is that after she opened her gifts and there wasn’t a laptop under the tree…she says “oh well maybe next year I’ll get a Mac” LOL!  Then I handed them both their first clue and asked if they accepted their mission hee hee---yes we videotape the whole thing.  Riley’s large present was a case for his Warhammer game pieces---if you are NOT in the know its an EXPENSIVE fantasy/war game played by teen & adult boys LOL all over the world.  Riley has always been into wars (of all ages) and battle strategy so him & his friends play this every weekend at our local hobby shop.  I don’t understand any of it but it uses lots of math & thinking so I’m all for it LOL!  So he was thrilled!  And yes they got lots of NFL gifts that they asked for…I told you we were a HUGE football family Winking smile  Below is a slideshow of holiday pics for you.  We spent Christmas day in our pjs at our house just hangin’ out & enjoying the day.  Then the next day we went to my parents house to celebrate with my entire family—good time, nice & relaxed & fun. 

I am off thru Monday to celebrate the New Year with my family.  We are headed to the Inner Harbor in Baltimore today—they do lots of fun New Years Eve events along with fireworks over the water so we are looking forward to that.  Then back to the grind for 2012 and I have LOTS & LOTS planned for the new year so just wait---I’m super excited about the things I have coming this year.  Whoo hooo and happy to have you all with me along for the journey!  So a very Happy New Year to you all—may it be blessed and fabulous all year long!
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Slideshow of pics for ya: (if you get my blog by email click here to see)



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Gina K Release Hop!!

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Today the Gina K DT is having a fun blog hop for the NEWEST stamp releases for Gina K including “Stately Flowers 2” by Melanie Muenchinger and “Mountain Wilderness” by Theresa Momber.  So make sure to hop around (see list at bottom of post) today and leave comments for your chance to win a Grab Bag filled with stamps!

I love to color flowers, I love to look at flowers, I like to grow them outside…but alas I can’t have them inside because my one cat EATS them all to shreds LOL.  So I will settle with all my paper versions Smile and the ones in this second set "Stately Flowers 2" (sequel to the first “Stately Flowers” ) and just as beautiful!  I chose to do the Kentucky Camellia (the smaller flower version from the set) for my project.  I love pink Camellias so I colored mine pink and used papers from Authentique for a very feminine card.  The bottom I punched with a MS border punch for an elegant edge.

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The doily die around the image is very delicate which I loved---went along with the softness of the flower image.  The image was colored with Copics R22,R20/YG95,YG97 and the edges softened with SU ink.  Then a nice coat of stickles of course to bling that flower up a bit!

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My second project uses Theresa’s “Mountain Wilderness” set which is fantastic for those nature lovers and masculine projects!  I used 3 of the stamps to create a mountain scene for this card.  I distressed all the edges, used a CB emboss folder, brads and some buttons & twine to round out the “wilderness” look.  I used some Copics softly to just highlight the stamp images a bit (W3,W1,YG95,C3,C1,BG32) and then added some stickles to the water to make it sparkle.

Now continue hopping along today and leave comments for a chance to win Big!!!  Happy New Year everyone!

103 comments:

  1. These are so beautiful. Love the colors and shape of the first one.

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  2. Love them, you are a true artist :-)

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  3. Loved both cards, thank you for sharing these great creations.

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  4. Love both of your cards. The flower one is my favorite. Love the colors. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Love, love your gorgeous camellia card! The flower is beautiful and the doily around it is so pretty! Who makes that die? I want one! Your wilderness card is great also -- nice masculine stamp set.

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  6. These are both amazing cards. WOW I totally love your coloring. The doiley die cut is gorgeous. Beautiful creations.

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  7. Lovely card! KY flower is my fave, since it's where my mom's family is from. TFS

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  8. Two totally different cards. Love the delicateness of the first one. I've said before on the blogs that it is so hard to do masculine cards and you did a great job on the second card here and I really like the stickles idea to accent the water - never thought of that but will definitely steal that idea from you. Thanks!

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  9. Your card is so delicate and pretty.

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  10. First off, you're a FUN Mom! Your family is beautiful! And now on to your GORGEOUS cards, egads you are creative! Love everything about both of them, well done! Happy New Year!

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  11. Gorgeous cards, Suzanne! Glad you had a great Christmas! Have a great New Year's celebration and enjoy the rest of your well-deserved time off!

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  12. A very sweet and feminine card and then a more masculine one! Great designs!

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  13. It's soo beautiful! I just love pink card!So elegant!

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  14. What fantastic cards! I loved all the details about your Christmas, too. The pictures were great.

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  15. Both of these cards are spectacular. I would love to get either one!

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  16. Fabulous cards, love the flower and the mountain scene is great

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  17. I love your beautiful cards! Those colors are amazing.

    You have a beautiful family, God Bless.

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  18. Beautiful! I can see using the Mountain Wilderness a lot for masculine cards..a must get set!

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  19. Beautiful and girly and rustic and masculine. Great combo.

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  20. Gorgeous Suzanne! I love that doily die! The masculine card is a beauty too, but that dainty pink is a show stopper imho! LOVE!

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  21. both cards are great! the pink one so girly. the wilderness one is a man card too! I am always looking for man cards.

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  22. Beautiful cards. I love them both as I love nature and love flowers. Your coloring is fabulous as always and your layouts are just so pretty.

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  23. I love the artwork you did with these two sets and I know they will be great sellers for Gina K. Designs. Also what a lovely family you have as well. Happy New Year to all.

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  24. I really like the blue/green and kraft paper combo of the get well card... it looks nice and rustic! Lovely camellia too!

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  25. Suzanne,
    The camilla is such a feminine card....lovely! I'm crazy over the Mountain Wilderness card. Living in Colorado makes this set perfect for me! Thanks for the inspiration.
    DonnaB

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  26. Beautiful cards. I love the doily die and the way you've colored the camellia.

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  27. Very pretty flower card and great masculine get well card!

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  28. Gorgeous coloring and designing! Love the new sets! Personal note!!! Happy New Years my friend for this is going to be one hopping fantastic year for all! Hugz!

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  29. These cards are so beautiful, Suzanne! Love the soft feminine look with the pink camellia, a fav flower for me. Love the Mountain card and how you used image, papers, buttons to create the great textured card. I'm always on the lookout for terrific masculine images and this one is going in my favs!!

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  30. You have definitley created a very feminine card. My granddaughter would be oohing and aahing.

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  31. I love both the cards. Really love the nature one as we have all kind of "critters" visit our yard.
    The other card is so sweet and girly. Thank you for sharing.

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  32. Oh my goodness, these are so beautiful!
    Loved seeing your Christmas pics too!

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  33. Looks like your Christmas was amazingly fun and like you are always the one behind the camera. I know the feeling. Fabulous GKD projects :) I really love your mountain scene!

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  34. Your cards are wonderful and your family is adorable.

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  35. WOW! Both of the cards are gorgeous. The floral card is so pretty and feminine and the wilderness cards is a great guy card which I am always looking for. Thank you for the great ideas.

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  36. Two extremely wonderful cards. Especially the floral one.

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  37. Very pretty flower card--I like the doily. Wonderful wilderness scene on the second card.

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  38. Love both your cards but the second is jaw dropping love the kraft with the colours you chose and the distressed look, Beautiful!

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  39. Love your cards, Suzanne. Who makes the beautiful doily and what's its name?

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  40. Love your cards, Suzanne! Who makes the lovely doily and what's its name?

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  41. Hi Suzanne! I love your cards and your photos are gorgeous! Happy New Year!

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  42. Oh I love both of these. Beautiful work. Enjoy your vacay!

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  43. Love your cards, love the family!! You are one lucky lady!!! Thanks for sharing it all. Happy New Year. ekc

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  44. Beautiful cards. You are so very talented.

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  45. Your cards are just so beautiful, Suzanne; love them. the colors are just perfect!!!

    Love the slide show; sounds like it was the perfect family Christmas. Blessings to you all......

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  46. Beautiful stamps! And love the doily card you made.

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  47. Wow, great cards. These stamps are fabulous--each so different and amazing. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

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  48. I love the doily dies, so I love your pink flower with the doily. All of the pinks gp together perfect.

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  49. Oooh! I love how soft, feminine and pretty your floral card is, such a nice contrast to the masculine rustic feel of your second card with Theresa's new set too! Love 'em both!
    ~Meredith

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  50. Your cards are so gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  51. Hi, Suzanne,
    Your family looks so loving together with all the smiles! You are so fortunate :) good for you!
    I just love the delicate feminine gorgeousness of your first card. Makes me want to buy that die whatever it is- nestie? I'm not sure. Your second card is the complete opposite and I LOVE the corrugated layer - it really helps make that card special. I do love your ideas! With aloha, Rosy

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  52. Wowza! Your camelia card is to die for!!! I love every element of it. And who wouldn't feel better receiving that Wilderness card?! Great work! Enjoy the last couple of days of your vacation!

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  53. Oh my goodness, your samples are gorgeous. I'm absolutely in love with your stately flowers card.

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  54. OMG! Your pink card is exquisite! And I love the rough wilderness feel of the get well card! Love your style! And thanks for sharing your story and photos of your beautiful family on Christmas! :D

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  55. Thanks for taking time off from your time off! Your cards are beautiful. Enjoyed the inside scoop on your Christmas and wish you a very Happy New Year.

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  56. all that lace is so feminine....the a great man card.

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  57. Great stuff, wonderful video, made me think I was there with you. Love the doily, is it premade or a diecut? Beautiful.

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  58. I'm the same way about flowers, love everything about them, but please don't too close.I love the cards you made,and the pinks are too pretty.

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  59. Stunning job with both of the cards. So glad you had a wonderful Christmas, enjoyed looking at the pictures. It was nice to see your dog sorry I forgot the name but when I was little we had two West hightland dogs. They are wonderful dogs, I have not seen one in years.
    Happy New Year,
    Hugs, Pat

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  60. Looks like you all had a blessed Christmas, Suzanne! I always love looking at your family pics. Your teens are getting so grown up looking.
    Have a wonderful New Year!
    Huggies ~
    Sharron♥

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  61. Love the contrast between the soft lovely card and the masculine card. Both are great.

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  62. Totally beautiful cards, Suzanne...soft and then rugged...gorgeous....enjoy your time off.

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  63. Really like the total opposites of your cards. Very feminine to very rustic, nicely done!

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  64. Flowers and animals are my fave subject, I might have to get this set LOL!

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  65. Beautiful cards. Love the flower card with the doily die cut and the outdoor scene is wonderful.

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  66. Your flower card is soooooo delicate - that doily reeeeally is purty. Very nice mountain scene.
    Jean McGee

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  67. Just love the new stamp sets! Happy stamping!

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  68. Both cards are beautiful! What company makes that doily die? It is gorgeous.

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  69. Love the pictures of you, your hubby and family! Love both of your cards also, but especially the flower one! Colors are beautiful!! Who makes the doily die? I would love to get one! Sooooo very pretty! Please DO let me know! E-mail IamHis55@att.net

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  70. Lovely cards! I think I'm going to have to get Theresa's set. Just love the animals and all the scenery.

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  71. Beautiful cards Suzanne!! It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas. Have an amazing New Year and enjoy the rest of your vacation.

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  72. Beautiful, Suzanne! I just love the sparkle you got on the water!

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  73. Gorgeous coloring of the flower. Could you please share where you got that awesome doily die pleeeeeeeeeeze lol! The tree and mountain card is a winner for a masculine card!

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  74. I am enjoying seeing all the different projects. Yours are spectacular!

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  75. First card is so lovely! Second is serene! TFS!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  76. the cards are beautiful and so are the pcitures you shared. You have such a lovely family, you must be very proud. Love the treasure hunt idea, may have to try that next year. Your mum and sister are very alike!
    Happy new Year when it comes
    x

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  77. lovely cards..thnx for sharing. The corrigated card is very interesting..like it as it gives a flare of masculinity. Hugz, Dottie

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  78. These are both great cards, lovely!

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  79. Beautiful cards, thank you for sharing them.

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  80. You have out done yourself on both projects... WOW!

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  81. beautiful cards, Suzanne. thanks once again for the inspiration! your creativity is never ending...i love it !!

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  82. I love both of your cards! The flower and doily give such a soft feminine look when paired and the corrugated paper joined by the embossed paper make the perfect backdrop for the wilderness stamp- wonderful!

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  83. I really love these 2 new sets. Especially the wilderness one. Your cards are great! TFS ! Happy New Year !

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  84. What a beautiful family. I love the feminine look to your flower. I like the black and white of the mountain scapes too.

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  85. Both are lovely. I really like the doily die cut, too.

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  86. Both are very pretty! Hate to be a stickler but the Camellia is actually Alabama's state flower while the goldenrod is the state flower of Kentucky. (or for those of us allergy sufferers in the Bluegrass state, affectionately known as our state weed...)... lol...

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  87. Very nice! I like the pinks in the first card and the bright blue & green with the tan & distressing in the second card with the sparkly water!

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  88. Both cards are gay, love the edge on the pink and totally love the mountain wildness, awesome coloring

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  89. Bad Kitty! lol You do an excellent job coloring the flowers and they never die! Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year to you and yours ~~
    msmith@gmail.com
    http://michelescraftroom.blogspot.com/

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  90. Nature scenes are always a huge favorite of mine! Love what you did!

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  91. What a delightful card - love the doily and the soft, sweet colors you used on your first and all the distressing on the second is such a great touch!

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  92. Love, love that doily die. And such pretty soft colors on this card. I also liked the mountain scene card.....great for a manly card.

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  93. Absolutely breath-taking Suzanne!!!! I need that die...what is it??

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  94. Stunning cards, LOVE the delicate doily behind the flower, GREAT JOB TFS

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  95. Beautifu cards Suzanne! I love them both..... particularly the pink one!!! :D
    Hope your new year is filled with good health, joy and a lot of crafting!
    Hugs,
    Marie

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  96. Gorgeous cards Suzanne. And what a fun tradition for the big gifts!!

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  97. very beautiful cards! love the colors and design. that Stately Flowers card is just gorgeous

    Luanne
    myfootahead at gmail dot com
    craftersreference.blogspot.com

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  98. Hi Suzanne, I have just found your blog and oh my how lovely it is! I wonder could you tell me what the doily die is please on this card? It is so pretty. I absolutely love your cafd! Judy x

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I appreciate all your lovely comments and taking the time to stop by! hugz,Suzanne

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