Essentials By Ellen February 2016 Release Blog Hop

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

 
Hello, and welcome to the Essentials by Ellen Winter 2016 Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today!  And, yay!!! I also get to give away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose ANY Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set (maximum value $15) currently in stock at Ellen Hutson.com  To enter my giveaway, please leave a comment on this post by February 16th!
There is also a crazy awesome Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment THERE, also by February 16th; ALL winners will posted at the CLASSroom on Friday, February 19th!
If you get lost, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.
Happy hoppin’!
 
 
This first card focuses on the new All Inside and All Inside Dies.  How cute is this bear?  I love that when you use the coordinating die, his arms are partially cut.  It allows you to tuck things inside for him to hold.  I've decided to fill his arms with hearts for his Valentine!  The hearts have been colored with Copics and a bit of sparkle was added with Wink Of Stella.
 
 
This set comes with great sentiments: some large, some small.  I love that these outline letters allow you add color if you want.  I decided to add little pops of red to the words by coloring only a few letters.
 
 
This second card features the Many Thanks Die.  I die cut it several times and adhered the die cuts together to create a more substantial die cut.  It's much easier to adhere to your project.
 
 
For the background I stamped the leaf image from the new Mondo Hydrangea stamp set.  I stamped it repeatedly using Versamark embossing ink.  I added white embossing powder and once the embossing was done, I could add color.  I decided to use Distress Inks and a paint brush to add color to the images and background.  I used three different shades of green to get some variation.


 A vellum overlay and the addition of the Many Thanks sentiment finish the card!  Thanks so much for coming by.  I have more to share with you tomorrow, but  remember to leave a comment on this post and all along the hop for your chance to win. 
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193 comments :

  1. That bear is super duper cute! Love him! And your second card is so very elegant. Going to have to try the vellum overlay.

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  2. Great cards! Love the new products!

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  3. That bear is SUPER CUTE!! The leaves are almost too lovely to be covered up.

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  4. awww... the first card is so cute!! love the vellum overlay on the second!

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  5. Very beautiful cards!! This bear is so adorable! And the card with watercolored background is just stunning!!!

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  6. Beautiful cards! Love that bear with the hearts! And using the vellum over your background leaves gives such a soft, pretty effect!

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  7. Artistically these are so different, yet I love them both! The bear is so darn cute; and the leaf card with the vellum, is just stunning!!! I love the watercoloring on it as well, just lovely! Thank you......

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  8. Two wonderful cards. Love the cute bear & his hearts. Your second card is so pretty! Your coloring of the leaves is beautiful. Thanks so much.

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  9. Love the cute fuzzy bear with all of his hearts! Your second card is soft and lovely!!

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  10. The bear and hearts is my favorite. So cute.

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  11. The bear card is so SWEET, and the I adore the softness of the leaf card, great work, Kara!

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  12. Two very special cards! Love the whimsy of the bear with hearts and love the artsy feel of the leaves card. Thanks for the inspiration. :D

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  13. Kara, you'll want to fix your link. When I click it, a message comes up saying "the page you are looking for doesn't exist." I knew to just click on the Home link, but I'm sure many people just figured you don't have your post up yet. It would be a shame for anyone to miss your beautiful cards.

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  14. Love the bright and happy bear and the soft subtle Thanks. So different from each other and each so lovely.

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  15. Nice. I like the use of vellum to soften the many thanks card.

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  16. cute bear card and luv that vellum card!

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  17. Loving the leaves with the vellum overlay

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  18. Love the pile of hearts next to the bear!! The vellum overlay on your second card is just gorgeous!

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  19. Your cards are gorgeous. What a great blog hop. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Lovely Cards.. Love the leafy background..

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  21. Love these cards. Aren't those bears cute and so versatile.

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  22. The bear is so cute but I love the leaf card with the vellum, I think that look is so beautiful.

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  23. That bear has sooooo many hearts to give away! Very cute!

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  24. Love this little bear! Your card is wonderful--he's so cute with all the hearts. Fabulous design using just leaves and the vellum--so gorgeous!

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  25. I really like your cards, especially the softened colors of the thanks csrd.

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  26. Great cards. Love how you used the leaf without the flower - I don't think to use them separately.

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  27. Wow, Kara - your cards are so different! Love 'em both. That bear just makes be smile.

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  28. Love how the vellum softened the second card! Beautiful!

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  29. Such great cards. The bear is absolutely adorable and I love the layer of vellum you added to the second card. It totally changed the look.

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  30. Use of vellum is great. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Fabulous cards! Love that sweet bear (awesome coloring!) with the load of hearts! And your Many Thanks card is lovely with the fabulous word die and gorgeous leafy background!

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  32. love how you designed with these new stamps, Kara - the bear with the hearts is too cute!!

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  33. Great cards! That bear is adorable, and I love the softened effect of the vellum overlay on the second card!

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  34. That bear is just adorable, especially with all his little hearts in hand!! Equally beautiful is your many thanks card. I love the technique you used, I will have to try it.

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  35. Love the bear and how you used the leaves from the hydrangea.

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  36. The bear card is adorable! I've gotta have that bear :) And your leaves card is gorgeous.

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  37. Love that bear and the fact that he can hold something - gotta put that on my wish list.

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  38. The bear card is super duper cute..... and the leaf card with the vellum overlay is awesome.

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  39. Love your cards. The many thanks with the vellum overlay is just so pretty.

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  40. The hydrangea card is so nice to look at... very peaceful and love the colors you've used :)

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  41. The bear is super cute and the hydrangea card is so beautiful!

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  42. Both of your cards are really fantastic! I really like them.

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  43. I love many thanks. Your leaves are wonderful.

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  44. Sure wish I would have seen your bear with hearts card before I did my Valentines. Maybe next year. I love, love it!!!!

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  45. Ohh...so gorgeous! Especially adore the second card with the leaves - too good to cover up with the vellum - but still so awesome!

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  46. So pretty! Great use of vellum, makes everything ethereal.

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  47. Very nice! Your leaves are gorgeous!

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  48. Love your leaf card. Can't wait to get that stamp set and love seeing other ways of using it

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  49. Love the new stamps. The bear is so cute!

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  50. love love love. these cards are so beautiful

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  51. This new release looks like so much fun. I am obsessed with that bear and the bed of roses die. Can't wait to play with these new products. The blog hop has been so addicting to follow with the high level of talent on this team. Many thanks.

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  52. Love your cards, especially the second card where you used the leaf stamp only for the background - beautiful!

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  53. My heart just melted when I saw the bear, but the thank you card is just perfection. Thanks so much. Reminder: (to myself), sometimes simple and soft is all you need!

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  54. Awesome cards and new release! Lovin' it!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    ~God bless~

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  55. Love both your cards. That bear is so cute and I love the softer style of the leaf card.

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  56. The bear grabs you heart and deserves the pile of them. The vellum on top of the leaves was inspired- beautiful!

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  57. GORGOEUS take on the release, just gorgeous!

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  58. I love your hearty bear... But the vellum leaf card stole my heart.

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  59. Amazing cards :) looooove that bear! x

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  60. Thank you for sharing these!! They are great cards. The bear is so cute. Wish I'd of had it for all my Valentine cards I made!! I love the hearts.

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  61. That bear is so huggable! Love your designs.

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  62. I'm totally stealing your idea for the leaf background. Awesome. Thanks.

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  63. Kara thanks, for highlighting those gorgeous Hydrangea leaves ... which I press, because they are so beautiful! Your bear? Yep, he's holding my heart!
    =]

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  64. Kara, your All Inside card is stinkin' ADORABLE....your Many Thanks is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!! So inspiring!!!

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  65. Gorgeous cards. Love the cute little bear holding the hearts card and the vellum on the second card is so inspirational and gives an amazing look. Thank for the ideas:)

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  66. Adorable bear card, love the oodles of hearts! Like he has soooo much love, he can't hold it all. So sweet. And the leaf card, gorgeous coloring, such a clever design. Love. It.

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  67. The bear is so cute!!! I like the leaf card, your colors were perfect.

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  68. Both are beautiful and I love your watercolour/vellum technique, so classy!

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  69. Love both of these! That bear is just darling. The second card.....soft, sweet, and beautiful ♥

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  70. Dying over the first card - cuteness overload. Love it!

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  71. That BEAR!!! Those LEAVES!! Wow!!!

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  72. Awesome cards! Love that adorable bear!

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  73. Love your leafy card and the bear card is sooo cute!

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  74. The vellum overlay adds so much! It's beautiful!

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  75. AWESOME CARDS! Awesome release! I love the soft look with the vellum overlay with a touch of bold piiking out on the corners!!

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  76. LOVE your cards and this new release!!

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  77. Love the idea of the vellum overlay - so magical! Your cards are a delight and really inspire me to want to get my hands on this release. Thanks for the great post and the chance.

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  78. Your Valentines is ADORABLE!!!! ;) I LOOOVE the rich colors you've used. It's what I tend to use when doing a Valentine too. AND your second card is LOVELY with using only the leaves from the Hydrangea stamp!!! Leaves are PRETTY TOO!!! PERFECTLY DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

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  79. Both cards are awesome, but I am absolutely besotted by the leaf-card! SOOOO beautiful!

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  80. Your cards are both fantastic, thank you for sharing!

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  81. Love how you used the products, the design and colors are fantastic!

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  82. Thanks for reminding me how much I love vellum, great card !

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  83. I love your cards! This bear is so cute and the second card is sweet!!! Very sweet!

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  84. Lovely work! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  85. Kara your cards and truly gorgeous, congrats on working with the Ellen release!

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  86. Just love your cards..especially the vellum overlay.. just beautiful. Thank you for sharing!!

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  87. Lovely cards! The bear is so cute and I love the design of the second. TFS

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  88. That bear is too cute! And the second card is just gorgeous!

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  89. such cute fun cards. Love how you did the watercolor leaves

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  90. Those bears and hearts are darling!

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  91. The many thanks sentiment is a favorite and if that bear isn't the cutest thing, I don't know what is!

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  92. I love how cute your first card is and how elegant your second one is!

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  93. Somehow, I had missed the new "many thanks" die until I saw your card. It is a must have! The way you used the hydrangea leaves with it is gorgeous! I love the bear, too!

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  94. Love the cute bear card...adorable, and the elegant leaf card

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  95. Cute bear card--love all the hearts. Lovely leaf card too.

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  96. Super adorable bear card with all those heart and the vellum overlay on the watercolored leaf card is so soft and pretty, love both these gorgeous cards!

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  97. Awesome job... that velum overlay makes it perfect.. I love the pattern you made with the leaf.

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  98. I love the style of both your cards...the first, fun and cheery, the second, soft and elegant! It's so great to see the versatility of these new products. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  99. Cute bear card and I LOVE that card with the leaves! Wow!

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  100. Your bear is seriously the cutest ever!!! So adorable.

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  101. Great cards! Love that bear with all the hearts! And those water colored leaves, stunning!thanks craftqueen417 at yahoo
    Http://paulettesprettypapercrafts.wordpress.com

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  102. Oh that lil bear is too cute holding all those hearts for his Valentine(s?) ♥! and wowzers I love how you used the leaf as your background behind the vellum- gorgeous!

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  103. What a cute little bear with all his hearts for his valentine, Kara!!!! And the leaves with the vellum overlay are beautiful!!!!
    Have a great day!!!

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  104. I can't get enough of that little bear, he's so darn cute! And I am so in love with the many thanks die! Just love that font!!!

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  105. I just love this cutest bear ever and you did an awesome job! And love the vellum leaf card!!!

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  106. That bear is adorable. And I really like what you did with the leaves.

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  107. That bear with his open hands..so cute!

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  108. Love your shading on the hearts and sweet bear...those watercoloured leaves are gorgeous!

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  109. Adorable and elegant! The cute bear with the hearts looks so lovely!

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  110. Wonderful cards. I lovely the elegance of the leaves. And that bear is fantastically useful at holding everything.

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  111. Wonderful cards. The bear is super cute, the leaves are beautifully colored.

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  112. The leaves are spectacular! I love how individual shades of green complement each other. Two wonderful cards.

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  113. That adorable bear card is amazing! Love that bright pop of color!
    Take care!
    Michele

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  114. So love that bear...he is so adorable holding all those hearts...

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  115. The many thanks card is beautiful!!

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  116. Love that bear! Great cards and another great release! Once again...great job! So inspiring!

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  117. Gorgeous, Kara. Really love those leaves with the vellum.

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  118. Love the many thanks card, love that die too.

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  119. The bear brings sunshine and makes me fuzzy "All Inside"!!!! Adorable matching die to give essential use of his arms to hold little hearts or whatever we can imagine!

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  120. Love the bear of course, but the leaves were true inspiration. Thanks!

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  121. Oh that bear with hearts just puts a smile on my face-too cute!

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  122. Cute bear card! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  123. Love both of your cards, they are such different styles yet wonderful.

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  124. This bear is the cutest! Love the softness the vellum gives, too.

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  125. These cards are just beautiful! The bear is too cute and what a great idea for Valentine's Day! I love the soft, soothing watercolors with the second card!

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  126. such great cards--and I would never have thought to use that leaf alone, but now....I can hardly wait to try it out! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  127. The bear is so lovable. You heaped him with lovely hearts on that great card. The leaf card is gorgeous. Who have thought to use that part of the Hydrangea stamp. Thanks

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  128. The bear is fantastic! And the leaf is gorgeous!

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  129. Adorable bear holding all those hearts and love how the vellum mutes the leafy background.

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  130. Great cards! Love the watercolors! Great idea to use only the leaf!

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  131. These are both so amazing Kara!! I LOVE that bear and his arm full of hearts, he couldn't be more darling. And the vellum over your gorgeous water coloured leaves makes them so soft, its an amazing effect.

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  132. Very pretty cards, Kara, and an awesome release! Off to continue hopping.

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  133. These cards are so different from each other, but I love them both the same! The bear on the first is as cute as he can be and I love the pops of red in the sentiment. The second is simple and elegant! I would've never thought you could make something so beautiful with just a leaf image...

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  134. Ever so clever ... love the patterned background you created with the leaf!

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  135. Love the addition of the vellum on the leaf card, but it is even so pretty without it.

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  136. Love the cute bear. But the scond card has really stolen my heart. Love how soft and dreamy it is!

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  137. Beautiful velum overlay card. Thanks for sharing your inspiring designs.

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  138. That bear is so cute and I just love the painting on the background for the second card!

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  139. Love that little bear. He looks like he will get lots of use. Love the way you softened the second card with the vellum layer. Beautiful.

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  140. Adorable bear and I just love the leaf background of the second card! Awesome!

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  141. Always love the touch of a vellum overlay.

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  142. I really like how you use just the leaf from the Mondo Hydrangea set. Just shows how versatile it can be. Thank you for sharing!

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  143. Your cards are neat - love the leave with vellum one the most!

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  144. That bear is the cutesr ever and I love all the accessories you can use with him!

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  145. BEAUTIFUL cards Kara!!!
    Your hearty bear is SO HUGGABLE and your leaves an ELEGANT, INKY DELIGHT!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION :)

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  146. Especially like the sweet bear. Like the bear holding the hearts. Like the scallop edge background. Like the use of the vellum. Have a BEE-utiful day!
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  147. Fab cards. Your bear is really sweet, but your leaf card is definitely my favourite.

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  148. WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!! Just AMAZING!! I LOVE the Designs and the New Release!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and for the chances to WIN!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  149. You can't go wrong with leaves and vellum! Stunning!

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  150. That bear with an armful of hearts is too too cute for words!

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  151. Wonderful cards! The bear is just too cute.

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  152. Like your use of the vellum over the leaves for that softer effect.

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  153. Thanks for the tip on layering the sentiment to make it more substantial, planning to try that. Thanks for sharing.

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  154. Bear hugs are the best, great job

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  155. Bear hugs are the best, great job

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  156. Your cards are both so different but so unique and fabulous!! Thanks for sharing!! Gabbylou@live.com

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  157. I love that bear stamp. I really, really love your watercolored card too.

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  158. I love that bear and leaves are a favorite of mine as well. Both cards are absolutely wonderful. Thank you for sharing. This is such a great release! ~M~

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  159. The hydrangea leaf card is amazing!

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  160. That cutie bear simply steals the heart.

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  161. Terrific cards! I love that sweet bear holding the hearts. It is adorable. And your second card is so soft and lovely. He vellum over the top is suck a neat idea!

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  162. You minimal coloring of the sentiment is perfect on your first card and those watercolored leaves are so very pretty.

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  163. Pretty card and very smart to think of just using the leaf stamp.

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  164. Love your cards especially the Valentine bear card! So adorable!

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  165. I love these! I love the vellum overlay.

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  166. I literally gasped at your second card. Love, love, LOVE it!!

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  167. Great cards. The bear with his arm full of hearts is adorable and the leaf background is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing! ♥

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  168. Love that bear with all his hearts, and the soft colors on your second card! :) ~ Andrea

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