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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hero Arts 2017 Catalog Release Blog Hop

Hello and welcome! Today I'm hopping with Hero Arts as they launch there big, beautiful new catalog in their online store! You should have made your way here by way of my sweet friend Heather Ruwe. If not, you may want to head back to the Hero Arts blog to begin at the very beginning.

Today I'm sharing a few cards I made when we were working on the catalog. Being the francophile that I am, it was love at first site when I saw the Ooh La La stamp set! In fact, I think that's exactly what I said, "Ooooh la laaaaa!".


I had fun watercoloring these fun images. I just stamped with Intense Black, and then used my Watercolor Dot Palette to do some fun, loose watercoloring. The touch of gray on the shirt for a little shadow helps to bring it to life.


Isn't this little poodle THE SWEETEST? I love it. That's why I had to add hearts! I stamped off with the heart stamp, to soften the look and to tie in well with the watercoloring.


Next is a card using the fabulous new Paper Layering Koi Fish die.


I love the texture and dimension you can get with this die! I only pictured the frame above, but there is a second die for creating all of the partial cuts. I cut it directly into my base paper, I didn't actually use that frame to cut it out. So he looks like he's coming right out of the paper. I colored with my Copics, and added some lily pads from the beautiful Color Layering Water Lilies set.


Next is a project I had fun with, once the catalog craziness was finished. I had picked up this canvas at the craft store, that was already pre-printed with text. I added a wash of Daniel Smith watercolor to it to start.


After it was dry, I added a gold embossed and watercolored Large Hydrangea. This is one of my favorite stamps in the new catalog. It's a big, beautiful woodblock stamp. And it has matching frame cuts, so it's easy to add dimension by die cutting the layers of the flower and stacking them up!


I added the "GIRLS ARE STRONG" message from one of my favorite stamp sets, Dare to Dream. I both stamped them lightly in the background, and also stamped and cut out the message on white paper, and glued it on.


And now it's time to hop!!

We will be giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please ask hoppers to comment by Tuesday, February 21st at 11:59pm PT and we'll announce the winner the following week.

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Laura Bassen
Wanda Guess
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Yana Smakula
Kathy Racoosin
Debby Hughes
Kelly Purkey
Lydia Fiedler
May Park
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Heather Ruwe
Libby Hickson (you are here!)
Michelle Short
Jana Millen

So make sure and hop over to Michelle's fabulous blog next!!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Hero Arts Ooh La La
Hero Arts Ooh La La
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Hero Arts Dot Palette
Hero Arts Dot Palette
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Hero Arts Paper Layering Koi Fish
Hero Arts Paper Layering Koi Fish
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Hero Arts Color Layering Water Lilies
Hero Arts Color Layering Water Lilies
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Hero Arts Large Hydrangea
Hero Arts Large Hydrangea
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Hero Arts Hydrangea Frame Cuts
Hero Arts Hydrangea Frame Cuts
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Hero Arts Dare to Dream
Hero Arts Dare to Dream
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205 comments:

  1. Your projects are beautiful. You are so right, that little bit of grey really does bring the t-shirt to life.

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  2. This canvas project is awesome! I never would have thought - what a great combo - love it.

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  3. I am in love with all of these new layering stamps! If I could I would buy them all! It’s so hard to choose a favorite, they are all fantastic! I would say it’s between the peacock and the poppy. But the coy and water Lilly are great too.

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  4. Beautiful. Love the little poodle image!

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  5. LIBBY!!!! Yes I am shouting. I love that card with the striped shirt so much. It is perfect. And the rest of the cards are gorgeous too!!!

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  6. Wow, what a wide range of products and techniques! Your watercoloring is fabulous! My fav is that sweet little poodle...I am biased aince the image reminds me of my little guy!

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  7. EEEEEKKKKK LOVE!!! and if I'm not mistaken, I saw some of these in real life! Just gorgeous.

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  8. WOW! Awesome job. Love the colors and the designs.
    natgodfrey4@gmail.com

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  9. Oh my what a wonderful collection of eye candy - these projects are gorgeous - I am in love with your 'girls are strong' canvass:)

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  10. Fantastic work, I love, love, LOVE, the french themed cards, so cool, great work, well done you xxx

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  11. That poodle is so cute 😍 Great cards!

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  12. LOVE all three of your projects! Super gorgeous. I especially love the French card...these stamps are so cool.

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  13. All of these layering stamps are amazing and so are all of your cards!

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  14. All the projects are fabulous! The koi is striking and I love the water colored panel!

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  15. Libby, these are all fantastic!

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  16. "ooh la la" Libby, what great projects. The canvas looks like so much fun.

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  17. I love the French/Paris themed cards. They DO make you say Oh La La!

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  18. OMG that Koi is gorgeous! Wish I could color like you,

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  19. These are all amazing, Libby but I especially love your koi one. The colouring is so realistic - fabulous!

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  20. Such a wonderful collection of great projects! Thank you for sharing your talent with us and great ways to use the new Hero arts layering stamps and other great products!

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  21. Love all the cards!! The poodle is so cute!! Great inspiration!

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  22. Love the layering of the Koi fish and the felt puffy cloud adorable. Great technique on the new Hero Arts stamps and dies , fabulous!

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  23. I love your canvas project! And of course all the layering stamps are fab.

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  24. your hydrangea cards is gorgeous, Libby - and love the watercoloring on the "french" cards!

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  25. Beautiful creations!I love the bonjour card!

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  26. OOh laa, Libby. All of these cards are great. The fish details are gorgeous. I also really, really like the watercolor on the first cards, it makes them pop. Well done. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. Wonderful projects, Libby! I love the simple watercoloring and that koi is simply awesome!

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  28. Ooh la la--your cards are fabulous!

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  29. gorgeous samples, thanks for the inspiration!

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  30. Beautiful art! Thanks for the tip about adding the shadow - gorgeous!

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  31. Stunning koi! Very beautiful work!! Thanks for inspiration!

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  32. Beautiful creations!! Love how you've cut the koi fish! Stunning!

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  33. Looks like I can reach down and pick up the koi, fabulous coloring looks so real!

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  34. I LOVE what you did to the shirt - the tiny bit of watercolor shading made it jump right off the card - perfect! The hydrangea and canvas piece is stunnying. How you even come up with all these great ideas I'll never know!

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  35. Your Koi is delightful, Libby! And that poodle - cute beyond words. Thank you for sharing your lovely creations.

    Sharlini Nambiar

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  36. Wonderful projects! The French images remind me of the '50s fad with poodles and all things French. The Koi items are my favorite from this release.

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  37. beautiful card and canvas! love the layering stamps! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  38. You have knocked it out of the park with the canvas. Love how you have used the products. And the Koi is amazing.

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  39. You did a wonderful job on all three cards. The ooh la la are so sweet.

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  40. I really like the coloring on your Bon Jour card.

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  41. I love the new products but my favorites are the layered sets they help us amateurs seem like professionals.

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  42. Your cards are all gorgeous. I love all the new layering dies from Hero Arts and though I won't get them all, I'd like too! :)

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  43. Beautiful cards. I love the use of the shirt.....Thank you so much for sharing.

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  44. I love your canvas piece! It's nice to see ideas that aren't all cards.

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  45. Pretty colors on your canvas piece.

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  46. So realistic those stamps! Beautiful!

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  47. I cannot get enough of these "Frenchie" card?!

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  48. Beautiful cards....just love that shirt!

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  49. Wow. I love the 3 dimensional element of the Koi.

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  50. Lovin the Parisian cards you created - such fun cards!

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  51. What a treat! The French theme cards are so chic, the Koi card really lovely and the canvas project so fun!! Thanks for sharing Libby.

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  52. Your cards are Amazing! I love them all!

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  53. The cards are beautiful, but that canvas is STUNNING!

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  54. Love all these gorgeous creations! Your canvas is stunning. Love all the texture! Your coloring is superb, especially on the tee. Love it!

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  55. WOWZERS Libby, you have been BUSY! What a fantastic body of work??? A great job on everything!

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  56. Great mixed media canvas and those cards are ooh la la!

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  57. Enjoyed your idea with the hydrangea!

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  58. I really love the hand-drawn look of the "Ooh La La" set - like they were drawn with a soft pencil. Your watercoloring makes it look even better!

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  59. You definitely captured the French essence on your cards - I love them!

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  60. These stamps are great and your work with them is gorgeous. My favourite are the koi and the T-shirt cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  61. Two of my favorite stamps in this catalog - the koi and the hydrangea - LOVE what you did with them! And the ooh la la ones - ooh la la! :D

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  62. Gorgeous projects. I especially like the koi, stunning!

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  63. i really love your koi. beautiful.

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  64. I love the fish scales !! You made it look like it's going to jump off of the card !!!

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  65. WOW - what great projects!! Love your light and breezy "French" cards; really sweet!

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  66. Great sample of projects using this new release. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  67. Beautiful cards! Love the hydrangea canvas, too.

    joybird1223@gmail.com

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  68. I love the terrific colorful in your Ooh La La cards! I have to get this set! Tres chic!

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  69. Love your cards! Such great ideas.

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  70. I have been waiting for the release since the catalogue preview!!! So excited!

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  71. The Ooh La La stamp set is one of my favorites, I love your cards!

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  72. I audibly gasped when I saw the hydrangea card...good Lord it's beautiful

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  73. These are beautiful! I just love that layering koi!

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  74. Beautiful cards and project. Your Koi looks so realistic !

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  75. Thanks for sharing all the amazing projects with us today!

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  76. you've done an amazing job on your cards

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  77. Your cards are so different from one another & each one is a winner!

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  78. Fantastic projects!! Love your canvas!!!

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  79. Amazing koi card--I love the colors and the die cutting technique. And your hydrangea is stunning!

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  80. I love love love the different techniques you used in your designs, really compliment the Hero Arts Stamps! Thank you for sharing<3

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  81. It took me awhile to get here, but Libby, your projects are all STUNNING! Your watercolored designs are always so beautiful, and I Love your canvas project! Tons of great inspiration!

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  82. Great canvas project! The flower stamps in the catalog look so fun!

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  83. Like the variety of creations. Like the background watercoloring with shading on the images. Like the layering dimension of the fish.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  84. The koi fish card is just beautiful and the french ones just stunning, I just love looking at them!

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  85. Beautiful projects - love your use of watercolors.

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  86. Wonderful projects! I think these are such fun stamp sets and I'm especially liking to see how y'all are using the koi stamp set in so many fun ways.

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  87. I like them all but i really liked the poodle

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  88. Wonderful projects! I think these are such fun stamp sets and I'm especially liking to see how y'all are using the koi stamp set in so many fun ways.

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  89. Beautiful cards and canvas, sweet lil' poodle with soft watercolor, the koi partially cut from the base card is an awesome effect on that beautiful card and the Girls are Strong with the gorgeous hydrangea, it's my fave!

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  90. Beautiful stunning work!!! all the stamps are beautiful!!!

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  91. Amazing projects!! I especially love your Ooh La La cards!!

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  92. Wow love your cards but the canvas is outstanding xx

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  93. The Koi card is amazing. It looks so real.

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  94. Beautiful canvas and cards. Your watercolor is spot on!

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  95. Thanks for sharing so many wonderful ideas. I like them all. Your koi coloring really caught my attention, though. It's so real looking--well done!

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  96. All of your creations are amazing! Very creative and beautiful!

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  97. I especially love your french themed cards (tres jolie) as well as the floral canvas!!

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  98. You outdid yourself on the koi card! LOVE! The best koi card I have seen thus far on the blog hop. It is SO realistic looking that it jumps right off the card. Great work and creativity! :)

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  99. Such great ideas. My favorite was the dimension on the Koi. I am so going to look into trying that. Well, I really like the French Canvas too. Very professional looking. Can't decide which is my favorite. Love them both.

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  100. Love your cards and canvas and this new release!!

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  101. Awesome card. Love the Koi set. These new releases are fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

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  102. Really love this release. So many beauties

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  103. Love your projects Libby - the French cards are fabulous, the Koi amazing, and the canvas is a stunner.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  104. What wonderful projects! I love how you shaded the t-shirt in the French card -- it really makes it pop! The layered koi looks wonderful with the lily pads.

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  105. I 'm in love with your koi-card!!!
    GORGEOUS!!!

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  106. Wow, you made a bunch of nice projects. really lovely, the canvas and the simple watercolor cards. great ideas!!! thx for the inspiration

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  107. Wonderful projects! I really liked the french cards!

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  108. What a wonderful release of new stamps and dies in the spring catalog. The inspirations cards are so great.

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  109. Great cards! Who knew a shirt and hat could look so fabulous! Love what you did to that fish.

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  110. Wow your koi just comes alive love the colors .

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  111. Wow all three of your projects today. The poodle card is so sweet... but your koi is a work of art! And then your canvas. What a great gift that could make for someone.

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  112. Beautiful projects! I think my favorite is the koi. I love how his fin pops up!

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  113. Wow your creations are amazing. I like how you used the canvas.

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  114. All of the card designs you made are magnificent!

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  115. Your cards are great, love the koi!

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  116. Gorgeous projects!! Love the products in the 2017 Catalog especially the Fuchsia, Koi and Peacock. And now loving all the florals and French theme too!

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  117. Really great cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  118. Love the projects. the Koi is so dimensional!

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  119. OOOh my favorites are the two French cards. That prissy poodle with the little hearts is a dog-lover's card, for sure! And the striped tee shirt is lovely! Thanks for sharing:)

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  120. All your cards are so beautiful! I love how you used watercolor to add dimension or interest to each of the already adorable stamps. And especially how you added color to that beautiful dimensional die! And your canvas project with the hydrangea is just gorgeous. Love seeing mixed media for these beautiful stamps as well!

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  121. What an amazing batch of projects! LOVE that canvas!!

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  122. You were really busy! I love the little French poodle. So many products, so little money...

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  123. Fab projects, Libby! Especially love your art panel and the poodle card!!

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  124. Ooh la la is correct! Such a fun bohemian card. The koi fish is amazing! Love the touch of orange. Pretty layered hydrangea!

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  125. These are wonderful! I'm especially loving those first two cards, the watercoloring is just right!

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  126. The intricate details in the water lilies love love them!

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  127. That card with the tee-shirt and French beret is so fun and modern! Love the koi design too...so pretty!

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  128. Your cards are lovely but I adore what you did with the Koi. He looks like he's coming off the page. Great card.

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  129. I LOVE your koi card, Libby! I've always loved koi anyway. Yours has such great dimension! Love it! Thanks so much for sharing with us and for participating in this great hop and giveaway.

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  130. Ooh, La, La--your French inspired cards are lovely--simple and elegant! The other designs were also wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing! (Peg)

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  131. I love all your projects, but my favorite was the hydrangea canvas. I love this stamp and your project showcases it so well!

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  132. Fabulous projects Libby! Love the hydrangea , thanks for sharing!

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  133. Cute French cards and loved the koi card too.

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  134. The first two cards are my kinda simple love them. But the canvas project is simply amazing I want to try this

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  135. Inspiring projects! Wonderful additions to the blog hop. Love the 3-D Koi fish Thanks for sharing.

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  136. Great cards, I like them all, but the french cards are my fave. Thanks for sharing.

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  137. All of your cards are fantastic! I love the french poodle, she looks like she has so much attitude and your Koi fish card is beautiful, so tranquil!

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  138. that koi looks like he is going to
    swim off the card. Fantastic.
    The other cards are wonderful too.
    thanks for sharing.

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  139. Love your talent and the beautiful cards!

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  140. Oh my goodness! That koi is gorgeous! Just wow! I really like the wall art too!

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  141. Oh wow, ALL your cards are stunning! I love the hydrangea canvas too,beautiful,TFS :-)
    AnnB

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  142. Great cards all different!Beautiful and cute! Loving this hop and all the talent here. TFS YOURS

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  143. I like the cute Ooooh la la card.

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  144. Love all the designs but especially the hydrangea one - so lovely! The flower image works so well with the background and yep - great sentiment :)
    Thank you for inspiring!

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  145. Love the cards with the french stamps. So cute!

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  146. You've been busy! I love your "Bonjour" and koi cards; the colors really caught my eyes.

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  147. So much can be done with that koi fish!

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  148. Love all the projects. Your hydrangea is beautiful.

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  149. I love all your cards - the impressionistic look of the French motifs and the hydrangeas are fabulous!

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  150. Really cute cards. Your koi fish is amazing and so realistic. Wow....Wow....Wow!

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  151. This new catalog has so many great new stamps. Love the cards.

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  152. The poodle card is too cute! Amazing creations!

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  153. These cards are absolutely darling. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  154. My favorite project is the canvas. Great job and terrific message.

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  155. Fabulous cards and canvas! Love the coloring on the French-themed cards!

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  156. Love your cards and canvas. You have so many great ideas.

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  157. Gorgeous pieces - love the cards, especially the french inspired ones. But I really adore that canvas!

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  158. All your cards and project are beautiful but that striped tee just looks so real; like you could remove it from the card and put it on! Wonderful water coloring! Your koi looks like it is going to swim off the page at any moment. Beautiful!

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