Thursday, February 14, 2013

Made with Love Blog Hop


Hey everyone!  I'm so excited about today's blog hop!  My Gallery Girl buddies and I are playing along with this month's Paper Crafts Connection Gallery challenge - to make Valentine's cards.  You should have gotten here from Jocelyn's blog, but I have the full hop list below if you need it.

Let me tell you this event has taken off!  There are so many generous sponsors offering FANTASTIC prizes!  There is candy to be won at every single spot, and a grand prize too:  $90 to spend at the Ribbon Carousel (that's an actual Ribbon Carousel folks)!

There are two prizes here at my stop.

This first one is near and dear to my heart.  It's one of the new Hunk Punky albums from Punky Sprouts



This is such a fun little album, and I actually have one in the works as we speak.  I'll be sharing it on my blog and over at Punky Sprouts on the 18th, but here's a picture of one in action - the cover of my teammate Erica's Hunk Punky:


The second prize is from another great company - The Twinery



One of you lucky folks will get three spools - your choice (look at all these great colors)!  That's a retail value of $60!  



Now, onto my projects.

I made two cards to share today using a new stamp that I carved.  Here's Card #1:
I went a little embossing crazy.  I think I embossed every item on this card!  With the exception of the sentiment, everything is clear embossed. 

For the red hearts I went direct to paper with my ink pad to color the white cardstock, and then direct to paper Versamark and clear embossing.  I used that same technique for the card base (I only embossed the edges, not the whole base).



My second card is also for the Paper Sweeties' February Challenge.  Another one of the Gallery Girls, Debbie Marcinkiewicz, who wasn't able to participate in the hop this time around, is the owner of Paper Sweeties' stamps.  They have a sketch challenge every month, and they are also gearing up for their February release, so please go check them out!



More embossing here, although not as much.  The hearts on either side are white (which looks kind of off-white) embossed on vellum, the center one is identical to the one on the first card. 



The hearts are hung from the diecut doily.  I didn't cut the doily, just folded it over the back side of the card, and I added a little bit of dimensional foam tape underneath it so that it's adhered, but doesn't lay flat.  The sentiment actually combines two sentiments from Paper Sweeties' Occasions set:  "Hello Baby!"  and  "Sweet Treats". 



That's all from me.  Hope you are having a great time on the hop, remember to leave comments all along the way because each comment qualifies you for the prize(s) at that particular stop, and you never know where that Grand Prize might be lurking!  You have until February 21st to leave comments. 

Your next stop is Anita, but here's the whole list in case you get turned around:

Taheerah Atchia
JJ Bolton
Joscelyne Cutchens
Jennifer Ingle
Amy Kolling 
Agnieszka Malyszek
Wida Miller
Jocelyn Olson
Miriam Prantner 
Anita Recksiedler
Elena Roussakis
Jennifer Rzasa
Erin Lee Schreiner
Dana Warren
Laurie Willison
Tessa Wise
Nina Yang

Finally a huge thanks to ALL the amazing sponsors who stepped up to make this hop even more fun for everyone! 

Avery Elle | BasicGrey | Becky Oehlers stamps | Bossy Joscie | CAS-ual Fridays Stamps | Fresh Squeezed Stamps | Gel-a-tins | Great Impressions Stamps | I {Heart} Papers | Lil' Inkers Designs | Mama Elephant | Neat & Tangled Stamps | Punky Sprouts | Ribbon Carousel | Simon Says Stamp | SRM Stickers | Sweet and Sassy Stamps | Sweet Stamp Shop | The Crafter's Companion | The Craft’s Meow | The Twinery | Timeless Twine | Unity | Uniko Stamps | Viva Las VegaStamps

Supplies Used
Card 1
Paper/Cardstock:  CTMH - black and White Daisy Cardstock; Reflections - Vellum
Stamps:  Handcarved heart stamp; CTMH - Whoooo Loves You
Ink:  Ranger - Festive Berries Distress Ink, Versamark
Other: CTMH - Clear and Black Embossing Powder, Dimensional foam tape; Helmar-Black Zapdots; Tombow - Mono Adhesive and Vellum adhesive

Card 2
Paper/Cardstock:  Core'dinations - Vintage collection Cardstock; CTMH - Black, Colonial White and White Daisy Cardstock; Recollections - Vellum
Stamps:  Paper Sweeties - Occasions Sentiment set; Handcarved heart stamp
Ink: Ranger - Festive Berries Distress Ink; Versamark
Other: Lifestyle Crafts - Nice Doily Die; Trendy Twine - Peppermint Stick; CTMH - Dimensional Foam Tape, Clear and White embossing powders; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

165 comments:

  1. Miriam, for reals! These are all incredible! Great projects! The black card is my favorite!

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  2. I am so impressed with your hand-carved stamps! That wood-grain heart is a fabulous addition to your collection and looks most intriguing embossed on velum. Knots of love?
    Happy V-day to your and your fambly.

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  3. You are so clever and talented Miriam!! Your carved heart is *amazing* and you've showcased it perfectly with these two projects!!

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  4. embossed woodgrain - swoon! The black card packs a dramatic punch!

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  5. I am completely swooning over your I (heart) You card! It's outstanding!! You always leave the sweetest comments on my blogs so I wanted to be sure to stop by today to leave you a little love :) Happy Valentines Day!!!

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  6. SOOOO cute! LOVE all the embossing!!! The doily is the perfect hanger for the hearts!

    housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com
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  7. Your hand carved stamp is wonderful, Miriam! Both the cards look great with it.

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  8. I am loving the black background paper with pop of red!

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  9. you not only made 2 cards but your own stamp...drumroll for MVP over here! I love the stamp and the cards!

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  10. Oh my goodness! I am loving these designs! Love your embossing!
    Laura
    Lil' Inker Designs

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  11. Both sweet cards! Love the album too.

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  12. Your cards are so pretty! Loved the layout and colors of the first one!

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  13. Love those cards! I'm a big fan of CAS, so the first one really touches my heart, but I do love the little hanging hearts on your second card! And embossing is always a good thing. Bev

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  14. I ♥ the twine, especially since it's made in the USA!

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  15. awesome! love how the hearts hang!

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  16. Love your projects today! And I have to admit that yesterday's frog gave me a giggle too! Thanks for the inspiration! mamagilliam@gmail.com

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  17. Such a cute mini album, and the embossed cards are really pretty!

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  18. Oh, two darling cards. Love all the embossing, too. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Thank you for taking the time to make such lovely projects for us Miriam! I really like the look of that clear-on-black embossing, so elegant - will definitely have to try that sometime! And I adore your mini album, I need to purchase some rings and make some of my own! EEEEE - twine, I LOVE twine! Just a bunch last night creating treat bags for my hubby's staff that will get handed out later today. Thank you for all of the lovely inspiration. Happy Valentine's Day!
    ~ Meredith

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  20. Love both your cards! I especially love the first card with the black embossed hearts and the pop of read! Beautiful!

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  21. WOW - you are an embossing wizard - love your cards!!

    Deanne :)

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  22. I LOVE your card, Thanks for sharing.

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  23. There's nothing I love more than a black card base with a pop of color! Fab, Miriam!

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  24. Miriam, your cards are fantastic. I love the black heart background. It is so classy. Thanks for sharing your talent today.

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  25. You can never have too much embossing! I just love those dangling hearts!

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  26. In love with those woodgrain hearts, and the fact that they are dangling is perfection!

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  27. Your hand carved heart is gorgeous! Beautiful cards, Miriam! Happy LOVE Day to you!

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  28. super cute ideas .. and great use of twine

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  29. wow these are all creative and inspirational thank you happy valentines day! Lovesugargem@gmail

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  30. Wonderful cards! Your stamp is AAmazing! Great work!

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  31. Fabulous projects! I love how you used the twine.


    --Cheryl--

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  32. Such lovely, projects!! :) Those woodgrain hearts, are AWESOME!

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  33. Fantastic cards, Miriam!! Very striking -- thanks for sharing!

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  34. Two beautiful cards, love all the embossing. And the dangling hearts are super cute!

    Hugs,

    PattiM
    {Pattie's passion}

    I Scrap So All Moments Are Remembered!

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  35. Amazing cards!! I can;t believe you carved the woodgrain!! It is awesome!! When will we see your own stamp company??? hehe

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  36. Oh ... my ... gosh, Miriam! Cuteness x 10!! You've captured the essence of this month's Paper Sweeties sketch perfectly! I adore the black, red and white color palette! Thanks so much for sharing this little lovelie with us! So bummed I could not play along with the designer's hop this time -- but for sure next time. I really need to figure out how to clone myself :)

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  37. LOVE the embossing!!! I've been an embossing chicken, but you have definitely inspired me to give it a try!!!! ;)

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  38. Oh, all your embossing is just lovely.

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  39. Way to rock the blog hop! I adore your little album cover and will be inspired, I'm sure!I can't wait to see more! And the two cards are gorgeous and sweet, Miriam! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  40. PINNED your mini album...LOVE the layers.
    LOVELY black/red/white valentines...clever of you to hang the hearts from the dioly:)


    HUGS!

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  41. YOU CARVED THAT STAMP??? Oh em gee. I love the embossing on black - and hanging hearts from the doily. But I'm still squee-ing about that hand carving :)

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  42. There is no such thing as too much heat embossing. :D Both these cards are stunning -- love the black on black embossing and the rich colours of both. Thanks for sharing these, and Happy Valentine's Day!

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  43. You can never have too much embossing. Love the cards. The black with the red really stands out. Good idea to fold the doily over the back of the card. Have to remember that trick. thanks

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  44. Embossing on the black card just looks stunning. Love your cards but the black one is my fave!

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  45. Those cards are amazing! <3 You are amazing for your craftiness!!! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  46. WOW! Your carved stamp looks fabulous, and I love how you used them. Both cards are fabulous.TFS and for the chance.

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  47. Amazing woodgrain stamp! Will you be doing a tutorial, please? LOL Thanks for the chance to win some awesome giveaways, especially The Twinery twine. ;-)

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  48. Love, love, love those woodgrain hearts (and your amazing cards), Miriam!

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  49. Great job, Miriam! I love those hearts!!

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  50. wonderful textures with the embossing on the first card and those dangling hearts are so cute on the second one. super cards!

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  51. Amazing hop. Amazing sponsors. You gals done good! Love your B/W beauty of a card. Happy Heart Day!

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  52. So cool that you carve your own stamps! I may need to learn how to do that.
    I love the stamp and your cards.

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  53. I love those cards! Especially the first one ^_^

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  54. Fabulous cards!! All of that texture is just awesome. :)

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  55. Your Valentines are amazing!! This blog hop is filled with amazing artists and wonderful inspiration. Thank you.

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  56. What wonderful Valentines...love the embossing on the first very elegant and the way you hung the hearts off the doily (so smart and creative)!

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  57. Your album and cards are so adorable!

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  58. Miriam your amazing... love the mini album and the cards are adorable..great embossing and love the vellum..

    Happy Valentines Day..

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  59. Oh, wowzers! Your stamp carving is amazing! And I love what you did with ti :)

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  60. Great Valentine cards! Love that pretty doily and the hearts!
    DeniseB

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  61. Cute cards!! Happy Valentines Day:)

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  62. Embossing crazy is an amazing thing! I adore those woodgrain hearts.

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  63. Love the embossed hearts on the black cardstock.

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  64. LOVE the wood-grain! I love your projects they are gorgeous. I have some Punky Sprouts products and just love them!

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  65. Gorgeous cards! The first card looks awesome in black with the pop of color, and I love the dies on the second card and how you put it together! TFS!

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  66. Love them both, especially the wood grain!

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  67. Gorgeous cards, love the designs!!

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  68. That hand carved stamp is a-ma-zing!!! A one-of-a-kind work of art!

    I'm so glad to have met you Miriam! You are such a sweet and wonderful soul! I know there are wonderful things in your future!

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  69. Beautiful cards, I specially enjoyed the super embossed one!

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  70. Wowza! These are remarkable! Love the wood grain!

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  71. Love these striking card designs...and what? You carved the stamps?! You are a crafter and beyond!!!

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  72. I heart your card and those prizes!!

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  73. Love the red with black! Really makes the card pop!

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  74. Great cards! Love the embossing, texture adds so much.

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  75. So many amazing cards, and I love your mini album, too! Thank you so much for sharing and for a chance to win!

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  76. Totally Love your embossed hearts! Fabulous colors and layouts too! Great Valentines!

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  77. Gorgeous!! LOVE those fun woodgrain hearts!

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  78. I can't believe you carved your own stamp!! You are a very talented woman!!

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  79. Wow these are awesome! I LOVE that woodgrain heart! Beautiful work!

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  80. Beautiful I love everything on this card.

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  81. Gasp! I know it would take forever to mass produce the hand-carved stamps, but maybe you can make it in clear? The heart is incredible. I LOVE all the embossing!

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  82. wow wow wow...what's not to love?!

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  83. Wowwwwwwwwwwwww! These are all gorgeous! I love love love love all the hearts!!!

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  84. Fabulous projects – I love that mini album :-)

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  85. LOVE that mini album! Both cards are going into my CASE-it file. They have such fun and expected elements to them. I'm happy to see you didn't label the black one as "masculine," though it certainly could be. I love it, too.

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  86. What beautiful cards you made, very talented. Thanks for sharing them.

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  87. LOVE your 2 cards . Happy Valentine's Day!

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  88. Whoa! That's awesome that you carved your own stamp - sooo cool! Love the projects that you created!

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  89. You stole my heart with your cards - love the cards and your techniques!

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  90. I love that you carved your own stamp and made these fabulous cards Miriam! I don't know how you can car e it o well! And I love all the embossing it's my favourite!

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  91. Your cards are absolutely spectacular! Well done. Great blog hop!

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  92. FAB, FAB cards Miriam - Love the embossing & texture!

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  93. These are GORGEOUS, Miriam! I love them both! And how was I not following your blog already? I fixed that.

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  94. What great cards! I love that you made your own stamp and the way you embossed the hearts!

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  95. I lie both cards but the second one is darling! Love the white embossed non vellum that looks cool...

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  96. Goodness me, you carved that stamp?? Kudos to you for the endless patience you must have had doing so... and how cool to put it to such fantastic use!! :)

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  97. Wood grain and twine - two of my favourites! Great details on both cards...so pretty!

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  98. I love your homemade stamp Mir - you are so very creative :)

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  99. Those cards are gorgeous! I love the texture and the woodgrain stamp, love that you carved them too!

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  100. I love your bold and playful cards for this hop, Miriam! You made me want to take out my heat gun and just play:) so happy to get to know you more in the group! xoxo

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  101. I love the texture on your cards! Gorgeous!

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  102. These are such lovely cards! Love the use of vellum on the first one...one of my fave paper types right now!

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  103. These are so fun! I absolutely love embossing! Most people don't but it really adds that extra special touch!

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  104. awesome cards. love the embossed hearts.

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  105. Awesome card, Miriam! I especially love the 1st one. Love the black on black.

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  106. These are both gorgeous, that first one is so fun! :)

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  107. Such beautiful cards, TFS!!

    <3 Alyssa
    alyssaleanne (at) mythoughtsexactly (dot) co

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  108. The woodgrain on the hearts is beautiful!

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  109. I'm an embossing junkie so your card is calling me! Love It!

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  110. You carved your own stamp? Wow! you are GOOD!. I LOVE embossing too, so these are just perfect:)

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  111. Cute cards! Love those wood grain hearts!

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  112. Finally getting the chance to hop along! That is some seriously impressive carving put to fabulous use!

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  113. very beautful projects, Miriam! Love love the woodgrain hearts:)

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  114. Miriam, your cards are gorgeous! I love how you've hung the hearts off the doily, cute! :-)

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  115. I like all the hearts and embossing.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  116. your cards are so pretty, and I love all your embossing!! I think you have inspired me to break out my clear powder!

    candace
    scrappin2littleprincesses.blogspot.com

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  117. I adore hearts on all cards and your cards are superb!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  118. Miriam, you hand carved heart is absolutely amazing! Love the cards and your wonderful mini.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.

    Melinda :)

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  119. eek!!! You need to market that stamp!!! :) Seriously, cute, adorable cards! I love that you went embossing crazy on the first one.....looks fabulous! The woodgrain is perfectly designed!

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  120. Those are really adorable cards! I love the embossing!

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  121. verrry cool and creative, miriam!!

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  122. Your album is very cool and I can't wait to see the finished product and its innards! Your two cards are lovely as well!

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  123. great cards! LOve the pop of red on the first card.

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  124. Both cards are really beautiful!

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  125. Gorgeous cards, Miss Lady!! Carving your own stamps? That is totally RAD!!!!!!

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  126. Oh, I just love both cards! Super sweet! Love those twine-dangled hearts!

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  127. So loving the black and black on your first card!!! NEED to try that myself. And the hearts dangling from your half doily are so fun, especially when the card is being opened, I imagine! Great cards, Miriam!

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  128. Love the texture on the hearts! Great projects!

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  129. Great cards, Miriam - love your heart stamp!

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  130. the stamped wooden hearts are adorable!

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  131. LOVE the woodgrain hearts! They are fabulous.

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  132. I love your carved stamps...they are so pretty. I love the cardboard covers on the booklet and my fav paper collection of all time :) Awesome creativity!

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  133. Black card, how awesome is that! I love all the embossing you did, really pops!

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  134. Miriam, these cards are super fab! Love the embossing on the first card and the woodgrain hearts.... shut up! Totally awesome! Thanks for the inspiration!! :)

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  135. I am SO loving those woodgrain hearts. Brilliant!

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  136. Is there such a thing as too much embossing? Let me think about that...ummm...no! Those woodgrain hearts are wonderful, too!

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  137. Love the texture on that second card, and those albums of yours are brilliant!

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  138. YOur cards are so pretty! I love the texture on those hearts!

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  139. You carved that stamp? Holy moly!!!! LOVE IT! I am just digging those black hearts with the red and white pop! FABULOUS!!! I love the dimension on the 2nd card too. Just perfection!

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  140. I love love the way you captured this month's Paper Sweetie's Sketch! A-dorable! Thank you for joining in the fun this month!

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  141. I LOVE your carved stamp! Seeing that heart is enough to make me attempt it for the first time. Your cards are fabulous! Two thumbs up from me! :)

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