Monday, February 23, 2015

Essentials by Ellen Winter Release 2015 Bog Hop



Hello, and welcome to the Winter 2015 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop!  I'm THRILLED to be participating and will be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today!  You're going to love this release, so many wonderful sentiments, images, and dies.  OK, here's what I made:



First up, a card featuring the You Rock dies (some of you are lucky enough to have these already as they were part of Ellen's Black Friday special last year, but now they are available for general purchase) and the Hello Gorgeous stamp set.

I wanted to use the gemstone die in a different way, so I die cut a whole slew of them, ran them through my Xyron sticker maker and then adhered them to a panel of cardstock to create a pattern.  I wanted to add some extra sparkle, so I cut another group of them from silver glitter paper and then popped the negative cuts into the top of the stones.  I think it gives it a slightly Art Deco feel.



I cut a strip out of the panel to create a space for the sentiment, which was embossed in silver.  Some thin strips of silver glitter paper accent the opening, and the original panel with the die cuts was popped up for some extra dimension.

My next card features the Folk Heart dies and Love You So stamp set.  The dies come wired together, and although I'll eventually snip them apart and use them individual, for this card I just left them together and die cut them several times using three shades of red/pink cardstock.  



I freehand cut some hearts from printer paper to use as bases and then assembled the hearts.  I wanted to create some shine in the card, so I inked them with Versamark and clear embossed them.  I ended up doing this twice to get a really good glazed look.  

The hearts were then adhered to the top and bottom panels, and the excess was trimmed away.  The sentiment was stamped in Versafine and clear embossed, and then the heart panels were adhered with foam adhesive.  



I just had to squeeze in one more card, because the Bold Blooms dies were begging me to use them, and who am I to refuse?  This one was just fun, fun, fun to make.  I started by die cutting a bunch of blooms and leaves.  I positioned the flowers to get an idea of where they would go, and then removed them and 'colored' them in with a paintbrush Dylusions Spray Mists. 



Once that was dry I added some dark splatter as well as a little bit of stenciling/paste for some extra texture.  I wanted to glam it up a bit, adding a strip of gold cardstock which was stitched on.  The flowers were then adhered (just the center part of the flowers).  The sentiment comes from the Hello Gorgeous set.  I added a bit more stitching to that and then popped it up.  A few gold sequins finished it off.  



Ok, not for the fun stuff, I get to give this new stamp set, called Hello Gorgeous to a lucky someone!  Please leave a comment to enter my giveaway!



There is also a Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, and at every stop along the hop by March 2nd; winners will be announced March 4th!

Your next stop is Julia Stainton, but here is the full hop order in case you get turned around:  




Happy hoppin’!

368 comments:

  1. WOW. Stunning cards, Miriam! So awesome...sigh...

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  2. Wow! Gorgeous samples my Friend!
    Very striking and beautiful!!

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  3. Holy guacamole, Miriam! The magic you've done with those dies!!!! I am head over heels with the last card, it has so many beautiful details I just don't know where to start...

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  4. Love what you created with the dies! Shows how versatile and awesome they (and you) are!

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  5. Oh my goodness. I was amazed looking at the first card with the gems and then you kept going with even more gorgeousness! Wow! Everything was just amazing!

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  6. these are great cards! love what you did with the gems!

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  7. Amazing projects with these dies! My favorite is your last card. I love the details & the painted background with the stitching! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!

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  8. You creations are simply amazing and beautiful! Thanks for inspiration and a fun hop!

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  9. Wow, creative die cutting, awesome, thx for the inspiration

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  10. Absolutely brilliant to use the gemstone to make flowers and the hearts to make that graphic background. My favorite is the watercolor backed bold blooms. Really awesome cards, Miriam.

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  11. Absolutely GREAT cards. Such great ideas especially the diamond die turned into flowers....so smart! Thanks for the inspiration and have a great day everyone. Ciao :)

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  12. Love what you did on these cards

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  13. Beautiful cards! I love the bold blooms one :)

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  14. Amazing and creative designs!

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  15. Stunning cards! Love this release!!

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  16. Love, love, love these cards!!! Very creative use of these sets!

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  17. All are beautiful, Miriam, but that bold blooms card??? Gorgeous!!!

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  18. Awesome cards! I especially love the flower one!

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  19. Fabulous color and paper piecing! Love the shine on the hearts. The flowers are so pretty! So very nicely done! TFS Lynn Gauthier

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  20. LOVELOVELOVE how you used the ROCK set with Fancy Thanks on the first card! Blingaliscious! I also love the texture on your Blooms card!! TFS!

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  21. These are so fun.. I love the Bold Blooms one the best! Gorgeous!

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  22. The silver You Rock die-cuts card made me "oooo & ahhh", and the coloring 'outside the lines' of the Bold Blossom card is great.

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  23. Stunning cards! I love the way you arranged the rock die cuts and the stacked hearts.

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  24. I just love how you did your cards, amazing!

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  25. Each card is so sweet, Miriam! Thank you for such inspiration with this release!

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  26. Love how you did the rock die cut card. So creative and pretty

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  27. I would have never thought of putting the die cuts together that way. Cute! Thank you for sharing. Blessings, Lisa

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  28. Beautiful cards. The heart card is genius, LOVE it!

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  29. Amazing cards! Love the flowers and the bold heart card.

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  30. Three amazing cards with beautiful color and detail.... LOVE!

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  31. breathtaking! the last card is .... awesome!

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  32. Fantastic cards Miriam. Love the way you used the dies. The diamonds look amazing with the blue glitter... the stacked hearts give an interesting look. O, those blooms... the are so pretty.

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  33. I really like how you used the You Rock dies to make flower clusters out the the gems!

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  34. Wow, I am loving how you ROCKED these new release, Miriam! The first one is so unique and cool! The 2nd card is my favorite...And 3rd one is pretty amazing, too!

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  35. Your cards are stunning, love your color choices.

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  36. really nice take on things. I love when you come up with such different ideas.

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  37. Oh wow, how pretty! Love those flowers.

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  38. Oh dear, am I ever impressed by you talent. Each of these is drop dead gorgeous.

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  39. when I first saw your card I thought it was a flower love the way you used the diamond die!! thanks for all your samples great ides and great cards!!

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  40. Such beautiful work! Love the diamond card to bits. Grey and pink is such a cool combo

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  41. everyone has created such gorgeous cards with the bold blooms and love what you did with the diamond die cuts!

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  42. Beautiful cards. Such great ideas. Thank you

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  43. Lots of lovliness Miriam TFS
    Dolly

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  44. Great use of the dies with the glitter paper.

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  45. Such beautiful work and the colors.....oh my gosh. Thank you for sharing.

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  46. Such beautiful cards.............. and them gem die with glitter is stunning.

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  47. So clever with the gems! And love your bright watercolour bold blooms!

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  48. Love how you used the You Rock dies - so pretty. Loved all the other cards too.

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  49. Gorgeous designs for each card. Love the embossing and how you 'painted' the floral dies. ~ Carol W.

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  50. All of your cards are so pretty. I love the "Rock Flower" and the color combo you used.

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  51. These cards are so pretty! All so different and cute.

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  52. I love how you added the glitter to the "rock" in your first card, and I am just amazed at how glossy the hearts are in your second card (not to mention the whole idea of creating that pattern with the hearts just blows my mind). Fantastic work!

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  53. So loving all the shine on
    your wonderful cards! Great
    way to use the glitter paper
    on the first one. All are so
    pretty.
    Carla from Utah

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  54. I love all of your cards. Thanks for your inspiration.

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  55. Those glazed hearts are oh, so gorgeous! Your cards inspire me :)

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  56. Fab cards!!! My favorite is the flower card!

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  57. The flower card is beautiful. What a clever use of the diamonds die and heart dies in the other cards.

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  58. Such a great way to use an image and change it to something else! Very inventive!

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  59. Wonerful ideas for these great stamp sets.

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  60. What a fun and unique use of the images. I would never have thought of a kaleidoscope with the diamonds. Perfect!

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  61. Oh these are just gorgeous! It really is hard to decide which would be a favorite. In fact it just might be impossible to choose!

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  62. I love the patterns you created with the gems and hearts! Your rose card reminds me of a colorful bouquet!

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  63. Fabulous cards. I am especially drooling over your last one. I love the colors and those fabulous dies. I must get those.

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  64. Wow! Love your use of the new releases

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  65. Love these! Fantastic techniques used! ♥

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  66. Wow, amazing cards, unique style! Love you technigue, love that flowers made of brilliants :)))

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  67. You Rock Miriam! These cards are all fabulous in their own way- I love how you bundled multiples of the dies together on each card!

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  68. Love your die techniques . Thinking out of the box to create neat ways to use them.

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  69. Wow you are very creative the gloss on hearts with embossing power and to assemble the gems to form a flower wow awesome beautiful t.y. for sharing.:-) have a blessed day.... big release or maybe it's because I like it all very nice.

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  70. Your cards are wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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  71. The flower cad is my favorite. I am stuck on watercoloring right now. Great job!

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  72. STUNNING absolutely stunning cards. Love all your beautiful cards. Showcased the new release beautifully. Wow. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  73. Ooohhh LOVE LOVE your bold flower hello card. Now i have to have it. Gorgeous cards, Miriam!

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  74. great cards
    the 2nd one is my fave

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  75. Wow1 Love the graphic use of dies and stamps!

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  76. Love your cards . . . and this great release!

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  77. Great cards! I LOVE the one using the flower dies. Thanks for sharing!

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  78. These cards are absolutely beautiful! I feel like I've already won a prize just by discovering your blog!

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  79. I love how you used the dies on your cards. I cannot believe how great they turn out used this way. I need to try this. Thanks for the idea and for sharing your great work. Love your cards.

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  80. Lovely cards! I especially like the bold colors and the design of the Folk Heart dies card.

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  81. Miriam, I am SO glad I don't have to pick a favorite from your cards, because I love them all! Neat way to use the dies. Thanks for sharing these, and for the great giveaway!

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  82. WOW what a unique way to use these dies and stamps. Excellent

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  83. You used the dies so amazingly well! TFS!!!

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  84. Gorgeous cards! Love how you used the You Rock dies. So clever! The glazing on the hearts is wonderful & my very favorite is the awesome Bold Flowers card. Love it!

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  85. Wow! Especially for the "i love you this much" card... and the "Hello"... no I love them all :) Thanks for the wonderful inspiration...

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  86. Your cards are spectacular! The bold blooms is now a MUST HAVE for me. That card is just gorgeous.

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  87. Great cards and techniques. Lovin' this new release!
    ~God bless~

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  88. Wow, what striking cards! Love these new releases. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  89. what a versatile stamp set... your cards are beautiful.

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  90. wow you totally rocked it.. nicely done..

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  91. Your cards are absolutely stunning!!! Thanks so much for sharing your talent!

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  92. So very nice!! So impressed with all the ideas!

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  93. Love how you used the diamonds and die cuts! So creative!

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  94. Such pretty cards - love the sparkle, the shine and the flowers.
    isoscia at aol dot com

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  95. Love your bold colors cards!So creative on the first one.

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  96. The way you used the diamond diecuts is so very neat!

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  97. Love the way you used the white die cuts over the pools of water color!

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  98. Such stunning cards! I love the floral one!!

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  99. Oh my goodness Miriam! These are all stunning!

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  100. Your cards are STUNNING.......I love how you combined the elements.

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  101. Love your cards. The use of dies is ingenious!!

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  102. Can you say W.O.W.????? Miriam, you have done an AWESOME JOB!!!! LOVIN' IT!

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  103. I like what you did with the diamond rock die -very creative! I also like the mix of colors you used on the card. The floral die cut card pops with color - nice job!

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  104. Wow! Your use of dies is so unique and wonderful!

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  105. I love the first card which gave me a great idea on how to use my unused Rock die.

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  106. Great job! Love the items in this release!!!

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  107. I LOVE that bright pop of color in those flowers! Very pretty card!

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  108. Your cards are amazing. Who would think to create a new designs using these fabulous new release dies. It goes to show how endless are the use of these new stamps and dies release. Thank you for the lovely inspiration!

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  109. Love all of the cards- great use of the dies and stamps! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win :-)

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  110. What awesome cards. Loved all the cards and the techniques you used.

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  111. Just gorgeous. Love how you used the diamond cuts. And the flower card is stunning.

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  112. Stunning!! I love how you created your own pattern using a bunch of die-cuts. So cool!

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  113. What awesome cards!
    You have such a unique style.
    I really love the third card-but
    I am partial to flowers!

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  114. WOWOWOW! Miriam! I just love those diamonds on the first card--- the silver really makes the card pop! And I LOVE the hearts on the second! You are soooooooooooooo talented! LOVE stopping by and getting inspired <3

    I hope you are doing well! TONS of love, Sav <3

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  115. WOW is right!! You really know how to ROCK those dies!! I love your creative use of the diamond to make it look like blooms!! Looks like a fun release!

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  116. Very beautiful cards. Beautiful stamps. Thanks for the inspiration and the opportunity to participate in the game.
    Regards,
    Bozena

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  117. Cool and creative cards. Thanks for sharing

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  118. Neat and great looking cards!!!

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  119. Gorgeous, gorgeous, and ... yep ... more gorgeous! Just love these cards. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

    Hugs,
    Snoopy :D

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  120. Wow! Fantastic use of the new products.

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  121. WOW! A-mazing cards! You have done a wonderful job using these gorgeous stamps and dies!

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  122. Totally stunning designs, Miriam! Love your creative use of the dies and vibrant blooms :)

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  123. Outstanding cards! I love them all. What an inspiration!

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  124. Wow! Totally gorgeous cards, Miriam!

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  125. Speaking of original, creative, unique cards !!! Wow ! I'm so happy I came here via the Blog Hop ! What an inspiration for all of us ! Thank you.

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  126. I really love the way your created the Bold Blooms card!! It's beautiful!!

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  127. Hi Miriam, your cards are wonderful work of arts. The strong
    colours are brilliant and I love how you used the Rock and the hearts!
    Thank you for sharing

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  128. Fantastic cards! What a great release..love it!

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  129. Wow! I like how you arranged the die cuts to create the designs. The rose one is so pretty with the colours underneath.
    Thank you for sharing your lovely work! :)

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  130. These are great cards! I especially like the Bold Blooms. Thank you.

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  131. These are all fabulous, Miriam, but I have to say the third one is my favorite. Love the watercolor layer underneath.

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  132. Your cards are some of the most original in this blog hope, really great! :)

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  133. thud.
    way to rock the new goodies miriam.
    seriously.

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  134. Wow!! Really amazing cards!! The flower set and dies are really growing on me! I just love how you layered the flowers over the watercolor!!

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  135. What super-unique takes on these great supplies - you really out-did it. Love the elegance of the first, the fun punch of the second and the rich layers of the third. Wow! Thanks for sharing!

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  136. Love that inlay look - great cards

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  137. Your cards are stunning! I LOVE the patterns you made with the gems and the hearts and the Bold Blooms dies with the bold ink painted and gold and stitching details are amazing!

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  138. All your cards are wonderful - I particularly love the flowers!

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  139. You are AMAZING!!! You think outside of the box and use the products in such fabulous, fun ways. I LOVE each one of them and I cannot choose a favorite. FABULOUS design.

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  140. You are so creative!!! These cards are absolutely FABULOUS!!!

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  141. These are all amazing!!! I am in LOVE with the love card. What a fabulous design!

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  142. LOVE your beautiful cards, Miriam! The last one is my fave!

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  143. gorgeous cards ! love the sparkly gems and the beautiful flowers!

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  144. Wow, what a great idea using the gemstone die! Brilliant!!!

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  145. Great creativity here! Love what you did withe stamps and dies!

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  146. Fabulous cards. Loved your Bold Blooms card.

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  147. All your cards are beautiful, these are great stamp sets!

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  148. Ooooh, I love how you dressed up the die cuts with the sparkly paper and the embossing!

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  149. Your cards are works of art. I am amazed by the different and creative ways you used the new dies. I love the Hello Gorgeous stamp set. Thank you for a chance to win it!

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  150. Amazing!! Amazing!! Totally amazing!! Miriam, all your cards are absolutely gorgeous!!

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  151. I just knew you'd rock the dies! And I ALMOST did a similar card as your last one. Love those blooms!

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  152. Stunning cards. Thanks for the giveaway

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  153. Wow! I just love what you've created with these dies! Wow again!! Ok, one more time! WOW!

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  154. Miriam, I am so glad I got to see your cards. I love them both but I really do love the Gems. Great idea to use the insides of the cuts with glitter paper. Thanks for sharing these with us.

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  155. I love your geometric take on your first cards.

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  156. Miriam, you did a splendid job!! Your cards scrumptious!! Love your color choices as well!!!

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  157. Wow! love how you interpreted the Gem die. Beautiful.

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  158. Beautiful cards and very unique. Love your creations.

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  159. I like what you did with the bold blooms set...it's my favorite in this release.

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  160. What great cards! Great use of the dies!

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  161. Fabulous cards using a fantastic release!!! Thanks for the chance to win this awesome set!!!

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  162. Such a feast for the eyes! Your cards are each unique and so creative!

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  163. Each of the cards has interesting detail. Great way to use the gem die!

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  164. Wow your creativity is amazing! Love the inlaid sparkle on the first, creative use of the hearts on the 2nd and stunning florals on the last.

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  165. All the colors on the heart card work so well together. Very nice.

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  166. Beautiful cards! You have a great talent!

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  167. Oh WOW! I LOVE how you turned that gem into a gem of a flower!! And the hearts look FAB clear embossed.... Must remember to try that!! Thx for all the inspiration!

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  168. I love your cards using the new products. I have the You Rock die already and I really like how you used it on your card. I subscribed to your blog so I can get more of your inspiration in the future.

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  169. super love your die cutting....what a fun take and a great way to stretch them!!! Fabulous cards!

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  170. Fabulous cards made!! Love it all!!! Awesome job!

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  171. I love the boldness of your work....great job!

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  172. All your cards are wonderful. I like the way that you used the dies!

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  173. Your cards are amazing. So much fun - so bold. I love them!

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  174. WOW your cards are amazing!! Love them and this new release:)

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  175. What you did with these dies . . . magical. Wow!

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  176. Fantastic cards. Love the Bold Blossoms dies.

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