Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Altenew January 2018 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


I'm excited to be participating in Altenew's January release bog hop today!  Altenew is releasing a whole slew of dies and I had a blast playing with them!  You should be arriving from Vicky Papaioannou's blog.

The first thing I wanted to try out when my package came was this Cube Cover Die.  I love cover plates, and anything geometric, so this was an obvious choice for me.  I cut it from Persimmon cardstock layering it over a dark teal.  I also cut it from a very light peach.  I used the cut out diamonds from the peach for the tops of the cubes, adhering them with Tombow Mono.


The sentiment dies is actually the you from the Thinking of You die that is releasing, i just trimmed out the you and added to a secondary sentiment from the Teachers Rule set which was embossed on black.  


I love the retro mid-century vibe this one has!  

I wasn't done with the cover plate yet though, I still had the insides of the Persimmon as well as plenty more diamonds from the soft peach, so I picked another orangey/peachy color, mid way between the two, and cut it again.


This time I inlaid the pieces to create a dimensional cube effect.  The sentiment was creating using the new Caps Bold Alphabet Set.  (The lowercase set is one of my favorites so I was thrilled to see that it was coming out in caps!)  To add some extra dimension/interest I overlapped the letters and popped some out.  


The secondary sentiment is from the Floral Shadow set.

Next up I just HAD to try out the Peony Dream 3D Die set.  I love peonies and I love the look of layered floral dies, this did not disappoint!  It's a bit tricky the first time around, but it comes with a guide which makes all the difference!


It's just such a wow effect!  There are five layers to the flower not counting the center piece.  I didn't have that many shades of yellow, so for one of the layers I just re-used one of the yellows, but made it a bit darker using a blending tool and Warm Sunshine ink.  You can also always cut these from white cardstock and color them.  


I again used that Cube Cover Die for the background, embossing it onto the white panel to create some texture.

The sentiment is from Magnolias for Her.

For my last card, I had all the dies out!  Well not really, but this one incorporates five of the new dies.


I started with the Watercolor Stripes cover die which was cut in white and layered onto my card to create a great tone on tone background.

I used leaves from both the Peony Dream and Rose Flurries 3D sets and those little twigs are from the Create-A-Wreath set.  Finally, I used the Thinking of You die for the sentiment.


The sentiment die was cut four times, twice from red and twice from dark gray, used for the bottom two layers, which I think helps set it off a bit more.  I also added some very subtle Copic shading to the sentiment.

This is a packed release and you're going to want to keep hopping because there is so much to see and so many prizes to win!

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Monday, January 15th for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 1/17/2018.

In addition, I have a $30 gift certificate to give away.  Just leave a comment and you'll be entered to win!

Your next stop on the hop is Enza Gudor, and I've got the whole list below in case you get turned around.  Good luck!


*Affiliate links in text to Altenew and below to Ellen Hutson

170 comments:

  1. WOW! Gorgeous cards; your showcases of the amazing 3D dies has made my wish list *very* long! The peony card..oh my! Swooning!
    ~carol

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  2. Your cards are gorgeous and these new dies are so cool! There are so many ways to use them, I love them.

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  3. stunning samples - love how you have show cased these new dies - I want them all now lol!!

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  4. Gorgeous cards - I love that thank you card - there is so much depth and texture to it.

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  5. Wonderful cards! The inlaid die cutting is so beautiful and perfect! Thanks for sharing your inspirations with us :)

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  6. Beautiful cards...Love the floral card...

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  7. Beautiful work. Love the thinking of you card from the white on white background to the striking die cuts.

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  8. What happy fun colors and layout. I like your style! You have inspired me, thank you... Diana O

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  9. Gorgeous cards, love what you done using the cube die cut awesome. Love the the Thinking of you and how you added the twigs. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Oh wow! Wow! Wow! I love my Fantasy Floral layering die so much and these new dies are amazing. Wonderful release and beautiful inspiration!

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  11. Amazing cards with a lot of WOW factor!!!

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  12. Swooning at your creativity. You are blessed. Love your color combos.

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  13. Awesome release! Gorgeous cards! I especially love your Thinking of You card!

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  14. Beautiful cards! Thank you for your inspiration!

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  15. I love all the cards you created. Absolutely stunning!

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  16. Love your duo of Cube Builder Dies! Fun and festive! Your yellow flower is stunning! Simple perfection! Then you add your final card with the brilliant red sentiment on top of beautiful greenery to round it all out! You have made the newest Altenew products shine in all their glory! TFS!

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  17. Beautiful cards! I love the peony flowers and the 'thinking of you' die!

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  18. Wow... Ah-mazing. Stunning cards, all of them. Thank you for showing the cube cover die in multiple ways as I was wondering how that would work!

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  19. wonderful cards, Miriam - especially love the yellow peony!

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  20. All the dies in this release are amazing and unique. I especially love the peony die! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Awesome inspiration in your beautiful cards, Miriam. I love the gorgeous yellow flower! And the last card is just so striking. I love it!

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  22. Miriam, I love all your designs but I really like how simply only popping theV off the card it spotlights the sentiment! Fantastic

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  23. Wonderful designs and colours on your cards. This new release is the best!

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  24. I LOVE the dies and your cards!!!!

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  25. Wonderful cards Miriam. These dies are all so fabulous, no wonder you used 5 sets on your last card, which is gorgeous, BTW. I would go crazy creating too if I had all of that to play with.

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  26. Love what you did with the geometric cover.

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  27. What pretty cards. Love your modern take on things.

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  28. Each card is different, with interesting details and yet each so beautiful. love the ideas.

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  29. I just love all of these cards! You did an amazing job on putting together these dies and the sentiments and colors! That first one is SO much fun

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  30. All of your cards are simply stunning!

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  31. Gorgeous cards, the yellow peony card is my favorite! Thank you for sharing. :-)

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  32. Beautiful cards. Love the word dies and how you incorporated them into the cards.

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  33. The first card you made is just beautiful! The colors are nice and I liked how the lighter diamonds popped off of the background.

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  34. Love these fabulous
    background dies! Your
    cards are so pretty.
    Carla from Utah

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  35. Your last card is a stunner. With a different set of words I can picture this as a beautiful Christmas card. The geometric cards are very nice. I especially loved the second one.

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  36. I love the size and style of the "Thinking Of You" die, in particular, but your cards showcase them all so well, I love cover plate dies too, they create such an impact with such ease, Dx

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  37. I really like the colors of your geometric cards, but the Thinking of You card is stunning! I must get these dies!

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  38. My wish list is growing very long. Amazing cards!!!

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  39. Your cards are so gorgeous!! I love the designs of each one!! You've showcased the dies so beautifully!!

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  40. Such a great release, thank you for the inspiration!

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  41. Gorgeous! I'm loving all the dies in this release!!

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  42. All your cards are gorgeous. Love the watercolor stripe die and the 3D flowers. Thanks for sharing...

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  43. Stunning cards - the new dies are gorgeous.

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  44. I really liked some of the colors you used on your cards, they were bold and different. I also liked how you overlapped the letters in one of the cards.

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  45. these are amazing!! looking forward to meeting you soon!!

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  46. Very striking cards and wonderful release! Thanks for sharing!

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  47. The Caps Bold Alphabet Die Set is simply perfect!!

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  48. Such a great release. Your cards are simply gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your talent!

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  49. These are all so amazing...just love your incredibly beautiful cards!

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  50. These are all gorgeous cards. I love how you used the different dies.

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  51. What beautiful cards! The cover plate die is incredible, and you created two different looks with it. And the card made with the peony die is gorgeous!

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  52. Love each one of these beautiful cards! Altenew is one of my favorite companies and this release is one of the best so far. Your peony card is just too pretty for words.

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  53. Love the Peony in yellow! I wish the die wasn't already sold out.

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  54. Miriam, I just love your fun cards!! LOVE all of the beautiful layers and color combos!

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  55. Gorgeous cards :) love how creatively you have used the new dies. Stunning! Thanks for sharing.

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  56. OOOO....love the peony flower done in yellow. Very Pretty

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  57. Wow, gorgeous cards, all of them! Love the geometric cube die cards, love the dry embossed background with it too. The peony in yellow is sooo pretty too.

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  58. These cards are all so gorgeous!! The dies in this release are fabulous and you've used so many of them so well!!

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  59. Love all your great cards! Thanks!

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  60. Great job with these gorgeous dies!!!

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  61. Fabulous geometric designs and beautiful floral/leafy cards.

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  62. Love the yellow flower, it took patience to find just the right colors to go together.

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  63. Fabulous array of cards, love the floral card!!!

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  64. Loving everything you created...especially the color combos you used!!

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  65. I'm really liking that cube cover die! And your peony card is gorgeous!

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  66. Wow! These are all really gorgeous! What a great new release from Altenew!

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  67. Absolutely fantastic cards showing the versatility of this release. Thank you for sharing

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  68. I love.all your cards. Your last one is my favorite. Way to use all the dies on a fab card.

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  69. Colorful and pretty! Love the cards!

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  70. Such stunning cards! I love what you did with the geometric background die. Your color combinations are striking. tfs

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  71. NICE! I especially like the"Thinking of you" card. Love the deep red color. Thank you for sharing.

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  72. gorgeous cards and the diecuts are amazing and very inspiring

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  73. I love the 2 color die cut but I don't understand how to emboss a die cut would love to see how

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  74. I lover the yellow rose! All of the cards are super cute.

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  75. Gorgeous designs. I love the poppy die.

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  76. Such pretty backgrounds and flowers! Love the new dies!

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  77. Your cards are gorgeous!! Love the new dies!!!!

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  78. Your yellow Peony is so pretty! Can’t wait to get that die.

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  79. Miriam, Love, Love, Love your color choices and combinations of dies! Could only wish to one day be as talented as you! Never stop!

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  80. I hit your blog first when I saw the line-up... wow! All your cards are fantastic and I too like the mid century vibe of the first one.
    Gotta say though, this release is awfully pricey (especially right after the Holidays) so I'll have to admire now and save up for later.

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  81. So many so many beauties, well done! Cubes reminded me of Bargello pillows I used to needle point back in the 70's. Thank you for sharing your creativity.

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  82. The cards are all great but that rose always pulls me in. A lovely job putting it together and a wonderful idea to use a blending of ink over the one color.

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  83. All your cards are gorgeous. I love what you did with the cube cover background die. Thank you for sharing.

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  84. Great cards, such a great mix of colours, fantastic.

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  85. Your cards are so pretty! I love that thinking of you die. Such a great release!

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  86. Gorgeous Set of Cards! Wow! each is so beautifully crafted, Loved all of them!
    Thank you so so much for inspiring!

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  87. Wow! I never thought of colors so bold with that cover die, but it's really cool. You have shown the versatility of this die so beautifully. It makes a lovely white on white backdrop for the peonies too. And I really like the card with just the "green" elements on the white background. Altogether lovely! Thank you.

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  88. I love ALL of your cards!! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

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  89. Fantastic cards! Love them all! I especially love the peony dream done in yellow, it's so pretty! This is such a great release from Altenew, and so much variety! Thank you for your inspiration!

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  90. On all cards such interesting backgrounds! This is your chip!

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  91. Beautiful cards and these dies are so pretty and fun. Love all the dimension they add to your gorgeous cards! The peony is my favorite!

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  92. Love your designs! Very inspiring!

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  93. Love the cards and all the dimension.

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  94. These are great. I especially like the geometric "puzzle" cards.

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  95. Such fabulous cards and color combos!

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  96. Beautiful cards! I love the new peony die!!

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  97. Beautiful cards! I love the way you used the remaining diamonds for another great card!!

    [hmnelson15{at}frontier{dot}com]

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  98. Gorgeous card! I love the thinking of you card! So striking with that pop of red!

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  99. The colors you chose are so brilliant!

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  100. Love the variety of cards you created, I too am in love with that Cube Cover die, along with the Rose Flurries. Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations!

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  101. I love what you did with the cube cover die. It is fabulous. I aminlovewiththepeony layer die.

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  102. Wow I love all these new dies, you have showcased these perfectly.

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  103. Lovely cards! Fantastic colors and layouts - each card unique.

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  104. FAB dimensional interest on the LOVE:)))

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  105. I really like the subtle thing you've done with the letters on the LOVE card, and your winter arrangement on the last card.

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  106. Beautiful cards! Interesting how different the cover plate looks by adding the diamond pieces. Thanks for the inspiration

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  107. Love the card with the green leaves behind the red sentiment die! Creative! Great idea.

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  108. Very clever! Love the red flower - so pretty!

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  109. Gorgeous projects. Thank you for the inspiration

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  110. I really love your yellow peony....it looks so beautiful on that card! I also love how you just used the "you" from the "thinking of you" die! I wouldn't have thought of doing that!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards with us...I really loved them all!!

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  111. Wonderful cards! Love the beautiful colors and creative designs.

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  112. These are all very pretty! I live the use of all the dies. You did a great job!

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  113. These are awesome cards ! The two first have some very interesting color combos.
    [margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

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  114. I absolutely LOVE the Thinking of You card, and the Congratulations card is wonderful too. Many thanks for the inspiration, Miriam!

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  115. Great inspiration. Your projects have really showcased a lot of the dies. I thought your yellow peony was very impressive and then I fell in love with your third card. Loved the watercolour die and your colours for the floral die cuts.

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  116. Wow, your first 2 cards must have taken some patience. Great cards !

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  117. the second card was quite clever .love all the cards

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  118. The peony card makes me swoon. It’s such a cool die to see in action. Great job!

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  119. Wow, awesome cards! Since I saw the altenew release I am in love with the 3D flower dies, but you inspired me to love the cube cover die.

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  120. Awesome cards!!! Thanks for showing how versatile the cube die cover plate is, a whole new look just by switching the colors!

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  121. Such beautiful, gorgeous cards! I'm going to be broke if I buy everything I like!

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  122. Oh my word!! Each of these cards are just BREATHTAKING!!! I love all of them!! STUNNING use of these new dies!!

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  123. Love the white on white card with pop of red! Lovely

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  124. wow - just BEAUTIFUL cards! I love that Peony Dream die set, it's my favorite....but the whole new Release is fabulous.

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  125. Miriam, your cards are gorgeous. I am a huge fan of these geometric dies and I love what you did with them on both cards. The red layered on black.. and your yellow flower are simply stunning.

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  126. Beautiful cards. The way you used the cube dies is amazing.

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  127. Beautiful cards! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us on this hop.

    Love both projects, but, wow, your layout is absolutely amazing! Fabulous layering and wonderful color scheme - Oh and your daughters are just adorable!

    Sammibug aka Samantha Houp aka Sammi

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  128. Miriam I adore seeing what you create!!! Absolutely love the graphic cards!

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  129. What creativity you have done an awesome job creating with this release!

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  130. All of your cards and absolutely stunning! So beautiful!

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  131. Beautiful cards Miriam! I especially like the congratulations and thinking of you cards. I think that last one is my favourite, with the bold sentiment, wonderful colours and composition.

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  132. Such gorgeous cards! Love this release!

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  133. Thanks for sharing. Peonies are my favorite flower and loved the yellow color you used.

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  134. I love ALL of these cards! You really work magic with these dies - I especially appreciate the unexpected way that you looked at the cube background die - such an unexpected design with the first card. The flowers are truly lovely in yellow and arranged like that. I can't wait till Altenew gets these back in stock - Great work today, thanks for participating in the blog hop!

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  135. The clean and simple LOVE card is my favorite!

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  136. Just amazing cards, Miriam! I love seeing how you used all these different dies to create vastly different cards! Your color choices are beautiful! I especially love the retro feel of your first card!

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  137. Wow stunning cards! I love the thinking of you one with the bod red!

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  138. Thanks for sharing and the opportunity! Love love love those flowers/dies!

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  139. Love all these layers that these dies allow. You showcased them beautifully.

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  140. Fantastic cards! I love the Cube Cover die and the fabulous colours you used!

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  141. Thanks for sharing ALL the beautiful cards.

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  142. Love the look of these cards! So bold and graphic!

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  143. These cards are incredible, love them all!

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  144. Love the yellow.....that die is a must have, thankyou

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  145. Gorgeous designs Miriam! A release full of must haves! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  146. Oh my gosh, the varying-height LOVE word is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  147. Love all the gorgeous inspiration from you! This release is just fabulous!

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  148. Very inspiring! Love the graphic goodness. And how you skipped the florals on your spray of leaves and branches.

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  149. All of your cards are wonderful! I don't have a cover plate, but now I'm wishing I did. This release is over the top fabulous!

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  150. OMG - - how to choose the card I like best - - they are so wonderful and really showcase the new product. I love your last card - - it's bold.

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  151. Love your cards, especially the yellow peony card!

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  152. Very interesting color combo's on the cards with the cube cover plate! Love your layered peony flower too!

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  153. WOW! I love how you used these new dies to make these gorgeous cards.

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