Rubeena's Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop DAY ONE + Giveaways


ETA - I have added a GIVEAWAY WINNERS page to my blog. It is updated with the winner from this post! Congrats to Melissa F. Please check that page for instructions. Thank you!

Welcome to Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary 2-Day Blog Hop! This hop is epic with more than 70 guests and over $1,000 in sponsored prizes! Not only are we celebrating four years since Rubeena first discovered cardmaking but also crafting in general. This industry is made up of wonderful individuals who are creative, inspirational, kind, and incredibly supportive! Hop along so you can learn about why we create and how much joy it brings us!

I adore Rubeena, and her beautiful, eclectic style! I love that she has organized this big, beautiful hop to celebrate cardmaking! I have been in this industry since 2002, and I just continue to love it SO much. There is just so much good in my day when it revolves around creating & papercrafting. I took an extended time away during the time that we lost our babies, and it was a needed break. But cardmaking has also helped me as I continue to grieve, and I create in honor of those two little ones who inspire me every single day. They were both such beautiful souls, and everything I create makes me think of them.

You should have arrived here from the amazing, Zsoka Marko's blog. You will be heading to Kelly Latevola's blog after mine, and you can get the full blog hop line-up on Rubeena's blog. I am going to put the giveaway info at the end of my post {including one that is EXCLUSIVE to my blog}, but how about we get to my cards now?

I created these two light & pastel cards for the hop today, using the Word Series: Thanks stamps & coordinating die from Pinkfresh Studio, and some beautiful paints from Shimmerz.

I created these cards using the beautiful summer colors from the August Pinkfresh Studio challenge. There are still a few days to create something for the challenge, and be entered to win some amazing prizes! Here is the challenge graphic, and I will be sure to link it to the challenge post!
https://www.pinkfreshstudio.com/blogs/card-making-challenges/august-challenge

 To start, I added three paint brushstrokes to the front of white cardstock blocks in the following Shimmerz paint colors: Pink-O-De Mayo, Limoncello & It's Mint to Be. I was a little more heavy-handed on the first one, and then applied the paint lighter on the second time around. They both turned out, but I do think I prefer the lighter one myself.

While the paint was drying, I stamped & heat embossed the word Thanks in gold to both white cardstock and vellum. Then I diecut the word with its coordinating die, and set them aside.

With the paint dry, I used the word Thanks to help line up where I wanted the smaller part of the sentiment to go on each painted panel. Then I stamped them directly to each panel, which worked on the lighter one but didn't on the one with more paint. I think there was too much paint, so the ink pooled up. I salvaged this mistake by stamping & heat embossing that sentiment in white to a black cardstock strip. Then I cut a banner edge to the left side.

Before putting the cards together, I decided that they needed a little something more. So I flicked both gold & black paint splatter to the front of each panel, then let them dry. This only takes a few minutes with small amounts of splatter like this!

Then I mounted both painted panels to top folding A2 cards in cashmere and light blue using foam adhesive. I prefer using a full piece of white fun foam covered in 2.5 inch ScorTape to mount my panels to cards so that there won't be any warping, indenting, etc.

To finish the cards, I adhered the sentiment pieces to the fronts with foam adhesive. Then I accented with my signature jewels tucked here & there!

I mentioned giveaways above, and before I get to all the sponsored ones...I wanted to share my giveaway that is exclusive to this post! One lucky comment will win this Pinkfresh Studio prize package, including the Bright Side of Life and Now is the Time standalone dies (valued at $34)!


All you have to do is leave me a comment on this blog post about anything - my cards, what you love about cardmaking...whatever you'd like! If you'd like (but completely optional - please only follow/subscribe if you truly want to), you can also get additional entries for the following items:

Just leave an additional comment for each option, including if you already do so. :)

BLOG HOP SPONSORED GIVEAWAYS

In celebration of this anniversary, there are several amazing sponsors. Let’s thank them for their generosity! Winners will be randomly selected from comments left on all the blogs. The winners will be announced by Wednesday, September 5 on Rubeena's giveaway page. Winners will have up to 2 weeks to contact Rubeena at ararerubycrafts@gmail.com to claim their prize before another winner is selected.

Studio Katia - $50 gift card
Hello Bluebird - $50 gift card
Altenew - $50 Gift card
Pinkfresh Studio - $30 gift card
Gina K. Designs - $50 gift card
Clearly Besotted - £25 gift card
Simon Says Stamp - $25 gift card
Spellbinders Card Kit ($55 value).
Jennifer McGuire - $50 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Winnie & Walter, LLC - $40 gift card
Mama Elephant - $25 gift card
Hero Arts - $25 gift card
Nichol Spohr LLC - Custom-sewn rainbow pencil case filled with brand new Spellbinders dies
Danielle Flynn - $25 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Picket Fence Studios - four $25 gift cards
Ellen Hutson - two $25 gift cards
Pretty Pink Posh - two $30 gift cards
The Stamp Market - July 2018 Release (estimated $100 value)
Indigojade Art Shop - $50 gift card to Art Prints & Gifts Shop
Flora & Fauna - a 4x6 stamp set
Waffle Flower - $25 gift card
Power Poppy - $50 gift card

I also wanted to share my latest YouTube video today! I just got my new PC laptop up & running with a super user friendly video editing software. I already had these cards finished before I had it all figured out, so I don't have a video for them. But this video is from a card I posted over the weekend that I thought you might like to see!



I hope you have a wonderful time hopping over the next two days!

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Comments

  1. Love the spatter technique. I forget to use that. Glitter is a no-no for the cards I made for the VA Hospital so the spatter is a nice touch. Thank you.

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  2. These are beautiful. I love the background, the spattering, and the dimension.

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  3. I love your card! All the attention to detail is awesome! TFS!

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  4. You are such a talented artist! Thank you to all for inspiring me to create.

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  5. Such a beautiful card. I love your creative designs, and your little signature jewel touch to each one.

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  6. The brush strokes-How attractive!
    Thanks for sharing!!

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  7. I loved your amazing watercolor backgrounds!!!

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  8. Thank you for sharing your story. Crafting I think gets us all through some tough times and I feel like something is missing when I don't get to make something. These cards are gorgeous and the sentiments in this set are a really nice collection. Something else I think I need to put on the ever growing wish list.
    Happy Crafting.
    Tracey.x

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  9. I loved the simple yet elegant water color background. The stamp done on vellum is so pretty. Thank you for shring your cards.

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  10. I love the pretty backgrounds on these lovely cards!!

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  11. Pretty cards. I'm not into watercoloring but I like to see what others do with it.

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  12. love the soft colors and the texture!

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  13. The pastel colors with the gold embossed die cut sentiments are so beautiful. Also love the splatter technique adding more texture to the designs. Gorgeous!

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  14. The pastels in background are wonderful as is the splatter! Love love love the simplicity of your card yet the creativity beautiful! Isn't the cardmaking community the bestest peeps around???

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  15. Love everything about your cards! Just beautiful!

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  16. Love the subtle BG with perfect splatters. Ofcourse the crisp embossed sentiment is an added beauty. Absolutely fantastic 😍💕💕

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  17. Pretty cards. I like the backgrounds and the gold and sparkle.

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  18. I follow you on IG as waterlily57

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  19. I subscribe to your YouTube as Sue D

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  20. Love the cards. They are so pretty! I am following you through email. Looking forward to receiving more inspiration in my inbox.

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  21. I already follow you on Insta as @crownfocus

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  22. I am subscribed to your YouTube channel as Nandini Karmarkar

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  23. Love the striping on the cards. The
    splatters add interest and the gold sentiments
    add elegance. Fantastic group of cards.
    thanks for sharing.
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot0com

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  24. These are absolutely beautiful!

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  25. Gorgeous cards and I
    love the lighter one. I
    love how you use your
    gems everywhere.
    Carla from Utah

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  26. I follow you on
    Instagram.
    Carla from Utah

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  27. I'm subscribed to
    YouTube.
    Carla from Utah

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  28. Love your cards, very elegant! subscribed to IG and YT! thanks for the opportunity.

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  29. Love your cards, the soft colors are so pretty!~

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  30. So pretty!!!! Love the soft colors

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  31. I am subscribed to your UTube channel.
    I don't do instagram.
    thanks.
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. Great cards, love the soft watercolor.

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  33. What lovely cards Lea - I have been following your blog for ages and just love all your projects! These are just stunning though - I would never have thought to do the brushstroke backgrounds that way but I love it! TFS!!

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  34. Wow - love the Winnie & Walter/Brutus Monroe card you made - sooo pretty! Now I want to try that EP from Brutus Monroe too, and the 130# cardstock!

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  35. These are lovely!!

    Hugs&Blessings,
    Mayra

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  36. What wonderful cards! I love the color backgrounds and the splatter! I'm always afraid to splatter! LOL Thanks for sharing!

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  37. I love the soft pastel brush stokes on your cards and then you take it up a notch with the splatter. Really makes these something special.

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  38. Love your background, so simple but stunning. Thanks for sharing.

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  39. I love all the "layers" and your embellishments! SO SPARKLY and FUN!

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  40. Oh those splatters! They are so delightful. Your cards are delightful. I love the sentiment on vellum (& in gold - so pretty!). I need to practice splatters ... I think it's an art unto itself. lol

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  41. I already follow you on Instagram. :-)

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  42. I am now following you on You-tube. I love seeing videos as I'm the type that needs to SEE it. lol

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  43. Beautiful water color thank you cards! I’m thinking these would be fun and easy to mass produce for a nice gift set. Thanks for sharing your tips and techniques and the cactus video is awesome too. Loving the watercolor posts!

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  44. I’m subscribed to your you tube channel and I love your video tutorials, thanks so much.

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  45. I now follow you on Instagram, lots of beautiful inspiration, wow!

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  46. really cool card and I will be checking out more- thanks

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  47. I LOVE Pinkfresh's products - so excited about your bonus giveaway! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  48. I am subscribed to your You Tube channel as samburnett!

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  49. And I follow you on Instragram as sburn1049! ❤

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  50. The gold, along with the splatters--wonderful...

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  51. Striking card. I love the water color background. TFS

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  52. Very pretty cards...thank you so much for participating in this awesome blog hop today....it has been an inspiration.....love it...

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  53. My heart hurts for you over your loss but I'm so glad you have found joy and comfort in creating! Your cards are so divine! Love the pastels!

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  54. So pretty, Lea!! Love the soft colors and the splatters and touches of gold!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  55. I already follow you on IG. YAY!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  56. New follower on YouTube. FUN!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  57. Love these cards! the splatters and the gold/vellum make them so beautiful.

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  58. I already follow you on Instagram.

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  59. I already am a subscriber of your YouTube channel.

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  60. What great cards. Love the soft pallet. Thanks for sharing.

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  61. I love all the backgrounds on your cards and think each card is beautiful. Thanks for the video on the smooshing. I have trouble making it work to my satisfaction sometimes and I love to see how others use it!

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  62. Absolutely beautiful cards Lea!

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  63. Thanks for the video on how to attempt your gorgeous creations!

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  64. These are both such soft and pretty cards Lea! I love your style of stamping and again those rhinestones you add… I can tell your cards and mile away...they're gorgeous!

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  65. You have created a gorgeous set card and I love your inky technique, thanks for the inspiration.
    Diane Lousie xx

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  66. Very pretty cards! Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent!

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  67. The combination of watercolor stripes and gold is so very striking! Love the dies that are part of your exclusive give away!

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  68. These are so beautiful!!! I love your pastel color combo! You are such an inspiration!! Just gorgeous!!

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  69. Beautiful cards--the pastels give your cards such a soft look! The gold greeting and the jewels add just the right amount of sparkle. TFS--ha e a blessed evening!

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  70. Just beautiful!! Your color selection is fantastic!

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  71. I love your background! So beautiful.

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  72. Love your beautiful cards. Fantastic backgrounds.
    (Gilda)

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  73. I really like the colors you used on these cards!

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  74. So gorgeous and so interesting. Like the way you put these together.

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  75. Beautiful, fresh and elegant - stunning cards!

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  76. I'm a subscriber to your YouTube channel

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  77. I like both backgrounds and love the added splatters. Cheers, Dotty

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  78. I love the splatter and dimension. I like the challenge of creating and have made some great friends through crafting.

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  79. Beautiful colors and details on these lovely cards! Thanks for celebrating Rubeena's crafting anniversary with this awesome hop!

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  80. Love your YouTube videos too! Already a subscriber!

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  81. I LOVE the easy and beautiful 3 paint strokes as your background...just wonderful!

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  82. Like the pastel look with the gold glitter. Really pretty!
    Thanks for sharing

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  83. Lea, thank you so much for the shoutout and for being part of my celebration. I am so happy to know you and work with you. You are sweet and always say the kindest things! And it's a bonus when people find me funny! :D I am a HUGE fan of your style -- I can usually spot your work! I loved the video you shared of your last card...love those signature gems. Keep being amazing and inspiring. Love you!

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  84. I love these cards. The gold embossed sentiment looks so pretty against the pastel background.

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  85. I'm new to your designs but they are so pretty! Love the brushstroke background.

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  86. I love, love, love these cards, Lea! Such beautiful backgrounds and colors!!!

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  87. Beautiful colors and the gold embossing really makes the cards pop.

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  88. I just subscribed to your YouTube channel. I love your cards and your style, so beautiful! TFS!

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  89. I LOVE these cards. The background is gorgeous -- so simple but so striking. Beautiful.

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  90. I think the background is beautiful.

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  91. Soft beautiful card. I've got to try the splattered technique.

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  92. I'm so very sad to hear of your loss. My hear hurts for you. I love the soft colours you've used on your two cards. I like the bolder & the softer both equally. Beautiful sentiments as well. Reading the stories some have shared & seeing the creations along this blog hop is a gift in itself.

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  93. Beautiful cards Lea, I think I prefer the pastel one better too although they are both lovely.
    I struggle with anxiety so I find card making very theraputic so I know what you mean. Sometimes I work mindlessly and sometimes very consciously at it and always find it relaxing.
    Thanks for generously offering up such a fantastic giveaway.

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  94. I follow on IG as: handmadebyteresa

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  95. I also follow you on YT. (Love your videos!)

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  96. WOW!! beautiful cards...love the soft water colored background.

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  97. These are gorgeous Lea!!! These colors make me so happy!!!

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  98. Absolutely beautiful cards! I love how you salvaged the darker one. I actually prefer the darker paint, though both are fabulous.

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  99. I'm now following you on Instagram @five17journals

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  100. Your cards are gorgeous!! Thank you for the inspiration!! :)

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  101. I follow you on Instagram already- I love your cards!! :)

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  102. And I just subscribe to your YouTube channel- yay!! Super excited to watch your process! :)

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  103. Congratulations to Rubeena! Love her work. And what an amazing group this crafting world is to sponsor such wonderful prizes. Love your card inspiration too!

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  104. Awesome cards! I love the beautiful watercolored stripes for the background and love the total layout! Congrats to Rubeena!

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  105. Love the soft colors and a hint of gold!

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  106. Both cards are beautiful, Lea, & I love both the light & darker. It would depend on who I was sending them to as to the colors. Love the design & the clever addition of the spatters.

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  107. Lea, I love your work. And I especially love these cards. At first glance, I was captured by their freshness and simplicity. But what is even more enjoyable is that, as you gaze at the card, you see more and more detail - beautiful!

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  108. Gorgeous cards, love the soft watercolored backgrounds. Congrats to Rubeena on her 4 years as crafting

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  109. love your cards - so creative and fun:)

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  110. I like the messy spatter and elegant gold together. It works!

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  111. Beautiful cards! Love them both. And how generous for you to do an additional giveaway also!

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  112. Beautifully simple backgrounds that look so polished and pretty!

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  113. Great cards! Love the colors and the simplicity of them. Enjoyed your video also! Pretty card too!

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  114. Simplicity at it's best! Love the organic look that the splattering adds to the cards. Very lovely.


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  115. Really gorgeous with those soft colors and then the black accents - really amazing designs!

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  116. I love both of the cards. Your style is so soft and flowing on these. Classy without being cold.

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  117. Beautiful! I love the soft colour of the background you created.

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  118. Very lovely cards. Thank you for sharing!

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  119. What a lovely card!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  120. but i'm already subscribed to your Youtube Channel and i don't do Instagram cuz i'm old lol. and i like the darker one. i have to say - the names of the paint colors made me groan/giggle. i love puns.

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  121. What lovely cards! Love all the design elements and colors! Thank you for sharing your creativity!

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  122. lovely cards, Lea - wonderful design with the watercolors and I prefer the lighter wash also.

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  123. Beautiful cards! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  124. Thank you for the video tutorial. Thank you cards are so important and I never have enough.

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  125. Your cards are beautiful, love the pastel colours and brush strokes! Thanks for sharing your story also , so sorry for your loss . Crafting can be a wonderful therapy. Always a pleasure to see your creations on IG xx

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  126. Enjoyed your video, love ink smooshing myself. Wonderful card ! So pretty xx

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  127. Beautiful cards. I like the lighter one also.

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  128. I love both your beautiful cards!

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  129. Love these beautiful cards Lea :)

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  130. These are so pretty! Love the watercoloring and the embossing!

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  131. wow...this video was wonderful! Great new set up & sound! Love the cards you created also! I already follow you on IG & YouTube :)

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  132. I already subscribe to your videos on YouTube

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  133. Your backgrounds blow me away. Thanks for sharing and for taking part in this special event.
    Blessings,
    Karen Letchworth
    www.karen-mycuprunnethover.blogspot.com

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  134. Following you on Instagram (sa.bb.ee)!

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  135. These cards are beautiful! I especially love the embossing and die cut with vellum!

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  136. Love gold embossing powder on vellum.

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  137. Thank you sponsors for this super-hop. And thank you for the info and inspiration here! Really like both variations...

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  138. What beautiful cards! And those dies are stunning!

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  139. Love your beautiful cards. The backgrounds are awesome.
    Thanks for sharing...

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  140. Thanks for sharing your lovely cards and the video. Thank you for supporting Rubeena in her crafty celebration

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  141. Love the cards. One of my new favorite techniques is splattering. Love what you did on yours.

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  142. Gorgeous pastels and splatters!

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  143. Very pretty! Love the gold embossing.

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  144. Love the look of those Shimmerz paints!!!

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  145. Stunning cards with the pretty subtle backgrounds and eye-catching sentiments! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  146. I'm sorry for your loss, but glad to hear that your crafting is helping you on your journey through grief. The card is very pretty with the watercolour background. Sending you peace.

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  147. Thank you for sharing your story.......Loving the two cards - my favourite - if I HAD to pick - would be the bolder card. But that's just me.... :) Loopyloo

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  148. Both beautiful. Love the colours you chose so much.

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  149. I love to make card. It's my private moment to create. I follow you on YouTube. Thanks for this opportunity.

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  150. These are so pretty! You are a master with the details! The splatter and embellishments really make this special!

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  151. Lea, your story is such a touching one. I remember participating in your card drive for the nurses and how good it made me feel to make something for those women and men who work tirelessly every day for such little lives. Your creativity has inspired me on so many levels. Thank you.

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  152. These cards are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  153. Love the delicacy of these cards and the heartfelt sentiments on them.

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  154. Wonderful cards you made for the hop. I think the large word dies make such dramatic cards. I watched your video for the other card. Excellent step by step process. Thanks

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  155. Pretty cards! On the first ones I think I like the brighter colors best but they're both great! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  156. These are beautiful, love the soft colors 😍

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  157. Your "sherbet" colors are FANtastic.

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  158. Your cards have inspired me to try more watercoloring. They ar really beautiful and the spatter is the perfect finishing touch.

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  159. Thanks for making such a beautiful card

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  160. Your cards are amazing. I love that Thanks die!!

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  161. Wow! Gorgeous cards!!! Beautiful colouring!!!

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  162. Rubeena has inspired and encouraged so many! What a wonderful tribute to her! Love this blog hop!

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  163. Loves these soft beautiful cards! The ink splatters really do add a special touch. Beautiful!

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  164. These cards are so beautiful! Love the gold embossed sentiment on vellum. And those specialty jewels? Gorgeous!

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  165. I subscribed to your YouTube channel so I can watch you make some more great cards!! These cards are amazing. Very nice touches with the black and gold paint!!

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  166. Such pretty cards! Pastels are my favorite! Subtle but beautiful!

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  167. Your cards are beautiful ! I love the colors.

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  168. I subscribed to your Instagram account.

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  169. I subscribed to your Youtube account.

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  170. I love your cards, the colors and style are beautiful. I purchased some Shimmerz Paints a few months ago (when they came out with these colors lol which was also when I first started cardmaking/papercrafting, yep I'm a newbie) but I have not used them yet. I wasn't really sure how to use them or what to use them for but you just blew my mind with these cards.....now I know exactly what I'm going to use them for - backgrounds (one of my favorite things to do so far). Thanks for the inspiration and being a part of Rubeena's fabulous celebration.

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  171. I already follow you on Instagram.

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  172. I also subscribe to your YouTube and your blog.

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  173. I love your thank you cards Lea, so many simple elements coming together to make a perfect card!! Thanks for the video, I signed up to follow you on instagram and instantly noticed that card!! I love watching other people ink smoosh!! Mine, don't seem to turn out so awesome, but I am still inspired to keep trying! Great cactus card too!

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  174. Lea, I love both cards you shared here and on IG. I love that you are turning your grief into something positive to help others going through the same journey you have been on. I really like the 2 sets you have in your giveaway. Thank you for sharing your story and for being part of this event celebrating Crafting for Rubeena's 4th year of crafting. I follow you on Instagram & youtube ( will double check).

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  175. Happy creating brings you comfort. Your work is lovely! =)

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  176. Very pretty rainbow pastel cards! I really love the gold embossing for the sentiment and the flowers too!

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  177. Pastels and gold - perfect choice! So lovely and pure!

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  178. The background is just gorgeous and I love the speckles you added. The gold is the supreme finishing touch!!

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