Simon Says Stamp You Are Loved Blog Hop - Day 2

January 11, 2019


Happy Friday, crafty friends! It's always a happy day when we are celebrating a brand new release from Simon Says stamp, right?! Their latest collection is called You Are Loved went live in December, and it is full of lovely products! Simon is doing a free Distress Oxide ink pad in Festive Berries as a gift with purchase promotion - just use the code LVE584 upon checkout to take advantage while supplies last! The code will expire on Sunday, 01/13 at 11:59 pm ET.
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 This is day 2 of the You Are Loved Blog Hop, and we've got quite the lineup for you! I will put all of the blog hop details at the end of my post, but how about we get to my cards first? I did get some of the sweet love themed items that I will be using soon, but the item that caught my attention first was the Moments of Grace stamp set. If you know anything about me, you know that sadly, I've received many sympathy cards after the deaths of my little ones. I know they probably aren't your favorite type of card to make, but I can tell you from experience that they are so important. It really helps when people acknowledge your hurt, and surround you with love during a time that is so hard.

I feel like this stamp set is a must have in your craft studio. The larger sentiments are visibly beautiful, but even more importantly, the smaller sentiments are SO very, very heartfelt. They would be perfect to go on the inside of your card if you didn't feel like they fit on the front. I combined it with the Damask Background cling stamp, and they are a beautifully elegant pair.

To start, I stamped & heat embossed the Damask Background in Detail White embossing powder to white cardstock panels using my MISTI. I use this Clearsnap Top Boss embossing ink because it is tinted, and I can see if I got a good stamp impression, which is super helpful to me.

Next I taped each panel down to my Tonic craft mat, and gave them a good water wash. Then I used a size 4 watercolor brush, and dropped Pinkfresh Studio liquid watercolor here & there in the following colors: Emerald City, Sky Blue & Bubblegum. I wanted to keep the colors light, so I added water when needed and mopped anything that was too saturated up with a paper towel. I also lightly misted them with my Distress Sprayer to help move the colors around, and mix them a bit. Once the backgrounds looked how I wanted them, I set them aside to dry.

While the watercolor panels dried, I stamped & heat embossed the sentiments in Brutus Monroe Gilded embossing powder to vellum. This has been my go to gold embossing powder since receiving it in a collaboration last summer. It is the perfect shade of gold, it has the perfect amount of shine and it melts beautifully. I highly suggest it if you are looking for a fave gold embossing powder!

Next I trimmed the sentiments into strips, and grabbed the watercolor panels. I hit them with a heat gun to finish drying, then added full sheets of foam adhesive to the back of them. I actually create my own full sheets of these foam adhesives just by cutting down sheets of white fun foam to 3.75x5, then covering each side in 2.5 inch Scor Tape. I've found this to be the most cost effective way to be able to apply a full foam sheet to the back of my cards, avoiding any weird warping or dents in my card fronts. Then I wrapped the sentiment strips around each watercolor panel, then mounted each one to the front of a white A2 card base.

To finish, I accented them with my signature iridescent jewels. You could switch these out for sequins or flat backed gems, or leave them off if bling isn't your thing. 
That is what I have for you today! How about we get to all the fun blog hop info now?!

PRIZES:
Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop from the blog comment section. They will choose the winners and post on the Simon Says Stamp store blog on Wednesday. Winners can email SSS to claim their prize.

BLOG HOP LINK LIST:
Be sure to hop along and leave comments along the way for your best chance to win one of the prizes!

Wow....what a lineup that is! I know I am excited to grab a cup of coffee and see what everyone else created!

Finally, if you'd like to see even MORE inspiration from this release, check out the You Are Loved Collection Gallery. And be sure to link up YOUR creations too!

Before you move on to Kristina's blog, I wanted to invite you to follow me on social media. I would love to be crafty friends!

Alright friends! Happy hopping, and happy Friday!

SUPPLY LIST
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141 comments

  1. Love the soft, elegant backgrounds you created.

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  2. I'm really loving that background and you've chosen such beautiful colors. Very dreamy. TFS!

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  3. These cards are absolutely stunning - I can't wait to try this with the background stamp - gorgeous <3

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  4. Lovely soft backgrounds. I to love to use a vellum belly band. Great work!

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  5. So pretty and DANG, now I need that background stamp!

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  6. Love your cards. They are so soft looking. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Lea, your cards are SO BEAUTIFUL! The colors you chose are WONDERFUL! And the delicate design, colors, sentiment & over-all card are STUNNING & SO SOOTHING! I agree with you, just a kind note inside of a sympathy card can mean so much! I'm SO SORRY to hear of the loss of your little ones! Your creations were made with love & memories, & they ARE STUNNING!!! BLESSINGS DEAR ONE!

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  8. Love the backgrounds! They make me want to try them but, the house fire I had has curtailed my card making for awhile. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. Beautiful cards! I love how sweet and elegant they are.

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  10. Lea these are so classy & elegant. You've got the nail on the head with these designs. Thank you for sharing beauty.

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  11. Such beautiful colors for the occasion.

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  12. Wonderful, great detail, colors and style. thanks for sharing

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  13. OMG these cards are so beautiful. Even in different colors, these designs could be used for even Sympathy cards. Love them

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  14. So this really makes me want that stamp set. I've been on the fence about getting it, but beautiful cards.

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  15. These are the prettiest & most elegant sympathy cards. The damask stamp just lends itself to them. Stunning!

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  16. Simply put: BEAUTIFUL. The backgrounds are gorgeous. The vellum adds an elegance, and does not cover up the background. I've struggled with creating Sympathy cards, though maybe I just need the right stamps and tools. Thank you.

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  17. Awesome release and AWESOME creations! I especially love the pink version!

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  18. Gorgeous and elegant cards - I am in love with these beautiful sentiments. And those gems you use, oh my!

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  19. Love the elegant cards with the damask BG.

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  20. Gorgeous sympathy cards, the colors are lovely

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  21. Oh my goodness...where to I start......these cards are just so beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing how you made them. I loved your soft colors....just so wonderfully peaceful.
    I was so sorry to hear of your loss. It is a blessing to receive sympathy cards at a time when you almost can’t even think....But we always have our memories....bless you sweetie.

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  22. Love the soft, elegant backgrounds you created. They pair perfectly with those sentiments!

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  23. These are beautiful and sadly, sympathy cards are needed from time to time. Your cards are elegant, yet very appropriate. Thank you for sharing.

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  24. Your cards are so beautiful! I forget that you can emboss vellum.

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  25. First of all, I'm sorry for your loss. Those backgrounds look amazing, and the emboss is perfect. So, so beautiful cards.

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  26. Really well done treatment of such a difficult, often cliched, subject. So hard to do sympathy cards but these sentiments, the background stamp, the simplicity and sincerity are all truly excellent. Congratulations to you and to SSS.

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  27. Soft and beautiful cards! I love the use of vellum and jewels! :)

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  28. So creative and thoughtful. Of course love and sympathy go together but I might not have thought of this. Thank you so much.

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  29. That damask background stamp is so gorgeous! The colors you used on your card are beautiful! Both of your cards look so lovely and elegant!

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  30. Absolutely beautiful cards Lea! Gorgeous designs!

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  31. These are so beautiful and would be appreciated by anyone who received them.

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  32. Lea, these are truly stunning! I am one of the weird ones as sympathy/wedding cards are my favorite cards to make. With that said the reason why I like making them is because it gives me a chance to make something really beautiful and meaningful. (As for sympathy cards it is not because of the occasion itself but because they should be comforting and thoughtful.) You have done a fantastic job on these and have inspired me.

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  33. These are so soft and pretty! Love them!

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  34. These are beautiful cards! Love the sentiments! Thanks for sharing your inspiration!

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  35. Beautiful and elegant! The soft colors and the Damask pattern are perfectly paired for these cards. I'm so sorry for your loss and I, too, struggle with sympathy cards. These sentiments are beautiful and comforting to grieving recipients.

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  36. Thanks for the ideas. Sympathy cards are good to have on hand.

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  37. So elegant and so fitting for the type of card. Thank you.

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  38. love the soft look of these cards:)

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  39. The backgrounds are spectacular. I love the use of the Pink Fresh watercolors. They are so beautiful. Your cards are stunning. Thank you for sharing .

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  40. Your cards are elegant and pretty and very calming. Perfect for sympathy cards. Your artestry is spot-on. Beautiful!

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  41. I am over-the-moon crazy on the damask background you created! So, so gorgeous! I've got to try that technique.

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  42. Love these cards and the damask background is just exquisite. Perfect for sympathy cards. thanks for the inspiration.

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  43. I just love the use of the damask background and your soft colors. Thanks for inspiring me to step out of the box!

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  44. These cards are all so lovely and heartwarming! I love the delicate embossed vellum!

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  45. The embossing sentiment is gorgeous. I need to remember to do that too!
    Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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  46. The cards are beautiful and that stamp set certainly is a treasure! Sympathy cards are indeed important and treasured

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  47. Pretty cards! Your water coloring is beautiful!

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  48. Gorgeous cards!!! Beautiful colouring!!!

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  49. Gorgeous cards. Absolutely stunning.

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  50. Love at first sight! The perfect touches of soft color, and wonderful sentiment banners.

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  51. What a beautiful background stamp.

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  52. These are stunning! I love the pastel colors!

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  53. Love this background and the sentiment set is so beautiful. Thanks for the tip on the gold embossing powder. Beautiful cards, love your choice of colors.

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  54. Oh those soft colors with that background stamp ….just gorgeous!

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  55. Stunning cards!! Love the Damask Background and the colours you used!

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  56. Such beautiful cards!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  57. those are very beautiful cards. I love the Damask background stamp... its on my need-to-have list. Beautiful colors and thank you so much for details and sharing... So sorry for your loss.. I cannot imagine... <3

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  58. These are so elegant and beautiful. The soft colors are perfect.

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  59. Beautiful cards. I love your backgrounds.

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  60. Such beautiful cards!
    Thanks so much for sharing...

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  61. Pretty cards. Love the backgrounds and the sentiments from the moments of grace stamp set.

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  62. WoW! What elegant sympathy cards! I think I'd background in aquas... goes perfectly with my decor!!

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  63. Beautiful stamping
    and inking on these
    cards, so pretty!
    Carla from Utah and

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  64. Wow!!! Your backgrounds are Gorgeous!!! Very elegant cards!!

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  65. Such pretty cards! The backgrounds are lovely!

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  66. Wow - gorgeous cards. I love the soft colouring and how there are varied depths to the colours, amongst those gorgeous flourishes. Very elegant.

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  67. Those are such beautiful sentiments.

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  68. What a great sympathy card, so elegant. Thank you for sharing this beauty. Have a Happy Valentine's Day!

    Karen Berry

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  69. Such beautiful cards..the softly colored designs are the perfect setting for these sentiments. tfs

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  70. So elegant and I love how the mood of the card fits the sentiments

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  71. Gorgeous cards with beautiful colors! I am in love with the background stamp you used! Lovely!

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  72. Lea these are beautiful and so very elegant, absolutely perfect for sympathy cards. Thank you for the always amazing inspiration with your beautiful designs.
    (mardy14@bellsouth.net)

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  73. The embossed vellum added a nice touch!

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  74. What an incredibly beautiful cards Lea, the soft tones and vellum made them look so delicate. I love the stunning Damask Background stamp and you shows here again the versatility of that stamp. Thank you so much for showing and have a wonderful weekend.

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  75. Beautiful cards. Just love the background on your cards. The damask background stamp is stunning. Thank you for sharing your art.🐧

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  76. Love these cards. They are so beautiful and elegant.

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  77. such romantic cards, so pretty, well done

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  78. WOW stunning cards, your background are so delicate and so pretty!!

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  79. So beautiful! I really like this damask background and how it looks with the soft watercolor wash.

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  80. These are beautiful! Love the soft, delicate look and the embossing on vellum!!

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  81. So lovely. What a beautiful way to show someone you’re thinking of them at such a difficult time.

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  82. Love the soft colors used, pretty cards.

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  83. Gorgeous cards Lea, I love the soft colors you've used, perfect for sympathy cards. I need to make a few of these myself, unfortunately.

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  84. Your cards are so soft and beautiful. Wonderful!

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  85. Oooooh!! So soft and elegant..love them!

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  86. The cards are gorgeous.
    So elegant and the colors
    are fantastic. thanks
    for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  87. WOW! Love your technique for these cards--the effect is soft, elegant and stunning! Thanks for the inspiration--I will try this soon.

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  88. The Damask background stamp really shines on your two watercolored cards. The colors you choose to use are perfect for sending sympathy and comfort. Both combined hues are very soothing and calming. I compliment you on your artistic work and will look for you more often.

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  89. Both of these cards are simply stunning!!!

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  90. Beautiful cards! Very elegant and classy.

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  91. Beautiful cards, just so elegant in design and execution. Thanks for sharing with us how you used this new release.

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  92. The damask stamp was gorgeous. Love the look of the watercolor inks on the cards. Those were terrific examples for some very easy go to sympathy cards which you never want to plan for, but seem to always need. Thanks.

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  93. Your cards are absolutely gorgeous! I already had the background stamp in my basket, but may just drop in the comfort sentiments as well. I had them on my want list.

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  94. Beautiful, elegant cards. I love the soft colors and the layouts are gorgeous.

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  95. Beautiful elegant soft cards. Sympathy cards are so hard to make and keep tasteful and these are perfect!

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  96. Two beautiful cards. Sympathy cards are so hard to make mostly because figuring out what to say is so difficult. This thoughtful stamp set is definitely on my wish list.

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  97. I like the delicacy of your cards and your use of vellum. very pretty.

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  98. I love your soft elegant cards! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  99. Beautiful, elegant cards, Lea. Love the backgrounds,so pretty.

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  100. Beautiful sweet cards. So elegant and thought for for Sympathy cards.

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  101. Beautiful cards, Lea! The watercolored backgrounds are lovey and the thoughtful sentiments are so appropriate.

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  102. Wonderfully creative cards. Love all the graceful swirls.

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  103. WOW!! Your cards are simply breathtaking!!

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  104. Lea I love those backgrounds they are just so beautiful!
    Terri

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  105. Out of all the cards I have seen in the last few days. These are my favourite! Absolutely stunning. I love the style and how you can just feel the depth of care coming from them.

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  106. Really beautiful cards. Love the gold embossing on vellum.

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  107. Your cards are gorgeous! I love the soft color you achieved, they really fit the sentiments! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  108. Love the soft pastel colors!! Fabulous cards!

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  109. Your cards are so gorgeous! I love the backgrounds you created and also how you added the sentiments to vellum. :)

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  110. the sentiments are lovely. it's interesting that the background stamp is just as good for a comforting card as it is for a celebratory card.

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  111. Your cards are so very pretty. The embossed vellum is lovely against the backgrounds and jewels really add a beautiful touch.

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  112. What beautiful, beautiful cards. Your designs are so lovely and would be a welcome comfort to anyone receiving such a gift of love. 💛✨💕 Thanks for showing us the possibilities for creating sophisticated designs.

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  113. Beautiful background stamp and the embossing is just gorgeous!

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  114. SQUEAL!! I LOVE this NEW Products and the AMAZING Cards you Created!! THANKS for sharing and for the chance to WIN!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!!

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  115. Very elegant design! I adore the soft look of your cards!

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  116. Beautiful and elegant cards! I love the watercolor backgrounds. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  117. Stunningly beautiful cards! These are probably my favorite on the blog hop.

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  118. These cards are so elegante ! I love your guilded embossing of those sentiments... just beautiful. Those moments of Grace sentiments are just beautiful !

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  119. Beautiful cards, your stamped background is so pretty!

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  120. I agree with you that this sentiment stamp set is a must have. We all struggle with finding just the right thing to say and filling the inside of the card when words just won't come.

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  121. Your cards are truly lovely. I think this stamp set from SSS has some of the most beautiful sentiments for making sympathy cards. We don't like having the situations arise where we need this type of card, but having caring words like these to send to someone is a blessing to both the giver and the recipient.

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  122. These cards are stunning. Really my favorite of the day with the soft colors and damask stamp.

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