Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Paper Players Blog Hop

   
Well, hello there! ;) Welcome to your first stop on the first-ever, Blog Hop at The Paper Players. *Woot Woot!* First of all, I want to say a big "Thank You" to Lesley and the fabulous gals at The Paper Players for inviting me to play along. These gals are truly awesome and I am SO happy to share in the fun. They all have some AMAZING projects to share with you today!!! 
My card to share is using a stamp set from the new Occasions Mini Catalog, Thanks for Caring. I think this set is just beautiful and offers so many options for the cards we all wish we didn't have to make. Whether it is a sympathy card or a card for someone going through a tough time, these are the cards that truly mean so much to the recipients. So often, a kind word from a friend offers so much comfort.  Yet, for some reason these are the cards that are SO challenging to create, well at least they are for me. I just don't want to add "too much" to the design to take away from the sentiment that is being shared. 
For this one, I decided to try something a little different with a Joy-Fold Card. (Click here for a tutorial on Splitcoast) I had a tough time with the colors and while sifting through my patterned paper library, something about the Blueberry Crisp DSP just felt like a good choice. Funny because Pacific Point is one of the colors I tend to shy away from.
One of my new favorite products in the new Occasions Mini are the *Rosettes*. They arrive to you in a Very Vanilla color but you can actually change them up to whatever your little heart desires. I had a little less then 1/4 of a bottle left of Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz, so I decided to add a few drops of Pacific Point classic, re-inker to the bottle and *voila* I was able to instantly create some, sparkly flowers that perfectly coordinated with my project. (Ps: if you would like to place an order anytime 24/7, please CLICK HERE)
Thanks for stopping by! Ok, I have a few tidbits to share with you now. From here you mooooove on along to the super, fan-tab-u-lous, Ann Schach's blog (I'm kind of giddy that I'm her opening act, actually!!). 

**BLOG CANDY ALERT!!!**
BUT WAIT, before you run along to Ann's blog...how about a little BLOG CANDY to sweeten your day?? I am offering up to one *randomly-chosen* hopper, the following:
Yup, it's THE card I shared today and a brand spankin' new package of SU! Pearls. (The perfect accent for ANY occasion!) Also included in this prize package will be a one, two, ok, maybe a FEW sweet treats that may, or may not, be of a "chocolate nature". After all, what fun is blog candy without some REAL candy?? How do you win it, you ask? Well here is what you have to do (by 11:59pm PST on Friday 2/4/11) to be entered:

*1* Leave me a comment on this post. Easy-peasy, right? Share some bloggin' love! 


*2* Another entry if you play along with the "Anything Goes" Challenge over at The Paper Players site this week. Seriously, how easy is THAT? Just make something to share! YOU can DO that!! 


*Also, if you would like to become a new follower of my blog, you would really make my day...but it is not required to win. :)

Winners will be announced Sunday, February 6th, on The Paper Players blog (my winner will also be given a special "shout-out" here, on my blog). Will YOU be a winner? Stay tuned! 


Thanks for stopping by and Happy Hopping on to Ann's blog


**SU! Supply List: 
Stamps: Thanks for Caring
Ink: Not Quite Navy classic ink
Paper: Blueberry Crisp DSP, Pacific Point, Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla card stock
Accessories: Scallop Trim Boarder punch, 1" Circle punch, 1 1/4" Circle punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, Color Spritzer Tool, Sponges, Crumb Cake marker, Roettes sprayed with Vanilla SMOOCH Spritz with a few drops of Pacific Point Classic ink, Kraft ribbon (ret.), Watercolor Pen, Dazzling Diamonds and Pearls. 

113 comments:

  1. Anne Marie that is a GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS card!! Bravo!!! Talk about starting this off with a bang! Great job!!!!

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  2. This is absolutely darling, Anne Marie. Love the layout and the colors . These little Rosettes are so beautiful. LOVE it !!

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  3. Very beautiful card, Anne Marie! I love the colours and the way its opening! Thank you for the link to the tutorial! I think I would try to do such as well)))

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  4. This is gorgeous! I love the card with the joy fold and the colors, just pop. Those flowers are beautiful and sheer genius. I think you found your mojo, my friend!!! Have a great day.

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  5. Love that Pacific Point...I too tend to shy away from colors like that but when I do use it, I love it...beautiful card! Thanks for a chance to win some candy :)

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  6. Having received one of these beauties, I can attest to its gorgeousness!!! Just awesome!

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  7. What a beautiful card. Your work is wonderful.

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  8. Very lovely vibrant color card. Many nice details and good combination of patterns, love the butterfly! Certainly wouldn't object to winning some blog "real" candy either.
    p.s. What a cute group of helpers you have too,

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  9. Love the color combo you choose! Just fabulous!

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  10. This is a lovely card. The JOY fold is one of my faves! Thanks for the off of such nice Blog Candy.

    Judy Jackson

    judytamper at verizon dot net

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  11. Gorgeous card. I would LOVE to win it and CASE it over & over.

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  12. I really like your card and it makes me want to take out that DSP that I have been hoarding. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Love the richness of the blues...and the sparkle on the butterfly is gorgeous! {SMILES}

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  14. What a beautiful card for a sad occasion. The colors are lovely and thanks for the tip on adding reinker to leftover spritz! What a cool idea!

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  15. Wow stunning card! I have not tried any fancy folds yet..baby steps LOL. Thanks for letting me play along!

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  16. One word - WOW !!!! This card creation is absolutely stunning! Would LOVE to win it. I just found your blog on this hop and am now a follower - so nice to meet you!

    http://lillianchild.blogspot.com

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  17. Oh, and I just saw the picture of your little dude, Emmitt Rowley von Bismark... He's so cute!!! He can be the luckiest male schnauzer ever so my Lexi can be the luckiest female schnauzer ever. :) Seriously, your little dude is adorable and kind of a dead ringer for my girl (down to the ears and all!)

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  18. As soon as I saw your card I smiled. Those colours just make me smile. Loved the card. It's gorgeous.

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  19. The grey is a great contrast to the vivid blue. Pretty.

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  20. AM - this is a gorgeous project. You are right, the set you are highlighting is perfect for those difficult cards. The flowers and the little pearls add just the right touch.
    Hugs
    Jaydee

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  21. I LOVE your card! The color you used really makes it pop!

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  22. So lovely! I love Pacific Point, but it is one of those colors that shouts out that it is on the card. You did a great job taming it down a bit. :) And wow on dyeing those rosettes!

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  23. Anne Marie, your card is gorgeous! I tend to shy away from pacific point too and I love it on the rosettes! Really wows!

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  24. That is a gorgeous card! The images in the set are very versatile, and not limited to sympathy cards.

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  25. Beautiful card and I love the fold. I would love to win your prize.

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  26. Those flowers are fantastic - what a great way to keep the fold closed! I love how you added the pearls. Yummy blog candy as well :>)

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  27. What a grand opening to the blog hop! Your card is gorgeous, I love the colors and I loved your tip on the rosettes, they turned out awesome. I may have to case this one. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. WOW!! Lovely card, I've got this set but haven't cracked it open yet. Like you said, it's hard to make a card for a difficult time but they always mean so much. Love the beautiful butterfly, the pearl accents and the blue flowers. Everything about your card is serene and thoughtful with every touch, just beautiful!

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  29. Just breath-taking!!! So pretty and that blue just pops. Gorgeous card!
    Lynn

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  30. this is so beautiful, of course I want to win the card!

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  31. a beautiful card! love the colours and flower.

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  32. Fabby card Anne Marie! I love the way your colored the little flowers to match. SU! is the best for color matching isn't it? I will be back later when I have time to hop around the rest of the Paper Players blogs. X

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  33. What a FABULOUS start to your first-ever blog hop! I love the card and tips, and will be back to check out your blog!
    =) Lynn

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  34. Such a lovely card! Thank you for sharing the technique with us thru SCS. The sentiments are just right for the occasion.

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  35. Your choice of colors works well with this type of card--they are subtle but still uplifting. Your card is lovely!

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  36. I love the card, I'm glad I found your blog

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  37. Anne Marie, your joy fold card is beautiful. I waiting for my box from the SAB as we speak! So excited to get the "stuff" in my hands.
    I'm a follower of you, your team and the Paper Players too. Thanks for chance at some "candy" too. Very generous and very appreciated by whom ever is the lucky winner. TFS.

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  38. Love your design, Anne Marie - it's so interesting and fresh! Thanks so much for sharing your telent.

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  39. Beautiful card - love how it folds!

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  40. Anne Marie- this is gorgeous! Love the new stamps, the beautiful blues and the great tip about the shimmer paint spray:-) It has been a pleasure seeing your creations each week- you are definitely an inspiration!

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  41. Your card is beautiful and will surely cheer someone up. Im so excited to hop on along...thanks for sharing!

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  42. Beautiful card, Anne. Love the colors and the Joy Fold layout. Thank you for sharing your time and talent with us out here in Blogland.

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  43. Beautiful card! I've just discovered your blog via the blog hop. Can't wait to go back and look around!

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  44. This card is absolutely fabulous! The butterfly is to die for! So many wonderful details, combined with the unique card style!

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  45. Your card is beautiful! I LOVE that dsp in pacific point. It's one of my favorites!
    I tried to use Mr Linky to submit a card to the PP blog, but it wouldn't upload :(

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  46. I love the Joy-Fold cards, the color and Stamp set are my favorites.

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  47. Your card is beautiful. I would love to win it. You did a great job using the Pacific Point color. It works out so well with this card.

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  48. I love the blue and the card. I just purchased the stamp set. Thanks for the idea. Oh, my cats are almost identical to yours. I love them and they are my best friends.

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  49. What a gorgeous card! I love it! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  50. Very pretty card, love the details and the unique fold!

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  51. Beautiful card! I love joy fold cards! (I just made 2, my first 2, this past week) The design of your card and mix of papers is wonderful. I love those rosettes too. I think I have to add them to my "wish" list.

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  52. beautiful card--I'm ordering this set this week and would never have thought of this color scheme for a sympathy card, but it really works well...

    And what a great Blog Hop! Thanks for the opportunity to win blog candy ;-)

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  53. So pretty - love the blues and the design of your card! :)

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  54. Anne, this card just blew me away when I opened it. Drop-dead gorgeous. I love the dsp. I have yet to try using it and that butterfly is stunning but I have to say my favourite part is the fold and those roses. Gorgeous colour and the pearl is too perfect!

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  55. I love this card. I really need to do more cards with different kinds of folds!

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  56. I love this card! I blue really makes the bird pop! Thanks for sharing!

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  57. Love the card and thanks for the blog candy offer. Just found your blog, adding it to my "FAVORITES"!

    Kathy C.

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  58. What a beautiful card! It's cheery yet kind for a sympathy card! Thanks for the opportunity to win some sweet blog candy!

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  59. OH my goodness, this is positively stunning! Those flowers just jumped right off the screen - perfection! I had no idea that you could "die" them and such a fabulous idea to smooch them - THis color is so vivid and rich and I just love this color - fabulous card, fabulous fold!

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  60. Exquisite card Anne Marie! Your color combo is perfect for the the sentiment! Love this layout!

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  61. Your card is absolutely stunning. I like the color choice too. It's sure to make someone feel better. Thanks for a chance to win some candy.

    Babe
    youiesmom@att.net

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  62. very pretty card....love the flowers! Nice candy too...of the papercrafting variety and otherwise!!

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  63. Your blue card is super, a gorgeous color of blue. Cute the way the card opens!

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  64. Beautiful!!!! will have to try this card!

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  65. Your card is lovely. I love the crispness of the blue and white together.

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  66. What a beautiful sympathy card! The colors are lovely. I love that you are offering it as part of your blog candy!

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  67. Your card is beautiful. I love blueberry and I love the joy-fold!

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  68. Beautiful card and love the joy-fold. Pacific Point is not a go-to color for me either, but you may have changed my opinion after seeing how well you pulled it off with matching rosettes. Awesome and thanks for the chance to win precious pearls and your lovely card!
    bdlakebum at yahoo dot com

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  69. What a beautiful card! I love the way you created the folds. Your details are gorgeous. Pacific Point is one of my favs that I don't use much. You've given me the incentive to pull it out this week. Hugs,

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  70. Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the opportunity to win the blog candy. So glad to find your blog through the hop.

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  71. First time visit Anne. Absolutely gorgeous card from cut/fold, to paper, to stamping! I love doing that cut/fold for a card. Thanks so much for sharing and the chance for the Blog Candy. Hugs, :)

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  72. So pretty! Love that rosette. Hugs,, Sarah

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  73. Beautiful card! Love those colors with that stamp set! I will get that stamp set Thursday! Can't wait to get it but I will have to get that DSP now! Thanks for sharing an awesome creation and for the chance to win an awesome giveaway!

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  74. Beautiful color! Luv the colored rosettes - nice touch.
    Thanks!
    Michele

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  75. Fabulous card Ann-Marie - the colours and patterns are great together and those rosettes are stunning. Wish we had them in Australia. I also love the way you've used the Joy-fold design to such beauty
    Hugs
    Ann

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  76. I like the Joy Fold Design - something different from my usual A2 card layout. Great use of the DSP! Love your card.

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  77. I was sure I put a comment in here but I can't find it. *pout* Oh well that just means I get to tell you all over again how much I love this card. That double fold thingie is smashing and the colors... welll you know how I feel about color. Right? *sing song voice* love it!

    Tee

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  78. This is a great card! I love the way it opens. Thanks for the link on how to make it. :)

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  79. Anne Marie, This card is absolutely beautiful. The flowers & pearls are a really special touch.

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  80. What a gorgeous card! I would love to win it for my very own! Thanks for the chance. I, too, have a bad kitty with an attitude & an attraction for ribbon.
    Marsha E

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  81. Beautiful card!! I love how you colored the Vanilla Rosettes!

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  82. Great job with the Pacific Point. Your card is beautiful. And I really like the fact that you can color the rosettes. Oh the many possibilities with SU products. And who wouldn't love a little "pearl" candy!

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  83. I'm excited...I just ordered the Blueberry Crisp paper set. Now I can try your gorgeous card. Of course, if I'm lucky enough to win the card, it will that much easier to make it.

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  84. Great card! I have that paper.. I am headin' to the stamp cottage to see what I can come up with! thanks so much for sharing and for a chance to win someting!

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  85. Just found your blog at SCS. I like your card style! This is a great card fold. I must try it!

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  86. Your card is so beautiful! THANKS for the tip on the Joy Fold tutorial I made a quick sample I love fold cards You did good :)

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  87. Look at all your comments, girl! WOW, you did start it off with a bang. This card is absolutely beautiful and even more gorgeous IRL. The sparkles are tasteful and the perfect touch. Love the joy fold card and your sponging on the inside is PERFECT! Just lovely. Thanks for stopping by during the hop! {hugs}

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  88. I love the colours of this card. Blue, one of my faves! I love this layout too, and think I make have tried it once, but you card makes me want to try again. Beautiful work. My faves are the sponging, glitter on the butterfly and the rosettes.

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  89. Stunning card. The rosettes really finish it off too. Definately a card anyone would love to receive & treasure. TFS!

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  90. Beautiful Card- I loooove the colors! I have never visited your site before and had to giggle (to myself-of course)because your beautiful Maine coon cat has the same exact name as my 3rd son!!!

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  91. I love the colors, so springy, which is what we need right now as I look outside at the blizzard.
    Thanks for sharing

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  92. Anne, What wonderful blog candy -the card is beautiful and the pearl embellishments make everything look good :-)
    Thanks for the chance to win

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  93. I really like the color combination you have chosen. It's perfect for the occasion. Thanks for sharing Anne Marie.

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  94. GORGEOUS card and thanks for sharing your tip on how to die the flowers!!! Cheers. :)

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  95. Hi Anne Marie. I really, really like your Joy fold card and your color combo is awesome. You have inspired me to make a joyfold card and to purchase that DSP.

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  96. Holy Cow! I'm the 100th commentor!
    What a beautiful card!!! So much detail!!
    Great work!
    Maria

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  97. Beautiful card - would love to win -lol.
    mmlmn@polar comm.com

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  98. Love your card Anne Marie. The colours are so vibrant and I love the tiny rosettes dyed to match the blue

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  99. There is something very special about receiving a hand-crafted card during a difficult time. Not only is the card beautiful Anne Marie, but the thought behind it is very touching.

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  100. I love your blog! You do a great job on all your creations :)

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  101. Oh wow your card is STUNNING! It makes me want to get out my blue paper and ink!

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  102. Pacific Point never looked better! Great card!

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  103. Beautiful Card & I Love The Color Combination You Used!

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  104. Absolutely love the card and the pearls. You did an awesome job on the card :)

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  105. what a beautiful card. I have never seen one like this. thx for sharing.

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  106. Looks like my post didn't post? I was saying, I was stopped in my tracks when I saw this beautiful card! I've revisited it all day long! Absolutely love it!

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  107. love your card...and the colors

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  108. I found this card which led me to your blog on Pinterest. I absolutely LOVE the card! No way would I have ever thought of using these colors for a sympathy card, but they work and they work wonderfully! I'm very new to card making so I'm lurking and looking more than saying anything for now. I just had to compliment you on this exquisite card you've made! I know it's been a few years but still...... Thank you for sharing your amazing talent, Anne Marie!

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Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment!
Have a great day! :)
Anne Marie