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Naturally Inspired Stamp of Approval

Hey folks!


I'm super duper excited to be a guest designer the Catherine Pooler Naturally Inspired Stamp of Approval blog hop today! If you don't know what this is, it's a collection of hand-picked, specially designed box of exclusive stamps, dies and accessories for a great price! Plus you get a PDF with loads of inspiration! Woot! Be sure to add your name to the WAITLIST so you get the first notice of the sales link when the collection is available for purchase!


Also, there will be a BLOG HOP PRIZE! One winner will be chosen at random from each day's comments and announced on June 9th on Catherine's blog. All you have to do is to tell me what Naturally Inspires you! The winners will win their box and if they already bought it, they will be issued a Gift Certificate worth $100 towards a future purchase.


So, for my first card today I used the Wild Garden Stamp Set from the Collection. These are solid stamps, but no worries peeps, we're doing some no-line coloring today!

To start, I trimmed down a panel of Neenah Bristol Vellum White Cardstock to 4.25" x 5.5". Using a T-Ruler and a pencil I lightly traced a rectangle on to the panel. Then, using using Post-It Labeling Tape, I taped off the bottom of the panel, up to the line.

Using Catherine Pool Garden Party Ink, I stamped each of my images from the Wild Garden Stamp Set on to the panel using second generation stamping and removed the tape.



For this card, I used Prismacolor Colored Pencils, and I chose a lighter more "springy" color palette. Watercolor would be groovy too! In fact, a lil FYI folks. You can watercolor with Catherine Pooler Inks!!

After I was done coloring, I attached the card panel to a Neenah White Cardstock card base. Then I added a lil bit of Clear Wink of Stella and called it a day!



For my next card, I went a different direction completely! First, I trimmed down a piece of Neenah White Cardstock to 3" x 9". Then using the Swirly image from the Birds of a Feather Stamp Set, I stamped the first image starting with Catherine Pooler Party Dress Ink. Next, I moved to the other end and stamped the same image with Catherine Pooler Flirty Fuchsia. I continued to go back and forth with each color until I reached the middle.



I also used the lil birds in the Birds of a Feather Set, but I stamped those guys in Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink. While I had the black ink out, I stamped a scrap of Neenah White Cardstock with another image that's in the same set. It only needed to be wide enough for the bottom edge of the card and long enough to fit the length of the card so it was really easy to line it up.

I also heat embossed a strip of cardstock with Wow Pearl Gold Embossing Powder to add a lil bling. Then, I decided it need some embellies so I added some crystal clear sequins as well.

I layered all of my pieces on a 4"x9" card base and called it a day. 

That's it. Easy peasy.

So, what keeps me Naturally Inspired? If we're talking crafty goodness? It is literally a completely organic process for me. I simply see a stamp (or stamps) and my brain starts to build on those shapes, very much like a puzzle. It's like I can hold a three dimensional view of it in my head. As I fit the pieces together the inspiration just keeps growing until I see the shape/s I want. Then I put it to paper, figure out how I want to add depth and color to it and voila I have a card! Outside my creative brain? Hands down. My Girls. My Squirrels are the greatest inspiration of ALL. From how they fill me up and drive me to go bigger and do better as a mom and a person. To how they drive me to the nuthouse and inspire to get creative in how I parent. THAT inspiration is all wrapped up in two very amazing and lovely people. 


I told my girls if they didn't want me to post something of them that was totally outrageous, they should get me a picture STAT. This is what I got. Bwahahaha! They were using their smarticles!

If the is your first stop on the hop folks, do be sure to start at the beginning by clicking on Catherine's name in the Blog Hop List below:

7. Cynde Whitlow - You're here!

As always, I hope you enjoyed my cards today and THANKS so much for stopping by to see me!


Until next time!



Comments

  1. Cynde - Your pencil shading is stunning! What a gorgeous card. And I love that second one - that border makes the card! :)

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  2. Beautiful botanicals and swirls! Love it!❤️

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  3. Beautiful cards! I love both layouts! Great colors!

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  4. Wow these cards are so pretty. Thanks for the inspiration:)

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  5. Wonderful colorful cards. Thank you for sharing the inspiration!

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  6. The swirly card is so unique. Just opens up all kinds of creative thinking!

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  7. Love your cards...what you did with the pencils on top of the stamping is amazing!

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  8. Both cards are fantastic! I love the rainbow colored swirls! Very beautiful!

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  9. Love your cards! Your no-line coloring is perfect! :)

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  10. Stunning cards. Love the rich colors.

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  11. No-line coloring - you do that very well. I'm not sure I'd have the patience. Lovely card samples!

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  12. Wonderful bright and colorful cards, Cynde.

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  13. I really like the swirls. Catherine's colors are WOWOWOWOW!!!!!

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  14. Beautiful cards! So exciting to see everyone's cards.

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  15. Stunning! I really love the watercolor floral card so pretty!

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  16. The watercolor floral card is amazing. It is so pretty.

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  17. So colorful and beautiful. Love them.

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  18. Enjoyed looking at your cards - so beautifully done! Thanks for sharing your designs! :)

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  19. Beautiful cards. Thank you for sharing.

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  20. I loved how you framed that delightful garden of flowers! Sunrise at the beach inspires me.

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  21. wowsers your are an amazing artist. That first card is stunning.

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  22. Wow! Awesome cards!!! I'm in love for the stunning colors!!! Beautiful inks!!!
    I’m inspired by nature around me and by my beloved partner!!! He always supports me!!! He’s the best!!!

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  23. Love these cards! Especially for the first one - adding pencil coloring on top - thank you so much for that inspiration!

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  24. Beautiful cards! Love your use of the Wild garden stamp set!

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  25. Loved the colored pencil card!!!

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  26. Your cards are stunning!! Awesome job!

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  27. Beautiful cards! Love the swirls you used from the set and used them so differently.

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  28. The garden party images jump right off the card.... wow. Talk about dimension with the coloring. Really really beautiful card.

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  29. Beautiful cards, love the one with the swirls.

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  30. Loved the colored pencil card! Any chance you would do a video recreating the card?

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  31. I like the detail in the card using pencils...new technique for me. Thanks for sharing your ideas! Beautiful cards!

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  32. Great cards! Your pencil coloring is beautiful!

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  33. Beautiful cards! Loving the pencil technique and the colors you chose. Awesome!

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  34. Love the cards! I'll have to try the colored pencils like that...I'm scared!

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  35. What dimension you added to the first card...I pops right off the card! The second card is so colorful and free feeling!

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  36. Love your cards. thanks for sharing!

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  37. Lovely pretty cards, love how they pop with the bright colors.

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  38. My 2 beautiful daughters are what inspires me as well. Watching them grow into their own unique personalities, and their determination is a blessing. I love your card designs. This collection is fabulous and I can't wait to get my hands on it. TFS

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  39. First things first - these are absolutely stunning!
    Second thing - nothing better than bribing your children with posting outrageous things on the internet =D LOVE IT!

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  40. Cynde, your cards are amazing. Thank you for sharing them. You make beautiful children, also:)

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  41. Your cards are beautiful!. I love your coloring on the 1st one, and that strip of black is perfect!!!

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  42. Your cards are just awesome, so inspiring!

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  43. Love your cards. Especially the second one. I am most inspired by the colors and patterns that I see around me. I am also inspired my techniques.

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  44. The flowers and the swirly are gorgeous!! Love the color combination on them.

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  45. Both of your cards are gorgeous! The colors you chose are so inspiring--especially the rainbow card. Thanks for sharing!!

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  46. I love how you took a similar vertices design and used it twice in such unique ways. Gorgeous cards!

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  47. Cynde, your first card is breathtaking. I love the Wild Garden stamp set. The swirls are stunning!! I love seeing all these great ideas from the DT.

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  48. Beautiful cards just fantastic inspiration peaces thanks for sharing

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  49. love these, great layout and idea on them! I am inspired by the colors of nature.

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  50. Lovely cards! Beautiful colors!

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  51. Wow...your coloring is amazing! Didn't look handmade!!! Beautiful cards! Thank you so much for sharing! I am inspired by my daughter and flowers!!!
    -Irene Garcia
    mrsirenegarcia@yahoo.com

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  52. Beautiful cards....love the colors and love that botanical set..hope I'm able to get the matching dies. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity

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  53. Beautiful designs, thanks for sharing. You are very talented.

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  54. Oh... my... gosh....!!!! Totally marvelous! I would really like to see a tutorial on how you did some of the prisma color shading. Your cards are very eye-catching. I'm blown away with the talent!

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  55. Your no line water coloring is amazing...it looks like a piece of art!

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  56. Love your cards. The floral garden is gorgeous. And, I love the simplicity of the KISS card and the colors of it. A few years ago I've stumbled across your blog from time to time. I admired your work then. Today, hopping along, I didn't realize it was you. Wow, have you ever increased your creativity in design work. Your cards are beautiful. I just added your blog to my IPAD to follow you. I also had to giggle about how you speak about your girls. Funny Mom.

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  57. Wow...that 3x9 card,can you say fabulous?

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  58. Beautiful cards Cynde. I love the colourful scrolls and the design of the floral card. Thanks for your inspiration.

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  59. Would love to see a video of the making of the first card, it is georgous! Love it!

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  60. Goodness what fabulous cards. Love that rainbow flourishes card. So clever

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  61. Beautiful cards. Love all the bright colors. The lines drawn on the first card really make it look dimensional. I'm gonna have to try that.

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  62. Incredible cards! Love the bright beautiful colors!

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  63. Beautiful. Love the garden and the swirls. Wish SOA had already arrived.

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  64. Beautiful cards, love the first one!!

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  65. Love these! They are beautiful.

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  66. Really lovely. I love this box and can't wait to get it!!

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  67. Your coloring on the wildflower is beautiful!!!!

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  68. Stunning cards! I love them!

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  69. So pretty, particularly the first one!

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  70. Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  71. I love your cards! I love the way the colors pop. This whole collection is awesome!

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  72. Both are lovely but my favorite is the first one. You did great color pencil coloring.

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  73. So lovely and delicate! I love the designs. Thanks!

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  74. Like the playfulness and color in your cards. They pop with color. Nice.

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  75. I think the swirl is my favorite stamp and I love how you used it with bright colors! Also love your first more delicate, soothing card. Thanks for sharing!

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  76. Hello Cynde!! WOW!! Your cards are absolutely gorgeous!! My favorite is the 1st one...and I love how you did this. So simple...yet SO elegant! I love how you coerced your daughters!! lol TFS!!! ☺

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  77. Enjoyed both cards,too hard to pick a favorite!

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  78. Loved both of your cards, they are beautiful.

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  79. Love the colors on your card. Enjoy using colored pencils. Your design is great. The 4x9 card is incredible. Will have to find that size and try this. My inspiration is my children and grandchildren. Wrote a lot on Catherines blogs about them. First was my daughter saving her dads life.

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  80. I'm in love with these cards and the colours you've used. Thank you for sharing

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  81. They are both just absolutely gorgeous!!

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  82. Wow you colouring is amazing. Sunsets and gardens inspire me.

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  83. Cyndi I really like how you colored those images! What character it gave them! I've been seeing a lot of creative coloring with this release and it's got my creative juices flowing! I'm inspired by seeing others cards, googling pictures of what I'd like to do, or just spotting something that says "hey, that would make a great card!"

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  84. Very nice cards. I especially like the swirls.

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  85. I love how you used those swirls! How beautiful! I am so excited for this box. I would have hand picked every single piece on my own for myself so this is so exciting to me :)

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  86. Love the blocking on the first
    card. Very interesting.
    the second is so pretty - loves
    the colors.
    thanks for sharing.

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  87. Thank you for sharing such unique ideas with all of us. Enjoyed seeing how different all you ladies can be when creating with Catherinrs new SOA box...

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  88. I love both of your cards! Can't wait for the release . . .

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  89. Nice cards. Looks like the box is going to be fun

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  90. Amazing coloring on your beautiful wild flower card and the rainbow swirls are just like a party in a card! Your girls are so sweet, and I am inspired by my kiddos as well. I also draw inspiration from a walk in the woods or garden. Thanks for sharing.

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  91. Gorgeous! Love all the fun vibrant colors!

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  92. You make it sound so easy, and yet they are so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your creations.

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  93. Beautiful cards, absolutely love the border on the second card.

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  94. Very pretty designs. Love your creativity!

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  95. I have never seen anything like these two cards. I like them very much. I can't wait to win a stamp of approval box. LOL. I am going to try out your ideas. Thank you again for sharing. I will stop by soon.

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  96. Cyndie,
    All of your cards are so beautiful! I LOVE how you colored the first card with the colored pencils. All of your cards inspire me to try out the techniques you've used. Thank you.

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  97. Wonderful cards! Love the rainbow of color! Thanks for sharing your talent!

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  98. Cyndie,
    All of your cards are so beautiful! I LOVE how you colored the first card with the colored pencils. All of your cards inspire me to try out the techniques you've used. Thank you.

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  99. Both cards are gorgeous!!! I especially love the framing that you did on the first one!

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  100. Love the colored pencil shading. The images seem to pop off the page!

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  101. Gorgeous cards! Thanks for the inspiration, I've already got some ideas in my head!

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  102. I get inspired by the flowers in my garden!

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  103. These cards are beautilf Cynde! The first one is my favourite! Soooooo amazing! Thank you for sharing!

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  104. I love the simple style of your cards! Bright colors on a white background are my favorite.

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  105. Pretty and colorful cards. I like the framing on the first one.

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  106. Cynde, your cards are gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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  107. Glorious cards and love the colors. Your designs are to die for. Thanks

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  108. OMG! Your cards are AMAZING! I can not pick one, they are so stunning! I am inspired by nature so this collection is right up my alley!

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  109. Beautiful cards, and your coloring is awesome! Thanks for sharing.

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  110. Your cards are wonderful. Love the no line coloring of the first card. The second card is so playful with the swirls and rainbow colors.

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  111. I really like your techniques and your way with multiple colors. Thanks for sharing. dezertuz at gmail

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  112. The rainbow swirls ROCK! I can't wait for this collection :-)

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  113. Your cards are inspiring! Nature inspires me as well. Thanks for sharing your creativity. This collections is going to be great!

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  114. I really like this collection but YOUR cards have really made me want it even more now. These cards (especially the one with the flourishes) are some of the prettiest ones I've seen from the collection. I'm so glad you are part of this blog hop.

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  115. I think this is the first time I've been to your blog - and I'm so glad you are part of the hop! I love both of your cards with this collection. Beautifully done! I have two daughters who enjoy crafting with me, and they inspire me to live life with a little more humor, and a little more creativity! Thanks for sharing your craft!

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  116. clever use of the swirls!! such a fun card.

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  117. Your colouring technique with the pencils and wildflowers is awesome! I can't wait to try out some no-line colouring, following your and Lydia's examples. Your second card is pure fun! Love the colours and organic look. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  118. Cynde, both cards are awesome but the first one using the Prismacolor's is fantastic! You have 2 beautiful girls there as well!

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  119. Love the colors on these cards. The one with the swirls is my favorite. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  120. Love the clean and simple look of your cards. Just beautiful.

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  121. Beautiful cards. I am inspired by life. There is so much amazing beauty around us !

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  122. Both of these cards are fabulous but the first one using the no line coloring technique is over the top gorgeous. Your work is amazing and so very inspiring.

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  123. Both of your cards are wonderful. I love the first card with the no line watercoloring. Thank you for sharing!

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  124. Beautiful cards - love your color choices

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  125. I am so in love with the results of your coloring! Seriously took the images to another dimension. Beautiful!!!

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  126. Wow amazing cards. The colors, the coloring, just beautiful.

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  127. Amazing colors on your cards! Especially love the first cards because the flowers are so vibrant. Love the rectangle border too.

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  128. I love the swirls and birds! thanks so much for the inspiration

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  129. Swirling magnificence! Loved this card and colors.

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  130. Just beautiful cards. The no line coloring I have to just admire - outside my wheelhouse but the lovely swirls card might find their way onto one of my cards! Just lovely and the SOA collection lets you do whatever you want. Such a versatile box of loveliness!

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  131. Your cards are beautiful, but not as beautiful as your girls. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity.

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  132. Amazing cards! I especially love the second one with the rainbow of flourishes. Can you tell that bright colors inspire me?

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  133. Such different cards and both so pretty.

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  134. Love your color style. Everything looks bright and cheerful thank you for your inspiration.

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  135. Love the flourish card. Very pretty

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  136. Love the cards. Thanks so much for sharing ways to use the SOA set

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  137. Thanks for sharing the no line technique as well as combining inks with pencils. The swirly rainbow is also quite creative.

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  138. What beautiful cards and a great technique!

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  139. Such a gorgeous and creative card. And I love the idea of the swirly stamp as the main image.

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  140. Wow...two beautiful cards! I get my inspiration from things and people around me, including nature, colors and patterns on furniture and clothing, in magazines, etc.

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  141. I love your very artsy cards! So fun and so unique. And colored beautifully.

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  142. Your cards are so pretty. A cool way to use the swirl stamp that I would never have thought of.

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  143. Hi Cynde ~ I absolutely love the softness of your first card and the bright, fun nature of your second. They're both beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing. ~HUGS~
    #kindnessmatters

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  144. Very nice cards. I like the swirls. So colorful. Thanks for sharing.

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  145. What lovely rainbow colored cards, Cynde. They are both great!

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  146. Your cards are lovely, I especially like the first one but the swirls are unique as well.

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  147. That Swirly card is my favorite. Your cards all are lovely

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  148. Sooo different with that pencil border! You've nailed the border finishing touches!

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  149. Love both cards. The Wild Garden one might be my favorite, but I really like the swirly one too. Oh, I love them both.

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  150. Your cards are beautiful. I love the no line coloring look...and I've never thought about using prismacolors for it!! I'm completely inspired!!

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  151. Hey Cynde, So nice to meet you and see your projects!! Your cards are beautiful!! I LOVE how you used your Prismacolors to do the no line watercoloring...I need to try this out! Also LOVE how you took the swirl to make your rainbow, and added the tiny birds to finish it off...JUST LOVELY!!! Thanks for sharing! Hope to see more of what you do around SN!!

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  152. Great cards Cynde. Love your floral card.

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  153. both of your cards are beautiful. I may have to get this Neenah Bristol Vellum card stock!

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  154. I would love to see a video of your technique with Prismacolors. Your card is beautiful!

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