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Friday, March 16, 2012

a springy SOME ODD GIRL blog hop!

just to put a little extra spring in your step today, we've got some extra speshul stuff to share with you! :)

you're gonna LOVE this one - not only are you getting sneaks of all of the new clear stamp sets that will be available MONDAY at SomeOddGirl.com, but we're giving away a set at EVERY SINGLE stop along the way! there are SEVEN Odd Girls participating in the hop today, and we are giving away SEVEN of the new clear sets! so leave comments everywhere you go (be sure to answer the questions!), and you might be one of the lucky winners! :)

SOOOOO, without further ado, WELCOME to our March Spring Clear Stamp blog hop! you are hereby invited to hop along to some of the Odd Girls' blogs where you'll catch our peeks using 3 new sets hittin' the shop this Monday. we have SOOOOO looked forward to this release, and we know there's been some curiosity about the "friends" that have been spotted around town. ;) shall we kick things off? let's GO!

if you've arrived via Iwona, then you're probably already off to a great start and you're almost at the end! but if you're just dropping by to visit me, and you want to make sure you hit all the stops, you'll want to head on back to home base... here's the order:

Some Odd Girl Blog
Melissa
Leah C
Faye
Iwona
***ME!***
Annette
Kristy

SO, not only do we expect that there will be lots of drool on your keyboards as you hop along from one gorgeous project to the next, but your fingers might get sore from typing so fast! 'cuz here's the catch... to be eligible to win you must leave a comment answering the Odd Girls’ questions at each stop before SUNDAY, March 18th (midnight EST).

since we are SO excited about this release, we are going a little over the top with giveaways, so we hope you enjoy hanging out with the Odd Girls today!

for my project, i couldn't wait to share this little beauty, who's been peeking around Kristy's blog for a while and you may have seen her. well, Gwen is lookin' sassy with her cute strapless dress and those hot boots! check her out:

i went TOTALLY simple with my card - using the beautiful MME Vanity Fair paper and just highlighting a couple of things by cutting a couple of butterflies - one from the same sheet, and one from another in the pad. one little sentiment stamp (from Fiskars) and a handful of teeny dots of bling and i was READY!

isn't she a little darlin'?

there's much more to the set, but you'll just have to take my word for it when i tell you it's FABULOUS! so, now it's time for my question. i'm gonna make you do some work, of course, 'cuz i kinda feel like we're giving away the farm anyway, and i can't wait to read your answers...

tell me, dear crafty bloggy visitor, what fuels your passion for paper crafting? is it inspiration from fellow crafters? your family? new supplies? special events? recognition for a job well done, or perhaps a prize if you're a challenge participant? i wanna know WHY YOU CRAFT! :)


leave me your response by midnight on Sunday (EST) and i'll have a winner on Monday when our new sets go LIVE! have a wonderful weekend, folks!

playing along at Paper Sundaes - their theme is "feminine flair"




79 comments:

  1. Your card is gorgeous!!! I love that paper.. me thinks I need it. I love the colors of Gwen, uber lovely!! I feel the need to color. :)

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  2. Gorgeous! I love how you have coloured her dress! Jeepers! Tough question! I create because I feel cranky and unfulfilled if I don't, and if something I make turns out really well, I get such a great sense of achievement. I also love to buy new supplies, so of course I have to use them! I totally get inspired by reading other people's blogs.

    Arabella

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  3. Gorgeous Leah!! I love your coloring and the wonderfully vintage vibe this card has!!

    Crafty Hugs!
    Meredith

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  4. wow this is GORGEOUS....I so love the soft colors...looks amazing..

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  5. Lovely card! I love how you kind of made her like a sephia photo ( do you call it that in English).
    I discovered this lovely hobby last year and I love it. Always loved colouring when I was a girl and now I can do it as an adult:) I carft for many other reasons too but the main thing is that it makes me feel good and relaxed.
    What fuels my passion is crafting with my freinds!

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  6. elegant card, so lovely and such a beautiful image

    Tina

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  8. Well darn it! I pushed the wrong button and deleted my above comment! Here I go again lol! Leah, absolutly beautiful card! Gwen looks like she wants you to follow her right into the card! Why do I craft? Simple- it's me - it's what I love. (and if I get lost, my friends are there to help me to find my way)

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  9. While your card may be "simple" it is beautiful! Why I craft is a long (probably) boring post. I started with the intents to make a scrapbook to show at our wedding because my husband and I knew each other for 11 years before we got married. It turned into a self-esteem builder and a direction in life. Sure crafting is not my whole life but it sure does give me goals that I meet and feel good about.

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  10. love your mono colours on her....great hop...

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  11. Your card is "simply beautiful" I really love this and will be another add to my "must makes" list!! The paper and your beautifully colored image really goes together stunningly.

    I craft because..... it keeps me sane....

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  12. Leah this is lovely - gorgeous muted colors and then the pop of color from Gwen is just fantastic!! SO beautiful!
    hugs,
    M

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  13. wooow...lovely card, I love how you coloring, very pretty and so smooth.

    Sorry Leah, I just have a simple answer: love

    hugs,
    Susan

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  14. Oh my, Leah this is stunning! Love the soft colors. I need to learn to do this. Fab card, girlie! :)

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  15. Your card is gorgeous. Love the backing paper and your stunning colouring.
    I craft for many reasons but mainly because I love it!!
    Hugs
    Denise xx

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  16. First of all...this is just amazing! Love the soft colours, clean and simple but so beautiful!

    Why I´m crafting?! For all the reasons; I just love it! Sometimes it´s like therapy.

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  17. I love your card ... It's georgous! I am usually inspired by my paper crafting friends. We all get together to scrap every Tuesday. We even Skype in a friend who moved to N. Carolina! They are al very talented and fun? And I guess it doesn't hurt that I have a huge scrap room stuffed full of embellishments to use!

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  18. I like to craft because it feels like play time. I love new supplies, and especially ones with different colors. Copics fit that description perfectly.

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  19. Wow, this is so beautiful! I love your soft coloring. Love it! Why do I craft ? That's like asking "Why do I breathe?"... I would die if I didn't! :) My hands must always be creating, no matter what it is. I love the instant gratification I get when completing a card -- it's a tiny piece of art. Can't beat that!

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  20. Wow, super awesome design, I love the papers and layout.

    I see you did want us to work kidding lol..
    Thank you for the chance you are right it is awesome.

    what fuels your passion for paper crafting? is it inspiration from fellow crafters? your family? new supplies? special events? recognition for a job well done, or perhaps a prize if you're a challenge participant? i wanna know WHY YOU CRAFT! :)

    I craft because i love the smile it gives to someone having a good or bad day. I love when people really enjoy it and want to try new things. The second reason is I love sharing and it totally saved my life. I have a super stressful job and I had A heartattack. The Dr. Said you have to find a way to destress. I had a friend that took me to a crop, I was hooked for twelve years now and no medication and I am fine now. So stamping saved my life and gives me joy and destresses me everyday.
    So Keep smiling all and Thank you
    hugs
    Tammy ortiz

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  21. OMG that paper is gorgeous!! And the card, no words.

    I craft as a stress reliever and for the reactions I get when someone special recieves a card I made and goes head over heels for it! My grandmother originally started me in crafts by showing me origami and I just never stopped. I also like to leave little presents on my coworkers' desks for occasions such as christmas and easter.

    Time just flies when you're having fun...

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  22. The thing that fuels my passion for crafting is new products, a great challenge for just seeing someone else's adorable work!!

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  23. This is stunning! wow, simply gorgeous!
    I think it's a combo of everything you listed that keeps me crafting but mainly it's just my passion, it makes me happy!

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  24. Gorgeous Leah! Love the softness and the elegant and clean style on your card!
    I craft because I love to colour, because I find it relaxing and it is good to sit in my own thoughts :)
    I think it is so fun to give away something I have made and se how much people appreciate the card.
    I get inspired by blogs around, from my friends, my designteamies and from my family.
    Thanks for inspiration Leah :)
    HUgs, Jill

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  25. Gorgeous card!!! Love it ;)
    I craft because it gives me my time. I can relax and forget all my problems and don´t have to do my job or housework :D

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  26. Your card is just darling and your coloring is just awesome.

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  27. What an awesome job. Think it is great that you let the image shine. My crafting inspiration is twofold, I get a lot of inspiration from others and see different techniques that I want to try myself and also as a release for the day, a great creative outlet for me.

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  28. Superb coloring! I craft cos it's therapeutic and i love the satisfaction I get when my work is appreciated and praised :D

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  29. what an adorable sassy image, love your colouring!

    I craft because its just a way to be creative and artistic, also a release of any tension quickly goes when I colour and stick pretty things together! :-)

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  30. Love the card! I craft because it's a great way for me to spend time relaxing and making beautiful memories come to life. And when I make a card it makes the recipient happy too!

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  31. She looks superb. Love the dp you've used too. I love to create new things and make cards for loved ones. I Particularly like to give away something beautiful to make someone happy. Bettina xx

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  32. This is so beautiful! I love the subtle colors and the butterfly. I love tl craft because I love making pretty things for people that are personalized for them -cards, cups,tshirts, etc. I love when they are happy with the item I made.

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  33. A simple yet extremely effective card - LOVE this! I love to craft cos I get such a fantastic kick when all of the design elements come together - layout, colours, embellishing - it's magic!

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  34. Oh my!! That is one stuning project!! Love your coloring!

    Hm.. thats a good question! I always done some sort of crafting.. I think its coz its calming, and I love making something with my hands!

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  35. Simply stunning - your soft color scheme is just gorgeous.

    Why do I craft? Well, I like to challenge myself - when I first started, I enjoyed it but I kind of sucked at it! hee hee It's been fun seeing myself progress over the years and I really feel like an artist now. I LOVE art. I LOVE to create - it just makes me feel good. :)

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  36. Love the card and the coloring. Those boots and dress really pop. Ahh what fuels me is PAPER. Loooooveee some paper.

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  37. Gorgeous card!!!! I craft to make something special for my family and friends. Means I put real thought and time and effort into what I give my family and friends.
    hugs, Heidi

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  38. Gorgeous card! I love her look and the colors you used! Hmmmmm....what fuels my craftiness? I guess it depends on the project, but very often it is people like you and the other ladies that inspire me plus my DH's grandmother (she's 95years old) is my biggest fan so I love to show her what I make.

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  39. Thats so elegant! Just adorable!! And the coloring of the image is great!
    I like to craft with a purpose, not just crafting! And i love papers, bright colors!

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  40. What a stunning CAS card! I craft for my sanity. It helps relax me.

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  41. I just love your soft coloring, so beautiful! I get fueled by beautiful images to work with and the need to just get away into my own little world :)

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  42. I started out scrapping to preserve and share family memories. Then I discovered stamps and used that to make cards to give out to family and friends. Then I discovered internet challenges, so now I also stamp for fun, to stretch myself, to learn new techniques, and (hopefully) to win new items to try out before spending money on something I might not like--not that I've found a stamping or scrapping supply I haven't liked yet. lol Scrapping and stamping is great therapy and definitely cheaper and easier to maintain than going to a doctor all the time. :)

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  43. I started out as a scrapbooker as well, to do something with all my photos.... Once i had run out of photos, I moved on to cardmaking, and found my happy place. I create cards to take my mind off of all the junk that happens in my life. I create to lose my self in the beauty of it. I create to block out the issues I've been going through with a mentally ill best friend/partner/housemate. But, most importantly, I create for me.

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  44. Oh my gosh! Leah... girlie... this rocks!!!!
    I love crafting! I've always been artsy and painting and crafting is a fun expression for me to get my artsy side out! Plus it's a lot quicker then ceramics or jewelry making hahahaa

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  45. Fabulous card!!! I craft because I get so much satisfaction from the end product. And it is an amazing stress reliever after a long day at work!

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  46. The simplicity of that design makes it very elegant and beautiful.
    My passion is fuled by lovely designs and colorful renderings such as this one and Melissa. When I se the beauty of those creations I just have to go make something myself!

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  47. So pretty and makes you want to jump in and follow her.....
    I craft because......gee not so easy to put into words .... thats who I am .... you can lose yourself and find oneself at the same time ....
    its so many things/reasons/emotions
    WAY too many to list

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  48. Oh my goodness! This is gorgeous! Those colours ... WOW! the way you have coloured the image WOW!

    Fellow bloggers/crafters are what inspire me ... the possibilities are endless and everyone has so many new ideas. Imagination and creativity are wonderful things.

    xoxox Carly

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  49. Wow this is amazing! I love your colouring and that sweet layout :) Hmm what inspires me...all of the fellow crafters that I meet along my blogging journey are definitely an inspiration and so are the beautiful products that are avaiable...especially Some Odd Girl stamps!! hehe :)

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  50. Leah,
    This card is absolutely darling! I love the simple design. It really shows off the pretty paper and your STUNNING coloring!

    Why do I craft?...Because I breathe! :)

    ♥Hugs,
    True :D

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  51. I just LOVE the simplicity of your card! Amazing!
    I craft because it's in my blood, I have to, there are all these things in my head that I want to create, share, make. Life inspires me, things around me.
    I just got inspired by your fabulous card...I hope it sort of answers the question...:)
    Rene

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  52. Oh, she is stunning! And so is your card! I love the color scheme!

    What fuels my passion are new stamps and paper, inspiration from other blogs, and definitely recognition from others.

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  53. I have to say that my fellow crafter definitely make me want to run to my corner and create these beautiful cards.


    - Ash
    www.iCopic.com

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  54. Gorgeous card!
    I craft because it makes me feel happy! I have a very stressful job and crafting sets my mind free of everything, just happiness in me!
    hugs,
    Julia

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  55. Gorgeous card! Love this image and backing paper.

    I ♥ crafting because I like to be creative and it is very satisfying to be able to share my creativity with family and friends by sending them my handcrafted cards.

    Lisa

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  56. First of all Leah, this card is amazing! LOVE the coloring... love that everything is muted minus her clothes... and I love the over-the-shoulder image. Gorgeous!

    Second, I love to craft for reasons. I mostly do it to create things to give unique gifts... I love being able to put together a variety of supplies and make something unique and long-lasting. I love how it feels when someone's face lights up when they see what I've made them. I like how relaxing it is; just seems to drown out the worries and stress of everyday life. But most of all I like to craft because it is a gift/skill given from God and why would I NOT want to use the talent He gave me? It's a blessing that I use to bless others.

    x0, Damaris

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  57. Gorgeous card, I am new at card makingting, I do it for the sheer pleasure of it, it is relaxing, I love taking part in challenges, I love reading comments, it encourages me to do more, I have done crafting my whole life and I feel card making combines all my passions about crafting together, love it and I love that I learn so many new techniques, it is amazing all you can learn.

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  58. Orange girl... love it :)
    Why I do craft? Surely, cause i love it, it make me happy...

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  59. love how you coloured her!!
    why I craft... wow... i could go on forever about why... but I started with scrapbooking to share my stories and then I have moved to card. What motivates me is all of the above... lol. it could just be the challenge, the prize, a peice of paper a ad in a magazine... anything can spark it.

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  60. my kids started my papercraft journey and it jsut snowballed from there. now it is the crazy amount of great product that i MUST have that fuels my fire!!!

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  61. This is too gorgeous! I craft because of the inspiration, I'm able to meet new friends who share the same passion and also challenge myself to learn and create.

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  62. Love your coloring on this card. You picked a really good question, I craft because its a way of being creative. Plus I find the coloring process very relaxing I can sit at night and relax after work and just color I love coming up with differnt color combos. I also love to see a project come together and there is something very satisfying about finishing a project.

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  63. Another adorable image looking quite sassy (grin). I craft for self satisfaction. It is a wonderful outlet, and I get such enjoyment and sense of accomplishment when I've completed a project. I'm also on two design teams, and it is a "kick" to be challenged to tickle my Muses to think in new ways.

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  64. I am carfty when I have some stuff I see and love.
    It might be in blog or see at friend house.
    nearly a year I didn't touch a thing until 2 weeks ago I saw the digi imiage of odd girl and have them and just paint for my soul.
    It's make me peacfull and make my sudnnes go away for some min or hour's.

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  65. Wow - you call this card simple?? It's gorgeous and I just love the colors! So.. what fuels my passion? New supplies are always a good way to get me going! If I'm feeling a bit of a slump, I usually hit the craft store and see what's new, look for some paper that grabs me.. even if I don't buy anything, I usually leave the store with some ideas in my head!
    Hugs,
    Dee

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  66. I adore your card. It's classy and elegant and your colouring is amazing.

    I craft to relax - although since a certain 6yr old decided she likes to craft it's not so relaxing anymore, lol.

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  67. I totally love your card!!!
    Why I craft? Makes me relaxed and keep me busy with something faaaaar away from work and taking care of family and home. Love the way things kind of grow and develops as Iḿ scrapping -it never turns out the way I thought when starting a new project.
    Hugs, Monica

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  68. I just LOVE love love your card!!! This image is definitely one I will be buying! LOL!!! What do I love about crafting? I must admit I get excited every time I start a new project, as I am never sure how it is going to turn out. I also get a buzz when I get a commission for a card and the persone admires it. I feel I have done good then!!

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  69. Wow!! how on earth do you colour so perfectly!! your colouring gives me hope that one day I might be half as good as you!! Beautiful card and I love the papers you have used! ... Why do I craft? I took it up as a hobby when I tried and failed to make my boy a star wars card, I enjoyed it so much and now is a major part of my life ... but now it keeps me sane LOL

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  70. Love the soft colors on your card. It is beautiful. I never really thought about why I craft but I guess I love the satisfaction when a project is finished and the anticipation of starting a new one.

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  71. what a stunnin card. Totally in love with the softness :o)
    I craft because I love to make beautiful things, and I've always been making creative things. I get lots of inspiration from reading MANY blogs, and also I have a problem buying toooo many pretty things for my stash, because I have all these great ideas, but I never seem to have enough time for all my projects, esp not with a 3 year old boy, and a 4 months old babygirl.....
    Hugs Laila

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  72. This is phenomenal...your coloring skills are crazy good!! Wow!! I craft for many reasons...I find it therapeutic to do something creative, but I also find inspiration from other crafters. I can enjoy hopping from blog to blog, or spending time on Pinterest, just as much as creating something myself.

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  73. Beautiful card! I love the colors.
    It's very simple for me, I craft because I enjoy it. All of it. The friends, the relived family moments, the inspiration, the satisfaction I feel after I've completed a project...

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  74. I love the simplicity of your card with those fantastic papers! Very well displayed! I craft cuz I can! LOL It's my hubby. What gets my motor running?> New stash! New Challenges! Bloggers inspiration...........when I see something I want to try.....I try it! LOL

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  75. Love the simple looks, Fabulous!

    I get so inspired by other peoples work, it could be a colored image or the paper they have used or something else, I just love looking at everyone else gorgeous creations!

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  76. What a gorgeous card! I love the paper you used.

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