Monday, July 6, 2015

Fresco, Crack Corn, a Rock Star and a Derwent Inktense Giveaway

It might be Monday, but you will NOT notice that after you make your way through this post. OR, you will think it's the most awesome Monday EVER. Because it is.

Not too long ago my sweet friend Sandy Allnock and I cooked up an idea to do a double Derwent Inktense world domination tour and do some giveaways as part of our plan, so as to spread our colorful plot far and wide throughout the land.

Now - I'm not gonna lie, it's very intimidating to be doing a joint ANYTHING with one of my complete arty idols, but I'm being BRAVE. I have an immense amount of respect for this woman - not just for her insane amount of artistic talent (which I've been fortunate to observe live), but for her spirit. She is a beautiful, kind, sweet, service-oriented woman who has this innate drive to learn and to push her OWN boundaries constantly. She's a student before all other things, and those are my favorite people to learn from, because they have limitless curiosity. And, that thing I prize most - a sense of humor - was bestowed upon her in spades. If you aren't familiar with her, please spend some time on her site after you read this post. She's a gift to the art world. (And to me).

So it turns out that we both have a set of Derwent Inktense pencils to give away today, so stay tuned for details on that.

However, before that happens I have SERIOUS breaking recipe news.

Our celebrity chef for the retreat - Melanie Hopes - made the most unbelievable creamed corn - this is the creamed corn of your DREAMS. We all ended up calling it crack corn because it was HIGHLY addictive and quite possibly the reason no one's pants fit now. She was kind enough to share all her recipes with us, and I just HAVE to share this one.

Now if you're like me, you have PTSD from creamed corn. You, too, have been to a Wednesday night service at a Baptist church - also known as a pot luck dinner - the service was pretty incidental to the food - and you have been subjected to................ CANNED CREAMED CORN by someone who was totally phoning it in for the pot luck.

In my mind, this offense is worthy of the death penalty. You do NOT phone in something as sacred as creamed corn, people.

First of all, there is no CREAM in canned "creamed" corn. There is a gelatinous substance that resembles dirty dishwater assaulting the innocent kernels of corn. It's HIDEOUS. It's like pretending SPAM is a standing rib roast. It's ABSURD.

So, since I'm suffering from CCPTSD, I refuse to eat it at restaurants - I've been tricked by the slimy version too many times. I walk alone.

But MEL. MEL is a person I trust. And as I tasted her creamed corn, a single tear, representing decades of suffering and then subsequent liberation, rolled slowly down my cheek. I had finally come home.

Now, her recipes, as she says, are sort of guidelines, and they do not have instructions, just ingredients, so I sort of made up the other steps. And it came out perfectly. So here's my version of it. Please note - this is the retreat sized recipe - feel free to cut in half. (Her instructions to follow):

Ingredients:
  • 2 C Heavy cream
  • 2 C Whole milk
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 4 oz. can green chiles (I used Hatch hot)
  • 4-8 TBS Polenta/Cornmeal
  • White pepper if desired
  • 1/4 C. Sugar
  • 2 20 oz. bags frozen sweet corn (I like the Bird's Eye Steamfresh Super Sweet Corn)
  • Sharp cheddar cheese
I brought the milk and cream to a low boil and added the polenta (her recipe called for 4 TBS, but I ended up having to use 8). Continue cooking until the polenta thickens the mixture. Add more if you need to - polenta cooks at a boil in about 7 minutes, but you might need more time - you just want the sauce to have some body. When thick, remove from heat and add all the other ingredients - I added some cheese to this mixture, but you'll want some for the top. Add to buttered casserole dish, top with more cheese and cook at 350 for 30 minutes or until bubbly. DIVINE.

Now I didn't have Mel's instructions when I made it - so this is what she says to do - she puts it ALL together into the pot on the stove and cooks it all together until it is the right thickness. She also only adds the cheese on the top, I believe.

This stuff will change your life. Trust me. Also - you'll need to go for a run. Or two. 

You know what else will change your life? The new Fluttering 6x6 embossing folder.

Wait till you see what I did with it!

I found this technique from another of my favorite Mels - Mel McCarthy - who is such a phenomenal artist that basically my head explodes every time I go to her beautiful blog. She is so generous with her time, talent and techniques - I just have complete admiration for her.

I took her Fresco technique and did a MUCH less spectacular version of it. Please view her amazing, amazing technique here. I loved the detail of the embossing folder she used, but I didn't have anything that would really lend itself to that beautiful painterly technique she did.

But I DID have an idea for the Fluttering folder, since the Inktense pencils are suitable for layering under wet media, like her Copic version was.

I thought I'd go for a little impressionistic background rather than a precise one, and I ended up LOVING it. These pencils give such vivid color that it's SO perfect for the reveal this technique does.

So here was the resulting faux fresco.
 What's funny is, before you go through all the steps, it's a HOT MESS. But don't worry. The technique will not fail you. Here's a side view where you can see how the faux plaster comes up almost to the edge of the butterflies, and the little shine you add at the end.

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I. Love. This. Technique.

I did a little video for you - and you will see how fast and easy it is, and how much new life you can breathe into your embossing folders with some beautiful colors and a little paint.



Fun, eh? And really pretty fast for such a cool mixed-media result. I hope you try it! The pencil case I show in the video is here and the pencils I used are Fuchsia 0700, Iris Blue 0900, Golden Yellow 0230, Apple Green 1400.

So for our giveaway today - we are both giving away these amazing pencils. I won't even tell you the embarrassing story about why I have these to give away, but just insert your favorite episode of I Love Lucy here and be grateful that my embarrassment is your WIN today.

So here's what you need to do to win the set of 72 I'm giving away today. All I ask is that you send a card to the guy who is the greeter at my Costco. His name is Alex, and he is having a double knee replacement today. It's funny how these people become part of your daily life. He told me last week about the surgery and that he could use some prayers - he gets one replaced today and then three weeks later, he gets the other one replaced. That's some tough rehab right there. He won't be back to work until September. So I think he could use some love from the stamping community to get him through his hard days. I have always appreciated his friendly smile and short chats over the years that I've been shopping at this store, and I'd love to return that friendliness when he could use a lift.

Alex 
c/o COSTCO 

4301 West William Cannon Drive, Suite 100

Austin, TX 78749


So find a card for Alex, mail it, and then leave me a comment and I will draw for the set of pencils on Monday! Go forth and uplift!

Here's the set one of you lucky card mailers will win.



NOW - you are not going to BELIEVE what Sandy has done. Seriously - she is amazing. I have a particular soft spot for the project she made for today, and you will see why. Please head over to her blog now and prepare for awe.

AND you have ANOTHER chance to win a set of Inktense on her blog! Also, check out her amazing Copic hex chart if you're a marker fiend - this thing is a triumph of the visual display of information. I don't know how her brain fits in her head!

Here's a link to a blank Inktense color chart if you're interested. Thanks to our friends at +My Sweet Petunia for this chart.

Also - the info on my fall retreat is up - registration opens August 1st - be sure and check it out here.

Have fun, send a card to Alex, make yourself some life changing corn. It's all good.

Loveyameanitbye.

190 comments:

  1. I don't really know artists by name,mainly by their famous paintings. Van Gogh is a favorite. Going to try your technique. Thanks

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  2. The joy of using colored pencils and the wonder of watercolor all in one. Doesn't get better!

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  3. Very cool technique! That Mel Macarthy is something else!

    PS: Broken link to Sandy's blog. Should be http://sandyallnock.com/starry-night-vangogh-in-inktense-pencils/

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  4. You are so sweet and funny. Found you by way of Sandy and am so glad! My favorite episode of I love Lucy is the one where she is pregnant and trying to tell Ricky in a special way. He ends up singing at his club trying to figure out who is pregnant and discovers it's her and he's going to be a father! I'm mailing your Costco greeter Alex a card today. Xoxo Kristina

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  5. I love your card. My favorite artist of today is Anne Abbgott. Her watercolors are awesome.

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  6. What an AMAZING gesture of you to ask for cards to this guy. Those who GIVE (in every way) are BLESSED (in every way!!
    Thanks for the idea. Will send one ASAP!!! :)
    And YES, Sandy's TALENT is just OUT IF THIS WORLD!!!!

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  7. Alex will be overwhelmed! Take pictures. What fun. Not sure if Creamed Corn is going to change my life - but I will give it a try.

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  8. Lydia, Where have you been all my life? I found you this AM via Sandy A. and giggled my way through your blog. From the life-changing CC recipe, to your card shower for Alex, oh... and your great card... I am so glad to have stopped by!
    I'll find a card for Alex and put it in the mail today. As for artists, I like Monet, but prefer the illustrator Norman Rockwell, for her heartwarming, often funny, depictions of life.

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  9. I'm so glad you posted the chart, I've been wanting to print it and I may just do that today! Maybe...
    Love this quick technique with beautiful results.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  10. I would love to win this set of AMAZING watercolor pencils. My favorite Master would have to be Van Gogh. I also like Monet. Thanks to both you and Sandy for all the inspiration that you share with us. I have truly become a better crafter, stamper, and want-to be artist because of the two of you.

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  11. Thanks so much for the fresco instructions. Your card is just marvelous! Alex is going to be receiving some amazing cards, I'm sure.

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  12. Nothing brings more joy than GIVING! I'm going to try the CRACKED CORN...lol..my fave artist is Bob Ross, has been for years....Sandy is up there as well! Thanks for the card today! The Inktense just make sense....smiles

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  13. How cool is this? I am so glad that Sandy sent me here. I now have discovered you and will follow you. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  14. My card for Alex is on its way with an angel inside to give him some love.
    Take care,

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  15. You crack me up Lydia...there's a card in the mail to Alex today...the Get Well Soup I posted this week. Billie

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  16. Lydia. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME TODAY?!?! I have so many things to say I don't even know where to begin! First off...that creamed corn. I've never had any - but you make it sound devine. I'm going to have to try it! Secondly - that fresco technique is A-MAZE-ING! I need to get some heavy acrylic paint and try it. I'm sure that anything you do will be better than anything I can ever do. Thirdly - I've been eyeing Intense pencils for MONTHS - I cannot get myself to spend the money on it and WOULD LOVE TO WIN IT! Putting a card in the mail for Alex very soon! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous card and your talent. You are a beautiful person have a great sense of humor (just like Sandy - LOVE you both!)

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  17. I love Lucy and Ethel at the candy factory. I hope to get a card to Alex ASAP.

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  18. Oh my, I can't wait to try that cream corn recipe. Thanks for sharing. And your card with Intense pencils is WONDERFUL. Inktense pencils are a wonderful product to try... Thanks to Sandy for the introduction to you and your blog. I will subscribe!

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    1. And I will send a card to your friend Alex, What a wonderful thing for you to organize

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  19. I love how part of the giveaway challenge includes giving to others!! I'm very excited to find your blog via Sandy's. Thank you for sharing smiles with all of us this beautiful Monday morning!

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  20. Great card with the fresco, love it. Thanks for the corn recipe sounds delicious.

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  21. Your post cracks me up! I will have to try this recipe. Thanks for the chance to win a set of ink tense pencils! They would make my life complete:) I will send a card to your greeter at Costco. I love the people in our lives that aren't necessarily close to us but make a huge difference in our every day activities.

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  22. NEVER eat creamed corn out of a can. I'll send a card to Alex today. He's not going to know what is happening. I like your card. Great technique. I like the artist Louis Tiffany. His stained glass is absolutely beautiful. My favorite Lucy episode is almost every one of them. I think the one with John Wayne was great.

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  23. My favorite I Love Lucy episode is where she is doing a commercial drinking some kind of liquid (can't remember what it was) and she gets totally drunk. Lucy was the best. I hope Alex is doing well.

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  24. Great post! I'm laughing, and my dogs are looking at me like I've lost my marbles! My favorite single piece of art is Water Lilies by Monet. I got to see it a few years back at the Nelson Atkins in KC. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  25. Wow wow double wow! What a pleasant surprise to find a new to me, crafter and video maker talent (thanks Sandy). And what a prize. I love inktense pencils and would be absolutely giddy to win such a beautiful set of them.

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  26. WOW!! Awesome card. Love this technique and the result. It was today morning only, when I thought I need some inktense pencil :)TFS

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  27. Found you by way of Sandy. Praying that all goes well for Alex and what a sweet idea to send him cards. Enjoyed seeing a new technique. TFS

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  28. This is such a cool card using those pencils!! Love the intensity level I see with them! Wonderful and informative posting! :) I think my favorite "famous" artist would have to be Monet. Found out about him in college and fell in love with his paintings! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  29. Tell me how you really feel about the creamed corn! LOL I have to make it after all that. I also have to try this fresco technique. Will send card to your greeter - love RAK like this.

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  30. this is a very cool technique. Alas we have no hatch chilis canned here in Yankee country. Luckily my sister will bring some from the Land of enchantment.

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  31. So happy Sandy sent me to your blog--I think this technique looks like tons of fun. Can't wait to try it. I will visit your blog often!

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  32. Thank you for the awesome corn recipe, I'll be sure to try it soon. I came over from Sandy's blog. Thanks for the chance to win these inktense pencils, the card you made is just divine!

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  33. my favorite episode of I Love Lucy is when Lucy and Ethel are working in the candy factory with the assembly belt. thanks for this chance
    upnurse at aol dot com

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  34. Thank you for the generous giveaway. Will be visiting your site thanks to Sandy's link. Vincent Van Gogh and Monet are my favorites😀

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  35. Thanks for sharing this neat technique (new to me) and for your kindness to others! I would be happy to send a card to Alex, even without a giveaway.

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  36. Thank you for sharing the technique with us. Sadly I'm housebound and in the UK so I don't expect to win. But I really enjoyed the tutorial Karen P

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  37. I'm sending my favorite card today, "Live the life you have imagined!", something Alex will be able to do after his TWO knee replacements (so BRAVE!). Love the creamed corn recipe - my Mom has one, too, that is DELISH! I'll have to compare ingredients! I've been "lusting" after the inktense pencils for some time now! One day they will be in my toolchest! Thanks for the great ideas today - so energized now!

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  38. I have the perfect card for Alex. Will put it in the mail today. :). Favorite artist happens to be Van Gogh. So yay! Thanks for the opportunity to win. Love the technique.

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  39. What a fabulous technique! Both you and Sandy have excellent videos using Inktense pencils! I so happy Sandy recommended your site. I've now added your blog and subscribed to your YouTube.

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  40. Thank you for the chance to win, the tutorials and the recipe, I love Diego Rivera artwork, and I would love, love to win the inktense pencils😊

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  41. that's a great technique and I will mail Alex a card from the Netherlands, I too should have new knees, but i'm too young and they don't want to do this surgery on me yet, I know Alex will be really better off with his replacements and after rehab fysio, good luck to him

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  42. Alex will get a ton of cards! Along with my prayers. Thanks for the beautiful video and technique. Sandy's one of my favorite artists and I'm glad she sent me to your blog. Thanks you for the chance to win.

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  43. I would love to send a card to your friend Chris- what a nice thing for you to organize! And what a blog posting !- delicious food and a gorgeous card demoing a great technique. Thanks

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  44. What a sweet gesture for Alex! My favorite artist is Degas. Thanks for having this drawing!

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  45. I too suffer from CCPTSD! Isn't it a small world? Card in mailbox awaiting the mailman (lady actually) . Would LOVE to get my hands on these pencils as I have been drooling over them for a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time and my drool bucket overfloweth!! LOL Thanks for the chance to dream of owning them, if only till the winner is announced! Fingers crossed!

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  46. Upon thinking about it, I have decided that I am going to mail Alex a card every day for the next 10 days! Each one will have a little something special to make recovery just a wee bit easier! I challenge everyone else to send a card each day for the same amount of time!!

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  47. My favorite artist is Edgar Degas. This is my first visit to your blog, but I will be back! I loved the technique you showed, I will have to give it a try. I can sympathize with Alex both my knees were replaced in one surgery in 2001!

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  48. Interest technique. Found you through Sandy's blog. I have written the address down for Alex and will get a card in the mail to him tomorrow. Thanks for the opportunity to win - and I'm so glad I found your blog.

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  49. Are you serious, mail a card to a guy named Alex from your work. I guess I can do that. I hope he does not get bothered when his mail box is filled with cards. I love how the inktense pencils work together. I have never used them over an embossed image, great idea.

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  50. As always, I am in awe of your talent. This actually looks like something I might be able to do. So sorry I can't get to convention and your retreat this year, but I'll have to settle for a chance to win these incredible pencils. Will mail a card for Alex asap. Did you ever find out how many cards you caused us to send to your amazing check-out person during all the rains? And the only way you will ever get me to try (gag) creamed corn is if Mel herself makes it for me and presents it to me. I have Creamed Corn PTSD X 1 bijillion million.

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  51. Thanks for the recipe! You are too funny. Also, That is so sweet of you to ask for cards for Alex. He's a lucky guy!

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  52. Another amazing artist! Thanks for sharing.

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  53. I love the vitavatitamin episode, where she tries to do the commercial and gets drunk.

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  54. Just had hand surgery so know the frustration of not being able to do normal stuff. Will try the technique and sent a card to alex. He's lucky to have you as a friend.

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  55. Having knee problems of my own I know the pain he is going through especially during therapy. I hope he gets well soon. Thanks for the tips for making this card.



















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  56. Great technique, and one I will use on cards and on a journal page...I just have to figure out how to get the page embossed with the pattern.

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  57. Great card! If I'm not the blessed one to receive these pencils, I definately need to think about purchasing a set! Thanks for blessing my day :)

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  58. I can't seem to even view the comments on Sandy's post, much less leave her a comment on her blog. Something isn't working right. I did leave a comment on her YouTube video showing how she did her card front. Love Monet's work, especially his water lilies.

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  59. Laughed out loud about the creamed corn. I'll have to try the recipe. Thanks for the technique video and giveaway.

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  60. What a fun and easy technique! I CAN do this! :) Gonna DEFINITELY make Mel's corn, sounds yummilicious! And a card is on it's way to Alex ~ You have such a <3 for others Lydia, you are such a blessing!

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  61. Very nice card, I'll make a card for Alex and send it to him. I've heard those replacement surgerys are soooo painful. I'll have to think about what kind of card could help alleviate his pain. My favorite artist is Shiori Matsumoto, you should google the name.

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  62. hi there, I loved your blog page today. the card was so cool. I sent a card to alex. what a wonderful thing for you to do. also, I wanted to thank you for all you do and share with us. i'm so grateful. craft on!

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  63. Okay, this method is officially bookmarked. Love this result. Gorgeousness.

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  64. Lovely card. Will have to try this technique but have to acquire some pencils first. I am rather new to card making and trying to build up my supplies little by little. Thank you for giving such a wonderful opportunity to win some of them.

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  65. (Still wiping tears from my eyes) ... thanks for the belly laugh. That corn story was just too much fun! I love what you did with the fresco and I am picking out a card for Alex right now and heading out to the Post Office. What a sweet thing to do for him! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

    Hugs,
    Snoopy :D

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  66. Now i'm tasting Mel's corn in my mind! Mmmmmmmmmm!
    Love your video! Inktense Pencils ... Come to a new Mama who needs to learn to be "arty"!
    Gorgeous technique ... bonus on use of butterflies! :)

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  67. Wow, thank you for making my day! I had just been reviewing Inktense videos this weekend and this morning there were two videos from two of my subscribed channels. I have the set of 12 Inktense blocks that I bought to use with my clients. I work at a domestic violence shelter and have slowly been trying to build up some art supplies for card making and art journaling. Art is so freeing and healing for them, but art supplies are not in the grants/non profit budget. I do what I can on my limited budget, but I did say non profit! Love, love, love both yours and Sandy's Intkense videos. Thank you for sharing your techniques, the oppotunity to win, and sharing about Alex! I too am going to need knee surgery and am happy to send Alex a card. My knees were hurting so bad this morning but you changed that around for me, Thank You!

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  68. Found your blog through Sandy. All I can say is WOW! I'm impressed. This technique is fabulous. I'm sorry I can't make a card for Alex but I had a fracture and am in a cast. Four more weeks to go. Anyway great card. I'm looking forward to trying this.

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  69. This made me laugh love your story!!! I love the chocolate episode where the machines won't stop! Hehehe! How could you not?!

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  70. What another great technique...I will give this a try
    I will mail Alex card out on Wednesday....I had one knee replacement I can't think of two at the same time....wishing him a speedy recovery
    Thanks for such a great give-away

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  71. I wish and pray for Alex's quick recovery and good health. God Bless him.
    Love the corn recipe. I love corn so i always appreciate a good corn recipe. Can't wait to try out yours. I have tried the inktense pencils from one of my friend and they are awesome. Thank you for the giveaway, I've been wanting the inktense pencils for sometimes now. God Bless and stay inspired.

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  72. Card is on the way. Thanks for a chance to win those wonderful pencils.

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  73. I wish and pray for Alex's quick recovery and good health. God Bless him.
    Love the corn recipe. I love corn so i always appreciate a good corn recipe. Can't wait to try out yours. I have tried the inktense pencils from one of my friend and they are awesome. Thank you for the giveaway, I've been wanting the inktense pencils for sometimes now. God Bless and stay inspired.

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  74. What a fun, fun technique. Can't wait to try it out. Love your generosity and kindness in the cards for Alex. It is the reason we make cards and I'm so happy to participate. Thanks for the giveaway and your fun video.

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  75. My favorite "famous" artist is Vicky Papaioannou. But there are so many awesome crafty women out there! Thanks a lot for sharing you ideas.

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  76. I will have to watch the video when I get home (not cool at work) however, I have just the card for Alex ("Sprinkles of Life") and can get it into the mail tomorrow. So thank you so much for the opportunity to comment and possibly win the pencils and for sharing another technique that is going to cost me a gazillion dollars 😊! Much love!

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  77. Great card! I will try this technique

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  78. Love this technique; thanks for sharing it. I like pretty much all of the impressionistic painters, but my favorite artist is more prosaic---Norman Rockwell. Will mail a card to Alex tomorrow. So happy to have found you. I will subscribe.

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  79. Will definitely give the cracked corn recipe a try. Fresh corn will be available soon so the timing is perfect.
    How nice of you to think of the Costco guy Alex. A little kindness will help this guy recuperate faster.
    Love that Butterfly folder and the pencil technique. Thanks for all you do.

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  80. Card written, addressed, and stamped for Alex. TWO knee surgeries...wow! I love both your and Sandy's posts today -- two very talented women who are ready to share that talent with the world! Thanks so much! I'd be thrilled to have these pencils that I've watched Sandy use in a couple videos. They're like magic, the way the color explodes when hit with water.

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  81. I will send him a card today! How wonderful of you-whether I win or not. ;-) knee surgery is not fun!

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  82. Hi Lydia,

    What A SWEET card!!!! My favorite episode of I Love Lucy is one of the classics, the chocolate factory, their comic timing is impeccable! Do you know that Vivienne and her TV husband did not get along! He hated her, go figure!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win this AWESOME prize, maybe today since it's my birthday the stars will align and I'll be the winner, I've been dying to play with them for a long time!

    Cariños,
    MarĂ­a Alba

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  83. Well hellfire and damnation! I posted something and off into cyberspace it has disappeared. I have just the card for Alex - Sprinkles of Life. Will try to get it into the mail tomorrow! Thanks again for sharing the technique - will have to go home and try it....

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  84. Okay, I'm still laughing at your SPAM reference and can't wait to try this creamed corn recipe..yum! Also, you are such a doll to bring some crafty love into someone's life...and I'm hoping that Alex is charmed, rather than horrified...at the deluge of cards that he's sure to receive! My brother in law just had ONE knee replacement and you're right about that long and arduous recovery period. Thanks for the amazing giveaway ...and I am off to send Alex a card!

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  85. What a great thing to do for your Costco greeter! My card is in the mail. I bet Alex will be so surprised! Great card you made; I can't wait to try out the technique!! Also, thank for the chance to win your giveaway! For a lover of color like me, this is a beyond awesome rainbow of smiles and laughter! (I am also a new follower, introduced by Sandy.)

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  86. Hmmmm...there was an episode where the four of them were taking a trip together. They ended up staying in a cabin with bunk beds(ha!) and multiple trains passed right next to their cabin while they were trying to sleep. Their beds jumped and moved across the room. It was hilarious!! Good times!!!

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  87. Great card. Came here via sandys blog. Nice way to discover new (to me) bloggers. To be honest I probably won't get a chance to make and send a card as I'm swamped with work but I will keep him in my thoughts.

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  88. What a lovely card and thanks for the recipe !!!

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  89. So glad I found your blog through Sandy. This video technique is just amazing, and now I seriously want that embossing folder too! haha It is gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm not sure where the I Love Lucy episodes came from, but my favorite is probably the same as many others. Job Switch, where she and Ethel get a job at the candy factory. I can only assume this is my favorite because of the chocolate.. You know, because it's chocolate! Prayers for your friend having knee surgery. I hope he has a speedy recovery. Oh, and thank you for the recipe. I'm definitely going to try that one. The last recipe I tried didn't turn out very well, so I hope to have better luck with this one. ^_^ Thanks again. You have a new subscriber.

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  90. Yes your card is wonderful and I'll be giving that a try this week....BUT....CREAMED CORN!! Oh my goodness gracious sakes - the button popped off my slacks just reading the ingredients - MERCY!!! Also, I put your friend on our prayer list - praying for a speedy recovery

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  91. I was pleasantly surprised when Sandy's link brought me to someone I already follow! Love your card and wondering if I could use texture paste instead of the paint I don't have. Need to try. Will get a card in the mail for Alex ASAP. Have been making Christmas cards for OWH so will have to make one.

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  92. This looks like so much fun! I'm going to have to go get paint to try this...and derwent pencils of course. Thanks for sharing.

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  93. one of my favorite artist Van Gogh.. i really liked his work.. he directly play with colours..

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  94. Card for Alex will be out tomorrow....I love the technique.....it was different....I liked it a lot

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  95. My I love Lucy favorite is "The Fur Coat", Hope all goes well with Alex. Loved the technique.

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  96. Such a cool technique. Can't wait to try it. And I'm popping a card in the mail for Alex as soon as I am off the computer!

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  97. I can't wait to try this technique -it's looks amazing! I'll be praying for a quick recovery for Alex too - and will drop a card into the mail for him. Thanks for the chance to win some more Inktense pencils! :)

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  98. I forgot to mention...My favorite artist is Monet. I love his irises! Also, tried to leave a comment on Sandy's page, but it keeps giving an error message. :(

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  99. I'd love to win, but I'm also just happy to send a card. I think it's a lost art anymore. I sometimes feel like no one knows what it feels like when you might be in need of a boost, so I'm happy to do that. I mail at least 3 cards a week to someone who is needing it - sometimes they are ill, sometimes just lonely, sometimes it's someone who apparently doesn't have any family left. I feel for them, so I mail a card to let them know someone was thinking of them today.

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  100. Oh poor, brave Alex, hope he gets lots of cards. Costo is my husbands favorite store. Beautiful card, very impressionistic. and last but not least I can tell by the ingredients that the corn recipe is going to be a keeper.

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  101. Thank you for this, its wonderful! My favorite artist is Vermeer, no doubt you could challenge Sandy with some of his works! Thanks again!

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  102. I loved the video, I will be trying this technique for sure! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win your extra set of pencils, I have been lusting after them for quite some time. I will drop a card for Alex in the mail when I get to work in the morning. It is very fun to be a part of a sweet surprise for someone so kind.

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  103. I love this technique... wondering if I can work it into a Christmas card using a different type of folder.

    I'd have to say Marc Chagall... I always like a little bit of whimsy in my art. Thanks for sharing this technique with us!

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  104. Thanks for this post! Gonna send a card to Alex - not as pretty as this one probably, but I've got a Misti because of you, so there you go! I can't wrap my head around "good" creamed corn, so not so sure about that...

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  105. What a sweet gesture! These pencils look amazing!

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  106. I left a comment for you this morning on an earlier post... Kinda jumped the gun a bit as it were....my bad. As said this morning, I love them all!!!!

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  107. I love this technique. That you so much for sharing it with us. I will get a card of encouragement out to Alex. I have had two knee replacements and one hip replaced in the last three years, so I know what he is facing. Your card turned out beautiful and thanks for the recipe as well.

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  108. Love love love the video. I am new to your blog and I love. I'll be back!! Thanks for the video.

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  109. I''m going to make a card for Alex straight away. I just loved reading your creamed corn story, so funny and so true! Your card is beautiful and I'll be trying this technique soon. Sandy is my favorite artist because she's not only super talented, but generously shares her knowledge with fellow crafters.

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  110. Wow, love your blog. Who would think I could get great stamping tips and a cream corn recipe... I like Norman Rockwell paintings and will get a card out to Alex at Costco-what a wonderful thing to do..

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  111. Glad to send greetings to Alex and glad for a chance to win amazing pencils. Mostly glad for your wonderful blog, THANK YOU!

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  112. Wow, great blog. Recipes and stamping what a deal. I like Norman Rockwell paintings. What a great idea to send Alex some cards.

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  113. Very cool fresco technique!!

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  114. Hi Lydia!!
    I sent the card to Alex this afternoon. How can I show you a picture of it?
    Thanks!!

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  115. I love Monet. Impressionist art work really is gorgeous. Great blog.

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  116. That is such a super card background! I have a card or 2 for your friend. Def. going to try that recipe too. Unfortunately, I cant leave a comment on Sandy's blog. Some weird blockage going on over there. LOL

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  117. Yummy sounding recipe for real, honest to goodness Creamed Corn!!!! I'll have to cut the recipe down quite a bit, but will def. be trying this one! Mel is so generous with her talents, but I must have missed this one on her blog. What a great idea. You were right at the end of the first step it did look like a hot mess, but sure looks great at the end! I've had friends who had both knees replaced, the rehab is NOT fun, but if he puts in the work and effort the result is amazing! I'll be sending him out a card. Boy is he going to be surprised when he gets BAGS of mail!! I would dearly, dearly love to win your set of Inktense. I've wanted them for ages. As for Sandy...she is an amazing, inspiring, generous and giving person. (personally I don't think that she ever sleeps! That's the only way she could accomplish all she does). THANKS for the chance!!

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  118. My mom and I each made a card today for Alex and will send them out tomorrow. I love imagining his reaction when he receives all the cards from strangers....lol! I always enjoy your chatty blog posts and gorgeous projects, I think that even I (as a beginner) would be able to do some damage with these Inktense watercolor pencils....thanks for the chance to win!

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  119. Awesome video and technique! Such a great look! :)

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  120. I am resending my post because I don't think it went through (I don't see it). Alex is going to be so surprised when he sees all of the well-wishes. Thank you for using your voice and platform to do something nice for someone else! In case I can't get through to the other blog's link, Michaelangelo is my favorite "Old Master." His "The Creation of Adam," and his sculpture, "David" are proof that his hands were blessed by God...

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  121. Love this tech! Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to try it. ~ Terry

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  122. One of my favorite artist is Claude Monet. I like how he worked with colors all along the day. Thank you for the recipe and your card is beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  123. One of my favorite artist is Claude Monet. I like how he worked with colors all along the day. Thank you for the recipe and your card is beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  124. I am mailing a card to Alex, he is going to be so happy when he receives all these cards :)
    Your card is Beautiful!! neat technique, I will have to give it a try

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  125. I just put my cards chock full of prayers to your friend Alex from Costco into my mailbox and put the little red flag up!! My favorite artist is Frida Kahlo!

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  126. My favorite Master would have to be Van Gogh. I love this technique. I've got to try it soon. I think my favorite I love Lucy episode is the one where she found or she was pregnant. What a way to tell Ricky!

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  127. My favorite episode of Lucy is when she is at the bakery and the stuff comes out and she can't gather them up fast enough and starts eating them and stuffing them down her shirt. I would love to send Alex a card. What a great gesture getting people to send him cards...he will be so appreciative.

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  128. Loved your fresco card. Definitely trying that technique. Hope Alex enjoys all his cards and recovers quickly from his surgery!

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  129. Fabulous technique! I have never seen anything like this before.. Thanks so much for sharing and the chance at a giveaway! I will send a card to Alex, with lots of get well wishes inside. He sure will get a surprise with all this happy mail! I love Sandy's work, but her sweet honesty is so refreshing to be a part of via You Tube. Thanks to you Both for the inspiration!

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  130. What a nice idea to send some crafting love to this man. I just sent him a card. Hope I gets there soon from Germany! :)

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  131. I love DalĂ­ and Van gogh!!! Your card is very beautiful and fabolous technique!!! ;)

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  132. I love ya for so many reasons - you have a wit & humor that I admire so much; you possess an incredible artistic talent of which I'm more than a little jealous; you have the kindest heart for everyone in your world. I'm sending Alex a card, but please do not include me in the drawing as I have this set of pencils all ready. Please just keep showing me ways to use them. I wanna be half as good with all my coloring as you & Sandy are.
    Thank you for sharing your amazing talent and for finding people to which I can send cards.

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  133. What a sweet thing you are doing for Alex, and thank you for the technique to try.

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  134. Thanks for the opportunity! My favorite I Love Lucy episode has to be the one with Harpo Marx.

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  135. I'm in the process of making Alex a card right now! I think it's a very sweet idea for you to have a bunch of random people sending him get well mail. I do so hope that his surgery goes without complication and that he'll be back at the store greeting you again soon! Also? I love your card. Butterflies always make me think of my best friend, Kellie, who passed away three years ago. She absolutely loved them and this card is just .. I love it. Thanks for sharing!

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  136. I came here from Sandy's blog! Your fresco technique looks amazing - I have never heard of it before so I really enjoyed your video! Would love to try this myself! I am your newest follower! I joined under Followers and by email as well. I'll get a card out to Alex today - what a thoughtful thing to do - I love sending joy to anyone I can! I'm in Canada and it usually takes about 2 weeks to get to the U.S. so the happy mail will just keep trickling in for Alex - Yay! I have not tried the Inktense pencils - or any watercolour pencils - and would be so thrilled to win them. Thank you so much for the opportunity! Very happy I found your blog today - now I'm off to get a card made for Alex!

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  137. Wanted to leave my comment before I watch the video in case I forget (I'm old - LOL). I think sending a card to Alex is a wonderful gesture - imagine his surprise when he gets cards from all over the country and maybe even the world! This is a beautiful card and I can't wait to learn how it was made - TFS, and thanks for the chance to win these gorgeous pencils!

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  138. Thanks Lydia for the giveaway, funny blog post, fun video and the chance to do my good deed for the day. I made a quick card to send to Alex. You can check it out here
    http://smallsmackerels.blogspot.com/2015/07/challenge-get-well-card.html
    thanks so much!

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  139. So sweet what a fabulous idea. It was on the docket today to make a thinking of you card so now I will just make 2. Love your blog I look forward to reading your tales!!! Thank you

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  140. You are a riot!! Thanks for the laughs and technique! Best wishes inaking peace with the corn :)

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  141. So glas Sandy sent us over! Your techniques were great! You ROCK!

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  142. BTW....My fave I Love Lucy episode is when Ricky finds out that Lucy is pregnant. I sent out a card to Alex today!

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  143. Cool technique and video! I'm always so happy to see a new video available from you. Speaking of amazing corn recipes, this one from Michael Ruhlman contains only corn, butter, salt and pepper. Comes out more of a pudding. It's mind blowing how good it is with only those ingredients. http://ruhlman.com/2014/09/late-summer-baked-corn/

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  144. Wonderful technique. I'm just starting with stamping and cards. This looked more complicated than it turned out to be. Thank you for sharing.

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  145. I am not sure if my first comment went through so this may be a double.

    I think you are amazing for doing this for Alex. He is sure going to be surprised to receive all the cards as well as all the prayers. I love taking part in things like this!

    Sandy is amazing. Her Hex chart has changed the way I use my markers. Now, I don't color without it!

    Thanks so much for doing a giveaway. I have never used the Inktense pencils and I have really wanted to try them. <3

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  146. I don't think my comment last night posted (I can't find it) Anyway this is a such a cool contrasting approach to Sandy's. I am becoming more and more tempted to splurge and buy these pencil. I watched a whole bunch of your videos last night, its tricky to find makers like you that are a joy to watch. So happy I found this blog through Sandy. Thanks for the tips!

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  147. I don't think my comment last night posted (I can't find it) Anyway this is a such a cool contrasting approach to Sandy's. I am becoming more and more tempted to splurge and buy these pencil. I watched a whole bunch of your videos last night, its tricky to find makers like you that are a joy to watch. So happy I found this blog through Sandy. Thanks for the tips!

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  148. Hi Lydia! Beautiful work with the inktense pencils! I love the fresco look technique. I recently found you on YouTube. I love your videos and now your blog too! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win those awesome pencils! Also, I sent a card to Alex today :) (I hope I am not commenting twice...tried to comment this afternoon, but I don't see it. Sorry if this is a duplicate!)

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  149. My favourites are the impresionist , and more Monet and Renoir

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  150. Hello there! I created a card for Alex and posted about your wonderful card drive on my bloggie. You can take a peek when you get a chance. This is a great thing you're doing for him. Blessings to you, my friend!
    http://www.thebuzzfromqueenb.com/2015/07/card-drive-with-understand-blue.html

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  151. Just sent out a card to Alex this morning and now I'm so distracted by your creamed corn recipe that I can't even think about anything else! I always love reading your blog posts because they usually make me laugh, teach me something new, and make me feel uplifted!! A win/win for sure! Oh my goodness, Sandy's take on Starry Night was simply amazing...what else can I say?! Love your sweet butterfly card with all those colors and will have to check out the faux fresco link later!

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  152. Very cool technique!! Going to try that out!! Glad to have found you! Also am going to try the corn recipe, sounds yummy!! I will be sending a card to Alex! Very sweet of you to do that! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  153. Van Gogh is my favorite. I would love to try some Inktense pencils. I hear they are amazing! Thanks!

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  154. Pretty card. Thanks for sharing this new technique!

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  155. What an awesome technique!
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  156. I am late to the artistic world - having just started playing around in mid 60s:) I was the math and science twin not the art and music one. I only did art that was required. Not sure if I have a fave - maybe Monet and Paul Klee. THese pencils look amazing and fun to play with. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  157. I am not much on creamed corn but boy my husband and his family are hog wild for it. So this will be a keeper recipe. Who knows, after I make it the first time and try, I might be converted. My favorite episode of I Love Lucy is when she is in the west (Pasadena maybe) and meets Harp Marx. They do a mime routine together. But I also like the grape stomping one, the vitamin commercial one and the candy factory one. She can really make you laugh. Your card technique is really pretty and one I want to try. Your friend is going to be so surprised at his mailbox at work. Wow, how nice of you to suggest.

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  158. Love the card, the technique and I'll let you know about the creamed corn once I try it :)

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  159. I'll make a card for Alex - I hope he gets a kick (no pun intended) from getting a card from the UK, I won't be able to send it before Tuesday though as I'm a bit skint until then :) X Sarah X

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    1. Hi just thought I'd let you know I've made a card for Alex ready to post on Tuesday. I've made him a pop up box card. I can't seem to add a photo here but if you check my blog www.smwcraftynook.blogspot.co.uk in a couple of hours I will have added a post about it. Crafty hugs from the UK x Sarah x

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  160. Fabulous technique! I went right out and bought some paint yesterday!!!! :) Can't wait to give it a try!

    As we all know, I am terrible at getting cards out but I actually have a cute one in my stash. http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/2602244?&si=get+well+critters
    I am addressing the envelope as soon as I finish commenting. I stayed up until 2 am addressing some cards so I am on a roll now!!!!!

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  161. a card to alex is going in my mailbox when i leave this morning. thanks for the technique and inspiration!

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  162. Just popping back in to let you know my card to Alex was mailed yesterday! I hope he gets it soon! I think it's such a nice thing that you have organized for Alex and I'm so happy to be part of it! Thank you!

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  163. Really pretty card. Love this technique. Going to have to give it a try.

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  164. Love how many different looks you can get with these pencils and a creative mind.

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  165. I love the softened look you achieved with just a few products. I'm on vacation, but will be home Saturday and will find a card for Alex then. It will likely be a "hope you're doing well" card. He's going to be blown away and you'll become his favorite customer, if you aren't already. I hope it's not long before he's back greeting customers. I love watercoloring techniques since watercolors are cheaper than Copics and unpredictable, which I like. It would be fun to see you and Sandy select the same artist to emulate, then compare. I vote for Georgia O'Keefe. You 2 make a great team!

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  166. Am I too late??? I love this card and got one in the mail for Alex!

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  167. thank you so much for the chart, Lydia.

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  168. What a great technique...I love the colors! I have so many I Love Lucy Episodes but I think one of my faves was the one where Lucy gets punchy drinking the Vitameatavegamin for a commercial she's auditioning for. Too freaking funny!

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  169. What a treat to watch this video Lydia! I love the results and I even think the matte finish was cool too. I am going to try this with a few of the Inktense pencils that I have and will send you a photo when done. I will also send a card to your Mr. Alex and send a photo of that before I mail it!
    Thanks for the chance at winning some Inktense pencils...my little collection could do with some other colours :)

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  170. What a great way to use your embossing folder! Thanks for the idea, and the giveaway, my card goes out to Alex in the morning. Helped my mom rehab her double knee replacement, not fun, but worth it in the long run. :-)

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  171. Hello!
    I'm glad to have found you by Sandy's post. It's always fun to see what other people do. I looked some of your work and I love what you do!
    I'll send a card to Alex. I hope it'll make him smile seeing that a lot of people sent him a lot of good energie if I may say.
    (Sorry if what I wrote sound funny, but I'm a francophone.)

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  172. Such a thoughtful gift to Alex, and he will be totally amazed--I'm glad I can participate. Since I've begun ballroom dancing, I've enjoyed revisiting "Lucy Does the Tango". She was amazing! And thanks for your inktense ideas--they are great!

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  173. I think the page ate my comment. So the thing I was trying to say is that you are sweet to think of Alex this way. A card will go out to him tomorrow. :)

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  174. What a gorgeous technique! I have to say I love that Alex has made such an impact on you that you've encouraged us to write to him. My card goes out in the morning and I'm praying that surgery and rehab go smoothly.

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  175. I'm sending my card out to Alex tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe. REAL creamed corn rocks!!!

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  176. Love your card, neighbor! I live in Round Rock and work at Dell Children's. My sis used to live on William Cannon. I have been in the area a little over 3 years but am a native Texan. I love Austin! I will have to check out your retreat info. I will have to send sweet Alex a card, poor guy, I feel for him.

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  177. Love your card and technique. Thank you for sharing it.
    I came over here from Sandy's blog. I so enjoy her talent.
    I have my card all set for Alex; it will be in tomorrow's mail.
    Such a great way to enter the giveaway.

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  178. I love your butterfly card! I tried the technique, but I didn't have Inktense pencils so I tried it with watercolors. I had forgotten what you said about the pencils being permanent after they dried. Well, the watercolors weren't! As soon as the acrylic paint hit the watercolors, they started to run. What a mess! Once I rewatched your video, I was glad to see I'd made a correctable mistake. I look forward to trying again.

    What a nice thing you are doing for Alex. I will get a card in the mail to him next week to wish him a speedy recovery.

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  179. I just double checked and my comment never appeared. I mailed Alex's card last week. I love what you are doing for him--such a great way to show appreciation.

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  180. Your card is beautiful! I am subscribed to your Youtube channel and love the videos you share! I don't read blogs very often, and don't even remember how I stumbled by here tonight. Like you, I have become friends with the people who work at our local Costco. I will send a card to Alex tomorrow with prayers for a speedy recovery. One more thing we have in common is our feelings about Sandy. She is a super talented artist with such a terrific sense of humor! I would love the opportunity to meet each of you!

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  181. Pity I am incapacitated at the moment or I would be trying this NOW, and sending a card to Alex, although it would take ages to get to him from here. Thanks so much for the video.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  182. Fav artist Vasiliy Kandinsky
    Would love a chance to win!

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