Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hero Arts Hop + Katy's Kindness Hop + Giveaways

Happy Valentine's Day!

I have two things I LOVE to show you today. One is a charitable cause - see later in the post - and the other is a blog hop featuring stuff from the new Hero Arts catalog.

At Creativation, my friend Ilina and I volunteered to help with a make & take event Hero had for their customers. This event was in our hotel, and there were three projects, all amazing, so we got to play with a lot of the fun new things from the catalog. Is there anything more fun than a bunch of new stamps and dies? I think not. My make & take table featured the Color Layering Peacock set, and what I did was set each one of the layering stamps up on a separate MISTI, and I numbered them with Post-It Notes. I put the coordinating ink with it, so everyone knew which step used which ink. They could just stamp a step (with layering stamps, it doesn't matter what order) with their MISTI and ink pad and then hand it to the next person! It was easy and fun - and it was a good way to get more than 50 people through a beautiful card in as short a time as possible. We had a great time.

Anyway. there was no way I was passing up getting some of the fun new stuff that the other tables got to work with too. The things Ilina made with the Color Layering Koi were amazing.

Aaron, the owner of Hero Arts (if you don't know him, please watch our OCC interviews with him here and here - he's a great guy), and I chatted before the event about the powerful influence of crazy chicken ladies on our current culture. I laid out the case to him that they were much more fervent than crazy cat ladies, and as a crazy chicken MAN himself, he was unable to disagree.

Now I can't confirm that his crazy chicken man tendencies are the reason that Hero Arts came out with a Color Layering Rooster stamp set, but what I CAN tell you is that all the crazy chicken ladies and men everywhere will lose their clucking minds over it.

I'm neither crazy NOR a chicken lady, and I did, so there.

Now I have every stencil ever made on earth - just so you know. EVERY ONE. I can't resist them. Every time someone says "I love shopping - I have 84,000 pairs of shoes" I roll my mental eyes and think - "YOU are cra-" and then I remember my stencil drawer. I wink and nod.

To me, the Abstract Waves stencil design looked like the furrows of a plowed field, and so I thought I could tie my rooster into his home farm with that design in the background. Tell me those aren't perfect together. I used my Clarity stamp stencil brushes and Butter Bar ink. For the rooster, I used the coordinating ink cubes - which are perfect - those are chosen by the set designers' samples and there's a reason for that. As a matter of fact - I had the ink cube sets on my desk because I hadn't unpacked my crafty bag from Arizona yet, and I grabbed these colors not even knowing they were the coordinating ones - and they are perfection. Imagine how pretty my hair felt when I realized they were the intended coordinating colors. (I swear I'm a brunette.) Anyway - here's the card - I used the oval infinity dies and my MISTI to curve the cockadoodledoo sentiment around the oval. The main sentiment is from the color layering peacock set. I was all - if that rooster is going to wake me up, he'd better at least wish me a lovely day!
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(Pauses for crazy chicken ladies to compose themselves.)

Now - on to crazy dog ladies!

Yes - I said dog.

I'm trying to raise awareness of ALLLLLLLL crazy ladies. There are so many more than just crazy cat ladies. Diversity in the crazy ___ lady population needs to come into the light.

So the next card is for the crazy dog ladies.

Now while I can cuss at an Olympic level of performance, especially in traffic or during election cycles, I don't tend to use curse words on my cards, just because I know some people find that offensive, and I really just want to make people laugh or smile with my cards. I save my best cuss words for the privacy of our interstates or with my close cussing friends.

HOWEVER, that does NOT mean that I don't like a good implied word every now and then. As I said here - a sense of humor is important to the general enjoyment of life by all humans.

And because my desk was basically a superfund site this week, I had the Irreverent Birthday Messages set sitting there left over from this card, and also the new Woof set, and my brain did the rest in less than a tenth of a second.

I give you - a heartfelt "sorry" card.
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The three markers I used for the poop are E47 E55 and E57. The rest listed above are for the pup, and I added some white accents with my gel pen.

The poop is from the Irreverent Birthday Messages set, and the dog and sentiment are from the Woof set. So freaking adorable. You KNOW it's cute if I ended up with a dog card instead of a cat card, and I do own both sets. :)

I seriously laughed the whole time I was coloring this.

So to stop my giggle fest, I pulled out a lovely and more contemplative set - Japanese Wishing Garden. When my little eye spied this set, I was really drawn to the torii gate image in the set. Now mind you, I didn't know it was a torii gate, and I didn't know what a torii gate was, but I loved the image - I'd seen one in Hawaii, and I wanted to paint it. So after I painted this card, I looked it up - and this is what I found:

torii (鳥居?, literally bird abode, /ˈtɔəri./) is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the profane to the sacred

How perfect is that for my transition to this card from the dog poop card? Seriously - you can't make this stuff up.

I deliberately left white areas on the gate, because the ones I've seen have been enameled, shiny finishes. Then I did no line watercolor for the rest of the card - I started with Soft Vanilla Shadow ink - and finished with the mirror image technique. I just think the images make such peaceful scenes. To help me put it in the right setting, I just did a google image search for torii gates, and found that they are frequently near water, so I wanted that to be prominent.
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And I did a sped-up video of the watercolor process along with some mirror image tips, so enjoy! Splotchy may or may not have contributed to this video.



Now I know you want to win some of these stamp sets - and of course Hero is giving some away, so be sure and stop by the other blogs in the hop and leave comments for your chance to win! Start at the top!

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Laura Bassen
Wanda Guess
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Yana Smakula
Kathy Racoosin
Debby Hughes
Kelly Purkey
Lydia Fiedler
May Park
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Heather Ruwe
Libby Hickson
Michelle Short
Jana Millen


Now I hope you'll join me for a sweet card drive after all that. I know I'm asking you to do a lot of clicking today - but this will warm your heart.

The Katy M. Murphy Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by Katy's mom Amiee.  Katy had a congenital heart defect and lost her life at the tender age of 6. Amiee started the foundation to honor her daughter's memory. 

Today we are kicking off the card drive with a blog hop. We are hoping that all of you will help us by sending in cards to help complete Katy's Kindness Kits.  The kits are for children and their families who are living with a congenital heart defect (CHD) and are inpatients on the cardiac care unit at Boston Children's Hospital. The foundation will be delivering kits to the hospital to help make the children and their families stay at the hospital easier, or kinder if you will.

All the details for the card drive can be found HERE, as well as a list of AMAZING sponsors who have offered up some phenomenal prizes to be raffled off to those who submit cards. Please read the rules carefully. The card drive will run from February 14th thru April 15th.

So if you want to check out what my sweet friends have created for this card drive and maybe win some of the giveaways, please visit all their blogs below. I'd love it if you sent in tons of cards for this great cause.


Amiee is a real sweetheart, and I'm really grateful that Michelle asked me to participate. I admire people who turn their pain into something wonderful like this, so I hope you will support her and these families - you know how much a card can mean.

Thanks for being here today!

Loveyameanitbye.

205 comments:

  1. The puppy and the "sorry" sentiment is just too cute!

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  2. I am in love with all of these new layering stamps! If I could I would buy them all! It’s so hard to choose a favorite, they are all fantastic! I would say it’s between the peacock and the poppy. But the coy and water Lilly are great too.

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  3. Lovely projects, wow! All of them are simply amazing.
    Awesome card drive too!

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  4. Beautiful card. That rooster is so real looking.

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  5. wow what a great collection of cards you have made - the little puppy made me smile and love the serenity of the Japanese garden:)

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  6. You had me at rooster and then the poop! What a nice way to start my day, thanks Lydia.

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  7. OMG - I freakin' love your "sorry" card !!! We own 2 big dogs and also own a dog boarding facility in Plano TX - I have to case your card- TFS !!!

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  8. Hi Lydia, This is my first visit to your blog and I am subscribing! Your cards are fabulous and your writing is wonderful...a real treat to read! Cracked me up. Thanks for the info on the Katy's Kindness card drive. I love making cards and having a good reason to do so! My daughter was hospitalized about 8 years ago and she shared a room with a baby with a serious heart problem. The strength and faith of the parents was amazing! I know for sure that whether you're the patient or the parent, a card can turn a day around.

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  9. Gorgeous watercoloring. These stamp sets are super!

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  10. That puppy is so cute 😍 You make beautiful cards!

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  11. The cards are fantastic! Love the water colored crane! Gorgeous!

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  12. I like the background of the rooster card. Then, oh look! Puppy! Squeal.

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  13. I like the rooster card, but the doggy poop one just cracked me up! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. OMG, I love the puppy card! Fabulous projects.

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  15. The little dog is the best--SO cute!!! Your cards are so great. Thank you.

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  16. You are hilarious with the poop card!! Fabulous watercoloring on the Japanese Water Garden card as well!! But my fav' is your Rooster one! That is so what I love!

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  17. Lol. I love your blog, it always brings a smile to my face! I am not a crazy animal person, so I think I am a crazy craft person? (aka Craft hoarder? Yeah, that's me...) Love the doggie card and the Japanese gate card is gorgeous!

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  18. Your cards are great! I so enjoy seeing what each designer does with these fantastic Hero arts stamp sets! Your rooster is amazing!

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  19. All of your cards are fabulous, Lydia but I especially love your no-line watercolouring. Stunning!

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  20. Oh wow. Now there's a card to be made for the saying, "You are in a world of (poop)". A card for any occasion. Love your cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Dear Lydia,
    We both have pretty hair! Bff and I have added that phrase as our code for "get a clue." It will be competition for,"Bless your heart."

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  22. the dog card is so freaking cute! I cant get over it, I just started playing with alcohol markers and love them!

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  23. Wow, all the cards are so great, and different. Gotta love the puppy poop card though :)

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  24. Lydia, these cards are all so freaking amazing! Girl, you blow me away!!! I am dying laughing over the dog card (crazy dog lady...right here!). I am going to have to buy those stamps just so I can case that card! Love you. Thank you so much for joining the card drive and hop. You are awesome!

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  25. Love the puppy card and the Asian inspired card so beautiful.

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  26. Each time I visit your blog, Lydia, I understand more why my friend Chriss loves to hang out with you!!! I AM out of my clucking mind over this Cock a doodle doing Rooster!!! and every thing your heart touches!
    =]

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  27. wonderful cards - your Japanese card is so pretty!

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  28. Lovely cards.Thank you for sharing

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  29. Not a chicken lover (other than in ma belly 😜) but still had to get the rooster set & dies! (And the koi, and the poppy....). Love everything you made with these!

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  30. Beautiful! I love them, all of them, well done lady. xx

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  31. gorgeous samples, thanks for the inspiration!

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  32. Amazing watercolor effects. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. Yes I'm a crazy chicken lover and your cards are fabulous!

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  34. Lovely cards! I am a crazy cat lady :-)

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  35. Such beautiful creations!!! Love the cockadoodledoo :) So pretty!

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  36. That puppy and poop card - so stinkin' cute! The Rooster card was fantastic with the use of that abstract wave stencil. Well done, Lydia!

    Sharlini Nambiar

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  37. Lovely cards. I love watching your tutorials. They are so helpful. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day.

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  38. Gorgeous cards, Lydia! Beautiful stamping and watercoloring, and your video is so helpful! So happy that you're acknowledging all the 'Crazy Ladies' in your life...so fun!
    Thanks so much for the heads up on this card drive...such a brave and lovely mom to remember her daughter in such a thoughtful way :)

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  39. Stunning cards. Love the peaceful Japanese garden, and the puppy card was so cute. Thanks you for the tips.

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  40. Wow the rooster is done so nicely. Your other projects are good too.

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  41. We all deal with dog poop from time to time. Very cute and your other cards are lovely.

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  42. I love the new products but my favorites are the layered sets they help us amateurs seem like professionals.

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  43. I love the rooster. Awesome giveaway.

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  44. There is always something on your blog that makes me grin and this one is no exception. :) I love all your explanations and the gorgeous watercolor crane card! Oh! and I love Hero Arts, too...always have, always will!

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  45. I love your card as usual but your I'm sorry card is over the top cute

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  46. Happy Valentine's Day. Thanks for sharing.

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  47. Beautiful and creative cards!

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  48. Oh my gosh! Beautiful cards! I especially love the puppy card. LOL!

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  49. Great cards!!!! I love the watercoloring Japanese one the best.

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  50. Your cards are Amazing! I love them all!

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  51. Your cards made me smile! That is something we all need some times. Thank you for sharing.

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  52. I so enjoyed seeing your cards today Lydia!

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  53. Your colors are so vibrant. I like the Japanese card, but that pup is so very cute!!

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  54. These are such awesome cards Lydia! So funny. I'll have to check out the details on this card drive. Sounds like a great cause.

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  55. Totally amazed at your original use of the waves stencil - splendid job. The dog poo card is also inspired!

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  56. OMG That "puppy" card had me laughing SO hard - I love it! I am the same way - I rarely cuss on my art, but, in person, especially in traffic, I've been known to make a trucker or 2 cry. . . :)

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  57. Loved all your projects, and especially the watercolour prayer gate card.

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  58. You crack me up, your so sweet at OCC, who knew you can cuss like a sailor! Love your cards!

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  59. You bet I want to win some of the stamps in Hero Arts new release! Love your cards - especially the puppy! Thanks for sharing!

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  60. Oh, my goodness! Your commentary is such fun to read! Love your cards - and that Torii is beautiful.

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  61. Lovely watercolor and a nice laugh! There are so many great stamps is this release.

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  62. So that's your secret, I need to but my cat on my back!! I always enjoy your tutorials, beautiful card.

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  63. That rooster just calls out to me...

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  64. The puppy sorry is so cute and your rooster looks amazing.

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  65. Gorgeous cards! I can't wait to try the rooster !!!

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  66. Love your cards, especially the "sorry" card with the poo. So funny. Thanks for sharing your crazy ideas with us.

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  67. All great cards! The rooster is a standout!

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  68. Love your cards and your sense of humor is so much fun.

    joybird1223@gmail.com

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  69. All I can so is my wish list from this Hero Arts release is longer than Santa's Christmas list!

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  70. All of your cards are beautiful and colorful! I love the sweet little dog and your colorful rooster!

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  71. Wish I were confident enough to try watercolor ... these cards were gorgeous

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  72. Yes, this rooster is amazing ! Thanks for sharing all your great cards !!!

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  73. These are so beautiful!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  74. I have been waiting for the release since the catalogue preview!!! So excited!

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  75. I really like all of your cards & totally get your sense of humour. My ex S.I.L. used to tell me our
    family had a warped sense of humour. I didn't understand...still don't. lol

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  76. That was the cutest poop pile I've ever seen 🤔 !

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  77. Wonderful cards! I particularly like the wishing you peace card due to the skilled water coloring, especially the water.

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  78. Lydia, it was such a pleasure to read your post and watch your video today! I literally can't stop smiling! :) Your cards are each so wonderful and you are such a talented writer too! It all makes me very happy!

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  79. HA! Love the "sorry" card. Adorable!

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  80. Beautiful cards - I love the water color background. Thanks for sharing

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  81. Wonderful variety of cards. Like the stencil background, curved stamping of sentiment & coloring of Rooster. Like the humor in the dog 'poop' Sorry card. Like the wonderful artsy watercoloring on the crane car; especially liked the reflections.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  82. I just cannot get enough of that rooster, great watercolor card!

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  83. I really like them all but being a crazy dog lady, i loved the sorry.

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  84. WOW,WOW,WOW!! Besides being hilarious you are so extremely talented! I love all your cards and have to say that when Jennifer McGuire did a Hero Arts New Release video...I about went crazy over that rooster and declared it my favorite of the release!!

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  85. Wow, love this diverse set of cards, the rooster is awesome with the "plowed" field looking background, how clever! Love the pup and poop Sorry card and the Japanese gate card is south a beautiful scene.

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  86. I have no need for a rooster ... but you made me want one ... I do however have use for irreverent birthdays, so I had to place an order

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  87. Love your poop card. Haha I know a few people I could it too xxxx

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  88. Your rooster card is so lovely...really like the background you created and the lovely selection of colors throughout the card design. As for your "sorry", I just laughed out loud! Your third card is such a delicate watercolor creation. Thanks for sharing all three.

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  89. Love the new dog stamp set. The card you made is so cute.

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  90. Love your sense of humor and your art!

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  91. Your cards are amazing! Thanks for the video, I've bookmarked it!!!

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  92. Lovely watercolored card--such a peaceful scene!

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  93. Lovely cards, love the watercolor and the rooster

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  94. Amazing work! Your creativity is refreshing and love what you did with each card. Thanks for sharing your talent as an inspiration to others! ;)

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  95. Such a great new release and inspiration!!

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  96. Who wouldn't object to a little cock in the mail?
    Love my roosters!

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  97. Wow this release is unbelievable. I love so many things. Gotta have em! Lol

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  98. What a wonderfully, creative set of cards! First, I am a dog lady and I love the poop card! Thanks for sharing the sentiment set that I might have missed. The watercolor card is simply gorgeous I appreciate the inspiration!

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  99. Nice cards!!! really artwork!
    Roost is crazy nice, now i see that i need to get that beautifull mask you used in the background.

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  100. Loved the watercolors card and the Sorry card made me laugh :)

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  101. The rooster is so real looking, great layering stamp. The sorry card is so funny, cracked me up. Love both cards.

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  102. Beautiful cards, you are so talented.

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  103. Thanks for the laughs! Love your posts and cards. Who knew I needed a rooster stamp! It's so pretty.

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  104. Love your cards. that puppy is too cute..

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  105. All your cards were fabulous, but the card with the dog and the poop was priceless! I am definitely going to have to get that rooster. We went to Hawaii a few years ago when my son was fairly young and all the pictures he took were of chickens, so I have hundreds of pictures of chickens to scrapbook someday.

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  106. Your cards are awesome. Thanks for sharing your tips on creating the reflection.

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  107. Congrats! I just happened to notice you're almost at 1.5 million page hits! But your cards..... your water colored pieces is gorgeous! I too try to keep my cards clean, but we all know people who would get a kick out of receiving an "Oh (poop emoji)" card. LOL.

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    1. Oh my gosh - I didn't notice that - thank you! xo

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  108. Love your cards! The rooster is my favorite. It's so realistic!

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  109. Gorgeous cards. I particularly love that rooster the way you did him.

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  110. Such amazing cards, they are all wonderful! Love the rooster though!

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  111. Priceless is the sorry card ! This new release from Hero Arts is really amazing, so many cuties, clever and beautiful stamp sets. Your cards are awesome.

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  112. Sure going to steal your poop idea... love it!

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  113. Fabulous cards. My favorite is the rooster as I am a crazy chicken lady!

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  114. Lovely cards. The Japanese garden is so soothing and beautiful. The puppy card made me laugh. I made a card a while ago for my sister ( who shares my sense of humor). I had been a turd recently and wanted to apologize. I put a large toilet with a lid that lifted on the front. Inside was a turd with googlie eyes. With the sentiment Sorry I've been such a turd lately. Sometimes you need to do something different.

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  115. such fun cards! Make me want to plan a vacation to Japan ASAP!

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  116. That rooster stamp is really catching my eye.

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  117. Beautiful cards! the puppy card is hilariously cute, and your water color card is so peaceful! what another great way to use these beautiful stamps! Thanks so much for sharing

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  118. Your watercolor card is amazing and the puppy poopy card made me laugh!!

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  119. Lovely cards. Just love the rooster!

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  120. Fabulous cards, Lydia, but especially love your watercolor Japanese garden!!

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  121. The puppy card is so cute! The watercolor card is a favorite. I am in love with the rooster. So many great sets in this release. So much talent. TFS YOURS!

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  122. The puppy card is so cute! The watercolor card is a favorite. I am in love with the rooster. So many great sets in this release. So much talent. TFS YOURS!

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  123. Great cards! That second one totally made me laugh!

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  124. Rooster's are my fav! Fun, Fun, Fun!!

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  125. Aww I just wanted to hug that puppy!

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  126. Love the layering stamps and fun cards!

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  127. Okay, I'm still giggling over that pup card, and the one with the shrine and water scene is just beautiful. Also, speaking of crazy chicken ladies, I've had a "thing" for chickens ever since I was about 4 years old!

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  128. Your cards are all so different from each other and all are just lovely and funny and pretty and cute. So creative. And btw - you need to write a book - I wou,d buy that too!

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  129. Thanks for sharing with us, Lydia, and for your humorous blog. I hate to admit it, but I'm probably one of those crazy ladies- about something or other. Thanks too for participating in this great hop and giveaway.

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  130. Gotta love that rooster--what a great way to wake up in the morning! The puppy card was hilarious--reserved for just the right person! Thanks so much for sharing! (Peg)

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  131. I am in love with this rooster! I have some country elements in my stash that will make a great scene. Your colors are perfect! Beautiful! Great release and so much talent on this hop! TFS YOURS!

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  132. I am in love with this rooster! I have some country elements in my stash that will make a great scene. Your colors are perfect! Beautiful! Great release and so much talent on this hop! TFS YOURS!

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  133. Fabulous cards Lydia! Love your water colored card so peaceful, thanks for sharing!

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  134. So vibrant. I love the doggy card too!!!!

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  135. Terrific cards! All of them.! Thanks for sharing.

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  136. Great cards and I love the dog card, it is so funny.

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  137. The dog card is funny and too cute. It would have came in handy when my dog was around.

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  138. All amazing cards! I love the puppy and poop card, I laughed out loud when I scrolled down to it. Your watercolour card is stunning, it most definitely has a tranquil and serene feel to it!

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  139. the Japanese gate is fantastic.
    the coloring is great.
    Poor puppy - he didn't mean to
    have an accident.
    Great projects.
    thanks for sharing.

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  140. Appreciated your video & your watercoloring is beautiful. I have got to say the puppy dog is so funny!

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  141. Loved your cards and the running monologue as you introduced them was fabulous! I had a great giggle! Thanks!

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  142. Lovely cards,the watercolouring is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing :-)
    AnnB

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  143. These are all beautiful! I love the rich colors of the rooster!

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  144. I really like your Japanese Wishing Garden card.

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  145. LOL can't get over the poop & pup card XD
    All the cards are amazing, I really love the new Japanese Wishing Garden set, it has some lovely images and I love what you made of it.
    Thanks for inspiring and for making me smile :)
    xx

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  146. Your cards are so pretty and the dog one is so fun! Great job!

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  147. First I must tell you I LOVED reading your blog script! While you 'collect' stencils I 'collect' embossing folders. Love those things! Your dog card made me laugh 'cause we just had a family incident that would fit that so well. But your last card really called out to me as I'm very into watercolor on cards right now.

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  148. Love all the cards. I too have a lot of stencils. Love all the color layering stamps from Hero Arts. I also will be making cards for the kindness card drive.

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  149. Great cards, the dog sorry is so true! Thanks for sharing!

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  150. I love your fun blog and I am a crazy cat lady - that pup is cute and your other cards are fab!

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  151. OMGoodness, the puppy and poop sorry card is so funny! I love the rooster.

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  152. Cards are beautiful...especially the sorry card. too cute. Thanks for the info on a card drive also. blessings

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  153. Well, I love your sense of humor :-) Such a fun card with that puppy and poop.

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  154. Gorgeous cards!!! And thanks for the alert about the card drive!

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  155. Great rooster card. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  156. I'm impressed with your attention to detail in research and water coloring. Lovely card.

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  157. I love all of your cards, but the Japanese Garden one caught my attention. Thank you for sharing

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  158. Amazing cards, love the rooster & japanese garden.

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  159. All your cards are great but I really LOVE the first one! I would never have thought to use the wave stencil with butter bar ink but it really works and looks like a hay background!

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  160. Awesome cards! Love the colors on the rooster!

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  161. The crane card is just beautiful. But as a crazy dog lady myself, I love that poor sorry puppy card! I just showed my husband too and he loves it also! Poor, naughty puppy!

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  162. I LOVED the puppy poop sorry card. I just got a puppy two weeks ago and although we are doing pretty well with the potty stuff, as you can imagine there are a few accidents. When I correct her about her accidents she gives me the most sorry puppy eyes I've ever seen. She has really learned how to tug on my heart strings. I could see giving a card like this to my husband from "Millie" when he finds an accident she has had. LOL

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  163. adorable puppy card and really-that fun rooster is really growing on me-fab cards!!

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