Monday, February 6, 2017

Raining Cats & Dogs!

CRITTER ALERT!!!

Since I have been on the road I haven't had a chance to do a few Hero Kit blog hops but I am BACK!!! I'm so excited about this month's kit because it's FULL of animals.

We got to spend a lot of time with the Hero Arts crew at Creativation - their booth was right next to the one I was working in - and can I just say again what truly NICE, great people they are? I wish all of you could meet them - because they just radiate goodness and fun. It's fun to buy craft supplies any time - but it's REALLY fun when you know you are spending your crafty budget with awesome people with great character. So it was very hard to say goodbye to my friends there, but at least I can virtually hang out with them today.

And I'm not sure if you saw this since I've been MIA - but now they have a subscription option for these kits, so you don't have to worry about getting them before they sell out if you subscribe. So good for you, Hero Arts - FOMO sufferers rejoice! (I suffer from acute FOMO - Fear Of Missing Out - part of being the youngest, I suppose, so I subscribe to ALL THE THINGS.)

Before I tell you about my card - let's all have a laugh at me, shall we? Because I didn't realize until I had photographed, blogged, filmed video, edited video and voiced it over that I GLUED MY BACKGROUND ON UPSIDE DOWN.

(Pause for laughter)

So here's what we are going to assume. First - this card takes place in a universe where gravity is exerted from the SKY and raindrops get sucked up FROM the earth.

Second - in this universe, some alien in the sky is stealing our pets by sucking them up with gravity.

Third - I need more sleep and better vision.

ANYHOO.

I started by die cutting a piece of watercolor paper - this is my favorite - with the (upside down) Cloud Raindrop Confetti die.

Then I added Brusho to that which I activated with Perfect Pearls mixed into my water.

I die cut the critters (STOP STEALING THEM, ALIENS) from marker paper and colored them with Copics - watch the video below for a cool tip on doing a bunch at once with the MISTI. I glued a piece of Whisper White cardstock to the back of the Brusho panel, and glued the critters on there. I should have videod how I did the sentiment on the clouds using the MISTI, but alas, I had already turned the camera off. I stacked them the way I wanted them - there are three clouds there - and then masked off the lower clouds, stamped the partial greeting on top, removed the top one, masked the bottom one and stamped a partial greeting on that one, removed that and stamped the bottom one. Then they were easy to line back up. All supplies linked below.

So without further ado - check out my alternate universe with upside down gravity!! For once, you can see the shimmer in the photo, so there's that!
February My Monthly Hero Kit by Understand Blue
all supplies linked below:



And of COURSE I have a video! The video does not document my hilarious mistake, but you'll get the idea :). This card took 40 minutes, so I sped up the coloring and watercoloring.




Now of course my awesome friends have more adorableness for you on the hop, and you know the deal - comment on all and you might win a kit! Here's what comes in the main kit - I used the add-ons  listed above for my card. This one - it's more than $70 worth of goodies for $34.99 - look at the dies! With a subscription, you get free shipping too. (PS - you're past the cutoff date for subscribing for the February Kit - I made this mistake with my first Mystery Experiences kit and wanted to save you that heartache - so you will need to buy this one and then subscribe if you want to for future kits. )


So leave some love for my buddies to be entered to win, and please try not to notice if any of them did their stuff upside down. 

Most of them left half their brain in Phoenix too! At least, that's what I tell myself!


Since I don't like rain - I like my universe better anyway - where it all gets sucked up into the sky.

Anyway - thanks for stopping by today - it's nice to be back in my routine for a bit, so I hope you enjoyed this card. 

236 comments:

  1. Fun and colorful card and how funny that you glued your background upside down!

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  2. This is so fun and cute! I LOVE the alien abduction idea!! lol, Lydia, your posts always crack me up! :)

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  3. It's good to know I am not the only one that does stuff like that! LOL! Still looks great!

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  4. So stinking CUTE! Love them! And lol re inside down world!

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  5. I think your card looks fab, even upside down! I'll be back to watch the video. Thanks for sharing!!

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  6. love your card this kit is the best

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  7. I don't notice any reversed gravity!

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  8. Adorable! Even with the alien abduction.

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  9. What a fun card! I really enjoyed your commentary, though - totally made me smile!

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  10. It really is about the small things, I love how you outlined the critters with the blue, it's so simple but blew my mind!

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  11. Cute card! Love the rain stamp in this kit

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  12. I love the action in your card , Makes it look great !

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  13. LOL. What I wouldn't give for a little anti gravity! Super cute and fun card. I love the spotted dog, he looks like he is having the time of his life.

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  14. Wonderful & cute cats & dog scene. Like the coloring. I do not like the rain either but my dog does not care when it is raining. She will go out in the rain.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  15. This kit is fantastic! I love you card.

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  16. Have not tried brusho...makes a great sky. Love this set and all the add-0ns. Cute design..TFS

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  17. Your card is so beautiful! I live in the Rain Forest on the BC coast so would get so much use out of these stamps & dies. Thanks!

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  18. Just love your blue background - upside down? Didn't notice! So great with your cascade of cats and dogs!!

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  19. Adorable card. What a great kit this is.

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  20. thanks for the smile today. Would not have noticed the upside down background. Love that you used it anyway.

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  21. This is super cute Lydia, what an awesome kit this is. Def. a very versatile kit!
    (Oh, and as for gluing the panel on upside down....It happens. Ask me how I know! LOL)

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  22. Oh so cute and I have heard that saying all of my life. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  23. Hahaha..really cute and different card! Thank you for making me laugh :)

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  24. Such a versatile kit! Love the window dies!

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  25. I love that background, what a great card, I know a little girl that would love this, very cute indeed xx

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  26. Very bold. Lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. Rainy Cats and Dogs and here too! Cute and cheerful card Lydia!๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿค—

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  28. Great card. Love all those "hang-gliding" animals.

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  29. This is such an amazing kit. Hero Arts is fantastic.

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  30. Even with the upside down background, it's still a sweet card! :)

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  31. Oh my, how adorable! Love your work!

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  32. I love this card!! and I don't know if I would've noticed that the rain was going the wrong way unless you mentioned it! We all have those moments though don't we? Anyways, it's beautiful, the background is stunning and those little kittens and puppies are adorable!! Love the way you were able to stamp on the layered clouds!

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  33. Very nice card ! Thanks for the video

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  34. It is literally raining cats and dogs! Love it!

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  35. Love your reverse universe, cute!

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  36. Raining cats and dogs!! I love it! Thank you for sharing this great card?

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  37. This card is so adorable. Love the wonderful background you created:)

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  38. Like others, I'm not sure I would have noticed your "mistake". I only wish my mistakes ended up looking so great! Thanks for sharing!

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  39. Upside down or not, the card is adorable. I like your story; it works for me. Thanks for sharing you Ooops moment [Phoenix can have an effect on people, so we'll blame it on Phoenix ;-) BTW I live in Arizona]

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    1. I LOVE Arizona - headed back in two days! :)

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  40. This cracks me up :-D Thanks for the chuckle!

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  41. Great kit, add-ons, and love this card! Adorable!

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  42. Lydia, you are a hoot! I love that it's raining "up". I have wicking issues also with the Neenah 80 lb. but not with the 110 lb. I love the containers you have your Brushos in, mine came in the white jars, can you tell me what you used for containers? Your card is awesome and I love this months kit!

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    1. Hi Linda - that is GREAT info about the Neenah - thank you SO much - I will try that!! The jars I use are here: http://amzn.to/2jVF7st

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    2. Thank you so much!! As you know, a little goes a long way, and once they are open there is no way to keep moisture out ( I put mine in a large Sistema container), even though it's just a tiny hole. This looks like it gives a lot more control.

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  43. I love the background die! I was waiting to see it used in the hop! Very cute with all the critters!

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  44. Super cute! I really love that background die!

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  45. Beautiful background on a darling card

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  46. It's raining cuteness. Love the shimmery background.

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  47. I love your take on this kit. It is fun looking.

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  48. How cute .... taking it literally ... raining cats and dogs.

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  49. I'm a little worried for your animals that don't have an umbrella for a soft landing. Just kidding. Fantastic card!!!

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  50. That's such a fun card. I can't wait for the rainy season.

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  51. Fantastic card! So glad you didn't toss this for an oops - we all make them and it adds to the character of your card!

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  52. LOVE it! the alternate universe is super cool- that is one gorgeous background & i love how you colored the edges to blend the critters in. great misti stamping tips too- i find small images so much harder to line up so this was so helpful for me to watch!

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  53. It just means your a BIG fan of Stranger Things

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  54. What a fun card. Thank you for sharing.

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  55. Love the bold rich colors of your card. I so rarely see watercolor that is bold vibrant colors. I love it And it so fits this kit

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  56. Love your card as well as this whole release!

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  57. What can I say except adorable! Love your card.

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  58. Your card is adorable even if it's upside down! The background color is amazing! Thanks for the laugh you are too funny!

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  59. Wow! amazing colours and I love the 'raining up'. I know a few people that would love for me to send them a card like this. Inspirational!

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  60. From our view, no one can see anything is upside down. Wonderful sky scene! Wonderful colors!

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  61. Hey Lydia, This is a great kit and a cute card. I have a question for you. I sent you a number of emails pertaining to the Season of Giving give away and have not heard back from you, can you check to see if you have received them? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Margaret - I have not - not sure how you're sending them - have you tried using the contact form at the top of my blog on the right?

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    2. Yes, I have sent at least 2 or 3 messages that way because I have been trying to get you my address since Jan 14. I will send another one now if you could be on the lookout for it. Thanks!

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  62. Soo blue......of course!! :o) Love what you did with the cats and dog, so cute.

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  63. Loving the bright happiness of this card :)

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  64. Love the background die, even if it was upside down. Hey, we all have those kind of moments, hours, or days...lol. Your card is sweet...love all the animals.

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  65. how cute, love the background die!

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  66. Your card is awesome and I love this kit!

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  67. hahaha I love that you stuck the background on upside-down! The world is NOTHING without imagination! I love the colour of your background though and the raining/disappearing cats & dogs are adorable! xxx

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  68. Love. The very colorful cute card. really enjoy your videos. Thanks for sharing them!

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  69. Even with mistakes, your card is beautiful. No one wouldn't have not notice when all other elements make the card stand out.

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  70. Great card using the new background die. Thanks for sharing!

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  71. Love the bright colors! Wonderful card.

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  72. I just love your raining cats and dogs card! I love it even more when I'm not the only one that makes mistakes! Cardmakers unite in their mistakes! ;) Sometimes those are the best cards! <3

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  73. Sometimes our mistakes turn out well. My niece squealed at your cute kitties.

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  74. Just send this card to an understanding crafty friend. I made one recently with a portion of the background upside down, and mentioned it to a friend, and that I was going to make it over. She told me not to, but to send it to her, because she always made her cards that way and thought that's how they were supposed to be! Anyway your card is adorable and this is a really great kit!

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  75. Love your critters! Thanks for sharing!

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  76. Awesome colors and textures! Love the kitties and pups! Too funny about the background... sounds like something I would do! Love this awesome kit!

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  77. I enjoyed your card "raining cats and dogs". Thank you for the inspiration I got for using my Brushos!

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  78. I like your universe! This is such a fun card.

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  79. Lydia -- raining cats and dogs? Love it! Your sky is great even if upside down. So are your animals. Thank you for the video showing us how you use your leftover piece of cardstock with the die cuts to stamp, how you color them, etc.

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  80. Great card Lydia, your a hoot, thanks for explaining the alternate universe idea ;)to tell you the truth I had not noticed!!! I was just looking and the cute furry friends...it turned out great, love that background TFS!

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  81. It's rining cats and dogs. Ha ha

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  82. Very cute!! I love your rationalization for putting the background on upside down-I agree with the alien world!! Hahaha!! Very nice card.

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  83. Love the card. It is too cute! Can't wait to get this set to play.

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  84. Your card is so cute, and I love the vivid blue background!

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  85. Lol! Truly raining cats and dogs!

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  86. Love the use of the background die. Please keep an eye out for those aliens!

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  87. LOL. I love your sense of humor. Your card is so cute, after reading your post, it does look like the dogs and cats are raining up, and it works fabulously. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  88. Love the beautiful blue background and those adorable critters falling from or being sucked up the sky lol This kit is soooo cute! Have a most wonderful week. Cheers Donna Z :)

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  89. Beautiful and so fun! So glad I'm not alone in my "bloopers" :)

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  90. Such a cute card, love the background. Would so love to win this kit

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  91. Your card is super adorable with its raining cats and dogs theme!

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  92. Hilarious! You pulled it off. I think this would bring a smile to anyone and cheer them up,

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  93. Thanks for using the background die, I wanted to see it in use.

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  94. This is great! I'm glad you used that background on your card. I wanted to see it in action

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  95. Love the card and I think you glued the background that way just to make me feel better. I greatly appreciate it!

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  96. Wow! This is amazing!!! So so sweet.

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  97. Those cats and dogs are so cute. There is finally a dog out there that is close to my dog, Sky. It's that one you colored orange. My Sky is black with a little bit of white, and I've never found a dog stamp similar to her looks. There are plenty of dogs out there I can use for my other dog, Stormy. I guess since my dogs are named Stormy and Sky I'll have to do a raining cats and dogs card sometime soon.

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  98. Very cute card. Love how you used the background stamp.

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  99. I love your card and all the beautiful colors you used.

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  100. Even with the mistake its still and amazing card and the jokes just made it even better!!!!

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  101. Such a cute card, love the background.

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  102. I am at a loss for words. This is so, so adorable and the creative ideas are endless.

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  103. I absolutely love the title of your blog post today and your card!!!

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  104. Cute, whimsical card, even with the background upside down! Thanks for the laugh and in knowing we aren't alone when we make these same mistakes.

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  105. Such a cute card. Got quite a laugh out of your oops. It's like something I would do

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  106. I love the upside down-ness of it all. So cute!

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  107. Now that I looked at your card on the computer versus my phone, I can see what you mean about the rain drops. That being said, it makes all the furry folk really look like they are being sucked up into the sky. How funny! Poor babies! Just look at it as part of creative license...

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  108. I adore this card! Working at a vet clinic, I'm always looking for stamps/dies to make cat and dog themed cards! Superb!

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  109. Bwahahaha....Sorry had to laugh at the gravity theory. But as well you explain why I have so many subscriptions..... FOMO,I am the youngest child.

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  110. These cats and dogs are so cute! I love the whimsy and the sentiments too!

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  111. Fun card and very funny!! This made me smile. It's nice to know that even the experts mess up every once in a while too

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  112. Super cute! I enjoy using vellum but struggle with adhering it to the paper.

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  113. Such a cute card. Love the colors.

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  114. Awesome bright card! I've made your same mistake a number of times myself lol!

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  115. Oh my! This stunning card sure puts visual to the expression!

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  116. Such a fun card with a great story, thanks for the giggle:-)

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  117. You did a great job. So cute!!!

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  118. Very cute! Love the background! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  119. Bright and cheerful card. Such a cute kit this month.

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  120. It's a really great card. I actually think being upside down works wonderfully for the card you made. I also immensely enjoyed reading about everything. Life is just like that from time to time.. The kit this month looks awesome.

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  121. Really artistic card. Bought the kit. Love the theme.

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  122. What a fun card! This is a wonderful new Hero Arts kit and the add-ons are too.

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  123. I just love this card and the kit is amazing

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  124. Hahaha! Aliens!! I love the little raindrop/cloud background. So cute! TFS!

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  125. Clever card, Lydia! Great job on the coloring. Thanks for sharing with us and for participating in this great hop and giveaway.

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  126. Haha, fantastic!! Thanks for sharing that, Ive glued a card up-side down once or twice.. Beautiful card, great tutorial! x

    Angelica Grosser (former Nilsson)

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  127. Great kit, very cute card! Thank you for sharing!

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  128. Adorable card! I love that raining cats and dogs stamp set - and your take is wonderful!

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  129. Such a cute card... too funny about your gravity theory though, lol!

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  130. Oh my goodness just learned a new way to stamp! Beautiful card

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  131. That background is so cool!! The sentiment made me laugh!! Love the critters!!

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  132. Totally awesome!!! Can’t wait to get this kit with my subscription! Such fun and fantastic examples!
    ~God bless~

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  133. Whoa Lydia, this is amazing!!! I love your quirky, fun approach and the beautiful coloring

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  134. What a cute card! I love the bold colours. Thanks for sharing!

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  135. So cute! I love the bright colors. Be careful when it's raining cats and dogs, you may step in a poodle...hahahaha!

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  136. Thanks for sharing the wonderful video tutorial. Great card.

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  137. It's a great card for a Monday! Ha, you are too funny!

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  138. What a fun and colorful card! it brightens my day...even if it is raining!

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  139. Your card makes me smile! If dogs and cats can fly why can't rain fall up?

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  140. Adorable card! Love these critters whether they float up or down! ^^
    Thanks for the edge-coloring tip, I tend to avoid matching dies because of the white edge, never thought of just coloring it in - brilliant! Thank you for the inspiration! xx

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  141. great card! your "mistake" on the background make the card amazing! I love it :)

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  142. I love all the blue in this card! So cute!

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  143. Hilarious post and beautiful card! Who cares if people think you're supposed to have the clouds in the sky and not down on the ground!

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  144. LOL. Love your kitties and pooches being sucked into the vortex!

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  145. Cute card! Raining cats and dogs. If you didn't mention the background being upside down, I wouldn't have noticed! haha! It happens to the best of us.

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  146. Bwah-ha-ha... I'm glad I'm not the only one that happens to (tho mine is usually the sentiment upside down. Tho I'd already seen the pic, I didn't even notice until you said so. The cats and dogs are my favorite of this release!

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  147. Your card is just so sweet!! The background is stunning. This is such a fun add on stamp set!! I love how you put this card together! Thanks for the chance to win this amazing kit ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  148. Such a great set of products! Love all of the options!

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  149. Love this card Lydia - that background is fantastic, and those raindrops - that rain is going from heavy to lighter ... no mistakes in that!

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