Friday, April 21, 2017

Twinkle, Twinkle

At CHA, I got to hang out with a woman I ADORE - Wendy Ramlakhan, the owner of Sugar Pea Designs. Wendy and I met when I was in Orlando years ago for a Stampin' Up! event - and she came over and had dinner with us, during which we all laughed so hard. The dinner in Phoenix was no different.

I think we even scared the cardinals. :)

Anyway, she is a delightful human being - you can see our Crafty Chat session with her here - it's great.

She brought one of her illustrators with her - Becky Pearce - who is also a delightful woman. We had so much fun. One of the cool things Wendy revealed in her Crafty Chat interview was that she chose her illustrators from children's books she saw at Barnes and Noble. It gives her images  a sweet and youthful style.

I think you could do an effective test to find out if someone is mentally unstable just by asking them: "Do you love children's book illustrators?" Yes or no - all no's have to be locked up in a hatch. I LOVE illustrated children's books. Everything from Edward Gorey, to Alice to Where the Wild Things Are. Some of my favorite art in the world is from children's books.

Today, I am guest hopping with Sugar Pea and My Sweet Petunia, and I chose an image that absolutely stole my heart - Twinkle, Twinkle. I love the love for her bear, her squeezing him tight, the fact that they are alone together, and the hopeful, wishful window. Children are often alone in children's books - off in imaginary worlds, or in places where their parents can't find them, like Oz or Wonderland. This image evokes all those worlds and stories, I think.




I had to call in reinforcements on this card - texting my friends Yoo-Rah and Kelli for advice on what to put in the window - a night sky or a blue sky - but the name of the stamp set won us over, and I had to go for stars.

So I stamped the image in Daffodil Delight and then did no-line watercolor on it. Then I colored the sky. As the last step, I stamped it again on label paper and masked off everything but the sky and then splattered white ink on it for the stars. So much fun.

But not as much fun as prizes! So if you comment on all the blogs in today's hop, you can win prizes from BOTH Sugar Pea and My Sweet Petunia. For MY blog, please leave me a comment telling me your favorite children's book!!


Here are all the stops on the hop! Enjoy the creations - these are some awesome artists.

 you are here >>>>>>Lydia Fiedler<<<<< you are here


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118 comments:

  1. Your night sky is perfection ... love the watercoloring too.

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  2. I totally agree with you about children's book artists! I worked in a library and LOVED "reading" the children's book and LOOKING at the art work. Adorable stamp = adorable card, too.

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  3. Love reading your post, your card is amazing. Your night sky is wow.

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  4. This is beautiful!!!! The image causes the viewer to ponder what she's thinking. Precious. I love children's books. I was never so happy as when my kiddos' scholastic book orders came in!!!

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  5. Pooh of course. Then Narnia for older children and myself.

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  6. Absolutely adorable card. I will always love picture books and I have many favorites. But I still cannot read, "Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch without getting choked up. Love,love, love that book.

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  7. Beautifully done! Such a sweet card! My favorite children's book is Bunnicula.

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  8. Such a lovely card with the Sugar Pea stamp set, Lydia. I remember being fascinated with the photographed children's book, The Lonely Doll. I now know the author's troubled childhood was reflected in the images in her published books but I loved the "reality" of the photographed pages.

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  9. Thank you for sharing, you did a wonderful job with this card! It's adorable.

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  10. Lovely card - so beautifully colored and so inspiring:)

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  11. I could not adore you any more than I do if I tried!! This is without a doubt the most gorgeous card I have ever seen made with this image. It truly looks like it came straight from a page in a children's book. xoxo

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  12. My favorite? I don't remember having one as a child. My choice was always for my mom to sing to me. My favorites with my kids: Babies by Gyo Fujikawa - "Babies are very little, soft, warm, and cuddly. They're always lying around, eating, sleeping, laughing, and crying." Yes, I still know it by heart! My oldest carried it around like it was her blankie. Then I loved Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst - "some days are like that, even in Australia." My son loved that book. For a while we had to read that every night. Also Dr. Seuss - One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. When I was pregnant with numbers 2,3, and 4; we loved Fran Manushkin's Baby, Come Out!, and The New Baby with illustrations by Eloise Wilken.

    Every night we read three books. Then we progressed to chapter books. Then……they all read their books themselves. For over fifteen years I read three books a night. Goodnight Moon, Berenstain Bears, Little Critter books, Mercer Mayer's books, The Velveteen Rabbit, Beatrix Potter's books, Peter Pan (not Disney! the REAL Peter Pan.) How could I have a favorite? I suppose if I have to pick, then it goes back to the beginning. "Babies are very little, soft, warm, and cuddly……"

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  13. Oh to see the world through the eyes of Understandblue - what a fabulous card.

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  14. ONE FAVORITE???? Nope. Can't whittle it down that far. The Little Leftover Witch, The Plain Princess, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Ramona The Pest (& every other Beverly Cleary book), Encyclopedia Brown, Nancy Drew, The Borrowers, Little Women, the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Old Mother West Wind books, Harvey comic books, The Bobsey Twins, Trixie Belden, ...*phew*, stop me now. I read anything I could get my hands on! Thanks for sharing your card! Love that image!

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  15. Lydia, this is a cute, cute card....I just love stopping and seeing what you have made, your coloring, painting is so perfect. Well done.

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  16. What a darling card! I remember the one you made with the little babe asleep on the crescent moon! They both have that 'sweet' feel.

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  17. Love this and love images from children's books. My favorite for infants & toddlers is anything by Sandra Boynton, but especially "The Going to Bed Book." I've read it so often, I have it memorized!

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  18. This is absolutely beautiful!

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  19. OMG I had to go and order this set...it is so touching and I say this to my grandkids all the time...thanks for sharing

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  20. It's been so long since I've read a children's book
    I'm not sure I remember any titles. I did read
    Trixie Beldon and Nancy Drew but I don't know if
    they count. Love your card.
    thanks for sharing.

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  21. What a beautiful image, and the no line water colouring is fabulous! My favourite children's book - I still the copy I was given when I was 10 - is Wind in the Willows. Even without the terrific illustrations, the writing is so good that you can imagine Mr. Toad wildly careening about town in his motor car! :)

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  22. I took kiddie-lit twice (required in both states I lived & taught in) and still cannot get rid of my collection of children's books. Favorite? Where the Wild Things Are but Good Night Moon is a close second.

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  23. Encyclopedia Brown. I couldn't wait to figure out the mystery!!

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  24. I love SugarPea stamps and this stamp set, and I realize it was named after her daughter's nickname, but I do wish they had little boy stamps as sweet as their little girl stamps. I'm surrounded by males! Husband, sons, grandsons... not a girl in sight, except me :) Your card is adorable!!

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  25. Awww!!! Too sweet and cute!!!
    My favorite children's book is The Little Prince!

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  26. Lydia your card is so super sweet, love that previous image. Watercoloured beautifully!

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  27. Adorable card! And I just ordered that stand. I have been searching for months - should have known to come here for the best advice! lol!

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  28. I just love this stamp and I do love children's illustrated books. Since I'm an "oldie but goody" anything that was in the little Golden Books is just magical for me. Great work on this one! I'm a coward with no line water coloring. Love the results but am scared to actually do the technique.

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  29. So cute and pretty kinda brings a tear to my eye. JUST LOVELY!!!!!

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  30. I love your card! I have two favorite books, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Rainbow Fish.

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  31. Love Eric Carle illustrations...so The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of my very favorites.

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  32. Very sweet card. Your coloring is gorgeous.

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  33. Your card evokes a Hello Moon vibe, love it. My favorite children's book is Winnie the Pooh. I made my mom crazy making her read it over and over. I still own a Pooh Invents a New Game pop up book.

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  34. I hate that spam stuff. The electronic version. I live real Spam tho. That card is so sweet!

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  35. Love this card so sweet! My favorite children's book is Goodnight Moon because it is a book that all three of my children loved and my granddaughter loves it too

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  36. Awesomely beautiful - as usual! Thanks.

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  37. Such a darling card!! The window and night background is beautiful! You did an AMAZING job!

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  38. Such a precious card. Wonderful job on the coloring.

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  39. That is a super cool card! Love the splatters for the stars!

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  40. Miss Flora McFlimsy'so Christmas Eve.

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  41. What an adorable card. Your coloring is fantastic.

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  42. This is just precious Lydia, beautifully done. My fav. childrens book(s) are the Beatrix Potter stories, not so much for the story itself but I have always (even as a young child) was fascinated with the illustrations.

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  43. This card looks like a page from a children's book. The style of illustration is so apparent. I love the magic of it and the story above it. It makes me want to go back to childhood, where things were simple and anything was possible.

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  44. Very pretty card. Your coloring is stunning and yes I agree thus image can steal your heart. Your card and image is beautiful

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  45. my favorite children's book is: Rainbow Fish Book by Marcus Pfister.

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  46. This is so sweet! Your coloring is lovely :)

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  47. You always inspire me to create--thank you.

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  48. Oh my totally amazing watercolor piece! I LOVE your watercoloring so much, please do more watercolor videos, I love your style & so enjoy your blog posts!

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  49. Oh goodness, what a sweet card! Love your coloring.

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  50. The amount of supplies it takes making a nice handmade card... mind blowing some days. If people only knew they might stop saying things like, "I must save so much money by making your own cards" LOL... if they only knew.

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  51. Beautiful watercolors!! And it's a darling scene!!

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  52. Oh Lydia. I always enjoy your creations and this is now different. I like Muffly and Fluffy as that was my son's favorite.

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  53. I like how you colored this sweet image.

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  54. Such a sweet card and stamp! I think the night sky is the perfect choice. Your coloring is lovely--I need to finally try this no-line technique!

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  55. Your card is so sweet and adorable and your coloring is beautiful!

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  56. I have so many memories of Golden Books. The illustrations were wonderful. Sadly, I don't remember the titles. One of my favorite books was Winnie the Pooh and I still have that book.

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  57. Awww, so sweet! Your colouring is fabulous!

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  58. I'm really out of touch with children's books. I read so many when my kids were little. Dr Seuss books were always a favorite. Great job with your card.

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  59. Such a charming picture!
    I love your creations, Lydia
    And your humor.
    I enjoy the drawings in the old Barbar books, but I have a book that was given to my grandmother when she was nine. It is called Red Cap Tales by S.R. Crockett. There are only about fifteen illustrations, but they are lovely. Kind of dark, but realistic.

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  60. what an incredible card -it looks just like an illustration in a storybook...I aspire to master that coloring technique some day!

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  61. My favourite children's book is " Charlotte's Web." I also love " Winnie the Pooh!""
    Love your card and all your witty blogs.

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  62. My fave children's book is "goodnight moon." We love looking for the little mouse.... You did a wonderful job with the sky and the wistful longing for ? to come... santa, sleep, a parent?

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  63. So sweet and adorable. I can see why you chose that stamp set. The card and the great job you did in making it warms my heart.

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  64. This card is among my favorites! Love everything about it! Thanks for sharing.

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  65. Such a beautiful card that does capture the innocence of children. I agree children's book illustrations are the best!

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  66. This is such an adorable card, love it!

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    1. Almost forgot, my favorite children's book is called, Tuesday.

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  67. Kevin Henkes wrote a book, Chrysanthemum. It's about a little mouse who loves her name. It's absolutely perfect. Then she starts school and the other children make fun of her name because it's so long, and she doesn't think it's so perfect after all. It's a wonderful lesson about bullying. The illustrations are marvelous! Your card is divine!!!

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  68. Oh My Gosh! Your water coloring creates such a wonderful, soft feeling for the darling little image! I LOVE this! Thanks for the inspiration..

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  69. My favorite is a book we used to read to our daughters and then grandson: Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb!

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  70. What a sweet scene! This reminds me of a darling ATC I created with the theme of 'Favorite Children's Book'. I did my ATC on 'Goodnight, Moon'!

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  71. Beautiful card! Love the little girl. So cute!

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  72. Cute and dreamy card! My favorite children's book series has to be The Chronicles of Narnia. I read them as a kid and also as an adult and I loved it every time!

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  73. Such a lovely image! I am amazed by your coloring! Thank you for the inspiration.
    -Miranda

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  74. My favorite children's book was Panda Cake by Rosalie Seidler. I still have a copy of it! I read it t my preschool students! Thanks for allowing me to remember good times, a great story, and for the inspiration from your adorable card! Your coloring is spectacular!

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  75. Adorable! I don't have a favourite children's book as such, but I remember devouring lots of books by famous Dutch writers such as W.G. van der Hulst and Dick Laan (Pinkeltje series, translated into English as Fingerling). I still own several of these books. I fact, I kept all of the children's books I have ever received. Most of the illustrations were fairly simple and in black and white. Love how the current generation can enjoy the illustrations in full colour.

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  76. Such an adorable card! Love it and my favorite book is "I Love You More" that and "The Little Prince"

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  77. Your card is so sweet - it just melts my heart <3

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  78. This is so adorable!!! I love it!

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  79. The sentiment is so sweet and I hove the image you paired it with. TFS

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  80. I love the Twinkle Twinkle card. Seeing this card took me back to my childhood.

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  81. It has been a very long time since I read to my own children so I really can't say with any certainty which book was my favorite other than Dr. Seuss. I hope to read to my grandchildren soon. I do know that I love Phyllis Harris. She does some really amazing kids. I am a moon and star junkie so this caught my eye immediately. Love the set and what you did with it!

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  82. Lovely card! My favorite would be any of the books by Shel Silverstein. He was, and still is, a favorite author of mine. If I needed to narrow it down further, I suppose it would be Where the Sidewalk Ends or A Light in the Attic.

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  83. This is gorgeous! Love that stamp and what you have created with it!

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  84. So cute. . . love the night sky and stars!!

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  85. I love children books and the illustrations. My favorite are the old chronicles of Narnia illustrations.

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  86. Such an adieable card. Love it 😍!

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  87. Such an adorable card. Love it 😍!

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  88. Love the Twinkle Twinkle card. The sky is so nice and dark & the way she holds her bear so tight!
    This would be so good for a card or a page on my granddaughters scrapbook. She's only 14 months old.

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  89. Your watercoloring is beautiful!!

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  90. I love how you've painted this stamp image, it's gorgeous. I will be adding this stamp to my wish list. :)

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  91. This is beautiful! Love the rich colors!

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  92. Wonderful card! Love the image with the starry sky!

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  93. love the starry sky- and the shading of her hair.

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  94. Absolutely love this card and cannot wait to meet Wendy! I am meeting her next month in Orlando to interview here for my website. Scrapping for Less.com

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  95. I love your card so much. Having taught preschool for years, i have a real love for children's books ...all of Dr. Seuss, The Giving Tree, Where the Sidewalk Ends and so many more. You did an Amazing job on your card!

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  96. Absolutely in love with this card & coloring! Beautiful!!!

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  97. Good evening,
    Your Twinkle Twinkle card is so sweet! Reminds me of the book "Goodnight Moon". I used to read this book to my children at bedtime, one of their favorite bedtime stories. Your coloring is beautiful, and yournight sky is perfect!! Well done. Thanks for sharing.

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  98. This is absolutely beautiful. Remind me of my daughter!

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  99. Beautiful card it reminds me of my daughter

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  100. Oh I love this card! Reminds me of my little grand daughter!! She loves to sing twinkle twinkle! She's only 4. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  101. this card is just beautiful x

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  102. I love this and it has reminded me of my love for children's books also. I am inspired to find a way to incorporate it into my card making.

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  103. Love this card and what it says. Very sweet!

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  104. such a sweet card. I would think just about anyone would enjoy getting one.

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  105. OMG I love Love LOVE that image!!! It is soooooo precious!!! I have to have it!!! And your coloring techniques are amazing!!! I'm so glad I stopped by....I found you through a post on Stamp Junkies on Facebook :) Hugs...Janie

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