Monday, August 27, 2018

Rubeena's Craftaversary + Giveaway

My friend Rubeena is celebrating a fun milestone in her crafty life today, and so I'm helping her celebrate by sharing a project in her honor today!

I've been crafting - and specifically papercrafting - since my early teen years, so most of my crafty life took place prior to the internet. Magazines were the primary source of inspiration then - and maybe the then more prevalent TV crafting shows - like Martha Stewart, Sewing with Nancy - even though I didn't sew I enjoyed that show.

It's hard to think back to crafting before the internet, but what I do remember is I had to throw a lot more projects in the garbage. I couldn't look up how to use a product or how to do a technique, so I had to just try things, combine things, and I ended up with a lot of trash.

But whether you've been crafting for decades, or are just four years in, like the amazing Rubeena (I was NOT crafting at her level at four or even ten years!), what's most important is that enjoy those moments you spend, and I've enjoyed every one, even if they ended in pitching something into the recycle bin.

Take masking fluid for example. That was something I always screwed up because I didn't know to wait until the paper was dry to remove it, so I would get impatient and remove it too soon, and tear off the surface of my watercolor paper.

Now I know better, and that's what I'm going to show you today. You really just have to do two things. Wait for the masking fluid to be 100% dry before watercoloring, and then after you add watercolor, wait for the paper and paint to totally dry before removing it. Sounds easy if you're not an impatient person like me!

When I saw this adorable ghost set, I knew it was crying out for masking fluid. I stamped him in Versafine Clair Medieval Blue (which is very purpley) and then covered him with my favorite non stinky masking fluid that comes in a fine tipped pen style bottle. I refuse to use stinky art supplies, so I love this stuff.

After that completely dried, I sprinkled on this black powdered watercolor, and misted it with water to activate for a spooky galaxy - or, on of my favorite words - MIASMA - style background.

Then I removed the masking fluid - (video on Instagram) - and watercolored him with Quinacridone Purple and Permanent Green Light Daniel Smith watercolor. I added some no-shed glitter paper stars that I cut with this Lucky Stars die, and a strip across the bottom with the hilarious sentiment, stamped in the same ink as the ghostie.
Masking Fluid Watercolor Ghost Card by Understand Blue











Let's Get Sheetfaced Together -...
[ PFS ]
Lucky Stars - Nice and Neat Dies |...
[ N&T | SSS ]
Schmincke Aqua Masking Fluids - BLICK...
[ BLIC ]
Tsukineko VersaFine Clair MEDIEVAL...
[ SSS | CST ]
Quinacridone Purple - Daniel Smith...
[ BLIC ]
Permanent Green Light Daniel Smith...
[ BLIC ]
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors
[ BLIC ]
Paper Artsy BLACK KNIGHT Infusions...
[ SSS ]
Da Vinci Cosmotop Sable Mix F Brushes...
[ BLIC | ELH ]
Escoda Versatil Round - BLICK art...
[ BLIC | UTR ]
Fabriano Artistico 140 lb. Cold Press...
[ AMZUS ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- Edible...
[ GNK ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
[ GNK ]
Neutrals Glitter Paper Pack - Concord...
[ C&9 | SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | SBC ]
Ranger 2 oz MISTER BOTTLE MIS30676
[ SSS ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | ELH | CST | ART | SBC ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Multipurpose Liquid Glue by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]
Nesting Porcelain Bowls - BLICK art...
[ BLIC ]
My Favorite Watercolor Sketchbook
[ UTR ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
[ AMZUS ]
Xyron ADHESIVE ERASER 23675
[ SSS | ART | AMZUS ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue Two...
[ SSS | ART | BLIC | ELH ]
Ink Off Cloth
[ INK ]



Halloween is one of my favorite crafty holidays - I just love all the imagery, and this little set is cute, snarky and affordable - the perfect storm.


In honor of Rubeena's craftaversary, she's pulled together tons of sponsors for prizes, so look at all this crafty goodness you could win with a comment on this post! 

While you wait for winners to be posted - which will happen at this link on September 5th (comment by September 2nd to be eligible and tell me how long YOU have been crafting) - you can check out what these companies offer and make a wish list!

Studio Katia - $50 gift card
Hello Bluebird - $50 gift card
Altenew - $50 Gift card
Pinkfresh Studio - $30 gift card
Gina K. Designs - $50 gift card
Clearly Besotted - £25 gift card
Simon Says Stamp - $25 gift card
Spellbinders Card Kit ($55 value).
Jennifer McGuire - $50 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Winnie & Walter, LLC - $40 gift card
Mama Elephant - $25 gift card
Hero Arts - $25 gift card
Nichol Spohr LLC - Custom-sewn rainbow pencil case filled with brand new Spellbinders dies
Danielle Flynn - $25 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Picket Fence Studios - four $25 gift cards
Ellen Hutson - two $25 gift cards  
Pretty Pink Posh - two $30 gift cards
The Stamp Market - July 2018 Release (estimated $100 value)
Indigojade Art Shop - $50 gift card to Art Prints & Gifts Shop
Flora & Fauna - a 4x6 stamp set
Waffle Flower - $25 gift card
Power Poppy - $50 gift card

After you leave me a comment, your next stop is Mayra!

So let me know how long you've been crafting, and have an awesome week. 

Loveyameanitbye.

239 comments:

  1. I have been crafting since my was a
    Brownie in Girl Scouts. So over 50 years! Sewing, macrame, ceramics, candle making, jewelry, cross-stitch, & paper crafting have all been passions of mine at one time or another. Paper crafting and sewing are my favorites and are the ones I continue to enjoy.

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  2. Wonderful! I have been crafting for over 25 years now.

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  3. I just love your Halloween creations! I have been paper crafting, off and on, for about 15 years, but not very faithfully or steadily. You inspire me, though. Thanks for the masking tips!

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  4. I feel like I've been crafting forever. But just this year I've gotten back into card making which has been super fun. Love all the ideas this blog hop has generated. Now to add using masking fluid to my list. Thanks.

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  5. This background is amazing! I love this Halloween Card! So cute! Thank you for the idea!

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  6. Too funny that sentiment. Very cute Halloween card. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  7. Haha! That stamp is too cute!!! Love the masking technique!!!

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  8. Love it, Lydia!!! I scrapbooked many years ago then stopped and started making cards a little over 4 years ago. ❤️

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  9. adorable!! I have been a papercrafter for more than 30 years! I worked at American Handicrafts in highschool and took just about every art class I could in highschool. So I guess I have been crafting since fire was invented!! Cute card!

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  10. Love your card and the awesome sentiment! Have several friends who would love to get a card like this! Thanks for sharing it. I'll be back to watch your video!

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  11. Super cute card! I haven't done alot of Halloween cards, but this one is a winner!

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  12. That verse is what I call LOL must purchase and I love the way you incorporated it into this wonderful card!!!

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  13. You are such a talented artist! Thank you to all for inspiring me to create.

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  14. I love your card with that little ghost. And that saying is to die for. LOL! Thank you for sharing it.

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  15. The first project I remember is my daughter's birth announcements. My baby is now 26 years old. *sniff* Deborah S.

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  16. Lydia, I'm not so much into Halloween, but your ghostie card is great! When I read the sentiment I laughed out loud. Your talent seems to know no bounds. Thanks for participating & giving us a chance to win. Seeing the inspiration along this blog hop is a gift in itself.

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  17. Halloween is my favorite, too, and your ghostly card is FABULOUS! Great technique....thanks for the inspiration.

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  18. Great card! Loved your story about crafting before the internet! I can relate because I did the same thing. How easy now to just google a technique or how to use a product! Shows we have staying power! Thanks for sharing.

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  19. I think the fun thing about crafting or cardmaking is that we are constantly learning something new~ I too have struggled with the masking fluid. I think patience (or lack thereof) is my issue! lol.

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  20. Such a fun sentiment on your cute card!

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  21. That sentiment is so funny. I could see using that definitely. Cute card.

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  22. OMG! This is adorable! Great halloween card! I love your videos, they are informative but also make me laugh! Your cat is hilarious!

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  23. Such a cute Halloween card! That sentiment is a riot!

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  24. Very clever technique and thanks for the tips about letting it totally dry.

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  25. This card made my giggle and it's precious, Lydia...love your technique and the results that you achieved!

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  26. Very cute ghostie and LOVE the fun sentiment.
    Like you, I used magazines as my reference guide. I started
    with home decor projects and gifts, ornaments ... maybe 20
    years ago. Then I found scrapbooking (when it first started!),
    which led me to card making.

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  27. I've been crafting all of my life (just
    turned 78 yesterday). I went from
    needlearts to paper arts and everything
    in-between. Love to make something
    out of bits and bobs. Your card
    is fantastic. Love snarky sentiments.
    this one is fun. thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. I love making Halloween cards, this card is too cute! Thanks for sharing!

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  29. Super Adorable!!! I've been crafting for all my life so most of 50 years!!

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  30. I love your Halloween card and that sentiment is just too funny!

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  31. This is super fun and cute!!

    Hugs&Blessings,
    Mayra

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  32. I've always loved all thing pen/pencil/paper related, but didn't really get into papercrafting until 2008. Now do cardmaking and papercrafting and love doing albums and 3D projects as well! Truly addictive stuff. And my favorite holiday is also Halloween - and I love snark so your card is right up my alley - Love it! TFS!!

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  33. crafting? a lifetime, mostly origami and odds and ends. Cards specifically though, About 2 years :)

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  34. I love the card. The neon green hat is so funky! And I adore the sentiment. I have been crafting for a very long time, since I was a child. The card making bug bit me around 5 years ago and I haven't looked back!

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  35. I love this technique with the masking fluid! Love this blog hop, I'm seeing so many new (to me) blogs for the first time! thanks for sharing your creativity!

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  36. Ha-ha! This gave me a real chuckle and is just an amazingly cute Halloween card. Have to get me that stamp. You did a superlative job - many thanks for sharing.
    I would like to mention that finding the comments area on your and many other blogs is becoming a serious challenge and may be a reason why there are fewer of them. I wish everyone would put comments in a PROMINENT spot and not hide them behind ambiguous icons... =^..^=

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  37. Such a fun card! Love it! I've been crafting for 3 years, used to scrapbook many years ago when the kids were little.

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  38. Love the cute card (and the sentiment is hilarious)! It's so sweet to see the community (esp. the unity of crafters and sponsors) come together to celebrate Rubeena! Thank you for the inspiring card! ~ Lenice

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  39. Oh my gosh, this card just cracked me up! I love it! Thank you for being a part of this blog hop and for sharing your creations with us all the time!! You are such an inspiration! I also definitely want to try that masking fluid!

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  40. Great card showing so much loveliness!

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  41. So fun! I guess it is time to start our Halloween cards!

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  42. Lydia, this is just the cutest card...I do not do much Halloween....but I will tell you dear lady....you are one very talented artist...I have followed you on Splitcoast forever....I was a rubber stamp demonstrator for 10 yrs...and I just love so many other companies work..that it didn’t work out for me any longer...but....enough about me.......I cracked up at this cute card...love the Punny sentiment....made me chuckle.....I am hopping along on this wonderful blog hop and enjoying all of this great talent...and love for a fellow artist and crafter....it is awesome....Bless you all for being so supportive....that is why I love crafting.....biggest of hugs my dear.......Off to see more talented work......Hugs

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  43. Spooky colorful card. Love it!

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  44. What an adorable card! I was introduced to card making almost thirty years ago at a local quilt shop who offered a class on Christmas cards. When I saw the heat embossing for the first time, I was hooked!

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  45. I love your signature snark here!

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  46. What a darling ghost!! Halloween cards are so much fun to make and I love the colors you used. I have been crafting since Blue Birds and am so loving making my own cards for the last 20 plus years. Great stress reliever :)

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  47. Hahaha! Love this card and the sentiment.

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  48. Lol! Hey! I got my big laugh for the day from this card. How cute is that? This is a fun blog hop with lots of inspiration from everyone. I love how cardmakers tend to "circle the wagons" and help everyone out!

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  49. Love that fun, spooky card. Adorable.

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  50. Fun card and fabulous background! I've been crafting since my kids were small (youngest is 29!) and what changes I have seen!! I'm still just a dabbler and experimenter, but that's me. :)
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  51. I love this card and sentiment! I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. One of my favorite childhood memories is going to the hardware store with my dad. I went to the wallpaper section and picked out all kinds of paper and paint samples, then when I got home I’d cut them up and make pictures on construction paper.

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  52. This ghost is really "styling" with his unique background and fashion accessories. Thanks for sharing your crafting journey too. I can relate to those days before videos. Let's don't go back there.

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  53. I have been crafting for over 45 years, starting with Artex painting and woodworking from Shop classes in school. Then my grandma taught me to crochet. I learned how to cross stitch, how to make potpourri hoops, how to sew and so much more. In 2010 I bought a BigKick so I could make some Match Game Cards for my grandchildren, and with having that, I started learning how to make cards, and now I love creating mixed media projects. I also started my YouTube channel Jan 2017 and enjoy making those.

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  54. Too funny! Great card and fun background. I've been crafting since 1996! And I learn new things every day thanks to awesome blogs and crafters who share their talents. The blog hops really introduce me to so many new people and techniques.

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  55. Such an adorable card - even if I don't do Halloween! Love the colors and the sentiment is quite funny!

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  56. Super cute! Glad you are helping Rubeena celebrate!

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  57. Oh my goodness, that sentiment is hilarious! Amazing card, so striking. Fantastic techniques and design.

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  58. Love your card, I have to try masking fluid.

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  59. Halloween isn't really my holiday, but your painting is great! I've been papercrafting for about 30 years now, and I still love it! TFS & have a great day!

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  60. Crafting was born into me. My Mom was a great seamstress and also a Cub scout leader. So we did loads of crafts. Now in my late 60's, I am a full fledged crafter. Love your ghostly guy. I need to get started on my favorite holiday, Halloween! Nicely done.

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  61. Thanks for sharing such a fun card. Love the pun.

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  62. Love the fun puny sentiment! Great spooky card ! Thanks for sharing your tips! I've been crafting for around 13 yrs and still have lots to learn ! Xx

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  63. You have created a fun halloween card with a fab sentiment. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Diane Lousie xx

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  64. Fun card! Thanks for the masking tips!

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  65. This card is super adorable!! I love that little ghost and the sentiment is perfect!! I love your watercoloring! Just beautiful!

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  66. Adorable card - and funny! Great job!
    Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

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  67. LOVE this snarky Halloween ghost set, and your super adorable card! i've been crafting about 10 years off and on, much more regularly the last 2 years luckily. Thanks for sharing your incredible talent.

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  68. Such a fun card and hilarious sentiment!

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  69. Love your awesome card. The sentiment is great.
    (Gilda)

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  70. Ok, this is a great Halloween card! I've been crafting on and off for around 15 years I guess. Now that I'm an empty nester I've been doing a lot more, and I'm excited to get started with the fall crafts!

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  71. Cute Halloween card and sentiment!!

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  72. Lydia, I love your background. That little ghost is so adorable.

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  73. I love that ghost! :) I have been crafting for 18 years! I started scrapbooking with my mom when I was really little.

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  74. Great instructions for this card!

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  75. OMG, I love the cutie ghost and THAT sentiment!! I would send that to so many friends!!
    I've been crafting for several years but have only just begun with card making and paper crafting for about a year now. I love it and the inspiring community it comes with.

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  76. I love that snarky little ghost! Gosh, now that you've made me think about it, I have to admit that I've been crafting over 50 years. I've tried many things, mastered a few, and still eager to learn more.

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  77. I feel the same way about masking fluid! I will be patient next time, lol! Thank you SOOOOO much for the shoutout, for celebrating with me, and for being you!!

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  78. Omg..how adorable the ghost is!! The bg is stunning. Love it. 💕❤️💕

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  79. LOVE your fun card! Great sentiment and the cutest ghost ever! Love your coloring too! Thanks for celebrating Rubeena's crafting anniversary with this awesome hop!

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  80. I started cardmaking in 1986! Before that, I have always crafting of some sort since I was a kid!

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  81. What a cute little ghost and great sentiment.

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  82. I've been crafting for nearly 50 years, from A to Z and everything in between. Long time favourites are stamping & paper crafting and I have enough supplies to open my own store (So my husband says, lol). I Love your ghost card, and the sentiment gave me a good belly laugh, so thanks for that and for sharing all you do! Cheers, Dotty

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  83. I love both the humor in your sentiment and the design of your Halloween card. This is the type of card I love receiving! Thanks for sharing and giving me a laugh!

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  84. I have been crafting for over ten years and even attended creating Keepsake University (bonus points if you know what that is 😉) My love of scrapbooking brought me to my love of card making and I haven’t looked back since! I must say some of my favorite cards are the snarky ones and this is a perfect one!! Thanks for sharing!

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  85. What an adorable little ghost. Thanks for sharing your cute card with us.

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  86. I don't celebrate Halloween, but I do love your fun card! I guess I'm a slow starting crafter as well, but I love when I surprise myself with the results of my crafting. It also proves that we should not compare our own creative journey to that of others.

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  87. Love the background and the cute little ghost and the sentiment!

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  88. I'm not normally a Halloween person but this card is so perfect, that sentiment had me truly laughing out loud! Thanks for sharing it, for the laugh, and the inspiration to maybe make a card or two for Halloween this year. Congrats to Rubeena on 4 years of making, I've been crafting/making for more years than I like to admit but.... about 50 years. OK, that wasn't so bad to admit to but in all those years I did many types of crafts but I didn't start cardmaking/papercrafting until a few months ago and I'm hooked for life now LOL, I love it all!!

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  89. I have been crafting in some form for 25 years. It's great to try something new. Your spooky cute ghost is fabulous!

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  90. Very good post. I am facing a few of these issues as well..

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  91. Ok, this card made me giggle! I haven't used masking fluid yet but I may have to give it a go. Fantastic card!

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  92. ooohhh...thanks for the link to the non-stinky masking fluid, must check that out. Your card is ADORABLE. Love how you colored the ghost. I was nodding my head as I read about crafting before the internet....magazine were such a must have, always saved all the stamping catalogs too.

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  93. Oh what a sweet card Lydia! Love the ghost image AND your background!

    Funny story: We were scrapbookers ONLY at the time.... I went to a craft store with a friend and she bought a couple pricey Hero Arts stamp sets (at the time she had a job & no kids and I on the other hand had 2 kids and NO JOB!) I said I won't be getting into THIS!!! Well, I saw a sale bin of stamps so I purchased a few mini Hero Arts stamps for "scrapbooking".... AND the rest is history, I WAS HOOKED! That was in 1999 and I have been stamping ever since! LOL
    Have a wonderful day and thanks for sharing your creativity with us 'non bloggers'!

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  94. I have been paper crafting for 22 years. But did wood crafts for many years before that. Oooh, love your ghost card. Never tried masking fluid yet.

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  95. Great card love how the hat pops.

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  96. That has got to be one of the cutest Halloween cards I've seen. I just love that background, too. Just perfect! TFS!

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  97. I'm totally unfamiliar with masking fluid. I'll have to look into it more. I love the internet for how much I can learn, too. ☺

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  98. Love that cute sentiment & the adorable ghost! Thanks for the masking tips. I hesitate to do projects with masking as I'm never sure if I'm doing it right.will be getting that masking fluid as soon as it's back in stock!

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  99. Very funny card. Or should I say punny?

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  100. Your Halloween card is simply wonderful. The snarky comment is so much fun. Smiles!

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  101. This is too funny! Love the sentiment and the whole card.

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  102. Haha cute ghost! :) About the question. Crafting ... since I can hold a pencil (50 years haha), but papercrafting started just 2 years ago cardmaking - my first year but I love it!

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  103. Such a cute , fun card..Love the background so much. Thanks for sharing.

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  104. Lydia, you have most definitely earned the title "Enabler!" Love your card and that sentiment is the best ever!

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  105. haha!! LUV this! I've been crafting since early childhood. Mom used to belong to the Craft of the Month Club so I got to help. and craft 'stuff' was all I used to ask for as gifts.

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  106. Oh my goodness! Love love this ghostly fellow! And your cool grad. I had to rush right over to pfstamps and get him. And of course, found a witchy set to go with him. ;)

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  107. Such a spooky fun card! Thanks for the tips and about masking fluid and how you made your card!

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  108. Hey Lydia! I've been crafting about 20 years starting with scrapbooking and then expanding into card-making. I've since given up the scrapbooking and taken up blogging with my photos instead. Still love cards and papercrafting!

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  109. Love the coloring and the ghost is so cute!

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  110. Congratulations to Rubeena! Love her work. And what an amazing group this crafting world is to sponsor such wonderful prizes. Love your card inspiration too!

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  111. I can't really recall when I first started crafting, but I remember old school rubber stamps and embossing powders with my mom. It was definitely pre-internet days. I feel like I spent less money pre-internet days on crafty supplies because there was so much less enabling! :) And no online stores to make it easy to spend/shop.

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  112. Good Grief! That sentiment is hilarious! I have been paper crafting for almost 2 years. I did needlework growing up, lots of cross stitch, crocheting.

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  113. Love the pun on the Halloween card !,

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  114. So cool I love the whole scene you created, and the colouring is fab with this "glow". Thanks for sharing, and for celebrating with Rubeena

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  115. Love your little ghost card Lydia. I've been crafting probably since I was a Brownie. From Paper Scrapbooks to sewing to crocheting to crewel embroidery to cross-stitch. I think I've always loved to make things.

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  116. Thanks Lydia, for yet another wonderful work of art! I have been a crafty character my entire life. I have been in love with paper crafting for 15 years and am now in a group where I am learning terrific techniques-many I can practice with your tutorials. Mary Ellen M

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  117. Love your card! And loved reading about your crafting journey too!

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  118. Oh this one is such fun. Thank you for sharing.

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  119. Haha this is creepily cute!! So adorable!

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  120. Fun card. I've been crafting about 10 years.
    Thanks.

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  121. the background is amazing...and I love the comment. My card making is still in it's infancy so I appreciate all the information.

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  122. I absolutely LOVE that funny ghost & sentiment! I've been crafting for over 20 years, in one form or another. I started with dried flowers, moved to real ones (became an actual florist!), then started with paper crafts about 8 years ago. It's all such fun!

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  123. This made me laugh out loud. SO, so cute!!! Love the hat.

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  124. i love getting sheetfaced!!!! what fun!!! i'm also quite fond of that line of ink. all good things!!!
    i've been making my own stamps and atc's for about 6 years. that recently led into papercrafting. so far, it's a great switch.

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  125. Oh I love it! Great card! Thanks for sharing!

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  126. I have doing some sort of drawing, coloring, sewing things since I was very young - got into cards about 20 years and have loved seeing how this particular craft has evolved. Your card is darling, Lydia.

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  127. Liking the sentiment - I find it difficult to add punny sentiments to cards - but you done it here! :) Loopyloo

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  128. Love your ghost - pretty cool :)

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  129. I love this stamp set! It’s great!

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  130. That sentiment!! So great. This card is fantastic! I have been crafting in some way or another for more years than I can count!! Thanks to all who have contributed to this giveaway and Congrats to Rubeena!!

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  131. Haha what a fun card this is!! Beautiful execution :)

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  132. How fun, perfect for Halloween!

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  133. What a fun Halloween card! Love the background.
    Thanks for sharing...

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  134. i love this ghost. I'm going to have to purchase him...even though I don't make Halloween cards!

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  135. How much fun is that! Love it!

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  136. I love the look of powdered watercolors!!! I do not have any, but I love how everyone's things turn out with them! Always unique!

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  137. Boo-tiful card. I’ve been paper crafting since I was pregnant with my firstborn 22 years ago, but have been crafty since coming out of the womb myself.

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  138. Thanks for participating in this special event to help Rubeena (and all of us) celebrate.
    Thank you!
    Karen Letchworth
    www.karen-mycuprunnethover.blogspot.com

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  139. What a great card and thank you for the tips!

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  140. Oh my gosh Lydia, that sentiment literally made me laugh out loud! Such a fun and whimsical card!

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  141. I’ve been crafting 2 years! Truly changed my life

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  142. Totally love the background! I have been craftin since I was very little and just never stopped! I have been totally addicted to cardmaking for about 12 years now!

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  143. Your card looks so fun! Such a great ghost! Honestly? I'm not sure how long I've been crafting. I did some sewing when my girls were young and tried my hand at Cross stitching. I got involved in paper crafting when my sister invited me to a Creative Memories scrapbooking party probably 15 years ago. I fell in love with it and expanded my knowledge and product base as I discovered new things. I didn't really have the room for scrapbooking so I switched to cards because it took me less room to work. Now I've expanded to doing some mixed media canvases and hope to get into art journaling. I love paper crafting! There are so many great products out there. I can't figure out what to buy and what to leave because it's all great. My husband hates it when I buy products because I have so much but I just can't stop lol. I'm sure many are in the same boat.

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  144. Thank you sponsors for this super-hop. And thank you for the info and inspiration here! Crazy-good sentiment...

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  145. Such a cute ghost and love your background! I've been crafting ever since elementary school...the crafts have evolved, but the love hasn't!

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  146. Cool card. I too love Halloween, one of my favorite holidays. I have been cardmaking/paper crafting for almost 20 years and still learn something new everyday. Thanks for sharing!

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  147. This card made me chuckle! I love halloween too. Thanks for introducing me to masking fluid!

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  148. Love this ghost card! And the sentiment is awesome! This is a great blog hop & I'm so impressed with all the support!

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  149. This ghost card is great! And that sentiment is priceless! Thank you for sharing & for reminding me to try using my masking fluid. I'm also so impressed with the support & encouragement from this community.

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  150. This is cute ghost. Awesome Halloween card.

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  151. A great fun card! I can understand how you couldn't go past that image! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  152. Adorable and funny card...that sentiment made me giggle haha!

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  153. Heee fab fun card! Thanks for the masking tips :). I've been card making about 15 years.

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  154. Haha, I love that sentiment! For as long as I remember, I've always done one craft or another. After a few years hiatus, due to illness, I'm back in the saddle, this time doing papercrafting. It feels so good to have my crafting mojo back!

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  155. A very fun way to celebrate Halloween!

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  156. You're speakin' my language!!! HGTV and PBS bridged the gap from magazines to the internet. I'm a visual learner and there's nothin' like a YouTube video to clear the cobwebs!!!

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  157. what a fun card! Love that sentiment, and thanks for the tips on masking!

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  158. What a fun card, the sentiment is great!

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  159. I'm SO impatient but I'm inspired to try masking fluid again. Thanks for sharing this adorable card!

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  160. I'd love to get sheetfaced with that cute little ghost!

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  161. Sooo cute! I look watercolor powders so love the background you created

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  162. I have been crafting for as far back as I can remember and I am 62 years old. I think I was either 4 or 5 and my first project was making potholders on my loom with the stretchy bands. I think they still make those looms, but now they are out of plastic and mine was out of metal.

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  163. I’ve been crafting for about 10 years. Love your card and that sentiment is too funny.

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  164. Crafting since fourth grade. Love hearing the steps you took to make this creation, and that sentiment is a Hoot!

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  165. So much fun!! Great use of colors in your cards!

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  166. What a cute card! Love the sentiment! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  167. As always, you’ve made quite a fantastic card !! And to answer your giveaway question, I’d say I kinda always did. But it’s only a couple years ago that I discovered cardmaking and the fantastic cardmaker community !
    [margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

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  168. Guess I have been creative since I was a kid. I loved sewing and made most of my own clothes up until I had kids. I discovered card-making several years ago and love it. I so enjoy these blog hops and seeing and inspiring ideas from so many talented people. Thanks.

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  169. I made my first scrapbook in high school, so (gulp) about 30 years now. I've done cross stitching and some sewing but its mostly been papercrafts. I took a break from scrapbooking about 5 years ago to make a couple cards, then a couple more, and got into it big for a couple years. Now I just seem to collect stuff, only making a couple cards per year again, but still haven't gotten back to scrapbooking which was my passion for years. I tell myself I will when my son graduates and goes to college in a year, but but it will also take my computer to break or the internet to go down for weeks. I spend too much time looking at what others make instead of actually making something. Knowing that doesn't make it any easier to fix though!

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  170. That is SO stinkin' cute! Love the technique and the sentiment.

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  171. Crafting forever..my whole life.
    Love your work.

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