Monday, December 3, 2018

Fairy Glow Technique + Giveaway

Were you the kind of kid that really believed that fairies and witches live in our forests?

I most DEFINITELY was, and my friends and I spent a lot of time in the woods, indulging our imaginations. At the end of the street, there was a little wooded area with a pond, and I imagined all sorts of things inhabited that place. It created just the right amount of mystery for my mystery loving mind. Also, my favorite books were not the dark, Germanic horror stories CALLED fairy tales, but stories with more benevolent characters like actual fairies.

So it should come as no surprise to you that this month's Hero Kit has my name written all over it! It reminds me of the earlier midsummer's night kit which I also loved. This type of imagery is just my favorite.

So I have a a video for you today (embedded below the last card too) on how I created this glowing background SO easily. I used three Pan Pastel: Bright Yellow Green Tint, Ultramarine and Violet with my Life Changing Blender Brushes. So fun and easy.

After I stamped her in Acorn, masked her and created the background, I removed the masks and watercolored her. You can't see here, but I used Pearlescent Shimmer, Iridescent Gold and Duochrome Saguaro watercolor on her wings, hair and dress and she's super sparkly. You can see that below.










December 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit
[ HA ]
Get Them All - December Add-Ons
[ HA ]
Lucky Star
[ HA ]
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
[ HA ]
Tsukineko VersaFine Clair ACORN Ink...
[ SSS ]
Life Changing Blender Brush 2-Pack -...
[ PFS ]
21934-4770 - PanPastel Artists'...
[ BLIC ]
21934-5230 - PanPastel Artists'...
[ BLIC ]
21934-6510 - PanPastel Artists'...
[ BLIC ]
Fabriano Extra White Cold Press...
[ BLIC ]
Pearlescent Shimmer
[ BLIC ]
Iridescent Gold Watercolor
[ BLIC ]
Duochrome Saguaro Green
[ BLIC ]
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors
[ BLIC ]
Avery Self-Adhesive Removable Laser...
[ AMZUS ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
[ GNK ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
[ BRG ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue Two...
[ SSS | ART | BLIC | ELH | MFT ]
Escoda Versatil Brushes, Travel Round...
[ UTR | BLIC | INK ]
Da Vinci Cosmotop Sable Mix F Brushes...
[ BLIC | ELH ]

See her sparkle?  The sentiment is from this add-on stamp set, by the way, stamped in Intense Black.


So she is from the main kit, which looks like this. Isn't it gorgeous? You get the stamps, the dies, these shimmery papers, Moonshine Confetti and a Sakura Clear Glitter Pen. But get it fast - the kit is while supplies last. Look at the little dandelion dress on the top left fairy.

BUT WAIT - there's a stunning fairy frame die. I LOVE these frame dies - they make beautiful cards so easy. I used a Gel Press Print from this video and just glued the die cut to it and stamped the sentiment from the main kit. What a WOW. Love the dragonfly, bird and butterfly tucked in there.






December 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit
[ HA ]
Get Them All - December Add-Ons
[ HA ]
Fairy Window Fancy Die
[ HA ]
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
[ HA ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
[ BRG ]
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 | MFT ]
Ink Off Cloth
[ INK ]
Sizzix BIG SHOT EXPRESS Gray and...
[ SSS ]

There are a lot of fun dandelion themed stamps and dies too. Again, a die that allows for simplicity but wow is my friend! For this card, I masked off my watercolor paper with delicate surface tape to leave a rectangle. I painted it with Daniel Smith watercolor, and dabbed it with a natural sea sponge to add texture. Then I die cut the dandelion with this die, and stamped the sentiment from the main kit in Intense Black. BOOM.








December 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit
[ HA ]
Get Them All - December Add-Ons
[ HA ]
Dandelion & Leaves Fancy Die
[ HA ]
Royal Super Value Sponge Set - BLICK...
[ BLIC ]
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors
[ BLIC ]
Escoda Versatil Brushes, Travel Round...
[ UTR | BLIC | INK ]
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
[ HA ]
Scotch-Blue Painter's Tape for...
[ BLIC ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
[ BRG ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue Two...
[ SSS | ART | BLIC | ELH | MFT ]
Ink Off Cloth
[ INK ]
Sizzix BIG SHOT EXPRESS Gray and...
[ SSS ]
VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne -...
[ ELH | SSS ]
Fabriano Extra White Cold Press...
[ BLIC ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | ELH | CST | ART ]
DANIEL SMITH WATERCOLOR SPLIT GROUP
[ FCB ]

Then - I saw something in one of the stamp from this stamp set. The set was upside down on my desk, and I looked over and saw a mountain range in the upside down branch image. So I stamped that and the moon in embossing ink, embossed them with clear embossing powder, and watercolored over them with Daniel Smith watercolor. The sentiment is from the main kit.








December 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit
[ HA ]
Get Them All - December Add-Ons
[ HA ]
Wish I Might
[ HA ]
Wish I Might Frame Cuts
[ HA ]
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors
[ BLIC ]
Escoda Versatil Brushes, Travel Round...
[ UTR | BLIC | INK ]
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
[ HA ]
VC250 Versamark Watermark Ink Pad |...
[ HA ]
Clear Embossing Powder - Hero Arts
[ HA ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
[ BRG ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue Two...
[ SSS | ART | BLIC | ELH | MFT ]
Ink Off Cloth
[ INK ]
Fabriano Extra White Cold Press...
[ BLIC ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | ELH | CST | ART ]
DANIEL SMITH WATERCOLOR SPLIT GROUP
[ FCB ]

Now back to dandelions! I created a background like the one above, and this time I stamped the little girl from this sweet new Stamp & Cut in Nocturne on top of it. The sentiment is from the same set.








December 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit
[ HA ]
Get Them All - December Add-Ons
[ HA ]
Wish I May Stamp & Cut
[ HA ]
Royal Super Value Sponge Set - BLICK...
[ BLIC ]
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors
[ BLIC ]
Escoda Versatil Brushes, Travel Round...
[ UTR | BLIC | INK ]
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
[ HA ]
VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne -...
[ ELH | SSS ]
Scotch-Blue Painter's Tape for...
[ BLIC ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
[ BRG ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue Two...
[ SSS | ART | BLIC | ELH | MFT ]
Ink Off Cloth
[ INK ]
Fabriano Extra White Cold Press...
[ BLIC ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | ELH | CST | ART ]
DANIEL SMITH WATERCOLOR SPLIT GROUP
[ FCB ]

And last but not least - the SWEETEST add-on. I love all space-themed sets, as you know - and Hero has my favorite ones in all the land. I created a galaxy background with Daniel Smith Watercolor, and stamped the Big and Little Dipper images in Unicorn ink, and then die cut that with the Oval Infinity Dies. I used my white gel pen to add other stars. I stamped the cat and dog in Intense Black and cut them out with the matching dies.I cut a second piece of watercolor paper with the same dies, and then cut that piece again to form the little patch of earth they are sitting on, which I then watercolored with Green Apatite Daniel Smith Watercolor. Then I stamped the sentiment from this set in Unicorn.










December 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit
[ HA ]
Get Them All - December Add-Ons
[ HA ]
Lucky Star
[ HA ]
Lucky Star Frame Cuts
[ HA ]
Hero Arts Oval Infinity Dies
[ HA ]
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors
[ BLIC ]
Daniel Smith GREEN APATITE GENUINE...
[ SSS ]
Escoda Versatil Brushes, Travel Round...
[ UTR | BLIC | INK ]
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
[ HA ]
AF249 Unicorn Pigment Ink Pad | Hero...
[ HA ]
Sakura CLASSIC WHITE Fine Line 05...
[ SSS ]
Scotch-Blue Painter's Tape for...
[ BLIC ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
[ BRG ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue Two...
[ SSS | ART | BLIC | ELH | MFT ]
Ink Off Cloth
[ INK ]
Sizzix BIG SHOT EXPRESS Gray and...
[ SSS ]
VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne -...
[ ELH | SSS ]
Fabriano Extra White Cold Press...
[ BLIC ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | ELH | CST | ART ]
DANIEL SMITH WATERCOLOR SPLIT GROUP
[ FCB ]

So that's my tour of this month's release. However, there are other goodies out today. Like this space themed background stamp.

And this dandelion background stamp.

And this beautiful wood-mounted fairy stamp.

And a stunning Paper Layering Dandelion Die:

And, as usual, you can get all of this month's add-ons at a discount. Here is the bundle, or you can buy them separately.


And as usual, Hero is giving away this month's kit or a refund if you're a subscriber. Just leave me a comment with your favorites from this release to be entered to win!

And now - the video for my background! Enjoy & thanks for stopping by! Be sure and check out my sweet friend Julee's blog for more inspiration.






Loveyameanitbye.

74 comments:

  1. Oh Lydia, AGAIN with all the gorgeousness. I especially LOVE the little girl with the dandelion card. You and Hero Arts make magic together!

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  2. Hello, Lydia! Thank you for sharing your many cards and ideas for using this Monthly Hero card kit and add ons! Love the blender brushes and find that I need them and those gorgeous pan pastels.

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  3. I love the sparkle on the fairy card! I am also into space, and love your galaxy card as well. Actually, all of the cards are great. (Maybe I should look at my stamps upside too?) :-)

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  4. I love the two background stamps so much. Also the kids blowing dandelions, but what is not to love about a fairy in a toadstool! I love all things magical! Thanks Sally

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  5. Beautiful cards and such an awesome kit!

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  6. Beautifully done kit and your design is awesome , very well done !

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  7. What a beautiful assortment of cards, Lydia. Stunning colors on each one! Thank you so much for the wonderful inspiration!

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  8. What a beautiful assortment of cards, Lydia. Stunning colors on each one! Thank you so much for the wonderful inspiration!

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  9. Awesome month for Hero Arts. Love your cards. Absolutely gorgeous!


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  10. I am quickly becoming a fan of the background stamps. I just love the little dandilion one. I have been using background stamps more and more instead of patterned paper. They really bring out the artist in me.

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  11. What an amazing collection of cards! They are truly outstanding!

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  12. The glow looks AMAZING! I also like how she is glittery. What a great look!!!!!!!

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  13. I just love your cards and your coloring technique (something I definitely need to work on) thank you for sharing your wonderful talents!

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  14. How sweet! I don't know if I should buy it to keep and make cards or give it to a young friend to encourage her to stamp. I love the glow!

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  15. These are all such great cards! I really love the one of the little girl with the dandelion. I also need both the space and flower background stamps asap lol

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  16. Wow! Fabulous set of cards!! Each one is just amazing! <3

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  17. What fun cards! I love how you incorporated so many other elements in with this kit. I also really like the background on the first card with the glow around the fairy.

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  18. Wow - I just love the backgrounds that you create - and with all the different mediums! An amazing kit from Hero Arts, as usual. :)

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  19. I love the watercolored backgrounds! You’re so amazing with watercolors! Love all your cards, each one is beautiful! This kit is awesome. Can’t wait ti get mine in the mail.

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  20. I'm not sure it gets much better than fairy stamps with matching die cuts. I have an 11-year-old daughter who still sees and believes in fairies. Her sweet heart gives mw hope. Also LOVE the Fairy Window Fancy Die. So much impact! Also enjoyed your video with the fairy glow from the life changing blender brushes. You are amazing!

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  21. Beautiful work with a lovely collection of media! Thanks for stepping up this kit 100fold!

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  22. These are just so whimsical and beautiful!

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  23. You are such an amazing artist. Beautiful handful of cards. This kit is a must have.

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  24. All these cards are stunning! All of the techniques are awesome and you are very talented!

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  25. Love these bright, sweet and fun creation!

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  26. Oh my goodness!! The little girl with the dandelion is just precious! But, the cat and dog--magical!!

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  27. Beautiful cards! Love the first one, and yes, fairies must sparkle and glow!

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  28. Beautiful cards! Thank you for sharing your techniques with us and giving me inspiration !

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  29. All your cards are really beautiful; very different from one another; and beautifully colored. You have really showcased just how versatile this kit can be -- for many different occasions/situations!! I especially love the sparkle on the fairy sitting and the yellow halo all around her -- so lovely!!! Just love this kit!! It's my all-time favorite of all!!

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  30. Wow! I'm totally in love for your amazing set of cards and for your stunning colouring!!!

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  31. Love the kit and the beautiful cards you created!!

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  32. So many beautiful cards :) Thx for tutorial :))

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  33. I love your beautiful collection of cards! Each time I see one, I think, ooooh, I LOVE this one! Then I get to the next one and say, I love this one even more! each one is amazing!

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  34. These are beautiful! :) I really love that add on fairy die.

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  35. Thanks for sharing your beautiful techniques! I never got the Maxfield Parrish connection but I see it now and you are absolutely correct....we all know fairies glow.

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  36. Your use of this beautiful kit is amazing, such lovely inspiration!

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  37. What a beautiful and dreamy batch of cards!

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  38. Just starting to play with pan pastels so your tutorial really grabbed my attention. I am going to have to check out those applicator tools. All your cards are very fun. Love how you saw a mountain in the tree branch. thanks as always for sharing.

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  40. I'm not even sure where to begin! Your backgrounds are all gorgeous and your designs are just beautiful! So much creativity!

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  41. The cards are great! I love the main kit. I really like dandelions. I also like the starry background.

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  42. Fantastic collection of cards.
    Love the glow around the little fairies.
    The little girl blowing the dandelion
    is darling. thanks for sharing
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  43. Wow, stunning cards. I especially love the sweet card with the dog and cat looking up at the stars!

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  44. Wonderful cards, from backgrounds to colors. Thanks for sharing you designs.

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  45. Love all your cards (and the video), especially the first two cards but also the simple orangeish one with a sole dandelion and a perfect sentiment. I was so into fairies as a little girl and then it sort of combined with Tom Thumb and Thumbalina tales so they became teensy fairies who lived in walnut halves or seashells, nibbling on bird seed. I made up stories about their daily lives in their mini-world. Simpler times. . .

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  46. I don't generally get the kits, but this time I just couldn't pass it up! They had my name all over it!!! Your cards (as always) are amazing! I can't wait to get my kit and play! Thank you for sharing.

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  47. Love the glow around the fairy and her mushroom!

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  48. Your cards are gorgeous! I absolutely love the water colored backgrounds. These images are fantastic!

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  49. I love all of this month's release! But if I have to pick a favorite or would be the fairy die cut window. Thanks for sharing so many card designs too!

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  50. Such beautiful color! I've got to try those pan pastels.thank you for so many ideas, sure helps us get the most out of the kit.

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  51. Love this release! Your cards are amazing and the pan pastels look like a ton of fun! TFS!

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  52. Stunning backgrounds - they all take my breath away - I especially love the beautiful colours behind the fairy frame card and the gorgeous night sky behind the children.

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  53. I think my favorite would have to be the starlight background stamp. I see so many uses for that stamp!!!

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  54. Your cards have an other worldly quality to them. I love the glistening fairy as well as the panel with the solitary dandelion on it. Those silhouette cards and their backgrounds are stunning, too!

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  55. Absolutely awesome creations! I especially love the sweet fairy on the mushroom in the first card!

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  56. Such wonderful cards! Your designs are amazing.
    Thanks so much for sharing...

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  57. I like the starry background stamp the best!

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  58. I love the Hero Arts kits. You get do much for such a small price. All your cards are just lovely.

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  59. So many wonderful cards! Your backgrounds are just amazing! They are just so creative, love it!

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  60. Your cards/talent is amazing! Thank you so much for the wonderful inspiration. I love anything fairy & can’t wait for my kit to arrive! I’ve never tried pan pastels, but now they are definitely on my list. I love how you made the fairy sparkle. Looks so pretty. I think that my Favorite from this release is the fairy window fancy Die.... although I love all of them. Thank you again!

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  61. All of your cards are so gorgeous! Thanks for inspiring us to craft so wonderful things with this great kit!

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  62. Beautiful, ethereal cards!! Your flow of colors and that fairy on the mushroom is gorgeously done!!

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  63. Oh, how beautiful!! They are all fabulous, but I think the first is my favorite; she looks just like she is glowing.

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  64. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work!

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  65. This is such a 'magical' kit and I love your creations! The colors and designs are wonderful. Thanks for sharing such great inspiration for using this new kit!

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  66. Your cards are just absolutely beautiful! But my favorite card has to be the one with little girl blowing a dandelion. It reminds of the time I told my little niece that if she blew on a fluffy dandelion she could make a wish! Thanks for sharing such beautiful cards with us!

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  67. Lydia, all of your cards in this post are remarkable! You did an awesome job of creating with the new kit. I really love the closeup of the fairy. Gorgeous!

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