Monday, December 31, 2018

Paint A Little Peace - Seasons Givings Blog Hop & Giveaway

For seven years, I've participated in my friend Latisha's amazingly generous Seasons Givings blog hop. This hop is just a way for bloggers to say thank you to their audience. All of you who bless us with comments throughout the year deserve a little gift as we transition to a new year, and that's exactly what you're going to get.

So stay tuned after my card details to see my prize and how you can win it, along with a long list of other bloggers and companies doing gratitude giveaways tonight. This hop isn't sponsored or paid - it's just a bunch of people saying thank you in their own way.

If you're NOT a blogger, please know how much I look forward to the notification that I have a comment on my blog. It's absolutely the high point of each day to think that someone took the time to stop by here, read and interact with me. It's internet magic.

And even if you don't comment - just your eyes on my little cards is a gift to me, so I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I needed a little down time during the holidays - I didn't get much this year, and so I thought I'd watercolor an image I bought this summer but haven't used yet - this stunning stamp.

Fun fact - their stamps are white rubber, and the rubber is sparkly. It's the little things.

Anyway, their packaging has a colored version of the stamp image, and I loved theirs so much that I really just recreated it. First, I stamped it in Fadeout Ink, and then I watercolored it with Daniel Smith Watercolor.

It looks like it's stamped in black ink, right? But look at the moon - it's not!

After it was painted with Daniel Smith Watercolor, I took this teeny weeny paintbrush and added what looks like black details with Payne's Grey. I had just received this STUNNING Fox watercolor palette from this Etsy shop and it was perfect for mixing the right saturation of Payne's Grey plus it made me happy to look at. I'll show you other palettes from her shop below. But without this tiny brush I couldn't have made it look so precise.

The sentiment is from this set, and it's stamped in my MISTI in Nocturne.


Carabelle Studio EN BORD DE MER Cling...
[ SSS ]
Clear Stamps- My Anchor - Gina K Designs
[ GNK | SSS ]
Bundle Stamps and Dies- Layered...
[ GNK ]
Сeramic watercolor palette FOX...
[ ETS ]
Watercolor Palette, Sea Turtle...
[ ETS ]
Fadeout No Line coloring Detail Ink
[ INK ]
VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne -...
[ ELH | SSS ]
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors
[ BLIC ]
05457-1000 - Blick Masterstroke...
[ BLIC ]
Escoda Versatil Brushes, Travel Round...
[ UTR | BLIC | INK ]
Da Vinci Cosmotop Sable Mix F Brushes...
[ BLIC | ELH ]
Fabriano Extra White Cold Press...
[ BLIC ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | ELH | CST | ART ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Nesting Porcelain Bowls - BLICK art...
[ BLIC ]
My Favorite Watercolor Sketchbook
[ UTR ]
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue Two...
[ SSS | MFT ]
LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
[ BRG ]
Xyron ADHESIVE ERASER 23675
[ SSS | ART | AMZUS ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
[ ART | BLIC | ELH ]
XL Stamp Storage Pockets
[ ELH ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Die Storage - Clear Storage Pockets...
[ CHC ]
Retail Store - Gina K Designs
[ GNK ]



So here are just two of these stunning handmade palettes. I love mine SO much. First - the turtle.


Now - the fox.


Her products are packaged beautifully, with postcards featuring some Instagram users' watercolor paintings that are just beautiful. She ships fast and you get beautiful Russian postage stamps on your package. So happy that this was part of my 2018.

If you love watercolor - consider joining my Daniel Smith Watercolor Split Group on Facebook. I split tubes of Daniel Smith Watercolor so that cardmakers can afford to have the highest quality artist watercolors for a very reasonable price. Just one tip - you need to answer all three questions when you click to join or I can't approve you. International members welcome - just please note that international shipping is not included in the split price, but US shipping is. Here's what a typical split looks like - I have the entire Daniel Smith line grouped into eight "splits" - if you get all 8 you'll have the full line for about 20% of the price you'd pay buying full tubes. So join us!


Now if you're here for the Seasons Givings blog hop - WELCOME! You have the opportunity to win lots of prizes, including here at my blog.


I will be giving one lucky reader this STUNNING stamp & die bundle from one of my favorite humans - Gina K. This is a gorgeous layering floral that's an all-year set and you will get that and the matching dies. Gina has been in my life for more than ten years now, and I'm grateful for her friendship, generosity and outstanding sense of humor. It's people like this that make our industry unique, and I encourage you if you're not already a customer to shop with this awesome small business woman - in person at her retail store in Wisconsin, or on her website. Here's what the bundle looks like:


For your chance to win this bundle, leave me a comment telling me what you're looking forward to in 2019 - with your crafting, your personal life, trips you're taking - anything goes!

I will post the winner on Friday the 4th. You can be in the US or international - this is a thank you gift, so no restrictions. Thank you for being here.

Now speaking of ten years of things - my friends at Stamp 'n Storage are celebrating their ten year anniversary with a SALE. I remember their first ad on Splitcoast, and how the owner got to quit his engineering job after the word spread about their amazing organizational tools. I have their ink pad holders, cardstock holders, my ink mini warchest, their marker caddy and magnet cards. They are always coming out with new, fun ways to organize your crafting supplies, and they are fantastic humans. I so enjoyed their Texas roadshow in New Braunfels - that's where I bought my Ink Warchest you can read about here. I use their products every day. So feel free to click here to enjoy 10% off their entire store - if your New Year's resolution is to be more organized - you're in luck!



To get MORE inspiration and more opportunities at squillions of prizes, check out this list of bloggers participating in this blog hop.

233 comments:

  1. I’m very happy to have stopped by your blog during this hop! Thanks for sharing with us. In 2019 I’m looking forward to growing closer to Jesus through prayer and Bible study and I’m also very excited to begin building my brand on social media. I’m anxious to see how God will change me through the crafty community! God bless!

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  2. Happy New Year. This image looks so calm and peaceful...wonderful. I wish for 2019 to be happy and healthy for my family and also for me to have the confidence to try new crafty things without worrying about the results.

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  3. Happy New Year. This image looks so calm and peaceful...wonderful. I wish for 2019 to be happy and healthy for my family and also for me to have the confidence to try new crafty things without worrying about the results.

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  4. I’m a huge Gina K. Fan and love that stamp set, it’s beautiful. I’m looking forward to a lot of things in 2019. I get to see my grandsons in March here in California, nice surprise their coming on vacation from Michigan. One is 6 and the other will be 5 in a couple of days. We’re having a big birthday bash with family and friends in January. Really looking forward to seeing everyone. It just goes on an and on. Lol

    Happy New Year! 🥳

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  5. Adorable palettes! Love them. I am looking forward to more time spent camping with my kids this summer. We bought our first travel trailer last year and because it was an unplanned purchase, didn't go out as much as we wanted. I can't wait to start planning the next adventure and seeing the happy faces of my kids enjoy the outdoors as a family.

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  6. My goal is to make more a lot more cards & to send every single one out to someone I love!! ❤️❤️❤️

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  7. Beautiful card Lydia! Every year I say I'm going to try my hand at watercoloring. I honestly think it's an inborn talent but there's no harm in trying right??

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  8. I love watercolors and that is simply beautiful!!!

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  9. HAPPY NEW YEAR! May 2019 be filled with peace, joy, prosperity & comfort for you. I love your watercolor card. Any scenes of the ocean, lakes or water bring me such a sense of peace.
    I've been coming to your blog for many years now. I came here initially for the stamping & card making. I quickly found your blog posts filled with so much more - uncommon sense, wit, humor, compassion & incredible talent. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself here. I look forward to starting my days here my with you & a cup of coffee.
    Be kind to yourself.

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  10. Happy New Year my friend, Lydia! Wishing all of us a wonderful 2019, filled with crafty arty awesome days and moments. I just love the mini harbor in the set you used. For 2019 I wish to continue my journey with coloring medias. As you know I have stamp pads, Copics, added Colored Pencils in 2018 and for Christmas I was gifted with the Derwent Inktense Watercolor pencils. We used them in your class and I was instantly intrigued. (maybe one day I will venture into the DS colors). So , for me its color, bold, bright, subtle, subdued, pastel, maybe even some garish ? Now to use your awesome tagline, Loveyameanitbye. :) Gail .

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  11. Your project is amazing! Always love your work.
    2019 is going to be so much fun with a pending tropical vaca and my youngest graduating from college, doesn't get much better than that :)

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  12. wow, absolutely amazing watercolor Lydia, Happy New Year to you

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  13. Happy New Year, this new year I have set any expectations but are hopeful for great things with my family and my lif.

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  14. I love your blog! I look forward to being enticed to buy and create just from reading what you write. It’s always a great way to start off my day:)

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  15. I look forward to more peace in my family. My two sons have not spoke to each other since Mothers Day of last year. My youngest made a terrible mistake and my oldest made it 20 times worse. It's not because they don't want to now, it's because of a court order. We missed out on so many family events, including my 60th birthday party. I'm hoping things will be resolved this year and hard feelings will be dissolved.

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  16. I love this card! Could I learn to watercolor like you in 2019?! I do hope to to craft more - whatever form it takes! And that turtle palette is adorable!

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  17. I'm hoping to doe d more time with my card making friends...so many wonderful and talented friends, including you; plus, I want to exercise more and lose some weight!

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  18. Love your gorgeous card. The boats look so cheerful! 2018 has been rather rough. I am really looking at 2019 being much better. On the crafting front, I just cleared my Level 2 of the Altenew Educator Certification Program. It has taken me a year to reach here and the road has been far from smooth. But my patience and persistence has paid off. We are also planning a big move, from a huge metro city to a smaller town. It is scary. But a better decision for our family, I hope.

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  19. We are taking a family cruise in March and I am so excited for it!

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  20. I am hoping that this year I can Find Myself! I was an art student many moons ago and sadly never got to finish & receive my degree, but had aspired to be a computer graphics artist when it was a brand new industry. I was able to attend the Corcoran School of Art for a short time and after 2 miscarriages I discovered I was pregnant so I became a SAHM (eventually w/4 kids) so many of my artist endeavors were put aside because Life got in the way ☹️ I did discover a love for papercrafting, especially stamping, that did give me a creative outlet, and something I still dearly love, but I want to start watercoloring more! I am convinced that the old me I vaguely remember is still in there somewhere and I am determined to find her before I get to old to enjoy my love of all things art related!!! 😊

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  21. Happy New Year to you and thank you for offering such a wonderful prize! I am a pretty serious gardener so I always look forward to the start of the season...which is a long way off. We are under a foot of snow where I live. Cheers.

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  22. I look forward to your blog posts like candy, or bacon. Your wisdom and humor are endlessly entertaining, and your art work is sublime. I often don’t know if it’s better to leave my comment on your blog, or on your fb page, or both, so I flip flop back and forth. I don’t like leaving either one nekkid. Happy New Year.

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  23. I love visiting your blog, I may not always comment but I am always here. You are an amazing person and artist and when I grow up I want to be like you 🤣
    I Look forward to spending time with my crafty friends in 2919

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  24. Looking forward to watercoloring more ... and more travel

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  25. I’m looking forward to just doing. Last year was a year of “watching” . This year I’m going to make it a year of doing. No more spectating! Love your card by the way! That sentiment resonates with me!

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  26. I am looking forward to focusing on each project before beginning the next one in 2019. With limited crafting space, it is a necessity and should bring me more joy in the long run. I always learn something new when I visit your blog! Love your work! Thanks for sharing your creativity with all of us! Follow me at http://afourthlife.blogspot.com

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  27. Thank you so much for an AMAZING year of inspiration! This year, for 2019, I have really been inspired in a large part, by YOU! I have been really paying attention to your watercolor paintings of stamped images, so I just bought a wonderful design that I fell in love with from the moment I first saw it, Holiday Thanks bundle! It just arrived in the mail yesterday! So, I am really looking forward to doing a lot more watercoloring of stamped images! It creates such a pretty look!
    Happy New Year Hugs!
    Michele
    crimsonowl@comcast.net

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  28. Your painting is gorgeous! I am so glad you have had some time to paint. The fox and turtle palettes are SO cute! I am looking forward to my daughter graduating high school and all the changes that will bring. I am also looking forward to growing in my art abilities! Hugs and happy new year!

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  29. Beautiful as always Lydia. Such a beautiful image to watercolour too and the sentiment says it all. I am loving the palette's, how fun are those especially compared to my boring ones! Hugs to you

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  30. Pinned your pretty card! And last night, just before midnight, my husband and I, and our rescue Stella, strolled through the freshly fallen snow in our neighborhood, so beautiful! Great advice you have given to all! It was a wonderful way to start a new year!

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  31. I am looking forward to my new volunteer position at the thrift store and food pantry. It feels so good to help others and makes my life a little brighter to help someone else.

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  32. Lydia, I'm looking forward to being a better artist! Also, i have one daughter graduating from high school this year. My other daughter is getting married this year. It will be wonderful.

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  33. In 2019 my goal is to spend more time crafting

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  34. Looking forward to a productive year in my newly organised craft space.
    Happy New Year, thanks for a great hop : )

    jennyhurley @ hotmail.com.au

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  35. Happy New Year mf. I have thought of you so many times over the holidays and with the recent loss of your Dad, how hard it must have been for you and your family. Firsts are always the worst.
    I do so enjoy coming here for a visit. I love seeing what you are up too and your little doses of humour make me smile.
    For the New Year, I need to make myself drink more water. I'm terrible for remembering to do that, chasing after my little daycare kiddos keeps me too busy I just forget. I'm hoping to get my knees working a bit better for the New Year too, maybe all the water I plan on drinking is going to help.
    Take care mf....looking forward to being inspired by you in the upcoming year.
    xx Karen

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  36. I look forward to teaching my 4 year old granddaughter more stamping!

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  37. Lydia, that card is stunning. Truly. And those palettes! Heading straight over to her shop, that's for sure! I have some exciting changes coming this year, the first of which is (hopefully) a new job! I am looking forward to diving into a new adventure with a new company soon! Happy New Year!

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  38. My goal for 2019 is starting crafting fir christmas earlier than last year

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  39. Oh MY!! Such peace with your lovely card. Thank you for all the years of inspiration and laughter. Looking forward to a year of crafty fun!!💜🌵

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  40. Wowzers, your card is stunning! I love it. My goal is to get out walking again....and to not let the cold weather be my excuse! Thank you for the chance to win such a lovely stamp & die set!

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  41. I love your cards, Lydia, and this is no exception, beautiful in meaning and beautiful to look at. I love the joy you have and spread in your crafting, and the way you want to help others on that same path. 2019 - these are not resolutions, just goals, because if we aim at nothing, we’ll hit it - looking forward to having more people in my home and at my table. Looking forward to praying more spontaneously with people. And looking forward to learning some new things, starting with a course in photography in a few weeks!

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  42. Beautiful card! I look forward to a successful 2nd semester with my middle school students, a summer filled with friends by the pool and many trips to the local amusement park and just relaxing. Of course always hoping for good classes next fall as I have this year.

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  43. I'm looking forward to leaving this Friday to head to Florida for the winter. I will be taking my scrapbooking things to make a "First Year Scrapbook" for my second grandson born in February.

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  44. I love your gorgeous card! I am looking forward to achieving my crafty goals in 2019, which are (1) make holiday cards all year long (at least two per month); (2) re-organize my dies; and (3) create ink swatches for my Distress Inks and Distress Oxides. Thank you for the awesome inspiration and I look forward to more! Happy 2019 to you!

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  45. My goal is to try more things. I love the colors and have to get over the feeling of I cant do this!

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  46. Hopefully I will be taking a trip in February to see my BFF. I'm really looking forward to seeing her. Thank you for all your lovely inspiration you share with us.

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  47. For 2019 I want to make a lot more cards and albums. I just moved over to the coast so this set is right up my alley. I want to learn a lot more multimedia techniques as well this year.

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  48. I look forward to more time spent with my out-of-the-home sons, especially some small trips in and out of state. Thanks for participating in the blog hop.

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  49. So excited for 2019. Both my boys graduate from college, my husband is retiring, we are going on a 10 day cruise at Christmas with my boys and their girlfriends and I am opening my second real estate office in Melbourne, Florida. Lots of great things on the horizon.

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  50. My goals for 2019 are to be more purposeful this year--by stretching my creativity in stamping!

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  51. Love the beautiful watercoloring and the palettes! I would love to get better at my watercoloring!

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  52. I’m looking forward to organizing my craft room. It is a disaster zone after Christmas card making and now I need to make 5 January birthday cards and finding a clear spot to work is going to be difficult. I also always look forward to any time I can spend with my teenage grandsons. They have grown up so fast I cherish each moment with them

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  53. Oh I love your card Lydia. Being from the Maritime's in Nova Scotia we see lots of light houses and boats so I love seeing how you painted this scene. Well done.
    I am looking forward to getting some serious crafting in in these next few months. I find I am home alone a lot in the winter so it gives me time to create and as much or as little as I want. Plus, my crafty friends like to come and craft with me and we enjoy it immensely. I am also looking forward to a trip my husband and I are taking with our son & DIL in the spring for our 40th Anniversary. Hopefully this will be an amazing year.
    Happy New Year to you Lydia and thanks for the chance to win.

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  54. In 2019 I'm looking forward to cleaning out and getting more organized... I know I know... it's heard over and over...lol! But I know when I do I'll enjoy my home even more. I'd rather be in my craft room than anything else, but I know I'd enjoy it more if my space was less chaotic... While looking for some home movie dvd's over the weekend, the things I found that I have no idea why I've kept them!! So wish me luck! Happy New Year and thanks so much for being a part of the hop and for the chance to win that beautiful set!

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  55. Happy New Year! Love your card. I plan to do more watercoloring this year.

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  56. I am looking forward to my first grandchild!! So excited I've started making him cards already!

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  57. Lovely card! My crafty 2019 goal is to use up more of my stash. I purchased that stuff for a reason! Now is the time to use it! HNY!

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  58. Happy New Year! My goal is crafting more with my 6-year-old daugher.

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  59. A happy and crafty new year to all and many greetings from Germany :-)
    I'm looking forward to all new stamps and dies and inspiration, because love cardmaking and this work is my daily pleasure. I want to try more different techniques. T hanks for all ideas .

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  60. Happy New Year dear Lydia!
    your blog is so informative and enjoyable. I appreciate the time you put into it! You are amazing.
    This year, in my crafting area, i plan to purge and organize. Also completing my Christmas cards sooner than the last day to post!
    Happy New Year and thank you for the opportunity to win that beautiful Gina K set. She does create beautiful stamps.

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  61. That is a lovely card and sentiment. One thing I look forward to is actively using my crafting/creativity to help myself find peace and balance in my life. There unfortunately are some rather negative influences in my life that are quite disruptive - but I have come to realize that making something beautiful helps me to find that inner peace and I can use that to dispel those things I cannot control or need to ignore.

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  62. Love your palettes. Might as well have
    something fun, along with being useful.
    I have some old palettes that were my
    grandfathers - plain square but still
    meaningful. I'm looking forward to
    trying some new techniques (color
    pouring - have the materials, just
    need to use them). thanks for
    sharing. happy New year
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  63. Love the card you made so much, Lydia! I must admit I am a lurker, but I do read your posts regularly and watch your videos, too. My crafty goals for 2019 are to make and send out more cards to family and friends and to work in my journal more often. Happy New Year to you.

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  64. Your card is amazing. It reminds me of my trip to Honfleur, France, this year. I saw some beautiful, vivid, so colorful artwork that I loved. I brought back some postcards to remind me of the colorful style to incorporate in my cards. Your card is just what I'd like to do. So, in 2019, I'd love to create some beautiful, colorful artwork like you've done here.

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  65. Those palettes are adorable . I'm looking forward to my sons wedding in Sept.

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  66. My goal this year is to break out of my monochromatic rut! I'm looking forward to challenging myself to doing this.

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  67. My goal is to travel more and when not traveling CRAFT MORE!

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  68. I am looking forward to being retired and having more time to craft

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  69. Wowza! What a gorgeous card! Love love love the colors! My goal for 2019 is to be more timely in mailing my cards! Happy New Year!!!

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  70. My crafting goal is to invite more friends to craft with me and use the overwhelming amount of beautiful creative stuff I have. I want to learn some Mandarin Chinese (thank you, pleased to meet you, etc) before I travel to China in May.

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  71. In 2019, I am looking forward to making more time to create cards, spending more time with my family, and a romantic vacation with my husband in a cabin in the mountains!

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  72. I’m looking forward to a warm winter holiday in the Caribbean

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  73. Main goal is getting more exercise and hopefully losing some weight. Getting my cards for 2020 started abd hopefully finished by Nov. of 2019. But the top goal - enjoying my family as much as I can....hard when they all live out of state.

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  74. Such a gorgeous seaside scene! I hope that 2019 will bring new opportunities for everyone, and personally I'm looking forward to learning new things (watercolouring! and ordering some splits). Happy New Year,Lydia!

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  75. I am looking forward to hopefully doing a little traveling this year

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  76. I am looking forward to my son and his family visiting from Japan this August. And, thanks for sharing your cute water color trays. I love your card too. Happy New Year.

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  77. Such a gorgeous card. My goals are to scrap as me at memories my of my 21 month old granddaughter as I can!! I have thousands of photos and memories!!

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  78. I'm looking forward to taking my son to Alaska this summer.

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  79. So Peaceful to gaze upon. Thank you for blogging it.

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  80. Beautiful watercoloring! That's something I hope to explore some this year. I'm looking forward to a healthier new year and a lot more crafting than 2018. I've spent the majority of last year in and out of doctors offices trying to get relief for my chronic migraines. I'm not there yet but I feel like I'm on the right path. My husband and I are also looking to move this year to a warmer and sunnier part of the country! Have a wonderful New Year, Lydia!

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  81. love your painting and wonderful paints you showed. I want to do more water coloring and learn to be comfortable with my creations. I love making cards. we will be traveling to montana this Sumner to visit my daughter.. looking forward to nice walks in the country with my husband and 3 fur babies.. I hope your year is blessed. Happy New year..

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  82. Beautiful cards. This year, I am looking forward to spending time with friends and family and crafting with a purpose. Here's to 2019.

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  83. I'm looking forward to getting married this year

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  84. I am looking forward to using my water colours more because I find it so relaxing and I really love the card you painted, beautiful stamp set.

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  85. Happy New Year! Thanks for all your inspiration!
    I hope to be more organized this year and keep the craft area in better order!

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  86. I am looking forward to my son's college graduation this spring, and, of course, to lots of crafting time.

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  87. ...getting and staying organized is my goal for 2019. It'll solve a lot of other issues too!

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  88. Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to my college graduation, traveling to Scotland, and hopefully starting my future career!

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  89. My craft goal is to make some cards in advance so I always have something ready to send for last minute needs. A birthday version of yours would be perfect.

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  90. Gorgeous card! I adore the turtle and fox palettes, super cute! I am looking forward to crafting more in 2019. 2018 was a hard year for me, so I am trying to be more intentional and do the things I enjoy.

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  91. This a beautiful card!
    My goal for 2019 is clear my mind off the negative thing and looking to a calm and peaceful inner self!

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  92. Happy New Year! I am looking forward to what this year holds, knowing God is with me thru the good & bad. Ms. Inkblot asked what our word is for the year that will motivate us. I chose Gratitude. Finding something to be thankful for in the darkest times will help me keep moving forward and to have joy & peace. Having gratitude and intentionally letting folks know with a card will get me crafting more, giving me a constructive outlet and hopefully brighten it for others along the way.

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  93. Thank you for joining this! My craft goal is to watercolor on my cards once or twice... my fitness goal is 100 mile race in June

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  94. I’m looking forward to my new craft room being built on our new farm 🥰 ! Happy NewYear !

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  95. First, that card is gorgeous. I love how artistic it looks, like hand-drawn. Thanks so much for the giveaway and all the best in 2019. My goal this year is to publish a card-making book I've been working on. It will be SO neat to finally see it in print.

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  96. I love the way you colored that stamped image - beautiful! This year we are planning a trip to Israel with my sister and her husband to tour holy land locations.

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  97. My goal for this year is to spend my time doing more and not wasting it. I want to craft more and work more on my health. I love Gina K products. I just purchased her wreath builder. Thank you for the chance to win one of her products. Happy New Year to you !!!

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  98. My goal in 2019 is to get my Christmas cards done early so I don't have to rush. Your card was so beautiful. Thank you for your giveaway and Happy New Year.

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  99. I am looking forward to working part time so I can craft more!

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  100. Lydia, what a beautiful card. My goal for 2019 is to make and send more cards. thanks for the chance to win the Gina K stamp/die set. She is one of my favorites.

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  101. Gorgeous watercoloring and image. Those palettes are just too cute! I want more time in my craft room and to enjoy that time and not fret about perfection.

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  102. My goal is to do what I can, be who I am and want what I have. Thanks for all your inspiration throughout the year.

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  103. My goal for 2019 is to use all of the crafty stuff I already own - especially the paper (sigh!) - and to find a locally run store to sell my crafty creations.

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  104. Such a serene image! Love seeing your painted cards

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  105. My goal for 2019 is to get my birthday and holiday cards out on time.

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  106. I love your posts! My goal for 2019 is to make more "just because" cards and actually MAIL them - now I am off to join that Facebook group :)

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  107. love your card and those paint palettes are amazing - looking forward to just more fun card making with my friends and trying out new techniques in 2019!

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  108. Gorgeous card, I am hoping to find more time to craft this year.

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  109. A lovely card Lydia! The pallets are cute and unique. I've never seen anything like them!

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  110. I am looking forward to sticking to a exercise routine that works for me. I love this lighthouse image...so pretty.

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  111. Beautiful work, Lydia! I'm looking forward to attending a Justin Timberlake concert in Memphis on January 12th. My oldest daughter surprised me (and her younger sister plus herself) with tickets. She also has gotten us a room for the night...it will be a fun "girls trip." So I'll be crafting AND jammin' in 2019. ;) Happy New Year!

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  112. For 2019 I'm looking to ease into early retirement! Hopefully I will be able to spend more time crafting!!

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  113. I love the turtle palette!! I'm looking forward to growing in Christ this year!! My family and I are also planning to travel to prince Prince island. :)

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  114. Happy New Year!!! This year my crafting goal is to be published in a a crafting magazine. My personal goal is to fight back my thyroid issues and get healthier.

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  115. Looking forward to more card making and going to Bluegrass get togethers. So much fun and some really good "Pickin' and Singin'"!

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  116. Thanks for all your ideas today. I am looking forward to taking my youngest grand daughter out to help her learn to drive. We've always been close and she is now so grown up!

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  117. I'm hoping to visit Scotland in 2019!

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  118. In this next year I'm looking forward to a trip to Disney World with our 3 grandchildren. Going between Thanksgiving and Christmas so everything will be decorated in Christmas decor.

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  119. My crafting goal is to make cards in advance so I don't have to to rush.

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  120. I look forward to the completion of our vacation home and setting up and organizing my craft space in it. Happy New Year!

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  121. I definitely want to give mysel more time to craft - and not leave making cards til the last minute!

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  122. I’m looking forward to building my mom her scrapbooking studio

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  123. My goal is to knit socks for everyone in my family this year.

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  124. I'm looking forward to more quality time with my family

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  125. My goal for 2019 is to carve an ice sculpture.

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  126. I am looking forward to the birth of my 5th grandchild and doing a river cruise down the Danube.

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  127. I am looking forward most to family time and some travel plus my newly remodeled home getting organized.

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  128. Hi Lydia, thanks for sharing the super cute yet functional palettes! How fun to be inspired in such an immediate way while creating! For 2019, I'm looking forward to increasing my coloring skills in pencil drawing, Copic marker and water coloring, plus doing more traveling with my husband. I hope 2019 brings you peace and joy in unexpected ways. Happy New Year!

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  129. I am looking forward to working with more watercolour in 2019

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  130. Love those palettes! And the card is perfect!
    My goal this year is to teach classes again!

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  131. Love your pretty lighthouse scene!
    My goal is another trip to Disneyland.... maybe this time to see the fall decorations there!
    I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year, filled with much creativity!

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  132. In 2019 I'm looking forward to getting back to a regular schedule with my cardmaking. I'm also looking forward to a trip to Houston to visit my daughter in February.

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  133. I’m looking forward to starting out in a new career path and all the things I will learn.

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  134. I'm looking forward to my daughter's wedding in May! Your watercoloring is so sweet. A lovely scene.
    PS.I left a comment in the wrong post! Oops!

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  135. I've loved your amazing talent! I bought my hubby his dream car--a 1989 red Corvette, so I am looking forward to many short road trips in it this summer! My goal this year is to get my life more organized, so I have more time in the craft room!

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  136. I am looking forward to trip I will be taking.

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  137. I am looking forward to spending more time with my mom this year. She's got lung cancer and has moved in with me.

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  138. My brother is getting married this year, so I am looking forward to that, especially since he has asked me to officiate (still have to figure out how that will work, but I have until June).

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  139. Beyond beautiful! I love this watercolored sea scene! This year my focus is to be more organized! Wishing you a very Happy crafty year!

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  140. Happy New Year! I love your card! Ocean, lake, river...scenes make me happy! As far as 2019, I hope to work on my cards and scrapbooking more, to get back in my home after being robbed 15 times the past two years, somehow let my Sister know how grateful I am that she let me stay with her, even though we are both taking care of my Mom ,who has Lewy Body dementia, and hopefully my brother's back will be healed from surgery,...just all kinds of things.

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  141. Such a sweet card. I love the sentiment. For 2019 I am looking forward to the wedding of my oldest daughter. I know I will bawl like a baby.

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  142. Lydia...your card is absolutely beautiful! The stamp set sounds really interesting. Will have to check them out. I have not attempted water coloring yet but it's on my list for 2019!! Less electronics and more face to face time is also at the top of my list as well as spending more time with nature. I hope the new year is filled with blessing for you. Thank you for keeping us inspired!

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  143. My goal for 2019 is to continue with my weight loss program I’ve just recently started. I’m down 23 pounds and would like to lose around 20 more. My eye is on the prize of a healthier me!!

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  144. I am looking forward to spending more time with my crafty supplies.

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  145. I look forward to a healthier 2019 since 2018 left a lot to be desired. I really want to craft more often and learn new techniques. I love your card and that stamp set is gorgeous! Beautiful watercoloring on it. I'm still in watercolor training.

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  146. I am looking forward to taking care of my health...been fighting a debilitating back injury and am looking forward to being able to move again and get into a rehab program to be a better, stronger version of myself. Thanks for the chance and the inspiration!

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  147. i’m looking forward to spending time in my new craft room in 2019.

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  148. Looking forward to learning new ways to use my stash.

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  149. What a lovely watercolor scene! I love how you brought the blue around the sun to make it stand out! And what cool palettes!! I need a cat! I'm looking forward to a better year in 2019, as the past two have been fraught with health issues for us all. Better health = more time for crafting, so I'm hoping to actually DO more crafting rather than just hoarding ideas from IG & Pinterest. lol! Have a great year... looking forward to all your fab projects!

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  150. My highlight of 2019 is a trip to Italy, other than that a lot of time practicing my Copic and water color skills.

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  151. I'm looking forward to more bicycling and more time to craft in 2019. Happy crafty year to you!
    Cori (who is no longer in West Texas. Probably should fix that)
    Cdscrappin@aol.com

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  152. I am looking forward to try my hands at various card making techniques and also start scrap booking and art journal.

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  153. I'm looking forward to crafting more, learning new techniques, and actually sending out cards!

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  154. I'm looking forward to seeing my craft room after my husband gets done remolding it. I'm also looking forward to spending more time with my family.

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  155. What a beautiful stamp and die set! I'm looking forward to getting back into shape and getting crafty!

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  156. Your cards are beautiful. I also love GinaK designs. haven't purchased the one w/ lighthouses. In 2019 I am praying for a healthy year. (2018 had lots of medical procedures) so I can make more cards

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  157. I’m looking forward to using all the products I bought between the Black Friday and Christmas sales! 😉

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  158. I'm looking forward to doing more crafts for me and not just team work.

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  159. My husband has finally retired, so I am really looking forward to spending more time with him and hopefully doing some traveling. So happy that card making is a fairly portable hobby! Thank you :-)

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  160. I so enjoy your work and sense of humor.... so refreshing! Love this scene and the sentiment is so great. This year for Christmas I received my first set of Copics. I look forward to trying my hand at it. Thank you for your generous heart!

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  161. Love your cards! I'm looking forward to cleaning and organizing my much neglected craft room.

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  162. I'm looking forward to getting my scrapbooks caught up and creating two large mixed-media canvases.

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  163. Thanks for the chance to win!
    This year I am looking forward to hiking in the woods and maybe we will try some camping with our dog:-)

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  164. 2019 is gonna be amazing for with my card making. I'm making more time for myself to craft and relax. My family is going on a huge trip this spring which is very exciting!

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  165. I am looking forward to a a family cruise:)

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  166. Thank you for the introduction to Carabelle. What an awesome stamp that is! Love the Gina K. set too. Her layering is so cool. I am looking forward to trying new techniques and stretching my stamping. There are such wonderful teachers out in blog land and they are so terrific about sharing.

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  167. Happy New Year to everyone!!!
    What a lovely card! Beautiful sentiment!!!
    I'm looking forward to my best friend's wedding and to improve my colouring technique with Copics.

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  168. I love this card Lydia. Looking at it I can hear the ocean. I'm hoping in 2019 will bring my mojo back, better health, and heal my heart from losing my fur baby yesterday.

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  169. I am looking forward to in 2019 ... one day in April and another day in May, I get to stamp and color and craft with my awesome crafting friends!!!

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  170. As always, your watercoloring is fabulous. I could look at your work all day. I'm looking forward to going to visit my brother, sister-in-law, and my nieces this summer, especially because there's a new niece for me to love! Thanks for the chance to win, and I hope that 2019 brings you happiness and peace.

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  171. Happy New Year! Your coloring skills are amazing I'm looking forward to having time to craft.

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  172. Well right now one of my goals for 2019 is visiting Gina's store when I make a trip back to my hometown in Wisconsin - I googled it and it is only 35 minutes from my hometown - man I wish I knew that before, but thanks for the tip cannot wait to visit, hopefully in the summer. Also looking forward to meeting our son for a family reunion/vacation in the mountains (our halfway point - we are in Florida and he is in Wisconsin - we are going to meet in the middle). So many things to look forward to. Happy New Year!

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  173. looking forward to more paring-down my "stuff" :)

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  174. Happy New Year Lydia! Your card is so pretty! Love your watercoloring. I haven't done much watercoloring. I hope to do more in 2019 and spend more time crafting. I am looking forward to spending time with my 3 granddaughters this year. As soon as they are a little older, they can make cards with "Nana".

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  175. Beautiful card! I hope that 2019gives me more time to spend with family. I am looking forward to taking some short family trips this summer!

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  176. What a love
    Card and so interesting to learn about new products! The thing I’m looking forward to this year is refining my stamping skills and saving time in my room using more organization!

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  177. Such an amazing card, Lydia. I am looking forward for better health in 2019.
    Thank you so much!

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  178. Happy New Year everyone – my crafty goals – well I would love to grow my blog, grow my Copic collection (currently at 9 markers – hahaha), try new techniques, and connect, share and have some crafty fun with other like minded people.

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  179. I am looking forward to getting a puppy this summer. I am also looking forward to learning more about card making as I have just started this hobby.

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  180. Looking forward to getting my first set of Daniel Smith Watercolors!

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  181. Thank you for the give always!! I am looking forward to taking my adult children and grandchildren on a family vacation! We haven't done this in a few years..... .cant wait to make some memories!

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  182. Thanks for being part of this blog hop, Lydia. Thanks, too, for sharing such an inspiring card. As for 2019, I'm looking forward to more crafting time...it's my favorite time of the day.

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  183. In 2019 I'm looking forward to taking my card making hobby to a new place! I've been doing Instagram for about a year, and I'm the process if starting a blog, and want to look into making videos. I want to share my passion for card making! Thanks so much for the chance to win.

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  184. i am looking forward to a HEALTHY year of balance with crafting and joy. i am also looking forward to seeing ALL MY CHILDREN in one place for TWO WHOLE GLORIOUS WEEKS in August in an old farmhouse in Vermont, with their spouses and the 3 grands and my parents, for the first time since the oldest moved out in 1996. Is that amazing or WHAT??? while crafting is great and all, JOY is pretty amazing.

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  185. In 2019 I am looking forward to improving my card making (still a newbie and learning but always growing :)). For Christmas I received a set of Polychromos colored pencils so I am beginning with learning how to properly use them and hopefully get good enough to share a card or two this year lol. Next on my fun list for this year is to learn how to watercolor - I will be stalking your blog for this lol. Thanks for all the inspiration and fun you bring all year long and here's to a happy, crafty, blessed 2019!!
    (mardy14@bellsouth.net)

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  186. Wowsers! Your watercoloring is absolutely amazing! I need lessons! Thank you so much for the awesome inspiration! In 2019 I most look forward to better health for my husband, who had a very rough year in 2018. Hoping things are looking up! Thank you for taking part in this hop! Happy 2019!

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  187. Thanks for the inspiration! I really hope for more time to craft this year.

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  188. I've heard of Gina K designs but haven't yet had the opportunity to try anything out ---but your set you are giving away looks lovely! goals for 2019 in crafting include improving my alcohol marker skills....I only first got markers this year and need to learn how to use them!

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  189. In 2019 I'm looking forward to a new job/ career in my husband's hometown so that I can re!ovate permanently.

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  190. I am looking forward to make more Christmas and masculine cards.

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  191. I am looking forward to being more “on time”with my card making, so that I am not always rushing at the last minute to make one.

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  192. Happy New Year. In 2019, I'm looking forward to hosting my 7th fundraising Crop to raise funds for Autism Dog Services. It's very rewarding to help pair families with these precious animals.

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  193. Happy 2019!! I am looking forward to taking our girls on their first Disney World vacation. :)

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  194. Looking forward to plenty of card-making once I get everything back in its place after Christmas. I will have time to join in with blog challenges this year as I asked in work for a 4 day week instead of 5 and it was approved last week.....yay!

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  195. Happy New Year ��. I love your card! It's truly stunning. I am looking forward to a new year to find the blessings I have. Not ask for anything, just be thankful for all my blessings I have now. May your year be full too❤

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  196. I have followed your blog for years but because I read it in my email client, I never take the time to go to the site and comment, and for that I apologize. Your cards are amazing, but your words, style, and writing is what keeps me looking forward to each post. I thank you for all the time and effort you put into your work, and for sharing it with us. Bless you!

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  197. Happy New Year. I love those palettes. I am looking forward to 2019 for scrapbooking more. I didn't do enough of that in 2018.

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  198. Happy New Year! I am looking forward to growing my business, but also taking more time to breathe and do things for me. (and not feel guilty that I'm not tackling the never ending to do list!)

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  199. Beautiful card! You are so talented. I am looking for to seeing my son graduate from high school and start college this summer. Happy 2019 and thanks for the fun! june.swart(at)netzero.net

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