Monday, July 11, 2016

Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge with Hero Arts Friends

Welcome to a blog hop as part of Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge!  Kathy loves to color, and she is hosting her FIFTH coloring challenge!  The premise of the challenge is to color something every day, even if it's for five minutes - it doesn't matter what you color or what medium you use.  

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From 2009 - 2012, Hero Arts put together classes of 4 to 8 "Hero Hostesses" for a 4-month term.  Our job was to make people feel welcome in the Hero Arts Flickr group, and to contribute our work using Hero Arts stamps.  There ended up being 36 of us before the program was discontinued, and as we were a kind of crafting sorority,  Kathy was the one who coined "sista" as the name we called each other.  We have had loads of fun together, meeting up in real life many times.  I treasure each of these ladies, and have a soft spot in my heart for each of them and Hero Arts.

Fast forward to 2016.  Kathy has asked us, along with some special guests, to participate in a blog hop for her current Coloring Challenge.  And Hero Arts has generously contributed TWO $25.00 shopping sprees, chosen from all those who comment!!

You should have come from my friend Virginia Lu's blog, Yes, Virginia.  If you are just happening across my blog today, and want to see the blog hop order, you can start at Kathy's blog, The Daily Marker. 

Here's the card I made, using a Hero Arts stamp that was introduced about the time I was a Hostess in 2009.  Sadly, it's retired now.  I paired it with some pretty plaid design paper and added a felt and button flower:

Hosti Blog Hop for Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge

supplies: white, dark rose, and a gold shimmer cardstock, Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid dp, Hero Arts Wallpaper Flower woodblock stamp, K5185, Spectrum Noir markers to color, Wink of Stella clear marker, Simon Says Stamp Painted Hugs die, My Favorite Things Flashy Florals flower die, leaf die from Simon's Single Roses die set, Taylored Expressions Cotton Candy and Split Pea felt, yellow button, Scrapbook Adhesives foam squares

Hero Hostess Blog Hop for Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge

I've been hoarding this pretty plaid, but this occasion is a special one, so I pulled the colors from it to color my stamped panel, and my medium of choice was alcohol markers.



Hero Arts is giving away TWO $25.00 shopping sprees, randomly selected from the blog comments along the hop.  You have a week to comment, until July 18, at 12:00 midnight, and the winners will be announced July 19 on Kathy's blog.

Now, hop on over to Kathy Wade's blog, Wading in Creativity.  Enjoy, and we hope that you'll play along in Kathy's Coloring challenge, too!  Feel free to jump in anytime from now until August 5  - everyone is welcome!  You don't even have to make a card, just do some coloring and have fun with it!

237 comments:

  1. That wallpaper stamp is so pretty and there must be so many different ways to color it! TFS!

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  2. OMG sistah this is a classic Lin card!! Elegant, floral and absolutely beautiful. Even thought we don't chat much you have a special spot in my heart. :) Thanks for doing the hop today it means so much to me. Hugs, Kathy xo

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  3. Love how you used the spring to summer pretty colors - great match on the plaid paper. And love that felt flower.

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  4. I really enjoyed hearing the story about Hero Arts on Jennifer's blog and how nicce to hear you add your part. Stampers are the best. This is a pretty card with fun flowers and colors that match the paper.

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  5. That is an awesome stamp and your card is just fabulous...!! �� ��

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  6. I love the combination of plaid and floral.

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  7. Lin your card is gorgeous and the plaid is just perfect! LOVE IT! Sounds like you"sista's" had a great time getting to know each other!

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  8. Lovely card and colours! :)

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  9. SO pretty! I wish that weren't a retired stamp! :D TFS Lin :D

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  10. WOW, Lin your card is just stunning! Beautiful colors with the plaid and gorgeous details!

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  11. A wonderful design, love the bright and vivid colors!!!

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  12. Lovely floral card. The colors are so pleasing!

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  13. Beautiful... I love the colors and how you added texture with the felt flower!

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  14. Beautiful card. Love the colors. Like the plaid and florals together.

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  15. Gorgeous! The felt flower finishes it off perfectly.

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  16. LIN!!!! This is so pretty! LOVE!!!! xoxoxo

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  17. This is so summer-y! Love it!

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  18. Beautiful card! I'm sad that the stamp you used is retired. I love it!

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  19. Such a pretty card and I just love pretty plaid paper.

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  20. Love the plaid background. Beautiful cards.

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  21. Gorgeously summer card. Love the felt flower! Makes me feel so relaxed, just looking at it:)

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  22. Lovely stamp! Too bad it's retired! Either way, beautiful card! :)

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  23. That felt flower is a nice touch.

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  24. So pretty in pinks! How fab to mix plaids with flowers! Yummy!

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  25. Beautiful card! Love these colors! Too bad this stamp is retired or I would be running to get it. Love the pedals that look like hearts. Loving all the pretty plaid papers that have come out lately too! Thanks for sharing and the inspiration!

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  26. Gorgeous card. So clean and crisp looking. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. So sad the stamp set you used is retired. Fabulous card,

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  28. Love seeing people using there favorite stamp no matter how old. Thank for sharing your beautiful card

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  29. Oh, so stunning. Love the pairing of felt and a bright field of flowers. It is indead a hug through the mail.

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  30. I love the combination of plaid and flowers, and that you pulled the colors from the plaid. Beautiful!

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  31. The flowers are so crisp and clean.
    Love the plaid background paper.
    thanks for sharing a wonderful card.

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  32. Love that plaid paper and the gorgeous coloring! Thanks for sharing your amazing card.

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  33. Your card is lovely and so fresh looking!

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  34. Your retired stamp is gorgeous and I love your colouring Lin!! Fabulous!

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  35. Beautiful card, I love how you used the colors of the pretty plaid paper to color your flowers!

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  36. Lin, I follow your blog all the time and I can honestly say, there's never been a card I didn't want to CAS. No exception here. Thanks.

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  37. Wonderful card. Thank you for sharing and being part of this giveaway

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  38. The plaid paper and the colors on the flowers are just a perfect match !
    The card looks so warm and sweet !

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  39. Lovely card. I just got that die cut sentiment. Can't wait to use it.

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  40. Wow....the plaid is a plus with your pretty stamping.

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  41. Adorable! So sweeet and lovely colours and the pattern is a delight! Love the big flower with the button!!

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  42. Gorgeous! Those flowers are so pretty with the plaid

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  43. Your colorful garden background looks great with the plaid paper and felt flower, Lin! Such fun hopping with you, sistah!!

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  44. Beautiful colors and I love the addition of the felt flower and button!

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  45. Great card, I love the colors you used. I am A Hero Arts fan and love the history on how all you great ladies became friends!!

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  46. love this card!.. so cute!!.. thanks!

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  47. Love it - just wish it were a video so I could see you work!

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  48. I LOVE what you wrote about the sistahs! So happy to have this part of stamping journey with you, big sis! Your gorgeous card has every bit of the Lin-style signature! I adore it to bits!

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  49. You complimented your plaid perfectly. Lively card.

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  50. I Love that stamp you used, still have it and will have to give it a go soon! Lovely card!

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  51. So pretty and sweet!! And nice to read about the 'sistahood'!!

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  52. Love the pretty plaid paper with this!

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  53. Nice card. I like the colors you chose.

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  54. Beautiful color combo! Love that plaid paper.

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  55. Lin, this is so lovely. I own this wallpaper background stamp but haven't pulled it out in awhile. It just says Summer in every way. TFS.

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  56. Fabulous Lin, I love the summery sherber-like colors. It make me happy to look at your beautifully colored card.

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  57. Your card truly is a paper hug. It just makes me smile. thanks

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  58. Beautiful card! Love to hear the stories of how things got started.

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  59. I love the florals and the color combo. Great feminine card

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  60. The stamp is gorgeous and your colouring looks beautiful! What a fun group of friends you made!

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  61. Beautiful card! Reminds me to use pattern paper when I'm choosing colors!

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  62. Absolutely fantastic card. I love the floral and plaid combo. These colors are favorite go togethers for me. I loved reading about your sista's friendship. What a great way to have friends from everywhere :)

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  63. Lin, this is such a wondeful card! Your colouring on the Wallpaper Flower background is so pretty and it goes perfectly with the beautiful plaid paper - I'm glad you used it for this special occasion! I'm so happy I got to know you and meet you all because of the Hero Arts Group on Flickr:)

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  64. Your plaid against the floral is beautiful!

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  65. Beautiful! Love the combo of the plaid paper and the flowers. A very happy card. Thanks!

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  66. This is gorgeous and I love that you used an older Hero Arts stamp! I still have all my Hero Arts stamps from days gone by and still love to use them! Sometimes, the only up-dating needed is the coloring technique. Way to go Lin, Kathy and Hero Arts!

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  67. Such a pretty card, lovely flowers

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  68. Beautiful colours! Beautiful card! Too bad that stamp has been retired!

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  69. Your card is gorgeous!!! Beautiful coloring!!!

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  70. Awww to bad it's not around any longer it made a very beautiful card. Thank you for inspiring us to use something from our past to brighten the present.

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  71. Great idea to take your colors from that pretty plaid paper! Gorgeous, summery card!

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  72. I love to see people still using their retired stamps and this card is beautiful. It shows how good a stamp is when you can still make a contemporary card all these years on. Melanie x

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  73. Love the card and the button flower!

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  74. Great job on this lovely card. Not only did I enjoy the lovely coloring and that great stamp but since I am mad for plaid, I especially enjoyed seeing it paired with your artwork. Well done.

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  75. I always forget to use my patterned papers and when I do, I have nothing to go with it. My pre-colored images don't seem to ever match my patterned papers. I need to remember to coordinate the two. I can see why you were hesitant to use that paper. It is so pretty.

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  76. So pretty! I have many Hero Arts products and love that they support Charities.

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  77. so pretty Lin - i think i first found your blog thru hero arts - so nice to see you all together again

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  78. Your card is so pretty! I just love the colors you used. I really like that you used a stamp that you've had a long time. It's so nice to see older stamps used because it definitely is just as pretty as any new one! Beautiful!!!!!

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  79. Gorgeous card! Thanks for sharing!

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  80. Beautiful results. Great way to use up random patterned paper that you have around.

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  81. This card is just adorable and cheerful! Thank you for being an inspiration!

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  82. Love your card, too bad the stamp is retired but I'm sure I have something that would work.

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  83. Oh that makes a lovely background.

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  84. So pretty! I've always liked that good old stamp! It is timeless!

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  85. I love the colors of your card! Thanks for the inspiration and for the opportunity to win!

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  86. Love this card! It's sooo sweet and elegant!

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  87. Love the colors you chose for this card! Beautiful!

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  88. I love your special plaid you used. I love the retired flower set. This card is gorgeous in the color combination you used. Thank you.

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  89. Very pretty card & loving all the touches you added!

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  90. So pretty, especially with the plaid paper.

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  91. This is really pretty. I love the felt flower.

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  92. What a beautiful stamp! Perhaps Hero Arts will bring it back when they see how popular it is. You did an amazing job matching the colours to your plaid paper an the felt flower is perfect with it!

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  93. Your card is absolutely lovely. You make it look so easy...I am 84 yrs. old and very inspired by your work. TFS.

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  94. Oh that is so pretty! I haven't seen that wallpaper flower stamp before,it's lovely and you've done a beautiful colouring job too,thanks for sharing!AnnB

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  95. Lin, that plaid paper is gorgeous and made for the perfect background of your colored floral design. Great card and fun hop!

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  96. Oh, my, I am so impressed with all the beautiful cards and techniques. I am almost 70 years old and I am still learning so very much. Thank you!!!!

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  97. So pretty with the florals and plaid together!! Love the sweet color combo!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  98. I love the card, great colors, and use of the stamp.

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  99. Love the flowers with the plaid background!

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  100. Oh dear, if this stamp wasn't retired I would buy it in a heartbeat.
    LOVE it and your lovely painting. The addition of the gold paper and the exact
    same flower cut out of felt is wonderful!

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  101. That looks like you had a lot of fun colouring it!

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  102. LOVE your card and colors you used:)

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  103. Great colors and the felt flower with button takes it to another dimension. Thanks for an awesome design.

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  104. Beautiful! We should totally bring back that stamp. :) Thank you for your kind words about Hero Arts. We greatly appreciate all you do.

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  105. I've only been stamping for a couple of years, and I had no idea so many of you had your start together thanks to HA! Fun to hear the history!

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  106. I love the way your felt flower echoes the stamped background in this sweet card!

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  107. So pretty! Love that you used hoarded paper! The felt is so pretty; that is what I hoard!!! LOL A special card for a special occassion :-)

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  108. Such a beautiful elegant card!!

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  109. Your floral card is so pretty!
    I love those colors-nice a bright
    and they go so well with that plaid paper!

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  110. Very sweet! Love the coordination of the coloring and the pattern paper.

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  111. Can understand why you'd been hoarding the plaid paper. It goes perfectly with your colored HA flower image. Very pretty!

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  112. Love your color choices. Beautiful card!

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  113. So pretty. I'm glad to see someone use the SN Pens. They're the alcohol pens that I have. :)

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  114. The plaid paper coordinates so perfectly with this stamp and the colors you chose...absolutely adorable!

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  115. Pretty flowers. Nice work😀

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  116. Such a happy card! Your color choices and coloring are wonderful.

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  117. A beautiful card! Just shows that we should NEVER get rid of any stamping stuff!!:D

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  118. This is a lovely card - thank you so much for sharing it!!

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  119. This is so pretty Lin, love the plaid!!

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  120. I love your color combinations and flowers! :-)

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  121. Pretty card! Love the color combo!

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  122. Love this card! The way you pulled all the colors together and softened a classic background with the flowers. Beautiful!

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  123. Looks like the perfect time to pull out the plaid. Wonderful card. Don't know how I missed that stamp. I love it.

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  124. What a beautiful card you created, I love your colouring and colour combination! I wish they still made this stamp, it is gorgeous.

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  125. Wow that paper and those flowers look great together! No surprise that your card look really great.

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  126. What a lovely card, perfect color matching.

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  127. So pretty. Great color combination.

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  128. I like the colours you used on the card. Very nice!

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  129. I love your flowery background and how you colored it. Beautiful card Lin! TFS

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  130. I love this card, Lin! When I was trying to decide which stamp to use, I stopped and looked at this one for a long time - almost used it but didn't. I sure am glad you did! You've colored it so beautifully and love that pretty plaid! ♥

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  131. What a fun combination with the floral and plaid- and the added texture of felt is a great touch! (Maybe this will spark a re-launch of these floral stamps !)

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  132. Super pretty design ... love the card.

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  133. Very pretty card--love the way you colored the flowers and the felt flower is the perfect addition!

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  134. What a sweet card - love it!

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  135. Such a beautiful card. The colours match perfectly with the plaid paper. What a shame the stamp is now retired. It's gorgeous. Thank you for sharing. Happy day and colouring.

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  136. Delightful card, Lin. Love the soft colour combo.

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  137. Love the floral with a plaid background. TFS

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  138. That stamp is one of my favorites! I'm going to have to pull it out again... thanks for the inspiration!

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  139. It is so nice to read/hear your stories about Hero Arts and your "sorority"! It is so nice that you still are close!
    I loved your card! I am very much into plaid right now too and I probably have to cut up some plaid paper after seeing this!

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  140. Love the spring feel this card has and love the madras plaid. The flowers kinda reminds me of the flowers I watercolored today for Kathy's challenge. Have a great day! =0)

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  141. Wow! Such amazing card! Really beautiful!!!

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  142. I love the coloring and the card is very pretty. The one flower in the bottom I think sets the whole tone. TFS

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  143. GORGEOUS card Lin!!!
    LOVE your flowers against the plaid, ADORE your colour combo, it's one of my absolute favourites!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing :)

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  144. The colors you chose are lovely. Too bad the stamp is no longer available.

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  145. What a pretty card! And the plaid paper! I would have hoarded it too but a perfect card to use it on.

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  146. Very pretty card. I love your coloring and choice of colors. The felt flower pulled the card together nicely and the plaid paper complements the florals perfectly. Hero Arts is such a fabulous company. I have always loved their products.

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  147. Lin, your card is very lovely and sweet with the colored flowers and plaid background. THANK YOU for the inspiration.

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  148. Beautiful card, Linda! What a great background stamp! And I love plaid on cards. Thanks so much for sharing with us AND for participating in this great hop and challenge and giveaway.

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  149. Nice coloring! Love the design of the card!

    Love Hero Arts! Really having fun with the color layering stamp sets !

    ~God bless

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  150. So pretty and fresh! Love the felt flower finishing touch!

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  151. Stunning card Lin! Love your beautifully colored flowers. It's been fun hopping with you! :)

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  152. I love this card,
    so pretty with the
    stamping and the
    felt flower.
    Carla from Utah

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  153. Oh my how lovely is this! I love how you used the colors from the plaid paper, which makes the panel pop! And, the felt flower is so darling. Beautiful card! Thank you!

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  154. When I saw the Plaid paper, it caught my eye. I love how you picked up the bright colors to make such a "cheerful " card. Love it!

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  155. such a sweet and happy feeling card...love the plaid, gives it a clean, fresh look.
    hug,
    K

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  156. I'm like so many of us, we just can't seem to be able to get rid of some stamps, paper, etc. no matter what because there's just something about it that we love. It can be a pattern, a color, a flower, or even just how it makes us feel, but we know we have to keep it! If it's paper, it has to be yeses for something special! This card is something special and is and excellent excuse to use your precious plaid paper! Beautiful summer card!!!!

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  157. LOve the way the plaid and flowers match! So pretty

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  158. Love how you picked up the colors from the plaid paper. It makes for a beautiful card.

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  159. I totally understand hoarding plaid paper. This was a wonderful way to use some. Beautiful!

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  160. Loved your story about Hero Arts sistas. Your card is very beautiful.

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  161. I'm so glad you used the plaid paper! It looks awesome!

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  162. I love the colors of the flowers! Perfect match to the plaid background paper!

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  163. I just love the pretty plaid paper, and how lovely a backdrop it makes for your pretty flowers! And of course the flower embellishment is a beautiful touch, too!

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  164. Very cute with the plaid background and the felt flower.

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  165. Very colorful and cheery!! A really beautiful card!

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  166. Very nice job, thank you for sharing your work and for the chance to win! It is really nice that they are treating their fans!

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  167. Your card is so pretty, Lin! I love how the background highlights that lovely felt flower. I just want to reach into my computer and touch it. It’s been a pleasure hopping with you to celebrate Hero Arts and Kathy’s 30 Day Colouring Challenge!

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  168. I love how you used your color palette to combine two different patterns on this card! It is such a pretty card!

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