Monday, July 11, 2016

Stamp of Approval Lovely Notes Blog Hop


Hey everyone!  Today I'm participating in the Stamp of Approval Lovely Notes Blog Hop today.  I'm extra excited about this because I designed one of the products in the box, the Concentric Circle Die.

Stamp of Approval is a collection of products (stamps and dies) that work fabulously together but they’ll also work incredibly well with supplies you already own. They are released quarterly and sell out quickly (the last one sold out in 33 hours!). To be the first to know when they go for sale, make sure you are on the wait list (www.cpstampofapproval.com). You’ll get the link to purchase one day before it goes for sale publicly. Not only do you get a box FULL of amazing stamps and dies, but you’ll get a downloadable PDF Project Guide (for free!) with tons of project tutorials using them! The stamps and dies in the Stamp of Approval Collections are brand new on the market and won’t be released for individual sale for several months.

For my first two cards I'm featuring the Concentric Circle Die.

I started by cutting the die once from regular white cardstock and once from Smooth White cardstock.  Then I used Copics to color the pieces, varying the intensity of the shades in the concentric circles and added just a small bit of shading.

Those colored pieces were then inlaid into the regular white cardstock piece which was adhered to a black mat cut using the frame for the Concentric Circle Die.  The sentiment is from the Handpainted Thanks set.



I created my own polka dot paper for the mat using one of the stamps from the Lovely Flowers stamp set.

For the next card, I wanted to show that you can use the die vertically as well, and I went very modern and graphic with the design.



The die was cut from both black and white cardstock, and I cut the coordinating mat in white.  I adhered the black die to the white mat, and then added some inlaid pieces to create an alternating look to the circles.  I continued the design into the center of the die, using some of the negative cuts.  A couple of the white pieces were trimmed down a bit, and the circles on the inside are not perfect, but I think that actually adds to the graphic look of the card.



I combined two sentiments from Butterfly Notes set, embossing them in white towards the bottom of the card.  The entire panel was then popped up over some colored cardstock.

Finally, I really wanted to use the wreath from Wonderful Wreath.  The technique I used yielded two cards from one inking, and is a great way to mass produce cards.



To create the look, I colored over the wreath with a Distress Marker, spritzed the wreath with water, and then stamped it on some watercolor paper.  Without reinking or remisting, I stamped it again on a second piece of watercolor paper.  This was repeated with several shades of Distress Ink.



Then I went in with a waterbrush to soften and blend a little.  This step is totally optional.  You might like a more delicate crisp look in which case, just skip the waterbrush.  The cards are very similar, but one is clearly lighter and more delicate than the other.



I finished both cards with that Handpainted Thanks sentiment again, embossed in copper on the darker card and gold on the lighter, and then stitched the watercolor panels to the card base.  Very simple, but that wreath really does stand on its own.

 

OK, you'll want to continue on the hop now, head on over to Lisa's blog!  This is actually a three day hop, and Catherine is giving away a box to a lucky commenter on each day of the hop!  Head over to Catherine's blog to start.  Here is the full hop list if you get turned around:

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501 comments:

  1. WOW Miriam - I would NEVER have thought to continue the circles on the inside OR multi stamp that wreath - brilliant! Gorgeous cards. :)

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    1. Your cards are just awesome! I love the black on the concentric circles; just pops.

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  3. i love the black and white card!!

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  4. I love what you did with the wreath! Love all your cards!

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  5. i love the black and white card!!

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  6. What a great idea for the circle die! Best of all, these can be "boy" cards too.

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  7. Wow, colourful and stunning graphical design. Love this idea

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  8. WOW Miriam! I love that concentric circle card. Love the use of the double diecut.

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  9. Whoa I love the black and white card but I gotta say I'm really digging the wreath (perfect for a fall hello)!

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  10. I love how graphic your first 2 cards are! Always hard to make masculine cards and these would be great.

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  11. Three very clever cards. The black and white is wonderful.

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  12. Wow! How fun are those circle cards?? AWESOME!

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  13. Wooow, so much inspiration! Super die for inlaid technique <3

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  14. WOW! Love your projects miriram!!!

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  15. Love the wreath and different techniques. This stamp will definitely get a lot of use. You're so creative and thanks for sharing.

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  16. Love the wreath and different techniques. This stamp will definitely get a lot of use. You're so creative and thanks for sharing.

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  17. The black and white concentric circle card is beautiful

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  18. Both the wreath and that fabulous funky circle background are superb"

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  19. Love the fall colours in the wreath. And the concentric circle cards are stunning!

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  20. Yowza! That concentric circles die is my fav and I LOVE the ingenious ways you used it!!!

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  21. Oh Miriam, woowza, great ideas on these cards... Love them all!

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  22. Great cards---love the circle die and what you created using it--WOW!!!!!

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  23. Great cards---love the circle die and what you created using it--WOW!!!!!

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  24. Fab cards, I love what you did with the circle die it's simply beautiful.

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  25. LOVELOVELOVE!! This trio of beautiful cards is a wonderful way to start the week! LOVE the black and white circle card because it is so cool and your wreath card is just so lovely!!! Perfect color choices! TFS!

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  26. LOVE the black and white card - very eye-catching!

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  27. Sweet! The b&w circles is amazing. Great job all around.

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  28. LOVE the concentric circle cards! Your colors are awesome!

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  29. Wow... the black and White geometric card is so fabulous!

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  30. You are so creative! I love the simple and colorful cards. I can't wait to try these techniques.

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  31. Great cards. The black and white one is fabulous

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  32. Love the Concentric Circles die from black and white. Very striking.

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  33. Fantastic cards! So bold and beautiful!

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  34. Such fun cards unsung the concentric circles die! Your wreath card screams Autumn and I'm just nit ready! It's a great card though! TFS

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  35. Wow! Love the black and white one & the continual stamping of the wreath! Awesome job!
    Senora

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  36. Wow - your creative use of the concentric circle dies is fabulous. The black and white is perfect for a young person or as a masculine card.

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  37. AWESOME design with the circle die, love it!!

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  38. Wow awesome cards. The black and white card is striking.

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  39. I love the colored concentric circle card! And, the wreath, very pretty with the fall colors!

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  40. Love the black and white with a pop of color. Great cards!

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  41. Love the black and white with a pop of color. Great cards!

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  42. Miriam your cards are bold and colorful and very inspiring.

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  43. Great cards! Love the black and white.

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  44. That black and white card is striking, the coloured one must have taken so much work ! , and the wreath cards are lovely - great for fall . Thank you for sharing Miriam .

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  45. Great ideas for these stunning cards!

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  46. Wow your examples use the same concentric circle die but look completely different. The graphic black and white card is great!

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  47. WOW!!! Love the black and white!!!!

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  48. Wow that black & white really plays tricks with your eyes!

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  49. Beautiful cards! I love your design of the concentric circles! It caught my eye the very first say Catherine shared a project. Very nice!

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  50. Beautiful cards! I love your design of the concentric circles! It caught my eye the very first say Catherine shared a project. Very nice!

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  51. Wow- love the versatility of the concentric circles die- both retro and modern! Well done, designer!

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  52. Oh my. Love the wreath card and the concentric circle cards are amazing. The graphic white and black is just over the top.

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  53. Wow! Fabulous cards and colors are beautifully bold. Thanks for sharing and a chance to win.

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  54. Pretty cards. Thank you for sharing

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  55. Awesome cards you created to share with us.

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  56. Wow! That was the sound of my jaw dropping! Amazing ideas!

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  57. What fun cards! Thesee stamps and dies are awesome!

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  58. These cards are awesome! Very unique use of the concentric circle die.

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  59. Oh my shattered nerves!!! I love love love the black and white with the Concentric Circle Die. So clever.

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  60. Wow Miriam!! Awesome cards! I really love your layered wreath. These are perfect autumn cards. I feel a Thanksgiving CASE coming on! ;)

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  61. So many elements I love about your cards. The wreath one is awesome and how you did 2 stampings from one inking. The stitched line across the top is a fab addition. Love the black & white one but wished you had a video on how to do, I am a more visual learner

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  62. Oh my shattered nerves, I absolute love love love the black and white with the Concentric Circle Die. So different and beautiful.

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  63. I love all the cards, but I think the inlaid technique is my favorite on the Black and white card.

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  64. WOW! The Concentric Circles die is amazing!

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  65. I can't decide whether I like colour or monochrome best.......

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  66. Love how you used these products. The Concentric Circle die is awesome and the versatility of it is amazing.

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  67. Wow! The black and white concentric circles!

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  68. I can't decide whether I like colour or monochrome best.......

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  69. Loving these awesome cards. Can't decide on a favorite.

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  70. WHOA! Now those are some great cards!! Great technique that I would not have thought of. Thanks!!

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  71. Using the inverted circles is a great idea! And I am just LOVING that wreath! Great Job!

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  72. I love the layering of the wreath. And your use of the circles die is very unique! Thanks

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  73. I knew the wreath would look awesome stamped multiple times. I love how you continued the circles in black and white on the inside strip of the die!!

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  74. I knew the wreath would look awesome stamped multiple times. I love how you continued the circles in black and white on the inside strip of the die!!

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  75. Wonderful cards. Love how you can create a totally different look of the concentric die cuts by switching up the colours. Love your clever use of the die cuts on the black and white card.

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  76. These are awesome! I love the black and white!

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  77. Fantastic cards, Miriam! Great ideas!

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  78. Wow... these are fabulous! I am so impressed with that Concentric Circle die! So many possibilities with it! Love both of your cards you created with it (That b&w one is awesome!) and the pretty wreath card too!

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  79. Fantastic cards, Miriam! Great ideas!

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  80. Wow! The black and white color block is fabulous!

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  81. These cards are so bold a different take on what others have done

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  82. Fantastic cards...I really like the bold black and white one too!! :0)

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  83. Wow! Love the black and white card!

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  84. Wow! Great cards and love the techniques. Lovely wreath card.

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  85. I always love what you put together Miriam, these are just amazing. Thank you for the chance to win a box of Stamps of Approval products.

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  86. WOW! Those were the first words out of my mouth when I saw your first card, then on to the second and I was back in the 60's wanting to dance, and then it was awww when I came to the third card and I thought about autumn and Thanksgiving. Great cards with awesome techniques and ideas.

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  87. WOW! The balck and white card is amazing! I love the Concentric Circle Die! Your wreath card is gorgeous too!

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  88. WOW...I really like that black and white "modern" look....really cool. And yes...I agree that the Wreath could stand alone and I'm excited to use it for year round cards. Love your cards

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  89. Love the use of the die! The black and white card is so bold! Looks great.

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  90. Wow great cards, thanks for showing different ways to use the Concentric Circle die.

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  91. You designed the concentric circles dies, Miriam?!!! I bow to your creative genius. The peeps on my blog have been going NUTS over your die design. It truly is amazing!
    p.s. I love all 4 of your cards. Thanks for explaining how you created them

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  92. Thanks for these great designs. The black and white card has a masculine air to it.

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  93. I love the concentric circle die and how everyone uses it differently! Loved the black and white card using it!

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  94. The large thanks is an awesome stamp. Love your wreath cards.

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  95. Love the black and white card. Such a different use of the die

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  96. So many ideas for this collection! I just love the concentric circles die!

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  97. Wow! LOVE the way you used the concentric circle die! And your wreath is gorgeous! I think I might have to case your cards when I get my box!

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  98. Very wonderful cards...I adore the first two since they are graphic cards!

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  99. Fabulous graphic cards! I'm in love with that circle die.

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  100. Very wonderful cards...I adore the first two since they are graphic cards!

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  101. Terrific job! I would not have thought to add the extra pieces to the middle. What a great idea. I think I will try this with greens and browns for a more masculine feel.

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  102. I really liked your bold colors and the way that you used opposite colors in the concentric card. Great cards.

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  103. Wow, the black and white card is spectacular. Thanks for the great idea of another way to use it.

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  104. Love the first card..the colors and the dots!

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  105. Miriam, you knocked my socks off with the creative use of the concentric die. WOW ..... wonderful. And the wreath card, what can I say, just gorgeous. Simple yet amazing.

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  106. Wow! That black and white design with the die is amazing! My head is spinning with all these great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing!

    -Irene
    mrsirenegarcia@yahoo.com

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  107. Wow! That black and white design with the die is amazing! My head is spinning with all these great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing!

    -Irene
    mrsirenegarcia@yahoo.com

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  108. What a great idea for the circle die.
    Love the wreath card.

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  109. First, let me tell you, my daughter's name is Miriam too :)
    Secondly, I LOVE that black and white graphic card! I think I'll probably CASE it when I get my box because it's just stunning! And I think it would be a great masculine card, which I need coming up soon for a bday, so that's just perfect! Thanks for the awesome inspiration!

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  110. You designed a great die. Love the
    black/white combination.
    The wreath is lovely. They are
    so versatile as to occasions they
    can be used for.
    thanks for sharing some great cards.

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  111. WOW! Love the bright colors! so different

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  112. The black and white concentric circles card is AWESOME! Nice fall themed wreath card too!

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  113. That black and white card is really wow!

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  114. Fabulous cards! So many amazing ideas and techniques. Thanks for sharing!!

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  115. Fabulous cards! So many amazing ideas and techniques. Thanks for sharing!!

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  116. As a rule, I'm nt into black and white cards but your concentric circles are amazing

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  117. Wow!!! Awesome card!!! Love the black and white one!!

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  118. The black and white card is rediculously awesome!!! Love it!! -Danielle

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  119. Love love love the black and white card...my favorite variation of that die to date! Great inspiration!

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  120. Wow! The way you use that concentric circles die - LOVE IT!! Thanks for sharing!

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  121. Wow - your circle cards are amazing.

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  122. These beautiful cards are amazing! I love the vibrant coloring, graphic black/white combo and the watercolor look of the wreath.

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  123. Beautiful wreath cards and unique cards with the concentric circles die.

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  124. Miriam your cards are so striking!

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  125. WOW!! Your card designs are jaw-dropping gorgeous, Miriam!! I thought I loved that wreath stamp already, but seeing it repeatedly stamped on your design just makes me love it all the more now!!

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  126. So so beautiful..love the wreath..

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  127. Great contemporary cards Miriam!

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  128. Love the black and white concentric circles card.

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  129. I love the colorful wreath card!

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  130. Hi Miriam,
    I love your thank you cards and can't wait to get my SOA to get started on making my own cards using all of yours and the teams cards as inspiration! Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Cathy

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  131. wow! The black and white concentric circles are amazing and the wreath is beautiful.

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  132. Very creative use of that die!

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  133. Miriam, what great cards. I really like the fall looking wreath card. It would be great for November. I also like have you have used the circle dies. Great job ;)

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  134. Wow those a great! I really like the black and white card. All of them are amazing.

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  135. The black and white card is so cool thank you for sharing these beautiful cards

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  136. Love both of the concentric circle cards, and your wreath card is just beautiful.

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  137. Love, love these cards!! Black and White out of this world!

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  138. All I can think of is, "Wow!" What a gorgeous black and white card! Thanks for sharing!

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  139. These are really striking cards!

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  140. Love Love Love that concentric circle die! So fab

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  141. Your cards are fabulous. The first one is so vibrant. Stunning. Thanks for sharing.

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  142. Such creativity! Now i know how I can use both positive and negative parts of any of my dies!!! thank you thank you thank you!!! Love the black and white too!

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  143. Love the black and white card! So beautiful!

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  144. Everything you do just pops! Love it.

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  145. Very nice card ideas! Thank you!

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  146. Fabulous cards, Miriam! Love the bright bold colors and the black/white ~ sooo contemporary!

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  147. Miriam, I love, love, love your cards! I like the pop of color in the first card, so bright and cheery. I love the retro geometric black and white look to the 2nd card, very cool. The wreath cards are simple but so pretty and refined looking.

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  148. Love your cards especially the black and white.

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  149. Very modern look to these cards. Love the wreath one.

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  150. 3 gorgeous Cards, well done Miriam....

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  151. Oh, I really like the red and blue-very striking! Thank you for sharing.

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  152. Striking cards! Think this is my favorite use of that wreath stamp so far. Shows how versatile it is.

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  153. I do love the wreath, but what a bold and fun statement with your circle cards. Awesome.

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  154. Love the thanks stamp . And your black and white card is jaw droppingly dramatic.

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  155. great ideas on the concentric die - beautiful cards.

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  156. great ideas on the concentric die - beautiful cards.

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  157. Outstanding use of the circles die. I love the black & white.

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  158. FUN cards!! But the black and white one is outstanding!

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  159. Love these cards! Can't wait to create!

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  160. Love these cards! Can't wait to create!

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  161. Love the wreath card! Perfect for Thanksgiving.

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  162. Wonderful cards. I would never have thought to add the white pieces onto the centre panel of the first card, brilliant. Thanks.

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  163. what great ideas to use the concentric circle die. and so colorful. Love all the cards - but isn't that wreath just gorgeous!!

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  164. The first time I saw the concentic circle die I thought soft colours but wow you hit it out of the park with your colours

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  165. I love the cards. You did such a great job with the cards. I like the way you changed things up a bit.

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  166. I love the way you used the concentric circle. the double stamped wreath is fantastic.

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  167. I looked at the first card and thought - how did she do that? There was no stamp like that in the kit -- then I read the explanation and was blown away. I love the way you used the concentric circles in two such different ways. Bravo.

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  168. Absolutely love that black and white card - very retro.

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  169. Love the color and texture combinations

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  170. So many fun ways to use that circle die and wreath stamp!

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  171. The wreath card is really nice but your use of the concentric circles die on each of those cards was just amazing!! Both of the cards are so unique and such clever uses of the dies! Simply WOW

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  172. The wreath cards are lovely but oh my goodness, your use of the concentric circles was just amazing. Both cards are equally stunning and so, so clever to use the die like that. Simply WOW

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  173. Love the way you used the concentric die. Only two more days!

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  174. These are all so great, I can't even pic a favorite!

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  175. These are all so great, I can't even pic a favorite!

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  176. Beautiful, beautiful cards. Hard to pick a favorite.

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  177. I just love that wreath card! Beautiful colors!

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