Friday, April 8, 2011

CSS Alumni Blog Hop

Welcome to another Center Stage Alumni Blog Hop.  You should have arrived here from the beautiful Betty's blog.  Today we are using the photo below full of awesome cookies for our inspiration. 


I picked the number three for the cookie I was inspired by.  I love the crisp clean and fresh look of blue and yellow with some white.  It is a color combo that really speaks to me.  My first card took three tries to get it the way I have it envisioned.  

I started by stamping the daisies on white paper and then with a couple of masks I cut out I sponged the background.  Next I took a Sharpie Paint Pen to add the white dots.  When I decided that this one was a keeper I colored in the centers of the daisies.  On my first try I tried to use emboss resist.  The problem was that in Versamark pen was nearly dry and thus it didn't work very well.  So I cut those daises out to use as my masks.  On my second try I smudged blue ink on some of the flower petals.  Finally I was able to get it to work and with only a few tiny smudges I finished. 

My next card only took me about 15 minutes to make.  I had this small piece of daisy paper and knew I had to use if it for this challenge.

This stamp set was free with a $35.00 purchase for the second aniversary for StampTV.  Love this little set.

Your next stop on the hop is the fabulously creative Carla. If you would like to play along we would love to set what you create.  Make sure to post a link on the StampTV Forum.  Thank you for stopping by. 


 Make sure to leave a comment as you hop along because on Tuesday morning (April 12th), we will randomly choose one of the comments from all the blogs who will get a stamp set of their choice valued up to $24.95!

Card Details

Card #1
Stamps: Eclectic Summer- Gina K Designs
Paper: Pure luxury, white, in the navy, wild danelion
Ink: memento tuxedo black, bahama blue
Other: nestabilities, cuttlebug, sharpie paint pen
Copics: Y11, Y15

Card #2
Stamps: Celebrate in Style- Gina K Designs
Paper: pure luxury white, in the navy, wild danelion, unknown scrap of DP
Ink: memento tuxedo black
Copics: B41, B45, E50

188 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! It is perfect and the second one is too. Love them both.

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  2. Love both of your cards, Brenda! They are so fresh and pretty! Great takes on the inspiration cookieyou chose!

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  3. Brenda these cards are both fantastic...but the detail on the first one blew me away!
    You and I picked the same premier....you know what they say about "great minds". LOL

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  4. I really like this color combo too, so fresh and pretty, just like your cards!!

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  5. LOVE your cards, Brenda! I love the gorgeous masked background! The dress form looks so adorable with that perfect-for-this-challenge paper!

    You and I chose the same cookie! GMTA! ;) I love how different each card is!

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  6. Brenda- wonderful jobs on both of your cards! I'd say the first one was really worth the trials and tribulations to create it- it is stunning!

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  7. Gorgeous cards Brenda! The masked background on the first one is perfect! I may have to "borrow" that one!

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  8. Beautiful cards Brenda! Your first card is just like the cookie! How perfect! And I love the paper-pieced dress with the daisy dp!

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  9. Both cards are wonderful -- my favorite is the first one with the larger daisies! Love it!

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  10. Both cards are great! Love the colors!

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  11. Love the cards but the dress form is mt favorite. Great use of color and they are beautiful. God Bless You!!!!

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  12. Love your daisies and colors are awesome.

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  13. Both cards are so pretty. Love your choice of colors...very crispand refreshing.
    crafty teacher

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  14. Wow! Absolutely stunning! I love how the first one turned out. Definately worth the time to create. It is gorgeous!

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  15. Love me some daisies! I can't imagine how long it took to do the cutting! So pretty!

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  16. such pretty cards! I really love the first one and with the masking you totally made it look like the cookie!

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  17. These cards are so cute. I love the color combo - it is so fresh and clean. Beautiful work.

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  18. WOW! Gorgeous! Love your bright blues!

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  19. Really cute card!
    Hugs
    Judy Clarke

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  20. Oh wow, all these amazing cards! I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who makes cards over and over until I get the one I like. :) Your card(s) are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  21. Love that stamp! Happy cards!

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  22. Beautiful. Love the blue.
    Stampartmary@yahoo.com

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  23. Wow that background really makes those dasies pop! Love both your cards but those dasies are special.
    Blessings Bernie

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  24. Love your cards! Both are beautiful. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

    scrapbooknut67114 at gmail dot com

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  25. Fantastic cards!! Especially love those daisies.

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  26. LOVE your first card -- excellent bg and colors! Well done~~

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  27. Truly beautiful cards. Haven't heard of a Sharpie Paint Pen before - I always learn something new! Thanks for sharing your talent!

    Gail M

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  28. So clean and crisp. Great cards.

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  29. Well, it's cool and overcast in Tucson today, so your colorful spring cards really cheered me up! I love that color combination as well!

    Lisa

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  30. Holy moses, your projects are wonderful! Those daisies, wow, you did such a good job on that!! And the dress form, love that and how you did the sentiment!

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  31. Those cards are so fresh and pretty just like the daisies.

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  32. Both so very cute. Love them.

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  33. I absolutely love both of your cards! Apparently the third time was a charm! Your first card is wonderful! I love the second one too. This color combo is so bright and cheery!

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  34. I love the shade of blue! Your cards are so clean and spring like. Makes me feel grateful that Spring has finally arrived.

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  35. I love the daisies! It is always interesting to see different cards from the same inspiration.

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  36. My favorite is the second one using the Dress form stamp ! TFS

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  37. Love the daisies and the color combo. Both cards have inspired me to give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

    kim
    k1i2m3@cox.net

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  38. I love your color combination.

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  39. Both of your cards are totally "delightful". Very well done.

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  40. Lovely cards and you did a fabulous job having the inspiration of the cookie.

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  41. It make me think of spring. Love the color combination.

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  42. These are very cute cards ! Daisies make me think spring is near..woohoo:-)

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  43. Great cards! Love the daisy one!

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  44. I absolutely love daisies and your card designs are beautiful.

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  45. Oh, I don't know which one is my favorite! I do love daisies and they cheer me up when the skies are cloudy! Thank you.

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  46. Wow! Spring has sprung right on your card. Love it!

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  47. Daisies make me think of Spring and sunshine and that makes me happy.
    Great job on both cards.

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  48. Love both cards. The second one would be great for a teenager

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  49. I love daisies--both are fabulous!

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  50. The daisies are wonderful. Cute card!

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  51. Pretty Spring Card!! Love the daisies!

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  52. The second card is inspirational & not something i would have thought of...well done!

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  53. Great colors.....I have to try this technique this week!!! Looks like fun.

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  54. WOW! What gorgeous cards!!!! Love the first card!!! Stunning!!!! :)

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  55. I have a stamp and no idea how to use it. Thx for the inspiration!

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  56. I love daisies and with the blue and yellow, looks so bright and cheery! Great for the spring. Looking at the daisies, makes you want to smile and just changes your mentality from the long and cold winter we all had. I love the second card too withe the background daisies and the dress, brings back memories!

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  57. very pretty love the blue and yellow together

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  58. Love the dasies, they are my favorite flower.

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  59. Those are both wonderful cards. Those colors really are great together. What a lot of work you put into the first one, but it is so worth it!

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  60. Daisies, I love them. What cute cards, love the dress.

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  61. Great cards. I've always been partial to daisies.

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  62. Brenda,
    I love the color combo also. Being partial to daisies and all. I'm especially glad you put in the mention about trying three time to get it to look right, lets me know I'm not the only one! :)

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  63. Love both of the cards!!! The first one would be perfect for Spring for any occasion!!!

    Hugs,
    Geri

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  64. MUY BONITAS
    GRACIAS..ME INSPIRARAN EN MIS SIGUIENTES TRABAJOS
    UN BESO
    LUIS

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  65. Both cards are lovely; I really liked the second. A great card to send to a young lady getting ready for grad or her prom. suzyq

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  66. Great idea with the daisy paper and the Celebrate in Style stamp.....loving that stamp set.

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  67. When they say "Fresh as a daisy" I think they were talking about your cards, Brenda! Love them!

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  68. Both cards are absolutely beautiful!!!! Love the colour combo, so SPRING:)

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  69. Brenda, third time is a charm! Wonderful card!

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  70. Beautiful cards! That flower card really pops, yes it's a keeper.

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  71. Oh, my word, these cards are just as fabulous as Betty's. I'm loving this blog hop. Thank you, Brenda, for some great ideas.

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  72. I am partial to daisies, they were my wedding flowers. So I love both of your cards!

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  73. My favorite is the second card but they are both adorable! Love the color combo that you used as well! Thanks for sharing...

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  74. Think spring! I loved the daisy #1

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  75. Third times the charm, or so they say. Your cards are both beautiful and match your inspiration to a tee. Love them.
    Marcie

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  76. Brenda, loved your daisies w/blue background. I like your color combination!

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  77. What a great card! I love the colors and I love daisies!

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  78. Brenda - The daisies are awesome - thanks for sharing.

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  79. Great look for the colors and daisies! You nailed it!

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  80. I love daisies. What a great way to do them in your first card. Like them both but the first is my fav. Thanks for sharing how you did it.

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  81. BEAUTIFUL!! It's great for this time of year when we need to feel "spring" in the air.

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  82. I'm amazed at how close your first card looks like the inspiration cookie! Wonderful!

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  83. BEAUIFUL - it's so "springy" looking.

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  84. Great cards! I love the color combination that you used. The first card looks just like the cookie!

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  85. A cheerful color combination for you daisies. I love the blue and yellow together. Thanks for sharing.

    Joan
    MN
    gjgarlough@aol.com

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  86. Simply gorgeous! The colors are stunning. It is so cheerful for Spring. :D

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  87. really like both cards, but lean to the daisy...

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  88. Love both cards. Daisies are one of my favorite flowers.

    Joyce Roth

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  89. Love both these bright cheerful springy cards !!!

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  90. Love both cards! I love how you layered the fancy tags on the Celebrate in Style card. The daisy card is so bright and cheery too!

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  91. what a great card. I wish I had that big daisy stamp!

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  92. Love the daisies!!!!

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  93. Love daisies and you did a great job on both. I would have a hard time deciding a favorite!

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  94. Love the daisies, and the blue & white really makes you feel spring is here!

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  95. I like both cards, but love the daisies! The colors are so summery and fresh! Thanks for sharing the difficulties you encountered while stamping; sometimes I think I'm the only one. ;)

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  96. The third time is definitely the charm here. Love the look.

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  97. Wow...those daisies do POP against the blue!! Gorgeous!!

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  98. I love Daisies, you can never go wrong with them. Beautiful wor

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  99. if at first you don't succeed......sounds like the way stampin' goes in my craft room. they are both adorable.

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  100. Loved both of your cards. Love the 15min cards. They sure help you out when you are running out of time. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  101. Your perseverance paid off on the first card, great job so cute!! Love them both!

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  102. Hi, Betty! Love these cards and those same colors speak to me, too! Also love the way you did the intertwined labels on card #2!!! Great job!!!

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  103. Betty
    The cards are lovely! I love the colors

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  104. Blue, flowers - esp daisy! Great combination for me!!! Would love to see the daisy stamp set!
    Jackie

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  105. Love, love both of these cards, Brenda! Love the big daisies on the first one and the blue dress is fabulous!

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  106. It's amazing how much the first card looks like cookie #3!!

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  107. GORGEOUS Brenda - love it! I really like the big daisies on the first one.

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  108. Diana E. (Stamp TV)April 9, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Which daisy stamp did you use? The white dots on the sponged background was a neat idea.

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  109. Awsome cards!!!! Love those colors together!!!!

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  110. I love this color combo. The daisies are gorgeous, love your cards.

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  111. Both cards are pretty, love the daisies with the blue.

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  112. Both designs are adorable, Brenda! This color combo is very striking.

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  113. You're right about the color combo - smashing! Appreciate the two very different cards. That fine black border on the first card really sets the image off beautifully. TFS

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  114. Great cards and I love the color combination.

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  115. These are such cute stamp sets- glad you choose them. Sorry about the number of tries with the first one - I hate that when it happens to me :)

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  116. WOW! Love both of these and yuou did such an incredible job with using daisies on both cards. I like the blue, yellow, white combo, too.

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  117. Beautiful cards. I love the blues. You did a wonderful job on them. Thanks for sharing.

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  118. what great inspiration. I love daisies and with the blue, they really pop
    out.

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  119. Both cards are absolutely gorgeous, well done!

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  120. Well, they say the third time is the charm right - certainly worked for you - LOVE that sponged background around the bright daisies and the added paint dots - inspired! Your second card is pretty as well.

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  121. Inspired by a favorite :) Wonderful projects!
    Kim Marie

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  122. Who doesn't like daisies? Your cards a re springlike and happy!

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  123. Both are gorgeous!!
    Love how you flipped the fancy tag for the shadow. TFS

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  124. Great cards and great color combo.

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  125. That is a perfect Match and I ador that blue!!!

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  126. Your card is priceless, so pretty, makes me want to put that dress on and dance right out the door!!!
    Wonderful job!! Great choices!!
    Donna Przy...

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  127. I love daisies and the card is just perfect. Well they both are.

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  128. These cards just scream spring! Wonderful!
    Emily P.

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  129. You matched that cookie perfectly. Daisies are my favorite.

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  130. Awesome cards Brenda, ya gotta love daisies!

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  131. Perfect paper, I love it
    http://nanadonnascarddreams.blogspot.com/

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  132. I absolutely adore these cards!!! Love the likeness of the cookie and the cards and the summery feel of the daisies!

    ~Sandi K

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  133. Truly lovely! I adore daisies! TFS!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  134. Blue and beautiful! Both cards are cheerful and blazing with colour. Love it.

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  135. Love the daisies, they're such friendly flower,
    and what a lovely clear blue .
    thanks for sharing that you had to make this one three times as it didn't turn out the way you wanted the first time. I thought I was the only one who did things like that.

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  136. This awsome I have the free one and Im going to try to remake this. Thank You

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  137. This card is sooo similar to the cookie, great job.

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  138. lovely card - so creative

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  139. These are great...and THEY sure look like the cookie!!! nice job!! Love the daisy looks!!!

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  140. Great job creating from the inspiration cookie. Love the flowers.

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  141. Great card! It's just in time for Spring, and the colors are so pretty.

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  142. I love this card!! So springy, and someof my favorite color combos!

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  143. Lovely Spring-y cards that are definitely takes on the daisy and blue cookie. Thank you for sharing.

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  144. Like both your cards - so spring-like!

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  145. So inspirational...I can nearly reproduce the second card and I think I will...beautiful colors....Ronda Morhaime @ r_morhaime@hotmail.com

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  146. Both cards are great. Thanks for sharing.

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  147. Cute happy cards! Love the colors!

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  148. A definite Spring card... love daisies! tks for sharing!

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  149. love them, and especially the dress one. Thanks

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  150. You're right! The color combination is very crisp. What a beautiful card.

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  151. ...and style you have.. both cards are wonderful.. great job re-creating # 3..
    mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

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  152. I love your card.... Your layout just Beautiful. I love that second one is my favorite

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  153. Oh what memories. My mom had a dress, years and years ago, made with material very much like that! Lovely memories. Thanks

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  154. So very pretty. The blue and white really pops on the orange card stock!

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  155. Hi..
    I am new at this hop thing but I am finding lots of new inspirations for my card making. Great idea with masking the daisys. love the look and color scheme.

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  156. Beautiful cards! You really captured the inspiration with these. Love how you masked the daisies and sponged and dotted the background.

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  157. Both of your cards are pretty. I especially like the first one, probably because I like daisies so much. Spring has surely arrived.

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  158. Love the cards.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  159. Both cards are so cute, but I especially love the first one with the big daisies. Third time's a charm, right?! Way to go!

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  160. Very pretty.
    mmlmn at polarcomm dot com

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  161. It´s really cute!!!
    Hughs from México City

    http://artescrapbydiana.blogspot.com

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  162. What great inspiration pictures for this hop. You've done a super job of interpreting those beautiful daisies in two wonderful cards.

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  163. Love those daisies - great interpretation of the cookie.

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  164. Love the blog hops - you all are so inspiring! Your "daisies" are so sweet on this card! Thanks for sharing, Brenda! Have a great day!

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  165. Such adorable cards Brenda! Love how you were able to achieve such totally different looks using the same cookie as your inspiration. The first is so fresh and crisp and second is just so sweet!

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  166. Both cards are stunning thats for sharing the tips on making your own background. have a good day.

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  167. Both cards are beautiful and perfect for the inspiration challenge.

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  168. Your first card is so perfect that I thought it was digital not hand stamped. LOVE IT!

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  169. I love the blue and white with the daisies! Both cards are very pretty! Like how you added the dots with Sharpie paint pen in the first one and the daisy paper is the perfect background in the second card.

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