Friday, January 13, 2012

Paper Crafts magazine Presents: Cool Tools Blog Hop


The day I received an email letting me know that I would have a card featured on the cover of an issue of PAPER CRAFTS MAGAZINE was umm. . .MOMENTOUS to say the least! My husband thought something horrible had happened, because I suddenly shouted out, "OHH. MY. GOSH." across the room.  I was completely in shock. (And completely THRILLED!) 

I have to say, I'm still pretty giddy about the whole thing! So, there it is, up there - the HELLO card on the cover of Cool Tools for Card Makers.  That's mine! Eeeek! :)  

This issue was a ton of fun to work on, and it was a CHALLENGE. I don't consider myself one who thinks outside of the box all that well! It certainly doesn't come easily anyway.  The three cards I created for this issue took some blood, sweat, and tears.  But I love all three of them (especially my cover card!)

Today I have a card to share with you, another HELLO card.  I LOVE this giant sentiment from The {Stamps} of Life!  I started out with a basic circle punch, and then cut my circles into four equal parts (which was a little more difficult than I expected it to be!)

(card goodies: cardstock - Discount Cardstock, stamp - The {Stamps} of Life, ink - Close To My Heart)

Please go visit all of the amazing designers participating in today's hop! I am so honored to be listed among them!  I gotta admit, some of my cardmaking HEROES are listed below!  Before you go, leave a comment here at my blog, for a chance to win your own copy of Cool Tools! And then, when you're done, be sure to leave a comment at the Paper Crafts Connection, for a chance to win a HUGE Cool Tools giveaway! (comments due by midnight on the 15th!)
·         Danielle Flanders
·         Cristina Kowalczyk
·         Heidi Van Laar
·         Vanessa Menhorn
·         Kim Hughes
·         Amber Daigre
·         Kalyn Kepner
·         Emily Branch
·         Laura Williams
·         Stephanie Halinski

228 comments:

  1. So fantastic Laura! Congrats on the cover! This card is so fun, bold and graphic! Love it!

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  2. Hello:) What a wonderfully fun & fresh card! Excellent!!!!

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  3. This is soooo brilliant !!! Love it !

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  4. This is a great "boy" card!!! Thanks for the idea!

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  5. I knew the Hello card was yours before I read your text! It just screamed "Laura" to me!

    Congrats on another cover!

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  6. Wow!!! The simplicity of this card is stunning...although I can immediately picture me beating my head against the wall trying to cut circles evenly! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!!!

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  7. such an stunning card perfect way to use the circle punch and so innovative i love the colors you have used...simply fab!!!

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  8. such an stunning card perfect way to use the circle punch and so innovative i love the colors you have used...simply fab!!!

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  9. Love your card, so clean and simple, with a great color combo!

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  10. An optimistic card! I love the circles!

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  11. Beautiful - love what you created. So fun, bright and colourful. Yum!

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  12. Simple yet effective!!! Great color combination and design!!!

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  13. loved your clean and simple cards.loved the colour combination too.

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  14. I love your card, Laura! Those colours are great.
    Congrats on your cover card!!! :)

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  15. Beautiful card! I love the colors too! Like autumn meets 70s!

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  16. Great card! love the colors of sunset.

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  17. Congrats! on your publications and making the cover...that must be so exciting. Love both of this cards.

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  18. Genius. Such a simple idea and so hugely effective!
    And big congrats on your cover!

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  19. Congrats on being on the cover, that has got to be the coolest moment ever.

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  20. Congrats! and i love the color of your card! thanks!

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  21. Beautiful card. I really love it! Congrats on getting a card on the cover.

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  22. Love how you made the circles... thanks for the inspiration and chance to win.

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  23. WOW, how dramatic is this card. I can see why you were selected to be on the cover...Congratulations a major feat! Love the circles cut into quarters, gives endless color combo's doesn't it. Thanks for sharing.
    Love the sentiment too a nice big bright Hello!

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  24. So clever, Laura! LOVE the cheery sunny colors and this idea :o)

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  25. Gorgeous!!! Love the clean and graphic look!!!

    housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com
    www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

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  26. Really like your graphic style on these cards.

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  27. How exciting to be on the cover - Congrats! Love the clean simple look! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  28. What a cheerful card! Margaret K

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  29. I love the simple design for your hello card on the cover-and congrats! That's awesome to be on the cover!!!!

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  30. fun card...thanks for sharing..

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  31. I love your cover card as well as the one on this post! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  32. I need to find time to play with my stash of dust gathering tools!

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  33. So much fun to play with punches like you did here.. Need to find more in my stash to play.

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  34. Love this graphic design. Simple and modern. Thanks!

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  35. Congrats! Great cards (cover and blog hop)!! Love this idea!!

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  36. How fun! Clean and simple, the way I like it!

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  37. Such a fun technique! Love the bright colors you used in both cards, too. A big CONGRATS on cover - totally deserving! The "hello" card is awesome! Fun blog-hopping with you today, enjoy your weekend! ~Stephanie Halinski (P.S. Make sure you pick someone else to win the issue :)

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  38. Congrats on being a cover girl!

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  39. I love patterns like these and this card is fantastic!

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  40. Love the colors!!!!! This is very creative!

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  41. So many great ideas for punches! Love your card!

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  42. This card is fun. It's bright and graphic (love!) and unisex and multi-aged. It's a great card for absolutely anyone.

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  43. Very nice!! And congrats on making the cover!

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  44. Great card. Very cool colors. congrats on being a " Cover Girl " !!

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  45. Congrats on the cover!! Excellent!

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  46. So simple! I love it! And congrats on the cover!

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  47. so cheerful and clean... just my style. And you're right, some of my heroes are on this hop too. What an honor to be included among them. Congrats to you!!

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  48. I'd love to be on the receiving end of this card! Love the colors and way you split the circles! I think this is one issue we all can use!

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  49. I love that cover card! How creative and fun! And I'd be doing the happy dance and shouting too if my card were on the cover!

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  50. OMG! I love your cards on The Stamps of Life! And this one is great too. clean & very graphic. Rock on!

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  51. Congrats on the cover card! It turned out fabulous!

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  52. wow ! what a stunning card ~ can't wait to try something similiar.

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  53. I love your card today and the one on the cover of the Cool Tools magazine! Simple but so effective!

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  54. Simplistic but extremely classy! Brilliant. :)

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  55. I like the bold colors and the puzzle like feel of the circles.

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  56. Wow you have really got me to thinking outside the box. This is something that is so hard for me to do. Love your cut up circles!!

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  57. hi laura! i love your card: very modern in its style! thank you for sharing your design
    marie

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  58. quilted stars in previous blog entry, quilted circles here. Great ideas.

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  59. Congrats on making the cover! That is really fantastic! Your circle card is lovely!

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  60. Cute card! Thanks for the ideas & inspiration! ;-)

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  61. Great job cutting those circles and then piecing them together. I love the sharp graphic style and the colours you used. It feels very 70's retro.
    Thanks for sharing! :)

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  62. What a great bright, fresh card i love it.
    keaunalynn@msn.com

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  63. Bold, graphic and striking, just as I love it! Thanks for the chance to win a copy a copy of this great issue!

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  64. What a Super Cool card! LOVE your style! Thanks!

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  65. I love your cover card!! Congrats on being chosen for the cover. I also love this new card. So clean and graphic. Thanks for sharing
    Ashlee
    ashlee@musemyworld.com

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  66. Congrats Laura, your cards are beautiful!

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  67. Nice graphic style on this card!

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  68. Neat idea for the circle punch!!! Everyone really thought outside the box!!!

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  69. Love the CAS feel of this card, and the cut circles! TFS =)

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  70. So cute. Love this idea. I just got circle and scalloped circle nesties, so I may have to try this. Thanks also for a chance to win.

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  71. great looking card.....very colorful

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  72. Wow, I would have never thought of using this tool in this manner. I'm excited because I own this punch and am going to try it right away. Thank you.

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  73. Great example of Clean & Simple style- love it!

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  74. Cute card! Love the idea!
    Thanks for the chance to win, too!

    Susan

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  75. Great idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  76. Congrats on your cover- fab card!

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  77. It's cool! And I think the colors really make the design too. Thank you!

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  78. oh, this is fun! so bold, and I love the warm, rich colors.

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  79. Congrats on the cover!! And I love what you did the with the circle "hello"...very original!

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  80. What a cheerful card! Will try out the idea someday!

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  81. Bright, cheerful, who wouldn't want to receive this card in the mail? Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  82. Something so simple and yet such a dramatic effect. WOW~~

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  83. Like the colours and the way the card is so clean and simple!

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  84. Great card. Love the colors.
    Blessings,
    Peggy Allen

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  85. Brilliant! I love how clean and simple the card is! I may have to try something similar!

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  86. Your card is stunning! Thanks for sharing...

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  87. Thanks for sharing, that the circles were harder to cut than expected. Now that is a helpful piece of info!

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  88. Beautiful card. I love the colors!!!! THanks for sharing!!!

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  89. Very dramatic and great way to use a circle punch.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  90. How very cool! I love how those quartered circles look!

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  91. Great job on making the cover! I like your idea. Thanks!

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  92. So clean and simple...my favourite style!!

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  93. Great graphic card! Love the idea of dividing the circle and it could be done with patterned papers, one circle by itself, there are so many ideas that could come from your project! Great work! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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  94. I love your "hello" cards and congratulations for making the cover of Paper Crafts mag. The circle card looks easy and you didn't say why cutting the circles in 4 pieces was difficult. Thanks for the great ideas!

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  95. Wow! Very CAS but this card has such Omph! Thanks for sharing!
    cdring at comcast dot net

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  96. I like the color combinations and the way you arranged them.

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  97. What a clever idea!

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  98. Very, very cool--you are right, circles ARE hard to bisect!! But you managed quite nicely. :)

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  99. Congrats on the cover! Great job on the circles, love the hello!

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  100. Congrats on the cover, Laura! I love the simplicity of your designs!

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  101. Stunningly simple. So many possibilities....love it!

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  102. congrats on the cover! i could imagine your excitement! :D

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  103. Great card! I might have to steal this idea =)

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  104. SUPER fun card--LOVE that color story! Thanks for the chance to win:) sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

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  105. I LOVE IT! Thanks for the inspiration! Ciao db:)

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  106. Love your CAS card, and congrats on the cover - your card is so trendy and sweet!

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  107. WOW - one simple punch, one stunning card!
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  108. Congratulations on being on the cover....what an awesome accomplishment!

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  109. Awesome card! So exciting to be on the cover.Congrats! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  110. Colors - luv them. Like the whole layout as well. :)

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  111. Love your card! What a great idea for a circle punch. Thanks for the inspiration. :D

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  112. This is beautiful! I love the simplicity of cutting up a circle punch from different paper colors! How easy, and fun! Thanks so much for the new idea!
    Lisa
    lisascreativeniche at gmail.com

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  113. Super sweet! I love it and your color choices are perfect! I am inspired!!

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  114. This a great graphic and bold card!

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  115. This is great. I love the color combo

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  116. I love the bright colors - so friendly.

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  117. love that simple yet modern look! congrats on the cover card! wow!

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  118. Excellent blog hop. So many great ideas for using my punches. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  119. Congrats on your cover! Love this card - the colors are perfect and the modern feel of the circles is too cool

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  120. What a clean, fresh, and totally fun card. Super presentation!

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  121. What a great color combo and layout!

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  122. I liked your Dream card's whimsical feel with layered punches and your Hello card idea with punches reminded me of trying to use a similar fraction idea with paint swatches. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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  123. Now this is a card that I love - it is so cool and eye catching and even I will be able to make it without getting stressed! I love the vibrant colours and I envision doing one with masculine colours. What a cool idea.

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  124. Fabulous! I love it!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  125. Congrats on your accomplishment. I would super excited too. Love both of your cards, so simple yet different!

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  126. What an honour, to be on the cover! Love the segmented circles on the second card.

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  127. Congratulations on your cover! This
    is a great way to add color to a card.

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  128. very fun circles, looks like it could have been a challenge

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  129. Simply Stunning...your a genius!

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  130. Very cute and creative, Laura! You did an amazing job on the card! Thanks so much for the chance to win.

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  131. Fantastic idea of a great way to use a punch!

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  132. Laura, love your color choices - lovely card!

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  133. Love the clean, graphic look of the card with the deep, rich red.

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  134. This is a wonderful warm and bold colored card. Great idea on using your punch. Never would have thought of it. I will now though. Thanks for the chance.

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  135. Such a wonderful design and I like the colors you chose.

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  136. I can see why you were published. Very talented! I love bold and graphic cards. I bet it was hard to cut all the wedges into equal portions. Awesome card though. It was worth it :-)

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  137. Cute, love the colors of your card!

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  138. I love the bright, clean and simple card. TFS
    Kisha

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  139. THANKS for sharing!! I LOVE the card and the ideas!! Have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

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  140. This has such great impact, CAS and wow!

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  141. Congrats on making the cover! That is so cool.
    Your hello card is very eye catching. Simple yet bold!

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  142. Great card I love the bold colours :)

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  143. Such an easy trick with circles that really makes for an extra pop. Thanks for the idea

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  144. you did a fine job in making the parts equal. i know how difficult that can be, but once you decide, you just gotta go with it! thank you for sharing.

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  145. FUN..bright...simple! Love it!

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  146. Congratulations on being on the cover!!! Yay! I love the boldness of both cards! Hello! :)

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  147. Your card is so plain but striking! Love the colors and the way you pieced your circles. I always like "Hello" cards.

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  148. Nice card! I like the color combination you used.

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  149. Such a bright colorful card. Love the idea. Thanks for a chance to win. Ann O.

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  150. Thank you for sharing and the opportunity to win!

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  151. I love how simple your card is. I get too complex sometimes. Thanks for the reminder---I LOVE your card so much.

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  152. Fantastic card and simple. Love, Love, Love it. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  153. Love the clean look of this card.

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  154. Such a great graphic result! Love your card!

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  155. Well, CONGRATULATIONS! I can imagine your elation when you heard the news, and you certainly deserve it! Love your "hello" cards! Very nice!! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  156. Congrats on being on the front cover, you must be thrilled! Love your circle card, I'm definately going to give that a go!

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  157. What a bright pretty card! The colors are great, and the circles are cut perfectly! Thanks for sharing!

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  158. Love the bright CAS graphic card of yours. TFS

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  159. Love the zebra love card further down on your page. So simple but stands out at the same time. ;)

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  160. like the design the mixed colors makes

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  161. Congrats on the cover! Love this card too!

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  162. Your card is so gorgeous in its' simplicity. The color scheme supports he simplicity, I think.

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  163. cute! TFS! thanks for a chance to win! And, have a GREAT day!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  164. I love the colors on this card!
    DeniseB

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  165. Wow Gorgeous!!! Love the bold simple look to this card. I KNOW it wasn't simple to do though!!! I have tried cutting apart shapes and placing them together again....my cuts are never straight! Great work!!

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  166. What a fun card with fractional circle pieces!

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  167. Congrats on your card making the cover! Very pretty!

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  168. Great colorful card! Congrats on being a cover girl...I love that card! :)

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  169. So pretty. Love the colors. Thanks for sharing.

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  170. We have cut-up stars from Emily and cut-up circles from you. My oh my, such great ideas. By the way-love that Hello card on the cover, congrats.

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  171. This is a great idea. I like the simple font and the colors - which is saying something for a girl who doesn't like orange very much. ;)

    Congrats on the cover!

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You're so sweet to say HELLO! :)