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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Hero Arts 2014 Catalog Hop


All this week the Hero Hostesses are showing off the new Hero Arts 2014 Catalog with tons of inspiration!  You should have arrived here from the extremely talented Donna Mikasa's blog Three Umbrellas.  If you didn't hop over to the Hero Arts Blog to start from the beginning so you won't miss out on any of the beautiful projects!

I made a ton of cards using a variety of stamps but my favorite project was this one:
I had a vision of creating a rustic card with a flannel type backdrop.  I started with the stripes and stamped the red stripes vertically.  I then inked the same stamp using black ink and turned the stamp to create the flannel pattern.  I added blue stripes with a watercolor pencil and a ruler.

I then stamped the bear, eagle and trees  in black and cut them out to create my arrangement. .  I added a banner with the sentiment.  I wanted a little interest in the background so I splattered a little blue and black watercolor..

My next card uses the same OWH What a Guy clear acrylic stamps: 

 I spent the majority of my time playing with the Hero Arts Chalk Ink Snow and the Forever set.


I wanted to see the soft effect of the white chalk ink on kraft.  I colored in the image using watercolor pencils and a waterbrush.

To show how versatile the stamp is here it is stamped in a few different inks: 

I stamped in versamark over a glimmer misted background and heat embossed with white embossing powder.    I decided to add a few butterflies stamped in orange ink.

For my last one I stamped it using a pink ink: 
 I colored the image with watercolor pencils and added the sentiment using the white chalk ink.


Next in the parade of loveliness is the extremely creative and talented Barb Engler! Hop along for more inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz



















326 comments:

  1. Wow! Amazing cards and tags, Suzz! You are so talented - able to create with any style! Way to rock the hop! ♥

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  2. Oh, Suzanne .. these are mini works of art! So glad to see some "guy" cards, too! It's a joy to hop with you!! Hugs.

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  3. That white chalk ink looks like a must-try for me!

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  4. WOW Suzz...Amazing Creations and I Love the Guy cards as they are always so hard for me to make!! xoxoxo

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  5. Beautiful cards with those tags, Sue, just beautiful inspiration!

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  6. Like the backgrounds you've created for the scenes.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  7. Stunning Suzz, you are such an enabler. I love the dainty bird Stamp. Each and every one showcases the images beautifully. Tracy x

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  8. Got to LOVE the bear card!
    The tags using the Forever are very pretty...it's good to see how they look embossed and colored.

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  9. Love the cards and tags. Great examples.

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  10. OMG! These are amazing cards and tags, I just love them! Way to rock the hop!

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  11. Fabulous cards, very creative. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. I am in awe of those guy cards. Your coloring in the second card rocks. The mountains stand out and the bear looks so real. The first card is great too. Love the black on that background. The bird cards are sweet.

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  13. Thanks for the inspiration on the guy cards - they are the hardest to do! I absolutely love the kraft tag!

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  14. Love the nature themes. so cool!

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  15. Lots and lots of terrific projects made with Hero Arts products.

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  16. Wow, those are stunning! Masculine cards are always a challenge for me.

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  17. Beautiful cards! I love the tag idea.

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  18. What bold, manly cards! Love the tags as well.

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  19. Suzz--- What lovely cards. Wonderful how your creativity can result in such different styles--all fabulous! Inspiring.

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  20. Great use of the stripe background stamp!

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  21. Such creativity with the stamps and ink! I especially loved your card using the OWH What a Guy stamp set - such beautiful shading.

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  22. Lovely cards and tags, Suzanne! I especially love all the ways that you used the Forever stamp set!

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  23. I love your kraft Thanks a Bunch card - so pretty!

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  24. Love all of the background stamps! One can never have too many of them and you used them to great advantage

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  25. Amazing card and very pretty tags Suzanne!

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  26. It is so nice to see more masculine cards, and your tags are so pretty.

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  27. Wowweeeeee!! What a wonderful variety of cards and tags. It's clear to me that you are a very talented designer and no wonder you are one of the Hero Hostesses!!

    It's so fun to see all the new goodies put to use in such creative ways! Thanks for sharing, Suzanne!

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  28. Your versatility really shine through in this hop, Suzanne! I am in awe of all the beautiful creations--they range from the sophisticated ( masculine card), to gorgeous and shabby chic.. etc. Way to rock this blog hop!

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  29. Gorgeous cards and tags!! So creative! Love hopping with you this week. :)

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  30. Love the versatility you demonstrated with your cards and tags - so many styles out there, it is great to see this showcased !!!

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  31. What great cards and love that set!

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  32. Wow! Love your artistic touch, Suzz! You take the stamps to a whole new level! Beautiful projects, as always!

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  33. Oh, I love your card with the tag that you stamped in white and colored in....beautiful!

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  34. Such gorgeous projects, beautiful creativity with all these various techniques!!!

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  35. Beautiful cards, Suzz. Especially like the 2nd card with that blue lake :)

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  36. Love that bear stamp! You've done a remarkable job with all of your projects! Thanks for making me smile! :)

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  37. You always have the BEST ideas, Sue! Love your flannel-background card, and will be using that for my guy cards. And your cards with the Forever set are wonderful! A beautiful post today!

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  38. would love, love, love to win hero arts products--
    thanks

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  39. Great cards! love they idea of making a flannel background! Very 'manly' LOL :)

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  40. Great cards! love they idea of making a flannel background! Very 'manly' LOL :)

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  41. Love the rustic feel of the first 2 cards. I love the tag stamp. Very cute! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  42. Truly awesome cards. I love making scene cards and these fit the bill. Especially love the first card

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  43. Such flair and dimension with all of your designs, Suzz!! Your tags are perfectly scrumptious!!

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  44. Wow, amazing masterpieces all of them! I adore your last tag - simply gorgeous! And what an amazing texture on your fab masculine card! How cool is that!

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  45. I love your cards and tags. As someone said they are little works of art, and that is true. The masculine cards are great inspiration and the tags use one of my favorite stamps from the new releases. They are lovely. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

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  46. Amazing cards and tags! The OWH What A Guy stamp set looks great for manly man cards!!

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  47. Wow these are all fabulous projects and so diverse in style and techniques!

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  48. Wonderful projects, thanks for sharing.

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  49. your tags are super delightful in their details!

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  50. Love all your projects Suzz, great to see the different inks in use!

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  51. Beautiful projects...I love the wildlife images in that new set, but haven't inked it up yet. Def going to now!

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  52. what a diverse set of cards - each so unique - thanks for sharing

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  53. Great projects - masculine & wonderful pretty tags! Luv them!

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  54. Beautiful tags and love what you did with the OWH stamps. Terrific masculine cards.

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  55. Wonderful assortment of both masculine and feminine projects...beautiful work.

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  56. Wow! You outdid yourself! What a wonderful group of projects, so many great techniques and styles. Thank you!

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  57. So much inspiration in one post! Thank you!

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  58. The rustic cards are very interesting. I just love the Forever stamp set and you used the it so beautifully.

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  59. Gorgeous tags Suzanne! As I also do birdwatching I absolutely love these :) Greetings from Belgium, Annelies

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  60. I couldn't love your bear cards more! thanks for the tuts on how to create all of these!

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  61. Hey Suzz--great to see your work with all the inks! Lots of inspiration--thanks for showing us how you put your stamp on it!

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  62. Love the plaid bg you created for the 1st card, Suzanne. Your tags are just gorgeous - such a lovely variety.

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  63. The white chalk ink on kraft has such a Mediterranean feel, and I love the bird stamp.

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  64. Amazing!! I like that you showed the versatility of the stamps!!

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  65. These are all beautiful! You are an artist!

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  66. Such a great variety of looks in these projects. I love the different textures.

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  67. Oh my word, these are fabulous! I love the scenic cards, and the tags are so pretty! Brava!

    love Mags B x

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  68. I'm really drawn to the flannel effect you created.

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  69. I love your cards and tags Suzz, you have a very unique style! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win :-)

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  70. Wow Suzz, your cards and tags are amazing and so creative! Love what you've done with the new stamps and you've certainly made my wish list even longer than it was before I visited:)

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  71. Wow, your cards and tags are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  72. I love what you did with the What a Guy set. Unique and beautiful guy cards. You've given me inspiration on future cards using this set.

    I am going to have to check out the Forever set. Beautifully done!

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  73. I love the bird tag stamp too :) It's the first stamp I used from the 2014 catalog. Love how you tried it with different backgrounds, inks and coloring in the bird! Very pretty.

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  74. Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow - all stunning. Love them - thanks for sharing some amazingly inspiring creations.

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  75. Your cards are so fabulous! I love how you create so much texture and dimension with your inks and watercoloring...Genius! Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration with us!

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  76. Very very interesting work on each of the cards, thanks for sharing!

    http://gracielliedesign.blogspot.com/

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  77. WOW! Amazing projects! Thank you for sharing.

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  78. Stunning!! gorgeous cards. You are a great artist.

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  79. What an array of gorgeous projects. Love the OWH cards and the "Forever" tags are glorious.

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  80. Love the soft and distress tones on the cards/tags you made.

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  81. Great inspiration here Suzanne! Love the bear scene's.

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  82. beautiful cards, Suzanne! Love the landscape with the bear! TFS!

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  83. I love the bear scene and the use of the white ink on kraft paper.

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  84. absolutely love the cards and tags, they are so nice. Thanks for sharing.

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  85. Amazing cards and tags!! You gave brief details on how to create each of them, but I was wishing for more detail so I could try myself!! Beautiful!!!!

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  86. Wow, they're all fabulous, but I just love that first card!

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  87. Beautiful cards. I especially liked what you did with the stripes in the first card. But no, I loved all the tag cards too. In fact I loved all of them!

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  88. Wow, great job on all the cards and tags. I have to say I really like the bear stamp and your backgrounds. Thanks so much!

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  89. Lovely cards! Great masculine ideas too!

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  90. Amazing cards, Suzzanne! I love the different looks you can get with the chalkboard stamp!

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  91. Beautiful! The inspiration card is my fav!

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  92. So beautiful !
    Love the cards with bears !
    Thanks for the inspiration.

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  93. Very particular cards and great techniques in your tags.
    Compliments.

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  94. OH MY! Your projects are beautiful. I love your tags. Awesome job!!

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  95. Yippee! Love the chance for great inspiration! Thank you.

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  96. Wow your tags are lovely. Love the inspiration.

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  97. WOW! Loved all your white on kraft ideas. Can't wait to try them. TFS the inspiration!

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  98. Fabulous cards!!

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  99. So many techniques and effects. Love them all.

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  100. Love the multiple uses of the same stamps! Awesome!

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  101. Love all your cards and tags! So many versatile ways to use the same stamps...Love it :)

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  102. Lovely collection of projects, love the demo of the last stamp in different colours, just beautiful!

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  103. Love your elegant designs. Really beautifull.
    eva

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  104. Thanks for all the wonderful variety you gave us today. Your projects are great.

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  105. The white on craft card is just exquisite - so delicate and feminine. And then to have the contrast of the flannel background "guy" card. A great set of cards.

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  106. Wow, just wow! Love the masculine cards, but they are all so great!

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  107. Loving your work! I definitely want to play with some white chalk ink after seeing what you've done! TFS!
    suzimetatyahoodotcom

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  108. It's so great to see some masculine cards in the hop! Love how you used the OWH set.

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  109. What a wonderful variety of cards and tags.Beautiful!

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  110. Suzanne, your cards are works of ART! Beautiful!!!

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  111. What a stunning set of cards and tags, Suzanne ... amazing! Anita :)

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  112. Your cards and tags are amazing! Love that white chalk ink.

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  113. Love all the detail in your cards and tags. They look amazing.

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  114. Interesting way
    of using the ink
    on your cards.
    Lovely colors.
    Carla from Utah

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  115. These new stamps are fun and different, as is your style!

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  116. WOW! So creative! Just beautiful!

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  117. WOW! So creative! Just beautiful!

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  118. Amazing cards and tags. So creative!

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  119. Your cards are so unique and totally different from one another!

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  120. I was unsure of the chalk ink but you have made so fabulous creations.

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  121. WOW!! AMAZING Cards!! LOVING the FUN designs and the AWESOME Nature Inspired Colors and scenes!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and for the chances to win!! =) Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  122. Thank you for sharing all your awesome cards and tags!

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  123. Wonderful projects!! Thanks for the "guy card" inspiration. Just goes to show that a guy card can still be artistic and fun to make! :)

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  124. love the bear masculine cards… living in alaska, this set will come in very handy…. : )

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  125. I love the "Thanks A Bunch" card. Will have to try out some of the chalk inks.

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  126. What an amazing variety of cards and tags all so different the bear card is awesome have a great day!

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  127. Where do I begin. They are all wonderful cards and I love the eagle on the first card. Amazing on all of them. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  128. Nice cards - I'm glad to see that you support Operation Write Home! Me too!

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  129. So glad to see that you used the OWH What a Guy stamp set because I've been thinking about buying it. It would be perfect for one of my brothers. I think the black turned out really cool!

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  130. You rocked the rustic look and oh, my, the "Forever" stamp in white on kraft looks so pretty!

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  131. Sue, your cards and tags are gorgeous! I love the variety you showed with the tags -that pink one is my favorite!

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  132. You are always so unique and creative, Suzanne! Such inspiration on ALL the cards!

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  133. all your cards are great - love what you created with the tags!!

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  134. The variety of different tags you have made just shows how versatile something can be. Wonderful selection

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  135. Really love that first card. Love how you rotated the stripes. Just a fantastic scene

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  136. I love all the diffrent styles you used while creating your cards.

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  137. Awesome cards and tags. Love the flannel look on the first card.
    isoscia@aol.com

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  138. Wow - the first two cards are so unusual and unique - lovely soft colours on the third card and who doesn't love tags .

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  139. such nice work! Thanks for sharing!

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  140. Great projects today, Suzanne! Just love the rustic card - so fab with the flannel bg! And your watercolor bear scene is so artistic! Love beautiful card and tags the Forever set too!! Such fun hopping with you this week!

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  141. I love your cards, especially the third one with the tag. That one is just my style. This is a great blog hop. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  142. Oh I really like the tags and the masculine cards are wonderful too.

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  143. Wonderful cards and tags. The first card is my favorite too. I just love the layout and the colors. It's just so rustic and beautiful.

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  144. All of your cards are wonderful. I'm so glad Hero Arts made the neat "OWH What a Guy" set and I can't wait to get it. I can never get enough ideas for masculine cards for the guys in my family and yours are great!

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  145. love how different your cards and tags are from each other! really like the first card- very graphic
    thanks
    Holly

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  146. i love all of your projects, but my favorite is the 2nd bear card-love how you created a landscape on it! great job!

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  147. Beautiful cards! Most inspiring!

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  148. All of these are lovely but the first one blows me away! Great design!

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  149. wow! you've been busy! I love the plaid background you put together on that first card!

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  150. What great guy cards! I love the look of the chalk ink snow.

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  151. Awesome projects! Great new stamps!!

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  152. Wow! Stunning cards and tags, Suzz!
    love the look of the chalk ink snow!

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  153. Wow love the theme and your bold colour choices.

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  154. I am absolutely in love with your first two cards--they are so fresh and masculine! What wonderful techniques--thank you for sharing your talent!

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  155. Oh, my goodness! Such great cards again!!

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  156. What lovely projects! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  157. Fabulous nature themed projects!

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  158. You done a good job on the cards, but the top two are my favorites. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

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  159. They are beautiful, Suzanne. Thank you so much for the inspirations today!

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  160. TONS of FUN projects...wow! Love those masculine cards, those are always a struggle for me!

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  161. I love nature and your cards are
    refreshing...Thanks for the ideas...

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  162. Beautiful cards and tag! You are so talented.

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  163. Beautiful cards and tags! Love your awesome backgrounds!

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  164. My favorite was the tag, there are really beauty!

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  165. I am so happy the HA/OWH came out with these guy sets. What I've seen so far is so awesome. Love your flannel card. Great style on all three.

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  166. love the wildlife card, perfect
    upnurse at aol dot com

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  167. Love your work...especially the "male" cards. The watercolors add a fabulous touch.

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  168. The manly bear cards are inspirational, and the others, tags....wonderful.

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  169. Love your cards and tags.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  170. Perfect cards for the hunters in our lives - thanks for sharing.

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  171. Wow, you have such wonderfully masculine cards contrasted with lovely feminine ones! I cannot choose which I like best as I love 'em all!

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  172. An amazing array of very different and beautiful cards. TFS.

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  173. Wow, what range, studly guy cards and lovely beautiful girly cards. Fantastic.

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  174. What wonderful cards. Love the mens cards. The other cards are very inspiring to try something new.

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  175. You're cards and tags are simply beautiful. I am just in love with the top one of the rustic bear. I love it! You are so creative. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

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  176. Colors and graphics are inspiring.

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  177. Love your work! especially the tags, TFS

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  178. You really did get busy with your supplies! I especially love the first card with it's extra dimensional items.

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  179. Wow creative and very different styles of cards. You created some great scenes. Thanks for showing all the different inks for the bird stamp. I really like the kraft card!

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