Spread Joy, Not Germs Blog Hop




Hello! (Insert excited squeal here!)

I am SO excited to be a part of this amazingly creative group of artists for Catherine Pooler's 
#spreadjoynotgerms Blog Hop! 
We have over 150 participants - can you believe it?! And we TOTALLY want to spread joy - that's what this is all about - so our sponsors have been incredibly generous and shared prizes galore!

More than ever - we are trying to CREATE happy and send HOPE!  I love being able to make something that puts a smile on someone's face - even for  a minute. We could all use more of that, right? Let me show you just a couple projects I designed with happy thoughts in mind! 
I created my projects for the hop with one of my favorite stamp companies - Unity Stamps!




This card is for a wonderful new bundle of joy  that arrived just this week! 

I just love this stamp set for baby cards - it is called My Little Lamb, and I have inked it up over and over for a quick card to spread a little love! 



For this card, I stamped with Versafine Ink in Nocturne, and used my Zig real brush markers to give just a touch of color (A very light touch is a must!) In fact, I used a light dab from my aqua painter on that sweet pink bow.  I tore that edge and layered it over a piece of kraft cardstock that I ran through my Bigshot, using the corrugated 3D embossing folder from SU! The sentiment was popped up and everything was layered over a pretty pink paper  from Simple Stories - called Simple Vintage Garden District. I just wanted a simple embellishment for this card, my go-to is a bit of linen thread, and some simple epoxy dots. 

Next up, a little something to spread encouragement!



This design uses Looking Up, a Layers of Life kit. This  was a subscription  that Unity had ... and I LOVED IT! The great thing is - they never retire - and you can still grab them!

I wanted to create the look of watercolor/alcohol ink sky on a vellum layer... but... I have NO alcohol ink! So I improvised. I created my own, simply by using some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Shabby Shutters, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire. I smudged them over a silicone crafting mat, and lightly misted it with a touch of water, and "smooshed" that vellum on top.
When I turned it right side up I simply added a few drops of rubbing alcohol to it - BOOM! instant background! (I heat-set it with a blast of my heat gun  just to keep the colors from getting too muddy.) 

I inked up the stamp with Versamark and black and used a clear embossing powder over it for a bit of shine!
A little more heat, and that layer was complete. I wanted it to pop, so a white layer sits behind it. I also had a scrap of watercolor paper I had  from a previous project that was a perfect match - it was put together on top of a shimmery silver cardstock base.  Just a bit of black thread and some Liquid Glass dots finished it off!




My final Unity design uses a combination of two sets - the image from Done in Love was inked up with Versafine ink and lightly watercolored, and the layer was cut out with a Penny Black die called Antique frame. 



The sentiment is from a kit called Sometimes I Wonder, and it is a perfect fit right now for a card to send a little love and joy in the mail. 

I had a little leftover vellum still on my desk - so I wanted to  use it. We can't waste anything now, can we, crafty sisters? :) 
That beautiful Perfect Plum cardstock coordinated nicely with a patterned paper from my scrap bin. I can't wait to send this to a friend!

 

 As you enjoy our Blog Hop, leave as many comments on as many blogs as you can! The prizes will be randomly drawn from all the blogs and all the comments. There are even some freebies and giveaways on our sponsor pages! So be sure to check them all out too!
I love Unity stamps and you have a chance to win some Unity goodness of your own!
Check out Unity here!

Deadline to enter is April 24 for prizes. Winners will be announced on Monday, April 27 on Catherine's blog, which you can get to HERE.

Here are just a few of the companies that  want you to spread joy :) 
For a full list of prizes AND our Hop participants, you can always check out Hedgehog Hollow 
HERE.

Next up, Josefine has something AMAZING to show you! You really need to check it out!

Go here!


I want to thank you SO much for making this a stop along your hop! :)  
Be sure to leave me some love in the comments below so I know you stopped by!



Love, Peace n' Ink



Comments

  1. 3 gorgeous cards, but the lovely little lamb is my favorite!
    xxx Margreet

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  2. I love the colors of these cards--it does put a smile on my face! Thanks for participating!

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  3. Your projects are so very sweet. Thanks for sharing them!

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  4. Lovely cards!! The designs are beauitful!

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  5. Fabulous cards! I especially love the starry background!

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  6. such beautiful cards. Lamb is so cute and the watercolour vellum layer is brilliant

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  7. Amber your art work is stunning - I like the sentiment never stop looking up and that card very much TFS

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  8. Beautiful cards!! Darling lamb card! Love the star card with fab background! And, last card with the flowers is so pretty!

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  9. Cute, thanks for thinking of us and sharing.

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  10. Love all your cards! I have a baby card to make and yours inspired me. Love how you stamped on vellum on your other card!
    Stay healthy!

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  11. All of your cards are fantastic and smile worthy for sure! :) That floral envelope is so happy and beautifully done! TFS!!

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  12. Nice cards! They're all wonderful but I particularly love the second one. Great use of your distress inks!

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  13. Wow... three wonderful stamp sets and the cards you made are fantastic. Thanks for sharing your inspiration.

    Hugs
    Ute
    DT Whimsy Stamps

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  14. Great cards. Thanks for sharing your creative talent with us.

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  15. Beautiful cards!! Great inspiration

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  16. SQUEEL... yup felt good and love the vellum smile sent! I Dont text, but love to mail, especially if the cards look as great as yours! Thanks and please be well!

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  17. I just love the second card! That technique sounds fun and looks amazing!

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  18. Love the cards. So fun and lamb card is precious. Thanks for bringing joy to all of us today!

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  19. Beautiful cards! Thank you for the inspiration.

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  20. Unity is my all time favorite company!’

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  21. wonderful cards, thank you for sharing

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  22. All of your cards as so pretty!!

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  23. Awesome array of such different cards! I love them!

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  24. Really cute!

    Cheryl
    http://shestamps.blogspot.com/

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  25. Great ideas! I love this hop! Take care and stay safe!

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  26. Thank you for the inspiration, especially during this difficult time. A nice pick me up.

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  27. amazing cards. I especially love the sheep one. too cute

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  28. Each card so different and I love all the styles.

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  29. Love all three creations. All so different. There really is no bigger joy than a new baby. Thanks for sharong.

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  30. Love all of your amazing creations! The little lamb is super adorable! Thanks for spreading some joy today and being part of this amazing hop!

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  31. Enjoyed seeing all three cards, especially the Done in Love one.

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  32. Great cards! I especially like the stars!

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  33. Love all your cards, but the lamb is just too cute.

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  34. Jessi Brown- Such beautiful cards! Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win!

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  35. Love your creations! So inspiring.

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  36. Love the cards! Nice versatility!❤️

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  37. I really enjoyed reading and seeing your cards. I love your creativity! Thank you for sharing!

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  38. Love that Lamb! So cute! Thanks for sharing.

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  39. Beautiful cards. I love the mixed media look you have on them. thank you

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  40. Love your creativity in making your own alcohol ink! So clever!

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  41. I truly love each of these unity stamps you have used and I'm going to use your link to shop. Love your second card and how you created the background. I don't have many alcohol inks and love the description of how you created your own -- I'm going to give this a try. FABULOUS cards and I'm a new follower! I want to see more of your art!

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  42. Sensational designs with this fabulous Unity images!!!

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  43. Great cards! And that lamb is just the cutest. I'll have to try your alcohol ink hack - ingenius! Thanks for sharing!

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  44. These are great cards! Very creative!!

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  45. Love Unity! Thanks for sharing your tips on the faux alcohol ink background. I've been wanting to try using more vellum in my card making - thanks for the inspiration!

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  46. Lovely cards. The lamb is so cute.

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  47. Your cards are stunning, what a great use of products and coloring.

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  48. Love playing with my Unity stamps!

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  49. Darling cards! perfect for this hop! Thank you to all who have come together!

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  50. Love all the cards. The flowers in the envelope is my favourite. xx

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  51. Nice cards! Like that they are all different styles. vellum one with stars is my favorite

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  52. ALL of your cards are fantastic thanks for the hint about making the colors look like alcohol inks 😊

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  53. Love the floral kit.......really beautiful coloring. TFS

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  54. Lovely cards -- they show your versatility.

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  55. All are beautiful but I Love that little lamb and her bow!

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  56. Great cards! Are those pansies?!?!? My shopping list is growing as I'm going through this blog hop. I love the "never stop looking up" sentiment, too.

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  57. The last card with the envelope is my favorite. All of the cards are great.

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  58. The baby card is sweet, and the flower card is lovely, but that second card is STUNNING!!! WOW! :)

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  59. Beautiful cards! That lamb is a sweetheart!

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  60. I really like those Unity stamps. Your cards are beautiful.

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  61. I want to take that little lamb home with me! What a cute card.

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  62. Wowza! Wowza! Wowza! Amber :) You hit this one out of the ball park girl!!! Unity's stamps are amazing and you've showcased them sooooooo stinkin' well! Your cards are amazing! Thanks for inspiring me :)

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  63. Your water colored flowers are beautiul! Thanks!

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  64. Three lovely cards Amber. The little lamb stole my heart. :-)

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  65. Love your cards, especially the little lamb. I really like Unity stamps!

    Linda Abel

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  66. I love them all. So cute, little lamb is my favorite thought.

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  67. Great cards but my favorite is the baby card with the little precious lamb. Love it! Thanks for sharing. Be well and stay healthy.

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  68. Thank you for joining in on the blog hop, and for sharing the joy with all of us!

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  69. Amber I'm mesmerized by the background that you've created and the cardd look so fab❤️❤️❤️

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  70. Your unity stamps are all so sweet and pretty styles of cards all different and unique, thanks for the insiration and hop, hugs Blankina

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  71. Amber, loved this so much, gorgeous card, I am a massive Unity lover, but don't yet have these kits, nor alcohol inks, really I enjoyed the inspiration and instruction! Thank you! :)

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    1. (Cards).. the lol set, tho, is scheduled for delivery by Monday... :)

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  72. Really love the DONE IN LOVE stamp you colored on your card. Thank you for participating in the hop.

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  73. Lovely cards! That lamb is my fave - she's so sweet!

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  74. Little lamb was my favorite, but I loved the sentiment on the flower one. TFS! Stay healthy!

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  75. Wow! What a great line up of cards!
    Thank you for inspiring me.

    Huge hugs

    Amy xx

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  76. What a great collection of cards. Thank you so much for all of the inspiration.

    Huge hugs

    Amy xx

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  77. All beautiful cards. I love how large that cute lamb is for being the spotlight. Your color choices are fantastic and I especially love your last sentiment. I might have to remember to write that on my cards.

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  78. Darling cards! Unity stamps always has nice stamps that let me create unusual cards, so I love seeing what you made with these sets.

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  79. Pretty cards. I especially love the little lamb one. Thanks for sharing with the Spread Joy Not Germs bloghop. Blessings.

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  80. What a great set of cards! That little lamb card is adorable!

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  81. Three lovely cards — my favorite is Little Lamb ❤️

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  82. I love the sweet little lamb card - just darling!

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  83. Love your cards. The Never Stop Looking UP card is wonderful. How could it not lift up someone's spirit. Thanks for sharing. Stay safe!!

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  84. I have to have that little lamb! He is so cute and so are your cards! Thanks for sharing!

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  85. As does most.... I love the little lamb card. It's an Awwww card. So sweet. Thanks for sharing all 3.

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  86. Very nice cards. Thanks for sharing your work.

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  87. I love your card using the sentiment kit I wonder and Done in Love stamp sets from Unity Stamp Company. They certainly go well together. Great cards.

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  88. Awwww, how cute is this little lamb? The other cards are also so cool!

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  89. interesting alternate alchohol ink technique

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  90. Fabulous cards. I love the images and the encouraging messages.

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  91. these cards are very creative - love the arty feel to them:)

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  92. What a fun set of cards! The lamb is SO cute, the star card has great dimension and the LOL for the sentiment for the envelope card. Thanks for sharing your creative ideas! XO

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  93. Love your cards! They're so elegant . Thanks for the inspiration xx

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  94. The star card has great depth and texture! I liked how you improvised to have the card look like it was made out of alcohol ink. Proof you don't need every craft material. The purple card is lovely, I could see myself making it and sending it to my relatives.

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  95. All three cards are fantastic! The lamb is simply adorable!

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  96. Three great cards. Each unique in color and design. TFS!

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  97. love those large Unity stamps. The background on the star card is beautiful! Lovely cards

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  98. Your cards are wonderful!!! I especially like the one with the envelope<3<3<3 Stay healthy! Stay safe! Keep crafting!

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  99. Love these cards. I have the stars stamps and I may have to do this! Thanks!

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  100. Lovely cards. I've never used Unity Stamps before, but enjoy watching Whit and Angie create on their FB lives.

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  101. All three of these are fabulous!! That little lamb is sooooo adorable!! And I LOVE the star card; your background is faublous!

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  102. All of your cards are lovely, but I especially like what you did with the "envelope" stamp and flowers. Thank you for sharing.

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  103. Cute cards! I especially like the third one. The coloring is gorgeous.

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  104. Love your cards, The little lamb card is pure and sweet. well done.

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  105. Awesome cards! I am really loving that adorable lamb!

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  106. Beautiful creations! Love the layers and textures. Gorgeous creations. Hugs, Wends xoxo

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  107. All 3 cards are amazing! The lamb is so cute, the card with the stars is artsy, and the third card is so very pretty. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  108. These cards are great! The star one is my favorite, love what you did!

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  110. 3 wonderful cards, Amber! That little lamb is soo sweet! Love the use of vellum on the others too! Wonderful inspiration! Stay safe! :)

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  111. Great cards! Thank you for helping to spread joy!

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  112. The star card and sentiment is my favorite

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  113. Lovely cards Amber. Love the darling lamb. The torn edges and the textured background look awesome! Such pretty flowers! Pretty coloring. Thanks for the inspiration. God bless!

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  114. These are such great cards. I just love that last one and may need to do some shopping! TFS!

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  115. Great set of makes. Think the one with the stars is my favourite. Have a wonderful day!

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  116. Wonderful cards. Love the sheep...so cute. And the "looking up" message is perfect for these uncertain times. Thank you for sharing

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  117. Great collection of cards. Love the splotchy look of the stars!

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  118. So pretty! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  119. I love your cards! That little lamb is so sweet!

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  120. Beautiful cards! I love the torn paper and corrugated cardstock on your lamb card.

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  121. So many good ideas!! Beautiful cards!! Really love the sentiment from the last one! Thank you for sharing!!!

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  122. These are awesome. You did a really great job! xx

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  123. Thanks for the amazing inspiration! These cards are really beautiful!

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  124. All of your cards are great; I especially love the “never stop looking up” sentiment. ✨

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  125. Such beautiful cards. I love the little lamb one best. Thanks for sharing!

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  126. Pretty cards. Thank you for sharing.

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  127. Such great cards. Love the stars one but that sweet little lamb one is precious. My favorite Wow embossing powder is Fairy Tale.

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  128. Well this is such an awesome bloghop! The fun doesn't stop for days and days! Yippee! I love the sentiment - so funny! I am definitely checking out Unity Stamps right now. (I still have 6 days-ish to finish the hop, so why not pause....)

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  129. beautiful cards, very inspiring - Megan Flynn Australia https://meganskaszazzblog.wordpress.com/

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  130. Gorgeous creations, I especially love the vellum card!! Awesome event to spread Joy during these uncertain times! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  131. Amazing cards!! I especially love the baby card! So cute!!

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  132. Well I thought the little lamb card was my favorite but them I fell for the others as well. Well made cards you have here I love them all!

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  133. Recently became a mom so I love the lamb as baby cards or Easter too.

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  134. Thanks for sharing your techniques too! Beautiful cards all of them!

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  135. Wonderful set of cards! The baby lamb one is so sweet :)

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  136. Oh my goodness! How beautiful are your cards.

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  137. Your cards are truly lovely! I especially love the first one! Beautifully done!

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  138. Love the flowers and envelope.

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  139. I like your cards. I especially love the layers on the lamb card. Thank you!

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  140. Amazing cards!! Love them all!! Thanks for sharing.

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  141. Amber...what a wonderful "star" card you created! I need to get into my happy room and try that method with vellum and the distress inks. Not oxides correct? Then when you added the drops of the alcohol was the alcohol 91%? That is what I have seen Tim Holtz use but haven't found it in stores yet. Thank you so much for giving me some inspiration. Please stay safe.

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  142. Beautiful cards. Love the 'Looking up' sentiment and card. Thanks for sharing your inspiration on this wonderful blog hop.

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  143. Loving them all, but especially the layers of life one! Great job!

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  144. The little lamb is so sweet. Love his
    expression. The flowers coming from
    the envelope is a great idea.
    thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  145. Beautiful cards! I love the floral one, and the inked vellum is a great technique. Thanks for sharing a bit of joy today.

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  146. Unity is one of my favorite companies. Love the star card with the Layers of Life.

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  147. Such charming cards, thanks for sharing.

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  148. Sweet cards especially the little lamb! #spreadjoynotgerms Sending cards and phones calls to #stayconnected Stay safe and well!

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  149. Pretty cards. Like how you did the background on the second card.

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  150. Beautiful work and nice variety :) Hugs...Janie

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  151. Three really great cards! Thanks.

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  152. Beautiful cards! Love the precious lamb.

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  153. FABULOUS cards!
    LOVE your lamb and starry sky, ADORE your floral envelope image and sweet sentiment :)
    Thank You for sharing and INSPIRING!

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  154. Beautiful cards! I love the star set. I'll have to see if I can find it. Thanks for sharing.

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  155. fabulous creations, love them all! #stayhomestaysafe!

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  156. Fantastic cards Amber. Beautiful colour combos and techniques. Thanks for sharing!

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  157. Gorgeous projects. Love the images and your fantastic colouring.
    Valerija xx

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  158. Fabulous cards! Beautiful layers, textures and designs. That bunny is adorable.

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  159. Beautiful cards, very well put together. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  160. What lovely cards!! Love the cute lamb!
    Thanks for the fun hop!

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  161. Such a beautiful variety of cards! Thank you for participating in this excellent way to encourage stay-at-home!

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  162. Awesome cards! I love the background and your creativity with the inks and the vellum.

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  163. These are all super fun and creative cards!

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  164. Never stop looking up is a wonderful card. Your choice of colors is perfect!

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  165. Sweet lamb and pretty flowers and I like how you colored the vellum for the star card.

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  166. Great cards Amber and I love the lamb! So adorable and so fun.

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  167. Just wonderful cards, my friend. Love every one of them. Darling lamb. And love how you made your own alcohol background too. Very creative. And love the colorful blooms. Great cards. Thanks for a wonderful hop and the inspiration!

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  168. Oh how fabulous all your projects are!!!! I adore all the different techniques and all the fabulous imagery! Thank you for doing this and sharing your creativity with us!

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