Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Hero Hostess Summer Picnic Hop!



Welcome to Day 2 of the Hero Hostess Summer Picnic Hop!
If you've been following along, you should have arrived from Suzanne's blog.

Hero Arts will be awarding awesome prizes from randomly drawn comments. 
For a chance to win, simply comment on ANY of the stops along the hop on ANY day,
including each day's starting post at the Hero Club Blog
The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning!

(Note: 7/30/13: Winners have been chosen.)


For my summertime card, I white embossed two bicycle images and ink distressed
with Peacock Feathers and Mowed Lawn and added a bit of water spritzing.
The sentiment was white embossed and ink distressed with Orange Marmalade.
For a pop of color, I added some punched flowers on the bike's basket.

Besides a project, we're sharing favorite summer recipes, and here's mine.
It's one that I've had for a while but only recently started making,
and it's a huge hit with my family. It's so refreshing and perfect for summer.
I hope you'll try it!


HAZELNUT ICED COFFEE
(Halved recipe courtesy of The Pioneer Woman
adapted from Imbibe magazine)

8 ozs. ground Hazelnut coffee
One gallon of cold water
  • In a large container, pour in the coffee and add water. Mix well and cover. Let steep for 8 hours or more. 
  • After 8 hours, pour the mixture through a fine sieve lined with a coffee filter, paper towels, or several layers of cheesecloth. Refrigerate until well chilled. 
  • When ready to serve, fill a glass with ice cubes. Fill about 1/2 the glass with the coffee concentrate. Fill the rest of the glass with milk (soy, 2%,1%, whole, or half and half) and add a tablespoon of simple syrup or sugar. Stir well and taste, adjusting to desired sweetness.
  • Insert (optional) straw and enjoy!

Coffee concentrate will yield 12 to 15 glasses of iced coffee and will keep for about two weeks, covered, in refrigerator. In our house, it lasts about four days.

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(Note: 7/28/13--The winner has already been chosen)
In addition to the Hero Arts giveaway, I'm having one here on my blog.
I'll be giving away Hero Arts Dotted Snowflake stamp and matching
Frame Cuts snowflake dies to a random commenter on this post.



Last year I shared some cards on my blog using this set. It's perfect for making
shaped cards and getting a head start on your holiday card making.
The deadline for comments for my giveaway is Friday, July 26 at midnight HST.
I will announce the winner on Saturday, July 27 and I will ship internationally, too!

I'm the last stop in today's lineup. Day 3 continues tomorrow on the Hero Arts blog.
See you then, and thanks so much for hopping with us!


HERO ARTS SUPPLIES:

162 comments:

  1. Thanks for the COOL recipe.
    Biking is perfect for a picnic..so long a you have the ICED COFFEE!

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  2. so pretty love how the white embossed bicycles stand out against the color fabulous!

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  3. I adore the bicycles Donna! Your card is so sweet. The recipe sounds good too!!

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  4. What a fun summer card and a cool drink!

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  5. Donna, I love your fab card! The background is so pretty and I love the bikes embossed on it! The tiny flowers in the basket are so sweet! Thanks for sharing your yummy recipe for hazelnut iced coffee!

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  6. This is such a beauty! Love the colors with the white!

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  7. Thanks for the idea! I just bought yesterday the bike clear set of Hero arts and I will take inspiration from you!

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  8. Love the bikes!! It is such a simple pretty card!

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  9. Great card! Love the use of those distress ink colors - perfect for this card!

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  10. Your card is great. Love the colors and the water spritzing. Going to have to try your hazelnut iced coffee for sure.

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  11. I love the white embossing on the blue and green background.

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  12. Fab card, Donna! I love how it' a girl's bike and a boy's bike meeting!

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  13. absolutely adorable--great inking!

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  14. Loving the embossing! Gorgeous!!

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  15. Just the sweetest image of the bikes together and the blending is fantastic!

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  16. A few years ago a community near to where I live had a garden walk and all the displays at each garden used bicycles. It was a wonderful event and your card brings back the joy of seeing all those flowers of summer on bikes.

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  17. Boy, am I ever gonna try that coffee recipe - LOVE hazelnut!

    Your card is adorable, Donna! The shaded background looks amazing and I love the tiny flowers in the basket! :)

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  18. Just a wonderful card! Love the way you did the background and I love those bikes!

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  19. Love those bike stamps! My husband is a competitive cyclist, as are a number of people we know, that I see sooooo many possibilities with these, especially the road bike! Hazelnut coffee: yummmmm!! What a great pairing of bikes and coffee!! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

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  20. Your card is beautiful and perfect for summer. I especially love the colors and the background. The coffee recipe sound delicious and I will give it a try!

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  21. Love your background - makes those bikes pop! And love iced coffee drinks - a good one to add to my options.

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  22. Love how those white embossed bikes just pop off the page. Fun card!

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  23. Stunning summer card! I love the vibrant background. Peacock Feathers is one of my favorite distress inks. I also like how you used the bicycles together and added the punched flowers. Thanks for sharing the iced coffee drink.

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  24. Love the gorgeous background and colors, and those tiny flowers are such a sweet touch! Thanks for the coffee recipe; sounds delish!

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  25. Two of my favorite distress colors; I feel cooled & soothed just admiring your card.

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  26. Fabulous colors on your card and the recipe sounds super yummy.Im a heavy coffee drinker.

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  27. Love your card and that hazelnut coffee sounded nice.

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  28. I love bicycles so I'm over the moon with your card! You did such a great job! Love the background especially. Your recipe sounds so refreshing for a picnic too!

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  29. I love this! I absolutely love it! Your background is amazing!

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  30. Amazing inking!!! Love love this, Donna! Your ice coffee looks yummy, I shall give it a try!

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  31. I can just imagine you cycling along in your paradise home with this card, my friend! Perfect summer colors! And your iced hazelnut coffee - my favorite flavor - thank you!

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  32. great color combo, it's one of my current faves!

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  33. Wow what a great card... I have a friend that loves biking and his birthday is coming up... great inspiration. Tku!

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  34. Beautiful card! Such great detail & colors! Thanks for sharing :)

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  35. Love the fabulous inking on your pretty card!!

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  36. love your colors & the bikes confirm summer fun! thanks for the coffee recipe too!

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  37. Ooohhhhhh.........
    How fresh and sweet.
    Have to get these stamps.

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  38. Love the bikes - makes me think of riding along the beach!

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  39. Love the card and I love iced coffee - this recipe sounds fabulous! Thanks so much!!

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  40. My husband and I have bikes just like on your card! As an iced coffee lover your recipe sounds delicious and will be making an appearance in my fridge soon!

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  41. Donna, your card is adorable! The background is so fantastic, your detail on bicycles are super!
    (Helen G. - http://byheleng.wordpress.com/

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  42. Great summer card, love the colors! TFS ;-)

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  43. I love your card--you did an awesome job. Love the bicycles embossed in white. Your hazelnut ice coffee sounds wonderful.

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  44. Yummy... both the card and the recipe!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  45. LOVE LOVE LOVE those colors, and that stamp and die set you're giving away! TFS!!!

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  46. Great card! I already have that stamp, so if you pick my name, pick another.

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  47. Your background is beautiful! And that iced coffee looks so yummy!

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  48. Gorgeous card!! I love the background, it looks great behind the white bikes!!

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  49. Awesome background for the crisp white bicycles!! Must try that coffee recipe! TFS Donna!

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  50. Glad to see another Pioneer Woman friend. Her recipes are good! I love your card and the colors. Definitely summery/picnicky. Thank you.

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  51. Love your card--especially the colors...and the recipe sounds delicious! :)

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  52. Hey sis, beautiful card as always! Love the summer colors on your card. I was in heaven that you shared the Hazelnut Iced Coffee recipe. I love hazelnut latte from Starbucks and that the only drink I order for years. I have extra hot in winter and iced in summer. What a perfect recipe. Can't wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a great day.

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  53. OOHHH! Your card is lovely! I have one of those bicycles--I'm gonna try something like this! Thanks for the inspiration and the giveaway opportunity!

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  54. Awesome card, great background for the white embossed bicycles! Thanks for the coffee recipe too, it sounds so good!

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  55. I think I've gained 10 pounds just reading these delicious recipes !
    Thanks for all the inspiration!

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  56. You're card is just beautiful. Love the background.Thank you for sharing you're inspiration.

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  57. Such an awesomely fun card!!! Love your emboss resisting! I love those happy bike images!

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  58. I love your bicycles and distressed background -- I never thought of overlapping the bike stamps I have, but you can bet I'm going to play with that idea! Thanks for the nice giveaway opportunity too.

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  59. great bikes! And such pretty grass/sky!

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  60. Fabulous colors on your card and thanks for the recipe.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  61. Awesome use of the bike stamps! Love your background as well and that recipe...my kind of summer morning drink!

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  62. Lovely scene! Love your sponged background, perfectly done! TFS

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  63. Awesome background that showcase the bike. And I LOVE your coffee recipe! Now onto getting a coffee....

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  64. So cute - his 'n her bikes! Love the background colors and the splash of orange!

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  65. You already know I love the card, and now let me tell you I love the recipe. Definitely making this!

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  66. Super cute card!! Love the background!! Oh man that recipe sounds delicious!! I love me some Iced Coffee!! Thx for sharing!!

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  67. This is adorable! It's like the bikes on one a little date! :) and I could go for a cup of that coffee right about now...

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  68. Your background is expertly colored around those two cute bikes. I love to go biking on a pretty summer day!

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  69. Love your bright summery card. The white embossing is perfect against your vibrant BG.
    LOVE anything hazelnut and coffee is my bev of choice!!! Yummy idea.
    Thanks for the offering us a chance at your blog candy. That snowflake stamp and die set is gorgeous!!!!
    <3 J

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  70. I love the green and blue combo Donna, and that white simply pops! Gorgeous summer card!

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  71. I need to add those bike stamps to my collection!

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  72. The bicycle stamps are adorable. Very cool idea to have them face and overlap. Nice card. . .

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  73. I love the white embossing powder, it just stands out. I make iced coffee the same way but I never thought to use flavored coffee. Have to try that one.

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  74. Love the summery colors of your card, Donna!

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  75. Fun card - love that water spattered background!

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  76. Love the embossed bikes against the bright background. Thanks

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  77. Great card I love the embossing
    and the design...thanks for sharing the ice coffee it sounds so good

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  78. What a great summery card!

    By the way, I might have to add a little Bailey's to the iced coffee...yum!

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  79. Love your card and the nice, bright, and happy colors! Your coffee is definitely something I must try, too. :)

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  80. What a cute card. Absolutely love the background! Your coffee recipe would have been perfect for last weeks' heat spell.

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  81. Oh, Donna, you never disappoint! I knew this was your card when I saw the sneak peeks at the HA blog...and I was right! Love the white embossed bikes and the sweet little flowers in the basket. Great colors!

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  82. I love the background colors on your lovely card!!

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  83. I love the beautiful blue and green color combo.

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  84. Wow love what you did with the white embossing and the distressed inks...love it.

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  85. Fun card, and the flowers
    really pop on the cards.
    Carla from Utah

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  86. love the background colors!!! what a fun card. makes me want to go on a leisurely bike ride!!

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  87. Adorable card!! I love your give away!! Fingers are crossed.

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  88. Super cool card! love those different bikes. Iced coffee sounds so good.

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  89. Very sweet CAS design Donna, love the little flowers in the basket.

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  90. I love this card. The background colors are perfect to set off the bicycles. Great job.
    Candy Meyers

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  91. YOur vibrant card is gorgeous Donna. I love those bicycle stamps. And thanks for the ice coffee recipe. A fantastic beverage to have in the fridge for summer.

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  92. Donna, I LOVE what you've done with these bikes! The sponged background is really amazing and I'm definitely trying your drink recipe!

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  93. Oh, Donna...this is such a sweet card! I love how you inked your background...the bikes really pop so nicely! Love your perfect sentiment, too!
    Thank you so much for the recipe...yum! And, for a chance to win!

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  94. Stunning card. The white embossing really brings out the gorgeous bright colour in the distress inks.

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  95. Love the background and the white embossed bicycles.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  96. What an adorable card. Love the bicycles.

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  97. Love the white embossed bikes on that gorgeous inked background! Will have to try the iced coffee--cheaper than buying it! Thanks for the inspiration, Donna!

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  98. Lovely card, Love the bicycles. The recipe sounds great!! Thanks for sharing.

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  99. very summery card. I never would have thought to make coffee with cold water. will have to give this recipe a try!

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  100. An amazing card! Just my style too! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  101. Donna, those colors are so vibrant! Love your summery card.

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  102. The card looks so beautiful Donna. Just purchased the peacock feathers. Would love to try something similar.

    Thanks for the chance to win, and a recipe.

    Regards,
    Vithya

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  103. Wow - amazing inking on this beautiful card! love iced coffee too!

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  104. Donna, I just love your card! Great background and colors, and the bikes really stand out embossed in white! Love it!
    Thanks for a chance at a great prize too... love snowflakes!

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  105. Fabulous inking Donna! And I just love the way those bikes look together, so sweet!

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  106. Love the techniques used on your card.

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  107. love the colours in this card the orange really pops and it reminds me of a summery park. TFS

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  108. Very nice bike card. I love how the background colors came out and the sentiment with it's color. Thanks for that coffee recipe. I make it in a similar way but I like the idea of the hazelnut coffee, sounds really good.

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  109. I love the blue and green you used - they really pop! I love stamp + die combos. Thanks for offering an extra prize :)

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  110. Just love the bright blue and green and the white of the embossing on the bikes. If I was a coffee drinker, I'd lap up this recipe Donna.

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  111. Gorgeous Donna! Love how you have crossed over the bicycles and added those sweet flowers.

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  112. This card is just awesome! I wish I liked coffee. Your recipe sounds good!

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  113. Love the colors on your card, gorgeous! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  114. Adorable cycling card! Love the distressed background with the hint of water spots behind the sweet pair of bi-cycles! Perfect summery card! That icy cool drink is refreshing!

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  115. Great card! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  116. Love the white bicycles against the colored background! Great idea!

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  117. Love the blended distress background with the white embossed bicycle! So pretty!

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  118. What a beauty of a card. Bicycles are on our roads all the time, summer especially. The background colors just pop the white images. Love it.

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  119. So cute, Donna! I love the two bikes paired together...wonderful touch! :) Hugs!

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  120. I love your card! The beverage sounds refreshing too!

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  121. Love your card. Those colors are amazing together and the white embossing really pops!

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  122. such a fun card, those flowers really pop! The coffee looks yummy too.

    FYI- I have been having a hard time getting to you the past few days, wouldn't load, not sure why. i tried several search engines with no luck. Today IE still not working but Chrome is! :)

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  123. Perfect card for a picnic!!! I am a die-hard iced coffee drinker too...even all winter long! ;)

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  124. Lovely card - bikes are so much fun!

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  125. Thanks for sharing your amazing card, the bikes are soo cute.

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  126. OM Goodness Donna I love your card, I really must buy those bike stamps as my daughters boyfriend is a keen cyclist!! I could do with a glass of your iced coffee now!!

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  127. Wow! Your card is amazing! I love the little scene you created!
    And recipe looks so good! Will try it! :)

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  128. The card you made is simply stunning. The background is rich in color and the white bike shows up so nicely against it. And I love that little added flower touch!

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  129. Such a lovely card !Loved the green and blue bg and the bicycles look fab !

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  130. Donna, your bicycle card is just stunning and appreciate reading how you created it. The little flowers in the basket finish it off nicely. Your recipe sounds great for those coffee lovers (unfortunately I'm not one). Thanks for the chance to win the snowflake stamp & die ~ so awesome for me being a MN native!

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  131. wow love your card.. great background..

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  132. I love the white bikes against that wonderful blended background and the pop of colour from the flowers in the basket. Very cool! Thanks for the yummy recipe! I don't have a snowflake die or stamp - just saying. lol Thanks for the chances to win. :-)

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  133. LOVE the background on here! Beautifully done!

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  134. Donna, Darling summer card! I love the embossed bikes and the colors you chose! Thanks for the recipe! I am addicted to coffee and you can't go wrong with Pioneer Woman! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  135. OMG.. what a beautiful card.. I love the colors you chose and the bicycles look stunning against the background. TFS!

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  136. gorgeous card....great recipe...

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  137. Lovely colors and distress misting!

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  138. I love your technique of embossing in white, and what you did with the background. A few days ago I would have killed for that iced coffee. Suddenly it's cold here. But, give it a day and I'll be thinking of that iced coffee again.

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  139. Thanks for sharing your card, I love the simplicity of it. But is still shows so much. Thanks for the recipe as well. And finally, thanks for the inspiration I'm leaving your blog with.

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  140. I luv this card! I want to give this a try.

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  141. Such FUN!! THANKS for sharing and have a Fabulous Week!!n ;)

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  142. What a sweet card! I'm so enjoying the hop!

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  143. This is so creative. I love the inking on the background and on the banner, fabulous color combinations and the embossed images are very creative. Thanks for the recipe too. :-)

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  144. Love your bicycle card and iced coffee recipe.

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  145. Hi Donna,
    Love the bicycle card and the cool background. I like the idea of creating shaped cards for the holidays...something unique and different!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  146. Love this card with the pretty bicycles!

    Susan

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  147. Love your bicycle card. Thanks for the recipe and sharing it with all of us.

    Linda D.

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  148. We love to go for a bike ride in summer! Great card!

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  149. Love how the white bicycles pop against your background. Love this card. Thanks for sharing.

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  150. Great background on your bicycle card.

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