Wednesday, August 13, 2014

CASE Study 4th Anniversary Blog Hop--Week #2


It's the second week of CASE Study's 4th Anniversary Blog Hop!
Visit this week's blogs and comment to win some awesome prizes.


This year, I'm honored to be a part of the fun, since I was invited to be a Muse
back in January. That was such a fun experience--having the design team and friends
CASE some cards that I designed. So.much.fun!

The theme of the hop is "inspiration" and here's how I was inspired.
By some colorful cards by my AEI♥U teammate Yana Smakula.
Check these out. And they're one layered beauties, too!

             Cards by Yana Smakula

I followed Yana's awesome tutorial here, and used a circle stamp from Simon Says Stamp
together with Hero Arts' mid tone inks and a sentiment from Papertrey Ink.


It's not perfect stamping--see the white "holes"?--and the gemstones
are supposed to distract you. (Wink!)


Here's the list of this week's blogs to visit. To be eligible for the prizes,
please be sure to leave a comment on ALL blogs by Tuesday, August 19th.

Cindy Lee
Kristii Lockart
Sarah Martina Parker
Maureen Merritt
Gayatri Murali
Donna Mikasa
Jaclyn Miller
Wida Miller
Jennifer McGuire
Heather Pulvirenti
Maureen Plut
Kathy Racoosin
Windy Robinson

You can also join the challenge by CASE-ing any of this week's cards.
Visit CASE Study for all the details and happy hopping!



179 comments:

  1. what a lovely card. it is an additional inspiration on top of the stretch the stamp class. you should teach too in the class ^_^

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  2. Lovely card.Never noticed the white holes till you mentioned them..Was totally distracted by the sequins.Hee hee

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  3. Such beautiful colors ... a perfect one layer card!!

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  4. Wonderful technique, so simple yet so clean and graphic! I love your card very much, Donna, thank you for the inspiration! =)

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  5. Awesome card ! loved the interesting pattern created by stamping !

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  6. Fabulous card donna, you are an inspiration x

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  7. Looks pretty perfect to me! Awesome as always Miss Donna! ♥

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  8. Perfect :) Thanks for inspiration :)

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  9. I love Yana's work and it's so fun that you picked these beauties to CASE! Fabulous technique, you gave me an itch to stamp right now. LOVE!!

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  10. great take on Yana's cards, love this colorful circles!!!

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  11. Love your card Donna , the gemstones are the perfect addition :)
    Kate xx

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  12. What a beautiful card ..!! I love your take on Yana's work ...so perfect !

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  13. I have this same time of stamp from WE R.. will case your card soon.. Love you.. :)

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  14. Donna, this is so lovely casing of Yana's cards! Thank you for inspiration

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  15. fantastic card, Donna! That sentiment is just perfect! And thank you so much for linking back to me!

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  16. Beautiful stamping - the white holes look like they belong and the bling is perfect!

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  17. Donna...wow! Love the look and why did you give away the secret...hehe...the bling totally distracted me and the white spots not even noticed until I read more. Superbly done!!!

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  18. Super cool cards & inspiration Donna! FAB colours!

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  19. this is amazing. And i wouldn't have noticed the white holes.. you shouldn't have said anything! I was definitely distracted by the gems. nice work ; )

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  20. super cool technique....gonna have to CASE this one myself!!

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  21. Love the stamping and colours! I have been drawn to this solid stamping lately! Gorgeous and I love your gems too ;)

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  22. Beautiful... love the colors you choose :)

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  23. Nice stamping! Oh with the white holes and the gems make your card stands out! Beautiful!

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  24. Your card is gorgeous, love the rows of rainbow colors.

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  25. super coloring and beautiful cards!

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  26. Yup, the gems work! I didn't notice, I was so busy looking at your fab card with your trademark colours :)

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  27. Awesome cards! The colors and the dots are super fun

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  28. Beautiful take on the inspiration cards, Donna! I love the colors and the tiny holes don't bother me at all.

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  29. Love it, Donna!! And the white holes are very acceptable!! Beautiful work as always.

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  30. I love it! I never would've given a 2nd thought to the white holes if you hadn't mentioned it. :-)

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  31. Wow! Definitely harder than it looks! :)

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  32. Awesome!! A circle stamp huh!? Wow what a fun technique!!

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  33. Gorgeous card! And I love that it's not 'perfect'. Just tell people you planned it that way--no one will ever know!! ;)

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  34. Distraction successful! I love the added gems and I never would have noticed the white holes unless you pointed it out!!

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  35. Oh my goodness! I LOVE this card! What a fabulous design!

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  36. Great use of a color palette! Love the bold font. Beautiful card!

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  37. Oh wow! Theses are such fun and colorful designs!! Love the stamped circle like borders!! :)

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  38. Fabulous and colorful circle border card, Donna. Just love it :)

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  39. Some times "imperfections" are the best. Love you card.

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  40. A simple little circle and you have created something unique and stunning!

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  41. Your card is a happy card, love it!

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  42. These are wonderful! Great color choices and perfect stamping!

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  43. This is gorgeous. Love the simplicity and great colors :)

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  44. I love it, Donna! I didn't even notice the white dots until you mentioned them. LOL I was thinking, do I have any stamps that I could do this with? I love the colors you used and how they overlap to make other colors.

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  45. Amazing use of the simple circle!!!! Love it :)

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  46. Love how you used the stamps in different ways. Very creative!

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  47. Impressive what can be achieved with just a circle stamp and some different colored inks! Love the effect!

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  48. I think the white hole imperfections make this card Perfect!!

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  49. Fantastic use of a simple circle! So bright!

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  50. Bright and pretty card. Love the colors.

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  51. love the colors and just the few gems is perfect!

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  52. Just popped over from Jennifer M's blog. Love the colors and rhinestones, very card should have some bling!!

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  53. "Holes" - Schmoles!! It's gorgeous... okay. Must go look for a circle stamp =/
    =] Michele

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  54. Oooooh. Colors you chose are AWESOME! Fantastic card.

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  55. the gems worked. didnt see the holes til you pointed it out!

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  56. I love the color combo you chose to create your pattern and your sentiment is divine! Really beautiful one layer card, Donna...and I didn't even see the holes until you mentioned them :-)

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  57. Love this card! Love the way the inks combine to make secondary colors, just awesome!

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  58. Wonderful card! Great colors and lovely pattern!

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  59. This is simplicity at its best! The colors are so bright and cheerful! And the white spaces actually add to the artsy feel.

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  60. very nice fun and simple as colorful!

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  61. awesome!! so simple and yet so elegant!! love this!!
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  62. Very pretty Donna. Love the way you used the circle. Great take on the inspiration cards.

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  63. So pretty! You almost got the circles perfect!! Love the distraction! =)

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  64. I like the little white holes ;) And the gemstones look beautiful with it.

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  65. The little white holes add character! Great job!

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  66. Such a pretty card! Love the colours you used, and the white holes look perfect to me :)

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  67. Love this card, I must Case your Case!! What a great design!

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  68. I love all the colors and what a simple idea.

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  69. Love the colors and your idea~ Very neat!

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  70. Your card is clean, simple and very colorful. A beautiful way to say "Thanks" :)

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  71. It is a beautiful card and sentiment. I would never have noticed the white if you hadn't pointed it out.

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  72. Love the layers of color you achieved.

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  73. Great card - love all the colors and circles:-)

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  74. super LOVE...I have Yana's cards pinned too...love how you were inspired! You've been a busy woman lately!

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  75. smart way to use a circle stamp ;love the colors thanks

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  76. The only 'distraction' about your card, Donna, is it's stunning beauty! I want to reach out and touch those colourful circles! Gorgeous inspiration cards and gorgeous interpretation, infused with your exceptional style and flair!
    ~c

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  77. Wow... I would never have thought a circle stamp could make such lovely graphics! Thank you for the inspiration.

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  78. Donna, I love the color gradients on your card. Simply gorgeous.

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  79. Love the way the colors flow here,

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  80. Love the use of the simple image to create a beautiful pattern! Trying this tomorrow!

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  81. Love the card & the colours, just awesome

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  82. I just love the simplicity of this card xx

    Denise xx

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  83. I love your ombre colour card! It is really pretty!

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  84. Love this pattern! Great stamping and colors!

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  85. Awesome way of distraction, pretty card

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  86. Love the distraction! I wouldn't have noticed! Lovely bright card. Thanks for sharing.

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  87. Remember, there are no mistakes in art! Your's may be different than the inspiration, but it is just beautiful!

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  88. It may not be perfect stamping, but the result is wonderful. BTW I didn't notice it wasn't perfect until you pointed it out. LOL

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  89. Oops, seems the comment eating monster is about! Sorry if this is a repeat, Donna ... still wanted to say what a fantastic card this is ... gorgeous colours and love the sprinkling of gemstones (see, I was distracted!!!). Anita :)

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  90. It does have to be perfect stamping to be gorgeous. I really like the "holes ' it makes the colour pop so much more.

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  91. Fabulous Donna. Just beautiful card

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  92. Wow! You've just given me an idea for a card! Thank you for the inspiration xx

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  93. A beautiful card and I love the colors and the pattern you got.

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  94. Ombre is lovely in all the cards. Great idea.

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  95. Simple circle turned to graphic greatness!

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  96. Who knew circles could be so gorgeous!

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  97. Love this effect. I will try this today!

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  98. Fabulous card!! Love the colors you've choosen!!

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  99. LOVE the circles and the colors!

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  100. Woah! That's a great way to do a colorful pattern! Love it!

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  101. Gorgeous! Love the bright colours and the bold sentinent!

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  102. What a WONDERFUL JOB you've done with your circles! TOTALLY FABULOUS!!!! NOW, I see the need of this stamp! LOL TOTALLY AWESOME!!! :D

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  103. A-MAZING! I so want to try this! What a stunning effect!

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  104. i wouldn't have really noticed the holes until you pointed them out!

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  105. Yana is amazing, so I can see why she inspired you. But I like the colors you chose better. :-)

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  106. What a fun card. Those colors are fabulous.

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  107. Ooooh, gorgeous card and so creative with those circles!

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  108. I love the one-layer card with so much color.

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  109. Great it's so vibrant and positive. TFs.

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  110. Beautiful card and lovely stamping. Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  111. These are beautiful...love your creative placement of the gems to cover the open spaces.

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  112. What fun cards! So festive and colorful!

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  113. I love the circles overlap to create a new color. Very cool.

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  114. What a fun festive card! I did not even notice the white spaces as anything but being part of the design.

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  115. So colorful and vibrant; love these cards.

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  116. Hi Donna, what a wonderful look you've achieved in a one-layer card. The colours just pop yet blend into each other beautifully where the circles meet.

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  117. Love this gorgeous one layer card!

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  118. Cool stamping technique! Can't wait to try!

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  119. Great colors and great way to use a circle stamp.

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  120. Gemstones always distract me! love this card!

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  121. I LOVE these cards. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  122. Your card is gorgeous Donna, beautiful one layer!

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  123. oooh what gorgoeus cards to CASE, they are amazing, I cant wait to see how many people used you as inspiration!!! LOVELY as always Donna!!!

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  124. Absolutely love these cards!! I didn't even notice the white holes until you pointed them out, I was so taken with the pattern and colour. Brilliant!!

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  125. Love the color choices for your piece.

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  126. I love cards like this. They offer so much with so little. I have the square prints from PTI just for this purpose. Should put it to use more. Pretty card!

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  127. Such a fun and bright card! Who wouldn't love to receive this ? Thanks for the inspiration!

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  128. So amazing! I personally love the little white spaces between the circles :) But the gems are great too! <3

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  129. Love this card by Yana. And love your card. So graphic and beautiful!

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  130. Love the ombre rainbow effect which makes it hard to believe it's a one-layer wonder! The geometric shapes that the layered stamping creates is spectacular and versatile for any occasion. The white space isn't distracting at all and I hadn't noticed it until you pointed it out-lol! TFS.

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  131. Your cards have such a great ombre look. I love all the bright, fun colors

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  132. Loved this set of cards. You ability to make cards that pop with color but appear to be easy to make just blows me away. I sit for hours trying to figure something out to create and nothing, absolutely nothing comes out of that time. That's why you don't see much of my work lately, lol. but to be able to create with such flow and ease must be awesome and provide so much mojo to work on the next big project. Love how just the very top portion of each role of circles touch the other color. So genius!! Thanks for sharing sweetie. Big Hugs.

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  133. beautiful effect by just using one stamp, the impact of colors..... really awesome, loved it !!

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  134. Such a clever idea of using a single stamp, absolutely beautiful and graphical!!!

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  135. lovely card, very attractive ..going to see tute you linked back ...will try definately.

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  136. I think the white holes add to the beauty of a handmade card. *wink* :-)

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  137. Your card is awesome! Even the rounded bottom corners echo those lovely circles! I can't wait to try stamping some circles myself!

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  138. I really like your Be happy today" cared. great colors!

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  139. You're beautiful CASE totally has me wanting to go check out Yana's tutorial. Donna, you are simply amazing!

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  140. WOW! Great artwork on your card, Donna! Love the colorful dots overlapping. Thank you for the inspiration and tutorial link :)

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