Saturday, May 25, 2013

It's time for another bloghop!

Welcome to my little stop on the hop!
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Here's a thank you card made with some My Mind's Eye papers and a Cuttlebug die.  I kept finding myself too busy to make a card for this hop, so I was getting this one done just under the wire, but using a 6x6 paper pad really helped me pull it together quickly! 

(EDIT: Many people have asked about the sentiment.  It's from Cuttlebug's With Gratitude die/embossing folder set, available here.  I'll punch an envelope full of the sentiments in different colors and offer them as blog candy for a random commenter since you all love it so much!)

This card started out based on OWH Sketch #144, but I took a few liberties.  Sketches are a great jumping off point!
 

Enjoy the hop!  Be sure to make some awesome cards for OWH this weekend!  
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Cards shipped to OWH in 2013: 651 blank and 236 AnyHero (as of 4/28/13)
Cards shipped to OWH in 2012: 1284 blank and 218 AnyHero
Cards shipped to OWH in 2011: 1695

Check out OWH at www.operationwritehome.org to learn more about its mission and how to get involved.

229 comments:

  1. I love your use of DP, but I really like the unusual font on your sentiment...beautiful !!!

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    1. Thanks, Penny! It's from the Cuttlebug With Gratitude die and embossing folder bundle. http://www.cricut.com/Shopping/detail--Cuttlebug-A2-Combo-With-Gratitude-280-424.aspx

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  2. Lovely card- shades of orange and blue are getting to be some of my favorites together, and the brown ties it all together so well. I love the little twine bow. I was inspired by Sandy's 6 x 6 paper suggestion, too. The little owls in this paper are so cute! I'm very impressed with your contribution to OWH - I just started sending cards in April so I'm a real newbie.

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    1. Welcome! We're glad to have you!

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  3. Kathryn pretty papers and colors, but I really like that touch of black with your punched piece along the side. It helps the rest of the black mats to really stand out. Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thanks! I cheated and added that after everything else was done. So the twine is covering the seam. Happy accidents?

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  4. Nice combination of papers. Thanks for supporting OWH.

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  5. Very pretty card and I like the black accents.

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  6. I like the DP's together, as well as the layers and embellies! Nice job!! It's all pulled together so nicely.

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  7. What is the font you used? I love it! I love seeing the use of 6x6 paper pads, need to do more of that myself. Great use of the sketch! ~God bless~

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    1. It's this die from Cuttlebug: http://www.cricut.com/Shopping/detail--Cuttlebug-A2-Combo-With-Gratitude-280-424.aspx

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  8. The layout is great and the colors are very pretty. Everything works so well together.

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  9. Papers are beautiful - and the "liberties" that you took with the sketch really brought the card to life! Beautiful!

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  10. Very pretty. I like the dark layering to give it 'pop'.
    Hummer Hugs,
    Misty
    http://delitefulsuds.blogspot.com/
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

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  11. Adorable card! I love the colors and the owls are absolutely cute as can be!

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  12. Lovely card I love how you use your DP and the great color combination

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  13. Kathryn, I love your card. I really like the darker scalloped border and your paper choices are awesome!

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  14. I love how you worked the owls into your top layer with the sentiment! The matting is great for making each layer stand out - I need to remember that! The papers you used are wonderful and I like all the little details with the gems, the twine and the scalloped edge! Thanks so much for your dedication to OWH and for sharing your inspiring card today!

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  15. I like the colors and the layering. The dark color behind the pattern paper makes it pop. I can't wait to start using some 6x6 pads.

    What is DP that so many commenters are referring to?

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    1. DP is another way of saying designer paper or patterned paper.

      HTH,
      M.E.

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  16. this is a great card! Nice work gal! Some hero will love it.

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  17. What a lovely use of a variety of coordinating papers. This is beautiful thank you card that anyone would love to receive from someone. Congratulations on all the cards you hve made.

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  18. Kathryn, this card is amazing! I love how well the papers work together and the font on that die is really cool. AWESOME!

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  19. Great card. I wish I had the ability to put colors together the way you do. Looks so polished.

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    1. Go buy a 6x6 pad. They're regularly $4 at Michaels or ACMoore, so you can get one for $2 and change with a coupon. Everything inside goes together so nicely and using one will help you feel more confident in matching papers and patterns. These papers are all from one paper pad, so I didn't have to do any work to make sure they went together. Thanks for visiting!

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  20. Wonderful card. I love all the patterned papers you used.

    hugs,
    M.E.

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  21. Very pretty card & loved that you took "liberties"---- I like to do the same thing.

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  22. I love the colors and the way you layered the pieces. I need to learn more about using 6 x 6 pads because that is about all I buy anymore.

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  23. Great card! I love the colors and all the detail. I would definitely choose it from a box of cards!

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  24. Love How you use patterned paper. I need to start using my pile.

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  25. Nice elegant card. For something you made quickly, it is great.

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  26. Your OWH stats are impressive and this is another beautiful card headed their way! I love the colors of the papers you chose and I too, love that font!

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  27. Your card is so cheerful! Beautiful colors and love the extra touches you've added. I'll have to give the 6x6 paper pads a try. Thanks for the inspiration and for being part of the OWH Memorial Day Blog Hop!

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  28. Kathryn, I just love the papers you used in this card. I have this paper pad just waiting for me to dive into. You've inspired me to do so this weekend. Tfs!

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  29. That is so beautiful! I never would've realized it was done quickly! The paper is gorgeous and all worked together so well! That's a lot even when they're from the same pad; I think it's using the black that tied them together so wonderfully! I'm definitely going to remember that because using 6x6 is almost all I do anymore. And your number of cards made is awesome!!!

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  30. Great use of of brown mats to tie the layers together. I will remember this--no stamps--so out of my box, but I will try to make a few cards like this.

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  31. Your color combination is wonderful. The owls are so cute. The liberties you took with the sketch made this card.

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  32. Love the color combination. Looks great for a last minute card.

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  33. Kathryn, I really love the brown mats you used in this sketch! Your card is so lovely!
    God Bless,
    Antoinette

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  34. Great colors and design. Your details just make the card.

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  35. Good choice of papers. I too like your font!!

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  36. I love using 6 x 6 paper pads as well. I love how you designed your own card. All the little details are just perfect!

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  37. I love your choice of papers, especially against the dark background. Is the "thanks" a stamp or a die cut? I really like it and it sure "pops". TFS!

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    1. It's a Cuttlebug die: http://www.cricut.com/Shopping/detail--Cuttlebug-A2-Combo-With-Gratitude-280-424.aspx

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  38. wow, those papers work incredibly well together, esp. as you layered each one which helped them flow. like the font on that sentiment....is it a stamp? a die cut? love it!

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    1. It's a Cuttlebug die: http://www.cricut.com/Shopping/detail--Cuttlebug-A2-Combo-With-Gratitude-280-424.aspx

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  39. Your card is lovely. The layering truly does pull it all together very well and helps the "thanks" to pop even more. Great job on this card and great job your dedication to OWH.

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  40. That is exactly why I love 6 x 6 pads, they match, are easy to use, have great scale and make card making easy. TFS.

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  41. That is really cute - the mats really make it pop!!

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  42. Very pretty!!! Love the little owls and the font on thanks.

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  43. Pretty colors and dp! love it!

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  44. Kathryn, love the card, nice touch with the black

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  45. The little owls paper is so cute!! The colors go so good together. I like that you referenced the sketch as a starting point, by doing so you added a little of yourself to the card. Well done!!!

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  46. Great placement of those owls with your sentiment. It does make it easier when you use a 6x6 as your starting point, doesn't it? I like the extra touches of twine and bling. Cute card!

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  47. I love how you used so many different patterned papers that all went together.

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  48. Very pretty, simple design but elegant

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  49. oh you used one of my favorite paper packs! I love the Owls, great layers!

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  50. Very cute! I'm going to need to dig out my 6x6 pads soon!

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  51. Love the owl and the colors! Impressive numbers on your cards for OWH. That's made a LOT of folks happy! Thanks for your support of all our Heroes.
    R/

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  52. I like the thanks die, too. I am going to follow the 6X6 paper pad tutorial this weekend and get some cards made for OWH. It is all about the paper isn't it? :-)
    April

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  53. I love all your matted layers and the papers coordinate so nicely. It's a very pretty card!

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  54. Love that sentiment! The coorway is fab.

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  55. That would be COLORWAY. Need more coffee.

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  56. That is a nice card, I like that you add to the sketch rather that being restrained by it. I think sometimes people feel that can only do what is on the sketch. I also love the sentiment.

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  57. Just love this card such a simple concept but not thought of often enough and the colors just make it pop. THS

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  58. Wow, this is one gorgeous card!! Love your papers and your die cut "thanks."

    Linda

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  59. Stunning card-- love the papers you selected and great use of that die-- I think I need to dig through my stash and it seems awfully familiar...fingers crossed I hope I have it :)

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  60. love the use of sketches as well, and the 6x6 is such a great way to make the decision which papers to use - i am finally using my 6x6 pads after the OWH tutorial this week. Love your colors

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  61. This is really pretty. I really like the color combo.

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  62. I love that ou use the paper design as the focal point. That is some cute paper.

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  63. Colours exude a warm feeling. Very nice

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  64. Love the card. The sketch is great and your sentiment is awesome. I would love to be in the drawing for your blog candy. Ann O.

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  65. Very pretty colors - love those owls!

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  66. Cute cute cute! Love the little owl sitting there and love your colors!

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  67. Lovely color combo and I love the Cuttlebug die cut. So glad you added a link for us all. TFS! ~ Marilyn

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  68. Very pretty. Love the layers and colors. I have that Cuttlebug set, I guess I better dig it out and use it. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  69. All the papers are complimenting each other and I like how you layered them. Thanks for shaing.

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  70. I like the color repetition in the papers.....I'm more of a "rubber stamper" than a "paper crafter" but this is a pretty card.

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  71. Love the bold sentiment with the lovely use of the designer paper. It all comes together so beautifully.

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  72. Fabulous card! I love the DP and the punched edge. Great way to use up some scraps.
    Beth F. OWH #114

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  73. Really great color combo. Cheerful. Thanks

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  74. What a cool mix of pattern papers. All work so well together and love that nice big sentiment.

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  75. What a fabulous card. Great colors and details. I love the font too. And thanks so much for the chance to win some "thanks". Very generous of you.

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  76. Great card,love the colors.

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  77. Love the color combination - very pretty. Also really like the font of your sentiment - so nice that you're offering to share it :)

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  78. I just love how you used the pattern paper. I never quite know how to use the ones with the scenes in the corners. This gives me great ideas on what to do with those pieces. Thanks for all of the cards you have made. That is amazing!

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  79. Lovely card, Kathryn, love the colors and the papers you used. You are really dedicated to making cards for the troups with the numbers you have put up! Such a wonderful thing to do for your country! TFS and have a wonderful weekend.

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  80. Loved the colors they work well together.
    Great job on all that you do for OWH!

    reflections:0)

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  81. What a wonderful card. I love the owls.

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  82. I think you have chosen a gorgeous combination of papers and the dark mats you used really makes it POP! Very eye-catching in the thumbnails of cards for the hop! :)Traci

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  83. Those patterned papers with pictures on them often end up in a collection. I don't see how I can use them. This a perfect solution! Thanks for your participation in the OWH Blog Hop! I'm inspired!!

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  84. I'm impressed with your OWH numbers! Love your card, too. :) 6x6 pads are the best.

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  85. very pretty ....like how you used the diff textures and the owl :) ...

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  86. I love the way you took a few "liberties" with the sketch, and livened it up. The color combos are great.

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  87. I love theuse of layers! Always one of my favorite tecniques.

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  88. The darker matting really makes your card pop!

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  89. Love the font! The cloud and owl papers are awesome! Great card! The different papers just go together so well! TFS!

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  90. Beautiful thank you card for our troops. Love the clouds.

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  91. Thanks for being part of this hop and sharing your work. Those 6x6 pads are great but you still have to put the right combination together, and you did it!

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  92. wonderful embellishing and I love the colors.

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  93. Great Card. I have a fondness for Owls and I LOVE a lot of layers...

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  94. I really like the layering and how that little bit of border around each layer really makes it pop.

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  95. Love the liberties you took with the sketch and I love owls. Beautiful card.

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  96. Very nice card! Love the patterned papers!

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  97. Everything just coordinates perfectly! Beautiful card. Thanks for Sharing.

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  98. Beautiful paper combinations. Great card.

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  99. i really like that you backed the patterned paper with darker cardstock. I also really like the punched border with string around it. I think I'll copy this one!

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  100. Very pretty card! I love the owls on the front panel! Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
    :) Marie (OWH #119)

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  101. I was just about to ask you about that awesome sentiment! LOL That just draws the eye into your card immediately, and I love it! Pretty papers too, and I wish you a very happy Memorial day weekend!

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  102. Love the punched sentiment. I like how you adapted the sketch.

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  103. Very nice interpretation of the sketch. Cute scene with the owl under the clouds.

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  104. Kathryn, Another fabulous card! Great choice of patterns and colors. (You're so right about 6 by 6 pads -- couldn't get by without them!) Love how the brads in the top left balance the border punch on the bottom right.

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  105. love the owls you used..i have this paper i am going to have to pull it out ;)

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  106. Very pretty card and I love the owls!

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  107. Love the colors you used, your card reminds me of a spring day, great flowers and owls!!!

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  108. Pretty papers and colors, love the accept.

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  109. Thank you for participating in this wonderful cause! I love your "thanks" card. The papers and the sentiment all match.

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  110. Wonderful card! I love the sweet owl paper!

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  111. Sometimes I will rely on the paper combinations in a 6 x 6 pad too. Lifesavers. I like the peachy warmth in the papers you chose.

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  112. Love the beautiful colors on this and the way you matted the patterned papers!

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  113. Love how you took the sketch and made it your own. Great reminder to me. Love the cute edgeing too!

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  114. I have that paper pad. Love how you used the owls...I always wondered what to do with them.

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  115. Great colors and love that owl print!

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  116. Great take on the sketch! And, of course, my eye is ALWAYS drawn towards the owls, lol!

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  117. Love this card! Love the "happy accidents"!

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  118. Great job showing off beautiful papers and letting them shine

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  119. Great job showing off beautiful papers and letting them shine

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  120. Love your yummy papers and layering to set them all off!
    Sandy, OWH Exec. Dir.

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  121. Wow....I love that paper. The owls are stinkin' cute. And, I love the clouds and sun. Nicely done! Thanks for sharing!

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  122. Nice card. Love the Thanks. All the paper goes together so great. Thanks for sharing.

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  123. Love how you used the sketch as a starting point and then took off from there to make it your own. The colors look great together. Good job!

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  124. Very cute, I love the colors and variety of patterned papers you used and those owls are adorable!

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  125. Fabulous card - love the papers! And thanks for the update on the sentiment. It's perfect!

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  126. Blog candy! This is the kind of candy I can really chew on and pass along on cards. Wishing, dreaming! Beautiful design.

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  127. I love tthis card! And I admire all the cards you have sent out this year, great work!

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  128. This card has taken my creativity to the sky! Love how you used the corner of a 12 x 12 to capture some fun items from the page....I often have a hard time using those pieces well.

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  129. I love that you let the paper show off. I too much always add images, and forget some of the papers have great images. shanasewing@yahoo.com

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  130. Glad you found time to create! Great cared :-) thanks for sharing!

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  131. Your card is so sweet. I love the little owl. And I like how you did the all the layers. Sketch's are hard for me to follow and it is always nice to see how some one else see's it. Thanks for sharing. Great papers.

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  132. great idea - always need more - especially with designs on 12x12 paper that are in only one part - now I can cut them out and use them on cards! thanks for the inspiration.

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  133. Very cute card! I love the parts of the papers that you used!

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  134. I like that card. I have been wanting to try the 6X6 pad for card making. I'm sure that the soldiers will love them.

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  135. I like the stacking effect,adds depth!

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  136. Really like the colors, owls are one of my favorites.
    I need to try the 6 x 6 pads. Great card.

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  137. I think the idea of using 6x6 DP is a great way to get started. Sometimes I sit at my desk, trying to think of where to even start. Now I know...thanks! Thank you for including your own special treat to a lucky winner. The font of your "thanks" is cute.

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  138. Kathryn... what a wonderful card. Great use of the pattern paper. I need to see what I have in pads that can be used like you did here. thanks for the inspiration. blessings ~ Pam

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  139. Beautiful colors and great design. I didn't know Cuttlebug had dies so thanks for that tip! I love the font of the sentiment. The little bit of scalloped border makes the perfect finishing touch. You work well under pressure!

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  140. Love how you use the paper, the clouds as the second layer are perfect!

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  141. Great card. The owls are so cute.

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  142. I like the Cuttlebug font also. Very unique. I just started getting more into the embossing folders and have added to my 6x6 decks. I agree they make card-making faster!

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  143. I did not know the Cuttlebug combos had dies as well as embossing folders. That font is great!

    Great choice of patterned paper; especially like the owls with all the swirls.

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  144. You are so talented when it comes to combining color, patterns, designer paper and sketches. I agree: the perfect font choice. Thanks for participating in the hop.

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  145. Great work with this sketch Kathryn! Your papers are just perfect and I love the focal point panel with the owls and sentiment combined. Die cut sentiments always add nice detail to a design so it's no surprise to me that you have gotten so many compliments on this one. Thanks for joining in the hop and supporting Operation Write Home!

    Paula S.
    OWH Blog Team

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  146. Great attention to detail. Nice papers and a great die cut!

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  147. Love the choice of papers. I just don't seem to have the knack for putting papers together. It apparently is a talent not a learned skill

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  148. Love the orange and yellow with the blue makes me think of spring, Great job!!

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  149. this is a beautiful card and a great sketch! Love the colors you used and that adorable owl!

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  150. I find a lot more inspiration seeing how a sketch is used than in the original b&w sketch. Thanks for showing the variation.

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  151. Owls are my favorite and love this card

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  152. The papers you chose are wonderful and the layering just perfect. I like the border punched strip you added. The sentiment font is just right for this card. Great job.

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  153. WOW....colors are amazing. I like this card sketch too. And I also like the "thanks". Beautiful job!

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  154. Love your take on the sketch and the wonderful cuttlebug die.

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  155. Thanks for taking part in this bloghop - love the color combination and layout of your card!

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  156. I am so glad that there are so many talented artits such as yourself. I am inspired by your beautiful creations.

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  157. Love the paper you used on the card. 6x6 paper pads are great. Thanks for sharing.

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  158. I love the owls they are so cute!
    Thank you for sharing and supporting OWH!

    Amanda :)
    www.ajsdigishoppe.com

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  159. love the card especially the owl and sentiment

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  160. Excellent job combining the designer papers! The owl is darling!
    I saw your post with the 6x6 templates. Brilliant! :) I like how you tied it in with some of the oldest OWH sketches.
    Thanks for all you do for OWH!

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  161. Love the choices of papers, they tie together great. I take liberties with sketches too.

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  162. The patterned papers make this card stand out. Love those little owls.

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  163. I love the different patterns you chose for your card. It's very bright and cheerful. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  164. Love this card! Your use of pattern paper and the font used! Nice Job!

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  165. This design is so clean and it looks simple to recreate! I like the idea of the 6x6 tablet to keep things together. Thanks. Rosie Glenn

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  166. Great card! Gotta love 6x6 pads! (leslie #113)

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  167. Fabulous card Kathryn! I love the papers and that CB sentiment!

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  168. You were as WISE as those owls designing this lovely creation!

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  169. FAB card! I love the sentiment! Great color combo! Thanks for sharing!

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  170. I like the little owls on the paper and how you layered everything. Very eye catching. Thank you for sharing.

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  171. love your papers and the use of the sketch! Great card! TFS

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  172. Love your choice of DPs for this sketch. Beautiful color combination! Thanks for your support of OWH.

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  173. I'm still trying to make it through everyone's cards... Love your card with the owls...so cute! Love the stones on the side and the border punch you used too!!

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  174. I like the way you did the foreground-background relationships, making a sky behind the owls. The colors are great together, the brown pops everything. :)

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  175. Great card...thanks for sharing. I, too, love the die cut sentiment. croppinmama1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  176. Lovely card! The papers work so well together!!

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  177. Absolutely Adorable! I'm a big owl fan and love the colors you chose as well. Well done.

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  178. I'm loving that owl paper as well as the sentiment.

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  179. I like the choice of colors and I especially like the black matting and trim.

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  180. Soo cute! Really love owls right now!

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  181. This card is adorable! I love the owls and all of your paper. The sentiment is awesome! I'm going to have to get that folder. Thanks for the chance to win the envie full of them!

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  182. Beautiful card! I absolutely LOVE the DP you used, and the boldness of the sentiment! TFS!

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  183. such a cute take on the sketch!! love those sweet owls!

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