Friday, April 10, 2015

SSS April Card Kit Blog Hop

Hi there. Welcome. I'm excited to be a part of the Simon Says Stamp's blog hop celebrating THIS awesome card kit ...
I created two cards using this kit and have a few tips to share. First, let me show you the cards...



A FEW TIPS...

1. Try making multiple cards. The supplies are already out, so why not!? You can do the same design multiple times or try changing it up between cards. I really liked the design of the first card, so I made another card but rotated the greeting to create a horizontal card.

2. Try taking hints from packaged product for color schemes. I wanted a feminine and masculine color scheme but I'm not very good at choosing color combos. I took a color cue from these mini ink cube sets and stamped the candle image using them...
Hero Arts Sweet Mini Cube Ink
SSS Karma Hybrid Ink Pad Cube Set

3. When stamping a pattern of colors, try using a stamp cleaner like THIS one in between stamping. It does a great job of cleaning the stamp and reduces any ink transferring to the next stamped image.

4. Try to stretch your product. After stamping the candle image on my cards, I thought I would look for an alternative flame image other than the one provided in the stamp set. The kit includes some beautiful, gold rub-ons that had smaller leaf, triangle, star, and diamond images that worked great for flames and gave a nice shine. Here's a closer look ...



5. Try creating a guide to make stamping faster. I stamped A LOT of candles on these cards and thought it would be best to practice first. I found that when I traced a circle die (slightly smaller than the die that would be placed on top), it helped guide my stamping and keep everything from going wonky. Here's what I mean...

Click HERE to see another card using this kit featuring a "smeared" embossing technique. 

LINKS TO SUPPLIES USED

SSS April 2015 Card Kit-HERE
SSS Hybrid Ink Mini Cube Set (Karma)- HERE
Hero Arts Mini Cube Ink Pads (Sweet)- HERE
SSS Stitched Circle Dies- HERE
Avery Elle Signature Dies- HERE
Versamark Ink- HERE
SSS White Embossing Powder- HERE
SSS Fog Cardstock- HERE
SSS Slate Cardstock- HERE
SSS Audrey Blue Cardstock- HERE
Hero Arts Ultra Clean Stamp Cleaner- HERE

KEEP HOPPING
Click HERE for the next stop on the Blog Hop and visit my sweet friend, Laurie Willison. To start at the beginning, click HERE

GIVEAWAY
Simon Says Stamp will be choosing winners from the comments section of all the blog stops to win a Simon Says Stamp goody bag filled with fresh and exciting new products.  Leave a comment below to be entered to win! The winners will be chosen on Wednesday, April 15.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend! 

497 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh! I would have never thought to use the candles as a sunburst type image. How stinking creative. Thanks for the tips!!

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  2. Wow, awesome layouts using the candles! Love the rub ons as the flames, too!

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  3. I am loving the new birthday sentiments!

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  4. Ok now these are some fun cards!!! Love the array of candles!

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  5. Such a great idea with the candles, love it!!

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  6. Love what you did with the candles, great idea

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  7. What a great idea with the candles...will definitely give this a try....I find that it's easy and fun to make multiple cards at one time as well...got everything there...so why not..

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  8. Interesting use of the candle, I can't wait to get my card kit.

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  9. What gorgeous cards! And a fabulous way of using the candle stamp, too, so colourful and original!

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  10. What a brilliant use of that candle stamp! Both cards are awesome

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  11. WOW, would never have considered layering that candles in this way - truly inspirational:) Thank you for sharing this great idea with us!

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  12. Just love the way you stamped the candles, Very cute card.

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  13. These cards definitely have the WOW factor! I was impressed immediately. Thanks so much for making me think differently on how to use these stamps!

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  14. What a great idea to use the rub ons instead of the flame! Lovely!

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  15. Great card. It makes a wow. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Such a GREAT design! So creative!

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  17. WOW! What a creative and interesting design! You did an amazing job making the two cards look similar but very different at the same time! It's so much fun! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  18. Thanks for the color cube tip. Love your candle starbursts and "flames". Clever idea!

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  19. I love your cards and I love the idea of making multiples. Especially for a card like this that can be used for any gender!

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  20. Very pretty Heather! Great idea!

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  21. Great card! I love the candles coming out of the circle like sunbeams.

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  22. Your cards are really Fabulous!! Love the circle pattern!!

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  23. WOW! I love stamping the candles in a circle. Amazing. I would have never thought of doing it this way.

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  24. Your cards are so unique and fun. Thanks for all the tips you shared. I love the one about choosing the colors.

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  25. I'm really glad you explained how to get the candles evenly spaced around. That was my fear when I first saw your amazing cards..."I could never do that well." But you explained it beautifully and simply. Thanks.

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  26. what a fun way to use a candle! thanks for sharing

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  27. OMG I love your cards. You really did rock those candles. What a beautiful stamping job you did with the candles and showing the candles stamped in 2 color ways and love how you chose to embellish the flames. The sentiments are priceless and precious!! YOU so ROCK!!

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  28. Wow very fun designs!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  29. This is so adorable! Thanks for the circle die tip. Knowing my stamping my candles would be going everywhere!!

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  30. great and so original candle card, looks so awesome!

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  31. Super cool and versatile design. Love it.

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  32. Love how you used the candles, Heather! Great card from a super kit!

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  33. Very creative & fun cards. Thanks for sharing your tips!

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  34. Amazingly creative! Love your ideas of both making a variety to cards based on one idea and also using the candles in such a unique way!

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  35. Wow! this card is an attention getter! Very impressive. Clever idea to use the different shapes for the candle flames, too.

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  36. Love the starburst effect and want to get those ink cubes now!

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  38. How fun and playful is your card. I have to try it also with some of my stamps.

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  39. I love how you incorporated rub-ons as flames! Hoping this will encourage me to see my stamps and other products in a different light sometimes.

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  40. very clever card using the candles as rays for a sun.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  41. So bright and happy! Love them!

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  42. Great cards! Love your design! I like this kit!

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  43. Awesome idea! Really grat cards! tfs xx

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  44. I really love this card. Thank you for sharing!

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  45. Wow! What a cool card! I love this design!

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  46. Great card idea. I love the sun ray effect you created with the candles! Thanks for sharing!

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  48. These are AWESOME!! LOVE the way you did the candles!! A ray of Birthday Sunshine! TFS!

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  49. The way you stamped the candles is so fun! Makes me smile. Thank you fir sharing your creativity.
    Martha R

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  50. Such a fun card and an creative use for that candle stamp

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  51. Such gorgeous use of the candle stamp, love the creative use. Such striking designs!!!

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  52. Such a fun way to use the candle in the set!! Love your designs!! ;)

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  53. So cool the way you stamped the candles! Awesome!

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  54. Wow, really cool card Heather! LOVE the way you stamped the candles!

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  55. Thanks for your cards 2 ways, and all the tips!

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  56. I love your creative way to use candle in the set...Fabulous April Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp.Thanks for chance to win!!

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  57. Lovely ideas! Clever way to arrange the candles.

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  58. Love using the candles like sun rays! Beautiful!

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  59. Very creative use of the candles!! I always have a hard time thinking out of the box. Beautiful cards!

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  60. Cool! Love the star burst of candles!

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  61. Love the idea with these radiant candles! Really cool!

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  62. Great card and idea!!! Would never have thought to use candles like that!!

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  63. Clever idea! And this is a really versatile stamp set! TFS.

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  64. Great card idea. Love the way you have the candles. Tfs

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  65. I love your candle "sun burst". Great idea. (I also liked your smeared blown out candle card.)

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  66. Heather, as I JUST realized in my past 'stop', I do not have a candle stamp in my collection! THIS has definitely got to be added to my wish list. Your cards are AMAZING and so are your tips! Thank you so much for sharing them. I also loved your card that you linked to. (Today I have become a "pinning FOOL"! LOL)

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  67. Wow, what a unique way to use the candles. Very creative and I love the results.

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  68. Wow great use of that candle!

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  69. instead of the traditional flames, make use of the different shapes from the rub-ons is brilliant idea !!

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  70. I love these colorful cards! Great job!

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  71. Wow such a clever way to use these candles in a whole other way. TFS.

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  72. How awesome are your cards. Very much so. I love the design. Love all your idea's.

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  73. Fun cards! Thanks for the tips--I hadn't thought about drawing a half circle as a guide. When I have tried to stamp like that it always goes wonky and I get so frustrated. I'll give this a try :)

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  74. Great cards! What an original idea and thanks for the tips to make it easier!

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  75. I loved the symmetry of this card!

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  76. Your cards blew me away! A sunburst of candles is so clever.

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  77. That is such an incredible idea with the candles! I love your cards!

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  78. What a fun idea for with stamping the candles! Lovely cards!

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  79. What a brilliant idea to use the rub-ons for the flames! I love it!

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  80. Such a great idea to stamp the candles around a circle! Also, thanks for the tip on combining colors. Love your cards!!

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  81. It looks like those candles require some patience but your tips are helpful. I'll have to give this a try.

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  82. Love these cards! So inventive, and I love that you used the other icons as "flames" so cute.

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  83. So many great ideas with one kit! Love it!

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  84. What cute and original cards! :) love the color combo, too!

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  85. Like how you used the candles creatively.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  86. I like the rainbow effect of the candles! Thanks for the tip of making multiple cards.

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  87. Love it!!!! Can't wait to play with my April kit!

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  88. Great use to stretch your products. Lovely cards. Thanks.

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  89. Such a creative way to stamp the candles, love it!

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  90. Love your card. The way you used the candles is so cool. Just love it.

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  91. Wow! These are so gorgeous! I love the way you stamped the candles and the colors you used, as well as using some rub-ons for the flames on one of them. Too cool!

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  92. Wow! The card is shocking, in the best sense! It is unexpected to see the candles in that position, like a sun. Did you stamp on felt? It seems like that. If so, I'm surprised by the outcome. Many thanks for sharing such an impressive design!

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  93. I like how you got creative with the candle flames on the first card. The unexpected is such a nice surprise.

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  94. Fun cards. Thank you for sharing!

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  95. LOVE the candle sunburst! So fun!

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  96. What a fun design and I agree make multiples while you have the stuff out.

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  97. What a creative way to use those candles - love it. It looks like an awesome kit this month.

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  98. I love these cards. Simple yet festive. Making multiples of cards is a great idea and these are great cards for men. I have trouble with masculine cards....these would be great. Nice design...thanks for sharing

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  99. Fun colorful cards!! Thanks for sharing:)

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  100. Very very cute card...love how you used the candles in a burst pattern!! I am going to try this...thanks!

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  101. What a great idea to use the candles as a sun burst and I love how you used the different elements for the flames. Love the cards!

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  102. Love this design. I'll make a bunch of these to have on hand.

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  103. Great cards and great tips! Thanks!

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  104. What a fun design for these cards, and great color combos too!

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  105. Wow! I love your cards, so creative to use the candle stamp like that! Super cool! Looks so neat, thanks for the inspiration!

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  106. What a great card. Love how you did the candles.

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  107. Very creative on the placement of candles! love it.

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  108. This is so beautiful! I love it.

    Leslie

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  109. The way you fanned the candles to make somewhat of a "Starburst" effect was genius!! Such a simple, but striking card!!

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  110. Very nice cards and a fun use to stretch your stamps! Thank you for sharing.

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  111. Love it - can't wait to try!

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  112. Great idea to stamp the candles in a semi-circle

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  113. Awesome, how do you find the inspiration? So colourful and happy. Thank you.

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  114. love the candles on this card. great idea!

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  115. Cute! Love the rays of candles!

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  116. Such a fun and happy card! I really like how you stamped the candles!

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  117. Thanks for the interesting ideas and inspiration.

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  118. O O O I really like your cards the best so far. Love the candles on the half circle. And the colors are awesome. Good female and male card. And the sentiments are awesome too. TFS

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  119. These are so cool! I especially love how creative you were with the flames!

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  120. Love both your cards! I love your tip on choosing color too since I find it hard to mix colors together too. Thanks!

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  121. What a great tip for choosing a color palette. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  122. What a cute sentiment and stamp set! Very nice cards too! Thank you for a chance to win!

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  123. Such fun candles! I love how you laid them out and I love all the colors!

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  124. Lovely cards, love how you used the candle stamp!

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  125. Wonderful cards! And thanks for the tips to make it easier to make duplicate cards. I should do that more often as it would cut down on my card packages to people. Sure love the sentiments in this set!

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  126. Very creative. Thanks for sharing!

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  127. Love the cool flames on the first card! Thanks

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  128. Great tips... And really fun cards!

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  129. Loving how you used that candle stamp, what great cards!

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  130. Yes, I can really get behind this blog hop. I loved this month’s card kit! Heather, your card is amazing!

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  131. super creative!! this kit is awesome!

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  132. These are some really great cards. The Blog Hop is usually a bit difficult, but not this time. I have nothing but praise for all this cards. And I'm sure everyone had fun making them Thanks to all.

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  133. Great suggestions and cute card too. I never think to do that but now...... I will start doing more than one card.
    This is a really nice kit. I love getting them in the mail.

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  134. Such a creative use of the candles!

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  135. Great use of the candle stamp! And thanks for the stamping tips, too!

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  136. I really like your card. Love how you arranged the candles.

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  137. I love your card. It was so great that you came up with that idea

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  138. I appreciate your tips, great ideas!

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  139. How creative
    Love the way you used the candles around the card

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  140. Great use of the rub-ons. Cute cards.

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  141. Fun card! I love the idea of drawing the smaller circle as a template to keep the candles looking good!

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  142. Love the different flames in each candle. Very creative.

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  143. These cards are great and I love the way you did the candles! Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration!

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  144. Awesome way to use the candles! Love it!

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  145. Loved your cards. Such a nifty idea. Thanks.

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  146. Very unique cards using the candle stamps, Heather! Thank you for all of the useful tips.

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  147. What an awesome card design. Love it. Great colors and ideas.

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  148. Wow! Beautiful design! And thanks for the great tips!

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  149. Great technique, love how clean your card is.

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  150. Very nice colors!! I'm going to try making this card. Thanks for the inspiration

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  151. love the placement of the candles!

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  152. I love how you thought outside of the box on these cards, using the gold rub-ons for the flames. And your tip for stamping the candles was really helpful. Great cards!

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  153. Really fun cards. Great inspirational ideas.

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  154. Great advise on choosing colors. I like the unique gold rub-on candle flames!
    I hope I am not listed as anonymous like the preview shows...my name is Sandy S.

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  155. I really like the spread of candles! Very cute!

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  156. I would've never thought of lining the candles that way! Awesome!
    TFS
    Darlene

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  157. What a unique way to use the candle stamp. Great cards!

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  158. What a great idea...loving the sentiments too.

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  159. Whoa! How cool are your cards! I would have never thought to use a sun ray pattern. Very clever! :-) Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

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  160. Cute cards. Tks for the hints about the placement of the candles and color choices.

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  161. These cards are so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.I love your ideas about choosing colours.

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  162. What fun cards and I love how you used the rub-ons to create the flames.

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  163. Such a clever idea. Yes you are bringing sunshine to your viewers.

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  164. Gorgeous cards!!!!! Love this kit!!!

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  165. Such a fab kit and awesome cards, Heather!

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  166. Awesome layout, very creative.

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  167. Beautiful layout. I'd like to see it in a notebook!

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  168. Heather, love that you used the rub ons as flames for the candles ! Such a great kit can't wait to play with it! Thanks for sharing.

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  169. Great card ideas. Very interesting use of the rub ons.

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  170. What a great way to put the candles. Good idea of how to choose colors. Thanks.

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  171. Love how you used the candles on your card.

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  172. I really like that design....might be using that soon! TFS

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  173. Wonderful cards! I love them.

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  174. Fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing!

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