Tuesday, February 14, 2017

2017 Hero Arts Catalog Blog Hop

*ETA: This is the second hop for today. If you're looking for the Katy's Kindness Blog Hop, click HERE.

Hello there and welcome. I'm honored to be joining the Hero Arts Blog Hop celebrating their 2017 Catalog release that is available HERE. I fell in love with THIS Koi Fish Layering Stamp Set and created this card with it...

I started with a Google search on Koi fish for coloring. I was surprised with all the beautiful colors that popped up. I didn't go for 100% realistic, but I had fun experimenting and choosing colors that I like. Remember, you don't have to follow any rules when creating...just have fun.


I used an acrylic block to stamp each layer. The MISTI tool would be perfect for lining up each layer, but I wanted to show that if you don't have the tool, you can still achieve great results. Here's the color combo of inks I used for each layer (all Hero Arts). I used a lighter shade for the base color and a darker shade for the next layer. The number one represents the first layer and the number two represents the second layer.

Red Fish     
1.Bubble Gum     
2.Raspberry Jam
Orange Fish
1.Butter Bar        
2.Orange Soda
Green Fish 
1.Green Hills   
2.Lime Green
Blue Fish   
1.Pool                  
2.Navy
Purple Fish
1.Passion Flower
2.Grape Juice

I stamped the eye layer with black and then stamped the base layer again on top with VersaMark ink and added clear embossing powder. This adds shine and a realistic wet look...

After cutting out each fish with THIS coordinating die, I applied THIS Distress Ink on to a piece of watercolor cardstock. I applied water drops on top to give a realistic water look and cut a large oval out of the center using THESE dies. I adhered the fish inside the oval and stamped some bubbles from the stamp set in the center. I finished off the card by adding a sentiment from THIS stamp set and adhering a few of THESE clear drops.

I also stamped on the inside of the card using a sentiment from the Koi stamp set...

I plan to add a scratch off lottery ticket inside to tie along with the theme of the card.

KEEP HOPPING
There's lots more inspiration to check out. Click HERE to go to the next stop on the blog hop and visit the wonderful, Libby Hickson.

Here's the complete Blog Hop order...
The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Laura Bassen
Wanda Guess
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Yana Smakula
Kathy Racoosin
Debby Hughes
Kelly Purkey
Lydia Fiedler
May Park
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Heather Ruwe
Libby Hickson
Michelle Short
Jana Millen

  GIVEAWAYHero Arts will be giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. For a chance to win, leave a comment by Tuesday, February 21st at 11:59pm PT.

Click HERE to see the 2017 catalog. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day.
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213 comments:

  1. Your koi are just beautiful! Some one will be lucky to get this card!!

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  2. What a unique way to put the sentiment on the inside of the card - thank you for the new option!

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  3. I am in love with all of these new layering stamps! If I could I would buy them all! It’s so hard to choose a favorite, they are all fantastic! I would say it’s between the peacock and the poppy. But the coy and water Lilly are great too.

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  4. Your card is beautiful. So colorful.

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  5. Absolutely spectacular. You and your card.

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  6. Whoa, your card is gorgeous!! How clever to think of out of the box colors for the koi. My absolute favorite is the red one...fantastic!

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  7. WOW! Awesome job on your card. Love the colors you used on the fishes.
    natgodfrey4@gmail.com

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  8. gorgeous card and colors. Thanks for sharing your color choice with us - I always have a problem knowing which colors to use in 3 step stamping :)

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  9. What a unique card, beautiful!! xx

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  10. Hrrm I think my first comment got lost in space 😅 Beautiful card! I love all the layering stamps from Hero Arts!

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  11. What a great idea for a Birthday card. So pretty and colorful. Thank you.

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  12. This card is stunning, love all of the colors and how realistic the koi look!

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  13. Love the rainbow Koi in your card and the water too.

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  14. Love the colorful Koi. Fabulous twist!

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  15. What a terrific way for us to see all the ink colors!! TFS!!

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  16. Absolutely gorgeous, Heather! I love the colours you used on the Koi!

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  17. Love your Koi party! Very clever card and so colorful ! Thanks for sharing another great way to use Hero arts wonderful new stamps!

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  18. beautiful! I love the colors! and I never would have thought to do the greeting like that.

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  19. I love the different color koi fish :), so beautiful.

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  20. I wish I could get every single layering stamp sets!!! They are all so great. I love all the colors of fish--they remind me of the many zoos my kids and I have visited!! Thank you for the inspiration!!

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  21. Love how you colored all the Koi fish its beautiful .These Hero Arts stamps are a must have for any card maker or scrap booker!

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  22. OMG...I'm totally in love with this layering stamp set. I just adore koi carp, so much so that I have one tattoo'do on each foot. This set is on my wish list but don't know when I'll get round to buying it as they are quite expensive here in the UK and my craft budget is very limited.
    Bejay xx

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  23. love your fish in the rainbow colors - wonderful!!

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  24. Heather, I'm not really into fish. But, I love this card. It's adorable. Nice and bright. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Lovely bright card!Thank you for sharing

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  26. Love your rainbow koi, Heather! What a great idea!

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  27. gorgeous sample, thanks for the inspiration!

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  28. so colorful and beautiful! Great sentiment idea!

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  29. Such great color combinations, Heather!

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  30. Such a beautiful card, love the colors you choose for your koi, beautiful!

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  31. Such a beautiful card!! Love all the color combos! Nice sentiment!

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  32. I LOVE not following the rules, too!! Yours is such a fun and unique take on the koi stamp - and you rarely see just one, nor are they ever alike. Yours are the prettiest I've ever seen! Thanks for the tips and for the inspiration!

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  33. Those fish are so vibrant! Thank you for the inspiration, Heather.

    Sharlini Nambiar

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  34. The Koi stamps are my favorite from this release. Love that you made your fish shine!

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  35. Love Love Love this card. So stunning with all the colors.

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  36. I really like the bright colors used.

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  37. A wonderful idea and great layering.

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  38. I love the new products but my favorites are the layered sets they help us amateurs seem like professionals.

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  39. Love the multi-color fish design. Turned out so pretty

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  40. The card is amazing as are the lifelike fish.

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  41. Cute card. I love all the beautiful colors!

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  42. I love all of the different colours on the fish! So pretty!

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  43. Wow I just love Hero Arts inks, and stamp sets!

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  44. Completely captivated by your pool of rainbow koi! Gorgeous! Thank you for the ink and how-to recipe!
    ~carol

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  45. Love all the colors used for these Koi. Beautiful card. ...now I need the fish too...

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  46. Amazing card of colorful fish!

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  47. So cute. Makes me want to feed them!

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  48. Your Koi card is so amazing! I love the colors you colored the Koi!

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  49. The rainbow colored Kois look amazing!!!

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  50. Wow - I never would of thought to make the fish different colors! What a festive birthday card :)

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  51. Hello Heather, I love your color selection for the koi fishes. It looks beautiful!

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  52. Aw Heather, how CUTE! What a fantastic card, great work!

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  53. I just love this stamp set! Your card is great!

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  54. A beautiful stamp set & Gorgeous card! Love your coloring!

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  55. I love this set so much. Thanks for such inspiring ideas. Loved the tip about embossing the top layer to add a wet effect.

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  56. This is Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  57. Wow, great! I think the koi stamp is my favorite!

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  58. Love this! Great idea to add the shine on top. I'd never have thought of that. The colors are fabulous too!

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  59. Love all of the colorful koi. Great idea.

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  60. i LOVE the colors you used on the koi. really lovely card.

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  61. I love this!!! The colors are wonderful...and i like that the fish "meeting "!!!

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  62. Your card makes me smile! I love this stamp set and the card you made with it. The colors are fantastic and I love how a few of the tails just "swish" into the picture. You can feel the energy of this little school of koi kibitzing together. LOVE IT!

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  63. What a great card Heather! Love your design and the wonderful colors you used. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  64. beautiful colors you chose for the koi, Heather!

    joybird1223@gmail.com

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  65. Amazing card! I love how all the oolorful koi circle around come together! Gorgeous color too!

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  66. I have been waiting for the release since the catalogue preview!!! So excited!

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  67. Oh my, I love this! Your fish look amazing!

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  68. This is beautiful. The koi stamp set is one of the "must haves" on my list!
    Ok I lied they're ALL must haves on my list!!

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  69. What a fun card - love all the colors and your idea for a lottery ticket inside !

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  70. Love all the colorful fish. Thanks for reminding me I don't need to follow the rules when crafting!

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  71. That's one nice thing about being creative. Everything doesn't have to be realistic. There are so many wonderful
    colours to use!

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  72. The multi color fish are perfect, I'm really impressed with the results with an acrylic block!

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  73. Oh Wow!! I love your super bright and beautiful card!!

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  74. An amazing card! Such wonderful colors.

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  75. The Koi card makes me want to put in a Koi pond now that spring is here, but then I won't get to play with these Wonderful Hero Arts Products! Thank you for sharing<3

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  76. Your rainbow colored koi fish are amazing, Heather! Such a fun and creative idea, I can't wait to try this!

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  77. Those koi are so pretty and love your arrangement of them on your card!

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  78. Like the coloring & framing of the fish pond.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  79. Those koi fish are just incredible and the colors chosen are just perfect, I love your card

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  80. What a gorgeous card and such a cool stamp set! I really like your idea to add a lottery ticket with the card :)

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  81. Well I have to admit I had no idea what a Koi was, but I LOVE those colors you used & your card design! I actually thought just for the fun of it I would also take the layering rooster set & make a purple rooster!!

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  82. Love the colors and how you have them grouped

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  83. Beautiful koi card, love the vibrant colors and the lottery card idea with the sentiment is perfect!

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  84. Beautiful koi pond; I love the colors never knew there were such beautiful colored koi..

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  85. Love the colors you used. The card is so pretty.

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  86. Love your cards...also the idea of a lottery ticket!

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  87. So clever to create a layout that forms the perfect pool for your koi. . .and the multi-colored koi remind us all to color images "outside the box". Thanks for sharing this delightful card. (liked the lottery insert idea, too.)

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  88. Fun card, Heather! It looks like the birthday party of fish is having a great time. I love all the colors you used! I also like how you did the inside sentiment. Thanks for sharing.

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  89. Your card is so amazing....love the colorful Koi in a circle like that!!! So creative!

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  90. I love the window design on your beautiful card!

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  91. Beautiful card, I am in love wth the koi set.

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  92. These fish are so realistic looking!

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  93. Absolutely love, love, love your koi card! The color, along with the placement of the koi, brought this card together into a masterpiece! Eye-catching and love the color use! :)

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  94. Love your card and this new release!!!

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  95. Fantastic card. Have the Koi set on my wish list. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

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  96. Really enjoying these layering stamps. Thanks for your wonderful ideas.

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  97. How fun! It looks like a scene from a koi pond with rainbow fish!

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  98. what a great color combo's you made!!!
    very nice card!
    thx for the inspiration

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  99. I love the colours you picked for your fish Heather! Especially that blue 😍. And a lovely way to add a sentiment on the inside too! Such a fun and unique card. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  100. I loved the various colors! This is a really great card.

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  101. Love the different colored koi. The embossing powder does make the koi look wet. Great card.

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  102. So many great ideas! Love the rainbow fish! Love the clear embossing! Love the lottery ticket!

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  103. Great colorful creation. Your Koi are so much fun

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  104. Fantastic colors. Love that koi fish image.

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  105. Love your rainbow of koi fish. Very pretty.

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  106. Oh my goodness. I love your rainbow koi. I think that just put me over the top on "needing" that set!

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  107. "Oh wow"! were the words that came out of my mouth when your page loaded. I love the rainbow colored fish and the dimension of you card just made it even better!

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  108. This is so much fun! I love the rainbow fish :)

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  109. Wow amazing card. Thanks for sharing your color combinations.

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  110. I love all those colorful Koi on your card. Many times I have to go to Google to do research too!

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  111. Amazing colorful fish, love your card!

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  112. Gorgeous card!! Love the products in the 2017 Catalog especially the Fuchsia, Koi and Peacock.

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  113. The koi are so beautiful. I love the layout and the fish just pop off of the card, they are so vibrant.

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  114. This is such a beautiful card! Adding the clear embossing layer to the finished fish is a great idea! I always get so many great ideas on the designers' blogs. Many thanks to each blogger:)

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  115. Love all the colors you chose for the fish, and how the oval die helps them look like they're all floating in a pond! Gorgeous. And a great idea for the shine on the fish with the clear embossing powder. Thanks for sharing another way to use this beautiful stamp set.

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  116. Greetings, Heather! I love all of your colorful fish--realistic or not! It's been a very gray day here and the colors are bright & cheerful! Thanks for sharing a great card! (Peg)

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  117. Just adore your colorful koi, Heather! How fun to have them swimming into the center of the fishbowl!!

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  118. I love this rainbow of koi! Gorgeous!

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  119. The koi look like they are waiting for someone to throw in some food for them! How fun!

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  120. Your colors are fantastic for layering the Koi!

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  121. Wow!! What a fun and colorful card with the rainbow colored koi! I love the layered stamps

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  122. It's a fish party... love it...so gorgeous!

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  123. What a gorgeous card, Heather! I've always loved koi and yours are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing with us and for participating in this great hop and giveaway.

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  124. I love how you arranged your colorful koi on your card. This stamp makes such realistic looking fish, but I love your fun colorful twist on it.

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  125. Oh those fish are so cool in all the different colors. I had only seen it in gold, I like all the ones you used!

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  126. So vibrant! Love the multicolored design, thanks for sharing Heather!

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  127. I absolutely love this card. Totally my favorite on the hop!!!

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  128. Simply wonderful card. Those fish look like they've gathered for a party. Let the celebration begin!

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  129. Great card! Love the rainbow fish!

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  130. The Koi set is my favorite. I love all the colors!

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  131. Great card! I like the different colors you used.

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  132. Love the vibrant colors on the Koi.

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  133. I really love your card, I think your design is fantastic and I love all the vibrant & gorgeous colours you made each fish!!!

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  134. Love the circle of fish.
    the coloring is wonderful.
    thanks for sharing

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  135. Love your very colorful fish card!

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  136. Wonderful card! Love the colorful fish!

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  137. WoW!! Love your card,the fish look amazing in all the different colours you've used,thanks for sharing :-)

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  138. What could I say that hasnt been said. AWESOME card! Showing us the variety of colors and how to frame it. Amazing release and so much talent here in this hop! TFS YOURS!

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  139. Love the Koi set, it's one of my favorites in this release, and I just ADORE the colorful group you've made! Great colors and great composition, thanks for the inspiration!

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  140. Great card. Love the rainbow fish!

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  141. I love your colorful koi. And you are definitely correct that creatively we do not have to be realistic.

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  142. Awesome rainbow effect with fish! Brilliant!

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  143. Wow, the colors on the koi fish are fabulous and eye catching.

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  144. I love your brightly colored fish and Dr Suess' 1 fish, 2 fish, red fish, blue fish immediately popped into my mind! THS!

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  145. Great card - love the fish pond look you made...

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  146. Love the colors you chose. Very vibrant and beautiful.

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  147. love all the colorful fishies. great card

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  148. Great card. I love this stamp set.

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  149. I love what you did with this set! Lovely colors!

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  150. Gorgeous card and colors. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  151. Beautiful fish. So many lovely colors.

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  152. Wow! Fantastic card...love the colors that you used!

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  153. I love that you used so much color with the layering koi stamp. Very clever card.

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