Saturday, August 5, 2017

SSS Encouraging Words Blog Hop- Part 2


Hi, friends. I'm thrilled to be taking part in the SSS Encouraging Words Blog Hop. THIS release is full of awesome product, but THIS is my favorite. The images are adorable and I used all of the critters to create these cards...

For all the cards, I used a partial embossing technique to create a focal point on each card. I haven't reached for my embossing folders in awhile, so I broke them out and dry embossed two sides of each card, leaving the center flat to create a focal point.

I stamped each coordinating sentiments multiple times to draw attention to the images and give them a place to "sit". Here's a closer look at each card...
I used a portion of THIS scalloped die to add some interest to the bottom of this card....
I did the same with this card, but used a portion of THIS die along the bottom...

THIS embossing folder is my favorite. It gives an awesome 3-D effect (which is hard to photograph but it so cool in real life)...


I hope you give this partial embossing a try. It gives great dimension without the bulk.

KEEP HOPPING
There's much more inspiration using the new products. Click HERE for the next stop on the hop and visit my friend, Shari Carroll. Click HERE to start at the beginning of the hop. Here's the complete blog hop list...

Looking for even more inspiration? Click HERE and HERE to see cards I shared earlier this week using the new release products. Also, there was another blog hop with this release yesterday. Click HERE to see that.

GIVEAWAY
Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 coupon each stop on the hop, so make sure to comment along the way. The winners will be posted on the Simon Blog on Tuesday.

LINKS TO SUPPLIES USED: 
 NOTE:Some of the embossing folders I used are no longer available. I linked to similar ones below...

328 comments:

  1. So simple and so cute! perfect card sets!

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  2. What a cute set of cards with these sentiments and adorable critters.

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  3. These cards made me smile, they are so cute. Never thought about repeating the sentiment like this thanks for the idea

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  4. Cute cards! These encouraging animals are adorable!

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  5. I love these clean and simple cards! They are wonderful!!!

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  6. These are all great. I especially love the Toucan!

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  7. Simple cards with big impact! Love all the designs!

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  8. Love the cards. Kids would love them, too. Great job!

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  9. Really cute cards, love the embossing on either side of image.

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  10. I love these simple, yet awesome designs. I will have to try the partial embossing. I really, really love this style.

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  11. lovely cas feeling to your cards, fab coloring

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  12. I love the repetition under the animals. If you say something enough you will remember. 😀

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  13. They're all so cute!! I love the adorable sayings.

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  14. Cute! I love your idea to incorporate the sentiment as part of the actual image...

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  15. Cute critters & sentiments. Especially like the Bee & Dog.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  16. So super cute. I love the partial embossing as well as the repeated sentiments with those adorable beautifully colored critters.

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  17. such cute cards of encouragement Heather!! TFS

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  18. Very cute cards! Really like the embossing folder backgrounds behind the cute, beautifully colored animals.

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  19. Using the embossing folders in such an interesting way makes these cards stand out! Love each one.

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  20. Such a fun and fabulous way to create some quick and CAS cards with lots of dimension without the bulk!

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  21. Adorable cards and I love all the embossing folders you used!

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  22. wonderful cards Heather - the partial embossing adds just the right touch!

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  23. Super cute cards Heather and the partial embossing is a great idea. TFS!

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  24. Love, love, love how you layered the sentiments and put the animal on top, just genius!

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  25. I've never used my embossing folders like that. Thanks so much for the inspiration. It really made your focal point stand out.

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  26. I love your partial embossing. I have found myself pulling out embossing folders more lately. They do add just the right amount of interest to a card without being overpowering.

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  27. These cards are so dang cute. Fast cards to make that carry such a big punch and produces lots of smiles. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Very cool design on your cards!! Never partially embossed before and it looks great!! That's whats great about design teams...so many great ideas!!

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  29. I love just embossing the sides of the card--what an awesome idea! I am going to try it today! Thanks for the great idea!

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  30. What a very clever idea to use embossing folders to create a border on your card fronts. I really like the encouraging animals stamp set and your cards really make this set shine. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. I haven't thought of using the embossing folders this way--love the look. So much fun with the repetitive sentiments! thank you.

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  32. Thanks for so much inspiration! I need to go play!

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  33. The partial embossing looks so cool on these cards, they are beautiful. I love the repetition of the phrases, too.

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  34. Great cards, they are giving me lots of new ways to use my embossing folders.

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  35. Love how you repeat the sentiments for a bold statement!

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  36. Super cute set of cards, love how you repeated the sentiments, AND your use of embossing folders!

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  37. Wow, you have been busy. Love all your cards. Truly wonderful. Thanks😀

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  38. Cute cards! I like the way you used embossing on the cards.

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  39. So creative, yet simple. Just wonderful.

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  40. embossing and repeat stamping makes for a great technique for these stamps

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  41. Love this idea--wonderful cards!

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  42. Man those stamps are so cute! Love your techniques!

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  43. Your cards are so cute! Thanks for all of the different ideas. Cute new SSS release!

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  44. Super cute cards Heather! Love the sweet images and the way you stamped the greetings... cool idea.

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  45. Love the partial embossing idea...cards are all so cute.

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  46. Hi Heather ~ These cards are all great and I think the encouraging sentiments in this release are oh, so important. I haven't done any partial embossing in a LONNGGG time so I think it's time to dust off my embossing folders and get inspired. Thanks so much for sharing and I hope your weekend is off to an awesome start. ~HUGS~
    #kindnessmatters

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  47. What a great idea Heather, leaving the centers flat. I love the way you stacked the sentiments under each character :) Thanks for sharing (hee! hee! I just went back to see if I could pick a favorite - I can't!!! Each one is so cute!! Thanks Again!!)

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  48. Adorable cards and FAB design idea!!! LOVE!

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  49. Love these.
    Clever idea and so cute.
    thanks for sharing.

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  50. Very cute cards. Great ideas. Thanks

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  51. These are so cute! I definitely want this critters set. Thanks for sharing!

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  52. Your cards are so cute. Thanks for sharing...

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  53. Awesome Release! Great projects and I love the Toucan especially!

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  54. How creative to use those words as a base for the cute images!

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  55. Such cute cards. I love how you embossed them. It really adds a nice interest.

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  56. Sweet cards and I'm going to use the partial dry embossing technique tonight! Thanks for the inspiraion!

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  57. GREAT cards! Love that partial embossing technique! Thanks for the inspiration to get those out and give it a try! Great blog hop! Loving all the ideas! TFS!

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  58. Super cute. I am inspired to make some cards now and keep them on hand for those times when someone just needs a little pick me up. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

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  59. I must try repeat stamping. Thanks.

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  60. LOVE the cut outs and the colors you chose for them and the lettering. Thanks for giving my creative juices a kick start!!

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  61. Toucan do it is like you are cheering for someone

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  62. Such cute cards & really liked the idea of grounding the image on the stack of words! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  63. Very clever! Would love a demo of this technique.

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  64. Such unique cards. I love the repeated sentiments. Simon's Encouraging Words release is wonderful!

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  65. Adorable! Love the repetition!

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  66. what a lovely collection of cute cards. Love them all:)

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  67. Love this release! Encouraging words for the win!

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  68. I love the repeat stamping idea with the embossing framing it out!

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  69. Cute cards...love the animals and this "Encouraging Words" release!

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  70. I love this stamp set! Cute cards!

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  71. What a great technique to use in multiple ways. (I CAN DO THIS!) I love these cards and the cute animals.

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  72. Heather, your cards are so cute! I love the partial embossing on the sides of your cards and how you built up the sentiments so your Encouraging Animals would have something to stand on. I also saw your Kindness Matters cards with the rainbow from yesterday. Swoon! They are absolutely fabulous! I loved that die already, but seeing it with the rainbow put me over the top!!!

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  73. These animals are adorable! I love how you showcased them in this set of cards.

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  74. I love these designs, and the repeated sentiments adds such a nice touch to them. Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  75. Cute colorful cards.. Loved the embossed borders.. <3

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  76. This is a lovely set of cards Heather, I love the toucan card and it's clean white background with the pop of colour from the toucan.

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  77. Cute cards! I love the partial embossed backgrounds!

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  78. Your cards are simple, yet colorful and creative. Love it.

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  79. What a great idea to use embossing folders this way. I love the cards, the animals are so cute.

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  80. Love what you've created! Super sweet and fun cards! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  81. Cute cards! Love how you multiple stamped the sentiment and I especially love the toucan card.

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  82. What a clever way to use embossing folders! The textures added to the mood of the card without taking to much away from the focal point. Especially the whale and the bear! TFS😊

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  83. Omg very cute card set I love how you made these and the colors and creative way you designed them very cute thanks for sharing.
    Have a blessed day!
    Kimberly Ostgard

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  84. Super cute cards, love the finishing details!

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  85. What a cute idea, I love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  86. What a great idea, I would have never thought about embossing like that!

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  87. Your cards are so cute and made me smile!

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  88. Never understood that You're the bees knees phrase until now - it's the part that is sweetest since their knees are where they carry the honey. My grandson has many parts like that but his fat little legs are the best! LOL

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  89. What unique and fun cards. I have a lot of embossing folders and really enjoy using them. I like the added texture it gives and you proofed it with your cards. Great coloring. Thanks for sharing.

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  90. Love the repeated sentiments! Thank you for sharing these cards!

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  91. Love the "Rough Day" card. My husband always says rough when something is tuff or hard. Thought it was cute.

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  92. Your cards are wonderful. I really like the partial embossing technique you did.

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  93. What great cards. Love they way they are embossed.

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  94. Great idea for using embossing folders!

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  95. I love the partial embossing idea!

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  96. Totally love these and love the way you did the embossing. Cool!!!!!

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  97. Heather, what a great design idea to have all these fun images sitting atop a stack of sentiments. Thanks for sharing these delightful cards and great design idea.

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  98. I have never tried using my embossing folders this way, but I will now. This idea is perfect for the characters in this stamp set. Darling!

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  99. Some people wonder why handmade cards cost so much. To those people, I always refer them to a blog because you list all the products used and your creative process. Then, it all makes sense!! Your cards are so cute. #EncouragingWords

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  100. I love the bear card actually all of them! Thank you for sharing. Stacked sentiments offer a great way to make a card!

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  101. Wowzers! I love love your encouraging and fun cards. If I win, I'd make MANY sets of these and give then to Childre's hospital so that the kids could be encouraged while on their stays.

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  103. Great cards! The encouraging animals are so cute. Love the stacked sentiments as well.

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  104. You cards are too cute! I love the added dry embossing on each background!

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  105. Really cute cards. Love the sentiments.

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  106. Love the card colors and color combinations

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  107. Beautiful cards!! Super cute!! Love the bees card.

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  108. Such cute cards!! Great idea for using embossing folders! Thanks for sharing!!! Have great weekend!!
    Hugs
    Pam Allen

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  109. Such fun cards. Love those cute animals and the punny sentiments!

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  110. These cards are not only encouraging, they are delightful, too! I love the way you used the sentiments multiple times on the cards. I want to get more skilled at doing that technique because it really makes an impact. I also love the addition of a wood feel to the Bear Hugs cards. :) I really like all of them and know they would brighten someone's day to receive them!!

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  111. These cards are adorable!! You took a simple design and really made it pop with the embossing and little details at the bottom! I love it! Thanks for sharing your creativity and talent!

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  112. Fantastic take on partial embossing and fabulous way to incorporate the matching sentiments without adding a lot of bulk!

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  113. Such a cute idea, for simple and colorful cards!!

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  114. What a precious set of cards. They are delightful. The multiple sentiment stamping is a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  115. The delightful assortment of cards you've designed would be marvelous for my niece and nephew's classmates, teachers AND the two of them, not to mention others who need a pick-me-up or shoulder to lean on! Encouraging, inspiring and all around heart-warming. Thank you!
    Hugs~carol

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  116. Adorable all. This is a very clever way to showcase these critters. Thanks for sharing these encouraging cards.

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  117. Adorable cards! Love the partial embossing - must try!

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  118. Really cute cards. Love the animal stamps.

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  119. Great ideas! I plan to use the partial embossing and the stacking sentiments. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  120. " Love Triumphs Hate " my encouraging words today :)

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  121. Loved all your cards and wonderful ideas of how to showcase the image as they are so darn cute. Thanks

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  122. I've never seen this partial embossing technique before. I love it!

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  123. Great cards. I love the symmetry .

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  124. Aww these are so cute, I love those critters!

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  125. very simple and nice cards, thank you

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  126. Heather, will definitely try the partial embossing technique. Thx!

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  127. Love ALL your cards! Great use of the products!

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  128. Those little critters are absolutely adorable and I love the projects you created with them. The sentiment repetition really makes it impactful!

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  129. Oh Wow!!! Your cards are super Awesome!! I love the repeated words under these super cute critters!!!

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  130. Such cute cards Heather. Love the partial embossing.

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  131. Great cards with such an impact!

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  132. Heather, I love your whimsical encouraging cards. Thank you for sharing how you did them.

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  133. Oh WOW your cards are all SO CUTE!!!!!

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  134. So cute and fun. The embossing is just the perfect touch on each card!

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  135. Cute cards. Love the critter, and I love how you created the focus with the partial embossing technique.

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  136. I love all of these. The bear hugs is my favorite. The partial embossing is really nice. http://bunnyscards1.blogspot.com

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  137. wow! totally fabulous and cool cards! I love the new sentiments. I really love the whole release! I want to order every single thing! thanks for sharing these great inspirations with us! hugs, treen

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  138. Partial embossing! I love it! Super cute cards, will be back for a visit!

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  139. Partial embossing! I love it! Super cute cards, will be back for a visit!

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  140. These are so sweet and love the idea of the repeat sentiment stamping, really drives that message home!!

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  141. I love these images and you've made some really adorable cards with them! This is my favourite set of the release!

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  142. Those critters are adorable! So are your cards. I have to get to my craft room and try some partial embossing now.

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  143. Oh, more cute cards that make me smile and giggle. Thanks so much for sharing the inspiration!

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  144. Eek, they are all too cute! I love the embossing and the adorable little whale is my favorite

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  145. These are sooooo adorable!! I LOVE how you stamped the sentiments! It's amazing how repeating them over and over makes such a spectacular card! This "encouraging words" release is awesome!

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  146. Sweet and simple design...love the clean look! These critters are so cute!

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  147. Hi Heather, Love all your cute cards, they are so sweet, TFS, Cheers Anna.

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  148. The little critters are so darn cute. Great idea to use the partial embossing to give them a home. Such a great release!

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  149. The "bees knees" card is my favorite! So happy and adorable!

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  150. These are all super cute! Great job. I think my favorite is the Bear Hugs :)

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  151. I love the partial dry embossing and the repeated sentiments! TFS!

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  152. Your cards are so cute! Love the partial embossing! The “Encouraging Words” release is so fabulous.

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  153. Love all the critters in this Encouraging Words stamp & die set. The Cook Cat is my favorite image.

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  154. Another fabulous stop on the hop!! I love seeing all these new (new to me at least) techniques everyone is showing. These cards are amazing and so much fun!! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  155. Darling cards. Great embossed backgrounds and fun images and sentiments.

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  156. What a clever way to add dimension Heather! Love the partial dry embossing technique. Thanks for all you share and I hope you continue to be an inspiration to all of us for many more years to come! Wishing you much success in all you do!

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  157. Wonderful cards - LOVE the repeated sentiment with those cute animals - LOVE that puppy!

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  158. Your cards are fabulous. Love the different colors and textures that you used.

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  159. I like the way you matched the embossing folders with the animals, ie., waves with the whale, woodgrain with the bear, etc. All of the cards are colorful and cheerful. Makes one want to have the Encouraging Animals stamp set!!

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  160. Cute cards! I love how you used the embossing folders! Great job!

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  161. Love your partial embossing technique and am going to try it. Cute cards!

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  162. Brilliant!! What a clever idea ! Very well done :) TFS!

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  163. What a clever design! I haven't pulled out my embossing folders in awhile either. I think I might need to give this a go.

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  164. Such fun cards! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

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  165. Encouraging words: Creativity is happiness.

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  166. I love your idea of putting the critters on a pedestal to draw attention to them. Also embossing both sides of the card front is a great idea. I especially liked it when the two sides' embossing was not equally divided, which is very difficult for me to do. Thank you for so many cute, cute, cute cards!

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  167. Love all the little critters - and the sentiments are awesome. Can see making lots of "way to go" cards for the grandkids.

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  168. Love how you've repeated the sentiment under your cute critters. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  169. Very funny cards with the piled-up sentiments !

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  170. Adorable cards!! The repeating sentiments with the matching critter is just too cute!

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  171. I love the cards with the embossing on both sides. The card from earlier in the week... love the cat in the circle. Great cards

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  172. What terrific cards you've made!

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  173. So many fun cards! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!

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  174. What a fantastic set of cards. The backgrounds looks amazing.

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  175. Love your colorful and fun cards - the repeat stamping is very cool and definitely gets the message across! These are just awesome :-)

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  176. Blog hops are so much fun because I love seeing everyone's creativity!

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