Thursday, November 29, 2018

Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop Day 1 + Giveaway


 Hello everyone! I'm excited to join the Crafty Friends Blog Hop at the Altenew Card Blog! If you are hopping along from the beginning you should be arriving from the blog of the wildly talented Virginia Lu! (the full hop list is at the end of this post)
We are celebrating the Wonderfully supportive and Happy World-Wide community of CRAFTY FRIENDS with a two day hop!

MANY talented/inspiring artists have shaped my Cardmaking Journey(too many to mention by name here). Some creators I simply admire from afar. While other lovelies, have slowly become friends over the years:) The daily excitement of seeing what is being shared via social media from this Crafty Community is a BRIGHT spot in my life! Crafty friends encourage me to create, simply for the JOY of creating something I LOVE. They challenge me to learn new techniques, and often times, step out of my comfort zone to actually connect with people outside my family realm. yes, I am an introvert, hermit, crazy card lady...
I am grateful to those who purposely reach out to encourage and share a bit of kindness to me and so many other crafters/artists on a daily basis. It warms my heart to be a small part of this happy place! And I look forward to finding new artists every year and watch them WOW us with their very own personal style:)) You can find me on Instagram @mammacooksalot and YouTube: Mamma LauraJane


 In celebration of Friends; I created these for YOU! All are colored with the Watercolor Brush Markers - Spring Garden Set
I have a short video featuring the cards from this post:) Watch it below, or in HD on on my Youtube channel.




First, Life is beautiful with friends like you:


Altenew Supplies: 
Party Time Die for the sequins


To make this card:


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Next, YOU inspire me:

Altenew Supplies: 
Perfectly Perfect Stamp & Die Bundle
Feeling Dotty Stencil
Artist Markers to color the enamel dots

I thought the card looked nice both long ways and up-right.  Which way do think it looks best?
Did you know that the Enamel Dots can be colored with the Artist Markers to match your projects perfectly? A tip I learned from the ever helpful Lydia Evans from one of her FaceBook Live videos..  

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Finally, Thanks x 2


Altenew Supplies: 
A Gift for you stamp set...a set not sold, but sent to those who order regularly from Altenew.com store directly.

Your next stop on the hop is Simon Says Stamp!
Thank you Sponsors!!

*There are also 12 awesome friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:
My Sweet Petunia: 3 MISTI stamping tools(Memory, Original, and Mini)
Jennifer McGuire Ink: Altenew $50 gift certificate & 10 handmade cards
Online Card Classes: 3 class spots
Create and Craft TV: £50 gift certificate
Ellen Hutson LLC: $30 gift certificate
Chameleon Art Products: 1 pack of 5 Chameleon Pens
Stamp & Scrapbook Expo: $25 gift certificate
Butterfly Reflections Ink: $25 gift certificate
Simon Says Stamp: $25 gift certificate
Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine: 2 copies of Scrapbook & Cards Today Fall 2018 issue
Scrapbook.com: $25 gift certificate
Tombow USA: 1 pack of 10 Dual Brush Pens


Prizes, Prizes, and More Prizes from Altenew! Be sure to leave comments by Sunday, December 9th, 2018 for a chance to win!
37 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on all of these blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on December 15th, 2018.
*Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners
*one Altenew Academy class to 5 lucky winners
ONE more Giveaway $20 gift certificate to one comment right here on my blog! I will announce the winner here by 12/9/2018.

Edited for WINNER:

My winner of the $20 gift certificate at Altenew is....
What a gorgeous group of cards - the colours are so bright and sunny, you would not be able to help but smile to receive one of those!
***CONGRATULATIONS NOXPlease contact winner@altenew.com by 12/20/2018 with the subject line Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop Winner from LauraJane's Blog.
HAPPY SHOPPING :)


Blog Hop Order:
As always, thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of the hop!!!

Hope your Day is Blessed


FREE U.S. shipping with code CRAFTY18 
or $5 OFF international shipping with code FRIENDS18   at checkout. 
Offer valid from 11/29/2018 at 12:01 am EST through 12/1/2018 at 11:59 pm EST. 
Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes

****I am part of Altenew's affiliate program. Which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you every time you click through and purchase product(s) linked in this post. Thank you for your support!


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179 comments:

  1. I am always so inspired by your creations--thank you.

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  2. What fun! Thank you for the lovely inspiration and the giveaways!!

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  3. He he Laura I could relate with you in many ways ! Being an introvert ,enjoying more with crafty friends and looking forward to getting inspired everyday.You are one of the Crafters who inspire me a lot through their work.I loved the trio of cards you shared today..they are beautiful.

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  4. I like the idea of embossing on half of the sentiment on the last card. The cards are beautiful.

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  5. Wow, the colors!!!!! Beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. The detailed coloring of your cards is absolutely gorgeous! Some of the most beautiful I've seen!

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  7. Wow, the depth you got on those flowers with your color choices... that's amazing. Beautful cards.

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  8. You are amazing with a watercolor brush in hand! Beautiful color!

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  9. Gorgeous cards! I love all the flowers!!

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  10. The coloring and details of these cards is phenomenal! Such gorgeous samples! Thanks for sharing your technique!

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  11. These cards are so beautiful! Love the colors you used and the card designs are very creative.

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  12. Such vibrant colors! Love these.

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  13. stunning set of Spring cards - the designs and coloring are fantastic

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  14. Yu are such an amazing colorer Laura Jane, beautiful cards!

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  15. The way you color your flowers is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for your inspiration, Laura!

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  16. Such wonderfully warm colours - and great colouring.

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  17. Your cards are always so beautiful!Thanks for the inspiration! What a wonderful blog hop to celebrate this great international crafty community! You have become a friend with a special place in my heart even though I've never met you :)

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    1. Thank you Carol, You have blessed me so this year!

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  18. just beautiful. I like it up right - so pretty.

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  19. These are all simply stunning!! Love all the designs, the coloring and your used of the stencils as well as they way you used the pinstripe stamp.

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  20. Thank you for sharing these beautiful cards and for the tips in the video! Though I don't have a blog and am not very tech savvy, I appreciate all of you crafty friends who are willing to create and share and inspire us. Your blog is an inspiration to me!

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  21. Wow, love the colors! Very beautiful🙂

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  22. I love your cards! You put a lot of work into those. I am impressed!

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  23. Wow! Your artwork is so very impressive. Those cards are just stunning. I didn't know I love orange so much! Thanks for the video. I learned so much.

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  24. Your cards are beautiful and the detail is amazing! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  25. Wow! Your cards are absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. I am just blown away by your beautiful creations! I love how you mixed patterns in the last card.

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  27. Wow The cards are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing with us

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  28. Love the black and gold/orange color combination!

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  29. Fantastic cards - I had no idea you could achieve such a beautiful flowers with waterbrush markers!

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  30. Such beautiful backgrounds. I feel inspired.

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  31. new to this site and so inspired. Now I must add to my order. Your cards are beautiful

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  32. These cards are STUNNING! I especially love the orange and yellow color palette. Beautiful!

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  33. Stunning colors on your flowers! Loved that you had a color palette next to the image.

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  34. Your card is so vibrant! It jumps off the page!

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  35. No matter how you turn card number 2 it looks awesome. Beautiful cards.

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  36. Wow!I wish I could color as well as you. Beautiful cards.

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  37. A visit to your page is candy to one's eyes.... your work is so wonderful. These flowers look like you could pick them from the page. This hop is a perfect place for you our crafty friend. Thank you.....

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  38. Wow..your colors are so vibrant, your cards just shine!

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  39. Oh...How...Stunning! These quite take my breath away with all the detail and the fabulous sunny colors! Well done friend! I'm pinning these to my Cards to CASE board:) Thank you!

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  40. All I can say is Wow, you blew me away with these cards, they are just so beautiful.

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  41. This is such a bright and beautiful card.

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  42. Look what you did with Altenew water color markers! It is spectacular!

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  43. Wish I had your talent. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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  44. WOW! Stunning use of color -- beautiful cards!

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  45. Oh, wow! These are just beautiful!!

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  46. I love these blog hops because I always discover amazing new-to-me crafters, like you! LOVE these cards - they are stunning!

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  47. Your cards are so happy and cheerful, thank you for sharing!

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  48. Beautiful work, love the color combos and composition

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  49. Lovely cards. I especially like the You Inspire Me. It would work equally both ways - just gorgeous.

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  50. love the cards and such wonderful vibrant colors thank you for sharing

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  51. Oh my word!! These are my favorite so far on the hop. What STUNNING design!!

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  52. The colors and coloring are great on all your cards!

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  53. These cards are so beautiful I can hardly believe it!! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  54. The colors are SO WARM AND RICH! Just gorgeous! So much detail!!!

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  55. Stunning cards they are absolutely beautiful

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  56. So beautiful. Gorgeous colors. Love the layouts

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  57. Your backgrounds are all perfect! to set off your flowers. I seem to prefer horizontal because it is more peaceful but I think my fave is the diagonal, wow, what pizazz it hazz!

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  58. Very pretty. I like the vibrant oranges.

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  59. Love your style! Your cards are beautiful!

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  60. The colors are so vibrant - a real show stopper !

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  61. Your cards are beautiful. Thank you for sharing them!

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  62. Oh my, what beautiful cards! The coloring is exquisite and the colors so vibrant. tfs

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  63. Oh my word your color marker work is gorgeous and the color palettes you have chosen are so yummy!!

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  64. Wow! Gorgeous cards!! The flowers are super pretty in your coloring!! <3

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  65. Love the color combinations!!!! Beautiful cards

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  66. The colors of these cards are gorgeous.

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  67. Beautiful cards! Love the second card best Up right, of course it is awesome both ways.
    Thanks so much for sharing...

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  68. Wow, Your cards are amazing and the colors so vibrant and sunny! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  69. I really love your cards. The colors are beautiful.

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  70. Just getting started with watercolor markers. I am hoping to use your ideas to color my own flower cards.

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  71. Amazing, amazing cards Laura .You are such an gifted artist and crafter and my all time favorite crafty inspiration too!.I always look forward to your creations :)

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  72. Laura Jane...what an amazing explosion of color...so beautiful, each and every one!

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  73. Gorgeous cards. I love that you used yellow and oranges for your colors. They look so Spring like. Thanks for sharing your time and talent with us.

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  74. wow - love to see these beautiful creations - great cards LauraJane - love this community...xx

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  75. Stunning! I love the gorgeous yellow tones, so bright and cheery!

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  76. Wow! Love how bright and cheerful your cards are. I absolutely adore the vibrant colours you have used!

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  77. Thank you for the video, it was good to watch your initial work with the watercolor brushes. Loved seeing your final cards, they are so beautiful!

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  78. OMGosh!! such bright and sunny cards, so beautiful!

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  79. Fabulous cards, thanks for sharing, your colouring skills are just awesome!

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  80. These three cards are beautifully colored! Thanks for sharing your techniques with us!

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  81. Oh! Your coloring is gorgeous with the Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers!!!

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  82. I love these blog hops because I find new artists! Your cards are gorgeous!

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  83. So vibrant! My favorite is the thank you x2!!!

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  84. Your watercolored flowers are just gorgeous. Such beautiful cards. I love how you added so many extra elements. Thank you for sharing.

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  85. Love the watercolored flowers, just perfect color combe and coloring. Thanks for sharing your designs

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  86. Oh LauraJane, these could not be more beautiful,a both the stamps you used and the colours and water colouring! Oh how you always amaze me with your talent...GORGEOUS WORK!

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  87. Stunning!! I love how the sunny colors you used brightened up my mood.

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  88. I’ll bet the colour blending took some practice, though you made it look so easy. Not sure I’d ever be able to pull it off, but I won’t know if I don’t try. Thanks for the wonderful video. (p.s. agreed, the card looks great either way).

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  89. Yellow and orange and pinks always make me happy! Love every one of your cards.

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  90. Wow these are just stunning, beautiful blending and design of the cards!

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  91. The flowers are gorgeous.
    Fantastic shading and coloring.
    I have the pens but haven't
    tried them yet. You gave me
    the push to get them out and
    start playing.
    thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Jump in there Mary! Enjoy the learning process and share your work please! Tag me on IG so I won't miss out :)

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  92. WOW! These are so gorgeous, love the colors! :)

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  93. I see a lover of cheerful yellow! beautiful and warm

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  94. It is a cold and dreary day here, so I am loving these bright sunny, happy cards! Your flowers are just so lovely, as always!

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  95. Beautiful bright colors! Thank you!

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  96. Comment added for Pram Andi from an e-mail.
    "What gorgeous cards! I love them all!
    Thanks for the giveaway "
    By El Rincón de Pram

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  97. What a gorgeous group of cards - the colours are so bright and sunny, you would not be able to help but smile to receive one of those!

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  98. I love your bright juicy colors! This is awesome!

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  99. WOW! So much amazing detail on your cards! So lovely!

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  100. Holy Cow! Your work is beautiful, watching you was inspiring and oh how lovely those stamps are. What a pleasure to see this.

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  101. Love the bright and cheerful colors on these beautiful cards!

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  102. Beautiful cards and nice watercoloring! I really would like to try those watercolor brushes! Thanks for sharing!

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  103. Wow! Your color choices are right up my alley! I love fall colors, they are so cheerful. TFS!

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  104. Love the yellow/orange color combinations!

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  105. LauraJane, like you I am an introvert as well, and am so thankful for the wonderful people I have met through the paper industry... They are so kind and giving! Your cards are amazing! I meant it too! Wow!

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  106. Gorgeous water colored images on these beautiful cards. I love the embossing paste on top of the background, it makes the lovely flowers pop. The second card is my favorite, love the backgrounds here: I think I like it portrait style better but pretty either way. The pinstripe background that you did twice to make a check-like print is brilliant! Thank you for all your inspiration today and always.

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  107. Oh my gosh those flowers are fantastic. LOVING the bold colours.

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  108. Love your coloring technique! you're very talented!

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  109. This card trio is very VIBRANT! Love your style!

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  110. Hi Laura Jane. You must be in flower heaven being part of Altenew - I don't know of any other company that has as many stunning flower stamps and dies and the variety of styles is amazing. Your cards are stunning and so beautifully coloured. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us all.

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    1. Thank you Bev. I feel so blessed to be Guest Designing for Altenew. Creating with thier floral stamps and dies is always a pleasure!

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  111. What a pretty set of cards...love the beautiful results and the various techniques you used.

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  112. I love how you colored these images. :) Very pretty cards!

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  113. Beautiful, sunshiney, summery cards! A perfect antidote to the season we're in.

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  114. Stunning colors! Amazing cards!!!

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  115. You are amazingly talented; the watercoloring on the flowers is stunning! Your second card is my favorite. I love the flowers in the Perfectly Perfect stamp set, and I think I prefer the card in the landscape position. Thanks for sharing!

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  116. Enjoying the Crafty Friends blog hop! So many fabulous creations! Love your beautiful floral cards!

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  117. These cards are lovely! Your coloring skill is superb, leaving parts of the flowers white makes them so much prettier

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  118. Oh my goodness! GORGEOUS cards!!! It makes me wish spring would hurry up and get here, like right now!!! Love the designs, the brilliant color--everything! TFS--have a blessed weekend.

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  119. Wow! These are stunning! Your coloring is some of the best I've seen! I love the vivid colors and the shading is superb! Do you have coloring tutorials? I just got a set of Arteza brush markers and have no idea how to use them. The one time I tried was disastrous and now I'm hesitant to use them.

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    1. Hello Annette! I do have a few coloring videos on my YouTube channel using the Zig Real brush watercolor markers. They are what I feel most comfortable using since practicing with them for several years. I tried the Arteza brand as well and found them to be very frustrating due to the brush tip fanning out most unexpectedly :( The Altenew Watercolorbrush Markers do not do that. They are juicy and do take practice controlling the flow, but I LOVE how quickly color can be laid down. Let it dry and then return for more detailed coloring. As anything in art, it takes practice, and no fear! It's just paper after all:) sorry I'm so long winded. I encourage you to jump in and color!

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  120. The colors are bold and stand out. Love it!

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  121. This card would surely brighten anyone’s day!

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  122. These cards are gorgeous! I love your coloring, but I think I'm even more amazed at your backgrounds and how you put things together - incredible work!

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  123. your beautiful colors and wonderful layers made some very gorgeous cards
    thanks for sharing
    Barb Housner

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  124. Awesome cards. Love design and color.

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  125. WOW - beautiful colors - just stunning. Thank you for sharing.

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  126. I don't know how you do it every time, but yet again you managed to totally blow my mind with your creations! These are too amazing for words!!!

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  127. You created some stunning cards for this blog hop, I will be following your blog in the future!

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  128. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards with all of us--so inspiring!

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  129. Great job with the bright color and light distress. Cool

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  130. It's so lovely seeing such bright colours and wonderful designs during the cold months! Thank you for sharing and inspiring!

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  131. such pretty cards. they really pop

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  132. These are gorgeous, one and all, but I'm particularly fond of You Inspire Me... WOW!!

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  133. Wow..beautiful cards...love the colors...

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  134. Absolutely lovely cards! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  135. Oh wow LauraJane, your colouring is breathtaking. What a vibrant and awesome colours you used,the technique is also so great and your video is a real inspiration and learning moment for me. Thank you so much for your time and effort.

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  136. Wowza! Wowza! Wowza! LauraJane your cards are absolutely stunning! I'm so glad you didn't ask us to choose a favorite. I don't think I could. I. love. all. three. Thanks for sharing the inspiration :)

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  137. 3 gorgeous cards, Laura Jane!! all the texture and beautiful coloring makes them so special!

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  138. So beautiful! Love the colors!

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  139. Beautiful Cards! Thanks for sharing!

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  140. Your cards are stunning! I couldn't pick a favorite. I enjoyed watching your coloring technique on the video. I'm attempting to learn!

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  141. Your cards are beautiful!! I love how you colored your flowers. I just bought the watercolor markers and I am anxious to start using them!!

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  142. These cards are perfectly you. You are such a wonderful member of the crafty community, and I so appreciate how you share your creativity with us. I'm always inspired by your perspective on products.

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  143. Absolutely beautiful cards LauraJane. Thank you so much for sharing.
    T x

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  144. Oh wow, such gorgeous cards! I am normally drawn to clean & simple cards but your designs are wonderful!

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  145. These cards are breathtaking!!! I just received these markers and haven’t had a chance to play with them yet...and of course, you make it look easy �� it looks like you use them in a similar way that I’ve seen Altenew’s alcohol markers used. Thank you for sharing your beautiful cards & talent!

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  146. Love how the flowers stand against the bright yet subtle background

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  147. Beautiful cards! Love the cheerful colors.

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  148. Stunning cards, colored beautifully. WOW!!

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  149. Gorgeous cards and lovely colors. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  150. All 3 cards are stunning! I don't usually do much with yellow/orange colors but these beauty's have inspired me to try it. I like the "You Inspire Me" card upright best, mostly because I like the sentiment going up the side lol. Thank you for passing along Lydia's tip for coloring Enamel Dots with the Artist Markers, that's awesome! (mardy14@bellsouth.net)

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  151. Laura Jane, your designs are amazing. They just seem to pop. The colors are gorgeous!!

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  152. Love the cards. You are a coloring genius!

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  153. Ooooh, I absolutely ADORE these colors! Very lovely autumn feel. And wonderful job on the coloring! I am taken away by these lovely three card designs. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  154. Beautifully layered and such pretty coloring with these florals. Thanks for sharing this inspiration with these fun products.

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