April 13, 2017

Altenew 3rd Anniversary Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Altenew 3rd Anniversary blog hop! I am excited to be sharing in the celebration! Make sure to check out the Altenew blog for links to all of the hoppers today - and all of the rest of the days this week! You should have arrived here from Vera's blog.


For my card today I used one of my favourite Altenew stamp sets: Peony Bouquet. I love the large florals in this set and really enjoy colouring them using various colouring mediums.


When I stamped my flowers I knew I wanted to manipulate the stamped lines and make them a lot bolder and darker so I completely covered each of the stamped images with Distress Oxide inks, not worrying that I was really muting the lines.

Once I had the ink down, I used a water spritzer and added water to all of the images to give them a distressed look. I love the added texture and dimension that you get when you add water to these inks. Once I had them all inked and they were dry, I used a 0.5 black Copic Multiliner and traced over all of the flower and leaf lines added thicker lines in various places to really make the black inking the focus of the flowers.


I added a black and white striped paper piece to the side with a strip of sparkle silver cardstock and then I adhered the flowers and leaves to the card base. I stamped and adhered the label sentiment over top with foam adhesive and finished it off with some sparkly gems that I picked up from my local craft store.

Special Offer at Altenew for their 3rd anniversary: 
FREE U.S. shipping with code HAPPY3RD or $5 OFF international shipping with code ANNIVERSARY at checkout. Offer valid from April 11th through April 16th at 11:59 pm EDT. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.

Prizes:
Altenew is giving away $50 gift certificates to FIVE lucky winners. There are also 12 awesome companies who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:


Be sure to leave comments by Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win! 21 WINNERS will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew blog on April 28th, 2017.

The next stop on the hop is: My Sweet Petunia

Happy Hopping!! ;)

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289 comments:

  1. This peony set is my favorite. Love the use of distress oxide inks.

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  2. This card is so pretty - thanks for sharing:)

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  3. These flowers are so bright and tropical! Ready for the summer, and it looks amazing too!

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  4. Great card. Still need to get some Oxides to try out!

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  5. Great use of the oxides. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  6. This is a lovely design with the B&W stripe down the side. Really makes the pretty flowers pop.

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  7. This is so pretty!! LOVE the colors that you used!!!

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  8. Thanks for inspiring me to use my Distress Oxides!!!

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  9. Wonderfully graphic card.

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  10. This is my favorite set from altenew! Beautiful card!

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  11. I like the oxide inks and the black and white strip really makes your images pop.

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  12. Just beautiful!! I need these flower stamps

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  13. I love the combination of the distressed colouring and the bold black and white - wonderful design.

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  14. Beautiful card. Love the distressed look.

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  15. I really want the Distress Oxides. Now seeing them with that stamp set I have an love I think I need them!

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  16. What a pretty card! The black/white stripes really set off the colorful flowers!

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  17. There is so much about this card I want to try! I too love the Distress Oxide but haven't tried your color combo! Going back over the lines really gives the flowers depth.

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  18. Very pretty love the colors and I love this stamp set.

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  19. Loving these 'big' flowers. thanks.

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  20. I love the Peony Bouquet set from Altenew. It's one of my favourites also. I like seeing the Distress Oxide ink in use, looks great!

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  21. I've never gone over stamped lines with a black marker. Great look. Thanks.

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  22. Beautiful card, Stephanie! I love how you re-trace the outlines to give it bolder look!

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  24. The use of the Spiced Marmalade made the blue flowers just pop off the page. Very pretty.

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  25. beautiful colors and your pen outlines really pop those flowers!

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  26. I love your color combination.

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  27. Beautiful cards, they really say spring.

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  28. Where to begin? I ❤️ your color combination and that you retraced the lines to make them bolder after coloring them! The stripe down the edge steers your eyes to the gorgeous 🌺 🌹 🌺! TFS!

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  29. Lovely! So nice to see the oxides used today. Great design!

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  30. Beautiful colors and layout! Love your card!

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  31. Love how you used the Oxide inks for colouring!

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  32. Wonderful card. Love those flowers ♥

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  33. Beautiful! I love the modern look using these florals!

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  34. awesome coloring of your flowers, great flowers great inks!!!

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  35. I love your beautiful creation and that black and white really makes everything POP!

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  36. I just adore the Peony stamp set. You did a great job with the Distress Oxide inks - Thanks for sharing!

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  37. Your card is so rich, just lovely. I would be nervous about tracing in black , don't think my hands are steady enough for that, you did a fantastic job!

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  38. Such a pretty card - love the pale colors!

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  39. Your card is so beautiful! That stamp set is on my wish list!

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  40. Love the look of the oxide ink coloring. Very pretty.

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  41. The distress oxides look beautiful on the peonies!

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  42. Like the pop of orange. This is one of my favorite sets too.

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  43. Love the gorgeous design and the bold colors! Thanks for sharing!

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  44. Nice card. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  45. I'm going to try this, thanks.

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  46. The Peony Bouquet stamps are really pretty.

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  47. Beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration.

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  48. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  49. Your card inspires me! Love it!

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  50. Nice card - love the colours you chose for the flowers!

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  51. Very pretty and
    love the glitter
    strip and the
    black and white
    strip on the
    side.
    Carla from Utah

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  52. So pretty Stephanie and I love that you retraced the lines to give it a bold and more dramatic look. The Peony Bouquet is my all time fav so I was happy to see it used, yet again. I never tire of seeing it used. TFS!

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  53. I'm whipping out my oxide inks right now! Your card coloring really gave me the inspiration boost I needed.

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  54. beautiful card! I am waiting for my Peony Bouquet stamps to arrive and can't wait to play with them:)

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  55. Thank you for the chance to win your giveaway
    Ann

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  56. Botans are one of my favorite flowers...Thanks for sharing!

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  57. This is gorgeous. The flowers are so beautiful and the black and white stripe is just perfect.

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  58. Love the color combination of the flowers. The black and white sets them off just right.

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  59. Beautiful card design and wonderful colors on those flowers.

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  60. Very pretty! Thanks for sharing!

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  61. This is an awesome card! I'll have to try the new Distress Oxides soon.

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  62. Great design work. Thanks for sharing your technique. Love your work with the distress inks.

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  63. Those peonies are soooo pretty! So glad you used the new distress oxides because I would like to try them. The black & white strip on the side is a nice accent!

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  64. Love the colors of the peonies.
    Beautiful card.
    thanks for sharing.

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  65. such a pretty card :) love it! thanks for sharing

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  66. Very pretty card. Just got my distress oxides and am anxious to play with them thanks for the inspiration!

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  67. the black and white stripes accent your pretty flowers so well!

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  68. This is beautiful! Such pretty colors!

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  69. Very pretty. Love colors you used with the contrasting black. Thanks!

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  70. I wondered why your outlining was so bold. Outlining with copics! I learned something new from you today. Your creations are beautiful!

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  71. Wow, that's a lot of work going over all the flower lines, but it really turned out wonderfully. I too live the oxide inks, and all things Altenew. You've inspired me.

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  72. Great colors. Will have to try the distress oxides. Like the way you darkened outlines.

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  73. This peony set is one of my favorites also. Beautiful card. Nice coloring with inks.

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  74. i always like the "pow" black and white add ons give.

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  75. That sentiment says a lot about the design team fro Altenew. Every new project inspires me. Beautiful design!

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  76. These are really beautiful flowers, and I love what you did with them. And I always like how a little black and white makes the colors pop. Lovely. Thank you.

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  77. Peonies are so pretty and you outdid yourself with these!!

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  78. Fun looks with the oxides!

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  79. Nice card! Congrats on all the success Altenew!

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  80. I love peonies, and yours are gorgeous!

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  81. Such a pretty card, that bold stripe of paper really ties it all together!

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  82. Outlining the petals after using the Oxide inks is a wonderful solution as I was trying to figure out how you got such depth and detail to the petals.

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  83. Beautiful card. I have the Peony Bouquet set (I think it's my favorite), and your card has given me inspiration for a new layout.

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  84. The peony bouquet set is also one of my favourites. Interesting effect with the distress oxide inks

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  85. Lovely card, especially with the strip of black and white paper on the side.

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  86. Wonderful colors. Love the black and white stripe at the left. It really pops and provides great contrast to the flowers. Nice work!

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  87. I really like this look, and fairly simple to replicate. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card!

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  88. I like your choice of Distress Oxide inks. They really gave the flowers a bold look that was accented nicely by your added bold lines. Jil

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  89. Love the bold black stamped images. The black striped strip of paper really makes those beautiful peonies pop! I can't wait to try oxide inks for coloring.

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  90. Beautiful work, love your color combination.

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  91. Bold and beautiful! Another fabulous way to color this popular set!

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  92. Love the oxide inks, and your use of color.

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  93. Fabulous flowers and I love the black and White edge.

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  94. What you did with the flowers--oxide ink and added black lining--is stunning. Thanks for sharing this card and your technique for the flowers.

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  95. These peonies are probably the most wonderful of all the Altenew sets, I love seeing new cards using it!

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  96. Your card is so so stunning! I love the flowers and how you colored them.

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  97. This is the first stamp set zI purchased from Altenew so it has a special place in my heart. I really like you colors combination. I will have to CASE it.

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  98. Really Pretty!!! The Oxide inks look Awesome!!

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  99. GORGEOUS Peonies! Love your colors and that strip of silver glittery goodness and black and white striped Designer Paper--love that as an accent!

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  100. Beautiful card and love how you used the distress oxides on the flowers. So pretty!

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  101. Such a gorgeous card!! Love how you used the distress oxides on the flowers.

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  102. Thank you for your time, talent and willingness to share your ideas.

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  103. Bold and gorgeous flowers, great color palette. Love the striking design with the black/white strip!!!

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  104. I've just bought some distress oxides so I loved seeing them used on your card! Now I have to get spiced marmalade though ...

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  105. Love love the flowers and the colors that you picked and that you used the new oxides inks..I have seen them used for backgrounds but glad to see them used for other things..thanks

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  106. Pretty card. I love the design. TFS

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  107. Lovely card with the beautiful flowers! Love the oxide inks! And, love your choice of pretty colors, well done!!

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  108. Gorgeous! Great masking and layering created a lovely bouquet.

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  109. Pretty peonies, love the colors!

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  110. Loved the black outline. This stamp is one of my go to stamps - it is always fun to think of different ways to use it.

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  111. Gorgeous card! I think I need this stamp set - I planted peonies last year and I'm waiting (& hoping) to see them bloom this year!!

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  112. Love that floral set, your card is beautiful!

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  113. Very nice! Doing a bold black outline on the flowers really makes them pop.

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  114. Love the card and the peony set!

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  115. These cards are all so pretty in this hop. Love those Altenew flowers!

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  116. Love your card the flower images are my favorite!! So want to get the altenew flower stamps and inks!!!!

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  117. I love the color combo you've used on this card - so very pretty! Happy Anniversary, Altenew!

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  118. Your card is so pretty!! Love it and Altenew:)

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  119. The mark of an expert letterer... you can trace all those petals and leaves perfectly! Beautiful. :)

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  120. Beautiful card and love the colors!

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  121. Beautiful use of the Distress Oxides!

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  122. Beautiful card. Loving those distress oxides

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  123. Love your beautiful card, and those distress oxide inks are a great, it looks like a must have in your craft room!!

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  124. The peony set is so pretty and what you did with it here really shows it off.

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  126. Thanks for the tips. Your Peonys really are lovely. They are one of my favourite flowers but only grow in the South Island of New Zealand and when its cold.

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  127. Love the color combination! Beautiful card!

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  128. Very pretty Stephanie. Love the bright colors... with the black greeting. The striped border looks nice.

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  129. Your re-tracing with copic multi liner makes a great bold statement!

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  130. Love how you used the oxide inks. Now I'm inspired to try out the oxide inks that are just sitting on my shelf waiting to be used.

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  131. Love the fresh and modern look of your design...the colors just pop!

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  132. Great card - interesting colors. I just love the Peony Bouquet set, thank you for the inspiration.

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  133. Very pretty!!!! Love the colors and the black accents really sets it off nicely. TFS

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  134. This is one of my favorite floral sets, love the bold Colors you used Stephanie! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  135. Very pretty card I would have never used the orange color with the blue, and I really like it.

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  136. Very pretty colors and the floral stamp is so beautiful!

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  137. Beautiful! You are so creative :)

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  138. I like the black and white stripes along the edge.

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  139. Very pretty! Very cool with the oxide inks and going over the outline to really make them pop!

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  140. Pretty card!! I think I must buy some distress oxide.

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  141. Beautiful CASE flowers. Love that small strip of silver glitter.

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  142. Love the graphic feel of this, the black and white is such a great way to pop the flowers. Very inspired, thank you.

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  143. Great card. Happy anniversary Altenew.

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  144. I am loving how the oxides ink look on the flowers. Just so so pretty!!

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  145. Love your design. . Happy card

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  146. Beautiful cards, amazing coloring!!!

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  147. Great distressed look!

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  148. Need to play more with the oxyde inks great reminder

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  149. Very pretty bouquet- I think Peony Bouquet is one of my fav stamp sets, & your distress coloring is beautiful. I need to decide what I'm going to get... Thanks for sharing & reminding me of another beautiful technique for coloring!

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  150. Just gorgeous in its simplicity!

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  151. beautiful card, thanks for sharing!

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  152. An inspired use of black and white striped paper to highlight the gorgeously colored flowers outlined in black!

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  153. Love the peony stamps! Very pretty

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  154. You've created a stunning card with one of my favourite Altenew sets! Bold and dramatic!
    ~carol

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  155. What a lovely card! Altenew sure does make amazing products and when paired with your talents the creations you make are just absolutely fantastic!

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  156. What beautiful vibrant colors you achieved. And reinforcing the black lines was such a wonderful idea. The flowers are gorgeous and the card is amazing

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  157. So pretty I love this stamp set!

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  158. So pretty! I love this stamp set...one of my favorites.

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  159. Love the color variations on each flower, it really adds some wonderful texture.

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