Monday, September 8, 2014

Card Mania GDT - Sketch Challenge

Hello Everyone!

Welcome back to another fun challenge over at Card Mania Challenges! This is my third appearance as Guest Designer, this time it is CHALLENGE #55 - SKETCH CHALLENGE and you should see the gorgeous creations the DT came up with! I will show you the sketch in a minute. First, a bit about my card.

I really wanted to give the Tim Holtz style another go. I was trying to concentrate on Tim's style of collage backgrounds by layering stamps and stencils to get a 'messy' look. I am a newbie at Tim's techniques, but I have really been inspired by some truly wonderful artists. I would like to send my heartfelt thanks out to these ladies for showing me that 'messy' can be beautiful.

Thank you IngridDonnaNikki and Bonnie for inspiring me to do more than I thought I could. If you haven't had the chance to visit these ladies, I really recommend you do, I think you will be just as inspired as I am!


Here is the sketch that they provided. This challenge is sponsored by Crafts & Me. I sure hope you will pop on over and enter your cards, I would love to see what you come up with!!

  

- for my paper leaves, I took burgundy, orange, yellow and green paints and smeared them all over my kraft mat. Then I took my paper and smooshed it down into the paint until I got the look that I wanted. I stamped the leaves using Inkadinkado Decomposed Foliage stamp set with Ranger Perfect Medium then embossed them with Ranger Platinum embossing powder. They were fussy cut.

- the twig die is Nellie Snellen Bare Branch.


- I made the key hole embellishment using polymer clay and a silicone mold. I painted it white, then stained it with Tim Holtz distress ink Aged Mahogany and inked up the edges with Gathered Twigs. Then I coated it with Ranger Crackle Accents and let it dry. I used Forest Moss distress stain and rubbed it into the cracks, then dabbed on some Picket Fence paint to take the shine off and highlight the raised portions.

- I also used the Platinum embossing powder to change the colour of the two brads, the leaf charm, key charm and the filigree metal embellishments (they were all bronze before). I also sprinkled on some pewter German Glass Glitter while they were still hot, to give them a little texture and sparkle.


- the fern leaf is made from polymer clay and a Martha Stewart mold. I painted it with Gesso for texture, then stained it with Tim Holtz Peeled Paint distress stain. Then I flicked some orange, burgundy and yellow paint on it and embossed the edges with the Ranger Platinum embossing powder. It's hard to see the beautiful shimmer of the metallic embossing.

- the ribbon was coloured with Tim Holtz distress inks Aged Mahogany, Peeled Paint, Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade.


This marks the start of another month and another new challenge over at The Mixed Media Card Challenge. This month it's The Mixed Media Card Challenge - Autumn Colors with the option to add metal or leaves...I added both in spades. This was my inspiration for choosing an autumn theme. My first autumn card ever, by the way!


- this was probably the most fun I've ever had making background panels! First, all my paints in swooshes and smudges and splatters. Then some highlights with distress stains and inks. Then I did some stamping and some stencilling, then I flicked and splattered and swooshed some more! What a hoot!!

- I used some home-made texture paste and and the Harlequin stencil to add another layer of design and texture, then while the paste was still wet, I added some pewter German Glass Glitter for some sparkle. I edged all the panels with Gathered Twigs distress stain, then applied some Platinum embossing powder here and there for some metallic highlights.



I am really excited to get another opportunity to enter a card into the fabulous Vintage Journey challenge blog. This time, their challenge is A Vintage Journey - Challenge #14 - With A Flourish.


I don't have any flourish dies, so instead, I used every flourish stencil and stamp that I have. I used Picket Fence distress paint for the stencils and Gathered Twigs Distress ink for the stamps. I also added some filigree metal flourish embellishments.

Lots of folded sections coming up, so lots of pictures.




- the sentiments were done by hand using an alphabet stamp set from StudioG.




I tried to continue the same feel, theme and colours throughout the card, but also tried to make every panel different and unique. I sure hope you enjoyed the 'messy' side of me!




I am also entering my card into the following wonderful challenges:

- Really Reasonable Ribbon - Challenge #102 - Autumn Colors with Ribbon or Trim

(classic autumn – warm golds, oranges and reds; the rich hues of trees in the fall)



That's it for today. Thank you for stopping in and for all the amazing comments. I read and appreciate every single one! If you have any questions, please let me know.


120 comments:

  1. This is absolutely, jawdroppingly, stunning, Pamellia! I love all the textures - the skeleton leaves, the keyhole, the filigree corners, the distressing, - oh, I could go on and on! And that's before I get to all those lovely folded panels. Wonderful mixed media card - thanks for joining us at the Mixed Media Card Challenge.

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    1. Wow, thank you so much Shirley! What a wonderful compliment to start my day! hugs :)

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  2. This is a beautiful mess, Pamellia. Your cards are always amazing, labor of hard work and this is no exception! The colors here are so vibrant and not your usual soft pastels...love it. Sent you a friend request on FB. Have an amazing crafty week ahead, Hugs.

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    1. Thank you so much Rupa, you're right...completely opposite of my normal style! Sorry, I don't use FB, but it's sweet of you! (the account is there for emergencies only, stopped using it years ago) big hugs :)

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  3. A very lush and dimensional autumnal piece - FABULOUS

    Kathyk

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  4. Absolutely stunning ... Love everything here ... I think you are going to have to have another blog just for your wins! This is surely another! Well done Pamellia!!

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    1. Aahhh, thanks Ros, that is so sweet! big hugs :)

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  5. Oh my goodness Pamellia!!! This is such a pretty mess! :) I love all the layers and colors! What a gorgeous fall card! The folded parts of the card are amazing and all the embellishments on the card are to die for! THE BOW!! oh my goodness THE BOW!! You sure know how to make a stunning bow, no matter what the theme is...Love it, love it, love it!!! Hugs :) Samra

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    1. You sure know how to make me smile Samra! Thank you so much for that, big crafty hugs to you :)

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  6. What gorgeous colours Pamellia. I am so loving those leaves and the shabby bow. A stunning card. xx

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  7. Pamellia,I think you will find it's YOU that have inspired all of us!! I am lost for words,this is one of the most stunning creations I have ever seen. The colours and leaves are sooooo gorgeous,just like a forest floor in the Autumn. You have seriously got to put this on a wall as pride of place,it's so beautiful. You are going to win everything with this one and you deserve too :))

    Extra big hugs

    Donna xxx

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    1. Oh my gosh, I sure did miss your visits!! After seeing so many of your gorgeous makes, you really did inspire me to try this style. I'm honoured that you love it! Thank you so much Donna for all your inspiration and your praise! Big crafty bear hugs to you :)

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  8. STUNNING and very inspiring...love these colours and those leaves are just so beautiful...xx

    The Journey is the Start

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  9. Gorgeous and stunning creation, fabulous fall colours and love the layers and your embellishments.
    Thank you for your fresh inspirations for all of us;-))m

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  10. Hi there, my dear friend! What a stunner!!! I got so excited seeing this you have no idea! The colours, the grungy distressed look... just amazing! It must have taken you ages to create this! You inspire me every time you post something new, I'm glad you have found some of my work inspiring though and I appreciate your kind comment. Thank you ;) Extra big hugs!! xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Ingrid! It took me about 11 hours spread over 3 days to do this one. I usually have a good idea of what my end project will look like so going through the steps is a matter of labour, but flying by the seat of your pants is new to me, so I found myself going really slowly...ironic right! So honoured you like it! Big crafty hugs friend :)

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  11. Hellooooooooo Pamellia of course messy is beautiful and soooooooo much FUN!!!!!
    What an amazing card love all the hidden sides and beautiful detailing it's just gorgeous now go get messy I want to see more hahahaha
    Jacki x

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    1. Aahhh, thanks Jacki! It really was a lot of fun, although I stressed a lot too. Next time I think I will have more confidence and be able to enjoy the messy ride more! Big hugs :)

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  12. Mixed Media suite you! I love all the textures and layers, gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing your talent with us this week at Mixed Media Card Challenge!

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    1. Thank you so much Charlene! I really enjoyed my first autumn project! hugs :)

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  13. Beautiful Pamillia - love how you have adapted your style for autumn! Nikki x

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  14. So sorry, spelt your name wrong! Pamellia!

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    1. No worries, even I spell it wrong sometimes! lol

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  15. Absolutely glorious Pamellia. Love the colours and the design is just out of this world gorgeous!! xx

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  16. Wow! Another stunning creation Pamellia, such gorgeous colours and fabulous details.
    Pauline
    x

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  17. Well wow from me too and its a loud one! It may be 20.07 in the evening but I think you just woke me up! ADORE all your amazing shades, patterns, inkings etc not to mention all those nifty secret folds. I'm blown away with its beauty Pamellia. Awesome work. Nicola x

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    1. Nicola, you are so sweet! Thank you so much for all the wonderful compliments...not just today, but on all of your visits! Big bear hugs to you :)

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  18. So stunningly beautiful! I adore that you have used silver with the autumn colours....so effective and gorgeous, love the skeleton leaf stamps used. WOW!!! Ruth x

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  19. Well Pamellia, I think you should do more in the style of Mr Holtz! This is a gorgeous creation, the colours, the stenciling, the shape and style of your beautiful card - everything, in fact! It is a big wow from me too!

    Thank you so much for joining in our challenge at a Vintage Journey, I do hope we see more of you there. Anne xx

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    1. Thank you so much Anne! I've only recently found you, but I'm so glad I did, you are a true artist and I thank you for your wonderful words, they mean so much to me! hugs :)

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  20. Okay... I think you better start giving lessons on all these good things... WOW Pamellia this is spectacular in all ways... the backgrounds are yummy plus with all the stenciling and texture .... love the colors, the stamping etc... all making a 'simple' layer of goodness... and then you continue to add more and more... it is really an outstanding piece... LOVE IT ALL My good friend...Thanks for the Kudos, but I think you are the one that `00% created this masterpiece... it truly delicious and GREAT... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

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    1. Bonnie, you make my heart sing when I read your wonderful comments! You are so kind and sweet and I admire you and your work so very much! big crafty hugs to you my friend :)

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  21. WOW! This is truly amazing Pamellia. The colours are stunning, I love all the textures and gorgeous detailing too.
    I really do like the way you show so many photos of your work so we can see every detail so clearly.
    Sue xx

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    1. Aahhh, thank you Sue! I actually wonder sometimes if I overdo it with the photos, it's nice to hear that you like them. After I give the cards away, these photos are my keepsakes, so they're for me a a bit too. hugs :)

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  22. So many different techniques ... And you rocked each and every one of them. Stunning work!
    Big crafty hugs to you! xx

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  23. Hi Pamellia
    A veritable piece of Autumn. You can almost hear the rustle of some leaves (or is that just Mr Duck in the fridge lol?)
    Its a true work of art Pamellia and I do wonder if Mr J gets a hot meal these days as it must take ages to put these beauties together.
    Best wishes.
    Ang x

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    1. hahaha, thanks Ang! So very true about my hubby and his dinners, they have been a little delayed recently, but I think he's OK with that...he says he hasn't seen my enjoy myself this much in years. You know what they say...a happy wife means a happy life (plus I get more take out and less dirty dishes) tee hee. Hugs :)

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  24. amazing card Pamellia. So much detail, super autumn colours. xx

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  25. A stunning piece, fantastic textures layers.
    Yvonne

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  26. So wonderful to see all of your card in its full beauty! Fabulous! Special feature I enjoyed-the platinum embossed leaves are stunning!...reminds me of frost. Also over the top are the embellishments on which you used the crackle.

    I love while you took inspiration from Tim, your own personal style continues to be the real shine in your work. Good for you to remain true to your own artistic sense! Thanks for playing in another Mixed Media Card Challenge!...Jan

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    1. Thank you so much Jan, what a wonderful compliment! hugs :)

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  27. Wow, this is absolutely amazing, Pamellia. Wonderful colour scheme--it screams 'Autumn' to me right away. Love the torn paper edges. Terrific job on the different textures on your card and the gorgeous details. I really love it!
    Thanks for coming over to play with us at the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge.
    Hugs,
    Norma

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  28. WOW! This is stunning!!!

    Thank you for participating in the Sweet Stampin' Challenge!

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  29. All I can say is WOW!! This is an amazing piece of art Pamellia. LOVE all the colors, layers, techniques ... love everything about it. Your are a true artist! And the way the card opens to reveal another thougthful message is so special. You have inspired me with this Pamellia ... I need to get messy!! Loll xx

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    1. Aahhh, thank you so much Loll, you are just so sweet! hugs :)

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  30. Absolutely LOVE THIS!!! The platinum with the autumnal colours makes such a bold statement yet looks really delicate. The panels that stack and hide your message are so clever. And the embellishments are just perfect. Thank you so much for us at A Vintage Journey. Jenny x

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    1. Thank you so much Jenny! What a wonderful compliment! big hugs :)

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  31. Oh my goodness, this is stunning!! A beautiful autumnal creation!! Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week and hope you'll visit us again soon, love Jacky x

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  32. WOW this is gorgeous Pamellia!! I love the fall colors and all of the fabulous layers! Your embellishments and ribbon are absolutely stunning!
    Hugs, Tammy

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  33. This is absolutely jaw dropping and stunning Pamellia! I love all the textures and colors! WOWZA!!!! I am at a loss for words! Thanks for sharing your talents with us at Just Us Girls!!!

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  34. Wow- LOVE this gorgeous creation! Your attention to detail is just wonderful- loving that you added all of the pictures- so I can drool all over my computer- whoops- I mean so I can see all of the details even closer! Wonderful!

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    1. hahaha, thank you Shelly, for the wonderful compliment and for my morning giggle! hugs :)

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  35. wonderful project, beautiful colors and details astonishing !!

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  36. Another STUNNING project Pamellia!!!!!! The colours are fabulous with the muted touches...you are so very creative!! Thank you for sharing with us at Fussy and Fancy!! Good luck!!
    Take care,
    Beth

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  37. I absolutely love these warm autumnal colours! Such a gorgeous creation and I love your layered background - you've certainly mastered the messy but beautiful look!
    Rebecca.

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  38. Fabulous work!

    Just found your blog, so enjoyed looking around, you make some really lovely cards. I have become a follower so I shall be calling in to see your lovely creations regularly, hope you'll come and visit me too.
    Hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

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    1. Thank you so much Jacee and I welcome you to My Little Craft Things with a big warm smile! :)

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  39. I thoroughly enjoyed "The messy side of you." This card is a wonder! It's as though Jack Frost himself touched it with icy goodness and rich fall color. I've just looked and looked at it. Such wonderful distressing, such amazing use of techniques and a gorgeous design, too. Wow, wow, wow! Thanks for sharing with us at Really Reasonable Ribbon!

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    1. Wow, thanks Kathy! What a wonderful compliment! hugs :)

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  40. Wauw, this is amazing. I love your card with it's mixed medio look to it and the colours. Perfect fit for the SS challenge!
    Thanks for playing with us at Sweet Stampin' for the "Great Outdoors" challenge. Hope you will join us again next week.
    Pia xx

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  41. My Goodness Gracious, Pamellia!! You are one talented young lady! This card is just jaw dropping, mind boggling awesome! You have managed to somehow outdo yourself, and I think you have figured out this grungy Tim thing quite well, while adding your own special femininity that you seem to add to all your work. The layers and depth of each background is amazing! I think Tim would be smart to snatch you up for his team! I cannot wait to see what you do next! Thanks so much for sharing your tremendous talents with all of us! Sara Emily

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    1. Wow Sara, what an amazing compliment!! Thank you so very much, you made my day! big hugs :)

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  42. oh boy, what an amazing card! fabulous details and layers and so much to look at! thanks for playing along with us at MMCC!!!

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  43. Oh my from layers to embellies to colors all is perfect :) such a pretty piece :)

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  44. Stunning card and so much inspiration.
    Julie x

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  45. Wow, this is absolutely stunning!! So many cool details. Wonderful!! Thank you so much for entering our challenge with your beautiful art! :)
    xox

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  46. WOW! Very beautiful! Thanks so much for joining our first challenge at Rubber Dance Stamps!

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  47. Beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Rubber Dance Art Stamps.

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  48. Dear Pamellia, it's SO COOL and so beautiful!!! :) I just can't find any words to say how I love it!!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Rubber Dance!!! :) I'm your follower now :) Hugs
    ~Olga Kovalchuk

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    1. Thank you so much Olga, what a wonderful compliment! I welcome you to My Little Craft Things with a big warm crafty smile!! :)

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  49. Your first autumn card ever? I don't believe it! What a beauty. It's more than a card, it's a project filled with love. Each and every detail is amazing and well done. Thanks for joining us this month at MMCC and enriching our gallery with this lovely project.

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  50. Stunning card! Thanks for joining us at Rubber Dance.

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  51. I absolutely love your entry for the Fussy and Fancy "More than one Fold" Challenge. Thank you so much for entering and good luck.. Yvonne F&F DT xx

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  52. I love the platinum tones against the autumn colours - it makes everything look frosty. Fabulous make. TFS with the Rubber Dance Challenge.

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  53. An awesome project!! I don´t know where to look first. Thanks for joining the Rubber Dance Challenge

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  54. Congrats on your win over at A Vintage Journey. So well-deserved. I adore this card and all the amazing details that you put into it Pamellia. Wow. That German Glitter glass on the embossed charms is amazing. I could go on for days about how much I love this card. I say you more than excelled at Tim's style on this project. I adore it. Congrats again -- Mary Elizabeth

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    1. Wow, thank you Mary Elizabeth! That's the sweetest compliment that I could hope for! You just made my day! hugs :)

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    2. Hi Pamellia,
      I could not have been more joyful for the Creative Guides choice for winner if they had picked me! I am so happy for you and you are SO deserving! As I've commented above, this card is truly just amazing! I'm smiling ear to ear. Big hugs to you! Go out and celebrate! Sara Emily

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    3. Aahhh, thank you so much Sara! So sweet!! I am celebrating by doing another autumn card, tee hee! big hugs :)

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  55. Wow! I am about to fall off my chair & hit the floor! Congratulations on winning the A Vintage Journey Challenge. This card is just stunning. Drop dead gorgeous! So many elements that are just too fabulous! I'm so glad I found your blog through that challenge. Wowzers!

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    1. Thank you so much Pam! What a wonderful compliment! :)

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  56. Congratulations! Such a beautiful project the colours and texture effects are stunning and the construction is so clever

    Jools x

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  57. Congratulations on your win at A Vintage Journey and on top pick and Fussy and Fancy Blogs! This card should be on a cover page of a magazine about scrapbooking and cardmaking! Actually entire issue should be dedicated just to your work! I would have been quite disappointed with DT decision if you did not win A Vintage Journey challenge. But I am glad they made a right decission. :) Till your next breathtaking project, big hugs from Vegas :)

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    1. Aahhh, you are so sweet Samra! Thank you so much for your wonderful comment and for the congratulations! big hugs :)

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  58. Stunning! Your project is amazing and combines so many techniques, Cathy x

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  59. Late congrats on your well deserved stunning win at Vintage Journey Pamellia! So behind with visiting...Ruth x

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    1. Thanks Ruth, I really appreciate the congrats and the compliments! hugs :)

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