Thursday, January 13, 2011

Happy Hopping Thursday My Friends ! ! !

Welcome fans of Hero Arts! Having the honor of starting off Day 4 of this 5 day "Hop of Celebration" is so exciting to me. I have been looking forward to this since I first read the invitation in my email box. I saw Hero Arts and Tami and just knew it had to be good!

So far we have seen some amazing works of art. I have faith that this trend will continue!

Hero Arts is such a customer supportive company that they attract and nurture talented people. Over the last couple of years I have had the opportunity to watch and enjoy the process of learning and perfecting your crafting skills. I personally thank Hero Arts for letting me be a tiny part of that.


The blog hop starts here today with this card that I made using the most beautiful Bird Collage stamp #K5503. Hero Arts has so many wonderful collage style stamps in their catalog, but this one I am sure will be come a classic. The beautiful flowers and strong bird image are only enhanced by the vintage writing and graphic designed gracing the background. I have always been a fan of the etching style of illustration and this bird is no exception. I am glad it is now in my collection of stamps and I can assure you it will taste ink many times over it's lifetime.


I simply stamped the image 3 times and fussy cut out the bird, large flower and both leaf stems. On the "intact" image, I colored everything I was going to layer with grey and brown to enhance the shadow effect. I added a little extra shading on the branch and birds tail also. Then with just the lightest pencil coloring to the cut out pieces, I glued the parts back in place. The only item I used pop dots on was the large flower and that is just one very small piece in the very center. I am very pleased with the final look and I can only hope you are also.

Please remember to leave a comment or two in your travels as it means so much to those you visit and there are prizes to be won! Also if you happen along a broken link, please go back to the Hero Arts blog for the master list of sites to be visited. Then take a moment to contact Tami through her email tami@heroarts.com so we can get that fixed post haste!

This blog hop is in honor of our friend Mike who is battling cancer. The world is simply brighter with Mike in it and ours words can not express our appreciation to Mike as a business partner and friend. The Hero Hostesses will be sending Mike and his family some of the cards shown during this weeks blog hop.


Now it is time to hop on to Donna's wonderful blog and be dazzled and amazed....

Now be off with you and ENJOY your day!!! the Oz

298 comments:

  1. What can I say but gorgeous Linda, love the elegance that you brought to this card, hugs!

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  2. WOWZER Oz.....I just Love the way you did this stamp...so very perfect and wonderful!! Big hugs to you......

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  3. Beautiful card, Linda! Absolutely GORGEOUS!!

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  4. Gorgeous elegant collage! Love the layering of the bird on the stamped collage. Beautiful!

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  5. Gorgeous, gorgeous card, Linda! Love your design and your beautiful soft colouring!

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  6. Wow! Your card is so serenely beautiful--all the colors are perfect! Thanks for sharing :)

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  7. Beautiful card Linda! Love that bird stamp and you did a great job with it! (love ypur cards from the previous days also!)

    Louise C.

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  8. Beautiful card, Oz and it is so nice to see you
    creating again!!

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  9. Beautifully done, Linda! The softness of the colors is wonderful against your gorgeous background!

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  10. Absolutely stunning card! Fussy cut - hmmm..first time I heard this saying!!! Thanks

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  11. What a beautiful card and all the detail cutting out the bird to make it pop.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  12. Beautiful! Love the colors.

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  13. Stunning card, love the details!

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  14. beautiful details on your gorgeous design!

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  15. Gorgeous card full of lovely details. TFS.

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  16. Gorgeous card. Love your colouring. And I love this stamp. : )

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  17. Very pretty! And so much detail! Gorgeous!

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  18. Love the etching look. So shabby and chic.

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  19. Oh so soft and lovely! Beautiful colors!

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  20. beautiful masterpieces of cads, linda!

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  21. Was für eine schöne Karte.
    Das Motiv ist aber auch sowas von Klasse und so vielseitig einsetzbar!

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  22. Love the look and appreciate the intricate work you did - great job!

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  23. Gorgeous card,linda :) soft and detail colouring. love it!

    thanks for sharing
    x
    cathyfong

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  24. Wow love what you did with that stamp, I have been looking at it wondering if I wanted to buy it now I know I do.
    HOP HOP HOPING my way to the next blog!

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  25. I love the Bird Collage stamp! it is just awesome! tfs
    Barbara

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  26. What a SWEET and charming card! Love the soft colored bird anbd dimensions!! You start off the hop with a bang! xo

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  27. gorgeous card, great idea with the bird college stamp!

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  28. AMAZING card Linda!!!
    That bird collage stamp has shot to the top of my Wish List! Thanks for sharing!

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  29. beautiful card, love the colors.

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  30. This is one incredible piece of art! Beautiful, so detailed and perfect.

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  31. I love the soft colors you chose to highlight this beautiful image Linda! Gorgeous card!

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  32. Your card is beautiful. I love the soft colors and dimension.

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  33. Very pretty nature card. I like the softness of it

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  34. Really beautiful card! It's very soothing to look at. Thanks for sharing!

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  35. Your card is truly elegant. Thank you for sharing.

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  36. can that little birdie sing??? fabulous, fabulous card my friend! you are in fine form, indeed!

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  37. Just beautiful...love the subtle colors!!!

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  38. What a beautiful card! Birds are a favorite of mine.

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  39. Beautiful card!
    And sending kind thougths and hugs to Mike!

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  40. Beautiful card. Stunning job on coloring the bird!

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  41. your card is simply warm and wonderful, Linda. It's a great idea to sent Mike some of the cards!

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  42. I love this bird stamp -- I am feeling a need to have him in my stash. Thanks for the beautiful work and inspiration.

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  43. This is so beautiful! Love how it is all put together.

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  44. Already wowed this one on the flickr gallery, it's beautiful Linda, you made it shine!

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  45. yes.... that is a really lovely image and you made a beautiful card with it.

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  46. OK you've convinced me. I've gotta have that stamp! Just loved your card, simply beautiful

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  47. What a beautiful way to start a hop! This card is just sostunning and all your beautiful time into just shows! Thank you for sharing it. Now I gotta have this stamp!-L. Berry

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  48. what a beautiful bird collage stamp hero arts made, and you made this card with it, with beautiful colors & design! I can't wait for SPRING!! :-)

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  49. Wow...Linda...Absolutely Gorgeous!!!!

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  50. Gorgeous card Linda! You rocked this blog hop!!

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  51. I love the card and all the layering.

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  52. I love your card and thanks so much for giving us excellent directions for how you made it. Just gorgeous.

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  53. Beautiful, what a terrific card!

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  54. I love birds. Your card is beautiful...great detail.

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  55. Thank you for all your hard work! Impressive!

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  56. I love the dimension that it has. Thanks for sharing.

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  57. Beautiful card! That collage stamp was meant to be placed in your hands!

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  58. Fabulous fussy cutting sista, this looks amazing!!

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  59. Love your card. This bird collage stamp is at the top of my "must have" list!

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  60. Very nice. This looks almost like a vintage botanical print. The way you applied the layers of color is very realistic and striking.

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  61. I love the way you've used this stamp Linda, it makes me look at collage stamps in a whole new way.

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  62. holey moley, Linda, you made that bird collage sing! I love the way you colored it to give it gorgeous dimension and the whole construction of the card with the diecut just makes me smile...so lovely! Way to start the day's festivities and so good to see you creating again!
    blessings

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  63. amazing bird! thanks for sharing

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  64. Oh my beautiful card love the stamp. Take Care

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  65. thanks for the fabulous inspiration!
    Karen Kuschel

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  66. This is truly gorgeous! I has such a special vintage feel for me. I love your detail on the bird and the flower. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  67. Just FABULOUS, Linda, just fabulous! Love the soft, feminine look of this card.

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  68. This is simply the Most Beautiful card, using the Bird Collage, and I Love the layers!!!

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  69. Beautiful card! I love the bird image.

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  70. This is one gorgeous card and I love how you layered everything :)

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  71. You did an amazing job with this card, so beautiful! Susanne

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  72. Linda, this is BEAUTIFUL! Your coloring is exquisite, and your piecing just puts it over the top. The whole card is soft, sophisticated and elegant. Pure class. Love it! XO

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  73. Love this card. I have an affinity for birds, too.

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  74. That is so lovely, Linda - gorgeous colouring and layering.

    Julie

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  75. You wonderful presented a stamp!

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  76. what a piece of cr#@! :) you know I'm going to say "gorgeous!!" just like everyone else!! but I thought you might be getting a little cocky, so I thought I'd shake you up a bit.

    Seriously gorgeous work on this card--the coloring is fantastic. And now, Miss Oz is back to run creative circles around me! Yeah, Baby!
    Hugs, Charlene

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  77. This is such a serene card, Linda...I love the way you have chosen your layers, & everything is softened beautifully - This is a work of art...perfection!
    (Jenifer Ann)

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  78. {Charli - is HILARIOUS!}

    Soooorry, Charli, I can't even FAKE it for one second. Ozzy, dear - you're ROCKIN' the stamp world, like non other! THIS, my friend, is the sum of goodness that we've missed so much for far too long. Glad you're able to let out the exquisite crafter in YOU! Fantastic work!

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  79. Stunning Oz, love all the texture and colouring fabulous!!

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  80. Love the stamp you used and your card. It's lovely. I really like your layers and will have to play with my stamp, too. Thanks for the inspiration. Have a happy day!
    Shirley L.
    Roseville, CA

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  81. This is just peacefully, quietly beautiful. You really do such lovely, lovely work.

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  82. Wonderful project and very elegant.

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  83. This is a beautiful card. I love the way you used a light touch with colored pencils to add just a hint of color.

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  84. Beautiful card Linda. Love it.

    stamping on...

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  85. The most beautiful card! It's making the Bird Collage stamp become one of my most favorite new stamps!

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  86. So classically beautiful! I do love birds!

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  87. This is a gorgeous card Linda. I love how you have used the stamp and cut out parts of the image.
    Clare x

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  88. Gorgeous card and I just adore that stamp! I have ordered it and it has shipped so very soon I can play with it.

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  89. Great card...thanks for sharing.

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  90. This stamp is on my growing "wish list"! I love what you have done with it - the layering and the coloring and the die cut. All of this makes your cards simply outstanding, Linda. Love it.

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  91. what a nice card. the colors are so wonderful.

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  92. Beautiful card. I like the subtle colors and the detail

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  93. Beautiful work! Nice way to use that stamp. Thanks for sharing. Sarah

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  94. This card is so pretty. Layering the bird really makes it pop!

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  95. Wow! Beautiful card. Love that background also.

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  96. Gorgeous card, Linda! Love the soft colors and the subtle background. Thanks for informing Mike's story. What a great way to cheer him up by doing blog hop. You hostesses and HeroArts are just amazing!

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  97. Such a sweet and lovely card!! =)
    Hugs, SannaS

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  98. I love this stamp and REALLY love how you brought it to life in your card, GORGEOUS!!

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  99. lovely use of a lovely stamp!
    Thank you
    Holly

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  100. What a beautiful card! I really like the subtle colors you used to bring the bird collage to life. And that tip about coloring the base layer of the pieced areas is fabulous. Thank you!

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  101. I love this bird stamp. it looks so pretty layered and surrounded with soft greens, browns, blues and touch of yellow.

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  102. Linda, this card is beautiful--love that gorgeous bird. It is also good to see your work again. You are an inspiration to me.

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  103. That is a gorgeous bird image. Fussy cutting is *not* my favorite thing to do - but it sure does look fantastic when done right!

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  104. This is breathtaking, Linda! I love every little detail of this card!

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  105. This collage stamp is a winner but you really made it shine with your layering and coloring.Love your artistic touch. Thanks.

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  106. What a gorgeous card. Amazing. I must get this stamp. This stamp. Thank you so much for sharing your creation. Tracy

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  107. What a lovely stamp. Your use of soft colors and detail really make it shine. Thank you for your inspiration.

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  108. What a gorgeous card. I realy like the stamp you used a lot.

    Marie-Anne

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  109. Wow, it's just so soft and understated! TFS!

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  110. A beautiful, elegant card. Thanks for sharing.

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  111. That is a beautiful card!! I am stunned, jaw dropping!

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  112. So beautiful! I really think I might need to purchase that stamp after all....thanks!

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  113. Great card. God bless.
    Peggy Allen

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  114. Beautiful card and your scissor work is amazing!

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  115. Love the card. Nice job popping the bird out and the flowers. Diane

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  116. Love how you made the design 3 dimensional.

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  117. What a beautiful card! The Bird Collage stamp and your card is absolutely stunning!
    ~Vanessa W

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  118. Absolutely beautiful. Love the colors and the dimension.

    Anna

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  119. I love this bird collage stamp and I love the card you made using it! It is very inspiring!!!

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  120. beautiful, beautiful and even more beautiful. I love your card - you seem so talented and creative - thanks for sharing with us.

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  121. Your card is truly beautiful Linda! Love the soft tones! All the fussy cutting was quite worth it! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  122. sorry to hear about your friend Mike, I will keep him in my prayers.
    Thanks for sharing your art.
    Sandra ltb

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  123. Hi Linda! What a gorgeous card! Such a great job you did with the stamp! :>

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  124. Beautiful card, a must have set, thanks for sharing!

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  125. So much dimension and only one pop dot? Wow.

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  126. Your card is amazing and your techniques are inspiring. Thank you.

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  127. Your card is a most beautiful and elegant piece of artwork! I must go online an buy that stamp immediately! This is true inspiration! Hugs.

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  128. WOW! What a special card! thanks for the inspiration and sharing!

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  129. Love the bird!! Beautiful card.

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  130. Stunning!! You did justice to a great stamp with your wonderful creation. Thanks for sharing your talents!!! (And the photo at the top of your blog is breathtaking!)

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  131. Wonderful card, really elegant.

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  132. now i know what to do with my collage stamp! thanks for sharing!

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  133. Beautiful card, I have been admiring that stamp and now I think I will definitely have to put it on my wish list!

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  134. Your card is amazing! Thank you for sharing!

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  135. Thanks heap and leaps for sharing this card. I sometimes struggle with collage stamps. So I'm particularly inspired by your card.

    Thanks!

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  136. Beautiful card--I like houw you cut, colored and layered the images.

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  137. Love the way you used the stamp. It is a beautifully elegant card. Love the colors and inking and use of layers.

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  138. Oh wow, this is lovely, all the detail in the coloring and cutting is awesome! Thanks for sharing

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  139. This is very pretty! Love that stamp and it's so beautiful how you layered it all, it's a lovely bird this way and a very, very nice card!
    Hugs, Wendy

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  140. Oh starting the hope with a BANG how beautiful!

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  141. Beautiful card, Linda!

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  142. You must have incredible patiences besides incredible talent to cut of the "fussy" bird. Love your card.

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  143. Amazing amazing card, what a way to start the hop off, thanks for sharing

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  144. I love this bird stamp. Its beautiful- and you did a great card with it!

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  145. Great card...the birdie looks real!!

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  146. Lovely card. The bird stamp is great and you did an amazing job with it. Thanks for sharing.

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  147. What a beautiful collage stamp, you did it justice and then some.

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  148. Gorgeous card, love the collage

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  149. This is a stunning card! i love the 3 d effect and what a super stamps- I can't get enough of collage designs!

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  150. Really amazing! so beautiful, such attention to detail! Ger x.

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  151. Gorgeous card, Linda! Love your design!

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  152. I love how you used this image. I never think to stamp and cut and layer back. Thank you for reminding me!

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  153. Beautiful card! I love all the elements.
    DeniseB

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  154. This is stunning.... the bird looks so real!

    Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    ~Ola
    okj83 at live dot com
    zloe.blogspot.com

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  155. I turned out so beautifully, that bird is a charmer. Your shading and layering effects are exquisite.

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  156. What a great way to start off the day! Beautiful!

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  157. Love your beautiful bird card, Oz - great colors and shading! Thanks for the inspiration and humor today!!

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  158. Wow beautiful card. will try that technique soon

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  159. Beautiful card! Thanks for the inspiration and a chance to win new stamps from my favourite stamp company. ;-)

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  160. Love your card, it is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing your ideas and talent.

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  161. I know your Hero Arts family will bless Mike and his family with your wonderful talents and thoughts.

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  162. I love the layering of the bird and large flower. Your card is a classic beauty.

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  163. A beautiful card, a great way to add dimention to the gorgeous image.

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