7.05.2016

Just Keep Swimming // Hero Arts

Hello everyone! Today I'm participating in a blog celebrating the release of the July My Monthly Hero kit!

This is what the main kit looks like...


Isn't it a beaut? I had so much fun making shaker card with this kit! This kit is jammed pack - with the large stamp set (equivalent to two 4x6 clear sets), dies and an ombre ink pad, the kit value is nearly $60, but is selling for $34.99! The kit is available for a limited time only - once it's gone, it's gone.

For my card today, I used the turtles from the main kit and the beautiful ombre ink pad...


I inked my turtles first using Versamark, then the Mermaid Ombre, so that I could add a little clear embossing powder for shine. If you wanted, you could stamp first in the colored ink, and then stamp over it with Versamark for a crisper embossed image, but I'm lazy...and I don't have a MISTI to do all the work for me. ;)
I then did some partial die cutting to create the window for the shaker card...


I used the sentiment from the Color Layering Goldfish stamp set, because combined with the turtles, it remained me of Finding Nemo. ;)
Heat embossing acetate can be a little tricky, but it really is fun and easy. To start with;
  • make sure you use a thicker acetate. I cut a piece from the Simon Says Stamp cd storage packets and used that. Then, completely coat your acetate on both sides with anti-static embossing powder (or cornstarch, if you don't have the "fancy" stuff ;)).
  • When stamping your sentiment/image, stamp as straight down as possible, and be firm. Don't crush the acetate, as that will likely make your stamp slip on the acetate, but if you stamp too lightly, you won't get a crisp impression. This might sound like a hard medium to achieve, but with a little bit of practice, it's quite easy!
  • Then, add your embossing powder, shake of the excess, and prepare to heat emboss! Now, an additional reason acetate is hard to heat emboss is because acetate is plastic and tends to, well, you know, melt under a lot of heat. ;) So, make sure your embossing gun is nice and hot, don't get too close to the acetate, and move the gun around a bit while heating it, making sure not to apply direct heat to one spot.

I just want to quickly point out the difference the slight clear heat embossing makes - it adds a little extra shine and texture (hard to tell in this pic), and also makes the final impress look a little darker. The card on the right had no embossing on it, just straight ink.

Once I finished off my shaker panel, I heat embossed the beautifully detailed Wave Pattern background in clear on a navy card base, adhered the panel, and oila! For more details on the making of the card and some more tips, here's a video on the process...


One more amazing note on this kit: Hero Arts is going to donate 10% of profits for our July 2016 MMH Kit to ocean preservation through the World Wildlife Foundation.

For more inspiration, and a chance to win one of these beautiful kits, follow this amazing blog hop...


Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!

SUPPLIES


Cardstock: Bazzill shimmer navy cardstock, Michaels white cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts July My Monthly Hero, Wave Pattern background and Color Layering Goldfish
Ink: Hero Arts Mermaid Ombre and Versamark
Other: Hero Arts White Satin Pearl, White and Clear embossing powder, Lucy's Little Things Tequila Sunrise Sequins and Hero Arts Neutral Mixed Accents

Tools: Hero Arts heat gun, Cuttlebug, WRMemory Keepers circle dies, My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangles die

176 comments:

  1. A really SWEET card!!!The kit is GORGEOUS....and the add on octopus is WONDERFUL!!! All going on my wish list!!!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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  2. Beautiful card! When you said, "slippy," I knew you must live in the Pittsburgh area. :)

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  3. My wish-list just go a whole lot bigger!

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  4. How beautiful, love the way you cut around the turtle in front of your window and the dark blue background. Love this kit!

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  5. What a darling card!! Love the sentiment switch up!

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  6. I love your color combination. This card is very beautiful

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  7. Very lovely card . This shaker is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Beautiful color combo! The navy really pops the colors of the ombre ink pad.

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  9. Fantastic shaker. Amazing colors and images...thanks for the video.

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  10. I love this kit, so cute! I really like the Ombré Dolphin ink and Mermaid mix that comes with it :o)

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  11. EEEEKKKK I love the partial die cutting - you are a genius!

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  12. Shaker cards are so fun! Thanks for sharing your card.

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  13. Love shakers! The sentiment is one of my favorite things to say. Great technique too with partial die cutting.

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  14. lovely card Claire - thanks for the tip on the acetate.

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  15. Beautiful shaker card. Thank you for the suggestions on how to use the Ombre ink pads.

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  16. Great card kit! Not often I say I MUST have something, this was the exception.

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  17. Love your card - the heat embossing does indeed make a big difference.

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  18. Love the partial die cut window

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  19. wow love your design thank you for sharing

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  20. These turtles are fantastic!

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  21. Love how you created this! And thanks for the tip w/acetate ^_^

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  22. Really love your card. Like the partial die cut circle technique.

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  23. I like the partial die cut and the shaker.

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  24. I like the partial die cut and the shaker.

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  25. Love the way you die cut this!

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  26. Beautiful Shaker Card and thank you for the tip embossing on acetate

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  27. Beautiful shaker! The sentiment is a great reminder to hang in there and enjoy the beauty along the way. TFS

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  28. I really like the techniques you used on this card. Thanks for the video tutorial.

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  29. I love the turtles! This is adorable! I love how you also made it a shaker card. Shaker cards are so cute!

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  30. Adorable shaker card! I enjoyed your tutorial. Thanks!

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  31. Lovely card! I want this stamp set!

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  32. Cute card. Thanks for the tip on clear embossing on the inked image.

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  33. Great Card...love that turtle. Thanks for all the tips about the acetate and using the inks.

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  34. Wow! I really love how your card turned out. The cutting of the turtle to have it go into the shaker is so fun!

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  35. Gorgeous!!! I love how you did the turtles and the circle!!!

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  36. People so seldom work with navy card stock. I love how you embossed on it to make those waves pop!

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  37. Great shaker card, thanks for sharing!

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  38. One of my favorite cards so far on the Hop!

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  39. I've been curious about using acetate, so a special thank you for sharing.

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  40. So pretty, love shaker cards :)

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  41. Such a cute card with that turtle over the shaker! I like those baby turtles you added also.

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  42. I love your shaker card, so much fun with great colour choices. What an amazing kit.

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  43. What an adorable shaker card. I just love how you made it with the beautiful turtle. Such lovely colors. Just adore the beautiful Hero Arts kit!

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  44. I love this kit. I love your card. I would type more but broke wrist

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  45. Wow, I love your card. The colors are intense; awesome!

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  46. Beautiful card! Thanks for showing so much technique. Your card is inspiring. Thank your for sharing.

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  47. I like how your pretty, shaker card uses two different sizes of turtles, and that Ombre Dolphin ink sure adds that 'under the sea' look. Great job.

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  48. Wow--such a fabulous card, and I'm so glad you made a how-to video of how you made it! I couldn't figure out how you did the partial die-cutting. Thanks so much! This is a wonderful kit and it's great that HA is donating to a great cause :)

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  49. Wonderful card! Great tips for heat embossing on acetate and also the partial die cutting. Love your design!

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  50. cool card and thanks for the video!

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  51. Thanks for the info on heat embossing on acetate. I will have to try this now. Great Cards, thanks!

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  52. Great card! I really like the partial cutting to include the turtles.

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  53. Great card! I'm loving this kit. So unique. And that background stamp is awesome! Nicely done. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  54. Great card! I'm loving this kit. So unique. And that background stamp is awesome! Nicely done. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  55. Okay! Okay! I need to do a shaker card. Yours is so wonderful and those colors are amazing. This kit is something else! TFS!

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  56. I absolutely adore this shaker card! I think the partial cutting you did so your turtles were part of the circle gave that wow factor! I loved your video too! Thanks for sharing!

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  57. A wonderful video. I like those sequins mix.

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  58. Awesome shaker card! Love the colors!

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  59. Wow! That one cute and sweet shaker card! Love the turtle :)

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  60. Sooo pretty! I love the embossing on the navy cardstock, and such an adorable shaker. What an awesome kit. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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  61. Fantastic shaker Clare. The multicolored turtles look so sweet. Great shaker fillers. I like the dark background.

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  62. Great shaker card. Move the colors used.

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  63. the turtle and octopus are really cute. Like the colors that you used and the waves.

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  64. the turtle and octopus are really cute. Like the colors that you used and the waves.

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  65. Your shaker part really looks like an aquarium. Lovely Colors. I think I NEED that wave background.

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  66. Love this card and all the detail. Thanks for showing how you created the circle cut. This is a stunning use of the kit!

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  67. What a great shaker card---love the background!!!!!

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  68. I learn something new every time I participate in a blog hop thanks for sharing!

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  69. I love the partial die cutting on the turtle!

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  70. This is such a fabulous kit. Super cute card. tfs!

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  71. Beautiful card and Thank you for the video.

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  72. So beautiful. The stamps, dies and colors are just so pretty. And love this kit.

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  73. what a fabulous design... love it!

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  74. Wonderful. I like the ombre stamped and embossed turtle.

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  75. Love the embossed turtle and the partial,die cut window for the shaker! Beautiful card and thanks for the video tutorial.

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  76. Love everything about your card. Your partial die cutting is perfect.

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  77. Lots of information. Great card!

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  78. That sentiment reminds me of Finding Nemo too! Such a great card- love to combine different sets to create a new design!

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  79. Lovely card. The shaker part looks like the under sea with all those detailing.

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  80. AWESOME Shaker cards! Awesome new kit from Hero Arts!

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  81. Love the card, thanks for the video and explanation.

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  82. Fun shaker card. I love the added color in the sequins and the wave background. Great accents to an already fun card.

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  83. Beautiful shaker card! Love these beautiful ocean-themed designs! Awesome colors and details! Love the new ombre pads!

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  84. Beautiful card. I like the juxtaposition of the light turtles and the darker window and shaker elements. I makes me think of the ocean.

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  85. Oh my! I love this combo and am so impressed with your acetate heat embossing and tricky die cutting!!

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  86. Wonderful card! Thanks so much for the tips on heat embossing on acetate. Just before I came to the blog hop, I ordered my MMHK plus the seahorse set. I live by the sea, so I love everything ocean-related.

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  87. This shaker card is so fun and creative, and I love that sea turtle image! Just beautiful in every way.

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  88. What a gorgeous card, from the background to the embossing to the colour scheme! Thanks for the tips about embossing on acetate, especially the cornstarch as I don't have the 'fancy stuff'!

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  89. Thank you for the great ideas for this set!
    And the colors..oh my!

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  90. Great Card AND video tutorial .

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  91. Wow!!! Great cards and thanks for the explanation on how to emboss with acetate (as well as showing the difference between the two cards). Truly makes a difference!

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  92. Wow, terrific shaker card, and thanks for the tip about using acetate.

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  93. Adorable card, love the partial die cutting. Thanks for sharing your tips in a video, they're very helpful.

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  94. This kit is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! So many possibilities! And your card is stunning, thanks for the inspiration!!!!

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  95. I love the turtle shaker card with the fancy partial die cutting. I am going to have to try that.

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  96. I love your card and love the processes you used to create it. Thank you so much for sharing that with us as you have answered some questions that I've had for a while about using thicker acetate and I'll try it as soon as I can with the supplies I already have.
    It's funny as soon as I saw the turtle stamps I was reminded of Finding Nemo because I love that movie so much. I now have to persuade my OH that I must have these stamps as they are so wonderfully cute and beautiful! I also adore the background you created - so beautiful on the navy card and it's a perfect fit for the stamps, thanks for the fabulous hop Karen x

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  97. is a beautiful and amazing shaker card!

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  98. I wish I could afford to buy this kit right now because those color combinations are my favorite. Thanks for the chance to win the kit :)

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  99. Love the partial die cut window for your adorable shaker!

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  100. Gorgeous. Will have to play around with embossing acetate more often.

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  101. Beautifully done, Clare. I love how you cut out around the turtles and the inner background peeking through. Sweet!

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  102. Awesome card. Love the dark sea background on this shaker card:)

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  103. I love your card and I really love those turtles!!

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  104. Love the way the turtle is cut!

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  105. What beautiful cards! The navy blue background is so elegant and real.

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  106. Your cards are beautiful! I too love that turtle!

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  107. Your card was made swimmingly wonderful!

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  108. Awesome shaker
    card, love the
    ombre colors!
    Carla from Utah

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  109. I great sentiment and a fun card.
    Love the turtle.
    thanks for sharing.

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  110. Thank you so much for the beautiful turtle shaker card. I absolutely love it because turtles, called honu in Hawaiian, are considered special creatures.

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  111. Awww!!! Definitely one of the most beautiful release! And your card is really breathless!!!

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  112. What a pretty card! I live the turtle.

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  113. Love this partial die cut technique! Beautiful card! Thanks for the video and a chance to get this set.

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  114. Great card and video. Always appreciate seeing a card being created!

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  115. Great shaker card using the sea turtle and great video. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  116. This is a real gorgeous card ! I love this kit and its colors ! And what to say about your background, it is just tremendous ! Can't wait for receiving my kit ! Thanks a lot for sharing and for the inspiration. Izzy Scrap

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  117. I think this set is awesome, I LOVE that HERO ARTS is making so many layered stamps! They are easy and fun. Also, what a great cause! I really liked how you did the partial cut technique to cut around your turtle, it looks great. Thanks for sharing!

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  118. Love the wave background and the ombre turtle.

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  119. Your partial die cutting is wonderful. I love it.

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  120. Love your card, keep on swimming is what we say to my 2 year old grandson in the pool!

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  121. Thank you for inspration, I love the turtle stamp ❤️

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  122. The beauty and mystery of the ocean and it's creatures are shown in your card. The dark blue woodcut ocean is mesmerizing with the colorful turtles approaching!

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  123. Stunning cards! Love the background!

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  124. Loved your shaker card! I love the oceanic theme of this kit!

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  125. Wonderful card!!! I love those turtles!!

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  126. Love the dark background in your shaker. Lovely contrast!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  127. Love the dark background for the shaker portion. It looks like your deep under the sea.

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  128. Great shaker card! I like the sentiment on the acetate- looks awesome!

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  129. Really pretty shaker card. Looks fab.

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  130. Beautiful shaker cards, Clare! And thanks for showing how to heat emboss on acetate – will try that.

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  131. Shaker cards are my fave! Thanks for sharing yours with us and for participating in this great hop and giveaway!

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  132. Wow, this is a stunning card. Love the shaker and the background panel.

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  133. Love the kit and your card! So pretty!

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  134. There are so many neat little touches in this card. The embossed background behind the shaker contents, the way the turtle pops up into the frame!

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  135. Love this awesome card!! The turtle is so cute & the colors are wonderful!

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  136. Okay, I really have to learn to make a shaker card! Everyone but me knows how to make one.I love yours! I am liking all the cards in the hop so far.

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  137. Love this technique and the sea turtles!

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  138. Great Video, Clare! Love your card and all of the details. Love this kit! Thanks, Paulette Still
    Craftqueen417 at yahoo
    HTTPS://paulettesrpettypapercrafts.wordpress.com

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  139. Great job. Love the kit and how you used it. Thanks for sharing.

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  140. Awesome! I appreciate the tutorial! God bless you too!

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  141. Partial die-cutting and embossing on acetate - May, you are a genius. Thanks for the great tips!

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  142. Such a beautiful shaker! Thanks for sharing the acetate tipps ;) (unfortunately the kit is sold out -.-)

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  143. Wonderful card. Love this kit!

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  144. Your card is so sweet and cute. Love the colors. Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist (at) aol.com

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  145. Wonderful shaker. Love the dark background ♥

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  146. You've integrated a number of great techniques to create this card. I especially like that you chose a dark background with the white embossing on the acetate

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  147. Love the turtles and your partial die cut! Stunning!

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  148. I'm really loving the ocean-themed card. The stamps are so gorgeous.

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