Monday, August 27, 2018

Rubeena's Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop: Pinkfresh Studios Pretty Paisley



Hello and welcome to Rubeena's Crafting Anniversary 2-Day Blog Hop!  This hop is epic with more than 70 guests and over $1,000 in sponsored prizes!  Not only are we celebrating four years since Rubeena first discovered cardmaking, but also crafting in general.  This industry is made up of wonderful individuals who are creative, kind, and incredibly supportive.  I hope you hop along with us so you can learn about why we create and how much joy it brings us!  If you are hopping along, you might be visiting me from Libby Hickson's blog.  If you're jumping in here, you can start back at Ruby's blog for all the details and the full blog hop list.

You know when you come across someone who you can immediately tell you're going to get along with?  I still consider myself somewhat new to the cardmaking world, but I have been so fortunate to "meet" some really special people who I have really come to enjoy and admire.  My friend, Rubeena, is one of those people.  I still remember the first comment she left on one of my cards because it made me laugh and smile, and that's pretty much what I find myself doing just about every time we talk.  Not only is she insanely talented, she's incredibly supportive, encouraging, and helpful.  And dang, she is funny to boot.  So when she asked me if I would like to participate in her blog hop, my answer was, "OF COURSE!"  I am so honored to be a part of it.

I love that the theme of Ruby's blog hop is celebrating friendship and the joy of creating.  I grew up with an amazing crafty mom, so it wasn't a surprise to anyone when I started crafting myself.  Crafting has always been a source of comfort and peace for me and was actually a pivotal factor in me overcoming debilitating postpartum anxiety, which was one of the hardest times in my life.  I've dabbled in paper crafting and stitching for years, but it wasn't until I found cardmaking that I was able to figure out how to meld my two favorite mediums.  I am having so much fun and meeting so many truly kind, generous, and supportive people... I could not feel any more lucky to have stumbled across this hobby that has brought me so much joy.

I bought Pinkfresh Studios' Pretty Paisley stamp set a while back, but it really jumped out at me when I was choosing my project for this blog hop.  I absolutely love the "Thank you for making me feel good about myself" sentiment, and it was really perfect here because that's the way Ruby makes me feel.  ❤️  I started by stamping out two of the paisleys and painting the details with gouache.



I then added some hand stitched details to the paisleys with little stitches and lots of french knots, and popped up some of these details for dimension.  All that was left to do was pop the paisleys and the sentiment up and the card was finished!



GIVEAWAYS

In celebration of this anniversary, we have several amazing sponsors. Let’s thank them for their generosity! Winners will be randomly selected from comments left on all the blogs. The winners will be announced by Wednesday, September 5 on this page. Winners will have up to 2 weeks to contact Rubeena at ararerubycrafts@gmail.com to claim their prize before another winner is selected.

Studio Katia - $50 gift card
Hello Bluebird - $50 gift card
Altenew - $50 Gift card
Pinkfresh Studio - $30 gift card
Gina K. Designs - $50 gift card
Clearly Besotted - £25 gift card
Simon Says Stamp - $25 gift card
Spellbinders Card Kit ($55 value).
Jennifer McGuire - $50 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Winnie & Walter, LLC - $40 gift card
Mama Elephant - $25 gift card
Hero Arts - $25 gift card
Nichol Spohr LLC - Custom-sewn rainbow pencil case filled with brand new Spellbinders dies
Danielle Flynn - $25 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Picket Fence Studios - four $25 gift cards
Ellen Hutson - two $25 gift cards  
Pretty Pink Posh - two $30 gift cards
The Stamp Market - July 2018 Release (estimated $100 value)
Indigojade Art Shop - $50 gift card to Art Prints & Gifts Shop
Flora & Fauna - a 4x6 stamp set
Waffle Flower - $25 gift card
Power Poppy - $50 gift card

I hope you enjoyed this stop on the blog hop.  Feel free to leave me a comment for a chance to win one of these amazing prizes!  The next stop is the amazing Laura Bassen.  Enjoy the hop and have a WONDERFUL crafty day!  


183 comments on "Rubeena's Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop: Pinkfresh Studios Pretty Paisley "
  1. Love the beautiful paisley design and I love the sentiment!

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  2. Pretty paisley. My son used to call them amoebas. ;) Lovely colors and sentiment.

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  3. What a lovely tribute to Ruby! Your card is amazing! TFS!

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  4. What a wonderful look to paisley! Beautifully done!

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  5. You are such a talented artist! Thank you to all for inspiring me to create.

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  6. What a lovely card and great colouring. Paisley's are a favourite of mine and it's great to see something different. Thanks for sharing.
    Tracey.x

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  7. Beautiful card! Love the color choices!

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  8. Your thoughts made your card EXTRA special!

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  9. WOW! I love the colors you used on your card.

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  10. Amazing colors and design! Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  11. Very pretty. Love the color choices.

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  12. I love the bright and happy colors of your pretty card!

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  13. Love the mix of colors.
    The two big "feathers" are
    wonderful. Great sentiment.
    We need to be appreciated.
    thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. Love, love, love the colors in the this card and the sentiment is so awesome! I too find crafting to be a release for me as I suffer from chronic pain! Helps keep my mind occupied!

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  15. Great sentiment. Love the colours and design. πŸ’•❤️

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  16. What a gorgeous card! Love the paisley design. And the sentiment is gorgeous.

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  17. This is such a beautiful card! The colors, the sentiment are lovely!

    Hugs&Blessings,
    Mayra

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  18. Beautiful card, love the color combo.

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  19. I love paisley - your card is so fun & fresh - makes me smile just to look at it! TFS!

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  20. Great idea, love the paisley design!

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  21. wow that paisley is stunning, such beautiful colors!

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  22. What a beautiful card and the added handwork gives it that extra special touch! Thank you for sharing and being a part of this blog hop!

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  23. Beautiful card, the colors are really lovely.

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  24. Lovely card, thanks for sharing. The colors are beautiful.

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  25. What a beautiful paisley design! I love the colors you used!

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  26. Beautiful card! So lovely and bright! It's so sweet to see the community (esp. the unity of crafters and sponsors) come together to celebrate Rubeena! Thank you for the inspiring card! ~ Lenice

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  27. This looks like a lotta work - but worth it!

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  28. I really like that aqua/teal color you used. The stitching and knots are a really nice touch- wow

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  29. Stunning card. The colors are so beautiful together. I especially love the sentiment. TFS

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  30. Thank you sweetie for showing us your beautiful card....and I thought the sentiment was just perfect. Such a great group today...it has been an awesome blog hot....Congratulations to Rubeena!!!!

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  31. This is such a fun blog hop and it illustrates the kindness of those who craft and create. Your card is beautiful and I love the colors.

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  32. Oh wow, that is so pretty. Sort of Nordic looking...

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  33. Love your paisley card! I especially like the colors you chose.. very cheery!

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  34. Love these happy floral paisleys!!! Such pretty colors!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  35. A beautiful paisley card! Your colors are so bright and cheerful, too.

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  36. Lovely, liked the details with stitching, super cool.

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  37. Beautiful card! Love the colors!

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  38. You have created a gorgeous card, thanks for the inspiration.
    Diane Lousie xx

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  39. Beautiful card ! Thanks for sharing your story. It is a great crafting community and such a fun hop to help Ruby celebrate xx

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  40. Love your card and the lovely colors!

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  41. Love this! I saw a paisley card in a scrapbooking store, but they are out of the stamps and that particular one has been retired. Found another and it's out of stock. Thanks for helping me find a new set to search for...your card is amazing!

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  42. Such bright, colorful, HAPPY cards! Very nice touch with the hand stitching! Thanks for adding a touch of sunshine to my day! I needed that! Have a blessed evening!

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  43. This card is amazing!!! I love the vibrant colors and of course the hand stitching!!! This card is amazing just like you!!! TFS! You truly are an inspiration!!

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  44. Wow, this paisley card is simply stunning! LOVE the color combo and the awesome sentiment too.

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  45. Wow! Love the colors and the stitching! So beautiful! :)

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  46. Oh my heart pitter patters at paisleys. This is so vibrant. Love it.

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  47. Great cards. Love the colors.
    (Gilda)

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  48. Beautiful card. I love the sentiment.

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  49. Gorgeous and wonderfully vibrant card! I love the addition of the gouache details. Crafting is so therapeutic and I'm so glad it helped you through a difficult time.

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  50. Love the colors, paisley and sentiment! Love the whole card!

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  51. Beautiful cards, love the fresh bright colors!

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  52. love those paisley designs! Fabulous colors too! Thanks for celebrating Rubeena's crafting anniversary with this awesome hop!

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  53. Wow. So lovely colors. Really makes the card pop. Love it.
    Thanks for sharing

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  54. So pretty. Thanks also for sharing your personal crafting journey.

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  55. Oh my God, Leigh!! Your project is INCREDIBLE! Stay true to what you love because you combine these two crafts so effortlessly. Thank you for being part of my celebration. It takes TWO to make a joyous connection so never forget your own role in a blossoming friendship. I am delighted to know a beautiful soul like you and you make a positive impact in my life with your kindness. I'm glad you think I'm funny so now I have to think of more funny things to say in our convos! LOL Can't wait to hang out! I don't know how to stitch HELP! Hehe. Oh yeah, your card is pretty awesome. Like seriously, those colors, the composition, even the sentiment. Got me swooning over here.

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  56. Loved reading your post about your journey. Your vibrant colored paisley card is so fun and cheerful!

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  57. This card is just gorgeous. I love how bright and vibrant it is. The colors are just so pretty together.

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  58. This card is so gorgeous! Love the colors!

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  59. What a beautiful card. The colors are great.

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  60. WOW Leigh, this is beautiful. The colours you chose for this card really makes it and the sentiment is awesome. Beautifully done!

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  61. I'm a big fan of paisley, so this card really caught my eye. I love the colors and the sentiment -- beautiful.

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  62. Really liked the paisley and the color choices.

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  63. Very cute colorful card. The paisley design is so retro.

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  64. What a gorgeous card..love it totally.

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  65. Amazing card! I love your vibrant colors!

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  66. Wow, these colors just make me so happy!!!!

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  67. Awesome card! I love the tribute to Rubeena. Congrats to Rubeena!

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  68. So beautiful! Love the combination of stamping & stitching & the colors are awesome!

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  69. Congratulations to Rubeena! Love her work. And what an amazing group this crafting world is to sponsor such wonderful prizes. Love your card inspiration too!

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  70. Crafting has always been a source of comfort and friendship for me. I have done it all, but love my papercrafting and art the most. I have made wonderful friends in the process and have a feeling of accomoplishment when I complete something. It's my "mental recovery time", lol

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  71. Wow, love your card!!! The sentiment is very touching

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  72. What a cool artsy design, and the colours are so fun! Thanks so much for the inspiration, and for celebrating with Rubeena!

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  73. Great card! Love the colors! Thanks for sharing!

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  74. Such a pretty design and lovely color combo!

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  75. Thank you for sharing your talent and your thoughts.

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  76. What a great card! Love the sentiment and the reminder of how nourishing friendship is to the human spirit.

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  77. Such a fun bright card...and you can never go wrong with paisley!

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  78. I love your color combination! It makes me smile. Thank you for sharing it!

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  79. pretty pretty colors!!!! and i too love that sentiment!

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  80. Lovely card! Love the pretty colors.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

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  81. So much lovely detail in your wonderfully colored card - it’s simple beautiful! How fun and creative! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  82. lovely cards, Leigh - such pretty colors!!

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  83. I love your card! The colors are some of my favorite's too.

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  84. Such detail. I love the sentiment.

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  85. I love everything about this card, the colors, the design-it’s adorable!

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  86. This is wonderful, such pretty colors and details!

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  87. This is such a beautiful card!! Wonderful details!

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  88. Love the card and that you added hand stitching.

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  89. SO pretty with such lovely colors. Thanks for taking part in this fun and special celebration.
    Blessings,
    Karen Letchworth
    www.karen-mycuprunnethover.blogspot.com

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  90. Thank you sponsors for this super-hop. And thank you for the info and inspiration here! Gosh I love paisley...

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  91. Wonderful card. Love the paisley design.
    Thanks for sharing...

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  92. The paisley design is so wonderful!

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  93. Such a bright and cheery card! Love the colors!

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  94. Wow, that is a stunning card.

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  95. Gosh this is so lovely! Great inspiration!

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  96. This is fantastic! I love the design, and the colors are gorgeous-so bright and vivid! This looks like it took a lot of time but time well spent.

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  97. This is such a fun set! I love the bright colors you used!

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  98. I love the hand sewn accents .Beautiful card

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  99. I love the retro feel of your card using paisley. It takes me back to my teenage years. The colors you chose are gorgeous and your card is lovely. Thanks for sharing your time and talent with us.

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  100. Great card! I love that this blog hop is so supportive & being able to read about people's crafting journey. Thank you for sharing.

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  101. I love how bright and vibrant this card is. Simple but cute.

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  102. What a gorgeously bright and cheerful card - you are right that the sentiment is good for this occasion and good for us all generally. love the whole thing. :) Loopyloo

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  103. So pretty! The lovely colours really makes the most of the paisley designs! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  104. The paisley is so pretty and colourful.

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  105. I love that your card is bright and fun, perfect for a celebration. The sentiment definitely fits the occasion too.

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  106. Stunning card! Beautiful design and colours.

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  107. I love hearing everyone’s crafting stories. I too had a mom who was crafty. She did needlepoint, crocheted, made my clothes, and curtains for the house. And when it came to projects for school, she was all in. She made me love all things handmade. My craftroom is my sanctuary, and I know she smiles down on me when she seems me creating. Love your paisley card, beautiful.

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  108. This is so pretty 😍 love the colors 😍

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  109. Gorgeous colors and a heartfelt sentiment; beautiful combination. I’m going to watch your video on stitching using die cuts and stencils. Creating is my refuge.

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  110. The person who receives this card should feel very honored. Not only is the card beautifully colored with such a terrific color combo but is has hand stitching too.

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  111. Love the large paisley design! Also the beautiful colors you chose for your card! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  112. Thanks for such a wonderful video, and the color combo on your creation is so soft and mellow. I like it.

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  113. This is really a bright, beautiful card. I also like to make cards and stitch so am looking forward to exploring your blog and other media. Thanks for sharing.

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  114. OMGoodness, this must have been a labor of love! All the painting you did of all the little dots and details... its beautiful, but I can't imagine how long it took to do! I love the added stitching detail as well. Stunning!

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  115. I love this color combination. Gorgeous

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  116. Oh my goodness !! What a wonderful card !! Such a great idea to mix stitching with a more traditional cardmaking. Great job ! And thanks for sharing your lovely story between you and Rubeena. Love from France, Marjorie
    [margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

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  117. Awesome use of color, it pops right off the card. Love it

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  118. Oh my!!! I'm totally in love for your stuninng card!!! Beautiful colouring!!!

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  119. Love that you are embracing you! Pretty paisley!

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  120. Great card! Love how it ties into your friendship.

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  121. Paisleys are such a fun pretty shape! Beautiful colors! And what a sweet tribute to your friendship!

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  122. I love the colors you used in the paisleys. So beautiful and cool.

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  123. Such a lovely card. Love the stitching details and the colors used.

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  124. Your card is beautiful ! I love the colors you've selected and the motif is really perfect with this sentiment.

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  125. I'm not sure exactly what gouache is, but I love the fun in your card! I don't know Ruby, but she did leave me a kind and helpful comment once that I will always remember!

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  126. This card is lovely! Such a beautiful story of your crafting journey as well. Thank you for sharing!!

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  127. Leigh, I have already posted on your IG post how much I love this card. Beautiful. I love your story of how your friendship with Rubeena started. Crafting really is a therapy for many reasons for all sorts of issues. I know it makes me feel good and not limited like many places make me feel. Thank you for sharing.

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  128. Your card is colorful and cheerful while it also expresses a very important message! What a great way to celebrate someone who has inspired you and encouraged your work as a crafter!!

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  129. Love the flowers in the centers of the paisleys. Beautiful!

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  130. GORGEOUS CARD! I am so loving your paisley's card! I really like The different bright and beautiful colors that you used too!

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  131. This stamp set so special, love it and your bright colors make it even better!

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  132. Your card is just beautiful! I love the colors you used as they are so uplifting and cheerful! Love the special details you added like the french knots.

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  133. Gorgeous card!! Love the added detail with stitching!!

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  134. I've never been a fan of paisleys, but your card is definitely making me rethink that! This is gorgeous! I love these colors and such lovely stich detailing! TFS and being a part of Ruby's anniversary!

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  135. Your color choices were so cheerful , Love them !

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  136. Wow!! Amazing card! I love the colors & that stitching looks awesome!!

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  137. I love how you added the stitching to your card! It's so pretty and colorful. I like to cross stitch, so I'm going to have to give this a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  138. Those are definitely happy colors! So pretty.

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  139. What bright and cheerful paisleys!😍
    Huge congrats to Rubeena!

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  140. I love the gorgeous color combination in your artsy cards! So pretty and fresh! Thanks for some fun inspiration!

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  141. Oh my gosh! Your card is so very pretty!! I love the colors you chose.

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  142. right there with you! card-making has been huge therapy. great card design!

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  143. Love the bright color combinations. So pretty against the white background. Lovely card!

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  144. Gorgeous card Leigh, LOVE the colors!

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  145. Gorgeous! The colors are glorious!

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  146. Is so pretty I love the Paisley's and the colors you chose. I especially like the additional stitching to add interest and texture

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  147. SQUEAL!! Just BEAUTIFUL!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  148. Lovely card, sweet colors and nice sentiment

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  149. beautiful story and beautiful card xo

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  150. Gorgeous! The stitching adds SO much... beautiful I'm sure before you added it but Wowzer with it... awesome card!

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  151. I adore this bright, colorful and cheerful card! Your beautiful stitching just adds the perfect texture!

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  152. Pinned!! Love your gorgeous color choices on this Pinkfresh image and am so inspired!

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  153. Such a bright and happy colour palette on this lovely card. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  154. You certainly put a great deal of work into this card, and it shows! It's fabulous, so bright and beautiful.

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  155. Beautiful card. So bright & nice :)
    ~ Priyanka Kantak

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