Sunday, July 10, 2016

Stamp of Approval Blog Hop

Hi everyone!  My dear friend Catherine Pooler invited me to be a designer for the newest Stamp of Approval Lovely Notes Collection.  I feel like I am a legit designer now.  Like it is official now that I am invited to be a designer.  It was on my bucket list to be asked to design for someone.  Can you feel me channeling Sally Fields?

If you are not familiar with Stamp of Approval,  it is a collection hand picked by Catherine.  Some stamps are designed by her and others are a collaboration with stamp companies.  These are exclusive to the SOA collection, so you won't be able to find these anywhere else (at least not for a while).  These collections only come out every quarter.  They sell out quick and to get a jump on the collection,  signing up for the wait list.  You are not obligated to purchase, you just get a notification for your chance to purchase when it is available.

The next collection is about to be released.  As a matter of fact it is releasing on July 13th.  Members of Stamp Nation will get a notification one hour before the public.

I missed out on the first collection but managed to get the last two.  It was like getting a present in the mail.  A present from me to me :)

This time I was sent my box early.  These are the cards that I made.

I used the background stamp that is in the collection.  I stamped it in my MISTI with Versamark and then used clear embossing powder.  For the focal point sentiment, I did selective stamping with my MISTI.  I used the die that was included in the kit.  I found that the center curve of the die would fit the stamped image.


For this card, I stamped the backgroud out twice, once in Delicata Gold Glitz pigment ink and once in Versafine Onyx Black ink. I used clear embossing powder on the black and gold embossing powder on the other one.  I cut down the background and overlayed a gold strip of the pattern.   I stamped the sentiment in black and also embossed it with clear.  I used black strips along both edges and under the sentiment.

Catherine Pooler
Heather North
Emily Leiphart
Allison Cope
Nina-Marie Trapani
Iliana Myska--- You are here.

Giveaway:
There will one box collection for each day of the blog hop, so be sure to subscribe to Catherine Pooler's Blog.  Entries close on THURSDAY at 9am EST.  The winner will be posted that morning.  If you already bought one and you win,  you will get a refund.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the video.

547 comments:

  1. Wonderful cards. I really like the embossed background on the first one.

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  2. I love your cards. So beautiful. The lattice is so versatile and so much fun.

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  3. Love the tone on tone. Great cards!

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  4. You are so cute, Iliana! You are the incredible designer of the MISTI! Girl, you HAVE arrived! To top it off your cards are AMAZEballs!!! I had to comment first, now I need to watch your videos to see how you made these fabulous cards. <3

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  5. Great cards Iliana. I was not aware the die could be flipped as you did to cut out your sentiment!! Thanks for the video!!

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  6. Lovely cards, I love what you did with the banner die!

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  7. Hi Iliana, I love both of your cards and the black and gold theme. I like how you used the tag die on both ends to create a smaller tag. Thank you for sharing. Happy week and stamping

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  8. I love this card because it has a masculine feel to it. I tend to struggle with this. Your color choices are fabulous, especially the gold. Also like the way you turned the die around. Great card! Thank you.

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  9. Beautiful and oh so elegant cards...love them!! :0)

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  10. these are great cards for men. Really love what you've done and so different. Great muted colours

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  11. Iliana the use of gold on your cards make them look so elegant. Wonderful cards. TFS

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  12. Beautifully made
    cards! Love all
    the embossing.
    Carla from Utah

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  13. I love these cards!! I have been saving for the Misti tool for a while, now I hope I can get it at the same time as my SOA box.

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  14. Fabulous cards. It's great to see how this collection can also be used to create more masculine cards!

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  15. These are amazing I just love the elegance of the black and gold.

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  16. Oh I love the dark colors! How fun. I like how you cut the top and bottom of the banner!

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  17. Thumbs up! Like having Brilliant in different color. Really makes it shine!

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  18. I love how you used a different ink on the word brilliant and how you used the die in both directions. Very clever.

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  19. Beautiful! I especially love the seco d one!

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  20. I love the colors! These cards are prefect for that Man in your life.

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  21. Lovely cards! Great geometrics.

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  22. Wow ! So pretty. Love the color combos

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  23. Illiana, first of all your skills with the MISTI never cease to inspire me. I really like that she used black and gold on your cards for a look that is completely different

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  24. What an awesome card. So very elegant and thanks for the ! Can't wait for this set to be available.

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  25. Love...very versatile, can be used for masculine cards too!!

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  26. Love your cards simply beaautifu. Thank you

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  27. I really like your card and choice of colors. It has a masculine feel and I struggle with making these kind of cards. Just enough bling to make it pop. Thank you.

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  28. Beautiful cards, Iliana! Congrats on becoming a legit designer!

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  29. I love that you used the tag die twice. Looks great!

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  30. Oh my! These are beautiful cards and are unisex, but perfect for a male recipient! LOVE! Also, thanks for creating the MISTI!

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  31. Love how you used that banner die for both ends of your panel.

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  32. I just love this release so much!!

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  33. Wow!! Your cards are just gorgeous!!! Love the lattice background you created with the clear embossing. So pretty! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  34. Love your video! Black, gold, and white create such elegant cards and this one is no exception! The tone on tone background is just beautiful! I also really liked the way you used the tag die to create your label. The gold sequins added the perfect finishing touch! I also really liked your second card! Can't wait to order my box!

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  35. Wow, I love your card. Thanks for the tips on embossing and stamping. Have a great day!

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  36. I would never have thought to use your color combinations. They are fabulous, especially for a male friend. I always stress over how to design for a man. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  37. Iliana these are really pretty cards. I love the colors. Another great inspiration on how versatile these dies and stamps are

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  38. YOU are so very talented and imaginative. I love your cards. Thanks for sharing with us all.

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  39. Iliana, thank you for sharing your beautiful cards with us! Love your video...

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  40. Gorgeous cards. I love he gold and black together. Congrats on being asked to design for this collection.

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  41. great card I love the way you used the banner die cut. I wouldn't have thought to turn it around

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  42. Great card! I love how you used the die!

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  43. I really like how you used the background stamp to make the two accent strips

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  44. Beautiful and elegant with the gold.

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  45. Oh my.... you definitely deserve the title of designer - your cards are gorgeous. I love both of them! They are striking - yet simple. It is a great set of stamps and dies and your ideas to use some of them are stunning. Looking forward to your next designs.

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  46. Your cards are wonderful! Really love the heat embossing on the first one!

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  47. Love your cards! Great masculine ideas.

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  48. Love the cards! I like that these could be used for masculine cards also. Thank you for the creative inspiration!

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  49. You are so creative with these cards. Love the simplicity.

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  50. Love that embossed background on your awesome birthday card! And a pretty thanks card also! Fabulous SOA kit!

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  51. I love the black, gold, and white! Great cards, but I especially like the thank you card.

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  52. I love your cards! They are so different than the others on the SOA first day bloghop! Thanks for sharing your cards!

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  53. We love you...we really love you! Channeling some more Sally Fields for you! Lol. These are perfect for masculine cards! I love what you did with this collection!

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  54. Love that sentiment and your colors

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  55. How can one collection have so many beautiful styles represented?! Love this!

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  56. Beautiful cards Iliana. Very lovely! Tfs and the chance to win the giveaway.

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  57. Great cards for either gender. Very sophisticated.

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  58. Iliana,
    I love your cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  59. great cards using the big background stamp.

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  60. Both of these cards are "BRILLIANT". I like how you did the thanks card, horizontally. I just noticed that CP has the correct punctuation on the stamp. She thought of everything.

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  61. Love your creations! Background stamps are my friends so I'm looking forward to this new SOA box!

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  62. I love the black and gold - very elegant. Beautiful background with the clear embossing of the background stamp.

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  63. As always, this is beautiful! Love this card!

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  64. Love the card. I love how you did the background with the clear embossing powder. I love watching it turn, too.

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  65. When we make cards we seem to forget our male friends, I think these would be great, thank you so much for creating these fabulous cards, really love them both.

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  66. Thank for your thorough video. Your cards are elegant.

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  67. I like the way you used the die on both ends of the birthday sentiment. TFS

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  68. Thank you for the technique video on selective stamping with the Misti.

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  69. Great card and video!!! Thanks for sharing:)

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  70. love the simplicity of the navy with gold.

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  71. Love your use of the stamps and dies with the embossing!

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  72. Your cards are very sweet, and I love the masculine take on the products.

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  73. Lovely cards from a great kit!

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  74. Love the switch from the other bloggers to a more masculine looking card.

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  75. Great color palette. Love how you used the lattice stamp!

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  77. Beautiful birthday card. I love how you cut the banner on both ends. I love the thank you card. I wish you had included it in your video.

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  78. WOW!!!! This is amazing card. Love the colors. And the background and sentiment are just way too fabulous, Iliana. Thank You for the inspiration!

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  79. Great cards! I like the color combo.

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  80. Very pretty. I like he simplicity of the thank you card.

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  81. So glad the Misti came into being.
    It's been a lifesaver so many times when
    parts of my stamping don't appear and it's
    so hard to fix that.
    Your cards are great.
    Congratulations on becoming a designer.
    Approval from our peers is very important.
    thanks.

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  82. Gorgeous cards and video. Love how you made the backgrounds 'glossy' with the embossing powder! The GOLD and BLACK you have used, creates an awesome color combo. Thank you for the chance of winning one of these amazing kits:)

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  83. Love the embossed background, stunning!

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  84. I love how you did that card by using the tag die both ways. That was awesome, I'll definitely use it that way too. I'm so excited for this box! That lattice background I have so many ideas for thanks to the awesome inspiration in this hop!

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  85. I love what you did with the tag die! That was so creative! I'll be using it the same way :) I'm so excited for this box, all the awesome inspiration has my mind going with ideas!

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  86. I am totally loving your designs with the kit. I just discovered the Stamp of Approval kit and signed on to the waiting list, am really hoping I get a chance to try it

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  87. Love how you did your cards....very nice!

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  88. I love the embossed background, stunning!

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  89. I would not have thought of doing this in black and gold, and that is the best part of the blog hop! I'm wondering if people are missing your blog on this blog hop. I tried getting to it from the stop before yours, and the link didn't work. I went back to Catherine's post, and used that link.

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  90. Beautiful card. Loving this set.

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  91. Great cards, love the designs. Thanks for sharing.

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  92. Love your cards and how you used the background stamp.

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  93. I love how the gold looks on the black. So eligant

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  94. The Happy Birthday cars is a great masculine card in those colors. Thanks for the post & a chance to win

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  95. Congrats Iliana. I love your designs and am happy you've been selected for a design team. Love the simple beauty of the black and gold on your cards.

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  96. Thank you for making these cards that would be great for a masculine cards! I love the simplicity too! Great job!

    Senora

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  97. Such lovely cards. The MISTI really helps cover that background stamp beautifully. Love the elegance of black, white and gold.

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  98. These would work for masculine cards. Yea!, always looking for ways to make a masculine card. Of course it really works good for anyone.

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  99. love the cards. black white and gold looks so elegant

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  100. Oooo great man cards! Which are the harder ones to come up with! For me anyway 😉

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  101. I'm loving the clean look of these cards, they would be perfect for the guys in our lives!

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  102. This card is gorgeous, I love the black embossing of the background and the gold embossing on the centre-piece of the card, It really does enhance the elements.

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  103. Oh my!!! I just love the black and gold, it's super classy!!!

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  104. I love the card. I would not have thought of the extra touches you put on the card.

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  105. Loving this collection and I love your cards!

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  106. Your card and the techniques are amazing. What got my full attention was how you used the die. I would not have thought to do that. Such a great job. Thanks for the vid, it was so informative.

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  107. Love the way you cut the tag! Love the card very much!

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  108. I love how you put the brilliant in gold. Looks great

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  109. So gorgeous! Love the colors used on your projects!

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  110. Love your cards. I want this collection.

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  111. Love your cards. I want this collection.

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  112. Your cards are gorgeous! I love the black, gold and white combinations.

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  113. Great color combo. Love how you used the die too.

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  114. the thanks card is my favorite. Love the pops of gold you used! very nice!

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  115. Wow - the black and gold looks amazing!

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  116. Love the background on this card.

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  117. Fantastic cards! I love how you used the background stamp differently on each card, great versatility from one stamp.

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  118. Your designs are striking in your use of the black and gold, especially after seeing the stamps in other colors. Thanks for the different perspective, love it!

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  119. Love the versamark background....also love how you made that manner cut out on top and bottom of your stamped image....really nice. Love my Misti tool!!

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  120. So great, the possibilities are endless!

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  121. Absolutely love what you did with these new products. All of your designs are awesome.

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  122. So informative, and classy. TFS

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  123. Great cards and I love my MISTI. Thank you.

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  124. That background stamp on the black is amazing. These are fabulous birthday cards!

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  125. love how your designed your cards in neutral colors - very nice!

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  126. Very cool cards, love the embossing too. They are very simple yet elegant at the same time, just fabulous!

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  127. I love the idea of using the tag die on the top and the bottom. Nice card!

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  128. These can be masculine cards as well as elegant generic cards. Thanks for the work!

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  129. I love the black and gold. Such elegant cards!

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  130. Love the double edged tag and embossing in black and gold, and the colors on both cards are so elegant!

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  131. What elegant cards! Love them.

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  132. Thank you Iliana for the color combinations in these handsome cards. And you have beautiful hands.

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  133. Also, I really got a kick out of how you turned the die around to make the top and bottom of the cardstock the same. Great way to extend a die.

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  134. Love the card because it could easily be given to a man. Also love how you used the die! Great idea.

    Thanks.

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  135. LOVE the way you double cut your focal sentiment to make a nice shape.
    The colors you picked are very elegant and would be great for the men or more formal occasions.
    Thank you.

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  136. Such gorgeous cards! Elegant!

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  137. I love your very classy cards!! Great job!!!

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  138. I enjoyed watching you create. These cards can be used for both male and female.
    So cool. Thank you for inspiring me. God bless.

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  139. Thanks for sharing the tag die technique.

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  140. I loved your card - then I watched how you made it that was truly neat. What I really liked was what you said though about becoming a "legit designer" I think that is super neat after what you've accomplished - stay just like you are always - neat card - thanks for the ideas......

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  141. Great birthday card - - like the "Brillant" in gold. This actually would work well for a guy.

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  142. i've been making black and gold cards lately and I absolutely love these ones.

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  143. Well she made a great choice in inviting you to design for her. Your cards are fabulous - very elegant and yet they could easily be used to send to a man. I really love them both. Thanks for the opportunity to win the awesome Lovely Notes Collection!

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  144. Super clean.These would also make stunning masculine cards.I love your clean work.

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  145. this card is beautiful, the same background Catherine used yet so different.

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  146. Ilianna, love both of your cards. The black and gold are really classy! Great cards!

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  147. As always, I love your designs. Love the embossing.

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  148. Great ideas for Masculine cards Love your creativity!

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  149. Hi Iliana

    Great cards and I love my MISTI. Thank you.

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  150. Your card is beautiful and elegant. Thanks for pointing out that die can be used in several ways!!

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  151. Colors would make great Man cards.

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  152. Your card is beautiful and elegant. Thanks for pointing out that die can be used in several ways!!

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  153. Both cards are stunning. I loved how you used the gold lovely lattice strip in the 2nd card.

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  154. Gorgeous cards! I love the color scheme you used for them. I love how you flipped that die to use it on each end. Nicely done. Very creative.

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  155. Hi Iliana! I love your cards. They look great with black and gold. I actually used your young at heart SOA card as a guide for one I made for my friend. I'm a big fan. Please keep sharing :)

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  156. Loved the black and gold elements on your card... Love your MISTI Tools... Congratulations on being part of this hop... I like to think we're all designers to some extent as we create cards, scrapbook pages, and artwork selecting which tools and colors to use. Thanks for sharing and have a great day! :)

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  157. Like your cards they are beautiful. The embossing really pops the background.

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  158. Great cards. I love how you did the 2 tone on the black and gold card.

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  159. Lovely, especially the embossed background - how the MISTI comes in handy for those large background stamps........

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  160. I really like this card Iliana - thanks for the inspiration.

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  161. Such an elegant card!!! What a great idea to flip the die and use it that way!

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  162. I like these two gender neutral cards!

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  163. Love these cards and the techniques.

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  164. Great ideas for more masculine type cards...I LOVE it! I always have a hard time with those and this is going to be awesome! Love what you did today:) XOXO

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  165. Great card. I particularly love the gold!

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  166. I love the timeless elegance of this card. Great choice of colors.

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  167. Great job. Your use of the kit items is inspiring.

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  168. Beautiful cards Iliana . I really like the elegant look of them both . I had a chuckle when you mentioned liking to watch the embossing powder get shiny . I have been teaching a neighbor's child to make cards and she said she loved embossing , and that " It never gets old " .. I agree . Thank you for sharing .

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  169. I like the masculine colors and how you cut apart the background stamp on the second card.

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  170. BRAVO! Love the use of the gold...so on trend right now. Great use of the die as well. Thank you so much for sharing your talents.

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  171. I love to watch you create! You are so careful in you intentions! The cards are lovely!! TY!

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  172. Such fun collection. Your cards are wonderful.

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  173. This is a real stunner Iliana. Just beautiful!

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