Saturday, 26 February 2011

Week 4 Recipe Three Squares

It's so nice to be greeted by faces and names that we are getting to know from your blog entries each week! We are delighted that we are developing into a group that is beginning to know one another, and we only hope that you will continue the great work of commenting on each other's blogs. We have been amazed by the quality of comments too. So often comments on challenge blogs are merely polite remarks about the DT examples, but here so many pertinent thoughts are being aired. SO many people have mentioned how much they have gained from this experience. Long may it continue.
There are still some people who have not turned off Word Verification, we would ask you to do this please, in order to shorten the commenting process and enable us to visit more people!
On to this week's challenge and this time it's a recipe.

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For this card I used the Cracked Glass Technique
  • I began by stamping the (Joanna Sheen) butterflies  in Versamark onto white card and heat embossing with fine detail, clear embossing powder. 
  • I then sponged the images with SU Pretty in Pink ink using a sponge dauber.
  • Following this I used some SU Sahara Sand ink to sponge around the images.
  • Next I cut out the squares with a Nestie, deciding on the best angle for each one so that the three as a whole would  complement each other.
  • The script stamp came next, lining up the three images so that the angle of the script was consistent.
  • Then I stamped the whole of each tile in turn with Versamark and heat embossed them with clear  UTEE [ULTRA THICK EMBOSSING ENAMEL](2 layers for each tile).
  • The tiles were then put in the freezer for half and hour
  • When taken from the freezer they were bent into a curl and straightening them out and bending them in the opposite direction causes the cracking effect.

You can see the effect in this close-up.

And now it's me Mandi



Ok so as you can see for my 3 squares I chose them to be different sizes.
The first one in black, I stamped the image with Versamark then heat embossed it with Silver Dollar.
This was to bring together the 'silver' of the diamante in the flower centre.
The second square is in a pearlised textured card, to match the liquid pearls on the stamen dots in the flower centre. The last small square is embossed with the swiss dots which works with the silver!
No technique, just placement really.

For my flower, I stamped first onto the same white hammer card of my card base, then stamped 2 more images onto white vellum. Whenever I stamped a flower head I feel it looks better to be shaped, whether it has extra layers or not.
I shaped the petals, some to the front [think you can tell on the enlarged piccy] some to the back, using my scissors and thumb. The card layer was only shaped slightly, but the other 2 are more so.
I made sure I shaped all the petals the same way as each other on every layer.




This is the card I made first, but, then made
the black and white one.
But, my buddy Chrissie says I should have still put this on too!
So here you go......

Papers are Pink Petticoat
little tag is Stampin Up







Last week we had 199 fabulous entries, thank you all, maybe next time we'll make the double ton!
We have had one request for a tutorial on sponging, if you have any specific requirements do let us know... if we know how... we'd be delighted to pass on our knowledge!

New cards only please....no back linking

90 comments:

  1. great cards chrissie and mandi - am goint to have a go at this one as last week time ran out on me

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  2. I really like the cracked glass look but how come when I've done it it just looks wrong? Two very different cards here and both lovely, will have a think and see what I can come up with.
    Jenny x

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  3. Ooh girls - you have set a toughie this week! Thank you so much for talking us through your techniques, I am learning so much from you. I am really enjoying the challenge of the LIM philosophy, it has really made me sit back and take a long hard look at what I am doing, and I am loving the challenge of it. Thank you. Hugs, Sxx

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  4. OMG, what great cards! The crackled glass technique looks wonderful and the colors and different squares are absolutly fabolous. I love both cards!

    hugs, Beate

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  5. Both of these are absolutley gorgeous you are an inspiration!
    Margaret x

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  6. What gorgeous cards. I love butterflies and I love flowers. I'm so miffed I didn't get to do last weeks challenge but I'm definately going to have a go this week. There is so much inspiration from you and all the entries and as I'm new to this sort of card I hope I shall keep improving. Thank you.

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  7. Stunning card as always ladies. Another fabaroonie challenge. Looking forward to seeing everyones cards this weeks. Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment on my card last week.

    Ali x

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  8. FAB examples from the DT and shows just how broadly the recipe might be interpreted. The cracked glass technique sounds FABEROONY too - must try to give that a go sometime real soon

    Kathyk

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  9. Wow, what great inspiration. Chrissie I've never even heard of the cracked glass technique but your card is absolutely gorgeous. Mandi, we must be psychic, I posted a black & white card on my blog yesterday - but it has 4 squares. Can't wait to see all the different interpretations. Happy crafting everyone. x

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  10. fabulous challenge again this week and very useful tips.

    Had a problem uploading my piccy on your thumbnail today it just wouldn't show it in the selection so had to take it straight from pc,thats why it's bigger in the thumbnali :(

    sue
    xx

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  11. I think Inlinkz has a bit of indigestion today, I had the same problem trying to upload a card using Inlinkz elsewhere this morning!
    If anyone else has the prob, it can be got around by doing what Sue did and uploading your card directly from your computer. You should see the appropriate button on Inlinkz somewhere!
    Chrissie

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  12. Another fab challenge. I have an idea floating around in my head just have to see if I can put it into practice.

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  13. Chrissie and Mandi Love both your cards for this weeks cahllenge. Was a lot happier about this one this week. Great challenge girls xxx

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  14. Chrissie & Mandi, thank you for another fab challenge. I love your cards.
    The standard of all the entries have been wonderful. I love visitng everytones blogs.
    xx Jan

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  15. Both such super cards again, love that cracked glass effect Chrissie.Really enjoying visiting all the other blogs to see what others do and learning so much too.Thanks for all the great tips too.Cards taking longer and longer to make now....a good thing I think:O)

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  16. gorgeous cards ladies - thanks for the tips and for the tips on uploading the image too!

    I'm loving your challenges and also the blog hopping looking at what everyone else has made too.

    Love
    Victoria
    x

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  17. Wow Chrissie your cracked glass technique looks fabulous but I must ask....what is UTEE please? Am guessing it is some kind of embossing powder?
    What ever it is, your card is stunning.
    Mandi, I quite agree, flowers look great when given a spot of 3d layering & shape. Two different examples ladies both lovely & equally inspiring!
    Thank you.
    Kaz x

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  18. Lovely cards, Chrissie and Mandi!

    My new Saturday morning routine is to check what the new challenge is over here pretty much before I do anything else! Then I can think about my card over my morning cuppa. :)

    I love, love, love how friendly everyone is on here and how so many visit so many blogs and leave comments. It's becoming such a lovely community. Thank you everyone for your visits and comments last week.

    Laura x

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  19. Liebe Chrissi, liebe Mandi !

    Eure Beispielkarten sind wuuuunderschön !
    Vielen Dank für die Inspiration und die Herausforderung.

    liebe Grüße
    Frieda

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  20. OOOh I like the look of this one more than last weeks lol will give it a go later
    Jacki xx

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  21. WOW! Every one is off to a great start. I can't believe there are already 15 wonderful cards. Your followers must have been waiting for the new challenge.

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  22. Ooh what a pain to upload my link but I think I've managed it now but it's missed th ethree squares! I hope you'll look at my blog to see the whole card! Thanks

    Kathyk

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  23. Such fabulous cards everyone!! From DT and entrants!! Hopefully will feel well enought to pop on some of your blogs and leave comments through the week. Hugs.K.xx

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  24. WOW Chrissie & Mandi! It is no wonder that this challenge is so incredibly popular. You amaze me every week!

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  25. Love cards and tips Ladies thank you. Super entries already. Thanks Zx

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  26. Thanks for another fun challenge! I´ve added mine!

    Hugs
    Birgit

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  27. Great cards!. It is so interesting how each of you visualize "3 squares"....they are both beautiful and yet so different. Chrissi I love the altered, yet soft toned, look of your butterfly collage. And I adore black and white; Mandi the silver is the perfect touch. thanks you so much you too for sharing your expertise.

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  28. Another fabulous challenge - thanks to you both. Your cards are inspiring - I haven't heard of the broken glass technique either Chrissie, and it's beautiful; I love the flower on your card Mandi - it can be easy to forget about vellum, but it's so effective.

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  29. Beautiful inspiration pieces. Love the cracked glass and love that gorgeous flower. Three squares was not as easy as I had thought.

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  30. I was so impressed when I saw all these entries that I had to have a go.

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  31. Yay, I've finally made it! Better late than never!

    This is going to be my favourite challenge blog, not that I take part in many, but it's right up my street!

    Great work girlies :-)

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  32. Fabulous DT cards again girls. This challenge is beginning to take over my life. I look forward to saturdays now to see what the new challenge is going to be and even checked at 7am this morning.
    How sad am I ? Keep up the good work girls and keep `em coming.
    Lynne xxx

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  33. Beautiful, beautiful cards...BOTH of them!! I love the techniques on the first card...I've never seen UTEE, and don't really know anything about it...but loving the look!

    The second card is so elegant! I love the dimension on the flower!

    This challenge REALLY stumped me for a while...and after..oh, I don't know, 6 or 7 tries I FINALLY finished a couple of cards that I sorta like! LOL!

    Thanks for keeping us on our toes!!

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  34. WOW - I love BOTH DT cards . . . and great techniques. Thanks for the tutorial.

    I hope my Mondrian inspired card will count. It does have 3 squares on it (the coloured bits) but I'm not sure if it complies with being CAS? Please feel free to delete No. 34 if you don't think it counts for your challenge - I won't cry - honest!
    Hugs, Sandra

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  35. Another fun challenge!! Thanks Ladies~~

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  36. This is a great DT again ladies, the cards you have done are just lovely.
    I am struggling with this one this week so far. I haven't been able to come up with anything yet. I have made one so far but I don't think it quite fits the brief. I will have another go though.
    Thanks for making my brain hurt... LOL

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  37. Hi Chrissie and Mandi

    your cards are Fabulous ..and i like the Cake one Mandi ...sooo different...love it ...i am getting to love the Challenge although still Frightens me !!!!!!
    some wonderful entries ..Well Done Everone
    Enjoy your Day ...xxx
    Hugs
    sylvie
    x

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  38. Hi Chrissie,
    Thanks for you comments on my card and yes I agree I should not have put the brad on. I now realise it is not needed. Need to put more thought into my next one.
    Have a good day,
    Maureen.........x

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  39. Love your examples again. Will be trying the cracked glass. Thankyou for all the tips you include.

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  40. Crikey, this one was hard! Your samples are lovely though, great job again!

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  41. Thank you ladies for this challenge. I know I have a long way to go but I really wanted to try one layer stamping too on this week's challenge as it not something I usually do. Fantastic work being done...thanks again. Suzanne

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  42. great DT samples, I just love how you've found so many different takes, and again the participants have managed to find so many different ones too.
    loved this challenge and I hope you like my entry

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  43. You ladies make the most amazing cards each week. These are wonderful. Thank you for sharing all those tips too.
    Seriously need your feedback this week because this challenge is making me think so hard my head hurts! lol. I want to do something worthy and my first entry is not that. Help!!
    Hugs,
    Sharon xx

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  44. Gorgeous inspiration again girls and really enjoyed this challenge too :)
    Kelly.x

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  45. Hi -I've been following since the beginning but didn't find time to enter til this week, I love CAS and am so pleased to have found you...your cards are gorgeous, so elegant, I have a lot to learn so will be sticking around! Esther xx

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  46. Well, I've had a go! Looking at the other examples, I'm wondering if mine just might be a bit too minimalist but never mind!!

    Helen x

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  47. Thanks for another inspirational set of cards for this week's challenge!
    It is so interesting to learn more about this style...
    hugs
    kaos

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  48. Wonderfully inspiring samples again, especially the cracked glass card. And thank you to everyone for all the constructive feedback. I really feel it's helping me to improve my technique. Lynne x

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  49. great recipe ladies. I'm hoping to take part again once my household illnesses and issues have settled down. Its been quite a year already so i'm looking for normality soon - so I hope to join in with this challange - the CAS style is not only a great look - but it seems to have a calming influence too. Just what I need right now.

    I'm really impressed by the number of entries you ladies are attracting each week - so I think you have created an extremely successful challange blog. Congratulations.

    Paula x x x

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  50. Wow! Both of these cards are beautiful and inspiring. I've looking forward to experimenting with squares!

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  51. Great cards from you two, and such a challenging challenge again! See you're on your way to your 2nd ton, and what a great selection of LIM cards to view. Thanks and an even bigger thanks for placing my last weeks card in your showcase. Also a big thanks to all your lovely crafters who left comments and your thoughts on my Spring card. Delighted!!!! ikki

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  52. Loved this theme - in fact I got carried away! Lots of family birthdays this week & next :-)

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  53. Ooops sorry Chrissie, forgot about other challenge limit - I'll sit quietly in the corner writing my lines!!! Hugs x

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  54. Great new challenge - people are really getting the bug. Hoping to join in soon too - but going to make an effort to look at the entries first! Love the cracked technique too!

    Sarah

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  55. Gorgeous cards!! Such a breath of fresh air. I love the crackled glass, Chrissie, and your flower is beautiful, Mandi x

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  56. Another challenging challenge! Thank you!

    luv, Mags x

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  57. another great challenge - and thank you for the DT examples - they are also inspiring

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  58. Couldn't resist it - so here I am again...Great to see so many folk here...
    Sarah

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  59. Lovely cards again. I didn't manage to get a card done for last week's challenge, but there was certainly plenty of inspiration & I may find time to try out a few things. I will certainly need a lot of practice to get the printing directly onto the card cracked.
    I have had an attempt at this week's challenge, but I 'm not quite there yet, I may have another try & then decide whether to enter the challenge.

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  60. Great ideas from both of you! Had fun with this challenge. For some reason my pic didn't come up when I posted my entry. Sorry about that.
    DanielleP

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  61. Congratulations to the winner!!!!

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  62. Hello Sheila in cyprus and Sandra, i can't find your blogs for post a comment.
    Thank you for visit my blog.
    Regards from Palma de Mallorca Spain

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  63. I love this challenge. Squares are so very neat and tidy, perfect for clean and simple cards. Everyone's cards are really beautiful. Thanks!

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  64. Thanks for the challenge Ladies!

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  65. Loving the challenges so far ladies and I see there's only 24 more to hit the magic 200!! GOOD LUCK

    Kathyk

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  66. Thanks for your comments on my first card. I've had a re-think and have now posted a second card, which I'm much happier with. Jo x

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  67. Can you tell me how to do the slide show - I have tried and tried, but each card links to a blog site, and I can't seem to just browse through the entries.

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  68. Your challenge has really hit a nitch in the stamping world! It's so nice to see how fast your blog/challenge caught on! Good for both of you!! Congratulations.

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  69. hi again
    there are some stunners this week ...love em all
    hugs
    sylvie
    xx

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  70. So glad I found this blog :-)

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  71. I recently discovered 'inchies' in a magazine and I loved the idea so this is the perfect opportunity to give them a go! Thanks to everyone for the inspiration...there are some truly stunning cards, both from the DT and from the entrants! I will definitely be visiting frequently!!
    Lizy x

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  72. Hi Chrissie, thanx for your comment on my challenge card. I have linked your site to my post, I don't understand why you say I haven't.
    Sally x

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  73. We have a submission from Imelda #158 which has an incorrect link, so we can't find you!!!
    We have tried adding a dot in the address, but there are no cards on the blog we're directed to.
    If you could re-submit Imelda, that would be great!
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  74. Tks for your kind comments on my first entry to this challenge! Fantastic place to be in and you have won a fan alright! :) Amazing creations so far and will wait every week for the next challenge for sure! :)

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  75. just added my entry found this one easier than last weeks lol hope you like it
    Jacki xx

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  76. Beautiful DT cards again. Really would appreciate some help with mine this time....couldn't make my mind!!!
    Congrats to Jose just off to peep at her blog and then have some more fun looking at as many fab entries as possible.
    Diane x

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  77. I have to agree with some of the girls... tougher challenge than previous week. :) But enjoyed making the card. Most of the cards is realy amazingly beautiful.

    Have fun 'till next time.

    Hugs, Aleksandra

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  78. Congratulations Chrissie and Mandi, over 200 entries and some fantastic creations!
    Val x

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  79. Hi Chrissie, I have to admit that I have since changed the font colour of your link. Perhaps that was why you didn't see it. Thanx for getting back to me. Wow, this is a great challenge, so many entries. Good luck to all.
    Sally x

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  80. Hi Chrissie and Mandi, What an amazing community you are building and inspiring. Thought I would join in - what a challenge! Thanks for the fun. Hugs Cherry XXX

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  81. So pleased to see this weeks challenge has hit the 200+ mark - and there's still a day to go. Well done girls

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  82. This is good fun! New here, but definitely excited to be here, will keep sharing and participating. I already have your blinkie on my blog.

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  83. This was so much fun! Like last week! Thank you! :)

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  84. Gosh aren't these all marvellous!

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  85. My last entry (226) was made for the 'black and...' challenge at Totally Gorjuss, but I realised that I used 3 squares to create it so I thought I'd put it on here too!
    There are some stunning entries...thanks you all for your inspiration!
    Lizy x

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  86. Great cards, love the challenges... and a challenge they truly are... How can so little on a card be so hard ...lol
    Hugs Mau xx

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  87. Great challenge, sorry it took so long for me to find you.... Jx

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  88. Hope I still made it in time for the 2nd entry.

    Blessings, Aleksandra

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  89. WELL over 200 this week - fab entries from everyone

    Kathyl

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