Friday, January 13, 2012

Paper Crafts magazine Presents: Cool Tools Blog Hop

I had the absolute pleasure of working with a special Paper Crafts issue that's geared around "Cool Tools"!  Admittedly, tools are hard for me...which doesn't make sense since they are designed to save us time.  I usually take the hard route, but it's nice to be reminded that there are easier ways of doing things.  I had fun thinking of innovative ways of using popular tools.

Here's the issue that I am excited about:























I was asked to create a new card using punches.  I am a sucker for circles...so I reached for a few of my Marvy Uchida punches
























I just punched a circle and punched another circle around that one to create a "frame".  I am not sure that I love the rosey cheeks, but I guess I went a little punch crazy :)

















This is not only a card for this fun blog hop but it's also your first sneak peek of our newest Kismet stamp set.  It will be released on January 15th - YAY!!  Before we get to more details about our newest stamp set - I'd love for you to check out the other designers that are playing along with the hop today.


·         Danielle Flanders
·         Cristina Kowalczyk
·         Heidi Van Laar
·         Vanessa Menhorn
·         Kim Hughes
·         Amber Daigre
·         Kalyn Kepner
·         Emily Branch
·         Laura Williams
·         Stephanie Halinski

All of us have one of these fabulous issues to give away.  You can leave a comment on any of the blogs linked above...and make sure to visit the Paper Crafts Connection blog.  All comments (on all blogs) must be posted by midnight (MDT) on Sunday, January 15th

I am thrilled that you are here!  You also have a chance to win our NEW stamp set called "Healthy Vibes" This is the third set to be added to our Kismet Collection.  This set will really come in handy for sick loved ones.  Jennifer McGuire and Lori Craig are helping us to promote our new set.  I can't wait to see what they create!!  Please take a moment to stop by their blogs as well...they both have a stamp set to give away.  Your deadline is also Sunday, Jan. 15th.


Thanks for playing along.  I hope you are inspired every step of the way!
xx
Kim

324 comments:

  1. sigh...now how cute is this? seriously cute. those rosy cheeks are pure perfection.

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  2. Totally cute - and loving the 70s colour theme :)

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  3. Super CUUUUUTE, Kim!!! Great colors too!

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  4. So cute ! love the colours and ur use of the punches...brilliant !

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  5. love the retro colours on the circles. The cup is too cute!

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  6. What a fun card...your color choices are fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Cute card Kim! Love those bright colors! Can't wait for the new stamps! A get well set sounds perfect!

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  8. Oh Kim - I share your love of circles!!!!! :) This is a terrific card, and I am SOOO excited about the Kismet sets! xoxo

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  9. i love the way you have used the circle punches and such vibrant colors and beautiful design thanks for sharing.

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  10. What a fun and happy card Kim....I love circles too, just can't go wrong.

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  11. This is such a bright and fun card! Love it!

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  12. The card is for me:) I have flu!

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  13. This is such a cute and fun card! I love those really bright colors!

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  14. Fun and cheery card! Great use of the circles!!!

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  15. Amazing colours, wonderful image - amazing card. Love what you created. So retro - love it.

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  16. Love the bright, happy feel of the card. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Super cute! love the sunny colors. I can't get my hands on punches in my area they don't have large punches.

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  18. I love how bright and fun your card is!

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  19. So cute, love how you even punched holes for his little cheeks...is adorable.

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  20. what a fun card-certain to help the recipient feel better!

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  21. A "happy" card is always a pick-me-up! Would love to win this get well set.

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  22. Love how you created such a fantastic design with such a simple punch. so cool!

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  23. I love this stamp and could have used it many times already.

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  24. Stunning Card! I love it. I love working with punches too. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  25. Such a cute card! I actually love working with tools! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. Love the colours on your card and the cute stamp set. ..thanks for the chance to win!

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  27. Such a cute card, Kim! Love the bright colors too!

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  28. I am amazed how this looks with just circles and solid paper. How retro and fun, and your stamp set is too cute!

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  29. I'm loving this! Great colors and overall vibe. It's awesomesauce!!

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  30. So cute!!! LOVE the bright fun colors!!!

    housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com
    www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

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  31. Thanks for participating and sharing another cool card. Love those circles.

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  32. cute card. thanks for the ideas and chance to win

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  33. Thanks for the inspiration. Great card! Margaret K

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  34. I just adore this cute card. Who couldn't feel better after getting a bright cheery card like this?

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  35. Adorable cards, thank you so much for sharing and allowing opportunity to win.

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  36. Cute card. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  37. what a fun bright card...thanks for sharing..

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  38. Oh, another inspiration to use punches.. Lovely cards..

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  39. Super cute card! Thanks for the chance to win! Can't wait to see all the great stuff in the hop!! :)

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  40. Love the mod design and bright colors....definitely a great pick me up card for some who's feeling not so great!

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  41. So very sweet. this is my first visit to this site. I'm adding it to my "favorites" immediately! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  42. I love bright cards, and I LOVE the new Healthy Vibes set! :)

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  43. So bright and cheery, perfect for a get well soon card! The rosy cheeks are such a cute idea. Fun blog-hopping with you, have a great day! ~Stephanie Halinski (P.S. If you pick me as the winner of the issue, pick someone else!)

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  44. I have ONE Marvy punch, and I am always reaching for it. Simple, but effective. I love the way you placed them and the rosy cheeks are cute. ;)

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  45. Love this card. Simple yet stunning!

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  46. I like the rosey cheeks! Great stamp too.

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  47. I say keep the rosey cheeks! They go great with the overall theme!

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  48. So fun! I love how you used those punches! And the bright cheery colors are great too!

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  49. So fun and cute! His cheeks are adorable!

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  50. Very cute!! Love the colors and the checks are sweet :)

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  51. love the bold colors used on your card! and i absolutely love the simplicity of it all!

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  52. I love your 'Rosey Cheeks' Too darn cute. Thanks for sharing and a chance to win.

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  53. Yay! I am so excited for this new set Kim! :)

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  54. Oh my, if that isn't the sweetest thing! It would cheer someone up
    for sure!

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  55. What a fun set...your little drawings are so cute

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  56. Sure fire way to brighten someone's day! Such a happy card.

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  57. Love this super easy to make card.."rosey cheeks" and all! This is an issue I really want. There's so much info in it that I can use!! PLUS..I love your stamps & would be thrilled to win this one!

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  58. I LOVE tools! Funny how my friends always buy new ones and bring them to me to use and demo for all of them.
    Great magazine
    Fun card project sweetie

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  59. I can see so many possibilites for this!! squares, hearts, stars, etc

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  60. Such a cute get well card--love all the circles.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  61. Simple and cute! Love it! And excited about the adorable new stamp!

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  62. So, so cute and easy! Love the new stamp set,too!

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  63. Ummmm . . . hello!! The rosy cheeks MAKE this card! LOL

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  64. Very cute new stamp set! Circles are really in.

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  65. love it... and that stamp, too! Congrats on your stamp line success BTW

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  66. Kim, I always love your cards (and stamps) they are so cheery. I can't wait to see the newest additions on the 15th!

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  67. What a cheery and colourful card!

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  68. I have a friend that loves circle also she does amazing things with them. Love your card! janiceaeschliman.blogspot.com

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  69. Your card is really cute and I can always find some inspiration on these blog hops! Thanks!

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  70. I like the rosy cheeks! very cute card.

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  71. That is so cute I would love to use it when my grandma gets home from her chemo treatments.

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  72. Your card is adorable. So is Jennifer McGuire's. I already checked it out. thanks for the chance to win.

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  73. Thanks for the card! It's SOOOOOO cute. :)

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  74. Kim, great use of your circle punches...so sweet!

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  75. I really like your card and Jennifer rocked her's as well....now onto take a peek at the others :-)

    Julie H in MN

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  76. Cute card ! Love the stamps jeje. thanks for the chance to win.

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  77. I like the bright colors and the stamps.

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  78. Great way to use your punches!!

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  79. wow kim! great, cheerful colors!! how can you not feel better! thank you for sharing your creations...marie

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  80. Circles are so versatile. The colors make me happy - it's a cold, dreary day in the Midwest. It's also snowing.

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  81. I love circles, too! I love the bright colors on your card.

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  82. Awesome card, I love the idea of the circles!

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  83. Love, love, love the circles! Great stamp set too! SOOO cute!

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  84. Your layered circles are so bright and cheerful! Anyone who was feeling down or under the weather would have to feel better getting your fun card in the mail.
    Thanks for sharing! :)

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  85. Cute card! Thanks for the ideas & inspiration! ;-)

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  86. Ahh This is so adorable. Love the card it is simple but yet so great at the same time.
    keaunalynn@msn.com

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  87. Cute, cute, cute - this card is certain to make the recipient feel better!

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  88. Cute Card, thanks for sharing!

    Ashlee
    ashlee@musemyworld.com

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  89. Great Card - thanks for sharing

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  90. love what I have seen so far, sure to bring a smile to anyone who is feeling down.
    Sandra ltb

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  91. All the cards I have made I have never thought to do this with the circles. Love it!!!

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  92. Love your card, Kim, and I love that new set! Thanks for {two} chances to win!

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  93. super cute card....looks like a great set!!

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  94. Great card! Those colors would help anyone perk up!

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  95. Love this card! Fun use of circles and what cute stamps! This color combo just can't be beat. Thanks so much for a chance to win!

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  96. Love those circle punches! The little cup is pretty cute too. Thanks

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  97. Your card is too cute! Thank you for sharing it!

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  98. Wow, I would have never thought of using this tool in this manner. I'm excited because I own this punch and am going to try it right away. Thank you. isabelzito at verizon dot net

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  99. Just arrived from Jennifer McGuire's site. I see why she has fallen in love with
    your wonderful stamp sets. They are so whimsical and cheery! Thank you for this wonderful giveaway, and nice to meet you!

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  100. Great card featuring circles--so cheery and fun! Would also love to win the stamp set--it's so cute!

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  101. Your colors combination of the circles are fabulous! I love that smiley cup!

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  102. Such a cute card, love the bright colors - that would definitely cheer me up!

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  103. What a happy card! Love those circles!
    Thanks for the chance to win~!

    Susan

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  104. Love the graphic look of the card!

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  105. Circles of course! Just terrific! Thank you.

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  106. Talk about a card that packs a lot of "punch"-- love the bold colors and the sweet, wee teacup.

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  107. Great card Kim and what a clever way to use punches!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  108. Cute, cute, cute! and I love the fun colors!

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  109. so cute--how could you not love it?

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  110. Love everything about this card! The colors are so cheerful and that stamp set is just adorable. I'll be keeping an eye out for it.

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  111. I am partial to circle punches also. Great job.
    Blessings,
    Peggy Allen

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  112. Luv those cheecks! Can't wait to see the new stamps.

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  113. Love this, Kim! Those circles are awesome and the colors even more!!! This will be an awesome new set, love it already! Thanks for designing it!
    Hugs, Wendy

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  114. What a bright and cheery card...thanks for the chance to win!

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  115. I love circles so this card is right up my alley! Thanks for the inspiration! Ps. Love the stamps!

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  116. Uber cute & totally funky! LOVE the retro feel and those fab bright colours!

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  117. love your designs, stamps and colors...visually, very appealing! thanks.

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  118. great design. love the circles. Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win.

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  119. Yay, for a cute new set and a fabby card! I'll head out and see what Jennifer and Lori have done, too!

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  120. Just discovered your adorablely unique designed stamp sets & they are my new favorites. Stopped by Jennifer's blog & the bandaid image is too perfect.

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  121. Fabulous card! I love the rosy cheeks, and your card design is so refreshing, bold and cheerful! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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  122. Wonderful colors!!!! Love the tea cup!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  123. What a cute card. Love your designs, Kim!!

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  124. I need to fill out my collection of circle punches. This is very cute. I like the pink cheeks. :)

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  125. Such great fun colours - this would warm up anyone feeling blue!

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  126. My first visit to your blog and I will be back, for sure, to get more inpiration.

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  127. Cute card, sure to perk anyone up! Love the circles!

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  128. Love your card Kim! The tea cup is adorable with the pink cheeks! TFS!

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  129. Great interesting look using the circles!

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  130. oh this is such an adorable & colorful card! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  131. Cute card!

    goodjessie at hotmail.com

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  132. Clever card!

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  133. Love the retro look of your card!

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  134. beautiful card Kim... i love the colors! ^_^

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  135. Really cute card! Bright & Cheerful :-)

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  136. thanks for a chance to win "healthy Vibes"!

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  137. I love those bright colors... Fabulous card!

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  138. Love your use of punches to make your own patterned paper! Super cool colors! Guaranteed to brighten anyones day!

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  139. So cute...would love to win the stamp set.

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  140. I have to admit i have just seen the new stamps on an certain online craft shop and think they are great!! i love them!

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  141. So many give aways. I just love the feel of your card Kim.

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  142. Absolutely adorable....love the design!

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  143. OH, Kim! You are super amazing! I LOVE all those circles--and I LOVE those pink circles for the bowl!!! And I LOOOOOOOOVE those images! FUN FUN FUN! Thanks for the chance to win:) sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

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  144. I Love circles too! What a neat idea. Love it! Thanks for sharing. Ciao db:)

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  145. Great card - so cheerful.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  146. everything about this card is adorable. Great idea on the cheeks, I would of never thought of it. Thanks for sharing

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  147. Awwww....this is such a cute, cheerful card!! I love the bright colors, and the little pink "cheeks" are just too adorable!!

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  148. Love your idea! The little pink cheeks are soooo cute too. Thanks soooo much for sharing it. And thanks also for the chance to win Cool Tools.

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  149. Very cute card. I am new to your site and stamps, but I will definitely be visiting here often

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  150. I always love your cards, Kim. You are SO creative. Of course, that goes for your stamps, too. Gotta get out my circle punches now. :D

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  151. I can't wait to see the full set!

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  152. Love Paper Smooches and can't wait to see the new set in full!

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  153. I love the brightness of the papers, and how you used circle punches! This would def. cheer anyone up, thank you so much!
    Lisa
    lisascreativeniche at gmail.com

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  154. Love this card -- pink cheeks included! :)

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  155. I think circle punches are the most versatile of all. Love the bright cheerfulness of the card.

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  156. This cheerful card would make anyone feel better!

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  157. Great use of circle punches!

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  158. Would make anyone feel better.

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  159. Oh so pretty. This card sure would make me feel better!

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  160. So bright and cute. This would definitely make me feel cheery!

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  161. Can't wait to get mine!

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  162. Oh, I love all your stamps...and this one looks adorable as always!!

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  163. This is so cool. Thank you for having a blog hop.

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  164. I think this blog hop idea is pretty cool. a girl could easily get lost in this rabbit hole and not want to come out! hee hee ;) I like your style of cards: the're neat, clean shapes and they're cute! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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  165. Now why didn't I ever think to do this? I have a billion circle punches in different sizes!!!
    I'm going to dig them out, dust them off, and give this idea a try! Brilliant!!!
    And the little cup is just too cute!!!

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  166. This card is so cheery & bright! Sure to make anyone feel better. Love your stamps!

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  167. Such a cute and simple idea, you could do that with any shape. Thanks for sharing, would love a copy of that book!

    sydegan@hotmail.com

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  168. I have never done this idea either - what a cool way to use all my circle punches - thank you for sharing this great idea and even better for giving me the motivation to get those punches out again. Love your font style - going to look at your other stamps now as well.

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  169. I love the little cheeky circles - too cute!

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  170. Love it! Such fun colors too!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  171. I like the rosie cheeks! Love the layered circles too.

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  172. Just bought the magazine and I LOVE it. Fabulous inspiration and I love this stamp set.

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  173. I saw Jennifer's card made with the adorable stamp set.Really looking forward to seeing more from Paper Smoochies !

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