Thursday, November 22, 2012

You are my Sunshine... Blog Hop

Hello everyone and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates it! Welcome to the Lili of the Valley blog hop showcasing the last new stamp release of the year. We have some prizes to give away so make sure you read the rules carefully before entering.

There will be 18 baby and animal designs (unmounted rubber) and also 2 new A5 sheets of clear stamps (a companion set and also an everyday version of the Grungy Christmas Messages).

The stamps will be available to buy on the Lili of the Valley website from midday on Sunday the 25th November (UK time).

The entire DT is involved in the hop, so make sure to follow all the links below and leave a comment for a chance to win. We don’t know where the prizes are so make sure you visit every blog. We will let you know Friday evening which were the ‘lucky’ blogs and 2 winners will be drawn at random from all the comments that were left 

There will be 2 prize winners, each winning the 2 sets of clear stamps and 6 rubber stamps of their choice from the new designs (each prize value £52.00 approx. $83) 

Here's a list of all the blogs taking part  ...and remember you will need to visit them all to have the best chance of winning; 

Anne 

And now here's my card...something very different from what you're used to seeing!



 I don't know about you all, but I've secretly admired and drooled over the CAS (clean and simple) design style for a loooong time. I even attempt to create one every once in a while, without much success. At least, I was never too happy with the final result. Until now. I think I have found my happy balance of simple and pretty with a touch of frou-frou. It makes me happy. And that's what matters to me. 
I've masked off the stamped image called 'You are my Sunshine' with some post it notes. I used some liquid masking fluid with a small paintbrush to mask off the bear and flowers so I could sponge the background with Distress inks. When that was dry, I used a gum eraser to rub off the masking fluid and I colored the rest of the image with colored pencils. I really wanted the image to POP because there was so much white space, so I used really bright colors. 



A simple ribbon and bow/button/charm embellishes the top of the card and that's it. Oh, a tiny little border of patterned paper around the edges of the card front. That's as CAS as I could manage, lol! 

So what do you all think of the new stamp release? Pretty awesome, I bet.

Now I'm off to start cooking ham and mashed potatoes, manicotti and couple of pies. Oh and maybe some blueberry cheesecake bars too. I feel stuffed and tired already! Thanks for visiting, and good luck if you're entering the contest! 

87 comments:

  1. This is a really gorgeous card, I love it
    Sue x

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  2. Wow this is gorgeous! Love how the image gets all the focus... cause it's a beautiful image!!!

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  3. Your card is perfect! The stamped image just "pops" out at you!

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  4. Wow, your colouring is just breathtaking! This looks amazing hun, truly beautiful card! :)

    hugs

    xxalisonxx

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  5. such a sweet card! the image is beautifully colored. :)

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  6. This is so gorgeous I love the image and the layout is beautiful. Caroline xxx

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  7. Stunning CAS card. Love it and that little image is so cute. Hugs Lisa xxx

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  8. Hi Katarina, love this simple but effective CAS look..fab white space and beautiful bear image..stunning! Thanks for showing, I've got to say i don't really have a favourite because they're all so well designed, hard to choose. Ruby x

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  9. What a beautiful card.
    Hugs Moni

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  10. Wow! That beautiful background really makes the image pop. Just what you were going for. Love it. Like the CAS look, too.

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  11. Hi Katrina,
    Wow,
    what a stunning card,
    and a delightful image,
    hugs
    Heather & Bronwyn x x

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  12. Hi Katrina. The image works beautifully on a CAS card. Very effective.
    Tine :)

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  13. Ohw, what a gorgeous card.

    Marie-Anne

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  14. Stunning card! And beautifully coloured image.

    Hugs
    Judex

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  15. Such a nice change to see a CAS card! Very sweet. Christine xx.

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  16. What a lovely card ~ so simple ~ but a lot of thought and effort has gone into it. Love the colours. Bev xx

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  17. It might be different but it looks realy great. Lovely colours. Hugs, Ankie

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  18. what a beautiful colloring!
    love the 'simplicity' of the card!!
    greetings
    Veerle

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  19. Your card is simply gorgeous Katarina I love the simplicity as it makes the stamp the focal point and the stamp is super :)

    Hugs Mandy xx

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  20. What a fabulous card, lovely colors.
    Hugs,
    Babette

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  21. This has to be my very favorite. I love the design of your card. Fabulous!

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  22. Pretty...

    have a nice day, Thea

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  23. Awwwww such a cute image and your colouring is so beautiful. I love the layout

    Sue

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  24. Oh wow! so sweet... i love the design of this.. you are sooo clever!
    TFS!
    Hugs xxx

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  25. This is gorgeous, I love the colours and your colouring is fantastic.

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  26. i love this.. So so effective and pretty. Super colouring too

    Hugs Kelly

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  27. Hi Katarina, Stunning CAS card! I love how you have coloured the image ... the colours are so vibrant.

    Lisa x

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  28. This is fantastic Katarina! I love it :) CAS is way beyond my limits lol, this looks beautiful :)

    Tags xx

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  29. What a gorgeous card - so clean and simple - just gorgeous.
    Hugz
    Ea

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  30. Your card is fantastic.

    Hugs,
    bastel_fee

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  31. Fab card, the colouring is simply stunning!!!

    Hugs
    Cinzia xx

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  32. This is gorgeous. Love your CAS card and the image is adorable and the colouring is beautiful.
    Hugs Sharon. x

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  33. amazing card, thought the others so far really beautiful, but this is just stunning angxxxx

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  34. Stunning card, and the colouring is beautiful. Gail

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  35. WOW... TOTALLY AMAZING COLORING.. WOW.... I LOVE THIS... Absolutley LOVE this.. :o) Amazing Coloring. And it looks so good with the Clean and simple style.. Your coloring does it all.. :o)

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  36. Ahh this is so sweet and a very clever CAS card,
    Jane x

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  37. I love your CAS card, the image is really cute, beautiful colours you have used.
    greetings Dorte

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  38. Stunning colouring - love your creation! Jen x

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  39. a wounderful Card !!
    The Image ist fantastic coloring.

    many Greetings Jenny

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  40. This makes for such an elegant card, love your colouring, so bright and cheerful, hugs Sara xx

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  41. I can't do Cas either, always want to add to it but this is gorgeous. Such a cute image too.

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  42. Gorgeous card... Love that cute image... Hugs May x x x

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  43. Love your card! Simple and clean, that is nice to see especially when you are looking for a fast, good looking card!

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  44. Beautiful card! I love the bright colours!

    love Mags B x

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  45. Wow, this is awesome! I love the background to your stamp and the colours you used. You totally nailed the CAS look!
    Kat x

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  46. Ooooh Katarina, this is stunning. I love the simple but effective design, and that bow is gorgeous.
    These images are just so cute.
    Annette
    xx

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  47. What a beautyfull card.

    Greetings Henriëtte

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  48. wow you are right about making it pop! Looks stunning! fabulous card x

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  49. Wow, this is stunning, I love the way you have coloured the background, you have certainly come up trumps with this lovely CAS card.
    Natx

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  50. A lovely card, love the image and all the beautiful Details.

    Hugs Heike

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  51. Aww you bear looks like he's about to float away with the flower. Too sweet xx

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  52. This is a cute little card coloured beautifully.
    Hugs Sonia xxx

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  53. Katarina,
    Love this style, I love all the white around your wonderfully colored image, the image itself I love, but your really popped this image with the way you designed your card. Outstanding!!
    Thanks for sharing,
    hugs
    Donna

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  54. Love this one very much!!! xxx

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  55. Love your style, very CAS and love the shape of the card too!

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  56. Oh my Katarina - this is just amazing - the colours are so vibrant - I just love it.

    Have a great weekend.

    Toodles

    Hazel

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  57. Oh! I so love CAS and this is Beautiful. I love the sweet image and your colours are wonderful!! A refreshing change, I find it hard to get CAS right.
    Hugs Mau xx

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  58. Reall love this Katarina ... The masking technique and background are brilliant
    Pauline x

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  59. Indeed, a very good balance - love this simple card...simple to look at, but I know you have put a lot into it. Thanks Julie

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  60. Wow what a stunning card Katarina and brilliant coloring!

    Hugs,
    Iris

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  61. Beautiful card. Love the background in the image as much as the focal point. Wow.

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  62. What a clever card! I like the charm, especially. The vivid colors are very cheerful!

    Sue C

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  63. Love this darling card! Fabulous colors and a sweet design!
    DeniseB

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  64. Your coloring is gorgeous beautiful cas card and wonderful sponging

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  65. Love this card, beautiful colouring, and lovely design. Perfect CAS.

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  66. Hi Katarina,
    Your CAS card is absolutely beautiful and your coloring is amazing!
    Hugs, Anja

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  67. What a great idea for CAS card, it looks fab, might have a go at this myself as I've never been happy with my CAS attempts.
    Carol

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  68. Wow wow wowwwww Katarina!!! Your colouring is AMAZING!!! I love it! And the CAS style that you have done .. gosh! It's SO beautiful!!! Yes, I do love how everything else is white except the image and the ribbon .. sigh!! Loove!!! I'm so happy to have done another hop with you lovely ladies!

    Biggest of Hugs,
    Elise

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  69. STUNNING!!! Your CAS card is superb! Great idea to make a square. Gonna try that really soon. Have a beary nice day, Colinda

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  70. This card is just stunning. Your colouring in is wonderful.

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  71. Your little bear looks so good masked and coloured like that!

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  72. Oh how sweet is this image!!!! What a gorgeous card!! Hugsxx

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  73. What a great idea for CAS card, it looks fab, might have a go at this myself as I've never been happy with my CAS attempts.
    Hugs Manuela

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  74. Such a sweet image and the layout and the colours of your card are brilliant. Love the CAS style, Katarina.
    Hugs, Karina

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  75. Love the new Stamps!! And the blog hop idea! :)

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  76. Beautiful card and great new image!
    Nela x

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  77. Beautiful new card! I love the image and the simple layout!

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  78. I want to give you so give complements for your creations, there so nice and sweet!

    Greetings,
    Marieke

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