Wednesday, January 21, 2015

SSS Better Together Blog Hop...



I am so excited to be joining in for today's Simon Says Stamp, Better Together Blog Hop.    Simon Says released a grouping of products called "Better Together".  The release celebrates life.  Sharing hugs, sharing love, spending time together, giggling, laughing, expressing how much we care for each other are great ways to celebrate our lives.  Even though we are often physically far apart from our friends and family, we can connect through words and cards are such a delightful way for us to reach out to one another.  Get ready for lots of inspiration today!  To see the entire Better Together Release over at Simon Says, click HERE.

To see a whole list of of the hop participants, scroll to the end of this post.  

Today's card was made with a special friend in mind.  I can't wait to stick it in the mail and send it her way.  I used the set called Sending Happy Thoughts....

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To start, I stamped 5 envelope images all in Simon Says colors.  Island Blue, Doll Pink, Green Apple, Lavender and Black.  I cut them out and layered them up on the front card panel.  I laid out the sentiments above and below and then pressed my acrylic block down so I knew the sentiments would be perfectly placed to stamp at the same time.   I added in a little heart on the top envelope.  The heart was so easy to cover in Glossy Accents and then I added a pinch of glitter to the wet Glossy Accents.

Next, I used the Diagonal Stripe Stencil and blending in some Green Apple ink to the card base.  I attached the card front to the base with some foam tape for dimension.  

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A matching envelope was a must have.  I used my Envelope Punch Board to make a Green Apple envelope.  I stamped the back with the happy mail sentiment and the little envelope image.  So cute!

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I always hate to come up with New Years Resolutions, so I like to just say one of my "goals" for now is to send more cards.  I have a huge...very full card rack in my craft room with lots of cards that could go out and spread some smiles.  I am going to make a list each month in my planner....starting with 5 names.  I want to start sending out 5 cards every month.  I decided that writing it down and seeing it in my planner would really help keep me on track with this new goal.  I love the feeling of getting a card in my mailbox from a crafty friend. I hope that I can spread the love and do the same! I hope you are inspired too!

Here is a full list of all the stops on the hop...


Laurie Willison -you are here!  :)

 Simon Says is giving away a fun prize pack for every stop on today's hop.  Don't forget to leave a comment and you could win!  That's 12 chances!  :)  A random winner will be chosen and announced on January 23rd.

Thanks so much for stopping in today!



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611 comments:

  1. I LOVE your card and love your idea of sending happy mail. There is nothing better than getting happy mail!!!

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  2. eeeek!!!! so cute!!!! love the green color!!!!!

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  3. Love the card and the colors you used

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  4. This is such a fun and cheerful card!

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  5. I only wish to be able to make more cards and keep sending them out. Love SSS Better Together Release, the whole idea of celebrating life is truly wonderful. I definitely want to receive happy mail than bills in the mail! :)

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  6. Love your cards...the colors make me smile!! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. So lovely. I love the layered envelopes on the front. Can't wait to get that stamp set.

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  8. I love the unique colors in this card and envelope! They are a lot of fun and very creative! TFS :)

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  9. Gorgeous card and color. And your matching envelope is awesome!
    Thanks for sharing :)

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  10. Laurie this is just incredible... love every product you used here. Wait, win them? Count me in!!!
    =] MIchele

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  11. Love this fun, happy card! The green is perfect!

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  12. Very pretty! it's fresh and reminds me that spring will soon be here (it will won't it???)
    TFS
    Dolly

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  13. Happy Mail is one of my favourite phrases, cool card... Cool Idea. Great Card... Thank you for sharing the technique and also a chance to win some goodies... Wishing everyone a fantastic 'Better Together' Launch we are all in it together...

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  14. Such a pretty and happy card!!! LOVE those fresh green stripes and the multi-colored envies!!! LOVE it!!!

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  15. SUCH a cheery card! Love it! Anyone would be delighted to received that happy mail in their mailbox. :)

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  16. Such a sweet and cheery card, love it!!!

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  17. Such a fun, bright card! Love it! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  18. I know that I would love to get such a fun and happy card in the mail from one of my crafty friends. So darn cute!

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  19. Love your card - like the unusual color for valentines day.

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  20. Love that Green Apple colour. Sweet card.

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  21. Lovely card with the sweet apple green colour!

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  22. Fantastic colors!!! Love this card ♥

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  23. Bright and cheerful card. Thank you for sharing.

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  24. What a happy card - love it! Great idea - adding the glitter on top of the Glossy Accented heart.

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  25. Oh, I love that stamp set!! Love how you pulled it all together for your card and envelope!

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  26. Great card!! I love this stamp set so much! Love the green apple too!

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  27. I love the happy mail set! Super cute! The envelope is awesome!

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  28. Very nice card - anyone would love to get this in their mailbox!

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  29. I love your cheerful little envelopes, as well as the stamp on the exterior envelope!

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  30. Even wonderful and fantastic.
    Best regards, Synnöve

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  31. i'm not a fan of lime green, but yeah it works here indeed happy mail, made me smile, so that's good! great card i might be converted to greens lol

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  32. OMG Your Valentines are are so cute, pretty and definitely extremely unique in style and color I love them!!! I too love your awesome idea of the matching envelopes is one outstanding clever and creative idea. I truly love your style it's unique and totally out of the box. I love it. WOW!!
    YOU so ROCK!!

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  33. Your card is fabulous! I love the way you tied the card and envelope together. One of my goals is to send more cards and I have my list in my planner too. Good luck!

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  34. I love that card! So bright and cheerful. Who wouldn't love to get that as Happy Mail. Thanks for your idea on sending cards out every month, I'm going to try to do that too.

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  35. Love these colours that you created with! Bright and cheery!

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  36. I got this stamp set in one of the monthly kits and it is one of my favorites!! Love this card

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  37. Love the card and matching envelope

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  38. Love this card! Thanks for the ideas and inspiration! ;-)

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  39. Anyone would love to get this happy mail!

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  40. Love this card and the envelope!!!

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  41. That envelope and cardstock combination are wonderful. Love the use of the stamps and the little envelopes!

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  42. oh.. I´m very excited... I ordered the rectangle dies.. Thanks for sharing your lovely card...
    and sending YOU lovely wishes from germany

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  43. love that you decorated the envelope as well - cute card

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  44. Such a great card. Wonderful job! Love those cute little envelopes.

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  45. Super duper card. One of the best of the hop. Thanks for sharing.

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  46. Now I know what to do with this stamp set, that I already have. So cute, love "Happy Mail".

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  47. Beautiful card. Love the color, my favorite. I enjoy so much that you make the matching envelope. When I see the card I have the urgent to open those little envelopes. So cute. Thanks for sharing.

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  48. Adorable, Laurie!! I love that lime green - yum :)

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  49. I ordered this set the minute I saw it! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  50. Great example of the stamp set. simple and beautifully designed.

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  51. Great card thanks for the chance to win!

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  52. Great New Years Resolution. Nice card and I like the matching envelope as well.

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  53. oh my heart!! I just love this card and the colours!!

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  54. Beautiful card! Love the shade of green you have used. Just want all the new SSS collection.

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  55. Laurie - I LOVE this card!! From the fresh colors to that striped background (I NEED that stencil!!) to those darling little envelopes to the yummy sentiment... love it all!! FABULOUS card, my friend!!! And I hear you about sending cards, I too am horrible about it... I need to make a mental note to send more happy mail, perhaps some of these products are just what I need to give me that boost to do just that!! ;)

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  56. Love the way you combined the envelope! Great design!

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  57. This card is very sweet. It made me think about a mini envelope die that Ihave. I would be cute to work a mini sentiment into a card like this;.

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  58. Very cute! I like that stamp set (my husband is a letter carrier)!

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  59. Adorable card - and using one of my favorite colors - lime green!

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  60. Super cute! I like that it doesn't use red or pink as the primary color. Great card!

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  61. Love the card, Love the design, Love the color. I just adore that lil envelope stamp. It has to be the sweetest. Thank you for sharing you're work. Beautiful

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  62. Your card is my favorite one on the blog hop! And that envelope is too cute! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  63. This is a very cool card and envelope. I love the green you used and how you used the stencil to make the background. What a great idea to start sending out five cards a month. Everyone loves to receive handmade cards and your friends will be thrilled.

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  64. Beautiful, elegant card...love the Green Apple card stock and the envelope images. TFS.

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  65. Super cute card!! Love how you stamped on the envelope too!

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  66. Fun card! And I love the stamping on the envelope too!

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  67. So cute and fresh! I'm in love with the idea of happy mail!

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  68. Laurie this is so gorgeous! That is my fav SSS green and your card is so sweet! ♥

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  69. Such a cute card! Love the green.

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  70. Envelope stamps are my favorites

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  71. Fabulous colour combination - that bright green colour is so refreshing. Sending Happy Thoughts is a terrific new stamp set from Simon Says Stamp!

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  72. Love your bright and cheery happy mail card. That color is just refreshing. Thanks for sharing.

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  73. This is just delightful!! What a happy card!

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  74. Love your card! Its so elegant and pretty! Thanks for sharing!

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  75. This card is so cute. I love the green stripes and the base color too. Very cheerful card.

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  76. I absolutely love the colors. So bright and cheerful. Thanks for sharing!!

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  77. Your card is very cute! I love your resolution! I have so many cards just sitting in photo boxes. I should probably send them out.

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  78. There is something about diagonal strips that catch my eye every time. Your card is great!

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  79. Your card is great!!! Love those mini envelopes!

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  80. I would love to get this card in the mail. I LOVE happy mail. Just beautifully done! Thank you.

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  81. I love the font of these new stamps. Your card would definitely cheer someone ones day.

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  82. Such a happy card Laurie! Love it completely! :)

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  83. Love your idea of sending 5 cards a month out! My cards need to find a happy home too. And I love the happy feeling your card gives off:) Thanks for sharing!

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  84. This card just makes me happy! LOVE how you stamped the envelopes and the stitching really brings it all together nicely! That green paper ROCKS! TFS!

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  85. I'm loving the green! Great card! Your friend is lucky to have such great happy mail coming to her :) Love the simplicity in design and use of colour.

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  86. I love the tiny envelopes used on this card, too cute. The tiny heart is precious. The colors are so cheerful. Mom would really appreciate a card like this!

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  87. Love your cute card and envelope. Great colors. Going to try your idea of more mailings. Thanks.

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  88. What a beautiful and striking card. I love the cute mini envelopes and the colour scheme you used is fantastic. The matching envelope looks amazing too x x

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  89. Love your card. The soft colors and the clean design are so attractive. The cute little envelopes are great and the sentiment stamps look great on this card. Super job!! TFS

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  90. Your friend is sure to love this bright and cheerful card! I really like the colors you chose and the matching envelope is the perfect touch.

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  91. Cute, cute card and envelope....loving the green. Great ideas on this blog hop!

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  92. who doesnt love some happy mail. love the card.

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  93. I love this card and envelope. I have lots of pen pals and this would be the perfect card for them. I am ordering these right now.

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  94. I use this stamp set all the time when I decorate my envelopes. Great card!

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  95. What a great card! I love how your did the little envelopes. I am putting this happy mail on my wish list :)

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  96. A super cute card and I love the different colors of the envelopes. TFS

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  97. Super idea to stack the envelopes. That shiny heart is perfect!

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  98. I love the color scheme of this card! It is so pretty.

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  99. What gorgeous card and happy spring colors!

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  100. Love the envelope. Great spring colors!

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  101. love this card, and I actually have the stamps! thanks for sharing!

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  102. Your friend is going to love this card... very simple and cute! Love the color combination. Great idea for using your planner to remind/track the cards.

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  103. Love your card! Who doesn't love happy mail? My goal for 2015 is the same as yours! Can't wait to get this stamp set!

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  104. Awesomeness in a card, how wonderful is that!!!!!

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  105. Simple and colourful, love it!

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  106. I love your matching envie, Laurie...so clever! Thanks so much for sharing your projects with us!

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  107. Love your card
    and especially love the envelope!

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  108. I love the color! It is so vibrant and cheerful. The layout and overall design are great. Thanks for sharing.

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  109. I love this stamp set and your card makes me like it even more!

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  110. Love your card. Those colors are fantastic. Love the handwritten stamp sentiment.

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  111. I love how you used this stamp set and your choice of colors, love the green apple. What a heart warming idea to promise yourself you'll send out 5 cards each month. Who wouldn't love to receive one of your cards.

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  112. Such a beautiful card and know someone will love to receive this.

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  113. I love your card and I especially love your resolution. Your 5 people each month will be delighted to get your happy mail!

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  114. Love the colors especially. It's good to remember that everything doesn't have to be pink or red for Valentines Day.

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  115. This is so super cute! I love the bright colors!

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  116. Cute card! Love those tiny envelopes and the colors you used.

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  117. Love the envelopes! Cute card!!

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  118. I love the cards! I want this little envelope stamp so bad!

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  119. Such a gorgeous card and envelope!!! that green is so striking!! I love it!!!

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  120. Love your card! Colors are so great together !

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  121. Gotta have the green colour cardstock.....gorgeous!!!

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  122. So pretty, Laurie! Who wouldn't love to get that happy mail?

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  123. Who doesn't love to get some happy mail?! Great card. I love those little envelopes.

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  124. Love All the envelopes it just makes the card.

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  125. I love this...fabulous zingy colours.

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  126. I LOVE this card! Such fresh colors! And the stamping on the envelope is great!

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  127. Green is my favorite color! This card makes me HAPPY! Mahalo for sharing!!

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  128. This is a great idea and the colors are amazing! They make me happy and feel like spring could be here any moment!

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  129. I love the little envelope stamp and the green!!! Your card and envelope are beautiful!

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  130. Great choice of colors and an excellent idea to stay in touch with your loved ones:) will def try cause I miss my friend :)

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  131. I really like your card, what a cute idea. I really like the diagonal stencil background too! Thanks for sharing!

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  132. What a fabulous card, Laurie ... the diagonal stripes are wonderful ... love the sentiment ... love how you've stamped the envelope! Anita :)

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  133. Very cool colors and so cut card!

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  134. So neat and cool! Love that you decorated the envelope too!!

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  135. Love the color. Great card can be used for lots of different occasions or just a smile.

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  136. I love love love this card!! Love this set and want it SOOOOO MUCH!!!

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  137. Happy mail, indeed! Love your bright, happy card! It's sure to bring a smile and some sunshine to your friend. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  138. Love that stamp set - love the card - it is so bright :) I also love to send cards - and for me it is no less happiness than receiving them :))) sometimes even more :)))

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  139. Very cute. I like all the different envelopes.

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  140. Love your card! The green makes it pop! Thanks for sharing!

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  141. Spreading smiles every month is a great goal to set.

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  142. I like the card! Thanks foe the inspiration!

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  143. Love the green! Super bright happy colors, adorable

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  144. Awww, cute! I really like your color combination, and the font in that sentiment is to die for!

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  145. Love everything about this!!!

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  146. What a fun card, love the colors!

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  147. I absolutely love this card... I may have to CASE it :D

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  148. Beautiful! love the colors you used and the happy mail stamp on the back of the envelope.

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  149. Really cute. Love the envelope too.

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  150. I agree, an envelope is needed for hand made cards.

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  151. I love all things Apple green... This card is right up my alley.... happy mail, for sure....

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  152. I love your card! Its so bright and cheerful! The colors you chose are so good together.

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  153. Love these colors together...love more the design of the card with all those sweets envelopes.

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  154. Cute happy mail card and I love the matching envie!

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  155. Love the colors and the matching envelope!

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  156. This is such a happy happy card! I love the matching envelope, and I agree with you - I need to send out more cards too!! Thanks for motivating me!

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  157. Love the colors, and the envelope stamp is fun!

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  158. Love, love, love our card! The mail set is a must have.

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  159. Such a happy card and cute envelope too.

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  160. This green apple color is perfect for creating a super happy card!

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  161. Really love the color combinations; makes me happy!

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  162. Cute idea - everyone should get happy mail every day! And I always love that lime green...definitely puts me in the happy camp!

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  163. Your card is so pretty, it would be a joy to receive!

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  164. So sweet! I love the little cluster of colored envelopes.

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  165. I so love that stamp set and with the new sending and wishing dies...pure perfection. Love your envelope colors, and the patterned papers. Such a fun card.

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  166. That's the perfect card to make someone's day! I've been eyeing that stamp set, now it's climbing the list!

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  167. I love your New Year's resolution. Great card too!

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  168. Very cute card. And I love the idea of sending at least 5 cards a month. I usually only send cards for birthdays and holidays, but I really should start making others!

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  169. I loved that you carried the theme of your sweet card onto the envelope! Makes a complete package that way. Great idea!

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  170. Awesome! Love these fresh colors!

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