Thursday, June 13, 2013

Summer School with Debby Hughes!


Hello and welcome to Day 4 of Simon Says Stamp Summer School!

Today's lesson is brought to you by the talented and amazing Debby Hughes!
For this lesson, Debby shows us how to take an inspiration piece found on the internet and use it to inspire a card design. We'll share what inspired her as well as her process as she created her cards. Get ready to be inspired! ;)

Hello!
Debby here with a project based on a little Pinterest inspiration to get you in the summer spirit!


Browsing around Pinterest I came across this wonderful letterpress print on one of Cristina’s Pinterest boards and thought it was just shouting out for the latest Simon Says Stamp exclusive dies from the Summer Release. :)

Shop the supplies:






To start out I cut several of the dies in a lovely bright green and played around with the arrangement.


Once I was happy with their placement I glued them down. Then I cut the dies out again from a gorgeous blue and deep green and enjoyed jigsaw piecing the colors together, gluing as I went along. Very therapeutic!


Finally I stamped a sentiment on a small white panel with a thin strip of deep green to accent it and mounted it with foam adhesive. The colors are so bright and fresh and the dies so beautiful that this card is perfect for a summer birthday.


I also played around with a slightly different layout of the dies for another card.


And finally I lined an envelope in a toning green paper as the finishing touch.


I hope I’ve inspired you to give your die cuts some love and make a summery card :)
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I know we're inspired by these amazing cards and we sure hope you are too!
A huge thank you to Debby for being a part of the Summer School event with her gorgeous Pinterest inspired cards and her amazing talent!

Thanks for visiting today! See you in class tomorrow!

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  2. Hi, I get to be the first spam-free comment. That really looks like fun to glue the different coloured pieces in. Thanks!

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  3. This is amazing. I love the effect of the thin die cuts on the stamped images. Beautiful.

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  4. Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Absolutely beautiful!! The dies are showcased so beautiful on her cards.

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  6. I would have never thought to do that with my dies - now I have to buy more - shucks!! LOL

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  7. What a truly inspirational post. I wold never have thought of doing that!!!! Thank you.

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  8. I love your interpretation - a great result

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  9. Beautiful work! I love all those dies!

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  10. Wow! What great cards--and I love the technique! :)

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  11. Gorgeous cards! Love the colours and the way you used the die cuts!

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  12. Love the way you have used the die cuts. I love that leaf outline die:)

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  13. Debby's summery card is really summery, love it :)

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  14. Wow, your cards are gorgeous! I love the colors and "jigsaw" technique. Your card is much prettier than the inspiration card!

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  15. This is an absolutely stunning card!!!!!!

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  16. Wowsers! Such a fun technique! The colors and designs of both cards look amazing! Gorgeous cards from Debby!

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  17. Beautiful projects Debby ... LOVE the colour theme you chose and the new dies are so pretty :)

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  19. Gorgeous cards Debby :-) I love the colours and design and the way you used the pinterest inspiration is FAB :-) I love the dies too, so very pretty and delicate :-)

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  20. I think your cards are just lovely and I actually have some dies that this technique will work on them. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. How very beautiful - such a pretty way to use the diecuts!
    Greetings, Christine

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  23. Beautiful, love the way you played bi-color with the die cuts!

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  24. Such a good technique!...I will try.

    Thanks for sharing with us.

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  25. Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing this cool idea!

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  26. Excellent puzzling. Great colours and the diecut pieces pop so much better than just colouring.

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  27. What a wonderful card! Can certainly understand the inspiration.

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  28. Oh wow, these cards are stunning. I adore the gorgeous greens that have been used. Top banana Debby !!

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  29. Oh my word - this is just fabulous. Great idea and such amazing colours. Love love ........... swoon :).

    Hugs ~ Mette

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  30. Another stunner from Debby! I love everything about these cards! Thanks for the technique, I'm off to give it a try!

    Beth xx

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  31. Man, those are better than the original! I especially love the second, off-center one with the interesting sentiment placement.

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  32. Wauw, this is super.... I have to try that sometime. It's really awesome. Thanks for the tip!!
    xxx Marianne

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  33. How do you think these things up? Gorgeous cards!

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  34. These cards are so awesome and looks just fantastic. Amazing work as always hun.

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  35. Those cards are absolutely gorgeous!

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  36. Wow! Such STUNNING cards! Thanks for the inspiration! Gotta have these dies!!

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  37. Wow...LOVE this, what a beautiful and clever idea....and love those dies, too!!

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  38. I'm speechless. I've never thought about doing this. Now I need some dies that this will work with!

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  39. Holy moley---that is awesome!! I'm speechless! WOW!

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  40. Those were the perfect dies for your inspiration. Love both your card designs.

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  41. Great project! thanks for the tutorial. these dies are just wonderful! love them a lot.
    vale

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  42. This is superb. It never occurred to me to use the little inside cutouts from dies as well. Thanks for the tip.

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  43. Debby always blows me away with her creativity...amazing. just love these cards.

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  44. so cute! I love when people use the insides of cutouts! I save all mine just in case

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  45. Love learning new ways to use my dies! Thanks! :)

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  46. a super talented lady!! love Debby's creations and these are AMAZING!!! ♥

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  49. Awesome! What a fabulous inspiration piece and I love how you adapted it with the die cuts! Those greens and blues are heavenly! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!

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  50. Such a pretty card and fabulous ideas for the dies!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  51. Pretty n soft need to try somethin like that

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  52. This card is stunning. Beautiful colors and technique. Thanks for sharing.

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  53. what a great idea! i wish i had a die cutting machine!

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  54. What a great idea, sorry I have to go to work tomorrow, I
    ll be trying this at the weekend for sure. Thanks for the turorial

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  55. I adore this card. Thanks for sharing!

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  56. What a gorgeous project! I think I see some of these dies in my future!

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  57. So creative, Debby! I love these summery brights!

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  58. Just fabulous colours and the inspiration is a fabulous design in itself... Mxx

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  59. I love it!! it's Soooo pretty!
    I too think I must have those dies!!

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  60. Debby never fails to inspire. I just love her style and creativity. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  61. Just beautiful, hard to tell these were made by dies.

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  62. Gorgeous cards! LOVE the color combo!

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  63. oh my goodness, this is so lovely! and I adore the colors! that leaf column die has been on my wish list since it first came out. fabulous! :)

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  64. This is absolutly stunning:)!

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  65. Debby, these.are.gorgeous. Seriously love what you did with the die cuts!

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  66. Beautiful. I'd love to try this!

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  67. Great cards! I love the color and I love the lined envelope. I always forget to do that and Imthink it looks so nice. Thanks for sharig.

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  68. Such beautiful colors...love both versions of your card. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  69. Wow... definitely have to get these dies now. Beautiful cards!

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  70. Lovely card Debbie. Love the delicate die-cuts. Wonderful colors. Great take on the inspiration photo.

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  71. Thanks for the awesome inspiration Debby! I love this idea!!!!

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  72. Such a gorgeous card. Love these dies..

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  73. Stunning cards! I love the colors and your use of the dies.

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  74. Ga Ga Gorgeous! Oh My! I need to try this myself. Just lovely. Thank you for sharing!

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  75. Wow this is so fantastic and Debby your technique to piece the negative die in another colour is brilliant! Thanks you for this great picture tutorial!!

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  76. How creative! I love my SSS dies and appreciate seeing creative new ways to use them. Thanks!

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  77. I loved hoe you used the inspiration picture and translated it with the sss dies and color choices. I just love your work, Debbie!!! Stunning card!

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  78. Fabulous cards, Debby! Truly inspirational. I'm off to look through my dies!

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  79. These are stunning and hard to believe hand made. I love the color combo.

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  80. AMAZING!! LOVING all of the Inspiration you've shared!! Thanks for all of the information and have a Fabulous Week!! ;)

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  81. Very pretty end product. The open design of the die really lent itself to "fussy cutting" to fill it in.
    Aren't dies wonderful inventions.

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  82. Wow!! These cards are stunning!
    Love the colors and all those die cut flowers!
    Gorgeous!!
    Love this SSS Summer Class, awesome idea, Simon! LOL

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  83. A Great way to start a project is with an inspiration, love how it finally look the cards and envelopes.

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  84. Great inspiration and I love what you did with your card! Gorgeous colors for summer!

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  85. Beautiful card! Love the colors and dimension!

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  86. OMG, those colors are gorgeous and the dies are fabulous...thank you for the inspiration!

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  87. Gorgeous use of these dies and I love this color combo.

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  88. A.B.S.O.L.U.T.E.L.Y G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S!!!! Love the color combo. What a great use of the dies. Now I just need to get some! Thanks, Debby, for today's lesson.

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  89. What a fun technique! These great colors remind me of the 1960's - very "mod"! This card is great - love the white spaces, too.

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  90. This is gorgeous! And what I really love is that you can essentially make two cards by putting together the unused pieces too. So fun!

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  91. Gorgeous card ,Debby!!! love the delicate die-cuts and the lovely color combo!!!

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  92. Amazing dies cut combination! This is awesome!

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  93. Wow, these cards are gorgeous!! Love the colors and the dies.

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  94. Wow Debby, I love this idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  95. Beautiful cards! I love those dies, I think I'd make a whole set matching colors so I wouldn't waste unused pieces. TFS

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  96. These are awesome...and my die should be arriving today or tomorrow...what excellent timing!

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  97. OMG
    This is soooooooooo pretty!

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  98. This card has some awesome paper piecing! So detailed! Great use of the new dies.

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  99. Beautiful cards. Loving the blue and green colors and how you pieced them together! What a great adaptation of your inspiration piece. Thanks for the great idea!

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  100. Oh wow, that is a cool look. I'm just getting into dies...

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  101. OMG!!! She is just pure talent!!!! AMAZING!!

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  102. Wow I love what she did with all those negatives and positives of the die cuts!

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  103. These are gorgeous and look so easy! Thanks for sharing! I will be trying this! Thanks

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  104. what a great way to get the letter press look without the pricey machine!!! thank you sooo much!!! :)

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  105. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! These dies are going on my list!

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  106. I never thought of "puzzle-piecing" my die cuts! Brilliant and beautiful!

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  107. Wonderful interpretation of the original card!! Spot on perfect with the colors and such a pretty result.

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  108. Beautiful card! Love how the clean design makes the die cuts pop!

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  109. Fabulous tutorial, Debby. I'm just lovin' summer school :-)

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  110. wow.. These are Gorgeous!!!!! I love these dies.

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  111. Awesome card. I love the look of a die cut filled with a different coloured paper. :D

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  112. Love the colors and simplicity of these cards.

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  113. I love, love, love this card!!!! My new obsession is these dies :)

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  114. I love the color green but this makes me love it even more!! What
    gorgeous cards!!

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  115. Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing this technique and your inspiration for you cards!!

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  116. Debby, Those cards are BEAUTIFUL. A color combo I probably wouldn't have tried, but now that I see it, I LOVE it. Love the paper-piecing. Thanks for sharing your talents.

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  117. Absolutely gorgeous card, Debby!

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  118. das sieht wunderschön aus
    lg gila

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  119. Love the cards. I can't wait for my dies to come.

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  120. AMAZING work with the dies Debby..yummy colors:)

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  121. Love, love, love those flowers!

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  122. so pretty. never thought to paper piece dies! LOVE THAT!!

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  123. Love those dies! Pretty cards!

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  124. Fabulous cards - love the technique!! These dies were made for this!!

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  125. Absolute WOW!!!
    Brilliant idea, Beautiful color combination, Clean performance!

    Thank you SO much for sharing!!!

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  126. Every time I see the puzzle technique used my fingers itch to try!

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  127. Beautiful cards, Debby. I love that "jigsaw" technique.

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  128. Gorgeous cards! I love the colors and the technique.

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  129. WOWZA, Debby always amazes me! So stunning and elegant!

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  130. Such gorgeous cards! I love the puzzle-pieced look of the die cuts! :)

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  131. Debby makes the most lovely things...

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  132. Both of these cards are so pretty!! Great inspiration. I love how she showed what inspired her also. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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  133. Absolutely beautiful cards.Thank you for sharing.

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  134. great cards today thank you for sharing them with us.

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  135. Wow....I love those dies. And, the colors are just fabulous. Even the different layouts ROCK. Nicely done.

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  136. Stunning I love the color choices and the elegant look that it gives. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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  137. Debby's card is gorgeous- the blue & green are beautiful together.

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  138. I love the cards and color scheme! The flowers are just beautiful!! :)

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  139. I like what you created from this inspiration piece.

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  140. Love colors and delicate designs

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  141. Oh my, what a fabulous card. Simply gorgeous.

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  142. A seriously amazing card! Love the colour combination!

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  143. Gorgeous card! I love the colour combo and it showcases your dies beautifully.

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  144. Debby's work always blows me completely away! Not only are those flowers awesome with the interchanged colors, the matching envie has some serious eye appeal! Beautiful!!

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  145. So clever! Love those dies!

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  146. Debby - you continue to amaze me! Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!

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  147. These flowers are gorgeous. Layering the die cuts really make the flowers pop.

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  148. Lovely bright cards! Thanks for the piecing tutorial using these dies. ;-)

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  149. I can't believe how closely the inspiration photo matches the final card. Wow!

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  150. Yeow! This is something I really love!

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  151. So gorgeous, Debby! Love the fresh colors!

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  152. I am loving this summer school! So many great ideas and beautiful cards!

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  153. This is gorgeous! Great color combo...

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  154. Gorgeous! Love the colors!!

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  155. Just beautiful love the color combo

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  156. Great cards!! Love the posts and videos, I learn so much!

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  157. Love the cards!! I. learn so mucy from your postt and videos!!

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  158. Debby, I love the techniques that you used to create your cards....they are so pretty!!

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  159. Oh, I love the colors and the flowers and yeah everything!

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  160. Yours cards are really cute ... love them

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  161. Love the way you took the inspiration and came up with these cards. Fabulous.

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  162. Wow wow wow! These are stunning Debby!

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  163. Gorgeous card! Love the way you used the die cuts! ~God bless~

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  164. I can't wait to try this. It looks like so much fun and i love doing puzzles.

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  165. It's amazing how two colors can really pull an entire design together - you picked some great ones. Love the simplicity and elegance of these cards!

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  166. Gorgeous card! And I love puzzles, so making something like this would be something I would enjoy doing. Thanks for sharing how you made your beautiful card with us.

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  167. Absolutely gorgeous cards...I'm off to give this a try. Thank you!

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  168. wow!!! this is such an easy concept with beautiful results!

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  169. My heart did a little pitter patter when I saw your cards! So very lovely!

    Kris in Alaska
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  170. i cant get over how stunning these are. i love the look. classy!
    -Rachel w k
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  171. What gorgeous and professional looking cards--I am so in love with SSS dies!!

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  172. Wow, Debby! These are beyond gorgeous!!!

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  173. What an inspired idea to use the negative and positive of a die cut in different colours on a card! Gorgeous!

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  174. Absolutely beautiful! Your color combination has inspired a sympathy card I needed to make. One very important question - where did you get the gorgeous green pen/pencil? I want one!!

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  175. I'm going to have to check out my dies to see if any will work for this technique. This is such a pretty card, the idea was awesome and the colors are so lovely together.

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  176. Great technique and beautiful cards! Thanks!

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  177. Love the colors and the flowers! Thank you for sharing them with us.

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  178. Love them both! Awesome design, love the colors and the jigsaw piecing!

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  179. Absolutely stunning cards. Love the colours. Fantastic tip to get a bit more creative with my dies.

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  180. Oh, oh oh! Gorgeous, inspiring, amazing. Thank you Debby for helping me to see my dies in a whole new way!

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