Monday, June 10, 2013

Summer School with Laura Bassen!


Welcome to Simon Says Stamp Summer School!

It's the time of year when school is ending and the kids are getting excited to spend the summer months relaxing and playing in the sun. But here at Simon Says Stamp, we are just getting school started!!

Please join us for the next two weeks as we welcome some amazing designers to the Simon Says Stamp blog with awesome videos and tutorials sure to inspire you to get crafty!

There will be goody bag giveaways throughout the two weeks on the summer school blog posts as well as a gift certificate prize at the end of the two weeks from all comments received.

See you in class!
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Hello and welcome to DAY ONE of Simon Says Stamp Summer School; lesson brought to you by Laura Bassen!

For today's lesson, Laura shows us how to create an amazing ombre background with the Simon Says Stamp Full Card Hexagon die and masking.

Thank You Card




A little about the card from Laura:
Hi there! Laura Bassen here and I'm so happy to be joining SSS for Summer School. My card features some of the new Simon exclusive summer released products. I used the Full Card Hexagon craft die and some masking paper to create the ombre hexagon background. Then I used the Paulina butterfly die for the center. To finish it off, a sentiment from the Lots of Thanks set and a gorgeous pink gemstone. In the video, I show a photo from Pinterest that inspired my project. Thanks so much for joining me today! Enjoy the rest of your summer card class!


A huge thank you to Laura for sharing this awesome technique and amazing card with us. 
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210 comments:

  1. Great video and card ideas...I'll have to see if I can give it a try.
    Joyce xx

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  2. AWESOME CARD!! wow!
    Love the popped up butterfly and that ombre background is GORGEOUS!!!
    TFS!!!!!

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  3. love it! Look forward to the posts!

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  4. Such a beautiful card! Love that butterfly and the background is so pretty!

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  5. Beautiful card! Love the butterfly and fun masking technique!

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  6. Thanks for all of the great tips! ~Such a pretty card!

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  7. Very cool technique and gorgeous card! tFS =)

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  8. Yummy card! Love your design and color combos! Thanks for sharing it on a video!

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  9. Very pretty card!!! I love the background. :)

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  10. Summer School never sounded so good!!! I really love this card, and in excited to try my hand at it (I ordered those dies over the weekend!)

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  11. Oh, how fun with a creative summer class! I look forward to more great sessions in the coming days =)

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  12. Love the hexagon base and the way the butterfly pops from the page

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  13. I laughed so hard at your comment "Bout peed my pants". You are a hoot! Seriously, this is a beautiful card. All your hard work and effort-definitely A+. Thanks Lauren.

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  14. The card is gorgeous and now I have to have all the butterfly dies and that stinking cute Hexagon card die! I love it!!!!

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  15. Such a beautiful card! Great technique.

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  16. Beautiful Card today thank you Laura

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  17. Fun technique! Very pretty card!

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  18. THIS is the ONLY school i REALLY like!
    Laura your card is STUNNING!! took my breath away:)

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  20. Laura is so darn cute!!! "It just about makes me pee my pants it is so cool" ~~ her commentary almost made me pee my pants - LOL!!! Love the card!!

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  21. Love Laura! Love the card and love the tutorial!

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  22. Love the card and the technique!
    TFS
    Anita

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  23. Brilliant effect and beautiful card!!

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  24. Laura's card is gorgeous! Love the ombré hexagons background!

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  25. Love the ombre background! It's so beautiful! :)

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  27. Pretty card. Enjoyed the tutorial.

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  28. I really love Laura's inking technique for this design and the colour combo is so pretty.

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  29. Awesome ombre effect! All the time spent is worth it )

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  30. I love this card and the technique. All things beautiful take time!

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  31. LOVE the colors and the design!

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  32. Beautiful card and great tips in the video.

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  33. I love the butterfly and the beautiful colors in this card! Thanks for sharing.

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  34. Wow, love the hexagon background and that gorgeous butterfly!

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  35. That is a gorgeous background effect...I hope that I have the patience to use this technique sometime. It would probably have to be for someone very special though! Thanks so much for sharing...simply beautiful!

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  36. Oh I will love this summer classes, this card and video are amazing!!! very inspiring, thanks!

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  37. Wow!! such a Beautiful Card and great video!! Thanks so much for sharing with us and have a Fabulous Week!! ;)

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    1. You made me SMILE with your "it'll make you about pee your pants cause it's so neat!! That't something I say ALOT!! My 6 yr. son said once MOM you know only babies pee their pants right"?? I Laughed and said yes, it's just a phrase you say, you' ll understand it more when you get older!! ;). Lol have a FABULOUS WEEK!!

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  38. Love this technique! Great card.

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  39. Such a beautiful card! I love the technique! Will definitely have to give it a try!

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  40. Great card, Laura, and your video is awesome. :) Beautiful colors and the masking is stunning. xoxo

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  41. I LOVE the hexes and colors! Gorgeous card!!

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  42. Great idea! I'll have to try it!

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  43. WOW, Laura, this is awesome! Thanks for sharing your technique via video. Will have to attempt it myself soon.

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  44. That was really nice! Don't know that I have the patience for it--but I'd try it with maybe a less intricate die b/c I do love how it turned out!

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  45. Love the card!! Going to def. try this technique! Thanks for sharing :)

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  46. Lovely card. Every once in awhile I do a pink and orange card and think how in the world do these colors go together but they just do.

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  47. Awesome card!!! Love the video! Great way to use my hero art inks!!!

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  48. That background turned out very beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  49. Love this beautiful card! Fabulous colors.

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  50. I love the masking effect from the hexagon die--gorgeous card! Thank you for sharing! I love the idea of the summer school! I can't wait to see all the "classes"!

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  51. I have this die but didn't know about the masking paper. TFS this technique.

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  52. I love the color effect you have! This card is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  53. Amazing card. Thanks for the tips about the stencil die cut - very cool. I love how the butterfly pops up from the negative space.

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  54. One DELICIOUS-looking card! Love the SUPERB masking and design from Laura! The video is awesome!

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  55. Wow! Thanks! This is one gorgeous card!

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  56. That card is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing

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  57. thank you for sharing Laura - it is beautiful - I too spend a lot of time on cards ... they are truly an act of love!
    Sandra ltb

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  58. Love that 3-D trick! Thanks for showing the ombre technique. I hope the person who gets the card enjoys it as much as we enjoy watching you make it.

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  59. Awesome Laura! More awesome? I didn't pea in my pants!

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  60. Beautiful and unique card and very artistic. Loved it.

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  61. I love Laura's work and love it even more when she shares it in a video! This card is so gorgeous - the soft colors look amazing!

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  62. awesome card! and what a fun idea for summer camp! love!

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  63. How exciting to have summer school kicked off by one of my card heroes, Laura Bassen! The card is a stunner and the video is the best! Thank you!!

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  64. The best kind of summer school ever! And a beautiful card today.

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  65. I love watching Laura's videos! Beautiful card.

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  66. Laura, I love your card and the techniques you used....it is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for making summer school so much fun!!

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  67. Love summer school with beautiful cards like this one!

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  68. This is a super pretty card! I will be buying the hexagon die and trying this technique! Thanks for having summer school. It's going to be fun!!

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  69. Wow! I love this effect. So pretty. And your video was very nice, clear and concise. Thanks so much

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  70. You are right, it's a little bit of work, but it is well worth it! The card looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing this technique!

    Hugs,

    Carmen L

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  71. Dude, this is SO amazing! What a great video. Thanks for sharing this technique. I'd love to give this a try--for sure!!! p.s. she's so entertaining to listen too! More vids!

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  72. I love this first video for Summer School, and wait-- it's free????? Holy Cow!! thank you so much Simon Says Stamp!!!

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  73. Oh wow! This card is FABULOUS! Love that ombré effect. And I have to say that I am very happy to be going to summer school. Woot Woot!

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  74. What a great first day of summer classes and a gorgeous card. I love how the butterfly pops through.

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  75. Well, for crying out loud I love this card! You are a major crack-up :) I bout peed my pants! You should do lots more videos, it's so much fun to listen to you create! Thanks for sharing and the card really is cool all kidding aside :)

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  76. Wow! This is so gorgeous! Love what you said about being time consuming....some things are just worth it! This surely is one of them!

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  77. Beautiful background and card! Video cracked me up! Pam A.

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  78. Great video, I love the hexagon background! So worth the time! Love it!

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  79. Love these colors and the dimension in this card. thanks!

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  80. What a gorgeous card, Laura, thank you for the video tutorial. And thank you Simon Says for the Summer School Classes! I'll be sure to check back everyday! =D

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  81. I absolutely live the hexagon background!

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  82. Beautiful card. Thank you for the
    tutorial. Can't wait to see
    what's in store for tomorrow.

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  83. Such an eye catching stunning card, love it. Thanks for sharing the tutorial too!!

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  84. Cool class! Laura your card is fabulous, love that hexagon die.TFS

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  85. What a great idea with a summer school for us. I am absolutely going to join you for the next two Weeks.

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  86. What a pretty card! A wonderful way to start summer school!

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  87. I've always enjoyed school but this is way better than any class I've ever been too!

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  88. Oh my how gorgeous is this card.. I would never have dared to use a die cut for it. But it is such a beautifull card. Have to give this a try :)

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  89. So freaking amazing! Totally worth all the time you put into it - TFS!

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  90. Fabulous card, Laura! I love the ombré effect and the layers.

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  91. I like the colors of your card. I like the layers on your card.

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  92. Simon Says Stamp Summer School - crazy alliteration! (I'm a sucker for 'em) What a fabulous kick off, Laura! Fantastic video chock full of ideas and tips. This card is amazing. Love, love, love the ombre effect and the colours you chose to use. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who is willing to spend ridiculous amounts of time to achieve a knockout effect.

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  93. Love that card and a great idea, perfect since I have to make four thank you cards to my daughters teachers today. And now I know what kind of cards I am going to make.

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  94. Beautiful card! I can see that this will be great fun!

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  95. Such a pretty card, and such a fun video! Laura has a fun knack for videos, made me smile thoughout.

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  96. Love this technique and the beautiful background it creates!

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  97. I love the hombre effect on this special card and Laura's honesty that this wasn't her first attempt. The hexagon pattern is solo interesting. Can't wait for the rest of summer school!

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  98. I am so glad you did a video showing how you made that beautiful card. Yes, it was worth all your hard work.

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  99. WOW!Beautiful card!!!Thanks for the video!!!

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  100. I love the colors! So fun and rewarding

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  101. Fantastic card. What a great video tutorial. I learned so much . Thank you!

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  102. Awesome First Day Laura! Love the tutorial and the time savings from learning from the problems Laura had. Great Tutorial and card!
    ~God bless~

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  103. Wow! The ombre background was really beautiful when you pulled of the mask. A really pretty card!

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  104. What an amazing background! Love the gradients of color. I cna honestly say this is the first time I ever looked forward to summer school! LOL!

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  106. fabulous card Laura :-) the colours and the butterfly are stunning and I love the way you created the background :-)

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  107. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card. so inspiring

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  108. This is truly amazing. I'm definitely a fan of Laura Bassen. Her work is very inspiring.

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  109. Very pretty card. I love using the hexagon's for my cards. The butterfly is great.

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  110. Awesome card!!! Will definitely have to try this :) Thanks for sharing this beautiful work of yours.

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  111. Too cool. I'm going to watch the video now...

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  112. Oh, how pretty! Love the colors with the hexagons. The butterfly is beautiful. Love how it's cut out of the background.

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  113. I love Laura's stuff, this is awesome! This card rocks my world too, the spectrum of colors is devine!

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  114. Fantastic card - love the ombre effect. You made it so easy to do!

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  115. Love the card and I have the supplies to give it a try. I also got such a hoot out of your video, especially the comment about "peeing your pants". You gave me a good laugh to start out my day. Thanks.

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  117. Love the card. What a great way to use a die.

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  118. Love the summer school. This card is worth the work!

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  119. Love this one - I need to give it a try

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  120. Oh my goodness! Thank you so very much for this amazing video tutorial! You were sooooooo gosh darn funny and your card is soooooooooo amazingly beautiful!!

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  121. this is BEAUTIFUL. the faded background is amazing, as is the butterfly. love it
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  122. I absolutely adore this technique. Gonna try it out with my circle stencil:)

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  123. This card although it took forever I am sure turned out fabulous. I love the look and thank you for sharing how you achieved it. It's wonderful. TY

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  124. Beautiful colors! Love that hex die... on my wish list!

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  125. wow....what a beautiful card. Love the video and all the inspiration.

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  126. LOVe the background on this! Great colors and love the multi-colors!

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  127. Beautiful card. Love the background and the lovely colors.

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  128. The subtle colors on the hexagon background are lovely and make the butterfly even more pretty.

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  129. Oh Yippee...the video is fixed....when I was here earlier, this post had Kristina's video, but happily it's Laura's now!! Love the card and now MUST save up for the Die...it's awesome!!

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  130. I love the softness of this background, even tho I've yet to jump on the hexagon wagon - ah! I'm always a bit late for trends. This is a lovely card and the video is smashing. Thanks!

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  131. great card! love to see something different around!! thank you.
    Bea

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  132. Wow fabulous creation! Love it!

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  133. This is such an awesome technique. I can't wait to try it.

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  134. Great card and colors...never would have thought to use them...the video made me smile too!

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  135. Beautiful card! Worth all the work.

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  136. wow!! that's about all I can say is WOW!!

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  137. I love it, can't wait to give it a try this weekend =D

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  138. I love it, can't wait to give it a try this weekend =D

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  139. This is smoking fabulous!

    Terri

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  140. Simply fabulous!! Your cards are always top notch. I almost "peed my pants" when you stamped the sentiment on that gorgeous background that took forever to create....if that had been me something would have gotten boned up!! :)

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  141. How absolutely stunning! A very ladylike card - I love the colours.
    Greetings, Christine

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  142. Very pretty and clever card!

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  143. Love this card, Laura! Also love that bedroom wall you pinned! Talk about a tedious process!

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  144. Awesome blending with stunnng results Laura! Love it!

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  145. FAB card! Like the ombre colors. (That wall that inspired you IS fab, too!) Well worth the time it takes. TF the video. :)

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  146. Great card! Cool technique and I love the results!! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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  147. Such a pretty card......love the blending of the colors!!

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  148. Beautiful card. Thanks for the great how-to!

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  149. Wow gorgeous Laura...love the sweet colours and the negative die.

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  150. OMG!
    This is so cool!
    TFS!!!!!!!!!

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  151. Fabulous card today - I love it

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  152. Gorgeous card Laura! Love the ombre effect and masking and the recessed butterfly great, too. Compared to colouring images, I don't think this masking and inking is too time-consuming. I guess it's all relative LOL.

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  153. I adore this wonderful, colorful card! Love how she showed all of us "newbie" card makers out there how to use making and making the card so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  154. Fabulous card! Love the butterfly die and the super fantastic background!

    Andrea McCulley
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  156. I loved watching Laura's process of getting the ombre effect on this. I love hexagons, but am not on the butterfly bandwagon. ;-) Still, it's an absolutely gorgeous card, one I'd certainly enjoy receiving. Nice work, Laura!

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  157. What a neat effect! Thanks for the great idea.

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  158. Wow. This is just gorgeous! I love the colors and the soft effect!!

    Tricia

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  159. So pretty! Love that butterfly die!

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  160. Summer school! What a great idea. Loved your project. You get an A

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  161. Absolutely stunning! Well worth the time it took. If I could make a card that gorgeous, I'd frame it.

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  162. Yes this one is a little labor intensive, but the result is stunning. Thanks for your extra effort.

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  163. Love this masking technique. Great card!
    Carrie C

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  165. *GASP* Now if only I had a butterfly die!! Better get it on my wish list!

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  166. Wow, great card! Beautiful work on that ombré hexagon pattern.

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  167. Very colorful card and I like the butterfly.

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  168. Love that you were inspired by Mandy's wall! And I can so relate (figuratively, that is) to the "pee your pants" magic.

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  169. Oh, yes! I appreciate how Laura rolls...gorgeous results for her effort! I'm gonna try this? Thanks for sharing!

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  170. Awesome card...if Laura rolls this way, she's going in the right direction.

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  171. Super card Laura. Thanks for the video tutorial.

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  172. I've been a big fan of Laura's for a while now, she's UBER talented! This project is a perfect example of her flawless skill!

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  173. Love the colour combination on the hexagons. Splendid!

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  174. OMG !!! What a lovely card !!! The colors, the butterfly, all is perfect.

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  175. Absolutely lovely and what a great use of masks and dies. I will have to try that. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  176. I think all that effort is definitely worth it for the stunning results.

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  177. Love it. The colors are fabulous together.

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  178. This is such a beautiful card! Love these colors together! :-) xx

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  179. I just love this card. It's just beautiful and I will definitely be trying the ombre ink blending technique. Thanks!

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  180. I just love this card. It's just beautiful and I will definitely be trying the ombre ink blending technique. Thanks!

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  181. Lovely summer card to start out the summer session.

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