Friday, 24 July 2015

Altenew July 2015 Blog Hop

EDIT: This giveaway is closed and you can find the winner HERE

Hello Everyone!



Today I'm participating Altenew July 2015 Blog Hop to celebrate a new release of nine new stamp sets. Within this release Altenew brings very different kinds of designs from beautiful florals to silhouette animals. There' surely something for everyone. Please, join me in the celebration. You probably just came from Agnieszka Malyszek if not please start from the beginning at Altenew blog and see what other members of Altenew's design team have come up with. 


Stamps used: Fresh Freesia.
Stamps used: Fresh Freesia.

I just LOVED colouring this. I'm really fond of these outline images that leave you room to be creative and add your own details to make the image yours. This very realistic stamp of a freesia flower just gives you the joy to see the image come alive while colouring it. I googled the flower and added colour and details with my Inktense Pencils. Since I thought this to be a sympathy card, I chose a light grey card stock to be my front panel to get a more toned down look. Before colouring I stamped the flower with light grey ink. I think sympathy cards needs to stay simple so I just added a sentiment at the bottom with black pigment ink and mounted the panel to a darker grey card base. 

Supplies:
Stamps: Fresh Freesia by Altenew.
Card Stock: Simon Says Stamp Smoke and Slate
Inks: SSS Smoke Dye ink
Inktense Pencils used: Carmine Pink (0520), Sun Yellow (0200), Spring Green (1550), Light Olive (1540), Saddle Brown (1740)
Derwent Artists Pencils: Chinese White (7200).

Stamps used: Layered Lily. and Vintage Roses
Stamps used: Layered Lily.


For my second card, I used the 5-step-lily stamp to stamp the flower. I used Altenew inks for my base colour. As I did with the vintage roses, I started at the sedond layer, then the lightest and then I stamped to the darkest. I used black pigment ink to stamp the stamens in the middle because I added details with Inktense Pencils and I didn't want it to smear while blending. With Inktense pencils I sharpened some details and added more shading in the parts that I thought needed more contrast to get more dimension. I drew the little stems in the middle and added a light ombre grey wash for the background. I finished the card with little black dots to give the card some interest.

Supplies:
Stamps: Layered Lily and Vintage Roses by Altenew
Inks: Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Ruby Red and Grapevine.
Paper: Daler and Rowney Cold Pressed 300gms Textured Watercolour Paper, SSS Smoke Card Stock
Derwent Inktense Pencils used: Carmine Pink (0520), Crimson (0530), Shiraz (0600), Madder Brown (1920), Spring Green (1550), Light Olive (1540), Indian Ink (2020).
Black Irresistible by ImageCrafts

Stamps used: Baby Zoo and Sketchy Cities Abroad

As mentioned earlier, there is something for everyone. I created a scene inspired by Africa to make this Anniversary card. First, I stamped the giraffe's silhouettes with black pigment ink and then fussy cut them with my scissors. To get the mirror image, I just flipped the cut piece over and added a black marker onto it. For the background, I firstly masked off the ground and the sun with post-it tape. Next, I inked the background with Altenew Crisp Dye Inks and found that they worked perfectly creating an array of sunsut colours. I used Buttercream, Warm Sunshine, Ruby Red and Grapevine inks. After the background was dry, I took a black marker and sketched the mountains and added some interest to the ground. At the end, I stamped the sentiment with black pigment ink. 

Supplies: 
Stamps: Baby Zoo and Sketchy Cities Abroad by Altenew
Inks: Altenew Crisp Dye InksButtercream, Warm Sunshine, Ruby Red and Grapevine, Versafine Onyx Black, SSS Smoke Dye Ink and Pure Color Dye Ink Fairy Dust by Wplus9.
Black Marker
Copic Markers: W3 - W5 - W7


GIVEAWAY:
To celebrate this release, Altenew will draw three winners who will each receive a $50 gift certificate to their online store. Please leave a comment on the Altenew blog by Friday, July 31 11:59pm EST for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on Saturday, August 1st.

And there is more! I will randomly choose a winner from comments left on this post and the prize will be $30 gift certificate to Altenew online store. Please leave a comment on this post by Friday, July 31 11:59pm EST for a chance to win. I will announce the winner here at my blog on Saturday, August 1. 

GET HOPPING!
Your next stop will be very talented Yana Smakula. If you encounter a broken link, please go back to Altenew Blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by! See you soon!

Marika

403 comments:

  1. this coloring is soo cool!!! and giraffes are perfect in this dusk scene card!

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  2. Such beautiful cards, Marika! I love the lily stamp - this is definitely going on my shopping list. Hugs, Tracey x

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  3. What beautiful cards! Love that last one especially!

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  4. Your coloring is fantastc. You really know how to make the realism pop. TFS.

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  5. oh my, your cards are amazing! (As always) Your watercoloring is so inspiring and i love the sponging detail in the last one. makes me feel like I'm on safari. Gorgeous!

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  7. wow,wow and wow...AWESOME cards. I love all the colors you used....BEAUTIFUL!!

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  8. Wow, these cards are super pretty, i especially like the colouring on the first card.

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  9. Awesome cards, Marika! Your coloring is always PERFECT! <3

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  10. OK, YOur cards are amazing. Glad I found your blog through the blog hop! Love it all!

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  11. Your style is so unique! You did such a wonderful job with the new stamps

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  12. I love the beautiful colors that you have chosen for the new stamp sets. Just beautiful!

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  13. Holy moly. My jaw just kept on dropping as I looked at each of your cards. First off, the detail you added to the freesia and lilies are absolutely stunning!! And that last card just blew my mind. The african scene you created is GORGEOUS!! The sky and the mountains....I am completely floored. You are truly talented. I just can't get over it!!

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  14. Your coloring skill is delightful, wonderful colors on all your cards.

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  15. WOW! Your coloring is fantastic. I can't even pick a favorite. Everything was wonderful. Thanks so much!

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  16. OMG Those red lilies are drop dead gorgeous.

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  17. WOW WOW WOW!!! great colors, your lilyies are just great!!! :))) and the giraffes - OMG!!! WOW

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  18. WOW! Beautiful samples! That red flower [colored brilliantly] or the sunset... oh what the heck all 3 are gorgeous~ :)

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  19. Your coloring in these cards are amazing. Love the sunrise/sunset effect on the giraffe card. Simply stunning!

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  20. WOW! Awesome flowers, so cute and beautiful cards! Thank you

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  21. WOW... amazing color and detail! Just beautiful!

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  22. Wow! You are amazing! Those colors are stunning and the detailing..... I wish I could color like that!

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  23. Beautiful cards ! Coloring of flowers s wonderful n the scene on last one is breathtaking !

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  24. WOW fabulous coloring and the scene is stunning!!

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  25. your coloring is so exquisite - love to watch your videos as you create your cards - beautiful cards as always!

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  26. Oh. My. Word! These cards are gorgeous!!

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  27. Omg! You have mad coloring skills ! Would love to see a video to show how you go about achieving the realism.

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  28. Oh my goodness, where to start? Gorgeous cards and details. Love the botanical feel and look of the freesias and lilies, so very realistic!

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  29. All of these cards are amazing. The first sympathy card is just PERFECT. Simple, elegant and exquisite.

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  30. Your coloring is perfect..................lovely!!

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  31. GORGEOUS work!! Just gorgeous! I adore your sunset!

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  33. Wow! (as everyone else...) These are simply STUNNING CARDS !
    Left my mouth open :)

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  34. What amazing cards! Your coloring is so inspiring...I really must work more on that. Thank you for producing such inspiration for all of us to see and aspire to!

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  35. OMGGGGG Your cards incredibly beautiful! And that last one?????? WOW!!!!

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  36. I follow Altenew on Instagram and like on Facebook :)

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  37. Wow wow wow Marika you make the most beautiful gorgeous colorful cards. Love these cards.

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  38. The animal card would be a different take on an engagement card. Love the shading in it.

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  39. The animal card would be a different take on an engagement card. Love the shading in it.

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  40. Sympathy cards are so hard to create. I love yours.

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  41. Wow!!! Gorgeous cards! You are amazing! The last card with African sunset is amazing!

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  42. Oh Marika, your cards are really so beautiful again! I had a strong feeling that you'd show a card featuring the freesia stamp and I'm happy I wasn't dissapointed. Love your coloring and that you made a sympathy card from it too. I could imagine it would also look wonderful with monochromous coloring. Love your other cards too, but this is my favorite.

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  43. Your watercoloring really impressive! Love your second card the best

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  44. Love your freesia card...amazing coloring!

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  45. The giraffes make a refreshingly different anniversary card!

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  46. All so beautiful and elegant! The water coloring is so painterly and really stunning! tfs and inspiring! Hugs, Kristina

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  47. The giraffes make a refreshingly different anniversary card!

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  48. These new Altenew stamps are gorgeous Marika and your cards using them are just fabulous! I love the freesia and the wonderful depth of colour and this applies also to the lily and the idea of stamping and then adding the pencil for added depth of colour is a great idea. I love the background on the third card such seamless mixing of the colours. Did you use blending foam or a brayer? I love the mirror image idea for the giraffe too. x

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  49. Simply gorgeous! What a fantastic job in coloring. Loved all the cards

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  50. So cool cards! Love how you work with inks and pencils!

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  51. AWESOME creations, Miss Lady!!

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  52. Amazing! Love your coloring! You are very talented and you have created such wonderful things.

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  53. Oh my! These are all SO GORGEOUS!!

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  54. I follow Altenew on Fb and Instagram.

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  55. Amazing cards Marika. Your coloring is fantastic. Those flowers are gorgeous. The sponging on the last one is awesome with the silhouette image.

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  56. Your coloring is AMAZING!!! And love that last one with the silhouettes!!!

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  57. Once again, looking at your work leaves me dumbfounded. I just have no words to explain what joy your cards give me . The detail work is so meticulous and perfect...as I said so words...

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  58. Once again, looking at your work leaves me dumbfounded. I just have no words to explain what joy your cards give me . The detail work is so meticulous and perfect...as I said so words...

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  59. Wow, these are so different from what I've seen so far! They are beautiful

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  60. WOW! Your cards are fabulous, your coloring of the flowers and the inking of the sunset background are phenomenal! LOVE the gorgeous floral designs! Thank you for the inspiration! Have a wonderful day!

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  61. Absolutely stunning! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  62. Oh my goodness, Marika!! Each card is just so perfect in every way! I am awed by your creations & you inspire me to keep trying to achieve in each card I create, too! You've so encouraged me with this Altenew release! Thank you!

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  63. like them all but what a great idea for an anniversary card!

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  64. Great job , I'm very impressed by your coloring skills. Especially your multi medium approaches 🏆

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  65. Wow! Your cards are so detailed. Beautiful!!

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  66. I am speechless... Your creations are breathtaking! Wonderful work!

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  67. Officially blown away!! Your water coloured cards are fabulous, I cannot do this myself but admire this style so much. The sunset card is so original, I love how you reversed the giraffe.

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  68. Officially blown away!! Your water coloured cards are fabulous, I cannot do this myself but admire this style so much. The sunset card is so original, I love how you reversed the giraffe.

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  69. Such beautiful coloring on these, Marika. Wow! You really make flowers pop. I'm a new follower of yours here.

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  70. Wow!! Gorgeous cards!! Your giraffe card is Amazing and your extra coloring on the flowers really make them POP!!

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  71. Loved your coloring technique. The first card (sympathy) was sooooo clean and fresh looking. Love the simplicity of it. Wonderful job!!!!

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  72. So beautiful. You are truly talented!!!!!

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  73. Hello Marika, you prepare more miracles. Wonderful cards. New sets of stamps are awesome! I love your designs, I will certainly enlarges its collection for next. Thank you for the chance to win.
    hugs,
    BozenA

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  74. Gorgeous cards!!! love your coloring!!

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  75. Beautiful. I love all your cards. Your coloring is fantastic.

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  76. Amazing coloring on your florals, that last one is simply breathtaking! Fantastic inking/scene, love how you got the mirror image!

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  77. beautiful work! love the details on your floral cards!

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  78. Fabulous cards. Love your coloring and the background you made for the animals. Striking.

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  79. You are a Queen of coloring! Your cards are stunning!!!

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  80. Your cards are ALL breathakingly beautiful, I can stare all day at them. You are an amazing designer, love your work!!

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  81. I follow Altenew on facebook too!!

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  82. You are an amazing artist! Your cards are always stunning ... today is no different. That Layered Lily card is gorgeous - vibrant colors and all. And the African safari scene ... just breathtaking. Thank you for inspiring.

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  83. You are a superb artist! The coloring on your flowers is so beautiful. The background of the anniversary card is also very striking. I am sure everyone loves to receive a card from you!

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  84. Wow! These are stunning cads Marila! Love your gorgeous very realistic flowers and that fantastic sunswt background! So pretty!!

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  85. Your work is astonishing! All the cards could be framed as works of art. You are genius with colored pencils. Thanks

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  86. Your cards are real works of art. Incredible coloring and creative design. Gorgeous!

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  87. Stunningly beautiful cards. Such wonderful inspiration. Thank you.

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  88. Stunningly beautiful cards. Such wonderful inspiration. Thank you.

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  89. Your cards are so stunning, Marika! The flower cards are little works of art!! The third card was very clever how you fussy cut and colored the giraffe--the card turned out amazing!!

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  90. Oh wow!!! I am so speechless! Your cards are breathtakingly beautiful!!!!!

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  91. Your trio of cards has my heart singing with joy!!! LOVE every single one of them!!! Your coloring is amazing!! TFS!

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  92. Super coloring on the floral cards! That sunset BG on the other is so very warm and cozy:)

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  93. Your cards are breathtaking.! I want coloring skills just like yours. How do I get that?

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  94. Wow, your coloring is incredible!
    Thanks
    Ang

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  95. Your cards are amazing. That African sunset card is stunning!

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  96. You are truly an artist and your pieces of art never fail to amaze me. Loved them all especially the one with the giraffes!

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  97. Altenew has another great release

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  98. Oh my, your coloring is absolutely superb! All of your cards are lovely. Thank you for sharing.

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  99. Your cards are just stunning!! What beautiful coloring and design.

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  100. Oh my word...these are all just gorgeous! I always love seeing you cards. BUT that last one.... sigh....that one, has my heart. I am from Africa and it reminds me of home. You have captured the majesty and beauty of the African sunset magnificently.

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  101. I always love the extra depth you add to your perfectly coloured images :)

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  102. Oh my goodness. I'm just repeating everyone else, but stunning cards!! The close ups are fantastic.

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  103. Absolutely stunning cards! Especially loved the coloring on the first! And the Wild Hibiscus set has completely stolen my heart!

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  104. So ingenious and creative what you did with the giraffes... beautiful!

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  105. The coloring and color palette of these cards are beautiful!

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  106. Oh I think the flowers, especially the lilies might be my favourite ones of yours yet. The colouring is just stunning. You're so talented, really, they are beautiful. xx

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  107. The cards are stunning! Beautiful watercolor work!

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  108. All of these cards are beautiful, but that last one is absolutely stunning!!! Love the gorgeous scene you created!! So perfect!

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  109. OMG your cards are out of the world gorgeous. I would love to see a video on how you did the first card. I would just love to see a video on some of your work. Gorgeous gorgeous is all I can say.

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  110. Beautiful cards. Your coloring is fantastic.

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  111. Oh my goodness Marika, your cards are all stunning! I love them all! Great work!

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  112. WOW...I'm blown away with the masterpieces you've created to showcase this release! Stunning!
    ~c

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  113. Your projects are truly works of art! Love the dramatic background on your giraffe card!

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  114. I follow Altenew on Facebook and Instagram.

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  115. Wow! all of your cards are AMAZING! Your freesia literally took my breath away - the coloring and shading is so realistic. Your giraffe silhouettes are just jaw-dropping... the recipients of the card will be so honored because it is definitely a frame worthy card!

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  116. OMG!!! I am absolutely astound by your cards! Those flowers!!! And a sunset....

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  117. Loving Altenews July release. The floral stamps are so pretty.

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  118. Beautiful cards!! Loved your coloring of the freesia!! Awesome!!

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  119. All 3 cards are breathtakingly beautiful. Your colouring is amazing and that gorgeous sunset with the giraffes,wow!

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  120. Marika, what have you done to me?! Your cards are beyond beautiful!!! Tons of inspiration, brilliant coloring, what a dimention to those lilies with just coloring, I loved it!!! And those giraffes just blew my mind away, so sweet, so special and so unique! Thanks so much for what you've done! Hugs, Tasha

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  121. I knew your cards would be outstanding! The colored freesia is absolutely gorgeous and I love the bright lilies. Your African scene is perfection!!

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  122. My but those are such beautiful flowers. Nice job on the giraffes.

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  123. your use of color is amazing!

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  124. Your coloring is just magnificent. Love the scent you created with the giraffes.

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  125. This is the first time I've visited your blog. I must say that I am in awe!

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  126. Love the giraffes! Great job on the flowers too! Amazing job!!

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  127. Fabulous showcase, Marika! Love the vibrant African scene and the gorgeous florals :)

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  128. GAH!!!! Your talents have such a range, Marika!!! Flowers are always gorgeous... but this blending? and giraffes, too! FAB U LOUS!
    =] Michele

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  129. Wow, just stunning.... all of them stunning!

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  130. Love the coloring on your cards.

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  131. Oh, so BEAUTIFUL!!! Love your cards, especially the last one...WOW!!!

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  132. Your cards are gorgeous and you coloring is awesome!!

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  133. Goodness, these are three awesome cards! Your colouring is amazing! xxx

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  134. Beautiful! you really captured the colors and intensity of an African sunset on that last card - and I love the coloring on the floral images too! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us :)

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  135. I was not sure about the zoo stamps but boy, you rocked that set. Amazing scene!

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  136. gorgeous. Love your colouring.

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  137. All 3 stunningly beautiful cards, love your simple freesia especially for sympathy cards and the lily is gorgeous on card #2. The sunset background with the animals silhouetted is awesome, love those colors!

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  138. OMG! I love, love, love the first lily card! Simply gorgeous!

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  139. the savannah card is amazing! the watercolored lily as well, but the impact of the sunset is just mind blowing, thank you for showing it to us!

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  140. Your coloring is beautiful--especially love the floral cards!!

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  141. I especially loved your freesia and lily cards! Simply gorgeous!!

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  142. Beautiful flowers, love the colors. The night time scene with the animals and sun set was so beautiful. Just love it. Great job.

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  143. Your cards are all beautiful love this release

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  144. Oh. my. word!!! All of your cards are beautiful but my favorite is the Savanna card. That background is awe inspiring!!!

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  145. Marika, your flowers are just stunning! And what a lovely scene with the giraffes.

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  146. I have no words... your cards are simply breathtaking! Thank you for your artistry!

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  147. Your colouring details get more and more amazing. I love what you've done.

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  148. Wow--these are all gorgeous!

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  149. Your coloring is beautiful! And the African sunset ink blending is fabulous!

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  150. Marika I am simply stunned by the breathtaking beauty of your cards. Your coloring ability is amazing. I truly appreciate your shading on these cards as I have NEVER, EVER been able to get the shading right!! Thank you for sharing the Inktense Pencil colors with us - I might be able to get my card looking just a little like yours (lol).

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  151. Stunning! All of them.....wow some gorgeous coloring and fab blending! LOVE these ♥

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  152. I follow Altenew on both FB and IG ♥♥

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  153. WOW your cards are AMAZING!!!!! Love this new release:)

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  154. Those flowers in the wedding card are incredible!

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  155. Marika you make the most beautiful cards!

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  156. The flower cards are simply amazing. Heck - I would frame those and hang them! Just beautiful!

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  157. All of the cards are just stunning!

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  158. Beautiful cards, very elegant, and such attention to detail. Well done!

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  159. I am a constant stalker of your blog because I adore your coloring skills. You always bring the Altenew flowers to life. The first two cards are a perfect example. Giraffes are my fave wild animal so the last card is a treat. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent!

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  160. Your coloring techniques are awesome. Love your work!!!

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  161. OMG!!! I thought the first card with the Freesia was gorgeous and then came the Lily and then the blended giraffe...oh my it just kept getting better and better! They are all just stunning. Worth the hop just to see them!

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  162. Wow! the flower jumps off the page..........beautiful.

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  163. Freesia are my favorite flowers...they have the most heavenly scent. Beautiful cards

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  164. Wow each of your cards are unique and stunning.

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  165. STUNNNG cards Marika!!!!! Love the look of each one!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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  166. I am really enjoying your work! The African inspired Anniversary card is absolutely amazing! You really made this set your own. Thanks for sharing!

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  167. Wow so very awesome!! Thanks for sharing your talent!

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  168. Wow, I'm in awe...each card is a work or art!

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  169. Your use of inktense pencils on your cards is just amazing!

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  170. The freesia (one of my favorite flowers) is so gorgeous! Your interpretation has a life to it that is just beautiful! I'd love to see you do a video with the Inktense pencils.

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  171. Oh my goodness! These cards are beautiful! The coloring of your flowers is stunning and so realistic! Gorgeous!

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  172. Beautiful...you do some fantastic pencil work...love watching your videos of the coloring...amazing to see the images transformed with a pencil...

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  173. Wow! Wish I could see the making video of the last card. The scene and the colors, so gorgeous!

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  174. Well, this post was certainly a feast for the eyes! Simply beautiful cards, Marika!

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  175. GREAT CARDS, GREAT COLORS AND GREAT COLORING!

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  176. OH, MY, GOODNESS - you are an artist and I just am gasping in awe and delight at the true and real beauty that these cards have!! Each one is stunning and is a work of art!! Delightful and and I am overwhelmed with your talent and artistic abilities!!! Huge kudos to you!!

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  177. I am a liker of Altenew on Facebook as Taunya Jones Butler and I also follow them on Instagram as @taunyabutler!!!

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  178. I especially like the Lily card, what great colouring! Do you have a tutorial on how you colour with pencils? Would love to see you process!

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  179. Marika, LOVE, love, love your cards, to me they're pure perfection in every way, Thank you for the inspiration! Blessings!

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  180. Amazing cards! Beautiful coloring.

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  181. You.amaze.me, Marika! I can't even believe that these are cards and not canvases worthy of an art gallery!! Hugs, Darnell

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  182. I agree...your cards are beautiful works of Art!

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  183. Gorgeous cards Marika. Your coloring is always so stunning!

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  184. Wow!~ I'm totally blown away by your talent Marika. All 3 cards are so fabulous and each so unique and eye catching. That african scene is stunning.

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  185. Wow! The colouring is out of this world! I wish I could do this. Just exquisite!!!

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