Introducing the 2016 Card Design Superstars!

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The results are in! And we couldn’t be more excited! What a fantastic group of inspiring cards (and cardmakers!) We absolutely LOVED poring over your amazing creations. Let me just say, there are a lot of passionate and talented designers out there, and we are thrilled that our contest brought so many of them together all in one spot!

Before we announce our 10 winners, I wanted to share a few fun statistics about our second annual Card Design Superstar contest.

Once the contest was announced, you got busy ordering, sketching, and scheming to create your very best card(s). In the end 290 contestants submitted 600 cards for 10 spots. Believe me, it was NOT an easy decision to narrow it down, but the judges have deliberated, and we’ve come up with a stellar group (<– see what I did there?) of cards that secure Superstar status for these ten ladies.

When choosing our Top Ten, we were looking for cards using My Favorite Things stamps and Die-namics that incorporated the following:

  • Great design
  • Superb execution
  • Clever uses of our product
  • Fresh approaches

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the 2016 My Favorite Things Card Design Superstars (in alphabetical order by last name)!

Jane Allen – England

Birdie Brown The Whole Herd stamp set, Laina Lamb Design Precious Polaroids, Stitched Rectangle STAX, Rolling Hills, Blueprints 15 Die-namics - Jane Allen #mftstamps

Jane started her blog post with this winning entry for our contest like this, “… I am finally back in my studio – it is amazing how quickly you get ‘rusty,’ and I admit it has taken me awhile to get my hands communicating with my brain again, but I think I’m just about there!” Well, Jane, we think you did an AMAZING job with your fabulous no-line coloring on this whimsical card featuring our The Whole Herd stamp set. Jane even gave the photo-bombing chicken a nickname (Ruby – SO CUTE). The fact that Jane lives on a farm and has “spent all of August and early September making sandwiches, [and] cooking and delivering dinners out to the men in the fields” makes this design even more fun.

Agnieszka Danek-Wiśniak (Arte Banale) – Poland

London Mouse stamp set and Die-namics - Agnieszka Danek-Wiśniak (aka Arte Banale) #mftstamps

Agnieszka pulled out ALL the stops on this amazing creation featuring our London Mouse stamp set and Die-namics! With some serious ingenuity, she created depth for her pop-up card. If you head to her blog you can see many different photos of how it looks. Not only is the design innovative, we loved her soft color palette and expert layering of her stamped images to create a bustling city scene.

Dana Gong – South Korea

Laina Lamb Design Cup of Tea stamp set and Tea Party Die-namics, Stitched Scallop Basic Edges, Tag Builder Blueprints 5, and Blueprints 26 Die-namics - Dana Gong #mftstamps

There’s nothing we love more than our customers taking our product to crazy creative levels. Dana did just that with this super clever Halloween teapot and cups using our Cup of Tea stamp set and Tea Party Die-namics. Dana created the pumpkin look with markers and then “fussy cut the top part of cups following [her] pumpkin sketch line to make them look more realistic.” The addition of the ghostly tea tag makes this Halloween tea party invitation just perfect.

Larissa Hohman – Texas

Birdie Brown Magical Dragons, Recipe for Happiness, The Whole Herd, You Gnome Me stamp sets *retired stamps* - Birdie Brown Green Pastures and Let’s Hang Out, Pure Innocence Baseball Boy, Cute Critters, Genie, and Sweet As Can Bee stamp sets and Blueprints 1 Die-namics - Larisa Hohman #mftstamps

Larisa masked her way to a totally amazing crowd of My Favorite Things characters using ten different stamp sets. Mixing our stamp sets is oh so fun, and we can only image the painstaking care this design must have taken. Larisa says, “I knew I wanted to create something over-the-top, but I just couldn’t decide which stamp set to use… as I was flipping through my choices, I got the idea to use all of them!” She wanted to “create a little group photo featuring MFT characters from today and years passed [sic].” What a perfect way to celebrate our 10th Birthday!

Sonja Kerkhoffs – Germany

Birdie Brown Magical Dragons and Magical Unicorns stamp sets and Die-namics, Lisa Johnson Designs Peek-a-Boo Circle Windows, Lisa Johnson Designs Jumbo Peek-a-Boo Circle Windows, and Birch Trees Die-namics - Sonja Kerkhoffs #mftstamps

Sonja’s card is simply sweet in every way, and we were enamored with her circle treatment creating a delightful and dimensional magical world. By layering her circles and the delicate Birch Trees (which she colored with distress inks) and adding foam tape, her design takes on the feel of a fantasy world. To top it all off, her coloring of the two darling characters from the Magical Dragons stamp set  is exquisite.

Brianna Loeffelbein – Minnesota

Birdie Brown You Gnome Me stamp set, *retired* Birdie Brown Sunflower Sweetheart stamp set - Brianna Loeffelbein #mftstamps

Brianna’s award-winning card is all kinds of #coloringgoals! Her style of coloring adds such whimsy to the already adorable You Gnome Me stamp set, and her bold color choices exude such a happy vibe. In addition, we loved how she added great texture with the wood patterned paper and buttons with twine. All in all, this is one outstanding design!

Kristina Pavlovic – Sweden

Harvest Buddies and Birdie Brown Happy Hedgehogs stamp sets and Blueprints 29 Die-namics - Kristina Pavlovic #mftstamps

What could be cuter than two squirrels and a hedgehog gathering nuts for the winter? Tina flawlessly executes her design concept of three friends working together to accomplish a task. At first I thought that the nuts were all fussy cut, but look closer. They are all masked! *gasp* I love how they look like the perfect jumble of nuts falling from the Happy Hedgehog to his Harvest Buddies below. Add in the fall tree limbs and the spot on color choices, and this card is most definitely a winner.

Kara Lynne Pogreba – Wisconsin

Out of this World stamp set and Circle STAX Set 1 Die-namics - Kara Lynne Pogreba #mftstamps

Kara Lynne’s outstanding galaxy background definitely caught the eye of several of the judges! She tried a couple of different techniques with distress inks and layering. In her words, “I felt like I had just made a big mess until I flicked white acrylic paint all over with a stiff paint brush – then it all came together.” Indeed it did! To create the realistic moon, Kara Lynne spritzed white card stock with water, crumpled the die cut circle, and smooched it with black distress ink pressed on a craft mat. To make the rocket ship soar through the sky, she drew a curved line on the panel and cut around it to create a channel for the rocket ship to fly through. This design is most definitely Out of this World!

Amy Yang – New York

Frightful Friends and Birdie Brown Cool Cats stamp sets and Die-namics and Frightful Fence and Spooky House Die-namics - Amy Yang #mftstamps

Amy’s spooktacular design has all of the elements of an absolutely haunting scene — from an eerie sky to the Spooky House lit up with the help of Chibitronics lights to a black bat, tree and fence. But what takes this card even further? Look how she added a frightful feline friend for Count Dracula by adding wings and fangs to one of the kitties from our Cool Cat stamp set! OMG – so fun!

Amy Young – Washington

Distressed Patterns, Birdie Brown Adventure is Calling and Polynesian Paradise stamp sets, *retired stamps* Clearly Sentimental About Audrey Hepburn, Birdie Brown Green Pastures and You’re Super stamp sets, and Stitched Strips Die-namics - Amy Young #mftstamps

One of the things the judges were looking for in the entries was clever uses of our product, and Amy’s design is exactly what we’re talking about! Using four signature girls from our Birdie Brown line (two current and two retired), she creates an empowering card for a girlfriend utilizing a sentiment from the now retired Clearly Sentimental About Audrey Hepburn stamp set. By focusing just on their faces, the details of the stamp sets fade away, and we’re left with a delightful squad of Birdie Brown sweethearts.

Congratulations, ladies! In a pool of amazing talent, your cards stood out to the judges. And that is pretty exciting!

Here’s what the winners will take away — A $250 gift voucher from My Favorite Things!

Winners: Please send an email to sropel87 (at) gmail (dot) com with your email address so that I can send you your voucher! Also, we’d love for you to declare your win by using this badge on your blog. Link to this post and let the world know what you’ve known for a LONG time. YOU are a SUPERSTAR!

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Before I go, I want to give a shout out to the other 280 designers who took a leap of faith and submitted one or more cards for this contest. All of you are winners! You made cards you love, and you spent time doing something that fuels your soul and makes you happy. Many of you responded to the contest as a way to really stretch your creativity. And THAT is what it’s all about.

Until next year…

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Comments (73)

  • Arianna Barbara

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    Congrats to all the amazing winners!!! You’re creations are absolutely stunning!!!

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    • Arianna Barbara

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      *your not you’re, sorry!]

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  • Wanda Cullen

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    Congrats to all the winners…a stellar group indeed!!

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  • RebeccaL

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    Congratulations and well done to the winners! You have truly inspired me – can’t wait to get to my craft room and pull out all the stops. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Cassie

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    Congrats to all the winners….these cards are way beyond fabulous! Way to go to EVERYONE who entered a card…maybe next year I’ll get up enough guts to enter one.

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  • Yoonsun Hur

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    Big congrats!!! You guys are so super creative!

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  • Larisa

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    Oh my goodness! I am so beyond honored and thrilled!!! I might be in shock! Thank you so much! I am speechless! Congratulations to all the other winners, I am deeply honored to be in your company. To all the applicants, there were so many gorgeous project submitted, I know it had to be a very difficult decision. I love seeing all these beautiful cards in one place! So much inspiration. Again, thank you so much! You have made my day!!!

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  • Anita Madden

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    Congratulations to the winners! Your cards are amazing!

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  • Amy Young

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    Oh my, I am just beyond excited right now… thank you! I am totally honored to be included in such a talented group of amazing card designers. Looking through the many fabulous entries I know the decisions that the judges faced couldn’t have been easy. I’m so happy that I got over my nerves and decided to join the fun this year! 🙂

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  • Miriam

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    Congratulations to all the winners! Beautiful cards, and so creative!!

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  • Kara Lynne

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    I just can’t believe it! Thank you, thank you for choosing my card. What an amazing honor to be among these talented designers. Congratulations to everyone, and thank you MFT for supporting the paper crafting community in such a big way!

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  • Joanne MacKenzie

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    Congratulations superstar designers! And to everyone that submitted. Some of the most outstanding cards I’ve ever seen!

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  • Lady Fair

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    All I can say is WOWZERS, these cards are fantastic. CONGRATS to all of the winners.

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  • Laura Manning

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    Such great cards! Congrats to all the winners!

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  • Pam

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    Congratulations to all the winners…..don’t envy the judges, I’m sure they all were gorgeous!!! The coloring is unbelievable. Thanks for sharing!!

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  • Sundaystamper

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    These are fantastic. The coloring is exceptional but more than that the themes and execution…fantastic!

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  • Carol H.

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    Congratulations to all the winners! All of your cards are beautiful and awesome!!

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  • Dot Freel

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    I couldn’t agree with you more about the winners! All amazing and beautiful. Congratulations all you talented people!!!

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  • Majtolina

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    Such talented people among which one of my friends. YOu should all be proud of yourself and your talent!
    Well done!

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    • Kristina Pavlovic

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      Thank you so much my dear Maja! I love you to the moon and back!

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  • Tatiana

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    Wow! Such talented people. I loved each and every one of the winning cards. Fabulous!

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  • creatingincolors

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    Congratulations to all!

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  • Rachel A

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    Congratulations to all of the winners! Such awesome cards!! Thank you to MFT for this super fun challenge! There were so many amazing cards posted.

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  • Nancy Ward

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    WOW! Congratulations! Amazing and talented work!

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  • June K

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    Congratulations to all the winners. These are all awesome cards.

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  • maria f.

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    Congratulations to all the winners! Enjoy your awesome prizes and keep doing MFT proud 😉 Absolutely loved Kara and Agnieska’s projects in the gallery. And there is some awesome… AWESOME no-line coloring happening here too. Such talent!

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  • Leanne S

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    Congratulations to the TEN superstars. Your cards were amazing. Congratulations to the 280 contestants for taking the bold leap. I’m happy I tried. It taught me a lot.

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  • Jeanette

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    Wow! Such talented people. I loved each and every one of the winning cards. Fabulous!

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  • SonjaK

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    OMG, I’m totally blown away. Thank you SO MUCH for choosing my card among the top 10 entries! I still can’t believe it. That’s such a huge honor.
    And many, many congrats to all the other winners. You’ve all done a fabulous job! As did all of the other participants. There are so many amazing cards in the link-up and I totally believe that it was difficult for you to choose only 10 from them.

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  • Therese

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    ALL of these are so wonderful! A Big Congrats to the well deserved winners!

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  • Rocio Mata

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    Congratulations to all the winners. I have to admit, I loved seeing Submissions posted on FB, they were amazing and only made inspired me to create more. Everyone posting was so impressive , I easily have a years worth of ideas to work with.

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  • Esther

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    Congratulations to the 10 superstars! What gorgeous inspiration cards. And a massive well done to everyone who entered. It can’t have been easy for the judges to reach a final selection. These 10 cards are wonderful creations and show really creative use of MFT products for stunning end results. Thanks for inspiring us!

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  • Laura Dovalo

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    Such amazing cards! Many of them were in my personal top 10 and some I hadn’t seen before… Congratulations, Gratulacje, 축하합니다 , Herzlichen Glückwunsch and Grattis to the 10 superstars! 🙂

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  • Jane Allen

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    Oh wow, what a lovely surprise this morning, thank you very much to all at My Favourite Things, you have truly made my day!
    Many congratulations to my fellow winners and a shout out to everyone that entered, I loved looking at all your beautiful creations xxx
    But I think we may have trouble………..Ruby, the photo-bombing chicken is going to be unbearable when she finds out, she’ll probably be signing autographs by tea time!!!

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  • Carola

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    Congratulations to the 10 winners, their cards are really fantastic and amazing and they deserve to be called superstars!
    I had fun in participating and I also enjoyed seeing all the great cards that were made by all the participants.

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  • hellerlittle

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    Congrats to all the winners! Great cards! Good job to all of the people who entered the contest too. There were some really inspiring entries !

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  • KarrenJ

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    Well done and congratulation to all the winners! What a fabulous selection of cards!

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  • Emilie

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    Congratulations to all the winners! You really deserve it. Enjoy your price! 🙂

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  • Claire A

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    Amazing cards – wish I could colour like that! Congrats and enjoy spending!

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  • Agnieszka

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    I’m still shaking! I can’t belive!!! Thank you so much! You made me the happiest girl in the world:)
    Congratulations for all winners! Amazing cards! I’m really honored to be one of top 10.
    Thank you for inspirations and motivation to creat. That was so exciting contest. I’m sure it wasn’t easy to choose of between 600 cards! That makes me even more proud:) THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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  • Karen T

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    Hurray to the top 10 superstar designers!! Most were “no brainers” and well deserved. Awesome job!! Enjoy the shopping spree!

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  • Joan B

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    congratulations to all the very talented winners. gorgeous

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  • Casey Thrush

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    Wow!!! Those were amazing!!!! I can only imagine how hard it was to get it down to 10 because I saw some amazing ones in the MFT fan group.

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  • blankina

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    Congratulations to al winners , super fab cards. It was loely to join the contest…hugs Blankina

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  • Kristina Pavlovic

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    I’m speechless. Rarely I don’t know what to say but now I fell Speechless. I never thought that between 600 application I will be one of 10. This is a huge compliment for me and for my work. This is a great honor.But sometimes dreams come true. Thank you MFT For Card Design Superstar Contest, for georgeus products and amazing compliment about my work. I’m so proud and happy.Huge hugs for you from MFT and big congrats to the other Winners.Kristina from Sweden!!!

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  • Dana Gong

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    Oh my… I AM OVER THE MOON!!! Thank you thank you so much!!
    I’m so honored and delighed to be a superstar with those amazing talented ladies!
    Congrats to all!

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  • Rowena M.

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    A big congrats to all the winners!!! Amazing cards ladies :)))

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  • Katherine

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    Every single one is a “Triple C” : Creative, cute and clever!!!! Each one deserves far more than applause!!! Congrats to everyone!!

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  • Karen L

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    Congrats to all the winners! Great cards! Good job to all of the people who entered the contest too. There were some really awesome entries !

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