Diecember 2018 Blog Hop Extravaganza | Giveaway

December 02, 2018


Hello and hugs from the North of Scotland! Welcome to Simon Says Stamp  Diecember Blog Hop Extravaganza - Day 1.

We are celebrating a new exciting release with over 40 new die designs and in this post, I'm featuring the new  Picture Book Puppy Chrismas wafer die. 

I love to give life to the images produced by picture book dies. They are very versatile and you can make super simple die cutting projects using different cardstock colours or make something different by applying easy colouring techniques as I did for today.
So I wanted to add extra fur to the puppy so  I applied colours using Zigs. 

I used Bristol Paper for these projects because it provides a smooth finishing and more importantly because this paper takes longer to absorb water so that it is very easy to blend washes of colours when using it.

To add colour,  I  first started by applying a light yellow - Brown wash of colour over all the die cuts and I allowed it to dry. Then I simply applied strokes of different ink colours over the puppy face.  I allowed each ink colour to dry between applications.

To finish, I added white and black hairs using fine tip markers. 

Here you can find a video showing how I  add colour to die cuts.
 Die Cutting Top Tip

Today, I also want to share with you one of my top tips. 

A while ago, I was looking for a way to keep die cuts together and to be able to release them easily from the dies.

I also need something to hold die cuts while colouring. Especially small die cuts.

We all know that some intricate die cuts are very stubborn and take quite a while to get them out the dies.  Some dies have too many parts and some others have tiny parts that can get easily lost. e.g eyes or the nose of some critters.
So I invented my own  DIY sticky fabric shim to keep die cuts together. The fabric shim is also great to apply a wide variety of die cutting techniques. 

Someone was talking about Press'n and Seal paper when I posted a video on my channel talking about this invention.

So  I bought Press'n and Seal as well and I use it for other die cutting applications. However, the sticky fabric shim will allow you to get your die cuts in place since die cutting.  It offers a completely different solution but it can also be used in the same way you use Press'n and Seal. Although it is not transparent it will hold your die cuts like no other.

I shared various videos using the fabric shim in my Youtube Channel here in case you want to have a look.


How it works?
  •  I  simply spray a very thin piece of cotton fabric ( with no texture).with a temporary/ repositionable spray adhesive.
  • I then place the paper on top and it will temporarily adhere to the fabric.  
  • I run the paper with the backing fabric through the die cutting machine and Voila.  The fabric holds all the pieces in place.  
  • I store die cuts in this way to keep them read together for the next project.
Note : wafer dies won't cut fabric without a metal shim so no worries your dies, your machine, your paper ... everything will be ok. I haven't found any other material I can run through the machine together with the paper but if I do I'll let you know lol.

For this card, I also used  Marylin Full Card ( cover plate die) to add texture and dimension to the background

The sentiments are from Tiny Words Christmas and Advent Sentiments Stamp set. Sadly I realized today that the set is no longer available at the Simon Says Stamps shop! Noooo

The leaves and the tiny foliage are from Wreath Greetings Stamp set and coordinating die.
When I finished the card I decided to put together a quick tag and I used Snowflake Tags and Critter Swaters stamp set to add a pattern to the paper using SSS Surf Blue Ink.




Giveaway 

Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop from your blog comment section.  The winner will be announced on the Simon Says Stamp store blog on Wednesday, the 12th of December. 

HOP ORDER:

For more inspiration make sure to join the day 2 of this hop next Friday, December 7/  2018.  I'll also be sharing more projects with new products during the next week.  

Share your makes and have a look at what else everybody is making at DieCember® Pictures Gallery 




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Happy Crafting and many hugs
x
Bibi

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139 comments

  1. Oh my goodness! The coloring is AMAZING! Absolutely adorable!!!!

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  2. Wow love what you have done with those picture book dies, your pups look fabulous coloured in, what a fun idea.

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  3. Your puppy card is great! As is your fabric shim idea. I’m going to give it a try. Thanks!

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  4. All the hearts for your adorable, festive puppies! Your colouring is delightfully realistic! Thank you for the tips on keeping the die cuts together!
    ~carol

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  5. Wow, cute card and tag. Fantastic coloring. Love them both. Thank you for sharing your talent, and inspiring.

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  6. I swear, that puppy looks like I could reach out and feel that fur! Such great coloring!

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  7. OMG! Your coloring is OUT OF THIS WORLD AMAZING! I love this die and both cards!

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  8. I like the coloring on the cute puppy die!

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  9. I will have to try your fabric shim for die cutting my intricate dies, Bibi! And, I love your puppy card; he is too cute.

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  10. Awesome card & tag!! Amazing coloring of the puppies!

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  11. Amazing coloring on your puppy die cut, beautiful card!

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  12. Love how you colored the dog die. :) SO cute.

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  13. Your coloring is amazing!!! Love this card!!!

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  14. Amazing coloring! I also think your idea about dies is brilliant.

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  15. WOW! You really brought the puppy die to life with your coloring. Thanks for showing us your technique.

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  16. awesome projects - thanks for sharing your shim idea - must give it a try!!

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  17. The little puppy is adorable. Thanks for the cool die cutting tip!

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  18. OMG - LOVE your colouring - it makes that die cut look so realistic!

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  19. Love love love your adorable card, tag and coloring. TFS your techniques and videos!

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  20. The way you added the extra fur is fur-tastic! Thanks for the tip on how to hold the pieces together.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  21. Thanks for sharing that is fabulous and your little dog card and tag is so adorable.

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  22. Adorable! I couldn't find a video on the fabric shim, will look more when I have the time.

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  23. You transformed that pup! Amazing.

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  24. Oh my goodness--I adore your card!

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  25. Love all of the new dies and what you created! Your coloring blew me away.

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  26. Adorable card and tag. Love your coloring.

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  27. Its unreal how your detail adds so much personality to the pup. Love, love, love it.

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  28. Very sweet. So cute! Thanks for sharing.

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  29. LOVE how you colored these dies!

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  30. Great way to give the doggie a whole new look!

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  31. Wow, I have the same issues with my die cuts. Could you tell me what videos on your you tube channel show how you do this? I’m very interested. Such a great idea! Thank you for sharing

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  32. Fabulous coloring, and your tips for keeping die cuts together is great! TFS!

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  33. I can't get over your colouring, and how real you have made them! Oh, to have your talent.

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  34. This die is my favorite in this release! I love all the texture you created with your coloring - you are really talented!

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  35. All the dies are awesome. Love what you created.

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  36. You went the extra mile! Much more than I'm talented enough to do, but I love it!

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  37. Bibi what a fabulous idea, never would have thought of this & it's brilliant. Adore how you breathe unique life into these little characters, must send you a snap of my zoo.lol.x

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  38. I love how real these look! Thank you as well for the extra tip with the fabric!

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  39. Way to take that die to a new level of creativity! That puppy is inspired...wait, you are inspired!

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  40. Love your ideas and that cute puppy. Thanks for the tip for embossing. I will definitely add it to my arsenal.

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  41. Great ideas!! Thanks for sharing!

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  42. Adorable puppy, love your coloring.

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  43. These are ADORABLE!!!!!! Love them and this new release:)

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  44. Wow!!! Amazing coloring!!! These are Super Cute!!!!

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  45. Your cards are stunning. Your cards precious. I am a dog lover so extra special. Your coloring is stunning.

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  46. Love how the puppy looks like he has fur!

    Thanks for sharing. Karen Berry

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  47. I LOVE your sweet little tags! Thanks for the fabric shim ti too! I do a TON of die-cutting, and I can't wait to try it!

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  48. Oh my gosh, that coloring is some of the best I’ve ever seen 😍

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  49. Super cute pups! And a great tip on the spray adhesive and fabric to keep the die cut pieces together!

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  50. I love how you colored him! The fur looks awesome. Lovely card. TFS

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  51. Your pups are so darling! Cute cards. And thanks for the tips!!

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  52. Lovely colouring and design. Thanks for the fabric shim tip, will try that!

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  53. Your coloring really transforms the puppy die. your little guy looks so real. and thanks for sharing the tip on making your fabric shim.

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  54. Your picture book die card is awesome, your coloring is amazing! Love your invention too!

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  55. You are very talented. The puppies look so realistic!

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  56. OMG! You bring SO much life to that puppy - it looks 3D! Amazing! And thanks for the tip :)

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  57. Wow Bibi, the texture you achieved on the fur is amazing, beautifully done.

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  58. WOW!!!! Your tag ia absolutely stunning and so beautiful!! It looks like a real dog!!

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  59. Those puppies are adorable! Your coloring is amazing! I can’t wait to watch your video to see how you did it.

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  60. Great tips, and adorable puppies.

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  61. Love all of your projects. Great ideas. I think the fabric trick is wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing your art.🐧

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  62. You brought this little pup to life with your beautiful coloring!

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  63. Those picture book dies are so sweet. Love how you transformed yours.

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  64. You make THE most beautiful cards,!

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  65. Your card with the doggy is adorable. Wish I could color as well. Thank you for the great tip on die cutting/storage.

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  66. Bibi, your coloring on the Santa Puppy is amazing. The technique adds so much dimension, definitely looks like real fur. TYFS your cards and your tips.

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  67. What a cute card! The puppy is adorable.

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  68. I love the realism of the dog's fur. Super cute! Thanks for sharing.

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  69. Bibi, your coloring is amazing on these cute critters! Thanks for sharing your fun card inspiration as well as your clever idea for keeping dies together after cutting! So appreciated!

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  70. Wow your colouring is amazing!!

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  71. Adorable card and tag. Thanks for sharing.

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  72. You made that puppy come alive! Love it!

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  73. Awww!!! Adorable card and tag!!! Love them!!!

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  74. Adorable!! Super cute puppy:))))

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  75. Thanks for the great tip on holding all the diecuts together. I've been using painter's tape After I cut but sometimes I still have to piece it back together. Will definitely give this a try.

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  76. I love how you added fur to the puppies, they are adorable. Thanks for the die-cutting tip, I will definitely have to give it a try.

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  77. This card is so cute! Love the gorgeous colouring. The new release is so amazing. I always look forward to Die-cember. It is great fun!

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  78. A very interesting and different technique.

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  79. SQUEAL!! Such BEAUTIFUL Projects!! I LOVE them!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!!

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  80. Beautiful card and tag! Love your techniques with the die cut.

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  81. What an amazing release of dies! Oh dear, what to choose?:) Love what you did with the doggy! And thanks for the tip. Going to give it a try.

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  82. The puppy is realistic & cute. Next I'll watch the video on your die cutting tips. Intricate dies can be tricky so I'm open to any solution.

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  83. How cute is this puppy??? I love his little face!!! Marvelous job on the coloring!! I love the press-n-seal trick. Thanks for the tip!!

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  84. Love learning new techniques to help hold diecuts together! Also your colouring is fantastic. That dog looks so real and so cute!

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  85. Thank you for the great tip , I’ll have to try that !

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  86. Very cute card and thanks for the tip of holding die cuts together! What a great idea! I'm also thinking of trying the same with low tack vinyl transfer, eliminates the need to spray. Hadn't thought of that before.

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  87. This is sooo CUTE, I love the white muzzle, looks like he just ate some snow! Thanks for the sticky cotton diecut saver!

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  88. Adorable card and tag!! Great tips on keeping those small pieces together. Thanks for sharing.

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  89. WOW, that puppy is the cutest little thing ever. I love the card and the tag. Great job and thanks for sharing with us :)

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  90. Fabulous coloring on that pup! Looks so real. Thanks for some great tips.

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  91. Can something by to cute??? Yes!! These adorable pups are so incredibly cute, you have done an stunning job with the fur Bibi and that is why these are standing out. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  92. Adorable!!! Love all the fur!! Thanks for the tips for storing dies!

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  93. Fantastic job of coloring.
    The detail on the fur is
    wonderful. Darling tags.
    thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  94. I was blown away by your coloring. WOW! So beautiful and so much detail! Loved the tip for holding diecuts together. Thank you for sharing!

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  95. Wow, you did a phenomenal job of coloring this cute little pup!! Amazing how real he looks in both the card and the tag. <3

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  96. Oh I just wanna scratch their scruffy little noses! Wayyyy too cute!! I love the circle behind him, too!

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  97. So cute! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas.

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  98. I love the puppies! Just adorable

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  99. So stinkin' cute! I love what you did with the puppy!!

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  100. Truly amazing puppy cards. I wish you had done a video of your coloring technique. Your dogs look so realistic. Puppies are like babies...you can't stop smiling at them. Thanks for inspiring me.

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  101. This is absolute cuteness overload! Whoa that colouring!

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  102. I've never seen anybody use a fabric shim. How clever is that? Your doggies are adorable, they look so realistic. TFS!

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  103. Your puppy is very cute! Your coloring makes him look realistic.

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  104. Such a cute tag and card! Love the colouring!

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  105. Thank you for the great tip to hold the dies in place after all the tiny pieces are cut. Very cute card...love the texture on the fur.

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  106. I love this card. would never have thought to turn that die into a puppy. Your coloring is amazing.....

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  107. So cute! Fantastic coloring! You not only gave the puppy fur, but you gave it so much texture and realism. Both the card and the tag are adorable!

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  108. Your fur coloring is amazing, Bibi! I love these dies in their cartoony form, but I didn't realize one could get such detailed, realistic results. Thanks so much for sharing not only your coloring, but also your way of keeping the die cuts together. That's so helpful.

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  109. How sweet these guys are when coloured! Thanks for showing us and also for your great tip(s)! I will make a point of checking you out on YouTube!

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  110. The puppy card and tag are just too cute!

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  111. Bibi you did an over the moon lovely work on that dog!

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  112. Wow! Your coloring is incredible!!

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  113. Wow, love how the fur looks so real, amazing coloring!! Love this tag and card.

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  114. Your coloring is amazing, love both the card and tag.

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  115. Stunning creation. Mind blowing coloring skills.

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  116. The coloring on these is just wow! The texture is fantastic!!!

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  117. Your creations are absolutely adorable !! Thanks for sharing. Love, Marjorie
    [margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

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  118. CUTENESS GALORE :)
    WOW - LOVE how you brought the adorable little dog to life with your colouring!
    Thank You for sharing your creative inspiration and your top tip too!

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  119. Your little dogs are oh so cute!!!

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  120. More fabulous tips ( you ladies are amazing) ! I love the picture book puppy and the cats ... actually ALL of them. What you did with your puppy is so adorable, Thanks for sharing !!

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  121. Awww . . . these pups are adorable!!!

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