Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Go-To Gals & Friends Blog Hop

Have you seen this little baby yet:



It's Paper Crafts' newest special publication, filled with a whopping 66 sketches (created by the six Go-To Gals) and 282 unique projects created from those sketches. Talk about inspiration!

Yesterday, the folks at Paper Crafts Connection, Cath at Moxie Fab World, and the six Paper Crafts Go-To Gals kicked off a full week of Go-To Sketches fun and excitement. I'm beyond thrilled to be participating in today's festivities. A few weeks ago, I got an email from Go-To Gal Maren asking if I'd like to be a part of the week's celebration by playing along with one of her sketches. Of course! I'm truly honored and humbled. Thank you, sweet Maren!

Without further ado, here is Maren's sketch:



And here's my take:



The Scenic Route chipboard butterfly has been covered in one of the Basic Grey Kioshi 6x6 patterns, then spritzed with Pssst! Shimmer Spray. I wish you could see this one in real life, because that shimmer is soooo nice! The sentiment is by Verve Stamps.

You can see just a hint of the shimmer in these detail shots (click photos for close-ups):





Don't you love all the different ways a single sketch can be interpreted? Take a look at what Maren and her other Go-To Friends have done with the sketch:

Maren Benedict
Carolyn King
Joslyn Nielson
Julie Campbell
Lisa Johnson

Would you like to win a copy of Go-To Sketches? Leave a comment here for just one of many chances to win. I'm always looking for good reads, so in your comment, tell me something you've read (and liked) recently. Fiction, non-fiction - anything goes :)

Leave comments on all of today's participating blogs for even more chances to win. Start with each of the six Go-To Girls:

Teri Anderson
Maren Benedict
Kim Hughes
Kim Kesti
Betsy Veldman
Jessica Witty

They'll each be introducing their five Go-To Friends (that's 36 chances to win right there). And last, no day would be complete without a visit to Paper Crafts Connection, where you'll find yet another chance to win.

Comments close at midnight (MDT) on Wednesday, April 7!

Good luck and thanks for visiting! Oh, before I go ... GO DUKE!



Stamps: Feel the Sun (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Papertrey Ripe Avocado and Rustic White card stock, Stampin' Up Basic Black card stock, Basic Grey Kioshi 6x6 dp
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Martha Stewart butterfy punch, Scenic Route chipboard butterfly, Zva Creative bling, Papertrey ribbon/button/twine, Stampin' Up Top Note die, Spellbinders rectangle die, sewing machine, Kaiser black pearls, Tsukineko Pssst Shimmer Spray
Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

152 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous! Love the colours, butterflies and bling!

    As for a book: I love anything that Jodi Piccoult writes. All of her books are fabulous - I'm working on the newest one now!

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  2. I love the butterfly!
    I just finished reading The Noticer by Andy Andrews and really liked it.

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  3. That butterfly is amazing!!! As for good reads, well I love children's books and at the moment my fav's are Dr Suess's On beyond Zebra and then the Library Lion!

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  4. I love your card! I recently read A Long Way Gone for a public health class that was really good. So happy that Duke won last night!

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  5. What a beautiful card! I'm enjoying all the different looks you can get from one sketch!

    As for books, I'm currently reading Wicked. It's a little weird (my mom had to skip the whole first section) but I'm really enjoying it now!!

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  6. awesome amy! i am such a sketch a holic so i can't wait to get my hands on this book!

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  7. OH MY GOSH!!! I just LOVE this!!! How could I not - beautiful paper, bow, button, bling and butterflies!!! :)

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  8. Beuatiful card. Love the BG Kioshi paper.

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  9. Gorgeous, Amy! Wish I could find that Go To Sketches here in Canada, so far I'm unsuccessful...lol

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  10. Gorgeous card, thanks for sharing.

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  11. Fabulous butterfly card, Amy! I really enjoyed Sue Monk Kidd's "The Secret Life of Bees". Poignant!

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  12. Stunning as usual Amy! Just love everything about your card!!

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  13. Beautiful card and great take on the sketch. I'm loving all the inspiration.

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  14. This is stunning! I love the colors, details, and the bling on this inspiring card.

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  15. Amy, I just love all your designs! I wish we were neighbors so I could learn in person from you.
    I am reading "The God Catchers" by Tommy Tenney.
    Our house is for sale, so most of my crafting has been put away and I am lost!

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  16. I love butterflies and this one is super beautiful. As for reading it would have been a childs book because I homeschool and we are learning to read!!!

    I love the card sketches and even though I"m not great at making cards I do love to use the sketches as a guide along for my digital cards.

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  17. Ah....butterflies and bling! Wonderful!
    Eileen in NYC

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  18. WOWZERS. Adding this card to my favorites. I love how you used the bling for the butterfly's path. The papers are beautiful. The book I am currrently reading is *ok* so I'll share my fav. book of ALL TIME, which is The Grapes of Wrath. I found it inspiring that people in the 30's had so many odds against them, but dignity and honor prevail.

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  19. Beautiful! I love how you layered the butterflies and all of that bling.

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  20. Great card...love the shimmery butterfly! Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper was excellent....much better than the movie...even had a different ending. Also LOVED The Shack!

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  21. Beautiful hardly describes how wonderful this card is!!

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  22. love that chipboard butterfly and all your fabulous details! Beautiful Amy!

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  23. awesome card! love the fun patterns!

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  24. Very cute! I love the dimension.

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  25. great interpretation of the sketch!

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  26. I definitely love any way YOU interpret every single sketch :-))

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  27. gorgeous butterflies! I love your colors too!

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  28. This is GORGEOUS! I love all the details and colors.

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  29. ...very elegant card! (and YAY Duke!)

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  30. Your butterfly is pretty as well. You must have teamed up with Maren to put butterflies on your card.

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  31. GORGEOUS card, Amy. Great take on the sketch! TFS!

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  32. Beautiful! That butterfly is Amazing! :)

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  33. Love your DP Amy and the beautiful layered butterfly!

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  34. gorgeous card - love all the layers and the beautiful butterfly and bling!!

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  35. What a beautiful card. Just love that butterfly.

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  36. Oh sooo pretty! Especially liked the butterflies. Marijane

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  37. Awesome Card. My favorite author is Nora Robers AKA JD Robb. I read everything she writes.

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  38. Oh my good gravy! Your card is absolutely stunning!!

    - Bridget N

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  39. VERY cute. love the bling, so fun.

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  40. I really like the paper you used on this card!

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  41. Love your card - love the black frame and how it makes everything else POP!!! Books - I love all of Robert B. Parker's Spenser series.

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  42. BEAUTIFUL card, Amy! Love everything about your card and how you interpreted this sketch~the butterfly is amazing!

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  43. Your card is very elegant and beautiful!

    I just finished reading another Carpathian books by Christina Feehan - good stuff if you're into paranormal romance and the like.

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  44. Love your card. Such a stunning color combo.

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  45. Gorgeous!!!! Thank you so much for playing along. :) Hugs.

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  46. What a lovely, lovely design! That butterfly just sets the whole thing agog!

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  47. Gotta love the butterflies! I listen to a lot of audio books. I the Lillian Jackson Braun's, "The Cat Who...." mysteries. Good old fashioned writing.

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  48. love these butterflies, such a gorgeous card!!!

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  49. What a great color combo, so striking, yet so calming.

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  50. Your card is GORGEOUS... The sparkle and shimmer just adds a wonderful touch! Not to mention the papers :)
    If you want to read something very powerful you should read: My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. Have the kleenex ready!

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  51. Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing it!! :)

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  52. What a super beautiful card, all of the details are amazing!!

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  53. Absolutely GORGEOUS artwork! Right now I'm reading my Bible!

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  54. This is gorgeous! I love all the layers!

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  55. Love the butterfly! thanks for sharing.

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  56. Gorgeous card, Amy! I love the rhinestones and wavy banner.

    I just read Heaven: Your Real Home by Joni Eareckson Tada and really enjoyed it. She opened my eyes to so many things about Heaven and made me wish I could be there now!

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  57. How exciting Amy!! Your card is fabulous! (as always)
    I love all the bling on this one! So lovely!

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  58. Beautiful!! Love the butterfly and the bling!!

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  59. Your card is so cute!! I love the butterfly that you used!

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  60. Beautiful card.

    Since this is a craft site, my recommendation is Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas. The book pieces together a tale of the relationship of two women, 17 and 86 years old, based on quilting, storytelling and motherhood. The first chapter is a little slow, but if you keep reading you’ll be rewarded with a heartwarming story. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  61. WOWZA! Gorgeous colors ~ love those butterflies!

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  62. Beautiful Amy! Love the shimmer on the butterfly and the Verve sentiment!

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  63. Such a lovely card! The colors are gorgeous!

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  64. Wow the butterfly and simmer is beautiful!!

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  65. very elegant with all that bling! like the butterflies and the inking.....

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  67. Gorgeous card Amy!! I love the butterfly and the rhinestone trail! I'll read anything - but lately have found the death series by J.D. Robb.

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  68. Hi there Amy!
    Very pretty card.

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  69. Love your card...as for my newest favorite book "The Saving Graces"...a wonderful story about women and friendship...I LOVED it!

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  70. Stunning, as always Amy!!

    I am always reading, but the best thing I've read recently was A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick - soooo good! Before that was Molokai by Alan Brennert which was also very very good.

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  71. I need that new Basic Grey paper. Cute card and congrats on Duke's win!

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  72. Currently reading a Jeffery Deaver book. Love this card. You have such a great way of combining things!

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  73. Beatiful butterfly card. Most recently book I read was "Michigan" by Gail Gaymer Martin which contained 4 short christina romance stories. A great read.
    debbieanng@yahoo.com

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  74. Always love your cards. Great card and beautiful colors.

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  75. Love the patterned paper and the bling on this card. Great card.

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  76. I would totally BUY this card!(can I??lol!) I love it!

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  77. Amazingly fabulous as alwasy! LOVE the layered butterflies and your rhinestone flourishes! Such an elegant creation my friend!

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  78. Gorgeous card Amy. love the dimensional butterfly and sparkling papers! Great sketch.

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  79. Very pretty! I just bought the Martha Stewart butterfly punch. I think it's lovely how you layered it on top of a larger cutout.
    DeniseB

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  80. Beatiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  81. What a fab card! I'm reading anything by Agatha Cristie right now. She's the queen!

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  82. Gorgeous! Love the butterfly.

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  83. This is so elegant!!! I really loved your post... until I saw that you were a Duke fan. (LOL! Just Kidding!)

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  84. Amazing! Love all the details here.

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  85. What a gorgeous card! Love it! I'm currently reading Cold Blooded by Lisa Jackson, quite a "thriller".

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  86. Lovely card! Beautiful and blingy!!!

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  87. Your interpretation of the sketch is gorgeous! Love that shimmer. As for what I've been reading...I'm kind of an egghead and have been reading poems in a 1940s book of poetry for grades 1-8. The poems for the younger kids are super fun!

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  88. Your card is stunning - so many lovely details that anyone would be happy to receive. Thank you for sharing your creation.

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  89. LOOOVE the look of that shimmer spray! Awesome!

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  90. I have been reading Into The Wild for a while now even though it is a short book. And, thanks to my sister, I am now starting the Twilight series. Love the colors in your card!

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  91. Gorgeous Card!!

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  92. Beautiful card! Love the shimmer.
    A good book I've read recently is a children's book. It's called Found, by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Both my kids read it, so I thought I'd give it a try. The first chapter hooked me...I'll leave it at that. ;)

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  93. this is so pretty, those butterflies are stunning!

    lisa a.

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  94. Enjoying your card.
    I made a promise to myself to try to read the bible through this year. So I am, along with oneyearbibleblog.

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  95. Butterflies+bling = GORGEOUS card!!! I love it!

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  96. Your card is totally gorgeous! Love the colors and the butterfly!
    I'm reading 'Loving God with All Your Ming' by Elizabeth George! Very insightful!

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  97. Gorgeous card! Love the butterflies!!

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  98. Gorgeous Card! Such sweet inspiration for me! Thank you SO MUCH! I love to hop along too :)

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  99. amy...this is gorgeous! love the solft and vintage feel, and the rhinestone flourish is the perfect accent! beautifully done!

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  100. Oh, this is beautiful, love the colors you used. The butterfly is so pretty!

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  101. Wow! Gorgeous card! Love your butterfly, papers, bling, use of layout, yada yada yada! :)

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  102. Wow, that is a beautiful card...

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  103. I love the multi-dimensional butterflies! Right now I am reading (when I find time) How Do I get my Child Off the Regrigerator and On To Learning by Carol Barnier. Heather

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  104. Love what you have done with this sketch. So beautiful

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  105. Beautiful, love the colors and the layout, TFS!

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  106. I love that this looks like a frame and beautiful colour scheme too

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  107. Absolutely love the card! very nice. The black really sets off the entire card. TFS

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  108. Love the card as usual your amazing with every card you create, mini pieces of artwork...I LOVE LOVE LOVE and have read absolutely everything by Jodi Picoult but right now I am reading The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb, I would love to win the magazine thanks for the chance

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  109. As usual, GORGEOUS, Amy! I'd love to win this new publication...

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  110. Beautiful! Love the colors you chose.

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  111. Your card is terrific, I love the way you layered the butterflies. Thank you so much for the chance of winning this new publication, it does look great. Re reading, I love biographies and my latest book is the biography of Patrick Swayze.
    Hugs,
    Trish

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  112. I would love to win a copy of this book. Sketches are so useful. My latest read was Shutter Island which was very good but a couple other suggestions would be The Thirteenth Tale, The Giver, Time Travelers Wife, My Sister's Keeper, or The Secret Life of Bees.
    xoxo, Christine

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  113. I love your card! Your card is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing it with us!

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  114. Love love love this, absolutely beautiful! FABulous bling!!

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  115. The layered butterfly is just stunning!

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  116. Your card is gorgeous and a great interpretation of the sketch.

    The latest book I read was "The Christmas Box" by Richard Paul Evans - I like most of his books and this was pretty good.

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  117. Your take on the sketch is absolutly beautiful!!! Love the shimmer on the butterflies!

    That sketch mag. would be an awesome prize to win indeed!

    The biography book I just finished & found to be very interesting is called... "Another Man's War: The true story of one man's battle to save children in the Sudan". By Sam Childers.
    It is about a violent drug-addicted biker who became a pastor & spends his time in the most dangerous parts of Sudan & Uganda rescuing orphans & child soldiers, victims of war.
    I understand not everyone will agree with his methods, but at least he is doing something. I do recommend this read, if not only to just step out of our own comfortable boxes for a moment.

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  118. Oh, I love your card! The colours are stunning and the butterfly -wow. Just so beautiful!

    I'm a big Kathy Reichs fan. Any of her books will keep me entertained for hours. Lately, though, I've been reading a lot of Debbie Macomber. They're a nice light read, easy to put down for a couple of days when things get busy and then pick right up again.

    Thanks for sharing your gorgeous work!

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  119. Amy this is just gorgeous. What a fun sketch. I read a very memorable book about 6 months ago. I keep trying to get my book club to read it, but no such luck. It's called Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah. It will make you cry though. I never cry when I read, but this one was just a great story of friendship. Hope you get a chance to pick it up. Summer is a great time for reading:)

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  120. I haven't done any reading in forever. Your card is beautiful!

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  121. I haven't done any reading in forever. Your card is beautiful!

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  122. That butterfly is a standout! Very pretty card.

    I have a lot of favorite reads that I pull out over and over. However, the most recent book I read was new to me and definitely worth reading again: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society by Shaffer and Barrows

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  123. That is adorable.. I have not been reading for fun lately it's been mostly for school and my board exam.

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  124. Great card. This sketch is sure going to inspire all of us.

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  125. Beautiful Butterfly Card! I review books for Thomas Nelson publisher and just finished HAND OF FATE by Lis Wiehl. Good murder mystery, check out my review @ coffee24tea.blogspot.com
    The book you are giving away looks great!

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  126. Gorgeous, love the layering on the butterfly, and the open frame!

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  127. Beautiful card! thanks for sharing.
    As for good reads, Cecelia Ahern is a great author.

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  128. LOVE your card & we CAN see that gorgeous shimmer -- LOVE it too!!! I've recently read 6 of 7 books in an old series by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander Series, and I'm very anxious to get her newest 7th one soon as I can! They are historical romance/time travel -- fabulous writer!!!

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  129. I love your card. It's so elegant! Go to Sketches seems to be a must for all paper crafters. :)

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  130. Gorgeous card! I love the button-bows; soooo pretty!!

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  131. Amy, I understand that butterflys are in this year.

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