Saturday, May 29, 2010

OWH Memorial Day Blog Hop

EDIT: The drawing has concluded for this giveaway. The winners are announced HERE. Thank you for your participation.

Welcome to the Operation Write Home's Memorial Day Blog Hop. I'm so glad you could hop along with us. I am thrilled to have this opportunity to honor both God and our troops. I want to honor Christ for His goodness in allowing us to enjoy our freedom, which we sometimes take for granted and that many people in this world can only dream about. May we not forget how blessed we are!

And of course, I want to thank all the men and women and their families who faithfully and sacrificially serve our country for the sake of our freedom. You will always have my never ending gratitude and prayers. Thank you and may the Lord bless you and keep you.

Here is a precious photo of my Grandparents. My grandpa served in the US Army during the Second World War and is one of the very few living survivors of the Bataan Death March. My dear Grandma passed away 2 years ago, but he's still as sharp as a tack living in the Philippines. You could write a book about his life experiences. I thank God for him and am honored to have him as my Grandpa.

I have lots of cards, freebies and blog candy to give away, so make sure you scroll all the way down ;-). I suggest you start the hop at Operation Write Home so you don't miss all the beautiful cards everyone is showing. I have 5 cards to show you today. They highlight two companies that are offering some generous discounts or prizes here on my blog in honor of this hop and Memorial Day.

The first card uses the GinaK Designs' Fine Furnishings Additions stamp set. It's one of the newly released stamp sets (along with new cardstock colors and beautiful patterned papers). All the cardstocks, buttons and most ribbons and patterned papers I used below were purchased from GinaK Designs.

This one uses the Lovely Labels and Elegant Post stamp sets by GinaK Designs.

This card uses a sentiment from GinaK Designs' Spring Mix set. The embossed background is a sneak peek of an art stencil by Layers of Color. The art stenciels are beautiful and have ornate designs that I love. They will be released in mid-June. I dry embossed the stencil here using my Cuttlebug, then sponged some ink.

Next up is a card using Layers of Colors' Touch of Elegance set (background) and the same sentiment and Lovely Labels from GinaK Designs.

And another card using the Touch of Elegance again. It also includes a digital patriotic verse that you can download for FREE at the Layers of Color website. You will find other free digis there.

Now for the Goodies...Layers of Color is not only giving away free digis, but they are also offering 10% OFF ALL ART STAMPS on Memorial Day weekend, May 29 - 31 only! They will also DONATE 10% of ALL SALES during this 3-day weekend to Operation Write Home, where you can send those cards to be distributed to American men and women serving our nation. Check out the Layers of Color blog for more info.

My Blog Giveaways:

A Layers of Color stamp set of the winner's choice.

And on behalf of GinaK Designs, I have three stamp sets to give away to one winner:

How do you win:

All you need to do is leave me a comment below. If you want two more chances to win, you may:
  • visit the Layers of Color website and leave me a comment which stamp set is your favorite
  • visit the GinaK Designs website and leave a comment here which stamp set catches your eye.
I will pick the two winners from all the comments below and announce them on my blog on Tuesday! If you've made it this far, thank you! Now, I will send you to the next stop of the hop:

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206 comments:

  1. I love all your cards, can't decide which one is the most beautiful. You are so talented!!

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  2. From GinaK I love the new set Botanicals!!

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  3. From Layers of Color I love the Acanthus Leaves clear art stamp set!

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  4. Nina, I love your style and your cards are fantastic. I love how you created those backgrounds.

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  5. All the cards are lovely. I love the way you incorporated red, white and blue in such an elegant way.

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  6. I love, love, love the picture of your grandparents! Thanks so much for sharing that with us and send my hugs along to your grandpa when you talk to him next! Your cards are fabulous (as always!!)

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  7. The picture of your grandparents is so sweet. I do know of the Bataan Death March. And he is a hero. Thank him from My husband and I.
    Your cards are darling as ever. I love your new stamp images. Gorgeous stuff!!!! You are so incredibly talented Nina!

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  8. P.S. I visited the Layers of color website and I love your digi's. especially love bible verse and the Fleur-de-lis... the birds and the flowers.. Guess I love them all.

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  9. I love your fabulous cards, Nina! The couch one is my fave. And thanks for sharing about your grandfather--one of the survivors of the Bataan Death March--how amazing! I hope you have him talking about his experiences on audio or video--it's so important to preserve that history.

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  10. What a great picture of your granparents. Your cards are as always gorgeous!

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  11. Hi Nina!!! All your samples are such gorgeous samples!!! I love the photo of your grandparents!!! What a treasure! Both my hubby's parents are still living though not always "with it" any more... but my DFIL is a war hero in eery sense of the word... wounded saving the lives of some of his men... awarded many medals including the purple heart.... A wonderful legacy we all need to remember and be thankful to all who have served! You KNOW I love all your cards, and all the LOC sets... and I love YOUR sets on Gina K of course! I especially love the one with the doily! You do awesome work Nina... thank you for using the talents God gave you to glorify HIM!

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  12. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of Gina K's sets. Love Quite a Catch -- have been debating about ordering it; how much fun would it be to win it!

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  13. Your cards are wonderful! They definitely will cheer up some troops. Thank you for sharing the picture of your grandparents.

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  14. One more chance -- visited Layers of Love too. They offered us the lovliest free digis and (thanks to you for being an enabler) I will soon be the proud owner of two of their stamp sets!

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  15. I love Rise & Shine because I have seen so many wonderful projects from around the web made using it.

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  16. I love Gina K's Masculine messages. I sooo need some sentiments to use on my masculine cards.

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  17. Nina, your cards are all gorgeous! Wonderful designs on each one! Thanks for sharing the precious photo of your grandparents! Im so glad you still have your Grandpa and he's doing well.

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  18. wow Nina your grandparents look great! God Bless them.
    thanks for the fun and inspiration!
    Sandra

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  19. Nina, I visited the Layers of Color website - Wow! they have neat stamps over there - I like the 'Flutterescent clear art stamp set' best. They have some pretty neat free digi's too!
    thanks for the link.
    Sandra

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  20. Nina I love the sweet photo of your grandparents!!! What a great way to honor them!!!

    All of your cards are gorgeous!!! Great CAS styles and I love the color themes too!!! Thanks for a chance to win some goodies!!! Have a wonderful weekend!!! Hugs ~S~

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  21. there are so many great stamp sets over at Gina K - the latest one that catches my eye is Gifts from the sea .... perhaps wishful thinking that I could be seeing them first hand!
    Thanks for the fun Nina!
    Sandra

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  22. Amazing cards Nina! Love your new set. :)

    Your Grandpa is one fine man! How wonderful it is that he is still around to tell you some amazing stories. My grandpa was in WWII also and my dad was in the Navy during Vietnam. He served for 21 years. :)

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  23. I like your style very much. Thank you for a chance to win the beautiful stamps. Greetings from Russia!

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  24. OH NINA---your grandparents are tooo cute:) Thank you to your Grandpa for serving for our freedom:) I would love to hear all about his life....that fascinates me:)

    As for your cards---WOWZA! I'm always amazed at your creations...and these are def. AWESOME! So many and all so different! YOU ROCK:) I LOVE visiting your site;)

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  25. Oh NINA--thanks for opening up another door of wonderful stamps for me to LOVE! I've never heard of Layers of Color! I love that Joyful Noise set and the Polka Dot Parade set! ACK--love it:) Totally bookmarking them:)

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  26. For the Gina K. stamps...I LOVE LOVE LOVE all of your sets! I love this new one with the Fine Furnishings! MMMMMM! Super fun:) Thanks for the chance to win:)

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  27. Nina, your cards are outstanding as always and love what you have done with these stamp sets. I must say I am most struck by the dear picture of your grandparents.... What a beautiful couple and so much history between the two of them... Wow, surviving the Bataan Death March. That just brings tears to my eyes just thinking of what he may have gone through...thank him for us. Your grandmother also must have gone through so much just knowing what he had experienced alone.

    What a wonderful blog hop! My father is retired from the Marine Corps and was in and out of the Philippines. He loved going there and even got to attend some wonderful Filipino churches and camps while on leave.

    Have a wonderful weekend and please don't count me in on the blog candy, I am just thrilled to see this pic of your grandparents... God bless...

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  28. Awwwww.....what a sweet photo nina and such a treasure. God Bless your grandpa. Thankyou for sharing this with us and your cards are just beautiful. I hope you have a pleasant memorial day wknd. *hugs*

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  29. how sweet is that pic of your grandparents?!! i love your new stamps and the papers your using to show them off! i'm off to check out layers of color! happy weekend!

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  30. oh, i love polka dot love over at layers of color-too cute!

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  31. love fine furnishings, esp. the chandeliers:)

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  32. Fabulous cards ... love them all ... and what a great photo of your grandparents.

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  33. Wow all of your cards are gorgeous! Your grandparents look fantastic & I thank your grandpa for serving in World War II. Have a great holiday weekend! I love the Gina K Gifts from the Sea stamp set...soooo darn cute!

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  34. Thank you, thank you, Nina! You're wonderful! And so are all your creative cards, wow, what a super collection of patriotic ideas!

    I LOVE your Lovely Frames & Vintage Background stamp sets, well done, Nina! Your new furniture stamps are sure to be a huge hit!

    Oh, what a precious photograph of your living family history! I'm touched by the sweet way they snuggle next to each other showing their love. Such a powerful experience he went through, but we can thank the Lord that history was changed for the better as a result. Thank him for me for his service!

    Mark's father has some interesting war stories that his little Jeannie has captured on video and through questions she asked. A very treasured legacy.

    It's a joy to support OWH, it's the least we can do to encourage our troops. God bless them and you as you do so much to give them love from home.

    Hugs to you my friend!

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  35. Nina, thanks for sharing your story and your grandparent's photo. Your cards are all great as always. I love all of your stamp set designs. Thanks for inspiring.

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  36. Nina,
    Love the story of your grandfather and I love the Botanicals and Hope Grows from Gina K's new collection and I love the Butterfly Collection as I love Butterflies
    Stampin Hugs,
    Jeanine

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  37. Hey girl just wanted to let you know you linked to the wrong blog. Should have been linked to mine

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  38. Your cards are BEAUTIFUL!!

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  39. Your cards are awesome. I love how you take the same phrase but you use it different ways in the cards!

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  40. All of your creations are awesome! Wonderful picture of your grandparents!!

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  41. What adorable cards you made! Love them!

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  42. Wonderful cards. You are so creative. Thanks for sharing! Lisa

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  43. Thank you for the chance to win these awesome stamps Nina! Your cards are gorgeous!

    Ramona
    http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com

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  44. Wow, what fantastic cards. Thanks for sharing about your grandparents.

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  45. I like the Joyful Noise from Layers of Color.

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  46. I love Layers of Colors Stamps - my fave is Joyful Noise!

    Ramona
    http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com

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  47. I love the Sending Sunshine from Gina K.

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  48. Beautiful cards Nina and so much more beautiful is the photo of your grandparents! wow.

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  49. OH Nina, I enjoyed looking at your awesome creations and the photo of your grandparents is such a treasure. Thanks for the chance to win stamps! I need to go check out your other links now.

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  50. Nina, I love the pic of your grandparents..such a sweet couple, thx for sharing!!

    Your cards are all rockin'!!!!!!!

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  51. I couldn't narrow it down to just one Gina K Stamp - I liked Gifts From the Sea, By Your Side, and Hope Is Faith!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Ramona
    http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com

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  52. I love your Fine Furnishings and Fine Furnishings Addition. It's looks like so much fun to use.

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  53. Nina,
    I love your stuff: the picture of your grandparents, your cards, and the alternate links for stamps. There are some original stamps out there and found some I just may have to have!

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  54. The Touch of Elegance set from Layers of Color is very nice. I can see creating many beautiful backgrounds from that set.

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  55. Nina, I love your cards!! Perfect for the troops. Great layouts and colors.

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  56. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this post. To be able to hear the stories about Bataan from someone who was there!!!- awful but wonderful!

    I visited all the different links in your post and had a good time! At the Layers of Color site I really like the Under The Sea set. at Gina K I fell IN LOVE with Nana's needlework.

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  57. Nina:
    A set from both Gina and Layers of Color that are on the top of my list of "I want" someday. From Layers of Color it would be "Joyful Noise" so I can use to give encouragement cards to youth and others who share their talents in our church I so appreciate them. Thanks for the lovely ideas on the cards.

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  58. Another favorite site, Gina K ! Of the new sets, "Stars" would be the one I could use the most right now. Of all the sets offered on her site, "Guiding Light" would be another one and it would go great with "Gone Fishing", one of the ones you offer on the blog candy . . . . just too many to pick from - I want so many ! Thanks for offering the chance to win.

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  59. I love the botanical set and I do like the gone fishing one also!! So many great choices, hard to pick one.

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  60. Love the cards using "lovely labels" as I just purchased that set and enjoy looking at ways to use them. What a precious picture of your grandparents and the perfect weekend to remember them online. I appreciate the way in which you share your faith in God with us all. God Bless you.

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  61. I like the joyful noise set from layers of color!! So pretty! :)

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  62. Your card samples are gorgeous! I loved your story about your grandparents! So sweet! God Bless!

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  63. What a precious picture of your grandparents! I love all of your cards... SOOOO PRETTY! I became a follower! Have a great weekend! I really enjoyed your post! ;o)

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  64. Your cards are beautiful as always! The picture of your grandparents is so precious. I so enjoy visiting your blog and what a wonderful blog hop.

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  65. I visited the Layers of Color website and have to say my favorite set is Touch Of Elegance. The cards you made using this set are amazing! When I first saw them I thought you had used designer paper. I was blown away when I realized you stamped the background with this set.

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  66. I also visited Gina K Designs website. One of my favorite to visit. It's so hard to pick just one set, but I'd have to say the set you designed Lovely Labels is on the top of my wish list.

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  67. Great cards! And the picture of your grandparents is priceless! As a military wife, let me say thank you for sharing your creativity to help bring families closer who are separated by duty.

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  68. Gina K's Fine Furnishings is an adorable set!

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  69. Layers of Color's Polka Dot Parade is darling!

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  70. Beautiful cards Nina!!! And what a great reason to blog hop! :)

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  71. Keep up the good work! You are very talented. I would like to see more stamp sets like Fine Furnishings. Its very different from the usual flowers and butterflies that everyone seems to have!

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  72. Hi Nina! LOVE your cards, WOW!! Your grandparents are just the cutest too, what a treasure of a photo :) :)

    You totally got me to go shopping - I usually resist! But I went to Layers and picked up a couple freebies plus the Fruitful Harvest and PolkaDot parade! I've got to go back to GinaKs when I figure out my budget to spend this weekend (LOL!) because I neeeeeed the butterfly with the quote as well as the tree silhouettes....and a bunch more I dumped into my cart. I had to stop when the total scared me! ROFL!

    Thanks for making the hop so much fun!

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  73. Really lovely cards and such a moving story you've shared about your grandparents. I thank you most especially for that.

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  74. I like the 'missing you' card the best, but also like the sentiment from the Psalms. Heather

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  75. On the "Layers" site I really like the 'Joyful Noise'. Heather

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  76. On Gina's site I like your set called "Nana's Needlework" and your new Furnishings stamp - chandeliers. Heather

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  77. Wonderul, beautiful cards! Really speechless...all of them are so nice! And what a sweet picture of your grandparents...very touching.

    As for sets I checked out...at Layers of Color I liked Polka Dot Parade clear art stamp set..too cute. And at Gina K Designs I liked Botanicals.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Karen

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  78. Nina, your work is so beautiful! Thank you for continually inspiring me...I have almost all of your sets b/c they just speak to me! Sincerely, Heather

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  79. beautiful cards. I love the deep colors.

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  80. Your grandpa is amazing! Thank you for telling us about him. And I really enjoyed seeing your cards. Nice work!

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  81. Amazing projects and great use of the colors.

    Layers of Color stamp set: Beloved Wings
    Gina K stamp set: Vintage Borders

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  82. All of your cards are gorgeous! I especially like the first one! Thanks for sharing your grandparents story with us! Loving all the inspiration on your blog!

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  83. check out GinaK...very cool site and easy to get around. i like Holiday Greetings Stamp Set ... i'm a Christmas Holiday nut.

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  84. At Layers of Colors love them all, especially Groovy Bird digi stamp.

    Thank you to your grandfather and grandmother for their service to our country and my freedom. I know your grandfather must have tons of stories.

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  85. That is a wonderful pic of your grandparents. My father was stationed in the Phillipines in WWII (telling my age). Such wonderful blog candy and I would love any of it. I haven't been able to purchase Gina K sets lately and her sets are soooooooo nice! Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

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  86. Your cards are beautiful Nina, and that is a lovely photo of your grandparents.

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  87. I am really impressed by the cards that you have provided on your blog. Your use of ribbons and buttons truly add an extra touch to your cards. Also, thank you for sharing the story about your grandparents. They made a beautiful couple. I had never heard of the Death March, but thank you for providing a link. God Bless your father. I can't imagine what that must have been like, but it's wonderful that he's still surviving strong.

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  88. Love your work!!!!
    What a wonderful picture. Thank you for sharing

    Darla

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  89. Hmmm... the Gina K set that catches my eye??? well... right now I'm really enjoying Nana's needlework but since I already own that one and quite a few others I'm going to say Gone Fishing as it's a set that I hmmmed and haaaahed over whther or not to get it and in the end decided not to order it just yet and to wait (although I'm already regretting it since there's always more that I want in the new releases and never think to go back to an old release set to order...)
    I just ordered your Fine Furnishing and additions sets today and am SO excited. I think you read my mind!!!! I was eyeing a similar set by another company but wasn't TOTALLY blown away with it... (small set, no sentiments) almost bought it and then saw yours in the release and LOVE it!!!

    Darla

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  90. Joyful noise has to be my favourite over at Layers of Colour!! How can you go wrong right??? Music and butterflies.... wonderful!!

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  91. Wow your fine furnishing cards are great. I had no idea how cute these stamps could be.

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  92. Happy Memorial Day to you and yours....great photo of your grandfather. Love all your cards! So generous of you to make some for the veterans! Wow, and blog candy on top of it all! I love the Welcome Home set best!

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  93. I love all your cards they are very vintage looking. I love the photo of your grandmother and grandfather. Thanks for sharing and enjoy this Memorial Day weekend

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  94. I really, really like your furnishings stamps, especially the chandelier. Lately I have been needing motivation to make cards as I am exhausted with my two little ones. I had no idea we could send cards to our troops to send to their loved ones! Thanks for sharing this great opportunity with us. I will go the website and find out how to get cards to them. Thanks Nina.

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  95. I'm in awe of your beautiful artwork....your blog is simply amazing!! ;)

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  96. amazing card!! so beautiful!! i love them!! =)

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  97. Downloaded all the digi's over at Layers of Color. I love the urn set of stamps and I'm still searching for the stencil sneek preview.

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  98. Love your picture of your grandparents! Love the cards. From the Layers of Color my favorite stamp is Hope, Faith, and love and from GinaK it is Cuddles and Hugs stamp set.

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  99. Nina,
    Thanks for the links. I really like the gone fishing set. I know I could make some wonderful cards for our heroes with it. My favorite digi is the Psalm 53:2

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  100. Your cards are beautiful!!!!

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  101. Wow! Some awesome cards there! My fave stamp set from LOC would be Butterfly Collector or Backyard Birds. My fave from Gina K? Lovely labels! Thanks for the chance to win! :O)

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  102. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas....the stamp set would have to be butterfly collector. Jennifer

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  103. I just visited Layers of color and my favorite would have to be Joyful Noise.

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  104. How to chose a favorite GKD stamp, I really like Nana's Needlework. This one is on my wishlist!

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  105. I love the picture of your Grandparents. Please thank him sooooo much for his service. It truly changed the course of history. All of your cards are wonderful. Thanks for supporting our Heroes and OWH!
    R/

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  106. From Layers of Color ~ Joyful Noise or Flutterescent it's a toss up!
    R/

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  107. On Gina K there are so many, but Stars, Gone Fishing and Out West are great masculine ones. Seems I'm always hunting those!
    Thanks for the chance at the candy
    R/

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  108. First off I want to extend my thanks to your Grandfather, he is true hero.
    Your cards are wonderful.

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  109. Thank you for this lovely post. What a touching story about your grandfather. Thank you for sharing your beautiful cards. I like them ALL!!

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  110. All your cards are lovely. Love the colors and papers together.

    Your Grandpa looks like an amazing man, I can see why you are so proud of him.

    I like backyard birds or reindeer waltz from Layers of Color and Cuddles and Hugs by Gina K.

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  111. 1. First of all: your cards - stunning!! I became a follower today because of them!

    2. I did decide to visit the other stamping blogs bc I'm not much of a stamper but the blogs and cards today are inspiring me to research. Need to find some more stamps and start using! So my fav at ART STAMPS is well, didn't have to look past the first. Psalm 33:12 digi stamp is divine!! Scooping up those freebies now...

    3. At Gina's, Hope Grows is my fav - if they were rub-ons, I'd scrap with them all the time!!

    Thanks for posting today - that grandparents photo is such an amazing keepsake!

    xoxo
    Lindsey @ ScrapStreet

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  112. Stars is a stamp set from Gina K that catches my eye.

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  113. Hi Nina,
    I just want to say you are a beautiful artist. Your cards are just gorgeous and your furnishings stamp set is too cool. I am going to order it, I have so many ideas for it. You are one of my favorite paper crafters, your work is so inspiring that everytime I view one of your cards and ideas I get to work in my craft room. I just want to say God Bless to your grandfather, he is very brave, and your granmother is blessed everyday because she is already with our lord. Also, thank you for the work you are doing for our soldiers, my husband and I just retired from the army eight years ago. In response to your challenge and free giveaway I love the gone fishing stamp set. Someone from the design team at GinaK made a beautiful card with that set, it was of the dock and trees off to the left side with a beautiful horizon it was just beautiful. I want to buy this set but hopfully I can win it from you. Hee hee. Again Nina, thank you for all of your inspiring cards, I could look at them all day long and only get more inspired, you have a great gift so thanks for sharing. I wish I was half as good as you. I just enterd my first card contest at GinaK tonight my card is called crackle grunge butterfly. Check it out if you have time. Nothing to compare to yours but Im new to this. Thanks again, Gina Kinde (My name and last initial is GinaK same as Gina K design stamp t.v. cool Hah?) Good Luck to all.ginak1117@att.net

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  114. Absolutely beautiful cards! I love the Acanthus Leaves stamps...... thank you for participating in OWH!

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  115. and from GinaK I like Gone Fishing.

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  116. Your Grandpa looks so sweet-happy memorial day to you- love all your cards and have become a member at Layers of Colours- all their stamps look great and am already a member of Gina K

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  117. Thank you for sharing about your grandparents. I just want to hug your grandfather. You must be proud!
    I love the stamp set from Layers of Color called Her Majesty's Urns!
    The new stamp set Botanicals from GinaK is just fabulous too!

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  118. Love your new stamp set. Enjoyed your post and reading about your family. Great cards..TFS

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  119. At Layers of colors, I like Joyful Noise

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  120. At Gina K I like Stars...great for OWH cards

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  121. These are incredible cards. I really like the label on the second card and LOVE the layout on the third one - thank you for showing us the picture of your grandparents and their story.

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  122. Gina K Designs: Elegant Flowers
    Layers of Color: Natures Walk

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  123. Really love the backgrounds that you made on the last 2 cards.
    Had to go shopping at Layers of Color. Love the images there.

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  124. Wow, all you cards are really beautiful! Love the papers you used on all of them!

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  125. Hi Sweetie...
    I am Country Wings your newest follower. I cannot even begin to tell you how beautiful your cards are that you have created. What an inspiration you are sweetie. I have never made a card, but so want to create now. I have been a shut in for a month and was told on Friday I have at least 2 more weeks. What better way to sit in my recliner and spend time than to create something for the soldiers. I am going hunting through the house today to see what I might have that I could create with. My lungs do not allow me to move around much so I love the thought of doing something that is sitting quietly and using my brain. Thank you sweetie, thank you.

    I loved the picture of your grandparents. What a treasure that is and your sweet grandfather, so proud of him. He has served this country well.

    Please stop by and say hi. I would be so honored if you signed up to follow my blog as well. I love meeting new friends. I can't wait to see what you share next. Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

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  126. On Gina K. I loved gone fishing. I would so love to create with that one. I forgot to add in my last comment, I would love to win that package.

    I also loved the Elegant Flowers. SO beautiful.
    Many thanks sweetie...Sherry

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  127. Layers of Colors would have to be Joyful Noise. Just beautiful. Thank you for the links. I am afraid I will be shopping too.

    Many thanks sweetie. Country hugs, Sherry

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  128. Your cards are stunning! WOW...

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  129. This was hard but I kept being drawn back to Layer of Color's Joyful Noise set...

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  130. From Gina K Designs - another hard one as I love all the ones you showed for the Candy... But Heartily Yours and the additions set is so versatile for OWH cards all year round that it came out on top :)

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  131. I adore the "Merci Bouquet" clear art stamp set from Layers of Colors!
    Many thanks for such a delightful contest...
    Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  132. The "Botanical" Stamp Set is fabulous from Gina
    K. Designs...
    Again, many thanks!
    Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  133. I really enjoy and appreciate you sharing your Grandpa and Grandma with us! I'm proud of you too sharing your story! I love Gina K. Designs and used a lot of the stamps myself. Your cards are lovely! Thank you for participating in the OWH event.
    Smilin' Sher

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  134. No worries girl! Your cards are fantastic as always! I've been a fan of your artwork for some time now and just LOVE everything you do :)

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  135. What a beautiful tribute to your Grandparents! I love your work and enjoy your eye for layouts and color! The Layer of Color freebies are awesome- I love the bird set from them...although-it is hard to pick just one favorite! Gina K has alot of sets I love too, but love the gone fishing set as my husband and son love to fish! Have a great weekend and what a wonderful Blog Hop!

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  136. Your cards are so beautiful!

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  137. I like your second-last card the best... but they're all lovely.

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  138. All of your cards are beautiful. If you haven't done it already, you should record your grandpa's life, written or video. Please pass on my gratitude to him. TFS.

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  139. Fabulous cards and your photo's so sweet!

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  140. Your cards are so creative!! I love GinaK stamps - it's a toss up for me between Gone Fishing and A Cuppa Joe. From Layers of Colors, I am definitely lovin' Rise and Shine. It's so nice ot visit your site again on this blog hop!

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  141. Your card are all so beautiful! Thank you to your Grandfather and your family for the sacrifices you have made for our country! Thank you for your continued support to our troops. May God bless you and yours!

    ~Courtney~

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  142. This is such a cute card! You did a great job!

    XOXO,
    Greta

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  143. Beautiful cards - love your new "fine Furnishings' sets!!!

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  144. Love your card creations! My husband is a vietnam veteran and said he wishes they had a program like OWH when he was overseas. Thanks for supporting our patriots through this blog hop. And thanks for sharing your talents with us! Happy Memorial Day!

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  145. Your grandparents are so cute!!! Thanks for sharing them with us!!! Your cards are beautiful!!!

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  146. Nina, Happy Memorial Day....Love everything you create....my favorites are Vintage backgrounds and borders. So elegant and chic, yet classy and shabby. Thanks for making papercrafting so fun with your wonderful sets!! You are truly blessed with godgiven talent.

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  147. Love all of your cards and you are very talented. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  148. WOW! Love all of the cards and your grandparents are so sweet!

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  149. Nina-what lovely cards!! Your grandparents look so sweet together and I'm so glad to hear how dear they are to you, esp your granddad.
    From the Layers of Color website, my favourite stamp is Joyful Noise - such a pretty set & I love butterflies & music. And from Gina K Designs, my favourite stamp would be Fine Furnishings - simply unique, and I love that it is so versatile & so many possibilities! Thanks for sharing.

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  150. Nina, thanks so much for sharing your faith and patriotism with us, as well as your grandparents story.
    At GKD, I would love to get your Lovely Labels but of the three you are giving as blog candy...I don't have Quite a Catch and I have seen some really cute cards made with it.

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  151. Nina, I went to Layers of Color and adore their stamps...my fav is Merci Bouquet...I can see so many ways to use this.
    Thanks again and Have a great holiday week-end.

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  152. Beautiful use of October Afternoon on your cards! I enjoyed seeing them all!

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  153. Beautiful cards, Nina!! Thanks for sharing a little about your grandfather. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  154. Lovely cards. Thanks for sharing the pictures of your grandparents.

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  155. Nina, LOVE your cards! Thanks for sharing your grandparents with us! I'm thinking Quite a Catch would be quite a catch for me!!!

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  156. Wow Nina, thanks for the intro to Layers of Color website! Couldn't narrow it down to one, so I like Flutterescent & Flowering Gems!

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  157. Too many wonderful choices @ GKD, but for now I'm wishing for Hope Grows by Theresa Momber!

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  158. Loved your cards. The picture of your grandparents is great. Thanks for sharing.

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  159. love love love your cards! So gorgeous! And the story of your grandpa had me near in tears. i can't imagine the stories he had to tell. the sacrifices he made are absolutely amazing and I am incredibly grateful for him (and your grandma, too!). thanks for sharing.

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  160. I can't decide which stamp from Layers of Color I love the most...either Butterfly Collector or Backyard Birds. Two of my favorites, butterflies and birds. Thanks for enabling me with a new shopping site. I'm not so sure my husband approves LOL :)

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  161. I almost missed this blog hop. I have been ill this weekend. I have about 60 cards ready to go to OWH. Maybe I will add a few more then send the box off. Great organization.

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  162. What a hard choice at the Layers of Color site but I think that Polka Dot Love set is so cute and be really fun to play with. Thanks for the chance.

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  163. The new set, Candles on your Cake, at Gina K's looks like so much fun. Wow, such a lot of stamps.

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  164. LOVE LOVE your projects!! And how SWEET and SUPER CUTE is that photo of your grandparents!!!

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  165. First, Please thank your grandpa for all of us.
    My Dad (rip) and my Uncle(rip) both served in WWII
    My Uncle was one of only a couple still alive from the "Battle of the Bulge" but he died a year ago. he was injured in that battle, and rec'd the purple heart. I am married to a vet, and there are many vets in our family, and connected to out family. so, OWH is important to me.

    Your cards are fabulous!! I love that paper Red with doily on it!

    I went to layers of color...NO STAMP for free that said "sending smiles across the miles".

    Now for chance #2...layers of color stamps...It was hard to pick a favorite, because there were really only 3 sets that i like...Joyful Noise, Rise n shine, Reindeer waltz.

    Chance #3...Gina K designs... too hard to look at quickly, as there is no way to see them all together, they are ONLY broken down into groups.
    so I just went through Animals: There were 5 sets I liked: Sending Sunshine,Purrr-fectly delightful,Hang in there,Owl always love you, Poultry in motion...the last 2 are more that I like the ideas about them or one or 2 stamps in them. frankly, I also think these stamp sets are overpriced.

    Thanks for being a part of OWH.
    Susan
    (78 on the list)

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  166. Wow Nina you really went all out with the cards. Love the variety you achieved. Though I think my favorite is #3. You have a wonderful link to history and heroism in your Grandpa. And a terrific reason for pride too!

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  167. wow, your cards are fabulous!!! i love the reindeer waltz set & wee tees!

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  168. The Tech Talk stamp from GKD is the coolest. I've never seen a stamp set like it. Would be great for teen cards.

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  169. All of your creations are gorgeous!!!

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  170. I love the Joyful Noise set....my fiance is a musician so anything music inspired jumps out at me :)

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  171. The Gina K. Botanicals set catches my eye....its gorgeous!

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  172. Backyard birdies is my fav at layers of color. I love hummingbirds and this set has one.

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  173. Somewhere along the way I have lost your blog site so this was a welcome treat. I have a bunch of cards I will be glad to send to "the operation" site. Love your examples today. I would love the Vintage Roses from the Layers line and A Year of Flowers from Gina's - both are on my wish list. Thanks for a chance to win. Hugs to you, your family and your grandfather-what a sweet picture!

    Chris R. from Iowa

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  174. Your cards are fabulous, Nina!

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  176. I love all of the art stamps at LOC, but I'm leaning toward ordering "Royal Wings"!

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  177. Not sure which GKD I want next, they are so fun. Your new sets are really cool. I'll say "Fine Furnishings".

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  178. Thanks so much for the inspiring work!! You always help me want to grow as a stamper!! Blessings and Hugs!

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  179. Nina, I know you are proud of your grandfather. I've read many stories of the Bataan March. He is a true hero and my heart goes out to him. Thank you for giving us so much inspiration.

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  180. Hi Nina, I Love your cards. Thank you for sharing the story about your grampa. He is a true American hero.

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  181. I love GinaK stamps. I have been wanting lovely labels!

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  182. I can't pick a layers set.. I say three with butterflies that I fell in love with right away!

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  183. What fabulous cards! I'm a huge fan of the first 2!!!

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  184. The Layers of Color Flutterescent clear art stamp set is gorgeous!

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  185. I've drooled over Gina K's Festive Frame Stamp Set since it came out!

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  186. I love the Lovely Labels set! Your cards are gorgeous. Thanks for supporting OWH. I'm making cards right now! Blessing!

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  187. From the Layers of Color site I was really taken by the Nature Walk set. Beautiful!

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  188. There are so many sets that I love at Gina K. But your Fine Furnishings set would be wonderful to have. Thanks for the chance to win. Happy Memorial Day!

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  189. Your cards are gorgeous (I loved seeing your other blog posts too - I'll surely be back). What a sweet tribute to your Grandpa.

    Thanks for the chance to win those wonderful stamps... from LOC Joyful Noise caught my eye having the best of everything I like (butterflies & music) & Polka Dot layered flowers looks great too... wow the detail in all their stamps

    . Gina K... I've been wanting Home Tweet Home & Elegant Post for a while now so those are my favorites

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  190. Really great cards. Nice tribute to your grandpa too. Thanks for the chance to win. I really like the Under the Sea set. Gina K has too many to love, I wouldn't be able to pick just one.

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  191. Your cards are simply beautiful! Thank you for sharing a glimpse of your family and please thank your grandfather for his service during the war!

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  192. Nina, I just found you as I was going hoping this Memorial weekend. I think your cards are awesome!! I've also visited the GinaK designs and took a quick look at her lovely stamps!

    I will be back to see your creations! TFS

    Hugs,
    Carmen
    cal8007 at aol dot com

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  193. Great cards! My stamping group makes cards for the military to send home through the USO. I will check out the Operation Write Home site.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  194. My favorite stamp set at Layers of Color is the Joyful Noise set as we are a musical family.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  195. So many stamp sets I like at Gina K but I will pick "Oh, Baby!" as my favorite since we are anticipating the arrival of 2 more grandchildren this year.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  196. Love your creations, very beautiful!

    Thanks so much for sharing & the chance to win!

    Happy Memorial Day!
    God Bless our Soldiers & their families!

    ~Ola
    okj83 at live dot com

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