08 March 2012

Prehistoric "Critter" Cards

by Veronica

Hi, there! I'm so excited to be guest posting over at Everyday Cricut today! Be sure to take a trip over there for a second entry for today's giveaway (more details below).

Today I'm sharing two "dino-mite" cards with you!

My first card is a colorful Baby Shower invitation for a little boy. I only need to make around 15, so I was able to jazz it up a bit without worrying about how long it will take me. The card measures 4" x 4". This has become a new favorite card size of mine. I love working with the square shape, and with it being a smaller size, the elements I add visually 'fill up' more space than on a larger card. Also, 4" x 4" cards allow for elements to 'hang off' the card (like the sentiment on this project) while still fitting in a regular A2-sized envelope. You can also check out this card I made for my nephew's first birthday to see how the 4" x 4" size let the balloons literally 'fly off' the card.

On this Baby Shower invitation, I used the Elegant Edges cartridge for the circle background pattern and the Create a Critter cartridge for the dinosaur. I tend to use mostly solid color card stock in my projects, but fell in LOVE with the patterned paper for the dino's body (found at my local scrapbook store). The little dots of the patterned paper really add some pizzazz to this otherwise 'solid' card.

The "Baby Shower" sentiment is from My Creative Time's More Gift Card Sentiments stamp set. The original stamp says, "For your Baby Shower", so I only inked up the "Baby Shower" part to omit the "For your". After stamping that, I notched the right edge, layered it onto the orange card stock and notched the edge of that to match. I used MCT's Teeny Tag Greetings for the "You're Invited" tag and hung it from the main sentiment with linen thread. I stuck a pop dot behind the tag to secure it in place.

My second card is also cut at 4" x 4" and features palm trees and the cutie-patootie T-Rex from the Create A Critter cartridge. Since this is a "one-of-a-kind" card, I added much more detail!

After cutting the palm trees, I added some flair to the trunks by inking them with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain and used my black fine tip marker to add the markings on the bark. I then took my white gel pen and added some extra doodles to the green palm fronds. These added touches are so small, but really make a big impact!

How cute is that little T-Rex, right? I've named him Timmy (after my Dad, who this card is for). After I cut little Timmy out, I added tiny finger and toe nails with my white gel pen. He was super cute already, but something was missing. What did he need? A shiny pair of adorable teeth! Perhaps this T-Rex is a vegetarian as those teeth do NOT look very sharp! *giggle*

Since Timmy's body layers are popped up on his scales, I was able to fit colored rhinestones in between his layers for some added sparkle. If you've visited my blog in the past, you know that I have a bit of an obsession with pop dots. I LOVE the dimension they give to my projects. Well, I practically attacked this project with pop dots and let me tell you, the card didn't stand a CHANCE! *giggle* Timmy is actually popped up SIX times! Yes, this card is definitely worthy of hand-delivery!

The sentiment I used is from My Creative Time's Wow! So Many Candles. I stamped, colored and cut out grass for the bases of the palm trees. That stamp is from MCT's newest release, Happy Hunting. Speaking of which... I have a GIVEAWAY!!!

To have a chance at winning your very own Happy Hunting stamp set (courtesy of Emma at My Creative Time), just leave a comment on this post. Want a BONUS entry? Mosey on over to Everyday Cricut and leave a comment there, too! Doing both gives you TWO chances to win!!! Don't forget to leave a way for me to contact you if you win!

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica


120 comments :

  1. These are really adorable! Thanks for the giveaway chance. ~Karen Sue

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  2. This is simply the cutest critter! What a splendid idea for so many greetings ... especially if reconnecting after a time! Thank you for your great ideas and the fact that beginners like me can actually accomplish this without too much trouble!
    ~~Kathy from the Nautical City
    ktalaske@hotmail.com

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  3. This invitation is adorable!

    Tina
    aurathentic@gmail.com

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  4. Your cards are wonderful. I really love all your pen details and how fab they look on the finished product. I must say I enjoyed reading your post. You have a fun way of drawing us in to your project. I'm a new follower. :)

    creationsinbloom at gmail dot com

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  5. Unbelievable are these cards...you are a dyno-mite card maker...I sure did LOL when I saw these....what a happy way to start my Thursday...and I loved your tip about the inking of the stamp...makes sense just never thought to do it ... wow....it makes the stamp a multi-tasker...yea!!!

    Happy Birthday to your.....dad....he's going to laugh himself into next year. Thanks too for a most generous give-away....I have the other two sets of Emma's Easter stamps...so here's hopping (tee hee) I win this 1!!

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  6. Super cute and i love howyou used the gel pen for the claws! TFS CallyAnn
    callyannc@live.com
    Said hi to Everyday Cricut!

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  7. What cute cards! I saw them on Everyday Cricut and came over to check out your blog. You do wonderful work. Thanks for sharing your talent with us! :D

    jfarrell65@charter.net

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  8. I love these cards, I really like doing smaller cards too!! I love that you used the dinosaur cut with the sentiment about lieing about your age, perfect!! Thanks for the chance to win!
    Kristan
    sierrababy08 at hotmail dot com

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  9. WOW Veronica those card are really cute! The second one is my fav. I love all the detail you added in it. Great job!! and Yea for the spot on EC :)

    Micia

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  10. Adorable cards- I love the way the sentiments go so well with your dinasours.

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  11. Have really been enjoying your cards over at Everyday Cricut this week!

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  12. Love your cards, wish my son were still into dinos!! Keep my fingers crossed for the adorable stamp set!

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  13. Love your cards. The pop dots do add alot to the card.

    linda
    lmkindell1@verizon.net
    lindashappyplace.blogspot.com

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  14. Wonderful cards!!! Love the bright fun colors you chose and the bling!
    I love dinosaurs!

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  15. Those are just the cutest dinosaurs. Thanks for the inspiration! Love the colors you worked with. lclass003atgmaildotcom

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  16. Thank you for sharing your delightful cards with us! You are so talented, great job! surfnfroggie at aol dot com

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  17. These are the cutest critters I've seen in a while--they just make you smile. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  18. Adorable cards-never tried a 4 x 4 but I may now!!
    kilodelta26@yahoo.com

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  19. I LOVE your cards and your blog!! Thanks for the inspiration!! ~ Judy

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  20. These are just gorgeous Veronica! I LOVE the dimension you add, fabulous! Love and Hugs, Cathryn :)

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  21. Love all the extra touches you give your cards...just a little white or black here and there made all the difference in the world :)

    Kay
    goebel75 at aol dot com

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  22. very cute cards. my grandsons love dinosaurs, so i get a lot of use from my dinosaur tracks cart.
    littlen44 at gmail dot com

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  23. These are adorable, love them!

    mzcherub at gmail dot com

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  24. These are super cute! I love dinosaurs! At least these! lol
    Miranda :)
    www.nanasscrapspot.com
    miranda at nanasscrapspot dot com

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  25. Veronica... i am always amazed at the cute cards you come up with. They are great. Thanks for the awesome giveaway, too

    marianne dot wanham at gmail dot com

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  26. So cute and so much character
    Dawn RI
    abosoffit@hotmail

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  27. Cute card and invite. I love the colors you used also. Thanks for the giveaway.

    cburki1111 at gmail dot com

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  28. Such cute cards! Your Dad's card is so cute -- popped up 6 times -- wow! Thanks for the chance to win such a cute stamp set.
    tcsobotka at charter dot net

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  29. These are the cutest. I think I'm gonna have to add that cartridge to my wish list LOL TFS congrats on the Guest Poster!

    christinescreativecards@gmail.com

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  30. Fabulous dinosaur cards. I like the rhinestones and pen details on the second card.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  31. Great cards! I LOVE Timmy T-Rex's teeth! The colors used in both cards really make them stand out. Love the stamp set, too. Thaanks for the chance to win it.

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  32. Love your dinosaur cards. Timmy's toes and nails are adorable, very clever. I would really like to win Emma's new release stamp set. Bunnies are so cute. TFS

    Anne :)
    anmatt1@aol.com

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  33. With toddler grandchildren, I am definitely interested in "cute" these days. Like the idea of welded circles for a background -- lots of ideas for creative use there. Thanks
    brstevensbc at yahoo.com

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  34. Your Dino cards are so adorable! I am SO enjoying the creations of Emma's DT this week on Everyday Cricut!

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  35. I love the detail on your cards! You do an awesome job! thanks for sharing with us. And thanks for the chance to win a cute stamp. I like your blog - good to find another one to visit during my coffee time in the mornings. dwedelich at earthlink dot net

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  36. Veroncia, You make the most beautiful cards....LOVE THEM!!! Absolutely ADORABLE!!
    papercreations_bytricia@yahoo.com

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  37. OMG!!! these are too cute!! I love dinosaurs!!!
    gloria
    www.craftnthings.blogspot.com

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  38. Very cute! Great colors and detail.
    truered0430 at hotmail dot com

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  39. Timmy is sooo cute. Makes me want to make one even though I have no one to send it to now:) Thanks for sharing. Ciao db:)

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  40. Wow! Your cards are so adorable!!! I love the Timmy dino! So cute! And love the stamps! Thanks so much for sharing! lindagk23ataoldotcom

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  41. Very cute cards!!!I love the little details you gave the cards also.You make me want to go get out my create a critter and play with the super cutey dinos!!!Thanks for sharing,sarah. sarajeank@yahoo.com

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  42. Adorable cards!! Love the baby shower invite, so cute.

    Leslie

    cascrapper at gmail dot com

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  43. I love both of your cards!! You did a fabulous job. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Hugs,Jen
    Jenniferhogge07 at yahoo dot com

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  44. I'm definitely going to try this 4" X 4" size card. Love these little dinosaurs - so cute!

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  45. Oh my goodness, these are great cards. I love the dinos. TFS.

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  46. These cards are just too cute. Thanks for the invite to your page, love your ideas.

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  47. Oh! Beautiful cards! I love Dino cards... they are just so sweet. Love the teeth of the second one, they make the t-rex so adorable.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    vivienpapel(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. I found you! Still in love with the Dino cards...I've cruised around on your blog & found some great inspiration so I'm a new follower & am giving myself another chance to win that great stamp set. Keep us inspired!

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  49. Beautiful Cards! I really love your second card and such a great sentiment. Thanks for the chance to win. AJ
    jeria22@yahoo.com

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  50. These turned out too cute!!!! I just love these darling dinosaurs! AWESOME job on your guest designer spot!!! Hugs- Glora

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  51. Thank you for the opportunity at the giveaway, these cards are so cute! I can't wait for my nephew's birthday so I can use these great ideas! charisse(dot)phemister(at)gmail.com. :)

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  52. Those dino's make me SMILE!! I have very few Easter stamps-would love to win some!!
    Have a super day!

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  53. Love your cards and your attention to detail! Would love a chance to win the stamp set!

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  54. Since there will be a new baby in our family I just love the baby shower invite! I am a lover of the bunnies... and have always been drawn to them in many forms!

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  55. Just love these cards! I'm now trying to think of how I can find an occasion to use them :)

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  56. Both are cute but I really love the dino card. What dimensionals do you like to use? (I think I need to go buy a little stock in that company.)

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    1. Hahaha, Tami! I like to use Stampin' Up!'s Stampin' Dimensionals. Of the brands I've tried, I've found theirs to hold the best for the best price.

      I used to use some cheap-o dollar store pop dots thinking it wouldn't make a difference. But after awhile, the pop dots would just fall off!

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  57. I love these two cute cards! I have never tried this size card before but you can bet I will be trying it now!! Love that Miss Emma's talented DT is guests on Everyday Cricut!!!

    bsl60 at embarqmail dot com

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  58. I really want this stamp set. I have this both cartridges and they happen to be my favorite.

    kabeanee@gmail.com

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  59. Darling cards. Thanks for the inspiration to use the circle background.

    Thanks for the chance to win such neat stamps.

    Hugs, CyndiU
    cureta2 at yahoo dot com
    gamasget-a-way.blogspot

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  60. hello..cute cute stuff..loving these sweet critters...your work is amazing..love your style!!

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  61. What adorable cards!!! Great Job! I just love the Happy Hunting stamps! - Thanks for this opportunity!

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  62. Adorale cards veronica!!!! I struggle with the boy cards and these are perfect!!!! Lsunflower58@aol.com

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  63. I love your cards! Nice to "meet" you on Everyday Cricut! I appreciate the chance to win!
    Thanks!
    Teresa
    happiqueen at aol dot com

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  64. New at this. Your page has inspiring ideas. Will be back.
    Keri

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  65. These are so darn cute, Veronica. I love the circle background on the shower invite and the fabulous dimension on the palm trees. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  66. Cute, cute cards. You have convinced me to try the smaller cards. They are so cute with the little bits hanging over the sides. Love them! Regina
    regina95370@sbcglobal.net

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  67. Love this stamp set!! And loved both of the cards!! Must make the cards!!

    kathyzerbes@yahoo.com

    Thanks!!

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  68. Momof4inArlingtonMarch 8, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    These are so cute! I love the idea of elements not only popping up, but off too. I love Emma's stamp and die sets!

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  69. Way to go, just LOVE these cards!

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  70. Love these cards! And love the pop dots myself!

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  71. Your cards are adorable, love them and thank you for the chance to win.
    jman4@comcast.net

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  72. All I can say is "What Cuteness" these cards are. Great Job! Smooches... Felicia - frankleecrafts [at] gmail [dot] com

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  73. The cards are soooo cute. I just love the Create A Critter cartridge. MCT has the best sentiment stamps too. Thanks for a chance to win one.

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  74. Your critter cards are soooooo cute! I love the circle background. Thanks for the chance to win the Happy Hunting set.

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  75. love your cards, and I love the birthday card with the balloons too!

    http://tryin2craft.blogspot.com
    lizabratt(@)comcast.net

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  76. Love the dinosaur cards. They are both so cute. Thanks for sharing your talents and the chance to win.

    nstott04@hotmail.com

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  77. Veronica~ These are simply ADORBS! The sentiments fit so pefect with the cards! I am still laughing about the "age" one! That was to smart to use those cuts! Let alone Emma's grass stamp! CLEVER! Great Job and Congrats!

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  78. Cute card, TFS it. I think I will try your suggestion of the 4xx4 card size, sounds interesting.
    lindamcintosh at verizon dot net

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  79. This is the cutest card and I especially like the color combination.

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  80. Veronica, your Create-a-Critter cards are absolutely darling..so glad I have that cartridge as our 1st grandchild is expected the 1st of July...thanks for sharing!

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  81. These are such great ideas! I love MCT stamps. It was such a great idea to stamp the grass and cut it out! I sure hope I win the stamp set. Thanks, Emily
    emyjean@yahoo.com

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  82. Great cards!! Love how you used the dinosaurs! Create-A-Critter is one of my favorite cartridges!! -Sue S.-

    sueot33@yahoo.com

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  83. I was struggling to design a funny card for someone who will turn 70 this year and your dinosaur cards inspired me for the perfect card for this friend. Many many thanks. Nice work

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    1. That's fabulous! So glad you were inspired!

      -Veronica

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  84. Love both cards Veronica!! I esp love the teeth on the T-Rex!! So cute!
    Tracy M

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  85. Dinosaurs are great for a card for anyone.

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  86. I LOVE these dino's! And using the Elegant Edges cartridge for a part of the background is something I never would have even thought of! Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas. I am seriously lacking in the imagination to come of with such cute cards!

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  87. Such an adorable card!! I love it!!! Thanks so much for sharing your creations with us. I would love to win the cute stamps. Gloria

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  88. These critters are just divine...love your kiddie cards, the children receiving them must just qdore them...luv annie

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  89. Very cute. Love the Creat-a-Critter Cartridge.
    Mia2four

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  90. I've seen so many cute cards made with Create a Critter cartridge I went out and bought it. I love how you used the dinosaurs on your cards. All the little details and bling really are cute. Thanks for sharing your creative ideas.
    Ogdendoll@gmail.com

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  91. These are both darling!! I love the dimension and those dinosaurs are soooo cute!! Awesome job over on the Everyday Cricut blog!! ♥

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  92. I'm with you on the pop dots! They add that special pop!! Thanks for a chance to win!

    bdcampers@msn.com

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  93. Love these cards and the others I've seen on your blog! Think you may be my new favorite blog!

    pawprintspetsits at yahoo dotcom

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  94. Both cards are absolutely adorable! Great job. So glad to have you as a guest designer.

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  95. Great cards! Love the dino too!

    missstamper@yahoo.com

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  96. Your cards are so cute. Thanks for sharing with us today on Everyday Cricut. I have become a follower of your blog.--Ryansmaama
    gkburrow@cmaaccess.com

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  97. Veronica, these dinos are super cute, love the colors you chose! This cart is one of my all time favorites. TFS and for the chance to win,
    Have a great day!
    Liz
    unikebyyes at yahoo dot com

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  98. Thes dinos are the cutest of the cute. Love the teeth and toenails.

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  99. Both of these are awesome cards!

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  100. These are two very adorable cards but I love the purple dino the best. I would love a chance to win!
    kbyrne1030@aol.com

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  101. I love, love, love these cards! They are too stinkin' cute! Great ideas and details!

    -Theresa
    http://ahappyscrappylife.blogspot.com

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  102. Veronica,
    I love the dino cards you made...super cute. Thanks for sharing :)
    Jessica
    http://jessica-fortheloveofcrafting.blogspot.com/

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  103. These are soooo cute!!! Love the hanging off the page look!!
    reissfam10@aol.com

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  104. I LOVE the card!!!


    ~Angela S.
    angieanderson_1979@hotmail.com

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  105. This card is adorable...and I love the dimension the pop dots give! ~ Nicole
    boonikki29@yahoo.com

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  106. Both of your cards are amazing! I love the pop dots but 6x, now that is some dimension. I bet the cards even look more fabulous in person. I am already a follower of your blog and enjoy your creations!

    scrappindhilly at gmail dot com
    www.scrappindhilly.blogspot.com

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  107. I love Timmy! He's DIN-O-MITE (ha)! And I can't say it enough: pop dots multiplied are my thing too! I'm a new paper crafter and I think dimension is absolutely necessary - the more, the merrier!!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Pamela Duncan
    pamelamandola@yahoo.com

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  108. Both cards are soooo cute! TFS!

    nanettemt at yahoo dot com

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  109. Hi again, I just left a long comment on your post at Everyday Cricut, so I'll try not to babble on here! LOL ;O) I love your cards, your style and your tricks/tips. Happy to be a new follower. Thanks for the extra chance to win! Would LOVE to start my MCT collection!

    XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
    amyjrockstar at gmail dot com
    http://lv2scrapandfibrofacts.blogspot.com

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  110. Such colorful and fun cards!

    Carla from Utah

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  111. These are just the cutest Veronica...love T-Rex..lol they are adorable!
    Congrats on being a GD!!!
    Puppy Hugs,
    Wendy aka Roo

    wendydotroos2boys@gmaildotcom

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  112. I love both your cards, but that first dinosaur is sooo adorable!

    Dawn
    DeeGeeScraps at gmail dot com

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  113. Both cards are way cute! Love the dots on the invite. The colors you chose are perfect...bright and happy. Emma's stamps do cover about every project and look great too. Wonderful job!
    quilt 4 fun 2 at hot mail dot com

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  114. What a super cute card. I love the dino... Great job.

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  115. Do you sell these ?? Plz plz plz contact me!!

    garcia.ceci96@gmail.com

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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! I appreciate your feedback and hope you were inspired!