Saturday, July 21, 2012

an•tic•i•pa•tion


an•tic•i•pa•tion
[an-tis-uh-pey-shuhn] noun
1. expectation or hope

(You should have arrived from Julie Ranae's Blog if you are following the hop!)

The Craft's Meow

I've been waiting to show you Hope Blooms, the stamp set I designed for The Craft's Meow July release, in its entirety, and today's the day!
{My card today is my favorite that I've created for this release too.}


I stamped the blooms in a green ink onto shimmer paper and fussy cut them, after shading with some very light markers. A bit of selective "hiding" of cut marks allowed me to create a longer stem for one of the blooms.
I love the combination of this set with Love Dwells Here, another featured set from this month. There are a lot of tiny tag sentiments that would be perfect. Go check it out!

Today is our blog hop day! It all starts over on The Craft's Meow Blog. Stop by and leave a comment on the designer's blog for the chance to win all six sets from this month's release.  A couple of things to remember for this release: Summertime with Fibi and Lilly is July's Gift with a $50 purchase. You have until 9:00pm PDT, Sunday, June 22nd, to comment on all the stops.
Your next stop is Lindsay Amrhein!

85 comments:

  1. Karen Baker. This is STUNNING!!! The effect of the pale silhouettes with slightly darker edges over that gorgeous pattern is so beautiful! I'm off to place an order now. Thanks to you Mrs. Enabler ;) Hope you're well! xx

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  2. this is stunning in the picture and I bet it is even more so in real life with that shimmer paper used. WOW! Just beautiful, soft and perfect for a sympathy card.

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  3. I can see why this is your favorite card, it's so beautiful Karen! The colors are very soothing and serene.

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  4. WOW! This is just outstanding!!!!!!!!! SO GORGEOUS!!!!

    I really love how the sentiment is right under the twine. Fabulous Karen!

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  5. Oh Karen, this is absolutely beautiful. I think I want this card and this stamp set. Your designs, layouts and colors are always spot on. You inspire me everyday, so thank you.

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  6. This is so beautiful! What a pretty stamp set!

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  7. This is just gorgeous Karen!

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  8. Ooooo...I love the delicate, yet striking look of this! Beautiful!!! Thanks for the great inspiration this week, Karen! LOVE this new set of yours!

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  9. Your card is truly AMAZING!!! LOVE it!

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  10. Karen, this is beyond gorgeous. I love the greens against the white...wow! Stunning!!!

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  11. BRAVO Karen this set is FABULOUS! And your card is beautiful, love the white creamy white flowers and wrapped twine!

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  12. **sigh**

    such a fabulous card...great combo of sets. Love the patterned panel...it's perfect.

    Have a super weekend Karen!

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  13. One word for this card....STUNNING!

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  14. What a great card. I love this new stamp set. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. A-MAZING!!!! WOW!! Wait let me pick my jaw up off the ground, lol!! I think this is my favorite card of yours. :-) It really is beautiful!! :-)

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  16. I am SO glad you are designing stamps now! I absolutely love this set (off to buy it!) and your card is magnificent!
    Hugs!

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  17. Beautiful card.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  18. So beautiful...I'm pinning this for sympathy card ideas.

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  19. Karen, this is such a fabulous card. I love the flowers and the elegant feel of this card.

    Also, thanks for your visits to my blog. I appreciate your feedback.

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  20. Woo, hoo! So fun to see the whole set, Karen - and what a beauty it is! I love the way you've used the flowers - such a gorgeous card!

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  21. Love this sentiment on this beautiful card.

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  22. This is stunning! So elegant and beautiful! Love the long stems, perfect grouping of the flowers!

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  23. It is so sweet to see more sets coming out to be used for those times when words can not say what we feel! I love this set! And the way you used it on your card is so simple, yet elegant!

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  24. stunning work!!! LOVE how you did the flowers!!! WOW!!

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  25. wow!!!! I can't believe how you cut those thin stems!!! Fabulous cutting! Gorgeous card!!!!

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  26. Very pretty card...love the colours and design.

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  27. So beautiful! So soft and soothing.

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  28. This card is such a stunner Karen. Looooove it!!!

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  29. That is a really beautiful card, so much detail! You designed a great set there, the flowers are really appealing. Barb

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  30. This is such a beautiful card! I love all the details and the fussy cutting!

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  31. sigh. . .
    This card is so very lovely. Gorgeous new stamp set you've designed!

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  32. Your card is absolutely beautiful!! And I love the set you designed too. I've been looking for a good sympathy stamp set, and this one is so versatile. Thanks for all your good work, Karen. You continue to delight and inspire me!

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  33. Love your beautiful sympathy card and the stamp set you designed. Thank you so much for the inspiration you have given me on this blog hop.

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  34. super excited about this set, was fun as a digital image, but being an inky girl, I'll probably get more use out of the images this way... woo hoo!

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  35. Gorgeous, the simply stamped flowers really stand out!

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  36. Beautifully sophisticated - perfect sympathy card or any occasion. Wonderfully done Karen!

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  37. What a great illustration of using those blooms in concert and facing different directions. Nicely done!

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  38. So absolutely gorgeous! Love that stamp set, beautiful images!

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  39. That's one amazing card, Karen! Perfect to leave the blooms white and great background paper for it.

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  40. What a great looking card. I like the flower arrangemet and sentiment.

    mrg0006 at verizon dot net

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  41. Beautifully done! A gorgeous card, your fussy cutting is perfect!

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  42. Your card is beautiful. I find as I age and as my parents are nearing their 80's we know more and more people who are getting at life's end and this type of card becomes more and more necessary.

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  43. Just incredible... the pale flowers look amazing against the pale bkgd!! This is a wonderful stamp set Karen and I love the thought you've put into selecting the quotes to go with the flowers :0)
    Jenny x

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  44. Simply gorgeous card Karen! This is an overall beautiful set with touching quotes and sentiments.

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  45. love your white flowers against the blue/green background!
    the shape of the flowers is just perfect! love them.

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  46. You have used my FAVOURITE set for your card Karen - FAB stamps, FAB card, it's just stunning - LOVE it :) :)

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  47. The absence of color for the flowers makes this CAS card stunning! thanks for giving us ideas!
    Carolyn

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  48. Absolutely stunning card, the stamping is wonderfully done.

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  49. Wonderful--I like how you placed the flowers.

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  50. Karen, this is one of my favorite cards of all time! Sympathy cards are so hard for some of us to make, and you really show how elegant they can be. I really do want that set.
    Hugs, Pat

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  51. What an absolutely beautiful card. I love the colors you chose, they are perfect for a sympathy card!

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  52. Hey KAren.... ahh this is "sick"!!! [[matin would say that!]] THis card is stunning ...I love those blooms... the white creamy colors... the twine...everything is so perfect together... you are amazing!!! Hugs..xoxo

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  53. I love your card AND your set~gorgeous! I love the side blooms.

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  54. very very beautiful card! love the combination of the stamped flowers with the patterned paper.

    Luanne

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  55. It's amazing Karen!!
    I love what you did with the flowers here and your palette is so soft and beautiful!

    Thank YOu!!

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  56. Oh wow. What a stunning set. Nicely done Karen. :)

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  57. Another stunning set, Miss Karen! You are taking the stamp world by storm! :) Love the patterned paper you used behind your gorgeous blooms.

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  58. This is such a great one!!! Love the colors!!!

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  59. What a lovely card Karen. The cut out flowers are fabulous. Also love the pretty paper strip. Very elegant. Hope you won't have to use it though!

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  60. Wow Wow WOW! I love the fussy cutting you've done. Works so stunningly sweet especially for this occasion!

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  61. what an absolutely beautiful card!

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  62. Absolutely beautiful Karen! This card is truly a work of art!

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  63. That could be a very pretty sympathy card, mothers day, just about anything. nice.

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  64. This is definitely my favorite card on the hop! Gorgeous color combo and I love your trick to lengthen that stem! Amazing work, Karen!

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  65. What a beautiful card. You are a master card maker.

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  66. This card is so beautiful. I love the simple, clean look, though I know it is harder than it looks!

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  67. Hi Karen, i LOVE what you did with the flowers on your card, and that is a stunning set! I'm sorry to hear about Tulley, and i hope all is well...

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  68. That is truly a lovely card: just perfect in the patterned paper, the cut out flowers, and the twine bow, and a very beautiful stamp set!!

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  69. This is so beautiful! Unfortunately I need to make a few sympathy cards soon.

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  70. Wow! Great card! Love those flowers!

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  71. what a beauty, both your new stamp set and the card! love love the design and colors you used.

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  72. I'm so upset over your other post, I'm having a hard time focusing on this post. :( Your card is so fabulous and so are the stamps! You knocked it out of the park with this set, Karen.

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  73. So beautiful, Karen! I love how you overlaid the fussy cut flowers over the patterned paper.

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  74. Absolutely stunning! Love the simple elegance of this card.

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  75. This is STUNNING!! And while I have the digital image you provided, I'm so excited to see this set! YAY!!! So beautiful & definitely on my wish list!!
    xoxo

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  76. I love your beautiful image, coloring,and card design.

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  77. I love your beautiful image, coloring,and card design.

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