Monday, August 27, 2018

Crafting Celebration Blog Hop


Hello my peeps! We’re doing things a little differently today. Instead of our Inspire Me Monday column, I’m helping celebrate the crafting anniversary of a kind, generous, and creative lady, Rubeena of A Rare Ruby with a big blog hop and giveaways from a bunch of neat companies. You should have landed here from the fun and fanciful Flora & Fauna Blog.

Firstly, I’d like to say Congratulations to Rubeena on four years of passionate papercrafting. Rubeena’s work is vibrant and adventurous, you can tell she puts her heart into each piece. (Plus, her anniversary is just a few months after Power Poppy started up in 2014 — so I feel more than a kinship here with the 4-year celebration!)

To go along with the passionate theme, I’m sharing an illustration I made that pairs a few of my passions, drawing, painting, and looking for wild mushrooms.


I used the Chanterelle image from my clear stamp set, Wild Mushrooms for this little watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil creation.


The seed of inspiration began last weekend, when I was out hiking with Tibbs the Corgi and came across a flush of Chanterelle mushrooms in the woods. They lit up the forest floor like little golden nuggets! I picked a whole bunch, but left lots of them in the woods for the next lucky forager.


The fun finds in my gathering basket, including crown-tipped coral mushrooms, puffballs, honeys, a cinnamon polypore, and even a small lobster mushroom. This on top of a pile of edible chanterelles, which I’ve been enjoying sautรฉed in butter and garlic with just about every meal since. It was a good day!


For my creation, I stamped the Chanterelle image from Wild Mushrooms in brown pigment onto watercolor paper using my Mini MISTI, a tool I love, adore, and highly recommend. I arranged a few of the mushrooms around me to get a good feel for the color and texture to try to carry it through to my piece. While I know everyone can’t take this particular step, you can find a plethora of images online to spark your fancy. (That's usually what I do when I can’t paint or draw from life.)


I colored directly on top of the MISTI, it served as a nice little easel. Laying down a few washes of watered down, yellow gouache, I then went back and added a more tawny brown with strokes of orange. But the little mushrooms asked me to put a background behind them, because they felt lonely on the white paper.



That’s when this piece started really coming to life! I painted an oval with a gold-infused green watercolor paint from Daniel Smith. See the shimmer? But once I started with the background, it just kept calling to me, asking for more. “More is more, and less is a bore,” in the words of Iris Apfel. 


And here we are with the finished drawing, after I went in with Prismacolor Premier colored pencils and accentuated fine detail and added texture. Behind the mushrooms, I attempted to simulate the feeling of being beneath the canopy of trees as the golden light shimmers through, with the earthy, leafy forest floor and her wonderful gifts glistening below. I want to draw a few more of these, and since my Wild Mushroom stamp set has 9 varieties of mushrooms, I can create a mini gallery of framed artwork. 

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And that wraps up my contribution to Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary blog hop! There are soooo many other fun stops on this hop, and be sure to leave a few comments as you travel around, because Rubeena is giving away a WHOLE BUNCH of gift certificates — over $1000 in sponsored prizes!

Winners will have up to 2 weeks to contact Rubeena at ararerubycrafts@gmail.com to claim their prize before another winner is selected. Winners will be announced on September 5, 2018 right HERE.

List of Prizes.... WOO HOO!

Studio Katia - $50 gift card
Hello Bluebird - $50 gift card
Altenew - $50 Gift card
Pinkfresh Studio - $30 gift card
Gina K. Designs - $50 gift card
Clearly Besotted - £25 gift card
Simon Says Stamp - $25 gift card
Spellbinders Card Kit ($55 value).
Jennifer McGuire - $50 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Winnie & Walter, LLC - $40 gift card
Mama Elephant - $25 gift card
Hero Arts - $25 gift card
Nichol Spohr LLC - Custom-sewn rainbow pencil case filled with brand new Spellbinders dies
Danielle Flynn - $25 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Picket Fence Studios - four $25 gift cards
Ellen Hutson - two $25 gift cards  
Pretty Pink Posh - two $30 gift cards
The Stamp Market - July 2018 Release (estimated $100 value)
Indigojade Art Shop - $50 gift card to Art Prints & Gifts Shop
Flora & Fauna - a 4x6 stamp set
Waffle Flower - $25 gift card
Power Poppy - $50 gift card

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And now... to continue on your blog hop journey....



Thank you so much, and have an awesome day! Hope you’ll come back on Tuesday for Julie Koerber’s inspiring Creative Confetti Challenge — a new idea every week to get your mojo workin’!

Next, move along to the adorable Winnie & Walter Blog, where you’ll find your next sweet post celebrating Rubeena, and another chance to comment and win.

239 comments:

  1. Love seeing how you stamped your image first in brown ink. I never think to do that and now have to try. Lovely image.

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  2. Gorgeous card, really a work of art!

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  3. Would love to be able to do something like that. TFS.

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  4. Very nice card. You are very talented. Congratulations on your four years also!!!

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  5. I love this, Marcella. Beautifully created. Makes me think of my fav uncle Frank and his love and knowledge of all the hidden beauties he loved to find.

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  6. Wow, wish I could create like that, and now I am hungry! ;)

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  7. SO COOL to see your process! I love that you just picked something out of nature and can make such a gorgeous creation!

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  8. What An amazing illustration and I love the colors too!

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  9. Your coloring is fantastic.
    the portrait of the wild
    mushrooms is lovely.
    thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. Your card is so beautiful and the coloring is so perfect.

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  11. Wow, beautiful coloring! Live your card.

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  12. Your Chanterelle mushrooms are amazing! They look good enough to eat! :) Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent!

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  13. Sigh, your work is absolutely WOW.

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  14. Marcella, I think you have more creativity in your little finger than I do in my whole body. Everything I see you do just blows me away. Your stamps are awesome & I adore your mushroom card. Your colouring/painting is incredible. Chanterelle mushroom are so yummy. It is a gift when you come across them in the woods.

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  15. Wow what a beautiful card. And I learned about mushrooms too! thanks for sharing.

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  16. Wow!! What an amazing artist you are!!

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  17. I like how you presented this and used something from nature to inform your coloring. Very cool.

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  18. Fantastic card!!! Love these stamps!!!

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  19. So realistic! I could almost smell the forest! Beautiful coloring. I love all your designs!

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  20. What a fun wild mushroom card. I love your artwork!

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  21. I agree...More is more, less is a bore!

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  22. Gorgeous Card I love those mushrooms๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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  23. Wow, what an awesome bunch of mushrooms you collected! I love
    mushrooms! Your card is darling.

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  24. Adorable card. I have never seen such beautiful mushrooms!

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  25. This is so different! I would have never thought that mushrooms could be so beautiful!!

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  26. Great card, colors are awesome.

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  27. ...Mmmmm.....different but well worth putting this on the to do list.

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  28. What a unique and interesting hobby! Beautiful card. Thanks for supporting Rubeena in her crafty celebration

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  29. This card is worthy of hanging on the wall....Beautiful. My brother in law was a Native American and loved foraging in the woods for wild mushrooms....I enjoyed many great meals with him and got to enjoy is labors of love.....thank you for sharing this great work...hugs

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  30. how fun and creative! glad you know what you're doing in mushroom foraging, it can be a dangerous hobby if you don't know what to look for! such a cute card, thanks for sharing.

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  31. Wonderful card! Being a fan of fairy gardens and succulent beds, these mushrooms are calling to me!

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  32. Beautiful creation - your coloring is so pretty! TFS, and thank you for being a sponsor on this blog hop!!

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  33. Oooooh...very cool!!! LOVE!!! I'm a mushroom lover and I love your card design, and the texture you chose for the background is perfect! TFS & have a blessed day!

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  34. The card is gorgeous! I also loved the pics of the different mushrooms. And I love this blog hop!

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  35. That mushroom stamp set is awesome

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  36. The first thing I thought when I saw this card is "this needs to be framed" I love the different mediums you used to create this gorgerously detailed image. Thanks for sharing!

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  37. Thanks for being a sponsor of this blog hop! I’m always in awe of your creative process! Your talent knows no bounds in drawing and coloring! Beautifully done!

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  38. OMG - a true artist you are. Glad you kept going though you could have stopped at any point and had a masterpiece.

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  39. I'm not a big fan of eating mushrooms, but I sure love how you make them look! Absolutely gorgeous!

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  40. I love morelle mushrooms, but have never eaten wild chantrelles, your creation is amazing!

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  41. Not sure which I enjoy more; your card or the story behind it.

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  42. Beautiful design! Thank you for sharing the story of your process with us! It's so sweet to see this community (crafters and sponsors united!) coming together to celebrate this anniversary. Thank you for sharing the inspiring card creation!

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  43. I adore your realistic image. Not that cutesy isn't fun, but realistic is nice sometimes.

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  44. Fantabulous colouring
    Love your wild mushrooms. ๐Ÿ’•❤️๐Ÿ’•

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  45. What a beautiful mini work of art! Love the design and how this was colored.

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  46. Thank you for being a part of this anniversary hop! I just LOVE everything about this card you created!! Besides the wonderful stamp, there's the coloring and how you made the frame!! Thank you for sharing!

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  47. Love how realistic your mushrooms look!!

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  48. Your talents never cease to amaze!! Beautiful art!

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  49. Absolutely beautiful. Who knew a mushroom could look so stunning ?? :)

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  50. Your card inspiration is wonderful!

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  51. Wow, you did an amazing job coloring, so detailed. Thanks for sharing.

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  52. Wow! Amazing coloring, love seeing pictures of the process!

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  53. Oh my, your work is INCREDIBLE! I loved reading about how you found inspiration, your process while creating and all the different mediums you used to create this beautiful piece. You have so much talent!! Thank you so much for your generosity, your time, your wisdom and for being you! I am so happy to have you as part of my celebration. That green gold is one of my favorites! ;-)

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  54. Amazing design and beautiful inspiration! I love finding inspiration in everyday things.

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  55. wow, you made that mushroom image into a work of art!

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  56. Love the wonderful coloring on your mushroom card......and what a fabulous array of wild ones you found! WOW.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  57. Wow, beautiful art.
    Michelle Gardner
    art4mny@ca.rr.com

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  58. So pretty. Your coloring and design are beautiful.

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  59. First, thanks for sponsoring Rubeena's blog hops. The mushroom stamp is just like the real mushrooms. Since you added background images, you turned the piece into a real work of art. Thanks.

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  60. I am SO glad that I found your blog from this blog hop. I have been looking for an exotic mushroom stamp set, and have even asked some companies to design one. OH BOY, I am going to check it out. Your card is AWESOME!!

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  61. wow love your coloring - so realistic:)

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  62. This is stunning and is definitely a piece of artwork for the wall! I hope you will come back and show us your mini Wild Mushroom gallery once it's finished. Congrats Rubenna and Power Poppy on 4 years, here's to 100 more years of making, creating, and sharing in this crazy fun industry we all love!

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  63. Gorgeous illustration and painting. Si inspirational.

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  64. The mushrooms look exactly the same as the real mushroom. I don't see any difference between the two. They look so real.

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  65. Marcella, I learned so much from your post! Your card is lovely, and those mushrooms are enchanting. Such beauty!

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  66. This is beautiful and made much more so because you involved all of us in your process. Makes it that much more meaningful and precious. Can I just say how much I love that shimmer paint! NEED!

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  67. Wow, loved to read your process, gorgeous card.

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  68. Gorgeous piece Marcella! Your coloring is always so gorgeous. I would love to collect wild mushrooms but would need a good lesson first to get over my deeply rooted fear of poisoning my family - ha. Thanks to Power Poppy and all of the sponsors for your generosity!

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  69. Thanks for sharing your beautiful project ! Such a beautiful card ! Love how you created your own background. Wonderful illustrations! So inspiring. Xx

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  70. WOW!! I'm speechless...You are extremely talented!! This is a piece of art, that needs to be framed & displayed for everyone to see!!! ❤❤ Btw...Happy Anniversary as well! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  71. Such a unique project - really beautiful!

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  72. You are so incredibly talented! I loved this!

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  73. Loving the story of the hunt ๐Ÿ˜Š tells a great story behind the beautiful card

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  74. This is such a unique and awesome card.

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  75. I love that this card showcases you!

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  76. You have created a gorgeous card and I think your colouring is just so perfect, loved seeing all your photographs too... thanks for the inspiration.
    Diane Lousie xx

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  77. Gorgeous card, those mushrooms are beautiful and your coloring is amazing!

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  78. Your card is fabulous. Thanks for sharing so many details of your creative process.

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  79. LOVE mushrooms and I'm kinda envious that you live near where you can pick such a wide variety! I'm also envious of your talent!! Great card!!!

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  80. This is really cool! :) I love how you colored the mushrooms and the background looks so awesome.

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  81. Wow. I never would have thought that you started with a stamp. It looks so real.

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  82. Wow who knew that mushrooms on a card could be so spectacular. Well done.

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  83. Oh my goodness, that is the most beautiful basket of goodies I have ever seen. I am going crazy over this stamp set. Definitely a must have. Your card is gorgeous. I would frame it. It would fit in my space like a charm.

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  84. Your card is a work of art. I love how your mushrooms just came to life and how you created the gold infused oval. Just beautiful!

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  85. Definitely frame worthy! I love the green-gold background and the leaves you made in it; very cool!

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  86. Beautiful coloring to celebrate Ruby!

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  87. how beautiful!!! i used to love mushroom hunting. it doesn't happen any more, but it's a beautiful memory your painting evoked.

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  88. This is incredible piece of art !! Congratulations !
    [margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

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  89. Beautiful coloring on this pretty card! Thanks for helping to celebrate Rubeena's crafting anniversary with this amazing hop!

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  90. Love your stamps and digital images.

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  91. Wow, I'm speechless. Stunning mushrooms. Thanks for joining the celebration!

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  92. Wow! You put so much detail into this! Awesome!

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  93. Your creativity is outstanding. I give you so much credit finding real mushrooms so that you can duplicate their color on your stamping. I never would have thought of doing this. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  94. Wow what an amazing card and what beautiful coloring! It’s wonderful when the subject of your creation is something that you also love. It makes your card more special! Thanks for sharing your creation and for providing inspiration!

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  95. So beautiful and illustrated inspiration is everywhere! Thank you.

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  96. Thanks for sharing your story. I really like how the drawing turned out. Very pretty.

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  97. Just beautiful, Marcella. You are such a talented artist. I love that you shared how you were inspired.

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  98. Fantastic card!! I love your illustrated images on your stamps. Lots of beautiful detail.

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  99. Wow, such artistry. I love how creative this is!

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  100. Marcella, you are talented beyond belief! Beautifully done and thank you for so generously sponsoring Ruby's milestone!

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  101. Wow, that piece is awesome. I love the background, too. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  102. WOW! That pieced is just awesome!! So beautiful!

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  103. Beautiful it looks as if i could walk into the forest and let my imagination go wild.

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  104. Beautiful and very unique. Your coloring technique is outstanding.

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  105. So beautiful and realistic! Thanks for using Prismacolor, they are my favorites and I love to see them used for such a beautiful card. TFS!

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  106. What a beautiful card....so very different!

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  107. Wow, what an amazing card! You are a true artist. Love this one!

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  108. You make mushrooms look like flowers! The earthy tones you used are perfect for the subject.

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  109. So much effort for a "simple" card. Thats amazing! Really nice!

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  110. Such a beautiful card, you can really feel your passion in it. Thank you for being a part of this amazing & generous community.

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  111. Beautiful card! I love all the hand drawn elements around this great stamp. BTW, are you willing to share your mushrooms??? I've got the butter and garlic ready!๐Ÿ˜

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  112. So beautiful & realistic..Love how you have colored these.. Hugsxx

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  113. What a beautiful work of art! I love all the details you’ve layered on. Thank you for sharing your process and for being a part of this blog hop.

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  114. What beautiful work!!! Thank you for sharing

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  115. Card is beautiful. Love your flower stamps.

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  116. Fantastic card!
    Thanks for sharing...

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  117. You know...when I first saw this card, I thought...hmmmm...don't see myself even attempting this. However...after reading through your entire blog post, and seeing you express your thoughts while making this card...I was just overcome with excitement. I can actually see me doing this! I live in the UP of Michigan, and there is so much natural vegetation and forest here...lots of mushrooms. I think I'll try to do this card. Thanks so much for sharing your creation. And I think I'll take part in this Blog Hop, too. I received this initial info because I subscribe to your email. Thanks again :-)

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  118. Congratulations to Rubeena! Love her work. And what an amazing group this crafting world is to sponsor such wonderful prizes. Love your card inspiration too!

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  119. I'm envious of your mushroom haul! The stamps with your colouring, look so lifelike. Such a generous give away, thanks.

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  120. Amazingly realistic looking mushrooms. Love your forest inspired background. Also a beautiful variety of mushrooms in your basket.

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  121. Congrats on your 4 Year anniversary too, PowerPoppy! :-) the colouring of your image is so realistic, wow! Amazing job!

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  122. Thank you for sharing the process - it looks good for me at every stage - and then you do even more. Lovely. :)

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  123. So... that’s what a Chanterelle mushroom looks like. Thanks for sharing!

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  124. Very beautiful! Your design and coloring are just wonderful!

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  125. Gorgeous mushroom creation - I love the coloring too!

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  126. Oh my, I love the shimmer in the background! Everything is so beautifully colored! <3

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  127. Absolutely gorgeous. Wow. Thank you for sharing.

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  128. Wow, wow, wow. This is incredible. So lifelike. Great job.

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  129. Such lovely cards and so real life looking :)

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  130. your artwork is so lovely, Marcella - and lucky you to find all those yummy mushrooms!

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  131. Your card is beautiful. It should be in a frame!

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  132. WOW.. LOVE your projects. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  133. Oh, so beautiful...we are morel hunters...wonder where you live??? Beautiful art work!!!

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  134. Enjoyed your thinking process behind the final picture .

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  135. Your little mushroom card is beautiful. Thank you for taking the time to show it step by step.

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  136. Love your card! Your mushroom art is gorgeous! Your finished project should be in a frame!

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  137. You are definately very talented! This looks wonderful and makes me want to go hunting for mushrooms.

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  138. wow...you are super talented! Love your creative style!

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  139. Great use of nature to really create a realistic coloured image.

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  140. Amazing image and coloring!!! So life like!!

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  141. Just beautiful. Love it!

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  142. Love your cards! They are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing!

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  143. Absolutely stunning art! Thank you so much for being part of this amazing event. Your generous support is greatly appreciated.
    Blessings,
    Karen
    www.karen-mycuprunnethover.blogspot.com

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  144. I'm not a big fan of eating mushrooms but I always love to see the varieties you find on your hunts. And of course, the crafty ones you create!

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  145. Thank you sponsors for this super-hop. And thank you for the info and inspiration here! When I’m finished hopping I’ll be back here. LOVE this card...

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  146. Wow! You are so talented, loved your card. Thanks for sponsoring.

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  147. Great piece! I love how you mixed different media on this, wonderful texture to it!

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  148. Wow, what a great stamp, will put on my wish list. The coloring is perfect!

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  149. Simply gorgeous! I love all the detail you added to the background and the forest floor! I feel like I'm there!!!

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  150. Oh wow, your colouring is fabulous!

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  151. Wow, amazing watercoloring of mushrooms. Beautiful card.

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  152. Beautiful art! Thanks for sharing your story and pictures.

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  153. I love mushrooms ๐Ÿ˜Š. Your coloration is fantastic !

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  154. What beautiful coloring! Thanks for sharing.

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  155. Hunting for mushrooms sounds like a lot of fun, especially when it inspires you to create such beautiful art!

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  156. Stunning card and really captured beautiful colors of nature good job

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  157. So beautiful!! I am not sure I have ever seen too many wild mushrooms. It sounds like fun to go exploring for them and I loved how unique they each looked. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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  158. Such a gorgeous card, it really is a work of art!!! I really enjoyed your story of how you found all of the different kinds of mushrooms in the forest and created your piece from an actual mushroom.

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  159. Amazing work, such a beautiful card.

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  160. Love how you tell the story of your creation. The mushrooms appear like flowers--they are so pretty.

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  161. Oh Wow!! I never knew there were so many colored mushrooms...they are awesome as well as your card!!

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  162. Your project looks so amazingly real! Thanks for sharing.

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  163. Fun story for you. When I was younger, my parents took my siblings and I on a trip camping. We went on a hike and my mom stopped constantly to look at and take pictures of mushrooms. Now every time I take my kids on a hike we stop to look at and take pictures of mushrooms and send the photos to Grandma! She’s even made each of us kids felt mushrooms!!!
    Your drawing and painting is beautiful!

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  164. So these mushrooms are amazing!!!!

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  165. You story is a neat one. Marrying two worlds together hunting for 'shroons and crafting beautiful stamps for cards and other art. Truly blessed with a gift & thankful you are sharing it with fellow crafters.

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  166. Your artwork is always amazing. Thank you for sponsoring Rubeena's 4 year crafting anniversary. Smiles, Tracie

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Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts.

I love to hear what you’re thinking and I read and appreciate each and every note!

~marcella