Friday, September 30, 2016

SugarPea Designs Caring Hearts Special Release




Hi and welcome to SugarPea Designs Caring Hearts Special Release. You should have arrived from Laura Basen's Blog. We are so excited to join SugarPea Designs for this special hop in celebration of the upcoming 7th annual Caring Hearts Card Drive.

Vera (the mastermind behind the card drive) and Jennifer McGuire along with their team of volunteers will be collecting handmade holiday cards for the elderly that live in nursing homes from October 1 to November 25.  Vera will have all of the card drive details up on her blog on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016.

I found out about the Caring Hearts Card Drive last year.  I created 30 cards for the great cause. I am also the administrator of my own carehome and asked Vera if I could have cards sent to my residents.  Of course with her kind heart, she said yes! My residents received two cards each last year and felt so loved when they opened them. All  the cards were all so wonderful and beautifully made.  I was so touched and overjoyed that I asked Vera if I could help out in 2016 and be the West coast collection center. Again, she said yes! Though I didn't know I would participate in a Blog Hop and be included with the Creative All-Stars of the cardmaking world! This is quite the honor and I'm hoping and praying that I have an ounce of creativity as all these beautiful, generous and talented ladies. I  created three cards from this special release to share with you.

Caring Hearts...
 This first card I created a watercolor background. I did not tape it down while painting. After using my heating tool to speed the drying process, I ran it through a laminator to help smooth out the warping.  I die cut several pieces of the heart beat. Each diecut has four layers for a raised inlay look.

As an administrator of a 15 bed carehome for the elderly. It takes a big caring heart to assist and look after my residents, especially those suffering with Alzheimers. I am thankful for my Care Partners whose hearts are even bigger and warmer. 






Caring Critters...
My second card has very cute characters. I really enjoyed coloring this guy. I used colored pencils and then blended with gamsol odorless mineral spirits. The process is very simple and magical.  I loved how this guy turned out. At my carehome, we hug are residents several times throughout the day. It does make their hearts happy. 




Kindness Matters...
The last card is very simple and represents  what I always try to strive in every aspect of my life...Kindness.  Everyday we show love and kindness to our residents. It does matter. It is an honor to participate in the Caring Hearts Card drive as it is so close to my heart. Spread kindness everywhere you go! It is contagious and will come back to you in return. 




Prizes
  •  SugarPea Designs is giving away the entire Caring Hearts release (3 stamp sets & 3 SugarCuts dies) to one lucky commenter.  Readers have 1 week to comment (ends October 7th)
  • Vera will randomly select from comments left on hop participants to give away a $25 GC to the SugarPea Designs Store
  • SugarPea Designs will announce the release winner on their blog on Sunday, October 9th 

SugarPea Designs will be donating 20% of all proceeds from the sale of 
Caring Hearts stamp sets & dies 
to the Alzheimer Association.

Now head over to Amy Kolling's Blog and check out her beautiful contribution to this great cause! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my creative inspiration. 
Please comment below for a chance to win.
Wendy Ramlakhan (SugarPea Designs): http://sugarpeadesigns.com/blog



272 comments:

  1. Love your cards! I've pinned them as inspiration for me in the future. Thanks for sharing

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  2. Beautiful cards... love the little lion.

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  3. What great cards, from such a kind heart! That lion is so adorable!

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  4. Lovely set of cards.. love each one of them..

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  5. Love the heart beats! Excellent card inspiration! You deserve a card yourself for all of your hard work!

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  6. Your cards are just lovely Lynn. Thank you for being one of the special angels that help look after our elderly folks that require extra special care! Have a fabulous weekend. Cheers Donna Z :)

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  7. Lynn, these are all wonderful, a great job. Thanks for partaking in this cause and for caring for the elderly. I am sure you are wonderful at it and clearly you have a 'giving heart!'

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  8. Love all your cards, great stamp sets!

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  9. A great stamp & die set, super cause, awesome group of gals & talent!

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  10. So lucky the world has people like you that can take on the needs of others, I can't imagine that easy but I'm betting it's more then a job to you. Thank you!
    And what lovely cards you made for today!

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  11. just adorable cards....the lion is very cute...........

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  12. Both fabulous, I loooove these dies. Off hopping, love Jane x

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  13. Both fabulous, I loooove these dies. Off hopping, love Jane x

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  14. Your cards are beautiful, thank you for the work you do each and every day. You are truly an inspiration!

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  15. Wow beautiful job... I love all of them. each are unique and creative but that little lion stole my heart.. thanks so much for sharing and the chance to win

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  16. Yay Caring Hearts card drive! Can't wait to join in again this year. :)

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  17. That little lion is precious. Love the colors. Perfect for fall.

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  18. Wonderful cards!! I am sure your residents and their families appreciate all of the love and care you provide for them.

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  19. Absolutely wonderful cards! Cannot choose a favorite cause they are all so great!

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  20. Love the lion one especially. Keep up the good work at your care home.

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  21. Love these! The first background is amazing and I love the hugs card... Hugs are so important!

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  22. Your cards are all so pretty! Love the lion one. Great job!

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  23. Your pinks and purples card is stunning. Love the lion too!

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  24. Your pinks and purples card is stunning. Love the lion too!

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  25. Great cards love the background of the first card and the lion is adorable thanks for sharing.

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  26. Your cards are beautiful and so is your heart. Sending big hugs your way.

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  27. My Mom is 99 and in a nursing home. I send her a card I made every week. We talk on the phone every day too and she always asks if I made the card even though she knows I've been doing them for years. Love the colors on your first card. They're all really nice.

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  28. Love these colorful cards. The lion is adorable.

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  29. Your cards are absolutely beautiful!!! You are so talented! What a wonderful thing you and the other crafters are doing. I hope to help out this year.

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  30. I love your cards. They will bring a smile to whomever receives it.

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  31. Your cards are very creative and unique. I love that!

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  32. Wonderful cards! All different styles and all beautiful.

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  33. Love all of your cards and that lion is so cute. TFS

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  34. That lion will be loved by whomever receives him!

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  35. Loving the loin card so cute and colorful

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  36. I just love that heart beat die and your lion is so cute!

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  37. Love all your cards with these sets....so versatile.

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  38. Lovely cards and such a great campaign!!

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  39. Receiving any of these cards would warm anyone's heart!

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  40. wonderful cards Lynn - love participating in this drive every year!

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  41. These cards are beautiful and the stamps are perfection!

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  42. Wow, such creative cards. Love your creativity. Thanks.
    Susan

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  43. Your cards are awesome! So is the job you are doing at caring for the elderly. It takes a very special person to be able to give so much to those in need. You are truly a special person! Thanks for sharing!

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  44. I have never participated in a card drive, but this has inspired me to do so. I love your cards.

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  45. Dearest Lynn, you are quite the woman to take on such a challenging and needed care facility. Your story brought a tear to my eye as I know from personal experience the critical need of having loving and caring Care facilities. God bless you sweetie!

    Your cards are as amazing as you dear, truly!

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  46. These are all stunning creations!! I love the vibrant coloring on them all! :) Thanks for sharing!

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  47. What beautiful cards. I just adore your last one about kindness. How I would so love to send these out to people. I just love the new stamps and die sets. Such a great cause.

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  48. These animals are just awesome. Card ideas are wonderful.

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  49. Your cards are lovely. The one with the little lion is so cute and happy. But the Kindness words on the last one really touched my heart. So simple but the card says love and caring from the start. Great designs. TFS

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  50. I love your beautiful and creative cards--thanks for the inspiration!

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  51. I love your beautiful and creative cards--thanks for the inspiration!

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  52. I love your cards and the cause is special to me ❤

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  53. Such fun techniques on these!! I love that first one - amazing!!

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  54. Wonderful cause and I love that little lion.

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  55. Love all of them but theone with the sentements and the one with heart makes me cry. I have to had this set.

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  56. Great cards. Thanks! So glad it's time for the drive again.

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  57. Love your beautiful cards! You did a wonderful job! This is such an awesome release for such a great cause! Thanks so much for sharing and have a blessed day!

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  58. Beautiful watercolor card and that lion is too gorgeous

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  59. Beautiful watercolor card and that lion is too gorgeous

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  60. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration!

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  61. Love both the cards... they look so vibrant...

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  62. WOW !!!! You have so much creativity.... All your cards are awesome, three cards completely different and all three incredible. And of course, they are very inspiring for us, we are the lucky one's ;-)) !

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  63. Beautiful cards for such a great cause.

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  64. Such great cards! beautiful and with fantastic sentiments! I will enjoy using your inspiration with some of these sets.

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  65. Your cards are wonderful! And the work you do is the epitome of kindness!

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  66. I think I will be buying the Caring Critters for sure!

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  67. This is such a wonderful cause! I love what you've done with the sentiments and dies, but that lion stole my heart ❤

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  68. I love all the different ideas!

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  69. These are wonderful cards....thank you!

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  70. Love the cards and the heart beat die

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  71. OH I really like all three of your cards!! They're sure to bring a smile to the residents faces...just like the hugs you give!!

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  72. That heartbeat die is so cool. I love the wather color background too!

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  73. Your cards are wonderful. Thank you for having a heart for the seniors.

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  74. Your cards are amazing! I love how you watercolored the background of the heartbeat card and that die cut you layered looks awesome on it!

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  75. Thoroughly gorgeous cards. Love the uniques designs you have created:)

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  76. the cards are wonderful.
    I especially love the reds/pinks with
    the EKG line. So appropriate.
    thanks for sharing.

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  77. love all three of your cards but the watercolor one with the raised heartbeat die is my favorite. That is such a unique die.

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  78. Beautiful colors. What great cards. Love them

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  79. I love your little coloured lion. He is just gorgeous!

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  80. It was love at first sight when I spotted the cardiac rhythm strip with the hearts on it. Too cute. I totally love how you used it. I would not mind if your folks get my cards this year. I am having a time management crisis now: go make cards, or watch the rest of the hop!!! Thanks for these great inspirations.

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  81. Nice post with your personal connection to this! Thanks so much for sharing on the blog hop and for sharing your wonderful cards!!

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  82. Your cards are fantastic! Thank you for all you do to help our older generation, I sincerely appreciate it. God Bless.

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  83. Your cards are beautiful, and thanks for spreading kindness to the elderly people.

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  84. I love this set and the whole idea of the drive! Way to go

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  85. Very beautiful card and a wonderful idea.

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  86. Watercolored background card and apt is the heartbeat die inlay ......

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  87. All of your cards are awesome!

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  88. The stamp sets are wonderful. The kindness set is my favorite. Thank you for sharing your cards and for the work you do with the Alzheimer's patients. My mother died from Alzheimer's and we were all so grateful to the caregivers that helped us during her last days.

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  89. Love all the cards so many great ways to use these stamps and dies

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  90. Lynn, You've created such a beautiful card. Thank you for sharing with us, love the colors you used.

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  91. Lynn, You are as creative as the rest of the crew! Congrats on your "promotion" in the Caring Hearts drive. I give you SO much credit for what you are doing AND for your every day work with men and women in your care. I myself was a teacher for over 30 years and always felt that my work with my students was the most important thing I did! I sent cards last year and intend to do so again this year. AND< I love the release (already bought something early this morning!!)

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  92. I really really like the chevron background!!

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  93. Beautiful watercolor. Thank you for all you do, my mom had Alzheimers and everyone at the care center was patient and kind, most of them were at my moms service.

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  94. Your cards are quite unique. Thanks for the great ideas.

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  95. Oh my, these stamps are the greatest. On my wish list for sure. Wonderful composition.

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  96. Wonderful cards to set off these lovely products!

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  97. Such pretty cards! The lion is adorable. All three cards are great. Thanks for the work you do. It takes a special person to take care of the elderly.

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  98. Your cards are super! I especially love the lion card. You are doing wonderful work.

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  99. Great cards for this Kindness Campaign! I love how fun yet loving they are and how they encourage kind thoughts, putting others first. Thanks for sharing them.

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  100. Your cards are awesome; so is the cause

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  101. Great cards, and the cause is fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  102. Love both your cards and as a volunteer working with seniors I really appreciate all the work you do with the elderly we will all be there one day and I don't think anyone realises how attached you become to them THANK YOU. Such a great cause

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  103. I just love your cards!
    And bless you for the path you have chosen to work in!

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  104. Both cards are a delight. I especially enjoyed the first one. What a fabulous background! Well cone.

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  105. Your cards are so cute! I love the 3rd one-the one with "kindness" on it three times. That is my favorite.

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  106. Lynn, all 3 of your cards are Great.Love the heartbeat on your first card, the little lion on your 2nd card would make anyone smile and the simplicity of your 3rd card says it all. Kindness is so easy, more people should practice it!

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  107. What a great set of stamps and dies. Awesome!

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  108. All three of your cards are great, but that first one is a stunner!

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  109. Thanks for the tip about using a laminator to smooth out warping!

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  110. Another excellent tutorial. Thanks for showing us your lovely creations. Love you dies and stamps!

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  111. Such beautiful cards! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  112. Your cards are wonderful! My favorite is the one with the little lion...super coloring!

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  113. Really enjoyed each of your cards. Hope to participate in the drive this year.

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  114. Love your post and each of your cards!

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  115. Like the variety of cards. Fantastic!!!

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  116. Love the cards. The sets are all so special.

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  117. Love all your cards. Each one is as beautifully done as the next. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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  118. Beautiful cards! I love the lion, he is so cute! What great use of some awesome stamp sets!

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  119. Awesome cards. My personal favorite is the last one, but that lion is adorable. Thank you for sharing.

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  120. Great cards - I am a new fan of Sugar Pea Designs. The stamp sets are awesome.

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  121. Love this caring campaign(: Thanks for making all this "beating" kindness cards! It looks real fabulous!

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  122. Such inspirational cards - for those of us viewing them and those who will receive them.

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  123. I can't wait to get started making cards for those who need our kindness more than we will ever know. Knowing a card from one of us may be the only thing they receive, Caring Hearts are what we are trying to give to each of them.

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  124. It's such a blessing to have people like you in the world. Thank you for sharing your heart with those who really need kindness and love.

    I think your cards are awesome and am certainly going to lift all three of them.

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  125. Wonderful cards, love
    the beautiful backgrounds
    and that lion is fabulous.
    Carla from Utah

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  126. Wonderful cards, love
    the beautiful backgrounds
    and that lion is fabulous.
    Carla from Utah

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  127. Love the adorable lion. Great cause.

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  128. Beautiful cards! The first one rally caught my eye with its fab colors and details!

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  129. Wonderful cards with awesome layouts.

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  130. Love your cards, especially that first one with the heart beat die cut blended into it, so cute!!

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  131. I love all of your designs using these sets!

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  132. Kindness card is one I really like. The lion is so cute! Love the little animals!

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  133. Your cards are lovely. What a wonderful person you are to care for the elderly in such a loving way.

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  134. Great cards and great job on spreading kindness at your work place, as I have a daughter that is a RN and she also spread so much kindness too at her job as we all might need that at some point in time.

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  135. Super cute cards Lynnie. Love the sweet images and awesome dies. What a great card drive.

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  136. Love them all! Great job! Super cute

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  137. I love the heart beat card, it's the first I've seen on the blog hop and it's so cool!

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  138. Loved the heartbeats card, but the simplicity of the kindness card seems to reflect the generosity and caring of your own heart with what you shared about your job.

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  139. The lion hugging the heart touched me more than any of the other cards. What could be the reason. I think your choice of background colors contributed greatly.

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  140. Awesome cards. Simple yet effective.

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  141. your cards are amazing and full of inspiration!

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  142. Your cards are simply fabulous. I love the heart beat across the page. The lion with the heart is darling. You did a terrific job, thanks for sharing :)

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  143. These are really fun! I love the great color!

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  144. Wonderful cards, wonderful stamps, wonderful cause, what could make it any better! Thanks for sharing!

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  145. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work

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  146. I love this card simple and right to the truth.

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  147. Sooooo cute kindness card. I LOOOVE it

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  148. Awesome cards! I especially love the lion card--so sweet!

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  149. All three cards are lovely! I especially like the background on the first one!

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  150. Wow!!! This is a great cause!!! And your cards are absolutely adorable!!! <3

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  151. Awesome story behind how you got involved in this card drive. Your work is very important we are very thankful that there is a caring heart out there like yours to take care of our elderly. Your cards are really pretty I especially like your water colored with the raised heart beat.

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  152. What a precious batch of sweet and lovely cards!

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  153. Wonderful cards and I love how you shared a bit of yourself and story with each card. thanks for all you do :)

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  154. I love your cards. These new stamps are terrific and so is this cause. This will be my third year participating and I can't wait to get started.

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  155. I really like your "heartbeat" card - great color!

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  156. Beautiful cards for such a great cause!

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  157. Love your cards! I think I have to have that kindness die!!

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  158. Beautiful cards. This drive is close to my heart. I'm a retired geriatric nurse. A close long-time friend was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Thanks for caring.

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  159. So many wonderful cards, thanks for sharing!

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  160. Lovely cards, Lynn. I'm certainly that your residents feel and appreciate your caring nature. Kudos!

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  161. Such a wonderful idea! Sharing kindness.

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  162. Love the raised heartbeat! Thanks for sharing!

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  163. Love the watercolor card. As a fellow nurse, I totally appreciate the heart bear stamp and dye. So cool. Thank you for sharing.

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  164. Cute cards! Thanks for sharing!

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  165. I love how you used the heart monitor die for embossing! Very cute cards, thanks for sharing!

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