Saturday, January 13, 2018

SSS Friends Release Blog Hop - Galaxy Background Video Tutorial



Good morning - and welcome to Day 2 of a special Simon Says Stamp blog hop to celebrate the special Friends Release that happened last December! Since there wasn't a blog hop at the time of the release, SSS wanted to make sure it had it's time to shine - and of course celebrate with some fabulous prizes as well!


Late last year I discovered the fun of making watercolor galaxy backgrounds - and have been a bit addicted to them ever since! When I posted my first ones, I had several requests for a video tutorial - it took me FOREVER to get around to it (sorry!) - but I finally did make a video for the background I used on this card! The new From the Rooftops stamp set seemed like the perfect set to use for one of these backgrounds.


I can't help but thing that this background came out looking almost like an aurora borealis, which is perfect for this card! Here is that video:


For the rest of the card that went over the background, I used my favorite stamp set from this release, From the Rooftops. I stamped the mountain range several times, cut them out, and colored them with just two shades of Copic markers. I layered them all together behind a snowy hill cut with SSS Drifting Stitches dies, and added sparkly Nuvo drops on the tops of the mountains.


I die cut a rectangle from my galaxy background using SSS Wonky Rectangles, and added my mountains and snow drift over the top with foam adhesive. Sentiments from From the Rooftops were stamped and heat embossed on black cardstock, trimmed down, and then mounted with foam adhesive as well. Finished off by mounting the entire panel on a Fog cardbase!


GIVEAWAY INFO: Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 coupon at every stop along the hop - so make sure and leave some love as you hop along for a chance to win! Winners will be announced next Wednesday on the Simon Says Stamp Blog.

Now - here is the entire blog hop line-up so you don't miss a single stop:

Heather Hoffman (you are HERE)

Just for fun and extra inspiration - here are a couple more cards I made with this new release, and actually featuring the same stamp set as well! Click to see more details on either of them!

Original post HERE

Original post HERE

Product links are all below - including affiliate links where possible, which simply means if you use one of the links below that I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!!!


270 comments:

  1. Fantastic cards!! Love the galaxy background!! <3

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  2. The galaxy card is simply stunning. Love the other two cards too. They are very clean and elegant.

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  3. Beautiful cards. I love your galaxy background, it does look like the Northern Lights!

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  4. Oh I love what you did to indicate the aurora borealis in your galaxy background! So pretty!

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  5. All the cards are beautiful - SSS did come up with some cracker products

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  6. great card, the galaxy background is awesome!

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  7. You really have got the hang of the galaxy now, this card looks fantastic and the other two are equally great that you also treated us to. Thanks.

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  8. Love your cards and that galaxy background is AMAZING!!

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  9. Interesting to see a card that's both pretty and cute, but the galaxy card is just that!

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  10. OH my goodness! Awesome Friends release! I absolutely LOVE your gallaxy background, Thanks for the video!

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  11. I love the first card.... the sky is just shouting celebration! And the second one is a great one for a guy...

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  12. Oh, such beautiful colors on your cards! Love them.

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  13. I love your card. Your background is absolutely gorgeous!

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  14. Love how that card gives you that starry night feel!

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  15. wonderful cards, Heather - lovely galaxy background on the first card!

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  16. Fabulous background sky. I also love making these. Your other cards are beautiful as well.

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  17. Your cards are lovely. Thanks for working so hard on the video. Thanks for sharing your artwork with us. Karen.

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  18. Thank you for the process video on the galaxy background! I love the look you created for the background on the mountain card.

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  19. Wow what a great galaxy background Heather. Thanks for sharing the video on it as it is something I have only done once as I seem to be intimidated by the PROCESS. I guess I just need to throw caution to the wind and do it....It's only paper, right??? LOL
    All of your cards are great.. Well done.

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  20. Thanks so much for the video! The background is stunning!

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  21. Love your cards. They are beautiful!

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  22. beautiful cards! I love the galaxy background!

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  23. Love that background. I can see why you are addicted. And think those echo sentiments are so fun with the mountains. Great card!

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  24. Thanks for the video, Heather! Your galaxy is so pretty. Love the card(s) that you are featuring here.

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  25. This is my favorite stamp set and your cards are beautiful!

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  26. I LOVE your cards, that background is amazing, wow. Thanks for sharing Tracey Magner

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  27. Awesome background. Great cards.

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  28. I love how you put these cards together and I love your galaxy background! Great cards!

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  29. Beautiful cards...love those backgrounds!

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  30. Wonderful cards! Thanks for doing a video showing how you accomplished the galaxy background.

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  31. Love this stamp set and these cards are great!

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  32. I love these cards. I especially love the color combo on the first mountain top card. Awesome job.

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  33. Wow!! That is an outstanding background on your first card!! I love how you show different designs & ways to use the stamps in your second card!!

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  34. I love the Hello Hello Hello from the mountains! I live in the foothills and can really use that idea.

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  35. Your cards are wonderful, Heather! Really love that first one!

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  36. Cute card, love the beautiful background

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  37. Thanks for the ideas! I really like this release!

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  38. that galaxy background is stunning!

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  39. Beautiful galaxy--I am definitely going to have to try that one of these days! And that 'hello' echo just cracks me up! Thank you for some serious inspiration today.

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  40. Very cute card! The background is amazing. The other two cards are sweet as well! xoxo ~Jenifer

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  41. Love the cards they are amazing.

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  42. Good tutorial. Love the Starry Colors watercolors:)

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  43. Pretty cards. Love the background sky on first one.

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  44. Love the galaxy background behind the mountains. your other cards are great too.

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  45. Fantastic cards! Amazing background on the first card - wow!

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  46. These are all amazing, but the first card is definitely my favourite - that background is jaw dropping!

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  47. Great cards! Always looking for "guy cards" so these would be perfect! Love that galaxy sky! Awesome! Loving this blog hop with all it's talent! Thanks for sharing yours!

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  48. Both beauties. I love shout it from the rooftops. Your coloring is wonderful. Nicely done.

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  49. Three beautiful cards with the same theme, but each is unique. Love the galaxy background! Wow!

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  50. Great cards. I am so impressed with the background in the hello card. Truly awesome.

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  51. Beautiful cards! Love that galaxy background!

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  52. The background with the amazing sky---LOVE it. It reminds me of the northern lights...

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  53. stunning cards - love how you made the night sky on the first card - jsut fabulous:)

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  54. Love the design of this card--that galaxy background is a perfect backdrop for those mountains! Thanks for sharing.

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  55. I love your cards! The galaxy background is wonderful and like the different ways you used the stamps.

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  56. WOW the galaxy background is awesome, love your cards!

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  57. Love your winter mountain scene! I like that border die you used for snow hills/drifts. Finally that die makes sense to me in this context! Love aha moments ;D

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  58. Love the clean and simple extra cards you made. Great galaxy background btw.

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  59. Awesome cards. Love the galaxy background. Thanks so much for sharing..

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  60. Awesome cards. Love the galaxy background. Thanks so much for sharing..

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  61. Beautiful cards! Love the background technique!

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  62. The stamp set you used is so much fun. Love how you made the images come to life.

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  63. beautiful background!!! love your technique for creating it

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  64. I love the galaxy background and yes, they are addicting :) TFS!

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  65. Great galaxy background. I love them!

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  66. Beautiful cards. Your sky is amazing

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  68. Love the backgrounds you create!

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  69. I love this card and all the ideas all the bloggers have done with this stamp set. Thanks for the blog hop!

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  70. WOW, spectacular galaxy background! Thanks for the beautiful inspiration.

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  71. Awesome card! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  72. Beautiful cards, thanks for sharing!

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  73. Beautiful combination of colors. Love the dies and especially love the video

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  74. Beautiful combination of colors. Love the dies and especially love the video

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  75. Galaxy or Northern Lights...that background is stunning! Very cool simple cards, too!

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  76. ALL of your cards are GORGEOUS, Heather! LOOOOOVE your galaxy background! TOTALLY STUNNING!!!!!!!!! ;)

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  77. Really awesome backgrounds - love your cards, Thanks, Denise

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  78. I like the galaxy background. I have not tried that yet. Thanks for sharing how you did yours.

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  79. The background on your card is wonderful and I love the mountain die.

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  80. great cards, I do like the galaxy background
    Barb Housner

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  81. Love that spectacularly beautiful background on your first card.

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  82. As always, yu take something that does not look pretty and make it absolutely over the top! Thanks.

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  83. Beautiful cards--thanks for sharing.

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  84. Thanks for the video. Beautiful card.

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  85. Great cards and colors. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  86. Fantastic cards!!! Love your galaxy background!!!

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  87. Great cards. Love the galaxy background.

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  88. Purple mountain majesty as the song goes!

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  89. Ooooooh what a beautiful card. From the watercolor galaxy background to the stately mountains - there's so much to look at on your card. Well done! and Thanks for sharing.

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  90. Wonderful mountain cards - I especially love that wonderful background on the first card - stunning!

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  91. Fabulous cards, love your creative designs and beautiful colors!

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  92. Such a cute sentiment. Thank you for the video too. Enjoy them.

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  93. What gorgeous cards Heather! I love the backgrounds on both of them!!!

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  94. These are so pretty and I love the background too much.

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  95. I love these cards. I love the galaxy background.

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  96. I love the colors and the sentiment in this card! The galaxy is so cool!

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  97. You got some super fun creation here!

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  98. Love that colorful background!

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  99. Always fun to see how people do galaxy backgrounds. I still haven't had the courage. It goes beautifully with the mountaintops and the words that go with it. Cool card.

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  100. You are such a talented artist!

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  101. Your cards are beautiful! I'm loving this new release!

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  102. Very unique cards. I really love the background on the mountain card

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  103. Wow, I love the background of the mountains cards. I need this stamp set.

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  104. All this loveliness makes my eyes happy.

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  105. Love the background!!
    Great release!!! TFS!!

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  106. I like all three in their own ways.

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  107. Love the background that is simply gorgeous and makes me want to try again. I bought water colors and it just did not work out for months they all looked like a 5 year old did it. I guess I will be trying again. Thank you for sharing and giving me hope.

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  108. Love your cards, they turned out fabulous!!! The galaxy background is so beautiful.

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  109. I love the simplicity of your mountains over the gorgeous galaxy background. It was perfect! I also really like the card with only 3 of the mountain peaks. So pretty!

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  110. Heather, that galaxy background is spectacular. All 3 cards are terrific!

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  111. WOW! Beautiful, colorful background work!

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  112. Thanks so much for sharing your process for making galaxy backgrounds. It goes beautifully with the mountains in this release.

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  113. Great background and great ideas too.

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  114. LOVE your cards! Your starry background looks amazing (thanks for the video) - I'm definitely going to give this a go tomorrow :)

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  115. Heather, that galaxy background is spectacular. All 3 cards are terrific!

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  116. Just love the watercolor galaxy background. Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration!

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  117. Great galaxy background. Thanks for the video.

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  118. The galaxy background makes the card!

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  119. This is a great set of cards, Heather. They show the versatility for creating cards with this new set. Thanks for sharing them and the "oh so helpful" video tutorial on creating a galaxy sky.

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  120. Great background. I can never get mine to turn out quite right. Love this stamp set

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  121. Like your background so much. Love this stamp set !!

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  122. WOW...that galaxy background is so awesome! Thank you for taking the time to make a video to show us how you created it! Your cards are really beautiful!

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  123. oh the background on your first card is magical!

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  124. Thanks for sharing and the opportunity! These are super awesome!

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  125. Thank you for the beautiful inspiration !

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  126. Great cards! Stunning galaxy on the top card.

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  127. This is amazing! i love how bright your background is!

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  128. I love the galaxy type background! It really pops

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  129. I loveee your ideas for this amazing stamp set. That galaxy background is so super duper gorgeous!

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  130. Super cool galaxy background!!

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  131. love the background on your cards, especially the first one. You made those cards really stand out. Thanks for sharing.

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  132. Great cards - I especially love the background on the first card.

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  133. Such a simple card, but what a glorious background!

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  134. Fabulous cards! That galaxy background is absolutely gorgeous! I'm so glad you made a video of it!

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  135. I love making galaxy cards, what a fun way to show them off.

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  136. Your galaxy background is so colorful - I'm inspired - thanks!

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  137. thanks for the tutorial. The gold really does make it. I need to get that pallet. Fab cards.

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  138. I love how you used such happy colors!

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  139. Beautiful—thanks for sharing this technique

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  140. Stunning galaxy/aurora borealis!

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  141. Great backgrounds for a versatile die!

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  142. Oh my gosh! Your galaxy background is beautiful! Must try this soon. It's the perfect backdrop for this card!

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  143. Stunning background!! Northern lights was my first thought on seeing it too

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  144. Love your cards, especially the one with the galaxy background!

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  145. Nice contemporary cards. It seems like a lots comments refer to the galaxy background. I think it is great also.

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  146. Great cards!!! Love the galaxy background!!!

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  147. Heather, there was something wrong with your audio. I had the audio slider up to full on the video and my computer speaker up as high as it would go, and could only hear a mutter with only a couple of words coming through. However, it was self explanatory and I must say I really, really enjoyed watching you create that fabulous galaxy background. I wouldn't have even considered this stamp set as it didn't "speak" to me, but after seeing your card and the others in the collection, I've changed my mind. Thanks so much. Loved it.

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  148. Thanks Heather -- seeing the process takes away some, just some :) of the intimidation of attempting such a background. Just kidding -- I'll for sure give it the ol' college try, because it's SO great! Thanks again.

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  149. I like the card with the mountains and the colors. The skyline is nice to. Time to start making more cards.

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  150. Great cards! The galaxy on the first one is so sparkly. My fav is the middle one though if I'm allowed one

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  151. Beautiful background coloring! I couldn't hear you discribing you process, for some reason the sound in your video was low. I had my computer sound on as loud as it would go. Live the card....

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  152. I watch your video each time I go to make another galaxy background. LOL, It gives me direction and courage! So happy you got around to it! hugs

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  153. Fabulous galaxy you created; looks so fun! The cards are so cute... From The Roof Top set is very cute and so many possibilities !!

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  154. Beautiful! Not sure I liked the mountains but, you made me a fan.

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  155. First, I'd like to say how wonderful it is that you use cards in your mission to help others. I wish you continued success with that!
    I love to make cards with bright, bold colors also. I'll have to give this galaxy background a try. Thanks for your inspiration!

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  156. Fabulous cards! Love that night sky on your first card! The snow-capped mountains look awesome!

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  157. Wonderful cards! Love the bright colors on the first card.

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  158. Love your aurora borealis background, GORGEOUS!! I love other cards! Fabulous creations with this set! The sentiments are wonderful!

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  159. Your background is beautiful! I know it will not be that easy when I try it. Love your card, thank you for sharing.

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  160. Your galaxy background is gorgeous! Looks great with the mountain scene!

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  161. Love love love your galaxy background - every example you posted is great inspiration from the new release.

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  162. Hi Heather,

    These are fantastic masculine cards!! I am always looking for ideas for masculine cards, so I will give this a shot!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  163. Great cards, love the galaxy background!

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  164. Can't wait to try this! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

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  165. That galaxy background is a riot of fun. It actually reminds me of New Year's Eve here in Colorado Springs, because a group climbs up Pikes Peak and shoots fireworks off it at midnight each year. This is the card version of those fireworks! Thanks for a great idea and making me smile. :D

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  166. Wow! These cards are SO creative, beautiful and inspiring!!! You are incredible!! Thanks so much!

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  167. Your cards are just amazing! I'm so glad I've already ordered this stamp set before it sold out! Thanks for the video too!

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  168. I love all of your cards. They are very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

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  169. Oh my!!! Your cards are really gorgeous!!! Your colouring is amazing!!!

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