Saturday, 12 February 2011

Week 2 One Layer Challenge

What can we say?

I don't think that either of us ever dreamed that our new venture would have sparked the imaginations of so many people. We are truly humbled by the support and response we have received for our blog and can only thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for the superb work you have shared with us this week!
We would indeed be blessed if you all continue to support us in this wonderful way. 
So a huge THANK YOU to you all!
Now on to this week's challenge. If you bit the bullet to try last week's challenge, you're going to have to start chewing on it for this week's.

The challenge is a ONE LAYER CARD with the theme of a 
FLOWER or a TREE.
Our definition of a OLC (One Layer Card) is on our sidebar and we would ask you to stick to these guidelines please.



Fonts used: Day Dream and Fabulous 50s
          I frequently use the computer for my sentiments and try to make them more attractive.

Because I'm nit pickingly fussy had this not been a one layer challenge 
id have cut the F so the stem went behind it! 
So I thought I would show you a little tutorial for the different effects you can create. 
This works especially well [I think] for the One Layer Cards.

Ok so you print your word as normal,
mine was Flowers [although I left a space where the letter 'L' should be for my flower].
Then highlight to the word, as you would to change the size, colour or font.
Go to the toolbar at the top of the page and click on the arrow to open the Font box

*I can't give you a screen shot as there are a few 'Microsoft Word' variations, but, I'm sure you will follow what I mean, it's very easy!
                                      
                                                     In the Font box you will see Effects 
in that section you will see Outline
Check that box [Tick]

You will then see that the word you typed will now be outlined.
You can then use a Quickie Glue pen and Deco Art glitter...Voila!!

I have shown a variation of a coloured outline, for a softer effect.
To use a solid colour glittered also looks effective.

Please click the small pics for larger images

So that's my little tutorial for you.
I hope you found it interesting...
albeit not rocket science LOL.

  This technique looks great for Wedding cards.

 Try playing around with different fonts.



More on font styling in the coming weeks...

And now it's my turn!

Chrissie

My card uses a sponged background, made by die-cutting a sheet of paper to reveal a square hole and attaching it to the front of the card with lo-tack tape. (I used sticky tape that I tapped onto my sweater a few times to reduce the adhesive strength). Using this as a mask I sponged the card with several colours of ink using  sponge daubers. (SU Sahara Sand + Pumice Stone & Frayed Burlap  Distress Inks)
This tree from Stampin' Up refused to be placed anywhere but in the centre of the square... I tried it overlapping the side of the square but its majesty refused to be placed anywhere but centrally!
The Hero Arts sentiment was aligned using my Lego stamp positioner (see last week's tip). Both of these were stamped in Walnut Stain DI .
The image box is positioned off centre and the sentiment partly aligned with the side of the square.

At this point I would like to thank those of you who have taken the time to visit the blogs of fellow participants. Everyone loves to receive a comment and as there are only two of us it would be great if we could become part of a community where we take an interest in each other's work and each receive a few more comments. A big thank you to Deborah Frings here, who has visited so many of you. I do hope you'll pay her a return visit!

There will be monthly prizes awarded to someone from among the contestants who have contributed to each challenge in that month. Prize details will be shown later.


85 comments:

  1. Love your challenge - I did a card for last week but couldn't show cause I forgot to post - hopefully will add two this week.
    I find 'simple' hard so am hoping to learn loads - your designs are superb.
    Ann xxx

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  2. eeeeeeeeeeeek just reread above by 'post' I meant literally post as in stamps and letter box!
    oh think I need to wake up properly before leaving messages.
    Ann xxx

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  3. Mandi & Chrissie - thank you both for your shout-out. It's been a pleasure to view all the lovely cards made last week - and to grab quite a bit of inspiration too!

    Can't wait to play again this week - trees, mmmmm!

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  4. Just want to say how 'different' your challenge blog is! I am already a follower due to the fact I struggle with white space and feel this blog will enable me to be able to grasp it. I have not entered the challenge yet, but will do........ Love the way you add tips and tecniques to help us all. I am sure your challenge blog will go from strenth to strength and am looking forward to future challenges and eventually being confident to 'enjoy white space' and enter! Sue x

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  5. Sob sob... one layer eek!! Oh I can't do them at all, but I'm determined to keep up with this challenge each week, so I'll have to have a go... expect something awful from me soon lol! Lisa x

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  6. oooh, one layer, now thats one to think about! Really useful tutorial, thank you xx

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  7. Congratulations on your first week's success, well deserved - your blog is fantastic! :)

    Thanks for the tips too - Love the outlined text :)

    Carol x

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  8. Your blog has certainly given us all lots of inspiration and so nice to have visited so many new blogs. Thinking cap on now for this weeks challenge!

    Anne

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  9. Your blog is going to be a huge success, already is. I love CAS projects and your blog and visiting others' cards and blogs gives all kind of tips and inspirations.

    Annemaritta

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  10. What a fabulous first week with loads of inspiration....and yet again another fabulous challenge girls, thank you. Wonderful samples too.....look forward to seeing all the entries this week.

    Ali x

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  11. Thanks for the challenge! I love it and your cards are lovely! I´ve added mine!

    Hugs

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  12. Thank you for creating this challenge blog, it is such an inspiration (and already an addiction - I had to log in every night to see all the new additions)and although I've had a blog for a while to follow others rather than posting for myself this prompted me to "have a go". I'm sure I'll join in again but please bare with me if I make a few mistakes along the way!!

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  13. OOhhh now you are really setting a challenge for me aren't you you naughty girls lol will have to see what I can come up with a try to curb my ways this is very ouside my comfort zone lol
    see you later
    Jacki xx

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  14. Congratulations on the success of last week (just knew this challenge idea would be a winner!).
    Well, this is another brilliant challenge and incredible inspiration from you both this week. Thanks so much for the font tutorial - it's wonderful of you to share it Mandi.
    Also, thanks for pushing some of us to leap out of our comfy and cosy box .... and the van that was carrying the box.... into exciting new areas of creativity (personally, I'm having a ball with your challenges!)
    Big Hugs,
    Sharon xx

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  15. So good to see such a fab response last week and I'm sure with your fab cards to inspire this week will be just a wonderful. Zx

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  16. Am really enjoying this challenge, and your blog is great! The tutorials are very helpful, and I love seeing all the samples and other entries. The simplicity of the designs is so refreshing. I'll be back later with my entry for this week!

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  17. Congrats to you both - you've defo touched a nerve with your new venture! I seem to remember someone saying it would be a small grouped challenge blog - Got that one wrong Chrissie - at this rate it's going to be BIG! Lovely DT cards, well done, ikki

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  18. Only just found your blog and thought I would have a go. Love all the cards, they are so different and refreshing!

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  19. OOOOh I'm SOooo excited - I have a specific card already in my head that I've been putting off for months - time to get it into reality!

    Thanks for all your efforts here - this really fills a need for me, and obviously many others, too. I appreciate the tips, and want to thank Chrissie once again for letting me know about my blog comments being inactivated. I think it's fixed, now. :0

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  20. I'm in....again!
    Not that this means you can't come knocking at my door Chrissie!

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  21. Truly amazing cards from everyone! Brilliant inspiration from the DT and fabulous entries in so far too.
    So very glad your first week was such a huge success, I so wanted to take part but real life took over. So I made my entry my top priority today! Lol..
    Great cards, and fantastic challenge blog.xx

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  22. Congrats on your huge success last week! Thanks for the lovely challenge. :)

    Hugs,
    Larissa

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  23. Being looking forward to this weeks challenge,thanks ladies for such beautiful creations and tips :)

    sue
    xx

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  24. Gorgeous cards girls and really enjoyed the challenge too :)
    Kelly.x

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  25. great challenge ladies, hard one too ... LOL .. got the old brain ticking :) loving your cards!! :) xx

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  26. thanks for the tip with the acetate - I will defo try that next time - can I also say what a lovely bunch of friendly people you have doing this challenge its so refreshing and nice too - thanks for doing it x

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  28. Thank you ladies for such a fun challenge!

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  29. Hi ya girls
    new you would go down a storm as your cards are always so classy, so chuffed for you both.
    As for the challenge this week, well im havin palpatations! lol, sue,x

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  30. Just made a card, and the comment was it says 'A' flower,but I seen several have but more than one flower, should I assume you mean one? I was always told at school to read the question twice.. hehe

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  31. I would say as long as there is at least one flower then that would be OK! More is probably a bonus!
    Chrissie

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  32. What a great response and entries. I love the idea of trying something against my crafting grain. I'm off to look at some of the great entires in this weeks challenge now.

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  33. HELLO Girls
    I am struggling ..but feel a bit better this week ..look at all the cards for some inspiration and there is plenty of cards....and loads of comments top Blog for that ...thanks Chrissie and Mandi
    hugs
    sylvie
    xxx

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  35. Thanks for stopping by my blog Chrissie and for pointing out my mistake in calling my card OLW when it should have said OLC!!

    Kathyk

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  36. Mandi & Chrissie - thank you so much for a fantastic tutorial - it was brilliant and you are certainly making me look twice at my card making. I have actually made two cards for this challenge but Mr Linky wouldn't let me post my two images so I've just left one - they are both in the same post on my blog. Great DT cards.

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  37. Congrats on a brilliant first week response. I'm sure this challenge blog will grow and grow. I know it's right up my street!

    Keep up the good work!

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  38. Hiya,
    First of all congratulations on such a wonderful challenge launch....
    From the looks of it you have inspired so many people including me. I am not usually this kind of crafter but I can honestly say you have converted me.
    I need to learn more I know but your blog has lit the spark....
    I am so looking forward to visiting you more and thank you whole hearted for your help and inspiration
    xxx
    Vicky

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  39. fab theme and am looking forward to getting better at this CAS style :-) Fab cards Mandi and Chrissie,,, you are both an inspiration :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  40. Well done for such a fab blog.Where have you been all my craftiing life? Don't normally like to enter some challenges as they are too fussy for me, but this challenge is right up my street. You have made a lot of people happy and by the looks of it people are now looking at their craft stuff differently to get that clean and simple look.Keep it up and thanks.....

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  41. Love the concept of your challenge! Am now a follower and can't wait for the next challenge!
    Kaz xx

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  42. I really enjoyed last weeks challenge and I'm really looking forward to joining in with this weeks one layer challenge too. Thank you for getting me out of my comfort zone and trying something different :)

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  43. Gorgeous cards, I am realy enjoying your new blog and challenges.

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  44. Oh I am thrilled to have found your challenge site and even more thrilled you have EMAIL notification! I love it I will be reminded!! Great and fun challenge. Ladies I think you are going to be really busy.... :)

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  45. Posted my first card last week and have had the most comments on my Blog ever. Really glad i found your challenge site, i am usually quite shy about my cards and don't enter anything... I wrote that this year i was going to learn how to do the 'less is more technique' and then i found you! Had to join really didn't i lol. Thank you again, am sure your site is going to be a HUGE success:-)

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  46. Bea, no 82, you have linked to a close-up rather than to your blog posting, if you could do a new link that would be great... we'd be able to visit you then!
    If anyone knows Bea and could let her know we'd be grateful!
    Chrissie

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  47. thanks for the feedback on my cards ,, i have alot to learn but with your help I know I can do better :-) I see others CAS cards and always find them stunning ,,,, so I am determined to 'do it ' too :-)

    this challenge is a breath of fresh air !! :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  48. Some amazing cards this week, I loved looking at them all.
    I did find it a bit of a challenge making one layer but I got there in the end.
    xx Jan

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  49. well this one made me thionk a bit but I didn't find it hard as I thought I would last weeks must have broke me in gently anyway hope you like my entry
    Jacki xx

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  50. I can't believe how much I enjoyed making my card. Less definitely is more !!!

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  51. I enjoyed being out of the comfort zone so much last week that I'm back for Week 2! THank you for a fabulous challenge. Hugs, Sxx

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  52. Hi again - link now active as I had previouxly put the wrong url in - sorry

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  53. Just stumbled across this blog (linked from your other blog) and am inspired to try white space, I have tried it in my scrapbooking but to be honest I am a 'more is more' kind of girl but your blog has given me the push I needed to try something different,, the samples here all look so serene and elegant - thankyou for sharing all the tips and tricks, I will be back lol xxx

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  54. Wonderful challenge blog, enjoyed it very much last week so I'm back to see what all the others did. And they did amazing cards! less is more - that's it.

    Bianca

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  55. Thanks to everyone for stopping by my blog. It's encouraged me to make another OLC slightly different to my first entry.

    Chrissie/Mandi - if you're not allowed to enter more than one card I'd rather submit my entry marked (2) and you can delete my first one. Thanks

    Hugs, Sandra x

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  56. lots of lovely cards.
    I'm not brave enough to go down to just one layer......so my card is inspired by your challenge, but I have not entered it.

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  57. Fantastic sample cards!! thanks for the tutorials. Struggled at first to make a "budget" OLC...have gone for quirky rather than classy!!
    Amazing entries so far, have really enjoyed looking at them.
    Diane I x

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  59. Try again blogger a pest for me 2day..
    Many thanks for another great chall girls..
    think I'm gone a bit to LESS for this chall..LOL

    smiles Christine xx

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  60. Hi again Chrissie ..should have said in me post the image was stamped with Versafine & used clear E/pwd..it has glossy finish still think it needs more..the Rose one is pretty but feel its digi isnt as vibrant outline..if you know what I mean..LOL
    thanks for your lovely comms.

    smiles Christine xx

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  61. Thank you both so much for this blog, it has been very enlightening and encouraging that I do not need to have layers and layers on cards, which is something I have struggled with, so I suppose this style is meant for me, although I do feel such a cheat that it is so quick. I will have to do other types though, as I get bored with the same style. Thanks again and for your comments.
    Oh! yes Chrissie the water on my second entry does look tipsy I hadn't even noticed that, even when I glossed it, that is so funny.

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  62. I love the idea of this blog and also your tips and techniques as well as seeing the lovely entries.
    Kath x

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  63. You have really captured the imagination of the crafting community and you must feel elated by the well-deserved success of this new site! Thank you both.

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  64. Thanks ladies for such a great site. Saturday is my crafting day so was waiting for last weeks challenge to go up so I could get creating!!!!
    Looking forward to this weeks x x

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  65. Great challenge girls and thanks for taking the time to visit and comment on both my entries. I am so glad there is someone out there who is willing to be constructive and not just say how lovely when something is so obviously wrong. My first entry wasn't right and thank goodness I was able to reduce the size and remove the HUGE word, it is now a C6 size and looks so much better.
    Jenny x

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  66. What an inspiring blog this is! What lovely cards! And what a pants photo of my card!! My photo-fu is not very good!

    luv, Mags x

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  67. Well this time I am sure my card suits this challenge thank you for the venue your cards are inspirational

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  68. Great challenge, thanks! To stay true to one layer and still be able to have that flower stem go "behind" the lettering, you might want to make friends with masking fluid (try an artist supply place or I believe Maya Road make one now so maybe a LSS). You just paint a tiny bit over the section of you letter you want to stay at the front and let it dry. Stamp your image and then gently rub the mask film away - voila! It lets you mask very fiddly detail that wouldn't really be oossible with cut out Post It notes.

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  69. I just wanted to say thanks for ShowCASing my card from last wekk and how much I am enjoying taking part in this challenge..It's just fab!!

    kerry x

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  70. Have just come across your blog from a link on Jo Bee's blog and must say I love the look of your challanges! Will try to play along :)

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  71. This is my first ever blog challenge, I just had to join in as CAS is a style I love but I tend to be a 'More is More' girl! It has taken me a week to work out how to upload and link, hope I got it right!

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  72. What a brilliant idea for a card challenge. this is my first challenge and I think I'm going to enjoy it. X

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  73. I love these challenges as I am a less is more type of crafter, embellishments scare me and I always struggle with them. Thank you to everyone who has left a comment on my blog. I have tried to visit as many as I can and leave a comment, sorry if I have missed anyone out all of your cards are fab xx

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  74. Thank you ladies for a great new challenge. Sorry I missed last week but I'll try to join in in the future.
    Beryl xx

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  75. Another great challenge. I'm really enjoying taking part. Sue.x

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  76. Hi :)
    Just wanted to say Congrats and thank you to you Chrissi and Mandi for having such a great idea and doing it so well- I love the feel of this challenge!! :)
    And I've said this in my post but... thank you to all the lovely people who visited my blog after my entry last week and especially to those who left comments- it means a lot!! :) My health often means I can't visit as many blogs as I'd like or leave many comments myself but I've loved seeing all the ones I did manage to make it to- so much inspiration so thank you!! :)
    Look forward to more to come, hugs, Rachel x

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  77. Hi Mandi, sorry, didn't take enough notice. I've withdrawn my card from the challenge.
    Sally x

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  78. I thank you for talking about using the computer for your sentiments. I have wondered if anyone else ever did that. I really enjoy looking at all the clean and simple cards.

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  79. I am totally loving the inspiration from you both and I thank you so much.
    Big congrats on the success so far and I'm sure it will continue and grow even more.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Debs xx

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  80. I have a question about card size. Are most of the cards 8.5 x 11 stock folded in half or is the 8.5 x 11 paper cut in half and then folded in half?

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  81. I think people use whatever size card is suitable for the composition of the card they wish to create.
    I use a variety of card shapes and sizes, I never buy card blanks, but cut A4 card into whatever size I feel best suits the project in hand, sometimes making bespoke envelopes to fit.
    if you wish to know any specific card sizes, do please ask.
    Chrissie

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  82. Hi Chrissy and Mandi,
    Love your blog Just found it earlier tonight and will certainly be back every day.
    Chrissy you have been a great help!!
    Keep up the good work.
    Linda

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  83. ooops Sorry I'm that excited I spelt your name wrong chrissie.

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  84. Well I might be last minute entry but I was determineed to enter....lol
    What a Fab challenge Blog.. It has certainly made me think and no doubt the next one will too....oh! yes I will be back :))
    Hugs Mau xx
    Best Wishes Girls.. a great Blog xx

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  85. Congratulations on this wonderful new challenge site. It is proving to be super popular already and I can't wait to participate.

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