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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Special Guest Designer: Michele Kovack

Cricut FANatics is very pleased to announce that our very first Special Guest Designer is one of our all time favorite Cricut Designers, the very talented Michele Kovack.  As many of you know, Michele was a former Circle Blog Design Team Member and is also a contributor to the Cricut Magazine by Northridge Publishing.  Michele was very excited to hear we were creating a Cricut inspiration blog and was gracious enough to agree to be our first Special Guest Designer. 
 Let's give Michele a  warm Cricut FANatics Welcome  !  
 
Hi there everyone. Michele Kovack here from Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker!  I am so excited to be sharing here with you!  I feel a bit "out of the loop" lately and am so happy for this opportunity to connect with all of you!  
 
As many of you know I am a teacher....a 5th grade teacher to be exact.  School is in full swing, and life has gotten a wee bit crazy!  Soon I will be back in a routine and it will feel like I never left. ; )  

So of course I had to make a school house.  A vintage school house at that! I used the new Something to Remember cartridge.  It is such a cute cartridge and I just fell in love with this image.  I love making shaped cards because I feel they are so much more interesting....so I welded the two school house cuts using CCR. I used all of the layers and added a bit of vellum behind the windows. 
Lace, seam binding, and a glittery wooden button were added to add a bit of charm....
And of course a flower....I can't seem to help myself from adding a flower to everything lately.

 
 
I am so glad to have had the opportunity to guest design here today....
.and reconnect with old friends, and make new ones! 
 
As a SPECIAL SURPRISE, I want to do a giveaway to help inaugurate the new Cricut FANatics Blog. I will draw a winner from all comments made on this post  by Monday 9/17 at 10 pm CST  
The Giveaway includes: Type Candy Font Cricut Cartridge, a Cricut Cartridge Binder, 2 My LIttle Shoebox stamp sets, Piggy Tales Interactive Barndoors, Faber Castell Watercolor Canvas Art, Fancy Pants Glitter Cuts, and a Maya Road Clear Album.  

Cricut Info & Supplies Used :
Cricut Machines Used: CCR, Cricut Expression
Cricut Cartridges Used: Something to Remember Cartridge
Other Supplies Used: Cardstock: Kraft, black, cream,Vellum,Designer Paper: red/white, blue/white
Lace, Wooden button, Twine, Glitter, Seam binding, Pearl Black brads

Cricut Cuts:
Something to Remember
Use CCR to weld 2<FstDyScl> at 5.5" 
Select Layer 1 and cut 1<FstDyScl> at 5.5"
Cut 1<FstScl-s> at 5.5"
Select Layer 2 and cut 1<FstDyScl> at 5.5"

139 comments:

  1. Adorable card! Thanks for the opportunity to win your surprise giveaway!

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  2. Your school house is absolutely adorable. All the details are just perfect. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

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  3. Welcome Michele!!

    What a fabulous card. I love everything little thing about it. Especially the flower!

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  4. Love the school house and this site-I am a new follower!

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  5. Michele - so happy to see you here on the Fan blog!

    Your little schoolhouse card is, of course, fabulous! Love the color, texture, and the signature flower and bow! It feels like old times getting up and having a cup of coffee with you this morning - thank you!

    Hope your school year is off to a great start!

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  6. You Rock Michele!

    Welcome to the Fan Blog. What a great project for back to school. I just love the paper, textures and the wooden glitter button. Stop by anytime and TFS. :)

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  7. Great back to school card! I love all the details you added to make the card extra special!
    DeniseB

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  8. Welcome Michelle, it's great to see you here. Your project amazes me, the more I look the more details that pop out at me. Thanks for sharing with us...We love having you here.

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  9. This schoolhouse is the cutest thing ever! So perfect right now with everyone going back to school. I think the gingham paper you used is just perfect! Love it!!

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  10. YAAAAA love seeing your work and so happy you are The guest designer today. THanks for your hard work!! I love the school house. It's so elegant and pretty. Love the extra little details you always have -- this card is perfect. Thanks again for being the guest designer..

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  11. So excited to see you here on the FANatics blog because I am such a FAN of your work!!! I love tour school house! So vintage and pretty. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  12. You did an awesome job, your school house is adoreable! Thank you for sharing! :)

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  13. Welcome, welcome! Very sweet project! Thanks for adding to the blog today and the chance to win!!
    Julie

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  14. Fabulous as always. I love your style! Lee-Ann :)

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  15. Fabulous project as usual, Michele!! Love your use of vellum for the windows and all the beautiful elements of your shaped card!!

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  16. Cute schoolhouse! Love it! Nice that they showcased you-your work is always fabulous! Blessings, Sharon

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  17. I love all the creations you make. Just beautiful.
    Doreen

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  18. Michele, it is so nice to see a little piece of art by you here on the fanatics blog! I have always been a huge fan of your vintage designs, so this school house is a wonderful treat for me! Thanks for the super giveaway too! What a lovely way to start my Saturday!

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  19. Michele this school house is adorable! Thank you so much for being our very first Special Guest Designer on Cricut FANatics!

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  20. Beautiful schoolhouse! I just love your work!

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  21. Michele, as always your card is so cute. I love everything about it. Thank you so much for being a guest designer, you are so missed. I do follow your blog and love it so. Thanks for the chance to win the awesome blog candy. Come see us often.

    Donna C.
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  22. Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing your incredible talent with us!

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  23. I love Michele's work, so very cute. The plaid paper is great. Congrats on getting your blog off to such a great start

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  24. Michele, the school house is adorable, I always enjoy seeing your creations - so inspiring!

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  25. Welcome Michele!

    What a cute school house - so many cute details!

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  26. I've missed the Circle Blog designers immensely! It's so nice to have you as our Special Guest Designer! I just love your project, I hope you come back and share more of your creations. :)

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  27. The school house is so cute. Love the colors.

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  28. Michelle, thank you designing with the new Circle Cart. It's just what I needed to see. Your school house is adorable !!

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  29. Michelle your school house is adorable. Thanks for designing using the new Circle Cart. It was just what I needed to see.

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  30. TOOOOO STINKIN' CUTE. So excellent to "see" you again Michelle. Sure do miss you and your fantastic talents.

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  31. Michele,it is great to see you here on the blog. Your card is adorable!

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  32. TOO STINKIN' WONDERFUL Michele - and sooooooooooooooooooo happy to "see" you again. Sure do miss your exciting creations.

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  33. So excited to see your project here today! You are a fabulous designer and your schoolhouse card is gorgeous! Love all the little details!

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  34. I love the flower, it adds a certain little something! :)

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  35. Oh how great to see one of your creations! This schoolhouse is beautiful! We have missed seeing you are your awesome projects!

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  36. Love the little school house. You always put a little extra into all your cards. I came here from your site and really happy with what I found.

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  37. Love the little school house. You always put a little extra into all your cards. I came here from your site and really happy with what I found.

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  38. Michele it's great to see you as our guest designer today! You have outdone yourself once again. Love your vintage schoolhouse and all the details that you have put into it. Thank you for sharing your work with us and for having such a great giveaway. :)

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  39. The school house card is absolutely beautiful, as everything you do. The details are just right and delighful. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. I miss you and the circle blog! ;)

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  40. It's great to see a wonderful project of yours Michele! I love the vintage look of the schoolhouse and the details you've added.
    :)Khrista

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  41. I always love seeing your projects Michele! I love the vintage schoolhouse. Very cute with the lace and flower details. :) Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

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  42. What a wonderful surprise and treat to have you as the first guest designer here,Michele!:) I love,love the house,so many cute elements! Hope you have a fantastic school year ahead as well!

    TFS! :)

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  43. Yay! So happy to see you here Michele!! :)
    Of course, your card is simply gorgeous, but I would expect nothing less. And, I just LOVE how you glittered the button! How fun is that?? You always add just the perfect touches to every project.
    Thanks for the inspiration, and giving away such an amazing prize. :)
    Lori

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  44. Wow...what an amazing project. I wish I was the receipient of this card. You are so talentled and creative. It is nice to see you as the guest designer. I miss the Circle Blog and all of the inspirational projects the DT posted. Thanks for sharing your project and thanks for the chance to win an amazing prize. Good luck everyone.

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  45. Amazing project as always. It is so nice to see you as the guest designer here. You are so creative and talented and always inspire me to create. I wish I was the receipent of this card. It is beautiful. I miss the Circle Blog and all of the amazing projects that the DT posted. Thanks for the chance to win an amazing prize too. Good luck everyone.

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  46. We missed you...love love love this project!

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  47. Great card! The pearl for the schoolhouse bell is my favorite part.

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  48. Great card! The pearl for the schoolhouse bell is my favorite touch.

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  49. Ahh...Michele! So glad to see you here! Perfect project (of course). I love all the little details!

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  50. Welcome Michele! Thank you for sharing yet another wonderful project with us. I love all the details and care you put in each creation.

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  51. Beautiful job on the card Michele!! I really miss seeing your projects, so this was a great surprise!! Thanks for sharing here!!

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  52. I love,love your house card Michele!! :) I'm so thrilled your our first Special Guest Designer,too! I really like all the pretty elements you added to this card. :) TFS and bringing us such a beautiful creation!! :)

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  53. Love the card so happy to see your wonderful art again. Miss all of you....Maile

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  54. Michele, this is absolutely lovely! It's so good to see you creating for us here. Your project is amazing, as always. :)

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  55. Michele, what a treat!! Your vintage schoolhouse is fantastic!! Thank you for a great giveaway chance!!

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  56. Fantastic card! It was a pleasant surprise to see your project on the blog. I love everything about the card.... I agree, shaped cards are wonderful!

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  57. What a pleasant surprise to see you on the blog today! I love the card! I agree... shaped cards are wonderful!
    Leisa

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  58. OMG! This is super exciting!! Way to go! Michele is fabulous and we do miss her dearly along with the other cricut designers. So glad she's here with you today!

    I'm a new follower too! So glad you're here!!

    Susie
    susiecrafthappy at g mail dot com

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  59. Just discovered your blog via the Cricut Project Center--love the Stupid Smelly Bus! I put you on my blog list--you all do amazing work!

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  60. Welcome Michele. Great schoolhouse card. Good to see you creating here.

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  61. This is such a cute card. Love the colors and papers you used. (and the flower too)

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  62. Oh wow, that little house card is amazing, color combo and the positioning of your embellishment are perfect!

    mzcherub at gmail dot com

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  63. Your card is fabulous, as usual! Love all the extra detail. I follow your blog and you are an amazing crafter!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!! :)

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  64. Oh my. . .how adorable is that schoolhouse! Great to see an "old" friend again! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)

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  65. Michele - It's so great to see you guest designing on the FANatics blog! I love all of your projects and this vintage looking school house is no exception - absolutely beautiful!

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  66. Welcom and WOW and Thank you for sharing!
    And thanks to you for the giveaway, how super of you (but we all know that anyway)!
    Hugs to you

    Thank you for caring to teach our young ones

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  67. Hi Michele -- so great to have you as a guest designer! Love your vintage school house card -- it's so very cute!!

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  68. Welcome and WOW and Thank you for sharing your creation with us!
    And thank you so much for the wonderful giveaway, how kind of you.
    Hugs all

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  69. Love it! As well as all your projects! And I love this blog!

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  70. Love it! As well as all your projects! This blog is awesome!

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  71. Love your schoolhouse, so many great details. Great giveaway.

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  72. I am very happy to see your creation here and hope to see many more. I love your vintage perspective on what you create. This is no exception. Welcome!

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  73. Love the school! It is so cute

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  74. what an adorable project! i love it. thanks for sharing it and thanks for a chance at the prize.

    Beth
    baby.cowgirl88 at yahoo dot com

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  75. Such a sweet card! I love it.

    tderosa142 at gmail dot com

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  76. LOVE LOVE LOVE this project.....

    kellies3baskets@yahoo.com

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  77. Nice to see that you came back to play with us! You come up with some amazing ideas.

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  78. It is great to see you here!!! The school house card is adorable and I love the paper you used!

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  79. Michelle I love your card it's so full of details and layers. as usual perfect! Thanks for the little extra chance for a give away.

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  80. Love the school house Michele. You always make things look so special with the little things you add. I came here from your blog and found I really like the site. Glad I checked it out.

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  81. I really like this adorable school house card. Precious!!!

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  82. OMG! That is sooo cute! It reminds me of the ole school house that they preserved in my home town! Just might haqve to get that cart just for that cut! And glad to see you here! Missed your designs.

    mj (grannyemjay on the ccboard)

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  83. Michele, we have missed your projects! Thanks so much for sharing this great project with all of us.

    Penny

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  84. Hi! Your little school house is great! And of course I see some glitter on there! :) Thanks for doing a giveaway too, that is so kind of you!

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  85. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome card! I enjoy visiting your blog to see your creations!

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  86. Oh what a pretty school house card! You did a great job. Thanks for sharing - and thanks for the giveaway!

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  87. Very nice school house! I love all the details!

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  88. I love all the details on this school house. Very nice!!

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  89. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  90. Your project is absolutely stunning. I love that you used non-traditional colors for the school house and the glitter is such a nice touch! I miss your creations on the Cricut Circle Blog so this was a nice treat!

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  91. Wonderful! I enjoy all the projects on your blog too.

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  92. Such a sweet little card! I love the papers and that lace is GORGEOUS!!! Thank you, Michele for being a guest designer! Your projects always inspire me! You are so awesome!!!!

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  93. So happy to see you here on the blog! Love your work. The schoolhouse is adorable. As always, you are truly inspiring!

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  94. Love the schoolhouse. I just joined this site and very excited to discover it through Michelle's blog. Thanks for the opportunity to win some yummy looking goodies.

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  95. Love your card. Great blog candy too!

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  96. So glad to see you back and love the schoolhouse! Thanks for sharing.

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  97. Glad to see you back! You're surely missed! Love your adorable card! Thanks for joining us and bringing such great blog candy! TFS!

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  98. It is just like having the blog back!!! Oh this is wonderful! Look at everyone here, lol. Thanks so much, Michele for this creative take--even the pretty flower! I love it--you always combine textures so well! I have missed this! Thank you to those of you running this blog now--I do appreciate it very much. :)

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  99. OH COOL!!! You have no idea how much you and the other Cricut Circle Blog designers are missed!!! Thanks for coming here and showing us your fantastic project!!! I hope we get to see more of your work in the future! Also, thanks for offering such a wonderful giveaway can't say I don't hope to win! LOL

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  100. OH COOL!!! You have no idea how much you and the other Cricut Circle Blog designers are missed!!! Thanks for coming here and showing us your fantastic project!!! I hope we get to see more of your work in the future! Also, thanks for offering such a wonderful giveaway can't say I don't hope to win! LOL

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  101. So happy to see one of our Circle Blog designers here, you guys are sorely missed! As usual I LOVE this card! TFS and thanks for the wonderful opportunity to win such a fabulous prize!

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  102. So glad to see you! Love the vintage vibe to this house.

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  103. Cute project! Love the lace and the blinged up wooden buttons! Thanks for the giveaway, too!!

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  104. Your schoolhouse card is awesome. thanks for sharing with us.
    cathyplus5.blogspot.com

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  105. Adorable little schoolhouse, Michele!! I always love your projects :) So excited for this new blog, too. Thanks for a chance to win!!

    sueot33@yahoo.com

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  106. Happy Belated Birthday!!! Love your project.

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  107. Great little schoolhouse! It must be a "hand off" card. You have to hand it to someone as it won't ft in an envelope. It would make a nice room decor piece, especially for a teacher!

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  108. Peggy S from OH9/16/2012 08:46:00 AM

    Very cute schoolhouse! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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  109. Love Your Card!! You are an amazing designer! I just love your blog. TFS!

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  110. I love this card! You have given me something to make from this new cart. Much needed inspiration!

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  111. Oh, I love everything Michelle creates. She ROCKS and so does Cricut!
    kosec2sbcglobal.net

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  112. I love your project! Your style is simply breathtaking! Thanks for sharing! And thanks for the chance to win some fabulous stuff!

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  113. Love your project! I am. huge fan. Your work is simply breathtaking!

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  114. Sooooo glad to "see" you Michelle! I just love anything you create and this card is no different.

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  115. Wonderful creation dear creative friend:) I like the lace and the papers used..so lovely:)
    Thanks for the chance to win fab candy:)
    Hugs from Verona,Italy,
    Sonia

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  116. Michelle, everything you do is so unique and lovely...just like this project. TFS

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  117. Michele- your projects are always amazing! Thanks for stopping by to share some fun with us!

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  118. Such a cute project. Love how you did the buttons. Thanks for the chance to win a great prize!

    jenlovcarr at aol dot com

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  119. The Schoolhouse is adorable and would make
    a fabulous ornament!
    Many thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  120. Thanks so much Michele! Love to see your Cricut goodness. Hope you had a great birthday too ;)

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  121. Wow! Love the school! and I love the new blog as well!

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  122. Love the School! And I love the new blog!

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  123. I just got a new cricut and I am going to be following this blog. Oh and happy birthday.

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  124. Adorable! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  125. This card is really awesome! :)

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  126. Another great "Michele project"!!! Thanks for visiting & sharing with us &, as always, inspiring us!!! Thanks, too, for the chance to win such a great giveaway...I've got my fingers crossed!!!

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  127. how cute. thanks for the chance to win.
    punkinlowe@hotmail.com

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  128. Very cute card, love the lace trim and the ribbon!!
    Kathy
    Salido99@msn.com
    http://3spoileddogs.blogspot.com/

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  129. thanks for the chace to win the great giveaway very sweet schoolhouse.

    marg0006 at verizon dot net

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  130. Michele,
    Thank you; the schoolhouse is charming! I love all the details & colors.
    It is super that you are the first guest designer!

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  131. Very sweet project - love the buttons!
    williase at hotmail dot com

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  132. WOW Michelle great project! Thank you for still coming back to us all with your creativeness!

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  133. Another beautiful project Michelle, you are amazing! thank you for the chance to win,
    lward@unbc dot com

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