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A Farewell to My Aunt Margot

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in General Announcements

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It’s been a very sad day on Thursday when the doctor called me to tell me that my grandaunt Margot in Germany passed away at the age of 95. She was my closest relative still alive and a wonderful cheerful person who made many people in her life happy and laugh.

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She was always a special role model for me and I will miss her more than anything. She was an amazing woman taking for many years care of my very sick uncle and then traveling 5 continents until she was in her early 80s . As a teenager I couldn’t wait for the postcards I would get from her from far away places like China, Australia, Swaziland or San Francisco just to name a few.

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My aunt was a source of stories with an unbelievable stack of family photos which I still haven’t been able to go all through yet. She would tell the funniest and quirkiest stories about family members and I could never get enough listening to them. As a child I remember running into the living room and standing in front of her photo cupboard begging her to take some new photos out and start story telling. We had a very special relationship and when she asked me when I was pretty young, if I would be her care taker when she wouldn’t be able to handle her matters anymore, I happily said yes. It bonded us even more over the years.

Even though I will miss her a lot and it weighs hard on me that I wasn’t with her when she passed on thursday, I know in my heart that she had a really wonderful and fullfilled life and that it was for the best for her as the last couple days were showing that she would probably remain in a terrible state after she suffered another stroke. I was on the brim to fly to Germany any moment, but the doctors had assured me there was no need to come, and that she would be alright.  I am glad at least, that I was able to see her one last time awake and laughing  and talking for her 95th birthday in December and I will cherish this memory.

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For some this might be a weird and very private post and I admit that I wasn’t sure if I should post about it…and to be honest I wasn’t even sure if I could write about it. But I felt that since I have shared so many stories, artwork and layouts regarding my aunt ever since I started blogging in 2006, that it was appropriate to let my long term readers know. Thank you for letting me share all these years our special relationship – and as I have said on Thursday to a lot of my friends:

Do me a favor today: hug a close relative today or call them and tell them how much you love them!

Nat

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  • paula C

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    thoughts with you today. So hard to loose a loved one that means so much. xx

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  • Indina

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    Liebe Nat,
    ich denke an Dich und schicke Dir alle guten Gedanken und viel Kraft über den Ozean. Danke, dass Du so viele Erlebnisse und Erinnerungen mit uns geteilt hast.
    Herzliche Grüße, Indina

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  • Tricia

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    So sorry for your loss, Nathalie. Thank you, so much, for sharing about your aunt.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Oh Nat, HUGE hugs to you from me. I have so enjoyed the stories and LO’s that you’ve shared about your very special Aunt Margot. Clearly you two had a wonderful and special relationship. Her stories and photos will be with you always.

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  • Marianne Johansson

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    So sorry for your loss *hugs*
    I remember several posts where you have been writing about her and she sounded like a very special lady and also a fabolus aunt for you!
    Take care and remember all the good memories.
    lots of hugs

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  • Deborah A. Pierro

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    Nat, so sorry about your loss. I know how much you aunt meant to you. Blessings.

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  • Madeline Rains

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    I have loved the posts about your aunt and feel how sad this must be. Thanks for sharing this and all that you’ve shared about your relationship.

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  • chrisdomino

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    So sad to learn of your Aunt’s passing.I know you treasure every special time spent with her and a lifetime of memories. Sending you a big hug!

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  • Lizzie

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    So sorry to hear of your loss. I loved reading your stories of Aunt Margot and you must be happy that she had along and fulfilling life. It is good that you have been able to write about her. I hope you will treasure your memories of her for many years to come. My thoughts are with you.

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    Nurse-Ratchet

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    RIP Dear Margo. Nathalie loved you so much…what soul could ask for more in life than to be truly loved….

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      Nurse-Ratchet

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      Sorry Margot…I retried to stop the post to correct your name….

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  • Traci Ahangarzadeh

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    Nathalie, I am so very sorry for your loss. I too remember the stories you’ve told about your sweet aunt. It has been a gift to us for the shared stories and art. Sending hugs and wishing you comfort.

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  • Laura S

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    Nathalie, Thank you for all the wonderful stories of your dear Aunt Margot. Family stories are the best and I’m sure you will hold them all close to heart, along with the sweet memories of your Aunt. Sending lots of love, hugs and prayers, your way.

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    awink2u

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    What a blessing that you had such a fascinating woman in your life! I am very sorry for your loss and I pray for your peace and comfort. Hugs!

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  • Linda on the Prairie

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    May you find comfort in rich memories. You were loved well and gave a full measure of love in return.

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  • Barb

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    Lovely tribute to Aunt Margot, Nathalie. You are blessed to have such an awesome family member.

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  • Mandy C

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    Hugs to you dear Nat and best wishes for your Aunt Margo on her next journey. Thank you for sharing and celebrating her many stories in the blogging world, she was a special lady.

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  • Jackie P Neal

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    Dear Nathalie,
    I cannot begin to express my sadness for your loss of your beloved Aunt Margot. I am glad that you posted this as many of us looked forward to your shares of photos and stories of her and your relationship. I knew this day would come and dreaded it for you- my heart is heavy for you,my friend. Remembering all of your special times together and knowing of that special bond of love that held you two so close,may help to ease the sadness over time.
    Aunt Margot is on with another journey now as are you- give yourself time to grieve then rejoice again in her life ! My thoughts and prayers are with you both- sending you hugs and much love dear Nathalie-

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  • Micki Harper

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    Oh I am so sorry, Nat. I went home to Bad Hersfeld over Christmas and Oma didn’t even recognize my name. I am so so sorry and sending you big big hugs.
    PS. I am so sorry that I can’t make it to My Hearts Fancy in March (yes, I do drive 6 hours for art classes) but i so hope you will come back next year and I will be there!

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  • Win Dinn

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    So sorry to hear about your dear Aunt Margot, Nat. It is beyond difficult to lose someone who has been a huge part of your life for so long.

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  • Jean Marmo

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    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember reading your stories of your aunt. Sounds like she was a very special lady.

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  • Mary Anne Perlmutter

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    Nat, this is such a touching story. It is the memories that we will never forget. I feel blessed that you felt you could share this with all of us. May you, continue on with her laughter and stories forever etched in your heart.

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  • Jane LaFazio

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    Beautiful post for a beautiful, adventurous woman. A fine tribute. Xoxo

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  • Sandy

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    Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute. Your aunt’s spirit lives o with you.

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  • Joi@RR

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    Sweet Nat –
    Aunt Margot looks just like she did as a child – all her life. She looks like someone everyone would want to know. I love her infectious smile. You should be so proud of this post. It’s just the perfect synopsis of her life’s adventure. The photos are priceless and the way you described her is fantastic. She lived life to the fullest. What a blessing for you to have her in your life for so long.

    I’m sad to think of your broken heart right now. It just hurts. Aunt Margot was so very proud of you though Nat and she will be with you – every day – in spirit. Walk forward with her courage and sense of adventure. Follow in her footsteps as you feel her love. She left an incredible inheritance within your heart and soul.

    And when you feel up to it… please share more of her stories. She will then live on in our hearts too. Praying for you. Much love, joi

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  • Mary W

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    I’m so happy for the wonderful things that your Aunt was for you and for her. A life worth celebrating! She was beautiful in looks and spirit and I’m sure had a big part in making you the person you are which is an inspiring and caring person that sticks up for what is important. I am hugging my dog since my grandkids just left but even the oldest knows that I want some sugar and a warm hug when I see her. Thank you for your beautiful post today and in previous times. Your words brought to life a tiny bit of her and I enjoyed that tiny bit very much.

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  • Sandra

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    I am sorry to hear your Aunt has passed away. I have enjoyed seeing the photos and hearing about your special relationship. My condolences.

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  • Jo Murray

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    It’s a sad time for you Natalie…and difficult to be so far away. You still have your wonderful memories…and I’m sure the photos will always bring back those stories. Your aunt will be at peace now.

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    Maura

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    Nat, this is such a sweet story of you and your great aunt and the life adventures you’ve had. It is always hard to have someone you love leave your life. The good memories will always be there when you need them. Thinking of you and sending this with a big hug!

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  • Sue

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    Although we all know this day will come, we are NEVER prepared. I am sorry for your loss Natalie and knowing how close you were, it’s a more than tough time for you. My thoughts and prayer are with you. The times you had to spend with your aunt and the photo’s you now have are truly amazing memories to have resurface when you need them. By the sounds of things, she had an amazing life, she will be soaring with the eagles now and pitching a tent somewhere to begin another adventure.
    Big hug to you Natalie

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  • Dara Lynn

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    My thoughts and prayers are with you Nathalie. Several years have passed following your blog, and I remember all the wonderful pictures and history you have shared about Aunt Margot. What a full life she lived ..full of adventure , love of family, and a nurturing spirit. Bless you !

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    jyippee

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    I’m so sorry for your loss. But so happy that you have shared your aunt with us. Since I just found you with the CJS course, this is the first I have heard about your aunt Margot. Now I will go back and read more about her…she seems like a woman ahead of her time, someone I would have been honored to know. She will always be with you, a part of you. Hugs to you, and thank you for sharing your dear aunt with us.

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  • Cindy Gay

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    Bless Aunt Margo. My 92 year old Dad died in January. You must scrap these!

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  • Angela Daly

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    My prayers are with you and your family today, the pictures you shared from your grandaunt are beautiful

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  • Nancy Sapp

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    This is such a BEAUTIFUL tribute to your Aunt Margo.
    Hugs to you from central IL.
    Sincerely,
    Grandma Nancy

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  • lacyquilter

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    So very sorry for your loss. Your aunt sounds like she was a very special lady. Hugs & prayers.

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Fiesta Stamp Set Giveaway – Closed

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in General Announcements

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Let’s have some fun ! I give one n*Studio Stampendous Fiesta Stampset including a free stencil away.

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Simply leave a comment between now and Friday, February 13, midnight EST –  here in the blog post and let me know what kind of project you would create with this StampSet.

I will draw one random winner and email the winner directly. (psst…there might be more give aways coming up in the next couple weeks 😉 )

Update February 14th, 2015: Congratulations to Joi – I sent you an email to send me your address!

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Nat

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  • Jeannette van Dongen

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    I love your stamps and would really like to have these New ones ! Thanxx for the opportunity !

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  • Amante del Papel

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    Wow!!!! I do an art journal page!!!! thanks for the amazing chance!!!

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  • deborah kind

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    Black silhouette…and because it’s valentines..pink red and white mixed media with hearts and keys stamped and messages of love all over oh and lace

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    windinn

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    What a gorgeous set, and a generous offer…drooling here.

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  • Kay

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    That stencil is perfect for a “he said-she said” journal page. Love the grunge of the stamps.

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  • Jackie P Neal

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    Gee Nat- I would love a set! Woo hoo thanks for the chance!
    Seeing that the stamps are titles Fiesta- I would probably do a page or canvas celebrating fat Tuesday which is coming up- a little bit of
    Marris Gras for sure!
    hugs!

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  • Diana Yee

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    I would use it for a wedding scrapbook page since it was held in Texas and the bride had her hair done up. the man’s hat reminds me of a cowboy hat. I would use the stencils as a silhouette in a lower corner and fill in with text about each person.

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    I am doing the Documented Project Life this year and I’m sure the stamp set would be a welcome addition to my collection. I know I could make good use of it on a journal page.

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    whyducks

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    Gorgeous, yes please, hubba hubba!

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  • Helen Strawford

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    YUM! love them, and would love to win them

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  • Angi eharis

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    Aloha nat! I loooove your new stamps, I would use them in so many different projects, they look very versatile! Tx for sharing and inspiring! Aloha, angi in hana

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  • Bea Savellano

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    I would use these cool stamps and masks in a journal page about my desire to go to Cuba…b

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  • Charlotte

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    Awesome stamps. I have some gel prints I would use those stamps on. Great colors in your piece. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

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  • Mary Ann Gross

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    These is an awesome give away!
    Thanks!

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  • Lizzie

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    Lovely page. I have some of yor other stamps and stencils and they work really well together so I would love to win this set.

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  • Sue

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    Since it’s close to Valentines Day I would use these things to make some sort of bunting. Simple but with lace and lots of different textures. Thank you for the opportunity to win this grrrrreat set.

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  • Michelle Salazar

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    Just what life ordered some creative fun! Thank you for sharing your talent and creating goodies for us to make out art!

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  • Marianne Johansson

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    I would for sure use them in my art journals! Thanks for the chance to win those gorgeous stamps!

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    lindalif

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    Thank you for the opportunity to win this wonderful set. Love the color and texture of your artwork!

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  • Jamie Gentry

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    yummm…my art journal is just waiting for these stamps

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    Alison

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    I would create a mixed-media art journal page with the stamps and stencil! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  • Brenda

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    I have been thinking about painting/ stamping on some white t-shirts to give them a different look. I would love to incorporate your new stamps into this project idea.

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  • Paige Joyce

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    This is a beautiful stamp set!! You asked us to comment by Jan. 13 but I am hoping you meant February. 13. :). Or else I’ll have no hope of winning!!

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      itwas already changed in the blog post when you commented- I assume you got the blog newsletter.

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  • Sue W

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    i would use it in a layout for my grandsons album!! Love your stamps!!

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  • tesa

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    I love your stamps!. That set is awesome and I like very much their name. I would like to use them in my art journal pages. Cross my fingers!!!

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  • Sabine Schneider

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    Hallo Nat,
    Da versuche ich doch mein Glück! Ich habe inzwischen einen Shop in good old Germany mit deinen neuen Stempeln gefunden. Wenn ich hier gewinne, kaufe ich die Anderen :-))))
    Liebe Grüße, Sabine

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    Yankeegirl

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    Awesome stamp set….I would definitely find lots of spaces to use it in my art journal!!!! Thanks for a chance to win it here!

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  • Lura Brown

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    oh yes….sure would love to have these delivered to my door. i could put them to very good use for sure. LOVE THEM!! thank you for the chance to win. xoxox

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  • Linda on the Prairie

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    Ole! These shout texture in the best possible way. I would use them to add dimension to some red and black Gelli prints I’ve been saving.

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  • Judy Meeker

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    Oh, I would definitely use these products on an art journal page. Can’t wait to get my paint smudged hands on them!

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  • Rhonda Strickland

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    I would probably make a card or a canvas. VERY Fun!! Thanks for the chance to win. :o)

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  • Fran Weinberg

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    Oh, these stamps are wonderful! I don’t have any of your stamps or stencils, but see loads of possibilities. I would start by playing with them on my gelli plates. Then, I’d probably make somes cards and then use in my journal. Please pick me!

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  • Francine Groulx

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    I would do an Art journal page featuring your samps and stencil… LOve those!

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  • Audrey Mislan

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    I would use silhouettes and stamps to create journal pages and mixed media canvases. I would the stamps separately to add texture to art journal pages and canvases

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  • Marta

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    I really would like to have the set to do a background forma a Lo. Web Will see ……. if it is possible.

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  • Selene Carroll

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    Wow, how cool! I would love to use these stamps in my art journal, and then maybe in a canvas piece! They look great for layering!

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    smokeysmom

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    I would love to use these products in a mixed media canvas I am working on for my granddaughters to hang in their bedroom. Love the silhouette, I’d use the female side. Thanks for offering this giveaway Nat. Hugs, Maggie

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  • Linda N.

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    I can envision using this collection of stamps on my Gelli plate. I would pull a print and then use them again to stamp on the print.

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  • Jeane Walker Sliney

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    I love your use of stencils and I would love to have these!

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  • Anisa Haddad

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    i would use it in a layout about Malaysia. Sound strange? I can see the flower being used to mimic a Rafflesia flower that grow here in the jungle.

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    fotogirl

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    Would love to be able to play with these in the Art Journal that i am playing in, and am playing, so that is a good thing. You have made me look at it all differently when i get in there and start throwing paint and stuff around….thanks for that

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  • amy o'malley

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    I would love to use these stamps in my art journals!!!

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  • Gail Bassett

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    What great designs! I would definitely use these on an art journal page. It would be so much fun.

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  • Heather

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    This is very cool! Great opportunity.

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  • Denise Luscan

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    Love this set!! I would do some art journaling and maybe a canvas would be cute. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  • Kaylee Cammack

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    I absolutely love your Fiesta Girl Canvas from your February 7th post. That green with the blue on the woman’s silhouette are gorgeous! I also really like the lace like look of the stamps in this set. Oh the places one could go with these stamps in her collection!

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  • Linda

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    I would love to make some mixed media cards with these… :) I love the design and looks.

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  • Regina Furman

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    These would be perfect for wedding, engagement or anniversary cards!

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Happy New Year 2015!

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in General Announcements

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to all of you out there! May 2015 be filled with happiness, fun, health and loads of creativity for you!

See you in 2015 !

Nat

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    Yankeegirl

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    Right back at you, Nat! Enjoy the New Year in your new country!
    Excited for CJS 2015 to begin!

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  • Sofia Gaal

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    Dear Nathalie, the same to you!!

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  • Seth

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    Wishing you all the best in 2015 Nat!

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  • Petrin Diaz

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    Also wishing you and yours the brightest 365 days ever!…Happy 2015!

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  • Cat

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    Happy New Year to you, your family and friends. Glad you’ve moved across the pond to live with all us “crazy” Americans!! Just kidding about the crazy part! I feel supremely blessed to have been born here! So welcome! Still working on choosing my word of the year but leaning towards Create…creating a better life for myself, creating more art etc.
    Thanks for reminding me to pick a word…I am going to think about what it is I really want to accomplish in 2015 before I make the final decision!!

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