Monday, April 21, 2014

Meet Maureen Merritt and an Online Card Class Giveaway

It's time to meet another of our new Wplus9 Designers.

I'm excited to formally introduce Maureen Merritt!

"Hi, I'm Maureen, a wife, mom and stamper living in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

I have been paper crafting since 2003. My love of photography piqued an interest in scrapbooking, which ultimately led to stamping and card making. THAT is where I have found my passion. I am a minimalist, both in my real life and in my creative space, clean and simple is most definitely my style.

Though you'll usually find me stamping, I also enjoy hiking, reading, Tae Kwon Do and photography.

To say that I am excited to join the Wplus9 design team is an understatement, it's truly an honor and a dream come true!"

Maureen's personal blog: Mama Mo Stamps.

Maureen will be here all week sharing her designs with us featuring our April 2014 Release. You will definitely leave each day inspired to create. Here's a couple that I picked from the lot.

Maureen is spot on when she describes herself as a minimalist. I love her clean and simple style, and the fact that she isn't afraid to go outside of her comfort zone a little as well. But she always manages to rein it in and keep the overall design clean.

No fuss, no muss. Just great use of color, pattern and design.

First, I was pulled in by the color combination here. Using our PURECOLOR Dye Ink in Nautical Navy, Lake House and Bloomsberry, she's created this striking background using Borders & Backgrounds 4. Then her clever use of the Nautical Navy card stock to hold the sentiment. The nice dark color gives the eye somewhere to rest and brings order to the pattern.

Maureen always seems to work the current trends into her designs in a way that stays true to her style as well.

Not that "I" would ever call watercolor a trend. LOL I'm so happy to see it getting it's time in the spotlight within the crafting community.

By constraining the use of watercolor to a straight graphic border and die cut, she's demonstrating a perfect example of adapting watercolor's free spirit into her more orderly style.

And I particularly love how she's stamped the black outlined "hello" from Hand Lettered Hello behind the watercolored Hand Lettered Hello Die. I'm a big fan of stark black against soft watercolors.

Speaking of watercolor...

That's right, there is an upcoming Online Card Class featuring watercolor! I am so excited for this class!

Here's a little bit more about this class:

You don’t have to be an Impressionist painter to create watercolor masterpieces! Explore the many different (and easy!) ways to create beautiful watercolor effects in Online Card Classes’ Watercolor for Cardmakers.

Join Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Jennifer Rsaza, and friends (including me!) for a fun-filled, all-video, two-week course packed with inspiring, approachable techniques. Starting with easy soft sky washes and progressing to darling hand-painted images, this class is tailor-made for the both the aspiring artist and the cardmaker who wants to add to her go-to collection of on-trend techniques.

Class includes over 30 videos and even more card ideas from top artists with a variety of styles. Visit Online Card Classes to sign up for Watercolor for Cardmakers today, and discover for yourself the fantastic looks you can create with watercolors! (Class begins May 5 but you will have lifetime access to the content.)

Sounds like fun, doesn't it? The generous ladies over at Online Card Classes are letting me give away free class registration to one of you!

To enter, just leave a comment on this post by 11:59 PM EST Friday, April 25, 2014. I will post the winner on Saturday, April 26, 2014.

And, don't forget, Maureen will be back each day for the rest of the week sharing more of her work and inspiration!

145 comments:

  1. Oh my! That sounds like a wonderful opportunity to see all those videos! I''ve just started getting into watercoloring on my cards! Thanks for the chance to win this great prize!

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  2. I am a HUGE fan of Maureen's cards and these cards are amazing! LOVE them!!! Looking forward to seeing more of Mo's cards this week! Yay!

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  3. Eeeeek! I was so excited to see your name on the instructor list! Would love to win a spot!

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  4. So fun. This would be an awesome class to win a spot in. I can't wait. TFS

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  5. Wow :))))) how exciting, and congrats for r
    joining the team

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  6. I love the watercolor cards!! I would love to win a chance to be in on this class!! I am looking forward to seeing your cards this week!!

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  7. Beautiful cards by Maureen, but of course because she rocks!! The class would be awesome they always are.

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  8. I love the on line classes, this one looks incredible!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  9. PRETTY cards from Maureen, looking forward to seeing more!

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  10. I'm already a Maureen fan, so I'm delighted to see her join your DT, Dawn ... and with such fabulous cards! Thanks so much for the chance to win a spot at the latest class! Anita :)

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  11. Excited to see Maureen's creations this week! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  12. This class looks awesome. Thanks for the chance to win a seat!

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  13. What gorgeous cards!!!! I just love water coloring and would love to win a spot in this fun class!!! :)

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  14. I would love to win this class. I have felt too intimidated to try watercoloring. Maybe this will help.
    Ang

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  15. Love her designs!
    I haven't tried an online class yet, but tempted to try this one!
    Robin

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  16. This class sounds like fun! Thank you so much for the chance! :-) xo

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  17. Two super cards! Would love to win a spot in for the Watercolor class. Thanks for the chance.

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  18. I would love to win the free spot. Thanks for the chance.

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  19. I'd love to win a spot in the class!

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  20. I love Maureen's cards. These two are a perfect example of what I love about her work. It really showcases the design of the stamps and the the colors are striking together and in perfect proportion to each other. FABULOUS!!! I would be thrilled to win a spot in the class.

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  21. love all these online classes - would love to win a spot sometime but they're so good i just keep taking them for all the great tips and inspiration!

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  22. I would be very happy to win a spot in this class! Love water colouring!

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  23. Great cards! Happy to see Maureen join your team, she's amazing! Hopefully, I will win the class and learn to watercolor like you, Dawn!! ;)

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  24. Ohhh what a great opportunity! I'd love a spot on this class, thanks for the chance to win one. Rebecca x

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  25. Such lovely cards! Great job Maureen! Crossing my fingers I win a spot in this fun class.

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  26. Great card... love making my own background paper. Also thank you for opportunity to win a spot in the online class.

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  27. This class looks so cool, all these amazing techniques
    Marie-Anne

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  28. I so love the hello card. I really would love a chance to win the class giveaway. Would love to learn how to play with watercolors. Would definitely love to learn new techniques and how to use them for cards.

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  29. Love Maureen! Im so excited about the watercolor class!

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  30. Maureen is awesome! I really like her style! That watercolor class sounds awesome!

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  31. I'm excited that Maureen is now on your DT. I love her work and follow her blog.

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  32. Thanks so much for a chance to win, I absolutely LOVE these classes :)

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  33. Beautiful cards! Love Maureen's style! I would love to win a spot in this class!

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  34. Pretty cards. I love the simple watercolor card. And I'd love to win a spot in the class!

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  35. Looking forward to seeing Maureen's designs this week.
    This class looks like another great one! Thanks for the chance to win a spot. ;-)

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  36. I love the cards. Thank you so much for the chance to win a spot in the class!!

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  37. Love your style Maureen. Fab cards.

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  38. I love your cards Maureen! Thanks for a chance to win a spot in this awesome class :-)

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  39. I'm so excited about this class, would love to win a seat!

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  40. This looks like a great class, thanks for a chance to win a spot.

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  41. Such pretty cards. Looking foreward to the Watercolor class. I have so much fun taking their classes.

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  42. Wow.... a fabulous class! I've got all of the supplies- just need to learn how to use 'em! Many thanks!

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  43. I am so thrilled for you, Maureen!!! xoxox

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  44. The watercolor class looks great! Thanks for the chance to win a spot!

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  45. I'm aleady signed up for this class and really looking forward to it!
    Love Maureen's cards!

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  46. I to am a HUGE fan of Maureen's cards and these cards are amazing! I just love her clean & simple designs and I am so happy for Maureen have fun girl♥

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  47. Beautiful cards ... I do love a bit of watercolour xx

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  48. I love the soft feel of the colors on Maureen's cards! Watercolor is definitely a favourite of mine! I'm looking forward to this class very much :)

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  49. I could use some help getting inspired. I've been in a slump...

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  50. Love Maureen's work! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

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  51. Beautiful inspiration from Maureen! Love the watercolor cards, and would to win a chance to go to the class.

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  52. Oh I want to give this class a try!!! It sounds amazing and the sneaks look great!!!!

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  53. Congrats on your new design team! I have always admired your cards :) I want to take this class so badly so thank you for a chance at winning a spot!

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  54. love the simple style you have! and thanks for the chance to win, love to learn some water coloring techniques!

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  55. Love Maureen's design style - good to see her on the design team! Thanks for the chance to win a spot in this class!

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  56. Love the watercolor look and am anxious to learn and see more techniques. Thanks for offering a chance to win a spot in the class.

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  57. Fabulous cards by Maureen! And I would love to win a spot in the Watercoloring class. Thanks so much for a chance to win!

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  58. Love the cards!!! Sounds like just the class for me!!! Thank you for the chance to win a spot in it!

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  59. Gorgeous cards! And I definitely love the way Maureen did the watercoloring on the 2nd card. Would so love to win a spot in this class. Thanks for the chance!

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  60. Lovely cards and would love to take this class.

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  61. yay! Her work is beautiful!!! LOVE the outline around the hello die and thanks for the chance!

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  62. Love the black outline on the watercolored hello - beautiful cards from Maureen! Thanks for a chance to win a spot in the OCC!

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  63. Sounds super fun and the online card classes are one of my favorite online classes, thanks for the chance to win!!

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  64. Beautiful cards - love the clean style!

    And the class sounds really fun and cool.

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  65. Yes these cards are awesome love them and how about those onlinecardclasses? Love watercoloring thanks for the chance to win.

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  66. Maureens cards are lovely!
    I would REALLY like to win a spot in this class.

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  67. Really love both of those cards! Thanks for the chance to win a spot in the class. I've taken almost every class they've had and just love them.

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  68. Wonderful cards! Maureen has highlighted watercolours beautifully. And how I would love to win a place in the class.

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  69. What a great chance to win a place in the online card class. I have taken one class from them recently and was very impressed with the all the great techniques and information I received. Now that all the local stamping stores have closed in my area it is very difficult to find stamping classes. Thanks again!

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  70. I love Maureen's cards, especially the crisp look of her watercolor card.

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  71. Great cards. I love Maureen's work. Love watercoloring too. Thanks for a chance to win this awesome class.

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  72. I've been following Maureen for awhile now, and am delighted to see her (and Kara) join your design team. I'd love to win a spot in this class!

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  73. Love Maureen's cards, what an incredible paper crafter!

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  74. Would love to learn about water color. Thank you for the opportunity of taking this class.

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  75. Would love to learn more about water coloring....sounds like a great class...
    gorgeous cards too...

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  76. Thank you so much for the chance to win. I love the look of watercolor on cards and I would like to learn more about it.

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  77. Great cards! Looking forward to more cards from Maureen!

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  78. Yay Maureen, you're awesome!!

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  79. watercolor cards are so impressive. would like to learn how to do this.

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  80. I really need help with this technique, it is certainly a big deal right now, winning a spot would be awesome

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  81. Both of these cards are so beautiful!! I would love to win a spot in the watercolor class, thanks for the chance!

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  82. Love the cards. Super excited about the class! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  83. The CAS cards that Maureen made are simply outstanding. And the watercolor class sounds like so much fun! Thanks for the chance to win a spot in it!

    Sherry in MI

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  84. Love the water color trend! Thanks for a chance to win a spot in this class. Also, really like the hello card today from Maureen.

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  85. Love Maureen's creations, a fantastic class coming up how awesome it would be to win a spot so thanks for the opportunity.

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  86. I. Am a mad watercolourer. I love colouring images I have stamped. My favourite colouring medium is Inktense pencils. The more I learn the better, thanks for the chance to win a spot in this class.

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  87. Beautiful cards. Thanks for the chance to win a spot in the class

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  88. Congratulations, Maureen, on your new dt position. And thanks for the chance at the class - I've always loved watercolor art and would love to learn more about doing it myself.

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  89. Long time fan of Maureen...so happy to see here here. AND super thrilled that you are an instructor for this watercoloring class. It's looks amazing!

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  90. I really like the choice of colors in the "hello card" especially the border on the bottom of the card...

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  91. I never knew water colouring could be so much fun ... Thanks for a chance to win a spot in this awesome class!

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  92. I'm pumped about the watercolor class. II hope it will be just what I need to build a little confidence in the technique!

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  93. I am so excited for class to start I am ready to play...

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  94. Maureen's cards are beautiful! Love her clean and simple style! I can't wait to see all the fabulous techniques in this new class!

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  95. Great simple cards.... thanks

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  97. Loved the last class…lots of great techniques! This one looks fantastic as well!

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  98. Oh, my gosh! I would love a chance to win.

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  99. Love Maureen's gorgeous cards! Would love to win a spot in this class.

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  100. This class looks like a great way to learn some valuable new techniques to create do-able works of art.

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  101. This class sounds like so much fun! Thank you for the opportunity to win a spot! Heather J.

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  102. Awesome cards by Maureen! Her style definitely appeals to me a TON!! I'm going now to check out her blog....and thanks for the chance to win a spot in the watercolor class!! I could definitely use some classes in this technique!

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  103. Love Maureen's style! And thanks for a chance to win a spot in this class. Looks like a must!

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  104. Love Maureen's cards! Thanks for the chance to win a spot in this class!

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  105. Beautifulc cards by Maureen! Thanks for the chance to win a seat in this class.

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  106. congrats to maureen. love your cards!

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  107. What beautiful cards. Can't wait to see what else is in store. I start out trying to be simplistic but like many other things I tend to leave it alone. Thanks for the chance to win a class!

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  108. I love how the watercolor hello came out. I will love to win a spot in the watercolor class.

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  109. Yay! I love the cards shared And a chance to win a spot in the new OCC course! Watercolors are fantastic!

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  110. Wow! 110 comments! I am not the only one excited about this news, Maureen! Congratulations!! So excited for you.

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  111. Beautiful cards, Maureen! I would love to win a spot in the class. I absolutely love watercolor techniques. It would be so awesome to learn more!

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  112. Yay! I'd love to win a spot in this fabulous class! Thanks for the chance to win & congrats to Maureen!

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  113. This will be such an awesome class! What a great team of teachers.

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  114. Fabulous cards my Maureen! Can't wait for this water color class -especially after your recent videos, Dawn!

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  115. Love the colors on that first card! So chic and graphic!

    Thanks for the chance to win a spot on for the class, too!

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  116. What a great inspiration from designer! And thank for the chance to win this beautiful class!

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  117. Gorgeous cards! I love the second with just the hint of watercolor - the gradient is stunning! I can't wait to see more of Maureen's creations. Thanks also for the chance to win the spot in the class, your watercoloring is over-the-top fabulous, so its an amazing opportunity!

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  118. Yay for Maureen...I LOVE her Style!

    The Watercolor Class looks amazing!

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  119. I've always wanted to learn to watercolor and would love a spot in your class, Nancy Schoger

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  120. Congratulations, Maureen, as a Wplus9 Design Team member!
    I'd love a chance to win the free spot in the Online Watercolor Class!

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  121. I've started sketching and watercoloring this month, and I think this class looks awesome! Love your CAS style, Maureen! (PGH, PA here!)

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  122. BEAUTIFUL cards - and that class looks amazing! Thanks for a chance to win a spot!

    housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com
    www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

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  123. I've just started playing with watercolors… and I'm so inspired by Maureen's "Hello" card! The new Watercolor for Card Makers class sounds really exciting!

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  124. Maureen's card is lovely. Would be fabulous to win a spot in this amazing class. Thanks so much for a chance!!!

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  125. Maureen is certainly a welcome addition to the the DT. Thanks for the chance to win a spot in the watercolor class.

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  126. I would love to win a spot for the watercolor class! I need lots of instruction! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  127. Thank you for the opportunity to win a spot in another of Jennifer's great classes!! I will see you there!!

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  128. Oh these cards are beautiful and inspiring! Thanks for the chance to win a seat to the class.

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  129. The watercolor class sounds like fun. Thank you for the chance to win a spot in the class and I love the card ideas.

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  130. I can't wait! I need another kickstart! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  131. Beautiful cards! Especially live the second one. So "watercolory".
    Speaking of which - cannot wait till the class starts!

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  132. I love the look of watercolor and would love it win a spot in this class!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  133. I too am glad to see watercolor getting it's time in the spotlight. The class will be a real treat for some lucky person.

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  134. Gorgeous cards! Thanks forthwith chance to win :)

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  135. Thank you for a chance to win, I love watercolor look on cards!
    Maja

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  136. AWESOME!! I'm SO EXCITED for this Class and I'd LOVE to win a SPOT!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  137. Lovely cards by Maureen. That watercolor class looks like it will be so much fun. Would love to win a seat.

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  138. Beautiful cards. Would really like to know more about watercolouring.

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  139. I'm getting on board with watercoloring and need this class! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  141. Congratulations, Maureen! Your cards are fabulous! My favorite is the dotty zig zag backgrounds! It is just WOW!

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  142. Wow! Beautiful cards! Thanks for a chance to win a spot in this watercolor class.

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  143. Wonderful cards. I would love to be able to take the classes....would improve my card making so much. Thanks for the opportunity.....

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  144. Would love to win a spot in this class. This would be a wonderful technique to learn from some great teachers. Thank you for the chance to win a great giveaway.

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