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Friday, 27 November 2015

Celebrating Wendy Vecchi as an artist and a Give-Away

Hi everyone, as it's the fourth Friday of the month we usually have an invited guest Creative Guide, but today we thought we would mix things up a bit and share with you some projects and links back to the amazing Wendy Vecchi's blog.


Some of us on the team here at AVJ were lucky enough to attend Wendy's UK workshop back in August and had an awesome day with Wendy who is not only a very talented artist but a great teacher. So it is with great pleasure that we share her talents with you today.


Wendy had super projects for us to make and here she is with all the boxes that we had made in the morning.


In the afternoon she taught us techniques ......  


...... and we made some fabulous tags. These are Wendy's samples.





Wendy is always looking for new ways to use products and in one of her newer blog posts - which she has called 'still looking ..... beyond the obvious' she has used Tim's acrylic icicles .....


.... in a completely different way, transforming it into grass.


I'm sure you will have seen Wendy's signature products, stamps, stencils, inks, embossing powders, texture and embossing pastes and also her art parts ranges and more. On her blog she shares with us how to use them creating tutorials with beautiful projects in her own inimitable style, whether that be as art journal pages -












-or just using scraps.


Wendy is also a source of never ending new techniques both on her own blog and as a designer for Ranger, such as -







At the end of her Ranger tutorials Wendy likes to add some hints and tips - check this one out. This sweet card uses her newsprint paper.


So today not only have you got all this wonderful inspiration from Wendy but she has very kindly sent us a give-away too. On the 12th December I will run random org number generator and one lucky person who has left a comment on this post will win all these fabulous goodies.


Stamp it - stencil-it ROSE
Stamp it - Stencil-it HOLIDAY ICONS
Stencils for art - diamonds are a girls best friend
Stencils for art - funky words
Stencils for art - polka dotty
Stencils for art - happy holidays
Wendy Vecchi designer series archival ink - violet
Wendy Vecchi designer series archival ink - pink peony

Thank you Wendy for your generosity and it is a pleasure to share your amazing talent and projects with our readers.

Just before we go I thought I would share an AVJ family photo - those of us who attended Wendy's workshop -
Nicky, Julie, Annie, Anne, Jenny, Tracy, Brenda


Thank you for joining us today and don't forget to leave your comment below and to be on the safe side it's best to have done it by the end of the 11th December London time.

Don't forget you have one more week to enter our November challenge. Although it is called 'Baby you're a Firework' it does not have to have fireworks in the subject of your entry - you only need to have included glitter, bold colours or ink and paint splats so that it is inspired by the flashes of colour and sparkle of fireworks.

See you again on Monday with the last of our DI posts for the month and a round-up of the Creative Guides projects that were included in November's travel bag. Have a great weekend.

hugs Brenda and the Creative Guide team. xxxx



131 comments:

  1. Wow, Wow, and more Wow! Wendy's projects look amazing! What an awesome opportunity to attend a workshop with this talented lady! And what a wonderful giveaway! I'm excited just looking at it! Thank you so much!

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  2. wow! Wendy is awesome! her projects are fantastic! and inspiring, I already see products I own being used in a different manor! Thanks so much for the offering the great giveaway, too!!

    Alicia

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  3. WOW! So much inspiration...thanks for sharing all the links to Wendy's post...they are so helpful!

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  4. Уау! Много вдъхновяващи творби! Бих била щастлива да мога да използвам тези печати и стенсили! Благодаря завъзможността!

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  5. I I wish I had been able to go to Wendy's workshop, i certainly looked a heap of fun! what a lovely lady she is to send some giveaways!

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  6. Love Wendy Vecchi art and seeing such collection of her creations is really beautiful and inspiring! Thank you for this and for the giveaway too!

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  7. What amazing projects Wendi does, and how lucky to be at her workshop - I do envy you.
    Thank you for the chance to win the prize - fingers crossed!

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  8. A great post and fantastic choices of Wendy's projects and techniques! Great photos too and lovely to see you lucky teamies all together on that last one!

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  9. Wendy is one in a million - brilliant teacher, talented artist and creative genius - and to top it all she's such a lovely lady! LOVE using her products and remembering that special day in August. Jenny x

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  10. Wendy is such an inspiration teacher and she is a lovely lady. I enjoyed her workshop immensely. I've lost count of the number of products of hers that I use but always room for more in my crafty stash. lol. :-) x

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  11. A great post ! Thank you Brenda, it brought back some very happy memories of a fab weekend! As well as really enjoying Wendy's workshop, it was great to meet so many of you lovely AVJ ladies. Wendy shared some fabulous techniques and prepared a great project for us. A very inspiring and all round lovely lady.x

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  12. What a fantastic post showcasing Wendy's amazing creativity . So many lovely projects to drool over . Lovely to see all you lovely AVJ ladies sharing a weekend of craftiness together . x

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  13. What a lovely post and fantastic recap of our London trip / workshop. Wendy is such a lovely professional lady and I loved her workshop . She us so inspiring and such fun to create with. Thanks Brenda and Wendy. Great artwork to showcase too. Tracy x

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  14. I love Wendy's art. Such creative ideas! Thanks so much for a chance to win such a wonderful prize!

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  15. Fantastic Post about Wendy and showcasing all her fabulous art! Inspirational!!

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  16. Wendy is awesome!!!!! I could just sit and watch her demonstrations for hours!!!!!! I have not been lucky enough to be in one of her classes......yet. Thanks for a chance to win!!!1

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  17. Such creativity and thinking outside the box! suepompetti@verizon.net

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  18. Wendy has the most beautiful colors! I really like making the faux graniteware.

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  19. I live Wendy's work and her blog is duch an inspiration

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  20. I adore that tag with the hand and the faux graniteware! So much eye candy!

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  21. I love Wendy's tags, cards and products she uses to create them!! I'm a Ranger fan always!!

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  22. I have been so lucky in the past to be a student in Wendy's classes. Awesome teacher,awesome techniques!

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  23. Wow - each one of those projects you have to study. So creative and inspiring. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win such an awesome prize. I will be keeping my fingers crossed! Now to scroll thru and study another time! Janelle R

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  24. Love all of the teaching I have received from Wendy! I'm glad she sent us over to your blog today! Looking forward to ready daily!

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  25. Trying to make a comment and I think I am finally logged in as me! Love all of Wendy's teaching and everything is so much fun and she makes it easy!

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  26. Those are all great projects. Need to take on of those classes! Thanks for sharing.

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  27. Looks like it was a fantastic workshop! Wendy's projects are always amazing!

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  28. What a great post! I just love Wendy's style and all of her products - wonderful inspiring projects posted here. I took a class from her here in the US a year ago - but would have loved to take it with all of you in the UK last summer!! Julia xx

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  29. So many ideas in one blog post! I'd like to take a class from Wendy someday.

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  30. Always love Wendy's creative ideas and your blog:)

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  31. So many wonderful ideas and such inspiration as always. Love them all X

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  32. You lucky ladies to have attended a WV workshop! Wonderful inspiration here. Thank you, Wendy!

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  33. What gorgeous little boxes, Wish I were there, they look like the perfect size for a card box for a card set! TFS Very cute and Wendy is awesome for sure! :D

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  34. I love all of the great info Wendy gives us. Can't wait to try the icicles as grass!! Such wonderful ideas for stuff that I never would think of on my own. Oh and the little boxes! Too cute!!!!

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  35. Wendy is always awesome, and the giveaway is, too!

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  36. You are such a talented artist, Wendy. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  37. Thank you for sharing this! Wendy is awesome and I love the use of the icicles as grass.
    Thanks so much!

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  38. What a fun class! Love all the projects : D

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  39. Wow, wow, wow so much inspiration! Soooo jealous of people who did the workshops, must have been amazing x

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  40. So many great projects! I love the icicles into grass idea.

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  41. Now that brought back some wonderful memories of a fabulous weekend! Meeting Wendy and taking her class was like a dream come true, she is such a talented lady and such a lovely person, it was a real pleasure to meet her and spend some quality time with so many teamies too. Anne xx

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  42. So totally inspired by Wendy Vecchi! Great ideas and her love to share. Oh and those super stamps and matching masks that fit oh, so perfectly! What a dream prize!

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  43. Wonderful post celebrating all things Wendy V, she is so talented and her style is unmistakable! Love the picture of my AVJ teamies who were lucky enough to attend Wendy's class, thanks so much for sharing it. Good luck to everyone commenting, what a generous and wonderful gift from Wendy! Deb xo

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  44. Lucky gals that got to take a class with Wendy! She is uber talented and a fun gal!

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  45. wow! Wendy is awesome! Great ideas. thanks so much for sharing it. I quickly go visit your blog and see. Janny

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  46. Gorgeous creations in this post... and of course... I wouldn't mind winning that great giveaway!

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  47. I thinks it was great you had Wendy as your guest artist. She is truly amazing her work is always so cheerful and I love how she "plays" (experiments) with the products to use in different ways ... it is certainly inspiring!

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  48. Love the "dreams..." card!!! I need to make some of these for my team, they are working extra hard to make our shared dream come true :-) thanks for the inspiration!

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  49. Fabulous projects, I love them all! What a great prize too! Love the grass icicles!

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  50. All of them are just so stunning. I love the icicles as grass. I never would have thought of that

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  51. I love the way she does her granite ware. I collect granite ware. Thanks for sharing her talent with us

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  52. Wendy is fabulous. I love the cards and the way they are created. I also love the granite ware. I am so very grateful to be able to sign up for the giveaway. Thanks Wendy.

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  53. Icicles as grass...genius! My favorite tag is the teacup. Oh and the watering can! Thanks for sharing her wonderful talent. :)

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  54. So many amazing projects in one place!

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  55. Wendy Is totally awesome both as a teacher and designer. Love all her products and projects. Have taken classes with her and you always learn in them. She is always showing ways to use products in many different ways. I just love her. Would love to win her products. Thank you.

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  56. Wendy is just the most amazing artist. I love her projects and experiment techniques. Thanks for sharing all her fabulous ideas and tips.

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  57. Great blog post touting the many talents of our sweet Wendy Vecchi!

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  58. Wendy is a talented artist and teacher, I had the pleasure of joining her on the Make Art in England tour last summer. Thanks for sharing these pics on the blog and reminding me to finish my book ;).
    Thanks also for a chance to win, she is very generous with prizes, often giving items away on her own blog.

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  59. I follow Wendy religiously on the net and still can not believe how she comes up with different techniques and projects out of regular materials - did you catch the one using hardware from the home improvement store for a Christmas decoration on Wendy's blog (November 3)? We are so lucky to have these inspirational people who are willing to share their talent. Thanks so much.

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  60. Wendy's always thinking! I love her take on using theses fun products!

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  61. Wonderful techniques and art pieces. I wish I could have shared in the experience!

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  62. I simply adore Wendy's work and would love to be able to take one of her classes! Thank you for featuring her on your blog.

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  63. Oh my... You lucky ladies who attended Wendys workshop. I would love to join that too. She has her very own stylr which is always clean, crisp and easy to recognize. Just love it.
    Thank you for sharing all these lovely links filled with inspiration. And thank you for this generous give-away. Hope I could be the lucky one...lol.
    Hugs from Monica... Spain
    (mamablitger@hotmail.com)

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  64. Love Wendy! Love her art! Love her designs! Such a great teacher!

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  65. Wendy sent me. I had the chance to make a little art with her when a store was closing. I love all the inspirational and fun art shown today. Love the added bonus of maybe winning something, too.

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  66. Wow! What wonderful work from Wendy - awesome art! Such a generous giveaway too! It would be such a treat to win! xxx

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  67. Wendy...you have an abundance of creativity & thank you for sharing; a wonderful give away...thank you for your generiosity!

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  68. WOW - what an EXCITING EXPERIENCE!!!
    ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS techniques and projects!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing and for the chance to win :)

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  69. Wow, you are so lucky to spend time with Wendy learning all her fabulous art techniques and working with her fantastic products. I have been following Wendy for years and I just admire everything she creates. Thanks for the give-a-way. suzschultz23@aol.com

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  70. I wish I could take a class with Wendy! Maybe someday ~ I love her art & order her stuff every chance I get. Thanks for this awesome giveaway - one thing to smile about through all the hubbub of Black Friday :) StampinDiva at Yahoo.com

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  71. What a great roundup of Wendy's work...so inspirational! I love how she always finds new ways to use products. Great post.

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  72. Wonderful inspiration, now I am so eager to get inky.

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  73. Thank you for all the wonderful inspiration! I just recently started checking out Wendy's things and I love them!! Especially those boxes ya'll made . ... I'm heading over to see if there's a tutorial, die or whatever, to make those!! Thank you for all the amazing sharing!

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  74. WOW I love all your work Wendy! I am liking the enamel look :) I do love your video's and thank you for sharing so much. Wish I lived closer to take classes :) You make everything look so easy and oh I loved the inks and embossing powders that you brought out recently. :)
    Thanks for all you do. The eye candy was/is ridiculous
    Sue
    Victoria, BC

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  75. Omg I would like one of each project i see on this page UHhhh so beautiful, Thanks for sharing!

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  76. Love all the wonderful projects. Thanks so much for a chance to win the great package.

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  77. What a lovely highlight of Wendy's style and her products. I really enjoyed it. The prize package is fabulous.

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  78. It looks like this must have been a wonderful class. If I couldn't be there, I sure would love to win some product.

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  79. One of my favorite artist to watch! Incredibly talented!

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  80. I was so inspired by Wendy's embossing ink and powder. I did several glass bottles I collected at the thrift store and they turned out really cool. They look very old and I have more projects waiting for the embossing powder that will be really neat. Thanks Wendy for your inspiration and never ending ideas. They change our views on crafting. You Rock!!!

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  81. Love to learn! Thanks Wendy!

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  82. Omg! Adam with Wendy you lucky lucky ladies she is so talented. Thank you for sharing her work here so many techniques to see will need to back again and again so much to look at, a fabulous giveaway have everything crossed......thank you.

    MaggieH 😊

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  83. She always has such
    beautiful creations!
    Carla from Utah

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  84. Ahhh a reminder of a wonderful creative day. If only Wendy would come over every year.

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  85. I love her stuff and I was in the UK but just couldn't get the dates right to be able to come. Maybe next time or maybe one day she will come here to SA.

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  86. I wow, I read your blog posts on my emails and never miss but popped in 'cause I wanted to see all the pics larger. Oh boy you had fun, the makes are just awesome x
    hugs

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  87. Wow! I'd love to take a class with Wendy! Super fun cards, tags and techniques, thanks for sharing!

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  88. What beautiful tags! I'd love to create with Wendy! Thanks so much for the chance to win this awesome prize!!!

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  89. Hi All, well what can I say Wendy Vecchi is pure inspiration, I love her blog. If I did not need a day job or money, I would probably spend my time attending every possible workshop. Love the look of the little boxes. Thanks for providing the giveaway prize Wendy. Good Luck to everyone for the draw. bx

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  90. Wow Wendy fabulous projects as usual such and inspiration

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  91. As talented as Wendy is, her kindness is even greater. She is an inspiration for creativity and generosity

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  92. LOVE me some Wendy. Looking forward to sitting down and watching her demo at GASC Arlington in June. Everything she creates is just the bomb diggity!!!

    xo
    SuZeQ

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  93. I was also lucky enough to be at the workshop in London and cannot agree more how fabulous that hot summer's day was. It's wonderful to see all Wendy's work over here, such a lovely person and such inspiration. Thanks for offering this awesome giveaway xx

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  94. I was once fortunate to take a s class with Wendy as well-good for you!
    Love love Wendy's inks and would love to add to my collection, so please throw my name in the hat!!
    xx Jackie

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  95. It is so wonderful to see all you talented ladies enjoying a workshop together...it really warms my heart! There are some amazing projects you have posted here, and I've enjoyed looking at each one! I bet you learned so much from the lovely (and generous, by the looks of her offerings!) talented Wendy and had a lot of fun to boot! Thank you for sharing and for offering this fabulous prize!

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  96. Oh my goodness. How lucky were you to attend her workshop! She truly is an amazing and creative artist. Love seeing her blog posts and what new technique she kindly shares.
    Thanks for her projects! And thanks for having a post dedicated to the Wonderful Wendy Vecchi!

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  97. Amazing creativity and gorgeous projects--I love everything Wendy Vecchi does! Thank you for sharing these with us and what a generous giveaway!!

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  98. I love Wendy and all her "make art" stuff/supplies. Would love to win.

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  99. Love the creations that Wendy makes great giveaway. Thanks.

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  100. I love Wendy's art--she is so talented! I had the pleasure of taking a class with her a few years ago and she was such a patient teacher. Thanks for sharing her art and for the opportunity to win a fabulous prize package! Bette

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  101. amazing projects - wendy's art is amazing - and thanks for the opportunity of winning her wonderful giveaway! Hugs Rachel x

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  102. Wendy's projects are always inspiring. I am off to try some of these techniques straight away - thanks for sharing these creations.

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  103. que de magnifiques projets, merci pour toute cette inspiration!

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  104. So inspiring projects by Wendy. The prize package is great!!!

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  105. thanks for sharing the fun projects!

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  106. Wendy is amazing!! I'm so glad you featured her this week. She is so inspiring. I love, love, love all her products and projects.

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  107. The results of you workshop look amazing, I must try some of these techniques. Thanks for the chance to win this amazing prize

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  108. Every Project is amazing!! I love then all.:o)

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  109. I love sitting for hours at her booth. She does great demos, and is a great teacher!

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  110. I hope to be the random winner, I want to start paper crafting !

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  111. Wendy's workshops are wonderful. What a gifted artist and such an amazing person!! It would be awesome to be your random winner of all of these amazing Wendy Vecchi mix media supplies.

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  112. I love all the inspiration you have given us. Also thanks for the chance to win such a great prize package.

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  113. What Lucky persons you are, amazing workshop with Wendy, a true inspirations! Would love to try her beautiful techniques!
    Thanks for the chance to win such a generous package!

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  114. beautiful write up on a very talented artist!! i have not had the pleasure of taking a workshop from her, YET, and am looking forward to the day i do!! thanks for the chance to win a lovely prize.

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  115. What a beautiful post about a very talented lady! Love her art. She always suprise me with all the beautuful things she makes. Thank you for this chance to win such a lovely price!!

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  116. Loved to read the article, Wendy is such a talented Lady! Seems it has been a very fun workshop with her!
    Thank you for the chance to win this giveaway!

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  117. Love the paper piecing Wendy uses! Like on that journal page with the flower. Very pretty!

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  118. Wow! Every one of these projects is amazing. Such talent. Would I love to win this fantastic prize??????????? HECK YA!!! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  119. I think it is safe to say that we all enjoy her projects. She comes up with some very unique ways to use the Ranger products.

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  120. What a talented lady!
    Thanks for a fabulous giveaway!

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  121. Oh how I wish I could have joined this fabulous class! Thanks for the awesome peeks and for the generous giveaway! Hugs, Autumn

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  122. WOW so many beautiful techniques demonstrated by Wendy...I Especially loved the icicle to grass transformation
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia

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  123. Amazing projects! Certainly something to aspire to. Who would have thought grass from icicles? Genius!

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  124. Oh my - what lovely products you have shared here. Wendy is fabulously talented and you are all so lucky to have been able to attend!

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  125. All the projects are FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!

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  126. I love Wendy and her ideas!

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  127. Wow! Wow! Wendy is so talented. I have also had the privilege to sit with her and learn! I call her my friend....

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  128. It's so easy to admire Wendy and her work as she's so talented! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  129. I love Wendy's website! It's amazing how many techniques I have tried! You rock girl!

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