Thursday, April 5, 2018

Sneak Peek Week: Introducing Berry Bliss & Background Basics

Hello there!  Only one more "sleep" until the big day!  I have been anxiously waiting for today to arrive because I am seriously giddy over our newest stamp layering set called Berry Bliss which includes everything you need to create strawberries, blueberries, raspberries & cherries that look juicy enough to eat (available for purchase April 6th).

We also have a new background stamp set called Background Basics that I have fallen so madly in love with that it was hard to resist the urge to use it on nearly every card this week.  It is perfect for when you just need a little snippet of patterned paper and I love all the different looks I was able to create from this single 4x6 set.  I don't think I've made a dent in all the variations you can achieve!

For my first card I wanted to use all the stamps in the Berry Bliss set to create a yummy border.  I’m a huge fan of bold black and white prints with pops of color so the striped border stamped in Versafine Black Onyx Ink was the perfect compliment.  For my sentiment I paired our new Hello Word die with the word sweetie from the set.
Sunny Studio: Berry Bliss Color Layering Strawberry, Cherry, Blueberry & Raspberry Card with B&W Stripes using Background Basics stamps

Up next is another clean & simple card using the gingham border from the set.  Sadly in this example my ink pad was a bit over-inked so some of the definition disappeared, but I think it's a fun look either way--It sort of reminds me of lattice which goes so well with the fruit theme.  ;)

To dress up my panel down the center, I die-cut small zig-zag borders using our Ric Rac Border dies.  To help my fruit stand out and add some dimension, I adhered each one to my card using foam tape.
Sunny Studio: Berry Bliss Color Layering Strawberry, Cherry & Raspberry Card with Green Gingham Borders using Background Basics stamps

For my next card I took inspiration from Gymboree and one of my many favorite collections of theirs from over a decade ago.  My daughter had these sandals way back when (I swear I was obsessed with them) which I based the feel of my card on.

For my card I die-cut the three windows using our Window Trio Square dies.  I then backed the background for each, alternating yellow gingham and polka-dot using the Background Basics stamps.  For the sentiment I borrow a stamp from our Fresh & Fruity set and die-cut my scalloped edge using our Stitched Scallop dies.
Sunny Studio: Berry Bliss Color Layering Cherries Red Gingham Card by Mendi Yoshikawa (using Fancy Frames Oval dies, Fresh & Fruity and Background Basics stamps)

For this card highlighting the cherries from the set, I paired them with the cherries from our older Fresh & Fruity set which I heat embossed with VersaMark ink and clear embossing powder on red cardstock.  I then took a Copic Marker in a slightly darker shade and added some quick swipes with my pen to give light definition to them.

I was very strategic when stamping my gingham background.  While this border doesn't invisibly repeat, you can line them up to form a continuous background--You will just see the seam were the two solid triangles line up to form a diamond.  With this in mind I was able to position the layers of my Fancy Frames Oval dies so that you would never know there was a seam or notice the gingham was actually stamped three times across.  To perfectly match the scalloped edge of my oval I used the long edge of the Fancy Frames Rectangle Dies for the bottom edge of my card.

For my last card of the day I wanted to play with different ink colors for my fruit.  I love that you can switch things up and create the look of raspberries, boysenberries and blackberries all with the same set of stamps!  I used our newest exclusive Fancy Frames Rectangle dies to form the lacy edge of my card base and then clear heat embossed the polka-dots and stripes from the Background Basics set to form glossy tone-on-tone prints.  As a final finishing touch I stamped my sentiment with stamps from our Sweet Shoppe set which has so many phrases that play nicely with these images.
Sunny Studio: Berry Bliss Color Layering Strawberry, Boysenberry & Raspberry Card (paired with Background Basics stamps & Fancy Frames Stitched Scallop Rectangle Dies)

When I first started stamping with the polka-dot border I was having trouble judging where to position my stamp to achieve a continuous background without any strange gaps. Then I discovered a fabulous trick!  If you line up the edge of the back of the stamp with the bottom of the previously stamped polka-dots it will line up perfectly.  There's a strange illusion that it's too close and that it should be moved further down, but as you will discover the edge achieves perfect spacing (which I learned the hard way after several failed attempts).  ;)


Sunny Studio Stamps: Background Basics Polka-dot Guide secrets to lining up perfectly every time

Here's a layering guide to help you line up the Berry Bliss stamps (you can click on the photo below to view it larger).  For all the fruits, except the blueberry, I stamped them starting with the lightest ink color, working to the darkest.  The black outlines indicate where that layer touches the previously stamped layer.  :)
Sunny Studio Stamps: Berry Bliss Strawberry, Blueberry, Cherry & Raspberry Stamp Layering Guide

I frequently am asked which ink colors I used for my layered images.  While I think there are so many great options out there that can provide good results, these are the colors I used today for my stamped images (in the ordered shared from lightest to darkest)...

Blueberries
Colorbox Sky

Colorbox Blueberry
Colorbox Atlantic Blue


True Red Strawberries
Colorbox Bubblegum
Colorbox Candy Red
Colorbox Cranberry

Berry Red Strawberries
Colorbox Bubblegum
Stampin' Up Melon Mambo
Colorbox Red Devil


True Red Cherries
Colorbox Strawberry

Colorbox Candy Red
Colorbox Cranberry


Berry Red Cherries
Stampin' Up Melon Mambo
Colorbox Blossom
Colorbox Red Devil

Red Raspberries
Stampin' Up Melon Mambo
Colorbox Blossom
Colorbox Red Devil
Colorbox Cranberry

Pink Raspberries

Colorbox Candy
Colorbox Pinkolicious
Colorbox Very Berry
Colorbox Dark Cherry

Boysenberries
Colorbox Burgundy
Colorbox Dark Cherry
Colorbox Deep Grape

Versafine Nocture

Olive Green Stems
Colorbox Tree Frog
Colorbox Artichoke


Dark Green Stems
Colorbox Grasshopper

Colorbox Golf Course

I'm so excited you've joined me for today's sneak peek and I'd love to give a $25 gift code to one lucky winner.  Make sure to keep checking back all this week for more peeks & prizes for up to five chances to win.  The contests run through Saturday at Midnight PST with winners announced here on Sunday, April 8th. :)


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Here's a sneak peek at the new Berry Bliss stamps & coordinating dies and Background Basics Stamps featured today (which will be available for purchase tomorrow).


Sunny Studio: Berry Bliss Strawberry, Blueberry, Cherry & Raspberry Color Layering 4x6 Clear Stamps  Sunny Studio Stamps: Berry Bliss Steel Rule Dies  Sunny Studio Stamps: Background Basics Stripes, Polka-dot & Gingham Border Prints 4x6 Clear Stamps

Before you head off to shop tomorrow morning, don't forget to stop here first for one last sneak peek, a giveaway and a special offer.  ;)

Other Sunny Studio Supplies Used:
Fresh & Fruity Stamps
Fresh & Fruity Stamps
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Stitched Scallop Dies
Stitched Scallop Dies
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Sweet Shoppe Stamps
Sweet Shoppe Stamps
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Ric Rac Border Dies
Ric Rac Border Dies
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Fancy Frames- Ovals
Fancy Frames- Ovals
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Fancy Frames- Rectangles
Fancy Frames- Rectangles
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Window Trio- Square Die
Window Trio- Square Die
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Hello Word Die
Hello Word Die
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Please note: Many of the supplies linked today are part of our summer release which will not be available until Friday, April 6th.


94 comments:

  1. Mendi - I love all of these cards - but the cherry one with the heat embossing is perfection!!!!! Cant wait to get that background basics stamp set!

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  2. I love those cherries! And those backgrounds! Great release!

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  3. Wow! These berries look amazing! You guys did a great job with the stamp layering. For the Autumn release I would like to see a set with woodland creatures.

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  4. Yum! Those will definitely be in my cart!

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  5. So cute! I'd love a bookworm-themed set!

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  6. Oh my goodness, this set is perfection. Definitely on my need list!

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  7. Not a big fruit stamper, but I do love the strawberries. Also the sentiment Hello sweetie is great. The cards are so cute.

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  8. Oh my gosh....I predict the fruit will be a crazy seller like the jingle bells..... I seriously cannot wait to get that stamp set in my hands!!!

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  9. OK yes I want these. Super cute cards

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  10. OMG...Sunny Studio seriously has the best layering stamps! I can't wait to get my hands on these1

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  11. For Fall I would like to see layered pumpkins and leaves, thankful woodland animals and other harvest items like wagons.

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  12. Love the Berry Bliss stamp set. Your cards using it are awesome! For a Fall theme I would love to see something with geese. They are here everywhere in the Fall.

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  13. Another great release. I love generation stamping and matching die cuts is genius. So realistic. And the background stamp set is perfect for so many things. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  14. Wow. Love the berry stamp set. Great idea for cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. THIS RELEASE IS KILLING ME!! I am LOVING everything!!!! These cards are so refreshing!! I feel like the summer is staring right at me!!!

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  16. Sweet new stamp set! Would love to see some fall apple orchard scene maybe.

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  17. I switch over to sunny studios from another major company because i love the layering set!!!! And WOW!!!! This is a MUST MUST MUST have!!!!!!

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  18. Those Strawberries though... real enough to almost want to eat!!!

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  19. Love this! I would have been obsessed with those shoes too! 😁

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  20. Such cute fruit..and love the shoes. Woodland critters and stamps would be great.

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  21. I don't know about fall, but I'm loving these berries and summer themed sets!

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  22. Love the strawberries! And the backgrounds, too!

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  23. Wow... these are so realistic!
    I love the fall and Halloween! Can never have too many Halloween designs. A haunted house with cute ghosts goblins to fit into the window openings, scary trees and jack o' lanterns.

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  24. Those fruit stamps are fabulous. The final image looks so realistic.

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  25. These are so luscious looking. LOVE LOVE LOVE them

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  26. I don’t really make fall cards, but a scenery set with trees and landscape possibly(?). Anything tbat’s versatile for multiple occasions.
    Beautiful layering sets... and cards!

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  27. Those berries look so real.... I love the way they are done in stages...like flower stamps I have seen. Keep up the good work. Love all your creations.

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  28. Wow!!! These berry stamps are Amazing!!!

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  29. I LOVE the berries and cherries! Thank you for putting in your color combos too.

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  30. Wow! I can't believe how realistic the berries look, love them.

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  31. Those berries are fabulous!!

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  32. Awesome coloring of all these yummy berries.
    I have Harvest Happiness ... how much better
    can a Fall themed set get! I will love whatever
    you end up designing.

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  33. I swear this is the cutest stamp ever and so realistic. For fall, how about corn that’s layered.

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  34. Ooohh !! I love these yummy summer fruits !! About the fall release, I totally trust you guys ! You never disappoint !
    [margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

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  35. I'm in LOVE with the berries, new patterned paper and puppies. Cannot wait for tomorrow:)

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  36. Wow! Love these cards &I the entire release so far, going to be a budget buster.

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  37. these cards are just so sweet - the berries look so real:)
    I would love to see Diwali / Hanukkah/ Remembrance Sunday and other festivals around the world:)

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  38. Wow! These berries look wonderfully real. Your SS layering stamps always produce the most life-like images! They always amaze me! And in this case, they are making me want to eat them!! 😀

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  39. I love the berries. You do such a great job on the layering stamps. They look so real!!!

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  40. I like leaves and pretty leaf dies for the fall season.

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  41. These are all so cute! And they look like the real thing, so cool!

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  42. Love your layering stamps! I can't even think about Fall yet, LOL! I am so ready for Spring to stay!

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  43. Oh my sweet goodness!!!!! These berries are the best Ever! I don't know how you do it Mendi, but I just adore this set. It is a must have. Love,Love,Love....

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  44. WOW ! These berries stamps are incredible, the result is so real I first thought it was photos instead of stamps..... Fantastic quality of layering stamps.

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  45. Love, Love, Love fruits and berries! This Berry Bliss stamp and die collection is AWESOME and i must have them along with the Background Basics set! I will then, obviously, have to get all of those beautiful ink pads that were used for the examples because they were done to perfection. ♥

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  46. I love the Background Basics Stamp. For fall a set of ghosts or corn stalks would be fun.

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  47. Wow these are all gorgeous!!! I can’t wait until tomorrow!!! 🛒🛒😍😍😍

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  48. I love your layering stamp sets! You already have the pumpkins that are layered so how about some Indian Corn and other fall veggies like squash. I also think that layered mums would be pretty. Thanks for a chance to win! :D

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  49. Wowzers! Those strawberries are perfection! They look totally realistic. Love it!

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  50. Your layered stamp sets are amazing! I love that you were inspired by those cute shoes. It made for a fabulous card. More basic sentiment stamp sets. I never seem to have enough:)

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  51. Those berries look good enough to eat!

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  52. Wow! That's is some definitely detailed fruit - looks yummy enough to eat <3

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  53. You are right on the berries looking good enough to eat - and those backgrounds are so delicious as well - a fabulous job and I also love love the dies you used especially those that have a stitched effect - TFS

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  54. What an awesome release!! Love it :)

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  55. WOW!! These berries look so REAL!! I LOVE your fun backgrounds and the projects are amazing!

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  56. What a fascinating release. I love those layered berries. tfs

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  57. Those berries are so realistic and pretty! As for fall designs, I would love to see scenery sets that can be colored in autumn shades. I also love a a variety of Thanksgiving sentiments and images.

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  58. LOVE this set! My family loves berries and misses them when it's wintertime and we can't good ones. And oh, how I miss Gymboree...when my daughter outgrew them I was sad. :(
    For the fall - I really don't have a request - you always exceed my expectations. :)

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  59. Gorgeous cards! I really love those strawberries!

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  60. The berries are just fabulous!

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  61. Your layering stamps are so amazing, maybe something like Indian corn or fall florals like mums or even acorns.

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  62. Your cards are so sweet. Yes those berries look real enough to eat. I really like all the designs on the background basic stamp. Some fall stamps that would be fun to create with would be wheat stalk, corn stacks, hale bales and a leaf pile.

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  63. I can’t believe how real those look!!!! I would love to see an entire cute nutcracker set for Christmas.

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  64. This release looks AWESOME!!! I would like to see for Fall maybe some layering leaves or Autumn type stamps...maybe kids like the summer set but for fall. Also something Halloween theme might be fun!

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  65. This set is adorable--I love all the layers! For Fall--maybe a set with apples? Like ones you can layer, apple pie . . . . or for school starting, maybe a set with books where again we have layers--I really like your layering sets, they are the best!

    Chris L.

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  66. Oh my, those berries are AMAZING. They are as realistic as the jingle bell. I MUST HAVE THEM. Wow.

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  67. Fabulous cards! The berries a delicious.

    Fall themed, huh? Well, how about leaves and leaf piles with kids and critters to play in the piles.

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  68. Fun stamp and cards.
    I'd like to see some
    layered Owl stamps.
    Carla from Utah

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  69. I can't believe how real the berries look. That is amazing! Love all the pretty cards! I would love to see some golf or hunting stamps since I have a hard time with masculine cards. I have a lot of golfers in my family.

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  70. Your berries look amazing! I cannot believe the depth you got out of the colors. Very well done! The first card is my favorite - Love the layout and the striking effect of the stripes down the left side. Thank you for telling us which colors you used - It really helps for those of us who'd love to recreate this look!

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  71. Your fruits look very realistic and good enough to eat! Your color combos are awesome. For Fall, I'd like to see various, realistic, layering shrubs to use in scenes.

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  72. Your layering stamps never cease to blow my mind. Wow. These are another must have.

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  73. I’ve been on the hunt for a berry set .and am SO glad I waited for this new beauty! Blueberries, raspberries, cherries, AND strawberries! WOW! They’re absolutely gorgeous and look so darn real!

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  74. Those berries look so real! Gotta have them.

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  75. For the fall release? A layered maple leaf!

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  76. Those berries look good enough to eat! So colorful!!

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  77. Oh my, those berries look so realistic- and yummy! For the fall what about a layered moon stamp - that would be awesome for Halloween cards. You could include planets to extend the use of the set.

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  78. Uh oh! Fall?!?! *in voice of cookie monster* ME LOVE FALL!! Squirrels and pumpkins together in a set. Maybe hayride.

    the berries look really great!

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  79. The berry stamps are AMAZING! Love them!

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  80. Omg I want all. Everything is so pretty.

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  81. I'm blown away, I LOVE these berries and that gingham/stripe/polkadot trio is perfect!

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  82. Wow, those berries look so detailed and life-like! They definitely remind me of summer. Hmm, for Fall I like wreaths and layered stamps of any kind.

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  83. Sweet cards. Loving the Background Basics and the other fab releases.

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  84. Layering stamps of fall leaves would be great.

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  85. Love the berry Stamps and the bold borders Stamps. For the fall, love to see new tree stamps that can show case fall colors.

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  86. You create the most realistic looking stamps and I always love them! The berries look real enough to eat.

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  87. Very cool! Would love to see a layered fall leaf set next fall.

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  88. These berries are so super sweet...I need them!

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  89. I would love to see layered fall leaves.

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  90. SQUEAL!! BEAUTIFUL Cards!! Those Berries look so REAL!! You do an AMAZING Job with your Layering Sets!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS Weekend!! =)

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  91. Fabulous set! Love the fruit layered stamp set!!!!! I love all themes, so I'm not picky, just fun stuff :)

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  92. What a fabulous fruit layered stamp set! It captures so many intricate details that these look so realistic! Since you’re starting your fall themes soon I would love to see some layered scarecrows (at least I don’t think you have that yet) as well as pretty much any fall themed sets that have the layered stamping like this.

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