Thursday, January 3, 2019

Sneak Peek Week: Love Monkey Stamps & Botanical Backdrop Dies

Hello and welcome to our Spring Sneak Peek Week!  This week I have been showcasing cards using our new collection for Spring available for purchase tomorrow morning.  :)

Today's share includes our new 4x6 Love Monkey stamps & dies, as well as a cool new standalone A2 sized die called Botanical Backdrop.

Card No. 1: For my first card of the day I used the Love Monkey stamps to create a monochromatic Valentine. To create my background, I double stamped our Cascading Hearts stamps in a crisp red ink onto white cardstock and then I sponged on candied apple distress ink with a jumbo dauber to create an ombre effect on my panel, saturating the ink more along the top and fading it towards the bottom to mimic my heart pattern.

I colored my images with Copic Markers and cut them out with the coordinating dies.  As many of you know I love to fussy cut stamped images, but this is one set where you just might want to purchase the dies to save your sanity.  As I learned the hard way, the tree branch and monkey tails are a bit challenging to trim around so if you're on the fence this is one set where I would recommend them (or perhaps stamping the images onto your card background and masking off the monkeys before stamping the tree branch). ;)

I framed my little monkeys using our Stitched Ovals dies and Fancy Frames Oval dies and then stamped my sentiment on a curve to match using a stamp positioning tool.  To play up the scalloped theme, I cut two scalloped borders using our Stitched Scallop dies out of the same white and red cardstock and then offset them for a fun ruffled look.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Love Monkey Valentine's Day Card (using Cascading Heart Stamps, Stitched Scallop Border Dies, Fancy Frames Ovals, & Stitched Oval Dies)

Card No. 2: Up next is a card using the swinging monkey from the set, together with the extra vines included. To frame my little scene, I used our Frilly Frames Lattice dies without the lattice insert and then masked off a smaller rectangle using Therm-o-web's Purple Tape. Next I inked up my background with tumbled glass and twisted citron distress inks before peeling off the tape. I then paired my little guy with the mailbox & letters from our Sending My Love stamps.  Finally I stamped my sentiment from the set using Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I love the look of the masked background and better yet, it's a great way to keep your card flat for mailing.  ;)
Sunny Studio Stamps: Love Monkey Valentine's Day Card (using Frill Frames Lattice Dies & Sending My Love Stamps)

Card No. 3: For this card I thought it would be fun to color the balloons in rainbow colors to match the striped paper from our Rainbow Bright paper pack for a super bright and happy card.  I inked up my cloud background using a MFT stencil and tumbled glass distress ink.  I then colored two houses from our Happy Home stamps in equally bright colors to match the feel of my monkey and framed the little scene using the negative space from our Stitched Ovals dies. To finish my card I used a sentiment from our new Over The Rainbow stamps which I will be sharing more of tomorrow.  ;)
Sunny Studio Stamps Love Monkey Rainbow Kind of Day Floating Balloon Card (using Happy Home & Over The Rainbow Stamps and Rainbow Bright 6x6 Papers)

Card No. 4: For this fun card I turned to our new Staggered Circles Die which I shared yesterday for a sweet Valentine's Day card.  I used a piece of red, pink and white striped paper from our Holiday Cheer Paper pack which inspired the colors I chose for my front card panel and circle cutouts. I then added a zig zag border detail with our Ric Rac Border stamps and stamped my sentiment with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with white opaque embossing powder.
Sunny Studio Stamps Love Monkey Valentine's Day Card (Using Staggered Circle & Ric Rac Border Dies and Holiday Cheer 6x6 Paper)

Card No. 5: For my last Love Monkey card of the day, I paired the cute monkey couple together with our Stitched Heart dies and the banner from our Sunny Borders stamps which was then stamped with my Valentine's Day sentiment from our Happy Thoughts stamps. Then I die-cut the polka-dot background using our new Frilly Frames Polka-dot dies, backed them with pink cardstock and paired them with two stitched scallop frames from our Fancy Frames Rectangle dies.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Love Monkey Valentine's Day Heart Card (using Fancy Frames Rectangle, Frilly Frames Polka-Dot & Stitched Heart Dies and Sunny Borders stamps)

Card No. 6:  I am now completely switching gears with our new A2 sized Botanical Backdrop dies.  Honestly I would have liked more time to play with these because I think there is so much more things that these fun dies can do, but I sadly just ran out of time. 

For this card, I set aside the beautiful leafy frame die that comes with this set and focused on all the cool flower dies that come in the center for a pretty Mother's Day card. I had some striped paper strips from our Dots & Stripes Pastels paper pack leftover from another project so I adhered them onto some copy paper for my own custom print.  I then layered over the top a scalloped mat using our Frilly Frames Lattice dies.  After loosely arranging my flowers in opposing corners, I cut the Happy Word from our Flirty Flowers Paper and stamped the words "mother's day" from our Happy Thoughts stamps. After I had everything placed where I wanted it, I took turns lifting the pieces and applying them to my card with some liquid glue.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Botanical Backdrop Mother's Day Card (using Happy Word Die, Happy Thoughts Stamps, Frilly Frames Lattice Dies & Dots & Stripes Pastels Paper)

Card No. 7: For this card, I took that same medium sized flower used in my last card and this time paired it with some different pieces for the center to create daffodils!  For my background I embossed a piece of blue cardstock with our new Sunburst embossing folder and then distressed it with some blue ink and my jumbo dauber to accentuate the sun rays. To create my stems, I trimmed some thin strips of green cardstock on my paper trimmer and then added the two individual leaves from the set. For my sentiment I stamped the words "thank you" from our Autumn Splendor stamps onto a banner from our Little Angels dies using Versafine Onyx Black ink. A little strip of yellow striped paper from our Dots & Stripes Pastels paper pack and a scattering of Studio Katia Radiant Pineapple Fusion sequins finished off my card.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Daffodil Thank You Card (using Botanical Backdrop die, Sunburst Embossing Folder, Dots & Stripes Pastels Paper, Autumn Splendor Stamps & Little Angel dies)

Card No. 8: My final card of the day uses the Botanical Backdrop frame and flower dies with Therm-o-web's PeelnStick Toner Sheets and their Amethyst Watercolor Foil and Lime Satin Foil Due to the foil's reflective nature combined with the dark background, this card was incredibly hard to get a good photo of, but it's so pretty in person! 

The directions on the toner sheets suggest die-cutting and then foiling, but after lots of trial and error I would say I got much better results by foiling small blocks of the toner sheet in the sizes I needed for a particular color and then die-cutting them afterwards.  By doing this the foil was able to get into the stitched grooves of the die (versus leaving black toner paper showing by doing it the other way).  I love these toner sheets though and it took away much of the frustration I have with foiling--It was super fun to be able to create custom colors and die-cuts from a single sheet of toner paper  Even better, I was able to combine these sheets with their foam adhesive sheets to die-cut dimensional flowers with one pass through my machine!

I think the glitz of the foil paper makes it ideal for a classy wedding card.  I added some pretty bling by Queen & Co. to my flower centers and heat embossed my sentiment using our Everyday Greetings stamps with silver embossing powder.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Botanical Backdrop Best Wishes Metallic Flower Wedding Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Here's an example of just a few of the fun ways the flowers from our new Botanical Backdrop dies can be layered...


Sunny Studio Stamps: Botanical Backdrop Die-cut Floral Flower Examples

I'm so happy 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, January 6th. :)

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Here's a closer look at the new Love Monkey stamps & coordinating dies and new standalone Botanical Backdrop dies used today (available for purchase on Friday, January 4th).

Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing Love Monkey 4x6 Photopolymer Clear Valentine's Day Love Themed Stamps   Sunny Studio Stamps: Love Monkey Coordinating Metal Cutting Dies   Sunny Studio Stamps Botanical Backdrop Dies with Leafy Stitched Frame & Layered Floral Flowers

Other Sunny Studio Supplies Used:
Autumn Splendor Stamps
Autumn Splendor Stamps
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Happy Home Dies
Happy Home Dies
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Happy Home Stamps
Happy Home Stamps
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Little Angels Dies
Little Angels Dies
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Sending My Love Dies
Sending My Love Dies
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Sending My Love Stamps
Sending My Love Stamps
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Stitched Heart Dies
Stitched Heart Dies
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Stitched Scallop Dies
Stitched Scallop Dies
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Sunny Borders Dies
Sunny Borders Dies
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Sunny Borders Stamps
Sunny Borders Stamps
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Tsukineko Jumbo Dauber
Tsukineko Jumbo Dauber
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Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
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Cascading Heart Stamps
Cascading Heart Stamps
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Fancy Frames- Ovals
Fancy Frames- Ovals
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Fancy Frames- Rectangles
Fancy Frames- Rectangles
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Rainbow Bright 6x6 Paper
Rainbow Bright 6x6 Paper
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Happy Thoughts Stamps
Happy Thoughts Stamps
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Happy Word Die
Happy Word Die
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Holiday Cheer 6x6 Paper
Holiday Cheer 6x6 Paper
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Stitched Oval Dies
Stitched Oval Dies
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Flirty Flowers 6x6 Paper
Flirty Flowers 6x6 Paper
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Dots & Stripes Pastels 6x6 Paper
Dots & Stripes Pastels 6x6 Paper
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Sunburst Embossing
Sunburst Embossing
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Over The Rainbow Stamps
Over The Rainbow Stamps
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Staggered Circles Die
Staggered Circles Die
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Frilly Frames Lattice Dies
Frilly Frames Lattice Dies
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Frilly Frames Polka-Dot
Frilly Frames Polka-Dot
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Everyday Greetings Stamps
Everyday Greetings Stamps
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Radiant Pineapple Sequins
Radiant Pineapple Sequins
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100 comments:

  1. Those little monkeys are soooo cute! Terrific cards. Cheers.

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  2. Love the floral cards! I love making Valentines cards for my grandkids, thanks for the cute ideas!

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  3. Love the adorable monkeys! I stil like to create Valentines cards as an adult.

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  4. So excited for the monkey set (as I don't own any monkeys yet, hooray!) and loving how nicely you are showcasing your new backdrop dies! x,D

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  5. The monkeys are darling. And the flowers are amazing. I love the foiling tips. Thank you. Great release! Wonderful cards.

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  6. Ohh those monkeys!!! Love them!! Amazing cards Mendi!!!

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  7. These little monkeys are the sweetest! Of course I still love making valentines! I am a card maker aren't I?!! Loving this release so far!

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  8. Mendi your new designs are so sweet!!

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  9. Love those monkeys!! Fabulous cards!

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  10. Loving these new monkey stamps and floral dies! I don't make too many valentine cards but one special family member is born on this day and gets two cards, Birthday and Valentine's Day.

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  11. The botanical die is a must have!!!! Love that one.

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  12. The monkeys are so cute!! They make great cards for Valentine's Day. I still enjoy making Valentine's day cards for my husband and our 2 kids.

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  13. Those monkeys! I'm dying. Those are so cute, and my hubby happens to love monkeys... Win, win!

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  14. Love those cute monkeys. I still enjoy making Valentines for my daughters, granddaughter and sister.

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  15. Cute monkeys and beautiful flowers!
    I do love making and sending Valentines!

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  16. I create Valentine's cards for my sons' class/friends. If there are any extras, I give it to my co-workers.-Maria Giselle B.

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  17. Aww those monkeys are adorable! I enjoy giving Valentines to my hubby and 3 kids.

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  18. OMG!!! Love this new release! Those monkeys are adorable and I know I have
    to get the Botanical Backdrop. This can be used with so many cards.

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  19. Love those cute monkeys. I am adoring the rays embossing folder and the frilly frames. They are so perfect!!!

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  20. Eeekkk! Those MONKEYS are absolutely adorable. Beautiful cards.
    Unfortunately, I don’t make or send valentine’s cards any more. x

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  21. My favorite is the botanical backdrop .
    that's great. It is to use for many beautiful C ards.

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  22. What adorable monkeys! I do enjoy making valentines and giving them away.

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  23. I design Valentine's Day cards
    for my stamping class but I don't
    send any out. Everybody who
    would get a card would be in the
    class. the monkeys are cute
    hanging from the vines - have
    to put them on my shopping list.
    thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. can't wait to monkey around with these cuties!

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  25. Yep! I make them for my hubby, my (adult) kids, and a couple of friends. Those monkeys are SO cute!

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  26. I never did send/give any Valentine's cards. It's not traditional for Slovenia (where I'm from). I think it's a great idea no mater how old you are :) You can make others smile anytime :)

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  27. Oh, my, gosh! I must have the monkey stamp set - adorable!!!!

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  28. I love the floral die so much!!! And those new background dies are a must have!!!!

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  29. Yes! I still enjoy making and giving Valentine's Day cards. I mainly make them for family and a few close friends. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  31. The monkeys are so cute! I love making Valentine's Day cards/gifts!

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  32. Love love the adorable monkeys! I mostly make Valentine's day cards to sell at work.

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  33. Cute critters but the botanical backdrop steals the show for me today. I mostly help my girls with Valentine's Day projects for their classmates.

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  34. Darling little monkeys and very cute layouts. Wonderful. :-)

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  35. I love Sneak Peek weeks because I get to see SO many fun designs!! The little monkey cards are so endearing and joyful, and I love the creative ways the flower dies were used. The idea to create a daffodil is fantastic! I never would have thought of that and I love daffodils, so I'm thrilled with that fun inspiration!

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  36. So so cute. I love the cute monkey's!

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  37. The floral cover plate is very cool... I’m intrigued!!! And of course, the monkeys are on the wish list!!!

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  38. I love sending Valentine's! It my favorite holiday to craft for.

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  39. You did monkeys! So darling. I make my husband a Valentine card and I make my grandson's valentine cards for his little preschool. He is my sweet little monkey so this stamp set is a must and on my wish list. :)

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  40. super sweet cards - thanks for the inspiration !!
    I still enjoy making Valentine day cards:)

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  41. Super cute monkeys! They can be used for all kinds of cards! Love the botanical backdrop die, too! Lots of possibilities with that as well. Love making Valentine’s Day cards!

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  42. Valentine's Day is not a big tradition in my country.

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  43. Love the flowers. Sunny Studio stamps never disappoint!

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  44. The monkeys are just adorable! This would be a perfect set for my grandkids to make valentines!

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  45. Great cards today. The monkeys are cute and the botanical is so pretty. Valentine cards made for the grandchildren.

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  46. Omg...those monkeys must be mine...so stinking cute. Love the cards

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  47. These are beautiful. I spotted some of my favorite!

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  48. I love the monkeys soooo much! And yes, Valentine's Day cards are FOR EVERYONE to create and enjoy!

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  49. I was never much for Valentine's Day cards as a kid and I still don't do much with them as an adult. However those Love Monkey's may just change my mind this year LOL, they are too adorable!

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  50. I like creating Valentine's cards. I give them to my husband and my friends. :)

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  51. I don't send many, but I do like to send a few Valentine's Day cards. The floral die is fantastic.

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  52. Yes, I still like to make cute Valentine's cards.

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  53. yes - I still make, send and enjoy getting Valentine's Day cards!

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  54. Love the adorable little monkeys. I do create Valentine's Day cards and little gift bags to give away.

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  55. So cute!! Yup! I still love to create Valentines Day cards :)

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  56. Nice projects! Yes, I do make a few Valentines Day cards

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  57. How can anyone resist these charming monkeys!

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  58. Adorable cards, as always! And yes, I still send Valentines cards. :)

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  59. EEEEEEEKKKKK!!!! These are just the Cutest monkeys EVER!!!!!!!
    I only give valentines to my hubby and 3 kids!!!

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  60. I don't usually send out Valentine's Day cards, but I am this year. :-)
    I love the monkeys! So adorable!!

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  62. I love the monkeys, so cute. I send Valentine cards to my grown children, along with some candy and to my grade school and toddler nieces and nephews.

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  63. Those sweet monkeys are absolutely adorable!!!!! ❤️

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  64. I have been making and sending Valentine's cards for years and I am thinking about that cute Cascading Hearts stamp for this year!

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  65. Adorable, sweet and beautiful. Fabulous designs and inspiration. I usually just make one Valentine's day card for my sweetie.

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  66. Wonderful cards!
    As an adult, I don’t send out Valentine’s cards anymore - not since my own kids were in elementary school and we made up cards for their friends (that was fun, especially with my daughter!)

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  67. I love making Valentine's
    Day cards! These are all
    so fun and pretty.
    Carla from Utah

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  68. I like being able to tell my friends that I love them, but I'm terrible about timeliness, so by the time I'm done with Valentines it's more like summer love cards! And I'm totally in love with these monkeys!

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  69. I love making Valentine cards for my family and friends and also usually make little Valentine goody bags for my granddaughters.

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  70. Those monkey cards are adorable! I only make a few Valentines cards to send out, but I would use the monkey stamp set year round.

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  71. SQUEAL!! I LOVE the NEW Products and Inspiration!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and for the chance to WIN!! Hope you have a FABULOUS Release Week!!

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  72. I still love to create cards for family.

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  73. Yes, I still love making Valentine's Day cards.

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  74. Those monkeys are too cute! Yes, I still like to make Valentines day cards!

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  75. I’m completely in love with these adorable monkeys! I don’t usually do Valentines cards but these monkeys could be used for anniversaries or birthdays too. It’s going on my wish list!

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  76. oh these monkeys are just too adorable! love, love them!

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  77. oh these monkeys are just too adorable! love, love them!

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  78. I love it all! The cow is adorable. I like the stand alone dies also!

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  79. I don't usually make Valentine's cards, but these monkeys are so cute that I may have to make a few. :) Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  80. I make them for my kids' classes at school and nieces/nephews - not really for my friends!

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  81. Oh, those darling monkeys! I am smitten with those 3d Botanical Backdrop flowers!
    Nope, no Valentines cards, but oodles of friendship cards all year long!!

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  82. Such cute cheeky monkies, love them x

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  83. I love the flowers, so beautiful!!! I'm not a monkey person but these are pretty cute!!

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  84. Omg sunny studio is getting better and better. Look foward to their release all the time josmary

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  85. Botanical Backdrop and Staggered Circles look fun! I do try to make Valentine cards for my siblings & parents every year. It's like a thinking of you and love you card all in one, since I don't see them very often and we all rarely talk on the phone. Besides, I have to use all the cute Valentine themed stamps & dies for someone! :)

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  86. I make a Valentine card for my husband and son, but I hate spending money on stamps and dies for just 2 cards a year. I usually make do with existing or digi stamps, geometric patterns (after all they're cards for guys), and sometimes computer generated sentiments.

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  87. Love the Botanical Backdrop die - so cool that you get the frame and separate flowers.

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  88. For Valentine's, since my kids are out of elementary school, I enjoy making little cards to send to them or stick in their lunch--but I do not make the big class sets anymore.

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  89. Love those monkeys - really cute :)

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  90. Standalone Botanical Backdrop dies so beautiful!

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  91. SO MUCH CUTENESS and SO MUCH BEAUTY
    LOVE the ADORABLE monkeys ... my sister always wanted one as a pet when we were growing up ... ADORE the flowers and AMAZING Botanical Backdrop dies - WOW!
    No, no official Valentine's Day cards but I do send cards filled with love and hugs, for no reason at all throughout the year to remind loved ones just how PRECIOUS they are, so you could say that yes I do, in a less formal way :)

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  92. I’m most excited about the puppy stamps

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  93. Those monkeys are so cute! I make a Valentine's card for my hubby, but that's it. Although maybe if I can get my act together, I can make them for my niece and nephew too.

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    1. Shoot, I did it again and entered my Instgram into Pintrest - it's staceykowbel. I really need to pay more attention and make sure I'm clicking on what I think I am!

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  94. I love sending Valentines to my grandchildren and doing fun, cute Valentines Day things for them and my children and husband.

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  95. I really don't "do" Valentine's Day. but there sure is a lot of cute stuff!!

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