Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Sneak Peek: Penguin Pals, North Pole, Winter Scenes & Window Quad Dies

Hello and welcome to day 4 of our Fall & Winter Peek Week!  All this week I am showcasing cards using our newest collection which will be available for purchase on Friday, August 21st. 

Today's sneak peeks include three cute new 4x6 stamps sets perfect for both Winter and the Christmas season, along with matching dies and two versatile standalone die sets. There's a lot to share again today so let's dive right in!

Card No. 1:  My first set of cards showcase our new Penguin Pals Stamps, as well as our newest scene building border set called Winter Scenes. These can be layered together with and compliment last year's Scenic Route Stamps beautifully. For my card here I used the fir tree border which can be colored green as I did or in a sparkly white to look like they are covered in snow. This set comes with a removable stamp that is just a curved line that I used here to create my water's edge. You could also use it to color your scene to look like a frozen pond for ice skating or omit it entirely and layer it together with some snow slopes. Both the Penguin Pals set and the Winter Scenes set come with an ice block, each flipped a different direction so I was able to use the two together for my little penguin duo here.  

I used the coordinating Winter Scenes dies to cut out the area above my line of trees and also cut the same curved line from some masking material so I could mask off my trees and ink up my water with Salty Ocean distress ink and then used the small wave stamps from our Spring Scenes Stamps to make it even more evident that they were floating in an icy pool of water. For my sky I inked up my card base with some Tumbled Glass distress ink and then added a couple stitched clouds using our Fluffy Cloud dies. Finally, I stamped my punny greeting with clear VersaMark ink and then heat embossed it with some white embossing powder.

Card No. 2:  For my next card I turned to our new Window Quad Circle dies which are a follow-up and alternative option to our Window Trio Circle dies and Window Trio Square dies.These not only create this great grid design with four stitched circles, but in their negative space they include two stitched circles, two plain circles and 4 mini poinsettia flowers you can layer together (I have an example of that later in this post). I just love how quick cards come together when using these dies and they're such a great way to frame little critters! 

For this card I cut a number of scalloped borders from our Sleek Stripes Paper using our new Slimline Basic Border dies, layering them together for a fun ruffled look. The Penguin Pals set comes with a number of mini snowflakes in the set so I heat embossed several of them onto my background, scattering them almost like I would with sequin embellishments. A simple twine bow tied below the sentiment helped visually balance things out a bit with the two "heavier" penguins on the left side of the card and also helped give my card a more finished look with my transition between my card background and the ruffles.

Card No. 3: This card uses our second new standalone called... You guessed it, Window Quad Square dies. The negative spaces for this die set comes with all the pieces you need to make adorable mini tags which I share an example of later in this post. This time I decided to use the dies for a square card measuring 4.25" x 4.25".  

I started by inking up a piece of white cardstock with Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire distress inks before flicking on some water, dabbing with a paper towel and then flicking on some watered down white paint. In my case I made a number of backgrounds and then walked away from them for several days so they had plenty of time to dry, but if you want to speed things up I would recommend zapping the finished panel with a heat gun to make sure it's good and dry and then using an anti-static tool generously over the surface so make sure there's no moisture left on the paper surface to attract embossing powder where you don't want it when stamping your sentiment.

I colored my little Penguin Pals with Copic Markers and colored all their accessories in red for a fun red, white and blue color scheme. For my heart balloons, I used a .1 Copic Multiliner pen with a small clear ruler to draw in my own balloon strings around the sentiment. This card was really simple and easy to make, but in the end it turned out to be one of my favorites.  I think it's the beauty of these dies and how well they frame our little critters with a quick crank through the die-cutting machine.
Sunny Studio It's penguining to look a lot like Christmas Punny Handmade Holiday Card (using Penguin Pals Stamps & Window Quad Square Dies)

Card No. 4: Up next is a card featuring the solid version of that same heart balloon from our Penguin Pals Stamps. For those that don't love coloring, these images can be layered together to save time or used separately. I love the way a solid balloon image looks when overlapped with other colors using die inks giving the same look as a real transparent balloon!

Before stamping any balloons though I started by cutting out a cloud border from masking material using our new Slimline Nature Border Dies and inking up my sky with Tumbled Glass distress ink. These dies are 9 inches long which give you a ton of options when using them on a 4.25" wide card.  It almost looks like I used a larger border set with three separate cloud border dies, right? I tell ya, even I was surprised by how much I fell in love with these long slimline dies!

For my sentiment I used one of the stitched circles that pop out from our Window Quad Circle dies and layered it over a circle cut using our Staggered Circle Dies. I cut a thin strip from the rainbow chevron print found in our Surprise Party Paper pack to tie in with all the colors in my balloons, but somehow my card was just feeling a little blah and off balanced. That's when I realized layering in some cute clouds from our Spring Showers Stamps would be the perfect way to fill some of those visual gaps.

Card No. 5: For my last Penguin Pals card today, I paired them with the new little igloo and snow covered tree from our new Winter Scenes Stamps and the larger igloo from our retiring Polar Playmates Stamps.  

The Winter Scene Stamps also comes with a number of little individual circles perfect for creating your own custom snowy background. To create mine, I arrange all my circles onto a 1-inch square block in such a way that I could keep stamping the same pattern over and over again without having to mess with moving them around each time. When I was done a saw a couple spots where it looked empty so I just stamped those with one of the tiniest circles to fill in the gaps. In hindsight as I'm typing this I realize I probably should have taken a wet paint brush to lighten up the centers of each "snowflake" to lift up some of my distress ink behind them to turn them more white, but let's pretend I did that before spending 30 minutes editing my photo.  ;)

For my snowy hills, I used the stitched slopes from our Slimline Nature Border dies and then tucked all my images between them. The Penguin Pals set comes with several fun things for the penguins to hold like a letter to Santa, two candy canes, a bell to ring, balloons, two fish and of course the penguin that already comes holding a cute string of holiday lights.

Sunny Studio Stamps Penguins with Igloos & Snow Slope Stitched Hills Handmade Holiday Christmas Card (using Winter Scenes & Penguin Pals Stamps)

Card No. 6: Staying with the icy climate, we have another fun set to introduce called North Pole! This set comes with four cute elves, another Santa to compliment last year's Santa Claus Lane set and Mrs.Claus! For my card here I paired the new stamps with the sleigh and Santa's bag from Santa Claus Lane and the log cabin & fir tree backdrop from our new Winter Scenes Stamps. For my background I inked it up with a light layer of Salty Ocean distress ink and then heat embossed our Snow Flurries Stamps over the top, stamping them twice side by side.
Sunny Studio Blog: You're A Friend Like No One Elf Elves with Santa's Sleigh Punny Handmade Holiday Christmas Card (using North Pole, Winter Scenes and Snow Flurries Stamp Sets)

Card No. 7:  For this card I used the two other elves from the North Pole Stamps with their outstretched arms creating a scene of them all jumping up in unison. For my snowy backdrop I inked up my sky with tumbled glass distress ink and then repeatedly stamped and heat embossed our Frosty Flurries stamps until my background was covered.

For my snowy hill, I tried my best to align one of the sloped dies from the new Slimline Nature Border dies onto my paper so that perfectly centered in the middle of my A2 sized card and then added a basic straight stitch to the bottom edge of my panel using our Slimline Basic Border dies. I left a little room along the bottom for a strip of red gingham paper from the Holiday Cheer Paper pack to peek out. I then stamped my punny sentiment in red ink and added a trio of red hearts which I cut out using our Basic Mini Shape Dies 2 set.  This is another card that was fairly simple in design and assemble, but I think it just might be my favorite with these stamps.

Sunny Studio Blog: Have Your Elf A Merry Little Christmas Punny Elves Handmade Holiday Card (using North Pole Stamps, Slimline Nature Border Dies & Holiday Cheer 6x6 Paper Pack)

Card No. 8: For my next card I thought I would create my own "patterned paper" heat embossing the little elves from the North Pole set in my background on a piece of the red grid print from our new Classic Sunburst paper (shared more fully tomorrow). There were some gaps between the elves created by their outstretched arms so I filled them in with some die-cut shapes cut from white cardstock using our Basic Mini Shape Dies 2 set for the mini hearts and one of the smaller snowflakes from our Snowflake Circle Frame Dies.

For my focal point images, I colored the elves with Copic markers and framed them with a stitched scallop circle using our Fancy Frames Circle dies. I used a sentiment from the set, stamping it onto one of the banners from Banner Basics which I inked up with mowed lawn distress ink and fussy cut out.
Sunny Studio Blog: Spreading Christmas Cheer Red & Green Holiday Card (using North Pole & Banner Basics Stamps, Fancy Frames Circle Dies & Classic Sunburst Paper)

Card No. 9: Up next is a card showcasing Santa and Mrs.Claus from the North Pole Stamps. The set comes with a plate of cookies and a nice list for Santa to hold. I kept my card very simple, just inking up behind the couple with some Worn Lipstick distress ink and stamping the sentiment from the set below them. For my holly border and background paper I used prints from our Holiday Cheer Paper pack, adding stitching to the edges and a small scalloped border with the Slimline Basic Border dies. As a final touch, I added glossy accents to each of the holly berries on the borders.
Sunny Studio Blog: "You're On My Nice List" Santa with Mrs. Claus Red & Green Holly Holiday Christmas Card (using North Pole Stamps, Slimline Basic Borders & Holiday Cheer Paper)

Card No. 10: My last North Pole Card is another simple design using or new Window Quad Square dies. I backed the openings featuring Mrs. Claus, Santa and the elves with a patterned paper from our Very Merry Paper pack. My greeting combines the word "Christmas" from our Alpaca Holiday Stamps and the die-cut "greetings" word from our new Slimline Scalloped Frame dies.Sunny Studio Blog: Christmas Greetings Elves with Santa Claus & Mrs. Claus Stitched Grid Style Card (using North Pole Stamps, Window Quad Square Dies & greetings word from Slimline Scalloped Frame Dies)

Card No. 11: My final card of the day spotlights the fun mini poinsettia dies and stitched circles that come with our Window Quad Circle dies. Each of the 4 poinsettias in this die set have scored petals and can be "fluffed" up for extra dimension. For my flowers I cut a large and small version from red cardstock, inking up the centers with a little finger dauber and some Barn Door Distress ink and layering them together. I also cut a large green one from green cardstock for my leaves which I offset and adhered below my main flower, topping them with Wine Berry Pearls by Studio Katia in the center of each. For my sentiment I die-cut the word "Christmas" using our Christmas Garland Frame Dies and the word "merry" was heat embossed above it using our Merry Mice Stamps.
Sunny Studio Merry Christmas CAS Poinsettia Handmade Holiday Card with Stitched Circles (using Window Quad Circle Dies, Christmas Garland Frame Dies & Merry Mice Stamps)

The Window Quad Square Dies also come with a little bonus to make use of all the openings which includes all the pieces you need to create mini tags which are a smaller version of our Build-A-Tag #2 dies. Here are just a few ways you can mix and match them using our Holiday Cheer Paper, Striped Silly Paper and Classic Gingham Paper.  For the word "to" I used our new Inside Greetings Holiday Stamps with some Versamark ink and white opaque embossing powder.
Sunny Studio Blog: Mini Red & Green Stitched and Scalloped Holiday Gift Tags (using Window Quad Square Dies, Holiday Cheer Paper, Striped Silly Paper & Classic Gingham Paper)
That wraps up today's sneak peeks.  I'm so happy to have you hang out with me today. I read all your comments and they mean so much!  I'd love to give a $25 gift code to one lucky winner using the rafflecopter below.  Make sure to keep checking back all this week for more peeks & prizes. The contests run through Wednesday, August 26th at Midnight PST with winners announced here on Sunday, August 30th. :)

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Sunny Studio Stamps Penguin Pals Winter 4x6 Clear Photo-polymer Stamp Set  Sunny Studio Stamps North Pole Metal Cutting Dies Set  

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Sunny Studio Winter Scenes 4x6 Clear Photo-polymer Border Stamps  Sunny Studio Stamps Winter Scenes Metal Cutting Dies Set

Other Sunny Studio Supplies Used:

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
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Tsukineko Jumbo Dauber
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Versafine Onyx Black Ink
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Frosty Flurries Stamps
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Polar Playmates Dies
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Snow Flurries Stamps
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Fancy Frames-Circle Dies
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Classic Gingham 6x6 Paper
Classic Gingham 6x6 Paper
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Striped Silly 6x6 Paper
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Woodland Borders Dies
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Holiday Cheer 6x6 Paper
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Alpaca Holiday Stamps
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Staggered Circles Die
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Mini Basic Shape Dies II
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Fluffy Clouds Dies
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Surprise Party 6x6 Paper
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Santa Claus Lane Stamps
Santa Claus Lane Stamps
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Santa Claus Lane Dies
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Christmas Garland Frame
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Banner Basics Stamps
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Banner Basics Dies
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Spring Scenes Stamps
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Spring Showers Stamps
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Spring Showers Dies
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Slimline Basic Borders
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Slimline Nature Borders
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Slimline Scalloped Frame
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Classic Sunburst Paper
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Polar Playmates Stamps
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Sleek Stripes Paper
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VersaMark Watermark Ink
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76 comments:

  1. Wow!!!! What a release❤❤❤!!! Awesome cards and amazing stamp sets! I love the way everything goes together so perfectly!!! Reading your blog made may day!!! THX

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    1. Thank you Christine. Your sweet support always brightens my day.❤

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  2. Great new release. My want list keeps growing.

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  3. Oh my those penguins!!!!!! So adorable!!!

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  4. I am not that big on scene stamps. I guess since I live in a city it would be city based stamps

    I love those penguins and those mini tags. There goes the budget.

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  5. Cuteness overload! Really puts me in the holiday mood. Those penguins and elves are sooooo cute!

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  6. Wow! All of these cards are so cute esp. the elves!

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  7. Love the mini tags and poinsettias! I don't make scene cards very often but have been trying to build a collection of scene stamps for each season. Always looking for scenes for cute critters. Can't wait for the release.

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  8. OMG! I LOVE the elves and Santa! TOO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I need that set! I would love to see cloud and sunshine scene stamps!

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  9. So much cuteness and your cards always bring a smile gto my face. Love the quad dies - must haves!! I don't make a lot of scene type cards, but how about mini seasonal theme sets?

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  10. Love today's showcase, Mendi! So cute! Nature and farm scenes would be great.
    Rosalie πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸ€Ά

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  11. Love those connected circles die. How about hills and fences, like barbed wire.

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    1. Waving My Wand used my exact words. SO MUCH CUTENESS! Can’t wait.

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  13. ANIMAL scenes are my favorite. Maybe some animals that live underground--a mole, mice, squirrels, and others.

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  14. Everything is so cute today! I don’t make scene cards very often but would like to see more seasonal scenes or maybe a zoo scene or perhaps the interior of a house - a kitchen or living room - complete with a widow looking to the outside. Or maybe a classroom scene or............ guess I better stop cuz I could go on and on! πŸ˜‰

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  15. Simply darling@! I would love clouds!

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  16. Love this new release! I would love to see constellations and nature! I do love those cute penguins!

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  17. Those penguins are beyond cute, I'd love some city and outdoor scenes. Thanks for the chance.

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  18. Awesome designs!
    I love Halloween, so some scene building elements for those cards would be fun.... spooky trees, jack o'lanterns, haunted house, graveyard, etc.

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  19. Sorry, I don't have a suggestion for scene cards. But I love your ideas.

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  20. I’d like some lake or pond scenes. The elves are so cute. Loving this release!

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  21. Your stamps are out of this world🌎❤! Because most of us stampers out there struggle the most with guy/masculine cards, I would love to see pond, speedboat, fishing, kayaks! Just imagine your artistry with a raccoon fishing!!! πŸ₯°πŸ˜

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  22. Loving all the Christmas stuff. Sunburst paper, beautiful and the penguins are too adorable. Great Day!

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  23. OMG! These penguins and elves/Santas are sooooooo cute. I know I could never do them justice with coloring but I doesn't mean I wouldn't love to have them. I think I'd like more pond scenes to go with the older turtle set. Jaycee C.

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  24. Ooo, I don't know about backgrounds, since I tend to not do scene cards. But whatever you come up with, I'm sure it will be adorable. Those penguins make me smile so much.

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  25. I love the elves a d Mr/ Mrs Claus. The outdoor scene is great.

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  26. I don't do scene building. I'm not confident enough in my coloring to tackle them.

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  27. I would like some floor stamps! Wood planks, tile things like that and with dimension larger in front and gets smaller towards the middle of the card.
    Love these holiday cards and tags!!!

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  28. Love these super cute stamps sand dies!

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  29. Oh my goodness super duper adorable!!! I don’t usually do scene type cards but these are absolutely fantastic and are inspiring me to want to creat some! When I have created scenes I usually find my themes are beachy scenes with animals or holiday scenes with animals. Gnomes are my new favorites so I’d love scenes with gnomes. I’d also like to try outdoor scenes with kayaks, fishing, or boats to use for masculine type cards.

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  30. Just the cutest!! Amazing release! I don't do scene building.

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  31. How about sunrise and sunset scene stamps?
    Love the Penguin birthday balloon card!

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  32. Love the cute penguins & the Winter scenes & dies! Awesome new release! Can’t wait for everything to go on sale!

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  33. I don't do many scene cards, but I'd love to see stencils of clouds or water/paint to create some fun backgrounds.

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  34. Those are cute penguins! For scenes...either a generic cityscape in your style or something to use with woodland animals (ponds/water and not-just-pine trees?)

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  35. Hooray the holiday release. I love the scene stamps and would love to see more winter scenes. Trees with no leaves. Snow covered buildings and trees.

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  36. How adorable! I love penguins. I would love any outdoor scene stamps. Some cute garden scenes for spring & Easter would be nice.

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  37. Cute and fun cards. I like farm and lake scenery.

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  38. I love mountains and waterfalls so maybe some scenes that are more masculine. I struggle with masculine cards. Thanks for all the inspiration today!

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  39. I’m obsessed with those little balloons 😍

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  40. Love these adorable
    Penguins! All the
    new stamps are so
    fun.
    Carla from Utah

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  41. I would love more
    mountain scenes.
    Carla from Utah

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  42. The beach is my happy place. I would love to see beach scenes. I love the North Pole stamp set and the window quad squares!

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  43. I would love to see a wildflower scene or maybe a mountain scene

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  44. I love that window quad die!

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  45. Some kind of flower scene. Loving this release!

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  46. I would love to see garden scene stamps.

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  47. I love all of your scene stamps. I’m sure I’ll “need” whatever you come up with!

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  48. I would like to see birthday party scene building stamps

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  49. I love that the scene stamps are building up, so that its easier to create a scene.

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  50. Oh my goodness, those elves are adorable! Super fun new products.

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  51. Road trip scenes would be fun:)

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  52. Love the cute penguins! My sons and husband love anything Jeep, motorcycle or off roading! They would love a card with images like that on it!

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  53. Not that I don't love everything, but those new tags with the quad windows... I'm all over it.

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  54. A gingerbread house scene would be cute for the holidays!

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  55. wow so many great new sets with this release! Happy number 5!

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  56. I would like to see dessert/forest with a running brook/mountain scenes in the future.

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  57. I love the new release! The penguins are my favorite! So cute and sweet.

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  58. Loving the window square tags you created. So cute!

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  59. So much fun with today's look at the new release. Those penguins are so fun! Perhaps a mountain scene?

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  60. SWOON!! I LOVE ALL of the NEW Products!! My FAVORITE would have to be the Winter Scenes Set, but I also LOVE both of the NEW Die Sets too!! I'd LOVE to see some more Background Dies!! Maybe a FUN Plaid Design, or a Gingham!! THANKS for sharing all of the AMAZING Inspiration!! Have a FABULOUS Release Week!!

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  61. I would love some party themed scene builder elements. These cards are gorgeous. Card #11 is my favorite!

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  62. Talk about smile-making festive showcases here! Love them! Would be delighted to see a mountain scene...or perhaps one that includes a waterfall...and, of course, slimline versions as well as A2 size. Love your slimlines!
    ~carol

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  63. Eleven more adorable cards, plus those sweet tags - Mendi, you've been busy!! Those little penguins are too cute for words and I love Santa, Mrs. and elves too!! Just love the slimline additions and would love to see more!!

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  64. I bought those great background stamps. Love the penguins!

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  65. The penguin cards are adorable. Love the bright and colorful Christmas tags.

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  66. Not a big scenes card person. I love the penguins. 😊

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  67. List keeps growing, cute penguins!

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  68. The window quad squares and circles are my must haves!

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  69. You have such a great assortment of scenes or things to make scenes already! The only scene I'd love to have is a craft room scene with crafty things like a big shot, craft mat, brushes, etc. :)

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  70. I’d love anything with more critter options! I love making tags the most and critters are usually my favorite to make a scene from.

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