Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Sneak Peek: Introducing Beach Buddies, Tiki Time & Stitched Rectangles

Hello and welcome to day 2 of our Summer Peek Week!  All this week I am showcasing cards using our newest collection which will be available for purchase on Friday, April 16th. 

Today I am sharing two new critter stamp sets for summer that work beautifully together or all on their own, along with our new Stitched Rectangle Dies which I shared quite a bit of yesterday. Let's jump right in.

Card No. 1: My first card features our new Beach Buddies stamps. This set comes with the same lovable critters from our previous Balloon Rides set in a new larger size, as well as a number of fun summer accessories that they can be paired with (or made to look like they are sitting inside of). For this card I paired the new sand bucket, shovel, beach bag, towel, sunscreen, sunglasses and critters from Beach Buddies with the sand castle, beach ball & umbrella from our Beach Babies Stamps. To keep a cohesive look for my busy scene, I limited my Copic Marker color palette to red, white, blue and aqua, with a touch of brown for my sand and critters.

For my backdrop, I colored my sky with Tumbled Glass distress ink and my waves from Salty Ocean which I then splattered with water and die-cut using our Catch A Wave Dies. My sandy hills were stamped using our Oceans of Joy Stamps and then inked up using Tea Dye distress ink.

This set comes with two great "Summer" and "Sunshine" script words and a number of companion sentiments that can be mixed and matched with them. For this card I stamped my greeting with VersaMark Ink onto a small strip of black cardstock and then heat embossed it with Hero Arts White Detail Embossing Powder.
Sunny Studio: Dog & Cat Beach Themed Card (using Beach Buddies, Beach Babies & Oceans of Joy Stamps and Catch A Wave Dies)

Card No. 2:
Up next is a happy card using the cute little watermelon with paws image from the Beach Buddies set that you can place in front of any of the 6 critters. I decided to use the three bears for this card (even though I realize koalas aren't technically bears) and lined them up on the smallest rectangle from the new Stitched Rectangles Dies set. For my greeting I used the phrase from our Slice of Summer Stamps which was stamped using Versafine Onyx Black ink.

To repeat my watermelon theme, I used a green striped print from our Sleek Stripes Paper pack for my background and rounded the bottom corners with my We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper tool. I then recreated a watermelon slice by inking up our Stitched Circle Small Dies and Stitched Circle Large Dies. For the red portion of my watermelon, I blended Worn Lipstick, Candy Apple and a tiny bit of Barn Door distress ink on the edges. For the other stitched circle I used Twisted Citron distress ink and then for the darkest portion of my rind I used our Scalloped Circle Mat 1 dies inked up with Mowed Lawn distress ink. For my watermelon seeds I used the largest raindrop from our Rain or Shine Dies which I cut from black cardstock and added a shine mark with my Sharpie Extra Fine Point White Paint Pen. Love when I can re-purpose supplies like that!

In an attempt to tie the two individual portions of my card together, I cut a stitched heart from red cardstock using our Window Trio Circle Dies which I then inked up along the bottom with some more barn door distress ink. 
Sunny Studio: Panda, Koala & Bear eating Watermelon Card (using Beach Buddies & Slice of Summer Stamps, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Stitched Circle Dies Small & Large, Scalloped Circle Mat 1 Dies and Sleek Stripes Paper)

Card No. 3: The Beach Buddies Set comes with two great floats including an adorable pink flamingo and a polka-dot inner tube that matches the one found in our Sealiously Sweet Stamps. I kept this particular card really clean and simple, starting by inking a cardstock panel with a pink ombre, blending Worn Lipstick Distress ink with 
the new Kitsch Flamingo distress ink. To keep a graphic feel, I started by first die-cutting the outer edge of my pink panel using our Frilly Frames Herringbone Dies and then cut out a smaller panel using the middle sized rectangle from our new Stitched Rectangle Dies. I love the results! 

For my greeting, I heat embossed the words "Happy Summer" using VersaMark Ink together with Hero Arts White Detail Embossing Powder. I then arranged my critters to look like they are sorting of floating down an invisible pink river, adding a few random rhinestones from our new Pink Spinel Jewels. It's such a simple design, but the fun retro 1950's inspired color scheme made this one of my favorites of the day!

On a side note before we move on to the next card, I should mention I wanted to see if I could make it look like my koala was coming through the tube, rather than just sitting on top so I trimmed out the back portion of the flamingo with my scissors and also tried to trim close to the koala's body so that he could just barely squeeze in. It sort of worked, but in hindsight I would probably just layer him on top like I did with the bunny next time.  ;)
Sunny Studio: Critters on Polka-dot & Flamingo Float Tubes Summer Card (using Beach Buddies & Sealiously Sweet Stamps, Frilly Frames Herringbone Dies & Stitched Rectangle Dies & Pink Spinel Jewels)

Card No. 4: My next card illustrates all the fun ways the critters can layer together with the Beach Buddies accessories to look like they are peeking out from the sand bucket, beach bag and inner tube. To frame each critter, I used the stitched squares from our Window Quad Square Dies and mounted them onto a blue checked print from our Classic Sunburst Paper pack. I finished my simple design with a sentiment from the Beach Buddies set stamped with Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
Sunny Studio Blog: May Your Day Be Filled With Sunshine Summer Card (using Beach Buddies Stamps, Window Quad Square Dies & Classic Sunburst Paper)

Card No. 5: Switching gears a bit, my next card combines the critters from Beach Buddies with the Tiki Bar, Drinks, Bird, Torch & Sentiment from our new Tiki Time Stamps. Our new Tiki Time Stamps are such a fun set with so many possibilities!  For this card I took inspiration from a photo I found when googling beach sunsets. To recreate the look, I blended Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry & Carved Pumpkin distress inks. 

For my sandy hills, I cut them using our Slimline Nature Border Dies which I inked up with Antique Linen distress ink and then stippled with various colors of Copic Markers for a sandy texture. Virgin Piña Coladas are my all time favorite so when I came across this cute sentiment I knew I needed to include it with the stamp set (the set also includes a separate "~" to include over the letter "n" for those that want to write it properly in Spanish).
You are the Pina to My Colada Tiki Bar Light Up Car (using Beach Buddies & Tiki Time Stamps and Slimline Nature Border Dies)

Card View with Light-up Feature: Using Chibitronics White LED lights together with Copper Foil Tape & Coin Batteries I turned my card into an interactive light-up card. This was my first time dipping my toe into this arena and I was surprised at how easy it was with the help of THIS tutorial as a guide. Since my design didn't have a good way to add a "push me" type button, I added the small flower as a way to tell the recipient where to push. It just sort of worked out that it also helped offset the bird in the top left corner of my card and add a bit of balance to my overall card design. 

To give my on/off button over my battery enough space to stay off when not being pushed, I built up the entire background with one layer of foam tape, cutting around the battery portion as shown in the linked video. I then added a second layer of foam tape for my second sand dune except for where the batter was located.  This gave me just the clearance I needed to allow my lights to shut off when not in use. 

This was seriously so much fun! I can imagine this becoming a small addiction to see what else I can light up. I was able to save quite a bit of money by skipping Chibritronics starter kit and buying my other supplies in bulk at a cheaper price. I now have enough supplies to make 15 light up cards. In fact I think I have enough copper tape to make 50 cards so that was a really good value and will most likely last me forever.

You are the Pina to My Colada Tiki Bar Light Up Car (using Beach Buddies & Tiki Time Stamps and Slimline Nature Border Dies)

Card No. 6: Up next is a fun hula inspired card using the Elephant from the Tiki Time Stamps. My family did a little one-on-one hula lessons when visiting Hawaii's Polynesian Cultural Center about 15 years ago and this card with them all lined up in the grass reminds me of that experience. 

To create the base of my card I started by cutting my scalloped background using our Fancy Frames Rectangle Dies, trimming down my notecard about 1/8" before mounting the scalloped frame to it. Our new Stitched Rectangle Dies have been designed to not only compliment these Fancy Frames dies, but also to work together with all of our previously released Frilly Frames Dies. As a bonus, none of the stitched rectangles in this set, duplicate the sizes found in any of our other die sets.

My sky was inked using a light touch of Peacock Feathers distress ink and the grass was created by blending the new Rustic Wilderness Distress Ink, together with Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron. I then cut the grassy edge using the border die that comes with our new Picket Fence dies (which will be featured fully on Thursday). For my custom punny greeting I used the words "happy" and "day" from our Happy Thoughts Stamps and paired them with the word Hula which I cut using our new Chloe Alphabet Dies (being shared tomorrow).
Sunny Studio: Happy Hula Day Punny Elephant Card (using Tiki Time & Happy Thoughts Stamps, Chloe Alphabet Dies, Fancy Frames Rectangle Dies & Stitched Rectangle Dies)

Card No. 7: My next card is another take on the Tiki Bar from the Time Time set. This time I used it on a horizontal card and paired it with the koala and sunhat from the Beach Buddies set. For my ocean inspired background I inked up a panel using Broken China and Peacock Feathers distress ink which I splattered with water and set aside to dry. I then inked up a strip of white cardstock with Antique Linen distress ink for my sand and cut the stitched edge using our Woodland Border Dies. To fill the empty void in my background, I stamped and colored a couple of palm trees from our Tropical Scenes Stamps with Copic Markers and tucked them behind my sand dune. 

For my foreground I arranged the tropical banana leaves from the Tiki Time set to look like a plant growing on either side of my scene, also adding a parrot from Tiki Time and a crab from our Oceans of Joy Stamps. The Tiki Time set comes with the "seas the day" punny sentiment, however the word "seas" was feeling a bit too small for this particular card so to make it feel more prominent, I spelled out the same word using our Loopy Letters Dies. This was one of those cards where I kept tinkering with it, add a little bit here and a little bit there, but in the end I really love how it turned out.  
Sunny Studio: Koala with Tiki Bar Card (using Tiki Time, Beach Buddies, Tropical Scenes & Oceans of Joy Stamps and Loopy Letters & Slimline Nature Border Dies)

Card No. 8:
For my last card of the day I used the two little parrots from the Tiki Time Stamps together with the tree branch from our A Bird's Life Stamps. To give my tree branch a more tropical feel I layered it with some leaves and flowers from the Tiki Time set. This type of tree branch might not exist in real life, but I love the tropical vibe it gave my card.  To frame my little bird couple I added a stitched circle cut from our Dots & Striped Pastels Paper using our Stitched Circle Small Dies. This was actually a scrap sitting on my desk as a leftover from a shaker card window I cut for a card I will be sharing tomorrow and when I saw it, I thought it would be a cute way to frame my bird couple and looked a bit like an over-sized moon behind them.

My background was inked up with a heavy layer of Salty Ocean distress ink and then trimmed down using our Stitched Rectangle Dies. When my background was fully dry, I heat embossed my sentiment from the set using VersaMark Ink and Hero Arts White Detail Embossing Powder. Some Cornflower Blue Jewels were the perfect way to finish this simple card and give it a little touch of sparkle.
Sunny Studio: Parrots on Tropical Tree Branch Card (using Tiki Time & A Bird's Life Stamps, Stitched Circle & Stitched Rectangle Dies and Dots & Stripes Pastels Paper)

That wraps up today's sneak peeks. I'm so happy you spent a part of your day with me today. I read all your comments and they mean so much!  I'd love to give a $50 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 Saturday, April 17th at Midnight PST with winners announced here on Sunday, April 18th. :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway Here's a closer look at the our new Beach Buddies Stamps & Dies, Tiki Time Stamps & Dies and Stitched Rectangle Dies used today (available for purchase on April 16th).

Sunny Studio Blog: Introducing Beach Buddies 4x6 Clear Photopolymer Stamps Sunny Studio Blog: Introducing Beach Buddies companion metal cutting dies

Sunny Studio: Tiki Time Tiki Bar with Hula Girl Elephant & Fruity Drinks 4x6 Clear Photopolymer StampsSunny Studio Stamps: Tiki Time Companion Metal Cutting Dies Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing Stitched Rectangle Nesting Metal Cutting Dies with Banner Pennant dies

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A Bird's Life Stamps
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A Bird's Life Dies
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Oceans of Joy Dies
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Oceans of Joy Stamps
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Chloe Alphabet Dies
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Picket Fence Border Dies
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Tsukineko Jumbo Dauber
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Versafine Onyx Black Ink
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Beach Babies Stamps
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Beach Babies Dies
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Fancy Frames- Rectangles
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Happy Thoughts Stamps
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Woodland Borders Dies
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Loopy Letters Dies
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Dots & Stripes Pastels 6x6 Paper
Dots & Stripes Pastels 6x6 Paper
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Catch A Wave Dies
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Tropical Scenes Stamps
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Tropical Scenes Dies
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Slice of Summer Stamps
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Sealiously Sweet Stamps
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Sealiously Sweet Dies
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Frilly Frames Herringbone
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Slimline Nature Borders
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Window Quad Square Die
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Classic Sunburst Paper
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Sleek Stripes Paper
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Scalloped Circle Mat 1 Dies
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Stitched Circle Small Dies
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Stitched Circle Large Dies
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Hero Arts Morning Glory Ink
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Hero Arts White Detail
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VersaMark Watermark Ink
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Rain or Shine Dies
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Pink Spinel Jewels
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Cornflower Blue Jewels
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72 comments:

  1. These summer scenes are darling, so many sweet images on these card. I'm most looking forward to camping at the beach this summer!

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  2. I'm most looking forward to make holidays at the Lake Constance and to sit outside in a cafe or restaurant.

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  3. Fabulous and super cute scenes and images!

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  4. I'm looking forward to just sitting in the warm sunshine this summer.

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  5. After being isolated for so long I'm looking forward to backyard bbq's with my son and his fiancee, and long walks or drinks on the patio with friends!

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  6. I'm looking forward to recuperating from 2 surgeries and hoping that we can replace liner in our pool so my husband & I can enjoy!

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  7. omg these cards are so cute! the tiki hut!!! my fav activity is going to the beach! and the tiki hut!

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  8. SOOOO looking forward to feeling safe enough to go to festivals! It's always an exciting time when you start releasing sneak peaks!! :)

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  9. I NEED the BEACH BUDDIES SET! I look forward to getting out and BBQing with family and friends!

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  10. I cannot believe how sweet these cards are! (The koala does looked like he's popping perfectly). I need those awesome loopy letter dies. Every time I see that crab Imsmike...cuz I have him! Terrific examples thank, that was a lot of fun and inspiration!! This summer, being outside. I putz with gardening and can't wait for those fresh veggies. Still smiling, thanks!

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  11. fabulous inspiration - so looking forward to being outside in the garden

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  12. Love the Beach Buddies stamp set! Great cards today.

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  13. Lots of summer cuteness in your card examples! You always include so many fun images in your stamp sets! I’m looking forward to warm summer mornings to sit on my porch and have coffee with my hubby or just sit and read!

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  14. Color can be intimidating, but u make it look so easy!!! Super FUN release!!! Cant wait for Friday! I am most looking forward to FISHING!!!! ☀️☀️☀️

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  15. Awesome samples! Love these cards!
    Looking forward to some day trips over to Lake Tahoe this summer! When it gets hot where I live, we can get away for a day or two over in the Lake Tahoe area and cool off!

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  16. I am looking forward to just hanging outside in warm weather with family and friends as we have been in lockdown far too long. I love the beach themed stamp sets with the tiki bar and the critters in floaties

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  17. I love these sets! Tropical beach themes are one of my favorites and I think I am going to need all of these! So cute.

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  18. I am looking forward to visiting family and making new memories with my husband and grandson.

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  19. Great sets! I’m looking forward to being outside both at home and at our north woods cabin with family and friends.

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  20. My chuckle of the day was your dancing hula elephants. Sweet summer cards. This summer I look forward to being able to have my family come visit for some fun on the lake.

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  21. I am looking forward to visiting my family and friends in Canada when the border opens up.

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  22. I am looking forward to eating outside more often. I love a picnic in the park. Today's showcase is so much fun!
    Rosalie B

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  23. Love the clever watermelon slice you created!

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  24. My you have been busy. They are all so stinkin' cute!

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  25. I love the little elephants doing hte hula! All of these sets are so cute and filled with tropical fun!! I can't wait to start attending concerts and pop-up events!

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  26. So cute!! Love the colors!

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  27. No summer plans here. We may try to travel to New England in the Fall, which is on my bucket list. Being from So. Florida, I've never seen the changing colors that time of year.

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    1. I live in central VT and the trip will be worth it. Follow the leave changing maps that you can "google".

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  28. I love all these adorable beach buddies... my favorite is the tiki bar with those light up torches. What a cool idea. Wonderful cards again today!!! No summer plans, too much sickness still out there. Hoping for a fall excursion...

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  29. Tiki Time looks like so much fun!

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  30. Oh my word Mendi!!! These cards have me mesmerized here in land-locked Oklahoma! Just for a bit today you've given me the scent of salt air, the breeze in my hair and the dream of the tropics! This summer I am looking forward to eating outside on the patio and playing fetch with our grand-doggo. Terrific cards each and every one :)

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  31. Super cuteness!! Adorable sets perfect for creating fun summer scenes!!

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  32. We go to our cottage and I am looking forward to that! Love these cute sets!

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  33. A pink flamingo floaty and a tiki bar? These stamps set are just so adorable, I'm having a blast just taking it all in!

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  34. Looking forward to anything that's NOT my oncologist's office/lab or staying inside all the time! Hoping to gather with my gal pals and eat, drink, gossip, and generally be merry together again.

    More sets of cute things. Love the Tiki Bar stamps, Parrot Heads unite!

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  35. Oh my!! Such an awesome release!! Love everything, esp that tiki bar is the cutest!!!

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  36. These cards are so darling! Especially the hula dancing elephants. I can’t wait until Friday!

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  37. I like to garden in the summer.

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  38. What cute cards. I'm looking forward to going on vacation to the mountains.

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  39. I'm looking forward to traveling a bit - to California to see my son at his summer internship, and to Oklahoma to visit with my husband's family.

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  40. The beach buddies are so adorable! Love all the different options with this stamp set!

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  41. Marisela Delgado said: You always have such cute stamps! mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

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  42. Such a great release! Anything beach related has me smiling!

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  43. Super cute release! I love that Koala bear with the hat and at the tiki bar! SWEET!

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  44. I'm looking forward to cookouts, ice cream and lazy days this summer

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  45. What great sets! I am just looking forward to going somewhere, anywhere again.

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  46. How darling this release is! Love it.

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  47. These are all too stunk-um cute!!! I am looking forward to leaving the heat of AZ to go visit my home state of WI.

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  48. Oh My Gish this release is absolutely over the top cuteness!!!!! I am so looking forward to getting back to Disney! My favorite vacation spot!

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  49. Super fun designs! Thanks so much for sharing!!!
    I am looking forward to being able to visit Lake Michigan this summer. I grew up going to the beach almost every day growing up, moved 30 miles away and with the pandemic didn't really get to my happy place at all last year. Hoping that this summer I won't have to stay away.

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  50. This whole release is so sweet and it gives you the feel of a warm sunny summer to come. :)

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  51. Super cute! I’m looking forward to traveling this summer.

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  52. Love enjoying fun time with my family in the summer. Great release today. All of the little critters are adorable.

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  53. I am looking forward to playing with my grandkids this summer. They are a lot of fun.

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  54. I’m looking forward to spending time with my nieces and nephews. I miss them dearly. These beach buddies are beyond adorable 🥰

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  55. Totally love your Tiki Time set! and how you did the light up card....so cute!
    The activity I am really looking forward to this summer is coloring and card making with my girl!

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  56. Chocolate covered orange jellies - actually any of the fruit jellies that are chocolate covered would keep me happy! :D I adore the hamster and gumball machine - soooo cute!

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  57. Your beach images are absolutely darling! This summer, I'm looking forward to riding my bike and going on hikes in the mountains!
    ~carol

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  58. My favorite candies are chocolate covered cinnamon bear

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  59. So many fun new products. I do love the light up tiki torches. They really look like they are lit up!!!

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  60. I look forward to spending time outside.

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  61. So cute! Looking forward to the beach

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  62. Spending an evening at the beach is something I look forward to

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  63. Love the Tiki Bar!
    I'm looking forward to being able to visit my parents who live about 230 kms north from me.

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  64. Resuming my power walking outside when the weather is nice.

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  65. So cute - all these cards today are super adorable!! I am most looking forward to family times this Summer - especially sleepovers with my grandkids!

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  66. I'm looking forward to doing some kayaking with my kids.

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