Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Sneak Peek: Lovely Lilacs, Watering Can Stamps & Summer Greenery Dies

Hello and welcome to day 3 of our Sneak Peek Week!  Each morning this week I am showcasing cards using our newest Summer collection which will be available to purchase on April 22nd.

Today I am sharing ideas using our newest Lovely Lilacs layering stamps, Watering Can layering stamps and Summer Greenery Dies. I hope you love them as much as I do!

Card No. 1: For my first card of the day I chose to go with a red, white and blue color scheme (and a touch of yellow) for my Patriotic Fourth of July inspired card. I stamped my Lovely Lilacs in blue shades and created a shiny red Watering Can to hold them. Red is my favorite color and I would love to own a watering can like this! To continue my grouping, I added Lemons and a slice of watermelon using our Slice of Summer Stamps. A blue gingham print from our Classic Gingham Paper pack and a ric rac edge from our Ric-Rac Border Dies were the perfect way to ground my scene and balance out my blue flowers. Lastly I stamped the word hello from the Potted Rose Stamps. I love that the curve in the word worked so well with the curve of the handle, allowing me to stamp my greeting on the diagonal with the limited space I had left.

Sunny Studio Lemons & Watermelon Card (using Lovely Lilacs, Watering Can, Slice of Summer, Potted Rose Stamps, Classic Gingham Paper & Ric Rac Border Dies)

Card No. 2: For this 5-1/2" square card featuring the Lovely Lilacs Stamps I started by embossing a panel using our Dapper Diamond Embossing Folder and then layered a scalloped square in the center using our Fancy Frames Square dies. To get the frame to match my flowers, I inked it up using the same PinkFresh Blue Jay ink used for one of the stamp layers. My Mother's Day sentiment was borrowed from our Captivating Camellias Stamps and stamped over the top my Watering Can image. 

To ink up my layered butterflies from the Watering Can Stamps, I used my MISTI tool and applied ink to my first stamp layer using a little finger dauber so that I could blend different ink colors, stamping in between the different colors added. I did this for all the butterflies shared today, stamping them assembly line style by adding lighter inks near the center and working darker toward the wing tips. Using the sponge dauber to apply ink to my stamp image gave it a nice soft blend with no harsh edges. It only took a tiny bit more time, but I think the beautiful blends made it well worth it.

Finally for this card, I adhered some
Pure White Jewels to help visually balance out the bare space in the top, right corner of my card--I decided to go with white so they wouldn't compete with the other images and be visually distracting.Sunny Studio Butterflies Square Mother's Day Card (using Lovely Lilacs, Watering Can & Captivating Camellias Stamps, Fancy Frames Square Dies & Dapper Diamonds)

Card No. 3: For this card featuring the Lovely Lilacs Stamps, I paired the pretty flowers with our Layered Basket Stamps and two more of the butterflies from the Watering Can Stamps. It worked out perfectly that one of the shades from our Flirty Flowers Paper pack perfectly complemented the Lawn Fawn inks I had used for my flowers. I layered it with our Frilly Frames Polka-dot dies, choosing to only punch out the dots around the scalloped edge and leaving the others in place to keep my background from becoming overly busy. For my greeting I used our Thanks You Words die cut from a shade of purple cardstock to match my butterflies.
Sunny Studio Card (using Lovely Lilacs, Layered Basket, Watering Can Stamps, Flirty Flowers Paper, Than You Words & Frilly Frames Polka-dot Dies)

Card No. 4: Up next is a card pairing the Lovely Lilacs Stamps with our Botanical Backdrop die cut from green cardstock and inked up along the edges using Mowed Lawn Distress ink. Behind my leafy frame, I inked up a white cardstock panel using Picked Raspberry distress ink applying it darker on the outside edges and keeping the inside portion more light and airy. I tucked the lilacs around the frame to give the look that they were still growing on the bush, adding my birthday sentiment to the center using our Everyday Greetings Stamps with Versafine Onyx Black Ink. Finally I added a couple of pink butterflies from the Watering Can Stamps and a sprinkling of Pink Spinel Jewels to give my card a bit of sparkle.
Sunny Studio Butterflies & Flowers Birthday Card (using Lovely Lilacs, Watering Can, Everyday Greetings Stamps  & Botanical Backdrop Die)

Card No. 5: The new Watering Can Stamps aren't limited to just being paired with our new lilac images and in fact are a wonderful complement to so many of our layered flower sets! For this card I turned to our Cheerful Daisy Stamps to create my flower arrangement. I was delighted to realize after my scene was set, that the colors almost all could be found in the striped print from our Summer Splash Paper pack. I added my stitched scalloped edge using our Fishtail Banner II Dies and stamped my sentiment on the diagonal to match the angle using our Happy Thoughts Stamps. Lastly I added a rainbow butterfly using the same finger dauber method described for my second card to apply all the colors to my image. I love how it turned out!
Sunny Studio Colorful Daisy Card (using Cheerful Daisies, Watering Can, Happy Thoughts Stamps, Fishtail Banner II Dies & Summer Splash Paper)

Card No. 6: For this clean and simple card I wanted to make the butterflies from the Watering Can Stamps the star of the show, arranging them in a rainbow grid pattern. I started by cutting a rainbow panel from our Spring Fling Paper pack and then layered it with the largest Stitched Rectangle Die which I die-cut a second time using our Frilly Frames Quatrefoil Dies in the center. For my sentiment I white heat embossed a phrase from our new Inside Greetings Congrats Stamps (which I will be sharing more of on Thursday) onto a black banner cut using our Slimline Pennant Dies.Sunny Studio Rainbow Butterfly Butterflies Card (using Watering Can & Inside Greetings Congrats Stamps, Frilly Frames Quatrefoil & Slimline Pennant Dies, Spring Fling Paper)

Card No. 7: Switching gears, I have a series of cards featuring the tropical leaves from our new Summer Greenery Dies. For this card, I started by die-cutting the leaves from a number of colorful cardstock scraps and then inked them up along one edge with distress inks to add a little extra interest. I then set to work arranging them to fill my entire card front, cutting off any excess and saving them to add where I had openings along the edges. I kept the rest of my card fairly simple since the background was plenty busy, adding a small ric rac edge along the bottom using our Ric-Rac Border Dies. For my greeting I stamped the word "Summer" from our Radiant Plumeria Stamps using Versamark Ink on a Stitched Oval and sprinkled on coordinating colored embossing powders to match the tropical leaves in my background. I then heat embossed the word "greetings" from that same stamp set onto a leftover scrap of patterned paper from our Spring Fling Paper pack (in fact leftover from Card No.6).

Sunny Studio Colorful Rainbow Tropical Leaves Card (using Summer Greenery, Stitched Ovals, Ric Rac Border Dies & Radiant Plumeria Stamps)


Card No. 8: I created a tropical leaf frame for my next card, pairing the Summer Greenery Dies together with an opening cut using our Stitched Circle Small Dies. For my scene,  I used the boy from our new Kiddie Pool Stamps, together with the beach scene border from our Ocean View Stamps. To mask my black ink that had smeared during stamping, I decided to add some white sea foam using a Sharpie White Paint Pen and I ended up liking the happy accident. It just goes to show that the old adage is true; There are no mistakes in crafting, just opportunities to embellish. I complimented my little scene I added a coordinating yellow flower, leaves and aloha greeting from Hawaiian Hibiscus Stamps.Sunny Studio Boy in Beach Chair with Tropical Leaf Frame Card (using Kiddie Pool, Ocean View & Hawaiian Hibiscus Stamps, Summer Greenery Dies)

Card No. 9: My last card of the day pairs the Summer Greenery Dies with our Radiant Plumeria Stamps and Hawaiian Hibiscus Stamps. To help them blend together seamlessly, I chose to fussy cut all my floral images out by hand and added interest to my Summer Greenery green cardstock leaves by inking them up along one side using Rustic Wilderness Distress Ink. For my natural kraft background I combined the outside stitching from our Frilly Frames Retro Petals Dies with the inside portion from our Frilly Frames Herringbone Dies. My "Aloha" greeting was created by die-cutting the letters from our Classic Gingham Paper using our Chloe Alphabet Dies.
Sunny Studio Tropical Flowers & Leaves Aloha Card (using Summer Greenery, Chloe Alphabet, Frilly Frames Herringbone Dies, Radiant Plumeria & Hawaiian Hibiscus Stamps)

I frequently am asked which ink colors I used for my layered images. While I think there are so many great options out there, these are the colors I used today for my stamped images from light to dark:

Lavender Lilac (card no. 2 & 4)
PinkFresh Studio Soft Lilac
PinkFresh Studio Lavender
Gina K. Wild Lilac
Hero Arts Grape Juice

Lilac Alternative (card no. 3)
Lawn Fawn Fresh Lavender
Lawn Fawn Grape Soda
Lawn Fawn Juice Box
Hero Arts Grape Juice

Pink Lilac (card no. 2)
PinkFresh Ballet Slipper
Hero Arts Soft Pink
Hero Arts Bubblegum
Gina K.Passionate Pink

Blue Lilac (card no. 1 & 2)
Hero Arts Dusty Blue
Hero Arts Cornflower
PinkFresh Studio Blue Jay
PinkFresh Studio Sapphire

Green Leaves
PinkFresh Studio Grassy Knoll
PinkFresh Studio Key Lime
PinkFresh Studio Olive

Grey Watering Can
Hero Arts Soft Granite
Hero Arts Charcoal

Red Watering Can
Gina K. Red Hot
Concord & 9th Cranberry


Yellow Watering Can
PinkFresh Studio Sweet Mustard
PinkFresh Studio Marigold

Green Watering Can
PinkFresh Studio Key Lime
Hero Arts Fresh Lawn

Blue Watering Can
Gina K. Blue Raspberry
Versafine Clair Paradise

To help you line up our layered stamps I've created a special layering guide (you can click on the photo below to view it larger).  The guide shows the stamps starting with the lightest ink color, working towards the darkest, but sometimes I find it easier to start backwards when setting up my layers. They both work depending on what your preference is.  The black outline indicates where that layer touches the previously stamped layer. 

Sunny Studio Blog: Layered Lovely Lilacs Clear Photopolymer Stamp Layering Guide

Sunny Studio Blog: Watering Can Layering Layered Butterfly Butterflies Stamp Alignment Guide

That wraps up today's sneak peeks. I'm so happy you spent 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. 

Our daily contests this week run through Saturday, April 23rd at Midnight PST with winners announced here on Sunday, April 24th. :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway Here's a closer look at the our new Lovely Lilacs Stamps & Dies, Watering Can Stamps & Dies and Summer Greenery Dies used today (which will be available to purchase starting on April 22nd):

Sunny Studio Blog: Watering Can Layering Layered Butterfly Butterflies 4x6 Clear Photopolymer Spring & Summer StampsSunny Studio Blog: Lovely Lilacs Layering Layered Clear Photopolymer Stamp Set for Spring & Summer

Sunny Studio Stamps Blog: Watering Can & Butterflies Metal Cutting Dies SetSunny Studio Stamps Blog: Summer Greenery Tropical Leaves Metal Cutting DiesSunny Studio Stamps Blog: Lovely Lilacs Metal Cutting Dies Set

Other Supplies Used:

Fishtail Banner II Dies
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Chloe Alphabet Dies
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Thank You Words Die
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Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
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Fancy Frames-Square Dies
Fancy Frames-Square Dies
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Classic Gingham 6x6 Paper
Classic Gingham 6x6 Paper
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Happy Thoughts Stamps
Happy Thoughts Stamps
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Dapper Diamonds Embossing
Dapper Diamonds Embossing
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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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Botanical Backdrop Die
Botanical Backdrop Die
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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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Hawaiian Hibiscus Stamps
Hawaiian Hibiscus Stamps
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Hawaiian Hibiscus  Dies
Hawaiian Hibiscus Dies
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Slice of Summer Stamps
Slice of Summer Stamps
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Slice of Summer Dies
Slice of Summer Dies
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Summer Splash 6x6 Paper
Summer Splash 6x6 Paper
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Cheerful Daisies Stamps
Cheerful Daisies Stamps
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Cheerful Daisies Dies
Cheerful Daisies Dies
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Spring Fling Paper
Spring Fling Paper
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Potted Rose Stamps
Potted Rose Stamps
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Radiant Plumeria Stamps
Radiant Plumeria Stamps
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Radiant Plumeria Dies
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Frilly Frames Herringbone
Frilly Frames Herringbone
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Frilly Frames Quatrefoil
Frilly Frames Quatrefoil
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Captivating Camellias Stamps
Captivating Camellias Stamps
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Layered Basket Stamps
Layered Basket Stamps
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Layered Basket Dies
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Slimline Pennant Dies
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Ocean View Stamps
Ocean View Stamps
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Ocean View Dies
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Kiddie Pool Stamps
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Kiddie Pool Dies
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Inside Greetings Congrats
Inside Greetings Congrats
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Pink Spinel Jewels
Pink Spinel Jewels
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Ric Rac Border Dies
Ric Rac Border Dies
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Hero Arts White Detail
Hero Arts White Detail
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Pure White Jewels
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VersaMark Watermark Ink
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45 comments:

  1. Love all these sneaks, esp the watering can and the lilacs!!

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  2. Love the new layering sets!

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  3. Looking forward to gardening season so I am gravitating toward outside activities.

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  4. All I want to talk about is your stamps!!! Lilacs πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ The red watering can πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦ ❤❤❤ LOVE IT!!!!

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  5. Your layering stamps are awe-mazing! Lilacs and watering cans? Yes, please!!
    I gravitate towards both indoor (crafting, especially) and outdoor (walking my sweet mini schnauzer) activities. Balance!
    ~carol

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  6. I love the watering can and lilacs, so summery. Summer yea!

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  7. Outdoor, as soon as the weather cooperates!

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  8. Outdoors for sure until it gets so hot I can't stand it.

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  9. gorgeous cards.
    I find myself gravitating towards indoor activities - so hard to make cards outside - lol

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  10. I Like all of the products today, but the watering can stamps and dies are calling my name!

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  11. Your lilacs are so pretty - I can almost smell them! I like both indoor and outdoor activities and it just depends on the weather. When it's too cold outdoors then indoor activities (craft room time not house cleaning!) are for me. And when it's too hot outdoors then the above comment applies as well!

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  12. The watering can is amazing, and I love the beautiful lilacs!
    I am definitely an indoor person!

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  13. I am definitely an indoor person as I'm always in my craft room. But I do enjoy wildlife so will occasionally go visit one of the nearby wetlands. Love all your beautiful cards, so full of life & color.

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  14. I love being outside! Hiking, biking and enjoying the beaches!

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  15. Really love the lilacs and watering can. All of your card samples are just fabulous. Nice work, everyone!

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  16. I absolutely love today’s cards, stamps and dies. The lilacs and watering can are stunning and beautiful! The tropical leaves are awesome. Thank you for creating this incredible release v

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  17. I mostly gravitate towards indoor activities (reading, cross-stitching, and papercrafting), although I will read and cross-stitch outside when it's pleasant. This year, I am hoping to do more outdoor activities (picnics, walks, bird-watching, and gardening).
    Rosalie D B

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  18. I ADORE the lilacs! WOW! What a great release! I am an outdoor person but suburbs not camping :) I don't like bugs unless they are cute stamps

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  19. Wow! Such wonderful and amazing projects! I love both outdoor and indoor activities, depending on the season and temperature. :)

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  20. Oh, I am smitten with those lilacs!!! Thank you so much for giving them to us, and for making them a layered set, since I am rubbish at coloring!

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  21. The highlights on that watering can are perfect! I can see making it into a shaped tag. LOVE the beautiful lilacs!!!

    I'm outdoors until it gets too hot, then indoors.

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  22. Beautiful creations! I love the gorgeous lilacs and butterflies!

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  23. I'm a big homebody. It takes a lot to get me outside.

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  24. I'm generally indoors, because it's too hot and here in Houston a majority of the year. April-May and October-November and fall are the best month, though, and right NOW I'm really enjoying walks outside! (Love the lilac stamps - your projects are so beautiful!)

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  25. Your cards are always so cheerful, so many cute design ideas. I prefer being outside and enjoying the great weather!

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  26. Marisela Delgado said: Gorgeous cards! mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

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  27. Usually I am an indoor person. It's hard to make cards outside.

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    1. Me too! I can really relate to this statement. :)

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  28. I love your big watering can. I can’t wait for spring and planting season!
    Elizabeth P

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  29. Such darling, fun and sweet cards! Beautifully done.

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  30. Oh my goodness gracious! I love it all!

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  31. These Lilacs are sooo pretty. I love the outdoors, and outdoor activities. I LOVE nature.

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  32. I find it depends on the season if the weather is nice outdoors super cold or hot indoors.

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  33. The layering stamps are so cool. I love this concept. Super pretty florals. I love your cards.

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  34. Absolutely beautiful cards. I love outdoor activities like fishing by a lake or hiking. But I have to admit I don’t like super hot weather. 😁

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  35. I absolutely LOVE the lilacs! They are one of my favorite flower.

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  36. I'm definitely an outdoor girl. I love working in the yard, hiking, kayaking, and such. I craft more in the evenings as a way to relax after a busy day. Thanks for all the inspiration today. Love the flowers!

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  37. Definitely the outdoors type. Before I was disabled, I was a long distance hiker and marathoner. I miss the mountains. This set of cards is beautiful.

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  38. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these lilacs!

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  39. The watering can and lilacs are perfect!!! I need these stamp sets.

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  40. Lovely Lilacs! I love the layered watering can and butterflies too! Great summer release! Love the fun images and what you've done with them on your cards. I'm not much of a colorer but I enjoy others' creations with them. I will be adding the layered stamps to my wish list tho!

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  41. I like the size for the can and the flowers. The activity depends on the day, but I usually prefer outdoors.

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  42. When the weather is comfortable like it is in the spring and fall I find myself outdoors. Beautiful stamps.

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