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Friday, February 19, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Reason To Smile Release Blog Hop - Easter Greetings - Stamp Kissing


Hi everyone!  Thanks for stopping by!  Welcome to the Simon Says Stamp Reason To Smile product release blog hop!  Simon has just released some fun new products that you're going to love.  It includes a fun assortment of stamps, dies, embossing powder (Rose GOLD?!?) and even Simon felt!  Wowza!  You can check out the entire release by clicking HERE.  I've created a couple of cards for you, along with a video tutorial.  And there's even a giveaway too!


I have a fun project for you today featuring the new Melody's Easter stamp set and coordinating dies. And I'll be showing you how to do a little stamp kissing to add some fun texture to solid image stamps.  I've created a video tutorial walking you through the entire creation of this card.  Be sure to check it out below.

I love this little egg image from the Melody's Easter stamp set.  I thought it would be so much fun to stamp this image in lots of different colors.  I used a variety of fun spring ink colors, including Simon's Maliblue, Pale Blush Pink and Mint.  I also used the Hero Arts Butter Bar and Pale Tomato inks.  This makes for a fun and colorful spring palette.


I also thought it would be fun to add a little bit of texture to this otherwise solid image stamp.  I achieved this with a little bit of stamp kissing.  I first inked up my stamp using my ink pad.  I then kissed the image to a background stamp.  This pulls the ink off in the area where the solid stamp kisses the background stamp and adds pattern to the solid stamp.  


I found that I had best results when adding a little bit of Versamark ink to the background stamp prior to kissing the inked image to it.  I also found that this technique is all about the pressure.  You truly want to kiss the solid image to the background stamp.  You'll lose definition if you apply to much pressure during your kiss.  Think a soft peck rather that a fast and furious makeout session. ;)  Once you've kissed your stamp to the background stamp, you can then stamp your image on to the paper.  Voila.  You've added fun pattern and texture to your egg!  Keep in mind, you won't get perfectly crisp clear pattern with this technique, but it's a fun way to add texture!   


I stamped several of these eggs in various colors and patterns and then die cut them using the coordinating dies.  Die cutting them allowed me to adhere them to my card using varying depths.  Some have foam adhesive, some are adhered flat.


The greeting also comes from the Melody's Easter stamp set.  I white heat embossed the greeting on vellum.  I love that each of the greetings in this stamp set are separate, allowing you to combine them easily to suit your need.  And for the faint at heart who don't like to cut their stamps...you're all set.  No cutting necessary here!

I layered all of my elements up and added some patterned paper.  I pulled in a little bit of gold (of course) and added a bit of sparkle with some Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  Love love love the soft colors, sparkle and texture!


I also created this card using the new Spring Flowers stamp set, also a part of the Simon Says Stamp Reason To Smile release.  I'll be sharing a video tutorial on this very soon.  I'll show you how I created some awesome sparkle watercolor using the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens.  


I love these beautiful and very whimsical flowers.  They're perfect for watercolor!


Giveaway Information

At every stop along the hop, Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a Simon Says Stamp prize package valued at approximately $50.  Leave a comment on here and at every stop along the way for your chance to win.  The winners will be drawn this coming Tuesday, February 23, 2016.  

Your next stop along the hop is Shari Carroll's blog.  I'm sure she has something fabulous for you.  Click HERE to hop on over there.  To make sure you don't miss any inspiration, be sure you start from the beginning at the Simon Says Stamp blog.

Watch The Video

You can watch this video in HD on my YouTube channel by clicking HERE.  Don't forget to subscribe while you're there so you won't miss any of my card making videos.

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606 comments:

  1. as I said on Youtube , I love the kissing technique for making easy Easter eggs, that's so clever and I don't use this technique often enough I think, Great card as always!

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  2. The flowers in the new release are just perfect for lots of different techniques. Love them all and the leaves and stems are perfect too!

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  3. Like the coloring. Spring/Easter is on its way and it will soon bee time to color Easter eggs. Have a BEE-utiful day!
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  4. These are both FABULOUS! Love that bundle of eggs and the awesome contrast and layering on the second card!

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  5. Great cards Carissa <3 I can't wait to learn more about how you did the flower one too. So fun having you hop with us today!!

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  6. Both cards are lovely! I need to remember to use the kissing technique more - so creative!

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  7. Cute cards--I especially love the daffodil one!

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  8. Love your cards. They are so beautiful.

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  9. Beautifully designed cards. Especially love all the patterned eggs and the vellum sentiment is perfect:)

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  10. You had me laughing... This kissing technique is so good for the eggs.. Love it! And your cards are so pretty!

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  11. Love your stamp kissing technique for the eggs, and that bit of gold...

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  12. I love this card!! I had never seen the kissing technique before. What a great idea!

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  13. I love this card!! I had never seen the kissing technique before. What a great idea!

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  14. The Spring Flowers set is amazing and I love what you created with it

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  15. Loved this idea... super cute i loved the layout for the card.. great share hoppin along hugs Larelle-Susanne

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  16. Those little easter eggs are adorable, I love the interest you added with the kissing technique. The flower on the other card is gorgeous. You have such a talent for combining colors, patterns, and textures on your cards, I love the different design elements and layouts.

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  17. Love that new Spring Flowers set. Oh, the possibilities!

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  18. I love the colours! I think I need to try the "kiss" technique...sounds fun and looks great!

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  19. The watercolor flowers ar so gorgeous!

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  20. These cards are really lovely and fun!

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  21. Beautiful cards!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Lovely cards! That Spring Flowers set is so pretty!

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  23. these are gorgeous! i need to try that kissing technique asap.

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  24. Hi Carrissa - thank you for sharing the kissing technique and you lovely art work - Thanks for the hop and for sharing your work - have a blessed day!

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  25. Oh my gosh I love these cards... Definitely coming back later when I have time to sit and watch your videos... Love love love!

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  26. I am looking forward to watching this video, it's an interesting technique that I would like to know more about. Thanks!

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  27. Love all the patterned eggs! Gorgeous cards!

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  28. Love how those flowers turned out...too pretty

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    1. Your cards never disappoint! Watched your video on the egg card and I always learn some new tip or technique every time! Those sequins add just enough sparkle!

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  29. Lovely cards, and great tip on the stamp kissing technique. I tried it once before and had limited success, but I'll try adding Versamark to the background stamp first next time. Your eggs turned out beautifully using that technique!

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  30. The Spring Flowers is my favorite stamp set in the release, but I love the Easter card, too. Wonderful way to also use up scraps for all those eggs. :)

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  31. Lovely cards! I am in love with the new floral designs but the easter sets are fantastic too, thanks for the inspiration!

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  32. Beautiful card with all of the pretty egg colors and gold trimmings! Always love your videos. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. Love your cards! I have yet to try the kissing technique.

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  34. I loved the stripes on the first card - very eye catching! Such awesome cards - way to go!

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  35. Love love this card..... Beautiful

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  36. Always love the look if the kissing technique but have yet to try it. Maybe today should be the day. Thank you for sharing!

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  37. Beautiful cards. Love the touch of gold!

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  38. Beautiful samples made with some great release products in your gorgeous style!

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  39. Great Cards! I'm really loving the spring flowers stamp set!! Thanks for sharing!

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  40. Love both card and especially the one with eggs. It's so soft and making me thing of spring that i'm missing a lot at the moment.

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  41. I love your cards! You have a talent for putting papers together on a card to ake it look just perfect!!

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  42. Two beautiful cards and great video!

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  43. Love how you put the easter eggs together!

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  44. Beautiful cards and just lovely designs!

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  45. Such fresh and lovely designs!

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  46. Pretty cards - you have a knack for mixing pattern papers and layering them.

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  47. Your flower card with the black striped background is awesome! Stunning!

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  48. Great cards and a fun blog hop! ;-)

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  49. Beautiful! I love the spring flowers set!

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  50. Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  51. Those are both wonderful Easter cards, thank you for sharing~!!

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  52. Great use for an old technique!

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  53. Oooo...I was all in awe over the eggs, and then you pulled out the second card. Boom. Done. Gorgeous, both of them!

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  54. love all those easter eggs!!! such a pretty card!!

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  55. Beautiful spring colours - love the cards

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  56. what a fun cluster of eggs and i love that bold black and white behind the flower!

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  57. Love the way you've taken the tulips off the rectangle. Literally "out of the box."

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  58. Beautiful! I love the gold accents. Thanks, too, for the (almost throw-away) comment about how you had tried doing it another way first. Sometimes I get the impression that you (plural, as in cardmaking bloggers!) just sit down and turn on the camera and everything works perfect! It's really encouraging to know I just need to keep trying! Thanks.

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  59. Thanks for the inspiration...the Easter card is so happy and filled with life. I love what you've done with the flowers in the second card.

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  60. Soft peck rather than full makeout session!!! Love that comment! Such pretty cards, my absolute fave from the release is the spring flowers and your card is gorgeous. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  61. Love your gold accents Carrissa, they make all your projects shine!

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  62. I love the designs of your cards, the layout and the coloring; very unique and inspirational.

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  63. I would love to know how you got the gold stitching on your spring card! It looks like it may be gold embossing, but maybe actual stitching?? Anyway it's lovely!

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  64. Love the spring flowers. Beautiful card.

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  65. Loving this! thanks so much for the tips on "kissing" the stamp onto a background stamp, will definitely try this as it looks great! ....Marcia xxx

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  66. Both cards are very nice. I especially like the Spring Flowers card, the black stripe in the background is very different - I like it!

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  67. Love the spring flowers! Great dimension and colour on both cards!

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  68. What a whole lot of great ideas and techniques in one go! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  69. How cute this card is.
    Love the kissed stamping
    on the eggs, adds so much
    to the design.
    Carla from Utah

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  70. Oh my goodness Carissa, this card is GORGEOUS! The video is FULL of tips and ideas and I can't wait to try them!
    Isn't this a FanTABulous release? ♥ IT!

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  71. Beautiful cards! I love the colors and elements you used!

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  72. Your cards are simply beautiful! Love your tutorial and technique! Can't wait to give it a try!!

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  73. Great style, I like that your stuff is a little different

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  74. Your cards are simply beautiful! Love your tutorial and technique! Can't wait to give it a try!!

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  75. I love the kissing technique! A new one to try.
    Kirsten B in MN

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  76. I'm impressed with how many different patterns, colors, and add-ons you can pull together and make it look seemless. I struggle with this a lot, never knowing how to layout my cards. Thanks for the ideas! SSS's release is great!

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  77. PS- Stamp kissing- I have never tried this, so now I'm going to experiment this weekend!

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  78. I love all the different things that can be done with all these stamps. I love the Gold.

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  79. Nice.. Glitter makes everything better...

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  80. stunning cards ♥ adore your creations. Have a blessed weekend ♥

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  81. I just love your gorgeous, layered cards, Carissa! Both are little works of art. Thank you so much for the great video! ♡

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  82. Wow! These are both incredible! I'm drooling over your sparkly flowers!!!

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  83. This gold is so striking.beautiful card

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  84. Love both the cards and your video - very inspiring! I love the soft colors of Spring!

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  85. I love your cards! I think I like the Hello one better but I love both of them.

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  86. Ok, I NEED some Spectrum Noir sparkle pens... those flowers are GORGEOUS!!

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  87. So pretty and elegant, great work!

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  88. I love your use of color on the cards

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  89. Like your use of vellum and pastels.

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  90. Very fun card! Thanks for the video!

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  91. Wished it was easter by now by looking at this lovely easter eggs

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  92. I love your style-it is contemporary and not like the traditional card makers.

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  93. Awesome cards - great designs. Love them all!

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  94. So Beautiful card! I love the kissing technique...TFS!

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  95. Both of your cards are so pretty! I always enjoy watching your videos - I like your style! Great kissing technique; I don't always think to do this so thanks for the reminder!

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  96. I enjoyed both card creations and the video was very helpful in showing us your process. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  97. I will have to try the stamp kissing. Thank you for the info and I think your cards are beautiful!

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  98. Beautiful and cute creations! Love them!

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  99. Love your cards, especially the Easter eggs.

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  100. Lovely cards, great inspiration! Love the black & white flag on your Spring Flowers card!

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  101. The Easter egg kissing technique is just perfect. Have to try this one. Thanks for sharing.

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  102. Both cards are fantastic, Carissa! Beautiful work, as always!

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  103. Such beautiful cards. I love the spring flowers.

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  104. Tami Elliott: Beautiful coloring technique! Love the way the colors blend together!

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  105. Fabulous cards. The egg card is fun and the flower card is so beautiful. Great job ;)

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  106. Both cards are gorgeous!! I love your layering!!

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  107. Great cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  108. Beautiful cards, I love the colors and layers.

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  109. That is a great technique! I'm going to have to try having my stamps make-out.

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  110. These cards were very inspiring to me. I love the layering techniques. They seem different than others I have seen. TFS your talent and techniques.

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  111. Great cards! Thanks for the stamp kissing technique tip!

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  112. Now that's a great haul of Easter eggs! Love that you thought to add pattern to the eggs! A simple older technique revived. Love the design of your Spring Flowers stamp card also. The crisp black and white looks fabulous against the watercolour.

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  113. Very creative.... love all the layering elements. Love the kissing technique.

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  114. Very pretty...and so creative. Love the eggs. What a fun way to use them.

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  115. How pretty! LOVE the gold strips and those eggs are sweet! TFS!

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  116. Both cards are fantastic, but love the spring flowers!

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  117. Your "Spring Flowers" card is beautiful.

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  118. Great cards! I especially like the Spring Flowers!

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  119. These two cards that you created were super creative and inspiring. I love the addition of the paper stripes on the egg card and the eggs are super cute. I also love how colorful all the daffodils are. The kissing technique was a wonderful technique to learn. Getting your newsletter in my mailbox definitely will brighten my day.

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  120. The 'spring flowers' and the kissing eggs are lovely. Great tutorial.

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  121. Beautiful card. I like the "kissed" eggs and the use of narrow strips of paper. Your gold edge was a great fix.

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  122. Love the design with all the easter eggs

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  123. "Kisses" to you for all the tips, the video and the beautiful inspiration cards. LOVE LOVE LOVE

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  124. Thank you for sharing your lovely ideas!

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  125. Cute and fun never saw the kissing technique before something I'm going to have to try thanks for sharing

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  126. So happy Spring is coming--these cards are so cheerful. Love the idea of coloring paper eggs.

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  127. Two great cards and thanks for the video.

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  128. Lovely cluster of eggs and Beautifully colored posy!

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  129. The first card is really cute and fun! And the second is just stunning. I love the Spring Flowers set. So thanks for the great inspiration!

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  130. Wonderful cards. I am definitely going to try the kissing technique.

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  131. Both cards are lovely but the second one is definitely the winner here for me! Absolutely stunning! This is such a great release and I must say, the more I am hopping, the more I wanna go shopping! :-)

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  132. I'm going to have to remember to use vellum more than I do now. I love the sentiment embossed in white on vellum!

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  133. Fun "kissing" technique!! LOVE your second card, so vibrant!

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  134. so many ideas...need to try to remenber kissing technique also..thanks

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  135. These cards are absolutely gorgeous. Like the kissing technique.

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  136. Great inspiration for my Easter cards I'll be starting! Thanks for sharing!!

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  137. I adore both of your cards but my favorite is the one with the Easter eggs. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  138. Another beautiful card. So, so pretty. thanks for sharing your talent with us.

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  139. Wonderful cards. I really like that flower stamp set you used. Cheers.

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  140. Spring Flower set is one of my fav. Luv what you did with it.

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  141. Such pretty cards. Thank you for sharing!

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  142. I love your second card, looks like spring ;-).

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  143. These are both beautiful. Love the kissed Easter eggs! Thanks.

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  144. Oh my goodness your cards are stunning! TFS!

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