Thursday, September 4, 2014

Pretty Peonies

Tonight's the night! Our September Release products will officially be available starting at 12:00 a.m. EST tonight at wplus9.com, as well as at many of your favorite retailers. You can see all of the upcoming products at the bottom of this post. But we still have lot's more to share with you!

I have several projects to share with you today featuring Pretty Peonies. I absolutely LOVE this set! The images are nice and large and there are several orientations and sizes of a Peony-like flower. Now, this is my artistic interpretation of a Peony. They come in so many varieties - from bulbous round flower heads to ones that are more open with irregular petals. I've modeled mine after the more full open Peonies.

Each image has at least two images that you can stamp together and many have more. It is up to you how many layers you choose to use. And each has been designed so that you can use only one of the steps if you choose! So many possibilities!

For this first card I wanted to show how much detail can be achieved when you use all of the steps for each image. To create the flowers I stamped the base image, the detail image, and the outlined image all in Stampin' Up Regal Rose dye ink. The gradual build-up of intensity by using the same color creates a subtle depth that just adds so much interest.

There is also several leaves and foliage, and some fun little filler flowers included. I followed suit for the foliage by stamping the base and outline images in the same color. And, the best part? You don't have to worry about exactly lining everything up! As long as you stamp in the same orientation, each layer will compliment each other. There are gaps and incompletions in most of the images to help foster that loose artistic feeling.

All that this design really needed to finish it off was a bold sentiment. For that, I used the Walt Disney quote from Dream Believer, also available starting tonight.

Pretty Peonies also has a companion die available as well. This makes building gorgeous bouquets a piece of cake since you can move everything around until you get it just the way that you want it arranged before committing and glueing anything in place. With the addition of the stems included in the set, you can really pull of some amazing looks.

In this example you can see how well the images stand on their own without the addition of the outline image as well. I was able to get a little more contrast between the base and detail layer even though I used the same color ink by stamping off. I inked up the base in Sweet Nectar PURE COLOR Dye Ink and stamped it off onto scratch paper before stamping it onto the die cut without re-inking. Then I stamped the detail image full strength.

The die cuts are designed to hold the entire assembled image including the outlines, but they work just as well without them too!

I used the new Wplus9 EXCLUSIVE Lattice Frame Die as a backdrop for my bouquet and added a sentiment from Strictly Sentiments 5 to finish this card off.

You can also use just the base images along with the outlined images. In my next example I stamped out a little floral cluster and then stamped all of the outlines and a few details of the filler flowers in black.

To keep with the free flowing feel of the flowers I added some random dot clusters around the flowers using Dream Believer in black. And I used the same set to add my sentiment onto a tag die cut using the Timeless Tags 2 die.

A die cut butterfly from the upcoming Small Butterfly Frame die adds the perfect finishing touch of whimsy. I have fallen in love with this little gem and you will be seeing a lot more of it in the upcoming days! I die cut it from White cardstock and colored it using a sponge dauber and Sweet Nectar PURE COLOR Dye Ink. Yes, I have a slight obsession with this color!

And finally, I used a similar layout to the card above to create another 4 bar card from some scraps. I wanted to show you a softer painterly look. Our inks have that self-blending, almost smoothing quality. It makes it the perfect ink to achieve a great simulation of something hand painted.

This was actually one of my "practice" pieces I created while trying to figure out color combos. I stamped the base of the flowers in Sweet Nectar PURE COLOR Dye Ink and added the details in Flamingo PURE COLOR Dye Ink. For the leaves and stems I used Mojito PURE COLOR Dye Ink, and Appletini PURE COLOR Dye Ink.

The sentiment was again added using Dream Believer, and some "splats" were added to the background using Ink Splats.

I just love the range of styles the Pretty Peonies and Pretty Little Peonies sets can cover. I also specifically designed this set to help achieve some gorgeous watercolor results, and was so excited to see how well it translated into stamps. But, that deserves another post all on it's own. So be sure to come back tomorrow to see what I mean!

September 2014 Release - available at midnight 09/05/14

Photopolymer Clear Stamps

Dream Believer
6x8" Clear Stamp Set
$21 USD

Pretty Peonies
6x8" Clear Stamp Set
$21 USD

Pretty Little Peonies
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Little Bits
3x4" Clear Stamp Set
$6 USD

Punny Produce: Tomatoes
3x4" Clear Stamp Set
$6 USD

Steel Rule Dies

Dream Believer Companion Die
$14 USD

Pretty Peonies Companion Die
$16 USD

Pretty Little Peonies Companion Die
$8 USD

Dreamcatcher Die

$13 USD

Wplus9 EXCLUSIVE Lattice Frame Die
$18 USD

Small Butterfly Frame Die
$16 USD

More From the Design Team

  • Iwona "Chupa" Palamountain - Chupa is sharing a fabulous creation using Dream Believer.
  • Kara Vrabel - Kara has more gorgeous ideas for the Lattice Frame Die.
  • Joni Andaya - And Joni is getting a little punny with Punny Produce: Tomatoes.

Giveaway Alert

Would you like to win the the Pretty Peonies Stamp Set, the Pretty Peonies Companion Die, and the Lattice Frame Die before you can buy it? Just leave a comment below by 10:00 p.m. EST on 09/04/14 to enter. I will select one random winner from all comments. Winner will be posted on our Releaser Winners page by 11:00 p.m. EST.

Good Luck!

As always, thanks for stopping by. And be sure to come back tomorrow, because I have even more to share with you featuring this fantastic release!

163 comments:

  1. Lovely cards using these stamps and dies!

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  2. those stamps are so beautiful and not having to stamp them perfectly - total bonus - gives you so much freedom - so versatile. The lattice die - omg. love it!

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  3. Love these stamps! So much possibility!

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  4. Beautiful cards! I am looking forward to having these Pretty Peonies sets in my stash and being able to create something lovely with them.

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  5. Wonderful cards! I love the pretty peonies!

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  6. WOW!!! amazing creations!! Love your new release :)

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  7. WOW stunning cards!! Endless possibilities!!!!

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  8. These are gorgeous. Love all your builder sets. And that lattice frame is amazing!!!

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  9. Gorgeous cards! Yes, I would love to win these beautiful peonie goodies! Thanks for the chance!

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  10. Oh wow those are gorgeous cards! Love the colour combinations and all the new sets are awesome :)

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  11. Wonderful! I love peonies, have them in my garden and had them in my bridal bouquet. I'll definetley get this set :)

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  12. Amazing stamps and cards! I want it all!!! ;)

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  13. These are beyond beautiful. A set that will definitely have to be added to my stash :)

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  14. Oooh I've totally been looking forward to seeing how you'd use the peonies sets - added straight to my wish list! :D

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  15. Oh my goodness, Dawn! These cards are just absolutely beautiful! The peonies are a must have for me, such a pretty flower! I really love the black outline technique.

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  16. Wow. These cards are GORGEOUS. Peonies are my absolute favorite flower!! I especially love seeing them paired up with the lattice frame! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  17. I'm always impressed by what you come up with. I love Wplus9 and I need more!!

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  18. Love the peonies in my garden and love that I can have them all year round with your gorgeous stamps and dies!

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  19. Oh my, would I ever love to win these!! Fabulous designs, Dawn!!

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  20. This stamp set is to die for! Amazing! Love the cards!

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  21. Oh boy, would I! Those three things are at the top of my wish list!!!! You make such wonderful works of art!! Thanks for the generous giveaway!! (P.S. Love having a release this month!)

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  22. Gorgeous peonies...they look so elegant! I saw the adorable Punny Produce ...the sentiments are so cute.

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  23. Gorgeous cards, I love peonies!

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  24. Beautiful samples, I'm loving these gorgeous flowers!

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  25. I LOOOOOOVE WPLUS9 stamps! I always have a hard time picking what to get. And your cards came out so great!! :)

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  26. I adore the cards you've made with the peony stamps, seriously can't wait to buy them!

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  27. OMGoodness Dawn! Love all the cards but my fave is the one with lattice and vellum, just beautiful!!!

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  28. Gorgeous card I luv it these sets are so versatile n amazing

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  29. Love Love Love all these Gorjusss cards!
    This is such an awesome stamp set... An absolute Must-Have!!!
    Thanks a bunch for the chance!

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  30. Oh, yes! Would I ever love to win the Pretty Peonies set! It's wonderful, Dawn and your cards are all stunning!

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  31. Would we like to win? Oh yeah! lol Thanks for the chance to win and thanks for sharing such beautiful samples :)
    Kate xx

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  32. kkossa28@yahoo.com

    I recently discovered you. I love the watercolor tutorials. The new stamp sets are great.

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  33. This special September release is fabulous, Dawn! You are going to do my crafting budget some serious damage!! Keep the goods coming!! :)

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  34. I would absolutely want to win this gorgeous set, so many possibilities. Your cards are simply a work of art,
    breathtakingly beautiful, love the designs!!!!

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  35. Beautiful cards... The pretty peonies, dream catcher & believer sets are on top of my wishlist now :)

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  36. Would love to win some stamps! love the new release. Thank you

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  37. I LOVE seeing the different variations of blooms and details! Stunning cards today!
    Sweet Nectar is going in my cart as well:) Such a refreshing color!

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  38. Wow this new release is awesome love those peonies. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  39. Gorgeous cards! Love the peonies and thanks for adding the long stems!

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  40. Beautiful cards! Love the variation with the peonies.

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  41. Oh yes - would love one of these sets. Have just been playing with "More Fresh Cuts" this morning, and love the effects you get with your layering stamps. So many options.

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  42. They're all beautiful! And I absolutely love the Punny Produce sets...they just crack me up ("from my head...tomatoes")!

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  43. Yay!!!! This release is so awesome I want it all!

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  44. That peonies set is gorgeous! I love how the layers build up!

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  45. Your cards are just beautiful--what a pretty stamp set!

    Chris L.

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  46. Oh my gosh these are beautiful! The possibilities with this stamp set are endless!!

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  47. I love this set so much! I can't wait to get it into my hands! Your cards today are absolutely amazing... you always make everything look so easy and beautiful!

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  49. I love your stamps and your techniques for watercoloring! Cant wait to buy it! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  50. Stunning stunning stunning sets... just adorable in every way!!!

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  51. Yeees, of course I want to win! Beautiful Peony stamp sets. I also liked Little bits stamp set. It's good to have stars and hearts in one set. Thank you for the chance to win :)

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  52. I love every single card/project that I see made with the Pretty Peonies set! It makes the most gorgeous flowers and all of the cards turn out beautifully!

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  53. Great new stamp sets, and these cards are gorgeous! :-) xo

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  54. This stamp set is awesome...these card samples by your design team are stunning!!!

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  55. As always, your projects are fabulous! The new stamp sets and dies are amazing!

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  56. These cards are beautiful! Love the stamps and the dies.

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  57. Beautiful dawn! I have been loving all the peony cards I have seen this week The two sets are really gorgeous.

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  58. Wow! What a fantastic new release! And as always your sample projects are absolutely AMAZING!

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  59. In LOVE with these stamps and dies!! Absolutely gorgeous creations, though I expect nothing less :)

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  60. So beautiful! I love the Lattice frame die!

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  61. These are fantastic. I really like the second bouquet style card. Really lovely.

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  62. I envy everyone's artistic talent

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  63. Wow! I love these! I really love the lattice die with the vellum over it and the florals on top! Gorgeous design idea!

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  64. I knew as soon as I saw this stamp set that I'd want it!! Love the peonies and the cards you've created with it!

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  65. Your cards are beautiful. I can't wait until midnight.

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  66. I love Pretty Peonies!!! Your cards are stunning.

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  67. Great stamps! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  68. Absolutely beautiful stamps and dies for this release! Can't wait to put them all in my shopping basket!

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  69. Your cards are just beautiful. Love every design you created. The stamps and dies are awesome.

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  70. I am not normally drawn to floral sets but yours this month are fabulous! And your cards...gorgeous!

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  71. You've showcased the peonies wonderfully with your mix of pretty cards.

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  72. I am a big WPlus 9 Design Studio fan, and love everything that you create. This new release is of course no exception. :)

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  73. Gorgeous samples and fantastic stamp set! I love the outline images with the solid ones. So, so, so pretty!

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  74. I just love your building image sets! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  75. I love the Pretty Peonies stamps and dies. The samples are so beautiful!

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  76. Wow! Love the new Pretty Peonies set. The cards you created with them are so beautiful.

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  77. gorgeous floral set. love the two step stamping. The possibilities are unlimited with this set.

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  78. Absolutely gorgeous cards. A terrific release.

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  79. ONG I think I need everything from this release! The flowers are absolutely stunning!!

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  80. Great cards - I love those flowers!

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  81. What gorgeous cards! I adore the color combinations - especially pink and navy, it's something I've been really drawn to lately.

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win something, too. It's super generous and kind of you to do so. :)

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  82. Another fabulous release with more gorgeous flowers to play with! Especially love the lattice frame and peonies!

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  83. Gorgeous cards and a great release! I can't wait to place an order. However, I would love to win today's give away!!

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  84. I really love this sets!!
    It's so beautifl and pretty!!

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  85. As the name already says: PRETTY! Your cards are beautiful, too! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win!

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  86. Flowers are my favorite stamps, and these peonies are just gorgeous. One way or another they will be joining my stash!

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  87. Thanks for the chances to win. Great release with lots of sweet products!

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  88. GORGEOUS CARDS! I really like the Lattice Frame Die...:)

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  89. gorgeous cards so glad you created this set! (This might have posted twice I apologize for that!)

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  90. I love what you've done with this set! I can't wait to try it out!

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  91. Love the peonies!! What a great builder stamp set!! The lattice die is great too!

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  92. Love peonies - the real ones and the stamps you've created! I would love to win this set so much!

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  93. The cards are beautiful! Love that the stamps are so versatile :)

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  94. Absolutely LOVE the pretty peonies. Love that you have a realistic floral image and a drawn kind of floral image. Great features.

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  95. Very beautiful cards. I totally love the stamp set.

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  96. Absolutely stunning cards! Love this floral set! So happy to see you included stems for making bouquets! The Lattice Frame looks gorgeous with the florals!

    Andrea McCulley
    prayalways421 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  97. Oh, I love these! Gorgeous stamps, Dawn! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  98. Love the variation of the stamps. These endless possibilities are making me so excited.

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  99. Love your cards! Especially the one with the black outlines. They're all stunning. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  100. All of your designs are so pretty and the Pretty Peonies is an awesome set.

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  101. Thank you for such a detailed post showing so many possibilities using the Pretty Peonies, it really demonstrates how versatile these stamps are. Thank you also for explaining about the evening out properties of the WPlus9 inks - this property goes a long way to producing professional results. And yes, I'd love to win some of your products as I have not had a chance to try them yet.
    Paula (PEP)

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  102. Hope I made it on time :) Sending big hugs all the way from Australia :)

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  103. Oh my! What a seriously gorgeous and fun set this is!!!!!!

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  104. Beautiful stamp sets and even more beautiful cards!

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  105. Love this beautiful set. Peonies are a favorite of mine!

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  106. My jaw drops with each new release!!! Outstanding!!!

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  107. I love these cards and would love to win this stamp set. Thank you for the chance to win all of these goodies !!!!

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  108. Beautiful card and love your new release. So many possibilities.

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  109. These are soooooo beautiful. Love the different looks you can get with them :)

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  110. Oh, Dawn! The Pretty Peonies set is just lovely! It would be such fun to make cards with one of my favorite garden flowers! ♡

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  111. Wow!! This set is gorgeous!! LOVE your cards!

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  112. I have immediately fallen in love with Pretty Peonies. I'm smitten! Gorgeous, gorgeous cards, Dawn!

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  113. I would love to win this Pretty Peonies set--you're right, it's pretty! Thanks for the chance!

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  114. Oh my goodness the Pretty Peonies are just so precious <3 love your creativity bunches

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  115. Sharon c. Love the new peony stamps. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  116. I just love those stamps!!! and the cards you made with them are just exquisite!!! Love the fonts on the greetings....

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  117. Many companies are doing releases right now and this is the best of those I've seen. Another set of winners!

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  118. I always love seeing what you do with any of the Wplus9 stamps!

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  119. I love these floral sets! What wonderful inspiration... Your cards are beautiful and really show how versatile these two floral stamp sets can be. This is a must have!

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  120. Love this stamps and the versatily of them! Wish I can win! Thanks Dawn for the oppurtunity!

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  121. Exceptional designs. Can't wait to try the peonies sets!

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  122. These are such pretty flowers and your cards showcase them beautifully!

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  123. I have searched for the perfect Dreamcatcher stamp for years and now here it is, complete with dies! I can't wait to have it and make beautiful cards. Great release!

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  124. Beautiful cards!! Can't wait to see the watercolor version of the peonies!

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  125. Such lovely Peonies. I have several groupings of Peonies throughout my yard. Grand and great job on all those cards.

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  126. So beautiful and love that you can add so much detail. This will definitely be a favourite of many!!

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  127. All of your cards are beautiful! New products are awesome!!

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  128. Peonies are my absolute favorite flowers. They are so gorgeous and you did such an amazing job creating them :)

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  129. I love that lattice die. That card is my favorite of all of them . The peony stamp is beautiful and adding the tags to the cards was a great idea.

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  130. Hi Dawn,

    No wonder your company is one of my favorites!!! So many GORGEOUS STAMPS, and your talent leaves me breathless!!!! My favorite one is the first one, although I loved every one of them!

    Cariños,
    María Alba

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  131. Oh my goodness, the new stamps are crazy gorgeous!!! Wow, wow, wow.

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  132. These cards n stamps are so lovely n beautiful

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  133. Your lattice card and the tag cards with the new peony set are beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win the set and dies.
    MaryB

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  134. ALL of these cards are so amazing! IF I were to.win this set, I'd have a hard time putting it down!! There are so many techniques racing through my mind!!!

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  135. These cards are so gorgeous! I love the peonies! Thanks for the chance!

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  136. WOW Dawn! These cards are gorgeous! I've always loved peonies… these are must have sets! TFS! and thanks for the chance to win!

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  137. especially love larger peony set......so pretty

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  138. A very expensive month - I want them all - stamps and dies!
    Dawn, your sense of artistry just speaks to me...

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  139. What a release! Everything is beautiful from the dream catcher to the peonies and then of course I loved the punny produce!
    Well done!

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  140. Love theses stamp sets! So gorgeous!

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  141. These stamp sets are so gorgeous! I love the cards you've made. Each style is just breathtaking!! Thanks for the chance to win!! <3

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  142. Peonies are one of my favorite flowers and the images are just gorgeous! Absolutely love the lattice die!

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  143. Beautiful card. You do lovely work.

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  144. I would love a chance to win these gorgeous new goodies! Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations- you're SO talented Dawn :)

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  145. I would love to win these. The stamps are so beautiful!

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  146. Your peonie creative are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing & the chance to win this fabulous set!

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  147. This set is a definite purchase for me. Your cards are stunning.

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  148. Very beautiful examples. Thanks for the chance to win Pauline

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  149. Lovely cards - thanks for showing all the different ways to use this stamp set. Would love to win it - thanks for the chance!!

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  150. These stamps are simply gorgeous . Want it!

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  151. What a lovely and versatile stamp set. Beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  152. Simply beautiful! The entire new release sets are by far my fav!!! Your stamps are the best!

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  153. I love your stamps,. especially the flower builders!

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  154. LOVING LOVING LOVING the New Release!! SO EXCITED to create with these!! THANKS for sharing and for the chance to win!! Have a Fabulous Week!! =)

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