Monday, December 1, 2014

December 2014 Release Week - Day 1

It's time for our December 2014 Release! I've been giving you some sneak peeks over on Instagram over the last week or so, and now it's time to officially unveil all of the new products hitting the stores on December 5, 2014. But before they officially go on sale we are going to spend the next couple of days previewing all of the new stamps and dies and showing you some fun ways to use them. You can find all of the new products at the bottom of this post.

Remember, the entire December 2014 release will be available for purchase beginning December 5th at wplus9.com as well as at many of your favorite retailers.

If you've been following me for a while, then you know that cute is NOT my thing. Not typically any way. But we dipped our toes in the cute waters last release and I had so much fun with them, that I decided to try a few more. And I really hope you like Winter Pals!

For my first card, I decided to use the little owl included in the set. I stamped out and colored three of them and then die cut them using the Winter Pals Companion Die. I used the tree image and stamped it horizontally to use as a branch for each owl to sit on. Then I used Copic Opaque White Pigment to brush some "snow" onto each branch.

To create the background, I cut our Landscape Borders Die from some masking paper and used it along with the Copic Airbrush system to create a cloudy background. I laid the mask at the bottom and airbrushed the top edge of the mask. Then I shifted the mask up a bit and repeated my airbrushing. I repeated those steps until I got to the top.

I gave each owl their own little unique details, notice the striped scarf? I just added a few stripes using a .3 Copic Pen. It's just straight lines, so it was super easy. To finish off the card, I die cut the Landscape Borders Die from White card stock and adhered to the bottom using foam tape. Finally, I stamped the "from all us" sentiment also included in the set onto a banner cut from White card stock using the Banner Trio Die.

For my next card, I couldn't help but create a fun shaker card featuring my favorite image in the set - this sweet little ice skating fox!

Isn't she adorable! I stamped and colored her before die cutting her. I then added a few little tassels to her scarf using a .3 Copic Pen. I'm having so much fun adding little details with the Copic and White Gel pens to customize each little critter.

I used the Copic Airbrush system along with the Landscape Borders Die to create my background. And this time I stamped the trees vertically to create my backdrop.

I used the Holiday Apertures to create the frame of the shaker. Instead of filling my shaker card with sequins, I used some Martha Stewart Course Glitter. I love how it resembles snowflakes catching the light.

While I was at it, I decided to create another shaker. This one features the Sparkle & Shine stamp set.

To create the jeweled background, I used the Clear Cut Stackers: Hearts Die to trace a heart onto watercolor paper. Using the outline as a guide, I stamped several of the gem images included in the set with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with white embossing powder.

I used several colors of Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Inks and a No. 0 Round watercolor brush to watercolor the gems. The effect is so gorgeous, and it's very quick and easy to do. I just added a light wash of each color and then came back in and dropped in a little more concentrated color here and there.

I knew I wanted to stamp the sentiment also included in the set directly in the center. But since there was heat embossing, I knew it would be almost impossible to get a good impression. Stamping on the top of the shaker acetate created a shadow that made it hard to read. So to get around that, I stamped the sentiment on a sheet of acetate in Black StayzOn ink and adhered it directly on top of the watercolor panel. Then I created my shaker card as normal, filling it with some Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

Now it's time to see what the Design Team has been up to. These ladies are amazing, so be sure to stop by! And if you see something you like, don't forget to leave them a little love while you're there.

Design Team Inspiration

December 2014 Release - available 12/05/14

Photopolymer Clear Stamps

Winter Pals
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Sparkle & Shine
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Unconditionally
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Knock Knock Valentine
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Miss You Lots
3x4" Clear Stamp Set
$6 USD

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

Steel Rule Dies

Winter Pals Die
$18 USD

Sparkle & Shine Companion Die
$3 USD

Sparkle & Shine Trio Die
$8 USD

Miss You Lots Die
$9 USD

Giveaway Alert

So what do you think? Would you like to win the Winter Pals Stamp Set and the Winter Pals Die before you can buy them? Would you like to see more sets like these from Wplus9 in the future? Just leave a comment below by 10:00 a.m. EST on 12/02/14 to enter. I will select one random winner from all comments. Winner will be posted on our Releaser Winners page by noon.

I'll be back again tomorrow with more Sparkle & Shine along with a chance to win it, so be sure to come back. This set is right in my comfort zone and I had a blast playing with it. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

136 comments:

  1. What beautiful cards you have created with the new products. Looking forward to the release.

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  2. Lovely cards ! The bg is wonderful ,snowy :)

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  3. I just love your little critters and would be thrilled to see more "cute-sy" from WPlus9 in the future! Looks like a great release! Can't wait to see more! :)

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  4. they are SO adorable! I would love to see more cute from Wplus9 in the future! that little fox is a must-have!

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  5. Woohoo! I am so excited for the release! Love those critters...how adorable! Of course, we want more! LOL

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  6. Those animals are just darling! I love your cards and can't wait to see more. :)

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  7. Absolutely gorgeous, I love these stamp sets and the cards show them off to perfection :)

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  8. Oh these cards are stunning!!! The Winter Pals set is DEFINITELY adorable, and I love it, and would love to see more of these for sure!!!!

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  9. Wow! Beautiful cards and stamp sets!

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  10. They're cute without being silly ;) Really love them! And great cards!

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  11. Awwwesome! You can do it all, Dawn! Even if cute isn't your thing, those stamps and samples look great!

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  12. These are all cute... But the winter pals is the cutest, I love anything with a polar bear. And once again your coloring is amazing! I'd love to see more sets like these.

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  13. Yes omg!!!!! They're so cute!

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  14. I'm not much for "cute" either but these Winter Pals are absolutely adorable, Dawn! Love your awesome cards! ♥

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  15. I think this set is just adorable--and I would love to see more sets like this from WPlus9! Maybe with a kitty and puppy? The cards today are so cute!

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  16. OMG!! I LOVE this New Set!! Such FUN Images and I LOVE the different ways you can color them!! =) LOVING the other cards you've shared too and I can't wait to see the rest of the release!! =) THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  17. I am not usually into "cute" either, Dawn, but this set is a "classier cute" & I would definitely use them. The sentiments compliment the images nicely, too. Thanks!

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  18. The animal set is cute. I'd like to see a birthday themed one. There's something about cutesy animals in party gear with balloons, cakes, etc that I can't resist!

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  19. The skating animals are so cute, love them and all the gorgeous samples today too, very inspiring!

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  20. Fabulous cards!! Adorable owls and fox. Love how you watercolored the gems!!

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  21. Ack! Loving this release! What a feat mix of cute, classy and vintage! That knock knock set is just too fun!

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  22. I am so glad you did cute again! I love these little animals! Your cards are gorgeous as usual.

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  23. Winter Pals is a fabulous set! Gorgeous inspiration!

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  24. I love cute! Winter Pals is wonderful! Can't wait for the little girl though! LOVE her!

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  25. I LOVE the winter pals! More please... Can't wait to see what you do with the rest of the release.

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  26. I love the Winter Pals and would love to pair them up with the Winter Woodland set!

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  27. The Winter Pals are absolutely ADORABLE! Can't wait to see more! :)

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  28. Absolutely LOVE your cute winter pals!

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  29. Sweet little Winter Pals. Love the skating fox especially! Can't wait for this for the 5th!!! Bev

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  30. Love love love that owl card, OMG!! You're rocking that fox too...what a great start to release week!!!!

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  31. I love yor gemstone heart. It is just stunning.
    Ang

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  32. In LOVE with the release so far and it's only day 1! I can't wait to play with these!

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  33. These are adorable!! I love those sweet little critters, and the gems are just amazing! Your products are always on the top of my must-have list! <3

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  34. This stamp set is absolutely delightful, love the cuteness!

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  35. Dawn, I've known for some time know that you are just amazing with pretty much any coloring medium I've seen you using. I have found watercolours through your colouring tutorials, thank you so much for making them. Within these cards you still made my jaw drop onto the ground. Those branches are just so photorealistic!!! Wow! I love your little critters but I just adore your floral stamps. Unfortunately your stamps are a bit hard to find in Europe but after a long wait I was able to order a few..

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  36. Fabulous cards today! I thought the colorful gems could not be beat but then I went to Joni's blog and saw those cute pals. I fell in love.

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  37. Cute is not my thing either but I just love the owl with his scarf and the penguin with his ear muffs. Definitely adorable critters.

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  38. Those are some of the cutest little guys! The little bear with the snow cap is so sweet! I like a little bit of cuteness now and then and these are perfect!

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  39. Awesome cards as always you are so talented, I not like those critters I LOVE them. Amazing stamps once again. Thanks for sharing.

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  40. Yes these are awesome! I cant wait to get my hands on this set, I dont normally swoon over owl stamps... but this one I have to have.

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  41. Oh my goodness! I love these guys... normally I don't think how pretty when I see critters, but these are sweet and very pretty! Keep em coming!!!!

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  42. These cards are fantastic! Love the adorable critters!

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  43. So sweet ... such cute little critters ... Sparkle and Shine is brilliant (stamp set and dies!) Anita :)

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  44. The Winter Pals set is so cute! And I love the gorgeous vintage feel of the Miss You Lots stamp!

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  45. Wow! Love the new release and yes I would love to see more of these kinds of stamps and dies. They are great!

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  46. Yes, please. Hope to see more videos, too!

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  47. Fortunately for me, I do love 'cute', so these winter pals if very appealing!

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  48. Love the new releases especially Sparkle & Shine and Winter Pals. Look forward to lots more great releases.

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  49. Your cards are adorable and so are the stamp sets. I love that you've made coordinating dies for the stamps, too.

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  50. Beautiful! The pals are so cute and the gems so sparkling :) Great stamps!!

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  51. Such a gorgeous set of cards. This set is SO cute, I would love to see more sets like this. :)

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  52. Sometimes 'cute' is just too cute to pass up. Beautifully done.

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  53. Yes please make more sets like this!!!

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  54. Those winter pals are adorable!

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  55. How adorable! Love this set...

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  56. So cute and adorable. I always loved your florals and now these cuties are just asking to be colored :) Yes, I would love to see more of these in the future :)

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  57. Omg those cute critters need to be mine Now! Those owls are the best ever and would be perfect for my super Mums birthday card as her birthday is Christmas eve so she sometimes feels looked over.
    Hugs
    Hazel xx

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  58. SUPER sweet card..great new items.....so wished i could buy them in the Netherlands.

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  59. Sweet release! I am a sucker for cute especially over the holiday and winter season. I would love to see more of them!

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  60. Love these cards and the new release! Winter Pals set is adorable+! I can't wait to stamp them up and color them.

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  61. I would love to win those cute critters before they go on sale. I really like them! I especially like the shaker card.

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  62. Like? I know you mean LOve these... yes, I would love to win them... and never, ever stop making more, Dawn...
    =] Michele

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  63. I ADORE this new Winter Pals set!! Most likely, I won't win it so I will be ordering it for sure when it comes out!! It is just too Cute!

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  64. I love your shaker cards, but especially the Sparkle and Shine card. Those shiny sequins go perfectly with your beautifully colored gemstones. I am loving that stamp set!

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  65. I love HOW you customized the little critters and especially the owls. The Sparkle and Shine card is absolutely amazing...and showcases the gems totally in a new way. Thanks for the chance to win the Winter Pals set :)

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  66. Really like these new stamps and would love to win the little critters! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  67. Love these new sets especially the winter pals and dies! Thanks for the chance to win them.

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  68. These cards are soo cute! These images are so adorable! I like cutesy and love the images you've created!!! So I'd say "yes" to more cutesy stamp sets:)

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  69. I LOVE these critters!!!!!!!!!!

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  70. Dawn these critters are better than cute...they are stinkin' adorable!!!!!!! Completely smitten with this release!

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  71. What a cute cards! And I love those little cute critters! So YES! for me, too!! Thank you for a chance to win!

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  72. You do cute very well. Love the cards

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  73. you do cute so well! we all love a little cute now and then.

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  74. You do cute very well. I love those little owls. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  75. Absolutely love winter pals, adorable! Adding it to my Christmas list!

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  76. The cards are darling. So well colored and designed.

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  77. OMG these cards are so adorable and its because of what you did with the cute, cute critters, especially the feathers on the owls. Lovin that!!! As soon as I get more money, going to have to get some of these sets pronto!!! Thanks for your wonderful art!

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  78. Great cards and I really like the winter pals set!

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  79. I love the winter pals set!!! So cute!!! My other favs in this release are the Miss You Lots, and the Sparkle and Shine sentiment set! And as usual, you coloring on these cards is fabulous!!!

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  80. Dawn, these are awesome! I just love your super sweet cards made with these cuties. Oh, how I would love to win them!

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  81. I love all the cards especially the one with the winter pals. I can never pass up anything with penguins so this is a must have set Thank you for the chance to win!

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  82. Oh my, what lovely cards you've created!!! Those sweet Winter Pals couldn't be more adorable!!

    Linda

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  83. Those winter pals are just too cute! So fun!

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  84. I love the miss u lots stamps and also the handwritten dies, love it all, cant wait

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  85. Oh goodness, these absolutely darling critters! Your card showcases that owl amazingly! As for the fox, what a wonderful scene! Last, the shaker card is spectacular with all the sparkle and glimmer! LOVE it!

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  86. I think you do "cute" very well and would love to see more. Adorable!!

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  87. ADORABLE owls with scarves, love the cute fox and the sparkling gems shaker card, love that watercolor detail!

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  88. I am so glad that you are going to continue creating cute stamps because I love it! They are so adorable!

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  89. Winter Pals is a fantastic set! Cute looks good in Wplus9!

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  90. Each of these cards is completely amazing! I am not much for cute either, but you used them beautifully! I love all the amazing detail you put into your cards...I am in awe of how well you use Copics. Who am I kidding...I am in awe of all the amazing technique oriented things you do!! ;)

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  91. Winter Pals is SO adorable - can't wait to see more projects using this new release!

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  92. I am in love with those adorable critters. You've really brought them to life with your layout designs. I'm crazy about owls but the fox is super cute too. I really like that they have matching dies. Fantastic release and inspiration!

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  93. Wow, I really like all 3 cards but the critters are adorable. Thanks for the chance to win these cuties.

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  94. I'm so excited your doing critters and more kid images you're so talented I just fall in love with every stamp set I can't help it lol

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  95. The critters are adorable! Glad you are branching out a bit and doing some cute images.

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  96. LOVE these little critters! Of course I would LOVE to see more of these in the future! Thanks for the chance to win them, too. :D

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  97. Fantastic job with your little winter 'cuties'! Love those sweet owls and can't wait to see a design using the penguin!

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  98. Adorable! I love the sparkel & shine sentiments and the sweet little critters are fantastic! Can't wait to see more!

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  99. Yes, please <3! All the cards are very nice, but I particularly love the sparkle & shine card.

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  100. I love love love your cards, Dawn!!! And the critters are adorable, I'd love to see more! I wasn't into cute until a few months ago and now I can't help it :o)

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  101. I love the new stamp sets especially the critters. As usual your cards are fabulous.

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  102. The stamp sets are sweet and fun...Wplus9 is new to me and I enjoy getting acquainted with your products and creations!

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  103. Like you Dawn, cute really isn't my thing although I do have quite a soft spot for anything owl-y! However those sparklers are quite another matter - I just love them. One way around your stamping dilemma with your sparkler card would have been to iron off the white embossing once the gems were coloured and then you could have stamped over the top but either way, it is a gorgeous card and I will be buying this set!!!!

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  104. What a lovely release!! I cannot wait to play with them :)

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  105. Very nice! Thanks for sharing and yes! - I'd love to win! :)

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  106. These are wonderful! I'm not super into cute, but I sure do love these! They are definitely going on my wish list.

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  107. I always look forward to your new releases, you have such wonderful ideas for new stamps and dies. Can't wait to see more tomorrow!!

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  108. There is so much I can do with your products! I really need some matching dies and stamps to my collection. Super adorable the Miss You Lots design!!

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  109. These are awesome new releases and I would love to win the Winter Pals set!

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  110. Great sets! Love the gem set the best. Can't wait to see more!

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  111. I love the winter pals set. They are so cute without being too cutesy! And the gem shaker card is wonderful!

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  112. It feels like forever waiting for a new release and this one does not disappoint! You do cute so well, Dawn! These little cuties will work well on baby cards too. Love em!

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  113. The Winter Pals stamp set is so cute! Love all these adorable little critters! Your cards were lovely!! Especially love that jewel shaker card! Beautiful!

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  114. Oh the white embossed diamonds in the shaker are amazing! What a great take on this trend!

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  115. Super cute release!!!! Love the shaker card!! I've never made one before but this is some fabulous inspiration!

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  116. I love your cards. Wonderful! I really really like those owls, I think that is my favorite owl stamp I have ever seen. All of those sets in the new release are great but I am loving that owl.

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  117. I just love the new releases! All so unique and would be so fun to create with. Thanks for the sneak peek. Can't wait to see more.

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  118. I am in love with your stamps! Each release gets better and better. Can't wait to get these stamps in my hot little hands.

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  119. Soo stinking cute! love them!

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  120. Oh, they are so cute! YOur cut owls look just awesome with all detailed coloring!!! Love them! And i really like that sparkle and shine set and the one withe girl... andalso with love quotes... - such a nice release, wanted all :)))

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  121. Oh my those little guys are so cute, wow love the release!

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  122. Oh those little guys are cute. Great new sets.

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  123. Happy sigh! I usually don't cute either, but that fox just makes me soooo happy!

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  124. These are all so adorable. Love the Sparkles and Shine. And the Winter pals....oh I just want to adopt these cute critters.

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  125. Love, love, love the new Winter Pals stamp set and coordinating dies. These are a definite must have!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  126. Love the first card with the owls, such awesome coloring! Great job everyone. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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  127. Winter Pals has such cute little critters! Love the creations you posted/

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