Tuesday, June 2, 2015

VIDEO: June 2015 Release Week Day 2

Hello everyone, it's Joni and I want to welcome you back to Day 2 Wplus9 June 2015 Release Week! Today I want to share with you the second stamp set that I have collaborated with Dawn on - Happy Mail. It was so fun to create the adorable images in this set and we hope that you will enjoy them too. :)

The Happy Mail stamp set has 21 images, 5 sentiments, and a companion die containing 13 individual dies.

For my first project I want to show you in a video how fun it is to watercolor some of the images and use them to create a sweet scene.

To begin, I adhered the striped patterned paper to the front of an A2 card base.

Next, I stamped the bear, then stamped the squirrel on top of the hand of the bear as if they are talking to each other. I watercolored the bottom of the panel to create the ground to sit on for the bear. To colors these cute images I used watercolor paints from Winsor & Newton. I really wanted to give these images a very soft feel to them. To achieve the lightness of the watercolor, I simply diluted the paint with lots of water on my palette and colored from there. For me, the key is to have my brush slightly damp when I pick up the color. Otherwise the water in the brush will mix with the watery paint on the palette and become too wet and hard to control. If the brush is too wet, I wiped the tip of the brush on a piece of paper towel to remove excess water and then picked up the paint from the watercolor palette.

I let the bear, squirrel, and ground dry before painting the background to create a soft colored sky. Once that was dry, I added the butterflies and their trails.

Finally, I stamped the sentiment from the set - "Always & Forever best of friends".

For my second project, I wanted both of the bears arms to be down. This was easy to do by masking the bear's arm with a little wash tape before inking and stamping.

Below are the supplies I used to create this card. I fell deeply in love with watercolor and could not stop :). For the deep blue background effect on the panel, I used Prussian Blue by Winsor & Newton. The white shimmer splatters (twinkling stars) on the card were created using the new PURE COLOR Spray Mist in Shimmer. It's really so gorgeous in person.

The image below shows how I masked the arm of the bear on the stamp using wash tape. This is necessary if you are using a stamp pad, just remember to remove the washi before stamping. If you are using a marker to apply ink, you may not need to do any masking, just avoid inking up that arm. After stamping, the bear with no arm should resemble the image below.

To draw the arm of the bear back in, in the down position, I simply used the writing tip of the Vintage Photo distress marker to draw in the new arm.

Next, I sketched the moon with a pencil and watercolored it in. Once it was dry, I erased any stray pencil marks. Then I stamped the shooting star image from the Lucky Stars stamp set. After that, I painted the entire background in blue, let it dry, and then splattered some PURE COLOR Spray Mist in Shimmer.

To finish off the card, I added the sentiment - from the Dream Believer stamp set - heat embossing it in white.

I hope you guys enjoyed!

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Be sure to stop by and see what Kara has for you today as well!

Giveaway Alert

Would you like to win a $25 store credit to wplus9.com? Just leave a comment below by 10:00 a.m. EST on 06/03/15 to enter and we will select one random winner from all comments. Winner will be posted on our Release Winners page by noon on 06/03/15.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

172 comments:

  1. OMG, this set and your cards are just adorable!!

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  2. Just SO SWEET!! LOVE the New Set and your AMAZING Designs!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing the Video with us too!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  3. Love this stamp set. I liked seeing you water color the bear in a soft color. My girls (3&5 years old) keep telling me that it's a polar bear, and they told me I need to get that stamp. I also like what you did with the bear sitting on the moon. Can't wait to what other stamps you design in the future too.

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  4. Your drawing is awesome! simply adore both the cards!

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  5. Your cards are adorable and that sweet little bear is just so darling! I can't wait to add this set to my collection.

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  6. That bear is so sweet! Adorable cards!

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  7. Happy Mail indeed! What an adorable set!!!! LOVE it and your cards ♥

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  8. Joni, this set is just darling! I used to collect Teddy bears, so I will HAVE to have this one in my stash! Love all the cute little animals and birds you gave us, too, and my favorite sentiment is "Consider Yourself Hugged"! Thanks for a wonderful set; I know I"ll have fun making cards for my grandkids with this one!

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  9. What an adorable little bear. He looks like a lot of fun to stamp!

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  10. Love this stamp set! Such beautifully touching samples too!

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  11. Fabulous watercoloring!! These images are adorable and love the sentiments!!

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  12. Thanks for showing how to alter the bear stamp. I wanted this set before but now I want it more.

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  13. Sweet cards! The little critters in this stamp set are adorable :)

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  14. That is the most adorable bear! Great job on this set--LOVE it!

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  15. This set is just so cute and thanks for the video!

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  16. Thank you for the video, my grandkids and I enjoyed the watch.

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  17. Another must have set! This is why Wplus9 is my favorite company. You always come out with such sweet & adorable sets. These cards are simply adorable!

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  18. I really love your masking technique! I can't wait to order this set and that $25 would really come in handy as I'm supposed to be doing a no spend June! Oops!

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  19. I'm not that familiar with Wplus9 stamps so far (I only own "unforgettable"), but this new set really caught my eye!! I can't wait to get my hands on these cute critters! Your cards are amazing, I think watercolor is always a special way of Art.. you did a fantastic job :)

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  20. What sweet images, and Joni's watercooring is amazing!

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  21. Adorable! Want want want!!

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  22. OMG!!! This one is just amazing! And your coloring - so pretty!!!! WOW!

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  23. Fabulous card, love the moon & the great stamp set :)

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  24. Super stamp set! Cute critters!

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  25. Wow! I love the watercoloring on those cards. Adorable set!

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  26. Beautiful! Just love the watercoloring so much!

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  27. Beautiful! Just love the watercoloring so much!

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  28. I'm really loving this release! These cards are adorable!

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  29. Super sweet set, great video and amazing cards!!

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  30. Stunning work!! Love how it all came together!!

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  31. Awww, love that bear image! Great work!

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  32. Joni, these are both amazing. Love th softness of the first one & the bold look on the 2d card. The fact that you sketched the background, knocks me out.

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  33. I love coming here for all the beautiful inspiration!!!

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  34. Love the bear sitting in the moon. Beautiful card. the sky is so pretty.
    Great set. Happy that there are matching dies. I like to pop pieces off my cards for added depth.
    thanks.

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  35. The little bear is so cute and then add in all the other little guys~~definitely going to be purchased the first day available!! The watercolored sky is gorgeous. I wonder if I can make a sky that easily--hahah!!!

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  36. Awwww! You really have a talent for illustrating these sweet critters! I love 'em all! <3

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  37. Joni- I really enjoyed your video on water coloring. You made it look so easy! I love the stamp set. Thank you.

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  38. Love that sweet little bear! TFS!!!

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  39. This is such an adorable set!! Love all the little friends you've added and the artistry in both cards is wonderful!

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  40. I do love these cuties , always such amazing cards and ways to use the stamps too. So inspiring!

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  41. I love the sweet bear and your wonderful cards!

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  42. Love this set. All the critters are just so cute and it's definitely going on my must have list. Thanks for the great video!

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  43. This set looks like a must have, so cute!

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  44. Just too cute ... and it reminds me of my daughter's first white polar bear.

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  45. I love that Happy Mail, so versatile, so cute. dies to match heaven!!! Your cards are simply gorgeous I love the one with the moon, that shooting star is fab.

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  46. Such gorgeous cards, Joni! Happy Mail is just adorable!! 😊

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  47. I can only dream of creating cards as beautiful as these. Fantastic watercolours. Stunning cards.

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  48. Lovely watercoloring, and the bear is adorable!

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  49. Oh wow these are amazing! I just love the bear sitting on the moon!

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  50. Oh my.. yesterday I was excited about this release, and today I fell in love! Thank you for the cards, and videos and inspiration. Awesome cards!

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  51. Happy Mail is an adorable set! Today's cards are fabulous! Looking forward to seeing what tomorrow brings!

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  52. Love that adorable little bear. Beautiful card done with beautiful colors.

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  53. Joni, both these cards are wonderful. The contrast between night and day. The little friend sitting on the bears hand is so perfect. Brilliant, just brilliant.

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  54. Wow!! These cards are amazing!

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  55. Magnifiques créations, je me réjouis de tester ces adorables nouveautés.

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  56. The cards are wonderful! Love the finishing touches and the dark blue background

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  57. These cards are amazing! I love this set! I love the bear on the moon card, amazing watercoloring!!!

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  58. I just love your watercolor creation... love the stamp set!

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  59. What a cute set! Thanks for sharing!

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  60. Love this stamp set! The bear is so cute!

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  61. Love this stamp set! The bear is so cute!

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  62. Love this stamp set! The bear is so cute!

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  63. Fabulous cards! Absolutely beautiful! Loving this stamp set!

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  64. Adorable stamp set and super watercolored cards.

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  65. These are sooo adorable, love your coloring and cards!

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  66. He is adorable :) Can't wait to see more :)

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  67. There are so many cute things in this release.

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  68. Oh this stamp set is so adorable!! I love these projects. Beautiful design!!

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  69. Absolutely adorable. I love how you colored it.

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  70. Oh Joni, such a sweet set! Congratulations!

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  71. I adore this card!!!! Great job!!!

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  72. What sweet cards !!!! Love it !!!

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  73. Oh Joni... you are just so amazing... well, so are these products, so it's a good match!
    =] Michele

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  74. Absolutely gorgeous, Joni! I love both cards! Thanks so much for sharing great tips for creating watercolor backgrounds for the newest stamps.

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  75. Absolutely adorable!!!!!!!! I love the watercolor look and wow, your cards are gorgeous!!! And the bear is a show stealer

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  76. So beautiful! The water-colouring is just perfect.

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  77. Beautiful examples, and another great release. I love how she changed the position of the bear's arm with creative masking. Reminds me to look at all my stamps for more potential uses.

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  78. Beautiful cards!! Great techniques!! I adore the bear!!! I hope to get this cute stamp set!!

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  79. So stinkin' cute!! Definitely outside my comfort zone - but inspired to try this technique!

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  80. Happy Mail is such a gorgeous stamp set. Definitely a must-have!

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  81. Such beautiful images and the projects are all gorgeous. These will be so popular!!

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  82. This stamp set is so special, I just love it!

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  83. Great projects! I love the bear and the water coloring!

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  84. Thanks for showing both cards and how you made them. It's nice to see how the same bear stamp can be used for two very different styles of cards.

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  85. So sweet - great tut's thanks for sharing.

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  86. Both cards are really sweet. I like the way you altered the bear stamp.

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  87. Joni, I LOVE this sweet set. Its just precious. Your video AND water colouring was amazing. TFS!

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  88. The bear is just too cute. Thanks for your great videos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  89. That little bear is adorable! Love the Happy Mail set.

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  90. Sooooo adorable! LOVING the bears!!!!

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  91. Your cards are beautiful! This stamp is adorable and your cards and video so inspirational!!

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  92. Such a cute set and the cards are just amazing!

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  93. Such a nice video. You encourage me to keep on trying. Love watercolor & it's getting easier!

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  94. OMG...ADORABLE Stamp set and card! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  95. Love this stamp set AND your adorable card! Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win. :D

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  96. Cannot wait for the 5th! Everything in this release is a must-have!

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  97. Absolutely love this stamp set :) Your cards are beautiful. Ax

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  98. Wow awesome cards!! Loving this stamp set! Super cute

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  99. Wow...this stamp set is so cute and these cards are absolutely adorable!!

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  100. So freakin adorable, great video!!!

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  101. Thanks for the great tutorial! You do such beautiful work! Love the adorable bears and the great design!

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  102. Love these cards, especially the bear, moon and night sky!

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  103. These critters are just too cute for words!

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  104. Such a sweet stamp set, Joni & Dawn! I enjoyed your video to see the process, too, Joni! Thanks for the opportunity to win store credit to your store! This release is already fabulous!!

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  105. Your colouring is gorgeous & this is such a cute set!

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  106. Wonderful bear cards. I really enjoyed watching you watercolor on the video.

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  107. Darling cards! Love the one in the moon.

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  108. luv your happy mail design and coloring - fantastic set!

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  109. Adorable! just adorable! and fantastic coloring on your cards!

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  110. These are both as cute as can be Joni and I love your soft watercolors on the first!

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  111. Cute stamp set. I especially like those sentiments...

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  112. Cute stamp set. I especially like those sentiments...

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  113. Cute stamp set. I especially like those sentiments...

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  114. These are such sweet stamps. I'm trying to learn to watercolor so I appreciate your video for help! Thank you!

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  115. Such an adorable stamp set and the cutest cards!!'

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  116. I love all of the animals especially the bear. He looks so sweet.

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  117. Such cute images, Joni ... and your cards are just adorable ... so sweet and lovely! Anita :)

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  118. Such a cute set and great cards. The bear on the moon is my favorite.

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  119. So sweet beautifully colored and great video!

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  120. This is just one of the most adorable sets with tons of possibilities :) TFS the video too.

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  121. You guys have the best ideas for using these stamps - I"m just enthralled with the bear-in-the-moon card. The coloring is gorgeous!

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  122. Love, love, love all of the new goodies and beautiful design team projects!

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  123. Sweet and adorable cards! lovely coloring and design

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  124. Hi,
    Lovely card, so cute.

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  125. I am glad a friend just told me about wplus9. This Happy Mail set is so sweet and has so many possibilities. Thank you for your video showing how you created this cute friend card.

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  126. Happy Mail makes me happy...such adorable animals! Thanks Joni for sharing your creative process in this video.

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  127. Gorgeous coloring! These animals are so precious!

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  128. Adorable card with gorgeous colouring!

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  129. Precious cards...love the two different looks with the watercoloring!

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  130. Precious cards...love the two different looks with the watercoloring!

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  131. Love the bear, this is an adorable set!

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  132. Love the bear, this is an adorable set!

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  133. Your water coloring is amazing! And this stamp set is totally cute!!!!

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  134. What a completely adorable bear...love the watercolouring!

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  135. This is such an sweet adorable stamp set Joni ...loved your cards made using it..that bear is beyond adorable :)

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  136. Wow! You are so talented! The cards are so pretty and the coloring is great.

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  137. So adorable...talent always shines through...

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  138. The cutest bear...EVAH! Love your adorable card! The bear looks darling sitting on the moon.

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  139. These cards and this set are super cute!!

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  140. This is SO cute. I love how you moved the arm. Great idea!

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  141. Joni, this set is so sweet! How fun to be designing with Dawn. Love both cards and your water coloring! Thanks, Paulette S.
    craftqueen417 at yahoo dot com
    http://paulettesprettypapercrafts dot wordpress dot com

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  142. Thanks a lot for the video, watercoloring always scares me a bit but you made it look easier! Great cards!

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  143. Oh, those cute critters slay me! Love them!

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  144. Love your card - the vibrant watercolor look is gorgeous!

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  145. Such a cozy loveable bear, love this set.

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  146. What a sweet stamp set! Love the bear sitting on the moon!

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  147. love love love these cards

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  148. Both cards are gorgeous, but that second one... WOW! So amazing~~

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  149. I love your cards... they are so beautiful, and you make it look so easy!

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  150. I love both of these cards! the first one is so soft and sweet, and the way you altered the stamp in the second card is so clever!

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  151. So lovely. Cant wait to get this one!

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  152. Oh, Joni! These bears are simply adorable. I love the intensity of the second card, but I could be biased because Prussian Blue is one of my favorite paint colors.

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  153. Such a beautiful water coloring! These images are adorable! Thank you for a wonderful tutorial!

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  154. Amazing what you've done with the sweet polar bear.

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