Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Essentials by Ellen: Winter 2016 Release Hop!


click HERE for my Neat & Tangled post




Winners Announced HERE

Hello, and welcome to the Essentials by Ellen Winter 2016 Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today!  You should have arrived here from the wonderful Julia Stainton's blog!  If not, you'll want to start at the beginning of the hop which is The Classroom!

I also get to give away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose ANY Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set (maximum value $15) currently in stock at Ellen Hutson.com  To enter my giveaway, please leave a comment on this post by February 19th!

There is also a crazy awesome Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment THERE, also by February 16th; ALL winners will posted at the CLASSroom on Friday, February 12th!


If you get lost, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.

My first card features the new Brushstroke Wonderful Die:



Isn't it, well, wonderful?!  This is going to be a definite go-to word die for me!  Ah, yes, I gave you a sneak of the new Oh Frappe set!  Before I go into the Oh Frappe Set, I wanted to let you know that I die cut the wonderful with black cardstock and made it the star of my card.  Oh yes, there is a coffee to go cup but I used Pumice Stone Distress Ink and a panel from the Hero Arts Midnight Layering pack.  

wonderful

Next up is the Oh Frappe set!  Yes, those that have been following me know how much I adore all things coffee:


I wanted to use as many of the coffee images as possible on my card, I did pretty good (wink).  I colored each coffee with a different shade of green using my Zig Clean Color Markers.   Yup, lovin' that sentiment, how about you?!

frappe

frappe dies


Here's a close up of the panel...if you squint and tilt your head, you can see that I heat embossed the Mondo Hydrangea on the strip below the coffee cups.  I followed it up with a light grey wash of watercoloring ala my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors (diluted black).


Each of the coffees are on foam adhesive, love all the different panels and heights of the elements.

hydrangea

Next up is the oh-so-awesome Kara Vrabel!




266 comments:

  1. These are both SO awesome, Amy! You just rock all things coffee, my friend! Love the sentiments on these and love the watercoloring! You are such a genius with color, too! I just adore the trio of green cups and the subtle stamping underneath is such a great touch. And love the bold black wonderful sentiment layered against the white and grey. Graphic and beautiful!

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  2. Love your clean and simple designs! And the nice watercoloring of the cups.

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  3. I will admit to doing a bit of shopping last night ... BUT I would love to recreate every single card you've made with this darling Frappe set - it wasn't in my cart - yet!
    =]

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  4. Ooooh my gosh, I LOVE the coffee themed stamp set. I can't even handle how cool this is. Thanks for sharing! I am a big coffee drinker and fan and always love things that exhibit that.

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  5. A fan of the clean and simple, your card could not be more perfect! Wishing I had kept that coffee set in my cart but, the hydrangea set won out instead!

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  6. Some how I knew you would be the one showcasing the "Oh, Frappe" set, Amy. Love your cards. So when is our next hop!?

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  7. You and coffee cards go hand in hand! Great cards!

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  8. Great cards. I love coffee related stamps. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. OMG! So excited about the new products. Thank you for sharing your creativity. Can't wait to create something fabulous!

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  10. Such a perfect set for you Amy! Love what you have done.....the green cups are amazing!

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  11. So fun! Love that 'wonderful' die. Can't wait to get it!

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  12. WOW Amy, I love ALL of your cards. What a fabulous release this is and SO versatile! WANT IT ALL!

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  13. oh these are GORGEOUS missus. ♥♥♥ it's impossible to choose a fave but WOW, yes, the WONDERFUL die is... ummmmmmm yeah...WONDERFUL!!! (ok, sorry to copy, but really, what could i say, "that wonderful die is... NICE" lol??!?!? i don't think so...) ;)

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  14. Love your cards and love the new release! So many things to add to my wish list!!

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  15. This is so you and so fabulous!

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  16. What terrific, simple layouts with a great pop of watercolor!!

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  17. I can not get enough coffee and this stamp set is perfect. I love your creative ideas and composition of the stamps. Love the simplicity of your art. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Oh my word this cards are simply awesome. This whole blog hope is fabulous and makes it so hard to choose which one I like best. Would love to win the whole set.

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  19. Beautifully simple cards-love them all!

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  20. I'm not a coffee drinker but I'm sure I could adapt these. very nice cards

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  21. Love the cards.
    they are plain and simple but so pretty.
    thanks for sharing.

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  22. Your cards are adorable!!! As amazing release!!!

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  23. Couldn't resist this coffee set...love how you used it.

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  24. Loving the simplicity of your cards!

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  25. Oh, you were paired with (or did you choose?) thee most perfect stamp set!
    Love, love, love your cards!

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  26. Great cards! The Mondo Hydrangea is my favorite stamp set of this release but the Oh, Frappe set is really growing on me, especially when featured in such cool cards! :-)

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  27. Great cards and a great new release! Thanks for sharing.

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  28. the brushstroke 'wonderful' die is on my list!

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  29. Love the Frappe set. Cards are soon cute!!!

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  30. Cute cards. The Frappe set is nice.

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  31. HAHA! I totally squinted and tilted my head and voila! There those flowers were! GREAT CARDS!

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  32. I 'venti' a lot! Just love EVERYTHING you did here....♥♥♥

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  33. What a cute set. Your cards are amazing.

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  34. Adorable cards. Thanks for sharing your time & talent.

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  35. I can always count on the cutest coffee cards when I pop by your blog! love these! :)

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  36. Great clean and simple style. Tammie

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  37. Cool cards. I like using the distress ink to create the mat - neat.

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  38. Cool cards. I like using the distress ink to create the mat - neat.

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  39. Great cards - and you used my two favorite sets from this release!

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  40. Love your cards. So subtle but with impact.

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  41. Coffee please. What fun cards.

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  42. Such fabulous CAS cards, but they have that awesome pop which is sometimes missing. Love how you used them and the colours are the final perfect touch. Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous card art and the fabulous blog hop Karen x

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  43. I am so lovin' this new release!

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  44. So many great new stamp and dies.

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  45. I adore the simplicity of these cards. I always love seeing cards that I know that I could make. Very cute!

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  46. Super cute cards! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  47. What fun cards. Love that the images all have coordinating dies.

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  48. This coffee set may be my new favorite.

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  49. Cute cards and layouts! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us. I love this new release.

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  50. Love both your cards! Terrific CAS style.

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  51. Love this release. So much to choose from.

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  52. Thx for the great cards, cute coffee set!

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  53. Your coffee cards are
    both fun and delightful.
    Carla from Utah

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  54. Both cards are lovely Amy! I love how you showcased the coffee set. TFS

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  55. Squinting! Tilting!!! I SEE THE HYDRANGEAS!!! :) These are just the most fabby, Amy--LOVE LOVE LOVE what you created! Thank you SO MUCH!!! XOXO!!!

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  56. I am really liking the coffee set!!! Great job.

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  57. CUTE, cute cute cards!! Thanks for a great hop!!

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  58. Great cards. I really love how you've combined the hydrangea with the coffee cups!

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  59. Your CAS designs are wonderful!!

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  60. I LOVE your CAS cards! Thank you so much!

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  61. wow awesome cards Amy.. I love that new coffee set.. loving all the green too. :)

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  62. What a great new release. I love all of your cards - the coffee set is so perfect for you. Thanks so much!

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  63. Great new products, thanks for sharing!

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  64. Great green color on your card! So pretty.

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  65. Love your CAS cards! You make it look SOOO easy. :D Thanks for the inspiration.

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  66. That coffee set had to have you pretty excited! I saw that second card on your FB post and loved it! Your first card has such a great CAS feel to it. Lovely!

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  67. Your cards are so cute! I may just have to get this set too now!!!!

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  68. Great set of cards! The frappe set is on it's way to me as we speak. ♥

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  69. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

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  70. I do like the simplicity of your cards. Nice and restful. Thanks

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  71. Of course you did amazing things with the coffee stamps, Amy, LOVE your cards and love this new stamp set!

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  72. All things coffee done with great pizzazz.

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  73. Simple very nice and clean. Like the simplicity of your cards.

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  74. Very nice cards - I too like the way you popped the different coffees. Makes for a nice interesting touch

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  75. As always, you rock coffee themed cards, Amy!! I knew when I saw your name in the lineup for this hop that you'd have the coffee set. :) I love the soft pink in your first card and the bold black of the sentiment. The second card totally makes me think of Starbucks with the green and the faint hydrangea background on the strip below it is such a fantastic touch!! So subtle, but so elegant!

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  76. Both your cards are awesome. What a great blog hop. Thanks for sharing.

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  77. Really cute cards. Love the coffees.

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  78. Wow.. Awesome CAS cards.. Simple and elegant..

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  79. Love love love love these!! GORGEOUS colors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  80. That coffee card is so cute, I love it.

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  81. Love both cards! That word die is gorgeous and I just love the coffee set!

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  82. Amy, your cards are absolutely amazing!!!

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  83. Love this set! Thanks for all the inspiration with your awesome designs!

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  84. Love your coffee inspired cards, Amy. Love the layered elements!

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  85. Love all the coffee themed cards! So fabulous!

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  86. Such great cards. Love the coffee theme.

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  87. Love your coffee cards! Awesome new stamps and dies!

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  88. What fun cards! Love the clean and simple designs!

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  89. Beautiful designs. Love the coffee sentiments.

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  90. Adorbs!! I just love the coffee stamp set and how you used it on your card...I do love coffee! And flowers too...especially hydrangeas. Decisions!

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  91. I like your cards--they're so cute and what fun stamp sets!

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  92. Great designs - love the cards and the new release.

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  93. Gorgeous work, Amy!! Love your coffee cards, of course!

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  94. Love the cards! The Frappe set is totally awesome & needs to be in my stash!

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  95. Amy...... I love it The Frappe card is super cute!

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  96. Very cute, simple cards. Great to send just because.

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  97. I'm really excited about the coffee stamps and dies... so cute and punny, would apply to a lot of different occasions to give a card :)

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  98. Love coffee stamps and this is no exception! Great release.

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  99. Love the coffee cards! Such fun sentiments!

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  100. Looks like I need two stamp sets and dies. Sigh.

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  101. Love the simplicity of your "wonderful" card. Both cards are great.

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  102. Adorable cards! I love the second card more - simple enough, even with three coffee supplies! Awesome!

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  103. Love these. Modern, fresh. Just lovely.

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  104. Amy your Wonderful Card is well Wonderful!!!! Love the pink :0)

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  105. Hi Amy,
    How WONDERFUL to see you on this site! It is a favorite of mine... love Ellen Hutson's store and love giving son Rob directions to my wish list!! Lol. Hubby too!!! Yr coffee cards are awesome but LOVE the Mondo Hydrangea. ♡

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  106. Your coffee card is beyond cute. Love the colors and positioning on your card. This new release is wonderful. Such talent on this blog hop team. Wish it wouldn't end.

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  107. Clean and simple designs are my favorite...your cards are BEAUTIFUL!

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  108. I am also loving the coffee collection. I would not have thought of green, but it totally works! (Somehow reminds me of the old jadite coffee mugs my mom had when I was a kid!) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  109. You were busy to do this many cards, Amy, love the greens! Happy Wednesday!

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  110. Awesome cards and new release! Lovin' it!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    ~God bless~

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  111. Fabulous cards! Love the clean and simple layouts.

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  112. I love the clean and simple design!

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  113. Hi Amy :) these cards are "amazing" and as you love coffee im sure you had fun creating these :) x

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  114. I love these cards. Especially the coffee!! I'm in love with all things coffee too!! It's the best. I really want that stamp set---I have been looking and looking for something like this!! Yea!!!! Thank you for sharing your talent.

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  115. Great cards! Love coffee and this new set.

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  116. The coffee set is so unlike others I have seen. Wonderful cards.

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  117. Stunning cards. LOVE the green you used on the coffee cups!

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  118. As always your cards are too funny and they make me want to drink a good hot coffee or chocolate! : D Thank you for both amazing giveaways!

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  119. Love your CAS style and love the colors you used. Beautifully done!

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  120. great cards, awesome stamp and die sets!!!!!!

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  121. The set for you for sure -- love your style of coloring - looks fabulous

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  122. Love these! All these new coffee themed stamp sets just keep me in perpetual squeal mode! LOVE ♥

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  123. I"m such a sucker for coffee stamps. Love what you've done with these!

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  124. I just love your coffee cards! Can't ever have enough coffee, or coffee stamps!

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  125. Fun cards with the coffee theme!

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  126. Love both of your cards! Awesome release!

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  127. Great cards. Love the Oh Frappe Set. the Oh Frappe Set,

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  128. AWESOME CARDS! Awesome release!

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  129. I am a coffee lover so I LOVE your cards and this new release!!

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  130. You really made this release come alive - I can almost smell the beverages! Love your sweet and simple style and use of the white spaces. Great samples and great inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

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  131. SUPER CAS CREATIONS!!!! (CAS is something I struggle with! LOL So, I admire those who can do it!!! I don't know when to stop! LOL) ;)

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  132. You have such a fun, unique style! Loving this and that green coffee card... Wow. Dangerous. Now I HAVE to get that set, I will totally blame you when my husband asks! ;)

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  133. Love how you used the products, the design and colors are fantastic!

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  134. I love the wonderful die and your coffee cards are just amazing! Hugs!

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  135. Amy you rocked this set--no surprise!

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  136. Love the layers on your cards... Awesome.. I too love everything coffee... Thank you for sharing!!

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  137. Wonderful and unique cards! Love how you heat embossed the hydrangea. TFS

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  138. I am loving the "let's venti" stamps. Great cards

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  139. Love that hydrangea! Thanks for sharing these great cards!

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  140. I love those coffee sentiments!! They are really fun!!

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  141. Your cards are so clean and pretty!

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  142. I'm always on the lookout for cards using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers! I love how you colored each of your coffee cups! I love the clean white bases and the touches of color you added to each of your cards. Beautiful job! (Coffee is wonderful!!)

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  143. Wonderful coffee themed cards.

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  144. These are so cute and so well done. Love the touch of watercolor.

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  145. Beautiful cards, love your CAS design!

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  146. What a great release this is.. Julie outdoes herself overtime.. and you have done a beautiful job showcasing them... I love the little coffee stain on the coffee card. Thanks so much for sharing

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  147. These stamp and die sets would make wonderful collections of cards to give as a gift to a coffee lover...I know a few☺ I love the style of your 2 cards! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  148. Fun cards! Love your touches of watercolor!

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  149. Who doesn't like a good coffee stamp! This is a cute one. Great cards. Thanks!

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  150. Yes, exactly! Coffee understands. Love both cards! And my coffee, I may need this set. Thanks, craftqueen417 at yahoo
    Http://paulettesprettypapercrafts.wordrpress.com

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  151. I knew you would do some fabulous cards with that coffee set! It's #1 on my wishlist!
    Hugsxx

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  152. Love the layers of coffee cups, so cute and perfect for that sentiment!

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  153. Love your coffee fun creations, what a superb release!

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  154. These are clever, cute cards. Thank you

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  155. the is a fab release and love how you've used these stamps!

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Cheers,
~amy~