Monday, February 14, 2011

Sneak Peek Day 1: "Spring Basket" and "Basket Blessings"

Hello! Welcome to the first day of our Gina K Designs sneak peeks! I am thrilled to preview TWO new sets I illustrated this month: "Spring Basket" and "Basket Blessings"! The "Spring Basket" set contains smaller versions of your favorite springy images from "A Year of Flowers" (which you will LOVE mixing with your larger blossoms!), plus bunches of flowers (no need to mask!) and a beautiful basket to put them in!

Cardstock: Gina K Pure Luxury Grass Green, Innocent Pink, White, and Basic Grey Sugar Rush

There are endless ways to customize the basket to suit your taste and layout! (I couldn't resist sharing several, see how much fun I've been having playing already??) Crop it in half to create TWO shallow baskets (which I did on my sample above, using just the top half), handles or no handles, trim the sides to eliminate the fluted shape, or drop in a pretty "liner"! All the images you see below are from these two new sets! And I know you will find many other images in your stamp collection that will be super cute inside as well! ;)
This next sample I used just the chicks and eggs (one image) and a greeting, both from "Basket Blessings". I wanted to show you that all these basket "fillers" are FULL images, NOT just the top halves to go above the basket. This gives you a lot more versatility so you can use these images by themselves.

Cardstock: Gina K Pure Luxury Wild Dandelion, Grass Green, Bubblegum Pink, Ocean Mist, White, and Basic Grey Lemonade; Spellbinders Petite Scalloped Border, Petite Classic and Scalloped Ovals; Pure Luxury 5/8" Gingham
I am so excited to show you the full sets on Thursday and more samples with each and paired together! These images and greetings will take you way past Spring and the basket is SO easy to color, I'll share how after our peeks are over this week, so stay tuned! :)


Please check out more of our designers blogs for inspiration with these two sets!

  • Carolina Buchting


  • Carolyn King


  • Cathy Tidwell


  • Deb Felts


  • Donna Baker


  • Emily Giovanni


  • Gina K

  • Giovana Smith


  • Janice Whiting


  • Jennie Harper


  • Lee Murphy


  • Melanie Muenchinger (Illustrator of Spring Basket and Basket Blessings, you are here, thanks for visiting!)


  • Nina Brackett


  • Theresa Momber


  • Tina Gilliland


  • Valerie Stangle


  • Vicki Dutcher

    • Thank you again for stopping by! More peeks tomorrow!

      183 comments:

      1. These are such fun and bright creations Mel, LOVE em! And thanks for showing how to use those handles...I could not figure it out, haha! Feel so silly now, rofl!

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      2. Mel, I'm so crazy for these sets and all the wonderful ways to use them! Gorgeous cards!!!

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      3. Love the baskets. And the chicks are adorable. Great job as always. :)

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      4. Oh my what adorable projects. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      5. Love the baskets. Wonderful job.

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      6. Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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      7. OMG! You designed all these new stamps - they are just wonderful! Love the new spring stamps!

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      8. Bravo, Mel! Two more gorgeous sets for you portfolio! I'm so ready for Spring, and this helps!

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      9. Wow! Melanie, I love what I am seeing of your new sets especially now that I have seen your samples!!

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      10. Excellent job on the stamp sets and the cards.

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      11. Very bright, fun colors. Thanks for sharing all the images. You did a great job on the cards! Hugs!!

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      12. Wonderful cards. So many options.

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      13. Adorable stamp sets -- lookin' forward to the release!

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      14. YAYYYY you brought Spring to us!!! LOVING the bright colors and thanks for sharing the examples!!! Never even thought to tip the ruffle/blanket upward on the basket!!! This is going to be a fabulous go-to set!!!

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      16. O WOW!! I simply love your new sets! So so many fun ways to use them & lots of possibilities. Love your cards too. I can't wait for release day.

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      17. Beautiful cards, thanks showing a variety of ways to use the basket.

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      18. Well, you have done it again. These sets are beautiful!

        Debbie S

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      19. Crazy for these sets. Can't wait to try them out myself. You are so talented. Thanks for sharing with us.

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      20. OMGosh Mel, These sets are so adorable and so on my list.

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      21. You have done it yet again. Two more must-haves for me. (My husbands says "thanks") :)

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      22. Wow Melanie, you go girl! Such inspiration, I've already thought up a totally different way to use that basket. TFS

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      23. Fabulous! I like the versatility of the basket.

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      24. Melanie from designer to fabulous card creator, you have taken it from A to Z....FANTASTIC!!!!

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      25. Looks like someone was pretty busy! Love what you did with these stamps!

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      26. Melanie!!! LOVE the ideas page you included here!!! What absolutely fun things you can do with this basket set!!! love love love it!!!! Your cards are just FAB!!!

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      27. Your stamp set design is magnifisant. Your calls make me wish spring was here. Great job!

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      28. What an inspiration you are! Love all your projects!

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      29. each design is better than the one before. can't wait to see all of them.

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      30. Thanks for creating these sets that are so versatile with so many ways to use them. Pretty!

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      31. Melanie- I am predicting these sets are going to be VERY popular! Fabulous!

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      32. Gorgeous cards, Mel. And i love your samples! Those baskets are really my favourite!!! :)

        Debbie Meijer

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      33. Bright and cheery cards! Love the colors and paper combos!

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      34. LOVE these sets!! Thank you for making them so USEFUL. Basket can be altered; the images can be used by themselves, not just as toppers!! And everything is so adorable!! Great job as always!!

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      35. Gorgeous & Love your new stamps!!!

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      36. You never stop amazing me with your talent. I love your newest sets. There are so many possibilities with them.

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      37. Oh my Melanie, I so love the spring Basket set!

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      38. Wow - you have got to feel really good at how versitle this stamp set is! You are so talented! Super job - I just wish there was more time between some of these stamp sets that I love so I could catch my breath! LOL

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      39. Awe, so pretty! The colors you chose are very inspiring :)

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      40. Mel,
        I love your sets! The fav of mine is the Blanket Blessings! I'm just in love with those chicks and bunnies.

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      41. LOVE your bright ribbons. :) Cute cards.
        Susie
        susies@twcny.rr.com

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      42. Melanie, you have warmed my heart and given me so much inspiration with these two sets. Even if I don't win them, I certainly have to buy them I love them both.Mary

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      43. Love love love these sets Mel!!!!! Cannot wait for these sets to come live with me, so many great possibilities!!!

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      44. Great cards and sets! So many ways to use the basket!

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      45. Hi, My goal is to collect all your stamp sets! Love them all. These two stamp set are definitely a must have for Easter. Myrna

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      46. WOW--Looks Like Spring is Coming!

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      47. You have shown how versitle the baskets are. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      48. This is another amazing set! I love seeing how you created the basket in so many ways.

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      49. What a grand set you have designed! Thanks for the additional examples! Love your cards! Thanks for the inspiration!

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      50. FABULOUS...love the options sheet. the cropped basket is FABULOUS! so clever girl!

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      51. Awesome images, Melanie! Love the versatility!! These will be well used stamp sets!!! Beautiful cards!

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      52. What great colors. They really help me think of spring. Thank you. SandyT

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      53. I just love the baskets, and so many possibilities! Can't wait to see more.

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      54. Adorable cards, Melanie! Thanks for the peek at your newest sets.

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      55. Basket Blessings is my favorite!

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      56. Wonderful diversity! Love all of the beautiful baskets...can't wait to try them out.

        golightly23 at msn dot com

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      57. Melanie, these are beautiful cards and thanks for showing the variety of baskets and fillers! I love being able to see so much of the sets!

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      58. Wow! Melanie, you are a genius! :o) I love the basket sets. And the stuffed animals to fill them are my favorite so far. But I could see filling it with cookies from Have a Cookie. Or (this will be a shocker)... Coffee Mug and cookies. LOL! I love how you can trim the basket to make different kinds of baskets too! You rock! And your card is gorgeous!

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      59. Melanie you did it again! Another must have set for me - two in fact. I really, really, really love these! Love the versatility. You are amazing!

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      60. You did an excellent job of designing these stamps!! BOTH sets are must haves!!!! AND you have made wonderful looking cards too!!! Thanks so much!!!! CAN hardly wait!!!!

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      61. Melanie both of your sets are absolutely wonderful!!! Would love to have them both!!!

        Bev, Pine Mtn Club, CA

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      62. Looks like you have two more winners in your collection Melanie! I love all the interchangeable options offered by these sets, and your images are truly adorable. I LOVE that stuffed elephant and the bunnies & chicks are so sweet & realistic looking. Two more for my wishlist. Happy Valentine's Day (Emily called it 'Happy Melanie Muenchinger Day' on her blog, LOL!)

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      63. Love the baskets thanks for sharing your illustrations.

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      64. ahhh spring colours,i love it:)

        mitch1066@gmail.com

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      65. These 2 stamps set are wonderful. You did a great job to bring Spring to life. great job.

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      66. Melanie, these are so adorable! I absolutely love the images and the possibilities with these sets. You go girl! Great stamps!

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      67. Melanie, congratualtions on these gorgeous sets. I love how you altered the basket and all of the samples. I think I NEED this set!

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      68. I love your card, and the stamp sets are a must have. Love them. Great job.

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      69. I love your card. These stamps look great.
        Elaine Wood

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      70. You use such vibrant colors that seem to jump off the card and grab my heart. Thanks for the smiles!

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      71. OK..now I've really got spring fever! Love the bright floral baskets & those adorable spring chicks! Creative us of embellishments - soft pink buttons, pearls & pins.

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      72. Thank you for your time designing and showing us what we can do with these stamps.

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      73. I am in love with these sets! They are just wonderful! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!!

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      74. Love the different uses for the basket! It is a must have set!!

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      75. Wow! How creative! I love all the different baskets you can create out of the image. Job well done!

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      76. Lovely! Thanks for the chance to win!

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      77. Gorgeous cards and wonderful set.

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      78. Melanie, I don't know how you do it!! Your stamp sets are THE BEST!!!!!

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      79. Lovely vibrant colors - those chickies just rock.

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      80. Beautiful stamp set! I'm just now realizing there are different baskets. I'm going to have to go back and look at all the samples again.

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      81. Great designs Melanie!! I love the basket.

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      82. Oh, such fun, springy cards! Thanks for creating these awesome new sets. Can't wait to play with them. Thanks for sharing some hints on how to make the baskets even more versatile.

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      83. I love the versatility of these stamps. And the blog hop, so far, has been "tasty".

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      84. Awesome demo of all the different ways to use the stamp. Great job on the set!

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      85. Thank you for sharing the ways to use! Love the versatility of these stamps. Great job....as usual!

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      86. Melanie, I just love your new sets! I love all your ideas for the baskets. Sorry I haven't visited in awhile - I hope to visit more often! ((hugs)) my friend. :)

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      87. Wow! Your creative juices are in high gear!! Very innovative ideas!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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      88. That basket really is versatile - thanks for showing some of the options! And your cards are both great!

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      89. Love, love, love the versatility of the baskets! It's so nice to see stamp that can be used over and over without getting the same look over and over.

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      90. Such great colors to brighten any day!

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      91. Mel, thanks for sharing so many more ways you can use these wonderful stamps. Love the chickies.
        hugs,
        Brooke

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      92. You did it again. Both sets are winners.
        crafty teacher

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      93. I love these sets. Thanks for showing all the different ways to use the basket

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      94. I love the chicks. Colors are so cheerful and bright.

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      95. I am really excited about these sets. Thanks for your designs and for sharing the possibilities. They are a "must have".

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      96. Love this fun set! And wow, so much versatility!

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      97. congrats on the awesome images! and thanks for all the inspiring samples!
        linda patti tpatti@windtream.net

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      98. I love these stamps and the basket of flowers card is spectalar. Thanks for the various samples of using the basket.

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      99. Two more winners Melanie, that of course I will have to own some time soon. Just in time for Easter and spring.

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      100. so pretty - love all your ideas already. thanks for creating another awesome set!

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      101. Ooh wow, wow, wow...you knocked it out of the park with your new sets! Love them both! Can't wait to see the full reveals!

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      102. Love this set. I wish I had your talent.

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      103. and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your work!!!

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      104. Oh Melanie -- your talents just amaze me. Thank you for blessing us with all of your wonderful artwork and super examples of the myriad options they allow us to play with.

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      105. Wow, Melanie - thanks for the lesson and all the different pictures. Your card is beautiful...such versatile stamp sets. Have a great day.

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      106. Your new sets are awesome, Melanie! Wonderful card samples!

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      107. You are one busy woman! And as expected, these stamp sets are indicative of your beautiful style and design eye.

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      108. Love them! Thanks for showing so many ways to use this basket.

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      109. This is such a fantastic set. I just love it. So many possibilities. Love it!

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      110. Melanie you have done it!!!! You have made my day!! Yes, I have been wanting baskets!! The different sizes are PERFECT!! This is on my to have list!!

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      111. I absolutely love your illustrations on these sets. Can't wait to see more. Your cards are beautiful!

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      112. So cute Melanie....You and Carolina make ma smile!

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      113. So fun to see the different ways to incorporate your stamps! Fun times this month Melanie!

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      114. Wow u can design gorgeous stamp sets AND beautiful cards!! Great job

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      115. Fabulous illustrations, Melanie. And I love the colors in your first card in particular. Great idea of cutting down the basket which, of course, I'd have never considered without seeing it. TFS

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      116. These are such beautiful stamps. Love your cards, especially the basket of flowers! Thank you.

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      117. The colours you've chosen are lovely. Well done, Melanie!

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      118. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your cards! So VIBRANT and colorful! Says Spring all over. And the ribbons add so much to it! STUNNING!!

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      119. I Like the Chicks! and you do such a great job!

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      120. Soooo fabulous!!! I knew you'd show us so many ways to make baskets!!!! I have to try all of them! LOL

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      121. Mel. your cards are awesome and thank you for inspiration on using the basket in so many ways. Pat x

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      122. I have so enjoyed your Year of Flowers set and now I think I must have both of these new sets. Thanks for sharing the many ways to use the basket. I Love your Easter card.

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      123. Awesome designs for Easter and other days....so very cute.
        thanks and hugs
        bobbi

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      124. I love your cards just stunning I love them....just Gorgeous cards

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      125. Wonderful and more wonderful...thanks for showing all the different images, too....such ideas and inspiration!! :)
        Kim Marie

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      126. Bravo! Bravo! Melanie, These two sets are simply fantastic. I really like the way you are tying your sets together.

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      127. Beautiful job, Melanie! The detail is great!

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      128. Love your samples and I am just head over heals for both of these sets!!!

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      129. Your stamps are so cute. Thanks for the sample ideas.

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      130. what a great choice of colors!

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      131. Very nice creations. I love your colors!

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      132. Another amazing release! And such cute images.
        I'm looking forward to playing with these

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      133. Oh we are going to be able to do so much with the basket my mind is over drive.

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      134. Your bright colors are really great. TFS

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      135. Thanks for showing how verstile these sets can be!

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      136. Thanks for showing some of the options from your play time. Beautiful

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      137. Precious cards Melanie and love the inspiration for all of the baskets you can create. Way to go on illustrating FAB stamp sets!

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      138. I love these cards and all the different ways to use them.

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      139. Really like the bright colors! My daughter would love your flower basket as Gerber Daisies are her favorite flower.

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      140. Oh Mel you've done it again! Two mire fabulous sets!!! Great job!

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      141. What a fantastic set. Love your ideas and your card

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      142. Melanie... I am drooling over these sets... Can't wait to break out my Copics! Love your creations and stamps! Blessings!

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      143. Beautiful cards- as usual!
        I need to go back to work... to many things of your on my wishlist.
        Love all of your work...
        Kim

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      144. The spring set is a must, must, must have. Thanks for sharing your talent and ideas. Your cards are beautiful.

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      145. Okay, seen enough to move it to my needs list, not just my wish list! Have to have it! Great set, Melanie!

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      146. Such wonderful designs -thanks for sharing your talent with us!

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      147. Gorgeous cards!!! Those chickies are too cute!!!! Love them!!!!

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      148. What wonderful and Beautiful creations.
        The Spring Basket designs are awesome.
        ColleenB.

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      149. beautiful cards, really love the stamps.

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      150. Amazing! Oh how fun it would be to fill this basket!

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      151. Melanie your stamp sets are just too cute. Definitely a must have for me. You cards as usual are just beautiful.

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      152. Love the happy colors and yes thank you for showing how to use the handles. Thanks for sharing with us.

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      153. Cheerful, bright and springy cards! Love the new sets!

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      154. So many possibilities.

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      155. These sets are beautiful Melanie! Love all your fun samples!

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      156. I love your illustrations tremendously, Melanie!! These are so versatile, the way we can use them in or out of the basket! And you did a wonderful job with the colors on your cards!!

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      157. These are so cute!!! Can't wait!

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      158. 2 sets, you have been busy. I am LOVING the cute little animals.

        It's a good life!
        Terri E.

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      159. I am so enjoying these cards. Love a blog hop. Fun to keep changing the basket. 1 stamp, many looks. good use of my $$$$. thanks for the ideas. Barbara

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      160. Two awesome sets Melanie! Love your cards! I think I am going to "need" these sets!

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      161. You've outdone yourself with these very versatile and fun to color and paper piece sets.
        Erica Fields

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      162. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all those basket ideas!!! TFS!

        Kris in Alaska
        funamom at yahoo dot com

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      163. I am a regular follower of your blog and know it could 'only' be 'you' to come up with two more versatile sets. Lots to be done with these!!

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      164. Such GORGEOUS cards! Spring is really returning!!

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      165. stampandweave from SCSFebruary 17, 2011 at 1:20 PM

        Love the baskets and flowers!

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