Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Gina K. Designs 2018 New Colors Release!

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Hello!  We have a *virtual rainbow* of new ink and cardstock colors at Gina K. Designs, just in time for spring and beyond, oh, how I love them! Aren't these glorious?!  The team is sharing some color inspiration in today's hop, and we are also giving away a $25 gift certificate to the store, winner announced Friday on StampTV!  Comment on the hop blogs today to enter, the more comments you leave, the more chances you receive! :)

I got so much wonderful feedback from you all after posting my video last week with Fabulous Flowers (almost sold out, but we can order more!), so I wanted to get out the coordinating sets A Year of Flowers 2 and Pressed Flowers 2 to test drive the new hot colors on these year round bold florals and their line art 2 steps!  After stamping out several flowers and leaves in a variety of colors and combinations, I die cut them with the A Year of Flowers 2/Pressed Flowers 2 die set (the one die set cuts both sets of stamps) and laid them out in some different ways to make three designs for today. 


Stamped in Sea Glass, Tranquil Teal, Tangerine Twist, Key Lime, Lucky Clover, and Coral Reef shown, with their coordinating cardstocks. I used the new Slate ink to stamp the line art over the bold leaf images, for a pop a little more subtle than black but more defined than tone on tone, which I did with the flowers stamping bold in Sea Glass and Tangerine Twist, and line art with Tranquil teal and Coral Reef on top.  There are so many ways to mix these sets and colors!  Notice, too, the variation of green on the leaves! They are inked in Key Lime and rolled in Lucky Clover, the two blend so beautifully! Sentiment stamped in Amalgam.

Stamped in Tangerine Twist, Plum Punch, Tranquil Teal and Lucky Clover, shown with their coordinating cardstocks. Slate outlines, once again! Sentiment stamped in Amalgam.


Stamped in Coral Reef, Plum Punch, and Lucky Clover, shown with their coordinating cardstocks. I LOVE the contrast of this plum outline over these bright coral flowers, really striking in real life! Sentiment stamped in Amalgam. Hope these clean and simple designs inspire!!

Now I was going to do a video for this hop, but my kids have been passing around stomach virus cooties since last FRIDAY (yes, right after my birthday, I sure appreciated that!) so between laundry (oh, so much laundry) and holding hands, and taking temps, and mopping brows, I have samples only for now, but I have a tip I want to share until I get one done! When you get your new colors, cut an A2 sized card or card front with *each* color and then instead of making cards with them (for now), keep them in a pile you can use to check which color will give you the most pop or subtle effect you are going for. Sometimes I spend more times choosing these final colors than I do the actual stamping!  And, sometimes "your final answer" might surprise you because the combination of colors reflect a little differently off one another, no matter how good you are at visualizing! This works so much better (for me) than holding it up against a sample or a full sheet of cardstock. I intentionally haven't committed to a particular card base for each of the above (and may still add mats behind the focal points), because I want to know, which do you think you'd like best?


I also made up a new color chart with full strength (butterfly from Triple Play Frame) and stamped off versions (heart from Triple Play Fillers) of the 10 new inks, (8 new colors, plus Sandy Beach which coordinates with our current cardstock offerings), and the new "Amalgam", a fabulous black all purpose detail ink!  I'll be demoing some coloring and other techniques with this versatile ink in upcoming videos, so stay tuned!
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Check out the collection below! Coal Reef, Tangerine Twist, Key Lime, Lucky Clover, Sea Glass, Tranquil Teal, Plum Punch, and Slate! A really gorgeous, saturated full spectrum that is great for starting or expanding your collection! I love how they look together and am eager to mix them with our current offerings for new and fresh palettes!
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Oh, and cubes if you are so inclined!
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I'd play favorites buuuut I know you'll probably end up collecting them all. ;) My favorites are the Tranquil Teal and Plum Punch, because teal and plum are two of my favorite colors regardless, and because they are so unlike any other colors we currently have and I have been waiting literally years and YEARS for colors like these!  I'm also freaking out to have some new greens, which are so bright and fun and will be so fabulous for LEAVES! Finally, the Sandy Beach and Slate are the most gorgeous neutrals, I will be using these ALL. THE TIME.  I'll also show in my video comparisons with existing cardstock so you can see the differences more clearly.  Looking forward to sharing!

SO! What colors are the most MUST HAVE for YOU? Tell me below, and then let's go see what the rest of the team has with these be-yoo-ti-ful new hues:


Gina K.
Beth Silaika
Cathy Tidwell
Donna Idlet
Emily Schroepfer
Karen Hightower
Laurie Schmidlin
Lisa Hetrick
Melanie Muenchinger-you are here! Thanks for visiting!
Rema DeLeeuw
Sheri Gilson

Susie Moore
Theresa Momber

128 comments:

  1. These soooo rock Mel! I used the same set,Pressed Flowers 2 also! Love the sheet you showed with the stamping off like that! And thanks for the tip!

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  2. Oh I cannot wait to use your floral collections with all the new colors. They are a match made in heaven. (and I am looking forward to doing my ink swatches , really)

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  3. fabulous cards and so vibrant! they really pop off the screen!

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  4. Geez, don't make me pick what color I like the most. If I had to, I guess it would be the Plum Punch, with Tranquil Teal next. Love your cards, so much inspiration here!! PINNING!!!!

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  5. Love your beautiful work! These colors look amazing.

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  6. Melanie, your flowers are always just stunning! I love the fact that you used the slate as an outline, and saved the amalgam for your sentiments.

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  7. Beautiful cards - so bright and colorful!!

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  8. Beautiful as always. I love how you showed off these wonderfully vibrant colors.

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  9. That sickness is terrible. Praying for all to be healed and stay well.
    Your cards are so cheery. Loving these bright colors. LOVE!
    And your chart - great idea.
    Blessings.

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  10. The new colors are so amazing.. they really speak of summer to me... especially the bold orange and red and lime!

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  11. Love your cards. Looks like there's another set I "have" to buy!

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  12. Love all your cards! I hope everyone is on the mend now!

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  13. Absolutely beautiful cards. Colors really pop.

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  14. I am IN LOVE with your cards and the new colors. Perfect for those sizzling card in the summertime!

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  15. Beautiful cards. The new colors are awesome. Thanks so much for sharing....

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  16. I love all 3 of your cards showcasing the new ink colors! They are so rich & bright.

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  17. Your cards are beautiful and I love these new colors. I really want to try the new amalgam ink, too. It would be great to have one black ink for everything!

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  18. As always you inspire me to get to work. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. I love your cards, I think I really need that plum color. Oh, and the sea glass and teal, maybe the tangerine. Oh who am I kidding, I need them all.

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  20. Already ordered plum, sandy beach and the new black. These should be loads of fun! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  21. I love the color chart that you created. I love all the colors, but I am most excited about the new Amalgam black that works with Copics as well as water!

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  22. Awesome card. Can't wait to see what you create with the new colors.

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  23. That plum punch is to die for! Love your beautiful cards! Amazing

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  24. Your cards are gorgeous. Love how you made the colors “pop”!

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  25. Well of course I love all of your cards, but my favorite is the plum punch thank you card. It would be gorgeous on the plum card base, but would be equally pretty with teal or sea glass. Thanks for the tip - I've got the card stock variety pack ordered too. Hope everyone's feeling better around your house now. Looking forward to your video.

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  26. Gorgeous cards, I love the unusual pairing of Coral Reef and Plum Punch! Beautiful new colors!

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  27. Love every one of them, but my fave would be sea glass. Hard to choose. Love your cards too!

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  28. Mel, Aren't these wonderful colors? Can't wait for mine to arrive!

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  29. These bright colors against stark white look so good together.

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  30. Awesome cards! Love the new colors!

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  31. Beautiful cards and color choices!

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  32. Love these new colors. Great cards.... as always.

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  33. FABULOUS COLORS & CANNOT WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON THEM ! ! THANK YOU MEL FOR ALL YOU DO FOR CRAFTERS! !

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  34. Beautiful cards and I’m loving these colors. The teal and key lime. And I’m loving the Amalgam ink too. Great job!

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  35. OOPS....FORGOT TO MENTION "HOW MUCH APPRECIATED THE IDEA OF CUTTING AN A-2 SIZE CARD TO COMPARE WITH YOUR WORK. SAVES A LOT OF TIME & AGAIN MEL, THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR NEAT IDEAS ! !

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  36. I !ove the flowers in the new colors. And thank you for the tip.

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  37. Beautiful cards! Love these new colors! Sea Glass and Plum Punch are my favorites!

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  38. it's hard to pick just one fav color, isn't it?! I'm torn between the key lime, plum punch, and sea glass, but they're ALL great! thanx for the inspiration!

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  39. Hope the cooties leave Your house a d stay away. Beautiful work

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  40. Love your cards. Love the new colors.

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  41. What beautiful cards! Such detail and the colors are really growing on me!

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  42. Beautiful cards, Melanie! Love how they showcase the new colors!

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  43. Beautiful cards as always, Melanie!

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  44. Beautiful cards and so colorful!

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  45. Looks like you have some beautiful cards going on there. Thanks for the tips too!

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  46. Your cards are stunning... The Colours are amazing and just demand us to look and gaze at them... Love the Colour Palette...

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  47. Beautiful!! Must have....ummm ALL of them OF COURSE! LOL But...the Plum and Slate and the new black are the top three, with lucky clover close in there too! Can't WAIT to get my order!!!!

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  48. Gorgeous cards! Your cards show off the beautiful new colors perfectly.

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  49. I can not pick a favorite ... must have them all! As always your work is inspirational. Hope your kids have a speedy recovery and that you stay well.

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  50. I can't pick a favorite because I love them all!!! I also really liked your tips about the card stock. Looking forward to your videos and hope your kiddos feel better soon.

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  51. Fabulous cards and I can't wait to get my order to play with all the new colors.

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  52. Pretty cards and SO bold and bright. LOVE that! Thanks for sharing your color chart.

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  53. I love your cards. You always knock it out of the park. I order stamp sets because I think I can be you. hahaha

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  54. Great cards. Love these new colors. Thank you for sharing

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  55. Melanie,
    Beautiful cards as always!
    your stamp sets and these new GKD colors = WOW!!!

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  56. Love the card ideas! I am looking forward to figuring out my favorite.

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  57. Stunning cards! I love the vibrant new colors and you combined them expertly in your cards.

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  58. I would have a hard time putting these colors down. Great work!

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  59. I love the florals in A Year of Flowers..the new colors really pop! Thank you so much for a new color chart, can't wait to buy the inks and updated everything!!

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  60. your cards just pop with the colors
    thanks for sharing
    Barb Housner

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  61. Beautiful as always and I am in love with the new card stock colours.

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  62. Love your cards and the new colors.

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  63. Wow, eye popping color! Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing all your talents with us!

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  64. Thank you for sharing your work! I am now inspired!

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  65. Beautiful inspiration cards cant wait to see your video

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  66. My must have from these inks is Plum Punch! Love that color.

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  67. wow what a stunning collection of cards - I too love the plum punch:)

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  68. Those bright, vibrant flowers are just amazing, Melanie. I do your trick with the card bases. It is sometimes really surprising which base looks best and what a difference it makes when you finally find the "that's it!" base.

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  69. Awesome, vibrant colors in this new release. LOVE THEM!!! I am a newbie to Gina K. stamps and rapidly beginning to collect colors - just placed an order this morning, after seeing the new Amalgam Black ink.

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  70. The colors look like great additions to my collections. I ordered early and look forward to using the new inks and card stock. Thank you for your inspiration. Hope your family feels better soon.

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  71. Love your flowers. I am really drawn to the tranquil teal but you make them all look wonderful. Hope everyone is over the bug and Happy belated birthday.

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  72. You re an enabler! Now I hve to buy Pressed Flowers 2. Love the way you used the new colors.

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  73. Beautiful cards! I love the plum punch - a must have for sure! Although the colours compliment each other so well, so really, if you have one, you have to have them all :)

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  74. Your cards are so beautiful, and thanks for the handy organizing tips for saving time on picking colors!

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  75. I just love your cards, thank you so much for sharing.

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  76. These CAS cards are fabulous Melanie!

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  77. Your blog has reminded me that when my ink comes in, I will have organizational tasks to do. I will need to add the ink colors to my sample sheets, color match them to Copics, create labels for the card stock boxes and the sides of the ink boxes. Work? No way . . . just part of the fun.

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  78. Love your cheerful cards and the stamp sets you used. Can't wait to get these colors of inks and cardstock.

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  79. Great tips. Love the cards. Your stamps will make for some great cards with these colors. Love them all.

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  80. Amazing colors and combinations!

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  81. Bright, bold, and beautiful pretty much sums up your cards. If I had to choose just one color, it would be Plum Punch, but all of the new colors are awesome.

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  82. Love how you have the card ideas on the different colors! Such bright and cheerful colors! <3

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  83. Boy, you sure do know how to make excellent use of all of the new colors. As usual, I just love all of your cards.

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  84. The new colors are beautiful and your cards are so pretty. I like the Plum but can see the two blues as a possible base also. So hard to decide. Picking colors is the hardest part for me.

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  85. Awesome cards! Love the new colors! Got all of them! Thanks for sharing!

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  86. I love the new color combination on the thank you card with 3 flowers. They are so pretty together!

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  87. This blog hop is fun of talent and inspiration!

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  88. Melanie, for your top card the Tranquil Teal as a card base and the white really makes your flowers pop. Key Lime for the bottom card. Thank you for sharing and hope that bug leaves your house without attacking you before it does.

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  89. Hi Melanie, I love Plum Punch!! I hope you all feel better soon and I hope you do not catch that bug!

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  90. Your flowers are gorgeous! The new colors go beautifully together. I really like the new plum color.

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  91. My favorites are Sea Glass and Tranquil Teal. I think they go great together. Your cards are great. I’m really loving all these new Gina K colors and can’t wait to try the new Amalgam ink!

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  92. Can’t begin to choose a favorite color!

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  93. Beautiful Melanie! I love the flower set you used to stamp the flowers!

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  94. Beautiful cards. Love the colors.

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  95. Ij'm an OCD "matchmaker" and really appreciate cardstock, inks and envelopes that match! Saves my nerves. Hope your family gets better. Always enjoy your stamp creations.

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  96. Lovely card projects! So excited for my inks to come!

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  97. Beautiful cards!! I love them all, and the new GinaK colors! I can't wait to try them all, but my new favorites will be plum, sand, slate, and tranquil teal TFS

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  98. Wow! Your cards just pop! And who can pick a favorite color-gotta have them all!

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  99. Love your work as usual. I really like how you showed the projects with the inks you used.

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  100. I am in color heaven with all these beautiful cards and new colors! Love it!

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  101. I don't think I can pick one color. I want all of them. Thank you

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  102. Beautiful card and the new colors are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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  103. These are lovely!! Please-----how can we get your new color chart to go with the new ink colors? I have the previous ones and rely on them all the time. I would love to have this one too. Thank you!

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  104. Beautiful flowers in the stunning new colors. Thanks for sharing and for the tips.

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  105. Just beautiful! These colors are perfect for the pressed flowers.

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  106. Soo sorry your kids are not well. Hope all get better soon. You do such beautiful work. Love the chart!

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  107. Gosh, your cards are gorgeous and these new colors just blow me away! I love the teal, plum and slate also!

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  108. Plum punch is my favorite but then I like all the new colors, too. Love how they all coordinate do well!

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  109. Love your ideas and so excited about the new colors!

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  110. These colors are perfect for your beautiful flowers! Didn’t think I’d like the plum, but I’m loving it and the sea glass. Can’t wait to see your video comparisons, thanks!

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  111. Beautiful stamping! All the colors are dazzling but my eye is always drawn to colors like sea glass and tranquil teal!

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  112. I needed them all LOL! I cannot wait for my order to arrive so I can see them in person and get inky. Happy crafting :)

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  113. your flowers card super pretty I love them.

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  114. Love these gorgeous new colors! Plum Punch, Sea Glass and Coral Reef are my top picks! Beautiful cards!

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  115. The new colors are amazing, just look at the results, gorgeous work!

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  116. Gorgeous! The colors are outstanding too!

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  117. Love your cards! Beautiful colors!

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  118. wonderful cards and thanks for the chart of all the colors. Thanks for sharing.

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  119. Hope everyone recovers quickly, including the caregiver!
    Your tips of choosing the color of a card base and the ink chart are very helpful. Thanks

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  120. I hope the cooties have left the house. Thank you for the tips about stamping the colors. Your cards look so simple which I love. Sometimes not having time to put a colored cardstock to back up your image works fine. I do it all the time.

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  121. These are so pretty! I hold cardstock behind my card fronts all the time to see which looks best. My favorite so far is the Plum Punch.

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  122. Your clean and simple cards are an inspiration!

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  123. Love your choice of colors. Love me some flowers. Thank you for sharing.

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  124. I love the intensity of colors you achieved with stamping the new inks, and using the slate for the outline! Beautiful work, Melanie!!!

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  125. I always like your designs and these new colors are some of my favorites.

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  126. These are gorgeous cards! I love the first one on sea glass, the second card would look nice on lucky clover and the third card looks great on plum punch :)

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  127. These are gorgeous cards and colours !! Kinda not the usual shades. Always nice to have more options to play with. 😂
    [margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

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