Monday, November 14, 2011

EEEEEK!!

Hello friends.  It's time...

When I stopped Illustrating for Cornish Heritage Farms, I felt like I was leaving a child behind.  I couldn't foresee the future of my art...and that was hard for me.  When CHF closed their doors, I contacted them to see if I could somehow retain the rights to my images.  Not knowing the fate of my art was scary for me (especially with my name attached to the collection).  I was able to purchase all of the rights and get my "babies" back again.  Oh' happy day!!  I would have loved to release them sooner, but unfortunately, I didn't feel that the quality they once were is good enough for me now.  I stand behind my clear stamps 100% and it's imperative that I put some extra time into each image to make them into a product that I am completely proud of.

The former "Kim Hughes Collection" will become "The Kismet Collection".  "Kismet" meaning fate or destiny seems appropriate since I feel that meeting CHF was meant to happen for me...it was the beginning of my Illustrating career and I will be eternally grateful for the opportunity they have given to me. 

ONE new Kismet Collection stamp set will release on the 15th day of EVERY month (woohooo)

The first set that I chose to start with was called Forest Friendzy...it is now called "Forest Whimsy" and I cannot wait for you to see it tonight!

All of the stamp set names will be changed since they will no longer be the same as they one were...

1.  They will have cleaner lines
2.  They are being released in the best clear photopolymer on the market
3.  Since our stamps are 4 x 6, so not all images fit onto our set, so not all images will make it into production.
4.  The sizes of the original images will most likely remain exactly the same
5.  Each and every image and sentiment will be "tweaked" so that they look the best they possibly can.  I am giving them all a "face lift" to modernize them.
6. In some cases, I will combine images from multiple sets that fit within the theme

Forest Whimsy is available tonight at midnight EST on Nov. 15th.

I have some stamp sets to give away all week between our blog and Facebook page.  I will choose one winner who comments on this post...and post a winner tomorrow.  Pleas tell us what you think about this news.  Do you have any questions for us?

We have some fabulous cards using Wake Up today
Kryssi made this very cool/graphic card with splashes on red.  What a great way to showcase so many images.























Hoe fun is this sweet little scene???  It makes me want eggs and bacon, I can tell ya that!  I love that die cut (or punched) plate!!



















Thank you sooooosooooo much for your continued support.  We "heart" you!!
(smooches)
Kim

Psssst...The entire Forest Whimsy stamp set can be seen on our newsletter...I JUST sent it (wink)

146 comments:

  1. That's great news! Can't wait to see the updates.

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  2. I am THRILLED! Omgosh, I can not wait!!

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  3. What an exciting news. You must be so happy about the stamps. Can't wait to see them tonight.

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  4. Oh goodness, that is so exciting! Yay, Kim, YAY!

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  5. That's wonderful news! I'm glad that you are so happy!

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  6. great news!!! im looking forward to see more of ur design

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  7. sweet!! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your stamps!!

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  8. awesome news!! Can't wait to see them all!

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  9. wonderful news! i can't wait to see how they look!!!

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  10. Awesome that is great news...looking forward to seeing them..

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  11. Wow...that's great news! I'm excited to see the new(ish) releases!! :)

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  12. Ohhhh, I am SOOO happy to hear this!! I am anxious to see Spring Trees! Hope this set will reappear soon. :)

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  13. I am so happy for you - and for us! Can't wait to see them!!!

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  14. So happy for you!!! really excited to see these new sets!!!

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  15. I'm so excited!!! I'm fallin in love with your stamp & addicted to it :)

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  16. This is great news! I'm not familiar with CHF so I'm excited to see what you have in store for us. :)

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  17. That is wonderful news, Kim! I loved your images, and continue to love them. Best wishes!!

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  18. "Thump Thump"!!! I LOVE this news!!!!!!

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  19. Fantastic Kim!!! Great News and OMG, the anticipation for this release is making me anxious.

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  20. Great news! Can't wait to see the new stamps! ;)

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  21. I'm so excited.....I loved your stamps with CHF and I'm loving them even more now......

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  22. fabulous news! i can't wait to see the Kismet stamps, as I wasn't stamping when CHF was around.

    Also, love love LOVE wake up!!

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  23. Congrats on what will be another successful venture! I appreciate your commitment to quality.

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  24. Hi! I am a new stamper...and just found this site a few weeks ago. Thanks for sharing this post. Now I know a little more about you and Paper Smooches!!! I am so glad you were able to get the rights to your art work!!!!

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  25. Oh, so cool! It's wonderful to hear that you were able to get the rights of the images! Would be so sad if your designs 'went down' with the company, or if they would have fallen into the wrong hands.... I'm soooo curious how they look now! Can't wait! Very exciting and congrats to you on this!!!
    Hugs, Wendy

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  26. I cannot wait to see the 'new & improved' stamps! How exciting to reclaim your babies.

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  27. Ummm...what do I think about this news? It's awesome and inspiring! I love to see women kicking entrepreneurial butt! You go girl! HOWEVER...you've just created a new way for me to spend money on crafts...tisk, tisk! LOL!

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  28. Have ALWAYS Loved your Creations from CHF....Some of my very favorite stamps!! So Glad you get to re release them so others can enjoy....Hugs!

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  29. Everything you do makes my heart jump for joy! I am so excited and can't wait for more from you! Hooray!!!!!

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  30. This is really super cool news! I love the Kismet name you chose (perfect) and am thrilled to see these releases in their new, modern way!!!

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  31. Congrats on the news! It will be lovely to see what goodies you have in store for us. That breakfast set is calling me already....
    *smile*

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  32. YEAY! I was a fan since the very beginning @ CHF and these new stamps will be like seeing new friends again! Can't wait to see them all tweaked up and looking fabulous! :)

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  33. I'm so excited to hear this news :) I was a huge fan of your CHF stamps and was thrilled when you started up PS, and now this just adds to the fun of it :) Congratulations!

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  34. I'm really excited about this new line of stamps being released. I only recently found your company so I'm not familiar with any of the sets you released with CHF. Can't wait!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  35. I am THRILLED!!!!!!! Hooray!!! Your CHF stamps are the only "retired" or unavailable stamps that I keep in my collection!!!! It will be fun to see some of them come out to play again, all refreshed and renewed! I am so excited for you, Kim!!!!! xoxo

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  36. This is definitely {squeal} worthy news!!! so excited for you Kim!!

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  37. Great news and congrats to you! I love PS stamps and am giddy with anticipation to see these "new" tweaked stamp sets!

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  38. This is great news! Can't wait to see what you've done with the stamps.

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  39. I am SOO excited! I have almost all of your CHF sets and I LOVE them!!! I am just thrilled about this news and I can't wait to order tonight at midnight!

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  40. What Exciting News!!! Looking forward to what is coming next!!!
    debpaint16@aol.com

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  41. Oh yippee! This is the best news. I am so happy for you and us. Have fun tweaking your darling stamps.

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  42. Thrilled about this! Ive always loved your designs and wasnt able to get all of them while at CHF, so I'm glad they will be back! Can't wait---
    Dawn G.

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  43. wow, how exciting! so awesome!

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  44. I am so excited Kim...have been a fan of yours since CHF days and am so looking forward to seeing some new/old friends!!! woohoo!!!

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  45. Eeek, first of all, genius cards from Kryssi and Heidi. Second, hooray for the Kismet Collection! When I saw the email this morning, I may have screamed just a little. I love the look of your CHF stamps and I'm so happy everyone will be able to purchase them. My poor wallet but happy heart! LOL

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  46. Wow, congrats! That's very exciting news! Looking forward to your new releases!

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  47. Just found your page via Jennifer Ingle on Facebook - what a lovely page and lovely images! I've a feeling I'll be back!

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  48. It's fabulous news! And a great way to salute your career's beginning. I can't wait to see ALL the revived sets. Congrats!

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  50. I'm so excited for you Kim. I can't imagine what a roller coaster journey this has been. Congrats on reclaiming your art!

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  51. Im so excited for this new release!!!!!! wahoo!!=) adorable cards too

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  52. Great news! Glad to see some of these guys will make it back into the stamping world!

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  53. Can't wait to see the new release tonight, along with the updated releases -- so exciting for both you, and us!

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  54. Congrats on launching a new line! Can't wait to see the final product!

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  55. Congratulations!! That is another great adventure for you!

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  56. This is brilliant news!!! Yay! I no longer have to search ebay endlessly to find old sets... lol!!
    All the best Kim.. I know they will fly out!!
    Robin

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  57. Ohhh! I am soooo glad you are going to be able to release your older stamps! I tell you, I have had the devil of a time searching for someone who has one of your older sets--especially the one with your hallmark crazy birds--like the one on your "visit our store" button. I love your stamps! Thanks!

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  58. So so so excited!! I had researched your chf stamps and I'm simply THRILLED you are re-releasing them! Eeeek!

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  59. Congratulations! How exciting. I can't wait to see your "new" sets. The design team cards today are so super cute.

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  60. So very happy for you Kim, I adored your stamps from CHF and can't wait to see them again in a new light!

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  61. WOOOOHOOOO!!! This is AWESOME news! I just saw this first set in the newsletter and it is SOOOO STINKIN' CUTE! Congrats, Kim!!!!

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  62. So fun to hear about these new versions of your older designs! I never got to see any of your CHF stamps, so I'm looking forward to seeing those designs for the PS line =)

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  63. I am so happy that you are tweaking and putting out the images you did from CHF! I have many of your images from CHF.

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  64. great news! I discovered your previous stamps after knowing about PS, I really love them! Now I will be able to buy them!! :)

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  65. OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I cannot wait to get my set of your new Kismet stamps! I LOOOOVE your images--and I cannot wait to get them inky!

    OH MY--clever cards shared today! LOVE that graphic one by Kryssi! BEAUTIFUL! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE that good egg one--I love that plate too!! FAB job to your DT!!

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  66. This is soooo exciting! I recently paged through some old papercrafts mags, and was wishing I had purchased some of the stamps from the CHF times. SO this is awesome! Can't wait to pick up a bunch of these little cuties! Way to go Kim! YAY!

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  67. YES!!!! ***pumping fists in air*** I knew there was a reason I wanted to keep all of those sets when CHF closed up!! I sooooo love that gnome-ie....he's sooooo cute!!

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  68. How exciting! I've admired so many cards with your CHF images and was always bummed I couldn't get any. Now I can join in on the fun too! Whoop whoop!

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  69. Ohh I'm delighted for you, bet it was good to get your 'babies' back!

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  70. Any reason to get more stamp sets outta you seems like a great one to me!! Can't wait to see them all, and the one in the newsletter looks so so cute :)

    -rachel w k
    rwkrafts.blogspot.com

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  71. More stamps, how can that NOT be good news?!! Love that little gnome!

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  72. Yay for you!! I am brand new to stamping, and I'm a HUGE fan of Paper Smooches, so I can hardly wait to see your new (old) images! :0)

    Nita
    www.niftynitanotes.blogspot.com

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  73. I am SO very happy that your stamps are going to be published again!!!!!! I was stupid and waited until the last minuet to find out about Kornish Heritage Stamps, and by that time, all of them were gone and sold out. So I am SO happy to see them out again!!

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  74. OMGosh, I LOVE your CHF stamps, and wished I could buy more. Now I can!!!! YAYAYAY for the new line! I must own that gnome - so cute!

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  75. This is great news, Kim...so glad you got the rights to your images back. I saw the set on your newsletter...FABULOUS and CUTE!!! I can't wait to see the rest!

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  76. wow..cool you wouldn't beleive it but i was after one of your older "former self" stamps from cornish heritage farm as well..can't wait

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  77. How exciting - for us of course, with the chance to enjoy more of your designs, but also for you to give those 'old favourites' a new lease of life! Thanks for the chance to win, Rx

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  78. That is fabulous news! CHF is where I first saw your art and fell in love with Snowy Sophie! :)

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  79. Omg that is some really exciting news I cannot wait i just love your stamps!!! So happy for you!!!

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  80. What great news. I have seen some chf stamps, but realized that they aren't available since they have gone out of business. So I'm very glad that you will bring them out of retirement!

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  81. Such exciting news! Look forward to seeing them :)

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  82. Great news!! I absolutely love Paper Smooches and your stamps so I am so excited to see a new set!

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  83. Great news, Kim! I did not get into stamping until you started paper smooches. I look forward to the new Kismets! Thanks!

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  84. This is so exciting for you (and us)! I can't wait to see some more of your fabulous creations!

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  85. how great!! i am so excited! you are a fantastic designer and i'm al sorts of excited!!

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  86. Just got caught up on the background to this post (having come to stamping only last year, I'd never heard of CHF), and I'm glad to hear you got your images back. Now I can look forward to seeing all those sets I never knew existed!

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  87. Great news! I treasure my Forest Friendzy set -- but I can't wait to see the rest! I know some stamp buddies who are gonna be super-happy about this ;)

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  88. YAY! I've been looking forward to this day for weeks! It pays to be a PS Club member being in on the scoop and all :) I understand what it's like to care about your art and that it represent who you are NOW...but, as a stamper, I loved your images then, and I love them now. I can't wait to get my hands on these new Kismet sets! :)

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  89. Woo Hoo! just saw the set in the newsletter and I love it! So adorable!

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  90. What a great idea- especially revitalising already great images- how exciting!

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  91. This is great news. I am so happy for you!

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  92. That is wonderful that you were able to buy the rights to all your artwork :) Just look how far you have come! Also, love the name you chose for your sets, so fitting.

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  93. What freakin' awesome news is that! I bet you are just flying right now! Can't wait to see them tonight!!

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  94. I think I am about as excited as you are! I have so many of those Cornish Heritage Farms sets. It will be so fun to see what you do for your "improvements"!

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  95. That's wonderful news Kim! I'm really excited to see the new releases of your Kismet stamps!

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  96. Woo Hoo!! I love the style of your stamps!

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  97. I absolutely love these cards. Wow. I am excited to see the new sets Kim. Sadly...I'm not familiar with your stamp sets before PS so for me it will be seeing them for the first time. I cannot wait.

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  98. im reaslly looking forward to the sets getting a face lift and re released....but i bet my hubby is not!!!that hole in his pocket seems to get bigger by the day!!

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  99. HOW WONDERFUL!!! That is awesome news... I am SUPER excited to hear you wonderful announcement.... You will be inspiring a whole new crop of stampers. I am one of those. THANK YOU KIM!!! I wish you continued GREAT SUCCESS in your newest endeavor... See you at midnite! :)

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  100. I think that is just fantastic news Kim....so happy for you. I think your illustrations are just fab....can't wait!!

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  101. I think it's fabulous news!!! More to add to my Paper Smooches collection!!!! Whoohoo! Thanks for the chance to win this first set!

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  102. That is such wonderful news and so happy you will be adding to the Paper Smooches collections....more stamps for me to love!!

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  103. I have so many of the stamp sets you did for CHF and was heartbroken when they closed shop. I am beyond thrilled that you've got the rights to them. Your babies are back where they belong!

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  104. Absolutely ecstatic about the news. I was late to the CHF party. By the time I found them it was too late. I have been jonesing for that gnome ever since. Imagine my delight to find he is in the first set! See ya after midnight!

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  105. I'm so happy that you are bringing your old sets back to life! I saw the set in the newsletter and I must say.. SUPER CUTE!!

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  106. Best wishes in your renewed venture! Looking forward to viewing the facelifts on the fifteenth :) Mary in Wausau

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  107. So exciting! Thats where I first fell in love with your designs. That gnome is sooo adorable! Congrats on your "new" addition!
    Pam B

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  108. I'm so excited you're re-releasing your Cornish stamps. I can't wait to use them. You must be so happy they are finished after all the extra work you put into them! Congrats!!

    Danielle Schoenlau

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  109. Sounds like the flock has returned to the nest. Is midnight a magical hour or something? I have to go to bed at 9:00. Can't we do this earlier? I am sure everyone would like to see before they go to bed and not wait up until midnight on a Monday night. Right girls?!!

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  110. Wow, that's awesome news. I've seen some of your CHF stamps in Just Cards and I thought they were so cute. I can't wait to see these new stamps and how you've tweaked them!!

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  111. What wonderful news and how exciting it will be to see the new sets.

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  112. I couldn't be happier! I love your art and look forward to all the Kismet sets! Thanks Kim!

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  113. your Kismet collection will rock the clear stamps world as your Paper Smooches collections have. could not be more excited Kim and so happy to have them in clear stamps. love the cards today too, awesome inspiration

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  114. How exciting for you! I have always enjoyed using your stamps and look forward to the new ones!

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  115. Although I'm not sure how you can possibly make my Kim Hughes stamp images even better, I am excited to see it happen :)Love the name of the new line (or is it the new name of the old line?! LOL!) Oh heck, I know it's ALL GOOD! :) Can't wait! :)
    Thanks Kim for continuing to INSPIRE!
    Kim Marie

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  116. Great news for those of us who missed out on your work at CHF!

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  117. That's great news. Can't wait to see the stamps.
    I love the name "Kismet".

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  118. YAY! So glad you got your "rights"! I have your owl set from CHF and LOVE it! Can't wait to see more of the "old" sets. :D

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  119. All I can say is OMG! I want the Gnome so bad!!

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  120. So glad you see your *vintage* designs will have a new life ... can't wait to see their *upgrades*.

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  121. that is very exciting

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

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  122. Such FABULOUS news! I am so happy you get your babies back and I have another opportunity to buy them. I have longed for Snowie Sophie. :)

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  123. I love love love your CHF sets so I'm very excited to see what the new sets turn out like! Congrats!

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  124. I am really happy to hear the news, Kim...I was not able to order CHF before they closed their doors, so I am really excited for you (and me ; )

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  125. So glad you were able to have the rights of your previous artwork! It's wonderful news. Looking forward to see the "new" stamps. Congrats!!

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  126. GIT-R-DONE WOMAN!!!! WOOP WOOP!!! BRING IT ON BABY!!!

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  127. Forest Whimsy is darling! I look forward to seeing the new Kismet line as they come out. You know, as the story is sometimes told, Santa is an elf. This sweet gnome sure looks like an elf with his funky little elf ears! And a hedgehog lives in the forrest and the tall shrooms could become whimsical trees, add the bird could sit on a snowy tree stump, and the clouds could be fluffy snow, and the "whimsical wishes" paired with a "Merry Christmas" on the inside--dang that would be a wunderbar holiday card! :) I just love your sets, they're so fun and inspiring! :)

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  128. Fabulous news! Can't wait to see the Kismet line! Very exciting for you to have this opportunity!
    DeniseB

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  129. So happy for you and your stamps! It really is "kismet"....Love those gnomes!

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  130. I think it is amazing news! I love all of your stamps and this just means that there will be even more to choose from! YAY!!!

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  131. What wonderful news can't wait to see them and get them, maybe I'll win some. Thanks for the chance.

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  132. OH Happy Day!!! Wonderful news.....Your designs always, and have always rocked the
    stamping world! Julie H. in MN

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  133. That is fantastic news and I so can't wait to see their facelifts!! :-)

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  134. What great news and I love these samples : )

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  135. This is WONDERFUL news, Kim! Can't wait to see all the exciting upgrades and changes. No questions right now, but probably will have later. Gotta check out the newsletter :o) Thanks for the opportunity to win a stamp set. Hugs, Sharon :o)

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  136. So happy for you! I loved the old sets but look forward to new sets too!

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