Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Celebration day 3

The winner of TIMBER is:


That is a very unique stamp, I love it!
Today we have a stamp background that I swoooooon over.  The HOUNDSTOOTH pattern...it makes my heart skip!  I have always loved color and pattern...and as soon as I started this company, I knew I would have to introduce pattern stamps one day.  My strength is drawing...reading manuals and figuring out new programs is definitely a weakness for me.  I like to learn as I go...it's the hard way, but that's how I roll.

So, I have the most amazing friend.  We met when I moved to Arizona and I knew right away that we could have the kind of friendship that would last forever.  I am talking about Karolyn Loncon.  This person also happens to be an amazing designer with a great eye!  We crop together every Tuesday...and on one of those Tuesdays, I asked her if she would like to give product design a try.  I already knew that I loved her style...and I knew that she was a hard working gal...so she seemed to be the perfect person to help make my (patterned) vision come to life.  She exceeded my expectations and designed SIX of the 20 new CHA releases. 

Houndstooth is her first of the six stamps that I will share with you this month.  Isn't it FABULOUS?  You can stamp this in any ink color.























I promise to try and work on video tutorials, but until then, I'd like to offer up some tips of how to use this block of wonderfulness.

1. Twist the pad onto the stamp slightly to get into all of the grooves
2. Leave inked pattern facing up and press your paper onto it...use a brayer for even pressure
3. Ink your pattern stamp with a clear Versamark pad first...then apply ink...then press the stamp to paper.  The Versamark helps the ink "stick" to the clear stamp
4. Don't fret if your impressions isn't perfect...it can look like a fabric...or you can cut the image down to use the more "perfect" part of the impression
5. Use scrap paper to "get to know" your stamps before you commit to your final project.
6. If you don't have a large acrylic block, don't worry...I leave my background stamps on the acetate sheet...it cleans off easily with baby wipes and it's not as bulky as a block
7. Use a mouse pad or magazine for a cushion.
8. Stamping should be fun, not frustrating, so try to enjoy the process

I have a Houndstooth stamp to give away...you know what to do :)  (the winner will be posted in the morning)

Heather Campbell joins us today...it's the start of her guest designer month with us.  I am SO excited!
Check out how darling this card is!!
























...and this card is simply amazing.  I love how the sentiment lines up to create a patterned backdrop.  She used the bow from Spring Fling - LOVE!!























Like Heather, Teri also used stamps from Good Gab. I think I can assume that Teri used a circle mask to create this cool text effect...ahhhh, she is amazing!


















Thanks so much for stopping by :)
xx
Kim

170 comments:

  1. The polka dots go really well with the spots on the heart. SO cute.

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  2. OH, I love the houndstooth!! The cards today are so cute!! My wish list is getting longer;)

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  3. I love this stamp - I've got a dress in Houndstooth, it's a fab pattern! x

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  4. I love this background stamp. I also really like Heather's cards....amazing!

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  5. LOVE this background stamp....these cards are so fun...love them..

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  6. Gorgeous stamp, loving the new CHA releases :)

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  7. The LOVE Card shaped smooch! It to die for! I love it. I am starting to collect background stamps and that houndstooth is amazing! Keep em coming!

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  8. Congrats to Karolyn!! Looks like a fun stamp!

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  9. I love houndstooth. I cannot wait to see what else is coming out way. Thanks for the opportunity to win GREAT stamps.

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  10. Beautiful cards! Love the new stamp!! TFS another wish list want :)
    TFS
    jessica
    chick-n-scrap.blogspot.com
    eschfamily@yahoo.com

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  11. This is great! I love the background images that you are coming out with!

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  12. Love houndstooth--looks great in all colors!

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  13. Oooooh, houndstooth! I am in love!!

    And these cards today are so fabulous!! I love them!!

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  14. Oh I heart houndstooth! Another wonderful background!!

    Linda

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  15. Instead of trying to line up the tiny houndstooth stamp I have this would be a huge help in transforming boring cardstock. Great tip to use Versamark to get better coverage.

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  16. adorable cards, love the stamp!

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  17. i heart houndstooth! great stamp & thx for the tips!

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  18. Isn't it great meeting kindred spirits and developing life long friendships??!! Karolyn sounds like SUCH an amazing woman ... she is already an amazing artist. Sweet project designs!

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  19. Love the houndstooth!!! I can think of a million things to use this on! :)

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  20. These cards couldn't be sweeter!! And love the houndstooch - such a classic pattern!

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  21. Another beautiful background stamp! Love it!

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  22. Such a classic design that can be used for a multitude of projects...I love it!

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  23. OK, that is the background stamp I am going to want first! SOOOOO love that design.

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  24. What a great background stamp! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  25. Houndstooth -- great background stamp. Nostalgia -- a favorite 'jumper' from so long age.

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  26. Love it!! Another FANTASTIC background stamp. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!!

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  27. Cool! Love this one!!! Oeh, soooo many possibilities with this one!! Gorgeous! And how lovely that you found a friend to help you with this!! Very nice!
    Fun cards today! Love the use of the sentiments!! Original!!
    Hugs, Wendy

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  28. That houndstooth background is SO classy. I'm so excited to have some Paper Smooches backgrounds to choose from now. Yay!! And thanks for the chance to win!

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  29. These are stunning cards...I adore the lips!

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  30. I have been wanting a houndstooth background stamp forever, it is one of my favourite patterns. So happy to see that one is finally available...love it. The cards are so cute! I have to buy that Spring stamp set.

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  31. I have always like the houndstooth pattern in anything so having a stamp would be great! Thanks for posting those cute cards.

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  32. Houndstooth is very versatile. Great idea!

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  33. Great cards...love the little cat with bow, so cute! And that houndstooth stamp is a must have!

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  34. When houndstooth first started appearing I wasn't sure, but you know what, now I love it!

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  35. This is a must have for my collection! I love the story behind the stamp, too! Heather's cards are really fantastic!

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  36. Beautiful cards. The stamp looks great would
    love the chance play with it.

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  37. Houndstooth is wonderful, I love the pattern!!

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  38. The houndstooth is great. I can see this stamped with all sorts of fabulous colors. Great sample cards today as well!

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  39. Love a good houndstooth... Great background addition!

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  40. Amazing stamp! Amazing cards! I love everything about PS. :)

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  41. I LOVE houndstooth. I actually made myself a computer version a few years ago, but a stamp is SO much better. Am loving seeing all the new releases! Just fabulous.

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  42. I have a special fondness for houndstooth. Love this. Thanks for the chance, I'm really enjoying seeing all the new sets!

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  43. Hurray for Karolyn! I know what you mean, Kim - I feel like after having spent time with her (and you, of course :) ), that I have a new lifelong friend, too. Cool chicks, unite and takeover! LOVE this houndstooth - one of my all-time favorite patterns - and can't wait to get it in my hot little hands (which are actually cold at the moment; it's 16 degrees in St. Paul, where I am for the next couple of days). Fabulous cards, fabulous release, fabulous YOU!!!

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  44. I love Karolyn designs.....I'm sure her stamp designs will be Awesome too! You both rock!
    Can't wait to see all of the new stamps!

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  45. I loveee that background!!!
    Fabulous stamp and fabulous cards!!!

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  46. loooove houndstooth! it never gets old!

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  47. these are adorable, the kitten is sooooo cute! I LOVE the houndstooth stamp, would be awesome to win, thanks for the chance! :D

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  48. love the houndstooth pattern. Those cards are so cute. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  49. Wow March is going to be an expensive month! This is another fantastic must have, thanks for the chance to win! The cards are gorgeous!

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  50. I love background stamps. There is something satisfying about making your own backgrounds!

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  51. Fun! Background stamps seem so versatile.

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  52. Way to go, Karolyn, for designing the new stamp set! I think PS is heading to the right direction with the new background stamps!! This rocks!

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  53. Oh so cute cards! Great job ladies!!!

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  54. Woohoo for houndstooth! Great designs so far--I can't wait to see all the rest!

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  55. Everyone knows that I love everything houndstooth! When my mother-in-law goes shopping, she'll buy me anything in that pattern (whether I need it or not).

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  56. There's just something about houndstooth that I LOVE!! What a great stamp :)
    These card are too cute!

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  57. what an awesome giveaway, and those cards are super cute!! :)

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  58. I love houndstooth! Oh my gosh, I must have this one!

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  59. They just keep getting better and better. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  60. You can never go wrong with houndstooth. What an awesome background stamp.

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  61. Such CUTE cards - and love the houndstooth background! Very cool!

    housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com
    www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

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  62. The kitty is really cute. I love animal cards.

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  63. Great houndstooth background stamp. So fun!

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  64. Natalie WintersteinFebruary 8, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Oooh, I love Houndstooth! :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  65. I like how she used lips as the shape for the cat card. Very cute.

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  66. I too LOVE the graphic feel of houndstooth! So happy to see it in the PS line =)

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  67. what a great soon to be class pattern! Can't wait to try it out. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  68. I collect pattern and background stamps! I am so happy that PS is caring them! Congrats, Karolyn!

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  69. The bunny is so cute. It would be good for making little treat bags, too.

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  70. I am really enjoying all these background intros!! Love all the patterns so far!! HOUNDSTOOTH.... yay!!!!
    Those cards are just darling by the way!!!
    Robin

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  71. YAY for the houndstooth! Time to start hoarding all the spare change I can find around here... This release is going to be a big hit for my wallet. AND I CAN'T WAIT! It'll be worth every penny! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  72. This is a MUST HAVE background stamp. Great work!

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  73. I'm so jealous you have a crafting buddy, I wish more of my friends were scrappy! :) love the houndstooth- I forsee using it for shabby & chic cards (by not inking it up all the way)!

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  74. These cards are fantastic! I love the new houndstooth!

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  75. I love the cards and thanks for the chance to win...ooooh Houndstooth I love it.
    Rene from OZ xo

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  76. Hi, Kim

    The houndstooth is just gorgeous! Great BG!!
    Happy 1st Anniversary, have always loved your designs.
    Take care.
    Lizzette

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  77. LOVE the houndstooth!!! Thanks so much for sharing one!

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  78. I love houndstooth it can be classy or it can be fun depending on the colors you use. This is an awesome bg stamp! :)

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  79. Love this houndstooth pattern...perfect for masculine cards! And thanks so much for the stamping tips...especially for people who don't have an acrylic block! I have a couple of stamps that are really large, and I found a sheet of plexiglass to use as my block. But flipping the stamp upside down and just using it flat is even better!

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  80. The houndstooth would be a great stamp for male cards! I need to start digging in the sofa and chairs for the spare change. :)

    Heather did a great job with her cards. Love Teri's circle sentiment.

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  81. Love it! Roxanne Mussell @ rmussell@charter.net

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  82. Love the smitten card. Thanks for sharing the houndstooth stamp as well!

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  83. Looking forward to the pattern designs. Love the houndstooth. Snw

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  84. Kim, Kim, Kim. My pocketbook is going to be flat as a fritter after I see all these-but Houndstooth is my passion!

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  85. awesome background!

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  86. Another great background!!!! Love it!

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  87. I should have known Paper Smooches would come up with a houndstooth stamp. Always my favorite.

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  88. I love the houndstooth. It has a lovely worn look. Can't wait to see more.

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  89. Love houndstooth! COuld make some extra spiffy cards with this

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  90. All three cards are amazing, I just love them. The houndstooth is background perfection. A pattern that is always in style, I must have it.

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  91. You have such an uber talented team Kim. I am loving these new bg stamps. Now I just need a money tree in my back yard. Hee. I love houndstooth. ooh la la.

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  92. Your DT team is amazing Kim!! Everytime I see a card using your stamps they make me smile and go oooooh!
    he houndstooth background stamp is terrific...I MUST have it!!

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  93. I love the houndstooth background! Very cute valentine cards, too!

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  94. love love love the houndstooth!! :)
    Suzanne suzyq28024@gmail.com

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  95. Heather's and Teri's cards are very nice! I love the houndstooth background stamp! I have had the hardest time finding any houndstooth papers, so this would be a great addition to my collection. Thanks for the chance to win. BTW, I saw a pic of your CHA booth display that had alotta bkgrd stamps ... I was very excited about them! You did a good job designing them! :)

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  96. Love the houndstooth background and the cards--- just so cute!!!

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  97. Oh I sooo love this houndstooth stamp....I would love to win it! Thanks for the chance!

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  98. i just love the backgrounds more to add to my stamping collection

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  99. FAB-U-LOUS! Can't wait to see all the new items in March!!!

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  100. I love the background stamps that you create. Cannot wait to add to my collection.

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  101. Houndstooth!! Yay!! So classic.

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  102. i love houndstooth, so much so i have skirts jackets scarves hats ...blah blah but.... not a stamp YET!!

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  103. Hi! I saw some pics on the CHA convention where they were spotlighting background stamps and I thought they are the best of all offered and now you come out with even better than what I saw featured there! These background stamps are going to be a huge success for you and I am sooo happy for you! I just love em!

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  104. great background! thanks for the chance to win :) heather's cards are amazing...love her style!

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  105. Yay! Houndstooth...I love houndstooth :) Thanks for all the great tips, too!

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  106. You live in AZ(azIdo!)? No wonder I love your blog! Like you I love pattern and color. My favorite suit in the 1960's had a pencil-slim B&W houndstooth pattern skirt. Wish I still had it! Your stamp is a qualified second. ;)

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  107. Houndstooth is a fun pattern to work with. So much u can do with it!!! Fantastic cards!!!

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  108. L.O.V.E houndstooth pattern! This one is simply gorgeous!

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  109. that little bunny card is SUPER SWEET! and i love me some houndstooth...crossing my fingers that i'll win it! :)

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  110. I adore that I adore you card! So cute. I'd be thrilled to get my hands on that awesome houndstooth stamp! Thanks for a chance.

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  111. Mmmmm ... I am a huge fan too of houndstooth patterns, thanks for the opportunity and thanks for creating it!
    Love all these cards ... just so so cute!

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  112. this is so fun! Congrats to her.. I can't wait to see more of her designs. :)

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  113. Awesome! These backgrounder stamps are wonderful...bring on the next release!
    Heathe j.

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  114. I love the houndstooth! The new backgrounds are just fabulous!

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  115. Another great background. The cards are great too.

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  116. I've been wanting a houndstooth stamp for the longest time. I love it!

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  117. I would love to get my hands on the houndstooth stamp. Very cool.

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  118. The houndstooth stamp looks like it will be a fantastic background!

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  119. I LOVE houndstooth...what a great background stamp. You can make paper to match any project. I look forward to seeing the rest of your background stamps over the next couple of weeks.

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  120. Love the "I adore you" card...very cute!!! Also the background stamps from CHA are super cute! I'm in love with the houndstooth!

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  121. I am loving the new background stamps!

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  122. Can't wait to see what else Karolyn has come up with! Loving the houndstooth!

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  123. Oh my goodness, I love this too!!! The DT cards are super super cute!!!

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  124. Houndstooth is one of my favortie patterns too. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  125. Super cute cards and LOVE the hounds tooth stamp and two thumbs WWAAAYY up for Miss Karolyn Loncon for designing such a great stamp :)

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  126. I just love your stamps Kim!

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  127. Love today's cards, and that houndstooth stamp is a must-have! Thanks for the chance.

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  128. I am lovin the new stamps so far! Cannot wait to see the rest! Houndstooth is one of my favorite patterns!!

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  129. Love the houndstooth pattern! Love your stamps!

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  130. How fun and exciting!

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

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  131. Eeks, LOVE houndstooth and so excited for this coming release. I saw the pics from CHA and love these background stamps!!

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  132. Congrats Karolyn!!! Your designs compliment Kim's drawings so well! I saw them all at CHA and loved every one.

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  133. Houndstooth......is my favourite pattern ! How elegant !!

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  134. I'm so behind in following everything CHA. But, I am LOVING your background stamps!! They are awesome!! Love this houndstooth stamp!! I've always wondered why the pattern is called hounstooth..?? Thanks!!

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  135. The Smitten kitten card is adorable - - and the houndstooth stamp has endless possibilities!!! Ah, so many cool toys . . . so little time to play. ;) Mary in Wausau

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  136. Another neat pattern.....love your designs!

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  137. OHHH! What a fabulous new stamp! AND WOOOOOOOW! Look at all those beautiful cards--LOVE each one!

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  138. Lovely houndstooth background stamp! Thanks for all the stamping tips.

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  139. I am in LOVE w/ the houndstooth!!! I definitely have to get myself one of these!!!! You go, Karolyn!!! Keep up the awesome work!

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  140. Love the Houndstooth! Thank you for sharing the tips to make stamping with these a breeze. I am sure that it will come in handy when I buy ALL of them! ;)

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  141. Love the houndstooth stamp!!! Love all of your stamps! So glad I discovered paper smooches!

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  142. How wonderful!!!!!! You two gals are amazing!

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  143. **LOVE** Houndstooth! It's such a fun pattern that you can dress up or dress down depending on the project. So excited about these backgrounds! :)

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  144. Wow, look at those designers go! Gah, I am totally digging the houndstooth. Now I can have it in any color!!!

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  145. That pattern is amazing! I love all the cute cards!!

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  146. So good to see Karolyn join you, the hounds tooth is awesome :0)
    Love the lip shape card.
    Jenny x

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  147. Super with a houndstooth background stamp!
    Love the cat in the lip shaped card - super sweet!

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  148. Houndstooth seems to be the latest rage in patterns for so many things so I'm not surprised to see it on a stamp too. What a great stamp for backgrounds and paper piecing for any clothing! Thank you.

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  149. what a great background stamp!!

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  150. Love the houndstooth background. Lots of possibilities.

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  151. My goodness. I love that houndstooth stamp! Great tips! And I love all three cards from today!

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  152. aw this is a lovely versatile background stamp

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  153. I love any stamp that you can use for a background, saves on patterned paper and also matches perfectly with your project if you want tone on tone.

    Julie H.....MN

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  154. Background stamps... perfect addition to your line. I love em. Wish I would have seen this two days ago - love that dotty one.

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  155. Heather's cards are fabulous! And so is the houndstooth... I really *need* this one!!

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