Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Together is Always Better + $100 Giveaway

My absolute favorite stamp style is the storybook style like you see in children's book illustrations.

I think this is because this was the first time I was presented with visual art - that makes sense, right? So some of my favorite art will always be these illustrations - as a matter of fact, this weekend, my mom gave me the ACTUAL copy of Swimmy that I owned as a child. It made me very happy - I love that book. He was my first watercolor crush.

So when I see stamps that you can tell sweet stories with, I'm always sucked in immediately.

Today's new bunny set was no exception. I love this set so much that 2/3 of my class projects this weekend were overflowing with these bunnies.

These two bunnies holding hands reminded me of Pooh and Piglet walking in the woods, so I tried to recreate that with Daniel Smith watercolor. I stamped it in Fadeout ink first, and then just painted a blustery day around it and a very loose scene.

I used a very sharp Polychromos to add some fur around the edges of the bunnies. The sentiment is from this set and is stamped in Nocturne. Such a sweet image.

There's another bunny in the set that's smiling - and you could even use him on a praying for you card, because he looks like he's praying!

But that's not what my bunny is doing - my bunny is imagining that he's a peacock! I used the new negative die to create a negative tail in the black cardstock, and I put this glitter paper behind it.

The sentiment is from this set and is stamped in Unicorn. The bunny is watercolored with Daniel Smith.
 Next up - a card that refused to be photographed! I painted the funky pineapple from this set in Nocturne, and cut it with the matching dies. But the coolest part of this card is invisible in my photo tent. The pineapple is sitting on a piece of watercolor paper that I embossed pineapples all over with the new pineapple stencil. (I used the Gemini Jr. and this sandwich: Bottom plate, plastic shim, embossing mat, paper, stencil, top plate. It gives a very deep emboss, which you'll see below.) The sentiment is from the same set and I just stamped it on a strip of white cardstock.


Here is a shot of the pineapples from the stencil stolen by the lighting. 


Finally - my favorite card, I'm not going to lie, is again with the bunny set. But another FABULOUS new background, reminiscent of Van Gogh - I stamped in Picket Fence Distress ink (see what I did there?) on top of a galaxy background that was in my UFO pile. I used my infinity dies to cut a little earth, which I sponged with Picket Fence, and then watercolored my bunny, cut him with the matching dies and sat him down for little read under that starry sky. The reason I used Picket Fence Distress Ink is the way it sort of pools adds to the starry look - I love it so much.
Now guess what? Since it's the Picket Fence  birthday celebration this month, they've given me a gift certificate to give away! I have a $100 shopping spree for one of you. Here's what you need to do to be entered to win - leave me a comment telling me your favorite children's book!

I will announce the winner on the 21st!

All the products I've used are below, and you can see the rest of this amazing release here! The good news is - everything is 20% off so you can shop the whole release at a discount. Just click here and use code PFS20 at checkout! Have fun!

Pineapple Collage Stencil
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Peach & Piper Coordinating Die
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Peach and Piper
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Something Sweet Coordinating Die
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Something Sweet
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Small Ways to Say Thank You
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Together is Always Better
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Flower Die Negative
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A Bright Night
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Fadeout No Line coloring Detail Ink
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AF249 Unicorn Pigment Ink Pad | Hero...
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VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne -...
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PICKET...
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Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors
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Escoda Versatil Brushes, Travel Round...
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Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils and...
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Summer Glitter Pack - Concord & 9th
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Fabriano Extra White Cold Press...
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Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
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MISTI Stamping Tool
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Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
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Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
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My Favorite Watercolor Sketchbook
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Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue Two...
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LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
[ BRG ]
Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
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Art Anthology BIG CRAFT MAT 24x36 311473
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Xyron ADHESIVE ERASER 23675
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Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
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Crafter's Companion GEMINI...
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Cut Align
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Essentials by Ellen Storage...
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Die Storage - Clear Storage Pockets...
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XL Stamp Storage Pockets
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Latest Release Archives - Picket...
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78 comments:

  1. I love all of your bunny cards, Lydia, especially the Winnie the Pooh one! As for my favorite children's book, hands down, I'll Love You Forever.

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  2. Oh Lydia—these cards are fantastic!!! My favorite children’s book (short story) is The Ransom of Red Chief. Brings such memories as we read it over and over to our granddaughter! She would even say “that’s what kidnappers would do with me, isn’t it? They would return me!”

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  3. LOVE these bunnies, and I neeeeeeeeeeeed that galaxy background!!!! My fave children's book is The Pokey Puppy. :-)

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  4. These are all amazing! Just gorgeous.....and yes those bunnies are sweethearts! My very favorite chapter book to read to my third graders was Bunnicula (for real) by James and Rebecca Howe. My favorite picture book is King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Audrey and Don Wood.....amazing illustrations!

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  5. Children's books.... Winnie the Pooh, the Poky Little Puppy, the Giving Tree. They're still my favorites, whatever that says about me! :) Have you read The Whispering Rabbit? I think I picked that one up in college, but it is so sweet and sleepy.

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  6. I read to my daughters 30+ years ago a book about Grandma Tildy and how she worked so hard and had no time to play. Can’t remember the name but my oldest daughter adored that book.

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  7. There was a book called Olaf Reads that my dad used to read to me. It taught me that it was ok to make mistakes.

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  8. Who would have thought a peacock. So cute!

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  9. My favourite story book was and still is Winnie the Pooh. The illustrations and stories were just amazing as a child.

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  10. The Golden Book of 365 Stories. Mom (or my Aunt when she babysat) used to read to me and my brothers. We loved it. I still have it.

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  11. My favorite was the Dr. Suess book, "Green Eggs and Ham". I was given it by an Aunt and Uncle who we visited on vacation. I made my older brothers and sister read it to me all the way home (it was a looonng trip). Good memories!

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  12. OMGosh these are all so adorable. Charlottes Web is my all time favorite childhood book. So yes, I love all the pig stamps. I also like the illustrations in the BFG.

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  13. I had to order the friends bunnies and saying for my grandchildren. They are so them! I love "Goodnight Moon!"

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  14. My favorite was Green Eggs and Ham. I think it was more that my Dad was funny reading it to me than the actual story, but that is the book I always think of when I think of children's books.

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  15. Aw, those bunnies are adorable, and I love that stamped galaxy background. My favourite book was a book with stories and illustrations. I remember it had a picture and story about a small lamb that was discovering the world. When I learned how to write, I started writing out that story by hand.

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  16. i can said the ant. i remember reading it over and over! thanks for the chance to win!

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  17. I always loved the very hungry catapillar and the rainbow fish. And since having children Goodnight Moon is also a fave. My daughter LOVES that one too.

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  18. These are ALL fantastic cards Lydia. I especially like the 1st one and the last one., they are so dreamy and whimsical. I don't have one fave book from my youth as I was enthralled with ALL of the Beatrix Potter books, mostly because of her illustrations rather than the stories themselves. I would actually dream up my own storyline as I followed through the pages looking at her pics. (It must have been fun for my poor teachers trying to hold my attention???....Can you say day-dreamer? LOL)

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  19. Wow! Just wow!!! You are amazing!!!

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  20. The Peach & Piper bunnies are beyond adorable!!!!! A must have!
    I love PFS (esp "Sheetfaced") and have several of their stamps but I need more!
    My daughter (now 38) had a favorite book called "A Porcupine Named Fluffy" that she loved.
    I would LOVE to win your giveaway!

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  21. These cards are so the bomb! And I so need more gangsta bunnies! My favorite children’s book... that’s hard as I loved so many. Today I’d have to say Where the Wild Things Are. Also loved Click Clack Moo Cows that Type from when my nieces were little.

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  22. Gorgeous card and awesome giveaway! I've always loved Puss n Boots.

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  23. "Love You Forever" is my favorite childhood book that I read to my now 34 yr. old son; I still have it hoping to have grandchildren some day. Don't think that is going to happen, lol.

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  24. Those are just the sweetest wee bunnies. My favourite children's book was called "Muddy Feet". I cannot count how many times I read that to my son, who is now 40, at bedtime. It was passed down many times over the years.

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  25. I was into Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. Moved up
    tp Perry Mason and Hercules Poiret. Now I'm on
    the more hard-boiled stuff. Always loved mysteries.
    The floppy bunny looks so lovable and hugable.
    Your cards are wonderful - the coloring of the
    pineapple is great. thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. awesome cards....such a great job on creating them.
    My fav book as a child was the Velveteen Rabbit....loved so much his fur got loved off. When my kids were little, they loved the stories of Robert Munsch…..still a fav with my daycare kids too!
    thanks for the chance to win
    x Karen

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  27. Wonderful cards. Love the sweet bunnies. Favorite book: Where the Wild Things Are.

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  28. Okay...I MUST have those bunnies!! Oh MY!!
    My favorite book was probably 3 little kittens. Mine was a large golden book and the drawings were sweet, not cartoon like. But my favorite illustrator was Eloise something...dang. I may have to spend the day looking for my stack of children's books I still have. I love all of your cards!!!

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  29. The Longest Journey in the World is the first book I loved and still do today.

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  30. Thise bunnies are so precious! And that pineappleeeeeeeee!

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  31. I loved the Spot books as a kid!

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  32. I love all of these cards, Lydia, but that first one is AMAZING! What a sweet image that tells a cute story! ♥

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  33. When I was really little my favorite book was Harold and the Purple Crayon. I still have my original copy [well, my great nephew has it]. My daughter was obsessed with Jan Brett and Tomie dePaola. Her toddlers have all of HER well-loved books and ask for them often. Picture books are one of life's great necessities.

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  34. I Love You To The Moon And Back is my favorite children's book. I make cards for my grandkids with a stamp that says this and add~ And more than all the stars in the sky. A Bright night will be going on my wish list! Love your cards.

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  35. Hands down, my fave childhood book is Where the Wild Things Are. My love for that book has not diminished at all since I was little... my kids were raised with it as well <3

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  36. Beautifully written piece to accompany your sweetly colored bunnies. My favorite children's book right now is Wonky Don't.

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  37. My favorite books as a girl were Little Women, Swiss Family Robinson, and Black Beauty. I also enjoyed reading all the fairytale classics to my own daughter when she was little. Still love to read to this day! Your cards are beautiful :-)

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  38. The bunnies are adorable, and I love that colorful pineapple! Our Childcraft books were well-loved.

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  39. My favorite children’s books are the Harry Potter series.
    Beautiful collection. My favorite is your first one... gorgeous watercolouring and those bunnies are adorable. x

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  40. Be still my heart - those bunnies! ♥♥♥ I know exactly which Pooh & Piglet scene you're referring to; I grew up loving them, and all of their adventures. Raised both my boys with them, too! My most favourite story, though, is The Wind in the Willows. I was gifted the book when I was 7 years old, and have it still :)

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  41. Oh my goodness, these bunnies are just adorable and I share your love of storybook images. Not sure if my favorite image is the book-reading bunny or the two friends holding hands. I have three grandchildren who love books so it's been loads of fun re-visiting all the old favorites. My favorite book as a child was The Pokey little Puppy, which was one of the Golden Book collection.

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  42. Those bunnies are just adorable. I just love story book style critters especially when they are painted with watercolours. When I was a child I had a version of Grimms Fairy Tales that I just loved the illustrations.

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  43. Bunnies! Good Night Moon and anything by Sandra Boyton. Oh, and The Day the Crayons Quit. Perfection.

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  44. Love these cards and your beautiful coloring of them. My favorite is that gorgeous galaxy background and the bunny in front. As a former librarian, I find it hard to limit my choice to one book, so I'll go with my favorites from childhood, which was anything written by Beverly Cleary.

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  45. My favorite book when I was little was a Golden book, Pokey Little Puppy. I read that over & over! Around 6 or 7 I moved on to every Nancy Drew I could get my hands on & Cherry Ames books, too. Lydia I love your little bunnies! Just bought them, will have to wait for dies. I just got the Gemini Junior for my Birthday last week plus the Foil Press. Now I need to find an outlet.

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  46. I forgot to add Thanks for the chance to win such a wonderful prize & congratulations to the winner! Since I have never won anything.

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  47. We always had bunnies when I was growing up so bunnies just make me happy! My favorite book series as a kid was the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle collection because my Dad would read them using funny voices!

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  48. Oh my!! I’m loving these new bunnies. Your cards are so sweet too! So my favorite children’s book lately has been Penguin Problems. If you haven’t read it, it’s super sweet. I read it every year to the third grade class at my school. But the author now has a book called Giraffe Problems... which I love even more!!

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  49. These bunnies are the sweetest things ever! And I love your starry galaxy background the most too! My favorite children's books are any that I read with my own children, over, and over, and over...Where the Wild Things Are is one of my faves because it was the first book that my son read out loud by himself...at about 3 years old!

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  50. Fabulous cards! The fuzzies you added to the bunnies is so sweet and the Bright Night stamp is now at the top of my wish list! So love how you used it!

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  51. Forgot to add my fave book. It was Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales. I like the fantasy and mystery around the stories and there were so many of them.

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  52. I’m a big fan of the illustrative style myself. Lovely cards!

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  53. So many possibilities ... Frog and Toad are Friends.

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  54. My favorite children's book was "Katie the Kitten," a hard-covered Golden book from the early 50s. I love seeing all of your creations. I am nowhere near an artist, but I do glead lots of inspiration from you. Thanks you for sharing!

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  55. My favorite children's book was "Katie the Kitten," a hard-covered Golden book from the early 50s. I love seeing all of your creations. Even though I'll never be anywhere near the artist you are, I do glean inspiration from your blog and lessons. Thank you for sharing!

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  56. Wonderful cards Lydia! My favorite is Winnie the Pooh... and still love anything related to Pooh to this day. Nothing like the cherished memories of our childhood friends...and so special when we can bring these things to life through our creativity.

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  57. All of your cards are so beautiful! My absolute favorite children's book is called The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats. I grew up in Wisconsin, and I could really connect to the charming story of a little boy who had a snow day, and spent it outside. The illustrations are my very favorite part, with bright, saturated colors in very simple shapes, as if they were created with a silk screen or a printing press! I love it!

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  58. I love your two little bunnies holding hands on the stormy eve...Love these cards! I scanned the names of all the previous book titles and thought...love that one and that one etc...but hands down, for me...Winnie the Pooh. I was introduced to it at the age of 6 by my sister who was studying elementary ed. in college back in 1958, and am still reading the set and loving the sweetness of Pooh and all his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. ♥

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  59. Love all your bunny cards, they are so sweet! Oh, there were so many books! Dr. Seuss and then there is Where The Wild Things Are....loved the illustrations, not sure it's really a kids book, but I liked it! Would be soooo happy to win your awesome prize.

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  60. You’re gorgeous. All of cards are amazing!

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  61. OMGoodness, seriously, that first card is the CUTEST. EVER. Now I need that bunny set...

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  62. To this day I still love "To Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street". It makes me giggle when I read it to my grandkids.

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  63. I can only choose ONE children's book?!?!? For illustrations, Rabbits & Raindrops. Sentiment, has to Guess How Much I Love You. Love your bunnies and the night sky, so pretty.

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  64. My favorite books to read to my daughter were anything by Jan Brett. One of my childhood books I still have is beautifully illustrated copy of Alice in Wonderland. I so enjoy your art and your stories! Mary Ellen

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  65. Lovely projects with these fab products, the bunnies are the sweetest. Your last card is my fave too. I didn't have a fave book that I read repeatedly as a child. One that I really enjoyed is one that my daughters got from the library, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

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  66. Just love Bunnies!! My favorite storybook style children's book author is Beatrix Potter. Her style was oh, so sweet! The Tales of Peter Rabbit is my favorite! ��
    Thanks for the chance of winning the gift certificate!

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  67. How do you pick ONE favorite book!? I didn't find it until I was older, but Max Lucado's "You are Special" is one of my favorites now. In my dream world, I would be a children's librarian. But in my current world, I get to order books for my office and give them out to kids at their checkups. It's pretty great. Of course I had to order some of my older favorites - Corduroy, Berenstein Bears, Litte Critter. Goodnight Moon. So many great ones!

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  68. All the cards with the bunnies are so cute but I really love the one with the two little bunnies holding hands. It brings to mind my two little girls... Greetings from Greece :)

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  69. I can still remember the rhyming text from Tikki Tikki Tembo, my all time favorite book. Sadly I don't know what became of it. I would love to get another copy. Terri Burson

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  70. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your cards!!! My favorite children's book is CHICKA CHICKA BOOM BOOM! My husband and I read this to my son many, many times before he was able to read. By the time he was 2 1/2 years old, he was reading it to us. My email user name is the beginning of my son's favorite line...Skitskatsmom99@aol.com Skit skat skadoodle doot flip flop flee, everybody's running to the coconut tree! Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! Will there be enough room? My son will be 20 later this year but, I can still quote the book verbatim! Lori Hatton

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  71. Tikki Tikki Tembo is a good one but I liked Good Night Moon for my kids. Great Cards! Wish I could make some like those!

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  72. My fav book was Where the Wild things are !!! Your cards are adorable, thx for the chance to win ❤️

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  73. Loveeeee these cards! I loved Harold and the purple crayon. Still do ❤️

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  74. You've beautifully created a storybook style card! Love those sweet rabbits. My favorite book was Andrew Lang's Blue Book of Fairy Tales. I have a copy sitting on my bookshelf!

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  75. Definitely Winnie the Pooh. I still have that book. Also a giant book of fairy tales that my Grandfather had at his farm. So many memories!

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