Monday, 14 March 2016

Altenew March 2016 Release Blog Hop

Hello!




Today I have the most exciting news to share. Way back last year, Tasnim asked if I was interested designing stamps.. well, my first impression was.. me... are you really talking to me about this? Well, I kinda laughed at the whole idea at first, but then I started to think and sketch and you know... things evolved. This whole stamp design thing has been such a big learning curve for me, I had to learn to sketch, trace and above all, I needed to learn how to use Illustrator to be able to get my hand drawn images into digital form... I've been nervously waiting this day to come and I'm so hoping that you'd like my designs.

When we first talked designing stamps with Tasnim, she asked me to do something from my own culture. I started to think about it and when I need to think.. I need to walk too. I went to a walk with Simo, who is a dog of my dear friend - he's so cute by the way - and I thought about what would be something from my culture and of course since this is my first set, I also wanted it to be sort of personal since I knew already at that point that I will put many hours to this thing if I was gonna do this. While walking in the forests with Simo I looked around and had this flashback moment from my youth. We used to have a dog - Cecilia. She was a Tibetan Terrier and she was amazing. I used to take walks with her and we usually went to this little place near my childhood home - it was our place to calm down and sat down for a moment. My childhood home is by the lake and on the other side of the lake there is this little peninsula which is the most beautiful and the most peaceful place - at least to me. It only grows birch trees in that peninsula and we used to sat down to a grass bed with Cecilia and listen to the waves slowly hit the sand with birds singing on the back. Nowadays, someone had brought a bench to that place so I think there's at least one more person who also loves that place. 

So that was the inspiration to my first ever set. While designing, I also wanted to make a  set that was useable for many different kind of techniques since we all love to do different kinds of things. I'm sharing two of my cards today that I have made with my set and later this week and weeks to come, I'll be sharing more and I will make them into video tutorials as well. So, if you don't want to miss them, please subscribe to my YouTube channel here.

I'm also participating in the Altenew March 2016 release Blog Hop and if you came from my amazingly talented and sweet teammate May Park's blog, you're on the right track. If not, please start at the Altenew blog.






Supplies:
Stamps: Birch Land,  Garden Grow and Succulents.
Inks: Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades Altenew Crisp Inks, Versafine Onyx Black, Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
Paper: Neenah Solar White 80lb, Hammer White Paper 100gsm by Soho Creative






Supplies:

Stamps: Birch Land, To the Moon, Winter Cardinal and Sketchy Cities America 2.
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky Distress Inks, Fairy Dust Pure Color Dye Ink, SSS Smoke Dye Ink
Superfine Clear Embossing Powder from Ranger
White Jelly Roll Pen

Copic Markers: 0 - N0 - N1 - N3 - N5 - N7


I used three shades of grey ink to stamp the images and then I took my copic multi-liner and added the black details to the cottage and to the trees. To create a sky I used a cool grey marker (copics) and added the snow with white gelly roll pen. 

Supplies:
Stamps: Winter Cottage, Snowing and Pine Tree
Inks: Fairy Dust Pure Color Dye Ink, SSS Smoke Dye Ink, Jet Black Altenew Crisp Ink
Black Copic Multiliner 0.1
Copic Markes: C0 - C1 - C3
White Jelly Roll Pen

Copic Markers: C0 - C1 - C3


GIVEAWAY
To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away $50 gift certificate to three lucky winners. Please leave a comment on the Altenew blog by Friday March 18th, 11:59 pm EST for a chance to win.

And there is more! I will randomly choose a winner from comments left on this post and the prize will be $30 gift certificate to Altenew online store. Please leave a comment on this post by Friday March 18th, 11:59 pm EST for a chance to win. I will announce the winner on my blog after soon after.

GET HOPPING!
Hopefully you are having fun hopping. Next on the hop is fabulous and so sweet and kind Svetlana HayevichIf you encounter a broken link along the hop, please start at the beginning from Altenew blog.

I really hope you liked what you saw. Thank you so much for visiting and have a great day!

Hugs,
Marika

273 comments:

  1. the little scenes you've created are wonderful

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  2. I love the scenes and the sentiments.

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  3. Congratulations! I love this pretty birch tree and the lovely cabin scene. Your cards are very lovely too.

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  4. Love your cards, Marika, especially the last one with your stamping on the base panel that adds so much depth and dimension!!

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  5. Gorgeous cards Marika. Love the different seasons and scenes... that tree on the first one is amazing! Fantastic coloring as always.

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  6. Marika!!! I couldn't be happier for you today, and for weeks to come!! I adore your sets, and LOve hearing how you were inspired ... oh, would I love to sit awhile with you there ... thank you as always for my morning coffee inspiration! xx and love...
    =]

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  7. I loved the first card and then as I went on down the page it just got better!!
    The 2 panel cards were just lovely!

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  8. You did a wonderful job Marika! You should be proud!

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  9. I just knew when I popped over here that my eyes would be treated to fabulously created cards, Marika! I love what you've done with Birch Land, and your Winter Cottage card is pure monotone loveliness!

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  10. Love your trees. I'm hoping mine will look as good after I play with this set.

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  11. Hi Marika! This is wonderful news! Congratulations to you!
    Thanks you so much for sharing your inspiration story... I loved reading it... and I love Birch trees!
    Your cards are breathtaking as usual. I am such a fan!
    hugs

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  12. Absolutely breathtaking Marika!

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  13. So excited for you and your stamp sets are beautiful!! Your cards are amazing!!! Love!!

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  14. Three beautiful, amazing cards! Congratulations on the designing of your very first stamp set.... SO exciting!

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  15. Fantastic cards! A small world in every card!

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  16. Thanks for the tutorials and the wonderful inspiration.

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  17. Love your cards! You are so talented!

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  18. I like your moon card very much! It ist totally different to the vast majority of cards seen every day... I enjoy visiting your blog a lot! Have a nice day!

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  19. What great cards. Love the new release.

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  20. Congratulations, Marika! Your first ever stamp set is fabulous! You are so talented

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  21. All three cards are wonderful. Congrats on another set designed by you!

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  22. All three cards are wonderful. Congrats on another set designed by you!

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  23. love... fabulous scenes Marika!

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  24. Love this stamp set and ever since I discovered you I've been an admirer of your artistic and design style.

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  25. Marika, I have been in awe of your coloring skills for quite some time. Now, I am equally awed by your first stamp set! I love love love those birch trees! Congratulations!

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  26. Marika, i love all the cards you create. They don't look stamped but more like pieces of art. And i absolutely love how you have created that Christmas scene :)

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  27. Love the sentiments you paired with your card designs! Nicely done!

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  28. Congrats on your new stamps, Marika! I love the pretty cards you have made using them. I can see that these stamps will be very popular because of their versatility. Thanks for the videos, too.

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  29. Love your Bruce trees, a beatiful tree. Kittos!

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  30. Lovely cards and congratultions on your beautiful stamp sets!

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  31. Congrat on your fab new set! I love the popped up center of the first card!!

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  32. Oh wow, amazing cards! I love the vibrancy of the birch tree trunks in your cards, they're so beautiful with the lighter leaves and blue background (and moon!). Very beautiful cards.

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  33. Wonderful scenes, Really work of art.

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  34. This stamp set is fabulous. Congratulations on your first set! I love the fact that you don't need to line up the leaves in this set to do multi colored stamping!

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  35. Each of your scenes are a pure delight!

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  36. I adore the birch tree and the way you have used it and the leaf canopy stamps work really well with it. You are so clever to have designed these stamps for Altenew Marika! Your work is really beautiful as usual and the blue really makes the tree trunks stand out. I love your third wintry scene with the log cabin too, just delightful. x

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  37. What a stunning project, love it

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  38. I really love your cards. Thank you!!

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  39. your cards are absolutely gorgeous!!!

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  40. Your cards are beautiful and your stamp set in incredible!!!

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  41. Congrats on your beautiful
    Birch stamp set! It looks
    lovely, as do your cards.
    Carla from Utah

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  42. Congrats on your design debut with your beautiful stamp set! You are a true artist Marika! Your creations are jaw dropping beautiful!

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  43. Congratulations! Your stamps are wonderful. Love your cards.

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  44. Love your birch stamp set. I like how you created the tree over flowing on to card base. The cabin scene is awesome. So soothing :)

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  45. Love your birch stamp set. I like how you created the tree over flowing on to card base. The cabin scene is awesome. So soothing :)

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  46. Love your birch stamp set. I like how you created the tree over flowing on to card base. The cabin scene is awesome. So soothing :)

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  47. Love your birch stamp set. I like how you created the tree over flowing on to card base. The cabin scene is awesome. So soothing :)

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  48. OH MY.... I wasn't sure when I first saw the stamp set, but now it is a must have for me!!! Your cards are so gorgeous and so breathtakingly beautiful!!!!

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  49. Swooning!! each card is like a little piece of art! Stunning in every way.

    Patti

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  50. Congratulations to you, Marika! What a great job you've done with your first set (I kinda wondered about it being in Finnish too ;) I can totally relate to finding peace at the water's edge. Thanks for sharing the story.

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  51. Wow! Gorgeous cards! LOVE your birch trees....they are one of my favorite trees. They are so serene and bring a sweetness with them. ♥

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  52. Incredible!...you make stamps come alive, Marika. Beautiful designs!... and I can't wait to see what else you bring into our hearts and lives! God Bless!

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  53. Beautiful cards! I love the scenes you've made. Wonderful!

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  54. Truly lovely cards. Now I must have that birch stamp!

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  55. so excited for you to design!

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  56. FANTASTIC! That Birch Tree set is my newest favorite.....beautifully crafted!

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  57. Great cards. The birch trees and cabin remind me of our getaway in Michigan, so of course, I will have to get the set.

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  58. Just gorgeous! Love the birch tree set. We've got lots of birch trees on our property and I understand your love of them. :-). Your cards are amazing! You've showcased your set just perfectly. Congrats on getting to design your own stamp sets! :-)

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  59. Love your new stamp set, Marika. The scenes you've created with it are so ethereal and serene. Beautiful coloring.

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  60. Hi Marika,
    All these cards are just lovely -- thank you.

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  61. First of all, congratulation for your first stamp set, I believe there are going to be many more.
    Your cards are a piece of art, as always.

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  62. Love all of your cards. Birch trees are my favourite.

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  63. Lovely scenes. Wish I knew what the music was...it was perfect with the lovely picture you presented.

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  64. This is such a beautiful stamp set, as are the scenes you created with it! I love the artsy leaves!

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  65. Beautiful cards. I love the scenes. Looks like a must have stamp set.

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  66. Beautiful....serene cards. I love them. They make you feel so peaceful !

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  67. Congrats with your first design, Marika! Beautiful peaceful nature set - I lived in Helsinki for 2 years and I can imagine all the wonderful nature in Finland!

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  68. Marika you have transferred your artistry to an excellent stamp set. Beautiful cards.

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  69. Marika you have transferred your artistry to an excellent stamp set. Beautiful cards.

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  70. Gorgeous cards! Really loving that beautiful snow scene!

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  71. Beautiful story behind your designs and beautiful cards!

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  72. Marika, you know I love your work and I am so happy that you have designed a stamp set for Altenew! I love the moon stamp and I hope to get more from them. These are all beautiful show cases of your new stamps. Congratulations! xx

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  73. I love how you continue stamps on your background.

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  74. Your cards are just gorgeous! Congrats on creating your first set of stamps and for sharing the beautiful story behind its creation.

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  75. Wonderful cards!! The birch trees are beautiful!

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  76. Congratulations on your debut! The summery birch card is such beautiful artwork. I will have to try and extend my images outside of the frame like you have.

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  77. Beautiful cards and coloring Marika!

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  78. I love birch trees and these scenes are all wonderful.

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  79. isosti onnea hurmaavasta leimasetistä!!! en malta odottaa että saan sen käsiini...
    upeita, UPEITA kortteja!!

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  80. Great stamp set you designed! Love your cards and thanks for the awesome video(s)!!

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  81. Congratulations Marika! I LOve your set and your cards. Looking forward to more videos.

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  82. Love how peaceful the three cards are.

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  83. Love the stamps you created, and the cards are stunning!!

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  84. BEAUTIFUL samples! That birch tree is just awesome~

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  85. these stamps are my favorite from this release, there are calming thanks for the designs and the beautiful cards
    upnurse at aol dot com

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  86. It is wonderful how many designs that you used with the birch trees.

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  87. Marika, congratulations on this step of your journey. I enjoyed your thoughts behind your stamp design. Stamps are lovely. Will await your next endeavor! Thank you

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  88. Your cards are gorgeous, but what really captures my heart is the story - the essence - behind how your wonderful new stamps came to be; a beautiful, from-the-heart sharing of your precious memories! Congratulations on this new path you've embarked on and thank you for bringing your treasures to us!
    ~carol

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  89. Loving your new stamps Marija. They are amazing. Congratulations!

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  90. These are my favorite from the release!!! Love the scenes!

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  91. LOVE the birch trees! Amazing cards!

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  92. Beautiful card, beautiful stamp set, and a very informative video. Your attention to detail is obvious in all that you do.
    Mary

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  93. So beautiful! Congratulations on your first stamp set design. It is just lovely. I look forward to seeing many more. Hugs to you.

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  94. LOVE these cards!! Such great ideas! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  95. Congrats your designs are beautiful! i love these cards esp the first with the tree flowing into the base.

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  96. I love how you use tow layers on your cards. And your use of Birchland is lovely!

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  97. Congrats on your first and SUNNING designed stamp set Marika! This is a must have and will be sooooooo versatile!
    Paper Hugs and thanks for sharing!
    Jan

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  98. Swoon! Fabulous cards! What gorgeous inspiration! LOVE your birch trees!

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  99. Your cards are always so beautiful. I also love watching you color on your videos! Thanks for sharing.

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  100. Absolutely beautiful! Love your first stamp set...can hardly wait to get mine in the mail. :)

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  101. Gosh, these are pretty cards! Makes me want to visit such a beautiful inspiration spot!

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  102. Oh Marika, these are my two fav. sets from this amazing release and I was thrilled to learn you designed them. I knew your talent went BEYOND painting. This kind of talent can only be closeted for so long! LOL
    Totally enjoyed seeing both videos! Great work!

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  103. what beautiful scenes, love the one with the moon!

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  104. Your cards are so lovely! The Birchland set will be very versatile. Fabulous inspiration.

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  105. your cards are works of art. congrats on designing your own set!

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  106. I like how the tree spills out off the top card

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  107. These are beautiful. I'm so glad you chose the trees to illustrate.

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  108. All your cards are awesome! I enjoy watching your video's.

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  109. Absolutely love the birch tree

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  110. I luv your artistic elegant style on your cards -awesome.

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  111. Congrats on your stamp set. Love your cards.

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  112. What very unique and beautiful cards. You do amazing work.

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  113. I love your work. I just recently found your blog & joined your email list.
    Thanks for sharing. You are so talented.

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  114. wonderful cards. I really like the birch trees.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  115. Stunning cards and illustrations in your stamp sets! I'm eager to see more examples of the birch land stamp set. Congrats on this new accomplishment!!! I hope to see more sets from you soon!

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  116. Great cards. While watching your tutorials I found myself so relaxed, Love those trees.

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  117. Your designs look wonderful. Can't wait to try them. Congrats.

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  118. Love the birch trees and the cottage sets and scenes you made, so beautiful!

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  119. I love your new stamp set and the beautiful cards you make! I just found your blog today. I'm so hlad I did!

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  120. Oh Marika, I am so happy for you! From the very first YT video that I watched of yours, I "knew" you were one talented young woman!!! Congrats on creating a wonderful Birch Land stamp set and I can't wait to play with it! I too have a very fond memory of my childhood home - we had a beautiful birch tree on our front lawn and for some reason, I was always fascinated by it. To this day, whenever I see a stamp set that has a birch tree, I buy it (I currently have two birch tree stamps). I must say that without a doubt, your image is the most realistic one that I have seen....yeehaw!

    Congrats again, Marika. It couldn't have happened to a nicer person!

    Enjoy the journey,
    Gentle hugz
    Nancy Lynn

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  121. Great cards love the trees so real looking. Beautiful cards!

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  122. I am so enjoying your blog, your cards, and this release!

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  123. Wow! I love these cards! The birch trees with the moon card is awesome. So is the monochromatic cabin and snow scene.

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  124. Oh my gosh these cards are so breathtaking.

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  125. I love your cards because I love birch trees they are so beautiful especially in a snowy field.

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  126. Huge congratulations.... Love birch trees. And this birch tree is beautiful and looks so real. I thought you said you weren't an art teacher lol you could fool me ever so talented. Your cards R beautiful as your usual. Look forward to seeing what's next,, yahoo

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  127. Congratulations!!! The stamps are wonderful,thank you for the tutorials.

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  128. o gosh do I love this birch tree stamp. Amazing. so glad you designed this stamp set. And you made such a stunning card with these stamps.

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  129. Congratulations :) The cards are fantastic, very apt for the seasons chosen!

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  130. Beautiful cards! The clear set that you designed is perfect for every season, love it!!

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  131. Such a lovely card. I have always been fan of your cards. Super coloring style.

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  132. I am delighted by your designs, your cards are beautiful as always, and who has not admired the birches on a walk? I gladly will use these stamps, they will for each season.
    Nicky, France

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  133. Love your cards and you're a design whiz

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  134. A BIG Congrats Marika, your stamp sets and card inspiration are incredible!!

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  135. Congrats on those stamps, they're beautiful!

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  136. I love this story and these cards!

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  137. Gorgeous cards as usual. There's just something so appealing about birch trees, love them. Congrats and well done for sticking at it and learning something new :)

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  138. Congrats Marika...love your work and it was a mather of time for you to design a stamp set,really I am not surprised I am happy you finally did it.And all of your cards are amazing and LOVE to see all your videos,especially your coloring,and you are a great scene maker too.Congrats from my heart...Željka XX

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  139. Awesome cards! Great release. :)

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  140. Absolutely gorgeous cards! I love them both...thanks for sharing!

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  141. Hi Marika
    About one year ago, I discovered your blog and I loved your cards from the first moment. It is so cute, that you also started designing stamps now. Good Luck for you and your work!!! And: Thank you for your fantastic video tutorials. I always enjoy watching them and I already learned a lot about drawing and card making.
    Anja

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  142. Congrats on a wonderfully designed stamp set! I love your card and the fact that the leaves in the set are more free hand than lined up is a good thing!

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  143. I love your designs Marika, very unique and versatile, well done

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  144. Marika, I knew this wonderful day was coming! I remember a card you created on the Penny Black blog back in July 2015. I was amazed when I saw that little city street scene you sketched for the "shoppers" from the Penny Black "On the Town" stamp set! I remember commenting that you needed to create a stamp for that street scene you sketched! I still have the photo of that card on my computer desktop and look at it often. And now it happened, you are creating stamps! I'm thrilled for you and happy as I can be to purchase your first stamp. I love your work and look forward to seeing more cards and more stamp sets from you. Congratulations and best wishes for the future! (P.S. I'd still like to have a stamp of that street scene you sketched!)

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  145. Just love the birch trees and what you've done with them on the cards. Amazing what a little bit of gray will do for color!! All three are good and I enjoyed your fine videos. You've designed a wonderful set. Thanks much!!

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  146. These cards are so lovely. You are truly gifted.

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  147. Beautiful cards and beautiful stamps. I love that you shared the backstory what inspired the stamps.

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  148. Love your stamp set! Congratulations

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  149. What a gorgeous set, I love trees and this one is beautiful. You are so talented and I really enjoy your videos. Congrats .

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  150. Stunning cards and videos Marika! Congrats on designing your first set, how awesome! :)

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  151. Working the blog hop, I saw your blog heading and said to myself, "Oh, she is good!" And YOU ARE! Your cards look like they have been hand drawn (and of course, they have been....by you!and made into stamps. How wonderful!) Your coloring is awesome too. Congratulations on your new stamp line!

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  152. Beautiful cards. Congrats on your stamp set it's definitely on my wishlist ☺

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  153. Congratulations on a unique and versatile stamp set! Can't wait to see what else you do with it!!

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  154. Your creations are always treat for the eyes with your beautiful techniques and inking cuteness!

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  155. Omg so so stunning!! You made a whole scene on a card --- in lovin it a lot !! Thanks for inspiring me

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  156. Both of these sets are just beautiful, Marika. Congratulations on your first stamps! I especially love the nature theme, as they remind me of one of my favorite childhood places too--a family cabin up in the Adirondacks. And being in NYC now, I need all the extra nature I can get. :)

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  157. Your cards speak to my heart! You must have been looking at my happy place when you were creating them! I am so glad that Tasnim asked you to create stamps! These are absolutely magical and I can see myself spending many happy hours creating projects using these images to recreate MY happy place! The one place where I can totally be ME and know that there is no judgement, only peace!
    Your cards are wonderful and I can feel the peace that you recreated on them!! TFS!

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  158. Your cards are truly beautiful. The designs are uncluttered, which adds to their beauty. Thanks for sharing your designs with us. I love the Birch trees.

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  159. Adorable cards! I love cards with the background!

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  160. A huge congratulations on your first stamp set! I love birch trees!! Wonderful cards!

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  161. WOWsers what gorgeous cards! Each one is like a piece of art! TFS and inspiring!

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  162. I love this stamp set. So beautiful and the cards you made. Thank you for the videos. They are very helpful. I'm new to Altenew. I can't wait to be able to try out some of their products.

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  163. Gorgeous cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  164. Congrats on your first stamp design I'm sure it will do well. Lovely cards.

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  165. Congrats!! Really Gorgeous cards!!

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  166. Very nice! I was pleased to see I already own two of your stamps, the cabin and pine tree :)

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  167. such beautiful cards, I especially love the house in the snow.

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  168. Oh my, I almost couldn't find the end of this comments list. :o) So many people celebrating the release of your first stamp set with you. Congrats Marika! All those dear comments are well deserved. Your stamps are fabulous as are the cards you made with them. Can't wait to see what others will do with it.

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  169. They're all beautiful and clever, but I think you saved the best for last! And congrats on your designing this stamp set!

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  170. Beautiful cards! really loving how in the first and third the scenes extend off the central panel.

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  171. Already dreaming of what to create with your Birch Land set..BRAVO Marika!

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  172. Your cards are beautiful. Love those trees.

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  173. Love your work. Can't wait to see more!

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  174. Love your work. Can't wait to see more!

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  175. Your creations are fantastic. Love everything about them. thanks for sharing.

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  176. congrats on the release of your stamp set. stunning cards.

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  177. Wonderful cards, you are so talented! thx so much for sharing ♥

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  178. Love the cottage card! i was tempted to buy this one today with my order, now im totally going to have to place another order!! Such talent!

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  179. I ordered the birch stamp set because I love the card you made with the moon. It is so pretty.

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  180. Congratulations on your new career path as stamp designer ;) I love birch trees and could be inspired in a serene lakeside among the trees too. I love your designs and cards but the simple serenity of the winter cottage made me take a deep breath and relax. Thank you for a great new stamp set, it's in my shopping cart already.

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  181. Breathtakingly beautiful. Feelings of peace and tranquility are inspired by those birch trees. I can't wait to follow your future designs. This one is a winner!

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  182. you create a beautiful and awesome scenes!!!!

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  183. Big congrats on your new stamps, Marika!!!! And what great stamps they are!!!! Love your beautiful trees and the lovely snow scene!!! All wonderfully done!!!! I enjoyed your story!!!
    Have a great day!!!!

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  184. Beautiful cards. Love the little cabin card the most.

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