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Do you see spots? Me too!!!

First up, a new source of inspiration, thanks to Shelly Hickox, who sent me the link to Stacy's blog. Stacy Cook has an absolute knack for finding inspiration in a piece and then "making it her own" with a lot of clever new ideas. She loved Shelly's door card, so she made her own, but added the twist of the door being aligned over a Pop 'n Cuts circle label in the closed position, so that when the whole card is opened, Santa pops up and the entire room is revealed. There are a ton of fun details in this card - you won't want to miss it!

Tracy Evans is a genius! Her ability to craft a scene by combining dies and stamping, is truly spectacular. you just get lost in her creations. I am particularly struck by how she stamped the greeting stamp from the tag onto the snowflake that is suspended on the Pop 'n Cuts Label die. Even though the greeting was too big for the snowflake, it essentially turned that greeting into a texture stamp. Although I've done all-over script stamps like this, I've never thought to use a specific greeting in this way, so that some of the words are legible and descriptive, and I will definitely be giving it a try! Click on the photo to visit her blog. The front of this card cannot be missed!

Caroline "Caz" Counsell is the Pop 'n Cuts Poinsettia whisperer! She posted this wonderful example of how to use the Poinsettia year-round by changing up the colors and styling so it becomes a generic flower. Notice the clever way she cut slits around the flower to define the petals, and the Paula Pascual butterfly die (exclusive to Europe, grrr) looks fabulous flying above the flower.

If Caz is the Poinsettia Whisperer then Karen Hudson is definitely the Accordion Album Whisperer! (These U.K. girls are tearing it up, yo!) There are several examples on her blog of the clever ways she's used the Accordion Album and companion Frame & Label Bracket dies, so you'll want to follow the link and then click forward and backwards to see the other posts using these dies. If you're lucky enough to live near Karen, you can take her classes! (Is there a bus from Houston to Kent?)

This next spot doesn't technically use any of my dies, but I just have to give a shout-out to my dear friend Gretchen (who will likely see this on her new iPad, which I think has replaced me in the BFF department) for another stunning December Daily album. I personally witnessed Gretchen planning for this project months ago, deciding on the album, papers, theme. She pre-cut all her numbers on the eclips and was very prepared for December, unlike her humanBFF (to distinguish from her electronicBFF) who simply let December sneak up on her and kick her in the hiney. The link I've provided is to her category of December Daily, so you'll be able to bookmark and follow it throughout the month. 

I have been so floored by Kelly Booth's cards that I've done two things. #1 I've asked Kelly to create a few cards for me with my brand new dies being released at Winter CHA. I'm very excited to see what she comes up with and I will have her creations with me at the show, and #2 I purchased my first Copic markers! Between Kelly and my friend Debra, I intend to become very versed in them. 

Not exactly sure why *I* get a Thank-You card when it should be me thanking Kelly for rocking my dies, but I'm not sending it back! This little beauty is on display in my office. Kelly used the Thanks Pop 'n Cuts Insert, the companion Thanks Sizzlits Set, and the Heart & Wing Movers & Shapers set on this card.

I also have to show this Kelly creation, which gives me the giggles! You have to click over and see what's behind the Door die. Kelly also used the Flagpole, Lantern & Sign Sizzlits strip.

Kelly also posted a happy whimsical Anniversary Card for her hubby. Here's what you do - you bookmark Kelly's blog and just check it every day. 

Now I am not going to say that I saved the best for last, because I love everything that everyone creates and we all have our gifts and talents, but DANG! Shelly Hickox got an unfair share of gifts and talents, yo! This star book is an absolute masterpiece. Each individual card is perfection and then she combines five cards into one magical album. Make sure you click and head over to see the video and, if you're there in time, to enter the giveaway to win two of my dies. (Coincidentally, the same two dies that Kelly used in her funny door card above) Shelly has what appears to be a complete collection of Tim Holtz dies (ha!) and has used the Pop 'n Cuts circle label to animate them. Remember that my dies can be used to animate all of your other dies, and stamps, etc. Think of them as foundation garments for your individual collections!

One last thing - do not be shy! I would love to say that I scour the internet daily looking for your creations using my products, but I am very deadline driven and I'm usually down to the wire on something. If you're thinking "it would be cool to have my project spotted!" then send me a link! Tag me on Facebook or Twitter - wave your hands in the air like you just don't care! And then forgive me if it isn't right away because (aforementioned) I'm probably hours away from a deadline. (eep!)

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