Barbara, I keep the two of them together and I don't feel the least bit like I could do without either of them!! I think the Special Occasion one has more floral sstuff and the photos and the flowers are a little harder looking but yet still very doable. Just like any of us, she gets better with every book.
But I think there are more flowers in Special Occasions. I'm going to the web site and get some of the texture sheets, they might make things easier~~~ <you know, I just gotta have them!<G>>
I don't think you will be disappointed although there are a couple of the sa me photos, and the basics are about the same. Interesting thiung, she never uses a pasta machine!!!