Paper Crafts magazine Presents: 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop

Hi Everyone!!

You cannot imagine how excited I am to be a part of this amazing blog hop today with all of these lovely & talented designers. When I received the email from Kelly at Paper Crafts, I almost fell off my chair! This truly is a dream come true for me!
So, as one of the lucky designers chosen to be a part of today's hop, I have a lot of fun in store for you... what do you think? Should we get started?! Let's go!


First off, let's talk about this amazing special holiday issue from Paper Crafts, stacked FULL of holiday goodness! 6 years ago when the first issue of Holiday Cards & More came out, I eagerly bought it and ran home..so excited to open it and see what was hidden amongst its pages. To this day, I have collected every Holiday Cards & More issue and refer to them often when making my holiday cards. And so, this past Spring I was bound & determined to submit my creations in to the call and wouldn't you know it, 5 of my cards made it in to this magazine! It truly is a dream come true! I had so much fun listening to Christmas carols and playing with all my favorite holiday images. I think the best aspect of this process was challenging myself to create cards that were truly different from any other I had seen before. And because creating Christmas cards ranks #1 on my favorites list, this experience was honestly so much fun! So if you haven't gotten your hands on Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 6 ..don't worry, I have you covered! You can purchase your very own copy right here:


And as much as I enjoy taking the time to really pull out all my materials to create a card, some days a quick 'n easy card really hits the spot. They are the perfect solution when you are trying to mass produce a design for all the loved ones on your Christmas card list. And seeing as I send out an average of 50 cards ever Christmas, quick 'n easy is the way to go for me!! So, since we were challenged to create a quick 'n easy holiday card for this hop, I got straight to work on creating a simple, homespun Christmas card that you can recreate quickly in just a few small steps!


First off, make your card from Kraft cardstock. Stamp a candy cane border image in red ink across the top of your card, then stamp your sentiment.


Next, using green ink, stamp a pine bough garland across the centre of your card. Stamp berries and ornaments in red ink to add some interest.


Next, using liquid glue, adhere glitter to the pine bough garland to add some sparkle (what are the holidays without a little sparkle?) I used Martha Stewart Tinsel Glitter for my card here.


Finally, tie red & white twine around your card front and add a red button, tying it in a bow. And voila, a quick 'n easy Holiday card ready in just minutes!!


So, what do you think? I hope you enjoyed my creation for this blog hop, but it doesn't end here! There are 11 extremely talented ladies waiting to show you a quick 'n easy holiday card as well, I hope you will stop by and give them some Holiday love as well!!


And because Paper Crafts magazine rocks, they have a fun giveaway going on for you right now! Just click here, leave a comment on the Paper Crafts Connection and you will be entered to win this amazing prize below...trust me, you're going to want this!

But wait!! The fun isn't over yet!! I have been given an extra copy of Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 6 that I would love to give away to one of you lucky readers. All you have to do is leave a comment below, telling me what you are most excited about this coming Holiday season and I will pick a lucky winner! Comments need to be in by Sunday, Oct 2nd at midnight and I will announce the winner of the magazine on Monday, October 3rd. Thank you so much for visiting me everyone, and Happy World Card Making Day tomorrow!
Happy Crafting Everyone!

125 comments:

  1. Stunning card. Love love it. I am looking forward to the decorations and the smell of Cinnamon and oranges. Also the toy catalogs and my younger one making a long wish list for Santa:)

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  2. super cute card. this added a special touch to my morning.

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  3. I LOVE how you layered colors on top of one another! This is SO wonderful!!

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  4. such a stunning card love the stamping the color combo and just about all the elements on your card its wow!!,and i am looking forward to some real holiday break and going to my mom's place this holiday season.

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  5. cute card for sure!!!! i look forward to visiting with family!

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  6. Never seen that tinsel glitter before - it's fabulous! And the red and white twine is o perfect for Christmas cards. This coming holiday season I'm most excited for my brother and his girlfriend to come and visit as I only see them once a year!

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  7. It's a darling card, so fresh and enticing! Thanks for the inspiration! I am most excited about getting out the holiday decorations and giving them a fresh look--thanks for asking!

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  8. Such a cute card!! I love the glitter!!
    Thank you so much for sharing!!
    I look forward to all the kids coming home for Christmas!!

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  9. love your style... this card is amazing.. thanks for sharing..

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  10. What a BEAUTIFUL card!!! It looks way to pretty to be quick and easy!!! Thanks for the tips!!!

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

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  11. Congrats on blogging today! Your card is gorgeous! Looking forward to seeing more of your creations in the issue!

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  12. I'm getting excited for our next child to make his debut. I wasn't sure if having a Christmas baby was the greatest idea...but what a great time of year :)

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  13. Just so sweet! Thanks so much! I am looking forward to visiting my son in Germany over the holidays...can't come soon enough!

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  14. Wonderful card! It looks so christmas-y with the kraft =) TFS!

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  15. The glitter is the perfect touch!

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  16. Love these cards and the kraft paper!

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  17. this is so pretty! love the vintage feel of it! :)

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  18. beautiful card design!! love the layout on kraft paper

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  19. There's something about cards made with kraft cardstock around the holidays that I just love! the glitter and twine and button all go so well with it! Great card!

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  20. BEAUTIFUL card! At first look, I thought easy? quick? Yeah RIGHT! There's too much there to be quick and easy! But once it's broken down, really, I can see that it would be. Wonderful!

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  21. Wow! Gorgeous, stunning, and beautiful!

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  22. Great card!! PTI Stamps aren't they? Love em!

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  23. Fantastic card--love that tinsel glitter! What I'm most looking forward to at the holidays is spending the day at ease with my family!!

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  24. OK, this is just absolutely wonderful! LOVE your card! I'm looking forward to sharing the Christmas season with my 3 year old grandson and new granddaughter, who will be 6 months old at Christmas! So blessed!

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  25. ooooooooooooo i like it i like it! It is so good to finally see someone actually use that tinsel glitter! Whenever I see it in the store it looks so gorgeous and shiny, but I would never know how to use it. love it!

    -rachel w k
    rwkrafts.blogspot.com

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  26. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! My FAVORITE card on the hop!!! YAY YAY YAY!!! TFS

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  27. Really like your card. That added touch of glitter just gives it enough bling to make it stand out.

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  28. This is gorgeous and your card has such a cozy feeling to it! Love the glitters.

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  29. My favorite card of the hop, I love the sentiment, the glitter, I love it all!

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  30. The glitter really pumped up the design! Great work!

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  31. I love red on kraft paper plus a little glitter! This is my first time on your blog. I enjoyed looking at your older posts. Also, Best Wishes on you upcoming wedding.

    Dorothy C.

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  32. Great card! The stamping, the sentiment, the glitter, all on kraft! TFS ;-)

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  33. kraft and red together is a holiday match made in heaven :) I love all of your little touches - the stripey border across the top, the glitter... great job!

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  34. Love the twine with the button! Beautiful!

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  35. I really love your card, Dawn! It is simple but still says Happy! Love that you dressed it up a bit, too. Have a fun day!

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  36. Fun blog hop and great inspiration for cardmaking! Thanks for the ideas.

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  37. darling card!! i am most looking forward to spending time indoors as a family, snuggled around the fireplace, just hanging out!

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  38. Baker's twine, shimmer, and a button! So cute! Love this card.

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  39. Dawn, I LOVE THIS CARD!!! The glitter is so fun and the garland is gorgeous. That twine treatment is beautiful. ;)

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  40. Oh wow! What a beautiful card, just the right amount of detail added...lovely :)

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  41. Oh this is gorgeous! Love the texture, shimmer and the twine is perfect. I am most excited about hopefully moving before the holiday. Would love to rent a larger house and celebrate there this year.

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  42. I love the garland stamp and how you decorated it! I love getting together with the family and watching my neice and nephew's faces everytime they open up a present.

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  43. Great card--love the twine. I am most excited to spending time with my grandchildren this Holiday season.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  44. Dawn, this is my kind of card, kind of modernized country! Congratulations on your FIVE published cards! I can only hope for an experience like that someday - I'll keep trying!

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  45. I like all the little ornaments hanging from the pine branch! And the touch of red at the top really pulls it all together!

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  46. Beautiful card! I love that look of red and green on kraft - will have to do that this holiday! I look forward to snow, skiing and being with friends and family during the holidays!

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  47. Great card, love the tinsel glitter, adds just the right touch to make it fabulous.

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  48. I love holiday hops! They put me in the crafting mood!!! :-)

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  49. So cute and easy! Thanks for sharing the steps!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  50. I'm excited about celebrating Christ's birth! <3

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  51. Love the card. Don't think I'd want to make 50 of them. Maybe 4 or 5 for very special people.

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  52. Adorable and so very pretty! Love this on the Kraft.
    Lynn

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  53. Beautiful card! Love seeing all inspiration from the different designers, such a talented group! Looking forward to having my son and his wife joining us for Christmas this year.

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  54. Your card has everything: simplicity, sparkle and tons of appeal! Love it!

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  55. This is a super CUTE card! Simple and love the sparkle you have added.

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  56. The card is gorgeous..loved the glitter and sparkle on the card:)

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  57. OMG, this card is STUNNING! I'm breathless...WOW! I am most looking forward to being home and off for the week of the holidays...I love being with my kids and family and sleepimg in and having fun together.

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  58. What a gorgeous card--love the glitter and the beautiful wreath! LOOOOVE!!! I would totally have fallen out of my chair if I received an email from Kelly too!! Lucky you! Congrats:) Thanks for the chance to win--sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

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  59. wow so pretty.. I LOVE that it's CAS yet has so many fun details.. thanks so much for the chance to win..hugs

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  60. Wow! Your card is stunning! Loved it!!

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  61. Dawn, what a fun and pretty card!! Love it!

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  62. The best part of the Christmas season is doing my Christmas baking -- yum! This card is beautiful, the glitter is a perfect touch.

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  63. i think your card is absolutely divine! (and congratulations on being one of the bloggers!!!) i love how the twine reminds me candy canes! ha ha! thanks so much for sharing!

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  64. I love the homspun look - such a beautiful card!

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  65. wonderful card - love your sparkly wreathe

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  66. so cute!! the glitter is a great touch :D

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  67. I see they saved the best for last! Love the sparkle! TFS.

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  68. I LOVE how you added the red and white twine. It looks great with all of the other items...

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  69. what a delightful card. Love the design and the CAS look

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  70. This was one of my favorite cards on this blog hop. It totally blew me away. Love everything about it.

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  71. WOW, just WOW! This is definitely my favorite card on the hop. Did they mean to save the best for last? ;) I'm most excited about spending Christmas in my new home with my husband. :D It will be our 2nd Christmas together. <3 looking forward to a warm fireplace, our little Christmas tree, and hot cocoa!

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  72. lovely! I like the kraft paper too.
    Sandra ltb

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  73. Dawn...what a wonderful card you have created!!! It has that vintage Christmas feel.....warm and comfortable....and I love using kraft paper!!
    Thanks for sharing the inspiration with us...luv the yellow boots in your profile pic...too cute!

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  74. Love your card. Great design.

    Tina

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  75. P.S. Looking forward to being with friends and family and decorating.

    Tina

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  76. I absolutely LOVE this card! The little ornaments hanging from the tinseled garland - adorable. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  77. OK.... I am in LOVE with this sweet card! Absolutely perfect!
    I am looking forward to making my cards. Love searching for just the right combination of images, embellishments, paper etc. All fun!
    DeniseB

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  78. The ribbon makes the card! Makes my mouth water for candy canes. This card is one of my favourites.

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  79. I am most excited about making my cards! After all this inspiration today I am even more excited to get them done. Thanks for sharing the beautiful card.

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  80. love the kraft background - it give such a rustic feel to this card! gorgeous

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  81. I think this card is lovely! It's fun, it's different, it's beautiful - what more can one want? Great job!!!

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  82. Sweet, sweet, sweet. Trendy and old-fashioned at the same time. Love how you made the sparkle work on kraft.

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  83. Love the red twine and button. Nice touch. Thank you.

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  84. This card just proves that you don't have to make a card out of many complicated steps. Just a simple card can be just as elegant as one that has several paper piecing, embellishments, and stamps. What a great card that can be mass produced for all to see.

    April H.
    akirb78 at yahoo dot com

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  85. thanks for lovely card inspiration!! I'm excited for the chance to visit my son & his wife at their home this upcoming holiday season!!

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  86. This is a truly gorgeous card - I love it and am very tempted to CASE it for my cards !!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of the mag - I am looking forward to a quiet, little-family Christmas this year. Last year wasn't so quiet and I ended up with a relapse of ME for three months. Not a gift I want this year !! Off to browse the loveliness of the rest of your blog !

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  87. Super cute card and love the touch of tinsel/sparkle.

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  88. Wow. I love every card I have seen on this blog hop but your card is sooooooooo amazingly adorable. I am glad I don't have to pick a favorite! This is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  89. Your card is so beautiful! I think its my fav from the hop!

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  90. Love this blog hop. I am in the mood to make Christmas cards now

    Jennifer

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  91. YAY - my kind of card-style! (((;

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  92. Lots of little details in this that I just love!

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  93. Love the glitter and the twine. They add a great touch!!

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  94. Seems like the best was saved for last. Really love your card.

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  95. Can you go wrong with a PTI set? Such a beautiful card. And having it on kraft really makes it more Christmasy - since that's obviously a word :)

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  96. Too cute! Love the extra bling.

    Jeanne Kelly

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  97. Lovely! Love seeing kraft cards!

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  98. I love Glitter....I am so over this!

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  99. What a cute card! I love the row of garland with the ornaments hanging from it. I'm looking forward to spending time with family & friends.

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  100. This is definitely a case of saving the best for last! I absolutely adore your card!!
    I'm most excited to spend time with my family. It gets super busy but I love that we always have a day or two to just chill and enjoy each others company. :)

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  101. Most exciting for us this year will be getting to know our DD's new love's family better -- we met some of his family before as she's fallen for her sweet friend/roomie's brother -- how awesome is that -- a great guy from a lovely family -- what more could a Mom want for Christmas than to see her DD happily in love?! Truly a dream come true! LOVE your darling card too!!!

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  102. This is beautiful!! I love the stamped pine garland, and hanging ornaments from it!

    I am most excited to just be spending the holidays with my husband, mom and brother. We have had a really hard year...caused by someone that we really love. We have to deal with a new normal now, and those of us that are still around will be doing everything we can to make the holidays extremely special.

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  103. I think your card is wonderful! I just received that PTI set and love it so much. Thank you for such great inspiration!

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  104. Love your card!

    I'm excited about the holiday baked goods! hehe :)

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  105. First of all, I would like to say I love the rustic look of this Christmas card. I will definitely be scraplifting this idea! As to what I am looking forward to most this season? Cold weather! I'm down here in southern coastal Georgia, and we're just now starting to get some relief from the heat and humidity!

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  106. Beautiful card! Has a real homey, curl-up-by-the-fireplace feel

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  107. That is a beautiful card! Awesome.

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  108. Your card is absolutely GORGEOUS!

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  109. Really beautiful! So much stamping, I love it! And the tinsel really softens it up! Thanks for sharing!

    Katie B.

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  110. I just love your card....it's so sweet. I'm really looking forward to making cards with my darling granddaughter who loves to craft. She is so into stamping.

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments!! I appreciate hearing from you, have a great day!

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