Thursday, December 3, 2015

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

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Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are over 60 special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises wait behind the door!
Now on to today's projects!

Julie

I am so excited to be playing along with Taheerah’s Advent Calendar Extravaganza! I was pulling out some of my Christmas supplies and came across some unfinished projects I had started last year with some vintage Basic Grey Christmas Paper - it might be from Figgy Pudding Collection, but I couldn't find it online and I didn't have the packaging anymore.  I LOVE THIS PAPER!!!  I had already glued the papers to the front and back of balsa wood pieces I had purchased from Hobby Lobby. These pieces were ready for just such a project!

I picked a rectangle piece with the winter berries and decided that I definitely wanted to use the Big Bold Words for my sentiment. Happy from The Big, the Bold and the Happy and Holidays from The Big, the Bold and the Merry were stamped in Versamark and embossed in gold. Having this done first helped me to plan my border of evergreen and pinecones. Using evergreen stamps from both Winter Woodland and In Bloom: Elsa’s Flora, I stamped pine needles in various directions using Green Tea Versa Color ink. The pinecones from Winter Woodland were stamped in Color Box Chalk Ink in Chestnut Roan. By the way, Winter Woodland is this month’s Rerun stamp set! It is on sale during the month of December and you can check out the details of the Rerun Challenge at this post.

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For the cardinal, I used Color Box pigment ink in Chianti and embossed it with clear ep on vellum. I was worried it would be too “see through” so I colored the back with a red copic marker. I was too nervous to stamp the bird perched on a letter, so I decided this would yield better results. For a little bit of subtle sparkle, I added Wink of Stella to all of the berries and to the little starbursts in the pattern. Davis (my DH) drilled holes in the corners so I could thread some red tulle through as a hanger, and voila! Christmas decor for your home, office or as a gift.

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Thanks Taheerah for the challenge! Happy Christmas!!

Shay

I am in love with Julie's project, aren't you?  I am so happy to have an opportunity to play along too.
When Taheerah mentioned she'd dreamt up a delightful, festive event I was immediately on board.  I carved a little time away from packing orders to create a simple card.

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Using Our Town I stamped the houses and tree upon a penciled in line using Hero Arts Mid-Tone Shadow Inks in bubble gum, green hills, raspberry jam and tide pool.  Next I added some shadows and covered the houses and tree with Wink of Stella.  I erased the line.  With computer paper I roughly sketched over the houses and cut out a mask.  I used embossing paste to go over the Scenery: Big Bang Circle Creative Screenings for a snowy scene.  I added Wink of Stella over the circles.  This card is really shimmery, but it doesn't quite come across in the photo.

Under the houses I stamped the sentiment from Happiest of Holidays with Evelin T Designs in Versamark and embossed it in silver.  I attached the panel to a piece of woodgrain patterned paper.

On a white card base I stamped the trio of snowflakes from Let it Snow in second generation tide pool.  I attached the house and woodgrain panel to the card using dimensional foam adhesive.

Wishing everyone a very joyous December!

>>>THE TALENT<<<

As always our Talent have dazzled us with their creations!

From Gayatri we have this stunning and clever tag using Comfort + Joy, Mini Scenery: Multigrain, Big Bang Confetti Cutaways and Essentials: Noelle Cutaways.  Gayatri's tag is a true example of rustic chic!


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Kelly always thinks outside the box and came up with a sophisticated thank you card (we all need those during this time of year!) with Winter Woodland and Take a Bow Cutaways.  What a beauty!

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It’s not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is by us, Winnie & Walter, so you’ll definitely want to get your hands on it! Simply leave a comment on this post to enter - then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too to double your chances! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 7am EST on Thursday 31st December to leave all your comments! 

Don’t forget the Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!

194 comments:

  1. Such gorgeous projects today! I have just purchased three of your Christmas stamp sets and can't wait to play now!

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  2. Wow! Amazing projects. So beautiful! :-)

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  3. WOW! Awesome inspiration! Love everything!

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  4. Wow--lots of wonderful projects today with Winnie & Walter!

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  5. Wonderful projects! Especially loving that gorgeous decor piece! The stamping on the background is fantastic!

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  6. Amazing projects and inspiration! Love it!!!

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  7. Love all the festive inspirations, especially love what Julie did!!!

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  8. From a home decor piece, to a tag, to cards...this post is rife with gorgeous projects and amazing inspiration! Thank you for being part of Taheerah's wonderful Advent series. I'm going back for close-ups of these works of art...
    ~c (carol)

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  9. Wonderful projects. I love the cut out thank you wreath. Cheers.

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  10. Wonderful projects. I love the cut out thank you wreath. Cheers.

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  11. The tag is awesome, love the Multigrain stamping effect!

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  12. Amazing projects. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  13. Lovely cards, all of them, thanks!

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  14. This whole post just makes me jump up and down in impatience for the stamps that I just ordered. LOVE your stuff and your design team CONSTANTLY knocks it out of the park. I feel like my Pinterest button gets very tired after a visit to your site.

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  15. Wonderful projects from the team! xoxo

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  16. What gorgeous projects! Love the variety and the use of 3D items. I'm a card girl at heart though, I think Kate's fabulous card is my favorite!

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  17. OH I LOve it Julie!!! And, Shay? I'd LOve to live in your little neighborhood!!! any time of the year!
    =]

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  18. Wonderful cards and tags you are showing! Need to go home right now and start crafting! ;o)

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  19. Really nice projects! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  20. So cute! I adore the cards and projects! :)

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  21. Wow! So many beautiful things you have created!

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  22. Gorgeous projects! And some fabulous ideas too!

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  23. These are all amazing! So much color and inspiration! Love every single one!
    Take Care!
    Michele

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  24. Such amazing and beautiful projects!!!

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  25. Oh my goodness, what fantastic projects! I fell in love with the home decor piece at the start, but was wowed by each and everyone who designed a project! Thanks for the inspiration and for all the beautiful eye candy. I am loving this hop, so fun to see what's behind the door each day.

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  26. Great projects and wonderful ideas for Christmas. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. Beautiful projects and
    I love the wall hanging.
    Carla from Utah

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  28. Beautiful cards and projects!! Thank you so much for sponsoring the Advent event!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden/.blogspot.com

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  29. WOW, everyone of these projects is amazing. So many fabulous ideas. I love my W&W products as my cards always turn out great when I use them. Plus W&W continues to give me amazing ideas for all its sets long after the release, make them a great investment. Thanks guys.

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  30. Your hanger is lovely...wonderful decoration...and your DT has pulled it off again. Beautiful creations.

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  31. Sweet projects!! Love the Happy Holiday hanging project!!

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  32. sweet!!! Luve the pine branch stamp...so versatile.. gr8 cards! all of you.. and wishing you a lovely weekend!

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  33. Such fabulous inspiration here! Love W&W projects :-)

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  34. All of these are so festive and BEAUTIFUL!!

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  35. LOVE the sweet little houses in pastel!

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  36. You girls, you slay me. These are all *amazing* examples of both your talents and your big hearts. I am so very grateful and lucky that you joined in on my event with me, you are all amazing! <3

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  37. Oh my goodness what beautiful projects! They are all so lovely.

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  38. wow these are all so incredible! I have to say I am in love with that sign! Beautiful!!!!

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  39. Wow, I love what you did with the wood, making a wall hanging, it is gorgeous!! the other projects are fantastic also.

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  40. All so beautiful. Love the little houses and the wall hanging.

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  41. All the sample projects are awesome! I especially love that cardinal wall hanging! Happy holidays to the W&W team - one of most favorite companies!

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  42. Pretty creations. Like the wall hanging decor which has a wonderful stain glass look to me & so much more.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  43. Such a talented crew. My favorite is the hanging sign. Ideas forming in my head for my take on it to put in my craft room. Thanks for sharing!!
    Lu C

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  44. Gorgeous projects! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  45. Such amazing inspiration, thank you! All gorgeous projects.

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  46. Love all these projects! But how could you go wrong with Winnie & Walter products! ;)

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  47. Fabulous collection of cards! Such inspiration and a festive mix of sophistication and whimsy! :)

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  48. Fabulous projects, love each one.

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  49. Aha - so good to see you here, and what fabulous projects :-)

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  50. WOW! Everything is simply gorgeous! ♥

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  51. Gorgeous projects! Love all this festive inspiration!

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  52. What a wonderful post with so much inspiration...very festive creations.

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  53. Gorgeous projects ladies and some great inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

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  54. Love the beautiful projects today. Thanks for shari g them with us.

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  55. Wow! Absolutely loved the inspiration today!

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  56. Wow, love all the gorgeous inspiration! Those little houses in non-traditional colors are so charming!

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  57. The projects shown here just blow me away - they are wonderful!!!
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  58. Wow!! So many beautiful projects!! Love the wall hanging with the cardinal!!
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  59. Fantastic projects and inpiration! Everyone is so talented!

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  60. Wonderfully inspiring projects--thank you! Fingers crossed I'm the lucky winner of the W&W GC!

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  61. I love that you resurrected an unfinished project -- it's just beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  62. The pine cone wreath card is spectacular and I love the happy holidays sign. Thanks.

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  63. Goodness, ladies, you never fail to blow me away! Such fantastic projects from everyone today ... they're all so inspiring ... and Julie's wall hanging is particularly awesome! Anita :)

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  64. Beautiful projects!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  65. So many awsome ideas and projects! Thanks for sharing.

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  66. Each project here is definitely a work of art ~ simply beautiful and inspiring!

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  67. Fantastic projects! That door hanger is great, as are the cards and tags. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  68. Amazing projects -- I love them all! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  69. Beautiful projects! Thank you for all of the festive inspiration!!

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  70. Wow, such beautiful projects, Ladies!

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  71. Great ideas for using holiday stamps.

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  72. Lovely projects! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  73. Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful projects!

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  74. WOW! what fun and gorgeous projects! I love them all!

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  75. Stunning projects! So inspirational, Jo x

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  76. the fall colors used on the pine cones makes a beautiful card.
    they are all wonderful but I loved that one the best.
    thanks.

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  77. They are amazing projects! Loving the cards, tag and pillow box.

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  78. Great projects so clever and cute.

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  79. OH my goodness! What GORGEOUS projects ladies! I love them all. I love this Advent Calendar Extravaganza!

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  80. So many amazing projects, I really love them all!!

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  81. I enjoyed seeing these projects--they are all very different and very well done. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  82. These are all fabulous! Lovely creations!

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  83. What a wide range of designs in your projects. Fabulous! Especially love the hanger.

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  84. WOW wow WOW
    What a WORLD of WONDERFUL you have ALL shared today!!!
    LOVE how you have all CREATED some MAGIC to INSPIRE!!!
    I'm still madly trying to get our Christmas cards finished and posted but have to confess that I'm excited at the idea of making some decor pieces and adding the Take A Bow to my cutaway collection, even trying my hand with fabrics for exciting texture :)
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION Everyone and for sponsoring Taheerah's Advent Extravaganza!!!

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  85. WOW! What a gorgeous set of projects! Everyone did amazing!

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  86. What STUNNING pieces! Love the variety and inspiration!

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  87. Great projects! I love them all. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  88. I love all of these! They are so gorgeous!

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  89. So much talent in the blog world.
    I love all these cards.

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  90. Oh these are all so so pretty !! Thanks for all the inspiration

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  91. thanks for organizing an inspirational event, appreciated

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  92. WOW all the projects look amazing!! So hard to pick a favorite
    and Thank you for a chance to win
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia
    soniasv@rediffmail.com
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

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  93. Beautiful project. I love the doorhanger. Thanks for so much inspiration.

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  94. Fabulous projects! They all have so much visual texture, love them all!

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  95. oooh! All of the creations are lovely! I really liked the bright colors of the house card.

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  96. All the projects are totally awesome!!! Love them all!!

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  97. Great ideas. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  99. I love your cards. They are gorgeous!:)

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  100. These are all wonderful projects - makes me want to run into my craft room and get to work right now!

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  101. Love your cardinal card, it's beautiful!

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  102. Beautiful projects, but the decor hanging is absolutely WOW! Thank you!

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  103. Holy smokes - so many fun projects in one stop!

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  104. So many gorgeous and inspiring projects at one stop! TFS and inspiring! Hugs, Kristina

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  105. Great orojects but now I need all the stamps used to make that divine holidays plaque.

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  106. All of the projects are stunning!

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  107. Wow, what stunning projects!. I am a great fan of bold color so the holiday plaque speaks to me. The thank you note with the pine cones -- what a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration for future projects!

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  108. What a wonderful bunch of holiday inspiration

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  109. Oh em gee! Wowzers those are all stunning projects. I love the creative ways to use W&W products!!

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  110. Great projects! But have to say how much I LOVE the happy holidays sign. So pretty. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  111. Wow, these are all beautiful. Love the stamping and creativity.

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  112. Wow, the home decor Cardinal piec, tags and cards are so beautiful! I love them all, especially the pine cone wreath, so clever!

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  113. What beautiful projects! I love the Winnie and Walter images.

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  114. Absolutely love the reindeer tag!

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  115. OMG Thanks everyone for sharing all of your fantastic projects.
    Thanks for being one of the generous hop sponsors.
    Crafty hugs,
    Dawn
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

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  116. Great use of the products and design!

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  117. Your projects and cards are just wonderful - thanks so much!!

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  118. Such amazing cards and so much inspiration to drink in!! Thank you so much! Blessings, Melitta

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  119. Great cards! I especially like the my town stamps! So cute!

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  120. Such beautiful cards! I am saving up for your pretty new winter birds set. I hope you, your loved ones and your team have a very Merry Christmas and a healthy & happy new year. Thanks so much for sponsoring this fun event!

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  121. Wow! So many good ideas. Thanks

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  122. Great inspiration for every style to get folks in the holiday mood!

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  123. Boggling! loving all of the presented projects, wish I had some time to create a few :)

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  124. Oh, these are so gorgeous. Great design and festive inspiration:)

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  125. So many great projects! The cardinal piece is awesome!

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  126. Oh my goodness! These are all delights for the eyes!

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  127. Fabulous ideas, all of your projects are gorgeous, TFS and for being part of this fun hop with a twist!
    Merry Christmas

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  128. All the projects are fabulous.

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  129. Lots of great ideas! Thanks for sponsoring.

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  130. Wow..such beautiful projects and really good ideas. Love them all.

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  131. So much inspiration here! Thank you so much!

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  132. Beautiful projects! Thanks for sharing. :-)

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  133. Fabulous projects. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  134. Oh wow! I love each and every project, so fun and so beautiful. Thanks for the inspirations

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  135. WOW! All your projects are fabulous!!

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  136. Gorgeous projects! I love the tag with the gold sentiment - so fabulous and striking!

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  137. This post was like opening Christmas presents--so many beautiful projects. Thank you.

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  138. the pinecone wreath is beautiful

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  139. Love these gorgeous creations! Thanks to all of you for sharing all this great inspiration.

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  140. Beautiful holiday creations! Love them all.

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  141. All of these are absolutely lovely!I especially love Gayatri's tag! TFS!

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  142. So many nice hoiday cards. My favorite was the big and bold one. Beautiful writing embossed in gold.

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  143. All of the samples are gorgeous! I especially like the deer head and little houses. I am new to your company so I am enjoying today's showcase!

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  144. Such a bevy of wonderful cards. Great representation from Winnie and Walter!

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  145. All of these projects are beautiful! The thank you card with the pinecones is my favorite!

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  146. As always, I'm bowled over with all this creativity!!!

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  147. Great projects. Thanks for all the varied creative inspiration!

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  148. Amazing projects. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  149. The cardinal project is stunning!

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  150. So many ideas, they are all great!

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  151. Wow, such beautiful projects! I especially love the first one, the gold embossing is so rich looking & fabulous !

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