Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Hello there lovelies!  It's Shay here joining in on a very special event.

Advent Calendar Extravaganza
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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 ONE HUNDRED 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 guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Now on to my cards....

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I was inspired by some pear ribbon being used for wrapping gifts to create this duet of cards.  I pulled out In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals with Angelica Suarez and inked it up with red ink before spritzing water and using a dry brush to move the water and color.  I stamped a strip of white cardstock measuring 4.25 x 11 inches.  I then stamped the pear with green inks using the same method.  I added the stem to each pear.  I stamped in the leaf in green and pine cones in brown.  Then I used a gold paint pen to outline and then add a few details to the pears.  I aggressively flicked and dropped gold color shine all over.  After the gold dried, I cut the sheet in half and then cut them out using the largest rectangle from Essentials: Katharine Cutaways.

On a piece of white cardstock I stamped "joy" twice from the same stamp set using Versamark and heat embossed gold embossing powder and then cut them each out from the coordinating cutaways.  I cut a strip of red cardstock and cut it in half and stamped the supporting sentiments from the same stamp set using Versamark and then heat embossed the sentiments in gold.  I attached the sentiments to the patterned cardstock and then to two kraft A2 card bases.

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I have a bonus project for you today.

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My mom decided she wanted to use cowbells to decorate the lights on either side of the front door and she thought had the bright idea of me using the In a Word Cutaways to cut the words out of magnets.  So I ran 6 different holiday words (In a Word: Believe Cutaway, In a Word: Bright Cutaway, In a Word: Joy Cutaway, In a Word: Love Cutaway, In a Word: Merry Cutaway and In a Word: Peace Cutaway) through my Cuttlebug using extra magnets I had which we provide with our cutaways.  A bonus is that they are white on one side.  They are fairly thick magnetic sheets so I had to run it through several times and at times I had to carefully pull the words away from the sheet of magnetic as they did not completely cut all the way through so be patient if that is the case for you.  The I just stuck a word on each bell.  All in all fun and easy (at least my part as I did not do the wrapping of the rope).

That's it from me, but there is so much more to see from Taheerah this month.

Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!

It’s not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by us (Winnie & Walter) so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post - then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! 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 23:59 EST on 31st December 2017 to enter.


Don’t forget 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!

Happy, merry crafting,
Shay.

170 comments:

  1. Wow!!! Your cards are adorable and the cowbells really gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  2. Love the gold that shimmers all over your card; so pretty. And the use of the magnet sheets for the cut out words on the bells is genius!

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  3. I love pears and I love all of the sparkly gold you added to the pear cards! The design has a Renaissance feel to me. Very nice job!

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  4. Beautiful cards...I really love the idea of using cutways on the bells..Hugsxx Deepti

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  5. Thanks for sharing! I love the idea of the bells. So cute.

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  6. The card is great. I'm going to try the technique. And, cowbells are just fun. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  7. Very nice...your card reminds me of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" song. Happy holidays!

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  8. love the country French look of the card and those bells are just fun!

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  9. the colors and design are fantastic on your card and the little bells are so cute!

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  10. Outlining the fruit on your cards with a gold pen is a nice idea. I usually think I should heat emboss gold outlines, but I liked the natural, organic look you got with the pen.
    And I already have the Word Cutaways on my wishlist, so thanks for the magnet idea!

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  11. I love your elegant but rustic cards! Really pretty!

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  12. Wonderful cards and I LOVE the cowbells! Cheers.

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  13. I love how cute these holiday fruits look! Really gorgeous card!

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  14. Love the gold touch on this pretty card!

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  15. What a pretty card! Those bells are so cute!

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  16. These are beautiful cards. And those little cowbells came out adorable.

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  17. OMG, love the card and the embossing on it but the cowbells are so ADORABLE!! I love that idea it is so unique. Tracey Magner

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  18. Cowbells are great! It's good to see stamping supplies used on more than just paper creations. And your card is festively beautiful!

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  19. Awesome card and I love your mom's cowbell idea! Great hop!

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  20. Absolutely gorgeous cards, Shay!! I adore the rich warm gold and red tones. I had forgotten about this stamp set and had to follow your link to revisit it. A beautiful set. Love the selection of mix n match sentiment strips...offering a few faith-based elements. These are important to me.

    Love the fun cowbell decorations, too! Clever use of the magnets...but I could never use the ones out of my W&W die pkgs. Good thing you just happened to have some extras lying around!! :) The project turned out so cut and festive!

    Merry Christmas to you and to everyone at W&W!! Blessings on you this season and in the coming New Year!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  21. Gorgeous cards...love the watercolor look!!

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  22. Beautiful cards! Love the cowbell idea, too! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Bet your mom was thrilled with how the cowbells turned out--such a creative idea for a Texas home! I love that stamp set, Shay, but have never used the pear or pine cone images. Your card is just the inspiration I need--Love it! So happy to see you're one of the sponsors & of course, so generous, as you always are! Happy Holidays!

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  24. Pretty cards and sentiments for the cowbells! Love Winnie & Walter! Thanks for sponsoring Taheerah's event!

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  25. Love the watercolor effect, so beautiful and that Cowbells are just gorgeous!

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  26. Such pretty cards!! Love those stamps and the cut aways. the bells are adorable, too.

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  27. Pretty card. Love the colors you used.

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  28. Your cards are beautiful, but I really love those bells.

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  29. What a beautiful and unique holiday card! And, I love the bells.

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  30. First time I have ever seen embellished bells - so cool! And your card looks like it could be professional wrapping paper - gorgeous! Thanks for sponsoring the fun giveaways today, Merry Christmas!

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  31. cool project, love the bell magnets!

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  32. Great card and the bells are a great idea to welcome friends to your home.

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  33. Oh my Goodness!! The card was gorgeous and LOVE the bells! Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  34. great card!
    Happy holidays!πŸŽ„πŸŽ…⛄

    hugs , Fiki

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  35. Lovely card, great color choices!

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  36. Beautiful card design and thanks for the bonus cowbell project.

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  37. Two beautiful cards, and those cowbells are just great; so original !
    Thank you for sponsoring the Calendar !

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  38. Shay your cards are awesome, I love your backgrounds they are so pretty. Love your Mom's "bright idea"! They are awesome!

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  39. I love pear stamps and thought those made such pretty backgrounds.

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  40. It never occurred to me to cut magnet sheets, what a clever idea! Beautiful card and adorable cow bells

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  41. Love your card! Isn't it amazing where some we get some of our inspiration. As for the cowbells... they are awesome and so clever! Love them!

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  42. Really pretty cards. The addition of the gold pen really adds to the glamour.

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  43. Hello, sweet friends at Winnie & Walter!
    Thanks so much for supporting this fabulous event, and for all the awesome inspiration. It's always fun stopping by to see what's new. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone at Winnie & Walter!
    Blessings,
    Karen Letchworth

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  44. Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!

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  45. I really like your use of non-traditional images for these Christmas cards. Love the gold spritzes!

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  46. Neat ideas! Love the ornaments with the die cuts on them.

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  47. Thr fruit is a pretty and unique idea for the holidays.

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  48. So cool your card was inspired by wrapping. Love the gold. And I can’t believe your dies cut through magnetic sheets. Love your In a Word cutaways line.

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  49. Such beautiful cards with the red and gold pears, and I love the cowbells - great idea and execution!

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  50. Great projects! I especially love the bells! What an aweome idea! I'm definitely going to have to try that!

    Sammibug aka Samantha Houp aka Sammi

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  51. LOVE the magnetic holiday words on the cow bells, brilliant! Beautifully watercolored pears on your cards too, love the kraft card base and simple JOY sentiment with the red banner.

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  52. Beautiful cards. I love the idea of using fruit.

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  53. Beautiful card, love your cow bells too!

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  54. Your duo of pear-ribbon inspired cards are gorgeous; your design is one I consider classic and timeless! As for the cowbells sporting their festive words: genius! We have several cowbells at home (they're often used to 'encourage' bike racers at cyclo-cross races held in the fall), so I'll be keeping this in my 'decoration repertoire' for next year! Thank you so much for being both an inspiration and sponsor for Taheerah's Advent Extravaganza...and TWO gift certificates? Your generosity melts my heart!
    Hugs~carol

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  55. Love the colors on your card! So pretty. And the cow bells are just plain fun. Thanks for the inspiration. :D

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  56. My daughters name is Shay, too. Small world. Lovely projects. I love the pears, design, and classic colors. And love the words on cowbells. Very creative. Happy Holidays!

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  57. Your card blends together so well, with the greens,gold & red very classy , the pears look so good with the details you've given them. What a great idea with the cow bells, looks like you & mum are very creative x

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  58. Fabulous background on your card! And those bells are awesome!!

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  59. Pears and pinecones...it seems unusual, but it really works as a Christmas pattern! Love the cowbells, too. So cool. Thank you.

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  60. Love this card!!!! Like the mix of pears and pinecones.

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  61. Love your very artsy card! And also the cowbells - how creative really.
    I had to immediately try a die cut from a piece of magnet I had lying
    on my desk (a birdie) and I did have to cut it with scissors since he
    didn't die cut all the way. I think I'll try to make a handful before
    Christmas to give as an extra on a tag. Thanks for the inspiration and for sponsoring Taheerah's extravaganza!

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  62. Wow, love your cards. Pears are perfect for the holidays, I wouldn't have thought of that. Adore the cow bells.

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  63. The combination of pears and pine cones makes an elegant card!

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  64. I love this pattern you've made and great colors! Love the simple sentiment...and it says it all

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  65. Magnets on bells are super festive, great idea!

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  66. the cards look so luxurious!

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  67. Lovely card and adorable cow bells. Thanks for sharing...

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  68. Love your gorgeous card--the colors are wonderful! And what a fun addition to the cow bells, very creative!

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  69. Love your beautiful card as well as the cowbells.!

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  70. The cowbells are such a unique idea!!

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  71. Love your cards - and adore the decorated cowbells!

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  72. Beautiful cards and decorated cowbells!!

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  73. Beautiful cards - the gold pen is a nice touch.

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  74. The card is great! Love the pears! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  75. Love your card! Sounds like your mom is as creative as you are. The bells with the holiday magnetic words are a fabulous idea that really worked well. Thank you for sharing both your card and your bonus project.

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  76. Lovely cards and
    great idea on the
    cowbells!
    Carla from Utah

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  77. Beautiful card...lovely project...

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  78. What a gorgeous, classy card! Somehow, in all the trees and wreaths and snow, I completely forgot about winter fruits, but these are amazing. And what a fun decoration idea. Thanks for sharing these lovely ideas with us and being so generous in sponsoring Taheerah's advent calendar!

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  79. Great cards - very unusual designs, but between the wording and colours used - they're very festive indeed! Love the little cowbells, too - very cool idea, actually! And it's nice to have handmade decorations :-) Thanks so much for sponsoring the lovely Taheerah and her Extravaganza, and for such generous prizes you're providing!

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  80. The cards are great, what a fab idea to create a large piece of stamped background and then cut into two pieces for two cards. I love all die sentiments so the cow bells were just my thing. :O)

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  81. Gorgeous festive cards! Love the cowbells lol!!

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  82. Wow, I love your card! So beautiful! and those bells - love them!

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  83. great cards, projects and design - so festive:)

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  84. Cowbells? Fantastic idea - your Mom is a smart gal!

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  85. WHAT GREAT STUFF!!! The card is so beautiful...it reminds me of those fancy pears/fruits you get as gifts during the Christmas season....and the cowbells are adorable!!!! SO festive!

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  86. Yummy pears! And your cowbells idea is dynamite! Thanks for making such wonderful crafty things for us to create with.

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  87. Hi Shay,

    Pinecones & Pears! How creative!!! I love the soft colors. The cowbells are so cute!! Great job!! Love Winnie & Walter!!! Thanks for sharing!! Merry Christmas!!

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  88. Fabulous projects. Love the gold paint pen outlines and those cowbells are adorable!

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  89. Beautiful creation! Thanks for the inspiration and the giveaway!

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  90. Love the card with the fruit.
    that is part of Christmas and
    often left out. the cowbells
    are darling. Lucky mom to have
    a daughter who will help her with
    her projects.
    thanks for sharing.

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  91. Fabulous card!! And the bells are fabulous too!!

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  92. What great projects...love the sweet bells.

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  93. Love the pear-stamped paper you created, and those bells are so fun!

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  94. Beautiful card. Colors are perfect together. Thanks for sharing!

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  95. Beautiful pear card, and love the bonus cow-bell idea!!!

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  96. Pretty cards and awesome Bells project

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  97. what a fun idea using the cow bells thanks for sharing@

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  98. Your cards are fabulous. I love the gold detail and your sentiments, so pretty! The cowbells are fantastic!!! Thanks!!

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  99. YOur card is so cute! and those cowbells are over the top! TFS!

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  100. Beautiful projects :) Thanks for sponsoring! :)

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  101. Thanks for participating in this amazing hop. Just elegant cards. And the little bells are too cute.

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  102. So pretty! Love this background and the die cuts!

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  103. I absolutely love these cards!

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  104. Great cards and love that you made these cow bells for your MOM!! So fast and easy with the Cut aways!!

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  105. Fun cards and the cowbells are awesome! Thanks for sponsoring Taheerah's great event!!

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  106. Love the cowbell idea! And beautiful card!

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  107. Shimmering gold and pears....very Christmasy. Great idea for the bells!

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  108. great cards and love those cow bells :)

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  109. The cards are lovely. My niece would love the cow bells. I'll be sure to share your idea with her.

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  110. What a wonderful hop. Thank you for being a sponsor!

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  111. Lovely. Thank you for participating. I've become quite a fan of your stamps!

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  112. Gorgeous projects! Love the cowbell decoration! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

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  113. Gorgeous cards, great bells:-)

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  114. So adorable! I love the cowbells!!

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  115. Absolutely gorgeous cards, such a great color combo. And the bells are so sweet!

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  116. I love the stamped patterned on your cards and those cowbells are so fun. Making your own patterned card base is such a great way to stretch your stamp sets!

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  117. Simply gorgeous card, love the touches of gold!

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  118. What an unusual Christmas card you made. Pears? Who would of thought they were for Christmas but you made them into a Christmas card and you embossed them in gold. There is that Partridge in a pear tree though. Thanks for showing us a different kind of Christmas card and for giving us the chance to win something. I love Winnie and Walter!

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  119. Love that pretty pear background! Thanks for sponsoring this fun event!

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  120. "Cow Bells" are so cute...very creative!

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  121. Very pretty card and I absolutely love the bells!!

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  122. Love the cards. They are so elegant and festive. And the cowbells are just adorable!

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  123. The two cards are gorgeous. Love the use of the fruits and acorns. Very creative use of cowbells.

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  124. I love the colors you used on this card and the cow bells are a hit!

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  125. The colors on your card are lovely!! The cowbells are genius!

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  126. Great cards. The cow bells were such a good idea.

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  127. SQUEAL!! Just BEAUTIFUL!! I just ADORE the Card Designs and those Cow Bells are SUPER FUN!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and INSPIRING!! Have a FABULOUS New Year!! =)

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  128. I love your card and the cowbell decorations are simply wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

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  129. Those bells are so cool! What great holiday decor! Very unique!

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  130. Love the patterned paper you created for the cards, and what a fun way to decorate those bells!

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  131. Your card is just stunning!! I love the addition of the gold. Thank you for the beautiful inspiration - filing it away for 2018! :) The cowbell project turned out beautifully! Thank you for being a sponsor for Taheerah's awesome Advent Extravaganza!

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  132. I never thought of using fruit for a Holiday card, but it completely makes sense. I love the idea for the cowbells.

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  133. I love your cards. What a cute idea for cowbells!

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  134. The gold embossing on the card is really stunning!

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  135. Thanks for sponsoring the event. The red sentiment strips add just the right touch to the cards. Love the cow bell decorations.

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  136. Great technique on the card. Thanks for your sponsorship with this event.

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  137. So pretty. Love all the gold. I'm so bad at using gold and silver, but you've totally inspired to give them a chance.

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  138. Fun cards, Shay, as are your cow bells.
    Wishing you a happy, healthy and creative 2018!

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  139. Shay, I love your pear backgrounds on both cards and how you added the sentiments. But, your cow bells are just the cutest, most clever idea ever. Happy New Year and thanks to W&W for sponsoring this Extravaganza!

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  140. That’s a lovely set of cards !
    [margessw (at) icloud (dot) com]

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  141. Always love a twofer and these are wonderful. The cowbells turned out great and are such a fun idea.

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  142. Very elegant card, and love the little cowbells, how fun!

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  143. Your cards and bells are so pretty!

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