Thursday, December 8, 2016

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 card....

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I just can't stop stamping backgrounds!  I pulled out this month's featured Rerun stamp set, In Bloom: Hollie's Festive Florals, and got to stamping (all while watching a documentary about gingerbread...which was fascinating, made me crave gingerbread and put me in the holiday mood).  I stamped flowers, leaves and dots until I felt good about the colors and design.

As the background was pretty busy I decided to add white space with the sentiment.  I die cut "greetings" from The Big, the Bold and Greetings Cutaways on an A2 panel of white cardstock...I placed the die about a third of the way into the panel and tried to center the sentiment.  I decided how much I wanted the word to hang down from the panel and then cut to the die cut from the left and right side and pulled the bottom portion of the panel away making sure not to pull the top of the die cut from the rest of the white panel.  To ensure it stays together you can tape the back of the panel together.  I placed quite a bit of foam dimensional adhesive on the back of the panel which helped keep pieces together.  I stamped the "season's" from The Big the Bold and Greetings in black ink.  I attached the white panel to the background.

I felt the background needed something so I added some dots of gold acrylic paint to the background panel as well as adding some details to the flowers and some leaves.  I also used Wink of Stella over the "greetings" which you can see in person, but is not apparent in the photo.  All of this is all attached to a white A2 card base.

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 supplied by w&w 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 here 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 2016 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 crafting,
Shay.

218 comments:

  1. Your card is so beautiful, Shay. Love the way you have created the entire background. It's absolutely amazing!!

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  2. That patterened paper you created is absolutely lovely!

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  3. Oh my goodness Shay your card is beautiful! Love how you die cut the word greetings into the white to make the border....GORGEOUS!

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  4. Such a beautiful card. The stamping you've done is amazing. I thought it was paper or a multi-inked background stamp.

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  5. Your designer paper is gorgeous and the inlaid die cut adds to the impact! A WOW in every way! Thank you for being part of - and a sponsor for - Taheerah's Extravaganza; you've sent my festive spirit soaring!
    Hugs~c

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  6. Stunning background you created here! The inlaid greeting is fabelous placed! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. The background is beautiful.

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  8. What a beautiful card - I love the stamped background!

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  9. This is just beautiful! Love the traditional Christmas colors.
    And LOVE that you made your own BG; so fun.

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  10. I love the die cut greeting and the pop of red of the flowers!

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  11. That Partial Die-cutting is amazing, Shay!! Love your design so much!

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  12. Beautiful card! Love the die cutting.

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  13. OMG! Awesome card. Love your card.
    natgodfrey4@gmail.com

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  14. Beautiful! The background you created is awesome!

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  15. Beautiful. Your background colors are wonderful and so happy.

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  16. Such a lovely card! I love how you did the patterned paper and the die cut sentiment!! TFS!

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  17. Shay, I absolutely LOVE your background! And keeping the rest white looks awesome. I wish I had that stamp set in my stash.....it's now on my list!

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  18. What an amazing card! The background is perfect and everything came together so beautifully. The colors, the design...wow!

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  19. Oh wow, Shay--one of my all-time favorite cards! Your stamping & design are heavenly! Thanks you for being one of the sponsors of the event & I can't wait to finish mailing Christmas cards so I can work on my Re-run card!

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  20. Beautiful work, Shay! Love all the techniques.

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  21. Pretty layout and card. Love the use of PP panel on your card - very creative and reduces time. lol!!

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  22. so many things to try. thanks so much for sharing.

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  23. Great card....love how you did the greeting cutout.
    DebbieC

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  24. Very pretty and
    love the inlaid
    greeting.
    Carla from Utah

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  25. That's gorgeous! I love the background and the way you inlaid the word die.

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  26. Awesome patterned paper! Great color selections and I love your die cut greeting!

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  27. I have some stamps I can use for backgrounds.....I need to get stamping, thanks for the inspiration!

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  28. This is so cute! Woudl be good year round

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  29. oh my goodness, that background! Just stunning!

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  30. Pretty card and the background is gorgeous. Thank you for being a part of the Advent Calendar Extravaganza.

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  31. Beautiful card! I love the pretty background and the way you divided the card with the word die! Awesome! I have to try this!

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  32. All your Big and Bold series are wonderful. The colours in this card are so festive and fresh. Just lovely!

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  33. Love the floral Christmasy look!

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  34. Loving the homemade back ground

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  35. Such a gorgeous background, Shay! Love the partial die cut sentiment, too!

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  36. What a lovely card! The floral background piece is beautiful!

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  37. I'm glad you can't stop...your backgrounds are gorgeous!

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  38. This is fabulous, Shay, I love your stamping and the partial die cut sentiment is awesome!!!

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  39. Love the white flap over the flowers.
    Very pretty.
    thanks for sharing.

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  40. Gorgeous stamping, Shay ... the balance of flowers, leaves and dots is perfect ... and I love how you treated the sentiment ... so cool! Anita :)

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  41. Shay, this card is gorgeous!!! The flowers and the cutaway!!! Love it!!!!

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  42. I love your festive floral background with the greeting all in white! It is such a lovely card!

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  43. Such a beautiful card!! Love the background you have created! And I love how you've staged your card. Very beautiful!

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  44. clever! love the partial die cutting!

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  45. Beautiful card - love the stamped background!

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  46. What a beautiful non-traditional card! I love the floral background and the partial die cutting! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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  47. Very lovely card. I really like your background.

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  48. I love everything about this beautful card--the florals, partial die cutting and the overall design!

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  49. Beautiful card. Love the die cut sentiment

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  50. I love the bright colors and use of white space.

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  51. I love the concept of making my own backgrounds or pattern paper. Pretty card.

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  52. Love how you did the background.

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  53. Innovative and creative! Love the colors too!

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  54. Beautiful stamped background, love the white greeting and card design!

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  55. Great card! The background stamp is done beautifully!

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  56. Love the background, and also how you did the diecut.

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  57. The stamped background looks just like patterned paper! Beautiful card Shay!

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  58. Lovely. I would not think of that background for the Holidays but it is lovely.

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  59. I am always in awe of those who make their own background paper. Just wonderful. Thanks for the generous chance to win a shopping opportunity amidst your fabulous products.

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  60. Clean and fresh card - love the idea of adding the gold dots for a little bling.

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  61. Beautiful card; love the background

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  62. Love the card and that background is great! Thanks for sharing!

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  63. Love this card! Beautiful background!

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  64. Love the partial inlay word. Great idea

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  65. Thank you, Shay. This is lovely. The background is cheerful. I especially love the cutout Greeting. It's so festive.

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  66. Lovely card. Fabulous background, at first glance I thought I need to find that patterned paper only to find that I can re-create it! So clever to fussy cut the sentiment so in dangles over the background.

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  67. Bright and cheerful, great for a "politically correct" card.

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  68. The background is so pretty. I especially like how the use of the 'word die' gives a design to the top if the background. Looks really good!

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  69. What a beautiful card! Thanks for the inspiration. :D

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  70. Gorgeous background and I love the partially cut sentiment!

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  71. Beautiful floral design and I like the way the word is cut out.

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  72. Beautiful card I love the die cut

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  73. WoW! your background design is absolutely amazing! Beautiful card

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  74. Wow, I thought that was printed paper. Lovely

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  75. Gorgeous background and the bold die cut sentiment - perfection!

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  76. Such a pretty card!

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  77. Love how you have your "greetings" hanging. Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing!

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  78. Very pretty--I like the stamped background.

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  79. Lovely stamped background, Shay!

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  80. Goes to show, patience does pay off. What a great card.I can hear the Christmas music and smell the gingerbread.

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  81. Awesome card. Thank you for sharing.

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  82. Shay!!!! Eeek, so in love with the card you made! How on earth did you get such even spacing in your patterned paper, I wonder. It's just perfect. And I also appreciate that it's red and green, but not typical Christmas florals. A nice change. You know I love the unique way you created the sentiment. Very clever!

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  83. Shay, I really love your card. That stamped background is fabulous. The design is so fresh and fun.

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  84. Beautiful card and colors!!! Thanks for being a Sponsor!

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  85. Beautiful and festive! I LOVE it!
    Happy Holidays!
    Michele

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  86. Just beautiful. Love the design you created. Cheers.

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  87. WOW! This is so beautiful! That background is so beautifully done and the colors just pop!

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  88. very very nice! simple but more than enough! :)

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  89. Gorgeous!!! I love the bold background and the cutaway at the top, so very beautifully done!!

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  90. Very pretty. What an intricate design and you created it yourself. Nice work.

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  91. Shay!!! LOve your card, and would LOVE to bake gingerbread with you, too!!!
    =]

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  92. Wow!! That background is a lot of work. It's really pretty! Great card!

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  93. What a beautiful card! Thanks for sharing! (Peg)

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  94. Love the all over flower design.
    Merry Christmas!

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  95. Fablous card. Love the background and the way you cut the greeting.

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  96. Love the stamped background and adding the white greeting was perfect! 💓

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  97. Nice card!I love the sentiment cutout and placement!

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  98. Such a cute card. I never think of using the sentiments like that! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  99. Love this! Thanks for being a great sponsor on this fun extravaganza!!

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  100. Beautiful card, you are so talented

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  101. WOW what a clever idea (and a great idea for a documentary too - wish i'd caught it) - this has turned out so beautifully!!!

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  102. Thank you for sharing! That greetings sentiment is gorgeous!

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  103. I love background stamping and yours is wonderful.

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  104. So gorgeous! You have inspired me to do some more background stamping. Thank you so much.

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  105. Love the background and the stamped sentiment but I'm not sure they go together as such because I had a hard time seeing the sentiment. Probably integrates better in reality than in photo.

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  106. Great job! I am not nearly skilled enough yet to create my own background with that much detail! And...you can't go wrong adding little bits of metallic gold, no matter what you use to do it! Especially this time of year. Thanks for a wonderful inspiration to keep me trying!

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  107. Lovely card! I should stamp my own backgrounds more often. A great way, especially, to use all those smaller stamps, too.

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  108. Love the bold colors as well as the design and the clever way the sentiment was worked into it.
    Ingrid

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  109. This card is so beautiful, the background is stunning and the seniment really pops. A great idea, will have to try this out. Awesome! Thank you x

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  110. Such a cheerful card--I love the rich red color!

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  111. Love the greetings border you created on the white panel and that background you created is gorgeous!! The colour and the detail are so vivid. Love it!!

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  112. This is such a beautiful card that you have created. I love the images stamped to make your own patterned background paper. The whole design is gorgeous!

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  113. Love your card, it is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing

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  114. Ended up here because of the Advent calendar link and so glad I did

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  115. Beautiful, I love the way "greetings" is cut here. Clever!

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  116. Love this beautiful card! I must try partial die cutting more often; this is SO pretty above the background you created.

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  117. Love the Christmasy colors. Thanks for sharing a new way to show off word dies...this is very cool!

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  118. Love this cheerful Christmas card, that greeting die cut is so cool!

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  119. Your background stamping was so good, I thought it was actual designer paper!

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  120. What?! that's not designer paper? Amazing!

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  121. Amazing card. Love the background so beautiful and the way you die cut into the card is great!

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  122. This is so eye-catching! I love the balance between the vibrant floral background and your white sentiment piece. Wonderfully done!

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  123. I'm so glad you can't get enough of background stamps because we get to benefit by seeing your creations! Beautiful card!

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  124. Love how you did the sentiment!

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  125. What a beautiful card!! I love how you did the partially die cut sentiment 😊

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  126. Wow! What a beautiful background you created ...great card!

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  127. What a clever idea to create your own background stamp. It turned out great.

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  128. Such a lovely floral background for that sweet sentiment!

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  129. I love the bright, beautiful "patterned paper" that you created.

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  130. What a WONDERFUL card design -- love that background and the word die cut!

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  131. Oh Shay, your card is sooo pretty and a fantastic design!

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  132. You did such an incredible job on that background - - I though for sure it was some designer paper I somehow missed. REALLY card card.

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  133. Impressive card. I love the way you used colorful, non-traditional elements to express your holiday wishes. Lovely.

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  134. Lovely card! Beautiful background! 🙂

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  135. oh my goodness! what an AWESOME idea!! loooooove the pattern down below and die cut out! wow!! this is AWESOME!

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  136. i looooove neat die cutting techniques like these!

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  137. Gorgeous stamping and I love that cool die cut treatment!

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  138. What a great, colorful background! Perfect with the greetings die cut!

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  139. Bright background and love the way the greetings is die cut. Thanks for showing us.

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  140. HOW PRETTY! LOVE the floral & the way you did your die! ;)

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  141. Fabulous card!!! Your stamped background is amazing!!!

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  142. This is a super gorgeous card, Shay! LOVE it!

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  143. Wow what a stunning card...love the placement of the sentiment and gorgeous flowers.

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  144. Gorgeous card Shay. Love the bright colors

    Sammibug in Ohio

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  145. Great background you created. Love the look.

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  146. Wow, that background is fantastic! I love this card!

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  147. Love, love this colorful bright background. Great card.

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  148. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Simply perfect coloring and whitespace! Love the sentiment cuteaway for impact! LOVE!

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  149. Beautifully stamped - I love the touches of gold.

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  150. Wow I love the background on this card also like how the white space draws your eyes up. Need to try this! Merry Christmas

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  151. So pretty!! That stamped background is fabulous!!

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  152. Love the background, the colors are great!

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  153. This is so very pretty, merry and festive card!!!

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