Thursday, 3 December 2015

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Welcome to a very special event!
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!

I decided to make two cards, with VERY different looks! They both use stamps from Winnie and Walter, as well as Hero Arts

For my first card, I stamped the sentiment in black from Winnie and Walter's "The Big, the Bold and the Merry", and added the apostrophe before the word 'twas. To stamp the mouse (from Hero Arts "Playful Animals" set), I needed to stamp the Santa hat from Lawn Fawn's "Toboggan Together" first, then mask it. (I was amazed and delighted at the perfect fit of this hat!) Once the stamping was done, I coloured the image with some Copic markers, then added some white gel pen dots to his eyes.  I finished with some patterned paper from Lawn Fawn's "Let's Bokeh In the Snow" 6x6 pad.
My second card is completely different!
I wanted some non-traditional colours. I stamped onto watercolour cardstock in Versamark and white embossed three baubles from Hero Arts "Stamp & Cut Ornament", and then stamped the sentiment from Winnie and Walter's "The Big, the Bold and the Merry" in Versamark, and embossed in Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  I coloured the images and the background using Distress Inks in Pistachio, Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass and Scattered Straw, with heaps of water. I cut the panel down and adhered it to a hot pink card base from my stash. Some faux stitching lines in white gel pen, some Wink of Stella on the ornaments, and some sequins from Simon Says Stamp finished it off.
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 Winnie and Walter, (a $30 gift certificate - YAY!) 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, and thanks for visiting :)

208 comments:

  1. I love both of your cards, especially that cute mouse in his Christmas hat!

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  2. Love your cute little mouse, and those colours on your second card are out-of-this-world-gorgeous! Beautiful work, Michelle!

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  3. This hop is so fun! I. Like that second card. So soft and pretty

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  4. What a sweet little mouse on the first card, and such a pretty, dreamy background in the second!

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  5. michelle, these are fabulous. Love how sweet the first one is and your inkiness on the 2nd one is wow.

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  6. Adorable mouse card and love the background for the pretty ornaments.

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  7. Wonderful cards, the first is so cute and I love the soft background on the second!

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  8. absolutely fantabulous cards!!

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  9. Very nice cards, Michelle! Love the colors on the second card.

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  10. So pretty and cool creations with bold sentiments!

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  11. Michelle, you've created two magical cards with these W&W products! Your 'Twas the Night Before" card, with the wee mouse, is darling; your ornament, so eye-catching. Thank you for being part of Taheerah's Advent series; your creativity is such a joy...
    ~c (carol)

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  12. Lovely cards. That wee mouse is just the cutest. Thanks for sharing. Cheers.

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  13. absolutely gorgeous cards, the mouse is so cute and the watercolour effect is awesome!

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  14. The mouse is so cute:-) And I love the colours on second card, thanks for inspiration!

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  15. Both cards are FABULOUS! I really love the water color look on the 2nd one!!!

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  16. So cute, thank you so much for making this event so fun!

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  17. These are sweet. I love the vintage, soft look of the ornament card.

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  18. That mousey is SOOO fleepin' cute! Just love his big ol' face! And the pastel washes you did in the second card are so soft and serene. Lovely!

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  19. First card is so adorable! Second card has pretty colors!! <3

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  20. Two fabulous cards!! Your first one is absolutely, ADORABLE!! And your second card...BEAUTIFUL!!

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  21. Oh my goodness. How adorable!! I love the white embossing/sponging look to the second card and the first one....SO cute and love that sentiment! CAS and amazing!

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  22. So cute! Both cards are adorable - I love the cute mouse on the first card and the soft colors on the second card are so beautiful! :)

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  23. I really love these cards! The mouse is cute and the ornament card is very pretty. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  24. How sweet! TFS your pretty cards :D

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  25. Adorable cards! I love that beautiful embossing!
    Take care!
    Michele

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  26. Your first card is so stinkin' cute and your second card is so beautiful!!! I love all the soft pastel colors that you used!!

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  27. I love both cards, I am a sucker for cute critters, so the first one grabbed means then the beautiful colors and delicate look of your second card blew me away. The sentiments from Winnie and Walter really made both cards shine! Thanks so much for participating in the hop, it really is fun getting the see the surprises beyond the door each day.

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  28. Awww.... the little mouse is so adorable! LOVE the watercolor effect on the second card.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden/.blogspot.com

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  29. Your first card is so
    cute and I love the
    colors and design
    of the second!
    Carla from Utah

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  30. Oooh, fun. A twofer...and both so beautifully colored.

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  31. Sweet cards!! Love how you did the first card with the sentiment!

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  32. Love these. the little mouse is so cute and the Merry Christmas card is elegant. Love the subtle watercolor background.

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  33. sweet mouse card and love the softness of the ornament card--beautiful work!

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  34. Festive and fun Christmas cards, Michelle~great coloring inspiration!

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  35. Two stunning cards Michelle! My favourite is the second, just love that soft colour palette and those ornaments! Thanks so much for being a special part of my event!

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  36. These are both gorgeous! I love that you used both traditional and non-traditional colors!

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  37. Amazing cards! How great that the hat from one company fit on the head of the mouse from another company! Love all your cards!

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  38. Really love the two different, but equally pleasing styles of both your cards. Fabulous job!

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  39. Sweet cards! Specially love this sweet mouse card.

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  40. I love both of these cards! Shows what a fabulous stamper you are - you can make beautiful cards in several different styles!

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  41. Like the style of the cards from the cute mouse to the pretty ornaments.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  42. Love the soft colors of the ornaments! I am really enjoying the trend to stray from the traditional red and green for the season. So colorful!
    Lu C

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  43. Two fabulous cards! The mouse is so sweet and your ornaments are stunning!

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  44. Love the watercolor look on your cards!

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  45. Both cards are delightful. The second card is my favorite. I love the colors.Thanks

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  46. Michelle both of these are great. Love the mouse and the ornament card looks so pretty and soft. Given me a couple of ideas too when looking at the sentiments, I have the die 'Christmas' and have struggled to use it due to its size. Sometimes you just get stuck and then someone does something and it just clicks, thanks.

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  47. Such a cute mouse card & the watercolouring on the ornament card is so soft & lovely.

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  48. Both cards are fabulous. I love the watercolor background in the second card, the adorable mouse in the first card and the repeat of the horizontal stripe in the layouts of each card.

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  49. Both your cards are fabulous, the first one with the mouse has some great inking, and gorgeous embossing in the second one.

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  50. Oh, how adorable is this wee mouse :-)
    Two very fabulous cards!!

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  51. Such pretty cards Michelle. Love the sweet image on the first one and the paper strips on the bottom. The heat embossed ornaments look wonderful with the soft sponging!

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  52. Love both of these! The first one....that mouse is darling. The second.....just beautiful. Love the embossing and the gorgeous background ♥

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  53. Adorable first card with the cute Santa mouse and love the soft look achieved on the last.

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  54. Both cards are great, especially the one with the mouse. Thanks for sharing.

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  55. Both cards are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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  56. The mouse is so adorable! Totally in love with the second card. It is absolutely gorgeous!

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  57. Your cards are so well made! You work beautifully with distress inks. I love the light blue aura around the mouse :)

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  58. Love both designs! That mouse is so adorable and the pastel watercolor look is gorgeous!

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  59. Both cards are very beautiful!! Love them!! The ornament card colors are so soft!!
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  60. Love that you made two card that are very different. They are both fabulous!

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  61. You're so talented! Love both the cards, especially the beautiful ornaments!

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  62. I love both cards -- so very different and the little mouse is so precious! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  63. Your pastel watercolor is beautiful and I love the faux stitching to make everything pop.

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  64. Love the pastel ornament card and the other is so cute. Thanks.

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  65. What a cute little mouse, Michelle ... and such a gorgeous, dreamy background to those delicate ornaments! Anita :)

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  66. Wonderful cards!
    Love the soft colors on the last one :))

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  67. Oh cutie little mouse card! Both are beautiful.

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  68. A mouse this cute would be welcomed in my house, Michelle!! Both darling!!!
    =]

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  69. Your first card with the mouse and Santa hat is so cute, but I especially like the softness of your second card. Great job and fun event!

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  70. Don't like mice, but that card is cute!

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  71. Love your cards! Thanks for sharing.

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  72. My fav is the second card. It makes me think of sherbet ice cream and cotton candy. So fun and colorful!

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  73. Both cards are truly wonderful!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  74. Both cards are really beautiful! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  75. That little mouse is SO ADORABLE!!! He melts my heart! And I love the beautiful colors in your second card! So dreamy!!

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  76. That mouse is super sweet - love the pp at the bottom of the card. Your second card is so soft and lovely!

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  77. Pretty holiday cards! Love that little mouse.

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  78. Oh my goodness these cards are BEAUTIFUL! What lovely work!

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  79. These are amazing. Just beautiful!

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  80. Love your use of non traditional colors, very pretty ornament card !

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  81. Love both cards. Love the sentiment stamps. Stay blessed!

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  82. eeeeeekkk!!! MICHELLE!!! Your mouse card won my heart, i LOVE IT!!!!

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  83. I love your non traditional ornaments cards. I like the soft colors

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  84. They are lovely! I love the ornament card a lot and the mouse is super cute!

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  85. The little mouse is darling. Love his hat.
    the ornament card is so soft and pastel, and pretty.
    thanks for sharing.

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  86. cute mouse and love the colors in your second card.

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  87. I love your cards, Especially the pastel Christmas baubbles! I love this Advent Calendar Extravaganza!

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  88. Your mouse card is so adorable!! Your second card just blew me away, the colours are gorgeous!!!!

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  89. 2 great cards: one adorable and one lovely. TFS

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  90. they are both great. cute mouse and gorgeous ornaments!

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  91. Great cards! That little mouse is sooo cute, I may just have to buy him myself. Love your work!

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  92. Thanks for generously sharing your talents with us all. Super sweet cards. Love the details on the ornament card like the faux stitching. Really takes it up a notch.

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  93. DELIGHTFUL cards Michelle!!!
    LOVE your CUTE little mouse, LOVE your ELEGANT ornaments too, the colours & design MAGICAL!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing :)

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  94. Darling cards!! Amazing details and design and color!!

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  95. That bottom card makes me swoon! I'm head over head about it!

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  96. great cards, both special; each of their own design!

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  97. I'm dying over that little mouse! Adorable. Cute cards!

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  98. I love the background of your second card, so soft and whimsical.

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  99. Love the non-traditional colors of your second card. Love them both!

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  100. Wonderful cards! I love the watercoloring of the 2nd card, but the 1st card is just so FUN! Thanks for sharing.

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  101. Such a pretty water color look!

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  102. Oh that mouse is so adorable! I love BOTH cards!

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  103. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that second card!

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  104. Love the soft colors of the background of the ornament card.
    And, oh my, what a sweet mouse!

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  105. Awww how cute!! And I love your distressed background -- such fun colors!!

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  106. I have been making ornament cards too recently and love the multicolored look on yours
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia

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  107. Both cards are lovely! The mouse made me smile. Thanks for sharing.

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  108. Beautiful! Love the soft background and the sweet mouse!

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  109. Lovely cards! They are just so sweet. The mouse is too cute and the ornament card reminds me of cotton candy and happy childhoods.

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  110. Eeeek! Waaaay too adorable!

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  111. Isn't he just the cutest? I love the soft colors of your second card. It is so nice to see something out of the ordinary. Thanks for sharing.

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  112. Love both cards can't pick a favorite.

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  113. Love both of your cards. The little mouse is so sweet!

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  114. Fabulous card. Love the background on the 2nd one.

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  115. Great cards!!! Love the soft colors used with the ornaments!

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  116. Eeek! The first card is so totally adorable, and the second one is so gorgeous!

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  117. Great cards. Lots of fun. Thanks for sharing.

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  118. great cards - love the watercolor effects on the second

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  119. I really love the soft colours of your second card. How gorgeous!:)

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  120. Love your cute little mouse, and those colours on your second card are out-of-this-world-gorgeous!

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  121. I just love the ornament card!!

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  122. I love the colours you chose for your cards!

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  123. Great assortment. That's one thing I love about W&W's sets - they go with practically any style card!

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  124. Oooh both so sweet! I love that little mouse! Adorbs!

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  125. That mouse is too stinkin cute! Love the soft dreamy colors of the second card!

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  126. The mouse is so cuteeee!! Love both of your cards! :)
    Suchi xx

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  127. oooh the mouse and snowflake/ornaments are sweet!!!

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  128. Love, love the ornament card! Nontraditional colors always grab my attention.

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  129. Great cards love the mouse so cute and such a fun Christmas card.

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  130. What wonderful use of the big bold sentiments! The mouse is adorable and your pastel watercolor background is lovely!

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  131. both are so sweet, the first with that sweet little mouse....and then the sweet candy like colors on the second....nice cards

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  132. I like the non traditional card, especially the watercolored pastel background.

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  133. These are both SO cute! I love that mouse card so much!

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  134. I like the pastel colors on the second card. The little mouse is adorable too.

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  135. love the little dog card , but really love the backgriund colores you used on your other card so pretty

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  136. Wow - I really like both your projects. Though I think I'm gonna CASE your second one with the non-traditional watercoloring around embossed images. Thanks for the idea.

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  137. Love it when hats from one stamp fit another! Beautiful cards! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  138. Both are awesome but I think I like the top one best. So adorable. Happy Holidays. :)

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  139. Beautiful cards, love the cute mouse in the Santa hat, so clever to piece together parts from different stamp sets! Love the soft non traditional colored ornaments of second card, really pretty too!

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  140. beautiful!! love the watercolor background

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  141. Your cards are adorable. Thanks for sharing.
    Crafty hugs,
    Dawn
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

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  142. Great use of the products and design!

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  143. Both cards are just lovely - thanks so much!

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  144. Love the cute mouse and the shine on the ornaments!

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  145. Very cute! I especially like the mouse!

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  146. Both lovely cards. I really like the style of that 'merry' font!

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  147. Love the colors of your second card.

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  148. I love both of your cards.

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  149. Totally in love with the second card! Great color combo

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  150. Oh, these are lovely. Great design and festive inspiration:)

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  151. Michelle, these are both beautiful cards. I have to say, though, that the second one is my favorite.

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  152. Heehee! Love that cute little mouse. The ornament card is lovely.

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  153. Both of your cards are sweet. Love the color choices and the stamp sets.

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  154. Both color combinations really work! I tend to be more traditional, but I love your use of the softer colors! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  155. Very nice cards; I especially like the ornaments!!

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  156. I love the dreamy feel of the ornament card.

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  157. I bet these are more beautiful in person!

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  158. Both very cute cards. I especially like the pastel ornaments.

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  159. Wow! Two completely different cards, but both are amazing!

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  160. Beautiful cards, especially the first one. So sweet!
    Hugs

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  161. Love the soft colors on the ornament card!

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  162. Amazing cards! Thanks for the chance to win. :-)

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  163. OMG the mouse is so cute and the ornament card so elegant Thanks for sharing

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  164. Fabulous cards. Thanks for the inpiration and a chance to win.

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  165. Love your card creations, so cute and fun.

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  166. Oh My!! Both so different & I love them both!! The first is so adorable & the second so beautiful!!

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  167. I like the non-traditional colors and the hint of bokeh on that second card, and the first card is just too cute. Thank you.

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  168. Both of these are beautiful but the second one has stolen my heart! LOVE the softness of the colors! TFS!

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  169. such creative and colorful cards! love them both!

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  170. Both of your cards were really nice. The mouse one was really cute. The Hero Arts one was well done with Winnie And Walter saying stamp set.

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  171. I love the second card the best. Just wonderful. Love the colors.

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  172. Love both cards....cute and beautiful.

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  173. Love how you combined the stamps!!!

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  174. Beautiful cards! I especially love the first one - so cute!

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  175. A card for everyone, from cute to elegant. Both cards are just wonderful

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  176. Both you cards are so nice. Nice how you thought to use the Santa hat from a different stamp set. Vellum always makes a card interesting.

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  177. Both of these cards are so sweet! I love the cute little mouse!

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  178. Both cards are delightful! I have to admit though... I'm partial to the 2nd one.

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  179. The second card is truly beautiful.

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  180. Lovely cards, TFS,
    Have a wonderful day!

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  181. Cute cards. I especially like the 'merry' card

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  182. Thanks for showing 2 sides of your creativity. I like both cards. Excellent color choice and techniques. Thanks

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