Sunday, December 13, 2015

'Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Good morning! I'm joining in today with a fun event - and I'm officially sharing my Christmas cards for the year! I pulled them off fairly late in the year - but took a few hours on two days to make over 60 cards, thanks to the MISTI stamping tool, and my fabulous little minion helpers (AKA daughters aged 11 and 12!) The next day I realized I was a few short, so I quickly put together an additional 12 cards - they really came together quickly! But before I tell you more - here is a little more about today's event and GIVEAWAY!!!




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 20 *amazing* sponsors taking part as well, your crafty wish lists is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVER SINGLE DAY!!

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

And...I'm happy to share my Christmas cards for this year! I had lots of fun combining product from SEVERAL different manufacturers - something I rarely have the freedom to do, and it is so liberating!


I lined up the bird stamp on the MISTI, and one daughter inked and stamped all the birds while I trimmed the papers to size, and the other daughter worked on cutting the little bows out of gold cardstock. They switched somewhere in the middle for a break! Then I lined up the sentiment, and one of them stamped that in the green, while the other added the white inking around the edges of the kraft cardstock. By that time, I had all the other layers trimmed to size - so I began assembling the layers.


Once I had the front panels put together - minus the bows - I handed them each a Copic marker, and they "messy colored" the berries and leaves - I told them to do it that way on purpose, a little hard for my perfectionist daughter, but the other one loved it! Hahaha! While they did that, I cut, scored, and folded the cardbases. And then - I just couldn't resist one more step! I added Glossy Accents over each of the berries, then sprinkled with some distress glitter - it was just the touch they needed!


Once that dried, I finished off by attaching the bows with a tiny dot of adhesive, let those dry super well, then attached to the cardbases - and stamped the sentiment on the inside - again with the help of my trusty MISTI. Can't imagine doing this job without it!


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 Pinkfresh Studio 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 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!

Here are links to the supplies I used - thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day - and a Merry Christmas!



158 comments:

  1. How beautiful...love the design and that it is postal friendly!

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  2. Gorgeous card! I love birds, so fell in love at first sight. You & your daughters did an awesome job.

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  3. A beautiful card and how fun that your daughters helped!!

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  4. Wonderful nature looking card. You & your daughters did a great job. I like my MISTI for stamping.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  5. Gorgeous as usual...what a great help to have your daughters share in the creating of the family Christmas card! I love the sentiment so beautiful.

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  6. What a wonderful way to bond with your daughters in the act of creating these stunning cards! Sounds like your assembly line was a ton of fun! Your girls will treasure these memories and, in turn, find opportunities for 'do together' activities with their own children. Gorgeous cards and a heart-warming post! Thank you for being part of Taheerah's Advent series!
    ~carol

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  7. So very pretty, Heather ... and how fab that making these was a family affair! Beautiful sentiment! Anita :)

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  8. Amazing card and how awesome to have little helping hands! I have that stamp...I will have to think about how you turned it into a Christmas card!!

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  9. I love how organic and natural this card feels! Just beautiful!
    Holiday Hugs,
    Michele

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  10. Such a cute card, hugs to your little minion helpers:-))

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  11. Loving this little bird. Looks like a chick-a-dee.

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  12. Beautiful! This is a gorgeous card! Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Very lovely card. Love it and the sentiment too.

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  14. Thanks for sharing your process along with your beautiful card. Lucky people on your Christmas list!

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  15. Gorgeous card and a beautiful image!!

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  16. Gorgeous and rustic, and great little pops of colour and finishing touches too! Thanks so much for being a special part of my event! xoxo

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  17. Beautiful card! We were so blessed to receive one in the mail. Thank you :)

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  18. Beautiful card! We were so blessed to receive one in the mail. Thank you :)

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  19. So natural beauty! Love this creation in earthen tone and helping little hands!

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  20. Gorgeous rustic feel to this beautiful card! Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas to you and yours !

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  21. this is beautiful.
    I love the minimal coloring on the bird. Highlighting a few berries and leaves is so pretty. The wood grain on the background is great.
    thanks for sharing.

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  22. Beautiful card! Love the woodgrain background and the sweet bird!

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  23. Such a pretty card.
    Great helpers too!
    Carla from Utah

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  24. lovely and love that you had your girls help!

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  25. Oh my, this is such a beautiful Christmas card! How sweet of your daughters to help you out :-)

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  26. Gorgeous cards! Please may I borrow your daughters? I am about to start on my Christmas cards and could use some help - the airfare to the UK would probably be prohibitive though!

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  27. Such a beautiful set of cards. I think I need to invest in a Misty...Yes, I think I am the last hold-out! Love everything about this card!!!

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  28. Beautiful card. Love the way it looks....so perfect for Christmas!

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  29. gorgeous card - what a great family effort - 60+ cards - wow

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  30. Love the partial coloring. Adds punch.

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  31. I love the MISTI too. Great card. Thanks for sharing.

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  32. love how you put all these elements together!

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  33. wow!! your cards are just lovely!!

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  34. Beautiful card!! Love the bird!! Nice woodgrain background!!
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  35. Love the sentiment with one of God's most beautiful creations.
    Such a great card.

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  36. Beautiful card - so simple and how fun to craft with your daughters.

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  37. What a sweet image! I love the white inking!

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  38. Not only a beautiful Christmas card, but even sweeter because you and your girls made them together. I can't think of a nicer tradition than spending time together crafting your cards with love and working together. You are very blessed. I adore the wood grain paper behind the birdie image, it really sets everything off and adds to the rustic feel of the card. Thank you so much for participating in this Advent hop. I have really been enjoying the surprise of who is on the other side of the door and finding new (to me) bloggers and seeing what very ine has created. I have gotten so many ideas and so much inspiration. Each day I look forward to this hop!

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  39. Beautiful card! That lovely bird is one of my favourite stamps! What a great team effort with you & your daughters.

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  40. So obviously I need 2 daughters! So special that the 3 of you worked together on these wonderful cards! You're making me think I may have to get a MISTI after all!

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  41. Sweet card!!! I love the cold ribbon!!!

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  42. Gorgeous design! The woodgrain paper is the perfect background for the bird.

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  43. Such a beautiful card. I have that stamp so I think I need to case it. Thanks for sharing.

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  44. love the earthy feel of this card, awesome!

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  45. Very lovely card and I especially love that it was created by you and your daughters! So sweet! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  46. Beautiful card Heather. The wood grain is a fabulous home for the bird. I love that you and your daughters made the cards together.

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  47. BEAUTIFUL card Heather - LOVE IT, inside and out!!!
    LOVE that it was a FAMILY AFFAIR creating them ALL too - what a JOY :)
    THANK YOU for sharing!!!

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  48. Wowsers, gorgeous cards and time with your family together creating! WIN, WIN WIN! TFS Big hugs, Kristina

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  49. This is one gorgeous card!!!! Love that your girls helped in the process. xoxo

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  50. this is a lovely card with just a touch of color, great work!

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  51. WOW Heather, your card is really lovely. A great bird image.

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  52. Love the card and you had quite an assembly line going there. Great for family togetherness. I am definitely card-lifting this card for next years Christmas cards.

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  53. Fabulous card! That bird is so sweet!

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  54. This is so pretty! That gold bow is just perfect!

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  55. Such a lovely use of this great stamp!!!

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  56. Beautiful card.. sweet and simple!

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  57. So pretty against the kraft. Love this. Hugz

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  58. What a beautiful card. I just love bird images!!!! So special because it was a family activity!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  59. Wonderful bird image, so lovely. How terrific that your family was involved with the card making.

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  60. Love the simple yet elegant card.

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  61. Gorgeous card - love that bird stamp.

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  62. This is just beautiful - and I love that you and your daughters made them together.

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  63. Heather, you are so lucky to have two helpers. Your sweet card is perfectly executed. I love the woodgrain background. Your story sounds like made...made 60 and then 8 more. Not sure I'm done yet. :)

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  64. Love your superb background, its a beautiful card.

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  65. What a beautiful card, Heather! Love the bird :)

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  66. What a pretty card. Love your bird. Thanks.

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  67. So beautiful!! Love the sentiment inside too!

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  68. Beautiful. Very elegant and classy

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  69. Love everything about this card. Very sweet.

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  70. Beautiful card and it's always nice to have helpers :-)

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  71. Unique and lovely card showing nature's glory!

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  72. Sounds like a great assembly line! :)

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  73. love that card! Great work your girls did!

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  74. What a pretty woodgrain background!

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  75. I understand 1st your love of the MISTI, 2nd your love of sharing your craft with your daughters. And lastly, your enjoying the freedom of getting to mix products from different companies (after being a consultant for many years it was nice to "go contraband!) NICE card

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  76. Beautiful card, love the sweet bird on Kraft and thanks for the step by step assembly! I'm sure you and your girls had fun and made lots for your Christmas card stash.

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  77. Oh, I love that technique and the wood paper is perfect with the pretty bird image!

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  78. HA! I loved your comment about having the freedom to combine manufacturers.I totally understand! When I was making my Christmas cards for work I actually got to use anything I wanted. It was amazing! Your card is absolutely gorgeous!

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  79. Beautiful card, Love the woodgrain background.

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  80. Beautiful card -- love the bird! How fun that you and your daughters work together to make the cards! I have boys and they were never interested in any art projects.

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  81. Wonderful Card. Wouldn't have thought this would be mass-producible. Thank goodness for the minions. I agree - the sparkle on the berries is the perfect last touch!

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  82. Love the wooden background and the beautiful bird!

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  83. Great use of the products and design!

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  84. Your card is soooo sweet. Thanks for sharing.
    Crafty hugs,
    Dawn
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

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  85. This is very rustic and simple--I love it! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  86. Beautiful card! So great to include your daughters in the project. Merry Christmas!!

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  87. I love this country style! Everything goes so well together!

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  88. This card simply warms my heart just like an old fashioned Christmas! Blessings, Melitta

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  89. Lovely card - different and special! Merry Christmas!

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  90. Pretty card! I especially like the bow accent and the inside sentiment!!

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  91. Sounds as though you have taken mass production to new heights! Such a pretty card with lots of details. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  92. Pretty card. Thanks for sharing.

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  93. Your cards are always beautiful. This is lovely.

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  94. Love your card but after reading your prep step by step, it sounds like I really NEED a Misti. LOL

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  95. Oh, this is so gorgeous. Great design and festive inspiration:)

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  96. Sounds like fun. I love getting my grandchildren involved in crafting. We all enjoy our time together. Beautiful card and glossy accents always gives it that special touch.

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  97. What a gorgeous card! That bird is lovely and I love the fact that you let it shine all on it's own!! Merry Christmas!

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  98. I like that the bird is not colored. It's very interesting.

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  99. What a sweet and simple, rustic bird card. TFS

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  100. A truly awesome card and a great idea!
    Hugs

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  101. That's so pretty. Simple and elegant!

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  102. I love that you involve your daughters and I love your card.

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  103. You have been very busy. Love the distressing and the background papers

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  104. The woodgrain in the background is the perfect thing to showcase the wonderful stamped image. How much fun did you guys have making these?! I have one grand-girl who at 5 managed to create her own stack of Christmas cards for the family, each one different and unique to the recipient. Loving it!!! Thanks so much for this inspiration. Enjoy your girls.

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  105. Adorable card. Great way of spending some family time.

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  106. Pretty card and it was nice to read that it was a family affair. The gold bow was a nice touch. TFS

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  107. Love that stamp and bird, just perfect for the holidays

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  108. Love the card, but love more that you had your daughters be part of the creation!

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  109. These are so pretty!! And the best part is you made the cards with your daughters. What an excellent time to share your creativity & love with them!!

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  110. Such a beautiful card! I love how you worked with your daughters to create this - such special memories for years to come!

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  111. Sounds like this family produced Christmas card was a fun project. It is a beautiful card. Love that bird image. I know what you mean about the Misti. I gave myself an early Christmas present to help me with my own cards. It's a terrific tool and well worth the expense. Thanks

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  112. Gorgeous card Heather! Love this design and colors, TFS!

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  113. Lovely card, Heather! It sounds like your family had a grand time creating them together!

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  114. Very pretty card... You always layer so beautifully

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  115. Wow, this is soooo pretty! I love it!

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  116. The wood background made the rustic card just perfect.

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  117. I love Wplus9 bird. Really nicely done. Would be great for masculine card.

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  118. SQUEAL!! Just AWESOME!! THANKS for sharing and for the chances to WIN too!! =) Have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

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  119. This is so pretty and elegant! Thanks for sharing your work and the chance to win this fab giveaway!

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  120. How wonderful to have two daughters who love to craft with you. Your card is just stunning, very rustic. And very much a family affair...great job!

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  121. I love the image you used and the colors and papers you chose. Beautiful card. TFS.

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  122. Gorgeous card & so neat that it was a family endeavor!

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  123. Beautiful card. Especially love the woodgrain background. Lovely to hear how this was a joint effort.

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  124. Beautiful card. I really the woodgrain background.

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  125. Gorgeous card! Love the wood grain. :)

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  126. This is so pretty, just clean and elegant!

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  127. This is such beautiful card! I love how you had your daughters involved! It must have meant so much to them to be able to each help make the family's Christmas cards! That will be a memory they will have forever!

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  128. Love your simple design and the touch of color

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  129. Beautiful card. I will have to get my daughter to help me with mine next year its sounds like fun!

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