Friday, October 21, 2016

SSS Believe in the Season - Release Hop and GIVEAWAY

Good morning! I'm excited this morning to be part of an amazing blog hop celebrating the new Believe in the Season release from Simon Says Stamp - full to the brim of amazing new and fun products to cover all of your Christmas cardmaking! I put together a couple of the new stamp sets to make a trio of one layer Christmas cards.

I'm ALWAYS looking for great ways to make a flat card that is easy to mail - and yet isn't boring, and the technique I used on these cards is one that I have used many times lately - I call it Dual Layer embossing. (I did a tutorial during STAMPtember for Winnie and Walter on the Simon Says Blog that gives some more photos and details if you are interested - you can check it out HERE


The basic idea though, is that I first stamped my background using the new Circle Doodle Background stamp in clear EMBOSSING ink, then stamp the deer and sentiment from Magical Christmas in Onyx black VERSAFINE pigment ink - and finally, sprinkle clear embossing powder over the entire thing, and heat emboss all at once. My favorite cardstock for this is the Simon Says Stamp 120 lb cardstock - it is so nice and smooth and heavy! It doesn't warp from heating for the embossing, and the distress inks blend over it like BUTTER!


I have both an Original and Mini Misti, so I made use of both of them for these cards to make it easy to reproduce a few of each one. Once I set the heat on them, I picked some distress ink colors to blend over, going from the center and outward. I then flicked on some water, let that dry, then added some gold splatters with some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Gold. Once everything dried, I die cut them with a Stitched Rectangle die, added a small mat of coordinating SSS Cardstock, and mounted on a Neenah Desert Storm cardbase. Here is a closer look at each color:




Here they are all lined up together:


I also have two other cards posted using the new release if you're looking for even more inspiration:

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{Post coming soon on this one!}

Now...there is a super fun prize up for grabs! Simon Says Stamp is offering a $25 gift certificate at each stop along the hop! I will draw a winner after 3 AM Pacific Time on on October 26th from comments left here on the blog - make sure and leave an email address to make it easier for me to contact you if you are the lucky winner! 

Here is the entire blog hop line-up:

Heather Hoffman (You are here)

Product links are all below - including affiliate links where possible, which simply means if you use one of the links below that I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!!!



482 comments:

  1. Yours is my favorite way to use the circles background. I love it.

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  2. love the deer again - that one is something I have to put on my list now.

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  3. GORGEOUS cards - and love that they have an non-traditional twist. I love the dual layer embossing and must try that myself. That bear card is too cute - a great masculine card.

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  4. All your cards are so nice! I'm really loving that deer and polar bear stamp set!!

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  5. all your cards are gorgeous! Love the emboss from today but my fave is the Christmas tree you did the other day! :D
    TFS Heather
    Dolly (scrapthat)

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  6. Fabulous cards! The new release is just gorgeous.

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  7. These are stunning, I love the color choices too. This technique is awesome will have to try it, thanks

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  8. Love your cards! Fantastic inspiration.

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  9. Wow! These are all little creations of art! they are really wonderful!

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  10. Your deer cards are fabulous!!!! I love them, thanks for the inspiration!

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  11. Love the inspiring way you create your cards. Totally awesome:)

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  12. What a fabulous card set! I love the bright colors and blended backgrounds!

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  13. Great cards. Thanks for sharing

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  14. Great looking cards. I love the shaker as well as the swirly backgrounds.

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  15. Oh so lovely... I love the brightness .... they can be masculine or feminine... thanks so much for sharing and the chance to win.. :)

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  16. love the colors you've chosen behind the stag, so pretty

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  17. Like the bear with the Merry Christmas across his body.
    So elegant!

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  18. Love those deer cards!! Such a fun technique!! I need to check out your video!

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  19. Love that circle doodle! The others are pretty fabulous, too.

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  20. What fantastic original ideas you have, love them all!!

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  21. your cards are very unique. lots of ideas from them. I love all the items in this release.

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  22. The vibrant sponging is beautiful on your cards! Love the deer head too.

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  23. So creative! The splash of colour really makes the entire card pop!

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  24. Amazing projects! I'm thinking I like the set of stag cards the best? All are beautiful!

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  25. Gorgeous cards and I love that shaker tree, amazing.

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  26. Beautiful cards love the stag set and these would make a great hostess gift

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  27. Like the rich colors....thank you!

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  28. The plaid, kraft, Christmas tree is GORGEOUS!!!!!

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  29. This blog hop is so fun! Just like this card making set! Great for scrapbooking too!

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  30. Ooooh. So many pretty cards. I'm happy to see some cards with a more masculine look in this hop. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

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  31. I love how the circles enhance the deer stamp. Very pretty and great idea for using the stamps.

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  32. Amazing cards! I love them all!

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  33. I didn't think I wanted that deer but after seeing your cards now I have to have it! Loved what you did with all of the new release products. Thanks for sharing!

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  34. All of these are simply stunning! This is truly an inspirational post. Great job!

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  35. Wonderful and festive cards! Love your creative ideas.

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  36. Gorgeous cards! Thanks for sharing!

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  37. Amazing cards, very inspirational!

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  38. love love the tree shaker card - wonderful colors!!

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  39. Your cards are so elegant and beautiful. I am simply in love with them. Thank you for sharing.

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  40. Beautiful cards, thanks for sharing!

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  41. Very striking cards. Thank you for sharing.

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  42. Gorgeous! This is such a great release, I want it ALL!

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  43. Those cards are so simple but still they manage to stand out! Love them! And the shaker tree card is absolutely stunning!

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  44. These cards are so perfect for masculine cards. Great ideas - thank you!!!

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  45. Fabulous cards (always appreciate inspiration for masculine cards, which I struggle with).
    I especially love the shaker tree - so pretty with the plaid. And I love that die!
    rebyah1@gmail.com

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  46. Love the tree shaker card! Pretty.

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  47. Fantastic!! I love all the colors and that reindeer!!

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  48. Love your style and cards. Thank you for sharing your talent.

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  49. The circle doodle background is terrific!

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  50. Interesting. I will need to go to your link to really 'get' how you did it! Thanks so much.

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  51. That circle doodle background has moved from the wish list to the must have list.

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  52. Beautiful cards! love your blog's purpose!!!!

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  53. Love all these cards. Awesome!!!!

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  54. Love how this technique can be used for "mass" producing cards but changing up the color for variety. What a great idea!

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  56. Looks great, you have been busy with so many cards

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  57. Love the way you played with traditional images and not so traditional colors! Well done!

    Kraftykim387@verizon.net

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  58. Wonderful cards and my favourite is the one with the ornament. I just love the sponging on this one.

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  59. So cool with the deer head against these colorful backgrounds.

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  60. I like your cards but I really like the shaker tree Christmas tree so so cute.

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  61. Wow! I'm so impressed with all your cards. They are great inspiration for this new release from SSS. Wonderful designs, dies and inspiration from everyone.

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  62. Love the black and green. Huge WOW factor. The embossed deer has a great woodsy feel.

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  63. What a beautiful, versatile lineup of projects and techniques. Something for everyone! Thanks for sharing.

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  64. I like the ides of using one main stamp/sentiment and changing the background or background color. It can really change the look of the card with very little work. I also like your cards using gingham and plaid. I think this is a good choice for winter or masculine cards.

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  65. Oh so beautiful, and you have given me inspiration-I was blocked!!

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  66. Absolutely lovely and wonderful cards!!!

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  67. Beautiful Cards. Thank you for sharing.

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  68. Love your cards! Thank you for sharing!

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  69. All of these cards are fantastic. Beautiful backgrounds on the first set!

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  70. They are all terrific but the ornament die is my favorite.

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  71. Beautiful cards, the swirls are such a great background for that stag head!

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  72. Love love love the tree shaker card! Very nice

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  73. All of these cards are beautiful! I love the bold set that you made with the deer!

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  74. Beautiful! I love the bright colors.

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  75. All cards are nice but the tree shaker is my favorite!Thank you for sharing your ideas!

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  76. You get the prize for thinking outside of the box. Amazing cards!

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  77. Wonderful cards!!! Love the colors!

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  78. Oh my goodness the colors are fabulous - I am going to use pink for a card this year indeed - tfs and for inspiring! Have a blessed week!

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  79. That shaker card is fabulous! Love the simplicity of it which makes it very appealing. Thanks for sharing.

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  80. Stunning use of the Circle Doodle background stamp, vibrant colours and the stag head - I love your cards and am a new fan <3

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  81. Beautiful cards! I love the moose and the bear.

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  82. Oh these are so cool!! Love that dual layer embossing technique!!!

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  83. Such beautiful cards. I love the tree shaker card. Beautiful circle backgronds with the Deer. Love the different colors.

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  84. Love the partial color blending over the Doodles Circles!

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  85. Such lovely cards. I'm especially in love with that die cut tree shaker card! I ordered that die cut this morning with the first video I watched in this blog hop! lol I love your version!

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  86. I love your cards and your bright, fun style!

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  87. So many beautiful cards! Love the ones with the non-traditional christmas colos and the deers!
    Thank you for the inspiration!
    Have a happy day, Nicole

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  88. Wow! These are all so amazing! Love the deer silhouette cards and then you just hit it out of the park with the addition of your other cards!

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  89. Great technique. Love the other cardsyou made too.

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  90. Love the Circle Doodle background stamp. Great cards.

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  91. What fun cards. Love the vibrant colors. A lot of my Christmas cards go overseas and get held up if they're too bulky. Nice to have a flat card idea to send this year! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  92. What great one layer cards! I sometimes get sidetracked into doing layer upon layer when I could just add the wow factor with some direct-to-paper techniques like this. Great idea. I also checked out your other tutorial and hope to give these a try. Great release by SSS!

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  93. The blog hop was amazing! So many new inspirations!

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  94. The circle background adds SO much to that background. I love that it is so simple but HUGE impact. Love them!!

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  95. I have never tried the technique you describe as dual layer embossing ... but oh how I love the results !! I am going to give this a try over the weekend and see if I get these same stunning results! Thank you so much for sharing with us.

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  96. These are wonderful! I haven't done this technique yet, but I might give it a try, because it looks great! xx

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  97. I love the vibrant green with the Christmas ornament. The color combo screams(good things) to me!

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  98. oh so beautiful, love all the cards, each one so unique
    thanks for sharing your creativity
    Barb Housner

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  99. Lovely collection of Christmas cards! I'll have to try your suggested dual embossing!

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  100. Just love the black and green,just gorgeous!

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  101. Fantastic use of your background stamp. Love the colors you used in these cards! Thanks for inspiring us!

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  102. Great techniques and love your cards. Thank you for sharing.

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  103. I love your background/Reindeer combination, now I need to go order some new awesomeness!

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  104. Great cards, love your tree shaker card the best! Thanks for sharing.

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  105. Like the creations. Wonderful masculine cards. Like the bear with the plaid & arrangement. Also like how you have photographed your cards.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  106. Love the nice bright colors of you cards. So pretty

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  107. Thank you for sharing your techniques. Very inspiring, Heather.

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  108. These are all gorgeous! Love the Dual Layer Embossing cards - so very pretty! And that last card with the lime and black!! So stunning!!!

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  109. Beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  110. LOVE ALL THE CARDS
    YOU SHARED WITH US
    THIS WAS A GREAT HOP
    AND THANKS TO SSS
    FOR THE GIVEAWAY!

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  111. I love the shaker card with the tree dies. It is so unique!

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  112. These are such pretty cards. Love the circle doodle background stamp and the colors you used!

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  113. Great cards! They have a great graphic quality that pops!

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  114. VERY NICE!!! I LOOOOVE the set you've made with the colored background only hallowing around the deer head, AND the bear- with the flannel plaid, not to mention the SHAKER CARD with the sweet little delicate tree, AND LASTLY, the VERY INTERESTING BOBBLE DIE!!!! ;) SUPER JOB on your cards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You've DEFINITELY INSPIRED!!!LOOOOOOVE THESE NEW PRODUCTS!!!!!!!!!!!! (Christmas is MY FAVORITE TIME OF THE YEAR TO MAKE CARDS!) ;)

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  115. Every one of them is a winner!

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  116. I love that deer stamp but your background colours really make it POP! Thank you for showing all the cards individually... absolutely stunning!

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  117. What great cards! Love them all! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  118. Save one of the best for last love your card

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  119. GORGEOUS card collection Heather! THe background looks amazing and the deer really pops!!! I love the masculine bear card to~the plaid looks awesome in this design!I love the ornament (bobble) die! Such a fun release and great inspiration!
    Sherrie K

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  120. So many great ways to use these stamps and the colors are gorgeous. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  121. LOve the stag and that background stamp. There is so much goodness in this release. Something for everyone. Thanks for sharing your work.

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  122. Lovely collection of cards! I'm smitten with that Tree die and the Doodle Background stamp. Super use of both of them! I do love a shaker card. Great job

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  123. Very bold and beautiful cards!! I think I might have to get this stamp set!!

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  124. I'd love to make several of these to give as a gift. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  125. really beautiful set of cards!!

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  126. Terrific ideas from a great release! thanks!

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  127. Such unusual Colors! What fun!

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  128. Fabulous cards, love
    the background colors
    and the deer head.
    Carla from Utah

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  129. There's been so much inspiration in this blog hop! I can't wait to get to my craft room!

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  130. Wow! Colors are wonderful... Great cards and combinations <3

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  131. Such creative cards! Thanks for sharing!

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  132. Wow! All of your cards are amazing!

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  133. Love that Corbel tree die as well as the bauble die. Those are my favourite cards

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  134. Ooooh, I LOVE these!!! Love the colors!!

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  135. I love the circle background heat embossed and then that splash of color! Your work is beautiful, thank you for sharing your talent and for the inspiration!

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  136. Very nice, what a great release.

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  137. such different type cards and gorgeous too

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  138. Nice cards. The deer cards and the Merry Christmas card are my favorites

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  139. Love the different colours you've used for the first set of cards!

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  140. Gorgeous cards!! I love the color combinations you used on your first set - so fun and dynamic!!!

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  141. Love these cards! So simple, yet so stunning!!

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  142. Such a cool combo of stamp sets! Jazzy!

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  143. What wonderful inspiration your cards are - and how my list keeps getting bigger and bigger! LOL

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  144. Beautiful cards! Love all the colors. I am lovin that deer stamp set and matching die!

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  145. Gorgeous cards with beautiful colors. Love the selective placement of color -- very effective.

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  146. Last stop on my first blog hop...what a ride!! thanks for the incredible experience and LOADS of ideas :)

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  147. Lovely cards! thanks for all your work and inspiration!

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  148. Love that circle background behind the deer. The other cards are also very pretty!

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  149. Very nice cards. Love the embossed circle cards.

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  150. I absolutely love your cards! I can't wait to try this technique with the deer!

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  151. All your cards are so gorgeous! I love the bear card best.

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  152. Love the simple and colorful cards. All of which could be be used for mascullline or feminine cards.

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  153. You always create such beautiful cards.

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  154. Your cards are fabulous! I particularly like the tree shaker card!

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  155. What a good time I had hopping with you talented ladies today. Tfs all your wonderful cardideal.

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  156. Heather, your cards are absolutely GREAT love, love, love. Thank you for sharing.

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  157. OH MY GOODNESS Heather, all of your cards are absolutely AWESOME! This is certainly an amazing release. I am looking forward to seeing more beautiful cards & projects as this Christmas season draws near.

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  158. Heather, your cards are absolutely GREAT love, love, love. Thank you for sharing.

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  159. Absolutely beautiful! I love this release!!

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  160. Wow, you were busy. Great use of the release. I want it!

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  161. Absolutely stunning cards. Love the shaker card.

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  162. what a great release - I love what you did with all these goodies!

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  163. What a fabulous array of cards! Love how you used the background stamp!

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  164. Thanks for sharing this wonderful set of cards, Heather! I can't wait to try your Dual Layer Embossing technique (thanks for the tips!): the new Doodle Circles background looks like it was made for this technique :-). Thanks for the inspiration and for the chance to win the generous prize.

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  165. Fun reindeer-head cards. All your samples are so achievable and great inspiration!

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  166. Love the circle embossing with the deer looks like wood rings

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  167. I like the dual embossing technique, I'll have to consider it for a project and I love the tree in the shaker card. THank you for sharing and being an inspiration.

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  168. Love the circles everyone is using!! Such texture!! Colors are soooo great!!

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  169. I love the techniques you used I can't wait to try them on some of my next card projects. Thanks for the inspiration and a chance to win.

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  170. Thanks for such fabulous inspiration & sharing a great technique! All your cards are gorgeous!

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