Saturday, September 2, 2017

STAMPtember Hop - Rustic Ombre Sweater Background Cards

Good morning! Super excited to be hopping today to celebrate the kick off of STAMPtember with Simon Says Stamp with a huge release, tons of fun and inspiration, and PRIZES too! Today is Day 2 of the hop - make sure and check out Day 1 for more inspiration and giveaways!


I'm kicking off with this FABULOUS Christmas Sweater Background stamp - and paired it up with some previously released Christmas stamps! The first pair of them is in warmer rustic colors, and the second pair are in cooler brighter color tones.


I used two different SSS dye inks in coordinating shades and my MISTI to ink these up in a diagonal ombre - lighter at the top, darker at the bottom. Can you see it in the photos?


I then stamped some the deer, bear, and banner sentiment from Magical Christmas (released last year), heat embossing them on kraft with SSS Antique Gold embossing powder and cutting them out with the coordinating dies.


I then adhered them together over a vellum Basic Banner to give them a soft differentiation from the background.


And here is the second pair of them in different color combos:


For these I used black cardstock and white embossing powder for the bear, deer, and banner.


I also used Wonky Rectangles on all 4 of these cards for the background before mounting on my cardbases - kraft for the first two, and Smoke Gray for these last two.


The bear, deer, and banners are mounted with foam adhesive on the vellum banners, I then used strong adhesive tape on the back of the banners, but just under the images so the adhesive wouldn't show.


GIVEAWAY INFO: Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 coupon at every stop along the hop - so make sure and leave some love as you hop along for a chance to win! Winners will be announced next week on the Simon Says Stamp Blog.

Now - here is the entire blog hop line-up so you don't miss a single stop:

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!!!


570 comments:

  1. beautiful cards! they look so cozy with that pattern!

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  2. Very pretty cards. The Scandinavian patterns are definitely favorites :). Thank you for sharing!

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  3. So glad someone used this stamp. Love your cards!

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  4. So cozy looking,I especially like the first two against the kraft

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  5. That background stamp has my name written allllll over it. Your cards are beautiful.

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  6. Love the patterns and of course cards

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  7. Awesome cozy combination of elements to make Christmas special!

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  8. I love the sweater backgrounds as well as the animal silhouettes...So cozy!

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  9. The sweater background is so versatile.

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  10. That subtle sweater stamp is the perfect background for the big beautiful dies you selected. Great design!

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  11. WOW--I can't believe it, but it really is time to start thinking about those Christmas cards! Yours are just beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing! (Peg)

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  12. The Christmas Sweater background is so cool. I really like how you did the deer and the bear and mounted them on vellum.

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  13. Beautiful background stamp...sweet cards.

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  14. OH, I LOVE this background stamp with these images!!! They just go together, like Peanut Butter & Jam! LOL PERFECTLY DONE!!! ;)

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  15. I love the design of these cards and all of the colour combinations - really beautiful!

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  16. Love how you paired the sweater background with the animal images, such a great card Christmas for my nephews. Will CASE this idea.

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  17. O your cards are so perfect for Christmas. I love the sweater weather background stamp.

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  18. LOVE that background and these cards are all just wonderful!! Clever ombre effect!

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  19. Interesting cards...thanks for sharing.

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  20. Gosh, I love these cards. I truly did not see the potential in the sweater background stamp but now, wow! My mind is swimming with ideas. You completely changed my mind about it. I love your diagonal ombre effect and the clever use of vellum to both soften and add a 'pop' all at the same time!

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  21. Those are beautiful! I love the different feel of the card just by changing the color on the background.

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  22. Awesome set of Christmas cards!Very unique and interesting designs!Thank you for the inspiration :)

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  23. Great cards, I love this knit background stamp, such a great stamp for a winter season!

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  24. Oh my gosh!! These cards are absolutely amazing!! The colors and designs are awesome!! Thank you for sharing them.

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  25. We just have to say.... Merry Christmas! :-)
    Thank you for sharing those gorgeous cards ;-)

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  26. Wow! Loving the Christmas sweater background! I live in Australia so it summer at Christmas time but this stamp makes me want to out on a Christmas sweater now. Thanks for sharing!

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  27. a very masculine look to these, what lovely Christmas cards!

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  28. Love these. They make me excited for snow and firing up the wood burning stove

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  29. Fabulous cards! LOVE that background!

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  30. Love the stamp combinations you used! Perfect together.

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  31. What wonderful cards! This is my favourite one from this release! It has so many possibilities!

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  32. These are the first Christmas cards I've gotten excited about this year, I'm just not ready, but these would put anyone in the spirit!

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  33. Great cards - love the ombre effect!

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  34. Oooooo, both versions of these cards are beautiful! Absolutely love the design.

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  35. Love the ombre effect on the background!

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  36. These are beautiful! And I love the ombré effect! This was one of the first things I ordered from the release and I can't wait to try this technique now! Thank you for sharing!

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  37. Wonderful holiday cards and I love the ombre look!

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  38. Can't ever go wrong with ombre! These are fantastic! TFS!

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  39. Love the rustic feel of the first set ... lovely cards.

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  40. Love the ombré and sweater background with the bear.

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  41. You made beautiful cards using the Christmas Sweater background stamp. I really like the ombré effect on your cards.

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  42. A couple of my nephews are into hunting, so I can see some possibilities with the bear and deer head stamps. I could make birthday and Christmas cards out of those.

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  43. Those are such fun "rustic, wintery" Christmas cards. Great job!

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  44. I love the Christmas Sweater background stamp with the gold animals. Just awesome.

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  45. Wow, I love the second pair, what a gorgeous colours you have used there. And a great idea to stamp on black cardstock. Beautiful, thanks for the ideas and inspiration.

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  46. I love this background stamp and how you made it into such a great winter card! Thanks!

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  47. Your work is so lovely! Keep the ideas coming!

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  48. Oh, my GOSH! These cards are gorgeous! I never would have thought of that. It's right up my alley. Thank you for sharing.

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  49. Great cards! Love the different feel you created just by changing the colors!

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  50. Love that sweater background stamp. These cards are so pretty!

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  51. A lovely collection of cards. The word 'cozy' comes to mind. Cold nights and warm fires. These cards certainly evoke my imagination. Thank you so much for sharing. They are wonderful.

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  52. Great cards. I instantly thought of a sweater when I saw them Well done.

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  53. Such great inspiration with the new release!

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  54. I like that the sentiment is on the image! Very cool!

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  55. These are all fabulous and great for mass producing!

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  56. I like the different colors you used for the sweater background. I like the gold embossing the best for the bear and deer. Thanks.

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  57. Oh feels like a cozy warm sweater. Just what we will need soon. TFS.

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  58. Those stamp sets are perfect together!! You won me over on the sweater background too!

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  59. I could se one of those cozy looking sweaters this morning!!! Great colors.

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  60. May have to steal this idea for sure!

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  61. Great cards! I love that background stamp... it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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  62. I would think every guy would love these cards, but women as well. A great Christmas scene with the sweater pattern in the back. Fabulous.

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  63. What an amazing background stamp! Your cards really are lovely!

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  64. I like the soft colors you chose for the backgrounds of your awesome cards.

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  65. I love this background stamp. Your use of variegated color adds even more interest to it!

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  66. I'm just not ready for winter yet! But, having said that, I love the polar bear & the way you've stamped the sentiment on it as well as a similar one on the banner below & made the bear look like it's standing on it. Very nice cards.

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  67. I like the Christmas Sweater background stamp. It has particular fondness for me because of my Scandinavian background. I love the ombre die treatment you used for colouring it. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  68. Love this background for winter cards!

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  69. WOW! I love how you used the background stamp! Fantastic cards@

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  70. I LOVE the cozy, woodland feel of these cards. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration :)

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  71. This is a fun stamp for the upcoming season. Thanks for sharing a different way to use it.

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  72. The Christmas Sweater and Magical Christmas stamps are the perfect combination. Wonderful cards.

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  73. Your finished cards are beautiful. Very clever and versatile use of the sets. I really love what you created. Thanks for the great ideas.

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  74. I love that sweater background..on my list to buy if I win!!

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  75. The sweater look, really adds that little bit of winter touch. Like your ideas.

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  76. Oh I Looooooove the background stamp. Stunning set of cards
    Have a great weekend
    Rachelle

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  77. Love the sweater background. Really sweet cards!

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  78. Reminds me of warm & cozy winter in Yellowstone park. Love the creativity.

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  79. Such fun cards. I like the way you used the sweater background.

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  80. Love that sweater background stamp! So beautiful!!

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  81. Can't wait for Christmas. These are just beautiful.

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  82. I'm really digging those rustic Christmas sweater backgrounds! And the animals are great!

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  83. All the cards are beautiful! and the warmer tone ones are stunning!

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  84. You captured the feel of the season. The sweater background is ideal for Christmas but I can also see it in a blue scheme with snow flakes. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  85. I love the ombre effect on these backgrounds and that second set of cards with the white embossing for the deer and the bear, just beautiful. I have had that set on my list from last year. guess i better move it to the top along with this sweater background.

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  86. Love your cards, they are warm and comforting!

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  87. So very Christmasy! Love them all.

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  88. Love your use of vellum. Softens the lovely background without blocking it out altogether- nice!

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  89. Love the shading on the sweater stamp.
    I think the animals on the kraft are
    fantastic.
    thanks for sharing.

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  90. Oh, how the sweater background has captured my heart, especially paired with the bear and deer! Thank you for the array of gorgeous showcases!
    ~carol

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  91. Love these cards! The background is gorgeous.

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  92. Great use of that background stamp.... but love the embossed bear image... he's super!!!
    Debi Daugherty

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  93. Definitely one item I'd love to pick up this month! Love the background stamp and how wonderful this card came out!

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  94. LOVE these cards! That background stamp is PERFECT!

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  95. Lovely cards. I can't believe that we are making fall and Christmas cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  96. Very nice. Don't know how I overlooked the sweater background but it is going on my wish list now.

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  97. These are beautiful Christmas cards!!

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  98. I don't know which color combo I prefer, both are great.
    thanks for sharing your creativity
    Barb Housner

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  99. So creative, Heather--love every one of these!

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  100. I love the colour combos and making it ombre - thanks Heather

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  101. I missed this background stamp, love it. need too add to cart

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  102. Beautiful cards. I really love the colors. The bear is really neat too.

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  103. The ombre lokks wonderful with that background stamp, and I love seeing the different color and embossing combinations. Beautiful design!

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  104. Your cards are so beautiful! I'm so excited to try your techniques💌

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  105. Great idea for Christmas cards.

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  106. Love the background with the ombre look. So many combinations. Thanks for sharing several.

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  107. I love that sweater background. Great cards.

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  108. i didn;t get the magical animals last year, BUT they go so well with that background I think I might have to ;-)

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  109. Beautiful set of cards! Love that sweater background! Awesome blog hop with so much talent and inspiration! Thanks for sharing yours!

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  110. I love the dark pink backgrounds. The animals just pop right off the card!

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  111. Love this it's perfect for holiday cards!

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  112. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy! Beautiful ❤️

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  113. I'm not wanting to start thinking about winter things, but your cards are striking. Thanks

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  114. Your cards are gorgeous and I LOVE that background stamp.

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  115. Love the deer and bear against the sweater pattern.

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  116. Love the cards with the antique gold embossing!!

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  117. Love these cards- the touch of vellum is pretty- and I did not notice that until you pointed it out. The ombre colors are very pretty!

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  118. Hello Heather, i love your cards, the Christmas Sweater Background stamp, gives an awesome efecte.

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  119. Love these! Think they are perfectly designed with stamps you used!

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  120. I really can't get enough of that background! Love it!

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  121. great use of that sweater background. Makes some great masculine cards too.

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  122. Your cards are so beautiful. Love the background stamp. Thanks for all the great inspiration,

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  123. Even though the whole release is amazing, I'm still loving the background stamps! I think the bear and deer set would also be great to have for masculine cards. TFS. 😊

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  124. Awesome effect with the background stamp!

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  125. Love these cards...love the sweater pattern, love the die cuts, and love the ombre effect.

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  126. Very pretty ombre, and the gold embossing is really striking. Thanks!

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  127. Beautiful cards! Lovely pattern and design 😊

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  128. Cute as anything. Thanks for sharing!

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  129. Love the background. I was hoping someone used this along the hop.

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  130. I grew up in snowy regions. This background reminds me of home. Love the critters as well....as long as they are not meeting me face to face. 🤗

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  131. These have a wonderful woodsy rustic look to them.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  132. Wow! So elegant, amazing cards! Love them!

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  133. Heather, these beautiful cards make me excited for the winter season!

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  134. Thank you for sharing your design and techniques!

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  135. Now these would be Christmas cards my husband would really enjoy!! He loves deer and bear themes and simple designs. Fantastic cards!

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  136. Love these winter cards...so rustic and woodsy. Thanks for the inspiration! ❤️

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  137. Your cards are so pretty. Love the backgrounds! They look so versatile!

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  138. Beautiful cards! Love this scandinavian look,being a Scandinavian myself.

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  139. Your cards are fabulous!!! LOVE them and this awesome new release!!

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  140. These designs are absolutely gorgeous Christmas cards

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  141. The patterned backgrounds are amazing - love work! TFS and for the hop! utb01@att.net - https://ilikepaper01.blogspot.com/

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  142. Beautiful cards. Love your designs.

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  143. the stamping on the cork is very clever

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  144. Very lovely Christmas cards! That background is so unique and interesting

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  145. This sweater stamp is so perfect and love your masculine flair by adding the animals.

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  146. oh these are amazing, love the sweater stamp and what you did with it

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  147. Lovely cards! Really like the ombre-look of the backgrounds. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  148. Totally amazing card as always! Thanks for the great inspiration and fantastic giveaway!

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  149. These cards are exceptionally beautiful. I love the way you've used the stamps to create texture! WOW!

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  150. It's 103° today, hard to believe Christmas is just around the corner. Your cards made me feel a bit cooler :)

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  151. Great cards. Very pretty. Wonderful release.

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  152. Fabulous cards, I really like the first set!

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  153. I really like how you did different variations on the same card. And all are wonderful!

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  154. I really love the different versions in colors using the background stamp! Awesome cards!

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  155. Love the sweater background and the ombre effect.

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  156. Great cards! I love the Christmas Sweater Background Stamp.

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