Thursday, December 21, 2017

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Good morning! I'm super excited today to be one of the guests hidden behind today's door for the Advent Calendar Extravaganza! Today's sponsor is the fabulous Lil' Inker Designs - so it was a super fun day for me to play along!



Advent Calendar Extravaganza is the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

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


I hadn't made a galaxy style background in a while, so I decided to break out the watercolors and create a perfect background to feature a fabulous sentiment from Lil' Inker Designs All the Christmas You'll Ever Need stamp set!


I masked off the edges of my panel of watercolor paper, then went crazy with the watercolors. I added some gold splatters and white paint splatters to complete the background - I always love the surprise and mystery of how those background are going to turn out!


I heat embossed my sentiment on a panel of black cardstock die cut with Stitched Mats: Dual Stitched Squares, matted that with a bit of white cardstock, then mounted with foam tape on the background after tucking a twirl of gold thread underneath. I added some Gold Star Confetti from Pretty Pink Posh, and then mounted that entire panel on a white cardbase.


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 Lil' Inker Designs so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post - then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2016 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!

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!!!


163 comments:

  1. Beautiful background. Love the sentiment on black background. Really sets it off.

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  2. Beautiful card. The colors just pop!

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  3. What a great card Heather, your galaxy is beautiful.

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  4. What a beautiful galaxy background!

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  5. Wow, your background is incredibly beautiful!
    Love the sparkle and also how the sentiment is
    center stage.

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  6. Love the water colored background and the nice sentiment. Love the sparkle around the edge of the stitched square too!

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  7. Love this cute sentiment with Galaxy background, soooo beautiful!

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  8. Your background is stunning on this one. Good job!!!
    Happy happy holidays.

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  9. Oh my! That's a gorgeous background!! Fantastic creation!

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  10. Your starry galaxy background is so cool!

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  11. Your starry galaxy background is so cool!

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  12. I love your galaxy background! So gorgeous!!

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  13. I ADORE your galaxy! Those colors are so vibrant and beautiful together. And perfect for the sentiment!

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  14. Background is really stunning. Also think your blog title is so clever.

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  15. WOW! That background is spectacular! I love all the colors in it! Simply breath-taking!

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  16. gorgeous galaxy background for that wonderful sentiment!

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  17. Great background. I love the font and sentiment. Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Breath taken away in seeing your gorgeous starry background, with a sentiment from my favourite Christmas carol! LOVE this! Thank you for sharing your creativity and inspiration at Taheerah's Advent Extravaganza!
    ~carol

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  19. I've never done a galaxy background - so I appreciate yours/ I think it looks fabulous and PERFECT with your sentiment. Bravo!

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  20. Your dramatic background is perfect for your focal point sentiment. Just love this card design!

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  21. Absolutely love your background. Another wonderful stamp set I must have from lil' inker. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Beautiful background...great card! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. The background on this card is amazing! Just beautiful!

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  24. the galaxy is beautiful.
    Fantastic card.
    thanks for sharing.

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  25. Wow the background is gorgeous. Love the large sentiment.

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  26. Beautiful galaxy background! The All You Need Christmas stamp set is great; I could make sevearl years of cards and never repeat a sentiment.

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  27. love this cheerful cad - the colors are so beautiful:)

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  28. Awesome card, love the background and the color and the adding of the confetti, so cool. Thanks. Tracey Magner

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  29. This is beautiful, from the gorgeous watercolor background, to the wonderful sentiment! Like you, I love to watercolor backgrounds, because of the surprise results (usually in a good way).

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  30. I just love this sentiment!!! The background suits the sentiment perfectly! It's just heavenly!! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

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  31. Love the bright and vibrant background. Is perfect for your sentiment and sparkling gold stars!

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  32. Wow, what a gorgeous background!

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  33. Amazing background--gorgeous card, Heather!

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  34. Love the beautiful background! This card is so pretty.

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  35. hi there, sweet Heather! I hope you're doing well, and all ready for Christmas. This card is stunning with a really fabulous background. Your use of the Lil' Inker Designs stamps is amazing, and so inspiring. Thanks for participating in this special event Taheera, and have a wonderful CHRISTmas!
    Blessings,
    Karen Letchworth

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  36. Gorgeous card. Wonderful framing of the sentiment, and the background is stunning.

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  37. Stunning card! Your background is amazing and those sequins are just perfect!

    Sammibug aka Samantha Houp aka Sammi

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  38. Beautiful background, I love all the splatters. Love the sentiment on black background. Gorgeous!

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  39. I love your vibrant snowy background

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  40. Oh my what a gorgeous
    background! Love the
    design.
    Carla from Utah

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  41. That is one fabulous night sky! Pefect.

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  42. I love your galaxy background and the addition of the stars and gold thread behind the sentiment really set it off. Great card; TFS!

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  43. What a stunning background! Beautiful. Cheers.

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  44. Gorgeous background! Love the sentiment on black!

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  45. Beautiful card. Perfect background for a beautiful sentiment.

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  46. Nice depth of colors with the watercolors!

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  47. Your gorgeous background steals the show and it perfect to set off the sentiment!!! Love your work!

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  48. Amazing background! Love the sparkles... gives it a magical feel. Beautiful card b

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  49. Beautiful! I love the background and I always enjoy seeing what you create. Thanks for participating in this fun event!!

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  50. Just stunning! I love your galaxy background. And your sentiment goes great with white on black. Just lovely. Happy Holidays!

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  51. Your background is simply stunning, Heather! The perfect backdrop for that sentiment.

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  52. Beautiful background. And your dimension with the added bit of glitz is wonderful! Nicely done!

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  53. Great card. Love the lovely background and sentiment. Thanks for sharing...

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  54. Love that you kept the background galaxy lighter and utilized the darker for the sentiment. This makes me want to actually try a galaxy ��! Thanks so much.

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  55. Gorgeous card, love the galaxy background!

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  56. Hi Heather, I was wondering why the galaxy background when I looked at your card design initially, then I read the greeting and it all fell into place. By the way your Galaxy background is amazing! Thank you Heather for sharing your skills with us crafters. :O)

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  57. I absolutely love the galaxy background, such a gorgeous card.

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  58. What a beautiful background. The colors are so vibrant.

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  59. Beautiful card, love the colors in the background with the black and white sentiment!

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  60. I am envious of your beautiful galaxy background because I just can't seem to make one that looks presentable. Yours is perfect and pretty. Thank you for sharing your work.

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  61. Pretty card! Love the colors and sentiment!

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  62. Wow, what a stunning background.

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  63. Very pretty, sparkly card. Now I've got those song lyrics in my head!

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  64. WOWZERS! This is a gorgeous galexy background, great job!

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  65. Love this beautiful galaxy card!

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  66. Beautiful stary night background on your lovely card!

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  67. Your sky really is something special, but then again, that was a special night, right? Lovely job.

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  68. Beautiful card - love the background.

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  69. What a gorgeous background! Perfect for the saying. Thanks for the inspiration. :D

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  70. wow, stunning card, love that amazing background!

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  71. I love what you did with color. Wish I could do that! Just beautiful .
    Ldyjs@outlook.com

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  72. Oh how beautiful, that background is simply amazing, and I love the addition of the stars and the thread!

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  73. Fabulous stamp which you've shown off wonderfully with your beautiful background!

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  74. Wow, what an amazing design to this card, loving the colours on the background, so stunning to look at x

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  75. Absolutely amazing background for this beautiful sentiment.

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  76. Wow! The galaxy background is stunning! Beautiful card!!!

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  77. Your background is just fantabulous!

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  78. Amazing background!!! Fab card!!

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  79. Beautiful card. Love the vibrant background

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  80. Love your galaxy background so much it is gorgeous!

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  81. Beautiful! Amazing background and the touches of gold are perfect accents.

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  82. Beautiful card, love the galaxy background - perfect with this sentiment!

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  83. Wow! What a beautiful card. I love the galaxy background.

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  84. You can't go wrong with a good galaxy background, and this is a superb one! I think this season is perfect for galaxies, and I love how you paired the simple sentiment with it to let the background shine. Thanks for sharing a great idea (that I may or may not be CASE-ing this evening <.< >.> <.<) with us! I appreciate the inspiration!

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  85. The colors in your card are amazing! So pretty!

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  86. Heather, YOU are a wonder...an artistic wonder! I adore the starry background on your gorgeous creation!

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  87. I do adore a starry sky background for a Christmas card!

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  88. Love love love that background!

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  89. What a gorgeous card! The colors are fabulous!

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  90. Galaxy backgrounds are so fun to make, and this one is perfect for the sentiment. Great job.

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  91. I love this card, the background is great!

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  92. Beautiful card! Love the background!

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  93. Gorgeous background! It really helps that beautiful sentiment pop!

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  94. Oooh your sky is a stunner! Beautiful sentiment too!

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  95. That is a lovely stamp set... I love the Star of Wonder sentiment. It has such a lovely font. just beautiful

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  96. Gorgeous background..wow!! The blue just pops!

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  97. Stunning card. Love this unique card

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  98. Gorgeous card! Love the background! Thanks for sharing. :-)

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  99. Your galaxy background is stunning!!

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  100. WOW!!! Gorgeous colorful background!!! Love It! Love the bright colors you chose to create this Awesome background!

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  101. I don't know whether I like the gorgeous background more or the fabulous sentiment more! But both together are sheer magic!

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  102. Beautiful card - love the background.

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  103. SQUEAL!! Just BEAUTIFUL!! I just ADORE this Card!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and INSPIRING!! Have a FABULOUS New Year!! =)

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  104. Beautiful background, beautiful card!

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  105. Great card, love the background and sentiment!

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  106. Wow! Stunning! Love the background and the sentiment on the black card is perfect!

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  107. Your card is beautiful from the colorful background to the embossed sentiment. Love it.

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  108. The starry background in gorgeous! Perfect combination with the embossed sentiment.

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  109. Stunning card. I love the starry, colorful night sky! Thank you for sharing.

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  110. Beautiful card with a fabulous colour palette. The sentiment is lovely. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  111. Such a pretty card! I guess it's time I learn to do a galaxy card! TFS!

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  112. Beautiful and magical background!! Love the addition of the gold as it makes your already gorgeous background stand out even more.

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  113. Love this card! Beautiful background.

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  114. Love the beautiful galaxy background! A very lovely and magical card!

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  115. Gorgeous background, it really pops the sentiment.

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  116. I love that you created a galaxy background with the sentiment.

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  117. Beautiful galaxy background & that sentiment is perfect!

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  118. As someone who adores jewel colours,I can't take my eyes off that gorgeous background!

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  119. Love this card! The background you created is a beautiful night sky!

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  120. Gorgeous background, amazing card.

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  121. Great background. Perfect for this sentiment!

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  122. Awesome card!!! Colours are amazing!!!

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  123. Very beautiful galaxy background for your card. Love the bold sentiment too.

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  124. background truly showcases the sentiment so well. Bravo!!

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  125. Awesome card. Love the colors. Thank you for sharing.

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  126. What an amazing card! The background is stunning!

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  127. That starry background is gorgeous! Wow!

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  128. Ummm...wow! That background is crazy awesome. I love that you let it shine and didn't cover it up too much.

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  129. The galaxy background is so, so, beautiful!

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  130. WOW, Heather, your galaxy background is gorgeous! I think you're the Queen of galaxy. Your sentiment is perfect and love the scattered stars to add a bit of texture and dimension. Happy New Year!

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  131. Oh my goodness ! Your card is simply stunning !
    [margessw (at) icloud (dot) com]

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  132. Awesome background on your card!

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