Sunday, 10 December 2017

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Hello Everyone! Today I’m excited to be a part of some special event called Advent Calendar Extravaganza. This is my second year in a row joining my friend Taheerah, and this year’s Advent Calendar Extravaganza is even bigger and better than last year - with ONE HUNDRED special links being hidden behind that magical door!




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!


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Today I'm sharing a quick and simple Christmas card using a lovely Winter Cottage stamp from Altenew. I inked my image with two tones of blue (Dusk and Starlight inks) to create a simple background. Then I aded little stars from Happy Holidays Stamp Set.


noel

To finish my card I used Inline Alpha Die Set to create the NOEL sentiment. I die cut the letters out of gold glitter cardstock and popped up them with foam tape for some dimension.

noel

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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 Seven Hills Crafts 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 2017 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!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 
Aga

177 comments:

  1. The gold lettering against your background is stunning!

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  2. I love this! It is simple and classic, and classy. That particular shade of blue is perfect with the gold. Thank you.

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  3. Simple, yet beautiful. My favorite kind of card.

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  4. Absolutely stunning! Love the blue background scene with pop of gold lettering!

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  5. What a beautiful card! Love the background and that sparkly sentiment!

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  6. I really like the simplicity of the card and it is so pretty!

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  7. LOVELY! I adore the gold and blue together. It is a very elegant combination

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  8. Very pretty card...thanks for sharing!

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  9. What a gorgeous card. I love the cabins stamped in blue and then the complimenting sentiment. SO pretty! Thanks for sharing your talents in this special event with Taheera!
    Blessings,
    Karen Letchworth

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  10. Beautiful card... I love the houses.

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  11. Fantastic card!! Love the colors and the simple yet charming design!

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  12. That's a really lovely design! I have that stamp set on the way to me from Altenew - will need to remember of your card for next year's cards! Thanks so much for inspiring!

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  13. Lovely card! I like the choice of colors to bring the background to life.

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  14. What a stunning way to use that image! I would never have thought to use it as a repeated patter, bravo you! Jo x

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  15. This is so pretty! love your choice of blue. It looks amazing paired up with the gold glitter.

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  16. Love that sparkly 'noel' and the beautiful Winter Cottage design! Lovely card!

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  17. Simply gorgeous. Love the blue with gold colour scheme

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  18. Love this Aga, these winter cottages are sweet and the blue is perfect for this design. Well done.

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  19. I've have that stamp and never used it 'cause it was small and looked so lost on a card - now I'm just going to make your backgrounds and get some use out of it - thanks for the idea, Aga

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  20. Beautiful card ! A golden sentiment always adds something extra !

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  21. Clean, simple and beautiful.

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  22. Such a pretty card - love the cottage stamp.

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  23. Love the blues with the gold sentiment!! Very pretty card.

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  24. Love the scene.
    the houses tucked into
    the snow is fantastic.
    thanks for sharing.

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  25. Oh, I LOVE this Aga! And I think I'll be able to CASE it ;)
    Thanks, always, for the inspiration!

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  26. Simple, but very beautiful backgrounds. Thank You for the inspiration.

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  27. Lovely cards, love the simplicity of it!

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  28. The added dimension gives that glittery NOEL even more punch!

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  29. Wow that little cottage looks brilliant when stamped in like willow pattern effect wow x

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  30. Beautiful way to use that cottage stamp! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  31. I love your background with the blue barn and stars. The scene looks so peaceful. I imagine it in the countryside, snow glistening under a full Christmas Eve moon. Gorgeous card.

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  32. Beautiful cottage stamp and card design!!

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  33. this looks like a pattern for a dish set, so pretty!

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  34. This is such a lovely background. I love the two tone effect in the blues. Thank you for sharing.

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  35. Fabulous background! The glittery noel is the perfect sentiment!!

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  36. So pretty! Needed some inspiration, and this is a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  37. Beautiful card. I love the sparkly "Noel" and blues in your card.

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  38. Lovely. The gold against the blue and white is stunning!

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  39. Very pretty. A lovely background and love the gold. Happy Holidays!

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  40. How very pretty and easy to mass produce if needed.

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  41. I have not seen this stamp at Altenew. Now I have to find it. Your card is so wonderful. Nicely done.

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  42. Easy card to mass produce and love the gold saying.

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  43. Love the vintage vibe. Pretty! The repeating pattern reminds me of old time cloth. LOVE!
    Kim Marie

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  44. Stunning design. I love monochromatic cards, and the gold glitter paper is perfect. TFS

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  45. What a great idea on creating a background!

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  46. Indeed, the blue and gold go really well together. Your card is really, really lovely.tfs

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  47. Great background with the house stamp.
    Like the whole look of it.

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  48. Beautiful card! Love those houses!

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  49. Love! This is really pretty, like a winter toile! :)

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  50. The scene reminds me of a village in the mountains...cozy, quiet, fireplaces and hot chocolate. I love it!

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  51. I love scene stamps and how you used them to make Christmas cards!

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  52. That is a beautiful "simple" card. It would take me awhile to make it though, not so simple. Thanks for sharing your wonderful creation!!

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  53. What a beautiful card; it's so peaceful.

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  54. This is just breathtaking! I love the background you created with one stamp and the addition of the gold sentiment. Pinned and saved as one of my Christmas faves of 2017! Thank you for sharing your card and for participating in Taheerah's fantastic Advent Extravaganza!

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  55. Fabulous card.
    Love the colors
    and the stamp.
    Carla from Utah

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  56. Beautiful winter cabin stamp. I like how you used it as a background stamp and the blue is a great choice.

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  57. Beautiful winter cabin stamp. I like how you used it as a background stamp and the blue is a great choice.

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  58. Love this pretty cottage and the sparkly Noel.

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  59. Absolutely beautiful and elegant card!

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  60. Pretty card. Love the cabins stamped in blue,and then a shiny gold sentiment.

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  61. Your winter cottages background is lovely; the kind of cottage I'd live to spend time in, as I'm sure it has a beautiful fireplace, cozy quilts and cupboards full of yummy food...not to mention beautiful trails to explore while there. Wouldn't that be a fabulous get-away! The gold noel: perfect! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity at Taheerah's Advent Extravaganza!
    ~carol

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  62. Ohhh, I just love the stamped background and that beautiful gold NOEL taking center stage!

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  63. Pretty card, love this Cozy Cottage stamped background and the sparkling sentiment is so festive!

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  64. Beautiful card.. I especially like the sentiment letters and their color!

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  65. Love the blue with the white. It is so pretty and then you put the Noel on in gold which really made it pop. Love those letters you used for it too. They look great on your card.

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  66. Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing...

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  67. What a lovely card. The blues and sketchy Altenew style look much like the Scandinavian plates we have, which makes this a particularly meaningful design for me. It is elegant and the Noel on top complements it beautifully. Thank you so much for sharing and participating in Taheerah's advent calendar!

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  69. Love the repeated cottage images with the sparkly gold sentiment!

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  70. What a stunning background, I love it and i want to live there, lol. Thanks, Tracey Magner

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  71. That’s a wonderful CAS card ! The background is really beautiful ! margessw@icloud.com

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  72. This is really beautiful! I love that blue and gold color combination!

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  73. Love the Altenew alpha dies in the sparkly gold on your card!

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  74. I just purchased the cottage stamp so am happy for your inspired design. I will be copying it! 😉

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  75. Beautiful card, I love the repeat stamping on the backgound!

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  76. That is such a pretty card - and simple, right up my alley! Thank you for sharing!!

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  77. This is beautiful! It reminds me of Blue Delft. :) Thanks for sharing your pretty creative work. Happy holidays.

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  78. This is a card that reminds me of Christmas past. Very pretty. Thanks for sharing!

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  79. Such a cheery homespun card. Love the colors and composition

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  80. Oh I love this! Your 2-tone cottages look fab!

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  81. Love this card, really nice!

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  82. I have that stamp and never used it. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  83. Oh my goodness, this is so pretty! Love the blue, white and gold combo.

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  84. I love this set but would have never thought to use it in a scene. Thanks for sharing!

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  85. Very pretty card - I love how the houses are stamped.

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  86. I would never thought to use a cabin scene to create a background, thanks for sharing such a great example!

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  87. Very nice card and such a simple technique. Gorgeous.

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  88. Very classic card. Make a statement even with out the Noel. Thanks for sharing.

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  89. Fantastic card! I love the winter cottage background!

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  90. Beautiful Blue "Snwwy" cabin monochromatic creative work of art. Looks like the closer cabin is "double" stamped or cabins in background are second generation stamping. Beautiful, CAS design. Well Done!

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  91. Fab card! Your stamped background reminds me of wrapping paper or toile fabric. Love the gold sentiment!

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  92. I like the old fashioned look of this card a lot!

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  93. Lovely and simple. Love the gold sentiment with the blue stamping.

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  94. That gold really enhances the blue colors. Great card!

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  95. Love the tonal stamping. Great card.

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  96. Simple yet stunning! Love the double colors on the stamp.

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  97. Tho, as you say, it's a simple/quick card - it's still quite lovely and homey. The gold "NOEL" is the perfect topper.

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  98. I love the winter cottage background, but the glittery "NOEL" is just gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

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  99. Great card! Love the blue with the gold. So pretty.

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  100. Love your blue and gold combo. So Pretty!

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  101. Terrific cas design...love the vintage feel!

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  102. Elegant. I really like the repeated stamping on the background.

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  103. Very classic card......
    http://grsshoes.com/

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  104. Love the simplicity of this card!!

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  105. So pretty! Wonderfully simple.

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  106. Looks like a blue china pattern. Lovely

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  107. Love this card! I love that stamped image!

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  108. Stunning card! Love how you used the stamped image.

    Sammibug aka Samantha Houp aka Sammi

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  109. The monochromatic blue and white is so elegant!

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  110. Love the simplicity of this. Great design

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  111. Love the inline alpha dies - interesting card

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  112. THis is a great card. Love this stamp set.

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  113. Love how you used the house to make the background. So folksy. Thanks for the inspiration. :D

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  114. Lovely and old fashioned look!

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  115. Sweet wintery scene with the bold gold title!

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  116. Great vintage feel to your card. Just beautiful.

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  117. This card is stunning! I love the stamped background!

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  118. Love your blue and white background. I collect Delft. Reminds me of it a bit. Must try! Thanks!

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  119. Really gorgeous! I have had that stamp set for ages and never used it! Have to get it out!

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  120. Beautiful! Love the traditional “feel” it has.

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  121. very unique card. I love it!

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  122. This is such a pretty card! It has a warm nostalgic feel to it. Lovely!

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  123. The blue and gold is a gorgeous combination. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  124. I really like this card. It is nice to see colors other than traditional reds and greens on cards at Christmas, not that I don't like them as well. I just like to see a variety of color. It has been a pleasure to visit each destination and see so many talented designers such as yourself.

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  125. What a beautiful way to use the Altenew Winter Cottage stamp! It looks like a scene from the lovely blue and white plates!

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  126. Beautiful card, love the blue with the gold sparkly letters.

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  127. I love the simple and clean design!

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  128. Love, love, love this background!

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  129. Awesome card! The two inks are so pretty matched with the gold sentiment!

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  130. The simpleness of this card I enjoy. It is what makes this a jaw dropper to me..Less is more!

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  131. What a stunning card. You made a perfect winter scene for your sentiment.Thanks

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  132. What a lovely card - it reminds me of the old blue and white china plates!

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  133. So cool, it looks like it's a patterned paper, great idea!

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