Aug 22, 2016

Hero Arts 2016 Winter Catalog Blog Hop



Can you handle some winter inspiration? Hey, it's 124 days until Christmas! 3 months until the blazing hot sun and humidity that is the curse of my days turns to snow and ice that is the curse of my days.... have to love the seasons!

Lots of very talented designers, and one average joe, are sharing projects today made with products from the new Hero Arts Winter Catalog. Hero Arts will be giving away three $25 gift certificates selected from comments made on the blog hop (more on the hop below).

I'm sharing two cards -- one featuring the new Hero Arts Origami Happy Holidays stamp set and one featuring the coordinating dies, Origami Holiday Frame Cuts.  They are also available as a bundle. Chose to work with these products because they are fun and versatile. The card below could easily be a birthday card by changing the sentiment. Love that. Expect to see more projects on this blog with these items.

For the first card, I stamped the crystal (or ornament) repeatedly on watercolor paper, painted them with Tombow markers and water, and cut out each crystal. Didn't use the die because I did not want the frame around each image. Added Wink of Sella glitter. Adhered the layer to a Hero Arts Floral Mix Folded Card. (The inside of these cards are white and, therefore, look so professional.) Thought about adding sequins but decided that the chances of ruining this were close to 100%!


See?  Super cute images.

Here's a close up, with 4 of the crystals popped up.


For the next card, I imagined some airy, pretty thing. Not sure I got the look I was going for, but I still like it.

Used the reindeer die to make a shiny green foil deer because stampers can make shiny green deer, or polka dot deer, or anything we want, right?


Hard to capture green foil.



Love polka dots! Used Essentials by Ellen Bokeh Dots to make the background, but the back of any round stamps will also work.

Hero Arts is giving away three $25 gift certificates, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop.  For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59PT on 8/28/16. The winner's name will be randomly selected by Hero Arts and posted on the Hero Arts blog. Good luck!

So, who else is in this big stamparella? Some major talent, that's who!

The Hero Arts Blog 
Jennifer McGuire
Kathy Racoosin
Wanda Guess
Lydia Fiedler
Alice Wertz
Amy Tan
Cheiron Brandon
Debbie Olson
Laura Bassen
Debby Hughes
Heather Ruwe
Ilina Crouse
Isha Gupta
Jenn Shurkus
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Joan Bardee
Karin Akesdotter
Yana Smakula
Kelly Rasmussen
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Mariana Grigsby
May Sukyong Park
Libby Hickson

 There is some serious eye candy in this hop.

MOOD WHEN DONE = Love these products!

234 comments:

  1. I love the non-traditional colors you've used!

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  2. Love the cards, love the cards! Enjoying so looking at all of the creative works!!!

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  3. Nice cards. The color choices are stunning.

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  4. Joan! Your cards are wonderful...you're sooooo clever! That first one...super creative. Your second card?! Oh my, how CUTE!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. You have an inspirational talent. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Great cards. Love the design of your first card...need to look at my stamps a different way, thank you for the inspiration.

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  7. There are so many great products in this catalog. I'm enjoying the hop and the many projects from everyone. Love how you used one element from one stamp set to make a fabulous card. Thanks!

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  8. Love how you showcased that crystal origami stamp... I would never have envisioned using it the way you did... beautiful!

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  9. Love your colors and layout on the crystal card

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  10. Wonderful cards. I love that crystal. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Love that first ne, colors and idea is so unique

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  12. The first card is stunning. Clean, simple and so elegant. I just adore the second card. The non-traditional colors are just fun.

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  13. i love the non-traditional colors!

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  14. Love the cards. Great non-traditional colors.

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  15. I love purple and the stain glass snowflake is beautiful.

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  16. You've really showed a great use for the crystal- and I LOVE the foil deer! Perfect with pink polkas!! I've only recently discovered your fabulous creativity so will miss your wonderful posts! Good luck with the cleaning 😜

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  17. Fantastic cards Joan. Love your colour choices!

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  18. Love the origami Christmas symbols. The colors you used were beautiful! Great release!

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  19. I always love your super creative and modern designs, Joan! These are both so beautiful and whimsical! I absolutely love them both!

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  20. Just too cute! These are so fun! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Beautiful colors and design on the first one and cute idea to make a shiny reindeer.

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  22. Thanks for sharing your nontraditional take on these cards. Cool sets!

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  23. Cute cards! Love the way you've used these stamps in such intriguing ways!

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  24. It is great to see your fresh take on these holiday cards.

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  25. I love the origami stamps!
    Thanks for sharing your talents :)

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  26. Good use of the origami stamp to create something so unique.

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  27. Great cards. Really like the origami star design & colors. Thank you for sharing your ideas and being part of the new winter release blog hop giveaway.

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  28. I wasn't very fond of the origami images until I saw your card! All of a sudden a bright light appeared and I was wowed! LOVE how you did the star from the gems and the colors ROCK!!!! Absolutely breathtaking! TFS!

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  29. How creative, I love how you used the origami stamps to create a beautiful snowflake! TFS

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  30. Beautiful blending of the Tombows on your first card, and the second is so cute and fun. Both are your signature simplicity with tons of style.

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  31. Love, love, love that crystal in aqua and purple. So clever and it really catches the eye. I her green reindeer are "in" this year so this is perfect!

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  32. That should be I hear green reindeer.

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  33. My gosh, the crystals are fabulous. I love the colors.

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  34. Love how your cards turned out with the new products!

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  35. Cute cards, love the little reindeer. Thanks for sharing.

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  36. Love the pinks and purples! Really pretty, Joan.

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  37. I love the colors and the cute deer.

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  38. Love all the cards! I can't wait until the holidays!

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  39. Your crystals are amazing, that design would work for any time of year.

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  40. What fun cards! Love the use of the colors.

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  41. Awesome cards -- the first is so gorgeous with those colors, and your second is just so sweet and shiny!

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  42. What fun cards! I love how you used the origami set!

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  43. You are a very entertaining blogger. Yes....our dear can be anything we want them to be! Just for that I give you A+!

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  44. Such great cards and I love how you chose such unique colors for both of them! Very cool!

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  45. What a cool way to use the origami set! I love it!!!

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  46. Love the origami set....so unusual and your cards are beautiful.

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  47. What a brilliant way to use the crystal stamp! Love the shiny green deer too.

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  48. So cute!!! I love the pink polka dots!!!

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  49. Wow the first card is really stunning! Gorgeous cards!

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  50. What a beautiful way to use the crystals!

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  51. So cute and love the colors. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  52. Very clever and creative! Thanks!

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  53. I like the versatility of your designs--you could take away the reindeer and put something else there for whatever occasion. Thanks for sharing! (Peg)

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  54. what fun colors you used for your Christmas cards, Joan

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  55. Two very creative cards with that origami set! Especially love your colorful snowflake!!

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  56. These origami stamps are wonderful..

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  57. Outstanding color choice...the card turned out beautiful...this type of stamps set is not my style...but you did a great job making me rethink what could be done with them...thanks so much...hugs

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  58. Love the idea of a prism and icicle rolled into one. The little deer would be perfect for a child's birthday card(one whose bd is in december). I'm full of ideas now!

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  59. Love the shiny green reindeer!!

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  60. I love your shiny green reindeer!!! :) Beautiful colors in your crystal origami card! Winter Release is fantastic!

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  61. the crystal card is inspired! Love it!

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  62. These are great! You are so creative!

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  63. Love, love these cards especially the purple one! Tfs Joan

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  64. PURPLE . . . what a great color for Christmas!

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  65. So many wonderful ideas on how to use these new wonderful products. Thanks

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  66. I love these colors! And the polka dots!

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  67. I like that green foil deer and your right,we stampers can create whatever world we want! LOL

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  68. Love your non-traditional colors on both cards...plus the way you've used that prism on your first card.

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  69. Amazing cards, Joan!! I love the faceted star you created - reminds me of Swarovski crystals. And your green foil reindeer is just the cutest thing ever!!

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  70. Fabulous modern holiday cards! Your choice of non-traditional colours is so fun. The foil deer is great!

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  71. I really like your color choices on the first card; very nice.

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  72. On my gosh !! Your 1st card is stunning. I love the colors and design. Polk a dots are always my favorite, and that is such a fun card to make. Great job.

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  73. Cute cards & designs. Love how you made your own flower.

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  74. Love how you used that diamondey gem stamp to create a medallion! And yes, you are allowed to mail that reindeer whatever you want it to be!

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  75. Love, love the crystal card, so cleaver of you! The colors are beautiful!

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  76. Your crystal / star card is very clever, really great !

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  77. Cute cards! Cool way to use the "crystal" shape!

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  78. What great unique cards. Love the purple.

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  79. Lovely cards... LOVE your use of non-traditional colors !1

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  80. Great use of the origami stamp set....

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  81. Great idea with the crystals!

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  82. Great cards with fantastic color combos!

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  83. I will admit that the origami stamps did not capture my interest. But they are really growing on me. What wonderful cards!

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  84. The origami set looks fantastic! Looks like it'd be cute with some of my gem-inspired stamps from other brands!!

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  85. Interesting and Unique way of using one image to create another stunning image and non-traditional colors! Great job. Well done!

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  86. Love your crystal cards absolutely lovely, and that precious is an awwww. Thank you for sharing your talant with us.

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  87. Awesome new products and projects!

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  88. Well done, Joan! I love your nontraditional spin on these cards. The pink Bokeh dots are wonderful! ♡

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  89. Beautiful cards, love the less traditional look!

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  90. The colors on the crystals is beautiful. Like the dimentional layering.

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  91. Ah, green foil. Lovely and bright. Glad you did a card with the origami set.

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  92. The origami card is so wonderful!

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  93. Love how you used the origami bauble in multiples to make a delightful card front.
    Wow!

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  94. Great cards ... love the new release.

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  95. Cute products and I love what you did!

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  96. Cute, quirky, non-traditional fun!

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  97. Love your clever use of the origami gem!

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  98. Beautiful cards! Especially love the first one. Very clever use of the pretty stamp!

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  99. Love your idea using the origami stamp.

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  100. I love how you turned the crystal into a snowflake with the repeated stamping. Great job.

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  101. Super creative you!! Love the colors and how you used the origami image to create the first card!! Just to reiterate. . .love those colors!!

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  102. Beautiful cards. Love the dimension and repurpose of a stamp on your first card.

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  103. Love the cards & also the idea of turning the kitchen into craft room! So funny - made my day!

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  104. wow, that origami crystal is amazing!

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  105. Love that first card, Joan. Very clever use of the stamp!

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  106. WOW... Love your creativity creating that snowflake out of origami stamp. LOVE all your cards!
    THANK YOU for the inspirations!

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  107. Great, fun cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  108. I love how clean your cards look!

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  109. wow, this is so creative! Love it

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  110. Such pretty cards - the origami one is very creative on your part - just love the colors you've used!!

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  111. It is so clear in your creations that you are a bundle of fun.

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  112. LOVE the jewel one you made - thanks so much for sharing!

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  113. Such a fresh approach. Love the shiny green deer with the pink bubbles.

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  114. Way to think outside the box on these new stamp sets! Love the colors that you used on the first card too!

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  115. Such non-traditional colors that would pop out of a mantle with traditional colors - I love it!

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  116. Lovely unique cards. Love the green deer!

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  117. Great cards! Thanks so much for sharing them on the blog hop.

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  118. Wow!! Great use of that stamp!! Love it!!

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  119. Love how you used that stamp in the first card.

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  120. You are an Original!! So creative...who would have thought of green foil deer! On polka dots, no less! Love it.

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  121. Love the colors you used on the crystal!

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  122. Too cute!! Love your colors. TFS!!

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  123. Love your out of the box colors for the Christmas card. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  124. Unusual colors which you use beautifully!

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  125. Great colors great cardS! TFS!

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  126. Great colors great cardS! TFS!

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  127. Very modern cards and I love the colors.

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  128. The green reindeer card is simple but so striking. And different!! Love it.

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  129. Oh my, the origami looks like stain glass. Gorgeous! TFS!

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  130. That Origami set is so versatile! I love what you've done with that stamp! So wonderful!

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  131. Beautiful card and your little deer is so Cute!

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  132. Wow, your cards are so colorful and creative. I love the origami set!

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  133. These cards are adorable! I love that pop of GREEN! Cute!

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  134. Beautiful cards... love your layout designs, color combos and great dimensional effects! TFS.

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  135. I love the modern style you gave to your holidays cards ! So fresh and so new ! It is great to see how different kind of cards we can make with the same stamp set. Thanks so much for sharing and for the chance to win.

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  136. Oohhhh! How fun are these cards! I love this set!

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  137. Such wonderful cards! Thank you for sharing :)

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  138. The origami stamp set is fun. I like how you used them and I also loved your green foil deer. You are right...foil, polka dots...you can do whatever your heart desires!

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  139. Unique takes on Christmas! Thanks for sharing!

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  140. Love the geometrics.
    So unique and interesting.
    the little deer is darling.
    thanks for sharing.

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  141. Love the way you used the origami stamp set. Great cards.

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  142. Wow your first card blew me away with its' stunning beauty!

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  143. Love the fun, non-traditional colors!

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  144. What fun cards! Thanks for sharing!

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  145. Such pretty cards! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  146. Loving your unique color scheme and modern designs.

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  147. Your first card is just stunning. The second one is just so fun!

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  148. Sweet cards. Love the pale pink polka dots!

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  149. I like the way you used the crystal. Very interesting and different colors on the second card.

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  150. Love your cards! The way you made the first card is amazing. Love the shimmer you added to it, too. Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win. :D

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  151. I love how you stamped the crystals until you made a star shape. Your painting looks iridescent.

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  152. Such gorgeous cards. Love that foil reindeer. Thanks for sharing!

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  153. Very nice cards. Thank you for sharing.

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  154. Thanks, Joan, for sharing your striking cards with us and for participating in this great hop and giveaway!

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  155. Wow! They are both so beautiful and unusual. The repeated stamping and colors in the first card are awesome!

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