Monday, December 19, 2016

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia



Hey everyone!  I'm excited to be part of my friend Taheerah's Advent Calendar Extravaganza once again this year.

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 was excited to learn that today's sponsor is Ellen Hutson.  I'm a big fan of the company, and pulled out one of my favorite EH Christmas sets, Tis the Season.

I love this little car image.  It's stamped with Memento and colored with Copics.  There are coordinating dies for the set, but I don't actually own them, so I did some 'faux diecutting' with my scissors.  


That tree patterned paper was actually created with two of the images from my Scandinavian Prints Christmas set. 

The sentiment is from another EH set, Christmas Scribbles.

When I get into my Christmas card making mode, I'm looking for designs that aren't particularly bulky or complicated, things that can be created in quantity, and this fits the bill.  You could easily stamp a full sheet of cardstock with the trees for patterned paper and have a set of four cards.  There's a bit of foam tape, but not much, and you could certainly omit it if desired.

Hope that this gives you some ideas if you're madly trying to finish up your cards!

It’s not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! As I mentioned, today’s prize is generously supplied by Ellen Hutson 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!

Also, just a reminder, today is the last day of the Overstock sale over at Ellen Hutson.



There is still lots of stuff in the overstock category as well as in the Clearance section.  This link will take you directly to the Overstock category.  Happy browsing!

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191 comments:

  1. I really like your choice of black and white in the background. It really makes the red and green of the stamped image shine! Thanks. (Also the red and white twine--another perfect touch. Great impact without stealing the show--just right as an accent to bring attention to the focal scene!)

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  2. Faux die cutting! Hahaha.your scissor skills are top notch. Love that background .

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  3. Cute card! I like how the simple background helps emphasize the colorful car.

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  4. A really sweet image, I never tire of seeing a car or truck loaded with a Christmas tree! Love the simplicity.

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  5. Awesome card - the colors pop so much!

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  6. This is awesome, Miriam! Love it!

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  7. Your funny. Faux die cutting, tee hee! Cute card by the way.

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  8. Great card. I love the reference to faux die cutting... wonderful sentiment. Cheers.

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  9. Adorable card... I love the background against the colorful car.

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  10. Love the red car on the black and white background. Very fun.

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  11. Cute card! Love the simple background that works great.

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  12. That's adorable and your "faux die cutting" skills are amazing.

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  13. Super card. The colours really pop and the stamps are neat one.
    It will be on my make list for next year.
    DebbieC

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  14. Love this cute image and your card makes me smile!

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  15. Love the choice of colors on this card. It looks very graphic.

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  16. Very cute design! Someone has to bring home the tree, right?!
    Merry Christmas!

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  17. Great color scheme with that pop of red for the car! Thanks for sharing on this fun extravaganza!!

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  18. Home run all around. Love the collection of stamps that you chose, love the background paper you created, crazy about your scissor skills, and just smiled and smiled about the overall design. So glad to "make your acquaintance" through Taheerah's Advent Extravaganza; you've made me a new follower.

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  19. Cute card. Love the "trees".
    The card with its tree is great.
    thanks for sharing.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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  20. A fun card. Likes those "simple" trees in the background. I think they add to rather than detract from the focal image. Nice job.

    Ingrid

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  21. Love everything about your card. The colors, the stamped images. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  22. Darling card! Love your coloring on the car and tree!

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  23. Cute card. I love the tree pattern background.

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  24. Love how the cute car and tree pop on the card!

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  26. I love how the car stands out!Lovely card!Thank you for sharing

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  27. Oh this little
    car is adorable!
    Wonderful design
    with the tree
    background.
    Carla from Utah

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  28. LOVE the background! It really makes the truck and tree stand out!! So cool! TFS!

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  29. Soooooo cute! Love that little car with the tree on top! :)

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  30. The car with the tree is very adorable and I love the clean look of the card.

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  31. Adorable card, I love the whole black and white background and then the bit of red car and the red twine...perfect!!

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  32. I like the cute stick figure trees in the background.

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  33. This is absolutely adorable card design. I especially love the background pattern and it so matches the car stamp. Great job.

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  34. LOVE that car and tree! A perfect card!

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  35. Wonderful Christmas card! I really like the faux die cutting.

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  36. I like the home-made designer paper in the background but the scene-stealer it the sentiment. I also like your terminology - "faux die-cutting". It made me smile.

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  37. Oh love these stamp sets. Your is really fun too! Thank you for sharing your creativity!

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  38. I love the black and white background paper you created for this cute scene.

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  39. What a striking card! So fun and festive!

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  40. Hi Miriam--Sorry I haven't visited your blog in awhile, but I'm going to fix that now! I absolutely adore this card! Wonderful coloring & your stamped background is perfect! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  41. This is so cute and your "faux die cutting" is the best! :)

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  42. Love that red car with the tree on top!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  43. I really love this card!! Love the colors, the layout...everything!! Nicely done! :)

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  44. Cute card! The simple background accents it perfectly. Love the little tree-toting car!

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  45. Neat card. I love the combo of black and white with your colourful car

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  46. Love your card and I adore cards with a car and a tree on top!

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  47. Totally love the background paper you created! And love the non-bulky part too.

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  48. My CAS-loving heart is swooning over your little car toting its big ol' Christmas tree through the forest! So charming! Thank you for joining Taheerah's Extravaganza; you've sent my festive spirit soaring!
    ~carol

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  49. Beautiful card!! I love the colors you used and how you have captured the tradition of the Christmas tree and toting it home on the roof on the car. Such a fantastic card!

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  50. perfect in every way! love those Scandinavian trees

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  51. Love the stick tree background.
    Makes for a fascinating card.

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  52. I just love the tree on top of the car:-) So cute.

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  53. Cute! That background is fabulous for this!

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  54. Awesome card! Love the colors and the car reminds me of the red '69 volkswagen that was my husbands and mine first car 43 years ago!

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  55. Cute car and tree image and I like the background you created.

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  56. Love the image of a vehicle loaded up with the family tree also. So homey. Your background is brilliant. It reads as a forest.

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  57. I don't know why but images of little cars with a tree on top make me happy.

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  58. Stunning card! Love the background!

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  59. Wow!! Fabulous card!! Love the tree 'pattern' paper!! I have the flower prints set and really want the new one too!!

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  60. What a great card Miriam. A great stamp set.

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  61. Darling card. Love the background

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  62. Love the card- so contemporary

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  63. Nice creation of a patterned paper print! It works very well with the colorful car image! Thanks for sharing your card.

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  64. I just LOVE your card! That car with tree on top is colored perfectly. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  65. Great card love the car and tree.

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  66. I love this set too. The background is too cute!

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  67. Love the tree with the Christmas tree on the roof! So festive and the background is really cool!

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  68. That is a super cute card - love the bright car and tree on the simple stick tree background!

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  69. Love your fabulous design with these adorable images! The trees make such a fun, whimsical background!

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  70. love the card colors and design!

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  71. What a wonderful card! So fun!

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  72. Great card,, nice use of black/white background and the colorful car and green tree. Nice Christmas touch.

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  73. Love the black and white tree background for your cute car Carrying tree, and, that's some fancy hand cut images, awesome!

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  74. I just love Christmas trees 🌲 being hauled home! Always adorable!

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  75. Totally adorable little scene you've created! Great stamp images in this set :-)

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  76. Adorable card. Love the car with the tree on top.

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  77. I like the simple design and how it packs a great punch!

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  78. I just love the classic look of this card.

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  79. Love the pop of color!!! It's perfect

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  80. You can't beat black & white to make the colours pop! Cute card!

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  81. Cute card and WOW, your scissor skills are just awesome!

    Sammibug in Ohio

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  82. Love how you've paired this sweet image with the stamped background. Just gorgeous!

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  83. Cute card! Love the background! 🙂

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  84. Cute card! Love the background! 🙂

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  85. This is so cute and clever how you did the tree background.

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  86. This is such a cute card! I love the little red car!
    Holiday Hugs!
    Michele

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  87. Adorable card. I just love that car with the tree on it stamp. So cute.

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  88. Really love your card. Love the background you created!

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  89. Beautiful card!! Love the colors!

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  90. Thank you, Miriam. I love Ellen Hutson designs very much. This little car is delightfully cute. Love the script.

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  91. Cute card. Love the red card in front of the sketchy trees:)

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  92. Love, love, love your card. The red, white and black with the touch of green is beautiful and the car and tree are so fun. Also like the retro feel. Thanks for sharing.

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  93. What a sweet card! Love the cute red truck... great scene.

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  94. This is so cute, love the backgrounds.

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  95. I remember the trips to pick out the tree as a little girl before we converted to an imitation tree. Definitely fond memories of a family adventure. I love the simple background which draws the attention to the car and tree. Thank you so much for sharing your card!

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  96. Looove the black and white background you created!! It is just perfect and it is what's needed to make the image pop. That little car with the tree on top is cute and your colouring is fabulous!

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  97. Love the card! The red car really stands out well

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  98. Cute card. Love the red and black and the tree background.

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  99. What the world needs now... is more B/W patterned paper the likes of yours here. Minimal, yet graphic black. Great job, Miriam.

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  100. Your card is great fun! I really like your color choices and you did a great job cutting out that car! My hands don't work so well anymore so I need the matching dies! Thank you for sharing a great project! (Peg)

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  101. Love that little card stamp and great choice with the background papers.

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  102. I love that little car with the tree! So sweet!

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  103. LOVE the background with the trees here! That car just POPS!

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  104. Not only do I like the car image and the font of the greeting - but you used 2 layers of patterned paper and that striped ribbon - just enough to set up the primary image. Well done.

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  105. I love the freshness of the black and white with the pop of colour from the car & tree! Gorgeous!

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  106. So cute! Love your coloring on the car especially the subtle shading on the windows. And your stamped background rocks!

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  107. Fave stamped background ever! The bright red car really pops off the background and I love the interest you created with the stamps.

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  108. So cute...this is definitely my style!

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  109. Such a striking card! I just love the design!!

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  110. Really love this image of the car with the Xmas tree on top. Classic Christmas, right there!

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  111. How cute, Miriam ... the pop of colour from the little car and tree are fabulous against the monochrome Christmas tree background! Hugs, Anita :)

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  112. Love this nice clean design!

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  113. I find myself finishing the song you started. Reminds me of singing Christmas songs in the car and the tree on top, seals the memories. :)

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  114. Such a cute card. Love the stick tree background. Thank you for sharing.

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  115. Awesome card! Love the tree background!

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  116. Lovely card, I love the graphic look of the background, and the pop of red, and the cool dimension! Really cool!

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  117. Such a cute card! I love the pop of color!

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  118. Great card! Love that red card--adds a real cheery touch.

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  119. Very cool card! Great color combo and great coloring!

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  120. Very cute card! Love the background paper & the pop of red!

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  121. Loved the coloring and the extra dimension you gave the car. Well done .

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  122. Love the card....I gotta use more black on my cards with white embossing!

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  123. Such a fun card...I have always liked the car stamp!!

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  124. Beautiful card. I love how you did the background. Thank you so much for sharing

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  125. I like the simplicity of your awesome card.

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  126. This is such a fun Christmas card!!! Love the stamped background.

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  127. Great card, love the car with the tree so cute!

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  128. Love the background and the car is so cute with the tree. Great job.

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  129. Aww, just love the car with the tree on top!

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  130. I really like your card. I love the background you made-it's simplistically beautiful. Love the sentiment and the car. Great card!

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  131. What a wonderful card! I love the tree pattern paper and the sentiment is one of my favorites for the holiday. Thanks for sharing!

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  132. this rocks! love the red car! love the trees on the paper in the background!

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  133. This is so fun! The little car is is cute!

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  134. Fabulous card! Love the black and white with the pop of color.

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  135. Such a pretty card. Great job!
    natgodfrey4@gmail.com

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  136. Merry Christmas! love the fabulous card.

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  137. Such great techniques! Love the card!!!
    God bless & Merry Christmas!

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  138. Oh my! Love this B&W card with the pop of color on your amazingly cut car and tree! Perfection!

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  139. Love the twine below your blacktop road!

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  140. What an adorable card! I love the background paper you chose!

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  141. Great card! I just love that you created the patterned paper yourself, and that it could be done with any tree (or other design for that matter) stamp!

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  142. Cute card - I really like the black n white with pops of color from car & tree :)

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  143. What a fabulous design! I love this bold and CAS and interesting!

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  144. Great card. I like the unique tree background.

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  145. I cannot tell you how much I enjoy this card!! Sooooo dang much!!! The background, the red car, the layout. It all rocks! :) Such fun!

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  146. Gorgeous card!!! So bright and festive! Love the colors!!!

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  147. Oh my goodness!!! This is absolutely darling!! Love it!!!

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  148. Love the classic pairing of black and white with a pop of red! Makes for a really stylish and eye-catching card!

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  149. Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing :)
    Cheers and happy new year
    preety

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  150. This is adorable!! Such a cute image and I LOVE that tree background you created! Minimal, but still interesting enough to back the image.

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  151. Love your background on this, keeping it black and white really makes the car and tree pop. Thanks for sharing!

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  152. Cute card, Miriam! Great sentiment for the little tree on top of the car. Love me some EH stamps and dies - hope I win!

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  153. So pretty! Love how the pattern background matches the focal without repeating it and the added touch of the twine - lovely! Thank you :)

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  154. Just love this card! Modern and fun!

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  155. so fun! love that tree background.

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