Monday, October 1, 2012

October/November 2012 Release Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of the Wplus9 October/November Release. For those of you that are new to Wplus9, we will spend the next couple of days getting up close and personal with the products that we will be releasing this month. All previewed items will be available for purchase on October 5th at www.wplus9.com.

It's time for our Holiday release! We have a lot of stuff to introduce this week and I am so excited to share it all with you. Let me start by saying that I had a blast creating for this release! I literally had so many ideas that I didn't know where to start. And then once I did, I had to make myself stop and move on to another set. And this happened for every single set.

I am also pleased to announce that we have a very special Guest Designer joining us this month, an extremely talented crafter who's work I've admired for a long time, Anya Schrier! I am so happy that she agreed to help us out with this release and can not wait to see what she turns out! So, let's get on with the formal introductions, shall we? I hope that you love them as much as I do!

Folk Art Flurries

  • is a 4x6 clear photopolymer stamp set
  • 14 high quality photo-polymer stamps; 13 snowflakes and snowflake builders, and 1 circle tag border image
  • will be available for purchase October 5th for $14

Pretty Patches: Christmas

  • is a 3x4 clear photopolymer stamp set
  • 8 high quality photo-polymer stamps; 3 sentiment images, 1 heart and 4 sentiment builders
  • will be available for purchase October 5th for $6

Seasonal Sentiments

  • 5 separate dies wired together that can be easily separated
  • will be available for purchase October 5th for $14

Clear Cut Stackers: Stars

  • cuts 4 graduated stars in the following sizes: 4", 3", 2", and 1"
  • 4 separate dies
  • will be available for purchase October 5th for $16

First up, let's take a look at Pretty Patches: Christmas. This is another set in our Pretty Patches series. And like all of the previous sets in this series, it's a small set packed with possibilities.

This is a sentiment set with a twist. There are three large sentiment images and 4 sentiment builders to mix and match or use all together. Here, I started with the "May the WARMTH of Christmas bring" sentiment, added the "HOPE" image on a Label Layers 1 Die, and finished with the "for a HAPPY holiday" sentiment.

To the center of hope, I added a heart that I die cut from Cupid's Bow card stock using the Seasonal Sentiments Die. Yes, yes I did say Cupid's Bow card stock! I'll tell you more about the new colors of card stock we are adding later this week.

To embellish, I've used the snowflake from the Seasonal Sentiments Die and the 1" star from the Clear Cut Stackers: Stars die to create a little strand of garland. All of the patterned paper comes from the lovely Simple Stories Handmade Holiday collection. LOVE this stuff!

Next, I paired the Seasonal Sentiments Die with Pretty Patches: Chistmas. Each of the die cut words can be use alone, but they can also be paired with the sentiment builders from Pretty Patches: Christmas for even more possibilities. I purposely designed these items to work independently or together seamlessly.

I started by die cutting "hope", "love", and "joy" from the Simple Stories Handmade Holiday patterned papers. I left the letter "o" solid in all three words intentionally. You can stamp onto the "o" or use the heart die included in the set to cut out or add to the center, or use the snowflake image included to add to the center.

I decided to add to, cutting both from our Oatmeal card stock. Each of the works are generously sized, but not too big to be used together. I lined them up on an Oatmeal panel and stamped "May the SPIRIT of Christmas bring" from Pretty Patches: Christmas at the top, and "Season's Greeting" from Pretty Patches: Tree at the bottom. More on that a little later this week.

To balance it out, I used the 1" shapes from the Clear Cut Stackers: Pinking Squares and the Clear Cut Stackers: Stars dies and stamped them using Country Charm.

I matted the panel with a Kraft card base, to finish. What I really love about this card is how quick it is to mass produce and it's flat! Easy to mail and easy on postage.

For my next sample, I wanted to create a little ensemble perfect for gift giving.

We are adding these cute assembled Kraft pillow boxes to the store. I'll have all of the details on these later this week. Pillow boxes are a classic, quick and easy way to package gifts. And these are the perfect size for gift cards! Now I love me some Kraft, but I just had to decorate it.

To create the wrap, I die cut a 3" pinking square and then used the 2" star from Clear Cut Stackers: Stars to cut a star out of that. I then cut another 2" star from Cupid's Bow card stock to nestle inside of the pinking square.

I adhered them to a square of Oatmeal card stock and machine stitched it into place. To secure this to the pillow box, I stitched some red ribbon to the top and bottom and tied it around the box.

To create the ornament, I used the 4" star from the Clear Cut Stackers: Stars die. I needed something sturdy, so I cut one from Wafer Board and one from card stock and adhered the card stock star on top. Wafer Board is a wonderful alterable medium with a natural finish that we will be carrying. It's thicker than card stock, but not as thick as chip board, so it works beautifully with our dies! I will have all of the details on this later this week as well.

I cut a 3" star from patterned paper and adhere that on top. For the center, I embossed the "JOY" sentiment from Pretty Patches: Christmas onto a 1.75" circle from the Circle Stackers 1 die.

And of course, you can't forget the card.

Now let's take a look at Folk Art Flurries. This set if filled with snowflake images in a variety of sizes, with a little bit of a folksy twist. However, don't let the name fool you, with the proper color palette and treatment, they can can be quite elegant as well.

I started by embossing a couple of the snowflakes in white onto Cupid's Bow card stock. I split the sentiment from Pretty Patches: Christmas between banners die cut using the Banner Trio Die.

To finish the sentiment, I added "LOVE" and stamped the "o" with another snowflake from Folk Art Flurries. A Kraft panel is the perfect back drop for this rustic yet elegant card.

I have one last card to share today. I've used Folk Art Flurries to create a clean and simple card that is a great candidate for mass production.

The largest snowflake in this set is a muli-step stamp for those of you who like to add color. It's perfect for taking a simple design and kicking it up a notch. I stamped the outer three rings in a different color.

And then added one of the smallest snowflakes to the center in pink. A rhinestone adds just a bit of bling without adding any extra bulk.

Whew! That is all I have for you today. But, the design team is ready to show you more! Be sure to click through and please, don't forget to leave them some love.

I really hope you enjoyed today's previews. Did you see something you liked? Would you like to win today's featured products: Pretty Patches: Christmas, Seasonal Sentiments Die, Folk Art Flurries and the Clear Cut Stackers: Stars die? Just leave me a comment by 9:00 AM EST October 2nd telling me what your favorite Christmas color combination is to enter. I will select one random winner from all comments. Winners will be posted here.

98 comments:

  1. I love those star stackers! They are the perfect size for so many different projects...the cards today are fabulous and this will be a great holiday release.

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  2. Love the snowflakes and these would go so well with the gift tag set.

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  3. Beautiful projects, Dawn! I love those snowflakes!

    And YAY for Anya! I love her work - this is awesome!

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  4. These sets look amazing! Awesome samples for everyone! My favorite color combo is green, hot pink, and white.

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  5. So pretty! I am so in love with the snowflakes:)

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  6. Well, haven't you been a busy lady! I have to admit that I pretty much stalk your blog because I've been totally loving what you've been coming up with lately. I really love the Pretty Patches series. Beautiful cards today Dawn!

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  7. Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Thanks for the inspiration. Just starting to think about my holiday cards, so this is great timing. I love the snowflakes.

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  8. Love those word dies! My favorite holiday colors of late are atypical - I've been digging blue and pink.

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  9. Oh my GOSH!!!! The snowflakes!!! I am *obsessed* with snowflakes, and these are so unique and different. And that tiny snowflake die is BEAUTIFUL! I love each and every thing you created for this post, Dawn!!!

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  10. Okay, then I visited all the designer's projects and am just SO excited to see more - I am loving everything! My whole house is red and white and covered in snowflakes from the end of November on, so you can imagine why I am smitten :)

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  11. WOW!! Gorgeous Release!!! Love those dies and the snowflakes!!Beautiful cards!!
    My fave holiday color combo is RED, White and Kraft!!

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  12. WOW!! Can't wait to see the rest of the release!! =) LOVED all of the creations from the team!! THANKS for sharing and for the chance to win!! I LOVE the colors red, navy abd silver with some turquoise thrown in!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  13. Ahhh those sentiments dies are absolutely WONDERFUL!!!!! So beautiful and cool with the different centers - LOVE!!!
    My favorites are the traditional red and green with kraft, but also powder blue with silver.
    Looking forward to the rest of the release - your posts are always so inspiring - thanks!

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  14. All of what I have seen tonight is just amazing and I can't wait to see more! The snowflakes are so fun and magical.

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  15. Absolutely love the stars and the snowflakes dies. And what a lovely stamp set. Great projects.

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  16. Wow, Dawn! I knew it was worth to keep waiting for this release.... I love the beautiful snowflakes, great sentiments and star dies. My favourite color combo is light blue, red, pink and white. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  17. Wonderful inspiration! Can't wait to see more. I am pretty much a purist with red/green combo, but do like to vary the hue of each. Heather J.

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  18. Oh my! It looks like you've outdone yourself this time around Dawn. I have been waiting for the Christmas release and it looks like it is going to be a doozy! Thanks for all of your inspiration.

    By the way, I've just ordered the Simple Stories paper pad. I figure I'm going to NEED that too :)

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  19. Oh my. Love all the samples...especially the last one. Stunning!

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  20. Oooh....I love everything, Dawn!! My favorite color combo for Christmas is red and light blue!!

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  21. hi Dawn, wow!! I cannot choose a favourite as they are all AMAZING!!! I love the traditional Christmas colours :) ♥ off to pop in on the design teams creations ♥

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  22. Gorgeous! I'm such a fan of folk art florals, so folk art flurries just has me so excited! LOVE the new releases!

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  23. Wow! What gorgeous cards. I love the folk art stamps. Can't wait to see more!

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  24. Awesome! I love using red, green, silver, and a touch of black for the holidays!

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  25. Another amazing release! I love silver, hot pink, and lime green as a Christmas combo, but lately I've been adding a bit of winter ice blue too.

    Can't wait to see what else is coming this month!

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  26. All these cards turned out beautifully, Dawn! :) I think my favorite Christmas color combination is: blue, silver, and grey. :) It's quite wintry! :)

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  27. This is going to be another fun release! Great cards. I'm a fan of kraft, red, and turquoise. Such a fun color combo!

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  28. Let me just start by saying...
    I want it all!!
    (Been seeing peeks on Instagram...I die!!)
    AH-MAZ-ING projects today...
    again...
    I DIE!!
    And I am SO excited for colored cardstock...
    you make me so happy...
    can't wait to see all the offerings!! :)
    And YAY...
    Anya!!!
    She is AH-MAZ-ING...
    LOVE everything she does!
    Now favorite Christmas combo...
    depends on my mood.
    Usually...red, green and kraft.
    But I've had a fascination with using black lately too...
    and I can tell you that the most fabulous color in the whole wide world will be showing up in my cards this year too...
    NAVY!!
    Also love a soft blue and silver.
    See...
    all about my mood!!
    Can't wait for Friday!!! :)

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  29. WOW! Super lovin' this release...I love the use of non-traditional colors for holidays...one of my favs is pink and green for Christmas.

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  30. These look like fun sets! I like turquoise, lime-green, and red. I also like traditional colors, too :-).

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  31. It seems like today would never get here! I love todays peeks. the dies! I love all of them. Your projects are so beautiful, cant wait to see the full reveal.

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  32. Love this new release and fabulous samples. My favorite color combo for Christmas is kraft, ivory and cranberry.

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  33. I love everything today, Dawn!! My favorite Christmas color combo is cream, Kraft, and light turquoise. I love a little pop of color... And a nice aqua is perfect for snowflakes. ;)

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  34. So much to love, Dawn! I don't even know where to begin! Thanks for always inspiring us!

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  35. LOVE these new releases - every single one! I like to use traditional Christmas colors, but like to mix it up by using red, cream and kraft together, or pink, cream and kraft......then there's blue and white.

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  36. what lovely new products... the dies and stamp sets are fabulous! i would have to say that my favorite christmas color combo is probably a traditional red, white & green one.

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  37. I love the Folkart Flurries - right up my alley. So excited! I love red and silver and white for Christmas, sometimes with a bit of pink or aqua thrown in.

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  38. This is going to be a fantastic release--I LOVE everything! The snowflakes, the word dies, the stars--wow, every one is so perfect for Christmas! For colors, I love bright red or cranberry & green--usually with cream as a neutral! But I love trying a variety of combos!

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  39. Oooo current fav color combo is kraft, red and white.
    Love the word dies, and fold art flurries. Hmmm, I feel an order coming on.

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  40. Beautiful projects today! My favorite holiday color combo different shades of blue mixed with silver and white.

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  41. Oh, there are SO many beautiful Christmas card color combinations - my all-time favorite is light blue and chocolate brown, I also love red, aqua and hot pink together lately too! Thanks so much for the chance to win - your fall release blew me away and from the sneaks today, this release looks like it is going to be another winner!!

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  42. Beautiful projects, Dawn. ;-) I am excited about all these products - I should be gearing up for Christmas production, but I've been putting it off! Your post today definitely gets me in the mood, though. Thanks for all the inspiration. ;-)

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  43. I am a traditional girl...However, I love to decorate I love to decorate Aqua and red at the holidays! So much goodness here Dawn!

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  44. I used to love the red and green but now I find that I like red and kraft or green and kraft together for Christmas. I like the rustic look of those combinations. Your projects were wonderful and I really enjoyed the sneak peaks on Instagram!

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  45. Incredible release post today. I guess I like red and green for Christmas. There is a reason it is a classic.

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  46. I absolutely LOVE this release DAWN! Your projects are fabulous as always! I'm so excited about the new alterable products too! :)

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  47. Beautiful stamps! Love those Folk Art Flurries! My favorite Christmas combo is lime green and true red.

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  48. Those snowflakes are beautiful!!
    I'm leaning more towards pastel colors.

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  49. Folk Art Flurries are so cute!

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  50. I'm in LOVE with the Folk Art Flurries!!! Dawn you did NOT disappoint! Love your designs soo much!!!

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  51. Wow, this release is incredible! As are your samples and samples from the Design Team. I'm really loving the crimson and aqua combo this season.

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  52. Eeeeee! Another great release! Love the snowflakes, the Star Stackers, and the word dies... Can't wait to see what else is in store! :)

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  53. awesome release. love the word dies. love green and red color combo.

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  54. I really like the combination of dies and stamps. I was already looking forward to the holiday release as i love to create christmas cards. My favorite colour combo is kraft, white and turquoise , so a bit different than the traditional colors. Must say I really like the red /white/kraft card.

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  55. Dawn just LOVE your cards...your heart is def in it!

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  56. You might be showcasing snowflakes but these projects are totally melting my heart!! Perfect colors ~ perfect feel and a down home Christmas feeling.......... BEAUTIFUL!!!

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  57. I love mossy green and soft white for the holidays. I'm also partial to red and white, but not so much red and green together.

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  58. Oh how lovely! I've had some money burning a hole in my PayPal account but have been waiting for this release!! You and that instagram...
    I love the traditional red, white and green; and I love the vintage scarlet, pine and cream, but I also love a sagey green, ocean-ey blue and white/cream. Guess I don't really have a favorite!! Which is why I don't really have a theme at Xmas time!

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  59. These are soooo pretty! I love all I see today! Especially the multiple step snowflake! That's just perfect! And I always love stars for the holidays and it's fun how you can combine the stars and snowflakes with the words! Great idea! Very inspiring!
    Hugs, Wendy

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  60. Exciting new release! Love the word dies.

    One of my favorite Christmas color combinations is cranberry and gold. I also like pink or lavender and silver.

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  61. So excited about this new release - it is looking awesome! My favorite color combo is red and green with a sparkle of silver or gold.

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  62. Wow, so many beautiful new things! I LOVE Folk Art Flurries!!!

    One of my favorite color combo for Christmas is dark blue and silver.

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  63. My favorite color combo for Christmas is Red and light blue!

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  64. Wow, so many great new products! LOVING everything! My favorites are traditional red and green!

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  65. Great products! I don't really have a favorite Christmas color combo, but I do love to have green as one of the colors! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  66. The new dies are amazing.I love dark purple and lime green - stunning combination!

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  67. I love it all! The snowflakes are perfection. I love the red and green combo you chose. Fabulous! Donna

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  68. Dawn, your projects are amazing! For my favorite color combos for Christmas--I love the traditional red and green, but I also love some of the deeper reds and greens, especially paired with the tans. . .

    Can't wait for tomorrow!

    Chris L.

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  69. THE best release, EVER!! (and I'll probably say this again in two months ;P) You did FAB and probably THE best Christmas goodness I have!

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  70. wow! This is amazing! Fantastic release! I have to say my fav. color combo for Christmas is blue, silver and white... I just love it! Thank you so much for all of the amazing inspiration!

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  71. Oh I love the folky snowflakes - so, so pretty! But of course I want it all!

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  72. Oh, my! These stamps and dies are terrific! My favorite Christmas color combo would be the traditional red & green, but I love it with a country flair. Your sample cards on just my style! Love it!
    Sue

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  73. Love this release! Red, white, green, and gold are my favorites! Navy, silver, and white are also nice, too!

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  74. Really liking the snowflakes! My fave Christmas color combo is a deep blue and silver. My Christmas tree gets decked out in it every year!

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  75. Another wonderful release! My favorite Christmas colors--forest green and deep red.

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  76. I love traditional color combos for Christmas... I am red and green all the way! I LOVE the new sets & new dies. Fantastic release so far!

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  77. Favorite color combination for Christmas is the traditional red and green.

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  78. This release is a home run! Anxious to see more. You worked your butt off on these cards! My favorite Christmas colors are blue and silver!

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  79. WOW! I seriously don't know what to say. Each project is more beautiful than the next. You have really captured the cozy, warm feeling of the holidays with these projects. The release this month is full of so much potential - I know that I haven't even scratched the surface with what you've offered! I am loving every minute of it, though, and I thank you so much again for this opportunity!

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  80. Wow this is such a great release...love the dies and the sweet snowflake. The projects you made were amazing. my fav. christmas colour combo is blue and silver/white. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  81. Red/white/aqua is my favorite color combo!
    I love all these amazing projects you featured today!
    DeniseB

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  82. LVe it all Dawn, my fave color combo is red and aqua...reminds me of the good ole days!

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  83. Holy Smokes this release is going to be AMAZING!

    My favorite Christmas color combo is kraft, vanilla, and red/green.


    I love everything we got to see today. And your creations are fabulous! Can't wait to see what tomorrow will bring!

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  84. Dawn these new sets are amazing and I just ADORE every single card and project you have shown for the first day of the release! WOW!!!!! WOW!!! WOW!!! I am so excited to see all of the new products as release week continues! And I am loving that simple stories christmas paper myself too! So fun!

    My favorite color combo lately for the Holidays is Kraft, Brown, Red and Aqua! But last year my favorite Christmas card was actually pink, cream and aqua so it runs a close second! And I have to admit I will always love the traditional red and green too :)

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  85. Love the word dies, they're so versatile!

    And my favorite color combo for x'mas is silver + purple, love a x'mas tree decorated that way!!

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  86. I love the idea of the snowflakes, and the star dies would be very useful...heck, I like the words, too! ;) As for my favorite color combo, I would have used to have said red and green, now I'm liking more modern ones like a bright/light blue with red and white.

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  87. Ohhhh, these projects are all so gorgeous! Love the word dies and everything snowflake! :) Gosh, I'm pretty traditional with Christmas.... love red & green, but also like working in some blue, cream, and purple now and then! :)

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  88. I'm loving those snowflakes! I'm very traditional, so i love red and green!

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  89. I am so excited about folk art snow flakes! I love red and green for Christmas but my tree is decorated in gold and copper and bronze!

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  90. The snowflake stamp is gorgeous!

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  91. These are all amazing!! LOVE them!!!

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  92. Love theeese. I love Linen color with gold:) Thanks for a chance to win.

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  93. Amazing projects! Going to be a great release. I love red, green and kraft. Blue & silver are favorites, too.

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  94. LOVE the Folk Art Flurries! I stick pretty close to traditional red and green at Christmas, though my cards may go to silver and gold as well.

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  95. Fabulous stamp sets and dies! I really love the snowflakes. My favorite holiday combination right now is red, aqua and snow bright white. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  96. Great projects! My favorite holiday combination is the classic red and green. It makes me feel like Christmas! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  97. I love the old fashion feel of today's release!! Thanks for sharing them with us!

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