Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Essentials by Ellen Holiday II 2015 Blog Hop


Hello and welcome to the Holiday II Essentials by Ellen Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing some of the stamp sets and dies from the new release!

Are you ready to see some fun new stuff?  You may see some stamps that you're already familiar with in this first card.  The stamp set, Autumn Acorns, was actually released last year, but now there are matching DIES!   Who doesn't  love a matching die?  These dies made it so easy to create this Thanksgiving card!  I simply stamped and heat embossed a bunch of the outline acorns and leaves onto watercolor paper.  Then I die cut each piece and used my Peerless watercolor papers to paint each one.  


I arranged them around a circle that I painted in a faint sky blue (and splattered with some white paint) and attached the leaves with glue or foam tape.  Here's a  closer look at the wreath...


For my next card, I'm using the new stamp set, Holly Jolly, and the new matching dies for the previously released stamps, Christmas Scribbles!  The Holly Jolly set has sentiments in the most fabulous font. And I love that the sentiments are so large!  I decided to use a technique I like to call stacked stamping where you stamp the design once on the card front and then layer it with the die cuts of the same images.  This is fun to do with a design that has both images and words like this...


I love how the bold sentiment looks over the delicate "scribbled" stamps.  Here's a side view where you can really see how it's layered...


That's it for me today, but before I go, let's talk freebies:)  I get to give away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose ANY Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set (maximum value $15) currently in stock at Ellen Hutson.com  To enter my giveaway, please leave a comment on today’s post with a valid email address by October 27th!

Here's a quick look at the entire new release...

BTW, there's also a crazy good Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, also by October 27th, with a valid email address; winners will be announced at the CLASSroom on Friday, October 30th!

The next stop on the hop is the Heather Campbell!  (If you're going in reverse order, the next stop is Laurel Beard;)  Thanks so much to Ellen and Julie for asking me to participate in this blog hop:)  Happy hoppin’!

Mahalo and aloha,
jj

252 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your ideas for cards. I especially like the autumn wreath.

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  2. Great cards JJ, I love the stacked sentiment one! TFS

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  3. Oh my gosh, just stunning. The pale blue inside the wreath is gorgeous!

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  4. Omg these are so pretty! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Love that wreath and the swirly motion of the other card. So pretty!!!! These Essentials are really fabulous--and need I say, essential? So many wonderful designs! kReN

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  6. Your cards ARE gourd-jus JJ! Love a nice autumn card and you've made TWO! Lovely! (My email addy is: elyod.aseret@gmail.com)

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  7. Ouuuuhhhhhhh! I really really fell in love with your first card. The colours are soooooo nice! Just lovely! Creative regards from stempelfrida
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  8. These are lovely. Just getting ready to start on my Thanksgiving cards...thanks for sharing!

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  9. Your cards are so pretty. I like the ideas from both!

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  10. Both cards are wonderful, but the Thanksgiving one made me catch my breath. I'm a big fan of fall, and that wreath of leaves is just gorgeous. Thank you for inspiring me today!

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  11. Beautiful designs! Love the soft watercolors!

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  12. Both cards are beautiful and inspirational. I especially like the wreath card.

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  13. Love that wreath! Both cards are awesome :-) tfs...

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  14. Really love the watercolor from the first card!!

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  15. Super pretty and love the subtle dimension. TFS!

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  16. I love the scribbled images on your beautiful Christmas card! The layered sentiment is spot on. Mahalo...

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  17. Your cards and techniques are lovely! Thank you for sharing!

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  18. Both cards are wonderful. I love the wreath. Pine boughs always make me think of Christmas. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. One of those cards that immediately makes you think, "how did she do that?" Adds such interest to an already lovely card.

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  20. Awesome cards!! Love how you stamped the saying over the leaves!!

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  21. I love both of your cards...that scripty sentiment stamped over the holiday greenery looks amazing!

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  22. TWO wreaths with leaves...nuts...acorns...pinecones!! ALL my favorite things rolled up into two beautiful cards. THANKS for sharing your great ideas.

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  23. Beautiful cards, love them both!!!

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  24. Love, love, love the stacked stamping....I want to try this. Your watercolored wreath is lovely. Ma lama pono

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  25. love the cards and the sentiments are so fun!

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  26. Love your use of pine needles and leaves!

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  27. Love the cards, colors and layered detail!

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  28. What wonderful cards. I am enjoying the hop. It's so fun to see the ideas and creations for this new release!

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  29. What a wonderful card love the layering of images and words/

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  30. Love both cards, each are elegant
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  31. I do love the bold sentiment over the delicate scribbles. Such a good contrast.

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  32. your stacked stamping card is fantastic!

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  33. Great cards. The colours on the fall card are stunning:)

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  34. Love your cards! The wreath on the fall card is just gorgeous!!!

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  35. Great idea for an fall wreath. thanks for sharing

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  36. Your colors on those fall leaves are just beautiful!!! I love both of those die sets!

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  37. Wow! I love both your cards. The blue in the center of the wreath really sets it off and the dimension with the Christmas scribbles card is fantastic! This is a great release!

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  38. Wow... two beautiful cards! LOVE, love card #2 though - just beautiful colors and detail!

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  39. Love your pretty fall sky showing through the leaves like a wreath.

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  40. Love the wonderful time of year card. So nice for fall. I need some leaves.

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  41. Well done. I especially enjoyed the leaf wreath card. Great idea!

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  42. These are adorable! Love your cards!

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  43. So I stared at that card for a while going, "Whoa... how did she do that?!" I'd love to see a tutorial some day. I love the stacking idea.

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  44. Great card designs! Thanks for sharing!!

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  45. Your watercoloring is gorgeous! Love the second card also, simply beautiful!

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  46. Okay, I'm totally convinced that I NEED all of this new release! Your two cards clinched the deal! Beautiful! TFS!

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  47. I love your wreath! So so pretty! The second card is fantastic! Love the "scribbled" stamp set and now the new bold sentiments...match made in heaven :)

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  48. Love your cards!! Such awesome coloring and stamping! :) Maria

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  49. I love that there are dies for these sets now! The wreath is so pretty and I just love the how you did the sentiment on the base/die cuts on the second one!

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  50. sweet! i so love your leafy foliage cards:) thanks...

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  51. Love the stacked stamping! Thanks for sharing!

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  52. Love your cards! Thanks for the opportunity to win a free stamp set!!

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  53. I love both of your cards.... great inspiration! nwilcox95(at)comcast(dot)net

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  54. Beautiful autumn wreath. Love how you engineered the second one to add dimension to this new awesome sentiment. Both cards are fantastic.

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  55. Really like the holly jolly scribbles!

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  56. I really love both of your cards! They are so elegant and classy! Thanks for giving me so many new ideas!!!:))) I really love the bold font of the Holly Jolly stamp set too!

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  57. Beautiful cards and such beautiful colors!!

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  58. Love the designs and colors. Great use of the products.

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  59. I love the "stacked stamping" effect! Very nice!

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  60. I just love the Holly Jolly stamp set! The font is crazy good! You did a great job using it along with the stamps & matching dies. The autumn wreath is gorgeous too. Thanks for the ideas!

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  61. Both cards EXCELLENT! Love that stack technique.

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  62. Delightful! The wreath made of leaves is so pretty!

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  63. Beautiful wreath with the colorful leaves. Also, love the stamping on top of the leaves on the other card.

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  64. Wow such great cards...I really love how you did the last with the layering.

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  65. I love the colors you used on your leaves. Wonderful!

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  66. Oh my...love the wreath card. Colors are beautiful. I also like the clean and simple card with the pine bough and cones. Great designs. TFS

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  67. The wreath is absolutely beautiful! What an awesome giveaway! Hope I'll win ;)

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  68. Great cards. Love the colors on the wreath.

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  70. I really liked your thanksgiving wreath. I love wreaths but I never thought of making one for a thanksgiving card.

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  71. Lovelly cards. The leaves are pretty on that Thanksgiving wreath

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  72. Fabulous cards. Love the Thanksgiving one.

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  73. Wow!! Both your cards are just beautiful .....love them

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  74. Your stacked stamping card is awesome!

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  75. These are both gorgeous cards, JJ!!!

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  76. Both are beautiful cards and great techniques.

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  77. Oh wow,your cards are both great! The one with the pine branches and cones is just lovely! Tfs

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  78. JJ, you never fail to have gorgeous projects! These cards are great! I love the Holly Jolly set!

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  79. Both of your cards are fabulous! I love both the wreath and the stacking stamp cards!!! My email is janet@swofford.com .

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  80. Great cards! I love how cute those artsy pine cones and branches look! Beautiful!
    Take care!
    Michele

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  81. Love your cards! The wreath is beautiful and it's interesting the way you placed the sentiment on the other card.

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  82. Both beautiful JJ! I love the color on the first - your watercolor is amazing.. and swoon.. the clever stamping on the second. Those clear sequins are like ice!

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  83. I love the colors in the autumn wreath! So pretty!

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  84. Such a pretty wreath card and I like the layering on the second card. Thanks for sharing.

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  85. JJ, both of your cards are awesome but my fav is the bold sentiment focal image and I've already ordered the Holly Jolly set! Great minds think alike...LOL! TFS JJ

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  86. These are both pretty. I love the texture of that watercolor paper.

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  87. I love both of your cards. Nice use of the new stamps and dies.

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  88. Your cards are stunning!! I love the wreath you created on the first one with all the die cuts and how you layered the sentiment on the second.

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  89. Beautifully painted cards!!! Love the colors of Fall!

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  90. These are amazing cards! Love them both! Thanks for the chance to win :) Karlajyungwirth@gmail.com

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  91. Love both the colors and designs of your cards

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  92. The wreath is amazing!!! And I love the stacked stamping technique!! I have to try this

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  93. Such awesome inspiration! Love your cards and all the new goodies from essentials by Ellen. :-)

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  94. Love love love that leaf card!

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  95. Great cards - love the stacked look with the new sentiment set. Thanks!

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  96. Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  97. The autumn wreath is gorgeous, and I am mesmorized by your stacked stamping technique on the pine branch card! Off to go check out the link now and try to figure out how you did it!

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  98. What a beautiful watercolor leaf wreath, so pretty! I love the stacked sentiment holiday card too and I'm excited to try that technique too, it's so awesome!

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  99. Oh, that wreath just about glows! I love both of these gorgeous card.
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  100. JJ!!!!!
    Love your cards.....awesome release!

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  101. Ohhhhhh, I'm loving your wreath! Those stamped/cut pine boughs are pretty nifty too...

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  102. Lovely cards. Thanks for sharing them.

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  103. Love the way you made the wreath! Great idea.

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  104. Both the cards are awesome, but I in particular love the one with the leaves.

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  105. Thanks for your sharing your ideas. The blue background really made the leaves pop.

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  106. I love both cards, but the stacked one is my favorite just because I think it looks so dang cool!

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  107. Love both of these cards! Those dies are top on my wish list!

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  108. JJ I love your cards. Thanks for always sharing such great ideas.

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  109. Wonderful cards! The coordinating dies add so much dimension to the leave and pine bough stamps. Love the watercolors on the first cards and the dimensional sentiment on the second card! Thanks for sharing!

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  110. Great cards! I love how you stamped the sentiment on the second one. Super cool!

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  111. You make it sound so simple! Love the water colored leaves against the blue. Thanks! (cbee at inbox dot com)

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  112. Oh, the poinsettia and pine set is so awesome! I love your card with the stacked sentiment! The thanksgiving card is pretty too. karenpagedave at yahoo dot com

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  113. Beautiful cards love the tree branches.

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  114. Beautiful card designs! Love these new products!

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  115. The pale blue inside the reef makes it stand out even more!! Such great use of the leaves. Also the 2nd card and making it look 3d is very clever. Thanks or being so inspiring. Hugs Jo

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  116. Beautiful cards! I love all of the dimension on your most wonderful time of the year card!

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  117. I love how you created both your cards to reflect thanksgiving. The second one has the sentiment of christmas but is still very fallish to me ... great cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  118. Awesome set of cards! Totally cool techniques.

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  119. Lovely cards! I especially like the stacked sentiment card.

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  120. The wreath is really pretty and the look of your stacked sentiments is fantastic!

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  121. I love both of your cards! The watercolor wreath looks awesome with the blue in the center. And that sentiment card is WOW!! Love love love.

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  122. These are so great! I love how you used these sets. Very inspiring!!

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  123. Each of your cards is so creative! I'm loving all the new dies, and the fun blog hop!

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  124. Gorgeous cards, super creative as always! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  125. That wreath is so beautiful with the fall colors against blue water coloring! Wow!

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  126. I love the clean look of your cards.

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  127. Wow! Stacked stamping might just be my new love!

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  128. I love matching dies! Great cards!

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  129. such beauty! i love the wreath, the colors are amazing!

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  130. Wow - such a cool effect with the sentiment and leaves!

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  131. Superb! Specially love the wreath in pretty colors! And love that bold sentiment created card!

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  132. I love both of your cards, but I especially like your Christmas card and how you layered the sentiment and die cuts.

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  133. I love your designs and the colors on the leaves are very pretty.

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  134. love your watercolored wreath and your very unique and pretty green die cut stacking and stamping card!

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  135. Just beautiful! I love watercolor technique on leaves.

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  136. Wow, like to never figured out how to post on this post...but I made it...now I forgot what I was going to say...oh well...

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  137. Awesome cards! Love the watercolor in the first one.....the second....fantastic sentiment stamping. Love the dimension ♥

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  138. I haven't seen the stacked stamp technique before. Is there a trick for getting the second stamping lined up with the first? I don't have a Misti...

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  139. Beautiful cards, so sweet.....

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  140. Great cards! I simply love the look of the second one! so fresh and beautiful!!!!

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  141. Really like the pine cone card.

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  142. Fabulous cards, especially the wreath.

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  143. Beautiful cards! Love the Thanksgiving wreath!!

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  144. I really like the thanksgiving / fall wreath. such a neat idea

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  145. Both of your cards are wonderful! Love how you did the pine tree branches and sentiment.

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  146. Wow,those are two awesome cards!

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  147. i really love the watercoloring on the first card! beautiful!

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  148. Really pretty cards! Must try watercoloring. Thanks for inspiring me!

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  149. Beautiful cards. Love the colors on the wreath!

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  150. Just love those bright fall colors on your wreath

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  151. So gorgeous!! Just love your designs and soft watercoloring.

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  152. Very pretty cards. I like the wreath of leaves.

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  153. Love the fall wreath card. Beautiful! I thought the stacked stamping was really cool. Great projects! I'm so glad I was able to comment. I had a dickens of a time trying to do so. The "Add Comment' was not appearing, just the "Subscribe to comments". It took me forever and I'm still not sure how I stumbled into the right place. It was such a fun blog hop!

    Mahalo nui loa

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  154. I love these cards. They are so clean and beautiful!

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  155. How in the world did you do that? (the stacked images?) It's an amazing look. Thanks so much.

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  156. Wow, I love both of your cards. Great colors and clean design! ☺

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  157. I adore the pine boughs. Thanks for sharing

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  158. I adore the pine boughs. Thanks for sharing

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  159. Love the Christmas Scribbles word stamps!

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  160. Love that stacked / layered look and i'm going to try that. Mahalo JJ!

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  161. I love the wreath. Beautiful colors.

    It is a little hard to post a comment. You should post instructions. I don't even know what I did that finally made this box appear and stand still.

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  162. Yay! I love matching dies.
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  163. both cards are amazing and so beautiful! I love them!

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  164. I love the stacked stamping technique and that card. Great job as always.

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