Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October/November Release Week Day 2

Welcome back! It's Day 2 of our October/November release. If you are just joining us, you can start at Day 1 to catch up.

Wow! Did the Design Team turn it out yesterday or what?! If you haven't checked out their projects yet, trust me...you want to!

Today we have more to introduce, including 1 new stamp set, 2 new dies and a new card stock color. So let's get to it, shall we.

Iconic Christmas

  • is a 6x8 clear photopolymer stamp set
  • 20 high quality photo-polymer stamps; 13 scene building images and 7 sentiments
  • will be available for purchase October 5th for $21

Iconic Christmas Companion Dies

  • 6 individual dies wired together that can be easily separated
  • coordinates with the Iconic Christmas stamp set
  • will be available for purchase October 5th for $16

Simple Snowflake Die

  • measures 3" in diameter
  • will be available for purchase October 5th for $9

Today, we are jumping in the "way back machine" and going for a nostalgic holiday. Iconic Christmas is a true classic, filled to the brim with generously sized iconic Christmas images. It's just effortlessly elegant. My first two cards show off two of the main images along with their coordinating sentiments. Let's start with the Christmas carolers.

Here, I've stamped and die cut the pair of carolers and placed them under a lamp post. The trees in the background are also from Iconic Christmas. I've included three sizes of trees to accommodate a variety of applications.

The lamp post was decorated with the wreath also included in this set. Because you can't have a naked lamp post during the holidays, right?! I just added my sentiment and matted it with Cupid's Bow card stock to finish it off.

My next card uses the same layout, but this time I swapped the main images for the little girl and large Christmas tree.

I stamped and die cut the large tree and added it directly to the card base along with the sentiment. I then die cut and stamped the little girl and adhered her with foam dimensionals. For a little bit of interest, I added some snow flurries also included in the set across the background. I matted this one with Black card stock, which we will also be adding to the store this month.

I enjoyed the addition of black in the last card so much, that I decided to roll with it and do it again. And once I got started, I couldn't stop. I created a little card and ornament/tag ensemble.

This just might be my new favorite Christmas color combo. I know it's unconventional, but it just makes me smile. I started the card by stamping the large tree a couple of times across the bottom in Antique Linen Distress Ink. I then embossed a few snowflakes from Folk Art Flurries in white and inked around the edges in Antique Linen to bring out the detail.

The sentiment from Iconic Christmas was added in black and balanced on the left by a little lace, buttons and snowflakes die cut from the Seasonal Sentiments Die.

This little trio of tags would also make great keepsake ornaments. Add your To: and From: to the back along with the year, and the recipient could hang them on their tree.

To create the large square ornament, I used the 2.5" Clear Cut Stackers: Pinking Squares to cut a our Wafer Board and Black card stock. I adhered them together and then layered a 2.25" square of patterned paper on top.

For the center I die cut a snowflake using the Simple Snowflake Die and covered it with glitter. This snowflake is the optimal size at 3" in diameter. So versatile.

For the snowflake ornaments, I did the same. Cut one snowflake from Wafer Board and another from patterned paper using the Simple Snowflake die and adhered them together. Using Oatmeal card stock, I punched a 1.25" circle and stamped the sentiments from Iconic Christmas in the center using black Archival Ink and added the flourish also included in the set in Antique Linen Distress Ink. To finish, I covered the entire circle with glitter, added some May Arts twine to the back and adhered it to the snowflake.

I just love the way they all look together.

My last card for today, uses the image that started this set. It wasn't until after I finished illustrating this guy that I knew where this set was going.

Creating this one was actually very easy with the help of the Quilt Cuts 2 Die, which I will formally introduce tomorrow. To start, I used on of the quilt blocks to cut a square out of Kraft card stock. I cut another block from Oatmeal card stock, but instead of using the squares, I used the remaining frame for my window panes.

To create the window frame, I cut my "boards" and "mitered" my corners. I then embossed them with the woodgrain pattern from Woodgrain Silhouettes. To keep from burning my fingers with the heat tool, I temporarily adhered them to a card stock handle for embossing.

On the inside, I added the large tree from Iconic Christmas and decorated it with berries and a few twinkles of light with a white gel pen. I die cut and stamped Santa going over his list and added my sentiment using a Timeless Tags die cut secured with a bow.

And that concludes my samples and sneak peeks for the today. But I know that the rest of the Design Team has been having fun with these as well and would love to show you what they've been up to:

Thank you for the warm response to yesterday's previews. I hope we were able to keep the momentum going and that you enjoyed today's as well! Would you like to win today's featured products: Iconic Christmas, Iconic Christmas Companion Die, and the Simple Snowflake Die? Just leave me a comment by 9:00 AM EST October 3rd telling me what your favorite Christmas decor is to enter. Rustic? Homespun? Victorian? Elegant? I will select one random winner from all comments. Winners will be posted here.

96 comments:

  1. Dawn, this is SO beautiful - you've done a wonderful job with the theme, and your projects are just stunning!! I am loving this release!!!

    PS: I go for elegant, I would say. If it's glittery, it's IN!

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  2. So lovely...I'd say I'm an elegant with a bit of rustic touch kind of girl :)

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  3. Everything is AMAZING! I decorate in a very eclectic style. I don't think I have a favorite. My tree has all different sorts of stuff. I could never be one of those people who have a theme or color scheme for Christmas.

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  4. Oh I LOVE the little girl's silhouette!

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  5. WOW!!! I don't have words - this must be the best Cristmas release ever - such wonderful stamps and dies - LOVE the vintage feel and beautiful silhouettes. Amazing samples too - I want to go home to my craft corner right NOW!!! Thanks for all the inspiration and wonderful chance to win.

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  6. Dawn again it's all so gorgeous ..just stunning!
    I love to decorate in the rustic homespun style!

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  7. Love the iconic images!! so elegant~

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  8. Well goodness me its going to be a very Merry Christmas with all these fabulous goodies. I can't wait to try that snowflake die with felt!

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  9. These are great. I was wondering where you were going to go with your Christmas sets, and I was totally surprised. I think Iconic Christmas is going to be a must have.

    As far as my decorating style goes, it's never set in stone. We change our decor every so many years. After years of having a very elegant tree with clear lights, I decided to get a new one with multicolored lights and decorate it in a Candy land kind of theme. I have been loving it for the last three years. If I had my way, I would have multiple tree decorated differently!

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  11. Oh So awesome and inspiring.. wow oh wow.. you've got idea's floating around my head with these gorgeous stamps and dies.. Im all for homespun vintage decorating around the holidays

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  12. What a beautiful release. Simply love the silhouettes and your projects can't be anymore stunning. My fav decor will have to be the Christmas tree. Love dolling it up each year.

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  13. I love these silhouettes! The little girl hanging up the ornament I think is my favorite :) As for my favorite Christmas decor, I think would be warm/cute. I really love trees...I have two every year :)

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  14. This is such a gorgeous silhouette set...and I love all the projects-you rock! My favourite home decor must have at least a little homespun feel.

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  15. Wow, another great set! So looking forward to Friday. My favorite decor is buying la live tree and garland, it makes the house so wonderful! Heather J.

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  16. Those silhouette images are stunning! Love how much class they have!! Woohoo!

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  17. Love the sihouettes and the snowflakes!! So excited for this release!

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  18. What a great concept, I love all the silhouette shapes and the trees are beautiful! Gosh, Christmas decor... I love it all! But I think my style probably leans toward homespun. :)

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  19. Wow-ee! Gorgeous samples again Dawn. I LOVE Iconic Christmas...the images and the font of the sentiments are just stunning!
    My Christmas decor has gone through phases over the years, so I have a little bit of everything going on here :) Right now I'm into classic & elegant!
    I can't wait to see what you have in store for us for tomorrow!

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  20. My what great ideas! I am loving the look of the cards today. My decor is from the times of my parents because I keep everything and each piece brings a memory from my past. Such fun to decorate and remember.

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  21. Beautiful, timeless, elegant, all words that came to mind when I saw your projects. Love these classic images and I am loving the sentiments and fonts!

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  22. Love, love, love the creams/linen color combo! Must have the snowflake die. Decor for the last few years has been icy, but I'm tending towards a warming homemade / rustic / scandinavian feel - got a few bits last year, and hope to make more this year.

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  23. I thought i new what stamps set i would use for my christmas cards, seeing yesterdays release. But now I am even more thrilled with the stamp set shown today. I think i have to wait some days for i make a decision. I really love the cards you made today and am going to hop over to all the other blogs to enjoy more inspiration. I will surely come back tomorrow to see the other stamps and make a decision, as i love them all!

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  24. Dawn these are sooooo beautiful, im loving the silouette images ... just gorgeous, I love all three Christmas decor looks, homespun, rustic and Victorian, I have all 3 types on my Christmas tree, im not into the modern look at all :) ♥♥

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  25. Oh my goodness! Those silhouettes are so cool!

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  26. I love a vintage tree!

    The silhouettes set isso neat and I love the sentiments in that set!

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  27. GORGEOUS!!!! Dawn you are on FIRE with these gorgeous stamps - you really outdid yourself with this release!! :)

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  28. OMG! These are fantastic! Love the silhouettes set!
    I am loving Homespun decor this year! Can't wait to see what tomorrow will bring. :)

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  29. These are all so lovely! My favorite decor is what I would consider traditional - if it's not like how I remember Mom's house when I was growing up, then it just doesn't seem like Christmas!

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  30. I'm in love with the snowflake die. And the Iconic Images are just spot on. Nice work on those. I used to lean toward homespun and rustic decor and have pretty much done a total 180 and lean toward more contemporary and modern now. It's all about changing it up, right? ;)

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  31. Love, Love, LOOOOOVE these silholuettes! You hit this one out of the park! My favorite Christmas style is definitly country - checks and natural elements!

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  32. Wow love the silhouettes in this stamp set...also love the window die. My fav. Christmas decor is anything cute...is there a general name for that? :-)

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  33. Stunning!! Iconic Christmas is so beautiful! I love the images you included and all your projects are gorgeous! I'm very excited about the new goodies!

    My favorite way to decor for the holidays is probably elegant and simple.

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  34. what a beautiful set... love those silhouettes and the matching dies are fabulous!! not sure what my holiday decorating style is right now... probably clean, simple and slightly modern.

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  35. I love this classic silhouette set! And you can never have too many snowflakes. This is going to be another amazing release, I can tell! Oh I definitely prefer rustic holiday decor - pine garlands, cinnamon scented pine cones, fabric snowmen - love it all! Give the house such a cozy feeling.

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  36. Dawn, such gorgeous and timeless cards. I thought I was in love until I saw that LAST card! OMG....how you've used that die with the Santa silhouette is just perfect. I think that card deserves to be pinned!!! ;)

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  37. I love the silhouettes you have created today Dawn...that last one of Santa checking his list is just beautiful. I love how you created a window with the quilt die and added all the woodgrain texture.

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  38. Words cannot describe how beautiful your projects are. Black, cream, and tan is now my new favorite color combination. Inspiration overload today, girlie! These are amazing!

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  39. Just beautiful...I am in love with your silhouettes, so sweet. My favorite way to decorate for the holidays is more home spun with lots of Hallmark ornaments on the tree.

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  40. My decorating for Christmas leans toward elegant, with a poinsettia theme all through, but I'm also a pushover for snowmen. This new set and dies look lovely, and thanks for the chance to win!

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  41. I'm not alone in LOVING black and cream for Christmas cards...
    YAY!!! :)
    I thought it could just be me...
    but I think it gives such "elegance".
    OK so...
    totally blown away again today!
    I LOVE the Iconic Christmas...
    love, love, LOVE!!
    And that snowflake die...
    exactly what I've been searching for!! :)
    And as far as decorating style...
    I'm going with homespun.
    I don't really know that I have one...
    but I'm a country girl and there's just something about salt dough ornaments, hand tied "rag" ribbons, rusty bells.
    Can't wait to see what else is in store!! :)

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  42. Love the elegance of the sentiments on todays projects. My holiday decor is simple, understated and elegant.

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  43. Such fantastic projects, Dawn! Really love the way the black makes everything POP, and what you've done with the window is pure genius! Yum!

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  44. Iconic Christmas shot to the top of my favorite Christmas set list! Your cards are beautiful, and I can't wait to start creating my own. My tree is filled with all sorts of ornaments I've gathered through the years -- everything from homespun to elegant -- and I like it that way. I pick a theme each year for my gift wrapping, so that changes each year. One year it may be elegant, the next year vintage or rustic.

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  45. I just love putting the art work from my children! I just love the everything you've made today!! So inspiring!

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  46. Don't know if I have a favorite item, per se. But if it's teal or turquoise in color, then I'm all over it! I am loving this Iconic Christmas set - can't wait to see the whole set. And I love your beautiful projects today. ;-)

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  47. I tend more towards the elegant but when you have kids and they make all sorts of projects at school or favor Disney ornaments, you tend to alter your style a little. lol That's why in our house, we have two Christmas trees... one for me and one for the little!

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  48. Dawn, your projects today are SO awesome! Words can't adequately convey how excited I am about this release. LOVE the silhouettes! The little girl is my favorite but I can already see using them all. And the sentiments in that beautiful font are perfect! We live in an older home and our decorations are homespun with lots of nature elements.

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  49. My favorite holiday decor is a a mixture of homespun/rustic/primitive. I LOVE decorating my house for Christmas! :)

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  50. You had me at snowflake! I love the wonderful fonts you've used for the lyrics...just beautiful!
    I guess you'd say my decor style is trending towards rustic/country. I just pinned a tree skirt that's burlap and red ruffles. We'll see if I'm brave enough to try to make it! lol

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  51. These are just fantastic! I love decorating with greenery and berries.

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  52. Those silhouette images are absolutely amazing! I loooove how you designed them and I completely adore the cards you created with them! Perfect! Very inspiring for sure!
    Hugs, Wendy

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  53. I just love your projects... especially the window with Santa it is just a beautiful card. I don't decorate much, but I find myself going with simple and traditional (Red/Green).

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  54. Wow, love these new stamps and dies. The silhouette images are gorgeous and love that they have matching dies. The window die...THUD! LOVE it all. My style of decor...rustic, just makes me happy :)

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  55. I LOVE the projects for today!! You and the team have INSPIRED yet again!! THANKS for sharing and for the chance to win!! I really like the Vintage Country Shabby Chic feel and tend to decorate that way!! Some of my FAVORITES are things that were my GREAT grandma's!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  56. OMGosh Dawn. These are stunning. I absolutely LOVE the third card!!!! Those snowflake tags are soooo beautiful! I must have stared at these for quite a while. Beautiful! :)

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  57. This is the BEST holiday set I have seen this year! I am in LOVE... silhouettes are so perfect for creating something timeless and elegant. Beautiful job! I will keel over if I win these wonderful goodies... and if not, I will definitely purchase them! (and that window card - I die!! :)

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  58. all your samples are just gorgeous! I would absolutely love to win these fabulous stamps! my favorite holiday decorating style is between vintage and elegant. I love old fashioned, retro ornaments along with elegant and traditional decorations as well. Thanks for the chance to win!! :)

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  59. Oh wow... LOVE iconic Christmas... it's just so gorgeous and festive!!
    Robin

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  60. These are so wonderful!!!! LOVE the snowflakes and the super cut window to see Santa and the tree.

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  61. amazing cards. love the elegant paired with rustic.

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  62. Fabulous cards today! I love everything rustic and homespun!

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  63. Great eye candy by the DT. Into all things victorian at the moment!

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  64. The neutral color Christmas card is gorgeous. I'm loving those die cuts, especially the lamp and wreath.

    My favorite Christmas decor is my village. I love setting it up every year. Aside from that, I would say my Christmas decorating style is fun.

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  65. GORGEOUS, Dawn!! I LOVE that snowflake card!!!

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  66. Dawn I just love everything you have shown today! And your cards are lovely! I love the new cardstock colors too! Those carolers and the santa with list and little girl hanging the stars are precious!!!! Just love everything you have designed and all the sweet sentiments to go with!

    I love the questions you are asking and it is so fun to read everyone's answers. I love EVERYTHING about the Christmas season. I like all styles but tend to go homespun in my kitchen with lots of gingham in red and white and wooden and hand made items. My living room is usually more elegant in style but some years I do an all snowmen/women/babies tree and keep it more rustic and child friendly. The truth is I like it all and go wherever my mood takes me that year! :)

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  67. Amazing lovely cards I especially love that iconic set so versatile som many possibilities to use it.
    What a great opportunity to win this set wouldn't that be just great.
    I think my favorite decoration style will be elegant.

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  68. Your projects today have totally blown me away!!! They are drop-dead gorgeous, and I will have to get this entire release as a result!! GREAT job. My favorite Christmas decor is elegant, but I can't think of a decor that doesn't warm my heart and make me feel happy.

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  69. My favourite holiday decor is anything Santa Claus related. I'm loving all the fun stamps and dies this release!

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  70. Friday can't get here fast enough for me! Love that Iconic Christmas and the font on the sentiments is just beautiful! Me?? I'm all about that homespun decor! Loved these card samples!

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  71. Wow, I say that as I'm picking my jaw up from the floor! Great samples! I don't really know what the style is called, but I decorate with all my kids stuff that they bring home from school, eclectic maybe?

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  72. Beautiful!!! I would say my style is eclectic homespun! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  73. What beautiful and elegant stamps. The samples were all very homespun and elegant. I do not have a favorite decor. I love young and modern, and classic and vintage. Donna C

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  74. Love the new release. I love Elegant n cute but I decorate with so many cute things my girls make at School.

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  75. Snowflakes and trees... two of my favorite holiday images! Love the new designs!
    I guess homespun best would describe the decor I love.
    DeniseB

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  76. Gorgeous! Love those silhouettes and their coordinating die cuts!

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  77. For me Christmas decor is all about the greenery -- the tree, fresh wreaths, and garlands. Love the new iconic Christmas stamps!

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  78. These sets are so stunning! I just have to have them. My decorating style is rustic homespun.

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  79. I love the Rustic look for Christmas. Great products this release! I am new to your site, can't wait to see more.

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  80. Beautiful new designs!
    My decorating style is mostly traditional -- fresh tree, ornaments that we've had for many years, including ones that the kids made in elementary school. Lots of snowmen too; I love snowmen!

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  81. Love the new designs esp. the silhouettes. My style homespun.

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  82. OMGosh, these sets are FABULOUS!! I am completely smitten!!

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  83. Oh, an my style is minimalistic! ;)

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  84. Oh, I adore this! I think I actually answered this yesterday! How funny~ We have a traditional tree with pops of aqua and red. I have a candy / sweet treat tree as well.

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  85. Fabulous products! I lean towards a homespun Christmas.

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  86. Beautiful products and projects!!
    I like elegant with a touch of rustic!!!

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  87. Love all the projects!!! I like Homespun Christmas decor. I make most of mine :)

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  88. Your sets and the cards are sooo pretty!!! And I can't wait for the quilt inspired dies and stamps!!! (quilting is my OTHER hobby!!) And I love the homey and warm hand-made Christmas decorations. Great products!!

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  89. So beautiful! I love what you've done here. I'm guessing my Christmas decorating fits the homespun category.

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  90. I really love everything in the release! I'd say I'm a home spun kinda gal.

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  91. Awesome cards and I'm so glad someone finally made a window die like this! LOVE it!

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  92. Wow, great projects! I really like the new releases! I would say homespun is my Christmas decor style. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  93. I adore the snowflakes!!Beautiful cards!!

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