Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Wplus9 2013 Holiday Collection Day 1

It's Release Week! 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 as well as at many of your favorite retailers.

The Holidays are just around the corner and we are very excited to introduce our 2013 Holiday Collection! The 2013 Holiday Collection, is just that, a collection. The sets are not only amazing alone, but work fantastic together, as well as with many of our previously released sets. There are a lot of fun new stamps and dies to share with you, so let's get started!

First up, Woodland Wreaths and the Woodland Wreaths Companion Die.

Woodland Wreaths

  • is a 6x8 clear photopolymer stamp set
  • 27 stamps: 4 wreath building base images, 18 decor building images and 5 sentiments
  • will be available for purchase October 5th for $21
Woodland Wreaths Companion Die

  • contains 4 individual dies wired together that can be easily separated
  • Approx. Measurements: wreath - 2 3/4", partridge - 1 x 9/16", pomegranate - 11/16 x 5/8", orange - 5/8", pear - 7/8 x 5/8", foliage sprig - 1 1/8 x 13/16, bow - 1 x 1", flower - 1/2"
  • will be available for purchase October 5th for $14

Woodland Wreaths contains four wreath images that you build. If you are not so great at 2 step stamping, no worries, the base image works beautifully all by itself as well. But I love the detail you can add when you start adding other layers. Plus, there's a little "cheat tab" on each of the stamps that will assist with lining up the images. Just make sure the tab is pointing in roughly the same direction for each layer, and you're good to go.

For this first card, I stamped the full pine bough base in green, and then added the sparse pine bough image on top in brown. To add a little "snow" to the wreath I traced some of the lines with an embossing pen and then heat embossed it in white. Finally, I added a little glitter to both the inside and outside edges.

The fruit is my favorite part. The pear, orange and pomegranate were all die cut and then stamped with the base images. To add the dimension and shadows, I used the "shadow" stamp for each included in the set. Again, if 2-step stamping isn't your thing, they look great without it too. But For me, it's all about the detail! To finish off the little focal point on the wreath I added some berries from Fresh Cut Florals. Oh yes, the images are all scaled to work wonderfully with the images in Fresh Cut Florals too!

The sentiment was embossed in white on Lake House card stock using one of the sentiments from Silver Bells, which you will see more of tomorrow. And for the background, I stamped the wood background from Dockside Backgrounds in a sand color onto our Oatmeal card stock.

Wplus9 Supplies:
Stamps: Woodland Wreaths (available 10/5/13), Silver Bells (available 10/5/13), Fresh Cut Florals, Dockside Backgrounds // Dies: Woodland Wreaths Companion Die (available 10/5/13), Fresh Cut Florals Companion Die // Ink: Lake House Pigment Ink // Cardstock: Oatmeal, Lake House

I know that the Holidays is a busy card making time for most of us. And the postage can add up. So let's take a look at some more simple cards. Woodland Wreaths is perfect for one layer cards.

For the "love" wreath, I stamped the base wreath layer, the twig layer, and the berry layer. I stamped the sentiment from Woodland Wreaths in the center and added a banner stamped with a sentiment from Heartfelt Holiday (we'll introduce that one tomorrow).

Wplus9 Supplies:
Stamps: Woodland Wreaths (available 10/5/13), Heartfelt Holiday (available 10/5/13) // Dies: Basic Banners Die | Cardstock: White, Kraft

Next, a completely flat card. For this one, I stamped the base layer, then added the detail layer in a contrasting green. Instant depth. I added a few berries and then heat embossed some of the flowers included in Woodland Wreaths in white.

Wplus9 Supplies:
Stamps: Woodland Wreaths (available 10/5/13) // Ink: Cranberry Crush Pigment Ink // Cardstock: White

Or, you can kick it up just a little more. For my "peace" card, I stamped the base, the detail layer, and a few berries. I added a little Glossy Accents to the berries for some shine. To decorate my wreath, I added some greenery, a bow and a little Partridge, all included in Woodland Wreaths. So cute.

Wplus9 Supplies:
Stamps: Woodland Wreaths (available 10/5/13) // Dies: Woodland Wreaths Companion Die (available 10/5/13) // Ink: Cranberry Crush Pigment Ink // Cardstock: White, Cranberry Crush

You can also use many of the images in this set beyond Christmas and the Holidays too. Here, I've used the greenery to create a more spring like wreath.

I die cut and stamped the sprig several times and created a wreath. I lightly drew a circle using Clear Cut Stackers: Circles as a guide, just so I wouldn't drive myself crazy trying to get it perfect! I added more of the flowers from Woodland Wreaths along with a flower from Fresh Cut Florals in pink. And it wouldn't be complete without a bow, die cut using the Under the Mistletoe die (more on that tomorrow too!). For the sentiment, I stamped the "Thankful" text from Defining Words in Versamark and then over-stamped the sentiment from Fanciful Feathers in black.

Wplus9 Supplies:
Stamps: Woodland Wreaths (available 10/5/13), Fresh Cut Florals, Defining Words, Fanciful Feathers // Dies: Woodland Wreaths Companion Die (available 10/5/13), Under the Mistletoe Die (available 10/5/13) // Cardstock: White, Kraft, Oatmeal

Ready for the next set? We have what some of you are calling the Fresh Cut Florals of Winter....

Merry & Bright

  • is a 4x6" clear photopolymer stamp set
  • 32 stamps: 30 image builders and 2 sentiments
  • will be available for purchase October 5th for $14
Merry & Bright Companion Die

  • contains 13 individual dies wired together that can be easy separated if desired
  • candle - 1 3/8 x 1/4", hurricane votive - 1 7/8 x 1 1/4", large holly - 7/8 x 5/8", small holly - 3/4 x 5/8", small pine bough - 1 x 1/2", large pine bough - 1 1/4 x 1", berries - 1/2 x 1/2", large amaryllis - 1 x 1", small amaryllis - 3/4 x 3/4", amaryllis bud - 5/8 x 1/4", large pine cone - 3/4 x 5/8", small pine cone - 1/2 x 7/16", mistletoe - 1 x 3/4"
  • will be available for purchase October 5th for $16

I do have a soft spot for this one too. There are so many centerpieces to be made, especially when you combine it with Fresh Cut Florals and Woodland Wreaths. But, it stands just fine all by itself too. Like this one here:

Aside from the banner die cut, everything is included in Merry & Bright. This is a 2-3 step stamping set. So if you liked Fresh Cut Florals, you're gonna like this one too. I die cut and stamped all of the elements and arranged them around my candle that I stamped directly onto my card base. To finish it off, I added just a little Glossy Accents to the flame. I think I'm finally getting the hang of that stuff.

Wplus9 Supplies:
Stamps: Merry & Bright (available 10/5/13) // Dies: Merry & Bright Companion Die (available 10/5/13), Basic Banners Die // Cardstock: White

And, here's another one. I love this one, because my son Carter helped my with all of the placement and colors. It was even his idea to make the candles "glow". So I pulled out some vellum and a some Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink to experiment. I watered it down quite a bit and dabbed three small dots onto the back side of the vellum, then hazed it out with my finger. Voila!

Again, everything here is included in Merry & Bright. I can't get enough of all of the detail you can pack into these images.

Wplus9 Supplies:
Stamps: Merry & Bright (available 10/5/13) // Dies: Merry & Bright Companion Die (available 10/5/13), Clear Cut Stackers: Circles // Ink: Cranberry Crush Pigment Ink // Cardstock: Oatmeal

Finally, I wanted to show you a more deconstructed use of Merry & Bright. For this card, I've used several of the images included in the set to create a pattern to flank the top and bottom of my sentiment. Check out those pine cones! Love. Believe it or not, they are created with one color ink. I stamped the detail layer first in brown dye ink. Waited a couple of seconds for the ink to dry, and then stamped the base layer on top in the exact same color. Waiting for the ink to completely dry gives that second layer extra depth. Instead of blending into the wet ink, it adds a second layer on top that intensifies the color. I hope that makes sense.

I practiced on scratch paper first to get an arrangement I liked. Notice that it all starts with the red flower and the rest of the elements "burst" out into a triangle, with the flower acting as the top of the triangle. I added a few leaves and some dots from Fresh Cut Florals.

Wplus9 Supplies:
Stamps: Merry & Bright (available 10/5/13), Fresh Cut Florals // Dies: Folk Art Alphabet | Cardstock: White

That's all I have to share for today. But some of the girls have more to share with you! Be sure to head over to their blogs to check out what they have for you:

Hannah Craner
Jean Martin
Jinny Newlin
Kerrianne Bowen
Sarah Martina Parker

So there you have Day 1, I really hope you enjoyed today's previews. Are you ready for a chance to win today's featured products: Woodland Wreaths, Woodland Wreaths Companion Die, Merry & Bright and the Merry & Bright Companion Die? Just leave a comment by 9:00 AM EST October 2nd to enter. I will select one random winner from all comments. Winners will be posted here.

Thanks for stopping by, I'll be back tomorrow!

127 comments:

  1. Love your gorgeous samples, Dawn! Everything looks wonderful. I love Fresh Cut Florals so much so I know I will be adding Merry & Bright!

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  2. This is so elegant and lovely! I can tell this release is going to be AMAZING!

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  3. Wow! Your winter release items look amazing! Can't wait for them to be available on Sat.!!

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  4. Oh wow ... so wonderful and so gorgeous ... fabulous inspiration! Anita (in France) :)

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  5. Dawn--these are just beautiful! I can't wait to see what is next!

    Chris L.

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  6. WOW you've outdone yourself, Dawn. I love everything I see today, and your cards are just gorgeous.

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  7. Wow! These sets look amazing!

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  8. I don't even know where to begin.... but so excited to see all these ones on the first day!! Love the colors on that pear!

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  9. Really what a gorgeous sets for Christmas. Really like them all.

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  10. Wow! Gorgeous, all of them :)

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  11. These are so gorgeous! I absolutely love the wreaths. Beautiful cards.

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  12. Oh my gosh dawn these new sets are absolutely gorgeous xx just when I think you cant top the last release you do!! Fabulous job sweetie x

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  13. These are the most beautiful sets I've seen for a long time! I'm specially in love with the last card. And thanks for the idea of layering the Folk Art alphabet in two colors :)

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  14. Oh my goodness I knew "Fresh Cut" Christmas would be heavenly - and it is! Just love that candle and the partridge! Its all so wantable.....

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  15. Wow, these sets are just gorgeous - I have been hoping for a multi-step stamping addition for Christmas and I love the way Fresh Cut Florals can be incorporated too. :)

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  16. Oh my goodness...I am absolutely loving the wreath set. Amazing!

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  17. Dawn, this is a stunning and elegant Christmas collection for the Holidays! I know I have said this before, but it keeps getting better and better! You're samples are amazing and inspiring!

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  18. Really gorgeous products and projects!! Merry and bright is just stunning!

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  19. I love, love, love the wreaths! And the detail on the pinecones is fantastic!

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  20. Gorgeous projects as always, Dawn, and I am SO excited for these new sets!!

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  21. Oh, Dawn, there are so many goodies introduced today - how could there possibly be more?? I'm so glad there are, but my wallet isn't! lol! I love the detail of the 2 & 3-step stamp sets you've been designing. They are true beauties!

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  22. OH MY. Oh I can't wait. I *need* these! All my stamp stuff is still all packed away, but these babies will give me a reason to bust it out! The samples that you created are so stunning - full of dimension and beautiful style. I can't wait to see more!

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  23. Oh these wreaths and candles are awesome!! I think I'm going have to have both of these sets.

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  24. Beautiful sets! This is really getting me in the holiday mood:) Can't wait for the release!

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  25. OMG! Swoon...I'm in love with all of them. Christmas cards this year are going to be gorgeous!

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  26. These sets are absolutely gorgeous! Really puts me in the holiday mood!

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  27. Oh WOW! I really want them all! LOL I was wowed by the sneak peeks of the first wreath card the other day, but my goodness it's gorgeous! I need it :)

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  28. Stunning!! It's going to be hard to wait until I can have all of these on my stamping desk!!!

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  29. Oh, wow! Wow! I want it all! Seriously!
    Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  30. Oh my - jaw-dropping gorgeous! Your new release is beyond amazing, as showcased by the stunning cards you and your DT have shared! I'm in awe...and in a deep state of *need*! Going back to gaze again..and again...Thanks for sharing!
    c

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  31. Gorgeous cards! I am loving the wreath stamp!

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  32. Be still my beating heart :-D LOVE all of them - they may just overtake foral fusion as my faves, but only til Christmas ;-)

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  33. Dawn, I love these images! I am really getting into the 2-step stamping because I just love the results! What a great idea to put a "cheat" mark on the stamps - very helpful!

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  34. Stunning! Really makes me want to start thinking about holiday cards!

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  35. Oh how lovely! I love all of these!

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  36. Holy cow! This is the best holiday set I've ever seen!! Love every single thing!!!

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  37. All are great, but really love the wreath!

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  38. Oh my goodness!!! Absolutely stunning!! I NEED it all. :(

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  39. I love all of these! Really puts me in the holiday mood! Can't wait for the release! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  40. I have been dying over all the FB sneaks, these are gorgeous, especially loving Merry and Bright!

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  41. Oh boy! You knocked it out of the park with Fresh Cut Florals, and now all this. It is just to much goodness. Love it!
    Ang

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  42. Seriously, you think of everything! These sets are perfect and so pretty! Love all the samples. Can't wait to go shopping. :)

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  43. Fabulous cards, these sets look like more must haves :)

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  44. Oh my goodness!! I have been anxiously waiting for today! These stamps and dies are absolutely amazing!! I loooove them!! Fabulous cards too!

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  45. oh! ils sont fabuleux!!! merci

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  46. Absolutely gorgeous! Your stamps are always so classic and timeless. I enjoy each and every release! :)

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  47. Beautiful, must-have sets! And the inspiration cards are gorgeous!!!

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  48. I am in crafty Christmas heaven!!! Beautiful sets!!! I can't wait to make some mailboxes merry with Christmas cards!!

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  49. These sets are simply elegant and totally gorgeous! They're all so beautiful, I want all of them! Great job!

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  50. Everything looks so tempting, and I love how you can add-in Fresh Cut Florals!

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  51. Love it all!!! Your cards are stunning!

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  52. Beautiful new stamp sets and love all the samples you made. Woodland Wreaths is gorgeous and loving how you shared some one layers cards..how perfect for Christmas!!

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  53. What a treat. Looking forward to using both sets in my holiday crafting this year...

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  54. Classic and elegant! LOVE everything I've seen! Beautiful images and designing! Oh, I hope I win!!! Thank you for the chance!

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  55. Incredible products! I'm really impressed, Dawn!

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  56. Woodland wreaths is just beautiful! I thought I didn't need another winter/holiday set til I saw this one...

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  57. Oh wow! These sets are so beautiful! They are very elegant and fun at the same time! :)

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  58. I've had to come back and look at these samples several times today. I love the idea of a "collection". Merry & Bright is so unique. I can't wait to see more!

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  59. Love all the wreaths. I think this set can be used all year long for the different seasons.

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  60. IN LOVE!!! ....with both sets so gorgeous!
    Must haves again......!
    now only finding a way to get them...more easily..no one sells them here in the Netherlands..so sad about that...

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  61. I am in desperate need of new Christmas stamps, and these are just GORGEOUS! Can't wait to see more!

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  62. What beautiful Christmas sets and the cards are gorgeous! Can't wait to order!!

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  63. These stamps and dies are all beautiful and I can't wait to get my hands on them! Gorgeous cards!!

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  64. Still loving Fresh Cut Florals and all these new products are must-haves too!

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  65. WOW! So beautiful. I am in love with the wreaths.

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  66. Wow! This is quite the collection...very nice!

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  67. What a great beginning! I love all the sets!

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  68. Really brilliant sets!!! Love the was you used the alpha dies on the noël card, so cool!

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  69. Absolutely gorgeous projects! Oh my word, I am totally in love with these new sets. Just brilliant.

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  70. So pretty I luv the wreaths n the candles thru the vellum card is beautiful

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  71. I love the candle and pine cone stamps!

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  72. Dawn.....such amazing holiday themes stamps and dies. I am literally swooning over here. ;)

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  73. Oh, my! Each card is more beautiful than the last, so fun to scroll through the post today. I am off to look at the design teams creations!

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  74. These sets are so awesome!!! I can't wait to get my hands on them.

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  75. Love the wreath cards! Can't wait to see what's next.

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  76. I am in love with your beautiful wreaths...so stunning!

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  77. I love them all! They are fantastic and your card samples are all so beautiful. I'm so excited to see what you have for us tomorrow. Christmas cards are my favorite cards to make. Thanks for sharing.

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  78. Gorgeous sets and cards!!!!!!! I want every single one!

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  79. Love both of these sets. Definitely must haves.

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  80. Both sets are great! My favourite is Woodland Wreaths! I would LOVE to have these sets!

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  81. Both sets are great! My favourite is Woodland Wreaths! I would LOVE to have these sets!

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  82. Eeeeeeks!!! Just like fresh cut florals but, wintery.....IN LOVE!!!! And adore how you used the sprigs from FCF on the first card.....fabulously versatile!!

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  83. Oh my gosh - such BEAUTIFUL things! I really love that Woodland Wreaths set - so many intricate images and I love how you samples make them look 'sugary' like we see on the fruits and wreaths in the hobby stores!

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  84. OMG! Everything so Gorgeous Dawn...I'm really loving the new the Woodland Wreaths :)

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  85. These are absolutely wonderful! The soft look of the pine wreath brings the scent straight to me...love it!

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  86. Wow, I'm such a fan! These sets are so elegant.

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  87. Amazing cards from these fabulous new sets! I am in love with Woodland Wreaths.

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  88. Yikes! Dawn, I'm in serious trouble with that wreath... LOVE the 2-step stamping!

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  89. Gorgeous stamps and die set! The cards are beautiful from very sweet to wonderfully elegant. Thanks so much for the inspiration. :)

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  90. I love these, they are so festive!

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  91. Love them...thinking about my Christmas cards already!

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  92. ahhhh!!! These are so fabulous! I've been watching all the sneaks on fb so its so fun to finally see them all! Congratulations!!!

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  93. All of just incredible detailed and stunning samples by you and your designers. Off to great start, I will be broke by the end of the release!

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  94. Omg!! I'd LOVE to win!! I so LOVE these new sets and I can't wait to see the inspiration from the other girls!! Thanks so much for sharing and have a Fabulous Week!! ;)

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  95. I am brand new to your stamps and I am loving what I see! These new sets are beautiful and I love how you can build on them with all the different elements! I can see that my wallet is in big trouble already!

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  96. Oh, wow! That wreath with the white flowers was pretty but the NOEL card at the end is fan.TAS.tic!

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  97. Wow! Such elegant stamps! Fabulous cards!

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  98. Absolutely stunning - you captured the essence of Christmas in this release!

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  99. Everything sample is gorgeous....amazing Christmas release!

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  100. Oh my gosh, I just love these sets! You've blown me away, and it's only Day 1! I really love the vellum treatment for Merry & Bright, but the first card is absolutely amazing. Can't wait to see the rest of the release!

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  101. Oh wow both these sets look amazing. Your cards are just beautiful.

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  102. Ohhh....gorgeous! Love all the new sets and dies! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  103. My goodness! I have just recently found you through my friend's blog and I am smitten with your stamps. I love the simplicity of them and yet you create such elegant cards. I am wow'd!

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  104. Wow dawn !!! You know I live your stamps and this release is gorgeous !!

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  105. Oh, my gorgeousness! Dawn, I am in awe. These are must haves...seriously.

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  106. Absolutely stunning, the most unique Christmas stamps I have seen yet!

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  107. Absolutely awesome release! Your cards are so inspirational. Heather J.

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  108. Loove these they will soon be mine hehe :)

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  109. Gorgeous samples, Dawn. I've seen several Christmas releases recently, but honestly, Woodland Wreaths is the first Christmas stamp set speaks to me.

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  110. These sets are simply gorgeous and some of the best holiday sets I have seen!

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  111. Love the wreath. I am a huge fan of two step stamping and love how the fruit images turned out.

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  112. wow, these are all fantastic!

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  113. These are just fabulous! I can't wait to play!!

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  114. Both sets are gorgeous and so versatile. I {heart} Christmas stamps. Dawn, your sample cards are gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to win. I'll keep my fingers crossed. ;-)

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  115. Both these sets are wonderful new additions to the stamp line!

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  116. Every card is so beautiful! I can't wait to order these new sets!

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  117. GORGEOUS.. i love it.. the DT is amazing and totally love the Holiday collection..

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  118. What a beautiful set of wreaths... really love the sentiments as well. Looking forward to your release.

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  119. You are crazy amazing, Dawn! I adore all these new products. Wow.

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  120. Dawn, these are fantastic! Love the pine wreath and pretty candle stamps. Wow, can't wait to see more of the release. You knocked my socks off!!

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