Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Holiday 2014 Release Preview

Are you ready for the Wplus9 Holiday 2014 Release? We have lots of new products hitting the stores on October 5, 2014. But before they officially go on sale we are going to spend the next couple of days previewing all of the new stamps and dies and showing you some fun ways to use them. You can find all of the new products at the bottom of this post.

Remember, the entire Holiday 2014 release will be available for purchase beginning October 5th at wplus9.com as well as at many of your favorite retailers.

We have two new sets that are a little different from our usual style. I don't normally do "cute". I can illustrate it, but I usually have trouble executing the images into a card design. So, I decided to tackle those first. You know? To get them "out of the way" in case I had trouble.

Oh how wrong I was!

I had SO much fun with Merry Little Christmas and Merriest Wishes! These sets feature three elves - Rebecca Elf, Hunter Elf and Carter Elf - they are a playful little bunch and a blast to color. I used Copic markers for both of my examples today.

I colored Rebecca Elf in bright colors for a non traditional Christmas color scheme. I decided she needed a little sparkle to her outfit and used a white gel pen to add a "sequin" shimmer.

I decided to go with the playful vibe of the image and turn this into a shaker card using a ton of Pretty Pink Posh sequins. This was super easy thanks to the new Holiday Apertures Die also being released. I did not have this use in mind when I designed this die, but let me tell you...this is one versatile die!

Wouldn't this be a fun Holiday card for a little princess?

Next up, a fun card in traditional colors featuring Hunter Elf. I stamped the main image of Hunter sitting on an ornament, masked him and then added several more ornaments using the single ornament stamp included in the set.

Again, I colored everything using Copic markers and added some shimmer to the large red ornament using a clear Wink of Stella pen. It's not really showing up too well in the photos, but it is so pretty in real life and really adds the extra little "something" to the design.

I finished the card off with a sentiment also included in this set and adhered the panel directly to a Cupid's Bow card base. This font combo is one of my new favorites. It can easily go from cute and playful to more modern and trendy.

I have one more card to share with you today. This one features the Festive Greetings stamp set paired with more Copic coloring.

This is another one of those sets that can stretch across several genres. Today's example is bright and colorful.

I started by stamping the main large "Jingle" sentiment and then stamped the separate string of lights directly over it. Next I stamped three additional single bulbs on separate paper and colored them. I cut them out, adhered them over the bulbs that were overlapping the greeting, and finished coloring the rest of the bulbs. I wanted the lights to look entwined in the sentiment. Looking at the photos, I probably should have left the blue bulb behind the "J".

To help reinforce the look of a "glow", I used a Q-Tip to apply a very light halo of chalk pastels around each bulb in their respective colors. The finished panel was adhered to a Black card base. Flat and perfect for mailing!

I really hope you enjoyed today's cards. Sometimes going outside of your comfort zone can be a lot of fun! I'll have more featuring these sets, including a video, a little later this week. If there's anything you'd like to see a video on or more information about the featured cards today, be sure to leave it in the comments below.

I'll be back tomorrow more to share!

Design Team Inspiration

  • Kara Vrabel - Be sure to stop by and see Kara Vrabel, she is featuring several of the new release items, including Winter Woodland and Snowflake Backdrops - demonstrating how well everything can be used together.
  • Joni Nina Andaya - And Joni is sharing more of Merriest Wishes and Merry Little Christmas!

Holiday 2014 Release - available 10/05/14

Photopolymer Clear Stamps

Merriest Wishes
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Merry Little Christmas
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Winter Woodland
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Snowflake Backdrops
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Snowflake Backdrops
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Twenty Fifteen
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Strictly Sentiments 6
3x4" Clear Stamp Set
$6 USD

Hand Lettered Holiday
3x4" Clear Stamp Set
$6 USD

Steel Rule Dies

Hand Lettered Hello Die
$6 USD

Holiday Apertures
$16 USD

Landscape Borders Die
$12 USD

Snowflake Trio Die
$7 USD

Stag Trio Die
$12 USD

Winter Woodland Companion Die
$9 USD

Giveaway Alert

So what do you think? Would you like to win the Merry Little Christmas and Festive Greetings stamp sets before you can buy them? Would you like to see more sets like these from Wplus9 in the future? Just leave a comment below by 10:00 a.m. EST on 10/02/14 to enter. I will select one random winner from all comments. Winner will be posted on our Releaser Winners page by noon.

Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

152 comments:

  1. Glad you stepped out of your comfort zone - you rock cute! The elves are awesome! I imagine coloring those cuties would be so much fun. I'd LOVE to win a set! Thanks for the chance!

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  2. wonderful and magical release, dies are perfect!

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  3. Love the light and sentiment set - so much you could do with them.

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  4. Fabulous holiday release, Dawn!!! Would I like to win them? You bet your sweet Copic-colored Christmas bulbs I would!!
    =] Michele

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  5. Fantastic! Adorable elves and the colouring on those baubles is awesome. :) Particularly loving the "jingle" greetings set though.

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  6. Love Hand Lettered Holiday! The font is just lovely. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  7. Love these! The Elves are soooooooooo good, simply adore them!!!

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  8. WOW!! Your release always amaze me!

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  9. I am in love with those elves. Soooo cute.

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  10. Amazing release! Especially love Festive Greetings stamp set.
    Such beautiful cards you created!

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  11. What lovely cards. I really like the style you use on your card. The elfs are very cute and you did an excellent job on them.

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  12. If I could be guaranteed such great results stepping out of my comfort zone as yours maybe I would do it more often! Loving the new release.

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  13. Love the cards! Those new stamp sets and dies are amazingly! I just love the hand lettered holiday stamps and dies!

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  14. Oh my goodness! I'm going to need several of these new sets! Your Rebecca card would be absolutely perfect for my granddaughter Molly! Can't wait to see more!

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  15. I love your cards and the departure from your usual style. The elves are adorable and I also love how you entwined the lights and the sentiment.

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  16. The elves are adorable and most of the time, elves creep me out! LOL Can't wait to see the rest of the amazing inspiration you have coming up!

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  17. Yes please! I love the fun sets although the classic style is more my usual style :)

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  18. I love the new sets! The deer and the trees to make a snowy scene are great! Also I love the elves!

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  19. Great sets! I love the sentiment one, but then I love anything Wplus9!

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  20. oh dear, I love them all. those cute ones are adorable and your cards are awesome.

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  21. Adorable!!!! I love all the fun coloring!!

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  22. I adore all your designs. Love it for the holidays

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  23. Wow these are awesome! I love the details and their faces!

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  24. Great cards - love the coloring!!!

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  25. I love all the new sets especially the elves. They are adorable without being too cutesy or creepy as elves can sometimes be. The greetings are also fabulous and I can't wait to see what you do with the woodland set.

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  26. What a great release, I have my eye on the Winter Woodland set! By the way, your coloring of all the ornaments is fantabulous!

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  27. Oh my goodness, I just love those little elves! SO SO SO cute! They look so fun to color!! :)

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  28. The stamps and dies are amazing! This release is beautiful :)

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  29. LOVE the hand lettered merry and joy!!! Was wishing for that in this release!!

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  30. Oh, this is such a great release !!!!! I can't wait to get some of these sets !!!!! Love the cards you made !!!

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  31. These cards are gorgeous. I love those elf stamp sets. What a pretty holiday release.

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  32. Your cards are so adorable! I am so excited about that Jingle stamp! I can hardly even stand it!!!!

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  33. Great release, love the sets and dies! I can't wait to see more!

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  34. These are darling! It looks like a fabulous Christmas-themed release.

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  35. Love these. I just ordered my first stamp die set this week. Found you on Pinterest! I have watched all your videos and love your style! Thanks!

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  36. The elves are so cute, love the coloring you did!

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  37. Loving the look of the whole release! Will be back tomorrow!

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  38. Even though it's only October 1st, these sets have me streaming Christmas music in my head, lol! Wonderful release! Those elves are very unique to the holiday stamping world. Very cute. Bev

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  39. Love the elves, can't wait to start working on my Christmas cards!

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  40. OH my goodness - All these are so cute! I need them all!!!

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  41. I love both of those stamp sets!! The elf on the ornament is perfect!! And YES I would love to see more stamp sets like this!! Just wonderful!!

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  42. Great job Dawn! You got a little bit of everything covered with this release. Love the elves!

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  43. Great release! Think you have Christmas and the New Year covered!!
    Robin

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  44. These are so much fun! What a fabulous release with something for everyone! Love them all!!!

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  45. Adorable images!! Fantastic cards!!

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  46. The elves are adorable! It looks like another fabulous release. Love your cards.

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  47. Festive Greetings looks like so much fun to play with. Merry Little Christmas is cute too -- would have to learn to color better to try those! Looking forward to the release. Love the shaker card!!!

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  48. What a fabulous collections of stamps and dies :)

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  49. Super cute Dawn and awesome coloring on the stamps also!! :D TFS

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  50. Dawn what a great release! Your copic coloring is fantastic!

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  51. Wao! Fabulous release, this Elf so cute, love the sentiments in all stamps sets, specially the bold ones! As always great products Dawn, Thank You.

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  52. Amazing coloring! the ornaments looks exactly like glass ornaments. You never cease to dazzle me.

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  53. Love this release! and the cards made with it, lovely.

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  54. Wow! Awesome release! Love your cards! I can't get enough of those elves. They are just adorable! Yes to more stamps like these...Easter bunnies.. ;-)

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  55. Great release! I love all your cards! I love your coloring.

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  56. I Love the new release. Especially the cute little elves! Outstanding job on all the coloring! And I like the simple designs on the cards. Makes it look easy to copy if I can get my coloring skills up a notch! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Wonderful inspiration with those delightful elves! I just started collecting your wares, and would I love to have one of these sets -- Wow, yes, indeed! Love your inks, gonna purchase all in a couple of days!

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  57. Those elves are so cute. I love the one sitting on the ball. I would like to see you release playful stamps like this because we all like to smile (:

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  58. Oh, yes, yes I would like to win! I especially like Winter Woodland and Snowflake Backdrops. Can't wait to see all your ideas.

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  59. The stamps are really cute. But what I love the most is the copic colouring on the balls... Gorgeous!

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  60. I love everything in this release!! I can't wait to see more projects using these products!
    - Ashka

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  61. Love these cards. Great clear images and so many ways to use them. Want them all so hope I can have a win as my wallet is a little thin. Love the copic colours used and the colouring on the baubles is inspiring.

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  62. WOW!!! Beautiful release!! Love the dies so much!!!!

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  63. Wow such a great release..such cute images..love how you colored them...
    and oh my that Jingle card..love that one.....
    super great new items!

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  64. Would I like to win any Wplus9 product? Would I like to win product from one of my favorite companies? Is the sky blue?

    Love your version of cute. I don't do cute either, but these might be an exception. Love the jingle card and expecially the Christmas word dies.

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  65. Would totally rock to win these! What a fun release....I am so smitten with the little elf on the ornaments! Coloring heaven.... Great release! Thanks for the chance!

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  66. Love your cards and all the new stamps and dies. Thanks for the chance to win. I'm working on my list for Santa!

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  67. Oh my goodness, this release is fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  68. The type font for "Hand Lettered Holiday " is lovely--so glad to have both the stamp set and the die. Anxious to see the many uses of "Holiday Apertures." I can see the greetings in "Festive Greetings" done in white ink on black Chalkboard paper. Hurry, hurry Oct 5 !!!

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  69. Wow you sure did rock it with the elves <3 I adore them :) glad you ventured outside your comfort zone

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  70. Omg they are so sweet I'm so excited you made some sweet image stamps after seeing your gorgeous artwork on Instagram

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  71. These are fantastic! Of course, you should make more - I love them!

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  72. They are awesome! Can't wait to get my hands on them!!!!

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  73. Cute cards and stamp sets!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  74. So much Awesome all at once! Love the stamps and the dies :)

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  75. Such cute elves! Love the colouring you've done, too!

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  76. How fun!
    And what a fabulous release...
    can't wait for the 5th!

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  77. Oh my! I just didn't think you could top the last release! But I was wrong! I love the elves, the lights,and the snowflakes stamps! the merry/joy die's... just all it! Awesome release!!!!!

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  78. These are wonderful! Your stamps are the very best. I

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  79. Oh, Dawn! Festive Greetings and Hand Lettered Holiday are perfection! Your sentiments always make my heart sing! ♡

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  80. Love all these new items! I'm trying to win. Someday I'll win something! Love a the card examples!

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  81. While the elves are truly adorable I must admit that the other classic sets are on the TOP of my list.
    Now the vintage shaped Christmas light bulbs are a different matter..I LOVE the look of those and the JINGLE font!

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  82. Too, too darling! Love the cards, too.

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  83. The STAG trio is What I've been looking for as well!!!
    Looking forward to seeing those in action:)

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  84. Looks like a fantastic release! I'm a sucker for dies!!
    Your Copic skills are perfection!

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  85. These are STUPENDOUS! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  86. Dawn, your artistry is just incredible! I can totally see where my budget is going this month... :)

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  87. These gorgeous products couldn't have come at a better time, as I was just about to buy some xmas stamps and dies. I love it all!!

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  88. So excited about the holiday release! Everything looks like its a must have!

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  89. What a fantastic release! My favorite is Winter Woodland and Snowflake Backdrops. You've outdone yourself and should be so proud! The cards shown are so inspirational as well. So many ideas to start rolling around in my head!

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  90. Oh what fun and whimsical images! I can't wait to see what you do with the Winter Woodland set...
    Valerie

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  91. Oh my, Dawn...you do "cute" in a most fabulous way! Your elf and Christmas light cards are darling and beautiful; cute and classy! In answer to your questions: yes, please, I would be thrilled to welcome this release into my collection; guaranteed they would be much loved. More sets like these? Tilt your head north and you'll hear my resounding YES PLEASE echoing off the mountains, and rolling through the valleys! Your creativity is beyond impressive....
    ~c

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  92. I love your cards! These stamps are awesome. Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win. :D

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  93. These are very cute...love both the playful sets and your elegant ones. A few more cute ones in the future wouldn't hurt!

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  94. Oh wow... If this is stepping out of your comfort zone you could have fooled me! They are all wonderful! These stamps sets have so many design possibilities. I am a video junkie and enjoy watching cards being created and always learn something new. You have my vote for more stamps like the Christmas lights and large sentiments. I would love to add these to my collection! Fantastic inspiration!!

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  95. These sets are super adorable and yes, you should definitely make more of these cute stamp sets!! I am loving these sets and so impressed with the cuteness I am seeing here!!

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  96. The cards are beautiful and the stamp sets and dies in this release are fantastic. The little elf is just too cute. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  97. Definitely loving all the sentiments and the bold words (and dies). The stamp sets are too cute and are a nice addition to your line - but don't change too much :)

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  98. OMG....the elves are adorable!!!! Keep up with the great cute images!

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  99. Totally LOVING the AMAZING Inspiration and the SWEET New Images!! How FUN!! =)So looking forward to the rest of the Release!! =) THANKS SO MUCH for sharing your AWESOME Cards and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  100. I don't personally do cute images (mostly because my shading is lousy!) but I do love to see what others do with them. I love the Snowflake backdrop and the dies.

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  101. Great release! Can't wait to see more ...

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  102. How cute are those elves! What a fantastic release, Dawn ... more gorgeous Hand Lettered, wonderful Snowflake Background, fabulous Festive Greetings! Anita :)

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  103. I just love that jingle bells set with the little lights. Such a great idea for a Christmas card when the pressure is on to make lots of cards!

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  104. How cute are those little elves? and what about all the other glorious stamps and dies so ideal for Christmas cards. Thanks for the chance to win them.

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  105. I love how you color the elves and also the Holiday Apertures. I can't wait to see more cards made using these new products here in your blog.

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  106. I love the elf so much and also the hand lettered word. I always enjoy your tutorial, its easy to understand ^^ thanks for sharing

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  108. Beautiful as always. Can't wait to see the other exemples! Love the lette ring and matching dies!

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  109. oh that deer! i absolutely love the winter woodland set. it's gorgeous...and different than any other christmas-time stamps i have. love love love!

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  110. These are such awesome images! They really would be a lot of fun to color with Copics. I love the examples provided and would be so grateful to win any of them! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  111. The elves are too cute! These could be so much fun to color or paper piece! Love the tree lights too!

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  112. These cards are absolutely adorable and love those little elves. I love the whimsical font of "jingle" and such a creative design. That set would be perfect for mass producing cards for Christmas! Love this release and gets me so excited for Christmas card making :)

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  113. I would love to see more stamps like these. They are darling. I especially enjoy the colored lights stamp. The cards are so cute.

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  114. The elves are charming in a sweet, classic way! And the simple sentiment with bulbs is perfect!

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  115. Looks like it's going to be another awesome release! Can't wait to see more!

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  116. Love your holiday stamps. The set with lights and all the words is going on my list.

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  117. Awesome dies. I love what the do to cards. I've been following your blog for a few weeks. I love the watercolor tutorials.

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  118. What a great new release! Love the elf cards...very cute!

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  119. Wow what an amazing release... I love every single product on offer... Hope my budget permits to get all these...

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  120. Beautiful cards! Love Winter Woodland and the Hand Lettered Holiday dies and set. The font used on the elf sets is awesome, and I'd love to see a sentiment set using that font in the future.

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  121. These little elves are adorable! Love the new dies too!

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  122. Great new products! I like the elves alot and the dies.

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  123. I love the playfulness of the elves cards! Christmas is supposed to be filled with fun joyful memories so what better way to start the season than with these elves?!? TFS xxx

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  124. Wonderful release. I think you pulled off your cute cards very nicely. Love your sweet shaker card and your last card would be perfect for some mass producing.

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  125. Darling cards! Love the sparkle and sequins on the first card and the coloring on the ornaments on the second one! LOVE the ornaments and Jingle All the Way sentiment!

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  126. I really love your design of stamps (and of course the cards) - very intresting new sets, and so many options to use them :)

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  127. I love the Stag Trio dies...this is going to be a fun release!

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  128. This release is so cute! What a new look for WPlus9! Love it!

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  129. This new release is just great, loving the new dies.

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  130. What a fabulous release. thanks so much for the chance to win.

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  131. winter woodland. love love love!

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  132. What a wonderful release ... the wishlist is growing! Love those words, and lots of dies.

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  133. What a fabulous release.....this is the best!Its so hard to decide what goes to the top of my wish list and would like one of everything.

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  134. So many goodies to look forward to in this release - I love the lettering sets!

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  135. This is an amazing set and yes, I would love to see more like it!

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  136. I love the little elf! Beautiful coloring!

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  137. Wish it were Sunday already..this release is looking to be stellar if your cards are any indication. Love those little elves and that string of lights is saying, "buy me".

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  138. Wow I love it all. The elf is so sweet and the lights are so bright. What a fun release....

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  139. Love how cute and whimsical these stamps are!

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