Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Advent Calendar Extravaganza-With Taheerah Atchia'

ETA:  WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!! SCROLL DOWN TO BOTTOM TO SEE WINNERS!  
Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -THEEEE- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are over 60 special guests (Including ME)- each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!


Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises wait behind the door!
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I so enjoyed making this collection of cards!    I was able to use my Journey Color Splash as a wash on watercolor paper over some embossed snowflakes- so fun experimenting with this Splash.  I used a few colors for this project:  Shimmer Gold Splash, Blue Lagoon Splash and Cool Pool Splash!  It works fabulously as a wash!!!

After the ink dried, I removed the embossing layer using my heat gun and a cloth.  I distressed the whole paper with Whip Cream True Fusion Ink .  Next, I flicked some Silver Silk onto the watercolored background, added some Platinum Liquid Pearls and I was ready to attach it to some Silver striped vellum.  This is my most FAVORITE VELLUM ever!!! It still needed one more stamped element to "ground" the image so I stamped the lacy border with River Stone True Fusion Ink  then fussy cut/distressed and pop-dotted it up on the edge.

Applying my image to Oatmeal Cookie and Whip Cream cardstock was next.  I used a Blue Lagoon (MY NEW FAVORITE COLOR) card base to mount my completed front panel.
They yummy Tinsel Trim and the freebie star embellishments were the perfect embellishing touch. I sewed an aqua sequin and a pearlescent seed bead onto the shimmery fabric star. To complete the triad of embellies, I added a little dew drop.  :)
***(I'll be contributing a few prizes as well!  Since FSJ is only available in the US through an FSJ Coach like me right now,  I would love to award the prize to one USA winner, one Canada winner, and one "over-the-pond" reader!  The winners will receive a pack of the silver shimmer puffy stars, a pack of the wooden stars and a collection of papers I used in this project.  If you are READING this and NOT JUST PICTURE WALKING THIS POST and are interested in the prize stated above, please add this comment saying "FSJ Newbie" and your name will be placed in my drawing.  I'll accept comments posted up until December 31.  I'll announce a winner on January 1.)***

It's not a party without a prize!  And with prizes every single day, there are several chances to win!!!  Today's prize is generously supplied by Dee's Artsy Impressions (Click on the link to be directed to her blog so you can see her yummy stamps!!!). We know you'll definitely want to get your hands on this sweet treat!  How?  Simply leave a comment here and head over to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there to double your chances.  Don't forget to grab the other prize destination links and leave them some love too.  Every comment gets you a chance to win, so comment like crazy!!!

Remember:  You'll improve your chances of winning with EVERY comment posted.  You have until 7am EST on Thursday 31st December to leave all your comments! This Advent Calendar Extravaganza will run from Dec. 1-25 so make sure to visit Taheerah's blog every day to see what's behind that door!  

All comments will be accepted until December 31 and announcements of all winners will be posted the following week.  Good luck and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

WINNERS WINNERS!  The following names were randomly drawn to receive a prize package from me. Please contact me soon so I can send my package out to you!  
USA:  Rebecca Yahrling
Canada:  KT Fit Kitty
UK:  Lynn Hardy

152 comments:

  1. Love the rich colors and that golden star is gorgeous
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia

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    1. Thank you Dr. Sonia! The lighting must be tricky on this series of photos. The star is actually silver and it matches the tinsel trim and the silver stripes on the vellum. :)

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  2. And also adding FSJ Newbie !!
    and Thank you for a chance to win
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia
    soniasv@rediffmail.com
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

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  3. Oooh! So pretty! Love that golden star!

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    1. Thanks so much Kristie... The lighting on the photos is throwing viewers off I suppose. The star is actually silver to match the tinsel trim and the silver striped vellum. :)

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  4. What a fun card! Love the color combination. FSJ Newbie.

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  5. Just stunning !!! I love all the textures and layers!!! "FSJ Newbie"

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  6. Beautiful card! The colour combination is striking and the snowflakes...stunning! Thank you for being part of Taheerah's Advent series! I'm not from the US or *over the pond*, but I think your give-away is wonderfully sweet! Two people will be thrilled to receive your gift!
    ~carol

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  7. Love the colours in your card. Beautiful!

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  8. Like the colors, torn edges & embellishments.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  9. Thank you for your generous offer for FSJ Newbies! Your card is absolutely stunning. Love the torn vellum.

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  10. Very pretty! Love all he textures and layers.

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  11. Impressive card. Love the mix of colors and elements.

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  12. What beautiful striped vellum!
    Love it with the snowflakes!

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    1. Thank you Debbie! The vellum is wonderfully THICK and delish!!! It is available in stripes, solids, stars and polka dots. :)

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  13. Beautiful card with a wonderful mix of elements! Love the gold with the pretty blue!

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    1. Thank you Sharron- The lighting is tricky on this series of photos, I guess. The metallic color used was silver- not gold. :)

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  14. Pretty card! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  15. Love how you enhanced the
    star with the other goodies!
    So pretty. I'm a "FSJ Newbie"
    and would love to win! Also
    a new follower.
    Carla from Utah

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    1. Thank you Carla. I love to incorporate stitching and beads in my cards so that puffy fabric was just asking for a needly poke. ;)

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  16. Beautiful card. I guess I'm a fuss newbie since I've not heard of it.

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  17. Love the mix of elements. I'm an FSJ newbie.

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  18. Wow! An impressive creation! Wonderful textures and elements, i just adore it!

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  19. Gorgeous! Love that inked background! Thanks for being a special part of my event! xoxo

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  20. Absolutely dazzling card!! Love the gorgeous background and the shimmery puffy star!! The torn vellum adds a special touch that I have never tried before. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome creation!! I am a FSJ Newbie.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Janis! I hope my card inspires you to play with vellum too...Remember...save your torn scraps, they can become fabulous embellishments (rolled roses, banners, borders, etc)

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  21. Such a beautiful card and the colors are divine! :)

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  22. This is gorgeous! I love all your pretty details!
    Holiday Hugs,
    Michele

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  23. Love the blue on the kraft colors.
    Beautiful card.
    thanks for shsaring.

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  24. So pretty, Kerry ... and such wonderful, shimmery dimension and texture! Anita :)

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  25. FSJ Newbie
    Love the design of your card. Those
    embellishments are just perfect. Thank
    you for sharing.

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  26. Oh my this is gorgeous! Those colors are incredible, the torn vellum piece looks superb!

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  27. What a lovely card. The vellum with the white over top of the kraft makes for a beautiful background. Great work!

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm a "layery" kind of cardmaker...I just can't get enough of paper, dimension and texture! :)

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  28. Lovely card! Love those snowflakes ♥

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  29. Beautiful card, love those color combos! Thanks for sharing how you made the background.

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    1. Your welcome! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment about my work. I appreciate it so much! :)

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  30. Beautiful card Kerry! Amazing background and I enjoyed all of the mixed media you used to create such wonderful texture. I just recently became aware to Fun Stamper's Journey but I would still consider myself a FSJ Newbie.

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  31. Oh my! So pretty and festive!! Love that puffy gold star!

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    1. Thanks so much! The lighting can be tricky. The star is actually a metallic silver that coordinates with the tinsel and the striped vellum. We do have a gold metallic puffy heart too!!!

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  32. what a lovely card... the embellishments are so pretty!

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  33. Stunning card - love all the elements you used and the colors are fabulous! I've never seen striped vellum - looks divine. (FSJ Newbie) :-)

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    1. The striped vellum is my favorite! It comes in silver, gold AND black stripes. Star and polka dot vellum also come in the package! Soooo amazing and wonderfully thick vellum!

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  34. Love your card (fsj) newbie I've never seen the striped vellum either.

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  35. Beautiful card! The puffy star is adorable! TFS (FSJ Newbie)

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    1. I so love the puffy star. I think my most favorite part is the ability to embellish them by stamping on them, sewing on them and distressing them. So versatile!

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  36. Your card is stunning! I'm an FSJ Newbie, too (well, if I'm honest, I did see a demonstration by Richard Garay at the Scrapbook Expo in October, so I'm familiar with the company, but haven't been to a party or workshop.)

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    1. So glad you were able to attend the Scrapbook Expo and had the pleasure of learning about FSJ with Richard! This week he is announcing the locations for next year's Expo's. I can't wait to find out the full Expo line-up! :) PS...I so wish you could attend a party or workshop. They are soooo fun! If you need a contact in your area, I would be happy to help you find one.

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  37. Wow the textures and colours make this card very striking! I am a FSJ Newbie.

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  38. Very fun and festive card. Thanks for sharing the details

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  39. So many lovelies on this card -- I really love the tinsel! And your background is so beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thank you Jeanie! I love the itty-bitty tinsel too..It's such a FUN element!!!

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  40. BEAUTIFUL card Kerry!!!
    WOW - your snowflake panel is DELIGHTFUL - LOVE your colour combo and starry accents!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION and THANK YOU for the chance to win - I confess - I'm a FSJ Newbie from Australia :)

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    1. Thank you for the lovely compliments Tracy! Hopefully you'll be able to see some of Richard Garay's (RG) retail line coming to Australia soon. His CHA debut is almost here! Good luck in the drawing! :)

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  41. FSJ Newbie! What a beautiful card. I was so blown away, and as you described your process it was easy to see all the work that went into creating it. It certainly shows. I am loving this hop for this very reason, many of the people I find "behind the door" I am not familiar with, which is wonderful because it has opened my eyes up to some wonderful new bloggers, creators, companies, etc... I feel like a winner already, although I appreciate you adding a prize as well. Thank you for the inspiration. I will be following you know as well and hoping to learn more about you and what you do.

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    1. Thank you so much Maureen! I so appreciate having opportunities to hop and discover treasures along the way too. I'm glad you found my little spot over here and look forward to building more crafty relationships with crafters who share the same loves. Good luck in the drawing! :)

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  42. I love the puffy star, vellum & your color combo--gorgeous card! FSJ Newbie

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  43. Oh WOW! This is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!

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  44. stunning card - amazing jewel colors and detail

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  45. Wow, such a pretty card! I know whoever it goes to will be blown away. ;)

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  46. Beautiful card! Love all the glitz :-)

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  47. Beautiful card! Love the colors!

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  48. Oh this is so pretty! I love the striped vellum too! I am a "FSJ Newbie" and I live in the UK. Thanks for taking part in Taheerah's advent calendar.

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  49. Gorgeous! Love the tinsel and snowflakes.

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  50. what a fun card! Love that teal color... SWOON!!!

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  51. Pretty card! Love the layering and dimension! Yummy colors too!

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  52. Sparkly and pretty makes this card one of my favorites!

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  53. LOVE.
    All your details are perfect.

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  54. Great design and love the different embellishments with your color combo. I'm an FSJ Newbie.

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  55. Great card. Love the colour scheme.

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  56. Beautiful card!! Love the different embellishments!! I'm not an FSJ Newbie though :)
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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    1. Thank you Berina! I'm glad you aren't an FSJ Newbie. There aren't many on this hop that have heard of this fabulous stamp/mixed media company. ;)

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  57. so pretty to look at, especially the puffy star!

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  58. Wow! Absolutely gorgeous! Love that gorgeous vellum and the stars, especially the cute puffy one! Really love how you staged your card for the photograph - gorgeous! I just joined as a follower! Happy Holidays!

    FSJ Newbie - I'm in Canada!

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    1. Thank you KT. I appreciate your sweet comment about my photo. This go-round my phone gets all the credit. :) LOL

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  59. Beautiful snowflake card, love all the gold touches and that little bit of tinsel! FSJ Newbie in the USA

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  60. Beautiful card! I pinned it immediately when I was thinking "gold & blue". after reading some of the comments/responses I see that it is actually silver & blue....which is my normal pairing too....but the accidental exposure/coloring here has me itching to get in the craft room and play with blue & gold!

    I am very much a FSJ NEWBIE....in fact, I had no idea it existed till I started this hop last night....very interesting

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    1. Thanks Carolyn for your sweet comment. I think the golden tones would be fabulous too. I'll be doing some non-traditional colored cards for Valentine's day that will incorporate some golden puffy hearts (like the star) and some of this luscious teal color...Stay tuned! I'm so happy to have introduced you to Fun Stampers Journey. It's a fun company and the products are top quality!

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  61. Great mixed media card! Love all the layers! tfs hugs, Kristina

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  62. Gorgeous color combo and love all the beautiful elements you used!!

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  63. Wow, what a card. Love all the layers. Cheers.

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  64. Love this card! Feels like a California Christmas card.

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  65. What a wonderful card. Love the colors, it reminds me of seaside!

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  66. I love the rustic classic looking on your card. Beautiful!

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  67. Kerry, your card is amazing! Love getting ideas from all of your cards!

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  68. Gorgeous card! Love the blue background with the snowflakes and puff star! So many delightful layers.

    FSJ newbie in the US.

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  69. FSJ Newbie
    What a wonderful mix of elements. I really like the striped vellum

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  70. Love your kraft+striped vellum background!

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  71. Love this color combo! Such a wonderful card.

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  72. Your card is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
    Crafty hugs,
    Dawn
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

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  73. Stunning card--unusual and lovely colors and wonderful layers. Love the torn edges!

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  74. Ohhhh, that's so pretty! Love the gold! The torn edges and metallic finish is fabulous!

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  75. Awesome layered card. Thanks for sharing.

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  76. I second the posters above - I love the torn edges of the vellum! I don't do much of the paper distressing look but on your card it is just a perfect fit!

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  77. Oh, this is so gorgeous. Love the colors. Great design and festive inspiration:)

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  78. Love the elements you've used on your card, very elegant!

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  79. Amazing card,it's full of wonderful details,colors,sweetness and peace!Thanks.

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  80. love the beach colors for something Christmas FSJ newbie

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  81. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I love every little detail of this scrumptious card!!! TFS! Merry Christmas!

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  82. SQUEAL!! Just AWESOME!! THANKS for sharing and for the chances to WIN too!! =) Have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

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  83. Merry Christmas! I am an FSJ Newbie...and so glad that I found you as part of the Advent Calendar Extraveganza. LOVE this card. I agree, the vellum is gorgeous and adds an incredible detail to the card. Thanks for sharing! Great inspiration!

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  84. So pretty and so different. Love the mix of teal and 'orangy' brown with whit snowflakes. TFS

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  85. What a pretty card - love all the layering and sparkling accents!! Merry Christmas!

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  86. FSJ newbie Love the dimension of the card!! Great work

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  87. Delightful card, love your colors and tinsel trim and silver silk. The silver silk is new to me, but on my wish list now!

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  88. "FSJ Newbie" Love the festive feel of your card.

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  89. Beautiful card, I love the texture and layers you did in this card, so pretty

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  90. This is just beautiful!! Love the stars & tinsel & beautiful colors!

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  91. I'm a "FSJ Newbie" so it's always exciting to find new (to me) companies and blogs. I love the silver star and the tinsel twine. Makes me think of a Christmas tree when I see tinsel and stars. Thanks for the chance to enter your extra giveaway!

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  92. I am gushing over the color combinations in this, and how rich it looks with just enough metallic shimmer. Beautiful! Thanks so much.

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  93. Absolutely gorgeous! Love all the sparkle and shine!

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  94. So very elegant! Such gorgeous details

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  95. I'm an FSJ newbie, and I love that designer vellum. Thanks for your detailed post.

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  96. The blue background with the embossed stars is so pretty--looks like silk.

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  97. The colors you chose remind me of the beach. Very nice.

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  98. Festive and beautiful!
    Holiday Hugs!
    Michele

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  99. Beautiful card. I'm not familiar with Fun Stamper's Journey so I had to click on all the links to see what was what. TFS from a FSJ Newbie!

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  100. Gorgeous card. Love the colors and the textures. Especially the puffy star! Thanks from FSJ Newbie.

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  101. Gorgeous card! Love the texture. "FSJ Newbie" :)

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  102. Very festive art mix media card.

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  103. Love those luscious colors & that puffy star is so beautiful! Yes, I am an FSJ newbie. I was just going to email & see where you got that start & then read the rest of the post. Great card! I love all the layers.

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  104. Nice card, love the snowflakes.

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  105. The puffy star is such a fun addition! I never thought of using those before but they are so fun on a card!

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  106. Great colors and embellishments. FSJ Newbie.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  107. Alrighty....38 people mentioned they were "FSJ Newbies". Each name was listed on the miniwebtool.com to randomly pick one winner at a time. Those winning names are currently being crosschecked to see if they are USA, Canada or outside of North America...I'll post the winners soon!

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    1. Hi Kerry - Happy New Year! And thank you so much for piking me as your USA winner - so excited! My email is rebyah1@gmail.com and my mailing address (if needed) is: 956 Mockingbird Lane #502, Plantation, FL 33324 Looking forward to 2016 and all the inspiration we'll find. :-)

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  108. CONGRATULATIONS to the lucky winners!!!

    HAPPY New Year EVERYONE :)

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Thank you for taking the time to comment about my creations! I appreciate the feedback and LOVE. A stamp in the hand is a song in the heart. Kerry