10 December 2011

MCT 12 Days of Christmas: On the Tenth Day of Christmas...

by Veronica

Wow! I can't believe we're already on Day 10 of our "12 Days of Christmas" with My Creative Time! If you've come here from Trell's blog, you're on the right track! If not, mosey on over to Emma's blog to start this hop from the beginning!

For the last eight years, I've sent out handmade Christmas cards to my friends and family. Every year, I start the design process with the intention of making a simple card with a bit of pizzazz! And every year, I'm glued to my craft room table for DAYS as I painstakingly hand-glitter hundreds of paper circles (2009) or meticulously color a kitty wrapped in hand-drawn Christmas lights (2010). Sometimes my creativity gets away from me.

But this year, I opted to order my Christmas cards. *pause for gasp* After creating my photo guest book for our June wedding, I had credits left over with Picaboo and needed to use them ASAP after the wedding (they expired at the beginning of July). With no real idea of what I wanted to do with my leftover credits, I bit the bullet and designed/ordered printed Christmas cards with one of our wedding photos. They've been sitting in my craft room closet for months now - waiting to be addressed.

But here's my dilemma: what WILL our friends and family think when they open up our card to find that it's been... PRINTED?!?!?! I can only imagine the SHOCK they will feel and all the dirty looks I'll get at our Christmas gatherings! *giggle* Of course, I'm just teasing. But I really got to thinking about how I could spice up our printed cards and give them a handmade flair...

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Adding a few embellishments to our Christmas card was just what it needed for some extra personality! I set two silver jumbo eyelets to string my red satin ribbon through. Linen thread ties the sentiment (Mixed Holiday Sentiments, MCT) and felt heart (Heart Die included in the 100% Sweetness stamp set, White Felt from Papertrey Ink) to the bow. The sentiment was cut out using MCT's Curly Label Die and I hand-cut the green layer behind it. I added a couple of blue rhinestones to the heart to finish it off.

It looks like this year I've finally followed through with my plan to NOT spend the entire holiday season working on our Christmas cards. But with my added embellishments, I can rest easy knowing that our friends and family will receive a hand-crafted Christmas card from us - a tradition they've come to know and love.

***12 Days of Christmas Give Away Alert***

To qualify for ALL the AMAZING giveaways for the next 12 days, you must comment on every blog in this hop! You will have until Tuesday, December 13th @ midnight to have all of your comments in! VERY IMPORTANT: PLEASE LEAVE A WAY FOR US TO CONTACT YOU IF YOU ARE ONE OF THE WINNERS! There are some AMAZING giveaways for this special 12 day event and some SURPRISES to help celebrate My Creative Time's One Year Anniversary! Yep, Emma released her FIRST set of stamps one year ago! So make sure you are tuned in because this is ONE hop you do NOT want to miss!

Thanks for stopping by on our hop today. I'm your last stop. Come back again tomorrow for more fun Christmas ideas! I hope you were inspired!

-Veronica



130 comments :

  1. OMG! THIS IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL CARD!!! HOPEFULLY MY MAIL LADY WILL DROP ONE TO ME!;) HEHEHEHEHE!! YOU DID AN AWESOME JOB MY SWEET FRIEND!
    BIG HUGE HUGS,
    EMMA;)

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  2. That is a very beautiful picture, it makes everything look perfect. Gloria Contreras
    Gloriaandmickey@yahoo.com

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  3. I love it!!!I know your family will to.Cute bow and beautiful picture of your hubby and you!Thanks for sahring,sarajeank@yahoo.com

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  4. What a wonderful Christmas card. Great job!!!

    Kim
    kpedersen44@yahoo.com

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  5. Your friends and family will love getting this. Very beautiful.
    nellessenconcrete@yahoo.com

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  6. I think their beautiful and that everyone is gonna go...awe!!!!!

    kissmyjen at gmail.com
    justcreativeme.blogspot.com

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  7. What a great way to add a personal touch to these wonderful cards!!
    miller896042 at bellsouth dot net

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  8. Beautiful Christmas card...love it and so will your family!!
    croptilludrop23@gmail.com

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  9. Beautiful.....they will touch hearts this holiday!
    TFS
    Happy Holidays!
    Kathie
    kathlee154atgmaildotcom

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  10. Nice picture great idea.
    LindaB top2kop@hotmail.com

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  11. Beautiful picture and what a great way to make it personal ... love it :)

    pruttybird at comcast dot net

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  12. oh my! this is such a great idea to add the embellishments to your printed photo! love it!

    thanks for sharing!!
    brwneyes46@gmail.com

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  13. Your printed photo card is such a great idea!! Just love it!!

    bolvera66@yahoo.com

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  14. Wow!! This is so beautiful!!
    Such a great way to embellish your printed card :)
    TFS
    jessica
    chick-n-scrap.blogspot.com
    eschfamily@yahoo.com

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  15. I love how you dressed up your photo card! This is absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful picture too!!!

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  16. Great way to personalize a photo, thank you for the idea!
    Janiceaeschliman.blogspot.com

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  17. beautiful! so inspired! melissakc1@yahoo.com

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  18. I think your fam & friends are going to love the card. Great idea to make your pic 'hand made' looks great!

    christinescreativecards@gmail.com

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  19. The photo card is beautiful. nmargis@yahoo.com

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  20. perfect card! as long as they get a card from you - the should be happy!! beautiful bride and awesome pic! parkernana5@cox.net

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  21. Beautiful;0)
    Love the color combination:0)

    bex@
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  22. Beautiful. I would never guess that wasn't a handmade card.

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  23. Simply lovely.
    craftmethis@gmail.com

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  24. Oh this is so pretty! Nice work! lclass 003at gmaildotcom

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  25. Absolutely beautiful! I love getting to your blogspot each day, you always have such great projects.
    TFS
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  26. Perfect embellishments for your printed card! I LOVE it!!!! You have so many AWESOME idea! Hugs- Glora

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  27. They turned out just beautiful!!! And what a wonderful gift to yourself!!! Bravo!!! TFS
    hugs,
    joni

    arcocha at yahoo dot com

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  28. Very nice Miss veronica...
    Denise J.
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  29. I think your friends and family will love your card!
    shellyholsinger@yahoo.com

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  30. Wow, what a pretty card. What a great idea. Love it.
    Hugs,
    Kathy
    http://the3esblog.blogspot.com/

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  31. this is so pretty ...love the idea for this one

    Cathie
    scraphappycat@gmail.com

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  32. Such a lovely christmas card! The embellishments add that extra special touch. TFS!
    hugs, Jenn
    smile4jenn at hotmail dot com

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  33. BEAUTIFUL!!! I really LOVE that color combo...think it is my favorite Christmas color combo right now!!!

    housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com
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  34. A very pretty card...
    Mrodriguez860@hotmail.com

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  35. What a beautiful way to personalize your cards!

    rissaflor atyahoo dotcom

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  36. How beautiful! Your picture is soo much fun :)

    hugs
    Cassandra

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  37. Your picture matches your personality and VOICE in your writing! hehehehe. Love the added personal touches that are handmade!!!!
    Hugs,
    georgifelix at verizon dot net

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  38. Great card! Good for you- Christmas should be a time to ENJOY- not stress out- and it is handmade and very personal!:)Amy
    amyscraftingspace.blogspot.com
    amy.arnold89@comcast.net

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  39. So gorgeous!! I love the colors. TFS!

    kwillis_15 at yahoo dot com

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  40. Your cards look beautiful. Way to make a photo into a handmade card!! Great job.

    Leslie

    cascrapper at gmail dot com

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  41. beautiful!!!!!

    rosiemini@gmail.com
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  42. ABSOLUTELY STUNNING. Love the black and white picture.

    dendearmas@aol.com

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  43. Cute picture additions.
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  44. What an awesome idea! I love it, looks beautiful!
    kidshomelove at yahoo.com

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  45. Love the B&W photo. You added just the right touch to this. It's Picture-card perfect. Smooches... Felicia - frankleecrafts [at] gmail [dot] com

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  46. Beautiful picture. Great idea, love it.

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  47. I love how you really personalized your photo holiday cards! Great idea.
    tcsobotka at charter dot net

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  48. Oh, How Pretty! Love the Black and White Picture! :0)
    cindymarshall63 at hotmail dot com

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  49. Great card!! I am sure your family will appreciate the personal touches.

    (I am Katie H and craftykhandy - some of the comments make me sign in a different way??)

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  50. This is a beautiful card! I do really like the embellishments!

    Ashley
    ScrappinAsh at gmail dot com

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  51. Great idea. I love the black and white picture.
    thejanner@xcelco.on.ca

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  52. Great job with adding flare to your cards!
    This is my first year crafting it's good to know that you don't have to spend a entire season at my craft table!
    janette09@comcast.net

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  53. Great job, I love it, TFS

    alvinadiaz@msn.com
    alvinascreations.blogspot.com

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  54. Great idea. Those couple added embellishments really add the perfect touch

    savmora@gmail.com

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  55. What an absolutely wonderful idea!!! You are so talented!!

    javajen1 at hotmail dot com

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  56. It's always nice to add a personal touch to things. You did a nice job. Regina
    regina95370@sbcglobal.net

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  57. Great card. Lovely pic.
    Candy
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  58. What a great idea to make it your own and personal!!! Linda Harris Lsunflower58@aol.com

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  59. I love what you did with this great Picture by the way :)
    win_or_lose52@hotmail.com
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  60. Beautiful photo card and what a great job of spiffing it up and making it more personal. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

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  61. What a wonderful work, such creativity!
    Irene P -@styme123@aol.com

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  62. This is so very pretty! CallyAnn
    callyannc@live.com

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  63. Wow I will scrap lift this idea. I love how you add the simple border at the bottom. Thanks for the tip. Congrats on your wedding and you both look like a beautiful couple. Many blessing to you both!
    jeria22@yahoo.com tfs

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  64. This is the perfect homemade touch to you photo card!! I just love it!! Great pic of you and your hubby!
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  65. very sweet and beautiful!
    babi96 at aol dot com

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  66. Great touch to the card. I love the photo of you -- you were a beautiful bride. Congrats on your wedding - besides you can blame getting married on not making homemade cards. It works... Those cards are just darling.

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  67. NICE VERONICA.....LOVE THIS IDEA!! THE PHOTO IS SOOOO BEAUTIFUL!!! TFS!!

    MICKEY
    mickeysworld01@comcast.net

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  68. What a great idea.. I never thought to decorate picture cards.. I was always afraid if I did that card would look too "busy" and would just turn into a huge mess, but you've done it so beautifully. Gorgeous wedding photo too, btw.

    Thanks so much for sharing!
    misshoanggg@gmail.com

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  69. these are beautiful!! love them :)

    micia
    yellowbirdcreation@gmail.com

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  70. nothing is wrong with printed cards - never thought of decorating them - thanks for sharing - dsebby404@yahoo.com

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  71. beautiful christmas cards. i love this picture of you and your husband.

    tammi_amata@ameritech.net

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  72. Oh my word, I love the way you spiced up your printed cards. What a super idea and now you don't have to feel guilty.
    thomasjeri55atyahoodotcom

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  73. Aww how cute are you guys! :)
    Suzanne Suzyq28024@gmail.com

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  74. This is so cute. Thank you for sharing.
    brittmartin1288@yaoo.com

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  75. Lovely project and elegant. Very beautiful. Thanks for share with us.

    lopezjrivera@centennialpr.net

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  76. Very pretty, and unique!

    mimi2trentdrew.blogspot.com

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  77. Good grief, I've been so caught up in reading your fun posts everyday during Emma's hop, I didn't realize till now that I wasn't following you yet, but I am now. tamiwb1234 at aoldotcom

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  78. I can absolutely appreciate where you're coming from. I've done my own for years now, and have been able to even come close to starting them yet this year. Your idea is great and they came out BEAUTIFUL!!1 Lovely Job!! Hugz:)
    DevinTaylorCreations@gmail.com

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  79. I think the card is beautiful!
    qtme2003 at yahoo dot ca

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  80. You did a great job altering your card.
    Pat
    plweir1969@yahoo.com

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  81. very nice!! great job!

    trawat1972@gmail.com

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  82. Your personal touch to this card make it SPECIAL!! ninadee@sbcglobal.net

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  83. Nice project. TFS
    Evelyn
    evl14512@gmail.com

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  84. Great card idea. So pretty.

    Tina
    aurathentic@gmail.com

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  85. Very pretty.

    Jan
    bearycreativecrafts@gmail.com

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  86. Fabulous personalized card. TFS joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

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  87. I love your humor :D Your embellishments are just the perfect touch for your cards. No dirty looks! Great job!
    quilt 4 fun 2 at hot mail dot com

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  88. Wow, this is so nice!!!

    tuki123@att.net

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  89. Beautiful!!!
    Sherrie K
    http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

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  90. Truly inspiring! What a beautiful way to personnalize preprinted cards. Simply adorb!

    Debbie H.

    niteowlis at clear dot net

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  91. Great card!!
    Tracy
    jtg0398 at sbcglobal dot net

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  92. They turned out great i'm sure everyone will love them
    mbchoj at aol dot com

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  93. Beautiful card! Everybody will love them! Thanks for sharing! Denise queenbee.speigle@gmail.com

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  94. darling! you're so creative, no one would think bad of your printed cards even if you didn't add it! :)

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  95. Just beautiful. Your projects have been amazing. teachermom5@gmail.com

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  96. This is great!! Beautiful!!

    Christina Coen

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  97. Glad to know I am not the only one with the over doing it problem! Seriously your card, all be it printed is stunning!surfnfroggie at aol dot com

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  98. great card and everyone will love the picture from your wedding.
    Kathy
    Katsews at Gmail dot com

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  99. They look Fabulous Veronica with the added touches, they're fantastic!!!
    Puppy Hugs,
    Wendy
    wendydotroos2boys@gmaildotcom

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  100. The picture is beautiful, and your extra touches just make it perfect!
    Pam at
    http://craftycards4u2.blogspot.com/

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  101. Oh my goodness. This is gorgeous!!

    Dorcas
    dtroche@bellsouth.net

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  102. Beautiful! TFS.

    Debbie B.
    debbiebutcher at comcast dot net

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  103. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

    Danielle
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  104. amazing and fun xmas card!

    -- dalis
    alidalis AT comcast DOT net

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  105. So very cute love it.
    F.U.N.
    Bobbi

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  106. Super cute
    tfs
    Shanna W.
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  107. I just love the crafty touch you added to your printed cards!! I may have to give this a try next year :0).. Thanks for the chance to win..

    Scrappy hugs,
    Amanda :0)
    amandascraftsandmore(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  108. That a great idea! It's always nice to add that personal touch.

    Lori
    Bloggin The Crafts
    lori at true dungeon dot com

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  109. What an adorable idea! I love your pic! Good job!

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  110. Great card! Love when there are pictures on cards. Thanks! mprantner at gmail dot com

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  111. This is soooo incredibly beautiful! I love how you decorated it and made it so gorgeous! Wonderful idea!

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  112. Oh no I almost missed this one! How beautiful and so personal!
    TFS
    Peace & Joy to You & Yours this Holiday Season!
    Kathie
    Kathlee154atgmaildotcom

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  113. Your Christmas card is beautiful! Love it! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
    lindagk23ataoldotcom

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  114. Love the Christmas card, the extra touches really add to the card.
    (:(:Smiles:):)

    Robin
    thecricutscrapper at yahoo dot com

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  115. Love this card....thanks for sharing.
    papercreations_bytricia (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  116. Really neat idea to mix the two.
    sarah.quillen@gmail.com

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  117. Nice card!! The extra bling is wonderful! Lisa - elwalten@aol.com

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  118. I think your friends and family will love your card.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  119. Pretty card! TFS.

    coupondenise at live dot com

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  120. lovin all the projects. great hop.
    shanasewing@yahoo.com

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  121. lovin all the projects. great hop.
    shanasewing@yahoo.com

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  122. oh my goodness!!!! this is sooo pretty!!

    candace
    scrappin2littleprincesses.blogspot.com

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  123. I wish I could of thought of such a GREAT idea...I just go to Costco ;) TFS!!!
    fmadera75@gmail.com

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  124. I love the photo!!

    Alina
    alina.luis@live.com

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  125. BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

    hugs,
    Sarah
    liveloveandscrap@hotmail.com

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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! I appreciate your feedback and hope you were inspired!