Monday, 3 November 2014

Caring Hearts Card Drive BLOG HOP!

 Good morning, creative peeps!
Are you ready to start your Christmas crafting?
We have a treat for you this morning: inspiration from the Caring Hearts Card Drive.
 Twenty different designers and members of the paper-crafting industry have seasonal holiday projects to share over the next two days.
We hope you will hop along, and leave comments. Not only will you get some great ideas for your own holiday crafting, you will be eligible for prizes!
We also hope you will be inspired to join this year's Caring Hearts Card Drive.

You should have come from the ever delightful Savannah O'Gwynn. Love that girl's crafty mojo! For a complete list of stops, and if you want to start at the beginning of the hop, go to Vera Yates' blog.

The purpose of the Caring Hearts Card Drive, organized by Vera Yates and Jennifer McGuire, is to spread some holiday cheer. Hand-made Christmas or holiday/seasonal cards are collected and delivered to seniors living in nursing homes--little random acts of kindness to brighten lives, at what can be a very lonely time of the year.

I wanted to illustrate both a holiday card and a true Christmas card.
I just loved this Paper Smooches die the first time I saw it. City of Bethlehem sky-line! I created a night-sky with purple and pink Distress inks, liberally sprayed with some Perfect Pearls mist. The gold star was heat-embossed, then highlited with Perfect Pearls gold pigment powder. I "aged" the buildings, with some sponged ink, and back-lit them with yellow paper.  The sentiment is also from Paper Smooches.
The second card is more playful.
Mason jars are a big home decor item right now, so I used the Crystal Clear stamps and dies from Paper Smooches to create a snow-globe shaker card, with white Flower Soft as the snow, instead of glitter or sequins. The snowman image (retired Close to My Heart) is coloured with Copic markers.

Your next stop on the hop is the gifted and generous creator of Verve Stamps, Julee Tilman.

Make sure to comment as you hop; you can leave comments until midnight, CST, Saturday November 8th, 2014. Winners will be chosen randomly--there are some wonderful prizes to be had. So go be inspired,  and then get crafty for a good cause! The Caring Hearts Card Drive ends November 28th, 2014. Lots of time to get creative!

Have a great week,
Caroline

P.S. entering these in the Paper Smooches "Anything Goes" challenge.

205 comments:

  1. beautiful creations! Thanks for sharing. I love the gold on that peace on earth card!

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  2. I love both of your cards!! The background on the Peace on Earth card is just beautiful and I love the fun snowman in a bottle card!! I think this is a wonderful project to bring happiness and joy to the elderly! I am going to start making some cards today for this wonderful project!!

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  3. Such gorgeous cards! Love both of the designs!

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  4. Love them both, especially the sweet mason jar one...love!

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  5. Love the sweet mason jar card! Great job!

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  6. Caroline, these cards are awesome! Love your beautiful background on the 1st card and the shaker card is too cute!

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  7. I absolutely adore your snowman in the jar Christmas card!!!!!!!

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  8. Love the snowman in the jar.

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  9. Heart-warming, heart-melting and spirit-lifting: your cards AND your reason for creating them! Mega-watt smiles and cheer guaranteed!
    ~c

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  10. Lovely, lovely, very clever designs!!

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  11. Your first card with the Paper Smooches die is amazing!! The background is beautiful. I love the playful card with the snowman in the mason jar. Tfs Jill

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  12. Both awesome cards but the snowman in the jar is such a fun card. It made me laugh!

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  13. Wow! The holiday card with the skyline is absolutely gorgeous!!! Love it! And your snowman shaker is super duper cute!!!

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  14. Love the golden city of Bethlehem!

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  15. The background on the first card looks cold and stormy.
    Love the little snowman in the jar.
    Thanks for sharing some great cards and for supporting a good cause.

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  16. Beautiful cards! Our cards will be on there way soon!

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  17. Two wonderful cards! That mason jar with the snowman is so adorable!

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  18. Both of your cards are wonderful. I love the colors of your first card. And the snowman in the jar is so cute and cleaver. TFS

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  19. The snowman in the jar couldn't BE any more adorable! And I love the rich colors of your first card. Thanks for sharing in this great cause!

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  20. Wonderful card drive. I love how this can bring so many people together.Wonderful cards Caroline. Especially love the first one. The background is fantastic... but... the shaker is so cute!

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  21. I think this is a wonderful idea and this is the first year I've participated. I mailed my bundle of cards to the address in Canada last week. Your cards are adorable and sure to bring some joy!

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  22. Such gorgeous cards and thank you for bringing light to this wonderful cause! Awesome!~kim

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  23. I love the Bethlehem skyline card!!

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  24. Your Bethlehem card is gorgeous and the snowman is adorable.

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  25. Two beautiful designs and so much inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing

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  26. OMG... both of these cards are great. The snowman in the mason jar is so utterly adorable.

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  27. such a beautiful sky on your "peace" card and the snowman is darling!

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  28. Love the "snowman in a jar" card!!! The Bethlehem card is so 'peaceful'.

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  29. Very cute cards and I LOVE that snowman in the jar card. TFS

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  30. Unique and sweet. Love the variety.

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  31. Lovin' the snowman in the jar!

    My kids helped me deliver cards last year; so this year they also wanted to make some and are currently at work on it! I am so glad to see them having such a spirit of giving and all those who send cards…they are so amazing (just going by what I saw last year) and the residents LOVE them so much!
    ~God bless~

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  32. love them both! that snowman in a jar is so cute!

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  33. Love both your cards, the sky is gorgeous on your city of Bethlehem scene and that snowman shaker is adorable!!!

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  34. Lovely cards, the playful one is very cute

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  35. Love both of your cards. I am making my first shaker card this Christmas.

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  36. The embossed background is fabulous!! Great cards for a great cause!!!

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  37. Both of these are darling and love how you added the snowman into the mason jar...how cute! Also, love the distress background you created.

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  38. Both of these cards are amazing and just love the Bethlehem card, so very elegant.

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  39. Your "true Christmas" cardvis so beautiful. And I like the flowersoft in your shaker card. Thanks!

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  40. Love your cards. The first card just amazing...the colors make the card look very peaceful.

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  41. Such a cute shaker card...love it!

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  42. Not sure which one I like the most. Love the night sky on the Bethlehem card and the snowman in the mason jar is just too cute. What a great idea. :)

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  43. Love the royal purple and gold Bethlehem card. I've got to keep practicing so I can make a gorgeous Distress sky like that. And the snowman card is cute - but let him out of the jar1

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  44. I have to make a little shaker just like yours. It is adorable.

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  45. Great cards! Beautiful skyline and I love the snowman in a jar!!

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  46. Oh no.... More crafting supplies to add to my wish list!!! Awesome cards - love the flower soft in the shaker card, and love the perfect pearls accent on the first card! Such inspiration!

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  47. Gorgeous golds on the first and total cuteness on the last.

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  48. Very nice, Caroline... must go now to look at your other posts... I'm seeing lots of gorgeous cards here!!
    =] Michele

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  49. Beautiful sky! Love that so many of you are creating for a cause!

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  50. That cute little snowman in the jar is just adorable! And that gold outline of Bethlehem with the beautiful background is so elegant - great projects!

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  51. OMG I LOVE your sweet snowman in a jar. Very cute! Love your Bethlehem card. The gold really looks beautiful on your pretty background. Thanks for sharing.
    Crafty hugs,
    D~
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

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  52. Cute idea and a great project!

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  53. lovely cards and i love your ideas

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  54. These are both wonderful cards. I especially love the city of Bethlehem one.

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  55. Love how the snowman is in the jar and shiny. Cool Effect.

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  56. omg both cards are so awesome. love the background on the first!

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  57. Cute idea and a great project!

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  58. I just love that snowman in a jar, so adorable!!

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  59. Very nice sky background colors! *thank you*

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  60. The mason jar shaker is so cute! And I have sent some cards for the drive! So glad that there is a Canadian mailing address...

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  61. Great cards! But I really like the second one super cute

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  62. That sky in the first card is amazing! Love the little snowman in a jar too!

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  63. These cards are wonderful! Whoever gets these will definitely feel special this holiday:) I love the pink and purple distress inks together! I love this shaker card! From the background paper to the Flower Soft! Love that snowman stamp soo cute! Thanks for joining the hop.

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  64. Oh my goodness. That snowman in a jar is just the cutest thing EVER! I'm making duplicates of all my Christmas-themed cards to send in to the drive. Thanks for featuring such a great project!

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  65. Both cards are fabulous. The warm, rich colors ont he first are stunning. And the little snowman in a jar! Too cute!

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  66. I Iove your snowman in a jar!! So clever!

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  67. awesome creations...love it. I am def going to try this... thanks

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  68. Love the Bethlehem card! So beautiful! The second playful card is really cute too!

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  69. Exactly that! I love your winter projects! They are so cool! :)

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  70. Love Love Love your snow globe shaker card!!! So adorable and I know now that I am going to have to get those dies and "borrow" your idea if you don't mind because it is just so adorable! Thanks for sharing :)

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  71. love your shaker card, the flower soft is perfect for that bit of snow without overwhelming your image.

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  72. Love the snowman mason jar. Love, love.

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  73. These are fantastic cards. The Holy City is very striking but the Snowman tickles my heart.

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  74. Both cards are amazing--love the Bethlehem city die cut!

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  75. Both of your Christmas cards are so nice. Caring Hearts is a wonderful idea, glad to participate :)

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  76. Love both your cards! I mailed my Caring Hearts cards today! Loving the blog hop!

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  77. That does it! I am now going to order that Paper Smooches set. I just love the card you made!! Thanks for sharing.

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  78. Love the little snowman in the mason jar so cute :)

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  79. That snowman in a jar is too darned cute !!

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  80. The Bethlehem card is just stunning - my favourite! A wonderful cause to support.

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  81. Both are pretty but I just LOVE the mason jar snowman! SO dang cute!! TFS!

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  82. Love both cards but the true Christmas card is the best. We get so busy we forget the true meaning of the holiday.

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  83. Love the snowman in a jar! (I started making Barbie clothes, too!)

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  84. Lovin' that snowman. Thanks for the inspiration for this wonderful cause.

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  85. Love the mason jar shaker card! adorable!

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  86. Wonderful cards! One really beautiful with an amazing sky and the other sweet and whimsical, with a fun snowman in a jar! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  87. great idea with the mason jar!

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  88. awesome card, I hate to repeat myself with these comments, but I feel the same about all of you girls that do this blog hops, you and your work is awesome..

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  89. Love these cards so much! The Bethlehem die cut is amazing, and the shimmer on that card is perfect! And I just adore that sweet little snowman in the shaker jar! <3

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  90. Beautiful cards. Love the little shaker jar. Cute!

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  91. Love the dimension on both your cards! So cute and beautiful!

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  92. I love these beautiful cards.

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  93. Love both cards, but that snowman in the jar is adorable :)

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  94. Both cards are beautiful. I especially like the Bethlehem card.

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  95. Love the snowman in a jar - creative! Great cause for a card drive. I'm happy to contribute.

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  96. Wonderful cards. I especially love the snow globe shaker.

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  97. I liked both cards, the Bethlehem card is striking, the snowman card speaks of fun. Thanks

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  98. The snow man in the jar is just the cutest. I love the idea of a card drive. Fun for the makers and the recipients too!

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  99. I really love your Town of Bethlehem card. That sky is just majestic!!!
    The snowman in a jar is too fun!!!

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  100. Great cards! Thank you for sharing.

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  101. I totally love your Bethlem card - so very lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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  102. Love the Bethlehem card with the beautiful sky background. Great idea to make a shaker element with the mason jar. Thanks

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  103. I love your snowman in a jar, and the brightly colored ribbons!

    Noreen
    Crafty Journal

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  104. Love the snowman shaker card - super cute!

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  105. Beautiful and adorable cards!! I have already sent my cards to Vera:)

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  106. I enjoyed both these cards, especially the shaker in a mason jar. Very clever.

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  107. I enjoyed both these cards, especially the shaker in a mason jar. Very clever.

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  108. Super cute cards! Love that snow globe! This is a great cause, cheering our elders who are residing in nursing homes!

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  109. This is adorable. Love th snowman and the mason jar.

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  110. LOVE that little snowman in the jar-super cute card!

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  111. Lovely cards. I love the different styles!

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  112. You have some wonderful cards but the snowman got my heart. It is so cute. Thank you for sharing.

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  113. I love the snowman in the jar...too bad he is retired.

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  114. Love the Bethlehem skyline and the gorgeous background!

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  115. What a beautiful card!! And I love the snowman in the mason jar, too cute:)

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  116. The shaker card is too cute!

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  117. I love the Bethlehem card. So appropriate for Christmas and meaningful for Christians. The snowman card is cute as can be and I love the snowflake embossing. Well done.

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  118. Great cards! I love the snowman in the jar! Great idea!!

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  119. I looooooove that you created two fabulous cards! LOVE LOVE LOVE that snowman with the snowflake embossing! FAB x10000000:)

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! The deer from the PS stamp set does not come with a matching die. I stamped and embossed on a transparency and then fussy cut him out. <3

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  120. Both of your cards are fabulous and what a wonderful thing to do with them too. Putting a smile on the face of someone in need of it.

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  121. Love both your cards but I have a weakness for snowmen and mason jars.

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  122. Love the sky in the first card and the snowman one is adorable! Thanks for the inspiration as I start thinking about making the cards for the drive!

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  123. I love the snowman card!! Great job!!

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  124. ooh.. love this.. skyline of Bethlehem is so nice.
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  125. the first card is so beautifully elegant, and the snow globe is just fun!

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  126. Oooh, TWO wonderful cards! I adore the elegance and sparkle of the first card, while he snowman in a jar is just too cute!

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  127. Beautiful night sky - and love the die cut. The snowman in the jar is so cute.

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  128. Lovely first card and totally fun second card!

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  129. I love the mason jar shaker card!

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  130. I just love the snowman card! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  131. I love the snowman card. Snowmen are my favourite image atm. TFS xxx

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  132. Beautiful cards! Love both of them :)

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  133. Both of your cards are so sweet and I love the cause for this blog hop.

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  134. Both cards are fabulous, but I have to say, that snowman in a jar - too cute! Love it!

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  135. The snowman in the jar is so cute! It is the playfulness that I love at Christmas time.

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  136. Love your cards. Both are very christmasy.
    Thanks for sharing

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  137. Great cards! Esp. love that little snowman in a mason jar! Super cute! tfs

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  138. I love the snowman in the mason jar!

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  139. The Christmas scene card is beautiful and the snowman in the mason jar is adorable. Great cause, too!

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  140. Both your cards are wonderful! I especially love the little mason jar snowglobe!

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  141. Beautiful winter scene as well as adorable snowman in a jar! Love this organization and am so happy you are doing this for them!

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  142. Thanks for the twofer! Love the inking you did on the Bethlehem skyline! The snowman in a jar is adorable!

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  143. Your cards are adorable. A snowman in a jar - how cute. And the city of Bethlehem against the night sky is beautiful!

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  144. Love the night sky you created

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  145. The Bethlehem card is wonderful. I have not seen that die. The snowman in a jar is really fun. That's sure to bring on a smile

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  146. The snowman in the jar is the cutest card. What a great idea you had to turn it into a shaker card. Addorable.

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  147. The snowman card is adorable but the first cards background just blew me away. Stunning!

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  148. Two STUNNING cards Caroline - I might just have to CASE that snowman in a jar!!!

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  149. I love the purple and gold combination! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.

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  150. Fantastic cards. Love the snowman shaker!

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  151. Such great cards! I love the snowman shaker card.

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  152. Your cards are amazing. Can't wait to try some of these techniques. Thanks for the drive support.

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  153. Love all of the different gold techniques on the Bethlehem card cards - will have to try some!! BobbisTreasure at aol dot com

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  154. Wonderful cards! I really love the background and the gold around the star on the first one, and the shaker element on the second is just precious.

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  155. Love the cards. I love the techniques on each card.

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  156. Love both cards. The snowmen is perfect for a family with young kids!!

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  157. What lovely cards~ the mason jar is too cute~

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  158. Gorgeous cards! The first card is absolutely stunning! And the second is so cute!

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  159. Really beautiful cards. Love your purple and golden sky!
    eva

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  160. Your cards are so pretty! I really love the backgrounds, thanks for sharing.

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  161. Love the little mason jar snowman shaker. I have that stamp set. So adorable.

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  162. I really like both of these cards. I need to look at the snowman stamp set!

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  163. That snowman is so stinking cute!!! great cards

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  164. love these cards. I live in Ottawa so I told my girlfriends about this card drive and even though most of them have never made cards before, they wanted to help. So, this weekend (actually on Remembrance Day) we'll be crafting as many cards as we can and dropping them off (hope that's ok!) Hope to have a lot to give to this worthy cause :)

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    1. So glad you and your crafty friends are inspired to make some cards for the drive! Please do drop them off at my address; just a reminder about the Nov. 28th deadline, if you'd like to be entered into the drawing for prizes (I won't be delivering them until the first week of December or so). Cheers, Caroline

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  165. Love all of the cards you made! I have started making mine for the drive!

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  166. So love your cards and so glad to be a part of this!

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  167. Love your cards, especially the snow globe one! The one with the skyline is amazing. I'm sure it must glow in real life! Tfs!

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  168. The snowman in a jar is amazing and really cute!

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  169. I love the snowman in the shaker card...totally makes of you think of a snow globe! Great cards!

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  170. What gorgeous cards. I love the cause too, very worthwhile indeed.

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  171. What a cute idea of the snowman in the mason jar. Just like a snow globe!

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  172. These are really cute cards! I love the colors used in the first ones night sky.

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  173. A lot of love went into making those cards.

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  174. Wonderful Cards! Love what you are doing for others too..

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  175. The Peace on Earth card really resonates with me. I am going to try to produce a similar card for Christmas. Thanks for the inspiration.

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