Monday, January 12, 2015

Crafty Cardmakers - #130 - Something Old, Something New

Hello Everyone!

It's our first challenge of the year over at Crafty Cardmakers and More! Our hostess, Leslie, would like to see your creations incorporating SOMETHING OLD AND SOMETHING NEW. This could be old stash and new stash, an old technique and a new technique or a combination of both.

I decided to continue my stash of Christmas cards for next year! For my OLD, I used an old Artistic Outpost stamp set and an old Cheery Lynn die to make my pine branch (which is also an old technique). For my NEW, I used a new gold button from a mixed bag I got for Christmas, a new Darice embossing folder, my new Fired Brick distress spray and a new adhesive sealer to protect the painted background (which is now a NEW technique).



You can see my new Darice Flourish embossing folder nicely in this next shot. I painted a piece of white card stock with DecoArt Deep Red Crafter's Acrylic paint, then sprayed it with Tim Holtz distress spray Gathered Twigs. I ran the paper through my Cuttlebug using the embossing folder (a 12" long border) and then sanded off the raised areas to expose the white paper underneath.


I love my Tim Holtz inks, but because they are dye based, whenever I add snow or white paint or white texture paste on the top, the product will absorb the dye from my background underneath. This is OK sometimes, but not when you want your snow to be WHITE!!

So I got a new product for Christmas called Krylon Workable Fixative. Hey MRS DUCK - a new Krylon product to get addicted to!! It's a spray sealant with a sort of satin finish. I sprayed my background with it...it dried in like two minutes, but almost gagged me with the fumes, oops!! Then I added my DecoArt Snow Tex...

LOOK HOW NICE AND WHITE THE SNOW IS!!


I ripped a sheet of paper and stamped on some music notes, spritzed a little Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs spray and Fired Brick spray...added some pom pom trim and lots of snow.



I am entering my Winter Cardinal card into the following wonderful challenges:



That's it for today. Thank you for stopping in and for all the amazing comments. I read and appreciate every single one! If you have any questions, please let me know.


154 comments:

  1. Loving all that beautiful snow Pamillia! So full of creativity, how long does a card like this take you to make?There's so much gorgeous detail!!
    Hugs
    Georgie xx

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    1. Thanks so much Georgie! This was was quick in comparison to most of my cards. This one maybe three or four hours. Some cards take me three or four days!! hugs and smiles :)

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    2. Wowzer!! :O) your cards are so beautiful and so worth it xx

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  2. WOW! What a beautiful creation Pamillia! Hope you are staying warm!
    Hugs from Ohio, USA
    Darlene
    DAR'S CRAFTY CREATIONS

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    1. Thanks Darlene! I don't stray too far from the warmth of home during these miserable days! Hope your weather is nicer than ours!! hugs and smiles :)

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  3. Beautiful in the red Pamillia - love the snow (of course!) and your green sprig - I keep meaning to try out your technique with those!! The bow is lovely!

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    1. Thanks so much Julia! I actually did a tutorial on the sprigs, which you can find here:
      http://mylittlecraftthings.blogspot.ca/2014/12/winterfresh-christmas-card-pine-branch.html

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  4. What an interesting challenge and your entry is gorgeous again. Love the things you've used for the bunch. All decoration is charming.
    Hugs xx

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    1. Thanks so much Sirkkis! hugs and smiles to you :)

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  5. Totally gorgeous, just LOVE your card! Hugs, Valerie

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  6. Fabulous creation Pamellia, gorgeous details as always. Love the embellishments.
    Hugs, Avril xx

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  7. You are so organised working on this years seasonal cards and what a stunner this is. The cardinal sits beautifully against your embossed snowy background. A stunning card and a treasure for the recipient. Tracy x

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    1. Aahhh, thanks Tracy! I need about 100 Christmas cards every year, which means I need to make two a week all year long...yipes!! Gotta get started early! hugs and smiles :)

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  9. Another beautiful card! Those sealant sprays are toxic and extremely flammable, too. I bought one BUT... I wonder if a product like Ranger glue n seal would work as well. You would have to dry it with your heat gun, though. Just thinking out loud :-))

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    1. Thanks so much Marci! I'ver tried Glue N Seal as well as Mod Podge, but because the Tim Holtz inks react with moisture, the minute you start brushing on the glue, the colours all start smudging!! That's why I decided on a spray. It's toxic all right, but thankfully only for a couple of minutes. I just bought a mask for my mouth and nose as well as protective eye goggles...I'M GOOD TO GO!! lol. big hugs :)

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  10. Gorgeous card Pamellia! I love the colors you used and that splash of gold. My favorite is the shabby bow with a twine bow on the top, just fantastic!! The base looks amazing with that embossed border! The music sheet piece with ripped edges is such a great addition to this absolutely gorgeous creation! Love every little detail on it! I did not expect any less from you my friend!!! See you on the dance floor :)

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    1. Thank you so much Samra!! I just love starting my day by reading one of your wonderful comments! My daily dose of sunshine and I'm ready to face the world!! ha!! Thanks again my friend, see you out on the dance floor :)

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  11. Lots of techniques -sanding the raised areas is also one of my favourite things to do for dimension. Really like your diagonal design with the torn layered music sheet, and of course your bow & embellishments. Wish I could make one as pretty!

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    1. What a wonderful compliment Sharon!! I love the sanding technique too!! I happen to think your creations are gorgeous! hugs and smiles :)

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  12. A really beautiful card and lots of gorgeous techniques too.
    Lorraine

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    1. Thank you so much Lorraine! hugs and smiles :)

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  13. A friend sent me to your blog . Beautiful card love the design . Will be back later to browse. . Drop by my blog to have a look

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous Pamellia love the detail and design.
    Hugs Julie xxx

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  15. I can think of no better words than - absolutely stunning!!! Hugs, Anne xx

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    1. HAHA, that works! Thanks so much Anne! hugs and smiles :)

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  16. I just love your work, I am very inspired by it. WOW WOW WOW.. it looks vintage and amazing.

    Thank you
    Jessica

    be sure to visit my blog too:
    http://jessicalynnoriginalstamps.blogspot.com/

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  17. A really quick visit to say hello Pamellia - internet has been down most of the time last few day so grabbing a moment when I can and explain my absence.

    B x

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    1. Thanks for stopping in Brenda, hope all is well with you! hugs and smiles :)

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  18. This is amazing Pamellia, you have done it again lol!Christmas cards for this year! Holy, Holy, Holy, not quite yet for me but I do intend to start earlier than last year lol! Love the technique you have used, these Tim Holtz distress sprays sound good, may have to look into them.

    Have a good day

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks so much Jacquie! I am completely addicted to the Tim Holtz sprays, just ordered 5 more colours...woo hoo!!! hugs and smiles :)

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  19. Gorgeous card Pamellia so much lovely detail and a great challenge theme.
    Thanks for the visit over at mine too. Happy crafty week, Angela x

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    1. Thanks so much Angela! hugs and smiles :)

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  20. Such a lovely creation ... I have a Krylon sealant too ... It's very useful!

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    1. Thanks Ros! Useful and smelly!! ha!! hugs and smiles :)

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  21. Love this Pamellia! That pine branch still has me thinking you've been outside gathering! The textures are fabulous and that cute little bird has made another appearance - yay!! But……did I miss something? How do you get the 'snow' on the ribbon? It does look so good! Hugs, Chrisx

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    1. Thanks so much Chris! I literally just splotch it on with whatever I have handy...a sponge, a brush, my FINGER!! Whatever! Hope that helps, hugs and smiles :)

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  22. So beautiful, love that red it's so rich and yes the snow really is white as white!! xx

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  23. Fabulous! such gorgeous work Pamelia!
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

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  24. My dear Pamellia you never run out of ideas to inspire us with!!! This is BREATHTAKING...I know that I have used this word to describe your work before but hey there simply aren't enough words to describe the works of ART that you come up with!!!!! And hey may I send you my address right now...LOL!!!...as you're working on your Christmas stash now!! Just kidding but WOW this is GORGEOUS!!! Wishing you a most wonderful week!!!
    Take care,
    Beth

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    1. Aahhh, thank you so much Beth! You are just so generous with your praise, and you really know how to make me smile! big giant bear hugs to you :)

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  25. This is stunning Pamellia. Your design is wonderful, full of gorgeous textures and the colours are so beautiful.
    Hugs Sue xx

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    1. Thank you very much Sue! hugs and smiles :)

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  26. Another stunning card. Your new technique of sealing the paper is brilliant and your bow is outstanding. Your embossing folder adds lovely texture to the background and I love your Red Cardinal stamp. Sally.x.

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    1. Thanks so much Sally! It's a fun folder, love how long it is! hugs and smiles :)

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  27. Stunning as always Pamellia, fabulous texture and gorgeous rich reds.
    Pauline
    x

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  28. Amazing, love all your techniques xx

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  29. Beautiful mix of elements Pamellia. LOVE the background with the red spray with brown ... gives just a lovely and warm colour. Will have to look for the Krylon Fixative ... I have the same problem with colours bleeding through paste, etc. Thanks for the tip. Loll xx

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    1. Thanks so much Loll! Not sure if this helps, but I found it in the same aisle as the varnishes and spray paints at Michaels. There were other brands as well, but I saw this one in a video, so I got it! hugs and smiles :)

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  30. Hi Pamellia, wow, this creation is awesome and incredibly beautiful and detailed, the design is stupendous, I love it, I am so pleased to be working with you on the DT.
    hugs
    lorraine x

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    1. Thanks so much Lorraine! It will be lots of fun, welcome!! hugs and smiles :)

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    1. Thanks Tee and welcome to My Little Craft Things! hugs and smiles :)

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  32. Absolutely stunning! Congrats on your Artist Trading Post win too! Hugs Carole Z xx

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    1. Thanks so much Carole for the lovely words and the congrats! hugs and smiles :)

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  33. How beautiful, love the white frosting on the red ribbon, remember seeing it on another of your creations, lots of eye candy on one little card...and what cute pom pom trim. Gorgeous Pamellia! Ruth xx

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    1. Thanks so much Ruth! I love the bold rich colour of the red ribbon, so I guess I do use it a lot. haha! hugs and smiles :)

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  34. Gorgeous card, with all your special touches and details.
    Yvonne x

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  35. Stunning card, my dear! Love the White on red! Love the White birdie in the corner, a perfect touch! Xxx

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  36. WOW, stunning, such a wintery yet colorful design :)

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  37. Very beautiful Pamelia. Hugs Veerle

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  38. Hi Pamellia here is a link to DecoArt sealer sprays, says they are low odour, hopethis might help:-) http://decoart.com/cgi-bin/Products.cgi?Americana_Spray_Sealer

    As always it's your special attention to detail that always rocks my boat, it must feel good to start on this years Christmas cards, thanks for the tips and inspiration:-) xxx

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    1. Darn-it all Mo...where were you last week!! haha! Just kidding, thanks for the link, I am definitely going to check that brand out next time I am at the store! Thanks so much my friend! hugs and smiles :)

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  39. Another stunningly gorgeous creation Pamellia, I love your ribbon and that fabulous gold button.

    Dionne xx

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    1. Thanks so much Dionne! hugs and smiles :)

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  40. Gorgeous card Pamellia! Love the beautiful wintery scene that you created! The fancy bow looks amazing!

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  41. Wow, this card looks like it has spent the night in the snow! Love it. Thanks for joining us at Perfectly Rustics.

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  42. Pamellia, I am delighted you're still in the Christmas spirit because it warms my heart! :o) What a beauty this is! Silly me... I originally thought the musical note paper was purchased as such! Gosh, that is the most perfect stamp. With how often I wish I had music paper to coordinate with projects, that is one I need. :o) I love the added pom trim, too! And the background is gorgeous as ever. Stark white against red is one of the most beautiful things on Christmas cards. The cardinal is exquisite and I love your new embossing folder! The cluster is prettier than I can express.. the flowing ribbon, gorgeous pine needles, brilliant gold accents. **dreamy sigh** Thank you for ending my day on the most beautiful note, my sweet and talented friend! :o)

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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    1. Wow Karen, I am smiling like a fool right now! Thanks so much for always brightening my day with your visits! I am definitely still in the Christmas spirit, my tree is still up! oops! haha! hugs and smiles :)

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  43. This is wonderful with beautiful textures and the wonderful way you used the ribbon

    Love Chrissie

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    1. Thanks so much Chrissie! big hugs to you :)

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  44. Absolutely gorgeous. Thank you so much for entering our Completely Christmas challenge with your lovely crafting - we hope we'll see you again soon, Hazel, DT - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for January - I'd love to see it there too. x

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  45. Hi Pamellia
    Well I did comment yesterday but my comment has disappeared! It was complimentary , honest lol!
    I popped back as I remembered I didn't mention about your spray stuff. Doesn't sound like a Krylon product I want lol! I'm bad enough with hairspray (to seal mica, rather than on my hair lol!).
    I think I said that your card was amazingly beautiful. . . . . .well, if I didn't use those exact words, it is anyway lol!
    Careful with that spray or Sir Tim of Distressings next new colour will be Sick Pamellia (a vivid shade of green!)
    Ang x

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    1. haha!! Thanks so much Ang! Mo has recommended another brand which I am going to check out. Hopefully not quite as toxic as this stuff. Have a lovely day! hugs and smiles :)

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  46. Wow and double wow Pamellia,the colours and textures are just out of this world.....again. How do you keep doing it? You are one,super,creative lady that's for sure and I so enjoy popping over to your blog,I always learn so much and can drool over your work at the same time ;))

    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

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    1. Aahhh, thanks ever so much my friend!! big giant hugs and smiles :)

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  47. Wowzers, Pamellia! I love the music score and how everything has such a wonderfully delicate dusting of ‘snow’! xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Jane!! big hugs and smiles :)

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  48. What can I say....your work is always so stunning, thanks for letting me know about the followers thing...I do get paranoid..lol....xxxx

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    1. Thanks Janette! Don't we all! haha! hugs :)

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  49. This is a really lovely creation! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations! xxx

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  50. I don't know how I missed that you posted yesterday - dah. This is gorgeous as always. Love the red and white theme and all the frosty snow accents. I have had that workable fixative in my craft room for ages and used it for a different purpose but now thanks to you I have another great use for it. I always learn so many great techniques and tricks when I come here.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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    1. Thank you my dear friend!! Wait...you have another use for the Krylon spray?? Remind me to remind you to tell me about it tomorrow!! See you soon, big hugs :)

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  51. What a striking design, absolutely beautiful as always.
    Julie x

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  52. An amazing project and so beautifully made.

    Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions.

    Helen x

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  53. Girl Krylon should be paying you commission!! (Tho' fumes wouldd not be good). Love your beautifully white and impeccably frosty look. Nicola x

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    1. Thank you so much my friend! Hope you are staying warm! big hugs :)

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  54. Another amazing gorgeous creation love all the white snow,the music score and such beautiful texture and gorgeous bow -your imagination is never ending coming up with a more beautiful creation each time
    Carol x

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    1. What a wonderful thing to say!! Thanks so much Carol!! big hugs :)

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  55. Such a beautifully designed card Pamellia!!!

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  56. Found your blog from Ang at the Duck's Doodahs and so happy to have found your beautiful creations and wonderful tutorials so I'm now following. Wonderful creations, so very inspiring xx

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    1. Thanks so much Karen! Ang is such a sweetheart and I'm so glad you found your way here! I welcome you to My Little Craft Things with a big warm smile and a big bear hug!! :)

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  57. WOW, THATS BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm so jealous, this is classy!!

    Anyhoo, I found your blog through a fellow blogger, and just thought I would stop by and say hi! It would totally make my day if you did the same... or better yet, keep in touch!! <3 - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  58. This is beautiful. Love the red and the gold. Great job.

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  59. When I visit I open my mouth for so long I dribble! Oh! your work is so fabulously fabulous.

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    1. Faith, you are such a sweetie! Thank you so much!! hugs and smiles :)

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  60. WOW another gorgeous creation Pamellia!! I love all of the red and all of the beautiful faux snow!! Love the music notes too!
    hugs, Tammy

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  61. oh my! Pamellia, this is incredible! It surely does look like ice is on every part of your card. Such a beautiful card, full of cheer and texture! hugs, de

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    1. Thank you so much Donna! hugs and smiles :)

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  62. Just beautiful! I love this gorgeous card- the images are lovely, love the Music stamp so much! A. O has a link up on their blog too- check it out!

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    1. Thanks so much Shelly!! Not sure what A.O is though. hugs and smiles :)

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  63. So gorgeous, the papers you've created are absolutely beautiful!
    Rebecca.
    x

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  64. This is a beautiful creation! I love the delish embellies!
    Thank you for joining us at Winter Wonderland :)
    Kelly.x

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  65. Dearest Pamellia, Oh my to get a card from you would be soooo amazing, it just OOZES all I love about card making, sooo much vintage and detail and edges and layers and well I could go on and on... LOOOOOVVVEEE!!
    Thanks for joining us at Perfectly Rustics!
    SMiles Sharnee :)

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    1. What a wonderful compliment!! Thanks so much Sharnee! hugs and smiles :)

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  66. Oh my eyes are doing the happy dance, Pamellia! I love the red and white and all that snowy frosty feeling! Gorgeous details! Love it much! Enjoy!

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    1. HAHA, thanks Terry! Be careful with that eye happy dance, they might freeze that way! lol, hugs :)

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  67. Another stunning masterpiece. What is the die that you use to make the pine needles? hugs Kimx

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    1. Thanks Kim, it is Cheery Lynn Cutie Fringe. hugs :)

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  68. Your card is lovely; all the texture and depth really makes it special. I love to make Christmas cards the most and don't mind seeing them all year round.

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    1. How sweet, thank you so much Paula! hugs :)

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  69. Gorgeous, Pamellia! I love how you've created such a beautifully snow-frosted effect.

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  70. I love how all the elements of this card come together, fantastic. Thanks for joining Perfectly Rustics Animal Challenge. Cathie DT

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