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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Hi there, crafty friends! Laura here from Lil' Inker Designs and I'm here today for the Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia!


Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- 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 ONE HUNDRED special guests - 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 guests 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 await behind the door!

As part of today's fun, I've created two projects I'd like to share with you made with stamps and dies from my little company, Lil' Inker Designs.


First up is my mitten card. I started with a Pure White Mitten from Paper Source which I stamped with a pretty poinsettia from our Festive Florals Stamps and sentiment from our Coffee Cozy Stamps. Then, I did a little ink blending and paint splattering to add some color and dimension. 
After embellishing my mitten with paper, twine and jingle bells, I created my card base using this Holiday Messages On Red wrapping paper from Paper Source together with my Border Builders Die Set. I love how this turned out and it came together simply which I very much enjoy! HA!!


For my second card, I started with some watercolor paper and a trio of Real Brush Clean Color Markers which I used to create this pretty and ombré background. Once dried, I heat embossed my sentiment from our All the Christmas You'll Ever Need 2 Stamps in gold embossing powder. I then created a base using this Snowy Trees wrapping paper from Paper Source and to add a little extra something to my project I heat embossed a frame around my card and added in some gold twine..

Here is a closer look at the excellent  stamp sets and dies from Lil' Inker Designs used to create these cards:




As a special sponsor of today's hop, Lil' Inker Designs is giving away a $35 gift certificate!!! WOOT!
If you're not already familiar with Lil' Inker Designs, I've been running LID out of two bedrooms in my home since 2010. I can often be seen in my kitchen with one hand making dinner and the other answering customer emails or scribbling down product ideas. While it's more often than not just me here behind the scenes, I actually have an entire group of ladies who each contribute to the success of my small business. I couldn't do what I do without them from Design Team Members to contributing illustrators and more!

It’s not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by, again, Lil' Inker Designs, so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post - then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! 

Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2017 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!

I mentioned the awesome Lil' Inker Design Team Members....well, here they are again! They're posting today and have made projects. I'd love it if you'd also stop by and visit these awesome and crafty ladies! 

                             Karen Baker


                              Lisa Henke



                                Chrissy Larson














Thank you so much for joining me today!!!! See you on January 8th with a brand new release!










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169 comments:

  1. Neat cards. Love the sentiments.

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  2. So much fun seeing what everyone is doing with the stamps and dies!

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  3. Beautiful cards Laura, I especially like the mitten card. So sweet.

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  4. Thank you, Laura, for sponsoring Taheerah's awesome extravaganza!
    Your cards are beautiful. I especially love how you stamped the
    pretty poinsettia onto the mitten; so lovely!

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  5. Love the cards - especially the watercolored background with the Zigs. So pretty!

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  6. Wow! I love this pretty poinsettias on mittens,, so cute, love all the pretty cards! Thanks for being a Sonsor!

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  7. Not one but two crafty creations to admire.....thank you! I especially love your mitten card! Happy happy holidays!

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  8. Very pretty poinsettias.. such a warm card it is :) The second one is beautiful too! Thanks for sponsoring :)

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  9. These are great cards! Love the Poinsettia on the mitten! ♥♥♥

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  10. Love your designs and your company! Happy to see you as part of the advent fun!

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  11. Lovely cards thanks for sharing with us!

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  13. i really like the mitten card with it's cute details.

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  14. Fabulous cards! And I did not know you ran your business out of your house! Kudos! You have so many cute products!

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  15. LOL, I love the movie Elf and I love that quote! Such a striking background behind that pretty metallic saying as well. Thank you for generously sponsoring this fun giveaway during this event. Merry Christmas!

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  16. Cute cards. I love the mitten with poinsettia. Thank you for sharing.

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  17. Laura, your duo of delightful cards has sent my Christmas spirit soaring! With all the snow and the plummeting temperatures in our forecast, I *need* a pair of those cozy mittens 'for real'! Thank you for sharing your creativity and inspiration at Taheerah's Advent Extravaganza! AND an extra THANK YOU for your generous gift certificate; you'll definitely make someone's spirits bright!
    ~carol

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  18. All the Christmas (2) is one of my favorite Christmas sentiment stamps ever. Thanks for your generous sponsorship of the Extravaganza!

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  19. Really nice. wonderful how you combined different stamp sets to create your mitten card. And your water color piece on the second card if perfect with that wrapping paper background of trees. Gorgeous.

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  20. I love how you put the first card together. I love the background and the glove. The second card watercoloring is my personal favorite

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  21. Your sentiment stamps are amazing. I will definitely be checking out your store to see what else you have. Love your products.

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  22. Great cards!! Thanks for sharing! I may be needing a certain stamp set!!

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  23. I like both of your cards very much! The simple colors on the mitten one catches my eye, but then other is equally beautiful!

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  24. Love your cards! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Not only are your cards lovely, but the variety in your store is great! I'm so glad to have found you because of this Advent hop!

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  26. sweet cards - love the colors you have chosen:)

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  27. Love the red and white mitten card! The poinsettia is lovely on the mitten! The second card is beautiful in the greens! It really pops off that tree background!! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

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  28. OMG, I LOVE hearing your story behind your business, I am all about the small business we HAVE to SUPPORT you guys!! It's important to get that message across and it helps that you guys have AWESOME stamps, YAH!! I love your 2 cards, I think you rock girl and wish you much success. Thanks Tracey Magner.

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  29. Love these cards and the sentiments. All of the cards today, using your stamps, have been particularly beautiful! I love what I am seeing from your designs!

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  30. Both cards are so cute. Love the mitten card and the watercolor background on the tree card is awesome. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  31. Congratulations on another successful year for Lil' Inker Designs, Laura! You have beautiful creative projects--lots on my wishlist! Love both your cards today--the mitten is so sweet & the background for your gold embossed sentiment is perfect! Thank you for your generosity sponsoring the Advent Calendar event! Happy Holidays to you & your family!

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  32. JUST GORGEOUS STUFF!!! Wonderful and creative......LOVE IT ALL!!

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  33. Very nice cards, Laura! I don't have any of your products, but that will be on my list for the coming year. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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  34. You can always find such cute stamps and dies at Lil' Inker Designs, and all this inspiration is SO wonderful. Thanks so much for sponsoring this special event with Taheera and friends, and for always giving the crafting community SO much. May you be blessed in return.
    Karen Letchworth

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  35. Beautiful cards. The poinsettia mitten card is sweet - I love the red and white palette, very simple and effective. But I adore the Christmas Cheer card - that water colour background is so artistic and stunning!

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  36. Great cards. Love the background on card 2. Your mittens card is adorable!

    Sammibug aka Samantha Houp aka Sammi

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  37. Simply amazing!! Thanks for sharing!

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  38. Lovely cards! I love your poinsettia mitten. The background on your second card is pretty! Fabulous job!

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  39. Lovely cards! Both backgrounds are so nice.

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  40. Fabulous cards and
    love your stamp sets!
    Cara from Utah

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  41. lovely card. I love how well the colors go together

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  42. Cute mitten card and I like the watercolor background on the second card.

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  43. Great cards; love the mitten one with the words on red background and am smitten with the ombre background on your second card, and the sentiment done in gold! TFS!

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  44. Oh...I just love the mitten with the poinsettia! Cheers.

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  45. Two fabulous creations! Love the poinsettia stamps and the sentiments set too!

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  46. I love that saying from ELF. It makes me happy!

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  47. Beautiful cards--I especially love the 2nd one using watercoloring.

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  48. BEAUTIFUL CARDS, LAURA!!! ;) I DEFINITELY LOOOOVE the card with the water coloring background!!! JUST GORGEOUS & the papers you chose to go with it are FABULOUS!! As a person who sings, I LOOOOOOVE the sentiment!!! ;)

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  49. Beautiful projects! I just love Lil' Inkers!

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  50. Beautiful projects! I just love Lil' Inkers!

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  51. Beautiful projects! I just love Lil' Inkers!

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  52. So many great card shown here by some very talented ladies!! Thank you for sharing and your generous giveaway!

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  53. Two beautiful Christmas-cards; I like them both ! Thank you for the inspiration.
    And thank you for sponsoring the Calendar !

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  54. beautifully done--love those big sentiment stamps!

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  55. There’s so much to love here!!!! Hooray to your wonderful business in producing such beautiful products! Wising you another fruitful and successful year!

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  56. Beautiful cards. Love the different colours, especially non-traditional.

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  57. Very nice cards and thank you for sponsoring Taheerah's fun event!!

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  58. Just amazing. Great idea decorating the mitten. The coloring on the poinsettia is awesome and I love your background too. And I love the background watercolor and gold on your second card too. Just lovely cards. I love your stamps and dies. Great products. I love to support small business. Happy Holidays!

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  59. Your mitten card is just so sweet! Both cards are beautiful. I've not seen that sentiment stamp set - going on my wish list!!

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  60. Beautiful cards. Your designers did a awesome job.. thanks for sharing!

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  61. Beautiful cards! Love your sentiments and coloring! And always enjoy your creations !

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  62. Great cards! I am enjoying this hop so much this year. Thank you so much for sharing your creations as well as supporting Taheera and offering up a sweet prize too. My Christmas wish for you is to add at least one more bedroom to your business!!!

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  63. Both cards are great. I love the large mitten.

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  64. Hi Karen, Lisa and Chrissy (Lil' Inker Designs),

    I love both the designs because they are so different, firstly the mitten with the softness of the font of the sentiment and the red and white combo throughout. The second design, I was so engrossed initially with the water colour background that I missed seeing the wonderful pine backing. Fab cards. Thank you all for sharing your skills with us crafters. :O)

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  65. Both cards are beautiful, love the mitten!

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  66. Both of your cards are so pretty. I'm so glad you showed the work of the ladies who help you. All of their work is fabulous! All of you are extremely talented. Thank you for sharing all of your work.

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  67. Beautiful cards! Love that cute mitten and the bells for embellishment!

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  68. Love both of your cards! So pretty! It's time to CASE!

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  69. Both of your cards are lovely! It's only a few more days till Christmas - yay!

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  70. Awesome cards! I especially love the ombre background card!

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  71. Love your sentiment stamps and the designs on both of your cards!

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  72. love the jingle bells on the mittens!

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  73. Fabulous card inspiration here, Laura! Love the mitten and the ombre background design on the second card.

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  74. The Snowy Trees paper background on the last card is wonderful with the ombre sentiment piece. Really pretty card!

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  75. LOVE Your designs!!!! I especially love the "singing loud for all to hear" sentiment!!! I love ELF. So I must have this stamp set. (which means, naturally, that I'll have to have the other stamp set and the dies to match as well! )

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  76. Pretty cards - love the gold embossing.

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  77. Love your cards! You are amazing to run this company out of your house. Good for you! Thanks for the inspiration, too. :D

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  78. Fabulous cards! thanks for sponsoring!

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  79. Gorgeous cards, I especially love the second one - the colours are right up my alley! Thanks so much for sponsoring Taheerah and her Extravaganza!

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  80. Lovely cards! Thanks for the inspiration and the giveaway!

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  81. So excited to see lil’ Inker featured today - love their designs and love what you’ve done with them

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  82. Thanks for this post, I really appriciate. I have read posts, all are in working condition. and I really like your writing style. Keep it up like.
    Buy Car Battery Online

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  83. Fabulous cards! So glad to have discovered your stamps through the Advent Extravaganza!

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  84. wonderful cards...love the different stamps you used. Love hearing about the day to day operations...Merry Christmas.

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  85. Awesome cards...the border builder dies are brilliant!

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  86. Wonderful cards! The poinsettia mitten is a great design!

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  87. What a great idea to use wrapping paper as a background. I love the mitten card. Thanks for the inspiration

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  88. Love the mitten design and the florals stamps are a must have.

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  89. Beautiful and festive cards! Super cute mittens and wonderful woodsy design.

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  90. Fun and festive cards, just beautiful and love the adorable mitten and sentiment fonts!

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  91. Such pretty cards. Love the watercolored background with that sentiment! Thank-you for the opportunity😊

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  92. Lovely cards. I really like the blues and greens on the second card. Thanks for participating!

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  93. Laura, your projects are simply fabulous!
    Happy Holidays!

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  94. Beautiful cards! I especially love the mitten card. I've enjoyed playing around with my Lil Inker stamps and tree dies this year. Merry Christmas!

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  95. I have to admit, on that second card, I thought the tree paper in the background was just part of the photo trimmings, and I loved it like that too! So I guess if I ever need a CAS, I can just go with the middle section! *facepalm* I'm so observant. But anyway, back to what you actually did; I've seen that singing sentiment floating around, and I love it every time. And your mittens are lovely. The ink blending is so smooth and I love the little twine string around them. Thanks so much for your generosity in sharing your creativity and being a sponsor for Taheerah's advent calendar!

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  96. Both of your cards are wonderful! I do love the background on the 2nd one - hoping to play with some inks after the holidays! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  97. Love these cards but especially the one with the trees background!

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  98. Your cards are adorable!!! Thanks so much for being today's sponsor!!

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  99. These are adorable. I really love your pointsettia stamp set too. Happy holidays.

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  100. Love the little mitten with the poinsettia.
    The background on the second card is so
    colorful and pretty.
    thanks for sharing.

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  101. Beautiful cards! Love the poinsettia on the mitten!

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  102. Fabulous cards! I'm in love with your watercolored background!

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  103. Beautiful cards, I especially love your pretty mitten!

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  104. Love Love Love these designs.. I love the 5 pack of border dies you are showing also.. How amazing how long you've been running the store out of your house! You are super woman! You have a great design team too!

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  105. Gorgeous cards you bring so much inspiration to me and no doubt many others. Lookong forward to see your work in 2018. Merry Christmas. HOHOHO 😣 xxx

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  106. I always love your design team shares and that mitten card is adorable.

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  107. What a great set of cards and love the design team inspiration!!!

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  108. Beautiful cards! So colourful! Thanks for sharing. :-)

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  109. That background is GORGEOUS!! Love that huge mitten, too. Thanks for sponsoring this fun event!! Love my LID goodies!!

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  110. Beautiful designs! Great use of color! Very Creative!

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  111. Mind totally blown!! You used wrapping paper?? Never thought of that! Very fun cards!

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  112. The cards are really gorgeous. I love the Lil' Inker stamps and dies especially the cover plates. Unfortunately I don't get them where I stay. Hoping to add some to my stash in 2018 though!

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  113. SQUEAL!! Just BEAUTIFUL Cards!! I just LOVE LOVE LOVE them ALL!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and INSPIRING!! Have a FABULOUS New Year!! =)

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  114. I like how the mitten doesn't jump out at you right away!

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  115. Fantastic cards! Your “little company” is a big success! Thank you!

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  116. Great cards and projects made by you and your team members. Can’t wait to see your new release next month.

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  117. Beautiful cards! Love the backgrounds so pretty!

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  118. Beautiful cards! I love the sentiments!

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  119. Love these bright and cheerful cards. Thank you for sharing.

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  120. Love these two cards. What a wonderful background the wrapping paper created. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  121. Love both cards. The backgrounds both seem somewhat unique and caught my eye! Inspires me to do some change-up. Thank you!

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  122. Thank you for being a sponsor for Taheerah's awesome Advent Extravaganza! I have always admired and liked Lil Inker Designs, but have not yet had the chance to add any of your beautiful products to my stash. That will soon change since I have a few items in a shopping cart! :) Your mitten card is just breathtaking! I love the detail you added to the cuff with the sentiment. I adore the background on your second card - so stunning!!

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  123. Really nice cards! Great color choices and compositions!

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  124. Lovely cards. I'm going to use the idea of wrapping paper as a background - genius!

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  125. I love both your cars. So glad to have discovered your company.

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  126. Beautiful cards! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  127. I am so glad Taheerah has included you in this year's event. I really like both of your cards and it is nice to see your images since I am not very familiar with them.

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  128. Beautiful cards. I love the sentiment on the watercolor background.

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  129. Lovely cards! Perfect for the season!

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  130. Both are beautiful but, the second one is my favorite. It’s so rich in color! 😍

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  131. Wow!!! Awesome projects!!! Really, really amazing!!!

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  132. Thanks for sponsoring
    Teheerah's event. All the projects are fabulous. The stamp sets are fabulous.

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  133. great cards, love the color combinations

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  134. Awesome cards. Thank you for sharing.

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  135. What lovely festive cards! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  136. This is so bright and colorful! I LOVE it!

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  137. Oh my goodness. How have I missed that sentiment set??? Elf is my absolute favorite movie. I laugh until I hurt. Such cute creations. :)

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  138. The poinsettia on the mitten is very clever. Love both cards and the idea you used wrapping paper for your background layer. Thanks for sponsoring Taheerah's Extravaganza. Happy New Year, Laura!

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  139. That’s a great set of cards !
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  140. I love the idea of using wrapping paper for card backgrounds.

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