Caring Hearts Blog Hop

Good Morning! Thanks for stopping by during the Caring Hearts Card Drive. You should have arrived here from my lovely friend, Kimberly Crawford's blog

Each year my friends Vera Yates and Jennifer McGuire coordinate a card drive that delivers holiday cards to elderly residents in nursing homes who may be lonely or have no one to celebrate with.

The holidays are about family, about kindness and joy. During this time many of the elderly who live in nursing homes may feel the lonely or miss their families. Wouldn't it be so awesome if you could bring a smile to their face and brighten their holiday season simply by sharing your love of card-making? A simple gesture can let a person whose alone know that they're not forgotten.

We all love making cards, and what's better than knowing that our creations can bring a smile to others? 

To help jump start this hop (and holiday season), I've made a holiday card to share. I will be donating this card along with some others to the Caring Hearts Card Drive. For more information on how to submit your handmade holiday card, and for a chance to win some amazing prizes just for contributing, please visit Vera's blog for all the details.
I absolutely love the new Chalet collection from SEI. It's the perfect blend of rustic and elegant, and it's full of delicious creams and reds that work perfectly with the wood grains and textures of the patterned paper.
 I covered a card block with snowflake paper and then placed some cardstock over the patterned paper block. Then, I stamped a foliage wreath (which you'll see more of mid month on my blog) and added a cardstock reindeer sticker with foam tap in the middle. The cardboard star and star brad along with the rhinestones come in the Chalet Sundries and add some texture and dimension. Plus, the cardstock stickers in this collection are perfect for card makers-so many festive sentiments! For a finishing rustic winterland look I punched some snowflakes and added pearls to the center.

Red Pearls | Snowflake punches

Please leave a comment below sharing a holiday tradition you share with your family. Random winners will be chosen from the blog hop to win prizes, so the more times you comment, the better your chances of winning. You can also win prizes from our fabulous sponsors just by submitting your cards to the Caring Hearts Card Drive. Here's a list of our prize sponsors (for a detailed list of prizes please visit the Caring Hearts Card Drive main page.

Clearly Besotted Stamps
Ellen Hutson
Fresh Squeezed Stamps
Hero Arts
Inspiration Emporium
Lawn Fawn
L'il Inker Designs
May Arts
My Favorite Things
Newton's Nook and Designs
Online Card Classes
Paper Smooches
Simon Says Stamps
Studio Calico
Tim Holtz
There She Goes Stamps
The Twinery

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you join us in this fabulous card drive. Your next stop on the hop is the Paper Smooches blog.

160 comments:

  1. Great card for a great cause! Love the reindeer!

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  2. Very cute. I love the offset image. Thanks for sharing this card.

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  3. So very pretty! Love your details and the twine!

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  4. What a cool, graphic card in such subtle colors! Love this!

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  5. LOVE THAT REINDEER!! So cute! Great card!!

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  6. Hi Emily, when I think of making cards for the elderly I think traditional. I love that you have mixed it up a little, while still keeping the design simple. I'm sure whoever receives this card will be very happy. Thanks for the inspirational & helping to promote such an amazing cause :-)

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  7. Love the corrugated star and the cute reindeer!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Beautiful card, sure to brighten the spirits of whoever receives it, just as you've brightened mine by sharing today! Thank you!
    c

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  9. Such a lovely card love that little deer. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. A gentleman is going to love your card! I like that it's not fussy.

    Our tradition, reading Luke 2.

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  11. I am seeing alot of new blogs. This is a first for me. Great Card and Great Cause!! Thanks of for sharing and the chance!

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  12. Love this! The balled up twine behind embellishments is catching on. You're the 3rd person I've seen do it this week. I like it. Adds to the rustic touch of the card! TFS!!!

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  13. Such a beautiful card!! Love your accents and the deer!! :) Thanks for sharing this cause! HUGS

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  14. Fabulous card! Love the layers!

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  15. love the addition of the corrugated star, very nice!

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  16. Thanks for your inspiration. What a great cause.

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  17. Oooo...Love this card, and that corregated cardboard star is fantastic!

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  18. This is just so sweet love the embellishments you've added in :)

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  19. Beautiful card, love all the elements, especially the twine cluster and corrugated star!

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  20. love your cards so pretty

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  21. Fabulous card Emily! I love all of the little extras you added!

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  22. Thank you for inspiring! This is a terrific cause!

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  23. Very sweet card. We always visit Santa at the local fire station on Christmas eve to participate in the toy drive. I love the idea of this card drive - thanks for sharing!

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  24. One tradition that I continue to do is Christmas puzzles! I use to put one together with my mom every year but since I moved away I still put one together by myself every Christmas.

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  25. Very cool card! We don't have a big family so no real holiday traditions. I tried to start one with opening one present on Christmas Eve but DH wasn't going for that one LOl!

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  26. So pretty! My family and I celebrate noche buena during the holidays!!!

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  27. Love the snowy white on white look. With just the right pepperminty touch of red. Yum!

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  28. AWESOME!! I am a FAN of this Card Hop!! THANKS for sharing such a FUN Card and for the chance to win!! Have a Fabulous Weekend!! =)

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  29. Love the way you used the baker's twine! Merry Christmas to you and thanks for sharing this very important cause with us!

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  30. very nice card and a great cause :)

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  31. This modern card has a crisp, clean finifh. I just love the little rhinestone that you added on there at the bottom. Happy crafting! Thanks a lot.

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  32. Love how white this card is, and that twirl of twine is wonderful.

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  33. love that twine wreath!

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  34. What a lovely card I think it will bring joy to someone this Holiday Season

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  35. Emily, I just love your card! Thank you for all your support & most of all for being such a dear friend. xo

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  36. I like that your card is something I can send to a guy - great colors and not too fufu

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  37. LOVELY vignette of holiday goodness on your card Emily!

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  38. Your card is enchanting! I really like it. One of our Family traditions is putting cookies on the table for Santa. But we've added something else to it, we put sugar cubes out on the windowsill for the reindeer. My son used to love to do this when he was little.

    Elaine Allen

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  39. What a sweet little card, Emily! Love that reindeer!

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  40. Sweet card for a good cause!

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  41. This is super cute! I love that little twine bundle!

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  42. A sweet card and a great cause. Thank you for sharing.

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  43. This is so sweet and I love all the little details that just make it adorable' including the deer and the heart!

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  44. I love the deer die cut, such detail in a small piece. You really showcase it with the design behind it.

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  45. Love the card! One of our family traditions is Christmas Eve PJs...my kids won't let me stop even tho they are big and don't need PJs ;)

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  46. This card is adorable! Love it!

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  47. I love all the details on your card...so pretty!
    Thanks so much for taking part in the hop!

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  48. Love how you positioned the snowflakes. Beautiful!

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  49. Lovely! Very trendy yet classic at the same time.

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  50. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  51. What a pretty card... love the little reindeer. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  52. What a fun, trendy card!

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  53. Fun holiday card! Love the SEI paper collection you used too! TFS! One family tradition is Peppermint Martini's on Christmas Eve waiting for Santa (because all the little ones are grown up now!) ;)

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  54. Great card combining so many fun elements. Thanks for sharing and for contributing some blog candy for this great cause.

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  55. Darling card! Love the different elements!

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  56. Beautiful card! I love the red pearl and blue "crystal/ sequin" on the elegant snowflakes. What a wonderful cause to contribute to. And thanks for the opportunity to win some crafty goodies.

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  57. Wow such a cute card, love the deer! So on trend!

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  58. What an elegant card! I love it!! :)

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  59. Great card.
    Our holiday tradition is a birthday party for Jesus before heading to church on Christmas eve.

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  60. Super fun card, girl!! Hope you are doing well.... :)

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  61. Great card for a great cause! Our family tradition is getting together for a delicious meal!

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  62. oh my gosh, this is so cute! we have several traditions, but one of them is to all go to a big tree farm together to cut down the tree and then decorate it.

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  63. Great use of texture on this card ...so pretty. Our family tradition is to attend mass on Christmas morning and the gather with extended family to celebrate this great day.

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  64. Pretty card, someone will be a lucky recipient!

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  65. I really like you card, and the bunch of baker's twine is really cute. This is the second time today I have seen a crafter do something like this, and it's a new technique for me. I'm going to have to try it out! Thanks so much for sharing, and of course, for the chance to win fantastic prizes!

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  66. What a wonderful cause. One of our family traditions is getting together Christmas eve to sing carols, laugh, and enjoy each others company. Thanks!

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  67. Love the way you used the baker's twine. Holiday tradition - breakfast with Santa at our son-in-law's fire station.

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  68. This is really eclectic and fun!!

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  69. Very sweet card, it will bring a smile to someones face! A favorite holiday tradition is when my entire family get together the Sunday before Christmas for our celebration. 4 generations all together!

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  70. Sweet card, it will be greatly appreciated. Wonderful cause.

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  71. Fun card - love the cluster of embellishments!

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  72. We have a ton of traditions, but one is the kids (now in their 20's) still get silly gifts in their stockings. Some good ones too, but definitely things like light up reindeer noses and such. :)

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  73. We have a ton of traditions, but one is the kids (now in their 20's) still get silly gifts in their stockings. Some good ones too, but definitely things like light up reindeer noses and such. :)

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  74. I love what you have done with the baker's twine!

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  75. The little loop with the twine is such a nice touch!

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  76. Rustic, elegant... and beautiful! Love it!
    Hugs, Shannah xox

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  77. A lovely card. Great use of the twine. Thanks.

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  78. That little reindeer is adorable. Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful card!

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  79. The family gets together on Christmas Eve. We don't exchange presents until Christmas Day. I fix a big meal and we stuff ourselves - then go open presents. When my husband was alive we had spaghetti and meatballs as well as turkey since he didn't like the bird. Your card is great. Love the twist of twine.

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  80. Love your artsy card, especially like the corrugated star.

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  81. Love that foliage wreath stamp. And the texture of the corrugated star is awesome.

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  82. Cute card. One of our family traditions is to have crackers at our Christmas meal. Everyone loves to pop their crackers and see what is inside. We even wear the hats enclosed.

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  83. This is a fabulous card and a great way to bring some joy to people! As for my family's holiday traditions, I make clay ornaments every year for my step-daughters and grand children. I also make several for my tree. Each year it brings us so much joy to unwrap past ornaments!

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  84. Such a pretty card. thanks for a chance to win :)

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  85. So much texture and loveliness on your card. It's wonderful.

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  86. Love all the texture. Makes me want to use my sewing machine more. Thank you for sharing and participating.

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  87. fabulous card...love all the details!

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  88. Love your card, especially the reindeer sticker. One holiday tradition my mom & I have is to go to Dallas every year on Black Friday. We don't exactly "shop till we drop," though we do get some things while we're there. But it's a nice way to spend the day together & get away from regular life!

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  89. My favorite holiday tradition is making our Christmas cards every year. We make handmade cards for everyone , with coordinating gift tags.

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  90. Great card for a Great cause. Love it!

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  91. I really like the rustic look of the red and cream together!

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  92. Wonderful card..Thanks for sharing!!

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  93. Wonderful card..Thanks for sharing!!

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  94. Love the cluster of embellies and the various textures- beautiful!

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  95. Fab card. Love the bakers twine idea.

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  96. Such a pretty card...love it. thank you for this fabulous hop!

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  97. Card has so many things going on yet such a great card.

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  98. Thank you for sharing your card on this hop. One holiday tradition is that I send ornaments to my nephew and niece every year. My nephew gets a Santa and my niece gets an angel.

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  99. So cute. Love the added twine that looks like a leash all rolled up.

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  100. What a pretty card and for such a great cause.

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  101. Lots of die cut deer this season - LOVE them!

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  102. LOVE this card. So cute. Great job!

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  103. Wow. I love the card base. I never think to put so much detail and thought into the base but I can see how it adds so much to this card. Lovely.

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  104. Love the embellie - so textured and unique!

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  105. I love the texture of your card base. Very creative!

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  106. Fabulous card..love all the details! nlundeen at catt dot com

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  107. What a sweet card! TFS. ONe of our family traditions is to play "Dirty Santa" TFS

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  108. so whimsical! just lovely
    thanks
    Holly

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  109. Your card is just perfect, sweet and pretty. I LOVE the colors !!!

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  110. Very nice! McDonalds eggnog shakes are a holiday must-have around our house!!!

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  111. Very nice. McDonald's eggnog shakes are a must have in our family at holiday time!

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  112. Nice card! A tradition? We open one gift on Christmas Eve- the rest in the morning with a nice brunch!

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  113. The twine you added is a perfect touc!

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  114. We start our holiday our on Dec 13 - St. Lucia's Day - family breakfast and giving little gifts! I love your card!

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  115. our family tradition is attending service at the church and brunch at the restaurant in the nearest shopping centre.

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  116. Cute card and the tradition nice colombian dinner the 24th and then sit around the tree to give the presents around 12:00 am

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  117. Cute card and the tradition would be a nice colombian dinner the 24th and the sit around the tree to give the present around 12:00 am

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  118. What a fresh fun Christmas card! Thanks for the inspiration. :D

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  119. We do a gift on Christmas Eve too!

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  120. I love your card...elegant and simple! Thanks for sharing :)

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  121. I love what you did with the twine.

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  122. This card is so elegant and pretty! I love it, Emily! My favorite part is the twine.... :)

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  123. Cute card! Love the reindeer
    TFS ;)

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  124. What a cool card! Love the design!

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  125. Fab freestyle collage!!! our tradition here is that we have an entire Hallmark ornament tree with ornaments that we've each picked out!

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  126. Love all the textures & elements on your cute card. Besides the tradition of holiday baking, my DH always helps put up the tree and makes our special egg nog recipe.

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  127. There's so much going on in this card! I love the simplicity of it, too! Thanks for sharing! One of our Christmas traditions is relating a Type of Christ each day of December until Christmas Day. It helps us remember why we celebrate Christmas and the many symbolic meanings there are of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

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  128. love the simpleness to the card

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  129. What a beautiful card, I love all the different elements you have used. Thank you for sharing, Hannah x

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  130. Cute card, love the twine and the snowflakes.

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  131. Cute card, love the twine and the snowflakes.

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  132. what a beautiful and lovely card!

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  133. Great use of so many elements!

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  134. Wonderful rich colors and earthy elements! I'm sure this card will be treasured by whoever receives it! TFS!

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  135. love all the embellishments you used. what a pretty card!

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  136. One of our family traditions is making cookies for our extended family and friends. We make about thirty different kinds of cookies. I love all the layered elements in your card!

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  137. I like the way you added the twine to the card. Very unique. Thanks

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  138. Thank you for being a part of this important card drive! A holiday family tradition that I share with my family is putting up the nativity each year. It helps us to focus on the reason for the season and is something that I have been doing since I was a child.

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  139. Love that swirl of red and white twine--picks up the colours from the card, and looks like a peppermint! Thanks for sharing your talent with this great card drive project.

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  140. Wow...lov this card...you made it with so many elements...uber fab!.,

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  141. beautiful card!!! we attend Chrstmas Eve service and open our stockings .. and prepare our cinnamon coffee cake for Christmas morning.

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  142. Beautiful card!. we attend Christmas Eve service at church and go home and open our stockings.. also we prepare a cinnamon coffee cake to bake for Christmas morning. lots of fun!

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  143. your card is just heavenly. i do love the corrugated star and the wrapped twine. such fun lovely elements. glad to have met you over this blog hop! what a great cause. cheers!

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  144. I just recently read a book by Johann Christoph Arnold titled, "Rich in Years" http://www.richinyears.com The book points out that you don't know what an elderly person is going through, it talks about the importance of caring and encouraging them. I love the idea of making them cards. What a wonderful way of making them feel loved and appreciated!

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