Monday, August 22, 2016

Hero Arts Winter 2016 Blog Hop


Hello. I'm so excited to be part of the Hero Arts Blog Hop celebrating their winter release launch. I have several cards to share so I'll jump right in...

The first cards are gift card holders...
THIS stamp and die set is so fun that I had to make two cards with it. I have a lot of coffee loving friends and thought this would be a fun way to present a gift card. This would also make excellent teacher gifts!

For the first card...
I inked up THIS background stamp with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. I love the shine it has and it reminds me of coffee stains/rings. I stamped the cup design using THIS ink and dressed it up by heat embossing a sentiment on to THIS die-cut heart. I used the coordinating dies to cut it out and adhered it to two circles cut with THIS die. 

To create the "pocket" for the gift card to sit in, I adhered a strip of foam tape on the top of the circle and the bottom of the back side of the circle. I left the center open so that the gift card can slip in and out easily...

For the second card...
I kept the design the same just used different elements. I inked up THIS background with THIS ink to resemble bubbles. I also added some of THIS embossing paste to the top of the image to make it look like whip cream...

Moving on to the next set of cards...

I wanted to make another interactive/surprise element like the first set of cards, so I created a "pocket" for the tags to slide into. When they are removed, they reveal additional stamping of "to" and "from" (stamped from THIS set) so the recipient can use them on a Christmas gift...
I applied adhesive to each side of the black strip, leaving the center open so the tags can slide into place without any adhesive. 

Here's a closer look at each...
I used THIS oragami set and heat embossed three of the images using different embossing powders. I used my watercolors to color them in and die-cut each into a tag using THESE tag dies. 
I used THIS background die for all three cards. You can get a whole different look by rotating the stamp..
I wanted to keep the cards simple but add interest to the background. I flicked water from a paintbrush on to each background, added matching embossing powder, and heat set it...
For the sentiments, I used THIS set (a new favorite of mine!) 

I hope this inspires you to add a fun surprise to your next card. Now for some more inspiration...

KEEP HOPPING
Click HERE for the next stop on the hop, which is the talented Ilina Crouse. Click HERE to start at the beginning of the hop. Make sure to leave comments along the hop for your chance at one of the three $25 gift certificates that Hero Arts is giving away. Thanks Hero Arts!  

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243 comments:

  1. OMG!! What a great idea for a gift card!! Definitely making some of these this year!!

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  2. Great cards and I love the gift card holder!

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  3. Heather, these are all fantastic. Love how you tucked the gift cards!

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  4. What a wonderful way to bring joy to someone . Great backgrounds

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  5. Great set of cards...really neat idea for gift card...so creative, thank you for the inspiration.

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  6. I really like the card holder ones. And now I'm off to Starbucks.

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  7. I seldom thing to use tags on cards. Thanks for the great reminder!

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  8. Love how you incorporated the gift cards on those cards. Beautiful projects.

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  9. Love the coffee gift card holder.

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  10. I love that Cup Heather! And your card set is really a sweet one!

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  11. Oh my goodness I love the cup gift card holder!!! Now I want that stamp. I give so many starbucks cards away , it would be well used!

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  12. Great projects. Great time to start making gift card holders. Love them. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Those gift card holders are PERFECT! Just adorable.













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  14. Clever idea with the gift card holders!

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  15. A great idea for including a coffee gift card within a card. Love that coffee ring background stamp. Great projects. Thanks!

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  16. How cute and fun. Love the gift card holders

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  17. Love your cards and that cool design with the coffee gift card tucked behind the cups!

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  18. Cute gift card holders and love the set you made!

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  19. Awesome gift cards and tags. Thank you for sharing your ideas and being part of this new winter release blog hop giveaway.

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  20. Oh wow, your gift cards are great. I love the clear embossed coffee rings background. Great set of cards made with the tags too.

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  21. I just love the latte with the whipped cream!
    Thanks for sharing :)

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  22. Never met a coffee card I didn't like. Today is no exception.

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  23. Super great gift cards, and I will be needing a lot of them this year, going to easy route!

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  24. These are all so awesome!! I really love the tags! Especially the Deer tag!!! LOVELOVELOVE!! TFS!

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  25. Not being a coffee lover I skipped by your first creation and then I was wowed by your Origami Christmas Cards. They are stunning, thanks for sharing!

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  26. Oh, these are all awesome, Heather!

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  27. I like tags and embossing. The gift card holders are nice. Beautiful work.

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  28. What a great idea for the gift card! Love all your projects!

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  29. Love the Coffe Cup cards, and the tag cards. I honestly didn't consider the Origami set, but your selling it here!

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  30. Love the Coffe Cup cards, and the tag cards. I honestly didn't consider the Origami set, but your selling it here!

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  31. Love how you have the gift cards peeking out in the first set and that origami deer in gold is so so pretty!

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  32. Great set of cards and I like your gift card holder design.

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  33. Love your cards, the coffee cup card is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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  34. I really enjoyed your take on these stamp sets! your cards were fun and inspiring!

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  35. Love the coffee one, now I'm craving a Peppermint Latte! The origami set is on my wish list, love these cards!

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  36. Your cards are amazing Heather! I love the coffee cup one! Tfs

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  37. I also have a lot of coffee lover friends. The gift card idea is great.

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  38. I got so many great ideas from your cards, I don't know where to start! Now I'm ready to dive in and start creating . . .

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  39. The gift card design is perfect! I pinned it before I even read the details.

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  40. What fun cards! I love the coffee giftcard holders!

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  41. Love those coffee gift card cards! Both background are so cute on them! And your tags are gorgeous too! Thanks for all the inspiration!

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  42. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas with the gift cards because I do a lot of those.

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  43. Heather, I just love all of these cards!

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  44. Thank you for your great ideas. Love your card and tags.

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  45. Great projects! Love the cute ideas!

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  46. Very inspirational. Now I have so many ideas!

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  47. I love the origami tag/cards, what a clever idea I love it!

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  48. Lovely cards! I especially like the backgrounds on the second set of cards. Thanks for sharing! (Peg)

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  49. Fun cards. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  50. These are absolutely wonderful. Very nice.

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  51. Darling gift card holders and cards, Heather! Especially love your origami cards!

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  52. Like the tag cards Santa, tree etc. I could see doing them.

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  53. I should make a "coffee" gift card holder and see if I can get my husband to fill it. :)

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  54. I should make a "coffee" gift card holder and see if I can get my husband to fill it. :)

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  55. My favorite is the coffee cup card....I have just the person for that one..thanks for sharing..hugs

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  56. Love this origami set! All your creations are beautiful!

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  57. Lots of wonderful cards. Great gift card idea!

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  58. Coffee cup gift card holders are so great. And I love how you showcased the origami stamp set.

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  59. Your ideas are wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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  60. Great cards for coffee lovers, and tags are perfect!

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  61. Wonderful ideas for coffee lovers.

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  62. Your gift card holders are so stinkin' clever and I'm totally smitten with your card set.

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  63. Fun, fun, fun....loved what you created!

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  64. Fantastic interactive cards - love the tag effect and the gift card holders!!

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  65. Love the coffee card holders. Your backgrounds suit them perfectly! I do love using those coffee ring stamps!

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  66. Sweet! I especially love the tags!

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  67. LOVE your cards and gift card holders!!!

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  68. Great idea and love those bubbles on the background.

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  69. WOW ! The cards are terrific and so attractive. Simplicity is one of my favorite ways to make cards. The gift card holders are darling. Great idea ;)

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  70. Awesome cards, and I especially love the coffee gift card holders! So clever!

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  71. So cute. Great idea for gift cards

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  72. I love they way you incorporated the gift card. Awesome!

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  73. I love the coffee cups. You did an awesome job!

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  74. Love your tag cards. What a great idea.

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  75. I love your "variations on a format!"

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  76. Great way to give coffee cards

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  77. Love the use of the background stamps on your cards...Neat tags...

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  78. LOVELY cards!! These stamps will have to go on my wish list !!

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  79. Awesome! I am always looking for a gift card card to share with coworkers!

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  80. What great ideas for simple but impressive gift card holders!

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  81. Oh my, your coffee gift card holders are perfect! Love them all!

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  82. Heather, I love your gift card cards what a great idea! Would love to case if it's ok. Was looking last Christmas season for those pattern without any luck! Thank you...

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  83. Heather, I love your gift card cards what a great idea! Would love to case if it's ok. Was looking last Christmas season for those pattern without any luck! Thank you...

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  84. Love the simplicity of your cards.

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  85. Love the backgrounds and colors you used! Great cards to give coffee lovers everywhere! Gift cards to their favorite coffee place IS a "Sweet" bonus! <3

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  86. Awesome idea to use this set to give away coffee gift cards! never would have thought about this, but glad you did :)

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  87. Heather Fabulous examples of all the wonderful products ! Great Job !

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  88. Such clever cards! What great ways to give gift cards and to gift a gift card! Beautiful cards with wonderful stamps that are practical! What more can you ask for?

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  89. VERY NICE Heather! Great body of work. Amazing stamps!

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  90. The origami critters are Def my fave from this release. Thanks for the great ideas!

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  91. All your cards are great but love the coffee cards!

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  92. Such sweet gift card holders and tags, Heather! I love the Coffee Cup set... even though I don't drink coffee. My cup would be filled with tea, cocoa, or hot cider and lots of holiday cheer! ♡Dawn@Petals.Paper.SimpleThymes

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  93. I thought I was done with my shopping list and you totally rocked the release with your cards. Now I have to go back and add to my cart. Hero Arts knocked this release out of this world. Thank you.

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  94. Love your coffee card idea! That makes a nice gift.

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  95. Beautiful cards and tags - makes me want to start my holiday cards.

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  96. Fabulous cards! I'm really excited about the new coffee cup stamps.

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  97. Love your sweet tag card ideas!!! Super cute!!

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  98. Love your sweet tag card ideas!!! Super cute!!

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  99. These are so cool. The idea of a Christmas card with a tag inserted is brilliant! And the coffee cups with the gift cards are so cool. I love the texture on them.

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  100. What a great way to give a gift card! Fabulous cards.

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  101. Simple, yet beautiful detail. Love the coffee gift cards! Great idea! TFS

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  102. A fun way to give a yummy gift card!

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  103. Gorgeous cards! Love the background stamps in this release.

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  104. Wow!!!! Beautiful set of cards! I love so much the coffee gift cards! Great idea!

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  105. I love your use of the backgrounds in the cards and tags. I think those tag ideas are great, and I think I may do something similar for my gift tags this year. The origami stamps work well for that.

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  106. Great idea for a gift card. Beautiful cards.

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  107. How super creative and fun you are!! Besides that I also love your fantastic backgrounds with the new stamps!!

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  108. Wonderful ideas. Love how you have used the new background stamps.
    Many thanks x

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  109. Fabulous cards! Love your creativity.

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  110. So perfect for gift cards, love the ideas!

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  111. GREAT ideas. Beautiful cards. TY for sharing

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  112. Wow, great idea for a coffee gift card~

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  113. Delightful project, great gift card holder ideas!

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  114. Heather, these cards are just fabulous! Love how you tucked the gift cards behind the circles. The tag cards are so sweet and I love that you made them so the card recipient could use the tags.

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  115. Heather, these cards are just fabulous! Love how you tucked the gift cards behind the circles. The tag cards are so sweet and I love that you made them so the card recipient could use the tags.

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  116. Fabulous cards!! I just love the coffee cups!!

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  117. So love those coffee cup gift card holder!!! THANK YOU for the inspirations!

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  118. I just bought the Coffee Cup Tags set and cannot wait to try out your gift card idea!

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  119. The origami set is GREAT for tags! Wonderful idea!

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  120. I love those coffee cup cards! They are so cute and make great gift card holders!

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  121. Love the tags!! Coffee cups are cute too!

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  122. Great cards. Love the tag cards especially. Thanks for sharing.

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  123. Wonderful inspirations! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  124. What a clever idea for your coffee cards!

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  125. You have such great ideas for sharing! Love that 'coffee ring' background. These are perfect for gift cards!

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  126. Fun gift card holders... just love those Holidays cups! Your second set of cards is totally wow!

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  127. Loving all 3 of the background stamps you used - got to have the blizzard one!

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  128. Awesome examples! Love the gift card holders and the candy striped background on the tags!

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  129. How wonderful this cup of cheer is thank you for sharing!

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  130. So many wonderful ideas for the cards. Loving the embossed circles background!

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  131. Awesome ideas and projects! Thanks for sharing on the blog hop.

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  132. Great gift card holders and cards! Thanks for the ideas. TFS!

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  133. Super cute cards and tags!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  134. Great gift card holders and I love the embossing on the origami stamps! Really nice collection of cards here! Thanks!

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  135. Great cards, Heather! Thanks so much for sharing with us and for participating in this great hop and giveaway.

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  136. Super cute coffee cup gift card cards, and the cards with usable tags are brilliant and beautiful!

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  137. My favorite is the tis the season tree

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  138. Love your cards, the coffee is making me crave some.

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  139. The coffee card is such a clever design! And I love the little details like putting the corrugated cardboard piece on top of the cup. The origami tag cards are just as striking. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  140. I love the coffee cards. You give so much attention to the little details, and it shows. I always enjoy your work.

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  141. Your gift card holder is adorable! I give out Starbucks GC's at Christmas so I'm going to remember this idea

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  142. What a great way to give a gift card. Love it.

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  143. WOW ! these are GREAT projects ! I love your coffee cards, these cup of coffee seem so real ! And the tags are so beautiful, this origami stamp set is genial ! Thanks for sharing your wonderful projects and for the chance to win. Izzy Scrap

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  144. Love all the cards you've shared above... the homemade backgrounds and the interactive aspects are awesome!! TFS so many cool, creative ideas!

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  145. I love the origami set! Very cute! And what a great idea with the tag cards! Love them all!

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  146. Such fun cards! Thank you for sharing :)

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  147. These coffee cards are a such a great way to present a starbucks gift card!

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  148. Great interactive cards! So practical yet pretty! Thanks!

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  149. The gift card holder is perfect for my mailman and newspaper guy. Great idea.

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  150. Clever gift card holder.
    The projects were all wonderful.
    thanks for sharing.

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  151. Love the corrugated paper around the middle of the coffee cup! Such a cool touch!

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  152. Great ideas on the gift card holder cards! Awesome!!

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  153. The coffee gift cards are a MUST DO. Also, giving a tag to be used by the recipient is a unique and clever idea. These are very well done. The only drawback for me is that if I was the recipient, I wouldn't be able to give the tag away! :-)

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  154. These are perfect to knock out and have on hand during the busy holidays. Thanks for the inspiration

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