Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Sneak Peek: Winter Wreaths, Holiday Greetings & Joyful Holiday Paper

Hello and welcome to day 3 of our Sneak Peek Week!  This week I am showcasing cards using our newest Fall & Holiday collections which will be available to purchase on Friday, August 26th.

Today I am sharing ideas using our new Winter Wreaths StampsHoliday Greetings Stamps and Joyful Holiday Paper. I hope you'll grab a cup of coffee and join me!  :)

Card No. 1: For my first card I paired the holly and berries from our new Holiday Greetings Stamps with the bow and vine style wreath from our new Winter Wreath Stamps. This stamp set comes with two different wreath base options and then a number of elements to decorate your wreath with. In this case I kept my wreath very simple and added interest with my background and the pops of red and pink colors.

For my background I used the inside portion of our Frilly Frames Eyelet Lace Dies which I ran through my die-cutting machine twice (overlapping the two cuts slightly) to cover my entire 5.5" wide card panel. I then cut the scalloped edge using the border die from our Slimline Pennant Dies. For my sentiment I used one of the four greetings from the new Holiday Greetings Stamps. These are similar in style to our popular Season's Greetings Stamps, but have been scaled down to work for smaller spaces and I must say I am head over heals in love! Lastly I added some pale pink pearls from our Iridescent Pearls assortment.Sunny Studio Pink Scalloped Christmas Card (using Winter Wreaths & Holiday Greetings Stamps, Frilly Frames Eyelet Lace & Slimline Pennant Dies)

Card No. 2: As a little background, I have been wanting to create a holiday wreath set for a number of years now, but I kept becoming intimidated that my vision wouldn't be able to execute within the confines of a 4x6 set, but I will say I'm so glad I finally got past my fears as I'm really happy with how the set turned out, even if this one fir bough wreath image did take me take me forever and a day to design!

I will admit it can be a little bit tricky to line up the stamped image with the coordinating die given all the rotating options so my suggestion for mass producing 
would be to make a little mark on the back of the die with a sharpie indicating the top (once you've figured out which direction is the top and then to put a little dot outside of the confines of the stamped image on your cardstock after stamping it so you can always line it up quickly (or some variation of this concept depending on what works best for you). 

I also want to point out that the poinsettia and pinecone images in the Winter Wreath set may qualify as the world's smallest layering stamps, however I made a huge effort to simply them to make them easy to line up so they really aren't too difficult to use if you are already accustomed to working with layering stamps (and you have decent eyesight). For lining them up, I found it easiest to start with the darkest ink color and work my way towards the image with the lightest ink. Once I had the images set up in the corners of my two MISTI tools however, I did end up stamping them from lightest to darkest to prevent my inks from bleeding. If you only have one stamp positioning tool at your disposal, Jennifer McGuire also has an excellent tutorial about how to create "bumpers" for your tool HERE.

For this card I started by inking on a light amount of Twisted Citron Distress ink for my background, making it lighter towards the center. I then repeatedly stamped the little tree branch images from our Classy Christmas Stamps around the outside edge as a frame of sorts. To decorate my wreath, I used the pine cones, poinsettias and berries. I finished my card with the Season's Greetings sentiment from the Holiday Greetings Stamps and a few scattered Crystal Clear Confetti for a touch of sparkle.Sunny Studio Blog: Season's Greetings Card (using Winter Wreaths, Holiday Greetings & Classy Christmas Clear Stamps)

Card No. 3: Up next is a Winter Wreath Card using the fir bough style wreath on a 4" x 7" door I fashioned from cardstock and red craft foam used to provide extra dimension for the raised door panels. While I love all the colors of the rainbow, red is my signature color and I have always longed for a red door, but sadly it just hasn't fit the style of the homes we've had so far. Here's hoping it works out for our next home (knock on wood). To create a doorknob, I die-cut a small circle from metallic gold specialty paper using the holly berry die from our Winter Greenery Dies. Sunny Studio Red Door Holly & Berries Holiday Christmas Card (using Winter Wreaths & Festive Greetings Stamps)

To tie the gold doorknob in with the rest of my card, I then heat embossed my "Christmas Cheer" greeting from our Festive Greetings Stamps using Gold Embossing Powder. I stamped my greeting on the same color of red cardstock and then fussy cut it out to help it blend better with the background of my door and not have it distract from the wreath.

Sunny Studio Red Door Holly & Berries Holiday Christmas Card (using Winter Wreaths & Festive Greetings Stamps)

Card No. 4: Next up is a slimline style card where I lined up three of the vine style wreaths, alternating the bows and decorative pieces between the top and bottom to add interest to my card. To create my speckled background I inked up a piece of white cardstock using Broken China and the new Uncharted Mariner Distress Ink. I then spritzed it both with water and flicked on some watered down Uncharted Mariner Distress Ink Reinker using an old toothbrush. When it was dry, I then trimmed down the panel to allow a thin white border of my card base to peek out and added stitching to all four sides by using the single stitching die from our Slimline Basic Border Dies. I completed my card by heat embossing the "merry & bright" greeting from our Festive Greetings Stamps and adding a few scattered pearls from our Iridescent Pearls assortment.Sunny Studio Merry & Bright Slimline Christmas Card (using Winter Wreaths & Festive Greetings Stamps, Slimline Basic Border Dies)

Card No. 5: I wanted to make sure to create a card today showing that just because this set is called Winter Wreaths doesn't mean you are limited to only Christmas themes. For this card I paired the vine wreath, pine cones and bow from the Winter Wreaths Stamps with the pumpkin and leaves from our Crisp Autumn Stamps. I tried my best to tie the colors in with the beautiful striped patterned paper from our Critter Country Paper pack and added a scalloped edge to my white panel using one of the border dies from our Slimline Pennant Dies. Finally I stamped my oversized "thankful for you" sentiment using a greeting from our Elegant Leaves Stamps with Versafine Clair Pinecone Ink.Sunny Studio Fall Wreath Card (using Winter Wreaths & Crisp Autumn Stamps, Slimline Pennant Dies & Critter Country Paper)

Card No 6: Next up is a card with a bit of a vintage feel using the fir bough wreath and bow from Winter Wreaths with the "happy holidays" sentiment from our new Holiday Greetings Stamps which I heat embossed with Rangers Vintage Pearl Embossing Powder. I decorated the wreath using our Pink Ombre Pearls and Purple Ombre Pearls which I think resemble  retro ornament baubles and used Multi Matte Medium liquid adhesive to adhere them. For the base of my card, I cut an aqua scalloped frame to match my bow using our Frilly Frames Eyelet Lace Dies. This was a last minute card I squeezed in for today's post, but it ended up being one of my favorites. Those pearls really steal the show!

Sunny Studio Christmas Wreath Baubles Card (using Winter Wreaths, Holiday Greetings Stamps & Frilly Frames Eyelet Lace Dies)

Cards No. 7 & 8:
 For my last set of cards I paired the wonderful new poinsettia patterned papers from our new Joyful Holiday Paper pack with our Pristine Poinsettia Dies, Winter Greenery Dies and the Merry Christmas greetings from our new Holiday Greeting Stamps.
Sunny Studio Blog: Poinsettia Christmas Card Set (using Holiday Greetings Stamps, Pristine Poinsettia, Winter Greenery & Scalloped Oval Mat 2 Dies and Joyful Holiday 6x6 Paper)

To frame each poinsettia and greeting, I cut our Scalloped Oval Mat 2 Dies (cut from white) with our Scalloped Oval Mat 1 Dies (cut from green). I also cut my Winter Greenery using a subtle tone on tone polka-dot print from our Polka-dot Parade Paper pack.
Sunny Studio Blog: Blue Poinsettia Christmas Card (using Holiday Greetings Stamps, Pristine Poinsettia, Winter Greenery & Scalloped Oval Mat 2 Dies and Joyful Holiday 6x6 Paper)

I love that just by changing the background color from blue to pink, the cards have a completely different feel. I can't decide which one I like best. Which color is your favorite?
Sunny Studio Blog: Pink Poinsettia Christmas Card (using Holiday Greetings Stamps, Pristine Poinsettia, Winter Greenery & Scalloped Oval Mat 2 Dies and Joyful Holiday 6x6 Paper)

I finished each poinsettia flower by adding a grouping of jewels to the center using our Ruby Red Jewels for my pink card and our Red Garnet Jewels for my blue card using Ranger Multi Matte Medium. The two different color of jewels worked out nicely since I had used slightly different colored cardstock scraps I had on hand for each card.

Sunny Studio Blog: Pink Poinsettia Christmas Card (using Holiday Greetings Stamps, Pristine Poinsettia, Winter Greenery & Scalloped Oval Mat 2 Dies and Joyful Holiday 6x6 Paper)

That wraps up today's sneak peeks. I'm so happy you spent part of your day with me today. I read all your comments and they mean so much!  I'd love to give a $25 gift code to one lucky winner using the rafflecopter below. 

We will be having daily contests and a big 7th birthday Blog Hop this Friday with more giveaways at every stop on the hop. All contests will run through Friday, September 2nd at Midnight PST with winners announced here on Sunday, September 4th. :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway Here's a closer look at the our new Winter Wreaths StampsHoliday Greetings Stamps and Joyful Holiday Paper used today (which will be available to purchase starting on August 26th):

Sunny Studio Stamps: Winter Wreaths 4x6 Clear Photopolymer Christmas Holiday Stamp Set Sunny Studio Stamps: Winter Wreaths Christmas Holiday Metal Cutting Dies

Sunny Studio Stamps: Holiday Greeings 4x6 Clear Photopolymer Christmas Holiday Sentiment Stamp Set Sunny Studio Stamps: Holiday Greeings Christmas Holiday Phrase Metal Cutting Dies

Sunny Studio Stamps: Joyful Holiday 24-sheets 6x6 Double-Sided Christmas Patterned Paper Pad Set

Other Sunny Studio Supplies Used:

Crisp Autumn Stamps
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Crisp Autumn Dies
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Tsukineko Jumbo Dauber
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Festive Greetings Stamps
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Elegant Leaves Stamps
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Frilly Frames-Eyelet Lace
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Slimline Basic Borders
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Classy Christmas Stamps
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Slimline Pennant Dies
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Scalloped Oval Mat 1 Dies
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Scalloped Oval Mat 2 Dies
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Pristine Poinsettia Dies
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Winter Greenery DIes
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Critter Country Paper
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Red Garnet Jewels
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Ruby Red Jewels
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Iridescent Pearls
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Versafine Clair Ink- Pinecone
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Hero Arts White Detail
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Gold Embossing Powder
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Crystal Clear Confetti
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VersaMark Watermark Ink
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PinkFresh Fairy Dust Ink
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Cottontail Embossing Powder Tool
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Pink Ombre Pearls
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Purple Ombre Pearls
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Multi Medium Matte
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Domed Ink Blending Foam
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Polka-dot Parade 6x6 Paper
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51 comments:

  1. Favorite holiday memory is candle light service at church.

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  2. That wreath set is fantastic. A must have!

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  3. The wreaths are beautiful! So much detail!

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  4. My favorite holiday memory was a very particular Christmas as a child.

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  5. Favorite holiday memory involves watching my girls opening certain gifts at Christmas. Love the gorgeous wreath!

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  6. I am in love with the Winter Wreaths set!! Card #6 is gorgeous!! I am so glad you didn't let fear keep you from making/releasing this set. It's Fabulous!

    My favorite holiday memory is when my dad surprised my mom with a new wedding ring.

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  7. Christmas mornings when my kids were young!

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  8. Sitting down and watching the old stop motion Christmas specials every year!

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  9. I love watching the Christmas lights twinkle on the tree and enjoying a few minutes of quiet.

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  10. Every Christmas morning at Mama's when the living room had tons of gifts for the whole family (16 piles!) and very little room to sit & open! It was outrageous and glorious and so much fun!

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  11. I love the winter wreaths and the poinsettias!
    I had a wonderful Christmas with my family at my grandparent's home in Santa Barbara when I was about 7 years old. We even had a visit from Santa!

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  12. This is just the best release ever...I can't wait for August 26....Mendi you are the bomb!!

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  13. My favorite holiday memory was watching my kids open presents when they were little. The excitement and wonder in their eyes was priceless.

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  14. I like that you have a good variety in your paper pads.

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  15. ooh love the fabulous colors for Christmas cards - so unique

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  16. love the wreaths, so fun for the holidays

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  17. One of my favorite holiday memories is exiting church on Christmas Eve, and it was snowing! Since I live in S. Texas, it never snows, so this was truly magical, especially for my kids!

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  18. I LOVE the poinsettias! My favorite Holiday memory is playing the board games we used to get every year!

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  19. Such beautiful cards! Can’t wait until Friday!

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  20. Great cards! Loge the wreath and the bow is really pretty!

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  21. My favorite holiday memory is the Christmas Eve services at church

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  22. I loved having Christmas Eve at my grandparents home! All the families were there and such a wonderful time!

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  23. My favorite holiday memory is meeting my niece (whose birthday is the 23rd) on Christmas day. She made that Christmas extra special!

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  24. Favorite Holiday memory is decorating the tree with the whole family and of course Christmas morning with the kids.

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  25. Love these holiday wreaths! Awesome and super pretty!

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  26. Your stamp sets are adorable! Such a wonderful release! My favorite holiday memory is being with my family in India. :)

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  27. My favorite holiday memory was attending Christmas eve services at church. We would sing carols and hymns then the pastor would talk about the real meaning of Christmas. Then eveyone was given a candle and we would light them and go out. Thanks for the inspiration. :D

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  28. Awww sooo Poinsetty!! I just start my brain for the fall design, and now, Christmas! They are all sooo pretty! <3

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  29. Getting together with the family at Grandma's house on Christmas Eve. - So happy to see some Christmasy things in this release. It's never too early to start making those Christmas cards to send out.

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  30. My favorite holiday memory was going out to look at christmas lights on all the houses and when we returned home, Santa had visited.

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  31. My parents owned a small Christmas tree farm on our 5.5 acres just outside of an extremely small town (~200 people) in rural Nebraska. It was year-round work that was only opened for ~ 4 weeks. Families from around the region made it a yearly ritual to get their tree & wreath, etc. from our little farm. Dad, along with local high school guys, helped people walk around to choose, cut, & wrap their tree. Mom, with a few local ladies, would make wreaths & candle centerpieces from all the "not quite ready for prime time" trees & pruned pieces. They were lovely. Mom always made sure there was a big pile of home-made cookies and the large crockpot was filled with Mom's recipe for hot chocolate alongside a big ol' bowl of marshmallows to top it all off. Carols were constantly playing in the garage as everyone gathered to pick out their 'pretties', eat, drink, and be merry with friends. The whole scene warmed their hearts, as well as their behinds, when they snuggled up to the garage's heater. I truly miss that small town togetherness but, mainly I miss my parents who made it all happen...

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  32. Marisela Delgado said: What fabulous cards and colors! mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

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  33. Marisela Delgado said: My favorite memory is my mother making homemade tamales for Christmas. Yummy! mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

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  34. My favorite holiday memory is when I was a kid and my Mom made "magic snow" Santa footprints across the floor out of flour and powdered sugar. It didn't melt! That extended my belief in Santa for a few more years lol.

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  35. So many wonderful holiday memories that it’s difficult to choose just one! When our daughter was little and experiencing some “stranger danger” feelings, she didn’t like the idea of Santa coming into our house because, after all he is a “stranger”! She dictated a note to me asking Santa to please leave her presents on the porch! And he did!! As adults we gather at our house on Christmas Eve for our very special seafood fondue dinner! Love ya his tradition so much!

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  36. The wreaths are so beautiful!!

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  37. So lovely! I especially love the door card!

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  38. Gorgeous wreaths! Favourite holiday memory was three years ago: that's when our sweet mini schnauzer, Lily, came to live with us! A little bundle of furry delight! Love her to infinity!
    ~carol

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  39. My favorite holiday memory was when my husband surprised me with the itinerary for a trip to London that he had planned for me. We had been struggling through fertility treatments with no luck and he thought we needed a break and to re-group. It was the dream trip of a lifetime. Three months later I got pregnant!

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  40. The wreaths, poinsettias & word dies will make beautiful cards.

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  41. Shari OlsonAndersonAugust 26, 2022 at 6:56 AM

    I am enchanted by card #6, my favorite of all....many projects to make from this collection.

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  42. My favorite holiday memories are setting up the Christmas tree with my siblings and picking out the ornaments. My parents let us decide what was going on the tree each year, even if it ended up looking like a hot mess. :)

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  43. I always love watching the lights on the tree in the evening... always have..I remember laying on the floor as a card and staring at the tree. Your wreaths are stunning. To many favorites to chose just one.. tyfs :)

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  44. My favorite holiday memory is sitting in the living room with all the lights off enjoying the Christmas tree lights, my nativity collection, and other holiday lights I have up.

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  45. Beautiful cards! My favourite holiday memory is of the year my family was doing a big kitchen renovation over the holidays and my mother ended up making Christmas Eve dinner over a camping stove in the garage (with the door open and a Co2 detector for safety!)

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  46. Mine is my childhood Christmases and the amazing decorations that Dad would set up.

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  47. Beautiful cards! I really get Holliday feelings when I look at them! 🌺 My favorite memory is when my little son saw Santa Claus for the first time 🥰

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  48. Such glorious inspiration....true card inspiration!!! One of my favorite memories of Christmas was spent on my Great-Grand-Parent's farm. We slept literally side by side and wall to wall and woke up to snow falling and a huge tree complete with gifts! Another favorite is my husband telling our children totally off the cuff stories from tree ornaments that they would choose! Thanks for facilitating the memories Mendi :)

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  49. The wreaths are very pretty. We drove from Anchorage to Seattle over the Christmas holiday and ended up having Pop-Tarts and Lunchables for dinner on Christmas Eve because all the restaurants were closed and the tiny local grocery store didn't have a working microwave.

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  50. These wreaths and the sentiments are great!! I love them. The paper is pretty awesome as well!!

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