Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Sneak Peek: Introducing Holiday Hugs Stamps & Woolen Mitten Dies

Hello and welcome to day 4 of our Holiday Sneak Peek Week!  Each morning this week I am showcasing projects using our newest fall & winter collections which will be available to purchase on August 25th.

I'm so excited to share today's projects with you sharing a fun new oversized Bear called Holiday Hugs from our Black Friday graphics last year. A few of you had asked where to buy him so I'm super happy to have him available this year. As a follow-up to our popular Santa's Stocking Dies, I am also proud to introduce a similar concept with our fun new Woolen Mitten Dies! Let's dive right in! 

Card No. 1: For my first card of the day, I used our new Holiday Hugs Stamps to create a slimline card (measuring 9" wide x 4" high). I added a candy cane-striped patterned paper strip to the bottom of my card piecing together two strips from our Joyful Holiday Paper pack. I was able to completely make my seam invisible by cutting my paper on the diagonal to hug one of the red stripes. I then colored three of the bears to look like polar bears with matching candy-striped scarves and holding three of the holiday-themed objects with the cocoa mug, gift box, and stocking. For my background, I inked it using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and then randomly stamped some of the snowflakes from the set in the background and filled the space between them with the large script greeting from the set, cut out using the Holiday Hugs Dies.

Sunny Studio Polar Bear Slimline Christmas Card (using Holiday Hugs Stamps & Joyful Holiday 6x6 Paper Pad)

Card No. 2:
Up next is a colorful holiday card using Holiday Hugs, together with our Frilly Frames Chevron Dies which I cut out a couple times from white cardstock and then inked the pieces in a rainbow of Distress Ink colors to stack up and bleed off the edges of my card. To do this I applied them to a thin piece of printer paper which I had coated in sticky adhesive and then was able to make quick work of lining them up. Afterward, I added a simple white ricrac edge using our Ric Rac Border Dies on either side. I colored my bear's scarf to match the Distress inks, this time coloring my bear a warm brown color to look like a traditional teddy bear. I stamped my "Winter Hugs" greeting onto a white thought bubble using our Comic Strip Speece Bubble Dies and then added three small snowflakes as an embellishment. One of these will be our new free die with purchase this holiday season (the top two) and the other style come from our online store-exclusive Basic Mini Shape 2 Dies

Sunny Studio Rainbow Striped Bear with Hot Cocoa Christmas Card (using Holiday Hugs Stamps, Frilly Frames Chevron, Comic Strip Speech Bubble & Ric Rac Border Dies)

Card No. 3: The Holiday Hugs Stamps aren't limited to just the Christmas holiday season. For this love-themed card, I took inspiration from the scalloped heart in the set that the bear can hold by repeating the motif, layering our Stitched Heart 2 Dies and Scalloped Heart Dies in a similar fashion for my background. I love that I was able to ink my stitched hearts with various inks in my stash to closely match the heart I had colored with my Copic Markers. I then mounted them onto a piece of hot pink grid paper from our Classic Gingham Paper pack and added the "sending hugs" sentiment to the largest heart in the center of my card.

Sunny Studio Red & Pink Sending Hugs Large Bear Valentine's Day Card (using Holiday Hugs Stamps, Scalloped Heart & Stitched Heart 2 Dies, and Classic Gingham 6x6 Paper Pad)

Card No. 4:
Continuing with non-holiday cards, I created a birthday card using the wrapped gifts and cupcake from the Holiday Hugs Stamps which I paired with the cherry from our Birthday Cat Stamps. I framed my sentiment and polar bear by layering an aqua blue polka-dot patterned paper from Polka-dot Parade Paper pack and a white scalloped mat from our Mini Mat & Tag 1 Dies. I stamped the happy birthday greeting from our Scrumptious Cupcakes Stamps with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and added rainbow streamers overhead using the Crepe Paper Streamers Dies.

Card No. 5: My next Holiday Hugs card spotlights the adorable iconic holiday images from this set without the bear. I think they are cute enough to stand out all on their own so I created a 4.25" x 4.25" square grid-style card by pairing our Window Quad Square Dies with patterned paper from our Classic Gingham Paper and Gingham Pastel Paper packs. To add a little pizazz, I added white polka-dots to my stocking and the bow on my gift using a white Sharpie paint pen. Lastly, I heat embossed my sentiment with White Detail Embossing Powder in the top, right square using our Inside Greetings Holiday Stamps.

Sunny Studio Pastel Stocking, Gift Box, & Hot Cocoa Mug Square Grid Style Christmas Card (using Holiday Hugs & Inside Greetings Holiday Stamps, Window Quad Square Dies & Classic Gingham Paper)

Card No. 6:
Switching gears, I have a shaped holiday gift card holder using our new Woolen Mitten Dies with a fun red and white Nordic pattern. These dies come with a number of elements to embellish these cute mittens including rows of stitches, snowflakes, holly leaves, poinsettia layers, and faux buttons. They have also been sized to fit in an A2 envelope with a little room to spare on top to fit your gift card.

For this card, I repeatedly cut out the stylized snowflake print from the center of my mitten in a straight line, filled the negative space with a strip of white cardstock below, and then added the rows of stitches on either side before sewing on some Tiny White Buttons with red thread. I then took a paper piercer and added some little holes on the outside edge of my mitten by piercing through a piece of scratch foam before hand stitching around the outside edge. I did this merely for decoration though before using a strong line of liquid adhesive to actually adhere my front piece to my back piece. Lastly, I added a white cuff from the set which I had layered with a red snowflake (also from the set).

Sunny Studio Stamps Blog: Red Fair Isle Snowflake Mitten Shaped Gift Card Holder (using Woolen Mitten Dies)

Card No. 7:
Up next is a bright and happy Woolen Mitten card. They might be a little busy, but I really wish I had a pair of mittens like these! I started by cutting two mittens from Navy cardstock, scoring the back one about an inch from the top, parallel to the flat bottom of my cuff, and adding adhesive above my score line to adhere to the back of my other mitten piece. I then cut a number of colorful snowflakes from cardstock using the snowflake die from the set. I made sure to not throw away my scraps though because I was able to trim approximately 1/8" wide strips of rainbow cardstock to stack on printer paper and die-cut with the coordinating cuff die. I then stamped the "warm wishes" greeting from our Heartfelt Wishes Stamps using a shortened pennant from our Notebook Photo Corner Dies. Lastly, I added Pure White Jewels to the center of each of my snowflakes to pick up the white of my sentiment strip.

Sunny Studio Colorful Rainbow Snowflake Mitten Holiday Christmas Card (using Woolen Mitten Dies, Heartfelt Wishes Stamps & Snow White Jewels)

Card No. 8: For this Woolen Mitten card I couldn't resist creating a classic ivory cable knit design using our Cable Knit Embossing Folder, lightly inking the raised surface with some Antique Linen Distress Ink. This set comes with a small scalloped lace edge to tuck between the cuff and mitten. I then layered my mitten with the poinsettia pieces, holly, and faux wood button using the two individual dies from the set to layer together. Loving the ability to create a realistic-looking button that is flat enough to mail.

Sunny Studio Stamps Blog: Ivory Cable Knit Mitten Shaped Christmas Card with Holly & Poinsettia (using Woolen Mitten Dies & Cable Knit Embossing Folder)

Card No. 9: For my last card of the day I couldn't resist using some of the individual poinsettia and holly decorative elements from the Woolen Mitten Dies for a non-mitten card. I started by cutting all the pieces from white cardstock. I then inked up all the flowers with Spun Sugar Distress ink and all the holly leaves with Gina K. Key Lime Ink. I then took my heat gun to the poinsettias to make sure they were good and dry before tracing the veins using my R83 Copic Marker. I then softened them a bit by going over them with my RV10 and R81 colors. To add a little dimension to my flowers I popped up the center section using foam tape. Since this already added enough bulk, I didn't want to add jewels or peals to the center that would make this card difficult to mail so I used some Stickles Lime Green Glitter Glue with three dots in the center of each flower and filled any empty spaces I had on my black background. I love how they catch the light!

Lastly, I stamped my "happy holidays" sentiment using our Holiday Greetings Stamps and Dies which I first stamped in dye ink and then stamped a second time in my MISTI tool with Versamark ink so I could sprinkle on some pearlized embossing powder. I actually had prepared this sentiment for a card last year, but at the last minute chose to go with a different color so sadly I no longer remember the exact color combo I used here. 

Sunny Studio Pink & Black Poinsettia & Holly Christmas Card (using Holiday Greetings Stamps & Woolen Mitten Dies)

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. 

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Here's a closer look at our new Holiday Hugs Stamps & Dies, and Woolen Mitten Dies 
used today (which will be available to purchase starting on August 25th):

Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing Holiday Hugs Christmas Bear 4x6 Clear Photopolymer Stamp Set Sunny Studio Stamps Holiday Hugs Metal Cutting DiesSunny Studio Stamps Woolen Mitten A2 Large Oversized Metal Cutting Die with Poinsettia, Holly & Buttons

Other Supplies Used:
Heartfelt Wishes Stamps
Heartfelt Wishes Stamps
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Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
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Tsukineko Jumbo Dauber
Tsukineko Jumbo Dauber
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Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
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Classic Gingham 6x6 Paper
Classic Gingham 6x6 Paper
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Polka-dot Parade 6x6 Paper
Polka-dot Parade 6x6 Paper
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Cable Knit Embossing
Cable Knit Embossing
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Gingham Pastels 6x6 Paper
Gingham Pastels 6x6 Paper
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Basic Mini Shape Dies 2
Basic Mini Shape Dies 2
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Frilly Frames Chevron Die
Frilly Frames Chevron Die
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Comic Strip Speech Bubble Dies
Comic Strip Speech Bubble Dies
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Window Quad Square Die
Window Quad Square Die
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Inside Greetings-Holidays
Inside Greetings-Holidays
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Scalloped Heart Dies
Scalloped Heart Dies
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Stitched Heart 2 Dies
Stitched Heart 2 Dies
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Holiday Greetings Stamps
Holiday Greetings Stamps
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Holiday Greetings Dies
Holiday Greetings Dies
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Mini Mat & Tag 1 Dies
Mini Mat & Tag 1 Dies
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Joyful Holiday Paper
Joyful Holiday Paper
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Notebook Photo Corners Dies
Notebook Photo Corners Dies
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Birthday Cat Stamps
Birthday Cat Stamps
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Birthday Cat Dies
Birthday Cat Dies
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Scrumptious Cupcakes Stamps
Scrumptious Cupcakes Stamps
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Crepe Paper Streamers Dies
Crepe Paper Streamers Dies
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Tiny White Buttons
Tiny White Buttons
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Hero Arts White Detail
Hero Arts White Detail
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Pure White Jewels
Pure White Jewels
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VersaMark Watermark Ink
VersaMark Watermark Ink
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Ric Rac Border Dies
Ric Rac Border Dies
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52 comments:

  1. I love all kinds of critters. It would be fun to see a critter holding a guitar or an accordion. I often need musical instruments on cards.

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  2. The bear is adorable and a penguin might be cute also! How about holding a coffee mug or a holiday wreath.

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  3. Gosh, I love that bear. And the stocking. Your cards are always so happy and colorful, they really sell the products. I feel like I have to have everything!

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  4. A giraffe would be cute but honestly, any animal would be welcome. Maybe a book for them to hold, bouquet of flowers, snowglobe, an ice cream, so many possibilities.
    I love that Woolen Mitten die!!

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  5. How about a fox with a cup of cocoa/coffee?

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  6. The bear is adorable and how sweet is the stocking! Penguins, foxes, cats, puppies...all kinds of critters would be charming. They could hold 'icy' drinks/treats, books, umbrellas, dog/cat treats, little sentiment signs, flowers, sports items (hockey...especially hockey).
    ~carol

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  7. I like cats but any critter would be good. A flower bouquet or plant would be ideas of things to hold… may different bouquets such as roses or daisies or tulips so you could choose someone’s favorite flower.

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  8. love to see penguins up to winter fun - bowling, skating, sledging

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  9. I love the bear! Maybe he could hold a little sign that the sentiments (and others) would fit on

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  10. I LOVE the bear! I would love to see a puppy and holding every holiday item... christmas tree, valentine heart, shamrock etc.

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  11. My family loves coyotes. I'd like to see a nice one hugging another animal. These are cute--I like the pink themed card, and the white mitten

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  12. I love the bear, he will have to come live at my houseπŸ˜‡

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  13. Very cheerful cards today! So many critters would be cute - cats, dogs, otters, koalas……! Maybe an add-on set of objects for them to hold would be fun - maybe sets of seasonal items, a set with holiday items, and sets like baking items or sports items….lots of possibilities!

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  14. I love the critters from Sunny Studios! I have the penguins, pandas, bunnies, cats, christmas owls and more! Would love to see more whales, dolphins! Love this bear so much! ❤️❤️

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  15. I just love the adorable bear, and the mittens are adorable!
    He could hold a small picnic basket.
    I'd love to see a cute kitty with a coffee mug, and maybe some crafty supplies. I know my kitty loves to help me craft! :)

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  16. I LOVE the Woolen Mitten die! I would love to use that for all of my gift cards and gift tags this year!

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  17. The bear is so cute! Love all the critters here. They could hold seasonal items.

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  18. I love all critters!! I'd love to see them hold a Bonsai (my hubby's hobby) or other plants & flowers. Great release and sooo many awesome cards! That mitten is my fave (I have & love the cable knit EF).

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  19. So many beautiful cards today! Love the bear and mitten, both have so many possibilities.

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  20. who doesn't love a bear holding a mug of cocoa...??

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  21. Would absolutely love to see more of these critters, especially for additional seasons, such as the bear in spring with a daffodil bouquet or a fox in the fall holding a pumpkin.

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  22. I love the big mitten!

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  23. I am always a fan of mittens in winter.

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  24. I love the critters! I love farm animals, zoo animals, birds, reptiles, and bugs! It might be fun to have some bugs holding a flower or a sign that can have punny sayings on it. Any animal holding a sign with punny sayings would work for me. I love to add a little humor to my cards. :D

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  25. I love the huggable bear and would love to see any critter. Flamingo and birds too.

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  26. This bear is the best!! I'm in love with him! I always love critters on my cards, I'd love to see a hedgehog or maybe a fox too! Holding balloons for birthday cards or flowers for other occasions!

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  27. Best for last! I love the bear and the big mitten.

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  28. That bear and the versatility is awesome and so cute!
    Sherry Storjohann

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  29. The cards are so cute. Love the mitt.

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  30. The bear is so cute. I love all animals but am partial to bunnies, so I would love some bunnies that are not just for Spring/Easter.

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  31. I would be happy with any big critter - the bear is so adorable!

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  32. Would love to see a giraffe as your next critter. Love the bear.

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  33. I adore that bear! I would love to see the bear holding a pumpkin! I Lion would be fun too!

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  34. Cute critters are always welcome, the bears are darling. Summer gear will be fun!

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  35. I live the large mitten dies! I already have the small 'knit' embossing folder to add that extra touch of texture, so that's nice.
    You've already covered so many creatures in your designs over the last few years! I'm sure you may be getting tired of 8 million cute critters? All critters that I thought of didn't seem to have paws/hands to hold stuff, or you've already featured them. But, I don't recall any 4-legged MOOSE designs? So, maybe try carrying things tucked into their antlers?
    A blank sign that could be filled a variety of Life Events stamps included in the set. The old standard; "Merry ChrisMOOSE!". Instead of "moseying by to say Hi!" you can figure out a funny way it can 'be "mooseying"? Lots of wildflowers in his antlers? Wreaths or scarfs around their necks? Wearing red&black logger checked cap with ear flaps? (Think L.L.Bean's old-fashioned 'woodsy' hat) Maybe they could be wearing the checked flannel p.j.s, etc. for adult & young-sized moose. The set would/'wood' (Ha!) be set with a 'In the Woods' theme-cabins w/ fireplace smoke, and lots of your earlier creatures and tents. ("Camping Critters" set). It could be used for Christmas for sure (Santa hat) and year-round, with cone-shaped birthday hats.

    Speaking of creatures I'm going to make this silly message even longer... Since my dear brother owns a photo-safari company in Kenya, I feel I need to put in another plug for 'wild' animals he lives around.πŸ¦πŸ˜πŸ¦’πŸ¦“πŸ†πŸ¦› (I already the Savanna Safari set-thanks) He recently reconnected with his friend, Dr. Jane Goodall, for a project. I was reminded of her beloved creatures, the CHIMPANZEES. Like the sloths or monkeys you already have covered, chimps could be placed in all kinds of 'human-like' behaviors. My brother now has two [adorable] children, ages 3 & 6, who go out on safari game drives with Daddy and are learning how to be kind to the🌍Earth and all its creatures. Could you use the girl/boy 'Buckaroos' kids and change their clothes/hats to traditional safari gear. Shorts & long pants, hiking boots, binoculars, cameras, a jeep, larger tents, +++. It would great to have both Mom & Dad and the kids so the whole family could be hiking (in the woods, the savannah, or mountains) and learning how to take care of the Earth.

    Phew! IF you read all of this rant, "Thank You!", you are one patient person. πŸ˜‡πŸ‘

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  36. Your critters are adorable and I can't think of any others to add. I think having the critters holding flowers would be cute.

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  37. A fox with some flowers! Adorable showcase today!

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  38. Love the Bears and
    would love to see
    some Owls. Could
    be holding flowers
    or basket.
    Carla from Arizona

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  39. Those bears are so very sweet. Would love to make a mitten shaped card! Great inspiration!

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  40. I really like the bear. It is very sweet. Great new release! Thank goodness my birthday is coming up.

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  41. Cuuuuuuuuuuute! I love the Holiday Hugs set so much! Also the amazing mitten! I would love to see a cat for a future Holiday Hugs set! Cats could hold all kinds of things; how about a poinsettia, a cookie, a Christmas pudding, or a little gingerbread man? Another suggestion for a Holiday Hugs set would be a gingerbread man. He could hold a large peppermint candy or a cup of tea or coffee since we already have cocoa in this set.

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  42. This holiday set is so cute..... I would like to see maybe some penguins or foxes..... other items could be a bouquet of flowers, happy birthday sign.....

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  43. Love these bears. Seals or bugs would be fun.

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  44. I love this bear, he’s the cutest and love the possibilities of him holding something.
    This island girl will always root for ocean critters, they are my favorite and since I sell my cards, people here are always looking for ocean themed cards.

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  45. Such a cute bear!!! Love the mitten! I would love to see a kitten

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  46. Cute bear! Bears are great for all kinds of cards. I would love to see a giraffe set.

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  47. The mittens and the bear, so darn cute! I would love to see some little monsters!

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  48. Gorgeous bear, I love it. I would love to see some cats.

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