Monday, November 7, 2016

November My Monthly Hero from Hero Arts

***Per popular request I have a VIDEO HERE for the little tea light holders and some more tips***

Hi Stampers!
Happy Monday! I am honored and excited to be part of the My Monthly Hero blog hop today. It's always an honor to design for Hero Arts. And you will LOVE this month's kit! It's a 3-D one and perfect for the holidays and beyond. And it's very versatile. I tried to come up with different ideas to use the diamond box die and stamps. So bear with me, I have a LOT to share today, because as soon as I started playing with this kit I couldn't stop. And the add ons are AWESOME, too. To see the list of all the great designers participating in the blog hop scroll towards the bottom of this post. 
The kit contains:
► A 4"x6" clear stamp set
► A set of 13 dies for creating diamond-shaped ornaments and embellishments
► A VersaMark ink cube
► White Puff embossing powder
► 10 half sheets of vellum cardstock
► 2 half sheets of each cardstock: metallic red, metallic blue and patterned
► Ornament hooks and more!


Hero Arts is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. Giveaway closes Sunday, November 13 at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week.

The kit is available for a limited time only - once it's gone, it's gone. Kits begin shipping from Hero Arts on Monday, November 14.


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So, lets get started. 
For my first project I die cut the diamond box twice from silver shimmer card stock and cut the parts with the holes, that's way I got something looking as a roof, next I trimmer only one triangle (and tab) from the second die cut and made a pentagon looking roof. Next I created the walls and used the rectangle infinity dies to create the windows. Then added to the bottom the skyline die cuts. On the pack I adhered vellum panels. This is perfect for little lanterns. It looks awesome in the dark. 



Next up is another type of little lantern, but this time I just used one die cut box and trimmer the top parts (with the holes), but left 1/8" tabs to adhere them to the bottom of the "house". These would be perfect for name plates if you use the persons name instead of the Peace sentiment. 




Next up are little tea lights. I die cut one box out of shimmer card stock (blue, red and gold/copper) and then trimmer each part with the hole on it as shown below (red is score line, black is cut line) 
Then I adhered vellum behind each side except the "solid" triangle cut. On the bottom I adhered a square piece of matching card stock, so it hold the tea light in it and the little tabs created with the trimming the tops are to adhere the bottom.



Next, I made a little scene using the Mini Christmas set by using only half of the box, but creating little tabs to adhere to bottom that is made of matching square piece of card stock. The bottom is actually double, as in between I have a little flat LED light. I punched a hole behind the church that is 1/4" in diameter and adhered the light. Then adhered another piece of card stock on the bottom to cover the light. and added some fake snow. 




Next I have the box die cut as it was made to be used, but I added a piece of card stock inside to hold the tea light! 



Next are two little favor boxes. For the first one I used two die cuts. The bottom one is similarly made as the tea lights above, but I left the tops with holes uncut and trimmed the bottom, that way you can have opening to put treats inside. And for the top part I used the second die cut and trimmed the tops, so I have a solid closed cover. I just punched two holes on the top. That way I can thread the twine from the inside to the top, and my box can stay closed without worrying that it will open and stuff will fall out. 



And finally I made few cards. The first one is non-traditional one and is not Christmas themed. 
Now scroll down to see the list of all the designers participating in this blog hop! Or go to Laura Bassen's blog as she is next up and she has some awesome creations in store for you! 









The Hero Arts Blog 
Jennifer McGuire 
Yana Smakula 
Mariana Grigsby 
May Park 
Amy Tsuruta 
Clare Prezzia 
Ilina Crouse - you are HERE
Laura Bassen 
Heather Ruwe 
Jessica Frost-Ballas 
Shari Carroll at Simon Says Stamp 
Julie Ebersole at Ellen Hutson's CLASSroom 
Libby Hickson

180 comments:

  1. Outstanding creations. Just beautiful work.

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  2. this is such an inspirational post! I love that you use the kit to make all those different lanterns. I can just see those flickering away on the mantle, in the window, or among the boughs of the tree - wonderful!

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  3. WOW! Awesome projects...I love all your wonderful ideas!

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  4. Super cool projects, so versatile! Great kit and inspiration! Thanks for the chance to win!
    ~God bless~

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  5. OMG What an extravaganza of ideas. Thank you!

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  6. So many cute ideas! You stole my heart with that tiny triangle with the scene inside. LOVE!

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  7. Wow! So many wonderful projects! You have really made the kit shine! I especially love the little tea lights!

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  8. You have been wonderfully creative in creating the variety of 3D items and cards as well.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  9. Oh My Gosh - these are just wonderful!

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  10. Love all of your fabulous ideas and projects, especially those triangular tea lights, so amazing!
    ~Gin K.~

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  11. Wow .... your projects are amazing! Just .... wow!! :)

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  12. Your post is so inspiring, Iliana!! Each project that you've shared is so creative and very beautiful!! I'll be back to read your post again and again! Love them all!

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  13. WOW! All your ideas are so impressive, amazing! I just had to comment on your post for the incredible job you did!

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  14. Wow! So many fun uses of the ornament die. Love all of them. And, your cards are very pretty too. Thanks.

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  15. These are wonderful. Completely inspiring and prefect for a little holiday cheer if you do not have much space. Brilliant thinking!

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  16. Wow! So cute! I love the tea lights and i am so in love with the little peek inside triangles!

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  17. Those are fantastic ways of using the box die. Genius!

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  18. Love the inspiration! Mini Christmas add on is awesome!

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  19. Ok, now it's official. I am ordering this. The tealights sold me. There is so much more versatility in this set than I realized at first look. I am off to Hero Arts to order before I finish the hop. Thanks so much.

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  20. Oh man, so many wonderful holiday ideas you've shared with us! I was so determined to get this kit and add ons that I ordered first thing, and am now hitting the hop. I am so excited. But after waiting so long for the reveal, it's another week until they'll be shipped. Oh,the anguish...:)

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  21. These are FANTASTIC! What great little hostess gifts to add to anyone's table. TFS.

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  22. Wow - what amazing projects, Ilina - you are so creative! Especially love the little scenes and tea lights!!

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  23. Wow, so many great ideas. Your little panorama is so cute and really love the tea lights.

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  24. To just have an ounce of your talent! WOW! Beautiful. Thank you
    Penny

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  25. You have totally blown me away with so much creativity!!! WOW is all I can say now! Amazing talent…you are truly blessed!

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  26. So different from all the other uses I saw for this kit. I love it! :)

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  27. I adore little illuminaries - is that a word? - at Christmastime... just wonderful, Ilina!
    =]

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  28. I love your mini scenes in the half box. Darling

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  29. I love the Mini Christmas Votives... So cute!!!

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  30. So creative. Love the votive holders.

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  31. So very cute....awesome way to really stretch the dies.

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  32. Wow - you are incredible! So many terrific ideas! I just can't wait to try some of the little tea lights, the houses, and the cards!

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  33. OMGoodness. You did so much here. I love the tealight ideas. Im definitely gonna come back and use your ideas.

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  34. Wooowwwssshhher, you have been busy. These looks awesome I wish you have a video on the table top short cut one that would be so great to do for thanksgivings dinner

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  35. SO MANY IDEAS!! The diorama is too cute and the little votive holders are great. Thanks for sharing all of these projects~~

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  36. OMGosh, you created so many fabulous creations! Amazing ideas, you are such an inspiration!

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  37. OMG, the little tea light holders are ingenious. Pairing them with the mini stamp kit? Even better!

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  38. Wow! Love all your projects, especially the ones with tea lights inside!

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  39. Wow you made the most out this kit! What neat projects! Very interesting shapes you made.

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  40. I love love love Chrissy and I especially love the little special touches. This set is perfect for so many reasons and the ideas are endless.
    Your ideas are just adorable. You could not possibly sleep at night. Lol. Your head must be going all the time. Gorgeous

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  41. Wow! Thank you for all the great ideas, really love the tea lights.

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  42. Wow, this post is loaded with fabulous ideas! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing creativity using this awesome kit!

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  43. Fabulous projects. Love the lanterns you created.

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  44. Love the tealights. I can see them on my holiday table as place cards.

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  45. Those little tea light luminaries are adorable. I like the idea for the bigger lantern too.

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  46. WOW....just wondering if you sleep at night LOL!!! Ilina, this post is incredible and right now, I'm picking my "chin up off the floor"!!! You are seriously one creative gal and I can't thank you enough for all the ideas you've given us!!! Really outstanding ideas!!!!!!!!!!!! TFS Ilina

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  47. Wow! So many beautiful uses for the kit- you've been busy and have shown many inspired uses! I especially love the lights and the scenes you created!

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  48. Such wonderful ideas!! Thank you so much for sharing them!

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  49. Great projects! There are so many possibilities with that kit. Thanks for sharing!

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  50. Fabulous, I love the variations in your lantern and tea light projects. And it was great to see a non holiday card. Thanks!

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  51. Love your candle holders. They are so beautiful !!

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  52. I am in absolute love with the little lights you created. So very clever!

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  53. Wow, all your projects and cards are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  54. wow... all your projects are just amazing!

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  55. Excellent kit for the holidays! With all the inspiration, I can't wait to get started!

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  56. You created some amazing projects! Thanks so much for all these creative ideas on ways to use this wonderful kit.

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  57. Amazing!! So very creative, thank you for the ideas.

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  58. I love every single project! you are extremely talented!

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  59. I just loved all your ideas you came up with for the die. THe tea lights are fantastic and the little scene you made inside so darling.๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’“

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  60. I am so in love with what you have done with those dies. Your little luminaries are just beautiful.....thanks for all the great inspiration!

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  61. Wow! You have been busy. Lovely creations. Terrific ideas! Thanks for sharing.

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  62. Love the little lanterns you created. You just gave me an idea for inexpensive coworker gifts. :P

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  63. Love all your creations - very creative and beautiful!

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  64. W O W !!! I think the lanterns and the tea lights are simply spectacular. Blown away! Thanks for sharing!

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  65. I have never seen such a plethora of beautifully created lanterns, boxes and cards.

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  66. Please, please do a video of how you created the different boxes from the one die..........................Please

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  67. So creative! I wish you would do a video to show us how you made all those lanterns.

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  68. All you're idea are so adorable and creative!! Love them all!

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  69. Your lanterns are genius -- I especially love the little ones. And the cards are adorable and inspiring.

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  70. you certainly did have a wonderful time creating with this kit, Ilina - wonderful projects!!!

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  71. Love love love the fresh ideas!!!

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  72. So much creativity from one kit. Wow, I'm a bit speechless. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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  73. Your projects are all so wonderful!!! LOVE them and this new card kit:)

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  74. Your work is just so unique!!! Thanks for the inspiration

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  75. Your creativity astounds me. You are a true artist. Love all you work.

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  76. Lovely lanterns, ornaments & cards - just wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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  77. Wow! So many great projects. Very nice!

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  78. All I can do is stand up and clap. Your projects truly blew me away. Great job. Love this kit.

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  79. Wow!!! The most amazing projects in the hop!!

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  80. Your projects are so versatile and beautiful! Thanks for sharing them!

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  81. Oh my, you have done so many wonderful creations with this fabulous new kit. Hurry, hurry postman. I want to create.

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  82. Great idea of the lanterns! Sky is really the limit for this monthly kit! Thank you so much for sharing - your ideas are so creative!

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  83. Iliana, what pretties you have here. All the different designs to choose from. Thank you for sharing.

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  84. Oh My Goodness! So many great ideas!

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  85. Such great cards and lanterns! Love the one with the little scene inside! Thanks for sharing!

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  86. WOW what a combination of projects - Love them The little luminaries really caught my eye though. I made luminary cards last year but these are different. They may go on my "To Do List"

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  87. So amazing and wonderful! Were you locked in a craft room and brought food and water? How did you accomplish so many cute projects?!

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  88. I can't choose a favorite - all your creations were wonderful!
    Thank you!

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  89. Wonderful ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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  90. gorgeous and so different , my very favs of the hop!!!

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  91. My goodness, you made a lot of projects! You have inspired me. I especially like the little scene. I'll be back tomorrow to see your video.

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  92. Thank you, thank you, thank you...for all the "out of the box" ideas!

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  93. Wow what awesome projects!!! Adorable tealights and beautiful cards!!!

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  94. Such pretty creations! Love the tealight idea!

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  95. Beautiful ideas! The tealight idea is amazing. Thanks for sharing!!

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  96. love all your 3 d projects. I am going come back a revisit this post after my kit arrives.

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  97. Wow! I have to make these little lanterns. Thanks for sharing!

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  98. WOW!So much creativity, favour boxes, boxes with tea lights, little scenes and cards OMG!You have shown so many possibilities with this amazing kit, thank you. Have a most wonderful day. Cheers Donna Z :)

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  99. WOW!! Love all your projects. Thank you so much for sharing all these awesome projects. You have given me so many more ideas to make with this kit.

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  100. Bet those lanterns look great as a part of a holiday centerpiece!!

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  101. Love the tea lights and lanterns, especially the tea light scene! So creative and cute! And you've been a busy crafter! Love all of your cards, too!

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  102. so imagnative and creative you have demonstrated the bredth of possibilities of this kit and inspired me to think out of the box when looking at kits (if I have only a quarter of your creative tallent I will be delighted). I am also getting the bug to do some holiday home crafting decoration and think I will be able to involve my little girl too. I cant wait for the video so I can watch it with my daughter (we love watching crafting utube videos together and getting inspiration).

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  103. OMG! I'm breathless!!! Your creations are absolutely stunning and original!!! Thank you for sharing!!! This is the perfect post to show the great versatility of this amazing kit!!! <3

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  104. Great idea of using that die! Love it! Brilliant!

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  105. Wow! Your gorgeous creations are truly inspiring! I love them all, especially the cute mini scene. Thanks for sharing!

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  106. My jaw just dropped! Fantastic use of the dies and I love them all. That little scene is just darling. Thanks for sharing.

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  107. Oh my goodness!!! Your projects and cards are so breathtaking beautiful!!!

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  108. Wow, you were busy making a lot of lovely projects! I especially
    love the red tea light with the snowman scene. Precious! And the
    "O Holy Night" card is gorgeous.

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  109. You did an amazing job showcasing so many different elements of this kit. Love them all!

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  110. WOWSERS!!! Those are all incredible!

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  111. I'm glad I don't have to chose a fav cause I love them all! So very creative!

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  112. OMG those tea lights are gorgeous, can't wait to see the video

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  113. Wow, you are really thinking out of the box. I love all of them. Thank you. - Carol G.

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  114. I am speechless! These are FANTASTIC!

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  115. Now I know I NEED this kit! That little scene in the lantern is so crazy cute...love, love, love. My favorite idea so far!!! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas and this opportunity.

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  116. Whoa, Nellie! What beautiful tea light holders. I was on the fence about this kit but this idea blows my mind> Fantastic!

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  117. I love the tealight holders you made. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  118. Wow lots of ideas for the kit. Love the tealight holders. Now I know what I'll do with the tealights I used at Halloween. Love it. thanks for sharing

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  119. You have shown how very versatile this set is, I really love the candle holders, I am for sure going to do those, great little decor.

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  120. The tea lights are beautiful! Can't wait to see the video! Wonderful work!

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  121. WOW! I think you get the reward for showing how many different projects you can make with this kit! I love the mini Christmas scene!

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  122. Inspirational! Love your designs!

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  123. Totally adorable. Luv that little church scene.

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  124. Amazing projects!Super cute!Thank you for sharing your ideas.

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  125. Oh my gosh So many adorable ideas! I think the dies are fast becoming my favorite part of the kit!

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  126. Awesome die and projects. I look forward to your tutorial.

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  127. So many different ideas for projects. I love the little mini Christmas scenes.

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  128. Oh my goodness these projects are absolutely beautiful and you made all of them from one kit. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  129. The illuminates are stunning. Thank you for showing so many possibilities for this kit. All are gorgeous.

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  130. Wow! I love everything you've made with this kit...amazing. Really.

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  131. Great use of the kit! Never would have thought to make lanterns or shadowbox with the triangles. Very clever!

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  132. Beautiful lanterns! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  133. Lots of wonderful ideas! The tea lanterns are so pretty.

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  134. Oh wow! You certainly had fun with this kit! Love love love the tea lights lanterns! Such an original idea and so so pretty! Thank you for sharing these awesome projects :)

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  135. Wow, just wow, what a wonderfully creative collection of projects, so inspriring

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  136. You are extremely talented. I love all your projects made with this super die. The more I see, the more I seem to want it.

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  137. Wow! You are so creative! So many wonderful projects made from one die. What a great idea to turn them into luminaries! I just love it.

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  138. Wow, what a treat viewing all these projects was! Many thanks for the wonderful ideas...

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  139. those tea lights are incredible. I want one :)

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  140. WOWZERS!!! Ilina! These are all just stunning, absolutely love the tea lights and your cards are amazing as well!

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  141. love the lanterns. would never have thought of it

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  142. Love how you have used the template for some many different projects. Truly inspirational. What a fantastic kit. You really show how versatile it is

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  143. Wow you were a busy lady. I can't believe how many projects you made. I just loved the little lanterns. So very cute. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  144. You've created so much and verything is fabulous, but I especially adore the decor elements! They are just wonderful is so many different ways! Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring!!!

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  145. Amazing creativity! Magnificent obsession :)

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  146. You out-did yourself.
    So many wonderful projects.
    Love the cityscape around the
    light.
    thanks for sharing so many
    fantastic projects.

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  147. Wow Ilina!! I was very impressed in the beginning of the post and it kept going with wonderful creations. I especially like all your tea lights projects. Also the little scene in one of them. Super creative!!

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  148. Ohhhhhh so many favorites! The votive and mini snow treat boxes so cute.

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  149. I love those little tea lights!

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  150. Wow! You are so creative! love the tea lights, the Christmas scene and all your wonderful cards!

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  151. So far yours is definitely by far the best!

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  152. These are adorable! Very classic Christmas. I can't wait to attempt these :-)

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  153. Oh my gosh, what you did with this kit is a-ma-zing! You are the first one so far that did something out of the box with those tea lights in the boxes. My favorite color is yellow and the ones that shine yellow are my faves although I love them all. I can't believe you did all of those! Then you made all those beautiful cards too. Wow! Were you busy or what? I love all the cards and I can't pick out a fave. I give you an A++++ for everything!

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  154. Wow. You really made the kit look even better with all the projects!!

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  155. Amazing work! I love the different ways you put that die to work!

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  156. This is awesome.Thanks for the video!

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  157. What fun little tealight holders! They look so beautiful lit up.

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  158. All the projects are simply stunning - brilliant!

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