Monday, November 26, 2012

giveaways today!


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I am SO thrilled with the positive feedback about my new rubber stamps and to celebrate I am giving away 5 sets of stamps!

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I am also thrilled to be participating in Christy Tomlinson's online course 12 Artsy Ornaments of Christmas No. 2 and I am giving away 1 free spot for the class!!


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The course is a five day mini workshop. Each day for five days (tuesday-saturday) 3 new holiday projects will be posted by one of the teachers... MEJuliette Crane, Mindy Lacefield,, Margie Romney-Aslette, Jeanne Oliver, Chrissy Gardner, Shea Fragoso, Debbie Murray, Junelle Jacobson and Christy Tomlinson. Class starts December 4th and the cost will be $24.95. 

The course is hosted on a private website and all instruction will be in video form and include up-close pictures of each project and supply lists. Once you register, you will receive your log-in and welcome email with all of the details you'll need for class on December 3.

And the classroom stays open for a year...so you can go at your own pace and create whenever you want.The course is hosted on a private website and all instruction will be in video form and include up-close pictures of each project and supply lists. Once you register, you will receive your log-in and welcome email with all of the details you'll need for class on December 3.





SO HERE is the deal-

 Leave me a comment and tell me how you are kicking off the holiday season.
I will randomly select 6 winners- 5 people will get stamp sets and 1 person will get the spot in 12 Artsy Ornaments class!

ready...set...go!



423 comments:

  1. The Christmas tree is up with lights & garland so far. My son decided that Rudolf should be the tree topper so we have a wire-legged reindeer clinging for dear life to the top branch. Next weekend the Christmas crafting will begin. The rubber stamps would be a wonderful addition!

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  2. Oh, actually I am really early this year: Last weekend I had my first viewing of 'The Grinch'- three to five more to follow! And yesterday I put together a quick and easy advent wreath - lighting a candle every week before the celebration is what really gets me in the Christmas-mood!

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  3. I'm setting up my tree tomorrow! A lot of people think a white tree is tacky but I LOVE it! Lol.

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  4. Every year I start with handmade Christmas cards!I don't know how I manage not to be in time every year but that's how it is maybe because every time I want to add a handwritten letter too!Anyway that's a great giveaway! I would love to win a set of your stamps. The feathers are especially beautiful. I wanted to order one but you have no International shipping! The course I am sure is great too. I did your create daily and the one Jeanne Oliver did for five weeks for home decoration.AriadnefromGreece!

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  5. Hi - I'm starting off the holiday season by making Bunting (out of paper - painting and using old cards) stringing them up...tada! decorations! yay. Would love to win something in your draw.

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  6. I'm starting to make some decorations and gifts. The stamps look lovely, thanks for the chance to win!
    grace

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  7. Le thème plumes m'a toujours inspiré et j'aimerai bien gagner vos timbre que je trouve magnifique

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  8. Holiday season HAS to start with watching the Muppets Christmas Story and having chocolate fondue with my best friend. After that, it's allowed to eat Plätzchen (the kind of cookies you bake for christmas), decorate the house and feel all festive.

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  9. Here in the Netherlands there is not such a thing as the holiday season, but this time of the year is a good time to light the candles and be creative for christmas. Its my biggest whish to win stamps from you or to win a workshop. Love Petra

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  10. I am kicking of the season by making some ornaments from last years class. Seriously!!! I'm making a bunch of little book paper houses! Peeling glue of my fingers as I type!

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  11. I'm planning a walk downtown Portland with a friend to let the sights/sounds/energy of the season inspire us. And of course, the Michael Allen Harrison Christmas concert at the Old Church is not to be missed.

    ~Bobbie C

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  12. We got out all the Christmas books yesterday and actually read the first one.
    We're starting the dough ornaments today!

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  13. Here in Okinawa, my Christmas packages and cards are mailed, and my tree is up. I'm having a wonderful Christmas season virtually creating with my mom (who I'm half the globe away from at the moment) as we enjoy taking your Create Daily Holiday class! Thanks for this wonderful giveaway, Alisa!

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  14. What a wonderful give away.
    I live in Belgium and there is no real Holiday Season.
    But we make our own, and we kick it of with my Birthday, followed by the celebration of Sinterklaas on December 5th.

    Greetings from Jolande

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  15. First, i'm making christmas paper to wrap my present, then, i'll be making christmas cookies. I have no space for a christmas tree, but still i love to decorate my place hanging white/translucid balls with red ribonn and branch of pine.

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  16. I am kicking off the holidays by purging ... I am getting rid of lots of art supplies and books and donating them to others who can use them.

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  17. What a wonderful giveaway. I am working on new handmade ornaments for the tree which I do every year. Also making some burlap holiday bunting. I have all my Christmas movies and cd's ready to put us in the spirit of the holidays.

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  18. Hi and thanks for this opportunity, I love your artwork, it's beautiful!

    I will be putting up the Christmas tree, decorating my home with all things pretty including homemade paper chains!

    =)

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  19. Leave everything until the last minute..... I mean to start early but it never happens!

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  20. Hi Alisa !
    Here the great moment is the decoration of the Christmas tree with my kids ! We do that the 1st we of December. They are just too excited !!
    Thanks for that giveaway !!
    clambert4@club-internet.fr

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  21. I have an art project planned that will kick off the holiday season for me. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  22. I already kicked of by making this cute reindeer: http://howling-liz.blogspot.nl/2012/11/x-mas-reindeer.html . Your stamps are beautiful and very original! Love'em! Have a nice day! Liz

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  23. Such a nice giveaway.

    We are making tree ornament with my one year and an half son : he is making drawings, and I made garland with them!

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  24. Hi, I just love your stamps :)
    I'm preparing my holiday with some knitted gifts for the family.

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  25. Alisa, many thanks for such an opportunity! We actually started getting prepared for Christmas holidays - in September (making wish-lists, getting presents ready and making up the Holiday scenarios)... 31 December is a double holiday for us - our baby-girl was born on the NY's Eve, so double the fun, double the presents, double the efforts to make the Day really memorable))) We already have outdoor decorations installed, sewing Safe Christmas ornaments and creating the Poinsettia Softbooks...
    Natasha from Russia

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  26. Hi there, Her in The Netherlands I will start December 6 with decorating our home. On December 5 we have Sinterklaas (a sort of Santa Claus) for the children and I can't wait till he's gone! In our kitchen there will be lights and Christmas decoration. In the garden we have lights and lets not forget our Christmas tree. Decoration will be homemade, just like all kinds of food. Yummie! I can't wait till its Decmeber 6!

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  27. I love your on line classes and your blog & ART, it is one of my favorite blogs ! Such a pity that we can not order your new stamps, they are so beautiful. I' m kicking off the holiday season by making my own Christmas cards style "sew wild" with my own made paper by monoprinting, spraying and painting. Kind regards Henriette from the Netherlands.

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  28. I must say the holidays are always difficult for me, but I am trying my little heart out to make this year different. I have been knitting and crocheting up a storm for gifts. I am going to Seaside Soirée a crafty charity workshop for the start of the month, and while I am gone little elves (my dear, dear husband) will put up the tree and all the decorations for a holiday party that first week in December. So lots going on for the Christmas spirit to be energized, but winning a spot in your class or some of your stamps would be the best charge to the holidays ever!

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  29. I do as much as I can to keep Christmas away until December hits. I will be helping my dad serve food for his church's Christmas party on the 1st.

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  30. We've put up our tree already and I've found a fab recipe for homemade gingerbread lattes so it's all everyone's been drinking this weekend! x

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  31. I am making some Christmas cards and hand made gifts for friends.

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  32. Kicking off the season with music, the traditional glögg (must wine), gingerbread and preparing christmasgifts and cards and decorations. This time I defenately keep my fingers crossed for me, as I would love to win a stamp-set as I cannot order because I live abroad:( I wish good luck to us all!

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  33. 8 full weeks of sun surf and kids - schools out for summer!!!!

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  34. We started last sunday with decorating a ginger bread house and sewing felt ornaments at my DDs school.

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  35. Last weekend I started with some Christmas cards and this week I am planning to decorate my porch.

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  36. I'll spend the holiday season with a new baby, if he ever decides to get out :)

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  37. What beautiful ornaments! My holiday season started when I put my tree up yesterday!

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  38. Amazing giveaway.
    Yesterday I took the Christmas decorations out of the boxes... Let the fun begin!

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  39. I got lot of boxes to paint and keep me busy :)

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  40. First, your rubber stamps are beautiful. Congratulations! My cousin asked me to make some sachets for her to give as gifts and as of today, they just need to be filled and closed. My husband and I don't really do anything for the holidays, but I have gotten an early start on the 2 dozen or so gifts that I am hand-knitting and sewing for next August.

    Thanks for the give away and happy holidays to you and your sweet family.

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  41. I plan to make an house ornaments with my girls and my 4 year draw really funky houses, and we paln to move soon, so houses on our tree will be the perfect choice...but I actualy enjoy to do thos with kidos, so this is the big plan, to have fun.

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  42. Oh my, were to start. It's my first chrstmas away from mama, and as a mama myself. I want to make it a special time for my girl and my love but oh so many things to think of and to make espiecially!

    Have to get a christmas wreath together before sunday, I think I'll just make a nice plate with twigs and candles.

    Exciting to join the draw. Thanks dor your inspiration.

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  43. Kate in Cleveland3:10 AM

    Kicked off the holiday with special holiday music and a crafty weekend making Christmas gifts! The best! Thank you!

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  44. The holidays have started this year with visiting family. All my siblings and our parents live states away from each other and this year most of us were able to get together for Thanksgiving break. It was wonderful.
    Thanks for the chance to win your creative stamps and a spot in the class.

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  45. I put up my kitty-proof Christmas display 2 weeks ago so now its just the little details: festive towels, handmade gifts, ornaments and wrapping...thank you so much for the opportunity to win your stamps or a spot in this ornament class! Keeping everything crossed!

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  46. I'm always a tree up Thanksgiving weekend but not this year, maybe because we have an extra week. Eeek I'm feeling behind already though. So this week it's tree up, pinecone wreath on the door and mantle done.

    I love the stamps in the ornament class. I just signed up!!

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  47. Kicked off the season by getting all the decorations (sans big tree - we'll do that in a couple weeks) set up, and we'll kick off December by starting Advent with the girls.

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  49. I'm starting the holiday season working on having a new perspective. This is a super busy time for our family and I don't want to let the busy-ness get in the way of the JOY. Thanks for all of your neat ideas (and for the giveaway!).

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  50. Wow, I'm starting slow this year. We drive around & look at the Christmas lights.I've started sketching & am going to make my own Christmas cards for my close family. And always listen to the music. That helps a lot.Ho, Ho, Ho!

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  51. I dress my house with twinkling white lights, garlands, patio trees, candles in every window and 4 Christmas trees decorated in various themes. This gets my creative juices flowing!

    Rebecca Wilson

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  52. We kicked it off by decorating the outside of the house with lights and holiday yard art and next weekend we are getting the TREE. I have already crocheted the ornaments I will send in leu of Christmas cards so Woo Hoo!! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
    ~Dawn

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  53. My husband and I just bought our first Christmas tree together. We started collecting ornaments on our honeymoon last year and have added several more during the year while traveling. It will be fun to relive those moments as we hang them on our tree. Thank you for such a generous giveaway! You are such an inspiration!

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  54. Oh that's great that you have this beautiful rubber stamp for a giveaway this time. So it's a pleasure for me to let you know that I start the season with some big red Ilex decoration in a big red vase on my dining room table. - I also like the createdaily-online-class as a season start very much! So please, please offer something similar next year too, because it makes the dark season so much brighter!!!

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  55. I love your stamps! I'm kicking off the season by getting out my tree and decorations and gathering supplies for my December journal. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  56. i made my christmas cards last weekend and am putting together a holiday journal from an old book. such a wonderful time of year! your stamps are beautiful and full of possibility...

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  57. What a generous give-away! I am kicking off the holiday season by hanging lights on our new fence and creating front door decor for the first time in what feels like forever! Here's to a productive holiday season that includes more than grading and assessments!

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  58. This year my Christmas is going to be entirely handmade. I really can't wait to bake cookies and sweets to offer. I look forward to present babies with some handmade creations of mine and go shopping for gifts hearing wonderfull Christmas music. The ornaments are also my treat, and this year I want to fill my tiny apartement with decorations, and have dozens of ideas to wrap presents (some of them thanks to you, Alisa).
    It's going to be beautiful. :)

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  59. I began the season with a trip to Fredericksburg Virginia. The town is very old and it looked like a Victorian Christmas card all decorated for the holidays. Had so much fun shopping in antique stores for vintage supplies to use in gift and craft projects. Thanks for the give away opportunities.

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  61. I began the season by creating 24 gifts for our Advent Calendar. Last year I made my calendar "Peace On Earth" using the ideas for lettering from your book "Sew Wild". It has a monochromatic colour scheme - white, cream and silver. Creating the little gifts has given me a lot of enjoyment. Thank you for this opportunity.

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  62. I'm getting inspiration from your Create Daily Holiday Series of workshops.

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  63. Wow, what a great giveaway. I'm starting with some small fun sewing projects to give as gifts. The rest of my shopping is done.
    I'm also looking at recipes to start some baking.
    Thanks!

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  64. I am in the process of getting out my handmade Christmas quilts, wallhangings, ornaments, etc. I love this season and am currently working on a scrappy quilt for the season!
    I hope I am lucky enough to win one of your prizes!

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  65. I'm busy stitching but no decorations up yet!!

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  66. sounds so great!! thank you for the chance to join in!!! love your new stamps too

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  67. Kicking off the festive season with a huge snowfall. Busy making outfits for the granddaughters, red velvet everywhere. Paints and stamps are out for Christmas card making. Heading out to get supplies for cookie making. So much to do, love it. I will sleep in January!

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  68. Here in Israel it's celebrating with recycled crafts. This week was painting on rocks :-) colors and paterns :-) Love it! p.s. following your Blog for some time now and enjoing every minute of your posts, ideas, creativity and positive mode :-). Dikla, Israel

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  69. I'll be watercolor journaling in my December Daily using some of the techniques from Sketchbook Delight and Watercolor Bliss. Love those classes, Alisa!

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  70. What a great giveaway! I'm kicking off the holidays with lots and lots of handmade gift making for my family and some studio time for me.

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  71. Anonymous4:44 AM

    I'm going into the season kicking and screaming. This will be the first Christmas since my mom passed away. I have created a couple of Christmasy pages in my art journal, but that's it so far. Thanks for the chance to win - I need to be inspired this Christmas season.

    ElleCee2010 at gmail dot com

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  72. I'm making ornaments this year - some fabric stars, some twig stars, and even clipping feathers I've found right to the "tree" (an overturned tomato cage). This is the first year i've really, really been into Christmas and I'm loving it!

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  73. I'm "kicking off" the holiday season by just enjoying the true meaning of the season....best way I can think to do it! Love your classes and your stamps!

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  74. I'm planning gifts for the people I love, even though I'm already late objectively.
    Thanks for sharing your art =)
    Lea

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  75. My daughter dances in The Nutcracker each year and that is what starts the Christmas Season for us. This year will be her last at her studio, as she heads off to study dance in college next year.

    Your stamps are so FUN and already on my Christmas list. Winning them would be a nudge for hubby to start shopping.

    Thanks for the chance!

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  76. Hi Alisa!! I haven't yet started the holiday season, except in buying the first xmas present, and making my special spicebread I usually make around the holidays... The decorations will come later as we have birthdays to celebrate in december before christmas!!!

    thank you again for the giveaway!!!

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  77. Oh, I absolutely adore your stamps! The workshop looks like the perfect holiday treat.

    I'm kicking off the holiday season early. I've been making holiday wrapping paper and tags. I'm also painting masking tape with designs to put on the packages. I'm so excited for Christmas. It's my favorite time of year.

    Thank you for your generous chance to win. Happy Holiday's to you and your family.

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  78. I worked Thanksgiving and will work Christmas as well. It's got me a bit sad, but hey, I'm in the medical industry -organ donation, specifically- and people still need new hearts and kidneys and such on holidays. I'll just tell myself I'm giving a really cool gift to someone.

    corvus.melloriATgmailDOTcom

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  79. Your stamps are awesome!! Would love to win them!
    I am working in Holiday cards, and having these wonderful stamps would greatly improve them. No Xmas tree yet, probably this weekend.

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  80. Yesterday we mailed my 2,5 years old son's pacifiers to Santa Claus and today we are making some bunting together :)

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  81. My daughter and I will be getting the Christmas china out and washing it and making it all sparkly. Then, she'll brave the attic and bring down the nativities to set up. Christmas tree goes up this weekend!

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  82. I got a cute little Christmas tree and some fun ornaments. Looks really pretty.

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  83. I am kicking off the holiday season (in my tiny dorm room) by hanging up lights around my window and making a wreaths with my roommate. The holidays make me the happiest person in the world and I just want to do it right this year because I finally have a job to pay for it all! Happy Holidays to you and yours, Alisa!<3

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  84. I watched Elf and started making all of my handmade gifts!

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  85. The way I am starting off the holidays this year is stocking up on art supplies to use for the 12 Artsy Ornaments of Christmas NO. 2 online course. I am so excited to take part in this event being the first time I have ever done something like it before. I have researched all the teachers, guessed at what supplies might be needed, told everyone about it and now just waiting for the fun to begin. I know I will learn so much more than I new before I started this adventure. I purchased a stamp making kit from my local art supplier in anticipation of your course and see above your examples of what I am about to learn from you. Thank you very much for lending and sharing your expertise and creative spirit.

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  86. Fran Short5:43 AM

    I started the holiday by NOT shopping on Thanksgiving Day!!! I think that appauling that we can't give retail workers the day off!!

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  87. I'm kicking off my holliday season with a notebook full of creative ideas for this days... i hope i'll do all of them ;)

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  88. As I havent had time for decorating and such yet I have been sketching little christmassy vignettes every day to get in the zone! Love the season!

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  89. I am starting the holiday season off creative, making holiday gifts for friends and family :)

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  90. Putting up the tree today and some decorations. I must start my shopping soon! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  91. Fun giveaways! This is baby's first holiday season so I am kicking it off by making her a stocking to hang up on the mantle!

    Happy holidays!!

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  92. I'm starting off the season by decorating the house. We put up 3 Christmas trees. My favorite one is the Angel/Faery tree. Happy Holidays!

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  93. Goodness, a set of your fantastic stamps would be fun!

    I had an event this weekend, so I put up my antique, childhood, snowmen and tree ornaments in a wintery vignette! As well I scored a lovely mixed greens and berries wreath from my local garden center!

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  94. I'm kicking it off with food. Lol! You can't beat holiday cravings. And I'm starting on handmade gifts as well.

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  95. Well, I kicked off the season with Black Friday shopping with my daughter. She is 14 and this was our third year together doing it and she loves going.

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  96. I'm starting off the holiday season my making some presents! I don't want to get behind this year, so I'm starting things early. I have a book that I'm making and a tutu for a little ballerina!

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  97. We started by roasting an anorexic duck for Thanksgiving! Oh well, it's all about the sides anyway. Two days later we were in the ER with a monster kidney stone for the guy. Home now, but we have Leonard Cohen tickets for tonite and his attendance is still questionable (my guy, not Leonard!). So things can only improve by winning SOMETHING....

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  98. How exciting,I started off the holiday season with decorating my house,now that thats done I can work on all the shopping. Happy Holidays Alisa! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  99. SO far we have kicked it off with shopping and planning the decorations for this year. I will be putting up the tree tomorrow and we will be making paper chains to hang everywhere. There will be garland hung on the front porch and our Christmas countdown will be hung

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  100. I actually kicked off the holiday with YOUR awesome class Create Daily. I loved making a Thanksgiving wreath and then quickly moved on to Christmas decor. Would love to win the stamps. How fun!

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  101. I am kicking off the season by making some unique coastal ornaments since we moved by the sea. We love it here in FL.... the holidays will be different and beautiful for us this year.. and we already hv our tree up! xo thks for the chance to win.. would love some of your stamps.. love love!

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  102. I kicked off the holiday season by watching my favorite holiday movie, "White Christmas". I will probably watch it many more times before Christmas arrives. I also did some online shopping and got quite a few things checked off my list. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  103. We started off our holiday season by putting up the Christmas tree this weekend. We also chose a gift for a girl whose family we've decided to donate to with a bunch of other friends. My 12 year old son got to 'forego' one of his gifts to get the other child her gift. He did so happily.

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  104. We're starting off with Advent Conspiracy shopping, the first of many family movie nights watching Elf, and my first ever go at making the husband's Grandma's famous and very traditional Christmas pudding. Thanks so much for the chance to win some of your beautiful stamps and a spot in the neato class!

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  105. We started the holiday season with a little bit of decorating, and a lot of shopping for items to go in our new house! (where I get to have my own craft room- so excited!!!!!)

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  106. Hi Alisa! I kicked off the holiday season by finishing up my December daily...and then decided to give it to a neighbor girl who would really enjoy it!

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  107. We're kicking off the season with advent calendar preparation and we're looking forward to the Charlie Brown Christmas special on Wednesday night. I adore your stamps!

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  108. My cousin is coming for a visit next weekend and we're taking my mom to a Christmas themed vintage sale. And I love your new stamps!

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  109. Shelly Reinhard6:59 AM

    Kicked off the season by helping my Mom get her Christmas tree and it's already up and decorated...along with a huge wreath I made from the "scraps"...now if only I could find room to put up a tree for me!!! :)

    LOVE those stamps!

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  110. I'll start in December! I need a little breather between Thanksgiving and Christmas! I'll start decorating the 1st and try to make some new ornaments/decorations to make it a little more creative! Love the stamps and the class would be fun too!

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  111. The Holidays always start early for me with making wool stockings for my etsy shop. :) At home I will start with my outside lights...they are my favorite and then move inside to spread some of my vintage decoratons around. I would love to win the class or your stamps!!!
    Thanks for the chance!
    Denise

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  112. Wow! What a wonderful opportunity. Thank you. Love your stamps, they are fabulous!
    Kicking off the holiday season bell ringing tonight for the Salvation Army along with some holiday creating done over the weekend! Yippeee.
    Best,
    Jeanette

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  113. Carrie7:04 AM

    I'm kicking off this holiday season with a homemade advent calendar, featuring fun things to do as a family. My boys love it!

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  114. Hello Alisa!
    I love your stamps, they are awesome!!
    I Will started the holiday season next week with same decorations and the Cristmas tree.

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  115. christmas decorating of all sorts.... our house is a christmas whimsical wonderland!

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  116. the hoilday season for me begins way back in july when i start making cards, ornaments and loads of other things for gifts.....thanks for this chance to win ...........

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  117. I actually got the stressful bits of the holiday prep done earlier in November so I'm actually celebrating the kick off of the holiday season by starting new art journal and enjoying my bits of free time. I really want to be present for the season this year.

    I put your stamps on my wishlist for "Santa" so maybe I'll actually get my wish! They are lovely!

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  118. I am kicking off the magical holiday season by making gifts for family and friends, listening to holiday music while I'm making them, and just calmly enjoying the preparations. I try to remember the reason for the season with thanks and calmness instead of rushing around like a madwoman! Thanks for the opportunity to win something wonderful.

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  119. How exciting! I've kicked off the holiday season by begining all the baking I do to give away as gifts -fruitcakes and biscotti so far.

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  120. I have already made my holidays cards and gift tags last month. All I have to do now is buy the gifts and make them some cute packaging.

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  121. for me holidays is CHANUKAH. this year is especially great because my oldest dd is expecting her third any day now! finally reaping the benefits of raising those kids!!!

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  122. ABSOLUTE HONESTY: i took and am taking your class to kick start myself for the holidays. and it WORKED! and i thank you! xo

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  123. I selected my Pandora Christmas station when I turned on the tunes last night! I love hearing holiday music throughout the day.

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  124. I'm making a new wreath for the front door.

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  125. I'm finishing up homework - so lovely right?! I'd rather be crafting!!!
    agemason[at]gmail[dot]com

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  126. I officially started the Holidays season yesterday, by buying my first bottle of eggnog! There is this local farm that, every year, makes the best organic eggnog and, for me, it's the beginning of the holidays! Also, I celebrated by spending my entire day on my couch, knitting by the fire, (and drinking all my eggnog!)!

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  127. My hubs and I kicked off the holiday season by bringing out our Elf on the Shelf "Noodles." We take turns putting her all over the house and taking instagram pics. We dont have kids yet, but we are dorky enough to still do it. I love your stamps!

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  128. Yesterday the Christmas cards got addressed and a few presents were wrapped. Today it's the tree, I think!! And tomorrow I am on to making some new ornaments to add to this year's tree. Who knows what the rest of the season will bring in the way of creativity?? That is half the fun of making art!!

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  129. I kicked off the season yesterday by putting up the decorations with my boys and listening to Christmas music of course. And today I'm doing a little online shopping.
    I've been drooling over your stamps since you introduced them and they are on my wish list! Thanks for the giveaway and the constant stream of inspiration!

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  130. We started out by putting up our little two-foot tree, and by hanging mistletoe!

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  131. We kicked off the holiday season by going to the Chicago Botanic Garden where my husband and I took lots of pictures and enjoyed our 15 month old son having a blast. There were beautiful winter wonderland displays and illuminated trees. A bit cold out but hey, we burned-off some thanksgiving calories :)

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  132. I am kicking off the season by decorating my home...I LOVE to search in my Xmas boxes and see all the old ornaments my daughter made...like walking down a fabulous memory lane...she is 22 now!

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  133. got my kitchen set up for Christmas gift making, and baking of fun pastries for the holidays. Also putting together a scrap book for family of my grandmothers stories, and pictures of parents, grandparents, great grand....well, you get the idea. I hope to get ther decorations up on Weds. this week!

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  134. We have garland up on our staircase bannister and lights outside our home! I'm looking forward to making sugar cookies for our school's Christmas bazaar this week! :)

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  135. i'm starting it up by fixing up my car! (i know this isn't very holiday-ish but it really cheers me, plus it's quality time spent with my dad)

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  136. .....here in Germany we do not start the holiday season as early as you guys do. We have the four Sundays of Advent, but besides that Christmas starts on the 24th of December. The only thing we do before is baking Christmas cookies and writing cards. Even the tree is not set up before the 24th...;-))
    Your give a ways are awesome!

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  137. Trying to choose the days I should take off so I can clean my house and prep it to be decorated: somehow I've just lost control!!!
    And this weekend is a seminar with psychic John Edward on Saturday night, followed by our family Christmas party on Monday - usually about 100 assorted adults and children + 1 Santa!!!
    Would love to win the stamps - I've taken so many of your classes, and in fact WON a spot in one, so please leave me out of the class drawing. Let someone else win that!

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  138. What a wonderful holiday giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity. I kick off the season by listing all of the people I love and care about, so I can send loving thoughts to each all month long. And I'm grateful to inspirational bloggers like you.

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  139. We started off the season by putting up the tree and listening to Christmas music on vinyl.

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  140. We re still celebrating Thanksgiving at our house by talking about what we're thankful for each morning. Maybe today is the day the tree will go up. I love those zinnia ornaments!

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  141. How exciting Alisa! We kicked off our holiday season by setting up a scene at home and took our Christmas photo! FUN!

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  142. Yesterday me kids (7 and 4 years old) set up the christmas tree wit ornaments that we made ourselves, very colorful!! one of mine was inspired by your art and your doily stamp
    Best!

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  143. Carolyn8:25 AM

    Hi Alisa,
    Thanks for this opportunity. I love your stamps and all we see in your sketchbook.
    Here in Australia it is hot already,very sunny so we start celebrating with lots of swims and playing in the park followed by putting up the tree and decorating.
    This year is particularly special for our family as our 16 year old son will be able to walk for the first time in over two years. He has a long way to go to fully recover from his illness 5 to 7 years the doc says. Anyway it is so good to not be always in his wheelchair
    Hope you have a lovely first christmas in your new home
    Thanks again
    Carolyn Hendry

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  144. Decorating my home from top to bottom. I love Christmas, all of the sights, sounds, lights, fragrance, and images warm my heart. We have a large tree and it will be filled with hand made ornaments from our kids who are now 20 plus years old, and others collected over the years. It is a walk down memory lane for me when I place each one on the branch. I love your work, your blog,and Sew Wild. I often think if I had it to do over....it might have been fun to choose the artful life...oh we'll, I am choosing it now!

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  145. I'm kicking off the holiday season by listening to Christmas music. Actually, I started listening to Christmas music in October. ;)

    -Katie
    www.punkprojects.blogspot.com

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  146. Kicking off the season doing your Create Holiday Edition workshop and doing tons of projects from it! Sketching in my journal about all things cold weather and holiday related! Drinking hot chai and hearing holiday music! (Bruce Springsteen is singing Santa Claus is Comin')

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  147. I spent all last evening listening to Christmas music and drinking apple cider while I put up the tree, decorations, and even made some decorations of my own to hang up. This is my first Christmas in my own apartment so it's very exciting!

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  148. Knocked them off by starting to clean all the windows, so the christmas lights will look extra bright...fun though.

    Greetings from vienna,
    Claudia

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  149. dear inspiring you,

    your lovely generosity here awakens this season of giving.
    how am i kicking off the holiday season? cinnamon prayer beads of course!!!

    http://corazon.typepad.com/recuerda_mi_corazon/2012/11/postcards-from-paradise-prayer-beads-and-friends.html

    xoxoxoxxo,
    rebecca

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  150. I'm kicking off the holiday season with getting the decoration boxes out. Haven't gotten past that, but its a start!

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  151. How exciting! We kicked off the holiday season this weekend by purchasing and decorating our Christmas tree and getting some other Christmas decorations up around the house.

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  152. I am waiting until next weekend to set up the tree. We have a small jumping puppy so I am not sure how it will work out. Outside decorations will go up during this week. Cards are done just waiting for the right time to mail. Some Christmas ornaments will also be made with my granddaughter,

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  153. I'll be starting off the holiday season in my usual way: with a viewing of The Muppet Christmas Carol. :)

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  154. We always kick off the holiday season by setting a pot of apple and orange peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg and ginger on the stove on low and letting the gorgeous smell permeate the house. It sounds very simple but for my kids it says, "Christmas" more than anything else. We all love it.

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  155. We started the holiday season off this weekend by visiting our town square that's covered in lights and by putting our Christmas tree up.
    http://therosylife.blogspot.com

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  156. I'm blasting the Christmas music and finishing up a few of my handmade gifts! (Got a head-start this year) (:

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  157. I'm beginning the holiday season with a mammogram...gotta stay healthy for all the festivities. I'm almost done making gifts for friends and family (whew!) and can't wait to sit down and watch "It's A Wonderful Life." Thanks for the chance at the giveaways, my fingers are crossed!

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  158. I am beginning the holiday season with the same sorts of thoughts I have had all year...I really must get my projects started, if I want to finish by Christmas! Yikes!

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  159. I'm jumping off with getting supplies for Christmas presents. I love making things for my family.

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  160. I'm kicking off the holiday season by listening to holiday tunes while making gifts & ornaments & drinking coffee mixed with eggnog! YUM!

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  161. I am kicking off the holiday season by becoming a homeowner for the very first time this friday... Eeeekkk! :) I'm looking forward to putting up my sweet little vintage tinsel tree and decorating my door this weekend!

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  162. I'm starting the Christmas season with Music and the outdoor lights before all the snow and ice come!

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  163. I started off the holiday by shopping for my grandkids, baking my husbands favorite holiday cookies, and painting fun snowmen on canvases.

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  164. i kicked off the holiday season by cleaning out closets and donating to the hurricane sandy relief. tree going up next along w/homemade snowmen! would love to win this giveaway to start doing some creating!

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  165. We kick off the season with putting up the tree and decorations and watching a Christmas Vacation. We never miss it. I love your stamps - so beautiful. They would look awesome in my scrapbooks. Hugs Lisa L.

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  166. Tomorrow we are going to go hunt down a Christmas tree!

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  167. I am kicking off the Christmas Season by making lists, present lists, shopping lists, pinterest boards, craft lists, cookie baking lists, menu lists, and a how much money I will need list. I also compile a new Christmas music selection on my mp3 player. I do like to plan but I also like to be spontaneous and creative.

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  168. To kick off this lovely Holiday Season I got my craft on with my little cousins and we made some simple paper snowflakes to hang in my bay window. A timeless craft that got us giddy for the approaching Winter season!

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  169. I am in love with your stamps! I am kicking off the holiday season by taking down the Thanksgiving decor and putting out the Advent wreath. Yay! Hopefully the tree with soon follow.

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  170. I love you stamps and would love to play with them.
    I'll soon be baking Christmas cookies with my daughters (they're 7 and 5½), which is one of our family tradition.

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  171. I am collaging glass ornament balls! Fun and easy!!

    I absolutely love your stamps. Thank you for this giveaway. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

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  172. i'm kicking off the season with advent studies, and making cards ! Thanks for the offers, Alisa. Merry Christmas!

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  173. First holiday party on Friday with friends who will be out of town! Already starting decorations at home- a great reason to be crafty.
    Thanks!

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  174. We started the holiday season by celebrating my husband's Great Aunt's 100th birthday with the whole family. It was great fun!

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  175. Putting up the tree today and ordering hubby's gifts from Amazon. It's the most wonderful time of the year!

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  176. Last weekend I took a linoleum block printing workshop and made my own Christmas cards - this week I'm working hard on homemade Christmas gifts. Decorating comes later.

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  177. Starting to sort thru the ornaments; get the outdoor wreaths hung; make a centerpiece; put my little brush tree collection on the mantle; it's all fun.

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  178. We're kicking off the season by putting out the decorations!

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  179. I've been using your books and tutorials to make doodles on fabric, painting them and making pouches!

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  180. I am kicking off the season by decorating the house and gift shopping online. Thanks for the chance to win! I love your stamps and the class looks like a lot of fun!
    ~Julia

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  181. the 1st thing we did to kick off the holiday season was haul out the christmas decor, yesterday. :)

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  182. The kids and I made snowflakes out of pretty printed paper and strung them across the mantle and on our mirror. Love the stamps! You're such an inspiration!

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  183. my little man (4) was super excited to put up the christmas decorations! we had a blast decorating the tree and dancing to christmas music. of course only the top 2/3's of the tree is decorated because baby brother (10 months) likes to undecorate the tree! christmas time would not be complete with out watching charlie brown's christmas over and over and over and over again!

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  184. I just kicked off the season this morning as a matter of fact! Our 3 kids love shopping for each other for little trinkets they know the others would love. Today the 4 yr old was able to shop and bought his special items for the other two and got super into his wrapping (watercolored white paper baggies) I can't wait to take the others out for their shopping trips :) Hoping you have a wonderful holiday.

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  185. What a sweetie you are, love these giveaways. THANKS SO MUCH!!

    I've kicked off the season first by being in your Holiday class which is fun!! Today I started putting together my December Daily album and listened to Christmas music and the holiday cards have been started!! Thanks for making the day a little more MERRY!!

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  186. thank you so much for the offers!!! I am kicking off the holiday season by starting to create some holiday ornaments (wreath, ornaments for the christmas tree). I am also finishing some amigurumi that I have started to crochet for my daughter (for her advent calendar). Thanks!

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  187. the trees are up, but not yet decorated b/c we have a 6 month old kitten and want her to "get over" the trees first, then add ornaments next weekend. the rest of the house is decorated, and we just booked tickets for my mom to come join us. thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  188. ooohhh...i stay in denial about the holiday season until at least two weeks before christmas! so, right now i'm in denial :)

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  189. Holy!!
    Alisa, this giveaway is awesome!!
    I will be going to Mexico to visit my family for the holiday season. I'm really excited about it! :)
    Cheers!

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  190. Christmas baking jigging to some groovey Xmas tunes -oh yeah :)
    Your stamps look amazing, such great quality.
    Katie x

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  191. Anonymous10:29 AM

    I am starting the holiday season off by decorating and finishing up gift buying as early as possible. I tend to wait until the last minute and it leaves me feeling stressed and harried and grinchy towards the holiday season.
    I can already feel the stress lifting! Just with my good intentions :) Cheers!
    Ally Nielsen

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  192. I'm planning on putting up the tree this week and decorating it-I would've this past weekend but I ended up getting sick :(

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  193. i want to win those gorgeous stamps of yours so i'm starting the holiday season by runnuing at the post office to collect your package with stamps ;)

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  194. Hi Alisa,
    I'm kicking off the season by making my holiday cards, and getting ready to bake some delicious shortbread.
    We went to the Dickens Faire in SF which is always amzing!
    Happy Holidays,
    Vicki

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  195. Amanda10:35 AM

    I just finished up making a fun Christmas garland for my fireplace out of watercolor paper, watercolors, and a little pen detail. The feedback has been amazing, so I may make a few more to sell. Your site is one of the daily morning top five I check that gives me inspiration and motivation that I apply to my own work, whether I'm painting, drawing, or sculpting. Your new designs are definitely more complex and refined (I've been reading your site for about a year), and it's great to watch another artist's work grow and evolve from great to greater. Lucy and your new home must be having a major impact. Thanks for being here!

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  196. We usually kick off our holiday by putting up lights and decorating the day after Thanksgiving, but it was 80+ degrees here in So. Cal. It just didn't feel right, so we'll do it next weekend and hope for cooler tempertures!

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  197. We began our holiday season by starting a new family tradition of cutting our own Christmas tree and coming home for hot coco and holiday movies. This year it was Plains Trains and Automobiles...Love it!

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  198. The decor is up! Shopping is done just relax and enjoy hot coco and cookies : )

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  199. Just received your sketch class for my birthday and I hope to get my creative juices flowing.

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