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Saturday, 15 October 2011

...October release schedule

EDIT- This competition is now closed, thanks to all who left fabby ideas for gifts!!!

Good evening! Tomorrow we release 6 new clear photopolymer stamp sets!! 

They are:

Seasonal Remedies - large set
Santa's coming to town - small set
Nordic Winter - large set
2011 Holiday Ornaments - large set
Candy Jar Christmas - large set
Candy Jar Christmas Fillers - large set

So far the DT ladies have brought the house down with their samples for the first 4 sets and tomorrow, on the release waltz, you will see samples for the last two sets, my personal favourites...next to Nordic Winter...

Just in case you are new here, and even if you're a regular, I thought you might like a little schedule of what's happening when, times are all local to me - to see what time it is where I am, see the clock on the right:


6:00PM - the Store will close to allow final adjustments
6:30PM - the winner of the competition (see end of this post) will be announced here on the blog
7:00PM - the New Stamps for October post will go live on this blog, there will be more              fabulous samples from the DT
7:15PM - the Store will re-open.

And FYI

7:00PM in 19 September my time is approximately equal to:

In the USA - 11:00 am Pacific, 12:00 pm Mountain, 1:00 pm Central, 2:00 pm Eastern
In Australia - October 16th, 4:00am (sorry ladies!!)
In Canada - British Columbia 11:00AM, Ontario 2:00PM. Nova Scotia 3:00PM
In Germany - 8:00PM
In Netherlands - 8:00PM
In South Africa 8:00PM
In Malaysia - October 16th2:00am (sorry ladies!!)
In Russia, Moscow - 10:00PM

And, just in case you are wondering what happened to my samples today, I confess, I am fussy, the light was terrible and the light box and I are no longer on speaking terms ... at some point during the day I had to move on to getting the store set up and so I'll be showing my samples after the release is open.

Competition

Anyhow, now seems like a grand old time to start the competition - I will let it run until tomorrow at 6:00pm my time

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here, tell me what you most like to give at Christmas. I love to give food gifts, I always imagine the recipient in a quiet moment savouring crumbly shortbread or enjoying a cookie in the peace of the house once the wee folks are all in bed - what do you like to give?

A random commenter will be chosen to receive the complete October stamp release!!! all 6 sets!

tickle tickle!

197 comments:

  1. I love giving matching gifts - cards and crocheted items being my favorite!

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  2. Lately, I am enjoying giving handmade card sets to all my female friends/relatives. It's so much easier to give gifts to girls than guys. Guys want electronics that cost a bundle--they don't like just little pretty things that you can think of a million options for girls.

    Thanks for the chance to win this great release!

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  3. I love giving well planned out gifts and get so excited when l find the most perfect gift! What a great release! Heather

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  4. Great job Claire! I also like to give food at Christmas, homemade relishes and jams and some decadent sweets too!

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  5. Can't wait for the release!!

    I would say that I most often give chocolate--especially for teacher/neighbor gifts.

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  6. I love the 1st 4 sets and can't wait to see the Candy Jar sets!! I like to make lots of sweets and give them out as gifts!! I also make hand stamps items like calendars to give also!! Thanks for the chance!!

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  7. I also love to give food gifts! Packaged up all pretty. I picture them sharing them with family during their holiday celebrations!!

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  8. I love to give homemade gifts, whether it's stamped artwork, painted candlesticks, a polymer clay nativity, just to name a few. :) This year it will probably be handmade ornaments! I love all the new stuff, by the way. :)

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  9. I like to give sets of tags for my friends--they are fun to make since they are so small and I know they will be tossed away, so I don't have to be perfect.

    The sets so far look gorgeous!

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  10. I love giving whatever I think might be unexpected and will bring the biggest smile to the recipients face.

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  11. Food gifts are my favorite too!!! Love making Christmas cookies, jams and sweets to gift..... love the smells in my kitchen anyway!!!

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  12. I love giving homemade Christmas cookies in an edible gingerbread bow. Talk about a big impact gift.

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  13. I love to give handmade gifts but only to those who appreciate them. Either handknit socks or scarves, a handmade calendar, something like that. I also tend a lot towards comfort gifts . . . things designed to keep folks warm!

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  14. I love finding things that "fit" the person... things that they need but haven't asked for or items that I know they would love but never buy for themselves.

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  15. I love giving handmade gifts and gifts that support charities!

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  16. I love to give sets of cards. Crazy, I know, but I make hundreds of cards at Christmastime for teachers and friends--not Christmas cards. Last year I also made stovetop potpourri sets, which were much easier...

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  17. I love giving to a charity in honor of a family or in memory of a loved one who passed away in the past year. The first Christmas without a loved one is always the worse.

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  18. I love giving hand painted Christmas ornaments. I don't think there is anything better than something home made.

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  19. I love giving handmade or food gifts. Made sloe gin for the first time last year - but we kept it all. This year I've found the perfect gift bottle, so will be out collecting sloes soon. I also made some fab chilli jam from home grown chillis and sweet peppers - so that will be another potential batch of gifts.
    Loved the look of the nordic stuff (I currently have a nordic stitching book from the library)

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  20. I also love to give something made from home, usually something put up from the garden (jelly, pickles, spiced nuts, pesto, zucchini relish) and for my husband's friends, a home brewed Christmas IPA.

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  21. I can't wait to see the full reveal! I never bought a Halloween stamp set until I came across WMS. My favorite gift to give at Christmas is anything handmade, the last few years, it's card sets. People love them!
    Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  22. Hi There!!! I enjoy giving little homemade items...stationery, cross-stitch ornaments, note cards, etc., something unique!!! I think it's much more personal if gifts are handmade!!! And...I like receiving handmade gifts, too!!! All the sets are exquisite, but I am in love with Nordic Winter. It makes me feel warm & snuggly!!! Thank You for the chance to win!!!
    Loves & Hugs

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  23. something homemade. this year i'm thinking of candles or soap. if only i started early enough i might have been able to crochet everyone a cute lil fluffy something... but alas!

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  24. it should come as no surprise that i love to give cards or stationery. but i also really enjoy shopping for just the 'right' gift for someone - gourmet teas for the tea lover in the family, a new CD for my husband the music lover, etc.

    by the way - LOVE this release!

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  25. I love the fact that my mailbox is filled with holiday greetings from people I don't hear from on a regular basis... I love that they take the time to send me a Christmas card :)

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  26. I love the food, but even more than that is seeing it through my children's eyes. I love to see them get excited about every song, decoration, gifts given and gotten...the list goes on. It truely is a magical time of the year.

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  27. We like to make meals and bring 'em to people as gifts either to eat immediately together or to stock their freezer or both!

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  28. I love to make cards for friends and give baking :) Always appreciated :)

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  29. I have never had the chance to order your stamps but see accolades all of the time about your wonderful products. Thanks so much for giving us the chance to win some. My favorite thing to give at Christmas are paper crafting homemade items. I've made magnets and tissue box holders, altered notebooks and pens, journals and more. Anything I find a template for that is unique and thoughtful.

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  30. Firstly I'd like to point out that I am mostly Teetotal, but, at Christmastime I love a glass of bailey's or a glass of Sheridans liqueur, so I buy little miniatures to pop in the adults presents as a little indulgence treat for that quiet moment to themselves.

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  31. I love giving food gifts. I've done caramel corn, fudge, cookies, quick breads, and peanut brittle at various times over the years.

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  32. I love to give homemade sweets- shortbread, cinnamon or candy cane bark, etc.... I love that it's so personal & always hope the recipients love it as much as I've enjoyed giving it!!

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  33. I love giving handmade cards, mini albums and homemade treats, usually cookies. I love to bake and create. Thanks for the chance to win.
    God bless,
    Peggy Allen

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  34. I love to give handmade gifts. Each year my cousin organizes craft day, and we all meet at his house to do a project. We all make lots of the project to give out as gifts that year :-)

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  35. I love giving homemade and handmade gifts...
    everything from candies (I have the BEST coconut ball recipe) to cards.
    I try to think of the person I'm giving the gift to...
    what they may enjoy the most.
    And I'm even doing cards for my mom this Christmas because she sends so many each year!
    A nice collection of various cards and then some accessories...
    like stamps and pens...
    not only will she love them...
    it will be a gift she actually uses!

    Have loved all the previews...
    am SO excited for this release!! :)

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  36. Love giving homemade cards! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  37. Since everyone in our family has differnt decorating styles and tastes, my husband and I start planing months ahead. So far this years gifts include, a quilt, journal & cards, and a floor cloth. I like each gift to be personal this way the person knows we created something special with them in mind and that we didn't just run to a store and grab the first thing we saw.

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  38. Wow...all 6 sets! You're too generous. I love to give anything homemade at Christmas.

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  39. I try to find something new out there in papercraft land to make for my family and friends, or sets of cards that I know my mother and her sisters really appreciate.

    Looks like a great release Claire, particularly Nordic Winter, I have been looking for a cross stitch kind of pattern which will be so useful at other times of the year.

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  40. We love to give plates or packages of homemade cookies and candy.

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  41. I like to give gifts of food! Homemade Breads, cookies & candies!
    debpaint16@aol.com

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  42. i love baking and giving people little goodie bags...last year I made a ton of cookies and candies for my husband's co-workers and put them in little bags in a reusable handmade sack. It was the best feeling..

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  43. I love giving handmade crafty gifts and of course putting it in a handmade gift bag with a matching card.

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  44. My favorite gift to make and give is a homemade advent calendar using those 1 3/4" round tins, magnets attached with a glue gun, and a cookie sheet base. i have fun decorating each tin and filling them with all kinds of random treats - every person I have given one to has loved it, which of course makes me feel SUPER happy. Thanks for the chance to win Claire - this is a fabby release! I LOVE Nordic Winter!!

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  45. I usually give food or sometimes wine as gifts, but not always homemade, but for me it's all about making/decorating the container for the food -- that's as much fun as seeing the recipient's expression when they receive it!

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  46. I love giving handmade gifts, of course! My favorite to make and gift are memory boxes tailored (with stamping and photos) to the recipient. Can't wait to see the new stamps!

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  47. Your design team has sold your release for you so no worries on the samples. I never know how people get such good pictures anyway.

    What do I love to give at Christmas? I admit it - I am pragmatic. I like to give something useful or consumable - even if it's just a gift card so the recipient can purchase something frivolous themselves. I especially like to do this with teachers - I figure they get plenty of candles and hand lotion. I do like to hand the gifts out with a paper crafted tag or card to it doesn't seem like I am giving a gift without thought.

    Looking forward to tomorrow!

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  48. Claire I want some of your crumbly shortbread!!YUM!!!! I do love to give homemade gifts - I've had a few good years of knitting things, hat & mittens, socks, ornaments, etc. Think I'm doing a nice big felted bag this year!! :) Fingers crossed! XOXO

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  49. I like to sew pj's for the grand kids and food gifts for the adults.

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  50. Over the years my favorite gifts have changed. In the last few years however my favorite gifts to give are explosion boxes filled with either chocolate truffles or homemade cookies.

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  51. I love this release! I have a small family, so I most love to give personalized gifts for Christmas. My sister and I start planning months in advance to try to get the most special gifts for our parents and spouses. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  52. I love to give gifts that I have made, sewing projects in particular. Also altered little presents and of course chocolate!!

    Love the new releases so far Claire.
    Sarah x

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  53. I love to give handmade gifts! Not really anything specific, just whatever I come up with for that year. Last year, I used my yudu to screen print my local college mascot on blankets. Total hit!

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  54. I try to match the gift to something the recipient will use; coffee for the coffee drinker, bookstore gift card to the reader, a vintage find to the collector, etc. ALL accompanied by a personalized card, of course.
    Linda L in Tennessee

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  55. I love giving sets of cards for people to use year round. I also really love wrapping any gift I give - I always use real ribbon, like organza or satin, and put some kind of trinket on top of the gift as well. Sometimes I'll hand stamp the wrapping paper.
    I love your Christmas releases,especially the Remedies one - gorgeous!

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  56. I'm with a lot of these ladies in that I love to give sets of cards but also love to bake so it is usually cookies/candy (sea salt caramels are my specialty!) along with some hand made cards/gift tags! I am so excited for tomorrow!! Whee!!

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  57. I like to give anything homemade. I give a lot of food mixes at Christmas. Last year I gave a cinnamon & nutmeg flavored coffee mix, Santa soup mix, and homemade peppermint bath salts. I also gave card sets with between 6 and 8 per package.

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  58. I love decorating and making cards a presents for family members.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  59. This is hard... I LOVE giving stuff the recipient loves... I do like to make and give cookies, paper crafts and I like to do a 12 days thing.... each of my family members get one tiny gift for each of the 12 days before Christmas... it's a challenge to not spend much more than $1 per gift... sometimes i will do more, but i try to stick with that as i do it for 8 people. Even though the gifts aren't costly... it's fun to have a little something to look forward to each day... If they no longer live here, I put them in a basket and send them home for them to be on the honor system! Those with pets can't receive any food gifts in there!!

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  60. I love to give gift sets, usually consisting of card sets, notebook, post-it holders & and an edible treat of some sort.

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  61. I love making homemade gifts for my family and friends. Last year I made hand crocheted dish cloths, and this year I'm working on scarves for everyone! So much more fun than giving gift cards!

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  62. I like to give something that the recipient doesn't expect...but that has backfired...so now I stick to the "boring" and what is on the list...but I know they will love it. The main thing is to keep giving!! I love these sets!!

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  63. Can't wait for this release! I like to give plates of cookies at Christmas. Mostly because my boys and I have so much fun making them, plus, my mother always gave out plate of her cookies, so I guess it was carried on!

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  64. I love making and giving gift sets of notepads and matching cards to teachers, co-workers, family, and friends. Also pair that with some homemade baked goodies! It's the only time of year that I like to bake! LOL

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  65. I am like you - I love giving home made goodies. I have to give peanut clusters because if I didn't I'd have no friends left! This year I have jam, which is a new addition. I also always make cookies and peppermint bark.

    This year I am *so* excited to see my 3 year old's face when she sees the gift she asked from a certain man in red waiting for her... I know she's finally going to see the magic, and I can't wait!

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  66. Something handmade with love....every time... unless it's for littlies.....then I try and add a gift token so they can pick just the right thing :)

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  67. I really got into giving homemade caramels last year. But, while I was excited about that, what I was really after was something small enough that I could put my handmade gift tags on. I really got into making tags last year and am looking forward to doing more this year for friends and family.

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  68. I love to give a little post it notebook with all the gifts. I like having a little hand made item, makes things more personal.

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  69. I love giving a gift that I think the recipient would love but hadn't thought about buying themselves. I love watching their surprise and joy when they open it.

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  70. I am "almost" famous for my homemade marshmallows. I go into production about a week before Christmas and even if I say it myself, they are pretty awesome. Of course, they always need some nice decorations before I can gift them away.

    Thanks for a wonderful chance to win a fantastic set of stamps.

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  71. I really love giving homemade gifts, especially to those who appreciate them! Last year I made my girlfriends ribbon wreaths and the year before I made them button trees. I haven't figured out what I'll be doing this year…maybe altered candy jars with matching cards???

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  72. I love to give books. They are the perfect little escape!

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  73. I also love to give cards. I love making them and the recipients love receiving them!

    Diane M
    Surprise, Arizona USA

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  74. I like giving homemade edible gifts too - my extended family really don't need yet another scarf or hat, so having a really nicely decorated jar of sweeties is far better for some!

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  75. Lately I've been giving homemade granola to teachers and co-workers and they love it. I also like to give fresh scones with homemade lemon curd and card sets - everyone needs cards!

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  76. I like to give home made things the best: It's like I'm giving a part of myself, and I've totally customized the article according to their taste!! And I'm still partial to Nordic winter:-)

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  77. I love giving handmade gifts--either homemade cards/papercraft items, or something crocheted/knitted/sewn. Thinking of trying some yummy cookies/breads next!

    Chris L.

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  78. I, too, love giving food gifts! My elder friends seem to really appreciate the goodies as they didn't have to do any baking themselves but I know it's also the thought that really touches them. Of course, your shortbread recipe is now a staple and will, I am certain, be a big hit at my craft sale next month!

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  79. I like to give homemade chocolate candy and also my 2 signature cookies-mini ladylocks and pizzelles-this is always such a big hit with the recipients

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  80. I love to give home made gifts ir hampers made up of the persons favourite things like food novies etc.

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  81. I just love to give things I have made to my loved ones. Whether it is a set of cards, a book, drawing-- to a handmade Santa-- I just love the time I spend making something and thinking about the person who will receive it-- And I, too, Love to give shortbread-- probably because I love to eat it so much. :-)

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  82. I like giving gifts :) Seriously, I try hard to find something I know they like.

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  83. I love giving knitted gifts. Socks, gloves, hats, etc. :D

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  84. hmmm...I love to bake and so do my little girls, so sweet treats are fun to give. I also handmake photo ornaments of them for our tree and a few close family members. This has been a really fun tradition for us!

    Awesome release Claire! So many ideas swirling around in my head!!!

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  85. I love to give handmade gifts and what that is depends on the year. Last year I made a few wreaths that I was proud of. And some lovely wee boxes with handmade mini puds that were decorated with WMS.

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  86. I love to always given at least one hand made gift as well as hand made cards and tags to my two children with spouses, my husband and my two darling grand daughters. I always purchase them something they Want as well. I feel like it isn't Christmas if you don't give something from your heart, that you poured your self and love into. Made especially for them. I also bake and make things for neighbors and friends as well. So always love your stamps because they "speak to my Heart", just like my gifts to them. Thanks Claire for the chance at the drawing.

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  87. I enjoy making ornaments and cards for "special" friends and family members, and creating "superior hand baked and edible goods to stimulate the appetite and give tone to the stomach"... ;) If Candy Jar Christmas and Fillers are your favorites I can hardly wait to see them! Thanks for this opportunity to win this amazing set of stamps!

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  88. I love to give anything I've handmade with my paper crafting supplies...and with the multitude of possibilities due to cool new stamps, dies and other goodies in the paper crafting world, this could be a whole host of things! Stationery sets, calendars, home decor items, beautifully packaged food & wine and jewelry and yummy soaps, lotions, etc; cards (of course!) and photo gifts. The list is endless...I LOVE my paper crafting supples + Christmas! :)

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  89. Handmade gifts are my favorite to give...I make candies for some (my family LOVES my caramels) and I love to knit scarves and hats in the recipient's favorite colors...I also like to make card sets, personalized stationary and such. Crafting is so fun...
    Claire...I get so excited waiting to see your new sets come out!
    Thanks for sharing your talents!

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  90. Never before have I been as excited about a stamp release as I am about this one - WOW - Good I'll be busy today so 7pm doesn't sound so far off (-:
    For Christmas I love to give away bottles of our homemade Glögg (gluwine) and this year they'll be decorated with tags from Nordic Winter!!!!
    Thanks for wonderful inspiration!

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  91. Jeena huntzinger15 October 2011 at 06:49

    I love to give gifts from my beautiful part of the world - Oregon. I like to make marionberry jam, fashion a Christmas wreath from local Douglas and Noble fir boughs, go to the coast to get freshly caught and canned oysters or salmon, and dry bushels of rose petals for potpourri. But I really have trouble making tags and embellishments for these gifts. Sure hope I have a chance to win some fabulous Waltzingmouse stamps!

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  92. I love giving books! I like to find just the perfect book for each recipient.

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  93. I like to include an ornament for the tree with my gift. This year I have so many ideas for ornaments, so I'm hoping to get them done in time LOL.

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  94. I love to bake, so that's what I love to share with family, friends and neighbours for Christmas gifts. I make shortbread, spritz cookies, fruit breads, chocolate truffles, toffee...this year I am adding caramel sauce to the list -yum! A lot of people don't have the time to make homemade goodies, so these are always appreciated.

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  95. Handmade gifts are my best thing to give...whether it's sweets or soup mixes...it's always appreciated and useful! Another handmade gift that is useful ... card sets!
    Terrific give away!
    Congratulations to the lucky winner!

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  96. Only discovered WMS recently and I am loving them. Cant wait for the new release only problem which ones to buy they r all fab!!!! Good luck I reckon you'll b hammered with the orders. Jacinta

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  97. Thanks soo much for some really awesome stamps here Claire. They´re all sooo gorgeous, and I really love them a lot.
    I just love to give anything handmade for christmast depending on, who it is and how old they are, but if I possibly can, I try throug the year to write down, every time I hear someone talk about some vcertain things, they would espicially like to have, and there´s nothing like to watch their faces, when they open a gift for christmas and suddenly remember, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah this was that thing I wanted you to make for me in April, and now I actually got it. That´s just the best to me.
    HAve a wonderful week-end and lots of fun everyone.

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  98. I love giving my friends homemade gifts for them personally, a little treat for them to hide away and savour alone. Anyone who has kids knows what I mean ! To be able to eat some chocolates without hiding in a cupboard and having a bath with lush candles with the door unlocked ! Thanks for the chance to win these gorgeous sets x

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  99. I love making hampers up of foods and little bits an pieces. I make my own jars of jams and chutneys and jars of flavoured oils, and add biscuits etc. The girls love shopping for the big ribbons to tie the cellophane with!

    I am looking forward to playinmg with the new sets, especially Nordic winter, which reminds me so much of patterned gloves and scarves and jumpers - very warm and cosy.
    Hugs
    Cathy xx

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  100. For my beloved I like to give gifts that I made myself. And my son also makes his own Christmas cards for his teachers at school.

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  101. I knit almost all of my gifts. Fingerless mitts are my favorite, as they are not as easy to buy as mittens or gloves and are much more useful in my opinion! Hats and scarves too, so no worries about whether it fits or even whether I'm on gauge, LOL! I tell my relatives they can have cash or a skein of yarn and some of my time; they always choose the yarn and time (and love)!

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  102. In our family - books are the presents that go down best - Christmas morning is such fun as people open their presents and discover which books or games they've been given. And the afternoon and Boxing day are usually spent reading quietly in groups - sharing the stories - or in very competitive games!!! :0

    BTW - Claire you've out done yourself with these sets - love what I've seen and can't wait to see the cookie jar sets!

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  103. Our favorite gift to give is Hot Fudge Sauce!

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  104. I love to do anything homemade, but my favorite of recent years are Clone of a Cinnabon cinnamon rolls. I make up 4-5 batches on Christmas Eve Day and then in the evening my family and I walk to each neighbor and hand deliver a Christmas gift and wish. They are oven-ready so it will fill their homes with sweet aromas while they open up gifts on Christmas day.

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  105. I usually make handmade gifts; some of the food kind but also sets of cards too. Like to think that the 'giving' can last past the Christmas season.

    Thanks you Claire for this beautiful and thoughtful 'surprise' release. Nice to get our supplies in time for the Christmas card making frenzy.

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  106. Thanks for the chance to win Claire! I like to chose presents that are really appropriate for the receipients, like in their favourite colours or to do with their hobbies or interests. Home made jewellery is always appreciated, especially in it's own specially stamped box.
    I have just come out of work yesterday, so I hope that I will have more time to make inexpensive hand made gifts this year. The seasonal Remedies set will be just perfect!

    Lynn Wild

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  107. I love to give anything handmade to my family at christmas, especially gifts of edible lovelies! I think they love getting them too!
    Jackie Campbell

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  108. So sorry to miss your samples, Claire, but I'm sure you'll show us later on, or other gorgeous cards! I'm curious for those jars you mention! I used to love to give books! I'm a huge fan of reading and think reading is good and relaxing and everyone should. But since I started making cards, I add a handmade card set or something else that I did something on by hand. Like last year I gave my father-in-law a handmade cooking book, completely for risottos, all decorated and he loved it! So maybe this year a combination; a book with a bookmark or something like that! :-D
    Hugs, Wendy

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  109. I love giving my love to my children, christmas is so special here in my home, but cuddles on christmas morning followed by watching their little faces light up when the realise santa got them what they asked for ... Tams :)

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  110. Books! I love to give away books! Is it because I am a book lover myself? Well, there's probably no doubt about it!

    Here in Sweden we celebrate Christmas Eve with gifts, not the Christmas day morning. As a child I always thought that made very much sense, since I had the firm belief that Santa lives in the North of Sweden and he gives us the gifts first so he doesn't need to drag around the heavy gifts further than necessary... (I had a very thourough Santa mythology, I gave very much thought to this! :D )

    I still think that if I get a book from Santa (or from any of my family or friends) that it's the ultimate proof that I've been very very good! ;)

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  111. Love to make same sweet well decorated cupcakes and a nut-bread for the morning, best things ever.

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  112. Oh Claire, you`ve gone and done it again! The stamp sets look amazing! I like to give stamped candles to recipients, and imagine cosy winter nights around the fire with just the flicker of the lit candles.

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  113. Oooh ! What a treat !

    For grown-ups, anything handmade.
    For kids, got to be BOOKS !!! I have already bought a stack of books and now just need to divvy them up - DD is just learning to read to we've started Mrs. Pepperpot as bedtime stories - such memories for me !!

    Thank you for the opportunity !

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  114. Cute release :) I love to give cards and I try to give ones that suit the person I'm sending to. I also love to make the homemade presents, last year I did notepads and again the image or decoration suited the recipient!

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  115. Well, we don't really have a tradition of giving christmas gifts to each other. We give present on the December 5th (St. Nicolas). But I make cards for beloved ones and makes something special of that! Compliments for the wonderful new sets!

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  116. Foodie gifts all the way! Yummo!

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  117. I love making homemade biscuits - chewy Florentines are my favourites - as gifts but this year I am trying something different and am making glittered glass baubles which are looking lovely and hopefully will go down well!

    Penny

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  118. First, thank you for designing such a lovely set of stamps.Since I am scandinavian I was so happy when I saw what your fabulous desigteam had made with the Nordic set ;-)
    Now for your question. I love to give books, that is a gift that can last a liftetime. Good chocolate and fine tea together with a nice teacup is also a favorite gift ( both to give and recieve, to be enjoyed with the christmas book!)
    Best whishes, Charlotta

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  119. I do love to give at Christmas. Handmade items are my favourite...I always think its is more personal when thought and time has gone into a gift. I like to make that extra special effort too with the wrapping and tags etc so that they all match. Waltzingmouse are gonna make it easier this year for me with these fab new stamps sets and can't wait to get started on desiging my own wrapping paper, tags etc

    Squeal

    Ali x

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  120. Oh wow Claire how very generous of you! I'm currently tickling a 4 year old that has been awake since 7am this has cheered me right up!

    I was always about finding the perfect gift for my family but it was proving impossible as the years went by. Last year was my first year to try giving gifts that I made and it worked like a charm! It was also my first year to sew a quilt and my sister was the lucky recipient!

    Loving my Athlone sets, having lots of fun! Jenny.

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  121. My like to treat my daughter and daughter-in-law luxury skincare kits or make-up, and handknitted scarves and wirstwarmers.

    loving all the previews.

    Carol x

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  122. I enjoy giving "make your own cookies jars" : I fill a nice glass jar with flour, brown sugar, homemade chocolate chunks and everything you need to bake delicious cookies... they make lovely colored layers so my friends can either enjoy them as a nice deco items in their kitchen or bake the cookies. I'm also offer my best recipes on special cards.
    The new stamps are just gorgeous, I'm getting in Christmas card mode/mood right now...

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  123. Although I never like to be surprised, I do like to see others when they are! But when you can't get that special something, I find wine can always bring a smile to everyone's face.. lol! The project the DT have done have been amazing... can't wait to see the sets in full!! Fingers crossed!!
    Robin

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  124. I like to make jewellery and give that as a gift - you can make it much more tailored to the recipient.

    Last year we were overloaded with bramley apples - so I decided to give apple jelly as an extra gift but none of the THIRTY jars I made set. Rather than throw it away, I found an appletini cocktail recipe and made a lable with your rescue remedies and but the recipe on the back!

    Roll on 7pm for rescue remedies 2....

    Tara

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  125. I love giving lots of love and friendship at Christmas. Family and friends gathered together and enjoying eachothers company. That's Christmas to me.

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  126. I love to give ANYTHING handmade food, papercrafts, pages in frames, even hand sewn projects but better still I love to make up mini kits to gift . I get to design, create and package them pretty plus the recipient gets to enjoy making them. I get excited just thinking of the fun they'll have plus I've even gotten a hand made gift or card back made from the kit - how cool is that?

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  127. I love giving lots of love and friendship at Christmas. Family and friends gathered together and just enjoying eachothers company. That's Christmas to me. It doesn't need to be about extravagant presents or expensive food. Just the love of being together while we still can!

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  128. I love to give stockings filled with various trinkets that I have made or collected throughout the year with the recipient in mind. The socks are very personalized, and the items random. So much fun to fill and fun to watch the person dig into their sock. These sets look great; thanks for the chance to win!

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  129. I'm with Cheryl on this....I do like to remember things the person I'm giving to has said possibly during the year and will make a note of their likes and dislikes and I do love to get exactly what I feel they would like...sometimes a very hard job but it does work on most occasions....the great thing is when you hear them say - 'how did you know I wanted that' - it's just a matter of listening during the year.

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  130. I like to give books....nothing beats a nice quite read. x

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  131. Love the sound of these Claire and the sneek peaks!! So loved seeing your goodies and meeting ye in Athlone. Now the crazy teddy buying lady has her fingers crossed that she might win these goodies!!!

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  132. I simply cannot wait for 2am to arrive!! hehe
    At Christmas, I tend to buy gifts which I think each family or friend would enjoy and make LOTS of Christmas cards of course. I always wish I could bake more to give as gifts, but the weather is always too hot here to do anything. Maybe I need air-conditioning in the kitchen ;)

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  133. I like to give something foodie that I've made. Presentatio was always imporatant but these days I have even more fun packing and wrapping.

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  134. I love giving gifts that I have made just for that person. So, much thought goes into each gift. I have made coasters, stamped and painted tissue boxes, wine buckets, stationary sets and album pages (just ready for them to add their own pictures).

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  135. I like to give gifts that are practical and I know that the person will use, rather than something that will sit and gather dust. If it is something that is pretty plain, I will try and disguise it and make it look spectacular! :)

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  136. I've learnt and experimented with a few crafts over the last few years, and I like to give things that I have made.
    Last Christmas it was handmade bag charms and decorated candles..this year, not sure yet!

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  137. I like to give practical gifts which I know will be used, rather than sit on a shelf and gather dust. If the item is quite plain than I will try to disguise it and make it look spectacular! :)

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  138. I'm hoping to give handmade card sets this year! I've only recently discovered WMS and I'm blow away by the DT samples for the new release. I was in Athlone on the Friday and couldn't get back to see your shop on the Saturday. Ger x.

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  139. Mmmm baked gifts are always good! I love to give handmade treats of any kind, depending on what the recipient will love best - knitted scarves or socks are always popular... maybe chutney made with home-groen tomatoes... sometimes card sets with a pretty pen and stash of stamps (the postage kind!)
    Thanks for the chance to win - I'm itching to see the sets in all their glory ;)
    Rx

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  140. I love to make a keepsake ornament that my family and friends can hang on their Christmas tree. I also make an extra-special one each year too for my young daughter to hang on our tree and its' really lovely and always brings back special memories to get them out on the 1st December and put them up.

    Thanks Claire for the opportunity to enter for this awesome prize :-)

    {{hugs}}
    Jocelyn

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  141. I love to make a keepsake ornament that my family and friends can hang on their Christmas tree. I also make an extra-special one each year too for my young daughter to hang on our tree and its' really lovely and always brings back special memories to get them out on the 1st December and put them up.

    Thanks Claire for the opportunity to enter for this awesome prize :-)

    {{hugs}}
    Jocelyn

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  142. I like giving handmade card sets and beaded ornament covers.

    The stamp sets are fantastic, thank for the opportunity to win a set.

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  143. I often agonise when I am choosing gifts- I like to give something that suits the recipient to a perfectly. I keep thinking I would like to give homemade items this Christmas, but worry I will run out of time! :)

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  144. I like to give homemade cookies to my friends and family as so many of them don't bake before the holidays! laura j

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  145. I also love making and giving homemade gifts at Christmas. I am not to great with culinary pursuits, but in recent years, I have made coasters, notepads, photo calendars, and sets of cards for my friends and family.

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  146. I love giving prank gifts - like enormous sized white underpants to my skinny little sister, and teeny little g-strings to my elderly father. It helps keep the mood light at meal times :)

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  147. I like to give craft gifts ,to those people ive infected ,with my craft obsession,that means stamps,dies,inks etc.

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  148. I love to give personalised wooden jigsaw puzzles. I used to think I was the only grown up who still loved doing jigsaws but it turns out lots of my friends share the addiction, and their children will even put aside the Nintendo and join in.

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  149. I always try to give everybody what they ask for or have put on their wish list; but I especially like to add in a little hand made gift too, such as a calendar or little note book personal to the recipient x

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  150. For those closest to me, I try to give gifts that suits their interests. For general gifts, I usually give homebaked cookies.

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  151. I love giving gifts and I try and make them personal to that person, and where possible make their gift - theres nothing better than giving a gift that you have made yourself and seeing their amazed reaction.

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  152. I, too, like to do handmade or homemade gifts. I don't like the giving of gifts out of a feeling of obligation, so I give gifts that are meaningful to the person. And, by the way, you have me craving some fine Irish shortbread now!!!
    Jean Cross

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  153. For my girls' teachers we like to give them the "gift of time". We make three nights worth of dinners, one that can be eaten that night and two that can be frozen so they don't have to think about dinner for at least three nights. Dinners come complete with appetizer, main meal and dessert. It's been a huge success with the teachers around an especially busy time of the year.

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  154. I like to give something handmade at Christmas. Seeing as I'm a disaster in the kitchen, I usually create something paper-based ;D
    Thanks for the chance to win and looking so forward to seeing the sets in the shop - woop!
    Hugs,
    Aimes
    x

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  155. I like to give handmade cards and something I've altered along with the "main" present. would love to win the stamps after seeing your amazing work in Athlone. Lorna x

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  156. I love to give my Christmas cards with jewellery, bookmarks and small fimo clay items I also make. I hope this Christmas is no different.

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  157. Loaves of homemade sourdough bread--usually whole wheat, cinnamon raisin; although I've been known to grate orange peel and mix with cut up chunks of DARK chocolate. (With a homemade tag or card attached, of course.) Ohhhh. . . the thought of it makes me want to run to the kitchen and "feed" my starter!

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  158. Scrapbooks or memory boxes have been faves over the last few years.I usually manage to squeeze a tear or two out of the recipient!
    Really looking forward to this release.
    PatC

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  159. I think my most favorite thing to give is crafty items closely followed by goodies dressed up in craftiness. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  160. I'm a Christmas baby and in the last few years my favorite thing has become that I get to see all of my family and friends on my birthday.

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  161. I love to give gifts that the recipient really needs - but they just don't know it! The look of delight is always special!

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  162. I like to give embroidered dishtowels. I have an embroidery machine, and I use the same design on each towel, and add the recipient's name as well. They make great gifts, rolled up and placed in a coffee mug, then packaged in a cellophane bag with decorative ribbon, tags, etc! Would love to win the stamp sets! Thank you for the opportunity to enter.
    Ann

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  163. I enjoy giving handmade gifts as well. It might be a set of handmade cards, or a notepad with a handmade cover, or baked goods.

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  164. I am new to WMS and have fallen in love with everything from this release. As for your contest question: I love to give handmade gifts for the ladies in my family. Whether it be homemade jams, a decorative wall hanging, an appliqued baby onsie, jewelry hanger, mini scrapbook album, anything I know they would love that I can make myself. Similarly, I love receiving handmade things....some of the most cherished gifts are the quilts or blankets people made for the arrival of my daughter.

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  165. My dad is a widow and does not like to cook. I like to have him come to my house and give him a home cooked meal along with a homemade card. I do believe he looks forward to it at most holidays.

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  166. Because I'm not a "stuff" person, I love to give "experience" gifts. Last year I gave things like seasons passes to the local amusement park, show tickets, massage and manicure gift certs from the local spa, movie passes, etc. I usually pair these items with a small gift so that the recipient has something fun to open.

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  167. I love to shop for gifts for the grandchildren. And for those friends & family out of town or ones we don't see often I make cards. I never mass produce them so each is an original. Christmas is my favorite time to bake so I enjoy making special gift baskets (sometimes even making the basket too) that include a selection of cookies. One of my favorite recipes is one I got from Jennifer Holmes' blog two years ago--Cranberry Noels!

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  168. I love to give something that the person wants or needs but didn't put on their list. If you listen throughout the year you can usually think of something they have talked about or would never buy for themselves. It's such fun!!Love the new release. Anxious to see the last two sets.

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  169. I give so many different things - and the best thing is to see a big smile on the others faces. Then I know it was THE perfect gift, no matter what it was.
    Sonja

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  170. I like to give sweet treats as gifts, brownies, cookies, pecan bars - all homemade. Everyone seems so busy they don't have time to bake. Christmas is about the traditions. A treasured recipe that came from generations ago, or even starting a new tradition of your own.

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  171. I love handing out selfmade things(knitted socks,stamped cards,cookies,...)because they´re always a special piece made by me - so a little piece from me to you.My favorite is: having a cup of coffee with dear friends and selfmade christmascookies at the sundays before christmas (most times I´m baking 10 and more kinds of cookies to try)...
    Thanks for your kindness and your gorgeous stamps.

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  172. I love to give handmade gifts and especially coupons for a gift of my time. We all live such busy lives that a coupon for a day together doing something special is priceless whether it be window shopping, photographing ghost towns or going to the shooting range.

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  173. What a delight to read everybody's entries. Great ideas! I like to give something that is a surprise. I always ask for lists (I don't see some of my relatives very often and they may have changed their interests). By looking at their lists I can figure out something that I can make. It could be a calendar, a journal, a scarf, food, etc. I enjoy planning what I am going to give as much as they enjoy getting it (at least I hope they enjoy it :<))

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  174. Hello! I like to give handmade gifts, like tablerunners, hotpads, small quilts and the like. Seems like in these days of hussle and bussle, it's nice to get something handmade. Thanks for the chance to win these wonderful stamps!

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  175. I love to give anonymous gifts - like to our sister parish in a low income part of town. We give toys and small gifts so that our fellow parishioners have something for Christmas. Thanks for the chance to win <3

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  176. I love to give tins full of homemade christmas cookies that I slave over the oven with in the days leading up to Christmas!
    Nadia

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  177. I like to give "thoughtful" gifts. Thinking about the person and what would make them smile. And, of course, a beautiful hand made card to go with it! :-)

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  178. Every year at Christmas I made a sweet roll recipe that takes all day to make, messes up the entire house and has about a million calories in it. It is in the shape of a Christmas tree and has cherries on it. When my kids were little, they fought over who got the top piece. Now that they are grown and live on their own, I have to make 3 of them. Triple the mess, but I could never let them wake up on Christmas morning without getting a chance at that top piece. I am tearing up just typing this. My best, all time Christmas memory and gift...ever.

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  179. I love finding something just right for each person :)
    Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  180. I love to give something hand made. A hand-stitched pillow, a cross- stitch ornament, a mini scrap book. Holiday crafting is so much fun!

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  181. I love all the sets so far and can't wait for the release!! My favorite thing to give is a gift basket, full of goodies, which speaks directly to the recipient. It's all about them and I love to add handmade items so they'll know just how special they are to me.

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  182. I like to create the perfect holiday card to suit each recipent depending on their favorite tastes, style, hobbies, etc. I try to do the same with my gifts and find that perfect thing for each loved one. Specialized ornaments are usually included too!

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  183. Not a lot of gift-giving here with few children in the family, but it's fun to give summery/garden gifts to my sisters! And we like to put together a little something for neighbors. . . usually on Christmas eve, we'll load the on a sled and deliver them. This year I'm aiming for food gifts :). It's especially nice to play Santa when we put out luminaries to line the street.

    Can't wait to see the full release - I hope there's one of everything left tonight as I won't be home right at release time! Beautiful samples and peeks as always, Claire!

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  184. I always plan to make homemade sets of cards but usually run out of time. I love the give things that I know the person likes. So for DH that's hunting and fishing things. For DD usually a game and clothes; DS likes clothes and music. My kids seem to really love their stockings.

    Beth Greco

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  185. I always plan to make homemade sets of cards but usually run out of time. I love the give things that I know the person likes. So for DH that's hunting and fishing things. For DD usually a game and clothes; DS likes clothes and music. My kids seem to really love their stockings.

    Beth Greco

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  186. I love giving books as gifts, especially to children, I think because they are my favorite gift to receive. I love books, I love reading, so I have tried to encourage that love in the kids that are part of my life. Oh, and don't you just love the feel of a new book - the crisp pages, the silky cover, the anticipation of a good story? Wonderful!

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  187. I like to give hand made things. Packages of tea or things that I know the person really likes. DH likes fishing and hunting stuff; DD & DS like clothes. Most of all though I think they like their stockings.

    Thanks for the chance to win some stamps! That would seem like Christmas!!

    Beth Greco

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  188. I love to give things that I have made - whether of fabric or paper - or a big plate of homemade cookies. Your stamps are just the right touch for a tag on a homemade gift.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win these wonderful sets!

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  189. I love giving books that I have loved myself to share with my friends. I also like making book marks to go with each book.

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  190. I love to bake cookies from a Christmas cookie recipe book that my mom gave me years ago. They are a once-a-year special treat and I love baking them for family and friends.

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  191. I love to give gifts of homemade goodies wrapped in boxes or bags that I have crafted and embellished! :)

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  192. I love the idea of buying a simple pressie to support a charity and making a really nice tag or label to go on it. The tag ends up being the real gift I think. I love the jars and fillings. Yummy

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  193. I love to give a gift that the recipient needs or would just love to have but wouldn't buy it for themselves. It has to be something useful, something they would appreciate. Met you at the GBCE love your stamp sets.

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  194. I love to give gifts period...and especially the ones I have made myself with love! These new sets are fantastic!! I must admit I usually use printed embellishments digital etc.(although I have a large collection of stamps) but I just ordered the candy jar set, and would LOVE to have them all!!!!!!!!!!!

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  195. María Alba Negrón16 October 2011 at 00:49

    Hi Claire!,

    I fall in live more and more with your stamps every time there is a new release ! Being also a caterer, this stamps are so beautiful and out of the ordinary! Thanks for the chance to win them, I will be in heaven if I win this stamps!

    Cariños,
    María Alba Negrón
    San Juan, Puerto Rico
    perfectaimperfecciones@gmail.com

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  196. I like to give something I've made like cards or a craft type project! I am in love with all your stamps! They are all
    AWESOME!!!!!

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