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Welcome to Day #5 of the October Papertrey Ink countdown!  We have just a few more fun things to show you before everything goes live in the Papertrey Ink store tomorrow night (the 15th) at 10pm ET.  

You can see all of today's product introductions in full HERE.  We have a set by Rebecca Luminarias called Twinkling Trees.  I also have a collection of dies being introduced today called Potbellies!  There is a reindeer, a penguin, and a Santa.  They are designed to be used with the large 2-1/2" bubbles that were introduced with the Fairy Tale kit, and they're perfect for filling with small treats and goodies!  They can also hold a gift card, which I'll show you in a bit!  

So let's get on with the projects.  First of all I have a card using the new Twinkling Trees set.  I took the name rather literally and lit up my tree with a strand of Fairy Lights!

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The background was stamped with the stars and a bunch of different sentiments from the set.  I diecut this panel with the star-only portion of the die, then wound a strand of fairy lights on the backside of that panel, with a hole punched in the card base and the battery pack for the lights adhered to the inside of the card for easy access.

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I layered the diecut tree over the top, which was sponged with New Leaf and Classic Kraft inks.  I added the "joy" from the Bold Borders: Flurries die, cut from black cardstock.

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 Next I have several projects using my new Potbellies dies.  These are so fun and easy!  Perfect for quick holiday projects.  They would also be great to do with kids, because they're simple to put together.

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This first set of projects shows all three of the Potbellies characters filled with candy.  I used the 2-1/2" x 1/4" bubbles here, but we are also going to be introducing deeper bubbles - 1/2", for larger treats that need a bit more room.  Here I put two bubbles back-to-back, so I had an overall depth of 1/2".  If you choose to use the deeper bubbles with this same design, you would actually have a 1" depth, so quite a bit more room for larger treats.

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There is also a coordinating $5 stamp set filled with some different sentiments to stamp around the circle.  The stamp set also includes eyes for each of the characters in case you don't want to mess with adhering the diecut eyes since they are pretty small.  I think the Santa might be my favorite!  He's so chubby he looks like he might loose his pants if he's not careful.  :-)

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All of the different characters are symmetrical, so that you can put two diecuts back-to-back for a nice, clean finish.  To put them together, I just diecut two of each character, with the bubbles sandwiched between.  The bubbles are held shut with 4 pieces of double-sided tape, placed around the flange of the bubble.  This holds the bubbles closed, but it also serves as the adhesive to add the character shape over the bubble, making it so quick and easy!

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I punched a hole in the top of each of these candy holders so they could be used as ornaments, or package toppers.  I also added just a little berry and holly leaf from the Fawn & Flora set for a little embellishment.

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Next I have a few gift card holders.  These are so quick and easy and cute!  A gift card can be tucked under the arms of each character.  Now, I'll be completely honest, this wasn't really planned, it just turned out to work perfectly!  I love it when that happens!

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To tuck it in the slits under their arms, you'll need to give the gift card just a slight bend as you slip it in the slits, and then it stays put just perfectly!

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You can stamp a the to/from sentiment from the Potbellies Sentiments stamp set to finish it off.  Tie them on the top of a package, or hang them on your tree!

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For my last set of projects today, I turned the Potbellies into some shaker cards!  Just a note on this - the reindeer is a bit too tall to fit into a standard A2 envelope.  The Santa is actually a bit over the standard 5-1/2" as well, but he fits in an envelope by turning him at an angle.  The reindeer, however, is a bit too tall with his antlers. 

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To create these cards, I actually diecut three of each shape - one with the circle cut-out to accommodate the bubble and use as the card front, and two solid shapes without the circle cut-out -- one white (to back the shaker opening), and the second in the same color as the card front, so red for the Santa, and black for the penguin.  

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Before adhering the two card fronts together with the bubble sandwiched between, I stamped some sentiments inside the bubble.  I also added snow and sequins.  The sentiment used on the Santa is from the Fawn & Flora set.

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The sentiment I used on the penguin is from the Warmer Together set.

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When adhering the back to the assembled fronts, I scored just the back piece  - at the neck for the penguin, and at the base of the hat for the Santa, then adhered them together above the score line.    You could also tuck a gift card inside these cards - just tuck it under the arms like I showed above!

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 That brings us to the end of the countdown!  Did you love what you saw this month?  I had so much fun not only designing this month's products, but creating with them!  I hope you enjoyed all of the projects and I just know you'll have fun creating with them too!  Everything's live in the store tomorrow night!  

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