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A Black N Tan header

Let the Valentines begin!

About the time you read this on Monday morning, we’ll be down to mere hours before our newborn granddaughter is born.  I’m ready to head out the door at a moment’s notice.  I cannot wait!!

So, Valentines.  Big business for me.  We generally supply to the guys that work on hubby’s crew.  I like to have a good variety on hand, so I’ll be holed up in the studio for at least the next 3 weeks.

Valentines do not need to be pink and purple and red.  I’m starting off with a black and tan combo.

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A Black N Tan R1

I like the rich colors and the gold is yummy.

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A close up view:

A Black N Tan closeup

I used:

JustRite Clear – Hugs & Kisses

Kaisercraft 6.5″ x 6.5″ – Ma Cherie
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White

Vellum
Versamark
May Arts 1″ Double Faced Satin – Gold
Spellbinders – Lace Hearts
Prima Craftsman Collection Perles
Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder
My Mind’s Eye – Fancy That – enamel dots
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb – 3D 1/4″ foam dots

Original Bow Easy

Other:
Black Cardstock

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A Black N Tan L1

Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly ~~

~A Hug in a Cup ~

a hug in a cup closeup

I’m back :)  I took the last couple of weeks off to enjoy the holidays with my family.  Then my hubby ended up having a procedure last Friday.  It’s been chaotic around here.

As many know, we’re expecting our first (blood) grandchild in a few days.  The Friday before Christmas, my eldest son and his wife took custody of her brother’s oldest son.  He’s the most delightful 12 year old I’ve ever met!  They stopped by on New Year’s Day so we could give them their gifts.   So, I have a grandson now, sort of.  Not sure how that works.  They would adopt him in a second, I know.

So back to the studio this week and I gotta tell you, it was tough!  I had to clean up all the wrap and bows and stuff I left out when making tags.  It was a struggle to get mojo flowing.

But, since I had an e-mail come a few days ago asking for cards to cheer a few mutual friend, I went that way.  I know it’s going to be Valentine central for the next month.   There are 12 guys on my hubby’s crew and most of them want cards for their spouses.

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a hug in a cup L2

I put some pretty snowflakes into my hug in a cup!

a hug in a cup close

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Coffee or Tea?

Kaisercraft 6.5 x 6.5″ – Cottage Rose

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White –
Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Coffee or Tea?
Stamp/Die bundle
Spellbinders – Flakes N Skates (snowflakes)
Spellbinders – Ovals – Standard
Spellbinders – Circles – Standard
Kaisercraft Rhinestones – Pink
May Arts 1/2″ Wrinkled Ribbon – Olive
Bow Easy – Original
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermoweb 3D 1/4″ Foam squares

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A hug in a cup R1

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Ya’ll come back later to see how the Valentine’s are coming along! :)

~~ Holly

~ Star Of Wonder ~

Star of Wonder header

A week before Christmas and I’m still making Christmas Cards!  This will probably be it for the season.  I have gift tags to make and cookies to bake, presents to wrap and merry to be made.

We’re having all the kids over on Christmas Eve.  Our apartment is tiny, so having 10+ people makes it extra cozy.  This year, each son (and wives) are each bringing an appetizer to share.  Makes for less work on my part AND I get to sample their cooking.

So without further ado… this week’s card.  It’s another fairly flat and easy to mail kind of card…

Star of Wonder R1

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For many many years, I used a wooden spice rack as my background.  It fell out of favor when I started using my desk as a photo booth.  It just worked out that way.   I finally put a request in with the hubby for a new background.  He made it from pallet wood and I gave it a grayish whitewash.  You like?

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Star of Wonder closeup

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Merry Christmas
Kaisercraft – 6.5″ x 6.5″ – Letters to Santa
Kaisercraft – 6.5″ x 6.5″ – Silent Night
Momento Rich Cocoa Dye Ink
Stamp Simply Steel Die – Merry Christmas Star die
Stamp and Die combo
Spellbinders Nestabilities – standard circles
Spellbinders Nestabilities – Lacey Circles
Simple Stories – Cozy Christmas Enamel Dots
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb – 3D 1/4″ foam squares
Other:

Vanilla Cardstock

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Star of Wonder L1

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Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly ~~

~A Cuppa Winter Goodness~

A Cuppa card header

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My first time playing in the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  It’s a real mystery how I’ve never joined this group prior to this.  Coffee is my blood type!

Coffee Lover's Bloghop graphic

And a happy accident occurred as well.  The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store just release the most adorable Coffee/Tea set with dies!

Ok, ok.. here’s a peak

Coffee or Tea graphics

Ok, let’s all agree that this is the bee’s knees.  Love love, love the font on this.  Sentiments to please everybody.

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So without further ado… here’s my project for this hop!

A Cuppa duo 2

I was just talking to a friend about my Wedgwood Blue Willow china, so I was inspired by that for the color scheme.  The paper comes from G45 Gilded Lily’s Patterns and Solids.  It’s acutally more of a tulle design, but also has the blue willow look.

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Here’s a bit of a closeup..

A Cuppa card closeup

The blue also smacks of Christmas.  The rhinestones give it just enough sparkle.

Just the card:

A Cuppa card R2

I really did let the dies work the layout.  It really was a quick card.

The pod holder was a little more of a taskmaster.

A Cuppa pod holder L2

Some sparkly blue mirror paper added a little more interest.

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A Cuppa card L1

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Coffee or Tea?
Graphic 45 – 6 x 6 Guilded Lily Patterns & Solids

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Combo/Stamp/Die Coffee or Tea?

Altenew Ink Cube – Glacier Caves – Saphhire
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Coffee or Tea?

Spellbinders – Nestabilities – Standard Circles

Spellbinders – Nestabilities – Lacey Circles
Spellbinders – Nestabilities – Labels Twenty Eight

Spellbinders – A2 Card Creator – Devine Eloquence

Spellbinders – Create A Flake 6
Spellbinders – Scallop Pop-up box

Venise Lace .75″ – Lucia Ivory

Kaisercraft Rhinestones – blue

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermoweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

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A Cuppa duo 1

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Thanks for stopping by!!

~ High Tea ~

Tea Time header

It’s new release time at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store!  I don’t know about you, but I get awful excited about new stamps!  And even more excited to have dies that match!

Coffee or Tea? is the name of the new beauties.  Of course, the font on this new set is my favorite.  The set includes some really nice Christian sentiments.

Here’s my first peek…

Tea Time L1

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I have been on a pastels kick of late, but I thought it worked great for high tea!  There are two sizes of cups in the die set.  I have a few tea drinking friends that are going to love this!

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A little closeup

Tea Time closeup

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Coffee or Tea?

Kaisercraft 6.5″ x 6.5″ – True Love

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Momento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Coffee or Tea

Darice – Quaterfoil embossing folder
Divine Twine Baker’s Twine – 10 yd – Cotton Candy/white

3/8″ Satin white Ribbon
Melissa Frances – pearls – white

Bow Easy

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermoweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

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This is one more view:

Tea Time R2

Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly

~White Christmas~

White Christmas header

So, my sweet daughter-in-love, Kalika, stopped by yesterday and took a small bite out of my Christmas card stash.  I will make the same offer to my other girls, so now I’m thinking I need to make some more!

It’s been a whirlwind the last four days.  Obviously, Thanksgiving on Thursday… when we all converged to the young couple’s apartment for too much food, lots of laughs and just an all around good time.

If you can’t tell by all the pink and blue on this card, I’m anxiously awaiting that first born granddaughter.  She’s due here in about six weeks.

White Christmas L1

This is a super easy, quick card.  Of course, I added snow and stickles so it had to dry for a bit, but if you make several of them, it really will be quick.

White Christmas closeup

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White Christmas R1

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Wonder of Christmas Sentiments
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – O Christmas Tree

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – O Christmas Tree
Stamp Simply O Christmas Tree stamp/dies combo

Authentique 6″ x 6″ – Colorful Christmas

Sprectrum Noir – Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock

Versamark

Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder – White

Spellbinders Die – Fancy Tags Two

Spellbinders – Create A Flake Six

Kaisercraft – Rhinestones – Pink

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Pink and blue cardstock
Scribbles (snow)
Diamond Stickles

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Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly

~Rustic Birthday~

Rustic Birthday header

Happy Monday!  We interrupt your normal Monday holiday themed card to cover some birthdays.  In the next month, we have 7 birthdays and an anniversary.  Not to mention the biggies… Thanksgiving and Christmas!  As soon as that’s done we’ll be on grand baby watch.

This weekend was my youngest son, Levi’s, birthday.   He’s a hard working man with a growing family.  I couldn’t be more proud of him.

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Rustic Birthday R1

My guys are all very outdoorsy.  A couple of them are steampunk fans.  It’s always a challenge to make a card for any of them.

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Rustic Birthday closeup

Here’s a closeup.  The Kaisercraft Factory 42 paper is so industrial looking, I knew it was perfect for my guys.

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Rustic Birthday L2

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Birthday Blessings
Kaisercraft 6.5″ x 6.5″ – Factory 42

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock

Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink

5/8″ Double Faced Faux Suede – silver

Kaisercraft – 1/2 Pearls – black and white (colored gray with marker)
1/4″ ScorTape

Thermoweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
Gray cardstock

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Thanks for stopping by!

~*~*Holly*~*~

~ Merry & Bright ~

Merry and Bright header

Well, the baby shower is a week behind us now.  It took me days to recuperate, but I have hit the ground running again.  Christmas is just  43 days away.  Luckily, my newest daughter-in-law has claimed Thanksgiving.  Finally!  I’ve been waiting for a daughter-in-law to step up.

So, my focus today was to create a very simple (let the die cuts do the work!) Christmas card. I had this card designed, cut and assembled in just a few minutes.  It’s fairly flat, too.  For ease of mailing, the wood dots would need to be left off.

Merry and Bright R2

The Authentique Colorful Christmas pad is so fun.  Lots of different patterns to choose from.

A close up:

Merry and Bright closeup

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Wonder of Christmas Sentiments
Authentique 6 x 6 – Colorful Christmas

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Memento Rich Cocoa Dye Ink

Spellbinders Nestabilities – Small circles

Spellbinders Nestabilities – Lacy Circles

Darice Embossing Folder – Snowflake Scroll

My Mind’s Eye – Record It! wood dots

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Red, Green and Brown cardstock

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Merry and Bright L2

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Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly

~Christmas in a Box~

A Boxed christmas header

Anyone who has been in my studio knows that I have a little bit of everything and a whole bunch of somethings.  Egg cartons, pill bottles, recycled packaging… just a lot of desirable finds.

You probably know that I’m down to just a few days for the baby shower I’m hosting for my newest daughter in love, Kalika.  This is my first baby shower, but I’ve done parties and helped with a wedding or two.  I love love love party planning.  I’m a detail girl.

So one of the items I purchased for the shower came in a 4.25″ square acrylic box.  I loved it so much, I knew exactly what I wanted to do for today’s post.

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A boxed christmas R1

Now Sharon carries the clear boxes in several sizes in the store @ The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  You could use this same concept with any of those.

What I did was built my card INSIDE the box and decorated the outside.  It presents as a fun little shadowbox card.

Here it is with the insides pulled out.

A boxed Christmas unpacked

Even after I finished this, I thought of a couple ways to improve on the design, so I may be back with another version!

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A boxed christmas L2

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A boxed christmas top

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The lid opens with poinsettia intact.

A boxed christmas open

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Wonder of Christmas Sentiments
Kaisercraft – 6.5 x 6.5″ – Letters to Santa

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock

Spellbinders Nestabilities – Labels 20

Spellbinders – Layered Poinsettia

Memento Tuxedo black dye ink

1/4″ Seambinding – Dusty Olive

1/8″ Silk – olive

Prima – Say it in Crystals (swirls)

Kaisercraft – Rhinestones – Red

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Original Bow Easy

I used recycled packaging from a recent purchase, however, the clear boxes seen here would also work:

Clear crystal boxes 5.5″ x 5.5″

Other:

Red cardstock
Green cardstock
Gold Nuvo Drops

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Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly ~~

~ Gift Tag Gifts ~

A Gift Tag Gift duo closeup

I’m on day 5 of a particularly nasty flu.  It was Sunday morning before I could drag myself into the studio to create.  Although I wanted to make another Christmas card, it wasn’t happening.  Then I remembered that I need tags.  Every year I put a tag on the tree for the boys (and now wives and grandkids, as well).

So.. we have tags.  I generally give them a small amount of cash ($20-25), so I made the tags so that they would hold a gift card or cash on the reverse.

A Gift Tag Gift trio 2

I used a sparkly white ink and a sponge to create the backgrounds.  These are mostly made of dies, so they are so quick and simple

A Gift Tag Gift duo

All of the trees were cut from the Doodlebug Designs paper and the reverse pocket as well.

A Gift Tag Gift reverse

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – O Christmas Tree
Doodlebug Designs – Here Comes Santa Claus

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – O Christmas Tree

Spellbinders – Holiday Sentiments

Spellbinders – Nestabilities – Label (used retired set by accident)

Suitable subsitutes:
Spellbinders Die – Labels Four
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink

Delicata Non-Tarnishing Ink Pad – White Shimmer

Royal Synthetic Artist Sponges

Kaisercraft – Rhinestones Pink

MME – Necessities – enamel dots – Teal

MME – Necessities – enamel dots – Red

May Arts Twisted Burlap String – natural

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
Kraft cardstock
Scribbles – snow

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Thanks for stopping by!

Holly

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