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~ Easter Swag ~

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Welcome to Spring!  It’s official.  Since I’ve already seen blooms, spiders and warmer weather, I’d say Spring was dipping it’s toe in Winter a tad early.  Yesterday and Saturday we were basking in 80 degree weather.

I am on a mission to get some Easter cards made.  I don’t need that many, but I still feel a bit of a rush since I try to customize them to the recipients.

This week I went for an unusual color combo… white, black, grayish green, and mint green.  I have to admit, the tiny black roses please me to no end.

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As an afterthought, I wish I had added some bling to that mint rose and I still might!

Here’s the inside:

Easter Swag Inside

and a different view

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – He Is Risen
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Easter

Kaisercraft 6.5″ x 6.5″ – Chapter One

Spellbinders – Card Creator – Valiant Honor

Seam Binding – white
Prima Leaves – Florella Bright Green

Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink

Simple Stories – Enamel Dots – I Am
Prima Trellis Roses Fontaine

Prima Perles Craftsman

Original Bow Easy

1/4″ ScorTape
Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares – 1/4″ White

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth cardstock

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Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly

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Just so that we’re all on the same page… it IS still mid March, in the winter, right?  Like most everywhere, we’ve had the strangest winter.  We’re in Colorado, but not the high country that gets gobs of snow yearly.  We’re on the Front Range, but still get a good amount each year.  This year, not so much.  Call me out on it… I believe in Global Warming.  Skeery stuff.

However, it’s not going to damper my Easter!  My most favorite religious holiday, by far.  I love the spring colors, soft pastels, blossoming flowers, and new life.

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Let me tell you a little bit about the hymnal pages I used on this card.  When Sharon @ The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store send me these pages, I was definitely excited.  I love using any kind of text background.  While I was sorting through the pages to find what I wanted, I came across the music / lyrics for This is My Father’s World.  It was my mother’s favorite hymn.  I could practically hear her singing.  Had a quick cry and back to work.

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The greatest part about the Stamp Simply Clear Stamp sets is that they have so many different greetings, scriptures and such to really finish off your card nicely.

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I used:

SSCS – Easter
SSCS – He Is Risen

SSCS – Get Well Tulip
SS Steel Dies – Tulip

Hymnal Pages

Spellbinders – Crosses Two
Spellbinders – Les Papillions

Spellbinders – Oval

Simple Stories – enamel dots – Hello Baby

Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
1/4″ ScorTape

Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares – 1/4″ White

Other:
Caramel cardstock
Chocolate cardstock
Wax paper
Copic markers
Spectrum Sparkle pen – Biscuit

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Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly

~ Tulip Field ~

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The first time I saw this tulip stamp and die, I immediately thought of Holland…. windmills, clogs and bicycles!  Can’t you just see the tulip fields is a rainbow of colors!?  I can!

If I haven’t expressed it enough, I am head over heals in love with the newest release from The Stamp Simply Ribbon store’s signature stamps (and now new dies!)

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It’s all about color here!

I used:

SSCS – Get Well Tulip

SS Steel Dies – Tulip
Kaisercraft Silver Rhinestones – tinted with gray marker

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Altenew Ink Cube – Green Fields – Forest Glades

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares – 1/4″ White

Other:
Baby Blue cardstock
Spectrum Noir markers

pinking sheers

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Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly


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Welcome to the Stamp Simply Spring Release Blog H
op!

I don’t know about where ya’ll are living, but here in Colorado mother nature has been giving us a taste of spring for the last few weeks.  Oddly warm temperatures for the most part and just a few flakes of the white stuff thrown in for good measure.  There are even trees blossoming!

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The spring release is over the top gorgeous.  For the first time ever, Stamp Simply exclusive dies!  I’ll give you a little peek :)

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You can view the entire release HERE.

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You are a blessing

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These sets have an amazing array of sentiment/verses for the insides of your cards, too!

You are a blessing inside

I used:

SSCS – Thinking of you Rose

SSCS – Words of Encouragement

SS die – Rose

Carte Bella – So Note
Spellbinders – A2 Scalloped Borders One

Melissa Frances Pearls – Cream

May Arts Baker’s Twine – yellow/white

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares – 1/4″ White

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock White – 8.5×11

other:
Spectrum Noir markers

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BLOG HOP LINK LIST

Sharon Johnson

Darsie Bruno –

Deb Saaranen

Deb Felts

Heidi Blankenship

Holly McMillen – you are here :)

Check out Darsie’s awesome video on lining up dies

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Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

~ Candy Hearts ~

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I did an inventory of my Valentine type stamps, this weekend.  I’m really going to need to be creative to get the numbers I need.  Hubby is already taking orders from the guys he works with.  I asked him how many guys on his current crew and he said over 100.  Yikes!  Luckily, they won’t all be interested.

I tend to lean towards reds, whites and blacks when making valentines, but today I’m way off the spectrum.  I went with pastels.  The candy hearts (I think by NECCO), are pastels! Right?!

This one is fairly flat and would be easy to mail.

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What do you think?

I used:

JustRite Clear – Hugs & Kisses
Authentique 6 x 6″ – Springtime

Spellbinders Nestabilities – Classic Hearts

3/8″ White satin ribbon
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth White cardstock

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares – 1/4″ White

Other:
Pink cardstock
Baby Blue cardstock
Spring Green cardstock
White gel pen

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The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly ~~

~ Ma Cherie ~

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With less than a month to go before Valentine’s Day, I am way behind.  I sell more valentines than any other type of card.  It helps that I have an amazing salesman (hubby), who takes the cards to his jobsite and sells them to the guys there.

So, Valentine #1.  I really love the contrast between the woodgrain patterned paper and the lace.  I’m woefully shy on heart dies and heart stamps, so I’ll have to get real creative this year.  I accept that challenge and you’ll find me on Pinterest surfing for ideas.

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I had the wired burlap from Christmas crafting and thought it grounded the lace/wood combo just perfectly.

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I used:

JustRite Clear – Loving Sentiments

Kaisercraft – 6.5″ x 6.5″ Ma Cherie
1.5″ Wired Burlap – burgundy

Venise Lace 1.75″ – Gabriella Ivory

Spellbinders Nestabilities – Classic hearts

Simple Stories – Enamel Dots – Cozy Christmas

Prima – Craftsman Collection – Perles

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares – 1/4″ White

other:
Cherry Red Cardstock
Memento Rhubarb Ink

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Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly

~100% Man Made~

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So, I’ve been stamping and papercrafting for about 13 years now.  I’ve never been known for my clean and simple cards.  Oh no.. I’ve always embraced the more is more theory; sometimes to a fault.

Recently I heard that some stampers/papercrafters were interested in seeing more patterned paper options.  Others were looking for male cards.  One thing I’ve never tried was the One Sheet Wonder.  If you don’t know what that is, it’s the practice of taking a 12 x 12 piece of designer paper and making as many cards that you can incorporating a portion of that 12 x 12 piece.

I decided to challenge myself to incorporate those requests in one project.  I created 3 male cards using 2 pieces of 6.5 x 6.5″ patterned paper (modified One Sheet Wonder) .

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My instinct was to put MORE on the front of the tote. It’s strikingly plain.  Then the minimalist in me said, “It’s fine”.  I used the Splitcoaststampers tutorial seen here.  I did modify it so the cards are only on one side.  Just my preference.

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First I started with a birthday card.  I’m a ribbonista, and I knew that wouldn’t be appropriate (although I so wanted to add lace!), so cord it is!

Man Made Ensemble Card 2

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Next, a thank you

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I actually broke my corner rounder making this card… ugh!  Oh well, a trip to Michael’s is in order anyway.

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And finally, a congratulations

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This one makes me happy.  Although there are dimensionals used here, it’s still flat enough for mailing.  They all are.

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I used:

JustRite Premium Labels
Kaisercraft 6.5″x6.5″ – Something Blue

Spellbinders – Foliage

1/8″ leather – brown and tan

My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots – Black/Gray

My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots – Teals

Simple Stories Enamel Dots – I Am

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Memento Rich Cocoa Ink

Altenew Ink Cube – Cool Summer Night – Desert Night

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares – 1/4″ White

Other:
Kraft Cardstock
Teal Cardstock
Word Window Punch

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

~ Holly

~Topsy Turvy~

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Welcome to 2017!  I’m one of those “early to bed” people who rarely sees the ball drop and Saturday night was no exception.  Oddly enough, I woke up about 10 minutes to midnight and heard the brief firework display.  I was fast asleep moments later.

A new year means a whole slew of birthdays.  I figure I had better get a move on.  I also had a hankering to color.  I haven’t colored much in months, so I scratched that itch.

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The little flowers are popped on dimensionals and the cake is bedazzled with Stardust Stickles.

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I used:

JustRite Clear – Topsy Turvy Cakes
Authentique – Springtime

Spellbinders – Nestabilities Ovals

My Minds Eye Enamel Dots – Red
Simple Stories – Enamel Dots – I am

Baker’s Twine – Pink, Green, Blue

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
1/4″ ScorTape

Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares – 1/4″ White

Other:
White Cardstock
Stardust Stickles

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Valentine’s Day is just weeks away, too.  Yeah…….I better get busy!

Thanks for stopping by!

~Holly

~When All Else Fails…~

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On December 23rd, my dear Granny transitioned into her heavenly body.  She was just about 2 months past her 100th birthday.  While we are saddened a bit because she’s gone, we are rejoicing in the fact that she is where she has wanted to be.  During her last couple of weeks, she expressed the desire to “see my daddy”.  It’s a really different kind of grieving when the deceased is over 100 years old.

So, we are talking about her a lot.  We’re laughing.  We’re crying.  And, we’re smiling.  My card today is to honor her.

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I used:

Altenew – Beautiful You
Altenew – Halftone Smile

Altenew – Halftone Smile Die

Spellbinders – Diamondessence

Spellbinders – Circles

Authentique – Springtime

Kaisercraft Mini Blooms – Fairy Floss

Kaisercraft Mini Blooms – Buttercream

Baby Pink seambinding

My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots – Reds
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Original Bow Easy
1/4″ ScorTape

Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares – 1/4″ White

Other:

1/2″ circle punch

Copic markers

Rose cardstock

Vanilla cardstock

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So, I’m smiling.  I’m smiling because Granny’s faith was so great that I KNOW she is resting in her Savior’s arms.  We’ll see her again someday.

Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly

~ Let’s Chat ~

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It’s cold.  I mean below zero with wind.  Frigid.  So, you would think I would get a lot done in the studio, but nope.  It’s just a few days before Christmas and I have so many gifts to wrap and cookies to bake and projects to finish up.  Sleep is not going to be an option, but COFFEE is!

I’ve always been a coffee drinker.  I get it from my Granny, who drank coffee around the clock.  She doesn’t drink it any longer as she is quite frail and her caretakers are afraid she’ll burn herself.

So today, let’s have some coffee and girl talk!

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Ok, first, the coffee cups are exactly the same color as the polka dot strip, but no matter what I did with my camera, it just flatly refused to photograph that way.  Second, I am in love with this card.  The color combo is so rich and the copper layer makes me swoon.  I added a little watermark using Rich Cocoa ink.  And don’t get me started on the wired sheer ribbon.  I finally feel like I can make consistently gorgeous bows.

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