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~ Cosmic Thoughts ~

In My Prayers 6 19 header

It occurs to me that as I get older, the number of sympathy and get well cards outpaces birthday cards.  Not cool.

I’ve always been fascinated with  the stars.  I would spend hours as a young girl staring at the stars and learning the constellations.  I will see the Northern Lights sometime before I die.  I don’t have a specific bucket list, but if I did, that would be in the top five.

This week I’m keeping so many people in my prayers.  It seems like that is my current status more and more, too.

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In My Prayers 6 19 R1

The craft paper with a little distressing looks a lot like leather.  I inked direct to paper with the Altenew ink cubes.  I used Northern Lights colors.  Using a white gel pen, I created constellations on the piece.   The sentiment is  stamped lightly to create a watermark look.

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In My Prayers 6 19 detail

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In My Prayers 6 19 L1

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Blessing/Beatitudes 1
Spellbinders – Flower Bundle

Memento Rich Cocoa

Altenew –

Shades of Purple (Deep Iris)

Four Scoops (Mango Smoothie, Cotton Candy & Dark Chocolate

Red Cosmos (Coral Berry)
Green Fields (Forrest Glades)
Prima Leaves –

Spectrum Noir Premium Ultrasooth White cardstock

1/4″ ScorTape
Thermoweb 1/4″ foam squares –

Other:
Kraft cardstock
White Gel Pen
Black Ultra Fine pen
Crystal drops

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Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly

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Greetings!

Well, I’ve officially taken the dive off the deep end of grandparenting.  The baby isn’t due until January and I’m already window shopping and making whatever new baby hack I find on Pinterest.

This week I took on an ambitious project that turned into two.  I will warn you now.  I did not do a tutorial for this, but I will be doing one in the near future.

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Brag Book Duo 1

Baby brag books!  Oh how fun these were to make.   And because we don’t know the sex of the baby and the parents are going to wait… I had to do one for a boy and one for a girl!

Each page is different.  I used plain white mats for pictures to be added.  These can be made with up to 20 pages.  I left the last few blank so that mom and dad can customize them.

I used:

Kaisercraft 6.5 x 6.5 Pitter Patter

Kaisercraft Pitter Patter – Girl – Collectables

Kaisercraft Pitter Patter – Boy – Collectables

Spellbinders – Scalloped Pop Up Box ( only lattice used)
Spellbinders – Nestabilities Small Circles

Seambinding – Pink

Seambinding – Moss

Baker’s Twine (Aqua and brown)

1.5″ Crochet Lace -Pink

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

1/4″ ScorTape

Other:

2 – 6″ x 4″ chipboard 1/8″ thick
Pink cardstock
Moss cardstock
ScorPal
Nuvo Crystal drops
Closure – Dritz hook & eye closure

Suggestions:

Kaisercraft Beyond the Page – Mini Albums #2

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I WILL be doing a tutorial on how to create the album.  Stay tuned!

Here are a few closer up photos

Brag Book Baby Girl 5

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Brag Book Baby Girl 1

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Brag Book Baby Boy 5

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Brag Book Baby Boy 3

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  Leave a comment so I know you’re here! :)

~ Holly

Cheer Up header 2

It’s June.  Can you believe that?!  Less than 7 months until Christmas. Ha!  On a more serious level, the terror attacks over the last few weeks are wearing my nerves down.  I’m some what of an empath.   I steer clear of the news a lot so that I’m not endlessly on edge, but I can’t help reading the stories and praying that these people who feel like there is no value to life get help, or at least caught.

I’m about to embark on a pretty big project, which I will share in stages over the next couple of weeks.  Hint:  For the upcoming grandbaby!

This week, I’m sending cheer in the Stamp Simple Ribbon Store style…

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Cheer Up L2

This 5″ square card is so simple thanks to the Kaisercraft 6.5″ x 6.5″ paper pad.

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Cheer Up R2

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I used:

Altenew – Adore You
Altenew – Adore You Dies

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Get Well Tulip (sentiment)

Kaisercraft – 6.5 x 6.5″ – True Love

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock

Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink

1/4″ Silk Ribbon – Olive Green
1/4″ ScorTape

Thermoweb 1/4″ foam squares

Original Bow Easy

Darice Sequins

Other:
Black Cardstock
Lime Green Stickles
Copic Sketch markers

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Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly

blood type header 1

I am late for the party.  Because Monday was our anniversary and we took some time out to celebrate, I swapped posting days.  I should never do that.  On a regular basis I am oblivious to what day it is, but when you throw in a holiday and such I am lost.

It went from cold and snowy here in Colorado, to warm and sunny.  You know what I do then?  I make my coffee iced!  These coffee sets from Altenew are in my fast favorites.  Simple cards are just waiting!  Oh, and I had to get some more copper in the mix.  Love it!

blood type R1

This was one of those hail mary quick cards.  And, I love it.

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blood type L2

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I used:

Altenew Coffee Love

Altenew Coffee Talk
Simple Stories – Summer Vibes 6 x 6

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock

Copper text stock

Delicata – Celestial Copper Pigment Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink

Simple Stories – I Am Enamel Dots
Baker’s Twine – Green/White

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermoweb 1/4″ foam squares

Original Bow Easy

Other:
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
White Gel Pen

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Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly

Favor box top

There is so much excitement whirling around this house.  We’re planning a wedding, shower, baby shower, and much more!  Now the decision on the wedding colors is entirely up to the couple (my son and his fiance), but I think black, white and copper would be a wonderfully classy combo for a mid-winter wedding.

This is my first offering as guest favors:

Favor box 3

What I’ve made is a very simple 2″ square box.  The outside panels of black and a piece of patterned paper from Kaisercraft’s Something Blue pad (6.5″ x 6.5″).

Another view:

Favor box 2

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Super simple.  They’re going to have a small wedding, so I like that!

And filled with mini chocolate covered pretzels (it holds an amazing amount!)

Favor box filled 2

I used:

JustRite Hugs& Kisses Sentiments

Kaisercraft – 6.5″ x 6.5″ – Something Blue
Spectrum Noir Premium Ultrasmooth White

Delicata Celestial Copper Pigment Ink

Prima Optimist – Black Rose

Kaisercraft Mini Blooms – Terracotta
Spellbinders – Nestabilities small circles 1″

May Arts 1/4″ Wired Metallic – Copper

May Arts Metallic Wired Iridescent Cord – Copper

1/4″ Scortape
Thermoweb 1/4″ foam squares
Original Bow Easy

Other:
Black Cardstock
Word Window Punch
Nuvo Crystal Drops – Copper Penny

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Baby announcements coming soon!!

Thanks for dropping by!

~~ Holly

~ The Glad Grad ~

Dallas Grad header 2

As I type this, Mother’s Day is coming to a quiet comfortable end.  The day was perfect.  My #3 son arrived mid-morning and we had one of our epic conversations.  He always makes me think.  Love him.  Then #4 son arrived with my “grandpuppy” Fiona.  I swear she looks like a good sized potato and probably won’t get too much bigger.  Number 2 took off just as #2 son arrived.  We visited and laughed for a good long time before #2 took off and #1 son arrived.  Then hubby  cooked dinner for us and we are watching a movie together.  Perfect.Day!

This week I needed a graduation card.  I have to keep it hush hush as to who it’s for as that person could be lurking about.  Probably not, but I’ll leak it next week.  It’s pretty exciting!

Dallas Grad L2

I’m really happy with this.  It’s completely mailable with only the buckle to leave a small bump.  The suede ribbon is so lush.  It compliments the awesome So Rad papers.

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Dallas Grad header 2

I’m hoping the recipient loves it as much as I.

I used:

JR Premium Labels
Simple Stories- So Rad 6 x 6

Spectrum Noir Premium Ultrasmooth White cardstock

Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink

5/8″ Double Faced Faux Suede- Antique Gold

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

Other:

Buckle
Copic markers

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Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly

Mothers Day header 2

With Mother’s Day just a few days away, I didn’t think I’d have a need to make any Mother’s Day cards.  My own mom passed in 1992 and my sweet mother-in-law passed in 2014.  But, my hubby, sold one of his co-workers on giving handmade cards this year.  So I have TWO for you today!

I’m really not expecting much from my own sons.  You know the old saying that you teach people how to treat you.  Well, I’ve never made anything special of Mother’s Day and now I’m sorry I did.  Three of the four are married.  No blood related grandkids yet, but we do have a 3 yr old step-grandchild.  I am training my son to make it a priority so that Delilah knows what to expect when she grows up and has kids of her own.

Mothers Day L 2

First up is a pocket card.  I fell in love with the new Flourished Frame Pocket dies.  I see a great deal of potential with them!

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Mothers Day L 3

The sentiment card pulls out for a nice interactive feature

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Now, the inside sentiment was one I found online.  I thought it was perfect!

Mothers Day inside

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I used:

JustRite Clear Stamps – Hugs and Kisses Sentiments
Simple Stories – Love & Adore 6″ x 6″

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock

1/4″ Silk Ribbon by May Arts
Spellbinders Circle Nestabilities

Spellbinders Flourished Frame Pocket

Kaisercraft – Rhinestones – Light Pink
Prima Optimist medium flower –

1/4″ Scortape
Altenew Ink Cube – Red Cosmos (Coral Berry)

Original Bow Easy

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My second card is much simpler and not as frilly.  I always ask the questions (favorite color, frilly or not, religious or not)

Mothers Day 2 R1

Now, by some twist of fate, I had NO white 1/2 pearls.  I wanted to use them.  I substituted white brads, but if you’re going to make this card… use the pearls!

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Mothers Day 2 inside

I love the sentiment on this one!

I used:

JustRite Clear – Hugs & Kisses Sentiments
Altenew – Beautiful You

Kaisercraft 6.5″ x 6.5″ Curiosity
1/4″ ScorTape

Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares – 1/4″ White

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock

Suggest:
Melissa Frances Pearls – White

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So, Happy Mother’s Day to the moms and to the daughters… spoil your mom!  You don’t know how long you’ll have her!

Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly

~ Baby Fever ~

Baby boy header 2

I’m going to admit it.  I have grandbaby fever.  Two of my sons are married, one is engaged, and the last is probably going to be my forever bachelor.

The majority of my friends have grandkids.  My mom was 43 when I gave her the first of the grandchildren.  I’m way older than that!  I do not, however, pressure my daughter-in-loves for grands.  I know it will happen when it’s time to happen.  Sooner than later would be good, though!

This week is all about the babies.

Baby Boy R1

Whether it be a boy…

Baby Girl R1

or a girl….

Baby Duo

Or one of each!  I’m going to be a very happy Grandma or Nana, or Mema, or Granny…

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I used:

JustRite Clear Stamps – We Are Having A Baby
Kaisercraft 6.5″ x 6.5″ – Pitter Patter

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock

Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink

My Mind’s Eye – Enamel Dots – Reds

Simple Stories – Enamel Dots – Hello Baby

Seambinding – Baby Pink & Paradise Aqua

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares – 1/4″ White

Original Bow Easy

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Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly

HB Header 2

As I type this, I’m unwinding from a long day of activities.  Still in this crazy boot, it’s been tough staying on my feet, but I managed.  It was good.  And I smiled, a lot!

This week I needed to do a card in record time.  This was under 30 minutes from concept to completion.  Probably about the most white space ever on one of my cards, too!

HB L1

A couple die cuts, some flowers and a well placed sentiment. DONE.

HB R1

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Thinking of You Rose
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Fear Not

Altenew Vintage Tea Cups

Kaisercraft 6.5″ x 6.5″ – Ooh La La

Prima Le Mia – Turquoise Teal

Prima Leaves

Kaisercraft Mini blooms – Coral

Melissa Frances Pearls – Cream

1/4″ Silk Ribbon by May Arts – Ivory

May Arts 1/2″ Crochet Lace

Seam Binding – Rose Petal

Altenew Vintage Tea Cup Dies
1/4″ ScorTape

Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares – 1/4″ White

Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink

Original Bow Easy

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium cardstock

Other:
Stickles – snowflake

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Thanks for stopping by!

~Holly

~ On My Mind ~

On My Mind header

There are so many people on my mind right now.  I may need to make these by the dozens.  It seems like so many of my family and friends are experiencing pain (either physical or mental) right now.  Let’s just stop right here and pray.

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Ok, happy time!  After I made this card, it dawned on me that I go to these colors A LOT!  The funny thing is, RED is my favorite color.  I don’t use enough red.  Well, I wanted a springy pallet, so here we go with the teal and peach.

On My Mind R1

Ok, so I’m officially hooked on the Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium cardstock.  I only wish and dream that they would make it in vanilla, too.

For this card, I went to my Kaisercraft 6.5 x 6.5 – Ooh La La… and I hit it hard.  I used four different patterns from this collection.

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on my mind inside

Added a verse from Fear Not to dress it up!

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On My Mind L1

I used:

~*~ Thanks for stopping by ~*~

Holly 

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