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Morning Splendor Swing Card close up

It’s a blue blue day.  I’m not generally a blue person, but it struck me as a step out of my comfort zone, so I went for it.  I found the tutorial for this fancy fold here on

Now, I have to confess, I cut mine with the Silhouette Cameo.  It was easy peasy!   I have had my cameo for a couple of years and am just now getting into all the things it can do.

Here are a few pictures of my swing card.

Morning Splendor Swing Card 1


Morning Splendor Swing Card 2

And there’s the backside….

Morning Splendor Swing Card 3

I used:

JustRite Morning Splendor
SSCS Blessings/Beatitudes 1

Graphic 45 Gilded Lily 6 x 6 patterns and solids
Kaisercraft coconut mini roses
Prima Rosarian roses

Prima Leaves

Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Scor Tape
Baker’s Twine


Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

Sara Davies Made with Love close up

In case you haven’t notice, Crafters Companion is coming out with new lines fast and furious.  I’m a little behind in getting samples made, so expect to see more over the next few weeks.

The Love & Romance line makes you think of Valentine’s Day first, but Love should be celebrated 365 days a year and not ONE.  So tell someone you love them, right now.

You can view a sample here.

Sara Davies Made with Love closed WM

Another view:

Sara Davies Made with Love open

I used:

Sara Davies Love and Romance 6 x 6″ paper pad

Sara Davies Made with Love Die

Sara Davies Love and Romance charms

Sara Davies Love and Romance lock and key die


Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

Time for Tea Sparkle Markers close up

Today I made the LARGEST card I’ve ever made.  It’s a full 8 1/2 x 11″ piece of cardstock scored in half.  At first I thought it was just too big and I’d never be able to adequately decorate it, but I managed!  It was also a plus to be able to use some of my massive stash of 12 x 12″ patterned paper.  My next challenge is to find an envelope for it :).

I’m going to be posting a bit more frequently over the next couple of weeks.  I have some projects and whatnot to get caught up on.

Ok… for the monster card:

Time for Tea Sparkle Markers blog copy

I used:

Time for Tea EZMount stamp set
Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers – vintage
Ultrasmooth card stock

Additional supplies:

12 x 12 patterned paper

pink rhinestones

You can find the instructions for the pleated piece here:


Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

SRS Proverbs close up

I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but my husband and I fully intend to build and live in a tiny house when he retires.  We have so many ideas.  Our boys are so into the idea that they, too, want to live the tiny house way.  I bring this up now because I spent a great deal of time in the studio this morning putting things in my new rolling cabinet (made with love by my hubby!).  After I loaded that cabinet up, I looked around and thought to myself… how am I ever going to pare this down enough for a tiny house?!

SRS Proverbs 1

This is a trifold card.  You need two pieces of cardstock.  First cut a piece 5 1/2 x 6 1/2.  Score along the landscape side at 2 1/4″ and 2 5/8″.  Cut the second piece at 5 1/2″ x  5 1/4″.  Score along the landscape at 3 1/4″. Adhere the second piece to the inside of the first piece. Decorate

SRS Proverbs 2

I used:

Altenew Painted Butterflies
Websters Pages
SSCS Blessings / Beatitudes 1
Seam Binding Danish Blue
Memento Inks: Danube, Cantelope, Tangelo, Tuxedo Black


Kaisercraft dark blue rhinestones


Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

~Love Birds~

Moonbeam Meadow Love Birds close up

We’re just a few weeks from summer and we’re still 10 degrees or more below what’s normal for this area.  I still have my heater running!  I’m trying to catch little bits of our lost spring by using springy colors.

I have a slew of sticky notes on my desk giving me jump starts for different cards/projects.  Just to challenge me, my studio is in disarray because my hubby is building me a new rolling cabinet.  I’ll share pictures when it’s done…. hopefully by this weekend!

Moonbeam Meadow Love Birds WM

I used:

Everyday in Moonbeam Meadow – Love Birds

Sara Davies Butterfly Lullaby 6 x 6 patterned paper

Spectrum Noir- IG1, EB1, EB2, HB1, HB2, HB3, OR1, TB1, TB2, LG3, LG4, PP2, PP4


Purple gingham ribbon


Thanks for stopping by!


Altenew Happy Thoughts close up

As I type this, Mother’s Day is coming to an end.  It was bittersweet and joyous.  It started with a phone call from my brother.  Even 24 years after our mother passed, we still have moments we mourn.  Shortly after that, the kids showed up and my mood brightened.  After they all scattered, the hubby and I spent a quiet afternoon.  Perfect.

My fun fold this week is the Tri Fold Shutter card.  You can find the tutorial on Splitcoaststampers.  I’ve made only one of these before.  It’s a lot simpler than it looks.  I stamped the image on kraft card stock and embossed in white.  Then I used Prismacolor soft core pencils to color.

Altenew Happy Thoughts


Altenew HappyThoughts 2

I used:

Altenew Beautiful Day clear stamps

Kaisercraft Something Blue
Kaisercraft pearls – black

Spellbinders Fancy Tags two

Spellbinders standard circle dies
May Arts 3/4″ Lace with pearl center

Melissa Frances Pearls – cream

Prima Say it in Crytals – Lady Bird
VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad

Scor Tape 1/4″


Thanks for stopping by!


A special day floral delight close up

Tomorrow being Mother’s Day, I thought today would be a great opportunity to talk about moms.  I was blessed with an amazing mom, but I lost her way too early.  She passed from breast cancer at 52.  She never got to meet my two youngest sons and she never met my nephew, Gabriel, either.  She would be so proud of her seven grandsons.  But, I was twice blessed to have a mother in law that stepped up and acted on her behalf.  My MIL passed away just two years ago at the age of 87.  She was a very strong influence in my life and I will share that with my grandchildren (if I ever have any!) LOL

Today I’m sharing a card that was fun to make.  I have been sitting on these Sara Davies Floral Delights products for awhile and needed to get them in action.  Beautiful dies, amazing embossing folders, beautiful papers…. this set has it all.  I used the In Bloom dies in conjunction with felt to make soft sweet flowers for my trellis.

A special day floral delight blog

I used:

Floral Delight 6 x 6 designer paper pad
Floral Delight In Bloom Dies
Floral Delight Ornate Trellis
BeBunni- Peek-a-boo (sentiment)

Other: Felt, Rhinestones


Happy Mother’s Day!

Thanks for stopping by!

~  Holly

Altenew rose and butterflies close up


I wonder if anyone has noticed my absence over the last couple of weeks.  I was hit with a very nasty infection in my sinuses and face.  After a long battle, I won.  I’m feeling pretty darn good!

So Stamp Simply Ribbon store has begun carrying some Altenew products.  I’m already impressed with the quality and selection.  I’ve always been terrified of two (or more) step stamping, so this was me against that dragon.  These stamps are so easy.  I hit it out of the park on my first try!

Some I’m not posting on my usual Monday Fun Fold, I’ll have something on Monday to share.  This card is sort of a fancy fold… I call it a peek-a-boo card.

Altenew rose and butterflies

I used:

Altenew Painted Butterflies
Altenew Beautiful Day
Kaisercraft Ma Cherie

Melissa Francis – Gray and Black pearls

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Scor Tape


Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

Enjoy the Moment close up

I posted a teaser a while back showing the new Crafters Companion Downton Abbey collection.  Well, as of yesterday, the Downton Abbey Collection is here in the US and can be found on the Crafters Companion website.

I’ve watch all the seasons available and am waiting anxiously for Season 4 (the last season).  I really fell in love with the characters in this series.  That always happens to me and I get a little depressed when it’s over.  Seriously!

So, my offering for today…

Enjoy the Moment WM

I used:

Crafters Companion Downton Abbey – 6×6 Luxury Paper Pad
Crafters Companion Downton Abbey – Pearls (White and Cream)
Crafters Companion Downton Abbey A6 Rubber Stamp – A Moment in Time Stamp
Crafters Companion Downton Abbey – Wooden Frames


Thanks for stopping by!!

~ Holly

~ My Trifecta ~

Male Sympathy Fancy close up

A male sympathy card in a fancy fold.  I like it!  It was a personal challenge to achieve a decent male centered sympathy card.  When I added my Monday element of fun/fancy folds, it just seemed to click.

This weekend was hectic to say the least.  The newlyweds, my #2 son, and a family friend all signed a lease on an apartment.  With all the moving and the snow event (that was no where near what was forecast), it’s been exhausting.  I did do a great deal of cleaning and organizing in my studio, too.  After finishing my taxes a few minutes ago, I realized (at 8pm Sunday night) that I hadn’t finished my blog post!

Ok, so without further ado…

Male Sympathy Fancy Fold closed

As you can see, it’s a gatefold with a belly band

Male Sympathy Fancy Fold

This is a super easy card that came together quickly and is pretty plain.  The sentiments say it all.

I used:

SSCS Blessings/Beatitudes 1
SSCS Blessings/Beatitudes 2
Authentique Suave 6 x 6 paper pack
A2 Scallop Borders One
1/8″ Silk – Navy
1/4″ Silk – Teal
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
1/4″ ScorTape


Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

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