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Welcome to our Graduation & Beyond BLOG HOP today. We have many projects to share showcasing two of the sets in our NEW April Release – Graduation Sentiments and Scripture for Graduation & Beyond. With these 2 sets your options for cards for so many types of celebratory and congratulatory events are limitless.  Combine them with images, sentiments or Scripture from our other sets and the sky is the limit!

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It’s Graduation time!  We live in a college town.  With a state university just to the north or us and several smaller colleges flanking the edges of town.  Throw in four high schools and you can bet that Graduation cards are a must!

Live Long and Prosper R1

I’m calling this “Live Long and Prosper”.  The Authentique Rugged paper is perfect for this type of card.  This specific piece with the books just screams matriculation!

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Scripture for Graduation & Beyond
Authentique 6 x 6 – Rugged
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock
Altenew Ink Cube – Glacier Caves – Sapphire
Spellbinders Nestabilities – Standard Circles
Cheery Lynn Designs – Graduation Set (cap)
Darice – Quaterfoil embossing folder
My Mind’s Eye – record It – here is Happy enamel dots

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Navy cardstock

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Live Long and Prosper L2

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Ready to see more?!

The hop links are here:

Sharon Johnson (The Stamp Simply Blog) – The fun starts here!

Holly McMillen

Sheri Holt

Deb Felts

Heidi Blankenship

Darsie Bruno

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Thanks for stopping by!

Enjoy :)

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~~ Sneak Peek ~~

Today I have the honor of giving you a sneak peek into The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store‘s newest release!

With graduations upon us in the coming weeks, the new release is just perfect for your card, treat, gift needs.  Many sentiments in the lovely font!  Also, a nod to more new sets coming next week!  You’ll want to follow along.

Shining Star R1

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I went with classic black and gold and clean lines.  The mirrored cardstock is so classy.  It is so shiny you can see parts of my studio reflected in the photo! Nice!

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I used:

                     ~ Thanks for stopping by!

 

~To Cheer You~

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Missed you all last week.  I caught a bug; second of the year!  Feeling much better.  Just in time to host a late Easter dinner for the family.  Just a couple years ago, our family consisted of just the six of us.  We’ve grown to twelve with another on the way!  Makes my heart happy.

I’m going to make a confession.  This card I’m going to share is NOT the original idea for today’s post.  You know the old saying, “measure twice, cut once”?  Yeah, well I did a really cool project using dies that are not in the store.

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I’ve been doing inventory in my studio for the last month and it seems like just when I finish, it’s time to start again.  I do thank my son, Zeke, for helping me.  We’re not done! :)

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This card represents all the drama I’ve been experiencing as of late.  Sometimes it is so relaxing and soothing to just get lost in a card or project.  That’s why they call it therapy!

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Get Well Tulip

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium cardstock
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Tulip die
Get Well Tulip and Die combo
1/8″ Silk Ribbon by May Arts
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Altenew Ink Cube – Glacier Caves (Arctic)

Bow Easy – Original
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Melissa Frances – white pearls

other:
Black Cardstock

Cheers R2

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Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

~Her Birthday~

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With Easter just a few days away, I’m scrambling to put a finish on the grandkids’ baskets.  Only two will need baskets, but my hubby made it loud and clear that he wants a basket, too!  It doesn’t surprise me.  He has a wicked sweet tooth.  Which, I might add, ticks me off as he never gains an ounce.

I have a relative who is celebrating a birthday soon, so I went that direction with today’s card.  I’m pretty sure she doesn’t read my blog, so I feel safe posting it here.

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I made a big boo boo on this card.  The white topper is an older Spellbinders die and retired.  I was able to link to a newer die set that would work beautifully, though.  I put that in the links below.

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Birthday Blessings

Authentique 6 x 6 – Jubilee

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Venise Lace 1.75″ – Gabriella White
Spellbinders – Amazing Paper Grace – Arched Elegance Used in error.  Retired

Sub:
Spellbinders Die – Cascading Grace Pocket
Spellbinders – Amazing Paper Grace – Petite Double Bow & Flowers

Melissa Frances – white pearls

Prima Sugar Blooms Collection
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

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HB L1

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Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

~Faith~

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Happy Monday!

Honestly, not how happy it is.  I managed to mangle my left knee a few days ago and it seems to be getting worse.  I do NOT want to go to the doctor’s.

Fortunately, sitting at my desk does not hurt at all :).  So, that’s what I did.  I also had my son’s help in continuing our inventory quest.  It’s painfully evident that I have far too much stuff in my studio.  FAR TOO MUCH!

For this week, a favorite verse, some new paper, and lots of flowers.

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Unfortunately, the large blue flower came from a Prima bundle that is sold out.  I’ll give you some options in the links below.

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Faith Close up

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear stamps – Farmhouse Scriptural Quotes
Kaisercraft 6.5 x 6.5″ – Fairy Garden
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium cardstock

Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink

Spellbinders Nestabilities – Standard Circles
Kaisercraft rhinestones – pink
Prima Divine

Prima Laraine Candy Apple

Prima Leaves

1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Optional large flowers for this card:

Prima Laraine – Blue Lagoon
Prima Serenade – Turquoise

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Faith R!

Thanks for stopping by!

~Holly~

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So, a couple months ago I saw a video preview of these amazing dies.  I mean AMAZING (paper grace), from Spellbinders.  I knew I had to have them.  Then, this past week I received these Graphic 45 Fairie Dust papers.  It was kismet.  Or at least I thought.

The papers are luscious.  In fact, they were pure Fairie Dust.  So I went to work on this little “shadow box”.

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The layered box (Grand Cabinet) was pretty straight forward in construction.  In fact, you only need four 1/8″ strips of double sided tape to hold it together.

I added a secret element, a tiny battery operated tea light…

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I’m going to say that photographing this project was the most challenging part.  The above photo was photographed in normal high light.  Not bad, but I feel the colors could be better.

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I did this one in low lighting.  It’s a little more representative of the colors (so many)!

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Then I went lights out…

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I used:

Graphic 45 – Fairie Dust 8×8

Spellbinders – Amazing Paper Grace – Grand Cabinet

Spellbinders – Fairy Cierra

Mini Paper Blooms – Misty
Prima Charlote Tiffany

Kaisercraft Mint Rhinestones
1/8″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Black Cardstock
Butterfly charm
Battery Operated Tea light

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Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

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Easter is, without a doubt, my favorite holiday.  From the time I was a little tot, I loved dressing up in my new Easter dress and bonnet.   i remember, fondly, of family get togethers with all my cousins there.  It’s been many years, but I still hold those memories dear.

This week I made a card to go along with my mini treat box that holds four Hershey nuggets.

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1 He Has Risen nugget box 1

I used vellum as a belly band  for the little nugget box.  It’s so easy to slip on and off.

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I also used the vellum on the card to add the sentiment.

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – He Has Risen
Authentique 6×6 – Bountiful
Vellum
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad – Old Paper
Dauber
Spellbinders – Crosses Two
Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Ovals

Melissa Frances – Cream 1/2 pearls
Prima Mini Rose Stems – Something Blue Best Man
Prima Le Mia – Brown Cream

Brown / White Bakers Twine

1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Moss cardstock
Vanilla Cardstock
Hershey Nuggets

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1 He Has Risen L1

Thanks for stopping by!

~Holly

~Blessings~

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Another awesome weekend behind us and the challenge of the upcoming week feels doable.  We continue to get good news from all aspects of life.  Yes, I’m in manic mode, but I’m going with it!

I initially wanted to do an Easter card as that’s just around the corner, but I really needed a nice simple clean card for the grandmother of a friend.  She’s turning 100!  And since so many sent cards when my granny turned 100 (2016), I want to return the favor.

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Blessings L2

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I have several of Tim Holtz’ stencils, but I never seem to think of them when I’m designing.  Well, I did today!  I used the Crackled stencil and stippled light inks into it.  Super easy and I like the effect.

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Blessings closeup

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Thinking of You Rose

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Blessings/Beatitudes 1

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock

Altenew Ink Cube – Shades of Purple (soft lilac)
Altenew Ink Cube – Green Fields (Frayed Leaf)
Altenew Ink Cube – Cool Summer Night (sea glass)
Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Rose
Tim Holtz Stencil – Cracked
Sequins – Multi – 8mm

Imagine Crafts Sponge Dauber
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Copic markers

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Blessings R2

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Thanks for stopping by!

~Holly

~Matthew 25:40~

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I just want you to know that I currently have baby brain.  While it’s a warm and fuzzy place to be, it prevents me from doing things that I should.  But then, what is more important than holding and loving on a grandbaby?!    Not only do we have my sweet pea, Kaleo, who is a mere 6 weeks old; but we are now anticipating another grandbaby (my oldest son and wife) come the end of September.  I may not get anything done this year!!

 Today’s word art words are one of my favorite verses from Matthew.  It makes me think of giving time to those in need or a community.  Any time we do something for another person, it’s as if we’re doing it for Jesus.

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John 25 40 R2

It may look difficult, but this is a super easy, die cut prominent, card.  I’m thinking it took me maybe an hour (and I dilly dally).  I’m in love with the mult loop dies!

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John 25 40 closeup

The springtime papers were perfect if I use this for an Easter card.  It could work!

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Thank you for caring (coneflower)
Authentique – 6 x 6 – Springtime
Spectrum Noir – Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock

Vellum
Altenew Ink Cube – Rose Petal (Puffy Heart)

Spellbinders – Les Papillions
Spellbinders – A2 Devine Eloquence
Spellbinders – Tiered Multi Loop
Melissa Frances – White pearls
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermoweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

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John 25 40 L1

This will be my 2nd entry into the Word Art Wednesday challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

~ 1 John 4:19 ~

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Today I’ve put together a super simple scriptural card.  Since simple is probably the hardest type card for me to make, I feel such satisfaction when I can make one that I like!

This card will double as an entry into the Work Art Wednesday challenge that began on the 14th and runs through the 27th.  The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store is a sponsor of this challenge.  Join in, if you like!

1 John R1

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We’ve begun a complete inventory of my studio (putting things in order!) and though we’ve only finished one armoire,  it’s already looking better.  I’m actually going to be donating a great deal of older items to a women and children’s center.  Out with the old.. hopefully in with the new!

1 John closeup

There is also some pretty exciting news to be shared in the next couple of weeks.  I’m busting at the seams!

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1 John L2

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps Farmhouse Signage

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps Farmhouse Scriptural Quotes
Kaisercraft – 6.5″ x 6.5″ – Provincial
Altenew Ink Cube – Tropical Forest – Olive
Spellbinders – Romantic Vines
Spellbinders – Nestabilities – Standard Circles

Prima Sugar Blooms Collection – Sparkling
Rhinestones – DeepYellow/Gold
1/4 Inch Scor-Tape
Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares – 1/4″

Other:
Kraft cardstock
Gold mini brads ** used in lieu of Gold Rhinestones (I’m out!)

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Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

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