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~ Oh What Fun ~

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I have kind of a funny story about today’s card. I received a box of supplies from Crafter’s Companion. They put a
few goodies in with my order (score!) and one thing was this stamp called Lola. The picture on the front shows the
girl sitting on the edge of the tub with all her products around her. Well, if you know me, then you’d know that
this is probably the last image I would choose for myself.

I took this as a challenge. Since I’m the the middle of making Christmas cards, I had an idea to turn it into a
naughty Christmas card. Ok, only slightly naughty. So here she is!

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I used:

Scruffy Little Cat – Lola
Nordic Christmas Cool Christmas – sentiment
Vintage Christmas Collection 6 x 6 paper pad
Die’sire Nouveau Stamping Frame
Nordic Christmas – Frosting Morning 6 x 6 EF
Momento Tuxedo Black
Momento Rhubarb Stalk
Spectrum Noir markers – CG1, CG2, DG3, JG6, GB8, GB10, TN7, EB5
EB8, TN8, DR1, DR5, DR7, PP1, FS2, FS3
BG1, BG4


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~Simple Joy~

simple joy close up

Happy Monday! Ok, no.. I’m not usually happy about Mondays. But, this is my birthday week and Thanksgiving, so I thought
I’d at least try to spread some joy. My hubby was born 5 days before Christmas and as long as I’ve known him he’s
complained about that … birthday presents wrapped in Christmas wrap, or one less Christmas gift. I told him that I
understand. I’m a Thanksgiving baby. For me it was, “this is delicious turkey, oh, happy birthday Holly. Could you pass
the potatos”? Since this year is our first year without the boys and my birthday falls ON Thanksgiving, we’re going out
to eat!

Speaking of spreading joy… this is my 10 minute card for the week.

simple joy

I got my hands on the new Kaisercraft Holy Night paper and oh my word. Complete love.

I used

Kaisercraft Holy Night 6 x 6 paper pad
1.25″ Silk Ribbon by May Arts

Kaisercraft Rhinestones – Red


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~ Christmas Joy ~

Christmas Joy close up

As of this morning, I have 16 Christmas cards made. I only send about half a dozen. My problem is that I love
making Christmas cards! It’s a good thing I have family that will adopt my leftovers. I can’t bring myself to
charge them for the cards, either. Maybe I should make a few Hanukkah cards!

Today’s card is a bit deceiving. The holly and ivy background is actually NOT designer paper, but rather an embossing
that I painstakingly colored with Spectrum Aqua markers. It took a while, but I love how it came out.

Christmas Joy

I used:

Nordic Christmas Santa’s Delivery (sentiment)
Spectrum Aqua – Moss and Scarlet

1″ cherry red ribbon

Shimmering Cardstock in Forest Green and Candy Red

Gold glitter glue

red/white twine

enamel dots

corner rounder

Memento Tuxedo Black


Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll be back tomorrow with more to share!


~ Treasure Every Moment ~

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Letting my hidden girlie show today. I grew up with two older brothers and an uncle that was the same age as my oldest
brother. Then I married and ultimately brought four sons into this world. I have lived a testosterone filled life.
I’m praying that one of those boys gives me a granddaughter. I am already scoping out doll houses!

Here’s my Crafters Companion girlie card

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I think it’s a little telling that I put her in blue. Old habits die hard! LOL

I used:

Angelica and Friends EZMount Stamp Set – Eleanor
Spectrum Aqua – Aquamarine, Teal, Peach, Tan, Chocolate
Memento Rich Cocoa Dye Ink
Aqua sheer ribbon with brown polka dots
Label dies
tiny blue gray flowers
Aqua flower
Turquoise embroidery floss
Turquoise rhinestones


Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll have more to share tomorrow


Chocolate Sleigh banner

For the first year in… well, forever.. I’ve started my Christmas shopping before the middle of December. I have less to
buy and more to make than any other year, too. My boys are at that age where a crisp $100 bill makes them happy, but I really don’t enjoy giving cash for Christmas. I do, however, enjoy getting it!

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll share some gift ideas that I’ve been working on. But for now, let’s see what we
can make with the newest Graphic 45 – A Christmas Carol…

Let’s start with the Chocolate sleigh…

Chocolate Sleigh

Today I’m doing my 2015 version of the vintage Christmas. Way back in 2005 I made my first chocolate snowflake card and it was a hit. Every year since, I’ve tried to make at least one design with the warm cocoa colors.

I am amazed at how quickly the days are flying by. Wasn’t it just summer a week ago? The kids have already been
married a month! Is it appropriate for me to start asking if she’s pregnant? LOL Nah.


I used:

Graphic 45 Christmas Carol 6 x 6 Patterns & Solids
JustRite Clear Stamps’ Gift of Faith
Spellbinder’s Reindeer & Sleigh dies
May Arts 1.5″ Chevron Linen
Kaisercraft rhinestones – Red

A Christmas Carole close up

Now, let’s see what fun you can have with these 8 x 8″ pads (I used the 6 x 6 pattern and also)

The detail in these paper pads are so phenomenal.  The possibilities are endless.  G45 even puts tag and pillow box patterns on the back.   This card may look detailed, but it was so easy to put together.


A Christmas Carole group


A Christmas Carole extras


A Christmas Carole


The little trifold booklet was simply cut from one of the papers and dressed up a little for prop purposes.

I used:

Graphic 45 8 x 8 A Christmas Carol
Graphic 45 6 x 6 Patterns and Solids
Venise Lace 1.75″ – Valentina White
Petaloo Botanica Minis – Red
Petaloo Botanica Sugared berry clusters –
Prima Leaves –
Kaisercraft Rhinestones – Red

Pillow Box

Graphic 45 A Christmas Carol 8 x 8
May Arts 1.5″ Sheer w/Glitter Dots
May Arts Baker’s Twine – Kraft


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~Tinsel Town~

Modern Christmas close up

How many remember the trend back in the 60s, 70s and into the 80s where people would put up a silver tree and use
one of those rotating light things that reflected the color onto the tree. Just me? hmmm… lol. My best friend’s
parents had one in the 70s and my mother-in-law still used hers into the 80s.

Well today’s card is paying homage to those days.

Modern Christmas 2

I used

Spellbinders Craft Foil – Jewel Tones
JustRite Clear Stamps – Gift of Faith
Spellbinders Die – Heirloom reflections
Ranger Super fine embossing powder – silver
Baker’s Twine – purple, light blue, cherry
Spellbinders snowflakes –


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~Twas The Night~

Twas the Night close up

I have a confession to make. I hoard art supplies… and I mean art supplies for mediums that I don’t even work in. It’s
a sickness where I tell myself that I’m going to try that, someday. I subscribe to a monthly art box. I’ve been with doing so for about 5 months and each month I oooo and ahhhh over the stuff they send. It’s very nicely done, too. They send you instructions to make a certain project and if you upload and get the most votes, your next month’s box is free! I’ve yet to do any of them. hmmmph! But they look so pretty all stacked up on my cabinet!

Today I’m sharing a card I made with Crafters Companion goodies.

Twas the Night

I used:

Nordic Christmas EZMount Set – Santas Delivery
Spectrum Aqua Markers – Lime, Olive, Moss, tan, yellow, Gold, Scarlet,
I added a little bling, but all in all it was a quick card!


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~ Let There Be Peace ~

12 days of Christmas badge

I’m not entirely certain, but the fact that I’m nearly done with the number of Christmas cards I will need, but I’m spending a great deal of time working on Christmas lists now!

It’s different this year, with the boys all living in different places.  And with our tiny apartment, we’ll be lucky to get a 30″ tree on top of our dining table.  We’re still learning how to live without a house full.

My Christmas card this week:

Peace on Earth Reindeer

I have to admit.  I love this card.  Super simple and quick!

I used:

JustRite Clear Stamps Gift of Faith (snowflake)

JustRite Clear Stamps Great Joy (sentiment)

Spellbinders Die Reindeer and Sleigh

Spellbinders Die – Label Four

My Mind’s Eye Metal dots – Necessities Metallic


Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder – Silver


Ok, bonus!  This week’s Challenge Chicks facebook group threw down the challenge using the title “Wrap it Up”.  So here is my entry!

Christmas Blessings Box 2

This little 3 x 3″ box could hold something magical!  And with all that gold dripping off of it, maybe a golden ring?

I used:

Christmas on Market Street by My Mind’s Eye 6 x 6 paper pad

Spellbinders Labels Twenty (tag)

Spellbinders Create a Flake

May Arts 1.5″ Sheer w/Glitter Gold/Ivory

May Arts Elastic String – Gold

JustRite Clear Stamps – Great Joy

My Mind’s Eye Metal Dots – Necessities Metallic


That’s all for me today!  I have a couple things coming up in the next few days, so be sure to check back!

Thanks for stopping by!


~ Baby Made Easy ~

Aylissas baby boy card header

I have to tell you… I met my new daughter-in-love’s maid of honor at her bridal shower. Aylissa was, at that time, nearly 9 months pregnant. We teased her about keeping her legs crossed for the ceremony. They actually had a mid-wife in the mix of guests!

Well, Aylissa gave birth last week to her third son. So, I wanted to make her a card. I don’t really have a great deal
of baby card stuff, but I did have this paper pad from Kaisercraft called Pitter Patter (6.5 x 6.5). It occured to me
after sifting through the papers that I didn’t need anything else but a bit of twine and some enamel dots..

Aylissas baby boy card

I did a faux tufting on the background paper, cut out the banner from another piece of the paper, and popped out a few of the other extras from the back of the pad.

I used:

Kaisercraft Pitter Patter (6.5″ x 6.5″) paper pad
May Arts Baker’s Twine (seafoam)
My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots – Necessities Teals


How simple can it get?! :)


Christmas in the air header

I got news! I have just joined Crafter’s Companion for their next term. I’m super excited for this opportunity and want
to thank the girls for picking me. Ever since we downsized after the boys left home, I’ve had way too much spare time
on my hands. Since crafting and anything artsy keeps me sane, I find this will be perfect to fill in my cold blustery
winter’s days.

I have to tell you, I’ve been a SU! cardstock snob for as long as I can remember. Well, I’ve now been introduced to
Crafter’s Companion’s shimmering cardstock. It was love at first sight… then I felt it. It’s so luscious! I’m
already hooked.

So for my first project … a Christmas card, of course!

Christmas in the air

I used:

Sheena A Little Bit Festive – Peace stamp set (image)
Nordic Christmas – Santa’s Delivery (sentiment)
Shimmering Cardstock – Forest Green
Shimmering Cardstock – Candy Red
Spectrum Aqua Markers:
Lime, Olive, Moss (Essentials set)
Yellow, Gold, Orange, Scarlet, Purple (Primary set)


I’ll be back with something new tomorrow… so please stop back by!

Thanks! ~Holly

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