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~ Pop Up Box Card ~

Pop Up Box card open


Our oldest son is turning 33 in a couple days.  For some reason it has me all twisted up.  I was barely 20 when I had him.  Now as he gets into his 30s, I’ve started ruminating on my own age.  I definitely don’t feel my age and I certainly don’t act it! Ha!   I could get over it if he and my daughter-in-love would make me a grandma.  Nah, I still won’t act my age!

This week I made Lori Whitlock’s Pop Up Box Card.  For her tutorial, click on her name.

I really enjoyed putting this together, but after the fact, I would change a few things.  Mostly my own lack of planning.  When my card is closed, you have sentiment on top of sentiment.  No bueno.

Pop Up Box card 3

I love the greens in this paper pad from Kaisercraft called Provincial.  The greens are gorgeous!

Pop Up Box card 2

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Blessings/Beatitudes 1

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – He Is Risen

Kaisercraft 6.5″ x 6.5″ Provincial

Spellbinders Romantic Vines dies

Spellbinders Les Papillions –

Spellbinders Scalloped pop up box dies

Spellbinders – Flower Bundle

1″ May Arts Satin Ribbon – white

Melissa Francis – pearls

Momento Tuxedo Black dye ink

ScorTape 1/4″

Bow Easy


Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

Waterfall Fancy Fold close up

This week, we’re going retro!!  If you’ve been around stamping awhile, you’ll remember the waterfall card.  I’ve made only three of these in the last 15 years.  They always looked plain to me, so I gussied mine up a bit with some flowers and leave.

Waterfall Fancy Fold right

I love the mechanics of this card and think whoever designed it was brilliant

Waterfall Fancy Fold detail 3

Every little flip is a new image and brings a smile!

You can find the tutorial for a waterfall card on Splitcoaststampers, here.

I used:

SSCS Birthday Blessing
Altenew Beautiful you
Kaisercraft True Love 6.5″x 6.5″

Autumn Leaf Dies

Prima Divine Col roses
MME Red Enamel Dots
Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
1/4″ pink satin ribbon
1/4″ ScorTape


How was that for a trip down memory lane?  Thanks for stopping by!


Cottage Rose double pocket card close up

My husband had to remind me today that our oldest son will be 33 in a few days.  What? Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat??  I can NOT have a child that old.  What really amazes me is that I have no grandchildren yet!  I guess I spent way too much time telling them to respect their girls and themselves by NOT going unprotected.  They certainly took me seriously.  My hubby will point blank ask the two that are married WHEN they will bless us with children.  Me… I just pray.

Today’s fun fold is a double pocket card.  I really loved making this one.  You can find the tutorial at Splitcoaststampers in the tutorial section here. 

Now, the instructions tell you to cut your pocket 5 x 11.25″, then you score at odd places.  I made it super easy by cutting my base 5.25″ x 12″ and simply scoring at the 4″ and 8″ marks.  The rest of the instructions I did the same as shown in the tutorial.

Cottage Rose double pocket card 2


Cottage Rose double pocket card 1


The pockets can hold whatever you can fit, but the top one I just slid a little tag in, which could be used for a verse or quote.  The second pocket is perfect for a gift card.

Cottage Rose double pocket card 3

I used;

Kaisercraft Cottage Rose 6.5 x 6.5″

Spellbinders A2 Scalloped Borders

Spellbinders Les Papillions

Spellbinders scalloped circles

Spellbinders circles
May Arts pink satin ribbon

Kaisercraft pearls – white

ScorTape 1/4″

Glossy Accents


Thanks for stopping by!


Best Wishes box close up

Happy Monday!  So it seems I have swayed off the fun fold/fancy fold streak for a couple weeks.  I promise I’ll get back there.  What I’m really looking forward to is working on the kids’ wedding album.  Well they aren’t “kids”, but they are my kids.  I have a pile of over 100 pictures to work with an another batch coming in a few days (along with the honeymoon pics).  My 33 yr old son and his 30 year old bride chose Disney World for their honeymoon.   I hear from the bride that he acted like a two year old the whole time.  No surprise there!

The box I made for this week is special to me.   Several years back I met my stamping idol Sherry Cheever at a stamp show near here.  She was doing classes/make n takes for a vendor and I jumped at the chance.  I was so excited to walk away with a Sherry original!

The tutorial and video for this box can be found on in the tutorial section.


Best Wishes box open right

I wasn’t happy with just a bow tied in front.  I couldn’t get the lid to stay all the way down, so I used a jewelry clasp instead.

Much better!

Best Wishes box open left

Adding the lace was a last minute thing, but wow does it ever dress it up!


Best Wishes box

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps- Wedding Wishes

Kaisercraft 6.5 x 6.5 – Curiosity
Spellbinders – Foliage dies

May Arts 1/2 Crochet lace

Seam Binding – Tangerine
Prima Craftsman Collection – flowers

Prima Lady Bird Collection – flowers

Prima Rosarian Collection – flowers

Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
ScorTape – 1/4″


Heavy chipboard (or backer board)

jewelry clasp


Thanks for stopping by!

~~   Holly

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July 6th!!

Mark your calendars!  The LARGE platform on this die cut/embossing machine is the bomb.  Do I large cut or several small cuts.  You can get more done and done easier with the electric feed.

For my last project with the Crafter Companion team, I created this little book.  It can be anything you want it to be.  It measures 5 1/4 x 4″.  Maybe a grandmas’ brag book?  It could be a note book if you add white lined papers attached with repositional adhesive.

Gemini Album with Gemini machine

I did not have any regular chipboard, so I used this thick backer board.  I knew the machine would not actually cut through (this stuff is VERY thick… but what it did was emboss the image deep into the chipboard.  I was so happy with the result.  I cut a piece of chipboard for both front and back.  Patterned paper was adhered to the front, inside front, inside back and back cover.

The inside is made of 4 3/4″ x 7 1/2″- scored in half.  I did several.  They are simply glued back to back.

The circles hide magnets that are 1/2″ round by 1/16th inch thick.  They are super strong.

Gemini Album notebook open

Gemini Album laying flat and open

The trellis piece was sponged with a deep rust ink.

Gemini Album laying flat and open WM

I used:

Gemini die cut and embossing machine

Die’sire Edge’abilities Renaissance due

Die’sire Trellis Edge



Patterned paper and solid colors to coordinate


E6000 glue


My farewell to the Crafters Companion team is bittersweet.  I enjoyed working with the team, but I am looking for that these next few months have in store for me!

Thanks for stopping by:


~ Smile Tote~

Smile tote header

Greetings, friends!

I’m a little late posting this week, but I’ll make it up to you later this week.  I’m being called by another project that I have to finish first.  Does it ever drive you nuts when you have several ideas for projects at once?  I always write the idea down….then lose the note!

This week  I strayed a bit off the Monday Fancy/Fun Fold motif.  But it’s not too much of a stretch with this adorable little tote.  When I make totes, and I’ve made many, I like to put little scripture cards inside.  Makes a really nice gift for someone in need.  Since this one is not necessarily spiritual, I think I will make some cards that have inspirational saying, instead.

You can find the instructions and a video on Splitcoaststamers in the tutorial section.

Smile tote B


Smile tote

I used:

Altenew Beautiful Quotes
Authentique – Springtime

Nestabilities luscious labels

Prima Lady Bird flower

Prima – La Mia flowers

Mimosa Yellow Seam Binding

Prima Leaves
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink



Let me know what you think!

Thanks for stopping by!



~ Holly

~ Old Glory ~

Old Glory close up

Since time seems to be marching by doing a two step, I figured I’d go for it and post a 4th of July card.  I wish I could make one for each and every soldier putting their life on the line so that I can sleep soundly at night.

I’m in total like with this stamp.  It has that Americana look that I’ve always loved.  My house used to be decorated Americana (back in the 90s).

This is a criss cross card.  You can find the tutorial and video on Splitcoaststampers, in the tutorial section.

Old Glory

The insert comes out for personalization

Old Glory open

I used:

Deep Red – Old Glory
Authentique – Suave 6 x6

Simple Stories So Rad

Kaisercraft Something Blue 

Spellbinders Die – Stars five

MME Necessities – Enamel Dots Black and Gray
MME Necessities – Enamel Dots Blues
Simple Stories – Enamel Dots Cozy Christmas
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink


Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

A Little Bit Sketchy Cogs close up

The first time I laid eyes on this image (before the stamp arrived), I was head over heals in love.  I adore all things Steampunk and this stamp fits so nicely!

I was going to post it yesterday, but it’s the Father’s Day card the boys gave their dad and I didn’t want him to see it first!  Not that he reads my blog… LOL

A Little Bit Sketchy Cogs WM

I used some dimensional products to give the gears texture.

I used:

Sheena A Little Bit Sketchy Cogs
Spectrum Noir Markers – GB3, GB5, GB6, GB7, GB9,TN1, TN2, TN5, BG3, Black

Other items:

mini brads


Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

Gemini bag in a box close up

Did some more playing with the Gemini (Coming soon!).  Let’s talk about what it looks like.  It’s beefy!  It has a sleek profile and is rather smallish (compared to other electronic die machines).  Don’t be fooled, though.  It’s heavy!

The Gemini Evie die is for lacing.  It is so pretty and easy to work with.  It’s 7.75″ long, so I had to think non-card on this one.  So, I made a bag in a box!

Gemini bag in a box 1


Gemini bag in a box 2

I used:

Gemini Die Cutting/Embossing machine

Gemini Evie die

BoBunni Hip Hip Hooray

Ultrasmooth Card stock



Blue gingham ribbon

White brads



Thanks for stopping by!


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Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly

Gemini Id pick you close up

Let’s talk about the new bad boy coming to town!  The Gemini.  It’s an electric die cut/embossing machine that is already a favorite in my studio.

A couple of things I’ve done with it so far…

  • Die cutting numerous items on the amazingly large plates…
  • Cut felt!  Alot of people say they’ve cut felt in other machines, but this baby makes it effortless
  • Deep embossing.
  • I used a die to emboss a piece of chip board (thick!)  I love the look!

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I am still playing with this baby, so when I try something new, I’ll share!

This card shows the deep embossing..

Gemini id pick you WM

I used:

The Gemini (coming soon!)

Everyday in Moonbeam Meadow – Just a Note

Gemini die sets 2 and 3 

Flowers and Butterfly embossing folder

Gemini lattice embossing strip


As I get older, I appreciate the electric die cut machines more and more.  Gemini is by far my favorite!

Gemini id pick you Gemini pose

 Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

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