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Anyone else sell more Valentines than any other holiday?  I don’t consider Valentine’s Day as a holiday, but those that buy my cards apparently do!

My hubby works in the trades (construction, electrical, glass, etc).  He takes a box of Valentine cards for the guys to buy for their wives or girlfriends.  It’s pretty much a sure thing that I’ll sell every one that’s made.  Oh, and the boys like them for their wives, too.

I probably do 3/4th of my Valentine’s in traditional Red/White/Black, but it’s also fun to see how other colors can bring out the love.

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – All Occasion Sentiments SET 1
Kaisercraft 6.5 x 6.5 – Ooh La La

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Altenew Ink Cube – Cool Summer Night (Desert Night)Spellbinders – Lace Hearts
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Fishtail Sentiment Banners
Kaisercraft Mini Blooms – Sea Breeze

Prima – Anna Marie – sugardots

2019 Color of the Year Ribbon Sampler – Living Coral

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

other:
seafoam
Blush cardstock

 

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~Simple Thank You~

So, I’ve started putting my Christmas stash away and I thought I might just need the snowflakes still.  I mean we have quite a bit of winter still to go.  I have several family members and friends with Winter birthdays, too.

With that said, it’s been in the mid 50’s for the last few days.  Certainly frigid nights, but the sunny warm days are awesome!  I’m no fool, though, and I know that the snow WILL fly and in buckets.  Colorado is good for that.

This week I did a Thank You card in a black/white/gold color scheme.  I’ll tell you now, taking photographs of gold mirrored cardstock is really a challenge.  If you have any suggestions for me that will prevent my card reflecting the junk on my desk… tell me! Please!

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – All Occasions Sentiments SET 2
Kaisercraft 6 x 6 – First Noel

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock
Bazill Gold Mirrored cardstock
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Fishtail Sentiments Banners

Spellbinders Create A Flake Six
Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink

My Mind’s Eye Record it! Charmed enamel dots
Gold Sequin

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

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~Seasons~

First, let me say… MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

This week I have been wanting to color, so badly.  With Christmas crafting and cardmaking behind me, I am in need of some general sentiment cards, birthdays and what not.  I’m also working on my clean and simple style cards.  It’s always struggled with clean and simple, but the more I practice, the easier it gets.

Today I went for impact.  Bright colors on a large white area.

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This card was so easy that I finished it within 30 minutes.  Whaaaaat?

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Sunflower Season

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Memento Dye Ink Pad – Tuxedo Black

MME – Record It! – Charmed
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Black cardstock
Copics

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~Best Birthday Wishes~

This week we take a time out from holiday cards and crafting to bring you a few birthdays!  My #2 son celebrated his 31st on Friday.  This coming Thursday is hubby’s birthday (this is his card).  I have a niece celebrating a birthday on Thursday, as well.  My first granddaughter is turning the big ONE in a couple weeks, too!

I am on the tail end of a pretty nasty flu.  I did 12+ days doing absolutely nothing.  Now my “to do” list is ungodly.  I can’t even cut things out as they mostly involve Christmas (wrapping, cooking, baking, sending cards!).  Some friends and relatives may get their cards a wee bit late!

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Want to hear the sweetest thing ever?  I’ve been making cards for 16 or 17 years.  My hubby has kept every card I’ve made for him.  Dawww!

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Hubby is a Navy Veteran, so this Seafarer paper by Authentique is absolutely perfect for him!

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – All Occasion Sentiments SET 1
Authentique 6 x 6 – Searfarer
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Altenew Ink Cube – Cool Summer Night – Desert Night
Spellbinders Classic Circle dies

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Fishtail Sentiment Banners

Melissa Francis – white pearls colored with copic (B37)
1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
blue cardstock
B37 Copic marker

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A peek at the inside:

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~Pink Snow~

Pink Snow header

I’m going to be completely honest about this week.  Sucked.  I had to do the license renewal thing (at DMV!), another appointment 30 miles away… which doesn’t seem like that far, but country roads… yeah.  Then a little family drama that included a house guest.  That’s really too much “excitement” for me.

So, initally, I thought I would not be able to get a card/project made.  I ended up putting my foot down and making my Pink Snow card.  Super simple and quick!

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Pink Snow R2

It’s all about the dies and embossing.  I used a pink copic marker to color the stamp AND the white pearls.

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Pink Snow closeup

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – O Christmas Tree
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Fishtail Sentiments Banners

Spellbinders – Create A Flake 6
Darice – Gradual Dots Embossing Folder
Melissa Francis – white pearls
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
pink copic marker

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Pink Snow L1

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~ Tis the Reason ~

Tis the reason header

I’m a rebel, if you hadn’t noticed.  A rebel in my own mind.  I was having coffee with my hubby a couple days ago and we were talking about what I was going to do for my blog post today.  When I told him I was going to do a Christmas card with black and gray, he looked at me like I had a third eye growing from my forehead.  Yes, I am.  And I did.

“Traditional” Christmas cards (red/green) are boring, to me.  Yes, I do make them, but only out of duty.  I think NO color is off limits when you’re creating.

So here it is…

Tis the reason R1

I learned 2 important lessons when making this card.  First, never assume your embossing powder is still good.  It does expire.  Second, even if you’ve made cards for a lifetime, you still MUST measure twice, cut once.  I don’t know how many card bases I’ve cut over the years, and of course, I cut this base wrong the first time.

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Tis the reason closeup

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Jesus

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock
Spellbinders – Layered Poinsettia

Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder – White

May Arts 7/8″ Gingham
Kaisercraft pearls – Red
1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Versamark

Other:
colored cardstock
stickles

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Tis the reason L1

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~Old Fashioned Christmas~

Old Fashioned Christmas header

Five weeks.  That’s all the time I have left to complete my burgeoning holiday to-do list.  So as not to break the bank, I decided to make most of the gifts this year.  Who am I kidding?  Yeah, it’s more of a gift, but some of these projects are going to take forever.

My husband has only requested ONE Christmas card from me.  He asked for a “traditional” card for his sister and family.  My sister in law likes my cards, but sometimes she just doesn’t “get” them.  So today’s card is totally Deb.

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Old Fashioned Christmas R2

For anyone who is a fan of Graphic 45 papers, you’re my people.  I love that the pads are 8″ x 8″.  There are so many options in each pad.  Add some ribbon, floral, sparkle and voila.  Instant happy.

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Old Fashioned Christmas closeup

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Merry Christmas
Graphic 45 – 8 x 8 – Christmas Magic
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Altenew Ink Cube – Green Fields – Evergreen
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Fishtail Sentiments Banners
Snow Tex
Petaloo – Suga Berry clusters
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
Novu drops

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Old Fashioned Christmas L1

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~Joy X 3 ~

Joy X 3 header

The season is seriously creeping up on me.  I have not even begun to shop or get my holiday schedule together.  For only the 2nd time in a long long time, we’ll be enjoying Thanksgiving with my daughter in law’s grandparents.  Christmas is looking bleak, too.  We’ll be lucky to have the kids and grandkids on Christmas Eve.  It’s not their fault, either.  We live in a tiny apartment and when we all get in here is is quite packed!

I actually had someone request a bunch of Christmas cards to give out and I am scrambling to get those made before Thanksgiving.  I haven’t sent many in the last few years, so no worries there.

This WILL be the first Christmas with the grandbabies, so that part is getting me excited!

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Joy X 3 R1

There’s a story behind this card.  When I was 9 years old, my family was living in Illinois and the parents were struggling financially.  For Christmas that year, they did buy each of us a pair of ice skates so we could enjoy the frozen pond just a few yards from our house.  I remember that Christmas so fondly.  We spent countless hours on that ice.

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Joy X 3 closeup

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – O Christmas Tree

Authentique 6 x 6 – Alpine

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock
Bazzill Metallic Cardstock – Matte Silver
Altenew Ink Cube – Cool Summer Night- Desert Night
Spellbinders – Create A Flake Six
Spellbinders – Flakes N Skates

Spellbinder Nestabilities – classic circles

Simple Stories – Hello Baby enamel dots

Snow Tex

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
blue cardstock
metallic embroidery floss
glitter glue

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Joy X 3 L1

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~Merry & Bright~

Merry and Bright 2018 header

The next 60 days will be a marathon for me.  There are so many family birthdays (including my own), three major holidays, Christmas shopping to be done, not to mention all the cooking and baking.  Then there is the gift buying/making.  It’s going to be hairy!

So, yeah… you’ll see Christmas cards galore.  Not just from me, but from the entire card making community.  I’m going completely traditional with this one.  The Red/Green combo is classic.

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Merry and Bright 2018 R2

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I always try to match my Christmas cards to the someone who will be receiving it.  It’s difficult at best, but rewarding when I hear how much the recipient enjoyed it.

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Merry and Bright 2018 closeup

I used:

 

 

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Wonder of Christmas Sentiments
Kaisercraft – Peace & Joy – 6.5 x 6.5

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Spellbinders – Layered Poinsettia

Spellbinders – Decorative Curved Square

Altenew Ink Cube – Green Fields (Evergreen)Baker’s Twine – brown/white

Simple Stories – DIY Christmas enamel dots

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

Other:
Red cardstock
Green cardstock
Button

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Merry and Bright 2018 L1

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~Autumn Blessing 2~

Autumn Blessings header

And it’s back to Autumn!  Just ten days ago we had 7″ of snow and frigid temperatures.  Now we’re back in the 70s.  I was all ready to make Christmas cards, but now I’m too warm for that!  At least this week! 🙂

I’ve been a little under the weather these last few days.  I have an abscess on my jaw and even with antibiotics, it is getting bigger.  I’ve been to the doctor, urgent care and the emergency room.  Cha-ching!

So I did another Autumn card.  These new Authentique papers are scrumptious!

Autumn Blessing R2

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I love mixing and matching patterned paper.  It’s so easy when you get these small pattern pieces.

Autumn Blessings 2 closeup

The Stamp Simply Ribbon store is flush with papers right now.  There are NEW releases and a BUNCH on sale.  Check it out!

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Autumn Blessings L1

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Welcome Fall
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Autumn Blessings

Authentique 6 x 6 – Pleasant
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Wheat Bundles

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Welcome Fall Pumpkin
Spellbinders Nestabilities – Classic Ovals

Memento dye ink pad – Rich Cocoa
My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots – Record It! Here is Happy

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb – 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Vanilla Cardstock
Copics

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Thanks for stopping by!

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