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~ Special Friend ~

special friend box close up

I’m going to own one of my truths, right here…right now.   I get along better with men than I do women.   I do not have any close female friends.  I have numerous male friends.  It’s really no wonder.  I was the last of three children with two brothers.  I also grew up with an uncle who was just a bit older than my first brother.  I married and had four sons.  I’ve spent over 50 years surrounded by men.  It use to bother me.  Now, it is what it is.

Even with that said, I do love some girly stuff.  Pretty papers and lace and ribbons!  Yeah, all that stuff.  So, I’m letting my girly out today with a slender box with handle.

special friend

The box is 5 1/2″ x 4 1/5″ x 1″

I used:

Everyday With Barkley – Special Frien
Digital download patterned paper

Die’Sire Edge’aables – Renaissance
Die’Sire Nouveau Stamping Frame
Momento Tuxedo Black
Spectrum Noir Markers -TB1,BT1,BT2,BT3,BT4,IG1,IG2,EB2,EB5,PL2,OR1,CR3,CR8,CR10,DG1,DG2,LG1,LG2
Ultimate Tool –
Ultra Smooth Premium white cardstock –


Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

Braver Stronger SSRS close up

I started this day a bit depressed.  I hit the studio early so I could block out all the negativity in my life and just do something positive.  The situation that got me depressed doesn’t even involve me!  But the thing is, I get a ache in my heart every time I see/read/hear about a person putting another person down.  And it’s rampant among women.  Women who put other women down send me into a tailspin.

Just know this.  If you’re a female or male or whatever, I will never put you down.  My purpose in life is to lift up.  It’s so much more rewarding.

Braver Stronger

I used:

JustRite Elegant Fan Elements (Topper)
JustRite Sunshine Vintage Label Eight (Sentiment)

JustRite Doilies and Lace – (corner adornment)
Kaisercraft 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 – Bonjour

Prima Roses

Prima Mini Roses – dusty pink

Prima Leaves – velvet rainbow
Melissa Francis 1/2 pearls – pinks

Seambinding – pink

Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink

Scor-Tape – 1/4″


You can find a tutorial for the center step card on

Thanks for stopping by!  And you loooook mahvelous today!

~ Holly

~ Moonbeam Meadow ~

CC Moonbeam thank you close up

I have a confession to make.  I was (and still am) the kind of person that will look for something right in front of my face and swear that it’s not there.  I even annoy myself, sometimes.  My husband, on the other hand, knows where everything is at all times.  His garage looks like a hardware store.

Why is this important?  Well, I have been on the Crafter’s Companion website almost daily since I began designing for them.  Every day I find something new!   Just when I think I’ve discovered every corner of the website, I find a new link.  So a couple weeks ago I found this little mouse in a teapot image and just fell in love!

CC Moonbeam thank you

I went with bright colors, but I think I’ll watercolor him in pastels next.

For this card I used:

Moonbeam Meadow Everyday EZMount Stamp Set – Time for Tea
Spring themed Free Paper download
Spectrum Aqua – Gold, Spice, Orange, Moss, Aquamarine
Spectrum Noir – IG2


Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly


I will admit it, here and now… if there’s a hack to make something simplified, I’m a hacker.  I scour Pinterest searching for ideas.  The less time I spend on one thing, the more time I have for another.  Unfortunately, I can spend so much time LOOKING for hacks and not enough time putting them to use!

Segue…. DP, dies and flowers.  That’s pretty much the whole thing.  I LOVE when that happens! Don’t you?!

You are appreciated

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Many Thanks
Prima – Lady Bird 6 x 6
Prima – Lady Bird Say it with Crystals
Spellbinders – Les Pappillions
Spellbinders shapeabilities – Romantic Vines
Prima Lady Bird – flowers
Scor Tape


Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

~ XOXO ~

XO Valentine close up

Ok, so I’m pretty sure this will be my last valentine.   I love the papers and dies and stamps and pretty pretty embellishments, but I’m ready to put some spring into my stamping and crafting.  I want flowers.

Just got a message from my son in West Virginia.  They ended the storm with 4ft of snow.  Big drifts, too!  I feel a wee bit bad as we barely have anything on the ground here in Colorado.  I was on the patio in short sleeves earlier today!

Ok, on to the card….

XO Valentine

I used:

Authentique – Adore 6 x 6

JustRite Loving Sentiments

Spellbinders Die – Classic Hearts

Kaisercraft Mini Paper Blooms – Dusty Pink

1/4″ Silk Ribbon by May Arts – black

1/8″ Silk Ribbon by May Arts
Memento Tuxedo Black
Score tape – 1/4″


Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

~ Beautiful Dream ~

Beautiful Dream close up

I have to admit… I’m in love with love.   I’ve never had so much fun making valentines as I have this year.  Maybe it’s because the papers and ribbons and flowers are so very beautiful.  Every year, my husband takes some of my valentines to work (he is a master carpenter) and sells them to the guys he works with for their wives.  He’s a great salesman!  I have only 16 this year, which should go fast.

I do have to make three more for my boys to give to their girls.  Those are special order, though :).  My new daughter-in-love is partial to teal.  I need to make one with no frou frou for the other girlfriend.  I am also tasked with making my own valentine and silently slipping it into his sock drawer.

Beautiful Dream:

Beautiful Dream

Authentique – Adore 6 x 6
JustRite Clear Stamp – Rose Bouquet Vintage Labels
JustRite Loving Sentiments
Spellbinders Label 22
Melissa Francis – 1/2 pearls (pinks)
Prima Roses Dozen – The Optimist
Kaisercraft Mini – Dusty Pink
1/4″ Scor Tape
Seam Binding – Baby Pink
Seam Binding – Cream


Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

~ Puff Tag hanger ~

Pansies hanger CC header

I’m going to be the first to admit…. I know so very little about flowers.  I know what a rose is.  I can definitely spot a lily, but from there I get fuzzy.   So when it comes to coloring flowers, it’s every man for himself.  I’ve made blue roses and purple lilies.

So, when I got my hands on these Sheena Douglass stamps and dies from Crafter’s Companion, I thought it would be

love at first sight.  There is a little bit of a learning curve, but you can color a pansy whatever color you want!!!

Pansies hanger CC

I call these puff tags because there is tissue between the layers to make them puffy!

Pansies hanger CC close up 1

Sheena Douglass Perfect Partners – Pansy

Sheena Perfect Partners Victorian Floral Metal Die – Pansy

Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock Unscored 8.5″ x 11″

Stickles Glitter Glue – Frosted Lace

Memento Pad – Tuxedo Black

Spectrum Noir alcohol markers – IR1, CR3, DR1, DR7, CT1, CG1, LY3, CG2, DG3, TB1

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

~ A Rad Birthday ~

Rad Birthday close up

Birthday cards are always fun to make, and when I can manage to make one geared towards the guys… well, that’s just gold.  I come from an extremely large family and you would think I could get cards made for the majority, if not all of them.  Well, I’m here to tell you that that does NOT happen.  I am too busy making them to actually send them! LOL

Today’s birthday card was super fun and so easy to make.  A great deal of work was done by the awesome Simple Stories So Rad patterned paper.  Also my first time ever using a clip on a card!  This one will definitely need to be hand delivered.

Rad Birthday

JustRite Clear Stamp – Large Birthday Party Sentiments
Simple Stories So Rad 6×6
Spellbinders Die – Standard Circles
Memento Dye Ink – Tuxedo Black


Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

~ Sending Love ~

CC Sending Love close up

I remember way back in my pre-teen age when I had a pen pal. It was a thrill to receive a letter. It didn’t occur to
me just how special that relationship was until I was older and electronic communication blotted out those memories. Now we are an instant gratification society.

That’s why making and sending handmade cards allows me to hang on to that near forgotten era. Besides, it’s a great
therapy and stress reliever.

CC Sending Love

Angelica and Friends EZMount Stamp Set – Felicity
Sweet Treats 11″ x 17″ Card Pack
Die’sire Decorative Dies – Nouveau Stamping Frame
Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock Unscored 8.5″ x 11″

Spectrum Noir – PP1, PP2, TB1, TN1, TN2, LG1, DG2, FS1, FS3, LV1, GB5, CR10, EB2, EB5
Spectrum Noir Sparkle – Crystal Clear, Moonstone, Cosmos, Rose Quartz
Memento Pad – Tuxedo Black


Thanks for stopping by!


My Heart close up

How about another Valentine? :)  I’m in love with this rose image.  It’s perfectly sized to create a border across a full card base.  Not long ago I parted with my favorite rose stamp.  I had it for nearly 10 years and it was time to pass it along.  Then I saw this rose spray.  Beautifully detailed and begging to be colored.

I did quite a bit of coloring over the last few days.  I’ve been shaking off the flu, so coloring is a great relaxing stress release.  I’m in the process of coloring the same image with each different color medium that I own.  It’s going to take a while!

Here’s my valentine roses:

My Heart

I used:

JustRite Clear Stamp – Loving Sentiments

JustRite Clear Stamp – Rose Bouquet Vintage Label

American Crafts Valentine 6×6

Spellbinders Die – Classic Hearts
1/4″ Silk Ribbon by May Arts – Pink
Divine Twine Baker’s Twine – pink/white
Memento Full Size Dye Ink Pad – Tuxedo Black


Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

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