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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~

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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.

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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



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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

Altenew Beautiful You close up

Well I thought I’d get a nice springy card in before Summer hits.  It’s already been in the 90s for several days.  Now, I have it good.  Air conditioning is my friend.  When I get overheated, I lose my appetite and become lethargic.  That’s probably why I get 90% of my work done before noon.

Father’s day is coming up, so I am charged with making the card the boys will give their dad.  They have a whole day of activities planned for him.  That means long studio time!!!

For this week, a triple fold.  The base is 5 1/2″ x  12″.  Score at 4 1/4″, 7″, and 9 3/4″.  Measure 1″ from the first scoreline (along the top) and Measure 1 1/2″ along the shortest side.  Draw a line from the first mark to the second and cut that piece away.

Altenew Beautiful You 1

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Altenew Beautiful You 3

lots going on here!

Altenew Beautiful You 2


Altenew Beautiful You 4

I used:

Authentique 6 x 6 Springtime papers

Altenew Beautiful You
Altenew Halftone Smile
Altenew Smile die
Prima Lady Bug flowers
Prima Perles – Rosarian

Prima Leaves – Velvet Rainbow Natural
Kaisercraft Mini roses – buttercream
Melissa Francis pearls
Seam Binding – Sea Foam
Memento tuxedo black dye ink


Thanks for stopping by!

~    Holly

Downton Abbey Thinking of you close up

I used to get funny looks from people who asked if I watched Downton Abbey and I’d say no.  I’d see snippets in media about it, but it just didn’t grab my attention.  Well, I did eventually cave and watched the first 3 seasons on Amazon.  When they wanted me to then PAY for the last season, I was livid.  NO.

Sadly, I really enjoyed the show and really do want to see the final season, but I’m stubborn.  I definitely enjoy working with the Downton Abbey line from Crafters Companion!

Downton Abbey Thinking of you

I used:

Downton Abbey – A Moment in Time (sentiment)
Downton Abbey Half Doily die

Downton Abbey Luxury Card Kit –



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Coming soon, there’s going to be a new boss on the playground.  The Gemini!  The Gemini is an electric Die-cutting and Embossing machine.  It’s got serious muscle!

I’ll be telling you more about it over the next few days and also showing what it can do!


Card creator sample shot

Because this baby cuts and embosses licketysplit, you can create a card quickly and easily.

Stop back tomorrow and I’ll have a card to share!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

~ Split Top Box ~


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I’m seriously doubting my sanity when I look at the calendar and it says JUNE.  When did that happen?!  I’m pretty sure next week will be October.

So this week I strayed from the normal Monday Fun/Fancy fold and made a fancy box, instead!  I love boxes.  I should make more of them.

Proverbs 16 20 box 1


Proverbs 16 20 box 3


Proverbs 16 20 box open

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Blessings / Beatitudes 1
MME 6 x 6 Teals

Prima Charlotte Snow

Prima Trellis Roses Fontaine

Kaisercraft Minis – Sea Breeze

Melissa Francis pearls –
Spellbinders Card Creator – Herloom Legacy

Memento Tuxedo Black


You can find the tutorial (including video) on, HERE.


Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

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