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Here in Colorado, Autumn often brings an early snow.  That’s my favorite snow of the year.  There’s a good chance it will snow in the early hours and be gone by noon.  I love the crisp air here.  Slippers and cocoa (or coffee) on the patio with a barely warm sun kissing my face.  It does NOT get better than that!

Since we’re displaying all of our Autumn splendor this week, I give you frosted leaves…

Give Thanks R 1

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Give Thanks
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Harvest

My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots – Necessities Black Gray

May Arts Kraft Baker’s Twine

Ranger Glossy Accents

Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares – 1/4″ White

Memento Dye Ink Pad – Rich Cocoa

Memento Dye Ink Pad – Tuxedo Black


Check out the Stamp Simply Blog to see more Autumn beauty!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

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Chilly mornings, crunching leaves, rich colors and pumpkin spice!  Yes, Autumn is coming!!  I couldn’t be happier.  I’m an Autumn girl.  This week we are celebrating new Autumn themed (and metallics!) items from Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  Two new sets:

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As well as new metallic cardstock / coverstock:



There’s so much more!  The gorgeous metallics are going to be a big hit this year!

My copper top stacking boxes:

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Copper Top stacking boxes L

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Give Thanks

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Harvest

Spellbinders Decorative Curved Square

Spellbinders nesting circles
Luxury Pearlescent Metallic 80# Text – Copper

Luxury Pearlescent Metallic 105# Cardstock – Quartz White

Melissa Francis pearls
May Arts 5/8″ Wired Metallic – Copper

May Arts 1/4″ Wired Metallic – Copper

Delicata Non-Tarnishing Ink Pad – Celestial Copper

Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder – Copper

ScorTape – 1/4″


Measurements for boxes:

Bottom box – base 7 1/2″ x 7 1/2″, scored at 2 1/4″ on all four sides

lid 5 1/16″ x 5 1/16″, scored at 1″ on all four sides

Top Box – base 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″, scored at 1 3/4″ on all four sides

lid 4 5/16 x 4 5/16, scored at 1″ on all sides


Thanks so much for stopping by!!

~~ Holly ~~

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Switching gears this week, but only by a little bit.   This is a Recessed Window card.  It’s incredibly easy to create and is so versatile.   I originally found the tutorial on Splitcoaststampers, here.  For some reason, the video wouldn’t pull up for me, so you can find that HERE.

My focus this week is truly a testament to Kaisercraft paper pads.  They have these pads packed with extras.  Borders, tags, sentiment squares/circles and more.  You CAN make an entire card with these pads.  Also, it makes your life easy when you have all the coordinating elements right at your finger tips.

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I had a lot of fun decorating the inside on this one, too.  Some prefer not to decorate inside, but I think it feels unfinished if I don’t

Recessed Window card open

My supplies list is SMALL on this one, too!

I used:

Kaisercraft 6.5″ x 6.5″ Cottage Rose

White Seam Binding

Melissa Francis white pearls



Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly ~~

~ Peek A Boo Card ~

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I nearly titled this post as Cards Gone Wild.   I found a good tutorial with pictures and a video on Splitcoaststampers.  Easy peasy, right?  Uh, no.  It wasn’t the card or the tutorial, but I was a mess.  I got glue in way more places than necessary.  I kept dropping pieces on the floor and I think the card was begging NOT to be made.  I pressed on and managed to finish, but it was hard fought.

A great deal of changes coming our way here.  My hubby starts a new job next Monday.  I’m diligently working on decorations and details for my Granny’s 100th birthday bash in October.  I’m still working on my son/daughter in love’s wedding album.  I have projects backed up so far that I may never reach the end.  That’s the life of an artist/crafter.

Ok, so first view of the peek a boo card

Peek A Boo card 1

When you open the card, the first image (or sentiment in this case) slides aside and shows the second image.

Peek A Boo card 2

I used:

SSCS Blessings/Beatitudes 2

JR Clear Hugs & Kisses

JR Clear Morning Splendor

Kaisercraft 6.5″ x 6.5″ Provincial

Spellbinders Die – Diamondessence

Spellbinders Die – Classic Ovals Smal

Spellbinders Die – A2 Scalloped Borders One

Spellbinders Die – A2 Valiant Honor

Prima Perles – Craftsman

Prima Serenade Turquoise

Kaisercraft rhinestones – dark blue

Memento Dye Ink Pad – Tuxedo Black


You can find the tutorial on here.

Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly~~

~ Shadow Boxing ~

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Have you ever had this grand idea in your head and when you started creating it just morphed into something else right before your eyes?  I almost have an out of body experience when this happens.  And if what I made turns out better than I imagined, well I just go ahead and thank God.

I started out making a circle side step card.  I watched a couple tutorials on YouTube… neither of which would work for me.  I was a bit frustrated at this point.  I was staring off into lala land trying to recoup when the throw away portion of my circle caught my eye.  That’s a win win.  Not only did I get a nice project done, but I also love it!

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You need 1 pieces of card stock measuring 8 1/2″ x  8 1/2″ and 8 3/8″ x 8 3/8″ .   Cut a  5 1/4″ circle into the middle of the 8 1/2″ square piece.  Score all for sides on both pieces at 1″.

Decorate both inside and outside before you adhere the pieces together.


SSRS Shadow Box 2


I used:

SSRS – He Is Risen

My Mind’s Eye – Necessities / Teal

Spellbinders Die – Diamondessence
Spellbinders Die – Standard Circles
Spellbinders Die – Les Papillions
May Arts 1″ Tinsel Edge Sheer

My Mind’s Eye Necessities Teals 6×6

Kaisercraft Mini Paper Blooms – Sea Breeze

Prima Large Flowers – Lady Bird
Prima Leaves – Velvet Rainbow Natural

1/4 Inch Scor-Tape

Memento Dye Ink Pad – Tuxedo Black


Thanks for stopping by!


~ 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.

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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!


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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:


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