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~Richest Blessings~

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Is anyone else just floored that it’s December 5th, already?!  I am usually way ahead of the game at this point, but frankly, it’s getting harder and harder to buy gifts or make gifts for my (adult) children.  Since they’re all on their own, two of them married, they tend to buy what they need and often what they want.  This is another cry for grandchildren! LOL

Took a little diversion from typical Christmas colors and bring you browns, creams and olives.  I’m loving it!

Richest Blessings R2

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There’s something about plaid that is so pleasing to my eye.  I’m particularly fond of the Christmas plaid (red/green/gold).

Richest Blessings L2

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Christmas Blessings
Simple Stories 6 x 6 – Classic Christmas

Spellbinders Die D-Lites – Deer

Spellbinders Nestabilities – circles

Kaisercraft pearls – chocolate

Kaisercraft Mini Blooms – Terra Cotta

Simple Stories – Cozy Christmas – enamel dots
Prima Le Mia (browns)

1/4″ ScorTape

Bow easy

Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares – 1/4″ White

other:
Vanilla Cardstock
Chocolate Cardstock
Memento Bamboo Leaves

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The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

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Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

dreaming of a white christmas header

Happy Monday!  Hubby is back to work today after four days off, so I’m all confused as to what day it is.  Not use to having him around so much, but it was awesome!

After finishing up the Wreath Frames, I’m now in high gear to finish the kids’ wedding album.  I’m looking forward to giving it all my time for the next couple weeks.  I promise to share when I’m done.

Have you noticed a trend in my cardmaking this Christmas season?  Snowflakes.  Everywhere!  I must resist the snowflakes! LOL

Ok, but first, this week we have Teal and Snowflakes!

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I was going for quick and easy to mail.  No ribbon today, which makes me a little sad, but this card didn’t need it!

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Dreaming of a white Christmas R1

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Jesus
Doodlebug Designs 6 x 6 – Here Comes Santa Claus

Altenew Ink Cube – Cool Summer Night (Dusk)
Spellbinders – Create-A-Flake Six

MME – Enamel dots – Teals

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares – 1/4″ White

Other:
White cardstock

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The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

~~~Current Special~~~

We are welcoming the holidays with FREE RIBBON for you!

Each order over $25 (product value) placed during the remainder of November will receive 10% BACK in FREE RIBBON. We’ll match the ribbon to items in your order (paper, stamp styles, etc). It’s as easy as that. A fun way to treat yourself to a little surprise!

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Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

frame inspiration

Part 1 of this post can be seen here.

Well, I trust that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, here in the US.  My family will be celebrating (unconventionally, as usual) on Saturday… which happens to be my birthday, as well.  No turkey this year.  My kitchen is so small that it’s difficult to cook on a normal day, let alone a big meal.  So, we’re having lasagna!

Completing these frames has been a labor of love.  I was up many nights working on them so that I could present them at Thanksgiving.

First up… Let it Snow

White Frame complete 2

Sadly, the tree and snowmen dies are no longer available, but I have linked to a few dies that would be suitable substitutes.

After I die cut the pieces, I ran them through my laminator.  This way, if it is hung on an outside door, the pieces are protected.

The bows were, well EASY!  I used the Bigger Bow Easy and wired ribbon.  I have a renewed love for wired ribbon.

I die cut snowflakes from the Spellbinders Die – Create A Flake Six set, then stacked them.  Then I literally painted them onto the frame.  After all was dry, I added glitter to the snowflakes.

Here’s a closeup of the bow array:

White Frame Ribbon 1

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Next up is the tan frame…

Tan Frame Complete 2

The sayings for these frames were cut from adhesive vinyl, using my Silhouette Cameo.

I added some wired Christmas plaid (my all time favorite).  It feels like a flannel shirt!

The frame was embossed using the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil – Woodgrain and Dreamweaver Embossing Paste.  It was then highlighted with some Memento Dye Ink Pad – Rich Cocoa.

Here is the bow arrangement…

Tan Frame Ribbon 1

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And finally, the red frame (which has already been gifted to my aunts)..

 Red Frame complete 2

For this frame, I added fine art sand to the paint to give it a gritty look and feel.  The “dots” you see around the frame are actually glitter glue dots and they really sparkle!

The fun “extras” (floral picks) were super cheap and I love how they add volume.

Let me tell you.. if you’re going to have a go at one of these, make sure you have a good quality glue gun.  It helps to have a carpenter in your house, too! LOL

And the bows…

Red Frame Ribbon 2

 Ok, now I’m going to share lots of links!

I used:

Spellbinder die – Fancy Tree **

Spellbinder die – Reindeer and Sleigh **

Spellbinder die – Mr and Mrs Snowman **

Spellbinders Die D-Lites – Flakes N Skates

Spellbinders Die – Create A Flake Six

May Arts 1.5″ Wired Faux Burlap – white

May Arts 1.5″ Wired Faux Burlap

May Arts 2.5″ Wired Burlap – Brown

May Arts 2.5″ Wired Burlap – Green

May Arts Wired Beads (Colors)- blue

Bigger Bow Easy
Dreamweaver Embossing Paste

Tim Holtz Layering Stencil – Woodgrain

Memento Dye Ink Pad – Rich Cocoa

1/4 Inch Scor-Tape

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** optional dies

Spellbinders Die – 3D Christmas Tree

Spellbinders Die – Gingerbread House
Spellbinders Die – Stylized Trees

Spellbinders Die D-Lites – Deer

Spellbinders Die D-Lites – Elf Boy

Spellbinders Die D-Lites – Elf Girl

Spellbinders Die D-Lites – Fancy Shining Star
Spellbinders Die D-Lites – Lattice Ornaments

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I also used:

Other:
2.5″ Wired Christmas Plaid ribbon
Florist picks (other decor)
Confetti snowflakes
Mini bead strings
Diamond Ice Stickles
Adhesive Vinyl
Transfer Tape
Wood
Plexiglass

Fine art sand

Apache Laminator
80 w Glue gun
Silhouette Cameo

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~~~Current Special~~~

We are welcoming the holidays with FREE RIBBON for you!

Each order over $25 (product value) placed during the remainder of November will receive 10% BACK in FREE RIBBON. We’ll match the ribbon to items in your order (paper, stamp styles, etc). It’s as easy as that. A fun way to treat yourself to a little surprise!

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The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Thanks for stopping by!!  Ya’ll come back!

~ Holly

~ Golden Noel ~

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Well, the hustle and bustle has definitely started off our holiday season.  Now that the boys all live away from home, it’s quite a drama getting them all together at once.  My #3 son and his wife are driving in from the east coast next week, so I’ll be preoccupied with praying for their travels.  My #4 son has a new girl in his life, so we’re now talking about several split holidays.

Today I’m going with a lot of glitz!  I think everything should be glittery… especially at Christmas!  My favorite thing to do is watch the lights and glitz sparkle in a child’s eye, or if no kids are around, it works with my cat, too! :)

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This card sparkles so much!  I took a different shot to help see…

Golden Noel 3

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Christmas Blessings

My Mind’s Eye Christmas on Market Street

Kaisercraft Frosted 6.5″ x 6.5″

American Crafts Heidi Swapp Glitter Paper 8.5×8.5

Spellbinders Die – Create A Flake Six

May Arts Metallic String Ribbon – gold

Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares – 1/4″ White

1/4 Inch Scor-Tape

Bow Easy – Original

Delicata – Golden Glitz ink

Kaisercraft Champagne Rhinestones

Other:
Black Cardstock
Vanilla Cardstock

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The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store:

~~~Current Special~~~

We are welcoming the holidays with FREE RIBBON for you!

Each order over $25 (product value) placed during the remainder of November will receive 10% BACK in FREE RIBBON. We’ll match the ribbon to items in your order (paper, stamp styles, etc). It’s as easy as that. A fun way to treat yourself to a little surprise!

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Thanks for stopping by!  I will be posting the wrap up of my Wreath Frames project on Friday!  Can’t wait to share!

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Holly

 

frame inspiration

I have a very special project to share with you this week.  This is the first part.  The wrap up will be posted on Thursday, November 23rd.

I’ve been very excited to do this project, which was born from a post I saw on Pinterest.  I cannot post the entire picture, as I do not have the owner’s permission.  However, the header above shows a piece of my muse.

I’m calling them window wreaths, for now.   For my project, the frames were made by my husband and I’ve added photos below to show his process.  Honestly, it was so simple that I know I could do it myself.  You can also shop your favorite reclaimed store for an old window frame!

First he ripped the wood down to create a frame 15″ wide on the inside and the frame itself is 3″ wide.

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1″ x 6″ Pine (chosen for light weight) . Rabbit cut / recess for plexiglass.

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Using a compound miter saw cut corners at 45 degree angle.

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If you don’t have access to the electric saw, you can do the same with a miter box.

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Corners were glued with wood glue then pin nailed together.

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Ready to paint!

Frame texturing with sand

I did a test run for my three different textures.

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Red frame has a sand mixture added to the paint.  The texture is rough with a lot of interest..

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The tan frame was taped off where the trim (1/4″ x 3/4″)  would go.

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Using Tim Holtz woodgrain stencil and

Dreamweaver Embossing Paste – Regular White

I painted two coats after the trim was put on.  I have a little extra addition coming up!

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I sponged on some Memento Rich Cocoa ink over the relief areas and let it sit to dry.

Now they’re off to the garage again to have plexi-glass installed!

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I’m up to my eyeballs in ribbons and such.   I’ll be back in a couple days with the wrap up!

Thanks for stopping by!  Come back soon!

Part 2 of this post can be found here.

~ Holly

~ Sweet Things ~

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Taking a step back from Christmas cards/projects to get my thank you and thinking of you stash built back up.  I’ve got so much exciting stuff to share over the next couple of weeks!

I have to start by restating my deep love of Kaisercraft paper pads.  Not only are they 6.5″ x 6.5″, which is super helpful in many ways, but they include tags and borders and other fun stuff to enable you to make a card/gift in a jiff!  This array I’m sharing today is all made with the Kaisercraft Ooh La La paper pad.  I just added some ribbon and flowers.  Check out the many pads Sharon (The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store) carries in her store!

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I wanted a tall skinny card, so this one is 6″ x 3″.   I’ll have to make a custom envelope for it, but it will be hand delivered anyway.

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Nothing says thank you like a hunk of chocolate… LOL.  A candy bar and a little bit of pretty papers, ribbon and flowers…. and we have a happy!  Full disclosure:  I had only taken pictures of these 5 minutes before my hubby claimed a thank you.  He deserved it though.  He has worked very hard for me this weekend!

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sweet things card R2

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I used:

Kaisercraft Ooh LaLa 6.5″ x 6.5″
MME – Enamel Dots – Blues

Prima LeMia (browns)

Prima Craftsman Perles
Prima Serenade – Orange

May Arts 1.25″ baby blue silk

Seam Binding – Rose Petal

May Arts 5/8″ Faux Canvas (Green and white)  ****

Bow Easy – original

ScorTape 1/4″

Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares – 1/4″ White

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*** I have to gush just a second.  This was the first time I have used this Faux Canvas ribbon.  I LOVE it!  It has a light cotton/poly feel.  Looks a little like grosgrain and is slightly heavier than seam binding.  Makes easy bows, too!  I highly recommend it (and I’m not paid to say that!).

Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly

~ Pink Skates ~

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Is anyone else feeling Christmas breathing down their neck?  Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas.  I’m just so behind in my projects.  But, I’ve always been good under pressure.  I’ll pull a few late nighters.

I would seriously like so slow down a lot and get my Thanksgiving hat a whirl for a couple weeks.  But in the art/craft world, we’re wearing the Christmas hat more than not.

This week I went totally non-traditional!

Pink Skates R2

Who wouldn’t want pink skates?!  I would!!

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Pink Skates L2

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps Christmas Blessings

Doodlebug Designs 6 x 6 Here Comes Santa Claus

Silver cardstock

Spellbinders Flakes N Skates dies
Kaisercraft Rhinestones – Pink

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
ScorTape 1/4″

Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares – 1/4″ White

White Paint pen

Other:
Baby Blue embroidery floss
Needle

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In a couple days I’m going to be posting some pics of a project I’m working on.  It’s quite a process we’re going through (my hubby is on my crew)… Hope you can stop by and take a peek!

~~ Holly~~

~ Copper Snowflakes ~

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I’m just going to put this out there…. I’m tired.  Exhausted.  I don’t even have a job and I need a vacation.  I’m thinking beach.  Toes in the sand.  Cabana boy answering my beck and call.

Ok!  I’m better now.  This week I’m showing off the copper.  Sharon at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store has created a monster when she introduced me to this gorgeous paper/cardstock.  It’s rich and lush.  Paired with brown it’s like chocolate and caramel! YUM!!

Copper Snowflakes L2

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Jesus

JustRite Clear Stamp – Loving Sentiments

Luxury Pearlescent Metallic Cardstock – copper
Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder – Copper

Spellbinders Die – Create A Flake Six

May Arts 1/4″ Wired Metallic – Copper
May Arts Metallic String Ribbon – Copper

Delicata Non-Tarnishing Ink Pad – Celestial Copper

Memento Dye Ink Pad – Rich Cocoa
Memento Dye Ink Pad – Tuxedo Black

Kaisercraft – Rhinestones – Bronze
1/4 Inch Scor-Tape

Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares – 1/4″ White

Other:

Chocolate cardstock

Cocoa Cardstock

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 Thanks for stopping by!!

~ Holly

~Lovely Trees~

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I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
—From “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer

This past couple of months have been a marathon of crafting and decorating.  I have more projects in my hopper than I should.  Too many fires going and I’m likely to burn (out)… But Christmas is coming!!  Two very short months away.

Currently it’s all about trees.  Here in Colorado, we have less of a fall palette than when we lived in New York.  Being a Autumn kind of girl, I’ve been basking in yellows, reds, oranges and such.  Now we switch gears and embrace the greens, reds, silver and gold.

This week we’re wishing you all “Peace on Earth”…

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I took a bottle of puff paint and squiggled it across the white to look like wavy snow.  Wasn’t sure that was going to come across, but it works for me.

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I dotted the night sky with diamond glitter.  It sparkles so pretty!

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Merry Christmas
Kaisercraft 6.5″ x 6.5″ – Frosted

 Spellbinders Die D-Lites – Flakes N Skates

Kaisercraft Rhinestones – dark blue

ScorTape 1/4″

Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares – 1/4″ White

Other:

Memento Paris Dusk Dye Ink
Puff Paint
Stickles – diamond
Navy cardstock
White cardstock
Cherry Red cardstock

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And now for some candy!  The winner of my 12 days of Christmas blog candy is….

Corrine Ann!

Thanks to all of you for playing along!!

~~ Holly

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Wrapping up the Stamp Simply Ribbon store’s 12 days of Christmas..  Definitely not the last of my Christmas cards, though!  And why not make a cheery (not cherry) red snowlake card!?!

Simple is getting easier for me, but I still find it to be challenging to NOT add extra layers, embellishments and whatnot.  As I often say, the die cut made the card.

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Red Snowflake 3

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Red Snowflake 2

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Christmas Blessings
Carta Bella Merry Christmas Gold Foil 12×12
Spellbinders Create A Flake Six
1.25″ Silk Ribbon by May Arts – Burgandy
Rhinestones – Red
Memento Dew Drop Dye Ink 4 Pack – Arizona Canyon (Rhubarb Stalk)
1/4 Inch Scor-Tape
Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares – 1/4″ White
Other:
Vanilla Cardstock
Corner rounder punch

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Ok, now let’s do the fun stuff!  I have blog candy!  Comment on either of my 12 day of Christmas cards to be eligible for the drawing.  I will draw a random name (via random.org) on Sunday October 23rd at 6pm MDT.  The winner will be able to choose ONE of the three new releases show here.

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Good luck to all and thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly

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