August 28th, 2015 by Holly McMillen
God blessed us with four boys. Now they are men. In 43 days, my oldest will be the first of them to enter into holy matrimony. First, I must stress that I am THRILLED. There’s one issue, though. I am a natural planner, organizer and control freak. The notion that none of the wedding plans were subject to my approval was a bit hard to swallow at first. I have boys. Men. God obviously knows what He’s doing, so I take many deep breaths and remember my place.
I did get my toe dipped in the pool just a bit. I was OK’d by the happy couple to make thank yous for their gifts. I knew they had to be super simple so that they would be quick and easy to mail.
Here’s what I came up with:
These were the easiest cards I’ve ever made. If you’re familiar with my work, I am pretty much known for layers and elaborate bow / ribbon treatments. I love that stuff. But this card just makes my heart happy. All I did was draw the little splatter pattern, copy it, then put the two side by side on my printer to scan. Then I just printed out a load and cut for assembly. I had 50 made in just a couple hours (while I binge watched Dead Like Me).
Here’s a little close up:
I used the ultra classy “Thanks” stamp from The Stamp Simply Clear Stamps set, Many Thanks. I used Brilliance Graphite Black ink.
So, in 43 days, I’m going to be sharing the title of Mrs. McMillen with a delightful young lady who has stolen my son’s heart. And there will be joy and celebration!
August 22nd, 2015 by Holly McMillen
So they say that it’s like riding a bike. I have stamped so little in the last year that I struggled
to make an idea come to fruition. It’s probably not helpful that I came down with a summer
cold this past week and between sneezes and blowing my nose, I’m not feeling the greatest.
But, alas… I did stamp. I got my hands on the newest clear stamps from Stamp Simply
Ribbon Store and they are wonderful. I am especially enamored with the font. It’s a script
font and oh so classy. There are four new sets in the new line that are exclusive to the
Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. You can see them all HERE.
I made the decision last year to stamp intentionally. In other words, if I need a card, I’ll
stamp. When we moved from the house to the apartment, I had to downsize quite a bit. I
gave away over 200 cards. A young family in our area had lost their business/home to a fire
and the cards were sold at a fundraiser / garage sale. I don’t feel bad about that at all, but
I don’t ever want to have 200 cards sitting around again!
Today I picked up the Thank You set to make a card for a new friend. I certainly struggled.
But, when you have such beautiful supplies to work with, how can you miss? Here’s my
Stamps: Stamp Simply Ribbon Store Many Thanks
Ink: Memento Black
Paper: Whisper White, Bright Pink, Heavy duty clear acetate, Kaisercraft Fly Free dp
Accessories: 1.25″ and 1/4″ May Arts silk ribbon, Melissa Francis 1/2 pearls, Bow Easy
You can find all the supplies I used on the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store website HERE.
I apologize for the less than great picture. I’m still trying to find the perfect place in my studio
for my camera tent. It’s a process!
August 8th, 2015 by Holly McMillen
I’m knocking the dust off this poor old blog and breathing new life into it. I have joined up with an amazing group of stampers that began with the challenges on Splitcoaststampers.com. I’ve been working in many different mediums in the past year or so, but my love of paper (and all the beautiful embellishments!) will always be with me.
Today’s challenge is to use circles with a side of friendship. For my card, I let the coffee rings represent the circles and the sentiment, well it’s all friendship!
For this card, I’ve used two stamp sets: Verve’s Better with You and Stampin’ Up’s Perfect Blend. My colors are soft suede, Crumb cake and Vanilla. I used Close to Cocoa and Ruby Red inks. Simple embellishments of Washi tape and rhinestones. I did a little distressing and sponging and finished it off by attaching the coffee cup with dimensionals.
You’re going to want to see what the other girls did!
Diane Zechman @ Paper Cookies
Jeanne Streiff @ Inky Paws
Bev Gerard @ Texas Rubber & Ink
Anna Wight @ Sassy & Sweet
Kittie Caracciolo @ KittieKraft
Lydia Fielder @ Understand Blue
Kellie Hull @ Stamping With A Dream
Dawn Lusk @ Dawn A New Day
Vicki Gee @ Vicki G Stamps
Thank you for stopping by!!
April 10th, 2015 by Holly McMillen
I have just updated my virtual garage sale! I’ve added over 100 stamps/sets. You can view them here:
Please keep in mind that the numbers after the sets are just my reference (and that was 3 years ago!). Make me a reasonable offer!
As I continue to pack, I will add more, including some Spellbinders and other die cuts.
Hope to be back soon!
June 23rd, 2014 by Holly McMillen
Well, first off, this is the only picture I’m sharing in this post…..
This…. the Tiny House, has become my new obsession. I began my obsession with Gypsy Caravans. I pitched that idea to the husband and it went over like a lead balloon. I plotted and planned and started telling him about tiny houses. We currently live in a little over 2000 square feet, so this concept was lost on him (and he’s a carpenter…sheesh!). Little by little the idea of living in less than 200 square feet has won him over. He has demanded a LARGE pole barn to house his man cave. Ok, so there’s that.
The burning question… where are my paper creations!? Well, they are few these days. I will be back at it, but for the time being, I am taking another hiatus to work on a project that I’ve dreamed of my entire life. I am in the process of illustrating a children’s book. The book will be tactile in nature and brightly colored. I feel called to do this at this time and it’s keeping me creative!
Lastly, I have to say that I am having a blast working with mix media, lately. I promise to take some pictures when the sun comes out, so I can share with you.
in the meantime, keep your EYE on the cross.
January 20th, 2014 by Holly McMillen
I hope your weekend went well. We are enjoying some freakishly warm weather here in Colorado. It was in the low 60s yesterday, so we took advantage and smoked a large pork roast on the grill. It was amazing!
Even though our team (the Steelers) is not in the Super Bowl, we are kinda excited to see the local team (Broncos) going to the big show. It’s really kind of fun to be around the non-stop excitement. I will NOT, however, be purchasing any fan gear. I don’t look good in orange! ha!
So I did some more coloring this weekend and here is the result of part of that…
Every little girl wants to be Cinderella, right? This is a Saturated Canary image and you can find it here.
I used some stardust stickles on her bodice, hair ribbon, and made rhinestones in her hair.
The scrunched ribbon is 1.25″ silk ribbon (May Arts) from Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.
I’m planning on doing some mixed media art over the next few days. I haven’t put pencil to paper in way too long!
Thanks for stopping by!
January 18th, 2014 by Holly McMillen
So, yeah…. I got knocked down again on the health front. That’s why I’ve been away from the creative scene AGAIN. I’m not going to say it’s over, either. It’s what happens when you start to age. I said start. LOL
I have been scratching the creative itch, though. I started drawing again. I’m not confident enough to share any of that here, just yet. I’m currently teaching myself how to draw faces and hands. Those have always been my weakest points.
I did, however, purchase several new Saturated Canary images. I’m loving the simple act of coloring. This morning, I saw one of the images I had colored, on my desk, and it just screamed at me to make it into a card. So, here you go…
I named this “Snow Grateful”. The image is called Snow White. You can find it here.
This is a super simple card. I’m happy to say that simple is the new black, for me.
Well, I’m not promising I’ll get back here any time soon to post, but I’m trying! I’m also in the process of starting a Steampunk blog. Lots of things to do! Haha!
October 20th, 2013 by Holly McMillen
Fall is my absolute favorite season. Fall has it all. You get cool/cold nights and warm sunny days. You can get snow or you can have an Indian Summer. Oh, and my favorite part? The changing of the leaves!
I’m sharing another Hambo Stamps digital image today. This cornucopia is so fun to color!
The digi comes with three nicely done sentiments.
I highlighted several parts of the image with colored stickles.
Thanks for stopping by!
October 16th, 2013 by Holly McMillen
I have been thoroughly enjoying my new creative space! There is something very satisfying with being organized. I have been promising a few people to share my new studio space, so today’s the day!
Let’s start our tour….
The cabinet on the left holds my inks, alterables, various tools (large circle cutter, etc), and mailing station. The middle area is my photo station, with acrylic stamp sets in the bottom two drawers and my embossing in the top. The right cabinet is my paper and ribbon storage…
I have NEVER been this organized!
Panning right, under the window, is my embellishment station (the black drawers). The return portion of my new desk holds my 12 x 12 papers in the cubby, as well as my Wizard, Cuttlebug and sewing machine.
We created the desk out of two 15 panel solid core doors. We stained and painted them, then covered it with acrylic.
Here’s a better shot of the desktop:
I’m a lucky, lucky girl!
So, I’ve made a few cards lately, too…
Squeeze dem tatas!
Copica: Color My World
Thanks so much for stopping by!!
October 14th, 2013 by Holly McMillen
Goodness! I have spent the last seven hours at my desk. I sought out the Technique Lovers Challenge this morning to help me get in gear. Well, of course the project was treat bags. Uhhhhh, yes please! Love me some lil totes!
You can find the challenge and the instructions for making the totes HERE. I love the tote in the example, but each year I make a couple dozen goodie bags for the neighbor kids (we only have 11 houses in our cul-de-sac). So, I took the template and cut it down by 1/2. I ended up with these adorable little 2 1/4 x 2″ totes. They’re perfect for a few pieces of candy.
Here is a group shot of my minis:
I had so much fun decorating these. I find the tiny canvas on these little items challenging, yet rewarding!
Here they are individually:
I was super lucky that I had these amazing My Mind’s Eye halloween themed papers tucked away for a rainy day. They are double sided so that the inside of each bag has a pretty pattern, too!
I used There She Goes Clear Stamps’ Hauntingly Delightful and Bugs & Hisses sets
I still have a backlog of things to share, but I am in the middle of buttoning down the house for winter, which could hit any day here!
Thanks so much for stopping by!!