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~ A True Christmas ~

A True Christmas header

Ten.  That’s the number of weeks until Christmas.  Christmas is going to look a little different in our family this year.  It’s going to be about giving (to others outside the family).  Our family has exploded in numbers over the last two years and none of us are keen on the idea of going into debt.  Besides, the grandbabies are going to start arriving in January and well, next Christmas will be about them.

I only need a couple more Christmas cards to be ready for this year, but I’m going to have to look into making some decor type things between now and December.

This week, we’re going old school Christmas colors.  Tradition.  I love tradition.

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A True Christmas R2

I’m pretty well known for stepping out of the box for Christmas card colors.  I’ve done pink, black, brown, purple and even orange.

A True Christmas closeup

I covered the white and green snowflakes with stickles.  They sparkle like nobody’s business.

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A True Christmas L1

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I used:

 

A Christmas Tree Study 2 header

I’m officially in love with the trees in the new Stamp Simply Clear Stamps’ O Christmas Tree set.  And the sentiments that go along with it are perfect.

I wanted to come up with another quick and easy Christmas card that could be mass produced.  So I saw a card on Pinterest that was a black based Christmas card and initially I was like… no.  Then I embossed this tree in gold on black and instantly knew I was going to love it.

A Christmas Tree Study 1 R2

So simple.  So striking.

Those red rhinestones just put icing on the cake.

A Christmas Tree Study 1 closeup

What do you think?  Is a black Christmas card a yes?

A Christmas Tree Study 1 L2

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – O Christmas Tree
Versamark

Ranger Fine Gold Embossing Powder

Kaisercraft Rhinestones – Red
1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ Foam Squares

other:

Black cardstock, Olive cardstock (inside)

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A Christmas Tree Study 2 b

But that wasn’t it.  I remembered an exercise when used to do as members of the Splitcoaststampers’ Dirty Dozen.  It was called Less/More.  Since the first card was a “Less”, I followed up with a “More”.

Still using the black as a base.  This time with added features.  A sentiment tag (known as a Levi tag), some holly and ivy sprigs and fun tendrils.  The red rhinestones were carried over.

A Christmas Tree Study 2 L1

I’m even more in love with the black, now.

A Christmas Tree Study 2

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – O Christmas Tree
Kaisercraft – Silent Night

Versamark

Memento Tuxedo Black

Ranger Gold Embossing Powder

Kaisercraft Rhinestones – Red

Spellbinders – Labels Twenty

Petaloo Red Berry Clusters

1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3d 1/4″ Foam Squares

other:
cardstock: black, red & olive

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Thanks for stopping by!!

~~ Holly

~ Love * Joy * Peace ~

1 PLJ header

This was my day for designing a quick, easily mass produced Christmas card.  I will make a couple small changes, but for the most part… this will be the bulk of my Christmas cards.

I do send a special cards to immediate family (sons, aunts, etc), but I’ve pretty much got those done already.  Now my brain is full on baby shower mode. I tell ya, I’m having a blast with that!  I took my hubby shopping with me last Friday and we hit 6 stores in just under an hour and a half.  He walks fast, with intent.  I stroll.  It’s a workout, I tell ya!

So, my second card with the new Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – O Christmas Tree.  Love these trees.

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1 PLJ R1

Not happy with the way the tree appears in these photos.  It’s much more shiny.  I think it may have to do with the lack of sun today.  All the rooms in my apartment are dark and dreary.

1 PLJ closeup

This Heidi Swapp glittered paper is amazing, though.  Look at that sparkle!

1 PLJ L2

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – O Christmas Tree
American Crafts Heidi Swapp Glitter Paper 8.5×8.5

Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock White

VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad

Spellbinders – Create A Flake

Darice – Snowflake Scroll Embossing Folder

Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder – Silver
Melissa Frances Pearls – White

1/4″ Scortape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
Navy cardstock

Scribbles Puff Paint (snow)

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Thanks for stopping by!!

~~ Holly ~~

A The Wonder of Christmas header

Today we’re celebrating new Christmas stamps/dies at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  So much beauties and amazing sentiments to match.

There’s been some discussion on Facebook within one of my groups about themed Christmas trees.  I lived the majority of my life with the traditional tree that consisted of ornaments my kids had made with a menagerie of odd stuff.  About 15 years ago, I switched to a red/gold tree.  It was covered in bows and matchy matchy ornaments.  About six years ago I went to teal/blue/white.  Last year…. Purple!

A Purple tree

Hubby just asked me if I was changing colors this year.  Uh, no.  I’m going to get at least 3 years out of the purple.  Then it might be Yellow and Black!!  (Yay, Steelers!!)

A The Wonder of Christmas R2

A little closeup peek:

A The Wonder of Christmas closeup

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Oh, Christmas Tree

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Wonder of Christmas Sentiments

Kaisercraft 6.5 x 6.5 – Christmas Jewel
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock

Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink

Spellbinders Nestabilities Oval dies

Melissa Frances Pearls – white

1 1/4″ Lavender Silk Ribbon

Bow Easy

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Copic markers
Crystal Drops
Lavender cardstock

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Thanks for stopping by!

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Holly

~ Pumpkins and Spice ~

A Pumpkin Spice header

I can’t wait to have some pumpkin (pie, spice coffee, whatever).. It’s a huge favorite as it goes hand and hand with Autumn… my favorite time of year.

Yesterday, we made the announcement that our first granddaughter is due in January.  Her name is Kaleo Athena McMillen and I cannot wait to meet her!  She has a big sister, born to her mom and a previous boyfriend.  We’ve already adopted her as a granddaughter.  Her birthday is the same as mine!!

This week it’s all fall.  Pumpkins, spice and everything nice!

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A Pumpkin Spice R1

These new BoBunny papers are so pretty!

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A Pumpkin Spice closeup

I’m probably going to sound like a broken record, but these dies from the Stamp Simply Clear Stamp sets are amazingly accurate and easy to line up!

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WelcomeFallDUO 588x500

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Welcome Fall
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Welcome Fall die

BoBunny 6 x 6 – Dreams of Autumn

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock

Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink

Spellbinders – Small circles

Spellbinders – Lacy circles

Simple Stories Enamel Dots – We Are Family

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
Copic markers

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Thanks for stopping by!!

*~~*Holly*~~*

~ The Silent Snowflake ~

Silent Night header 2

Christmas is barreling down on me like a freight train.  I have many other things to celebrate before, but if I don’t start my Christmas crafts/cards now, then I’ll be hurting in December.

Each year I do several snowflake cards.  One will be pink, one brown/tan, and a blue/white combo.  I’ve been doing this for several years and my card recipients are now expecting the same.  I spoil my snowflake lovin’ friends.

Oh!  Off subject.  Levi (my youngest son), his fiance Kalika, and her daughter, Delilah, did a gender reveal photo shoot this weekend.  I’ll be able to share that with you all very soon!!!

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Silent Night R1

I used stickles all over the blue snowflake, and a bit on other snow flakes in the background.

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Here’s a closer look:

Silent Night closeup

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Silent Night L2

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Merry Christmas
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock

Altenew Ink Cube – Glacier Caves (Saphhire)

Spellbinders Create A Flake

Melissa Frances Pearls – White

Darice – Snowflake Scrolls Embossing Folder

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Navy cardstock
Stickles

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Thanks for stopping by!

Holly

~ Fall Triptych ~

Fall Tryptich header

I’m going to step back into fall for a minute.  I was just playing with some watercolor paper and this is what happened.  I will fully admit that I was inspired by a card I came across on Pinterest.  I didn’t save it, but the triptych idea stuck in my head.

I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that Christmas is just a few weeks away (16).  In the meantime, I have a baby shower to plan and pull off.  I have several other projects to fit in, too.  My studio is getting major love.

This week…

fall tryptich R2

I do so love using vanilla cardstock over premium white, especially with these warm colors

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Fall Tryptich closeup

Another thing I love using is seam binding.   There are so many colors available and they are so easy to work with.  I especially love that you can puff them up or leave them flat and they look good either way.

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fall tryptich L1

I used:

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

Ranger Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock – 4.25×5.5

Seam Binding – Tropic Wine

Simple Stories Enamel Dots – Faith

Memento Dye Ink Pad – Tuxedo Black

Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares – 1/4″ White

1/4 Inch Scor-Tape

Original Bow Easy

Other:
Copic markers
Vanilla cardstock

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Thanks for stopping by!

~~*Holly*~~

~ With Sympathy ~

Sympathy header

The thing that bothers me the most about getting older (55 this year), is that I need cards for sad reasons more and more.  This week, a co-worker of my husband lost his mom.

At the same time, some of my sympathy cards are the prettiest I’ve made.  When ISN’T black and white classy?  The font (I know I harp on that) on these new Stamp Simply Clear Stamps is just so elegant.

So our hearts are with our friend and his family.  Too much sadness this week.  I’m ready for a bubbly happy laughter filled week, next week!

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Sympathy R2

Super simple, here.  Those flowers make the statement.  I sugared them up with some stickles because every card deserves some bling :).

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Sympathy closeup

I’ve fallen in love again with embossing folders and this one is so classy.

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Deep Sympathy
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Blessings/Beatitudes 1

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth white cardstock

Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink

Darice – Quaterfoil Embossing Folder

Prima LeMia flowers

Simple Stories Enamel Dots – I AM

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Black Cardstock
Stickles

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Thanks for stopping by!

~~ *Holly

~ Unique Sunflower ~

Sunflower dos header

I have to admit that I don’t know much about flowers.  I love coloring them, but almost never know what color would be appropriate.  Then one day I just threw my hands up and declared that my flowers will be whatever color I need them to be!

I’ve learned a lot about flowers thanks to Google, but I still feel comforted by the fact that with today’s cross breeding and such, there really could be a teal centered sunflower.

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Sunflower dos R1

This one was made especially for my daughter-in-love, Kalika.  She loves sunflowers!  And, she is a very unique girl.  Love her so much!  By the way, she’s the one that’s pregnant with our grandbaby due in January.  Her birthday is next month.

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Sunflower dos closeup

I remember the sunflowers in California as being like 6ft tall and heads about 12″ in diameter.  When the seeds start to fall out, the almost explode.

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Sunflower dos L1

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I used:

 

~ Harvest Orange ~

Harvest header

I’ve pretty much declared RED as my favorite color my entire life.  Something has been happening over the last few years…. I’ve been falling in love with orange.

Today I crossed the new love of orange with some browns and greens.  And then there’s Gingham.  I truly had a blast putting this together.

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Harvest R2

The brownish designer paper ( ), looks like an old sack.  The orange piece of designer paper bring a little class.  And of course that bow!  The Bow Easy is my friend.

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Harvest closeup

The sentiments in this set are just gorgeous.  I love that font so much.  And I really love how the fonts mix.

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Harvest L2

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Harvest
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Harvest Dies

Stamp Simply Harvest/Die combo

Kaisercraft 6.5″ x 6.5″ – Curiosity

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink

Altenew Ink Cube – Green Fields – Evergreen

1.5″ Gingham – Orange

Simple Stories Enamel Dots – Hello Fall

My Mind’s Eye – Necessities – Metal enamel dots
Bow Easy

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
Green cardstock
Copic markers

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Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll be posting a 2nd card today @ 8pm est.  Come on by to see!

~*Holly*~

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