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~A Cuppa Winter Goodness~

A Cuppa card header

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My first time playing in the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  It’s a real mystery how I’ve never joined this group prior to this.  Coffee is my blood type!

Coffee Lover's Bloghop graphic

And a happy accident occurred as well.  The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store just release the most adorable Coffee/Tea set with dies!

Ok, ok.. here’s a peak

Coffee or Tea graphics

Ok, let’s all agree that this is the bee’s knees.  Love love, love the font on this.  Sentiments to please everybody.

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So without further ado… here’s my project for this hop!

A Cuppa duo 2

I was just talking to a friend about my Wedgwood Blue Willow china, so I was inspired by that for the color scheme.  The paper comes from G45 Gilded Lily’s Patterns and Solids.  It’s acutally more of a tulle design, but also has the blue willow look.

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Here’s a bit of a closeup..

A Cuppa card closeup

The blue also smacks of Christmas.  The rhinestones give it just enough sparkle.

Just the card:

A Cuppa card R2

I really did let the dies work the layout.  It really was a quick card.

The pod holder was a little more of a taskmaster.

A Cuppa pod holder L2

Some sparkly blue mirror paper added a little more interest.

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A Cuppa card L1

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Coffee or Tea?
Graphic 45 – 6 x 6 Guilded Lily Patterns & Solids

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Combo/Stamp/Die Coffee or Tea?

Altenew Ink Cube – Glacier Caves – Saphhire
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Coffee or Tea?

Spellbinders – Nestabilities – Standard Circles

Spellbinders – Nestabilities – Lacey Circles
Spellbinders – Nestabilities – Labels Twenty Eight

Spellbinders – A2 Card Creator – Devine Eloquence

Spellbinders – Create A Flake 6
Spellbinders – Scallop Pop-up box

Venise Lace .75″ – Lucia Ivory

Kaisercraft Rhinestones – blue

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermoweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

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A Cuppa duo 1

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Thanks for stopping by!!

~ High Tea ~

Tea Time header

It’s new release time at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store!  I don’t know about you, but I get awful excited about new stamps!  And even more excited to have dies that match!

Coffee or Tea? is the name of the new beauties.  Of course, the font on this new set is my favorite.  The set includes some really nice Christian sentiments.

Here’s my first peek…

Tea Time L1

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I have been on a pastels kick of late, but I thought it worked great for high tea!  There are two sizes of cups in the die set.  I have a few tea drinking friends that are going to love this!

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A little closeup

Tea Time closeup

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Coffee or Tea?

Kaisercraft 6.5″ x 6.5″ – True Love

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Momento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Coffee or Tea

Darice – Quaterfoil embossing folder
Divine Twine Baker’s Twine – 10 yd – Cotton Candy/white

3/8″ Satin white Ribbon
Melissa Frances – pearls – white

Bow Easy

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermoweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

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This is one more view:

Tea Time R2

Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly

~White Christmas~

White Christmas header

So, my sweet daughter-in-love, Kalika, stopped by yesterday and took a small bite out of my Christmas card stash.  I will make the same offer to my other girls, so now I’m thinking I need to make some more!

It’s been a whirlwind the last four days.  Obviously, Thanksgiving on Thursday… when we all converged to the young couple’s apartment for too much food, lots of laughs and just an all around good time.

If you can’t tell by all the pink and blue on this card, I’m anxiously awaiting that first born granddaughter.  She’s due here in about six weeks.

White Christmas L1

This is a super easy, quick card.  Of course, I added snow and stickles so it had to dry for a bit, but if you make several of them, it really will be quick.

White Christmas closeup

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White Christmas R1

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Wonder of Christmas Sentiments
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – O Christmas Tree

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – O Christmas Tree
Stamp Simply O Christmas Tree stamp/dies combo

Authentique 6″ x 6″ – Colorful Christmas

Sprectrum Noir – Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock

Versamark

Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder – White

Spellbinders Die – Fancy Tags Two

Spellbinders – Create A Flake Six

Kaisercraft – Rhinestones – Pink

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Pink and blue cardstock
Scribbles (snow)
Diamond Stickles

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Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly

~Rustic Birthday~

Rustic Birthday header

Happy Monday!  We interrupt your normal Monday holiday themed card to cover some birthdays.  In the next month, we have 7 birthdays and an anniversary.  Not to mention the biggies… Thanksgiving and Christmas!  As soon as that’s done we’ll be on grand baby watch.

This weekend was my youngest son, Levi’s, birthday.   He’s a hard working man with a growing family.  I couldn’t be more proud of him.

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Rustic Birthday R1

My guys are all very outdoorsy.  A couple of them are steampunk fans.  It’s always a challenge to make a card for any of them.

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Rustic Birthday closeup

Here’s a closeup.  The Kaisercraft Factory 42 paper is so industrial looking, I knew it was perfect for my guys.

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Rustic Birthday L2

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Birthday Blessings
Kaisercraft 6.5″ x 6.5″ – Factory 42

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock

Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink

5/8″ Double Faced Faux Suede – silver

Kaisercraft – 1/2 Pearls – black and white (colored gray with marker)
1/4″ ScorTape

Thermoweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
Gray cardstock

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Thanks for stopping by!

~*~*Holly*~*~

~ Merry & Bright ~

Merry and Bright header

Well, the baby shower is a week behind us now.  It took me days to recuperate, but I have hit the ground running again.  Christmas is just  43 days away.  Luckily, my newest daughter-in-law has claimed Thanksgiving.  Finally!  I’ve been waiting for a daughter-in-law to step up.

So, my focus today was to create a very simple (let the die cuts do the work!) Christmas card. I had this card designed, cut and assembled in just a few minutes.  It’s fairly flat, too.  For ease of mailing, the wood dots would need to be left off.

Merry and Bright R2

The Authentique Colorful Christmas pad is so fun.  Lots of different patterns to choose from.

A close up:

Merry and Bright closeup

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Wonder of Christmas Sentiments
Authentique 6 x 6 – Colorful Christmas

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Memento Rich Cocoa Dye Ink

Spellbinders Nestabilities – Small circles

Spellbinders Nestabilities – Lacy Circles

Darice Embossing Folder – Snowflake Scroll

My Mind’s Eye – Record It! wood dots

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Red, Green and Brown cardstock

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Merry and Bright L2

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Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly

~Christmas in a Box~

A Boxed christmas header

Anyone who has been in my studio knows that I have a little bit of everything and a whole bunch of somethings.  Egg cartons, pill bottles, recycled packaging… just a lot of desirable finds.

You probably know that I’m down to just a few days for the baby shower I’m hosting for my newest daughter in love, Kalika.  This is my first baby shower, but I’ve done parties and helped with a wedding or two.  I love love love party planning.  I’m a detail girl.

So one of the items I purchased for the shower came in a 4.25″ square acrylic box.  I loved it so much, I knew exactly what I wanted to do for today’s post.

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A boxed christmas R1

Now Sharon carries the clear boxes in several sizes in the store @ The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  You could use this same concept with any of those.

What I did was built my card INSIDE the box and decorated the outside.  It presents as a fun little shadowbox card.

Here it is with the insides pulled out.

A boxed Christmas unpacked

Even after I finished this, I thought of a couple ways to improve on the design, so I may be back with another version!

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A boxed christmas L2

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A boxed christmas top

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The lid opens with poinsettia intact.

A boxed christmas open

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Wonder of Christmas Sentiments
Kaisercraft – 6.5 x 6.5″ – Letters to Santa

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock

Spellbinders Nestabilities – Labels 20

Spellbinders – Layered Poinsettia

Memento Tuxedo black dye ink

1/4″ Seambinding – Dusty Olive

1/8″ Silk – olive

Prima – Say it in Crystals (swirls)

Kaisercraft – Rhinestones – Red

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Original Bow Easy

I used recycled packaging from a recent purchase, however, the clear boxes seen here would also work:

Clear crystal boxes 5.5″ x 5.5″

Other:

Red cardstock
Green cardstock
Gold Nuvo Drops

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Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly ~~

~ Gift Tag Gifts ~

A Gift Tag Gift duo closeup

I’m on day 5 of a particularly nasty flu.  It was Sunday morning before I could drag myself into the studio to create.  Although I wanted to make another Christmas card, it wasn’t happening.  Then I remembered that I need tags.  Every year I put a tag on the tree for the boys (and now wives and grandkids, as well).

So.. we have tags.  I generally give them a small amount of cash ($20-25), so I made the tags so that they would hold a gift card or cash on the reverse.

A Gift Tag Gift trio 2

I used a sparkly white ink and a sponge to create the backgrounds.  These are mostly made of dies, so they are so quick and simple

A Gift Tag Gift duo

All of the trees were cut from the Doodlebug Designs paper and the reverse pocket as well.

A Gift Tag Gift reverse

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – O Christmas Tree
Doodlebug Designs – Here Comes Santa Claus

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – O Christmas Tree

Spellbinders – Holiday Sentiments

Spellbinders – Nestabilities – Label (used retired set by accident)

Suitable subsitutes:
Spellbinders Die – Labels Four
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink

Delicata Non-Tarnishing Ink Pad – White Shimmer

Royal Synthetic Artist Sponges

Kaisercraft – Rhinestones Pink

MME – Necessities – enamel dots – Teal

MME – Necessities – enamel dots – Red

May Arts Twisted Burlap String – natural

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
Kraft cardstock
Scribbles – snow

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Thanks for stopping by!

Holly

~ 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 ~~

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