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~Best Birthday Wishes~

This week we take a time out from holiday cards and crafting to bring you a few birthdays!  My #2 son celebrated his 31st on Friday.  This coming Thursday is hubby’s birthday (this is his card).  I have a niece celebrating a birthday on Thursday, as well.  My first granddaughter is turning the big ONE in a couple weeks, too!

I am on the tail end of a pretty nasty flu.  I did 12+ days doing absolutely nothing.  Now my “to do” list is ungodly.  I can’t even cut things out as they mostly involve Christmas (wrapping, cooking, baking, sending cards!).  Some friends and relatives may get their cards a wee bit late!

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Want to hear the sweetest thing ever?  I’ve been making cards for 16 or 17 years.  My hubby has kept every card I’ve made for him.  Dawww!

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Hubby is a Navy Veteran, so this Seafarer paper by Authentique is absolutely perfect for him!

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – All Occasion Sentiments SET 1
Authentique 6 x 6 – Searfarer
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Altenew Ink Cube – Cool Summer Night – Desert Night
Spellbinders Classic Circle dies

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Fishtail Sentiment Banners

Melissa Francis – white pearls colored with copic (B37)
1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
blue cardstock
B37 Copic marker

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A peek at the inside:

Thanks for stopping by!

~Pink Snow~

Pink Snow header

I’m going to be completely honest about this week.  Sucked.  I had to do the license renewal thing (at DMV!), another appointment 30 miles away… which doesn’t seem like that far, but country roads… yeah.  Then a little family drama that included a house guest.  That’s really too much “excitement” for me.

So, initally, I thought I would not be able to get a card/project made.  I ended up putting my foot down and making my Pink Snow card.  Super simple and quick!

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Pink Snow R2

It’s all about the dies and embossing.  I used a pink copic marker to color the stamp AND the white pearls.

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Pink Snow closeup

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – O Christmas Tree
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Fishtail Sentiments Banners

Spellbinders – Create A Flake 6
Darice – Gradual Dots Embossing Folder
Melissa Francis – white pearls
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
pink copic marker

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Pink Snow L1

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Thanks for stopping by!

~ Tis the Reason ~

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I’m a rebel, if you hadn’t noticed.  A rebel in my own mind.  I was having coffee with my hubby a couple days ago and we were talking about what I was going to do for my blog post today.  When I told him I was going to do a Christmas card with black and gray, he looked at me like I had a third eye growing from my forehead.  Yes, I am.  And I did.

“Traditional” Christmas cards (red/green) are boring, to me.  Yes, I do make them, but only out of duty.  I think NO color is off limits when you’re creating.

So here it is…

Tis the reason R1

I learned 2 important lessons when making this card.  First, never assume your embossing powder is still good.  It does expire.  Second, even if you’ve made cards for a lifetime, you still MUST measure twice, cut once.  I don’t know how many card bases I’ve cut over the years, and of course, I cut this base wrong the first time.

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Tis the reason closeup

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Jesus

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock
Spellbinders – Layered Poinsettia

Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder – White

May Arts 7/8″ Gingham
Kaisercraft pearls – Red
1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Versamark

Other:
colored cardstock
stickles

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Tis the reason L1

Thanks for stopping by!!

~Old Fashioned Christmas~

Old Fashioned Christmas header

Five weeks.  That’s all the time I have left to complete my burgeoning holiday to-do list.  So as not to break the bank, I decided to make most of the gifts this year.  Who am I kidding?  Yeah, it’s more of a gift, but some of these projects are going to take forever.

My husband has only requested ONE Christmas card from me.  He asked for a “traditional” card for his sister and family.  My sister in law likes my cards, but sometimes she just doesn’t “get” them.  So today’s card is totally Deb.

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Old Fashioned Christmas R2

For anyone who is a fan of Graphic 45 papers, you’re my people.  I love that the pads are 8″ x 8″.  There are so many options in each pad.  Add some ribbon, floral, sparkle and voila.  Instant happy.

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Old Fashioned Christmas closeup

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Merry Christmas
Graphic 45 – 8 x 8 – Christmas Magic
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Altenew Ink Cube – Green Fields – Evergreen
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Fishtail Sentiments Banners
Snow Tex
Petaloo – Suga Berry clusters
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
Novu drops

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Old Fashioned Christmas L1

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Thanks for stopping by!

~Joy X 3 ~

Joy X 3 header

The season is seriously creeping up on me.  I have not even begun to shop or get my holiday schedule together.  For only the 2nd time in a long long time, we’ll be enjoying Thanksgiving with my daughter in law’s grandparents.  Christmas is looking bleak, too.  We’ll be lucky to have the kids and grandkids on Christmas Eve.  It’s not their fault, either.  We live in a tiny apartment and when we all get in here is is quite packed!

I actually had someone request a bunch of Christmas cards to give out and I am scrambling to get those made before Thanksgiving.  I haven’t sent many in the last few years, so no worries there.

This WILL be the first Christmas with the grandbabies, so that part is getting me excited!

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Joy X 3 R1

There’s a story behind this card.  When I was 9 years old, my family was living in Illinois and the parents were struggling financially.  For Christmas that year, they did buy each of us a pair of ice skates so we could enjoy the frozen pond just a few yards from our house.  I remember that Christmas so fondly.  We spent countless hours on that ice.

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Joy X 3 closeup

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – O Christmas Tree

Authentique 6 x 6 – Alpine

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock
Bazzill Metallic Cardstock – Matte Silver
Altenew Ink Cube – Cool Summer Night- Desert Night
Spellbinders – Create A Flake Six
Spellbinders – Flakes N Skates

Spellbinder Nestabilities – classic circles

Simple Stories – Hello Baby enamel dots

Snow Tex

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
blue cardstock
metallic embroidery floss
glitter glue

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Joy X 3 L1

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Thanks for stopping by!!

~Merry & Bright~

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The next 60 days will be a marathon for me.  There are so many family birthdays (including my own), three major holidays, Christmas shopping to be done, not to mention all the cooking and baking.  Then there is the gift buying/making.  It’s going to be hairy!

So, yeah… you’ll see Christmas cards galore.  Not just from me, but from the entire card making community.  I’m going completely traditional with this one.  The Red/Green combo is classic.

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Merry and Bright 2018 R2

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I always try to match my Christmas cards to the someone who will be receiving it.  It’s difficult at best, but rewarding when I hear how much the recipient enjoyed it.

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Merry and Bright 2018 closeup

I used:

 

 

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Wonder of Christmas Sentiments
Kaisercraft – Peace & Joy – 6.5 x 6.5

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Spellbinders – Layered Poinsettia

Spellbinders – Decorative Curved Square

Altenew Ink Cube – Green Fields (Evergreen)Baker’s Twine – brown/white

Simple Stories – DIY Christmas enamel dots

1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Red cardstock
Green cardstock
Button

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Merry and Bright 2018 L1

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Thanks for stopping by!!

~Autumn Blessing 2~

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And it’s back to Autumn!  Just ten days ago we had 7″ of snow and frigid temperatures.  Now we’re back in the 70s.  I was all ready to make Christmas cards, but now I’m too warm for that!  At least this week! 🙂

I’ve been a little under the weather these last few days.  I have an abscess on my jaw and even with antibiotics, it is getting bigger.  I’ve been to the doctor, urgent care and the emergency room.  Cha-ching!

So I did another Autumn card.  These new Authentique papers are scrumptious!

Autumn Blessing R2

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I love mixing and matching patterned paper.  It’s so easy when you get these small pattern pieces.

Autumn Blessings 2 closeup

The Stamp Simply Ribbon store is flush with papers right now.  There are NEW releases and a BUNCH on sale.  Check it out!

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Autumn Blessings L1

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Welcome Fall
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Autumn Blessings

Authentique 6 x 6 – Pleasant
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Wheat Bundles

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Welcome Fall Pumpkin
Spellbinders Nestabilities – Classic Ovals

Memento dye ink pad – Rich Cocoa
My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots – Record It! Here is Happy

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb – 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Vanilla Cardstock
Copics

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Thanks for stopping by!

~Blue Christmas~

Blue Christmas header

Well, a few days ago it really did look like Christmas.  We had 7″ of snow, but it was mostly gone by mid afternoon.  That’s how the snow is around here.  Yes, it does snow a lot, but it also melts in a wink.

I’ve only made two Christmas cards so far this season.  I need to step it up if I’m even going to have enough for family.  If I didn’t send to family, I’d be in trouble!

Blue Christmas L1

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Every year I make a non traditional snowflake card.  I think this blue is my favorite.

Blue Christmas closeup

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Wonder of Christmas Sentiments
Authentique – 6×6 – Solitude

Altenew Ink Cube – Cool Summer Night (Desert Night)

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Fishtail Sentiment Banners
Spellbinders – Create A Flake Six

Simple Stories – enamel dots – Winter Wonderland

1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Sea blue cardstock
buttons
embroidery floss

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Blue Christmas R1

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Thanks for stopping by!

~Creepy Halloween~

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Of course, the crafting world is full speed ahead with the Halloween crafts.  I am not much for Halloween cards, as I have never actually sent one, but I do the token card once a year.

I use to make cute little totes for the neighbor kids when we lived in our last house.  Now we’re in an apartment complex that doesn’t allow trick or treaters.  I’m sure that I’ll be doing that kind of thing again when the grandbabies get older.

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Creepy closeup

The pumpkin from the Welcome Fall set inspired this card.

Creepy R1

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – All Occasion Sentiment SET 2
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Welcome Fall

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Welcome Fall Pumpkin

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Fishtail Sentiment Banners
Momento Tuxedo Black dye ink
Imagine Crafts Sponge Daubers
Tim Holtz Collection – Birch stencil
1/4″ Scortape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
Gray cardstock
Copics

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Creepy L1

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Thanks for stopping by!

~Shine~

Shine header

If there’s anyone in my life that I didn’t show enough appreciate, it was my pastor.  When we lived in New York, we had the greatest church home and the pastor and his wife were amazing people.  He acted as a counselor as much as a pastor.  His wife was an amazingly giving person.  She organized a semi-annual care package drive for college students and military.

Shine R2

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Today’s offering comes from two new stamp sets and a new die set. (see links below)

Shine closeup

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What pastor doesn’t love a good bookmark?!

Shine bookmark 2

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The new die set is absolutely perfect for the sentiments in the new sets.  The largest die begged to be made into a bookmark.

Shine bookmark and card duo

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I used:

Pastor Appreciation Card

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Pastor Appreciation Scripture

Authentique – Seafarer 6 x 6
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock

Spellbinders – Wonky Rectangles
Substitue: Spellbinders Classic Rectangles

Spellbinders – Crosses Two
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots – Reds
1/4″ Scortape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Pastor Appreciation Bookmark

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Pastor Appreciation Greetings
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Thank You for Caring Coneflower

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Fishtail Sentiment Banners

Baker’s Twine -light teal and white
1/4″ Scortape

other:
cherry cardstock
copic markers
laminator (optional)

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Shine L2

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Thanks for stopping by!

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