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~ A Princess Birthday ~

Happy Monday!

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.

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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!

Hugs!

~ Snow Thankful ~

Hello, friends!

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.

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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!

Hugs!

Holly

~ Colorful Cornucopia ~

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.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs

~Playing catch up~

Hello there :)

 

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!

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So, I’ve made a few cards lately, too…

 

Cinderelli

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Squeeze dem tatas!

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Copica: Color My World

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Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Hugs

Greetings!

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!!

Hugs!

Oh Joy!

Now, I can’t even start to tell you all where I have been in the last year.   Let’s just say that it has NOT been pretty.

So, when my friend Judy Rozema asked me to take a wee guest spot, I was thrilled because Hambo Stamps was one of the first design teams that I worked on.  The Hambo team is all heart and it’s no secret that I have been in love with their images forever.

My #3 and #4 sons are currently working for their father in the construction industry.  It was a no brainer to pick the carpenter digi for this card.

 

 

I can’t think of why I would choose a male image for my first time out in a year, but I kept it simple and I think it works!

Digital image: Hambo Stamps’ Carpenter (with sentiments)

Much thanks to Hambo Stamps and Judy for their support!

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Stop back tomorrow, if you wish.  I am going to share some pictures of my newly remodeled studio.  I may just have something else to share, too!

HUGS!

Hello, friends!

 

September marks There She Goes’ FOURTH year in business, and to help us celebrate, we are having a month full of FUN!! We started posting challenges on Monday, September 3rd, and we are keeping on through Friday, September 7th. We will be hosting one challenge per day. Each day will have a different birthday related theme, and will have a prize for the random winner chosen on Saturday, September 15th one $15 gift card per day!! Each day will have it’s own Inlinkz for you to link your creation to, and then on Friday, we will post an Inlinkz for ANYONE who has created a card for each challenge. The random winner chosen from all those that have finished all FIVE of the challenges, and added their name to the Inlinkz, will be entered to win our grand prize drawing-a $75 gift card to the There She Goes store!!!!

Ready to get started???

Today’s challenge is brought to us by Jessie!!  She has challenged us to make a card or project using at least THREE embellishments, with a birthday theme of COURSE!!

Here is my first card in months!  My embellishments are ribbon, embossing and twine.


And here’s a little close up:

I used Wrapped in Joy for this card.
It’s such a pleasure to ink up my There She Goes’ babies again!  I had so much fun making this card today :)

Remember to come back and add your creation to the Inklinkz for TSGBC05!!

Here are the rules: For the daily challenge prizes of $15, you can use stamps from any company you chose, but we would LOVE to see you using your There She Goes stamps!! However, to be eligible to win the Grand Prize of $75, all you entries much use There She Goes stamps only!

You will have until 8pmEST Friday, September 14th to finish this challenge, and the winner will be announced on Saturday, September 15th at 12amEST!! That gives you over a week to get finished!! If you happen to finish them all, and we hope that you do, you can add your name to the Inlinkz being posted on Saturday, September 8th to be entered to win the GRAND PRIZE!!!!

Want a calendar to help you keep things straight? Well, here you go!!

I’ve been a part of the There She Goes team since inception and I can honestly say that it has been such a pleasure to work with Jessica, her designers, and the design team!   Love you,all!

Hugs,

Holly

Hello, Friends…

Contrary to popular belief, I have NOT fallen off the face of the earth.   I have, however, been on a “walk-about” of sorts.

Over the last few months, many of you have been privy to my battles.   I hesitate to say the battles have been completely fought and won.   I’m still working on some areas and am keeping a positive outlook.   Our God is greater than any burden I bare.

The downtime is something I’ve fought tooth and nail.   My creative brain starts to power down if I’m not using it on a regular basis.   Well, I haven’t made a thing in over four weeks.   I am being given the chance  to learn the virtue of patience.

I’ve also had a chance to interact in amazing ways with my sons.  My oldest turned 29 yesterday.  I favor Josh in many ways as being the oldest of four brothers, he’s had to be a brother and sometimes a father.   I am so proud of him for moving towards his future, as he started college last year and hopes to be a chemist.

My second son, Zeke, just procured a new job.  He’s now working for Constant Contact.   He helps people with websites, e-mailers, HTML and such.   I’m hoping college calls his name soon as well.   He has way too much to offer to stop before he reaches his potential.

Noah continues to amaze me with his wit.   He reminds me of my Uncle Ben so so much.   He’s the tender hearted funny guy.  He is slow to learn some lessons, but he’s getting there.   Oh and he sings like an angel!

My baby is going to be 18 in a few months.   He started his first job (paying) a couple weeks ago.   He’s been have a difficult year in some ways, but he is a strong, smart boy and he’ll be fine.   I love that he is so close to his dad and I.  That’s not easy to find in a young man these days.

The boys and I were discussing our years of struggle as a family.   While we are in the fire, we don’t see the water, but it’s there.   For every toy I denied my kids, for every chore I made them do, and for every “no” I said out of love… they are better for it now.  They are compassionate, strong willed and resourceful men.    I guess I’m actually a little melancholy about that as it means my boys are starting to reach the point where they no longer need mama to tell them what she would do.

Meanwhile, their father and I are feeling pretty blessed.   So no complaining about my aches and pains and no whining that I can’t stamp just yet.   I’ll bare this cross with a smile.

I see an Orthopedic Surgeon on Aug 1st.   I see a neurologist on Aug 9th.   After that, I’ll have more answers to guide me.   I so appreciate all the message of support and offer of prayer.   Prayer is always welcome!!

Now, I have NOT been asked by anyone on my Design Teams to do this, but I want to do this in a thank you to Jessica Knutsen, Korin Sutherland and Sharon Jackson, owners of the teams I design for.

If you love what I post here and want to find where I get my stash… check out these online stores:

Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Sweet N’ Sassy Stamps

There She Goes Clear Stamps (and dies!)

You, ladies, are what friends are all about.

Hope to be back soon!

Hugs,

Holly

Hello, friends!

It’s Saturday, so you know what that means!!  This week we’re focusing on Prima products.  If you’ve arrived here from  Barb Schram’s blog, then you’re in the right spot!   I suggest you start back on Sharon Johnson’s blog in order to find out how you can be eligible for today’s blog prize (see picture above!).  It is a mystery blog candy, meaning that the winner can be chosen from any of the blogs involved.

First, I would like to apologize for my absence over the last couple of weeks.   I can’t really go into a lot of details, but I will just say that a my health has taken yet another hit which will keep me from doing what I love most (stamping/creating!) on a regular basis.

I *Had* to play along with this week’s product focus as I love me some Prima products!

Here’s my simple offering:

Here are some details:

Stamps:  Our Daily Bread Designs’ Scriptures 1 set

Papers: GP White, Basic Black, Prima Almanac collection dp

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Blush Blossom

Accessories: 1.25″ black silk ribbon, Kaisercraft black 1/2 pearls, Prima Wood clocks, Prima Avon Rose – North Country, Oval Nesties, Spellbinders Die for JustRite – Nested Oval Medallion Labels Die, tacky glue, dimensionals, liquid pearls.

You can view all of Stamp Simply Ribbon Store’s Prima products HERE.

*****  Items highlighted are provided by Stamp Simply Ribbon Store *****

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Sharon JohnsonThe Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Deb Saaranen

Barb Schram

Holly McMillen <you are here>

Linda Duke

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Now head on over to Linda Dukes blog to see what eye candy she has to share :) .  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs!

TLC380 ~ Either/Or, but Both is More

Welcome, friends!

It’s my turn to host this week’s Technique Lover’s Challenge.   I completely struggled with what I wanted to do.  Not that I had NO ideas, but I had too many ideas!

So, this week’s challenge is to do either a triple easel card (I’ll give more details in a moment) OR a see through image (again, more coming).   If you are REALLY adventurous, I highly recommend doing BOTH! haha!

First, let’s talk about the triple easel.   We’ve done regular easel cards, we’ve done shaped easel cards, and we’ve done twisted easel cards.   When I saw a picture of the triple easel card on Pintrest, I loved the look!

Here’s what my triple easel looks like:

First off, let me clarify that my easel is NOT connected to the pink layer it sits on.   I only put that there to show that it is approximately the same size as a regular A2 card.

It also lies flat.  How so, you say?  Well the flower/leave combo that is holding it up in front is attached with a piece of velcro.  It can be removed to facilitate flattening for mailing (of course it would have to go in a bubble envelope or clear plastic box).

Instructions for the triple tiered easel card vary from place to place.   If you know how to make an easel card, this is just an expansion.   I found that looking at the examples online pretty much made it simple.

Here is one sample from Sara Sandberg.

Here is another sample with a good side view from Sonia’s Crafty Patch

You can also download instructions for a variation here.

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Ok, now that you’ve seen the either… let’s take a look at the “or”.

Now, I’m sure there’s a fancy name for this technique, but for the purpose of our challenge, I’m calling it the See Through Image.

A couple ways of achieving this…. you can stamp your image, put a die over top that is slightly smaller than your image, so that the edges of your image touch the die… then trace the die.   From there you want to cut away the parts that are not your image.   Make sense?

OR, you can stamp your image and use a ruler to draw a box around it so that the box touches at least two sides of your image and then cut away the parts that are not your image.

Here are a couple visuals:

This technique actually makes a striking CAS card if you do this on your main panel and then put designer paper on the inside of your card.

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Now on to some other fun stuff.   This past Saturday the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store crew did a focus on Melissa Frances papers and products.   I was having a severe case of missing mojo last week, so I am making up for it now.

My triple tiered easel card is made with Melissa Frances’ Kitschy Kitchen designer papers… and I absolutely LOVE the little tags set that coordinates with the paper, so I made this cute little tag box…

Oh yes, that is definitely Dove chocolate in the box and spilling onto my desk!  YUM!!

Ok, now for some supplies:

Stamps:  JustRite Botanical Butterflies (easel card) , JustRite With Sympathy (tag box)

Papers: GP White, Baja Breeze, Pretty in Pink, Melissa Frances Kitschy Kitchen designer paper (6 x 6)

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Barn Door distressing Ink, copics

Accessories: 1″ grosgrain with satin edge (Red), 3/8″ red gingham, 1/2″ wrinkled ribbon (light blue), Spellbinders Big Scallop circle dies, Spellbinders small circle dies, Melissa Frances 1/2 pearls, Kaisercraft 1/2 pearls (red), Prima Angelica rose collection, Prima Coventry Rose – Romantique collection, Prima Lady Godiva – Strawberry Ice collection, Martha Stewart butterfly punches, Star Dust Stickles, sticky tape, dimensionals, scoring blade

*****  Items highlighted are provided by Stamp Simply Ribbon Store *****

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That’s it for now!   I really hope you’ll take the time to stop over to the Technique Lover’s Challenge forums on Splitcoaststampers.com and play along!

Hugs!

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