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~ Shaker Rose ~

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Greetings!

I’ve got to tell you, I’m so far ahead in my projects for The Stamp Simply Ribbon store that I’m forgetting which post goes when and etc.  It’s a great kind of conundrum! :)

I’ve only made less than a handful of shaker cards in my days and I honestly never thought I was very good at them.  I feel much better about the one I did today.  I might actually be getting the hang of it!

Let’s get right to it!

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Shaker Rose R2

So, I used embossing folders for the first time in near forever.  I’ve been trying to keep things real easy, but dang it… I miss the embossing.  It’s not hard.

A little closer view:

Shaker Rose close up

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Thinking of You Rose

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Thinking of You Rose dies
Stamps/Dies bundle deal

Kaisercraft – 6.5″ x 6.5″ 0oh La La

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock

Hot Off The Press Heat Resistant Acetate

Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink

Darice – Vine Pattern embossing folder

Simple Stories Enamel Dots – Faith

Hazel & Ruby Sequins – Think Pink

Sequins – Leaf – Large Kelly Green

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:

Copic markers
Black cardstock

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So, in conclusion… I will definitely try more shaker cards!

Shaker Rose L1

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Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly

~ Deck The Halls ~

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Ok, it’s mid-August.  I’ve not started my Christmas shopping.  I’ve barely scratched the surface of making a supplies list for Christmas crafting.  I’m really hoping I have a VERY productive week so that I can make my goals.  I really have always been one to work well under pressure.   And I’m definitely goal driven.

So, another Christmas card this week.  I had little to do with the design.  It just “happened”.  I certainly had a totally different idea in mind, but the card took over.  I kind of like when that happens.  I always give the Glory to God.. especially in those situations.

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Deck the Halls L2

The wood simulated paper is so pretty and has a humorous affect with the sentiment “DECK the halls”.  Yeah, my hubby got a kick out of that.

Deck the Halls close up

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The berries have a tiny bit of stickles on them to make them shine.

Deck the Halls R2

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Christmas Blessings

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps Dies – Christmas Blessings
Stamp/Die combo deal

Kaisercraft 6.5″ x 6.5″ – Silent Night

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Memento Rich Cocoa dye ink

May Arts 1.5″ Chevron Linen

May Arts 1.5″ Sheer Wrinkled Edge

Simple Stories – Cozy Christmas – enamel dots

Spellbinders Nestabilities – small circles
Spellbinders Nestabilities – Lacey circles

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Copic markers
Olive cardstock
Diamond Stickles

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Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly

~ North Star ~

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Oh yes.  I’ve made my first Christmas card.  I’ll probably be fried for it, but only crafters understand why we start months ahead.  I’ve not only got cards to make, but many gifts, too.  I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to Christmas crafts.

I have 2 new family members this Christmas, too… and they like to craft!  I’ve been waiting many years for this.  Come January, I’ll be adding another!

So, with making cards, making gifts and decor, and I forgot to mention that I’m putting together a baby shower on top of that…. I’m going to be a busy busy girl.  That’s perfect for me.

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North Star R1

This one is super easy.  A little coloring and layering and done.  Very different from what I’m generally known for, but I do like it a lot.

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North Star closeup

At the risk of repeating myself, I have to say again that these dies are so simple to line up and they cut like buttah.  I encourage you to give them a try.

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North Star L1

Very clean lines to this one.

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Merry Christmas

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Merry Christmas star die
Stamp/Die combo

Simple Stories 6 x 6 – Classic Christmas

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock
Momento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink

Altenew Ink Cube – Green Fields – Forest Glades

Simple Stories – Enamel Dots – Cozy Christmas

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
Olive Green cardstock
Copic markers

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Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly

~ Enduring Love ~

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I always feel like I need to apologize for doing season cards way ahead of time.  Basically, in the crafts world, you have to in order to get all your supplies, etc., together before the event.  I don’t do Halloween cards very often, so those I can make that same month.

Today I’m working with Stamp Simply Ribbon Store‘s previous Give Thanks set along with the new dies to go with it!  As always, I adore the scriptures and the font is one of my very favorites.

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enduring love r1

His love endures forever…. Yes. Yes, it does.  Here’s a closeup:

Enduring Love close up

What do you think?

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enduring love l2

Let me tell you… the dies that go with this stamp set are PERFECT.  I lined them up with the image with ease and they cut like buttah!

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Give Thanks

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Give Thanks Dies
BoBunny 6 x 6″ Enchanted Harvest

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock

Momento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink

Momento Rich Cocoa Dye Ink

Kaisercraft Chocolate 1/2 pearls

May Arts 5/8″ Scalloped Satin
1/8″ Silk Ribbon by May Arts

Original Bow Easy

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

Other:
Corner round punch
Copic markers

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Thanks for stopping by!

~~*Holly*~~

Coneflower Release header 1

I’m going to admit.. I know very little about flowers.  A great deal of the time, I have to google to find out what kind of flower I’m looking at and what color should I color it?!  I didn’t even know that coneflowers existed until a few years ago.  I thought they were like droopy daisies. :)

What I like about coneflowers is that they can be ANY color!  Well, I’ve colored all flowers is ANY color for a long long time.

Newly released Coneflower set and dies!

Coneflower Release R2

I just love love this color combo.  It feels cool but warm at the same time.  The blue coneflower is an inspiration from another stamping friend.

Look at these gorgeous sentiment stamps:

The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Coneflower Release

I just love love love the font on these sets.

Another view:

Coneflower Release L2

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps Coneflower

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps Coneflower dies

Carta Bella 6 x 6″ – So Noted
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock

Spellbinders Nestabilities – Circles small

Altenew Ink Cube – Glacier Caves (Persian Blue)

My Mind’s Eye – Necessities – Blues

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Copic markers

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Thanks for stopping by!

~Holly

Sunflower Release header 2

It’s no secret that Fall is my favorite season.  Actually, I like late Summer, t00.  Years ago, my family lived in a rural community on the outskirts of Springfield, ILL.  I’m not even going to call it a town.  It was more of a suburb of a suburb… hole in the wall grocery store with a bar attached and up the road was the only restaurant which was packed on Friday night for fish fry.

I distinctly remember the sunflowers.  They were way taller than I was and had massive stalks.  They looked like summer faces kissed by the sun.

Today we’re celebrating a new release The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

This morning we’re looking at sunflowers!

Sunflower Release R2

I’m officially hooked on dies that are specific to an image.  Originally, I was thinking that was just extra stuff you didn’t need, but now that I’m working with them more… Love ’em!

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Look at these amazing images and sentiments:

Sunflower release

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And another view

Sunflower Release L1

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps Sunflower
Stamp Simply Clear Stamp Sunflower dies

BoBunny 6 x 6″ Enchanted Harvest

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock

Spellbinders Nestabilities – Circles small

5/8″ Double Faced Faux Suede

Kaisercraft Pearls – Yellow
Memento Dye Ink – Rich Cocoa

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

Other:
Copic markers

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Thanks for stopping by!  Come back later for a 2nd release!

~~~ Holly

~ Beautiful Life ~

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Sometimes I just get a card or project in my mind and can’t let it go until it’s finished in front of me.  This week’s card was like that.  I had full intention of making one of my favorite Kaisercraft, bells and whistles, card.  Where most everything comes from a single pad, including the sentiment panel.

All I needed was a little lattice work, some lace, flowers, and leaves and it’s pretty much a done deal.  I’m always happy when I get to sneak some gorgeous lace onto my card.  Since last week’s card was for the guys, this one is for the girls.

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Beautiful R2

This was one of those less than 30 minutes to assemble cards.

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Beautiful L1

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I used:

Kaisercraft 6.5″ x 6.5″ 0 Ooh LaLa
Spectrum Noil Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Prima Le Mia – Brown Cream

Prima Perles – Craftsman

Prima Leaves
May Arts 3/8″ Crochet Lace Trim – white

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares – 1/4″ White

Other:
Brown Cardstock
Liquid pearls

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Thanks for stopping by!

~~~ Holly

Sprockets header

All the years we spent raising our boys, I was looking forward to the day that they flew the coup and made lives of their own.  I knew by experience that one or two, or maybe all, would at some point return for a period of time.  Well, that’s just what happened two weeks ago.

My youngest son, his pregnant fiancee and her three year old daughter were driven from their space with absolutely no notice.  Oh, and they have a mini chihuahua.  So our little 2 bedrooom, 2 bath apartment was housing for 4 adults, 1 child, a cat and a puppy.  Seriously loved having them here, but happy to say they are now in their own apartment!

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Now that the housing issue is fixed, it’s time to celebrate some birthdays.  My oldest son is turning 34 on the 27th, so this will be his card.

Sprockets L2

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All of my sons have a healthy love for all things steampunk.  They get it from their mother!

Another view:

Sprockets R2

I used:

 

~ Golden Rose ~

Golden Rose header

In the vein of transparency, I’m sharing my card that I am struggling to love.

This week has thrown a few curve balls our way.  The tranquility of Monday brought challenge after challenge through the end of the week.  When all is said and done, we now have one of my sons, his fiancee, and her 3 year old daughter…. oh, and the puppy… living with us in our 2 bedroom apartment.  I am very proud to say that they are aggressively looking for their own place and we anticipate a less congested apartment by the end of this week.  Fun times!

So, suffice it to say, my creative time was limited.  The funny part about this card is that I love the individual elements, but as a whole… not a big fan.  What do you think?

Golden Rose R2

The patterned paper behind the vellum shows way better in person…

Golden Rose closeup

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And another view…

Golden Rose L2

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Thinking of you Rose
Kaisercraft – 6.5″ x 6.5″ – Ma Cherie

Vellum – 29# Clear

Spectrum Noir – Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock

Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Gathered Twigs and Tea Dye)

Versamark

Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder – Gold

Seambinding – Gold

Simple Stories – I AM – enamel dots
Original Bow Easy

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermoweb 1/4″ foam squares

Also:
Black Cardstock
Alcohol Markers
Sponge

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I’m going to get my mojo flowing so next week I’ll be loving it again :)

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

~ Cosmic Thoughts ~

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It occurs to me that as I get older, the number of sympathy and get well cards outpaces birthday cards.  Not cool.

I’ve always been fascinated with  the stars.  I would spend hours as a young girl staring at the stars and learning the constellations.  I will see the Northern Lights sometime before I die.  I don’t have a specific bucket list, but if I did, that would be in the top five.

This week I’m keeping so many people in my prayers.  It seems like that is my current status more and more, too.

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In My Prayers 6 19 R1

The craft paper with a little distressing looks a lot like leather.  I inked direct to paper with the Altenew ink cubes.  I used Northern Lights colors.  Using a white gel pen, I created constellations on the piece.   The sentiment is  stamped lightly to create a watermark look.

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In My Prayers 6 19 detail

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In My Prayers 6 19 L1

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Blessing/Beatitudes 1
Spellbinders – Flower Bundle

Memento Rich Cocoa

Altenew –

Shades of Purple (Deep Iris)

Four Scoops (Mango Smoothie, Cotton Candy & Dark Chocolate

Red Cosmos (Coral Berry)
Green Fields (Forrest Glades)
Prima Leaves –

Spectrum Noir Premium Ultrasooth White cardstock

1/4″ ScorTape
Thermoweb 1/4″ foam squares –

Other:
Kraft cardstock
White Gel Pen
Black Ultra Fine pen
Crystal drops

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Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly

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