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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 ~

Beautiful header 2

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 ~

In My Prayers 6 19 header

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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Greetings!

Well, I’ve officially taken the dive off the deep end of grandparenting.  The baby isn’t due until January and I’m already window shopping and making whatever new baby hack I find on Pinterest.

This week I took on an ambitious project that turned into two.  I will warn you now.  I did not do a tutorial for this, but I will be doing one in the near future.

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Brag Book Duo 1

Baby brag books!  Oh how fun these were to make.   And because we don’t know the sex of the baby and the parents are going to wait… I had to do one for a boy and one for a girl!

Each page is different.  I used plain white mats for pictures to be added.  These can be made with up to 20 pages.  I left the last few blank so that mom and dad can customize them.

I used:

Kaisercraft 6.5 x 6.5 Pitter Patter

Kaisercraft Pitter Patter – Girl – Collectables

Kaisercraft Pitter Patter – Boy – Collectables

Spellbinders – Scalloped Pop Up Box ( only lattice used)
Spellbinders – Nestabilities Small Circles

Seambinding – Pink

Seambinding – Moss

Baker’s Twine (Aqua and brown)

1.5″ Crochet Lace -Pink

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

1/4″ ScorTape

Other:

2 – 6″ x 4″ chipboard 1/8″ thick
Pink cardstock
Moss cardstock
ScorPal
Nuvo Crystal drops
Closure – Dritz hook & eye closure

Suggestions:

Kaisercraft Beyond the Page – Mini Albums #2

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I WILL be doing a tutorial on how to create the album.  Stay tuned!

Here are a few closer up photos

Brag Book Baby Girl 5

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Brag Book Baby Girl 1

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Brag Book Baby Boy 5

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Brag Book Baby Boy 3

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  Leave a comment so I know you’re here! :)

~ Holly

Cheer Up header 2

It’s June.  Can you believe that?!  Less than 7 months until Christmas. Ha!  On a more serious level, the terror attacks over the last few weeks are wearing my nerves down.  I’m some what of an empath.   I steer clear of the news a lot so that I’m not endlessly on edge, but I can’t help reading the stories and praying that these people who feel like there is no value to life get help, or at least caught.

I’m about to embark on a pretty big project, which I will share in stages over the next couple of weeks.  Hint:  For the upcoming grandbaby!

This week, I’m sending cheer in the Stamp Simple Ribbon Store style…

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Cheer Up L2

This 5″ square card is so simple thanks to the Kaisercraft 6.5″ x 6.5″ paper pad.

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Cheer Up R2

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I used:

Altenew – Adore You
Altenew – Adore You Dies

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Get Well Tulip (sentiment)

Kaisercraft – 6.5 x 6.5″ – True Love

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock

Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink

1/4″ Silk Ribbon – Olive Green
1/4″ ScorTape

Thermoweb 1/4″ foam squares

Original Bow Easy

Darice Sequins

Other:
Black Cardstock
Lime Green Stickles
Copic Sketch markers

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Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly

blood type header 1

I am late for the party.  Because Monday was our anniversary and we took some time out to celebrate, I swapped posting days.  I should never do that.  On a regular basis I am oblivious to what day it is, but when you throw in a holiday and such I am lost.

It went from cold and snowy here in Colorado, to warm and sunny.  You know what I do then?  I make my coffee iced!  These coffee sets from Altenew are in my fast favorites.  Simple cards are just waiting!  Oh, and I had to get some more copper in the mix.  Love it!

blood type R1

This was one of those hail mary quick cards.  And, I love it.

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blood type L2

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I used:

Altenew Coffee Love

Altenew Coffee Talk
Simple Stories – Summer Vibes 6 x 6

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock

Copper text stock

Delicata – Celestial Copper Pigment Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink

Simple Stories – I Am Enamel Dots
Baker’s Twine – Green/White

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermoweb 1/4″ foam squares

Original Bow Easy

Other:
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
White Gel Pen

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Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly

Favor box top

There is so much excitement whirling around this house.  We’re planning a wedding, shower, baby shower, and much more!  Now the decision on the wedding colors is entirely up to the couple (my son and his fiance), but I think black, white and copper would be a wonderfully classy combo for a mid-winter wedding.

This is my first offering as guest favors:

Favor box 3

What I’ve made is a very simple 2″ square box.  The outside panels of black and a piece of patterned paper from Kaisercraft’s Something Blue pad (6.5″ x 6.5″).

Another view:

Favor box 2

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Super simple.  They’re going to have a small wedding, so I like that!

And filled with mini chocolate covered pretzels (it holds an amazing amount!)

Favor box filled 2

I used:

JustRite Hugs& Kisses Sentiments

Kaisercraft – 6.5″ x 6.5″ – Something Blue
Spectrum Noir Premium Ultrasmooth White

Delicata Celestial Copper Pigment Ink

Prima Optimist – Black Rose

Kaisercraft Mini Blooms – Terracotta
Spellbinders – Nestabilities small circles 1″

May Arts 1/4″ Wired Metallic – Copper

May Arts Metallic Wired Iridescent Cord – Copper

1/4″ Scortape
Thermoweb 1/4″ foam squares
Original Bow Easy

Other:
Black Cardstock
Word Window Punch
Nuvo Crystal Drops – Copper Penny

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Baby announcements coming soon!!

Thanks for dropping by!

~~ Holly

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