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~ 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 ~~

A The Wonder of Christmas header

Today we’re celebrating new Christmas stamps/dies at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  So much beauties and amazing sentiments to match.

There’s been some discussion on Facebook within one of my groups about themed Christmas trees.  I lived the majority of my life with the traditional tree that consisted of ornaments my kids had made with a menagerie of odd stuff.  About 15 years ago, I switched to a red/gold tree.  It was covered in bows and matchy matchy ornaments.  About six years ago I went to teal/blue/white.  Last year…. Purple!

A Purple tree

Hubby just asked me if I was changing colors this year.  Uh, no.  I’m going to get at least 3 years out of the purple.  Then it might be Yellow and Black!!  (Yay, Steelers!!)

A The Wonder of Christmas R2

A little closeup peek:

A The Wonder of Christmas closeup

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Oh, Christmas Tree

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Wonder of Christmas Sentiments

Kaisercraft 6.5 x 6.5 – Christmas Jewel
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock

Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink

Spellbinders Nestabilities Oval dies

Melissa Frances Pearls – white

1 1/4″ Lavender Silk Ribbon

Bow Easy

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Copic markers
Crystal Drops
Lavender cardstock

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Thanks for stopping by!

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Holly

~ Pumpkins and Spice ~

A Pumpkin Spice header

I can’t wait to have some pumpkin (pie, spice coffee, whatever).. It’s a huge favorite as it goes hand and hand with Autumn… my favorite time of year.

Yesterday, we made the announcement that our first granddaughter is due in January.  Her name is Kaleo Athena McMillen and I cannot wait to meet her!  She has a big sister, born to her mom and a previous boyfriend.  We’ve already adopted her as a granddaughter.  Her birthday is the same as mine!!

This week it’s all fall.  Pumpkins, spice and everything nice!

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A Pumpkin Spice R1

These new BoBunny papers are so pretty!

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A Pumpkin Spice closeup

I’m probably going to sound like a broken record, but these dies from the Stamp Simply Clear Stamp sets are amazingly accurate and easy to line up!

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WelcomeFallDUO 588x500

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Welcome Fall
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Welcome Fall die

BoBunny 6 x 6 – Dreams of Autumn

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock

Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink

Spellbinders – Small circles

Spellbinders – Lacy circles

Simple Stories Enamel Dots – We Are Family

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
Copic markers

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Thanks for stopping by!!

*~~*Holly*~~*

~ The Silent Snowflake ~

Silent Night header 2

Christmas is barreling down on me like a freight train.  I have many other things to celebrate before, but if I don’t start my Christmas crafts/cards now, then I’ll be hurting in December.

Each year I do several snowflake cards.  One will be pink, one brown/tan, and a blue/white combo.  I’ve been doing this for several years and my card recipients are now expecting the same.  I spoil my snowflake lovin’ friends.

Oh!  Off subject.  Levi (my youngest son), his fiance Kalika, and her daughter, Delilah, did a gender reveal photo shoot this weekend.  I’ll be able to share that with you all very soon!!!

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Silent Night R1

I used stickles all over the blue snowflake, and a bit on other snow flakes in the background.

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Here’s a closer look:

Silent Night closeup

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Silent Night L2

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Merry Christmas
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock

Altenew Ink Cube – Glacier Caves (Saphhire)

Spellbinders Create A Flake

Melissa Frances Pearls – White

Darice – Snowflake Scrolls Embossing Folder

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Navy cardstock
Stickles

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Thanks for stopping by!

Holly

~ Fall Triptych ~

Fall Tryptich header

I’m going to step back into fall for a minute.  I was just playing with some watercolor paper and this is what happened.  I will fully admit that I was inspired by a card I came across on Pinterest.  I didn’t save it, but the triptych idea stuck in my head.

I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that Christmas is just a few weeks away (16).  In the meantime, I have a baby shower to plan and pull off.  I have several other projects to fit in, too.  My studio is getting major love.

This week…

fall tryptich R2

I do so love using vanilla cardstock over premium white, especially with these warm colors

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Fall Tryptich closeup

Another thing I love using is seam binding.   There are so many colors available and they are so easy to work with.  I especially love that you can puff them up or leave them flat and they look good either way.

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fall tryptich L1

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Give Thanks
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Harvest

Ranger Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock – 4.25×5.5

Seam Binding – Tropic Wine

Simple Stories Enamel Dots – Faith

Memento Dye Ink Pad – Tuxedo Black

Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares – 1/4″ White

1/4 Inch Scor-Tape

Original Bow Easy

Other:
Copic markers
Vanilla cardstock

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Thanks for stopping by!

~~*Holly*~~

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