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Enjoy the Moment close up

I posted a teaser a while back showing the new Crafters Companion Downton Abbey collection.  Well, as of yesterday, the Downton Abbey Collection is here in the US and can be found on the Crafters Companion website.

I’ve watch all the seasons available and am waiting anxiously for Season 4 (the last season).  I really fell in love with the characters in this series.  That always happens to me and I get a little depressed when it’s over.  Seriously!

So, my offering for today…

Enjoy the Moment WM

I used:

Crafters Companion Downton Abbey – 6×6 Luxury Paper Pad
Crafters Companion Downton Abbey – Pearls (White and Cream)
Crafters Companion Downton Abbey A6 Rubber Stamp – A Moment in Time Stamp
Crafters Companion Downton Abbey – Wooden Frames

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Thanks for stopping by!!

~ Holly

~ My Trifecta ~

Male Sympathy Fancy close up

A male sympathy card in a fancy fold.  I like it!  It was a personal challenge to achieve a decent male centered sympathy card.  When I added my Monday element of fun/fancy folds, it just seemed to click.

This weekend was hectic to say the least.  The newlyweds, my #2 son, and a family friend all signed a lease on an apartment.  With all the moving and the snow event (that was no where near what was forecast), it’s been exhausting.  I did do a great deal of cleaning and organizing in my studio, too.  After finishing my taxes a few minutes ago, I realized (at 8pm Sunday night) that I hadn’t finished my blog post!

Ok, so without further ado…

Male Sympathy Fancy Fold closed

As you can see, it’s a gatefold with a belly band

Male Sympathy Fancy Fold

This is a super easy card that came together quickly and is pretty plain.  The sentiments say it all.

I used:

SSCS Blessings/Beatitudes 1
SSCS Blessings/Beatitudes 2
Authentique Suave 6 x 6 paper pack
A2 Scallop Borders One
1/8″ Silk – Navy
1/4″ Silk – Teal
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
1/4″ ScorTape

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Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

Triptych card close up

Sympathetic Triptych

Carrying on with my fun/fancy fold Monday theme, I put together this simple triptych card.  I’m especially in love with this color combo (which would work for a wedding card as well!).  It couldn’t have come together any faster.  I like this fold because it can be used for so many things.  Because of the size of the black pearls, the card does fold, but not flat.  It would require a bubble envelope.  Or, if you’re handn delivering, you could use one of these clear boxes from Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Triptych card

My triptych measures 10.5″ x 5″.  It’s scored at 3.5″ and again at 7″.

I used:

SSCS Blessings/Beatitudes 2

Kaisercraft 6.5 x 6.5 Something Blue
Spellbinders Die – Classic Ovals

Spellbinders Die – Labels Twenty-eight
Prima Mini Rose Stems – Something Blue Best Man

Prima Le Mia – Brown Cream
Melissa Francis black/gray pearls
Memento Tuxedo Black

1/4 Inch Scor-Tape

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Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

Quick and Easy Post It Note Holder Tutorial

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I really love detailed projects, but every now and again I like something sweet and simple.  This little project takes barely any time at all and is so sweet!

Supplies needed:

Butterfly Lullaby 6 x 6 paper pad 

Butterfly Lullaby large butterfly die

Other:

Ribbon

Chipboard

Ruler

Xacto knife

Post it Note pad

Strong adhesive

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Cut your chipboard to measure 3 1/4″ x 7″

Score along the landscape side at 3 1/4″ and 3 3/4″

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Cut solid color cardstock:

4 pieces cut at 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″

2 pieces cut at 3 1/4″ x 1″

Patterned paper:

4 pieces cut 3″ x 3″

2 pieces 3″ x  3/4″

Ribbon:

2 pieces approximately 12″ long

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Attach solid cardstock with strong adhesive to the chipboard base.

Adhere the ribbon to the middle of the front (piece #1) and the other to the middle of the back.

These will now be covered by the patterned paper.

Attach the patterned paper to all sides of the holder using strong adhesive.

The tails of the ribbon will stick out and tiesd h

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You have two options here.  You can glue the post it note into the holder or just take the backing off and stick it on.  I went with the glue method to keep the post it note in place.

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Another option is to create a pen loop before you add the paper to the chipboard.  There use to be a ton of tiny pens out there and someone must have a good stash of them!

That’s it!  Easy Peasy!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

Sheena Thinking of You close up

Spring is in the air!  Yesterday, my daughter in law took some pictures of the dogwood trees in our complex and they are heavy with blooms!  Now, we live in Colorado and there is still a chance of a snow fall or two.  We’re going to ignore that fact and just enjoy the fragrant blooms that are here.

This week my Crafter’s Companion card screams spring!

Sheena Thinking of You WM

I created the background using the solid stamps from the Sheena Flower Power set.  Then I embossed the cut flower panel with Sheena Embossing Folder.

Here’s what I used:

Sheena A Little Bit Sketchy Flower Power
Sheena Embossing folder – Petite floral

BeBunni Bunches of Love (sentiment)
Ultrasmooth cardstock
SN’s PP2, PP3, PP5, OT4, BP6
SA’s Red Violet, Gold
Sparkles – Inspired Violet
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Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

Fancy Fold Thank You close up

Happy Monday!

We had a wonderful delayed Easter dinner with our boys and their girls, this weekend.  I’m pretty  sure we were quite boisterous and just plain loud.  My boys love to crack jokes with each other.  I was particularly pleased that there are two girls in the picture.  I will probably have some news to share on the family front in the next couple days.

So, I’m having a lot of fun making these fancy fold cards.  I’ve got a huge folder on Pinterest with all the ones I want to try.  This could go on for awhile!

Fancy Fold Thank You

For the base, you need a piece of cardstock measuring 9″ x 5.5″.  Score along the landscape side at 1 1/2″, 2 1/2″, 6 1/2″,  and 7 1/2″.

I used:

JustRite Clear Stamp – Morning Splendor
Graphic 45 Gilded Lily Patterns & Solids 6×6
1/4″ Silk Ribbon by May Arts -champagne
Spellbinders Die – Classic Ovals
My Mind’s Eye Wood Dots
1/4 Inch Scor-Tape
Memento Dye Ink Pad

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Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

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Downton Abbey Card Kit

First, let’s talk about card kits.  I’ve sampled numerous kits of this kind over the years.  They’ve always left me wanting a bit more.  Well, I can tell you that this kit was well thought out.  So many options!  I was in awe of the quality, too.  I have to mention that there are envelopes for everything, too!

DA card kit bundle pic WM

Even the box is luxurious.  Here is my first card…

DA card kit card 1 WM

Many of the pieces have gilded edges.  There is real quality lace and bows, too.

My second with the kit….

DA card kit card 2 WM

The kit has a broad array of colors/patterns to play with.

I want to point out that when we were told this kit was coming, I was a bit meh.  I had never seen an episode of Downton Abbey and had no idea what the fuss was.  Well, in true researcher style, I binge watched the 1-3rd season.  Season 4 is not on Hulu yet! *sigh*  I really fell in love with the show and now my Downton Abbey card kit is a bit more special to me :)

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Thanks for stopping by!  Look for the Downton Abbey card kit coming soon!

~ Holly

Flip Album Tutorial

I have something fun today… a tutorial!  As many of you know, my oldest son was married last October.  I’m working on their wedding album and it quite an undertaking.  So, in the meantime, I made them a smaller keepsake album to share until I’m through.

Here’s what we’re shooting for:

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Supplies needed:

  • List of cut pieces needed:

              Chipboard – 2 pieces cut 7” x 5” (album cover and back

             Patterned paper – 4 pieces cut 7” x 5” (front, back and inside covers)

            Cardstock – 2 pieces cut 7” x 4 1/2” (to contain accordion front and back)

            Cardstock – 1 piece cut 5” x 4 1/2” (accordion piece)

            Cardstock – 10 pieces cut 6 1/4” x 4 1/4” (inside photo mounts)

            Cardstock – 1 piece cut 12” x 1 1/2” (belly band)

  Other Supplies:

  • Binder clips (optional)
  • Assorted items for decorating

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Step 1:

Adhere patterned paper to front and back for album (do not cover inside of chipboard yet!) Set aside to dry. It’s best to sandwich the pieces together with clips so that they do not warp.

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Step 2:

Score the 2 pieces of cardstock measuring 7” x 4 1/2” at 1/2” along the 7” side. Set aside.

Score the 5” x 4 1/2” piece every 1/2” along the 5” side. Take the two 7” x 4 1/2” pieces and lay flat with the scored ends toward each other. Bend the scored ends up. Apply adhesive to the inside of the score. With the 5” x 4 1/2” piece positioned with the scored ends down, adhere to the two pieces, sandwiching the accordion piece between. Clamp the accordion piece together and let dry.

 

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Step 3:

Adhere photos to photo mounts (or mats). Set aside to dry.

Step 4:

Lay front and back chipboard pieces unfinished side up and end to end. Adhere the accordion sandwich to them by butting the edge to the edge of the chipboard. Repeat on the other side.

Finish the inside covers of the chipboard with patterned paper, covering the accordion flaps.

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Step 5:

Begin adhering pictures to the accordion. Place one picture on either side of each “mountain” fold. You will get 10 pictures into the slots. Photos that are back to back can be adhered together by placing a small amount of adhesive inside the top where they meet. This keeps them from curling.

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Clamp together and leave it rest for a few hours.  This will keep the album from curling.

Step 6:

(Belly Band) :

Create a belly band using the 12” x 1 1/2” piece. Score the piece at 3”, 3 5/8”, 8 5/8” and 9 1/4”. Adhere at the overlap and decorate as you like.

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Decorate as desired.

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I used:

Textures – Words of Wonder /Set 1

Textures – Splats & Stains

Angelica & Friends – Eleanor

Die’sire Edge’ables – Renaissance die

Spring themed free downloadable paper

Ultimate Tool

Collall’s Tacky-Glue

Cardstock (black used here)

Other Supplies:
Binder clips (optional)
Assorted items for decorating

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I hope you enjoy this!  Thanks for stopping by!

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~ Holly

John 3 16 close up

Although it is still Easter as I type this, we are having our celebration next Saturday.  We are learning that when you have a married child, they now have two families to appease.  We no longer have the room to accommodate 10 people, so we’re going out for our dinner.  I’m going to miss my spiral ham, but I can put that aside so we can have a feast at Nordy’s!

I did another Bible journal page this week.  I have to say that I have a conflicting emotion about this one as I actually covered up text.  I said I would never do that and I did.  The only thing making me feel better is that I have several Bibles in different versions.

Matthew 28 6 bible journal page

It’s most evident to me that my drawing skills are rusty, but It’s for me.  I don’t ever expect anyone to see most of the drawings .   I really just want to show how these beautiful new stamps can fit nicely with your journaling.  To the War Room!

I added to the journaling with a new card…

John 3 16 card

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – He Has Risen
Spellbinders Die – Basic Lattice

Spellbinders Die – 5×7 Heirloom Legacy

Spellbinders Die – Classic Ovals
Simple Stories Summer Vibes 6×6

Simple Stories Enamel Dots – I AM

Kaisercraft Mini Paper Blooms – Coconut

Prima Mini Rose Stems – Lady Bird

Prima Leaves – Velvet Rainbow Natural

1/4 Inch Scor-Tape

Memento Dye Ink Pad – Tuxedo Black

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Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

~ Lovely Daffodils ~

Daffodil Friends close up

 

Are we seeing a trend?  Lots of flower cards from me as of late.  I have the biggest variety of flower stamps than I’ve ever had and by golly, I’m going to use them!

Last week, Crafters Companion was all over HSN.  I was able to watch quite a bit, thanks to the tv in my studio.  It was amazing to watch things sell out and sell out quick!   We (the design team) were called on to make samples for the show.  Unfortunately, mine didn’t make the cut as I was a bit late getting them in.  But I’ll be sharing all of what I made over the next month.

One of my favorite stamps on the Crafter’s Companion site is this daffodil stamp.  I only used a portion of the stamp for this card:

Daffodil Friends WM

I used:

Art Kure Britain in Bloom EZMount- Stamp – Daffodils

Bebunni Floral EZMount Stamp Set – Bunches of Love (sentiment)
Die’sire Edge’abilities – Rococo

SN Pencils: Primrose, Pineapple, Papaya, Agua, Lagoon, Oregano, Cypress, Spruce

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Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

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