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~ 1 John 4:19 ~

1 John header

Today I’ve put together a super simple scriptural card.  Since simple is probably the hardest type card for me to make, I feel such satisfaction when I can make one that I like!

This card will double as an entry into the Work Art Wednesday challenge that began on the 14th and runs through the 27th.  The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store is a sponsor of this challenge.  Join in, if you like!

1 John R1

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We’ve begun a complete inventory of my studio (putting things in order!) and though we’ve only finished one armoire,  it’s already looking better.  I’m actually going to be donating a great deal of older items to a women and children’s center.  Out with the old.. hopefully in with the new!

1 John closeup

There is also some pretty exciting news to be shared in the next couple of weeks.  I’m busting at the seams!

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1 John L2

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps Farmhouse Signage

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps Farmhouse Scriptural Quotes
Kaisercraft – 6.5″ x 6.5″ – Provincial
Altenew Ink Cube – Tropical Forest – Olive
Spellbinders – Romantic Vines
Spellbinders – Nestabilities – Standard Circles

Prima Sugar Blooms Collection – Sparkling
Rhinestones – DeepYellow/Gold
1/4 Inch Scor-Tape
Thermoweb 3D Foam Squares – 1/4″

Other:
Kraft cardstock
Gold mini brads ** used in lieu of Gold Rhinestones (I’m out!)

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Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

~If You Believe~

Believe header

I had to take a break from Valentine cards to make a card for my hubby’s boss’ wife.  She had back surgery earlier this month and is in for a long period of recovery.

I chose this verse as a prayer for her recovery.  I love the gorgeous mixed font.  It has a brush quality.

So my prayers go out for Susan.  Join me, if you like!

Believe R2

I also chose crisp colors with a simple layout.  Interest added with the threaded ribbon and sugared flower.

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Believe closeup

I used:

 

~Farm Fresh~

Farm Fresh header

The newest release from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store is Farmhouse Signage.  I’ve seen some really adorable cards made with these stamps and dies.

I’ll admit, at first I was perflexed.  City girl meets Country charm.  My mind was fixated on the “story” that these stamps/dies can tell.

Farm Fresh R2

I used the copper mesh and the quaterfoil embossing folder to represent chicken wire. At first I wasn’t happy with the DecoArt Metallic Lustre – Copper Kettle as is looked more messy than I intended.  Then it started to grow on me.

Farm Fresh closeup

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Farmhouse Signage

Luxury Pearlescent Metallic 105# Cardstock – Copper

Luxury Pearlescent Metallic 80# Text – Copper
Versamark
1.5″ Metallic Crochet Lace
Stamp Simply Steel Dies -Farmhouse Signage Dies
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Combo Offer/Farmhouse Signage

Spellbinders Die – Standard Circles Small

Darice Quaterfoil – Embossing Folder
DecoArt – Metallic Lustre – Copper Kettle

Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder – Copper

Kaisercraft – 1/2 pearls – Red
Kaisercraft – 1/2 pearls – Black

1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares
Imagine Crafts Sponge Dauber

Other:
Black Cardstock

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Farm Fresh L2

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Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

~Buried Hearts~

Buried Hearts Valentine header

Ok, so here’s a little traditional valentine for you.  This card is so very easy to make and I think it took me about 30 minutes.

That’s always a challenge I like to embrace.  If I can make the card quickly, I’m more likely to use the style again.  There was a time when I challenged myself to make each card completely independent of each other.  Now you will often see that I use an element of one card on the next couple cards I make.  Good way to use up scraps!

Buried Hearts Valentine R2

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This was made exclusively with the new Farmhouse Signage from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  There are four new stamp sets and 2 die sets.

Farmhouse ALL 500x568

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Farmhouse Scriptural Thoughts

Simple Stories – Love & Adore – 6 x 6
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock
May Arts 1.5″ Sheer w/Glitter Dots – Red/Gold
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Farmhouse Pierced Nested Dies
Kaisercraft – 1/2 pearls – Red
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Original Bow Easy

Other:
Red Cardstock

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Buried Hearts Valentine closeup

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Thanks for stopping by:

Holly

~ Beyond Measure ~

Beyond Measure header

Today I’m sharing the new release @ The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store!

The Farmhouse stamps and dies are going to be huge!  Sentiments, quotes, and adorable dies are in line with the latest trends.

Take a peek!

Farmhouse ALL 500x568

The beautiful fonts just add more whimsy.

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Beyond Measure R2

I had forgotten how much I loved using vellum.

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Beyond Measure closeup

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Farmhouse Simple Sentiments

Kaisercraft – 6.5″ x 6.5″ – Ma Cherie

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Vellum
Gold Mirrored cardstock
Versamark
Gold Embossing Powder
Spellbinders Scalloped Borders One
Spellbinders Tiered Multiloop bows
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Farmhouse Pierced Nesting Hearts 

Melissa Frances – white pearls
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ Foam Squares

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Beyond Measure L1

It’s been a trying week for me.  On Monday, our granddaughter was born.  Two days later I came down with a particularly nasty case of bronchitis.  I’m still quite sick.  Not being able to see and hold that baby is breaking my heart.  I’m making it my sole mission to get well quickly.  Grandma has some spoiling to do!!

Thanks for stopping by.

See you soon!

A Black N Tan header

Let the Valentines begin!

About the time you read this on Monday morning, we’ll be down to mere hours before our newborn granddaughter is born.  I’m ready to head out the door at a moment’s notice.  I cannot wait!!

So, Valentines.  Big business for me.  We generally supply to the guys that work on hubby’s crew.  I like to have a good variety on hand, so I’ll be holed up in the studio for at least the next 3 weeks.

Valentines do not need to be pink and purple and red.  I’m starting off with a black and tan combo.

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A Black N Tan R1

I like the rich colors and the gold is yummy.

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A close up view:

A Black N Tan closeup

I used:

JustRite Clear – Hugs & Kisses

Kaisercraft 6.5″ x 6.5″ – Ma Cherie
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White

Vellum
Versamark
May Arts 1″ Double Faced Satin – Gold
Spellbinders – Lace Hearts
Prima Craftsman Collection Perles
Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder
My Mind’s Eye – Fancy That – enamel dots
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb – 3D 1/4″ foam dots

Original Bow Easy

Other:
Black Cardstock

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A Black N Tan L1

Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly ~~

~A Hug in a Cup ~

a hug in a cup closeup

I’m back :)  I took the last couple of weeks off to enjoy the holidays with my family.  Then my hubby ended up having a procedure last Friday.  It’s been chaotic around here.

As many know, we’re expecting our first (blood) grandchild in a few days.  The Friday before Christmas, my eldest son and his wife took custody of her brother’s oldest son.  He’s the most delightful 12 year old I’ve ever met!  They stopped by on New Year’s Day so we could give them their gifts.   So, I have a grandson now, sort of.  Not sure how that works.  They would adopt him in a second, I know.

So back to the studio this week and I gotta tell you, it was tough!  I had to clean up all the wrap and bows and stuff I left out when making tags.  It was a struggle to get mojo flowing.

But, since I had an e-mail come a few days ago asking for cards to cheer a few mutual friend, I went that way.  I know it’s going to be Valentine central for the next month.   There are 12 guys on my hubby’s crew and most of them want cards for their spouses.

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a hug in a cup L2

I put some pretty snowflakes into my hug in a cup!

a hug in a cup close

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Coffee or Tea?

Kaisercraft 6.5 x 6.5″ – Cottage Rose

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White –
Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Coffee or Tea?
Stamp/Die bundle
Spellbinders – Flakes N Skates (snowflakes)
Spellbinders – Ovals – Standard
Spellbinders – Circles – Standard
Kaisercraft Rhinestones – Pink
May Arts 1/2″ Wrinkled Ribbon – Olive
Bow Easy – Original
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermoweb 3D 1/4″ Foam squares

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A hug in a cup R1

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Ya’ll come back later to see how the Valentine’s are coming along! :)

~~ Holly

~ Star Of Wonder ~

Star of Wonder header

A week before Christmas and I’m still making Christmas Cards!  This will probably be it for the season.  I have gift tags to make and cookies to bake, presents to wrap and merry to be made.

We’re having all the kids over on Christmas Eve.  Our apartment is tiny, so having 10+ people makes it extra cozy.  This year, each son (and wives) are each bringing an appetizer to share.  Makes for less work on my part AND I get to sample their cooking.

So without further ado… this week’s card.  It’s another fairly flat and easy to mail kind of card…

Star of Wonder R1

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For many many years, I used a wooden spice rack as my background.  It fell out of favor when I started using my desk as a photo booth.  It just worked out that way.   I finally put a request in with the hubby for a new background.  He made it from pallet wood and I gave it a grayish whitewash.  You like?

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Star of Wonder closeup

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Merry Christmas
Kaisercraft – 6.5″ x 6.5″ – Letters to Santa
Kaisercraft – 6.5″ x 6.5″ – Silent Night
Momento Rich Cocoa Dye Ink
Stamp Simply Steel Die – Merry Christmas Star die
Stamp and Die combo
Spellbinders Nestabilities – standard circles
Spellbinders Nestabilities – Lacey Circles
Simple Stories – Cozy Christmas Enamel Dots
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb – 3D 1/4″ foam squares
Other:

Vanilla Cardstock

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Star of Wonder L1

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Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly ~~

~A Cuppa Winter Goodness~

A Cuppa card header

<Insert fanfare here>

My first time playing in the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  It’s a real mystery how I’ve never joined this group prior to this.  Coffee is my blood type!

Coffee Lover's Bloghop graphic

And a happy accident occurred as well.  The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store just release the most adorable Coffee/Tea set with dies!

Ok, ok.. here’s a peak

Coffee or Tea graphics

Ok, let’s all agree that this is the bee’s knees.  Love love, love the font on this.  Sentiments to please everybody.

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So without further ado… here’s my project for this hop!

A Cuppa duo 2

I was just talking to a friend about my Wedgwood Blue Willow china, so I was inspired by that for the color scheme.  The paper comes from G45 Gilded Lily’s Patterns and Solids.  It’s acutally more of a tulle design, but also has the blue willow look.

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Here’s a bit of a closeup..

A Cuppa card closeup

The blue also smacks of Christmas.  The rhinestones give it just enough sparkle.

Just the card:

A Cuppa card R2

I really did let the dies work the layout.  It really was a quick card.

The pod holder was a little more of a taskmaster.

A Cuppa pod holder L2

Some sparkly blue mirror paper added a little more interest.

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A Cuppa card L1

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Coffee or Tea?
Graphic 45 – 6 x 6 Guilded Lily Patterns & Solids

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Combo/Stamp/Die Coffee or Tea?

Altenew Ink Cube – Glacier Caves – Saphhire
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Coffee or Tea?

Spellbinders – Nestabilities – Standard Circles

Spellbinders – Nestabilities – Lacey Circles
Spellbinders – Nestabilities – Labels Twenty Eight

Spellbinders – A2 Card Creator – Devine Eloquence

Spellbinders – Create A Flake 6
Spellbinders – Scallop Pop-up box

Venise Lace .75″ – Lucia Ivory

Kaisercraft Rhinestones – blue

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermoweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

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A Cuppa duo 1

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Thanks for stopping by!!

~ High Tea ~

Tea Time header

It’s new release time at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store!  I don’t know about you, but I get awful excited about new stamps!  And even more excited to have dies that match!

Coffee or Tea? is the name of the new beauties.  Of course, the font on this new set is my favorite.  The set includes some really nice Christian sentiments.

Here’s my first peek…

Tea Time L1

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I have been on a pastels kick of late, but I thought it worked great for high tea!  There are two sizes of cups in the die set.  I have a few tea drinking friends that are going to love this!

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A little closeup

Tea Time closeup

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Coffee or Tea?

Kaisercraft 6.5″ x 6.5″ – True Love

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Momento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Coffee or Tea

Darice – Quaterfoil embossing folder
Divine Twine Baker’s Twine – 10 yd – Cotton Candy/white

3/8″ Satin white Ribbon
Melissa Frances – pearls – white

Bow Easy

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermoweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

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This is one more view:

Tea Time R2

Thanks for stopping by!

~~ Holly

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