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Coffee.

Can we all agree that this liquid gold is the glue that holds a great deal of us together.

If you google “National Coffee Day”, you’ll find many different offers from your favorite coffee chains.  Free coffee?! Yes, please.  Keep that word “Free” in mind for a bit later.

Coffee or Tea header

My card today is what I call a scrap card.  Everything except the base layer (patterned paper) and the punch out scalloped layers, were made from scraps.  When I cut a piece of PP, I tuck the decent size scraps into the paper pad.  I’ve made numerous cards this way.

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Coffee or Tea R2

Now, I realize that coffee doesn’t have a tea bag, but I thought the little tag was cute, so I’m taking poetic license here, today! Ha!

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A little closeup peek

Coffee or Tea closeup

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I used:

So, remember that word, FREE?  Well, guess what?!  The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store is a sponsor for this hop and we’re giving away some CANDY! 🙂

Here’s the deal…. Comment on this blog post between 9am EST on Saturday, September 29, 2018 and 11:59pm EST on October 5, 2018.  The lucky winner will be picked by random draw and notified by e-mail (please include that in your comment).

You will be given the option of 1 stamp set and 1 die set, or 2 stamp sets.

You can view them here:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps and Steel Dies

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Coffee or Tea L1

On to more blogs:

The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store – Sharon Johnson

Dream in Color – Deb Saaranen

This Blog Hop begins at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog.

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We have a winner!  Arianna Barbera, I will be e-mailing you shortly!

Thanks for poppin’ by!

 

~A Godly Man~

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Another new set from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store called A Godly Man.  I think this set is a must have.  Multiple sentiments for lots of occasions.  This mounted deer head that I used here is so perfect for the hunter in your life.

When I first say the deer head, I thought cameo.  It’s such a classy image.  I have several hunters in my family, so I can see this being used A LOT.

I’m going to let you in on a secret.  When I started making this card, I guess my head was in Christmas mode.  See the paper behind the deer?  I kept being drawn to the reds, too.  I finally gave in and just let it be what it is.

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A Godly Man R1

My usual reaction when I finish a card that is NOTHING like what I envisioned… I just say “Thank You, God”.

A Godly Man closeup

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – A Godly Man
Authentique 6×6 – Colorful Christmas

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth premium white cardstock

Bazzill Mirror Cardstock – 8.5 x 11 – Gold
Spellbinders Die – Classic Ovals

May Arts 1.5″ Chevron Linen
VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad

Altenew Ink Cube – Red Sunset (Crimson)
Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder – Gold

MME Record it! Wood dots
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

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A Godly Man L1

Thanks for stopping by!

Farmhouse birthday header

Welcome to part 2 of the new (mini) release from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store!  The second set is a greetings/sentiment set that is in perfect harmony with all the other Farmhouse sets.   One can never have too many sentiments!

I am in need of a bunch of male birthday cards.  Three of my sons and my husband have birthdays coming up.  The Farmhouse sets are perfect for my guys.

Today’s card is a quick and easy one.  The horse is from the Farmhouse Signage set and a perfect compliment to the sentiments in this new greetings set.

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Farmhouse birthday R1

The Farmhouse Signage set has a die set that goes with it.  Makes for quick crafting.

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Farmhouse birthday closeup

I Used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Farmhouse All Occasion Greetings

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Farmhouse Signage
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Farmhouse Signage

Farmhouse bundle

Authentique – 6 x 6 – Frontier
Memento Rich Cocoa Dye Ink
My Mind’s Eye Record it! Enamel Dots

5/8″ brown faux suede
1/8″ tan faux suede
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
Vanilla cardstock
Buckle

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Farmhouse birthday L1

Thanks for stopping by!

Farmhouse Christmas header

I’m  super excited about this mini release – just two stamp sets – but they are ones you’ll need!

The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store’s  Farmhouse Series has been immensely popular so we’ve added two more sets to this series, making it a total of 8 items (6 stamp sets and 2 die sets). Today we are introducing Farmhouse Christmas and Farmhouse All Occasion Greetings.

I love this stamp set.  You can create a scene, or use the silhouette images for smaller application.  The sentiments are in the same Farmhouse style.

I’m not going to tell you how many days until Christmas.  You already know it’s barreling down on us.  Time to dive head first into the Christmas cards, projects, and gifts!

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Farmhouse Christmas R2

I love these images and their versatility.  I just had to turn that deer into Rudolph.

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Farmhouse Christmas closeup

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Farmhouse Christmas

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Spellbinders Die – Labels Eight

Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink

Altenew Ink Cube – Green Fields (evergreen)
MME Necessities Enamel Dots – Reds
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Blue cardstock

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Farmhouse Christmas L2

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Thanks for stopping by!

~Baby Girl ~

Baby Girl header

Ok, I’ll admit.  I have baby brain (the grandma kind) and I’m have a hard time focusing lately.  Hubby and I are working on projects for the shower coming up this Saturday.  I’ll share pictures after the shower.

My daughter in law and son have requested books in lieu of cards at the shower.  Well I did buy books, but I’m a cardmaker…. so they’re getting a card as well.

The baby will be here on September 27th.  It’s a scheduled c-section, so no waiting around!  Can’t wait to meet you, LilyAna Rilla Rose!

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Baby Girl R1

I can’t tell you how much I love paper pads that have punch out decor.  It makes for  1..2…3 card.  I’m thinking 20 min max.

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Baby Girl closeup

a close up

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I used:

Kaisercraft 6 x 6 Pitter Patter
(punch outs used for sentiment and decoration)

Wilton Paper Doilies – 4″ White Lace
Melissa Frances pearls – pinks

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 2D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Pink cardstock

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Baby Girl L1

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Thanks for stopping by!

~Give Thanks~

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I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned at least 100 times how Autumn is my favorite time of year.  The crisp cool mornings and warm days.. the changing of the leaves.  Thanksgiving.  I was born in Autumn.

So, today I’m sharing my first Autumn card.  I don’t generally send too many of these, but I sure do love making them.  I love pumpkins, but not so much Halloween.  I love cornucopias.  Colorful corn on the cob.  Scarecrows.  I may even make a Halloween card or two, but they would be for my daughter-in-law who is a big fan.

Give Thanks R1

I coated the colored leaves in UTEE.  They shine line they’re wet!

Give Thanks closeup

The sentiment is embossed with copper embossing powder.

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Give Thanks

Copper cardstock
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock
Versamark
Delicata – Celestial Copper ink
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Give Thanks

Stamp/Die Bundle
May Arts Baker’s Twine – Kraft
Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder – Copper

Ranger Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel UTEE

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

Other:
Black Cardstock
Crystal Drops – Copper Penny

Copic markers

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Give Thanks L1

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Thanks for stopping by!

~O, Holy Night~

Oh Holy Night header

Look.  I know it’s August.  But to crafters, we like to start early as Christmas is the biggest holiday for us.  We make cards.  We make wreaths, We make a dozen other crafty things, then we bake.  If we don’t start in August (July for some!), we’d never get done.

With that said, I make fewer and fewer cards each year.  I have learned over the years who appreciates the work put into them and doesn’t toss them in the trash with you standing right there!  Yes, it happened.

Each year for the past 10+ years, I’ve made a chocolate Christmas card.  This is my offering for 2018.

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Oh Holy Night R1

And to make this extra special, it could easily pass as a MALE Christmas card.  How about that!?

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Oh Holy Night closeup

I shaggied up the sentiment so it looks like it would be found in an old barn.

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I Used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Merry Christmas
Authentique 6 x 6 – Rugged
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock
Spellbinders – Create A Flake Six
Memento – Rich Cocoa

Tulip Sponge Pouncers
Kaisercraft – Bronze rhinestones
1/2″ Faux Suede – double faced – brown
1/8″ Faux Suede String – Brown

Baker’s Twine – brown/white
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares
Original Bow Easy

Other:
Chocolate cardstock
Word window punch

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Oh Holy Night L1

Thanks for stopping by!

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~You Are the Best~

the best header

It’s August.  Can you believe that?!  I can’t!

This summer has been brutal for most parts.  High heats, fires, flooding… but I’m so not ready for winter.  Not one bit.

I’m afraid that time is going to whiz by from here til Christmas.  We have a baby shower in a couple weeks.  Then the baby will be here before we know it.  Then it’s time to organize holiday get-t0gethers.  Since we moved into the apartment 3 years ago, it’s too small for big gatherings and our family is growing by leaps and bounds!

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This week’s share is a dainty little square card (5″x5″).  A vellum butterfly adorns a white lattice heart…

the best R1

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A little closeup

the best closeup

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – All Occasion Sentiments SET 2
Kaisercraft 6.5 x 6.5″ – Fairy Garden

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock
Vellum
Memento Tuxedo Dye Ink

Spellbinders – Lace Hearts

Spellbinders – Les Papillions

Melissa Frances white 1/2 pearls

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

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Another view…

the best L1

Thanks for stopping by!

~Smile~

smile header

Smile!  It’s the best way to start your day.

It’s been a very busy last few days.  I’ve been in creative mode and loving it.  We’re going to be babysitting our granddaughter next weekend, so I had to get ahead of some things and just play around with other things… to be shared soon!

Speaking of granddaughters, our next baby girl is due in less than two months.  I am so excited.  Then I had a call from my #3 son, who lives in Maryland, telling me they are looking to start trying for their first next year.  Road trip!!  Truly, it’s going to be so hard to have a grandbaby that far away.  Now I know how my parents felt when we were on the East coast and they on the West coast.

Ok, so for today’s offering… I want you to SMILE.

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smile R2

I can’t even tell you how easy this card was to make.  Super simple and it’s pretty flat for mailing.

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smile closeup

Clean crisp lines make it a favorite of mine!

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I used:

Altenew – Halftone Smile

Kaisercraft 6.5 x 6.5″ – True Love

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock

Memento Tuxedo Dye Ink

Altenew – Halftone Smile Die
Darice – 5mm Sequins
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

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smile L1

Thanks for stopping by!

~I Adore You~

Adore header

I’m late this week and I appreciate the extra time given.  It’s been crazy around these parts and going to be getting crazier.  My youngest son and his wife are finally getting a mini honeymoon, so Grandpa and I are going to be babysitting our 6 month old granddaughter for a few days.  Not going to lie, I’m a little nervous.  It’s been nearly 24 years since I’ve had a baby to take care of.

We have another granddaughter that will be making her entrance into this world towards the end of September.  I imagine I’m going to be getting lots of practice!

I really struggled with this card today. I had the colors picked.  I had a basic idea of the sketch.  When I was putting it together, it kept looking nothing like what I imagined.  Do you do that?

Adore R1

I used copic markers to color the Melissa Frances cream 1/2 pearls.

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Adore closeup

I adore the wired ribbon.  It just makes the most gorgeously formed bows.

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I used:

 

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