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~You Are the Best~

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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…

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A little closeup

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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…

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Thanks for stopping by!

~Smile~

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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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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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~I Adore You~

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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?

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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:

 

~Peacemakers~

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Greetings!

I don’t know about you, but I’m finding it harder and harder to create lately.  My studio is in the front of the apartment and by 10am, it’s sweltering hot in their, in spite of having A/C.  And now the forecast is for mid 90s the rest of this week.

I have been striving for simple cards as of late.  I feel like I’m getting there.  I like how they turn out, but sometimes I still struggle with the concept of “simple”.

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I haven’t put a bow on a card for awhile now, so I put that on my supplies list for this week.

A closeup…

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I generally use white card bases, but occasionally I pull out some vanilla.

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A little peak of the inside.

 I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Blessings and Beatitudes 2
Authentique – Frontier – 6×6
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
May Arts 7/8″ Gingham – red/ivory

Red Pearls (Kaisercraft)
1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Bow Easy

Other:

Vanilla cardstock

Black cardstock

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Peace L1

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Thanks for stopping by!

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Oh, the heat!!  We’ve been in the mid to upper 90s for days and the forecast calls for at least another week of sweltering heat.  We’re even experiencing higher humidity that the norm.

So, we went for a family picnic/bbq this weekend… in the heat.  It just saps the energy out of me and it makes it uncomfortable for me to watch my hubby doing the lion’s share of the work.   God bless that man!

I honestly had a bit of the missing mojo this week.  I’m working on some completely different art and it’s so different from paper crafts.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to share that here, soon.

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I have had these Webster’s Pages papers in my stash for quite some time.  I challenged myself to use this piece on my card today.

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – All Occasion Sentiments SET 2

Webster’s Pages
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Altenew Ink Cube – Sea Shore – emerald
May Arts 5/8″ Faux Canvas

Prima Serenade – Turquoise
Prima Leaves – 4 Seasons
Webster’s Pages sequins
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

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Thanks for stopping by!

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~Enjoy~

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Well, I’ve started to think of Christmas.  I know, I know… it’s too early.  But, we’ll have four grandchildren by then and it will be my first Christmas as “grandma”.  I think that requires me to spoil them.  The oldest is a 12 year old boy, so that is going to be tricky.  I remember my boys at that age.  All they wanted was video games and bicycles.  Then I’ll have a 5 yr old granddaughter and 2 infant granddaughters.  Those three should be pretty easy.  At any rate, it’s a challenge I fully accept!

Making a card for this week was a challenge for me.  I initially wanted to make a card with the Sunflower image/die, but after stamping the image several times with no clear image, I discovered my desk mat (a seamstress mat), has a warp in the area that I normally stamp.  I need a new one!

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I doubled up the image to make it really stand out.

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for this card, I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Farmhouse Simple Sentiments

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Thank You for Caring Coneflower

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Cornflower
Cornflower bundle
Authentique – Frontier – 6 x 6

Sprectum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
May Arts Baker’s Twine – Kraft
Sequins
1/4″ Scortape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
Copic markers

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Another look

Enjoy R2

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Thanks for stopping by!

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It’s been an exciting weekend here.  Wild weather and shopping the closeout sale at Babies R Us.  With a 5 month old granddaughter and another granddaughter due in late September, I have been keeping an eye on the savings at both Toys R Us and Babies R Us.  We’ve shopped a couple times and got fair deals, but this weekend we hit the jackpot with savings of 60-70% on big ticket items.  Our girls are well taken care of and it didn’t break the bank!

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This week’s card has been rolling around in my head since this set came out.  My cup definitely runneth over!

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This has to be one of my favorite color combos and the Graphic 45 Patterns & Solids is perfect in it’s tiny patterns.  I have pretty much used this pad up (which is rare).

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Cup Runneth Over closeup

A little sliver of vellum colored with a marker represents the transfer of liquid.

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Coffee or Tea
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Coffee or Tea
Coffee or Tea bundle

Graphic 45 – Gilded Lily Patterns and Solids

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Vellum
Altenew Ink Cube – Glacier Caves (Persian Blue)
Prima Perles – Rosarian

Spellbinders Die – Standard Circles
Melissa Frances – white pearls
1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

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Cup Runneth Over L2

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~A True Classic~

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So, yesterday was Father’s Day.  The sons (except #3 who lives in Maryland), took hubby out for a day of good old fashion man fun.  They drove out to the countryside and shot their rifles and hand guns.  Then they bowled a couple games.  My hubby could not be happier.  My part was to make sure he was fed well.  I got that covered!

After I finish a card I leave it on the photo prop because I know my hubby is going to step in the studio to take a look.  I psyched him out by leaving this card (which I used for Father’s Day).  My son gave him the one I made a couple weeks ago.  He was all kinds of confused.

This card I call “it’s all in the paper”.  I barely used anything besides the paper from the Authentique Rugged 6 x 6 pad.

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It was literally a 20 minute card from design to completion.

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Authentique 6 x 6 – Rugged
5/8″ Double Faced Faux Suede – brown

Kaisercraft pearls – chocolate
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermoweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
Chocolate cardstock
Marine Blue cardstock
word punch

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For years, I’ve told my hubby that I won’t buy him a Father’s Day gift/card as he’s not MY father.  I’ve encouraged the boy to celebrate with him, though!

My youngest did commission a card, though.  My hubby is a Navy Veteran and is very proud of the time he served.  So I chose the Seafarer from Authentique.  Completely LOVE this pad of paper.

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Yes, it does feel like an Americana card.

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The young family brought the wee ones over yesterday to use the pool at our complex.  They were here a whopping 20 minutes when they found out their car had been towed.  They were parked in front of OUR garage (plenty of room), and ended up in a run around with the tow company.  Took them a couple hours to get the car back.  In the meantime, I had 2 hungry little girls on my hand.  While a yogurt satisfied Princess Cupcake, Princess Sweet Pea cried until she nearly fell asleep.  No bottle or binkie in her bag.  Her daddy and big sister did a good job of calming her.

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – All Occasion Sentiments SET 2

Authentique – Seafarer 6.x.6

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Altenew Ink Cube – Glacier Caves (Sapphire)
Spellbinders Nestabilities – Stars

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Buckle
Kraft cardstock

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HFD L1

Thanks for stopping by!

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It’s been a good/bad week here in the land of milk and honey.  I had a project started several days ago that got trashed in a studio debacle.  I cried.  But then a visit from my son, daughter in love and grandbaby turned it around.  The baby is 4 month old.  For the first time, she fell asleep in my arms.  I was not prepared for how my heart would swell.  Now I’m super excited for granddaughter #2 to arrive in September!

I made the best of a bad situation and recovered with a card.

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Wishing You R2

My first time using a doilie.  It gives such a shabby look, don’t you think?

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A little snippet closeup.  I added a vellum butterfly to my big pink button and tied it on with baker’s twine.

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – All Occasion Sentiments SET 1
Authentique 6 x 6 – Jubilee
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock
Vellum
Momento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles
Spellbinders Les Papillions

Wilton 4″ doilies
Baker’s Twine – Cotton Candy/White
Sequins – Pink – 5mm

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Button

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Wishing You L1

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Thanks for stopping by!

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