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Wishing you header

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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Wishing You closeup

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!

~Celebrate~

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We’ve got a great deal to celebrate!  Tomorrow is our 36th wedding anniversary.  I honestly cannot believe it’s been 36 years.  We raised 4 amazing sons, moved multiple times from coast to coast.  Welcomed three amazing daughter-in-laws and they’ve given us 3 amazing grandchildren with another due in September.

I guess all that love just makes me feel a lot younger.  We’re definitely young enough to celebrate!

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Celebrate R2

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I love cards like this that are pretty much pre-made by the papers used.  Graphic 45’s bigger 8 x 8 gives more options, too.

Celebrate closup

I used:

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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We’re hurling towards Memorial Day at breakneck speed.  This is OUR holiday.  We not only get to celebrate another anniversary (36 this year) but we also get to celebrate those that have gone before us…… my mom, his mom, dad and two sisters… and countless others who have laid their life on the line so that you and me can live free.

Today’s fare is a patriotic card.  I could do these all day, every day.  Something about the colors that pulls at my heartstrings.

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Home of the Brave R2

Made fairly flat and easy for mailing.  I’d love to make a bunch of these and send them to military wives.  They are the real heros!

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Home of the Brave closeup

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Patriotic Sentiments

Authentique – 6 x 6 – Seafarer
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock
Altenew Ink Cube – Glacier Caves – Sapphire
Spellbinders Die – Stars Five
Divine Twine Baker’s Twine – Blueberry/white
Sequins – Crystal Iridescent – 5 mm
1/4″ Scortape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam square

other:
Navy Cardstock

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Home of the Brave L2

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Thanks for stopping by!

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I have to confess, yesterday was a difficult day for me.  My mom passed away nearly 26 years ago.  My wonderful Mother-in-law passed away four years ago.  The bright spot in my dreary (it’s been raining for nearly 2 days straight) was the different ways that my sons reached out to me.  My oldest stopped by for a visit on Saturday.  They’re celebrating my pregnant daughter-in-love’s birthday (13th).  My 2nd has been staying with us while his apartment is readied for him to move in.  He gave me Dove dark chocolates.  My #3 son called me from Maryland and my youngest sent me a text.  To his credit, he’s celebrating Mother’s Day with his wife and babies.

So, as you can see, I have plenty of reasons to be thankful. Each of them make motherhood a joy in a different way.  Now to pull myself out of a funk and enjoy it all!

This week I did a little Americana inspired card.  I actually had an American decor in the house we owned in New York.  Love it.

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Americana Forever L1

Shhhhh!  I made this for my hubby.   We’re celebrating 36 years of marriage in a few days.

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Americana Forever closeup

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Farmhouse Simple Sentiments

Authentique – Frontier 6×6
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Spellbinders Nestabilities – Hearts

Kaisercraft – 1/2 pearls – Red

May Arts Burlap Cording – Natural

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

Other:
Suede Cardstock

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Americana Forever R2

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Thanks for stopping by!

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It’s May.  For many years, I dreaded May (mom’s birthday, mother’s day, the date of her death, etc).  There has been a great deal of good in May to balance it out (my daughter-in-law’s birthday, my nephew’s birthday (2 of them!), our anniversary.

Now with two daughter-in-laws with babies and one thinking about it (hahaha), the scales have tipped in my favor.  I still do not have a mother to celebrate, but helping my daughter-in-laws to celebrate their mothers is a pretty sweet gig.

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HMD R2

I used a button!  I have probably 300-400 buttons and rarely use them.  And I used twine, which I love, but always forget to use it.

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HMD closeup

So celebrate your mother’s while they’re still with you.  Celebrate them when they’re gone, too.

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – All Occasions Sentiments SET 1
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Thinking of you Rose
Carta Bella – So Noted – 6 x 6 (not currently in stock)**
Substitute – Graphic 45 Precious Memories Patterns & Solids 6×6
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Rose
Stamp Simply Thinking of you stamp/die combo
Spellbinders – Scallop Borders One
Spellbinders Nestabilities – Standard Circles Small

Divine Twine Baker’s Twine – Light Teal/white

Pink Sequin –
1/4″ ScorTape –
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″

Other:
Button

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HMD L1

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Thanks for stopping by!

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Welcome to today’s Blog Hop. This week we are showcasing three sets from our NEW April Release. Last week we concentrated  on graduation and other congratulatory events using two of our new sets. This week we will concentrate on the remaining three sets – All Occasion Sentiments SET 1 and SET 2 and Patriotic Sentiments. Combine these sentiments with images, sentiments or Scripture from our other sets and your options are limitless! Hop along with us. The link list is a bit further down.

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All three of these new sets have something to offer.  From beautiful script font to simple block font, and so many patriotic sentiments.

Splattered Thanks R2

I was cleaning my studio a few days back and came across some of the adhesive mesh that was so popular 10+ years ago.  I used a couple reinkers and a sponge to pounce it onto the background and then removed the mesh.  I love it!

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Splattered Thanks closeup

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – All Occasion Sentiments SET2
Authentique – 6 x 6 – Frontier
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock
Spellbinders Nestabilities – Classic Circles
Spellbinders Nestabilities – Lacey Circles

Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Reinker – Black Soot

Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Reinker – Candied Apple
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil – Mesh

Royal Synthetic Artist Sponges –

Prima – Red Rose medium, red leaves
Kaisercraft – 1/2 pearls- Black

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

other:
Black cardstock
Mesh

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Splattered Thanks L1

Ready to get hopping?  Here you go!

Sharon Johnson (The Stamp Simply Blog) <- Start here

Holly McMillen

Sheri Holt

Deb Saaranen

Deb Felts

Heidi Blankenship

Darsie Bruno

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Thanks for stopping by!

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 Here I am again… the lucky blogger who gets to give you a sneak peek of the new Stamp Simply Ribbon Store’s Patriotic and Sentiments sets!  There’s something here for everyone.

My share today was so satisfying to make.  For one, I made this card with mailing in mind.  Pretty flat!  Also, I really challenged myself.  You see, I had no patriotic patterned paper.  None.  So I went on a hunt through dozens and dozens of paper pads.  I finally found what I was looking for in a couple of Christmas themed pads!  So, never give up.  Think way outside the box, and you never know what you’ll find.

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For Your Service L1

I can’t wait to see what else the design team comes up with!

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For Your Service closeup

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Patriotic Sentiments

Authentique – Colorful Christmas

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth White cardstock
Kaisercraft Silent Night 6.5×6.5

Spellbinders – Scalloped Borders Two
Spellbinders – Nestabilities – Standard Circles
Altenew Ink Cube – Glacier Caves – Sapphire

Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Kaisercraft – Rhinestones – Red
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
Navy blue cardstock

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For Your Service R2

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Thanks for stopping by!  Remember to join us this Wednesday for the official blog hop!

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Welcome to our Graduation & Beyond BLOG HOP today. We have many projects to share showcasing two of the sets in our NEW April Release – Graduation Sentiments and Scripture for Graduation & Beyond. With these 2 sets your options for cards for so many types of celebratory and congratulatory events are limitless.  Combine them with images, sentiments or Scripture from our other sets and the sky is the limit!

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It’s Graduation time!  We live in a college town.  With a state university just to the north or us and several smaller colleges flanking the edges of town.  Throw in four high schools and you can bet that Graduation cards are a must!

Live Long and Prosper R1

I’m calling this “Live Long and Prosper”.  The Authentique Rugged paper is perfect for this type of card.  This specific piece with the books just screams matriculation!

Live Long and Prosper closeup

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Scripture for Graduation & Beyond
Authentique 6 x 6 – Rugged
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock
Altenew Ink Cube – Glacier Caves – Sapphire
Spellbinders Nestabilities – Standard Circles
Cheery Lynn Designs – Graduation Set (cap)
Darice – Quaterfoil embossing folder
My Mind’s Eye – record It – here is Happy enamel dots

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Navy cardstock

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Live Long and Prosper L2

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Ready to see more?!

The hop links are here:

Sharon Johnson (The Stamp Simply Blog) – The fun starts here!

Holly McMillen

Sheri Holt

Deb Felts

Heidi Blankenship

Darsie Bruno

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Thanks for stopping by!

Enjoy :)

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~~ Sneak Peek ~~

Today I have the honor of giving you a sneak peek into The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store‘s newest release!

With graduations upon us in the coming weeks, the new release is just perfect for your card, treat, gift needs.  Many sentiments in the lovely font!  Also, a nod to more new sets coming next week!  You’ll want to follow along.

Shining Star R1

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I went with classic black and gold and clean lines.  The mirrored cardstock is so classy.  It is so shiny you can see parts of my studio reflected in the photo! Nice!

Shining Star closeup

I used:

                     ~ Thanks for stopping by!

 

~To Cheer You~

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Missed you all last week.  I caught a bug; second of the year!  Feeling much better.  Just in time to host a late Easter dinner for the family.  Just a couple years ago, our family consisted of just the six of us.  We’ve grown to twelve with another on the way!  Makes my heart happy.

I’m going to make a confession.  This card I’m going to share is NOT the original idea for today’s post.  You know the old saying, “measure twice, cut once”?  Yeah, well I did a really cool project using dies that are not in the store.

Cheers L2

I’ve been doing inventory in my studio for the last month and it seems like just when I finish, it’s time to start again.  I do thank my son, Zeke, for helping me.  We’re not done! :)

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Cheers closeup

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This card represents all the drama I’ve been experiencing as of late.  Sometimes it is so relaxing and soothing to just get lost in a card or project.  That’s why they call it therapy!

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Get Well Tulip

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium cardstock
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Tulip die
Get Well Tulip and Die combo
1/8″ Silk Ribbon by May Arts
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Altenew Ink Cube – Glacier Caves (Arctic)

Bow Easy – Original
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Melissa Frances – white pearls

other:
Black Cardstock

Cheers R2

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Thanks for stopping by!

~ Holly

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