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~Joy X 3 ~

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The season is seriously creeping up on me.  I have not even begun to shop or get my holiday schedule together.  For only the 2nd time in a long long time, we’ll be enjoying Thanksgiving with my daughter in law’s grandparents.  Christmas is looking bleak, too.  We’ll be lucky to have the kids and grandkids on Christmas Eve.  It’s not their fault, either.  We live in a tiny apartment and when we all get in here is is quite packed!

I actually had someone request a bunch of Christmas cards to give out and I am scrambling to get those made before Thanksgiving.  I haven’t sent many in the last few years, so no worries there.

This WILL be the first Christmas with the grandbabies, so that part is getting me excited!

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There’s a story behind this card.  When I was 9 years old, my family was living in Illinois and the parents were struggling financially.  For Christmas that year, they did buy each of us a pair of ice skates so we could enjoy the frozen pond just a few yards from our house.  I remember that Christmas so fondly.  We spent countless hours on that ice.

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Joy X 3 closeup

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – O Christmas Tree

Authentique 6 x 6 – Alpine

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock
Bazzill Metallic Cardstock – Matte Silver
Altenew Ink Cube – Cool Summer Night- Desert Night
Spellbinders – Create A Flake Six
Spellbinders – Flakes N Skates

Spellbinder Nestabilities – classic circles

Simple Stories – Hello Baby enamel dots

Snow Tex

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
blue cardstock
metallic embroidery floss
glitter glue

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Joy X 3 L1

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~Merry & Bright~

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The next 60 days will be a marathon for me.  There are so many family birthdays (including my own), three major holidays, Christmas shopping to be done, not to mention all the cooking and baking.  Then there is the gift buying/making.  It’s going to be hairy!

So, yeah… you’ll see Christmas cards galore.  Not just from me, but from the entire card making community.  I’m going completely traditional with this one.  The Red/Green combo is classic.

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Merry and Bright 2018 R2

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I always try to match my Christmas cards to the someone who will be receiving it.  It’s difficult at best, but rewarding when I hear how much the recipient enjoyed it.

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Merry and Bright 2018 closeup

I used:

 

 

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Wonder of Christmas Sentiments
Kaisercraft – Peace & Joy – 6.5 x 6.5

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Spellbinders – Layered Poinsettia

Spellbinders – Decorative Curved Square

Altenew Ink Cube – Green Fields (Evergreen)Baker’s Twine – brown/white

Simple Stories – DIY Christmas enamel dots

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

Other:
Red cardstock
Green cardstock
Button

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Merry and Bright 2018 L1

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~Autumn Blessing 2~

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And it’s back to Autumn!  Just ten days ago we had 7″ of snow and frigid temperatures.  Now we’re back in the 70s.  I was all ready to make Christmas cards, but now I’m too warm for that!  At least this week! :)

I’ve been a little under the weather these last few days.  I have an abscess on my jaw and even with antibiotics, it is getting bigger.  I’ve been to the doctor, urgent care and the emergency room.  Cha-ching!

So I did another Autumn card.  These new Authentique papers are scrumptious!

Autumn Blessing R2

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I love mixing and matching patterned paper.  It’s so easy when you get these small pattern pieces.

Autumn Blessings 2 closeup

The Stamp Simply Ribbon store is flush with papers right now.  There are NEW releases and a BUNCH on sale.  Check it out!

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Autumn Blessings L1

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Welcome Fall
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Autumn Blessings

Authentique 6 x 6 – Pleasant
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Wheat Bundles

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Welcome Fall Pumpkin
Spellbinders Nestabilities – Classic Ovals

Memento dye ink pad – Rich Cocoa
My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots – Record It! Here is Happy

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb – 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Vanilla Cardstock
Copics

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~Blue Christmas~

Blue Christmas header

Well, a few days ago it really did look like Christmas.  We had 7″ of snow, but it was mostly gone by mid afternoon.  That’s how the snow is around here.  Yes, it does snow a lot, but it also melts in a wink.

I’ve only made two Christmas cards so far this season.  I need to step it up if I’m even going to have enough for family.  If I didn’t send to family, I’d be in trouble!

Blue Christmas L1

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Every year I make a non traditional snowflake card.  I think this blue is my favorite.

Blue Christmas closeup

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Wonder of Christmas Sentiments
Authentique – 6×6 – Solitude

Altenew Ink Cube – Cool Summer Night (Desert Night)

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Fishtail Sentiment Banners
Spellbinders – Create A Flake Six

Simple Stories – enamel dots – Winter Wonderland

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

Other:
Sea blue cardstock
buttons
embroidery floss

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Blue Christmas R1

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~Creepy Halloween~

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Of course, the crafting world is full speed ahead with the Halloween crafts.  I am not much for Halloween cards, as I have never actually sent one, but I do the token card once a year.

I use to make cute little totes for the neighbor kids when we lived in our last house.  Now we’re in an apartment complex that doesn’t allow trick or treaters.  I’m sure that I’ll be doing that kind of thing again when the grandbabies get older.

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Creepy closeup

The pumpkin from the Welcome Fall set inspired this card.

Creepy R1

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – All Occasion Sentiment SET 2
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Welcome Fall

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Welcome Fall Pumpkin

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Fishtail Sentiment Banners
Momento Tuxedo Black dye ink
Imagine Crafts Sponge Daubers
Tim Holtz Collection – Birch stencil
1/4″ Scortape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
Gray cardstock
Copics

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Creepy L1

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~Shine~

Shine header

If there’s anyone in my life that I didn’t show enough appreciate, it was my pastor.  When we lived in New York, we had the greatest church home and the pastor and his wife were amazing people.  He acted as a counselor as much as a pastor.  His wife was an amazingly giving person.  She organized a semi-annual care package drive for college students and military.

Shine R2

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Today’s offering comes from two new stamp sets and a new die set. (see links below)

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What pastor doesn’t love a good bookmark?!

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The new die set is absolutely perfect for the sentiments in the new sets.  The largest die begged to be made into a bookmark.

Shine bookmark and card duo

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I used:

Pastor Appreciation Card

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Pastor Appreciation Scripture

Authentique – Seafarer 6 x 6
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock

Spellbinders – Wonky Rectangles
Substitue: Spellbinders Classic Rectangles

Spellbinders – Crosses Two
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots – Reds
1/4″ Scortape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Pastor Appreciation Bookmark

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Pastor Appreciation Greetings
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Thank You for Caring Coneflower

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Fishtail Sentiment Banners

Baker’s Twine -light teal and white
1/4″ Scortape

other:
cherry cardstock
copic markers
laminator (optional)

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Shine L2

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~Autumn Blessings~

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Autumn has always been my favorite time of year.  I like to snuggle up with a cup of coffee and a good book.  I like the sound the leaves make when you stomp on them.  I like the crisp mornings and the amazing sunrises that come with them.

This year I have a very special reason for loving Autumn.  Four days ago, my oldest son and his wife brought a new granddaughter into our world.  We had our first granddaughter just over 9 months ago, so we are so abundantly blessed.

This is made with the new Autumn Blessings stamp set from The Stamp Simply Ribbon store.  I just love the sentiments so very much!  There is a die set that goes with is…..

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I don’t think this could be more simple.  The squares are all cut the same and just offset from each other.  Gives the appearance of matting, without actually … well, matting!

A little closer peek:

Autumn Blessing closeup

For this card, I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Autumn Blessings

Authentique Bountiful – 6 x 6
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock
Memento Dew Drop Dye Ink 4 Pack – Arizona Canyon (Potter’s Clay)
Darice – Vine Pattern Embossing Folder
Melissa Frances – 1/2 pearls – white (colored with Copic marker)
1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Cardstock (redwood)
Copic Sketch – E19

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Autumn Blessing L1

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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.

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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

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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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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

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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

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