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So, how about that weather!?  We were at 80 degrees a few days ago and now we’re stuck at 40 with snow on the way.  I’m not sure what season it really is!

Sadly, I have several friends/family members who are dealing with some really heavy stuff.  They all live in different states, so my favorite way of telling them I am praying for them is to send them a card.  Something about having that tangible ‘hug’ in their hand cements the fact that I am with them in spirit.

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Once again, I raided my Christmas themed patterned paper for a non-Christmas card.  It’s my latest craze!  I use to just put the seasonal paper aside, whereas now I make it a challenge to use it!

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Thank You for Caring – Coneflower
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Thinking of You Rose
Authentique 6 x 6 – Alpine
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Fishtail Sentiment Banners
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Coneflower
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink

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

other:
Copics

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Thanks for stopping by!!

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Just moments after Mother’s Day and I’m already busy with Father’s Day cards.  I need several of them this year.  As the grandbabies start to appear, their daddies are needing celebrating.

I’m super impressed with my sons and their skills as dads.  I don’t know that I’m surprised.  Their dad is a great father and grandfather.  I knew he would be, as HIS father was an amazing dad, too.  Unfortunately, we lost him 21 years ago.

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I went super simple and crisp on this one.  This would work for any of my guys.

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The wood dots were colored with a copic marker to match the wood elements on the card.

 

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – A Godly Man
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – All Occasion Sentiments Set 2

Authentique 6 x 6 – Solitude
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – A Godly Man Buck
Spellbinders – Pierced Rectangles
Seam Binding – Tropic Wine
My Mind’s Eye – Just Splendid – wood dots
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink

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

other:
brown/tan cardstock scraps

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~Just A Note~

What a wonderful weekend it’s been!  First, I should tell you that May is always a difficult month for me.  My mom passed in May of 1992 and with her birthday and Mother’s day also in May, it has typically been a gloomy month for me.  Last May, it all changed.  It was my first May with our first granddaughter, Kaleo.  So, to kick off a brighter May, we got to babysit her this past weekend.

When I got to creating, my mood went to light and airy.  Bright spring colors and lots of white space, this is one of my favorite easy peasy cards ever.  I think I will be using my stencils more often!

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I rarely have the proper color of pearls to use, so I make them myself.  You can color white or cream pearls with copic markers to customize for your project!

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Farmhouse Signage
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock
Vellum
Memento Tuxedo Black
Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Carved Pumpkin
Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Mustard Seed
Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Picked Raspberry
Spellbinders – Les Papillions

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Fishtail Sentiment Banners

Melissa Frances – pearls – white **
Daubers
Tim Holtz Stencil – Concerto
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
Copic – RV09

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~For the Graduate~

I am officially old.  This past week we received a graduation announcement for our great-niece.  How the heck did that happen?!

Her school colors are patriotic blue/red.  Since the graduation is at the end of May, these colors are perfect.  Americana at it’s finest.

 

I made a tiny tassel with embroidery floss.  Since I don’t have the same size pearls in all three colors, I colored a couple white pearls with copics.

Ok, so my initial thought was to make the cap look like it’s being thrown (as often happens at the end of the ceremony).  I ran with the stars hoping that would read that way.  What do you think?

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Graduation Sentiments

Authentique – 6 x 6 – Frontier

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Fishtail Sentiment Banners
Cheery Lynn Designs – Dies – Graduation set

Spellbinders Nestabilities – Stars

Kaisercraft Pearls – Red

Melissa Frances – Pearls – white **

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

other:
Memento Danube Blue Dye Ink
** Copics (B69, R39, RV69)
Red embroidery floss

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Mother’s Day has been an emotional one for the last 27 years.  That’s when I lost my own mom.  My Mother-in-Law passed in 2014.  For the last 5 years, I’ve just not wanted to make Mother’s Day cards.

Then last year, it all changed.  Two of my daughter in laws gave us granddaughters, so now making Mother’s Day cards is back on the table. Literally.

I did struggle a bit with what to do, but I shouldn’t.  I took a look back (way back!) into my own portfolio and found one of the oldest cards I have ever made and it was a simplified version of today’s card.

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Now it’s time to get busy making Father’s Day cards.  I need several of those!

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – All Occasion Sentiment SET 2

Authentique – 6 x 6 – Springtime
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock

Distress Ink Pad – Mermaid Lagoon
Divine Twine Baker’s Twine – Aqua/White

Simple Stories – I Am – enamel dots
Kaisercraft Mini blooms – sea breeze
Spellbinders Nestabilities – Classic circles

1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares
other:
cardstock scraps (teals)
copy paper

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~You & Me~

Today, I’m counting on my husband not reading my blog.  I’m sure he doesn’t!  Our 37th anniversary is fast approaching, so I put this little card together for him.  I have to say, my hubby keeps every single card I’ve ever given him.  Awwww!

I picked the Farmhouse line of stamps/dies for this fun card.  The background was achieved with a layering stencil.  It’s no secret that I love plaid.

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Simple layout and a couple popped up elements.

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The horses have a significance with us.  That’s a story for another day! LOL

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Some sweet little die cuts to decorate the inside

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps -Farmhouse Simple Sentiments
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Farmhouse Signage

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Farmhouse Signage

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Farmhouse pierced nested hearts
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Momento Rich Cocoa dye ink

Stampers Anonymous – Plaid Layering Stencil** this exact stencil is unavailable. A number of othersuitable stencils can be found here.
Baker’s Twine – brown/white
Simple Stories – So Fancy enamel dots

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

other:
Maroon embroidery thread
Angel Pink ink

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~JAVA~

Coffee and I have a love/hate relationship.  While I enjoy my morning coffee on the patio, watching the sun come up, I secretly pray that the warm golden liquid would bring me energy.  Unfortunately, it just makes me sleepy.  Not fair.

But, let’s face it… people love coffee.  I love sending coffee gift cards.  It’s like sending a warm hug.

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I notice that this card has all the standard colors that coffee comes in.  Didn’t even try. 🙂

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Gift card slot inside…

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – A Cup of Java

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – A Cup of Java

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps/Dies (bundle)

My Mind’s Eye – Gingham Farm

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink

Spellbinders Classic circles

Simple Stories – diy Christmas

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermoweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

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Let’s talk coffee.  I didn’t start drinking coffee until I was in my late teens.  Back then there were no fancy flavored creamers.  We used either half n half or milk.  Coffee then was more of a social drink, like over a conversation with my mom.  Then my hubby came along and he was a black coffee only kind of guy.  Yuck!  When the flavored creamers arrived, drinking coffee was like having a dessert.  Then I met my friend, Mr. Keurig.  I got it as a Christmas present and we’ve been together ever since.

So, today we’re unveiling the new Java stamp set with dies.  The dies are so fun!  The sentiments are not like all the others.  They are very upbeat and so versitile!  Must have.  Must.

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The Echo Park Coffee paper pad (6 x 6) is absolutely MADE for these stamps and dies!

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – A Cup of Java

Echo Park 6 x 6 – Coffee

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth premium white cardstock

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – A Cup of Java

Spellbinders – Classic Circles

Spellbinders – Classic Hearts

Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink

Simple Stories – I Am – enamel dots

1/4″ Scortape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:

Crystal stickles

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~Abounding Love~

I sort of feeling I need to apologize or something for this week’s very simple card.

You see, yesterday morning, my youngest son and his wife and baby girls put Colorado in their rear view mirrors and headed off to a new adventure in New Mexico.  You bet that this grammy is missing my kids/grands in a big way already.  I am incredibly proud of them for chasing this dream.  They will be met at the end of their journey by my daughter in law’s grandmother.  She’s a wonderful lady and I trust she will give my grandbabies many kisses from me.  Oh, and I’m already planning our first visit to NM!

This past week, I’ve not felt much like creating.  It does occur to me that simple cards are a favorite among the paper crafting world.  It’s just not usually my style.

I do so love the colors in this Graphic 45 Garden Goddess pad

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Mercy
Graphic 45 – 8 x 8 – Garden Goddess

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Spellbinders – Pierced Rectangles
Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink

Baker’s Twine – yellow/white
Kaisercraft – Pearls – Yellow
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

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~Grace is Enough~

Are you ready for new stamps and dies??!!  We have two sentiment stamp sets (Mercy and Grace), with just gorgeous scripture AND a new die set of crosses.

We’re just a month out from Easter and these sets are so perfect for Easter (but also sympathy, thinking of you, etc).

I chose to work with “GRACE” first.  Grace is a concept that I struggled with as a new Christian (many moons ago).  Grace is a gift.  I could not comprehend how I had earned such a gift.  My pastor drilled it into me that no one is worthy, that’s why it’s a GIFT!  He drilled the GRACE cipher : God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.

It’s not easy to see by the photo, but the crosses emboss quite well.  I ran it through my die cut machine twice with an extra shim.

I added stickles to the flowers to give them more interest.  They sparkle way more than the photos show.

I don’t normally add an inside sentiment, but this one was too perfect to pass up!

I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Grace
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Crosses
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Fishtail Sentiments Banners

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth premium white cardstock

Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Pink, Turquoise, Purple inks (used Pink, Turquoise and purple)
** Distress Inks make a good substitute
Imagine Crafts Sponge Daubers

Kaisercraft Mini Blooms (Pink, Turquoise and Purple)
Prima Leaves – 4 Seasons Velvet
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil – Concerto
Melissa Fraces – White pearls (colored with copic marker)
1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Copic marker
Turquoise cardstock
Stickles

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Thanks for stopping by!

 

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