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~Peace, Love, Joy~

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My focus this week is on the new Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Baptism, Dedication, Confirmation, Communion set.  This card would cover any of those events.

I usually have to send cards like this through the mail, so I kept this pretty simple and fairly flat.

I apologize for my incoherent babble lately.  The new baby (#5 granddaughter) will be here on the 9th.  I get anxious (in a good way) when each arrives.  We’ll be babysitting the big sister, age 2, for three days while mom and dad are at the hospital.  I’m putting together art projects to do with big sister.  Hoping she’ll sit still long enough!

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Yes, I’m still in love with these Craft Consortium papers.  I may have to splurge for another pad or two!

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A simple sentiment inside

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Baptism, Dedication, Confirmation, Comm…
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Easter is for Jesus
Craft Consortium 6×6 – Bright Blooms
Craft Consortium 6×6 – Grunge Festive Tones
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Dye Ink
Baker’s Twine – Celery/White
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Nuvo Drops – Woodland Green
Memento – Bamboo Leaves

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~Grace Upon Grace~

Easter sets & Dies

Does making springy cards make the winter weather warmer?  Say that 3 times fast… the answer is still NO.  I realize that almost the entire continuous 48 states is under a deep freeze.  We’re experiencing sub zero temps with double digit sub zero wind chill.  We have a home, food and tons of blankets.  We’re missing a working furnace.   I think a part of the problem is that I’m not 20 anymore.

Well, at least I had a good time making this card.  I warmed up by moving around a lot during construction.  Oh, and another Craft Consortium paper pad that I’m in love with!

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I have finally resigned myself to the fact that I don’t know what color a certain flower should be.  From now on they’ll be whatever color I want them to be!

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Grace
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Seasonal Wreaths/Spring Summer
Craft Consortium – 6×6 -Bloom & Wild
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock
Spellbinders – Classic Ovals
Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
Daubers
Baker’s Twine – celery/white
Stamper’s Anonymous – Tim Holtz’ Concerto Stencil
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermoweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
Memento Bahama Blue
Copic

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~Let’s Do Coffee~

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Life just keeps getting more exciting.  In one month, we will have our 5th granddaughter!  Since we raised 4 sons, I often prayed for a granddaughter.  You know, someone to eventually take over my studio.  Well, my prayer has been answer 5 fold.

I have to admit, I was not prepared at how much $$$ comes with grands.  Oh, not that their parents don’t provide, they do!  I just have that grammy gene that thinks they need anything they want.  It may be the undoing of my finances, but I love their smiles!

So, every now and again, I need to escape and get coffee with a friend.  Pretty rare these days with the pandemic.  I’m thinking coffee over facetime?

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These stick family add ons are so cute!  The sentiment set covers so much that we rarely see.  I mean, who doesn’t want to have coffee with me?

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Stick Family Add ons
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Stick Family Sentiments Add ons
Echo Park 6×6 – Coffee & Friends
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock
Spellbinders – Classic Ovals
Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
Baker’s Twine – Peach/white
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
Nuvo Crystal Drops – white
Copic markers

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~Hallelujah~

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I get a kick out of people who complain about the decor for the next holiday being on shelves months ahead.  For me it’s like Christmas every other month!

Easter is by far my favorite holiday.  I love the bright colors and the bunnies and lambs.  I’m just hoping this coming Easter can be normal.

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The Craft Consortium I used here is hands down my favorite spring paper pad.  I’m gaga over polka dots, and the tiny flower pattern is perfect!

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This is the first time i’ve done any paper piecing in a long long time.  I like how it’s matchy matchy with all the other pieces.

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Floral Cluster Spring Pansies

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Easter
Craft Consortium – 6×6 – Bright Blooms
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Baker’s twine – lt blue/white
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
Nuvo Drops Blue Crush

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~Lumberjack Valentine~

Today I challenged myself to make the elusive MALE valentine.  I do 10-15 Valentines each year and 20 kid valentine for my granddaughter’s class.  Not sure how that’s going to work this year, but we’ll get it done.

So yeah.. the MALE valentine… not too mushy, but reflects the personality of the receiver.  In this case, for my hubby, the Echo Park Lumberjack series has great patterns that are meant for Christmas but work here perfectly.

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I’m just going gaga over the buffalo plaid.  Pop a little rugged wooden on top and it’s all about HIM.

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Love
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Typewritten Year Round Greetings
Echo Park – 6×6 – A Lumberjack Christmas
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Farmhouse Pierced Nested Hearts
Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
Daubers
Baker’s Twine –
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
Black cardstock
Black Nuvo Crystal drops
Memento Rhubarb Stalk dye ink

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~Praying for You~

I am happy to say that not one person in my immediate family has been positive for COVid.  However, many friends have.  I can’t make cards fast enough.

I don’t keep too many sympathy cards in my stash.  I usually only make them when the need calls for it.  I generally think clean and simple for sympathy.  This card teeters on CAS, but not quite.

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The falling petal represents loss.

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I Used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Thank you for caring Coneflower
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Sympathy Sentiments SET 2
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock
Bazzill Mirrored cardstock – silver
Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
Spellbinders – Classic Circles
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Coneflower
Stamp/Die combo
Sponge Dauber
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
black cardstock
Nuvo Jewel Drops
Distress Ink – Salty Ocean

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~B/W A Cuppa ~

This week we’re doing black and white.  I’ve probably made less than 10 b/w cards in my time.  I THOUGHT I didn’t like them.  I just needed to revisit the challenge.  I really like this.

I’ve noticed that my cards are getting simpler these days.  I’ve been making cards for the troops and there are limitations.  It really makes one think outside the proverbial box.

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Adding just a little pattern and texture takes it up a notch.

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Typewritten what you mean to me
Echo Park – 6×6 – Coffee Friends
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – A Cup of Java
Spellbinders Classic Circles
Darice – Gradual Dots EF
Baker’s Twine – Black/white
Enamel Dots
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
Oval Punch
Black cardstock

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~Love is in the Air~

I sort of feel like the holidays (and birthdays/anniversaries) are coming fast and furious.  On the other hand, I do more Valentines than Christmas cards.  And now with granddaughters, I’m in charge of making their class Valentines and treats.  Of course, this year may be a little different.

My husband works in the trades and the guys that he works with always order special cards for their significant others.

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Lots of texture and patterns here.  I thought I was out of Valentine type paper, but Craft Consortium’s Bright Blooms is just perfect!

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Typewritten What you mean to me
Craft Consortium 6×6 – Grunge Festive Tones
Craft Consortium 6×6 – Bright Blooms
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
Baker’s Twine – celery
Emamel Dots
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Fishtail Sentiment Banners
Spellbinders -Classic Hearts
Sizzix – Crochet borders
Darice – Vine Pattern Embossing Folder
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
Red Shimmer cardstock,

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Thanks for stopping by!

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~CAS Thank Yous~

I hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas and are preparing for the new year.  I predict that 2021 will be a much better year!

This week we’re focusing on clean and simple, easily mass produced thank you cards.  I focused on using scraps from my paper pads.  With no dimensionals, these are easily mailable.

I left a great deal of white space on my samples.  This is something I have struggled with in the past, but I am pleased with the look here.

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The concept lends itself to any type genre of cards.  These can definitely be mass produced in short order.  On the first one, i used dies and then on the second I just added a strip along the bottom and a small strip above the sentiment.  Both cards took about 15 minutes together.

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Typewritten Year Round Greetings
Memory Box 6×6 – Garland
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Fishtail Sentiment Banners
Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
Enamel Dots
1/4″ ScorTape

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So get those scraps out and within minutes you’ll have a good supply of thank you cards!

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~Year in Review~

Five days until Christmas.  I have a great deal of things to button up, cook, host, and some rest in there, too.  Now it’s all about the kids/grandkids.

This week, we’re doing a year in review.  Each design team member is sharing their top 6 favorite Stamp Simply cards for 2020.  This was a tough choice!

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#1

First up is my Anniversary card for hubby.  The paper here just screams his name.

The original post can be seen HERE.

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#2

 

I think that every card I make with the Coneflower is a favorite.  I love the soft, yet drama that these papers exude.

The original post can be seen HERE.

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#3

I love fancy fold cards, but don’t get a chance to make them often.  I was especially happy when this came out!

You can see the original post HERE.

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#4

This year I have struggled with put together some clean and simple cards.  This isn’t quite CAS, but it was a bump in the road to get there!

You can find the original post HERE.

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#5

This card made itself.  The papers were just perfect for the stamps I chose.

You can find the original post HERE.dddd

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#6

A throwback technique (kickstand card) that just made me happy.  I love the plaid with the traditional red poinsettia!

You can find the original post HERE.

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Thanks for stopping by!

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