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~Succulent Birthday~

Sorry I missed you last week.  We have been drowning in events since the week before Christmas and I managed to become dehydrated along with some other ailments.  I’m feeling pretty much 100% now.

Last weekend we had my granddaughter’s 2nd birthday and then the gender reveal for the new baby coming in July.  It’s a girl!!!  This will be our fourth granddaughter.

Now I’m on to birthdays.  That list never ends!

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There’s something so dainty about this card.  It’s probably the muted colors.  And I’m loving the sequins.

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Farmhouse All Occasion Greetings

Kaisercraft 6.5 x 6.5 – Greenhouse

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Spellbinders – Foliage

Memento Tuxedo black dye ink
1.5″ Wrinkled Ribbon

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

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Thanks for stopping by!

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~Paisley Birthday~

I have a secret.  I’m normally a tight lipped secret keeper, but this one has me twisted.  You see, my son and daughter in law are expecting another child.  My daughter-in-law asked me to plan the gender reveal.  Only my husband and I know the gender.  I have one more week until we can spill it.  And I can’t wait!!

Today I’m sharing a birthday card.  I have seven family birthdays in the next eight weeks.  I’d also love to get ahead.  It’s never ending!  Good think I enjoy making cards.

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I really like the combination of floral and stripes in this paper pad- Paisley Days.  Definitely love these colors, too!

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Farmhouse All Occasion Greetings
Kaisercraft – Paisley Days

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Vellum
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Fishtail Sentiment Dies

Spellbinder – Foliage

Spellbinder – Les Papillons

Spellbinder A2 Scalloped Borders One

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares
other:
Bermuda cardstock
Nuvo drops

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Thanks for stopping by!

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~To Say I Love You~

The older I get, the faster the holidays and celebrations come hurling towards me.  My head is spinning.  And to top it off, I’m already thinking about next Christmas!

I’ve spent the last several days in the recliner, running hot and cold.  It seems like an annual thing with me.  Always around the holidays, too.  I’m on the mend, though.

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How about some gift tags, today?!  It’s a gift in itself.  They are so quick to make and they add a little romance to your gift.

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Floral Cluster Spring Pansies

     Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

     Spellbinder Classic Hearts

    Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Sentiment Banners

      Wilton Paper Doilies – 4″ White Lace

     Prima Flowers and leaves –

     May Arts – Twine – Red/white

1/4″ ScorTape

   Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:

Red cardstock

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Thanks for stopping by!

 

I’m pretty sure that I say the same thing each year when I post the first Valentine.  I do as many Valentines as I do Christmas cards.

My hubby works in the trades, so the guys he works with gobble the Valentines up.  I have made a challenge to myself this year to come up with some male type Valentines.  Hey, guys like to get cards, too!

Follow along right up to February 14th to see if I met the challenge!

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The diamond press paper from Craft Consortium is awesome!

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Thinking of you Rose

Craft Consortium – 6 x 6 – Metal Textures

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Farmhouse Pierced Nested Hearts
Spellbinders – classic circles

Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink

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

other:
Red/Gray/Black cardstock
Star brads

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Thanks for stopping by!

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~Rise and Shine~

Believe it or not, this is a Christmas card.  In our house, when the boys were young, it was our tradition on Christmas morning for mom and dad to make a pot of coffee and curl into our chairs before the boys were allowed to open presents.  It drove them nuts!

Now that the boys are all married with families of their own, we do the Christmas Eve thing.  It’s chaos, but so much fun!

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I did some distressing on this one.  The colors are my favorite, but not quite traditional.

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – A Cup of Java
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – A Cup of Java
Bundle –

Prima – 8 x 8 – Christmas in the country

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth premium white cardstock
Vellum
Memento Tuxedo black dye ink
Simple Stories – DiY Christmas – enamel dots

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

other:
Black cardstock
Cherry cardstock

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~Rustic Birthday~

 

Here’s a challenge for you.  Make a male Birthday card in a winter theme.

I’ve got three birthdays between now and Christmas.   I’m slowly but surely obtaining my goals.  I know my husband is going to see this before his birthday, and that’s ok.  He’ll get  surprise inside!

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I kept this pretty simple.  The woodgrain paper is so amazing.

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – O Christmas Tree
stamp die combo
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Birthday Sentiments

Craft Consortium – 6×6 – wood textures
Tim Holtz distress inks:
Antique Linen
Gathered Twigs
Daubers
Burlap String – Copper
1/4″ ScorTape

Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
Craft cardstock
Copper brads

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Thanks for stopping by!

~Blue Poinsettia~

I’ll have a blue Christmas without you
I’ll be so blue jet thinking about you
Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree
Won’t be the same thing if you’re not here with me
And when the snowflakes do fallin’
Yes when the blue memories starts callin’
I’ll be doin’ all right with your Christmas of white
And I’ll have a blue blue Christmas

Over the last three days, I’ve watched at least 6 Hallmark Christmas movies. The tree finally made it into the house.  New ornaments are on the way (red/silver tree this year).  Parties are planned.  I even listened to a bit of Mannheim Steamroller.  Slap a santa hat on my head and call me in the spirit.

Several years back, I started a tradition to make a Christmas card in non-traditional colors.  I’ve just about got all the colors covered.  I realize that have never done one in blue and gold.

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My only tiny complaint about the gold is that it’s so bright it picks up colors around it.

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Jesus

Bazzill Gold mirrored cardstock

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Spellbinders – poinsettia die
Versamark
Ranger Fine Gold embossing powder

Darice – Snowflake Scroll embossing folder

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

other:
Blue cardstock
Nuvo drops – gold

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Thanks for stopping by!

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This week I was told by my doctor to rest.  I almost laughed.  Birthday party on Saturday.  Birthday on Tuesday.  Thanksgiving…. and the list goes on.  Yes, I tend to overextend myself.  I end up cancelling things or not sleeping.  Either way is bad.

So I had this card in mind.  The penny slider card from way back.  I love the rustic foreground and peeks of gold and plaid.  So simple.

You can find the basic instructions @ Splitcoaststampers on the tutorials page.  HERE.

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My only advice is to ensure that your spacing on the spinner track is very even.  It makes the image spin freely.  I wish I had a way to do video so I can show you it in action!

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This card is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2″.  It has three layers of dimensionals, making it rather chunky, too.

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Floral Cluster Winter Poinsettia
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Wonder of Christmas Sentiments

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Floral Cluster & Sprigs

Spellbinders – Pierced Circles
Craft Consortium Wood Textures 12×12
Echo Park 6 x 6 – Here Comes Santa Claus

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Bazzill Mirrored cardstock – Gold

Memento Tuxedo black dye ink
MME – enamel dots
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermoweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Copics
white gel pen
2 pennies

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Thanks for stopping by!

~Christmas Greetings~

Christmas is sneaking up on me… or more appropriately, it’s barreling down on me like a locomotive.  It’s not like it falls on a different day/month each year.  I do a great deal of THINKING about it, then wait until it’s time to go full tilt getting things done.

For that reason, I absolutely LOVE all Kaisercraft paper pads.  You can easily make a card without stamps or dies.  This is a major plus sometimes.  I don’t know how many times I get a request for a “quick” card.  Kaisercraft to the rescue!

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This year we have 3 granddaughters (ages 22 mo, 14 mo and 6 yrs) and a foster grandson, aged 14.  Now I raised four sons and was always ooohing and ahhhing over the adorable girls clothes and toys.  I can’t even imagine the $$ I’m going to be tempted to spend!

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Farmhouse Christmas

Kaisercraft 6.5 x 6.5″ – Let it Snow

 Bazzill Silver Mirrored cardstock –

 Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

 Spellbinders – Pierced Circles

 Spellbindes – Create A Flake six

 Versamark

Ranger super fine silver embossing powder

 Enamel Dots

 1/4″ ScorTape

 Thermoweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

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Thanks for stopping by!

~Peace on Earth~

I don’t know about you, but I am so far behind in my Christmas crafts.  Crafters may not understand how you can be behind with 44 days left until Christmas.  I have a total of THREE Christmas cards made, so far.  I need at least thirty, many of which need to be mailed out to both coasts.

Fortunately, I received some new papers over the weekend.  They are very inspiring!  I’m planning a Christmas card blitz for this coming week!

The papers I used this week from Kaisercraft (First Noel) are definitely unique!  I love the black, gold, white combo so much.

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These papers are like the Las Vegas of paper.  Lots of foiled papers, beautiful papers.

Our challenge this week is to make a Christmas card/tag with non-traditional colors.  The call was for clean and simple.  I think I failed on that part.

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Merry Christmas

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Merry Christmas Star

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Fishtail Sentiment Banners
Kaisercraft 6.5. x 6.5″ – First Noel
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
My Mind’s Eye – Charmed enamel dots
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermoweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Sharpie Paint Pen – Gold

Other:
Sharpie ultrafine Black

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Thanks for stopping by!

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