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We’ve been given a taste of Spring these last few day… in the upper 70s and 80s.  Next week we’ll be a little cooler, but we never rule out snow in April in Colorado.

Spring has definitely sprung in my studio.  I have so so many birthdays coming up in April and May.  I’m daydreaming about birthday cards if I’m not making one.  I try to match the recipient to the card.   I’m gathering stuff to make summer wreaths and Patriotic wreaths.  Also still trying to obtain my goal of Support our Troops cards.

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The colors look red in my pictures, but I can assure you that it’s shocking pink.

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps -Thank you for caring cornflower
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Typewritten Year Round Greeting
Coneflower bundle
Craft Consortium – Bright Blooms
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Coneflower
Tim Holtz (Sizzix) Thinlits – Mixed Media #1
Brilliance Pigment Ink – Graphite Black
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermoweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
Nuvo Glow Drops
Memento Cottage Ivy
Copics

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Thanks for stopping by!

~Liberty & Justice~

After our snow storm last week (15+ inches), it was 67 degrees on Sunday.  We lost numerous trees in our area, yet the power never went out.  Now the forecast for next weekend is in the 70s.  I love Colorado!

So, I’m jumping from Easter cards to patriotic.  I will be making numerous birthday/Father’s Day cards comin up, too.  We have a large number of family birthdays in April.  Sadly, I won’t be making any Mother’s Day cards as both of our moms have passed.

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I went for crisp and clean for this.  Probably not everyone’s idea of clean, but it is mine!

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Old Glory
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Patriotic Sentiments
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Patriotic Stars and Stripes
Bundle
Echo Park – 6×6 – America 

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock

Spellbinders Classic Circles
Baker’s Twine – blueberry/white
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermoweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Red/Blue cardstock scraps
Nuvo Crystal drops (white/blue)
Memento Paris Dusk/Lady Bug dye ink

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~Easter Bunny~

It’s been like a whirlwind around here these past couple of weeks.  Some good, some bad.  A lot of stress.  This coming week is looking good, though!

I’m pretty sure this will be my last Easter card.  I have enjoyed working with this new set (Easter is for Jesus).  My next project is an overhaul of my entire studio!  I’m also still working on Cards for Troops. Let the craziness commence!

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I’m still in love with the Craft Consortium paper.  Tiny flowers make for a great background.  All the pastels just scream EASTER!

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Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Seasonal Wreaths – Spring/Summer
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Easter is for Jesus
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Typerwitten Year Round Greetings
Craft Consortium – 6×6 – Bloom & Wild
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth premium white cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
Baker’s Twine – cotton candy/white
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Easter is for Jesus
Stamp Simply Steel Dies -Spring/Summer Seasonal Wreaths
Spellbinders – Classic Circles
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Various Copics
Nuvo Drops

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~He Is Risen!~

Snow is falling by the bucket here.  It started mid-day Saturday and we’re under a heavy blanket of the white stuff….  16″ so far.  It’s not supposed to stop for another 36+ hours.  Send shovels.

Still working on my Easter cards.  I’ve got a feeling I won’t get them all done.  Our 5th granddaughter was born on the 9th and we’re still over the moon.  I feel incredibly blessed to have my precious Princess Brigade.

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Often times I get a stamp set that I think can only be used one way.  If I sit back and look at the sum of the parts, I can generally see it in another light.

For this card, I used the egg dies to create Jesus’ tomb with the boulder rolled away.

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Easter is for Jesus

Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Easter is for Jesus

Bundle

Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white card stock

Memento Tuxedo black dye ink

Stamper’s ANON – Crackle Layering Stencil

Daubers

1/4″ ScorTape

Thermoweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:

green, black and gray cardstock

Nuvo Jewel Drops

Asst. Distress inks

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Thanks for stopping by!

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~Easter Wreath~

I must admit straight off that my brain is NOT on making cards, right now.   We’re heading to my #1 son’s house to babysit our 2 yr old granddaughter, LilyAna.  All the while, her mommy and daddy are going to the hospital to bring the little sister home.  I’ve made a huge list of arts and crafts we’ll be doing to keep her busy.  I can’t wait!!

I know I’ve mentioned it before that Easter is my favorite holiday.  I am just loving these bright colors from the Echo Park Welcome Easter paper pad.

The fact that Easter is merely 28 days away boggles my mind.

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Easter is for Jesus
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – Seasonal Wreaths-Spring/Summer
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Easter is for Jesus
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Spring/Summer Seasonal Wreath
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Fishtail Sentiment Banners
Echo Park 6×6 – Welcome Easter
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermaweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

Other:
Copics
Novu Drops

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~Easter Daffodils~

It’s March!  I can hardly believe it.  We’ve had such a mild winter and the temps are suppose to be in the 50s & 60s for the next 10 days.  Thank you, Mother Nature!!

I’m staying in the Easter card mode.  I actually need more Easter cards than Christmas.  Fortunately, The Stamp Simply Ribbon store has a few new Easter sets.

And just in case you’re following… 8 days until the next McMillen granddaughter arrives.  I’m just a tad excited.

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This is my first Daffodil stamp and I love it!!  The matching die cuts it nice and close.

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I used:

Stamp Simply Clear Stamps – He Lives
Stamp Simply Steel Dies – Daffodil
Bundle
Kaisercraft 6.5×6.5 – Paisley Days
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium white cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
Baker’s Twine – yellow/white
1/4″ ScorTape
Thermoweb 3D 1/4″ foam squares

other:
Copics
Stickles
Nuvo Drops

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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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Thanks for stopping by!

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