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Friday, June 22, 2018

Get Well Soon with Healing Hugs

Seems like I always know someone that is under the weather (and I don't mean just my kids).  When I saw this new set in the Stampin' Up! catalog Healing Hugs, I really loved the font and sentiments and thought the big "get well soon" stamp would make some quick and easy cards.


Paired with some Garden Inspired DSP, this was a very simple card to make.

I love the little cross-stitch detailed stamp.


To help the 1/2" Night of Navy Gingham Ribbon, I took 2 strips of Soft Sea Foam scraps and broke down the fibers of the paper with my Bone Folder.  By doing so, it loosens the cardstock layers up and I'm able to pull the layers apart for neat textured look.


I have a special friend in mind for this card and I hope it brings a smile to her face. :)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

-Holly

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Back from Vacation! - Two for Thursday!

It's nice to be back home! My family and I took the last 2 weeks off vacationing in Minnesota.  It was nice to be back around family and friends and "cool off" from the brutal Texas heat.

While we were gone, I received my new Stampin' Up! goodies and could hardly wait to get home and play with them.  Yesterday I made 2 cards using the new Dandelion Wishes stamp set along with some new cardstock colors and DSP.


The new colors you might notice are Soft Sea Foam and Shaded Spruce.  Both of these are really pretty green shades that fit nicely into Stampin' Up!'s color collections.


The DSP on both cards is from the Garden Impressions 6x6" DSP Stack.  If you know me, I tend to stay away from the floral prints, but this pack really has some bold and pretty patterns!  I'm so glad I bought it.

The sequins are also new. The Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins come in 5 soft neutral colors - these are the Soft Sea Foam ones.


Probably my favorite new product is the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  This embossed look gives the paper a textured look - kind of like our old textured cardstock!  I love it!


I added some (returning) 1/4" Copper Trim ribbon.  It's nice when some accessories carryover into the new catalog.  Easy on my pocket! :)


Isn't the Dandelion Wishes stamp set cute?  You can purchase the set for $20 or $28 depending on mounting choice.

I hope you like these cards!  If you would like to place an order for any of the new products, I have a current hostess code at the moment I'd love for you to use.  
Place an order with code W7STY93S and I will send you a free gift!

Have a blessed day!
-Holly





Tuesday, June 5, 2018

You Are Wonderful

You are wonderful.

That is how I feel about Mint Macaron and Blackberry Bliss.

They are even more wonderful together!


I'm pretty excited about all of the new colors that Stampin' Up! has released (or re-released) but these two make me happy that they're back.

Another thing that makes me happy is this new tool for the Big Shot that embosses with your framelits. Instead of cutting, this time I got an embossed image of these diamonds by using the Big Shot Embossing Mats.

The diamonds are from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits and they usually cut out. Don't they look neat embossed?


And I love this Rooted In Nature Bundle.  This really is a wonderful set that I'm sure you will see a lot of coming from me.  :)


That's it for today though!  I'd love to hear what you think.

Have a wonderful week!

-Holly



Thursday, May 31, 2018

End of Year Teacher Gift Basket - Line Alphabet & Pick a Pennant

They say it is better to give than to receive and I surely enjoying giving.  I hope I don't get any looks from other moms tomorrow as I may have gone overboard here - but I really do enjoy making extra special gifts and our son's teacher is amazing!  (Aren't they all??)
Plus, if you take away the 3 ginormous bags of chex mix, this would all fit in a smaller bag and it wouldn't look as big!  (Sorry.. feel like I need to defend this awesome gift!)

One of the many things I love about Stampin' Up! is the products that make gift giving so fun.  The ribbon, stamp sets, tags.. It not only makes it pretty, it makes it easy!


Our son's teacher told me earlier in the year that she loves all kinds of chex mixes, so I decided to make 3 different kinds.  These will be great snacks for road trips, camping or poolside.  I decided to make little tags with the Pick a Pennant stamp set.  This is a great small alphabet for little labels.  (I even thought some of the other stamps in the set looked like chex, so I made little banners with them as well.




Tucked in the side of the basket are two 8 packs of thank you/note cards.  These were made with the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, the Artisan Textures stamp set, Thankful Thoughts stamp set, Wood Words stamp set and some Berry Burst Ribbon.  I made an assembly line and this came together while I watched a movie with my kids. Win, win!


In the back of the basket is my favorite gift that I made.  I had an extra canvas and hoop in my craft stash that someone gave me once so this craft technically cost me nothing!  #thisiswhyIhoard

The stamp set is called Lined Alphabet and is a must have in your stamp collection.  I have seen so many great cards made with this.  A nice versatile set.

I stamped the letters in Memento Black Ink and colored them with my Blends.


I tried not to blend them too much to give the letters a watercolored look.


I dressed the hoop up with coordinating ribbon!  I love that Stampin' Up! is matchy-matchy.  It makes my heart happy!


I am so excited to give this to our son's teacher.  Teachers are such amazing people and they give so many hours and dedication for our children.  We are blessed...

I hope you have a great weekend!  School is out tomorrow! Woohoo!

Blessings,
Holly









Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Banana Bread for "The Egg Lady"

The boys and I found a local family that sell farm fresh eggs and other week the younger 3 and I went and picked up a few dozen.  Ms Karen - the egg lady as the boys once called her - was sweet to let the boys check out the chickens while we were there.  They thought they were just going for the ride!

Two weeks went by and Ms Karen told me that the boys were welcome to come back to see the new babies on the farm.  A few baby goats were born earlier this month and she thought they'd enjoy seeing them.  So Friday night we drove over to her and her husband's property to pick up more eggs and see the animals.

I wanted to make them something to say thank you for letting us barge in on their Friday night so I made a loaf of fresh banana bread and wrapped it with a fun little tag.


I think the Tutti Fruiti DSP from the Occasions Catalog was perfect for this as was the chicken from the (retired) Hey, Chick stamp set.


The oven mitt is from Apron of Love and the "thank you big time" stamp is from the new Animal Outings stamp set that you can order starting on FRIDAY!  Woohoo!


Ms Karen's husband didn't wait at all and ripped a chunk off the end!  But they were touched that we brought the banana bread.  I was happy to bake and love to make something extra special to say thank you.

Here are the boys petting the little kid... I mean, little goat. :)


It was a pretty special Friday :)

I encourage you to do something extra for someone this week!  Send a card, bake some cookies, buy someone's coffee... Be the good in the world :)

Blessings,
Holly








Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Hello and Goodbye!

As we say goodbye to May and hello to June, we are also saying goodbye to some great Stampin' Up! products and hello to some really exciting new product!  It's always a bittersweet time of year when a new catalog rolls around.  I love the excitement of new stamp sets, new paper, embellishments - and this year - INK!!   But it's always tough to say farewell to some favorites.

Today I'm sharing a card I CASEd (Copy and Selective Edit) from one of the Stampin' Success magazines (exclusive to demonstrators).  I liked this card so much that I made about a dozen of this card!


I love the soft look of the tone on tone Pinewood Planks embossing folder with the doilies and soft colors.  Very shabby chic I think! :)

So what are we saying goodbye to here?  Thankfully NOT the Linen Thread or Pinewood Planks folder, but we do say farewell to the lovely Lace Doilies.  I absolutely love this embellishment and have stocked up pretty good.  Do you have any laying around?  They add such a sweet little detail to cards - love that lace peeking behind a layer.

We're also saying adios to the Ticket Border Punch.  Another great punch that adds some fun detail.


As sad as it is to say goodbye, I assure you.. the new catalog is awesome!! Page after page of wonderful new stamp sets, paper and more!

Let the countdown begin!  Come on Friday!!

:)

Friday, May 25, 2018

Birdhouse Birthday - FMS338 and GDP139


Hey there and happy Friday!  It sure is warming up here in Texas and it's only going to get hotter.  Triple digits in the forecast next week, so I'm planning to get busy (and comfy) in my craft room!

For today's card, I wanted to make a fun birthday card for my niece who will be 17 next week.  I'm playing along with the "just a note" theme with the Global Design Project and the sketch challenge with Freshly Made Sketches.  When I saw the new sketch from FMS, I was trying to think of something vertical when I remembered a set from the Occasions Catalog called Flying Home.


Flying Home was on my pre-order back in December.  I love the little birdhouses and just "had" to have this set.. Then life happened and I haven't had the chance to use this set as much as I had hoped.  I think I'll keep it - even if it isn't sticking around.  ;) To make the birdhouses a little longer/taller, I used my Stamparatus.  I was able to cover up the gap with the sentiment.


Cute, right?  The sentiment is from Bird Banter which I thought coordinated well.  I stamped it on a scrap of paper from this card - you can see the tone on tone Coastal Cabana lines which give it a little extra detail.


I colored the houses with a variety of Stampin' Blends.  They are very easy to use and I'm so excited that Stampin' Up! is coming out with even more colors for their Blends collection!


There you have it!  Thanks for stopping by on your Friday!  (Speaking of Friday... did you check out the Fancy Friday hop?? Don't miss it!)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,
Holly