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Monday, August 20, 2018

A Big Thanks Hand Delivered!

Yesterday my son's former Kindergarten teacher was looking for anyone that wanted to "sponsor" a child in her class.  Every year she sends home the Scholastic Book Club fliers and many children never order a single book.  We love to read in our home and I think it is so important for children - especially at a young age - to develop a love of reading.

I decided to sponsor a child (who will get nine $1 books through the school year) and I wanted to make a special card to send to Mrs M. in Minnesota.  My obvious choice was Hand Delivered - the hostess set from the Annual Catalog.  I love the stack of books - so great for a teacher or graduate. 


The little apple is glossed with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  Love the look it gives.


I colored all of the books with my Stampin' Blends and coordinated the skirt with the background Garden Impressions DSP.  The thank you is not from the hostess set.  I thought the "big time" and "big stack of books" went together so perfectly.  This sentiment is from Animal Outing.


Thanks for swinging by today! Hope your week is off to a great start!

Blessings,
Holly



Monday, August 13, 2018

Rooted In Nature Blog Hop with the Crafty Carrot Collective

Hello there and welcome to a very special blog hop!
I am so excited to share today's post! A few month's back I was asked to join The Crafty Carrot Collective as a guest designer for the month of September and I could not pass this up!

Today's blog hop is a sneak peek of some of the inspiring projects you can make with a subscription to the Rooted In Nature online program.  There are 4 very talented designers that make up the team and I know you'll be delighted with what you receive in the program! 
You can find out all about it by clicking the link above.

http://craftycarrotcollective.blogspot.com/

To be honest, I have not taken this set out much to play with, but I knew I wanted to use this sheet of designer series paper.  It's my favorite design from the pack (though they are all gorgeous).


I added a layer of Vellum Cardstock for a soft detail and adhered it with some adhesive behind the Stitched Shapes circle and added a little thread in the corners.  I also took some Multipurpose Liquid Glue and an Aqua Painter and added some splatter in the background.  I then added some Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder and heat set it.  This adds a really fun detail to any card.


The sentiment was embossed twice (the "of you" was fussy cut to fit on the tree) and the full sentiment was cut out using the large tree framelit. 

I added some copper Metallic Thread and copper Leaves Trinkets to match.





I hope you like my card and it inspires you to create your own version with this beautiful bundle.  Make sure to make your way around the hop and be inspired by the rest of the ladies!

Next up is the wonderfully talented, Cindy Schuster!


Friday, August 3, 2018

A Birthday Note 3 Ways

Hello there! I hope you are having a wonderful week! I have been on the road the last few days visiting the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum in Kentucky.  These were incredible!  If you ever get the chance to go to either of these places, take the opportunity.  They were both amazing places to visit.  Now I'm visiting family and can hardly wait to "play" in my mom's stamp room.  We are complete opposites sometimes, so we have lots of stamp sets to swap and try out.

Today I wanted to share with you 3 different cards - primarily with the same layout - but with looks that you can make depending on your supplies.  Each card is made with the Garden Impressions DSP Stack and the PS You're the Best stamp set.


This first card  - the "simple" one - uses a very basic layout and layering.  This card would be something very quick and easy to make and the cost is very minimal.


This next one is stepped up a little with some dimensionals and the Softly Falling TIEF.  You would require a Big Shot for this look.


Lastly, the "go all out" approach uses dimensionals, some Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins, some Calypso Coral Ribbon and some fussy cut flowers.  This isn't necessarily for someone more "advanced" in stamping - I believe anyone can make it!


I hope you like all three.  Leave me a comment and let me know which one you like the most!

Happy Stamping,
Holly


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

LAST DAY for DSP B3G1 Sale! It "Calls for a Celebration" !

Hey there!  I hope you're having a great week so far! I'm actually traveling today but wanted to share some cards that show some really fun uses of DSP (Designer Series Paper).  

Today is the last day to order DSP for the Buy 3 Get 1 Free Promo!!

This DSP also is one you might be surprised with.  This is the Animal Expedition DSP pack.  These are 3 great pattern sheets with no images and they make great backgrounds on their own.  I simply cut strips of the DSP in varying widths and lengths and placed them on a white background.


This stamp set is called Calls for a Celebration.  I initially liked this set but put it far down on my wish list but when I came across a card with this sentiment in black and white, this set quickly moved to my "must have" list!

So for these cards, I wanted to use the DSP and the black and white sentiment to make some fun, bold birthday cards for any age!


I thought tilting the DSP was a fun look.


I love the Starburst Punch in Vellum.  The Faceted Dots also add some fun detail.


This next one is my absolute favorite!  I love the festive fringe layers!  Cute, right??


Super simple way to step up your cards!


This last one is one that I made with the guys in mind.  Since I was out of the Berry Burst strips, I thought the colors would be great for a masculine card.


I used the Balloon Builder Punch and added some "glare" with my Pool Party Dark Blends Marker.


I think this set really does call for a celebration!


Stayed tuned for more details on a "Stamps in the Mail" kit with this set!  If you're in the DFW area of Texas, I will be holding a class soon so we can make these 4 cards!

Have a blessed day!

-Holly

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Casing Connie Collins with Calls for a Celebration!

Today I have a really sweet card that I made special for my friend Ellen.  Ellen has had a really hard past 3-4 years and yet still takes time to bless others.
She actually used to write for a few greeting card companies and appreciates a card in the mail.  When I saw this sentiment, I knew I would use it on a card for her.

(If you would remember her in your prayers, I know she would appreciate it.)


Anyway, I decided to case the lovely Connie Collins for this weeks challenge over at the Global Design Project.  Connie is one of the few that can take floral images and make me want to buy the stamps or paper! She's quite the enabler and does beautiful work with florals.


I decided to CASE (Copy and Selectively Edit) her card by incorporating the same Share What You Love DSP and some stitching.

I added some stitches with my sewing machines and it coordinates nicely with these beautiful new Stitched Labels Framelits.  I don't even think I noticed these framelits at first, but after seeing so many other demos use them, I ordered them!


The sentiment is from the set Calls for a Celebration.  I had purchased this set for the other sentiments and didn't even notice this one until I took it out of the box!  Talk about a sweet bonus!


I also added some fringe with the crumb cake dip and added some extra detail to the background layer with the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

(This folder is a must have!)


This card is already in the mailbox on its way to my friend.

Take a moment and send a card this week - be a blessing a send some "paper joy!"

Blessings,
Holly



Wednesday, July 25, 2018

A Note of Thanks with Garden Impressions DSP


I am really having fun using up my Designer Series Paper.  Most of the time, I hoard my DSP, but I'm loving this Garden Impressions DSP.  I wanted to show how easy it is to incorporate
just a little bit of DSP to make some quick and simple cards.


My husband's cousin asked if I had some thank you cards on hand that she could purchase from me.  I had a few but decided to make a couple more.  This is a simple layout.  Remember the technique of tearing the edge of your cardstock?  Yep - it's still in style!


I chose to use P.S. You're the Best - I just think this typewriter is precious.  Don't you??  The "A note of thanks..." sentiment is from Thankful Thoughts.


I finished the card off with some Whisper White Baker's Twine, Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins, and some splatter using an Aqua Painter.


The two DSP patterns you see are on the same piece of paper - proof that both sides can be beautiful!


If you would like to order some DSP or other card making supplies, I would love to help you!  Please use hostess code E6DNDCZJ when ordering!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Blessings,
Holly

Monday, July 23, 2018

Enjoy the Goodness of This Day

Hello there!  Today I'm sharing with you 2 cards I made using one of the hostess set called Seasoned with Kindness.  I tend not to buy many hostess sets because I have become more of a hobbyist demonstrator and I don't sell to many others than myself, but this set I thought was pretty cute.  I like the little pots and the sentiments.



The clay pots are a 2-step stamp.  The detail of the shadows is perfect!


I'm also loving this Garden Impressions DSP.  These 2 designs are in Calypso Coral which pairs nicely with the coordinating Calypso Coral 1/4" Ombre Ribbon.


Quick and easy cards.  Take advantage of the DSP sale now through the end of the month.  Buy 3 packs, get 1 free!  I'll be showcasing other ideas of simple cards with DSP throughout the week.

Blessings,
Holly





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