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    Organizing still underway

    Everyone is talking about the organizing they are doing…. This craft room needs it too. The clutter is enough to drive anyone to crazy town, with a free pass. I am ashamed of how bad it has gotten. stuff was everywhere…. There was even stuff moved already. Total trash/recycle 3 bags. One trip to the thrift store and lots for the BOGO sale. As you can see the retired stamps have drastically went down…. Even Penelope (top left) and Gaelic (down on the scratchier) helped sort. Room to grow?? I have catalogs that go back pretty far, not going back to when I was a customer, but there are a…

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    Snow and Cold

    How is your weather where you are?? The girls are not happy about it. All this snow and not the right shoes to wear!! Thank you to the hubby for checking the heat lamps and having back up bulbs. Sorry for the messy look to the picture. I just cleaned the coop two weeks ago. They have been closed in for a day and that is all it takes. Even the birds have been making me work. I have had to fill the feeder twice, in two days. The poor things. So no worries here about feeding the outside critters. Ours are covered! These are great days to stay in…

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    And snow

    The snow that we received this weekend was not as plentiful as they had originally forecast. Sure is a great way to enjoy your morning coffee, right?? The hubby and I went for a walk Saturday while it was snowing… it was pretty amazing. I am thankful that he has plowed a path for our walks. This makes the “hike” much more pleasant. The second photo was one that I sent to my dad… he always sends me a text message to find out how much snow we have gotten.. I figure a photo is the best measure. haha. Had to lock the chickens in the coop overnight last night…

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    Valentine treats for coffee and cards

    Yesterday, it SNOWed all day. Coffee and Cards was a great relaxing #paperpumpkin day. These little cuties were all included in the box. Well, except the card base (narrow note cards & envelopes pg 193 145583 $8) that the back kangaroo is on. Here is how the directions suggested to make the pillow boxes. The kangaroo is part of the Animal Outing (pg 27 146600 w-$29 c-$21) stamp set. Which is part of a suite of products; including die cuts, paper, ribbon even wood elements. All found on page 27 of the annual catalog. The chameleon and enamel hearts are exclusive to this paper pumpkin kit. These three photos are…

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    Need a Birthday card??

    We have been having fun with the Amazing Life stamp set (148750) . This one is similar to the first, but the sentiment is just tooo funny!! Think about that for a minute. Life is to short to say no to Cake!! The watercolor technique here is just the aqua painter (103954) filled with regular water and a little re-inker. Just a reminder the paper must be completely dry when you go to stamp. COMPLETELY! We have mixed ribbon styles before, this is to help pull all the colors together and not be too much. I hope this is a birthday card you can see using and making!! Have a…

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    New Cling Mounting

    Having trouble or worried about mounting your new stamps?? I hope this video helps… Plus a cute little card to go along with it, This adorable set is a bundle, Stamp set with Die Cuts and when you purchase the bundle you save 10%. The Birthday Cheer stamp set has cute and fun fonts, including the sentiment below. The cupcake is just one of the imagines. Party hat and gift box and fun pattern too. You will see upcoming posts that will feature additional stamps and die cuts from this bundle ( Birthday Cheer Bundle 150576) The video shows all the dies and stamps. I hope the video helps you…

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    I originally took the video for my nieces. They just love to hear them talking and are just a little too far to just stop by… 3 hours.  They ask my sister to have me send them stuff. Why is it that you can see the colors better with the snow as a backdrop?? I do love the brisk mornings…. Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    Coffee and Cards

    Today’s coffee and cards….Ohhhh, what a fun technique and who does not love to color?? this way is easy!!  Check out the fun we had today. Using the Stazon ink and multi ribbon to pull all the colors together. The pretty flowers were a fun touch.. Ohhh I should have added rhinestones to the middle. darn. Well, maybe next time! Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    Mom’s Birthday

    This card is dedicated to my Mom. She told us stories when we were kids about how she used to get her birthday presents wrapped in Christmas paper. She even was regifted things people did not want. I can not imagine having a birthday so close to a holiday. My siblings and I always tried to make the day special for her. This is her birthday card. Adding sparkle and a touch of winter. Even the evergreens got a touch of sparkle with the shimmer paint. You can not get away from pretty with the Frosted Floral DSP … Mom is all about the details. Even the scroll of the…

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    The tree

    Are you one that takes the tree down right away?? It is just sad when the house is a little darker. We keep the Christmas decor up for at least a week after. The snowmen and winter theme items will be up until at least the beginning of February. It did decide to snow a trace amount here today. That truly helped the mood since the kids could not come home. Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    Merry Christmas

    This is my favorite time of year…. The snow (none here) the family gatherings, hearing from people you have not heard from in a while. I hope today you have an amazing Christmas. Stop a minute and take a breath, and smile at all you have enjoyed and accomplished. Merry Christmas from Me, Joe, Trevor, Bee and all the critters.

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    All the last minute stuff

    Gift card holders, ohhh need another card. and tags for the gifts, Yup, the struggle is real. Our family celebrates early, but the tags that needed to be put together… The nieces liked their tags so much they wanted to be sure Santa saw them. Oh what fun possibilities for the Santa’s workshop dsp. Paired here withe the Sincerely Santa stamp set. The clip added a safety feature in my eyes. Santa is coming tonight, I know he will be good to you. Merry Christmas Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    Gift idea

    I did not really get to use the Memories and More it went quick, but this was just to cute not to share!! A lot of fussy cutting, but a fun decor piece to have. The elves now and tree is what I sure wish what we had here. But NOTHING, ugghh. The hope for a white Christmas is dwindling. I will hold out until the very last minute though!! Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    Santa’s Workshop (#2)

    Here is Stamp-a-Stack 2018 card number 2. The colors of this card are Poppy Parade, Garden Green and Whisper White. This card is a side folded shaker…. Yes, first ever Camp shaker. The Designer Series Paper (DSP) is from the 2018 Holiday catalog page 19. The items included in this card are Santa’s Workshop Specialty DSP, Window sheets and special dimensionals for the shaker. Cost here totals $27. stamp camp pre pay price $41. If you choose this as your card for the camp you will get supplies for 10 cards, or choose this as one of your cards and make 5 of this and 5 of another of your…

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    Snowflake Showcase Card

    Have you checked out the Snowflake Showcase?? The card here uses the “joy” from the Snow is Glistening (149742) stamp set and two of the dies in the Snowfall thinlets (149692) 20 piece set. This suite is available for a limited time…….. in other words if you want it get it NOW!!! Hostess code available on the home page. The camp that this was part of was the Embossing Folder Stamp Camp. The two embossing folders included in the camp where both from the 2018 Holiday catalog: this one the Swirls and Curls (147923), yesterday’s post had the Tin Tile dynamic embossing folder. The “shimmer” on the swirls is from…

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    Country or Farmhouse Style??

    Have you joined us for a stamp camp yet?? This one was different… it focused on embossing folders. Today’s Tin Tile Dynamic (1479106) uses a section and a full bit of the embossing folder. Do you have a Decor style?? I am working on a style…that I call old farmhouse… wood floors, old galvanized and comfy furniture. This card is actually my style completely!! a little rough around the edges and slightly dinged up. The fun part of this card is it could be for anyone and the sentiment changed easily to happy birthday or even a sympathy card. The tile design is highlighted when sponged with ink. The braided…

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    Fall is here….

    When the burning bush goes this RED you know fall is here and almost time to change the clocks. The days are getting shorter… the trees here are almost bare The grass is even turning brown… flowers have been frozen by the frosts that we have already had. Time to start prepping for winter… the hubby has started a list for things to get done before it gets toooo cold. Do you have things to prep yet?? The chickens need to get some housekeeping done and then close up the extra doors so they stay warm in the winter. Enjoy the weather while it is here. thanks for stopping in……

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    Coffee and Cards… Sweetest Day

    Last week’s Coffee and Cards was this …. The Dandelion Wishes (146747) with the Wood Grain paper pack, adding burlap, ombre ribbon with a Galvanized button… Have you stamped on vellum YET?? No special things needed, but you MUST be patient. If you are in a rush, use your heat tool for a quicker drying time. Tip: try to stamp first and just set it to the side. Stamping on the wood grain paper is a snap with a dark color ink like the soft suede. Using just two strands of the burlap ribbon, all you do is pull the sections apart. Pulled the ends through the good size button…

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    Paper Share

    Thank You to all that participated in the Holiday Catalog paper share. This kit was fun to put together and I am sure that you will all long the packaging!! Have fun and I can not wait to see what you come up with!! With the backorder on one pack it was slightly later then I had hoped. I look forward to the Spring Catalog paper share…. information will be here as soon as it is all put together!! A Special thank you to ALL that helped.. Paula, Kaitlyn and Becky. Great Job ladies!! Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    Camp Kit

    Check this out…. Someone asked what they needed to bring to stamp camp… hummmm Here is a new kit available to anyone.. The Camp Kit… it includes Mini glue dots Tape Runner and refill Multi glue Bone folder Snips Regular dimensionals and a carrying box, that we decorate together or I can make it s surprise ;-D You can add the new take a pick tool also. Here is the best part… when these things are not in the original packages they all fit in the box, except the refill. Can not beat a fun/cute carrying case! And you can change it up when you want! The cost you ask??…

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    All about the kitties

    The Brothers… from another mother. These two boys are on the left is White Sox the left is Gaelic. These two lovers are usually together and always in trouble together. White Sox can get Gaelic to try anything, no matter the consequences. Yes, that is baby Gaelic. I found him (2007), Trevor named him and he was adopted with White Sox who was three months older. Volunteering with an animal rescue for several years. Proudly I can say these are the only two (finding homes for over 100) I adopted. It was a decision made when I was moving and engaged to my now Hubby. They have bought much joy…

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    Spoooky Treats??

    Need another Treat idea?? Here is Treat Bag…. using the bag punch board (1358962). Using the large sizing chart that is on the board and the Gorgeous Grape cardstock. The bonus here is the fun Toil & Trouble DSP (147531) ghosts on one side and stripes on the other. Did you see the bat punch?? Fun punch, but using the negative (or after the punch) and the 2 1/2 inch circle punch this moon was created…. Mango Melody is the perfect spooky moon shade. Add a crafty white stamped bat on top.. The Spooky Sweets Bundle ( w-149974 c-149973) is perfect addition with the bat punch and happy halloween. The…

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    Frost warning tonight

    I hope you are not under the same frost warning that we are tonight (monday). This poor hibiscus “tree” needed to be brought inside… it is LOADED with flower buds. The good thing about a frost warning is that most of the outside allergens will be gone. The rough one is that all the pretties die too. This will be the second winter that this “tree” is brought inside. I heard a few fun comments about the kitty introductions so lets continue with that….. This is Gabby, she was rescued bu the Hubby, from freezing temperatures, with the beginning of frost bite on her paw pads… She earned her name…

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    Lucky Friend Treat Box

    Did you see yesterdays blog post with the YouTube video?? ohhh if not check out the Spooky Sweets treat box video. Today’s post has the measurements for the Lucky Friend box… using the Share What you Love DSP (146926) and the Love What you Do Stamp (148042) set. The twine is from the Nature’s Twine (146342) bundle. Paper Measurements: Rich Razzleberry 4 1/4 by 7 Crumb Cake 7/8 by 11 2 1/2 by 4 Share What you Love DSP 2 1/4 by 3 3/4 3/4 by 4 Score: Rich Razzleberry at 1/2, 1 1/2 2 1/2 3 1/2 Score: Crumb Cake at 2 3/4 3 3/4 8 1/5 9 1/2…

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    Spooky Sweet Treats Box

    Have you checked out my YouTube channel?? The link is above… Here is the latest Video. Spooky Sweets Stamp set (147716) and the Toils & Trouble DSP (1447531) The Paper measurements: Basic Black 4 1/4 by 11 Gorgeous Grape 1 3/4 by 11 1 3/4 by 4 2 5/8 by 4 Toils and Trouble DSP the stripe piece 1 by 12 The caldron piece is 3 3/4 by 2 1/2 The Score measurements: Basic Black score at 1/2 2 1/2 4 1/2 6 1/2 Gorgeous Grape score at 1 1/2 3 1/2 (one line larger) 7 7/8 9 7/8 Tomorrow’s post will have all the measurements from the Lucky Friend…