Monday, December 22, 2014

2014 Christmas Card

Happy December 22nd, Y'all!!

I can't believe Christmas is only THREE days away and the new year is just 8 short days away. My gosh, where has time gone?!? 

Now that my head is spinning and I'm realizing how much stuff I need to complete, I'm going to jump straight to our 2014 Christmas card so I can get offline and finish making them don't keep you waiting.

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With all of the hustle and bustle I'm not sure how much time I will have to sit down and create between now and Christmas, but I am going to try sneak in a card or two. If I am successful, I will make sure to share it with you!!

I hope each of you are having a happy holiday so far!!

~Hallie
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times."  Micah 5:2


Friday, December 19, 2014

Throwback Thursday on Friday

Happy Friday Y'all ...

Today I am going to throw it back to 2011 and show you what I consider to be some of my all-time favorite Christmas cards. So without further adieu, let's get to it!! You can click on each photo to enlarge it.









If you have a minute, I'd love for you to leave a comment as to which card is your favorite!

Make sure and check back on Monday to see our final Christmas card for 2014.

Have a great weekend!
Smiles, Hugs, and Happy Stamping!!


~Hallie
"And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven." Luke 1:76-78

Thursday, December 18, 2014

2014 Christmas Card

Happy Thursday!!

If you have been following my blog this week you know that today is the day that I am going to post the Christmas card that we will be sending out this year. When I was browsing thru the MOJO Monday 2014 Sketches I knew I wanted a sketch that wouldn't require a lot of tedious work (paper piercing, coloring, etc.) AND in order to make it F-L-A-T, I needed a sketch that wouldn't require embellishments. That my friends is how I picked out Sketch #345.

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The best part ... the only stamping I have to do is the sentiment. Everything else is either DIE CUT or cut with my SU! paper trimmer (now WHY did they retire that thing?!?  Best.Trimmer.Ever -- but that's okay because I have two spares, of which I am about to get one out because the cutting blade on my current one is quite d-u-l-l. -- GOSH! How was that for running down a totally irrelevant bunny trail? *SQUIRREL!!*).  <pauses to regroup>

I had a package of All is Calm DSP sitting on my desk so I did my mock up card using it. However, upon completion, my hubby informed me that he wasn't a fan of the non-traditional Christmas colors so I have since switched to last year's paper stack, Festival of Prints. The new colors I am using are are Old Olive & Cherry Cobbler and I have to say, I.Like.Them. 

Since I haven't had a chance to photograph the finished card(s) I will show you the mock up now and then post the final card(s) either Saturday, or more likely, next Monday so make sure to check back.

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That's all for I have for now. I must get the mass production assembly line going SOON!! *yikes*

Have a blessed day!
~Hallie
"But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is coneived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.'" Matthew 1:20-21

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

He's Making A List & Checking It Twice

Happy Wednesday, because greeting you with "Happy Hump Day" just seems wrong!

In reading over my last post, I realized that my days were off so today I will show you another epic flat fail and then tomorrow (Thursday) I will show you the card design that made the cut for this year's Christmas cards. You will definitely want to check back on Friday because I will be posting some really great cards from Christmas 2012. It is likely that they would make the list of some of my all-time favorite cards.

For today's flat fail, I have for you a great card using the MOJO Monday Sketch #354. I love everything about the card; the sketch, the image stamp, the sentiment, the colors, the layers, the various textures, and the details. The problem is the LAYERS!  A card with 5 layers PLUS a banner with dimension is everything but flat, thus it will require extra postage for special handling. Another.Epic.Flat.Fail  *sigh*

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On the bright side, even though I haven't conquered "flat", I think I have accomplished being able to make a decent card without using embellishments (ribbon, baker's twine, buttons, clips, jingle bells, etc.) which are all the things I absolutely LOVE!!

That's all for now. Make sure to check back tomorrow and especially on Friday!!

Smiles, Blessings, and Inky Hugs!

~Hallie
"But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.'” Matthew 1:20-21

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Triple Time Stamping with Flat, not fluffy, Christmas Cards

The last thing I mentioned in my previous post (before answering the four questions) was that I needed to continue working on making f-l-a-t, instead of fluffy, cards. The two cards I have today are definitely more flat than my previous ones, which is good; however, I am not a fan of either of them because I think they are too p-l-a-i-n. Therefore, my quest to make a flat card that is visually appealing continues. *sigh*

I used the Seasonally Scattered stamp set, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, and Whisper White cardstock, and the Perfect Polka Dots & Snow Burst (retired) embossing folders to create the card below.

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For this "Triple Time Stamping" card I used the Snowflake Soiree (retired) and Endless Wishes (sentiment) stamp sets. Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, and Whisper White cardstock and I added a few Basic Jewels for a little bling.

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Triple Time Stamping:

Whisper White Cardstock:
Top Layer: 2 x 3 1/4
Middle Layer: 3 x 4 1/4

Bottom Layer: 4 X 5 1/4

Cherry Cobbler Cardstock:
Top Layer: 2 1/4 x 3 1/2
Middle Layer: 3 1/4 x 4 1/2

Bottom Layer: 8 1/2  (scored at 4 1/4) x 5 1/2 

Layer the three white pieces of cardstock on top of each other making sure they are centered. Stamp your images and then adhere the white pieces onto their respective Cherry Cobbler mats.

I would love your feedback (aka: constructive criticism) on both cards in the comments section below. Do you think they are too plain? What do you (or don't you) like about both of them?  I'm curious to see what you think.

Tomorrow I will have another epic flat fail for you - because I'm good at those, ya know! I will use the (retired) Santa's List stamp set and MOJO Monday Sketch #354 as my template.  Even though I manage to not use any embellishments, the five layers plus a banner definitely disqualifies it from being considered "flat".

On Wednesday I will show you the Christmas card that made the final cut so I (with help from my hubby) will be duplicating it to send out later this week. On Thursday I will do a little Throwback and show you a few of my cards from Christmas 2012 - all of which my mother took hostage for her box of Handmade by Hallie cards!

Until tomorrow, Wednesday, and Thursday ... Hugs, Smiles, and Blessings!
~Hallie
"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love." Ephesians 4:2

Monday, December 15, 2014

Endless {Christmas} Wishes - A Creative Blog Hop

A little over a week ago I received a PM (private message) on Splitcoaststampers from the uber talented stamper, a fellow Texan, and after Convention 2014, now my friend ... Beverly {Bev} Gerard. The purpose of her PM was to nominate me to participate in the Creative Blog Hop that she had received from the cat loving, funny story blogging, entertaining, stamping diva who isn't afraid to try new techniques and get dirty inky, Lydia Fiedler, who also happens to be a fellow Texan. The hop features Stampin' Up! projects by an ongoing list of demos and friends from around the world, except when three Texans in a row participate! LOL!! Thanks Bev for the nomination ... it means A LOT to be thought of by you as a worthy participant!  ... and oh, the description of me in your blog post made me *blush*. You are too sweet!!

Now Bev used the hop as a means for a break from her seasonal projects; however, this girl right here took the opportunity to START her Christmas cards. That's right folks, it's December 15th and I'm just starting on 50 {gasp! - F-I-F-T-Y} handmade cards. YIKES!! Obviously I have L-O-T-S of work to do so rather than continuing to hopefully entertain you with this blog post I will post my project, answer my questions, and pass the hop on to the next two talented demo stampers.

If you will recall in my last post, I have a really.hard.time making flat (aka: non-dimensional) cards. I would rather clean house and do laundry instead of giving up my dimension on a card. I love me some layers and embellishments (ribbons, buttons, and clips - Oh My!) ... but I digress ... so my goal this year is to make my cards {as} flat {as possible} so that they don't cost a fortune to mail or jam the mail machines in Waco, Texas which happens to be up by Bev, but I digress again. So here is one of my {as} flat {as I could possibly make it} Christmas cards which happens to be a big fat 5-layer non-mail-able FAIL!! *sigh* Thus I shall continue to work on f-l-a-t instead of fluffy!!

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 ...and now for my questions:

1.) What are you working on?  

I think this one answers itself ... Fifty.Christmas.Cards amongst a few other "Thank You" cards that I need to make for my church greeters (I am the Hospitality & Greeting Ministry Leader at our church in case you missed that post). For the record, my goal for 2015 is to make 5 Christmas cards per month so by the time December arrives I can mail them on December 1st instead of starting them on December 15th. I will let you know in a year from now how that worked out or how about I just set a more realistic goal now?!? That's probably a better idea!

2.) How does your work differ from others in your genre?
I'd say that my style has developed after being influenced by, in my opinion, the ultimate of ultimate stampers in the stamping community. For many, many, MANY years I followed (okay, I stalked) the work of the super duper talented Beate (those of you from back in the day {circa 2003-2009} will remember when she was a SU! demo and graced us with her talent). Day in and day out I admired her work, watched her video tutorials - I loved her German accent! - and soaked in as much as I could and then I finally started digging out all of the product that I had been hoarding and not using to begin stamping rather than stalking her and collecting supplies! As a result of her influence, I would claim that my style is simple and clean while complex and somewhat intimidating because of  my layering, dimension, and embellishing. I am a Type "A" personality and suffer with major OCD (self proclaimed, not by diagnosis) so I like things clean, lined up, matching, neat, organized, perfect, straight, symmetrical, and tidy which, by the way, means that I am the complete opposite of Lydia ... who is an artist and NOT a Type "A"!!! I very much stick to what I am comfortable with and don't venture too far out of my box/comfort zone. *NOTE: did you notice my OCD list is in alphabetical order?!?  I rest my case!


3.) Why do you create what you do?
When time permits, stamping is my escape, my getaway, my creative outlet; therefore, I create for fun and for the satisfaction of accomplishing something unique, one of a kind, and handmade by me. I enjoy sending my creations to my family and friends because I know that what I send will make them smile and they will cherish it for-e-ver! To sum it up, I love making cards because I know that my creations have an impact on and make a difference in others' lives.

4.) How does your creativity process work?
I am very methodical when it comes to creating so the MOJO Monday Blog is ALWAYS my first stop. I normally have an idea of the stamp that I want to use as the focal point on my card so I browse the MOJO sketches, pick one that I like and that will work with my image, and then print it. From there, I pick the cardstock and DSP that I will use on the card. Once I have my cardstock and DSP picked out, I layer them on my desk to make sure they work with the sketch and are pleasing to the eye. After that I stamp my main image, color it if necessary, and then begin building my card based on the sketch.

Now for the passing of the baton hop:
My first nomination is a super talented stamper who is a Canadian Demonstrator ... if I had been able to recruit internationally, she would be in my downline!  Although I have never met Marsha Lavoie (Stamping With Marsha), I feel as if I know her. There is no doubt that I am drawn to her work because of her clean and neat style. I certainly hope you love her creations as much as I do!


My second nomination goes out to another super talented stamper, Jeannine Tarrio, with whom I had the privilege of being on the SCS Stampin' Up! Creative Crew Design Team. It is Jean's clean, crisp, and elegant style that draws me into her work and I'm sure you'll love what you see on her blog, Jean Stamps.

If you are in the mood to hop over to one more blog, check out the talented Nancy Smith at iguanastamp. Nancy was also nominated by Bev to post today and I had to giggle when I received a PM from Nancy nominating me to participate in this hop with a post due next Monday. Sorry for having to decline Nancy, it is an honor to have been nominated a second time.

Both Marsha and Jean have until next Monday, December 22nd to post their work so make sure and check their blogs next week to see what they have created for you.

One final note, make sure and check back tomorrow because I have 7 or so more Christmas cards ready to show you.

Crafty Blessings,

~Hallie
"But the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.'”

Friday, December 12, 2014

{JOY} to the World

In my last post I mentioned that my goal was to start making and posting my Christmas cards this week. Here it is Friday and I haven't done that ... YET!!!  You see, I discovered my priorities this week which explains why stamping is always the last thing on my list. Before I sit down to stamp I make sure that all of my other responsibilities have been taken care of so that I don't have a little nagging voice saying, "you should be doing this or that instead." Knowing all of my "other things" are done is when I can sit down and truly get lost in my creativity and enjoy stamping. It was at this point that it dawned on me that my priorities come from one simple word: JOY.  That's right, Jesus, Others, You! For me, Jesus, my Lord & Savior, is ALWAYS first on my list. My "Others" are my family, home, and volunteering at our church, and then finally there is the You which is Me!! Yep, I am dead last which explains why I may not be the every.single.day.rock.star kind of stamper and blogger that I had hoped to be, but quite frankly, I'm okay with that because after all, I have no doubt that my priorities are in the correct order.

Going back to my last post I mentioned the words Christmas cards. Now given that the "s" makes them plural it means more than one. Since I have completed one card, I figure that a second card fulfills the "s" requirement so technically I am 1/2 way finished with my cards ... right?!?  Oh yes, except for the fact that I'd have quite a few people upset with me when they didn't receive their annual Handmade By Hallie card. Sadly, my Christmas cards have become and expectation rather than a kind Christmas greeting that arrives in the mailbox *sigh*, but I'm actually okay with that. Having said that, I best get busy and make the "s" really plural (sssssssss) by making 50 individual cards {please pray for me!}.

So before I go, here is the ONE Christmas card that I have finished. As a side note, a whole different problem I experience is that I have the hardest time making simple FLAT cards that don't cost a fortune to mail; thus the reason I procrastinate making them. I absolutely *LOVE* layers, embellishments, and dimensions which are all things that the post office *DESPISES*!  It is common (laughing) knowledge among the post office staff that every.single.one of my cards requires extra postage to cover the special "by hand" handling of my cards to prevent them from jamming the mail sorting machines in Waco, Texas. Oops!!

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I hope each of you have a blessed day and spend some time finding the JOY in your life.

~Hallie
"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6


All supplies Stampin' Up! (you can order HERE) unless otherwise noted.
Stamp Set:  Joy to the World

Ink: Versamark
Cardstock:  Whisper White; Lost Lagoon; Soft Sky; All is Calm DSP

Accessories: Nestabilities (ovals); Embossing Folder (Northern Flurry); Embossing Powder (Winter White); Punch (Snowflake); Two-Way Glue; Glitter (Dazzling Diamonds); Basic Jewels; Dimensionals; Paper Piercing Tool & Piercing Mat

Friday, December 5, 2014

2 Months; 3 Cards

Hello Readers,

It's been right at 2 months and 3 cards since my last post. Life is beginning to get back to normal since we moved back into our home because we decided not to sell it. God definitely had (and continues to have) plans other than ours in the works and since His plans are ALWAYS better than ours, we are not so patiently waiting to see what He has in store for us next. I do have an idea of what it is, it is HUGE, it excites me, and that's all I'm at liberty to say so in the meantime, I will show you the THREE cards that I have completed since my last post.

This first card was a Thank You card that I made for a sweet customer who placed and order a while back. If you follow my Facebook Page you've already seen it so please humor me and pretend like you don't remember it. If you don't follow my page what on Earth are you waiting for?!? Give the link a click and head on over to check it out and give it a "LIKE".


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Next is an awesome card that I made for my hubby using the Tap Tap Tap stamp set. I absolutely *LOVE* the vintage typewriter and adding the pearls as keys puts the perfect finishing touch on the card. Now if I had only had my *old* IBM Selectric typewriter handy (I pick it up from the repair shop next week!) to type a note to him on the piece of cardstock coming out of the typewriter. *sigh* Oh well, now I have a reason to use the stamp set again really soon!!


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Finally, I used the Lots of Thanks stamp set to make a super quick and simple set of note cards to send to a customer in appreciation for her placing an online order last week.

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That's all I have for now. Next week I will be making my Christmas Cards so be on the lookout for those as I will try to post them as I finish each one.

Hugs, Smiles, & Happy Stamping!

~Hallie
 "But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, 'Abba, Father!'"  Galatians 4:4-6

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Topsy Turvy Crazy Upside Down

It's been two months and one day since my last post and this blog post title doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of just how crazy our life has been. The best four words I can use to describe what I'm talking about, with the least amount of elaboration, are ... HOUSE ON THE MARKET.  The next best four words are ... WE HAVE NO INTERNET. That my friends, explains my absence even more, and out of desperation, the final four words would be ... FINALLY MOVED STAMPING STUFF. By no means did I move ALL of it, I moved just enough for me to be able to create as a means to not completely lose my sanity!!

After unpacking the few boxes of bare necessities that I moved I was able to create the Halloween card below that made me pretty dang happy because it felt soooo good to be able to create ... again ... finally!!! 

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Going forward, if you would like to keep up with my creations during our moving transition, please visit and "like" my Handmade By Hallie Facebook Page. I will post as many of my creations as I can there. 

One final note, if you are in need of Stampin' Up! supplies and need to place an order, I would absolutely LOVE for you to visit my SU! Website, especially during this transition phase of our lives. I would honestly appreciate the help with my quarterly minimums since I am between houses and without internet. If and when you do place an order, PLEASE leave me your contact information. I PROMISE that I will not bother you (I'm sooo NOT the pushy sales type), but instead, I'd love to send you a Thank You card, handmade by me!! 

Until my next blog post ... Happy Stamping & God Bless you and yours!!!

~Hallie

Monday, August 11, 2014

August Design Team Projects

Now that my August Stampin' Up! Creative Crew Design Team projects are live on splitcoaststampers.com, I am excited to finally be able to share them with you.  All three of my projects were designed as a quick and simple way to give a small gift whether it be for a friend, teacher, co-worker, and/or neighbor. Since the audience I created my projects for is primarily Stampin' Up! demonstrators, I designed my gifts with a Stampin' Up! workshop hostess in mind.

Project #1:  Accordion box with notecards & envelopes.

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Project #2:  Card "purse" with matching notecards.

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Project #3:  Stationary Set

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That's all for now ... I hope you've enjoyed this month's projects.

~Hallie

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Final Design Team Sneak Peek

Hello Everyone,

I'm dropping in really quickly to post the final sneak peek of my final three Stampin' Up! Creative Crew Design Team projects. I will post all three projects on Monday, after they go live on Sunday. Until then, happy peeking!!!

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Life is going to be crazy this weekend; however, I will definitely post if I have time to create!!

Until next time ...

~Hallie

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Hallie's Helpful Hint

Howdy Friends,

I'm busy working on my last Design Team project but I wanted to give you a quick helpful hint ...

When opening a new pack of DSP, turn the pack over and write the NAME of the DSP and the COLORS in the pack on the back.

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No more wondering what colors coordinate with the papers because the information is all right there at your fingertips. That's all for now!! I hope you find my hint helpful. If you have other time saving tricks, please share them in the comments.

Blessings!!

~Hallie

Monday, August 4, 2014

A Cheesy Birthday

Greetings Stamping Friends,

I haven't had a chance to sit down at my desk and create since my last post because LIFE happened.  As I've mentioned before, I wear many different "hats" and yesterday's hat was my ranch hat.  After church, my hubby and I moved cattle from my mother's farm 60 miles away to his family owned ranch here in the small Texas town where we live. As a result, I didn't get to do any stamping so tomorrow I plan to wear my "creative hat" and finish my last Design Team project. Thankfully I know what I'm doing, I just need to make myself sit down and do it. 

In the meantime, I will share the card that I made for my sister-in-law's birthday. You know, the card that I made and then didn't mail!! UGH!! Needless to say, I mailed it today and she will have it tomorrow.

I used the MOJO341 sketch for the layout of my card and paper pierced around the edge of my stamped image. Speaking of images, I just love the Giggle Greetings stamp set but will admit that I wasn't crazy about this particular stamp at first because I thought it was CHEESY (tee hee hee). Now I just giggle every time I see it. What's your thought about the set?!?

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That's all for me today. I hope to have the sneak peek of my final DT project for you tomorrow.

Happy Stamping!

~Hallie

Stamp Set:  Giggle Greetings
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  Melon Mambo; Pumpkin Pie; Daffodil Delight; Old Olive;Tempting Turquoise; Whisper White; Sweet Taffy DSP

Accessories: Embossing Folders (square lattice perfect polka dots); Stampin' Dimensionals
All supplies Stampin' Up! (you can order HERE) unless otherwise noted*.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

How many hours?!?

After a L-O-N-G day in my stamping studio yesterday, 10.5 hours to be exact, I went to bed and realized that I hadn't blogged. As I laid there recapping my crafting hours, I realized that I hadn't blogged because I had worked on Design Team projects all afternoon/evening and I couldn't show you those projects. Hhhmmmppphhh!!!  So off to sleep I went. Now fast forward to this morning. I woke up bothered that I hadn't blogged and decided to photograph the two projects that I completed and then crop a portion of them for you to see as a sneak peek today. I still have one more project to make and then all three (or more) of my projects will go live during the Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew Gone Wild - Week of August 10-16. Once my projects are live on August 10th, I will post them here on my blog for you to see.

Project #1:

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Project #2:

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If you will recall from a previous post, I mentioned a birthday card and intended to post the actual card today after it's recipient got it out of her mailbox. Well ... I waited all week to mail the card yesterday so she would get it today (on her birthday) and then I ... DID NOT ... mail it!! UGH!!!  Time completely got away from me and by the time I realized that I hadn't mailed it, the post office employees were snoring I'm sure was long closed.  So ... I texted my sister-in-law a picture of the addressed envelope and told her I'd mail it as soon as the post office employees woke up opened on Monday since it is a square card ... in a square envelope ... that requires special handling ... and extra postage!!  Despite my mishap ... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LG ~ I hope your day is filled with many birthday blessings and is as special as you are!!!

That's all for me today so I will see you back here on Monday when I blog about the birthday card that I forgot to mail made for my sister-in-law!

Enjoy your weekend!!

~Hallie


Friday, August 1, 2014

So Very Quilted

Hi Friends,

Today's card turned out *nothing* like what I had envisioned when I started out. When I sat down to create I was at a total loss of where to start so I went to the Freshly Made Sketches blog for some inspiration. I knew I wanted to use the So Very Grateful stamp set because I was being lazy had stamped an extra image yesterday that I didn't use. The FMS sketch was fairly straightforward and simple so I decided to give it a try.  I started off with some Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight cardstock and some Sweet Taffy DSP but that didn't last very long. Once I had colored my bouquet image I couldn't make the colors work with the sketch so I scrapped that idea and decided to interpret the sketch *very* loosely.  I decided on Basic Black and Melon Mambo for my card colors, used four panels across the front instead of three, and moved the accent embellishment to the opposite side. Like I said, a very loose interpretation which, given my OCD / Type "A" personality, was a huge success for me because I normally follow a sketch exactly the way it is drawn. I absolutely *love* the final product! The burst of color is eye catching while my card remains simple clean, and crisp. Mission Accomplished!!

The downside of creating such a beauty is that it will be sitting on my desk for a while because, well, I don't want to give it away just yet ...

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... and because I usually create with a purpose (this card was for one of my church door greeters), I will have to start fresh tomorrow to make the Thank You cards for my greeters in appreciation for their service.

That's all for now ... I will be busy creating tomorrow.

Happy Stampin'!!

Hallie

Stamp Set:  So Very Grateful
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  Basic Black, Melon Mambo; Whisper White

Accessories: Embossing Folders (square lattice & (retired) finial press); Baker's Twine (white); Buttons (neutrals); Basic Pearls; Stampin' Dimensionals
All supplies Stampin' Up! (you can order HERE) unless otherwise noted*.



Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Birthday R.A.K.

Hello Dear Readers!!

Let me start off by explaining that R.A.K. stands for Random Act of Kindness, and that is exactly what today's card is. About a month ago a friend of mine on Facebook (Venesa) announced that her grandmother (Dorothy) will be turning 100 in September. Venesa posted that she would like to present Dorothy with 100 birthday cards on her special day. Venesa then asked everyone who saw her post to PLEASE send a card to help her reach her goal. She also said to feel free to spread the word far and wide and that's where YOU, my dear readers, come in. It's been a month since Venesa's first post and so far she has only received approximately 30 cards {GASP!} so I'm hoping that you will take the time to send Dorothy a card regardless of whether it is handmade or store bought. 

I now present to you ... Ms. Dorothy Gracy


If you are willing to participate, please send your card to: 
Dorothy Gracy
c/o Evelyn Page
P.O. Box 758
Liberty Hill, TX 78642

So it wouldn't be fair for me to beg of you to send Dorothy a card if I didn't have a card that I made her ready to show you - right?!?  That's what I thought ... so ... here ya go!!!

Ladies & Gentleman, the R.A.K. that I made for Ms. Dorothy.

 
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That's all from me for now. I hope you will take the time to send Ms. Dorothy a card too. I will be So Very Grateful!!!

Happy Cardmaking!!!

Hallie

Stamp Set:  So Very Grateful
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  Melon Mambo; Daffodil Delight; Lucky Limeade (retired); Pacific Point; Whisper White; Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP (retired)

Accessories: Nestabilities* (circles & scallop circles); Embossing Folders (perfect polka dots & square lattice); Basic Pearls; Paper Piercing Tool; Stampin' Dimensionals
All supplies Stampin' Up! (you can order HERE) unless otherwise noted*.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Birthday Hairballs

Hi Stampers!!

With a catchy title like that and no story to tell, I'll dive right in and show you the birthday card that I made for my mom using the Giggle Greetings stamp set and the layout from MOJO352.

I absolutely *LOVE* the Giggle Greetings stamp set because of its cute images and witty sayings.  Anyway, my card is fairly straightforward so if you have any questions just let me know by leaving a comment below.

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I have another Giggle Greetings birthday card ready to go; however, I can't show you until after my sister-in-law's birthday on Saturday.

That's all for now ...

Happy Stampin'!!

Hallie

Stamp Set:  Giggle Greetings
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  Melon Mambo; Pumpkin Pie; Daffodil Delight; Old Olive; Tempting Turquoise; Rich Razzleberry; Whisper White; Sweet Taffy DSP

Accessories: Nestabilities* (circles); Embossing Folders (arrows); Buttons (brights); Baker's Twine; Paper Piercing Tool; Googlie Eyes; Stampin' Dimensionals
*All supplies Stampin' Up! (you can order HERE) unless otherwise noted.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Stay Tuned ...

... to this blog near you!!!

Assuming I can remember how to write and publish posts, I will be back to creating and blogging {full-time} very shortly.  My drastic life change that happened here has reversed itself which means creating and sharing is once again on the horizon.

It's hard to believe that I haven't blogged since the middle of June, but life was so crazy that I simply didn't have time to create anything for my July Design Team commitments so I had nothing to blog about. {Yikes!} Having said that, August is now two days away so I will be super busy during the next 48 hours creating, photographing, and preparing to publish my August Design Team work.  #ibettergetbusy

For you lucky readers that have stuck around (#thankyouforyourloyalty), I will be back tomorrow to share the cah-ute card that I made for my mother's birthday today.

So sit back and stay tuned ... I will be back tomorrow!!!

Stampin' Hugs!!

Hallie

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A mouse for a MOUSE!!

Being in my craft room today was a much needed and extremely welcomed escape from the hectic and crazy thing called LIFE!! Sadly, between a husband, two teenagers, two dogs, five cats, one bearded dragon, a river turtle, a beta, our {HUGE} sprinkler system installation, and a partridge in a pear tree dealing with preliminary swimming pool plans; card making hasn't been in my schedule lately!! I am hopeful, yet doubtful, that consistent crafting will once again be in my near future. A girl can dream - can't she?!? Anyway ... 
In order for my card (and the title of this post) to make sense you need to know that my sixteen year old nephew's nickname is "mouse". Of course with a nickname like that you know there is a story; however, I won't bore you with the details. Instead, I present to you my "a mouse for a MOUSE" card!!!

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As you can tell by looking at my card, it was a pretty straight forward and easy design.  I used MOJO350 for the layout and chose Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, and Real Read as my colors. Due to its simplicity, I won't go into any details so if you have questions please leave a comment.

That's all for now!!

Hugs, Smiles, and Happy Stamping!

~Hallie

\ˈkraft ˈrüm \

craft  noun  \ˈkraft\
: an activity that involves making something in a skillful way by using your hands

room  -noun-  \ˈrüm, ˈrm\
: a part of the inside of a building that is divided from other areas by walls and a door and that has its own floor and ceiling

craft room  -noun\ˈkraft ˈrüm \
: a part of the inside of a building that is divided from other areas by walls and a door and that has its own floor and ceiling that is used for an activity that involves making something in a skillful way by using your hands

... or in my case

 craft room  -noun\ˈkraft ˈrüm
: a room in my house that I have not entered in two weeks; therefore, there has been no activity involving making something in a skillful way by using my hands

The good news ...
I am in my craft room today creating with this oldie but goodie ...


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... so make sure and check back later to see what I have skillfully made using my hands. *wink*

Hugs, Smiles, and Happy *skillfully making using your hands* 

~Hallie

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

June Design Team Work - Projects #3 & #4 Combo

Are you ready to see my final CCREW Design Team project for this month?!? {shake your head, yes} Great!! Let's get to it. 

Theme: Out with the Old, In with the New! What’s speaking to you from the new catalog or what will you miss that's retiring? Let’s go WILD! Anything that catches your eye with any new or existing products, it’s your time to get wild and share the muse!

DSP/Color Focus: Show us your favorite color. Try it in a color combo you haven't used before!

Hands down, one of my favorite SU! colors is DAFFODIL DELIGHT because it is such a bright, cheery, and happy yellow ... and then you add in some (now retired - UGH!!) Polka Dot Parade DSP (because we all know I'm a sucker for polka dots) and viola! I'm in crafting heaven. I used the MOJO347 Sketch for my layout and chose the color combination using my SU! Color Coach. I was a bit concerned when the color coach indicated Daffodil Delight should be paired with Pacific Point and Elegant Eggplant {yikes!} but I gave it a whirl anyway and I'm quite pleased with the result. I added in some Basic Gray to help tone down the other colors and of course I used my SU! Square Lattice and Decorative Dots Embossing Folders to add some texture to my card and that's how I got to the next challenge. 

Catalog Focus: Use your favorite product in your favorite way! Make us fall in love with it too!

If you have been following my blog for very long you know that I am an embossing folder feen. My embossing folders are my go-to tool on nearly everything I create. As a matter of fact, I'm not really sure how I functioned prior to their existence, but I did, and I'm super happy we have them now. I used the *NEW* Work of Art stamp set and oh.my.gosh, I'm pretty sure I'm in love!! Oh the possibilities!!!  Okay, so before I get lost in a day dream about my next card using that stamp set, I will show you the one I have ready to go. Ready?!? Viola!!!
 
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That wraps up this month's design team work so I'm off to print the challenges for July and *hopefully* have them completed sooner rather than later. {wishful thinking, I'm sure!} In the meantime, if you're stuck in a stamping lull and looking for some inspiration and/or a challenge, I highly recommend you boogie on over to the MOJO Monday and the Pals Paper Arts blogs. Great Stuff!!!

Hugs, Smiles, Blessings, and Happy Stamping!
~Hallie