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Toolbelt

Growing up around tools (my grandparents owned, and my dad worked at a local hardware store) I have always kind of loved them. I have lots of happy childhood memories of playing in nail bins, I know strange. When I am a bit down one of the places I go to just look around is the hardware store that is just down the street. It amazes me sometimes just how many tools I actually know the correct names for and how you are supposed to use them, especially since I am known for using a butter knife as a screwdriver.

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Time to Celebrate

June is a busy card month! Looking at my calendar I have 10 birthdays this month (one of which is my husbands) and 4 anniversaries along with Father’s Day. I think it is close to November, but December has far more birthdays. Still, it’s fun to send out so many happy cards!

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A secret garden

For some reason, this sketch kept eluding me on what to do with it. This is why I am so glad that I have worked so hard to organize different things nicely. I decided that I should take a look through my file of cut paper items and there it was! I had fun playing with the thought of making the card a ‘secret garden’ by making it extremely floral, but not at first glance…

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Graduation mouse

Sometimes a card seems to come around right after I would have liked to have had it. One of my nephews graduated from preschool this year and this would have been the perfect card! I just think it means that there is another reason that it is meant to be. Possibly when his little brother does the same in a couple of years…

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Independent

One of my all-time favorite movies! I have not read the book though. I know, that seems crazy for me, but there is a reason! Spoilers ahead so be careful in continuing to read. My favorite character is shown on this card, and in the movie, he has a fairly happy ending but not in the book. I was warned about this and I am actually just Ok with keeping it as a movie I love. I mean Audrey Hepburn …swoon!

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Meow-oween

So last weekend when my nephew and I visited the craft store I noticed that Crayola was on sale. He has been wanting some decent colored pencils and I have wanted watercolor colored pencils for a while now. When I did my online research Crayola was actually rated fairly highly, so we got some. I am loving them! I just want more colors now, and so I am looking at what my next step is…

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Anniversary floral wreath

This card actually made me use some of my rusty computer skills. I used to do a lot more image work, and I guess I still know how to do it if I need to. I wanted to make the center of the heart a cut out and since I know that I am horrible when it comes to fussy cutting, I knew if I just prepared the image correctly I could make my Cricut do the work for me. I think that is one of the reasons that I like digital images so much.

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Beach please

One of the nice things about living close to the ocean is the ability to get to escape to the beach on occasion. The problem is that there are definitely times to go and times to avoid it. We don’t go on the big touristy times (like this weekend). In fact, we both prefer to go in the fall when there tend to be storms and a lot fewer people. However, I did show this card to my husband a couple of times yesterday because it feels like forever since we have been there.

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Coral birthday flowers

Overthinking could have really killed this card. I think it helped that I was a bit too tired and had a bit of a headache when I was making it. I really love the clean and simple style and yet it can go wrong so easily. Last night when I made this card I was a bit off and I think it actually helped me keep everything very simple.

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Happy new home

This card has a touch of personal nostalgia incorporated in it. I was trying to figure out what color to make the car and while I was looking at my paint colors I realized that one of them is the same as the color of the car my husband had in college. There were a lot of good memories with that car, or at least a lot of good stories.

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Forever and Always

Wedding cards are something that I haven’t been making to many of. I really think that they need to be bigger than my standard cards and I haven’t been able to make the ‘investment’ in being able to do them as well. I think I just need to figure out how to make that happen or just make what I have work. I especially like that this card could also be used as an anniversary card.

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You are not alone

The sentiment on this card is so touching to me. I am much better at making pet sympathy cards than people sympathy cards. I am trying really hard to get out of my comfort zones a bit more lately though. I think the book challenge that I have been doing has inspired me. It is getting me out of some of my reading comfort zones, not that I am all that narrow in my reading in the first place, but we all fall into having comfort zones.

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Picked for you

I have had one heck of a week already. On Monday I went to the doctors, nothing big just a routine visit, and when I got home I discovered my computer (a laptop) was infested with ants. The ant traps had done nothing but feed them apparently. I think I have made things better, but there are still ants running around. You might wonder how I would not know that my laptop had ants, but I use it as one would a desktop, it is attached to a monitor and has a separate keyboard and mouse. Thus out of sight out of mind most of the time, not anymore. Now I have a whole new desk configuration.

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Special Dad

This card wasn’t really planned out. I have been eyeing the digistamp that I used as the main design for a while and keep trying to think of a good way to use it, and yesterday I went ahead and bought it. I knew I wanted to use it with the background paper chose but didn’t have a sketch or anything like that. I just kind of put everything together until it looked nice.

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Blossom baby

Sweet sleepy babies! I realized the other day that I don’t really have babies anymore. My youngest nephew is about to turn three. Well, I think they are all still pretty dang cute and sometimes I even still get snuggles. Honestly, I am just glad that we are moving into a diaper free stage (hopefully?!?)

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Paisleys for Dad

It was fun to pull out these stamps and play with them. They were given to me when I first started out by a very sweet friend. I love that several of the stamps and papers I use came to me from others. When I am constructing cards using these items I am thinking about them and that gives me yet another chance to feel closer to others through making cards.

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