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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life
Our  homemade Christmas ornaments always reflect our lives. Of course, if your making an ornament or card for someone, you may change it up a bit for their personality or yours.

Our western life and faith gives a taste of who we are and what we love to share. 

We hope the ideas below spark some ideas.

Ornament is made with a clear bulb and rub on letters. Easy peasy…I love attaching the ornaments onto a gift. Just brings a little sparkle.
The Stamping’ Up products I get from a friend of mine. Here is her link if you don’t have a demonstrator.

The card is using:

Real Red Card stock
Basic Black Card stock
Shimmery White Card stock
Glimmery Paper with Background
2″ circle punch
Basic Black Ink Pad
White Craft Ink Pad
Hemp
cardboard letters I cut out using my Big Shot and small die cut

Set of Wild Horses

Chalks
Directions:
Simply stamp your image onto your glittery white card stock. Mine had an image on it but you sure can use an embossing folder to create your own. 
Punch out image
Chalk as you like
Layered using dots or pop ups
Painted my letters with White craft ink
While still wet you can add some dazzling diamond glitter.
I placed letters to look like NOEL and used pop ups for them too.
Layer your card and your done!


This one is easy peasy!
You will need:
Real Red Card Stock
Shimmery White Card Stock
Sweater embossing Folder
Pine Cone framelits
Banners Framelits
Banners Stampset 
Big Shot

Creation Time:
Do all your Big Shot things first
Pine Cones, banner of choice, and your sweater
Mount and layer your card stock and create with your cut outs. Such a simple card, and so COZY too!




My sister got into this homemade card making and she loves it! Especially Christmas! I just got this in the mail today and it made my day!

Ornaments are pretty easy now a days with the clear bulbs. I especially like the flat ones as you can fill them easily and put the rub on letters on easier too.

 


Rub ons are pretty popular…here is some ideas.

Making something special is always rewarding and a great expression of LOVE!

Merry Christmas!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee

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Crafts, Paper/Cards
Don’t you just love receiving a homemade thank you card?
Especially one you didn’t expect to receive ?  I DO!

BUT most of all…I love making them!

This last week I had to get on the horn and make some long overdue thank you cards and of course I have to make it a little country, a little ranch like, and touches of the season.

These cards are using mostly background papers that I find online HERE

There are so many background papers to choose from you can really go crazy! I do like to buy them in big bulk packages as they provide more for my money. Plus, the variety in that one pack is huge and sparks some creativity!

So…here is the scoop on how I put these together:

I made up a template for the jean pocket and used my favorite vintage card stock for the tags. I made my own tags but you can also purchase them already done too.

Of course, enjoying the ranch life we have to have cowboy type background paper.


Using inks from Stamping’ Up! and thank you stamps, I added distressing color to the outside of the card and directly on the card. This gives the old time look. (when you purchase from SU! you really get the BEST of inks and card stock, my personal preference) The ink I used was More Mustard.

Finally, I give the card an overall look by stitching around the edges from my sewing machine. I didn’t do this to all of them, but looking at it, I like it better. It added a ton to the overall look.


Hope you find making special thank you cards to your loved ones and friends, brings them joy as well as knowing how much you care for them.

Making homemade cards is truly a great gift you can give to anyone!
Spark someone you love today with a homemade thank you card!

Enjoy!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life
I just love making cards on rainy days! Playing with this set with the cherries and other fruit just makes it seem a little brighter! I started to make a file of cards for those birthday’s and anniversary that seem to pop up on my calendar unexpected that I can grab quickly. Whenever there is time in a day, I will make multiple cards to fill up that file. There is nothing like having a homemade card ready to go when life is busy! I love this set from Stampin’ Up! my ol’ stompin’ grounds from long ago. It is a little time consuming due to all the layers but LAYERS is what makes a card!  The more layers to each item is what makes it all POP! The ribbon is also one of those things I must put on a card. YES, it costs more to send…but so worth it in the end. I hope as more rainy days come, I can get more to show you all! Enjoy! Supplies you will need: Tart and Tangy Set (any fun set will work that you have)
Real Red ink  Real Red Marker Wasabi Ink Only Orange Ink Wasabi Marker Ribbon Scallop Punch 1 1/4 circle punch 1 3/4 circle punch Real Red and Bliss Blue Card stock Glossy White Using markers for the berries so you can get the 2 tone colors, make sure to huff on your stamp before stamping. This makes the marker remoisten before you stamp. I used glossy white to help make it all be more brighter, but you do need to wait to allow to dry before using your punch. I also added aw white gel pen to the scallop flower to also add a little more color.  It really is all about the layer without it becoming gaudy.  Use part of the circle punch to the corners of the layer to get the curve look. Again, bringing out the layer color. You will need to add a little more postage to this card if your sending it in the mail, but isn’t it just worth it? Remember any colors and stamps you have will make the card your own! The style is what helps in the creative process! Enjoy crafting! Love deeper, talk sweeter today, Lee
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Ministry, Paper/Cards
Ever feel just overwhelmed with gratitude?  Try making something special by hand to give to someone who you want to express thankfulness!

I sure have this month as I have been making up some of cards to send out to the supporters that give to our ministry on a monthly bases. We are always grateful for people who have come along and shouldered with us.

We love to hand stamp as many as we can.  In a pinch, I will make up some photo shot cards for the kids that come to ranch to use as a demo card. It helps for them to get an idea of how to use the sets and gadgets. There is nothing more meaningful than to make a hand stamped card.


I used Stampin’ Up’s new set from the fall last year, 2016, and the Paisley Framelits Dies.(on sale too) LOVE those things! Just stamp and put the platelet over the stamped image, roll in my BIG SHOT and whoa…quick and perfect images with out the hassle of cutting them out by hand!

The background pine cones is from the folder emboss image and using the simmering white just adds a little touch of sparkle.

Enjoy making an adorable card and of course add your layers!

What you will need:
Paisley Stamp set
Paisly Framelits Dies (on sale)
Cherry Cobbler Ink
Cherry Cobbler Cardstock
Pumpkin Pie Ink
Pumpkin Pie Marker
Old Olive Ink
Old Olive Cardstock
Shimmery White Cardstock
Pinecone  Embossing Folder
3-d popups
Tape

Directions:
Stamp and color each of the images you wish to use. Emboss your background onto your shimmery white and begin to layer. Use any wording stamp you like. Sure can be universal. 



Stamping makes me happy! 
Love deeper and Talk sweeter and enjoy crafting!
Lee
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