Good morning!  Before I start with my post today I have one very exciting thing to tell you . . . I’m walking my first official 5K Saturday morning!  I’ve been wanting to walk one all summer long and could never catch one on a good weekend.  Walking and keeping track of my weekly miles has become the norm since my weight loss journey began a year ago, so I’m pretty excited for this next adventure in my journey!

When I was at Art at the Edge, I was lucky enough to win one of the door prizes that weekend.  Now that in itself was something, because I never ever win anything.  What did I win?  I won a nice size gift bag of Tonic Studio dies!  I was pretty excited because I didn’t even know Tonic had dies . . . I have Tonic punches and scissors (which happen to be some of my favorite tools), but punches . . . oh my BADness!

I was really excited over a couple of the die sets that I received . . . .

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LAYERED SQUARES measuring at the largest 5.5” and since most of the cards I make are 5.5 square, I couldn’t have been happier!  What’s even better is that part of the packaging is a magnetic sheet which the dies are on, along with a plastic sleeve with holes that can be put in a binder . . . easy peasy storage solutions right there with the packaging!  The notches that you see in the center edges help to align the dies up when placing more than one down, such as making the frame below.

I just happened to use those squares on my card today . . .


I also used one of the new Quietfire Design Christmas sets, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.  This card is being featured over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today, where you can see more photos and get a few more details.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful day!



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I hope everyone is ready for the Holidays!  I have one final gift to pick up today and then tonight we will all be gathering at mom’s for our traditional Christmas Eve Blast!  I can’t wait to see what Hadlee does with some of the gifts that have been placed under the trees!  It looks like Christmas Day/Evening is going to be pretty quiet around here (with one kid working and another going their way).  I’m looking forward to some quality studio/play time!

My last holiday card for you is one that I posted last week on the Quietfire Creations Blog.  I had a conflict with the Spellbinders Blog Team hop and didn’t get to make a post here.  If you’ve already seen it on Facebook, Instagram or over on Quietfire, then I’m sorry I don’t have anything new for you today, but I do hope you’ll enjoy seeing it again.


The sentiment from Quietfire was stamped, embossed and the die cut/embossed using Spellbinders Labels Four.  The background papers were die cut/embossed with 5×7 Elegant Labels Four.

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The snowflake was die cut, covered with Glossy Accents and then sprinkled with Vintage Glass Glitter.

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Each layer of the card was raised with foam tape to add more dimension and shadows.

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That’s it for my card today.  I’ve started working away on CHA Projects for Spellbinders in preparation for our big Sneak Peek and Giveaway January 6-10th!  More about that one later . . . it’s a biggie!

Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas and From Millan.Net


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Good morning!  Hope y’all are doing well and staying out of trouble.  Me . . . not so much . . . trouble I mean!

I’ve been hard at work in the studio with Christmas and CHA projects, but not too much to share yet.  However, I do have a few things today.

The above bezel and a gift box . .  .


are both being featured on the Quietfire Creations Blog today.  All the details for both, along with more pictures, are over there.  Please hop over and leave me a comment so I know that you were there!  It’s one of those things . . . I was here and you weren’t, now you’re here and I’m not!

I’m off for the weekly weigh in at WW and some quality time with my sister!  Oh wait, I don’t think I’ve mentioned this.  I started going to Weight Watchers with my sister back in October . . . as of last week, I had lost 20 pounds.  I’m tired of seeing pictures of myself plastered all over the internet looking like a short little stump . . .  hoping to remedy that.  I guess one remedy is to never ever have my picture taken again (which I don’t always have control over); the other remedy is to actually do something for myself . . . get healthy!

Okay that’s it for me today.  Thanks for stopping by!


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Good morning!  The other day I was planning what I wanted to do for my last few cards this month, and I realized that I haven’t been taking advantage of all the images available at my favorite site . . . Twisted Papers.  If you are new here and haven’t seen references to Twisted Papers before, you must check them out for top-quality downloadable vintage images at very reasonable prices.  Another plus, in my book, is that Russell and Stan who own the company, are so great to work with!

SO . . . a few nights ago I went shopping and downloaded three or four images that I thought I might use in some projects.  The first one is a fabulous Thomas Nast Santa!


Because the images are digital, you have the freedom after downloading to open them in photo software and change the size.  I worked with this one starting at 800, down to 600 and then again at 700 (which is where I settled out).  I like to resize, print them out and then determine what will fit in a specific die template that fits the image.  The Spellbinders® Rectangles were perfect for this image, I just needed to get the sizing correct.


The image was printed off onto white heavy cardstock, then die cut/embossed.  While the image was still in the die template, Antique Linen ink was sponged/stenciled onto the image leaving that beautiful white border around the outside.


The paper used is some old cardstock I had on hand and, I think, last year’s My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Christmas collection.  Don’t hold me to that one . . . but it is one of my favorite Christmas collections.  I wanted to add a little tag to the ribbon and found the “Ho! Ho! Ho!” in a very old stamp set in my cabinet.  As a matter of fact, I think it might have been the very first Christmas set I ever purchased back in 1997, give or take.

I’ve got a few more ideas to share over the next few weeks so I hope you’ll stop back in and visit!


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I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!  We spent the day with the Cheever Brothers and their families again this year.  It’s always fun to get together with them all and catch up on what everyone has been up to the last year.

It’s been fairly quiet around here today and I took a few moments to busy myself in the studio.  After I had started today’s project, I decided to change it up so it is nothing like what I initially started to make.

For this one, I decided to go the clean and simple route as well as make a card that could be easily mass-produced.   It’s not bulky (even through there are a number of layers) and will easily fit into a standard 5×7 envelope.


The sentiment is Peace & Joy from Unity and one I’ve had for a number of years.  It was embossed with Queen’s Gold and then die cut/embossed with Spellbinders® Labels Four.  The layers behind the sentiment were die cut/embossed with 5×7 Elegant Labels Four.


The base of the card was die cut/embossed with Matting Basics B.  If I’ve not explained how I do this before, I used a sheet of 8.5×11” cardstock, scored and fold the paper in half and then lined the folded edge of the paper up with the inside edge of the die.

The edges of the paper were all trimmed with 18 kt gold leafing pen.  When assembling the card, I thought to myself . . .  hey let’s leave off the foam mounting tape and see what happens.  Okay . . . one card that can be mailed flat in a plain (not padded) envelope!

That’s it for me today . . .  thanks for stopping by!


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