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    Precious Time – Precious Moments

    Oh life’s bittersweet moments. Our girl graduated from college on Friday, May 20. She’s had some amazing experiences in her college years and now is off to start something new in a different state. We are so incredibly proud of her. Her hard work, dedication and passion has been evident in these college years. This transition has hit me a little harder than others. High school to college was fun. It was a little hard on the heart, but a lot of fun. This time she’s an adult who is flying the coop. She is incredible and will do amazing things. There will be less daily interaction though. Less late…

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    Voices Soft and Sweet

    Today, boy do we need voices that are soft and sweet. I created this tag with a lot of Tim Holtz product and included a saying from one of his sticker sheets that reads ‘Voices soft and sweet.’ In this world right now, there are some voices that aren’t so soft and sweet. Sometimes our voices need to raise for certain reasons . . . certain reasons. Either way, what’s my tone? Am I being sweet? The world needs more sweet and less sour. Looking for other inspiration of other mixed media tags? You might enjoy THIS. Here’s what I used on the above tag and the simple how to:…

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    Celebrating Freedom

    Rodney, Abigail and I have lived in other countries and let me tell you, there is nothing like the freedom we have in America. It is certainly to be celebrated with gratitude and goodness. Wishing you a safe 4th as we celebrate freedom in our country. I leave you with a new rendition of “I’m Proud to Be An American.” Can we do better, you bet. Do we still live in a country that has dedicated men and women and freedom like no other, you bet. We played this song at our wedding as I married an amazing man and Marine. He was wearing his dress blues and freshly home…

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    Thanks a Latte Simple Card

    I’ve been really challenging myself to use my craft stash. I have had the below cute coffee themed stamps from Fiskars for quote some time. I really how this simple card turned out using the sweet stamp set. I’m not a perfectionist and some of you may be. That’s just my style. Embrace it. Below is the how to. Before we get to the how to . . . I want to ‘thank you a latte‘ for being here, for your relationship and for stopping by Artsy Findings. If you enjoy the connection and posts, could I encourage you to send to a friend. I always enjoy meeting new friends.…

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    Quick and Easy Gift Bag – Using Your Stash

    I’m all about using my stash and during the holidays, your stash can come in very handy. A couple of things I keep on hand regularly is plain kraft-colored bags, tulle, and small gifts. Pair these things together with Sizzix dies and the possibilities are endless. I wanted to share a quick tutorial for a cute handcrafted gift bag. You can take this same concept and make a matching card as well. I used a Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz Die titled Reindeer Flight which someone gifted me a couple years ago. It was used but I loved it. Here’s the how to to make a stamp and quick and cute…

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    The Gift of Presence

    Around the holidays we can get caught up in getting and giving the perfect or enough gifts. The reality is that often we can’t remember what gifts we’ve gotten in years past but we do remember the memories of being together. The most important gift is, the gift of presence. A few friends and I celebrated just that on Monday. We met when I was a lead Fiskateer and we met through the lovely fun wide world of crafting. What a blessing these ladies have been in my life. Through paper and scissors, I have gained a group of lifelong friends. While crafting brought us together, and I’m so grateful…

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    We’re Headed North – What’s on Your Travel Bucket List?

    “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in this world.” ~ Gustav Flaubert. We have had the opportunity to travel the world and for that I’m grateful. Many of you know that we lived in different countries for several years. There were amazing things about each but I still think Madagascar holds a very special place. I live in the United States and you don’t have to travel far to see what a gorgeous country this is. Our National Parks are amazing. From sea to shining sea, our country is beautiful and diverse. We love Yellowstone and the beauty of Big Sky Montana. It’s part…