Riley and Company: 3-1-3 Recipe Challenge!

Wow ~
 only a few more days and it will be Thanksgiving ♥
Our kids are already salivating and waiting on the scrumptious dinner,
telling me daily, almost hourly,
that they can't wait for the big Thanksgiving meal.
As a mom, that makes my heart happy and I know we are so blessed ~
definitely rich in love and faith above all things.
My heart aches for those that won't have a table to sit at,
or missing loved ones that are seated at the table of Our Father.
Indeed we have much to be grateful for.

 Today's card is for the new Riley and Company challenge:
a Recipe challenge with 3-1-3 ....
3 designer papers, 1 ribbon and 3 of one kind of embellishment.
That's my kind of challenge!
I love layers, using designer paper and embellishments
and naturally chose .......... buttons! ♥

For my card here, I used the Funnybones sentiment
"Coffee Keeps me Busy"
paired with paper I had in a leftover mat stack.
I didn't want to use tons of paper on my card so I used the "3" papers
as smaller squares (and continued it to the inside as well)
The "1" ribbon is a jute type ribbon from A/C and I swirled it under the image
where I added "3" buttons ...
completing the 3-1-3 recipe :)

If you'd like to play along using a Riley and Company image,
please link up your cards here to the challenge blog.
If you use a gallery, please use the keyword Riley2414.

Thanks for stopping by
and have a blessed, wonderful Thanksgiving!

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!



Tag! You're it!

Hi friends!
The holidays are quickly approaching :) 
  I can't believe in a little over a month, it will be Christmas ♥
This year, my gifts to our 4 children won't be store bought.
I've been busy working on many 'personalized',
from the heart gifts for the our 4 children.
Among the things I've been crafting are refurbished wooden letters
that I've painted, sanded and covered with scraps of
designer paper, ribbon, sequins, enamel dots and more.

First up, my oldest daughter's letter "K".
She is absolutely IN LOVE with Christmas - year round!
It's her very favorite time of year,
and very favorite holiday, 
 so her personalized capital letter is decorated with holiday paper
including with her cherished love of snowflakes.

In addition, I'm personalizing each of their letters with a matching
gift tag in the same paper ~ like this one!
I've used my Just for Fun stamp Wire Sculpture Deer,
stamped right onto the designer paper
and then stamped out, colored, cut
and then layered onto the original stamped image.
On the back of the tag, it has the


  And that's it from me today!
Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful weekend :)

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

Crafting Muskateers - Anything but a card
Cute as a button - Christmas/Winter
As you like it Challenge - Modern Cmas & Why (bright, holiday colors!)
Chocolate, Coffee, Cards - Fave Holiday (cmas!)
Crafty Ribbons - Christmas
my craft spot - 3d Cmas


Cornish Heritage Farms: Grateful ♥

Good Morning!
It's time for a new challenge at Cornish Heritage Farms
 and I'm the hostess of this week's challenge choice :) 
With Thanksgiving is right around the corner,
I challenged the team to create a card with theme of Gratitude
and a bonus to use the color brown.
Thanksgiving is a pretty big deal in our home ♥
It's my husband's very favorite holiday
and we are the hosts each year, a tradition I
inherited after my mom tossed in her apron saying she'd paid her dues, LOL!
I love the prepping and baking and cooking and watching the Macy's day parade and all that comes with our special day.
But I confess I also crack up at the memory of being HUGELY pregnant
with our 3 daughters,
all born in December, 2 years apart :)
Every time I look back at those pictures,
 I was ginormous and so very, very pregnant
and looked like I was as stuffed as the poor birds were!
At least our son cut me some slack and was born in September ♥


But I digress! 
 For my card, I used the adorable digi
turkey in the pumpkin patch to create the card front ...
 used miminal dsp and kept the card design fairly simple.
I continued the same pattern/style to the inside of the card
with another digi, Happy Thanksgiving.
Brown is a beautiful color, especially at this time of year,
so for the bonus, I chose that as my cardstock base.
Both of these digis are available in the CHF store and
are immediate downloads.
Want to play along in our challenge this week?
Of course, we'd love if you did!
You can link up your cards using a Cornish Heritage Farms image,
either stamp or digi, to the CHF Challenge blog.
If you chose a gallery, like Splitcoast, please use the keyword CHF66.
And stop in and see what inspirations the DT has created as well!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!


Dueling Darlings - Saying Thanks!

Hi friends!
It's time for a brand new duel between the Dueling Darlings
Divas and the Dazzlers!
Our hostesses this month are Kadie and April
 and they have the perfect theme for this month's duel:  Thank you!
Our challenge this month is to create a thank you card with no image,
just a sentiment .... I love that!
Sometimes just saying thank you is enough ♥

and the inside of the card:

This kit was elegant and fun wrapped into one ~
but my eye went straight for the greys and, unsual for me,
I based my card around the striped grey paper!
We had a couple of color choices for the stamped Thank You
sentiment and I chose the blue one since it seemed to match.
My card seems fairly plain, but it was so busy from all the
different patterns that I just let the image be the main focal point.

Thank you Kadie and April for a wonderful theme
to create a card with this month!
Be sure to stop in and see what the rest of the Divas and Dazzlers
have created -
you can find them in my sidebar!

Thanks for stopping by ~
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!


So thankful ♥

Hi friends :)
It's time for another Riley and Company Challenge brought to us
by DT member, Heather ~ "Be Thankful" ♥
It's perfectly timed for the beauty of this month,
Thanksgiving soon upon us. 

I have a humble card to offer this challenge ~
using the Thanksgiving Funnybones stamp.
My card is using mostly circular shapes all cut from Fall colored
cardstock and dsp that I had in my scrap basket ~
and the stamp is the focal point
with a few scattered buttons :)

If you would like to play along with us,
 of course we would love to have you! 
Please create a card using Riley and Company images
and link it up to the challenge blog here.
If you upload your card/project to SCS, please include the keyword Riley2314.
We can't wait to see what you create! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!
I'll enter this into:  CraftingByDesigns - Give Thanks
Stamping Royalty - Thanks!
Colorq #267 - colors


I'm a 3 Musketeer! ♥

Hi friends! 
Hopefully blogger will behave and launch while I'm
away either canoeing, doing archery, hiking and much more!
I'm excited to announce that I'm a 3 Musketeer!
I'm delighted to have been invited by Jeanette,
creator of a new mystery group,
 to be part of her 3 Musketeers image swap group.
How fun is that!
Thank you, Jeanette :)
Barb, our other Musketeer, had a fun
idea to put our heads on this image as funny bobbleheads
so my daughter got to work on one and this is what we got!
So you'll see off to the right hand screen a new blog badge - hee hee!
The 3 M's - Jeanette, Barb and me! :)
What's this group all about?
Once a month we'll share a 'mystery' image and create a card due
on the 9th of the month to post our vision w/ that image.
Easy breazy lemon squeezy!
Jeanette is our first hostess as creator/founder of this group
and she chose a delightful Autumn image from Sugar Pea Designs
called Bountiful blessings.
Here's my card, inside and out:


Be sure to stop in and see what the other two Musketeers
created with this gorgeous image ~
Thank you Jeanette for your image this month!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!



We're going camping!

It's finally here ~
 the weekend of camping with my brand new Cub Scout! ♥ 
My son just joined up this school year with and has been SO EXCITED
 for the past month, cheerfully marking down the days on his wall calendar - lovingly called 'C-Day' ♥
Now we've camped before, and did the Girl Scout thing as well,
but that was a bit cushier - nice cabins, bedding, amenities!
While we aren't going full on rustic, it's pretty close -
 out in the Florida Everglades!
Bugs!  Snakes!  Wildnerness!  Rickety tents + cookin' outdoors over the fire!
No cellphones, laptops, ipods or electronics ~
we are unplugging and connecting to nature!
Oh. Me. Oh. My.
My son is one of the sweetest little boys with a gentle soul,
a constant smile and shares goodness everywhere he goes.
How could I not be excited to go along, after all :)
(I just hope the weekend goes by swiftly and safely, LOL!)
Other than my son, I won't know a soul on this campout
and hope to make new friends, great memories and home in one piece!

I've used an image I purchased for a swap and it's from Sassy Cheryls
and I followed the wonderful sketch from Poppy Sketch #16
and use the Pop of Pattern - Chevron
so I'll enter my card there to the challenge :)

I have a card to commemorate my trip to the wilderness to share :)
I have another post scheduled for Sunday
and I'm praying it launches without a hitch ~
just like our camping trip!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!
 card entered into:  Poppy Sketch 16