1.21.2015

Winter Fun with Riley!

"Oh ... the weather outside is frightful ..."
 
Well, not here in South Florida! :) 
 But I can pretend through stamps and ink! 
There's a new Riley and Company challenge up this week - Winter Activity.
One of my very, very favorite things in the whole world is snow and winter ♥
 
We were blessed enough to spend a week in this Christmas season
 and we did it all!
Skiing, sledding, making snowmen and laying in the snow
and just enjoying the splendor of all the beauty of it ♥
 
My card today is using Sledding Riley and his joyful ride in the snow.
I used an old DCJ sketch to get my card going,
and added a mish-mash of papers in snowflake, winter colors
from the Pink Paislee "Merry and Bright" paper pad,
a gift from my daughter in my stocking :)
 

 
Be sure to stop on over to the blog and add your Riley cards with Winter fun!
If you would like to play along with us,
create a card using Riley and Company images.
 If you upload your card/project to SCS, please include the keyword Riley0215.
We can't wait to see what you create! 
 
Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!
~Kelly

1.15.2015

DDD ~ Birthdays in the new Year! :)

What a fun day today is! 
 First, it's Friday AND it's the first duel of the year for the Dueling Darlings!
 
The Dueling Darlings is a crafting group that I dreamed up over 4 years ago
 in the wee hours of the night (true story!)
In a nutshell, two opposing teams 'duel' each month with a card kit
sent out from the two team hostesses that have chosen a theme.
I'm super blessed and over the moon happy that 4+ years later,
we're still going strong - how awesome is that ♥ 
 
 Judy is the hostess for the Divas this month -
Deb is the hostess for the Dazzlers
and their amazing theme is:  Birth of a New Year (birthdays!)
The card kit that Judy sent to us was absolutely scrumptious! 
 There is sooo much in her kit that I could make cards for days!
She even sent us a few choices of images to work with.
I went with the ever hilarious Art Impressions Girlfriends - love 'em!
My eyes zeroed right in on the buttons that came in the kit!!
Of course, I had to use those! :)
 
 
 

The challenge also asked us to share a special birthday memory.
Each one that I share with dh and the babies are all really wonderful!
But one that stands out the most is my 40th Birthday ♥
We had spent the entire day at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World
and stood front and center at the castle for the evening fireworks.
I was holding my son (just a little boy at the time)
and he had been so excited about my birthday, telling everyone ALL DAY!
The girls, dh and I had just watched the parade and were admiring the
fireworks and my son clapped his hands in glee,
pointing and saying "Mommy, that was for YOU!"
Oh my baby!!
In his mind, they certainly were :)
 
Thank you Judy for your amazing kit we were given to work with!
Do please visit the other Divas and Dazzlers to see what they
did with their cards this month ~ it's bound to be wonderful!

                                       Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!
~Kelly

1.09.2015

Going for a bike ride! :)

Good Morning and Happy Friday!
It's been a wild ride getting back into the swing of things
after the holiday break but the kids are settled back into
theirs schools and routines - woohoo!
Today's the day that the 3 Musketeers group posts our cards.
This is a group created by Jeanette, who graciously invited me
to craft along side her and Barb.  The idea is a mystery image
will be sent out and we create a card based on that ~
and this month was my month!
Now the even wilder part is that when we returned home
after a holiday trip, *Santa* had a brand new bike waiting for me!
What a surprise!
I'd oogled one in the store - once - oohing and ahhing over it -
and my sneaky littlest daughter was paying attention,
snapped a picture and sent it off to my dh Santa
who bought it, delivered it, hid it, and then staged it for when we walked in.
They are just the BEST!
It's even green - my favorite color!
Love, love them ♥

So unbeknownst to me, a bicycle image is what I chose for January ~
a new year, new beginnings, new opportunity for change :)
I bought this stamp for a swap a long (long!) time ago
and it just sat, and sat, and sat.
Every time I stamped it out, I just could not make it work,
so part of the challenge was to see what we could do with
a stamp that had me skidding to a halt ♥


I went with the spotlight technique to highlight the beautiful
basket of flowers and propped it up on 3D foam dots
to give this a bit of dimension.
I wish I could say I'm happy with the result,
but this card just bugged me to no end.
I know we  can't always be happy with the outcome, just the process! ♥
Please be sure to stop on over at Barb's and Jeanette's place to
see what they've done with this image.
Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!
~Kelly



Entered into: Alphabet Challenge, spotlight technique 

1.06.2015

How do you take your coffee?! :)

Good Morning! 
 I know how I take my coffee - from Starbucks!  :) 
 Oh! I do love me my S'Bux -- it's absolute bliss when hold that
little cup of heaven in my hands ♥ 
 
There's a new challenge at the Riley and Company blog -
 first one of the year!
The challenge calls for food or drinks so on today's card
I've used Coffee Riley which has both 
 because ........ well .......... YOLO! :)
 


 
 
Riley's big comfy chair is paper-pieced, my favorite technique -
and he's colored up with prismacolor markers.
For the inside of my card, I've used the new FunnyBones stamp, too!
We hope you play along, of course!
So many of the Riley and Sophie and FunnyBones stamp would
be perfect for this challenge ~
Check them all out in the store and in your stamp bins :)

 To play create a card using Riley and Company images.
Once you have created your card/project, link it to the challenge blog here.
If you upload your card/project to SCS please include the keyword Riley0115. We can't wait to see what you create!
Thanks for stopping by!
Big Hugs, Bigger Blessings!
~Kelly 

12.31.2014

2014 ~ *Year in Review!*

Hi friends! 
We're home from our incredible vacation in the mountains ~
filled with a White Christmas and snowy adventures!
It was an absolute gorgeous end to the year,
one I am so grateful to have shared with my beautiful family ♥
 
And ...
 I can't believe 2014 is at it's end!
It's been a wonderful, whirlwind year filled with many blessings,
a few surprises and some challenges as well
but that is exactly the journey that life always holds for us :)
 
This is the time that I always post my favorite cards from last year,
one for each month!
Looking back at the year, I realize my crafting style didn't morph that much -
I will ALWAYS love and use buttons most of all as they are my very, very
favorite embellishment,
followed by lots of layers of designer paper!
 
So here we go :)
 
January
 

 
February
 
 
March
 

April
 
 
May
 
 
June
 
 
July
 
 
August
 
 
September
 
 
October
 
 
November
 
 
December
 


On a personal note, this was definitely my most challenging year
as a crafter  ~ with a lesser amount of cards getting blogged
than the previous years.

I do so love this craft!
I enjoy putting ink to paper and seeing what comes up ♥
I hope 2015 allows me to stay in the game, so to speak -
it's getting harder to do so with so many other priorities
and changes ahead, but I'm hopeful that my Cabana will still leave the light on
for the moments I'm able to stop in and get inky!

Thanks for peeking at my year in review!

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!
~Kelly

12.11.2014

Riley and Company *New Stamp* Blog Hop!

 
Good Evening! 
 It's time, it's time!
Riley and Company has been 'sneaking' the new
stamps all week and it's time to hop, hop, hop ~
just in time for Christmas to shop, shop, shop!
If you are hopping along, you should have arrived from Kerin's creative blog.
I have two cards to share with you showcasing two of the new
Funny Bones  ~


Here's a close up ........


Next up, another new stamped called "Life is Art" ~
I went with an eclectic look to this card design,
using up scraps of dsp in my bin in various shapes and sizes :)


Here are a few specials for this release!

Special #1: Buy the entire unmounted set of 39 new Funnybones for only $99! (Save $96!) (Offer not available to wholesale customers.) Limit one per customer. Offer ends December 31st.


Special #2: You can also get a set of 3 FREE Funnybones stamps (our
choice) AND a limited edition logo stamp during this release by simply placing an order of $30 or more (before tax) in the first 24 hours of the release! (One per customer please.)

Special #3: But wait - there's more! As an added bonus, we are giving EVERYONE FREE SHIPPING from Thursday night at 9 pm CST until Sunday night at midnight CST! Just enter FREESHIP
in the coupon code section!

 Thanks for hopping along with us!

From here, you'll hop on over to Monica's marvelous blog!
 
Enjoy and have a fabulous weekend ♥
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!
~Kelly
 

12.10.2014

Riley and Company ~ Sneak peeks continue!

 
 
Happy Wednesday! 
 One more day 'til the big Riley and Company *new stamp release!* 
 
 Oh la lah!
 
  There is truly something for everyone in this new release -
from the heartwarming, thought provoking to the downright hilarious!
 
 
 



Today's card is simple, using one of my very favorite card designs,
my 'go to' card design of sorts!
Paired with this sensational new Funny Bone stamp -
it's a wonderful message!


I hope today brings you kindness
and warmth and all things wonderful ♥
 
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!
~Kelly