Let it Rain .... somewhere else! :(

Hee hee!  

Hi everybody!

I was able to get a few cards in this weekend 
and color up a TON of images, yet to be made into cards!
But it was productive, inky time and that's always fun!

Rain, alas, is not!
Now I do LOVE rainy days -  if I'm home!
or hiking through a trail with a light drizzle ♥
But since I spend my days on the road, 
rain is a disaster here in South Florida and, quite frankly,
terrifies me to drive in!

As you probably know, Splitcoaststampers is having a HYCCT
(hope you can cling to) card drive for the month of October,
benefiting many organizations
 and bringing awareness to needs of the community.
I've done 3/5 challenges thus far and this one was the first card.
The challenge is ......

So my challenge to you is to make a card representing your LEAST favorite weather condition.

Whether the weather be fine
Or whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot,
We'll weather the weather
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not. ~Anonymous British poet

My card submission ~

Since I went with a Bugaboo digital stamp,
I went ahead and followed their sketch challenge for this week
and will enter this in their challenge.

Whatever you may be weathering, know that there are brighter days ahead.
And remember to
Trust God through the storms ♥

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!


WCMD - The Hop to Stop Violence!

Hi friends ♥
Yes ~ today is World Card Making Day ~ 2015!
And I can't think of a better way to create
 a card than one with a cause.

By an incredible coincidence, I clicked on a blog link the other day 
that lead me to Becca's blog,
and quite frankly, stopped me in my tracks.

For 7 years, I was a mental health counselor.
There are things that you just can't imagine
happening to another human being.
And there are things that the human mind
 just should not have to see.

If you are experiencing domestic violence, reach out for help!
Call the 24/7 confidential National Domestic Violence Helpline at 1-800-799-7233
 And the inside of my card:

This month, thanks to Becca's wonderful blog hop,
there is a voice.
There is unity.
There is HOPE.

Becca's blog hop is to bring awareness to 
  National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
There are many sites and links to visit for informative messages.

Awareness is key!
Your card - your blog - just might be the one that someone 
will see that will make all the difference.
You can empower others through your voice, your message.
Let your purple flag fly ♥
Thanks for Becca's hard work, dedication and organization, 
the hop has many wonderful sponsors!

 For my card specifically, I used an Inspirations stamp from
Rich Razzleberry for the purple along w/ scraps of Basic Grey and SU!
dsp, and a scattering of plum/dark pink colored buttons,
burlap and twine.

Thanks so much for stopping by today 
and I hope you're able to support this wonderful awareness cause, too!

Big Hugs, Bigger Blessings!


Hello, friend ...

Hi friends!  
I hope it's a beautiful day wherever you are in the world ♥
One of the fondest memories I have of childhood
 is receiving a card or letter ...  in the mail!
The snail mail, tiny piece of paper goodness in the mailbox
still brings me great joy to see a card arrive :)

Naturally, when I came across a card chain 
challenge/exchange group, I joined right in.
The card group is hosted, Deborah, and
how it works: You take the name on the list above yours, 
create/send a card using the given challenges
 or you can just send one of your own design, it's up to you!
We post our cards when the month is up so the recipient 
has the joy of surprise in the mailbox, 
just like in the days before cellphones and laptops and ipads ♥
And did I mention there are over 30 different countries that
are represented in the card chain?!
Cards from all over - so unique and wonderful.

This month, there was also a few different challenges and I chose 2 of them:
the Color Challenge and the card layout.  
 This color combination is super scrumptious - cobalt, ivory and olive!

Soooo different for me!  
Gone are the layers, buttons, 3d dimension!
My card stayed in the USA and traveled over to Taunya in Utah 
and I needed it to be mostly flat for happy travels.

I went really old school with this one and inked up my old
CTMH stamp set, Friendship Flowers.

I'll enter this into CAS on Sunday - Polka Dots
Crafting with an Attitude - AG
Crafty Girls - AG 
Crafting by Design - AG
Inspiration Destination - AG

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!


Sending a Latte Love! ♥

Happy Tuesday, friends!

I have a two cards that will be up today --
 including my Riley and Company bi-weekly challenge card that will be up soon!  We had a family Emergency late yesterday afternoon which included a long night in the ER.  Hence, my card needs to be photographed,
edited and blogged ... stay tuned for that!

Meanwhile, I played along this weekend with the 2015 Fall Coffee blog hop
again - this time, stopping by the Verve blog and scooping up
the free digi set that Julie has for all of us ...
how generous is that!
Thank you so much!


I created this card with Autumn colors and has already zipped
off in the mail to a sweet, wonderful friend ♥
I'll add my card to the link up ~
make sure you stop by, the cards and inspiration are something to behold!

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!


It's Autumn coffee time! ♥

Oh what an exciting time of year - 
coffee with friends and Autumn's beauty all around us ♥
It's also time for the 2015 Fall Coffee Hop 
and I just knew I wanted to make a card ~ cards, coffee?  So me! 


I've seen so many incredible coffee cards, each one so unique with 
different techniques, coffee stamps that are new to me, 
inspirational card designs and so much more! 
The hop has wonderful sponsors, talented crafters, giveaways ..
so be sure to take a peek!

For my card today, I've used one of my favorite stamp sets,
the Breakfast Club from The Alley Way Stamps.
I paper pieced my coffee cup and stamped the steam and sentiment
 right onto the paper and propped it up with 3d foam for dimension.
My coffee themed Fall colored paper has been in my stash
and just feels like Fall when I see it :)

I'd also like to enter this into Colour Me: Playful!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!


Send in the Clowns!

No "clowning around",
 it's a new inspiration week by the wonderful
 Riley and Company DT!
This week, DT member Heather asked us to create a card
 with the theme "Send in the Clowns!"
I know some people do not like clowns, 
but I promise Riley the Moose is by far the cutest lil Moose on the planet ♥
In fact, Riley and Company has a line of fun circus themed stamps :)

For my card today, I've used Juggling Riley, perfect for the theme 
of my day, every day!
I've paired it with one of the circus themed stamp sentiments - perfect
words in a busy day to always have fun!  
And you know I love me some patterned paper, 
so I was thrilled to find this clown + circus themed dsp in my stash - score!

and the inside :)

I hope today is a fun one for you, too!

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!


It's the Dueling Darlings ~ *Tutti Fruity* Style!

Hello friends!

Woohoo! The long awaited return of the DDD card kit group is here!
We've been on a summer hiatus but are thrilled to be back "dueling" for the Fall!

For my new blog readers, you might be wondering what the DDD is!
The Dueling Darling (Divas or Dazzlers) is a group near and dear to my heart ~
one I dreamed up over 4 years ago ♥
Most of us are and we are still going strong,
almost all of us are original members.
And this month there is EXTRA excitement - 
we have 3 new friends joining us!
We are welcoming Shelly, Tracie and Suzy, 
dear friends of ours from many of the threads on Splitcoaststampers!

Each month, two opposing teams have a hostess that pairs up and choses a theme, one hostess for Team Diva and one for Team Dazzlers!
  Each hostess sends out identical card kits to the other members 
and we create a card based on the contents of the kit we receive,
then post on the 15th to see what each of us made with that theme.

This month, Jeanette and I are the hostesses!
We have a fun theme that hasn't been done before in the years we've "dueled" -

Tutti Fruity!

        Since Autumn is now upon us, the Divas are going apple picking! 
Maybe you, too, have those fond memories of heading to the apple orchards to bring home bushels of fresh apples picked from the trees, filling up baskets!  Maybe you loved drinking fresh apple juice & cider or the crunch of the apple 
as you took that first bite – Yum!  

I stamped out a basket & apples from T.A.W.S. called Fall About You
and added it to the card base of DCWV paper called The Gilded Orchard,
filled with apples and apple blossoms.  This paper is lucious!
Very few embellishments adorn today's card because it just got too busy.
The inside of my card smudged a tiny bit but indeed at this time of year,
there is much to be thankful for ♥


 I popped up the bushel of apples with 3D foam and stacked them ~
this side view shows a bit of the dimension.

For the extra in our challenge,  we asked the girls to share what their
favorite fruit recipe is.
Mine is Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte!
Hahahahaha!  Just keeding :)

My very favorite fruit is always the citrus-y flavors
 like limes, lemons, oranges and my very FAVORITE dessert with fruit:
Lemon Bars!

Thanks for stopping by today!
To see what the rest of the team has created with this kit,
or the Team Dazzler fruit kit,
please see the entire list of friends in my sidebar off the right! 

I'll enter my card as card #2 in the NBUS challenge #5

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!