Summertime Fun-time!

Today is such an exciting day!
First, it's PROM! 
 My second daughter and her date are heading off in a limo in a few hours with 14 of their closest friends for a night of dancing, magic and
memories!  They will be gone for the weekend, staying a condo right on Miami Beach ... literally opening the French doors to a crystal blue pool, surrounded by sand that leads straight to the beach!
I love, LOVE this group of close-knit kids,
most whom have been friends since elementary school. 
My dd's date is her bestie and they are just so much fun together ~ he asked her to prom with her doggie, saying Prom would be "Ruff" without her - cute!
We called it her prom pup-osal! 
She's a vision in her dress and after today's hair, make up, nails and all things girlie, this momma is gonna cry! :*)
 I will try to share some pictures in a few days.
Second, it's also the 15th of the month, 
the day that the Dueling Darlings post our cards with a chosen theme.
This month, our hostesses were Carol for Team Divas
and April for Team Dazzlers and their theme:  Summer!
Carol sent us a fun kit with a twist:  Create anything but a card!
She even included with the yummy assortment of papers and ribbons
a darling little kraft box.  And I have an idea for that box (stay tuned!)
So I made a recipe card!

 Since I wanted to use the super cute SU! watermelon image and papers Carol sent, I paired it with a sheet in the same package that I happened to have ...
I didn't want to use up all of Carol's papers just yet -
I have plans for those and that box :)
 This recipe card will be part of a book I've been making for my oldest daughter
who is studying early childhood education, specializing in behavorial disorders and special education.
As you may know from this post and  others, I've been putting together
a recipe book for my daughter to take with her when she's on her own/married.
I'm also making her little keepsake recipes for sensory play, like this watermelon scented moon sound (it's cloud dough!)
She made this during the Fall with pumpkin scent and it was a HUGE hit
with the Kindergarten class where she works after school ♥
 You can find the recipe here on this site, where I found it originally.

Carol's image and her watermelon papers and shimmery ribbon were a perfect reason to get this recipe card printed and ready to add to her book!
Thank you, Carol!
I can't wait for my daughter to see it and hope I did justice to your image/
Summer theme ♥

Be sure to peek at the rest of the Divas creations using the SU! stamps.
I literally can't wait to create with the rest of mine!
And, you can stop in and see what the Dazzlers will create with the Summer theme, too - you can find both teammates in my blog sidebar!

Is it summer yet?! :)

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!


Happy Graduation!

As Dr. Seuss would say,
Happy TOOS-day! :)
Today there is a new challenge at Riley and Company Stamps
and our hostess this week is me *waving!*

Since graduation is quickly approaching for many children,
from Kindergarten on up to colleges,
I thought the it would be a fitting theme.
For my card, I used a Funnybones image "You're off to great places!"
and a mish-mash of papers, twine and BUTTONS :)
I can't seem to not make a card with out my babies ~  I mean, buttons :)

We'd love it if you could play along this week!
Ink up your Riley and Company stamps and post here on the blog.
If you'd like to use a card gallery, like SCS, please use the keyword
I'll enter my card into Bunny Zoe's buttons n Bows
craftindesertdivas - Graduation link up
Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!



A hop, skip and a jump! :)

Happy Weekend!
The 3 Musketeers are back again {the 9th of every month!}
with an adorable jump rope girl by Nellie Snellen.
Jeanette was our hostess and sent us this image to work with,
which is a new company for me as I hadn't heard of it before.
I do love how fun and whimsical it is.
Tom Stoppard said "If you carry your childhood with you,
you will never become older."
Isn't it wonderful when you can spend your day doing something
that brings you back to the 'good ol days' :) 
Growing up mostly in Europe,
 my brother and I spent our childhoods making the world our playground
and that's something I've tried to instill in my children as well.
I'm blessed that we've remained so close and have fun together ~
they know that I'm the first one in whenever there is
 a mud pie to be made, a bike to ride, sidewalk chalk to draw,
underdoggin' the swing to be the absolute highest!
Though somehow the jump ropes always ended up
 being Tarzan ropes in our house :)

After looking at the image,
I went in search of my childhood/play
papers and remembered an old mat stack I have had forever ..
it was a perfect match.
The bright colors, the whimsical papers ...
and a simple card design with buttons, of course!
I try to create the inside of my cards with the scraps of dsp
I have leftover so this card inside is blank and simple :)

You can see what Barb and Jeanette have made with this
same image by stopping by their blogs, too!
For all the moms and grandmas and moms at heart,
I sent you blessings and wishes
for a most wonderful, playful, carefree Mother's Day  ♥
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!


*Flowers for you!*

Goodness gracious, it's a card! :)
This is an incredibly busy time for our family
 and I haven't had a chance to make a single thing, sadly.
 Our second daughter wrapping up her Senior year
 and all the trimmings that go with that ... college visits, auditions, dorm, decisions, finals, graduation!
And that's just one kid :)
 Today's card is my sample for my SOTC card group
and the theme with a 'new life' theme - that had me stumped!
  Since flowers were mentioned as a possibility,
 that's the direction I went with my card ...
flowers are always wonderful!
Here's the inside:
I scooped up the Tiddly Inks freebie for this week -
 isn't it the sweetest!
I colored/paired this one yellow and blue since this will go
 to one of my sisters-in-law
and it's her favorite color combination.
I've got quite a few more Mother's Day cards still to make -
including one for my own mom ♥
I'll enter this into the Tiddly Inks challenge this week -
flowers are always sweet to give and receive :)
I also followed an old Deconstructing Jen sketch #150 from the archives
that jumped out at me .... very inspiring!

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

card entered into:  Deep Blue Ocean - Flowers
Sweet Stamps - For Mom
Tuesday Throwdown - Flowers for Her
Addicted to Stamps - Flowers


DDD's say "Hello!" :)

Happy Hello to all!
Although it's tax day, the 15th is always the day the Dueling Darlings post our cards from card kits with a chosen theme from our hostesses
 Tami and Melina ...
"I'd pick a flower for you."
For those of you new to my blog, the Dueling Darlings (DDD)
is a group I dreamed up over 4 years ago and most of us original
members are still going strong!
The two opposing "dueling" teams:  The Divas (me!) and the Dazzlers
chose a card kit theme and send card kits to the other members ~
and we create a card around it ..
how fun is that!

*EDITED - updated card :)
I kept the old photo at the bottom, but it so broke my heart to look at it,
and it's just not what I wanted to present.
I ended up using up so much of the dsp that I had just scraps to work with,
and created this patchwork cheer instead ♥


Sadly, this month left me short of time and creativity
and I am really, really disappointed with my card :(
I plan to create a second one soon as Tami's kit was bright and
beautiful ...  the idea in my head just fell flat
and nothing like I envisioned!
I offer my humblest apologies to the team and to Tami!
Be sure to see what the rest of the team created
with their kits as well ~ they are in my sidebar!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!


Riley and Company ~ New Release!

Happy Friday and Happy Release day!
I hope you've enjoyed the Riley and Company sneak peeks all week ~
I'm here with another fun card from the new Inspirations Stamp line!


In addition to telling you about my card, I wanted to share with you the newsletter announcement ...
  lookie, lookie! 
 Take a peek!

We have a very very special announcement from Moose headquarters!  
Riley & Company is kicking off a brand new stamp line called Inspirations!
But wait - what's BETTER than a new stamp line? 29 new Funnybones stamps, too!
The Inspirations line is a lot like the Funnybones line - but BIGGER! The messages are still awesome, but geared towards a more personal theme. These not only make terrific statement cards, but they are fabulous for art journaling, Project Life and all those projects where you needed a really terrific saying!

And we are making this release even sweeter by adding 29 new Funnybones! I think this may be the best release yet!
The release is "officially" Friday morning, but our designers have been busy busy girls creative a LOT of wonderful sneak peeks for you to see on their blogs! Just head over to our website, and look for the designer list on the right hand side. You are going to love these! You can check out our Facebook page too - lots of great sneaks posted there also!

And what is a release without specials????
Special #1:  Buy the entire unmounted set of 29 new Funnybones  for only $95.00! (Save $50!) (Offer not available to wholesale customers.) Limit one per customer. Offer ends April 17th.
Special #2:  Buy the entire unmounted set of 25 new Inspirations stamps for only $75.00 (Save $50!) (Offer not available to wholesale customers.) Limit one per customer. Offer ends April 17th.
Special #3:  You can also get a set of 3 FREE Funnybones stamps (our choice) 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 #4:  But wait - there's more! As an added bonus, we are giving EVERYONE FREE SHIPPING from now until Sunday night (April 12th) at midnight CST! Just enter FREESHIP
in the coupon code section! 
Enjoy and Share A Smile!  
Tanya Kostynuk, Head Moose
Thanks for reading our newsletter information!
My card today is using one of the new Inspirations stamps -
the world truly is our canvas and yours to paint!

I followed a very old Deconstructing Jen sketch to make the base
of my simple patchwork card, using up a lot of scraps in my pile
and some simple enamel dot placements  and done!
Easy and beautiful, my favorite kind of card :)
Be sure to check out the rest of the DT and scoop up your new
Riley and Company stamps!
Big Hugs, Bigger Blessings!


It's a mysterious ..... Bunny! :)

Hi everyone!  
Today is the day the 3 Musketeers post our mystery image cards :) 
 This fun trio was a group created by Jeanette
 and I was graciously invited to play along with Barb - making up the 3Ms!

This month, I'm the hostess
and sent the other 2 ladies this C.C. Designs "Bunny Lucy" image ~
 fitting for this time of year.  
I've had this stamp for ages and hadn't stamped it yet 
so it felt right for her to get a little inky.

              For my card design, I followed an old Retro Sketches #150
that I had in my files,
and used up some old SU! Bella Rose I've had for forever
and found when packing up the Cabana!


And as is my custom, I matched the inside of my card
but left it blank for writing a message :)
Unfortunately, my laptop has gone to computer heaven
and I'm unable to post/edit most pictures ...
so this one will have to post as is until I get back online.
Posting from the kids borrowed computer/laptops
is a bit scary, LOL!

Be sure to pop on over and see what Jeanette and Barb
have created using Bunny Lucy!
And I will be back a little later on with another
Sneak Peek from Riley and Company ... stay tuned! :)

Big hugs, Bigger blessings!