Riley and Company - CAS Summer!

Happy summer!
I really do love this time of year,
the kiddies all home giving room to spend our summer days
any 'ol way we chose :)
We've been enjoying the fun-ness of nearly every day,
exploring and creating and loving the long, lazy nights!
And summer just happens to be the theme this week
CAS summer, actually.
Well ...........
as most of you already know, I love me some layers!
CAS = quite a stretch!
But I manage to keep just the white space around the Balloons Riley
and stamped out Happy To be Alive, and masked off
with good 'ol fashioned scotch tape the last part
as it had the exact message I was looking for :)
I added a small section of scrap dsp to the left, and a small scrap of cardstock - run through the scallop border punch to the right,
and a button to top if off!
 And the inside, of course, left blank for now ~ and it's done!


We sure hope you can ink up your Riley and Company stamps
and play along!  Once you create your card/project,
you can link it up to the blog ....
Or, if you'd like to use a gallery like Pinterest or SCS,
please use the keyword Riley1315.
Thanks for stopping by today ~
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!


 I'll enter my card for consideration into these challenges:

Bunny Zoes - Furry Friends
Path of Positivity:  Happiness
Vintage Stamping:  Hot Sunny Colors
Clear it out:  Favourite item from stash:  Buttons!


DDD ~ Show Your Patriotism!

Hi everyone! 
 I can't believe it's been a whole month since I've last posted! 
 Life has definitely thrown us a curveball in the 'busy department'
and now that it's summer,
I'm hoping to get back into the crafting/blogging groove!
Today I'm buzzzzing by with this adorable patriotic bumble bee card!
 It's the 15th of the month, which means the Dueling Darlings post our cards
with a chosen theme by the hostesses.
This month, our hostesses were Barb and Terry and they have chosen a very patriotic theme based on June 14th  ~ Flag Day!
For team Divas, our hostess, Barb, sent us this super festive kit filled with papers, embellishments, + this adorable Bee image from
 Whipper Snapper Designs.

So, here's my card!

And the inside of my card - left blank for now :)

The second part of Barb and Terry's challenge was to share what we personally feel when we see the flag.

For me, it's a strong symbol of the freedom we have been given
thanks to the sacrifice of so many.
My dad and brother both served this country respectively and
that makes me a very proud daughter and sister!
Coming from a military family, I take pride in what our nation stands for
and what the flag represents.
Sadly, dad lost his battle with cancer 10 years ago
 and was buried in a veteran's cemetery. 
His burial flag was presented to me at his ceremony,
and I display it in our front living room ~
where I see it each day as my own family and I
walk past where it's displayed, a symbol of love and remembrance.

Thank you, Barb and Terry, for a fabulous theme to work with this month!
The DDD will be taking a summer hiatus
and we will be back in the Fall rested and energized! :)

Thanks for stopping by today!
I have a lot of cards to catch up on and post so this will be
 a fun and busy week in blogland! ♥

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

I'll enter my card into
613 Avenue Create #128:  Colors of the Flag



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:  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


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!