9.28.2014

Calendar Girls ~ With Sympathy ...

 
For me, sympathy cards are the very hardest for me to make.
Truth be told, I'd rather trek myself down to the nearest Hallmark
and pick one up!
 
Baby cards have been known to stump me,
masculine cards have me crafting in circles and scratching my head.
But sympathy cards ...
eh, I stare at the paper, ink and markers with a wary eye, indeed!
 
But the reality is ... part of being an 'artist' is often challenging
ourselves to stretch beyond what is comfortable for us.
I love that part of art ~
adventuring into the unknown,
not really having a direction or inkling of creativity.
No spark, no idea, no plan :)
 
Pen to paper.
 
The Calendar Girl's theme this month is presented by Terry,
and this is the theme she gave us to work with, in her words:

 I have recently (within 2 weeks time) had 3 friends lose parents. Very sad situations for all of them.
With that and the anniversary of 9-11 coming up I would like you all to create a Sympathy card.
Unfortunately, we will all need them at some point. It's a sad thought, but reality.
As an added challenge, I would like you all to share a memory of someone you lost and what that person did to change your life.
 
This is my humble offering.


 
The person that I've lost that influenced my life was my sweet
Grandma, Thelma.  She passed away at 89 on Halloween, 9 years ago,
the same year as my dad.
She was a woman of faith, strength, courage and spunk!
 
Grandma Thelma had 12 kids at a time when just one was too many,
and times were tough ~ VERY tough.
I remember her telling me stories of having to make a meal
to feed everyone from a small sack of flour and an orchards filled
with apples and peaches because "that's all there was."
More than that, she was filled with an incredible faith
and gave my mom her first bible,
which in turn became mine.
 
We didn't get to see Grandma Thelma very often as she
lived on a farm in California and we were traveling all over the world,
often so far way, letters would take weeks to arrive.
But she always wrote!
She always remembered us and stayed connected to the far away family that we became and reminded us that family and faith were two things
that can always remain unbroken.
Love and miss her muchly ♥
 
Be sure to stop in and see what the rest of the Calendar Girls
have created with their cards -
you can find them in my sidebar.
 
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!
~Kelly
 
 

9.25.2014

Riley and Company's *New Stamp Release!* Blog Hop!


Good evening, everyone! 
 
 *It's time for a Moose-tacular Riley and Company new stamp blog hop!*
The Riley and Company Design Team are stamping up the fun for this blog hop with the release of 49 new Funnybones stamps.
 
If you are just arriving, please start at the Riley and Company blog
so that you don’t miss out on anything ♥
If you are hopping along, you should have arrived from Kerin's creative blog.
Before I get to my 2 cards, I wanted to share this month's specials with you ~
 
Special #1:  Buy the entire unmounted set of 49 new Funnybones (3 full plates) for only $125! (Save $120!) (Offer not available to wholesale customers.) Limit one per customer. Offer ends October 12th.
 
 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!

Here's my first card ~ "I swear it will be funny ..."
My card is showcasing the sentiment because it's just so fabulous!
I added several banners underneath to give it a little color and pop
but this would be the funniest card to send to the parents.
Especially if you are a college kid, away from home.
 
HAHA!
JUST KIDDING!


 Next up, 1 day of coal!  I paired it with Elf Riley, who graces
the inside of the card.
And, if I were a moose-behaver, I'd probably take my chances, too! *grin!*
I went with bright, fun Christmas papers to match this Funnybones stamp.
I CASEd one of my own cards from awhile back, using
a similar design which I looooooved - so it's making a comeback :)

 
 
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
 

9.24.2014

Riley "Sneak Peeks" ~ Day 4!

 
Have you been behaving this year?
 
Santa knows! :)
 
I know .... we've all been good! ♥
  But how cute is this upcoming new Riley and Company stamp
for the kids wish-lists, cute holiday cards, Christmas tags and more!
  Oh, the possibilities of fun :)
 

 
Don't forget tomorrow is the new stamp release ~ 
You even have the chance to win new stamps!

* Join us for our release Blog Hop this Thursday 25th September 10 PM EST, starting on the Riley and Company Blog
 
* 49 Funnybones Sayings to be released and ...
 
* the new release stamps are available in the Riley and Company Store from Thursday 25th September 10 PM EST.

See you then!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings! ♥
~Kelly

9.22.2014

Riley "Sneak Peeks!* ~ Day 3!

Hi there!
 
Did you know there is only 37 more days until Halloween? 
 I know, right!
I can't believe how fast the year is zipping by.
I'm not a fan of Halloween but our kids get a kick out of carving the pumpkins,  dressing up in costumes and visiting our neighbors ~ enjoying the age old adage of ringing the bell and shouting Trick or Treat ♥
 
This brand new Funnybones stamp "Spider Web" had me rolling
when I stamped it out and read it - LOL!
Oh so true!
This has happened to me more times than I'd care to admit
and I'm sure anyone watching while I was 'brushing it off'
was quite entertained :)


For my card today,
I stamped out Spidermoose as a compliment to the funnybones sentiment.
I originally colored him 3 different colors/ways,
however, in the end I decided I liked it left uncolored for a nice contrast.
Honestly, the paper alone gives me the willies!
Those big 'ol spiders popping around on the card - eeeeewww!
Good thing we're all laughing ...
especially at the fact that we aren't tangled up in some web
doing the Spider Dance :)
  
 
Don't  forget to check out all the Riley and Company Design Team’s blogs for more sneak peeks everyday!
You even have the chance to win new stamps!

* Join us for our release Blog Hop this Thursday 25th September 10 PM EST, starting on the Riley and Company Blog
* 49 Funnybones Sayings to be released and
* the new release stamps are available in the Riley and Company Store from Thursday 25th September 10 PM EST.

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!
~Kelly

Riley *Sneak Peeks* ~ Day 2!

What is Retirement?!


 
 
It's Day 2 of the new Riley and Company new stamp release -
 49 new Funnybones in all!  That's a lot of smiles! :)
 
For today's card, I'm using two Riley and Co stamps -
one new release Funnybones called "Retirement"
which I've paired with fabulous Ethel from the Retro Folks collection,
already in the store.
 
 
 
I also gave this card a slightly '50's' look with this paper
from the DCWV "Kitchen stack",
SU! Groovy Guava ribbon ('membah that! I've had it for YEARS!),
and a button to finish it off.
Perfectly easy,
perfectly fun,
perfectly ready for having a retirement card on hand ♥
 
For a quick recap:
* Don’t forget to check out all the Riley and Company Design Team’s blogs for more sneak peeks everyday!
* Join us for our release Blog Hop this Thursday 25th September 10 PM EST, starting on the Riley and Company Blog
* 49 Funnybones Sayings to be released and
* the new release stamps are available in the Riley and Company Store from Thursday 25th September 10 PM EST.

Thanks for stopping by today!
Be sure to come by tomorrow for another fun new sneak peek!
 
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!
~Kelly


9.21.2014

Riley *Sneak Peeks* ~ Day 1!

*Squee!*
  
 

It's new stamp release time for Riley and Company Stamps ~
that CUTEST lil guy in the Moose-iverse ♥
Today is day #1 of 5 days of sneaks and for this card
I've used the new stamp "You are Amazing."
The stamp was inked in Momento and then cut with a circular punch,
and a small section of patterned paper is below -
add washi tape and enamel dots and a CB butterfly and my card was done!


This stamp and many more will be available
at our Riley and Company blog hop on September 25th,
10 pm EST!
49 new Funnybones Stamps will be released!
 
Be sure stop in and see the cards made by the DT -
you won't want to miss them!
 
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!
~Kelly
 
Card entered into:  Amy and Natalies' Challenge:  Things with Wings
Crafty Hazelnuts:  Patterened Paper
Sparkles Challenge:  Things with Wings
 

9.18.2014

You are my Anchor - Mystery #24!

Goodness gracious, imagine it's 11 pm and
 you realize your card is due .... in an hour!
Yes, that's me!


 
However, I managed to throw a card together for the Mystery Swap.
This is the 24th mystery image round and this month,
I was the hostess.
I chose MFT's a la mode' stamp "You Keep me Anchored" -
such a sweet image and sentiment,
especially for the great group of women ♥
Every other month, the hostess sends out a mystery image to the group.
We don't know what it is 'til it lands in our mailbox and reveal it on posting day.
Except this month, I only had to walk as far as my craft Cabana! :)
 


  
 
 

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


I'll enter my card into:  Sweet Stampin' - Spots and Stripes
Fab n Funky:  Button
Clear it Out Challenge - Polka Dots!