TPB: Pumpkin Spice Surprise!

Hi friends!

I'm finally coming up for air :)
It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks.
Our son's birthday party was a success but oh. so. much. work!
So very glad it's only once a year :)
I packed up my ENTIRE craft life, 
boxed it away for the party
and spent the entire day yesterday looking for everything.
Not even so much as a tombo runner could be found :)

Today I'm sharing a card I call Pumpkin Spice Suprise! 
I LOVE cards with a surprise effect ~
so that's what I aimed for when creating this card using Pumpkin Spice
from The Project Bin stamps.
It's one of the new release stamp sets
and perfect for the fall season and pumpkin "everything" connoisseurs!  


 This is the first time I've used this die that I've had in my collection ~
the window die!
I loved advent calendars growing up ~ the ones with the chocolates 
behind each numbered window.
So for today's card, I wanted to make an element of surprise!

This is an A2 size card and when the windows are popped open,
you can see the spice for the pumpkin spice latte :)
The sentiment is stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black ink
and the pumpkin is MFT orange and Archival brown (for the stem!)

You can find this stamp set in the store here,
and here it is in it's full view:

Thanks for stopping by today!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


CCEE: Honey Month!

 Hi friends!

There's a new challenge at the CCEE Stampers this week:  
September is Honey Month!
This week the challenge is use that in any way as your inspiration ~
honey, bees, bears, even stamp companies that have honey in the name!

I went with the latter ~ Honey Bee Stamps!
I really love their stamps
(and chose it for my One Plus Twelve challenge this year!)

Earlier this week, SCS had a card challenge using the theme of 'brick'.
I haven't had a second free to make any cards other than 
for The Project Bin
so I did the next best thing ....
quickly checking my stash from The Daily Marker challenge!

and had it colored and die cut in a binder of images 'ready to assemble later' :)
The card base was a super simple brick stencil
and Ranger archival ink in coffee, blended in just a section of the cardstock.
Last, I used a funny saying from blah blah blah 
to represent how Mondays can be!

 Be sure to stop in the CCEE Stampers blog
to see what the rest of the DT made this week
with lot of HONEY inspired projects!

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


TPB: Pumpkin Kisses ...

Hi friends!

Just a short post from me today :)
It's our son's birthday and we've been celebrating!
He's such an amazing young man who just turned 15 ♥
We've been enjoying different family outings and FUN-derful events,
and his big party with his friends is this weekend at our home.
We have SO. MUCH. TO. DO!


 Today's card is one from The Project Bin stamps
and it's clean and simple.
I wanted the sweet little pumpkin stamp to be the focal point
and the adorable sentiment stamp just makes me smile!

I've stamped the pumpkin with inks from Hero Arts and My Favorite Things.
I fussy cut that and popped it up on foam
in the window frame with the falling leaves paper behind.

Here's the set in the store:

You can also see cards on the blog every week day
with different stamp sets here.

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


CCEE: Tall Ghostly Greetings!

 Hi friends!

I hope you are having a SPOOK-tacular Friday!
We've been super busy with Hurricane Dorian gone by,
school back in session and everything back to normal again!

I finally got a chance to make a few cards,
so I'll be posting them this weekend in 'catch up' order!
This card for the CCEE Stampers weekly challenge: Skyscraper Day!

Frances is the hostess for the month of September
and in honor of Skyscraper Day, asked us to create a TALL card.
My card is exactly that - a tall 8" x 4" tall, spooky neighborhood!

I rarely make or send Halloween cards,
 but the moment I saw the Lawn Fawn fall collection release, I was smitten!
And I LOVE stamp sets that allow me to do my favorite type of stamping ...

Making a scene!

 For today's tall neighborhood, I started with a base panel of white cardstock
and distressed just the top 1/3 panel with Ranger Ink distress oxides
in Wilted Violet, Faded Jeans and Black Soot.
Next, I created hills and slopes using the CC Designs hill die (ret'd)
and then got to the super duper fun part!
I stamped out the Lawn Fawn spooky houses, trees, trick or treaters 
and tombstones from the stamp set
and cut/colored those in Halloween-y colors.
I arranged them in a neighborhood-y kind of way
and then added some speckled dots from a white gel pen.
The last part - white embossed sentiment
and the whole card is popped up on 3d foam from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

 This card was a whole lotta fun to make!
I love those little trick-o-treaters so much ♥

I'll enter my card into:  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - stamp it! 
Lawn Fawnatics - Make a scene
Addicted to Stamps #357:  Make Your Mark!

Thanks for stopping by ...
Have a BOO-tiful day! 

Big hugs, bigger blessings! ♥


TPB: Handmade cards ...

 Hi friends!

  Thank you all for your sweet words and well wishes ♥
Hurricane Dorian did not come our way and and we are so fortunate.
We still have a house full of people
and school is still out for safety reasons. 
 My heart aches for those in it's wake and in it's path
and I'm praying, praying!

 I managed to make a couple of cards today
 use a brand new stamp set from The Project Bin!
The stamp set is called Keepsake
and it has such a beautiful message ♥

 I created my card by stamping the image with Ranger coffee Ink
using my mini MISTI.
I ran that through my Gemini Jr with my MFT dies 
to get a design on the main image - the focal point.
The papers are from Pebbles and the buttons are from my stash.

I added a little detail to the inside of my card as per the norm,
I just usually don't show the inside of them :)

You can see this card on The Project Bin blog today
as well as click on the photo in the shop 
and it will take you a gallery for each stamp set.

Here is Keepsake in the shop:

Thanks for stopping by today!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


CCEE: Cards of Encouragement

 Hello friends!

Because we've been preparing, shopping, stocking up,
I have a quick post for today.

Please keep South Florida in your thoughts ~
we've got a hurricane barreling towards us!
We've got all our supplies and will 'batten down the hatches'
and hope for the very, very best this weekend.
Storms are always so scary and with our baby granddaughter, Alice,
it just makes everything that much more nerve wracking :(

My post!
The CCEE Stampers theme this week:
create a card of encouragement and SEND IT!

 Today's card is for my daughter ♥
We have 3 young adult daughters and a teenage son,
and our middle daughter is a jet setter and amateur photographer.
She just returned from a week in Montreal, Canada and the Caribbean the month before that and her photographs are just stunning!
Lucky for me, she lives at home so I'll walk this card down the hall!

You might remember from this post that I fell absolutely IN LOVE 
with this stamp set from Unity Stamp Company
when I was a Unity gal last year.
One of the perks of being a Unity girl for a week
is at the end, you can pick a stamp - or stamp set - as a reward.
I chose Moments Between Moments last year because it spoke to my heart
and the girl with the camera is just sensational.

For this card, I tried something new - Canon watercolor paper.
I used my Zig clean markers to colors and they were super!
The encouragement is on the inside of the card:
This sentiment is one of the one in the same stamp set. 

You can see what the design team has created this week
 by heading to the CCEE Stampers blog.
There is also a link up where you can add your cards, too!

I'll try to hop on as long as the electricity stays on!
We have a generator and plenty of gas, just in case.
We have a full house - everyone heading here to weather the hurricane.
I'll have to go get my mom from her house and she'll stay with us, too. 

I jonkingly told my husband, while he is entertaining by candlelight
and cooking by sterno, I'll be making lots of cardmaking by lantern :)

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


CYS: I BEE-lieve In You!

 Hi friends!

I'm buzzzzzzing by today with a fun card for the 
Challenge Your Stash (CYS) card group.
I'm the hostess for August and many of us are back to school
 (or about to be!)
so I chose a very simple theme:

At the time of choosing a challenge, I picked something that would be easy.
But I had NO IDEA how many stencils I own!
I started going through them to decide on a card design
and kept finding one after another :)
We crafters are funny that way!
Sometimes I surprise myself - shopping in my own stash, ROFL!
 I decided on today's stencil:  Burlap by Stamp Anniething.
I actually purchased this stencil for an upcoming project.
I tried it out - liked the results -
 so it became the stenciled background for this card :)

Don't you just love my worn out blending tools!
I'll let you in on a secret ....
I. Love. Them! 
They are so smooth and effortless and glide across the paper when I blend!
I just replace the little circle dauber thingies as/if needed.
The market seems to have many companies coming out with their own,
and I have some fancy blending brushes
but these are my absolute favorites.


Using distress oxide inks (tumbled glass, scattered straw),
I used a light blend to get a mixture of both colors.
I added the stamped/die cut bees and hive from MFT Meant to Bee
including a matching sentiment.
Overall, it's a very clean and simple look
but I'm Ha-BEE with it! :)

 Thanks for stopping by today!
Big hugs, bigger blessings! ♥