3M: Santa's Coming to town ..

... and he's riding in a pick up! 

Happy Fri-Yay, friends!

The 3M - that would be Barb, Jeanette and I, 
post cards once a month based on an image.
This month, I was the hostess and chose this darling Santa and reindeer
image and sentiment from Stampendous called Santa's pick up.
They were on time posting on the the 9th ...
I've been swamped with family/commitments/events
but hopefully I'm still on Santa's good list!
I'm sure I am!
*wink! wink!*

If I had to decribe my card making style - 
I'd have to say I'm drawn to whimsical, colorful, and critters!
Anything that has cute animals, I am immediately pulled in
and start looking for it ♥
This stamp found me!
I was wandering through a store, waiting for my son to finish school,
and there it was - a ton of new stamps from Stampendous, each a delight!

Here is the inside of my card:

You can see what Barb created here and Jeanette's card here!
Thanks for stopping by today!
 And just in case ~ only 39 days left until Christmas!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


CCEE1846: Topaz!

Hi friends!

*Note:  I have 2 blog posts today!
For my Dueling Darlings card, please click here!*

Time for another CCEE Stampers Challenge
and this one is celebrating the birthstone of November:  Topaz!

Those born in November can choose between two sunny gemstones to brighten up the chilly month ~ one being Topaz.
 November’s birthstone topaz is known for it's calming energies, 
bringing warmth and fortune to those who wear them :)
Topaz occurs in a wide spectrum of colors far beyond yellow.

*Fun fact!*
 During the Renaissance in Europe,
 people believed that topaz could break spells and quell anger. 
Hindus deemed topaz sacred,
 believing that a pendant could bring wisdom and longevity to one’s life.
 Flash forward to current day, 
light blue varieties of topaz can be found in Texas and blue topaz became an official gemstone of Texas in 1969!
For my Topaz inspired card, I used an adorable Unity Stamp Company
stamp and sentiment called Casey, tiny fashionista.
She's so cute!
I have 3 daughters with birthdays coming up in December ...
yep, ALL 3 of them! 
So I'm getting a head start on their cards ...
and although they are no longer teeny tiny and clomping around in my high heels,
they will always ... ALWAYS ... be little in my eyes and heart ♥

I colored the image first,
and then decided to paper piece the dress, bow on her back and in her hair.
I used the flip side to a beautiful piece of designer paper called Petals and Paisleys
that I've hoarded had for forever!

Massive thanks to Laurajean for remembering the name of this dsp!
You rock!
{ She even sent the photo!}

 You can see all the designers cards on the CCEE Stampers blog!
There is also a linky for you to add your Topaz
inspired cards!

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


DDD: National Aviation Month!

Hi friends!

*Note:  I have 2 blog posts today!
For my CCEE Stampers card, please go here!*

I'm flying by with this month's card from the Dueling Darlings card group!
Our hostesses this month, Darlene for the Dazzlers and LJ for the Divas,
 chose a wonderful theme celebrating the history of flight.

I'm on Team Diva so I received a fabulous it from LJ,
filled with a choice of vibrant airplane, papers and matching embellishments!

This is what they planned:
"National Aviation History Month is dedicated to exploring, recognizing and celebrating America’s great contributions and achievements in the development of aviation. Aviation history refers to the history of development of mechanical flight — from the earliest attempts in kites and gliders to powered heavier-than-air, supersonic and space flights"

Let me say ... 
I. Love. This. Kit!!
It was so earthy and uninhibited and inspires adventure :)
LJ gave us the most gorgeous papers - it was HARD to cut/cover them up!
I let the papers shine through - and centered the script paper to resemble 
a letter tucked underneath and then die-cut a circular pattern with the stamp paper.  The airplane is popped up on 3d foam and the adventure away
chipboard sentiment is fastened with ATG.

You can see all of the Divas/Dazzlers cards by visiting
their blogs as listed in our group here!

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥



OWL be there for you ......


 When the rain starts to fall ...........

Hi  F.R.I.E.N.D.S!

 Oh, I do miss watching this show!
I think one of my daughter's was binge-watching it for the first time 
recently, and I caught myself once or twice watching!  Again! :)

Mondays are always fun-days since I post a card with a stamp/die set
So OWL be there on The Project Bin blog today, too!

For this week's card, I'm heading back into fall :) 
I've used one of the festive autumn sets from a previous stamp release
called New Leaf.

  I was inspired by the sweet little owls that often burrow into a small hole, 
making homes out of the nooks and crannies in the tree.
I used my circle stitched die to cut the areas in the cardstock,
and used a fall inspired paper to peek through the back.
Once that was in place, I glued it down and assembled the base layers. I chose this colorful designer paper to create a woodland feel.
One of God's most beautiful creations is the changing of the leaves ~
the crisp and crunch and vibrant colors!

Here is the inside of my card:


 Before you go, here's  a little musical entertainment
 for about 50+ seconds or so!

Happy Day!

Here is the stamp set in it's entirety ↓

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


CCEE: Tongue Twister Day!

Hi friends!
Happy Thursday ~
only one more day until the weekend! ♥

There's a new challenge at the CCEE Stampers and it's a fun one!

Today is Tongue twister Day!
Most languages have their own versions of tongue twisters.
In sign language, they are called “finger fumbles”.
 Use a tongue twister to inspire your card!

How. fun. is. that!

I actually asked my son for one ...  
regarding nuts.  Or squirrels. Or squirrels with nuts!
He gave me this one:

 Nine nimble noblemen nibbling nuts!

 Here is my nut inspired card!
 It's using this hilarious squirrel from Your Next Stamp
called Acorn Fall Fun.
I love his face - and that HUGE acorn - 
reminds me of me wishing for a Starbucks that size! :)

I kept my card pretty simple - using a new trick today!
The front of this card is actually the inside of another card from last year!
I simply removed the insert - 
re-die cut it with a stitched die,
ran a border die across it and created a panel look.

I love love LOOOOOVE when something old is new again!

Speaking of love, look at this squirrel cutie!

  You can see all the DT cards here on the blog!

Continuing on with my coloring for The Daily Marker 30 Day,
I''ll add this to the very talented Kathy's blog post link up!

You can find the information here!

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Crafters of Faith: Rejoice always!

 Happy Wednesday!

Today is the 7th day of the month ~
card creating day for the Crafters of Faith!
This month, our hostess is Vickie and she gave us:  Anything Goes!

Her beautiful scripture to create the base of our cards is: 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Rejoice always, pray continually,
 give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 

Thank you, Vickie!

This month's scripture is such a wonderful time to reflect on gratitude
and the beauty of giving thanks.
Praying continually is definitely something that is near to me ~
that baton of faith guides me daily! 

My card is using Whipper Snapper Designs stamp called Chase,
I created this layered card.
Now - here's the wild part!
I colored the image with completely random colors to match the paper
Then later, looking it up to add the link,
I saw the sample in the WSD store was exactly the same!
The sentiment quote is from an Inkadinkado stamp from Joanns
that was a gift to me many years ago from my friend Sandra ♥

 This is colored with prismacolor markers ~
and all the cardstock and designer papers are all from my little scrap pile!

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

I'll enter my card to:  CASology:  Compliment
Stinkin' Inkers:  Anything Goes


Simple Sundays ♥

Hello friends!

I hope your weekend is all things marvelous ♥
One thing I love so much about our family Sundays...
they are simple ♥

For us, it's a day of worship, followed by getting everything
done for the week ahead,
and always - ALWAYS! - a big family dinner.
The kids and I have enjoyed putting together 'theme dinners'
to keep it fun and have different things on the menu.
Instead of Italian night, my hilarious son will call it Al Capone night, LOL!
Complete with music, Italian cuisine and lots of chatter!
I love love LOOOOOOOVE to cook ~
so for me to be in the kitchen for hours doing recipe research, 
shopping, prep and hours of cooking isn't uncommon.
Full bellies = happy hearts!

Another thing that is simple today?
My card ♥

Normally I post on Mondays with The Project Bin,
so you'll see this card on the blog tomorrow.
I'm having some issues with blogger ...
so I am taking full advantage of the fact that it's working!

My card is a sentiment stamped right onto the designer paper.
And that's it!
Sometimes cards are just as fancy using a simple sentiment,
beautiful paper, and border and it's done!

 I used the sentiment from #bff stamp set
which you can see here the shop!
 I'm in that cross between making fall and winter cards - 
bringing a cheerful floral card into the mix! :)

Are you coloring along with Kathy in The Daily Marker 30 day challenge?
It's a wonderful way to explore your creativity!

You can find the link here!

I love finding new ways to be creative with cardmaking!
I hope this one inspires you, too :)

Have a great day, friends!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥