The Project Bin: When life gives you lemons .........

Take them!
Free stuff is good! 

Happy Monday, friends!
I'm on the blog today at The Project Bin 
with a zesty, citrus card that just makes me smile!
I'm channeling thoughts of sunshine, cool sips of lemonade 
and lazy summer days ♥

And I'm also playing along with 30 day coloring challenge this month -
we're up to day 18!
This card will join the entries for Kathy R's coloring challenge here.

I adore the stamps and dies at The Project Bin
and very blessed to be on the Design Team ♥
Denise, owner and designer, is always on the creative edge
and we're super excited to have some wonderful new stamps being released!

For today's card, I'm using one of my faves:  Yello!
I adore - ADORE - citrus!
I add lemon/limes to my water and diet coke, love desserts like lemon bars 
and adding mandarins and citrus dressings to my salads :)
I think if I could add it my Starbucks, I'd have it there, too - LOL!

I created my card by stamping/cutting the lemon and lemon slices
and coloring them with Azure markers.  
To add a little bit of color to the card, I used 3 colors in lemon, lime, grapefruit. 
The sentiment was added to the top as a contrast to the busy-ness
of the fruits at the bottom,
and matching enamel dots were added to complete the look.
The finished base was framed using Avery Elle's wonky scallop die
and added textured citrus cardstock from Bazzill.

 And that's my card - easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Be sure to stop over at The Project Bin shop to see the fun stamp sets.
If you click on each stamp photo, it will take you to a gallery
where inspirational cards are for you to view.

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


TPB: Red, White and POP! :)

 Hello, sweet friends!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend :) 
Thank you so much for the kind words, prayers and well wishes for my husband ♥
I haven't had as much free time since yesterday to craft
as he's so uncomfortable :(
I'm trying my best to be an attentive Florence Nightingale 
because I know without a doubt he'd be taking such great care of us
if the roles were reversed!

I did manage to get a card made for The Project Bin
Mondays are my day to post on the blog ~
and I knew right away that I wanted to make another combo card.
I am so in love with the idea of combining more that one 
stamps sets and it's a great way to stretch your stamps.
Now for some super fun news!
I remembered I made a stamped inlay card a couple of years ago
using this same 'Just Poppin' stamp/die set.
I did a quick research on my blog and ......
it was 2 years ago, almost to the day!
(or set back stamping, depending on what circles you travel in!)

To make this A2 card,  I started by having a base
 of Catalina Splash cardstock from Fun Stampers Journey.
I then ran a sheet of Gina K smooth white cardstock
through the cuttlebug to make the framed border using an MFT die
Next, I cut out the shape of the popcorn and bucket using the Just Poppin dies,
and adhered 3D foam on the entire panel.  
I also ran the doodlebug dsp 'patriotic parade' through the CB w/ a die
and set it directly onto the base cardstock.
The idea is that it lays flat while the frame die cut hovers above ~
it gives the illusion of being 'one' but it's actually two seperate panels
with the stamped/die cut image 'in-laid."

I decided to carry over the theme to the inside of the card.
This card has such a sense of bravery mixed with whimsy!
My brother - and only sibling - is a July baby and just shy of 4th of July
I'm a March baby and just shy of St. Patrick's Day ...


I think that makes him brave and patriotic
while I'm chasing leprachauns and rainbows and unicorns!

Sounds.  about.  right.

Here's the inside of my card ↓

You can find these stamps and more in The Project Bin shop,
and tons of inspiration each day on TPB blog.

At a quick glance:  


Thanks for poppin' by today! :)

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Hi! Happy Summer!

Hi friends!

and HELLO summer!  
School is officially out and this is such a glorious time of year ...
The good 'ol days of summer.

Yesterday (and today - at 1 am!)
 I had a fun crafter-noon with uninterupted card making
after I dropped my son off at a  ....... yep, pool party!
And just in time, my new Pink and Main stamps arrived to play with ♥
These sending waves cuties are such a delight ...
the minute I spied them, I said let's make a pool party ~ on paper! :)

Here's how I made this trio of friends card:
I really wanted the look of a pool with a thick white border 
so I taped off the 4 sides of the cardstock,
 then sponged out different shades of blue distress ink and oxide ink
in Broken China and Evergreen Bough.
Once that was finished, 
I stamped and colored the 3 friends from the stamp set,
alternating different colors of skin and hair,
and arranged them around the pool.
I had another spontaneous idea while creating this card,
so in the end I didn't add the sunshine but put a sentiment in it's place!
A few clear and aqua color sequins and this pool party 
is ready to begin!
Because summer looks good on you!  :)

If you want to peek back again,
you'll see more of this Pink and Main stamp set soon ~
it's my next stamp set in my 3/3 series ♥

 I've been playing along with the Kathy Racoosin's 
#thedailymarker30 day and already we're up to day 10 ~ woohoo!
I'll enter this into her coloring challenge here.

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


3M: Friends are sweet!

Hello friends!

We are home from the hospital
and the hubby is resting and recovering ♥
I recently heard a beautiful quote that has been resonating with me.
 It read "When life throws you a curve ball, learn to bend so you can reach it."

This week, I've bent.
And I've prayed, comforted, nurtured and sat in the silence of worry.
And in that same bending,
 I've also had the blessing of friends showering us 
with love, prayer, friendship, support ♥
I'm so, so, SO grateful for that!

It's the 9th of the month and that means it's time for a new 3M image.
Jeanette sent us this month's image to create with 
and it's a little cutie called Honey Pip by Nellie Snellen.
When I saw the stamped image, I saw blues and yellows,
so that's what I went with.


My card is VERY simple ~
 the image was so large and bold and took up so much of the A2  card front 
that I had to think a little bit outside the box.  
I remembered my MFT speech bubble dies and thought it would be fun
to use one of those, so I double cut cardstock using that die.

The sentiment is one from my stamp sets by CC Designs ~
I thought it was a pretty sentiment to match the card :)

And that's it for today.
Be sure to see what Jeanette and Barb made this month 
using Honey Pip on their blogs. 

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


CCEE1826: Sea-prise Sha(r)ker card!

Hi friends!
It's almost summer!

One.  More.  Day!
I think that's FIN-tastic :)

It's time for a new challenge at the CCEE Stampers blog
and Joanne challenged us to use our un-inked, never used stamps!
I knew right away that I'd be using this new cutie.

My son loves loves LOVES sharks!
Anytime I see a shark stamp, I'm giddy for the cards that I'll be able to make.
This Avery Elle shark looks like the happiest-shark-on-the-planet!
I knew I'd have to scoop up the stamp set and elle-ments die ♥ 

This card is a shark-er card - hee hee!
I mean a shaker card :) 
The something new I tried with this card was using frosted acetate
instead of clear to give it a slightly murky water look.
I also ran the Avery Elle wonky scalloped frame though the Cuttlebug
6-7 times to create a glued, super thick frame (this resembled a chipboard feel).
Next, I added some teal confetti/sequins to the inside and fastened it closed.

Next, I stamped/cut/colored the shark and added a sentiment.
I wanted to make waves for the outside of the acetate
and created a watercolor background using Royal and Langnickel watercolor paper and RL watercolors to create the ocean waves.
I'm off the school where I like to watercolor and then let the piece air dry
 for 24 hours but you can always use a heat tool for faster drying
 if you like to work all in one go!

 I die cut them with a stitched wave die as I was aiming for 
lots of movement and dimension in the waves.

This card was a lot of fun to MAKO! :)

Thanks for stopping by today!
Be sure to stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog to see what the rest of the design team
has made using the un-inked stamps challenge!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


F.Y.I. ~ Everybody ....

 WHOOOOOO's a good friend?
You are! ♥

Hi friends and Happy Monday!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend.
This is our last week of school and then it's summertime!

Today's card is one from my F.Y.I. series,
inspired by my daughter's kitty. 
She's misses being outdoors and one day while outside on her leash,
we kept hearing a crying noise.
I looked for the sound, to no avail.
Finally, she spotted it in a nearby tree ~ a mama bird protecting her little nest. 
She watched curiously for a little while, disinterested in causing any harm.
Eventually we moved on to another part of the yard :/ 

It as such an awesome reminder of truly living in harmony.
It would be so beautiful if we were all surrounded by peace and unity!

And the idea for this card was born!
I said to myself ........ The Project Bin has a stamp(s) for that :)
I've created a simple framed card using not one ..
not two ...
but 3 
different The Project Bin stamp sets!

 For today's card celebrating togetherness,
I've used New Leaf, Feline Good and Bazinga.
How sweet if Everybody could love everybody!
Thanks, Andy Warhol ♥

Thanks for your visit today!
What inspires you?

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥
I'll enter this into:  The Paper Players - Animals


Lawn Fawnatics #29 ~ Life is good!

Seas the day!

Indeed, life is good :)


One of my favorite places to be is practically right outside our door ~ the beach!
Lounge chair, umbrella, a good book  ...... 
well, kinda sorta :)
  I DO bring books to the beach
but to be honest, 
I get lost staring out into the beautiful blue sea, 
tilting my head back and
breathing in the salty air,
 and feeling the sand in my toes ♥
Next thing I know, 2 hours have gone by and I'm still 
on the same page, same chapter, same sentences :/ 

I LOVE the Lawn Fawn Challenge #29 mood board!
I knew right away I'd have to ink up LIfe is Good and play along ♥
I'm blessed to own this stamp and die set
and I wanted to make a beach scene inspired by the top middle photo 

How I made this card:  I started with a palette of distress oxide inks
 onto white cardstock and then ran that through a scallop die with the Cuttlebug.
After gluing that down, I stamped/die cut/colored each of the images
and popped those up with 3d foam.
Finally, the sentiment - stamped right onto the cardstock.
 This card truly makes me smile ~
and I hope in a few days that will be my for real view.
4 more days of school and then it's summer! 
I'll enter this into the Lawn Fawnatics challenge!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥