World Creativity Day!

Hi friends!

It's my last challenge as the May hostess at the CCEE Stampers blog ~
it was a fun month bringing creative challenges to the table!

Saturday is World Creativity Day and I thought it's
a fantastic day to embrace your own creativity, 
as well as support each other in the paper crafting community. 

 The challenge: create a card using YOUR favorite card making technique ~
 the sky is the limit! 
 Just have fun and get creative!

For my favorite creative technique, I went with watercoloring 
I. am. obssessed!
I started with a base of Canson cold pressed watercolor paper
and basic watercolor pans, painting a gradient rainbow.
After I heat embossed dried it, I ran it through the Gemini Jr with
my Simon Says Stamps ring frame circle die and used the circular inserts.
I ran it through the GJ again using black cardstock and used the outline
and glued each of the circles back in a random fashion.

The card base is Neenah Solar White cardstock
and I've added a fun sentiment from Taylored Expressions simple strips
with new to me Taylored Expressions white embossing powder.
I placed an order recently and added it on to give it a try - I love it!

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

entering my card to:  SSS challenge - going around in circles

You have my GNOME heart ♥

 Hiya friends!

I have a simple CAS card creared for today's color challenge
at Splitcoaststampers.

Well ~ I was actually just super happy to finally play with some GNOMES!

 Not just any gnomes ~ the new fun stamps and dies from Birdie Brown
at My Favorite Things.
This set is called Hanging with My Gnomies and it's. just. too. cute!
 I've paired it with a peek-a-boo heart die and the MFT stitched wonky die.

 I've also stamped the inside ~ which I normally do and just don't show it :)
I kept it plain and uncolored - a trick I learned -and loved - years ago
from my Design Team days with Frances Byrne!

The "sun really needs to come out tomorrow!"
It's been raining here torentially 
and our town even had a 2 am tornado!
In Miami!
We huddled in the bathroom and hall until about 3 am
and it was just absolutely crazy!

Praying you are all safe and well!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


TPB: Midnight Ride

Hi friends!

Today's a busy blog day as I have 3 posts scheduled -
good thing I have a motorcyle for some quick zipping around!
Just. Kidding.

You won't catch me on one!
But my husband rode a Honda all through High School
and bought a Harley-Davidson when our son was born.
Oh that was his pride and joy!
He rode it only on the weekends, mostly with his brother riding his own ~
from around town to the Poker Run in Key West to bike week in Sturgis
 and a weekend trip to Georgia,
they put some miles in!

 Which is why I think the Wild Thing stamp and die set from The Project Bin
is perfect for making Father's Day cards!

I've paired the motorcycle with a background from a forest
and call this one a midnight ride.
I previously stenciled the background with a birch tree stencil
and distress inks and life changing brushes from PFS.
The sentiment is heat embossed and added to the front panel
and that's from the stamp set Defined.

 You can find this stamp set here in the store
as well as a card gallery filled with beautiful samples.
Just click on any stamp set!
We also have wonderful PDF files for your inspiration
and creative and innovative ways to make some cards!

Thanks for peeking at my Midnight Ride :)
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

Card entered to:  Artsystamper Digi
The Paper Girls challenge -  For The Boys


Eyeballs and Olives - Day 12!

Hi friends!

Today is Memorial Day and soon,
my son and I will head to the V.A. Cemetary
to place flags on the graves of those that served in the Armed Forces.
It's always an sight to look back at the rows upon rows of flags ~
memorable indeed!


Today's cards are from Day 12 at Spring Online Card Camp
with the hilarious Laura-Fadora!

Speaking of funny,  my son saw my pile of shapes and asked me
"why did you make so many eyeballs and olives?!"
 While that wasn't what I was going for, now I can't unsee it ~ ROFL!

This class was a lot of beautiful geometric shapes for our cards ~
something I don't own a lot of in smaller sets,
so I thought outside the box.
My cards are triple layers of shapes - one circles and one wonky rectangles.
For the first card, I used the wonky rounded rectangle dies
and since this is heading to my sister-in-law, who served 12 years in the Army,
I chose red, white and blue as the colors.

For the second card, I went with a few of the layered circles
(the eyeballs and olives, hee hee!)
and created a floral/color wheel pattern.
I still have so many left over, I'll definitely try this again :)

                                                  Thanks for stopping by today!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

 Card entered to:  Word Art Wednesday - AG
Simon Says Stamp - circles 


Anti-coloring ~ Day 11

Hi friends!

Just a quick post today 
to share my camp cards from the Spring online card camp 2!

 This class was about anti coloring -
or not coloring an image as a focal point.
I adore coloring so this class was actually a bit of a stretch for me
but they can't all be a favorite :)

 I used stamps from The Greenhouse Society 
from Technique Tuesday  ~ a monthly stamp program.
These flowers were from their last year's release 
 so they were perfect to not color just for this class.

 Here's the  one I made for class
and as per my goals with crafty friends, I'm making 2 of each!

 And done!

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥



RSG: 3 of 3's ~ Hap-PEA Birthday!

 Hi friends!

Hap-pea Friday!
It's the weekend ~ I think! :)
All the days kinda blur together these days ~
but I am sure I'm not alone in that feeling!

Today's card is for the RSG 'extreme' challenge card group
where Barb, Jeanette and I take turns proposing a challenge
that's a little harder and more complex than the average challenge.

This month - it was my turn! 

This was my challenge:

 Ready -   There are 3 of us so pick your 3rd year of blogging, 3 month, 3 card.

SetYou’re going to recreate that card to with the added twist of the numbers you chose.   I realize we have purged through the years -
 in fact, mine was a digital stamp and the company is long gone. 
The added twist was a number selected and we had to include that somehow on the card:
GO! - I had random number generator chose and got #402,
so I have to use 4 of something and 2 of something else!

 Here is my original card ~ which makes me smile!
I had that digital stamp commissioned and bought it for our group,
and it was sold only to me as it represented the 5 members in the card group.
The company is now long gone but it's a nice memory!

 And here is my current recreation!

I'm not alltogether happy with it ~
I think my mojo is floundering a little bit 
because our house if full of people working from home
and my year and a half old grandaughter, Alice, is quite the playful distraction!


 What I've modernized is using a (non-digi) stamp and die set 
from Lawn Fawn called Be Hap-Pea.
 Such a fun and fresh stamp set!
I now, looking back at my card, wish I had not gone with all green ~
but it is what is it!

My 4:  4 peas in the pod, 4 different copic markers
My 2:  2 different Distress Inks, blended for the background.

You can see Barb's card here and Jeanette's here.
I hope this card in some way inspires you, too!
Just grab an idea and use it as a springboard to create
or spin off for making a card or two :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


CCEE2021 ~ Mother MAY I?

 Hi friends!
I'm back with a card for the latest challenge at the CCEE Stampers 
and I'm picking the challenges for this month.

Since we are in the month of May, I thought a play on words would be fun!

Mother MAY I?  

Challenge:  Create a card based on the popular children’s game 
or feature children playing or create a card for a child.
My card is based on the popular game "Go Fish!"

For the fun part ....
everything on my card is something that was laying on my desk ~

I had a watercolor panel from camp,
a cut out, front card panel from an igloo (flipped upside down for a fish bowl) 
and an uncolored image from my intention to use it
 for The Daily Marker (and didn't!) 

 The nod to Go Fish is using a goldfish ~
this stamp is from The Greeting Farm's Down By The Pond.
I've colored it with prismacolor markers
and added some floral sequins from Taylored Expressions
that reminded me of the colorful rocks you see at the bottom of fish bowls!

The sentiment is from My Favorite Things
and embossed with Ranger white embossing powder.

This is my card for Spring Online Card class with Kristina Werner
to create a simple shaker card!

You can see all the cards over on the DT blog at CCEE Stampers.
 You can link up your cards with the LINKY button.
If you share to an online gallery and Splitcoaststampers, use the keyword CCEE2020 ~ 
 we look forward to your cards!

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥