CYS: Hello Lady(bug)!

Hello Lady(bug!)

 It's almost the weekend ~
and that's a pretty bug deal :)

March 19 is the first day of Spring!
The Challenge Your Stash card group has a new theme this month:
Old School!
Jenn asked us to create a card using an old school stamp or style.
My old school item ~ brads!
My card is spring inspired card ~ 
new growth and flowers, green leaves sprouting, and the return of life -
yes, even bugs! ♥

I've used the ADORABLE Hey Lady from Lawn Fawn for my card.
I adore this set and it reminds me of my little granddaughter, Alice ♥
I realized (too late) that this is a newer stamp
and the idea is to challenge your (older) stash of stamps

BUT ....
I'm playing along with the Lawn Fawnatics challenge #71
Bring it Back - old school crafting items.

I've made a slimline card and started with a base of white cardstock
and blended distress oxides in Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar
with my Taylored Expressions Blending Brushes to create the background.
I used a paintbrush and lightly ficked it with water to create the splatter.
Then, I stamped the images with Momento Tuxedo Black ink,
and colored them with copic makers.
I realized too late that I didn't add the matching dies to my order ...
so I used my Brother Scan n Cut and
 'scattered' the cut out leaves and sweet ladybugs onto the card.

For my bring it back and stash challenge (CYS), 
I've used my very old brads - circa 2008! - as the additional decor to my card.
I think these are from Doodlebug and are super glittery and sparkly cute!
 So this month,
 I'll have to just go with the flow and not get bugged about it! :)~ 
 Last, I added the matching sentiment and popped it up on foam, too.

I can't believe we are almost in March!
That's my birth month so I'm really looking forward to the new month ♥

Thanks for stopping by!
Big BUGS, bigger blessings!


CCEE2009: Pocket Cards!

Hi friends!
Time for another challenge at the CCEE Stampers blog ~ Pocket Cards!
It's been forever and a day since I've made one of these
so it was super fun making one again.

And yes!
It's like a bicycle ....
this fancy fold card came together in a matter of minutes!

For today's pocket card, I've used the Picket Fence Studios stamp 
called Sunshine friends ~ I am a hugger.
I think this stamp set is just so adorable!

Here's my card before opening:

And after:

You can see all the DT cards here on the blog
as well as link up your pocket cards ~
follow the linky at the bottom of the post!
We'd love to see what you make ♥

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


TPB Wild Thing!

Hi friends!

Remember that scene in Top Gun
 (one of my favorite movies of. all. times!) 
where Charlie (Kelly McGillis) chases down Maverick (Tom Cruise)
on his Kawasaki Ninja?
Talk about a game changer :)
And, finally, after a 30 year hiatus, there will be a sequel ♥
Did you just hear me squee-quel?! 
 I can't wait ♥

Naturally, when I saw the brand new stamp and die release
from The Project Bin called Wild Thing
I smiled!
My husband had a Harley-Davidson for years
and it was a happy/sad day for me when he finally sold it.
Happy because oh how I'd fret when he rode it 
but sad because I know he loved it so.

But that's the wonderful thing about memories ~
we will always have them ♥
And now, the next best thing, create wonderful motorcycle cards!
I've made two today ~
one daytime and one nighttime card.

First up, a festive and bright card where I've left
the motorcycle intentionally uncolored because ...
It's a busy card with the stitched clouds
and the colorful designer paper background and green grass, 
which was made with a sitched hills die.
I added the fun sentiment to the front and inside of my card:

And the nighttime ride!

I had so much fun making these two scenic motorcycle cards.
You can easily customize this for a man or woman
and the possiblities are endless!

Be sure to check out The Project Bin blog for daily inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings  ♥


Gone Fishin'!

Hi friends!

Happy Weekend!
This is another rare weekend for our family where we have
 nothing. on. the. calendar!

I love lazy weekends of not having to be here or there.
Today, I watched the sun rise with my warm cuppa,
hearing the birds happily chirping their morning wake up call.
It was a chilly 65* this morning ~ bliss!

Today I have a quick card that I made for Splitcoaststampers ~
Memory Lane and the inspiration challenge.
My brother (a little over a year older than me) and I had an amazingly adventurous childhood, often leaving at dawn and returning at dusk.
Different times indeed! 

We'd spend hours having adventures in our towns,
including fishing on the docks and lakes and ponds
with twigs and sticks and a spool of mama's thread!
We didn't catch much of anything but we had the best of times ♥

I've made a CAS card with my Stampabilities Snoopy Stamp
and aqua and white colored cardstocks, run through the Gemini Jr with a die.
The clouds are from My Favorite Things
and, as of now, the inside is blank until I figure out where this will end up!

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


CCEE2008 ~ Paper Piecing!

Hi friends!

One more day until Fri-YAY!
I know ... I can't wait either!

There's a new challenge at the CCEE Stampers blog:  Paper Piecing!
That's a tried and true and favorite papercraft technique 
that I've always enjoyed doing.
I think it's reminiscent of when we'd play paper dolls
('membah those?!)
and could change up the outfits 
and outings of the little dollies with just paper.

For my card today, I'm using the Tim Holtz 
Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy set.
These birds are hilarious!
I think if I could be a Tim Holtz bird,
this one that I've made is probably about what I'd look like :)

Bright colors and those big 'ol eyeballs ♥

Here's my card and I paper-pieced the birdie.
The rest is a clean and simple card and the sentiment comes in the set ~
and I love that it matched her expression so well.

You can see what the design team created by heading here to the blog
as well as finding the linky at the bottom to link up your cards, too.
We'd love to see what you make
with the paper piecing theme.

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


RSG: Stop, Drop and Roll!

Hi friends!
It's the middle of the week ~
hang on ... the weekend is almost here!

It's time for another Ready, Set, Go card challenge.
That's the card group where we have extreme challenges ~
ones that are a bit out of the box!

I'm the hostess this month and thought up this lovely challenge at 2 am.
Or maybe it was 3 am?

Either way, it sounded amazing!

at 3 am.

My challenge was to use the old childhood adage: Stop, Drop, and Roll
when we were in trouble.
I've never forgotten those words ~ so those field trips to the fire stations
and visiting firemen must have made an impact!
This month, we're taking that same slogan in a crafty direction ...

 Chose a color using a letter in S-T-O-P as your primary card color
(I used Orange and Pink) 

 Use something on the card that had to be dropped 
(I used water droplets to splatter on the Distress Oxides
and Nuvo Mousse mixed with water for white splatters)

 Use anything that rolls/comes on a roll (I used a roll of washi tape
and his skooter has wheels that roll AND I used a rolling hill die)

My card is using the adorable new Avery Elle 'Sweet Swines!' 
and added it to a festive background made from just distress oxide inks.
I wanted to experiment with a few colors and used
 Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold and Abandoned Coral, 
blended with my TE Blending Brushes. 
The rolling hill is a die from My Favorite Things
and unfortunately, I didn't buy the matching dies to this set 
so it's cut out with my Brother Scan N Cut :)
 And lastly, the washi tape is a bold color of teal 
as I wanted to break up all the pink/orange tones that were marrying together.

And that's my Stop, Drop and Roll!
You can see Barb's card here and Jeanette's card here.
It's always fun to pick a challenge and just give it a try ~
just to make a different kind of card 
or find something that inspires you ....
like this older children's rhyme :) 

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

I'll link my card to: Pammie's Inky Pinkies AG
Simon Says Stamp - Add a sentiment 
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Add a Critter! 
Creations in Pink - Add mostly Pink!


GNOME place like home ~ February's leftovers!

 Good Morning, friends!

Today's card is my second card in my new blog series:
"Room for leftovers," 
a blog series goal I gave myself for this year :)

You can see the first post here
and it's a fun way to incorporate my new year's goal:
to use up the scraps and the bits and pieces from card making
because there's always 'Room for Leftovers!'
Some pieces are just so pretty, you use them twice!

For today's card, I used the adorable Lil Gnome from Simon Says Stamps.

Did you know that Garden Gnomes are a symbol of good luck? 

Yep, it’s a little gnome fact!

I love this die! 
 It makes such a cute gnome ♥
 I didn't even realize how many gnome stamps
I owned until I recently started organizing my stamps :/
 I know .... gnomes are everywhere!   
And this one is the perfect size to create a card with just one small bit of paper.

Here's how I repurposed it for this card.
I had a small piece of leftover alcohol ink Yupo paper from a previous card.
I knew to use it this piece, I'd need a die that's pretty small since
this leftover is maybe 4" x 1" in size and not much wiggle room for error. 
I ran the die set and the Yupo strip through my Gemini Jr and 
assembled the pieces to create 2 gnomes - one black, one white.

I wish I'd remembered to photograph it while it was whole,
but I did quickly puzzle piece the parts back in for a quick visual :)

And my completed card!
I kept it simple and CAS for the challenge at Splitcoaststampers.
Here's a look at the cutout pieces from that small strip:
Enough to make two little gnomes!
I'm so glad I didn't throw it away.
I'm sure I'll use this die set over and over - 
I already have a couple more ideas sketched out for him!

I'll enter my card to AAA Card Challenge - One corner
UnStampaBellas - no stamps, bright colors

I chose bright colors because I'm drawn to bright,
 vivid, rich colors that just burst -
they are so cheerful to me!
And I love using up scraps and recycling - waste not, want not! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥