Inktegrity's Preview Day #2!

I'm back with the NORTH POLE in my bowl! LOL! Isnt' that the cutest name for this adorable stamp!

Here is another preview for you from the Inktegrity's stamps that are to be released in Joni's store TOMORROW! Make sure to stop by the other DT to see the other yummy creations they are making for you to see (see previous post for line up!)

I added the sentiment to the inside of the card this time around so it would be as much of a suprise when it's opened :) TFL and have a blessed day!

Deets: Cardstock from SU (Baja breeze, real red) PTI white; DSP - My Mind's Eye; image from Inktegrity; colored with prismacolor markers, stickles; Basic Grey Buttons, AC Ribbon; MS Punch


Happy SUNDAE! Inktegrity's Preview Day!

I am sooo excited to share with you the preview of one of Inktegrity's new digi designs! I've had these ready for 2 days in the crafting "Cabana" just giddy about their release!

This image is part of the Sundae's Best collection and just the SWEETEST and YUMMIEST! I paired it with some new Fancy Pants Happy Holidays paper, my new MS border punch (last week's shopping splurge!) and the adorable sentiment, also from Inktegrity TFL, be sure to stop in tomorrow for some more yummy cards and be sure to stop by the store on December 1st when the releases will be available in the store!

Be sure to stop by the other DT blogs to see some more deliciously sweet creations!
Joni (Inktegrity)
Kelly (me!)


SSCC #14 ~ Giving Thanks

This week at the SSCC, our hostess Helen gave us this wonderful scripture from Galatians 6:9 "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."

The challenge this week is to pay homage to the spirit of Thanksgiving and put Christmas cards to the side :) I have so much to be grateful for and am glad this gave me the opportunity to make a few Thanksgiving cards and reflect on harvesting in doing good. So for my card I kept the autumn feel and hoped for a "rustic" look ~ I envisioned all the colors of plowed fields, the last of the leaves still on the Northern trees, wooden fences around sprawling fields .... I love this old set from SU and added that as my sentiment :) I made the same card and inverted it horizontal for one, vertical for the other ... hence, no need to lean sideways, lol! TFL!


Love birds - a non-traditional Winter :)

Happy Thanksgiving to all! I hope your day is a wonderful one, filled with wonderful memories and happy blessings. This has been an exciting and VERY BUSY week for us - between school concerts, ds's Thanksgiving play, hosting dinner at our house (17 people in total - wowza!) Needless to say, Im in a rush now to get some crafting done! Tee hee!

This month for the uber fun SOTC card swap, lovely Lindalee asked us to make a winter or Christmas card BUT using non-traditional colors - oh love it! THis is also my "winter" entry for KKS Challenge ~ to make a card using winter as the theme.

I found some delicious My Mind's Eye Colorful Christmas collection paper at my LSS and bought all they had - each one double sided and it was heartbreaking to have to chose one over the other! (why do they do that to us, rofl - surely they know we love them both!) I went with SU! papers of rich razzleberry, melon mambo, bermuda bay - super non traditional. I love, love, love color but usually for my holiday cards, they tend to be a little less ....... Loud *grin!*

Make sure you check back in a few days - you will see lots of new releases from the DT at the Inktegrity and Busy Beauty Boutique - some super cute images about to hit the crafting world!!! :)

Love you!

Deets: All cardstock from SU; Dsp = My Mind's Eye Christmas Collection; Stamp = stampavie; inside sentiment = SU; colored with prismamarkers; Martha stewart border punch, K & Co brads; 3D dots; Doodlebug buttons & SU Ribbon; Tombo


Take the Inktegrity's Mantel Challenge! ;)

How fun is this challenge! The talented Joni at Inktegrity had a blank mantel for you to decorate for the holidays :) Head on over to her blog and see what you can do, too! I went with an outdoors looking in *winter scene* - the Christmas tree light in the background, the mantel w/ Gingerbread house and candles lit, the stockings hung and waiting for Santa :) Making Gingerbread houses with my children every Christmas is a family tradition in our house so this was quite fun!

And I am equally excited to announce that I will be on Joni's Design Team for the Winter! I'm so excited and truly blessed for such a wonderful experience and a fun adventure ahead. Thanks bunches, Joni - it's a honor!



SSCC #13! 1 Corinthians 13:12

Happy Friday everyone! This is an exciting day for me since in a few more hours I'll be sitting in the movies for the long awaited sequeal - ohhhhh the excitment! I won't sleep a wink tonight!

But I wanted to share with you my challenge card for the SSCC #13 with a beautiful verse from the book of Corinthians - 1 Cor 13:12. The challenge this week is .....

My stamping challenge related to that verse then, involves one of my favorite techniques or layouts, the shadowbox card. No more shadows, no more dim reflections when we get to heaven! Please see the examples below from our talented design team for some great inspiration.

This is the first time I've made one of these and it was soooooo much fun!! It took a little bit of work, but I managed! I love a good challenge and trying new things - it's a wonderful way to stretch the creative mind and share techiques with fellow paper crafters! So thank you from me for this wonderful new adventure!

This card also has another meaning as I'm sending it to a wonderful friend as she celebrates her birthday today. I know it won't make it in time (I'm sorry!) but I at least wanted to let her know that I'm thinking of her and she can get a little sneak peek of what it looks like. I wish you the happiest of birthdays today and all the blessings your special day can hold, Mary! Hugs!!!!!!!


Peachy Keen Stamps CHallenge #16

All night, as I created this sunshiney card, I've been singing "Ain't No Sunshine when she's gone ......" LOL! It's been rolling thru my head for the last hour :)

This card is for the PKS Challenge #16 this week - Kathy challenged us to Use our PKS faces ;)

The only face stamp I have for PKS is this lovely sunshine, so much of what we are still enjoying here in tropical south Florida. Now this card was inspired by something my dh and I used to say when we first met - 27 years ago ..... "Turn that frown UPSIDE DOWN!" {I *think* it was based on a toy commercial, but ya know, the memory DOES start to go *grins!*} SO I inverted one sunshine on purpose :) The sentiment is handmade via computer and nesties and they are all propped up on 3D dots.

I wish for you today sunshine skies and smiles all day!

Blessings and thanks for stopping by!

Deets: SU Cardstock: Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
DSP: SU, Stamp: PKS M-16 You Are My Sunshine; circle nesties, colored with prismacolor markers, MM Brads, AC Ribbon, 3D dots; Tombo; Stazon ink; Corner punch (Inside card)

KKS Challenge #6 AND a new Puppy !

Kraftin' Kimmie stamps is challenging us this week to use lotsa circles! My original idea sorta didn't come together as planned and so back to the drawing board I went and this one fell right into my lap. It's kinda simple compared to my usual bling it up and embellish it out but I like it! I really do :) I'm happy with how this one turned out. I went with a double circular frame, circle patterned paper and added some double circle hoops on the side. Hop on over to Kimmie's blog if you want to play along, too! I was inspired partly by ............. BUDDY!

Gimme a kiss! Just one kiss! You know you wanna! ;)

Poor thing is 4" high and fell into a hole in our front yard that dh was SURE he'd filled in last year - rofl! He's actually lovin' it now and runs straight for it during "playtime outside!"

Most of you know, we have a brand new puppy! We brought home an 8 week old Jack Russell from a place we found in Citra, Florida -- most wonderful lady, Miss Jodi -- It was a 6 hour drive - ONE WAY! We definitely tell him we traveled to the moon and back to find him, not that he reallllly understands, lol. We are sooo in love! He's a bundle of joy. He's very snuggly - loves to cuddle and already and is doing so much better than I thought w/ training (potty training anyway! Leash training .... eh .... not so much!) He's super cute, and super fun - not the burst of 100% energy everyone said he'd be but maybe he's young still ::: crossing fingers! :::: He brings such a wonderful spot of happiness to our family already ..... I think it was a perfect match :) We let our 5 year old son pick his name and he said he's always wanted a boy buddy, so that was it :) (I secretly hoped for Max, but it wasn't up to me, tee hee!) And doesn't he look like Daisy in a round about way - even with the little spot, too! TFL!


Froggy went a courtin ....... ;) SSS #30

Isn't he cute! This lil Froggy is looking for his princess! ;) Tee hee! He's a real cute, from the SNSS line called Pond Pals!

This was a fun sketch to do and these stamps are super easy to use - they ink up nicely on the first go! I first stamped a background using the cat tails doing a double image stamp, then added Mr. Froggie (colored blue for my son who absolutely adored the blue frogs we saw at the zoo!) and a dragonfly with movement, sponged the background and edging and then just followed the sketch. Super fun! TFL and have a wonderful Sunday!


God Bless Our Heroes!!! {Blog Hop & SSCC #12!}

Welcome to the Operation Home Front Blog Hop! As a child of a military family (dad was career AF for 26 years!) and my brother & only sibling is Career Army, this is a special hop for me and I'm honored to be here celebrating with the OHF and all our hereos! You should have arrived from the astoningly creative cards from Nathalia or if you are just joining, start at the beginning HERE!

Today's card is a double post - although this is going to a soldier in the OWH, it's also my entry for the SSCC #12 :) First time I've had to enter a card for a double post but Im having MAJOR blog troubles since last night! Here is the descrption they give:


The scripture I’ve chosen this week is John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."

Here in America, we are so blessed with freedom. Just think about how we can freely worship our wonderful God anytime we want. Many men and women throughout the years have sacrificed their lives so that we may have that opportunity. Not only have these soldiers sacrificed their lives, but their families have made sacrifices as well. I can’t thank my God enough for sending these amazing men and women to protect us. They truly are heroes, and they have a very special place in my heart.

There is a quote that says, “Only two people have ever died for you. One is Jesus Christ. The other is the American soldier.” That is so true. Jesus Christ died for us so that we might have eternal life. The American soldier died for us so that we might have freedom in this earthly life. My prayer is that we never take either cause for granted. Not only as Americans, but as Christians, I feel that it is our duty to support our troops and to show them our support in every way that we can. That brings me to our challenge.


The mission of Operation Write Home (formerly known as Cards for Heroes) is to support our nation’s armed forces by sending blank (handmade) greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them.

The challenge for this week is to make a patriotic-themed card for a soldier and as a bonus, donate it to Operation Write Home, so that a soldier may be encouraged by your words of thanks. Write a special message of gratitude on the inside and sign your name. They will be distributed to soldiers who rarely get mail, or just need encouragement. Be sure to put your card in an envelope and write “Any Hero” on the front. For more information on how to make a card for “Any Hero” click here (http://www.owhhomefrontblog.org/2009/09/anyhero-cards-q.html). Please note there are some guidelines for cards so stop by and take a look!

Please keep hopping and next you should head over to Nanny's Place
and enjoy the hop!

Also, please take a peek at the Busy Beauties Boutique blog and hop along with the DT who are also making some wonderful cards for you! Before you go, please leave a comment. If you do, your name will go into a special Hero Hoppers drawing, where one winner will be selected at random. The prize will be digi images from the BBB from the talented and superbly sweet Carolyn! She, along with her friend Thomas, are the brains and talent behind the BBB - here is a Bathing Beauty digi up for grabs but hurry, it ends tonight at midnight! Also up for grabs is a wonderful digi image created by the talented Heather from Fresh Brewed Designs - an image she made for the hop. Isn't it terrific! Please stop by their blogs and take a peek at the goodness "brewing" there, too!

Here is another card I made for you using the God Bless you from the talented Heather at Fresh Brewed Designs!



Time for another All About Me Challenge and the theme is "I can't live without ....." Oh how long my list really is! My first instinct was to scrap about my FAITH {can't live without that!}, then I wanted to incorporate my family (It's a given that my kids would be my natural choice, too!, but honestly, they are scrapped nearly every day!) I even thought "hmmm, Starbucks!" - hee hee ...... but when I stopped and thought about it the most, the one thing that makes my life COMPLETE is my love -- my true soul mate, my best friend, my reason for waking and breathing and being the person I am ..... my hubby :)

Here is the original sketch by pencil Lines, Sketch 144: and then my take. It's such a detailed sketch and I ended up with 7 different layers of paper and cardstock!! I substituted the flower for a tag so I could hand-write in the world LOVE ...... blessings to all and see you tomorrow for the OWH Blog Hop!

Deets: Paper by Brenda Walton for K & Co: Lace, scallop punch, flower punches, Kaiser pearls, Kiwi Kiss SU Ribbon


Trying out for Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps

Happy Wednesday! And since today is Veteran's Day, it's doubly happy. I come from a military family and although we lost dad a few years ago to cancer, this day is still a great honor for me and all it represents. :::: waving to my brother and his wife, still in the Army in Germany :::::

And this little Kraftin' Kimmie set was my "application" for a guest designer spot (gulp!) I needed to sent a small card for my (above mentioned) SIL, Susan, for a birthday coming up and for their 3 year old adopted German shepared, Emma, which will be filled with treats :) So I brought out Francesca - who is just delightful! I paired it with some My Mind's Eye paper & embellies. I sponged around the frame of the image and added a KK sentiment as well. For the small tin, I found that at the Dollar Tree and did some hodge-podge covering with matching DSP, Daisy stamp, and lotsa ribbons!

Thanks for looking! This was tons of fun for me. I always tells my children to try their best and reach for the stars and one of the best joys in life for me is try to be a good example for them (and put my words to action, lol!)

May your day bring you lots of blessings today and thank you to all the Veteran's! We <3 href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_J5FWniBgDSE/SvrCv0EOSAI/AAAAAAAABac/Ts2W0m_GeIs/s1600-h/DSC00092.JPG">

Deets: Cardstock is PTI Brown & White, Baja Breeze by SU ; Dsp = My Minds Eye "Dreamy" collection; Stamps are from Kraftin' Kimmie Collection & sentiment; Letters and blue floral border are from Doodlebug; Circle nesties & Cuttlebug; colored with Prismacolor markers; Ribbon by Kaiser; corner punch, oval punch; flowers by prima and e.; EG Button; SU twine; Tombo; Kaiser Pearls; misc ribbons



First, let me humbly say OOOPS!! I forgot to post here the winner of the card and treat for the Chi-chi hop ...... dh pulled a random number and gave me 7 ..... so that would be Jessbells :) Thanks so much everyone - please drop me a note w/ your email so I can get this off to you!

I was happy to have the chance to play along again this week with the Kraftin' Kimmie challenge ...... this week is "Tag - You're it!" which is, of course, a card with a tag! I adore these stamps - just oh so adore them! And this one is certainly no exception - she's Lillith and comes with her own froggie :) How much more adorable can it get! I used the KK sentiment set as well with SMOOCH, ha ha ......

The surrounding frame is actually propped up but I couldn't get a very good picture at any angle but I tried :) And I added a CB border and a hand-made tag from the BG line of yummy paper.

*Hop* on by if you want to see the new KK stamps that are now out - adorable!!! TFL!
(back later with deets - dinner is on da stove!!) :)



November KitCat ~ It's a Manga Girl Christmas!

This month the KitCat's host is the fantabulous Michelle and I was just jumping up and down with glee when I saw the wonderful Kit she prepared for us! The Sugar Nellie Manga girl was enough to make me go bananas happy, but the paper is just delicious and the exact colors that I love to use, so this was a wonderful joy! She graciously allowed us to pick a holiday and I went with my fave, Christmas ...... so make sure you stop by the other "Kittens" blogs to see what they chose as well! You won't be disappointed!

The DSP is just yummy, so I grabbed so Real Red, Pink Piro and Old Olive from my stash to pair with the beauty of the paper and the CB snowflake paper Miche sent along with those gorgeous snowflakes. I bling them a little bit with some red pearls and propped them up, added some detail ribbon & buttons :) Thanks for stopping by & hope you are having a fun, relaxing weekend!

Make sure you stop by and see what the KitCat's made!

Deets: Cardstock: SU! Real Red, Pink Pirouette, Old Olive; DSP - Pink Paislee & Basic Grey;
Image = Sugar Nellie Manga girl; misc = prismamarkers, MFT buttons, AC ribbon, Kaiser pearls red, Tombo