2013 - Card Year in Review!

 Farewell, 2013!

This is such a fun post every year, one that I really adore!
For my 2013 cards Year in Review,
 I'm doing it a little bit different than previous years ...
 rather than pick a 'favorite' card from each month,
I thought I'd reflect on crafting goals that I met, adventures I took,
sidesteps that didn't go quite as planned, friendships made and sustained :)
In all - many blessings!


 I began the year with a mantra to use my un-inked SU! stamps
and my crafting goal was to try new techniques.  I succeeded with both!
While I didn't use all of them, I sure put a dent in my unused/unloved SU stamps!  And tried new things.
Like this one. 
 I dusted off my aqua painter and my water color crayons!


For 3 wonderful months,
I was a guest designer for Bugaboo stamps ~ total fun!


I got lucky in March!
Okay ... um .... let me rephrase!  :D
I'm lucky that I have a great group of friends for the Dueling Darlings group,
 a group I dreamed up years ago and here we are - still dueling!
This card was created from a kit from sweet Kadie!


 This card was created from the generosity of a special friend
who sent me this fabulous birthday stamp! Thank you!!
She's also in one of my other fun card groups - The Calendar Girls.
  Hi!  I'm Miss February! ::: waving :::
Thankfully, there is NO swimsuit competetion ...
Just sayin'!


 My firstborn daughter graduated High School and 
jumped right in and started college in the summer term!  
So proud of her!


I tried my hand at continuing my year of simplifiying ~
I drooled over a dahlia stamp in the SU! catty but couldn't afford to buy it 
at the time and found a digi stamp that was almost spot on for $2!
What a bah-gain!
AND this turned out to be my favorite card of the year :)
Who knew!


 The kids are officially out of school ~  I love having my babies home! :)
There is such great joy in having them close by and
 doing all the silly, fun, happy things kids do -  and they sometimes join in! :P


Another fun card for a special group I'm in - the Stamp Addicts!
What a special, wonderful group of ladies - welcoming right from the start
and throwing down a guantlet of challenges. This one was probably my 2nd
favorite card of the year - the spotlight technique :)


The Crafters of Faith, another wonderful group of faith-filled women, and 
another group I dreamed up after I had one night after a long night of prayer
and particularly grueling bible study I could not grasp.
I think God truly whispered in my ear "Try, try again .."
We had a free month to create an Anything Goes card :)

 Spooktacular greetings brought to you by Riley - 
my favorite Moose EVER!!!
He just could not be any cuter!
I'm SUPER blessed to be on this DT :) 


Earlier in the year, my dh rec'd a beatiful box of fruit from one of his Dr. colleagues.  When it arrived, all my crafty eyes did was
zero in on the gorgeous box!  The kids had yummy pears and plum and more, but what did my crafty self see?  The fuax stamped images on the box :)
Here is one small piece I saved .... and a lovely card it made!
Tis the season to be grateful after all.


Alas, due one super crazy life, my laptop dying and virtually
zero access to the internet/blogging, my December craft life
was pretty dismal! 3 cards people.  3!
In.  one.  month.
  Here's to a better next year!
However, one of the cards that culminates how the year was overall,
and the future ahead, was this one.  Amen!

Blessings and CHEERS to 2014!!

Thanks for your visit today
and I look forward to another year of crafty, friendship goodness
in the year ahead.

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

I'll link this to Just Add Ink link up
and Debby's ( Scrapjourney's)  Favourite Five here!


Calendar Girls - Anything Goes!

Oh. My. Goodness.  
It's almost a brand new year!  
Can you believe it!  
I truly think this is one of the fastest moving years I can recall ~ 
I blinked and nearly missed it, it went by so fast!

My husband's busy work schedule has kept us close to home
this holiday and let me just say, God is good and knows
our needs, even long before we do.
While I dreamed of a white Christmas, romping in the snow
and hiding in some cabin in the mountains,
we are home and resting, relaxing, rejuvenating :)

Since today is the 28th of the month,
that means the Calendar Girls post a card with a chosen theme.
This month's post was optional as was a theme of Anything Goes.
I was so excited when I spied the November issue of Papercraft Inspirations
(back in October!)
with a free stamp set of Forever Friends inside!
I literally squealed out loud and did a little hop right there in 
the magazine aisle of Joanns! 
I love Forever Friends stamps!!
So of course I had to ring in the end of this year with
a shout out to Christmas-time with this little Christmas Forever Friends teddy.
I am in LOVE with this stamp

The inside is stamped with a TAWS stamp sentiment
and I chose this one because it truly represents my heart's feeling
towards all the gals in the Calendar Girls - I'm thankful
for them and another year of wonderful card making, challenges
and a friendship lasting through the years!

I'll see you back again in a couple of days with another
card and then it's countdown to the new year! :)

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

I'll enter this card into:
Little Red Wagon:  Anything Christmas
Word Art Wednesday - Christmas 
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes/Cmas
Southern Girls - Christmas Wishes


Merry Grinch-mas! :)

Hello friends!

Can you believe it - just 4 more days until Christmas!
  Wow, this month is just flying by, much like Santas sleigh :)
Most of it for me has gone by in a blur since 
I'm going about 1,000 mph!
It's nice to finally get into the home stretch of Christmas
with the family and enjoy the beauty of this holy week!

I absolutely LOVE this Riley and Company stamp! He's truly
one of my very, VERY favorites - Riley as the Grinch :)
I loved the movie as child and still to this day
and literally squeeled when this Riley was released.
Speaking of Riley and Company releases,
stay tuned for January - you will not want to miss
the yumminess coming up ahead in the new year!
I'm SUPER excited!!


to create a card/project using snowflakes.
My paper is an old SU! holiday paper pack with snowflakes.
I do love the use of color and even enjoy making
non-traditional cards ~ adding in a touch of pink, or brown,
or orange or something with a twist of fun to a holiday card 
always makes me smile!  
I adore green and red Christmas cards but added
a small touch of brown in this one to coordinate with
the Grinch - I mean, Riley :)

You can find the challenge here on the blog,
along with the DT samples using Snowflakes!
We'd love to see what you create, of course!

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

I'll enter this into:  Alphabet challenge "W for whatever you wish"
Craftyhands Challenge - Happy Holidays
A Little Bit Crafty - Christmas Cheer


Dueling Darlings/WOYWW #237

Hi, beautiful people! 
 I'm baaaaack!!! 

After an excrutiatingly long time without a computer 
or ability to blog (properly),
 my laptop is back as the best holiday gift :)
Not to mention the almost unfathomable busy-ness life has
been the past few weeks with the schools, activities, shows, birthdays
and more!  
5 minute prayer, 5 minutes to enjoy a Starbucks, 5 minutes to shower ..
that's all I got! :)
 And ...
thank you SANTA in the form of my absolutely fabulous
brother-in-law for fixing my baby ... you absolutely ROCK!
 I'm so very grateful!

Angels we have heard on high!

Now for my very, very, VERY late Dueling Darling card!
I wanted to play along with the WOYWW #237 again
so I'm linking up there as well ~ if you aren't familiar with
Julie at Stamping Ground, you can find her here.  It's a wonderful
peek at the creations around the globe and
always makes me smile to visit and admire :)
My kitchen table, doubling as a craft haven/desk this past week!
 For my card today, Jeanette and I were the hostesses
of the card kits this month.  Our chosen theme was 
"A Christmas Story".
For this card kit, I really wanted to reflect the beauty of the birth of
Christ, Our Savior, and the significance during this holy season.
I love, LOVE my very old Inky Antics stamps and thought
it was time they see ink this holiday.
I stamped up both the Angel Gabriel and Away in a Manger
and allowed the others who rec'd this kit to chose their favorite.
I also included in the kit Carta Bella "winter fun" papers in 
a variety of colors and patterns - oh how i just love this stuff!
It wasn't 'religious' per say but that was part of the challenge - 
make it work! :)

I chose Angel Gabriel for my card and the matching sentiment.
My card is pretty simplistic over all because ...
I didn't make myself a kit, LOL!!
I competely forgot when I was buying everything and packing it up
to make one for me!  
I'm improvising from having at least the paper on hand!  

The inside of my card!

Another part of the challenge was to share a special Christmas
memory from past or present.
Honestly, as a mommy now to 4 kids of my own,
there are just too many memories to have a favorite,
including from my childhood.

I'm blessed that even having had 3 of my children born in December
so close to Christmas, causing quite possibly one of the 
most choatic and busy months a mom could possibly handle,
we know that they are an absolute blessing.
I'm lucky to have such good kids, kind at heart and strong in faith.
They are wonderful children, good friends to others, and bring great joy to my life in so many ways!
So while they were Christmas gifts and mere newborns just days old
under the Christmas tree 3 times, 
I would not change a single thing in my crazy life :) 

Sending blessings to all of you!
I'll be by to visit you now that I have the means to do so!
Please stop by and see what the rest of the Dueling Darlings 
have made with "A Christmas Story" kits from Team Jeanette 
and Team Kelly - you can find all of us in my sidebar!

I'll enter this into Papertake Weekly Challenge "Christmas Cards",
and Tuesday Throwdown "What Cmas means to you"
and Cute Card Thursday's #299 Christmas Catch Up.

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!