It's feeling like Summer! ♥

It's almost Summer!
My son finished school yesterday and the girls have one more week -
I can't wait! ♥
Even though we head to the beach quite a bit,
It's just "feels" different when school is out!
That's one of the first places we'll be!
It's mid-way inspiration time at the Newton's Nook Designs
challenge #10 for this week.
The challenge is to use metal and/or cork and/or wood!
I was inspired by our outings over the Memorial Day weekend
and created a beachy card using the "SEAson's Greetings" stamp set
and "Around the House" - both available in the shop!
For my card, I used a wooden arrow and faux cork paper as the sandy
backdrop - stamped and cut out the little crab and stamped the fishes
directly onto the paper, too. 

We'd love it if you play along, too!
Even if you don't have any NND stamps, there are freebies available!
Thanks for stopping by today!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!
 Card linked to: Send a Smile 4 kids: AG
Fun with shapes - Animals
Fussy and Fancy - Outdoors


*Riley and Company* MAY 2014 New Stamp Release! ♥

Welcome to the Riley and Company *New Stamp Release* Blog Hop!
I have 2 new FunnyBones stamps being showcased on my blog today!
If you are hopping along, you should have arrived from Kerin's blog.
And if you need help along the way,
just start here - at the beginning ♥
First up, I've stamped the hilarious  new "This may be the wine talking" stamp
onto a brightly colored card ~ using the current Deconstructing Jen card sketch.
I've kept the front with the sentiment only and used Yoga Riley on the inside. 

And this is the inside:  

Next up, I have another FunnyBones "Losing your shoe" - LOL!
I've paired this one with Pointing Midge, already available in the shop!
For my 2nd card, I followed the colors of the new Color Throwdown -
strawberry slush, coastal cabana and sahara sand - yummy colors!
So from here, you'll hop on over to Monica's blog!
Now before you head over to hop,

I wanted to tell you a few special notes!
This time, we will be giving away gift certificates to two lucky winners
 that leave comments on RILEY's blog!
 And - we have some great specials for you too!
Special #1:  Buy the entire unmounted set of 34 new Funnybones for only $65! (Save $105!) (Offer not available to wholesale customers.) Limit one per customer. Offer ends May 31st.
Special #2:  You can also get a set of 3 FREE Funnybones stamps (our choice) during this release by simply placing an order of $25 or more (before tax) in the first 24 hours of the release! (One per customer please.)
Special #3:  But wait - there's more! As an added bonus, we are giving EVERYONE FREE SHIPPING from Thursday night at 9 pm CST until Sunday night at midnight CST! Just enter FREESHIP
in the coupon code section! 
Thanks for stopping by today!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

Card #1 entered into:  Deconstructing Jen #152
Card #2 entered into:  Color Throwdown


Calendar Girls -- One for the Guys (Riley *Sneak Peek* 4!)

Happy Wednesday! 
It's the 28th of the month and that means the Calendar Girls
 are posting our monthly cards with a chosen theme ...
it's Day 4 of the
Riley and Company 
*Sneak Peeks* 
so my card is sharing double duty today :)


 Okay, our hostess this month is April and this was her challenge for us:

It is May and I always like to honor my father this month.
So, to celebrate him (and fathers every where) let us make a masculine celebratory card with any SCS sketch that ends in 25 (the year he was born).
Please let us know which sketch you used and a memory of a special man in your life!
Thanks, April!
 My card reflects a very special man in my life -- my brother ♥
He's currently stationed overseas in the Army and he is LOVING it!
He was born to be a solider and we could not be more proud of the tours of
duty he's had and the service to our country that he has given with pride.
But he is also a perpetual clown! 
There isn't anyone on this planet that loves to laugh as much as him,
play pranks and he's an absolute NUT JOB!
With that in mind, I thought of him with this new sentiment being released
"When I was a kid ..."
{Truthfully I haven't grown up much, either!:)}

                                 I used SC325 which looks like this:


And my card!

 and of course, my card inside :)
This was a great sketch to work with, April - thank you!

This FunnyBones sentiment stamp will be available on Thursday at our big new stamp release - 34 stamps in all!
  • Join us for our release Blog Hop this Thursday 28th May 10 PM EST, starting on the Riley and Company Blog.
  • 34 Funnybones Sayings to be released
  • New Release Stamps available in the Riley and Company Store from Thursday 28th May10 PM EST.
Be sure to stop in and see what the rest of the Calendar Girls masculine cards
the Riley and Company DT *sneak peek* cards!
Thanks for stopping in today!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!
 card entered into:  Paper Minutes - animals
Created with Love - Lots of layers
Make my Monday -- card to make you laugh


Riley and Company *Sneak Peaks* - Day 3!

Hello again! 
Time for another Riley and Company Stamps
New Stamp Release sneak peek!
It's also time for the Riley and Company Challenge
 to start so my card is pulling double duty today :)
The challenge this week is brought to us by DT member Frances
who challenged us to create a card with a spritz background.
For my card, I used a speckled background paper and then
spritzed it with Tattered Angels in Rum Punch.
It blends so well with the paper, it's hard to see it!
I used the Retro Folks "Ethel" stamp and paired it with an upcoming
FunnyBones "Pinterest" stamp - oh how they have me ROLLING!


Be sure to stop in and see what the rest of the DT has created
and of course, we'd LOVE for you to play along in the challenge! 

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!


Riley and Company *Sneak Peaks* - Day 2!

Hi friends!  Happy Memorial Day!
  Hopefully you're out doing something fun today
 and enjoying the blessing
 bestowed to us by so many!

And today is another quick post, quick card to show you yet another
 super fun FunnyBones stamp from Riley and Company Stamps!  I am telling you, these are the funniest stamps on the planet and this new release - all 34 new stamps -  will have you ROARING with laughter! 
 There is something for everyone in this new lot of stamps! 
Some to make you giggle, tickle your funny bones, even some that might make you blush! (they sure did for me!)
I am continuing to use up some of my old dsp in my stash
and created a bright and bold card - showcasing the
"I need glasses" stamp - LOL!!
Lots and LOTS of glasses ♥


I decorated my card with an old sketch based on a card I created
a few months ago - and did the inside as well just to keep the
fun design going :)
Just as a reminder:
Please check out the DT blogs for more sneaks!
and ...

*Join us for our release Blog Hop this Thursday 28th May 10 PM EST, starting on the Riley and Company Blog.
*34 Funnybones Sayings to be released
*New Release Stamps available in the Riley and Company Store from Thursday 28th May10 PM EST.

Have a wonderful day ~
Stay safe out there!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!


Riley and Company's *Sneak Peeks* - Day 1!

Good Morning! 
 What a fun week this is shaping up to be --
the new stamp release from Riley and Company Stamps! 

We have 34 new stamps hitting the store soon and
we'll show you some of the FunnyBones all week long!
Super fun!
For today's card, I used the upcoming coffee stamp
(No surprise there, I'm sure!!) :)
I also followed the gorgeous color combo to create the base
of my card from Crazy 4 Challenges.
I'll enter this into their challenge.

Super quick and easy card today!
Thanks for your visit ~
be sure to see what the rest of the DT has created!

Big Hugs, Bigger Blessings!

  • Don’t forget to check out all the Riley and Company Design Team’s blogs for more sneak peeks everyday!
  • Join us for our release Blog Hop this Thursday 28th May 10 PM EST, starting on the Riley and Company Blog.
  • 34 Funnybones Sayings to be released
  • New Release Stamps available in the Riley and Company Store from Thursday 28th May10 PM EST.

Card entered into: Crazy 4 Challenges
Cute Card Thursday - Text Only


Coffee - Just my style!


Hi Friends!  I hope your weekend is off to a good start!
It's my turn to post on the Whimsy and Stars Studios blog today :)
And you all know how much I LOVE my Starbucks!
Oh me oh my, I would live there if I could go barefoot - LOL!
Alas, I can just buy and enjoy and create coffee cards
(among my favorites!)
Like this one!
I used the adorable image Coffee Girl
and paired her up with some vivid papers for extra pizzazz.
This is about the size of a cup I need daily, too :)
Here is the front of the card:

And the inside, which you could easily tuck in a coffee card for those
end of the year teacher gifts, Sunday school, etc! ♥
Thanks for stopping by today!
On my way to a pool party in this delicious Miami weather ~
have a fun Saturday!

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

I'll enter my card into these challenges:  The Card Concept - Coffee Cards!
Stamping for the weekend - One for the girls


*Rejoice!* - New MAY Digi Release!

 Today is a wonderful day and the new MAY digi stamp release
at Whimsy and Stars Studio stamp blog ...
introducing the new digi, Rejoice!
I cannot tell you how much I LOVE this image!!

I was inspired by my daughter to create my card,
both a bit whimsical and colorful and shouting rejoice in gratitude!
She loves bright, vivid colors as much as I do and channeled that
into my card design as well as added sequins for glitter and bling!


                     In the words of Mabelle, artist and owner of WSSS,
this cute little teddy is called "Rejoice"! 
This sweet teddy is reminding us to never loose hope or faith...
to embrace the beautiful things in life.  It's perfect for any occasion and celebration. I hope you like him.

Would you like the chance to win Rejoice or another image?

TWO random winners will WIN ONE DIGI STAMP design of their choice.
To participate, make sure to leave a comment on our
Whimsy and Stars Studio stamp blog.
Winner will be announced on on Monday, May 26th!

Please stop by and see what the DT have created with Rejoice!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

I'll enter my card into:  Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - AG
Tok Bobok - Rainbow
Penny's Paper Crafty -- Spots and Stripes
Ruby's Rainbow - Animals
Little Claire's - Spots and Stripes
Sweet Stamps - Polka Dots 


Cornish Heritage Farm's Sketch!

Happy Tuesday afternoon!

What a morning!  I sadly was not home all day to see that my post did not launch as scheduled, but hopefully you had fun peeking at the DT cards!

My husband brought home a tiny bird that had been blown from it's nest around midnight - on the busy sidewalk in front of our home.  Even though the hour was late, we knew it wouldn't have much chance at survival, especially with no trees or nest or mama nearby.  My daughter, God bless her, spent a round the clock vigil watching over it and feeding it every hour on the hour with a googled version of emergency 'faux' bird food.  We zoomed off to the rescue center this morning to learn he is about 10 days old and has an excellent chance of survival - they will even call us when he's going to be released back into the wild!  Isn't that wonderful!

And!!!  There is a new challenge is up at the Cornish Heritage Farms! The challenge this week is brought to us by DT Member, Frances and it's a sketch challenge!  I went with a nautical theme using this beautiful and simple digi from CHF called Lighthouse Saying.


If you would like to play along with us of course we would love to have you!

 To play create a card using CHF images. You can use either CHF digi or rubber stamps to create a card or project.... anything you like as long as the stamps are Cornish Heritage Farms. (Yes, they can be older stamps).

Once you have created your card/project come back here and use inlinkz to link to your card/project so that we can see what you created. If you upload your card/project to SCS please use the keyword CHF53. We can't wait to see what you create!
Thanks for stopping in today!
Big Hugs, Bigger Blessings!
I'll enter my card into:  Classy Cards n Such - Create a Scene
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Make My Monday - Nature


Nailed It!

Hi friends :) 
I hope you enjoyed the new stamp release from Newton's Nook!
I've been enjoying getting inky with NND and creating cards for my
hubby and brother ...
 like today's card is going all the way to Germany!
Using the set "Around the House",
I have a super quick and easy *Nailed it!* card
for you today!

The stamps are not only super fun and whimsical
but just in time for creating those Father's Day cards
for the special guys in our lives ♥

And in case you didn't check the blog, be sure to stop by
 to see if you are one of the winners from the blog hop!
I'll enter my card into:  Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
CDSunday -  One for the boys
acreativeromance- One for the boys
Casual Friday - 3 Thirds - Use 3's
Brown Sugar - Father's Day
WagsnWhiskers - One for the Men
Glitternsparkle - Cards for the men

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!



Newton's Nook Designs - May stamp release - Day 2!

**I have two posts today ~ if you are looking for the Dueling
Darling post, scroll down to the previous post! **
Welcome to Day 2 of the Newton's Nook Designs MAY stamp release!
I so hope you had a wonderful time hopping around yesterday and peeking that the fabulous new set 'Around the house!"
I've been having a ball inking up the stamps and
 getting the much needed Father's Day cards done! 
 I don't know if the dads/husbands/brothers (etc!) in your world grill like mine, but wow ~ Winston could not be more perfect!  Although I'm a vegetarian, the rest of my family is not so the grill is a favorite for the carnivores 'round here!  Oh how I ADORE fresh veggies on the grill ~ dh adds my squash and zucchini to the grill and I'm a happy girl!
Okay, I'm rambling and obviously dreaming of the grill - hee hee!  Here's the card offering I have for you today

Another look at my card:

And the card inside :)
And the inside of my card:
Would you like to win “Winston's BBQ”?This set will be given away to Two lucky winners
Here's how to win: 
Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs release posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday, May 15th at 9pm Central Daylight Time to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, May 16th. 
Check out all these awesome Design Team & Guest Blogs below to enter:
Kelly Santi  - Guest Designer
Tricia Traxler - Guest Designer
Here's the adorable set in it's entirety!

Thanks for stopping by today! 
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

Dueling Darlings - April and May!

**I have two posts for you today!
If you are here for the Newton's Nook Designs post,
scroll up one, please!**
Good Morning! 
I'm so excited that today is the day we 
post our cards from the Dueling Darlings group!
I love the Dueling Darlings! It's a group near and dear to my heart ♥
And ..........
I have not one but TWO cards to share with you!
First up, Judy is our hostess together with Paola. 
 Together they came up with a theme of:  "Music is a Gift."
Such a theme could not ring more true in my family ~
and we love many different genres of music.
 Judy sent the most fabulous images - two to chose from -
 and I went with Ukulele Josh from Sparkle Stamps.
My card base is from the current Freshly Made Sketches 136,
though I wasnt' able to get the image into a circular shape :(
I'm still pleased with how this turned out and that I was
able to get a few of the different dsp on it to showcase
how fun this kit was!  Thanks, Judy!

Here is my card:


I'm also posting my card from last month - Kadie was our hostess!
I believe the theme was Girls Day In/Girls Night Out ~
absolutely adorable!
The colors are so fresh and vivid, the image from the a la mode line
 is just darling and it's a nice reminder of why it's FUN to be a girl!

Be sure to stop by and see all the Dueling Darlings!
You can find them in my sidebar :)

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!



Newton's Nook Designs MAY release ~ Day 1!

Welcome to Day 1 of the Newton's Nook Designs
New stamp release hop!
I'm SUPER excited to be a Guest Designer this month!
Today the sneak peeks begin for "Around the House" ~
a delightful stamp set with so many possibilities!
I inked up the lamp and the sentiment and arrow
in the set to create this inspirational card,
propped up on 3d foam for added dimension.
 And here's the inside of my card :)
Would you like to win “Around the House”?
This set will be given away to Two lucky winners!
Here's how to win:
Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs release posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday, May 15th at 9pm Central Daylight Time to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, May 16th.

Check out all these awesome Design Team & Guest Blogs below to enter:
Kelly Santi  - Guest Designer
Tricia Traxler - Guest Designer

Thanks for stopping by
and be sure to stop back in tomorrow to see another new stamp set!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!



Let's Travel with Riley and Company!

Hi there!  
I have two posts for you today! 
First up, Riley and Company has a new challenge out this week.
May 20th is National Tourist Day!
Our DT coordinator @ Riley and Co, Frances, challenged us
 to make  a card/project with
over on the Riley and Company blog.
Your challenge this week we are to create a vacation card,
scrapbook page, or your own postcard, etc.

For my card today, I used Map Riley as he is currently wandering
around the streets of Paris!
I've been fortunate enough to have visited France several times,
including Paris for a week with our 9 month old son and daughters
that were 6, 8, and 10 at the time. 
Wow, you sure see Paris a lot differently!
I went with pinks and browns to capture the feel of Parisian streets
and style ~ and even colored the map as such :)

 Please be sure to stop by the DT and see what they've created
this week ~ You can find their blogs in my sidebar!
I also wanted to say thank you again for stopping
by our COF blog hop!
The winners have been notified and I will get your candies out
to you shortly! ♥

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

I'll enter my card into: Melonheads Challenge - All About Animals


Carriers of Faith - BLOG Hop and CANDY GIVE-AWAY! ♥

*Please note:  I apologize for the break in the hop!
Jeanette's post is currently unavailable so your letter on that stop  is "M"!
Thank you!
Welcome to the Carriers of Faith Blog Hop!
If you are hopping along, you should have arrived from April's amazing blog!
You can find the beginning of the HOP here on Barb's blog
which is where you will need to start for the first clue!
This month, we are doing things a little bit different AND
it includes our lovely Guest Designer, Maxine, AND a blog candy give-away!
As you hop from blog to blog, each of the Designers will have a letter for you.
Once you have all the letters, please leave a comment below
on this post to let me know you've completely the hop,
what the word is and how I can reach you if you are the ONE random
lucky winner :)
The COF is a group of Christian crafters from SCS
with rotating hostesses with a themed scripture/card challenge each month.
This month, I am the hostess and I asked each of the lovely ladies
to create a card based on the scripture from Psalm 107:2 ~
 "Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—
those he redeemed from the hand of the foe..." ~ Psalm 107:2
My challenge this month:  Tell Your Story

 The Challenge this month is to create a card/project/scrapbook page/picture based on the scripture above and what the meaning you pull from that is. Tell us your story! What speaks to your heart? What gifts do you have that you give to others as part of a fellowship - do you read, pray, write, create, walk, sing? There are so many parts in each of us ~ what part of your story are you sharing with others? As an added bonus but not required!! Please use the color GREEN {my VERY favorite color!}somewhere on your card to represent newness, growth, the blossoming of nature around us and the blooming friendships we have! 

So, based on this challenge, I actually went with a simple sentiment rather than try to narrow down one 'thing' that I do, especially since I wear many hats!
And the inside sentiment is one from an image exchange:

In the end, while searching my ODBS, I came across Kind Hearts
and it just felt right.  I think part of my daily walk and constant prayer
is to instill in my children the gifts that they can use to better themselves
and bestow upon others.  In Hosea, it talks about planning the seeds of kindness and watching the resulting growth.  That's my mission
with sharing God's word with my children as well asking for them to be kind,
in all things ♥
I followed the current Deconstructing Sketch to complete my card
as well as ColourQ colors combo - so beautiful!
Maxine, it means the world to me that you were a guest on our hop this month!
You will have a surprise package heading your way this week!

Blessings, dear friend! 


I'm the last stop on the hop and we hope you enjoyed this

collection of cards today ~ once you have the word,

please add it below.
If you need the full hop order, here it is at a glance:

                              Maxine ~ Guest Designer 

Jeanette (her letter is "M")

Kelly ~~ you're here!

Here is a picture of the candy you could win!
It includes a Basic Grey "Carte Postale" paper pad,
Idea journal book w/ insert tabs, pocket dividers, etc
Carte postale page flags and a stamp set by 7 Gypsies
to help you TELL YOUR STORY!

To win, leave a comment in the box below with the spelled out HOP WORD
and I'll chose one random winner by Monday, May 12th!
I will ship worldwide :)


Thank you for stopping by today and
 getting to the end of this very long post!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

I'll enter my card into: ColorQ Challenge - Colors
Deconstructed Sketch - Sketch above
 Fussy and Fancy Challenge - Spring Colors
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes