DDD: Friends are Family ...

"And then she said ........"  :)
I don't know about you, but I adore these Art Impression "Girlfriends!" 
They are so true to real life and just bring out the biggest smiles :)
I was so excited to see that Michaels started carrying
these sets a few months back and scooped up a couple.
But this yummy card is from the hostess of the current DDD
round, Carol!  She (for Team Divas) and Melina (for Team Dazzlers)
came up with the theme for August:
"Friends are the Family we chose for ourselves."
Isn't that the sweetest!

Carol sent us this darling image to work with along with a super
purple-y kit!  There was so much in her kit, I could make a stash of cards :)
Because I'm already late, and trying to make it under the wire
for at least posting IN AUGUST (hee hee!),
my card is rather on the typical Kelly style - little banner,
off centered, and I added the sentiment in a loopy way,
sadly covering their shoes but it looked cute :)
Thanks ladies for a fun round!
Be sure to stop in and see what the DDD teams have made -
you can find them all in my sidebar.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday weekend!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!


Changing Leaves ♥

Good morning!
Have you ever had this much fun with buttons?! 
I sure did!
One of the most glorious times of year is the "changing of the leaves",
especially for those fortunate enough to live much further North :} 
There is something so profound and tangible when Autumn arrives ....
from the delightful new crispness in the air, the leaves bursting into a kaleidoscope of colors, big comfy sweaters, Pumpkin Spice Lattes!
I love Autumn and the beautiful promise that this time of year holds ♥

I thought way outside the box with my card today using
Just For Fun rubber stamps.
 And I had an absolute blast doing so! 
 I sat and sorted through my huge containers of buttons
 in every color, shape and size. 
 I inked up the uber fabulous Stamptangle Tree stamp 
from Just For Fun stamps (stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black),
 gave it a quick monotone brush of color with Prismacolor markers
(walnut, light umber)
and glued down a variety of 'leaves = buttons' for a unique Fall look!
The deeply etched rubber makes for a great, clear stamped impression.
And so versatile!  I can picture this stamp being in the 4 seasons -
back again for Winter, snow clinging to the branches to the
beautiful blossoms of Spring.  The possibilities are endless.
Thanks so much for your visit today!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!
Stamp used:  Stamptangle Tree H3809

I'll enter my card into:  Bloggers Challenge:  Buttons!
As you like it Challenge:  Fave Season/why - described above!
CraftyCreations:  From your stash *buttons, paper, ribbon*


We're PUNCHING today!

Say whaaaaaaaaat?

Today is the 28th of the month and that means the Calendar Girls crafty group, of which I'm blessed to be a member of, posts our cards with a chosen theme by the hostess of the month.
This month, our lovely hostess Sweet P, camper and lover of life on the go!!
She gave us quite a challenge indeed ... at least for me!
 She asked us to create a card/project with Punch Art.

So what's a girl to do?

Head to Pinterest! 
I found this card that inspired me.

Seriously!  I can do some punch art ...
 like the wee pumpkin I made awhile back using an oval punch ...
big leagues, lol!
Here's my "Havin' a RUFF day?" card, modeled off of this one
I found on Pinterest.
I left the color scheme the same because it looked like our precious Buddy!
(my son's sweet Jack Russell doggie)
 Which is perfect, since we just celebrated "National Doggie Day!",
or so my daughter's Instagram pictures said it was :)
 Please be sure to hop on over to my sidebar
and see what the rest of the Calendar Girls have created ...
You won't be disappointed, that's for sure - these are some UBER
talented ladies who know how to PUNCH! *grin!*

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!


Anything But a Card!

Hello friends! 

We're full swing back to school here with a terrific first week behind us ♥
My son started a new school this year and came home
with smiles and tales of his new classroom.
He's a friendly kid that makes fast friends anywhere he goes
and walked to pick up point flanked by two new faces,
chatting away! 
 In one week, he got settled into his new class,
bought lunch in a 'real cafeteria with a real metal tray!'
(this apparently was BIG STUFF ... who knew!),
tried out for a part in the classroom play, trying out for a tiny role ...
and landed a lead after the teacher heard him reading - my baby!

Speaking of reading, today's post is from the Cornish Heritage Farms
Stamp Company and our challenge this week is from Irit.
We are to make Anything But a Card (or ABC).

For my sweet little man, I made him a bookmark. 
I thought it would be perfect for his back to school reads ♥


For my bookmark, I used the corner bookmark style.
Super easy!
When the book closes, it's super flat and keeps the place nicely.
I've added the digi "All Ears" by Cornish Heritage Farms to this bookmark,
colored in prismacolor markers.
He appreciated it and added it his library book straight away
(not this one, this is just a photo op book - LOL!)
and I got a big 'ol hug in return!
I love my son! ♥
We'd love for you to play along in the challenge!
If you'd like to add your CHF cards/or ABC projects this week,
and if you post to a gallery other than the CHF Challenge blog,
please use the keyword CHF60.
Thanks for stopping by today :)
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!
I'll enter this into: All Crafts Challenge - Anything But a card
  Crafty Sentiments - Animals
The Crazy Challenge - Cute Little Animals


Make today .... Amazing! ♥

Hi friends! 
 Remember me?!!
It's been a whirlwind around here ~
from last minute trips before school started to
the chaos of school actually starting!
This year, my oldest is in her 2nd year of college,
daughter #2 is a Senior (when did that happen!),
daughter #3 is a Sophomore and
little man is a brand new 4th grader at a brand new school.
We are certainly looking forward to getting used to
the newness of it all and routine to settle  - for all of us ♥
I thought I'd show you the card I had made for the Riley and Company's
new challenge - One Layer Cards.
Holy Hanna, that's about the one type of card I don't do!
I love me some layers! ♥

So I thunk and thunk and thunk some more ...
and an idea was born when I was watercoloring.
Let the colors run!
As they were still wet, I tilted my watercolor paper
and let the cards run together - like tie-dye!
From Girl Scouts to Sunday School and lazy summer days here at home,
tie-die is one of the activities we've done and love so much.
Why not on a card!

I used my SU! Watercolor crayons and watercolor paper
and colored it in my VERY favorite color combination :)
I seem to be gravitating to this color combo a lot this summer!

I let the sentiment speak for itself on this one and stamped it
right on the dry paper, peeled off the painters tape from around the edges
and ta-da! 
Hard to believe this card took as long as it did to make -
which I will not admit to, LOL!
Did I mention I love me some layers?! :)
Be sure to stop in and see what the rest of the Riley and Company DT
has created!
If you link up your cards to a gallery like SCS,
please use the keyword Riley1714.
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

I'll enter my card into:  Addicted to Stamps and More - CAS
Ladybug crafts - CAS
Sisterhood of Stampers - Favorite Color
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes



Carriers of Faith ~ Showing Love ♥

Hi friends!
We're off for the weekend for some last moments of summer fun!
We sure wish summer could last all year long
but it's back to school soon ~ meh!
Today's card was fun to make :)
The Carriers of Faith have a wonderful theme this month
and our hostess is April!

Here's what she said:
August Challenge:
Since we post the day after my wedding anniversary, I would like everyone to make a project based on one of the scriptures read at my wedding: 

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7   "Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."  Your card doesn't need to be based on a spousal love, and as such.   I would love to hear a story of one of your loves!

This verse was also in our wedding, too ♥
So, I had my husband in mind when creating my card.
He is the center of my world and one of the BEST men on the planet :)
He's my high school sweetie and here we are ...
30 years and 4 kids later!
For the card I made today,
I finally opened one of my new SU! Stamp sets "See Ya Later"
 that I bought but hadn't had the chance to ink up.
I also wanted to emboss the sentiment, which says
"Once in a lifetime you meet someone
who changes everything."

So sweet!
I went with a Cherry Cobbler color
{our wedding color was *dusty rose* for my mom :)
but ohhhhh, I'm so NOT a pink girl!}
I found this card pattern on Pinterest
and fell in love with it, too,
and wanted to recreate it with my own spin ♥
 I hope you are able to visit my COF sistahs, too!
You can find them listed in my sidebar!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

I'll enter my card into:  Little Red Wagon - Embossing
Eclectic Paperie - Embossing
Path to Positivity - Possibilities


Sweet Summer Days ♥

Hi friends! 
*Raise your hand if you want to be here!*
Today is my turn to post on the Just For Fun Rubber Stamps blog :)
Today's card is a wonderful reflection of the peace
and serenity of summer 'nothing-ness' :)
With summer's end drawing near,
I'm stretching it out by using summer stamps like this one!
I inked up my Hammock in Palms rubber stamp +
colored it with prismacolor markers,
and added a bit of sand embossing powder to the little edge.
And, of course, burlap! ♥
Truth is, if I head out to my Jeep, I'll find plenty of real sand
from our recent beach trips - LOL!

I've also added a Just for Fun sentiment to the inside of my card
"Thinking of you" .... along with the shells (also JFF stamps!)

You can find all these and many more
in the Just For Fun Rubber Stamps shop!

Thanks for stopping by today ~
Big Hugs, Bigger Blessings!
 CraftyCatz 243 - Lazy Days of Summer
FairyTale 97 - Sun, Beach, Sea
Stampin' for the Dragon -  Sun, Sand, Sea
Aud Sentiments - Thinking of You
The East Wind -  the beach
Our Creative Corner - Summertime




Hi everyone! 
Quick post today with a card for the current From the Heart Stamps challenge.
How I adore these beautiful digital stamps and the messages of faith
 and inspiration they have, like this one! 

The card I've created today is using one of the digis
called "Peace like a River" ~
 including one of the sentiments that comes with this delightful set
(see the whole set here!)
I thought it would be a perfect match to this fun paper 
called "Hippie Chic" from DCWV.
I followed their current sketch challenge,
which I flipped onto the side
and use the twist - Buttons!
And that's it for today ... short and sweet!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings :)
I'll enter this into:  From the Heart Stamps: Sketch075


Let's Scuba!

Hi everyone! 
 I can't believe summer is winding down already ~ say it isn't so!
I'm not ready for the new school year,
which starts in just 2 short weeks.
I'm soooo not ready! :(
We love the outdoors here and when blessed with gorgeous weather,
we make trips to the beach!
My 'to-make' list from Pinterest has grown,
including creations needing shells - lots and lots of pretty shells!
The tides haven't brought many to the shore lately,
so we ventured out with masks and snorkels to find them -
and did we ever!
I'm super excited to get started on those gifts now ♥

This week's bi-weekly Riley and Company Stamps challenge
is brought to us by Kendra ~ Summer/outdoor sports.
While we don't scuba, we snorkel --
 an outdoor activity that we just love!

I've used Scuba Riley on my card today,
colored with prismacolor markers and added to a card base
with summery, bright colors ...
such a happy card :)
Be sure stop by the challenge blog to see the rest of the DT
If you'd like to link up your Riley card to the challenge blog,
or add your card to a gallery,
please use the keyword Riley1614.

Thanks for stopping by!
Big Hugs, Bigger Blessings ♥

I'll enter my card into:  2cute Ink - Animals
Craftybloggers - Summer Fun
Imagination crafts - Summer Holiday/Scene
My craft spot - Summer Fun Colors
Come and Get it - All About Dies
Crafting when we can - Bright Colors