DDD's say "Hello!" :)

Happy Hello to all!
Although it's tax day, the 15th is always the day the Dueling Darlings post our cards from card kits with a chosen theme from our hostesses
 Tami and Melina ...
"I'd pick a flower for you."
For those of you new to my blog, the Dueling Darlings (DDD)
is a group I dreamed up over 4 years ago and most of us original
members are still going strong!
The two opposing "dueling" teams:  The Divas (me!) and the Dazzlers
chose a card kit theme and send card kits to the other members ~
and we create a card around it ..
how fun is that!

*EDITED - updated card :)
I kept the old photo at the bottom, but it so broke my heart to look at it,
and it's just not what I wanted to present.
I ended up using up so much of the dsp that I had just scraps to work with,
and created this patchwork cheer instead ♥


Sadly, this month left me short of time and creativity
and I am really, really disappointed with my card :(
I plan to create a second one soon as Tami's kit was bright and
beautiful ...  the idea in my head just fell flat
and nothing like I envisioned!
I offer my humblest apologies to the team and to Tami!
Be sure to see what the rest of the team created
with their kits as well ~ they are in my sidebar!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!


Riley and Company ~ New Release!

Happy Friday and Happy Release day!
I hope you've enjoyed the Riley and Company sneak peeks all week ~
I'm here with another fun card from the new Inspirations Stamp line!


In addition to telling you about my card, I wanted to share with you the newsletter announcement ...
  lookie, lookie! 
 Take a peek!

We have a very very special announcement from Moose headquarters!  
Riley & Company is kicking off a brand new stamp line called Inspirations!
But wait - what's BETTER than a new stamp line? 29 new Funnybones stamps, too!
The Inspirations line is a lot like the Funnybones line - but BIGGER! The messages are still awesome, but geared towards a more personal theme. These not only make terrific statement cards, but they are fabulous for art journaling, Project Life and all those projects where you needed a really terrific saying!

And we are making this release even sweeter by adding 29 new Funnybones! I think this may be the best release yet!
The release is "officially" Friday morning, but our designers have been busy busy girls creative a LOT of wonderful sneak peeks for you to see on their blogs! Just head over to our website, and look for the designer list on the right hand side. You are going to love these! You can check out our Facebook page too - lots of great sneaks posted there also!

And what is a release without specials????
Special #1:  Buy the entire unmounted set of 29 new Funnybones  for only $95.00! (Save $50!) (Offer not available to wholesale customers.) Limit one per customer. Offer ends April 17th.
Special #2:  Buy the entire unmounted set of 25 new Inspirations stamps for only $75.00 (Save $50!) (Offer not available to wholesale customers.) Limit one per customer. Offer ends April 17th.
Special #3:  You can also get a set of 3 FREE Funnybones stamps (our choice) during this release by simply placing an order of $30 or more (before tax) in the first 24 hours of the release! (One per customer please.)
Special #4:  But wait - there's more! As an added bonus, we are giving EVERYONE FREE SHIPPING from now until Sunday night (April 12th) at midnight CST! Just enter FREESHIP
in the coupon code section! 
Enjoy and Share A Smile!  
Tanya Kostynuk, Head Moose
Thanks for reading our newsletter information!
My card today is using one of the new Inspirations stamps -
the world truly is our canvas and yours to paint!

I followed a very old Deconstructing Jen sketch to make the base
of my simple patchwork card, using up a lot of scraps in my pile
and some simple enamel dot placements  and done!
Easy and beautiful, my favorite kind of card :)
Be sure to check out the rest of the DT and scoop up your new
Riley and Company stamps!
Big Hugs, Bigger Blessings!


It's a mysterious ..... Bunny! :)

Hi everyone!  
Today is the day the 3 Musketeers post our mystery image cards :) 
 This fun trio was a group created by Jeanette
 and I was graciously invited to play along with Barb - making up the 3Ms!

This month, I'm the hostess
and sent the other 2 ladies this C.C. Designs "Bunny Lucy" image ~
 fitting for this time of year.  
I've had this stamp for ages and hadn't stamped it yet 
so it felt right for her to get a little inky.

              For my card design, I followed an old Retro Sketches #150
that I had in my files,
and used up some old SU! Bella Rose I've had for forever
and found when packing up the Cabana!


And as is my custom, I matched the inside of my card
but left it blank for writing a message :)
Unfortunately, my laptop has gone to computer heaven
and I'm unable to post/edit most pictures ...
so this one will have to post as is until I get back online.
Posting from the kids borrowed computer/laptops
is a bit scary, LOL!

Be sure to pop on over and see what Jeanette and Barb
have created using Bunny Lucy!
And I will be back a little later on with another
Sneak Peek from Riley and Company ... stay tuned! :)

Big hugs, Bigger blessings!


Find Joy ....

Blessings, everyone!
When I was little, my dad used to use the saying
"don't miss the forest for the trees!" 
It took me a little while to figure out what he meant by that :)
Today, as a busy mom always running to and fro,
and always on the go, go, go ...
 I remind both myself and my children to stop and enjoy the small things.

When I saw this new Inspirations stamp from Riley and Company,
I was so excited because it's very me ♥
I'm a firm believer in finding joy in the ordinary ~
life, embrace, enjoy everything around you.
It only takes a second ...
to just be in the moment, that moment of everything ordinary
and turn it into something extraordinary.

 Cherish the breeze blowing,
the sunshine landing just right,
the scent of the flowers on the wind,
the chirping of birds,
the dance of the butterflies in flight ...
the small things ♥
I've paired this stamp with some papers I had in my stash,
along with a few enamel dots.
And I decorated the inside of my card as is my custom,
 adding one of the new Funny Bones
sentiments as well with another positive message :)

As a reminder, these two stamps are part of the new release available
this Friday, April 10th.  26 new Inspirations stamps and 29 Funny Bones
will be released and you can see the sneak peeks with them all week long
on the DT blogs :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Big Hugs, Bigger Blessings!


Brand new from Riley and Company!

Good Morning ~
I hope you had a blessed holiday weekend ♥
I'm super excited to finally share some news and let the cat out of the bag :)
There is wonderful news from Riley and Company stamps,
and this week we will bring you sneak peeks of the brand new
Inspirations stamp line!
This week, we will showcase 26 new Inspirations stamps
and 29 new Funny Bones, all in this release!
The Inspirations stamps are larger, bolder, and have such
profound messages, perfect for cards and scrapbooking.
First up today, I have a coffee theme card
using one of the new Funny Bones sentiments ~
and for a coffee aficionado like me, this says a lot - LOL!
I've paired it with some floral paper with a satin
ribbon and a few buttons.

The DT will have card samples and sneaks up all week to show you
 the new Inspirations and Funny Bones stamps so be sure to check back! 
 The new stamps will all be available in the store this Friday, April 10 - woohoo!
Thanks for stopping by today ~
Big Hugs, Bigger Blessings!


Happy Easter from Riley 'n friends ♥

Hi everyone!
Thank you so much for the birthday wishes! 
We had an incredible weekend and I'm certainly blessed to have a loving husband and 4 super sweet, adventurous, selfless kiddies ♥
Spring Break is officially over and we're back to the running around ~
 and now Easter is right around the corner ...
it snuck up on me this year :)
This week, the Riley and Company challenge is to create a card with
(oops! I the challenge as "fancy fold" ....
do I get a it was my birthday excuse? :)
Hopefully Riley will get some brownie points just for being cute!
Here he is with his friends Buster and chickie
in their Easter basket ready for some Easter fun!

If you'd like to play along, and we'd love it if you do,
then be sure to link up your More than one Fold cards to the blog.
If you use a gallery like SCS, please use the keyword Riley0715.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!