The Ink Spot: Winter Fun Challenge

Hi friends!
Today is a SNOW day!!!

Surely I get to have a snow day off, too - 
even if it's only for the new challenge at The Ink Spot!

Sledding Riley is having a lot of fun, that's for sure ...
zipping down the hill.
And how I wish it were me :)
While we have a sunshine, palm tree laced, tropical paradise here,
I do miss my winter and snow very much!
So I am living vacariously through Riley ♥ 

Have you heard the news about the monthly stamp kits from The Ink Spot?
You may remember from this post - or from our Facebook page - 
that there is a super fun packed, wonderfully full
 stamp kit you can sign up for and it's delivered monthly, right to your mailbox!

Be sure to stop by all the designer's blogs 
to see what Winter Scenes they have created :)

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

Card entries;  Clear it out - Twine
Retro Rubber (Riley stamp is at least x4 years old!)


DDD ~ Be a Kid at Heart :)


Happy Monday, friends!
I hope your Valentine's celebrations were lovely

Today is the day that we Dueling Darling post our cards.
The DDD = the Dueling Darling Divas or Dazzlers,
a card kit exchange friendship group.
{The Divas have one card kit to work with, while the Dazzlers have another,
however, the theme is the same
 It's always fun to see what we "duel" up in cardstock,
 papers and wonderful images!}
This month, Kadie and Paola are the hostesses 
and their wonderful theme is:  
Be a Kid at Heart!

I can do that!  
Kadie sent the Divas our super cute kit this month ~
I had a hard time deciding which papers to use ;)
Here is the card I made with the adorable Mickey Mouse image,
matching fun image and sparkly sequins.

The second part of Kadie and Paola's challenge was to add a heart
somewhere on the card and give your card to a child ♥
The heart brad in the kit didn't make it to my card,
but I can definitely share my card with a child ~ my own!
My dd2 will be heading to Disney's casting call
next month for an audition ....
this card will be perfect tucked into her overnight bag,
filled to the brim with love ♥

Please be sure to stop by and see what all the DDD's
have created with 1 theme, 2 different card kits!
You can find all the links in my sidebar right over there

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

Card entries:   FanTastic Tuesday 124- Square cards/Cute
                    Die Cuttin' Divas #253- Die cuts and Kids's Theme (Hello ↑ is a die cut) 


3 Musketeers: Love Graffiti ♥

Hi friends!

February is so much fun!
It's such a wonderful month, this February of ours :)
There is so much pink, red, hearts, and LOVE ♥

This sweet little Penny Black hedgehog 
surely has the right idea with 'tagging' the fence.
                 We should all have a paint brushes and color our world :)

 I remember when my son was much younger,
we read "Harold and the Purple Crayon" together.
I was so inspired by his reading 
that we did a recreation on his own bedroom wall!
His eyes were huge with wonder and delight,
while my husband just shook his head in disbelief,
and our girls did a trio of "Hey!  Why didn't WE get to do that!"
He chose his Purple Mountain's Majesty crayola
 and started to doodle ♥
He drew train tracks and happy faces,
a dog or a bunny (or maybe a mix of both),
scribbled out his name ...
it was truly memorable 'graffiti' and impressive art ♥

Back to my card :)
It's post day for the 3 Musketeers!
I'm running behind this month ...
because I'm running everywhere else - LOL!
Jeanette was our hostess and I absolutely adore this cutie! ♥

Coincidentally, our purple crayon, wall doodling "little boy" is now 11
He has his school's Principals' Honor Roll Assembly today.
We could not be more proud ~ straight A's again this semester,
including in Art :)
I can only hope that his artistic side continues to flourish,
though scribbling on his bedroom walls was a one shot deal :/

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings ♥
 Card entries:  Penny Black Saturday Challenge:  LOVE



It's a LOVE thing! ♥

 Hi friends!

It's me, wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day ♥
I told my husband 'Look!  It's me on a card!"

With a smile and careful consideration,
 he offered "Baby, that is definitely not you on the card."

Well, I looked again and lo and behold, he's right!
I sadly do not own those cool heart shaped glasses!
Hee hee! :-)

{And the inside of my card}

Confession time!
One of my favorite things about celebrating Valentines
is seeing the decorated shoe boxes come home from school
with all the little handwritten To and From names and notes!
I love to go through them with my son
and see the assortment of U R My Best Friend,
I ♥ U, Be Mine, U R So Sweet and so on -
soooo cute!!

I'm old fashioned, I s'pose ....
I see pins and boards on Pinterest of the cutest 
Valentines treats and handmade tags and cards
BUT ..

I think the kids should make them!
I really do!
My son gets out his little magic markers and writes his name
as many times as it takes
 for Sunday School, classroom,
teachers, speciality area teachers ...
I believe in lost art of letter writing, thank you notes, hand written cards ♥
He doesn't mind and but does say the kids in class think
 "It's all about the candy, mommy!"

Yeah ....
I'm all about that life, too :-)

I'll enter my card into the Art Impressions monthly challenge: LOVE
Simon Says Stamp: Have a Heart
Friday Mashup:  LOVE 

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


The Ink Spot - NonTraditional Valentine's Day cards ♥

Hi everyone!
It's time for The Ink Spot Challenge team to 
create a card with Joy's fun theme:
Non-traditional Valentines!

Super cute!
and, that's actually one of my favorite themes in card-making ...
off the cuff colors during holidays that are normally this or that :)
How about BlueOrange Teal!
(Nope, not channeling the Broncos for a win - LOL!
I don't even watch football!)

And the card inside:

Stamping Riley is getting ready to send some love!
I inked up Riley and colored him with prismacolor markers,
adding him to a colorful palette of blues and orange ..
and that tiny little red doodle heart just happened to be on the paper
I was cutting and thought it just had to stay! :)

You can check out what the rest of the Design Team
has made using non-traditional Valentine's Day looks
by checking out the blog/links here

I'll enter this into:  As You like it:  Layers
Craft Rocket:  Love  
Crafty Addicts: Cute, Cuddly

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!