29 ... again?

 Don't you love it that we are so young .........

Every.  Single. Year!

Me, too :)


We are actually on our way to the zoo!
 I got sidetracked last night with 100K
other projects and busy-ness so I'm blogging on the fly :)

  I added the sentiment to the inside of the card,
as the front was getting pretty busy.
This card came together pretty quickly,
using a kit that was sent to me by Barb as part of our
Creative Card Chicks -SCS group.
I used at least one of everything in the kit except the brads
and the cardstock, poloraid frame are from my stock and cuttlebug :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!
Entered to:  7Kids College Fund - AG


Inspired by the Sea ♥

Good Morning, friends!

What a gorgeous weekend at the ocean ~
sand in our toes, salt water breezes, great surf and gorgeous weather :)
And WAY too much food!
I'm truly blessed to live here in South Florida, surrounded by the sea ♥

We did have some unexpected excitement while swimming ~
a shark fin popping out of the water about 30' away. Yikes!
I also managed to slice my foot on something sharp, most likely coral rock.
Now that we're home, my foot is propped up ...
perfect for stamping! 

 Today's card...
I.  love.  this.  card!

It was inspired by the sea and my love of all things nautical ♥
The ocean is my happy place!
The stamp is from The Project Bin Stamps
using the new A Way With Words "Born Yesterday" stamp set.
So many fabulous stamps for birthdays in this set.
It's stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black - but how pretty this would be
stamped in ocean colors or even a beautiful Kraft or Crumb Cake :)
I added a few flower, buttons, some interloped twine
and this card came together beautifully.

 Stop on over and see all the new release The Project Bin Stamps,
including the new Christmas stamps to get a jump start on holiday cards.

WAVE-ing to you all and sending
Big hugs, bigger Blessings!

I'll enter this to:  AAA - Favorite Stash (buttons!)


DDD ~ Christmas in July!

"Jingle Bells!  Jingle Bells!  Jingle allllll the way!"

Merry Christmas!

It's such fun to celebrate Christmas in July ♥ 
Not only a wonderful theme to celebrate all year IMO,
but a great way to great a head start on those holiday cards :)

 It's the 15th which means it's dueling day for the DDD!
Jeanette and I are the hostesses this round,
and we thought it would be fun to host with Christmas in July.
For the divas, I tossed in an extra twist 
and the kits I sent out this month are Whimsical Christmas! 

 Every year growing up, my brother and I 
would wait for the Charlie Brown specials to come on  
 From the Great Pumpkin to the Charlie Brown Christmas, we'd be glued to the tv. I was lucky to get a few Snoopy stamps before they retired including this Snoopy's Christmas Doghouse 
so I chose the papers, embellies to go around Snoopy and his colorful doghouse.
I mean, I seriously {♥} it!

Now, my card, however ..

I.  am.  so.  disappointed :(

Truthfully, that happens.  
We make cards we love,
and cards we'd don't ....
Truth be told, if I wasn't the hostess and had to have a card today,
this one wouldn't be here. 
I do have it's replacement drying but didn't get to photograph/edit it in time.
Stay tuned *wink!*

We also asked the Dueling Darlings a challenge question:
 What is the first thing you do each year to get in the Christmas spirit?

For me, I know it's the holidays when I see Starbucks 
bringing out those glorious red cups!
The aroma of the peppermint mochas and gingerbread lattes fill the air
and you just know - it's the holidays! :)

But, the first thing we do as a family is find our Christmas tree ♥
We ALWAYS get a real tree each year,
a tradition we started for our first daughter when she was born.
As soon as the kids find and chose the perfect Christmas tree,
we tie it to the roof of the car, bring it home,  put on Christmas carols
 and decorate the tree, the house,
start our holiday baking, etc!

Quite the opposite of Christmas, it's so hot here 
so we are heading to the Florida Keys for the weekend.
Summer is actually half way over for us,
so we are enjoying the sun and surf :)

Be sure to hop around and see what the rest of the Divas
and the Dazzlers have made with their holiday kits, too!

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!


Design Team News and summer fun!

Margarita, anyone?!
How about a mansion?
Or maybe just the beach!

With today's card - you get all 3!
{On paper ........ of course :)}

Like summer, this card is pretty laid back ♥
I've stamped Hammock Riley
in Momento Tuxedo Black, along with the Funnybones "Money can't buy Happiness" sentiment
~ both available in the store!
After double stamping the palm trees, I fussy cut just the top 
to add foam dots under the palm trees for a 3D effect. 

 There is some pretty exciting news going on at Riley and Company!
Riley and Company Stamps has a brand new design team for 2016-2017:
fresh faces, new talent and inspiration!
I'll be joining them for my 7th year with Riley + Co to bring you
some of the latest and greatest with blog hops, 
weekly posts, new stamps and dies!

I'm.  So.  Excited!!!

Be sure to follow THIS BLOG to stay tuned!

It gets better!
You may already know about the Tickle My Funny Bone stamp club
which is amazing stamp club kit.
Well, head moose Tanya heard you on wanting MORE Rileys - 
and she listened!  
Once a month, that wonderful box filled with fun stamps
arrives right at your door :)
 Super fun and a great way to get creative 
during the hot summer months.

Stay cool out there!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!


3M: Friends are our Umbrellas!

 Hi friends!
Summer is under full swing here and it's hot, hot, HOT!
Like most of the country, it's sweltering here in Miami.
We're so blessed that they haven't closed any of Miami's Beaches
like they have further north with that heartbreaking algae :(

We're doing our best to keep cool outdoors 
while enjoying the lazy days of summer 
So far, today's card is the only rain I've seen in weeks! 

Today's card is also our famous 3 Musketeers post ~
Barb, Jeanette and I!
(although someone extra snuck in under the umbrella it seems!)

Barb was our hostess this month with these fun umbrella gals ~
I actually own this Art Impressions stamp set 
and I also rec'd/and created with it in a card kit from Terry L,
so it's been pretty popular :)

 True to form, I picked out my designer papers first,

and then colored the image to match.
I had that red circular die cut left on my desk as an extra from this card
so it became a backdrop to the raindrop papers. 
This was the first time I've tried fussy cutting the ladies from this set 
and wow, takes some patience and steady hands - LOL! 

I also finished the inside of the card with a matching sentiment ~
and such truer words couldn't be found.
True friends are one of life's greatest treasures!


Be sure to hop on over and see what Barb and Jeanette have made as well!
As you can see from our fabulous meme,
we are not only talented but cute!  LOL! :)

Be safe out there - stay hydrated and please
 keep an eye on outdoor pets in your area!
Big hugs, bigger blessings! ♥
I'd like to enter my card into:  Art Impressions - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday -  Red, White or Blue!


Have a fun-ny Friday!

Happy Friday!
I hope you are gearing up for a wonderful holiday weekend :)
I had a little time to get inky this week,
catching up on both DT cards and cards just for pun - I mean, FUN!
Like this one!

I was channeling the upcoming 4th of July and reaching for more
red, white and blues ......
a wonderful color combination that speaks to my heart
and for who I am as a child growing up in a military family! ♥

For my card today, I've used Bouncy Ball Riley - LOVE HIM!!! 
He's definitely one of my top faves of all my Riley stamps!
I've paired with the hilarious FunnyBones stamp line stamp
"Once in awhile" sentiment, added a little strip of dsp 
and a trio of sequins ♥

And don't forget to check out the monthly Riley and Company
Stamp Club!
Each month, you'lll not only get a shipment of a variety of stamps,
but a souvener collector's button like this one for
contests, discounts, and much more!
You can read all about it here ← 

I'll see you back again on Monday!
Until then, happy weekend!

Big hugs, bigger blessings!

I'll enter this into:  PPA307 - Color Challenge