CCEE1747 ~ Celebrations!

Hi friends :)
It's almost the weekend  ~ woot, woot!

It's also time for a brand new challenge at the CCEE Stampers.
Joanne is our hostess this week and gave us this challenge:

As the last of our celebratory month, I would like you to make a baby card OR a wedding card……your choice. 
(If you have lots of time, you could make both….lol!!!) 

Oh Joanne, you are a hoot!
I went with a baby card using the sweet little sheep from
This was actually my very first GS stamp set ♥

The little sheep are so versatile,
so I pulled two of them out and added them to a pink dsp themed base.
They are popped up on 3D foam and lightly colored with prismacolor markers.
The banner and heart are cut from MFT dies.
If you are wondering what the design team chose -
weddings or babies ...
you'll have to stop in the CCEE Stampers blog and see!
It's delightful!
Thanks for stopping by :)
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Mondays with TPB ~ Rustic Christmas ♥

Hi friends!

I hope your long weekend was filled with bliss
and wonderment!
We had a tremendous feast with family and friends,
then headed out for Black Friday shopping which was amazingly very light.
Stores weren't full at all, 
parking lots had empty spots
and we got every single thing on our lists!
And shhhhh ....
I even did a little shopping for me,
scooping up a lot of the online crafty deals.
My mailbox will be filled with deliveries this week ♥ 

Speaking of hustling and bustling,
I thought I'd show you something a little different with
The Project Bin stamps this week.

I call this my 5 minute Christmas card dash!

Christmas cards can be tedious to make,
especially if you have to make 50-75 cards.
One way to do that is to minimize your design,
and tailor it to the group of people that you'll be sending it to.

Now, I love - love - LOOOOOOVE the rustic look to Christmas!
The pine cones and garland,
red gingham bows, the fresh cut tree,
burlap and that very log-cabin-y look :)
For my brother and his family,
I wanted to incorporate exactly that.
I was going for that homespun feel to these cards. 

So here's what I did:

 Starting with Kraft cardstock, and in an assembly line fashion,
I stamped out the sentiments from Maybe Christmas using Altenew Crisp Black 
and the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform.
I used 3 of the sentiments in this wonderful set. 
I ran my snowflake die from a Recollections stamp/die set
through the cuttlebug in coordinating colors to the cards,
glued a button to each and set that aside to dry.
Meanwhile, I added strips of designer paper
 from Recollections North Pole Gazette pad,
tucking on colored cardstock for a little bit of edging.

I finished up the inside of the cards using a sentiment from Joyful Song
 Once they were completely dry,
I packed them up with envelopes and some baker's twine ...
ready to go!

Holiday cards don't have to be a big fuss :)
Start with beautiful stamps like those at The Project Bin,
then dash and create!

Thanks for your visit today :)
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


CCEE1747 ~ Holiday Stash Card

HaPpY tHaNKsGiViNg!
I wish each and every one of you a very blessed
and wonderful Thanksgiving!
 There is truly something so wonderful about this day,
surrounded by family and friends, sharing a loving meal.
I send you blessings of gratitude for your friendship ♥

 Although we are celebrating Thanksgiving today,
today's card is a festive and whimisical Christmas card :)
That's because the CCEE Stampers post every Thursday,
and Joanne wanted us to make a 'holiday stash card",
as she shares here:

This week we are going to make a card for our holiday stash. You can make a Christmas card, a New
 Year’s card, or a winter card….. whichever you think you need the most for your stash.

 Thanks, Joanne!
I definitely need to have a few more Christmas cards in my stash.
 Because this week was absolutely bonkers busy,
I used this adorable Snoopy image that I colored last month 
and quickly assembled it into a card.
The papers are from Doodlebug and I colored it with prismacolor markers.
A Charlie Brown Christmas debuted in 1965 and has never missed
a year being televised on TV!
We watched it as kids faithfully each year when we lived in the US,
and now I watch it with my own children ♥
Be sure to stop in the CCEE Stampers blog list 
and see what the other girls have made this week!
If you link up your card, use the keyword CCEE1747.
Have a great Thanksgiving!
If you head out for some shopping, be safe!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


I love Fall {most of all} ♥

It's Fall!
Do you love it most of all?!

I do love this time of year ♥
It's just an absolutely beautiful season.

There is something so heart-warming about the week of Thanksgiving ~
the feeling of gratitude and togetherness and blessings abudant.

 For my card today, I am channeling
the colors of a warm autumn day when the air is crisp and cool ♥
 I've used the New Leaf stamp set, 
and the I love Fall stamp is stamped in Chocolate Chip ink from SU!
The cardstock is also SU! chocolate chip and the dsp is
from Pebbles ~ Woodland Forest collection.


I keep using this paper pad over and over - it's divine!
And you can see my stamps are well loved, too :)
I added an assortment of buttons and enamel dots for extra dimension
and character :)

 Here's a final peek at the stamp set and overview of my card:

You can find this stamp set in the shop here,
as well as a gallery of cards made with each of the stamp/die sets.
You can always stop in and visit the blog and see a variety of cards
with just about something for everyone :)

Thanks for stopping by today!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


RSG ....... Inside/Out!

Today's the day!  

The November Ready, Set, Go Challenge this month was from me :) 
 I challenged Barb, Jeanette and myself
 to make an Inside/Outside card!

Say what?!!

And inside out card is actually a pretty simple idea!
It's where the inside of the card is now the front,
and the front becomes the inside! 

Since I tend to decorate the inside of my cards a lot,
I thought it would be fun to see how we interpret switching the roles of each.
I used my new Neat and Tangled stamp set "Santa's Wonderland"
... omgosh!
This stamp set is. the. cutest!!
The Santa and winter scene on my card would normally be played out
on the front of the card but I have them tucked behind 
each of the cut out circular shapes, giving a hint of the merriment.

My card was actually inspired by one that I saw from GSD
~ you can see the adorable card here
 In hindsight, there is too much white on the card for my liking:
learning experience ;)
You can see what Barb and Jeanette did with this challenge
by heading over to their blogs!
Oh! And in case you were wondering,
there's only 5 weeks left until Christmas!
I'm actually starting to panic a little :/
How about you - are you ready to get your merry on?! ♥

I'll add my card to the Neat and Tangled Little Tangles challenge - coloring!

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


CCEE1746: Joanne's Birthday flowers!

Hi friends!

I have two posts today, one including this new challenge for the CCEE Stampers in honor of our teammate's birthday today - Joanne!

This is her challenge:

 Well.....Happy Birthday to me!!!!!!  In honor of my special day,
 this week's challenge is to make a feminine birthday card with flowers
 To celebrate the day with me, let's do a random act of kindness.
 Call a friend who might need cheer, pay for someone's coffee, give a hug, .....
 try to make a difference.

What a wonderful birthday gift to give, Joanne!
Although today we didn't have internet service at home,
and traffic was snarled and backed up,
and I locked my keys in the car for the first time in like 10 years,
I thought about your wishes and did exactly that!
I called a friend and caught up ♥ 

And because I've packed up my craft 'cabana' preparing
for Thanksgiving and company,
it's slim pickings on what stamps are out to use!
I went with my treasured Our Daily Bread Designs
and used a lot of blue ~
because if you have seen Joanne's blog,
you'll see she loves the ocean as much as I do!
She even has a vibrant and inviting blue sea blog header :) 

Happy Birthday, Joanne!
I hope your day is filled with beautiful things!

Be sure stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog for more inspiration,
and if you want to link up a card with this theme,
use the keyword CCEE1746.

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


DDD: All about Frogs!

Hello friends!

Today's the 15th of the month, the day that the Dueling Darlings 
create and post a card based on a kit mailed to us by this month's hostess.
  For the DDDivas, that would be Suzy and
 For the DDDazzlers, the hostess is Deb :)
This month, the theme they came up with is hoppin!
like. literally.

It's all about frogs!
I was so tickled when I saw the card kit and the froggie images ♥
When my dad was first diagnosed with cancer,
his dr told him to "get something to care for"~ so he chose frogs :)
He had a tank full of little green and speckled frogs that lived in his condo
in a fabulous terrarium and he got such a kick out of them.
I always remembered what one of my very first Sunday School teachers said:
Fully Rely On God! 
That saying got us through a lot of rough spots,
as did those silly frogs :)

My card has one of everything in some fashion on it ~
from the image, the paper, the doily, a ribbon, the flowers and gems!
Thanks, Suzy! 
Your kit was fresh and fun and so very unique!
In the 11 years that we've been doing this, we've never had a frog theme! 

I usually complete the inside of my card, too, 
but I put the image and sentiment on the front  ~
the inside is just blank white cardstock.
 I've colored him with prismacolor markers
and popped up the sentiment Suzy also sent with some 3D foam.

Thanks, Suzy and Deb, for your fun theme and kits this month.
The DDD will take the month of December off as always to be with our families
and enjoy the month of festivities ♥
We'll be back again in January 2018!

And don't FROG-et to stop by and see what all the Divas and Dazzlers
have created! 
You can find their blogs/galleries in my sidebar → 
Big hugs, bigger blessings!


Mondays with The Project Bin ~ Birthday Bonanza!

 Hi friends! 
 I hope you had a wonderful weekend!
Today's post is super fun as I'm showcasing
 another way to use the stamp from The Project Bin ♥

*photo heavy post!* :)

It's always nice to personalize our birthday cards and tailor them
to a specific friend.  
But sometimes we need to have a few cards in a pinch!
Today I'll share with you how to take one stamp set
and make many merry cards!

I've taken several stamps from the Born Yesterday stamp set
and combined them to make a set of cheery birthday cards.

I've used several speech bubble dies to create the die cut with dsp.
One that was adhered to the white cardstock base,
I stamped out the sentiment using Momento Tuxedo ink in my
Tim Holtz Stamping Platform.

 I added a few enamel dots to the front to complete the look ...

and the added another sentiment to the inside of each of the cards ↓

 Are you still with me?!
Aw, thank you!

Here are the cards, bundled up and ready to give out as a gift 
or have handy for some quick grab 'n go birthday card giving!

 You can see this stamp set and more in the shop.
And for more inspiration, you can click on the photo of any stamp set
and it will take you to the gallery.

And, all week long, the Design Team will share cards
to inspire your creativity over at The Project Bin blog.

Thanks for stopping by today
and visiting along with my blog card photo tour :)

Big hugs, bigger blessings! 


CCEE #1744 ~ One for the boys :)

* I have 2 blog posts for today 
~ for the 3M po, scroll back one page, please :)

Hi everyone!

The CCEE Stampers have another fun challenge this week ~
masculine cards!
One for the guys :)

This week's challenge is by the current hostess, Joanne.
The new challenge this week at the CCEE Stampers
is to create a masculine card.
I had to ink up another Charlie Brown stamp!
I'm so excited my collection is growing ♥

For today's card, I used Peanut's Sportsman
to reflect my son and husband's love of fishing together.
Colored with prismacolor markers
and a base of different hues of designer paper, this
came together effortlessly.

You can see what all the CCEE Stampers made
with this challenge on the blog.
Thanks for stoping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

3M: Give Thanks!

*I have 2 blog posts today!  
For the CCEE Stampers,
 please scroll forward one post.  Thanks!
Happy Wednesday, friends!

 Today's the 9th day of the month, 
the day the 3M post our cards with the SAME image.
This month, our hostess was Barb and she sent us
 this adorable turkey from Whipper Snapper, Taggart Turkey.
WS is her *signature* stamp line :)
  And she's lucky enough to live close to Creative Pals, 
a store that carries tons of these Whipper Snapper stamps - 
a store I hope to see in real life soon ♥

This is my take on this month's image :)
I colored it pretty general and added it to a bold framed card base.
I cut the image on a 'wonky' angle to give the card
a switch up from being too precise.
The bold sentiment is actually from the same dsp paper pack
and it's a printed piece of dsp with tons of words.
I cut ot the one that matched the best :)

The inside is a little plain on this one, 
but as you can see, the card has a lot of dimension:

Be sure to see what Barb and Jeanette have made with this kit, too!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Sending you a Happy BEAR-thday!

Hi friends!

I am catching back up again from a VERY busy 2 weeks!  
My son has kept me hopping - and jumping, and limping, LOL!  
His Boy Scout troop has been very active with activies,
camping, hiking ~ including the 2nd leg of a 10 mile hike ... gasp!
AND, his drama troupe had their rehearsals, succesful Variety Show,
and districts of which all the kids did a fantastic job!
We just learned he scored Superiors ~ woohoo!

I was so lucky to buy some of the stamps and dies at MFT's
retirement sale and am inking them up and making cards!
Oh. the. joy!

When I saw the color challenge for this week,
I immediately (while driving) planned out the card in my mind.
It came together just as I hoped it would!
After all, bears can be yellow-ish and foxes can be pink-ish, right?!
tee hee!

First, I used my Tim Holtz Distress Oxide broken china ink ...
oxide over distress because I knew I'd add water droplets.
Then I added a piece of gingham dsp for the grass,
stamped out the trees and woodland friends onto #110 cardstock.
While I normally don't use such a heavyweight cardstock in the Cuttlebug,
I knew I needed one to stand up being popped up on 3d foam.
Colored these cuties with my prismacolor markers, and lastly,
added a heat embossed sentiment on black cardstock for contrast.
I love this card so much, I made 3 more with different critters
and some of the other sentiments ♥

The *quad* photo will be over on my Instagram later today!

Here is the color challenge for the week ~
I'll link my card up to MFT challenge 80.

 This is a busy week on my blog so I'll be back
with more paper goodness!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥