Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Hi friends!

Today's the day! 
I'm flying off to meet some wonderful crafty friends for a 5 day getaway ~
oh, the shenanigans crafting we will be doing! :)

And that's just what today's card is ~
the 3 Musketeers card this week was this darling image from Barb.
And the CCEE Stampers theme this week from Liz
was "Baby, it's cold outside" so this card fits both needs ♥

These 4 friends are from Art Impressions and they sure
look they are bundled up from some cold weather -
hats, scarves, UGG boots and COFFEE!

I'm convinced I am the one in the green ~
just look at her face looking at that big 'ol Starbucks.
I have that same look when they hand me mine - LOL!

So here is my 3M/CCEE card ~ friends, crisp cool air, coffee ♥

Sorry my post is short and sweet today ~
I'm typing as I'm packing :)

You can see what the other CCEE  Stampers have made
with cold weather cards here

And Barb's card and Jeanette's card are here!
Big hugs, bigger blessings!


Growing in Unity - Winners!

 Good Morning!

Thank you everyone for visiting my blog 
during my Growing In Unity week!
I had so much fun and thank Unity Stamp Co
for this generous opportunity 
to stamp out our favorite Unity stamps and share!

The winners were drawn randomly and are ..........

Beautiful card again. I love the blue flowers. I really like Unity flower jar stamps.. I don't seem to have this one.. 

Both your sentiment and the Snoopy quote are so true. I thought of Charlie Brown too before I read your post. That little tree just pulls at your heart strings. So cute!

Please contact me at Kelnkids@aol.com so I can pass on your information
to Unity and you can claim your prize pack of 25 random stamps!
Time is limited - contact me as soon as you can.

If you weren't the chosen winner, no worries!
I'll be hosting my own private stamp giveaway soon -
it's going to be fabulous!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

Drive By Crafts ~ Wood You?

Hi friends!

How completely adorable is this darling woodchuck!
It's from the Avery Elle stamps and available in the shop at
 I'm up on the DBC blog today,
I thought I'd show you a little more detail about my card.

 I stamped and colored the sweet little woodchuck, tree stump
and flowers which are all from the set.
I scissor cut all 3 of those
~ the Tim Holtz non-stick micro serated mini snips are perfect
for precise cutting and little nooks and crannies!
I made created the background with beautiful paper from
 Pink Paislee: Birthday Bash 6 x 6 paper pad,
and a circular die for 'faux' grass.

Lastly, I added the stamped/cut images to the card 
using some of my favorite glue, Nuvo glue!
This is really magnificent and dries clear and quick and doesn't warp 
the cardstock or patterned paper!
The darling woodchuck is popped up on
 3D foam variety pack from Scrapbook Adhesives
I really love how it pops up, giving the card extra dimension.
And although I cut today's stamped image with scissors,
there is a matching die set for this Avery Elle Wood You?
How sweet is this!

You can see more inspiration on the blog:
and stop in the store and add some of your favorite stamps to your stash!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Dueling Darlings ~ On the 18th ....

Hello again!

*I have two posts today - 
for my card with The Project Bin, please go here!

It's the 15th of the month,
and that means the Dueling Darlings are back with another friendly duel :)
This month, our hostesses for The Divas is LJ,
and the hostess for The Dazzlers is Darlene!
They sent such an incredible creative kit!
A calendar stamped image marking the new year
and we were to 'fill in the rest'.

Now ... my card .... I almost didn't post it.
I know, I know ...
sometimes we hit the mark and LOVE a card,
and sometimes we don't.

But this card .... this one right here ....
is more than just a card :)
  It's a representation of a chance to meet some really incredible friends
that I have been wanting to meet for a long, long time!
This week, on the 18th, I'm boarding a plane (or two)
and connecting for a long crafty weekend!

To say that I am excited is an understatement :)
That's why when LJ sent the card kit, I immediately had an idea.
I left it with a little gem marking the 18th of January ♥

Therefore, my card ..... it's just paper, really.
It's not what I wanted to make, but it makes me smile knowing 
that little gem means something so. much. more!
And LJ, I'll do better next time.

Be sure to stop in an see all the card from the DDD ~
they are listed in my sidebar.
Meanwhile, THIS GIRL needs to pack!

From Miami to Wisconsin - now there's a 180 turn!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

The Project BIn ~ Smile!

Hi friends!

I thank each of you for your visit and sweet comments,
especially last week when I had SO many posts!
Soon, I'll be able to announce the winner/s
 of the Growing in Unity week - YAY!

First up, Mondays are the day I post to The Project Bin blog
So often, while reading the news, it reminds me that yet once again
we really just need to unify better and love one another ♥ 

I love this quote from one of my favorite sets
 from The Project Bin called Wise Women.

Peace begins with a smile ~ Mother Theresa

And here's the inside: 

Be sure to stop in at The Project Bin to see what
else is in the store ~ so many wonderful sentiment stamps
and dies for every occasion.
And remember, if you click on a stamp/die set photo,
it will take you the gallery filled with sample cards!
Here is the set in full:
I'll be back in a little while with my 2nd card for today!
Big hugs, Bigger blessings!


Growing in Unity - Day 5!

Happy Fri-YAY!

This is the 5th and final of the Growing in Unity week!
It's been a wonderful week and I've enjoyed showcasing
the wonderful Unity Stamp Company!

I also thank you all so much for your blog visits
this week, and those that clicked to follow - THANK YOU!
It's going to be an exciting year ahead,
so I'm overjoyed that you will be here for the journey ♥

For my card today,
I've combined two fabulous Unity Stamp Co. stamps:
one of my very, very, VERY favorites!  Yippee Skippy! 
and ... thank you kindly by Phyllis Harris.

I think I can speak for all of us when I say
this is how we feel about Unity Stamp Company!

Thanks so much for a fabulous week.
For friendships, stamping, a wonderous year ahead!
Don't forget to peek back in a few days to see 
who the lucky winner of the generous Unity Stamp Co. prize will be!
Good luck!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Growing in Unity - Day 4 and CCEE Stampers 1802

Hello all!

I'm back with Day 4 of the Growing in Unity girl
 journey of cardmaking for this week!
I have loved, loved posting cards ♥
And remember, there is a generous prize up for grabs  ~
so the more you comment, the better your chances are at winning
 a fabulous prize from Unity Stamp Co!

The theme this week at the CCEE Stampers is 'fits me to a tea'
with our hostess, Liz, offering this week's challenge.
Therefore, when looking through my stamps for the theme,
I spotted "Always Today" and inked/colored it for my card. 

 Thanks for stopping by today!

You can find the CCEE Challenge here:

And Unity Stamp Co blog here!

BIig hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Growing in Unity - Day 3!

Hi friends!

It's Day 3 of the Growing in Unity sharing posts
 and I'm back with a holiday card!

I thank you all for stopping by each day to see the how the Unity stamps
are made into cards.
Remember to leave a comment for your chance to win 
a generous and wonderful prize package from Unity Stamp Co!

Today's card is using one of my very favorite holiday images ♥
Most of you know, I'm a HUGE Charlie Brown and Snoopy fan
and when I spied this 'small stuff' Unity stamp awhile back, 
I scooped it right up!

 It reminded me so much of Charlie Brown's tree
but more importantly, the matching sentiment stamp really spoke to my heart.

Thanks for stopping by today :)

Be sure to see what tomorrow brings using another wonderful
Unity Stamp Co stamp and sentiment ♥

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


Drive By Crafts ~ Hope Your Birtthday is a SMASH!

Hi friends!

*I have 2 posts today!
For my Growing In Unity Day 2, click here!

Today I'm posting on the Drive By Crafts blog 
and every Tuesday, I'll share with you a new card I've made
with the amazing products from the store! 

Are you ready to FIESTA?!
This cheerful, festive birthday card was created by
 products from Drive By Crafts online store!

Here's what I did ~
I stamped/die cut/colored the Lawn Fawn Year Seven stamp set 
and set that aside to assemble the card base.
Drive By Crafts has an wonderful assortment of Lawn Fawn stamps 
and what's fun is the ability to scoop up a few and mix and match :)
I propped up the images on 3d foam and glued the paper to the back
using my very favorite glue - Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive glue.
If you haven't used this glue, you need to and I highly recommend it ...
it drives fast and clear and the paper doesn't get warped or wonky!

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set 
onto white cardstock and used it as a banner.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Big hugs, Bigger blessings!

Here are some of the products I used:
 Lawn Fawn stamps/dies 
Designer paper, 6 x 6 pad ~ check out the wonderful selection! 
Scrapbook Adhesive 3d foam 
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive 


Growing in Unity Day 2 ~ Struggle and Strength

Hi everyone!

*I have two posts today:
For my Drive By Crafts post, click here!

Thanks for stopping by my blog during Growing In Unity Day 2!
I'll be showcasing a card from Unity Stamp Company
 all week long :) 

For today's card, I've used Struggle and Strength 
and colored it with prismacolor markers.
The image is cut with a stitched rectangle frame
and a white signo gel pen gives a little highlighting on the flowers.
 You can find this stamp and more at Unity Stamp Company ~
stop by and see the amazing line up of stamps.

And be sure to come back tomorrow for another card.
You just might be the winner of a prize of 25 stamps from Unity!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Growing in Unity Day 1 ~ Angie girl

Hi friends!

**I have two posts today!
For my The Project Bin Monday post, please see it

  I am so excited to share that this week I am a Growing In Unity Girl! 
 Every day this week, I'll share with you a new Unity Stamp Co project and you will have a chance to win a prize package of twenty-five stamps from Unity.
 All you have to do to be eligible is stop by every day and leave a comment.
  At the end of the week, I get to randomly select two winners ~
so the more you comment, the more you chance you have to win :)

For today's card, I'm sharing Angie girl "Poppy Girl".
She is just dreamy and it just beckoned to be colored with bright reds, oranges, yellows ♥

For this card, I've colored poppy girl with prismacolor markers.
I added a small piece of striped paper but let the image be the focal point of my card.  A few enamel dots finished the card,
and the sentiment from the set is on the inside.

Here's the stamp set ↓

Thanks for stopping by today!
 I hope to see you again tomorrow to see my next card :)

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

The Project BIn ~ I could squish you! ♥

Hi friends!

*I have 2 post today!
For my Growing in Unity Day 1 post, click here!

Today is the first day back at school after a long winter's break.
It was SO fun and wonderful having the house so full,
the kids all home, seeing them every single day ♥

We are a very loving family, 
so there is always hugging and squishing going on :) 
 I'm getting a head start on my Valentine's cards.
I'm using In My Heart and this set from The Project Bin is a terrific set to make Valentine's Day love notes and cards ♥

I absolutely LOVE the font that this LOVE-ly stamp set uses,
and I used one of them for the sentiment on my card.
This set also comes with matching steel dies
and I've used it to cut out the perfect heart for my CAS card.

This card is so easy to come together - perfect for classrooms
and mass production like this simple A2 size card.

Here's the link to the stamp/die set in the shop,
and if you click on the photo, it will take you to a gallery with a lot of inspiration.

Have a great day!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Crafters of Faith ~ 1 John 4:12

Hi friends!

Today is a wonderful SON-day!
It's the first post for the Crafters of Faith,
and the giveaway winner

The COF is a crafty group that I formed on 
Splitcoaststampers with some dear friends ♥ 
Once a month we have a scripture based challenge
and make a card as a way to share our faith and friendship.

 Our hostess this month is Barb 
and I'm SO EXCITED that I'll actually be meeting her in 2 weeks , 
flying all the way up to her house for shenaningans a stamping retreat!
I've waited many (MANY!) years to meet her ~
so it's extra neat that she's our challenge host for January :)

Scripture: 1 John 4:12
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another,
                                 God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
The challenge is to make a card or another creation  that describes
 how "we" love one another-- through friendship, trying times, music, holidays, etc. 

While I normally try to create a card with a faith based image
 or scripture for my COF cards, 
I just received a stamp order from Simon Says Stamps.
The second I saw this stamp set on release day, 
I just had to have it :)
I absolutely adore any stamps with puppies
or woodland creatures! ♥

 Since I already had a sentiment on the front of the card,
I didn't decorate the inside of this one.
Since the SSS challenge this week is *Anything New*,
I'll enter this into their challenge this week.

I'm excited to see what the other Crafters of Faith made 
with Barb's scripture and challenge!
But before I go check,
I have a winner to announce

By random.org selection, the winner is ......... #5 

Carol L!

Please email me at santikelly4@gmail.com 
with your name and address and how I can get in touch with you
to pop your goodies in the mail.

Thank you so much everyone for sharing your winter comments!
Please remember I will be having many giveaways,
so if you didn't win this one,  don't worry ~
check back often and see what's new!

Big hugs, bigger blessings!

Card entered into:  Simon Says Stamp ~ Something New
Inspired by the Little Things:  Inspired picture 


2018: Word of the Year

Hello 2018 ~ it's so nice to meet you!

It's that time of year when many of us
chose a word to use as a mantra.
I usual strive towards finding a word that resonates with the year ahead,
one to inspire, to guide, to encourage me.
I ponder a few, scribble them out, start to narrow them down.
And almost always, I can't seem to find one.

Rather, my words find me

Like last year.

Sitting in church.
Daydreaming away and BAM!
I heard it {Lord!}
 loud.  and.  clear.

This year, it was a quiet understanding with my word and I.
It washed over me one particular day.
It wasn't even a good day.
But, I smiled.
Because I knew.

My word:  Kindness

I see you, little word.
I hear you.
I believe in you.

I chose kindness because on a {what I call} that day,
when the world was shifting, mine was shaking.
And I made a conscious choice to make a difference.
Not just IN the world.
But IN me.

Every morning, I take my son to school.
As I drop him off, I tell him the same 3 things without fail:

  1.  Mommy loves you ♥
2.  Make today count.
   3.  Be kind to everyone.
Like grace at the table and prayers at night, 

I know he lives by these words and his faith and compassion are singular.

The best way to show example is to BE the example!

So for the year ahead, some of the kindness aspirations I have are: 
  • I'm recommitting to blogging, visiting YOU, being inspired by your creations and sprinkling kind words!
  • Practicing more random acts of kindness.  I've planned more giveaways :) It's incredibly enriching to bless someone with a surprise, including unannounced ones picked from a kind comment left on my blog on a random day ♥  
  •  Bless your mailbox with card kindness and bringing back SNAIL MAIL!     An actual card, with a postage stamp, on a plane, delivered from me to you!  If I have your address, blessings forthcoming! (if not, let's connect!)  
  • Share more random CRAFTS of kindness!  I've learned so much from this creaitve life and hope to absorb, share, inspire, create and pass it on via YouTube and other forms of craft-happi-ness!
 And so so SO much more!

2018 is beckoning me and I feel it's greatness ♥ 

 We can do this, you and I.
The world seems to be going plum crazy ~
and it needs a whole lotta kindness.

And I'm here to do my part ♥

Big hugs, bigger blessings!