RSG: My flowery friends in the springtime!

Hello friends!

It's springtime on my blog today!
There's a new theme for the Ready, Set, Go Challenge ~
a mountain of a challenge that Barb, Jeanette and I climb 
every third Wednesday of month.

These challenges are typically 'out of the box'
(some would say not for the faint of heart, LOL)
It's wildly creative and always tons of fun!

This month it's a spin off of Barb's fantastic theme last month
which I loved so much!
My husband - fresh out of surgery and quite loopy -
had me laughing with a rendition of Groundhog's Day :)

 Jeanette's challenge was similar in that we three - Barb, Jeanette and I - 
asked each other 3 questions and created our card based on the reply.

Since Barb was my partner, this is what she said:

1.  What is your favorite season?  Spring!
2.  What is the first word that comes to mind when I say the word fun?  Friends!
3.  What is your favorite embellishment to use on cards?  Ribbon!

Such a sweet theme, Barb!
You made this month's card easy!
 I chose my Hello Bluebird stamps for 2 reasons:
It's a springtime stamp set and it has 3 little animals friends ♥

For the friends element, I colored the bunny, lamb and kitty
using my promarkers.
Spring is represented by the springtime paper called Welcome Spring
by American Crafts and I've created little hills with it.
Finally, the ribbon was tucked behind the trio as green grass.
I stamped a sentiment onto the cardstock from another stamp set.

Thank you, Barb, for your wonderful answers ~
it was a lot of fun to create this card with YOU in mind!
 You can see Barb's card here and Jeanette's card here. 

I'm up for next month ~ and need to put my thinking cap back on!
Stay tuned! :)

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



TPB is sponsoring Word Art Wednesday!

Hi friends!

I'm back with another card from The Project Bin :)
Yes, two cards in one week ♥
And that's because there is some super sweet news for The Project Bin stamps!
TPB stamps will be the sponsor for Word Art Wednesday inspiration blog
for challenge weeks #344-#345.

AND, this is card #2 on my summer blog series "5 days of"

Word Art Wednesday blog is a refreshing and motivational Christ centered
blog with challenges inspired by God's word!
As written on their blog ...

" This challenge blog is, first and foremost, all about sharing the love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  We hope that you will  use our free scripture/Word Art in your creations, but you are not required to do so in order to play along.  You can use whatever colors, shapes, templates and themes you choose, and may submit altered art, mixed media, digital projects, cards, layouts, etc.  Just let your heart guide you in making your art.  We believe that God has given each of us special gifts and talents, and we want to encourage you to use those special talents to make and share art here on our blog."

Such beautiful words!
 Thank you, Karen, for the opportunity to be a guest this week!
Using the stamp set from The Project Bin "Wise Men",
I've created this vivid floral tulip card:

 And here is the inside of my card ↓

Here is the stamp set I used:

We hope you link up your cards as well!
You can find more TPB stamps here in the shop,
including the galleries were you can see samples of each stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


TPB: Rest, Recover ♥

Hi friends!

I love Mondays ~ I do!
 It's the day I get to share with you my card from The Project Bin!

This week's summer "5 days of" series is all about:


 Each day (unless it's a DT card) I will be sharing something floral ~
either the image, the paper, or both!
This Many More stamp set from The Project Bin is so timely for me.
I've needed to make quite a few Get Well cards and a couple of baby cards,

so it's nice to have this very versatile stamp set on hand.
It covers a variety of occasions ~ all in one stamp set!

And since I almost always decorate the inside of my cards,
I love that this set includes a smaller sentiment that fits perfectly inside! 

This beautiful floral paper is from a 12 x 12 paper pad 
by American Crafts which was part of a huge Scrapbook.com giveaway
that I was very blessed to win!

I used a strip of the gold cardstock and turned it into a ribbon ~
both on the front and the inside.
I fussy fut the floral/petal from the Many More stamp,
colored it and popped it up on 3D foam.

Be sure to stop in at The Project Bin blog 
for more inspiration and to see the new Product Catalog.

 Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

I'll enter this into:  Crafty Sentiments:  Add a sentiment


DDD: It's a BEE-u-tiful day!

Happy BEE-day, friends!

There is a lot of buzz on my blog today!

It's the 15th of the month and
that means the Dueling Darlings post our cards with a chosen theme.
Our hostesses are 2/3 of "The Terrys" ~ Terry S and Terry A!

If you are new to my blog,
in a nutshell, the DDD is two teams of card-makers:
The Dueling Darling Divas and the Dazzlers!
There are 2 hostesses for each team every month and
they come up with the theme and send a card kit.
We in turn make a card based on everything sent,
 minus the basics like card stock and glue ...
because we nifty crafters almost almost have that on hand :)

It's on a rotating basis and this month's kit from Terry S is un-BEE-lievable!
Terry is truly such an amazing crafter.
She can take stamped images, one sheet of designer paper,
a string of ribbon and 3 sequins
and somehow make 10 cards :)

So in honor of Terry, I've made 2 cards this month.
I used everything except the ribbon and the alternate image 
and I'll hoard use those at a later time :)
The only thing I used that was my own is the cardstock, 3d foam,
tombo and wink of stella.
Her kit was filled with lots of yellow and black and bee inspired papers ~
it is just darling!

Card 1:   Including the inside ↓

Card 2:  including the inside ↓

 This was such an incredibly fun card kit!
Thank you, Terry!

You can see all the cards by the Divas and Dazzlers
over on Splitcoaststampers/galleries here.

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


Day 5: Friends in any weather!

Hi friends!
It's the final day of my weekly blog series
 "5 days of ..."

The Alphabet Game!

It's been such a fun week
and I'm already excited for the next one ahead :)

Today's card is based on letter "H!"

 This was such a happy draw for me as I have quite a few stamp sets
with this letter
and almost all of them haven't seen ink.
This darling set is by Hello Bluebird stamps and it just touched my heart 
when I saw this various social media sites during release week!

I used a background panel to create the weathered look 
with distress/oxide inks and popped the images up on the card with foam. 
I stamped the sentiment on the completed background piece
and popped up a die cut to frame it in - 
then added coordinating sequins.

 This card is part of my #kindess cards
(as per kindness being my word of the year!)
Each of the cards during this week's release
 is being sent to someone in particular!

While this rainy day card is vibrant and bright and cheerful in color,
so is she - my friend :)
We have weathered a lot together, too!

Thanks for stopping by each day!
Remember there is a prize for one lucky commenter,
and each winner will be annoucned at the end of the weekly series:  July 27th.

Thank you for your KIND and sweet words, your encouragement,
and inspiring me with each of your creations as I visit your blogs, too!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥ 


Day 4: It's pretty SIMPLE!

Hi friends!

Here we are - Day 4 of my weekly series ~ 

The Alphabet Game! 

Since it's time for a new challenge at the CCEE,
I had to combine my card for the challenge as well as my series
and, as it turns out,
it's pretty simple! :)

Lynn asked us to create a card based on this challenge:
"July 12 has been declared National Simplicity Day in honor of Henry David Thoreau 
who was a devoted advocate of living a life of simplicity. 
So on this lazy day of summer it's time to simplify. 
My challenge to you is to create a clean and simple one layer card!"

 Thanks, Lynn!
How I adore Thoreau! ♥

 This was a perfect opportunity to ink up my new stamps that just
arrived from Kraftin' Kimmie
therefore, making today letter K! 
(I didn't get to chose a random letter as I randomly drew F and then J ...
and didn't have a single stamp company in those letters.)

So what's a girl to do?

 I was able to scoop up many of the stamps that I have wanted 
for FOREVER during their mega Canada Day sale last week ~ eh!
This stamp set called Adventure Time was at the top of my wish list!
{They are in stock but no longer on sale}
It reminds me SO MUCH of my son and his camping and adventures
AND all the indoor blanket tents we've made ♥

And this stamp set has an actual Thoreau quote! ♥
I used it for the inside of my card ↓
I really love the font, too - it reminds me of Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin in the Hundred Acre Wood :)

If you'd like to play along this week, please include keyword CCEE1828
or if you post your card to an online gallery/photo hosting site.

And you can see what the CCEE DT made by heading over the blog.

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥



Day 3: You are Sublime ...

Happy Wednesday!

It's day #3 in my summer series "5 days of ..."
and I'm swimming along with

The Alphabet Game!

I could not have been more excited to see today's :
the letter "L"!

I knew right away which company I would pick when I saw "L"
and I knew exactly the stamp set, too :)

My husband and I celebrated our 25th year of marriage
a couple of months ago (but together for 34!)
and I am absolutely, unequivocally as deeply in love with him
today as I was all those years ago.
He's truly the other half of what makes me whole ~
as a wife, a mom, as me ♥

And he EELY likes my cards!
He's super supportive and encouraging and truly my biggest fan ♥
When I make him a card,
he keeps every. last. one!

I colored my Lawn Fawn  You are Sublime and die cut them 
to create an underwater scene. 
The background piece was created by using a simple sheet of white
cardstock and blending and blending and resting my elbows and blending 
with a couple of distress oxide inks.
After adding a frame and the sentiment,
I popped up almost all of the cut-outs on 3d foam, added sequins
and some wink of stella in the submarine windows and the coral.

I had a sweet friend as me the other day if I still do the inside of my cards :)
The answer is:  yes!
I usually just don't show them anymore as I'm switching up 
the way I do a few things on my blog ...  AND ....
because each card is specifically made for someone or
I give them away as part of my #yearofkindess,
I try to let that part be a surprise!

I tailored his card to fit the Lawn Fawnatics challenge this week
so I'll enter my card there!

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

Additional challenge:  CraftaholicsRUs - Turquoise
Little Red Wagon - movie/Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 
The Male Room Challenge 89 - Fish/Fishing


Day #2! Beach Day!

Hi friends!

It's day #2 in my summer
"5 days of ..."
and I'm continuing on with 

The Alphabet Game!
So let's jump right in!

Before making this card, 
random integer selected another letter for me and it's letter M!

Wow, I have a lot of stamps from companies that start with the letter M!
To narrow it down, I selected the stamps that haven't seen ink
(as per the intention of this series)
like this one from My Favorite Things called Beach day (now ret'd)
It features the Pure Innocence little girl ready for the beach!

After coloring, die cutting this image, I popped it up
on 3d foam for depth.  
It's also already in the mail,
 heading off as happy mail from the sunshine state!

Thanks for your visit today!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


New blog series: 5 days of ... (Day 1)

Hi friends!

Today's the day!  Today's the day!
It's Day 1 of my summer blog series kick-off and I'm really excited ♥
For the next 3 weeks, Monday-Friday, 
I'll be sharing a summer series of cards that I call  "5 days of ..."
Each week, the theme will be a surprise until each Monday's reveal, like today :)
So in addition to creating 5 new cards a week,
I hope this will be a chance to get to see more in depth views of 
my crafting style and creating in the spirit of inspiration and sharing!
From different techniques to tried 'n true, 
from my had-to-have-it to the what-was-I-thinking,
I hope to cover a little bit of something that will be fun!

 For hanging out with me during this (hot!) summer series,
I have a coordinating giveaway!
(*see details below)

This week's summer cards series theme is: 

The Alphabet Game!

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3 - A, B, C to make a card with just one letter!
I used random.org letter generator and the letter W 
was the lucky letter for my first card.
Ohhhh!  I have a couple of stamps/sets that start with W.
Since the purpose of the series is for me to do something differently,
it had to be a stamp/set that I hadn't used before!
 My sweet little Wplus9 stamp/die set called the Get Well Gang
 was the perfect choice since I needed to make a card for the Crafters of Faith.
I saw it, bought it, and poor thing hasn't made it out of the box .. until now!
I chose this particular stamp set because our cards were based on
a scripture of Psalm 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart"
I was inspired to create a card of healing and faith pulling me
through my husband's recent emergency surgery and hospitalization.
Indeed I felt His presence and love during a time of trial and trusting in His will
has to be automatic ♥

It was also hard to resist those cute little critters
and the darling doctor and patient, mice and get well cheese!

Day 1 - check!
W = get WELL with Wplus9!

It's a good thing random.org is exactly that ~
After W is X and I'd be scratching my head trying to figure that out, LOL!

I hope to see you tomorrow!
Thanks for stopping by!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

*The Nitty Gritty ...
This giveaway is in no way sponsored by any official party and prizes
were purchased by me for the sole purpose of a blog giveaway.
Prize awarded is a random draw from comments on blogger.
*I've won before - can I win again? ~ Yes!  It's completely random
*I live outside the USA - am I eligible? ~  Absolutely! I mail worldwide.
Winner/winners will be announced at the end of the 3rd series.
Good luck!

The Project Bin ~ Sailing into 3M Fun!

Hi friends!
I shore hope you had a wonderful weekend :)

I have 3 cards to share today ~
one for The Project Bin and the other is 3M with The Project Bin!
Both of them are combined here on this post ↓

Nautical themed cards always catch my eye ~
I love the traditional colors of reds and blues, 
banners and promise of the ocean ♥

This Anchor's Away stamp set from The Project Bin 
is one of my very favorites,
so I reached for it this weekend to make a card for
a young man in our church that enlisted into the Coast Guard.
You can see this card and more inspiration from The Project Bin
over at the Design Team blog,
including the brand new digital product catalog.

Here's a look at the stamp set in it's full stamp set form:

Next up, today is the day that Barb, Jeanette and I
 (affectionately known as the 3M or3 Musketeers)
create cards based on an image sent to us by one of us :)
This month, Barb sent us this adorable zebra image,
and I immediately thought outside the box!

I colored my image the day it arrived and just smiled at my zebra.
I decided to forgo traditional stripes and go colorful instead.
Besides, who doesn't love rainbows!
I was tickled to find this rainbow zebra paper in an old Basic Grey pad ~
and finished it up wiith a sentiment from an Ellen Hudson stamp set.
This zebra is definitely one of a kind!

And that's my 2 cards for this post!
You can see Barb's card and Jeanette's cards on their blogs
with this cute Zebra ~
I'm sure theirs will be just as unique as we are!

LOL~ That's me  ↑

Thanks for stopping by!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Mission ... Impossible (card!)

Hi friends! 
There's a new challenge at the CCEE Stampers and it's impossible.
The Impossible Card, that is!
Lynn, our hostess for the month of July, gave us this challenge
and I love her for that!

I don't think I would have trusted myself

 to even attempt this card fold on my own.
It did take a little wine research on YouTube 
and, llama tell you, it really isn't as hard as it looks!

It also helped that I got to play with my Gerda Steiner Llama Tell You
stamp set to set the stage for this Impossible Card.
I absolutely ADORE this stamp set
and llamas are at the tippy top list of my very, very, VERY favorites! ♥ 

Here's what it looks like from an aerial view ↑

With this card fold, I used a standard A2 size.
It's easy to adjust to a larger card size but for me, this works.
And it lays completely flat to fit nicely into an envelope!

I went with limeade splash cardstock to play off the outdoorsy theme,
and chose two Echo Park paper pads: Happy Camper and Summer Dreams 
to bring out the colors and create variety.
I colored all the cute critters with promarkers
and the sentiments were stamped on cardstock with Momento Tuxedo Ink.
The sentiments in this stamp set are hysterical!

To see all the of the DT cards, head over to the CCEE Stampers blog 
for more inspirations with the Impossible Card.

If you'd like to play along and make your own, no prob-llama!
You can link it up on the CCEE blog or by clicking here
Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥