DDD: Kindness ♥

Good Morning, friends!

*I have two blog posts today - for  my The Project Bin Monday post, go here!

It's the 15th day of the month and that means the Dueling Darlings
are back with a new theme!
The Dueling Darlings are a group of 2 teams of card making friends -
Team Divas and Team Dazzlers!
This month, Jeanette and I were the hostesses to create card kits
and she was generous enough to let me chose the theme this month:


As many of you know, it's my Word of the Year as shared in this post ♥  
But kindness is truly more than just a word of the year,
it should be shared every day, in every way.


The kit I put together for Team Divas included an image that I ADORE!
It's from Unity stamps called Thank You Kindly 
I also sent a few kindness sentiments to use - one from Unity 
and the other from a Simon Says Stamps set.

Now for my card!
I sent out all the kits, one went to a sweet friend by accident,
another still out in lost mail land,
so I had to improvise with my card kit since I didn't have two extras.
I only had slivers of paper left.

And you know ... crafters gonna craft .... 
can't keep a good crafter down! 

 To come up with a plan B,
I used a watercolor stenciled background and stamped the image
directly onto the dried watercolor paper.
I took a stitched die and cut out the middle part of the image
and popped up the outer one on 3D foam for dimension.
In hindsight, I wish I'd cut the outer stenciled frame in the same stitched die :)
I added half the sentiment with white heat embossing on the front,
and finished up the second half on the inside:

And that's it for us this month!

Be sure to come back next month and see what the theme will be ~
I can't wait to find out when my card kit arrives :)

There are a lot of DDD posts today
and you can find them at Splitcoaststamper:  Dueling Darlings!

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

Blessings ♥

* I have two blog posts today! For my Dueling Darlings card,
you can view it here!*

Hi friends!

Can you be-leaf it's mid October?!

I have a CAS card to share today from The Project Bin 
over on the blog.
Eat Pie! Stamp set has quickly become one of my very favorites!

To create this card,
I started with a layer of white cardstock from Recollections #110 heavy weight.
I used several dies to create the border and center cut ~
and added a newsprint, leaf behind it.
The blessings sentiment is from the stamp set 
and really compliments the image with the leaf in the wording!

For more stamps and inspiration,
go to The Project Bin blog and store!

Thanks for stopping by,
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


3M: Happy FLOCK-tober!

Hi there friends!

I'm slowly catching up and making some space in the VERY BUSY
 schedule to make a card or two!
On the 7th of each month, 
you may recall I make a card with an image for the 3M 
~ the 3 Musketeers card group :)

Barb was our hostess this month and sent us this cute Whipper Snapper
chicken image.
Which made me smile ~
because when I was at her house, I created a swap with this same stamp!

Great {chickens} think alike! :) 

So, yes, I'm a little off of the posting date ~
but we've had a WONDERFUL change to our family
and my hands - and arms - AND heart - are very full!

But better late than never!
Here is my card based on the image Barb sent.

We'll be back next month with another mystery image ...
I wonder what it will be?
I'm up as the next hostess ...
time to start the search!

You can see what Barb made with this image here
and Jeanette's card is here.

Thanks for your visit!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


CCEE: One for the dogs!

 Hello friends!  

It's Thursday ~
and that means a new challenge over at the CCEE Stampers!
I've had zero time to make cards  
So the card I'm sharing is one I made previiously but never added to my blog :)

Joanne's challenge this week:
As you all know, I love my two pups. They are both rescue pups from
Tennessee. Well, October is Adopt a Shelter Dog month. Let’s create
cards with dogs on them.

Thanks, Joanne!
We are a HUGE dog family and have a rescue dog of our own ♥


These cards are part of a duo that I made from a card kit sent to my by Emily (SkyNacho) on Splitcoaststampers!The only thing I used that was my own was the markers, glue
and scorer/trimmer!

For more DOG cards, please visit the CCEE Stampers blog!

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Love from the North Pole ♥

 Happy Monday, friends!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend ♥

How about a trip to the North Pole?!
Yes, please!

My card today is featuring North Pole from The Project Bin,
a brand new fun winter stamp set! 

What I love so much about this stamp set?
First, there's snow :)
And there's the North Pole -
 the magical place Santa Claus lives
and the wonder of Christmas through the eyes of children ♥

 Special deliveries are always wonderful ~
may today bring you joy, too!

My card is made with the North Pole stamp set 
and several others dies from various companies.
This stamp set is very easy to simply fussy cut the image,
but I used my Scan N Cut to cut out the north pole sign and mail :)
Here's a look at the stamp set:


I hope today brings out the creativity in you
and you're inspired to make some fun holiday cards, to!

That's all for me today!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


CCEE: Non Traditional Halloween!

Hi friends! 
Just a quick dash through to wish you a wonderful day :)  

The CCEE Stampers have a new challenge this wee
k and it's brought to us by Joanne!

Nontraditional Halloween cards
This week we are going to make Halloween cards with nontraditional
Halloween colors.
If you don’t celebrate Halloween, do the same for
Thanksgiving cards.

 I took her up on the offer to make a Thanksgiving card!
I don't mail out Halloween cards (very often!)
 so it's wonderful we have an option!

I made a card with the new Birdie Brown 'Fall Friends" stamps from MFT :)
I was SO blessed to win this in their recent giveaway 
and chose this as one of my treasures!
The stamped images cut out with my Scan n Cut
and the sentiment is from another MFT stamp set: Frightfully Sweet.
The reason for that is I wanted a vertical sentiment
that they could rest on with just a single line of verse :)


You can see all the DT cards at the CCEE Stampers blog here.

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Eat Pie and Give Thanks!

Happy Monday!

I have another card to share with you today
and it's super yummy ..

it's cherry pie!

I'm thinking it's always time for cherry pie! ;)

My card is geared towards Thanksgiving 
and the blessings and gratitude of the season.
The holdiays are fast upon us
 and it's always nice  to give/send a card 
to all the special people in our lives.


 My card is using the small pie from the set Eat Pie,
which I've colored and fussy cut and popped up on 3d foam.
I've created a checkered table cloth type look
and a simple die cut framed window.

Due to the sentiment being so large and bold,
I wanted to give it center stage!
To me - those 4 little words and ampersand make a big statement!

You can find this stamp set and many more 
Here is the stamp set in it's entirety:

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


Are you Nutty or Nice?

Hi friends!

It's hard to believe it's almost October!
It's so hot here in Miami ...
I think I'll skip right to winter! :)
Did you pick up any fun stamps during Simon Says Stamps
I was lucky to pick up a few treasures ~
like the darling Lawn Fawn Nutty or Nice set!

Are you nutty?  or nice?
Nutty here!  
I smiled HUGE when I saw this darling stamp set!
It reminds me of some of the nuts in my family tree ...
and probably a few friends, too! 
 Hee Hee!

Jumping right in with a monochrome colored card ~
keeping it light and fresh
with blues and whites and greys.


 I left the inside uncolored but with the fun Christmas sentiment ~
nice and simple! 

It's nice to have one card done ahead of time for the holidays ~
and I already know where this one is headed :)
I'll enter this into Simon Say Stamps Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


CYS: "Witching" you a BOO-tiful day!

Hi friends!

*Picture heavy post!  Lots to see! :)*

Today's the day that we post our cards 
for the Challenge Your Stash (CYS) group.
Our hostess this month is the group's founder, Barb!
She asked us to create a card with a fancy fold and a fall theme
 :::: insert panic face here! ::::

In the summer, I was blessed to visit the REAL MFT store 
and it was an absolute dream come true!
My Favorite Things is as wonderful to visit in real life
as it is to shop online and create cards with their stamps and dies!

I chose for my fall theme:  Halloween!
It's not my favorite holiday ~ but being mommy to 4 kids,
we absolutely enjoyed seeing our kids pick 'the costume' each year,
getting excited about going house to house for Trick 'O Treat,
and getting the chance to visit the neighbors!

They ESPECIALLY love visit the Manzanares family ~
"Mommy!  Daddy! They give out full bars!"

So the "fancy" to my fold is I made a bouncy/springer/flattening card!
How's that for a name?! :)
It's similiar to a basic tent fold - mountain and valleys ...

 Here's the top view ~
and there is a card that pulls out from the center :)

 This card, when it bounces down (or springs up?)
folds completely flat and fits neatly into an A2 size envelope!
Which is wonderful ~
since this has to get into the mail! ♥

I hope it's not too soon to consider this *stash*,
but I purchased this Halloween set in the store 
and just now am getting it out to ink it up.
If it is, I'll take the L! 

Barb is one of the kindest and sweetest ladies I know ...
and she's retired from education but I am SURE she won't get out her red pen
and give me a bad grade! 

What is your favorite fancy fold?
I'd love to see yours, too, and visit your creations!

Big hugs, bigger blessings! 


CCEE 1839: Set Back Stamping!

Hi friends!  

It's almost the weekend ~ I can almost feel it!
Today's card is a fun technique called Set Back Stamping
and it's the CCEE Stampers challenge of the week,
brought to us by our hostess, Maryann.

First, if you want to delve into this technique
and really be inspired, you can watch the ever amazing
and always talented Jennifer McGuire - her videos are super!
She's innovative and such a positive mentor to the crafting community ♥

This technique really allows you to give your card dimension 
and extra character by popping up the frame from the image,
a reverse of my usual popped up images on 3d foam on a flat background.
I actually have done this technique/similiar (not knowing it had an official name!) 
 twice in the past - you can see my popcorn posts here and here!

 For my card today, I used the MFT Stamps Adventure is Calling stamp/die set
that I was able to purchase at their last online retirement sale - woohoo!
I love the fact that I was able to use the inlay - or the cut out part where the die cut the cardstock - for my top layer.
It's always nice to upcycle AND make a pretty card!

I chose to use this stamp set for the daughter 
of a good friend of mine who is off to college!
The sentiment is also from the set and 
I just added it to a simple banner at the bottom.

You can see the Set Back Stamping cards here on the CCEE blog
you won't want to miss them :)

 Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blesings ♥


3M: It's a BREW-tiful day!

Hiya friends!

Let me espresso how much I love this picture of me 
coffee lady and sentiment - a whole latte!

This is my card for the  ~ 3M ~
(that's Barb, Jeanette and I)
and they were a perfect blend of being on time!
My card took a little bit longer to brew :)
Jeanette was the hostess for this month and sent us 
this hilarious stamped image from Inky Antics.

I colored her with my prismacolor markers
and used several dies to create the card itself.
When I saw her, it looked like she was talking
  and a speech bubble came to mind :)

The rest of the card is pretty simple overall,
just die cutting, picking the card stock and adding a bright colored paper :)

You can see what Barb and Jeanette perked up using this image
and sentiment by heading to their blogs, and
we'll be back next month with another fun card from our hostess, Barb!

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



TPB: I see real people!

Happy Monday!

I love, love, LOVE punny cards 
and cards that have a sense of humor :)
So it's no surprise that I giggled when I saw the sentiments 
in the Cool Ghoul stamp/die set from The Project Bin!

This set is perfect for making your fun Halloween cards
and fall projects ~ and there's still plenty of time to get them in the mail!

I've made a peek-a-boo card ~ 
starts on the front, finishes on the inside :)
  I had a lot of fun creating this card!

 It's an A2 size card,
with a die cut through the center for the ghouls to peek through :)
The ghosts are stamped and die cut with the matching dies from the stamp set.

Now the sentiment was a little more of a labor of love!
It's actually a horizontal sentiment stamp,
and for this card, I needed a vertical.
So, I masked the sentiment to stamp it one word at a time
and moved the orange cardstock in my Stamping Platform
 down by one word at a time, 
creating a slightly wonky look.
I added the enamel dots for a little extra design
and finished off the inside of the card and done!

Here's the card standing from an aerial view:

And YAY!
This stamp/die set will be showcased all week long!
The designers will be showing their cards using Cool Ghoul
so you'll see many different inspirations and fun uses.

Be sure to stop into the shop for this stamp/die set and more!
Here is a quick peek at the set in it's entirety:

 Thanks for stopping by today!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


CCEE: Rock a bye baby ....... ♥

Hi friends!

There's a new challenge over at the CCEE Stampers - baby cards!
 I think this might be the fastest card I've ever made, too!
I had the wrong theme written down in my calendar 
(I like to keep myself entertained apparently and switch things up a bit!)
And .... trust me ~ that card was not even close to baby friendly :)

 Without further adieu .....

Mommy ~ I love you ♥
Some of the most wonderful words to hear on the planet, I think :)
 I went with my Neat and Tangled stamp set Mommy, Daddy and Me.
I bought this to have on hand during it's release week,
and now it's coming in handy.
I think I'll be making quite a few cards with this super sweet set.

I'm on my way out for the day ~
time to zip, create, post and dash!
Compliments of Starbucks!
Lots and lots and LOTS of Starbucks.
 It's what keeps my mom cape flying!
The CCEE Stampers blog is here and you can see all the DT
inspired baby cards!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


RSG ~ International Day of Happiness!

Pumpkins in March?!
That can only mean one thing ~ 
it's Ready, Set, Go challenge time!

The RSG challenge is one that's a bit more out there ~ 
typically 'out of the box'
(more like not for the faint of heart!)
But always - ALWAYS - fun!
(on Friday, you'll see my card from last month - August - eeek!)

 Barb is our hostess this round and she gave us 
a scavenger hunt of a color combo/holiday challenge!

I love color combo challenges, so this is a version of one.  Go to the master lists of Color Challenges on SCS.  I think there are over 700 right now.  Please check out the ones that end on your birthday ... You can pick any one of those color combinations that you want.
  The twist is to also pick a holiday—famous or weird—from the month of your birthday. 
 So, Kelly picks something in March while Jeanette and I use October.
  Use your color combo to make a card that “celebrates” that holiday.  
Ready?  Set.  Go!

I found 6 or so ending with my birth day
and most of them were pastels ....
but one had colors that were rich and vibrant ~ more my style!
Then, I perused the list of obsure holidays and found ...
*March 20 is International Day of Happiness!*

As my children have grown, we have spent countless hours 
at the Pumpkin patches,
looking for the perfect ones to bring home to carve.
The memories I have of our kids toddling through the vines
looking for the 'the one' will always stay with me.
Then, after carving and roasting the yummy seeds,
we watched a VHS tape of The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!
Oh these memories brought us - especially this proud mama bear -
much happiness!

A few months ago - and I'll link that blog post soon - 
I mentioned trying to find a new system of taking photos that works for me.
I've seen a lot - inspired by more!
It's wonderful to credit an artist that inspires, and for me, Sheri is one!
For now, mine is outside - 
in the Spanish moss under my reading tree ♥

 For my card, I colored the main image from CC Designs 
with my prismacolor markers and then framed it.
There's a simple frame around the image
using a die cut and 3d foam,
and that's added to a simple card base with a small strip of dsp from Echo Park.
Enamel dots and thats it for this simple card
bringing lots of memories and happiness!
My cardstock is:  Rich Razzleberry and the greens/oranges are close to Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie :)

Barb's card can be found here,
Jeanette's card can be found here!
Jeanette already has our theme for October -
I wonder if it will be tricks or treats ;)

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


Words 2 Craft By:  Feel of fall 
CAS Colours - color scheme