CCEE1816: National Bicycle Day!

Hiya friends! 
 Did you know today is National Bicycle Day? 
 Yes, it WHEELY is!

 The new CCEE Challenge for this week is hostessed by Lois
and she challenged us to add a bicycle somewhere on our cards.
I have a couple of bicycle stamps, 
however, I went with a digital stamp instead as I really wanted 
a total card that created a scene like a story book :)

I adore Sassy Cheryl stamps and knew when I saw the theme
exactly where I'd be looking for my card image.
I chose to use Taking the Scenic Route which is this charming 
instant download stamp and 4 cute sentiments.
 It also comes pre-colored if you prefer that option.

This card is a hybrid - half markers, half pencils.
While I started out intending to color most of with markers,
I mostly used my colored pencils to give this image a softer,
 more storybook look to it, my favorite, of course :)

Remember, you don't have to be PERFECT when coloring,
you just have to PRACTICE ♥

Be sure to stop in and see what the rest of the team
has made with bicycles for National Bicycle Day.
You can find them here on the CCEE blog
as well as the linky to play along!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


RSG: Been Farmin' long?

 Good Morning, friends!

Today is the 3rd Wednesday of the month which means 
the Ready, Set, Go! Challenge is due. 
 The RSG is a challenge where Barb, Jeanette and I think WAY outside the box and take turns proposing challenges that are not for the faint of heart :-)  
For this month's challenge, Jeanette is the hostess and asked us to reflect a bit on our grandfathers.  For me, that was indeed a challenge, as I was not fortunate to know either of my grandpas.  We grew up in a military family and while we were very fortunate and very blessed to travel often and see so much of the world, that always took us far away from our extended family.  The alternative was to reflect on another ancestor who's birthday is the closest to today, April 18th, and create a card/project that in some way reflects that person, so I went with that.

I chose my dad ♥  
His birthday would have been in July, the closest relative with the next birthday.
My dad passed away in March 11 years ago at the way-too-young age of 63,
but his memory and legacy will live on for many, many more years. 
 He and I were very close and were so much alike!
  We had so many similiar traits and the same sense of humor and often finished each others sandwiches jokes! ← That's something he would have said!

Dad was a HARD worker - born and raised in rural southern California on a farm with Irish immigrant parents.  He was 3rd from the youngest of the 12 children my grandma birthed, but tragically lost 3 young siblings when they were very young. He often told us growing up with 8 other siblings (9 including himself) was HARD ... food was sometimes scarce, work was long, hard and in the scorching sun, and it was a difficult to stay in school when the farms needed tending.  His job, among many, was the chicken coop!  He said it often gave him great joy to tend to the chickens and devise ways to keep the foxes and coyotes out.  He has ONE photograph of him as a child, maybe 4 or 5? - as a little toehead, wearing his jean overalls and squinting into the sun trying to see the camera.  It's a tattered old black and white photograph and on that rare occasion that we pulled it out to look at it, he and I would crack up and say that one famous line "Been farmin' long?!"  He did two things that brought pride to his family:

1.  He graduated high school, and a year early!  That was not an easy feat back in the day.  Dropping out was not only acceptable, but often necessary.
2.  He joined the Air Force at 17 and served our country proudly,
 retiring at 26 years.  I am so grateful for our veterans,
 but my favorites are my brother and my dad :)

I miss my dad .. so so  SO much.  Every day.  He left us too soon, and I know my greatest joy will be when I see him again on the other side.  

So here is my card, in honor of my dad :-)


 I dug through my stash of stamps to find the one that best represented him, 
his chickens, farm and the bibs :) 
 I colored my CC Designs Sweet Chicky.  I tried something new with this coloring as well ~ no coloring and just highlighting for the skin tone.  My skin copics ran dry and I couldn't find replacements so I remembered a trick I saw on a tutorial where you just lightly brush against the white cardstock background to give it a highlight. I'm NOT liking it one bit, but it is a learning curve.
But I am DIGGIN' this farm paper that has been in my stash called Heartland Farm from American Crafts ~ it was a perfect match!
You can see what Barb and Jeanette have created with this month's 
RSG! Challenge. 
I have a few missing from the first year of challenges but 
they are already in the works or done! ♥
Stay tuned!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


TPB: Happy Father's Day ♥

Happy Monday, friends!

Wow, where did the weekend go?!  I blinked and missed it! 
 We were that busy - enjoying the gorgeous sunshine and tropical glory
 of living in Miami, Florida :)

Speaking of gorgeous, today is the day I post on the blog at
 Denise has been busy behind the scenes creating wonderful new stamps sets,
two of which were just debuted and they are indeed gorgeous!
One is a summer/4th of July inspired stamp set 
and the other is a unique and fabulous classic car set ~
both are incredible and available in the shop!

For my card today, I'm actually combining two different stamp sets 
that shows you how you can mix and match to tailor them to a specific purpose.
I'm using:
1.  Deer Mom ~ a deer and Mother's Day themed sentiments
2. Classic Man ~ a vintage car and masculine sentiments!

First, my card was inspired by this stunning one in the gallery at SCS.
I try to play along with the Featured Stamper as often as I can
since it was a great honor and humbling experience for me when I was chosen ♥
Her card stood out for a couple of reasons ...
the bold, rich patterned paper which I had just seen in my stash.
Oh my goodness, I tore up my RÅSKOG looking for it 
because it was a single sheet not with the rest of the paper pad.
 It was spot on perfect and I knew I had it .. somewhere ..
and finally, near the end of the final row :)

Back to her card ... I was drawn to the deer as a focal point 
and I knew that Deer Mom would be a great choice to CASE her card.

You can find these stamp sets and more in the shop over at The Project Bin.
Remember, if you click the photo of the stamp set, 
it takes you to the gallery to see insprational cards and ideas 
on way to use the stamp/die sets.

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


DDD ~ April Showers!

Hi friends!

It's the 15th of the month and that means the Dueling Darling Divas (DDD)
 and Dazzlers have our friendly "duel!"
Our hostesses this month are Barb for the Divas
and Tracie for the Dazzlers and they came up with a theme of: April Showers!

Barb sent us on Team Divas an adorable kit with her signature stamp choice,
Whipper Snapper, called "Umbrella and Slicker" 
along with gorgeous paper and embellishments.  
I tried to use at least one of everything in the kit,
sans the twine and clear gems, I did! :)

Here is my card, based on the kit:

I looked all through my files to find a picture of the inside of my card,
but it looks like I didn't take one *gasp!*

But I did one to share on thing about the planning of my card.
One thing I learned is using the 'white space' around your image.
For instance, I was immediately drawn to a circular shape when
I saw this image, probably because of the half moon shape of the umbrella.
That shape, however, really didn't blend with the card design.
Once everything was colored and in place,
I added some wink of Stella for shimmer (rain!) and buttons ♥

Sometimes it's good to look at the image and chose a 'spacial' balance.
In other words, how MUCH white (or empty) space you want.
My original plan to was to have a smaller image for the card base
(so as to not cover up so much of the pretty paper!)
but it looked too constricted ↓
It cuts right up on the lines of the image,
so I went with a larger die for a bigger empty space.

And that's it for this round - Happy April Showers!
Be sure to check out the rest of the Divas and the Dazzler's dueling cards ...
you can find them in my sidebar :)'

Thank you, 
Tracie and Barb,
for your wonderful hostessing and the super fun card kits!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Crazy for Coffee! ♥

Oh yes!  It's true!
 Coffee and I ...... we go hand in hand!

Especially when it comes to Starbucks.
My cup runneth over ♥

 I think I whisper these words to my macchiato every time 
I stop into Starbucks and the barista hands it to me - LOL!  

This week for the Crazy 4 Challenges,
the theme is coffee in the forms of colors, stamps or dies.
Naturally anything with a coffee theme makes me happy!
 I'm a guest designer for the month of April
and this is what I came up with to play along with the theme.

 I used two stamp sets from Honey Bee StampsCoffee Break and
Oh, Snap! (pssst - this one is retiring!)

You may remember this card that I made with Coffee Break ~
I absolutely LOVE it ♥ 

After stamping out the sentiment and getting a card together,
I stamped out the coffee cup from that set.
Remember, if you don't have dies to match your stamp sets, just fussy cut!
I stamped it again on designer paper and cut just the portion to go around
the cup to create a 'sleeve'.
It's popped up on 3d foam for dimension
and pretty simple!
I'm really happy with how this card turned out with it's cheerful colors 
and, of course, coffee theme!

Here's a peek at the inside, with a small flap to tuck in a gift card :)

 Be sure to stop in the Crazy4Challenges to see more coffee themed
inspired cards!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

I'll enter this to:  Crafty Gals Corner/Buttons



It's FIESTA time!! ♥

Hola, amigos!  

I have been dashing about since yesterday
and came home to a wonderful package on my front porch today ~
The minute I spied the sneaks coming out on social media sites, 
I knew I had to have this one!
 My husband was born and raised in Spain 
and we LOVE Flamenco music and dancers ♥

Although this kit has a bit of Cinco de Mayo feel to it,
I thought it was an absolutely delightful nod to the hispanic culture.
Not to mention how I love these darling chihauhaus!
They were an add-on to the kit but
 I. had. to. have. them! ♥

I'm a day late for the CCEE Stampers challenge
"National Pet Day"
but there's no way .... NOOOOOO WAY!!! ...
I could tell my Buddy - and Buster - and Finny the cat
 isn't National Pet Day ...
tee hee!

I did some masking and stamping to create a little 
fiesta scene - complete with hot sauce and bones,
pups with a sombrero and guitar.
I can almost here the salsa playing!

This is my 2nd Hero Arts Kit ♥
My sweet daughter, Victoria, gave me the coveted winter one for Christmas
and I will love it for forever :)
This month's one is still sealed (the add on arrived seperately)
and I plan to have an un-boxing video soon!

Stay tuned!


Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

I'll enter this into:  4CraftyChicks - Raining cats and dogs
.Inspire.Create. - Masculine cards
Fairy Tale Challenge - Raining Cats and Dogs
Fab n Funky Challenge - Cute Critters


Guest Designing ~ I'm absolutely ......... CRAZY!

**Today is the last day to enter my birthday giveaway!**
You can find the details here

Hi crafty friends!

I'm delighted to have been invited by the talented Maryann
 to be the guest designer for Crazy 4 Challenges for the month of April!
I DO love challenges ~ they really give you a great springboard
for coming up with card ideas, 
including ones you might not have thought of before :)

The first challenge:  Use your dies as a stencil!
I jumped right in with one of my favorite Altenew stamps ~
I started by using the lion die and my Tim Holtz inks and 
did a random stamping around the panel.  

 Next, I stamped out another lion and ran it through the Cuttlebug
as well as the sentiment from the set.

If you decide to play along with us, all you have to do is create a card/project 
and upload it to your blog and/or to your SCS Gallery using the keyword C4C429. 
Thanks for stopping by today!


CCEE ~ National Tartan Day!

Hiya friends!

I hope you have your kilts on - today is National Tartan Day!
Lois, hostess of this month's round of unique and interesting challenges over at 
CCEE Stampers has sure come up with some good ones.

Like today!

Being of sound mind and body Irish/Scottish roots,
 I absolutely love the idea of making a card with any type of plaid in mind!
Her challenge was to use plaid somewhere on your card to 
celebrate Tartan Day.

My card is using a new to me stamp company that's quickly popping up over
 the internet!  They are BEYOND adorable!  I'm absolutely smitten ♥
 Perhaps you have heard of Hello Bluebird stamps :)
I was intriqued so I ordered a set and WOW!  
So. Very. CUTE!

Here's my card using plaid from Doodlebug,
a die from MFT and the rest is from the adorable springtime set 
 is from Hello Bluebird.
And some enamel dots to complete the look! :)

 Be sure to check out the other CCEE Stampers and their pretty tartan cards!
You can find them here on the CCEE Stampers blog.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


World Autism Awareness Day!

Hello, sweet friends!
I hope you had a blessed Easter celebration
(if you celebrate ♥) 

April 2nd is commonly known as World Autism Awareness Day
a day that brings awareness to the spectrums of Autism.
 This day is special to me because my niece has Asperger's syndrome (ASD)
and we, as a family, collectively learned the best was to make sure her life
 is an enriched and beautiful as she is to us!

Naturally, I was SO excited when Denise,
  creative mind and owner of The Project Bin,
created a set of stamps called "Spencer's Set".

 For my card today, I'm sharing with you TWO cards ~
one action wobble to match the accompanying "why fit it!" sentiment
and another more contemporary, elegant card.

First up - let's wobble!!

I created a simple framed A2 size card and popped it up on 3d foam.
And for the heart, I stamped it directly onto designer paper
and cut it out with the die from In My Heart ~ it's a perfect match for 
the heart in Spencer's Set! 
I added an action wobble behind the heart, which I purchased here
(but if you do an internet search, there are many options!
If the video attachs, you can see that it bounces and spins ...
definitely stands out like the sentiment says!

Next, I created a card that's a little more contemporary for
my favorite teacher .... my daughter!
Our oldest daughter is a special education teacher 
and an absolute natural at her job.
She's my hero!

 I chose patterned paper that had numbers on it ~
and like the card above, I used In My Heart die and Spencer's Set.

Here's a peek at both stamp sets:

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