RSG: One of these things!!

One of these things ...
is not like the other!

Growing up, that was a common saying in my house!
My mum used to say that to my brother and I.
He's just a little over a year older than me 
and we could not have been more opposite!
She's laugh and say "One of these is NOT like the other!" 

Hello there friends! 

I'm in a little card group with 2 friends called Ready, Set, Go
where, once a month, we create a card that's a little more challenging.
It's a group I made up one night when I probably should have been sleeping!
Since I'm the hostess this month,
the challenge is "Opposites attrach ~ switch it up
 and add 2 things that don't necessarily belong on a card."

For my card, I'm combining one of my FAV-O-RITE things - critters! ♥
I've used, of course, another favorite - My Favorite Things stamps.
I can't resist anything Birdie Brown :)

The direction I was going in my card went WAY off course,
so this card is completely as planned an improvisation!
I have a winter scene of the Alaskan arctic with snowy mountains
and cute polar bears with the aurora borealis
and ....... omgostrich, it's an ostrish!
In the arctic?

 My background panel is one that mimics the aurora borealis  ♥
The polar bear cuties are ones I colored during The Daily Marker
and I hope to add all the images colored to cards eventually!
At least I'm one card down now ~ woot!
 The stamps sets I've used are My Favorite Things
Polar Bear Pals and Oh My Gostrich

You can see Barb's card here
and Jeanette's card here.

 Here's another funny photo I found with this theme ...
I thought this photo of 'one of these things is not like the other' was so funny!
I actually had to look twice before I saw it!

Thanks for stopping by today!
School started this week and wore me out
and tonight is a feet up, jammies on kind of night.
Monday will be here again in a blink ;)
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


TPB: I'm here to decorate!

Hi friends!

School has officially started here!  

My son, and our youngest child, is officially a high schooler!
He had an amazing first day!
He found a lot of friends and has them in his classes.

Not the best start to the new school year!
I just got my Expedition back from the mechanic this weekend,
and not even 24 hours later,
this was me.
 Broken down, tow truck called.

My daughter said ...
 "Yes, but look at that blue sky!
That grass so green!"
Yes - there's that! :)

Back to my card!
I'm using an older set from The Project Bin today
because fall is right around the corner!
Time to start thinking about the autumn cards, fall and Halloween!

This adorable set is one of my oldest and favorites: Creepy Halloween!
This sentiment and spider crack me up.

 To create this card,
I used white card stock and a scalloped die.
You all know by know these are my absolute favorite dies ~
My Favorite Things!

I stamped the spider and the sentiment on the top and die cut it to fit.  
I used Brutus Monroe Raven ink ~ it stamps so crisp and clear!
The die I used the scalloped basic edge 
and some really fun paper from Pink and Main.
I saw the orange stripes and it reminded me of fall!

 Here is the set in it's entirety:

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Love you this much! ♥

Hi friends and happy weekend!

I love Unity stamps!
Unity stamp company is one of the stamps I found
 when I first started stamping -
and they just make me smile ♥

For today, I made a quick card that I slipped into my daughter's luggage.
She's on her way from Miami to Montreal (Canada!) 
 Her job sends flies her all around the world
and she's very blessed to LOVE what she does ~
and she's only 22!

I keep telling her I'm SURE she needs a chaperone - hee hee! 

For today's card,
I've used the adorable Otter from Otter love this much
and colored it with promarkers.
I used my MFT stitched mod Dienamics and ran that through my Gemini Jr.
I stamped out my Altenew half-tone circles and stamped it in varied inks
from Ranger Ink Distress inks.
The sentiment is from the same Otter stamp set and how I feel about her!

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


DDD: You're the bees knees!

 Hello friends!

You're the bees knees!

Today is the day the Dueling Darlings card group post our cards
with a chosen theme by the hostesses:
which is Jeanette and I.
We chose a theme of Humorous!

 I had to ad-lib a little on the humor part
and this is more PUN-NY than FUNNY :)

The DDD Card group is 2 teams:  The Divas and The Dazzlers.
We chose the theme and I created card kits for the Divas 
and Jeanette created kits for the Dazzlers.
And on the 15th, we reveal our card kits and see what each of us has made!

 For my card today, I used Newton's Nook Winston's Honeybees.
i chose this one as it had several different punny sentiments
and would make a cute card!
I paired it with papers from Pebbles 'Family Ties'
and just dies/a frame to create the backdrop for Winston.

And that's it for this month's round of the Dueling Darlings!
You can see the other team mates cards by
stopping in to the thread at Splitcoaststampers under Dueling Darlings :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

CCEE ~ Vacation Destination!

Hi friends!

Summer is winding down and in a few more days,
school starts up!
My son is very excited to start high school (gulp!)
and while I'm normally not excited that summer is over,
 I'm loving, and living, the excitement through his eyes!

So how fun that the new theme at the CCEE Stampers this week is ...
vacation destination!
Anne is our hostess this month and asked to also add a 3D element.

  I'm heading to Paris ....
want to come along?!

My card is using the My Favorite Things stamp In Paris (ret'd)
and Oh La La, I'd love to be here again!
I've been blessed to see France (and Paris) twice
and loved seeing the Eiffel Tower at night so that's what I went with!

You may have noticed I have a slight obsession going on 
with my distress oxides and making backgrounds!
From making galaxies to underwater, I just can't. stop. using. them!
The frame was creating using the MFT gift box die for the 'window'
and the girl is from another set "Adventure is Calling."
I colored her with a combo of copic markers and prismacolor markers.
 For the last piece, I heat embossed Bonjour with versamark and WOW white embossing powder and a heat gun. 
 The 3D element is the popped up traveler!

 You can see where the rest of the DT has headed off to vacation!
The blog shows all their wonderful cards
as well as a link up (very bottom of the post) for you to link your cards.

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

I'll enter this to: Rainbow Card Challenge ~ Purple!


You're the *turtle* package! :)

 Hi friends!

Thank you so much for the kind words and prayers ~
that means so much to me ♥
I did get some much needed answers from my doctor
and it looks like the journey ahead will be a bit of a bumpy road
with a few twists and unexpected turns.

I know that I'm in the best of hands 
so I'll baby step my way forward :) 

Today I'm sharing a card over on the blog at The Project Bin.
 I love punny cards!
I think stamps with a play-on-words are just hilarious :)
I really wanted to use the turtle from this stamp set
because during it's a wonderful reminder set your own pace.

My card is using the adorable Love Your Shelfie stamp and matching die 
The die is brand new to the shop
 and is a perfect match to the turtle from Love your Shelfie.
Here,  I'm showing a way to another way to use it 
 with a simple paper piecing.
The sentiment is also from the stamp set and just so cute :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Introducing - a Hot Mess!

Hi friends!

Today I'm making a mess!
As in a Hot Mess :)

My friends Barb, Jeanette and Terry had a crazy idea.
They said 'Let's create a card group! And make messes!
 And call it a Hot Mess ~ Success!

getting messy?
oh yes ... what time?!! :)

For this first card, I went with something messy yet familiar :)
And that was it for the background ~
easy peasy and yes, messy!
 The idea is to create a card using any of the 'messier' techniques to cardmaking ... water colors, paints, inks, shaving cream, etc.
Once a month, we'll create a card that requires us to make a mess 
- and be successful!

 Back to my card base ......... I let the alcohol inks basically do their magic!
I made several background pieces and
after the colors blended together, I noticed that one piece 
looked like an underwater scene with a cave.
Not really sure where I got that from ~
we did recently watch The Goonies! :)

So underwater cave it is!
I went through my huge container of colored images from The Daily Marker
and remembered the Lawn Fawn sublime stamps and die cuts.
They were already colored and ready to go ~
all I did was move them around on the paper until I was happy with their placement and pop them up on foam for dimension.

I've lived in Florida for most of my adult life and this scene,
although just ink and paper, stands out from a trip to Peacock Springs
where adventure trails, camping and cave diving are the highlights!

Barb, Terry and Jeanette have also made messy cards today
and if you want to see their cards, each name is their blog.
We plan to make cards once a month, every 2nd Monday,
and I'm sure it will be quite a mess success! 

Before you go, if you made it this far - thank you!
I have some pretty important tests today with a specialist.
I pray I'm able to find answers to my painful journey of the past few months.
I haven't been able to walk right and hobble around on a cane most days :(
If you could think some good thoughts or say a prayer, I'd be so grateful ♥

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


Happy News!

Hi friends!

I'm so excited to have see this! ♥
in their Fawny Friday feature :)

It was one of my favorite cards
and such a delight to see it among the other amazing, talented cardmakers!

                        ↑  This is me!

I do love critters so so much ~
they are my favorite types of cards to create
and the most types of stamps that I have are cute animals!

What are your favorite types of cards to make?

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


3M: Garden Nancy :)

Hi friends! 

I have a simple and colorful card for today
featuring this cute little gardener, Nancy! 

School starts in 2 weeks here ~
 how I WISH I was happily toiling in the garden,
 not a care in the world like Nancy :)

Except I don't garden, ROFL! 
Both mom and dad had an amazing green thumb,
 sadly one I did not inherit ;)

But I do have a gardening card to share!
 My card today is for the 3M (Three Musketeers) which is Barb, Jeanette and I.
You can see Barb's card here and Jeanette's card here
and the basic idea is we all have take the same stamp and create a card.
 This month's image is CC Designs' Nancy Gardens.
 My card is pretty easy with the plaid base and simple design,
and she is colored/cut and popped up on foam with a base of kraft.


Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


CCEE: Embossing ~ wet or dry!

Hi friends!

I'm so excited it's Thursday - one day closer to the weekend!
It's been a whirlwind of a week for us 
and I'm hoping for some quiet stamping time ♥

I did get a card done quickly today for the CCEE Stampers.
The theme this week is:
Embossing ~ wet or dry!

For my card, I decided to go with wet embossing
and ink up one of my larger flower stamps from W Plus 9.
It's called the Christmas Rose and
 look.  at.  these.  samples! 



My simple card is using WOW embossing powder in white
and Ranger distress inks.
After stamping the flower with Versamark and heat embossing it,
I blended 3 colors of Ranger Inks and added iridescent sequins.
The panel was cut with my MFT die-namic and adhered to black cardstock.
For the final piece, the sentiment is from an Altenew flower set
by the same name as the words:  You Are My Inspiration.
It was fitting for the person that I'll be sending this card to ♥
And that's it from me!
You can see what the design team created this week
by heading over to the CCEE blog here.
If you'd like to play along and link up your cards,
follow at the bottom of the post where the LINKY sign up is!
We'd love to see what you make!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Crafters of Faith: Skyline!

Hi friends!

Sending you SMILES
  across the MILES! :)

Today's card is for the Crafters of Faith card group,
a faith based group on Splitcoaststampers.
Our hostess this month is Jen
and she's given us this lovely scripture and theme:

Scripture: I've chosen part of the scripture that I read at my Gram's funeral this April.  
 It will always have special meaning to me. 
  Revelation 21:2-3 "I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem,,
 coming down out of heaven from God..."
Challenge: is to use a cityscape or some other landscape on your card.

My card was made Paper Smooches Sweet Escape.
I love this stamp set!
I stamped the cityscape on cardstock, die cut and then colored it
with prismacolor markers in cool tones.
I repeated the same with the clouds and the bird ~
and stamped the sentiment directly onto the card base.
Using Scrapbook Adhesives foam and ez runner,
I glued the base and popped up the city/bird/clouds!

The colors are based on our recent vacation ~
we saw a lot of blues and greens in the skies and ocean!

This card will be for the Paper Smooches WORDS challenge ~
and the skyline reminds me of sending her to college with the big city background!

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


TPB: New Release ~ Merriest Christmas!

 Hi friends!

Today's forecast:  SNOW!
And an adorable snowman with love from me to you!

It's new stamp release at The Project Bin stamps
and today I am showcasing Merriest Christmas.

This darling stamp set has world's of possibilities ~
and has the cutest sentiments to match.
It has 10 stamps and 2 matching steel dies for the snowman and tree!

For my card today, I used a background that I'd previously made.
As I looked at it, I realized it could be for an underwater scene
or a nighttime sky with falling snow outside a window.
I colored the snowman with prismacolor markers
and heat embossed the sentiment with WOW embossing powder.
All cardstock is from Recollections #110 white.

 Thanks for stopping by today!
You can see more stamps from The Project Bin in the shop,
and each weekeday there are inspiring cards and samples on the blog.

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


One Plus Twelve: Foxy's August Adventures!

Hi friends!

Today's card is one I made with a little bit of alcohol :)
 As in ... 
alcohol inks!

This technique is one of my VERY favorites to do ~
Ranger alcohol inks and yupo paper!
You never quite know what going to create
and each time is a unique color and new surprise!

This is my card for the One Plus Twelve ~
a card idea I had to use ONE stamp 
- just one stamp -
 and create a card once a month to stretch the use of the stamp
and find creative ways to use it :)
The stamp I'm using all year is Warm Wishes from Honey Bee Stamps
I asked Barb and Jeanette to play along and you can see their cards, too.

For this card, the background medium I've used Ranger alcohol inks
 in Valencia, Citrus and Patima
and added them directly to the yupo paper.
As it was moving around, I used alcohol blending solution
to give it the bubble splatter shape.
Once it was dry, I used my MFT stitched wonky die-namics.
I use them often on many of my cards because I really love them ♥

Foxy, as I've lovingly called him this year, is colored with prismacolor markers
and I paper-pieced his shirt with a sheet of Lawn Fawn dsp.

I left the inside of this one blank as I'm not sure what I'll do with it yet :)
I do know that I have a lot of fun backgrounds still to use,
so I'll think of fun cards to make.
I have to get my thinking cap on for the catch up cards I have to make, too!

 If you would like to see my previous cards, they are:
here  and here!

 Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

Card entered into:  Less is more/color challenge
Cut it up/critter