The Daily Marker Day #1 ~ There is a rainbow!

Hello friends!
It's time, it's time!

This is one of my very favorite times in the crafting community ...
The Daily Marker 30 day coloring challenge!

I've participated for the past few years
 and it always brings me great joy to color a little
 - sometimes a lot! -
 each day ♥

For the first week of the challenge,
I've decided to have a themed stamp week!

My sweet son left this morning for Boy Scout camp
and before he left, I asked him to draw each week's letter out of a jar :)
 Today was 'L' so I'm choosing different Lawn Fawn stamps this week.

This is my card that I quickly colored after he left at 4:30 am :(
He'll be gone for nearly 3 weeks ....
While I miss him so very much,
it's long awaited crafty time for me!

Here's my card using 3 different Lawn Fawn stamp sets:

to complete this card.
I've colored the images using promarkers
and the dies are from MFT Stamps and Pink and Main.

It was an honor to be chosen as an ambassador last round
and most likely one of the highlights of my stamping journey ♥
The idea behind The 30 Day is to color/paint/draw something
 - anything - 
for 10 minutes each day to spark creativity,
melt away the stress, try something new ~ whatever works best for you!
You do not need to make full cards
(I doubt I will be! LOL!)
You can color stamped images and have them on hand
for when you need to create a card ...

Just color!

Thanks for *hopping* by today! :)
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

DDD: Happy Hallow-June!

 Hello friends!
 Happy Hallow-June to you!

  It's June ...
 It's summer ...
It's HOT!

But, it's time for a new theme for the (DDD) Dueling Darlings.
Tami and Terry L chose:  Halloween in June.

How fang-tastic!

Here is my no-fuss, no-frills card :/

 The DDD = two opposing teams
that chooses ONE theme, 
and TWO different kits are mailed to either the Divas or Dazzlers
by the two hostesses.
I'm a Diva which means my kit came from Tami!

  I fussy cut the vampire from Red Rubber Stamps 
and added it to the card base of just one sheet of the designer paper,
and the rest is pretty simple and meh!
Better luck NECKS time :)

There are many of us dueling with the Halloween in June theme
and you can find their cards at the Splitcoaststampers thread here!

Fangs for stopping by today!
Big hugs, bigger blessings!


CCEE: Sewing Machine Day!

 Hi friends!

You are SEW awesome!

Lois is the hostess for the CCEE Stampers for the month of June
and tells us that today is National Sewing Machine Day!

  She asked the team to make a card with some stitching on it --
 either actual stitching, faux stitching or stitch-edged dies.
I've not yet ventured into real sewing on my cards!

It's funny ~ my mum spent YEARS as a seamstress
and has created beautiful gowns for many ladies.
She said she learned to sew as a small child,
and as a teen in a small shop on the outskirts of London.
Foom wedding dresses to bridesmaids, proms, quilts and dolls for charities.
She handmade all of my dresses and rompers when I was growing up
and just is so VERY talented!


I can't even sew in a straight line with a handle needle and thread!
So, I took the route of using a die with stitching 
and a sewing theme, LOL!

I ran to Hobby Lobby this week 
and was lucky to find a small sewing machine stamp set for $1.60!
I've used just the sewing machine from the Stampabilities set on this card today,
and the Sew Raggedy doll and button jar stamps from Craftin Desert Divas.
The stitched die is from My Favorite Things 
and I waited a long time to add this to my collection!
It's one of MY favorite things :)
  I set aside my normal prismamarkers and colored with promarkers
and really love the soft look they have.

You can see what the DT created this week ~
it'll have you in stitches! ♥
You can find them on the CCEE blog ← here
as well as link up your card, too, if you'd like to play along!

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

I'll enter this into:  Passion for Promarkers:  Use Pink (the hearts!)


CCEE: Graduation ... circa 1959!

Hi friends!

I'm late for the graduation party
from the CCEE Stampers!
 Lois is our hostess for the June challenges
and is reflecting on the 60th anniversary of her graduation from high school -- circa June 9, 1959!
  The challenge is to make a card depicting their favorite subject in school.
This was an easy one for me ~
Art Class!

Every time I got the chance, I would draw and doodle and paint ~
just like most of you, I'm sure!
Now here we are - still coloring and painting and making cards!

My card is using the Complimentary Colors kids from Neat and Tangled.
I thought it was a perfect match for the theme!
I created the gorgeous backdrop by blending distress oxide inks
and adding to the card base.

I can't take credit for the original design of this card :)
This week, the Featured Stamper on Splitcoaststampers is Wanda Cullen!
Her gallery is one I could just wander through and more than once!
You can see her card here.
I've kept the original design and changed the colors and the stamped images.

You can see the design team cards here on the CCEE blog
as well as link up to add your card, too!

Thanks for visiting today!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

TPB: Summer = flip flops!

 Hi friends!
Happy Fun-day Monday!

Do you know what's better than a pair of flip-flops?

When I was just a child, my brother and I would watch
the tv show, Gilligan's Island.
Oh, how I loved it!
Every week, we'd tune in for "The 3 hour tour" jingle!

 Gilligan and his motley crew of friends always made
being stranded on a deserted island seem like an adventure.
From drinks in coconuts, sleeping in hammocks,
lazy days on the sand.
Sounds like a dream vacation!
While they were actually trying to discover how to get OFF the island
and engineer ways to do it,
we always thought it was a great idea.

Today, my card is channeling life in flip-flops.
I've used one of the original stamp sets
This one is still a favorite of mine, perfect for kicking off summer 
(LOL ~ no pun intended!)

 And I'm pretty sure I don't really have them in every color ...
just pretty close :)

Here's the stamp set I've used 


  If it's not summer where you are, I hope it will be soon :)
Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


3M: Whooooo is awesome?

Youuuuu are awesome!

Hiya friends!
 Are you a night owl?!

I am :)

It's when I do my best creating!
(though sometimes when that alarms clock goes off - ouch!)

Today's the day that the 3M posts our cards 
with an image sent to us by the hostess for the month.
Barb sent us the image for us to use 
and chose these crazy party owls!

For my card, I had a vision of owls snuggled into their woodland tree
during the night.
I used Lawn Fawn's Knock on Wood designer paper as my card base
and created a cut out for the night sky backdrop to peek through. 
The sky was created using Mermaid Lagoon and Salty Ocean distress inks
and blended together.
In hindsight, I should have used darker colors 
but WHOOOO knew! :)

I've added the matching sentiment "wanna party?" to the inside
of the card ~ can't show that yet! 
You can see Barb's card here and Jeanette's card here
that they've created with this same image.
                                                           This is me!

 Fun Facts!

Did you know ....
There are almost 200 different species of owls,
a group of owls is called a parliament,
and they can rotate their heads nearly 270 degrees!

That's pretty OWL-some!

Thank you for stopping by today!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


COF: Butterfly Kisses :)

Hi friends!

Fluttering by with a hi!
I couldn't be more excited that it is officially summer!
It's so wonderful to have carefree summer days,
not driving back and forth (and back and forth!) to school
and having a schedule that's much. more. relaxed!

My card is for the Crafters of Faith card group
and it's the first card I've made in almost 2 weeks :/
We have a wonderful theme from our hostess, Michelle: 

 Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Challenge: Keeping it simple with "feature butterflies on your project". I know how the summer months can be!
 And butterflies have always been a favorite of mine.

 I used Butterfly Kisses from Lawn Fawn to include butterflies on my card,
with tumbled glass distress oxide ink.
I also used my much loved and used hills die from Pink and Main 
 (these dies are PINK!)
 to complete the sweet and scenic look. 

This set is just SO SO cute ~ I can see a lot of cards ahead with it!

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


TPB: Farmer's Market!

Hi friends!

There's only 4 more days of school left 
and then it's SUMMER!
I've had about 10 hours of sleep this entire 72 hour weekend
with end-of-the-year school events
and I definitely ready for a nap :)

I have a couple of cards to share with you today
showcasing the new stamp set at The Project Bin store
called Birthday Girl.

This. set. is. dreamy!

Today I'm taking a little walk through the farmers market!
The fresh fruits and vegetables, the aroma of fresh flowers,
the booths and fresh baked goodies, like eggs and pecan rolls.
 I picked up a 'Hot Buy' at Michaels - 
the $5 Recollections  12 x 12 paper pad awhile ago called Farmers Market 
and that's the papers you are seeing on these cards today.

This one is so cute:   happy HALF-birthday!
Such a unique and creative way to celebrate birthdays 
(twice in one year!)

 Next up, a birthday card with gorgeous sunflowers ~
a pretty flower to match a pretty freind/loved one ♥
I ADORE sunflowers ~
and have a few growing wild in our backyard,
growing with love from seeds, birds, faith and Mother Nature :)

 A closer look

So beautiful, so feminine, so fun!
 Here's the stamp set as you will receive it
clear stamps, birthday stamps, girlfriend stamps, card making, flourishes, half birthday, birthday girl

Thanks for stopping by today!
You can see this stamp set and more in the shop
and sweet inspiraitonal cards on the blog.
I'm off in search of that nap :)

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


CCEE: BBQ Grillin' time!

Hi friends!

I'm still grillin' and the bbq'ing continues!
Although I'm vegetarian,
 there's been a lot of hamburger on my blog this week :D
The new challenge this week at the CCEE Stampers 
our last challenge for May from our hostess, Frances.

Sadly, we have had a sad loss this week with our CCEE DT friend, Joanne.
She passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning
and was much loved by the stamping community.
I am certain her family would love a prayer of support 
as she will be dearly missed by many. 

Frances has chosen a fun theme this week!

May is apparently Barbecue Month and the 28th May is Hamburger Day….
 Let's think BBQ's and/or Hamburgers when creating our cards this week.

For today's fun card, I used Art Impressions Grill Father.
This was gifted to me quite some time ago from a dear friend
and it's sat in a little folder - until now!
It was fun to color it up and create a fun card for my daughter's Father-in-Law.

Don't tell him ......
but it looks just like him!
Right down to the socks and light blue guayabera :) 
He is truly one of the kindest and beautiful souls I've encountered.

When I met him for the first time,
it was actually in an emergency situation
and we met in the middle of the road in front of their home.
My driver's window rolled down, his driver's window rolled down,
we waved and introduced ourselves and he said to me ...

because the words still ring in my ears ...

"See behind you?"

I looked and nodded.

"That's your house."

I nodded again, a little surprised.

"Mi casa es siempre tu casa!"
(my house is your house, always!)

 Ah! Makes me teary eyed just remembering!
It's an unusual way to meet someone for the first time,
but it always reminds me of how unique people can be/meet :)

I returned the favor the first time they came to our home for dinner ~
opening our door to his/wife's huge hugs and welcoming smiles.
I simply said ..

"Welcome home!"

Back to my card!

I've created a clean and simple card ~
colored with my prismacolor markers and set onto a solid base of designer paper.
I won't be giving this card to the FIL directly,
I'll let my daughter give it to him - from her! :) 

If you head over to the CCEE Stampers challenge blog,
you can link up your hamburger/grilling cards, too!
You'll also see the amazing cards from the DT - they are delightful!

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

I'll enter my card into:  Cute Card Thursday - masculine!


CYS: Happy National Hamburger Day!

 Hi friends!

Today is National Hamburger Day!
The wonderful thing about summer is ...... grilling outdoors!
We're pretty lucky that we get to grill year round here in South Florida ~
which is good since I LOVE fruits and vegetables on the grill!!
My husband and son-in-law know the way to my heart
is with Starbucks
is with fresh vegetables like squash, eggplant, zucchini and asparagus 
grilled 'til it's pipping hot!

I won't actually partake in hamburger day literally,
I'm happy to get a card created for the CYS card challenge group!
The theme, from our hostess Jeanette, is
 include a hamburger or some other food on your card.

Oh boy!
I had to search and search through my stash for anything hamburger
related and even missed it on my first run through. 
Alas, I remembered my Newton's Nook 'Winston's BBQ' stamp set 
from my guest designer spot and it has ......

a hamburger!

Even better ........
my son-in-laws Father's Day card is now complete!
I'm pretty sure he doesn't read my blog, tee hee!
but just in case, I won't spoil the inside of my card - yet :)

This theme must be popular ~
you'll see it twice this week on my blog for card challenges.
Stay tuned later this week for more hamburger/grilling fun! 

 Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥ 


TPB: Happy Memorial Day!

Hello friends!
It's the Memorial Day holiday here in the USA,
a day here in the USA in which we remember those that gave 
the ultimate sacrifice in the military service.
It was an honor growing up in an Air Force family
 and this day is one of the few that is very humbling.

Later today, my son and some of his Boy Scout troop mates
will be placing flags on the graves of fallen soliders at a local cemetary.
They'll be flanked by members of the US Marines
who stand as wonderful role models of leadership and duty!

Today I'm up on The Project Bin blog
and I'm showcasing a card using one of my FAVORITE stamp sets from TPB ~

This set is traditionally one we've used for the 4th of July/
USA's Independence Day,
but today, I'm showing another way to use this set :)

I've paired with the My Favorite Things Peek-a-boo striped die 
(you've probably seen this one my blog many times!)
and I've used alternating blue and red card stock to push through the slots.
The stamp I used from the set is
 America the beautiful ~ masked off to use just the top portion.

Here's a another look:

Wishing you a day of reflection and remembrance :) 

I hope if it's a holiday for you, 
that you're able to do something wonderful!

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


CCEE1921: Use a die!

 Hi friends!  

Thankfully, school is almost out and I could not be more grateful for summer :)
As soon as I rise, it's go-go-go with last semester drama shows,
scout events, church and volunteer work ...
and a wee little grand-daughter that loves her "Oma" so very much
that captives so much of my attention each day! ♥
Most nights, I stiffle a yawn and rub my eyes like a tired babe
and finally fall fast and soundly asleep the minute my head hits the pillow!

Somewhere in between all of this, I try to make a card :)

Today's card is for the CCEE Stampers newest challenge:  Use a die!
Frances is our hostess and states most of her card creations
are rarely without using some sort of die cut on her cards.
 This week, she wants us to create a card using a die somewhere on it.

Easy peasy!

 For my floral card today, I've used two!
I love flower images previously signed up 
for the Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society stamp and die collection.
It's a fun, monthly stamp program and it's like getting a surprise each month!
and I just adored this one.

Meadow Flowers
 The two dies that I've used are the MFT Stitched Rectangle dies
The beautiful Meadow Flowers does have a matching die,
but this one isn't using a die :) 
I've colored this with my Zig Markers and Signo White pen
and one of my favorite parts of this card:  The big dot embossing folder.

Thank you for your sweet and wonderful words you leave on my blog,
and sharing this creative connection with each of you really warms my heart! 

Please be sure to stop in the CCEE Stampers blog to:
1. Link up your cards using a die!
2.  See all the gorgeous cards from the Design Team this week :)

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