3M: Wagging tails and happy trails!

Hi lovelies!

Thank you SO MUCH for visiting me during the Growing In Unity week!
I know it's not so easy to visit each day - on the day - for 5 days +
I'll be posting the 2 winners here on my blog very, very soon!

It's been B-U-S-Y here!
I've been working diligently with the Scout troop
and coloring along for The Daily Marker challenge - that's always fun!
And, being the 9th,
today is the posting day for the 3M ~
that's the 3 Musketeers (Barb, Jeanette and I)
and I'm late walking the dogs today!


 Jeanette chose the image for us to create a card with this month
and it's so cute - Walking Woofs by Newton's Nook Designs.

I'm afraid I didn't do this adorable image very much justice
and kept my card very clean and simple.
I colored her with a copic markers
 I added the sentiment to the inside of the card
and love this saying.
Happy is a wonderful thing! ♥

Barb's card is here
and Jeanette's card is here.

Its hard to believe 2019 is almost over 
and time to start planning for the holidays!
I spent tonight coloring Christmas images
and this year, I'm really aiming they actually make it onto cards and into the mail!
One can hope! :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Growing In Unity - Day 5: One Happy Life

Hello friends!

It Day 5’of the Growing In Unity showcase week!
 It is always bittersweet when it’s day 5 
 and it has been a wonderful week of showing you  
just a few of my favorite Unity Stamp Co stamps !

For today’s card I am using the beautiful Planner Girl - One Happy Life :)

I created this card by embossing an A2 Piece of card stock with an embossing folder and cutting out the circle with a spellbinders circle nesting die.
I stamped and colored planner girl and added that panel underneath and embellished with a few iridescent sequins.

Thanks for stopping by today 
and be sure to leave a comment for your chance at a wonderful prize!

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


Growing in Unity - Day 4: Sending Kindness

Hi friends!

Welcome to Day 4 of the Growing in Unity girl week of 
showcasing the wonderful stamps at Unity Stamp Co!

Today's card is a fall inspired card that I love a LATTE!
I'm using one of my favorites - Tricia girl!
For most that know me - I'm a Starbucks girl through and through ♥

This is also my card for the CCEE Stampers theme this week: Coffee!

To create this card, I started with a base of chocolate chip cardstock and
fall paper from Echo Park.  I ran the designer paper through the Gemini Jr with a scallop die from MFT and set that aside. 

I stamped Tricia girl in Momento Tuxedo Black Ink on heavy weight white cardstock
and colored her with prismacolor markers.
After using the ATG to secure the panel into place,
I heat embossed a sentiment from Unity Stamp Co 
which was a sweet gesture and grab bag freebie with my last order!
That's one of the most amazing things about Unity - 
they are so so SO generous!  
I really wanted to put the stamp to good use
(but! the one that comes with Tricia girl is. so. me!)


 Thanks for your visit today!
 Be sure to leave a comment as you have the chance to win
a prize by visiting and commenting this week!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Growing in Unity - Day 3: "Ice, Ice, baby!"

Hello friends!

Welcome to the Day 3 on my blog 
of Unity Stamp Company showcase!

Today I'm sharing with you a glitterly winter card - 
penguin, birdie, snow capped mountains, snow!

Have you ever gone up on a snow filled mountain to ski?
And the drop was. so. big. that you just might have been afraid 
to ski back down?

Me, too!

Once, on our family vacation, my daughters and I took to the slopes
like naturals and zipped in an out of the flat areas.

like ....

very. flat.

And it was so much fun!
But then the trails started downward .... and downward ... and downward!
I literally got to the top of the last drop off  slope and just froze.
(hee hee - no pun intended!)

My middle daughter zoomed past us and skied to the bottom
shouting "yaaaaaaahoooooo!" all the way down.

I stood still until my oldest daughter said she wasn't leaving without me.
"We'll go down the mountain together or not at all!" -Kailtyn

I did make it to the bottom of the slope.

Upside down and not on my skis,
But I did make it down!
I ended up somewhere near the orange safety net 
looking a lot like this cute little penguin here :) 

My husband says to this day it's one of his favorite memories of me.


Isn't he hilarious?!!!

Today's card is using a glittery cardstock background from DCWV.
I've stamped the ADORABLE penguin from Pain and Pride 
which is just one of the most adorable stamps.
I've created a background of die cut mountains and added 'snow caps'
and popped the card up on foam for dimension.

This stamp set is perfect for vacations and wonderful memories of trips,
and even mixing and matching with your sentiments from other kits
and stamp sets.

Thanks for stopping by today!
And whatever you're doing today - stay safe! :)

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


Growing in Unity - Day 2: cozy socks and warm cuppas!

Hi friends!

*Note: This is my 2nd post today- 
for my The Project Bin card, please see  this post!*

It's Day 2 of the very exciting Growing In Unity stamp showcase week!
While tomorrow's card is layers upon layers,
today I'm showing you a clean and simple style card.

I love it when the image is the focal point and the clean space
really lets you see so much detail!

For today's card, I'm using Specially Warm - the cozy and comfy
stamp that many of us can relate to, I'm sure :) 

Warm coffee or tea?
Sweaters and fuzzy socks?
A good book?
Yes, please!

Here's how I created this CAS card.
I stamped the image and the sentiment with my MISTI
and ran it through the Gemini Jr with a stitched die.
I colored the image with copic markers and 
attached it to brown cardstock to finish.

This card is quick and simple yet so sweet.
From moms to sisters to the very best friends,
this card is versatile and sweet enough for all! 

You can find this stamp here in the shop.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Remember to leave a comment so I can find you, too!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

The Project Bin ~ Falling Leaves ♥


Good Morning!

I have TWO posts today - for my Growing in Unity post,
please stop by here!

Tuesdays are the day I post to the blog over at The Project Bin.
For today's card, I'm using one of my F.A.V.O.R.I.T.E.S!
This stamp set is called Autumn's Calling
and I've paired it with some festive fall paper from Echo Park.


There's a special going on right now in the shop:

 NOVEMBER SPECIAL: Order $75 of merchandise and receive the
 MAYBE CHRISTMAS stamp set (a $14 value) for free!
 No need to put it in your cart -- it will automatically be included with your order.

Wow! Thank you, Denise!
Here's a look at the set:

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


Growing in Unity - Day 1!

 Hello friends!
  It's here, IT'S HERE! 

Today's the day I've been waiting for for almost an entire year!
I was overjoyed to be chosen as one of the Growing in Unity gals
 by Unity Stamp Company last year.
I've patiently bubbled in the days on the calendar anticipating this day ♥

For the next 5 days, I'll be sharing cards I've made with
 the wonderful stamps of Unity.
Be sure to comment below each day for your chance to win
 some great Unity stamps!

 Today's card is using Unity Stamp Company's Kit of the month (KOTM)
called [when you smile] - released January 2017.
It's clean and simple 
meets bright and wonderful!

Oh, how I adore this girl!
I created the card for my daughter who is about to hop on a plane
to Rhode Island.
 And it's snowing!
(for us in Miami, Florida - that's a pretty big deal!)

I did some masking on this first card.
I wanted the string of lights behind her as if hanging in the background.
I stamped the girl first onto the cardstock, then added
a large sticky note and stamped it again.
Still in place, I stamped the string of lights and
then peeled back the note to reveal the image.
it's colored with Copic markers and set into a framed die.

I have a fun week lined up so check back often ~
and in order to be eligible for the prize, you must comment 
with your name and not 'unknown' as there won't be a way to find you :)

I'd be delighted if you'd be a follower
 - and I'll follow you as well ~
we'll be new frteinds! ♥

Thanks so much for your visit today ♥
Big hugs, bigger blesings!


One Plus Twelve - Foxy's November outing!

 Hi friends!

I have another installment of my One Plus Twelve card challenge
that I started this year.
I had an idea to take one stamp - just ONE stamp -
and crearte a card once a month (12) to see how far I could stretch 
the creativity and use of a single stamp!

This year, I chose Warm Wishes from Honey Bee Stamps
and I call him Foxy.
It's been a year of Foxy's Adventures!


 For this month, I had planned to create a card of thankfulness.
I previously created a few backgrounds with stencils
and had them ready for whatever use I'd find - like this card!
I popped Foxy up on foam dots for dimension
and added him to the sunlight autumn forest.

Since sentiments permitted,
so  I added one from a My Favorite Things stamp set.

 Barb and Jeanette are also playing along in this challenge
and you can see Barb's here and Jeanette's here.

 I still have a couple of catch up cards before the end of the year :/
I've tossed over the idea if I want to continue again next year
and how I can change it and make it better for me. 
I'm still thunking :)

Like Cinderella said ...
"A dream is a wish your heart makesWhen you're fast asleep ..."

 If I dreamt it, and it makes my heart happy,
 then that says so very much ♥
  I hope you got your clocks set up and that you got an extra hour of sleep! 
Mine was set for a Boy Scout hike from yesterday - 
I inadvertently set it for Saturday AND Sunday.  

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Happy Hallo-Birthday! (CCEE1944)

Hi friends!

Happy Harvest/Halloween!
I can't believe it's October 31st ...
in a blink, it will be Christmas!

 I've had a WONDERFUL time coming up with the October challenges
at the CCEE Stampers blog and the last one is:
  Anything Halloween or Harvest!
Although many celebrate this day with dressing up or finding fun costumes,
or go out Trick or Treating (or pass it out at home!), the challenge is simple. Create a card with anything Halloween OR Harvest --
 costumes, candies, spooky things, or just use orange and black!
My card today is using the fun CAS challenge from this week at Splitcoasttstampers.
The challenge was to use purple on your card.
I used a stencil and created a bold background 
and ran it through the die cutter with an MFT stitched die.
I colored/cut the stamps from Which Way is the Candy from MFT
and popped them up on foam tape for dimension.
The sentiment is from The Project Bin
and I used in lieu of Happy Halloween.
I have FOUR friends with a Halloween birthday! 

This was a really quick and easy card to put together.
We'd love for you to link up your cards as well ~
and you can find the link up at the bottom of the DT post here!

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Mele Kalikimaka !

Hi friends!

By the time this posts,
I'll already be on a wonderful getaway with my hubby ♥
25 years ago (in April)  we said "I do!"
and honeymooned in Hawaii for 3 GLORIOUS weeks ~
and those memories are etched forever in my mind and heart!

Except the last time we were in Hawaii,
I packed a bikini!
Guess what WILL NOT be in the suit case this weekend?!
hee hee!

Today I'm sharing a card for the Splitcoaststampers inspiration site.
You can see the fun challenge site from today
here on Splitcoaststampers and I''ll share a little bit about my card!
I used these gorgeous coasters as a springboard
(and I'm pretty sure I'll be ordering these before I get home!) 

 For my card,
I've used Flamingo Bells from Avery Elle Stamps and dies
I've had this set for a good while and didn't get to use it until this week.
Sometimes stamping is fun like that!

I stamped/die cut the images and the popped them up
onto the card which is stenciled lightly for a bit of 'drama' :)

Wishing you a WONDERFUL weekend!
Big hugs, bigger blessings! ♥


Welcome to the porch!

 Hi friends!
I'm a little late to my own 'porch party!'
This has been an incredibly busy week for our family
with autumn activities in full swing.

And I'm trying to pack as my husband and I are taking a trip this weekend!

C'est l'amour! ♥

 I love seeing the homes in our neighborhood beautifully decorated
for this time of year ♥
It inspired me to think of this challenge this week.

My challenge this week for the CCEE Stampers 1943 is
'Porch in the Fall."
  Think leaves, pumpkins, rocking chairs, autumn wreaths on the door, décor. 
  Let's create a card with a fall porch in mind or use fall colors.
And here is my humble card this week ↓

I've used the gorgeous stamp from Impression Obsession
appropriately called Fall Porch.
The minute I saw it, my inner Joanna Gaines came out
and I started thinking soft colors for the wood frame doors,
shiplap on the exterior of the home,
the sweet kitty and pup laying in the warm afternoon sunshine!
And GOD BLESS the man who took off his work boots and
left them outside :)

Isn't this the most amazing stamp!
I'd love to give this a try using watercolors.

Make sure to check out the Design Team cards ~
they hit the ground running!
Their cards are simply GORGEOUS!
You can see them here on the CCEE Stampers blog.

I'll enter my card into:  Impression Obsession:  Harvest Treats (pumpkin)

Thanks so much for your visit!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Bring on the Joy feature! ♥

Hi friends!

I'm absolutely delighted that ScrapbookPal.com is feauturing 
my whimsical holiday card, Bring on the Joy!
It's hard to have favorites, 
but this was truly one of mine!

It's fun, it's festive, it's whimsical, AND it has critters! :)

To see how I created this card, you can find it on my original post
and also more detailed directions at ScrapbookPal's blog today!

PSA:  If you head over to ScrapbookPal shop,
 there is also a HUGE overstock sale going on!

So.  many.  goodies! 

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

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I just love this store, their customer service, the FAST shipping!)


TPB: Eat Pie!

Hi friends!

Do you know what's better than a slice of pumpkin pie?

Two slices!


Each year, my daughter bakes the deserts at our house for Thanksgiving.
And it's an absolute smorgasboard of e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g!
She's a self-taught, quite accomplished baker of breads, pies, 
cakes, cookies, even vegan bars for me!
I tell her she's my personal pâtissier ♥

Two of her specialty pies are pecan pie and pumpkin pie ~
from scratch!
(I'm lucky to get a frozen crust from Betty Crocker
and a can of pumpkin pie filling - LOL!) 

So my card today is a nod to my daughter :)

Yes, please!

This is one of my favorite stamps from The Project Bin.
Even though there are a few new sets out (like Pumpkin Spice),
I have so many ideas for autumn cards using this stamp set! 

For today's card, I stamped the bold sentiment right onto the paper 
(from MFT), and added it to a base layer of 
Fun Stampers Journey cardstock, appropriately called Pumpkin Bread.

Once is was all in place, I stamped/colored/fussy cut the pumpkin image
and popped it up with 3d foam.
I added the clear sequins as 'rising steam' and Wink of Stella on the whip cream. 


You can see the stamp set here in the shop
and here on the blog today.


Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Beautiful YOU!

Hi friends!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
Today I had some quiet time while all the kids were out of the house
and my husband was on the couch snoring watching tv :)

He even later helped me move my craft desk to smack dab 
in the middle of our formal living room!
 I'm so blessed that he's very supportive of this hobby of mine ♥
Due to lack of space, I've been at a small desk 
and using the dining room table
but it's not conducive at all for crafting. 
By the time I set it out to create,  it's time to move it all again to eat, LOL!

There's a new Featured Stamper at Splitcoaststampers this week
and it's Claudette.  
I chose this card from her gallery  
It stood out for me because it reminded me of this card I made
which I absolutely loved!
So combining the two, I came up with these two cards
with slight differences!

Here is the first card (but the second one made, as a replacement!)
I've used Beautiful You, a clear stamp set from STAMPlorations.
It's a lovely silhouette style floral set with quite a few sentiments
which makes it very versatile :)

Both cards are made using white cardstock,
and they were run through my Gemini Jr to get a base.
I masked off the area I only wanted to get distress ink on  ~
and used a trio or different color inks.
I didn't intend for it to look like a stopllight - LOL!
(Here, I've used Coral, straw and spring green!) 
Next, using Stazon black ink, I stamped the flower and 2 of the sentiments.
Last, I added sequins and popped it up onto the cardstock with foam.

On the insides (not show), there is a message:  Happy Birthday!

I hope you were able to get inky and crafty this weekend, too!
I didn't make as many cards as I'd hoped
but did get MANY pieces done for easy card assembly ~
backgrounds, stenciling, cutting out images for this week's cards!

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