New blog series: Spot the Difference!

Hi friends!

My son is home from his week in New York City 
and we are just are just enchanted by his photos and stories!

Since he's settling in, 
I'm blogging and making cards!
One of the new things I promised myself I'd do in 2019 is several new series!

And I have to thank my daughter, Chrissy, for coming up 
with the cute and clever title:  Spot the Difference!

The purpose of this series is to use up my scraps, leftovers, throw-aways,
pieces on the table after the cardmaking!
So often I look around and see ... a piece of this, a piece of that,
and into the basket it goes.

Not.  anymore.  more!

I'll take all those pieces and create two cards!
They will be strikingly similar since it's using the same paper, dies, paint, etc
but yet different on their own accord.

 I even made a cute graphic! 

Using Honey Bee Stamps, I created two cards!
The basic idea and design is the same, just a little difference to spot!
I used my die from Neat and Tangled as a stencil (it cleans right off!),
my Catherine Pooler and Ranger Inks and blended them into the cardstock.


For the Blah Humbunny card, I used these two stamp sets here and here.
I trimmed the background stenciled piece for a smaller backdrop and popped the bunny up ~ the expression made me think of how I feel on a Monday!
For the Forest friends card, this was actually the oops!
After I saw it on the craft table, 
I decided I simply couldn't just toss it out,
I scooped it back up, looked at it again and this card was created.


I hope you have enjoyed this fun new blog series premiere!
I'll be doing this a couple of times in the month ...
changed up a bit each time in different ways!

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



Crafters of Faith: No Rock like Our God!

Hi friends!
I'm wishing you a happy start to your weekend :)

Today's card is one I  made for my Crafters of Faith card group
and I'm the hostess for January!

 A few years ago, my son gifted to me a small rock
 with a stained glass cross on the front. 
  It was some little token he purchased for me at his christian school
 during one of their fundraisers ~ saying he thought of me because it had a beautiful cross and the word FAITH on the front.  I melted!
 I keep this rock in my kitchen window and it has become a cornerstone of joy 
for me as I see it daily. It's a reminder to always remember what matters the most ~ the love of this child, the baton of faith passed on, and that this rock mantra gets me through the tough times, the happy moments and all the in-between!

I asked the group to create a card with a rock somewhere on the card ~
either stones, river rocks, mountains, river rock paper, ribbon, etc
 and the scripture 1 Samuel 2:2
 “There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; 
there is no Rock like our God."

As a Boy Scout, my son camps quite a bit,
including several trips to the mountains!
There has even been snow ~
with skiing and snowboarding!
I thought of him as I created a card with snow-capped mountains
and a camping bear, using stamps and dies from My Favorite Things.

Thanks for stopping by!
 Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥



CCEE1903: Favorite Hot Beverage!

Hi friends!

There's a new challenge at the CCEE Stampers this week:
Favorite Hot Beverage!

There's no hiding what mine is ♥
(hint:  starts with Star and ends in Bux!)
Oh how we LOVE each other, 
my grande triple nonfat caramel macchiato and I :)

My card is a mix of something new, something old!
I scooped up the new MFT Birdie Brown Friends at First Sip
the second it was available during their new release!
If there was ever a stamp set created for me, this one is it!
Coffee?  Dogs? 
Yes, please! 

That's the something new!
The something old?
The designer paper.
Yep, the one under the images ...
This is my 5 minute card!
I was scrambling to look through my paper pads and mat stacks
to find something to match the images I'd previously colored
(normally I do it the other way around - and mostly for this reason!)
and I stumbled upon my old My Sunshine stack from DCWV.

Such a fun 12 x 12 paper pad and
as I flipped through it, one in particular caught my eye.
I  thought I'd just let that small corner of the dsp do all the talkin'!
From the banner to the decorated spray paint sun, it's all part of the paper! 
All I did was add some die cuts and popped up my pre-die cut/colored images!

Be sure to stop in and see what the rest of the DT created using
their favorite hot beverages!
You can see all the pretty cards here on the CCEE blog.

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Ready, Set, GO ~ Tall and Skinny!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

It's a quirky kind of day!
It's the day we post our cards for the Ready, Set, Go Challenge!
The R, S, G is one of my "3 am ideas" 
where a card challenge isn't standard - it's out of the box extreme!

For January, Jeanette was our hostess
and asked us to create a card that is Tall and Skinny ~
to fit inside a business size envelope ..
AND to use something new to represent the New Year.
Here is what Jeanette said:

Here it is, the beginning of a new year. I’m not sure if any of us make New Year’s Resolutions (I know I don’t, although I do set annual goals) but research tells us that the most common New Year’s Resolution people make is to lose weight. For this, our first Ready Set Go theme of the New Year, I want our cards to lose some weight. No, we are not going to weigh our cards… but we are going to make them skinny. Instead of making a typical A2 card or even a square card, we will be making cards that are the perfect size to fit in a business-size envelope. Tall and Skinny! (Oh, how I wish that were my body type.) Oh, I guess you realize, to be tall and skinny, your card will also need to be vertical and not horizontal. We don’t want to be short and fat. ;)  

A second part to this month’s theme is to use the newest paper-crafting item you have while making your card. Maybe it’s a stamp you recently purchased, a tool/gadget you received for Christmas, or some other treasure you’ve acquired. Whatever is the newest. (And remember, newest could be months ago… but hey! It’s not for me! I get new toys way too often.) 
Here’s to the Newness of a 2019!   Ready? Set? Go!

My card, created at midnight, 
hoping that I get an A+ on the first card of the year! :)

What I used new:
This is the first time I'm using this darling Hello Bluebird
stamp/die set called Moose and friends - so it's NEW to me! 
The idea was to build-a-scene by going upward with the images ..
I think, should I attempt this style again,
I'd create linear division lines next time :) 
I am smitten with this card, though!
It was a lot of fun to make and really stretches the comfort zone,
hence, the Ready, Set, Go challenge!
 You can see Jeanette's tall and skinny card here
and Barb's (not so tall and skinny!) card here!

I'm up to chose our challenge next month ...
So Thinking Cap:  ON!
Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings! ♥

I'll enter this into:  2CraftyCritterCrazies
Pile it on: Land Animals 


TPB: You're greater than cupcakes!

Hi friends!
Happy Monday!

Cupcakes are great ...
Cupcakes are AWESOME!
But what's better than cupcakes?

I've used the amazingly yummy Really Hungry stamp set 
from The Project Bin to create:
Big Girl Valentines!

I love punny cards! 
I've always loved the Valentine's the kids would bring home
in their little homemade boxes!
The super fun stamp set is so versatile
and has so many play on words :)
You can make cards so many different ways.

For today's card(s), I've made a set of 4 ~
one for each of my girls
 (3 daughters and my new granddaughter!)

I've made 4 identical cards and just switched out the colors
using the cupcake stamp in the set.
The You > Cupcakes is paper-pieced on all 4 cards
with matching paper for the cupcakes and the background.

Are you sending Valentine's Day cards this year?
This fun stamp set will get you off to a great start!
You can find it here in the shop.


Introducing ........ my granddaughter, Alice!

Hello friends!

*(Very picture heavy post!)*

There's a new little someone in our family ...
my granddaughter, Alice! ♥
With her birth, I went from the title of mom to 4 children to grandma!
Our oldest daughter and her husband blessed us with the gift of her
in October of last year and she is already the light of our lives :)
She is the first grandchild and is the delight to our hearts ...
 There is MANY arms for snuggling and a lot of hearts she's already filled!

Here's Alice!

 Alice with her mommy, our oldest daughter, at Christmas:

Alice and I opening the album!


I wanted to share with you all an absolutely beautiful gift
 I received from my very sweet and special friends
 ~ a baby album!

Each of the pages were lovingly created in the album for Alice ♥
I love that each of the pages are so unique and have her little name on them,
show the seasons for her first year of growing up,
and the love that was layered into each of these sweet pages!

From:  Lorraine

From Barb

 From Jeanette

 From Lynn M.

From Liz

 From Liz

From Kadie

From the Texas sisters, Suzy and Debby

 From Tracie

From Pansy

 From Susan

From Shelly
6 lovely pages from Carol!

And Laura Jean's 4 beautiful pages!

From Darlene!

From Terry A

And from my 'boss' at The Project Bin, Denise!

I'm so very toughed and grateful for this gorgeous gift!
It will be cherished and loved!
Thank you all so much!

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


CCEE1902: Happy Birthday, Elvis!

Hi friends!

 Liz has another fun challenge for us at the CCEE Stampers ~
Elvis Presley's birthday! 

 Liz is challenging us to make him come alive in some way on our cards this week.
(Maybe a rock and roll theme, records, an Elvis or guitar stamp,
 or perhaps even “Blue Suede shoes.”) 
Anyway you can think to let the world know “the King” of rock and roll.

Thank you, Liz!
What a fun challenge! 

For me, this was a challenge!
I don't own a single Elvis stamp.
I know, right?
What kind of self-respecting stamper am I!?  LOL!

And it didn't occur to me {in time} to find clip art ...
so I thought fast on my blue-suede feet and went with an Elvis song.
I think many of us remember Hound Dog!

"You ain't Nothing But a Hounddog!"

For my card today, I used my adorable Gerda Steiner puppy stamps
Howl are you and the sentiment is from another GS set, Gopher It!
I stamped and colored the image, then ran it through the Cuttlebug
with the matching die to get this hound dog ~ his expression is priceless!
I used a variety of dies and papers to create the card base,
and then popped the sentiment and image to the front.

That's my take on the hip-gyrating King of Rock 'n Roll!

You can see a delightful cache of Elvis cards on the CCEE blog ~
so. much. fun!

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

3M: Sweater Weather!

Happy middle of the week, friends!

For this month's 3M card group, I was the hostess
and chose the image to create our cards.
 This card - this stamp - this company just warm my heart! 
 (and not just because she's wearing a sweater!) 

During the holidays, I was reorganizing and rotating most of my stamps
and I spotted my never-been-opened Some Odd Girl Sweater Kaylee stamp.
I wanted to use a stamp in my stash that hadn't been used,
and chose a company that I wanted to highlight :)
I remember purchasing these and thinking this is out of my wheelhouse!
But that's the fun thing about this craft ...
the challenge!

 I reached out to Kristy to clarify the sharing/angel policy,
and her response was absolutely heartwarming!
(The angel policy does state no sharing, etc!)
She wrote me back with the kindest and sweetest words!
She said she understood in the internet age, crafty friends
aren't always close enough to stamp together 
and that you may want to send you friend a stamped image to try it out ~
a way to introduce them to the company.
Thank you, Kristy!
I so appreciate your blessing and encouragement!

I sent Kaylee to Barb and Jeanette, 
the other two thirds of the 3M.
This is my take on the card - going un-traditionally pink!
I do, however, love pink, black and grey together as a combination :)

Here's the inside of my card:

I stamped/cut the image and added it the card with nordic print 
sweater designer paper.
I added the sentiment to the front and the inside of my card,
and added a few buttons for texture.
 Barb's take on Kaylee is here and Jeanette is here!

I hope you are all staying warm and cozy,
my close knit friends!

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Blog Series Premiere: Christmas Cheer All Year!

Hi friends!

We made it through Monday!
  YAY! :)

You may remember from this post 
that I have several new creative adventures planned for my blog this year ~
Like this one! 
 Christmas Cheer All Year!

December was a month of merry chaos with so. much. going. on!
Since I missed getting holiday cards in the mail 
:::: insert crying face! ::::
 I thought it would be wonderful to create cards all year!
That way, I'll be ready!

At least that's the plan ♥

 This card was created by using a stamp by STAMPlorations 
It stamps so beautifully and crisp and I loved coloring 
the middle of the cup to look like a holiday cup from Starbucks!
The rest of the cup is paper-pieced ..
and the rest is paper and glue and a heat embossed sentiment
from MFT Stamps.

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