The Library Card: Book 3!

Hello friends!

I hope your weekend is going well!
This is my 3rd post (but not 3rd card!) for The Library Card,
a blog series combining my love of books and Starbucks and card-making!

Oh, how I love my Unity Stamps ~
and am SO EXCITED to be a Growing in Unity girl this year!
It's a long way until November, but so worth the wait :)

For today's library read, I've decided to create a card 
on a book that was recently loaned to me.
I oogled it when it came out and hit the bookstores,
and was happy to sit and actually read it and peruse the beautiful pictures 
and note some recipes.
And Reese has a book club!
Say. No. More!

Today's library selection:

Whiskey in a Teacup
by Reese Witherspoon

Book Cover:

My card: 

I've been organizing my Unity Stamp Co collection by theme ~
and found I have a lot of coffee themed stamps!
(I have a lot of coffee themed stamps of every kind, really!)
I decided to use Kimmie Girl for this book cover ♥

For my card, I created a base using designer paper
and stamping Kimmie right onto the cardstock.
After die cutting the image and the matching sentiment,
I arranged the card to fit onto the card and added some buttons.
(And pssst!  Kimmie is on sale this week!)
 My favorite quote
 "I don't have a ton of free time, so when it comes to short cuts and good-enough-ing, I have been there and store-bought that."

 It's fun to have another book in The Library Card shelf! :)

I have a few more books checked out ~
I wonder what I'll read next?!

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


DDD: Pawsitively awesome

 Happy Fri-yay!

Today is the 15th of the month ~
that means the Dueling Darling post our cards from the kits we received 
from the hostesses.
Barb was the hostess for the Divas for February,
Tracies for the Dazzlers!

And their theme has me HOWL-ing!
It's all about the doggies! 
Be. Still. My. Heart!


Barb's kit included the Whipper Snapper image:  Triple Dog Dare
and a variety of really cute papers.
My kit didn't have a sentiment so I added one
that fit perfectly ~ from My Favorite Things ♥


I've used one of my favorite My Favorite Things dies ~
the stitched mod rectangle STAX ~
to create the background panel.
I've used it a couple times before (isn't it grand!)
and truthfully, I pay a small fortune for my dies 
so I try to use them as often as a I can ♥ 
The other panels are cut with a stitched die and added in a wonky shape,
and then I added the sentiment.

Here is the inside of my card:


You can see what the Divas -vs- Dazzlers created 
with this theme on the master list here at Splitcoaststampers!

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


CCEE1907: Birthday!

Hi friends!

Happy Valentine's Day!
I send you all lots of love from me to you!
Many of us live on different ends of the USA and Europe!
But such a blessing you all are! ♥

Happy day of love and friendship from me to you!

 There's a new challenge over at the CCEE Stampers blog:  Birthdays!
I decided to use a never-been-inked-before stamp by Art Impressions 
called Deep Breath ~ the sentiment is also from Art Impressions
but another birthday set.

 and the inside:

  If you'd like to play along with this challenge
 please use the keyword CCEE1907
 in your gallery or photo submissions!
There is a link back option on the blog here
as well as a peek at the all of the DT cards :)

Happy Valentine's Day from me to you!

Thanks for stopping by 
and may today be a day filled with love!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


TPB: Will you BEE mine?

Hi friends!

It's Monday again?
Quit pollen my leg!

I'm up on the blog over at The Project Bin 
with a duo of cheerful birthday cards 
using the new The Gratest stamp set!
It's a brand new set filled with punny sayings and fun images!
This set is un-BEE-lievable! :)

For today's duo
(yes! Another Spot the Difference!)
I've created two black and yellow bee cards :)
The first card is using the die cut panels as a play on a hive!
These little friends are buzzing around, enjoying the birthday buzz!

Card #1 ~

Card #2 ~

While I had intended to create one card,
The 'mishap' and magic of the 2nd card was beckoning me on the desk!



You can see the set here in The Project Bin shop
as well as many other stamp/die sets.

 This set sure is BEE-u-tiful!
Lots of potentional and lots of ideas for this fun set.
You can see card ideas here in the blog gallery
(just click on any stamp set and it takes you to the samples!)

for one stop shopping and samples at a glance!
 That's it for me!
Thanks so much for your visit today :)
always BEE yourself +
do your own STING! :)

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Spot the Difference ~ My Favorites!

Hello friends and Happy Sunday!

The weather here is absolutely GORGEOUS! 
 Sunny, breezy, tropical, salt in the air ....  just perfect!  
Although I'm not one to enjoy the heat, the breezy temps are quite lovely!
I wish I could send you all some of my sunshine ♥

 This is my second installment of my new blog series:
Spot the Difference!
The premise is simple:
Take all the leftover crafty scraps or 'didn't-use-it-changed-my-mind'
pieces and create something with it!
These pieces were left from the holidays ~
intended originally to be Christmas cards :)

Two of my favorite things, 
aside from family and friends, of course .......
And books!
 If I had to chose between one of the two?
Well, I'd still be standing in front of both! 

 I wouldn't do anything for a Klondike bar ...
but I'd do some pretty sketchy stuff for a Starbucks!
Just sayin' !


 I used Stamp Anniething for this round ~
these cute little stamps remind me of dolls.
And I love that they are right here in Florida - with me!
 I've used Kelly book (of COURSE!!)
and Felicity hello.
The sentiments are from different stamp sets of mine ~
Technique Tuesday (coffee) and My Favorite Things (reading).

 Felicity was also colored yesterday
 for the 9th day of coloring for The Daily Marker!
(Kelly was previously colored -

 I added her to this card I just made for the series)

 Can you SPOT the DIFFERENCE? :)

This was another fun installment of this series
and I'm having a fun time!
Now, it's time to snuggle with a 'Bux and a stack of borrowed library books!

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


3M: Will you be my Valentine?

Roses are red,
violets are blue ...
this mom is EXHAUSTED ...
how about you? 

Hi friends!

It's almost Valentine's Day!
There's so much love to celebrate ~
our special loves, friends and family.

 I'm the mom that loves the macaroni necklaces,
the painted rocks, the hand picked flowers from the yard ♥
For me, it's the small things!
 My husband is the absolute sweetest ..
no box of chocolate for me ~ he shows up with a Starbucks! :)

Since it's the 9th day of the month,  
the 3M card group posts our cards today.
This month, Jeanette is the hostess and sent us the darling image 
Roberto's Rascals Valentine's Henry from CC Designs.
I believe it's retired now ... I also own this and have had it for a good while,
thinking of a scrapbook page for my son.
That's still a work in progress (... 2 years later!) 

 I also used another one of my CC Designs sentiments sets
to include the stamped sentiment poetry on the inside :) 

You can see Barb's card here and Jeanette's card here.
I'm up for next month's image .. time to put my thinking cap on :)
Wishing you a happy and LOVE-ly day!

Big hugs, bigger blessings! 


Celebrating the LOVE-ly Amethyst!

Good Morning, friends!

Do you know Unity Stamp Company?
Of course you do! :)
 I am SO SO SO excited to be a Growing in Unity Gal this year!
I wasn't expecting to be chosen,
so to see my name pulled for this year was quite joyous!
It will be later on in the year,
but you'll be seeing a lot of Unity cards all year long! ♥

Today, being the 7th of the month, means two things ...

It's Thursday ...
 (and I didn't even have to check my iPhone to see that!  Yay me!)
 1.  The CCEE Stampers post a card with a chosen theme of: amethyst! ✔️

2.  The Crafters of Faith hostess, Tracie, asked us to create a card
 with a theme of love in honor of her mom, whom just passed away.  
Tracie wants to remember mom with a love theme
 and use the scripture 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ✔️

My card is pulling double duty today!
I am re-creating the card that I made for my daughter for her baby shower.
Her favorite color just so happens to be purple,
but the original card was pinks - for my granddaughter, Alice!

I inked up Kendra Girl by Unity Stamp Company
and i. love. this. stamp!

It represents the wonders of being a mom, the expecting, the excitement
 You can see all of the CCEE Stampers cards here on the blog.
Remember, there is a link up button at the bottom of the post ~
if you want to link up your amethyst cards! 

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



The Library Card: Book 2!

Hello friends!

Are you coloring along with The Daily Marker 30 day?
I am loving what I'm seeing so far!
There are 28 days in February
so 28 days of fun and creativity!

This is my 2nd post for the 52 books of The Library Card!
It's a series I started this year combining my love of books with cards,
hence the name :)

With a minor in English Lit, we often listened to and study a lot of Shakespeare!
I often reminisce about the discussions and readings
and even a few reenactments!
Of course, I've also seen it as a stage production :)

Book 2! 

Much Ado About Nothing 
by William Shakespeare

 Book Cover: 

My card:


 Much Ado About Nothing book synopsis:

 Don Pedro and his men return after a war to stay at Leonato’s house. Benedick continues a prickly relationship with Leonato’s niece, Beatrice. Both solemnly declare they will never marry. Claudio falls in love with Hero, Leonato’s daughter. Don Pedro agrees to woo Hero for Claudio, at a reception that evening. Don John, Pedro’s bastard brother, plots with his two men, Borachio and Conrade to do some wickedness.

At the party, Claudio is told by Don John that Pedro is wooing for himself, but Claudio soon learns that this is not so, and that Hero is his. Further antagonism between Beatrice and Benedick leads Pedro and the others to trick them into falling in love with each other. Leonato, Claudio and Don Pedro let Benedick overhear them speak of how much Beatrice loves him. Later, Hero and Maria let Beatrice overhear their talk about how much Benedick loves her. Both Benedick and Beatrice find they have feelings for each other, and appear love-struck to their friends. Meanwhile, Don John arranges for Borachio to woo Hero’s maid, Margaret, at Hero’s window. He informs Pedro and Claudio that Hero is going to be unfaithful that night, and arranges with them to be present. They see Borachio calling Margaret ‘Hero’, and are taken in.

The Watch, led by Dogberry and Verges, prepare to carry out their evening duties. Borachio is overheard telling Conrade about the plot, and they are arrested. Dogberry and Verges begin an interrogation, but the time of the wedding arrives before they can reach any conclusions. There, Claudio and Pedro reveal the ‘truth’ about Hero. She faints, and they leave. Don John flees the estate. Leonato harangues Hero, while she protests her innocence. The priest supports her, and suggests they pretend she has died until the truth is discovered. Beatrice and Benedick declare their feelings for each other, and Beatrice makes Benedick vow to kill Claudio for shaming Hero.

Leonato and Antonio offer to fight with Claudio, then learn the truth from the Watch. Dogberry and Verges bring Borachio and Conrade to confess before Claudio and Pedro, and Claudio begs forgiveness. Leonato demands that Claudio mourns Hero, and in recompense marries his brother’s daughter—who happens to look exactly like Hero. Claudio agrees, and at the ceremony encounters the real Hero when she is unveiled. Beatrice and Benedick stop denying each other and agree to be married. As they are all about to dance, they receive news of Don John’s capture.

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 My favorite quote: 
  “I do love nothing in the world so well as you—is not that strange?” 
~ Shakespeare (Act IV, scene i)

 It was fun to have another book in The Library Card shelf! :)

I'll add this card to my 4th day of coloring 
with The Daily Marker Coloring Challenge for Day 4!

Thanks for stopping by today!
There will be more books to 'check out!'

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

I'll enter this into:  The Paper Players - Love is in the Air
Papercraft Challenge - Something New (this stamp set!)


TPB: Introducing .... The Gratest! ♥

 Hi friends!

Happy Pun-day!
Today I'm introducing the newest stamp set

I love, love, LOVE punny stamp sets :)
AND I love pizza!

So making this card was pretty grate!  

 For my card today, I've used the pizza slice stamp from the set 
and stamped/cut/colored it.
I glued it several times in a symmetrical pattern
and added a banner with a matching sentiment.

This stamp set is perfect for creating Valentines,
cards of fun and cards for every day!


One Plus Twelve ~ Foxy's February Adventures!

Hi friends!
Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

I'm back with my second card in my One Plus Twelve series ~
a series created from a late night creative thought and is near to my heart ♥

 And oh gosh - the joy!
I. have. to. share!
I have been overwhelmed with support for this new series
and am so grateful!
 Many ladies saw my card on Facebook
and reached out to the how's, what's, when's and
 were inspired to start the challenge, too!
Another longtime friend on Instagram was inspired,
and now 2 more ~ my heart is beaming with happy!!
Thank you so much, friends!
My crazy 1 + 12 stamp challenge idea is moving in creative ways! 

I'd invited two friends to join me in the journey - Barb and Jeanette. 
If you are a follower of my blog -
you know from the Ready, Set, Go and the 3M challenges.
There's not much we aren't up for - LOL!
What's that saying?
If one's in, we're all in!

 Foxy is continuing his adventures and sending LOVE for February!
He's from the Warm Wishes stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps.
I started this series in January on this post,
and I chose this fox for many reasons,
including trying to create a different card/look each time ~
nothing cookie cutter and really branch out in my creativity!
And - he's wearing a turtleneck sweater!  
By July, I'll have to really be thinking! ♥
The sentiment is also from Honey Bee Stamps called Our Story (retired.) 
I bought the Honey Bee Stamps set Our Story for the beautiful sentiments
in the set but MOSTLY for this one.
It's a saying my husband and I have been saying to each other 
since we started dating ~ 36 years ago :)
Oh my heart

Foxy is paired with the peek-a-boo die-namic from MFT Stamps
and colored him with prismacolor markers.
It's a little hard to see but the background panel is embossed 
with the Sizzix Polka Dots embossing folder for texture.
My sweet friend Sue posed a challenge recently and I've caught the
embossing folder bug again!

I made this card today ~ hence, getting this post up a little later.
It's been HECTIC here in our crazy
and crafting/cardmaking for me must.  be.  fun!
This is my Day 3 of Coloring for
The Daily Marker Coloring Challenge!

It can be a little - it can be a lot!
Just color! ♥

You can see beautiful Barb's card here
and jovial Jeanette's card here!

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

Entering this card into:  Simon Says Stamps - Use some Red!