RSG ~ A card in thirds!


Hello friends!

I hope your weekend is off to a good start!

I'm posting another card that is late is for the Ready, Set, Go challenge!

Barb and Jeanette already posted their cards earlier

and I'm still doing this thing that pairs well with mustard ...

it's called catch up!


Jeanette is the hostess this month and her challenge involved some math ..

the one subject I was never good at!

Here's her challenge:

October is the month that two members of our trio celebrate birthdays. It seems fitting that we in some way incorporate that into our RSG theme… but it’s NOT a birthday theme. Instead, I’m challenging us to think of the card in thirds – and two-thirds of it needs to be the focal area. (There are lots of ways to process that idea, so let your imagination flow!)


BUT… there’s more! We don’t want to leave the other part of our trio out, and since her birthday is 5 months away, I also want you to add FIVE of something on your card (think embellishments, layers, or whatever!  Ready, Set, Go!

Such a fun challenge!  Unfortunately for me, my brain saw this and said:  

Make a card with only 2/3 of the card done

and didn't realize the instructions were two 1/3 panels!

I created a card with 2/3 of it done - and left a wee bit of it undone,

as in 1/3 not done.


Yeah.  Me, too!  Hee hee!

Alas, here's my card ...

I won't have time to create a new one so I'm just going to wing it.

I started with a watercolor background panel - made with simple smooshing

ink pads around on my media mat and spritzing it with water.

I've used an image from Purple Onion Designs  called Snowy Trio

and I stamped it right onto the panel, then die cut it out

and layered it right on another stamped image on the white cardstock, layered.

Then, I remember the 5 elements so I added 5 clear sequins

and some wink of stella on the hats.

And that's my card for this month!

                                You can see Barb's card here and Jeanette's card here on their blogs.

Thanks for stopping by!

Big hugs, bigger blessings :)



CCEE2043 - More Than One Fold!


Hi friends!

Once upon a time, there was a story about the turtoise and the hare ..

and in this story, I'm the turtle!

I just haven't had much time to get crafty 

and I blinked and the new CCEE Stampers post went live ...

so  I'm catching up!

The theme this week is:  More than one fold.

I had an idea - and I think I was a bit too ambitious - 

the card took forver to make and line up just right :)

It turned out sweet 

and it's for my granddaughter who is my 'Moon and 'tar!"

I've used an Elzybells stamps

and several die cuts to create a open gate fold design,

but instead of square panels, I made clouds!

Here's a close up view of the image ~

and the sentiment is from My Favorite Things.

And that's my post!

Be sure to stop in at the CCEE Stampers blog

and see all the DT cards as well as link up yours, too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Big hugs, bigger blessings :)



Guest Designing for the CAS - Fall Scarecrows!


Hi friends!

Happy Monday!

Mondays tend to get a bad wrap, I know, 

but it's also a promise of a blessed new week!

Today's card is one I'm SuPeR excited to share

as I'm the first Guest Designer for the CAS challenge at Splitcoaststampers!


I chose a theme last month of "Fall Scarecrows" as this time of year, 

it seems fun to celebrate the softer side of fall ...nothing scary, 

just the sweetness of autumn :)

My Lawn Fawn Happy Harvest got to come out and play again ~

only this time it's on scaled down version.

I started with a panel of blended distress oxides in 

Scattered Straw, Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmalade and

 blended with the Taylored Expressions blending brushes.

I cut out a circle in accent opaque white #120 cardstock using a 

stitched circle from Simon Says Stamp.

Once it was behind the circle cut out, I glued it down and quickly tucked in

the scarecrow and then added the crow/sunflowers.

          I didn't use watercolors on this card (photo above is from this card)

instead, I used the copic markers.

This card is just dreamy and again, I just love it!

This is definitely one of my favorite fall stamp sets.

Here's a final look ... taken at sunset :)

                                         Thanks for stopping by!

Big hugs, bigger blessings :)


I'll enter this to:  Word Art Wednesday


Batty for you!


Hi friends!

Yay it's Friday!

Do you have any fun weekend plans?

My card is one that sat on my desk colored for about a week!

I took advantage of a big sale at Photo Play during the middle of quarantine

and bought 4-5 stamp sets on sale ... including this one!

I wouldn't have normally purchased it because I don't make/send Halloween cards

but it had gnomes!

I waited too long in a very busy day today to get a good photograph

but this card is super cute!

It's bright and cheerful and I added some extra bling of sparkly enamel dots.

I'd like to think this little cute gnomie witch is going to 

do wonderful things with her broom and cast happy spells!

After all, 2020 can't get any crazier at this point!

Thanks for stopping by!

Big hugs, bigger blessings :)


Entered to:  Simply Create Too


CCEE2042: Dictionary Day!


Hi friends!

If you are here for my DDD October post, click here!

It's time for a new challenge at the CCEE Stampers

and Frances continues as our hostess with a theme of: 

Celebrate Dictionary Day.

        For our challenge this week, create a card that includes words on your card.

 Maybe a scripty word background either stamped 

or using patterned papers, large focal sentiment etc.

Love it!

I used to read the dictionary as a child - for fun!  

Yes, I was a wierdo, LOL!

Here's my card which I totally LOVE.

I did a quick watercolor wash panel for the background and

while it was drying, I colored, cut the sweet scarecrow from Happy Harvest

from Lawn Fawn - my FAVORITE fall stamp set!

  The long scripty sentiment is my challenge wording :)

I think this just might be my favorite card I've made all year!

You can play along, too, but heading over to the CCEE Stampers blog

and clicking the bottom of the post "Mr. Linky".

Thanks for stopping by!

Big hugs, bigger blessings :)



DDD October ~ Witching you a Happy Halloween!


Hi friends - I have 2 posts today ...

if you are looking for my CCEE Stampers post, click here!

Today's the newest duel with the Dueling Darlings 

with our hostesses, Laurajean and Terry S.

Their theme:  Halloween!

This year, we won't be having Trick or Treating in our neighborhood 

due to Covid19 but that's okay!

My teen is too old and Alice is just newly 2 years old 

and won't know the difference ;)

But, I have a full day planned with her to wear her costume,

have a scavenger hunt in our yard and do harvest theme celebration

complete with hay from a neighboring farm!

Okay, back to my card! 

 LJ sent us an over-the-moon kit filled with delcious Doodlebug Candy Carnival

which has me like GA GA!

It's sooo cute and colorful!

My card is using the paper and the image from Taylored Expressions 

called Mischief Maker.

I colored her with my copic markers and popped the cute pumpkin behind her.

I've colored her to look a little bit like Alice :)

You might remember that the DDD has recently celebrated 10 years together!

We are going to take a break after next month's duel

and the Divas and Dazzlers will regroup and rething a few things!

Jeanette and I have to put our heads together again,

as we did 10 years ago when I blew up her phone asking "what do you think of 

this idea?" and she said "what time?!"

It's nice to have friends as crazy as yourself, ROFL!

You can see all the Dueling Darling cards at Splitcoaststampers - 

just look for the keyword DDDOCT20 in the gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!

Big hugs, bigger blessings :)



Hot Mess Success ~ Nuvo Glacier Pup!


Hello friends!

Today's card is one of the 4 new messes I made this weekend :)
As part of the Hot Mess Success card group, 
we make messy cards!

The idea behind the card group is that we make cards with different 
messy backgrounds!
I'm not a messy person by nature but with art ~ I don't mind.
My motto:  The messier, the better!

For me, I'm not a big card CASE-r and I don't watch videos to create ...
 I literally toss things together and see what sticks!
I love the organics of art ~ combining, playing, experimenting 
and just letting it do it's thing naturally and see what happens.
Like this month!

My card started out with a simple watercolor background - easy peasy, right?
And, once it dried, I thought it needed something extra :)
I was never one to leave things alone, LOL!

I had a tub of Nuvo glacier paste and it was calling. my. name!
I bought a couple of stencils from Scrapbook.com, including this Altenew            half-tone stencil, and used it as a base.
The paste is easy to spread with a spatula and gives such great texture!
It did have to dry overnight since it's pretty goopy and this does not set with a heat gun. 

It's so sparkly and pretty!  I love the subtle hint of glitter from the Nuvo paste and could see this on a lot of cards!

Here are the ladies playing along:

Kelly (you're here!)

We'll be posting our Anything Goes cards every 1
2th of the month  which means messy!  Woohoo!

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ....
`Kelly Santi 


Stamp What?! - Canine Capers!


Hi friends!

Happy Weekend!

I'm getting a late start to today's blog post ~ Stamp What?! 

This is a fun blog series created by my teenage son

and you can read how it all started here!

Each month, he choses a Stampin' Up! stamp set at random 

and hands it to me and I make the card.

 This month he chose:

Canine Capers!

One of my favorites!

As always, I ask him what made him chose this one off the shelf.

He said "Becuase you love dogs!"

I do, I do!

So here's my simple yet from-the-heart card ........

and the inside:

My friends Barb and Jeanette have card to share as well on their blogs 

as they are joining me in this Stamp What?! challenge.

We post today but their cards will be up later ...

One last look at Canine Capers :)

I know most of the world has gone to unmounting 

and everyone who has UM'ed their wooden stamps

 have told me stories of how freeing it it.

Me, most of all, appreciates SPACE 

since I have a sincere lack of it to craft in!

But I just cannot seem to do it. 

I'm a very tactile person and 

love the feel of the wooden stamp in my hand!

I spend nearly every. single. card using the MISTI

so maybe this is the one last way I have to enjoy the wooden stamps.

And my Snoopy stamps!

Those are wooden, too, and I'm NEVER getting rid of those! :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings :)


3M ~ You're a treasure!


Hi friends!

Happy Friday!

Today's card is for the 3 Musketeers ~
a card group started by my friend, Jeanette!

The idea:  
We take turns hostessing a month, 
chose just one image and mail it to the other 2!
We all create a card with that same image 
and the suprise of what it will be is always fun!

This month, I'm the hostess and chose this crazy fun image
 from Taylored Expressions: Treasure Map Background.
I picked this up at a destash a bit ago and added it to my collection -
and then it sat until now!
I know it's intended for a background,
but I've created two cards, two ways
and let the background actually be the focal point!

If you have known me for some time, 
you'll know I love love LOVE bright colors!
I wanted to make the first one really POP and used cheerful colors!

My first card!

And my second card:

I was able to get a super good impression with this really large stamp
by using the MISTI.
I'm so SO lucky to have won the new MISTI at Splitcoasttstampers
for the September card challenge with My Sweet Petunia!
All the card submissions were so amazing
 and I'm very humbled to have been chosen :)

For both of my cards, I colores them with prismacolor markers stamped with Momento ink and recollections cardstocks kraft and black and the white cardstock is Accent Opaque white #120.

You can see Barb's card here and Jeanette's card here and we'll be back on the 9th of November with Barb's stamp choice. I'm excited to see what it will be :)  I will be playing catch up on some cards this weekend as I finally have some time carved out to clean up my stamp bins, organize my stamps back in the right order, as they are a disaster from the recent week long partying and being packed away.  Eeek!            That's a NO NO!  LOL!

Here's a final look:

                                         Thanks for stopping by!

Big hugs, bigger blessings :)


CCEE2041 ~ World Octopus Day!


Hi friends!  

It's looking like ocean week on my blog!

Today is actually the next challenge at the CCEE Stampers

and we're celebrating World Octopus Day :)

Frances continues as our hostess for the month of October

and she's chosen to celebrate World Octopus Day. 

I've used a stamp and die set from Taylored Expressions

that I picked up at their summer clearance :)

It's called Oceans of Fun and I popped up the fish and octopus

with a background that I blended with oxides.

You can see the full line up of cards here on the blog

as well as link up yours!

Thanks for stopping by!

Big hugs, bigger blessings :)



Crafters of Faith ~ Isaiah 34:2

Hi friends!

Today is the first day back to High School for my son and

 it was definitely like the longest summer in history!

It's also the 7th of the month which means the Crafters of Faith card group

also posts our cards with a chosen theme and scripture.

This month, the hostess is me!

One of my very favorite places to be is at the ocean - 

the smell of the salt in the air, the sound of the crashing waves,

 collecting sea shells and, of course, making sandcastles :)

My scripture challenge is:  

 Isaiah 34:2  ~ When you go through deep waters, I will be with you

The card challenge: 

  Create a card that shows your DEEP BLUE - the ocean, the sea, using blue as a predominant color, and something you'd see on/under the ocean.

And here's the card I made:

I created my card using a variety of products,

including Smooth Sailing stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn.

Once I had those stamped, cut, and colored, I set them aside.

I used my Altenew watercolor brushmarkers on a panel of Canson #140 paper

and once dry, flicked water droplets on it to create an ocean.

I learned a little tip and trick watching one of Lawn Fawn videos ~

make clouds into waves!

I simply turned the card upside down once they were die cut and tada - waves!

The rest is simplier - added the images and fun sentiment to finish.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Big hugs, bigger blessings :)



Leaf hunting!


Hi friends!

Today is party day in our home!

Alice's birthday party is today

since her actual birthday is the middle of the work week :)

We've transformed the house into an ocean paradise from the movie, Moana!

One of the cards I've made recently was actually inspired by her

and a nature walk that we took around our neighborhood.

Leaf printing!

We collected several leaves as I was also looking for one to create for this card.

I used the mini MISTI to hold the leaf in place, 

stamped it with Versamark and and pressed it into the cardstock.

Once it was pressed down, I used gold embossing powder and heat set it.

The sentiment from my desk and I also added enamel dots

but took this photo before I did - so this is the non-dot version!

Here's Alice, flushed from our walk, with her finished masterpiece 

that we glued down and surprised her mommy!

I have to say ~ hers is definitely the showstopper!

We've got seeds, leaves, flowers and tree bark ....

Thank goodness, she didnt' want to glue the snail we found - yikes!

He went to live in the backyard tree :)



I do have a giveaway!

In honor of her 2nd Birthday, I'm giving away 2 Gift Certificates

only over on my Instagram for one lucky person AND the friend

  they tag!  So if you'd like, you can check that out :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Big hugs, bigger blessings :)



CCEE2040 ~ Mad Hatter Day!


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's a brand new month and our CCEE Stampers challenge hostess this month is Frances.
and as you may remember last week in my CCEE post, we are welcoming
Hazel from Handcrafted Expressions and Manal Habib from Miniscraft to our Design Team.

The 6th of October is Mad Hatter Day and the challenge this week ~ 
create a card inspired by the theme … hats, Alice In Wonderland, Mad Hatter. 

So let me tell you ....  I LOVE this week's theme!


My granddaughter, Alice, was named after Alice in Wonderland 
the second my daughter found out it was a girl :) 
Her mommy (my daughter) is a HUGE AIW fan ...
AND ... 
as if that wasn't crazy enough, Alice's birthday is October 6th ... Mad Hatter Day.
It was meant to be!

Okay, enough gushing ....

My card!
I've used a super old stamp from Kraftin' Kimmie called Gabrielle   
and I've had this stamp 10 years :/

The background was created by using another old school product - 
a Cuttlebug embossing folder in Argyle pattern.
I ran it thought a die cut first, and then the EB, and then watercolored it.

The sentiment is a computer generated one as the stamp doesn't have one
and I set is aside wonky, as with the entire card, because not much
makes sense in Alice in Wonderland!

 Be sure to stop by the CCEE Stampers blog today 
and see all the Mad Hatter cards
and link up yours, too, if you have one in the theme!

Big hugs, bigger blessings :)


Not so SCARY-crow!



Hi friends!

It's fall!

I love love LOVE this time of year!

Miami stays pretty hot year round and we don't see a 'traditional' fall, but we still go through all the events with fall festivals, scents and cooking :)

As kids, my brother and I would often roam the fields and countryside having grandadventures, including in the farmers fields where we'd see scarecrows.

He would even make them for him and I and we'd run around playing with them. I found out years later after seeing childhood photos that they were just apples picked from the trees and skewered onto a stick!

I used a free, quick download image off the internet from Dearie Dolls and this one is the b/w printable. There's also a colorized version if that's your jam!


I colored it with Copic Ciao markers and added a piece of patchwork dsp as the backdrop - coloring the scarecrow with similiar colors as the paper.

I'd say, he's not such a scary SCAREcrow!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Big hugs, bigger blessings :)