Gone Fishin'!

Hi friends!

Happy Weekend!
This is another rare weekend for our family where we have
 nothing. on. the. calendar!

I love lazy weekends of not having to be here or there.
Today, I watched the sun rise with my warm cuppa,
hearing the birds happily chirping their morning wake up call.
It was a chilly 65* this morning ~ bliss!

Today I have a quick card that I made for Splitcoaststampers ~
Memory Lane and the inspiration challenge.
My brother (a little over a year older than me) and I had an amazingly adventurous childhood, often leaving at dawn and returning at dusk.
Different times indeed! 

We'd spend hours having adventures in our towns,
including fishing on the docks and lakes and ponds
with twigs and sticks and a spool of mama's thread!
We didn't catch much of anything but we had the best of times ♥

I've made a CAS card with my Stampabilities Snoopy Stamp
and aqua and white colored cardstocks, run through the Gemini Jr with a die.
The clouds are from My Favorite Things
and, as of now, the inside is blank until I figure out where this will end up!

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


CCEE2008 ~ Paper Piecing!

Hi friends!

One more day until Fri-YAY!
I know ... I can't wait either!

There's a new challenge at the CCEE Stampers blog:  Paper Piecing!
That's a tried and true and favorite papercraft technique 
that I've always enjoyed doing.
I think it's reminiscent of when we'd play paper dolls
('membah those?!)
and could change up the outfits 
and outings of the little dollies with just paper.

For my card today, I'm using the Tim Holtz 
Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy set.
These birds are hilarious!
I think if I could be a Tim Holtz bird,
this one that I've made is probably about what I'd look like :)

Bright colors and those big 'ol eyeballs ♥

Here's my card and I paper-pieced the birdie.
The rest is a clean and simple card and the sentiment comes in the set ~
and I love that it matched her expression so well.

You can see what the design team created by heading here to the blog
as well as finding the linky at the bottom to link up your cards, too.
We'd love to see what you make
with the paper piecing theme.

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


RSG: Stop, Drop and Roll!

Hi friends!
It's the middle of the week ~
hang on ... the weekend is almost here!

It's time for another Ready, Set, Go card challenge.
That's the card group where we have extreme challenges ~
ones that are a bit out of the box!

I'm the hostess this month and thought up this lovely challenge at 2 am.
Or maybe it was 3 am?

Either way, it sounded amazing!

at 3 am.

My challenge was to use the old childhood adage: Stop, Drop, and Roll
when we were in trouble.
I've never forgotten those words ~ so those field trips to the fire stations
and visiting firemen must have made an impact!
This month, we're taking that same slogan in a crafty direction ...

 Chose a color using a letter in S-T-O-P as your primary card color
(I used Orange and Pink) 

 Use something on the card that had to be dropped 
(I used water droplets to splatter on the Distress Oxides
and Nuvo Mousse mixed with water for white splatters)

 Use anything that rolls/comes on a roll (I used a roll of washi tape
and his skooter has wheels that roll AND I used a rolling hill die)

My card is using the adorable new Avery Elle 'Sweet Swines!' 
and added it to a festive background made from just distress oxide inks.
I wanted to experiment with a few colors and used
 Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold and Abandoned Coral, 
blended with my TE Blending Brushes. 
The rolling hill is a die from My Favorite Things
and unfortunately, I didn't buy the matching dies to this set 
so it's cut out with my Brother Scan N Cut :)
 And lastly, the washi tape is a bold color of teal 
as I wanted to break up all the pink/orange tones that were marrying together.

And that's my Stop, Drop and Roll!
You can see Barb's card here and Jeanette's card here.
It's always fun to pick a challenge and just give it a try ~
just to make a different kind of card 
or find something that inspires you ....
like this older children's rhyme :) 

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

I'll link my card to: Pammie's Inky Pinkies AG
Simon Says Stamp - Add a sentiment 
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Add a Critter! 
Creations in Pink - Add mostly Pink!


GNOME place like home ~ February's leftovers!

 Good Morning, friends!

Today's card is my second card in my new blog series:
"Room for leftovers," 
a blog series goal I gave myself for this year :)

You can see the first post here
and it's a fun way to incorporate my new year's goal:
to use up the scraps and the bits and pieces from card making
because there's always 'Room for Leftovers!'
Some pieces are just so pretty, you use them twice!

For today's card, I used the adorable Lil Gnome from Simon Says Stamps.

Did you know that Garden Gnomes are a symbol of good luck? 

Yep, it’s a little gnome fact!

I love this die! 
 It makes such a cute gnome ♥
 I didn't even realize how many gnome stamps
I owned until I recently started organizing my stamps :/
 I know .... gnomes are everywhere!   
And this one is the perfect size to create a card with just one small bit of paper.

Here's how I repurposed it for this card.
I had a small piece of leftover alcohol ink Yupo paper from a previous card.
I knew to use it this piece, I'd need a die that's pretty small since
this leftover is maybe 4" x 1" in size and not much wiggle room for error. 
I ran the die set and the Yupo strip through my Gemini Jr and 
assembled the pieces to create 2 gnomes - one black, one white.

I wish I'd remembered to photograph it while it was whole,
but I did quickly puzzle piece the parts back in for a quick visual :)

And my completed card!
I kept it simple and CAS for the challenge at Splitcoaststampers.
Here's a look at the cutout pieces from that small strip:
Enough to make two little gnomes!
I'm so glad I didn't throw it away.
I'm sure I'll use this die set over and over - 
I already have a couple more ideas sketched out for him!

I'll enter my card to AAA Card Challenge - One corner
UnStampaBellas - no stamps, bright colors

I chose bright colors because I'm drawn to bright,
 vivid, rich colors that just burst -
they are so cheerful to me!
And I love using up scraps and recycling - waste not, want not! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


DDD: Let me call you sweetheart!

 Hi sweet(heart) friends!
I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day
and beautiful weekend ♥

This blog post should be called "Let me call you late!"
Our DDD - that's the Dueling Darlings Divas/Dazzlers
post our cards on the 15th with a kit sent to us.
I took some time to unwind and 'find my focus.'
We've had a full plate as a family and so much all at once.
After my son's amazing drama show on Thursday night,
my husband and I just sort of decompressed.
We had wonderful home cooked meals, 
snuggled up and watched some old movies 
and he tinkered around the house/cars while I slept!

I mean SLEPT.

I was reading in bed on Saturday afternoon 
and woke up and it was pitch black!

 As mentioned, the hostesses for this round of dueling are Carol and Shelly.
They chose a wonderful and romantic theme for February ...

Let Me Call You Sweetheart

I wish I could say this is the total kit that Carol sent ...
but I'm not quite sure where it is, to be honest.
My sweet little granddaughter Alice LOVES to help her Oma (me!)
tidy up and she ran off down the hall with my card and remaining card kit.
And NONE of us can find where she put it after looking for 2 days straight!

True Story.

I'm sure one day it will be funny.
Or cute.
But it's not ...

So here we are :/

I did, however, use ribbon and buttons Carol sent me previously 
from another card kit!
It was a perfect match to this lovely image she chose ....
and I found a single sheet of designer paper that I thought matched both.

 You can see what the rest of the Divas and Dazzlers
created by visiting Splitcoastampers!
The group is listed in the forum as the DDD.
 Thank you Carol and Shelly for your LOVE-ly theme this month.

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Happy GAL-entines Day!

Hi friends!

Happy Valentine's Day to you all!
I hope today brings you love and sweetness ♥

 Today's card is a view from the window!

I made this scenic card for my middle daughter, Chrissy ♥
 One of my other loves, when I'm not cardmaking, is writing.
I'm often tapping away at the typewriter,
usually transcribing what I've written in my journals. 
For Christmas last year, she bought me a new typewriter
and it's mint green ~ similiar to this one!

I've used the absolutely darling Lawn Fawn 'You're Just My Type!'
and Lawn Fawn's Tropical Backdrop for the view.
I do stare (a lot!) out of the window when I'm lost in thought
or planning/writing something out in my head.
I do live in Miami, but this isn't quite the view from my window :)

To create the scene, I started with an A2 size piece of white cardstock
and used my distress oxide inks to emulate the sand and ocean.
I started by die cutting the backdrop with white cardstock as I knew
I wanted to color the palm trees.
I used Ranger distress oxide inks in Mowed Lawn and Shabby Shutters
for the leaves and Lawn Fawn in Walnut for the tree trunks.
I did some masking with washi tape so I keep the ink contained while blending.

For the inside panel, from top to bottom, 
the sky/wave inks are Salty Ocean, Broken China
and the sand is a mixture of Scattered Straw and Dried Marigold,

 Here's the view with all the dimension:

 And the inside:

I love being a mama to my 4 kids
and beautiful little granddaughter ♥
While my son isn't so crazy about Valentine's Day this year,
we girls had a fun Galentine's Day out this week
with shopping and dining and good times!
I'm really tickled with how this came out ;)
And .... I'm wishing you a day filled with all of that and more!
Happy Valentine's Day, my friends ♥ 

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


CCEE2007 ~ Non-traditional Valentine!

Hi friends!

There's a new challenge for the CCEE Stampers challenge.
Anne is our hostess for the month of February
and this is her challenge for the week:

 Tomorrow is Valentine's Day (also my DH's birthday!). 
 Make a masculine valentine in non-traditional colors (no RED or pink).

I thought I'd have fun with my card this week
and use a super cute stamp from Taylored Expressions.
I think this stamp might be retired now but it's a good one :)

This funny Valentine is perfect for my husband!
We met at an Air Force Base where our dads 
were stationed with the military
and he and I had after school jobs at the commissary.

Every day, without fail, he'd ask me out on our break.
He would always order this big burger with everything
and me, already vegetarian, would just eat a plate of fries with mustard.
He always thought that was the most bizarre thing he'd ever seen
and it soon became our joke.

You're the mustard to my fries :)


And oops... my cardstock is unintentionally red :/ 
I saw non-traditional challenge and not the color requirements so
 I guess I'll go sit back in the corner this week!
Please stop by and see the DT cards for this week's challenge ~
you can see them here on the CCEE Stampers blog.
As always, if you want to like up a card, we'd love to see it!
Just use the linky at the bottom of the post,
or use the keyword CCEE2007 in your online gallery.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Hot Mess ... Bee's Knees!

 Hi friends!

 It's that time again for the Hot Mess ~ Success card group
to share our cards.
(Here's how it all got started on my first messy card post.)
And, just like the name suggests, we make messes!

I do love creativity ...
and, even more, I love a challenge!
But messes?

Not. my. thing.

Which is why it's so funny ironic that we have 
once-a-month card challenge that requires us to make a mess!

We are crafters, amiright?!

I used a watery, messy technique that I will definitely try again
(and that just may be the first time I've said that in a Hot Mess post!) 
If it has an official name, I apologize in advance ... I found it by mistake.

 I call it ... the paper towel technique!

 Barb is our challenge hostess for February's card
and her extra credit this month was: 'Use red.'
You can see Barb's card, Jeanette's card, and Terry's cards on their blogs.

I started with #110 heavy weight white cardstock,
I spritzed it with water for a light misting.
While it was still wet, I dropped Tim Holtz distess reinkers
in Barn Door, Picked Raspberry and Tattered Rose and let it do it's magic.
Before it dried, I placed the patterned paper towel onto the damp cardstock
and lifted off all the color.
 I was a little heavy handed with the pinks so the red is slightly muted ~
but it's there :)
I hoped that the design in the paper towel would imprint onto the cardstock
but I'm digging the fun textures and swirls it left behind!

My images that I added are from Hello Bluebird 
and were colored during The Daily Marker 30 day event.
I'm glad I finally got to put these cuties onto a card ~
I'm super hap-bee with how this turned out ♥

This month's card = Success!

And that's it from this corner of the messy craft desk ...
until next month :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

I'll enter my card:  Word Art Wednesday
The Flower Challenge -  flowers with leaves 
Tuesday Throwdown - make your own background


Tiny Valentines ♥

Hi friends ~
happy Monday!

I hope you're off to a good start to the week :)
Today I'm sharing some 'tiny love!'
Splitcoaststampers had a challenge to make 'pocket Valentines'
and I thought it was so sweet ♥

For my little valentines, I used several stamp sets from Lawn Fawn,
mixing and matching them.
These little note cards are are 2.5 x 3.5 in size,
 similar in size to the popular ATC's.
I've added small folded cardstock to the back 
to make them into stand alone cards.
 The stamp sets I've used are: Stud Puffin, Upon a Star, Butterfly Kisses
I do love my critters!
I used the MFT stitched hill drift dienamic for the bottom 'grass'
and Avery Elle wonky scalloped frames. 
I'll enter this to the Lawn Fawn Challenge #70 ~  Lots of love

Simon Says Stamp - With Love

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


3M: The birthday bus!

 Hi friends!

In the words of the late Joan Rivers, "can we talk?"

Today's card is for the 3M (3 Musketeers) card group,
 I'm so lucky to also have this stamp set
 because I had to stop and start ...
and stop and start!
This card, unlike this sweet bear driving, was just all over the place :/

It about drove me crazy ...
 no pun intended!


This is Avery Elle's Birthday Bus!
They look like they are heading to a fun party ~ I sure wish I was going along!
 (Barb, Jeanette and myself) are the 3M
 where we have a mystery image and then create a card.
This stamp was Barb's choice for February.

 Most of our families greatest adventures,
and the most fun we've ever had,
were always when we did things things 'on the fly!'
I'm a planner.
I'm an itinerary girl.
But we love love LOVE spontaneity, too!

And ... 
that's just how my card was created, too :)

I had ideas.
 I made backgrounds with green grass and blue skies.
And some fancy clouds.
I had a sunset with rays and used about 4 different stencils.

Nothing. looked. right.
Finally, almost at my wits end,
 I spied a few tiny pieces of stamped images
 from another card I'd worked and something just clicked!
 Not part of my original design
but I added on some tiny pieces from the stash.
The sky and grass are designer paper from Echo Park
and I've added a fun die cut road for them to drive on.
I added it in reverse to the inside of the card
because hopefully the party will keep going!

 And here's the inside:  

I'm super happy with how this one came out ~
after it all clicked into place!
I think this party bus filled with cute critters will have many adventures.

You can see Barb's card here and Jeanette's card here

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


COF: My Heart Trusts ♥

Hi friends!
Happy Friday :)

I have a lot of cardmaking in my weekend plans! 
It's finally a very rare quiet weekend in our family
so I'm going to catch up on blogging, cards and crafts ♥

Today's card is for the Crafters of Faith card group on Splitcoaststampers
and the theme this month is: 
Express your Love of God. 

  Scripture: Psalms 63:3-4 make a card to express your love of God.

Challenge: February is often thought of as the month of love. 
Think of the love of God or use the old hymn
 "The Love of God is Greater Far."

For my card, I've used Unity Stamp Co and 
the stamp is My Heart Trusts.
This was one of my stamp purchase during their 'brown' mega sale
and it's such a sweet stamp set. 
I decided to try a little more definition coloring as I learned 
from my classes with Kathy Rac ..
She even has make up! ♥

I had planned to paper piece her outfit
(like this card I made last year) but ran out of time :)
I added a sentiment to the inside of the card
and it's one of the several in this set.

 Thanks for stopping by today!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥