One Plus Twelve - October


Hi friends!

I have a card to share -
the October card on the last day of November before we get to December! :)

Me:  huh??

I'm a few cards behind with my One Plus Twelve card challenge
that I normally would post on the 3rd day of every month ..
like this one!

The samp I chose this year is Beautiful Bloom by My Favorite Things.
It paired well with my WOTY:  Bloom!

For this month's card, since it was fall and harvest in the air,
I found an old OLLLLLLLD stack of PTI designer paper pad with leaves.
I wanted the stamped onto dsp flower to showcase those 
so I stamped several attempts to get the flower just right.

I think should I make a card again like this, I'd add a pop of aqua!

I went through my blog this morning and realized July and August
need to be posted as well
and both of those were done.
Not a clue why they weren't posted either so you'll see those soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

Big hugs, bigger blessings :)


CYS: Leaves!

Hi friends!

Happy Saturday!

It's Operation Christmas Time in our home with putting up the tree,

decor and making it the North Pole!

Eahh year, we have a themed Christmas and this year is 'The North Pole'

and it will (hopefully) look like a whimsical wonderland after it's done :)

I also have gotten a second 'spring cleaning' wind

 and have taken apart our walk in closet.

I thought it would be a few hours ~ yikes!

It's been nearly 2 days!

Sorting, purging, taken to church, more sorting, washing, folding ...

shelves and boxes - oh my!

Anything that 'Oh, I'll fit into this again!"  - gone

"Oh, I remember this from 1999!' - gone

"Oh, maybe my daughter's might like this one day!" (from 1989) - gone!

But - lucky for me - the end is in sight and it's brighter and fresher :)

Onto my card!

The Challenge Your Stash card group on Splitcoaststampers

asks us to look through our STASH (not buy anything new)

and make a card to stretch the use of our supplies.

I've used a unity stamp from one of their past KOTM

and watercolored stamped it.

This card was fun to make - it's always nice to relax and paint!

Thanks for stopping by!

Big hugs, bigger blessings :)



Happy Black Friday!

Hi friends!

I hope your weekend is off to a good start!

I know many of you are shopping, shopping, shopping!

So while you are picking up some really great deals

and buying new goodies,

I wanted to share with you that The Project Bin

stamps and dies have a sale, too :)

Take a peek!

The entire store is 50% off!

Remember to use the code WOOHOO :)

The sale is valid November 27-November 30th!

Thanks for stopping by!

Big hugs, bigger blessings :)




CCEE2048 ~ Tie One On Day!

 Hi friends!

Happy Thankstgiving to all of my USA friends!
I'm grateful for your friendships and blog-ships! :)

It's my last challenge for the month of November
I hope you've enjoyed the challenges as much as I have!

For this last challenge, November 24 is Tie One On Day!

It's in honor of Thanksgiving cooking and using an apron!
The challenge is to create a card using an apron as your focal image 
or any TIED element ~ think ribbons, twine, etc!

Use the code CCEE2048 for any gallery or at Splitcoaststampers.

Onto my card!

I used My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Steeped in Love 
and thought this would be a cute card for my mom
who LOVES her English tea!

I love how this card came out!
It was made with love :)

My apron - for the challenge - is on her little dress!

And the sentiment is on the inside of the card with the leftover paper.

Be sure to stop in to the CCEE blog and see what the DT has made ~
as well as link up your cards!
If you use a gallery or Splitcoaststampers, please use code CCEE2048.

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


CCEE2047 ~ Sunflowers!


     Hi friends!

I have a new challenge at the CCEE Stampers ~

It's getting darker earlier and winter is abound for many ~
let's brighten it up with some cheerful yellow sunflowers!

Create a card this week using a sunflower as your focal point ~
either a stamped image or your designer paper.
Please use the code CCEE2047 if you use a gallery or the link up below!

For this week's card, I've used the Altenew Paint-a-Flower
Sunflower.  I'm a member of their monthly subscription
to try it out :)
I've also added some wink of stella to the sunflowers to jazz it up!

Here's the inside:

Thanks for stopping by!

Big hugs, bigger blessings 


Ready, Set, Go - Gingerbread!

 Hi friends!

Today's card is for the Ready, Set, Go card challenge ~

which is a card challenge group with a twist :)

The challenges are a little a lot harder to do

and almost always make me think outside the box!

I'm super lucky to be the hostess this month 

and chose a theme I AH-DORE ... Gingerbread!

 Gingerbread is an taste that's not for everyone so rather than eat gingerbread cookies, we're focusing on baking them!  Create a card (or project) that FEATURES  a gingerbread man/woman. Next step in the recipe, since gingerbread rises when you bake ithave a raised feature on your card. This can be as easy as glitter glue or stickles or really fancy like a pop up card - your choice!  For the next step, use one of the colors of the word G-I-N-G-E-R-B-R-E-A-D and use that color as your trimming (hairbows, bowties, etc.)

Ready, Set, Go!



For my card, I've used the adorable Waffle Flower Stamps Cookie Time!

I am so in love with this!

I confess - my favorite part?'

The kitty cat that I stuck behind the gingie house!

I stamped/die cut the images and colored them with my copic markers

and created a simple focal point with distress ink in Shabby Shutters.

There are so many stamps in this set, I didn't even get them all on the card!

These gingerbread cookies are running about causing some mischief :)

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

as they are joining me in the RSG challenge this year.

As always, I'm delighted when my blog (post) inspires you, too, 

and if you'd like to play along and create a card, please do!

*heart smile!*

And here's another look at my card ....

1. Gingerbread theme - check!

2.  Raised element (it's up on foam dots) - check!

3. Gingerbread cookies don't have bows to color :) - check!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Big hugs, bigger blessings :)



I come bearing gifts ....


and the gift is ME!

Hee hee!

  For today's card, I actually used up some scrap 

pieces of material and glittery shiny washi tape

and a sweet skating polar bear from My Favorite Things

called Polar Bear Pals.

Here's the inside of the card:

The inside of the card is a little sentiment

that's computer generated.

My son will eventually give it to whomever he wants this holiday :)

Have a great start to the new week!

Big hugs, bigger blessings :)


DDD ~ Rudolph's Red Nose!


Hi friends!

It's time for the last DDD duel of this year ~

we take December off to enjoy the holidays :)

For this duel, Carol and Shelly put their noses together

and came up with a super fun holiday theme:  

Rudolph's Red Nose!

As part of Team Divas, I received an adorable kit with C C Designs

reindeer games and Carol was SO SWEET to include all 3!

Yep, I squealed!

I'll be making a lot of cute cards with these stamps :)

Here is my card for the duel:

Surprisingly for me, 

I chose the first designer paper from the ones she sent - plain black.

It was strange for me for a Christmas card but it matched perfectly 

with the holy berry paper so I just went with it.

I added a small dollop of the shiny dsp to the corner as a nod to the red nose.  

Rudolph is colored with copics and popped up in front of the sentiment

and the final touch is the red pompom on his hat.

You can see all the Diva and Dazzler cards at Splitcoaststampers

in the gallery under DDD cards.

Thanks for stopping by!

Big hugs, bigger blessings :)


Falliday ~ Twine Inlay!


Hi friends 

and Happy World Kindness Day!

"Be kind whenever possible.  It's always possible." ~ Dalai Lama


I'm the hostess today at Falliday and I thought I'd show you a quick look

at my card ... a twine inlay.

This is a quick and simple way to create a card that really makes a statement!

It's so simple, too!  Just paper, your favorite die, and twine

(and your usual suspects of glue, trimmers, sentiment stamp, etc)

First, here's my completed card:

Such a wonderful message for a day like today! 

 To create this card, I first die cut the area using a rainbow dienamic from 

My Favorite Things from an almost A2 size card front scalloped base. 

Before I assembled the rest of the card,

I stamped the sentiment first.

This step is important since it will be SUPER big and bulky

and harder to stamp a clear and even sentiment once it's complete.


Using a small 3" x 3" cardstock, I started winding the twine around it

in the best ROYGBIV order using the colors that I had.

Here's a sneak peek behind the scenes!

Once it's wrapped, I secured the ends with mint tape

and then added it to the BACK of the stamped panel.

Add plenty of 3d foam to all the areas around the back 

where the twine isn't ~ and build it up until the twine is below the panel.

And that's it!

Easy peasy lemon squeezie!

Here's a quick card of a second one that I made with a winter theme:

This one is using a quick watercolor wash background

and it's stamped with versamark and heat embossed for the sentiment.

The beautiful snowflake die is from MFT Stamps

as is the scallop edge die.  

That's it for me!

Two fun and different cards ~ one result of FUN-bulous!

Thanks for stopping by!

Big hugs, bigger blessings :)



CCEE2046 ~ Letter to Santa Week!


Hi friends!

I'm back with another challenge with the CCEE Stampers as the 

November hostess! (always nice to be a calendar girl - eh?! LOL!)

The second week in November is Dear Santa Letter Week

so the challenge this week is to create a card showing a letter to Santa!

My challenge this week is a sweet one!

Create a card depicting writing a letter to Santa ~

a little old time nostalgia for us {big} kids :)

For my card, I've used my very favorite Santa stamp set - 

Jingle All The Way from MFT Stamps.

Be sure to see what the rest of the DT has made by heading to the blog.

And it's also the start of a new The Daily Marker 30 Day!

I won't be showing each day on my blog but you can follow along 

with my daily colorings over on my Instagram here:  kellyannsanti

And here is my Day #1 from The Daily Marker 30 Day

sponsored by Kathy Rac.  

It's a shorter round this time - just 11 days!

The idea is to get your creativity moving ~

whatever you'd like to color and whatever medium you chose - 

just color!

Thanks for stopping by!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ...

I'll enter this to: Inspired By Challenge - Deer Santa


Stamp What?! ~ Travel Time!

 Hi friends!

I have another card for my Stamp What?! personal card challenge

 that was started by my son :)

Earlier this year, after seeing my stacks of old wooden Stampin' up stamps, 

he asked me why I don't use them so often and created an idea ....

He'd bring me one of the 'Old Dusties' at random and I'd use it in on a card.

I always ask him "what made you chose this one?"

and - eek! - I can't remember what he said for this one a couple of days ago.

(I'll edit it later) 

He brought me 'Travel Time' .... circa 2003.

I colored the card to match my dad's old, olive green Granada 

that we had in Europe when I was a kid.

He cherished that card and drove us everywhere in it!  

My mom would ride shotgun, of course, and the nod to the lost map on my card

is for her - never able to read it so she would make up directions, LOL!

Hard to believe back in the day we had to read gosh honest maps

and did NOT have cellphones with siri and google :)

Since friends often do things together, I invited Barb and Jeanette

to create with me and their cards on own their blogs, too.

And I encourage you to treasure your Old but Goodies if you got 'em!

Just dust them off and let them shine anew!

Here's how I modernized it to this day and age ....

I used the MFT Stamps sunburst stencil, Ranger inks and PFS blender brushes.

Here's my Old Dusty:

This is the first year I'm doing the Stamp What?! challenge because 

it's special to me ~ and next year, he and I plan to continue the trend 

(at least so he says!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Big hugs, bigger blessings :)


Grateful for you!


Happy Monday!

In this time of uncertainty, 

I have much to be thankful for :)

Today's card is the simplicity that I love so much!

A simple watercoloring, a beautiful sentiment, a unique die and done!

My card is one of the many I'm making for Splitcoaststampers Falliday ~

a celebration of card designs and techniques!

I'm excited to be one of the hostesses, too ~

and my challenge is coming up this week!


Thanks for stopping by today!

Big hugs, bigger blessings :)


I'll enter this to:  Simon Says Stamp

Cupcake Inspirations ~ Photo Inspiration

Word Art Wednesday - AG


Umbrella .... ella ... ella .....


Hi friends!

Umbrella .... ella ... ella ........
as my kids say, 
if you know, you know! 


Happy Sunday!

Time for us here in South Florida to get out our umbrellas!
Tropical Storm Eta is heading this way!

My card is for the FS at Splitocoasttstampers
and it's always fun as a Dirty Girl Alumni to enjoy the gallery of one of our own!

I'm not big on the whole CASE-ing cards thing
but in this case, that's the point :)
The idea is to be inspired by the card and I spotted this card of Jane's:

After almost discarding my background, I decided to give it a second chance 
and let it take center stage.
After mixing and practicing with some watercolor pans, 
this was what was left and the paper pilled too much for my liking.
Instead of tossing it, I kept it and gave it a second chance ..
and, as I like to say, it's actually kinda groovy!

Here's my card:

Dug into my old stamps and found Pure Innoncence MFT Stamps Umbrella girl
and the sentiment is from the Prayers MFT Stamps set.

And that's it from me!
Wishing you a wonderful Sunday -
Big hugs, bigger blessings!



Crafters of Faith: Nehemiah 9:6

Hi friends!

Today's card is for the Crafters of Faith card group on SCS.
Our hostess this month is Vickie and she gave us quite a theme:

Nehemiah 9:6

I was particularly drawn to the part in the scripture that reads:
You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry sky ...

My card was inspired also by my granddaughter, Alice.
She looooooooves going outside at night with Oma
and look for the 'Moon and tar!'  
(moon and stars!)


To create my card, it took a little time.
I first painted a watercolored background with Altenew watercolors
and as it was drying, splattered it with white acrylic paint.
I added another top die cut (white) panel with a peek-a-boo circle
so the watercolor would peek through.
NOTE TO SELF:  Next time just die cut a circle from the blue watercolor paper, lol

I added this wonderful sentiment from Divinity Designs. 
It was a stamp set from one of my favorites stamps and it's and it's called Porch.
.The sweet white polar bear is an add on and that's from W Plus 9.

And that's it from me today!

Big hugs, bigger blessings~



CCEE2045: Men Make Dinner Day!


Hi friends!

I have some great news ~

You do not have to cook dinner tonight ....

It's Men Make Dinner Day! :)

I'm super excited to be the hostess for the entire month of November 

at the CCEE Stampers.

For the next 4 Thursdays, I hope to bring you some super fun challenges!

First up:  November 1st was Men Make Dinner Day.

In our home, that would be a treat!

My husband doesn't cook very much or very often,

but when he does - YUM!

For my card today, I've used Recipe for Happiness by MFT Stamps.

The bowl and pot are a little wild with the green color 

but I've colored them to mimic the pots and pans my husband

 bought me many years ago.

We were newly married and had just put a down payment on our home

and we were dirt poor  - but still he bought me a beautiful set of 

pots and pans that I'd been eyeing (and WAY out of the budget)

He even bought them in my favorite color:  green!

Yep, he's a keeper!

Be sure to stop in the CCEE Stampers blog and see what the DT has created.

Be sure to link up your cards, too, at the bottom with the linky.

Thanks for stopping by!

Big hugs, bigger blessings :)