Inspired he(ART)work ~ card #2

 Hi friends!

I know - what happened to Snoopy?!

Today's card is the 2nd one in my new monthly series:

Inspired he(ART)work 

The idea is that I will take one of my 4 children's childhood drawings

and recreate it with modern day elements!

And it's okay!

Snoopy is fine and it meant to look this way

as the intent of this creative blog series is to do EXACTLY what they did!

Once again, this artwork is by my 2nd daughter, Chrissy ~

as my reorganizing the bins landed this second from the top!

*The video will be up on my YouTube channel soon!

Here is her fabulous artwork, created in 4th/5th grade ...

I love that she had Snoopy in her classroom artwork!

She's definitely my daughter :)

I loved the bold colors choices of the vivid purple and fresh green.

If you look closely, you'll see it's actually a grid with dots

which must have taken quite some time.

It's a series of lines and dots on the lines to create this look,

which I mistook for Pointillism, one of my FAVORITE painting techniques!

I adore Georges Seurat’s masterpiece A Sunday on La Grande Jatte

and about lost my mind to see it at the Art Institute of Chicago

on a trip to Illinois!

Okay, I'm rambling and it's NOT even Pointillism!

The technique she used is similiar to comic books called Ben Day dots,

popular from Roy Lichtenstein.

And here is my card:

I don't want to give too much away from the video

but I ended up not coloring the background after all

 (ooof - disaster!),

blending instead using water to create the background like hers.

I know it looks funny seeing a PLAIN card

and Snoopy just sort of chillin' and floating in the air,

but the point was to recreate it as she did - keeping it the same!

Until next month!

Thanks for stopping by!


Writing My Story (card #2) ~ the beach!

Hi friends!

Today's card is my 2nd in my new blog series:

Writing My Story 

I asked my husband, my 4 children and son-in-law to 

write down 12 things (2 each) that are ME in their eyes.

They did!

My oldest daughter sealed them in a little jar

and will give me one at random each month.

You can see here on this post about this new blog series :) 

This month, I'm going to the beach!

I absolutely LOVE the ocean ...

in fact, my blog is named after going to the beach with my kids

and building sandcastles!

My oldest daughter was the one who wrote this:

I do, I do!

We haven't gone in a long while because the kids are a little older

(and had college and jobs, etc)

but we spent so much time at the beach!

I still take myself from time to time, reading a book under 

a palm tree and enjoy the sun and surf and taking photographs :)

This little Pure Innocence girl is from My Favorite Things

and it's appropriately called Beach Day.

The background is a simple acetate splash background

and I added a frame to give the card a little centering.

She looks so much like my daughters when they were younger - 

little tow heads just like this :)

I was inspired by this week's IC challenge and found this bikini

and paper pieced her hat and bikini with dsp I had that matched.

I colored the images with copic markers

and I added the sentiment to the inside of the card.

And that's my card!

Everyone has a story to tell -

 each day ... a new page to turn :)

I can't wait to see which of their notes is next for me! 

Thanks for stopping by!


Hello, Crafty Friend!

Hi friends!

Who's ready for spring?!


It's still summer here in Florida!

We missed the snow, missed the winter and just stay HOT year round

 so I would love a spring season :)

My card today is using the Taylored Expressions DoOdLe fLoWEr

which I bought last year to make Mother's Day cards.

It's such a fun background and wonderful to color

and so relaxing and serene to color up.

I was inspired by the monthly MISTI challenge

to use our My Sweet Petunia products and create a square card.

This took me 5 times to stamp because it's a larger stamp

and I wanted to get a really good impression!

The sentiment is from the crafty friends script collab.

I used my copic ciao markers to color the flowers 

and added it to layer of Oreo cardstock for contrast.

And that's my card for today!

It's hard to believe that February is almost over

and we're moving into one of my favorite months: March <3

Before we know it, we'll be saying How. Is. It. December!


Thanks for stopping by!


CCEE2108 ~ Fairytale Madness!

 Hei min venn!

Today I'm heading to Norway! :)

Manal has our last challenge of the month at the CCEE Stampers ...

We all have been huge on fairytales in our childhood

 (the inner child in us still adores them).

Create something featuring your favorite fairytale/ 

carnival or a circus! The choice is yours!

My card today reflects a Norwegian fairy tale

called White Bear King Valemon.

It's said that it's the modern fairy tale of today's Beauty and the Beast.

I was inspired by the white polar bear that is the king during the day,

and a man at night.

He marries the king's daughter who breaks a rule 

and the chance for him to be forever human and he has to leave her.

So I'm thinking it would defintely be un-bear-able without his bride!

For my card, I've used Friends in the Forest by My Favorite Things

stamps and dies and the stiched mountains from Lawn Fawn.

The fun colorful paper is from Scrapbook.com - 

a freebie with purchase back in December :)

You can read this folklore story here on this site and

if you follow me on SCS, 

you'll have spotted this bear card - for the VSN mini!

Should you post to an online gallery other than your own blog,

 please add keyword or tag CCEE2108.

Thanks for stopping by!

Card entered to:  Little Red Wagon - teddy bears


Double Duty card #2 ~ Lawn Fawn


Hi friends!

Thank you SO MUCH for your super sweet words 

from this post - it is so exciting and so fun and you are awesome! :)

Another thing that is fun?!

  The Double Duty card challenge

where Barb, Jeanette and I create 2 cards with a chosen theme.

This is similiar to a series I did previously called Spot The Difference.

The spin off of this one is that Barb choses a stamp company

each month for us to create 2 different cards.

 February's stamp company = Lawn Fawn :)


I adore Lawn Fawn and have many many stamps and dies <3

For my cards, I've used Lawn Fawn's Our Friendship Grows.

I adore sunflowers but decided not to go traditional with these cards.

And I just love them :)

It took forever and a day to create it because I started with just this!

A distress oxide background from Creative Chick's distress oxide class!

I wasn't happy with this one panel at. all. so I 'repurposed' it 

and ended up stamping directly onto the panel and die cutting it.

And then I did like it so much!

To create the card base, I added a die cut panel of Spiffy Speckles 

and used my LF stitched rectangles to Licorice cardstock.

I used nearly every millimeter of the panel with the flowers

and leaves and then had an idea - add some sweet ladybugs!

I followed the current Lawn Fawnatics #95 sketch for this card

and I love that it made a 'quad' with the sunflowers.

For my 2nd card, I kept it SUPER simple 

and had an idea to use just one of the sunflowers as a contrast to the

black and white cardstock and background.

No coloring and just popped up the watercolored sunflower

and added a quick sentiment.  

This year I'm 'stocking my stash' + now I have one more get well card!

Here is a final look at both of my cards:

One stamp company, 2 different cards!

I love LOVE that I was able to use something I didn't like so much

and made 2 pretty cards that I DO like so much :)

Tomorrow I have a lunch date with my 2nd daughter 

who has some pretty big life changes - and I'm super excited

to catch up!  We're going to one of our favorite restaurants

as well as a book store and the fresh farmer's market <3

Thanks for stopping by and making it to the end of this post!


VSN: Card #1 ~ Concert in the park!


Hi friends!

It's an fun stamping start to the weekend!

In between moving rooms (furniture included!) and packing up

bins and boxes to move it from one room to another, 

I'm making card for VSN at Splitcoaststampers!

I also signed up a few weeks ago for another class with Jenn

using distress inks but I'll be popping in and out - depending on time.

So for me, it's more like follow the cardmaking :)

The 1st theme of the VSN (Virtual Stamp Night) is a Concert in the Park.

That's probably one card theme I didn't own and really had to 

think outside the box.

  I used my Strike Up The Band from MFT Stamps,

coloring the adorable mice in their band unis!

I colored 4 mice, one of each of my children 

but there's one facing the wrong way - THAT would be my son, ROFL!

I omitted him and will make another card later :)

The very light background is from a stencil and tumbled glass DOI.

And that's my 1st card!

Thanks for stopping by!


Excited to be published!

 Hi friends!

I'm super duper happy to share that I've been published

in the Spring 2021 edition of Creative Scrapbooker magazine!

Sorry for the really bad photo - no make up, hair is still wet

and I have been scrubbing my house from top to bottom!

I ran outside and just took a photo - showcasing the magazine not me :)

I have 3 cards inside and they were my FAVES when I created them 

so it's so exciting and a big blessing to see them in print!

This GORGEOUS stamp set from Stamplorations is on page #60

along with Beautiful Bloom, my One Plus Twelve from last year!

And this sweet butterfly card which I LOVED is on page #115!

Thank you for letting me share my good news!

Be sure to check out CSM and be inspired by all the cards,

projects, tutorials and more.

It's a cache of creative goodness!

Thanks for stopping by :)


CCEE2107 ~ Love your pet day!

Hi friends! 

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

for this week and the theme is:  Love Your Pet Day!

The challenge from Manal this week is showcase a pet

and/or children with pets on your card or project.

One of my favorite stamp sets is this one from MFT Stamps ~

Little Buddies!

I bought it when my son was younger and it reminded me

of our Jack Russell, Buddy, who was my son's dog - 

they even have a birthday a day apart!

He went off to school all day and Buddy soon became my shadow

and latched on to me dearly - and is now (really) my dog :)

We also have another terrier, a rescue dog, named Buster 

and a rescue kitty and her name is Finny <3

Should you post to an online gallery other than your own blog,

 please add keyword or tag CCEE2107.

We hope you will be inspired to play along 

and share your creations with us using Mr. Linky on the blog!

Thanks for stopping by!


RSG ~ Lenten season begins!


Hi friends! 

Happy Lenten season if you observe! :)

I've made a deeply personal decision to focus on 

being formed by God's mercy and grace

and I've already seeing it work - He is good!

I'll be back to blogging and visiting regularly now as

I had to take a step back (or 5) and refocus

my physical and spiritual energy and get back to my present moment :)

But I'm here!

Today's card is for a card challenge I call Ready, Set, Go!

It's a card challenge where Barb, Jeanette and I 

set a theme for each other with a challenge that's e.x.t.r.e.m.e!

Barb is up this month and this is her February challenge:


Our posting date is February 17th, the first day of lent in 2021 and National RAK Day.  During Lent, many people traditionally give up items—chocolate, coffee, alcohol, etc.  Me—I kiddingly say I give up Lobster and drinking water from the outside water spigot-ha!  So, for our challenge in February, you need to “give up” an item you almost always use or have on a card.  Do you usually color with Copics—not this month.  How about patterned paper for a background layer—not this time.  So—you need to give up something on your card.  Then, you are being asked to send  your card as a RAK—a card to a random person in your life who would not be expecting it.   Please pick someone who has not gotten a card from you in the past that is deserving of happy mail.  Maybe a not-so-close-to-you family member from afar you are thinking of.  Or, an acquaintance on SCS or another forum that comment on your cards often and you happen to have their address.  Put a smile on the face of someone you do not know very well.  Make the RAK count!  Ready. Set?  Go!


Because I'm just getting back into making cards,

 I took the easy way out and didn't color with my copics

 which I almost always use to color. 

 There are no markers on this one anywhere!

I used my watercolor brush markers and blended colors in a palette


for teal, dark blue, purple.

Using my Fluttering Friends stamp set from MFT Stamps,

I stamped directly onto the dried watercolor panels and die cut them.

The Spiffy Speckles paper is from Lawn Fawn and I used

my Lawn Fawn stiched rectangle dies and kept it pretty clean/simple!

Last, I added the matching sentiment from the set.

And that's my card!

Thanks for stopping by!

Entered to Simon Says Stamp Wed. Challenge - Favorite technique (watercolors!)
The Paper Shelter - Shades of Blue


It's a birthday unicorn!


Hi friends!

Today I'm sharing a simple card

 that I made with lots of love involved :)

Because I love cupcakes!

... and unicorns are pretty cute, too :)

This sweet stamp is from Lawn Fawn

and I paired it with my new distress oxide Kitsch Flamingo 

that I finally opened and tried
 ..i t's been sitting on my desk for a week :/

I'm not a pink girl at all but I'm a flamingo girl :)

This color is a gorgeous shade - very bubblegum-my, I'd say.

I paired it with dsp from Lawn Fawn and a sentiment from there, too.

I've used lots of yellows and pink copic markers

and a pop of color from the purple twine!

You can see a quick REEL by hopping over to my Instagram here.

And that's my card for today!

Thanks so much for stopping by!