3M: Sympathy

Hi friends!

The weekend is here!

And today I'm posting another overdue card 

but I'm of the mindset 'better late than never!'

That means crafty time that is LONG overdue

and catching up on some of the UEFA European Cup 

games that I have missed!

We are a house divided with my husband rooting for his homeland, 

Spain while I am rooting for Germany :)

For the June 3M card group, 

Barb was the hostess and sent us this lovely image to create a card.

It's from Colorado Craft Company called Sympathy,

so that's exactly what I created - a sympthy card!

The cardstock was good enough to hold the weight of water (#100)

so I decided to do a quick watercoloring.

Remember the 80's?

I do!  

So many of the songs are on my playlists when I run and bike ride,

including Prince and his Purple Rain.

I could not wait for the movie to come out and waited in line for hours

with my friends and my hair was dyed purple :/

I used the Gina Marie dotted edge dies to create a dramantic border

around the image and then around the card base.

I added a sentiment from My Favorite Things: sending prayers.

 And that's my card for today :)

I have many that I'm catching up on ~ we are almost in July!

Thanks for stopping by today!


CCEE2125 ~ National Eagle Day!


Hi friends!

I'm up on the CCEE Stampers blog with the last challenge for June.

June 20 is National Eagle Day in the USA

so we're celebrating this national symbol.

It's a time set aside to raise awareness about the bald eagle

and to preserve the bird's natural habitat.

Please use an eagle (or bird if you don't have an eagle) on your

card/project to celebrate this winged treasure!

Coincidentally, I went with my daughter and granddaughter, Alice,

to the zoo on Tuesday.

She LOVED the aviary and was fascinated by the birds,

including the eagle they had.

Praise God they are not still endangered but still protected.

My card:

I've used Altnew's Land of the Free and stamped the eagle

in Walnut ink from Lawn Fawn.

The background was from this messy technique last year

called Acrylic Pour.

I have backgrounds for a month of Sundays!

I am enjoying using them up :)

Be sure to stop by the CCEE blog and see the Design Team cards

as well as link up yours!

Thanks for stopping by!


Mission Impossible - Possible 06.21.21.

 Hi friends!

I hope the start of your summer is going well!

Today's card is for the Mission Impossible Possible card challenge,

a group created by my dear friend, Jeanette.

Every 3 months, we will create a card using the 


sent to us by the hostess.

Barb sent us this gorgeous stamp set called Collage of Birds

 from Picket Fence Studios for this round of Mission Possible.

I knew when I saw it, I would stamp it onto a background

and actually completed this last week 

but haven't had a chance to post it.

You may have seen this post and/or video on my YouTube channel

where I 'waterclored' with water blaster summer toys!

It was truly fun!

For this card, I used one of those backgrounds and stamped directly

onto the panel with black in.

I added a sentiment from PFS as well to create a sympathy card

intended for a pet sympathy card for my son's card donations.

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

We post every 3 months-ish so the next one will be in September :)

Thanks for stopping by!


RSG ~ Golden Anniversary


Hi friends!

I'm still playing catch up on my cards as my month of June

confused itself with July 

and just sort of popped like a firecracker! :)

This is my card that I created for the Ready, Set, Go challenge

but wasn't home to create it on the day it was due.

Jeanette is the hostess and her challenge represents our 50th card,

hence, the title Golden Anniversary.

This is her challenge and then I'll explain my card :)

Because there are three of us, my challenge called for using three of something on our cards –   three colors, three layers, three designer papers, three whatever.

 The cards were also to include something on  that starts with the first letter of each of our names – so something that starts with a K, something that starts with a B and something that starts with a J.
Oh, and one more thing… because this is our Golden Anniversary,
 I wanted to see some GOLD on our cards.

First, here is my card:

I've been enjoying sharing cards for the #lovewins Instagam hop

and I've been finding creative ways to encorporate the theme

into most of my cards this month - like this one.

For my 3's, I used 3 heat embossed words and layers to the card.

For the letter B = black cardstock, my base layer of this card.

J = jewel tones colors of the glitter cardstock and 

thank you to my daughter, Victoria, who said 

"Your card looks like a kaleidoscope of color!"

And there you have it ... K = kaleidoscope.

Finally, for the touch of gold, I substituted gold for yellow in the rainbow.

You can see Barb's card here

and Jeanette's card here - posted on the day they were due :)

Meanwhile ...... me  

Here's a final look 

and details over on my Instagram!

"Love one another" ~ It's really simple :) 

Thanks for stopping by!

CCEE Stampers ~ Great Outdoors!

Hi friends!

Did you know that June is Great Outdoors Month?


I'm the hostess for the month of June at the CCEE Stampers

and my theme this week is to

create a card/project showcasing something fun outdoors

- camping, hiking, biking, picnics, etc!

My son leaves Saturday (at 4 am!) to head to the mountains

with his Boy Scout troop.

They have a week ahead filled with all the wonderful memories

boys will treasure!

Hiking, white water rafting, mountain climbing and high adventure.

I'm super excited for him and how much he and his friends

are all looking forward to it!

Okay, enough rambling!

My card this week is showcasing a scout/hiker/adventurer

heading into the great outdoors.

This stamp set is from Simon Says Stamp's Stamptember

and a collab with Ink Blot Shop.

I remember when I saw it, I thought this is perfect!

I added a little Salvaged Patina to the background in random 'puffs'

to imitate a sky with blowing winds and an outdoor feel.

Be sure to stop in the CCEE Stampers blog

to see the cards from the design team.

You can also link up your cards, too!

Thanks for stopping by!


CCL ~ #saltlife


Hi friends!

It's the 15th of the month, the day

the classy card ladies post our cards from a card kit creation!

We usually have two teams:  The Diamonds and The Pearls

But this month I decided to send each member a small card kit

with the exact same thing in each kit, 

except the stamped image!

Team Diamonds got one gnome, Team Pearls got a different gnome.

The theme for June is:  


I chose this as a theme for the fun of summer

and to just kick back and enjoy the cheeky gnome at the beach!

The image and papers are from Photo Play Stamps called

Tulla and Norbert's excellent adventure.

I live in Miami, Florida close to the beach with palm trees and

sunshine (mostly - right now it's monsoon season!) and #saltlife

is a way of life 'round here!

I did not have time to make my card with my husband being

in the hospital and not being home for a week,

so I quickly threw this card together.

I'm really not happy with this card at all

but I was honest with myself ~ time and mindframe played a part

so this is going into my 'it is what it is' file!

I hope everyone loved their 'paper' trip to the beach this month

with these card kits and enjoyed some #saltlife!

Thanks for stopping by!


Hot Mess Success ~ Water blaster painting!


Hi friends ~

I'm home!

My husband has been in the hospital for almost a week

and I stayed with him right by his side.

That meant missing everything outside the hospital walls,

including the beginning of summer and about 15 cards/blog posts.

But we are now home and he's recovering

and I'm trying to navigate the balance of where I left off

and where I need to be.

I did manage to make some time to craft while he slept today.

In fact, I made a MESS!

It's another edition of the Hot Mess = Success card 

and I KNOW I say every month that THAT month was the messiest ....

but .....

this one just might have take the messiest award :)

It's summer ....... it's HOT!

 Remember how we'd cool off with squirt guns? 

 We called them water (squirt) guns and

We use them in the pool and backyard and just goof off with them :)

I had an idea .... summer water blasters!

I thought "use them to watercolor with!"

So I did :)

Here's the video!

For now, here's what I started with:

I'm in LOVE with the flamingo!

And here is the final a couple of the panels that you'll see 

on the video once it's up.

I made quite a few and just chose this one at random

and you'll see more with different colors and patterns soon!

          And here are the first two cards with this set of panels.

I decided to use a die cut letter "K" 

thinking of the thank you cards I need to send.

K = Kindness!

                                Here the are individually:

I decided to alternate the front panel with the background

as the focal point

and then the letter K as the focal point on the second card.

There's about 15 more panels - so a lot more cards ahead!

Was this month a success:  YES!

Would I do this technique again?  Absolutely!

Thanks for stopping by!


We rise by lifting others!


Hi friends!

Today I'm sharing a group of rainbow cards

that were inspired by a stack of envelopes!

I was looking at them ...

then looked again ....

and not only saw a rainbow, had a lightbulb moment!

I thought - use up your scraps and make a bunch of rainbow cards :)

And I love love LOVE how they turned out -

simple yet made with 'love in the stitches' <3

In case you'd like to see these made, here is my YouTube video!

To create this cards, I dug into my now smaller scrap pile.

I purged a lot of the papers that were bent or super small

and pulled out the colors to create an almost ROY-G-BIV palette.

I skipped indigo because I was going for #6 - 

6 cards to match the 6 envelope colors.

I was lucky to win a Gift Certificate from Erin Lee Creative

and this was one of the stamps I selected with the very generous gift!

It's called Still I Rise and I used two of the sentiments from the set.

These were easy and fun to put together

and are being donated <3

Wishing you the best and blessed Sunday!

Thanks for stopping by!


One Plus Twelve - June

 Hi friends!

I'm sorry I'm late .... 

I saw a dog! :)


My daughter has that on a shirt and it just makes me smile

 each time I see it - it's SO HER!

No one loves pups as much as her and I tell ya -

 she will have a houseful one day if she's not kept an eye on :)

So I am late ...... for my One Plus Twelve card challenge.

I usually post on the 3rd of every month - oops!

It's my favooooooooooorite card challenge that I do

and this year, I've chosen my favorite flower: Magnolias!

This year's image is from Altenew 

and I love finding creative ways to use it each month - like this one.

I've paired it with the Pink and Main dies that you've seen on my blog

quite a bit.  I used them together this time to make a frame

and stamped the image with hues of purple.

And that's my card!

Thanks for stopping by!


CCEE -- Repeat Stamping!


Hi friends!

I'll be hosting the June 2021 challenges for the

CCEE Stampers ~

I'm excited to share them with you all month long!

Today is Repeat Day!

For this week, we'd like for you to use the

repeat stamping technique on your card/project.

When I was doing research for repeat day ideas,

I stumbled on the amazing Jennifer McGuire's YouTube video

and it gave me an idea to add some trees in a row.

I've used the adorable MFT Stamps Penguins in Paradise,

clearly a favorite of mine this year!

I masked off the tree each time I stamped it so they were uniform,

repeatedly stamped over and over until I had the row of palm trees -

very Miami!

The sand wasn't long enough for the card so I took a black gel pen

and extended it and then colored the image with my copic markers.

4 more days of school and I can't wait!

This card is actually for my son

and I'm adding an ice cream gift card inside so he can

hop on over and have a scoop whenever he'd like!

The first thing my son and I plan to do when school is out

is hit the beach in the Keys :)

Sand, surf, and lots of fun and 'chill' for sure!

If you'd like to add your card, here's the link to the CCEE blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday/for the men