A Year in Review ~ 2022!

And 2022 ~ it's a wrap!

It has been quite a year!  

This has certainly been a year of change

and just as my word of the year suggested,

it flowed :)

I saw changes (less blogging and time on online forums)

more growth (on my YouTube channel - thank you!)

and new adventures (new YT challenges, swaps and collabs!)

I LOVE my One Plus Twelve card challenge

and the cards I made each month

and will continue that next year 

but with a twist! :)

You know me - I'm not happy unless I challenge myself

and constantly keep the creativity flowing,

coming up with crazy ideas all the time!

 I'm looking forward to a creative journey in 2023 and

here is a look back at my annual Year In Review fave cards.

I hope you love looking back at your 2022, too!













Thanks for stopping by!


January news!

 Hello sweet friends!

It's almost 2023 ~ can you believe it!

January is right. around. the. corner!

Not only will we have a brand new year,

but a wonderful start to new endeavors ...

like one that graciously landed my way

and now - I can spill the coffee beans!

I fell absolutely head over heels with a company called

 A Colorful Life Designs

when their Cloud Edger stencil literally went viral!

I've made several cards with it and it still makes me swoon!

Which is what I did when they reached out and asked if I would

like to guest design for the month of January.

It was an unequivocal yes!

M20019 ~ Coffee stains

was part of my amazingly generous budget to choose

stencils to work on for the month of January.

Of course, I had to make sure at least one of them was coffee!

It's my blood type :)

And I ADORE this one!

I give you the option of a coffee cup stain, splatter or both!

I added this cute coffee kitty from Your Next Stamp

to be part of the kitty coffee crew.

Excited for the new year?

you bet!

stay tuned for what tomorrow to see more :)

Thanks for stopping by!



Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, friends!

Wishing you a day filled with love,
laughter, blessings and joy!

I'll be back on the 27th of December
with my
 Word of the Year 
and a look back
 at 2022's favorite cards!

I hope you and yours have a beautiful
Christmas - stay safe
and stay blessed!



Snowman ~ Joy of Blue!

 Hi friends!

I'm still finishing up my "catch up cards"

for various groups/challenges that I'm participating in

before 2022 comes to a close

and the brand new year begins!

My sweet YouTube friends introduced me to a new collab

Joy of Blue

 Many of the YT creators and I have become very good friends 

and there are so many wonderful collabs! :)

Joy of Blue is hosted by Sarah at CraftinandRelaxing

featuring the gorgeous color blue!

You can see the video here on my channel:

My card features a new to me Sizzix snowman die by Tim Holtz

that I purchased during the massive Hobby Lobby clearance.

I'm glad I picked him up - he's adorable!

This is a labor of love to die cut and piece together but the end

result is just darling!]

As you can see from the watercolored sky and blue mountains,

that's the dominant color.

I think this would be super cute in different colors

like a pink or purple background!

That's it for this one, my friends!

Wishing you a wonderful few days before Christmas - 

just 10 more days!

Thanks for stopping by :)



Mission (Im)Possible ~ Country flowers!

 Hello friends!

Today's card is for the Mission  Impossible Possible 

quarterly-ish card group

where we receive a mystery item from a hostess

and then create a card with the item.

I'm still catching up on making cards

like this one for the Mission imPossible card challenge.

This mission's mystery item is amazing and

Jeanette sent us the most fabulous package

with a stamp, matching die AND a stencil called Country Flowers

by Wendy Vecchi.

Here is the amazing mystery item:

So I used all 3 items included in the mystery package,

starting with the stencil. It has a scallop circle, dots, stripes

and a bordered edge and I used the dots and stripes

with alternating colors of yellow and pink distress oxide ink.

Since I was using some in your face bright colors for the flowers,

I left a lot of white space for the background of the stamps!

I stamped onto a watercolored paper with Altenew crisp black ink

and then used the enclosed matching dies to die cut them out.

Unlike yesterday, I'm really happy with how this turned out :)

Be sure to check out Jeanette and Barb

and see how they used this stamp/die/stencil set.

This was a fun group created by Jeanette

and I have enjoyed being part of it for the past 

but it's time to say goodbye.

I'll be back with another 'catch up' card.

I'm dedicating this month to past projects that need to be finished

including online workshops, past card kits and late projects.

Better late than never :)

Thanks for stopping by!



3M: December's Cup of Cocoa!

Hi sweet friends!

We are half way through December and it's almost time 

to ring in a brand new year! 

I'll be continuing with some of my card challenges

like this one (3M) and my One Plus Twelve series


I am absolutely beside myself as I still do not have 

'the one' for my challenge and it starts in literally 

a couple of weeks!

I have 2 that I'm considering strongly but

I just don't *feel it* ~ if that makes sense.

I need to stop overthinking it and just CHOOSE!

So! 2023 will also see the return of this challenge 

~ The 3 Musketeers ~

and this month's stamped image is from Jeanette.

I LOVED the image ~ super cute from Your Next Stamp.

My card?  

Meh, not so much but I had to post one so here it is!

You can check out Barb's card here

and Jeanette's card here

and we will return again in 2023 with the new round of 3M!

Thanks for stopping by!


CCEE2248 ~ Time Clocks/Farewell ....

Hi friends!

Today's post is bittersweet ~

and I will let you read the words from the CCEE Stampers

 founder below:

Before we get to Maryann's challenge below, I (Frances) wanted to update you about our challenge group. 

Sadly I have to let you know, that this will be our final challenge here on this blog. After over 15 years of lots of fun challenges, it's time to say goodbye! I was fortunate to be one of the foundation members of this challenge group, which started in July 2007 over on Splitcoast Stamper ... there were eight of us. We called ourselves ... Cheers & Challenges Eclectic Ensemble which later got shortened to CCEE Stampers. When we first started our challenge group there weren't many if any others around, now there are so many. We have had a lot of fun over the years, and a big thanks to all our current Design Team members for playing along each week and taking turns issuing the challenges each month. 

Thank you also for those of you who have also played along with us over the years, we love that you play along with us.

Thank you, Frances, for your leadership, challenges and FUN!

Although I've only been on board for a few years,

it has been the highlight of my weekly paper crafting each Thursday :)

I don't have any stamps in my stash that meet this week's request

so I will show you my latest Christmas card

featuring one of my favorite Santa stamps of all time :)

This is the Santa Collage from Rubber Stampede

and I've nestled him into a window frame to showcase the look.

It's truly a gorgeous stamp!

Be sure to hop on over to the CCEE blog

and see what the design team created with their final cards :)

Thank you for joining me today

and I'll see you 'round the 'net!

Take care!