Hello! I'm still here! :)

Hello friends!
 I have missed you! ♥

I'm sorry for my long absence from blogging.
In fact, Mondays are usually the day I post for The Project Bin,
but I haven't had a moment to get back to card making.
We were completed thrown out of any sense of normal life by hurricane Irma.
We prepped our home, then evacuated ~ leaving everything behind 
expecting a Category 5 to destroy our home and belongings :(
We came back home to a very un-normal life of clean up and rebuilding, 
both here and at my mom's house.

Even now as I type, I hear the faint sound of a generator in the distance
and the hammering of patching a roof or rebuilding the fences,
and chain saws continuing to cut through fallen trees.
 Our home is intact - PTL - and everything that fell/broke is replaceable.
 Petrol/gas is short, power is out everywhere,
massive trees are down and blocking roads, 
grocery stores are stripped bare.
We were able to skirt the disastrous Category 5 strength 
and get the outer bands of a 3 or 4 ~ such a blessing.
It breaks my heart to see how many are suffering total loss 
and devastation in the Caribbean islands and our beloved Florida Keys.

 So, I started coloring this morning after my son resumed school again. 
It's just a simple card, and about all I could manage.

I am so thankful for how many people prayed for us,
sent us wishes of good will and messages of strength and hope.
I feel blessed beyond measure knowing so many were thinking of us
and I thank you all, each and every one of you! 

This card is dedicated to all of you :)
Thank you ♥

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Exciting news to share!! :)

 Hi friends ♥
 I'm so excited to share today's post!
This year, I really wanted to do more in my card making + crafting
so I finally jumped from 'do it' instead of 'keep thinking about it!'

*I now have a craft channel on You-Tube!*

It really seems surreal, and there were a few boo-boos,
 but that's okay - it's the journey that makes it worthwhile :)

The link above ↑ will take you straight to my channel 
if you like to take a peek. 
 If you subscribe, it will let you know about
new postings and I'll be having a giveaway soon! ♥

So, are you part of the planner craze?
I am seeing planners and planner clips and planner stickers everywhere!

Planner clips are really easy to make. But today I'm showing you another way to make them
using your stamps and dies.

All you need are your stamps, dies (and if you don't have those, then scissors), markers,  glue (hot glue or all purpose like Aleene's tacky glue) and paper clips!
That's it!

Stamps and dies are typically known for cards and scrapbooks,
but in times of budgeting, it's a great way to really get the full use out of your products and stretch their usage.
It's economical, fun to do and you can tailor it 
to exactly the style and design you need!

For today's post and planner/journal clips, I've used 2 different stamps
and dies from The Project Bin.
Kinda Pawsome and Feline Good .

I'm a calendar on the wall girl at heart ~
 best way keep track of our busy family's crazy schedule!
But, I do have a small personal planner on my desk to
keep track of the different card groups I'm in and it's amazingly helpful.

Here they are all packaged up, in a little gift container ♥ 
Such a cute gift idea for birthdays, holidays, and just because :)

 Thanks for stopping by today!
If you head over to The Project Bin inspiration blog,
you'll see a wonderful variety of cards to admire!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


You GIRAFFE me crazy! ♥

I love, love, LOVE Altenew Stamps! 
 They are just gorgeous in design and a joy to stamp and color.
I was so so SO blessed to win a gift certificate early this year
and chose this stamp set awhile back,
 I took advantage of a sale during the summer AND they had free shipping
 so went back to bought the matching dies!  
Now that I finally inked it up, I wonder what took me so long
(no pun intended!)  :)
I know in my heart this set will get a lot of use ~ 
it's so different and unique and just stunning ♥

Onward to my card!
I'm in a card group on Splitcoaststampers called Challenge Your Stash (CYS)
in which we make a card once a month using things we already own.
No new products, no buying, just dig through your stamps
and make a card based on the challenge theme.
This month ~ our hostess is the amazing Darlene!
She asked us to .........

GULP ....

make a card using no designer paper.

Wait, what?
no.  designer.  paper?


Oh this took some thinking!
And in the end, I ended up making a card, 
then fixing the card,
and so now I have two :)

Here is my original card:

 and my fixed one! :)

Thanks Darlene for a fun challenge this month!
The girls in the card group ROCKED this challenge -
from embossed backgrounds to just images as a focal point, 
it was fun to see them all :)

Jody is up next month and
I can't wait to see what she asks us to create :)

Big hugs, bigger blessings!

I'll enter my card to:  AAA Cards - Creatures Great & Small
We love to Create - Anything Creative
Scrap and craft creations - colors of autumn


Mondays with The Project Bin ~ The future ...

Good morning, friends ♥

"The future belongs to those 
who believe in the beauty of their dreams" 
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

My continued prayers go out to those in
 and affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
My heart goes out to you all and the families 
that experiencing the devastating flooding ~
 stay strong, hold fast, keep the faith ♥

Mondays are my posting day with The Project Bin.
I chose this stamp set to work with to make this travel card.
 It's called Wise Women and this stamp is so versatile - 
traveling, new job, graduation, etc!
Your dreams are truly what you strive for ....
aim high and work hard and strive for your dreams!

 Here's the stamp set in it's entirety:

You can find it in the shop,
and see it in the Pinterest Gallery for inspiration, too!

Have a great Monday!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥



Because ............ Friday :)

It's Fri-YAY!
Oh my goodness, what a week! 
We survived the first week back to school :)
I'm ready to sit back and prop my feet up.
(My sweet, sweet husband is actually cooking dinner tonight,
so I might just get the chance to even stamp and color!! ♥)

Today's card is one I made for a challenge ~
I missed the deadline but thought it still came out cute!
And is pretty much sums my thoughts at the moment :/

 Happy Weekend!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥



CCEE1734 ~ Watercolors

Hi there, friends!

 Has anyone seen a giraffe around?
It's been such a loooooooong week!
School started this week and I am back on the road,
driving to and fro and fro and to ~ whew!

So I'm back to crafting on the road - LOL!
I take a little container with me filled with stamped images,
and even brought the mini MISTI along to stamp in the car pool lane - ha!
Crafters gotta do what crafters gotta do =)

This week, I have a two-fer card.
For the CCEE Stampers challenge #1734, Anne is our hostess
 and she gave us a theme this week of:  Watercoloring!
Now I LOVE that!

AND, for the August Crafters of Faith theme, our sweet hostess Lynn
gave us this theme and scripture to make a card: 

August ~ Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,
who does not change like shifting shadows ~ James 1:17 This month
let's celebrate life's simple pleasures which bless our days
with joy and beauty and meaning.

                  So I combined the two .... simple pleasures + watercoloring ♥
My card is super CAS,
and might look familiar, 
because it's from the same Sweet Escapes set from Paper Smooches
as you saw last week, different stamp, different technique :)
I used my Kuretake watercolors to create this card,
3d foam to pop up the clouds and focal image.

I'll enter this to the Paper Smooches Anything Goes challenge!
They also have a blog hop going on right now - 
you can see the DT inspiration and fun cards here!
Whoop whoop!

You can see what all the DT members made 
with the watercolor theme here on the blog :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Pumpkins, please!

Hello friends!

I'm back from our glorious vacation!
We enjoyed the wonderful resort life
 with pools and a lazy river right outside our room ♥
And side trips to Disney World and Islands of Aventure/Universal,
dinners out and so much more ♥
You know they say coming back from vacation ...
you need a vacation ~ hee hee!

We haven't been able to sit still for more than a few hours ~
and yet have to already dash off ..
today is also the first day of school! 

So.  not.  ready :(

 Mondays are also The Project Bin day on my blog ♥
The Project Bin has 2 new gorgeous stamp sets just added to the store!
One of them is this very set on my cards today:  New Leaf.
It is positively GORGEOUS and 
perfect for those fall theme cards.

Here is a quick set of CAS cards I created:
 For this set of cards, 
I used my Spellbinder Nestabilities to cut the circular pattern first,
Then I stamped around the cut out using sentiments from New Leaf
and the pumpkin in varied inks, like Clearly Kelly and Ranger Distress Oxide Ink.
I fussy cut the pumpkin, 
then added it to the patterned paper background using 3d foam.  
The dsp is from PTI and it's from their Fall Leaf Prints collection.

I always complete the inside of my cards, too, 
but ran short of time so we'll have to imagine the inside being just as fun! :)
 Here's a look at the stamp set, New Leaf,
and it's available in the shop!

It's still in the high 90's here, 
I'm hoping it feels like a beautiful autumn starting wherever you are!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


CCEE1733 ~ Nautical

Hi friends!

The theme this week at the CCEE Stampers challenge #1733
is nautical!
That's a theme I absolutely love ♥
You may recall from this card and this card and this one
See?  :)

For today, I went in a different nautical direction!
I recently bought the Paper Smooches Sweet Escapes stamp and die set
and have been using it for a few cards.
This one is SUPER clean and simple,
but it works for what I needed it for :)

Using the matching die, I cut out the shape for the stamped/colored image
underneath to peek through and filled it with aqua/silver sequins.
 It is a shaker card - just not enough to make it shake, shake, shake!
What a nauti(cal) card! 

Please stop by the CCEE Stampers inspiration blog
to see what the Design Team members created this week!
If you create a card and add it to a gallery,
please use the keyword CCEE1733 so we can find you.

I"ll enter this into:  Paper Smooches challenge:  AG!

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


DDD: You're a great catch!

Good Morning, friends!

It's official - we're on holiday! :)  
Before school starts up again, we are on vacation ♥
Since we will be gone all week,
 I'm hoping all of my blog posts will launch as scheduled ~ 
if not, I guess I'll find out about it when we're home again.

Today is the day the DDD post the cards we made from the kit we received.
Carol for the Divas and Shelly for the Dazzlers came up with a great theme:

You're a great catch!

This theme couldn't be more perfect!
My husband and son just spent some time fishing. 
 Little man reeled in one after another after another!
He does abide by 'catch and release' so mommy didn't get any
fish for dinner ;)


Onto my card!
The hostess for the Divas is Carol this month.
Her kit was super fun and filled with wonderful fishing images,
papers and embellishments.
I could make fishing cards for days - thank you, Carol!

I have a simple card to show for what I came up with ↓
 The designer paper with the fish really spoke to me,
so that's the one I used as a focal point.
And look at the fishing bobber ~ it's like a gem dot!

 On the inside of the card,
I left it blank and added a fish from the kit, colored and cut and glued in place.

Be sure to see what the other Divas made with this identical kit,
and what the Dazzlers made with the card kits they received.
I imagine it will be a 'great catch'!
You can find them in my sidebar →

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



Go Wild!

 Hi friends!

Normally I would post my Monday card with The Project Bin
but I will be showing you that later in the week :)

Saturday was World Elephant Day ♥
l love elephants so very much.
They are so majestic and graceful and 
I'm so glad we share our planet with them.

I thought it would be fun to make a card using that as inspiration.
For today's card, I finally inked up a fun stamp set
that was gifted to me by my daughter back in May!

It was part of my Mother's Day gift,
as my daughter knew I was loving the Jeep in the stamp set most of all :)
It's from Gerda Steiner Designs and it's called Go Wild.

Wishing you all a wonderful start to your week!
Hopefully you can GO WILD! :)

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


CCEE1732 ~ Insects

Hi friends!

Today's post might really bug you ~ hee hee!
The CCEE Stampers are back this week with Anne's challenge:  Insects!

Bugs tend to make me shudder a little bit
so I went with a cuter one: Butterflies!

I used designer paper with butterflies,
die cuts made from cardstock and provocraft dies,
and butterfly word paper.

On the inside of my card,
I used a sentiment from Sweet N Sassy stamps,
as well as some quick butterfly stamping with some older acrylic stamps.

Be sure to use the codeword CCEE1732 is you post a card in a gallery ~
we'd love to see what you create with the theme!

You can see what the CCEE Stampers created on the inspiration blog here ♥ 

Big hugs, bigger blessings!

3M: You're a rare bird!

Hello there, friends!

What do you get if a chicken lays an egg on top of a barn?
..... an eggroll!  :)
My son loves to tell me jokes all day long ~ how fitting for today's card!

Today I scrambled - haha - get it?!
to get this chicken card photographed
and on the blog since it's the 9th.
3M was created by Jeanette and includes her, Barb and myself,
and we take turns sending out an image of choice.
This month's image was sent by Barb.

The image is from Whipper Snapper Stamps,
and it's called Spreading the News.
I colored it with prismacolor markers 
and all the cardstock and dsp is from my scrap bin pile.

The sentiment inside is one from my stamp stash ~
I thought it was quite fitting :) 

I'll be back in a few hours with another card ... stay tuned!
If we're lucky, 
I'll have a few more jokes, too - ROFL!!!

You can see Barb's card here and Jeanette's card here.
That's us, and this is me ↓

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

 I'll enter my card into:  Crafty creations - anything goes
 Sunny day Crafting - flowers
2 crafty critter crazies - animals 


I'm here to decorate ....

... your house for October!

Happy Monday!
I have another card to share with you from The Project Bin ~
introducing ...
This is a brand new stamp set, just in at TPB shop,
and just in time to think about upcoming cards for Fall :)

For today's card, I've stamped out the spider in the set
 onto kraft cardstock in a varied pattern using Altenew Jet Black ink.

 I've stamped out the matching sentiment with versamark,
then added white WOW embossing powder to piece of black cardstock.
It's set with the heat embossing tool ~
it looks a little silver but it's super fine white ;)
 The last little touch was an orange - yes, orange!! - staple :)
  You can find this stamp set and more here in the store!
The blog is here if you'd like to see the stamp sets and inspiring cards :)

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


CCEE1730 ~ Walk on Stilts Day!

Happy Walk on Stilts Day!

How.  fun.  is.  that!
Maryann of the CCEE Stampers DT asked us to make a tall, thin card
for challenge #1730 in honor of this unusually fun day.

 What a clever idea for a card :)
My card measures 6.75 x 3.25 ~ both tall and thin.
 I stamped this darling Whipper Snapper image,
Beary Special Birthday ,
colored with my prismacolor markers.

I chose this image because it's a pretty large stamp.
I remember using this on A2 size cards and it reached end to end :)
Here, it fits nicely on a taller card and with room to spare.

The sentiment is from High Hopes rubber stamps 
and it's been in my collection for 7-8 years ~ 
and this is the first time it's seen ink!
The inside is blank with a little patterned paper 
to compliment the front.
Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers Inspiration blog
to see what the other DT members made for
"Walk on Stilts Day!"
Big hugs, bigger blessings!


Mondays with The Project Bin ~ Sailing Away

Hi friends!
Are you ready to sail away on this Monday?! 
Yep - me, too :)

Mondays are Fundays
as Kelly² post on the TPB inspiration blog!

I have another look at The Project Bin's Anchor's Away stamp set.
This is really one of my favorite sets in the store ~
I adore all things nautical and it's just so versatile.
I always keep reaching for this set so often ♥

This sentiment reads:  Boat, break out another thousand.
Sounds about right! :)

And, of course, I had to decorate the inside of my card, too!

Have a great start to your week!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥
I'll enter my card to:  Sunday Stamps, color challenge


Ready, Set, Go - Circa 2008!

Good Morning, friends!

That is not a typo - it really says 2008!
My son asked me once, when discussing the '80's, 
 "isn't that when you all wore poodle skirts?"
Me:  "You.  are.  hilarious."

We are on Round 3 of the Ready, Set, Go Challenge!
 Jeanette is this month's hostess and asked us to go back -
 way, way, WAAAAAY back into our galleries at Splitcoaststampers 
and find the 8th card, representing the time we first posted to the SCS gallery -
in, you guessed it, 2008.

Oh the horrors! :/
It's such a funny trip down memory lane to look at my first cards ...
some of them I remembering making and LOVING them - LOL!

Here is my original card:  

 And here is my new card, a CASE of the above ↑

What I kept: the card color scheme and the blue background design 
with yellow/green/orange design, bold flower as focal point 
and a corner sentiment ...
 (yes, that hideous purple flower in the corner is a sentiment, LOL!)

What I changed:  The prima flowers to a water colored stamp,
the red polka dot ribbon to red jute twine
 and the brads to enamel dots,
and the circles in the patterned paper became paper-pieced flowers.

I won this stamp set in an Altenew Giveaway and am so blessed!
It's so beautiful and the videos using this watercolor wonder stamp set are absolutely beautiful! 
I paired it with Amazing You
the small flowers used to create the background. 

You can see here what Barb and Jeanette made
 using their old cards from 2008 :)
Next month, I am up as hostess and already have my challenge planned ~
Stay tuned! :)

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥