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.

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 ♥


CCEE1729 ~ Moon and Space Exploration!

Good Morning, friends :)

 Over at the CCEE Stampers, Maryann is once again the hostess
of the challenge at hand.
She chose for us to make a card based on another day on the
 *Days of the Year Calendar* ~ Moon and Space Exploration Day!

This is one area where my stamps are lacking, so
I chose the closest thing:  A moon, some stardust and moonbeams! ♥

The stamp is from Elzybells (retired) and I've had this set for forever and a day.
How I miss this stamp company!

Please stop by the CCEE Stampers blog 
and see what the rest of the DT has made.
And if you upload your card to a gallery like splitcoaststampers,
use the keyword CCEE1729 ~ we'd love to visit and see your creation :)

I'll be back shortly with my R, S, G card, too!
We've been going through the gambit of 1,000 things and are just coming up for air.
I'm sure you know the feeling!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Mondays with The Project Bin ~ Favorite Place

Good Morning, friends!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend
and enjoyed The Project Bin's Christmas in July blog hop!
If you haven't hopped along, see my previous posts ~
you can see holiday cards and have a chance to win free stamps!

Today I'm back with a fun, cheerful card using two stamp sets
from The Project Bin ~
That's the beauty of the stamps with the Project Bin -
you can mix and match!

Here is the inside of my card:

You can find both of these stamps in the store
and more inspiration on the blog :)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Big hugs, bigger blessings 

I'll enter my card to:  2 Crafty Critter Crazies - critter 
Crafty Animals - Anything Goes


TPB Christmas in July - Day 2!

Welcome back to day 2 of The Project Bin’s Christmas in July 
 Blog Hop! 

After 2 full days of The Project Bin’s holiday hop, you’ll probably have so many ideas, you can already start your Christmas list!

If you are hopping along, you should have arrived here from Patricia's blog.  
 If you get lost along the way, or started somewhere in the middle,
 follow the candy cane trail back to The Project Bin inspiration blog.  
 You won’t want to miss the creativity along the way and remember:
  2 lucky winners have the chance of winning
 one of the 2 generous gift certificatesto shop at The Project Bin store! 

For today’s holiday inspiration, I’ve created for you
a snow shaker card using my 2nd favorite stamp set in the store!
I love this holiday sentiment set ♥
Living in South Florida, this is the only snow I will see! 
I used my die cuts and the Cuttlebug to make a simple circular and scallop edge,
filled it with faux snow ($1 store), sealed it with thin 3d foam tape,
and attached it to the card base.
I left the card base a little more simpler than I usually do as the fun sentiment 
and snow are the focal point of my card.

The stamp reads:
Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.
 Maybe Christmas means a little bit more!'
You may recognize this wonderful quote from
the 1957 classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas' by Dr. Suess.  

Here is the set in it's entirety:

 Be sure to leave a comment at each stop and the winners will be announced 
on The Project Bin blog this week.  
And today - I'm the last stop on the hop 
and we hope you enjoyed our Christmas in July blog hop.  

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥