Mondays with The Project Bin ~ Sail, repeat!

Happy Monday, friends!
It's a little naughti{cal} on the blog today ♥
I love the look of nautical-ocean-beachy looks, including on cards,
so  today I'm featuring 'Anchors Away' by The Project Bin!

For today's card, 
My son's recent adventures of boating and tubing were my muse :)
Since I typically try something new each week with my TPB cards
this week is no exception week:  Ombre ink!

I've spied these new Ombre inks from Hero Arts 
on several social media sites and, because I'm a curious sort,
was very intriqued. No time like the present to give it a try!

 For today's card, I inverted the ink pad from vertical to horizontal
 to have a gradual change in ink color.
Stamped the opposite direction, 
you'll get more of a striped version of the same look.
Equally pretty but stripes with stripes - I wanted a more uniform look :)

The Anchor's Away stamp set is so versatile.
Take a peek at this gorgeous set and let your mind sail away with imagination! 

Now before you go ~ remember to save the date!
We have a wonderful Christmas in July blog hop planned
with holiday inspirations, cards and giveaways!!

I hope you are enjoying summer to it's fullest!
Be well, friends ♥

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


National Flamingo Day!

Hi friends and T.G.I.F!

Today is National Flamingo Day ~ perfect for us Floridians! 
 It's one of my very favorite birds ~
magestic in color and grace and they have such a sweet temperment. 
We are so lucky to see them here locally ♥

They are also a great inspiration for art.
Today's card is using my new Lawn Fawn stamps and dies ~
not sure why I haven't bought this set before now :)
I know, my card is typically "Kelly bright"
but today called for festive colors and lots of pink! :)

I hpoe today is a pink-a-licious happy flamingo kind of day for you!
Even if it's the plastic one in your front lawn *wink!*

Big hugs, bigger blessings!



Exciting news!! CCEE1725 and RSG #2

Hi friends and happy World Music Day!
Today's card is super special to me for two reasons :)
First, I am so excited to share that I'm now 
a CCEE Stamper's Challenge DT member :)
Thank you for the gracious spot to join your team, CCEE ~
I'm beyond heart touched ♥
The CCEE Stampers are self described: Cheers + Challenges Eclectic Ensemble!
The amazing team consists of:
and me! :) 

I love how the CCEE finds things like quirky holidays and celebrated days
to use as a spring board for card making.
Right. up. my. alley!

Our hostess, Frances, gave us a theme for CCEE1725: World Music Day.
Thank you, Frances :)

My card is also the 2nd card for my Ready, Set, Go! Challenge group!
Barb, this month's hostess, and asked us to created a card using R, S and G! 
My R - Rainbow, ribbon
My S - Sequins
My G - Guitar

For World Music Day, I used Rockstar Anya from The Greeting Farm stamps.
I've had this stamp for FOREVER!
I chose this one to represent WMD for a very special young lady,
as talented with her voice as she is the electric guitar.
And her hair has been just about every color of the rainbow, 
so rather than color her hair, I paper pieced it with leftover dsp ~ perfect!
I added the follow your dreams sentiment, stamped right onto the dsp,
 as it better fits the purpose of the card for her.

 The RSG! challenge is with 2 of my bestiesBarb and Jeanette.
We 3M group {created by Jeanette} - just taking it up a notch {created by me!}
Each month we will have a challenge that's really out there ~
we thinking outside the box.
Thanks, Barb, for your fun theme!

Whew - I appreciate you reading my long post today!
It's an exciting day for me,
to be able to share the creations made from the heart ♥
I hope you are able to find inspiration in all that is around you, too :)

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


Mondays with The Project Bin ~ Ink Blowing!

Happy Monday, friends!

This is by far my favorite day of the week for card posting ♥
Regardless of how crazy busy the week has been, 
I know I can always pull out my TPB stamps and just create ~
enjoying the adventurous and creative side of stamping.

It's Kelly² (yes, two Kellys!) day on the TPB Inspiration blog.
For my TPB cards, I try to incorporate a new technique, like today.
I saw a new-to-me-technique on SCS for the featured stamper
(and wow ~ her name is Kelly, too!)
It's called Ink Blowing and involves very few tools:
card stock, aqua painters, reinkers and a straw.
The fun part:  I had one of two of those available - the cardstock and straw!
I do have aqua painters but they are packed away, reinkers sold off ...
so what does a stamper do?

I used the fun Vitamin Sea image from Summer Fun,
perfect stamp set for this time of year!
I stamped that out in lime green ink from Kelly Purkey
 (this is shaping up to be a Kelly day! ♥), 
then die cut a few shapes and glued that together.
Then I got to ink blowing ....
I used a plain 'ol flat, size 10 sable paintbrush and ink ~ water combo.
Once I had the ink into my palette, I added a few drops of water 
and dipped the brush, then blew the air from the straw onto that 
to create the splatter effect.
Rinse, repeat with 2 other colors and the background is complete!
The only ribbon I had was the wide width so it had to do
(again, improvise is the key word!)
 and propped up the stamp with foam and ta-da!

I'm totally going to try this again and already have some ideas
on how to tweak this more to my liking :)

Here's another look at the stamp set - perfect, right!

Tomorrow, we're off to hike in the Everglades in one of Florida's elusive parks.
I'm half excited, half scared outta mah wits! LOL!
I'll be sipping my Starbucks all the way there to give me
super woman powers :)

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


DDD ~ Roses

Hello, friends!

June is a wonderful month ~
 known for the start of summer, warmer weather, beautiful skies ...
and and it's also Rose Month ♥

For the Dueling Darlings Duel (DDD), 
Barb is the hostess for the Divas and Tracie for the Dazzlers.
Since I'm Team Diva, I received Barb's bountiful kit 
full of blooming goodness!
In addition to the beautiful papers and embellishments,
we had two rose images to work with ~ I chose the Hero Arts rose.

I was channeling the yellow rose of Texas :)

Here is what I came up with:


         Here is the inside:  
I used a sentiment from The Project Bin Stamps -
love this scripture so much ♥

Flowers have become one of my favorite things to experiment with
in coloring ~
so I'm really excited Barb's kit was so generous.
With the second rose image, I'm planning a second card soon!
Thank you, Barb, for your kit 
and Barb/Tracie for your wonderful theme this month!

You can visit all the Darlings by visiting them via my sidebar →
 Thanks for stopping by today!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Mondays with The Project Bin ~ No coloring!

Hi friends!

HaPpY sUmMEr! 
Those two words are pure bliss,
and I couldn't be happier to have 'my babies' home! ♥
We're already enjoying fun summer moments and
I look forward to some "lazy days" ahead, too :)

  Today's card for The Project Bin inspiration blog is
 trying a new-to-me technique.
I decided to step outside the box and do something different.
My entire card is die cut and paper pieced ~ no coloring!
Using the fun stamp and die set Just Poppin',
 I die cut the cardstock directly with the popcorn die.
I added some patterned paper as the focal point under the die cut area.
The popcorn sentiment and a few of the kernels are "popped up" (haha!)
with 3d foam squares for dimension,
and the only 2 areas that are stamped (not colored!) for an outline.

I also wanted to share some really exciting news.
The Project Bin will be having a Christmas in July blog hop!
We hope you can join us
for holiday inspiration, stamps/dies and giveaways and more! ♥

Please save the date and join us!
 This week you'll see a few 'catch up' cards as well.
Last week was a blur and I had to refocus and regroup ...
sometimes you just have to be at peace with that :) 

For now, hop on over to The Project Bin shop
for the Just Poppin' stamp and die set and more!

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


Mondays with The Project Bin ~ get messy!

Hi friends!
It's officially the LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL :)
The best part of summer for me ... having my "babies" near ♥
And not driving to and from and from and to
 all.  day.  long.
will be nice, too :)
Since it's Monday, Kelly² posts cards for The Project Bin
on the TPB Inspiration blog!
What did I make for you with The Project Bin stamps today?
A mess!
That's what I made!
A big 'ol fun, gooey mess :)

This shaving cream technique is one that I have done a few times before,
and it's always great fun.
It's like finger painting - for moms!
The only thing I did different with this 'faux marble" shaving cream techique
is instead of using my reinkers, I used 'ol fashioned food coloring.
Like from Betty Crocker :)
The colors are amazingly vivid and striking!
 I used the stamp/die set Feline Good ~ such an irresistible set ♥
I stamped the different cats onto designer paper,
then ran them through my Cuttlebug with the coordinating dies.
I propped them onto the brightly colored background with 3D foam.
This card is matted with black card stock, almost unheard of with my cards,
but it was just the perfect color for the contrasting 'busy' colors.
The banner was the last stamped touch, right onto the dsp.
Since it was so busy, I added a few matching enamel dots and that's it!

You can see more cards with this stamp/die set in the DT gallery.
There are so many different sentiments in the set,
your cards will turn out PURR-fect! 
You can find this stamp/die set as well as many others in the shop!

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


Mondays with The Project Bin ~ Dog days of summer!

Happy Memorial Day!
Today is such a wonderful day to remember
the men and women who serve our country.
I'm grateful to all of those that have served for us
in all branches and humbled knowing what their sacrifice truly means.
Thank you, veterans!

Monday is also the day that Kelly² post cards for The Project Bin
on the TPB Inspiration blog!
My card today is my entire frame of mind:
Dog days of summer!
I cannot wait for summer to start.

Like.  for.  real.

For my card today,
I'm combining two stamp sets:  Summer fun and Kinda Pawsome
I really love the idea of stamp sets that you can mix and match!

For today's card, I stamped out and die cut the puppy with
the stamp set's coordinating die.
I've colored the cutie with prismacolor markers ~
stamped the sentiment in Momento Tuxedo black right onto the card.
The pup is propped up on 3D foam for a little added dimension :)

This card just squeals with summer colors ~
striped beach balls, yellow labs and dog days of summer!

Have a fabulous day ~
and remember, thank a veteran!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ...


CYS: Amazing You!

Good morning, friends!

  It's the 28th of the month ~
 the day the Challenge Your Stash friends post our cards with a chosen theme.
This month's theme is from our hostess, Terry L:
 "Use your favorite floral stamp."

Confession .... shhhh!
I don't have a favorite!
I did, however, finally ink up a floral stamp set that I LOVE ♥
I took advantage of Altenew's free shipping and sale awhile ago
and scooped up two of the stamp sets: Amazing You and A Splash of Color
I'm glad I finally got to pull them out and ink them up,
gently nudged from Terry's floral theme!

I am a HUGE HUGE HUGE art fan ~
 especially the works of impressionist Monet and post-impressionist Seurat.
I think that's why I was drawn to the watercolor/splotchy look. 

My card is inspired by one I saw somewhere on Pinterest ...
I couldn't find the original poster again (as soon as I do, I'll link it up!)
Her card inspired me to mix both of these stamps to create a very 'artsy' look.
It was a bit of a labor of love but so. much. fun!
So I made 3!

 My oldest daughter LOVES Alice in Wonderland and said it reminded her
of the playing cards (guards) running around painting the roses red!
The background for this one is a ruby red/dark pink.

 Here is another flower in the stamp set, and the card base in yellow.

I'll add this pink card to the Altenew inspiration challenge :)

Thank you, Terry, for your wonderful floral theme!
Your CYS nudged me to get these out and finally ink them up ~
no longer sitting in my *please use me bin!*

May your day bloom with wonder,
and remember,
 you are amazing!

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


Mondays with The Project Bin ~ Live Life

 Good morning, friends!

It's Monday and that means it's Kelly² day
That would be me and Kelly C. ~ 
yes, two Kellys! :)

Our 3rd daughter is about to graduate high school in 2 weeks.
I'm so proud of my baby girl ♥
I'll be making quite a few cards and bags and tags in the next week,
like today's card.

I've created this CAS card in her high school colors ~
black and teal.
The embellishments of hemp twine and enamel dots
 are also in coordinating colors. 
 This was such a quick, easy card,
especially with the fun sentiment from Awesome Sauce stamp set

 This is one of my favorite stamp sets at The Project Bin ~
although it's hard to have a favorite with how fabulous they all are!
I actually say/text Awesome Sauce, LOL
so it was great fun to see a stamp with that sentiment.
This sentiment is also an uplifting and positive message for many occasions.
You can see this stamp set and more in the store :)

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

I'll enter my card to these challenges:  
Cards in Envy - fave color combo
Pammies Imky Pinkies - #1721


Ready, Set, Go! ~ Mix it, Mash it!

Ready, Set, Go!

There's a new challenge in town!
The 3 Musketeers (Barb, Jeanette and I) are about to kick it up a notch!
In the 3M, we take turns sending a stamped image out and we all create a card with that same image.  We're living up to the adventurous Musketeer name and adding on an additional challenge on the 3rd Wednesday of each month
 (courtesy of Barb's adorable Smoochy-the-Wednesday-camel.}  
The challenges will be bolder, creatively adventurous and artistically out of the box.
When thinking of our challenge name, we thought:  We got this.
"We're Ready.  Dates, challenges, hostess - all Set.  Let's Go!"

I'm up first to throw down the gauntlet!
I chose this theme for our 1st challenge:  Mix-it-mash-it-up! 
Taking the oldest stamp set that we still own and the newest stamp set that we have gotten, we have to create a card using both stamp sets.
Mix it, mash it, and combine the two!
If it has multiple stamps in the set(s), we pick at least one stamp from each set.
The added fun is that even if the two sets are polar opposite 
and don't mix and mash at all, we have to make it work.
Ready, Set, Go!

A craft room downsize has left me without almost all of my first stamp sets.      EXCEPT for my most cherished and treasured Elzybells from the UK in 2008!
I will keep these stamps FOREVER!

And lucky, lucky me ~ my Stamp AnnieThing order arrived last 
and in it, this darling Sam best buds stamp
 that I ordered to make cards for my son ♥
 I looked through my many Elzybells stamps
and pulled out just the dog ones.
I am crazy for anything with dogs, stamps included,
so, of course, these have stayed with me all. these. years! 

I had to make this stamp set match this stamp!

 What I did with the Stamp AnnieThing stamp set was mask off Sam and his pug, and stamped a few of the Elzybells to see which of the dogs would fit best.
** I got them all at the same time all the way from England - same box! 

I ended up going with the dog with the buzzing bee on his tail ~
masking it off, as it looked like the pup was lovingly looking up at him :)
The sentiment was a bonus, not required in the challenge :)
I loved the way the card looks without my usual layers of dsp
and embellishments and I let the challenge mix-mash stamps be the focal point.
I am in love with how this card came out ♥

                               Barb is up next in June with challenge #2,                                               followed by Jeanette in July with challenge #3 ~ fun!                             You can see what they both made with my mix-it-mash-it-challenge by clicking the links to their blogs. 

 We even have fun new blog badges!
Big hugs, bigger blessings!