Mondays with The Project Bin ~ Woo to the Hoo!

Whoooooo loves the "New Leaf" stamp set from The Project Bin?
I'll owl-ways love it!

Happy Monday!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend ~
Ours was SO busy - I was running circles around myself :)

Today's card from The Project Bin was such fun to create!
I was able to watercolor AND stamp -  a win/win!
I used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi Japanese Watercolors to create the base.
These are solid-pigment pan watercolors and just the yummiest!
They were a gift from my precious daughter, Victoria,
and I just treasure them ♥

 Since the card has such a bold and multi-colored background, 
I decided to just stamp right on the dried water-colored piece and leave it as is
without a lot of layers or extras other than a few enamel dots.

After stamping out the cute little owl onto the branch,
I had a vision of how bats hang upside on the branches.
Since the sentiment is so whimsical, 
 I decided to have a little fun with an owl, too.
What a hoot!
Here's the stamp set I used ↑

You can see more inspiration from The Project Bin at the blog,
as well as the New Leaf stamp set and more in the shop.
If you look beflow the stamp set, it will take you to the gallery
where you can see many cards with this same stamp.
 Thanks for stopping by today!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


CCEE 1741 ~ Old Farmer's Day!

Howdy friends! 
Time for another challenge at the CCEE Stampers 
and Frances has picked a great one!
Today is Old Farmer's Day!

I know, right?  Who knew?! :)

Fun Fact! 
 Did you know the United States had 2.06 million farms in 2016?

The state with this most farms?
Texas had the most farms in 2016, 
 which was more farms than Missouri and Iowa combined!
   The US Census registered more than 241,500 farms in Texas alone,
which approximately 11.72% of the entire farmland in the USA!

I don't know about you, but I'd say that's a lot of cows! :)
Thank you, Texas!

 And here is my card representing Old Farmer's Day.
I've had a couple of wooden Penny Black stamps
for quite some time and wanted to bring them back out again.
I've paired it with a matching sentiment
for a very bovine birthday :)


Please be sure to stop by the CCEE stampers blog
and see the DT inspiration!
And if you link up a card with the Old Farmer's Day theme,
please use the keyword CCEE1741!

And that's about all the MOOs I have to share today!  
tee hee!
Big hugs, bigger blessings!


3M: Which witch is which?!

Hiya friends!

This is my second post for today.
Two in a row ~ I'm on a roll! :)

The 9th of the month is the day the 3 Musketeers post our cards.
 Jeanette sent us this month's image and it's a riot!
 Not quite sure what she is implying with this adorable 
Whipper Snapper 3 witches stamp ....
But after careful review, I'm pretty sure I'm the one with the green hair :)
Yes, green is my favorite color ...
 But since Jeanette just got some pretty new glasses,
and Barb was blessed with the gift of height,
by process of elimination, I must be the one with the green hair!

So I made sure my warts were on point!

I really wanted to go with a 'storybook' look to my coloring
of these witches.
I had a small leftover swatch of water coloring and it was a really nice
compliment in the color palette, 
so I made the card base work around my image.
 Usually I make my cards the other way around.
Added a heat embossed Happy Halloween and ta-da!

Be sure to see what Barb and Jeanette made with this same image, too!
Barb is up next month and I'm sure it will be a fabulous image.

Big hugs, bigger blessings!

Mondays with The Project Bin ~ Shaking it up!

 Happy Monday, friends ♥
Today I'm shaking things up a bit on my blog!

 So!  I was recently in a restaurant 
and spotted those tiny take-out containers and lids.
Being the creative sort, I asked the sweet server
 if I could have a couple for an idea that popped into my head.

You know ... one man's trash, another man's treasure :)

Introducing, the *lid shaker card!*
I took a re-purposed lid, stamped out the gorgeous new sentiment stamp
 from The Project Bin "New Leaf",
some assorted colored sequins, the lid to the container, 
Hero Arts Serengeti Sunset ombre ink, the cuttlebug, circular die,
some paper, glue and twine and made a shaker card.


I went from this  ↑
to this ↓

I first cut a circular shape with my nestabilities die 
and cuttlebug into a white base of card stock.
I glued the lid to the inside of the card stock and poked it through the card,
like a mountain verses a valley.  
It looks like it's just stuck on there, 
but the circumference of the lid is slightly larger than the cut out (on purpose)
to push it through for better stability.  
Next, I cut a small piece of heavy cardstock for the back panel,
 just a hair smaller than the A2 size. 
After filling the 'shaker lid' with assorted fall colored sequins, 
I glued the back panel on and then layered it onto the Really Rust card stock.
Finally, I attached the entire shaker panel with a small twine to the 
patterned paper card stock base.
I also decorated the inside of my card and shook things up! :)

I had a lot of fun with this one and love the 'quirky-ness' of it!
As you can see, my stamps are well loved :)
The point it - it's fun to think outside the box with card making.
It's awesome to experiment and use what you have on hand -
you just never know what you'll come up with! 

You can see this stamp set and more in The Project Bin store,
and inspiration galore on The Project Bin blog
Thanks for stopping by today!

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


It's *FALLIDAY Fest!* ~ Day 1

Happy Sunday!

Today's the first day of *Falliday Fest* over on Splitcoaststampers!

What is Falliday Fest?
   I'm so glad you asked! :)

This is a two week period with daily challenges, 
TEN holiday craft tutorials, and four card drive destinations.
If you sign up at SCS for the master challenge list,
every day you can wake up to the new fun challenge.

 It's a great way to get your feet wet on trying something new,
like my card today.  It was great fun!
For as much time as I'm on the road all day,
this will indeed be a challenge but I'm looking forward to it!

My incredibly talented friend Shona introduced me to Yupo paper
back in March 2016.  I ran to the store and bought some and then ........
 never used it, until now!

One of the challenges for the Falliday Fest is to create a card
 using an alcohol ink card base ~
and I was crazy excited to use this darling new Christmas otters
stamp and die set from Lawn Fawn!
 i was soooo very lucky to win this set from
 the talented Kari Webster  in her giveaway.
Thank you, Kari! 

Are you playing along in the Falliday, too?
Let me know - I'll stop by and visit!
Yay for Fall!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥



Happy World Cardmaking Day ~ 2017!

How fun to have a day to celebrate card making!
I am sooo grateful to be able to make cards with you all
and share the beauty and passion of this craft ~
and consider you all some of my sweetest, most treasured friends ♥

So my card today!
It was ONE OF THOSE SATURDAYS so I had to quickly shift gears ..
and improvise!
Which is good.

Since it's World Card Making Day ...
not World Stamping Day! :)
(for the record ... I do have a card coming, it's mostly done,
and SUPER adorable!  
Stay tuned!)

For the Crafters of Faith group on Splitcoaststampers,
our hostess Susan P. gave us this scripture and challenge:

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. ~Ephesians 2:10 NIV
this is the verse I would like to highlight with Oct card ---- so anything with a quilt, tapestry, artwork of sorts.

I went with the 'artwork of sorts.' 
I don't have any fancy die cuts to create a quilt
and sold off all my quilting/sewing related stamps,
so this is what I came up with .... faux stain glass
with a bold sentiment to mimic a quilted pattern!

Before I show you the card,
I have to give a shout out to my FAVORITE quilter - my daughter!
She's only 22 but the girl can quilt with the best of them!
She's self taught and is an absolute natural!
This one is one she made for me!
I love, love, LOVE it so much!
She knows I how much I'm drawn to bright, vivid colors 
and she and her boyfriend picked out the perfect fabrics! ♥ 
Thank you, baby!

This 2nd quilt she made for her boyfriend's family ↓

Isn't she amazing AND talented!
I think so :)
Finally, here's my card!
It sort of mimics the quilt she made for me ♥

I hope Susan doesn't mind too much that I skirted a little close
to the challenge boundaries!

But I do like my card :)
What did you make today for WCMD?

Thank you for being one of my reasons for being happy,
crafty friends!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


CCEE1740 ~ Balloons Around the World Day!

Hello friends!

It's Balloons Around the World Day! 
Today we celebrate the joy and delight that balloons bring to our lives :)
Frances is the hostess for this round of the CCEE Stampers challenge 1740,
so this is my take on using balloons on a card.


I've used a stamp from The Cat's Pajamas ~  called I are fun.
This stamp stole my heart the minute I saw it, years ago!
I actually didn't buy it until the beginning of this year
when they were retiring it - oh no no no!
that. just. can't. be!

The bear and balloons for *Balloons around the World Day*
are colored with my prismacolor markers.
I've paired it with some festive paper from Making Memories
called Children at Play - a paper pad I've had for forever!
And some buttons in coordinating colors ....
it's been awhile since I've played with .. petted .. used buttons! :)

The inside isn't stamped but this is a peek at the inside
look and the dimension :)

Please be sure to stop by the CCEE Stampers Inspiration blog
to see what the DT has made this week! 
And if you add your card to a gallery, please use the keyword CCEE1740
so we can find your card!

Thanks for your visit today :)
Big hugs, bigger blessings! ♥


It's Zombie Awareness Month! :)

Hi friends!

Can you believe it's October!
October is Zombie Awareness Month
and Sunday, October 8th, is World Zombie Day!
How wild is that!
I know I usually feel like one when I've pulled a late night
and don't get to enjoy my Starbucks - LOL! :-)

Fun Fact!
 Asbury Park, New Jersey holds the Guinness Book of World Records
for the largest gathering of [pretend] zombies ~ 4,083!
At their Undead Festival, they have zombie costume contests,
 a 'horrific' fashion show, haunting music, 
and a zombiefied cake competition.
Creepy, but if it's your thing, at least 4,000 other people like it, too! :)
Thank you, New Jersey!

Lucky us ~ The Project Bin has just the perfect stamp set with zombies ...
Creepy Halloween
Here's my card for The Project Bin Inspiration Blog

 Inside my card using a second sentiment in the stamp set:

 And here's a look at the stamp set in it's entirety:

The Halloween possibilities are endless!
Be sure to stop by The Project Bin's blog for more inspiration
on how to use this stamp set!

 I hope you have a 'delicious' Monday!
 Big hugs, bigger blessings!


CCEE1739 - Johnny Appleseed Day!

Hi friends!

Just a quick post today to bring you yet another fabulous
challenge from the CCEE Stampers!
I was the hostess for September and today's theme 
celebrates Johnny Appleseed!

Fun fact! 
Nova, Ohio is home to a 176-year-old tree, 
the last known to be planted by Johnny Appleseed himself. 
It grows tart green apples, which are now used for applesauce 
and baking and for cider making!
Thank you, Ohio!

For my apple themed card, 
I reached for one of my favorite stamp sets
 from The Alley Way Stamps (retired)
I stamped out the basket and colored it giving it a weathered look.
The apples are so much larger than the basket so I try
to center them a little wonky :)

Be sure to stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog to see what
the DT has created!
 If you'd like to create a card and play along with this week's theme,
use the keyword CCEE1739.

Thanks for your visit today!
Big hugs, bigger blessings!


Are you PHO real? :)

 Happy Friday!

At least I think it's Friday?!  
I'm losing track of the days of the week -
 even with a planner and wall calendar :/

 It's S.L.O.W.L.Y. starting to return to 'normal' status here in Miami, though 'normal' is not a word I'd use to describe Miami!  
A lot of the traffic lights are still not working, traffic is gridlocked and even this morning - it took me nearly 2 hours to get my son to school and back.
To just one school.
And it's 20 minutes away from my house!

    To which I  say ........
Are you pho real?!

 Flash forward to last night ..
well, early this morning ...
at like 2:30 am early this morning!

I tried to make a card, failed, tried again, failed again,
and was about to give up when a Splitcoaststampers challenge 
popped up on my phone and caught my eye.
The theme intriqued me and made me laugh...
like. out. loud!

Picture it ...
the whole house is quiet as a mouse, sleeping ...

except me.

because I was arguing with a card!
True story.

I'm sitting there at my craft desk losing my mind 
with my tiny beam of Ott-lite as a beacon of "you can do it!" 
and I see the challenge and just bust up laughing!
It's a HANGRY challenge - LOL!
My daughter says that all the time!
 Hangry = when you are so hungry that your lack of food
 causes you to become angry, frustrated or both. 

So naturally I switched gears
(we crafters are good like that, right?
Or is it just me?
I'm going to make a card ..... oh look!  Another stamp!
I'm going to make a card ...... oh look!  Pretty paper!)
 I dug through my assorted stash of stamps with food,
and scooped up my Pink and Main Pandemonium stamp set
and got to stamping, masking, coloring .. I love these stamps ♥

Remember - it's now 3 am.
This card was anyone's game ~ I was just hoping to stamp
right side up and not glue the card shut, I was so cross eyed!

I was also determined.
And probably hangry, too.
Like pho real *wink!*

 It's so good to be back to crafting!
So much still here (and mom's house) to be done,
but a little me time as been SUPER!

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


CCEE1738: Ahoy, Matey!

Hi friends!

Do you know what is a pirate favorite subject is?
Arrrrrrrt!  :)

Hee hee!   

You may remember from this post and this card 
that the CCEE Stamper have a new theme:  Talk like a Pirate Day!
As we were evacuating from the hurricane, I hadn't set the scheduling correctly
and my post launched early.  
Then, I left without taking the laptop, so it went unnoticed
until we returned home ~ well, shiver me timbers!
So I made a second card!  

For this card, I decided to use the stamps and the sentiments 
that my good friend Jeanette loaned me :)
I thought it would be fun to use a different pirate than last week's card.
This Kraftin' Kimmie set called 'Lil Swashbucklers' is just so cute! 

Be sure stop by the CCEE blog to see what other members have created ~
there's a lot of pirate (booty!) to see! :)

If you'd like to add a card and play along, please use the keyword
CCEE1738 and we'll come visit!

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


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 ♥


CCEE ~ Talk like a Pirate Day!

*Edited:  Friends, please pray for all of us in the path of Hurricane Irma.
We have our supplies, cars are gassed and evacuating the area within the hour
with my elderly mom and 4 kids and 2 dogs!
While we hope to skirt the path of the storm,
and being this far south in Miami, FL we really have no where to go
but upward and inward to stay safe. 
I pray for everyone affected by Irma ♥

It's September and that means a new round of challenges
with the CCEE Stampers.
This month, I'm the hostess so I'll have a new theme for the DT
each week, all month long!

Shiver me timbers, Tuesday was "Talk like a Pirate Day!
 So I asked the team to create a card with a pirate/pirate lingo on it :)
I used an oldie-but-goodie The Greeting Farm, Ahoy Matey (retired)
My card is featuring TGF Ian as a pirate, but
the sentiment is from Kraftin' Kimmie stamps!

Long, long ago when I had a craft room,
this stamp set came with the sentiments but
A landlubber me is!
I lost me treasure :(

I was able to borrow from me matey ....... Jeanette ....
who loaned me her Kraftin Kimmie stamps for the wee sentiment,
Thanks, matey!
I was able to take the sentiment and emboss with WOW powder in 
super fine white for some Yo! Ho! Ho! pirate lingo :)

Be sure to stop in to see the rest of the DT cards
o'er at the CCEE blog!
'Tis a treasure trove of card goodness!

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥