CYS: Take Flight ....

Good Morning, friends!

It's been a busy, hectic week and weekend
and I'm finally coming up for air :)

For February's Challenge Your Stash theme,
Laurajean asked us to create a card with:  Take Flight!

Such a wonderful theme and the possibilities are endless.
The purpose of CYS is to use things only in our craft stash ~
nothing can new and it's a fantastic opportunity to use our hoarded
supplies that we don't use very often ;)
And I found several stamps!
It was hard to narrow down which stamp to use,
and in the end, I actually made two cards.

Here is the one that made the cut ;)

Not too far from our house, we often see the hot air balloon rising 
in the dawn of the morning.
It's exquisite to see them, bursting with color
as they rise against the glorious morning sunrise.
While they terrify me personally and not on my bucket list, LOL,
hot air balloons are a beautiful way to Take Flight!

My card was created by using watercolors - this has quickly become an obsession of mine!
I colored/fussy cut the hot air balloon with prismacolor markers 
and popped it up on the card with 3D foam.  
There was a sentiment that says Fly Away in this stamp set,
which more aptly fit the theme,
but I thought this sentiment made the card more well rounded :)  
Thanks for stopping by today!
 Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


*HoPpY eAsTeR* with Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps!

Hi friends!

I'm delighted to be up on the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps blog 
as the highlighted designer
 and I have a project to share with you!

I'm sure many of you are quite done with winter
and ready for the wonders of spring/Easter :) 
Today, I will share with you two ways to deliver cute spring treats: 
a bunny basket and some paper carrots!
And the best part?!
With just a couple of crafty items that you probably already have in your stash,
and some candies or treats of your choice,
you can make BOTH of these treats holders 
- easy peasy lemon squeezy!

In this post, I'll share with you how I made these:

First up, the little carrot treat boxes! You'll need:
  • Sheets of designer paper (dsp) appx 8" x 4" and green dsp for carrot 'sprouts'
  • Heavy weight #110 white cardstock (for the image)
  • colorful scraps of cardstock for the image scallop - check your scrap bin!
  • Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps
  • ink
  • quick dry glue
  • stapler
  • Die cut machine and dies (I use a Cuttlebug)
  • Candy to fill    
To create the paper carrot treats, you'll need the above items
First, you'll need to roll the 8" x 4" dsp into a cylinder shape and glue along the paper's seam with a quick drying glue ~ it will resemble a toilet paper roll.   Then, cinch the one end closed by gluing it shut along the seam.  While the top is open, fill it with your desired treats ..
edible sweet or even crafty treats!
You'll now have the beginning shape of a 'sour cream container' look.  
After filling it with the desired treats - for reference, I used two Lindor truffles
 and they were a perfect fit - you'll be ready to seal the tops. 
Next, seal the top end of the container in the opposite direction as the bottom, so if you turned the container right or left, you'll see opposing seals:
East to West on the bottom, North to South on the top.
*Note: I added a staple there just for good measure, but it's not necessary.
 I then fussy cut a strip of green dsp to resemble leafy top of the carrot and simply stapled that to the front of the carrot
 -  don't worry, you'll cover the staple up with your stamped image.
 Using my Jumping Bunny stamp, I stamped it using Momento Ink in brown onto Co'ordinations #110 cardstock and ran that through my Cuttlebug machine, added some adhesive and attached to the front of the carrot.  Super easy! 
 I repeated this twice more to get a collection of carrots....
 and these are such a sweet idea to add to someone's desk
 or lunchbox and a real treat to open and be surprised!

The bunny basket is another way to hold a few treats. 
 This one is using a sheet of heavy duty cardstock and It's in 10" x  3" size, folded in 4 places to create the rectangular shape.  I added a piece of corrugated cardstock as the handle and a sheet of dsp to the front.  On top of that, I stamped the Happy Easter sentiment from the Spring/Easter banner set and added that to the front along with an extra jumping bunny from the carrots.   I reinforced the handle using a brad so it could swing to side to side - easier to reach the yummy chocolates! 

 I hope you enjoyed today's treat projects.
It's a quick way to brighten someone's day and share some joy!
My son took one of the little carrots to school today 
to give to his favorite teacher ♥
 Such a simple gift but one that brings big smiles and hugs :)

You can find the stamps for both of these projects in the STORE,
card and project inspirations on the BLOG.
as well as finding us on Facebook and Pinterest and the newsletter mailing!

I wish you a HOPPY day!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


3M: We're like a small gang!

Happy .......... Tuesday!

Oh I was a mess this morning ~ 
doing all the "Monday" things
 and not remembering that it's ..... Tuesday!
Whenever there is a day off,
it throws me off schedule.
 Speaking of off schedule
I'm finally getting my January 3M card posted!
Truth be told, it's been done ...
But due to new stamp releases, DT work, a lost then found moment, etc,
it took a small hiatus.
So ... here we are!

In case you are a new reader of my blog,
the 3Musketeers is Jeanette, Barb and myself ~
fast and forever friends that met in a crafty group on splitcoaststampers!
The 3M is a group that Jeanette thought up and invited me to join
and I'm so grateful for that!
We take turns sending a stamped image and we all have to create cards
with our own supplies based on the image sent.
For Jeanette's month, this is the image she sent:
Stampinbella's The Stuffie Gang. 
She asked us to create a card with the image and matching sentiment,
which I've added to the inside of my card.
The image is a bit large for a standard A2 size card.
I overestimated how much 'white space' I left on the card
so I added a little more grass with some markers and blender pens
and a good 'ol Sharpie point marker.
You can see what Jeanette's looks like and Barb's looks like 
because, after all, we're like a really small gang! :)
Thanks for stopping by today!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Mondays with The Project Bin ~ Nat'l Love Your Pet Day!

Hi friends!

Yay!  It's Monday!
That's the day I post on the inspiration blog at The Project Bin stamps
It's also a holiday and if you were lucky enough to score the day off of work, woohoo!

In addition to today being President's Day, today is also
National Love Your Pet Day!

How.  sweet.  is.  that!

We love, love, LOVE our pets here in our home!
We have two high maintenance fun and crazy doggies
 that keep me on my toes ~ literally!
 (and a bunny and an amazon macaw) ♥

Today's card is using three different stamp sets, 
all on one card!

I've used the dog stamp and die cut from Kinda Pawsome,
stamped directly onto the designer paper,
followed by the kitty and die from Feline Good.
I cut a circular pattern in the cardstock
 and placed a peice of Puppy Love dsp by Doodlebug behind it.
Lastly, the sentiment is from the In My heart set
and the bubble die is from Riley and Company stamps.

Here's a closer look at the sentiment:

 You can find all three of the stamp/die sets used on this card
here in The Project Bin's store!

I hope you get lots of hugs and slurps from your pets today ♥

As for me, now that I'm better and back up and walking, 
mine will have me sprinting around the block! LOL!

Before I go - take a peek at The Project Bin's sale!
The One Year Anniversary Sale on February 23rd!

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


DDD: You're Unforgettable ♥

Hi friends!

I'm a few days late with my Dueling Darlings post
as the flu invaded my house!
In the 23 years we've lived here, 
I think this is the worst we've ever experienced :(
 Not only did we spend Valentine's Day alternatively sick,
but I spent the next few days running from room to room,
tending to all the infirmed.
 I kept waving the white flag of surrender,
but the flu was winning, hand's down! 
Today's card is from a card kit sent to the Divas from our hostess, Suzy!
The Dazzlers hostess this month was Deb, 
and they chose a theme of Valentines ♥

This is the card I made using the card kit:

 The inside is a bit plain ~  
added the hearts from the kit as the sentiment is already on the front :)

What I love so much about the DDD card kit duel
is how we take the same image, same papers and embellishments,
and create such uniquely different kits!
While my amazingly talented DDD Divas and Dazzlers
have created gorgeous kits, too ~
you can find their cards by peeking at the SCS gallery or thread
(until I add my links and sidebar notes back on) :)

Thank you for those that prayed for our family during flu-ageddon!
It means the world to us
and it's good to be standing back on our feet again.

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


Riley and Company - May your troubles .....


Happy Valentine's Day, friends!!


Wishing you a day filled with love and friendship ~
both of which I share with you today ♥

It's also the day Riley and Company has their weekly Card Bonanza -
some cards showcasing stamps in the store and some cards showcasing new stamps.
I chose to do the later and am bringing you another watercolor based card

Be sure to stop on over to the Riley and Company blog and see all the wonderful 
card inspirations that the DT has to see!

I wish you blessings on this day of love
and hope whatever it is you have planned, it includes smiles and hugs!
And maybe some chocolates, too ♥

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


Mondays with The Project Bin ~ Everybody ♥

Hi friends!

I LOVE Mondays!
It's the day that I post on the inspiration blog 
for Kelly² Monday! :)

Today's card is using the Everybody stamp from the Bazinga stamp set.
This saying is so sweet,
and a great reminder in this uncertain time in our country.
Most days, I just don't even look at the news or social media.

 Andy Warhol stated it wonderfully:
"I think
should like

Love. that. saying!

Tomorrow is a day we show our love and affection and friendship.
But you can start today :)
Wherever you might be,
whomever you are with, and
whatever you might be doing ....
do it with kindness!

Love everybody ♥

Here is my card today

Denise, the owner and designer of The Project Bin stamps,
has a wonderful knack for creating stamps using inspirational quotes,
like this one!  

Stop by the store to see this stamp set and more.
If you click on the stamp set, it will take you to a gallery where you can see what the stamp set looks like on different card styles and inspirations!
You can also find us on Pinterest, Facebook and IG.

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


Go fly a kite! ♥

YAY - it's Friday!

We made it through the week, friends!
For us, the weekend is as massively crazy busy as this week has been ~
but sometimes weekends are like that :)

Wednesday was National Kite Day ♥

I just smiled when I heard that as it brings back wonderfully happy memories.
My dad would make homemade kites with my brother and I 
out of tree branches that had fallen in our yard
and sheets of newspaper and twine.
We'd clap and squeal and get so excited to see them lift off the ground.
In hindsight, I'm sure they didn't really fly that well but in my head,
I remember them reaching the moon!

Here is the inside - plain but ready for the message :)


The next time I use this stamp, I think I'll make Charlie Brown's
 kite out of newsprint, too :)
I'm going to send it to my brother - now in Germany -
and see if he picks up the kite flying adventure memories, too ;)

Wishing you a fabulous weekend,
whatever it is you are out there doing!

Big hugs, bigger blessings


3 Musketeers - It's Cupig! ♥

Good Morning, friends!

It's almost Valentine's Day,
and Cupig here is already ready with his bow and arrow ♥
And that's not a typo!
it's Cupig, the pig who's playing cupid!
My card today features this adorable image 
and it's this month's feature image for the 3M (3 Musketeers).
3M = Jeanette (group creator), Barb and I ...
taking turns each month sending out a stamped image
and creating a card from supplies in our own stash.
Barb is our hostess this month
 and she is THE QUEEN of Whipper Snapper stamps!
She has an extensive collection of these cuties 
and I lovingly call them her 'signature' stamp :)
Always fun to color one up!
 Here's my take:

My card is pretty simple  ~
pink card stock and pieces of dsp that were in a scrap basket.
I've colored Cupig with my prismacolor markers,
added some glitter to his wings and this was finished √
I will have to re-photograph this later today ~
my memory card stopped working - retiring itself :(
I'm currently using my iphone for pictures and eh - not too groovy!
But you can hop over to Jeanette and Barb's blogs
to see what they made with this identical image!
And guess what's coming up soon:  January's 3M! 
 (what?  After February?)
Yes! ♥

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


Crafters of Faith ~ Reverence!

Good Morning, friends :)

This is my year to Abide (you can read my WOTY post here!)  - 
a word that chose me, rather than me choosing the word,
 literally as I sat daydreaming in church! 

 Part of my extension of worship is to live a year fully immersed
in a better christian walk.
And part of the immersion included the rebirth of the
 Crafters of Faith group on Splitcoaststampers!
This month, our hostess is Barb and she gave us
 this scripture and challenge to work with:

  Do Everything in Love from 1 Corinthians, 16:14. 
 This does not need to be a Valentine card, so you can make a card or a tag or anything else for any occasion, with Love!

I took her up on that suggestion and did indeed make a card of love!
Not that traditional card of love with hearts and flowers and everything red :)

My card reflects the love of a boy who is my son ♥ 
My son is an amazing child of faith, putting God first 
in so many of his actions and ways.
(like how he prays for his friends with them and
saying grace before meals - including at his public school).
He's also a Boy Scout who absolutely LOVES his leaders and troop mates!
This past Sunday was "Scout Sunday"
and the rows of Boy Scouts in full uniform decorated the church!
I was feeling so sick, but it was a sight to behold ♥

 Inside of my card: 

This mama's heart was not only proud of her boy, but all of them :)
I made a card for him that was waiting on his bed when he went to change.
His reaction was so sweet -
he said "Oh hey!  That's me!" :)  
Love.  This.  Boy.  So.  Much! ♥

So 1 Corinthians 16:14 for me ...
do everything with love.
I love my children so very very much
and they know this so very very much ♥

So glad you could visit today!
You can find our faith group on Splitcoaststampers if you'd like to find us!
Just type in the keyboard in the groups: Crafters of Faith

As always, 
Big hugs, bigger blessings!


Mondays with TPB - 9 Lives ♥

Hi friends!

Happy Meow-nday!
This weekend went by in a blur for me,
especially since I spent most of Sunday after church in bed :(

Unfortunately, I'm not feline so good!
While I don't have all the symptoms of that flu bug going around,
the severe body aches, lethargy and nausea kept me almost still ;) 

 My card today is using the new Feline Good stamp and die set
Mondays are the day that Kelly² (that's two Kellys!)
post to the inspiration blog at The Project Bin stamps.

For all the kitty lovers out in crafty land,
here's a super cute fluffy cat!
This.  sentiment.

 I stamped out the image onto dsp, then ran it through my cuttlebug 
with the matching die.  The sentiment is also from the stamp set ~
one of the many fabulous kitty sayings :)
 And the inside, left blank - 
because this card goes to my purr-fect other half!

  And that's it for today's The Project Bin card.
Thanks so much for stopping by ♥
 You can see more cards made with the Feline Good 
stamp/die set by clicking the link.
To find these stamps and more, step into the shop!

Big hugs, bigger blessings!

I'll enter this into:  Sending Paw Prints - Animals/blue
Stamping sensations - Animal Magic
Naughty or Nice Challenge