A whole LLAMA Christmas goin' on!

Hi friends!

It's TOOSday and I thought I'd share a fun and festive card!
I am absolutely obsessed with llamas lately.
They are just so quirky and funny and have such 'chill' to them :)
From stamps to 12 x 12 paper stacks to socks and now, thanks to one of my daughter's, I have a pair of pj's with llamas in pajamas on them ♥

I recently went on a trip with my daughter and while she worked,
I created! 
I made a plethora of llamas! :)

See! ↓

That's a whole llama Christmas going on!

I'll enter my card into the Simon Says Stamp challenge:  Winter!

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


You're beautiful ♥

Hi friends!

It's Monday ~  and that means I share with you a card from 

Today's card is my 'artwork wonder' :)
It's always fun to try something new ~
not only does it keep you from getting stuck in a rut,
but you just never know what you'll create.
This vivid and bright card is exactly that!

 For today's card, I used the #bff stamp set
and ....  a notebook!

Recently, I spied several notebooks in a store that caught my eye. 
While I didn't need another notebook or journal, these were quite different :)
The front covers reminded me of stencils ...
and an idea was formed!

 I had some Yupo paper in a stack on my desk and 
decided to use a few sheets for water coloring.
With the orange sunburst notebook (stencil),
I used my Kuretake Gansai watercolors and splashed the colors around,
let it dry and added some coordinating enamel dots.

While it was drying, I stamped out the sentiment 'You're beautiful'
from the #bff stamp set in versafine ink and white embossing powder,
and set it with a heat gun.
It's diagonally cut to match the angles of the pattern,
and propped up on 3D foam for dimension.

And that's it for me today using The Project Bin stamps!
You can find all the stamp sets and card samples in the gallery
by clicking on each of the stamp sets.

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


CCEE - Christmas Carols

Hello friends!

Time for a new challenge at the CCEE Stampers ~
Christmas carols!

I wanted to ink up a new stamp from Stampendous that I was lucky to find
at Tuesday Morning for just $2.99!
This stamp is sensational.
I love the Santa and reindeer flying around the globe ~
promises of the visits he will make at many houses, 
fulfilling the dreams of children everywhere ♥

I went with "Joy to the World!" as my christmas carol 
for this week's CCEE challenge.

Be sure stop in at the CCEE stampers blog
and see all the cards made by the DT!

Big hugs, Bigger blessings ♥


Let's get the holidays POPPING!

Hi friends!

Today's fun-day post featuring The Project Bin stamps is really corny ...
POP-corny, that is! :)

The holidays are coming up and that means a lot of teacher's gifts,
stocking stuffers, birthday gifts, etc.
Sometimes it's just plain (not buttered - ha ha!) easier to give a gift card!
Today, I'm going to show you another way you can use your stamps and dies
and really stretch their versatility.

My friend, Vickie, recently hostessed a challenge in the
 Challenge Your Stash group on Splitcoaststampers to create a gift card holder.

I absolutely LOVE the Just Poppin' stamp set from The Project Bin,
and had an idea in mind on just what to make.
Nothing's butter than a fun idea! :) 

Here's what I did :)
I stamped out the popcorn stamp onto yellow gingham paper
and the bucket stamp onto brightly colored paper.
Then I used the matching dies from the set 
to cut out the popcorn and bucket by using the die and cuttlebug.
Once done, I used the ATG tape to glue them to a small cardstock base,
 measuring 4" x 3" and rounding the corners with a corner punch. 
Finally, I stamped out the fun sentiment and used another die 
in the same set to create the sentiment shape after it was stamped,
and the smaller popcorn piece and propped both on 3d foam.

 For the inside, I needed a way to secure the gift card
 so I went with a classic belly band system.
The band measures 5½" and is scored and 1 ½" and 4¼  marks.
I folded the band at both of those score marks inward
and secured it with ATG tape and tucked the gift card inside.
Since I didn't have any envelopes small enough to fit these
(a regular A2 size is about twice as big as these gift card holders),
I made my own!
With #65 pound lighter weight cardstock, I created a simple envelope
following a free template and matched the envelope lid to the gift holder.  

And does it come in other colors?
Why, yes ... it does! :)
I made several of these using several of the sentiments in the set,
like just poppin' by and no one's butter than you!
Super festive, fun and easy to hold gift cards!

 You can find these projects on The Project Bin blog
along with many paper craft inspirations.
And, if you click on any of the stamp sets in the store, 
it will take you to a gallery to see how each stamp/die set looks on a card!

Thanks for poppin' by my blog today :)
Big hugs, bigger blessings!


Cardmaker Magazine and The Project Bin hop!

Good Morning friends
and Happy December!

Welcome to the CardMaker Magazine Christmas blog hop 
featuring stamps from The Project Bin.
This exciting hop is filled with Christmas cards, holiday inspiration
and more to get your creativity flowing for the holidays!

I have two cards that I'm showcasing for you today ~
one that is elegant and glittery and one that's colorful and whimsical ...
a little bit of everything that Christmas brings ♥  

 But first, you should have arrived at my blog from Diana's blog
and from here you will hop on over to see Nicole's blog.
(For a full hop list or to start at the beginning, scroll down to the bottom of this post.)


First up, I'm showcasing a card using Joyful Song
a stamp set filled with angelic inspired sentiments.
I've created a card using scraps of bold glitter papers in varied holiday colors
to compliment the choirs of angels stamp as a bold focal point. 
The heart is also glitter designer paper and cut from a die, 
popped up on 3D foam.

For my next card, I've used bright cheerful colors for a more whimsical look.
I've used Maybe Christmas to create this card,
adorned with buttons and enamel dots for a little dimension. 

Here are both together:

I hope you enjoyed my cards today :)
And in case you didn't know ~  CardMaker Magazine is hosting an awesome holiday giveaway with over $1,300 in prizes for one lucky winner! 
 Click here for more info and the opportunity to enter ..
how amazing of a gift this would be!

Be sure to continue hopping
and then head over to the store and take a peek at the 
wonderful stamps and dies available.

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

*Here is the entire hop order:
Jeanette Cloyd
Angela Bode
Diana Carr
Kelly McKown-Santi
Nicole Coursey
Stasia Sloma
Clare Prezzia
Andi Jacobsen
Tamie Jubinville-Camp
Savannah O’Gwynn
Jen Shults
Barb Deichl
Dawn Bennett
Gaylynn Martling
Nancy Nickel
Kelly Clark
Teresa Kline
Dawn Mercedes Barrett
The Project Bin


CCEE1747 ~ Celebrations!

Hi friends :)
It's almost the weekend  ~ woot, woot!

It's also time for a brand new challenge at the CCEE Stampers.
Joanne is our hostess this week and gave us this challenge:

As the last of our celebratory month, I would like you to make a baby card OR a wedding card……your choice. 
(If you have lots of time, you could make both….lol!!!) 

Oh Joanne, you are a hoot!
I went with a baby card using the sweet little sheep from
This was actually my very first GS stamp set ♥

The little sheep are so versatile,
so I pulled two of them out and added them to a pink dsp themed base.
They are popped up on 3D foam and lightly colored with prismacolor markers.
The banner and heart are cut from MFT dies.
If you are wondering what the design team chose -
weddings or babies ...
you'll have to stop in the CCEE Stampers blog and see!
It's delightful!
Thanks for stopping by :)
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


Mondays with TPB ~ Rustic Christmas ♥

Hi friends!

I hope your long weekend was filled with bliss
and wonderment!
We had a tremendous feast with family and friends,
then headed out for Black Friday shopping which was amazingly very light.
Stores weren't full at all, 
parking lots had empty spots
and we got every single thing on our lists!
And shhhhh ....
I even did a little shopping for me,
scooping up a lot of the online crafty deals.
My mailbox will be filled with deliveries this week ♥ 

Speaking of hustling and bustling,
I thought I'd show you something a little different with
The Project Bin stamps this week.

I call this my 5 minute Christmas card dash!

Christmas cards can be tedious to make,
especially if you have to make 50-75 cards.
One way to do that is to minimize your design,
and tailor it to the group of people that you'll be sending it to.

Now, I love - love - LOOOOOOVE the rustic look to Christmas!
The pine cones and garland,
red gingham bows, the fresh cut tree,
burlap and that very log-cabin-y look :)
For my brother and his family,
I wanted to incorporate exactly that.
I was going for that homespun feel to these cards. 

So here's what I did:

 Starting with Kraft cardstock, and in an assembly line fashion,
I stamped out the sentiments from Maybe Christmas using Altenew Crisp Black 
and the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform.
I used 3 of the sentiments in this wonderful set. 
I ran my snowflake die from a Recollections stamp/die set
through the cuttlebug in coordinating colors to the cards,
glued a button to each and set that aside to dry.
Meanwhile, I added strips of designer paper
 from Recollections North Pole Gazette pad,
tucking on colored cardstock for a little bit of edging.

I finished up the inside of the cards using a sentiment from Joyful Song
 Once they were completely dry,
I packed them up with envelopes and some baker's twine ...
ready to go!

Holiday cards don't have to be a big fuss :)
Start with beautiful stamps like those at The Project Bin,
then dash and create!

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


CCEE1747 ~ Holiday Stash Card

HaPpY tHaNKsGiViNg!
I wish each and every one of you a very blessed
and wonderful Thanksgiving!
 There is truly something so wonderful about this day,
surrounded by family and friends, sharing a loving meal.
I send you blessings of gratitude for your friendship ♥

 Although we are celebrating Thanksgiving today,
today's card is a festive and whimisical Christmas card :)
That's because the CCEE Stampers post every Thursday,
and Joanne wanted us to make a 'holiday stash card",
as she shares here:

This week we are going to make a card for our holiday stash. You can make a Christmas card, a New
 Year’s card, or a winter card….. whichever you think you need the most for your stash.

 Thanks, Joanne!
I definitely need to have a few more Christmas cards in my stash.
 Because this week was absolutely bonkers busy,
I used this adorable Snoopy image that I colored last month 
and quickly assembled it into a card.
The papers are from Doodlebug and I colored it with prismacolor markers.
A Charlie Brown Christmas debuted in 1965 and has never missed
a year being televised on TV!
We watched it as kids faithfully each year when we lived in the US,
and now I watch it with my own children ♥
Be sure to stop in the CCEE Stampers blog list 
and see what the other girls have made this week!
If you link up your card, use the keyword CCEE1747.
Have a great Thanksgiving!
If you head out for some shopping, be safe!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


I love Fall {most of all} ♥

It's Fall!
Do you love it most of all?!

I do love this time of year ♥
It's just an absolutely beautiful season.

There is something so heart-warming about the week of Thanksgiving ~
the feeling of gratitude and togetherness and blessings abudant.

 For my card today, I am channeling
the colors of a warm autumn day when the air is crisp and cool ♥
 I've used the New Leaf stamp set, 
and the I love Fall stamp is stamped in Chocolate Chip ink from SU!
The cardstock is also SU! chocolate chip and the dsp is
from Pebbles ~ Woodland Forest collection.


I keep using this paper pad over and over - it's divine!
And you can see my stamps are well loved, too :)
I added an assortment of buttons and enamel dots for extra dimension
and character :)

 Here's a final peek at the stamp set and overview of my card:

You can find this stamp set in the shop here,
as well as a gallery of cards made with each of the stamp/die sets.
You can always stop in and visit the blog and see a variety of cards
with just about something for everyone :)

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


RSG ....... Inside/Out!

Today's the day!  

The November Ready, Set, Go Challenge this month was from me :) 
 I challenged Barb, Jeanette and myself
 to make an Inside/Outside card!

Say what?!!

And inside out card is actually a pretty simple idea!
It's where the inside of the card is now the front,
and the front becomes the inside! 

Since I tend to decorate the inside of my cards a lot,
I thought it would be fun to see how we interpret switching the roles of each.
I used my new Neat and Tangled stamp set "Santa's Wonderland"
... omgosh!
This stamp set is. the. cutest!!
The Santa and winter scene on my card would normally be played out
on the front of the card but I have them tucked behind 
each of the cut out circular shapes, giving a hint of the merriment.

My card was actually inspired by one that I saw from GSD
~ you can see the adorable card here
 In hindsight, there is too much white on the card for my liking:
learning experience ;)
You can see what Barb and Jeanette did with this challenge
by heading over to their blogs!
Oh! And in case you were wondering,
there's only 5 weeks left until Christmas!
I'm actually starting to panic a little :/
How about you - are you ready to get your merry on?! ♥

I'll add my card to the Neat and Tangled Little Tangles challenge - coloring!

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


CCEE1746: Joanne's Birthday flowers!

Hi friends!

I have two posts today, one including this new challenge for the CCEE Stampers in honor of our teammate's birthday today - Joanne!

This is her challenge:

 Well.....Happy Birthday to me!!!!!!  In honor of my special day,
 this week's challenge is to make a feminine birthday card with flowers
 To celebrate the day with me, let's do a random act of kindness.
 Call a friend who might need cheer, pay for someone's coffee, give a hug, .....
 try to make a difference.

What a wonderful birthday gift to give, Joanne!
Although today we didn't have internet service at home,
and traffic was snarled and backed up,
and I locked my keys in the car for the first time in like 10 years,
I thought about your wishes and did exactly that!
I called a friend and caught up ♥ 

And because I've packed up my craft 'cabana' preparing
for Thanksgiving and company,
it's slim pickings on what stamps are out to use!
I went with my treasured Our Daily Bread Designs
and used a lot of blue ~
because if you have seen Joanne's blog,
you'll see she loves the ocean as much as I do!
She even has a vibrant and inviting blue sea blog header :) 

Happy Birthday, Joanne!
I hope your day is filled with beautiful things!

Be sure stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog for more inspiration,
and if you want to link up a card with this theme,
use the keyword CCEE1746.

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


DDD: All about Frogs!

Hello friends!

Today's the 15th of the month, the day that the Dueling Darlings 
create and post a card based on a kit mailed to us by this month's hostess.
  For the DDDivas, that would be Suzy and
 For the DDDazzlers, the hostess is Deb :)
This month, the theme they came up with is hoppin!
like. literally.

It's all about frogs!
I was so tickled when I saw the card kit and the froggie images ♥
When my dad was first diagnosed with cancer,
his dr told him to "get something to care for"~ so he chose frogs :)
He had a tank full of little green and speckled frogs that lived in his condo
in a fabulous terrarium and he got such a kick out of them.
I always remembered what one of my very first Sunday School teachers said:
Fully Rely On God! 
That saying got us through a lot of rough spots,
as did those silly frogs :)

My card has one of everything in some fashion on it ~
from the image, the paper, the doily, a ribbon, the flowers and gems!
Thanks, Suzy! 
Your kit was fresh and fun and so very unique!
In the 11 years that we've been doing this, we've never had a frog theme! 

I usually complete the inside of my card, too, 
but I put the image and sentiment on the front  ~
the inside is just blank white cardstock.
 I've colored him with prismacolor markers
and popped up the sentiment Suzy also sent with some 3D foam.

Thanks, Suzy and Deb, for your fun theme and kits this month.
The DDD will take the month of December off as always to be with our families
and enjoy the month of festivities ♥
We'll be back again in January 2018!

And don't FROG-et to stop by and see what all the Divas and Dazzlers
have created! 
You can find their blogs/galleries in my sidebar → 
Big hugs, bigger blessings!