RSG Challenge - Between the lines!

Do you know what skunks say when they go to church?
Let's us spray ........



Today's the day when the new challenge for Ready, Set, Go!
This group is a spin-off of the 3M BUT the added challenge
is we come up with card challenges ideas that are not so typical
and more 'out of the box'.
So much so, I had all kinds of ideas for Jeanette's theme ...
made notes,
experimented ...
but in the end really, REALLY, wanted to ink up my skunk stamp 
from Your Next Stamp ♥
 I went with a tried and true technique that you have seen on my blog 
before with this card, which I loved! 

Here is Jeanette's challenge:
Between the Lines: choose an image you normally WOULD color.
 (In other words, not a sentiment or multi-layer stamp that lays down the color for you.) 
 BUT don't color between the lines!  
Instead, my challenge to you is to think of a creative way to use that image

I love my card! 
It's fun and funky and whimsical ~
so hopefully I passed this challenge with flying colors - haha! -
or that would really stink!!!

And here's the inside, with the theme carried over ↓

I'll enter my card to the challenge #75 at Your Next Stamp blog -
here is the gorgeous mood board that inspired my color palette ♥

 You can see what Barb made and what Jeanette made with this challenge!
Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Big hugs, bigger blessings! ♥



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 ♥