Monday morning 'brews' .......

Hee hee!
I've got the Monday morning brews - I mean, blues!
It's Spring Break here and ours started out with the flu!
Our son came home Friday with a fever & flu like symptoms,
just to go downhill from there and struggling with this whopper of a flu -
going on day 3 :(
Poor little boy is positively miserable and
we're praying we don't start dropping like dominos,
especially our daughter who is immune compromised :(
Needless to say,
I've been barely sleeping and being nurse to this poor little one,
lots of TLC for him,
lots of coffee for me!
Our oldest daughter has driven to Starbucks twice this weekend
just for me - she absolutely can't stand the smell/taste of coffee
so the fact that she did that, for lil 'ol me, well it just means the world to me ♥
How 'bout this fun image !
wish I had a S'bux the size of this cup!
Ohhhh I'd be so happy ♥
It's actually my card submission for the Mystery Image swap by Imke
on SCS ~ Jo was our hostess this month! I found these super fun
papers in my stash pile and just built a card around them.
I also decorated the inside of the card panel with this
sentiment ~ such true words!
I hope your weekend was wonderful
and Spring/sunshine has started to show it's lovely self,
wherever you may be in the world!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!


We're Glamorous! ♥

Oh la la!
Isn't this lady glamorous! 
I sure hope this is me when it's my birthday,
dancing around in my party dress and feather boa :)
                        It's a new mystery reveal from the Mystery Image swap,
and this one is the adorable Magda from the Stampingbella line.
 Carol is our hostess this round and sent us this cute image
and we had to create a card to go around it ~
and this is my take :)
Carol loves blue so I went with a blue hues
and she also loves her bling and glitter,
so I added some rhinestones to sparkle up the party girl.
I've had this SU! Urban Oasis dsp for forever and a day
so it was time to use it!
And, how fun to finally get inky and play in my Cabana ♥
 I decorated the inside of my card as well as I usually strive to do,
adding the sentiment that came with Madga
to the inside of the card.
Thank you for stopping by today!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend ♥
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

Challenges:   Jo's Scrap Shack - Birthdays!
Polkadoodles - Birthdays
Seize the Birthday:  Use a sentiment
Crafting with an attitude:  AG


What's your brew?!!

Hi sweet friends!
I'm a bit late for the tea party :)
 It's the time that we Dueling Darlings post our cards using
the fun theme of "What's your Brew - coffee or tea?"

It's no secret I'm a huge Starbucks fan!
In fact, I'm pretty sure I have financed the college of one barista's kid
and should probably have my own "Parking for Kelly" sign outside our local store!
I love, love, LOVE me some Starbucks ♥
But I love a good cup of tea as well,
especially being that my mum is English :)

So ... for today's brew, my card is using a MFT "You're my cup of tea" image
rather than the coffee image that was sent by Kadie
inside this absolutely scrumptious card kit! 
From the gorgeous papers to the wonderful embellishments,
there was so much to play with with.  My eyes kept drawing towards
the softer, homespun colors and the gorgeous teacup paper.

 I colored the image to match and framed it.
It felt a little busy so I added some enamel dots,
paper pieced the tea cup and left it at that.
The Dazzlers, with team Paola, have a different coffee/tea image
so our duel is officially on!   You can find them all in my sidebar
to see the fabulous cards of the Divas and the Dazzlers.

No matter what the 'brew',
it's nice to have a cuppa with a friends!

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!



Irish you Luck! ♥

Happy March!
I can't believe how much time flies by in between posts ~
life is just full throttle here and doesn't slow down long enough
 for me to enjoy the Cabana and stamping time ...
until today!

 It's the 9th of the month and we 3 Musketeers are once again
stamping away with ink and paper and cute little images.
This month, Barb is our hostess and sent us Whipper Snapper's
"Irish Luck" images to create a card with.
I knew when I saw it what papers/color palette I wanted to use
but then it came to a screeching halt!
My card is really what needs the luck ~
It's a hot mess!
I started out with an old Deconstructed Jen sketch in mind
and it went way (way!) off course ~ so I just tossed
a few elements in the color palette that were on my desk
onto the card and just let it marinate a bit - LOL!
Time crunch = it is what it is! :)
Be sure to stop in and see what both girls made with
this same image and how different our cards all are!
Fabulous talent from Barb's blog and Jeanette's blog!
Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

Card entered to: Craft it up - Linky Party (Green)
Crafty Secrets - Linky Party (Go Green)
Craft Hoarders Anonymous - Green/hoarded item (dsp!)
Great Impressions - Go Green
Simply Create, too - St. Patrick's Day



Hey, You!

  Yes ... you!  
 How are ya?!
That's actually the name of the Basic Grey mat stack that I used
 to create today's card - "Hey You!"
It's also new card challenge time at Riley and Company stamps ...
this week, our hostess is Heather and she's asked us to paper piece!
My very, very favorite technique in crafting ♥

Today's card is sunny, cheerful, SIMPLE!
 I've used Sunflower Riley for today's card,
paper-piecing the flower :)
It's not quite the card I was aiming for or the design I saw in my head *smile!*
but I was thrilled to use up so many of the paper scraps in my bin.
We'd love for you to play along, of course!
You can link up your Riley and Company cards using any of
the stamps carried in the store to the challenge blog here!
 If you use a gallery, please use the keyword Riley0415  ~
we'll stop by and leave some love ♥
I hope you have a great day &
thanks so much for stopping by!
Big Hugs, Bigger Blessings!


When it rains ........ we have the DDD! ♥

"When it rains, I share my umbrella ...
If I have no umbrella, I share my rain."

Isn't that the sweetest!

I hope you all had a beautiful Valentine's Day with your loved ones ♥
It's the 15th of the month and that means the Dueling Darlings
post our cards that we've made with the chosen theme from our hostesses:
LJ and Darlene are up this month.
And their theme ...

Our theme this month is Umbrellas!
Believe it or not, National Umbrella Day is February 10th.
Darlene and LJ thought it would be fun to think Spring,
since we've seen too much white stuff this winter.
 Even though I have a love of snow and winter and all that white stuff,
this was one super cute theme!
Here is my contribution using some of the gorgeous papers sent from LJ
as well as ribbons, lovely clouds and BUTTONS!!!!
I cut out a small circular pattern in the paper to let the sun/sky/cloud
paper peek through.
The image is Sophie from Whipper Snapper Designs ♥
Be sure to stop in and see what the rest of the DDD have created
with our umbrella cards this month ~
you can find them in my sidebar.
Thanks LJ and Darlene for your gorgeous and fun kits this month!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

I'll enter my card to: Open Minded Crafting Fun: In the air!
  Sweet Stampin' - Song "Singing in the Rain!"
Crafts for Eternity: Twos!  two buttons, two clouds, two ribbons)


It's Funny Friday!

Happy, happy Friday!
It's almost Valentines, and Yolanda here certainly has the right idea -
chocolate in both hands! ♥

I just adore these Art Impression stamps!
I'm blessed to be in a mystery stamp group over on SCS
lead by my beautiful German friend, Imke :)
She was the hostess for the month of January
and sent us this terrific image to create a card with.
This card is busy!
Some paper piecing, fruit loop colored papers, sequins!
Tomorrow is Valentine's Day so I send lots of love to you all
and hope your day is filled with all things fabulous!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

Entered:  Red Rubber Designs:  So Sentimental!