Make today .... Amazing! ♥

Hi friends! 
 Remember me?!!
It's been a whirlwind around here ~
from last minute trips before school started to
the chaos of school actually starting!
This year, my oldest is in her 2nd year of college,
daughter #2 is a Senior (when did that happen!),
daughter #3 is a Sophomore and
little man is a brand new 4th grader at a brand new school.
We are certainly looking forward to getting used to
the newness of it all and routine to settle  - for all of us ♥
I thought I'd show you the card I had made for the Riley and Company's
new challenge - One Layer Cards.
Holy Hanna, that's about the one type of card I don't do!
I love me some layers! ♥

So I thunk and thunk and thunk some more ...
and an idea was born when I was watercoloring.
Let the colors run!
As they were still wet, I tilted my watercolor paper
and let the cards run together - like tie-dye!
From Girl Scouts to Sunday School and lazy summer days here at home,
tie-die is one of the activities we've done and love so much.
Why not on a card!

I used my SU! Watercolor crayons and watercolor paper
and colored it in my VERY favorite color combination :)
I seem to be gravitating to this color combo a lot this summer!

I let the sentiment speak for itself on this one and stamped it
right on the dry paper, peeled off the painters tape from around the edges
and ta-da! 
Hard to believe this card took as long as it did to make -
which I will not admit to, LOL!
Did I mention I love me some layers?! :)
Be sure to stop in and see what the rest of the Riley and Company DT
has created!
If you link up your cards to a gallery like SCS,
please use the keyword Riley1714.
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

I'll enter my card into:  Addicted to Stamps and More - CAS
Ladybug crafts - CAS
Sisterhood of Stampers - Favorite Color
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes



Carriers of Faith ~ Showing Love ♥

Hi friends!
We're off for the weekend for some last moments of summer fun!
We sure wish summer could last all year long
but it's back to school soon ~ meh!
Today's card was fun to make :)
The Carriers of Faith have a wonderful theme this month
and our hostess is April!

Here's what she said:
August Challenge:
Since we post the day after my wedding anniversary, I would like everyone to make a project based on one of the scriptures read at my wedding: 

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7   "Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."  Your card doesn't need to be based on a spousal love, and as such.   I would love to hear a story of one of your loves!

This verse was also in our wedding, too ♥
So, I had my husband in mind when creating my card.
He is the center of my world and one of the BEST men on the planet :)
He's my high school sweetie and here we are ...
30 years and 4 kids later!
For the card I made today,
I finally opened one of my new SU! Stamp sets "See Ya Later"
 that I bought but hadn't had the chance to ink up.
I also wanted to emboss the sentiment, which says
"Once in a lifetime you meet someone
who changes everything."

So sweet!
I went with a Cherry Cobbler color
{our wedding color was *dusty rose* for my mom :)
but ohhhhh, I'm so NOT a pink girl!}
I found this card pattern on Pinterest
and fell in love with it, too,
and wanted to recreate it with my own spin ♥
 I hope you are able to visit my COF sistahs, too!
You can find them listed in my sidebar!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

I'll enter my card into:  Little Red Wagon - Embossing
Eclectic Paperie - Embossing
Path to Positivity - Possibilities


Sweet Summer Days ♥

Hi friends! 
*Raise your hand if you want to be here!*
Today is my turn to post on the Just For Fun Rubber Stamps blog :)
Today's card is a wonderful reflection of the peace
and serenity of summer 'nothing-ness' :)
With summer's end drawing near,
I'm stretching it out by using summer stamps like this one!
I inked up my Hammock in Palms rubber stamp +
colored it with prismacolor markers,
and added a bit of sand embossing powder to the little edge.
And, of course, burlap! ♥
Truth is, if I head out to my Jeep, I'll find plenty of real sand
from our recent beach trips - LOL!

I've also added a Just for Fun sentiment to the inside of my card
"Thinking of you" .... along with the shells (also JFF stamps!)

You can find all these and many more
in the Just For Fun Rubber Stamps shop!

Thanks for stopping by today ~
Big Hugs, Bigger Blessings!
 CraftyCatz 243 - Lazy Days of Summer
FairyTale 97 - Sun, Beach, Sea
Stampin' for the Dragon -  Sun, Sand, Sea
Aud Sentiments - Thinking of You
The East Wind -  the beach
Our Creative Corner - Summertime




Hi everyone! 
Quick post today with a card for the current From the Heart Stamps challenge.
How I adore these beautiful digital stamps and the messages of faith
 and inspiration they have, like this one! 

The card I've created today is using one of the digis
called "Peace like a River" ~
 including one of the sentiments that comes with this delightful set
(see the whole set here!)
I thought it would be a perfect match to this fun paper 
called "Hippie Chic" from DCWV.
I followed their current sketch challenge,
which I flipped onto the side
and use the twist - Buttons!
And that's it for today ... short and sweet!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings :)
I'll enter this into:  From the Heart Stamps: Sketch075


Let's Scuba!

Hi everyone! 
 I can't believe summer is winding down already ~ say it isn't so!
I'm not ready for the new school year,
which starts in just 2 short weeks.
I'm soooo not ready! :(
We love the outdoors here and when blessed with gorgeous weather,
we make trips to the beach!
My 'to-make' list from Pinterest has grown,
including creations needing shells - lots and lots of pretty shells!
The tides haven't brought many to the shore lately,
so we ventured out with masks and snorkels to find them -
and did we ever!
I'm super excited to get started on those gifts now ♥

This week's bi-weekly Riley and Company Stamps challenge
is brought to us by Kendra ~ Summer/outdoor sports.
While we don't scuba, we snorkel --
 an outdoor activity that we just love!

I've used Scuba Riley on my card today,
colored with prismacolor markers and added to a card base
with summery, bright colors ...
such a happy card :)
Be sure stop by the challenge blog to see the rest of the DT
If you'd like to link up your Riley card to the challenge blog,
or add your card to a gallery,
please use the keyword Riley1614.

Thanks for stopping by!
Big Hugs, Bigger Blessings ♥

I'll enter my card into:  2cute Ink - Animals
Craftybloggers - Summer Fun
Imagination crafts - Summer Holiday/Scene
My craft spot - Summer Fun Colors
Come and Get it - All About Dies
Crafting when we can - Bright Colors


Butterfly Moments (Cornish Heritage Farms) ♥

The butterfly counts not months but moments,
and has time enough.
~Rabindranath Jagore

Hi friends ♥
Today's post is celebrating butterflies ~ for two reasons!
Today is the day the Calendar Girls launch our monthly cards
with a chosen theme.  This month, our hostess Linda,
asked us to create a card with butterflies - that's it, just butterflies!
Since that was the theme for my card, and today is also the day
the Cornish Heritage Farms DT post our bi-weekly challenge cards,
I knew the direction I wanted to go with my card ♥
Irit is our hostess this week and gave us this challenge ~
to use 3 different craft/coloring mediums on our cards.

For my card today, I started with a butterfly digi image from CHF -
they not only carry a delicious variety of rubber stamps but
digital stamps as well, some of them as low as .99c!
I printed the digi on watercolor paper
so the Tattered Angels glimmer mist would stick the best (medium #1)
I colored the butterfly with both primsacolor markers in light shades
and outlined it with a watercolor colored pencil in white (medium #2).
Lastly, I brought my acrylic white paint out and painted over a piece of
corrugated cardboard I had on hand for the background piece (medium #3).
I've also added another CHF sentiment to the inside of the card
along with the small section of cardboard that was extra from the front.
I am all about using leftovers in crafting!
This sentiment can be found in the shop, too :)

Be sure to stop in and see what the rest of the Calendar Girls
have created with their Butterflies cards - you can find them
in my sidebar ......
And be sure to see what the Cornish Heritage Farms DT has made,
and you can find them listed in my sidebar!
That's a lot of inspiration right there!
If you upload your CHF cards using 3 craft mediums to a gallery
like Splitcoaststampers, please use the keyword  CHF58.

Thanks for stopping by today! 
Big Hugs, Bigger Blessings!

I'll enter my card into: Make My Monday - Butterflies
Crafting when we can - Make your own background
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes



Christmas in July!

Hi friends! 
 I hope your weekend is bound to have fun moments and happy memories!
Thank you for the well-wishes ♥
I'm feeling slightly better and moving on forward as we're still
enjoying summer here before the dreaded 'back to school'
in just a couple of weeks! :(
Did you know there is 152 days left until Christmas!
I know, hard to fathom!
But it's true -- and although it seems like a lot of days,
we started with 365 ... and almost half of those are gone - WOW!
Riley and Company's bi-weekly challenge is Christmas in July.
That's always a fun theme!
Most of my stash of Rileys actually include winter/Christmas theme :)
They are not only super cute but make adorable holiday cards,
and you can cater them to just about any profession, theme, etc!
For today's card, I used Wreath Riley and paired it with some holiday papers.
You can find this Riley and many, many more right here in the shop!
Of course, we'd love for you to play along!
If you upload your card/project to Splitcoast Stampers please include the keyword Riley1514.
Thanks for stopping by!
Big Hugs, Bigger Blessings!
Card entered into:  Bloggers - Christmas in July
Deck the Halls
Creative Knockouts - Christmas in July
DL Art #137 - Thankful Link up Christmas in July
Craft your passion - Christmas in July