Riley's OFF THE EDGE! :)

Woohoo, Happy Tuesday!
Lucky, lucky me! Today is my turn to post the challenge on the
I decided to think really outside the box
and throw down a "Off the Edge" (of the card!) challenge.
So I inked up one of my very favorite, love him so much, bestest Rileys EVAH -
I colored him, the background sky and basket w/ my prismas
and paper-pieced the balloon w/ designer paper.
I also decided to be a bit bolder and make my own 'mountains' and
cut out a few circular patterns with my nestabilities and adhered those down -
ta-da! Instant mountains! :)
And of course I had to decorate the inside of my card!
I used the uber fabulous FunnyBones sentiment, also from Riley and Company,
as this is one of my VERY favorite quotes of all times.
I used it for my daughter's graduation 2 years ago
and it just speaks volumes while being light-hearted and whimsical!
Time to get *SUPER* excited!!
We are about to have a brand new stamp release!
Stay tuned - there will be a hop, lots of DT inspiration,
and a chance to win!
The sneak peeks begin on September 21st ♥
And, if you'd like to play along, and we'd love it if you did! ♥,
hop on over to the challenge blog or gallery of your choice.
Please use the keyword Riley1914 so we can find your card/project.
That's it for me -- have a best, blessed day!
Big Hugs, Bigger Blessings


DDD: What's Cookin'?!

Hi everyone -- I hope your weekend was fabulous :)

 It's the 15th of the month ~ our Dueling Darlings posting day!
Today we post our monthly card kits:
 Barb for the Divas and Debbie for the Dazzlers
 w/ this wonderful theme:
 Recipe Cards!
I was so excited to see Barb's kit this month!
First, she is one of the most generous ladies and her kits are always
so full, you could make cards for days upon days!
This kit was just stuffed full of amazing, wonderful papers and embellishments!
Second, the theme made me smile as my I've been making my
daughter a recipe book for a couple of years now.
She's quite an accomplished chef at just 19 and one day will
enjoy cooking for a husband and family of her own ♥
So when making my recipe card, I asked her for one of her recipes
that I haven't scrapped yet and she gave me her quick mac 'n cheese.
Yum! :) 
Recipe card is 6 x 6, scalloped

Here's the recipe since it's hard to read above! :)
 I was ambitious and actually made a place card as well ~
Barb's kit was stuffed full of goodies!
I think I pretty much used all but a few ribbons ♥
I just adored those wooden spoon and fork embellies :)


Barb also asked us to share why we picked this recipe.
Honestly, it's not the one I would have picked.
 Tt was the one my daughter gave me when I asked for one
so it's the one that was showcased. 
It is yummylicious though!
She makes a fried lasagna noodle dish w/ organic tomato sauce
that is out of this world! 
And, her homemade minestrone soup w/ veggies from her own garden will pretty much knock your boots off! ♥

I have always loved cooking and enjoy it so very much when time permits.
But it's also nice that when dd feels ambitious, that she gets her cookin' on!
And even though we are the busy, need to be too many places family,
and dh working longer/later hours,
we hold fast to one of our family commitments that no matter what
we make it home to have dinner together as family. 
 We eat dinner together - all 6 of us! -

Thank you, Barb, for fabulous kit to play with and to Barb/Deb for this theme.
Please be sure to hop on over to the rest of the DDD
Divas and Dazzlers to see what they've created
 with the dueling them of recipe cards ~ 
 you can find their links in my sidebar.
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!


Birthday Friendship ♥ (Carriers of Faith/Cornish Heritage Farms)

What a special day today is ...  
 Today our little man is 10 years old!
Our 'baby' of the family is turning another year old,
joining his 3 big sisters in the "double digits" category!
Though he is far from little .. I'm a wee 5'3" and he's already
passing my chin in height :)
Such an incredible little gentlemen he is,
with such compassion for the world, a gentle soul and incredibly bright
and funny ~ oh, how he makes me laugh on a daily basis!
 I'm blessed to be his mommy ♥
So imagine how practical it was that today is the day
 the Cornish Heritage Farms posts our challenge cards with a theme by Amber:  Boy/Masculine themed birthday cards.  Perfect!
And ...it's also the 9th of the month,
 which is the day that Carriers of Faithpost our cards, too
~ this month, our hostess is Jeanette.
Her challenge this month is a friendship card with the scripture
of Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.
In our home, we are very close to our children and they to each other
(though I must confess 3 teenage daughters was so not as fun as
I'd imagined it would be, LOL!).
Most of all, they are amazing with their little brother
and I'd imagine that if one falls down, they'll help the other up
as He intended for us to do with our brethren ♥
The scripture tells us that if one is overpowered, two can defend
themselves but a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
I imagine my 4 together and hope that their close bond will be forever!

So, here's my card!
I used a digi from Cornish Heritage Farms called Teddy


 CHF61 - link it to the challenge blog


*Fabulous Fun Flowers!*

Happy Friday!

It's my turn to post on the Just for Fun Stamps blog today
so I'm showing you the Trio of cards I made ~
I call them the Fall-Winter triplets! ♥
Using the fabulously fun Stamptangle Zen Flowers stamp,
I stamped it out (Momento) 3 times:
Using Oranges/yellows for Fall,
Reds/greens for the Holidays,
and Blues/silvery for the New Year/Winter!
Each card has a color coordinated piece of twine ~
pretty quick and easy
and great for cards being sent out to family, friends
even the teachers now that school is back in session :)
For Fall/Christmas, the flower is cut out twice and propped up on 3d foam
for added dimension and a little pop.
If you're on Facebook, we'd love for you to find
Just For Fun stamps and 'like' us ~
for upcoming releases, new stamps, and DT inspirations!
You can find this Stamptangle Zen Flower (G3752)
in the shop along with many others ~
you can find them all here :)
Thanks for stopping by today!
Big Hugs, Bigger Blessings!


Riley is getting "sketchy!"

Good Morning! 
 Doesn't it feel like a Monday?!
The long weekend sure threw off my schedule
and with the week ahead, it's already shaping up to be a whopper!
The kids are already on overdrive with school, projects, assignments,
lessons, rehearsals, club meetings .......... ahhhh!

PTL, I'm armed with my Starbucks!
As my son likes to say ...
"I got this!" :) 
is brought to us by Heather ~ a sketch challenge.
Here's the sketch ...

And using the Funnybones stamp "depresso",
here's my card.
Oh this sentiment just cracks me up :)
We'd love for you to play along!
If you'd like to link up your cards to a gallery like SCS,
please use the keyword Riley1814.
And check out the cards from the DT using this sketch -
you won't want to miss their inspirational cards.
Big Hugs, Bigger Blessings!

 Linking to: PDE Linky Party - Puns
The Crazy Challenge - 3 of a kind (enamel dots)



DDD: Friends are Family ...

"And then she said ........"  :)
I don't know about you, but I adore these Art Impression "Girlfriends!" 
They are so true to real life and just bring out the biggest smiles :)
I was so excited to see that Michaels started carrying
these sets a few months back and scooped up a couple.
But this yummy card is from the hostess of the current DDD
round, Carol!  She (for Team Divas) and Melina (for Team Dazzlers)
came up with the theme for August:
"Friends are the Family we chose for ourselves."
Isn't that the sweetest!

Carol sent us this darling image to work with along with a super
purple-y kit!  There was so much in her kit, I could make a stash of cards :)
Because I'm already late, and trying to make it under the wire
for at least posting IN AUGUST (hee hee!),
my card is rather on the typical Kelly style - little banner,
off centered, and I added the sentiment in a loopy way,
sadly covering their shoes but it looked cute :)
Thanks ladies for a fun round!
Be sure to stop in and see what the DDD teams have made -
you can find them all in my sidebar.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday weekend!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!


Changing Leaves ♥

Good morning!
Have you ever had this much fun with buttons?! 
I sure did!
One of the most glorious times of year is the "changing of the leaves",
especially for those fortunate enough to live much further North :} 
There is something so profound and tangible when Autumn arrives ....
from the delightful new crispness in the air, the leaves bursting into a kaleidoscope of colors, big comfy sweaters, Pumpkin Spice Lattes!
I love Autumn and the beautiful promise that this time of year holds ♥

I thought way outside the box with my card today using
Just For Fun rubber stamps.
 And I had an absolute blast doing so! 
 I sat and sorted through my huge containers of buttons
 in every color, shape and size. 
 I inked up the uber fabulous Stamptangle Tree stamp 
from Just For Fun stamps (stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black),
 gave it a quick monotone brush of color with Prismacolor markers
(walnut, light umber)
and glued down a variety of 'leaves = buttons' for a unique Fall look!
The deeply etched rubber makes for a great, clear stamped impression.
And so versatile!  I can picture this stamp being in the 4 seasons -
back again for Winter, snow clinging to the branches to the
beautiful blossoms of Spring.  The possibilities are endless.
Thanks so much for your visit today!
Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!
Stamp used:  Stamptangle Tree H3809

I'll enter my card into:  Bloggers Challenge:  Buttons!
As you like it Challenge:  Fave Season/why - described above!
CraftyCreations:  From your stash *buttons, paper, ribbon*