One seed can start a garden, one candle can light a room, one step can begin a journey, one conversation can start a friendship, one smile from a handmade card can lift one's SPIRIT!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Merry Monday with Kelly

Hi friends!  Today Kelly is our Merry Hostess for the Merry Monday Challenge where we try to encourage you to make all your Christmas cards YEAR-ROUND!! 

Isn't that a fun photo inspiration? I loved the sugar cookies and the candy canes!

PTI: Friendship Jar holiday
Stamp of Approval:  Candy Cane Lane
Nuvo Drops
Heart Hugs, friends!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Merry Monday with JoAnn ~ Bells

Welcome friends to our Merry Monday Challenge! Today our Merry hostess is JoAnn and she is looking for BELLS on our Christmas cards...go check out the wonderful cards with all the different kinds of bells the design team made for your inspiration!

 Sunny Studios: Holiday Style
PTI: Ombre Christmas Sentiments

Heart Hugs, friends!

Friday, May 11, 2018

CAS Christmas May Challenge ~ snowmen

I am playing with CAS Christmas May Challenge where we need a snowman on our CAS card!
These little snow people were colored with copics.
Elizabeth Craft:  Snowman Gifts

Heart Hugs, friends!

May TWOFER Challenge #5 ~ Butterflies

The conundrum is which butterfly set to use?  I may have one or two or many more!
However there was a piece of paper laying on my desk that had Mama Elephants Butterfly Kisses stamp set printed on it.  And I thought I could use that one!
Here is a closer look at each one and a little story for the bride and groom.

 When my older daughter got married, we released butterflies at her reception.  It was beautiful to see all those gorgeous butterflies fly off to land on one of the many flowers blooming on the golf course.
I was thinking of her saying to me in about a month, "Mom, do you have an anniversary card I can take?"  So I stamped the bride and groom and decided to add a border of butterflies to signify that momentous day for her!
And she danced with her Dad to the song: Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle and when I saw this sentiment I thought it made a perfect birthday card and of course I highlighted the single butterfly!
I am entering these cards in the May TWOFER Challenge #5 where the code word is "butterfly"
Serendipity stamps:  Wedded Bliss
Mama Elephant:  Butterfly Kisses 

Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Seize the Birthday ~ It's Just a Number!

Time for a new Seize the Birthday Challenge and the theme is "It's Just a Number"!
I used the number cuttlebug embossing folder for the background and die cut the number "9" because my youngest grandson just turned that age!  I thought he would like this because it has a riddle, when you open it up it says:
I think he will get a big kick out of this!
So friends, the TOPPING for this challenge is about NUMBERS!  Of course you can forgo the topping and just make a birthday card!
I will look forward to seeing your card in the gallery.
Be sure to check out her blog! 

Heart Hugs, friends!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Merry Monday with Debbie and Stars!

Welcome to another Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge friends!
Debbie is our Merry Host this week and she is looking for stars on our Christmas Card!
My BFF gifted me this Gina K Wreath builder stamp & Kit...(I know, I have the BEST BFF, right? You all know her...Linda from Lin's Craft Corner and we have been BFF's for 6o years...I know we were all most cradle friends...LOL!) )and the first think I wanted to do was see if I could make a card and when I saw I needed stars for this challenge I set to work!  I of course practiced on scratch paper first and I learned a lot...1. Use the correct size paper in the template...ha ha...I know that should be a given, but I am not always focused! 2. Make sure each stamp as you turn the paper lands on the paper!  LOL again! 3.  If you are using something that has somewhat of a line to it, make sure it is straight and NOT kindywampus! IYKWIM!!)  So after several practice templates, I was ready to go for the GOLD!  I stamped three stars at a time with versamark, then embossed, then did three more, I did the larger 8 pointed stars first, then placed the other two stars in between and stamped them at the same time, again I turned and stamped three times then embossed.  And VOILA!  It worked friends!!
I then die cut a circle and stamped and embossed in gold my sentiment.  I attached it to a shiny gold paper and mounted it on a 4.25 x 4.25 square card.
So friends, I will look for your cards in the gallery!  But first, go check out the awesome star cards the DT made for you!
Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Missing in Blogland

Hi friends, it feels so good to be back at home and in my craft room.  I was missing for almost two weeks...I didn't have idle hands though, I knitted 150 little pocket prayers that are sent to an army base in Texas...they get distributed to the men and women going over seas...the little knit pieces (1 1/2 x 3") gets a prayer for peace and a St. Michael Medal to protect them!  But boy it feels great to get inky again!
I missed several MIM and wanted to give them I try, I have completed was Betsy's Color spot with die cuts.
Can you see the "thanks"?  It is the word die from Bold Borders Diagonal.  I felt it needed a little more pop of color, so using the same copic markers, I added some stripes to the side.

This next card was colored with copics and it was a freebie from Kit & Clowder.
Just for signing up for the monthly coloring class (and you can choose to color with copics or pencils) you get more than just the one image once a month, Alyce sends out lots of extras each month and extra tips and hints for using your medium in different water drops, splashes of water, striped wallpaper background...lots of fun things.  This Digi is from Di's Digi's.
I think these two little bears are so cute!  I colored them in a way that Kara taught us when we met for our Craft Retreat back in March!  I grounded the bears by adding a swoosh under them.  I haven't decided what kind of a card, but I suspect it will be a baby card!
Thanks for stopping by ...boy do I have a lot to catch up on because it was hard to get internet though the desert!  I will do my best to visit you all!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Merry Monday Challenge #288 NO STAMPING allowed!!

Hi friends!  Deanne has a fun twist on our Christmas cards for Merry Monday this week!  No stamping for me that means die cuts all the way!!
I was still able to make a simple scene using my dies.  I hope you will be challenged to play along this week and make a Christmas card!  Please go see what the team used to make their cards without any stamping!
 I will see you in the gallery!!

Penny Black: snowman joy
Penny Black Stitched Snowflake Frame
Little yellow bicycle:  Believe
Lawn Fawn Stitched hillside borders
Heart Hugs, friends!