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, June 18, 2018

Merry Monday with Marcia ~

Hi Friends!!  We have only this week and ONE more week of challenges and we all take a Summer Vacation break!  This week Marcia is our very MERRY Maker and she has a fun photo inspiration that is filled with yummy mints over at the Merry Monday Challenge!
I made my own background and added a paper ribbon to highlight the sentiment!
I hope you will join us...please check out the inspiration from the design team!
PTI: Candy Cane Christmas
Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Create Along With Us

This card is CASing Betsy.  I loved all the white space and her flowing flowers and the movement in the leaves and especially the striped vellum on the side.
So I set to work with a sentiment from:
Words to Live By:  Courage
and added the flower designed by Rebecca from the Anniversary set called
Mixed Bouquet 
Heart Hugs, friends!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Teacher Appreciation Cards

I had the good sense to ask my daughters if they needed "teacher thank you cards" last week and they both said YES!  Good thing because I needed 5 of them and they often just spring it on me, like I keep a bunch of teacher thank you's in my stash!
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This card is for the recess teacher that my grandson loves... I had to use balls on it!
The 5th card actually was from my stash that my grandson picked was for his school counselor and it had flowers on it, I can't remember now which one he chose.
Last Day is Thursday...two graduating from 5th grade, different schools, thankfully one is Wednesday recognition day, the other is Thursday morning.

Heart Hugs, friends!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Merry Monday with Leanne and a barn door

Welcome to a new Merry Monday friends!  We have three more weeks of challenges before we all take a break for the summer!  This week Leanne is asking us to make a card with a barn on it.
I didn't have a barn anything, what is a crafty girl to do but go buy a barn door stamp!
I found this lovely stamp at Serendipity Stamps.  Inked it up and colored it with copics!
I hope you will join us for this challenge!  See you in the gallery!
Serendipity: Barn Door with Wreath
PTI Mix & Mat Confetti

Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Just Us Girls ~ Outdoors

I am getting in under the wire friends...the code word for Just Us Girls this week is "OUTDOORS" .
I immediately thought of riding a bike (NOT ME!!  LOL)
My granddaughter is having a birthday next month and she loves to ride bikes and she LOVES purple and I am set...!!
I hope you will go check out this challenge and see all the ways the DT has used this code word!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Seize the Birthday ~ Beachy Birthday!

The challenge over at Seize the Birthday is asking for a "BEACHY BIRTHDAY", for the topping!
You are always welcome to make any kind of BIRTHDAY card!
 And we have a NEW PARTY GUEST TOO!
Welcome SonjaK!
I would love to be sitting on the beach right now, how about you?
So the topping is for a "beachy birthday card".  
Please go see what the design team has made for your inspiration!
Heart Hugs, friends!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

A fun fun week with my BFF

YEAH!!  We finally meet in person!
And I got to spend a fun week with my BFF of 61 years!
And you know that she has new triplet babies, right?  So I got to see them and even hold them, feed them, love on them, but NO kissing them!!  They were one month old and finally weighed in around 5 pounds, the one that weighed the most at birth was the last to come home and was the smallest at their one month weigh in, he was 4 # 14 ounces.  The little girl weighed the most at 5# 2 oz and the other little boy was exactly tiny, friends, but oh so sweet!
We picked up Marybeth and Darnell from SeaTac Airport and immediately went to Impress which is an awesome stamp store...they have their own line of Flora and Fauna stamps, but they carry everyone's, stamps...from Lawn Fawn to Concord & 9th, Memory Box and Poppy Stamps, even Pretty Pink Posh and Avery Elle...lots of dies, lots of inks, it is one of those stores that you need to walk through 10 times to see everything and even then, you probably miss something that you wished you had seen!
Marybeth asked if they had Memory Box Dies, so the clerk showed her where they were stored and right in front of us was the two samples she made and gave to the owner, Dave showing the dies with her fabulous stitching and bead work.  And the packaging for the dies had a picture of her products she made...she is on the Memory Box design team...that was a real thrill for her to see them in the store!
And friends if you want to see more pictures and funny stories, then head over to Darnell's blog and read all about know she has a way with words that I couldn't even come close to write!

And I think it might be okay for me to post a picture of TWO grandma's and one Nonna holding the three triplets:
Left to right, Linda, me and Rhonda (Linda's sister).
hugging babies and hugging new friends:

thanks for stopping by...have a fabulous rest of the week!

Heart Hugs, friends!

CAS Christmas June Challenge ~ Masculine

I have a question:  how many times a year do you re-organize and purge?
The reason I ask is because I am doing that now and I can across this scene, already embossed and ready to go, but you know, sitting in a box.  And then I remembered this challenge is suppose to be masculine and the light bulb came on!!  HA HA
I probably wouldn't have put any of the little PPP "marshmallow confetti" on it because of it being "masculine", but friends, I was filling up a dry copic and the bottle tipped and splashed and a smidgen got on the edge of the blue/white where the biggest confetti is!
BTW...I LOVE the confetti because there is NO hole in it and the glue dries clear, so I love these little things!  Okay, that is my story and I am sticking to it!
I hope you will join the fun over at CAS Christmas ~ masculine...lot's of awesome inspiration for you, so no reason not to make a Christmas card in June!!!
Heart Hugs, friends!