Saturday, August 23, 2014

Yee Haw, Cowgirl!

I used my favorite There She Goes stamp set for today's card - Giddy Up! (Alas, the company has gone out of business, but I do have a few TSG stamp sets to play with).

Isn't she just adorable? 
(BTW, there's an equally adorable cowboy in the stamp set)

I made this card for the Sweet Stampin Challenge...

August 23 - 29

Theme: Cowboys/Girls

Sponsor: Crafts U Love

I hope  you'll participate in the Sweet Stampin' Cowboys/Girls Challenge this week!

Here's the inside of my card:

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image/Sentiment: There She Goes Giddy Up
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Buckaroo Blue
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishments: Brads from an unknown vendor

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Thank You, Melina!

NOTE: there's a new {PIN}Spirational Challenge today, too... if you're here to see my card for it, please click HERE (or keep scrolling to the next blog post).

I wish I didn't have to say what I have to say today.

However, I must...

If you love Twisted Tuesday Challenges (and I'm sure you do!) you'll want to participate with this challenge, because it is going to be the last.

I know, pretty sad, huh?

I have had the privilege of serving on the Twisted Tuesday Challenge from the very beginning. THANK YOU, Melina for giving  me that honor!

August 19 - September 1

Theme: Chevrons

Twist: Add Ribbon to your project, too

Thank you, Melina, for hosting this awesome challenge blog!

Thank you, fellow DT members, for inspiring me with your creativity!

Thank you, participants, for all your creative projects!

Here's your chance....... please participate in this last Twisted Tuesday Challenge!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Sentiment: Rubber Stampede Elegant Thank You
Ink: Brilliance Rocket Red
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Red
Designer Paper: A Muse Studio
Embellishments: A Muse Studio Ribbon and a heart from an unknown vendor

Monday, August 18, 2014

Puppy Love

It's time for a new {PIN}Spirational Challenge...

August 19 - 25



THANK YOU, Sponsors!!!

Here's the {PIN}Spirational Photo:

Isn't that sweet?

Here's my card:

It's a "pup" tent with a pair of sleeping bags snuggling together.

I hope you'll participate in this week's {PIN}Spirational Challenge!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Image: Imagine That Great Outdoors
Cardstock: Recollections Black, Stampin' UP! Pacific Point, and Staples White
Embellishment: Ribbon from an unknown vendor

Are You Ready?

It's time to head....

We live less than a block from an elementary school... so even though my children are grown, I have many opportunities to watch the back to school activity.

Children walking by with backpacks hanging from a shoulder; school buses turning into the school parking lot; I can even hear the bells ringing when it's time for the school day to start.

So, I think the new challenge at MelonHeadz Friends is PERFECT!

August 18 - 31

Theme: Back to School

I actually made two cards for this challenge, using two different sets from MelonHeadz Illustrating.

Here's my first card:

Here's the inside:

Here is my second card:

Here is the inside:

I hope you'll participate in the MelonHeadz Friends Back to School Challenge!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Image: MelonHead Writers Bundle
Ink: Copic Markers
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Red
Designer Paper: DCWV Year Round Paper Stack
Embellishment: Ribbon from an unknown vendor

Sentiment: MelonHeadz Illustrating Back to School Bundle
Ink: Copic Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishments: Stampin' UP! Ribbon and Buttons from unknown vendors

Friday, August 15, 2014

Dueling Friends

Today  is the 15th, so it's time for a little duel... Dueling Darling style.

This month the hostesses are Melina (Dazzlers) and Carol (Divas). They chose a marvelous theme...

Friends Are the Family You Pick Yourself

Seems to me that is a VERY appropriate theme for this month, since this marks the 4-year anniversary of the Dueling Darlings, a group of friends who certainly "picked" each other.

THANK YOU Melina & Carol! We ♥ you!

Here are the details of the kit that Melina sent the Dazzlers:

Image: Whimsy Stamps "I Will Carry You"
Paper: Recollections &

Ribbon: Michael's
Buttons: My Favorite Things
Pearls and Brads: from my stash
I cut the clouds and embossed them with my Cricut & Big Shot.

Here's the card I created with Melina's fabulous kit:

Here is the inside of my card:

I had such fun with Melina's kit and I can't wait to see what the other Dazzlers did with it.
Let's go take a peek...

Let's check out the Diva's blogs to see what they did with Carol's kit, too:

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

The only item I used that wasn't in Melina's kit was a piece of Stampin' UP! cardstock for my cardbase.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Rolling Along

Today is a special day. It's time for a new Sweet Stampin' Challenge... and it's also the 9th of August, which means it's the day that the Carriers of Faith Blog group post the monthly project. I decided to make one card that fits both. (Lazy? Not  really... I've just been super busy the past couple of weeks and trying to catch up.)

Here's my card:

Biking Riley is so cute!

August 9 - 15

Challenge Theme: Photo Inspiration

Sponsor: The Hobby Horse

I hope you'll participate in the Sweet Stampin' Challenge!

Here's the inside of my card:

The Carriers of Faith blog group is hosted this month by April.

Here's the instructions she gave us...

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!

Now.......... you're probably wondering what this card has to do with that theme. Let me explain.

One of the ways that my husband lives out the traits in the scripture passage that April chose is seen through a bicycle story. No, he's not a cyclist, and truthfully, neither am I. However, I own a bike - an antique bike - and for reasons I can't even really communicate, it is very special to me. I've had this bike longer than my husband and I have been married.

As I said, I don't really ride it, so when my daughter moved to western Kansas, and asked if she could have it, I agreed. My husband hauled it to her. Then when she moved to Mississippi, the bike went with her. Now that she's moved to Alaska, she couldn't keep the bike............. yes, you know what's coming. My husband went to Mississippi to help our daughter with her final packing/moving details.... and he brought my bike home.

He knows it won't be ridden - at least not much. But he also knows it's important to me. So he patiently and lovingly brought my bike home to me.

I'm not sure, but I am guessing he thinks that it's a keeper. ;) 

By the way, my husband is a keeper, too.

Image: Riley & Co.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Perfect Plum
Designer Paper: Recollections Basic Paper Pad
Embellishment: Stampin' UP! Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! 

 Please be sure to go to the other Carrier of Faith blogs, too... their links are in my left side bar.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A World of Good Wishes

Today's card is super simple -  but I like it.

Of course, I just HAD to put a rhinestone on Alaska. Speaking of which, today is the day that our daughter gets on a little bush plane and leaves Anchorage to go to her village. Safe travels, Brittney!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image: Freebie from Internet Search
Sentiment: Penny Black Good Wishes
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Pacific Point
Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestone and Stampin' UP! Ribbon