Nautical Favorites for SIP200…!

Hello Friends!

Thank you for peeking in for Today’s Challenge Card!

This one was fun!

Our Designer’s Choice of Favs AND my FAV Color Combos!

Here is the Challenge from

Stamps Ink Paper # 200  (SIP200) Wow! Their 200th Challenge!

SIP-200-Designers Choice Your Fav stamping items

I used a few of my favorites:

Card base style, Whisper White Thick!

I used 4 out of 6 of my favorite Nautical Stamp Sets!

I had to Use my Favorite Colors- Red, White and Blues!

I missed the Deadline for the next Challenge

which was

Color Throwdown Challenge  (CTD544)

Here was that Challenge!

CTD 544

A Nautical Pillow!!!!!

I still used the colors, since they are my FAVS!


Here is a peek at the results!


I am in my ‘Happy’ place with anything ‘Nautical’!


Here is the inside!


This encouraging Card with go to my SIL, Anita!




Whisper White Thick- card base, 8.5″ x 5.5″ scored @ 4.25″ fold in half on the score


High Tide- lighthouse, sand, water, grasses, inside sentiment

The Open Sea- clipper ship, front and inside

Sailing Home- birds front and inside

My Sentiments Exactly- ‘By The Sea’- greeting


Balmy Blue- water

Smoky Slate- lighthouse

Real Red- lighthouse

Crumb Cake- sand

Old Olive- grasses

Night Of Navy- clipper ship, front and inside

Memento Tuxedo Black- greeting, inside sentiments, birds


Here is my Card, again!


As you can see…I love Nautical!


Until the next Post…Blessings and ‘Favorites’ to you too!

A Much Needed, Day of Rest…!

Hello Friends!

No Card today, my sister left yesterday after about 10 days here visiting. I spent the day doing laundry. She forgot her special pillows, so I had to get them boxed, and to the Post Office. The reason laundry got done! I washed her pillow cases and folded them on top of each pillow, in it’s box. Yes, it took two boxes! I also stripped my bed and changed linens, sitting out with her each night, covering myself in bug spray, because ALL those biting insects really love me. The bed had to be changed! I was going to rest up, but since I had to wash the pillow cases, I went ahead and washed the sheets from both beds! Then I just went ahead and did the laundry! I’ll sleep in Today! (Yes, I typed this yesterday!)

While my baby sister was here, we went and did very minor tourist things here in NC. Wish she were here longer and not with this Bus Trip planned…would have had more time to go and see more great places. She also made a trip to Jacksonville to visit a good friend of her son. She left last Thursday, spent the evening and returned here last Friday. Those 2 days, cut out a chunk of time…but she said she would be here again and we can then go to the Beaches, Pirate Museum, the Islands with the wild horses and all the other fun places to go here…there just wasn’t enough time to really show her much.

I did take her to the Fossil Museum here, in Aurora, NC. Great time…she won an ornament for being the first visitor from RI, this year! It was a flat, round brass ornament, with the Fossil Museum and the state bannered across the front! Cute! I don’t think the Fossil Museum was her thing, but the ‘Win’, made it fun!

On another day we went downtown and shopped a bit. We both found a great little boutique. We had fun trying things on and then we both spent a little more than planned, but hey, we only live once!

The big thing was the Bus Trip for the Garden Club to Raleigh, NC to Plant Delights, Juniper Level Botanical Gardens. It is an annual trip for the Garden Club members to take to a Gardening Place, a stop for Lunch, and then, SHOPPING!

Plant Delights, Juniper Level Botanical Gardens is a large Nursery of Perennial Plants.They also gather, an eclectic array of almost extinct plants, and get them growing and propagating again to save the species…especially the local species of plants, almost gone forever. Many landscaped areas to tour and get great ideas for your garden/back yard. We were also able to purchase plants to take home too. They gave us all catalogs in which there is a map of the Gardens to use to see everything. You can also order from the catalog, they ship!

We then went to lunch at ‘The State Farmer’s Market Restaurant’…yum!

We then went across the street to the State’s Farmer’s Market. There was so much to see there! My sister and I stuck to one building that was covered and very shaded. We also did a wine tasting test there for the Chapel Hill Wineries! Yup! We bought 3 bottles of wine each! We made trek back to the awaiting BUS…it was VERY HOT in Raleigh. Mr. Hubster said it was just as HOT here in New Bern.

On our way back home, we stopped at another place called DeWayne’s in Selma, NC. I love this place! It is a great combo of nursery, garden doodads, and boutique items to shop, for gardening or just local items of foods, clothing, and many other things! Also it is Air-Conditioned! A plus for me! I usually visit this place around Christmas. A small group of us go to the Rudy Theatre for it’s annual Christmas Show. A great, clean show of Christmas songs!

It was a lot of work this year preparing and executing this trip to Raleigh, especially during a long stretch of heat here in NC. And the heat up there in Raleigh was taxing. It seem to call for more things to do to make things run smoothly this year, as opposed to last year. One factor though, the heat did make people stay on schedule! They made tracks quickly back to the “air-conditioned” bus! We were good, as far as time!!!

I have been elected to be the President of the Garden Club for 2019-2020 year. I hope I can run this as well as the previous President. As you read this, I will be meeting with her today. She will go over all that I need to know, and what I need to do right away. I will be installed at our next meeting on June 10th. The Garden Club will be on ‘vacation’ till our September Meeting. I have a few things I need to do during that time…ie…seeing which people will be coming back for the respective Committees. I will need to see if I can get replacements. Also going to the bank and getting my signature on file, meeting with the POA and getting the rooms reserved for our meetings, both the board meeting and the Members meeting. She is going to give me a thumb drive with ALL the forms I will need for the Board and Member Meetings and the Committee Forms too! I will meet her at 10am at her home. Pray for me Folks, I  am very nervous…this is the first I have ever been a President of anything! I pray a smooth year! I also am going to have to find someone to head up the Bus Trip for next year…I will be busy with other things!

I will be back in the Craft Room, later today and Friday to catch up with all the Challenges!

Until the next Post…Blessings and Gratitude to you ALL!



Masculine Musings for SSC205…!

Hello Everyone!

Thank you for peeking in for today’s Card!

A Color Challenge from

Sunday Stamps Challenge #205  (SSC205)

Here is the Challenge!

SSC205-Masculine Musings

These colors look to be: (in Stampin’Up! colors)

Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Basic Black, Basic Gray!

We could use at least 3 of these colors…I used all, but…

I used Very Vanilla instead of the Whisper White!


Here is my Card!


So Masculine in looks!


Here is the inside!


Another Male Birthday Card for my stash!




Basic Gray- card base, 8.5″ x 5.5″ score @ 4.25″ fold in half on the score

Basic Black- mat,  2.25″ x 3.25″

Real Red- mat,  2″x 3″

Sahara Sand- 1.75″ x 2.75″ for sailboat with birds

strip across the front- .75″ x 5.5″

Very Vanilla- inside panel, 4″ x 5.25


Sailing Home- compass rose, sailboat, rope knots, birds

Picture Perfect Birthday- greeting and inside sentiment


Crumb Cake- birds on front, rope knots, sailboat on front

Real Red- sailboat inside

Basic Gray- compass rose on front, birds inside

Memento Tuxedo Black- greeting, inside sentiment


Here is my Card, once again!


I love anything nautical! I think Stampin’Up! knows!!!!


Until the next Post…Blessings and Fair Winds to you ALL!

All About Gingham Gala for TGIFC213…

Howdy Folks!

Thank you for peeking in for today’s card!

You are in for a treat!

I made 2 Cards…same layout and design, just different Colors!


Today’s Challenge is for one of my favorite DSP Stampin’Up! has ever made!

(I say that about a lot of Stampin’Up! DSP!!!)

The DSP is from the Occasions Catalog that will expire on June 3rd.

I did get an extra package of this Gingham Gala DSP

And now I see that all the Color Collections, that

Stampin’Up! will have, in the new Catalog (live on June 4th!),

will have a pattern of the Gingham in them! Squee! That makes me happy!


Here is the Challenge from TGIFC #213!


I do not have a favorite color here, they are all beautiful!

However, I did narrow it down to 2 Colors…hence, the 2 cards!


CARD #1-Highland Heather


I am now ‘in-like’ with the Free as a Bird stamp set!

Aren’t they adorable?


Card # 1 inside!


Clean and very simple!


Card #2-Daffodil Delight


Same everything, except the color!

Inside Card #2


I am liking the both of these Cards!

I am now going to make 3 more, in the

Lemon Lime Twist, Balmy Blue, and Grapefruit Grove!

A good way to use up my stash of DSP and add to the Birthday stash of cards!




Daffodil Delight, Highland Heather- card base, 6.5″ x 5.5″ score @ 2.25″ on the 6.5″ side, fold on the score

mats- 3″ x 4″

Whisper White- front panels, 2.75″ x 3.75″  inside panels, 4″ x 5.25″


Free As A Bird- branch with birds, inside twig with flower

Special Celebrations- greeting, inside sentiment


Memento Tuxedo Black Ink- all stamping, greeting, inside sentiment, birds on branch, and inside twig and flower

STAMPIN’ BLENDS: for coloring

Light Highland Heather and Daffodil Delight- respective flowers

Light Crumb Cake- bird outlines, branch

Calypso Coral- bird highlights

Ivory- bird bodies

Light Granny Apple Green- leaves

Mango Melody- bird beaks


Here are the Cards again!

Yup! I am going to make the others now!


Until the next Post…Blessings and Happy Colors to you ALL!



Hello Everybody!

Thank you for checking back for today’s card challenge!

This is for the FUSION Challenge

you can do the Inspiration Photo or the Sketch or Both!


Here is the Challenge!


Isn’t he Cute? Oh my Goodness! Adorable!

I opted to go with the Inspiration Photo!


Here is my Card!


Stinkin’ Cute!!!


Here is what the inside looks like!


Those mushrooms on the front and here on the inside…I colored them

with Stampin’ Write Markers, huffed on them and stamped!




Poppy Parade- card base, 8.5″ x 5.5″ score @ 4.25″ fold in half on the score line

a large scrap to use to cut out the scalloped oval

Whisper White- inside panel, 4″ x 5.25″    large scrap to stamp and cut out hedgehogs’ oval


Painted Seasons DSP- front panel, 4″ x 5.25″


Hedgehugs- hedgehogs, and mushrooms

Banners For You- greeting banner with greeting, stamp and fussy-cut out the banner

to stamp the inside banners and sentiment


Poppy Parade- greeting, inside sentiment, greeting banner and inside banners

Soft Suede- hedgehogs


to color the mushrooms:

Poppy Parade- a mushroom top

Soft Suede- mushroom stems

Garden Green- grass by mushrooms

Mango Melody- 2 mushroom tops


Big Shot- die cutting machine

Layering Oval Dies- scalloped oval

Stitched Shapes Dies- oval hedgehogs are stamped onto


Here is the Card, once more!


I know just which Sibling to send this to, too!


Until the next Post…Blessings and Hedgehugs to you ALL!