Sweet Summer Succulents

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Today I am playing along with a brand new challenge over at Fusion! This week the theme is Cactus Door, and I was inspired to create a few succulents outside my window! You can get all the details and link up your cactus Door creation over at Fusion right here: http://fusioncardchallenge.blogspot.com/2018/07/fusion-cactus-door.html

I really love those thick squishy cacti near the door, and I used a fun group of bright green cacti, including the large round agave, to create my own cacti collection!

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Live your life in color!

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Stamping for Families Blog Hop

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Like so many of my crafty friends, I have been moved by the images we’ve been seeing on the news lately. I have shed more than a few tears for the children separated from their parents, and for the lasting impression that our land of freedom and opportunity has now given to the world. Separating young children from their parents is something that I simply cannot support.

 

But what can I do? I am just one person. As Robert Kennedy famously said, “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

Senator Robert F. Kennedy, June 6, 1966, South Africa

Today, there is a small, committed group of crafty women that have come together to create a little ripple.  Today, we are Stamping for Families.

What can you do? You can join us, and create a card that you can link up to our growing group of committed friends who would like to see a change. Perhaps it will make a difference, to yourself, to someone special, or to someone who can make decisions, or make policy, or make a change.

What else can you do?

  1. Be kind. Be a friend. Know that it is Love that makes a family.
  2. Make a card and share it with someone you love, someone in your family, or someone in your tribe.
  3. Reach out and call your US Senators at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to support SB3036.  The “Keep Families Together Act” deals with stopping family separation, which is a good place to start.
  4. Pay your love forward and donate to one of the groups helping reunite the families! Here’s a good one!  RAICES, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. Together, we can make a difference for families!

 

The best place for you to link up your card is over on Sandy Allnock’s Blog right here: http://sandyallnock.com/stamping-for-families-bloghop-and-a-wee-dog-vlog/

Sandy has a special message and a special surprise for crafty folks who link up their “Stamping for Familes” creations!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

 

 

 

 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead, 1964

Poppystamps Summer 2018 Release Blog Blitz!

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Summer has arrived, and to celebrate, Poppystamps has released 16 brand new beautiful dies that you are going to love! Today, I am over on the Poppystamps blog with this colorful Perched Bird Collage that you could win just by leaving a comment! Head over to the Poppystamps blog for more great inspiration and ideas, and to enter every day for your chance to win right here: http://poppystamps.typepad.com

While you’re there, check out our current challenge too, For the Boys!  There’s so much going on over at Poppystamps, you won’t want to miss a thing!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

 

Hot Love

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I am SO glad you have joined me today, on the very last day of the Spring and Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop! All week long, I have been loving all the amazing coffee inspiration and ideas. There have really been some outstanding designs here in 2018! You can still link up your coffee themed projects, and be entered to win some amazing prizes over at the Coffee Loving carmakers blog right here: http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2018/05/2018-spring-summer-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/

The card I made today is for my hubbbie, Mr. Crimson Owl! Mr. Crimson Owl, also known as Aaron, and I have quite a few things in common. We are both graduates from the University of Alabama! He earned a BA and I earned my MA at the home of the Crimson Tide! Our official alma mater colors are crimson and white, along with the famous black and white houndstooth every Bama fan has in their closet somewhere! We share a love for Crimson Tide football, golf, our feline sons, coffee ice cream and m&m’s! Since we moved to Florida’s beautiful Treasure Coast recently, I have been teasing him that this is the perfect place to be, on those days when he is just a little bit crabby! He’s embraced his crabby self with joyful glee! So my card had to have a little blue crab on it, just for him!

I am so sad to see this amazing hop draw to a close, so let’s perk things up with some blog candy! Simply leave a comment on this post, or on any of my posts from this week’s Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, and you might be randomly selected to win a little blog candy, from me to you!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Live your life in color!

 

Sailing with the Boys and Poppystamps

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I am so glad you could join us today for this month’s brand new challenge over at Poppystamps! Every month, Poppystamps hosts an amazing challenge that gives you an opportunity to win some fabulous new blog candy, all from Poppystamps!  Throughout the month of June, our theme is “For the Boys,” and we cannot wait to see how you will be inspired! You can find all the details, and link up your “For the Boys” card over at the Poppystamps blog right here: http://poppystamps.typepad.com

Today, I am sharing a colorful, interactive card, perfect for an adventurous little boy in your life! This is a slider card, and if you haven’t had an opportunity to make one yet, Memory Box has an amazing line of Slider Grooves to get you started! I used the  Straight Slider Grooves to make this little ship sail across the Seven Seas!

The Tall Ship moves back and forth across the card, but also tips back and forth as it bounces on the waves! Colorful Bubble Fish swim off the starboard side, on their way to an adventure!

You can find more great ideas and inspiration, and link up you “For the Boys” project over at the Poppystamps Blog! We can’t wait to see how you will be inspired!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

 

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Helloooooo Coffee

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The Spring and Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop will be drawing to a close soon, but I am already thinking about coffee ideas for the fall and winter! All of the inspiration and ideas that I’ve seen so far this week have been amazing, and there will be so much more before the hop concludes tomorrow. You can get all the details and link up your own coffee themed card at the Coffee Loving Carmakers Blog right here: http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2018/05/2018-spring-summer-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/

Today, my card says Hellooooooo Coffee! I love those mornings when I am up early, and the entire day stretches out  ahead of me! I can take my time and read the paper, have a little cup from my Keurig, and slowly greet the world. But most mornings aren’t anything like that, really!

So today, and on every coffee themed blog post from the Coffee Lovers Bloghop, I am saying, thanks for dropping by! Let me get you a coffee! Simply leave a comment and you might be randomly selected to win a little coffee blog candy!

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

Steamy Summer Coffee

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Are you playing along with the Spring and Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop over at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog? You won’t believe the fabulous coffee themed ideas and inspiration going on all week! You can get all the details and link up your coffee themed cards right here: http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2018/05/2018-spring-summer-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/

Today I am sharing a card that reminds me of the desert, hot and steamy and beautiful!  Amidst the painted rocks and cacti, ranchers and cowboys are up early and drinking coffee, hot and steamy like the desert! Maybe even a few golfers or campers too are enjoying a mellow blend as well. I hope you enjoy this fun hot summer treat!

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, or on any of my coffee themed posts during the Spring and Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop, and you might be randomly selected to win some special blog candy! It’s my way of saying, thanks for dropping by, let me get you a coffee!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Live your life in color!