Wednesday, May 31, 2017

High Hopes Stamps - Friends for Heifer!

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I have been pulling out some of my favorites from my High Hopes Stamps collection. I love lots of High Hopes stamps... but the farm stamps are especially close to me!

How adorable is - "Herbies Heifer"

Now normally I go red and blue or primary colors with these farm stamps. And then I found this great cow pattern paper from Paper Studio and then more country feeling papers from Paper Studio in blacks and greys and decided to go for it. Now I think I like it.. maybe?

I colored with my Copics (colors below) cut all my pattern papers and sewed them all together. The perfect sentiment is High Hopes Stamps "Friends for Heifer!" With three dots of Viva Decor Black pearl pen to finish it off. Love these country farm stamps!

Inside more of the same papers -

Copic colors used -

So many wonderful stamps at High Hopes Stamps... Make sure to visit the website store HERE

Have a wonderfully blessed day!
HUGS and

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Animal Crackers - Chirp Chirp Chirp

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We have been so excited this week over our new family members. Saturday afternoon we got 10 new teeny tiny baby Guineas!! Thank you so much Susan for thinking of us when finding homes for your babies.

These little "keets"  (baby Guineas) are just too cute. Seriously so small! Our 10 little ones ranged from one day to a couple of weeks old. They have settled into the chick hut on our back porch and are eating, drinking and sleeping well. Sleeping very well... so well that sometimes they just fall over while eating... LOL Then they jump up and run to huddle with the others.

Now in most young ones king of the hill is the winner... but with these little ones it is all about the bottom. They pile up and then whoever is on top will roll off and then squish themselves under the bottom. They are such a waste of time! We both have stood there forever watching them.

What is different from them and baby chickens... well these keets are skittish and well, besides running from end to end of their new hut... they take off and fly! So that chicken wire top has to stay as closed down as possible!

We have not named them yet... as you see they move like lightening and a are a blur unless asleep. Only one has a nickname so far. We were thrilled that we were able to get one solid white keet! I have been calling "it" Snowflake. Hubby rolls his eyes and says no... but I like that name. I think it is cute. LOL

 Hope they all stay so healthy and grow up to love living in the goat pen with our two old lady Guineas.... I think our future is going to get much noisier!

So a couple of weeks ago I was telling you about the birds nest up on a wood carving on our back porch. Wrens, both Momma and Daddy have been coming and going all day long for weeks. Every year we get a nest somewhere on or around the back porch. I have tried so hard to leave them alone and not intrude... but this week I just had get a peek!

 Now with my tip toes, arm stretched out and camera as far as I could stretch this is all I could get. I don't do chairs or ladders well... accident prone and no depth perception I avoid climbing unless it is a totally have to situation. So as soon as Hubby came home from the feed store I did my little pout face, pretty please and he gave in and got me a fabulous photo down in the nest!

There are at least 5 or 6 little birdies down in there! Love how that nest is made up of hay.. Guinea feathers AND... DONKEY HAIR! So adorable!!!!  We snapped quick and then went back in the house... Momma and Daddy flew right back in to make sure we didn't touch their children. Hope they brought something to eat as that one looks really hungry!!

Hope you have a totally blessed weekend!
HUGS and -

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Whimsy Stamps - Peony Flowers!

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Shocker alert here...  I didn't color todays card! But I did have a lot of fun making it! Have you seen Whimsy Stamps new Peony Flower Die set? Oh my can you say "in love"?  Created by one of my crafting hero's and happy to say friends Bev Rochester! This set has moved to the top of my favorites with just my first use!

Here is my first card with all the pretty Peony Flowers I made.

I die cut LOTS of flowers in the three sizes, with core'dinations card stock. And then a few of the leaves as well.  I sanded each flower to show off the great layers of the core'dinations card stock. I kept a wet paper towel and got each flower damp and rolled the edges of each petal, then sat aside to dry. Once dry I inked the edges with Ranger Distress Ink and then stacked them up and put together with brads. Did the same with the leaves. Then I found a piece of Paper Studio pattern kraft paper along with a light brown card stock. I die cut out the new Whimsy die "Cherry Blossom Panel" and inked it to give more contrast. Then sewed all the layers together and found one more Whimsy Stamps Word die "celebrate" for my sentiment.

So happy with the vintage feel of this one! And ADORE those flowers! Sitting here on pins and needles waiting for the next new set! LOL

Inside more of the same papers -

Go see all the new items at Whimsy Stamps HERE You won't be sorry!!!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!
HUGS and

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

High Hopes Stamps - Ella & Chi Chi

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Today I am showing off another one of High Hopes Stamps Darling Divas. This is Ella & Chi Chi -

I colored with my Copics (colors below) I cut out Ella & Chi Chi with a small border around them. For my base I used a Kraft Card Stock then found papers from Paper Studio's Blue Barn collection. I sewed all they layers together and then added three Enamel Dots for a little embellishment. For my sentiment I used the fun High Hopes Stamps "Happy Thoughts" Great sentiment for so many cards.

Copic colors used -

These Darling Divas are so much fun to color and use! To see them all click HERE

Have a wonderfully blessed day!
HUGS and

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Animal Crackers - Peppermints are the BEST!

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A few odds and ends photos this week. Snapped a few with my phone when something just caught me as a good photo... and this one with Hubby and "the men" was just too cute.

We had lunch earlier in the day at our favorite Mexican food restaurant... you know those little red and white peppermints you pick up on the way out? Well Hubby always picks up three... one for him, one for me and one extra.... then he saves them all for the donkeys! LOL Sometimes the standard 3 donkeys get them, sometimes the men in the new front pen. And let me tell you they all LOVE getting their peppermint treats! A favorite for sure. Lips go out sucking air in and out for the most cool refreshment! Ha! Diego, Rico and Miguel were requesting more than one a piece please -

I had to show off this photo of my little boy Autie. He cracks me up. He prances across the yard, I think he knows he looks handsome with his hair blowing in the wind!

 But then something will become serious - you know a donkey in the distance, Moxie the outside dog running by his fence, a goat, a chicken clucking in the pen next to the yard.. heck a butterfly... and he takes off and becomes a mess again. LOL

Now I think you all know that Hubby has a large "cat house" he rescued a few cats at his old business and rather than letting them die or get run over he built them a house and a large pen with logs and benches, indoor area with beds and heat lamps in the winter. Heck a really nice house and yard. They are safe and spoiled rotten. Well this photo of Samantha just cracked me up the other day.

This cat knows she is going to get attention and a few head rubs, ear scratches and loving. And some days a can of special cat food just cuz they are so special. Well the other day she was being extra vocal in getting my attention. Putting it all into that "MEEEOOOWW"  Eyes closed and as loud as she could. LOL ok... stop what I was doing and go in for some loving. Sorry,.... didn't have that can of food with me... "Dad will take it out later to you Samantha... " such a sweet kitty.

Speaking of sweet... how cut is Libbie in her "box"

The girl has beds in nearly every area of the house. Nice expensive cozy beds.... and nope she wanted to curl up in "Dads" Topo Chico box... What is it with children and liking the boxes? LOL

I am SOOO excited! Almost as excited as Hubby... You see a sweet lady that we sold a few goats too a while back, contacted us and remembered we wanted more Guineas... she has lots of babies!!!

Hope our old ladies are ready for some new friends!!

 We will get them in the next couple of days I think. They are still really little so will have to stay in our chick house until bigger. But then we will introduce them to the old girls. Hope they will show them the ropes and the good places to get in the goat pen.

Hope you have a wonderfully blessed weekend. We have rain in the forecast most all weekend. Praying we get it as things are drying out here and a little more green would be nice before the hot hot summer.

HUGS and

Friday, May 19, 2017

Whimsy Stamps May New Release - Kitty with Cake

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More fun from Whimsy Stamps May Release! And how can you not love a "Kitty with Cake"?

I really don't know why I feel the need to color all my kitties with stripes... but I just have too! I colored with my Copics (colors below) and then printed out some fun Whimsy Stamps Digital Papers. These are from Pet Papers 1 and Pet Papers 2 collections.  My ribbon is a cream colored satin seam binding ribbon... yes cream colored. Ok, so I colored it with my Copic to have it match my papers. :0) LOVE doing that!

The sentiment is a couple of Whimsy Stamps Dies new "Birthday Wishes & Magical" set. Great dies! Perfect size too!

Inside more of the same papers -

Copic colors used - 

Now you must go and see all the new Whimsy Stamps items for yourself!!!! HERE

Have a wonderfully blessed day -
HUGS and

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Whimsy Stamps May Release - Sand Pail Creatures


New Release time at Whimsy Stamps!!! This May Release has more wonderful new things as it all Whimsy Stamps products are!

For my first card I went for a fun childs or guy card. I just love the new "Sand Pail Creatures" by Krista Heij-Barber.

Now when I first started this card I was going pastels beachy... and some how things just ended up going bold and totally different! I think for starts I found my pencils... so I did a bit of Copics and then added more bold texture with my pencils. When the image went bold I guess the papers did as well. Red White and Black.. with a bit of table cloth looking pattern paper from Paper Studio. I sewed all the layers down and found a fun Birthday Sentiment from Whimsy Stamps Clear collections, "Happy Birthday to You final" Love this set! One of those must haves! for sure!

And then I just had to add lots of those Whimsy Stamps Enamel Dots! Adore those!

Inside more of the same papers -

Copic and Pencils used -

Now you must hurry... see all the new Whimsy Stamps Release! HERE 

Have a wonderfully blessed day -
HUGS and

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

High Hopes Stamps - Girlfriends

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Still having some fun with High Hopes Stamps Darling Divas! These girls are so fun to color and create with! For my card this week I made a special card for someone special.

Here is the new stamp "Girlfriends"

Aren't they sweet? I colored with my copics (colors below) and then found some papers from paper studio with kraft card stock and peach coredi'nations card stock. All the edges of everything are inked with Rangers Distress Ink and then sewed together. A few punches with Martha Stewarts Large Frond leaf punches and then mulberry roses. Now a favorite trick... my roses... they are pink. Ok originally they were pink. I didn't have peach colored roses... so I used my Copics to change the color.

Inside more of all the same papers -

Copic colors used -

Now you know you want to play with the Darling Divas too! Click right HERE to see them all and see which friends you would like to meet!

Have a blessed day!
HUGS and

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Animal Crackers - mmm Green Beans are Good!

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First photo today I wanted to show you how good my children are... they love to eat up all their green beans no fussing at all! Well the three inside dogs anyway.. LOL

They love their "treats" of green beans a couple times a week! Don't tell them it isn't a real treat like ice cream or cake... but for them they think it is the best! We have to place their three bowls on opposite ends of the kitchen all at the same time or there could be war! LOL Autie is always last to finish his... he likes to enjoy his more that the girls that just inhale. Ha!

Been a little while since I shared our young MEN... Ok so poor Pavo isn't a Man anymore, he has been gelded, but he lives with the other two and we like to let him think he is still a real stud in his own mind.

This guy is a real smooth talker... just look at the way he wiggles those lips from side to side! Even if he isn't able to be a "man"  he is one sweet boy!

Now Jorge... sweet as he is this guy is 110% testosterone! Way to much attitude in a little body!

He and Sergio have calmed down a bit lately, but there for a while they were not good 1/2 brothers. I would love to find someone that wants to breed this guy and sell him as I know he would make fabulous little babies... but first I have to get Hubby to actually say he is available.. he seems to forget when people are here looking.

But then again I can't complain too much as I have completely vetoed Sergio from ever going anywhere.

My little orphan bucket baby. We have agreed that we are going to let him breed in the next year or two... but first have to get another pen built for him to host his ladies. If only there were more time.. and money to do all that we need to do!!

I have tried to snap a photo of our newest residents on our back porch. But man that is one deep long birds nest!!

 Momma bird comes and goes all day long and really seems to be taking great care of her babies. And honestly I don't want to spook her too much... but I am going to find a way to capture a photo before they fly off. I don't know if you can tell... but if you look close you can see a few Guinea feathers in the nest... love that they picked up a few to build with... adds softness and decor you know! :0)

Hope you have a wonderfully blessed weekend! Chores all weekend around here! Fun!
HUGS and

Friday, May 12, 2017

Whimsy Stamps - Penguin Gardner

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This week for Whimsy Stamps I had fun with the new set by Crissy Armstrong, Penguin Gardner. A fun new set with lots to play with!!

Now first you have to know there are three different penguins and lots of sentiments to work with. I colored with my Copics (colors below) and then matted with black card stock. LOTS of pattern papers, with more white, black and hot pink card stock. The pattern papers are from Paper Studio. I sewed all the layers down, and then added some Whimsy Enamel Dots.

Inside more of the same papers -

Copic colors used -

An adorable set of stamps that I am positive you will have lots of fun with! I know I am! See it HERE and all the newest Whimsy Stamps and Dies!

Have a blessed day! HUGS and

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

High Hopes Stamps - Blossom

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Have you seen all the wonderful Darling Divas at High Hopes Stamps? They are so much fun to play with!

This is Blossom -

Isn't she pretty? And how can you not love that little doggie? I colored with my Copics (colors below) and then found some bold papers from Paper Studio. Black card stock for the base and pink mats all sewn together. I used Whimsy die cuts "happy birthday" and then Martha Stewart large leaf punches and branches and even more mulberry roses and flowers.

Inside more of the same papers

Copic colors used -

To see all the fun Darling Divas you can click straight to them HERE. There are some really fun images for lots of fun projects! And do make sure to visit the High Hopes Blog HERE and get lots of inspiration and play along with the monthly challenge to win images for your self.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!
HUGS and

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Animal Crackers - Beautiful Girls

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First up how about Miss Chica... my little girl that I adore and cry from frustration with. She is so beautiful, so sweet, so loving and so exhausting. It is not possible for her to stay still... or to keep her tongue in! Yep she is a serious licker! But can't imagine life without her!

Beautiful right? Love her to pieces. 

Now you know how some girls just look great in stiletto heels? Or a Minni skirt? or heck yoga pants! Well Chloe is one that is just stunning in her horns! And BTW... I look great in any of the above myself! yoga pants??? uh no sweat pants or flannel pjs are more my style!! ha! 

Chloe is a beautiful goat and has given us gorgeous kids in the past, and she has probably the prettiest horns of all our goats. Long and slender!

Now a trio of pretty ladies... My girls that are in with Raffie to be bred!!

First is Lacey

My big girl, that has a beautiful reddish brown coloring. Most all her babies have looked just like her. Once she gave us a spot... fingers crossed for this time! But if it comes out looking just like her I will be just as happy! And all of her babies have that fabulous obnoxious personality.

Victoira... I believe I have told you more than once about how we breed her with Raffie to get those amazing spots on a baby... and more than once we have gotten a solid brown baby!

LOL but they are always little and adorable. Just once though I would love to get some of those black spots from Victoria! And those green eyes! But so far just thrilled with the fun little babies we have had.

Now little Miss Pepita is our first time Momma... and I am SO excited to see what we get there! Solid Black momma with brown and white spot daddy????

And both Pepita and Raffie are really little so it should be a tiny baby... now you may be asking.. what is she looking at???


Raffie was trotting over making LOTS of noise! Every time we go out for head scratches and loving he is worried crazy that we are going to take his ladies away from him!! We will one day but not quite yet. Things are getting calmer, not so much running, chasing and "getting" going on lately, but for now we will leave them in place just to make sure things got done. LOL

Have to show off Hubby's garden! He got the Zucchini squash planted last week... And look already!!

 Oh already pulling out all my yummy zucchini recipes! Can't wait! If you are wondering what the container is??? Recycling.. this is a shipping container for beer kegs! Don't drink here.. but happy to reuse this great container for our garden!

Now I can pass on the watermelon .. not a big fan myself. But I just had to show you how well they are going...

Ok, may not like the taste.. but common that is really adorable right? Ha!

Hope you have a wonderfully blessed weekend! The weather here is suppose to be gorgeous this weekend so I am seeing lots of outdoor time before it gets too hot around here.

Hugs and -