Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Delightfully Dolores! May edition!

Hello everyone! I'm so happy to bring you this month's Delightfully Dolores! I can't tell you how much I look forward to seeing what Dolores has come up with every month. She always impresses! Check it out:


As spring winds down, after a busy month of Mother's Day, graduations, parties, etc.,we are all looking forward to summer. I thought that some inspirational words might serve me well. Where better to have them visible every day than on my desk? This easel card seemed the perfect answer. It would also be perfect to send to someone, too.

For these cards, I used Funny Bones "Being Kind" RWD557, Riley and Company dies Nesting Ovals RD12 and Nesting Circles RD14

Being indecisive, I stamped twice and cut an oval and a circle. The oval seemed to work best for the easel card and left plenty of room for some summer flowers. I heat embossed the words to give it a blackboard feel. A few tiny rhinestones dot the i's and add a hint of sparkle. Of course, the circles were staring at me saying "now what?". So I now have a second card to send to someone.

Pick your favorite inspirational saying or one that makes you smile from Riley and Company Funny Bones and make an easel card for your desk or someone else's. Have a wonderful summer!


I told you Dolores always impresses! What a fun and quick gift that can be whipped up and given to anyone on your list!

Have you heard the news??? Karen Burniston (pop up die designer extraordinaire) and Riley & CO have teamed up to form a new company! KBRiley will be THE place to get interactive, thoughtful and versatile dies. Preorders are available until June 1st. Hop on over to the new website HERE and get your preorder in while you can!

See you Thursday for your weekly dose of Classic Riley!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Designer Highlight: Sharon Smith!

Hello Riley fans! It's Monday and that means Designer Highlight. This month we are happy to feature the wonderful designer Sharon Smith! You will love her clean and happy style. Take it away Sharon!


Hi, I’m Sharon. I am married to my best friend and crafting enabler. I live just outside a small farming town in Michigan and I have been a stay at home mom since moving here from the UK 3 and ½ years ago. My passion is card making (and hoarding craft supplies). I love nothing better spending my days in my craft room with my 3 fur babies curled up at my feet, my music blasting and some kind of craft tool in my hand whether it’s a stamp, inkpad, pen, pencil, die or scissors it doesn’t matter to me. My crafting style is usually clean and simple although I do occasionally venture outside my comfort zone and try something different. Stamping and coloring are my favorite methods so being on the Riley and Company design team is my dream playtime (job J) I can almost color Riley in my sleep he is so engrained in my heart.

Today I am being featured on the Riley and Company Blog for their Designer Highlight post.

I love this company. Riley the Moose is adorable and the Funny Bones Stamps are just so amusing.

 I love snark and a lot of the stamps are just that - made to make you have a little snicker when you see them.

My project for today's post is also one of my favorite things to make, my little collection of notelets in a purse.

They are so easy to make. First you start with the following pieces of cards:

The patterned card is best double sided to that the inside of your purse looks cute too.
I always start with the base.

Score it all the way around at 1/2 inch. Then cut the side tabs and add strong double sided tape. You then fold up the edges to make a shallow box

There are 3 of the trim, add the strong tape to all 3.
The first of these goes along the top edge of the patterned card

Then turn this over and add tape to the bottom edge, This is then adhered to the base. Be careful not to fold the card as you take it around the base as you will loose the purse look - it will look more like a box.
Once wrapped around the box, tape up the back seam. Then add another of the taped trim around the base of the bag to cover the lower edge.

Next comes the handles

You need to pierce the ends of the short strips of card and the bag as above. I then found some cute silver button brads and fixed the handles in place with these - you can see these in the finished purse. You can just glue the handles in place and add pearls or gems to the purse if you don't have brads.

The third trim strip goes in the inside to cover the edges of the handles and the backs of the brads

I then decorated the bag with the Bags and Shoes Funny Bones sentiment and a shoe die cut.

Using the same card, patterned card and Riley and company Funny Bones stamps I made 4 cards to place inside the bag: 

I used 8 Glasses of Water and Walmart stamps on 2 of them along with the wine glass and beer mug dies.

And the 2nd two have Not Grey Hairs and WTF Lines along with some nice glittering hair and some very WTF die cut DEEP wrinkles. 

Thank you for stopping by and helping me share my project today. If you love what you see I would appreciate you letting me know in the comments below.

Here are a few of my favorite past projects:


Didn't I tell you that you were going to love Sharon's fun style? I always look forward to seeing her projects, let me tell you! Be sure to leave her a comment and then hop over to her blog to see more of her work.

Have you heard the news?? Karen Burniston has teamed up with Riley & CO to form a new company! KBRiley is almost live and preorders are being accepted until June 1st! You do NOT want to miss out on this release! Karen is known for her innovative and thoughtful design. If you like dies, you will love KBRiley! Check it out HERE and get your preorder in now!

Until tomorrow,

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Ready for some Classic Riley?

Hello everyone! It's time for some more Classic Riley! Feast your eyes on these beauties!

Stamps featured: Good Witch & Oz Words 1 

Stamp featured: Hot Air Balloon Riley

Stamp featured: Smiley Balloon

Stamp featured: Cheerleader Sophie 

Stamps featured: Helen and Alice

Have you heard the news??? Karen Burniston is teaming up with Riley & CO to form a whole new company, KBRiley LLC! If you don't know who Karen Burniston is, she is the amazing designer of Pop It Ups dies. Her dies are to die for! See what I did there? Hehe. 

Check out the new website HERE and be sure to preorder your goodies now.  Order will start shipping June 1!!!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Happy Tuesday! It's Card Bonanza time!

Hello Riley fans! It's Tuesday and that means the newest edition of  Riley & CO Card Bonanza! The design team whipped up some fun cards for your Tuesday inspiration! Check it out:

Joy Stagg featuring Be Who You Are

Lisa McGushion featuring Balloons Riley

 Lisa McGushion featuring Felix with a Balloon & Now That I'm Old
That's is for this edition of Card Bonanza! As always it's so much fun to bring you the latest inspiration from the awesome Riley & CO design team.

 Have you heard the news???

Riley & CO is teaming up with Karen Burniston!!! Check out the website HERE and be sure to follow the brand new Facebook page HERE. You are NOT going to want to miss this! Pre-order your goodies now!

See you Thursday!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Happy Thursday!

Hello Riley fans! It's Thursday, aka Friday-eve, and you know what that means! Time for your dose of Classic Riley!

Check it out:

Stamp featured: Reading Riley

 Stamp featured: Shopping Bag Sophie

Stamp featured: Mailman Riley 

Stamps featured: Lamb Hugs & God Invented Hugs

Stamp featured: I'll Have.... 

There you have it! Your newest dose of Classic Riley! Don't you feel better now? I know I do!

Have you gotten your May Card Kit yet? If not, hurry as they are going fast! 

Be sure to follow Riley & CO on Facebook for even more inspiration!

See you next week!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tuesday Card Bonanza!

Hello everyone! It's Tuesday and that means Riley & CO Card Bonanza! This week is going to be a bit different as we will feature 3 cards today. Even Riley's designers need a break every now and again! :)

Feast your eyes on these beauties:

Angji Pruente featuring Never Shattered

Sandye Curry featuring Pirate Riley 

 Sandye Curry featuring Be a Pineapple

And there you have it! Your short and sweet Card Bonanza inspiration! 

Are you following Riley on Facebook? If not, click HERE to see what you are moosing!

Don't miss out on the May Card Kit!!! Once they are gone, they are gone for good!

See you Thursday for your dose of Classic Riley!