That’s Amore!



Hi!    Sorry, I’ve been missing in action for the past week or so – I was soooo far behind in my Christmas preparations, that I just had to take a break.    But, I’m back, refreshed and ready to go!!    😀

And, now trying to get ready for that big day in February.    As soon as I saw this guy from High Hopes, I knew he would be perfect for a Valentine – It’s Luigi!     Hopefully I’m not showing my age by using a line from this song on the card, but I thought it was so perfect for Luigi …



Of course, the entire time I was working on this card – I was, unfortunately, singing this song!   Good thing I have a separate area in the house for my stamping!  

Luigi is colored with Copics, cut out and attached with dimensionals.  I used a classic Italian restaurant tablecloth design of red and white checks for the background by Karen Foster – Picnic Cloth.  I also added some Diamond Glaze to the pizza to make it look a little more authentic.   

 This stamp from High Hopes is currently out of stock at 7 Kids, but on order and should be arriving soon!   I will definitely let you know when he’s back in stock.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday with family and friends. 


Copics Used:   E000, 00, 01, 07, 08, 09, 11, 30, 31, 33, 37, 41, 42, 44, 47, 95; R00, 20, 30; YR20, 31; W0, 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8;  N1, 3, 5; C5, 7, 10; T1, 3, 5

Your chance to give a gift to women in need this Christmas! :)

Want to win over $400 in prizes?!?

In exchange for your donation to an organization that helps single moms who are fighting cancer by providing meals, housekeeping, bill-paying assistance and general help during their treatment, Tab from 7 Kids will enter you into the drawing for this awesome prize package below!!! Check out this video below for information on Singleton Moms. Click here to visit their site or click here to make your donation. A donation in any amount will qualify you for the drawing. After you make your donation, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Singleton Moms. Just forward that e-mail to me as your entry at

All entries must be received by midnight Christmas day. I will announce the winner on Saturday, Dec. 26. There are just 4 days to make your donation. It can be as little or as much as you like. This is an truly beautiful way to make the season even brighter by helping those who are certainly struggling at time when many of us are celebrating and enjoying life. Plus, you could win a SUPER PRIZE!!!


This treasure trove of prizes includes multiple stamps (Sarah Kay, Crafty Secrets, C.C. Designs, Whiff of Joy, Stampendous, Sassafras Lass, Rachelle Anne Miller and Basic Grey), stickers from Crafty Secrets and Stampendous, Spellbinders dies, Cuttlebug Folders, Sugar Rush paper pad from Basic Grey, Robin’s Nest Dew Drops, All-Purpose Ink, Ink Potion No. 9, Distress Stickles, Distress Ink, Glitz Stickles, the complete Kaiser Craft Pina Colada 12×12 paper colllection and the COPIC BASIC MARKER COLLECTION!!!

THIS IS OVER $400 WORTH OF PRODUCT from 7 Kids College Fund!!

House Mouse Challenge No. 59 ~ Winter Wishes


Happy House Mouse Monday!    Our challenge this week is Winter Wishes and is brought to us by Lori  of the HMDT – one of the nicest and funniest card designers around – no need to mention she’s incredibly talented too!

I decided that we’ve all probably had enough of Christmas wishes, so  … How about a Happy “Bird” -day wish?!   😀



Unfortunately, I had all the details written down about this card – but can’t find them!!!     I do know the paper is by Basic Grey!  I promise to search a little bit for my notes, and hopefully get back here to update the info on this card.   I think I’m feeling the effect of these last few days before Christmas, and still not being ready!   Eeeeeek.    

I hope you can join us for this challenge  AND stop over at the House Mouse Challenge blog to see the always-awesome creations by the House Mouse Design Team!   

Thanks for visiting today- Hope YOUR week is off to a better start than mine!    🙂

Sugar Bowl Challenge ~ My favorite color


Isn’t she just GORJUSS?    🙂   I can’t tell you how much I love these Gorjuss Girl images!     This card is for the Sugar Bowl Challenge      The challenge is to follow the sketch shown below AND to include your favorite color!     Well, anyone who knows me ~ knows my favorite color is PURPLE!



Soooo adding my favorite color was VERY easy! 


The DP is from the Basic Grey collection ~ Fusion, Read Between the Lines.   I think the rest is self-explanatory.   Keep your fingers crossed that I win!   I’ve not been very lucky at these challenges!   😦     There is an awesome prize being offered – but, sorry – it’s my turn to win!   LOL


Copics Used:   V000, 15, 17;  YG00, 03, 23, 25; R000, 00, 11, 20, 30;  E000, 00, 01, 11, 13, 15, 19, 93; YR14; W0, 1, 3

InStyle Stamps Blog Hop


Welcome to our monthly InStyle Stamps Blog Hop.  Our theme this month is Love & Romance.    For my card, I used one of the newest ISS Anime images – Vanessa.    Don’t forget, click on this link to receive a 5 percent discount on your entire InStyle stamps order ~   INSTYLE STAMPS. 



I had colored Vanessa awhile back for this tutorial  and thought this was the perfect time to include her on a card.   I also finally had the opportunity to use the Spellbinders Ric Rac Scalloped Border Piercerabilities and really loved it!

And,  now on to all the details of this month’s Blog Hop ~  PLEASE be sure to check out ALL the Love & Romance projects from the ISS Design Team… 

We are, once again, having a contest ~ make sure you head on over to the InStyle Stamps Blog to vote for your favorite project!   The DT member who gets the most votes will win a prize … and YOU can WIN A PRIZE JUST FOR VOTING!!   The contest will remain open until 11:59pm EST on Saturday, December 19th, and winners will be announced on Sunday.  

Here’s a list of the blog hop participants in order:


Mary  (me!)

Jodi S.
















 So, if you’re following along  …   your next stop is JODI’s  awesome blog.    And, don’t forget to stop back at the ISS blog to vote for your favorite DT member project!    

Thanks for stopping by today!    Hope you’re having a great day.


. . .  my true love sent to me six geese a laying.   

 No witty post connecting geese to Flower Soft this time!    So you don’t get wit, but you do get 15% off all Flower Soft products in the store.    I think the discount is better!

Sixth Day of Christmas: Save 15% on all FLOWER SOFT!


Have a Holly Jolly Christmas


This has to be THE jolliest snowman stamp around!    It’s Daper Dan Snowman  from High Hopes Stamps, now in stock at 7 Kids College Fund  – but they’re going fast!    

I used this week’s awesome sketch from Splitcoast for my card and just flipped it.



Since this is image is named Daper Dan, I thought he should have a bit more of a formal attire!   So, I paper pieced his vest and umbrella.  All the DP used for this card is from the Little Yellow Bicycle Sharon Ann Christmas Magic Collection.

I also attached a REAL bow for his bowtie.   The holly leaves are from a string of these that I purchased from my local scrapbook store and I added some red pearls from  Kaisercraft.   The handkerchief in his pocket is the top of one of the holly leaves!   

I also added some  Stickles in gold  for the tips of his umbrella, stardust for the outer edges of Dan and icicle  for the snow on the ground.   I even used some Pumpkin orange Smooch paint  for his carrot nose.   His buttons are some black flat-back beads that I had in my stash.      Here’s a closeup view showing all the little embellishments:


Whew.  I think that it!    Thanks for dropping in today – I appreciate it!


Copics Used:     B60, 63;  YG93;  G28; R000, 20, 27, 30; YR12, 15, 18;  E30, 31, 33, 35, 37, 41, 42; T1, 3, 5; W0, 1, 3, 5, 7;  C10

On the 5th Day of Christmas … shopping


…my true love sent to me 5 golden rings.

When Tab from 7 Kids  thinks of gold, she thinks of the gold standard; when she thinks of the gold standard, she thinks of the gold standard of cuteness; and when she thinks of the gold standard of cuteness, she thinks of MAGNOLIA, of course!!!

So, on this fifth day of Christmas, all in-stock Magnolia stamps are an additional 10% off already discounted 7 KIDS prices.

7 Kids has an order pending with Magnolia and expects it to ship any day now, so if exactly what you are looking for isn’t in stock right now, it will be soon. Until then, I’m sure you can find something you must have with this awesome additional discount!!!

 Fifth Day of Christmas:

Save 10% on all MAGNOLIA STAMPS!


Check back tomorrow for Day 6’s special deal!!!

Happy New Year!! :)


Yep!   It’s a Happy New Year card!    🙂     Our theme for InStyle Stamps Over the Hump Blog Candy Giveaway (held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month) is NEW YEARS!     I thought this InStyle Stamps Ava (Ava laying down) would be perfect for the top of the 2010.   I colored Ava with Copics, cut her out and mounted her to the cardstock with dimensionals.

  *** Don’t forget – To receive a 5 percent Discount on ANY InStyle Stamp order – Be sure to click HERE ***



The 2010 and sentiment were computer generated and the DP is by TPC Studio, called Winter Blues Swirl.  I also used some silver foil cs, silver Stickles and added some silver swirl clips in each corner.   THIS was a hard one to photograph!!

 All the details on today’s Over The Hump Blog Candy Give Away can be found on the  InStyle Stamps blog.   Better check it out to see what Virginia is giving away today!    


  Copics Used: B21, 23, 32; E000, 00, 11;  YR23, 24, 32; R20, 30; Y21; C0, 4, 7



Bingle balls and Whofoo fluff!?? :D


I really have way tooooooooo much fun finding sentiments for my cardz!   hehe   This totally adorable little guy is Ornament Trevor from C.C. Designs.     I just can’t get enough of these guys!!!    🙂                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   


The sentiment I was referring to is from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas“!     🙂      Thought it was a pretty good match for this  cutie.      The rest of the lyrics can be found here, just in case you’re curious!                                                                        

 The bingle balls  —- ahem,  I mean ornaments were colored with Copics and then I added some Silver Stickles  and Diamond Glaze.  The DP is from Bo Bunny.  The center shape is from the Spellbinders Nestabilites Labels Five  set – which I LOVE!    And the rather large red round balls were in my stash – I truly have no idea where they are from – but, I thought they looked like – lol   nevermind!    

Thanks for stopping in.   Hope you’re having a good week and ALL DONE with your Christmas preparations!    unlike me!


Copics Used:   YG00, 01, 03, 25; G000, 16, 28, 29;  R000, 11, 22, 24, 30, 35, 37, 39;  E000, 00, 01, 11, 30, 31, 33, 35, 50, 51, 53; T1, 3, 5; W0, 1; C1, 4

On the 4th Day of Christmas … shopping


. . . my true love sent to me four calling birds.

It’s not four, but Cuttlebug has one calling bird.   So, the 4th day of Christmas will be 15% off all in-stock Cuttlebug products!

Fourth Day of Christmas:   Save 15% on all CUTTLEBUG!




Check back tomorrow for Day 5’s special deal!!!

Copic Creations Challenge ~ Pine Trees/Pine Branches


Yay!  It’s time for another Copic Creations Challenge.   Just in time for the holiday season, we’re showcasing Pine Trees/Pine Branches.   Our sponsor for this challenge, with an awesome prize up for grabs, is the official House-Mouse supplier ~

Everyone knows these adorable mice have a very special place in my heart …  as long as they are not in my HOUSE!          Smiley from



This hilarious image is called Catnip for Kitty, featuring Monica & Muzzy ~ Each and every one of these HM images always makes me laugh!   The DP on this card is from We R Memory Keepers, and called Christmas Cheery.  I added some pink Metallic Dew Drops from the  Mardi Gras collection.

I hope you can join us in the fun challenge ~ All the details can be found on the Copic Creations challenge blog.   While you’re there you HAVE to see all the ADORABLE holiday mice creations by the amazing CCDT!    🙂

Thanks for stopping by ~ Hope you’re doing well!


Copics Used:   Y00, 02, 11, 15, 17, 21; YR20, 21; YG03, 17, 23;  G14, 28; RV00, 04, 09, 14, 25, 29; R000, 00, 01, 12, 20, 30; E000, 00, 11, 33, 50, 51, 53, 55, 70, 71, 74, 77; T1, 3, 5; C7

On the 3rd Day of Christmas (shopping!)


…my true love sent to me three French hens.

Well, the closest thing 7 Kids has to three french hens are three cute owls from Pink Cat Studio. So, on this third day of Christmas, you can save on all super-cute Pink Cat Studio stamps AND everything you need to mount these cuties!

Third Day of Christmas: Save 15% on all Pink Cat Studio stamps and Unmouted stamp supplies!



Check back tomorrow for Day 4’s special deal!!!

On the 2nd Day of Christmas (shopping!)


 . . .   my true love sent to me: two turtle doves.

No discount on turtle doves, but how about DOODLEBUGS…and all other embellishments in the store!?!

So, this second day of Christmas, you will receive 15% off everything in the DOODLEBUG category and the EMBELLISHMENTS category! This includes all buttons, brads, petaloo and prima, flowers, charms, stickles, liquid pearls, fun flock, liquid applique, gemstones, glitter, dew drops, etc.

Second Day of Christmas:

Save 15% on everything in the EMBELLISHMENTS & DOODLEBUG categories!



12 Days of Christmas (shopping!) at 7 Kids


At 7 KIDS COLLEGE FUND, we celebrate the 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS from December 13th  through the 24th!  You’ll want to check the blog EVERY DAY during the 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS for the daily specials.

This is a great time to take advantage of some awesome prices on products and give yourself a gift!   You deserve it!


Be sure to visit the blog everyday STARTING TODAY    . . .

The 1st day of Christmas is 15% off all Stampavie stamps!!!

This discount even includes Lelo Design and Leere Aldrich stamps which have been marked down to $4.99. 

Be sure to use Code XMASDAY1   

But the code is only good through TODAY, December 13th!


This card was made using Stampavie Nativity 2 stamp by the awesome Gillian F. Roberts ~ which is ON SALE today only!



Here’s a closeup view of this adorable image from Stampavie  . . .


You better hurry …  before they’re GONE!!    🙂    Here’s a direct link to the Stampavie section of the store ~  Don’t forget to use CODE  XMASDAY1