Phindy’s “End of Summer” SALE!


 “Buy Three – Get Another for FREE”!!   Details can be found  HERE.

House Mouse Challenge ~ Make a Splash!




Thanks for stopping in today!    I hope you had a wonderful weekend.   We’ve got a new challenge this week at the House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge blog  ~ Make a Splash!    Anything water goes!!

This is one of my favorite HM images, from the Birthday Cake set.   Have you heard the news??!!   House Mouse is now producing UNMOUNTED stamps!!    How cool is that?   I’ll have more details on this very soon.



I hope you will join us for the SUPER easy challenge!   All the details and the awesome cardz from the HMDT can be found over at the House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge blog.


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Tiddly Inks Challenge No. 18 ~ School Time



Yes, I’m in love again …  with MORE adorable digi images!!    This is my first try at one of the images designed by Christy Croll for Tiddly Inks.    Wow, I love them all … and will definitely be back to this store again!    This gorgeous girl is called School Girl and is a new release for the month of August.   



I’m entering this card in their latest challenge ~ Time to Gear Up for School.    The card is actually for a friend’s daughter who is starting her first year of high school in a brand new city,  which can certainly be a little scary and exciting at the same time.

I’m pretty excited too, since after lots of begging and pleading I was able to convince Christy Croll to sponsor an upcoming challenge over at Copic Creations,  I can’t wait for that!!   

Thanks so much for stopping by on this gorgeous weekend.   Hope you’re having a good one!!


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Phindy’s Place Challenge ~ Christmas in Summer


Happy Friday!   It’s so hard to believe it’s the LAST Friday in August already, where has the summer gone?!?  Soon enough, the above scene will be a reality here in Wisconsin!       

But today is Friday and that means a new challenge at Phindy’s Place.   This time we’re featuring Christmas in Summer.   

This adorable little ice skater is called Ice Dance and available at Phindy’s Place for immediate download!   I just love the happy expression on this cutie’s face ~  she seems to be having a ball!  Too, too cute!  



I thought it would be fun to find a font that had lots of loops to look as though it had been “skated” out.   This font is called Chopin Script from, and seemed to be perfect.    The nice part about using a familiar sentiment is that you don’t need to show it completely for your recipient to know what you mean!   🙂

As usual, all the details on this challenge can be found at the Phindy’s Place Challenge Blog.   Be sure to check out the awesome Christmas in Summer creations from the design team while you’re there!   You won’t be disappointed. 


hehehe, I was playing and thought this would be a fun image to frame with some frosty edging!    Considering we were  having a heat advisory here the day I did this, I thoroughly enjoyed it!  

Thanks for visiting today!   Have a great weekend!!


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All That Scraps Challenge ~ Crinkled Ribbon


Happy Wednesday!   Sorry for the lack of posts the past few days, we’re working on the next Magnolia Ink magazine . . . the Christmas edition ~ it’s sooo hard to be working on Christmas projects when it’s 90 degrees outside!   🙂     

Our challenge today at the All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge blog is to add some Crinkled Ribbon to your card or project.   This type of ribbon seems to be all the rage right now, especially on vintage and shabby chic projects.   

I googled Crinkled Ribbon and found lots of tutorials on how to dye and “crinkle” ribbon yourself.   Apparently, it works best with a rayon material ribbon generally used for seam binding.    Here’s one link if you’d like to take a peek  Crinkled Ribbon Tutorial.    But NO, I did NOT make my own … I cheated and used some rose ribbon from American Crafts that I HAD to have awhile ago, but hadn’t used yet!!      (Yes, I think the term “hoarder” is appropriate here!)  



For my card, I’ve used the adorable Rose Emma from the Take a Seat collection from C.C. Designs.   She’s actually sitting on a flourish(ey) stamped image from the Tim Holtz  Stampers Anonymous Nature’s Discovery set .

So, I hope you can join us for this challenge ~  all the details can be found on the All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge blog . . . while you’re there, I know you’ll be SUPER inspired by the always amazing projects from the Design Team!

Thanks for stopping by today.   I hope you’re having a good week!


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Tilda’s Shoji Screen/Room Divider Directions

Hello!   Hope you’re having a good weekend. I’ve received a few emails asking how this screen behind Tilda on this card was made . . .

Here’s a quick photo tutorial on how I did it:

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I used the middle die from a Spellbinders Nestabilities Long Classic Rectangle LG set, which measures 1 7/8 x 3 3/4; However, I think a rectangle punch approximately this same size will work also.


vellum paper


Cuttlebug or other due cutting machine


removable tape

  • Cut cardstock to 4 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches, and cut vellum to 4 3/8 by 4 3/8 inches. (Sorry, I only had this dotted vellum in my stash as an example.)

  • Place die on cardstock, centered on one half. Note, I’ve adhered it with a small piece of removeable tape to be sure it doesn’t shift in the Cuttlebug.

  • Run this through the machine and move the die to the other half of your cardstock. Be sure to save the two inside pieces for later use.

  • Apply adhesive to back of cardstock “frame”.

  • And attach pre-cut vellum piece.

  • The final step is to take the center pieces of cardstock and cut your dividing pieces. I just cut these without measuring, I believe they are about 1/4 inch wide. You don’t have to worry about the length, if you cut the longer pieces from one and the cross pieces from the other piece – they will fit perfectly.

  • And attach these to your frame. Done! Your mini Shoji is now ready for Tilda. 🙂

I hope this was helpful! If you do use this idea for a card, I’d love to see it. Thanks for all your VERY kind comments!

Phindy’s Place Challenge ~ Baby Cards


Hallelujah ~ It’s finally Friday!   Phindy Phriday, actually.   (it’s been a LONG week of too many challenges, both in cardz and life!)    Our challenge this week is to make a Baby Card – my favorite type of card!    

Every time I see this image it brings back sooooooo many memories of when my kids were babies, and a current memory of my own daughters with their babies.    This is aptly named Contentment by Phindy, and available for immediate download at Phindy’s Place.



I finally took the time to look through one of the newest Basic Grey collections – Oliver,  for this card.  I had previously put it to the side after glancing through it, thinking it was for more masculine cardz.    Silly me!    Gosh, I love ALL the papers in this pad! 

Also, when I look at this image, I imagine this Mom quietly singing a lullaby while gently rocking her baby to sleep ~ so when I found this sentiment – I felt like I had won a jackpot!     It’s from a word art site that I have been going to alot lately (recommended by my friend, the awesome Jami Bova)  called Studio Girls Scrapbookgraphics.  They have the most awesome word art images I’ve yet to find!   Here’s a closeup view of this sentiment … I had to really reduce it for my card.


Tiny yawns, and sleepy sighs, nursery rhymes, and lullabies

If you love baby cardz as much as I do… hop right on over to the Phindy’s Place Challenge blog to see the ADORABLE cardz from Phindy’s amazing Design Team.    I hope you’ll be inspired to join us for this fun challenge!

Thanks for visiting today and   TGI . . .

Smiley from


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7 Kids College Fund ~ Strip it Down!

All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge card can be found HERE. 




Yay!  Time for a new challenge at 7 Kids College Fund Challenge blog.   This week our challenge is ~ Strip it Down!    You may be wondering what exactly this means . . . I sure did!    We’d like your entry to be no more than two layers of DP.   Pretty easy!     

This cutie is the adorable Chinese Tilda from the new Magnolia Bon Voyage Collection.   I’ve always loved oriental images, especially with cherry blossoms!   She’s been paired up with this gorgeous Memory Box paper that has lots of blossoms on it.



The sentiment is computer generated and says Wishing you peace . . . unfortunately, I used a black Spica glitter pen over it,  which doesn’t show up very well in the photo.    I did have fun creating  what is called a Shoji Folding Screen/Room Divider behind Tilda.  I’ve used vellum paper for a more authentic, somewhat sheer look as in the sample photo below. 



So, we have another super easy challenge this week and an awesome prize!   All the details can be found on the 7 Kids College Fund Challenge blog.   Be sure to check out the AWESOME samples from the Design Team!   I hope you can join us.

If you’d like to do a little shopping, 7 Kids has the following new products just listed:


Thanks for stopping in today!


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  • Copics:   E000, 50, 51, 53, 55, 57, 59;   R000, 00, 01, 11, 20, 30, 39, 59,  81, 83, 85, 89;  W1, 3, 5, 10
  • All That Scraps Challenge ~ Fruit!


    Happy Wednesday!   Time for a new challenge at All That Scraps.   This week, we’d like to see some fruit on your card or project.   This was a definite first for me!   

    I decided to go with the adorable new C.C. Designs set called Take a Seat ~ it’s brand new and includes a total of 12 images that are available in either rubber stamps or digi images.    This cutie is Pondering Emma  (with little cherries on her shirt) ~ the chair, photos and lamp are also from the same kit . . . perfect for Emma.   



    Pondering Emma actually looked a little sad to me, so I thought a cheery (fruity!)  sentiment would be perfect!   This has obviously been computer generated!   lol

     I hope you can hop over to the All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge blog to see the always amazing projects from the super talented Design Team ~  I know you’ll be inspired to join us!  

    It’s another double-post day today ~ we’re hosting our second challenge at 7 Kids College Fund, scheduled for 7:00 AM MT.    Hope you can stop back!


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    House Mouse Challenge ~ Photo Inspiration


    Happy House Mouse Monday!   

    Our challenge this week has been brought to us by my friend, the awesome Lisa Cook of the HMDT.   Lisa has provided us with this cute little cupcake mouse for our inspiration.   

    Well, I took two main items from this photo ~  a mouse with a bow in her hair and a cupcake with turquoise frosting . . .  and came up with this action shot!  



    I’ve used a combination of images for this one ~ Skipping Stones Design cupcake and sentiment, along with little Monica from the stamp called Mouse Bounce, and of course added a little bow to cute little Monica’s hair!     



    Hope this made you smile!    As usual, the details for this challenge and this week’s prize, along with the always adorable creations from the House Mouse Design Team, can be found on the House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge blog.

    Thanks for your visit today – have a great week!


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    Copic Creations REFLECTIONS challenge card can be found HERE.

    Sundays With Crissy ~ Your Favorite Time of Year


    Welcome back!    My second post today is for the always enjoyable challenge at Sundays With Crissy!!    This week we are featuring “Your Favorite Time of Year“.   Can you guess mine?!     🙂     Not too hard, huh?    Yep, it’s Fall/Thanksgiving.    I love Thanksgiving ~ LOTS of food, family and friends and NO gifts required!!      

    This cute little turkey is of course illustrated by Crissy Armstrong for Squigglefly  and called Thy Cart Overfloweth!    I added the “Go Vegan” sentiment to his t-shirt!  



    We have a fantastic prize package for one lucky winner of this challenge ~ Your choice of FIVE digi images by Crissy and a beautiful pad of design paper.   All the details can be found at Sundays With Crissy.    While you’re there, be sure to check out the amazing samples from the uber talented Design Team ladies – I know you’ll be amazed!   

    I also wanted to show you that this card is a TRIPLE layer!   I really wanted Mr. Turkey to stand out!



    I hope you will join us for this challenge ~ I’d love to see what YOUR favorite time of the year is!    Have a wonderful and relaxing Sunday.    Guess what tomorrow is …  House Mouse Monday!  🙂


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    Copic Creations Challenge ~ Reflections


    Happy Sunday!   Today is a DOUBLE-POST day, so I hope you will stop back later for my Sundays with Crissy challenge card which will be posted at 11:00 CDT.

    We have a new challenge for you today at Copic Creations ~ Reflections.    It’s a tough one, but actually fun once you give it a try!     This really adorable image is from my old stomping grounds ~ InStyle Stamps.   She’s called Dance Girl, part of their new A Day In The Life series.   Isn’t she just gorgeous?!    I’ve actually cut the image down a little to fit onto my card – the original stamp has some very pretty flowers drawn in the lower right corner.   



    The best part is that our challenge is being sponsored by my friend Suzanne Dean and her Color Me Creative Classroom ~ one lucky participant will win a FREE Copic class!!   All the details can be found on the CC blog, and if you have the time, you really must stop over at the Copic Creations Challenge blog to check out the amazing creations from the awesome DT!     Very inspiring!  


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    Phindy’s Place Challenge ~ Pretty in Pink!


    TGIF!!    Phew, it’s been a long week and I’m so ready for the weekend.    But, the best part of Friday is a new challenge at Phindy’s Place Challenge blog!    This week our challenge is Pretty in Pink ~ which seems to be a favorite of everyone.    This is another from the Summer Cuties collection by Phindy.  She’s called Little Swinger!   



    I hope you will join us for this challenge.   If you’re looking for some awesome inspiration, head on over to the Phindy’s Place Challenge blog to take a peek at the ALWAYS inspiring creations from the Design Team.  

    I’m super excited today!!   Two very nice ladies from Chicago are driving up to “color” with me!!    This will be my first attempt at helping others with Copics!  It should be fun!   🙂 

    Sunday will be another double-post day ~ Copic Creations and Sundays with Crissy!   Hope you are able to stop back.

    Thanks for stopping in today!   Have a great weekend!!     


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    All That Scraps Challenge ~ Die Cuts


    Yep, it’s Wednesday already!   And that means it’s time for a new challenge at All That Scraps.   This week, we are using Die Cuts.   I’ve used Tim Holtz’ elegant flourishes die cuts on my card.   This cute little witch is from the C.C. Designs August Swiss Pixies release, called Halloween Birgitta.   




    All of the die cuts and the spider webs on Birgitta have been heat embossed with LOTS of black opal embossing powder . . . even the little spider attached to her hat!     Let’s just say I’m still cleaning up black opal EP from my work area!   LOL    I was also excited to have some of these cool spider brads from Making Memories left over from last year  (lower right corner).





    The flower was cut with an older Cuttlebug flower die … covered with EP and a rhinestone attached to the middle.   The sentiment and spider web were preprinted on the My Mind’s Eye DP.   

    Sooooooooo, I hope you have time to hop over to the All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge blog to take a peek at the awesome Die Cut creations from the very talented Design Team.    You will also find all the details on how to join us for this fun challenge and be eligible for a chance to win this week’s prize!   

    Thanks for stopping in today ~ hope your week is going well!


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