Halloween in Wonderland


Hello and happy Thursday . . . we’re getting closer and closer to the weekend!   I’ve got a fun card for you today made with some of the new Graphic 45 Halloween papers and an adorable vintage witch from I Brake For Stamps.



She’s called Girl on Pumpkin and is part of an awesome selection of Halloween images available at I Brake For Stamps.   If you haven’t visited the I Brake For Stamps site recently, you’ll be in for a surprise ~ Della has completely redesigned the site, making it so much easier to navigate and find exactly what you’re looking for … and with over 3,000 stamps – you’re sure to find SOMETHING!   🙂     

Don’t forget to use coupon code SAVE10MARY for a 10% discount off your entire order!



Lots of glitter on this one!   I don’t often do this abstract/vintage type of card – which seems to be so popular right now, so I thought it would be fun to give it a try!    And,  I found it was actually pretty easy, especially using the new Halloween in Wonderland papers.    Besides, if you do make a mistake, who would know?!   LOL

Don’t forget to take a peek at the awesome new website for I Brake For Stamps ~ I know you’ll LOVE it!


Double Header Wednesday ~ 2 Challenges

All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge



Happy Wednesday!   I’ll try to keep this short since I’m combining two challenges today.    This first ADORABLE image, Oleander,  is new for September and designed by the awesome Amy Young for C.C. Designs Sweet November.   As soon as I saw her, I knew I NEEDED to have her  ~   I just love her eyes …    



Our challenge this week at the All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge blog is Clear Cards.    And, as you can see  –  I totally blew it!!    In my mind I was thinking acetate cards, not necessarily clear!   I used a Spelllbinders Impressabilities as a stencil and sponged white ink onto the top layer of acetate and then attached a piece of DP to the inside – making my card NOT clear!!    I about cried when I realized what I had done, but Lesa, the VERY sweet DT coordinator at ATS, said it was okay!    Phew!

So, be sure to take a peek at the TRUE clear cards from the SUPER talented DT at the All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge blog.   

7 Kids College Fund Challenge



We’ve got another awesome Sketch Challenge for you this week at 7 Kids College Fund Challenge blog.   It was designed by Lisa Andrews of the DT . . .


Lisa also asked that we “double up” our cards for this sketch  (use two stamps) . . .



I thought this scary pirate would keep the recipient from daring to open the card before Halloween!  🙂    Hope you can also pop over to the 7 Kids College Fund Challenge blog to see all the cards from the awesome design team.

And, last but not least, here’s a photo right after delivery of my brand new grandaughter – Sophie, born Monday morning! 



Thanks for visiting today!


All That Scraps Challenge Card –

7 Kids College Fund Challenge Card –

House Mouse Monday ~ School Time!


Happy LATE House Mouse Monday!    


Been having some Internet issues, so this post is VERY late!    But, I do have some good news to add – my oldest daughter Jennifer, who lives in Florida – had a beautiful baby girl this morning at 5:30 AM!    So, grandbaby No. 8 has joined the family!!    😀

Our challenge this week for the House Mouse & Friends Monday challenge is School Time, with a gift certificate from 7 Kids College Fund as the prize!!      I hope you can take a peek at the ADORABLE creations from the uber talented DT ~  They always amaze me with their creativity.    AND, be sure to stop at the blog to see who the lucky BIG winner is from our 2-Year Anniversary celebration!



hehe … this image always manages to make me smile.  If you look closely at the title of some of the books she’s holding, you’ll see why  ~   Public Squeaking!   LOL    

This will be a quickie post today since grandma needs a nap!    I didn’t get much sleep last night waiting for word from my daughter.   We finally heard from her at about 5:30 this morning!     Fortunately, everyone is doing well and we have a healthy 9 lb. 2 oz. new baby girl – who has yet to be named!   It was baby No. 5 for my daughter, so I imagine she’s run out of names!  LOL

Thanks for stopping by today!   

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Tiddly Inks Sketch Challenge



How’s this for one ADORABLE witch!?!    Usually those two words don’t go together ~ but, when it’s a witch drawn by Christy Croll of Tiddly Inks, you know she wil be!    This cutie is called Spooky Birthday

This weeks challenge at the Tiddly Inks Challenge blog is a sketch that I just loved!  


And here’s my card  …



I hope you’re having a great Fall weekend.   Thanks for visiting today!


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Phindy’s Place Challenge ~ Thank you


Happy weekend!    Our challenge today at Phindy’s Place is Thank you cardz.    I’ve used this fun image called Piggy Diva which actually comes with a blank sentiment “bubble”.    I thought the “Mwah”  seemed perfect for this “diva”!   



I hope you will join us for this fun and easy challenge — be sure to stop over at the Phindy’s Place  Friday Challenge blog to see all the awesome TY cards from the DT … and find out who won the Winter Cuties from last week’s blog hop.  


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All That Scraps Challenge ~ Color Combo


Hello and happy Wednesday to ya!     Our challenge this week at All That Scraps is the color combination of Pumpkin, Burgundy and Artichoke ~ perfect  for Fall.    I’ve used the adorable new C.C. Designs Swiss Pixies Fall Hansel image for my card.



I hope you can join us for this challenge.  Be sure to take a peek at all the awesome eye candy from the  SUPER talented Design Team on the All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge blog.

Thanks for visiting today!   


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Sundays With Crissy ~ Sparkle & Shine and Life’s Lessons

Shiver me timbers, it be time for a new post at Sundays With Crissy!!   

I couldn’t resist  . . .  Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!  If you’re interested, here’s a link to everything you’ve ever wanted to know about this fun day.    

 Awwwww —



Now who could possibly be angry at this adorable little face  ~ even after she’s chewed up your Jimmy Choos!!?    You can almost hear her saying …   I’m too cute to be angry at ~ I love you!    

This cutie, illustrated by Crissy Armstrong and appropriately named Miss Innocent, is a new release this month and available for immediate download at Whimsy Stamps.   I thought she would be perfect for our Sparkle and Shine challenge since she seems to be a perfect “little princess“!  

Although, you may be wondering just what exactly do Life’s Lessons have to do with this cutie??!!     Well, one of my all-time favorite lists of Life’s Lessons is this one . . .



*Note, No. 10  is a tough one, but VERY applicable to this cutie!   

I thought it would be fun to include this list with Miss Innocent on an easel style card that the recipient could display and be reminded of these lessons.  



So, I hope you will join us for this challenge ~  there’s still plenty of time left!   All the details can be found in Crissy’s original post HERE.  

Avast me Hearties ~ have a great day . . . or walk the plank!!!   

Tiddly Inks Challenge ~ Our Pets


Happy weekend!!    Once again, I just couldn’t resist  a new challenge at the Tiddly Inks challenge blog this week, Our Pets!     This adorable image is new for September at Tiddly Inks and called Girl’s Best Friend  ~  I just love her curly hair.



The sentiment is computer generated.       Sorry this has to be a short and sweet post today, I spilled water on my keyboard yesterday . . . and am typing this on an “On-Screen” keyboard!!     Trust me – NOT fun!!    UGH!


Thanks for stopping by today  ~  hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge Blog Hop –>    Here


Phindy’s Place ~ Blog Hop & Operation Write Home



Welcome to Phindy’s Friday Challenge  AND  Phindy’s Christmas Cuties Blog Hop!   

We’re celebrating the launch of Phindy’s new Christmas Cuties with a DT blog hop ~ where you will see not one, but TWO Cuties used on cardz or projects on each DT member’s blog.   All the details on how to participate in the blog hop and what you can win can be found on the Phindy’s Place Challenge blog .   

My first Winter Cutie is called Tasty Flakes.   As soon as I saw her, I knew I HAD to color this cutie!!     Here’s the full card . . .



 As I mentioned, each DT member will be previewing TWO new images today  ~  My second Christmas Cutie is named Miss Chrissy Tree!


I decided to make an easel card with this cutie  ~ here are a couple of different views . . .




Trying to keep my editorial brief today due to so many cardz!    

For our regular weekly challenge we are making  Christmas cardz for Operation Write Home.    OWH is an organization that sends blank handmade greeting cards  to deployed service members to write home on.  Please check their website for specific guidelines on the type of cards needed,  and  Phindy’s Friday Challenge blog  for details on how to enter this challenge.    

This adorable image is called Gift Wrapped and one of Phindy’s regular Christmas images.    




Whew!    That’s it for me today!    Three cardz in one day AGAIN  ~ I hope this is not getting to be a habit!!    🙂    

If you’re in the midst of the actual Blog Hop and have come here from the lovely Lynda Nielsen’s blog  …

your next stop is the dear, sweet SYLVIA BLUM ~ where I know you’ll be treated to some REAL eye candy!   

My WORD for our Blog Hop is YOUR!

Thanks for stopping by!    Have a great weekend!!

7 Kids College Fund, All That Scraps & Copic Creations Challenges!

Hi everyone …  I’m REALLY sorry to say that I have THREE challenges all being due today!!  

I’m also sorry to say that I’ve been down and out with a nasty cold/flu virus and after working most of the day and night on the actual challenge posts for both Copic Creations and 7 Kids College Fund ~ I don’t think I can keep my eyes open any longer!!

I promise to come back soon to update this post with more details on each card and challenge ~ Girl Scout’s Honor (and I was a GS leader!!)       Thank you for understanding. 

[If you click on each title, it will take you directly to that challenge blog for all the details on this weeks challenge.]

7 Kids College Fund Challenge – Fall Themed Sketch


All That Scraps Challenge ~ A Sketch


Copic Creations Challenge ~ Shading on or around an image


House Mouse Challenge ~ Sketch & Blog Hop


Happy House Mouse Monday!!   

Can you believe I’ve been saying that for TWO years now???  Yep, it’s the two-year anniversary of the House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge blog!     We celebrating BIG with a TON of awesome prizes from some of our favorite past sponsors and we’re having a blog hop too!   All the details can be found HERE.   

Our actual challenge this week is this fun Sketch from the awesome Lorraine of the HMDT.


To commemorate our celebration, I’ve used the HM stamp called Extra! Extra! and added a few alterations to the headline!!   🙂   



As part of our special celebration and  blog hop  ~   if you stop by each DT member’s blog, you’ll find this little cutie indicating how many pieces of cheese  each member is offering as an “hors d’oeuvre” for our party!  


As you can see, I have FIVE pieces of cheese!!     One lucky person who finds the grand total of cheese pieces available AND joins us for this Sketch challenge will be entered to win our awesome prize package!!    

Be sure to start out at the House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge blog  for all the prize details and then visit each DT member’s blog to leave some love and get your total.    If you’re in the midst of the hop … your next stop will be Natascha’s blog

Thanks for visiting today!   


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Tiddly Inks Challenge ~ Happy Birthday!



Yep, I couldn’t resist another challenge at Tiddly Inks this week!!   It’s definitely an easy one  ~  Happy Birthday cardz or party invites.    I’ve used this adorable little princess called Everyday Princess.     I thought she would be perfect for a friend’s daughter who will be turning 15 soon!



I’ve paired this cutie with some of the new My Minds Eye Lost & Found paper.    Believe it or not, I actually ran this VERY glittery paper through my printer!   Eeeek!!    I couldn’t resist.    No harm done ~  although, every page I’ve printed since has an added bonus of having a little glitter on it!    🙂    

Here’s a closeup photo of the sentiment … sorry the background print on the DP is upside down!    I, ummmmm, like it that way!   hehehe


Be sure to stop over at the Tiddly Inks Challenge blog to see all the awesome HB cards from the VERY talented Design Team!

Thanks for visiting today.    Hope you’re having a great weekend!


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Phindy’s Place Challenge ~ We’re going Green!


Happy Friday!   Our challenge this week at Phindy’s Place  is GOING GREEN ~ which means we’d like you to use the color Green and/or something recycled on your card or project.      

I’ve obviously used the color green on my card and thought it would be fun to also make this image called Lula Shopping, carry a canvas bag, as seen in so many stores nowadays.    It certainly doesn’t seem to be her usual style!     I’m not sure if it shows up very well in the photo, but I’ve also color-coordinated the cute little poodle too  . . .   “EVERYONE’s doing it!”



The Go Green print on her canvas bag was computer generated, as well as the sentiment on the side.    

I hope you will join us for this challenge . . .  Everyone’s doing it!    🙂     And, be sure to take a peek at the Phindy’s Place Friday Challenge blog to see all the WORKS of ART from the awesome Design Team!

Hope you have a great weekend!


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Attention All Copic Lovers!!

I’m super excited to let you know that 7 Kids College Fund is now carrying the new Blending Card by X-Press Graph-X Supplies!!!    It’s my FAVORITE paper for coloring with Copics.   

“This new high quality paper from X-Press It is a perfect match with the Copic product line. The super smooth, silky cardstock leaves crisp special effects and bright colors. Its dense 92 lb cover weight keeps colors sharp while blending, and prevents feathering. Acid free & archival. This is the paper to use for all of your stamping and card making needs.”


7 Kids also has the new Color Swatch Books  from Copic . . .


“Keep track of your marker colors with this handy swatch book!   The color swatch book arranges all 334 Copic colors by family, and lists the marker styles for each color, making it easy to choose the next colors you need. This 7” x 3 1/2” booklet is a convenient size to accompany you wherever you need to make your next color consultation.”


And the new High Tack Tape by X-Press Graph-X Supplies.  



“This High Tack Tape is perfect for your artistic adhesive needs. It has an extremely strong hold, is double sided, and works well on many surfaces. This tape is great for use on metals, wood, paper, glass, plastic, and fabric. Other applications include heat embossing, and use with photos. This tape from X-Press Graph-X Supplies is available in three widths: 1/8″, 1/4″, 1/2″.”