Tiddly Inks Challenge ~ Spinner Card


Happy Halloween!!   It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to join the Tiddly Inks challenge, but had some time this weekend, so I thought the challenge this week would be a good last Halloween card for this year!    They are featuring Spinner cards and include a video tutorial on how to make one.   I’ve never attempted one of these, but OMGoodness, they are soooooo much fun!       I’m amazed that it actually works!   🙂



I found these cute Halloween dimensional sentiment stickers by K&Co on SALE at Target.  Yay.   I also just happened to have a perfect matching paper called Spooky Dot by Daisy D’s.    This cutie image is called Candy Avenger by Christy Croll for Tiddly Inks.   I used some matching purple metallic cardstock for her googles.   Wish I could show you a video of how cool it looks when the Happy Halloween sentiment is spinning ~ unfortunately, I still have not had the opportunity to learn to edit and upload videos!    Ugh.   It’s on my very long TO DO list!    I do think my granddaughters will have fun with this card!    

Thanks for stopping in today – hope you’re having a great weekend!    We’ve got a new and fun challenge for you on Monday for Copic Creations!


  • Tiddly Inks ~ Candy Avenger
  • Daisy Ds ~ Spooky Dot
  • Blending Card by X-Press Graph-X Supplies
  • Distress Ink ~ black soot
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Circle
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Scalloped Circle
  • Offray garbo black ribbon
  • Pop Dots
  • Copics:   V05, 09;  R08, 20, 30;   YR12, 14, 18, 23, 31;  B01, 02;  YG23;  E000, 00, 11, 13, 25, 27, 29, 97, 99;  T1, 3, 5, 7

Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design Reflections Blog Hop!

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Yay!   It’s time for the

Reflections Blog Hop for Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design,

welcoming new artist ~  


I’m so thrilled to be part of this wonderful hop and can’t wait to see all the gorgeous creations.   If you’ve arrived here from the fabulous Jacqui Dennis – Cat’s Whiskers blog, you are on the right path!  
If you’ve just happened to stop by today, please head over to Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design for all the details on the hop and the master list of blogs.      
This GORGEOUS image is called Purrrrfect Friends and is from the new Reflections Set #1 which has been illustrated by the amazingly talented Carmen Medlin for SCACD.    I love the autumn feel to this image, and of course, the adorable little kitty!   I decided to work with some deeper colors – matching the brown and teal colors from the Basic Grey DP ~ max & whiskers. 


The sentiment is actually the title of this illustration and has been embellished with some teal colored metal flowers and brown rhinestones, and is computer generated . . .



All the new stamps from this new release, Reflections Set #1, are NOW available at SCACD!*  

Thanks so much for stopping by today ~ Your next stop for the blog hop is the wonderful, SUPER nice and So VERY talented  . . .

Danni Bindel of  Danni’s Dreams blog


Blog Hop Details:  You will need to leave a comment on all the hop blogs  for the best chance to win PRIZES!!!    


One entry per blog only, please.   The coupons are a one-time use for products only, postage is not included.   Elaine from Quixotic Paperie is also adding to the prize pot with an additional 20% off coupon

That is a total of FOUR COUPONS!!   

The winners will be picked tonight at 7pm EST and posted on Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design blog!

Best of luck to you all!!  


*Please note, all the stamps from the new Carmen Medlin Reflections Set #1  are NOW available at Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design.

European International orders:    Please head to Quixotic Paperie who is an exclusive SCACD retailer

Canadian Orders:    Please head on over to the newest SCACD exclusive retailer Art Du Scrapbooking

Thank you!!


  • Carmen Medlin ~ Purrrrfect Friends
  • Basic Grey ~ max & whiskers
  • Blending Card by X-Press Graph-X Supplies
  • Distress Ink ~ tumbled glass, scattered straw, vintage photo
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Label Six
  • Cuttlebug corner die
  • Metal Flowers
  • Brown Rhinestones
  • Miscellaneous Teal ribbon
  • Pilot gold extra fine point marker
  • Pop Dots
  • Copics:   BG01, 11, 13, 15, 18;  R20, 21, 30, 35;  YR21, 23, 24;  E000, 00, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 30, 33, 34, 39, 41, 42, 43, 44, 47, 49, 50, 51, 53, 55, 57, 59; W3;  T1, 3, 5


Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design

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I’m super excited to share with you that on Friday Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design will be introducing a brand new stamp illustrator!!     My friend, Susana, has asked if I would join them in a blog hop showcasing the new images ~ how could I refuse?!    I hope you’ll join us on Friday, October 29th!!!

***If you’re interested in entering for some awesome BLOG CANDY prior to tomorrow’s release party, be sure to pop over to Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design blog for all the details.    But hurry, the deadline to enter is October 28th at 11:00 PM!!***


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at 7 Kids College Fund

Popcorn Bear (and Cute Companions) Holiday sets!!   

They are ALL adorable!   

Better check em out before they’re gone!   🙂


All That Scraps & 7 Kids College Fund Challenges

All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge ~ Last Minute Halloween Packaging



Happy Wednesday!   Another double challenge day ~ Please “page down” to the end of this post for today’s 7 Kids College Fund Challenge blog card and info.  

Our challenge this week at All That Scraps is Last minute Halloween packaging  (bags, fun boxes, etc.).    For my projects, I’ve used this SUPER easy Treat Bag Cover tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers, which is so nice to use some of those larger scraps of DP we all seem to keep!  

I’ve got a few closeup photos of each treat bag.   I’ve used digi images for these bags, since they are rather small  — gee, I seem to really use these small palettes each week!      This one is made using the new C. C. Designs Swiss Pixies Halloween Hansel, dressed as a bat/vampire.   I’ve paired him up with some Basic Grey eerie DP  (in stock at 7KCF)  . . .



Next is another new image from C.C. Designs, Swiss Pixies Halloween Birgitta.   I’ve used some Halloween embossed spider web paper from SEI called Eerie Alley.



And, the last treat bag is made with Reminisce DP – Trick or Treat All Wrapped Up, using an image from last year’s C.C. Designs Halloween collection – Sugarplums Mummy Trevor digi image. 



If you’re interested in seeing  the treats in my cello bags  …   two mini Butterfinger (my FAV) candy bars!   Here’s a quick sideview.



So, be sure to pop over to the All That Scraps Challenge blog to take a peek at the all the awesome ideas for your “last minute Halloween packaging” ideas!   I know you’ll be inspired to join us! 



7 Kids College Fund Challenge ~ Happy Birthday!



I was excited when I saw this challenge picked by the so very nice  Ann Vento of the 7 Kids College Fund Design Team.   It seems no matter how many cardz I end up making for various challenges, there never seem to be enough Happy Birthday cardz ~ our challenge this week!

I’ve used one of my VERY favorite stamp brands for this card ~ Penny Black Slapstick  (they seriously give the best impression each and every time, I love em!)   This one is called Hedgehog Birthday, featuring the famous cutie pie heggie from Penny Black!   



I’ve paired this adorable image with papers from one of my favorite Basic Grey collections – Olivia!   Plus, it gives me the opportunity to use this yummy matching ribbon again!

I hope you have time to stop over at the 7 Kids College Fund challenge blog to see the gorgeous Happy Birthday cardz from the very talented Design Team.   All the details on this challenge can be found there also.

Thanks for stopping in today!






Snowman Tuesday!


Happy Tuesday!   Welcome back for another Snowman day.   I thought this week, I’d go with some of the new non-traditional Christmas colors.   This was certainly an unusual color combo for me, chosen to match the Cosmo Cricket DP ~ Mitten Weather . . . just the name seemed appropriate for these cuties!   The 6×6 Mini Deck contains LOTS of purples, reds and greens!



I’ve used the snowman stamp from I Brake For Stamps called Bundled Up Snowman.   As you can see, I thought it would be fun to use him several times for a card from “the whole family”!     The sentiment is computer generated using a font called Fontdinerdotcom Sparkly.   (Nope, I didn’t make this one up!)   It’s from dafont.com and can be found here

If you’re up for a little shopping, I Brake For Stamps is having a 15% off all half sheets of rubber sale through the 31st of October.   Here’s the link


Don’t forget, be sure to use Coupon Code SAVE10MARY

for an ADDITIONAL 10% OFF!!


Thanks for stopping by today.   Hope your week is off to a great start! 


House Mouse Challenge No. 81 ~ Halloween

 Happy House Mouse Monday!   

So, you may be wondering what these three “flying” Happy Hoppers have to do with Halloween!    Well, since old age is setting in … I THOUGHT our challenge this week at the House Mouse & Friends Monday challenge blog was to make a Halloween card without a Halloween image.   So, after racking my brain, struggling away with this challenge and FINALLY finishing my card, I found out that the challenge was actually just Halloween!    Eeeeek!   (as Mudpie Mouse would say!)    

Since I had my own personal challenge ~ when I came across this Hoppy Fliers stamp featuring Hop-It, Bumble & Itty Bit, it reminded me of the days when my kids would have too much SUGAR after collecting all their candy on Halloween night, and they would be bouncing off the walls!!   We quickly learned to put the candy away and distribute one piece at a time !!   LOL



This House Mouse sentiment, Candy-Ween ,  seemed perfect for these bouncing bunnies, along with a sticker that I’ve had in my stash for a long time . . .



Ahhhh, the good old days!   🙂  

I hope you will join us for this fun challenge, even if you don’t use a Halloween image!  LOL    If you’re looking for some inspiration, be sure to check out the awesome Halloween projects from the House Mouse & Friends Monday challenge blog Design Team – you’ll love em!  

Thanks for stopping in today.   As promised, tomorrow will be another Snowman Tuesday    Smiley from millan.net  ~   hope you can stop back.


A blustery autumn day . . .


A VERY happy weekend to you!    Believe it or not, this is just a card for the fun of it!!    It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to that.    This cutie is one of the new images by Sarah Kay from Stampavie called Chloe Watching the Trees in the Autumn Wind

What a tough card to photograph!   I used some copper metallic cardstock for the swirls and on every picture the copper looked almost black, or there was lots of back flash.  So, all I can say is that this card definitely looks much better in real life!  



I liked the idea to combine the smooth copper cardstock and the rough Jute ribbon  that I was so happy to find at the Gina K. Designs store!   This ribbon seems perfect for Autumn or vintage cardz, IMO! 

It’s a rainy – “blustery” day here today in Wisconsin, so this card seemed quite appropriate.   It’s always a little sad to see the bare trees after all the leaves have fallen – and, of course, the fact that SOMEONE needs to RAKE!   hehe


All That Scraps Challenge ~ Magnets


hehehe …  I must say, these adorable Angel Emma stamps from C.C. Designs (last year) will always be some of my very favorite Emma images.    So, I thought it would be fun to use them for holiday magnets.    Seems people decorate every inch of their home for the holidays ~ so why not the refrigerator too!?   🙂 

Yep, our challenge this week is to make MAGNETS ~ a definite challenge for me!  But, as soon as I saw it on the list,  I went right to one of my favorite blogs to visit for inspiration ~ Rachel Schneider.    Awhile back she showed several magnets using Tim Holtz’ fragments and I thought that was such a great idea!    If you’re interested, you can find her post HERE.

I think having the plastic Tim Holtz fragment piece over the image caused the closeup photos to be a little fuzzy … but, I wanted to show you each cutie up close!   I apologize for the bad photos ~ they really don’t appear quite so bad in-person.   🙂






One blonde, one brunette and a redhead!   Their dresses, wings and instruments were paper pieced using some fun glitter paper.   Eeek, talk about fussy cutting!!   I notice in the photos,  the plastic fragment pieces don’t seem to be too straight ~ why is it these things are always so magnified in a photo (similar to that extra 10 pounds!!)?   Please keep in mind, each angel is 1.5 inches … so this was quite a small palette to work with!   Thank goodness for my bifocals!!   🙂

Smiley from millan.net

Thanks for dropping in today!   Hope you’re having a great week.


Happy Holidays … a little early!


Seems to be a bit early for Christmas cardz, but I just couldn’t resist this adorable face!    He’s one of many awesome snowmen stamps from I Brake For Stamps.    

This is my third holiday season making cardz and I’ve unintentionally gotten quite a collection of snowmen stamps!   I really love using these guys for my holiday cardz.    Soooo, I thought it would be fun share a new one with you each Tuesday for the next few weeks . . . hope you will be able to stop back!



This cutie is called Large Snowman Post  (he actually comes in a smaller size too).   I’ve stamped him onto watercolor paper and colored him with Copics – they say this is not the best idea with Copics since the watercolor paper seems to suck up lots of ink.   I like to do it occasionally, since it really seems to add some nice texture to your image.  I’ve also added some Diamond Glaze to his coal eyes & mouth and the berries on his hat for a little extra dimension and shine.   The gorgeous papers are new this year from Bo Bunny ~ and I do love em!!   

The sentiment is from an older Gina K. Designs set, illustrated by my friend the amazingly talented, Asela Hopkins Christmas Blessings.



If you’d like to order any stamps from I Brake For Stamps, be sure to use the code SAVE10MARY to receive a 10% discount off your entire purchase.    I know you’re sure to find something in their selection of over 3,000 stamps! 

Thanks for visiting today.    I hope you can stop back next Tuesday for another Snowman Day!   


Sundays with Crissy ~ Buttons & Bows


Happy Sunday!   Hope you are all having a wonderful Fall weekend.   It’s my turn to post for our Sundays With Crissy challenge blog – Yay!    We have a super fun challenge for those of you who love girlie-girl cardz ~ BUTTON & BOWS.

I’ve colored this sooooooooo adorable Snuzzle Love cutie illustrated by Crissy Armstrong for Wags ‘n Whiskers ~ can you tell I just love her?!    But I promise not to go on and on about how much she reminds me of my granddaughter! 



Lots of buttons, and actually a few bows – if you look very closely, I added some real TEENY TINY bows to the bunny’s outfit and the hair braid.  Yes, I do love bows!   

I’m also in love with this paper from Cosmo Cricket!   Being that I’m a total purple addict, it’s perfect for me!!   You would not believe how many coordinating papers in this color scheme are in this collection called Pixie-Licious ~ I was in heaven!    And, speaking of being happy – I found this scrap piece of ribbon in my stash from a card I had made AGES ago and it matched the DP perfectly!!    Yes, it’s the little things.    🙂

I decided to do an easel card, which is always my favorite for special cardz.   One tip that I learned from my inspiration go-to card designer, Rachel Jakes, is to add a little DP to the inside of the easel fold.   It’s such a simple little addition, but seems to really add a lot to the whole card, IMO!    Here’s a quick photo to show you what I’m talking about . . .



The gorgeous button flowers, which are already sewn and edged are from Sassafrass and come in a pack of 7 ~ a perfect number for my card!  



And last, but definitely not least, I HAD to share with you where the sentiment is from!   The dear, sweet, wonderful and SUPER talented buddy, Jami Bova has created a complete sheet of these very cool and popular digi Ticket Sentiments.  

They’re really awesome, but the best part is she is offering them for FREE!   How cool is that!    Here’s where you can find them on Jami’s blog.    Thank you Jami!



Phew!   Sorry about the length of this post today!   I hope you will join us for this FUN challenge.   All the details and information on our prize can be found in Crissy’s original post HERE.   But hurry … the deadline to enter is midnight on October 31st! 

Thanks for visiting today!


Copic Creations Challenge ~ Colorless Blender Tricks!


Happy Friday!   TGIF.    Time for a new Copic Creations challenge ~ this week we’re focusing on all the fun tricks you can do using your Colorless Blender Pen!    Fun, right?   🙂      And, boy did I have fun ~ talk about blender pen over-kill!  🙂

Our sponsor this week is Pink Cat Studio  . . .  they have THE cutest images around!   This one I’ve used for my card is called Frank ‘n Fairy.   Every time I see it, it just makes me smile … imagine what must be going through this little fairy’s mind when Frank opens the door ~ even in his very cool outfit!!   lol   



Here’s the list of blender techniques I touched on for this card:

  • the bricks
  • Frank’s jeans
  • his tie-dyed shirt
  • his spiffy knit sweater !
  • his face and hands
  • the door jam & door
  • used a stamp soaked in blender solution for the background swirls on the inside of Frank’s home
  • Fairy’s dotted dress
  • her pumpkin …  I think that’s it!

We’ve included LOTS of tutorials to help with this challenge.   I hope you will join us for some blender pen fun.   All the details and the AWESOME creations from the team can be found at the Copic Creations Challenge blog.

Thanks for stopping by today.   Hope you have plans for a great weekend!


7 Kids College Fund & All That Scraps Challenges

7 Kids College Fund Challenge



Awwww … how adorable is he?!    Happy Wednesday!   Time again for another double-header Wednesday actually.   

Our new challenge today for the 7 Kids College Fund Challenge blog  is a fun and super easy one – Flowers & Layers.    And, the awesome prize is $20.00 worth of the brand new Zva Creative mini rose blossoms in 1/2″ to 1 3/8″ in size, as well as rose buds ~ available in lots of colors including red, pink, peach, lime, olive, lavender, white, cream, ginger, and blue.

Here’s my card using the Thanks a Bunch Popcorn Bear from Crafters Companion . . .



I hope you can join us for this challenge, and be sure to check out the awesome samples from the Design Team.


All That Scraps Challenge



And, of course, Wednesday also means a new challenge at All That Scraps.   This week Lesa challenged us to creat some type of Fall decoration.    This was my first attempt at rubber stamping on a candle!    It’s definitely much easier than you would think!    I followed this very helpful tutorial over at Splitcoast Stampers.   And, believe me – if I can do it … anyone can!    What a great idea with the upcoming holidays . . . hmmmmmmmm.  

I used the C.C. Designs Swiss Pixies Fall Scene, colored with Copics for my candle.   Unfortunately, when coloring on the tissue paper, it’s a little hard to get much shading since the ink really soaks in quickly.     

I also wanted to share the super simple little “doily”  for under the candle that I made using the largest die from the new Spellbinders Nestabilities  Beaded Circles Decorative Elements  dies . . .



It turned out to be the perfect size to match my candle!   I was thinking some silver or gold metallic cardstock would be pretty for a Christmas candle, or some wool felt would be nice too.    Eeeek … guess Santa will be busy making LOTS of candles this year!   LOL

So be sure to hop over to the All That Scraps Challenge blog  to see some awesome Fall themed decorations from the always amazing Design Team.

Thanks for visiting today!


House Mouse Challenge No. 80 ~ Monochrome

Happy House Mouse Monday!


Glad you could stop by today!   Time for a new challenge at the House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge blog.   This week our challenge is Monochromatic cardz . . . my favorite!   I thought this adorable vintage wedding couple would be perfect for a black & white look.



I hope you’ll join us for this challenge.   As usual, all the details can be found at the House Mouse & Friends Monday challenge blog  and while you’re there be sure to take a peek at the amazing monochromatic cardz from the awesome HM design team.

I’d also like to thank you all for your well wishes recently!   Feels like I’ve been sick forever … actually almost four weeks.    But, I’m back to normal and feeling soooo much better!   I hope everyone will bear with me as I try to play “catch-up” on so many messages in my inbox!    Slowly but surely!


All That Scraps Challenge ~ Male Cards


Happy Wednesday!   Our challenge this week at All That Scraps is manly cardz.   Mine is for a little man!    I’ve used the brand new image from C.C. Designs called Free Wheelin’ Wally ~ I thought he was just adorable.  



Sorry, this post will be a quickie today – I’m feeling a bit under the weather!    I hope to get back here to update the details very soon!    

Hope you will join us for this challenge.