7 Kids College Fund ~ Gettin’ Sketchy & Beachy!

Happy Wednesday!!    Time for a new challenge at 7 Kids College Fund.    Today our host is Suzanne Dean and she has come up with this awesome Sketch …

And, as you can see from the various beachy items, it’s a BEACH theme too!

I’ve used the Penny Black stamp set called BEACH DAY.     As you can see the set comes with several matching accessory stamps ~ perfect for LOTS of summertime cards!

Since this Basic Grey ~ Lauderdale paper (that I LOVE!)  was a little busy, I decided not to use any of the accessory stamps … for fear of a bit of beach overload!!   🙂

This little cutie definitely makes me in the mood for some much warmer weather!!

Be sure to take a peek at all the BEACHY cards from the 7KCF DT and hopefully you will be inspired to join us for this fun challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


House Mouse Monday ~ Green & Gold!

Happy House Mouse Monday!!!   (awww, it feels like “home” to be typing this again!)

I hope you’ve had a great weekend!

Our challenge today at the House Mouse & Friends Monday challenge blog is GREEN & GOLD .… for any GB Packers fans out there ~ these colors will ring true to you!    I’m even a born and raised GB fan and truly had issues with this challenge!!     Eeeek!       (BTW, I was NOT the one in charge of choosing this challenge!!!)

Our challenge today is to (this is taken exactly from our challenge roster at the HM  challenge blog)   …   Football Frenzy:  Inspired by the Super Bowl winning team Green Bay Packers Colors, over all
theme, team etc.,
and chosen by our very own Stephanie of the HMDT!    (she’s definitely one loyal fan!!)

This HM stamp is called Lemonade Bubbles, and I thought it might just work for this challenge … adding a little GREEN and GOLD!        All the details on this card can be found below.

I hope you have a few minutes to check out the aweome Green & Gold samples from our always inspiring DT!    All the details can be found HERE.    Thanks for stopping by today!


Heard you’ve been under the weather …

Awwwww … this cute little pup is for my monthly Sundays With Crissy challenge post!    Isn’t he soooooooo cute?!    He’s called IN THE DOGHOUSE by Crissy Armstrong and available as a digi image at Whimsy Stamps.   I thought he would work perfect for one of my grand kids who has been sick with the stomach flu.

 Now it’s your turn to show us your Flower themed card!! There will be five free digi’s given
to one lucky challenge participant who will be chosen by Random.org at the end
of the month.   Still plenty of time left!

 You may now use images from any company and still be included in
the draw for the blog candy prize! Those who use one of Crissy’s images, either
from her rubber or digital collections will be entered twice in the draw. But
please respect the rule of no more than three entries per month. Otherwise your
entries could be deleted.

Don’t forget to add
some flowers to your cards and then pop over to THIS
to enter your card!

Thanks for visiting today!   Almost time for the weekend … Yay!


Tiddly Inks ~ Photo Inspiration

Happy Tuesday!   You may not know this, but this little cheerleader is actually me!!   LOL    There’s a big reason why I’m cheering …  I am now officially a real-live member of the Tiddly Inks Design Team!!      YAY!!

How about a REALLY BIG YAY!    🙂

Just a little excited here, since I love, love, love Tiddly Inks images!!   If you haven’t visited this store yet, I HIGHLY recommend it!

 My very first challenge with the team is today and it’s a photo inspiration challenge …

Aren’t those the coolest colors?!    I  really love this color combo and would also LOVE to have that shower curtain!!    It did take me quite awhile to find the perfect matching colors …   here’s a shot of the various colors I tried

I settled for these four as my main colors YR02, R32, Rv66 & RV69 – branching out with a few lighter/darker ones in between.  I was also pretty excited to find this DP from the brand new Basic Grey 6×6 collection ~ Sweet Threads.

This ADORABLE little cheerleader is called  ANNIE CHEERS from Tiddly Inks – she just seemed perfect to share my news with you!

I hope you will stop over at the Tiddly Inks challenge blog to check out some amazing cards from Christy Croll and some brand new images being released ~ it will definitely be worth your while.   I also hope you can join us for this challenge … all the details can be found HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today!



7 Kids College Fund ~ Circle Cardz

For today’s new challenge at the 7 Kids College Fund challenge blog, we’re featuring Circle Cardz ~ either circle shaped cards or circles included on your card or project.

As you can see, I’ve made a circle easel card.   I’ve followed this easy tutorial http://debbiepsplace.blogspot.com/2010/04/using-nestabilities-for-easel-cards-and.html

This cutie from the Magnolia Butterfly Dreams collection  is called Tilda with Lace Jeans and she’s IN STOCK at 7 Kids College Fund!   

The DP is from the new Basic Grey 6×6 paper pad ~ Lauderdale.   I’m in love with the rich jewel tone colors in this collection, now available at 7KCF.

I thought this sentiment was perfect for what seems to be a “concerned” look on Tilda’s face!

I hope you can join us for this fun challenge!   All the details and the gorgeous circle cards from the DT can be found on the 7 Kids College Fund challenge blog.

Thanks for stopping in today.


Tiddly Inks Birthday Blog Hop!

Tiddly Inks Puzzler Adventure

I was soooo excited to read that Tiddly Inks, my FAVORITE stamp company, is celebrating their first birthday with a Puzzler Adventure beginning tonight at 9:00 p.m.!    Please click  HERE  for all the details.

This little cutie is Lilli Claire ~ Did You Hear?   Isn’t she just adorable?!    I quickly colored her up as soon as I heard about tonight’s hop … the recipient of this one may need some sunglasses since it turned out just a little bright I’d say!   🙂

The DP is from my new FAVORITE Basic Grey collection ~ Lauderdale,  I love all the bright, rich colors in this one!

So, don’t forget to check out all the details for the Tiddly Inks birthday celebration tonight!!

I’d also like to take the opportunity to extend HUGE congrats to Christy Croll the creative genius and mastermind behind Tiddly Inks!!   Here’s to many, many more birthdays!   Cheers!   🙂

Thanks for stopping in tonight.


One Last Snowman Tuesday


Welcome!   Time for one last Snowman card … well, in this instance – a set of cardz!    I’ve used the Snowball Set of 4 from I Brake For Stamps.  

Each image has been embossed with black EP, I then VERY carefully added a bit of color with Copics and finally, lots of Star dust Stickles.   I’ve used various pieces of the new Basic Grey Jovial paper for each card and vellum for the Spellbinders Nestabilities Beaded Circles.    Here are some closeups to see all the sparkle.






These were super fun and easy for anyone looking for some last minute Christmas card mass production ideas!    If you are interested in this set or ANY stamps from I Brake For Stamps, be sure to used Coupon Code SAVE10MARY for a 10% discount off your entire purchase!    

Since this is my last post as a DT member for I Brake For Stamps, I wanted to send a special Thank You to Della, the owner of IBFS ~ it’s been a true pleasure to work with her over the past year,  she’s a very generous and and caring person, who I’m glad to call my friend!   


Whimsy Stamps Holiday Blog Hop





Welcome to the Holiday Release Blog Hop for Whimsy Stamps,  celebrating NINE new holiday stamps and stamp sets from my favorite WS illustrators Crissy Armstrong and Raindrop Echo Designs.  All nine stamps and sets are available today at Whimsy Stamps

 I was so happy to have the opportunity to finally color one of Crissy’s carousel horses!    This, of course, is her Christmas design called Jingle Bell Ride and I just love him!    



Once again, I’ve used the VERY cool paper from Basic Grey’s new jovial paper pad for my card – In case you missed it, I did a sneak peek of one of Ann Vento’s new images also with this paper – here.   

This gorgeous guy is all decked out for the holidays and would be perfect for a special Christmas card.   The matching sentiment is part of a set included with the carousel horse ~ Jingle Bell Ride.    Seems to be a slight glare from the gold embossing in this photo, so here’s a quick closeup view …



If you’ve come here from Simonne Clay’s blog,  you’re on the right path and your next stop is

 Marley van der Heljden.

For those of you who just happened to stop by today ~ since the list for the blog hop is rather long, there will be several surprise opportunities throughout the hop for hoppers to win prizes.  The grand prize of ALL nine of the new release stamps will be at the end of the hop ~ with candy stops along the way.   Here’s the complete list of blog hop participants:

Bev Rochester

Vanja Stevanovic

Elaine Hughes

Crissy Armstrong  

Suzanne Dean

Chris Olsen 

Janna Sicard 

Simonne Clay  

Me (You are here!)

Marley van der Heljden 

Deb Routledge

Ann Vento  

Melanie Holtz

Nathalie Jobin

Debbie Eastman 

Patricia Garcia  

Dena Concienne 

Crystal Irwin 

Annika Ryan  

Donna Smith

Erin Bailey  

Lori Pachkowsky

Denise Lynn

Thanks for stopping by today.   Happy Hopping!


Whimsy Stamps Sneak Peek!


Hehehe … tis the season ~ ALREADY!    I was sooo very excited when Denise, the owner of Whimsy Stamps, contacted me to ask if I would be interested in joining them to show some sneak peeks of their new holiday images!!    Since my good friends, Crissy Armstrong and Ann Vento are two of their amazing illustrators ~ how could I possibly refuse? 

I really had fun with this one!    How perfect for so many people on your Christmas card list ~  fellow crafters or your own santa!   Of course my list is everything I NEED for crafting!!    Wouldn’t that be a wonderful day to receive all this?!    🙂



This image was illustrated by Ann Vento of Raindrop Echo Designs, who has the most wonderful collection of digi sentiments, customized signature digis, watermark digis and now actual customized signature rubber stamps over at Whimsy Stamps.   She’s one talented lady – I’ve told her it’s time to quit her day job!   🙂

I also received an early surprise Christmas present, at least it felt that way, from a dear friend – Jami Bova!!    The package was filled with LOTS of awesome goodies, including this brand new Basic Grey jovial paper pad.    OMGoodness, I love every single sheet!!    (I think I say that with each new collection from BG!   But it’s so true)  Sending HUGE hugz to Jami – you’re the best! 

Tomorrow is the official blog hop showcasing some of Whimsy’s new holiday images  from both Ann and Crissy …  I hope you can stop back!

Happy weekend!


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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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 millan.net


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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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New Halloween cuties from Sweet November ~ C.C. Designs


Happy Monday!   Yes, it’s getting to be THAT time of year again ~ time for Halloween cardz!    And, Sweet November has just released some of the most adorable Halloween images that are now available for preorder at 7 Kids College Fund.     This cutie is called Baby Trick or Treat Pumpkin.  



All the new products from CHA are starting to roll into the store already, including the Halloween in Wonderland 8×8 paper pad from Graphic 45, I can’t wait to get that!   7 Kids also has all the new Halloween punches from Martha Stewart!   Well, there goes my crafting budget for this month already!!     LOL

Thanks for visiting today!


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For a special little girl . . .



Hello!   It’s been a crazy couple of weeks with tons of challenges, so the other day I needed to take a break and just color something “cuz I wanted to”!    So, I pulled out this Sarah Kay image that I’ve had for quite awhile and hadn’t even seen ink yet!   She’s called Picnic Time by Sarah Kay from Stampavie and in stock & available at 7KCF.    I think Sarah Kay images will always be some of my very favorite.



I also can’t stop using the Basic Grey olivia papers!   I just love all the colors in this collection – a perfect name too.   My sweet granddaughter, Elia, who lives in Florida recently turned two years old, so I thought this cutie would be just right for her.  

Thanks for visiting today, on this nice and quiet – NO CHALLENGE Thursday!  


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7 Kids College Fund ~ Challenge No. 1!!!

All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge card can be found HERE.



The day has finally arrived!!   After almost two years of being on the DT for 7KCF, we finally have  a challenge blog started!   Yay.   I know there are LOTS of various challenges out there, but I think the prizes at this one will be extra-special . . . starting with today ~  a $50.00 Gift Certificate to 7 Kids College Fund!!    Pretty cool, huh?   

Our first challenge is taken from the 7KCF logo ~ Pink and Dots.    So, little Tilda with Hearts  (actually named Ladybug Tilda!)  has been colored up in Pink for this special event.    Why the hearts, you may ask???     hehehe    Here’s why:



LOL   Sometimes I just have way tooo much fun!!   Needless to say, the sentiment is computer generated!  

So, run don’t walk, to see all the other Pink and Dots inspiration from the really VERY talented 7KCF Design Team!    I hope you can join us, all you need is a stamp carried by 7 Kids College Fund!


(I was so honored to see that the wonderfully talented graphic artist Ann Vento used my Tilda for our blinkie & blog header!!   Here’s a link to the actual card if you’re interested.)   

Thanks for visiting today!     It’s a double-post day – as every other Wednesday will be for awhile.   My All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge card can be found below. 


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