LaLa Land New Release Day and Copic Creations Challenge!

 Happy October 1st and World Cardmaking Day!

AND, NEW RELEASE DAY at LaLa Land Crafts!!

This little cutie is Angel Marci.   You can find ALL the new releases HERE.

We’ve also got a new challenge today at the Copic Creations Challenge blog!!   Copic coloring Saturated Colors.    For more info on this, please stop over at our challenge blog.

Our sponsor is the awesome Belles ‘n Whistles stamp company – featuring images designed by the amazing Elisabeth Bell.

This is Sweet Apples from BnW.

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

Copic Creations ~ Coloring Fur with a Twist!

I’ve been soooo excited about today’s Copic Creations challenge and just couldn’t wait to share this cutie with you!

Our challenge this week is Copic Coloring of Fur …  with a TWIST!

The twist is to use bright, fun Copic colors – not your usual Browns!   fun, right?         Well, I thought so!    LOL

This cutie is from one of our sponsors this week – Stamp ~ LOTS of adorable digis there!

We also have a second sponsor – My Creative Classroom ~ you REALLY need to check out their amazing selection of classes!

   You better jump over to check out the prizeS up for grabs this week!!   All the details AND the awesome DT samples can be found HERE.

Thanks for your visit today.


  • Stamp Fairy ~ Barry Halloween
  • Computer generated sentiment
  • Bo Bunny Crush 6×6 collection DP
  • Silver metallic cardstock
  • PTI ~ stampers select cardstock
  • Distress Ink ~ tumbled glass & black soot
  • Stickles ~ xmas red
  • Misc. heart charm
  • Misc. red dot ribbon
  • Pop Dots
  • Copics used:
  • fur  –  R35, 37, 39, 89; T3, 5
  • paws, nose & horns – T0, 1, 3, 5, 7
  • grass – YG01, 03

Copic Creations Challenge ~ Pretty in PINK!

I must say this gorgeous little girl is definitely Pretty in Pink!   For some reason, I love little red-heads in pink outfits.   Not sure where this originated, but I’ve stuck with it here!

Our challenge this week at the Copic Creations Challenge blog is the color PINK!  Easy, peasy.   So, no excuses for NOT joining us!

The best part is we have one of our all time favorite sponsors joining us for this challenge ~ Susana’s Custom Art and Card Design


we’re featuring the newest collection from the awesome Elisabeth Bell ~

The Peekers #2 Collection


one lucky participant will receive the FULL SET!!

So, run, don’t walk …. to the Copic Creations Challenge blog for all the details on this challenge and your chance to see ALL the gorgeous PINK images from the always amazing Copic Creations Design Team!

Ooops, I almost forgot … here’s the full card, featuring EB’s Mama’s (beaded) Purse Peeker:

A Double-Header Challenge Day!

Happy House Mouse Monday …

AND Copic Creations Monday!!

Phew!  A busy challenge day in blogland today.    I’ll try to keep my commentary short and sweet today since I have LOTS of pics to share with you.

We’ve got a new challenge for you at the House Mouse & Friends Challenge blog …  GETTING FRUITY!!    All the details can be found HERE.

And, a new challenge at the Copic Creations blog …  USE YOUR BG (blue green) COPIC MARKERS.

Sponsored by the awesome digital stamp company A DAY FOR DAISIES!!   I love everything from this store!   All the details on this challenge can be found HERE.

Finally, I’ve been promising for a VERY long time to share photos of my new crafting digs …. way back from when we first moved in March of this year.    Time sure flies when you’re having fun!

I’ll just add these quick so you can peek at my most favorite room of the house … A/K/A  “The Office”    😀

(please ignore the snoozing kitty on the window seat!)

my gorgeous view of the woods and field across the street …

A nice big closet to hide all my STUFF!   And check out my work table … found this at a used office furniture store!!   I even talked them down $50.00 in price …

Soooo glad I didn’t DISTURB her nap!

A quick shot of our new fireplace, that we LOVE — this is where I take pictures of my cardz:

The OTHER side!

Please note, my “office” is not usually this neat!   But, since it was all nice and clean, I thought it would be a good time to snap a few pictures.

We do love, love, love our new house …

I feel sooooooo blessed to have such an amazing room to “play” in!    🙂

Thanks for stopping in today.   Be sure to stop at the House Mouse and Copic Creations challenge blogs to check out the always awesome cardz from both amazing Design Teams.

Copic Creations ~ Distressing with Copics & TWO-YEAR Copic Blogoversary!!

Happy Wednesday!!

It’s finally time to celebrate our TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY over at the Copic Creations challenge blog!!   Wooo hoooo, I never would have thought we’d still be around!!    But, I’m sure glad we are!    We’ve got LOTS of prizes to celebrate  … you really MUST stop over to see the entire list!    AND, some of the DT members will be having blog candy on their personal blogs too!!

I also have some candy!!     In honor of our BLOGOVERSARY, I’d like to give one of you a …

$25.00 Gift Certificate to 7 Kids College Fund!!!    

(my FAVORITE place to shop!)

All you have to do is leave your name and blog address on the Inlinkz form below.   If you don’t have a blog … no worries – just use my link (    You’ll have until June 14th at 12:00 PM CDT to enter.

Our challenge today is Distressed/Vintage cards or projects with Copics.   We’d love to have YOU join us for a chance to win these fabulous prizes!!   All the details can be found HERE.


I’m hoping this card looks a little vintage to you!   I really have issues with this style.   I have to smile every time I see this image though … it’s from Crafty Secrets (our sponsor this week) and from a set called Fishing Buds.

I love, love, love the old fashioned kewpie dolls and the face on the little one on the end just really cracks me up!   Here’s a link if you’re interested in reading the “story” of kewpie dolls.

So, don’t forget to stop over at the Copic Creations challenge blog to check out all the amazing prizes being given away!!   You won’t want to miss this one!!

(details on this card to be added later … sorry about that!) 

Copic Creations ~ Yellow

Time for a new Copic Creations challenge!    We’re featuring one of the most neglected Copic colors – YELLOW.    Our sponsor this week is the awesome Paper Makeup Stamps – owned by Katie Cotton of the Copic Creations DT.

This adorable little fairy from PMS is called Celest.    I thought the matching sentiment would make a perfect graduation card … tis the season!

I hope you can join us for this challenge.    All the details and the amazing YELLOW creations from the Design Team can be found on the Copic Creations challenge blog.

Happy Sunday!


  • PMS ~ Celest Fairy
  • PTI – stampers select cardstock
  • Reminisce ~ Space Monkeys (back)  DP
  • Distress Inks ~ Chipped Saphire, Mustard Seed
  • Miscellaneous gold cord
  • Pop Dots
  • Copics Used:  
  • Hair – E50;  YR24, 31
  • Skin – E000, 00, 11, 13;  R20, 30
  • Moon – Y000, 00, 08, 11, 13;  T0, 1, 3
  • Wings – Y11, 17, 26, 28
  • Dress – T0, 1, 3, 5

Copic Creations ~ Sky/Clouds

Happy May Day!    Hopefully, this means the weather will START to be a little warmer!!    🙂

We’ve got a new challenge today at the Copic Creations blog ~ coloring SKY/CLOUDS with your Copic markers.   You’ll find lots of great tutorials to help . . . AND, our sponsor is Lili of the Valley ~ home to some of THE cutest images around.

This little cutie from Lili of the Valley is called Lazy Afternoon.   I thought he might work well as a Father’s Day card … a little early!

Here’s a quick closeup of the computer generated sentiment:

I hope you can hop over to the Copic Creations blog to take a peek at the ADORABLE cards from the DT … all made with images from LOTV.

Thanks for stopping in today.   I hope you’re having a great weekend.


  • Lili of the Valley ~  Lazy Afternoon
  • PTI – stampers select cardstock
  • Memory Box ~ Poppyfinch & Basic Grey ~ Marjolaine DP
  • Computer generated sentiment
  • My Minds Eye ~ brad
  • Pop Dots
  • Copics Used:  
  • Sky/Clouds – BG000, 01, 70;  C0, 1
  • Hair – E50, 53, 55
  • Skin – E000, 00, 11, 13;  R20, 30
  • Shorts – BG70, 72, 75
  • Shirt – YG01;  BG72
  • Socks – E50;  T1, 3
  • Shoes – E31, 33, 35, 37
  • Tree – E71, 74, 77, 79
  • Grass – YG11, 63, 91, 93
  • Newspaper – E81;  T1, 3, 5
  • Outlining – T1, 3, 5

Copic Creations ~ We’ve got the BLUES!


Hello my long lost friends!    It seems like ages since I’ve posted.    Actually …  it HAS been ages!!    I’ve really missed you all.   

This card is for today’s  Copic Creations challenge  ~ Copic coloring of 

. . .  BLUES  . . .

     I think between the Bs, BGs and BVs there are more blue toned colors than any other in the Copic family.   If you’d like to see the always amazing Design Team’s favorite blue combos, be sure to pop over to the challenge blog.   You’ll definitely be inspired!

Our sponsor this week is the one and only Sugar Nellie!!    I seriously LOVE, love, love these images from the Simply Adorable collection, now available as DIGITAL images from Sugar Nellie 

And, after packing ALLLLL my craft supplies last week …  believe me, digis are SOOOOOOOO much easier to pack!   LOL  



This “simply adorable”  little girl is a Sugar Nellie Simply Adorable digi image called Connie.   She truly was a pleasure to color ~  I love images like this where the artist supplies lots of shading lines which really makes coloring them a JOY!     

***Edited to add:    The lovely background image is called Daffodil Dell  ~  a digi image from Make It Crafty!!

I hope you’ll join us for this challenge by including some BLUE Copic colors in your card ~  YOU could be the lucky winner of FOUR stamps from Sugar Nellie!!    All the details can be found HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today!    Saturday is “moving day”!!


Copic Creations ~ Complementary Colors


Hello!    Happy March 1st … hoping your day “came in like a lamb”!   

We’ve got a new challenge for you today at the Copic Creations Challenge blog.    Since the past two challenges have been Cool and Warm Colors, we thought it would be fun to combine the two, using Complementary Colors.    Complementary colors are found on the opposite sides of the color wheel.



Our sponsor this week is Crafts and Me – they have some of THE most gorgeous digital images around!   One lucky winner will receive their choice of FOUR digis!!     For my card, I’ve used their image called Forever Rose 




I love her … eye!    (that just doesn’t sound right.)  lol     She’s been colored using E70s and B90s  (see below for specific list).    The papers are from the GCD Studios Ella Blue 8×8 collection pack and the sentiment is computer generated.    I think I’ll give this to the girl who cuts my hair since I’m definitely blue without her!  

I hope you will join us for this challenge.   All the details and the GORGEOUS creations from the Design Team can be found HERE.

MOVING UPDATE:    We had FIVE pods delivered this weekend – now lining our driveway!    I know the neighbors are loving us right now.   They couldn’t be any brighter …  I’d say they’re a Copic YR08!   



CORRECTION:    In my last post, due to my crazy schedule right now, I neglected to add the card supply list.   Since a few have asked, here are those details for this card …


 SUPPLIES USED (for Stamping Bella card):

  • Stamping BellaHuggyBellas  (SOON to be added at 7 Kids College Fund!)
  • PTI cardstock
  • Computer generated sentiment
  • My Mind’s Eye ~ Fine and Dandy collection DP
  • Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Labels Four
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur 
  • EK Success leaf punch
  • Target $1 section ~ teeny, tiny flower punch
  • Miscellaneous brad, primas & ribbons
  • Pop Dots
  • Copics:   BG000, 72, 75;  RV34;  R20, 30;  YR23, 24, 31;  E000, 00, 02, 11, 13, 18, 30;  G12


Thanks for stopping by today!  

 SUPPLIES USED (for current card):

  • Crafts and Me ~ Forever Rose
  • PTI cardstock
  • Computer generated sentiment
  • GCD Studios ~ Ella Blue 8×8 collection pack DP
  • Smooch ~ illuminate
  • Martha Stewart twine
  • Miscellaneous silver clips 
  • Pop Dots
  • Copics:   E71, 74, 77, 79;   B91, 93, 95, 97;  BG000, 96;  E000, 00, 11, 13;   R20, 30, 43;  T1, 3, 5, 7

Copic Creations ~ WARM colors


How cute is this little cheerleader!?    She’s from our sponsor over at the Copic Creations challenge blog this week ~ Bugaboo Stamps.   Our challenge is to use WARM colors for your Copic creation.


I chose this image (Bugaboo Brats ~ Cheerleader Girl) a few weeks ago, not knowing at the time how appropriate she would be for me today!  

Some of you may know that our house has been on the market … for a VERY long time!!!     I’m happy to say that after numerous negotiations last week our house is officially SOLD!!     I feel like getting out the pom poms and really cheering!!   😀

Smiley from

AND, we’ve found an awesome new house that we LOVE, love, love!    YAY!  

The crazy part is, after all this time with no action, both houses close in March!    Eeek.   It’s a little overwhelming right now trying to work out all the details … ours closes on March 21st, and we just found out yesterday that the new one won’t close until March 31st!    So we’ll be homeless for TEN days – along with our two cats!   hmmm…  gotta work on that!  

But, back to the Copic Creations challenge!   Here’s the full card showing me with my pom poms!!



 I hope you can join us for this challenge.   All the details and the amazing samples from the mega talented Design Team can be found at the Copic Creations challenge blog

Not sure of my schedule for the next few weeks (months??!), due to our big move!   But, I hope to pop in with updates occasionally.


Copic Creations ~ We’re Cool! (And blog candy winner … finally!)



We’ve got a new challenge for you today at the Copic Creations blog ~ COOL colors.   We’ve included lots of information on how to determine if a color is either Warm or COOL, including charts and links.     AND, we have a wonderful sponsor this week . . . the awesome Lili of the Valley!    They really have some of THE cutest images around.



This cutie is from the LOTV fairies collection  ~  On Tiptoe .    I thought she would be perfect for a SPRINGTIME card!   I seriously can’t wait for spring to arrive … it’s been another long winter this year.    [Updated to add:   We’re expecting 10-15 inches of snow through tomorrow in good old Wisconsin  ….   Calgon take me away!]    

I’ve added some clouds in the background using this fun technique I found from Gina K. on the awesome Stamp TV.

The papers and sentiment are from the Graphic 45  Once Upon a Springtime 8×8 paper pad.  

If you love LOTV images, be sure to stop over at the Copic Creations blog to see all the amazing projects from the DT.    I hope you can join us for our COOL challenge!  

I REALLY have to apologize for being LATE in picking a winner for my blog candy!   OMGosh, I can’t believe it, but I thought I had set the date for 2/1!   I’m sooo fired!   🙂   

 Without further ado …   the winner, picked using, is 

Rach of  The Paper Crafting Place

Thank you EVERYONE for your wonderful wishes!   Congrats Rach ~  I’ll be sure to have your gift certificate to you later today!





Copic Creations Challenge ~ What’s New?!


Now how could you resist a face like that!?     This adorable little lion ~ Lenny, is from Prairie Fairy Designs, our sponsor for today’s Copic Creations challenge.    What’s New?!     Not necessarily a copic challenge, just a fun one to start the new year off!     We’d love to see anything new from you – Copic markers, embellishments, papers, or techniques.



Believe it or not, with all the digi images I use on my cardz, this is my first time using digi papers!    And, I love em!   These two that I’ve used today are from Scrappin Doodles.   The set I’ve used is called Jungle Backgrounds.    The sentiment, which seemed perfect for this adorable face, is computer generated.

I hope you have time to take a peek at the absolutely gorgeous cardz from the Copic Creations DT using more adorable images from Prairie Fairy Designs.

Thanks for stopping in today!

Copic Creations Challenge ~ Sparkle!


Can you believe that December is half over and there are only TEN more days til you know what!?!   

We’ve got a fun challenge for you today at Copic Creations, perfect for this holiday season.    We want to see your Sparkly, shiny, glittery creations!    

And, we’ve got another awesome sponsor this week ~ Just Rite Stampers.    I think I’ve found a new love.   🙂    It’s my first time using these stamps and I love em!     This gorgeous poinsettia image is from the Hearts Come Home collection at Just Rite.



Lots of cutting on this!   Each flower layer was colored with Copics, cut out and heat embossed with clear EP!    They’re REALLY sparkly!     The DP is from the Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses collection. 



This is another quickie card I made using this same set from Just Rite ~ Hearts Come Home.   All the sparkle has been added using Copic atyou Spica glitter pens.



Sooooo if you’ve never tried the Copic Spica glitter pens, we’ve got a surprise for you at the Copic Creations blog.  To help add some sparkle to both your cardz and holidays, we have a GREAT prize package this week.   All the details can be found HERE.    While you’re there, be sure to check out the awesome samples from the always inspiring DT.

Exciting Newz to share ~ plus Copic Creations & All That Scraps Challenges

Some exciting newz to  share!!   I was soooo excited to have been asked by the Editor of Scrap Magazine if they could use one of my Phindy’s Place Christmas Cuties cardz in their Holiday magazine edition being released today!!   

If you haven’t heard of it, it is an online scrapbooking magazine, five years running, with over a million hits a month!   I hope you have a minute to take a peek!     😀 

And what great timing by WordPress to add the falling snow today!  

All the details on this card can be found in the Magazine here



Copic Creations Challenge:



Happy Wednesday and December 1st!!   Can you believe it?!    Time is flying by.    We have a great challenge this week at the Copic Creations blog . . . one that I think many struggle with ~ LIGHT SOURCE – where light hits and creates shadows.    And, we have an awesome sponsor, one of my most favorite!   Whimsy Stamps ~ with a couple of awesome prizes!!    Better check it out HERE.



I totally fell in LOVE with this adorable image illustrated by the awesome Crissy Armstrong for Whimsy.   It’s called Touched by Love and is a brand new image being released today!    I added the star, hoping to make my “light source” a little more pronounced.    

I hope you can pop over to the Copic Creations Challenge blog to take a peek at the other Whimsy images showcased by the always amazing Copic Creations Design Team!    They’re the best!!  

All That Scraps Challenge:



Nope, our challenge this week is NOT sparkle!   But boy did I go a little overboard with the sparkle on this one!!   Eeek.   The actual challenge this week at All That Scraps is SNOWFLAKES.     This gorgeous image from the awesome Amy Young is another brand new release for the month of December at All That Scraps.  



Be sure to pop over to the All That Scraps Challenge blog to see all the SNOWFLAKE samples from the DT – I know you’ll be inspired to join us!

Thanks for stopping by today.



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Copic Creations Challenge ~ Shading & Paper Piecing


Monday already?!    The weather has been rather rainy and chilly these past few days, and adding Monday morning to that mix certainly does not make for an appealing day.   But, to help you through it, we have a new challenge at Copic Creations.   It’s an often forgotten step when doing paper piecing for your cardz and projects ~ Shading of your paper pieces.  

Our sponsor this week is Tickled Pink Stamps.  Each DT member was given one of the digi Lil Lolita or Lil Lad images.   This one is called Lil Lolita – Ivy.   I really LOVE paper piecing, so this challenge was right up my alley!



These fun papers are from Yellow Bicycle ~ Love Letters ~ I really wanted to use something with pink and gray for this cutie.     The main paper piecing was done with the pink DP.   I’ve used my T1, 3 & 5 markers to add the shading.  

{BIG yawn}   I won’t tell you what time it is right now as I’m typing this post, but MOST people have been asleep for a long time ~ So I have to cut this short and come back later in the day to add the supplies I’ve used for this card.   If you’re interested,  I hope you can stop back.    Thanks for understanding.

In the meantime, you really MUST hop over the Copic Creations Challenge blog to see the AWESOME cardz from the DT – pure gorgeousness!!    🙂