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!


Sundays With Crissy ~ Ribbons


Well, if you’ve stopped by earlier you know this is my third challenge card for today!  (If you’re looking for my 7 Kids College Fund card, it’s HERE, and if you’re looking for my All That Scraps card, it’s HERE

This gorgeous horse is for the new challenge at Sundays With Crissy  ~ Ribbons.

(Don’t worry,  it’s really not Sunday – Crissy’s challenge is now held on a monthly basis and each DT member is responsible for a particular day each month.   Today’s my day!) 

 I was so excited to have the opportunity to color Crissy’s newest carousel horse ~ Dance of Love.   And, yes ~ I do love him!   🙂   

As you can see, I’ve wrapped some narrow pink (REALLY bright!) ribbon around the pole and tied a double-looped bow for the top for our RIBBON challenge this month.
My post is a little late today since I saw the tutorial this morning at Splitcoast Stampers on a Sliding Pop-Up card and thought it would be perfect for this image!

 This is how the card appears folded  ~ 




and then when you pull the brown tab at the bottom,  you see this   . . .



Gorgeous Mr. Dance of Love in all his splendor!    
Here’s another photo with a different angle:
And finally, here’s a closeup of the sentiment sticker from Basic Grey’s Bittersweet collection:
Yep, LOVE is all you need!    🙂

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! You may now use images from any company and still be included in the draw for the blog candy prize! Be sure to upload your creation to Crissy’s blog post HERE!!

Thanks for stopping in today AGAIN!   🙂



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 Street.com 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 ScrapStreet.com 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.



Copic Creations 

All That Scraps

Sundays With Crissy ~ Red, Green & Gold


Don’t worry, it’s NOT Sunday yet!   The Sundays With Crissy challenge blog is now held on a monthly basis, and each DT member has an assigned day each month to post their card for that month’s challenge  ~  My day is the 19th!

This ADORABLE Little Christmas Angel by Crissy Armtrong for Whimsy Stamps is brand new this month and I just love her.  She’s a digi image and available for immediate download.



The DP is called Holiday Traditions by K&Co and actually shows bits and pieces of several recipes!   Since I thought the holly sprigs would match the holly in her hair and the colors were perfect for this challenge ~  I HAD to use it!   I was able to align her perfectly to avoid including any recipes!   yay.

I love the little bird she is holding.  To coordinate him with our theme, I’ve colored him to look somewhat like a baby cardinal.   The angel wings were embossed in my Cuttlebug and I then added a small amount of gold glitter.

So, I hope you will join us for this challenge.   All the details can be found at the Sundays With Crissy challenge blog.  We’ve got a great prize this month and you have until November 30th to join in.

Thank you for stopping by today!    I hope you have a wonderful weekend.


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!


Grandma’s Little Princess! :)


Yay!   I finally had the opportunity to color my granddaughter Anna’s image by Crissy Armstrong for Whimsy Stamps!    I can’t even tell you how much I enjoyed this one!   🙂     For those you may have missed proud grandma’s post about this image – here’s a picture that Crissy used to make Anna into a stamp . . .



It was hard to find some pretty Halloween paper – unfortunately all I had “in stock” was this raspberry colored DP from heidi grace designs called Halloween Tinsel Shimmer Foiled paper ~ So, I of course had to change the color of her dress to match!



This extremely cute brand new digi image is now available at Whimsy Stamps.   As I mentioned the other day, I’d LOVE to see your card if you happen to purchase the stamp and make a card.   

We’ve had some chilly fall weather here in Wisconsin the past few days, so I had to share this photo of the last (sniff, sniff) of the hydrangeas from the garden.  I was happy to have rescued them before the frost hit!   Now if you’re like me and a true Copic addict, you’ll see all the beautiful BVs here . . .   lol



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


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!


EXTRA Special New Image!!


Have you heard the news????!!    

My gorgeous grandaughter, Anna, is now a stamp!    😀   

Yep!   Awhile ago I made a card for Anna (here) and Crissy Armstrong fell in love with her photo!    She took the photo and turned it into a brand new Halloween image for Whimsy Stamps!!    How cool is that??    

Needless to say, I was beyond thrilled to see this ADORABLE image, now available as a digi stamp over at Whimsy!!    I HIGHLY recommend your purchase of this cutie!     (Noo, I’m not biased at all!)   


I guarantee you will be seeing a card using this adorable new image VERY soon!   

If anyone does purchase the stamp and make a card … I’d LOVE to see it – PLEASE be sure to send me a link!


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!!!   

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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Sundays with Crissy ~ Christmas in July


Hello!   I hope you are having a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.  This week at  Sundays with Crissy we are celebrating Christmas in July!        

This adorable little girl is available as a digi image from Wags ‘n Whiskers, illustrated by Crissy Armstrong and titled Sweet Danni and Bella.   She seems to have a vintage feel, in my opinion ~ so, I tried to distress the card to match with inks and my distresser tool.   Did you notice the REAL ribbon and bow on her dress?   Yup, I have way too much fun with these images!!  LOL



I know it’s a little hard to think about Christmas cards in the middle of July when the temps outside are soaring . . .  but if you take a peek at the always amazing creations from Crissy’s Crew at the Sundays with Crissy challenge blog,  I know you’ll be blown away and definitely in the spirit of Christmas!    As I always say, I feel very honored to be working with such a SUPER talented group of ladies.   This challenge will run through August 14th, so you have plenty of time to join.   And, our sponsor is the awesome Whimsy Stamps!


Happy Sunday!


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Sundays With Crissy ~ Monochrome


Happpy Sunday and Happy Father’s Day!    I hope you’re having a great day.   It’s time for a new challenge at Sundays With Crissy.   This week we’re covering Monochrome cards ~  I’ll bet you’ll NEVER guess who suggested this challenge!???   🙂     Yep, it is my favorite.    This awesome image, illustrated by Crissy Armstrong, called Daddy’s Heartbeat, is available as a digi image from Whimsy Stamps.   I thought it was a perfect stamp for Father’s Day.



I’ve added a bit of color this time – a slight pink (E04) to their lips and cheeks and the flower on the little girl’s hat …. ohh, and of course her finger nails too!   The Copic markers I used  (E70s) seem to have a somewhat natural pink/reddish tone to them, so it was very easy to incorporate some color without it being too harsh.    You can find the colors used at the end of this post. 

The DP is from the Basic Grey cappella 6×6 paper pad … I really LOVE these papers!    I added a small bow using some brown crinkled ribbon from my stash, and attached a small heart charm.  

The sentiment is also a digi.   It is part of a set of sentiments and word art designed especially to coordinate with this image by Rainbow Echo Designs for Whimsy Stamps, called Daddy’s Heartbeat Sentiments ~  Although they are all appropriate for LOTS of others images and cards.   

I’ve used Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Six dies for the sentiment.   The main image has been cut with the Petite Ovals Large dies.    The pearls in each corner were colored with an E70 Copic marker and the brown swirls on the center of the card were cut with an EK Success punch.

I hope you can stop over at the Sundays With Crissy blog to see the always amazing creations from the talented ladies on Crissy’s Crew ~ You won’t be disappointed.    We’ve decided with everyone’s busy schedules during the summer to run this challenge for four weeks.   It will run until July 18th ~  So you will have plenty of time to join us for this really fun challenge!   To sweeten the deal, Crissy will be having TWO PRIZES!!


Copics Used:   E04, 70, 71, 74, 79

Sundays with Crissy ~ Relish to Embellish


Good morning!   I hope you are having a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.  It’s time for a new challenge at Sundays with Crissy, yay!    This time our challenge is titled Relish to Embellish.   I love that Crissy always puts a poetic twist to her challenges.    I definitely had fun with this one … once you get started, there’s no stopping!   

This gorgeous image is called He loves me and is available as a digi image from Wags ‘n Whiskers, beautifully illustrated of course by Crissy Armstrong.   



The DP used is from the Basic Grey green at heart 6×6 paper pad  and the sentiment is computer generated using the Scriptina font from dafont.com.    As for embellishments, here’s my list!    The flowers are pre-made from K&Co – I added the centers using circles cut from the dp and painted the center petals with Smooch paint in moonlight (one of my favorite embellies);   The flowers on the digi image are also painted with moonlight Smooch;  I’ve used some Diamond Stickles around all the edges of the rust colored cardstock for a look of glittered paper;  Added some white Zva Creative self-adhesive pearls and a polka-dot orange ribbon from my stash.    I think that’s it!

I hope you will join us for this challenge – EVERYone loves to add embellishments to their cards . . . primas, ribbons, glitter, buttons, brads, any and everything!    And, don’t forget, you have TWO weeks to complete your project.   For some AMAZING inspiration on this challenge, you MUST stop over at the Sundays with Crissy challenge blog.  I know you’ll be blown away by the DT samples!   I feel so honored to be working with such a SUPER talented group of ladies.   


On a side note, have you heard about the new service being offered by Ann Vento of Raindrop Echo Designs through Whimsy Stamps?  

Custom Watermarks and Signatures!   

There is an awesome selection available with a VERY quick turnaround!    All the details can be found here


Thank you for visiting today.    Hope you can stop back for a new House Mouse Monday tomorrow, along with the announcement of the winners from our blog hop.


Copics Used:   R20, 30, 35, 43;  YR12, 14, 18;  Y17;  G21, 24, 29, 83, 94;  BG000, 01, 02;  BV23;  E000, 00, 09, 11, 29, 31, 37, 50, 51, 53, 97;  W00, 3, 8; T1, 3, 5

For Jayme . . .


As you may have heard, my friend – Lisa Cook, who I am lucky enough to work with on both the House Mouse & Friends Challenge and Sundays with Crissy design teams, has asked for cards for her sister, Jayme.   Tragically, Jayme has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.   Jayme loves and collects frogs, so Lisa thought some funny frog cards might help cheer her up.  

This toad-aly cute frog, called  Beach Baby Jayme, has been designed specifically for this task by the one and only, so very kind ~  Crissy Armstrong!   The image is available at Whimsy Stamps.   AND, believe it or not, it’s being offered at NO CHARGE!!    You can download the image HERE.  



Lisa has been kind enough to gather some great blog candy from several SUPER companies ~ all you have to do to be eligible for a chance to win,  is make a card for Jayme!    All the details and Jayme’s mailing address can be found on Lisa’s blog.

Quick details on this card . . .  The DP is from the brand new Cosmo Cricket mini deck ~ DeLovely.   (I LOVE  it!)    The pink felt flower ribbon is from Michaels and the sentiment is computer generated.   Beach Baby Jayme has been colored with Copics. 

I hope you can find some time to make a card for Jayme.    Thank you!


Copics Used:   RV02, 04, 06, 09, 13, 14;  YG00, 01, 03, 25, 93;  BG10, 11, 16, 34;  E30, 31, 33, 35;  T1, 3, 5;  W1, 3 

Sundays with Crissy ~ Layers


Hello!    Thanks for stopping by today for a new challenge at Sundays with Crissy.   Our challenge this week is Layers ~ open to your own interpretation.   Another easy one for me since I usually layer my cards often, starting with cutting out the image and mounting it with dimensionals.     

For this card, I’ve used Crissy’s adorable Oswalda Goes Shopping from Squigglefly. I thought she would make a great card for soooo many occasions.    



The dp is from the Basic Grey cappella collection ~ I thought the flowers on the first mat paper matched Oswalda’s flower on her hat pretty well!    I used the Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight dies for this card, added some liquid pearls to her necklace and regular self-adhesive pearls in various spots on the card.  The ribbon and primas are from my stash.  

You MUST stop over at the Sundays with Crissy blog to see all the GORGEOUS creations from the Design Team ~ you’ll be amazed!    I hope you can join us for this challenge – all the details can be found HERE.   


Hope you enjoy what’s left of the weekend!     Tomorrow will be our FIRST-EVER Blog Hop for the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge ~ we have an amazing prize package up for grabs.   You can see a sneak peek HERE.


Copics Used:     E04, 70, 71, 74, 77, 79;   BG93, 96, 99;   Y17, 28;   R20, 30;  T1, 3, 5;  W1, 8