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!


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!






Merci Beaucoup!


Hello!   This adorable kitty is one of the Slapstick Stamps from Penny Black.  They really are my absolute favorite type of stamp to use when it comes to stamping out a perfect impression each and every time ~ I believe it’s because of the thick sponge backing on the red rubber.   7 Kids College Fund has several of the Slapstick Stamps in stock . . . take a peek!     



The stamp is called You are the Bestest and features my favorite chubby kitty from Penny Black.   I needed a thank you card and thought he was perfect.  Both the front and inside sentiment were computer generated, using the Scriptina font from dafont.com



Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you’re having a good week!


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2 Year Blogoversary!! Wooo Hooo!!





It’s so hard to believe that I have had this blog for TWO years!!    Wow, I guess it’s true  ~ time flies when you’re having fun!    🙂    It’s been such an amazing time here and I’ve met so many truly wonderful people!      

So, what’s a blogoversay without some blog candy??    I really want to do something special to thank you for your VERY generous support, patience and kindness throughout the past two years.   So many of you have not given up on me with my crazy life situations and seldom time to return your awesome and sooo inspiring comments!!   I wish I could give a little something to everyone!!  

 Without further ado, I’d like to give one of you a . . .

$50.00 Gift Certificate to 7 Kids College Fund!!



All I ask is that you add your name and blog address to the Mister Linky at the end of this post, and if you could include a link on your blog to help spread the word, I’d love it!    

Don’t worry, if you don’t have a blog, just use my blog address

The winner will be announced in one week on August 3rd!!  

Ohhhh, and the winner will also receive this card ~ Details on the card can be found below.



Thanks again for all your amazing support and wonderful words – you always make my day!    🙂



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Happy Birthday Jessica!


It’s my DD’s (Quinn’s mommy!) birthday today!!    She’s a purple-aholic just like me, so I was excited to make this gift set for her special day.   

Just Us Girls is having a Template Week challenge and I felt like a kid in a candy store looking through the awesome selection of templates from Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs, the sponsor for this challenge!!   Wow, you really must take a peek ~ I will definitely be back to this site again!  

Plus, I was blown away by the samples from the JUGs Design Team . . . each one is just gorgeous!     I’ve used the  Hexagon Box Templates for my project.



And topped them off with a yummy teal and lilac Prima flower.


The matching card is made using an adorable stamp from the Betsy Bluebell set from Penny Black, now available at 7 Kids College Fund.  I used scrap pieces of patterned paper leftover from the boxes for this card  . . .



So, here’s wishing my all-grown up with three gorgeous children of her own, daughter a VERY happy and special birthday today!        Surprise!!      🙂   

Smiley from millan.net



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Tweet Talk


Hello everyone!   Isn’t she just such a cutie!??     The saying “chunky monkey” keeps popping into my head when I see this image!  lol     It’s a new slapstick stamp  (my favorite type of stamp for a clean sharp impression every time!)   from Penny Black ~ Tweet Talk.   She’s IN STOCK and available at 7 Kids College Fund!   



She’s been colored with Copics, cut out and popped up with dimensionals onto a Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Big Scalopped Oval die cut and matted with a Small Petite Oval.   The lovely DP is from the Cosmo Cricket DeLovely mini deck – just gorgeous paper in gorgeous colors!!   The sentiment is from Impression Obsession and the pink felt flower ribbon is from Michaels – I added some yellow brads to the center of each flower.

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


Copics Used:   BG000, 01, 02, 05, 07, 10, 11;  Y11, 13, 17, 19, 21, 23, 28;  RV06, 09;  R11, 20, 30;  E000, 00, 01, 30, 31, 35, 51, 53, 97, 99;  YR14;  W0, 1, 3;  T1, 3, 5

Blessings of Christmas



Sooooo, have I mentioned lately how much I love these new Penny Black  stamps??!!   NO?   Well, I love em a lot!   If you’ve been following for the past few days, this is my third image from the awesome new Penny Black holiday images  now available at 7 Kids College Fund.   I just love each one more than the last.   This one is called Celestial Heart.




I found this sentiment on the internet and thought it was pretty appropriate for this card.  I actually would love to use this for our Christmas cards this year, just wish it were February or March so I could spend enough time on them!!   Oh well, I might have to tailor this one down since it took quite awhile for me to finish it!   I think the worst part was that I had decided to do lots of layers with the image, not realizing that there are three little hearts that hang down off the trumpet.   And when I say little, I mean REALLY little!   I was pretty proud that I actually got them colored, cut out and attached to some nylon iridescent string I had!!   I won’t tell you how long THAT took!

Here’s a picture to show you the actual layers …  I believe this is an EIGHT layer card!!   Is that a record??    🙂




This is the very first card I have ever done where the edges have been distressed!   It was actually lot of fun ~  Although I think I may go out and buy a distressing tool … my fingernail is still sore!  

I even made my own glitter buttons ~ just added some Star Dust Stickles to the back of a transparent button – pretty cool!   The sentiment is computer generated.



I think I’ll give you a break from the Penny Black stamps for awhile!    Well  …  maybe just one more!  🙂    Thanks for stopping in today!


Copics Used:   E000, 00, 04, 07, 08, 09, 11, 50, 51, 53; R11, 20, 39; Y15, 28, 38; RV29; W0, 1, 3, 4, 5, 6

Sweet Nativity



I think I used every single Copic marker I have to color this image!!    LOTS of colors ~please see list at the end of this post.   Thank goodness I am able to get my Copics from 7 Kids College Fund  since they have the best prices and selection around!    

This is another from the brand new holiday collection from Penny Black, called SWEET NATIVITY.   My favorite part of this particular image is the adorable faces of the animals peeking their heads out on each side of the image!    

I also can’t tell you enough how impressed I am with this new stamp form they’ve come up with.  It’s called Slapstick ~ if you’re interested, you can read about it on my post from a few days ago – here




In case I haven’t mentioned it ~ I just LOVE ALL these new images from Penny Black!!   You can take a peek at the entire collection at 7 Kids.   I also love this dp from Karen Foster Design, called Christmas Ribbons ~ I really love the rich dark colors and tried to color my image to match. 

I, of course, HAD to add some Stickles – in Golden Rod on the star and the star rays in the background.  No Christmas card is complete without some glitter!   I tied some gold metallic string to the side of the card and attached a wooden heart I had in my stash.  

Thanks for stopping today ~  Hope you have a great week!


Copics Used:   LOTS!!   E000, 00, 01, 11, 25, 27, 29, 30, 31, 33, 37, 40, 41, 43, 44, 50, 51, 53; R000, 11, 14, 20, 39, 46, 59; YR21, 23, 24, 31; YG25, 91, 93, 97; G82, 94, 99; W0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; N1, 3, 5; Y17, 28; V06, 09; B01, 02

A Special Delivery!



Guess what I received in the mail today!!??    Happy Mail!    🙂    You may recall a few days ago that I was VERY excited about the new Penny Black holiday stamps??   You can find my post here, in case you missed it.   Needless to say, my stamps arrived today!  

I have to tell you these are really awesome stamps ~ they’re called slapstick stamps.  They are deeply etched red rubber mounted to EZ Mount that has been stamped with the image, which works out great to be able to line up your image.   I really love this new stamp format ~ a great impression on my first try too!




This adorable little girl is called Winter Swing.  I love all the little holiday accessories she’s wearing ~ so typical of little girls at this age.  

The dp used is from a company called ADORNit, Holly Jolly Collection – Shouting Stars (appropriate name!).  I added some Golden Rod Stickles to all the stars.   The ribbon is from my very generous friend America – it was originally red and white stripped, but I used my Y11 Pale Yellow Copic marker to change the white to yellow!   It works really well, AND it also helps to make the ribbon a little stiffer and easier to tie into a bow.  

I know today is Halloween, but I just couldn’t wait to ink up this cutie pie!   I do have a Tilda Halloween card and treat bag today on My Magnolias blog, if you’d like to take a peek!  



Thanks for visiting ~ Hope you have a safe holiday today!   

Hugz ~ Mary


Copics Used:  YR20, 21, 23, 24, 31; Y00, 11, 15, 17, 38; R000, 11, 20, 29, 46; RV25, 29; YG01, 03, 17; G12; E000, 00, 11, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 39, 40, 42, 43, 44, 47, 51

ADORABLE New Penny Black Stamps!!

You HAVE to check out these brand new totally ADORABLE holiday stamps from Penny Black!!    They are available NOW at 7 Kids College Fund!



Penny Black has always been one of my favorite stamp companies for coloring with Copics, and the detail on these stamps is amazing!    Hope you can take a peek  ….   HERE!

There are LOTS more and each one is cuter than the last!  Better get em before they’re gone!!    🙂    I’m hoping to receive my order VERY soon!

Eat, Drink & Be Scary!! :)



How’s this  for one scary cat!?   This cutie is from the Spooky!  stamp set from Penny Black.  I used one of the Large Octagon Spellbinders Nestabilities dies  and drew lines to look like a spider’s web and added LOTS of Shimmerz in Angel Wings.     

All these must-have “Halloween” supplies are available and in stock at

 7 Kids College Fund!!     🙂




I love this sentiment too!!   Thought it would make a great Halloween party invite … with Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, I imagine there will be LOTS of parties going on!    Hope you can make it!!



Thank you for dropping in and I hope you are having a Great weekend!  



I hope you dance … and, some Exciting News!!! :)


One of my favorite songs ever,  is I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack.   I, of course,  fell in love with this Penny Black stamp called – Ecarte, Splits, Pirouette!  I was singing the song the ENTIRE time I was working on this card …  and probably will continue to do so for days after.   😀




 To my amazement,    DSC_6852aI received an email one Saturday morning a few months ago from  Kathy Peterson of Lifetime TV  (!)     asking  if I would be willing to write an article about my love for cardmaking!!!   She had found my blog through the title   “My Cardz, My Passion  ….  My Therapy“.  

She and Barb Dehn, a RN, who also does some TV appearances, have collaborated and created a new website called CRAFT FOR HEALTH.      

After I picked my jaw up off the floor, I finally was able to write about my true love of cardmaking, especially coloring with Copics!   I’ve since been asked to be a monthly contributor to the website!!    

One of the points I tried to get across is the amazing friends I’ve made in this awesome blog world!


                                                   Today is the debut of my article!  


I really hope you can take a peek.   And, if YOU have a story to tell about how crafting has affected your life  …   I just happen to  know someone who would put a good word in for you at the Craft for Health site! 

I hope you have a minute to visit  Craft for Health, there are some truly amazing stories from people who have survived some life-changing events, only through their love of CRAFTING.    Some of my favorites are a man who paints on human hands/arms!  and “my divorce quilt”!      🙂

Thanks for your visit today.      I’ve included the lyrics to the “I Hope You Dance” song below in case you would like to sing along with me!  






I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat
But always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small
When you stand by the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me you’ll give faith a fighting chance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Living might mean taking chances
But they’re worth taking
Lovin’ might be a mistake
But it’s worth making
Don’t let some hell bent heart
Leave you bitter
When you come close to selling out
Give the heavens above
More than just a passing glance

Simple Joys! :)



Edited to add:   The SOOOO very nice Danni of  Danni’s Dreams  pointed out that my card today would work great for her Flutter By Wednesday Challenge  this week, which is to use little or no DP on your card.  Be sure to check out this challenge here!    (Thanks Danni!)

Well, this little guy certainly seems to be enjoying himself among the poppies and butterflies!  Don’t you wish you could spend some time like this?    🙂



I thought the sentiment from PTI was perfect for this little Penny Black hedgie stamp called Poppy Fields.  I cut out a second set of butterflies and attached them on top of the original image for a little bit of a dimensional look.  The ribbon is rather frilly in an attempt to try to match the deckled rectangle Spellbinders Nestability die used, but, I’m just not too sure about it!  The DP used is by Graphics 45 – my fav.  

Thanks for your visit today ~ I truly  appreciate it!


Ohhhhh….and guess who got happy mail from Sweden yesterday????      😀       Yay!!




Copics Used:   YR00, 14, 20, 23, 24, 31, 61, 65, 68;  YG03, 11, 25; R000, 20, 30; B000, 00; C1, 3, 7; V12; E000

Doing the Hedgy Shuffle in the “moonlight”!



Moonlight Ice Skating!?!


Yay!   I was once again able to join my favorite challenge  ~   Christmas Stampin’ All Year Long,  by the amazing Maria Bell!    I used the Penny Black stamp, Hedgy Shuffle for my card.  Added lots of Smooch moonlight  paint to give the affect of … yep,  moonlight!    I just love these little hedgehogs! 


Hedgy Shuffle

Hedgy Shuffle


The challenge this week is to decorate both the outside AND the inside of your card.    The inside of my card is obviously meant for someone very special during the Christmas winter season, but, it’s still a Christmas card – and I’m way ahead of my usual last minute “shuffle”!     🙂

Here’s the “inside” sentiment for my moonlight skating card:


Love you so!

Love you so!


All the details on this challenge can be found here, be sure to check out the awesome DT cardz.

Thanks for checking in today –  Tomorrow is another Copics Creations Challenge!    Hope you can stop back to take a peak!  


Copics Used:   R000, 20, 29, 30, 37, 39; C1, 3, 5, 7; E02, 40, 41, 42, 43, 50; G00, 05, 07,17; W1, 3, 4, 5

Penny Black, Hedgy Shuffle; Basic Grey Wassail DP