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.


NEW Basic Grey & Tilda!


Happy weekend!    I was so excited to receive the new Basic Grey papers ~ Olivia and Oliver that I just HAD to make a card!   This  brand new gorgeous Tilda was just waiting to see some ink too.    She’s called Tilda with Veil and she is part of the Magnolia Wedding Collection.    All these adorable stamps are available for pre-order at 7 Kids College Fund ~ You really should take a peek at the whole collection ~ they’re cuter than ever! 



As I mentioned I HAD to use these new GORGEOUS papers.   The paper for this card is from the Olivia 6×6 paper pad . . .  all I can say is VERY COOL paper!!    I love each sheet!    Both collections are now in stock and available at 7KCF.

My main mat has been cut with one of the new Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix dies called Movers & Shapers ~ Styled Labels ~ the perfect size for Tilda!   I also added some flourishes cut with another Tim Holtz die ~ Elegant Flourishes ~ using a coordinating green patterned paper also from Olivia.   Did you know these dies work with your Cuttlebug??   Yes, they do!   And, very easily too.

I had fun with this and used some white tulle for the veil on Tilda and across the center of the card, along with some velvet coral ribbon and flowers from my stash.   Tilda was colored with Copics, cut out and attached with dimensionals.   

Hope you’re having a GREAT weekend ~ it’s so hard to believe it’s the last weekend of June already!   Thanks for stopping by today.


Copics Used:    R000, 11, 20, 21, 22, 29 30, 35, 46;  YG03, 07, 25;  E000, 00, 11, 13, 33, 51, 53;  BV31;  W1, 3, 5;  T1, 3, 5

Copic Creations Challenge No. 25 ~ Flowers


Happy April 1st, a/k/a April Fools Day!    🙂    And, time for a new Copic Creations Challenge.  

As we begin our second year of challenges, we are starting out with an easy one – Coloring Flowers.   We thought it would be perfect with the arrival of Spring and our sponsor for this week – Paper Garden Projects.   They have a $25.00 Gift Certificate up for grabs to one lucky participant – I hope you can join us!

For my card this week, I used one of my all-time favorite stamps from the awesome Gina K. Designs, by Melanie Muenchinger ~ Arranged with love.   It comes with lots of different sentiments that fit perfectly in the box.   Since we needed a card for a friend of the family who received some discouraging health news recently, I thought this one would work well.



The Flowers and leaves were colored with Copics, cut out and attached separately to a second stamped image on a light blue-green piece of dp to match the printed dp, both from the new Basic Grey Kioshi 6×6 pad.   I colored the roses yellow since this color is supposed to signify care and concern.

You HAVE to hop over to the Copic Creations Challenge blog to take a gander at the REALLY amazing flower cards from the VERY talented Design Team!   You definitely won’t be disappointed!   


I wanted to say a HUGE Thank you to everyone who left a comment on my last Copic Creations card!  I was blown away by all your soooooooo-very kind words and truly appreciate it!  They keep me motivated.   🙂

And so, I’m super excited to announce the winner of my Copic Creations One-Year Blogoversary give-away!   

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Cat Spicer of  Cat’s Craftivity Corner

Yay Cat!   You’ve won a $25.00 GC to 7 Kids College Fund and my card!  


Thanks for dropping by today!   I really hope you will join us for this new challenge!



Copics Used:   Y000, 00, 11, 13, 15, 18, 38;  YR00, 01, 12;  YG01, 11, 25;  G12, 21, 24, 82, 85, 94, 99;  RV00;  E04;  BV00;  T1, 3;  W0, 3

All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge ~ Easel Card


Time for a new challenge at All That Scraps.  Today, it’s one of  my favorite types of cards ~ Easel style.   If you haven’t tried one yet, the instructions which can be adjusted to any size card, can be found here.    

The image I used is Swiss Pixies Spring Birgitta from C.C. Designs.   Thought she would be perfect for another Easter card.   She’s been colored with Copics, cut out and attached the card front with dimensionals. 

I added some Smooch pearlized paint in moonlight to the flowers in her hair and on her dress.  I love this stuff for the small areas on an item that has been colored with Copics – it definitely covers over your Copic colors that aren’t supposed to be there!     Sometimes it’s hard NOT to get Copics on these areas, like the flowers in her hair, when you’re doing various shading.  So Smooch paint is my friend!   🙂

I also used a paper doily that I threaded a thin ribbon through.  I added some white Fun Flock to the bunny to make it look soft and furry and a small white puff for the tail.  



Here’s a quick side view of the Easel card style . . .



The dp is from the brand new Basic Grey 6×6 paper pad collection called Green at Heart.  I also used the Martha Stewart Spring Grass punch, which was also cut and embossed with my Spellbinders Nestabilities Circle die.   The sentiment, from Verses Rubber Stamps, was also cut out and embossed using a Spellbinders Nestabilities Scalloped Square die.  I added some white daisies from my stash and some self-adhesive pearls which were colored to match using Copics. 



I hope you can stop over at the All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge blog  to take a peek at all the awesome Easel cards from the always amazing Design Team.    And, I hope you will join us in this challenge ~ it’s really a fun technique!

Thanks for visiting ~ I hope you can stop back later this evening for a St. Paddy’s Day card I’ve made for the Waltzing Mouse Blog Hop.   A VERY Happy St. Paddy’s Day to everyone!


Copics Used:   R20, 21, 22, 24, 30, 32, 35;  RV00;  BV32;  E000, 00, 01, 11, 30, 31, 35, 43, 44, 47, 49, 53;  W0, 1, 3;  T1, 3, 5

Happy Birthday little Princess!


Okay, so I definitely have a NEW favorite Tilda!!    🙂    This absolutely adorable little cutie is the new Princess Tilda from the Wedding, Pirates & Fairy Tale collection, and I don’t think she could be any cuter!    But, what’s awesome for you is that she is AVAILABLE for pre-order at 7 Kids College Fund!!     You can find this cutie here  and the entire collection here.

I added LOTS of sparkle to her dress, with some of my other favorites –  Smooch Illuminate paint  and Stickles in sequins glitz.



The dp is from the new Basic Grey green at heart collection just in at 7 Kids College Fund!  They are both VERY cool!   🙂

Princess Tilda was colored with Copics, cut out and attached with dimensionals. The sentiment is computer-generated and matted onto a Spellbinders Shapeabilities fancy tags die cut shape.  I also added some sparkles to the flowers . . .



and added this sparkly little butterfly to match the butterflies on the dp . . .



I think that’s all the sparkles for this Princess Tilda! Thank you for visiting today – I appreciate it!    I hope you can stop back tomorrow for  …  yes, AGAIN – House Mouse Monday and Copic Creations new challenges!   🙂




Copics Used: V01, 05, 06; R000, 20, 21, 30, 81, 83, 85; Y11, 21; E000, 00, 11, 13, 40, 41, 42, 43, 97, 99; W0, 1, 3; T1, 3, 5

All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge ~ Use Newsprint or a Book Page


Time for my favorite challenge!   This week, we were to use newsprint or a book page on our card.   All I can say is CHALLENGE is the absolute correct term here.    I was really stumped … until I looked at the C.C. Designs images I had and saw this adorable Nurse Nora.   It all made perfect sense after that!   🙂    (TG!)

Here’s the full — VERY BRIGHT — card



Don’t ya just love her shiny red boots??!!  

I decided to make a card for someone (seems like EVERYONE at this time of year) who is suffering from a cold/flu bug.   I included an article from the internet on “How to Care for a Cold“.    The DP used is from the Basic Grey June Bug 6×6 paper pad ~ I thought the center print looked just like a warm, cozy quilt ~ Exactly what is needed when suffering from a cold or flu!

Here’s a closeup of a portion of the article …   I love the first item “Eat chicken soup“!   



TWO new items of interest!     Nurse Nora’s wings were painted with a new SMOOCH paint product.  You know I LOVE Smooch paint!    It’s called  Smooch Illuminate Pearlized Top Coat, and  YES, I love it!   It’s similar to shimmerz paint, but doesn’t leave that dark glitter appearance.   The glitter is an iridescent combo of pinks and greens – VERY cool IRL.     

AND, I’ve finally used my Nellie Snellen flower punches/embossers (?)  for this card!   Yes, I love them too!   🙂       Tab from 7KCF has just added this NEW set to the store, now up for preorder!

Be sure to take a peek at all the cards for this challenge from the awesome ATS Wednesday Challenge Design Team.    There is a prize up for grabs, if you join us — all the details can be found here.

Happy Wednesday …   we’re getting closer!


Copics Used:   R17, 20, 29, 30, 35, 89;  Y11, 21;  B60, 63;  E000, 00, 01, 11, 97, 99;  W1, 3;  T1, 3, 5

Skipping Stones Hop(e) for Haiti


Welcome to Skipping Stones Design’s Blog Hop(e) for Haiti.

If you just happened upon my blog today, you’ll want to go back to the beginning at Skipping Stones Design.  You should have come from Sharon Perry’s blog

As a company and Design Team, we wanted to do something to give back to the people who have been so devastated by the Haitian Earthquake.  So we thought what better way than to invite some of our favorite fabulous stampers to join us in this cause. 

Each card you see on the blog hop today will be auctioned on E-bay with all proceeds going to the Red Cross in support of the Haitian Relief Effort.  100% of the proceeds from the E-bay auction AND $2.00 from every stamp set purchased from Skipping Stones Design, February 16 – 22, will be donated to the Red Cross.   

We know that we can ALL make a difference. 

 I will definitely be keeping my chatter to a minimum today so you can hop to the next blog.   Since I feel so strongly about this cause and our obligation as human beings to do what we can to help, in addition to my card I’ve also put together a little prize which will also be auctioned off on E-bay.    I’ve included LOTS of photos to help convince you to make a bid!    🙂      [To save time, I’ve included the specific details on my card and extra project in the post after this.]

My card, using Skipping Stones’ Margarita Birthday set  . . .



A closeup of the YUMMY Margarita . . .



Side view of the Easel card design . . .



Inside sentiment . . .



The extra little project  ~  A gift pail filled with margarita essentials  . . .



The tag on the gift pail, also from the Margarita Birthday set  . . .



Contents of the gift pail (all included in the E-bay auction!)   Four mini Jose Cuervo bottles of Especial Tequila, 2 limes, 2 shot glasses, a salt shaker, salsa & chips   . . .



And one final photo of the complete set . . .



Soooo, how about a PRIZE for YOU?   In addition to the fabulous eye candy, we have decided to hide a prize somewhere along the hop!   There will also be a few pre-release sets up for grabs hidden along the blog hop.  The fun part is … we’re not telling you who it is!    So as you hop, be sure to leave comments on every post so you have a chance to win!!

 Thank you all for stopping by today for this GREAT cause!  Your next stop is Jen del Muro

Hop(e) for Haiti Project Details



Stamp set:    Skipping Stones Design Margarita Birthday

Inks:   Memento, tuxedo black; Distress Ink, brushed corduroy

Copics:   YG00, 01, 03, 23, 25;  T1, 3, 5;  W1, 3

Paper & Stickers:   Basic Grey Origins

Embellishments:   Vintage brads by Creative Charms; Super Fine Detail Clear EP; Diamond Glaze; Judikins ROX; Stampendous Clear 1 Gallon Tin Pail with Handle;  Misc. ribbons & floss.

Sketch:    By Belinda of Bleu Bella Paperie

Copic Creations Challenge – Feather Blending


February 1st ~   We’re definitely getting CLOSER to seeing tulips!     But, today it’s time for another Copic Creations Challenge.   Our challenge was to use Feather Blending with Copic markers.   We’ve included links to some great tutorials to help with this technique.   I really love feather blending, but had such a hard time doing it with this small of an image.   So the main feather blending is done on the tulips.  



To be very honest with you, the whole red and turquoise theme for this card started with that little tulip ribbon!    I’ve had it in my stash forever and really thought it would work well will this stamp.   The image is from a new Victoria Case collection recently released at Susana Custom Art and Card Design, our sponsor for this challenge.    Each DT member was given an image from the Aurora Collection for their card.   The sentiment for my card was computer generated.



I hope you can take a peek at all the adorable little pixies over at the CC blog.   While you’re there, be sure to check out the awesome prize package being awarded to one lucky participant!    

I was super excited because one of my all time favorite Copic masters, Linda Heavens, was able to join us for this challenge!    You really NEED to stop by her blog to see some of her amazing “works of art”!   

Thanks for stopping by today – Next up is House Mouse Monday!!     😀


Copics Used:   B60; Y11, 21;  YG01, 23, 67; BG10, 11, 13, 23, 75;  R000, 20, 22, 27, 29, 30, 35;  E000, 00, 01, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 29, 30, 31, 33, 37, 55, 97, 99;  W1, 3, 6

Friendship is the sweetest flower


I am such a big fan of Elisabeth Bell ~ if it were possible, I think I would buy every single stamp she’s produced!!   I was really excited to see her new stamps from Ladybug & Friends, now available and in stock at 7 Kids College Fund.    This one is called  Hello Sunshine 

I was able to follow this week’s Sketch Challenge, No. 265, from SCS ~ what a great sketch!



I’m afraid the sentiment is a little too large for this card, but I really wanted to use this from an older PTI set, called Green Thumb.   So I actually did a little tweaking of the Sketch to make room for the LARGE sentiment!  And to think,  I was just having a discussion yesterday about how I really have a hard time adding a lot of embellishments to my cards, I don’t like the “busy” look.   I think this one might fit into that category!   lol

The DP is from Basic Grey Origins collection.   The image was colored with Copics, cut out and attached with dimensionals.    Here’s a photo which I’m hoping you can see the layers a little better …


Be sure to check out ALL the new Elisabeth Bell images from Ladybug & Friends, I think I’ll take one of each!   🙂


Copics Used:   Y00, 02, 08, 11, 21;  R20, 22, 30;  YG00, 03;  G12, 14;  E000, 00, 01, 11, 31, 37, 39, 40, 42, 43, 50, 51, 53, 55, 57, 59, 97, 99;   W0, 1, 3, 5, 6, 8; T1, 3, 5


Skipping Stones Sketch Challenge


How’s that for some cool accessories?!  Black and gold shoe, purse and matching hat – all from Skipping Stones Design’s  newest stamp set ~ Well Behaved.   

I just LOVE this matching sentiment from the movie Steel Magnolias!    So true.   🙂



It’s Tuesday, and time for another Skipping Stones Sketch Challenge.   This week’s Sketch was designed once again by the VERY talented Amy Sheffer of Pickled Paper Design.



Here’s my card for this Sketch:



The DP used for my card is from the new Basic Grey Origins 6×6 pad.   The shoes and purse were heat embossed with Gold Super Fine Detail EP on some black glittered cardstock I had in my stash.  The hat was colored with Copics and I then attached a thin ribbon to the center.  Each accessory was then cut out and attached to the center die cut with dimensionals.   I used Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Nine for this shape.  

I do love this new set ~ Well Behaved ~ if you’re interested, apparently there were some mistakes in the original run of this set, so Heather will be selling them at a reduced rate.    All the details can be found on the Skipping St0nes Design blog.    While you’re there be sure to check out all the awesome cards for this week’s Sketch Challenge by the SSDT.  

Thanks for stopping in today ~ Hope you’re having a good week.




Copics Used:   Y00;  YR31:  W0, 1, 3

A Gorjuss Girl Amore!


So, this card is another try at the Sugarbowl Challenge!   Nope, didn’t win last time.  😦    But, maybe this time!    I’ll keep trying.    The challenge is to follow this awesome Sketch and to include some distressing.


I flipped the Sketch for my card  …


The DP is from the Basic Grey Sugar Rush collection, now in stock at 7 Kids College Fund.   I used Smooch paint in the color pumpkin to highlight the tiny hearts on her dress & boots and the one in her hair.   My distressing is done with Tim Holtz Distress ink in fired brick ~ I also used the Spellbinders Mega Nestabilites Large Deckled Rectangles for the background shape of the main image.


Speaking of Gojuss Girls, it was my twin granddaughters, Hailee & Jordynn’s seventh birthday this past weekend.   Since they LOVE the American Girl dolls, they spent the day at the American Girl Place in Chicago.   I had to share these pictures of their trip! 

Imagine the reactions of people seeing these two little cuties walking down Michigan Avenue (the Magic Mile) in downtown Chicago with their dolls and shopping bags!   🙂





Thanks for popping in today – Hope you’re having a great weekend!


Copics Used:   RV09, 19;  R000, 20, 30, 35;  E000, 00, 01, 11;  YR12, 14, 18; W0, 1, 3; C7, 10; T1, 3, 5

Sweet or Salty??



Which is YOUR favorite?   🙂    I’m definitely a “sweet” lover, although I must say, I do enjoy a good Margarita! 

I was recently asked by Heather, the super sweet owner and creator of Skipping Stones Design  if I would be interested in joining her design team!   After one peek at Heather’s hilarious stamps ~ How could I refuse?!   Skipping Stones’  Mission Statement is:  To help papercrafters share the gift of laughter one stamp at a time!    Sounds like my kind of place.   

So, these two cards are my first contribution to Skipping Stones Design’s weekly Tuesday Sketch challenge.   Yay.

The super talented Amy Sheffer of Picked Paper Design  is the Skipping Stones’ Guest Sketch Artist for the month of January and came up with this fun Sketch for today’s challenge …



Skipping Stones is also releasing a brand new stamp set today called Buns-n-Crunches.  You can see the entire set here and you can find out how the get this new release set FREE!!    

Here’s my card which includes the cinnamon bun and sentiments from this set:




So true!!  I know which is MY choice!   🙂

I had to make this card for an old friend, since it reminded me of the days MANY years ago, shortly after the birth of my youngest son when she and I joined WW and immediately after our meetings, we would go the mall and have Cinnabun!!    lol    I can still recall the smell as you walked into the food court at the mall!  

This “Cinnabun” was colored with Copics and heat embossed with clear EP, then cut out and attached with dimensionals.

I was so excited to use my new stamps from Skipping Stones, that I had to do another card.  This time using stamps from another set (one of my favorites) called Margarita Birthday




Now that’s MY idea of a perfect birthday drink!    🙂      I added some ice clear ROX from Judikins to both the rim of the glass and the salt shaker; I then added some Diamond Glaze on top of the Rox on the salt shaker.   The dp used is from the new Origins 6×6 paper pad.   The limes on the bottom row are stamped with another image from the Margarita Birthday set.  

I hope you’ll take a minute to check out all the fun stamps over at Skipping Stones Design, and the awesome DT cards for this Sketch Challenge!   I think you’ll LOVE what you see  – I know you’ll definitely have a laugh or two!    🙂    


Copics Used:   Cinnamon Roll:      E11, 13, 15, 17, 25, 30, 31, 34, 50, 51, 53: T1, 3, 5

Margarita:   YG00, 01, 05, 11, 17, 25;  T1, 3, 5

House Mouse Challenge ~ Faux Grid



Our challenge this week has been brought to us by the nicest lady around, Pat Rose, of the House Mouse Design Team.    Pat chose a faux grid for our challenge.   

Okay, ok so I thought she meant faux quilt ~  Sawrreeeeey!   lol  

This really was a definite CHALLENGE for me!   I was actually a  little upset that my background ended up looking like a quilt …  a nice, warm, cozy quilt – but nonetheless, still a QUILT!    At least I know my sister will love it!    (She makes REAL quilts … real warm, cozy, awesome quilts!)   

But, either way, don’t ya think these guys look too, too darn “cute“?!   They always manage to make me smile, no matter what craziness is going on in the world.  






So, you probably should check out the REAL faux grid cards over at the House Mouse Challenge blog!   I know you’ll be blown away by the totally amazingly talented HMDT!    And, I hope you can join us for this challenge.   

Each Mr. Mouse was colored with Copics, cut out and attached with dimensionals.  The DP used is from the Basic Grey Nook & Pantry 6×6 paper pad.   The double-sided ribbon is from BoBunny.

Thanks for visiting today ~ Hope your week is off to a great start!


Copics Used:   E00, 01, 11, 30, 31, 33, 50, 51, 53, 55, 70, 71, 74; R01, 20, 22

Copic Creations Challenge ~ Ethnic Skin Tones



Time for a new Copic Creations challenge ~ Ethnic Skin Tones.  

Our sponsor is a wonderful children’s book illustrator, who creates some amazingly detailed images ~ Philomena O’Neil.   Phindy is relatively new to the papercrafting world and we’re VERY excited to help showcase her images.   You can read all about her on the Copic Creations challenge blog.  Each CCDT member received one of her images for their card.

This little cutie is named For You.   She definitely reminds me of a typical little “helper” in the garden!



She was, of course, colored with Copics, cut out and mounted with dimensionals.  I used Distress broken china for the background highlighting.   The DP is from the Basic Grey lemonade collection.   Spellbinders Mega Nestability Labels Eight  was used to cut out the image background on this card.   The sentiment is from the PTI flower garden sentiments set.



I hope you can stop at the Copic Creations blog to take a peek at the AWESOME cards by the super talented Design Team ~ You won’t be disappointed!


Copics Used:   R30, 32, 81, 83, 85;  YG01, 03, 23, 25;  Y00, 08, 11, 15;  E11, 13, 15, 17, 18, 25, 31, 50, 51, 53;  W0, 1; C3, 5, 10;  T1, 3, 5