Phindy’s Place Challenge ~ Christmas in Summer


Happy Friday!   It’s so hard to believe it’s the LAST Friday in August already, where has the summer gone?!?  Soon enough, the above scene will be a reality here in Wisconsin!       

But today is Friday and that means a new challenge at Phindy’s Place.   This time we’re featuring Christmas in Summer.   

This adorable little ice skater is called Ice Dance and available at Phindy’s Place for immediate download!   I just love the happy expression on this cutie’s face ~  she seems to be having a ball!  Too, too cute!  



I thought it would be fun to find a font that had lots of loops to look as though it had been “skated” out.   This font is called Chopin Script from, and seemed to be perfect.    The nice part about using a familiar sentiment is that you don’t need to show it completely for your recipient to know what you mean!   🙂

As usual, all the details on this challenge can be found at the Phindy’s Place Challenge Blog.   Be sure to check out the awesome Christmas in Summer creations from the design team while you’re there!   You won’t be disappointed. 


hehehe, I was playing and thought this would be a fun image to frame with some frosty edging!    Considering we were  having a heat advisory here the day I did this, I thoroughly enjoyed it!  

Thanks for visiting today!   Have a great weekend!!


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All That Scraps Challenge ~ Crinkled Ribbon


Happy Wednesday!   Sorry for the lack of posts the past few days, we’re working on the next Magnolia Ink magazine . . . the Christmas edition ~ it’s sooo hard to be working on Christmas projects when it’s 90 degrees outside!   🙂     

Our challenge today at the All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge blog is to add some Crinkled Ribbon to your card or project.   This type of ribbon seems to be all the rage right now, especially on vintage and shabby chic projects.   

I googled Crinkled Ribbon and found lots of tutorials on how to dye and “crinkle” ribbon yourself.   Apparently, it works best with a rayon material ribbon generally used for seam binding.    Here’s one link if you’d like to take a peek  Crinkled Ribbon Tutorial.    But NO, I did NOT make my own … I cheated and used some rose ribbon from American Crafts that I HAD to have awhile ago, but hadn’t used yet!!      (Yes, I think the term “hoarder” is appropriate here!)  



For my card, I’ve used the adorable Rose Emma from the Take a Seat collection from C.C. Designs.   She’s actually sitting on a flourish(ey) stamped image from the Tim Holtz  Stampers Anonymous Nature’s Discovery set .

So, I hope you can join us for this challenge ~  all the details can be found on the All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge blog . . . while you’re there, I know you’ll be SUPER inspired by the always amazing projects from the Design Team!

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


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All That Scraps Challenge ~ Fruit!


Happy Wednesday!   Time for a new challenge at All That Scraps.   This week, we’d like to see some fruit on your card or project.   This was a definite first for me!   

I decided to go with the adorable new C.C. Designs set called Take a Seat ~ it’s brand new and includes a total of 12 images that are available in either rubber stamps or digi images.    This cutie is Pondering Emma  (with little cherries on her shirt) ~ the chair, photos and lamp are also from the same kit . . . perfect for Emma.   



Pondering Emma actually looked a little sad to me, so I thought a cheery (fruity!)  sentiment would be perfect!   This has obviously been computer generated!   lol

 I hope you can hop over to the All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge blog to see the always amazing projects from the super talented Design Team ~  I know you’ll be inspired to join us!  

It’s another double-post day today ~ we’re hosting our second challenge at 7 Kids College Fund, scheduled for 7:00 AM MT.    Hope you can stop back!


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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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Kenny K’s Crafty Girlz Challenge No. 4


Well, I just couldn’t resist joining this week’s challenge over at Kenny K’s!   It was the perfect excuse for me to do ANOTHER monochromatic card!!   The challenge is On the Dark Side – so I, of course, decided this should mean monochrome tones!   🙂



I’ve used one of the newest images from Kenny, called Devilish Donna!    This is obviously, another non-traditional Mary card ~  Once in awhile, I just like to switch gears a bit!    I really love coloring the eyes on these images … next time I promise to try one with colors!!   LOL   You really should take a look at the awesome cardz from the DT for this challenge – very talented ladies!    I’m posting this just in the nick of time too, the challenge officially closes today at 8:00 p.m.!   

Thanks for stopping in today ~ Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!


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Phindy’s Place Challenge ~ Birthday!


Isn’t that just the cutest face ever??   I love the new Summer Cuties  that Phindy has been releasing recently, each one is cuter than the last!    This one is appropriately named Squeezes.    Our challenge this week at Phindy’s Place is Birthday cards/projects.



I had fun with this one, and since I’m hopelessly flower-challenged, I used some Martha Stewart daisy vine stickers as a border on this card ~ SUPER easy!  

So, be sure to pop over to the Phindy’s Place Challenge Blog to take a peek at the awesome birthday card samples from the Design Team.   We also have a Guest Designer joining us this week!    I hope YOU are able to join us for this easy-peasy challenge.


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Copic Creations Challenge ~ Reading!


Ahoy maties!    It’s August 1st and time for a new Copic Creations Challenge … finally!   We took the last two weeks off and it seems like it’s been forever since we’ve had a new challenge!!    This week we’ve teamed up with an amazing, award-winning author and children’s book illustrator ~ Elizabeth Dulemba

Elizabeth features a weekly newsletter that includes LOTS of adorable FREE reading images.   So I hope you will join us for this challenge.   We’re hoping to stress the importance of reading during the summer break for all those “bored” kids out there!      This free image is called Pirate Poetry and he’s been made into a book gift card holder for one of my grandsons. 



After a little research on the Internet, I found such fun sentiments for reading, that I HAD to make another READING project for our challenge, this time a book mark . . .



I’ll be back later today to add all the links and details on these two projects!   I just finished the post for the Copic Creations challenge and I’m pooped!    In the meantime, lots of details on this challenge can be found on the Copic Creations Challenge blog HERE

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



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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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

It’s your day to Shine!



I was excited today to sneak in a card just for fun!  No challenges involved!!   Especially since I LOVE all the gorgeous new mermaid and sprite images from C.C. Designs Sweet November by the awesome Amy Young.   They’ve been just added at 7 Kids College Fund.   

This gorgeous mermaid is called Fathom Calmsea.   Mermaids are always so much fun to color, especially these ones by Amy Young ~ she did such an awesome job with their eyes.



I kept the color scheme somewhat traditional ~  in the “Little Mermaid” colors.   I did, however, add lots of sparkle to this one!    Stickles in Glitz Mermaid  (of course!) have been added to both Fathom and her seahorse buddy; The ultimate sparkle accessory ~  Smooch illuminate pearlized topcoat was applied to both bodies;  The main white mat was sprayed with Baby’s Breath Shimmerz Spritz;  Some square rhinestones from my stash were also added;  Spica clear glitter pen was used over the word Shine in the sentiment; and small dots of Smooch moonlight to highlight their eyes.   If you haven’t tried the Smooch paints yet, I highly recommend them.  The brush is very tiny and precise ~ just perfect for eyes!

The dp is from Sassafras, called Nerdy Bird – tea for two.   I used the new Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Mega Scalloped Ovals die on the main mat and some teal ribbon from my stash.   The sentiment is computer generated.

Thanks for visiting today!   Hope your week is off to a good start.


Copics Used:   BG000, 01, 02, 05, 09, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 45, 49;  E000, 00, 02, 08, 11, 13, 97;   YR18;  R20, 30;  T1, 3, 5

House Mouse Challenge ~ New!

New Shoes




I hope you had a good weekend!   Happy Monday to ya.  Time for another House Mouse & Friends  challenge.  This week our challenge is NEW ~ new baby, new home . . . NEW Shoes!    🙂     This stamp has always been one of my favorites ~ it’s called Big Foot, featuring Muzzy.    The sentiment is also one of my favorites, from an older PTI stamp set.



The DP is from My Mind’s Eye, Quite Contrary and October Afternoon, Fly a Kite.   Muzzy has been colored with Copics, cut out and attached with dimensionals. . . my usual procedure!    That’s about it, another easy one!  

I hope you can pop over to the House Mouse & Friends Monday challenge blog to take a peek at all the ADORABLE  “New” projects from the awesome Design Team for some super inspiration to join along with this challenge.   

Thanks for visiting today!


Copics Used:   E70, 71, 74;  RV00, 06, 09;  R000, 01, 20, 30, 83, 85;  YG03, 05, 11, 82;  BG23;  W3;  T1, 3, 5

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

Phindy’s Place Challenge ~ Girlie!


It’s Friday!!   Yay.    Time for a new challenge at Phindy’s Place.   This week’s challenge is one that I think everyone who makes cards loves ~ Girlie; which of course means ribbons, bows, flowers, sparkle, frills, etc., so many possibilities.   This adorable little girl image is called Stepping Out Katie.    I just love her cute little pigtails and that adorable look on her face!   Katie has been illustrated by Phindy and is available as a digi image at Phindy’s store.



This fun DP is from the October Afternoon Fly a Kite 8×8 paper pad.  I’ve used Spellbinders Nestabilites Blossom and Ribbon Tag Trio 2 dies for this card, some teal tulle, rhinestone flower stickers and a small yellow prima, all from my stash.

I hope you will join us for this Girlie challenge.   We are making a few changes on how the winners will be chosen for our weekly challenges ~  All the details and some totally adorable DT projects for this challenge can be found at the Phindy’s Place Challenge blog.

Thanks for dropping by today!   Happy weekend everyone.


Copics Used:   BG10, 11, 34, 72;  Y17, 21, 38;  R20, 30;  BV23;  E000, 00, 02, 11, 50, 51, 53, 55, 57, 93, 95, 97, 99;  T1, 3, 5;  W0, 1, 3, 5,

Vintage Birthday Greetings



Greetings!    Aren’t these two young ladies just lovely?     I feel as though I should be talking quite proper when describing this vintage-feel image and card!     It’s one of the digi images from the brand new I Brake For Digis, called Two Friends.   

I’ve colored them in sepia toned Copic markers, listed below.   You know I love the monochrome technique – hope you’re not getting tired of seeing these!  



I thought the new Capella papers from Basic Grey would be a perfect match for a vintage feel with this image.   I also used the Spellbinders Nestabilities Label Six and Fancy Tags dies on this card . . . added some Kaiser self-adhesive pearls and a small drop of Stickles in Antique Linen  to the rose in the hand of the girl on the left.  

Don’t forget you can still use the code SAVE10MARY for a 10% discount off your entire order at I Brake For Digis!   AND, Della, the super nice owner of both I Brake For Digis and I Brake For Stamps is offering some blog candy ~ a $25.00 Gift Certificate until June 15th.   All the details can be found on the I Brake For Stamps blog.  


***I’m going to be taking a few days off this week.  I haven’t said anything prior to this, but we are in the process of preparing our house to list, workers and repair guys coming and going, meeting with realtors, and driving to and from the Madison area to look for a new home.  The realtor is coming tomorrow to take pictures for the listing and I have a TON of things to finish up!   Eeeeeeeeek!        I’m hoping it will be okay with the new owners if I come back to take pictures of my cardz on the mantel of their fireplace!   LOL***

Thanks for stopping in today.  Enjoy your day.


Copics Used:   E50, 51, 53, 55, 57, 59