Phindy’s Place Challenge ~ Thank you


Happy weekend!    Our challenge today at Phindy’s Place is Thank you cardz.    I’ve used this fun image called Piggy Diva which actually comes with a blank sentiment “bubble”.    I thought the “Mwah”  seemed perfect for this “diva”!   



I hope you will join us for this fun and easy challenge — be sure to stop over at the Phindy’s Place  Friday Challenge blog to see all the awesome TY cards from the DT … and find out who won the Winter Cuties from last week’s blog hop.  


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Phindy’s Place ~ Blog Hop & Operation Write Home



Welcome to Phindy’s Friday Challenge  AND  Phindy’s Christmas Cuties Blog Hop!   

We’re celebrating the launch of Phindy’s new Christmas Cuties with a DT blog hop ~ where you will see not one, but TWO Cuties used on cardz or projects on each DT member’s blog.   All the details on how to participate in the blog hop and what you can win can be found on the Phindy’s Place Challenge blog .   

My first Winter Cutie is called Tasty Flakes.   As soon as I saw her, I knew I HAD to color this cutie!!     Here’s the full card . . .



 As I mentioned, each DT member will be previewing TWO new images today  ~  My second Christmas Cutie is named Miss Chrissy Tree!


I decided to make an easel card with this cutie  ~ here are a couple of different views . . .




Trying to keep my editorial brief today due to so many cardz!    

For our regular weekly challenge we are making  Christmas cardz for Operation Write Home.    OWH is an organization that sends blank handmade greeting cards  to deployed service members to write home on.  Please check their website for specific guidelines on the type of cards needed,  and  Phindy’s Friday Challenge blog  for details on how to enter this challenge.    

This adorable image is called Gift Wrapped and one of Phindy’s regular Christmas images.    




Whew!    That’s it for me today!    Three cardz in one day AGAIN  ~ I hope this is not getting to be a habit!!    🙂    

If you’re in the midst of the actual Blog Hop and have come here from the lovely Lynda Nielsen’s blog  …

your next stop is the dear, sweet SYLVIA BLUM ~ where I know you’ll be treated to some REAL eye candy!   

My WORD for our Blog Hop is YOUR!

Thanks for stopping by!    Have a great weekend!!

Phindy’s Place Challenge ~ We’re going Green!


Happy Friday!   Our challenge this week at Phindy’s Place  is GOING GREEN ~ which means we’d like you to use the color Green and/or something recycled on your card or project.      

I’ve obviously used the color green on my card and thought it would be fun to also make this image called Lula Shopping, carry a canvas bag, as seen in so many stores nowadays.    It certainly doesn’t seem to be her usual style!     I’m not sure if it shows up very well in the photo, but I’ve also color-coordinated the cute little poodle too  . . .   “EVERYONE’s doing it!”



The Go Green print on her canvas bag was computer generated, as well as the sentiment on the side.    

I hope you will join us for this challenge . . .  Everyone’s doing it!    🙂     And, be sure to take a peek at the Phindy’s Place Friday Challenge blog to see all the WORKS of ART from the awesome Design Team!

Hope you have a great weekend!


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Phindy’s Place Challenge ~ Paper Piecing


Yay!    It’s Friday … and not just any old Friday, it’s a Friday before a THREE-DAY weekend!!!   (here in the USA)    I’m soooo looking forward to a nice, lonnnnnnnnnnnng, relaxing weekend!   How about you?  

Our challenge today at Phindy’s Friday Challenge blog is Paper Piecing … one of my favorites!    Unfortunately, this card did NOT turn out as I had pictured.   ugh.   I was running behind and didn’t have time to do much about it.   I had planned to make the card more horizontal rather than vertical.   By the time I realized the image wouldn’t work that way, I was stuck and the clock was ticking!    So,  here’s my slightly top-heavy paper piecing card!



I must say I did LOTS of paper-piecing on this card ~ the apple letters, shirt, pants, shoes, desk, desktop, notebook, apple  … and RULER!    (that was a little bit of cutting!)     This little cutie is one of Phindy’s awesome Cute Kids called Ready to Go!    Quite an appropriate name ~ he sure looks ready to get started!    I remember those days when my kids were young, which quickly turn into …. “I don’t want to go back to school” when they’re a little older.

I hope you can take a peek at the awesome paper piecing cardz from Phindy’s Design Team.   All the details on this challenge can be found there too!

Thanks for your visit today!    I hope you have a GREAT weekend … short or long!   🙂



Supplies Used:  

  • Phindy’s Place ~ Ready to Go!
  • My Mind’s Eye ~ Alphabet Soup Boy Super Stripe
  • My Mind’s Eye ~ Alphabet Soup Boy Accessory Sheet
  • PTI white cardstock
  • Computer generated sentiment ~ (ready set go!)
  • miscellaneous rub-on letters from stash
  • Fiskars ~ apple of my eye punch
  • Distress ink ~ tumbled glass
  • Distress ink ~ bundled sage
  • Pop Dots
  • Copics:   BG75, 78;  R20, 29, 30, 83;  E000, 00, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 30, 42, 43, 44;  W3;  T1, 3, 5

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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Phindy’s Place Challenge ~ Baby Cards


Hallelujah ~ It’s finally Friday!   Phindy Phriday, actually.   (it’s been a LONG week of too many challenges, both in cardz and life!)    Our challenge this week is to make a Baby Card – my favorite type of card!    

Every time I see this image it brings back sooooooo many memories of when my kids were babies, and a current memory of my own daughters with their babies.    This is aptly named Contentment by Phindy, and available for immediate download at Phindy’s Place.



I finally took the time to look through one of the newest Basic Grey collections – Oliver,  for this card.  I had previously put it to the side after glancing through it, thinking it was for more masculine cardz.    Silly me!    Gosh, I love ALL the papers in this pad! 

Also, when I look at this image, I imagine this Mom quietly singing a lullaby while gently rocking her baby to sleep ~ so when I found this sentiment – I felt like I had won a jackpot!     It’s from a word art site that I have been going to alot lately (recommended by my friend, the awesome Jami Bova)  called Studio Girls Scrapbookgraphics.  They have the most awesome word art images I’ve yet to find!   Here’s a closeup view of this sentiment … I had to really reduce it for my card.


Tiny yawns, and sleepy sighs, nursery rhymes, and lullabies

If you love baby cardz as much as I do… hop right on over to the Phindy’s Place Challenge blog to see the ADORABLE cardz from Phindy’s amazing Design Team.    I hope you’ll be inspired to join us for this fun challenge!

Thanks for visiting today and   TGI . . .

Smiley from


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Phindy’s Place Challenge ~ Stitching


Happy Friday!!    Time for a new challenge at Phindy’s Place Challenge blog ~  STITCHING!!!

Soooo, if you visited here before, you may know that I have some real issues with a certain item called the dreaded sewing machine!   My DS (sister) is a pro at sewing, she’s won awards and makes the most awesome quilts and embroidered items. . . which makes it even more depressing that I can’t sew a straight line to save my soul!    When I read about our challenge for this week at Phindy’s Place, I was bound and determined to sew with this machine!!     I was amazed that I actually did it!!    So, this picture is for my sister  . . .  hopefully she’ll be reading my blog post today!!    


Now for the card!   Some of you may also have heard about my recent happy news ( See pic of new grandbaby!  )   so I couldn’t resist this adorable Big Sister at Work image by Phindy!    



The image was stamped three times – once onto the main background shape, the second one was colored and cut out and the third one of just the book ~ which was cut out and popped up.   Since it doesn’t show too well in these photos above,  here’s one last photo to show you a little of the dimension of the little book.      



Thanks for stopping in today!   And thank you for your always wonderful and inspiring comments ~  I truly appreciate them and YOU!   Happy weekend.  




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Phindy’s Place ~ We’ve got the Blues!


TGIF!   And, time for a new challenge at Phindy’s Place ~ this week we’ve got the Blues!    This little cutie by Phindy is a new image called Birdie and is available as a digi image at Phindy’s online store.   I just love her big floppy sunhat blocking her face and, of course, the cute little birdie!



I hope you will join us for this challenge ~  All the details and the awesome Blues cards from the Design Team can be found at Phindy’s Friday Challenge Blog.      Happy weekend everyone!


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Phindy’s Place Challenge ~ Embossing


Time for a new challenge at Phindy’s Place ~ Embossing.    I had to color this one since one of my favorite things to do is take a nice long bubble bath!    And, my grey cat, Abbey, always loves to sit on the tub and play with the bubbles.   The image is called Sudsy Suzy.



I hope you will join us for this fun and easy challenge!   All the details and the gorgeous embossed cards from the Design Team can be found at Phindy’s Friday Challenge Blog.      Happy weekend everyone!


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Phindy’s Place Challenge ~ Red, White & Blue



Happy Friday and the start to a wonderful holiday weekend for those in the USA!    It’s also  time for a a new Phindy’s Place challenge ~ Red, White & Blue!    I always seem to have problems with RW&B, for some reason I’m never too crazy about the papers available for this particular holiday.    I decided to use one of the adorable little piggy images that seem to be Phindy’s favorites and her definite trademark.     This one is called digi Piggy Balloons.



The sentiment is from Our Craft Lounge  ~ All About the USA stamp set,  which I thought it was appropriate for this cutie!    The balloons have been paper pieced using the matching DP which is from The Paper Studio and has been in my stash for a while.   And, of course, Miss Piggy was colored with Copics.

So be sure to hurry over to the Phindy’s Place Friday Challenge blog to see all the awesome DT RW&B creations!     Thank you for visiting today – I hope you all have an awesome weekend!

Phindy’s Place Challenge ~ Summer Sunshine


Happy Friday!   This week our challenge for Phindy’s Place is Summer Sunshine!    I chose this image since I thought it looked as though there is a warm summer breeze blowing through the window, while this cute little girl is waking up to see a beautiful summer day.  This cutie is called Thinking of You and is available as a digi image at Phindy’s Place.



The main DP is from Memory Box Jubilee, and the light blue border is from October Afternoon Ducks in a Row.   The image was colored with Copics, cut out and attached with dimensionals.   I added some blue dew drops to each corner and that’s it!     Wow, easy peasy!  

 Be sure to stop over at the Phindy’s Place Challenge Blog to take a peek at the gorgeous Summer time creations from the VERY talented Design Team.      I hope you can join us for this challenge!


Copics Used:  BG10, 11, 72;  R20, 30, 43;  G20;  YG03;  BV31;  E000, 00, 11, 25, 47, 50, 51, 53;  W1, 3

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,

Phindy’s Place Challenge ~ Happy Birthday!


TGIF!   And that means a new challenge at Phindy’s Place.   This week, we’re featuring another super easy challenge ~ Happy Birthday.     I’ve used this VERY yummy looking strawberry shortcake with a little visitor enjoying the sweet cream.   (I admit it, there’s just something about mice that I am always drawn to them ~ of course only the illustrated ones!)    This adorable Phindy image is called Sooo Good.



The image was colored with Copics, of course; cut out and attached with dimensionals.   The DP is from October Afternoon ~ Fly a Kite 8×8 paper pad.   I was excited to find that it matched both the strawberries and the little flowers on the cake!   Yes, it’s the little things that make life worthwhile!    🙂

The sentiment is from the Skipping Stones Birthday Donuts stamp set.



So, since this is a pretty easy challenge, I hope you will join us!    All the details, along with the awesome Design Team cards, can be found at the Phindy’s Place Challenge blog.

Thanks for stopping by today!    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.


Copics Used:  YG63;  BV23;  RV02;  G21; R20, 30, 35, 37, 43;  BG32, 34;  Y19, 23, 32;  E30, 31, 33, 37, 50, 51, 53;  T1, 3, 5;  C0, 3, 5;  W00, 1, 3

Phindy’s Place Challenge ~ Masculine Cards


Happy Friday!!!   Time for a new challenge at Phindy’s Place!    Our challenge this week is Masculine cards/projects.    This seems to always be a tough one – especially with the current popularity of prima flowers, rhinestones and all the bright pinks and other more feminine papers out there for cards.    

I was happy to have the opportunity to use this little cutie for my card ~ Big Boots!   It’s pretty awesome that Phindy has this image available in the following formats ~ African American boy or girl –  boy or girl with glasses – and  caucasian boy or girl.    That’s just one of the many reasons why I love Phindy’s Place!



I thought it would be fun to make the computer generated sentiment look as though each word  has been nailed to the card.   I added a 3mm self-adhesive nail head  to each word “sign” and to the corners of the main mat and I also added a row of 5mm nail heads across the center of the card.    Both sizes of these nail heads are available at Gina K. Designs.  

The DP is from the Basic Grey Marrakech 6×6 paper pad.   I used a Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Labels die for the main image. 

I hope you will join us for this challenge  ~ be sure to stop over at Phindy’s Place Challenge blog for some amazing inspiration for this challenge from the awesome Design Team.  


Copics Used:   R29, 35, 43, 46, 89;  B12, 14, 16;  Y11, 23, 26, 28;  E02, 13, 25, 27, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 37, 50, 51, 53, 55, 57,79;  W0, 1, 3;  T1, 3,5  

Phindy’s Place Challenge ~ It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!


Nope, I really haven’t lost my mind  ~   It’s Friday   (TGIF,  BTW!!)    and time for a new challenge at Phindy’s Place.   Our challenge today is Christmas is Spring!    I’ve been so organized this year that all my Christmas papers and embellishments have long been safely stored away …   until this week!   



This adorable Christmas image has been designed by the one and only Phindy and is available as a digi image for your immediate download!   How cool is that?    It’s called Deck the Halls.    You may know that I’m very partial to MICE, and this image seemed to be a perfect fit.   I love the expression on the bird’s face – he seems to be quite surprised to see what the noise on the roof is!    hehehe     Surprise, surprise! 

The paper is from the Basic Grey Wassail 6×6 paper pad   (now on CLEARANCE at 7 Kids!)   I think I need to order another pad since this is my all-time favorite Christmas paper!     The image has been colored with Copics, cut out and attached with dimensionals to a Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Six die cut mat.  

The snow-covered roof was painted on kraft paper with Smooch paint in Moonlight – my favorite technique for snow!   

The sentiment is computer generated.  I also added some Distress Stickles in fired brick to the strings of cranberries on the  birdhouse & wreath and to the brads in each corner.  

I hope you can stop over at the Phindy’s Place Challenge blog to take a peek at the AWESOME cardz from the VERY talented design team!   I know you will not be disappointed.   

Thanks for visiting today for some VERY early Christmas cheer!   😀


Copics Used:   R20, 35, 46, 59, 89;  YG91, 93, 95, 99;  E30, 31, 33, 35, 40, 42, 44, 47, 50, 51, 53;  YR14, 15;  T1, 3, 5