House Mouse Challenge ~ Photo Inspiration


Happy House Mouse Monday!   

Our challenge this week has been brought to us by my friend, the awesome Lisa Cook of the HMDT.   Lisa has provided us with this cute little cupcake mouse for our inspiration.   

Well, I took two main items from this photo ~  a mouse with a bow in her hair and a cupcake with turquoise frosting . . .  and came up with this action shot!  



I’ve used a combination of images for this one ~ Skipping Stones Design cupcake and sentiment, along with little Monica from the stamp called Mouse Bounce, and of course added a little bow to cute little Monica’s hair!     



Hope this made you smile!    As usual, the details for this challenge and this week’s prize, along with the always adorable creations from the House Mouse Design Team, can be found on the House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge blog.

Thanks for your visit today – have a great week!


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Skipping Stones Sketch Challenge


Happy Tuesday!   Time for a new Sketch Challenge over at the Skipping Stones Design blog.   It’s the final sketch from the awesome Kim Crawford.   And, she has definitely not disappointed us!    Here’s today’s fun sketch:


And here’s my card . . .


I haven’t had breakfast yet and, for some reason, am craving something SWEET!   😀    This “Cupcake Cutie” is from the stamp set with the same name.  


I added some Cotton Candy Stickles to the frosting … mmmmm  looks like sugar!   The DP used for this card is from My Mind’s Eye ~ the pink is from the Abbey Road collection and the green is from Penny Lane.   I added some “sugared”  (now I’m really hungry!) brads in each corner and one on top of the cupcake.  

GOOD NEWS – Skipping Stones Design is having a P.M.S. Sale!   

P.M.S.~ in this case~suffering from the NEED to Purchase More Stamps!

Here is how it works: 

Buy 1 stamp set  save 5%, for a total of .73cents savings.                           Coupon code: PMS1

Buy 2 stamp sets & save 10%, for a total of $2.90off.                                     Coupon code: PMS2

Buy 3 stamp sets  & save 15%, for a total of $6.54 off.                                     Coupon code: PMS3

Buy 4 stamp sets & save 20%, for a total of $11.60 off .                                   Coupon Code: PMS4

Buy 5 stamp sets & save 25%, for a total of $18.10 off.                                     Coupon Code: PMS5

*This sale will last until Saturday May 1st at midnight


All the details on this sale and the fantastic cards from the Design Team can be found on the Skipping Stones blog

I’m sad to say this is my last card as a Design Team member for Skipping Stones.   I’ve had to rearrange a few things on my schedule which has been over-flowing recently.    But, I will definitely be keeping a close eye on all the new and hilarious stamps that the wonderfully talented and sooooooo very nice Heather produces for Skipping Stones Design!  

Thanks for stopping by today.

Skipping Stones Blog Hop


Welcome to another  Skipping Stones Design Blog  DT  Blog Hop to celebrate the release of two new stamp  sets ~  Birthday Donuts and Whispering Wings.  If you just happened upon my blog today, you’ll want to go back to the beginning at Skipping Stones Design. You should have arrived from Ashley Cannon Newell’s blog.

Combined with the blog hop today, it’s also Skipping Stones Sketch Tuesday which means the Design Team is showcasing another great Sketch creation from Kimberly Crawford.

And here’s my card for using Kimberly’s Sketch:



The donut and sentiment on this card are from the new Birthday Donuts stamp set.   The dp used is from the My Mind’s Eye Quite Contrary Collection.   I added some Diamond Glaze to the donut to, hopefully, look like real frosting!

We’d love for you to play along with the sketch. Just remember to use the keywords SSD020 if you are uploading to any online galleries or link your card at the Skipping Stones Blog. We’ll be looking soon for Guest Designers so you never know….

Thanks for stopping in today ~ your next stop  for the hop is Chelsea Van Wyk 


Skipping Stones Sketch Challenge No. 19


Time for a new Sketch Challenge at Skipping Stones Designs.   We also have a new Sketch Designer for this month  ~ Kimberly Crawford.   Here’s her first Sketch . . .  



Here’s my card . . .


I used the donut from the Birthday Donuts stamp set which will be available next Tuesday, April 13th!  


I love the matching sentiment!    Be sure to stop over at the Skipping Stones blog for more sneak peeks of this set and another new one  ~  Whispering Wings, from the amazing Skipping Stones Stamp Tramps!   We also have two Guest Designers joining us this month, Beverly Rousch and Ashley Cannon Newell.


Copics Used:   Y000, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18;  YR18;  R24;   E27, 50, 51, 53;  W1, 3, 5

Skipping Stones Sketch Challenge


Had to share one last Easter item with you using the Skipping Stones Chick Chat set!   Being the purple-aholic that I am, I thought this tag would be perfect for these Peeps!     




Time for a new Sketch for Skipping Stones Design!     Unfortunately, it’s our last sketch designed by the awesome Jami Bova ~ she definitely is a pro at sketch design and this last one is my all-time favorite!!   

For my card, I used the Well Behaved stamp set from Skipping Stones ~ the sentiment is SOOO true!   🙂



The dp is from the DCWV All Dressed Up stack ~ it’s actually black and cream, but looks very white in the photos.   Each accessory was heat embossed, colored with ONE Copic marker – E50 (that’s a first for me!), cut out and attached with dimensionals.   I added some Judkins Diamond Glaze  and a black rhinestone to the purse;  But my favorite is the shoe on the left, I added some clear beads to make it look like a beaded flower!



I would LOVE to have a pair of shoes like this … although I probably wouldn’t even be able to walk in them!    🙂

I hope you can stop at the Skipping Stones Design blog to take a peek at all the awesome cards using Jami’s sketch.  And if you haven’t already, be sure to sign-up for the Skipping Stones Newsletter!   (You can do so by just filing in your name and email address on the form found on the left side of the SSD blog.)   This week’s Newsletter (scheduled to go out on Thursday) will give you details on how to get the new Bras Vol. #2  stamp set for Free ~  before it is available for purchase. 

Thanks for visiting today!

Skipping Stones Sketch Challenge No. 17 ~ Dark Chocolate or White Chocolate??


Another new Sketch Tuesday over at Skipping Stones Design!   In honor of the upcoming Easter holiday, I thought these Bitten Bunnies would be perfect for a card.   They are from the Skipping Stones Chocolate #1 set – I think that means there will be more coming!  

We were lucky enough to have another GREAT sketch from the talented Jami Bova this week …


and, here’s my card …



I thought it would be fun to have one dark chocolate and one white chocolate bunny ~ unfortunately, the white bunny’s face just doesn’t show up too well in the photos.   Each was covered with a coat of Diamond Glaze to look a little authentic.   

I hope you can stop over at the Skipping Stones’ blog to check out all the other awesome cards using Jami’s sketch, and I hope you can join us for a chance to win some stamps!

Thanks for visiting today!

Skipping Stones New Release Blog Hop ~ Easter Peeps!


Yep, you’re in the right place!     Welcome to Skipping Stones Design’s first DT only Blog Hop to celebrate the release of two new Spring/Easter Inspired sets ~ Chick Chat & Gray Hares.   If you just happened to stop here today, you’ll want to go back to the beginning at Skipping Stones Design.   You should have arrived from the awesome Sankari Wegman ‘s blog.  

Combined with the blog hop today, it’s also Skipping Stones Sketch Tuesday which means the Design Team is showcasing another great Sketch creation from the one and only ~  Jami Bova aka SgtStamper.  

  Here’s my Easter Peeps card . . .



As you can see, I’ve used the too-funny Chick Chat stamp set for my card.   I decided to have the PEEPS dressed for Easter thanks to the new Martha Stewart Bunny Ears punch!   I also used the Hoppy Easter sentiment from the new Gray Hares set  and the from all of us from the Chick Chat set.    The peeps were colored with Copics and then covered with glitter!   I added some Smooch pumpkin pearlized paint to their beaks and feet, the trim was used since it seems to remind me of bunny tails!    Well, this was certainly a Martha day for me ~ I also used the Loop edge punch and Spring Grass punch for this card.  

We’d love for you to play along with the sketch. Just remember to use the keywords SSD016 if you are uploading to any online galleries or link your card at the Skipping Stones Blog.  We’ll be looking soon for Guest Designers, so you never know….  

 How about a prize? In addition to the fabulous eye candy, our DT has blog candy up for grabs.  So as you hop, make sure you leave comments on every post so you have a chance to win!!   

Thanks for dropping by today ~ Your next stop is the very talented  Chelsea Van Wyk. 



Skipping Stones Sketch Challenge No. 15 ~ It’s a Sneak Peep!


Welcome!   Time for a new Sketch Challenge at Skipping Stones Design.   I’m VERY excited about the challenges this month since we are soooo lucky to have my very dear friend – the super talented and amazing JAMI BOVA as our Guest Sketch Designer !!!     And, she definitely did not disappoint!    Here’s this week’s awesome Sketch . . .


For my card, you will getting a sneak “PEEP” at a fun new stamp set from Skipping Stones, scheduled to be released mid-March.   It’s called Chick Chat


Here’s my card!


This little peep was colored with Copics and then I used Marianne Walker’s  “nasty rag” technique to give her a little dimension.  The grass was added with colored pencils and gamsol.    The dp used is from Cosmo Cricket – Garden Variety.   

For some reason, I decided to dust off the old sewing machine for this one – unfortunately, I still can’t sew very straight!   I even attempted to stitch around the scalloped oval – which was then covered by my image!   lol    I tried. 

The flower was made using the Spellbinders Nestabilities Blossom dies and edged with a Colorbox Lipstick Red ink pad.   I also used the new Nellie Snellen floral punch – Stamen  for the center of the flower – thought it matched the dp  pretty darn well!    🙂



So hop over the Skipping Stones blog to take a PEEP at all the lovely creations for this challenge, by the awesome Skipping Stones Stamp Tramps!  

Thanks for stopping by today.


Copics Used:   Y00o, 15, 18, 19, 38;  YR23, 24, 68; T1, 3, 5

Skipping Stones Sketch Challenge ~ An Irish Blessing


Hi!   Time for another Sketch Challenge at Skipping Stones Design.   Our Sketch was once again designed by Belinda of Bleu Bella Paperie.  I really love this Sketch and will definitely be saving it to use again.   


For my card, I used the Rustic Tiles stamp set from SSD.  


When I saw the first tile, it really reminded me of a Celtic Knot design – so, I decided to use it for a St. Patty’s Day card.



I hope you aren’t tired of seeing my cardz using the new Basic Grey origins paper ~ I really love it!!     The tile was colored with Copics and then edged with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.   I also used the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Pendants Lattice die to mount the tile on and added a brad from Vintage brads by Creative Charms.   The ribbon is from an awesome package of goodies I received from my dear friend America.   The sentiment is computer generated.



The inside of the card is one of my favorite Irish Blessings, also computer generated …



Here’s a closeup, if you would like to read it:



Be sure to stop over at the Skipping Stones’ blog to check out all the amazing cards by the Design Team – a/k/a The Stamp Tramps!   I hope you will give this Sketch a try!   


Copics Used:   G24, 40;  YG11, 67;  W3     (Wow, not too many!)     😀

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

Donuts anyone? :)


I had to show you a super close picture so you could see the shiny icing, made with Smooch paint – yummm!??    lol

My card for today’s Sketch Challenge at Skipping Stones Design features one of my favorite foods – DONUTS!    It’s from a new SSD set now available at a great price  . . .

~ Buy Three, Get the Donuts for FREE!    

Our Sketch was once again desinged by Belinda Chang Langer … 


And, here’s my full card  . . .


And the inside . . .


So true, so true!  

As I mentioned, I used LOTS of Smooch paint in moonlight for the icing, LOTS of Diamond Glaze for the bottom of the donut (that’s my kind of donut, glazed and frosted!) and of course, lots of sparkly sprinkles on top – highlighted with Star Dust Stickles.

So better get your FREE DONUTS over at Skipping Stones Design … this offer is only good until Sunday, February 14th!     While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the DT’s gorgeous cards.  

Thanks for stopping in today.

Skipping Stones Sketch Challenge


Today was another Sketch Challenge Tuesday over at Skipping Stones Design.   Unfortunately, I’ve been battling a cold and was not able to complete my card in time to be included on the SSD blog.   So, better late than never, right?  

The Guest Sketch Designer for this month is Belinda Chang Langer of Bleu Bella Designs.   Here’s her Sketch for this week:


And my card …


This card was just a little out of my comfort zone, which means NO COPICS were used on it!   lol     The stamps are from one of the new releases at Skipping Stones Design, Dandelion Dreams.  

I used the “thumping” method with water based markers.   If you’re looking for a GREAT tutorial on this technique, hop over to Stamp TV and the awesome Gina K will show you how! 

I hope you can check out all the challenge cards over at the Skipping Stones Blog, there are some gorgeous creations for today’s Sketch Challenge.

Thanks for visiting – Back tomorrow with a new All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge.

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

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